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Box of Yusef Fenestrate Files
- Dust billows as the file box lands on the table. While many archives in the Interdimensional Rumor Mill are unified in some way, this... definitely isn’t one of them. The accompanying Rumor Registry explains all of the contents... wherever it is... but for now you grab the folder labelled IF-28.114 and start reading...
Fenestrate is a Black Muslim Egyptian who uses any pronouns. In Japanese, chi refers to chirself as watashi and others refer to chir with masculine and feminine terms interchangeably, and in Arabic chi is likewise referred to with هي/هو interchangeably. Chi is autistic and has ADHD.
Born in Luxor, Egypt, Fenestrate spent much of chir youth wandering the city and lingering near its historical and archaeological sites. As chi grew up, chi began hearing what chi described as a form of music that could not be heard with one’s ears. When asked how one could hear music, if not with one's ears, chi was vague, saying “I dunno, I just kind of hear it with my face, you know? The normal way you hear stuff like that.” Chi has since described this phenomenon as “the universe’s symphony of resonant mundanities,” or as chi more affectionately deems it, “some real rad tunes.”
Chi started school for physics, thinking chi might be better able to share the music with others if chi studied the forces that make up the immaterial plane. Fenestrate began chir studies in Morocco and then returned to Egypt to transfer to a university in Cairo, but soon after the move chi grew completely disillusioned with academia. Chi decided chi would benefit more from self-education that was built for chir way of learning instead of in spite of it, and dropped out to pursue chir own studies.
Freed from academia but inspired by chir time in Morocco, Fenestrate sought any and all opportunities to travel and see more of the world. Meanwhile, chir efforts to find a mentor in physics were fruitful as chi came into contact with acclaimed mathematician and buff fitness buff Stijn Strongbody. The two spent some time exchanging mail about their theories. Fenestrate’s interests eventually shifted and chi became more fascinated with the history of objects and how their songs change with the events that occur in their presence, and chi dropped contact with Strongbody as chir research took chir from physics to history. Through the following years Fenestrate went through an intense punk phase, learned to play the cello, ukulele, and riq, and moved to Tokyo. There, chi started rooming with future teammate Coolname Galvanic, discovered chi was aromantic after attempting to date Galvanic and breaking up on amicable terms, and came out as genderfluid.
After Strongbody performed what some on the Lift would later wistfully refer to as some “epic future vision math,” the events of 1997 allowed him to catch glimpses of the future where he recognized his former protege Fenestrate among the players on the yet-unformed team. The void left by the Ascension of the Baltimore Crabs and his rush to create the team of his vision prompted him to contact chir, asking whether chi would like to join. Hoping to hear Blaseball’s own unique symphonic soundscape in person, Fenestrate accepted.
Chir performance since joining the Lift has been somewhat underwhelming. Fenestrate has told reporters that the sound of a home run is like no other, and despite chir clear skill in the splort and excellent plate discipline, chi is often so focused on achieving hits with that particular resonance that chi ends up making poor contact with the ball. Chir batting career has been a long series of home runs, groundouts and flyouts, and chi is rarely actually seen on base where chi would be able to demonstrate chir baserunning prowess. Even so, chi easily remained one of the team’s better batters through the first half of the Expansion Era.
Time Spent Elsewhere
During the Lift’s final game of Season 14, Fenestrate was swept Elsewhere, and was there for the entirety of the two-year long siesta. Several months after chir return, a reporter stopped chir on the street and chi commented on a peculiar quality of the space:
“[The world] has always been a place of music to me. Every object... every being resonates with its own particular sound to create an impossible symphony beyond anything our ears can sense. Rubber-insulated wires and decomposing bark alike sing in languages I can’t really ever hope to translate for you. So while you may not quite understand the gravity of the situation, I’ll ask you to at least try to imagine what was going through my head when I was Elsewhere and everything was silent. I’ve never really experienced that before... It shook me. Yeah. I’d say it shook me far more than I would have expected.”
Despite maintaining chir usual laid-back countenance and deliberate speech patterns, chir speech became notably slower and more prone to trailing off in the middle of a sentence, and chi has conducted few talks at the Lift’s community center since chir return.
After the respective redaction and incineration of Lift vice-captain Lance Serotonin and captain Strongbody, Fenestrate and Gerund Pantheocide replaced them as co-captains of the Lift. While Pantheocide leapt to the task, Fenestrate found chirself thrust into the position almost by surprise as chir teammates went to chir for chir level-headed judgement and advice. While on their own, Pantheocide was too quick to follow their heart and commit wholeheartedly to the task at hand without adequately thinking things through, Fenestrate was too reluctant to commit to any course of action when so many options were available. Together, Pantheocide pulled Fenestrate out of chir comfort zone to make decisions and commit, and Fenestrate directed Pantheocide's seemingly boundless energy in more productive ways. Having previously bonded over a shared love of punk music and culture, the two further bonded through the consistent push and pull of their joint leadership that propelled the Lift forwards to their first Championship in Season 19, and became fast friends.
The high of their Turntables-induced Championship did not last for long, as the Lift experienced four roster changes in one election, Pantheocide received their first level of Ego, and Fenestrate had one of chir worst-performing seasons up until chi was swept Elsewhere on Day 59. Fenestrate arrived back, newly Negative and heavily Scattered for the first time, shortly before Pantheocide's death. After a short period of mourning, Fenestrate set chir grief aside and quietly announced that chi was unfit to act as sole captain of the Lift, and advised the team against appointing a replacement in light of the demise of the previous three captains.
The Fifth Base
In Season 22, Fenestrate picked up the Fifth Base in a game against the Georgias at the very last moment, tying the game up, but put it back down in the Gym the next day, right before Super Roamin' was due to send chir to another team. Fenestrate declined to comment on what drove chir pick up the base in the first place, and what made chir change chir mind.
As a generally good-natured and mellow-mannered individual, Fenestrate has few troubles getting along with most members of the Lift.
Despite their previous acquaintance, Fenestrate and Strongbody remained somewhat distant and awkward up until Strongbody's incineration. Chi once admitted to feeling that he still just saw chir as the kid he mentored rather than the person that kid has become.
Chi continues to co-inhabit chir old apartment with Galvanic, and the two have a close partnership. Additionally, chi has what has been described as a "complicated" relationship with Grollis Zephyr, rents a makerspace in Tokyo with Concrete Mandible, Terrell Bradley, and Theodore Honeywell, and chi has also been recorded referring to the twice-late Alejandro Leaf as chir aunt on several occasions despite sharing no publicly-known familial connections. Fenestrate taught Persephone "Percy" Violence to use henna while she was still on the Lift, and they still meet up after Lift/Tigers series to get coffee and refresh each others' henna (Fenestrate) and paint (Violence).
- Although Fenestrate is recorded as having the "Tattooing" pregame ritual, this may be a clerical error: chi actually does henna, as tattooing is haram.
- Fenestrate is a polyglot. Chi is fluent in Egyptian Arabic, Classical Arabic, English, Japanese, ESL, and JSL, and chi has learned the basics of Spanish, Mandarin, and Hindi both from chir teammates and from traveling prior to joining the Lift.
- Fenestrate takes a lot of comfort in cooking, and occasionally calls home for recipes from chir aunts.
- In an interview, Fenestrate stated that if chi was to compete in any non-blaseball splort, chi would like to swim professionally.
- Fenestrate is a skilled glassblower. Chi makes chir own glass masks and windows, wearing different windows for different outfits and occasions. In particular, chi wears masks that incorporate the Evil Eye into the design during solar eclipses as a ward. Chi also has made Evil Eye necklaces and bracelets for all chir teammates.
- Fenestrate is a hobbyist composer and multi-instrumentalist. Chir music is often esoteric, relying as much on the sonic texture inherent to objects as on more traditional musical instruments.
List of Notable Hobbies, Skills, and Interests
Fenestrate is known by many as someone with many interests and talents. Some of their peers have mentioned that every time you look away, it always seems as though they are up to something new and refreshing. There may be some truth to that:
- Volunteer Firefighter
- Financial advisor
- Turntable disc jockey
- Cello horn
- Electric guitar
- Antique spaceship restorer
- Mlinecraft speedrunner (learned from Engine Eberhardt)
- Comic collector
- They also play Internet League Blaseball on the side
For more fanfiction, go to the Yusef Fenestrate tag on AO3.
- taking inches for miles by waveridden - On Yusef, elsewhere, and divine harmony.
Art by @saltbuzzard
Art by @dessxericas
Art by @KayleeRowena
Fenestrate dressed for the Mlet Gala, by @waveridden
- The date was at a local Costco. Years later, they mentioned the failed Costco Date to Pantheocide, who delightedly told Val Hitherto, and before long the entire team knew. The infamous Costco Date became a long-running joke that would culminate in many members actually going on their own ironic Costco Dates until it became a celebrated Lift tradition.
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