The female mage clan of Zann Esu is one of the oldest of the ancient clans, although little is actually
known about them. Centuries ago, the fourteen powerful covens of Esu witches convened for the first
time in generations. What they discussed is not known, but the witches left behind their former lives
and, as a group, disappeared into the Eastern jungles.
The exact location of their community is a mystery. Until recently, their only contact with the outside
world occurred during the recruitment missions. Once every seven years, the Zann Esu visit certain
families across Sanctuary. These families have only one thing in common - they each have a seven-year-old
daughter. Always good-natured and polite, the Zann Esu visitors meet the girls, ask a few
questions and then leave. A select few of the girls are visited a second time and offered
apprenticeships. The families of those chosen enjoy good fortune for many years.
The Zann Esu, or Sorceresses as they are generally known, are on a quest for
the "perfect" magic in its purest form. They feel that the other disciplines of magic are haphazard, and have instead chosen
to focus strictly upon elemental magic. They mold the base elements into whatever magical forms they
need - threatening all other magic disciplines with obsolescence. In order to achieve perfection in
these elemental transmutations, they choose only those daughters of Sanctuary with the highest level
of attunement to the magical elements.
The Sorceresses believe that it is through the search for perfection that they will attain ultimate
purity and ascend to their destined role as the most powerful mages in Sanctuary. For centuries they
have studied in secret, perfecting their art and biding their time until the Emergence of Evil. Then,
they will face their greatest challenge, either proving the purity of their magic or fading from
The Zann Esu oracles have decreed that the time of the Emergence is at hand. The destruction of the
Prime Evils is to be the great test of their clan. Recently, Sorceresses have appeared mysteriously
throughout Sanctuary to do battle with the minions of Evil wherever they are found.
Traits and Abilities
Athletic, affable, and self-assured, Sorceresses hardly seem like scholarly bibliophiles hidden away
from civilization. Sorceresses possess many of the same skills as the male members of the
Eastern mage clans, but excel at the use of Elemental magic. Like most mages, they consider
melee combat vulgar, and use magic almost exclusively to fight their enemies.
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