Chorby Soul V
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Soul acted as a serviceable batter for the Millennials from the beginning of Season 1 until their incineration early in Season 3, at 4:20am on Day 14. The Umpire was aiming for Dominic Marijuana, and Chorby sacrificed themself to save him.
Starting in Season 2, Soul developed a fervent fanbase who are known for congregating in left field. Generally, the fans would wear bright yellow shirts with Soul's face across the front. In addition, they would alternately chant "Chorby Yes!" and "Chorby No!" depending on how Soul was playing at any given time.
When asked about the fans, Soul remarked, "I'm going to be honest, I have no idea what I'm doing out here. I don't totally get Blaseball. So sometimes it's nice to have the fans let me know. Yeah."
Soul earned significant praise for their affiliation with the charitable organization Society for the Prevention of the Second Law of Thermodynamics (SP2LT). They previously served on the Board of Directors (prior to incineration) and had previously donated large but undisclosed sums of money to the organization.
At a gala celebrating the opening of SP2LT's New York City headquarters under a decrepit bridge in Central Park, Soul told the crowd, "It's unfair that with so many technological advances in our modern world, we haven't found a way to stop the unceasing growth of entropy in our system. Stability good, entropy bad, Chorby Yes!"
After Soul's incineration, they took on a pseudo-religious significance among a subset of Millennials fans, apparently descended from their fervent fanbase during their time as a player. These individuals carried on the practice of the "Chorby chanting," but for any events that impacted the Millennials positively or negatively respectively, and it appears there was still some superstitious significance attached to the name of "Chorby" even after (or perhaps even due to) their sudden and dramatic passing. It is theorized by religious scholars that these cultists took Soul's surname as a sign that their influence would remain even after their fiery removal from the Immaterial Plane.
Among the various Soul-styled incantations were the familiar "Chorby Yes" (now a prayer of thanks for positive fortune) and "Chorby No" (used as a prayer for deliverance from bad innings, Shames, or other blaseball misfortunes), but also "Chorby Pls" (a prayer of supplication) and "Chorby Bless" (used similar to the "Chorby Yes" but demonstrating the continued transformation of the chants to a religious exercise) and, most commonly, "Chorby Thanks". In addition to the chants, some Millennials composed hymns, one example of which is reproduced below:
I heard there was a soul named named Chorb
Who swung a bat at the pitcher's orb
But you don't really care for blaseball, do ya?
Well they'd step to bat in the fourth or fifth,
Sometimes hit the ball, mostly swung and whiffed,
A baffled soul composing Chorbyllujah
Well, your faith was strong and your will was steeled,
As you saw Dom standing on the field
His beauty in eclipse-light fell upon ya,
The ump's eyes gleamed with cosmic fire,
But you saved our Dom from that Ump-lit pyre,
And "CHORBY NO!" screamed poor Dom Marijuana,
The cult of Chorby-chanting continues to this day.
The Book of Chorby is among the forbidden texts .
Reports of what took place the day of the resurrection are as follows: The day of the Season 14 elections, pitcher Alaynabella Hollywood stood atop the mound of the Big Garage, bass guitar in hand, hooked up to the Garage’s Psychoacoustic sound system. Fellow pitcher Magi Ruiz stood behind her, holding her large tome, watching. She began strumming a tune not dissimilar to the one Ruiz used to pull Wyatt Mason X (hereby referred to as MaX) out of the sound system, but with the use of her extra fingers was able to augment it. As she played, smoke began to rise from the diamond, until an ear piercing scream reverberated throughout the stadium. Some say they saw a figure dash onto the field at this point, perhaps in an attempt to stop what was about to transpire, though none have been able to recall who. When the smoke cleared, Chorby Soul stood before them.
Ruiz has given conflicting reports as to what it was her intent was on the field that morning. In one interview, she claimed to be attempting to bring MaX back from Elsewhere, and there was a conflicting frequency as the speakers were being tuned. In another, she claimed to be attempting some kind of ritual to keep the sound system from turning echo players into static, and Hollywood accidentally misplayed a chord. Some even speculate Ruiz knew what she was doing, having an intimate knowledge of the works of the late Ron Monstera and his research into the M Chord, a theoretical para-acoustic phenomenon tied to the vibrational frequency of the Immaterial Plane rumored to be able to create a rift to the hall itself.
Career with the Seattle Garages
Chorby Soul didn’t have much time to celebrate their return to life before Consumers began attacking Seattle in droves. Fueled by an all-encompassing rage at the universe and their situation, Soul seems to have dedicated their second life to fighting Consumers at all costs. They proudly boast a record number of 136 Consumer fights, something they took to training the rest of the team how to do in the event that the attacks would continue.
Upon arriving in Seattle, Soul received a hesitant welcome from the mostly confused and concerned Garages. While most of the team did their best to accommodate the new pitcher, tensions almost immediately arose between Soul and the recently shadowed Jaylen Hotdogfingers. After several days of joining Lenny Marijuana for his pre-game ritual (as well as for fatherly advice from his former friend's dad), Soul approached Hotdogfingers for advice on how to deal with being undead, and the two have since become close friends and confidantes, often commiserating together on the stresses brought about by the league.
Soul has since befriended many of the members of the Garages, and has made it a habit to join a different teammate for their pre-game ritual every day. They’ve grown particularly close to MaX after a rumored late night deep conversation session on the roof of the Big Garage where both recognized the likelihood of their stories ending tragically. After Soul pitched a disheartening 13-6 game against the Millenials, fellow pitcher Alaynabella Hollywood saw an opportunity to turn the situation around and challenged Soul to a pitchers duel. Not to be outdone by the zero star pitcher, she then proceeded to pitch a recordbreakingly awful game, going 27-5 against the Core Mechanics. The two would go on to compete the rest of the season to see who could hold the worst score, Soul finally beating her record on Day 59 against the Charleston Shoe Thieves, ending it 28-6.
The team rallied behind Soul, not taking no for an answer when Soul insisted they fight the consumers alone. Marijuana was the first to fight back on Day 22, saying “I couldn’t just sit there and watch while the person who saved Dom fought alone.” By the end of the season, Lenny Marijuana, Tot Clark, Oliver Loofah, Carmelo Plums, Lotus Mango, Theodore Duende, Oliver Mueller, Betsy Trombone, and Durham Spaceman would come to their aid, shielding them from consumers. When asked why the team would go to such lengths to defend them, Trombone shrugged and said, “We’ve got this saying around here, ‘There is no second chair.’ Means everyone is as good as everyone else. We take care of our own, and you’re one of us.”
Career with the New York Millennials
After being traded in the Season 15 Election, Chorby Soul spent most of season 16 unstable pitching for the New York Millennials until they were incinerated on Day 88.
Career with the Baltimore Crabs
The arrival of Chorby Soul on the Baltimore Crabs came at a time when The Crabs were at one of their lowest points, having lost many members in the last few elections and having their captain Kennedy Loser plagued by hauntings. It was however the arrival of Soul after their second resurrection that sparked life back into Loser. Soul arrived to the team after two seasons of being attacked by consumers, and their second necromancy, unstable, and starting the season with two eclipse games. For most of the league it was simply hoped that Soul would be incinerated quickly, and that whoever their instability chained to would survive the experience. For Loser however, he found he simply could not leave it at that. The two had become briefly acquainted during Season 16 Day 98, when Soul had haunted Loser during a game, and now they came face to face again. Despite their impending doom, Loser sought out Soul to offer a place to stay, a warm meal, and company in the short time they had on the team.
Chorby Soul was incinerated on Season 17 Day 1, and inhabited Kennedy Loser on Season 17 Day 6, 86, and 88, their first and last haunts of that season.
From the perspective of the fans, the most notable thing about Chorby Soul's short stint on the Baltimore Crabs was the resulting poem from Crabs Poet Laureate Runolfio Peeper:
Born from the coal
Now back in hell -
Just as well.
Before play began in Season 18, Chorby Soul was made Legendary and added to the Vault. During the Latesiesta that season several teams received a replica of Chorby Soul in the Gift Shop resulting in the creation of the following replicas:
Mini-Blaseballer by @HetreaSky