Psst, Have You Heard?

Gossip is as old as human language. Wherever you have people gathered together and living in a confined space, whether it be as small as a tiny town or as large as a sprawling city, gossip is alive and well. Generally kept to smaller communities, the advent of the Internet and, along with it, social media, has given new venues for gossip to spread. It’s been used to document and reveal rumours about unknowns such as that new freshman in third period English, or to spread falsehoods about how Barack Obama is not really an American citizen.

The origins of the word might surprise you. It actually finds its roots in the old English word ‘godsibb’, which meant ‘godparent’. In the mid 14th century, this meaning came to encompass any familiar acquaintance. That came about because during that time, when a woman was in labour, female friends would be invited. This turned a natural course of life into a social event for the women who were present. And when women are present, talk will ensue. By the mid sixteenth century, the word came to mean ‘engaging in in familiar or idle talk’ then transformed to mean ‘idle talk or rumour’. Generally when we think of gossip, we do think of rumours, bits of information, true or false, circling around about someone, something, or a group of people.

Despite all the advances in societal positions of various racial and social groups in the Star Trek universe, it would be folly to think that gossip would be non-existent. With people group together in close quarters (some closer than others), inevitably stories about people and events circulate among the masses. Surely there are characters who would enjoy spreading tidbits about their coworkers, friends, and enemies. Even if you don’t have a character who enjoys that sort of past time, perhaps you think it would be fun for such information to spread around about your character, or even someone else’s.

Well, thanks to Saveron’s player, we now have place to do just that. Whether it’s from your character’s point of view or you just want to throw up some fun little bites for others to run away with, head on over to the new IC News and Gossip Forum. It’s a great way to spread truths, lies, and have fun!

About Alora DeVeau

Amanda, the writer behind Alora DeVeau is a 43 year old woman who has been a fan of Star Trek for as far back as she can remember. She began her foray into roleplaying with White Wolf table top games back in 1996, and her experience with PBEMs began in 1999 with a Dragonriders of Pern game. She has written and roleplayed in a variety of scenarios including original fantasy games, Dungeons and Dragons, and Amber Diceless. She found SB118 back in 2013 while looking for a Star Trek PBEM that could withstand the test of time. It's complex world-building structure and longevity encouraged her to take the plunge, and she only wishes she could have found the group sooner. She is a happily married homeschooling mom to four children, and also a servant to three cats.
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