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The Chosen believe that it is primarily their blood that sets them apart from other beings. It is in their blood that their semi-divinity resides, derived ultimately from descent—however partial—from a God Emperor.The Chosen believe that, at his Apotheosis, a new God Emperor receives the ‘essence’ of the Twin Gods and, in the process, his mortal blood is transmuted into pure ichor: the divine, the burning blood. Any child fathered by a God Emperor receives […]

Chosen Family Trees

This diagram shows a detail from a family tree. Females are shown in red, males in blue. vertical lines between boxes indicate lineal descent. Horizontal links indicate pairings resulting in offspring. The numbers in a name box show that person’s blood-taint. Males who have gone through the Apotheosis are shown with a “0” taint—indicating that their blood has been transubstantiated into ichor. The coloured dots above a name box indicate a blood-rank. The number above […]

House Imago Family Tree

This diagram shows a detail from the House Imago family tree. I explored this family tree in such detail because I wanted to understand how a House might lose its first lineage. Such a loss occurred in House Imago 95 years before Carnelian is born, when a father and son (shown in orange) were involved in the succession crisis of the God Emperor Qusata. Their blood-taints were close enough to his that they were sacrificed […]

House of the Masks Family Tree

Shown is a detail from the House of the Masks (Imperial House) family tree. Some of the following comments are best understood by referring to the fully expanded diagram. Though brides are sometimes brought into the House of the Masks from the Great, for reasons of maintaining blood purity, intermarriage is predominantly sought within the House itself. Thus the prevalence of incestuous unions: mothers marrying their sons; sisters their brothers. Whatever his initial blood-taint, a […]