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PostSubject: Nopperabou   Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:01 am

What do people think of nopperabou in the mythos?

I've had a few ideas on using them, but I'm not sure where they fit in.  

I've thought about nopperabou as serving TDF, using then as a UXP, or even just leaving their specific role/relation unspecified.  

Anybody have any thoughts?
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PostSubject: Re: Nopperabou   Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:10 am

I had to look this one up, but it seems like an interesting concept.  The verse could definitely use more originality, so I'd say go for it.  Still have no idea what TDF and UXP are though.

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PostSubject: Re: Nopperabou   Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:14 am

Tdf: Tall, dark, and faceless, aka the slenderman
Uxp: unexplained phenomenon (fear thing)

I'm definitely going to run with it, I'm just trying to figure out how it fits.
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PostSubject: Re: Nopperabou   Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:30 am

Taken from Wikipedia:

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The Noppera-bō and the Koi Pond
This tale recounts a lazy fisherman who decided to fish in the imperial koi ponds near the Heian-kyō palace. Despite being warned by his wife about the pond being sacred and near a graveyard, the fisherman went anyway. On his way to the pond, he is warned by another fisherman not to go there, but he again ignores the warning. Once at the spot, he is met by a beautiful young woman who pleads with him not to fish in the pond. He ignores her and, to his horror, she wipes her face off. Rushing home to hide, he is confronted by what seems to be his wife, who chastises him for his wickedness before wiping off her facial features as well.
The Mujina of the Akasaka Road
The most famous story recollection of the Noppera-bō comes from Lafcadio Hearn's book Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things. The story of a man who travelled along the Akasaka road to Edo, he came across a young woman in a remote location near Kunizaka hill, crying and forlorn. After attempting to console the young woman and offer assistance, she turned to face him, startling him with the blank countenance of a faceless ghost. Frightened, the man proceeded down the road for some time, until he came across a soba vendor. Stopping to relax, the man told the vendor of his tale, only to recoil in horror as the soba vendor stroked his face, becoming a noppera-bō himself.
There are other tales about noppera-bō, from a young woman rescued from bandits by a samurai on horseback whose face disappears; to stories of nobles heading out for a tryst with another, only to discover the courtesan is being impersonated by a noppera-bō.

Ideas of how to incorporate come to mind, such as the protagonist seeing Slenderman as someone else, perhaps a loved one, to coax them into becoming a proxy.  It would definitely be interesting to see a series or blog give Slenderman origins other than Germany.

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PostSubject: Re: Nopperabou   Fri Jun 06, 2014 8:24 am

It is a Japanese classic, I believe it dates to the Edo period.

I remember reading it in a translated Japanese folk tale book for kids. It took me a few months to link it together.
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