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The Fateless

To be Fateless means that a person's future is not set. While most of the peoples who live in The Cosmos live the same lives over and over again, The Fateless are unpredictable wildcards. Their choices can greatly affect the The Serpent and Shadows War.  

An Identity Crisis

Those without a predetermined Fate may question their purpose. They may struggle to find their place in a world where most people are guided by destiny. Denial of one's status as a Fateless is a reasonable reaction for some.

Embracing their Fatelessness can be a journey of self-discovery, as they learn to make choices based on their own values rather than external expectations. Fateless people can embark on personal quests or heroic journeys to help them find their own path.  

Moral Dilemmas and Temptation

Fateless individuals constantly grapple with moral dilemmas. Their choices are not preordained and their decisions could have significant consequences for themselves and others. They bear a level of self-responsibility that others due not.

Many Fateless people pressure themselves to prove their own worth and demonstrate that their choices do matter. The pressure to be heroes who serve The Dreamer can be overwhelming and lead to high expectations from others.

Some Fateless individuals are tempted to embrace villainy, they serve The Shadow Demons. The lure of power and control over their destiny leads them down darker paths.  

The Simulationists' Perspective

Those who have the keyword: Fateless, are tested by The Great Machine. While they may have free will, everything about the environment and the people around them can be manipulated to record their reactions.

Fateless are not to be confused with Avatars, who are directly controlled by entities beyond this reality. An Avatar has no free will, they exist only to serve as a vessel for the gods, those who use The Great Machine.

Cover image: The Fateless by Midjourney


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Oct 13, 2023 18:27 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Being fateless sounds rather stressful, though equally I don't think I'd like to have no choice over my fate. It's interesting how much they can affect the world around them.

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Oct 13, 2023 22:30 by Melissa

I'm excited to see Marcus grow to accept his responsibility. He's got to move out of victim mentality and forge a path forward. He's definitely in a stressful situation all around.

Oct 13, 2023 19:07

Being a Fateless sounds pretty neat. It reminds me of how we are in real life, unable to know where life's gonna take us. Being not one of the Fateless sounds horrible, fated to live the same life over and over like some sort of twisted Groundhog Day. There's so much potential in being a Fateless :D Very intriguing! Great job!

Oct 13, 2023 22:34 by Melissa

If you're not fateless, The Simulationists believe you're just an unimportant NPC. This is a concept that doesn't exactly sit well on any of their fractured minds. Fortunately, most people live in ignorant bliss of such heretical ideas.

Oct 14, 2023 01:44

Well, it's good that most are unaware...

Jan 5, 2024 06:04 by Enoris Leinwand

I love this take on the trope. The word was "fate" and this jump in the "those who have not", making us wonder the horror of those who do have, though I doubt they realize it themselves. I like the distinction with the Avatar, too, to preserve us from confusion. I was wondering how one realize they are fateles... does everyone know they have no power over destiny ? It's a bit confusing to be... does all marginal people think they are fateless or does most fateless ignore that they are, indeed, fateless ?

Jan 6, 2024 00:58 by Melissa

In an older, Summer Camp article about The Cosmos, I explain that the people in the game know their reality isn't quite real because they can tell time is repeating itself. They have accurate dreams of the past and prophetic dreams that always come true - everyone takes prophecies seriously. The Fateless however have dreams of a past that differs from their memories and dreams of a future that may not come true.   The people on Akir don't realize that the reason time seems to be repeating and the reason prophetic dreams happen is because Kaesta has a terrible habit of Save Scumming, which I hinted at in the article about The Tick Timer. She keeps several save files going and manipulates time, giving rise to alternate realities. The Fateless are the people she's been influencing, trying to "win the game." She has been taking an indirect approach to The Serpent and Shadows War.   At some point, I need to go back to all of these inter-related articles and make their connections more clear.  

The Cosmos
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The Tick Timer
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Jan 6, 2024 17:49 by Enoris Leinwand

Thank you so much for your answer, I really appreciate it :) The links are also very useful and I'll keep them to read them more thouroughly later on !

Jan 8, 2024 17:15 by Melissa

Thank you, Enoris, for all of your support this year. I appreciate that you shared this article in your New Year's Resolution post. I've enjoyed exploring your Kyroste-pédia and look forward to seeing your world-building progress in 2024!   Here's a link for Enoris's New Year's Resolution article:

Résolutions 2024
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