“No Books of Men, Vol 1” – Tomas Sparks and the Mission of Mercy

Another chapter of the No Books story. This time starring Tom and my wife’s Noah.
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“No Books of Men” – Demographic Notes (Part 3)

Ahh… The Old Alma Mater. In many ways, where one is educated and in what way is a more powerful factor than one’s House to the Magi of the High Council. While Houses are a vague breakdown of style and personal persuasion, the school one attends reveals a number of other factors which have a stronger influence. Did one attend an ancient monastery, still steeped in traditions older than time itself? Or another attend an ultra modern, technical school which blends bleeding edge technology with arcane arts? One could even attend a school which exists on the border of this world and the Spirit Realms where one is taught by the Ancient Gods themselves.

While House is certainly a strong indicator of the type of magic one is capable of, the schools themselves have just as much or more to say about the individual Mage. A member of House Opifex is a craftsman, no doubt about it. However, a member of the Opifex trained at Greece’s Temple at Olympus and trained by the Roman God Vulcan will have a markedly different style than one trained by the ancient monks of the Shiaolin Temple in China (where they call their smiths “House Gongjiang) or one trained in the high tech Enlightened University of Central Tokyo. Each would be a member of Opifex (or a regional equivalent with a different name) but the difference boils down to whether one uses ancient enchantments, complex traditional alchemies, or enlightened science to work their magics. And this is only one example. Every House has a presence at every School, but the House’s influence and local interpretation varies by location. What follows is a rough breakdown of the schools that exist under the High Council’s purview. Details about each school individual to come at a later date.

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“No Books of Men” – Demographic Notes (Part 2)

Continuing the demographic notes and “behind the scenes” work on building the world of No Books of Men, this is a breakdown of the “House System” utilized in organizing the High Council. The High Council is the primary protagonist group in the No Books setting, but this isn’t because of any sort of altruism. Certainly, there are some who wholeheartedly embrace the party line of “Enlightenment for all” and actively encourage spreading magic to increasing numbers of the “mortal” population. Just as many (if not more) agree to be under the High Council’s umbrella because of the relative freedom and lack of oversight within the organization. “Magic is personal” is a powerful maxim the High Council follows, but it as often creates selfish jerks as it does philosophical revolutionaries.

I will, at a later date, post the “rules” and philosophy of the two major factions of Magi, but for now this is a breakdown of their “Houses.” Houses are a loose affiliation of similarly minded Magi. Theoretically, any practicing Mage can be categorized (willingly or not) into one of these Houses. For example, if one primarily focuses their magic use (stylistically or literally) on the dead than one would be part of House Mara. The rules don’t always line up though and strange combinations do exist. There is also a small, “unofficial” House dubbed House Nil or House Null. This is House of malcontents and young rebels trying to buck a system seen as oppressive or simplistic. Most members of this House either leave the High Council or join a formal House at a later time, once their tempers have cooled and they see the Houses as the vague generalizations they are in truth.

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