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Nobilis

A Game of Greater Powers

Author: R. Sean Borgstrom
Editor: Bruce Baugh
Artists: Charles Vess, Michael Kaluta, Bryan Talbot, Al Davison,
Denise Garner, Ralph Horsley, Frazer Irving, Martin McKenna, Rik
Martin, Raven Mimura and Lee Moyer, plus Arcimboldo
Cover: Full colour, featuring the sculpture 'Sphinx Mysterieux' by
Art Nouveau master Charles van der Stappen
Format: 11" x 11", 304 pages, hardcover
ISBN: 1-899749-30-6
Code: 60-600
Price: $46.95US, $64.95CAN

The Game of Powers
LARP Rules for Nobilis

Author: R. Sean Borgstrom, E. Deirdre Brooks, Gareth Hanrahan, Mikko Rautalahti and
John Shockley
Editor: Bruce Baugh
Artists: Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Rik Martin and Lee Moyer
Cover: Full colour, featuring 'Ophelia' by Maurice Bouval, courtesy of the Macklowe
Gallery in New York.
Format: 8.5" x 11", 96 pages, softcover
ISBN: 1-899749-36-5
Code: 60-602
Price: $16.95US, $23.95CAN

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Nobilis

NOBILIS

A Game of Greater Powers

THE GAME

Author: R. Sean Borgstrom
Editor: Bruce Baugh
Artists: Charles Vess, Michael Kaluta, Bryan Talbot, Al Davison,
OFDenise
SOVEREIGN
Garner, Ralph POWERS
Horsley, Frazer Irving, Martin McKenna, Rik
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R SEAN BORGSTROM

The Game of Powers
LARP Rules for Nobilis

Author: R. Sean Borgstrom, E. Deirdre Brooks, Gareth Hanrahan, Mikko Rautalahti and
John Shockley
Editor: Bruce Baugh
Artists: Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Rik Martin and Lee Moyer
Cover: Full colour, featuring 'Ophelia' by Maurice Bouval, courtesy of the Macklowe
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Denise Garner, Ralph Horsley, Frazer Irving, Martin McKenna, Rik
Martin, Raven Mimura and Lee Moyer, plus Arcimboldo
Cover: Full colour, featuring the sculpture 'Sphinx Mysterieux' by
Art Nouveau master Charles van der Stappen
Format: 11" x 11", 304 pages, hardcover
ISBN: 1-899749-30-6
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Price: $46.95US, $64.95CAN

The Game of Powers
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Author: R. Sean Borgstrom, E. Deirdre Brooks, Gareth Hanrahan, Mikko Rautalahti and
John Shockley
Editor: Bruce Baugh
Artists: Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Rik Martin and Lee Moyer
Cover: Full colour, featuring 'Ophelia' by Maurice Bouval, courtesy of the Macklowe
Gallery in New York.
Format: 8.5" x 11", 96 pages, softcover
ISBN: 1-899749-36-5
Code: 60-602
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OBILIS
BY R. SEAN BORGSTROM

Nobilis

A Game of Greater Powers

Author: R. Sean Borgstrom
Editor: Bruce Baugh
Playtesters
: Robert
Barrett,
Doug Bryan
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Christopher
Artists: Charles
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Contents
7

ON THE SHORE

9

ASH AND CHRYSANTHEMUM :
AN INTRODUCTION

17

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43

HOW TO BE A HOLLYHOCK GOD PT 2 :
GENRE

81

ATTRIBUTES

Aspect
Using Aspect
THE
ESSENCE
OF
OBILIS
Rules for Aspect
45
Playing Nobilis
What you do
Domain
Nobilis conventions
The setting
Using Domain
A Game of Greater Powers
Author: R. Sean Borgstrom
Resources
Using the setting
Rules for Domain
Editor: Bruce Baugh
The concepts of Nobilis
Character creation
Realm
Artists: Charles Vess, Michael Kaluta, Bryan
Talbot,
Al Davison,
The flavors of Imperators
Action
Rules
for Realm
Denise Garner, Ralph Horsley, Frazer Irving,
Martin McKenna, Rik
The enemy
As for the rest
Spirit
obilis
.
Martin, Raven Mimura and Lee Moyer, plusBonds
Arcimboldo
The world of the
Cover: Full colour, featuring the sculpture 'Sphinx Mysterieux' by
BE A HOLLYHOCK GOD PT 3 :
Anchors
49 HOW TOArt
Nouveau master Charles van der Stappen
HOW TO BE A HOLLYHOCK GOD PT I :
WHAT DO
OBILIS DO?
Rules for Spirit
Format: 11" x 11", 304 pages, hardcover
WHAT DOES A HOLLYHOCK GOD DO?
Chancel management
An
outline of character creation
ISBN: 1-899749-30-6
Foreword
Personal projects
An
example of character creation, part I
Code: 60-600
Social activity
lanthe writes
The
creation of Jameson Black
Price: $46.95US, $64.95CAN
Being a Hollyhock God
Anchor oversight
Running a game
Serving their Estate
113 GIFTS AND
ANDICAPS
Non-player character design
Serving their Code
Gifts
Story design
Performing their duties
Sample Gifts of Aspect
The Monarda Law
Sample Gifts of Domain
Single-player Nobilis
AN
EXAMPLE
OF
PLAY
Sample Gifts of Realm
57
.obilis online
Unworthy causes
Sample Gifts of Spirit
Scene 1 : for
Bethany
The simple Rites
LARP Rules
Nobilis
R. Sean Borgstrom, E. Deirdre
Brooks,
Gareth
Hanrahan, Mikko Rautalahti and Handicaps
CAIN ATLAS OFAuthor:
CREATION
Scene
2 : Marsiglio
rants
John Shockley
Lord Entropy's demesne
Scene 3 : War in the skies
Limits
Editor:
Bruce
Baugh
The Code Fidelitatis
of Lord
Entropy
Scene 4 : Treason and violence go away
Restrictions
Artists:
Leethe
Moyer
Interpretations of
the Law Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Rik Martin
Scene 5 :and
Maddy
bastard
Virtues
by Maurice
Bouval,
Precedents, et al Cover: Full colour, featuring 'Ophelia'Scene
6 : Genseric
Dace courtesy of the Macklowe
Affiliation
Gallery in New York.
Entropy's seeds
Scene 7: Conclusions
An example of character creation, part 2
Format: 8.5" x 11", 96 pages, softcover
Cityback
ISBN: 1-899749-36-5
The Prosaic Earth
and the
Mythic World
135 CHANCELS AND IMPERATORS
77 HOW TO BE A HOLLYHOCK GOD PT 4 :
Code:
60-602
The nature of the
Mythic
World
THE
PLAY
CONTRACT
Chancels
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The nature of Prosaic Earth
Player comfort
Chancel properties
The Spirit World
Player autonomy
Sample Chancel creation
The World Ash
Sex, violence and other issues
Imperators
Other Earths
Emphasis, genre and expectation
Sample Imperator creation
Leaving Earth
An example of character creation, part 3
Powers on other Earths
Miscellania
155 DESIGNS
The Bright and Shadowed Realms
Design construction : flowers
Chancels
construction
background
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229 HOW TO BE A HOLLYHOCK GOD PT 8 :
1 97 A BOOK OF BEASTS : EXCRUCIANS
A riding of Excrucians
CHARACTERS IN DETAIL
Cants of the Excrucians
Chancelfolk
Warmains
Humans of the outside world
Warmain Gifts
Abnormal humans
Warmain Foci
spirits
A Game of Greater Nature
Powers
Mimics
.obilis
Author: R. Sean Borgstrom
Deceivers Editor: Bruce Baugh
Imperators
Deceiver Gifts
NPcs Talbot,
in general
Artists: Charles Vess, Michael Kaluta, Bryan
Al Davison,
Denise Garner, Ralph Horsley, Frazer Irving,
Martin McKenna, Rik
Deceiver Foci
Mentors
Martin, Raven Mimura and Lee Moyer, plus
Arcimboldo
Favors,
alliances, and grudges
Deceiver personalities
Cover:
Full
colour,
featuring
the
sculpture
'Sphinx
Mysterieux' by
Bonds
of
convenience
Strategists
169 HOW TO BE A HOLLYHOCK GOD PT 5 :
Art
Nouveau
master
Charles
van
der
Stappen
Bonds
of
love
THE FINE ARTS OF RULES RESOLUTION
Strategist Gifts
Format: 11" x 11", 304 pages, hardcoverBonds of loyalty
Strategist Foci
ISBN: 1-899749-30-6
Bonds of enmity
Excrucian methods
171 A BOOK OF BEASTS : IMPERATORS
Code: 60-600
Abhorrent weapons
Essence
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A majesty of Imperators
249 TREACHERY: A SAMPLE CAMPAIGN
BE
A
HOLLYHOCK
GOD
PT
7
:
The premise
General truths about Imperators
211 HOW TO
WHAT
MAKES
NOBLE
ACTIONS
A
Story structure
Diabolic Imperators
CHALLENGE?
Locus
Parasiel
History of the Diabolic Imperators
Locus
Ambrolam and Precipice Citadel
Implementation
and
consequences
Diabolical Estates
Conflicts
of
interest
Locus
Sakhrat
Celestial Imperators
Major
challenges
Stories
History of the Celestial Imperators
Slippery slopes
Celestial Estates
LARP Agents
Rules for Nobilis
Aspect
Justify
your existence
Imperators of the Author:
Light
R. Sean Borgstrom, E. Deirdre Brooks, Gareth Hanrahan, Mikko Rautalahti and
History of the Magisters
of
the
light
Domain
Npc-driven
stories
John Shockley
Inquisitorial stories
Estates of the Light
Realm
Editor: Bruce Baugh
Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Rik Spirit
Martin and Lee Moyer
Imperators of theArtists:
Dark
Cover: Full colour, featuring 'Ophelia'Massive
by Maurice
Bouval,
History of the Dark
defensive
Gifts courtesy of the Macklowe 277 HOW TO BE A HOLLYHOCK GOD PT 9 :
Gallery in New York.
TORIES IN DETAIL
Estates of the Dark
Incredible informational Gifts
8.5" x 11", 96 pages, softcover
Event-driven storytelling
Imperators of theFormat:
Wild
Deadly offensive Gifts
ISBN: 1-899749-36-5
Thematic storytelling
History of the Wild
Code: 60-602
Campaigns
Wild Estates
223 A BOOK OF BEASTS :
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Divine Imperators (the "True Gods")
ENTROPY AND OTHERS
The solitary Lord Entropy and a crony of cossets
289 CONCLUDING VYASA
History of the True Gods
The Lord of Expectations and a drive of ombudsmen
Divine Estates
291 APPENDIX CA GLOSSARY
Aaron's Serpents
A rule of sovereigns
A tale of Aaron's Serpents
Six common sovereigns
Serpent Estates
The powers of the .obilis
294 APPENDIX B: FLOWERS AND MEANINGS
Anchors
191 HOW TO BE A HOLLYHOCK GOD PT 6:
The commoners
299 APPENDIX C: TIMELINE
161

RESOLVING CONFLICT

Terminology
Conflict between beings of miraculous power
What actually happens
Wounds
Non-lethal attacks
Disease and aging
Miracle point recovery
Experience
Death

Nobilis

The Game of Powers

HOW NOBLES SOLVE
THEIR PROBLEMS
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Licensed version
Casually excessiveInc.
force

Social action
A manual of persuasion
Peaceable conflict resolution
Investigation and adventure
Negotiation in out-of-character scenes

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by Ralph Horsley
THE POWER OF STORYTELLING
by Al Davison
21
LORD ENTROPY
by Michael Kaluta
27
by Martin McKenna
Two POWERS LEAVE THEIR CHANCEL AND ENTER PROSAIC EARTH
31
by Charles Vess
PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN
39
A
Game
of
Greater
Powers
by Al Davison
EXCRUCIAN DEFEATED BY THE POWER OF ART
44
Author: R. Sean Borgstrom
by Frazer Irving
THE POWER OF MURDER
53
Editor: Bruce Baugh
by Talbot,
Bryan Talbot
THE POWER OF GREED
Artists: Charles Vess, Michael Kaluta, Bryan
Al Davison,
61
Denise
Garner,
Ralph
Horsley,
Frazer
Irving,
Martin
McKenna, Rik
by Rik Martin
69
EXCRUCIAN DECEIVER
Martin, Raven Mimura and Lee Moyer, plusby
Arcimboldo
Charles Vess
FAIRIES
83
Cover: Full colour, featuring the sculpture 'Sphinx Mysterieux' by
by Raven Mimura
THE DOMAIN OF SILENCE
91
Art Nouveau master Charles van der Stappen
by Lee Moyer
Format:
11"
x
11",
304
pages,
hardcover
NELL PENNINGTON, THE POWER OF NOBLE GASES
99
ISBN:
1-899749-30-6
by Bryan Talbot
III
JAMESON BLACK, THE POWER OF STORMS
Code: 60-600
by Frazer Irving
117
THE POWER OF SONG
Price: $46.95US, $64.95CAN
by Denise Garner
125
FLOWER RITE
THE
POWER
OF
FIRE
MEETS
WITH
AN
ANCHOR
by Rik Martin
131
THE POWER OF GUNS
by Martin McKenna
141
by Arcimboldo
151
THE LIBRARIAN
by Ralph Horsley
THE ALCHEMY OF FLOWERS
158
by Martin McKenna
THE
POWER
OF
TRAFFIC
170
by Bryan Talbot
HONESTY
LARP Rules for Nobilis
179
Author:
R.
Sean
Borgstrom,
E.
Deirdre
Brooks,
Gareth
Hanrahan,
Mikko
Rautalahti
and
by Lee Moyer
ACMONIAN
WOOD
187
John Shockley
by Frazer Irving
THE POWER OF VOYEURISM
193
Editor:
Bruce Baugh
by Al Davison
SPIDER
EYES
203
Artists:
Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Rik Martin and Lee Moyer
by Rik Martin
209 Full colour, featuringEXCRUCIAN
WITH
ABHORRENT
WEAPON
Cover:
'Ophelia' by
Maurice
Bouval,
courtesy of the Macklowe
Gallery
in
New
York.
by Raven Mimura
NOBILIS
RITE
215
Format: 8.5" x 11", 96 pages, softcover
by Lee Moyer
222
ANANDA
ISBN: 1-899749-36-5
MALEVOLENT
TREE-SPRITE
by Bryan Talbot
233 60-602
Code:
by Al Davison
Price:
THE POWER OF DISABILITY
239 $16.95US, $23.95CAN
by Arcimboldo
VERTUMNUS
245
THE PEOPLE FIELDS OF LOCUS PARASIEL
by Michael Kaluta
253
by Raven Mimura
FETISHES
OF
THE
POWER
OF
NEUROSIS
259
FRONTISPIECE

YGGDRASIL, THE TREE OF LIFE

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by Charles Vess
273
by Arcimboldo
WATER (WASSER)
279
by Michael Kaluta
THE WHEEL
285
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At the Shore
Under the cliffs, near the rotted logs, at the edge between sand and water, something
impossible happens . A man appears, standing, on top of the sea . His face is impossibly
pure . His eyes are closed . Nevertheless, he looks at me .
"I wish to make you afraid," he says . His hand closes . Trenches and pits gape open
A shakes
Game
Greater
Powers
in the sand . The beach beneath me
and of
settles
.
Author: R. Sean Borgstrom
The scent of the sea vanishes . The waves crash against the shore, but their sound
Editor: Bruce Baugh
dies out.
Artists: Charles Vess, Michael Kaluta, Bryan Talbot, Al Davison,
I want to run
. I don't
dare . IRalph
want toHorsley,
tell him that
I'm Irving,
just an ordinary
.
Denise
Garner,
Frazer
Martin person
McKenna,
Rik
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to understand
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Every wave that washes across this world is mine ; and the miracle does not end there .
They are me.
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The gun fires .
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and fear no suffering . Serve corruption, and rejoice in your degradation ." It seems
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