Tuko has heard that an old building has tumbled into the wastes, a few miles from the abyss
. I must get there quickly if I am to have any hope of finding something that will help me becomeswhole. There is a stillness in the air
I know the day is coming soon, the day the abyss spreads, pulling us into its maw. My time is short and meaningful pages are more scarce. If I leave the city too quickly, oth- ers like me will become suspicious, other lost souls seeking unity and a way to be spared from the end. The travel into the sands is harsh
why did the place have to appear in the middle of the day? But, I have reached it
sweaty and thirsty as I am
it is so strange to my eyes, not the delicate round domes of the city, but hard angles and panels of glass. Who knows from where these places come, perhaps it is other places swallowed by the abyss. Immediately inside, the ceiling threatens to crush me, but I jump to the side
I am rewarded for my quickness, for beneath some refuse lay a few torn pages from a book. The pages are large and shiny, the faces are so alien to me, they all look like young girls, wearing much eye make up and flamboyant hair styles
though these images are not my concern. I scan the lines of text, my heart beginning to sink as I see nothing
then, something seems to leap out at me:
Justin remains strong amidst various tawdry rumors.
I live my life by strength, especially when others oppose me. Justin must be a powerful hero, like I hope to be
I have a bit of space on my left arm where this will fit per- fectly
Paths of the Resolute
is a game about finding personal identity amidst chaos.In this game, the players will play people who have lost their identity in a catas-trophe, but struggle to create a new one in order to survive annihilation. Thesecharacters are strong personalities who strive to uphold personal ideals. They brave the dangers of the Edge to seek out the remnants of ancient texts,searching for words that affirm their existence and ideals. If the player can findenough texts to become whole before the Edge swallows the city, they will as-cend to the supernal world and be spared utter destruction at the hands of chaos.
Iftiqad is a tiny desert city that has been lost. It has been outside of time for solong, its home world does not even remember its existence. At one time it re-
sembled the mythical Middle East of Earth’s
Nights tales, but it hassince degraded. Some now call it Nishkach, but no one can say how the namestarted.One day the Edge appeared a few miles from the city. The shock of the bi-zarre mass of churning realities nearly destroyed the place, the ground restlessand new landforms and buildings springing up out of nowhere . Besides thedevastation, a magical barrier running along a twenty-mile wide strip from the
Edge’s border isolated the city from all other realities. The cataclysm laid most
of the city to waste and the rippling static of warped reality twisted the peo-
ple’s minds, making them forget everything and instilling an uncaring passivity
about their fate. Daily life is a struggle of fear, survival and predation.
The Edge is utter madness. It is raw, unstable reality given movement and anappetite to consume all others. Looking into it will drive a person to insanity, forall times and places swirl in a chaotic jumble, showing minds things they werenot meant to know. The people of Iftiqad call it the abyss, for those that fall inare never seen again. Though terrified of it, the people live in a strange symbio-sis with the Edge, for they would not be able to survive without the randomcreatures, vegetation and buildings it spews out from its churning. The peoplehave all accepted that the abyss will swallow them, for they know it slowlygrows.. This game is set at the eve of a great surge of growth. One year from beginning of the game, the Edge will increase in size greatly, swallowing Iftiqadand all of its people.
There is a legend circling around some of the people in the city. Thetale speaks of Hadj, the Resolute, who refused to die helpless with noidentity. He longed for a life which meant something. One day, whilescrounging for food amongst a newly spewed building fromthe abyss, Hadj came across a torn sheet of paper. It wasvery thin and most of the words did not have meaning.He was about to cast it aside when somethingcaught his attention
a simple portion of a sen-tence, reading: ...
because he was righteous.
Hadjfelt this was no coincidence. It was a
sign tohim that living righteously was important.