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During the Season β15 elections, Romayne retreated to the Spies' Shadows in exchange for Fitzgerald Blackburn as a result of the Spies' Foreshadow will, resulting in a combined 10.3 → 11 stat increase.
The remainder of this article contains lore created collaboratively by the Blaseball community.
Before the Hellmouth opened up under Moab, Romayne ran Romayne's Romaine, a quaint restaurant that with many loyal diners. After all, xe was (and is) an excellent chef! The opening of the Hellmouth, however, precipitated a major shift in the culinary habits of the locals. Along with all of xyr ingredients beginning to degrade at a rapid pace, xe knew it was time for a change of profession.
Now, Romayne seeks inspiration in Blaseball. Xe has tried bringing a variety of large cooking implements to use as stand-ins for bats at Blaseball games, but these attempts often proved detrimental to performance (notably, Rhys Trombone claimed that Romayne was stealing their signature style when doing so).
Career with the Sunbeams
During Season β2, on day 47, Malik Romayne and xyr teammate Igneus Delacruz were married during a game. During the Season β4 Elections, Delacruz and Eugenia Bickle were swapped with versions of themselves from another universe due to the passing of the Alternate Reality decree. "Iggy" and Romayne tried to make the relationship work, though each struggled to reconcile the new arrangement with the strength of their love for their respective original husbands.
Following Delacruz's alternate universe swap, Romayne became increasingly interested in the Houston Spies. The Spies have been long rumored to boast abundant intelligence-gathering resources, and an interest in arcane and other less-than-reasonable, dubiously-tasteful, and scarcely-legal studies. On day 60 of Season β7, Romayne met with then-Spies batter Joe Voorhees on the field and convinced him to swap places, as Voorhees himself had an interest in exploring the Hellmouth.
Delacruz and Romayne are said to have ended their romantic relationship on amicable terms, at an unspecified time prior to Romayne's transfer to the Spies.
Career with the Spies
Since transferring to the Spies, Romayne has invested considerable amounts of time into researching alternates, with the ultimate goal of bringing the old Delacruz back—failing that, xe simply wants to understand how and why these changes occurred. In keeping with the Spies' notorious desire for secrecy, the results of Romayne's research are yet unknown.
Both the Spies and the Sunbeams deny that Malik Romayne is anything other than a "normal person". However, they carefully avoid using the word "human".
To the naked eye, Romayne is still entirely humanoid. However, as with anyone else who has lived within the vicinity of the Hellmouth for long enough, Romayne exhibits several peculiar inhuman traits. Xe has a supernaturally good sense of smell and taste, color vision that extends beyond the visible spectrum, a photographic memory, and an unerring directional sense. Notable uses of xyr abilities include:
- being able to tell whether eggs were spoiled simply by tapping their shells
- remembering, and accurately following, a recipe that had only been shown on a screen for a fraction of a second
- navigating a corn maze blindfolded
- using the Spies' endless supply of shredded documents and a pot of paste to construct a paper model of a building after taking a brief tour inside
- reading messages that were written using ink only visible to ultraviolet light
It is theorized that Romayne's Adaptation has something to do with pollinators, most likely wasps, as xe has been recorded stating that "yellowjackets make the rest of us look bad."
Denzel Scott was once seen making a peculiar wriggling motion with their hands in front of Romayne. Romayne's response was to squint, and then finally say "I don't speak bumble." The wriggling motions were later found to match the dances used by bees to communicate with each other.
Time in the Shadows
Romayne had been spending many seasons doing extensive research about the process of alternation, although xe refuses to disclose not only the research itself but the reasoning behind doing this research. It is rumored that during Season β15, Romayne had a possible breakthrough in xyr research, and this could be why Romayne was shadowed during that season’s elections, although the public story is that Romayne volunteered to be shadowed to bring the popular Agent Fitzgerald Blackburn back out.
During xyr time in the shadows, Romayne was barely seen by any of the other Spies. Xe was consumed by xyr research. The only time the Spies ever heard from Romayne was through occasional messages and dead drops left throughout REDACTED.
On Season β19, Day 22, Igneus "Iggy" Delacruz was incinerated. Despite some initial hesitance to break the news to Romayne, Blackburn eventually left a note out about the incident for Romayne to find. A few hours later, the note disappeared. Despite numerous attempts to reach xem, Romayne has not been seen or heard from since.
- Romayne is well-known for making quippy remarks and one-liners, like "I'm serving up a hot dish of justice!" or "You gotta tenderize the ball to hit a home run!" This makes the player either a fan favorite or a groan-inducing necessity, depending on who you ask.
- Namely, that nobody had to eat anymore.
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