Myths

Myth 15: Zombies Are Secretly Shadow-walkers

Zombies are not secretly shadow-walkers. There are no secret shadow-walkers. Although they are reclusive, they are full-fledged citizens of the world. To minimize their identity is to ignore history.

Although zombies, like shadow-walkers, have a special relationship with the dead, ours is less full-fledged. We are made from the dead, but the shadow-walkers make themselves. They do no need the things that the creatures that were once zombies need.

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Fair Arts

Fair Arts: Introduction to Respite

Unlike the many life-extending Dark Arts, respite is very limited in scope. The Fair Arts are limited to following the patterns of nature; if someone is too far gone to be healed in this manner, there is nothing the Fair Arts can do for them.

Respite extends the period of recuperation if it would help. It keeps the body from acting up under stress. It simplifies the process of treatment by minimizing obstacles to the process.

One simple method of using respite is sleeping. Using respite on oneself is the easiest way to start, and it has the added benefit of giving you more mental resources when the time for more advanced training begins.

Fair Arts

Fair Arts: Introduction to Kindling

Humans invented fire at the dawn of civilization. It was a significant catalyst for our development. This much everyone knows. Most people don’t know how instrumental kindling was in those early millennia.

Starting fires can be difficult, even in perfect conditions, and there are rarely perfect conditions. Kindling is powerful because it turns the smallest spark into a true flame, and a flame into a bonfire. Though less widely applicable now, kindling brought humanity into the light.

Post-Mortem

Post-Mortem: Charity Pollack

Phoenix Matchmaker (PM): It can be a complicated proposition. Phoenixes value tradition. They rarely accept new techniques or ideologies.

Fan of Phoenixes (FOP): That’s a bit harsh, isn’t it? Phoenixes have proven to be surprisingly adaptable over the millennia.

PM: Some would say that. I would say, if you compare them to other kinds of people, they can be downright hidebound.

FOP: How do you match a phoenix to a companion? What do you look for?

PM: There are major issues and there are minor issues. A Phoenix concerned with sustainability won’t pick someone who isn’t careful with resources. A phoenix whose priority is security of the national interest won’t pick someone who harbors illegal immigrants.

FOP: Have you ever found a match that worked initially but fell apart later?

PM: Very few of my matches break down.

FOP: Of course, I know. In general, have you seen matches like that.

PM: There was a memorable case where the phoenix cared a great deal about medical self-determination and the companion refused to euthanize a patient…the phoenix abandoned her.

FOP: What would you say to someone seeking your services?

PM: Know yourself well. That’s the key with phoenixes. They hate self-delusion most of all.

Myths

Myth 13: Zombies Answer to Zombie Masters

This particular kind of conspiracy theory is hardly unique to zombies, but given its prevalence, it merits some consideration.

There are some who believe that zombies everywhere answer to a secret zombie council that seeks to turn every human into zombie, and also feed off them all. We secretly control all the major industries, obviously, and any evidence to the contrary is placed by us.

To be clear, not only do zombies, insofar as we are a monolith, not have a secret ruling council, we have little to no internal political organization at all.

Fair Arts

Fair Arts: Introduction to Astrology

Astrology is the art of using the operations of the stars. To all you scientific minds out there, yes, by "stars" I'm including plenty of things we don't call stars anymore. Asteroids, planets, comets, eclipses, space stations, space shuttles, natural and artificial satellites…

The modern applications of astrology are mostly beyond the average person, since it's not helps to get a satellite put into orbit. Here we'll cover a few traditional methods of working with the heavenly bodies.

One of the simplest forms of magic that a beginner can pick up is working with the sun or the moon. They're very obvious, have plenty of impact on our day-to-day lives, and most of all, are really, really bright. Everything else is more distant, but when the light is in your face, it's easier to manage. Some people struggle with still images, so the sun and the moon work best.

With the sun, it's important to carve out space in each of the seasons, and for each section of the day, for specific effects. This can vary from person to person, but in general: spring/dawn for things that are beginning or growing, summer/noon for things that are at their peak, fall/dusk for things that are shrinking or fading, and winter/midnight for things that are ending of dying. Keep in mind, whichever time you pick will intensify that type of situation; if you want to stop something ending, I recommend summer/noon to extend the time available, and if you want something to stop fading, I recommend winter/midnight to put it into stasis.

The moon is similar, but different. Each phase of the moon will allows you to influence reality, but it's more continuous than the sun, which is discrete. Make sure not to work against the direction of the moon's phases; if you want something to increase in power, start with the new moon for best effect.