12th step

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Artifacts of Godville
12th step
Type 🧷Normal
Description A model of the recovery garden feature.

The 12th step is made of cement and displays various inspirational messages meant to encourage you to move forward to the next step instead of staying here, including "Go on now, go," "Don't stop believin'," "You can tell by the way I use my walk," "One of these days these boots are gonna walk," and "Hugs!"[1]

General Information

The 12th step earns mention in every big book of everything that afflicts the heroes and heroines of Godville. It is considered a vital part of any recovery, whether from something small like a paper cut, or something large enough to require a higher power. The 12th step, though sometimes considered the final step, just as often represents a return to the 1st step. This is the common explanation for the engraved encouragements picked out in brass all over it: the 12th step provides the recognition of past efforts and the impetus to continue the cycle.

Set in a contemplation garden as part of an Escher-esque labyrinth, the original 12th step is made of pale cement inset with script phrases and surrounded by lilac and lily of the valley. Atop it, the feet of countless recoverees have worn two smooth patches as they pause for a deep breath and to look back before continuing on.

It is permitted to bring a sketch artist into the contemplation garden on the strict understanding that said artist will only capture the likeness of the person he or she accompanies, so many who complete the 12-step program have commemorative sketches of themselves on the 12th step drawn. For those in anonymous recovery, many artists in Heisenberg offer beautifully rendered paintings and drawings of the 12th step, conveniently sized to tuck inside a big book to provide comfort and encouragement during rough patches.

Heisenberg also offers sculptural renderings of the 12th step, in full size, partial sizes, and a variety of materials. It is these that heroes will often find among a departed monster's discarded affects, and a hero may elect to take it into inventory to respectfully memorialize the monster's accomplishment or struggle which is now over.

Sales Tips

  • Since a reminder of the 12th step is most often needed where a higher power is required, the best merchant a hero can sell it to is one placed beside the temple district.
  • Despite brass being considered more aesthetically pleasant, the concrete replicas of the 12th step actually fetch the highest prices for their authenticity.


  1. These messages have emitted from the overhead speakers in various shops in the form of Muzak, propagating earworms, but remain powerful sentiments.