by Steve Speer




CONFUSED BY THE STIMPLES?

WANT TO TALK ABOUT THEM LIKE THE HEPCAT YOU ARE, BUT YOU JUST CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?


Has this happened to you? You go to this bar, and immediately feel intimidated by the thick aura of coolness. My God, this is it! All the famous people are there gathered in tight cliques. If only you could find your way into one of them. You stand next to one of the looser ones, in hopes of pretending to be part of it. The voices escalate—they seem to be arguing about some bit of pop ephemera called the Stimples. A disagreement grows into an argument, and a question arises from the din

"Who is Mr. Nose?"

There's obvious dissension and one of the cool people turns to you and says, "Can you help us?"


It's your chance to break in to the big time and you can't even make it past the first question. To avoid this public embarrassment and to further yourself in this dog-eat-dog world of socializing and shmoozing,


Study This:
Mr. Nose

MR. NOSE:
Mr. Nose runs GOZ recording studios. He controls the flow of media in STIM city along with his brothers, Mr. News, Mr. Knows, Mr. Knees, etc. Among many other showbiz triumphs, Mr. Nose created the sensation known as the Stimple Singers. Although his power is vast, Mr. Nose is a strangely vague figure and his agenda, while much discussed, remains unknown. Rumors of an occult alliance run wild through STIM society.

THE STIMPLE SINGERS:
METATRINA, NORBERTINA, WILHEMENA
The Stimple Singers are the sisters, Norbertina, Metatrina and Wilhemena. Discovered by Mr. Nose while singing their jump rope songs in SteerOx Park, they have been elevated to the status of media stars through the success of their morning songcasts. Their happy outlook on life's most dismal circumstances and their cheerful singing of this news has endeared them to the hearts of all the Stimples in Stim city. The entire Stimple population now tunes in to hear the broadcasts and rebroadcasts of our happy starlets.

Kit Chitty Chat

KIT CHITTY CHAT:
The dark celebrity of the Stimple world. Kit is a rap star, misogynist, and all around bad guy, so naturally the chicks love him. Wilhemena, in particular, tends to make excuses for his abusive and near-fascist behavior. The question is, how will she feel when she really gets to know him?

Trode

TRODE:
For every smile the singers bring to Stim city, Trode provides a frown. Trode hates the Stimple singers. She hates their cheery smiles and chirpy singing. She hates their youth, youth she has long ago squandered. Trode is known in parts of Stim city as a survivor of "THE CHANGE". For reasons not wholly understood, Stimples' heads explode at moments of high media excitement, resulting in their deaths. Not all of her faculties and little of her civility survived her change, so she is viewed with both awe and disgust by the Stimple population. The Stimples are happier when she remains in her pet shop and out of site of the normal Stimple population. Her only visitors are the Chim delivery service.

CHAMEZ:
Chim who runs the convenience store where the Stimple Singers hang out. Though he presents a cool exterior while behind the counter in his ultra-cool surveillance node, deep down Chamez harbors a seething hatred for the Stimples and all they represent.

THE CHIM:
The dark underclass of Stim society. The Chim hate Trode, hate the Stimples, and in general hate everything around them. Disposed to sullen temperaments, they spend their time fantasizing about the day they will be "SET FREE" from the Stimple oppression. The Chim have lost any ambition in society and now perform the more menial tasks of Stim city , while awaiting the day of their much-anticipated emancipation.


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