In Fable series lore it is said that “when the world was young, Albion [the world of the Fable series] was a peaceful land full of tranquility and beauty.”
Then, out of a place called “the Void” came three figures: “the Knight, the Queen, and the Jack of Blades. They coveted Albion and demanded that all men bow down before them.”
This is the rest of the story of Albion’s origins and what Fable calls “the Old Kingdom” from the official Tales of Albion site (which was taken down in 2010 due to a site redesign, and can now be found on Fable Wiki):
“When the people refused [to bow down], the Court burned Albion until the earth turned black and the sky was thick with smoke. Then the Court demanded obedience again, only to be refused a second time. This time the Court lifted the sea into the sky and flooded the world.
A third time the Court demanded that men worship them, promising peace and an end to the misery. Those who survived still refused. So the Court twisted their minds until brother slew brother, parents abandoned their children, and friend turned against friend.
Finally, the people of Albion bowed to the Court. They and their descendants toiled to raise monuments to those who came from the Void.
In the days when the people still suffered under the Court’s cruelty, a humble blacksmith and his wife had a boy. They named him William Black, and he would become the key to saving Albion.
Little is known about William’s youth. As a grown man, he amazed others with the powers of his mind, by which he was able to protect his village and perform feats that a dozen other men could not equal. These acts came to be celebrated as the “Powers of Will.”
William grew obsessed with the Court, determined to find a way to overthrow it. One night, while consulting a mysterious tome, he was suddenly transported from Albion into the Void. Here he met Jack, who sat on a throne surrounded by ghastly figures. Jack tried to enslave William with the powers of an ornate sword, but William fought back and managed to steal the sword before escaping the netherworld.
Back in Albion, the sword spoke to William. It called itself the Sword of Aeons, and it promised to help him defeat the Court — but only if William offered his soul in bondage.
With the Sword of Aeons, William set off to find the Court.
William scaled the peak of Ruon, Albion’s highest mountain, and challenged the Court to combat. The Knight of Blades appeared first and, wielding the Sword of Aeons, William destroyed him completely.
Next the Jack of Blades appeared. They fiercely struck at one another until William broke Jack’s body. Some say that Jack was not truly slain, and that his soul escaped to the void.
The Queen of Blades was the last to face William. For weeks their battle raged across Albion. Mountains were raised and valleys were formed by their mighty blows. At last, William slew the Queen and freed the people from their yoke. They acclaimed William, who now took the title Archon, as their king.
Once he had vanquished the Court, the Archon set his mind to unifying Albion into a great kingdom. His powers of Will were so great that it seemed the world reshaped itself in accordance with his wishes. Cities were built in a week’s time, and marvelous machines were constructed that ran on will alone. Through a thousand years of peace, Albion reigned as the greatest center of commerce and philosophy the world had ever known.”
Let’s examine the story above Biblically:
First, let’s see who the Court of Blades is according to the Bible. Turn to Genesis 1:1-2:
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
God was there in the void that Earth was. It is also known that God is three persons in one (also called the Trinity):
“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (1 John 5:7)
So in the Court of Blades we see a mirroring of the scriptural God. The similarities go even further though.
When the people of Albion refused to bow down to the Court the first time, the Court “burned Albion until the earth turned black and the sky was thick with smoke.” Turn to Genesis 18:20-21, Genesis 19:24-25 and Genesis 19:28
“And the Lord said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.” (Genesis 8:20-21)
“Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.” (Genesis 19:24-25)
“And he [Abraham] looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.” (Genesis 19:28)
The Court burned Albion much like God burned Sodom and Gomorrah, even down to the smoke. The difference is that in God’s case the fire and brimstone was sent because of the sin of Sodom.
Then, the second time the people refused to bow down to the Court, they “lifted the sea into the sky and flooded the world.” Turn to Genesis 6:5-7, Genesis 6:17 and Genesis 7:11:
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” (Genesis 6:5-7)
“And, behold, I [God], even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.” (Genesis 6:17)
“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.” (Genesis 7:11)
Here we see again the Court imitating God, flooding the world. And again, the difference is that God did it because of the sin of the people, not because he was a cruel tyrant.
When for the third time the people of Albion refused to worship the Court, the Court “twisted their minds until brother slew brother, parents abandoned their children, and friend turned against friend.” Turn to Luke 12:51-53:
“Suppose ye that I [Jesus] am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.”
For the Court’s last act, they did what Jesus did in Matthew 10, “set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.” This is most clearly seen in the bit saying “brother slew brother.”
So, in five cases-the three things they did to the people of Albion, their mirroring of the Trinity, and coming from the Void-we see the Court imitating and twisting the Biblical and true God. The traits shared are inherently setting God up as the villain, when in fact, the opposite is true:
“And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.” (Mark 10:18)
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5)
“What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.” (Romans 9:14)
“The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.” (Psalm 19:9)
Then, after all the destruction, while the Court still ruled, we are introduced to Albion’s future savior-William Black:
- “Little is known about William’s youth. As a grown man, he amazed others with the powers of his mind, by which he was able to protect his village and perform feats that a dozen other men could not equal. These acts came to be celebrated as the “Powers of Will.“
- “Once he had vanquished the Court, the Archon [William] set his mind to unifying Albion into a great kingdom. His powers of Will were so great that it seemed the world reshaped itself in accordance with his wishes. Cities were built in a week’s time, and marvelous machines were constructed that ran on will alone.“
“But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.” (Acts 8:9-11)
These details about William Black liken him to a figure in scripture-the Antichrist:
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)
“Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10)
- William “opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped.” In this case, the Court of Blades.
- It said the Antichrist’s coming “is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.” In Revelation 13 it shows one of the three beasts associated with Satan doing a wonder: “And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,” (Revelation 13:13)
Look at what the power of Will in Fable (Which William tapped into first) can do:
Let’s see the final fate of the person (the Antichrist) who did this wonder according to the Bible:
“And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” (Revelation 19:20)