November 25th, 2016, 9:30 am
Average Rating: 5.00
November 25th, 2016, 1:54 amReply
A character's backstory is an important thing for them to have. Who were they growing up? What did they do, and how did they become who they are today? What were the people they hung out with like? Their family, their friends? Any loved ones they might have had? The places they went to school, the people who they got along with, fought with, struggled with? The adventures they went on? All of these are important things to answer, to know, to have written down or kept in your mind somewhere...
...But ultimately, it's not something that you often see in stories. The important bits, yes- but showing EVERYTHING would take time. What would you even show? The day to day boring events? Every single event, like a diary? Maybe, but it would be boring and, again, take too much time. And even important events might be omitted if they're not important to the story you're telling – a past adventure may be an important event, but there's no need to re-tell the events unless those events directly influence the current story.
And therein lies the problem with Két.
As we've established previously, Két has no knowledge of things unless they happen on panel (or have been shown to her previously in another medium; but the same principle applies) or it's explicitly been written that she should know them (such as, her having parents and who those parents are; and even then, see the 'have been shown to her previously' bit). For the most part, that's well and good. She doesn't necessarily need to have that information in her day-to-day life. But it's also taken its toll on her psychologically. The most she remembers about her friends are the written experiences she's had with them and the 'important bits' that she should know about.
Picture your life. Picture an ordinary day in your life. You wake up, go about your day, do some stuff, and then go to bed. All in all, a pretty average day. Nothing bad happened, but it wasn't anything special. Not something you'd put in a book if you were writing a story about your life, or if someone else was writing a biography about you.
Now picture, if you would, living a life where those days still happen, but as far as your memories are concerned, they're not there, aside from a footnote that says "(S)he was close to his/her friend because they'd been hanging out basically every day since they met". Fond memories of time spent together are nonexistent. Little stories and anecdotes, unless they're deemed "important", are nonexistent. All you remember are the things that someone else decided were "important" to your story; and even then, perhaps all of that isn't there.
That's the type of life that Két lives. And for her, it's even worse - because, outside of maybe three or four key events, nothing was deemed "important" until her RP debut in the city of Trinus - which, at this point in time, has a canon status of "maybe possibly, who knows". The entirety of Két's memories are 'snippets until stuff that might not even be canon anymore'.
April 24th, 2017, 6:11 amReply
November 25th, 2016, 12:39 pmReply
@TheHowlingStorm- I think of it less like 'sync up' and more like 'memories from different places'; something like if you lived in two different places and constantly moved back and forth between them. The memories don't overlap per se, but you do have memories of both things. If that makes sense?