d20 Apocalypse - Exit Mundi
The Absence of Memory
Memory among humans is strange in the post-apocalypse world. The older a person gets, the less they tel the younger generation. Skills and tasks have been taught, but stories and information have not. Those rare folks that live to the ripe old age of 50 or 60 are willing to tell everything about how to perform a necessary task, or how to craft or create things. But requests for stories of the past, tales even from their own youth, much less stories from their elders who have passed, are met with obdurate silence. Many consider discussing events from the past to be a taboo and simply don’t bring up the subject.
A consequence of this mysterious attitude is that very little is known of past times. Some information can be gleaned from the small selection of books in Allegheny, but some of those have obviously been altered, and many have multiple pages or whole sections missing. The majority of the books are technical or factual in nature – mechanical handbooks, technical journals, scientific and medical journals and the like. Anything that imparts a skill is invaluable, but anything that tells a story is untrusted.
Most people are satisfied with this life, and a great deal of energy is focused on simply surviving in Allegheny. But youngsters will get curious, and when pressed for information the elders of this generation give the same answer that they got from their elders, when they were young: Do what you will, but don’t leave the forest.