Dr. Nostuabuk: A Very Curious Treatise

Djindjerael, a 19th century astrologer is not known for his astrology. Perhaps it is for the better. In the days before his carbonation he wrote a curious treatise on the dignities. He said that just as the tarot had its origins in the ancient game of bridj so too some important astrological ideas can be found in another game. They were concealed by ancient astrologers in the game of poque, the origins of which have been traced as far back as ancient Egypt. It is likely far older. In poque the five dignities of domicile, exaltation, triplicity, bounds and face are divided into pairs, a kabbalistic ten, if you will. These pairs had an upper and lower half and their order mirrored.

So in poque:
heighkard is paired with royaltush,
pare with streight-thrush,
tu-pares with fore-uvakine,
tree-uvakine with a pfuhlhose
and a streight with a blush

The names of these dignities sound strange to the modern ear but I am assured by another source that since the time of Djindjerael the spelling has undergone a complete change more suitable to the player. This source also assures me that the modern form also has absolutely nothing to do with dignity — it is nothing but bluff.

Advertisements

6 thoughts on “Dr. Nostuabuk: A Very Curious Treatise

  1. Dear Dr. Nostuabuk,

    Thank you for yet another mind provoking essay.

    My inevitable questions are:

    Was this table of dignities named “Hand Rankings” because it was rediscovered and restored by Robert Hand ?

    Are those dignities really accidental, as this is more of a game of chance, or are they essential for winning ?

    Thanks,
    PokerFace

  2. Dear Pokerface,

    Any similarity to other texts is purely coincidental. As far as I know I am the only one who owns a copy of this rare manuscript. It was hidden in a hoyle in the wall of the keep in the ruined castle of Leger Demain. How it got there will always remain a riddle.

    The dignities in poque are as you have rightly indicated essential for the inexperienced player to win with, only those advanced individuals, and they are few, with well developed bluff are able to deal with a peregrine hand and any accidental dignity that comes their way.

    your servant,
    H. Nostuabuk

    PS By the way note that a hand has five fingers. So a table of essential dignities is also known by poque “initiates” as all hands on the table. This was mentioned by Djindjerael in one of his footnotes.

  3. Dear Dr Nostuabuk

    Thank you for your mind-tickling article. I am particularly intrigued to see that it is possible to win at poque even if one holds a peregrine hand 🙂

    Does Djindjerael run any residential courses at Leger Demain on how to develop ‘bluff’? This could be particularly useful for us poor natives who have one or both of their lights on a Nebula. Blind man’s bluff would indeed be a very useful tool in grappling with any accidental debility we peregrine souls may bump into along life’s path.

    Thank you for a most entertaining piece 😉
    Love
    CarO

    PS Would ‘7 Kard Stuhd’ involve the 7 planetary factors involved in poque’s table of dignities?

  4. Dear Caroline,

    Djindjerael disappeared one day under strange circumstances. It is said that he was s(ch)wept off his feet by a tide of tonic water.

    The castle of Leger Demain is just around the corner from where one lives, it is very hard to find though being such a shifty place. Now you see it, now you don’t.

    Another footnote in the treatise mentions that if a log ? (the text is a bit hard to read here) holds your hand while playing the blind man’s bluff version of poque you are sure to win.

    your servant,
    H. Nostuabuk

    PS Yes “7 Kard Stuhd” does involve the 7 planetary factors, just make sure you play without terms.

  5. Dear Caroline,
    Djindjerael disappeared one day under strange circumstances. It is said that he was s(ch)wept off his feet by a tide of tonic water.

    ~~ CarO ~~ ROFL, you are so very clever at this Dr Nostuabuk!

    The castle of Leger Demain is just around the corner from where one lives, it is very hard to find though being such a shifty place. Now you see it, now you don’t.

    ~~ CarO ~~ Perhaps it is best approached via the antiscion?

    Another footnote in the treatise mentions that if a log ? (the text is a bit hard to read here) holds your hand while playing the blind man’s bluff version of poque you are sure to win.

    ~~ CarO ~~ Oh? Now that wouldn’t read LoG would it? (As in Lord of the Geniture?) I can quite see that if a LoG was guiding the blind man, he would do much better than groping alone in the dark.

    PS Yes “7 Kard Stuhd” does involve the 7 planetary factors, just make sure you play without terms.

    ~~ CarO ~~ Clever! :0) In which case if we played with terms, it would be 5 Kard Studh! :0)

    Love
    CarO (chortling with glee )

  6. Dear Caroline,

    Why yes, by antiscion is indeed the best way to approach the castle of Leger Demain – that is how I did it. But please be very careful. It is best to choose a stationary planet’s antiscion so that you have time to find your way back…

    Yes, LoG as in Lord of the Geniture does indeed make sense. 🙂

    your servant,
    H. Nostuabuk

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s