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Gladys Aylward’s Lotus Shoes
Lotus shoes

Origin

Gladys Aylward

Type

Foot Binding Shoes

Effects

Shows a path the user must travel to succeed

Downsides

Will force them into unfamiliar environments

Activation

Ownership

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Escape Section

Aisle

826008-1669

Shelf

516844-4218-348

Date of Collection

April 29, 1997

[Source]


OriginEdit

As an older missionary, nobody expected Gladys Aylward to be of much use. Innkeeper Jeannie Lawson however had the perfect spot. During her stay, Aylward nourished travelers, recited virtues of the Gospel and became conversant in Mandarin. She also worked as a government inspector to ensure villagers were following the ban on footbinding their daughters, crushing their feet for beauty.

By the time Japan began invading the mainland in 1937, Aylward was already a hero figure. She had talked down prison riots and adopted scores of orphans through her efforts. During the war, she acted as a source of information when passing through Japanese territory. While towing 100 orphans in her care - all of them escaped unscathed.

EffectsEdit

Will instill the owner with a sense of direction, calling them towards self-fulfillment. A faint path will periodically appear to the user, only appearing when the next stage of their development is required. Along the journey, they will encounter people and events that force them to improve their own abilities and demeanor. Failure to adapt results in the user being stuck somewhere foreign or unforgiving, especially in their state of incompleteness.

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