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 hate Entropy for this, while others close their hearts against love and pretend the law is just.

Love is a lie: it claims to be beauty, but there are no lovers in Heaven.
Love is a weakness: it gives the Excrucians a possible hold on a Power’s soul.
Eternal love will outlive Creation…but nothing can or will.
Ephemeral love is not love at all.
Therefore love is a lie, a weakness, and a contradiction.

 

Some possibilities:

  • Entropy prohibits love because he knows (fears) it will lead to a dereliction of duty and thus the fall of creation.
  • Entropy most likely did it because he knew it was a rule that would not be followed. Making such a rule allows him to punish those who violate it, or to let people off as a favor which must be returned.
    • The Windflower law isn’t there to be a law, exactly, but to be an excuse. Lord Entropy knows stamping love out engenders corruption and pain and is unlikely to actually succeed.
  • Love is part of the whole prophecy about Lord Entropy being the one on whom the fate of the world hinges.
    • To follow-up with some of the Norse connections – In the Ring, Alberich forswears love to gain power.

Story Implications

  • The Windflower law (like the other laws) is a framework for story. By singling out love it makes love important in any story. As we have a Power (and Imperator) of Love that makes it doubly so.
    • By placing Love with a Wild Lord, we say that Love is a force from slightly outside of the Creator’s intent. This makes it doubly interesting.
  • Love is, because of the Windflower law, an act of rebellion. Marjorie is a brave knight, sworn to duty to love against the evil of Lord Entropy who would deny love.
    • Love drives story, often by making trouble.
  • This game is between two people. It is natural that some of the thoughts and feelings on that will reflect their ways into various themes.
  • Just what is love. With differentiation being an active force, and Marjorie often identifying as the Power of Ardent Love, that means that there are other Loves out there, though perhaps not enNobled on earth.
  • The Infringement Scenario

Ah that most damnable of Lord Entropy‘s rules, the Windflower Law. All love is forbidden, all love is a crime and so all love must be refused and all love is unrequited. Some of the more….”pragmatic” Nobles have noted that the Codex does not forbid sexual intercourse _per se_ and have tried to skirt the edges, but I’m given to understand that the Nobles pursuing such a path are generally so repulsive to any prospective mate that their theory remains unsullied by actual evidence.

The evidence we do have suggests that Nobles spend most of their time complaining about the Law, actively trying to break it, or wondering why such a Law was established in the first place. Unfortunately, I have almost no information on the rationale for this particular article of the Code and am reduced to helpless speculation. Many suggest that the first act of any authority is to restrict the love and affection of those they rule over. Personally, my favorite explanation is that Lord Entropy discovered that the Excrucians would be defeated by a forbidden love and so he made all love forbidden. It’s the kind of cunning strategy I would expect from him.

Anyway, the Court records are littered with hundreds and thousands of cases of illicit love. Even this lexicon mentions the sad tale of Gustav Fletcher and the Swan, Danielle and Manco|, and Xageth and Yatherna Rhom. These aren’t even the most infamous of affairs, just the ones that best highlight the concepts to hand. The truly epic romances would fill whole lexicons of their own.

But I don’t think I’m going to dwell on any of those cases. They’re well documented and if you want to know more, I can certainly recommend a few books. No, instead I think I’m going to very obliquely illuminate one of the great unrequited loves of this Third Age. In order to avoid certain complications I can only sketch an outline, but the “miraculous intellect” of the reader should be capable of drawing a conclusion.

The facts are these:

  1. Lord Entropy is the embodiment of Corruption.
  2. The essence of corruption is to break the law, even (perhaps especially) laws created by the corrupt entity.
  3. Hugh Rosewood is Lord Entropy’s most favored servant.

People who whine about what a “heartless monster” Lord Entropy is, should reflect upon these facts before they open their mouths. People who think they might use these facts for their personal gain or amusement should reflect upon how highly they value their continued existence.

— Goltra

 

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