Ami Ben ‘Burning’ Mann ~ the small god of Playa Characters

[image description: A hallucinatory technicolor portrait of a be-robed and be-turbaned figure wearing motorcycle goggles is haloed by a gleaming wildly colored sun. They stand in front of white peaks (Tents? Dunes?) Text reads, “137, Ami Ben ‘Burning’ Mann ~ the small god of Playa Characters”]

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There are people who say he’s one of the gods of LARPing, that the private community that blossoms, seeds, and withers every year in the deep desert is just another form of elves running around the forest with boffer swords, shouting about hit points and dragons.  He doesn’t bother to deny it.  He has better things to do, and also, he just took an interesting pill that has turned all words into notes of music, making it difficult for him to focus.

What he would say, if he was less busy, if he cared more, is that he’s not a god of LARPing—not that there would be anything wrong if he was; the gods of LARP he knows are kind, considerate people who just want everyone to have a chance to find where they belong—but a god of something similar, if larger.

He is a god of community.

He is a god of people who find their true selves in a handful of dust, transitory, washing away in the first hard rain, but real and honest all the same. He is a god of compassion and coming together, of building something out of nothing and leaving the land exactly as you found it, of stepping lightly and finding a liminal space in which to bloom.

He is also a god of ridiculous machines, freeze-dried ice cream, and light up neon LED hula hoops.

A person’s no fun if they don’t find a way to stay at least a little bit complex, after all.

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Join Lee Moyer (Icon) and Seanan McGuire (Story) Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for a guide to the many small deities who manage our modern world:





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