House Bjornaer is one of the twelve Houses in the Order of Hermes, a Mystery Cult house whose members follow the initiations and mystical teaching of their Founder, Bjornaer. Its magi are characterized by their ability to take the form of their Heartbeast, and their inability to bind a familiar. The House’s Germanic roots and small size leads to a low status in most sagas. Its domus magna is Crintera, in the Rhine Tribunal.
Though originally German in origin, a number of shapeshifting magi from Greece (associated with the cults of Poseidon and the like) were accepted into the House meaning there are a number of Greek lineages of Bjornaer.
Members of House Bjornaer are mainly known for their ability to shapeshift at will into one particular type of animal, known as their Heartbeast. These Heartbeasts are as diverse as the magi themselves, but all are out of the common run of creatures. House Bjornaer is a Mystery Cult, interested in transformations and the “Inner Animal”. They are unable to form a familiar bond.