The House Unnamed, the House of Strategy

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The Will Conquers All


A younger brother to the Founder Tytalus, who sought to emerge from his brother’s shadow through reframing the terms of conflict to those where his brother’s strengths were neutralised – hence joining the Order, and developing certamen. His name, though widely known and acknowledged, is used as a curse in the Order nowadays.

Symbol and Iconography

The House’s symbol is the arrow of Mars. It is usually depicted in a pyramid, with a square inside it. In iconography, this is the only male Founder depicted unbearded, in a red toga over a white robe. He holds a staff in his left hand and a pyramid in his right – In post-Schism War representations, a sceptre with a looped end replaces the staff.

What The House Was All About

The House Unnamed was historically renowned for internal cohesiveness and structure; up until 1204 the House was seen as stable and reliable and was usually the first House the Quaesitori turned to for military support. As the largest of the fully Hermetic Houses (Only ex Miscellanea were larger) The House Unnamed dominated the eastern half of the Order the way House Flambeau and House Jerbiton dominated the western half. The House’s magi were famous for their serious demeanours (those with a sense of humour were very rare) and for their efficiency in whatever they turned their hand or Art to. Excellence was regarded as adequate by the House’s magi, and few judged them as harshly as they judged themselves.

The House played a significant role in the Schism War, being one of the two primary combatants against the House Forgotten.

The internal structure of the House was very hierarchical; The Conclave (the ruling Archmagi) held the majority of power in the House through control of the voting power of their apprentices and advancement in the House was through political skill and aptitude with Certamen, an art they excelled in above all others. It was a constant battle to keep place in the hierarchy; only continuous hard work and being perpetually on one’s toes guaranteed security.

In the end, their obsession with mastering the intractable problem of survival beyond death - and the deals with dark beings that drove them to make - was their undoing. Unlike the previous scandals and civil wars in the Order, the Massassa War was swift, bloody and devastating, with a decapitating strike at the House’s Domus Magna by the College of Archmagi slaying all seven of the House’s top leaders in one blow (and one which implied plans for such had been laid well in advance of the revelations in 1204). The rigid hierarchy that had served the House so well in the past became a liability with no leadership, and by 1220, no magus openly claimed membership of the House. Those who had chosen dark immortality over magic slunk away into the shadows that birthed them.

The House’s name is now a byword for hubris and arrogance in the Order.

A Timeline of Events - The Houses in 1346 - The Greater Alps in 1346

Introduction to Ars Magica - The Order in 1346 - A Who's Who of Attendees - How the Game is Played