Fun Facade Facts
Facade is a wacky, fun place with almost no personal resources surrounded by a pack of wolves that, also lacking resources, attempt to use the city’s inhabitants as a source of food. But it seems a bit odd, doesn’t it? That there’s a settlement out here, in the middle of the desert, that’s somehow not close to water and hasn’t found a means of supporting themselves without outside trade?
And that, somehow, has this completely separate and bizarre culture, even though they’re not very far (a few days’ journey, I believe) from other settlements?
Mm. So what’s actually up with Facade?
From my understanding, extrapolating from a weapon’s story in Grimoire NieR and from an ‘interview with Grimoire Weiss’ in Dengeki PlayStation, the people of Facade were originally people kept as slaves or under harsh penal conditions. The Dengeki PlayStation interview translation specifically uses the word ‘slaves’, but also refers to their settlement as a ‘large iron box’ (like a prison camp). Conceivably, they might have been both; prisoners forced into slavery as penance for their crimes.
They were set apart from the greater part of society, and followed harsh rules and regulations. Over time, the people could understand no other way, and as generations were born and taught that the people of the settlement — the people of Facade — live and die by their rules.
Chances are they were branded and referred to only by numbers instead of names. They forgot, over time, that they were ever called something else, and so their children would inherit these titles. The Prince Sechs (German for six), the girl Fyra (originally Vier, four) and the advisor, Neun (nine). It can fairly safely be assumed that the rest of the people of Facade follow this nomenclature.
There is a possibility (this is conjecture on my part, although I feel a read something that hinted at this somewhere) that the masks they wear might have been derived from masks worn by the prisoners to further eliminate their individuality.
The weapon story specifically mentioned that a group of serious, studious people made up fantastic (albeit useless) inventions and contrived languages no other man would know, but I’m more certain that this was a result of language drift over the course of centuries than something specifically manufactured and man-made (the weapon story is written like a myth rather than a history, after all).
And it’s also said that the people were forced to work in the forest, razing the trees until there was nothing left but dirt.
And then, ultimately, nothing but sand.
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