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The Braid

Synthesis Empathy Equilibrium ꧪဥဓ

If you make rules only you can win by, they will play by other rules.

Jesma Shirancord, “Vectors”

In ochre river valleys afoot steep white mesas the Limns, idiosyncratic inhabitants of the Braid, form tightly-knit communities of ritual, fellowship, contemplation, and resolution. The Limns communicate with a wordless language that varies between individuals and relies on instruments and complex garments that each Limn has decorated as mnemonic objects of their own personality and experience.

Limn communication and temperament follow from a property of the Braid known as the Consonance: when observing the actions of any conscious being on this lamina, you simultaneously observe the entire trail of events that led to that being taking that action. Seeing someone in frustration yell a particular insult, you will also witness their father flinging that same insult, and the causes of their father’s childhood fears that lead to preoccupation with the language used in that insult, and onwards and outwards with receding intensity the entire history that created that moment. Every interaction is a cascade of memories and history. It is dumbfounding; it is far too much information to take in at once, and yet the nature of what is experienced is immediately obvious.

With a mixture of curiosity and determination, the Limns share the Consonance, bringing mortals to this lamina to resolve conflicts and heal wounds. Opposing figures or quarreling groups are borne en masse to behold each other in the light of the Consonance, atop great white starlit plateaus where the effect is strongest, in ceremonies organized by silent Limns. Solitary mortals find themselves here too sometimesas did this visitorleft alone with thoughts and pasts deconstructed by the Braid’s Consonance.

[This chapter has not yet been translated. Please turn to the Inevitability, the Bloom, or the Unfolding for completed chapters. Recent additions can be found in the Translation Log.]

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restorative justice & larger social restorative practices

conflict resolution

In many Polynesian cultures, it is believed that a person’s errors (called hara or hala) caused illness. Some believe error angers the gods, others that it attracts malevolent gods, and still others believe the guilt caused by error made one sick. “In most cases, however, specific ‘untie-error’ rites could be performed to atone for such errors and thereby diminish one’s accumulation of them.”

The process begins with prayer. A statement of the problem is made, and the transgression discussed. Family members are expected to work problems through and cooperate, not “hold fast to the fault”. One or more periods of silence may be taken for reflection on the entanglement of emotions and injuries. Everyone’s emotions are acknowledged. Then confession, repentance and forgiveness take place. Everyone releases (kala) each other, letting go. They cut off the past (ʻoki), and together they close the event with a ceremonial feast, called pani, which often included eating limu kala or kala seaweed, symbolic of the release.


The Consonance

do you hear yourself? yes.

Flood & Crevasse

floods fill the rivers with water, mudslides too, but the rivers also deepen the crevasses

Culture & Paradigm

ꧪဥဓ regard ꧪဥဗ as an unhealthy shortcut, there is no need to discard, it is better to internalize and understand

Narrative Language

limns who have never met have a hard time communicating, but over time bond and understand each other better. well no, the consonance makes that unnecessary? what then

symbolic language, narrative language, circumstantial language

Mnemonic Artifacts

Cardinal Resolutions


authentic relating thing where you say why someone has done something







Bearing the Consonance


Limn Communication


Sky Mirror

flooded land like gilbert williams pic

The Cleft

Monument Cloisters

Breath House

Figures & Groups


Festivals & Traditions

Plateau Conception

The Gift of Soil


Rumors & Mysteries


something about not fixing structural problems, just patchwork

Consonance Fallibility

is it ever wrong? can you make it lie? worldbuilding secrets in truth reverberating hall

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