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2023.05.28 19:07 Healthy-sama Non Comprehensive List of Plot Lines at the End of A Dance with Dragons Volume 3: The North

In preparation for the Winds of Winter, I am creating a list of plot lines in each region. This post covers The North and its many troubles. Feel free to leave any comments, analysis, predictions, or ones I missed!

1.) House Thenn and the taking of Karhold

After the marriage of Alys Karstark to Sigorn, Magnar of Thenn, 200 well armed Thenns plan to march on Karhold. According to Jon, Alys believes that "Karhold will open its gates to her." Karhold being taken over by House Thenn will have many implications. Firstly, it will be the first location south of the Wall actually ruled by the Free Folk. Additionally, House Karstark has only feigned support for Stannis and in the sample TWOW chapter,Stannis vows to execute Arnolf Karstark, his son Arthor, and his grandsons which would leave House Karstark without clear leadership besides Alys and newly created House Thenn

2.) Settlement of the gift

The gift is land officially owned by the Night's Watch. In the old days, the Gift was once populated by villages and holdfasts that paid taxes to the Night's Watch. However, after a few millennia of Free Folk raids on top of a harsh northern climate, the villages disappeared and the holdfasts turned to ruin. In ASOS, Stannis offers to allow the Free Folk to resettle the New Gift if they swear loyalty to Stannis and his cause. Jon Snow as lord commander reluctantly agrees with this plan. It appears that the settlement has not began yet, but it will be quite interesting to see the interaction between the Northern Leadership and Free Folk Settlers.

3.) Ironborn occupation of Torrhen's Square

In ACOK, Dagmar Cleftjaw led the first failed taking of Torrhen's square. After the host at Torrhen's Square left to try to take Winterfell from Theon, Dagmar Cleftjaw returned and successfully took the castle for good and has been held up ever since. There has not been any serious attempt to retake the castle and the Ironborn have sort of just held it in the background while the Lady Eddara Tallhart has still remained captive. However, with Asha and Theon Greyjoy as hostages of Stannis, maybe this longstanding occupation will have implications.

4.) Davos In Skagos

Davos was sent to Skagos by Wyman Manderly to find Prince Rickon Stark. Skagos is a group of islands shadowed in mystery with plenty of rumors of cannbialism being circulated. All we really know definitively of Skagos is that it is lead by three clans: House Crowl, House Magnar, and House Stane. Furthermore, we know that there has been historical relationships between East-watch and Skagos though the nature of the relationship is not clear. More interestinly, Janos Slynt may of actually been in Skagos for a while because the ship he used to travel to the wall apparently had a stop in Skagos.

5.) Manderly Alliance

“Oldcastle and Widow’s Watch will take their lead from me. My bannermen include a dozen petty lords and a hundred landed knights. I can deliver King Stannis the allegiance of all the lands east of the White Knife, from Widow’s Watch and Ramsgate to the Sheepshead Hills and the headwaters of the Broken Branch. All this I pledge to do if you will meet my price” - Davos IV ADWD
Wyman Manderly remarks on his true plans; he is creating a large amount of ships, he is feigning loyalty to the Iron Throne, and he is a staunch Stark Loyalist. An important detail is that Wyman has two named house of equal lordly status that will take his lead: House Flint of Widow's Watch, and House Locke of Oldcastle. But with Lord Manderly critically wounded and Stannis believing him to the killer of Davos, the future of this alliance in relation to Stannis is in question.

6.) The Neck

Many interesting characters and plots are coalescing in the Neck. Hallis Mollen and his escort are carrying Ned's bones in the Neck. Lady Maege Mormont and Master of Deepwood Motte Galbart Glover, both witnesses to King Robb's final will, are presumably in the Neck as well. With these important characters in the Neck, it's possible that there is something being planned in the Neck with the aid of the mysterious Howland Reed.

7.) The Northern Mountain Clans and Bran's Identity

"But the nights are colder now, and doors are closed. There's squids in the wolfswood, and flayed men ride the kingsroad asking after strangers."
The Reeds exchanged a look. "Flayed men?" said Jojen.
"The Bastard's boys, aye. He was dead, but now he's not. And paying good silver for wolfskins, a man hears, and maybe gold for word of certain other walking dead." He looked at Bran when he said that, and at Summer stretched out beside him. - Bran II ASOS
To most of the north, Bran has been long dead, killed by treacherous Theon Greyjoy. House Manderly and House Bolton are really the only two houses that know Bran is still alive. However, this man identified only by his affiliation to House Liddle knows about Bran's identity. Since this meeting, House Liddle has declared for Stannis Baratheon. Perhaps this man from House Liddle will be used by Stannis to confirm the Manderly story?

8.) Siege of Winterfell and the Battle of Ice

Stannis is currently beseiging winterfell with a modest host of loyal southerners and disgruntled northmen. At the end of ADWD and in the TWOW sample chapter,>! we learn that the Frey host and Mandarly host have been sent outside of winterfell to meet Stannis' host in battle, but due to Crowfood Umber's traps, Aenys Frey was killed and Hosteen Frey lost his horse. !

9.) Conflict Within the Walls of Winterfell

There are many mysteries and conflicts within Winterfell itself. On the surface level, there are many political tensions. Many of the houses have a tenuous loyalty to the Boltons and only remain loyal because their kin are captive after the Red Wedding. There is good reason to believe Lady Barbery Dustin, Lord Rodrik Ryswell, Lady Jonelle Cerwyn, Lord Ondrew Locke, and Lord Harwood Stout are likely to betray the Boltons. On top of this, Mance Rayder, under the guise of Abel, is allegedly a captive of Ramsay, and there is a serial killer stalking the halls killing any unfortunate soul who comes their way. Lord Wyman Manderly also has a critical injury and is being treated at Winterfell while his host marches out.
On a higher magical level, one of the largest mysteries is Jon Snow's persistent dream of the crypts:
Somehow I know I have to go down there, but I don't want to. I'm afraid of what might be waiting for me. - Jon IV AGOT
He dreamt he was back in Winterfell, limping past the stone kings on their thrones. Their grey granite eyes turned to follow him as he passed, and their grey granite fingers tightened on the hilts of the rusted swords upon their laps. You are no Stark, he could hear them mutter, in heavy granite voices. There is no place for you here. Go away.... Up above he heard drums. They are feasting in the Great Hall, but I am not welcome there. I am no Stark, and this is not my place. His crutch slipped and he fell to his knees. The crypts were growing darker. A light has gone out somewhere. "Ygritte?" he whispered. "Forgive me. Please." But it was only a direwolf, grey and ghastly, spotted with blood, his golden eyes shining sadly through the dark - Jon VIII ASOS
It will be interesting to see what lies in the crypts.

10.) Captives at the Dreadfort

A few characters are currently captive at the Dreadfort according to Theon and the AFFC Appendix:
  • Lady Beth Cassel, current head of house Cassel and daughter of the late Rodrick Cassel
  • Turnip, the son or daughter of Winterfell's head cook
  • Palla, daughter of Winterfell's kennel master
  • Bandy and Shyra, twin daughters of Winterfell's master of horse
  • Old Nan, one of Winterfell's most senior servant who knows the story of the last hero along with many other important stories about Northern History.
The status of these captives is unknown because Ramsay has stated that he enjoys hunting captive women for sport, but if House Bolton falls during the Battle of Ice, then these captives could be liberated
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Dragon’s Heart Tower, Level 23, Residence 30. Thacea and Emma’s Bedroom. The Tent. Local Time: 0500 Hours.
Emma Booker
I fucked up.
Big time.
And I had no one else but myself to blame.
You know that feeling when you dive head-first into a project that you had zero doubts would somehow work itself out in the end?
The sudden surge of confidence that comes when you let the indomitable human spirit take the wheel?
Well that was me at 0300 hours when my eyes landed upon the hygiene module, and pictured the inevitable outcome of a steaming hot shower after an entire day of nonstop grinding.
I couldn’t help myself but to fall into the same trap as every other would-be DIY-er. I couldn’t stop the excitement, the sudden surge of energy, and the absolute hyperfixation that came with completing a project that promised nothing but endless positives, at the expense of some time and effort that would prove minimal in the grand scheme of things.
And just like every would-be DIY-er, I was this close to completing the task at hand, before finally reaching a roadblock that inevitably brought everything to a screeching halt.
That one, final instruction, decimated me.
Especially as I got to that final step at just shy of 0500 hours, when I finally had the entire damn module set up, only to realize that I had missed out on a vital pre-procedure checklist that I’d purposefully skipped because I’d assumed it would be a non-issue.
And that’s why I only had myself to blame for this fiasco.
Because I’d assumed that the availability of a water-source in the dorms would’ve been an open and shut case. It only made sense for me to make that assumption though, as I saw that Thacea had clearly used the dorm’s en-suite to shower just the night before.
It was because of this that I didn’t even bother checking the bathroom to begin with. I thought that whatever was in there could’ve easily fit the hyper-modular fittings of the source-intake pipe.
Things couldn’t have been further from the truth however, as what I saw within that bathroom made me question the very fabric of my own reality.
As within those four marble walls, was nothing.
Nothing, but a series of dull flat marble surfaces, and some strange wall-fittings that looked like something out of a 21st century ‘modern’ art exhibit.
There was nothing here that resembled a tap, or even hinted at the fact that there were even any pipes carrying running water behind those four bare walls.
The only other thing of note here was an unseen light source keeping the bathroom lit.
Aside from that, there was literally nothing else here.
This meant I had only one option available to me.
The most logical and straightforward option, of simply nudging the avinor princess awake just so I could ask where I could find a fucking tap.
Whilst it was the most straightforward thing to do, I just couldn’t get myself to do it.
I’d thought about going up those stairs to nudge the avian awake, to then apologize profusely for disturbing her sleep… but given everything Thacea had done for me thus far, and considering the fact that I was responsible for almost all of the headaches we were currently experiencing, it just felt wrong for me to disturb here at that hour.
So I was left with the inconvenient truth of my circumstances, and decided to just embrace the suck, toughing out the folly of my hubris…
At least, until morning came around.
At that point, I could rest easy in actually asking the princess for pointers on the enigmatic machinations of the bathroom.
Until then, I would sleep.
And hopefully, my shortsighted adventure would bear some fruit when morning rears its ugly head around.

Dragon’s Heart Tower, Level 23, Residence 30. Thacea and Emma’s Bedroom. Local Time: 1000 Hours.
Emma Booker
Good news: Half of my hard work actually paid off.
Bad news: Only half of my hard work actually paid off.
Upon waking up three hours later, forcing my carcass up and back into the suit, I’d managed to flag down Thacea just as she was getting out of bed.
The princess’ reactions to my questions were nothing short of the politeness I’d expected from her.
Which managed to put me at ease as I was getting worried I was starting to get on her nerves with my constant flurry of questions.
The bathroom turned out to be yet another demonstration of the Nexus’ completely unhinged philosophies. As it relied entirely on a mana user’s manipulation of the room to operate. Apparently, whoever designed this place took the whole concept of a modular, personalized room, and just ran with it. Making it so that every aspect of the room relied solely on the mana user to work, as they had to shape, form, and structure the otherwise blank slate before use. This was supposedly done so that the room could be made to fit the precise criterion of a person’s liking. To me however, it just felt like another bizarre concept pulled straight out of the Nexus’ seemingly endless idea-pool of zany, overkill, and mana-addled solutions to problems that sort of existed.
Thankfully, the bathroom didn’t require constant intervention from a mana-user to operate, as certain elements could be permanently turned on.
This included the water mains, which I immediately hooked up the pipes to, as the mana-contaminated water was quickly siphoned into a series of filtration units, all with the express purpose of extracting and removing every ounce of mana present within the water.
This process took about two hours to do.
But by the end of it, I was rewarded for all my troubles by one of the best showers I’ve ever had.
All of the stress, even the constant ticking of the bomb which constantly gnawed at the back of my mind, seemed to fade away for a few short minutes as the warm water washed everything away.
But that about wrapped up the good news.
The bad news however, came in the form of the little MREDD experiment from the previous night.
As I opened the triple-airlocked compartment on my side of the tent, I was met with what could only be described as ‘food’ in name and aesthetics alone.
The soft, white, fluffy loaf of bread had literally become a baton. Whilst the pancakes were now more reminiscent of a mini-frisbee that cracked and crumbled the moment I laid my fingers on them.
My immeasurable disappointment grew the longer I stood there next to the MREDD, and the longer I stared at the small stack of dust that was once a perfectly cooked stack of pancakes.
Beyond this however, I could feel a bit of anxiety seeping in, as the results of the experiment did make me a bit anxious as to the long-term food security of this mission.
Then again, I should’ve expected this result.
It was the first calibration test after all.
“I should’ve expected this, shouldn’t I?” I spoke to no one in particular, but quickly garnered the attention of the EVI who remained within the power armor that currently stood imposingly just a few feet away from me.
“That is correct, Cadet Booker. As you are already aware, the MREDD is designed with multiple calibration protocols in-effect, each which correspond to the type and densities of the foodstuffs to be desaturated. In addition to this, the systems are designed to test the maximal extraction threshold against the subjective palatability gradient with the food safety variable as an integral aspect of these tests. Thus, the first-round extraction procedures dictate that the MREDD will attempt maximal extraction settings, in order to both stress-test the components and systems, as well as to garner data on the mana-extraction process at the maximal setting.”
I blinked rapidly upon hearing the EVI’s explanation being blasted from my suit’s speakers. It felt somewhat jarring turning around to face my armor talking to me. But then again, I should’ve expected it, as I’d yet to set up any other speaker systems within the tent for it to speak through.
“I know, EVI. They already ran everything by me during the briefings. Though I would be lying if I didn’t say I sort of hoped that putting the food under full blast for 7 hours would’ve somehow miraculously resulted in something edible.” I managed out with a sigh.
“Cadet Booker, it is logical to assume that since the extraction of mana from both food and water is indeed viable, that the only point of contention is now the palatability of the foodstuffs rendered through the MREDD.”
“Yeah, well…” I trailed off as I began tapping on the loaf of bread that sounded like styrofoam when I hit it against the armor. “I think you and I have different definitions of palatable.”
“I am confident that the mana-extraction process can be optimized, Cadet Booker. It is at this point that I must ask that you assess the palatability of the designated foodstuff marked CONSUMABLE GROUP A, ITEM 1, for the purposes of data-gathering and analysis.” The AI spoke in a no-nonsense fashion, as I turned around, giving it a look of utter incredulity.
“You want me to try to eat this?” I shot back, tapping on the styrofoam bread for added effect.
“I require data on the palatability of foodstuff A-1 [BREAD] as it is a subjective dataset relying entirely on the input of the human subject.” The AI continued.
I couldn’t help but to shudder at that last line, especially with how it was delivered.
Popular media back home was currently going through another AI-apocalypse phase, with a lot of movies, both immersive and traditional, diving deep into the uncomfortable topics of human-AI relations post AI-takeover.
Being stuck in a bare, white tent, with a monotone, somewhat disgruntled-sounding VI talking to me through a suit of armor several heads taller than me all the while suddenly referring to me as subject really wasn’t doing my movie-binging gremlin brain any favors.
I hesitated for a few seconds, tentatively staring at the bread, then the armor, then back to the bread again, before finally just going for it...
It did not end well.
“Cadet Booker, I did not require that you actively consume a foodstuff you consider inedible or are uncomfortable eating. I merely needed a dataset for the purposes of this experiment, even if that data-set is a refusal to consume the foodstuff in question.
I stared back at the VI with unamused eyes and a mouthful of hard-tack currently turning my mouth into the Greater Sahara.
“Damnghit Aeevi.” I managed out with a mouth full of bland, stale bread, before reaching for the water dispenser which thankfully still had some mana-free water inside of it.
“Shall I log A-1 down as unpalatable then, Cadet?” The AI spoke with a hint of disappointment in its voice.
Though I was probably just imagining the actual tone of its voice.
Projection was a heck of a thing after all.
“Yes. And make sure you clarify your intent next time.” I snapped back, as I finished up what limited bits of housekeeping I needed to for now. Which included punting the balled-up undersuit into the washer, getting the wash and dry cycle started, before grabbing a fresh undersuit from the cargo airlock and quickly putting it on.
“I guess the next test with the MREDD includes extracting mana at a slow, sustained rate?” I spoke as I began recalibrating the different electronic components within the undersuit.
“Correct, Cadet Booker. Provided of course, that the foodstuffs are of a similar type, and contain similar properties to GROUP A.”
“Acknowledged.” I responded promptly, shuddering a bit as the haptic feedback finished its calibration cycles. “Alright then, we got a lot of work ahead of us, so let’s get going. System status, SRR?” I asked as per protocol, steadying my hand on the suit’s ‘backpack’.
“Diagnostics running… pending… All systems nominal, Cadet Booker. Status: Ready for standard operations.”
“Operator acknowledges system status after pre-mission diagnostics.” I replied dryly, and with a few final breaths I pulled myself back into the armor. “Current objectives? Preferably the ones I listed before dozing off last night?” I continued, as my eyes quickly readjusted to the constant assault on the senses that was the HUD.
“Priority Objective: Locate and Secure Container 10. Current time remaining until activation of the Denial of Sensitive Assets to Unauthorized Parties Protocols… 36 hours, 34 minutes, and 47 seconds.”
“Alright then, let’s pay a visit to our dear old friend… hopefully she’s alive and lucid enough to get us to the bottom of this little predicament.”

Dragon’s Heart Tower, Level 23, Residence 30. Thacea and Emma’s Bedroom. Local Time: 1020 Hours.
Emma Booker
Transitioning from the tent to the marble and cobblestone world of the Academy was always jarring. Opening those external protective flaps to reveal something that wasn’t more bare white paneling and drab gray composalite would probably be something I’d need to get used to.
I got into the swing of things quick enough, as I was met with the likes of Thacea who was busy reading on one of the many ornate seats that formed the mini-living room within our loft.
“Was the water to your liking, Emma?” Thacea asked with a clack of her beak.
“I managed to squeeze in a couple minutes worth of a shower, so that’s a win in my book!” I beamed out. “But with a constant stream of filtered water filling up my reservoirs now, I should be able to get something more substantial later tonight.”
The princess nodded slowly at that. “The lengths to which you need to go, just to attain what we take for granted on a daily basis, is quite remarkable Emma.”
“It is what it is, Thacea.” I shrugged in response. “The very air I breathe needs to be filtered. This whole world, or heck, even your worlds are actively hostile to human life. These measures are something that are cumbersome, and seriously draining to deal with, but it’s necessary. Besides, it’s not as if these measures are something new where I come from. My people have had a history of intrepid explorers, brave pioneers, and foolish thrillseekers who all surge forward into inhospitable domains just so they can crest the next wave, or see what’s over the next hill.” I paused for a moment, as I was tempted to strike a pose, but quickly decided against it. “I’m just furthering a legacy that’s already been established. Or at least, I hope I’m doing that. Heck if I know if I’m actually doing things right. Nine times out of ten, I feel like I’m just making the best of my situation.”
“I can’t say I can understand the appeal of this legacy of actively seeking hostile-domains.” Thacea responded with an equal mix of curiosity and genuine concern. “And I do not know what manner of civilization would result from such a culture, though I do harbor a morbid curiosity to inquire further… However, I can most certainly resonate with your latter statements, Emma. Half of the court politics I contend with simply amounts to making do with the hand you’ve been dealt, of making best of one’s situation, and doing whatever it is in your limited scope and power to maintain life, security, and perhaps some waning semblance of your own personal liberty. It’s a great game, where doubt comes naturally as a result of being a player and not the host.”
There was a small pause that followed Thacea’s response as one point in particular caught my attention more than any other.
It was unfortunate that it was so topical as well, given how if things had turned out any differently, this conversation would’ve moved right on into an hours-long exchange of life and culture.
Thacea mentioning the concept of a great game, immediately brought me back to the conversation with Ilunor the previous night.
“Thacea… would you mind if I consulted you on something?” I began, as the gears in my head began turning now at the first major issue of the day.
The princess seemed to catch on as she leaned forward in her seat intently, and nodded. “By all means.”
“Something happened last night at the workshop, and it wasn’t anything to do with the armorer… though, we can talk about that later.” I took a deep breath as I shelved that topic for another time. “Did you happen to pay any attention to Ilunor’s whereabouts after I left for the workshop?”
“Not particularly, no. Lord Rul-, erm, Ilunor had seemingly remained in his room until Thalmin and I retired to our respective rooms. After that, I simply have no recollection of anything beyond my own domicile.”
“Well, Ilunor followed me to the workshop.” I stated plainly, pausing for a moment to gauge Thacea’s reaction. Of which there really was none as she managed to keep that signature poker-face that was probably second nature to her by now.
“And I’m assuming since you managed to uncover this, that his meddling had failed in some way shape or form?” Thacea shot back coolly.
“Correct. However, here’s where things get complicated. I’ll save the bulk of the events for later, but long story short, that discount kobold decided to use some sort of a projection spell to spook me just as I was in the middle of the weapons inspection with the armorer, and the projection used wasn’t just something a random monster or anything… he purposefully chose to bring out a carbon-copy version of the null.”
Thacea’s face shifted at this, which given how difficult it was to phase her, probably meant her mind was going through the full implications of this revelation.
I pressed on as Thacea urged me to continue with a single nod. “Well, I shot it. And, no, nobody was hurt. Fast forward a chase sequence later, and the armorer eventually managed to corner and capture Ilunor. However, when we pressed him for answers about why he was there to begin with? Well… I think it’ll be better for you to see for yourself.”
It was with this that I brought out my data-pad, and began replaying the relevant scenes for Thacea to see.
Starting from the brief spats between Ilunor and the armorer, all the way to my confrontation with the diminutive lizard, Thacea’s gaze remained completely transfixed. She did flinch a bit when the footage finally went over my dealings with the lizard, and Ilunor’s sudden shift in persona as I pulled out the library card and began talking his language.
Yet despite being inundated with this sudden flood of information, with a completely unexpected tangent, she soon responded cooly and without much in the way of a delay. “This complicates matters.” She began slowly. “This entire situation calls for a complete reevaluation of the dynamics of this peer group, and how we need to approach Lord Rul-, Ilunor.” Thacea promptly corrected herself before continuing. “There’s a great number of layers to this unexpected development, each of which hints at a greater game being played here, and points at the fact that there are a great number of interested parties beyond just Ilunor.” The princess took a moment to let out an exasperated coo, her eyes finally moving away from the tablet and back to me. “You must understand as well as I, that Ilunor’s actions do not constitute a scheme of his own making, correct?”
“That I do.” I nodded simply. “The fact that he’s even bothering to do this in the first place is outside of his whole I’m above you persona. I’m not sure if the same rings true here, but where I come from, becoming a spook is not something that most people in high and mighty positions would ever stoop down to. Besides, I think we have a lead. I don’t think a student would actively defer a bit of punishment from a lower level administrator, in order to fast-track it to the highest authorities if they weren’t in cahoots with them.”
“This coincides with my observations of these developments as well, Emma.” Thacea responded with a resonant chirp. “To add to this, his knowledge of the null is most certainly not circumstantial, and considering he was absent from our adventures the previous day, his knowledge of this creature would hint to either the feeding of information via a higher benefactor, or a direct observation of our activities from afar. Either way, this does not bode well.”
“This leads me to what I wanted to consult you on, Thacea. If Ilunor’s out there waiting for us right now, would it be best if we confronted him outright in front of Thalmin or-”
“No.” Thacea interjected sharply, and with a certainty that was almost uncharacteristic of her. “Confronting Ilunor out in the open, in front of others not privy to you and the Vunerian’s current game, would be outright suicide to the dialogue you’ve managed to broker with him the previous night. You’ve managed to prove yourself as not just another pawn, but a player in the game, at least in Ilunor’s eyes. It would be wise to maintain that momentum, Emma. By continuing this line of dialogue with him in private, there is a higher likelihood the Vunerian will divulge more information as he speaks to you frankly, beyond what his current facade will allow. This is now a matter between you and the Vunerian, as Thalmin and I are not privy to these political transactions.”
I couldn’t help but to mimic the princess by gripping my forehead as well, letting out a sigh as the dread of complex court politics had begun seeping in faster than I expected. “That shouldn’t be too hard to do. I’ll just let that situation slide for now, making sure not to mention my dealings with Ilunor when he’s around, and focus instead on our other problems. It’s not like we have a shortage of other things to worry about after all.” I sighed sharply.
“That is an acceptable plan. ” Thacea responded promptly as she stood up and began straightening out her uniform. “Right then, shall we proceed?”

Dragon’s Heart Tower, Level 23, Residence 30. Living Room. Local Time: 1025 Hours.
Emma Booker
As we exited the bedroom, we were once more met with a similar sight reminiscent of the previous day’s. As there, on the couch, were the bickering pair that had seemed to have carried over their arguments from the previous night.
Except this time, the context seemed to have thankfully shifted to something new.
“Every minute I waste in this room for the sake of that Earthrealmer is another minute that I grow increasingly more famished. It is unbecoming of a noble to sit in waiting for a commoner. In fact, it should be the other way around. Or perhaps this is yet another one of your Havenbrockian reforms that test the Nexus’ patience, Prince Thalmin?” I could hear Ilunor snapping at Thalmin just as we made our way into the living room proper.
Thalmin, amazingly, resisted responding in kind as he got up as soon as we made our way towards the pair.
“We were waiting for the both of you, but it should be fine. Should we miss the breakfast, there is always an a la carte menu we can-”
“I have met the criterion for your unlawful detainment, mercenary. Thus, I shall take my leave.” Ilunor promptly jumped off from the couch and began trotting his way over to the door, his little legs were clearly attempting to generate some sort of a forceful series of thumps as he did so, but only resulted in a light series of taps given his diminutive size.
“Hold on a minute there! That wasn’t our agreement! You agreed to-”
“I agreed to wait for the Earthrealmer and the tainted one. I have no other reason to be here. Now, I must resume my extracurriculars. You lot can do whatever it is you get up to. I will be having none of it.” Ilunor turned to face the Lupinor one final time, before slamming the front door shut, and skittering off.
This made things so much simpler as it meant we were in the clear for now.
“I’m sorry princess.” Thalmin turned to face Thacea. “I thought we might be able to squeeze something out of him yet, but the Vunerian continues to be as squirmy as a prairie rodent.”
“It’s quite alright, Thalmin.” Thacea began, as she turned towards me as if to confirm whether or not I wanted her to proceed on my behalf. To which I did. “There are a few matters we must address regarding Ilunor, which I suggest we do over a short breakfast, as we have even more pressing matters following this.”
After a reluctant pause, the lupinor prince nodded in agreement, leading to both of us sitting down-
-and a privacy screen being brought down soon after.
“So, shall we talk about this over a brunch platter?”

The Transgracian Academy for the Magical Arts, En Route to the Healing Wing. Local Time: 1050 Hours.
Thalmin’s reactions were nothing short of what I’d expected.
There was absolute outrage, followed by an unrepentant series of growls, capped off with barks of seething anger at the same clips I’d played for Thacea earlier.
The mercenary prince was perhaps even more uncomfortable than I was at my entry into this game, as it was clear Thalmin despite his noble heritage, wasn’t really one to dabble in it at all.
“I’m telling you Emma, this is a dangerous path forward. Are you certain you are making the wisest choice?” He spoke once again, continuing the conversation from earlier, underneath yet another privacy screen Thacea was maintaining as we approached the medical wing.
“I don’t like it either, Thalmin. There’s nothing more I hate than playing politics, but it’s unfortunately a pill I have to swallow if we’re going to get to the bottom of the issues surrounding Ilunor. I mean, I overheard you guys arguing late into the night. I really don’t think confronting him normally is going to get us anywhere.”
The lupinor let out a sigh of defeat at that, as he lowered his head in my general direction. “I can’t fault that logic, Emma. Perhaps… speaking his language, as you put it, would bring us some resolution to this frankly irritating problem. However…” The Lupinor’s voice lowered, just as we were about to reach the doors to the healing wing proper. “I know how these games work, Emma. It’s dangerous, so make sure you tread lightly, and just know that I, as part of your peer group, am here to support you should the need arise.” The prince reassured me with a smirk, as we pushed past the double doors and into the medical wing proper.
Or at least, that’s what I thought, as we entered what looked to be a massive circular room with multiple branching hallways connected to it like spokes on a wheel. In typical Academy-fashion however, the room really wasn’t at all modest with its size. As it went up a solid twenty or so stories, with high pillars piercing straight up into a marble-lined rotunda with moving murals painted on it like some grand cathedral. Between these pillars were little outcroppings where several gargoyles were perched.
Gargoyles which I could swear were looking straight at us.
My gut was proven right again, as it only took a few seconds after our entry for these stony beasts to come to life, with multiple bursts of mana-radiation accompanying what could only be described as the sounds of cracking concrete.
Soon enough, several large gargoyles made harsh, heavy landings right in front of us. The two closest to us held out their arms, before zapping two stony spears into existence, crossing them in a clear display to stop us from going any further.
“Halt!” A voice commanded from above, as a shadowy figure landed right in front of the two gargoyles blocking our path. The figure’s face was hidden underneath an unnatural shadow casted by his hood, revealing just two trapezoidal lights where his eyes should be. “The healing wing is currently off-limits to visitors. So state your ailment, or leave where you came from.” The voice boomed, echoing throughout the large open space, as all eyes within the room now landed squarely on us.
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(Author’s Note: Hey guys! We see more glimpses of Emma's quality of life getting set up here, and we're now making our way over to the apprentice! I hope you guys enjoy! :D The next Chapter is already up on Patreon if you guys are interested in getting early access to future chapters!)
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2023.05.28 19:04 The_Ol_SlipSlap Fast Attack Cruiser (WIP)

Fast Attack Cruiser (WIP)
Fast Attack Cruiser (WIP). Featuring a fistful of torpedos to break shields, accompanied by broadsides and lateral missile bays to finish off the pass. Four fighter bays and 2 shuttle bays. Not as tough as a light cruiser, but much faster and more maneuverable.
Currently just a husk, I'll fill it in eventually. I'll also upload to the workshop soon, I know a lot of folks prefer a husk so they can add their own innards.
(Last pic left to right: frigate, FA cruiser, heavy cruiser)
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2023.05.28 19:02 puppypei Anyone in peri have short periods?

I know long periods are common in peri but what about short ones? I (40f) have been experiencing mostly 21 to 22 day cycles (this month was 25 days yay!). My actual bleed only lasts about 4 days. Day 1 starts light and can get medium to heavy. Day 2 is a bloodbath. By day 3, it can get light to medium again and by day 4, it is barely there with mostly pinkish spotting. I usually get some brown spotting 1-2 days before and after my period.
Edit: forgot to say I'm not on any bc or HRT.
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2023.05.28 19:02 sugarglidersam 2016 Turbo vs R-Spec

So, my last car (2016 base velo) got totally fucked on thursday and i just replaced it with a 2016 Turbo R-Spec 7-speed DCT because fuckit, why not? I needed a car, wanted to go with a Turbo regardless, and missed out on a Rally edition (I wanted to get a manual transmission, the rally had about 10k less miles and was like 3k cheaper but like 5 hours away). My question is, what are the key differences between a regular Turbo model and the R-Spec for that year? I read a little bit and all I could find was suspension and maybe a different ECU mapping. From what I’m seeing, its a different instrument cluster and interior trim as well as a weird 7-speed transmission, but everything else is pretty much the same as the other VT’s I’ve been in/driven for that timeframe. I also noticed that she REALLY picks up in 3rd gear, like we finally went into hyperspace in the millennium falcon or something, which is a little bit different from other VT’s I’ve driven, but definitely not in a bad way. Could anyone shed some light on what notable differences there are? I do plan on doing minimal mods to the car, like an intake and high flow cat and maybe a tune and a sway bar and tsb, but beyond that and a wrap (bc i don’t fw white cars) and spec-d headlights again, I’m not planning to mod the car much, but any suggestions in those areas would be greatly appreciated.
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2023.05.28 19:00 sxtxnn What is this leaf damage?

First time grower here. I'm growing kritical in a small tent.
Today I went to check on my plant and everything seems fine except his one leaf
There is also a picture of the whole plant.
I FIM it last week, I usually feed a small amount of nutrients x2 a week and water it every other day when the soil is dry.
Anyone could help me with what this could be? Could it be just a drop of water that burned the leaf with the light?
Thanks in advance!
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2023.05.28 18:46 Feeling-Highway5559 Mid 30s F (w/ an ED history): why is losing so hard now and instead, my waist line has expanded despite efforts? Makes no sense!

Hi everyone! Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk :) Just so friggin frustrated so figured I'd reach out to you lovely people to see what you think on my current situation.
For some context: I've done yo-yo dieting since my teens, never was really overweight (my heaviest I was a size 8, my lowest I was a size 2). I've always had a large chest, so I avoid weighing myself because 1) I'll spiral if I see a number I don't like and can see myself regressing and become incredibly restrictive again 2) I never can tell how much of that number is dedicated to my chest (we're talking Gs!!), so I just avoid it as to not overthink it.
I'm now 34 -- and for the last year or so, I've noticed my waist expand. At first, it felt mainly like bloating, but when measuring (shouldn't have done that!), I noticed I gained about 1.5inch on my waist line. Because I was feeling so bleck and bloated and overall gross, I started wearing blousy pants and skirts so I didn't have to wear my jeans. They were all size 26s that always fit me. Yesterday, just to prove to myself that I feel like something IS off, I tried on a pair. Fit my legs, and when I got to the waist, I had to TRY to PULL them closed which I eventually did after an insane amount of effort -- but ended up popping the zipper because obviously they were clearly no longer my size.
Since this has been bothering me for MONTHS, I went to the DR. Got blood work. The only thing that came back was low ferritin and I am now on an iron supplement and have been for almost 2 months. Haven't noticed too many changes from that. I also have high cholesterol, but I believe that's genetic, my ratio is fine, but it always comes back high and no doctors I've seen seem concerned because the ratio is okay.

Current status:
Food: I've done it all when it comes to eating: paleo, ketotarian, low carb, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, etc. Now I've been choosing food freedom, at a little bit of everything, balanced, but still have a lot of that orthorexia mindset (I scan labels for sugar, carbs, ingredients, eat organic, etc). I even became a health coach via IIN and always ensure my meals are as nourishing as possible, with vitamin rich foods (I also allow myself space to eat things that I wouldn't normally go for if I'm at an event, etc). I eat red meat roughly around 3x a week, and offset other days with veggie protein like beans, or some roasted chicken. When I've done cleanses lately, my body does NOT budge. I did a smoothie/bone broth cleanse by a local company in LA for 10 days and my weight did not change.
Drinking: occasional, but since I turned 30, I drink less and less. I feel buzzed after one glass of wine these days.
Cycle: relatively normal -- 1x a month, 25ish day cycle, leans lighter but still 5ish days.
Fitness: I have a personal trainer for the last 8 months, 3x a week, mix of a bit of cardio but focused on weight-lighting/Crossfit style workouts. I even mentioned to him how I am shocked I haven't seen physical results (I feel stronger, I am lifting heavier and have better aerobics (when I'm hiking in LA, I'm not out of breath or struggling, or rowing I'm not dying the way I felt like I was when I first started, etc), I can feel my ab muscles when I press on my abdomen, but there is ZERO definition or musculature, etc). He said we could try doing more cardio to help meet my "new" goal of weight loss, but also said it could be because my metabolism is starting to slow down in my 30s. I just cannot believe that it would be THIS hard. I did Crossfit in my mid 20s and within a few weeks I could see SO much tone. I know in the 30s things slow down, but to this level? To actually gain inches and see no definition while working this hard to stay so consistent? I also have been peppering in Pilates and gentler work outs in between to help with mobility, stretching, and supporting my nervous system.
Stress levels: I'm a HIGHLY anxious person. Perfectionist tendencies (can you tell by all my details and rabbit holes above? HA!). Always ready to react and handle things at work, I take on a lot, constantly in meetings, problem solving, overseeing a team, etc. After the day is over, I'm so tired and feel like my nervous system is so shot I need to just rest to charge my batteries for the next day. Also, I have panic/GAD and am prescribed Xanax as needed. Panic attacks have gotten progressively worse in the last 3-4 months.
I find this all SO strange, and can't stop wondering why this also feels primarily focused on my abdomen. My face doesn't look fuller (typically when I gain weight, it's thighs/midsection/face first).
I wanted to post here because frankly I am SO frustrated. Doctors seem to dismiss me thus far, I'm treating myself like a lab rat (bought and started taking adrenal support from Thorne, as well as Berberine from Thorne). I've done a parasite cleanse (actually think this helped a bit with the extreme bloat) -- and all the things you can imagine, I've probably tried. I just started the adrenal support, so maybe I should give it more time, but something just feels effing off. I figured I'd put this out here in the Reddit world in case anyone says: hey, I recognized this and/or have had similar experiences and could share some other insights I may have not thought of.

Made a follow up appt with my GP for next week -- definitely hope to suggest to him anything I hear here! I have such a distrust towards most doctors these days.

Thank you all so much in advance. Thankful for communities like these...
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2023.05.28 18:42 Salty-Photo-57 During the Hollywood scandal of stealing Eddie Fisher from Debbie Reynolds (Mother of Carrie Fisher), Elizabeth Taylor was forced to make one last film for WB where they had her play a huge tramp. Elizabeth Taylor won her first Academy Award for this role.

During the Hollywood scandal of stealing Eddie Fisher from Debbie Reynolds (Mother of Carrie Fisher), Elizabeth Taylor was forced to make one last film for WB where they had her play a huge tramp. Elizabeth Taylor won her first Academy Award for this role. submitted by Salty-Photo-57 to popculturechat [link] [comments]

2023.05.28 18:38 NoBlood800 George Mason Tickler Update Post

For those who saw my last post, I’d like to give a few updates 1. Yes i’m a CS student 2. I found him I was walking to my first hour class when i felt a slight breeze on my behind. I was wearing my tight adidas track pants so I don’t know how I possibly could have, so i realized he was back. This time it was in a public setting, so I knew if I looked behind me he’d be there. So that’s exactly what I did. I turned around and saw a tall, black haired, latino person standing right behind me wearing a blue t shirt. I finally stood up for myself when I told him to stop touching me there without consent because I was starting to not like it anymore. He denied this and said he “Never even touched yo stank ass” and he proceeded to try and gas light me by saying my crack was showing but I caught him red handed, why would I believe him? If you see this individual of this description please stay away.
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2023.05.28 18:38 GarlicBreadEater132 New to camcorders - I have some questions - JVC GR-SXM320

About a month and a half ago I picked up a JVC GR-SXM320 Camcorder from my local savers, and I have a few questions since I havent been able to figure out some small things.
It came with two battery packs, and I have left one charging for the last month, and the light has remained orange. I just tried to put it into the camera, and it immediately died. Is this a potential issue with the battery pack or the charger?
And second, I originally bought this with hopes of being able to record it to a newer form of storage, like a flash drive or an sd card. Is there a device I can purchase or potentially this camcorder has on-board support for an sd card?
Any updates and information is greatly appreciated!
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2023.05.28 18:35 ota_17 Does anyone know a reason why a phone would stop working?

I have an LG from 2018. Sadly, I don't know the exact model. It was working just fine an hour ago, I put it to charge while I was playing games, and now its not opening anymore. It was charging since it did show me the charging light and it also cant be dead since it was at 40% last time I checked on it. I tried keeping the power off and volume up button to get into the android thingy, but that also didn't work. It didn't have any prior water damage. If anyone has any ideas about the reason, please let me know.
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2023.05.28 18:34 WavePunched Need help with BBA

Need help with BBA
Hello guys
This tank is now 1 year old. It's a low tech tank i would say. I am fighting BBA now since almost 6 months. I have no idea why it came or what the reason is.
I am removing it every time i do a water change. As much as i can. I am almost at a point where i give up on it.
The BBA shows of on the harscape, gravel and my anubias.
It was hard to get photos of the BBA
My water parameters in my opinnion are absolutly fine (visible on the last picture)
Things i did to get rid of it: - reduced the light to 6 hours on 50% intensity - reduced the flow - got 2 siamese algea eaters (they dont even touch the BBA) - Gravel vacuumed the foreground to reduce the waste in my tank - Cleaned the filter more often (every 4 weeks) - Got floating plants to reduce exess nutrients (they where dying because of to much flow, so i got rid i of them) - Increased the Waterchanges (i do 30% every two weeks)
The only thing i didn't try is to work with chemicals (i am no fan of this)
Would appreciate your help, tipps and opinnion on this. It is to consider that i don't want to use any co2.
Thanks a lot for taking you're time.
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2023.05.28 18:33 ota_17 Does anyone know a reason why a phone would just stop working?

I have an LG from 2018. Sadly, I don't know the exact model. It was working just fine an hour ago, I put it to charge while I was playing games, and now its not opening anymore. It was charging since it did show me the charging light and it also cant be dead since it was at 40% last time I checked on it. I tried keeping the power off and volume up button to get into the android thingy, but that also didn't work. It didn't have any prior water damage. If anyone has any ideas about the reason, please let me know.
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2023.05.28 18:32 WavePunched Need help with BBA

Need help with BBA
Hello guys
This tank is now 1 year old. It's a low tech tank i would say. I am fighting BBA now since almost 6 months. I have no idea why it came or what the reason is.
I am removing it every time i do a water change. As much as i can. I am almost at a point where i give up on it.
The BBA shows of on the harscape, gravel and my anubias.
It was hard to get photos of the BBA
My water parameters in my opinnion are absolutly fine (visible on the last picture)
Things i did to get rid of it: - reduced the light to 6 hours on 50% intensity - reduced the flow - got 2 siamese algea eaters (they dont even touch the BBA) - Gravel vacuumed the foreground to reduce the waste in my tank - Cleaned the filter more often (every 4 weeks) - Got floating plants to reduce exess nutrients (they where dying because of to much flow, so i got rid i of them) - Increased the Waterchanges (i do 30% every two weeks)
The only thing i didn't try is to work with chemicals (i am no fan of this)
Would appreciate your help, tipps and opinnion on this. It is to consider that i don't want to use any co2.
Thanks a lot for taking you're time.
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2023.05.28 18:30 rose1613 What is my season based on these colors?

What is my season based on these colors?
Makeup: I benefit from dark-deep Smokey eyeshadow a dark cool-toned brown/small traces of black/dark pinks is my best friend I also look really good in green eyeshadow lights will just not show up or they’ll wash me out and mediums can do the same. Brown mascara just does nothing for me and has no effect on my eyelashes well black mascara deeps them slightly and extends them(I’m not sure what to make out of it) I use black eyeliner so it shows against the Smokey eye it makes me look very doe-eyed if applied minimally. Well I can go deep with eyeshadow I prefer not to unless it’s a formal occasion and I’ll usually pair it with a pink lip. Lipsticks can easily look dull on me which is why I need to go quite vibrant with them my best red is quite bright it’s the Sephora collection satin hydrating lipstick-Excessively good in the last picture despite this I can’t go too dark because I’m medium-dark and I can’t go too bright for clothing. bare minerals-optimisim is the best non reddish pink I can use. And 180 rogue artist shine on works as a light lipstick for me. I benefit from Berry toned blushes that lean cool and I find most olive foundations to be too warm for my olive skin. I can’t pull off nudes Overall coloring: I have medium contrast so overly light colors look terrible on me but too dark causes shadows and harshness my best neutrals are dark grey+white. I’m neutral-cool. I can handle 50-75% brightness but not above or below that. And lean medium-dark.
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2023.05.28 18:30 writerlady118 I wish I could recommend A Game of Malice and Greed

Hi everyone. This post is mostly me just airing out my feelings on this book and see if everyone else felt this way. I've seen so many positive reviews of it, so I feel like maybe this is a case of it's not you it's me lol. I won't be dropping any spoilers, mostly because I haven't finished it.
Saw this book in the library, filed under Romance, saw it had some interesting fantasy vibes (the back of the book did not really give me an accurate summary), took a peek at some of the fabulous artwork inside and said sure, why not. I started reading, and I have to say that I was enjoying it. Is it a story that will light your ass on fire? No. It's essentially a retelling of Aladdin, the Disney version specifically, but geared more towards adults. But I found some of it fun, funny and charming. It's also a very long book -- about 600 pages, with font that covers each page from top to bottom in a tightly knit way, so know that you'll be in for one hell of an investment if this sounds like your thing.
My biggest problem, however, and the reason that I'm considering DNFing it, is because the writing really lets the whole thing down. First of all, there are 4 POV protagonists -- 2 male, 2 female -- and after some pages in, I noticed that a lot of their voices began to sound the same. The princess swears just as often as the thief. The genie character also doesn't hesitate to drop some F bombs, even the refined and disciplined guardsman guy swears often. Now, I don't care about swearing. I personally swear like a goddamn sailor every chance I get, and if your character does, too, then sure, do what makes you happy. I am, however, of the mindset that I don't think EVERY character needs to drop the F bomb, especially if it's going to seem out of character. They also are all quipy and quick to point out people's appearances in a fairly negative fashion. I'll be real with you, I almost dropped the book right then and there in the very beginning when the thief character droned on and on about how ugly his target was. After about 3 pages of this, the thief then says that his target is a truly horrid person, beating her servants and basically being the equivalent of a rich asshole. Again, fine, I like seeing rich assholes get their comeuppance just like anyone else, I'm sure. But why did I have to read all these paragraphs of this "ugly old hag" before I got to the reveal about her behavior? You could say it's a character trait, and that's fine. I'm always willing to give assholes at least one more chance before I dismiss them. Yet, the princess character then goes on about her future betrothed's appearance multiple times. Yes, her betrothed is also a major asshole, but I felt the princess character focused way too much on how ugly he was on the outside rather than focusing on being repulsed by his actions. It made me question: Would she like him better if he was hot? Which I don't think was the goal, but it was a thought I couldn't help but have.
"Wait," I hear you say, "did you just say PARAGRAPHS? As in MULTIPLE?" Yes, and this is my absolute biggest problem with this book: it loves to repeat itself. There are pages, as in MULTIPLE, of characters repeating information that we just learned, almost as if they're afraid I got hit by a brick halfway through reading, causing me to become a temporary amnesiac. Last night I got so frustrated because I was reading the first POV chapter from the genie and the ENTIRE chapter was basically her repeating ad nauseam that she had lost everything, that her situation was hopeless, that not even the animals she creates in her world want to be around her, about how much she loved her sister and how sad she is that her sister is gone. It went on for about five to six pages. The other three characters also tend to do the same thing. Once I thought we were completely done with a subject, only to have it be brought up again two paragraphs later. It's frustrating and irritating. Someone really needed to step in and cut large chunks of this out, because if you did, you would have what I believe to be a much shorter, fun, fairy tale adventure story with some interesting worldbuilding.
Here's an example of one sentence in this book that I found absolutely aggravating on a technical and story telling level:
"I'm sorry," I breathed a pointless apology to the single man in the world who had seen my face beyond my father and would suffer a terrible fate because of it.
I just . . . Why couldn't the sentence just end with "I'm sorry," I breathed? The rest of the information had already been hammered into the reader well beyond this point and just feels so unnecessary and awkward. And it happens often and in ways where it tries to trick you into believing its offering you a new subject (i.e. unnecessarily wordy). Do you get what I'm saying? Like it repeats itself a lot. In many paragraphs across many pages. Did I mention it repeats itself? It's frustrating that it repeats itself. I wish someone had cut those sections out. This book is 600 pages long. I think it should have been maybe 400 at best.
Anyway, I know this has been a negative Nancy review so far. So I will say some things I like, and the reason why I'm so conflicted about dropping it. I like the world building. I like the fairy tale aspect of it, like two people literally seeing each other for the first time and falling magically and hopelessly in love. I like the humor in it; there were several occasions where I laughed out loud and that's very rare for me when it come to books. (The Calm down, Jacinda part had me rolling.) I like the personality of some of the characters, too, in that they don't take things TOO seriously (sometimes) and I really wished that part had been doubled down on. If the things I mentioned don't bother you, then by all means, give this book a shot. You'll probably have a good time with it. Me? I don't know. I'm struggling. This book has a lot of really positive reviews, and, yeah, I can see why.
Have any of you fine people read this book? What were your thoughts? Is there a reason why I should continue? Did you see something in it that I failed to mention or would like to point out to me? Please let me know. Also let me know if I should just give up on it lol. And if you are one of the authors of this book and you came across this post, I apologize. It's not you it's me.
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2023.05.28 18:30 WypsotorTVN Movement-Based 3-Cat Spam

Replace melee with Thermal Ultra Scythe. I don't have it yet 🥲
This is the most successful 3cat set I've used thus far. It mostly focuses around movement and speed, allowing me getting into the action quick and escape if needed, all while avoiding being hit.
Let's start with the spam weapons. Ultimatum speaks for itself. Anni Champ Rifle can be swapped out with other options, but I opt to use this one since it's basically Harsh Punisher but exchanging some of its body shot damage for ricochet. Pixel Cola Refresher is absolutely busted though, and it's probably the most important part of this loadout for me. Higher rocket jumps, no delay, good damage, and able to be solo spammed in a pinch.
The backup is Eternal Light, mostly so that I have an automatic heal if necessary; grapple away if low, and swap to this one to fully regen.
Then the melee and the special; the dash and the grapple. I only have Ninja Swordpad, and Thermal Ultra Scythe would obviously be more optimal. And Gift Stealer I personally prefer over VGD, though it's basically interchangeable. Both of these weapons allow for quick movement rather than offense.
I use Dev Armor over UDA and Demo Mask over Pumpkin Mask. Both of these options give me better speed and jump, which make it easier to maneuver.
Lastly are gadgets. Time Machine is insane on this set. Dashing forward, rocket jumping, or grappling can be undone immediately, confusing the opponent and catching them off guard. And then the throwable can be either Bees or Shurikens depending on whether you're on a close quarters map or a more open area.
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2023.05.28 18:30 Krixwell Alphabetical watch orders

So over here, u/Nine_Eye_Ron joked about watching Steven Universe in "alphabetical order", and it got me curious about just how ridiculous that order would get. A little listing and alphabetizing later, I'd like to share the two new ideal watch orders for the series.

Alphabetized by season

In this version, the seasons are in order, but the episodes within each season are alphabetized (counting 1A and 1B separately). It's a little less ridiculous than the alternative, so we'll save the really dumb one for last.

Season 1A

Season 1B

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

The Movie

SU: Future

Alphabetized all together

But who cares about seasons? Let's start the show off strong by watching A Single Pale Rose at the very beginning!
Truly the most logical way to watch this series.
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2023.05.28 18:29 Shellerellaaa Very worried after neck adjustment

Hiya. 28 year old female. 170cm 65kg. I smoke about 10 cigarettes a day. Other than POTS (I have low blood pressure with the tachycardia on standing) I have no other health issues that I know of. Recently had a normal brain MRI, clear chest x-ray, clear echocardiogram, clear abdomen ultrasound, normal bloods. Prior to getting POTS I was in the best shape of my life doing pole fitness and aerial silks.
Just wondering if someone could let me know if I'm just overthinking or if there's a big problem at hand. Backstory: recently diagnosed with POTS (got it from covid in 22). I have all the usual symptoms since. In February I had a fall where I hit the side of my head. It wasn't bad and I wasn't concussed or anything. Had an MRI on my brain after and it was clear. Didn't think anyone about it. After a few weeks I started getting headaches and some neck pain along with some dizziness (not light-headed but more like every now and again my head would feel like how when you're sleeping and feel like youre falling. It's hard to describe). I also started getting chronic nausea. I ended up going to see a chiropractofunctional neurologist 3 days ago. He also does functional medicine so I didn't expect there to be any adjustment stuff. I'm just at my wits end so just wanted to try another option. After checking my neck he said it was completely misaligned to the side. He pressed in one part and it was really sore but the other side was fine. He then said he thought a neck adjustment would be beneficial. I was terrifed but find it hard to advocate for myself so I agreed after he went through the risks. He did 2 other adjustments on my back and one on my neck. I didn't feel any different afterwards tbh. But then yesterday I started getting random pains up the sides and back of my neck (not severe but annoying) and my head feels a bit wobbly. It also feels like something in pulling in my neck and my upper back. I have mild pain in the sides of my head at times too. I'm also extremely fatigued (I normally have fatigue with POTS but not to this level)
My question is is this serious enough that I should go to EGP or should I wait a few days to see if it clears? I know some pain afterwards is normal but I read that it shouldn't last longer than 48 hours.
Also just to point out i will not be going back to him.
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2023.05.28 18:27 Goldenglove21 Swinging with friends who live in our neighborhood question 45m/43f

We have become good friends with another couple that live in our neighborhood. Great people and and get along amazingly. Feel like we have known they for many years even though it has only been 18 months. We generally hangout with them almost weekly. We exchange almost daily group texts that are just jokes, poking fun at each and about hanging out. There is also individual texts between my wife and the other wife, my wife and husband, husband and myself and other wife and myself. Nothing in the text messages has ever suggested swinging but there seams to be some light flirting between all of us but nothing really sexual. However when we hang out swinging jokes get brought up but nothing actually pursued or talked about in-depth.
Last night we hung out with them again and after a lot of drinking, things did get brought up especially between the husband and my wife. I honestly don’t have a problem with it but not sure if the other couple keeps “jokingly” brings it up because they are interested in it or not.
My wife and I have never full swapped but have had a situation where my wife and another wife have played together and then we ended up have same room sex with our own spouses. My wife and I have talked in the past that we would be ok with it with the right people but don’t want it planned. If it happens it happens.
Question is, is this the right situation or with them being friends and neighbors or is that to close to home?
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2023.05.28 18:25 0Adiemus0 Does this sound like vasoconstriction?

Hey all, so to preface, I've taken Lucy many times in the past few years. I haven't taken it in a minute though as I wasn't able to find a reliable source until recently. I also never tested these tabs as I trusted the source, first mistake, I know. But what I experienced has never happened to me in previous trips.
So everything was going relatively smooth. Everything started having fractals and geometry to it, and I decided to smoke my doobie. I go into my room to lay down and meditate/experience Lucy, but with the visuals becoming my whole field of vision and along with that, my heart started racing incredibly fast and my body felt like it was being squished together. I immediately got up and started panicking a bit I believe as I wasn't sure why my heart was racing so fast. It's raced fast before, but I could not calm it down. I was sweating, shaking, and having thoughts that I might've took Nbome. Horrid feeling. Legit thought I was going to die for a while there.
It seemed like deep breathing and walking back and forth in my room was the only solution as I feel it would've been overwhelming for me to continue looking into the visuals with how my body was handling Lucy. I tried stretching, staying hydrated, researching if anybody was experiencing what I had. I did this for about 3 hours. There were also points where I had felt I needed to call 911 or wake my mom up to take me to the hospital it was so bad.
At one point it felt like the right side of my arm and face were becoming numb while I was walking around, but it was able to subside in some minutes.
I have NEVER had an acid trip where my heart rate was racing as it was or the feeling of my body going numb. I've read of other people on this sub having similar issues though so I'm not sure if this is a regularly normal occurrence.
I WILL get them tested, I ordered one last night. But is it very possible this could've been the result of vasoconstriction for the majority? I understand a good chunk very likely could've been from me panicking about not testing it. I've read from various people on this sub that having a light jog/working out beforehand helps, along with magnesium, l-arginine, and ibuprofen, and l-citrulline.
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2023.05.28 18:25 Chrisg2003bt Custom D100 'Wishing' Well for Shrine of Luck

Hi everyone,
Posted on here not too long ago starting up a D100 list for the Shrine of Luck in Phandalin and so I've created the following from various D100 lists, curses, random magic items generators which are all free to use.
It's in it's finished state now! - so wanted to share it so others can use. Ill still welcome any feedback if you've got it. Only a Nat 1 and a Nat 100 are guaranteed to be negative & positive respectively. Everything else is assigned randomly.
I can't post the whole thing here as its a d100 with lots of info/flavour - So I've got a link to the table:
I've posted as much as I can below:
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Beside the shrine of luck stands an old stone well, the well has a sign affixed to its side that says:
'Loyal followers of Tymora, Goddess of Luck, may test their faith once a day by throwing 10 gp into this well and asking for her blessing. Tymora giveth and taketh - May luck shine upon you.’
Upon 10 gp being thrown into the well the following happens:
‘You hear the coins chink against the side of the well, before splashing in the water. Sparks fly up from the well itself, forming magically into the word [Keyword] before dissipating into the air.’
Then you (DM) resolve the result from the players D100 roll.
D100 Keyword Result Notes/Mechanics
1 Talons Every magic item you wear or carry disintegrates. Artifacts in your possession aren't destroyed but do Vanish. Instantly revealed by the DM
2 Signet A silver ring appears on the rim of the well. The ring has a small hidden compartment. Ring is worth 50gp. Can store reasonable tiny items or liquid.
3 Peace You cannot bare the thought of harming another creature or being. During all combat for the next 24hours you are bottom of the initiative order without the need to roll. Bottom of the initiative list in all combats in the next 24 hour period.
4 Heavyweight You are immune to being intoxicated for the next 1d4 days Role play - Not immune to POISON - just immune to getting drunk.
5 Clover 4 leaf clovers sprout from your hair. The next time you roll below a 5 on an attack roll, you can re-roll. Regardless of if you choose to re-roll or not, the clovers rot and fall off. As described - player informed
6 Reflect Your next spell or attack targets yourself. Unknown to playecharacter until proc.
7 Thorns Spiked Vines grow from your body - any creature that touches you takes additional damage. 1d4 pierce damage - Lasts 1d20 hours
8 Bow Item appears on the rim of the well - Attunement, Analysing or ‘Identify’ spell reveals this is: Silent Bow - Longbow made out of bone white wood that feels unnaturally light. The first arrow from it casts silence (one minute duration) centered on where it landed, regardless of whether it hit the intended target or not. Breaking the arrow ends the silence early. This ability recharges after every short or long rest. Item as described. Requires attunement.
9 Dagger A dagger falls from 30ft above the character, just missing them, and sticks into the ground at their feet. This dagger is cursed to always miss on anything but a Nat 20. Analysing or ‘Identify’ spell reveals this dagger does extra psychic damage on critical - it does not reveal the curse. Dagger does crit damage + 1d20 psychic damage on Nat20.
10 Bow Bow of returning - This is a +2 bow - however it has a hidden curse. Every arrow that is fired, if the arrow misses the player must make a Dex Save DC17 or get hit with their own arrow. +2 bow. DC 15 Dex save on miss or be struck by own arrow
11 Narcolepsy Character falls asleep on any Nat 1 save or check in the next 24hours - DC15 WIS check to awaken. See: 'Unconscious' condition for effects. Revealed to player only on Proc.
12 Spoon The character finds a wooden spoon in their bag. Every time they retrieve an item they find another wooden spoon. Every time they investigate an area they find another wooden spoon. Every time they search a body they find another wooden spoon. If they intentionally attempt to locate, retrieve, or use a spoon the task is impossible. Lasts 24hours. Revealed by DM at first opportunity and all subsequent occurrences.
13 Kinslayer The character is consumed with a lurking urge to destroy those nearest and dearest to their heart, especially the members of their own family. Once every 12 hours the player must make a DC 15 WIS check, if they fail they must immediately attack the closest member of the party. Lasts 24hours, roll once every 12 hours. (3 rolls total during this period - start, 12 hours, and end). Fight lasts until one of the fighting party members is unconscious, then the urge ceases.
14 Cursed Roll a D6 - you immediately lose 2 points from one of the following base stats. (1) STR, (2) DEX, (3) CON, (4) INT, (5) WIS, (6) CHA Remove 2 point from the character randomly chosen by dice roll. Permanently.
15 Agile You feel the power of the gods flow through you - you feel lighter on your feet, you feel like you could backflip and might actually make the landing. Give it a go. Your Dexterity is permanently increased by 1 point. DEX is increased by 1 point. Permanently
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