Fables: Key
Current lifetime's name
Portrayed By Actor's Name
Fable Name of origin story — try to find the oldest name possible
Date of Birth It's currently 2235
Status There are three options: Awakened, a fable that is aware it's a fable and has some returned memories. Dreaming, a fable that is starting to remember. Sleeping, a fable that remembers nothing. You should mostly be the latter two.

Feel free to put something here! I appear to like doing quotes from original texts where the character is first introduced.

Location and date of known reincarnations

You may add as many or as few reincarnations of you'd like or have thought of, and the list should not be considered necessarily what the character is aware of ICly. This is merely a guide for 1) playing out memories, and 2) so that Awakened fables might notice if there's a lifetime of this person they should be aware of/can reference.

Dates should obviously not overlap, and have likely a few years before the fable is born again. The span of time in-between reincarnations is not consistent and it can be instant or drawn-out depending on what people generally assume is 'magic's whim' or 'the world's need' for that person.

Typically, fables from the same story are born reasonably close to each other to preserve balance or maintain appropriate age differences, but with magic out of whack, that could have degraded. (Much more likely to happen when related to 'True Love' connected characters, who may suffer sudden deaths or long bouts of not being reincarnated in order to line up with their soulmate again).

Originally male characters will always reincarnate as males.

Originally female characters will always reincarnate as females.

Fable Courts kept very close track of each other, so it should not be likely that a reincarnation went by without the fable being recognized. Also, there should be very few — if any — unpunished acts, if against the law. If you want to have killed people or cured cripples, mention that it was sanctioned, or else punish the character appropriately later.

A character who was a verberter (either Heiltraeger or Boesetraeger) would be one throughout every reincarnation except the present. With most fables unable to remember, there is no structure for it, though a former officer may still be trying to keep the peace or locate their former superiors.

Awakened characters have an inkling of feeling what they think might be magic. They are able to control limited feats, most of which go awry.

Dreaming characters may create 'magical-like' events on accident. Most of which are awry.

If a character was using or exposed to a magic spell in their last reincarnation before 1901, then they may be still stuck in the consequences of that. (see: Mulvane)

An aware person has come across something magical from their past, or another awakened fable, either on purpose or by accident (on purpose means that the awakened fable they met sought them out). They would've started having dreams or flashes of past lives that may not be quite coherent, and there could even possibly be small physical changes. Past lives are usually remembered one at a time, though different catalysts could cause different reactions. They usually all require some kind of kick: recreating a moment, spending a lot of time with someone important to your past, or reliving a complete memory through hypnotherapy, for example. Historical characters may be chosen for past lives, but should fit certain mannerisms of the original fairy-tale.

On Origins

Original fables should be kept to, but are open to some interpretation — obviously, they are just stories someone wrote down at their leisure; things could have been gotten wrong! Most notably: characters who are presented as animals may or may not actually be so. Characters who were mystical creatures may or may not be so. If you choose the human route, then find a good explanation for why they were mistaken or written as that animal/creature. If you choose the animal/creature route, try and make it sound as realistic as possible (I know, I know: magic—but it's still our world too).

No Disney interpretations. No King Arthur. No Frankenstein. No Once Upon A Time.

On Personality

Fables should generally reflect the ideals and behaviors of their original tales. Things may be taken to a darker angle, but the good guys will generally still act like good guys and the bad guys like bad guys. Exploit shades of grey, but try to stay away from total story-flips where now Cinderella was a secret gold-digger and her stepsisters sad, misunderstood feminists. On the other hand, feel free to explore how screwed from the beginning those sisters were when being raised by their shrew of a conniving mother, or how Cinderella's gotten a bit of an ego since then — an ego but she continues to look out for the downtrodden and pick the moral choices in the end.

Previously 'evil' characters may find that they feel less evil without the heavy presence of their dark magic— though it may well return with memories, like a grudge, or the person may just be rotten at the core.

Fables may have started as people (some of them) but they were elevated based on their deeds. Those deeds define their reincarnations more than their personalities do.

This can, however, be played with in the present, because of the loss of magic. They are just people again. Maybe Cinderella's a gold-digger now, in 2235 (to feed her outrageous shoe habit, of course), and as she awakens has to realize that she's been a shallow asshole this whole time and try to live up to her name.

Fables have certain "tells" or behaviors that might give them away; no matter how long they go on not knowing their history, they will always find themselves attracted to the same aspects of life. For instance, Jack the Giant Slayer may be living life as a small-time lawyer working to take down a corporate conglomerate. He is attracted to overwhelming odds and difficult battles, with a reputation for "stealing" or being crooked.

In their histories, fables should always have had their mental capacities mostly intact. However, that doesn't mean they always ACTED like they did. As part of the social experiments they performed, one could easily pretend to be off their rocker to make a point.

Again: this can be played with in the present reincarnation. But only the present.

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