I heard about another icon passing away yesterday - Gary Gygax, one of the creators of Dungeons and Dragons.
I didn't play D&D when I was a child. I never played it until I was in my 20s in the middle of the 1980s. But once I learned, I played it with fervor for several years. Every Sunday night, my wife and I would gather around our kitchen table with a group of friends to pursue adventure in our chosen roles.
It's been almost twenty years since I played, but I still remember and have the character sheets of almost all my characters.
- Clairn - a male neutral human druid.
- Mar-tou - a male lawful evil ogre-mage.
- Londra - a female chaotic neutral half elf cleric. Worshiper of Tymora.
- Tarana - a male chaotic good human cleric. Worshiper of Vishnu.
- And I'm embarrassed to say - Unknown. Unknown was a male chaotic good druid. I'm not embarrassed by Unknown, but by the fact that I can't remember his name. The lack may be symbolic. He was a young druid who ended up with a magical helmet that, with each use, robbed him of some of his intelligence. Unknown wasn't too bright to begin with. Inexperienced as he was, he soon died of what amounts to stupidity.
I still have my books. I still have my dice. They are the telesmata of moments that have shaped my life.
Thank you Gary.
Telesmata - the material focus of a psychological force. In this case memory.