Steban, the Student Communist

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Steban, the Student Communist is a character in Disco Elysium.

Background[edit | edit source]

Steban, pseudonym: Nasteb Encalada-Bernal,[1] is a student of Cultural Studies at the École Normale de Revachol.[2] He and Ulixes are the most devoted members of the materialist reading group in Martinaise.[3] Though their intensity and rigor have driven the other members away.[4] The two also wrote an article about the TipTop Tournée from a Critical Mazovian perspective for La Fumée magazine.[5][6]

His appearance,[7] accent, name, and possession of the Saramirizian Lounge Jacket all seem to suggest he is of Saramirizian origin, though this is not certain. He and Ulixes also appear to enjoy Saramirizian coffee.[8]

Ideology[edit | edit source]

As with Ulixes, Steban considers himself an infra-materialist.[9]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. LA FUMÉE, VOL. 1 NO. 4: Oddly enough, this article has *two* bylines: Nasteb Encalada-Bernal and Exilus Bücher.
  2. STEBAN, THE STUDENT COMMUNIST - "I don't think so." The young man gives you a curious look. "Unless you've been hanging around the Cultural Studies faculty at the École Normale de Revachol..."
  3. STEBAN, THE STUDENT COMMUNIST - "Yes, a revolutionary *reading* group. The most ideologically advanced materialist reading group in Martinaise. But it sounds like that's news to you..."
  4. STEBAN, THE STUDENT COMMUNIST - "Intellectual attrition is maybe the best way to describe it. Felix said he couldn't keep up with the reading on top of his classwork. And Zuzanna wanted to read texts *other than* Mazovian theory. Like novels, if you can believe it..."
  5. LA FUMÉE, VOL. 1 NO. 4: The main feature, though, is a long essay titled 'TipTop Tournée: A Critical Mazovian Perspective'.
  6. LOGIC - Probably because they're the real names of 'Nasteb' and 'Exilus', the authors of that so-called essay about TipTop Tournée you read in *La Fumée*.
  7. ENCYCLOPEDIA - As you read it you think: that leaves out dark haired Mesque, Sao, Saramirizian, Kedreatic.... Lighter skinned Occidental means this man could be... Vespertine? Oranjese? Messinian. Those three are on the table.
  8. ECHO MAKER - "I would commit war crimes for some real Saramirizian coffee."
  9. STEBAN, THE STUDENT COMMUNIST - "But, of course, our *special emphasis* is on the theories of Ignus Nilsen and his followers, especially the infra-materialists."