with Katra: Recipe for the Past.|
by Katra and the rest of the Traveling Court, 7/17/01
We're going to play today.
Recently we've been going through a few arguments about what 'we'
are. These sorts of things are about what kind of person we portray
and so on. Also, we need to either readjust our Council or wrap
together loose ends, because this level of stress is literally killing
us. Plus, we've been losing Ariel, who's been pretending to fill
a role for so long that he's started to blur around the edges as
another person wakes up from the long years of half-sleep. What
can we do about this? Why not another Front?
For nothing but amusement, we're putting this up here for others
to read. It's a sort of 'how-to' with us in here.
Your host today is Katra. Because Traveling isn't as good with
having the inner workings open to us--because Summer's got a choke-hold
on control, as well as on the materials--we'll be doing something
minor today. We'll be reassembling a person, which is easier
than yanking one together from scratch to save ourselves with.
In truth, we're cheating here, because all we're doing is putting
back the pieces together of someone from our past who happens to
remind us of someone we want now. This isn't Creation--it's just
Remembering. But it makes Reb twitch, which is always worthwhile,
and it provides a decent line of How To in here. If you're in a
plural group and ever feel embarrassed or awkward because you don't
feel like you 'work right'... don't. We're utter rejects ourselves.
As seen here.
Final Product Desired: Twentyish-year old male with the
ability to be happy and unworried. Will serve as front to filter
out all the unnecessary things the rest of us stress over. Will
act both off and online, and so must be a decent and average representation
of the entire group; he will be our amalgamation overall for ease
of Fronting for everyone. Must be unconcerned enough to let his
memories and mind be picked over by others, and not become upset
when he is controlled to do things the rest of us need. Must be
dynamic enough to be good company for the rest of us, and not just
a paper puppet--that's personal preference though, just selfishness.
Selene: The original Selene is actually our base for this,
before she became Irish. And female. When last she was what we
want now, the body was 14. For now, she has Judith's traits of
enjoying entropy--she was given them to keep Judith from being
lethal, as I understand it--so we'll have to peel those off first
and try to keep them separate as -Her-. If we fail and lose her,
they'll come back later in something unexpected, but we'll let
Summer Court take care of that mess.
One of the distinct, unique traits we need from Selene is her
continual peace with possible death at any time, and the expectation
that it will come, without her fussing. We'll see if that's one
that can be adapted without her losing it, since different versions
of things doesn't require them to be shared.
Facet: To this, we're giving up Traveling's Front for
the cause. Unfortunately, *prod* *prod*, we can't rearrange her
how we want to just take on all these new characteristics. I guess
she's too defined for her own sense of self-identity... oh well.
We'll give Souji her job and let her do what she wants in retirement.
Ariel: The sound of Ariel's laughing and his less formal
way of speech is something we also want to add. For this, we don't
have to take it away from him, but copy it back over to where
it used to go. Also, Ariel's haircut and general build, aged a
little past sixteen.
Mick: We'll take a little of Mick's innocence. He could
use losing some.
Katra: It wouldn't be fair if I didn't contribute something
too, would it? Actually, fairness doesn't matter to me. Which
is exactly the sort of thing he needs to remember his old philosophy.
Kyth: Kyth's center of calm is what we rely on these days,
but the strain of having to carry it all for all of us is killing
him. We'll copy that over too, and mix his compassion with...
Laric: Laric's compassionlessness. Or more his tendency
to not back down from messy situations, which Kyth does. It'll
make for someone nice, but who understands when to say no.
ReChorder: We need memories to flesh out the reasonings
behind why Souji will act the way he does, and we can't take Selene's
directly (she won't let us and Judith's giving us those wary looks
again that says she doesn't like interlopers.) We'll borrow from
ReChorder's mental notes and pick up whatever bits we can scavenge.
Anything else, the boy can and will pick up on his own as he
remembers what parts go into him.
Mixing: Because we of Traveling aren't privileged enough
to get at members of other Courts and just take what we want, we
have to petition for help. Since we'd rather not have Rebekka do
it for us, we'll try what we can, and not try to salvage the much
older and longer-buried traits of this person which has been scattered
from here to there.
Selene stands the most to lose from this, since it's a somewhat
regression/changing of her back to her original state. But we're
only taking the base traits from her that she doesn't need to lose
in her own unique way--only a little copied and definitely altered.
Facet just loses her job.
Now that these things are tossed together, we can look at the mess
and try to remember if everything was as it used to be at fourteen
years, or however old this person last was when used. It looks -about-
right, but it's hard for Traveling to say, since we didn't know
What the heck. That's good enough.
Baking: Heat the oven to a stressful time and place inside.
Remove after settling, affect temperature, and repeat. Continue
until a solid crust has baked over the surface, and then remove.
Test with a toothpick to see if the center is still raw.
Winter Court used to deliberately create these heated times, either
by whispering thoughts or manipulating events, but we're on Ch.
TRVL today and we'd like to think we can be a little more tactful.
Does he remember who he used to be? No, and we're not
about to let him, because those are also Selene's memories. We
don't need more confusion than we already have.
Does he have a sense of his own identity as apart and drawing
firmly on what he has been given for his past? Yes. Good.
Can he function as he is required, both online and off?
Can he function as a Front and get along with the rest of
the Fronts, also performing the ambassadorial duties that the
Fronts do to other Courts? Yes. But Summer looks like they're
trying to steal him, or at least Ariel is...
Does he require special talents or trade education? No.
He can let people perform as needed through him, and does without
Does he have enough of a range in his behaviors to allow all
of us so interested to act Outside without feeling as if we betray
each other's public face by doing so? Yes. This is a very
important point to us right now.
Is Selene still there? Yes, a little tired looking, but
Is there a distinct difference between him and everyone he
borrowed/revived from? Yes. Yay!
Storage Instructions: Keep active for the next few weeks
in high-energy situations and without letting him slide back to
nothingness. After that point, he should be at fragment-status if
he is let back to not being used again, instead of just being utterly
And that's that! Although he does remind us a smackingly-lot of
Bard. Bard? *peers* BARD! Where... oh, drat. I think we lost him.
*thinks about this, and hides*