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Andy Ferguson
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[Mage]

If you're reading this then you are me.

I know that might seem hard to believe, seeing as you probably don't remember writing this, but bear with me and I'll explain.

Do you remember how you came to be holding this letter? Probably not. But if you think back really hard to a time when doing magic wasn't like swimming through treacle then you'll remember that you were one of the best at planting subliminal commands in people's minds. And that one of the minds you liked experimenting most with was your own.

So that's the first hard part out of the way, but there is more.

The way you feel right now won't last. The memories, desires, appetites and motivations you are currently experiencing are a temporary construct, formed from the perceptions and memories of other people, with a side order of what is socially acceptable (but it's only a side order, so feel free to discard it if you like). You should have about 24 hours, so use them wisely.

So why are you here? Well that's a tricky one. First off, you need to find Themis, who should be able to tell you more. She's the Mage you hang out with most and you sometimes act as her eyes while she acts as your conscience. If you're reading this letter then it suggests there is either something bad brewing, or that it's time for the monthly meeting of Mages where you get to be sarcastic and slightly bitter at a load of other Mages who remember a lot more about doing a lot less.

You should also be aware of what those Mages are going to think about you. Back in the day you were a tactician and soldier in the Adamantine Arrow, and you were responsible for the deaths of quite a few people. No-one will tell me how many, or how some of them died, but I get the feeling you were fairly good at what you did, and that some people thought you enjoyed it too much.

That all ended a while ago. There isn't a lot of data about what happened, or why it went wrong, but you were found with a fair bit of your brain blown away and not a lot of time to save you. You were patched up pretty well, but a lot of your core personality leaked out along with the blood, and so far no-one has managed to fix you. I suspect that's down to a combination of wondering what you might be like if you were fixed, but also because the best Mind/Life Mage in London was a guy called Alpha, and he's been out of action for a while.

Oh yes, I probably should mention that, you're called Alpha. That's what people remember you as, and it's probably what you should call yourself if anyone asks. I don't remember where the name came from now, but it's yours and you should wear it with pride.

That's me done for now. If you can find a way to remember this stuff without having to read this letter every time then that would be great, but in the meantime enjoy the next 24 hours and remember to always do your best. I don't even know what that means any more, but I know that it's important to who and what you are.

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