Halls of the Arcanum is a supplement for Mage: The Ascension that reveals the secrets of the Arcanum, who delve into the secrets of darkness for purposes known only to themselves. It is part of the Year of the Hunter product line theme.
From the White Wolf catalog:
- We watch the shadows cast upon the walls...
- Eccentric scholar or visionary mystics? Harmless seekers of ancient lore, or delvers into forbidden mysteries? Who are the detectives of the Arcanum and what do they seek? Wherever the werewolf howls, the demon corrupts, or the vampire feeds, there the Arcanum can be found: its members are poets, dreamers, philosophers – anyone who has seen beyond the veil. Their motivations hidden, they are an enigma, with much to teach the World of Darkness...and much to learn.
The short story "Fragments From a Diary of an Unnamed Scholar".
Notes on how to use this book.
Book I: The Neophyte's Guidebook
Chapter One: The Way of the Pilgrim
An introduction to the Arcanum and its hierarchy, as well as how to join.
Chapter Two: The Darkling Road
The history of the Arcanum, from its beginnings over a century ago to present day, as well as their views on the supernatural world.
Chapter Three: Through a Glass, Darkly
Types of Arcanum members, notes on their spreading geographical range, and the initiation practices.
Book II: The Journeyman's Guidebook
Chapter Four: Character Creation
How to create an Arcanum-based character for Mage: The Ascension.
Chapter Five: Travelers on the Road
Sample characters and important members of the Arcanum.
Book III: The Mystagogue's Guidebook
Chapter Six: Behind the Veil
The secrets of the Arcanum, as well as campaign suggestions.
Appendix One: Alchemy
The history and practice of alchemy as it relates to Mage: The Ascension.
Appendix Two: Artifacts
Special Arcanum artifacts to be discovered, used, and abused.
- The last page features information accidentally left out of the Merits and Flaws section of Ascension's Right Hand.
Mage: The Ascension books