The Courts' Barely Serious FAQ:
Or, Who are you people, Who do you think you are, and Who are
Q: Why are you called the Courts?
A: It's an old running joke, dating back from the time when people
divided up the dominance over the body with the seasons of Summer
and Winter. During the winter, it's almost expected that people
become reclusive--hence, time for the less social of us to be out.
Q: What is the 'LoveCats' thing?
A: It's another old running joke. The Cure had a song called 'The
Lovecats', which had the chorus of 'We miss you hiss, the Lovecats'
(or, "'We miss you.' hiss the Lovecats"). In other words, a case
of being able to use 'we' in public. (Reb: heheh) It's just a big
sing along for us.
Q: Why do you sometimes call your group the Cats and sometimes
the Courts? Pick one!
A: You want us to... what?
If it helps, the Courts are organizations or political affiliations.
We use 'cat' in the place of a pronoun. Such as, 'This Cat wouldn't
get caught dead near Winter digs.' Yes, you can smirk as much as
you want about jazz clubs and so on, but we use it to avoid words
like 'person', 's/he', and 'human.' We also use 'Court member.'
Q: Do you do requests?
A: i see a little silhouette of a man scaramouche scaramouche--No.
Q: Aren't you supposed to be just facets of one person who's
delusional and thinks they're more than one?
A: That's a take on the technical meaning of multiplicity, yes.
Frankly, we find the concept of someone just casually looking at
you and saying, 'Sorry, you don't exist, you only think you do'
a little... (insert random adjective here). Sure, we can be considered
to be simple facets. But frankly, how much of a difference does
that make in our lives?
Q: How do you know you're not just making it up to feel special?
A: Well... apart from the fact that we're not doing this for attention--indeed,
the response we'd have upon our friends finding out is to deny it
systematically to begin with? We didn't suddenly appear with sixty
people overnight (or shortly after finding out about the buzzwords
of multiplicity), and no one in here believes that they're 'more
special than normal humans'. We're not focused around what happened
to us in the past (some of us could care less about trauma). We
could go on, but basically, we don't fit into the stereotype of
an induced multiple.
Q: What's with all these corny names? How are we supposed to
take you seriously with names like 'Stryke'?
Reb: The majority of the sillier names are nicknames/pet
names or simply functional. Why bother with a overly complex name
when, when I want to talk to Stryke, I call her attention with as
much a visual post-it note as a verbal one?
Alex: Think about the identity function of each of us as
being composed of memories of past actions, essential thought patterns,
personal relationship values, and emotional mood.
Reb: What Lexa means is that we communicate with each other
on more levels than just verbally. So the names aren't as important.
Q: How can you claim to be functional, and yet a multiple?
A: Ignore the hype about dysfunctionality--it's possible. We've
invested a lot of effort into working out a stable system. We're
not in therapy, nor do we require it--when we have problems with
each other, we work them out amongst ourselves. And because people
can specialize in here, we can actually be overproductive. (Reb:
Actually, I have a rant about this somewhere. Ariel: Don't you always?
*ducks and runs*)
Q: Okay, which one of you is the core child/host?
A: None of us are. We have a general decision-making council who
changes as needed or as the whim suits us. There is no single person
in here who 'owns' the body and who we should listen to just because
*they* are the ones who are 'real.' We did have someone who matched
up with the body closely and was born in it. She is no longer with
us, and the unanimous decision has been to never try to revive her
Q: If you work as a collective, doesn't this mean you're integrated?
A: If you work in a company, does this mean you're at one with
Q: Why are some of your names on one page with a Court, and
then on another?
A: For entertainment and to keep ourselves occupied, we have certain
power struggles in here. Our Courts are exactly that--they're loose
groups which ascribe to a Council drawn from everyone, which in
turn dispenses laws and hopes they're obeyed. We don't have the
same all-out fights that we did before, but often will people try
to coax others across the battle lines, or have favorite ambassadors.
Our internal existence is one long string of diplomacies and political
trippings. We're people. We go where our friends are and
sometimes only work with others inside because we have to.
Q: Are you just a roleplayer's characters?
A: No. Someone of us RP, but they never feel the loss of themselves
when they do. The sensation of one of us acting--even while very
into the character--and one of us being someone else is completely
different. Those of us watching from outside them can see no change
in the person's very essence, memory-storage functions, habitual
preferences, and sense of ego, even though a person can sometimes
'forget themselves' while rping.
If we do have or create shards during intensive RP, it's likely
that they're reabsorbed or continue to be attached to that person.
In other words... each one of us individually can be just like any
other RPer with their characters.
Q: Why do you keep dropping off for years and then coming back
A: We have offline lives too, y'know. I know that comes as a surprise,
but hey, so's much of life.