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A shadow embarks bearing a heavy load
And makes his way down the Forgetful Road.

This creature is a stranger, but it seems that all who are seen traveling this road are strangers.  He has no bags, no pack, his arms are empty.  But he bears a heavy burden all the same.  You can see it in his stride, his posture, his sullen appearance.  This shadow chose this road over every other remaining option.  A thousand wrong turns brought him here.  A thousand more turns lay directly ahead.

A shadow embarks bearing a heavy load
And makes his way down the Forgetful Road.

From this point forward, every fork in the road is a penance.  Every crossroad is a chance to escape.  Every decision made is an opportunity to be unburdened of the consequences of a decision made before he reached this road.  When the burden is dropped the unwanted memory is dissipated.  The road continues to wind deeper into the darkness ahead.  Though there are many branches, all branches still belong to this one road.

A shadow embarks bearing a heavy load
And makes his way down the Forgetful Road.

As the shadow makes his way further down the road the decisions come easier, he makes them a little quicker.  Though the darkness grows deeper and deeper and the road descends lower and lower, the shadow seems more lively.  Too many memories are like a death sentence for the shadows.  A shadow filled with memories runs the risk of becoming material, of taking on substance, of taking on mass.  He cannot imagine what he might become if this happened, he doesn't even want to think about what might become of him.  He decides to play it safe and just take a trip down the Forgetful Road.

A shadow embarks bearing a heavy load
And makes his way down the Forgetful Road.
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Having recently been asked in a fairly public forum when I'm going to write something for the Shadow Caste collaboration, it got me thinking about how I could "fit in there".  Attilee just asked a couple of days ago for some world building, and that got me thinking some more.  This might fall into the category of world building, for at least one small part of the shadow world.  It might be an idea that needs some more development, if it inspries any ideas.  It feels to me like it's just the start of an idea.

  • Flowers
    This feels good to read. I love the part of the story where you introduce the idea of how shadows can materialize if they are filled with memories; such an interesting option/choice.
    Nov 19, 2012
    by mushr
  • Family_band_richie
    Yeah, I was taking a little risk by adding that detail, I think. But I liked that little twist so much that I ran with it.
    Nov 19, 2012
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