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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's Cane
French folk walking stick

Origin

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Type

Cane

Effects

Destroys false outer imagery

Downsides

Wracks body with pain

Activation

Proximity to drinking alcohol

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Iris-258G

Aisle

576123-8007

Shelf

757232-8205-926

Date of Collection

December 2, 1997

[Source]


OriginEdit

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a painter and drafter of the Art Nouveau style who depicted the indulgence of Parisian society without the showy glitz to hide behind. Although it is unknown what condition(s) Henri suffered from, fragile bones and a disproportionate body made him unable to do many of the activities young men enjoyed. He found a strong talent in art and wandered the Parisian cityscape for inspiration, often drawn to the artistic atmosphere of the Montmartre district, including the Moulin Rouge. Although beloved by his fellow artists, Henri was ridiculed for his shortness and physical looks, regularly visiting prostitutes over the upper class. He also became a fierce drinker, favoring a personal brew of absinthe and cognac - he even hollowed out his cane to serve as a flask.

EffectsEdit

Melts away artifice, veneer and gilding - leaving only the true, inner appearance and behavior. Depending on how the reveal is handled, can result in newfound joy or intense dread for the subject. Often used to reveal hidden flaws for correction and coercion. Exposure to its truth-twisting nature spreads anatomical disruption throughout the body, leading to chronic pains and weakened strength. Eventually magnifies into full-blown medical conditions that seriously impact their livelihood.

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