: the systematic removal of all evidence of a character's existence, either through mundane conspiracy or a little bit of Applied Phlebotinum (e.g., Laser-Guided Amnesia). This is more commonly done in enclosed or isolated areas, where it's easier to track evidence.
This can lead to characters tracking the shreds of evidence the hiders left behind.
This effect isn't always someone's deliberate decision.
History is largely reconstructed from the records of the time, and when those records do not exist or get destroyed, history will have gaps of information.
With the exception of Abbé Loisy and his followers, no Catholic scholar has claimed autonomy or complete independence for criticism, all proceeding on the principle that it cannot validly, and may not lawfully, contradict the established dogmatic teaching of the Church.
Its Christian exponents insist that a reverent criticism is quite within its rights in sifting the elements which enter into human aspects of the Bible, as a means of a better understanding of the written word, since its component parts were given their form by men in certain historical environments and under some of the limitations of their age and place, and since, moreover, inspiration does not dispense with ordinary human industry and methods in literary composition.
For example, ancient times, when very few people wrote, and most documents are now lost (paper, papyrus and similar stuff does not last forever).
Another typical example is the people that were largely ignored during their lifetime and did something that gave them a place in history, as the records about an average Joe are fewer and harder to locate than those of public figures.
Often any shred of evidence they find will disappear when they show someone.
If they dig too deep or get too involved in their search, there's always the danger that they too will disappear depending on the circumstances.
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The Jewish prayer shawl has a fringe of blue with a fascinating history.
Claiming The Title, Honour, and Dignity of Baroness Nairne in The Peerage of Scotland.