Hi there. Jo again. B.E. asked me to explain the Rules to you guys, so here's the short version:
When the gods created the djinn race, they imbued us with a boatload of power. And saddled us with Rules so we wouldn't ruin the world. Makes sense to the us rational djinn. The Efreet? Not so much. Anyway, as near as I can tell, the big Rules are basically
1) No harming of the Master by direct wish.
2) No killing by direct wish.
3) No messing with time.
4) No messing with free will.
5) No unmaking the Universe.
6) No stealing another genie's sanctuary.
7) No raising the dead.
Simple stuff on a grand scale, but not nearly enough to keep wayward genies from getting into trouble, so the Council governs a set of rules that are kind of arbitrary and subjective. Things like 'no public displays of magic' and 'don't do anything to out the djinn race to the world' are pretty good ideas. Others, like 'don't talk about the Efreet' are pretty stupid. But all governing bodies tend to make stupid rules here and there.
Of course, there are ways to circumvent some of the Rules and the rules. Want to kill a human but can't wish for it? Drop a tree on them. Stab them. Shoot them. Mundane and non-magical is hunky-dory with the gods, I guess.
Obviously, since the gods made them, you can't break the Rules outright. Breaking the rules, on the other hand, is easy. I'd know. But, if they catch you, breaking their little rules comes with a steep punishment. And who wants to wear a fur coat for centuries? Not me.
So those are the Rules. I'm not exactly an expert, but I'm the only one who'd talk to B.E. about them, because talking about them is... you guessed it... against the rules. Big surprise there.
If you could have one wish, what would it be? Not that I can grant it, but you never know. What the Council doesn't know won't hurt them. (And they're not exactly internet savvy, so I'm not too worried about them finding out here.)
If you want to read more about me and my adventures, pick up a copy of B.E.'s book Wish in One Hand. It's on sale until Halloween night.