Wiki: Those Who Did Not Die
Those Who Did Not Die was a section of King Rabbit’s website. It included the names of four people who were said to have died in this world (later clarified as The Book of Kings), but did not die in some magimystic version of this world (later clarified as The Book of the Wild). One of those people, Brandon Lachmann, was an important part of Fragment Three and Fragment Four.
Those Who Did Not Die was a section of King Rabbit’s website, “The Burrow in the Fray,” which was used to solve Fragment Two. Whenever recruits unlocked a new password on the website (and simultaneously unlocked a new video), the name of an individual “who did not die” was unlocked on the homepage. Later, a new page on the same site was unlocked. It was called “Among Those Who Did Not Die,” and expanded upon the stories of these individuals.
Helen Wilde was a talented but frustrated artist. Her husband was also a painter and she struggled to gain recognition of her own talent. It wasn’t until a chance encounter with a particularly forthcoming powder room painting that she learned about the magimystic art of illiomancy, or creating life through illustration. She knew it was her chance to shine. She spent years in intense, secret study, and eventually became proficient in the power. But just as she was ready to reveal her talent to her husband and the world, Helen was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She knew this was her final chance to show her true artistry. She was last seen on a cool fall morning, walking into her painter’s studio. When her husband looked in on her hours later, all that he found inside the little shack was a beautiful landscape painting entitled “A wondrous world without sickness or shadow” with his wife looking back from a sunlit thick of painted trees. Then Helen waved goodbye to him.
Merchant Marine Val Baker managed to escape his sinking ship only to find himself, along with seven other crewmen, adrift on a sinking raft. They waited for death or mercy, looking up at the German U-boat that sank their vessel, the Muskogee. The U-boat captain later recalled his astonishment as he and his men watched the Americans’ raft rise from the water and float high above the ocean, before vanishing in the clouds. Baker’s natural proficiency as a soarsent had not been apparent before that event. But that day was only the beginning of Baker’s heroism. Promoted to Captain in the United States Army, he would go on to lead a covert company of soldiers dubbed The Flying Apes in a dozen critical battles, helping turn the tide of World War II.
A lowly seamstress whose parents had died on their hopeful journey to America, Lily was returning home to Staten Island after a grueling workday when her vessel collided with another ferry, The Mauch Chunk. Without a second thought, Lily dove into the churning waters to save dozens of drowning people. In the midst of the disaster Lily knew she’d have to break a dying promise to her parents to save everyone. Because Lily was a shapeshifter. Several waterlogged survivors later declared they‘d been rescued by a beautiful, raven-haired mermistress who carried them to shore, then disappeared under the waves. Some even claimed to have seen a smiling, crimson-scaled woman leaping out of the water near Coney Island later that day, heading for the wide open Atlantic.
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