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 Introduction Edit

This is a transcript of the cutscene Fame.

Transcript Edit

Location: Level I-6                                        Characters: Runner, Skater

SkaterFront (Facing the Runner) Here's what I don't get. The Angel said he found a way home. Why are you still here?
RunnerFront (Facing the Skater) For the same reason as you: I like it out here.
SkaterFront But you're famous!
RunnerFront I got tired of fame.
SkaterFront Wait, really?
RunnerFront Yes, really.
SkaterFront I'm telling you, if I was as famous as you, I'd never give that up!
RunnerFront Then go for it!
SkaterFront I did.
SkaterFront (Looks out into the distance) I went all around the Planet and made friends with everyone I could. But most of them forgot me. It was like my official nicknames were "that kid" and "hey you."
RunnerFront (Also looks out into the distance)
SkaterFront You were different. Everyone knew you. Everyone talked about you. "Did you hear about the Cartographer's latest map?" "I got the Cartographer's autograph!" "Hey kids, today we have a special guest. Guess who? It's the Cartographer!"
SkaterFront And don't get me started on the "there's a map for that" fad. The Dancer wouldn't shut up about that one. It's like, we get it, the Cartographer made lots of maps. ...I'm being rude, aren't I.
SkaterFront (Turns to face the Runner) I shouldn't complain about you to your face. I'm sorry.
RunnerFront (Turns to face the Skater) You probably shouldn't, but I'll let it slide. I happen to agree with you.
RunnerFront All those quotes you mentioned? I didn't appreciate them any more than you.
RunnerFront I don't know everything. I don't pretend to know everything. But somehow, people started to think I did. And they took my guesses as absolute truth.
RunnerFront One time, the Sailor asked me about thunderstorms, and I showed him my map of a thunder cloud.
SkaterFront I remember that! He sailed near a storm and got struck by lightning! He had to got to the hospital! That was your fault?
RunnerFront Well, yes and no. Mostly yes. I didn't realize he wanted to sail into a thunderstorm, but I should never have shown him an unfinished map.
RunnerFront I gave him a partial map, and he took it as a complete map. If I'd left his map blank, he'd have used more caution.
SkaterFront Wait, you gave him your map?
RunnerFront No, I gave him a mental map.
SkaterFront That isn't the same thing though.
RunnerFront He had a simplified mental model of a thunderstorm, which he used to make a decision about an actual thunderstorm.
SkaterFront So...it's like a map
RunnerFront Very much so. It serves the same purpose and has the same flaws.
RunnerFront The Sailor's map only mentioned the most common types of lightning. Since I didn't know about clear-air lightning, neither did he. But he assumed he knew everything about storms, and he got way too close.
SkaterFront Oh sure, blame the Sailor.
RunnerFront I don't blame him! Everyone makes this mistake, and I should have planned for it. Even I sometimes forget that my mental maps have flaws. You'd think I'd have learned by now, but no.
SkaterFront You lost me, but I'll take your word for it. Anyway, let's back up a bit. You never explained how to get famous.
RunnerFront I can't tell you.
SkaterFront Come on! What's the harm?
RunnerFront No I literally can't tell you because I don't know. I have my guesses, but I refuse to give you an incomplete map.


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