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Facts about Maison DuBois
- Crest Symbol Meanings
- Grizzly bear: Formidable hunter, master of survival, Étienne Brûlé himself
- Royal blue color: Element Water
- Stars and compass: Navigation, knowing one's place in the universe, having a sense of purpose or direction
- Oak branches: Steadfastness and strength
- Crossed Axes:
- Mastery over elements
- Taming and controlling of the wilderness as part of forging the new world, personal gain from commerce and use of natural resources
- Cutting down tyranny, treachery, and lawbreaking
- Slicing through injustice and attacking evildoing
- House Artifact: Compass owned by Étienne Brûlé, it can detect the heartbeats of any living creature
- Current House Mott: Semper Aequus or Always Just
- Previous house motto until end of the Magma War: Persevere and Excel
Canon House Description
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The second of five house crests is for Maison Du Bois
, which features the noble North American Grizzly Bear, a formidable hunter and master of survival. Much like the DuBois house founder, Étienne Brûlé
(Ay-tee-en Broo-lay), grizzlies control wide territories and are often found in coastal systems. The royal blue symbolizes this element of water, as Brulé was a trapper and explorer along the Great Lakes region, and traveled the intercoastal waterways throughout eastern and midwestern North America. The stars symbolize navigation, of knowing one’s place in the universe, having a sense of purpose or direction. The compass evokes this as well, although it also points to a powerful magical artifact that belonged to Brulé, who charmed (or hexed, depending on your point of view) an ordinary compass to detect the heartbeats of any living creature. Brulé alone possessed the considerable knowledge to distinguish the species of each heartbeat detected, which he used both to become an infamous tracker and trapper, as well as to escape the long arms of the French-Canadian authorities who would attempt to regulate and outlaw Brulé and his compatriots, known as coureurs de bois. They considered themselves entrepreneurial and independent; the authorities thought they were undercutting their economy and avoiding their tariffs. A superior partnership with the native tribes meant Brulé and his partners operated outside the reach of the colonial rule, just they way they liked it. In addition, the grizzly symbolizes Brulé himself, who worked closely with the Huron Bear Tribe before they allegedly tortured and devoured him on suspicion of betrayal. Escaping by canoe down the Susquehanna river and to the Chesapeake Bay (where he met up with another house founder), Brulé let this story of his death stand, so that he could continue to operate more covertly. News of his supposed demise also had the beneficial effect of throwing off his many enemies. Members of Maison Du Bois, like their founder, have a tendency to never back down and what appears to be an honorable fight can turn into escalated retaliation that backfires.
The oak branches refer to the steadfastness and strength that members of Maison Du Bois value. The grand oak trees start from a single seed and grow to provide shade and protection in the forest. Members of Maison Du Bois, who are often drawn to the Path of the Marshall, see themselves as providing this sort of shelter from harm through their commitment to maintaining law and order in the provinces. The crossed axes refer to the mastery over the elements, a pruning and taming of the wilderness to forge a new world and to provide personal gain in the form of commerce and use of natural resources. They also refer to the cutting down of tyranny, treachery, and lawbreaking; members of Maison Du Bois identify with slicing through injustice, and attacking evildoing wherever it may be found. They themselves may have a certain disregard for the rules, but this is obviously a matter of interpretation.
The original house motto was Persevere and Excel, two qualities Brulé valued, and cultivated in his students through rigorous physical training, including wilderness quests and survival tests. After the Magma War of 1825-1830, the house motto shifted to its present-day one, Semper Aequus or Always Just. The most highly trained and sought-after Marshalls now come from New World Magischola, and nearly all from house Du Bois. While Brulé once outran the government’s edicts, today members of Maison Du Bois, and the Magimundi Marshalls, seek to uphold them.
- Citrus Vodka, Blue Curacao, Mica Powder
- Used after ceremonies and during bonding times to bring the stars into the hearts of the members to be their guide
- Clear Shot:
- Malort: A vital element of the classic DuBois ‘taste of injustice’ ceremony dating back from when Astrid Jeppson was a member in the 1950s.
- The Malort Ritual is something that some senior members of the house engage in with first years