Household Designer Diaries 2 - Make Yourself at Home

Hi everybody, my name is Rico Sirignano and I’m the author of the lore of Household.

First of all, I say “author”, but I should probably say “translator” because, believe it or not, Household is based on true events. The story I will now tell you was actually written by a little Boggart named Herasmo J. Hemingway. You see, years and years ago, I was lucky enough to find this extremely small book. After translating it, I found out that it was some kind of history book made by the littlings (as they called themselves), and, shocked as I was, I decided that I couldn’t just keep the finding to myself!

Household is set in “The Household”, a huge mansion that was long abandoned by the people who once lived in it, and it’s now inhabited by little being that we call “Littlings”.

These littlings are divided in four Little Folks. Each Folk built their nation in one of the Rooms of the House.

The Faeries, graceful and dragonfly-winged littlings, rule over the Dining Hall. They built their high cities in the tall Piano of Blackshine, near the Great Window, and even on top of the Chandelier of Astraviya, where Tsarina Arcadia Oberonovna holds court.

The Boggarts, tall and strong littlings who were once the favorites of the old Master, have their modest homes, farms, and ranches in the Living Room. They made their capital, Wallford, inside a hole in the Wall, near the Fireplace, to represent their love for the Family and the House.

The Sluagh, the unbleeding multitude that came from the Farbeyond, have settled in the Basement. Their territory hosts an amazing variety of cultures, expanding from the Pond of Viletia to the Great Blade of Al Sehir, all the way to the Sawdust Desert.

Lastly, the Sprites, the littlings born out of the household elements, control the Upper Floor. They are divided into three ethnicities: the slender Sylphs, born out of the Draft; the strong Undines, born out of the Drain; and the curious Salamanders, born out of the Spark. Nevertheless, they’re united in a great nation that built the huge cities of Beddingham in the Bedroom and Tuberdam in the Bathroom.

Our story begins a hundred years after the disappearance of the Master.

During these years, the Little Folks had many conflicts and even fought what is now called the Great Household War. Former Emperor Oberon Trismegistus of the Fae Folk ruled over the Household with an iron fist for many years, and his politics of endless expansion have caused losses on every side of the Conflict. During those difficult times, all Folks were forced to fight for the control of each Room, and sadly learned to look at each other as enemies.

But now, that war has ended. Oberon was mysteriously killed, and his daughter Arcadia renounced to the throne in favor of a High Council that could represents littlings of all Folks. This is a new era where littlings can finally travel from Room to Room and see each other as allies and possibly friends.

We call these years The Fragile Peace, the times when littlings of all Folks can finally work together to build a brighter future for the Household. A magical period of ideological and industrial revolutions, always on the brink of a diplomatic incident.

I could go on and on forever, talking about how Capitan Rodomonte defeated the White Dragon (more like a Swan!), or how Valentine Du Lampe became General of the Goldenbacks, or how Wise Paracelsus used the ingredients in the Pantry to make all the amazing varieties of tea, coffee, or even the beer that the littlings now drink… but I think that’s more than enough for today!

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed learning more about the history of the Household, and I can’t wait to hear your stories as littlings of the House. Stay safe!

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Household Designer Diaries 2 - Make Yourself at Home

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