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magic has a price.

anathema \ ə-ˈna-thə-mə \ noun

  1. a person or thing detested or loathed.
  2. a person or thing accursed or consigned to damnation or destruction.
  3. any imprecation of divine punishment; a curse; malediction.

ANATHEMA is a freeform writing/art rp game for hoofed characters (equine, cervine, suid, bovine, and camelid) that rewards hard character choices and puts an emphasis on collaborative, player-driven narrative.

Anathema tells the story of a kingdom protected by monster-slaying mages, and the beasts of wild magic that threaten it. Mages are the strongest weapon against abominations, but are in constant danger of being corrupted into monsters themselves; the stronger a mage is, the closer they are to a terrible transformation, and to being the quarry of the next hunt. Your character's choices determine their fate, potentially steering them toward a monstrous destiny.

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New to Anathema?

Welcome to Anathema! If you're interested in playing with us, head to the Intro to Anathema page for our rules and basic information about the game.

As you create your first Mage, the character guide and magic & corruption pages will introduce character basics, and how magic works in Anathema.

If you're feeling overwhelmed or want some help, please ask staff (or any of our ultra-friendly members!) for a hand in our Discord server anytime! We're happy to help, and hope you join us! ✨💖

To get answers for a few common questions, see our FAQ / Anathema Basics page—though if you question isn't there, or if you would like a more in-depth answer, please reach out to us!

And lastly, Anathema is 18+. Why? Read about the answer and our reasoning here: A Letter from the Admin

Updates & Events

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6/6/24

Monthly roundup: May 2024!

This month's story prompts, updates, and new arrivals!

Event
5/14/24

An Invitation from Pigerton Manor 2

Walk the wisteria-draped grounds of Pigerton Manor!

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5/4/24

Monthly roundup: April 2024!

This month's story prompts, updates, and new arrivals!

Event
4/18/24

Great Hunt: Rorschach

Help protect Ivras from the Gilded Augury!

update
4/7/24

Monthly roundup: March 2024!

This month's story prompts, updates, and new arrivals!

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