A Study On the Anatomy of a Figment
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Introduction:

Hello, citizens of The Library, my name is Madbin and I am a scientist under the employ of the Council of Librarians. Today, I have been given the job of giving a lecture on the anatomy of a Figment. They are among the most populous of the people that live in this Library of our's, and yet very little is understood about them beyond where they come from and how they are made.

We know that harnessing the Ebnestra can cause one to bring a Figment into existence, and though we may not know why, that isn't the question I set out to answer today. Rather, my question is: what is a Figment actually made out of?

Now just a disclaimer: this study did require the dissection of a Figment or two, but it was a very non-invasive surgery and proper anesthetics were given and each Figment made out perfectly fine, although with a new scar on their body. I find it interesting that Figments can scar at all, seeing what I found after dissecting one.

The Basics:

The basic structure of a Figment seems to be very simple indeed. Using a variety of tools, I was able to inspect the physical and metaphysical makeup of their being. The first, and most interesting discovery, is the fact that Figments do not seem to have souls in the same way that we do. It has been observed before that a Librarian's soul is composed of Ebnestra, and a Figment's is as well, but the metaphysical structure that is observed is much different.

A normal Librarian's soul has a couple of parts to it. The consciousness which contains the personality and conscience of a person, the mind which contains all of the practical knowledge and rational thought, and a tether that seems to bind the soul to the body.

A Figment is missing all of these parts. In their place, they have a structure that I have called a "narrative." When Figments are born, their narrative is very small, nearly non-existent. As their life progresses and they gain more experience, their narrative begins to grow in size, until it stops at a certain point which seems to be the point at which a Figment is most comfortable with who they are.

After reaching this point of maturity, the narrative will very rarely expand any further. It is now considered complete, and if the Figment dies their narrative can even be salvaged, calling them back into a new body or restoring the old one. Major changes in a Figment's mindscape seem to be the only thing that can edit their narrative beyond this point.

Further Elaboration:

Figments are also made out of pure Ebnestra surrounding their narrative, masquerading in the form of ordinary matter. Its power is much more subdued than the raw Ebnestra found in leylines and harnessed by writers and creators, but its potency is still enough to give Figments an inclination towards Ebnestra. They seem to be attracted to the stuff, and feed off of it to preserve their own existence.

Curiously, I have never observed a Figment to write another Figment. Perhaps it is something that simply cannot be done? It may be something that is simply unnecessary, as Figments have no need to reproduce in the way that Librarians do. Figments do seem to get bored though, and like it when creators make more of them so that they can see some new interesting faces. As stated earlier, once their narrative is complete, it is very hard for a Figment to die.

This gives me chills thinking about the twisted Figments of the Imagination Wars… could it be that perhaps, somewhere out there in the bottomless sky they're still falling, alive and conscious? I'd hate to be them.

The only way it seems that a Figment can truly die is if it is never completed in the first place. If the Figment's life ends before its narrative is complete, it cannot easily be salvaged. I speculate however, that if you combine two or more incomplete narratives, you may be able to create one whole one. The ramifications of this, I cannot imagine.

Regardless, this concludes my study on the anatomy of a Figment. I hope you found it insightful.

No Figments were harmed in the making of this study. Much respect to Konstanze, Chey, Horatius, and Parvana for willingly participating. — Dr. Madbin

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