A Defence of the Arcane Arts is the famed sorcerous apologia of Zarathinius, which is as widely cited by philosophers as sorcerers because of its pithy critiques not only of the Inrithi prohibition of sorcery but of Inrithism itself. The work has long been banned by the Thousand Temples.[1]


“If the world is a game whose rules are written by God, and sorcerers are those who cheat and cheat, then who has written the rules of sorcery?”[2]

“If the Gods did not pretend to be human, Men would recoil from them as from spiders.”[3]

“No two prophets agree. So to spare our prophets their feelings, we call the future a whore.”[4]


  1. Encyclopedic Glossary, ‘Defence of the Arcane Arts, A’
  2. The Darkness That Comes Before, Chapter 3
  3. The White-Luck Warrior, Chapter 10
  4. The White-Luck Warrior, Chapter 11