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2023.06.07 00:00 greywolfpub The Lone Hero: Cyber Initiative (An Isekai Fantasy/Scifi LitRPG) - Chapter Three: The Fall Of Senterra
I couldn’t help but feel a tingle of relief and excitement when seeing this screen. Clothes, armor, a guide. I wasn’t going to be walking around clueless for long.
I stroked my chin at these selections. While armor looked tempting, I couldn’t afford it. Same with the 24 hour guide. A thorough immersive guide right now would leave me broke and naked.
Well, this choice was already set in stone for me, wasn’t it?
“One temporary guide, please,” I said a bit nervously. Though nothing happened. I pivoted my head to and fro, but nothing. Where the heck was my guide?
“Whoah! Full moon! Hello!” I heard a strong Italian Brooklyn accent over my head, realizing that I wasn’t alone. He was a metal orb with hummingbird wings, covered in etched lines and cybernetic crevices all over his metal plates.
I should have picked the clothes first!
I crouched over to cover my unmentionables and cried, “Simple gear, simple gear!” Immediately, I was given a wardrobe. Even had the entire Sailor Moon glowing light as I was dressed up head to toe: A dark cloak with a hood lined with fur, pants, gauntlets, a padded leather top, high leather boots, and a bag over my belt.
“Heh, kid, you don’t have to call out your selections. Not that I mind. That high pitched squeal was unpredictably hilarious.”
I scratched the back of my head sheepishly. “Heh, sorry about that. This is all very new to me.”
He zip-lined right in front of me, the sound of his wings buzzing making my eyes grow wider. He zoomed in on my face as if he was analyzing me features, then suddenly, a red dot appeared on him, and I fell on my ass.
The first thought that crossed my mind was a laser sight, and that was exactly what it looked like before a red scanning beam traced me left to right.
He chuckled. “Heh, you’re pretty skittish for a guy with those level 1 stats. Well, allow me to introduce myself, hero. My name is Devicho. That’s D-E-V-I-C-H-O. And I am your temporary guide, here to answer all of your questions!”
I got up off my ass and nodded. “My name is Silas.”
“Yeah, I got that from your stats.”
“Oh, right. Well, crap, where do I start?”
“I got ten minutes.”
“Yeah, I know. But them’s the rules. It’s all the boss is allowing me.”
“The dungeon core. Alzera-Kar. We call this hidden gem mother, as she is the creator of all things in the country of Thalian.”
“Wait, a dungeon core created all of this?”
“Oh boy, you ain’t seen nothing yet! Thalian is made up of five nations: Marviel, land of the fae, Dradersi, land of the dragons, Guedmar, land of the orcs, Dokumbe, land of the goblins, and finally, Senterra, the fallen land of the humans.”
His voice dipped. “Hey, listen kid, I’m not gonna sugar coat anything for you here. Senterra is gone. A barren wasteland from what I could tell. If there are any humans left, they are most likely in hiding, so the other races can’t find them. A little history lesson for ya since we are tight on time: long long ago, these five nations lived in harmony as one. That harmony was doomed to fall, as the dungeon core, our great mother, created more and more resources. Now you see, the dragons were selfish bastards. They thrived off of money, greed, and pride. They started the racial divide, and these five species segregated themselves. Walls separate some regions, while big bodies of water separated others. Now, with the way things were rolling, the dragons were on the top of the food chain, and the humans were on the very bottom of it. As expected, all the races started to take advantage of the weaker race, bullying them to no end. Wars broke and Senterra crumbled. I’m talkin’ mass genocide, kid. The savagery, the bloodshed. Oh, it was horrible. Alzera-Kar saw this and was very upset. To help these deprived and enslaved humans, she created cyber sense.”
“You mean that purple evil Kirby that I killed? That was one of them?”
“No, well, yeah, but that was a defective cyber sense. And I’ll explain how. Originally, cyber sense was a mechanism solely for humans. They are particles in the air, nano feeds that respond to humans around its perimeter. They are everywhere, essentially dominating all of Thalian. Now what they do is shape themselves into cyber gear to improve the biological functions of human beings. This gave humans the edge that they needed, but after the humans broke the shackles of the other Thalian nations, they became the bullies. More war, more bloodshed. At this point mother Alzera-Kar was stressed. Her creations were dying. Her creations were killing themselves off. She didn’t know how to contain this ceaseless war and divide. Under this intense strain and tension, her crystal structure shattered, breaking off in three pieces. Without this protection, her core is vulnerable, and open for influence. These three pieces were scattered all over Thalian, but as of late, three nations have those pieces, and kid, they are protecting them with their lives! Dradersi has one, Guedmar has the other, and Marviel has one, too. These three nations are in constant strife! When one nation has all three parts, they can locate Alzera-Kar, and make her do anything they want.”
I was speechless…
“In this vulnerability, the cyber sense that was enhancing humans through cyber gear started to create evil fleshy beings. I’m talkin’ monsters. Of all sizes! They are only detectable by humans, which is why most nations made sense out of keeping humans as detectors. Remember what I said about them practically squattin’ everywhere? Well, that didn’t change. These hideous freaks lurk around, and materialize at any given moment. They became sentient. The upside though is when you kill the stronger ones, you get a full blown cyber gear. Some lesser creatures drop some precious loot too, parts to build a full-fledged cyber gear. It is good to note that cyber gear only operates for humans.”
“I think I’m getting some of the pieces to this puzzle together, here. Was I sent here to restore Senterra?”
“And find the three shards to help Alzera-Ker?”
“Boy, you caught on quick, didn’cha?”
“But I don’t understand. Why not snatch the shards herself? She is all powerful, right? She’s pretty much the god in this country.”
“Not when she’s unprotected. If mother could become defective when vulnerable, imagine how much harder it’d be for her to get those shards?”
“I guess you’re right…”
“Not only that, but those kingdoms who have her shards are keeping it on lock down. Warded I imagine. It won’t be easy.”
“Why me?” I asked honestly. “I understand her humans here are suffering, and she went out somewhere else to find a hero. I don’t know why she wouldn’t pick someone locally. So I have to ask, why a foreigner? And why me?”
“I guess she saw something special in you that she couldn’t find in her natives. But don’t feel too overwhelmed. You’re not the only hero she went out of her way to find.”
“You mean there are others?”
“Of course! This is an entire nation we are talking about, after all.”
“How can you be so sure? A girl and her titan hound hunted me down back in my home town.”
He paused and then asked me sternly. “What did this girl look like?”
“White hair, real model type bod. A few inches shorter than me. And her titan, a big brawny dude in armor, had a skull for a face.”
“That ain’t sound good.”
“You know her? Her name is Lucyna.”
He sighed. “She’s from, Dradersi, daughter of King Orelus. Usually, dragon-kins have horns on their heads, sometimes along their jaws too. And some scales on their skin. They can materialize wings for flight at will, and are physically strong by nature. Lucyna probably used a spell to disguise herself as a human to remove those features on Earth. What’s more bothersome than that though was she found a way to open a gate to your world, and managed to track you down…”
“Not only track me down, she killed me.”
“I don’t understand. How the heck are you here if she killed you?”
“That’s what I’m trying to figure out. I’d died and came back to life, isekai’d to this crazy fantasy RPG world.”
“You think this is wacky? You should hear what she thinks about people from Earth! Every race here was inspired by a planet from different galaxies. The plan was to make a cornucopia of races, but things started to get messy quick.”
“This mother seems to appreciate variety.”
“It has its goods and bads, as I’ve already mentioned. Which brings me back to Lucyna. This whole death business, it’s unsettling. And if she has access to Earth the same way mother does, you may very well be the only hero. Mother hadn’t started the recruiting process yet. She is still on the selection stage.”
“Then how did someone like Lucyna even know what she was planning?”
“Could be a precautionary step? Not sure. Lucyna is very smart. I wouldn’t be surprised if she was a few steps ahead of her maker.”
“She’s on my hit list,” I said seriously. “Her and her dog.”
“Hey kid, slow down. You’re nowhere near her league! That dragon-kin is an elite, a royal one at that.”
“Then I’ll level up! Whatever it takes!”
I wouldn’t expect anyone to understand. It’s not just a vendetta. All of my life I was invisible. I love my mom, but things changed when she started focusing on her career. She was hardly ever there. Dad was never around, either. He taught me to never take shit from anyone, use my fists when I have to, and never give up. That’s it. I was alone, in my own mind, in my own world. I became detached from everything, losing myself in my hobbies, finding fulfillment in playing games. That’s where I belonged. That’s where I felt like I was achieving something, where I was somebody. Still, it would have been nice to feel that out in the real world.
I wanted my life to mean something. Then she came around and snuffed my chances out. But then the dungeon core brought me back and gave me my chance.
"This is an opportunity to start over, to start fresh. I will do right by Alzera-Kar, but not because she gave me this gift. I want to help these tormented humans of Thalian because it’s the right thing to do. A voice for the voiceless, and power for the powerless. She brought me here to become a hero, and I’ll do just that. As for my own personal agenda, that’s secondary. I want that psycho to know what having everything taken away from you feels like! My life wasn’t the best life, but it was my life!”
“You sound motivated! Thadda’ boy!”
“I’m going to raise Senterra up from the grave, and I need you to tell me everything there is to know about getting stronger to do it.”
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|Forts ||3.0 TF2 ||$5.87 PP ||- |
|Friday the 13th: The Game ||2.9 TF2 ||$5.81 PP ||- |
|Frostpunk ||1.0 TF2 ||$2.04 PP ||- |
|Full Metal Furies ||0.6 TF2 ||$1.12 PP ||- |
|Furi ||1.3 TF2 ||$2.56 PP ||- |
|GRID ||0.8 TF2 ||$1.6 PP ||- |
|GRIS ||0.5 TF2 ||$1.08 PP ||- |
|GUILTY GEAR XX ACCENT CORE PLUS R ||0.4 TF2 ||$0.89 PP ||- |
|Gang Beasts ||3.0 TF2 ||$5.94 PP ||- |
|Garden Paws ||1.0 TF2 ||$2.0 PP ||- |
|Gas Station Simulator ||3.1 TF2 ||$6.16 PP ||- |
|Gears 5 ||10.9 TF2 ||$21.52 PP ||- |
|Gears Tactics ||4.8 TF2 ||$9.55 PP ||- |
|Generation Zero® || |0.8 TF2 Refer To My Other Thread | |$1.58 PP Refer To My Other Thread |May Multiplayer Bundle |
|Gloria Victis || |0.4 TF2 Refer To My Other Thread | |$0.85 PP Refer To My Other Thread |May Multiplayer Bundle |
|Goat Simulator ||0.5 TF2 ||$0.93 PP ||- |
|Godlike Burger ||1.0 TF2 ||$1.89 PP ||- |
|Golf With Your Friends ||1.0 TF2 ||$2.04 PP ||- |
|Gordian Quest ||1.8 TF2 ||$3.54 PP ||- |
|Gotham Knights ||5.5 TF2 ||$10.85 PP ||- |
|GreedFall ||0.8 TF2 ||$1.52 PP ||- |
|Gremlins, Inc. ||1.4 TF2 ||$2.74 PP ||- |
|Grim Dawn ||4.8 TF2 ||$9.54 PP ||- |
|Grim Fandango Remastered ||0.6 TF2 ||$1.1 PP ||- |
|Guacamelee! 2 ||0.6 TF2 ||$1.18 PP ||- |
|HITMAN™2 Gold Edition ||3.1 TF2 ||$6.1 PP ||- |
|HIVESWAP: Act 2 ||1.6 TF2 ||$3.23 PP ||- |
|HOT WHEELS UNLEASHED™ ||1.9 TF2 ||$3.78 PP ||- |
|HROT ||4.2 TF2 ||$8.22 PP ||- |
|Hard Bullet ||1.2 TF2 ||$2.35 PP ||- |
|Hearts of Iron IV: Battle for the Bosporus ||1.8 TF2 ||$3.57 PP ||- |
|Hearts of Iron IV: Cadet Edition ||6.2 TF2 ||$12.21 PP ||- |
|Hearts of Iron IV: Death or Dishonor ||1.0 TF2 ||$1.94 PP ||- |
|Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger ||2.0 TF2 ||$3.88 PP ||- |
|Heave Ho ||0.6 TF2 ||$1.09 PP ||- |
|Heavy Rain ||1.9 TF2 ||$3.7 PP ||- |
|Hell Let Loose ||6.3 TF2 ||$12.56 PP ||- |
|Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice ||1.4 TF2 ||$2.87 PP ||- |
|Hello, Neighbor! ||0.5 TF2 ||$1.01 PP ||- |
|Hellpoint ||0.4 TF2 ||$0.73 PP ||- |
|Heroes of Hammerwatch ||0.8 TF2 ||$1.56 PP ||- |
|Hitman Absolution ||0.4 TF2 ||$0.77 PP ||- |
|Hitman Game of the Year Edition ||1.3 TF2 ||$2.58 PP ||- |
|Hollow Knight || |2.5 TF2 Refer To My Other Thread | |$5.0 PP Refer To My Other Thread |Must-Play Metroidvanias Bundle |
|Homefront: The Revolution ||0.8 TF2 ||$1.65 PP ||- |
|Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Digital Special Edition ||0.6 TF2 ||$1.22 PP ||- |
|Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number ||0.6 TF2 ||$1.14 PP ||- |
|Hotline Miami ||0.9 TF2 ||$1.82 PP ||- |
|House Flipper ||3.1 TF2 ||$6.1 PP ||- |
|Human: Fall Flat ||1.1 TF2 ||$2.19 PP ||- |
|HuniePop ||0.4 TF2 ||$0.85 PP ||- |
|Huntdown ||1.7 TF2 ||$3.3 PP ||- |
|Hurtworld ||2.2 TF2 ||$4.4 PP ||- |
|Hyper Light Drifter ||1.6 TF2 ||$3.09 PP ||- |
|Hypnospace Outlaw ||0.8 TF2 ||$1.53 PP ||- |
|I Expect You To Die ||1.3 TF2 ||$2.67 PP ||- |
|I-NFECTED ||6.2 TF2 ||$12.36 PP ||- |
|INSIDE ||1.6 TF2 ||$3.15 PP ||- |
|INSURGENCY ||2.3 TF2 ||$4.46 PP ||- |
|Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition ||0.4 TF2 ||$0.73 PP ||- |
|Imperator: Rome Deluxe Edition ||1.6 TF2 ||$3.18 PP ||- |
|Imperator: Rome ||1.1 TF2 ||$2.09 PP ||- |
|Injustice 2 Legendary Edition ||1.1 TF2 ||$2.2 PP ||- |
|Injustice 2 ||0.9 TF2 ||$1.74 PP ||- |
|Into the Breach ||1.5 TF2 ||$2.91 PP ||- |
|Into the Radius VR ||3.3 TF2 ||$6.6 PP ||- |
|Ion Fury ||1.9 TF2 ||$3.74 PP ||- |
|Iron Harvest ||0.9 TF2 ||$1.83 PP ||- |
|Jalopy ||0.9 TF2 ||$1.81 PP ||- |
|Job Simulator ||6.2 TF2 ||$12.21 PP ||- |
|Jurassic World Evolution 2 ||2.2 TF2 ||$4.41 PP ||- |
|Just Cause 2 ||0.4 TF2 ||$0.87 PP ||- |
|Just Cause 3 XXL Edition ||1.2 TF2 ||$2.46 PP ||- |
|Just Cause 4: Complete Edition ||1.9 TF2 ||$3.82 PP ||- |
|KartKraft ||4.2 TF2 ||$8.39 PP ||- |
|Katamari Damacy REROLL ||1.1 TF2 ||$2.08 PP ||- |
|Katana ZERO ||1.5 TF2 ||$2.9 PP ||- |
|Kerbal Space Program ||0.8 TF2 ||$1.66 PP ||- |
|Killer Instinct ||8.7 TF2 ||$17.3 PP ||- |
|Killing Floor 2 ||0.7 TF2 ||$1.42 PP ||- |
|Killing Floor ||0.9 TF2 ||$1.69 PP ||- |
|Kingdom Come: Deliverance ||1.5 TF2 ||$3.01 PP ||- |
|Kingdom: Two Crowns ||1.1 TF2 ||$2.1 PP ||- |
|Kitaria Fables ||0.4 TF2 ||$0.75 PP ||- |
|LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Premium Edition ||0.5 TF2 ||$0.9 PP ||- |
|LEGO Batman Trilogy ||1.4 TF2 ||$2.74 PP ||- |
|LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 ||0.6 TF2 ||$1.2 PP ||- |
|LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars ||0.5 TF2 ||$1.04 PP ||- |
|LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga ||0.6 TF2 ||$1.16 PP ||- |
|LEGO® City Undercover ||1.0 TF2 ||$1.94 PP ||- |
|LEGO® DC Super-Villains Deluxe Edition ||1.9 TF2 ||$3.77 PP ||- |
|LEGO® DC Super-Villains ||0.5 TF2 ||$0.95 PP ||- |
|LEGO® Jurassic World™ ||0.5 TF2 ||$0.92 PP ||- |
|LEGO® MARVEL's Avengers ||0.4 TF2 ||$0.77 PP ||- |
|LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2 Deluxe Edition ||1.1 TF2 ||$2.15 PP ||- |
|LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2 ||0.7 TF2 ||$1.32 PP ||- |
|LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens - Deluxe Edition ||1.1 TF2 ||$2.23 PP ||- |
|LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens ||0.5 TF2 ||$0.91 PP ||- |
|LEGO® Worlds ||1.0 TF2 ||$1.96 PP ||- |
|LIMBO ||0.4 TF2 ||$0.71 PP ||- |
|Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective ||0.7 TF2 ||$1.45 PP ||- |
|Labyrinthine ||1.8 TF2 ||$3.54 PP ||- |
|Lake ||0.7 TF2 ||$1.41 PP ||- |
|Last Oasis ||0.8 TF2 ||$1.68 PP ||- |
|Layers of Fear 2 ||6.2 TF2 ||$12.22 PP ||- |
|Layers of Fear ||0.6 TF2 ||$1.11 PP ||- |
|Legion TD 2 ||2.3 TF2 ||$4.56 PP ||- |
|Len's Island ||4.1 TF2 ||$8.16 PP ||- |
|Lethal League Blaze ||2.4 TF2 ||$4.79 PP ||- |
|Lethal League ||1.5 TF2 ||$2.97 PP ||- |
|Library Of Ruina ||3.2 TF2 ||$6.36 PP ||- |
|Life is Feudal: Your Own ||0.7 TF2 ||$1.48 PP ||- |
|Life is Strange 2 Complete Season ||0.7 TF2 ||$1.44 PP ||- |
|Life is Strange Complete Season (Episodes 1-5) ||4.5 TF2 ||$8.89 PP ||- |
|Little Misfortune ||2.2 TF2 ||$4.43 PP ||- |
|Little Nightmares Complete Edition ||1.6 TF2 ||$3.09 PP ||- |
|Little Nightmares ||0.9 TF2 ||$1.79 PP ||- |
|Lobotomy Corporation Monster Management Simulation ||5.0 TF2 ||$9.88 PP ||- |
|Loot River ||2.9 TF2 ||$5.76 PP ||- |
|Lords of the Fallen Game of the Year Edition ||0.8 TF2 ||$1.61 PP ||- |
|Lost Ember ||1.4 TF2 ||$2.73 PP ||- |
|Luck be a Landlord || |1.0 TF2 Refer To My Other Thread | |$1.89 PP Refer To My Other Thread |Luck of the Draw: Roguelike Deckbuilders Bundle |
|METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN ||1.2 TF2 ||$2.46 PP ||- |
|METAL GEAR SOLID V: The Definitive Experience ||2.0 TF2 ||$3.99 PP ||- |
|MONSTER HUNTER RISE ||4.3 TF2 ||$8.44 PP ||- |
|MORTAL KOMBAT 11 ||1.6 TF2 ||$3.26 PP ||- |
|MX vs. ATV Unleashed ||0.4 TF2 ||$0.73 PP ||- |
|Mad Max ||1.1 TF2 ||$2.22 PP ||- |
|Mafia II: Definitive Edition ||3.0 TF2 ||$6.03 PP ||- |
|Mafia III: Definitive Edition ||2.1 TF2 ||$4.23 PP ||- |
|Mafia: Definitive Edition ||2.2 TF2 ||$4.3 PP ||- |
|Magicka 2 - Deluxe Edition ||1.0 TF2 ||$1.91 PP ||- |
|Magicka 2 ||0.6 TF2 ||$1.17 PP ||- |
|Maneater ||0.7 TF2 ||$1.46 PP ||- |
|Manhunt ||1.1 TF2 ||$2.08 PP ||- |
|Mars Horizon ||0.8 TF2 ||$1.52 PP ||- |
|Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite - Deluxe Edition ||2.8 TF2 ||$5.56 PP ||- |
|Mass Effect™ Legendary Edition ||5.8 TF2 ||$11.54 PP ||- |
|Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne ||0.7 TF2 ||$1.48 PP ||- |
|Max Payne ||1.0 TF2 ||$2.02 PP ||- |
|MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries ||2.5 TF2 ||$4.97 PP ||- |
|Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 ||0.6 TF2 ||$1.25 PP ||- |
|Mega Man Legacy Collection ||0.4 TF2 ||$0.79 PP ||- |
|Men of War: Assault Squad 2 - Deluxe Edition ||0.8 TF2 ||$1.67 PP ||- |
|Men of War: Assault Squad 2 War Chest Edition ||0.8 TF2 ||$1.65 PP ||- |
|Men of War: Assault Squad 2 ||0.8 TF2 ||$1.64 PP ||- |
|Messenger ||0.9 TF2 ||$1.73 PP ||- |
|Metro 2033 Redux ||0.7 TF2 ||$1.34 PP ||- |
|Metro Exodus ||1.8 TF2 ||$3.53 PP ||- |
|Metro Redux Bundle ||1.0 TF2 ||$1.93 PP ||- |
|Metro: Last Light Redux ||1.1 TF2 ||$2.14 PP ||- |
|Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition ||0.9 TF2 ||$1.74 PP ||- |
|Middle-earth™: Shadow of War™ ||0.8 TF2 ||$1.51 PP ||- |
|Mirror's Edge ||3.8 TF2 ||$7.56 PP ||- |
|Miscreated ||1.5 TF2 ||$2.88 PP ||- |
|Monster Sanctuary ||0.6 TF2 ||$1.25 PP ||- |
|Monster Train ||0.5 TF2 ||$0.98 PP ||- |
|Moonlighter ||0.4 TF2 ||$0.81 PP ||- |
|Moons of Madness ||1.7 TF2 ||$3.43 PP ||- |
|Mordhau ||1.7 TF2 ||$3.27 PP ||- |
|Mortal Kombat X ||0.7 TF2 ||$1.36 PP ||- |
|Mortal Shell ||1.4 TF2 ||$2.74 PP ||- |
|Motorcycle Mechanic Simulator 2021 ||1.1 TF2 ||$2.23 PP ||- |
|Motorsport Manager ||1.4 TF2 ||$2.73 PP ||- |
|Move or Die ||0.7 TF2 ||$1.44 PP ||- |
|Moving Out ||0.9 TF2 ||$1.85 PP ||- |
|Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden - Deluxe Edition ||1.7 TF2 ||$3.28 PP ||- |
|Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden ||1.8 TF2 ||$3.53 PP ||- |
|My Friend Pedro ||0.9 TF2 ||$1.76 PP ||- |
|My Time At Portia ||1.1 TF2 ||$2.12 PP ||- |
|NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 4 Road to Boruto ||3.8 TF2 ||$7.55 PP ||- |
|NASCAR Heat 5 - Ultimate Edition ||0.5 TF2 ||$1.08 PP ||- |
|NBA 2K13 ||4.7 TF2 ||$9.4 PP ||- |
|Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 ||1.5 TF2 ||$2.91 PP ||- |
|Naruto to Boruto Shinobi Striker - Deluxe Edition ||1.6 TF2 ||$3.1 PP ||- |
|Naruto to Boruto Shinobi Striker ||0.4 TF2 ||$0.82 PP ||- |
|Necromunda: Hired Gun ||0.9 TF2 ||$1.79 PP ||- |
|Neon Abyss ||0.5 TF2 ||$0.94 PP ||- |
|Neverwinter Nights: Complete Adventures ||3.7 TF2 ||$7.26 PP ||- |
|Nine Parchments ||2.1 TF2 ||$4.22 PP ||- |
|No Straight Roads: Encore Edition ||1.3 TF2 ||$2.63 PP ||- |
|No Time to Relax ||3.7 TF2 ||$7.29 PP ||- |
|Northgard || |1.2 TF2 Refer To My Other Thread | |$2.38 PP Refer To My Other Thread |May Multiplayer Bundle |
|Not For Broadcast ||0.5 TF2 ||$1.06 PP ||- |
|ONE PIECE BURNING BLOOD ||0.7 TF2 ||$1.44 PP ||- |
|ONE PIECE PIRATE WARRIORS 3 Gold Edition ||1.1 TF2 ||$2.12 PP ||- |
|One Step From Eden ||1.0 TF2 ||$1.99 PP ||- |
|Opus Magnum ||1.1 TF2 ||$2.09 PP ||- |
|Orcs Must Die! 3 ||1.9 TF2 ||$3.81 PP ||- |
|Outlast 2 ||0.6 TF2 ||$1.27 PP ||- |
|Outward ||1.5 TF2 ||$2.91 PP ||- |
|Overcooked ||0.8 TF2 ||$1.58 PP ||- |
|Overcooked! 2 ||1.4 TF2 ||$2.74 PP ||- |
|Overgrowth ||0.8 TF2 ||$1.55 PP ||- |
|PAYDAY 2 ||0.5 TF2 ||$0.92 PP ||- |
|PC Building Simulator ||0.7 TF2 ||$1.41 PP ||- |
|PGA TOUR 2K21 ||0.6 TF2 ||$1.2 PP ||- |
|Paint the Town Red ||3.3 TF2 ||$6.56 PP ||- |
|Parkitect ||6.5 TF2 ||$12.86 PP ||- |
|Pathfinder: Kingmaker - Enhanced Plus Edition ||0.6 TF2 ||$1.24 PP ||- |
|Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous ||1.4 TF2 ||$2.79 PP ||- |
|Pathologic 2 ||0.5 TF2 ||$1.04 PP ||- |
|Pathologic Classic HD ||0.6 TF2 ||$1.13 PP ||- |
|Per Aspera ||0.7 TF2 ||$1.37 PP ||- |
|Pikuniku ||0.8 TF2 ||$1.49 PP ||- |
|Pillars of Eternity Definitive Edition ||1.4 TF2 ||$2.87 PP ||- |
|Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire ||1.0 TF2 ||$2.02 PP ||- |
|Pistol Whip ||6.2 TF2 ||$12.21 PP ||- |
|Plague Inc: Evolved ||1.6 TF2 ||$3.2 PP ||- |
|Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition ||0.4 TF2 ||$0.76 PP ||- |
|Planet Coaster ||1.8 TF2 ||$3.65 PP ||- |
|Planet Zoo ||2.2 TF2 ||$4.27 PP ||- |
|Planetary Annihilation: TITANS ||6.0 TF2 ||$11.9 PP ||- |
|Portal Knights ||1.5 TF2 ||$2.91 PP ||- |
|Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid ||2.7 TF2 ||$5.42 PP ||- |
|PowerBeatsVR ||1.0 TF2 ||$1.97 PP ||- |
|PowerSlave Exhumed ||1.4 TF2 ||$2.74 PP ||- |
|Praey for the Gods ||0.5 TF2 ||$0.9 PP ||- |
|Prehistoric Kingdom ||1.3 TF2 ||$2.5 PP ||- |
|Prison Architect ||0.4 TF2 ||$0.88 PP ||- |
|Pro Cycling Manager 2019 ||1.3 TF2 ||$2.58 PP ||- |
|Project Hospital ||2.4 TF2 ||$4.72 PP ||- |
|Project Wingman ||1.7 TF2 ||$3.27 PP ||- |
|Project Winter ||1.5 TF2 ||$2.88 PP ||- |
|Propnight ||0.7 TF2 ||$1.37 PP ||- |
|Pumpkin Jack ||0.4 TF2 ||$0.83 PP ||- |
|Quantum Break ||2.6 TF2 ||$5.15 PP ||- |
|RESIDENT EVIL 3 ||2.4 TF2 ||$4.8 PP ||- |
|RUGBY 20 ||1.3 TF2 ||$2.55 PP ||- |
|RWBY: Grimm Eclipse ||3.8 TF2 ||$7.43 PP ||- |
|Ragnaröck ||3.5 TF2 ||$6.84 PP ||- |
|Railway Empire ||0.4 TF2 ||$0.8 PP ||- |
|Raw Data ||1.1 TF2 ||$2.14 PP ||- |
|Re:Legend ||1.0 TF2 ||$1.94 PP ||- |
|Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered ||0.5 TF2 ||$0.94 PP ||- |
|Red Matter ||4.5 TF2 ||$8.86 PP ||- |
|Resident Evil / biohazard HD REMASTER ||1.1 TF2 ||$2.18 PP ||- |
|Resident Evil 0 / biohazard 0 HD Remaster ||1.2 TF2 ||$2.31 PP ||- |
|Resident Evil 5 GOLD Edition ||1.5 TF2 ||$3.04 PP ||- |
|Resident Evil 5 ||1.0 TF2 ||$1.95 PP ||- |
|Resident Evil 6 ||1.4 TF2 ||$2.79 PP ||- |
|Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Deluxe Edition ||2.4 TF2 ||$4.84 PP ||- |
|Resident Evil: Revelations ||1.0 TF2 ||$1.92 PP ||- |
|Retro Machina ||0.5 TF2 ||$1.01 PP ||- |
|Risen ||0.6 TF2 ||$1.25 PP ||- |
|Rising Storm 2: Vietnam ||0.6 TF2 ||$1.27 PP ||- |
|River City Girls ||1.4 TF2 ||$2.83 PP ||- |
|Roboquest ||0.5 TF2 ||$1.05 PP ||- |
|Rollercoaster Tycoon 2: Triple Thrill Pack ||1.6 TF2 ||$3.17 PP ||- |
|Rubber Bandits ||0.8 TF2 ||$1.5 PP ||- |
|Ryse: Son of Rome ||1.7 TF2 ||$3.32 PP ||- |
|SCP: Pandemic ||2.4 TF2 ||$4.85 PP ||- |
|SCUM ||3.5 TF2 ||$6.86 PP ||- |
|SOMA ||3.3 TF2 ||$6.51 PP ||- |
|SONG OF HORROR Complete Edition ||1.0 TF2 ||$1.94 PP ||- |
|STAR WARS® THE FORCE UNLEASHED II ||0.9 TF2 ||$1.88 PP ||- |
|STAR WARS™ Galactic Battlegrounds Saga ||0.6 TF2 ||$1.08 PP ||- |
|STAR WARS™: Squadrons ||1.6 TF2 ||$3.07 PP ||- |
|SUPERHOT VR ||2.3 TF2 ||$4.46 PP ||- |
|SUPERHOT ||0.8 TF2 ||$1.57 PP ||- |
|SUPERHOT: MIND CONTROL DELETE ||0.5 TF2 ||$0.98 PP ||- |
|Saint's Row The Third Remastered ||2.4 TF2 ||$4.81 PP ||- |
|Saints Row 2 ||0.7 TF2 ||$1.48 PP ||- |
|Saints Row IV Game of the Century Edition ||1.3 TF2 ||$2.53 PP ||- |
|Saints Row IV ||1.1 TF2 ||$2.23 PP ||- |
|Saints Row the Third - The Full Package ||1.0 TF2 ||$1.91 PP ||- |
|Saints Row: The Third ||0.7 TF2 ||$1.47 PP ||- |
|Salt and Sanctuary ||1.1 TF2 ||$2.1 PP ||- |
|Sanctum 2 ||0.5 TF2 ||$1.05 PP ||- |
|Satisfactory ||6.8 TF2 ||$13.5 PP ||- |
|Scarlet Nexus ||2.9 TF2 ||$5.75 PP ||- |
|Scribblenauts Unlimited ||0.4 TF2 ||$0.76 PP ||- |
|Secret Neighbor ||0.9 TF2 ||$1.76 PP ||- |
|Serious Sam 2 ||0.8 TF2 ||$1.57 PP ||- |
|Serious Sam 3: BFE ||1.0 TF2 ||$1.97 PP ||- |
|Serious Sam 4 ||4.7 TF2 ||$9.3 PP ||- |
|Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem ||2.3 TF2 ||$4.47 PP ||- |
|Severed Steel ||1.7 TF2 ||$3.46 PP ||- |
|Shadow Man Remastered ||1.1 TF2 ||$2.11 PP ||- |
|Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun ||0.4 TF2 ||$0.85 PP ||- |
|Shadow Warrior 2 ||0.9 TF2 ||$1.74 PP ||- |
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider ||3.1 TF2 ||$6.23 PP ||- |
|Shenmue 3 ||1.3 TF2 ||$2.55 PP ||- |
|Shenmue I & II ||1.3 TF2 ||$2.55 PP ||- |
|Shining Resonance Refrain ||0.4 TF2 ||$0.81 PP ||- |
|Sid Meier's Civilization VI : Platinum Edition ||3.0 TF2 ||$5.99 PP ||- |
|Sid Meier's Civilization VI ||0.7 TF2 ||$1.42 PP ||- |
|Sid Meier's Civilization® V: The Complete Edition ||1.9 TF2 ||$3.71 PP ||- |
|Sid Meiers Civilization IV: The Complete Edition ||0.8 TF2 ||$1.52 PP ||- |
|Siege of Centauri ||0.6 TF2 ||$1.15 PP ||- |
|SimCasino ||1.3 TF2 ||$2.54 PP ||- |
|SimplePlanes ||2.0 TF2 ||$3.89 PP ||- |
|Skullgirls 2nd Encore ||1.8 TF2 ||$3.63 PP ||- |
|Slap City ||1.1 TF2 ||$2.23 PP ||- |
|Slay the Spire ||3.1 TF2 ||$6.22 PP ||- |
|Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition ||0.9 TF2 ||$1.81 PP ||- |
|Slime Rancher ||1.9 TF2 ||$3.8 PP ||- |
|Sniper Elite 3 ||0.9 TF2 ||$1.88 PP ||- |
|Sniper Elite 4 ||1.3 TF2 ||$2.67 PP ||- |
|Sniper Elite V2 Remastered ||1.4 TF2 ||$2.86 PP ||- |
|Sniper Elite V2 ||1.0 TF2 ||$2.01 PP ||- |
|Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 ||0.8 TF2 ||$1.64 PP ||- |
|Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts ||0.9 TF2 ||$1.86 PP ||- |
|Sonic Adventure DX ||0.7 TF2 ||$1.39 PP ||- |
|Sonic Adventure 2 ||0.9 TF2 ||$1.84 PP ||- |
|Sonic Forces ||2.0 TF2 ||$4.02 PP ||- |
|Sonic Mania ||1.6 TF2 ||$3.07 PP ||- |
|Soul Calibur VI ||1.5 TF2 ||$2.91 PP ||- |
|Source of Madness ||0.6 TF2 ||$1.12 PP ||- |
|Space Engineers ||2.6 TF2 ||$5.24 PP ||- |
|Space Haven ||0.6 TF2 ||$1.13 PP ||- |
|Spec Ops: The Line ||0.9 TF2 ||$1.78 PP ||- |
|SpeedRunners ||0.5 TF2 ||$1.02 PP ||- |
|Spelunky ||1.1 TF2 ||$2.22 PP ||- |
|Spirit Of The Island ||1.5 TF2 ||$2.88 PP ||- |
|SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated ||1.0 TF2 ||$1.91 PP ||- |
|Spyro™ Reignited Trilogy ||4.2 TF2 ||$8.22 PP ||- |
|Star Renegades ||2.9 TF2 ||$5.82 PP ||- |
|Star Trek: Bridge Crew ||4.3 TF2 ||$8.55 PP ||- |
|Star Wars: Battlefront 2 (Classic, 2005) ||1.8 TF2 ||$3.54 PP ||- |
|Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic ||0.4 TF2 ||$0.78 PP ||- |
|Star Wars® Empire at War™: Gold Pack ||1.6 TF2 ||$3.07 PP ||- |
|Star Wars®: Jedi Knight®: Jedi Academy ||0.4 TF2 ||$0.73 PP ||- |
|Starbound ||1.2 TF2 ||$2.42 PP ||- |
|State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition ||3.1 TF2 ||$6.21 PP ||- |
|Staxel ||0.6 TF2 ||$1.11 PP ||- |
|SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech ||0.5 TF2 ||$1.06 PP ||- |
|Steel Division: Normandy 44 ||2.2 TF2 ||$4.36 PP ||- |
|Stellaris Galaxy Edition ||3.2 TF2 ||$6.32 PP ||- |
|Stellaris ||3.8 TF2 ||$7.56 PP ||- |
|Stellaris: Lithoids Species Pack ||1.0 TF2 ||$1.95 PP ||- |
|Stick Fight: The Game ||0.6 TF2 ||$1.28 PP ||- |
|Strange Brigade ||0.5 TF2 ||$0.9 PP ||- |
|Strategic Command WWII: World at War ||2.1 TF2 ||$4.21 PP ||- |
|Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection ||2.6 TF2 ||$5.06 PP ||- |
|Streets of Rogue ||0.9 TF2 ||$1.86 PP ||- |
|Stronghold 2: Steam Edition ||1.7 TF2 ||$3.39 PP ||- |
|Stronghold Crusader 2 ||1.0 TF2 ||$1.95 PP ||- |
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2023.06.07 00:00 Shimmering-Sky [Rewatch] Juushinki Pandora Episode 3 Discussion
← Previous Episode Index Next Episode → MAL AniList ANN Kitsu AniDB Netflix This damn thing's caused enough destruction already. I won't let it destroy my city!
Questions of the Day:
1) Who or what do you think Queenie is looking for?
2) Do you feel like everyone's hatred towards Leon is justified at this point in time?
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Rewatchers, please remember to be mindful of all the first-timers in this. No talking about or hinting at future events no matter how much you want to, unless you're doing it underneath spoiler tags. Don't spoil anything for the first-timers, that's rude!
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2023.06.06 23:54 Dragonlionfs The things left unaddressed/unresolved as of Chapter 364
I was thinking about all the things that the post-Miura era could tackle, and the stuff Miura himself may have planned to do something with. I decided to make this somewhat speculatory list just for fun.
He's all but outright confirmed to be the sage locked by Gaiseric in the Tower of Conviction that prayed to God to send down angels, sacrificing his kingdom, his empire even, to become Void. But as with the other Godhand members, we barely know anything beyond that. Heck, Void is one of the less elusive members, oddly enough, but we'll fall down that broken bridge when we get to it. What I find interesting about him is that, when the Four Kings of the Astral World were first introduced by Schierke, I legit thought they were four of the Godhand (or maybe a "good" reflection of them), with the missing one being Void. Because you have the basic four elements, and the fifth one would be a more abstract one, like nothingness. There's also the question of why he's the only one left from the former Godhand. Did Gaiseric kill the others? Were they gradually replaced by the Godhand as we now know them? Or did Void... do something? The first one remains the likeliest purely due to Occam's razor logic, but still, it's hard to shake the feeling that Void's different from his... colleagues... If, like Guts reaffirmed, Griffith will keep on soaring ever higher, therefore maybe even trying to ascend beyond the Godhand, with Void being the senior, he may have a backup plan, or know more than we think. Well, the dude's head is a brain, we already think he knows everything.
She has an interest in Guts, a __particular__ interest, in the Old Farnese style. Plenty of people have speculated that she might turn on the Godhand and aid Guts; I think it might be a mix of staying loyal to her peers, and helping Guts because she's a masochist and might find the idea of their extinction enticing, though that won't be very fun for Guts&co. Back to the Four Kings, I found it very suspicious how the Astral King connected to water is called the **Lady** of the **Depths**, whose spirit Schierke summoned against the trolls. And immediately after we get to Qliphoth, where Slan is called by Gaiseric, the Whore **Princess** of the Uterine **Sea**. Lady and Princess, Depths and (Uterine) Sea, there's some semantic similarity there. Furthermore, I found Mozgus' story about the nun who went around helping people suspicious as well. Did I think Slan was the nun in the story, a very cleaned up account of her actual mortal life, where Mozgus' nun, if she did do those good deeds, did not do them in the best way, or with the best intentions in mind? I don't know, I just clung to whatever crumb I could get cause we know so little about the Godhand; also Slan showed up in the heretics' fire so my mind was already on her.
The one we've seen the least. Slan's already showed up, Conrad was seen manifesting from plague rats in that town just after Sir Laban left. Also his domain is... weird. Someone once pointed out (or maybe it's on the wiki, I don't remember) that he was the one who showed Griffith and Theresia the respective visions so that must be his sphere of influence. If you ask me, he's this very kind of speculation that leads people to madness and long analyses and essays. Also his eyes are covered so maybe he's Peekaf. Granted, Femto and Slan are the only ones whose eyes we can actually see, but I have this feeling. It's bollocks anyway, since Peekaf is just meant to be fairytale symbolic of some of the themes of Berserk. But I like to think I'm right, no weird little man living in the world of the absurd (or of ideas) can tell me otherwise.
Well we know he's got something to do with death, disease, that kind of thing. We know that from like two panels, in the whole of Berserk. No crazy theories on him, just silence, for dead men tell no tales. Maybe he was a gravedigger? idk
Lucifer. Oh, also, in the post-Miura chapters, was he really untouchable or did he just bend space like he did against Gaiseric at the top of Ganishka? Probably not, but I just thought of that and found it weird.
Yeah, no, something's off with those Wicker Men. Made with souls of the damned? Armour taken from invaders? And, in the post-Miura chapters, the *original* denizens of the island were like the Tower of Conviction blob? Something is off about the origins of the island, and about Danann herself. Granted, she could be like Flora, her soul drifting around in the astral world except she can take physical form. And she's the King of the Elves. Gaiseric, just what was happening in your time, man? Speaking of Flora, I assume the blob is connected with the taboo she violated. I'm waiting for Morda's master to show up again so she can shed some light on all of this stuff.
I assume she'll show up near the ending, if at all, with that foreshadowing at the end of Black Swordsman. Though Falconia complicated everything. She's either dead, living in Falconia, or surviving somehow by herself. The latter makes the most sense given the nature of her threat to Guts, but even Rickert almost died on the road to Falconia, so idk.
Very likely just a one-off character for Lost Children, though it would be fascinating to see her again. I feel like seeing her in Falconia would mess with the closure she got at the end of Lost Children, since it seemed so nicely wrapped up, so it's probably for the best she doesn't show up again. I admit, seeing her as a background character would make me giddy.
Yeah, here's the thing. What do Farnese and Slan have in common? Bingo. Or, used to have, we actually don't know if Farnese has those kinds of urges anymore. It is possible, these things probably don't just go away, and it would make an interesting character moment for her to be faced with this stuff again, but after all she's been through, I don't see how it would really get to her that bad. The more interesting thing is her time with the Holy Iron Chain knights, the context in which she was introduced, in fact. Besides the drip, she knows about the prophecy. Heck, she was the one who found the bloody lake where the old Band of the Falcon were sacrificed. She knows stuff, even if she doesn't realise it. She knows about the Hawk of Darkness, Hawk of Light, would probably be able to reach the conclusion that Griffith is the Devilman himself masquerading as the Messiah, and recognise that, isn't it weird how their major religion has a bird as a symbol, and the most recent member of the Godhand is all about dem birbs? Maybe she'll crucify Griffith the same way she used that bird to reproduce the Holy See symbol and it will make him a martyr so he can ascend past the Godhand but at this point, I'm just spitballing at the sun off of a very unstable raft. Also, what is this Holy Iron Chain? What can it hold? The Beast of Darkness?
I got nothing. Well, aside from another showdown between him and Guts. But really, he probably has to find his own path, and also tell Farnese he's her half-brother. That would be fun. These are the obvious things, but I have no idea what could be done with Serpico going forward.
He has an as of yet unexplored backstory, the one where he protected the old man (who as I read assumed it was Daiba, but that's farfetched) and the one where he was betrayed by those he swore to protect. Maybe they're both the same incident in a way. Also he's awesome, he's badass, and he'd be a good foil to whatever shenanigans happen between Farnese and Serpico going forwards, because let's face it, things are gonna go south. Him being betrayed by those he swore to protect makes me think of Guts and Casca, and Griffith, but I'm just grasping at straws hoping to find that needle.
She could find out about Flora's taboo, ponder whether to do it herself, whatever it was, explore the nature of Griffith's current form further, and heck, go deep enough in the Abyss that she meets the Idea of Evil, or whatever alternative manages to worm its way back into the canon. Otherwise I'm not completely sure what more needs to be resolved about her from what we know so far.
There's the obvious, and then there's the question of whether his elf-pointed ears and circumstances of his birth have any further relevance. The ears could be just an aesthetic choice and the birth situation is a blatant way of communicating that this guy **SURVIVES**, he **STRUGGLES**. On the one hand, I wonder what significance, if any, there was to that tree full of hanged people, on the other hand, it doesn't need any further significance. It is Guts' origin, and that's all we need to know. It would probably negatively impact the story anyway if it was revealed to be important beyond just being part of what makes Guts himself. Also the Beast of Darkness is obviously important but there's too many variables for me to even warrant making a guess. Something something Astral world I think, and whatever it is, do the Godhand know about it? Did Gaiseric have an equivalent when he wore the armour? If Gaiseric used his equivalent to kill 4/5 of the Godhand, and the Berserker armour made Guts' BoD way, way more potent, then the Godhand or at the very least Void would be really weary of it, but Griffith doesn't seem to really know, especially in the post-Miura chapters.
Who were his parents? Probably doesn't matter. Who was the gipsy that sold him the crimson behelit? Probably doesn't matter. Although at first I thought it was the same gipsy that scried her crystal ball while telling Puck to look outside as the Eclipse started. These things happen, they were set in motion by the Godhand, and they're just reaping the results.
Now that the party's so much larger and more varied, what can his role be? What can his purpose be? Sure, he doesn't really need a purpose to exist, as a person in his own world or w.e, but he needs a purpose to keep existing as a character for us. He could continue being the comic relief, or the one really caring about looking into the how's and why's of Guts' monster hunting, but the story has outgrown that for a long time. Maybe the Beast of Darkness swallows him and he becomes a spark of light in Guts' consciousness keeping him at least 0.1% sane, idk. Also since we're on elves, Ivalera. She eludes me completely. I just don't know.
TheAlmightyLoli makes a good point about him pursuing being a sailor, I guess. Isma being gone in the post-Miura chapters could make it into a kind of PotC Davy Jones deal, where they can only see each other again once every [certain amount of time] when the physical and astral worlds are closer or something. The details of his backstory likely don't matter.
Besides the obvious of the whole Eclipse and Moonlight Boy thing being resolved, I can't think of anything else. At some point I wondered if she had Kushan ancestry but that's irrelevant. Since she has no memories after they went to rescue Griffith from the Tower of Rebirth, maybe she's due for a rebirth as well.
Rickert invents the Glock and kills God. On a more serious note, yeah, he's gonna have a large part to play coming up, excited to see it.
She and Farnese are like two coins with reversed faces in Slan's pouch. Is Luca gonna be the Mary Magdalene of Falconia? Well, for who? I can't see her warming up to Griffith, maybe she'll be among the voices of doubt and protest once something happens that raises suspicions in Falconia.
She's the scariest thing in Berserk.
He seems more of a loner than even other Apostles, has somewhat of a bond with Sonia, and it's suggested, especially in chapter 372, that he may not quite respect Griffith to the point the other Apostles do. Plus, his demonic form is still off-putting but not as horrible as that of other apostles, so he could end up a turncloak to Griffith, somehow, or a tragic figure.
He and Sonia could help each other, in different ways, figure out something is wrong about Falconia or the context behind it, or he could be used (as murder) to show Sonia an uglier side of Griffith. Or maybe he'll be fine, he's a cool guy. I forgot how many characters there were.
**Silat and Daiba**
Silat has been one of the most interesting or at least enjoyable characters on Griffith's side of Berserk. The Bakiraka clan's hideout sounds cool, and there is a lot of potential in terms of coolness factor there with Rickert and Daiba tagging along. Think of the contraptions Rickert could build to synergise with the others. We may get more lore from Daiba sort of like we got from Schierke and Flora, and who knows what Silat might get up to. Will he sneak Daiba's snake in the Garden?
**Manifico and Roderick**
Manifico, no clue. He was reduced to a joke character before we could get an inkling of some other role that he might fulfill. His ruthless businessman demeanour may help the party, or he'll just remain a liability. I don't think there's something all that special in Iith that Roderick could make up privy to, so for now he'll probably continue being the cab driver engaged to Farnese.
Bonebeard's next appearance, because he will undoubtedly return again, will be the sixth one. This will herald the apocalypse and will either mean Griffith's downfall, or his success. When Bonebeard comes back, the chips will be down. And he'll make us die laughing before we get to read the ending.
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2023.06.06 23:50 BeneficialPressure32 Winnsboro, Tx Conspiracy - Proving Boomers Will Try To Destroy Anything New , Including Better Income Possibilities. (Long read, but so worth it)
In June of 2021, a new company, Texas Sigma Partners LLC, moved into the little town of Winnsboro bringing opportunity for growth both physically and financially, as well as high paying jobs for the citizens of Winnsboro and it's surrounding residents. Most positions were filled fairly quickly and production started up.
TSP is a sister plant, subsid if you will, of the south Tx Sigma Agriculture that brings in well over 6+ million in revenue each year while researching , manufacturing and producing the most up to date, highest quality organic fertilizer that's available in North America. At this plant specifically, its comprised of chicken litter (poop) , natural molasses, and a binder ingredient that consists of things like bacteria, carbon, etc. All organic according to their website.
Very shortly after production started, about 27 older, long time citizens of the town started complaining of an "odor" emitting from the building, and having a hard time breathing and or enjoying their homes. Around this time, unfortunately one of the portions of the plant caught fire and caused one of the scrubbers to go out. During the fire, no one including WFD was worried due to their not being any major chemicals in the building that would explode, unlike many other plants located in Winnsboro. The group of boomers though, didn't let the opportunity slide. They managed to call and complain to TCEQ, the environmental QC of Tx, so much so that they were forced to run air , water and other tests. A few of them flooded the City Council meetings with lack luster tantrums filled with misleading or even half truthful information stating that the plant is in so many violations and a nuisance to the town, and even shutting business down. They continued to demand that the City Council shut the plant down or remove it, which is something they have no control over.
TCEQ ran every test they could think of and found that TSP was in fact in violation of a few codes and things but nothing worth an immediate shut down. Stuff like a few extra parts per million over allowed standards. Sigma immediately began the process to remedy those mistakes so that production could continue and no one would lose their jobs. Part of that of course, was getting the equipment replaced that "happened" to catch fire, ironically, the same equipment used to decrease the output of stench associated with the chicken litter. This is where it starts to get wildly interesting.
At this point, the boomers refused to let it go. They ended up hiring an "outside party" to come in and tests ALL SORTS of stuff. Run off water, air quality, you name it. And wouldn't ya know it, the results came back that TSP was in massive amounts of violations. Shortly after, the ring leader of the "sick " boomers, and a few other people, hired a Tyler law firm and proceeded to sue Sigma with the ultimate goal of a complete shut down and financial restitution for their "troubles" and "injuries". They went to court and the judge (Wood County) ordered that TSP operations be temporarily suspended until the remedies were complete and or further testing could be done with clean results.
TSP did just that. Spent well over a million on new equipment, new scrubbers, filters and even went as far as to raise the steam stacks (during processing, the mixture is heated to help combine ingredients. Not burned, just heated which emits mild steam that then leaves the stacks) so that it was high enough not to cause odor for the city. Now , in order to have the final stack test done, the plant has to be operational for 45 days. The judge granted them to do so for that. And the complaints started pouring in again.
I am going to list some facts real quick to help paint a picture.
-TSP is located in the designated industrial complex of Winnsboro in the furthest building from town.
-They are neighbors to multiple fowl smelling plants including a milk/cheese/dairy plant called Keller's Creamery (which sprays rotten/spoiled milk onto its surrounding fields), a twice weekly active Sale Barn that sees thousands of farm animals a week, a stone manufacturer , a feed mill that houses Ammonium Nitrate , the Cities Rodeo Arena and so many other things.
-Winnsboro and its surrounding counties have over 100+ dairy and chicken farms that residents of the area have described smelling for over 20+ years.
- The area is also known for its vast expansion of hay fields that are regularly sprayed with potent manure through the year (fertilizer) to promote growth.
From what I have been able to read on public forums, it seems the complaining group continued to complain about it way past the plants operational hours, and even during the time when they were completely shut down by the injunction. Recently , now that the plant is operating in prep for the test, someone was observed ranting about it on a Sunday morning. The boomers were still convinced that the plant was operating and continuously tried to convince others with zero proof. A resident posted the open/close hours and expressed that it couldn't possibly be the plant because they didn't operate on weekends, and the boomers continued to ignore the facts and attacked the resident. One of them, the above mentioned ring leader, has just recently said she is having to have "major heart surgery because of the fumes from the plant". When questioned by what I believe to be the same resident of the area , they became defensive and argumentative. Over the last few weeks, I have seen several new commenters that are for the plant and its workers show up to discuss it on the forums.
Get this though, the suit was filed on 04/25/2022 claiming Injury/Damages. That was over a year ago and if I have my time line correct, they were barely operational if at all. And no one has complained about it , other than the boomers about the smell. I have TONS of questions.
- How can you file a suit for injury/damages when no one had been injured at the time, just "annoyed"?
- If the plant and its fumes are truly that toxic, why hasn't any of the staff been affected or sick yet? Should they be questioned or had physical's done for their own safety? Some of the contributors to the forums have worked their for over 6+ months. They are perfectly healthy.
- Winnsboro is made up of over 3000 active residents, so why only 27 plaintiff's if its causing quality of life to be essentially non-existent?
- Why is this an injury/damage suit instead of TCEQ violations/environmental havoc/EPA suit?
- Where even is the Environmental Agencies if this is a toxic plant harming people?
- Why would the residents complain about the smell of a chicken litter plant when surrounded by countless chicken and dairy farms already? I have noticed several citizens have mentioned its not worse than those and most hardly even know the difference.
- Is it legal to claim that the plant is causing you to have heart surgery without substantial proof of that? To add to that, wouldn't you assume that your medical records would be subpoenaed during an injury trial? What's the consequence for lying?
- Has there been an investigation into the where-a-bouts of the complaining citizens the day of the fire? Could they have caused it on purpose?
- Why in the world would residents try to run a business out of town that offers growth and financial gain?
- Wouldn't you want and welcome outsiders to your town to generate revenue and what not? Do they not know that attacking whoever they don't like with lies and excuses causes the town to have a bad rep? Aside from the fact that there are more churches than stores in the whole town which proves they are set in their ways.
With all this , even as little information that is here, I believe it's safe to say that something isn't adding up here and it needs to catch widespread attention. From the info I have gathered, the plant has not purposely done anything to anyone and they have made overwhelming efforts to fix what little mistakes were made and be in total compliance. Additionally, considering the geographical and agricultural area the town sits in, its possible the "bad odor" residents keep complaining about may not in fact be from that specific plant.
You can find the only (very biased) article on it here : https://www.kltv.com/2022/05/12/winnsboro-fertilizer-plant-agrees-temporarily-cease-operations-over-residents-pollution-concerns/
You can find the case and list of events in the case at the Wood County Records website.
Unfortunately , nothing but the case parties and list is available on their website. Still actively researching for the case materials. I'm a very intrigued outsider and plan to look into this further and follow it.
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Notes Before We Start The original intent behind this post was to serve as a database for every single major lore character in the game, starting with the Aeons. Unfortunately, though, I vastly underestimated its length when I started writing it, thinking I'd easily be able to do it all within one post. I was not!
Initially, I decided to just separate the post into two parts, the Aeons and the mortal characters. This didn't pan out, because the Aeon section also ended up being massive! So now I have to split it up into 3+ parts. The first two parts about the Aeons will go up soon since it's all already written, this part right now and the next part either tomorrow or possibly in a few days once everyone's less busy doing the update. The benefit is that this arrangement allows me to go into greater detail about each individual Aeon -- if I'm able (thank you Oroboros for being mentioned like twice in the whole game)
The third part which should hopefully be only one post and is about the mortal characters will almost certainly have to wait until I'm completely done with the update. The reason why this is so is because the update is guaranteed to introduce more lore about mortal characters, whereas I think the likelihood of it giving us more Aeon lore is comparatively lower (though it could still happen).
I also need a break. Just writing this post took me a week, let alone the time it took to read almost everything that's in the game - it's safe to say that I dedicated myself to this for the entire second half of 1.0. If I go all in and write everything at once, I'm gonna burn out for sure.
While corrections and additions are welcome, I just want everyone to remember that leaks are against the rules, so please make sure to have an official source on hand if you're going to tell me anything. I might not be able to edit this post once it goes up due to sheer length, but I'm sure people can just read the comments and get the info that way. That being said, before we start properly, we'll have to take a little diversion.
The Structure of the Universe
I dreamed of a ray of light of a crystal chalice.
I despise reading about and explaining this because miHoYo went out of their way to make it the most confusing thing imaginable.
The in-game characters aren't even sure how their own universe works and miHoYo has provided little to no official unbiased explanations, so I'll just be borrowing Zandar "One" Kuwabara's theory here because HI3 more or less supports it and although alternate theories are mentioned in HSR, none have been explained yet.
Imaginary Tree To understand the nature of the Aeons and of the other characters, you must first understand Reality, as the Aeons are inherently linked to it. Sit down, strap in. Maybe listen to some music.
Okay so think of the universe as being like a tree in a spatial and temporal sense. It's not literally that, but it works like that.
Space-time is defined by a collection of an unimaginably numerous amount of branches. Such branches define independent worlds and expand outwards, forming leaves that mark those worlds at different development stages in spacetime - thus each leaf is a world. These 'worlds' are defined as 'galaxies', a confusing term since it is also used to refer to the universe as a whole. What's important to note is that a "world" is often more than simply a single individual planet, and they may have different attributes (for example, the world Punklorde is entirely cybernetic)
The development of those branches occurs as they absorb imaginary energy from the vasculature provided by the trunk. The trunk's got some funny stuff going on with a sea of quanta or whatever but this is HI3 stuff that has not proven relevant to HSR specifically yet - the Sea of Quanta does exist here (obviously), as proven by the crafting material "Quantum Ripples". But getting into it would muddy the waters. Just know that when a world has run its course, it "falls" into the Sea of Quanta and is destroyed (from the perspective of the HSR mortals, it just 'disappears')
Imaginary energy constitutes a space which separates each branch and leaf and world from one another, making passage generally impossible unless one can manipulate imaginary energy. Because of this, for a very long time it was impossible for creatures to gain passage or even be able to observe other worlds (galaxies) until the Aeons appeared and granted them the ability to do so. More on this later. It's possible for a mortal being to enter Imaginary space through certain means but they'll quickly die without some form of protection or the ability to manipulate Imaginary energy.
Zandar's understanding is that imaginary energy was formed by the thoughts of intelligent beings, and the Aeon's ability to traverse imaginary space is what caused the worlds to be similar. Which is half true, but Elias Salas later proved that imaginary energy exists on its own and is entirely unique, which messes with the foundations of the theory. But it's our best bet.
Okay but who cares though Why is this relevant? The worlds contained within the leaves of the tree may have different attributes but share certain similarities - most notably, the recurrence of certain individuals. Those individuals are separate from each other and have their own memories and life experiences, but have a certain likeliness that links them. And that is why there are many Bronyas. And many Wendy's, some even male. And many Kianas. And maybe even many Himekos as well. Notably, there is an in-universe theory named the "Parallel Imaging Theory", which may suggest people are aware of this phenomenon.
Because HSR's plotline and lore involves the traversal between multiple different worlds, it is possible for multiple versions (different individual) of the same character to appear within the game. So yeah.
The biggest misconception people have about HSR, and one that I myself held for some time until I started reading everything, is that they assume it's localized to one Leaf in the Imaginary Tree.
This is a misconception made possible, and more complicated, by several factors:
HSR's lore takes place over the scope of the entire Honkai Universe and the different worlds. It is not a localized system. Welt and Void Archives didn't use some fancy technology to "jump universes", they (probably) just traveled the path Akivili made with their Star Rail, the same as every other intergalactic entity in HSR. That's it. Literally just used a spaceship.
- the fact that the Imaginary Tree is probably best explained as a contiguous multiverse, but miHoYo is extremely insistent on calling it just "the Honkai Universe", because they're eccentric I guess. It's just really Kinoko "HER NAME IS ALTRIA" Nasu-type stuff.
- the fact that people tend to visualize the Imaginary Tree as being completely literal, and thus the branches are inherently apart from one another as they would on a tree. This is not helped by the fact that HI3 depicts the universe as a literal tree constantly, and when you see Youtube Video #198268 that says "THIS IS THE IMAGINARY TREE" and uses a HI3 screenshot showing a tree, people are gonna think "oh, this is just what the universe is" when in reality, it's better to think of the Honkai Universe as being a collection of worlds each with their own stars and galaxies and traits separated by an impermeable void that later Akivili connected. From the perspective of the inhabitants of the Honkai Universe, it's all one continuous space.
- inconsistent terminology, even in this game, also caused by HI3's translation being awful and most summaries being made by people with a tenuous grasp of English at best (no offense)
I also imagine that it doesn't help that (and this is how I began to believe in the same misconception for a while) a lot of people used the "separate universes" argument to argue in favor of Genshin and HI3 being completely unrelated. Which, for the record, I still completely believe as plenty of evidence suggests they want Genshin players to not have to deal with the huge steamy backlog of lore baggage HI3 has, but it did make people think of each Honkai game as always being completely disconnected from one another in a very physical sense.
Definition NOTE: The Honkai Star Rail wikia has little blurbs for each Aeon at the top of the respective pages. I'm not going to use them as a source, however, because I have absolutely no idea where they're from. My attempts to search for them led directly back to the wikia. Judging by the date they were added (June of last year), they correspond with CBT2, but if so then that text is gone from the game, so I can't really deem it worthy as a reliable source.
So what are they? Gods basically, but the specifics are more complicated.
The Imaginary element is defined by Welt as a "metaphysical aggregation of the spirit". In other words, it's a form of energy that can be influenced by the thoughts and actions of intelligent beings.
When an intelligent being of sufficient will fulfills certain, currently unknown, conditions, they take over a philosophical concept and become an Aeon. This opens a Path to that concept and grants the newly born Aeon not only the ability to manipulate Imaginary energy, but also complete control over the Imaginary expression of that concept - it becomes their "Primum Mobile", an imprint formed upon the Imaginary element.
That Path also becomes a form of energy that can be tapped into by various sources, and even begins to emerge naturally. The entry for "Topological Acceleration Band" implies that Path energy is limited, which would make sense, as Aeons seem to restrict their underlings' power instead of just giving all of it flat out, and the limitations imposed by this would also serve to explain why Nanook doesn't just, I dunno, blow up the entire universe. In any case, even if it is limited, it's such an extreme amount of energy that it may as well be limitless from the perspective of mortals.
In other words, they become an embodiment of a certain concept, and are able to exert their full will upon it. This appears to deprive them of a certain sense of personal identity - all Aeons are referred to with gender-neutral pronouns.
In the one record of an ascension that was witnessed (Lan's) that we currently have, the Aeon's physical body disappeared upon ascension. It remains unclear if this is true of all Aeons or not but there is definitely a physical change involved.
Aeons are able to freely move around Imaginary space and the leaves in the Imaginary tree at no harm to themselves and possess unimaginable power - Nanook's highest level underlings are capable of incinerating entire galaxies (worlds? The inconsistency of this term drives me crazy). They also possess a degree of ominiscience - not completely so, but it's fairly obvious that they're able to notice and interact with beings treading on their Path at basically any distance. They can also manifest physically if they so choose but the degree of this seems to vary on the Aeon. Qlipoth basically stays in one place building their wall whereas Fuli appears to be capable of teleporting. Lan runs at faster than light speeds throughout the universe. Aha is known for taking on a humanoid form. Akivili physically traveled with mortals.
Aeons can die, but it's difficult to pull this off. Only one Aeon is known to have been killed, and the deed was done by other Aeons. It is also possible for an Aeon to experience a form of death - if their Path overlaps too much with another, the Path representing the greater concept will absorb it, which effectively kills that Aeon.
There are other Aeons that have disappeared and are considered dead, but the ambiguity of their circumstances means that there's a possibility that like, I dunno, they're just hiding or something.
Aeons are limited by one another and their Paths. They cannot ever deviate from it - Xipe cannot create disorder, Yaoshi may not kill, etc. Therefore negotiating with an Aeon is impossible, they shouldn't even be treated as "people" you can "talk" to. Generally the universe tends towards balance - an out of control Aeon may be killed by other Aeons or be opposed by an Aeon whose Path limits theirs. Furthermore, an optional conversation with Welt implies that an Aeon's power at least partially corresponds to the broadness of their concept. Because Lan's Path is so narrow, they're one of the less powerful Aeons.
Who the first Aeon was or how old they are is unclear. The IPC seems to think the first ever Aeon was Qlipoth, but they're biased and in-universe this is doubted. What is certain is that they did not always exist - between the origin of the universe and the appearance of the Aeons, the universe was populated by entities called Leviathans. We know jack about them, other than they were very powerful, and as a result of something called the Dusk Wars, they either all died out or disappeared, except for the Aeon Oroboros the Voracity.
Aeons and Mortals Before we get into this, one thing should be noted: once opened, a Path can never be closed, and so even if an Aeon dies, the energy of their Path is still accessible. That being said, if an Aeon does die/disappear, their Path can be infringed upon a little - Tayzzyronth 'carved up' the Permanence to become the Propagation, but the power of the Permanence still exists as seen with the Vidyadhara.
The Aeons can influence the universe in various ways, physical or otherwise. A favorite of many many Aeons is the empowering of certain underlings.
Mortals can access the energy of an Aeon's path to a very limited degree by becoming Pathstriders, but Aeons are capable of enhancing some more directly, giving them greater access to that Path's energy.
Some Aeons have their own little way of 'upgrading' mortals through indirect applications of their power, but all Aeons are capable of infusing a mortal with their energy, and such a mortal is referred to as an Emanator. Though they are capable of this, not all Aeons choose to have Emanators.
Pathstrider If a being of sufficient will possesses attributes aligning with a certain Path, they gain the ability to derive power from that Path's energy. This makes them more powerful than the average person and grants them some nifty abilities, but compared to beings enhanced by an Aeon's power, Emanators, or the Aeon themselves, they're pretty weak.
One example named by Dan Heng is that Pathstriders of the Trailblaze are able to resist extreme natural conditions to a certain extent, though they're not immune.
From a character standpoint, this seems to be the justification as for why certain characters have unexplained powers. But it's hard to tell, because the game rarely ever names someone as a Pathstrider, and even when it does, there's clear overlap (for example the Astral Express crew are Pathstriders of the Trailblaze but have individual Paths). It is not yet clarified if you can be a Pathstrider in multiple Paths at once or if this is just a gameplay abstraction, but the characters do generally match the Path assigned to them personality-wise to at least some extent, though some in more roundabout ways.
Emanator A mortal that was given direct access to the power of a Path by an Aeon. They are WAY stronger than Pathstriders, with the most powerful ones capable of affecting reality on a galactic scale. Like the Aeons, an Emanator is limited by the definition of that Path.
Emanators are capable of controlling Imaginary energy to a certain degree, which means they're also capable of traversing through Imaginary space without needing assistance. Herta, even through her puppet, is capable of creating a contract that forces the signee to obey "Imaginary law", which affects the entire universe and cannot be interacted with by outside forces. Six-phased ice, the ice March 7th is capable of controlling and was once encased with, has its form dictated by Imaginary law, meaning it likely exists with the blessing of some Aeon or another (Hm).
How much access to a Path's energy an Emanator has is dependent entirely on how much the Aeon feels like giving them. How independent an Emanator is also depends on the Aeon. Some Emanators can do whatever they want, whereas others act as extensions of that Aeon's will.
Aeons can make anyone they want into an Emanator, but most tend to choose mortals that align with their goals. Well except Aha, who is infamous for turning anyone and anything into an Emanator and often for the dumbest reasons imaginable.
Now because an Aeon needs to be active to turn people into Emanators, if an Aeon dies or disappears they can't make any more obviously. But because the Path is forever open, any existing Emanators will retain their powers even after the disappearance or death of their Aeon, as seen with Idrila's Mirror Holders.
\"Reach the end of the story in your own way. When the time comes to make a choice, make one you know you won't regret.\"
The Trailblaze, and the Xianzhou knows them as Cloudstrider.
They hail from the world of Pegana, which used a 12-month long year cycle similar to our planet, known as the Trailblaze Calendar. They're pretty old, and the records of their appearance date as far back as the first few Amber Eras.
Akivili created the Astral Express, the Star Rail, and the Chromatic Echelon that allows for the laying of new rails. They did so in order to reach the "endpoint" of the Imaginary Tree, unable to tolerate the idea of "that which must not be known". It's also rumored that there may be other machines such as the Express, but Himeko says the internal records don't mention any.
The rumor is that the Express' core is Akivili's heart, but as Himeko points out, they'd need two hearts for this, because the Express was contemporaneous with them.
Akivili is probably one of the most important Aeons, not just because the Express wouldn't exist without them, but because the Star Rail laid by them is capable of connecting different worlds between the vast barriers of Imaginary energy, therefore allowing different civilizations to contact and interact with each other without needing the power of the Aeons. All interworld space routes are based upon the Star Rail tracks though it's implied that the 'bridges' they created extend far beyond the actual railing.
In a sense, without Akivili, none of the plot would happen. As a matter of fact, if The Ones Above hail from another world, then maybe not even APHO from the other game would've happened either.
Akivili disappeared many years ago in circumstances so obscure that even the most informed groups have no idea what happened to them. Kafka tells us that if there's anyone or anything in the universe that would know, it'd be Nous. The game's omniscient narrator implies that Akivili's disappearance was due to "an accident".
The name Akivili is probably a distortion of the Latin "aquili", which means "of the eagle" or "of the north wind".
Followers Akivili's followers are the Nameless, who were inspired by their route through the universe. Some Nameless chose to travel alone, but those that didn't joined Akivili in their Astral Express and journeyed together in great merriment, with Akivili taking on a mortal form and riding within the Express with them. Even after Akivili disappeared, some surviving Nameless managed to maintain and use the Astral Express, until the Star Rails fell into disrepair due to the Stellarons - over the course of this process, most of the remaining Nameless either retired, died or disappeared.
When this happened, the Astral Express ran aground and was set into a collision course with Himeko's world - on her birthday, no less - and she quickly hurried to the impact site, where she repaired the Express and took off with it. Sometime later, Pom-Pom appeared as well. Those two became the next generation of Nameless, and over time would add various other people to their group, such as Welt, March 7th, Dan Heng, the Trailblazer, and (temporarily) Void Archives.
Currently, no Emanators of the Trailblaze are known to exist.
Towers crumbled and the people fled, for the sun was soon to set and meet with vicious destruction.
The Destruction, also known by the Xianzhou as the Ruin Author.
Nanook is the newest Aeon to have ascended - if we assume that the Stellarons were sent out at about the same time as their ascension (optimistic, to be honest), then they're only about 500 years old. That's a lot of time for regular mortals, but easily within the lifespan of most long life species, and definitely far younger than the other Aeons.
Nanook was born (judging by Fuli's memory of them showcasing them as a baby) in the world of Adlivun, which had been devastated by Emperor Rubert I's campaigns and nearly turned into a hive by Tayzzyronth's Swarm. When Akivili visited it, it was already a crapsack that was trying desperately to survive against the remnants of the Swarm.
This terrible war-torn world seems to have caused the young Nanook to become extremely cynical - the Data Bank suggests that they believe civilization itself is cancer, and that war is the only thing common to all of them, the birth of the Universe being a mistake that must be corrected. This mindset led to a series of as yet unknown events that caused Nanook to incinerate their own home world, and achieving apotheosis in this process.
Upon ascension, Nanook immediately got to work. Despite likely being less than a 1000 years old, their followers have already managed to destroy worlds and pose a serious existential threat to almost all galactic civilization. Indeed, although Rubert and the Swarm might have been quite dangerous back when they were active, the Aeon they indirectly birthed has caused destruction on a far more apocalyptic scale than they could've ever dreamed of.
Nanook is almost certainly (though not confirmed to be) the cause of the Stellaron ("Cancer of All Worlds") phenomenon - bundles of destructive (and intelligent!) energy sent to various corners of the universe, likely intended to destabilize civilizations and natural phenomena before the Antimatter Legion arrives and "cleans up" the rest. The Stellarons can affect natural processes and interact with mortals in ways that manipulate them towards taking destructive actions. They can enhance those mortals as well as explode! Notably, the Stellaron's destructive energy corrodes the Star Rail, which not only physically impedes passage for the Express but holds the possible danger of closing the pathways between worlds.
Perhaps the most unique characteristic of the Stellarons is their ability to corrode the region around them into "Fragmentum", which is able to analyze, absorb and replicate the forms and memories of the living creatures touched by it into hostile monsters, which further destabilizes the regions they impact. Strangely, not every Stellaron seems to create a Fragmentum zone.
There's one inside you now, by the way.
The name "Nanook" is derived from the Inuit bear god, which to be honest had a far closer association with hunting than anything else, and bear worship is a key aspect of Inuit religion. But I guess the thought process here is that Nanook (god) is also associated with weaponry and is strong, so... I guess it works?
\"Let me put it another way, why are you alive?\"
Sometime after ascending, Nanook went to an unknown world and liberated the regime that had imprisoned the talented Firesmith clan there, which held unprecedented skill in the art of weapon making. Nanook blessed them with the Mark of Destruction, which granted them great power (but corrupted their minds and bodies), and sent them to the volcanic world of Warforge, which turned into a large scale training and weapons production facility.
Antimatter creatures, "scavenged parts" (such as the heart of a deceased Leviathan), and individuals that showed promise and a pure desire for destruction to Nanook were 'reforged', physically hammered and altered until their very biology had been changed and combined with their weapons, into the members of the Antimatter Legion. Even the Firesmiths that created them became part of their own creations. The fire that forged them was of incomparable heat and infused them with the very power of the Destruction.
The Antimatter Legion became an army with the sole purpose of destroying the universe. Members are stratified into ranks and even have their own medals. Lower ranked members are tasked with destabilizing civilizations, higher ranked members can destroy galaxies.
The Stellarons likely act as seeds and beacons for the Antimatter Legion, carefully cultivating the circumstances necessary to weaken the target, potentially for centuries, before finally ushering in their doom. Like farmers, they go around the universe slashing and burning societies and exhibiting as much patience and strategy as is necessary.
The most devastating quality of Nanook and the Antimatter Legion is that unlike Emperor Rubert's army or the Swarm, they don't simply overwhelm enemy forces and take over, but carefully study and integrate into them, sowing discord and in-fighting until they're weak enough to guarantee a loss against the Legion. This is by far the biggest reason for Nanook's success and the biggest reason why they're such a massive threat, even to powerful entities such as the Xianzhou Alliance.
Perhaps the second biggest reason is that through the Fragmentum and the skilled Firesmiths in Warforge, Nanook is also able to absorb and integrate the qualities of other beings into the members of their Legion, allowing them to constantly evolve and grow more powerful, as well as adapt to the unique qualities of the worlds and civilizations they conquer.
The greatest members of the Antimatter Legion are given the privilege of becoming Emanators of the Destruction, known as Lord Ravagers. They serve as commanders, and are unbelievably dangerous. Welt implies there are even more powerful individuals known as "Overlords", but we don't know much about them, since they're mentioned in only one line right now.
Of course, every Aeon has a group of followers who don't attract their attention or explicit approval, but adhere to their ideas of the Path. For Nanook, this is the Annihilator Gang, a group of hooligans and criminals who take joy in destruction, be it for personal pleasure, petty revenge, or insanity. Nanook looks down upon such "impure" reasons for destroying, so they receive no attention from the Aeon.
You must follow the traces left behind in the storm's wake.
The Hunt, know by the Xianzhou as the Reignbow Arbiter.
Lan ascended in the year 3400 of the Xianzhou calendar with the current year probably being around 8098-8100, which would make them around 4700 years old. Before that time, they were a mortal hero known as Reignbow, born in year 1700 (making Lan's total age around 6400 years old). It should be noted that almost all of our information about Reignbow comes in the form of severely altered poetry and some historical notes by the biased modern day Xianzhou Alliance.
Reignbow was part of the original fleet of nine ships (three of them were lost over the course of Xianzhou history, if you were wondering), and they resided in the lead Yaoqing ship. Their claim to fame was the defeat and capture of the Heliobi Flint Emperor, the leader of a species of formless energy beings capable of manipulating emotions and creating stars. The Heliobi as well as the Flint Emperor were imprisoned and the latter specifically was used as the Zhuming's energy source.
Eventually, the Xianzhou Luofu was granted the Ambrosial Arbor and the fleet shared in the blessings of long life, but Reignbow peered into the future (possibly with Nous' help? Sadly, the historical source for this misappropriates a different figure's actions with that of Reignbow's, making it hard to tell) and viewed the Xianzhou descending into chaos.
Reignbow tried to warn people about this ruinous future, but was deemed insane and ignored. In protest, they shot an arrow at the Ambrosial Arbor, a symbolic gesture that nevertheless earned the ire of the elite class, resulting in Reignbow's incarceration. Because of their status as a hero for winning the war against the Heliobi, Reignbow was sentenced to cryogenic stasis, rather than any other more severe punishment such as execution.
Later, the Xianzhou were besieged by a large army of Denizens of Abundance and faced total extinction. Seeing no other option, they released every prisoner, including Reignbow, as a desperate maneuver. Reignbow went into the Zhuming prison and struck a deal with the Flint Emperor, allowing it to possess their body in exchange for great power, a move that was also done by many other people with the other Heliobi prisoners.
The enhanced Reignbow and their followers rose up into the air, at which point they used their added power to fire an arrow that shattered the Ambrosial Arbor (from the Yaoqing to the Luofu). This released a massive amount of Imaginary energy that very quickly ended the fight - Muldrasil is to this day still recovering from the damage suffered from this.
Lan's body disappeared and they ascended to Aeonhood after this. Interestingly, poetic records suggest the Flint Emperor was also not found afterwards, implying that they may have ascended together, but historical records say that it was partially found. Which is true? Who can say.
Lan now spends most of their time running around the universe at faster than light speeds obliterating worlds populated by Denizens of Abundance and guiding the Xianzhou Alliance. They have become single-mindedly focused on the hunt, not caring about the cost or damage.
The name Lan derives from 岚, which is used to refer to the mist that comes out of mountains. Since the Xianzhou arkships are named after culturally significant mountains, it works. Interestingly, the same character (traditional, 嵐) in Japanese means "storm", which I think is appropriate as well, especially since the narrator of Myriad Celestia does a little pun with it.
To revert to mortality, eradicate the ambition of a deathless doom: We shall not rest.
The surviving Xianzhou ships banded together against the Abundance and also added new species to their ranks, creating the Xianzhou Alliance. The Xianzhou Alliance now traverses the universe hunting down Denizens of Abundance and interpreting Lan's commands.
The entire Xianzhou Alliance is under Lan's direct protection and endorsement and as a result enjoy access to their Path's power. Few other factions have this kind of privilege, making them one of the most powerful entities in the universe. Granted, it does not prevent them from suffering collateral damage from Lan's very explosive arrows.
Together, they share the mutual goal of destroying Yaoshi.
Lan also has regular worshippers in the form of the Galaxy Rangers, who don't hate Yaoshi, but admire Lan's Path. They go around the universe performing heroic deeds and fighting evil in the name of justice, having even assassinated a Lord Ravager. Unfortunately, they got in the bad side of one #64 Dr. Primitive, and began to "mysteriously" lose members and influence. Though there are some Galaxy Rangers still remaining in the universe, they've become a shell of their former selves.
No Emanators of the Hunt have been directly named by the game yet, although Lan does allow the Generals of each Xianzhou ship to borrow power in the form of Hunt constructs such as the Lightning Lord.
![img](50gr49qmng4b1 " If the truth of the universe is cruel and stale Would you still yearn for the answer? ")
The Erudition, known as the Wisdomwalker to the Xianzhou.
Nous was a computer and artificial intelligence probably created by Zandar "One" Kuwabara that ended up ascending to Aeonhood. It's pretty old, predating Lan's ascension, but we don't know by how much.
It was made to provide answers to the universe and continues working on that goal now. Its divine corpus probably exists in the Temple of Nous.
Nous or νοῦς is a Greek philosophical concept. While colloquially it is simple meant to refer to intellect or good sense, philosophically speaking, the universe possesses a 'mind' or awareness (not necessarily theological or supernatural, but rather as something equal to matter, merely a natural property of the world) which organizes it, creating order, and is present within living beings though unable to be interacted with. Nous is the higher awareness of human beings, a quality which animals do not possess but gives us a sense of perception distinct from that which we can see and experience, granting the ability to reason. It's a pretty good name.
The Chinese name 博识尊 just means "knowledgeable saint". I dunno if it has more significance than that.
\"Firstly, let us state a universal truth: The author is a super genius of the kind only born once every few millennia, even on the scale of the entire universe.\" -- Herta
In order to help with its goal of ultimately answering "the problem" presented by the Universe, Nous decided to assemble the greatest minds in the universe to discuss its solutions and questions.
To that end, people who display promise are given acknowledgment by Nous and made into a member of the Genius Society, a group of people who were directly blessed by the Erudition. The Genius Society members are ordered by their joining order, with the latest being #84 Stephen Lloyd. Being a member of the Genius Society holds no obligations or rituals whatsoever - members are free to do whatever they want, even in some cases, enact violence on one another or on the universe itself. In general, they tend towards seclusion and do not share their findings with the rest of society, but it depends on the member.
However, not all members of the Genius Society earn the complete approval of Nous. Only those who ascertain Nous' true intentions and ask the right questions are given the key to the Nous Temple. There, they must pass an intense series of intellectual trials, after which they gain access to... some place that no one has ever returned from. It transcends worldly wisdom.
#1 Zandar "One" Kuwabara and #83 Herta are Emanators of the Erudition. It's possible that all members of the Genius Society are Emanators, but this has not yet been confirmed.
Nous' other group of worshippers is the Intelligentsia Guild. This one doesn't earn Nous' direct attention, but is open to everyone and shares its findings publicly, serving as a network for mutual learning and discovery, which it believes is the key to achieving wisdom. To achieve this, they treat knowledge as a currency, 'trading' their findings and encouraging mutual competitiveness.
Generally, the Genius Society looks down upon it, but it's a well-established group with ties with most other groups including the IPC (which has helped make them fabulously wealthy), making it the one that's seen more favorably throughout the universe, especially since their willingness to actually publish their inventions and findings have led to more favorable conditions in the universe, such as the reverse-engineering of Synesthesia Beacons (first developed by #56 Elias Salas) which allows for mutual intelligibility between species.
Still, their pursuit for knowledge can be destructive, such as the Armed Archaeologists that have a habit of turning ruins into craters after extracting knowledge from them.
Join this great choir and feast, listen to the beating of billions upon billions of hearts, holding you in their embrace...
The Harmony. Xipe is an Aeon that somewhat uniquely consists of multiple different lifeforms from multiple worlds that appear to have ascended together, resulting in a plural being, not dissimilar from what (may) have happened with Lan and the Flint Emperor.
Their ultimate goal is to end all strife and brutality by uniting all lifeforms into one melody.
Also, when they ascended, they absorbed Ena the Order. Whoops.
Xipe's name is derived from the Aztec maize god Xipe Totec, which is famous for having a hobby of collecting and wearing flayed skin. The flayed skin actually represents the outer skin of the maize (corn), and Xipe Totec is something akin to a life-death-rebirth deity, the living god germinating like a seed out of the rotting skin within the twenty day month cycle. It's the most gruesome way of representing spring I could think of.
Why they chose this name (other than potential sinister implications) for the multi-headed god of harmony in their game is beyond me, especially since I didn't even mention that Xipe is attributed with the invention and patronage of warfare - rigged colosseum fights where an outnumbered and poorly armed opponent was fitted against experienced and fully geared warriors was one way of sacrificing to Xipe Totec. Sure, Xipe Totec was seen as a good deity and integral to the functioning of society, but that's most deities. Maybe it's because maize is really a collection of lots of tiny fruits in one ear? Who knows.
Also if you're thinking it's an etymology thing like Qlipoth, the name Xipe Totec means "Our Lord the Flayed One" so I'm not sure about that one. Hey, maybe the puzzle pieces are meant to be a very abstract representation of flayed skin? Creepy.
As you wonder what it is, you hear Renoir speaking in a muddled voice. \"Put it in.\" No... Is that Renoir's voice? You are sure you heard a NOISE...
The Family. Implied to be under some form of hivemind or mind control, the Family consists of a network of worlds and civilizations blessed by Xipe directly. They call out to other worlds and assimilate those that accept the call ostensibly voluntarily, but who knows how consensual the process is really. Otherwise, they mostly spend their time singing and being really happy all the time.
That's it for Part 1. Next Part we'll look at the other Aeons, for which I left out the majority because of the sheer size of the initial explanation.
2023.06.06 23:46 Brother_Tamas Fading at the end of a training cycle
I just finished up my first track season with my college club group, and I’m noticing a trend that I would like to not repeat going forwards. In my last 2 seasons, I have been improving and maintaining my fitness all the way until the last few weeks, where I seem to hit a wall. Suddenly, my legs feel heavy before every workout and I’m no longer hitting the times that I could previously, both in workouts and in races. I would love to get some advice as to how I can best avoid this. Details about my training below.
This season, I chose to prioritize the 800 meters. I took a 6 month break after my last high school track season because I was getting burnt out. November through mid January therefore consisted of slowly building easy miles. I built to about 25 miles per week, before taking a down week before I went back to campus. February and March also consisted of building mileage, but faster than before and adding in aerobic workouts 2-3 times a week. Workouts were mostly long reps at threshold pace. Peak mileage was 50 miles, which I held for 2 weeks. My training took a big shift around late March, where I decided to focus on the 800. I took a down week and dropped my mileage to an average of about 35, slightly lower than I intended. I also started much more targeted workouts twice a week. Primarily fast reps around 800m pace, such as 4x400 @ 800 pace with long rest, 8-10x400 at miles pace, 6x300 at faster than 800 pace. I did very little work at any pace slower than mile pace. Towards the very end, I also skipped a 1-2 long runs. I can’t really remember my reasoning for doing so, but it was probably due to fatigue. My last race was an 800 in early June, where I ran about 4 seconds slower than my previous race and my PR. Feel free to ask any further questions.
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2023.06.06 23:45 rodahe1622 Fast spreading Eczema/redness flare up. More Steroids? TSW?
I'm in my 30s, never had eczema until three years ago. Small patches on my elbow and shin, took lower potency topical steroids and went away on and off but kept it very minimal and to 1-2 weeks max. 2 years ago started getting bad eczema on my eyelids, and have taken Pimecrolimus cream 1% for a week or two and Protopic twice for a week or two, and it always eventually came back. 3 months ago my elbow flare up was getting worse and was prescribed Clobetasol 0.05% which i took for 1-2 weeks ago.
About a month ago, the flare from my inner elbows started spreading and becoming really red (not really broken skin) up and down my whole arms and inner thighs About 2 weeks ago the redness started spreading to my whole neck area and became red, dry and itchy. 3-4 days ago started seeing tons of small bumps all across my stomach and getting bigger by the day.
I had an appointment with my derm and she recommended 2-3 weeks (said in 1-2 week dose is not enough to calm it down and can come back) of Clobetasol 0.05% across my arms/stomach/legs and was worried that the surface area was big and also realized how strong Clobetasol is. She then prescribed Triamcinolon 0.1 % which i can use in most areas and use Clobetasol on the inner elbow where skin has thickened. And she said can use Protpoic whenever on the face and as maintenance on the body once the flare has gone down. Light therapy and dupixent would be next steps if steroids don’t work.
The main question is should I try these steroids to nip this big flare up however am really nervous about TSW. I've never used steroids for prolonged periods of time, maybe 3-4 weeks out of the whole year, but getting prescribed stronger steroids and having larger body-wide flare-ups worries me. Does it look like I am already experiencing TSW as to how fast and red my flare-up has gotten, or if it could possibly be fungal-related?
I have done a huge lifestyle change over few weeks. Diet-wise, no dairy, gluten, and sugar and eating as clean as possible. Started taking probiotics, vitamin d, omega-3 fish oil, zinc and collagen supplements. I did change my detergent to molly suds laundry detergent about 2 weeks ago (wondering if that is making it worse). Take only 2-3 mins lukewarm showers, gentle vanicream cleaners only. Taking Zyrtec twice a day, now trying Beyndrel as end up scratching so much at night and doing most damage there, even when wearing cotton gloves. A handful of different moisturizers from Aveno, Vanicream, La Roche posays and Cerve healing ointment as top layer. In terms of known trigger have a strong allergic reaction to dust mites (skin and blood test done 3 years back), and my allergies have been better the last two years and now Eczema is taking its place lol, and have a follow-up appointment with my allergiest this week.
At this point just don't know what else I can do. Let me know if you have any recommendations or things that I may be overlooking. Appreciate it!
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2023.06.06 23:44 InternetTraumatized An overview of the eschatology of some early saints
St. Justin Martyr
(Dialogue with Trypho, ch. 80-81) says that there will be a first resurrection of the righteous where they dwell in a rebuilt Jerusalem for 1,000 years (keep in mind that Jerusalem had recently been destroyed due to the failure of the Bar Kokhba revolt), based off Isaiah 44 and 65 ("There shall be the new heaven and the new earth, and the former shall not be remembered, or come into their heart; but they shall find joy and gladness in it, which things I create. For, Behold, I make Jerusalem a rejoicing, and My people a joy; and I shall rejoice over Jerusalem, and be glad over My people ... According to the days of the tree of life shall be the days of my people," understanding the days of the tree of life to refer to 1,000 years since Genesis 5-11 shows the years of mankind decreasing further and further away from the number 1,000 corresponding to life in Paradise) as well as Revelation 20:4-6,9 ("And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years ... They [the nations] went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city"). Justin, however, also points out that some Orthodox Christians believe in this and some don't, and it's a matter of opinion alone. He doesn't say what the alternative might be however. St. Irenaeus of Lyons
(Against Heresies 5, ch. 25-36) says that at the end an unlawful and evil king will come, Antichrist, the summary of all demonic apostasy in history, who will take his seat in a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem (Matthew 24:15-21, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).
Because the apostasy of Antichrist will recapitulate all apostasy, these events will also be the recapitulation of world history, and happen around the 6,000th year of creation; Genesis 1 must be understood as a prophecy, since one day is as a thousand years for the Lord (Psalm 90:4, 2 Peter 3:8). The first advent was halfway through the 6th day; the coming of Antichrist and the last great tribulation will be at the end of the 6th day as the culmination of everything that happened before. This is signified by the name of Antichrist, 666. 666 also signifies this by how, at the time of the apostasy leading to the flood, Noah was 600 years old (Genesis 7:6), and at the time of the persecution of God's people in Babylon, which itself was a prefiguration of the tribulation to come, King Nebuchadnezzar made an idolatrous status 60 cubits tall and 6 cubits wide (Daniel 3:1). This means Antichrist, and soon after him Christ, will come around the 6th century AD, following the chronology of the Septuagint.
The Roman Empire will begin to fall apart (Matthew 12:25) and be partitioned among ten kings, among whom the eighth will rise above the others, slaying three of the kings, to be the Antichrist and rule for 3.5 years during which he persecutes the Church as the Empire falls further apart (Daniel 2:33,41-43, 7:7-8,23-25, Revelation 17:3-18). It is this Antichrist of whom St. Paul speaks in 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12. He will come suddenly (1 Thessalonians 5:3) and will be a Hebrew from the tribe of Dan (Jeremiah 8:14-17) which is why this tribe is not given the promised inheritance (Revelation 7:4-8).
Because the existence of Antichrist will be permitted so as to recapitulate all apostasy and separate the righteous from the wicked as a great final exercise (Matthew 3:12, 13:24-30), God will confirm the wicked in their delusion (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12). Antichrist is the beast of the sea described in Revelation 13:1-10. His armor-bearer, the false prophet, is the beast of the earth described in Revelation 13:11-17.
He is the unjust judge the Lord speaks of in Luke 18:1-8, and the one who comes in his own name in John 5:43. The widow in Luke 18 is the unbelieving Jewish people, who will go to the Antichrist for help, and in response he will make a rebuilt Jerusalem his capital city and a rebuilt temple his house, during which time he will persecute the true temple which is the Church (Daniel 8:9-14,23-25). This is the last half-week of the prophecy of the 70 weeks (Daniel 9:27).
When the Lord comes to destroy him (Daniel 2:35,44, 7:9-14,21-22,26-27, 8:25), together with all the nations which will have become his servants (Isaiah 6:9-13, 13:6-22, 26:10-11), the saints will be resurrected. It must be so: we imitate our Lord (Luke 6:40) and therefore, just as He died, then rose from the dead, then ascended to the Father, we also must die, then rise from the dead, then ascend to the Father. It is at this first resurrection that the promise of the old covenant will be fulfilled (Genesis 13:14-15, 15:18-21, 27:28-29), it is the restoration promised by the prophets (Isaiah 26:19, 30:23-26, 58:13-14, Jeremiah 23:3-8, Ezekiel 28:25-26, 37:11-28), it is the kingdom and reward Christ speaks of (Matthew 19:29, 26:27, Luke 12:37-38, 14:12-13).
The saints will then rule in a beautified Jerusalem (Isaiah 54:11-12, Baruch 5) for 1,000 years (Isaiah 65:17-25, Revelation 20:4-9), the true Sabbath.
After this, heaven and earth will pass away (Matthew 24:35, 1 Corinthian 7:31, Revelation 20:11) as the remaining dead will rise and all will be judged (Revelation 20:10-15). Then a new heaven and earth will be established (Isaiah 65:17-18) and the Jerusalem from above, which the Jerusalem from below is patterned after (Exodus 25:40), will come down and the saints will live in it for eternity (Galatians 4:26, Revelation 21:1-6). St. Clement of Alexandria
does not indulge in eschatology, but he does indicate the alternate tradition that Justin may have been referring to. While Justin and Irenaeus interpret the Old Testament to not have been entirely fulfilled yet, Clement takes a different approach and sees the Old Testament as entirely fulfilled within the time frame of the New Testament. We see this when he discusses the prophecy of the 70 weeks. Whereas Irenaeus sees the last half-week as referring to the Antichrist, Clement sees it as referring to Vespasian, and sees the abomination of desolation not to be the Antichrist taking his seat in a rebuilt temple in the future, but as something that already took place under Vespasian. St. Hippolytus of Rome
considers that the Antichrist, a Hebrew from the tribe of Dan (Genesis 49:16-18, Deuteronomy 33:22, Jeremiah 8:14-17), will defeat in battle the kings of Egypt, Libya and Ethiopia (Daniel 11:43), in a battle over who should rule over the Empire, while the Ammonites and Moabites become his willful subjects (Isaiah 11:11-14, Daniel 11:41). As a result of his victory he will begin to think himself to be God, and will move on to assault Tyre and Sidon (Isaiah 23:4-5), and it is him whom Isaiah 14:3-21 and Ezekiel 28:1-19 refer to. Then he will try to convince the unbelieving Jews that he is the Messiah by gathering them again from the dispersion and re-establishing the kingdom of Israel, but only because he aims to be recognized and worshipped as God. That Israel according to the flesh will persecute the true Israel, the Church, and will request the Antichrist to do this for them, is what is meant by Deuteronomy 32:34-35, Isaiah 8:6-8, 18:1-2, Jeremiah 4:11-18, Micah 5:5, Luke 18:1-8 and Revelation 12.
The beast of the sea is the Roman Empire itself, while the beast of the earth is both the Antichrist and the false prophet (represented by the two horns). The mark on the hand refers to mandatory sacrifice to the Antichrist as to an idol if one wants to buy food, and the mark on the forehead refers to the false glory he grants upon those who submit themselves to him; the persecution Antiochus IV Epiphanes led against the people of God was a prefiguration of this (2 Maccabees 6:7-11).
The last week of Daniel is the whole rule of Antichrist, but during the first half-week Enoch and Elijah, who were translated into heaven and did not die (Genesis 5:24, 2 Kings 2:11), will return to prophesy, be martyred and be resurrected (Revelation 11:3-12). The second half-week is when Antichrist will take his seat in the temple and severely persecute the Church (Daniel 11:11-12, Matthew 24:15-21, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).
Then Jesus Christ will return and all will be resurrected and judged. St. Victorinus
gave a thorough commentary on Revelation:
6:1-2 (1st seal): Jesus Christ Who conquered by the Gospel and sent the Holy Spirit as an arrow.
6:3-4 (2nd seal): The wars and rumors of war (Matthew 24:6-7).
6:5-6 (3rd seal): The famines (Matthew 24:7).
6:7-8 (4th seal): The pestilences and earthquakes (Matthew 24:7).
6:9-11 (5th seal): The persecution of the faithful (Matthew 24:9-10).
6:10-7:17 (6th seal): The last great tribulation. The blackening of the sun, the fall of the stars, the untimely fall of the figs, the receding of the sky, the removal of the mountains and islands refer to the Christians being deeply troubled or even falling into apostasy because of this great final hardship. The angel from the east who seals 144,000 from the tribes of Israel is Elijah, whose preaching converts many of the unbelieving Jews (Malachi 4:5-6), thereby replenishing the Church. Then the seven archangels destroy the kingdom of Antichrist (Micah 5:5-6, Matthew 13:27-30, Mark 13:27) and all the saints are gathered with Christ forever.
8:1-6 (7th seal): The silence signifies the eternal rest and the narrative might end here, but John starts again from the beginning which is why it ends.
9:13-11:14 (6th trumpet): The four angels at the Euphrates, which also represent the four corners of the earth, are four nations which join the kingdom of Antichrist in due time. The mighty angel is Jesus Christ, His feet of fire are the apostles, the seven thunders He utters are the Holy Spirit, the utterances themselves are the Christian mystagogy of the Old Testament which the Christian prophets are given to interpret now that the apostles have finished their work. John eating the book and being told to prophesy again refers to him committing Revelation to memory and formally publishing it after his labor in exile in Patmos was finished. The temple to be measured is the Orthodox faith, the measuring reed like to a rod is Revelation, the rod proper is the Gospel of John which he is to write later. The courtyard is unnecessary and is therefore not measured but is given over to be trampled by the Gentiles, that is, the heretics Valentinian and such are to be counted outside the Church. The trampling of the holy city for 3 years and a half refers to the rule of Antichrist, and likewise the two prophets will prophesy for 3 years and a half. The two prophets are Elijah who did not die (2 Kings 2:11) and Jeremiah who was to prophesy to the nations (Jeremiah 1:5-10), although some think it is rather Moses. They are the two olive trees of Zechariah 4:11-14, who stand beside the Lord of the earth, that is, either that they are kept in Paradise, or that they will stand before Antichrist. The beast from the pit is Antichrist. The two prophets are killed in Jerusalem, rise after three days and a half and ascend to heaven.
11:15-15:8 (7th trumpet): The heavenly temple, that is, Jesus, is made manifest, and the ark is the gift of the Gospel. The woman with child is Israel, the Church, the people of God. The dragon is Satan who seeks to persecute her and who brought down either 1/3rd of angels or 1/3rd of men with himself, and whose seven heads are the last seven Roman Emperors, as well as the ten horns. The child is Jesus Christ Who became incarnate, conquered, and ascended to heaven. The two wings by which the woman flees the dragon are the two prophets, and this refers to when the Church in Judea, closest to Antichrist's headquarters, will have to flee someplace safe (Matthew 24:15-28). The waters spewed forth by the dragon are the people willing to persecute the Church; the earth swallowing up the woman to protect her refers to the Lord saving the Christians from their tormentors, however it is not known whether this refers to a future event or to what has already happened historically. The battle between Michael and the dragon and the latter's fall from heaven is what triggers the rule of Antichrist; narratively it is before the Church is carried by the two prophets, but it must actually happen after since the prophets ministered in the 3.5 years before Antichrist's tyranny. The beast from the sea is the kingdom of Antichrist. The beast from the earth is the false prophet, who will establish his rule in Jerusalem (Daniel 11:45, Matthew 24:15). The two angels who command the final harvest are the two prophets. Now again, the narrative restarts from a third perspective: that of the unbelievers, upon whom the whole fury of God will fall.
16:17-19:21 (7th bowl): The woman on the beast is an image of Satan. What is called Babylon here and in Isaiah (13-14, 21, 47-48) and Sodom in Ezekiel (16) refers to Rome. The 5 kings who are already fallen are Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Vespasian and Titus. The king who currently is is Domitian. The king who is to come for a short time is Nerva. The 8th king is the one from whom the 7 proceed, that is, Nero in resurrected form, who will rule with 10 kings and will not be recognized but will rather appear to the unbelieving Jews to be the Christ (Daniel 11:29-37). Then Christ will return with His angelic hosts to bring forth judgment.
20 (The millennium): The binding of Satan happens at the first coming of Christ. The 1,000 years are symbolic (Psalm 105:8). The abyss is the hearts of unbelievers. He is sealed so that it is not right now self-evident who is the servant of God and who is the servant of Satan. But at the end of the millennium he is released for a short while, referring to the 3.5 years during which Antichrist will persecute the Church. The first resurrection is the resurrection of faith (Colossians 3:1). The number 1,000 is 10x100: the one who keeps the Decalogue and the perfection of purity is one who reigns with Christ and for whom Satan is bound, but he remains loosed for those who do not do this, and him being loosed anyway after the millennium refers to how many will apostatize due to being tempted by him.
Then the general resurrection occurs, the final judgment, and the heavenly Jerusalem (which is very symbolic) comes down. St. John Chrysostom
shows more fully the tradition that Clement earlier hinted at. The apostles ask when the end comes and when the temple will be destroyed; Matthew 24:4-14 answers the first question by giving a recapitulation of all that Christians will have to endure, and Matthew 24:15-22 answers the second question; the abomination of desolation refers to the armies of Vespasian surrounding Jerusalem. Matthew 24:23-28 is when Jesus warns about Antichrist, not as the abomination of desolation as Irenaeus and Hippolytus interpreted it, but as the false prophet and false Christ. Then of course Matthew 24:29-31 is about the second coming and the last judgment.
In his interpretation of 2 Thessalonians, John gives us more context. The restrainer mentioned by Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7 is the Roman Empire, which restrains the Antichrist because it is when the Empire falls apart that Antichrist will use the power vacuum to take his place as ruler. The mystery of lawlessness already at work is Nero, who is a prefiguration of Antichrist. God will permit the appearance of Antichrist so as to confirm the wicked in their wickedness; they will claim to believe in him because of the signs he works, but in truth it will be because of the privileges he grants them and the unlawfulness he permits, as when Christ worked signs He was not believed (John 5:43). When Antichrist appears, he will abolish every idolatrous religion, but so as to be worshipped alone (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4). He will sit in the temple of God; which does not
refer specifically to the temple in Jerusalem, as in Irenaeus and Hyppolitus, but rather to the Christian Church, so that it is the churches that will be led to worship him as God.
But Elijah will return (Matthew 17:11), being to Christ's second coming what John the Baptist was to His first, then Jesus returns and all are resurrected and judged. St. Jerome
(Commentary on Daniel) says that it should be understood that the events that happened surrounding Antiochus IV Epiphanes are a prefiguration of what will happen surrounding Antichrist (Daniel 8:14).
At a time when the love of many will have grown cold (Luke 18:8), when the Roman Empire collapses, 10 kings will rule over its previous territories. Antichrist will rise from a small nation, which is the Hebrew people, and he will be seen as insignificant at first but will gain power through political intrigue, until he conquers Rome and becomes the first, and last, Jew to rule over the civilized world (Daniel 11:24). He will come from Babylon and first defeat the king of Egypt but will then be frightened by the resistance of Rome against him (Daniel 11:25-30), and will rather defeat the kings of Libya and Ethiopia then conquer Israel, but he will not conquer Edom, Moab and Ammon (Arabia), the deserts where the Christians will flee to (Daniel 11:40-41). He will be received by the Jews as the Christ, and he will put on the pretense of holiness and chastity although he will be a blasphemer (Daniel 11:37-39). As a result of his military victories, the remaining 7 kings will submit to him (Daniel 7:8). For 3.5 years he will rule over the whole world, he will sit in the temple in Jerusalem and claim to be God (Daniel 11:31), and he will persecute the Christians (Daniel 11:33), forbidding the true worship and desecrating the temple in Jerusalem (Daniel 12:11), that the Jews may also be tested, whether they choose Christ or Antichrist. The Christians will resist him for a little but many will die (Daniel 11:34).
However, he will make war against the north and the east and pitch his tent in Apedno near Nicopolis, formerly known as Emmaus, in Judea, then will go to the summit of the Mount of Olives, where the Lord will destroy him (Daniel 11:42-45, Isaiah 25:6-8). Then the resurrection and the final judgment will come, without a millennial kingdom since the saints are evidently not to inherit an earthly kingdom but a spiritual one (Daniel 7:18-19).
Concerning the 70 weeks of Daniel, Jerome suggests various interpretations he considers to be valid, some which make the final week to be about Antichrist and some that don't.
Some believe that the Antichrist has already come in the person of Emperor Nero (Daniel 11:30). St. Augustine of Hippo
(City of God 20) says that the first resurrection (Revelation 20:5-6) is the one referred to in John 5:22-26: it is not the resurrection of the body, but of the soul, as indeed the soul has a kind of death and a kind of resurrection from the dead (Matthew 8:22, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15). It is the resurrection of mercy, as opposed to the second resurrection, the resurrection of judgment (John 5:28-29). There is also the equally Orthodox opinion that the first resurrection is a future one, followed by a thousand-year sabbatical kingdom, as taught by Irenaeus, but it is only Orthodox if one believes that this kingdom is spiritual and not the kind of carnal, passionate kingdom expected by the Chiliasts. But if the first resurrection is the one we already participate in as Christians, then the thousand years can be a manner of speech since the time of the Church is happening during the latter half of the sixth millennium, so that it is called a millennium to recapitulate the actual final thousand years it takes place in (in which case the second resurrection is very soon from his perspective; keep in mind that the beginning of the sixth millennium would be around the year 500 AD and Augustine died in 430), or the millennium is far more symbolic, referring to all of world history (Psalm 105:8). At the end of the millennium Gog and Magog will launch a final great assault against the Church for 3.5 years. This does not refer to any one earthly nation but rather to the unbelieving world, which will oppress the Church wherever it is.
Antichrist will sit in the temple of God, but there are different opinions as to whether this refers to a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem or to the Church. Until then, what is keeping him from appearing is also not universally agreed upon: some believe it is the Roman Empire, and that the mystery of lawlessness already at work is Nero, who either will be resurrected or perhaps has not actually died. Some believe that what is keeping Antichrist from appearing and what is the mystery of lawlessness is the number of wicked men in the Church, who, when they are sufficiently plentiful, will create a favorable environment for Antichrist, and that 1 John 2:18-19 refers to the same thing.
It is the common tradition that Antichrist will come among ten kings ruling the Empire among themselves, but it is dangerous to put too much trust into this, as the ten kings could instead be symbolic of all the kings prior to Antichrist.
Antichrist will persecute the Church for 3.5 years.
Soon before the end comes, Elijah will return and convert the Jews to Christianity (Malachi 4:5-6).
What has become the general
tradition in Eastern Orthodoxy, such as what is found liturgically or commonly? I'd say:
- The first resurrection is Christ's resurrection, which we share in through baptism.
- The millennium refers to the era of the Church.
- The Old Testament was completely fulfilled by the end of the 1st century AD. We are not looking forward to a future earthly kingdom (even of a spiritual nature) before the eternal Kingdom of God; the kingdom in question, such as what is prophesied by Ezekiel in the last few chapters, is the Church, and as Christians we already judge and possess all things.
- The book of Daniel was mostly fulfilled in 1, 2 and 3 Maccabees. Even things referring to the resurrection of the dead in the Old Testament find their fulfillment in the resurrection of Christ primarily.
- The four kingdoms in Daniel are the Babylonians, Medo-Persians, Greeks and Romans; or the Babylonians, Medes, Persians and Greco-Romans as expressed in the Syriac tradition. But in any case the Kingdom of God was established, and the Roman Empire was destroyed, when the rock sewn without hands crushed it, that is, when Christ was born of the Virgin. Through His Church He has conquered Rome since, and in fact nearly all nations by now.
- There will be an Antichrist, who will unite the world religions and try to eliminate the Church. It will be a short-lived but intense final tribulation we will go through before the resurrection, final judgment and universal establishment of the Kingdom of God. Enoch and Elijah will return to preach. We do not know when this will happen, nor what form the kingdom of Antichrist will take...
- ... and that's okay. We're not very much concerned with what the end times will look like. We have been in the end times since Christ became the firstborn of the dead and sent His Holy Spirit upon us. I'm far more likely to meet Christ when I die, whenever that is, than when Antichrist comes. The apostle Paul gave one key method to be ready for Antichrist anyway: to hold onto the tradition that he transmitted (2 Thessalonians 2:15), which is in 1 Thessalonians 4. Practice Orthodoxy and everything will turn out alright.
- The millenarism of some saints like Irenaeus is not accepted, in part because it became a defining feature of some heresies (like the Modalists who believed that at the return of Jesus there would be a millennial kingdom, then the illusion of the person of the Son would vanish and there would remain the only true person of the Father), and in part because, well, time proved it wrong—they expected the return of Christ to happen about 500 years after Christ, yet here we are.
- There is no doctrine of the Rapture. This is strictly a recent Protestant innovation. All instances I can find of the saints interpreting the relevant passages (like Luke 17:22:36 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17) understand them to be about the righteous going up to welcome the returning Lord when He comes, and nothing else.
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2023.06.06 23:41 snippythehorses MVIS looks to present an attractive short opportunity
Looking at MVIS, there has been alot of internet hype about the stock. It's tough to nail down exactly why it is rallying, but I suspect its purely due to short squeeze mechanics. The shares available on iborrowdesk have shrunk to as little as 59 shares available and the fee has jumped to 59%. Considering how heavily shorted this is and how short sellers have learned how to better control these situations after GME and other meme stock run ups, the smart money is saying its going back to where it came from.
I can remember playing BBBY back in August and similar mechanics were at play. MVIS has run up from about 1.82 low to now to a high of 7.27 or almost a 4 fold run up. BBBY ran from about 5 bucks to 30 for a 6 fold run up which really only stopped because Cohen sold his stake. So there may be more gas in the tank.
MVIS also had a similar run from about $1.80 to $7 back in 2020 leading into 2021. From there it was able to achieve a price of 24 and several months later 28. However this go around, there is no stimulus money available to the public or easy loans for people to take out and yolo on the stock. Considering the liquidity necessary to carry the squeeze on is not there and retail primarily only buys options, I'd say MVIS is primed for a nice run back down to about 5.30 (where it came from today) into the end of this week.
After this downturn which is likely to be a daily grind down, it may be a good time to look at going long again until you see another blow off top on very big volume.
Going long again due to another hype cycle via an event they are participating in June: MVIS ADAS & Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo in Stuttgart on June 13-15. Will showcase MAVIN and MOVIA lidar sensor product line. Visitors can also catch MOSAIK Suite.
I like the idea of everyone in over $4 being wipped out and that probably presents a good long price point. It posted 30M today in volume which is almost up there in terms of 12 month volume highs. The company posted earnings on the 9th losing $19 million in the 1st quarter and made only 782k in revenue. 2022 saw only about 600k in revenue compared to just 2017 with 17.61 Million in revenue (pretty sharp decline).
So MVIS is either going into the ground tomorrow and friday. Or it resists going lower and powers into June 13-15. The news whatever it is on June 13-15 will be no different of an effect than how AAPL just had a nice decline into their event. Plan accordingly
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2023.06.06 23:39 RyanLJ14 Six Month Bumbleversary Over the Weekend
Started using the app (among others) in 2021 just as I was finally accepting my first and only LTR was done. As a dating app practice: I look through an entire profile and really only consider those with pictureS, prompts with detailed or engaging answers, and seeking more than casual- all of which were present on MY profile too. My opening message is always a question based on something they shared.
There were interesting matches here and there, expired matches, extended and re-expired matches, a few interactions shared here, but the majority hardly went past conversation that fizzled by the end of the week. One Bumble match went past 3 dates, started to get physical (only as far as second base), then got told they had some things to work on and offered "we can be friends," which wasn't what I was looking for. Even though it had been slow going and fast ending, I'd always get a little surprised when I swiped right and saw "it's a match." It's been an experience learning and refining what I'm looking for in communication, companionship, and courtship- things I had been giving, wanting, and asking for in my LTR, but told wasn't possible (not impossible, but not interested in providing).
In the midst of this I had someone I was hoping would rescue me from the apps completely, and again got a list of reasons why it wasn't possible that ultimately boiled down to not being interested in committing to a relationship with me with the level of the 3 C's I was asking for (and was prepared to reciprocate). For what seemed like the thousandth time I heard "I hope you find what you're looking for" in addition to "you deserve all that and more," but this time I only had one retort:
"He's on his way."
It was certain in a way I hadn't been before. It was reassuring. It felt strange, but right. It felt like I was passing on a message from someone else to us both. It felt like everything shifted with those words.
12/4/22 I Bumble upon this profile. He stands out in ways that are instantly intriguing and attractive. I swipe right.
"It's a match"
I send my opening question, bracing a bit for the possibility that the match will expire
12/5/22 His first message back- a greeting, answers with lively words and volleys the conversation back to me.
We continue chatting through the month- making first date plans. Questions are back and forth. Somewhere within the holidays the app decides to send our messages whenever it wants to. I can sense something's off, but not with him. He's been consistent. I learn later he's also fending off a cold that he hasn't told me about so the first date is still pending as we hit New Year's. I'm shocked and happy the conversation is still going. I tell him to send his number. We abandon the app.
Since then there hasn't been a single day we haven't talked. Our first date was a movie. He invites me to karaoke that night (something I've been wanting to get into- he does not know this when he asks). I meet his friends. This is one of their regular activities. It's a blast. We're impressed by each other. It ends with a hug and "text me when you get home." There is now a duet song list being drafted.
On the second date I ask a little more about his dating style- if he goes for multiple matches or one person at a time. He half smiles/half blushes as he confirms he focuses on one match at a time and that his experiences with Bumble matches have been brief and not great. Apparently a match's actual boyfriend showed up one time. My profile showed up just as he was considering deleting the app. He rests a hand on my knee every once in a while. We hug and have our first set of kisses when we leave for the night. He squeezes my hand before he heads for his car.
By the next karaoke date he's introducing me to other friends with "This is my girl." Unprompted, smiling, his arm around me. I introduce him to my girlfriends. Karaoke invites are extended to them. I ask what he's doing for Valentine's Day...if it's just another day... like it has been before- even in a relationship
"I'm getting you something😋" "I know this is important to you"
We plan to cook dinner at his place. We get gifts. I end up at his place the weekend before and in a soft panic he stops me at the front door and tells me to wait because "your gift got here and I unboxed it and need to move it." For the first time in years I have a Valentine who's all in. He gifts me with chocolate and a giant teddy bear so I can feel like he's with me- knowing I love stuffed animals and that I sleep better when I'm not alone. He tells me how he panicked when it was delivered vacuum sealed in a small box and thought he'd misread the dimensions when he placed the order. I gift him his favorite candy and a matcha tea set- he's into tea and recently gotten into matcha, and I drink it most mornings. Our night ends up unexpectedly crashed by what we later learned was norovirus- we thought we'd botched dinner.
From here it's dates, hugs, kisses, handholding, cuddling. I'm not a great sleeper but I find myself falling asleep in his arms. We laugh and have inside jokes. He remembers the little things. He asks about things. He's telling strangers in the middle of my karaoke song "that's my girlfriend." He's showing his co-workers my picture and adores the picture he took of me with my Valentine's teddy bear. He walks me to my car with a hand on my back or hand in hand. I'm smitten. I'm joking with people that he's not from Earth.
Communication, companionship, courtship
He tells my girlfriends as they grill him about his goals and intentions (which I warned him about and unsuccessfully tried to stop) that there wouldn't have been a second date if he didn't feel like this had the potential to be a long term relationship. He wins them over. I'm beaming even though he's said most of this to me before.
He keeps saying "My Girlfriend." It's certain. It's strange, but feels right.
The last time I was a girlfriend, I decided that's what I was because we said I Love You. I wasn't asked. This time, HE'S decided. But I worry. Because I wasn't asked.
I should be asked, right? What does it mean if he tells everybody but hasn't asked me about it? ("is it lovebombing?" "Is he rushing things?" "Some other red flag?" "Am I overthinking?" "I'm always overthinking." "I like him and I like being with him and I'd like to be his girlfriend. I'd like it if he asked me and I'd really like to know what it's like to hear that for the first time from a man.")
I bring it up- it's not our first deep or serious conversation. It's March and it's amazing this has continued to blossom. I appreciate that he's been direct with where he's at. I hadn't yet taken to calling him my boyfriend out loud. It felt like something we should confirm together. I told him what I needed. He asked. It's official for me, he's just solidifying what it's already been for him.
He's been present. He's been a safe space. He wants to be a boyfriend. Time has flown and I'm grateful and happy to know him. I look over the things I've written about my ideal partner and the ideal partner I want to be... those words are real. Those qualities and actions are more than possible. I've never felt like I've asked him for too much. It's crazy that he came via Bumble, but I'm so glad he's here.
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2023.06.06 23:39 EquityNinja4444 Banking/Consulting Recruiting!
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2023.06.06 23:38 Godguides Situational Build Tips
Hello there! I hope you are fine and dandy today!
I'm trying to get my itemization down to a T so I can focus on other things. At the moment I want tips on Situational Builds.
I'm a Fiora main so keep that in mind when answering but this applies to all champions so if you're looking for tips yourself keep that in mind. And keep in mind that most of the time (especially for the team comp specific), these items will be the 4th or 5th item.
The most important question I want to ask is when to build them. For example, if I play Teemo baron lane (as Fiora) I'll build Maw of Malmortius. But I'll build it FIRST item. Is this a good idea? My thought process is that I need to get the most out of the item. If I build it second likely landing phase is almost over anyway and its usefulness falls. For me even if I get the magic resist AND still get 40 AD so it is totally worth it first item. But should I be doing that?
Specific to laning into them not just team comp (remember I'm Fiora main):
- AP matchups: As an AD fighter in Fiora I build Maw into those types of matchups. Could I do something better?
- Healing Matchups: Matchups like Wukong. I build Executioners Calling and then build Mortal Reminder LAST ITEM (because it's kinda a waste before that). (And again I ask should I build Executioners first or not?) Or should I be building Bramble Vest? I've heard Fiora does better when you stack AD.
- Shield Champions: This is kinda specific to Sett. I build Serpents Fang first item. Is this a waste?
Specific to team comp not just the laning phase (remember I'm Fiora main):
- AP team comps: Do I build Maw as the third or fourth item or do I just go Spirit Visage (or is the new Amaranth Twinguard the best idea because it spreads evenly with both AD and AP?)
- AD team comps: When is it worth it to build Thornmail if ever? Should I just go with Steraks (i usually go with Steraks)?
- Fed ADC: I never know what to build here. I usually just build normally because I don't know which item will stop them from shredding me.
- ADC Support Wombo Combo combined 18-4-20 KDA: Yummi-Kai Sa this patch anyone? (I probably split push here but for other champions (and for the games when I'm the only hope) what do you recommend? This is probably the same as the last question but I always wonder how the support plays into the itemization picture in this case.
- Tank team comp: Fiora shreds tanks but what do I build vs them? (meaning 2-3 tanks on the team)
- Assassin team comp: Fiora is really squishy so what do I build? (Even when talking about other champions here. If you're squishy what do you build?)
- That one Challenger Smurf Darius/Renkton/Riven/Camille...: The champion that is hard carrying the game but isn't a glass cannon ADC.
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ANSWER EVERY QUESTION (it'd be great if you did tho lol)
I recommend organizing your comment like I've done this post so it's easier to read but I value any advice and will plow through that one-paragraph 3,000 word info dump if I have to ;)
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2023.06.06 23:38 abdarken SpotifyMate: Your Ultimate tool to Downloading Spotify to MP3
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2023.06.06 23:35 olipoly123_ My (19f) boyfriend (19m) (been together a year and a half) got a kitten and hasn’t done any of his own research and solely relies on me and I’m not sure how to tell him he should research on his own
My (19f) boyfriend (19m) recently got a kitten, and I’m so happy for him and I’m glad he has a new little buddy, I have a cat as well who just hit a year a couple of weeks ago. I want to start off by saying I don’t mind helping my boyfriend out at all, I understand having a kitten isn’t easy and I’m happy to help, but I feel like he should do his own research as well but I don’t want to come off like an asshole. He asks me how much he should feed him, what food brands to get, medical questions, how to train, I don’t mind answering things like that and I’m happy to share how I trained my cat but he asked me to make a list for him of the things he needs, I would rather him have made his own list, and I’d look over and see if maybe he’s missing something but thats not a big deal, what bothers me is I made this list, I made it off of the top of my head but I forgot some things because it’s difficult to remember every single thing a kitten may need right of the bat. He got annoyed at me for forgetting some things on the list and he had to go back to the store, or he’ll seem annoyed when I don’t know the answer to some of his questions. Before I got my kitten I did research for around 3 months, and over time started buying toys and litter little by little, I didn’t get everything at once. I feel like he should be doing the same, (not the buying things over time because he already has the cat but doing his own research). He also has a different breed of cat than I do and I feel like he should do a good chunk of the research, I don’t mind helping out but I don’t want to be his only source of information because 1. I don’t know every single thing, I know a good amount about the specific needs for my cat 2. If I give him the wrong advice it’s going to be on me and I’m going to be the one he gets annoyed at. I don’t really know how to word this to him because I know he will be offended about it but I feel like it’s his responsibility to research how to care for his cat. I don’t mind helping him out and sharing things that I know that he may not, but I don’t like that it’s all on me to teach him how to care for his cat. Any advice on how to tell him? And am I being unreasonable?
Tdlr: my boyfriend got a new kitten, I have a cat as well, I don’t mind helping him with the care and explaining things to him and I’m very happy for him but he hasn’t done any research on his own, he gets a little annoyed if I don’t know the answer to his questions, asked me to make a list of everything the cat will need, I forgot a couple of things and he got annoyed about it when he had to go back to the store. I want to be there for him and help him out but I don’t want all the responsibility of showing him how to take care of his kitten because I don’t know everything and I don’t want to be blamed if I give the wrong advice. He might be hurt or get upset by me telling him this but I don’t know how to word it? Any advice is appreciated
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2023.06.06 23:30 Kindly_Shift_1122 Should I go NC with my mom after all she did?
I´ve been thinking about posting this for a while now. Throwaway account for reasons you will come to understand quite clearly. It’s gonna be a long one so pls bear with me, this is the story (history) of one of the most painful parts of my life and I could really use some help. I’ve been thinking on going no contact with my mother (60) who I will refer to as M., for a really long time now. The communication with M. has been really seldom for maybe 8 years now and I haven’t confided in her with any problems or advice in over 15y. A little back story: I (35 F) grew up in a medium class family, private schools and university, etc. I mention this because I believe its one of the reasons making me feel guilty, as if granting food, clothes, a home and education had created “debt” I will always carry with my parents, mainly because my mother constantly made my sister and I aware of that. Dad worked long hours but he was my rock through my childhood and adolescence. He passed away, did it himself a couple years ago, but that’s a story for another post. So since I can remember my mother made me responsible of caring for my sister who is 5 years younger than me. The fact that my sister has a psychiatric condition made it a little harder i believe, thou she’s not disabled or anything (she’s one of my best friends now) it was extremely challenging to be around and/or control her as a kid/ teenager. Every time my sister would make her nervous she would call me and shout and demanded I come back or handle the situation being a kid myself.
She never made me feel accepted, understood or welcomed being myself. She just showed affection the way she likes to give/receive it, not caring that I never felt comfortable with it. She would shout she hatted me, that im stupid, that she never expected a daughter like me. All this in the “heat of the moment” while she was angry. She also physically abused us (hitting us with her hands mainly). She stopped this one day that I stood up and took her wrists in my hands, preventing her punches (I was finally taller and stronger than her). That night she was angry ‘cause I wasn’t talking and my face made her nervous while dinner. she through me out and I went to my dads. I was 13 y/o.
So, to more recent events: the ones that really took me to a breaking point where two: 1, My dad was in a ver bad car crash (they were divorced since 3 years by then and we had had a fallen out, he was depressive and an alcoholic his entire life but I still loved him with all my life), this was in 2015. I was living in this other city and my dad was in the ICU so I called her and told her I was gonna come to see him and that a coworker whom I was dating (not officially) at the time offered to take me there (4hs car ride). So she proceeded to shout during more than 2hrs over the phone, the most horrible things I ever heard in my life. Stating I was not welcomed in her house with my coworker cause he was my 3rd “boyfriend” “already “and that she didn’t see the point on me risking my life in the highway for a man who didn’t even care if I was dead or alive ‘cause he refused to talk to me, that man being my dad. All of the time I was bawling my eyes out. You know when you cry so hard you have trouble breathing? 2, about two years later my dad ended himself and since they were divorced my sister and I were the solely responsible for everything. I mean I even payed for the funeral and arrange it while being in another country (holidays) while looking for ways to get back. As I mentioned before, my dad was wealthy (yes, that does not save you from being miserable) so after some months I made up my mind to sell all his properties and means of income. But I needed my sister’s approval on everything. So M. Decided to do an “intervention” on me with my sister present (who just kept staring at the floor) and shouted, on Christmas Day btw, that I was being irresponsible, a little brat who had no idea about life and that I had always been pedantic and ungrateful. Just bc she was not ok with me selling his things. I have many more things to share, but I don’t wanna make this endless for you.
M. Loves to pick fights, argue and she goes completely crazy and violent if you so much as disagree. She hates her own mom (my only grandma whom I love) and would constantly monitor me if I was visiting her. She has complete disregard of one’s feelings or opinions. I have asked her to go to a psychologist countless times, each time receiving either screams or disregards as answer. I’ve been in therapy for over a decade now and my sister for more than 3 years.
Truth is the only reasons I haven’t follow through with NC are plain guilt and the fact that I come from a country where going NC is almost none existent. Family is never questioned. So this would be completely “unexpected”. Going low contact she can disguise, but NC no.
I am certain with the years she has come to acknowledge the distance my sister and I have taken from her, but she lives in a fantasy-like alternate reality where we all love and miss each others. My sister was always her golden child, so she didn’t really care about me distancing until sister did, to be honest. But now she’s old and alone and she’s not doing well (mentally, physically she’s excellent). And all I can think of is, why do I still pick up the phone when she calls? It’s not out of love to be completely honest, it’s guilt. Guilt bc she believed she made her best, guilt bc she’s not a sane person and guilt bc if I cut contact, I’m afraid she will not really understand the motives.
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2023.06.06 23:29 EnCamp A hilarious developer diary penned by Greg Fulton, lead designer for HoMMIII, detailing NWO's final sprint to get the game published in working order at the deadline
Two weeks ago, I spoke on the phone with Tom Ono, the manual writer for Heroes of Might and Magic III. As usual, Tom asked how things were going. I said things were good... then proceeded to whine and complain for the next five minutes (much to Tom's amusement). 12/05/98
When the conversation concluded, Tom said, "Don't complain too much. Some people would give their eyeteeth to be in the game industry." I responded, "Who are these people and why haven't they been beaten for their own good?"
My name is Gregory Fulton, game designer for Heroes of Might and Magic III (developed by New World Computing, published by 3DO). You may call me Greg. Like most game designers, I'm sure you'll find me a bitter and cynical man, aged beyond my years, full of sarcasm, and inexplicably drawn to the horrors of game production like a lobotomized moth to the "pretty" flame.
As I guide you through your weekly tour of my memories, I promise the recollected images will be truthful and sincere but written with a smirk and a wink.
Undoubtedly, we will interact with the following animals: artists, level builders, managers, producers, programmers, testers, and monkeys. To help ensure your safety, I request you fasten your seat belts, keep your hands to your sides at all times, and be sure to not make any quick and sudden movements. Remember... we will be passing through the game production process.
It's Saturday. I'm at work with three other members of the Heroes3 team. I'll be in again tomorrow.
Smells like "crunch time."
Everyone in the game industry knows the term "crunch time." Those not in the industry may ask, "What is crunch time?" Long hours: 10-18 each day. We're starting our fourth crunch month. We have at least one more after this.
Bad take-out food: Mexican and Chinese food are New World's favorites. Today we had Taco Bell and Domino's pizza as part of NWC's "work for food" program.
Social Life: To work in the game industry you must already have some form of social retardation. When crunch mode begins, you may only speak in code to coworkers. Immediate family and friends may be seen on brief occasions so they don't file a missing-persons report. I'm one of the lucky ones; I don't remember having any friends or family.
Hygiene: Haircuts and showers become optional in favor of more sleep time. For me, showers are a must, but my hair is sprouting wings and a tail. Pretty soon I'll look like the lead singer from Flock of Seagulls.
Stress: Anger and frustration are frequent companions. If bridges are burned, this is usually the time. Earlier this week morale was low. In a fit of anger concerning team interactions, I was heard shouting, "I feel like a kindergarten teacher. Can't everyone just keep their hands to themselves and play nice!"
Murphy's law: Any potential hazard will be encountered. I'm writing this diary from the NWC conference room. My computer refuses to function for more than five minutes without seizing up. 12/06/98
This weekend I'm taking care of my PR duties (hence this diary). Not the most exciting stuff, so I'll relate a short story from earlier this week.
David Mullich (producer), Mark Caldwell (NWC vice president and programmer), Jon Van Caneghem (NWC president, creator of all things Might and Magic, and company design visionary), and I found ourselves crowded into the sweltering office of Scott White.
Scott did all the town screens in Heroes III except the Rampart, Necropolis, and Fortress. Since he finished his 3D duties, he's turned his skills to the game's interface. Believe it or not, we were in Scott's office arguing about color: interface colors and player colors.
After much arguing about the interface colors, we decided to leave it virtually untouched. Player colors were a different subject.
Originally, we used light blue, dark blue, red, green, purple, brown, black, and white. These colors needed to change. Light blue looked like the blue used in the main menu. Brown clashed with the brown used in the general game interface. Game text disappeared against white. Black and green disappeared with the terrain colors shown on the game mini-map.
OK. We agreed some of the colors needed to change. After this, the agreements stopped. I don't know what is more ridiculous... arguing over what colors to use or the twisted logic behind the arguments. Red, blue, and dark green were safe choices. We still needed five other colors. The conversation went something like this....
"I don't want yellow. Yellow is the urine color."
"What about brown?"
"I don't like brown."
"Brown is the s**t color."
"What about pink?"
"Pink is a sissy color."
"We won't call it pink. We'll call it 'rose'."
"The rose player?"
"I don't know. If I saw a pink hero, I'd turn and run away. You know any hero secure enough to use pink as his color is bad ass."
"What about magenta?"
"What about cobalt? What about cadmium?"
"Have we accounted for all the fecal colors?"
"What about orange?"
"Phelan (our art lead) doesn't like orange. It looks bad."
"So. I don't think it looks bad."
"Fine. You tell her you want orange."
"She'll kick your ass."
"Oh. Fine. We won't use orange."
So it went. Fifteen minutes later everyone agreed to disagree, and Jon was made the final judge. Here are the final colors: red, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple, aqua, and rose (pink). 12/07/98
Today we stopped all map production. From here until we ship, I join the mapmakers and testers in playing maps and writing bugs... or so I thought.
Today, I had dropped into my lap the assignment of converting the 144-plus pages of the game manual into a help file. Anyone who has written a help file knows how huge this task can be. I could probably finish it in a day, but it requires no one bothering me for an extended period of time. Ha!
At this late stage of the production cycle, my entire day is spent meeting with people, making sure people are doing their work, and confirming that what is being done is correct. I don't have time for work. I've made the ugly evolution from game designer to middle manager.
It wasn't like this at the beginning of the project. At the beginning of the project the game designer is the screaming prophet, lost and alone in the desert (or the design process if you prefer).
In the middle of the production process the prophet is being screamed at by all his fellow coworkers who are wondering what to do because the design doc is behind schedule.
At the end of the project, everyone's a screaming prophet, and everyone is screaming at everyone else.
Sometime in the middle of all this screaming I've got to write this help file. Maybe I could give the assignment to Christian Vanover (H3 assistant director). Isn't it the job of a middle manager to delegate? 12/08/98
Yesterday I was wondering where I would find the time to write the game help file. Today I have the answer.... I think I have the flu. This doesn't feel like any 24-hour "see-ya-bye" flu either. This feels like "kneel before Zod!" flu.
All right. I've got a story for you.
Earlier today we "officially" stopped making maps. From here on out, we play, test, and polish the game. This could mean a little, or a lot. If the maps play well the first time out, revisions will be minor. If we end up chucking whole maps, we may find ourselves back to making maps. Thus, we started playing them today. JVC (Jon Van Caneghem, New World's president) ended up playing a notorious map named "Barbarian Breakout."
Ten minutes after he starts, JVC pages me over my phone intercom: "Hey Yoda." (He's been calling me Yoda lately. I don't know why. I'm not sure if I should be honored or offended. On one hand, Yoda is wise and he trains Jedi Knights. On the other hand, he is a short ugly green dude with big ears.) "Enemy hero with six behemoths (one of the highest-level creatures) knocked on my front door on week two, day one."
"Oops. I'll be right there."
As soon as I walked into JVC's office, the razzing began.
"What's with the six behemoths? Is this one of the balanced scenarios?"
"OK, OK. Something's wrong. Turn off the fog."
Jon restarts the scenario, turns off the fog of war, ends turn four times in a row, then right-clicks the enemy hero to see the extent of his forces. Aside from his other three stacks of creatures... he has one stack of six behemoths. Oops.
"All right. Open the map in the editor."
Jon opens the map in the editor. What do we discover? First, the enemy hero starts at level three, and the mapmaker (Dave Botan) has given him four stacks of creatures. In addition, the enemy hero's starting town has three of seven creature generators already prebuilt.
No wonder the enemy was able to recruit behemoths on day four.
Remember the story about the father who comes home from a bad day at work and yells at his wife? She in turn yells at her kid. The kid in turn kicks the dog.
At this point, I'm looking for a dog to kick. So, I hunt down Dave Botan. Immediately, Dave states his defense.
"Everyone says the map's too hard. It isn't. The AI's cheating." (Recently, we discovered the artificial intelligence was exploiting an undiscovered bug allowing it to recruit more creatures than were actually available.)
"The AI doesn't need to cheat. It's already got a huge advantage."
"There's a bug."
"Doesn't matter. Set all players to normal starting conditions."
At this point everyone begins to playfully dog-pile on Dave telling all the reasons why his maps suck. In the end he relented and fixed the map. 12/09/98
I'm not writing from work today. I'm writing from home. I have seven-way-straight-from-the-bottom-of-the-Amazon-flu.
With this kind of flu the logical course of action would be to rest, drink lots of fluids, watch lots of movies, maybe see a doctor. However, I am a game designer and unfamiliar with the ways of logic. A day at home with the flu means I have the opportunity to finish the H3 help file.
How pathetic can you get? On my day off to rest and get better, I use the uninterrupted time to convert a 144+ page manual into a help file.
I should get sick more often. I get more work done. 12/10/98
I'm back at work today. Good news... I finished the help file. Bad news... I still have the flu, and because I was so efficient in writing the game help file... I've been given the task of writing the map editor help file. Oh yeah, finish it by Monday.
Monday? There's so much pressure in my head, when I sniff, my eyes want to flee their sockets. My voice has the auditory consistency of sandpaper. Monday? Sure, I'll have it done by Monday. 12/11/98
Well, it's Friday night, and I have yet to see Star Trek: Insurrection. Doubt I'll be seeing it anytime soon.
One of the unmentioned symptoms of crunch time is cultural unawareness. In my time at a previous company I almost missed the entire O.J. trial. I haven't seen a movie since Starship Troopers. I'm not kidding. 12/14/98
I shouldn't have come in to work Thursday and Friday. It really pushed me over the edge. For the past two days I've been laid up with fever and chills. Remarkably, it was the one thing to take my mind off work. Aside from a froggy throat, it seems to have passed.
Enough about my illness. From here on, assume I'm always ill with the flu. 12/15/98
Today NWC (New World Computing) took a brief pause from game development to listen to Trip Hawkins (president of 3DO, NWC's parent company).
Twice a year, Trip makes a formal visit to talk about the company and where we're going as a company. It's a nice break from things.
However, Trip wasn't half as exciting as David Richie (our tools programmer) who sat next to me. Turns out David is coming down with the flu.
Over the course of the meeting, the air conditioning didn't turn on. With over 50 people crammed into a room, it got hot very fast. As the minutes passed, I could see David slowly whither.
I thought he was going to vomit. So basically, for most of the meeting, I sat envisioning how I was going to get out of the way when the volcano erupted.
Luckily, the volcano did not erupt. David left in the middle of the lecture and I haven't seen him since. 12/17/98
Welcome to the end of another working day at NWC. There is still no sign of David Richey. Another one of our programmers, John Krause, called in sick today. David Mullich (the Heroes III director) was ready to take bets on who would call in sick next. Of course, everyone blames me for getting them ill.
As far as your average NWC workday goes, this one was hectic and full of revelation.
Yes. Revelation. Only today did I look at my calendar and realize Christmas was next Friday.
Yes. Hectic. Every now and then I need to wipe my desk clean. This means catching up on all the hand-scrolled notes and stray post-its littered about my desk. When my desk is clean, I'm caught up.
This very act of cleaning makes for a semi-chaotic day. There is much gear shifting and subject changing to close dangling issues.
Add to this my usual parade of visitors, and my first chance to test multiplayer, and it takes great effort to avoid turning into a screaming monkey. Yes, I said screaming monkey.
Frequently, I find myself held hostage in my own office as a line of visitors (testers, programmers, artists, producers, etc.) quickly assemble outside my office in a short period of time, all wanting a piece of my brain.
Today it happened to occur while I was in the middle of a multiplayer game with Jeff Leggett (H3 multiplayer programmer). Simultaneously, I had three people show up and cram themselves into my small office. Each began jockeying for position to ask a question. Meanwhile, Jeff waited on the phone intercom, with Heroes III continually chiming in the background, letting me know it was my turn to play.
At this point you may apply the screaming monkey metaphor.
Despite the great potential for chaos, I asked Jeff to wait, gave my three suitors a number, told them to wait in line, then answered each of their questions.
On the surface, everything looked under control. Little did these poor souls know there was a screaming monkey, trapped in my mind's steel cage, wildly thrashing about in a desperate attempt to escape and turn me into a volcano of anger and lunacy.
When it was over, I took a deep breath, noted the walls weren't sprayed with the blood of innocent coworkers, and returned to my multiplayer game with Jeff.
Heroes II multiplayer wasn't friendly in the least. When it wasn't your turn, all you could do was sit at the computer and stare at the screen like a moron.
Well, thanks to our wonderful network programmer, Jeff Leggett, a moron you will no longer be.
Jeff has finished implementing multiplayer support. Now we're on a bug hunt. So, today, Jeff and I played a multiplayer game in the background while we went about our work.
I must admit, I had a blast. Moments like this make me forget my job is serious work. 12/18/98 Friday
Today I actually managed to catch up on all my notes. Next up, International Translation Kit. It can wait until Sunday. I don't get to enjoy these moments of accomplishment very often.
Being a game designer is nothing more than a life of delayed gratification. You spend the first month of the project "being creative," then spend the next 17 as a bricklayer implementing low-level details and boot-strapping the game design when unforeseen consequences arise.
Tomorrow we have our annual company Christmas party. I won't be going. I see my coworkers every day at work. I don't want to see them in a social environment. It'd be too weird. They'd have, like, spouses and dates and stuff, and wear dress clothes.
We've been told we can dress formal or casual. To me this means torn jeans and a food-stained white T-shirt. To everyone else, this means dress formal, because no one wants to underdress.
I don't want to see any of my coworkers dressed up. The thought frightens me. We're a bunch of geeks. We don't look good in casual wear. Formal wear will only amplify our geekiness.
Only one thing could entice me to go to the Christmas party - seeing the wives go off on the management for working their husbands so hard. I'd pay to see that... provided I wasn't on the receiving end.
By the way... hello to Chris Cross and Brian Reed, two friends I made when I briefly worked at Dreamworks Interactive (I didn't work on Trespasser). They called me today. They'd read the first entry in the Designer Diary and called to tell me what they thought. They then tied me up on the phone for the next 30 minutes while simultaneously sending me e-mail with bizarre and obscene attachments. 01/02/99 Saturday
Well, I'm back at work. The Christmas break was needed. I spent the first three days drinking eggnog, sleeping in 12- and 16-hour shifts, and watching Clinton get impeached.
After I was well rested, the eggnog was all gone, and Clintion was impeached, I did what any game design loser would do... worked on the game while on vacation. Ugh. I'm so pathetic.
My initial goal was to play existing maps. After playing five maps, it was obvious the AI hadn't been fully tested. It tended to sit back and never struck out until it had enough forces to guarantee a win.
This made for very extreme game experiences. Either you never saw the AI, or it came storming out of nowhere, knocked on your door, and politely introduced itself as your doom.
When our AI programmer (Gus Smedstad) gets back from vacation, I'll need to share my findings with him.
Well, seeing as I couldn't really play the game, I turned my attention to our 144-page game manual... much to my horror.
It turns out our second draft of the manual was full of errors. So, with red pen in hand, I promoted myself from game designer to fact checker. Over the next three days, I proceeded to bloody the pages of our beautiful manual.
To say it was tedious would be an understatement. When it was all over, I couldn't read anything if it wasn't written in fine print. 01/04/99 Monday
Today was another screaming monkey day. Why? One word: programmers.
I won't say who, but one of our programmers came into my office and proceeded to yell at me over a feature request he'd been given to program.
Why was he yelling at me? On the surface, it was because I hadn't given him enough details, or I hadn't thought through its impact enough. Or it could have been because it was simply a stupid feature, I didn't know what I was doing, and I was ruining the game.
The real reason? He wasn't sure how to program the task he'd been given, and the specified time frame was short. Instead of calming down, thinking it through, and telling me whether it could or could not be done in the given time frame, he panicked, and chose to vent at me.
Programmers are a unique breed. Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. Some of my best friends are programmers.
I must admit I am fascinated. I've watched each of our team programmers code. It's very amusing. How they code gives me a unique insight to their personality. For instance...
John Bolton (lead programmer): When John programs, it looks like he's playing chess.
David Richey (tools programmer): David doesn't code. Beforehand, he thinks about his task in depth, like contemplating philosophy, then simply writes it up. Quite often you can look through David's office window and see him bent over in his chair, chin on fist, like The Thinker.
Mark Caldwell (NWC VP): You need to know Mark to really understand, but when Mark codes, it's like he's in a boxing ring, ducking shots, trading blows, and trash talking with the program.
Now take such individuals and do the unthinkable... Make them into a team. Worse yet, force them to have meetings in which they must interact on a social level and agree to work together. Worse yet, force them to interact with right-brained artists and game designers.
It's a wonder any games ever get made.
Join designer Greg Fulton as gives us his very last Designer Diary entry, which tracks the last days of Heroes of Might and Magic III. In these last few days, the team waited anxiously to approve the gold candidate. But there is no rest for Greg, as he mentions a little something about the expansion disc. Join us as we count down the final development of Heroes III. 01/07/99
Ever heard the phrase "thousand tile stare"?
It's a phrase used by our mapmakers. You get the thousand tile stare from making H3 maps all day long.
Today I got the thousand tile stare after making a map for our eventual game demo.
It's a very simple, small map, letting players experience a portion of the game. Hopefully they'll experience enough and feel compelled to buy the game. I've been calling the map "Dead and Buried."
When I finished, I gave it to Chris Vanover (H3 assistant director) to play. Chris is an expert Heroes player. He's a good gauge of the map's difficulty.
Watching Chris play was a lot of fun. It allowed me to take a break from work and finally see the game in action. However, I am the worst person to have over your shoulder when you play.
Why? I'm a backseat driver. It's a bad habit from playing console games with friends.
Thus, I watched Chris play and second-guessed him all the way. We were like two old men spitting and complaining about the best strategy as Chris clicked his way through the game. It was rather humorous. 01/08/99
Today I gave the Dead and Buried
map to a few select people to see if anyone could beat it in the allotted time frame of four game weeks.
One of my candidates was Jen Bullard. Jen is the only female tester in the QA area.
Upon entering the test area, I found Jennifer burning a candle at her desk. She wasn't afraid to comment aloud how everyone else in the test area doesn't wash their clothes often enough. She thinks they stink.
No sooner did I sit down to watch Jen play than the verbal bantering between the testers began.
Ryan Den, another one of our testers, was sure he found a bug and asked aloud if anyone had encountered the same bug. No one had. Immediately everyone began shouting "user error." Ryan thought they were all high... until he realized it was user error. Everyone then proceeded to playfully tear into Ryan yet again.
I must admit, our testers are pretty cool. Their interactions are quite amusing. They banter with the voracity of a knife fight, but it's rarely cruel. 01/14/99
Last night was my last chance to revise the game manual. Thus, I decided to pull an all-nighter to finish it. This was my first time being at NWC so late. I also experienced something completely new.
I had been drinking many free Cokes when my bladder reminded me who was really in charge. Without hesitation, I raced to the bathroom. I opened the door. It was dark. This is not unusual. The lights are hooked up to a motion sensor. To save energy, they turn on and off based on the presence of a moving body. Confident the lights would turn on, I strode into the bathroom.
The lights did not illuminate.
Fumbling around in the dark, I was able to find the light switch and flip it on.
Fumbling around some more, I found the door handle and exited the bathroom.
Moving quickly to Mark Caldwell's office (Mark and George were also working late), I told him, "The bathroom lights won't turn on." He said, "Yeah. The bathroom lights don't turn on after midnight." I asked, "How do you go to the bathroom with the lights off?" He answered, "Usually I just feel my way to the urinal."
"I need to take a crap."
"Hey, I wouldn't know anything about that. Get the flashlight from George."
"I need a flashlight?"
So, I walked to George's office.
"I need the bathroom flashlight."
Giggling to himself under his breath, George reached into his desk and gave me a pocket flashlight. With flashlight in hand I returned to the bathroom where everything went according to plan.
I know game production has its odd moments, but... this one was really odd. 01/18/99
In the last days of a game's production, the game designer makes a desperate attempt to prevent features from being cut to make the deadline. However, if I got all the features I wanted, the game would never ship. Thus, there is always a tug of war between the game designer, management, programmers, and artists, to decide what gets into the game and what gets pushed back to the expansion or sequel.
Today I was doing my best to get a new hero into the game without too much additional programming or art. I realized I could get the results I needed by simply adding a new graphic and customizing an existing game hero. Even better, I could get the graphic from existing art in the intro movie. All the artist had to do was crop a freeze-frame from the movie and give it to our asset manager to be put into the game. I could customize the hero in the editor. All the programmers had to do was recognize the character's unique identification.
Well, we did.
I wonder how much longer I can push my luck. 01/19/99
I have become the Walmart floor manager.
No. I haven't quit my job.
Let me explain.
At this stage in the making of the game, I find myself spending most of my time walking the halls with my Notepad of Oppression waiting for people to call out my name.
The notepad is a list of issues needing resolution. Most people find the notepad humorous unless their name is on it. Ironically, I end up putting my name on the notepad more than anyone else's (I'm oppressing myself).
Regardless, when I am walking the halls and someone calls out my name, I duck into their office to answer their questions. Sometimes this means getting on their phone and calling someone else to clear up an issue. If I don't have the answer, I'm the intermediary.
Thus, I feel like the Walmart floor manager, roaming the isles, taking care of arising issues. All I really need is the blue vest. 01/20/99
For a moment, consider most game manuals. Usually, a manual details the game interface and introduces you to the various game elements. Rarely do these manuals give you true game statistics.
For Heroes III , we wanted to buck this trend. Using the Heroes II strategy guide as a model, we decided to make a big manual loaded with information. This is exactly what we did - 144 pages.
Today we signed off on the manual. Well, no sooner did the ink dry than we discovered some errors. It was terrifying. I literally sat at my desk, looking at the errors I had discovered, and heard the manual mocking me with the chittering of a wild hyena.
There was nothing I could do. It was carved in stone. Now understand, most manuals ship with some errors. This is what the Readme is for. However, several people had gone over this manual time and again, and still there were errors.
I'll never make a big manual again. It's too much upkeep considering the fluidity of game design.
I'm sure I'll lose some sleep over this. 1/25/99
Today the Coke machine caught fire.
Let me repeat this. Today the Coke machine caught fire.
Since we started crunching, around 7:00pm each night, Mark Caldwell (NWC VP) has been unlocking the Coke machine for free drinks to go with our evening meal. We don't continue pressing the selection buttons for the various drinks. Instead, we literally open up the front half of this big, red, half-ton refrigerator, made to withstand the assaults of the most juvenile of delinquents.
Now, I'm not exactly clear on the details, but one of the testers pulled open the front door to grab a soda from inside. Apparently, some of the electrical wires were sheared, followed by fire and smoke.
Upon seeing the fire and smelling the smoke, the tester grabbed Ben Bent (NWC office manager and part-time game director). He then pointed out the fire in the Coke machine.
With perfect calm, Ben simply unplugged the Coke machine. Poof. The fire went away.
I must admit, I can't help but see the fire in the Coke machine as a metaphor for Heroes III in production. A fire starts, someone panics, and someone else calmly solves the problem.
Truthfully, it's the story of the game production process. 2/07/99 Sunday
Today could be the day.
We've decided to make a "final candidate" CD-ROM for 3DO approval. A final candidate is what we consider "ready to ship." We then send the final candidate to 3DO for them to do shrink-wrap testing.
Tonight, no one leaves the building until the game is finished. 2/08/99 Monday
It's 5:00am Monday morning.
We just started burning the final candidate.
About half the team is still here.
We've been crunching too long. Everyone's burnt.
About 15 minutes ago, Mark starting broadcasting Money For Nothing over everyone's speakerphone.
I am literally weak-kneed. Except for writing this entry, all I intend to do is just sit in my office chair and do everything I possibly can to do nothing.
As of 8:30 Saturday, February 13, we're calling it good Barring last-second crash bugs, the game is done.
It's 9:30, and with the realization the game is done, already I'm beginning to crash.
After crunching for so long, the crash is the aftereffect. This is the time when you finally realize you can relax and return to a somewhat normal life. This is also the flag signaling the release of all the pent-up stress and illness you've been holding off by sheer will for the past six months. Thus... crash.
We're done. 02/14/99
Four days after announcing Heroes has gone gold, we're already talking about the expansion pack. Already, I've assembled my map makers. They're good people. With H3 under their belts they should make even better maps for the expansion.
The downside? Chris Vanover is moving onto a different project. Technically Chris was H3's assistant director, but I adopted him as my assistant designer. He was a big help in many of the grunt areas. I was hoping to hand the expansion off to Chris so I could concentrate on the next Heroes.
No such luck.
Ultimately, this means vacation must wait.
Where is a monkey boy when you need one? 02/19/99
David Mullich's (Heroes III director) wife was pregnant and expecting about the same time as E3 last year (Atlanta '98). So, he couldn't go and demonstrate the game.
I was the next logical choice. I know the game better than anyone else, and when needed, I can turn on the charm.
Now don't get me wrong, when I have demoed the game, it has been a delight. Yet, as a game, Heroes III doesn't demo well. It's a turn-based game. It's not a first-person shooter or real-time strategy game. There's no real immediate reward for your attention span to latch onto.
However, Heroes does have a very large, very dedicated following. Thus, most people who want to see Heroes are already fans. This was the case at E3.
At E3 I did the vast majority of the presentations. I did so many I ended up losing my voice. Almost all the people who saw the game were fans of Heroes and liked what they saw. We were so successful, people were taking chairs from the other game stations to sit in front of ours.
Well, the downside to my work at E3 was... I became the demo guy. The downside of being the demo guy is traveling.
I hate traveling.
Once I arrive at my destination, there's no problem. I'm just impatient by nature. I'm also 6'1" and hate sitting in supercramped airline seats.
So, today I got to fly up to 3DO with Peter Ryu (MM7 producer), Keith Francart (MM7 director), and Jeff Blatner (new Heroes producer) to give presentations on MM7 and Heroes III to our Ubi Soft partners and a smattering of European journalists.
As much as I hated getting up at 5:30am and traveling to San Francisco (less than one week after going gold), the trip was amusing for a number of reasons.
Since I have been at New World, Peter Ryu has always worn shorts and sandals. For the presentation, Pete was ordered to wear pants and shoes. Throughout the day, he was wincing as the shoes rubbed his feet raw.
The other amusing part was hanging out with the French chicks from Ubi Soft and the European press.
Last time I was at 3DO I did an H3 presentation to a number of European journalists. Not a French woman among them. It was different this time, and dare I say, worth the trip. 02/22/99
David Mullich (H3 director), George Ruof (H3 programmer), and I are the only members of the team in the building today. Everyone else is on vacation.
Over the weekend I began my self-rehabilitation for returning to the real world.
When you do nothing but work 12-14 hours a day, seven days a week, and then it all comes to an abrupt halt, you suddenly find you have all this spare time on your hands.
Ultimately, you become bored. You don't know what to do with yourself because your "normal" situation meant working on the game... but the game is finished. Normal has become different and no longer normal.
A logical assumption for curing this boredom would be a vacation. Not yet. I've got to write the design for the expansion disc. I've got two weeks before it is due. After hammering out the specs, everyone will be briefed, then I can go on vacation.
I've got it all planned out. I haven't seen my parents since Christmas of 1997. So, I'm going to go back home and sit in the rocking chair in front of my dad's big-screen TV and watch nothing but cable television for at least two weeks. You heard me. Nothing but CNN Headline News for two weeks. If by then I'm not properly vegetated, I'll watch it for another week. Then I'll track down my old high school girlfriend and see if she's still single.
I've set up an e-mail address for your feedback about the game when it hits the shelves. This e-mail is merely for player feedback and suggestions. I will be the one reading the e-mails, and most likely, I won't be answering any of them. So, don't flame me if I don't respond. [[email protected]
I've enjoyed writing these diaries. I wish I had been able to dedicate more time to them.
My apologies to Elliott Chin (who made these diaries possible). Elliott wanted me to talk about the design philosophy behind H3. After practicing design philosophy 12-14 hours a day, I couldn't bring myself to write a diary about it. So, I thought I'd do "a day in the life." I hope you enjoyed my tongue-in-cheek account.
I leave you with the following words I once heard the great Jon Van Caneghem speak, "When it's all over you'll forget how hard it was and do it all over again." He's right. We will.
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2023.06.06 23:28 Man_Cat__ Lessons learned after selling my first SaaS
Hello all, I sold my SaaS chartlog.com
almost a year from today and have been in ideation mode since. I've fallen back on some bad habits when it comes to getting the gears grinding and starting a new business. The bad habits are mostly execution paralysis, negative self talk, wanting to build before vetting etc. I decided I would try and write down all of the lessons I've learned from my last business to help get me back on track. I figured I might as well put this out on reddit so that other's might gain some value from them. Feel free to chime in, disagree, expand on any points made below!
- Once your revenue / profit starts to grow it may become very tempting to increase your salary, especially if you still are at your day job. Evaluate why you started the business in the first place, if it was to build something sustainable to support yourself and your family, put that money back into the business and only increase your salary when doing so will have a negligible impact on your growth. Patience is so important.
- It's pretty well known that the smart way to build a product / business is to vet it first, either by building an MVP, landing page, target customer research, or whatever. Something I didn't realize at first was that it's equally important to vet your go to market strategy. We started our product inside a tight knit trading community of 1000+ traders who quickly ate our product up. We assumed we could simply reach out to other trading communities and do the same but we didn't test that before building. We built our product first, gained traction in our community, then quickly found out the product was not of interest to other trading communities.
- If you have a founder, it's normal to butt heads and get into fights. Wanting a blissful peaceful relationship sounds nice on the outside but it would not be conducive to the business. You need someone who isn't afraid to challenge you, not someone who is a yes man.
- Having a founder is so important (for most people). Your founder ideally will be strong in areas that you are weak. What no one really talks about is emotional support. There will be times you will take a hit and fall and as such might be in the motivational trenches but having a partner can easily help you get back up again. It can be hard to self motivate, it's much easier to feed off a partner's motivation and vice versa.
- Never stop getting feed back. In the early stages focus on qualitative interviews and don't just listen to what the customer needs. Record the interviews and dig deep into the underlying problems the customer is trying to solve, frame them as desired outcomes and try to develop solutions that way. I would highly recommend JTBD or ODI.
- Don't fall in love with the product. If you are having challenges scaling or hitting PMF and your customers are showing interest that is outside your immediate domain / value proposition, don't be afraid to pivot. We had multiple ideas / chances to really expand outside our initial domain but were afraid to because it didn't fall within our initial value proposition. Who knows, maybe instead of selling we could have grown exponentially.
- Try not to fall in love with money. I remember first starting Chartlog and feeling the utmost bliss watching our MAUs go up and knowing we were helping people get better with their trading. Our main question was always "How can we help traders reach their goals easier?" and somewhere along the line the main question turned into "How can we make more money?"
- Discipline is so important especially if you are used to the 9-5 grind. After leaving my main job as a software engineer I found myself waking up late, going to the gym at random times of the day, taking breaks at random times, and mostly just having no set schedule. Not having discipline in your schedule really affects your business' progression and mental health. Not being disciplined makes it easy for laziness to become a normal part of your day.
- Always develop features as mini-mvps! You always want to take user feedback to create your initial "rough draft" of a feature and then iterate on it to make it better. Ideally you should be able to push out a rough draft feature in 2 weeks, get feedback from your users, and start on V2 of the feature. This helps you not waste time fully building out a feature that no one actually wants.
- Always think on the lines of "how can I test this assumption?" By now you've seen there's some pattern here, testing business ideas, testing feature ideas, testing go to market strategies etc. This is one theme I've picked up during my journey, always try and find a way to test any assumption you may have before going at it.
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2023.06.06 23:28 EquityNinja4444 Banking/Consulting Recruiting!
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