No Books of Men: World Building – Enlightened Academies, part I

Now to start in on the next (and final for a bit, as I really need to get back on track with editing that damned novel) bit of world expansion for the No Books setting. These are the Academies where mages of the Council are trained. While I will not be listing the Order’s institutions here, know that they do exist but are primarily located on the Atlantean Archipelego. These will be organized primarily by continent, but as those divides are as much political and cultural as they are geographical, there wil be a bit of bleed through on the classifications. It’s really more of a breakdown for convenience than a geographical rule of the setting.

Today, we’re starting with the Americas. Why? I live in N. America and thus my brain starts there, close to home, as opposed to elsewhere. Plus, Columbiana University is the place where all this began, as it was there that the original No Books of Men site took place (and thus the vast majority of the upcoming stories are too).

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No Books of Men: World Building – Houses, part III

These are the Ancient Houses of the Council. These are the inheritors of traditions that trace back to the most ancient days of humanity. When the first Shaman spoke to the spirits, the Kadji were there. When the first druid spoke to the beasts and trees of the world, the Silvani were there. When the first seer glimpsed the fate of her tribe, the Tanka were there. In none of these cases did these figures know the name their descendents would raise as a banner and a House to be proud of, but their methods and purpose were, are, and always will be the same. Continue reading “No Books of Men: World Building – Houses, part III”

No Books of Men: World Building – Houses, part II

After a cold that knocked me off my feet for almost a week, I’m back with three more Houses!

These three are the “Founding” Houses of the Council. These are the groups which, possibly older than the Cult of Thoth, helped come together to form its core in the Roman Period and later recruited the other Houses. These are all very different in level of organization and stability, but all are united in their loyalty to the Council. Most also tend to have contributed to the Order’s ranks centuries ago, and thus have counterparts within the Order.

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No Books of Men: World Building – Houses, part I

As promised, I’ve started putting together summaries of the Houses of the High Council. As I’ve been going through these factions, I’ve been drfiting further and further away from calling them Houses. They’re more than simple “factions” however, so until I can think of a different term for them they will continue to be called “Houses.”

The first three of the Houses are those who began as groups independent of the Council, the Order, and the Schism Wars. Houses Lian, Mara, and Masar each have a unique history and set of circumstances which brought them to the Council and thus have a certain degree of autonomy and independence that other Houses might not. That said, they are still full members of the Council and thus follow its guidelines while helping to shape the bylaws of the group.

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