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Angels

an angel
Any entities possessing wings; manifestations of higher knowledge. They are the messengers of this knowledge, and it is this that grants them special motion; they may thus move in ways not possible for others. The Tourist in OCEANPRINCE grows wings upon reading a book borrowed from the Library. Whilst this is a painful process for them, they are ultimately able to listen to a cassette tape containing knowledge of the Ocean Prince's World-As-Bacterium theory, becoming the Angel Galahad. The Owl People who delivered knowledge to the Ancient Sorcerers are also a form of angel.

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Beans of Gold

Universal currency of the Oikoumene; small golden beans. Though items for sale are always priced, no Beans of Gold--or money of any description--are ever exchanged; they hold only symbolic and ritual value. The widely acknowledged concept of "Pear Tart For All" and the latent functioning of artificial reproduction makes the development of systems of currency untenable. It is said that Sorcerers' masks are made from Beans of Gold.

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Beauty Icon, The

the beauty icon
A piece of religious technology, venerated and operated by the Sorcerers. It consists of a depiction by Giovanni Jean Brindesi (1826-1888) of a Yol Haseki, Çuhadar and Bölükağası of the Ottoman Empire, overlaid with the word ‘BEAUTY’. On auspicious occasions, an eye will appear on the surface of the Icon. This eye is a manifestation of the functioning of the Bells (it perceives and destroys).

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Bell

a bell
Destruction, unproduction. See: Bell & Wine Glass, The.

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Bell & Wine Glass, The

the bell & wine glass
Technologies that direct allow access to the fundamental functions of the artificial universe (reproduction and unproduction); the Bell destroys whilst the Wine Glass creates (the Bell is an inversion of the Glass).
> Bells are used by Sorcerers to rip portals through the fabric of reality, thereby observing and influencing the world. Bells are therefore associated with sight/eyes (to see through something) and oversight/swords (influence); the functions of both the Sorcerer and the Gardener in maintaining the Oikoumene and thus the Tree. Major repositories of Bells can be found in the Pyramids of the Sorcerers and in the clocktower of the Village of Brug Night.
> Wine Glasses are generally used to affect change; as done by the Pulcinelli in the Forest in THE STARS GO OUT; generate Worlds-Within-Worlds; as done by the Potato Friend at the beginning of OCEANPRINCE; and create new beings; as also done by the Potato Friend and the Ocean Princess in creating the Potato People and the Pulcinelli respectively. The creation of a Wine Glass involves the pouring of wine into a stemmed glass under auspicious circumstances. It is possible that the Tree is responsible for the Wine Glass's function, and glasses are often found buried near its roots. The glass symbolises the Tree and the wine symbolises water, which when combined with the Tree creates growth. This would explain why Worlds-Within-Worlds created by Wine Glasses are usually suspended above primordial waters (as with the swimming pool in PEARHOTELSPIRAL, the Potato Friend's island, and the Ocean Princess's Palazzo).
> It is possible to combine a Bell with a Wine Glass to create an Icosahedron; a very objective object. This has been achieved by the Pulcinelli, but it is an affront to all that is right and proper to make such an object into a subjective figure (see: Magic). An Icosahedron can open any portal or doorway, but has a dangerously volatile tendency to reduce things around it to their object-constituents (for example, Pulcinella-to-plant in THE STARS GO OUT) and to generally upset things entropically..

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Bertrand

bertrand wardary
A notable Sorcerer. See: Wardary, The Wizard.

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Bolobobnar Computers

a bolobobnar computer
A ubiquitous brand of computers, dominant throughout the Oikoumene. The touchscreen menu at Mr. Wonderful's and the Ranger communication computer in the Forest, for example, are made by Bolobobnar Computers. The company was founded by famous orc prince, Bolobobnar the Delightful.

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Bolobobnar the Delightful

bolobobnar the delightful
A famous orc prince, leader of a thriving culture centred around his capital at Bugworth Fug. He fought with, and was ultimately defeated by, the corrupted hafling Wungo Bung the Lovière. Bolobobnar was the founder of the now ubiquitous computer company Bolobobnar Computers.

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Brug Night

brug night
A festival held by the Pear People to honour the dark god Lord Bruggis. Brug Night is held at some point in late May/early April in the Village of Brug Night, near the Forest, and it is upon this accursèd night that Bruggis's influence upon the Pear People; and through them thus the universe at large; is at its height. In THE STARS GO OUT, the Pyramid at the centre of the Ziggurat City is sundered by Bruggis on Brug Night, the Sorcerers dwelling within are cast out and imprisoned in the Pear Hotel.

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Brug Night, The Village of

the village of brugnight
Fastness of the Pear People, wherein they hold their Brug Night celebrations. The village is located close to the Forest and consists of three buildings; a house with a clocktower and two ruined structures; and a totem of Lord Bruggis. The clocktower contains Bells that allow the Pear People to create portals. The village is also the location of the Village Store.

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Bruggis, Lord

Lord Bruggis
The deity of the Pear People who say of him: "the stars go out, give thanks to Bruggis," which is to suggest that they believe that he swallows the stars and brings about the end of the Oikoumene; an embodiment of Negative Space ascendent, an ecstatic darkness. In depictions of him; found as totems, posters and paintings in the Village of Brug Night, the Pear Hotel and the post-fall Ziggurat City; Bruggis has a large round head, small moustachioed face and prominent angry eyebrows, atop his head is often found the phrase "human or animal."

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Card-Giver

a Card-Giver
A piece of communication technology. A disembodied head, floating (as in IN THE SUBURBS) or otherwise (as in OCEANPRINCE), that speaks through the apparition of cards. Each card has a specific meaning, and a set of them can make a sentence, thus a Card-Giver can be a vital device if one cannot speak or cannot hear. Since it has a face, it is possible also for the Card-Giver to have a mind of its own (see: Person) and to speak of its own accord. The Card-Giver in OCEANPRINCE is exclusively this way inclined, declaring for example "Pear Tart For All!" of its own volition.

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Ciné

A cinema in the Ziggurat City. See: Pear Cinema.

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Circles, Flashing

a Flashing Circle
A method of enslavement, typically used to turn Pulcinelli into dutiful servants by separating individuals from the hive-mind, as seen at the end of 12 PEOPLE OF FISH.

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Cloister, The

The Cloister
A microcosm/diagram of the Oikoumene and thus an important place for Gardeners and the principle location of the Tree. In 12 PEOPLE OF FISH, the Cloister also contained a hedge maze. It is the site of two sealed doors leading beyond the bounds of the Oikoumene into Negative Space, perhaps considered by the Pulcinelli to be the route to ultimate freedom. The Cloister does not necessarily have a fixed location, but in THE STARS GO OUT it is located on an island close to the Distant City, after having been awhile located inside the Diamond in 12 PEOPLE OF FISH.

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Diamond, The

The Diamond
An extraordinarily large diamond, possibly a mountain known as Mount Fish, venerated in the Village of Fish to whose inhabitants it may appear in avatar form at auspicious occasions. The Diamond is a kind of lens, refracting and sometimes capable of entrapping other places and temporalities. The interior of the Diamond is occasionally accessible in the area demarcated by its associated Gateposts (encompassing a region in and around the Village of Fish). At one point (12 PEOPLE OF FISH) the Cloister and the Tree were temporarily relocated to the Diamond due to damage to the Tree by its separation from its water supply; the Real Ocean (possibly caused by the well-intentioned excavations of the Ocean Prince). For some time it was hoped by the People of Fish that the Diamond would prevent the coming of Lord Bruggis and the subsequent fall of the Ziggurat City.

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Distant City, The

The Distant City
A hive-city created by the Pulcinelli, its name derives from the inability of any to approach its bounds who are not Pulcinelli themselves. The city sits upon a lake or ocean, suggesting that it is a World-Within-a-World created through the use of a Wine Glass. The Cloister and the ruins of the Magical Kitchen were drawn into the orbit of the city during the events of THE STARS GO OUT.

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Duck & the Pyramid, The

The Duck and the Pyramid as playing cards
A pair of power. Influential when drawn together from a card deck.

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Edward

Edward
A notable Tourist and apprentice to the Wizard Wardary. He also works at a drive-through branch of Mr. Wonderful's fast food restaurant, where he is unhappy. He was present at the discovery of the New Species and at the creation of the Pulcinelli.

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Fish, Mount

Mount Fish
A conical mountain located at the centre of the Village of Fish. It is likely that it is also the corporeal form of the Diamond.

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Fish, The Village of

The Village of Fish
A suburb of the Ziggurat City, ranged around the base of a conical mountain (Mount Fish) and surrounded by damp and dreary moorland. It is the dwelling-place of the twelve People of Fish and presumably various other entities living the suburban dream.

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Fish People

Fish People
Twelve habitants of the Village of Fish who venerate and utilise the Diamond, identifiable by their cowls designed to look like fish heads. They possibly they went on to form the Knights of the Table Round following the failure of the Diamond to prevent the fall of the Ziggurat City.

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Forest, The

The Forest
A rhizomatic pine forest that grows wherever there are ruins. As scar tissue, transitional regrowth after destruction (damage to Oikoumene), the Forest is associated with the Wine Glass (as are all trees, including the Tree). The principle, and perhaps most ancient, mass of trees known as the Forest is located in a valley near the Village of Brug Night and encompasses the unidentified remains of ancient structures perhaps related to the origin of the Sorcerers (see: Ancient Sorcerers), such as the Fountain, alongside more recent facilities for tourism, such as a miniature railway and cafe. Lately it has grown to engulf the ruins of the Ziggurat City also.

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Forest Rangers

A Forest Ranger
Guardians of the Forest. Rangers are to the Forest as Gardeners are to the wider Oikoumene; although as custodians of the gradual repair of damage to the world, Rangers are associated with Wine Glasses rather than with Bells (they operate from within, rather than from without; they do not intervene). When within the boundaries of the Forest, Rangers are capable of functioning as Guides, as seen in THE STARS GO OUT. They are friends and protectors of animal-like peoples, such as Sphinxes.

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Fountain, The

The Fountain
A fountain located in the Forest, on auspicious occasions it is capable of turning water into wine for use in creating Wine Glasses. The Fountain is carved to resemble the mask of a Sorcerer, and is referred to by a Sorcerer in THE STARS GO OUT as their "birthplace," suggesting that it, and the various other ruins found in The Forest, are the remnants of Ancient Sorcerer constructions, perhaps dating from the Sorcerers' initial contact with the Owl People.

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Frog People

A Frog Person
Large green frogs with human-like faces. Mysterious beings, possibly friends or associates of the Wizard Wardary.

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Galahad

Galahad
The Angel-form of a Tourist who gained great knowledge by both visiting the Library and listening to a cassette tape containing the Ocean Prince's World-as-Bacterium theory in OCEANPRINCE. They have either blonde or pink hair, usually wear a green jumper with pink trousers or skirt and are possessed of a pair of fleshly wings that often cause them considerable pain. They are a member of the Knights of the Table Round, to whom they provide what guidance they can in their quest to become akin to Sorcerers.

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Gardeners

A Gardener
Guardians of the Oikoumene. Gardeners act to ensure that the World-As-Garden does not entropically collapse, they achieve this by intervening, planting and recording (observing, seeing); this work is aided by, and associated with, Bells. As part of their interventionalist function, Gardeners may act as Guides, as done gently (along with recording) by the Gardener in THE STARS GO OUT. The care of the Tree, as linchpin of negative and positive space, is of extreme importance to Gardeners. Occasionally, Gardeners may become reclusive and turn away from the maintenance of the wider Oikoumene in favour of smaller, more manageable parcels of reality; often a World-Within-a-World created by themselves; becoming Hermetic Gardeners.

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Gardeners, Hermetic

An Hermetic Gardener
"ET IN ARCADIA EGO." Gardeners who concern themselves no longer with the Oikoumene as a whole, but tend to small parcels of reality, usually a private, arcadian World-Within-a-World created by themselves. Unlike regular Gardeners, Hermetic Gardens use Wine Glasses over Bells and are responsible for the creation of various new plant-like peoples, such as the Pulcinelli and the Potato People. Notable Hermetic Gardeners include the Ocean Princess and the Potato Friend.

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Gateposts

The Gateposts
Grounding agents of the Diamond, of which there are probably four, located at equal distances from the mountain at the centre of the Village of Fish (four were photographed by the Tourist in 12 PEOPLE OF FISH). They both conduct and mark the borders of the Diamond's influence, wherein the Diamond's avatar may appear. In 12 PEOPLE OF FISH, the Tourist and their Guide used reproductions of the Gateposts to enter the Diamond artificially.

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Gibbon Mart

Gibbon Mart
Supermarket chain. Probably unrelated to Gibbons.

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Gibbon Woman, The Wise

The Wise Gibbon Woman
A Gibbon in the shape of a human-like woman. She performs divination with dice and acts as a Guide to the Searcher of the Magical Kitchen in KITCHENDREAM.

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Gibbonhome

The Gibbonhome
A World-Within-a-World, created either for or by the Gibbons. It is their birthplace and fastness, located beyond the top of the Tree. Only Gibbons (and, it must be assumed, Owls) know how to get there (only Gibbons can climb the Tree).

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Gibbons

A Gibbon
Soft, spry and unfathomably ancient animal-like people, fond of train travel and inclined to act as Guides due to their great wisdom and extraordinary motion (second only to that of Angels and those utilising Bells) that allows them to climb the Tree and enter through the canopy into a World-Within-a-World, the Gibbonhome. All Gibbons can also change into a human-like form on a whim, making it a possiblity that all who are Guides (of human-like appearance) are actually Gibbons as well.

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Guides

A Guide
Entities conducting guidance, usually to Tourists.

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Henry

Henry
Very mysterious entity. Possibly responsible through shadow-shrouded magics for the evolution of the Potato People into the Pear People of Bruggis.

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Icosahedron

An Icosahedron
Produced by the combining of a Bell and a Wine Glass. See: Bell & Wine Glass, The.

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Knights, Questing

A Knight Errant
Knights errant; Tourists.

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Knights of the Table Round, The

Knights of the Table Round
Twelve Questing Knights, they are possibly the twelve People of Fish reconfigured for a questing, touristic role beyond their native Village of Fish. They wear circular white masks with black circles in their centre, representative of the Round Table around which they gather in a villa in the Ziggurat City. They venerate the Owl People and seek their knowledge in order to become akin to Sorcerers, hoping to fill a power vacuum in the Ziggurat City left after the sundering of its Pyramid and the expulsion of its Sorcerers by Lord Bruggis. In achieving this they are led by the Tourist Peredur and aided by the Angel Galahad.

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Knowledge

Knowledge
Knowledge of a thing allows a greater degree of interaction with that thing. Anything is feasible in an artificial world, but access to anything requires knowledge. A holder of greater knowledge knows how to use a greater variety of systems to a greater degree of functionality. This may for example be the knowledge of using Bells that is possessed by the Sorcerers, or the knowledge of achieving advanced forms of movement that is possessed by Angels. Knowledge is often condensed into functional objects (technologies) that focus associated systems and render them more accessible to the user. Application of knowledge is, in essence, subjective Magic.

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Library, The

The Exterior of the Library
A repository of books (knowledge). It is possible to develop angelic characteristics by frequenting the Library, as Galahad achieved in OCEANPRINCE.

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Live-Action
Roiling waveforms of Negative Space, extremely objective.

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Lobster, The

The Lobster
Owner of a seedy store, is also the guardian of a portal/backdoor into the Pear Hotel as used by the Courier of the Wizard Wardary in PEARHOTELSPIRAL.

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Magic

Hermes Trismegistus
The alteration of figure (subject, entity) and ground (object, environment), both unsticking from each other to generate new paradigms and relationships through either subjective will or its opposite, objective will (entropy). An entity's (figure's) subjective will always influences the world to some extent, warping things to varying degrees dependent on their knowledge of magic (their abilities in focusing and projecting their subjectivity (communication)); thus all entities have a certain 'weight' in the fabric of reality, though this may be considered mere background noise in most cases. Combining such weights through communal rituals can have more noticeable effects. Subjective will can be condensed into objects (rendering them figures, such as Lord Bruggis) or into spells (communication as a figure, such as the Beauty Icon or advertisements). The opposite of this is spatial (ground), or the objective will of certain places where the Oikoumene is unusually thin or damaged, leading to an increased slide towards the roiling forces of Negative Space (inevitable chaos/entropy; the Real Ocean) as is, for example, found in Mr. Wonderful's restaurants. The end result of either sort of will is irrational (pattern/system-breaking) behaviour in reality; Magic. This makes science (rationality) impossible, as all measurements or patterns will come across exceptions at some point (or indeed find that their initial rationality was irrational to begin with); either the figure or the ground (or indeed both) can move or change under their own volition like shuffling a pack of cards.

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Magical Kitchen, The

The Magical Kitchen
An ancient World-Within-a-World accessible/known only to Owls, Sorcerers and Gibbons, although since its ruination it has become a shrine for the Pulcinelli, who view it as a symbol of their coming self-rule. It is one of the locations of the Tree and a microcosm of the whole Oikoumene.

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Magical Kitchen, Searcher of the

Searcher of the Magical Kitchen
Tourist who searched in vain for the Magical Kitchen, believing it a source of authority (as taught by the Ancient Sorcerers in their World-As-Kitchen theory of the Oikoumene) in KITCHENDREAM. She wears a special hat that allows her to open and jump though portals.

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Marie

Marie
A human-like Angel-ish entity who is a friend and Guide to Edward in KITCHENDREAM. They have antlers, a stubby tail and wear a skirt made out of leaves, perhaps associating them with animal-like peoples and the Forest. They are fond of mayonnaise (which they can reproduce at will) and Pear Tart. They encouraged the Searcher of the Magical Kitchen to give up her quest to find the Magical Kitchen by declaring: "the Magical Kitchen does not exist, therefore you cannot find it," suggesting that the Kitchen is a World-Within-a-World, accessible only to those with knowledge of it.

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Masks

A Mask
Technology used to assign faces. Used by various groups to assist in forming a single entity with a consensual purpose out of many individuals (the adopting of one face by a multitude). Can also be used to give faces to inanimate objects, thereby creating people.

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Money

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Mount

Mount
World-Within-a-World visited via train by the Wizard Wardary, the Courier of the Wizard Wardary and a Gibbon Guide in PEARHOTELSPIRAL. At Mount is a train station and a single house, the house contains a method of reaching the Magical Kitchen.

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Mr. Wonderful's Restaurant

Mr. Wonderful's Restaurant
"Mmmm good! Yummy taste that you expect!" A fast food restaurant chain, branches can be found throughout the Oikoumene. Mr. Wonderful's restaurants have an especially magical atmosphere (created by the tasty and unhealthy food) and thus are places where unexpected events and revelations may take place. This happens, for example, to Edward in KITCHENDREAM and the Tourist in 12 PEOPLE OF FISH.

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Negative Space

Negative Space
(Lack of) space outside the tangible reality of the Oikoumene. The entropic void. Source of chaotic environmental changes (see: Magic) when and where it breaks through (the ground may shift under the figure as water under a boat). It is accessible through cracks/damage in the Oikoumene, through a pair of sealed doors in outer wall of the Cloister and at the roots of the Tree as the Real Ocean. It is considered the promised land by Pulcinelli.

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New Species, The

The New Species
A mysterious entity, created by the Beauty Icon from the body of a Sorcerer. It was observed by Edward, the Wizard Wardary and a younger version of the Wizard Wardary in PEARHOTELSPIRAL. Wardary remarks of it: "it is an honour to be present at the discovery of a new species."

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Nodal Network

A Flesh-Map of a Part of the Nodal Network
A network used by the Pulcinelli to teleport without immediate access to Bells. Each node is a recepticle designed to fit a Pulcinella's hand, upon the insertion of which the node projects a flesh-map of possible destinations of travel; the locations of further nodes in the network. It is likely the network is a pre-existing system, 'tunnelled' out by a group with advanced knowledge of Bell use (possibly Gardeners) before being revealed to the Pulcinelli (possibly by their creator, the Gardener Ocean Princess) or discovered by them independently. Used by a Pulcinella in THE STARS GO OUT to travel from the Forest to the Village of Brug Night.

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Ocean, The Real

The Real Ocean
A live-action ocean of untold (possibly infinite) size. A/the sea of Negative Space. It is located outside the Oikoumene, at the roots of the Tree (the connection and balance between negative and positive space), to which it provides nourishment. The Ocean surrounds the Pear Hotel, making escape for those imprisoned there extremely treacherous. It is also the dwelling-place of the Ocean Prince, the vantage point from which he may observe the Oikoumene as like a frail bacterium in the vast waters of non-space (see: Oikoumene, Theories of the).

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Ocean Prince, The

The Ocean Prince
A being who inhabits the Real Ocean; a live-action, negative sea beyond the Oikoumene that also surrounds the Pear Hotel. From here he studies bacteria in an underwater laboratory. He observed the events of OCEANPRINCE, possibly transmitting the World-As-Bacterium knowledge that made the Tourist into the Angel Galahad. His actions suggest that he was once a Gardener who fell tragically out of the Oikoumene by digging too deeply at the roots of the Tree (this thus being the reason for the Tree's damaged state when taken under the protection of the Diamond in 12 PEOPLE OF FISH). He is the brother of the Ocean Princess.

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Ocean Princess, The

The Ocean Princess
A notable Hermetic Gardener. She dwells at the Palazzo, a defensive, Italianate World-Within-a-World she created using the Wine Glass in response to the fragility of the Oikoumene as revealed in the World-As-Bacterium theory of her brother, the Ocean Prince. She is a friend of the Wizard Wardary and provides safe haven to his apprentice Edward. She is the creator of the plant-like, hive-minded Pulcinelli, a people whom she brought into being at the end of OCEANPRINCE for unclear reasons (possibly simply to populate/life-seed the Palazzo).

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Oikoumene, The

A T-O Map
The habitable, postive world; held in equalibrium with Negative Space by the Tree and the work of the Gardeners. It has no visualisable shape, but there exist several theories (knowledges) as to its nature (see: Oikoumene, Theories of the). The Oikoumene also exists in microcosm as the Cloister, as the Magical Kitchen (both being locations of the Tree) and as Pear Tart.

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Oikoumene, Theories of the

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There are several varying theories as to the nature of the Oikoumene; none of them are untrue, none of them are true (see: Magic), all save World-As-Pear-Tart are unnecessarily claustrophic in various ways and most have overlap with each other. Knowledge of (rather than subscription to) any theory/theories allows greater access to the Oikoumene; advanced movement through it; though all, particularly the World-As-Prison, are inevitably restrictive to varying degrees. Subscription to a single theory can limit movement, or indeed entrap. The Owl People know all the theories, but subscribe to none (thus are mystics), thereby possessing the most advanced movement of any being. Some of the most notable theories (with only most notable related entities mentioned) are listed below:
> The World-As-Bacterium, posited by the Ocean Prince; subscribed to by himself and the Ocean Princess; known of by Galahad. The theory visualises the Oikoumene as a tiny, fragile bacterium in the vast seas of Negative Space, protected by a cell wall that is nevertheless permeable. It is possible the Ocean Prince has an opinion on whether there is a nucleus and what it might be, but this is unclear. The Bacterium-World is easily traversed, but accidentally falling outside of it (as the Ocean Prince perhaps did) is an ever-present danger. As with the World-As-Garden, the Bacterium is under threat from being completely flooded and destroyed by the negative Real Ocean; unlike the World-As-Garden, however, the Ocean Prince is sceptical as to whether it can ultimately be saved from such a fate (World-As-Bacterium is thus a frightful theory to subscribe to or even just to know, unless you are the Ocean Prince, who does not live in the world).
> The World-As-Garden, posited by the Gardeners; subscribed to by them and the Forest Rangers; known of by the Sorcerers, Hermetic Gardeners, plant-like peoples and probably most animal-like peoples such as Gibbons. World-As-Garden visualises a binary universe, with the Oikoumene as a clearly-delineated environment to be maintained against the wilderness of Negative Space through intervention. The World-As-Garden has concrete form as the Cloister.
> The World-As-Kitchen posited by the Ancient Sorcerers, then (partially) rejected by them after contact with the Owl People; subscribed to by the Searcher of the Magical Kitchen; known by Sorcerers, Gibbons, Marie and the Pulcinelli (who deem Negative Space to be their kitchen to rule beyond the World-As-Prison). This theory presents the world as a toolset, designed for the continuing work of creation (cooking), demanding that work of its inhabitants. The Ancient Sorcerers took this as their mandate to rule and shape the Oikoumene; something the Sorcerers still do (hence, they only "partially reject" it); though this has been taken by most others to imply that the world has many tasty treats to discover and taste. This led to a schism in which the theory of World-As-Pear-Tart was put forward as a replacement (see below). The World-As-Kitchen has concrete form as the Magical Kitchen.
> The World-As-Pear-Tart, posited as a replacement to the World-As-Kitchen, possibly by the Owl People; subscribed to by Gibbons, Marie, the Card-Giver in OCEANPRINCE and most others, including those subscribed to other theories (except the Pear People (who reject it)); known by everyone, somehow (maybe thanks to the Owls?). This theory is extremely open-ended and vague; inspiring much philosophical musing; thus subscribing to it is neither particularly restrictive nor can it be called fully subscribing to anything per se (it has been argued, therefore, that even the Owl People 'subscribe' to it). The World-As-Pear-Tart does not necessarily specify anything about the world other than that there exists Pear Tart and that it is For All. The theory is vindicated by the fact that Pear Tart does indeed exist, Marie ate some (thereby also proving that it is indeed For All) in KITCHENDREAM before rebutting the World-As-Kitchen ambitions of the Searcher of the Magical Kitchen.
> The World-As-Prison is an off-shoot of the World-As-Garden, though from the perspective of the plants in that garden. It is unknown who posited the theory, but it is subscribed to by all plant-like peoples, most notably the Pulcinelli and the Pear People and known of by Hermetic Gardeners (who created the plant-like peoples) and probably Sorcerers. The World-As-Prison exists as an iron cage to be escaped from at all costs, the Negative Space outside thereby represents freedom. The Pulcinelli wish to escape the prison by the opening of a doorway, the Pear People await the coming of Lord Bruggis to destroy the prison itself and set them free. Movement through the prison is slow and requires artificial assistance such as the Nodal Network.

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Owl People

An Owl Person
Angelic and mysterious animal-like people. The Owls know all, being the most knowledgeable of all entities, and may deign to act as Guides, albeit indirectly, if they decide it to be prudent. This guidance is usually transmitted through the exchange of the artifact Young Woman with a Pink. They have physically intervened in the world only once,* when they gifted the knowledge of Bell-working to the Ancient Sorcerers and attempted to dissuade them from seeking absolute rule over the Oikoumene, which was a course justified in the Sorcerers' eyes by the theory of the World-As-Kitchen; a concept it was hoped that the Owls' higher knowledge would disabuse them of.
*Though with the screening of the film To Celebrate Memory 7: Contact! at the Pear Cinema in IN THE SUBURBS, this could be ammended to twice, owing to the nature of artificial reproduction.

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Palazzo, The

The Palazzo
A World-Within-a-World created by the Ocean Princess. As the name suggests, primarily the Palazzo is an Italianate palace, with terracotta roofs, whitewashed walls and a tiered garden arranged around statuary and cyprus trees. This palace is built into a rocky island surrounded by water (as is typical of worlds created by the Wine Glass). The Palazzo has become the permanent home of the Princess, where she receives distinguished guests, such as the Wizard Wardary in OCEANPRINCE.

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Pan

Central Pan
A small city in which Galahad lived before becoming an Angel, also visited by the Wizard Wardary and the Courier of the Wizard Wardary with a Card-Giver in OCEANPRINCE. Most notable feature of the city is a ruined Pyramid, repurposed as a pleasant outdoor market.

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Pear Cinema

The Pear Cinema Box Office
A cinema located in the Ziggurat City before it fell to the Pear People. Subsequently it has become the Pear Hotel, being detached from the City and relocated by the Pear People to the Real Ocean. The cinema had an accompanying bar, unimaginatively and inaccurately named the Ziggurat for its impressive views over the city's Pyramid. In IN THE SUBURBS, the film To Celebrate Memory 7: Contact! was shown in the Pear Cinema to Peredur, gifting them with the knowledge of Bell-working.

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Pear Hotel

The Pear Hotel Poster
A World-Within-a-World used by the Pear People to imprison their enemies, mainly Sorcerers. It is located in the Real Ocean and--maybe due to its being outside of the Oikoumene and hermetically sealed--experiences time in a cyclical, spiralling fashion; the same day over and over again. Those who are agèd in the Oikoumene are ever-young in the Pear Hotel Spiral. The Wizard Wardary was taken prisoner and sent to the hotel during Brug Night in THE STARS GO OUT, though he later would escape with the help of his Courier in PEARHOTELSPIRAL. The Pear Hotel was originally the Pear Cinema, located in the Ziggurat City. Following the fall of the city the building was detached from the Oikoumene and placed in Negative Space by the Pear People's powerful Brug Night rituals.

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Pear People

A Pear Person Angel
A plant-like people who evolved from Potatoes. They desire the total destruction of the Oikoumene by their god, Lord Bruggis, whose works they celebrate every hallowed Brug Night. From their rotting fastness, the Village of Brug Night, they watch and shrivel; awaiting their glorious reward.

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Pear Tart

A Pear Tart
"Pear Tart For All!" Baked good venerated by all entities except Pear People. The first batch was probably baked in the Magical Kitchen itself, and no doubt tasted very excellent indeed. The theory of World-As-Pear-Tart--accepted by most who have thought theoretically--posits that Pear Tart is For All. All Pear Tarts are microcosms of the Oikoumene.

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Peredur

Peredur
Tourist and principle member of the Knights of the Table Round (and therefore perhaps also a Person of Fish). Peredur leads the Knights in search of the wisdom of the Sorcerers, having been given preliminary knowledge of Bells by the Owl People themselves through the medium of the film To Celebrate Memory 7: Contact!. They wear glasses and prefer black clothing.

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Person

Anything with a face is a person, this is because of artificial reproduction. The creation of new peoples, therefore, is intitially fairly easy, but getting the face/mask to stick is a far harder task requiring advanced knowledge of Wine Glass use.

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Potato Friend, The

The Potato Friend
A Hermetic Gardener who lives on a small island within his own World-Within-a-World, seen at the beginning of OCEANPRINCE. Enjoys listening to cricket on the radio. He created the Potato People by putting masks onto large potatoes, hoping to create friends.

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Potato People

A Potato Person
Lumpen plant-like people created by the Potato Friend at the beginning of OCEANPRINCE. The Potato Friend did a poor job of them, however, possibly due to an incomplete working knowledge of the Wine Glass. Because of this, the majority of Potatoes' faces have come unstuck over time. The more robust Pear People evolved from the Potato People through dark processes perhaps set in motion by Henry.

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Pulcinelli

Pulcinelli
Hive-minded, plant-like people created by the Ocean Princess in the gardens of the Palazzo at the end of OCEANPRINCE. Learning the knowledge of working with Wine Glasses (possibly from the Ocean Princess), they have since (in THE STARS GO OUT) flourished independently into a sizeable civilisation arrayed around their hive-capital, the Distant City. Like the Pear People, the Pulcinelli subscribe to the World-As-Prison theory of the Oikoumene, leading them to attempt entry into Negative Space through the creation of an Icosahedron (subsequently, there are now unfortunately far fewer Pulcinelli in existence). Individual Pulcinelli may be separated from the hive through the use of a Flashing Circle, as seen in 12 PEOPLE OF FISH.

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Pyramids

Pulcinelli
The massive strongholds of the Sorcerers, found at mainly at great population-centres. From their Pyramids, the Sorcerers work their Bells; observing and intervening in the world around them to further their own secretive ends. Throughout the land, several Pyramids also lie in ruins; most notably the Pyramid of the Ziggurat City, which was sundered by Lord Bruggis and the Pear People in THE STARS GO OUT.

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Reproduction, Artificial

Engraving from Dürer's instruction for measuring with compass and straightening gauge
One of the two fundamental functions of the universe; the other being its inverse, unproduction. Any artificial reproduction (image) in an artificial world (such as the Oikoumene) is real because the world itself is already artifice; a reproduction is therefore as real as (or no more real than) its original. For example, when the Tourist in 12 PEOPLE OF FISH photographed the Gateposts and displayed the photographs on their computer screen, the photographed-Gateposts acted as if they were the originals and opened a portal into the Diamond. This is because the photographed-Gateposts were as real as the originals; the originals being already artificial anyway. Manipulation of this latent effect to achieve things such as the creation of Worlds-Within-Worlds and new peoples is allowed by the Wine Glass, a reproductive technology.

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Sorcerers

A Sorcerer
A powerful group of entities, indentifiable by their red robes and golden masks, who gained great knowledge of Bells from the Owl People (pre-contact Sorcerers are known as the Ancient Sorcerers). The Sorcerers' masks are adorned on the inside with lengthy spikes designed to puncture their eyesockets. They instead use Bells housed in monolithic Pyramids to provide far-reaching, supernatural vision.* From their Pyramids, they influence worldly events for their own mysterious ends; many still clutching to the obsolete World-As-Kitchen doctrine, believing themselves absolute rulers of the Oikoumene.
*Not all Sorcerers do this; the Wizard Wardary, for example, leads a extro-pyramidic and eye-retaining existence as a Guide, wandering the plains of the Oikoumene.

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Sorcerers, Ancient

A Leader of the Ancient Sorcerers
Sorcerers as they existed before their contact with the Owl People and before recieving their knowledge of Bells. It is possible the ruins found in the Forest are remains of Ancient Sorcerer structures. Ancient Sorcerers subscribed to the World-As-Kitchen doctrine, seeking absolute control over the world.

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Sphinxes

A Sphinx
Secretive animal-like people, lion-dog-rabbit-cats with human-like faces. They live deep in the Forest, usually close to magical places, and view any intrusion into their domain with extreme distaste. Despite this, they are known to befriend and guide Forest Rangers, as seen in THE STARS GO OUT.

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Three-Headed Beer Goddess

Three Headed-Beer Goddess Label
A cheap brand of beer, 6.4% alcohol content. Also may refer to the associated goddess; a Sphinx with two skulls at either shoulder.

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To Celebrate Memory 7: Contact!

To Celebrate Memory 7 Movie Poster
Historical science-fiction fantasy film, set during the time of the Ancient Sorcerers and depicting their contact with the Owl People. In IN THE SUBURBS, it was shown in the Pear Cinema to Peredur, gifting them, via artificial reproduction of the Young Woman with a Pink, with the knowledge of Bell-working. Despite this, the film contains several historical inaccuracies, mainly: that the leader of the Ancient Sorcerers is wearing a cloak lined with a portal (to stay out of the rain), the Sorcerers at that time could not know how to create such an item and would require Bells; that the Ancient Sorcerers are wearing golden masks, a practice they did not adopt until after their contact with the Owls; and that the Owl People landed in an enormous spaceship (obviously included in the film as spectacle) whereas in truth they are known to be an extremely subtle people in all their dealings.

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Tourists

A Tourist
Questing entities, often assisted by Guides.

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Trains

A Train
Public transport with a rhizomatic rail network that will not only get the traveller to an ever-changing multitude of destinations, but even to certain Worlds-Within-Worlds also, providing that they are public-domain. Trains are particularly enjoyed by Gibbons.

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Tree, The

The Tree
Linchpin of the universe, holding the positive Oikoumene in alignment and balance with Negative Space. The Tree is located both at the Cloister and in the Magical Kitchen, at its roots lies the Real Ocean, which provides its nourishment, beyond its top lies the Gibbonhome, the fastness of the Gibbons. The Tree is associated with the Wine Glass, the stemmed glass symbolising the Tree itself with the wine symbolising the water that allows its growth. Such glasses are often found buried near the Tree.

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Unproduction, Artificial

Unproduction
One of the two fundamental functions of the universe; the other being its inverse, reproduction. In an artificial world (such as the Oikoumene) matter does not have to be retained, therefore things can be completely and tracelessly destroyed, erased, moved or disappeared. Use of this property of the world to create portals, teleport and see through objects and over great distances can be given through the Bell, an unproductive technology.

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Village Store, The

The Exterior of the Village Store
Local shopping destination. A tropical-themed World-Within-a-World located at the Village of Brug Night, inside a human skeleton and protected by a moat of live-action. The store's proprietor is a beetle (insect-like person) using a reproduction of a painting by François Boucher (1703-1770) as a face. A Pulcinella visited the Village Store in THE STARS GO OUT to trade a Wine Glass for a Bell.

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Wine Glass

A Wine Glass

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Wardary, Courier of the Wizard

The Courier of the Wizard Wardary
A Tourist who, in PEARHOTELSPIRAL, delivered a video tape from an iteration of the Wizard Wardary to the Wizard Wardary himself in the Pear Hotel. The Courier managed to enter the hotel by travelling through a secret back entrance, concealed in the Lobster's seedy store. She also transported and (perhaps?) delivered a Card-Giver to a putto in OCEANPRINCE.

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Wardary, The Wizard

The Wizard Wardary
A notable Sorcerer, though one who has rejected their ways almost completely. Wardary travels seemingly at random around the Oikoumene, following his own secret schemes but also offering guidance to those in need of it. He is best known for his own particular brand of magic-working, in which he iterates himself multiple times throughout time-space; supposedly using an ingenious combination of Bell and Wine Glass. He has struggled long against Lord Bruggis and the Pear People and, in THE STARS GO OUT, was captured and imprisoned in the infamous Pear Hotel. In PEARHOTELSPIRAL, though, he was able to escape by playing a live-action video tape smuggled to him by Courier from another iteration of himself. Playing the tape reproduced a subject-to-object magical ritual that allowed Wardary and the Courier to escape objectively through the Real Ocean and board a train to freedom.

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World-Within-a-World

World-Within-a-World
A world created by use of the Wine Glass. Such worlds are usually identifiable by their basis in water. Notable Worlds-Within-Worlds include: the Distant City, the Gibbonhome, the Magical Kitchen, the Palazzo, the Pear Hotel and the Village Store.

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Young Woman with a Pink

Young Woman with a Pink
Painting from the late 1480s, once part of a diptych, and attributed to Hans Memling (c.1430-1494). It is a technology and a symbol of the transmission by the Owl People of their knowledge to others. As a symbol, it is venerated particularly by the People of Fish and subsequently the Knights of the Table Round. The painting itself is an allegory of marriage.

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Ziggurat Bar

The Ziggurat Bar
Bar adjoining the Pear Cinema, with excellent views over the Ziggurat City and its Pyramid. Once a favourite drinking spot of Peredur's, however it is now part of the Pear Hotel.

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Ziggurat City

The Ziggurat City
A large city arranged over four tiers so as to look like a ziggurat. At the centre of its topmost tier is a Sorcerer Pyramid. The 'fall' of the Ziggurat City took place during the events of THE STARS GO OUT, in which the city was overrun by the Pear People and their god, the Lord Bruggis, who sundered the Pyramid, imprisoned its Sorcerers in the Pear Hotel, and left the rest of the city in a state of ruination. The ruin of the Ziggurat City has since been partially repopulated, though it has now become part of the Forest.

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A soft drink, known and celebrated for its very high sugar content.