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Tarot: King of Wands

A smiling man by a campfire animatedly tells a story to a small group of people around him. The young boy listens entranced, the teenage girl looks at him coyly and the old woman has a melancholy smile. Campfire smoke curls up through the storyteller's hands and into the evening sky. Rocks shelter the camping space and the view behind the man is out over a dry valley with scrub plants.

Photoshop and MotionComputing Tablet

The Shashigai are the storytellers of Karn. It's more than shashigai's username, it's a word for a whole group of folk, loosely connected through clans and villages, who carry the stories of the people. In a mostly illiterate society where the flow of information is closely controlled by the Grehti priests, stories are hidden gold. A story is always worth a meal and warm place to sleep. A good story is worth even more, because it can light up people's hearts and inspire them, and bring them secrets that the ones in charge would prefer to keep to themselves.

Still, storytelling has a twisted side. I was thirteen and in the middle of my first novel when I was called out of the blue by a man who said he was the boyfriend of my good friend. He said something had happened to her, but she was too embarrassed to say what.

He wanted me to tell him pornographic stories. He said it would help my friend. He was lying. I don't clearly remember the rest of the call, but it's my way of laughing in the face of all that is wrong with the universe, that I took him literally. What it burned into me - to us, because we are a multiple system - was not shame or corruption, but a desire to protect our friends.

The storyteller has the power to touch people's hearts, to capture them and hold them. The real test of his character comes with what he does with them afterwards.

Who do you allow to tell your story?



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Oct. 18th, 2013 03:51 am (UTC)
:) Nice! It seems a little more blurry and out of focus than some of the other cards, but I like the colors and atmosphere. Really like the very background with the sky for some reason, the smoke in front of the clouds is cool.

Also hahaha the timing of this post is cool because j-t I was just coming to your journal looking for you because I just saw this a minute ago and needed to pass it on: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cyaninc/obduction
Oct. 18th, 2013 04:01 am (UTC)
O_O Is it really them??
Oct. 18th, 2013 04:11 am (UTC)
I think so! *just donated*
Oct. 18th, 2013 04:14 am (UTC)
I want on that team.
Oct. 18th, 2013 04:36 am (UTC)
Oct. 21st, 2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
I guess since I am a shashigai I tell my own story. I tell it through telling others stories about other things. I tell it through stories and song and even dancing.

I suppose music tells my story. Five for Fighting: Superman. P!INK: Raise your glass and Sober. Many others: Maroon Five, Seal, even the Backstreet Boys: Show me the meaning.

Don't knock the ballads. Superman is a ballad. Show me the meaning is about not fitting into the world. Sure it's a love song (barely), but it's also about not being able to belong because you can't meet the requirements. To me it's about being so mixed up biologically and so different mentally that I can't The song All I have to give (just the chorus) came out when the first love of my life died - my cat Zachy. I've only come close to what I had for him once in my life. Guess who? :P Sorry if that's embarrassing. It's good to have kin. Jason Mraz: I won't give up (all of it) tells that story.

That's the last one. Kin tells my story.
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