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The Show Must Grow On: Act I 4/44

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Gerri: Some of you are probably hoping that, when the swords come out, you’ll meet — or be — the reincarnation of someone famous. Others are really hoping they’re nobody.

We do have procedures in place if anything happens. But the odds are . . .

. . . no more than half of you will find your swords on record at all. And none of them will have a name you recognize.

Artie Carver: So don’t get your hopes up.

Juniper: Sorry, Captain Carver, but aren’t you literally Artemisia?

Artie: I don’t remember it, and I go by Artie now, but technically yes.

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WOAH WOAH WOAH! Address your instructors properly there Juniper!

Sounds proper to me…

Not even. If that had been on Parris Island, Juniper would already be on the quarterdeck doing high knees.

“Sir, Recruit/Trainee Sel requests permission to speak to Instructor Carver, sir!”

“Sir, this recruit/trainee was under the impression that you yourself were a reincarnation of Artemisia, sir!”

I wonder if he was named Artie originally, or changed his name when he found out about the connection.

It was changed, yes! Getsunese tradition still applies, even if you don’t find out about the reincarnation until your 20s.

Is it rude (in universe) to ask what someone’s name was before it was changed in this context?

Well, it’s definitely weird. The Getsunese tradition is that you get a placeholder “baby name” for the first five years or so, and it’s rude to keep using that name with an adult unless you’re a close family member. Since Artie did get an adult name before learning they were Artemisia, there are people who might keep using it out of habit or forgetfulness, and that wouldn’t have the same connotation of “I’m treating you like a child.” But for a new person to ask about it, that might come across as overly-familiar.

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