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…

The Emerald Architect

Ozroar. The Emerald Architect, Imperator of the Light, Sovereign of Architecture, the Armamentarium, The Returning Child and the Hearth Ozroar was birthed when Seth, son of Adam, turned from the tomb he had built to his father and ascended the tallest mountain with his children…

The Spirit World

Think of creation as a large n-dimension medium, sort of like water, sort of like gas. This is one way of looking at the Spirit World. Somewhere far away from us is a light source. Call that the point of creation, the Source, or even…

Joktan

“To his left, in the eastern palace, there is Joktan. Joktan stands over the palace like a giant, his shadow massive on the clouds. Joktan’s laughter fills the air. He is laughing at you right now. He is laughing at you because he hates you…

Tenora-Mishu

The Moon-Jasmine Woman, Lady of Effort, Yeichavah Imperator of Geomancy, Reversal, Shunyata and Winter Of Heaven, Tenora-Mishu represents the mysteries and beauties of Heaven, the straining for the infalliable, for the uncatchable. Her beauties encompass that which cannot be done, that which cannot be known,…

Sun Bu-er, Power of Shunyata

Sun Bu-er, beloved servant of the Moon-Jasmine Woman, Conflagration of the Eternal Light, Guardian of the Path of Shunyata. Sun Bu-er represents the concept of shunyata (a Sanskrit word) [known as ku in Japanese] which encompasses latency, non-substantiality, emptiness and void. The state of neither…