Introduction to ARCANUM ASTRAY



The Remarkable Adventures of Master Professor Lucius K. Henry, S.M.*

*under appointment to His Imperial Highness, The Emperor of Burgundy

An alternate history. Sherlock Holmes with magic. With fantasy, mystery, and humor spicing the mix.

Enter a different Earth. Where magic exists and history took a detour. Explore the world with Summus Magister Lucius K. Henry. High Mage and Master Professor. Be with him as he solves magical enigmas, perplexing mysteries, and lethal puzzles which have confounded the Imperial Bureau of Magical Investigation.

His work will expose you to Intrigue, dark gods, books of ill repute, unhinged mages, planar creatures, mysterious artifacts, bogatyrs, world-ending experiments, demons, a gorgeous foreign agent, stabby assassins, and a vampire or ten. Just don’t remind him about Wallachia and the two high demons fighting over an unhinged dark made who managed to sell his soul twice over. That was a nasty experience for the good professor. He does teach at the Imperial University for advanced magical learning though he’s known to bring freshman mages to a field trip to the outer rims of hell. He believed it separated the chaff from the wheat.

Assisted by his very brave assistant, Mage Albion of the Second Rank, no mystery or conundrum is too difficult. Hairy, frighteningly dangerous, soul-threatening, or lethally puzzling maybe. But always interesting. Albion does have an inordinate fondness for Epoisses cheese, a love of medieval implements of war when facing beings from nether realms, and bashing demons with his iron-loaded cosh. Not too bright and even a stampcrab, one would say. He does have a mage’s wand.

In this adventure, the world faces another dangerous threat which threatens to take away the flying carpets of the Berbers, the broomsticks of the Muscovy Empire, and the professor’s Menon, among others. Magical knowledge had flourished for more than three hundred years. And now it is the cornerstone of civilizations, empires, kingdoms, and humanity’s very way of life.

But something is terribly wrong. Magic is disappearing.

(This series reports on the magical investigations conducted by our imperturbable professor and his assistant. Each story will be complete by itself. Language will be a bit archaic due to the milieu)

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