So what are you guys, anyway?
We are an informal gathering of magic-users whom
also happen to be members of the Holy Jihad to Destroy Barney the Purple
Ah... so.. uhm... why?
Well... that's a harder one. Our official goal
of the group is to gain knowledge in magic-use by sharing information,
ideas, and wisdom. Un-officially, we're just trying to make a bunch
of goofy party-favors and trying to garnish worthless names and titles
on each other.
That makes more sense... sort of... so how'd
this come about?
In early 1999, Arch-Chancellor Schneider decided
that a sort of "Mage's Guild" would be a good addition to the Jihad[tm].
Originally, it was to be just a bunch of mages gathering together and trading
spell ideas, artifacts, etc. Fireball suggested that this concept
be floated as a JAO and contributed heavily in its creation. The
Triumvirate approved, and we now have the Jihad Praxeum Veneficus.
There's the other thing. What's the Jihad Praxeum
Roughly translated, "Jihad Praxeum Veneficus" means
"Gathering of Jihad wizards to gain knowledge." Mind you, this is
So are there departments, or what?
You're joking, right? How many wizards/mages/whatever
have you known that were organized? Well.. anyway... the JPV
currently (on a trial basis) is running on an apprentice-master system.
Each new member gets placed under a more experienced mage as their direct
tutor/instructor/best-bud. Eventually we'll start putting different
mages into specialties that suit them, but currently our member base is
Ah. So what about rankings?
Here's where it gets fuzzy. The only true rank
in the whole big shebang is Arch-Chancellor. This is reserved for
the head of the Praxeum, whom is the only 1st Parallelogram in the org.
Oh.. sorry... almost forgot. The JPV does follow
a sort of "I'm experienced, so there" ranking-type-system-thingy.
Confused? Well... so are we.
If you examine the Lyran system, experience and
superiority is determined by what "circle" they are a member of.
9th circle being the highest, held by Charn'el.
In the JPV system, 1st Parallelogram is the highest
attainable rank, as 1st is the opposite of 9th with the Lyrans. The
big difference is that instead of "circles," we use whatever shapes came
into A.C. Schneider's head when he created the org. Promotions by
this system are governed by the Masters, and approved by the A.C.
Basically, the whole point of having these ranks
is to openly mock the Lyrans. We never said we were THAT smart.
Highest = 1st Parallelogram
Lowest = 9th Triangle
So who's in charge again??
Any major decisions are made by the High Council, a group of three
experienced JPV members which is chosen by the ArchChancellor. So ultimately, the
org is guided by the AC, but not directly. The AC is usually a member of the Council,
but doesn't have to be.
Where are the headquarters?
Currently, there is none. However, we are in
the process of acquiring funds to build one in a secret location in Western
Pennsylvania, USA. As the activities of magic-users could be quite
shocking to those who are not "in the know," we are a non-public organization.
Great! How do I join?
Well, first, you have to be a member of an
officially sanctioned JAO (Jihad Autonomous Organization) in the Jihad
to Destroy Barney[tm]. Second, you need to be a magic-user.
Third, you need to submit a current copy of your character profile,
and an essay stating how your character uses magic.
The address is firstname.lastname@example.org
 If you do not have a Jihad Role-Playing character,
but are interested in being a magic-user, AND are already a member of another
JAO, mention this in your application. Steps will be taken accordingly.
 This essay simply should contain your character's
attitude towards magic, any physics involved in their use, and preferred
styles/items/etc. Again, if you need clarification, mention it in
Wait a minute! Will this interfere with my
current JAO duties?
By definition, the JPV is a supplemental JAO.
In other words, we're second priority. Most, if not all current JAOs
don't have a problem with their members joining the JPV, but make sure
you ask your superior officer FIRST! If they have a problem, or don't
know what the JPV is, have them e-mail the A.C. at the above-mentioned
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