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Paths of the Resolute

Paths of the Resolute

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Published by Jonathan Janssen
Game Chef 2010 Submission

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 catastrophe, but struggle to create a new one in order to survive annihilation. These characters 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 find enough texts to become whole before the Edge swallows the city, they will ascend to the supernal world and be spared utter destruction at the hands of chaos.
Game Chef 2010 Submission

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 catastrophe, but struggle to create a new one in order to survive annihilation. These characters 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 find enough texts to become whole before the Edge swallows the city, they will ascend to the supernal world and be spared utter destruction at the hands of chaos.

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Published by: Jonathan Janssen on Sep 17, 2010
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 By Jonathan Janssen
 
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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 
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 
 
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 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.
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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
Arabian 
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.
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 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.
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 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.
 
He ran back home with the paper and used ink to permanently mark his skinwith the text. He wanted the wisdom to become one with him, the words to bea focus for his life. When it was complete, Hadj felt changed,,, as if he had dis-covered a new part of himself. He set out to other ruins, looking for texts thataffirmed his identity. Soon his body was filled with reaffirming messages, sym- bols from other times that showed his ideals were true. The legend says thatwhen he found his final piece of wisdom, he no longer needed the world. Hewas taken up in a flash of light and never seen again. As he ascended, his fleshfell to the ground in the form of a scroll, printed with all the words of wisdom hehad collected.
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A small number Iftiqadians are not as dull wittedas the majority have become. They long formore than a pointless life, but they do notknow where to begin. Hopefully they willrun into someone who has heard the tale of Hadj, the Resolute. Often, upon hearingthe story, the person will embark on a simi-lar quest, in hopes of emulating Hadj and leavingthe world before destruction. These few souls areknown as the Resolute, named in honor of Hadj, the first of them. They alone brave thedangers of the Edge in order to seek out wis-dom which will free them from their fate.
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 The most sacred part of a Resolute’s life is their tattoos. Not only do the tattoossymbolize a validation of the Resolute’s personal code, this commitment to
higher ideals unlocks potential within them. Resolute often exhibit feats of greatstamina, swiftness, intelligence and artistry. When the Resolute leave the ma-terial world for the next, their flesh too falls to theground, tattooed with the words that brought them fulfillment. Theseflesh scrolls are highly prized arti-facts among the Resolute, whotreat them with great respect. The scrolls are a testament to
the validity of the Resolutes’
spiritual practices and beliefs.
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 Though the people of Iftiqad are desperate for food and supplies, they arenonetheless frightened by the strange buildings tossed out from the Edge. Theystick to what they can find on the periphery of thecrash site and even the bravest only venture a fewsteps within the structure. The Resolute are the ex-ception. They routinely brave the new ruins as theyarise, trying to be the first to get to a new building be-fore other Resolute can plunder its secrets. They arewilling to risk their lives against any dangers lurkinginside in order to find precious identity documents.Aside from deadly structural damage, such as collaps-ing floors and falling beams, ruins are often filled withtoxic chemicals, wild animals or other humans mademad by living in the Edge.
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 These strange papers and pages are remnants of textsfrom other places and other times. With no culture left of their own to guide them, the Resolute must turn to themultitude of other cultures that come to them from the Edge tofind words and ideas that resonate with their own beliefs.When the perfect words are found, the page is taken back homeand the words are ritually tattooed onto their bodies. This actreaffirms the path the Resolute has chosen to walk and fillsthem with spiritual strength.
 
Wisdom is truth in text

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