Not actually a heap. Rather just the entire thing as one page.
Part 0: Present introductions
In the year 2028, by the Cerrisian calendar, the crown of Soravia fell, sending the kingdom into chaos and turmoil. Years pass. The ruling Houses struggle for power and influence, making alliances and sending their armies to march and engage in terrible battles. The devastation only spreads, with no end in sight.
But Soravia is large, and many areas remain almost unaffected.
But Soravia is small, and there is no escape within its shores.
- Coraline is a librarian.
- The story is always told from perspective. Translations are built in, even gestures.
- A 'universe' is an artificial construct.
- Notes may provide context, but not meaning.
- Coraline Henderson is dead.
A day in the life
Part 1: Initiate precursor events
Everybody is running from something. They may not know it, and they may not fear it, but still they run. Some even run from running itself.
And yet the bullet you're running from is almost never the one that hits you.
- Not everything is translated from the original tongues.
- Everything is translated.
- Notes may provide meaning, but not context.
- Insert metaphor as indicated in the instructions.
- Small events gain traction. In time, they may demolish nations. Catch them as they start, and you may miss the true design.
- This is not a kids' story.
Part 2: Implement split
It began with a promise. It began long before that. Each twist is prefaced by a choice. Each turn presents something new. You choose how to proceed, and sometimes you choose wrong. Sometimes the turn chooses for you. Sometimes the turn chooses wrong.
On a scale of one to invade Russia in the winter, how bad is your idea?
- This is a children's story.
- Contradictions belie meaning.
- Shaping spells is flashy. The spells themselves need not be.
- The worlds are circular. You may repeat yourself.
- Things will become clearer as you go.
Exit by fortune
Exit by intent
Mother of zombies
Part 3: Query dead ends
In practice, there is only so far you can go, so much you can do, so much you can say.
Nevermind practice. This isn't practice. This is a treatise by the narrator, an examination of could-have-beens, an aside from the GM. We can talk about anything. Let's talk about anything.
- Cats tolerated.
- Vitoi is the Cerrissian god of Dead Ends. He is the god of other things, and other things, too.
- Relative positions are absolute in their primacy.
- There is a map.
- The Deathdealer has been condemned.
- Who are you, sweetling?
Part 4: Define the open skies
Every prison takes its certain shape. Some cages are gilded, some barren, some empty and dead. Some exist in wilderness, in solitude under the open sky. Some are clear, others not so much. A lifetime spent without purpose. A purgatory awaiting death. A sentence suspended. Painful care taken at every turn.
And yet the bird still sings. It pushes at its cage. It dismantles, slowly, the very nature of its prison.
And then you see the caged bird fly.
- In the world of double realities, one narrative is public, and one is real.
- Eapherod has been here all along.
- None of this happened the first time.
- Different things happened the first time.
- Events may repeat themselves, precede their causes, and take different forms in different stories. They are the same events.
- Some languages transcend meaning. They cannot be translated, for they simply are. These are the languages of gods, and of darker things.
- The Dark Sister is neither living nor dead.
As the bird flies
Part 5: Extend tertiary function
You want the answer? You want the end? There is no answer; there is no end. There is only now. In every instance, now, now, now, ever-changing now. Nothing else matters. There is nothing else.
Enjoy your purgatory of the now.
- Let us pretend the whispering is only the desert wind.
- Same flavour, different giraffe.
- Placeholder languages may be chosen/generated by automated processes.
- To say 'kauhistuksen kanahäkki' may apply.
- Or not.
Part 6: The shapes of things
This is not what happened. This is not how it happened. There is complexity, finesse. There are twists and bounds.
Coraline plans. She plans and plots, and somewhere in her other mind, she already knows that the Voice would come, and what he would offer. She knows what she is. She knows she can use it. And she also knows that she can't.
But minds are weird. They do not work easily and produce discrete answers. They take days, months, sometimes years, to agree on the most basic conclusions, for reason is not a quick thing, and the stubbornness of belief knows no bounds. Add magic, add old souls, add a break in the nature of the mind, and it is an easy matter to never realise what you already know. To mention it offhand time and again without even realising what you are saying, without realising it is true, requires no twists of logic, no mental gymnastics. It is simply how it is. It is the answer you sought all along.
Why is Coraline in another universe? Why is she cursed?
Why is Kyrule wearing her mask?
- In a dream, everything makes sense. All the holes, all the inconsistencies, they simply don't matter. The dream simply is, and in it, you are.
- Relative positions are absolute in their primacy.
- Gestures hold transient meaning.
- Every word was chosen.
- Please keep reading.