Dr. Edmund Cruces

Bearer of the Onyx Crown


COMMON KNOWLEDGE (Obviously, Cruces doesn’t advertise everything):

Seeming: Wizened

Kith: Oracle

Virtue: Charity

Vice: Envy

Relevant Merits: Allies 4 (performers), Status 5 (freehold), Mantle 5 (Winter), Resources 5

Contracts: Fleeting Winter 5, Eternal Winter 4, Dream 5, Hearth 3

Pledges: The Pledge of the Four Suits (The Clause of Clubs)


Do you know why people laugh at clowns? It is not because we are funny, oh no.

Oh no.

People laugh at clowns because we are miserable. Because we suffer. We cry, and beg, and moan. We stumble across the stage or in the child’s birthday party, our clothes misshapen and our wigs askew. Under the pantomime smile our eyes fill with tears, and we have every appearance of being confused and scared. Of being…


Of being lost. Like you. Like me. We are actors, you understand? We wear our Masks like any street-performing mime, like any trick-or-treating tot, because we cannot face what lies beneath. Because it is too horrible. It is too tragic, what has happened to us. Ripped asunder, and put back together. Fed to beasts or trapped in rock or tossed from mountains or locked in the cellar…

It is too sad.

So what do we do? What can you do?

What can you do?

The only thing you can do is laugh about it. Laugh, but remember this.

The world is laughing at you.

Because you are the clown.

“It is better that he is sad… you wouldn’t want to see him when he is happy”

Dr. Edmund Cruces

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