When trying to work through what to leave here to potentially ‘prepare’ anyone for Ascend, something came to mind.
Now, I myself am not a chess player. But if working through the basics from a starting point, there would be steps.
Step 1: A question would have to exist in some sense. An urge, an offer. Do you want to play?
The first introduction to the game would occur. Here is the board.
Step 2: A more in-depth introduction to the game would occur—its concepts, the point(s) of it. There would be a more detailing into why it’s being played.
And Step 3?
Step 3 would be...
Do you understand the pieces? The weight of them, their ability of movement, their purpose(s).
As I said, I myself don’t play. I also don’t like looking at life in such a way, most especially from an ‘adversarial’ standpoint.
But I do like seeing people overcome things. Perhaps most of all simply trying to get through life and in the process stepping into a situation of having little or no control over the way others view life and the world.
I consider Reave an introduction, Elude getting things in order, and Ascend?
I consider it an exploration. Into people. Possibility.
Aster spent most her life with people viewing her as something without value. ‘Chess’ was the best way I could think of to describe delving into the depths of the weight of value and movement, especially in so predatory a world. Sometimes, what’s found in the depths of exploration is horrifying. Sometimes?
What you find is beautiful.
I hope so much that you enjoy it. <3