To stay alive and safe, everyone must pitch in. One of the gravest offenses in the collective is to be a freeloader, someone who doesn’t contribute in any meaningful way. There have been people who were exiled because they skirted responsibilities or were found entirely useless in the past. After all, if you can’t contribute well enough, you’re simply spending resources.
There are conflicting ideas of what ‘contributing’ means, and this is a topic we expect will be discussed at the larp. How much is your work worth, and is it enough?
Finding your niche and your speciality, making yourself valuable is something that weighs on pretty much everyone’s mind. Some people in the collective are known to do certain tasks well and have more or less been given responsibility for it. It doesn’t mean that no one else can or should try it, but that those mentioned are regulars.
Night hunters leave the group at night or sometimes for days at a time to gather food, search for resources, raid empty buildings and dig up caches. Sometimes they return with bounty, many times they find nothing. Going on night hunts is imperative for the group, but it is also very dangerous. You’re exposed to the spores for longer periods of time, including in mold-infested places. You’re also a target for any raiders out there, or you could fall and get hurt in the dark. Many people have left on night hunts and never come back. Many more have come back only to later find out they’ve caught the Mold.
Regulars who often go out in the night: James, Watson, Long, Meza and Marcos.
Felsing and Jordan are both nurses. They take care of all cuts and bruises, illnesses and injuries as well as treating those who have the Mold.
All resources are important, but some more than others. Food, tools, fuel and medicine are crucial for the collective’s wellbeing and are considered the shared property of all. When you find something like this, it belongs to everyone. Other resources offer comfort, joy or individual use and are considered people’s personal property. No one person carries around all the shared resources of the collective. That would neither be smart or accepted.
Some people have taken responsibility of keeping track of what the collective has. Miller, Eames and Leyton keep lists and have overview of what’s what. When night hunters return, Miller is always there to register what’s been found. When bargaining with traders, Eames is usually part of the discussion. Other people are often entrusted with resources like tools and equipment because they are handy and able to build and repair things. In this group we find Olsen, Hill and B. Cree among others.
There are of course many other tasks that needs doing and most people contribute in some way, making them valuable members of the group. Making food, cleaning up, providing security, digging latrines, keeping up spirits through entertainment, clearing out Mold under the direction of the santiation crew, giving mental and physical support, providing leadership, making decisions or being emotionally available. These are all things that make life in the collective easier, and are thereby important. It’s not merely down to how much food you can find, resources you can scrounge or comforts you can build. There are other things that keeps a group running and alive that perhaps are less measurable.