Episode 19: Props of the World Unite
Today we get on the topic of Props. Do you use them? How do you use them? And Why do you use them?
Zendead- I will be Presenting a letter of Marque to use in your game.
Joules- “The Faded”
Always on the very edge of memory live the faded. They are what’s left when the you and the world have finished with them. Ground them into ashes and vague recollections.
They were once people. They could have been your friends, co-workers, patrons. But how their peers perceived them, how the world perceived, how you perceived them ultimately cursed them.
In your world, in your life’s narrative, you saw them as simply support. To be used to further your own end. For advancement, for money, for fame, for power, for your own pride. In your eyes, they had no value except what they could provide for you. And as you grew in power, in fame, in stature, the curse of the faded began to manifest..
And when you had no use for them, they became immaterial to your life. They were broken tools that had no use. You forgot about them. They moved on. Searching for someone, something to give them substance, a meaning, a value. Most never find it. For a very lucky few, they met an individual who gives in addition to taking. This halts the fading process.
For the rest of the faded, each time the cycle repeats, they start to disappear. They effectively fade from memory. Forgotten first by distant acquaintances, then by neighbors and co-workers, followed by friends and family. Ultimately even the world itself forgets them. Records of their existence (birth records, photos, passports) cease to exist. The curse is now complete.
But the faded retain their minds, their memories, their personality and emotions. And since they aren’t part of the world anymore, the rules of the world don’t apply to them. They can pretty much affect the world how they wish. A kind faded may act as a guardian angel. A mischievous faded becomes the gremlins that screw up the computer or hide car keys. But beware the faded of pain and rage. They are the ones who have seen hell and lived through it. And now they bring it with them.
Pygmy noun pyg·my \ˈpig-mē\
Definition of pygmy
1: often capitalized : any of a race of dwarfs described by ancient Greek authors
2: capitalized : any of a small people of equatorial Africa ranging under five feet (1.5 meters) in height
3a (1) : an unusually small person (2) : an insignificant or unimpressive person an intellectual pygmy
b : something very small of its kind
Origin and Etymology of pygmy
Middle English pigmei, from Latin pygmaeus of a pygmy, dwarfish, from Greek pygmaios, from pygmē fist, measure of length
First Known Use: 14th century
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