I don’t exactly want to make two posts in a day. I’ve made quite a few in the past several days. Not a good thing. It shows that I’m getting way too into this. The only reason I’m posting this is because the Core Theory people need about all the help they can get right now. And so, I offer what little I can. This article, incidentally, is all about the Core Theory. I’m not sure it’s the right one, but it’s rapidly growing.
First of all, my thoughts on those with (Titles). I read Seeking Truth and The Tutorial before even starting any of this, and since I explained the role of the Sages a bit last time, I’ll skip those and start with those two.
Zeke Strahm is the Mystic. The Mystic, from what I can tell, is like a cross between a Sage and a Warrior. He gathers information, fights, and is now essentially a “veteran.” Zeke (Mystic) is awesome. Or was awesome, at least. I mean, he tells us “DONTTRUSTFISK,” but come on! It’s quite possible that he killed someone by setting up a shotgun to get Slendy, and then dumps the body in his shed and doesn’t tell us about it. He seems to be too mentally unstable right now to be trusted.
M (Hermit), on the other hand, is less so. The Hermit is trying to help people as much as possible, but prefers running to fighting. M doesn’t like his title, even though it fits him really well. I personally like seeing him a bit angry. He’s both pompous and ignorant at the same time. His rules? Don’t make me laugh. Getting up high won’t help you, unless of course you’re in a plane or something. Maybe not even then. And staring at him? *eyeroll* What an idiot. Sorry, all you M supporters out there, but in my opinion, this guy means well, but his advice is not to be trusted. It’d get you killed more likely than not. No offense, M. I’m sure you’re a great guy. I just think that you’ve got no clue what you’re talking about.
The (Warrior) is, well, a warrior. He (using the term “he” in a unisex way because I don’t want to type out he/she) fights on what the Core Theory calls “This Side,” which I’m assuming is our reality. He is able to drive the \Construct\ back, but not defeat him. The role of Warrior is currently unassigned.
Robert (Guardian) has taken over the role of (Guardian) after stepping down as a (Sage). The (Guardian) is fairly close to the opposite of the (Warrior). He works on the “Other Side,” holding back the \Construct\.
The (Hero)…that’s the big one, and it’s also currently unfilled. The (Hero) is ultimately the one who will vanquish the Slender Man, or at least seal Him or strip Him of most of His power. Of course, as everybody knows, the (Hero) always dies in the end.
As for other roles that have been assigned…Omega (Scribe) seems to have a new title. A (Scribe) records and catalogues information, as far as I can tell. I’d love the title, but I’m not jealous. I haven’t had any contact with the core theory until now. If the “Rule of Three” is awarded to all (Titles), though, the other two would probably be me and Ash from Golem Tulpa Anima. If they’re not going with Rule of Three, however, I’m perfectly content keeping my position. Shaun (Sage) has become Shaun (Guide) (and may have now refuted the title), and Jay (Sage) is now referred to as Jay (Gone). Correct me if I’m wrong on either of those; I’m going by memory. Maduin was given the title (Seer), which he rejected, choosing (Jester), before being awarded (Sage). He now wears all three titles. A (Coward)…meh, more like A (Troll) in my opinion.
As for the \Construct\ theory: I think it holds some weight. I wouldn’t call them “Constructs,” exactly—more like myths, or folklore, or urban legends. But I’ve noticed that this is, essentially, exactly what the Slender Man is. He’s a new myth. Possibly the first bit of Internet Folklore, and one that’s probably going to break out into the “real world” soon enough.
I’m more interested in the Core Theory, admittedly, because it’s a story. Slendy’s not real. He’s…he’s just not. However, this is a very rapid passing down of a story. It’s growing quickly, and everyone has their own theory on what he’s like. Eventually, people will say “Yeah, I like that,” and keep certain aspects (for example, his face—it wasn’t always blank; some early stories said it just appeared differently to everyone), and say “that’s stupid, and I’m going to ignore it when I start my own story” (for example, everything on M’s blog. Zing!).
Robert (Guardian) even has a good system set up with the Core Theory. It’s a template for a story, nay, a legend, and people are slowly filling into those roles. Just like in many fairy tales (and this is exactly what this is—fairy tales weren’t exactly for kids way back when), the Rule of Three features heavily. Just like in the Core Theory. Eventually, the story will be complete.
However, there are a few problems I currently have with the Core Theory. Where does the (Hero) come from? No one just volunteers for the role of a hero. In most modern fantasy (the modern form of fairy tales), the hero needs a (Mentor). Someone who has great knowledge and wisdom. At one point, maybe, he could have defeated the \Construct\ himself. But now, he has either failed or is past his prime. For some reason or another, he cannot face the \Construct\, but he can make sure the (Hero) is prepared. Of course, keep in mind that the (Mentor) doesn’t often have a happy fate either. If the (Hero) is fated to die, the (Mentor) is fated to die much sooner—and probably much more gruesomely.
As for the Weapon…Robert (Guardian) was right when he said it had to be a blade. It’s always a blade (except for a few times when it’s an axe or hammer). However, a pocketknife coated in His Substance? No. Just…just no. There’s nothing poetic or heroic about a pocketknife. If this is our legend, do you really think that a pocketknife, no matter what it’s coated in, is poetic enough to kill him? My personal opinion? A new sword must be created, and named. The name is essential to a story. Everyone has heard of Excalibur. Why? Because it was a famous sword from legend. Use a nameless pocketknife (or even a named pocketknife), and the next generation to tell the story will just change it. That’s how stories work. Like I said, what’s needed is a sword. Not just any sword, though. It must be obtained or forged through a Great Trial that the (Hero) must undergo. For example, a sword obtained or forged on the Other Side. It almost doesn’t matter what material it is. Hell, it could even be a sword made of “Other Side” wood. As long as it’s special, it should do the job.
So, that’s my opinion on the Core Theory. It’s doable, and I’m glad I caught up to this thing before the end, so I can be a part of it. However, It’s still just a theory, and not quite reality yet. It needs adjustments. My suggestions? Well, I just gave two huge paragraphs about them, but to reiterate: Find a (Mentor). He’s the one who will find and prepare the (Hero). Second, send the (Hero) for the weapon. But make sure it’s special. The (Mentor) should know what this weapon is, and probably have a good idea of how to obtain it. The (Hero) should be the one to use it.
Apologies for any incompleteness in these two parts. There are a lot of blogs on the Core Theory, and I only just read White Elephants last night. As always, I’d love your help. There is a comment section there, folks. WordPress is a bit different than Blogspot, but as long as you leave feedback, I’ll make sure it gets through.