The Conduit communes with the metaphysical realm, channeling spiritual energy. He serves as a ritual messenger, our intermediary to the divine and liaison with the muses. Is he a metaphor or a functionary? Is he symbol or vessel?
The Dissociative Amnesiac responds to stress by wandering, losing herself in the crowd and traveling to destinations unknown. Her fugue state may last hours or years. She may even establish an entirely new identity. Yet upon recovery, when her previous memories and identity return, the dissociative self is forgotten. All activity during the fugue episode, including the original stressor that precipitated it, is a blank.
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
The Cyborg is an exogenously extended organizational complex, unconsciously functioning as an integrated homeostatic system. She is both biological and mechanical, a human-machine hybrid in which the organic body is modified with robotic and electronic devices. Does she have a soul?
The Guardian is an observant and attentive protector whose primary concern is security. She is skilled, thorough, frugal and relentless. With her very strong work ethic, she is a true believer who lives by a strict code. Will she prevail?
The Outcast is a vagabond who walks the lonesome road. Whether despised, disliked, or feared, she wanders alone, rejected and abandoned by all. Will she find acceptance? Will she succumb to depression? Or will she grow strong in her solitude?
Some say The Lunatic suffers from an affective disorder, since the full moon can cause sleep deprivation in light sensitive individuals. However, given that the moon's gravity exerts power over the tides, and the brain is mostly water, isn't it possible that the moon effects human behavior more than we realize?
Conformity to social norms may give rise to The Alter Ego, a second self who leads a secret and/or double life. While the primary persona responds to social pressures by matching his attitudes, beliefs and actions to social norms, the secondary persona individuates, defying normative behavior. Is the alter ego adaptive or maladaptive?
The Outsider disregards standard conventions of form and structure. Her emotionally stark art, often ignored by the industry, media and general public, may nevertheless find strong support among discriminating connoisseurs and collectors. Gooble gobble, gooble gobble, we accept her, one of us.