I read through White Elephants last night. It’s a good read, and it adds some really important stuff to the mythos, primarily an element known as the Core Theory. It’s also the first real example of a Massive Multiplayer Slender Man Crossover. While Seeking Truth (mentioned in an earlier blog post) had people providing Slender Man blogs for Zeke’s reference, the author of White Elephants, Robert has essentially highlighted himself which blogs are important by giving people titles. He, more than anyone else, is establishing an actual community. There’s a lot of information here, so this will be broken down into two posts
What makes White Elephants unique is its use of “shorthand.” According to Robert (Sage), parenthesis denote a title (which I’ll explain a bit later). Words between backslashes, such as \Construct\ or \Agent\ (the Slender Man and his followers, respectively) are dangerous things. Words between two dashes, such as –origin- or –visitations- are concepts that he can understand, and that most of us can kind of understand, but are impossible to describe without a paragraph or two.
That out of the way, let’s launch into this. Robert (Sage) spends most of the blog explaining the Core Theory. Every nation/culture has its own \Construct\. Germany’s is Der Ritter, for example. I’d guess that the Slavic nation’s \Construct\ is Baba Yaga. Ours is the Slender Man. I’m guessing that its culture is the Internet, by the way, and not America. It may be America’s eventually, but right now, he’s limited to Internet communities. It’s also quite entirely possible that people can have more than one construct. But anyway, there’s a difference between Der Ritter/Baba Yaga/The Boogeyman and the Slender Man. The old \Constructs\ aren’t scary. The Slender Man is. The old \Constructs\ are outdated. They no longer have fear as an ally. They’ve been conquered and defeated, and are therefore no longer scary. The Slender Man is different. He’s new. We haven’t decided on how to beat him, and we haven’t even decided on what it is he does.
So, much of Robert’s (Sage) blog deals with finding people to fill roles. Jay (Sage) of Anomalous Data and Shaun (Sage) of Testing 1,2,3 filled out the number of Sages to three, which appears to be the “right” number. The sages each have one of three roles. According to Robert (Sage), “one Sage researches weapons, one Sage looks at defensive measures, and one sage tries to understand the properties of the foe.” In other words (his other words, to be precise), the Sword, the Shield, and the Shroud. I haven’t read Jay (Sage) or Shaun’s (Sage) blogs yet, so I don’t know which is which, but I’m pretty certain that Robert (Sage) is either the Sword or the Shroud. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m leaning towards Sword.
His other roles will be expanded upon in the next blog post. In the meantime, a list: the roles are Mystic (Zeke Strahm of Seeking Truth), Hermit (M of The Tutorial), Warrior (Unfilled), Hero (Unfilled), and Guardian, which turns out to be Robert, for reasons explained below. There are a few other titles, but these are the main players.
As for Robert’s (Sage/Guardian) role change…well, it appears that the old Sages have fallen or are otherwise unable to carry out their tasks. Three new sages (zerombr of A hint of serendipity, Maudin of A Really Bad Joke, and Amelia of A Road to the Heavens) have been appointed. Robert (Guardian) himself has stepped out of the Sage role.
Two last thing worth mentioning. The first is that Robert (Guardian) believes that the \Construct\ is weakened on Halloween and the Winter Solstice (Dec. 21). The rationale for the former is that Halloween is when fear is embraced for fun, rather than, well, feared. Fear is the \Construct’s\ greatest ally. Not quite sure why the Winter Solstice is that way. The other thing to note is that, in addition to finding people to fill the roles of the Core Theory, Robert (Guardian) was trying to find a Weapon to fight the \Construct\ with. He claimed it was a pocketknife that a girl scout plunged into Him that became covered in His Substance. Personally, I believe that the knife is complete bull, and that Robert (Guardian) is Robert (Batshit Insane) by this point. Funny how no one ever seems to be reliable by the time the story ends *eyeroll*
The blog has left off at a very…well, important point. If you don’t want it spoiled, read no further. If you don’t care, keep reading. Essentially, Robert (Guardian) appears to be kidnapped by \Agents\, and his blog taken over or hacked. If you’ll look at the comment section to that last post, freakin’ everybody seems to be going insane.
Anyway, the next post will cover some of my theories. Anyone coming over from my profile on White Elephants should be looking for that. Like I said there, I’m just a dude with ideas. But ideas are what feed the Slender Man, so they’re at least worth listening to.