Combs Duende/Rumor Registry
Combs Duende has 4 Rumors written about so far.
Our Combs Duende swings a mighty hair
It’s earned them o’er three hundred confirmed hits
So much, they’ll many times be heard to swear
“I’m trained in unarmed combat, little shits!”
They’ve killed the ball in seven hundred ways
Precision never seen before on Earth
And all who’ve battled Combs admit it pays
To really know a clever comment’s worth.
For Combs is merely average most the time
They hear an insult, then their words you’ll mark
A storm will meet the maggot’s verbal crime
Bare hands will hit the ball out of the park.
Be careful ‘ere you give Combs any sass
They graduated tops in blaseball class.
Following Combs' incineration, Runolfio Peeper composed "An Elegy for Combs":
Yet once more, great grey ashes, and once more
Some drifting hairs float upon the wind.
I run to the railing and snatch a strand,
And with a reaching trembling hand,
Hold close the memory that the Gods have thinned.
To our rage and sorrow They say we have sinned,
And left us a grim testament of fire,
And Combs in gone, gone ere their prime.
They said Combs’ hair would never end,
To swing their bat they would not tire,
But that bat has fallen at an umpire’s crime,
And left us with the charge to defend
Combs memory as a deep and lovely Crab,
As a poet at the plate; as a loyal friend.
Found in a service tunnel deep in the Crabitat, silhouetted by a suspicious absence of murals or graffiti, not so much untouched as it appears like the paint got up and walked away.
heavy is the briny tangle
should my fingers hover longer
haunt me with a tune and linger
on the last note of the song
braiding through a knotted jungle
shivers shaking grip of needled
brushstrokes painting you an angel
furling wings that spiral on
i have seen you in your splendor
splayed in hair and calling thunder,
in the trenches, underwater,
floating where you don't belong
Writer Federico Glarcía Lorca has documented Duende's playstyle and character extensively, writing, "Combs, then, is a power, not a work. It is a struggle, not a thought. I have heard an old maestro of the guitar say, 'Combs is not in the throat; Combs climbs up inside you, from the soles of the feet.' Meaning this: Combs Duende is not a question of ability, but of true, living style, of blood, of the most ancient culture, of spontaneous creation." He later added, "Combs' arrival always means a radical change in forms. Combs Duende brings to old planes unknown feelings of freshness, with the quality of something newly created, like a miracle, and it produces an almost religious enthusiasm."
Duende has 6 combs stuck to their hair, and they consider each of them to be a separate entity, but Combs and their combs are all integral parts of the Combs Duende we know and love. Each comb has their own name (D1, U, E1, N, D2, and E2.), and Comb's Combs are noted to speak, but only by each reciting one-sixth of the Nlavy Sleals copypasta.
Before the formation of the Crabs blaseball team, Baltimore was host to an event that is shrouded in mystery - the murder of the Olde One in the Great Crab Reckoning.
While the details are shrouded in rumour, it has been said that Combs Duende took up a major role in this reckoning alongside both Brock Forbes and Valentine Games, with the three of them forming the heart of the movement, and it is presumed, the heart of the Olde One’s downfall. Besides Duende, several other members of the Crabs were thought to be involved in the event, ranging from Kennedy Loser to Finn James who was lost in the bay during the reckoning.
When the Crabs entered the ILB Duende made a natural transition to team captain, with many of the team already looking to her as a leader. She rounded out their roster with the creation of Sutton Dreamy, by trying to draw “the perfect blaseball player” and the two were close for most of Duende’s career. Duende also quickly became close with Nora Perez a new recruit who she saw great potential in, and began delegating leadership tasks to to try and develop her skills further. This lasted up until season 2, when Perez became the first player on the Crabs to be incinerated by a rogue umpire. Duende felt a great responsibility towards the deceased Perez, caring for one of the pearls made from her ashes, and diving into strategies on how to prevent another death on her team.
Sadly in Season 4 day 63 Combs Duende was incinerated by a rogue Umpire and replaced with Finn James. Her ashes were turned into Memorial Pearls and distributed to Kennedy Loser, Sutton Dreamy, Valentine Games, Forrest Best, Mickey Woods, and Beck Whitney.
The Hall of Flames
When Duende died, they were surprised to find themselves in the Hall of Flames, and being greeted by Nora Perez herself, who had taken up the duties of a guide for the recently deceased. Duende stuck close to her former mentee in an evolution of their previous relationship, with Duende acting as her quiet emotional rock, and Perez taking the lead in the hall. The two of them floated through the abyss, finding and connecting deceased players to each other and guiding them into the afterlife, treating every player with the same level of reverence, whether they were Landry Violence or Paul Barnes. The only exception being their old teammate Tillman Henderson who Duende made a point of letting know that she had heard his latest single, and allowed him to stew for most of the season trying to figure out if she thought it was funny or if she was mad.
In season xx when Kennedy Loser became haunted, Duende visited several times. Loser had taken it upon himself to lead the team after Duende’s death - and had held that same position though Day X, Ascension, and all that came after. Duende was never a person of many words - even in the Reckoning she led with actions, as such she did not waste words on Loser’s predicament. The two of them talked about the team, blaseball, and about hobbies and the goings-on in the trench. Slowly Loser was able to dismantle the memories of Duende he had built up, and squared them back into place with the figure before him.
In season XX the incineration of Brock Forbes lead to a touching reunion as the two former friends were finally about to meet again, with both of them showing uncharacteristic emotions as it became clear just how far Forbes has come since his burnt out state after the reckoning. Perez prompted Duende to pick Forbes up herself, and she may have cried when they hugged.
The Hall OpensIn Season 24 the opening of the Hall of Flames was the start of a chaotic time for Duende. As the world ended she was torn between loyalties to her team approaching the Black Hole, Perez trying to keep the Hall running, and the final leader of the reckoning, Valentine Games who was in the Vault. However Duende in a moment of crisis was Duende in her element, and she would never back down from the challenge ahead of her.
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