House of Houses

In the old days the men and the monkeys lived together. They were friends. But the men were jealous of the monkeys because the monkeys had good fields with lots of rice and the men’s fields were bad and produced very little. But the men…

Love, the Windflower Law, and the themes of this game

The Nobilis shall not love — The Windflower Law This law serves not to prevent love but to criminalize it and make it surreptitious. Powers may only love in secret, and must live in fear that Entropy and his minions will discover their love. Many…

Mandates of Tarscipore

The beauty of the heart is the lasting beauty: its lips give to drink of the water of life. Truly it is the water, that which pours, and the one who drinks. All three become one when your talisman is shattered. That oneness you can’t…

#12RPG – Communication and Nobilis

#12RPG   — “Mobile phones and the internet in an RPG setting in the modern day world (perhaps with fantastic elements): discuss. What possibilities do they open up? What, if any, issues come up with them when it comes to RPG scenarios?” In a hidden place…

Oresha (and other Genies)

The genies are descended from the Imperator Jan ben Jan, who ruled the Second Age of Earth! (This Age started when Eden fell and ended when the Excrucians showed up.) These days the genies either roam the world or live in the secret cities Chilminar and…

The Bigfoot

A catechism of the Nobles claims, “Commoners come in seven kinds.” These kinds are ordinary humans, ordinary animals, the descendants of Powers and Imperators, mythical beasts, nature spirits, Cammorae, and mystery cultists. Jenna Moran, Nobilis (2nd edition) Cryptids are fun, because you can easily put them…

Geography as a source of story and thoughts on the Cityback

Geography is a source of ideas and a major thematic source in this game. Both in the idea of geography as an implacable force against which humankind is powerless, and as a qualifier of human freedom and choice with a modest dollop of fate. Geography…

Afrasiyab and Jan ben Jan

In the Lexicon of the Second Age I wrote: Afrasiyab, fourth king of the twin cities of Chilminar and Balbec was the beloved child of the True God Jan ben Jan, born in the Second Age when the Nephilim walked the earth. Afrasiyab is remembered…

Scholar’s Blind Eye Problem

Another piece from the Lexicon of the Second Age. Anyone remember who wrote this? It is one of the brewing plot points. On the contrary, Watson, you can see everything. You fail, however, to reason from what you see. You are too timid in drawing…