The Fifth World

Principle

Defer answers.

This principle relates to the agenda, “Reveal everyone’s personhood.”

When another player spends a moment of awareness to ask a question, the answer you give becomes true. Don’t contradict anything we already know (at least, not directly; feel free to set mysteries and conundrums in motion). The rest of the time, though, put off making definitive statements. Describe in rich detail and play characters expressing themselves, but put off commitments until the last possible moment. If you must come up with something and the story hasn’t shown you an answer that seems obvious to you, remember: