Lance Serotonin/Rumor Registry
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The following accounts can be traced to a single leather-bound journal originally found in a locked wooden chest alongside a sextant-like device of indeterminate origin and a shell that matches no known species of mollusc. The chest was located in a storage room in the Legscraper’s lower levels that was described as “smelling faintly of the sea”. Subsequent attempts to locate and navigate to said room have been unsuccessful thus far. The journal details the exploits of the crew of a large sailing vessel, The Tokyo Adrift, descriptions of which are largely consistent with mid-17th century galleons.
With The Tokyo Adrift
Lance Serotonin was the first mate of The Tokyo Adrift, though accounts from the journal place him as roughly equal in standing to the nominal captain Stijn Strongbody. Serotonin was said to be aided in his duties by a loyal flock of parrots. Visual descriptions of Serotonin’s parrots are roughly consistent with present-day scarlet macaws, with bright red plumage that transitions to yellow and blue in the wings. However, sketches of the birds depict their beaks as elongated, closer to the structural adaptations of molluscivores. In times of confrontation, the flock is described as “wielding a cutlass with deadly efficiency” though the mechanics of this are unclear. Several of Serotonin's flock had taken to roosting in Lotus Mango's foliage, much to the latter's amusement.
As first mate, Serotonin could be seen utilising his flock’s innate knack for mimicry to echo orders to all parts of the sizeable sailing vessel. He personally undertook the task of lighting the ship’s lanterns every night for visibility, sending a parrot to each lamp, candle in beak. Serotonin himself could either be found on the quarterdeck in his wheelchair or swinging from the rigging in a bosun’s chair of his own design.
As first mate, Serotonin took charge of the vessel when Strongbody was indisposed. The journal states that this would occur occasionally when the captain was "swept up by a new discovery; a breakthrough in his research". In one particular instance, Serotonin took the helm after Strongbody was made unavailable following a [REDACTED], a large wave of [REDACTED] impact. It is unknown if this appointment was made permanent due to the incomplete nature of the last journal entry, the bottom of the page having been ripped to bitten out, with jaw marks consistent with juvenile female anglerfish.
The following notes are from Lance Serotonin, researcher at The Atlantean Facility for Interdimensional Studies and Hypotheses.
Records of me… of Serotonin 1667 peter out not long after the events of 1667. It’s unclear what happened to them. I don’t remember. I thought maybe going through the documents would jog my memory, but it didn’t. The investigation into Serotonin 1667’s ultimate fate is ongoing, alongside my other research into the era.
BackgroundLance Serotonin is a mixed Afro-Brazilian and Japanese handbike racer, wheelchair rugby player, gymnast, physiotherapist, motivational speaker and champion competitive high-fivist. They also dabble in Blaseball.
Serotonin is easily recognised by the candle stubs burning at the ends of their dreads. These seem to be entirely real candles, as evidenced by the thick trails of wax on the collar and shoulders of their Lift uniform, but are not seen to grow smaller over time.
While their charisma and positivity are instantly apparent, Serotonin's talent for high-fiving was only discovered after a strong third-place finish in the Arctic Circle All-Terrain Wheelchair Classic. Despite spending six palm-blistering days powering across the Canadian tundra Serotonin was still able to high-five each of the other finishers without instantly crying out in pain. A professional contract was offered within minutes.
In their first high-fiving tournament Serotonin claimed the elusive Triple Crown of High Fiving, along the way defeating former physiotherapy patient Stijn Strongbody. The two formed a short-lived but successful doubles pairing billed as "Forewarned and Four-Armed".
With the Tokyo LiftSerotonin’s high-fiving career became largely recreational, but they continued to appear in charity exhibition matches. It was at one such event that Strongbody invited them to join the fledgling Tokyo Lift, framing it as "kind of a challenge, I don't know if you're up for it". Serotonin had accepted by the "ll" of "challenge".
Despite starting as a novice, recruited mostly for the purpose of boosting team morale, Serotonin made rapid progress and by the end of their rookie season ranked among the Lift's strongest batters. Strongbody appointed Serotonin the team’s vice-captain, noting that Serotonin had the interpersonal skills that he lacked. The two worked closely together and rubbed off on one another; Strongbody continued working with Serotonin for physiotherapy, and Serotonin began to learn about Strongbody’s research into potential futures.
A firm favorite with the home crowd, Serotonin devoted much time to meeting Lift fans before, after and often during the game. They were known for their CMYK sweatbands bearing inspirational words and phrases, replicas of which are still available from vending machines around the stadium. These have become a major street trend in cities worldwide.
Redaction, Alternation, and Time in ChicagoFollowing several strong, successful, and uplifting seasons with the Lift, Serotonin became Observed in Season 16. Not even positivity could save them, and they were Redacted shortly thereafter.
The next season, Serotonin emerged in the middle of a Chicago Firefighters game, and was Attracted to the team. Rumors have swirled that Serotonin’s perpetually-burning candle locs were extinguished when they emerged from the Secret Base. Video footage of the game is inconclusive. As soon as Serotonin touched home plate and became a Firefighter, the candles lit up again, much to the consternation of their new teammates.
Serotonin has been reticent about their Redaction, their Attraction, and their ensuing Alternation whilst in the Firefighters’ shadows. They have, however, been forthcoming about the importance of therapy and counseling as a part of their recovery, noting that meeting with their therapist made them feel refreshed and brand new. Inspired by their therapist, Serotonin began training as a therapist themself.
After Serotonin felt appropriately recovered from their ordeal, they began traveling with the Firefighters to all of their games. Serotonin would frequently tag along with their teammates to get to know them better. It was during one of these trips, alongside Chicago historian and librarian Clare Mccall, that Serotonin gained interest in historical research. Mccall provided some guidance, including suggesting that Serotonin figure out a research specialization.
Unbeknownst to the public and even Mccall, Serotonin had already made up their mind on a specialization. In a journal entry, Serotonin explained that during the time they were Redacted, Serotonin was taunted by half-memories of a 17th-century sailing galleon, and furthermore by memories of serving as first mate.
Serotonin had become increasingly determined to uncover the truth and, with guidance from their therapist, decided to formally investigate. They continued traveling with the Firefighters, but now began spending time in other cities’ archives, conducting research into the Tokyo Adrift.
Time in AtlantisDuring one of Serotonin’s research trips to Atlantis, they made two major discoveries. The first was when they learned about The Atlantean Facility for Interdimensional Studies and Hypotheses (A.F.I.S.H.), which they believed could help them uncover more history about the Adrift. The second was that Jan Canberra, the new captain of the Georgias, had memories in common with their 17th-century counterpart, and were likely the same person.
Serotonin was invigorated by this study and put in several requests to transfer to the Georgias. It’s unclear whether their subsequent kidnapping by The Bubble’s Phantom Thieves' Guild was the league’s response or a happy accident. Serotonin seemed unbothered by being kidnapped, describing it as “pretty pleasant, all things considered.”
Serotonin was last seen continuing their research, relishing the use of A.F.I.S.H. resources, and unsuccessfully trying to draw memories out of Canberra. They have continued both their physiotherapy and psychotherapy practices in Atlantis, and have even mentioned a renewed interest in competitive high-fiving. When asked about the change of heart, Serotonin answered, “Sometimes you want something familiar, a little comforting. That’s what high-fiving is for me. Something that makes me feel good. It just took a while for me to remember that.”
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