The God Emperor

The God Emperor is head of the Imperial Power, and the Ruling Lord of the House of the Masks


‘Ichorous’ is used when addressing someone of high blood-rank, most often someone from the House of the Masks

Jade Lord

‘Jade Lord’ is a title possessed by males of the House of the Masks who are candidates for becoming God Emperor

The Three Powers

Power among the Chosen is divided among the Three Powers: the God Emperor (and the House of the Masks) the Great and the Wise. The balance between the Powers is maintained through a system of checks and balances called the Great Balance

The House of the Masks

The House of the Masks is the House of the Chosen that transcends all the rest because it is from within it that a Candidate is elected to become God Emperor. As a consequence, the members of the House of the Masks have the purest blood of all the Chosen. It is the House of the Masks that constitutes the Imperial Power, one of the Three Powers. The Great Balance forbids that anyone of the …

The Imperial Power

The Imperial Power, one of the Three Powers, is that exerted by a God Emperor, though it is his House, the House of the Masks, to which, in a more general sense, that power belongs


Voting processes are ubiquitous among the Chosen and are based on blood-rank. Only those who are of the Great are ‘enfranchised’ and, of these, women and minors are generally excluded.


The Chosen believe that it is 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, transmuting his mortal blood into pure ichor: the divine, burning blood. A child fathered by a God Emperor receives the gift of this ichor intermixed with the blood of its mother.

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