Illuminator
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Basic Information

An illuminator, also known as a limner, is someone who paints oranamental decorations, especially those in illuminated manuscripts, books, and scrolls. They would often work in tandem with (or immediately after) a scribe, or may in fact be one themselves and work on both the lettering and illustration within a given book. In the middle ages, many books were produced at abbeys or monasteries, so many illuminators in those eras were also monks. Others were middle class artisans.

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Game and Story Use

  • A mad limner might draw Things Man Was Not Meant To Know in the margins of a book. This may cause the reader to go mad. It may render the book a cursed item. If the book is popular, or valuable, it may move from one library or noble estate to another, leaving a trail of broken minds and strange happenings.
  • A particularly skilled illuminator might create a book with such artistic flourishes that it has great value as a treasure beyond the literary content of the volume.
  • An illumination might also reveal information which was widely known and unremarkable at the time of its creation but has since been lost - much, for example, has been learned about the medieval martial arts and their equipment by looking at the illustrations in contemporary works.
  • A book of heresy or rebellious and inflamatory text might be illegal or dangerous (in a non-cthulhu-y way). The players are charged with determining who made it (with the handiwork of the limner being a likely calling card or clue).
    • They eventually discover (perhaps from interrogating the illuminator) that one illustration is a secret donor portrait. He knows not who commissioned him, but he saw their face a dozen times and drew it on a page from memory. Now the PCs need to bring that page to the standard royal court and suss out the traitor by their likeness.
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