Overview

The Imperial Seer is an Imperial title created by the Imperial Senate in autumn 379YE. It is appointed through the Imperial Conclave. They are responsible for coordinating the use of divination magic by the magicians of the Empire.

Responsibilities

The Seer is responsible for coordinating the use of divination magic by Imperial magicians. While this most obviously involves ensuring that the Empire is making the best use of rituals such as Eyes of the Sun and Moon, The Eye of the High Places, and Dreams in the Witch House, the title has potentially broader implications. "Divination magic" would also cover the use of rituals such as the potentially valuable visions provided by Signs and Portents, Whispering Shadow Courtiers, or the consumption of Goosewhisper Infusion. It might also cover gathering historical information of note through Skein of Years, communion with eternals through powers such as Swim Leviathan's Depth or Clear Counsel of the Everflowing River, and the coordination of magicians who work with the magistrates and Imperial militia to uncover information vital to law enforcement.

The responsibilities and powers of the Imperial Seer have obvious overlap with those of the Warmage and the Imperial Magus, and it remains to be seen how these three titles will interact.

Powers

Address the Conclave

Once per summit, the Seer can raise an address to the agenda of a Conclave session for free. This power allows the Seer to report on significant divinations, or ask for volunteers, but they are free to address the Conclave however they wish.

Address the Senate

The Imperial Seer has the right to make an address to the Senate once per summit. This allows them to present important information for the Senators consideration. To use this power, the Seer informs the Civil Service that they wish to address the Senate. Their address will be added to the agenda for the next Senate session.

Address the Council

The Imperial Seer has the right to make an address to the Imperial Military Council once per summit. To use this power, the Seer informs the Herald of the Council that they wish to make an address, which will then be added to the agenda for the next Council session.

Custodian of The Hawk's Demeanour

Following the appearance of a powerful magical shroud covering the entire Empire in Winter 380YE, an obscure coven based in Wittal Grove known as the Augurs of the Opalescent Gloaming presented the Imperial Seer with a unique magical ritual mask called the The Hawk's Demeanour. This artefactual Strigine Mask is possessed of an additional power that allows the bonded wearer to employ tempest jade in place of crystal mana when performing Eyes of the Sun and Moon or Eye of the High Places. The mask is legally part of the regalia of the Imperial Seer. When the Imperial title changes hands the item should be given to the new Imperial Seer with all appropriate haste.

Waters of the Shimmering Shore

The Augurs of the Opalescent Gloaming have also committed to providing the Imperial Seer with two doses of a magical liquid they call "Waters of the Shimmering Shore" each season. This translucent magical substance can empower a divination ritual to penetrate the power of magical shrouds (although interestingly not to rituals such as Piercing Light of Revelation that do not by their nature gather information). Details of its provenance are not common knowledge, but it is believed to be drawn from the Day realm, possibly as a consequence of an agreement with an eternal.

Appointment

The appointment, replacement, or removal of the Seer is made by the declaration of candidacy as part of a Conclave session. Any Imperial citizen may hold the title.

The Seer serves until they are replaced by another magician using the Declaration of Candidacy. As a title in the Conclave, they cannot be revoked.

SummitNationElected
Summer Solstice 382YEDawnDrake De Coeurdefer
Summer Solstice 380YEFinn Finnson
Winter Solstice 379YESólsetur Fjellrevening

Recent Elections

This title is currently held by Drake De Coeurdefer; it can be reelected at any summit by a declaration of candidacy. The table to the right shows the citizens who have been elected to hold this title in the years since Empress Britta died.