- December 22 – January 19
- WORD FOR GUARDIAN
- WORD FOR ZODAI
- Cardinal House, Earth
The Seagoat constellation has one inhabited planet, Tierre—the largest in the Zodiac—and one small moon. Tierre has the widest range of topography and animal species of any House; its surface is colored in various shades of green, brown, orange, gray, and blue. The planet has a single massive landmass, Verity, surrounded by an ocean. Capricorns live in modest homes on vast plots of land, and nearly every citizen has multiple pets that live free-range.
Yet Verity’s true riches lie beneath its surface: Deep underground, Capricorns have built a treasure trove of truths—books, art, technology, achievements of human intelligence—a labyrinthine collection of artifacts that spans nearly the whole globe and contains the collective wisdom of the Zodiac. It’s called the Zodiax. There is an underground train—the Vein—that transports people through the Zodiax, its route mapped by subject, not geography. The Zodiax contains libraries, museums, galleries, theaters, and more, and all Capricorns are devoted to maintaining and protecting the knowledge housed there—as well as expanding it.
The People, Personality
House Capricorn represents Wisdom. Its people are wise, patient, organized, down-to-earth, by-the-book, stubborn, and conservative. They carefully amass knowledge throughout their lives, and every Capricorn considers it his purpose to protect the planet’s animals and environment, as well as pursue and promote knowledge.
The People, Physically
Besides being the wisest people in the universe, Capricorns are also the tallest and shortest: Half the population is tall and dark-skinned, and the other half is short and ruddy-complexioned. Capricorns don’t follow any fashion trends—black robes are the House’s traditional “uniform.”
Capricorns believe in quantifying and containing knowledge, so they carry with them a Sensethyser, which they use to capture and create holographic versions of anything new they stumble across, in addition to sending messages and searching the Zodiax database. When pointed at an item, the Sensethyser digests every detail and creates a holographic replica that is simultaneously downloaded in a terminal of the Zodiax for review and classification.
Capricorn is a socialist society where there is no personal property. Everything is everyone’s and no one’s—their philosophy is we borrow possessions while we’re alive and return them when we die. Everyone has communal meals, everyone gets the same size plot of land, and everyone contributes to the greater good of the whole. The only political figurehead is the Guardian, and his or her function is ensuring the Capricorn way of life is not disturbed, as well as communicating with the other Houses to document new truths they’ve uncovered. The Guardian’s Council and Royal Guard are in charge of controlling and overseeing House-wide essentials, like food production, social services, transportation, security, and so on.
Sage Frederique Ferez—Almost a centenarian and considered the wisest man in the galaxy, his good standing with the other Guardians has enabled him to coax truths for the Zodiax from even the most secretive Houses.
Chroniclers neutralize their enemies with the Shrill, a weapon made from Sea-goat horns, the insides of which are carved with a series of ridges using a centuries old technique. When sounded, the Chronicler’s breath passes through thousands of intricate airways to emit a sound at a frequency that shuts down the nervous system of anyone who hears it, eventually causing bodies to fall over and seize. With time and talent, Chroniclers can learn to sound the device delicately enough to target a single individual, or with enough force to level an army.