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Divided, They Rise; Part 5

2020.09.29 09:48 GreenMrSmith Divided, They Rise; Part 5

Preface:
This story takes place in a “world” that I am currently writing a “book” about which is based on a Hearts of Iron IV match. So, credit goes to Paradox Interactive for this alternate history scenario, I think?
If you don’t like any members of the Axis faction or their ideologies on display, even a warped and diluted version of them, then I recommend not reading this, or at least, don’t go down to the comments to complain about it.
However, if you have any feedback or constructive criticism, I will happily accept that.
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Divided, They Rise
Part 4 (Private First Class Jeh’vei Oneyints’ Perspective)
Everything descends into organized chaos. We form up and march out of the human base as now hundreds of humans appear out of nowhere and start scrambling in all different directions. When we finally get back to our base we organize into our squads and go to get our gear from the storage facility. After we grab our gear, for some reason we are just reorganized on the staging area. No mission briefing, no objective updates on our HUDs, just waiting.
I am surprised to see human soldiers also forming up in our staging area. Then Major General Voux-Itarlin calls us to attention and begins.
“Soldiers of the Thousand Star Federation! Listen up! The Qua’Vinchi will be making planet fall in just a few more hours. The humans will be working very closely with us to help us repel the enemy. They will be providing air support which will be both good and bad. Good in the sense that they will give us direct fire support but also bad if you're in the area that they are lighting up. As such, every one of our squads will be joining a human squad who can communicate with their own, uh ‘planes’. Therefore a human squad will approach yours and you will both be joining together in the field. We don’t have time to start a formal joint structure, but we did prepare an emergency joint operation in case something like this were to happen. All troops! Fall out and reorganize with the humans.”
After that my squad is approached by a group of familiar looking humans.
“Soldier!” the human squad commander yells to mine. “Confirm your identity and your squad’s role!”
“I am Corporal Mel’Yeet of the 2nd light reconnaissance squad, sir.” my squad lead says.
“Good! I’m Staff Sergeant Enrique Fuego. I am in charge of the spotting squad. We’ll be joining squads and I will be in charge of the platoon, you will be my second in command, how does that sound?”
“I cannot go against my superiors, sir. Lead the way.” my Corporal says.
After that we march, well more like run, with the humans into the thick jungle. According to Staff Sergeant Fuego we are heading to higher ground so that we can help the planes, somehow. There is a mountain that rises beyond the thick flora to the north of our base, I guess we are going there then? But how could we possibly help the planes? What could they possibly need help with from a platoon? So, I asked my Corporal that question to ask the Staff Sergeant.
“Corporal?”
“Yes, Private?”
“I have a question for the Staff Sergeant, sir.”
“You are permitted to speak.”
“Sir, can you please ask the Staff Sergeant what or how could we possibly do to help the planes? We are just a platoon of infantry, sir. Thank you.”
“I will pass the question along to him, and you are welcome, Private. Staff Sergeant! I have a question for you from one of my men sir.”
“Is it a stupid question, Corporal?”
“N-no sir! It is a tactical question, sir.”
“Then ask away, Corporal.”
“I am sorry to disturb you sir. I won’t ask the question, sir.”
“What?!” Staff Sergeant Fuego stares directly at Corporal Mel’Yeet over his shoulder while still keeping pace with the group.
“You want to ask a question and I gave you the go ahead. Why did you retract?”
“But Staff Sergeant, you said ‘ask away’ which would mean that the action of asking the question has been declined under the pretense of the word ‘away’ meaning-”
“As far as I understand the phrase, it actually means that you are permitted to ask the question, Corporal.” The Staff Sergeant interrupts. “It depends on the context that both the phrase and the words are being used in, now what was the question, Corporal?”
“The question, sir, is ‘what or how could we possibly do to help the planes?’”
“To answer that soldier’s question, we are going to spot the enemy, observe the enemy, and report what we see to the planes. Our job is to coordinate with the planes to make sure that they are leveling the right place and that they aren’t killing our own. Your job is to help us with that since you’re a light recon squad. Also, if our position is compromised, you're gonna help us defend it. Any other questions?”
“Sir, I have a question myself that I would like to ask.” our Corporal responds.
“Ask the question” replies the Staff Sergeant.
“Why don’t you just use satellites for that sir?”
“That is a good question, Corporal!” Staff Sergeant Feugo bellows as his troops laugh. He then turns his head again at Corporal Mel’Yeet to tell him. “The reason that we don’t use any satellites is because we don’t have any. You see, Corporal, we figured that the only way the enemy can get on this planet is from orbit. So, if we put a satellite in orbit, they’re just gonna shoot it down. So we rolled back some of our tech by a few generations and started sending requests back home for newer and better stuff that don’t require a satellite to function. Thus, nothing that we are using right now runs on satellites, not our tech, not our tactics. Understand?”
“I understand, sir.” our Corporal responds.
Wait, the humans are using tech and tactics that don’t require satellites? How?! That means that they threw their technology so far back that there will be no way that they can be effective against the Qua’Vinchi! Wait, but… do they have some decent, up-to-date tech, how do those complex hovercraft convoys not require satellites for pathfinding? What about the transports? As these thoughts turn over in my head, we continue run-marching through the jungle for the next hour or so until we reach the base of the mountain.
“Well, that’s convenient. Did you guys carve this footpath into the mountain?” the Staff Sergeant asks while pointing to the wide, well-worn path that leads all of the way up the mountain in a winding motion.
“Yes, sir. We send troops up here either for exercise or for punishment. We would go a quarter of the way up, then down again for intensive exercise or halfway then back for punishment. It took us a few months to carve it out with our equipment, mostly due to planning. Sometimes, we would catch individuals or small groups trying to make it all of the way up for the view, but not many have been all of the way up yet, sir.” Corporal Mel’Yeet says.
“Have any of you gotten to the top?” The Staff Sergeant asks.
Our whole group responds with a “no”. And with that, we were made to quickly ascend the mountain. Now, the whole march through the forest wasn’t a problem for me. Long periods of exercise at a set pace over mostly even ground was what my people were born for. The great, rolling flatlands of home were always fun to run across. It was a common sport growing up where we would just run in a direction for hours just to see who had the best stamina.
However, climbing up this slope, after just running through the jungle, with all of my gear, is awful. I feel like I’m going to pass out. The air is getting thinner with every corner we turn. I can feel the distinct sensation of exhaustion setting in; my leg muscles are cramping, my chest feels tight, and my head feels light. Finally, already halfway up the mountain side, the humans let us have a break. They too must be feeling tired from all of this hiking, or at least, they must have realized how exhausted we are.
As we pause, catching our breath, the Staff Sergeant calls to us, “Whew, this is a nice hike, I’m finally starting to sweat on this low-grav rock of a planet. Hey, how are you guys holding up? You’re not dying on us, are you?”
My rifleman and combat-mate, Lance Corporal Jein’Kins, responds with a weak voice, “yes, sir. i, am.”
“You? Why are you dying?” The Staff Sergeant asks.
“Because, sir, my respiratory system, is… *heavy breathing* not built for this.”
“I see, Corporal Silva!”
“Yes sir!” one of the humans responds.
“Carry him!”
“Yes sir!”
The human Corporal proceeds to pick up my battle-mate and slings them over his shoulder like some kind of carrying bag.
“Now, we are going to be continuing, will anyone else need to be carried the rest of the way up?” Staff Sergeant Feugo asks us.
A few of my other squad mates ask to be carried as well, however, the humans don’t seem to object to this at all. In fact, they seem delighted to carry us, some of them are talking about “finally getting a good and proper exercise”. We continue our trek up the mountain side and only stop once we reach the top.
Once we do make it to the summit, a wide and mostly flat piece of land, I collapse. My hands and arms are the only things keeping me from face-planting into the dirt and rock. After a few, long moments on the ground I pick myself up to see the humans setting up their equipment. They pull long metal rods out of sacks, large canvases too, and begin setting up a kind of small base. I go to our Corporal, who is assisting the humans set up, and ask if I can help.
“We most definitely do need your help setting up this position, Private.” Corporal Mel’Yeet tells me as he hands me a primitive tool and metal spikes. “We need you to place those spikes into designated positions and strike them with the blunt end of that tool that I just gave you.”
“I shall do so sir. Where are these positions, sir?”
“Come over here and I’ll show ya!” The human, Corporal Silva, calls from the other side of the structure that they are setting up. “You see these ropes that lead to the tarp?” he says while pointing to an elongated piece of weave that connects to the large canvas.
“Yes, sir” I reply.
“Good. Now, ya see those loops at the ends of the ropes?” he asks while pointing at the end of a weave, which appears to have been manipulated so that it coils around and… into itself?
“Yes, sir” I say.
“Good, I’m going to need you to hammer in those spikes on the inside of the loops so we can finish.”
“Will do, sir.” I tell him.
He leaves to go do something else so I begin with my task. I place one of my spikes into the hole with one hand and begin lightly tapping it with the tool. After a few seconds of tapping, I confirm that the spike won’t fall over by letting go of it. Once that is done, I begin smacking the primitive tool, with both hands, against the head of the spike. After a few seconds, the spike is secured to the ground. I continue this process several more times around the temporary structure, when I hear it.
The tell-tale roar of transports entering the atmosphere. I look up in horror as I see that the shade I was working under wasn’t the soft, pink clouds of this planet, but the Qua’Vinchi drop ships orienting themselves for planet fall. But I watch on, horror giving way to hope as our interception missiles and anti-atmosphere cannons shoot down the initial waves of Qua’Vinchi vessels. Then, soon after, strange and slender looking ships appear from behind the hoard of insertion craft, and begin firing on them.
This is met with a cheer from the human soldiers. “Woohoo! Finally! The Americans actually did something for once!” One of them shouts. “Damn! I thought they’d let us have a real challenge! If they keep shooting them before they can touch the ground, then we won’t get to fight anything!”
“Is that a bad thing, humans?!” Corporal Mel’Yeet shouts, anger hueing his face. “Our fleet-YOUR fleet has failed! They didn’t stop the Qua’Vinchi from landing on the planet. They were too late! Why do you think that you can fight and win against them? Once they land on any planet, no matter what resistance is put up, it will fall! Our fleets have failed to defend this system by letting the enemy land on this planet! Do you know anything about who we are at war with? No matter what weapons you may have, there is no way that it will win against the Qua’Vinchi, even in their current, weakened state!”
“Corporal, I suggest calming down and listening to my voice!” Staff Sergeant Fuego says. “Our fleets clearly don’t stand a chance against the enemy’s on their terms, so the Americans are using something called ‘strategy’ to defeat them. Do you currently see the full might of the Qua’Vinchi raining down capital fire upon us? No? That is because the Americans knew that they couldn’t stop them from landing without killing off our entire fleet. So they made the enemy chase our fleets, so that they would fight on our terms. But the Americans did send in some subs to flank the enemy to cause some damage to their transports before they all landed. This, as far as I can tell, and guess from the Americans, is the best course of action that preserves as much of our own lives as possible while dealing as much damage as possible. Now, I’m going to need your men to guard the pathway up to here just in case. Understand?”
Corporal Mel’Yeet spends a good few minutes breathing to calm himself down before answering. “Ok, I will appoint some soldiers to set up a checkpoint to overlook the pathway. I will also schedule patrols around the edges to overlook the sides. The Qua’Vinchi are very capable climbers.”
“Alright, you do that, actually, have some of my boys help out as well. Corporal Silva! Bring our radios to the overlook tent. Rifleman Lance Corporal Jein’Kins, assistant rifleman Private First Class Oneyints, I want you two with me and Corporal Silva at the look out.”
“Yes, sir!” “Yes, sir!” my combat-mate and I both reply.
As the rest of the camp descends into yelling, running and digging, I walk with Lance Corporal Jein’Kins, Corporal Silva, and Staff Sergeant Fuego to the farthest western edge of the summit where this ‘tent’ is. We get a gorgeous view of the pink clouds gently rolling across the white sky, as the red sun basks the world in crimson light. I enjoy the look of the blue and yellow forest, interwoven with long purple rivers and patches of green clearings. From here, I can clearly see both of our bases, as well as specs of movement that must be our troops, and the Qua’Vinchi landing zones. I look on with fear, then anger, as I see the fowl forms of the Qua’Vinchi pour out of the few transports that made it to the surface. I watch through the magnification feature of my HUD as they gather supplies from drop-pods.
However, as I simply gaze upon our enemy, distaste settling in, I hear the Staff Sergeant and the human Corporal talking into their, rather large communication devices.
“Hawk to all Birds, Tangos at 070035, 064195, 067278, and 058102. Repeat, Tangos at 070035, 064195, 067278, and 058102. Over.” Staff Sergeant Fuego says into the device.
“Balloon to all Trebuchets, Tangos at 108179, 105232, 100290, and 092091. Repeat, Tangos at 108179, 105232, 100290, and 092091. Over.” Corporal Silva says into his.
Soon after, I see fast moving projectiles launched in large arcs from some of our soldiers, and then I hear faint popping sounds. Once these little dots reach the Qua’Vinchi staging areas, they erupt into fiery explosions. I watch in awe as I see the Qua’Vinchi forced to dig ditches and holes to escape the shower of these small, yet powerful pieces of ordinance raining down on them from the sky. As this light shelling of some of our enemy’s positions carries on, I hear the familiar roar of human engines.
I look up and zoom out and see that the human planes from earlier are strafing above other Qua’Vinchi positions. I watch as they launch missiles and drop bombs onto the enemy. The missiles strike armored vehicles with precision, and the bombs unleash storms of fire. After they use up their explosive ordinances, I witness as they begin doing something called a “gun run” by the Staff Sergeant. The planes bear down on enemy positions and release a stream of fire and metal. After they break off, only to continue again soon after, a truly haunting sound can be heard in their wake; Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrttt…!
However, this does not hold the Qua’Vinchi back for long. Soon, they turn their isolated islands of trenches and holes into intricate networks of tunnels. As I zoom in on them, I witness enemy engineers enter a hole in one of the bombed positions and come out from another. Then, a group of Qua’Vinchi gunners set up a nest just a few kilometers away from a group of our soldiers, overlooking them from a small hill.
Soon after, a call came in through the Corporal’s “radio”, as he calls it. “This is Trebuchet 6 calling Balloon! We’re pinned down by machine gun fire and need support! Our position is 147065 and Tangos are firing from 128049. Repeat, support needed on 147065, Tangos on 128049!” I can hear the distinct sound of Qua’Vinchi heavy suppression guns in the background noise from the device.
“Copy that, Trebuchet 6, patching your request to Hawk! Over. Sir! Trebuchet 6 needs fire support on enemy position 128049!” Corporal Silva yells to the man mere centimeters away from him.
“Understood, Corporal! This is Hawk, calling in fire support on Tangos at 128049! Friendlies at 147065! Do we have any birds in the area that can help? Repeat, fire support needed on 128049, friendlies at 147065! Over.” the Staff Sergeant screams into his radio.
I scan the jungle for where I saw Trebuchet 6 from earlier. My eyes are drawn towards a vaporous explosion from a clearing to my left. The tell-tale sign of a Qua’Vinchi plasma bomb. My HUD tells me that they are 50 kilometers away from us to our South-West. And only 18 kilometers directly West of our bases. As I zoom in on them I can see human and Federation soldiers in an entrenched position being fired upon by an emplaced Qua’Vinchi force.
I watch as enemy engineers fortify, repair and expand their dug-in position. Qua’Vinchi gunners show no mercy to our troops as they continue their suppressing fire. Enemy troops try to go for a flank but are caught by mines and a couple of rear guardsmen. I watch as our troops struggle to survive. Several human soldiers fire those small pieces of ordnance out of tubes connected to their firearms, only to be intercepted and destroyed by enemy active defense systems. As I gaze on, I notice that the once overpowering roar of human planes has died down significantly.
“Nest to Hawk, do you read me? Over.” The Staff Sergeant’s radio calls.
“This is Hawk, I read you Nest. Come in, over.”
“Nest to Hawk, all birds are being fed and rehydrated, or are returning to nest. No flights for ten minutes. I repeat, you have a ten-minute closed window. Over and out.”
“Hawk to Nest, heard loud and clear. Over and out. Ah, dammit! This is Hawk to any Birds returning to Nest. Can anyone do a final run over 128049 on their return trip? Over.”
“This is Falcon 10, negative Hawk, no can do. Over.”
“Vulture 8 to Hawk, no ammo, no run. Over.”
“This is Shoebill 17 to Hawk. I can’t do that, way past that position, over.”
Staff Sergeant Fuego hangs his head low as the screams of Trebuchet 6 can be heard from the Corporal’s radio. “This is Trebuchet 6 calling Balloon! Can we get any support? Anything!? These four-legged freaks are charging us but we are pinned down! Enemy trenches are expanding! Just down to half a platoon! Over! That’s a fucking grenade! Get down!
Once again, I spot another detonation of an enemy plasma bomb.
“I read you Trebuchet 6 but all birds are grounded for nine more minutes. Can you hold out for that long? Over.”
“FUCK NO!” I can hear the blood coming out of the communication operator’s mouth as he responds. I turn to look at the Staff Sergeant but his face is in his hands since he can do nothing else. Then the call came in through the radio.
“Dreamer 1 to Hawk. Come in Hawk. Over.”
Excited by the sudden call over his radio, the Staff Sergeant swiftly responds. “This is Hawk, come in Dreamer 1. Any good news? Over.”
“Like the First Christmas of the Great War, Hawk. Azriel gunship waiting for coordinates. Over.”
I have never seen a creature in all of my life change between such extremes of emotion in such a short time. Mere seconds ago, I saw a man who was in the depths of despair, gripped by the futility of his actions. Now I am looking at a man who is at the highest point in his life, happiness and relief painting his face.
“Copy that Dreamer 1. Your coordinates are 128049. Careful though, friendlies at 147065, danger close. Repeat, tangos at 128049. Friendlies at 147065. Danger Close. Over.”
“Copy that, Hawk. Oh, and tell our boys, Merry Christmas. Over and out.”
“Will relay that to them, Dreamer 1. Over and out.” Staff Sergeant Fuego then turns to Corporal Silva, a big bright smile on his face and tears in his eyes. “Will you tell them?” He asks.
“Yes sir.” the Corporal responds. “Balloon to Trebuchet 6. Hunker down, danger close… and Merry Christmas. Over and out.”
As I look upon the besieged position where Trebuchet 6 is, everything suddenly goes quiet. Minutes pass until I hear the deep, bellowing roar of human aircraft. But as I look around, I see nothing. Eventually a massive cloud drifts over the battlefield, and it blocks out the sun as it hangs over the jungle. An ominous shroud covers all, and the roar of something massive in the distance only grows.
Then, without warning, a great torrent of molten metal pours down from above, parting the mighty cloud as it descends. It falls upon the planet with such great force, that enough loose dirt and dust is kicked up to create a thick smokescreen that covers the impact point. It shatters the very ground where it had fallen, a horrible crackling noise emanating from the continues impacts. And soon, there are no more Qua’Vinchi at coordinates 128049. There are also no more coordinates 128049, nothing is left of there or of the surrounding area but a crater.
And then I hear the most horrifying set of sounds to ever exist in the universe come roaring from the the sky, and emitted by the radio;
BBBBBVVVVVVVVVRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRTTTTTTTTT!!!
“Dreamer 1 to Hawk. Where next? Over.”
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2020.09.29 07:36 geofflas Season 12 was the most rigged season to date.

I just finished watching season 12 again and I have several problems.
Im on mobile so sorry for the format.
Episode 1: let's start with the obvious. HOW IN THE FUCK DID GIGI MAKE IT TO THE TOP 2. she had the least amount of lyrics and she didnt even dance when she was singing. It shoulda been heidi and widow. Hiedi was hospitalized the day before and she did all those impressive dances, and she was safe???
Episode 2: I felt like the top 2 shoulda been jan and jaida. Jan was dancing and her lyrics described her. And her runway was a very smart play on words. All sherry did was make food puns and copy detoxs look from season 5( i forgot which runway but she lip synced in it)
Episode 3: is this one even questionable? Heidi's group did the best 100% and hiedi led them. This shoulda been her week. And her runway was adorable. I dont like the fact that crystal was safe only because of her mullet. Wtf type of shit is that? Bttm 3 were nicky, dahlia, and crystal but nicky had the best look and shoulda been safe.
Episode 4: this one was obvious but I have a problem with the winner. Everyone gave aiden shit for have a corset with balls on it when all gigi did was put a few balls on a skirt. At least aidens look was referringto referee( even though she didn't realize it at first). The winner shoulda been jaida or nicky( i would make it a tie cuz i really couldn't decide who was better). The bttm 2 shoulda been aiden and brita. The challenge was called balls to the walls and that what rock did and it was a good outfit. How was rock in the bottom?
Episode 5: this maybe the only fair episode this season. I think aiden did good and had a good look which saved her. But I did find widow funnier then sherry but I think sherrys look was really good which got her the win.
Episode 6: this episode pissed me off. I thought the bottom placements were fair but the winner? Absolutely not. In the snatch game, jackie and gigi were amazing. The tie breaker shoulda been the runway and gigis look was sooooo basic. Jackie shoulda won.
Episode 7: we all know this one. I think jan really shoulda won. She had the best choreo and a great look. Yea gigi was cute but not deserving of that win. I personally found britas performance equal to jackie but I think jackies runway better.
Episode 8: this episode sucked. How the fuck were jan and widow in the bottom over gigi and sherry. It was just bullshit. Congrats to my girl heidi on her deserving win.
Episode 9: this was the most rigged episode to date. Widow, jaida, heidi, and jackie were the only ones who were "political". Crystal was making puns, we don't know about sherry since she got edited out, and gigi...wtf was she doing. Widow was the most convincing politician and had the most unique look that day. Jackies look was also incredible, heidi and and jaida had really good looks to. Gigis look did not have any stars or stripes at all. And it was very basic compared to the others. The winner shoulda been widow and the bottom 2 shoulda been gigi and sherry
Episode 10: this one was also kinda rigged. From the looks, crystal shoulda won. The bttm 2 shoulda been hiedi and gigi. Idk how gig was safe.
Episode 11: this one also got me. The challenge from my understanding was to get the audience to relate to you. How did sherrys, gigis, and crystals performances do that? The winner shoulda been jackie and the bottoms shoulda been sherry( for sure cuz of how long she took) and gigi. Crystals look woulda saved her.
Episode 12: this episode was incredible. But why did they give gigi a win? How the fuck was that fair? They all did amazing. They only want to push her forward. Idk why. The lip sync shoulda was also fucked. Nobody here can say that crystal did better then jackie. It was bullshit.
This whole season was rigged. The top four really woulda been heidi, widow, jaida, and jackie. Those lip syncs woulda been legendary.
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2020.09.29 03:32 CyrusWaugh Every Taylor Swift Song Ranked (2006-2020) Part 2

67. The Lucky One (Red)
I view this one as her missing her old life, if we had a path to stardom, there is no doubt we'd all take it. But the path is like a contract, with hidden messages that will screw you over at times, great messaging and irony throughout all of it.

66. Haunted (Speak Now)
The orchestra is amazing, this is some of the amazing experimentation I was talking about, they capture every emotion Taylor envisioned for this song, and they build to such an emotional climax.

65. Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince (Lover)
After watching the documentary of the same name last night this song risen by like 15 spots. You can see her mentality at the time of writing this record. I've had a complete 180 in how I view the production. I still view it as inferior to her old high school style, but that still doesn't mean its bad, the cheerleader part is ingenious, as is a lot of the song.

64. Speak Now (Speak Now)
Man a lot of people seem to dislike this song, I don't see it, I find it so charming, when was the last time you heard a song about crashing a wedding like this one, it is very descriptive, and ties into the theme of suppressed emotions.

63. Paper Rings
It is pretty simple, but the message is so wholesome. 2018 was so many wedding songs, some worked, like Speechless, or Homesick, and some didn't like Big Big Plans or Good As You. This isn't a first dance song, but it gives a better message than all 4 of them. (scratch that, Speechless is still better)

62. Red (Red)
Red is a song I adore, from its relation of emotion to colorization, its blending of pop and country. The lyrics are great, the melody is iconic, but I CANNOT stand the weird audio effect they put in the word red. It annoys the living daylights out of me.

61. Change (Fearless)
I relate to this message so hard, and maybe that's why it is ranked as high as it is. The usage of the word hallelujah, its a great inspiration for overcoming adversity. It's an iconic melody, and I can't recommend this enough especially if you're feeling down.

60. Call It What You Want (Reputation)
Originally this song was supposed to be waving a white flag to the critics, where she's saying call it what you like, she doesn't care anymore, great way to close out a record, but this doesn't hold up at all in the Lover Era.

59. Tied Together With A Smile (Taylor Swift)
After re-watching Miss Americana the documentary, I was listening to the album one last time before writing this and I shed a tear or two, after reminding myself of her insecurities of personal image and her eating disorder. I don't think that is what the song was originally about so I can't really give it bonus points for that but now I get a whole new perspective every time I hear this.

58. This Is Me Trying (Folklore)
This song highlights how she has to juggle so many things in her life, songwriting, recording, touring and personal family issues. How she acknowledges she isn't a 16 year old anymore. She's done so much in 14 years, won several accolades, become a political advocate, even though I don't agree with what she stands for, I'm proud regardless.

57. Tell Me Why (Fearless)
This song has a lot of fun instrumentally and lyrically. Definitely the last 2 songs beat it in a lot, but it blends pop and country so well, and really is a blueprint for what mainstream country should follow, even if this song is dated.

56. I Know Places (1989)
Definitely leans on the more bombastic side of things, but with some intellectualism sprinkled throughout it, its fun and clever which is something you don't get a lot of in the Reputation to Lover Era.

55. Mary's Song (Oh My My My) (Taylor Swift)
The story telling is so good, and the instrumentation is great, but it misses the one aspect Love Story hits which is great melodies and vocals. I'm not saying its bad, I'm just saying there is better stuff she's done, at this point we've reached the 8/10 range, and a lot of songs get heavily competitive.

54. A Place In This World (Taylor Swift)
One of my favorite melodies from her first record, and it's my last year in high school so I'm giving it bonus points for the messaging. It sounds great as does 90% of her first record.

53. My Tears Ricochet (Folklore)
I need a bit more time with this song, its obviously well written and sung, but it really only succeeds when you get the full context of what it's about, give it more time this could end up in the top 30.

52. This Love (1989)
Similar to how I Almost Do relies too much on I Bet, this one relies too much on This Love, but still it's a great song regardless. Beautiful and kind of haunting at the same time.

51. I Knew You Were Trouble (Red)
A great introduction to the pop world, instant classic for her, and demonstrates how to do pop well and not fake it like a 50% of country stars, signifying the best of Taylor Swift was coming soon.

50. Enchanted (Speak Now)
Enchanted brings out this shimmery feeling I really only see in Disney musicals, which is amazing. When was the last time you said to yourself this country song sounds like a ballad in a Disney musical? It is beautiful and builds up to a great climax.

49. Epiphany (Folklore)
A great dedication to those fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, still have issue with the reference to the storming of the beaches but hopefully I'll let go of it after a while.

48. Superman (Speak Now: Deluxe Edition)
What a great way to show off unique storytelling, I never thought I'd adore a country song talking about Clark Kent but here we are, beautifully narrated, and shows off this new style of writing which would get better and better as years passed.

47. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (Red)
Instant classic right here, not the most emotional (at all) not the best written, one hell of a time and there is no doubt about it.

46. Exile ft. Bon Iver (Folklore)
One of her best collaborations ever, we get 2 different perspectives and those are often the most emotional, I don't really get the whole film line, that still eludes me and feels out of place, but the climax of the track makes up for it.

45. So It Goes... (Reputation)
I've stated many times I will never go to a club, I've vowed never to drink, I think it is just a place to hook up and that grosses me out. But if there ever was a reason for me to go to a club, it would be to jam to this song, it is one of my all time favorite club anthems.

44. Mean (Speak Now)
The acoustics are some of her best, its goofy, I love how she says pathetic it still makes me laugh, I'm still shocked it won a Grammy, being how goofy it was, but still well deserved.

43. Long Live (Speak Now)
A great way of looking towards the future, not so much for Taylor as it would be a downwards spiral for emotionally and I sympathize for her, but for me it gives me hope and makes me believe all of dreams will be achieved.

42. Teardrops On My Guitar (Taylor Swift)
Just because its #42 doesn't mean I think it's dull. Lyrically the using of names still is great, but a lot of the lyrics don't really hold up to my standards today, I'm not asking you to agree I just hope you can understand it.

41. The Other side Of The Door (Fearless: Platinum Edition)
Little simple stories are the best. How she's testing this person to see if he is willing to commit and endure, and he fails to do so, and how she blames her stubborn pride. Great storytelling plain and simple.

40. Dancing With Our Hands Tied (Reputation)
Great imagery and messaging, I view there are two ways to interpret this song's message and both are equally great. It is my late night street jam kind of like Blinding Light's by the Weeknd.

39. Come In With The Rain (Fearless: Platinum Edition)
A lot of the platinum edition songs are so good, she's done calling out his name and leaves her window open just a little bit because she's hoping still he'd come back. It is extremely well rounded as are a lot of songs are from this point on.

38. Ours (Speak Now: Deluxe Edition)
My favorite of all the deluxe tracks, is one of her best, and before she was really obsessed with her public image, she could churn out a great song. It is great melodically and we lyrically with the details of elevator buttons, and gaps in teeth. This is one of the more glanced over tracks of all the bonus tracks which makes sense, the more intellectual songs get their popularity goes down which is a darn shame.

37. Clean (1989)
Still one of my least favorites in the percussive sense. But it does a good job in ending the emotional story this record tells. Clean represents the aftermath of a breakup so well, and only going through the storm are we able to finally be free.

36. Fifteen (Fearless)
From this point on honestly every melody is iconic. Fifteen while bringing this wave of nostalgia that makes me feel like a kid again, isn't one her best written songs, it's pretty dated and corny so a lot of people these days won't really connect to it as much as I do.

35. How You Get The Girl (1989)
A fun time from beginning to end, little simple pieces of advice for the dos and don'ts of a relationship and in way calls back older songs. Brings out what I love about a majority of 1989, fun times, neat lyrics, and loads of synth.

34. Innocent (Speak Now)
There is so much I love about Innocent but it is such a long song and I'd need to go into every detail and I don't have much time. In a way its an anti-power ballad, as it doesn't really rise to this big epic moment, it stays mostly grounded which is something I love, it has a meaningful message, my only real complaint is that the opener is out of place.

33. Mad Woman (Folklore)
Mad Woman is kind of Reputation's message in one song, after so much time poking her she's fighting back, people say she's petty, she'll be even pettier, she's too angry, you get the idea. Great reinvention of talking about reputations, and I doubt she'll ever stop singing about it, but I'll take it in this style.

32. Bad Blood (1989)
Bad ass, all that needs to be said, it has a tremendous bridge, Kendrick Lamar does a great job (unlike future) I don't really see the hate for this song, the point of the song is to be petty and it doesn't come off as over petty at least to me, great single and one of the best of 2014-2015.

31. Last Kiss (Speak Now)
It is the 5 stages of grief in a song, we get every gritty detail, from sadness, anger, denial, not so much of bargaining and by the end of the song we reach acceptance, its a beautiful ride for all 6 minutes of it. And it just barely missed the top 30 if I'm being honest.

Now that we're in the top 30, I can go into these songs in greater detail, and show my full appreciation for them.

30. Breathe ft. Colbie Caillat (Fearless)
It isn't as compelling as Last Kiss, but I just connected more to this on an emotional level. How letting go of someone is so hard, but for us to move on and be better people, we need cut the loose for both your sakes. And it may be painful, like holding your breath, its supposed to, it's kind of like working your muscles, in order for us to get stronger, we need to feel pain. The chorus is so nostalgic, while I agree it is pretty simple and repetitive, I don't care, as my emotions get the best of me. This song has stuck with me, for so many reasons, my personal struggles, the vocals, the instrumentation. I'm still bitter it didn't become a single but hey, what are you gonna do.

29. Picture To Burn (Taylor Swift)
This was either the first or second Taylor Swift song I could remember hearing and therefore it has a special place in my heart. It does pander to southern audiences I'm not denying that, but its rocking country feel is so good. One of the best sounding tracks on her first record, and yes in terms of messaging involvement this song would land itself way lower, but I have such an emotional connection and how important this song was to me as it is arguably one of the major reasons I listen to country music today.

28. Begin Again (Red)
Her farewell letter to country music couldn't have been better. About how love isn't a cycle of bitterness and moral high ground. But it is truly about emotional connection and sincerity. Little things like laughing at jokes, coming early, pulling a chair out. Love isn't a glamorous story of epic proportions as most try to view it, it is pretty underwhelming, but I find the underwhelming details more compelling than anything. Red definitely has its issues but the beginning and ending of this record is perfect. Even though I view this as a pop record, she still has so much respect for the genre, its not a drum loop song, not about going to a club, nothing bombastic, just real instrumentation honest lyricism and compelling vocals.

27. Shake It Off (1989)
I admit Shake It Off, isn't anything truly special, but it is one of the songs that define Taylor as an artist. And I love it regardless of all of its problems and false promises. It's a jam, which at the time, was her taking the high ground of addressing haters. Shake It Off out of the big 5 of 1989, is the most unique instrumentally, it isn't using synth and as a marching band type feel, with marching snares, trumpets and Bari sax and as someone who does marching band, this has a soft spot. Some people hate the bridge. I don't, there are arguably 10 songs better than it critically, but for once I'm gonna stand by my ears not my brains.

26. The Archer (Lover)
The Archer is one of the more emotional songs on Lover. About a collage of themes, the media's perspective of her, her dating habits of men, and arguably politics. And if it is this is the best song about politics she's ever written, Only The Young is tedious and comes off as pandering, the man is her worst song by a lot, but the archer addresses politics not in the way you think, its all about her perspective of it, I don't have to agree with your politics, just present it in a compelling manner, The Archer does it so well. And besides that, she asks herself the question when it comes to love interests which is one her most compelling lines. Who would dare leave her, but who would dare stay. It is heartbreaking, emotional, and it adds up to one of the best songs on Lover.

25. Mirrorball (Folklore)
Mirrorball is one of her most honest songs yet, how writing songs can emotionally tear one apart, Taylor isn't know for being the most fun artist, or the most powerful vocally, she's known for being one of the most honest. And this highlights that perspective of herself, while we see her shine, there are cracks for every honest story she's written into song. But she's so passionate about what she does, she will keep pushing for us, for her fans. One of the most compelling songs I've heard from her yet.

24. Getaway Car (Reputation)
The documentary once again boosted the ranking of a song. I felt so engaged in her songwriting process, its so interesting and fun. Getaway Car is a prime example of singing about relationships in new and profound ways. The Getaway Car being Tom Hiddleston and how he was just an escape from her previous relationship. And the song is her saying sorry for what she did to him. One of her best metaphors yet. I think my love for Getaway Care is just gonna grow as time moves on, but who knows, I love the rest of these songs just as much or even more.

23. Cardigan (Folklore)
At this point yeah I think Cardigan is a better metaphor than getaway car, mostly because of how it ties into the story of James & Betty, but that might not last long. Cardigan is a great first single, similar to Blank Space, she says random things that don't really correlate to each other. One of the most vivid songs on Folklore, which is why I put it above Getaway Car, in terms of message its better but Cardigan paints an amazing picture of this world she's singing about. It gives the melancholy reflective emotion I don't really know how to describe and after listening to the 3 remaining songs of this story, everything just makes sense. Grammy noms are coming soon I have no doubt this will be nominated as it should be.

22. Welcome To New York (1989)
One of my favorite album openers ever, it gives me such a rush, it is what 22 failed to do for me, which was be relatable, look this song isn't the smartest, I'm not saying it is, but it draws a fine line between what pop tends to do which is either be smart in their writing or vocals, or just go for a catchy beat. It also serves as a welcome to the pop world, she finally left the genre holding her back and would've destroyed her if you think about it. It's a well written smash that would've fit perfectly with the big 5, and I'm still bitter it didn't.

21. Wildest Dreams (1989)
1989 had so many great singles, this was its big ballad. My perception of this song is a one night stand, and how she knows this can damage her but she doesn't care. Chances are these 2 will never see each other again, so he's asking him to remember her in this way and not the (you know what) The melody while only 6 years old, feels even older somehow. Production is around 9.5/10 for me, lyrically is around 7.5/10, the bridge really boosts that score, and vocally it is around a 9/10. Wildest Dreams set a standard for a lot of pop ballads for years to come and not many have reached it or surpassed it.

20. Back To December (Speak Now)
I've met people who've said this song isn't really mature, I've met people who say it isn't really emotional, but I've yet to meet someone who said it isn't good. I think it is all of those things, Taylor Swift was know as the girl who wrote the best break up songs mostly about douche bags. So for her to take the blame is a sign of real maturity. Her vocals reflect the sincerity of her apology, an the orchestra elevates everything. I wish she did more work with an orchestra the tracks that use it are so good. Back To December, is one of those songs that makes you go back to terrible mistakes, awkward moments that could've gone differently. This was one of her major stepping stones in how she writes songs, she still wrote breakup songs but it would be in more unique ways, some not as good, but a few have surpassed its greatness.

19. Look What You Made Me Do (Reputation)
Yeah I love this song:
Deal With It
I think it is one of her best written songs, most just say the chorus is garbage and skip it. They don't check anything else, a lot of effort was put in this song after you get past the chorus. The pre chorus was a well added touch, people kept complaining about Taylor, so she decided to become their critiques, and come back with a vengeance. The song broke the internet, it shocked the world leaving most people's initial reaction as confusion, I thought that too, but over time I've come to appreciate this song for what it is, as has a lot fans. Most still won't give this song a chance, they won't even give the record a chance because of this song, you're doing yourself a major disservice. A neat thing I realized is that with most pop songs, they go for the ears instead of the brains. This one goes straight for the brain and ignores the ears entirely, which is something pop should do a lot more often.

18. August (Folklore)
August is the 2nd part of the saltbox house chapter, giving us the conflict of this story, coming from the perspective of an unknown girl. How she seduced this boy James, how overtime he felt guilty, and how it tore a rift between the 2. How she thought they were in love but it was all an illusion, the entire of month of August. And now everything she thought was love was lie, and how she describes it like slipping though time, bottles of wine sipped away. One of the best bridges she's ever done, giving us fictional emotion that feels so real. It makes you invested in this story line, like a book or a film and you can't look or well in this case hear away.

17. Cornelia Street (Lover)
Cornelia Street takes a page in her personal love life, which she doesn't usually talk about, she mostly talks about the aftermath of a relationship, not the present. How Cornelia Street, represents so much she's invested into a relationship and she's so afraid to lose it all, lose the memorization of creaks in the floor, playing cards and board games, she leaves but unlike others, he goes after her, and gets her to stay, if you notice, in past songs, the one thing the dude in most of her relationships, was willing to endure, willing to stay, but he is willing, that's the cherry on top for me, Lover is so far away from being an amazing record, but it gives me some of the most satisfying moments in any album.

16. You Belong With Me (Fearless)
The most well known melody in her entire catalog. I know people who hate pop country, and can't help sing along to this, it is so heartwarming, silly, encapsulates the narrative of the small town boy and girl better than almost every song that has before and after. I think everyone at some point has felt this way about a person, and if you haven't well than lucky you. It captured everything I loved about the 2000's all American pop, its silliness, emotional value and nostalgia, I could back to this song 15 years from now and feel the same way I do about it now. It is one of the only reasons I tolerated pop at the time, club anthems weren't my style and nor was people Britney Spears, Beyonce or Rihanna and I could go on. The song is an iconic piece of pop culture, that generations from now will never be forgotten.

15. White Horse (Fearless)
White Horse was the baby steps to her getting more mature. As we got into the 2010's the all American genre was fading away, and in a similar way, she acknowledges this isn't a lovey dovey story like You Belong With Me, this is real, and she's sick of trying to achieve that story, and it's time to cut this dude love. And now he's everything she's ever wanted, but that phase of her life is over. So she'll keep looking, because the fairy tale is fake, and move on with her life. I've felt that way and this song helped me mature and see new perspective in love.

14. Never Grow Up (Speak Now)
I still view this as the best track of the record but I'll put it lower for its emotional impact. I think the message is so compelling. How she doesn't want to grow up, kids like dream about being astronauts and presidents, they don't understand how big and often cruel the world can be. During our time innocence we don't often experience, true heartbreak, sadness, stress so the little details of going to the movies, dancing in PJ's move me so much. The vocals have a touch of sincerity and wisdom into them, and we build to a soft climax, about how she wishes she never grew up, money and fame is great and all, but her truest possessions are her family and friends, and those will fade away in time. It's a wholesome simple message that is so powerful and speaks volumes and I think this song should get more appreciation than arguably any of the one ahead as they are more well known.

13. Love Story (Fearless)
Unfortunately no song from Fearless could make the top 10, makes me sad, but I knew at least one record was going to miss out, I'm shocked it was this one. But still, this is the equation for a great Taylor Swift song, great instrumentation/production, iconic melodies, great storytelling, and clear crisp melodies, that last one really only applies to her country songs. Love Story, is one of the most well rounded songs in all of country, I don't understand how someone can hate it, the only opinion I can really agree with is the corniness of Romeo & Juliet, but still I love that this is what the song is about. We get phenomenal story progression, to how they met, sneaking out, a conflict and an emotional climax with a great ending. One of my favorite fiddle tracks, if I'm ever sick of what's on the radio I'll just play this a nostalgic actual country song. A lot of Fearless could be argued to be not country, but Love Story is and that isn't an opinion, its a fact.

12. Delicate (Reputation)
Delicate also claims the title for my favorite music video from Taylor Swift. The rhythm is so calming, and makes everything around me disappear. Which really blows my mind, which is what the song is about. For roughly a year she disappeared from the media's eyes in 2016. The verses highlight this as she question's if what she said was okay, is it okay to let this person in my life? And how during this time period, she experiences more freedom than ever. I can always rely on Delicate to relax me whenever I'm stressed out. Delicate is an excellent way to enter Reputation, most are so afraid to touch the record, Delicate is the best produced song on the record and my 3rd favorite produced song regardless of albums. Never before has a song's production reflect the message of a song as well as this song did for me.

11. Lover (Lover)
Just barely not making it into the top 10 is Lover. Which is a great first dance song, I've seen people use it, and this feels like the vows of her if she ever gets married. She sees herself at a point where they don't have to fight for moral high ground. They have such a well understanding of each other, they leave Christmas lights till January, let friends crash. As well as the fact that I view this as her best bridge yet. It is endearing and kind of provocative. Lover is a great blend of country and pop, I'm kinda shocked this wasn't promoted there, I would rather have be number one for 20 weeks then see the Git Up at #1. I'm a little bitter that Bad Guy won over it, I get it Bad Guy is insanely catchy but Grammy's are about critically choosing a winner, does anyone really think Bad Guy is a critical masterpiece? Lover is her coming full circle, she doesn't need to sing about boys being douche bags anymore, as she's found the 1 for her.

Finally I've reached the top 10, this has spun around a lot over the past week, 10th originally peaked at #6, this list went through some crazy changes

10. Betty (Folklore)
Betty is an evolved version of Love Story in terms of structure, it has everything it does, great instrumentation, storytelling, the whole package. But what puts it above it at least for me is the greater emotional investment. I've gotten to know the story of Romeo & Juliet in less than 4 minutes, and I was totally invested in the story, but with Betty, we've gotten to understand this story for the past 3 wrongs, arguably 4 if you count Exile. You wonder how this will be resolved, will it have a sad ending, like in most realistic circumstances. Or will we get a semi-unrealistic ending. We get the second option but at least we get to understand why this is the way it is. Take out the 3 other songs this takes out of the emotional impact this song gives. It's a new way for how she approaches music and I'm here for all of it.

9. Dear John (Speak Now)
While I view this as inferior to Never Grow Up, I cannot deny the emotional impact this has had for country music and her entire fan base. I enjoy every moment of this near 7 minute song, how she's felt like she had to fight to enjoy this relationship. And now that he's out of her life she gets a new perspective of love, it isn't clear cut, it isn't always happy, Dear John really was one of her biggest stepping stones in singing about relationships, up to here you'll see a lot of stories about a sweet sincere relationship and after Speak Now, you never really see that until Reputation. This relationship has scarred her, I realized this honestly hours before writing this. Dear John hurts so much, and was the most emotional song for me, for about 2 years. I remember skipping halfway through this song like an idiot because I got bored, never again, whenever it is on, I stay and listen to its entirety. Dear John is an monumental piece of the long and winding road of her career, and it's a piece I'll cherish, till I die.

8. State Of Grace (Red)
Is my second favorite produced track, it is a pop song that doesn't really rely on electronics, I get real drums, guitars. It is a legendary album opener, while I prefer Mr. Misunderstood as a song, it never really made sense to me why it was the opener to the album. State Of Grace right out of the bat tells you this is different, and different couldn't have been better. State Of Grace while 8th is #1 in what I want to see live, it gives a sense of freedom most songs can only dream of achieving. It sums up how I felt when I first felt in love. Trigger, one of her harshest critics gave this a 2 guns up. 2 for crying out loud!!! If he gives it a score that high you know it is good. State Of Grace climbed the highest out of any song on this list, I originally had it at I think #16. I was reminded of that time when I really first experienced love, because I tend to keep my emotions to myself when around people. And I told myself no, this has to be higher, which is why no song from Fearless is in the top 10. Man the 2010's were so good for a lot of stuff, Eric Church's Springsteen, Josh Turner's Why Don't We Just Dance, and Red, which made me creep into pop just a little bit after 2-3 years.

Okay Time To Bust Out The Tier List:
134-132 You Got The Bad Taylor Swift Songs
131-116 You Got The Decent Taylor Swift Songs
115-81 You Got The Good Taylor Swift Songs
80-38 You Got The Amazing Taylor Swift Songs
37-13 You Got The Iconic Taylor Swift Songs
12-8 Are The Masterpieces
And At 7-1 You Got The BIG BOI'S

These songs are the reason I love music regardless of genre.
7. Illicit Affairs (Folklore)
Illicit Affairs is the best track of Folklore plain and simple. She has mastered the dual perspective storytelling tool she's used for several years, we get every detail going through their minds in a clear vivid understandable and arguably relatable manner. We go through James' mind, what to tell his friends, where to go. The unnamed girl's mind is whether or not to wear perfume for him. Don't get too attached, but she does regardless, and ruins her image for him and be rewarded with rejection. The music begins to swell as we get catch up to the reveal that James told Betty everything. I'm definitely in the minority here as not many tend to see this as one of her best, it brings us to the emotional climax of the story in the album, my favorite point of a story isn't really the build up or the ending, its the climax, and this is one hell of a climax, my first listen I told myself woah, and kept listening onward.

6. Soon You'll Get Better ft. The Dixie Chicks (Lover)
Lover's emotional peak is without a doubt this track. The first verse broke me, my favorite verse in any Taylor Swift song, nothing else from the song really tops it. It is heartbreaking, this isn't her singing about her personal problems, it is dedicated to her mother diagnosed with cancer, and you may wonder, why would you bring this up in a song? Well she brings this up, and that's because she might not make it. I'm strictly assuming, I know very little about her condition as of today, but if this were true I would rather keep this as private as I could, but I assume she's running out of time and this is a eulogy for her, god I hope it isn't, I pray it isn't. I can her emotion, and empathize as I was in a similar position just a few months ago, thankfully this person came out of this okay. This song prepared me for the worst, but now I view it in a sense of slight joy and hope, that if you have someone who is terminally ill, it's never too late.

5. New Years Day (Reputation)
New Years Day is the best love story she has ever written. It isn't a glamorous love story, with beautiful gowns, clubs, unique story telling. Just vivid honesty. How a new years kiss is meaningless, its just a shallow tradition, how true love can be found in some of the most uninteresting areas, like cleaning up after a party, that is what I love to see. I don't by the BS, of hooking up at a party and boom you're married for the rest of your lives. Chances are if I ever get married, the story of how I met my significant other will be pretty similar to New Years Day. As is for a lot of people. You may never enjoy Reputation as a whole but you can enjoy this song. It isn't this big bombastic trap song, it's not a 80's synth jam which I adore. It's just simple piano chords and masterful lyrics.

4. Tim McGraw (Taylor Swift)
Tim McGraw I'm 90% sure is the first Taylor Swift song I remember. In today's standards yeah it sounded like an FGL song. But before the bro era, I could actually enjoy singing about dirt roads eyes and jeans. The acoustics are beautiful, we fast forward to where the guy is gone from her life. But one thing connects them, their love for one artist. I don't even need to say the artist's name that's irrelevant. Love for an artist adoration for their music can speak volumes, my friends listen to songs for how catchy it is. They question my taste of music, I always say, I'm here for the emotions a song gives, the stories it provides, one day they'll understand at least I hope, because they are missing out on so much. The story of Tim McGraw has been done in bigger ways, one being Springsteen by Eric Church, but as much as I love Springsteen, how much I adore it, Tim McGraw is simply better.

3. Style (1989)
Style is the best produced song in the history of ever. That's really a personal preference. Now you're probably thinking I'm full of crap putting Style in the bronze spot. But it is my favorite song of hers plain and simple, I listen to it more than any song in any playlist of mine. So there was no way I couldn't put it in the top 10. Is it irrational yes, but I don't care. Yes it is pretty shallow lyrically, but the instrumentals and production are flawless, which is next to impossible to do. Style captures everything of the 1989 era I adore, irresistible melodies, 80's appreciation. This is one of the only songs that don't really have a bridge. But it doesn't need it, it's not a story, its an emotional rush. I lose all of my inhibitions when listening to this song. I never do that, even to songs I relate to so hard. For 6 long years no song has been able to touch, no artist could claim the spot, not Eric Church, Cody Jinks, Luke Combs or Tyler Childers not even Castle On The Hill which is my favorite pop song, and chances are its going to stay that way for a long time or possibly forever.

2. Blank Space (1989)
Without a doubt the best song about her reputation. While not flawlessly produced, it is a flawless pop song. It is her best pop song by far. It is sassy, well written, produced and great story wise. Some might complain of why these 2 pop songs are so high, but 80% of the top 10 are country songs, well 70% if you don't count State Of Grace. This is my opinion and I will be honest, I'm not going to pander to certain audiences, this is just how I view it. Blank Space is one of those songs where you could release it any time and it will always cement itself as a timeless classic, the are very few songs capable of doing that. For years people questioned her date life, complained and this is the only time she look the low ground and came out triumphant. For years people have taken advantage of her in relationships, that is evident with a majority of her output from Fearless to Red. But now she has all the power in a relationship, while I don't think its right, this feels like a mid way point in her story telling, she's taking jabs at the media and comes out victorious. If she wants someone gone she can do it with a snap of her fingers, its a (lord help my soul) yass queen moment. Dear god what did I just say. Still it's a great song, I'm everyone's heard it at one point, maybe even tap their foot to it who knows. It's a timeless piece of art that will be cherished for years to come.
And Now The Moment You've All Been Waiting For What Is In My Opinion The Very Best Taylor Swift Song In Existence:

1. All To Well (Red)
All To Well feels in a way the inverse of Dear John, Dear John talked about the dark parts of a relationship, whereas All To Well, gives us the entire package. We get the good and the bad, the good is painted into my mind like a dream, and the bad feels like a tragedy. Most people like the lyric about breaking the promise is their favorite it's great no doubt about it, I take a bit of a more weird path, I prefer the line where he's described as kid with his cheeks red, and how he used to be a kid with glasses in a twin sized bed. Giving an introduction to innocence and it makes the break up even more emotional as she makes it seem like this can work out if they try hard enough, but unfortunately she knows this situation all to well, god the songwriting on this track is damn close to flawless. And then we go back to the scarf, we've come full circle, and it feels like being hit by an emotional garbage truck. All To Well stands tall above the rest because of its emotional honesty, the most emotional I've really ever seen her. One day I'll see her perform this song live, that is on my bucket list, I've never cried to this song shockingly, like Soon You'll Get Better, but no song has tugged at my emotions this hard, not even Mr. Misunderstood, my all time favorite song. It is a masterpiece, if you've never heard this song, stop reading this. You need to hear this song. All To Well, has taken everything I loved about Taylor Swift, songwriting, honesty, production, instrumentation, vocals, and brought it all together to create a masterpiece. I may give Style, Blank Space and Tim McGraw 10/10's but if I was as critical as I could be those songs would be lower. But All To Well is an actual 10/10 through and through, and for the rest of my days be the greatest song she'll ever sing.
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2020.09.28 22:11 goniners1234 (OFFER) Updated list, added 40+ titles (REQUEST) Offers, Deep Blue Sea 3, Irresistible, His Dark Materials

4k MA Movies- Will port to all MA retailers in 4k

Atomic Blonde Vudu HD and 4k iTunes Battleship Vudu HD and 4k iTunes Deadpool 4k iTunes Godzilla (1998) (4k MA) Jurassic World Vudu HD and 4k iTunes King Kong (2005) Vudu 4k Logan 4k iTunes Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates 4k iTunes Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb 4k iTunes Split (4k MA) The Fault in Our Stars 4k iTunes The Peanuts Movie 4k iTunes The Wizard of Oz (4k MA) X-Men Days of Future Past 4k iTunes

HD MA Movies- Will port to all MA retailers in HD

12 Rounds 2: Reloaded 21 Jump Street 22 Jump Street SD 22 Jump Street Admission iTunes Blue Jasmine SD Dark Shadows Death Race 3: Inferno (unrated) Vudu Deliver Us From Evil SD Dragonheart 3 Vudu FF5 - Fast Five Vudu and iTunes FF6 - Fast and Furious 6 Vudu FF8- The Fate of the Furious Extended Directors Cut Fury SD Glass Godzilla (2014) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Pt 2 Inception Into the Storm Jurassic World Vudu Justice League vs The Fatal Five Last Vegas SD Les Miserables (2012) Vudu and iTunes Love and Other Drugus SD iTunes Magic Mike Mama iTunes Man of Steel Moms Night Out SD New Year's Eve Non-Stop iTunes Parker SD Predator 1-3 Run All Night Scorpion King 3 iTunes Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Spider-Man Homecoming The Accountant The Best Man Holidy Vudu and iTunes The Boss (unrated) iTunes The Dark Knight Rises The Dilemma iTunes The Five-Year Engagement iTunes The Great Gatsby The Hangover 2 The Hobbit an Unexpected Journey Theatrical The Night Before SD The Smurfs 2 Tower Heist iTunes Truth SD Walking with Dinosaurs Wonder Woman: Bloodlines

Vudu/iTunes- HD unless listed. Will not port via MA

10 Cloverfield Lane Vudu HD and 4k iTunes Alex Cross Vudu and iTunes American Assassin Vudu HD/4k iTunes Hugo Vudu and iTunes Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Vudu HD and 4k iTunes John Wick Vudu 4k and 4k iTunes John Wick 2 Vudu HD and 4k iTunes Midway Vudu 4k/4k iTunes Mission Impossible Fallout Vudu 4k and 4k iTunes Mission Impossible Rogue Nation Vudu HD and 4k iTunes Noah Vudu and iTunes Rambo Vudu 4k/4k iTunes Safe Vudu and iTunes Star Trek Into Darkness Vudu HD and 4k iTunes The Expendables 3 Theatrical Vudu HD and 4k iTunes The Hunger Games Vudu HD and 4k iTunes The Last Stand Vudu and iTunes The Legend of Hercules Vudu HD and 4k iTunes The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water Vudu and iTunes Transformers: Age Of Extinction Vudu HD and 4k iTunes Transformers: Age Of Extinction Vudu 4k and 4k iTunes Transformers: The Last Knight Vudu 4k and 4k iTunes Twilight Breaking Dawn Pt 2 Vudu and iTunes World War Z Vudu and iTunes xXx Return of Xander Cage Vudu HD and 4k iTunes

Vudu Only- HD unless listed. Will not port via MA

August Osage County Bad Grandpa Blood Father SD Book Club Bumblebee Cabin in the Woods SD Dirty Grandpa Unrated/Theatrical Bundle SD Dying of the Light Gods of Egypt SD John Wick 1+2 (1 code) Madeas Witness Protection Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol mother! 4k No Escape Peeples SD Rocketman 4k Skyfall Skyfall 4k Star Trek Into Darkness The Choice The Expendables 3 Unrated The Hunger Games The Last Stand The Perks of Being a Wallflower Transformers Age of Extinction Transformers: Dark Of The Moon 4k Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen 4k Tyler Perry's Temptation Wild Card

iTunes Only- HD unless listed. Will Not Port Via MA

A Quiet Place 4k Bad Grandpa Dirty Grandpa Flight Nobody's Fool Paranormal Activity 2 Pet Sematary (original) 4k Rock Dog Safe Star Trek Into Darkness 4k The Corrupted

Disney Movies HD unless listed otherwise- Full codes if not listed as MA or GP. Consider DMR points a bonus if they work and not guaranteed

Aladdin: The Return of Jafar (MA) Aladdin and the King of Thieves (MA) Avengers Endgame (GP) Avengers Endgame 4k Avengers Infinity War (GP) Finding Dory (GP) Frozen Frozen 4k Frozen 2 (GP) Million Dollar Arm (MA) Moana 4k Ralph Breaks the Internet (GP) Rogue One (MA) Star Wars: The Force Awakens Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker Super Buddies (MA) The Lion King 4k Thor Ragnarok (GP) Wreck-It Ralph 4k

Other

Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie Funimation Jurassic Park UK GP (Redeems in US but does not port to MA) Jurassic Park Lost World UK GP (Redeems in US but does not port to MA) Jurassic Park 3 UK GP(Redeems in US but does not port to MA) Sony Buff Pass The Amazing Spiderman UK GP (Redeems in US but does not port to MA) The Amazing Spiderman 2 UK GP (Redeems in US but does not port to MA)

Want list

New Releases Deep Blue Sea 3 Irresistible First Cow I Still Believe The Weekend Ginger and Rosa Backstabbing for Beginners Revenge of the Green Dragons His Dark Materials Season 1 Watchmen Season 1 Into the Badlands Season 3 Flash Season 2, 3, 4, 6 Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 Preacher Season 2-4
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2020.09.28 21:18 normancrane Iris [3/3]

Part 1
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I awoke to a world without women.
I rolled off the bed into sore thighs and guilt, got up to emptiness that echoed the slightest noise, and left my wife’s clothes on the sheets without thinking that eventually I’d have to pack them into a plastic bag and slide them down the garbage chute. I felt magnified and hollow. In the kitchen, I used the stove top as a table because the actual table had my wife’s tablet on it, and spilled instant coffee. What I didn’t spill I drank in a few gulps, the way I used to drink ice cold milk as a boy. I stood in front of the living room window for a while before realizing I was naked, then realizing that it didn’t matter because men changed in front of each other at the pool and peed next to one another into urinals in public restrooms, and there weren’t any women to hide from, no one to offend. The world, I told myself, was now a sprawling men’s pisser, so I slammed the window open and pissed.
I wanted to call someone—to tell them that my wife was dead, because that’s a duty owed by the living—but whom could I call: her sister, her parents? Her sister was dead. Her father had a dead wife and two dead daughters. There was nothing to say. Everyone knew. I called my wife’s father anyway. Was he still my father-in-law now that I was a widower? He didn’t accept the connection. Widower: a word loses all but historical meaning when there are no alternatives. If all animals were dogs, we’d purge one of those words from our vocabulary. We were all widowers. It was synonymous with man. I switched on the television and stared, crying, at a montage of photographs showing the bloody landscapes of cities, hospitals, retirement homes, schools and churches, all under the tasteless headline: “International Pop”. Would we clean it up, these remnants of the people we loved? Could we even use the same buildings, knowing what had happened in them? The illusion of practical thinking pushed my feeling of emptiness away. I missed arms wrapping around me from behind while I stared through rain streaked windows. I missed barking and a wagging tail that hit my leg whenever I was standing too close. Happiness seemed impossible. I called Bakshi because I needed confirmation that I still had a voice. “They’re the lucky ones,” he said right after I’d introduced myself. “They’re out. We’re the fools still locked in, and now we’re all alone.”
For three weeks, I expected my wife to show up at the apartment door. I removed her clothes from the bed and stuffed them into a garbage bag, but kept the garbage bag in the small space between the fridge and the kitchen wall. I probably would have kept a dead body in the freezer if I had one and it fit. As a city and as a world, those were grim, disorganized weeks for us. Nobody worked. I don’t know what we did. Sat around and drank, smoked. And we called each other, often out of the blue. Every day, I received a call from someone I knew but hadn’t spoken to in years. The conversations all followed a pattern. There was no catching up and no explanation of lost time, just a question like “How are you holding up?” followed by a thoughtless answer (“Fine, I guess. And you?”) followed by an exchange of details about the women we’d lost. Mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, girlfriends, friends, cousins, aunts, teachers, students, co-workers. We talked about the colour of their hair, their senses of humour, their favourite movies. We said nothing about ourselves, choosing instead to inhabit the personas of those whom we’d loved. In the hallway, I would put on my wife’s coats but never look at myself in the mirror. I wore her winter hats in the middle of July. Facebook became a graveyard, with the gender field separating the mourners from the dead.
The World Health Organization issued a communique stating that based on the available data it was reasonable to assume that all the women in the world were dead, but it called for any woman still alive to come forward immediately. The language of the communique was as sterile as the Earth. Nobody came forward. The World Wildlife Fund created an inventory of all mammalian species that listed in ascending order how long each species would exist. Humans were on the bottom. Both the World Health Organization and the World Wildlife Fund predicted that unless significant technological progress occurred in the field of fertility within the next fifty years, the last human, a theoretical boy named Philip born into a theoretical developed country on March 26, 2025, would die in 93 years. On the day of his death, Philip would be the last remaining mammal—although not necessarily animal—on Earth. No organization or government has ever officially stated that July 4, 2025, was the most destructive day in recorded history, on the morning of which, Eastern Time, four billion out of a total of eight billion people ceased to exist as anything more than memories. What killed them was neither an act of war nor an act of terrorism. Neither was it human negligence. There was no one to blame and no one to prosecute. In the western countries, where the majority of people no longer believed in any religion, we could not even call it an act of God. So we responded by calling it nothing at all.
And, like nothing, our lives persisted. We ate, we slept and we adapted. After the first wave of suicides ended, we hosed off what the rain hadn’t already washed away and began to reorganize the systems on which our societies ran. It was a challenge tempered only slightly in countries where women had not made up a significant portion of the workforce. We held new elections, formed me boards of directors and slowed down the assembly lines and bus schedules to make it possible for our communities to keep running. There was less food in the supermarkets, but we also needed less food. Instead of two trains we ran one, but one sufficed. I don’t remember the day when I finally took the black garbage bag from its resting place and walked it to the chute. “How are you holding up?” a male voice would say on the street. “Fine, I guess. And you?” I’d answer. ##!! wrote a piece of Python code to predict the box office profitability of new movies, in which real actors played alongside computer-generated actresses. The code was only partially successful. Because while it did accurately predict the success of new movies in relation to one other, it failed to include the overwhelming popularity of re-releases of films from the past—films starring Bette Davis, Giulietta Masina, Meryl Streep: women who at least on screen were still flesh and blood. Theatres played retrospectives. On Amazon, books by female authors topped the charts. Sales of albums by women vocalists surged. We thirsted for another sex. I watched, read and listened like everyone else, and in between I cherished any media on which I found images or recordings of my wife. I was angry for not having made more. I looked at the same photos and watched the same clips over and over again. I memorized my wife’s Facebook timeline and tagged all her Tweets by date, theme and my own rating. When I went out, I would talk to the air as if she was walking beside me, sometimes quoting her actual words as answers to my questions and sometimes inventing my own as if she was a beloved character in an imagined novel. When people looked at me like I was crazy, I didn’t care. I wasn’t the only one. But, more importantly, my wife meant more to me than they did. I remembered times when we’d stroll through the park or down downtown sidewalks and I would be too ashamed to kiss her in the presence of strangers. Now, I would tell her that I love her in the densest crowd. I would ask her whether I should buy ketchup or mustard in the condiments aisle. She helped me pick out my clothes in the morning. She convinced me to eat healthy and exercise.
In November, I was in Bakshi’s apartment for the first time, waiting for a pizza delivery boy, when one of Bakshi’s friends who was browsing Reddit told us that the Tribe of Akna was starting a Kickstarter campaign in an attempt to buy the Republic of Suriname, rename it Xibalba and close its borders for all except the enlightened. Xibalba would have no laws, Salvador Abaroa said in a message on the site. He was banging his gong as he did. Everything would be legal, and anyone who pledged $100 would receive a two-week visa to this new "Mayan Buddhist Eden". If you pledged over $10,000, you would receive citizenship. “Everything in life is destroyed by energy,” Abaroa said. “But let the energy enlighten you before it consumes your body. Xibalba is finite life unbound.” Bakshi’s phone buzzed. The pizza boy had sent an email. He couldn’t get upstairs, so Bakshi and I took the elevator to the building’s front entrance. The boy’s face was so white that I saw it as soon as the elevator doors slid open. Walking closer, I saw that he was powdered. His cheeks were also rouged, and he was wearing cranberry coloured lipstick, a Marilyn Monroe wig and a short black skirt. Compared to his face, his thin legs looked like incongruously dark popsicle sticks. Bakshi paid for the pizza and added another five dollars for the tip. The boy batted his fake eyelashes and asked if maybe he could do something to earn a little more. “What do you mean?” I asked. “Oh, I don’t know. Maybe I could come upstairs and clean the place up a little. You two live alone?” Bakshi passed me the two pizza boxes—They felt hot in my hands.—and dug around in his wallet. “It’s not just the two of us,” I said. The boy smiled. “That’s OK. I’ve done parties before if that’s what you’re into.” I saw the reaction on Bakshi’s face, and I saw the boy’s grotesque caricature of a woman. “There’s condoms and lube in the car,” the boy said, pointing to a sedan with a pizza spray-painted across its side parked by the curb. “My boss says I can take up to two hours but it’s not like he uses a stopwatch.” I stepped on Bakshi’s foot and shouldered him away. He was still fiddling with his wallet. “We’re not interested,” I said to the boy. He just shrugged. “Suit yourselves. If you change your mind, order another pizza and ask for Ruby.” The elevator dinged and the doors opened. As we shuffled inside, I saw Bakshi’s cheeks turn red. “I’m not actually—” he mumbled, but I didn’t let him finish. What had bothered me so much about the boy wasn’t the way he looked or acted; in fact, it wasn’t really the boy at all. He was just trying to make a buck. What bothered me was how ruthlessly we’d already begun to exploit each other.
For those of us who were heterosexual, sex was a definite weakness. I missed it. I would never have it with a woman again. The closest substitute was pornography, whose price rose with its popularity, but which, at least for me, now came scented with the unpleasantness of historicity and nostalgia. Videos and photos, not to mention physical magazines, were collector’s items in the same way that we once collected coins or action figures. The richest men bought up the exclusive rights to their favourite porn stars and guarded them by law with a viciousness once reserved for the RIAA and MPAA. Perhaps exclusivity gave them a possessive satisfaction. In response, we pirated whatever we could and fought for a pornographic public domain. Although new pornography was still being produced, either with the help of the same virtual technology they used for mainstream movies or with the participation of young men in costume, it lacked the taste of the originals. It was like eating chocolate made without cocoa. The best pornography, and therefore the best sex, became the pornography of the mind.
The Tribe of Akna reached its Kickstarter goal in early December. On December 20, I went to church for the first time since getting married because that was the theoretical date that my wife—along with every other woman—was supposed to have given birth. I wanted to be alone with others. Someone posted a video on TikTok from Elia Kazan’s On The Waterfront, dubbing over Marlon Brando’s speech to say: “You don’t understand. I could’a had a piece of ass. I could’a been a school board member. I could’a been a son’s daddy”. It was juvenile and heartbreaking. By Christmas, the Surinamese government was already expelling its citizens, each of whom had theoretically been given a fraction of the funds paid to the government from the Tribe of Akna’s Kickstarter pool, and Salvador Abaroa’s lawyers were petitioning for international recognition of the new state of Xibalba. Neither Canada nor the United States opened diplomatic relations, but others did. I knew people who had pledged money, and when in January they disappeared on trips, I had no doubt to where. Infamy spread in the form of stories and urban legends. There’s no need for details. People disappeared, and ethicists wrote about the ethical neutrality of murder, arguing that because we were all slated to die, leaving the Earth barren in a century, destruction was a human inevitability, and what is inevitable can never be bad, even when it comes earlier than expected—even when it comes by force. Because, as a species, we hadn’t chosen destruction for ourselves, neither should any individual member of our species be able to choose now for himself. To the ethicists of what became known as the New Inevitability School, suicide was a greater evil than murder because it implied choice and inequality. If the ship was going down, no one should be allowed to get off. A second wave of suicides coincided with the debate, leading many governments to pass laws making suicide illegal. But how do you punish someone who already wants to die? In China: by keeping him alive and selling him to Xibalba, where he becomes the physical plaything of its citizens and visa-holders. The Chinese was the first embassy to open in Xibalban Paramaribo.
The men working on Kurt Schwaller’s theory of everything continued working, steadily adding new variables to their equations, complicating their calculations in the hopes that someday the variable they added would be the final one and the equation would yield an answer. “It’s pointless,” Bakshi would comment after reading about one of the small breakthroughs they periodically announced. “Even if they do manage to predict something, anything, it won’t amount to anything more than the painfully obvious. And after decades of adding and subtracting their beans, they’ll come out of their Los Alamos datalabs like groundhogs into a world blanketed by storm clouds and conclude, finally and with plenty of self-congratulations, that it’s about to fucking rain.”
It rained a lot in February. It was one of the warmest Februaries in Toronto’s history. Sometimes I went for walks along the waterfront, talking to my wife, listening to Billie Holiday and trying to recall as many female faces as I could. Ones from the distant past: my mother, my grandmothers. Ones from the recent past: the woman whose life my wife saved on the way to the hospital, the Armenian woman with the film magazine and the injured son, the Jamaican woman, Bakshi’s wife. I focused on their faces, then zoomed out to see their bodies. I carried an umbrella but seldom opened it because the pounding of the raindrops against the material distorted my mental images. I saw people rush across the street holding newspapers above their heads while dogs roamed the alleyways wearing nothing at all. Of the two, it was dogs that had the shorter time left on Earth, and if they could let the rain soak their fur and drip off their bodies, I could surely let it run down my face. It was first my mother and later my wife who told me to always cover up in the rain, “because moisture causes colds,” but I was alone now and I didn’t want to be separated from the falling water by a sheet of glass anymore. I already was cold. I saw a man sit down on a bench, open his briefcase, pack rocks into it, then close it, tie it to his wrist, check his watch and start to walk into the polluted waters of Lake Ontario. Another man took out his phone and tapped his screen a few times. The man in the lake walked slowly, savouring each step. When the police arrived, sirens blaring, the water was up to his neck. I felt guilty for watching the three officers splash into the lake after him. I don’t know what happened after that because I turned my back and walked away. I hope they didn’t stop him. I hope he got to do what he wanted to do.
“Screw the police.” Bakshi passed me a book. “You should read this,” he said. It was by a professor of film and media studies at a small university in Texas. There was a stage on the cover, flanked by two red curtains. The photo had been taken from the actors’ side, looking out at an audience that the stage lights made too dark to see. The title was Hiding Behind The Curtains. I flipped the book over. There was no photo of the author. “It’s a theory,” Bakshi said, “that undercuts what Abaroa and the Inevitabilists are saying. It’s a little too poetic in parts but—listen, you ever read Atlas Shrugged?” I said I hadn’t. “Well, anyway, what this guy says is that what if instead of our situation letting us do anything we want, it’s actually the opposite, a test to see how we act when we only think that we’re doomed. I mean what if the women who died in March, what if they’re just—” “Hiding behind the curtains,” I said. He bit his lower lip. “It sounds stupid when you say it like that but, as a metaphor, it has a kind of elegance, right?” I flipped through the book, reading a few sentences at random. It struck me as neo-Christian. “Isn’t this a little too spiritual for you? I thought we were all locked into one path,” I said. “I thought that, too, but lately I’ve been able to do things—things that I didn’t really want to do.” For a second I was concerned. “Nothing bad,” he said. “I mean I’ve felt like I’m locked into doing one thing, say having a drink of water, but I resist and pour myself a glass of orange juice instead.” I shook my head. “It’s hard to explain,” he said. That’s how most theories ended, I thought: reason and evidence up to a crucial point, and then it gets so personal that it’s hard to explain. You either make the jump or you don’t. “Just read it,” he said. “Please read it. You don’t have to agree with it, I just want to get your opinion, an objective opinion.”
I never did read the book, and Bakshi forgot about it, too, but that day he was excited and happy, and those were rare feelings. I was simultaneously glad for him and jealous. Afterwards, we went out onto the balcony and drank Czech beer until morning. When it got cool, we put on our coats. It started to drizzle so we wore blue plastic suits like the ones they used to give you on boat rides in Niagara Falls. When it was time to go home, I was so drunk I couldn’t see straight. I almost got into a fight, the first one of my life, because I bumped into a man on the street and told him to get the fuck out of my way. I don’t remember much more of my walk home. The only reason I remember Behind The Curtains at all is because when I woke up in the afternoon it was the first thing that my hung over brain recognized. It was lying on the floor beside the bed. Then I opened the blinds covering my bedroom window and, through my spread fingers that I’d meant to use as a shield from the first blast of daylight, I saw the pincers for the first time.
They’d appeared while I was asleep. I turned on the television and checked my phone. The media and the internet were feverish, but nobody knew what the thing was, just a massive, vaguely rectangular shape blotting out a strip of the sky. NASA stated that it had received no extraterrestrial messages to coincide with the appearance. Every government claimed ignorance. The panel discussions on television only worsened my headache. Bakshi emailed me links to photos from Mumbai, Cape Town, Sydney and Mexico City, all showing the same shape; or rather one of a pair of shapes, for there were two of them, one on each side of the Earth, and they’d trapped our planet between themselves like gargantuan fingers clutching an equally gargantuan ping-pong ball. That’s why somebody came up with the term “the pincers”. It stuck. Because I’d slept in last night’s clothes I was already dressed, so I ran down the stairs and out of my apartment building to get a better look at them from the parking lot. You’re not supposed to look at the sun, but I wasn’t the only one breaking that rule. There were entire crowds with upturned faces in the streets. If the pincers, too, could see, they would perhaps be as baffled by us as we were of them: billions of tiny specks all over the surface of this ping-pong ball gathering in points on a grid, coagulating into large puddles that vanished overnight only to reassemble in the morning. In the following days, scientists scrambled to study the pincers and their potential effects on us, but they discovered nothing. The pincers did nothing. They emitted nothing, consumed nothing. They simply were. And they could not be measured or detected in any way other than by eyesight. When we shot rays at them, the rays continued on their paths unaffected, as if nothing was there. The pincers did, however, affect the sun’s rays coming towards us. They cut up our days. The sun would rise, travel over the sky, hide behind a pincer—enveloping us in a second night—before revealing itself again as a second day. But if the pincers’ physical effect on us was limited to its blockage of light, their mental effects on us were astoundingly severe. For many, this was the sign they’d been waiting for. It brought hope. It brought gloom. It broke and confirmed ideas that were hard to explain. In their ambiguity, the pincers could be anything, but in their strangeness they at least reassured us of the reality of the strange times in which we were living. Men walked away from the theory of everything, citing the pincers as the ultimate variable that proved the futility of prognostication. Others took up the calculations because if the pincers could appear, what else was out there in our future? However, ambiguity can only last for a certain period. Information narrows possibilities. On April 1, 2026, every Twitter account in the world received the following message:
as you can see this message is longer than the allowed one hundred forty characters time and space are malleable you thought you had one hundred years but prepare for the plucking
The sender was @. The message appeared in each user’s feed at exactly the same time and in his first language, without punctuation. Because of the date most of us thought it was a hoax, but the developers of Twitter denied this vehemently. It wasn’t until a court forced them to reveal their code, which proved that a message of that length and sent by a blank user was impossible, that our doubts ceased. ##!! took bets on what the message meant. Salvador Abaroa broadcast a response into space in a language he called Bodhi Mayan, then addressed the rest of us in English, saying that in the pincers he had identified an all-powerful prehistoric fire deity, described in an old Sanskrit text as having the resemblance of mirrored black fangs, whose appearance signified the end of time. “All of us will burn,” he said, “but paradise shall be known only to those who burn willingly.” Two days later, The Tribe of Akna announced that in one month it would seal Xibalba from the world and set fire to everything and everyone in it. For the first time, its spokesman said, an entire nation would commit suicide as one. Jonestown was but a blip. As a gesture of goodwill, he said that Xibalba was offering free immolation visas to anyone who applied within the next week. The New Inevitability School condemned the plan as “offensively unethical” and inequalitist and urged an international Xibalban boycott. Nothing came of it. When the date arrived, we watched with rapt attention on live streams and from the vantage points of circling news planes as Salvador Abaroa struck flint against steel, creating the spark that caught the char cloth, starting a fire that blossomed bright crimson and in the next weeks consumed all 163,821 square kilometres of the former Republic of Suriname and all 2,500,000 of its estimated Xibalban inhabitants. Despite concerns that the fire would spread beyond Xibalba’s borders, The Tribe of Akna had been careful. There were no accidental casualties and no unplanned property damage. No borders were crossed. Once the fire burned out, reporters competed to be first to capture the mood on the ground. Paramaribo resembled the smouldering darkness of a fire pit.
It was a few days later while sitting on Bakshi’s balcony, looking up at the pincers and rereading a reproduction of @’s message—someone had spray-painted it across the wall of a building opposite Bakshi’s—that I remembered Iris. The memory was so absorbing that I didn’t notice when Bakshi slid open the balcony door and sat down beside me, but I must have been smiling because he said, “I don’t mean this the wrong way, but you look a little loony tonight. Seriously, man, you do not look sufficiently freaked out.” I’d remembered Iris before, swirling elements of her plain face, but now I also remembered her words and her theory. I turned to Bakshi, who seemed to be waiting for an answer to his question, and said, “Let’s get up on the roof of this place.” He grabbed my arm and held on tightly. “I’m not going to jump, if that’s what you mean.” It wasn’t what I meant, but I asked, “why not?” He said, “I don’t know. I know we’re fucked as a species and all that, but I figure if I’m still alive I might as well see what happens next, like in a bad movie you want to see through to the end.” I promised him that I wasn’t going to jump, either. Then I scrambled inside his apartment, grabbed my hat and jacket from the closet by the front door and put them on while speed walking down the hall, toward the fire escape. I realized I’d been spending a lot of time here. The alarm went off as soon I pushed open the door with my hip but I didn’t care. When Bakshi caught up with me, I was already outside, leaping up two stairs at a time. The metal construction was rusted. The treads wobbled. On the roof, the wind nearly blew my hat off and it was so loud I could have screamed and no one would have heard me. Holding my hat in my hands, I crouched and looked out over the twinkling city spread out in front of me. It looked alive in spite of the pincers in the sky. “Let’s do something crazy,” I yelled. Bakshi was still catching his breath behind me. “What, like this isn’t crazy enough?” The NHL may have been gone but my hat still bore the Maple Leafs logo, as quaint and obsolete by then as the Weimar Republic in the summer of 1945. “When’s the last time you played ball hockey?” I asked. Bakshi crouched beside me. “You’re acting weird. And I haven’t played ball hockey in ages.” I stood up so suddenly that Bakshi almost fell over. This time I knew I was smiling. “So call your buddies,” I said. “Tell them to bring their sticks and their gear and to meet us in front of the ACC in one hour.” Bakshi patted me on the back. Toronto shone like jewels scattered over black velvet. “The ACC’s been closed for years, buddy. I think you’re really starting to lose it.” I knew it was closed. “Lose what?” I asked. “It’s closed and we’re going to break in.”
The chains broke apart like shortbread. The electricity worked. The clouds of dust made me sneeze. We used duffel bags to mark out the goals. We raced up and down the stands and bent over, wheezing at imaginary finish lines. We got into the announcer’s booth and called each other cunts through the microphone. We ran, fell and shot rubber pucks for hours. We didn’t keep score. We didn’t worry. “What about the police?” someone asked. The rest of us answered: “Screw the fucking police!”
And when everybody packed up and went home, I stayed behind.
“Are you sure you’re fine?” Bakshi asked.
“Yeah,” I said.
“Because I have to get back so that I can shower, get changed and get to work.”
“Yeah, I know,” I said.
“And you promise me you’ll catch a cab?”
“I’m not suicidal.”
He fixed his grip on his duffel bag. “I didn’t say you were. I was just checking.”
“I want to see the end of the movie, too,” I said.
He saluted. I watched him leave. When he was gone, my wife walked down from the nosebleeds and took a seat beside me. “There’s someone I want to tell you about,” I said. She lifted her chin like she always does when something unexpected catches her interest, and scooted closer. I put my arm across the back of her beautiful shoulders. She always liked that, even though the position drives me crazy because I tend to talk a lot with my hands. “Stuck at Leafs-Wings snorefest,” she said. “Game sucks but I love the man sitting beside me.” (January 15, 2019. Themes: hockey, love, me. Rating: 5/5). “Her name was Iris,” I said.

Iris

“What if the whole universe was a giant garden—like a hydroponics thing, like how they grow tomatoes and marijuana, so there wouldn’t need to be any soil, all the nutrients would just get injected straight into the seeds or however they do it—or, even better, space itself was the soil, you know how they talk about dark matter being this invisible and mysterious thing that exists out there and we don’t know what it does, if it actually affect anything, gravity…”
She blew a cloud of pot smoke my way that made me cough and probably gave her time to think. She said, “So dark matter is like the soil, and in this space garden of course they don’t grow plants but something else.”
“Galaxies?”
“Eyes.”
“Just eyes, or body parts in general?” I asked.
“Just eyes.”
The music from the party thumped. “But the eyes are our planets, like Mars is an eye, Neptune is an eye, and the Earth is an eye, maybe even the best eye.”
“The best for what? Who’s growing them?”
“God,” she said.
I took the joint from her and took a long drag. “I didn’t know you believed in God.”
“I don’t, I guess—except when I’m on dope. Anyway, you’ve got to understand me because when I say God I don’t mean like the old man with muscles and a beard. This God, the one I’m talking about, it’s more like a one-eyed monster.”
“Like a cyclops?” I asked.
“Yeah, like that, like a cyclops. So it’s growing these eyes in the dark matter in space—I mean right now, you and me, we’re literally sitting on one of these eyes and we’re contributing to its being grown because the nutrients the cyclops God injected into them, that’s us.”
“Why does God need so many extra eyes?”
“It’s not a question of having so many of them, but more about having the right one, like growing the perfect tomato.” I gave her back the joint and leaned back, looking at the stars. “Because every once in a while the cyclops God goes blind, its eye stops working—not in the same way we go blind, because the cyclops God doesn’t see reality in the same way we see reality—but more like we see through our brains and our eyes put together.”
“Like x-ray vision?” I asked.
“No, not like that at all,” she said.
“A glass eye?”
“Glass eyes are fake.”
“OK,” I said, “so maybe try something else. Give me a different angle. Tell me what role we’re playing in all of this because right now it seems that we’re pretty insignificant. I mean, you said we’re nutrients but what’s the difference between, say, Mars and Earth in terms of being eyes?”
She looked over at me. “Are you absolutely sure you want to hear about this?”
“I am,” I said.
“You don’t think it’s stupid?”
“Compared to what?”
“I don’t know, just stupid in general.”
“I don’t.”
“I like you,” she said.
“Because I don’t think you’re stupid?” I asked.
“That’s just a bonus. I mean more that you’re up here with me instead of being down there with everyone, and we’re talking and even though we’re not in love I know somehow we’ll never forget each other for as long as we live.”
“It’s hard to forget being on the surface of a giant floating eyeball.”
“You’re scared that you won’t find anyone to love,” she said suddenly, causing me to nearly choke on my own saliva. “Don’t ask me how I know—I just do. But before I go any further about the cyclops God, I want you to know that you’ll find someone to love and who’ll love you back, and whatever happens you’ll always have that because no one can take away the past.”
“You’re scared of going blind,” I said.
“I am going blind.”
“Not yet.”
“And I’m learning not to be scared because everything I see until that day will always belong to me.”
“The doctors said it would be gradual,” I reminded her.
“That’s horrible.”
“Why?”
“Because you wouldn’t want to find someone to love and then know that every day you wake up the love between you grows dimmer and dimmer, would you?”
“I guess not,” I said.
“Wouldn’t you much rather feel the full strength of that love up to and including in the final second before the world goes black?”
“It would probably be painful to lose it all at once like that.”
“Painful because you actually had something to lose. For me, I know I can’t wish away blindness, but I sure wish that the last image I ever see—in that final second before my world goes black—is the most vivid and beautiful image of all.”
Because I didn’t know what to say to that, I mumbled: “I’m sorry.”
“That I’m going blind?”
“Yeah, and that we can’t grow eyes.”
This time I looked over, and she was the one gazing at the stars. “Before, you asked if we were insignificant,” she said. “But because you’re sorry—that’s kind of why we’re the most significant of all, why Earth is better than the other planets.”
“For the cyclops God?”
“Yes.”
“He cares about my feelings?”
“Not in the way you’re probably thinking, but in a different way that’s exactly what the cyclops God cares about most because that’s what it’s looking for in an eye. All the amazing stuff we’ve ever built, all our ancient civilizations and supercomputers and cities you can see from the Moon—that’s just useless cosmetics to the cyclops God, except in how all of it has made us feel about things that aren’t us.”
“I think you’re talking about morality.”
“I think so, too.”
“So by feeling sorry for you I’m showing compassion, and the cyclops God likes compassion?”
“That’s not totally wrong but it’s a little upside down. We have this black matter garden and these planets the cyclops God has grown as potential eyes to replace its own eye once it stops working, but its own eye is like an eye and a brain mixed together. Wait—” she said.
I waited.
“Imagine a pair of tinted sunglasses.”
I imagined green-tinted ones.
“Now imagine that instead of the lenses being a certain colour, they’re a certain morality, and if you wear the glasses you see the world tinted according to that morality.”
I was kind of able to imagine that. I supposed it would help show who was good and who was bad. “But the eye and the tinted glasses are the same thing in this case.”
“Exactly, there’s no one without the other, and what makes the tint special is us—not that the cyclops God cares at all about individuals any more than we care about individual honey bees. That’s why he’s kind of a monster.”
“Isn’t people’s morality always changing, though?”
“Only up to a point. Green is green even when you have a bunch of shades of it, and a laptop screen still works fine even with a few dead pixels, right? And the more globalized and connected we get, the smoother our morality gets, but if you’re asking more about how our changing morals work when the cyclops God finally comes to take its eye, I assume it has a way to freeze our progress. To cut our roots. Then it makes some kind of final evaluation. If it’s satisfied it takes the planet and sticks it into its eye socket, and if it doesn’t like us then it lets us alone, although because we’re frozen and possibly rootless I suppose we die—maybe that’s what the other planets are, so many of them in space without any sort of life. Cold, rejected eyes.”
From sunglasses to bees to monitors in three metaphors, and now we were back to space. This was getting confusing. The stars twinkled, some of them dead, too: their light still arriving at our eyes from sources that no longer existed. “That’s kind of depressing,” I said to end the silence.
“What about it?”
“Being bees,” I said, “that work for so long at tinting a pair of glasses just so that a cyclops God can try them on.”
“I don’t think it’s any more depressing than being a tomato.”
“I’ve never thought about that.”
“You should. It’s beautiful, like love,” she said. “Because if you think about it, being a tomato and being a person are really quite similar. They’re both about growing and existing for the enjoyment of someone else. As a tomato you’re planted, you grow and mature and then an animal comes along and eats you. The juicier you look and the nicer you smell, the greater the chance that you’ll get plucked but also the more pleasure the animal will get from you. As a person, you’re also born and you grow up and you mature into a one of a kind personality with a one of a kind face, and then someone comes along and makes you fall in love with them and all the growing you did was really just for their enjoyment of your love.”
“Except love lasts longer than chewing a tomato.”
“Sometimes,” she said.
“And you have to admit that two tomatoes can’t eat each other the way two people can love each other mutually.”
“I admit that’s a good point,” she said.
“And what happens to someone who never gets fallen in love with?”
“The same thing that happens to a tomato that never gets eaten or an eye that the cyclops God never takes. They die and they rot, and they darken and harden, decomposing until they don’t look like tomatoes anymore. It’s not a nice fate. I’d rather live awhile and get eaten, to be honest.”
“As a tomato or person?”
“Both.”
I thought for a few seconds. “That explanation works for things on Earth, but nothing actually decomposes in space.”
“That’s why there are so many dead planets,” she said.
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Nutcracker And The Four Realms - GP $5
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Thor 1 - GP - $6
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Toy Story 3 - GP $5
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A Quiet Place - i
Arrival - i $5
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Despicable Me 3 - i $5
Despicable Me 3 - V $5
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Fences - i $5
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Sing - i
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Almost There: The Platformer
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SimCity4 Deluxe Editon x3
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Siralim 3 x2
Skullgirls x3
Sky Break
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The Black Death
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The Crown of Leaves
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The Invisible Hours
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The Last Federation
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The Little Acre
The Light Keep Us Safe
The Lion's Song: Season Pass
The Low Road x2
The Metronomicon
The Testament of Sherlock Holmes
The Spatials
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The Technomancer
The Textorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia
The Town of Light x4
The Uncertain - The Last Quiet Day
The Walking Dead: Season 1
The Walking Dead: 400 Days
The Walking Dead: Season 2
The Walking Dead: Michonne - A Telltale Miniseries
The Walking Vegetables
The Watchmaker x2
Thief: Deadly Shadows
This War of Mine + Season Pass
Through the Woods
Toki x2
Tomb Raider(2013) x2
Tomb Raider GOTY (2013) x3
Tower 57
Tracks - The Train Set Game x2
Train Valley
Tropico 3 Gold Edition
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Tropico Trilogy
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TWINKLE STAR SPRITES x3
Unbox Newbies Adventure
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Unexplored
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V Rally
Valhalla Hills
Valnir Rok Survival RPG
Vanguard Princess with all DLCs
Vertical Drop Heroes HD x2
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We Are The Dwarves
White Night
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Whos Your Daddy x2
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2020.09.28 14:54 CalppedOutSti Why leave the court when you see a higher rep player?

After grinding and doing my thing and hitting SS1, I am finding it impossible to get any real rep any time I play.
It's gotten to the point where I have to wear a brown shirt and hope the opponents are stupid, which takes half the fun out of the game.
Let me ask you runners/rep checkers something, why do you play a game just to not play games?
Every year this happens and I don't get it.
I usually grind my career a bit to get my badges and over 90 overall, then I hit the park. Seeing how I am usually late to the party, I am a rookie in a world of pro's and all-stars, but I pop on every dot if I don't have a squad and still do to this date.
If I do not have a group and see a top rep player on a court, I want to play him, it's how you get better and learn new tricks.
what's the point of wanting these bum parks? You understand that getting a park full of rookies and rocking them does not make you good, it just means you're the best in the special Olympics line up that that park has to offer.
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2020.09.28 11:06 InterstellarOctopus Some log entries I made a while ago, hope you enjoy :)

Log entry 1. Star date unknown. First Impressions.
I looked around the beautiful planet. The computer called it Sylva, and it was a fitting name for the colourful forests, mountains and plains that lay around me.
“Reentry in 5 minutes” the computer yelled. Those were the first words I ever heard. As the drop pod flashed red and white I opened my eyes and looked around the perfectly clean metal capsule, that I was about to trust with my life when this thing crashed into a planets atmosphere at thousands of kilometres per hour in a few minutes. I was kidding, the capsule was a dumpster full of junk, thousands of buttons and 50 different manuals. Didn’t matter I suppose.
I took a few pictures of the landscape and then turned my attention to the landing pad which my suit computer was directing me to. Inspecting the terminal, I pressed the launch start up procedure and then jumped back in terror as 3 boxes came flying down at terminal velocity, only narrowly missing my head. Phew.
“Reentry in 3 minutes” the computer repeated. Time was running so fast. I wasn’t sure whether I should be terrified of excited. I picked the first. I inspected my suit in the reflection of the window. I was wearing a blue, white and yellow Exodynamics Exo suit, with a fancy logo of a number of orbiting planets as the visor. It looked nice, but it made me feel like a robot for the almighty Exodynamics rather than a person. I guess I shouldn’t be complaining about the only thing that would keep me alive once I left this tiny tin can.
I unpackaged the boxes, placing down a printer on a platform to the right and unpacking the oxygenator in the shelter. It occurred to me that I was never taught what any of these items did, or were, in fact I couldn’t even recall how I learned to write. It was all just instinctive. Incredible. Maybe I was some type of robot created by Exodynamics, with all this knowledge programmed in when I was created. But I didn’t really have time for philosophy, so I ran out of my thoughts and started following my intuition and looking for compound.
“Reentry in 1 minute” the robotic voiced screamed. I couldn’t tell whether it was actually screaming, or I was going insane from terror, but I didn’t care. I strapped my belts on, and locked the metal bars over my chair. Looking at the screen I’m front of my face, I realised that the capsule and I were going to be performing a soft surface landing as the planet had no oceans. What! Imagine if the rockets fail, I’m simply going to smashing into the mountings at terminal velocity, with nothing to slow me down. I gave a prayer to whoever was up there listening and then closed my eyes for the final countdown.
I found a lot compound near base, and mined nearly all of it, and with a little more searching I found some resin as well. “What a great start we’re having” I thought to myself. I built tether lines to all the useful areas I’d found, then built a research chamber from the resin and compound, along with a large platform for it. Life felt simple, and.... beautiful. And part of what kept it that way was keeping busy, so I dug a cave entrance next to my base to find laterite and research items. After bringing back up a lot of laterite and a little bit of quartz, and a giant green rock that I threw in the research chamber, I now needed a smelter to smelt all of this, and I hadn’t even researched that yet. And so I tethered out into the forest to find some scannable research.
“10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Reentry initiated”. The pod blasted against the atmosphere like a golf ball launched at supersonic speeds. My scream was cut of as my stomach flew into my neck. I couldn’t scream, or move, I could only hope that Exodynamics knew what it was doing when it made these cursed drop pods. The window light it like fire, I could have sworn the glass would melt at any moment, but it never did. But the worst was yet to come. Suddenly the rockets ignited and my stomach was previously stuck in my throat, was thrown out of my mouth by the sheer g-force of the rockets. Spew covered the tv screen in front of me, covering up the egotistical company man, who was smiling like a greedy retard. Ugh.
Finally the pod slowed down and landed. I stepped out and then fainted while the base assembled itself in front of my blank eyes. When I woke up I was completely clueless where the drop pod went and where a whole giant shelter came from. But I guess I shouldn’t by surprised by anything in this ultra technological Exodynamics world I’d been born into. That may have been the most exciting first 15 minutes of anyone’s life, ever.
After about 10 to 15 minutes of me running around scanning plants, I had plenty of research to get my smelter researched. I then ran back to base and printed it, and then sat and watched in wonder as pure materials were turned into something else, almost like it assembled by tiny nanobots, right before my very eyes. I’m kidding. What kind of loser cares that much about technology created by a corporate overload probably with the intent to turn this whole planet into some carbon powered oil factory or something? Not me. Instead I went and explored the large mountain to my right. I found this material called malachite, which I could use to create a work light when it was smelted, which I thought would be useful to explore the darker regions of caves. The snow under my boots, the ice on the edges of my visor, the beautiful view, and the gorgeous snowy peak, this was definitely far more interesting than that stupid printer.
The smelter had now been printed and a platform for it, so I smelted my whole load of malachite and laterite into aluminium and copper while I printed another research chamber. It was then that I had a curious thought. “If Exodynamics already has the blueprints for these technologies, why do I need to research giant fruits and rocks to ‘unlock’ these blueprints with bytes or something”. After thinking this over, I decided Exodynamics was probably just trying to make extra money off its workers by selling off their analysis of local flora and rocks to the science community, and rewarding them with technology everyone on Earth has had for eons. Goodness, I hate Exodynamics.
I found a top hat in the shelter by the way, it makes my suit look less like an advert for “the incredible Exodynamics, your number 1 place for electronics, aerospace and science”. Ugh.
Log entry 2. Star date unknown. Getting the base running.
My base was starting to take shape. I had a small and medium printer with a small generator all on a medium platform b, and then a smelter and 2 research chambers wired up in a line to each other. Problem was, I had nothing to power any of this. Since I had already searched the surrounding plains and forests near the base, I decided now was the time to explore over the mountain. I’d created a soil canister to build terrain, and so I decided to build a large ramp up the towering mountain. I’m kidding, it wasn’t that big. I slowly built up the mountain until I reached the peak. The mountain wasn’t that tall, but the view was impressive, and combined with the gorgeous sunset it was picture perfect, so I took a picture.
After a few pictures and a little break, I built a ramp down the other side of the mountain and almost immediately spotted a functional wind turbine just over the peak of the mountain. I knew this was a good idea! It made me question how it got there. It was an Exodynamics model, so it wasn’t created by any indigenous life forms. In fact, I hadn’t actually seen any flora or even slightly intelligent life at all. It was... lonely. It felt too empty. So I distracted myself with bringing the wind turbine back to base. I felt better when I was busy. The wind turbine certainly wasn’t a lot of power, but it should power my base for a while, at least when the wind blowed. But I needed more. If I was really lucky I’d find a solar panel and be able to power my base all day, and then go cave hunting at night while my wind turbine sometimes keeps the research chambers running. That would be perfect, but I mustn’t get greedy, that’s bad luck. I’d be happy even with a small battery and a few small wind turbines.
Time to go do some more exploring. I quickly found a small battery and put that in backpack, and then continued further down into the forest on the other side of the mountain. I found lots of research items, and a small wind turbine and a medium. This was going great. Not only did I have 2 medium wind turbines, but since I had a small battery and a small wind turbine, I had a reliable backpack power source for printing while away from tethers and for using drill mods later on. How did I know this? It wasn’t even instinctive anymore, it was simply like, I’d done this before, like I’d been here and done all this more than once. I’m over thinking this, it’s probably just basic programming into the brain. But maybe, maybe, I had done this before. A theory formed in my brain like a ripple, starting small and then growing larger and larger with even greater implications.
What if I had been doing this for years and my memory had simply been wiped each time. What if I’d been to 10s, 100s maybe even thousands of planets, and had my mind wiped after each? Then again what did it matter. Even if I were a demigod cast down from heaven and enslaved, it wouldn’t change anything. My goals would stay the same. Build up the base. Leave this planet. They never change.
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2020.09.28 10:08 Nevvas [H] Humble [W] Wishlist, offers, paypal

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Justice leftovers
A New Beginning
Age of Wonders III
All You Can Eat
Bioshock Remastered
Broken Age
Company of Heroes 2
Crowntakers
Darkest Dungeon: The Shield Breaker DLC
Eastside Hockey Manager
Endless Space Collection
Framed Collection
GoNNER BLuEBERRY EDiTION
Gunscape Standard Edition
In Between
Kerbal Space Program
Kingdom Classic
MirrorMoon EP
My Memory of Us
Newt one
No Time To Explain Remastered
Pesterquest
Planet of the eyes
Plunge
Realpolitiks
Regular Human Basketball
Sonic & Sega All Star Racing
Star Crossed
Super Time Force Ultra
Surviving Mars
System Shock 2
System Shock: Enhanced Edition
The Ball
This war of mine
Titan quest anniversary edition

Sept
Catherine Classic
Fun w/Ragdolls: The Game
Generation Zero
Lethal League Blaze
Strange Brigade
The Occupation
The Shapeshifting Detective
Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York
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A Case of Distrust
American Fugitive
Call of Cthulhu
Genesis Alpha One
Hello neighbor + Hello neighbor H&S collection
The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters
Through the Darkest of Times
Vampyr
Wargroove Double Trouble
We Were Here Together
July
Basingstoke
Battlestar Galactica Deadlock
Don't Escape: 4 Days to Survive
Earthlock
Planetfall Delux edition
Railway Empire
Sigma Theory: Global Cold War
Verlet Swing
Void Bastards
Yuppie Psycho
June
Feliz the Reaper
Grid - Ultimate Edition
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Men of War: Assualt Squad 2
Overload
Reamins of Naezith
Stygian: Reign of The Old One
Supraland
The King's Bird
The Stillness of the Wind
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Heave Ho
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Niche
Rise of Industry
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Exa Punks
Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark
Niffelheim
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Night Call
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Bad North: JoTunn Edition
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Whispers of a Machine
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Dead In Vinland
Desert Child
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Almost There: The Platformer
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Beckett
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Everything
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Finding Paradise
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Forged Battalion
God's Trigger
Hidden Folks
I'm Not A Monster
Immortal Redneck
Just Cause 3 XXL Edition
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Love is Dead
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Monster Prom
Moonlighter
MOTHERGUNSHIP
NAIRI: Tower of Shirin
NeuroVoider
Old Man's Journey
Override: Mech City Brawl
Paradigm
Paratropic
Pathologic Classic HD
Planet Alpha
Purrfect Date - Visual Novel/Dating Simulator
Puss!
Rapture Rejects
Rapture Rejects - Safari Outfit
Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered
Regions of Ruin
Regular Human Basketball
Resident Evil Revelations
Rising Storm 2: Vietnam + 2 DLCs
Road Redemption
Rock of Ages 2: Bigger & Boulder
Rusty Lake Hotel
Sakura Dungeon
Seven: The Days Long Gone
She Remembered Caterpillars
Shenmue I & II
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Sniper Elite 3
Sonic Mania
State of Mind
Steel Rats
Sudden Strike 4
Super Daryl Deluxe
Surviving Mars
Sword Legacy Omen
Swords and Soldiers 2 Shawarmageddon
The Dwarves
The Journey Down: Chapter Three
The Spiral Scouts
Thomas Was Alone
Tom Clancy's The Division
Tom Clancy's The Division - Survival
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A complete guide to English language Moebius collected editions

Since I started following the work of Moebius I have experienced a lot of frustration in trying to catalogue and track down his work. So much of his work is long out of print, and his stories have been printed across so many different collections that it can be very hard to keep track of it all. I regularly see Moebius fans - new and old - complaining about this confusion, even to the point of accidentally buying the same work multiple times. My goal here is to lay out a clear and thorough catalogue of Moebius work which has been printed in English. This includes creating a full list of every Moebius work which has been translated into English, as well as a cataloguing which of these works were included in every collected edition printed to date. Whether you want to find which stories were included in a particular edition, or track down a collection that includes one particular story, you should be able to do it with a simple search of this post (Ctrl + F).
In this guide I will be including all works published under the pseudonym Moebius, as well as earlier works which were published under his real name Jean Giraud. I will not be including works on which Moebius was only the writer or works by other authors to which Moebius contributed work, although I may add an additional section for these later if there is demand for it.
For anyone who is only interested in information on which editions are currently available for purchase you can skip to Section 2, as well as the first parts of Sections 4, 5, and 6.
This guide will be divided into six sections:


Please don’t hesitate to leave comment or PM me if you discover any errors in this guide, or if you have any additional information to add. I will try to get the guide updated ASAP whenever new information becomes available. My intention, and hope, is for this guide to become a definitive source for English language Moebius collected editions.
I want to make this as open and readable as possible for newcomers, while also being as thorough as possible, so I welcome feedback and recommendations regarding the readability of this guide. All feedback is appreciated!
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SECTION 1: A complete list of all Moebius works which have been translated into English.

This section lists every individual Moebius work which has been translated into English. All titles are listed with the date of their earliest English release, regardless of the format of this release. Titles are listed in order of release date, with some longer series grouped under their earliest entry. Page counts are included where available. Writer noted in cases where work was collaborative. In cases where a story was published under more than one title I have used the title of the most recent publication.

Blueberry (16 volumes) (1965 - 1996)
Arzach (6 volumes) (1977)
The Long Tomorrow (1977) (16 pages) (Writer: Dan O’Bannon)
Approaching Centauri (1977) (6 pages) (Writer: Philippe Druillet)
Major Fatale (1977) (13 pages)
It’s a Small Universe (1977) (8 pages)
Is Man Good? (1977) (10 pages)
Ballade (1977) (9 pages)
Black Thursday (1977) (2 pages)
The Airtight Garage (1977 - 1980) (99 pages)
Marvels of The Universe (1978) (1 page)
Free Fall/Absoluten Calfeutrail (1978) (8 pages)
Jungle Gysm (1978) (1 page)
Syants Fikshun Digest (1 page)
Hit Man (1978) (12 pages)
Split the Little Space Pioneer (1979) (2 pages)
Untitled [I don't want to sound like I'm paranoid...] (1979) (1 page)
Ktulu (1979) (5 pages)
A Tale of Christmas (1979) (3 pages)
The Mysteries of Eroticism No.1 (1980) (1 page)
Shore Leave on Pharagonesia (1980) (26 pages)
The Mysteries of Eroticism No.2 (1980) (1 page)
Rock City (1980) (7 pages)
The White Citadel (1980) (6 pages)
Blackbeard and the Pirate Brain (1981) (5 pages)
Double Escape (1981) (2 pages)
There is a Prince Charming on Phenixon (1980) (4 pages)
The White Nightmare (1981) (12 pages)
One of 4,070 Variations on "The" Theme (1981) (4 pages)
You're the Object of This and That (1981) (4 pages)
An Adventure of John Watercolor (1981) (1 page)
The Detour (1981) (7 pages)
Wounded Knee (1981) (2 pages)
Afloat (1981) (1 page)
The Invaders (1981) (1 page)
The Horny Goof (1981) (24 pages)
Metamorphosis (1981) (24 Illustrations)
The Incal (6 volumes) (1981 – 1988)
The Emerald Lake (1982) (4 pages)
The Twinkle in Fildegar’s Eye (1983) (7 pages)
Celestial Venice (1986) (9 pages)
The Gold Digger (1987) (5 pages)
The Words of Chief Seattle (1987) (3 pages)
The Legend of Arzach (1987) (5 pages)
Christmas on Lipponia (1987) (3 pages)
The Artifact (1987) (4 pages)
The Edena Cycle (11 Volumes) (1987 - 2018)
Journey to the Center of an Unfaithful Body (1988) (2 pages)
The Hunt for the Vacationing Frenchman (1988) (6 pages)
The Apple Pie (1988) (4 pages)
Silver Surfer: Parable (1988 - 1989) (46 pages)
Young Blueberry (3 volumes) (1989 - 1990)
The Eyes of The Cat (1990) (56 pages) (Writer: Alejandro Jodorowsky)
In the Heart of the Impregnable Metabunker (1990) (8 pages)
Aedena (1990) (6 pages)
Nuggets and Thieves (1990) (2 pages)
Blanco, King of the Prairie (1990) (4 pages)
Deima (1990) (7 pages)
Jim Cutlass: Mississippi River (1991) (60 pages)
King of the Buffalo (1991) (10 pages)
The Man from the Ciguri (1992 - 1993) (52 pages)
Madwoman of the Sacred Heart (1996) (192 pages)
Angel Claws (1997) (72 pages)
Second Sunrise over New Mombasa (2006) (14 pages)
The story of an idea (2007) (8 pages)
XIII Volume 17: The Irish Version (2013) (48 pages)
After the Incal Vol. 1: The New Dream (2014) (60 pages)
Inside Moebius (3 Volumes) (2018)
Memories (2020) (6 pages) (Writer: Albert Patin De La Fizelére)
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SECTION 2: A list of Moebius collected editions in English which are currently available to purchase.

This section will list every edition currently available for purchase which contains Moebius work in English. This includes works that are actively in print, as well as works that are out of print but still readily available at or below cover price. I will also list the contents of every edition so they can be cross referenced with the comprehensive list above. In this section I will list the release date of the specific editions rather than the stories themselves. This list will also be divided by publisher.

Dark Horse

Moebius Library: The World of Edena (2016) (344 pages) (Hardcover)
Moebius Library: The Art of Edena (2018) (176 pages) (Hardcover)
Moebius Library: Inside Moebius Part 1 (2018) (216 pages) (Hardcover)
Moebius Library: Inside Moebius Part 2 (2018) (248 pages) (Hardcover)
Moebius Library: Inside Moebius Part 3 (2018) (248 pages) (Hardcover)

Humanoids

The Eyes of The Cat: The Yellow Edition (2013) (56 pages) (Hardcover)
The Incal (2015) (308 pages) (HardcoveSoftcover)
The Incal Deluxe Coffee Table Edition #5: The Fifth Essence Part 1 (2013) (48 pages) (Hardcover)
The Incal Deluxe Coffee Table Edition #6: The Fifth Essence Part 2 (2014) (48 pages) (Hardcover)
Madwoman of The Sacred Heart (2016) (192 pages) (Hardcover)
Angel Claws (2019) (72 pages) (Hardcover)
Angel Claws Deluxe Coffee Table Edition (2013) (75 pages) (Hardcover)
Arzach Classique (2011) (56 pages) (Hardcover)

Graphitti Designs

Moebius 4: Blueberry (1989) (252 pages) (Hardcover)
Moebius 5: Blueberry (1990) (304 pages) (Hardcover)
Moebius 6: Young Blueberry (1990) (168 pages) (Hardcover)
Moebius 8: Blueberry (1991) (240 pages) (Hardcover)
Moebius 9: Blueberry (1991) (180 pages) (Hardcover)

Marvel

Silver Surfer: Parable 30th Anniversary Edition (2020) (88 pages) (Softcover)
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SECTION 3: A list of Moebius collected editions in English which are currently out of print.

In this section I will list every collected edition of Moebius work which was previously published in English but is no longer available. I will exclude any edition which is no longer available but which has since been replaced by an edition which is functionally equal or superior.

Dark Horse

Moebius #0: The Horny Goof & Other Underground Stories (1990) (72 pages) (Softcover)
Moebius: Arzach (1996) (80 Pages) (Softcover)
Moebius: H.P.’s Rock City TPB (1996) (84 Pages) (Softcover)
Moebius: The Man from The Ciguri (1996) (80 Pages) (Softcover)
Moebius: Madwoman of the Sacred Heart (1996) (144 Pages) (Softcover)
Moebius: The Exotics (1996) (84 Pages) (Softcover)

Humanoids

The Eyes of the Cat Deluxe Coffee Table Edition (2011) (56 pages) (Hardcover)
The Incal Deluxe Coffee Table Edition #1: The Black Incal (2013) (48 pages) (Hardcover)
The Incal Deluxe Coffee Table Edition #2: The Luminous Incal (2013) (48 pages) (Hardcover)
The Incal Deluxe Coffee Table Edition #3: What Lies Beneath (2013) (56 pages) (Hardcover)
The Incal Deluxe Coffee Table Edition #4: What Is Above (2013) (60 pages) (Hardcover)
The Incal: Oversized Deluxe Edition (2019) (324 pages) (Hardcover)
Final Incal: Oversized Deluxe Edition (2014) (216 pages) (HardcoveSlipcase)

Graphitti Designs

Moebius ½: The Early Mœbius & Other Humorous Stories (1991) (60 pages) (Softcover)
Moebius 1 (1987) (272 pages) (Hardcover)
Moebius 2 (1988) (220 pages) (Hardcover)
Moebius 3: The Incal (1988) (312 pages) (Hardcover)
Moebius 7 (1990) (220 pages) (Hardcover)

Marvel

Halo: The Graphic Novel (2006) (128 pages) (Hardcover)
Silver Surfer: Parable 30th Anniversary Oversized Edition (2019) (88 pages) (Hardcover)

Epic (Marvel Imprint)

Moebius 1: Upon a Star (1987) (76 pages) (Softcover)
Moebius 2: Arzach & Other Fantasy Stories (1987) (76 pages) (Softcover)
Moebius 3: The Airtight Garage (1987) (124 pages) (Softcover)
Moebius 4: The Long Tomorrow & Other Science Fiction Stories (1987) (74 pages) (Softcover)
Moebius 5: The Gardens of Aedena (1988) (76 pages) (Softcover)
Moebius 6: Pharagonesia & Other Strange Stories (1988) (76 pages) (Softcover)
Moebius 7: The Goddess (1990) (88 pages) (Softcover)
Moebius 8: Mississippi River (1991) (68 pages) (Softcover)
Moebius 9: Stel (1994) (84 pages) (Softcover)
Blueberry 1: Chihuahua Pearl (1989) (100 pages) (Softcover)
Blueberry 2: Ballad for a Coffin (1989) (124 pages) (Softcover)
Blueberry 3: Angel Face (1989) (100 pages) (Softcover)
Blueberry 4: The Ghost Tribe (1990) (100 pages) (Softcover)
Blueberry 5: The End of the Trail (1990) (96 pages) (Softcover)
Marshal Blueberry 1: The Lost Dutchman’s Mine (1991) (116 pages) (Softcover)
Lieutenant Blueberry 1: The Iron Horse (1991) (52 pages) (Softcover)
Lieutenant Blueberry 2: Steelfingers (1991) (52 pages) (Softcover)
Lieutenant Blueberry 3: General Golden Mane (1991) (100 pages) (Softcover)
Catalan Communications
Young Blueberry #1 - Blueberry's Secret (1989) (60 pages) (Softcover)
Young Blueberry #2 - A Yankee Named Blueberry (1990) (60 pages) (Softcover)
Young Blueberry #3 - The Blue Coats (1990) (60 pages) (Softcover)

Egmont/Methuen

Lieutenant Blueberry 1: Fort Navajo (1977) (48 pages) (Softcover)
Lieutenant Blueberry 2: Thunder in the West (1977) (48 pages) (Softcover)
Lieutenant Blueberry 3: Lone Eagle (1978) (48 pages) (Softcover)
Lieutenant Blueberry 4: Mission to Mexico (1978) (48 pages) (Softcover)

Dargaud International

The Man with the Silver Star: A Lieutenant Blueberry adventure (1983) (47 pages) (Softcover)

Mojo Press

The Blueberry Saga (1996) (292 pages) (Softcover)

Heavy Metal Presents

Heavy Metal Presents - Arzach (1977) (64 pages) (Softcover)
Heavy Metal Presents - Is Man Good? (1978) (54 pages) (Softcover)
Heavy Metal Presents - Moebius (1981) (100 pages) (Softcover)
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SECTION 4: A list of Moebius works which have been released English but never published in a collected edition.


Part 1: Currently Available

The story of an idea (2007) (12 pages) (Pamphlet)
Heavy Metal #300 (2020) (80 pages) (Magazine)

Part 2: Out of Print

Heavy Metal: Volume 2 #1 (1978) (100 pages) (Magazine)
Heavy Metal : Volume 2 #10 (1979) (100 pages) (Magazine)
Heavy Metal: Volume 3 #8 (1979) (100 pages) (Magazine)
Heavy Metal: Volume 4 #4 (1980) (100 pages) (Magazine)
Heavy Metal: Volume 4 #5 (1980) (100 pages) (Magazine)
Heavy Metal: Volume 7 #1 (1983) (100 pages) (Magazine)
Heavy Metal: Volume 11 #2 (1987) (100 pages) (Magazine)

Cheval Noir #46 (1993) (36 pages) (Single issue comic)
Cheval Noir #47 (1993) (36 pages) (Single issue comic)
Cheval Noir #48 (1993) (36 pages) (Single issue comic)
Cheval Noir #49 (1993) (36 pages) (Single issue comic)
Cheval Noir #50 (1994) (52 pages) (Single issue comic)
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SECTION 5: An overview of Major Moebius works which have never been released in English.


Part 1: Textless works and works which can be enjoyed largely without translation:

40 Days dans le Désert B (1999)
Le Fauna De Mars (2011)

Part 2: Books which still require translation:

Blueberry (6 volumes) (1969 – 2007)
Le Chasseur Déprime (2008)
Arzak L'Arpenteur (2010)
Le Major (2011)
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SECTION 6: Moebius Art books.

In this section I will give an overview of all Moebius art books, including those which are out of print. There is some overlap between the work in many of these books, and it is not feasible to provide details of the contents, so I will try to include a link to a video/overview where possible. I will focus on the English edition where one is available, however most of these books have been printed in multiple languages, and these editions are often cheaper and easier to find.

Part 1: Currently Available

Chroniques Métalliques et Chaos (2019) (182 pages) (Hardcover)
“Moebius” - Max Ernst Museum Exhibition Catalogue (2019) (272 pages) (Hardcover)

Part 2: Out of Print

Starwatcher (1986) (104 pages) (Hardcover)
Venise Céleste (1984) (104 pages) (Hardcover)
Made in L.A. (1988) (136 pages) (Hardcover)
The Art of Moebius (1989) (91 pages) (Hardcover)
Quatre-vingt huit (1990) (72 pages) (Hardcover)
Chaos (1991) (96 pages) (Hardcover)
Metallic Memories (1992) (96 pages) (Hardcover)
Virtual Meltdown: Images of Moebius (1993) (188 pages) (Hardcover)
Fusion (1995) ( pages) (Hardcover)
Transe Forme (2010) ( pages) (Hardcover)

Part 3: Art Portfolios

[Section to be added at a later date. Contributions are very welcome].
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Sources:
http://www.europeancomics.net/
https://www.comics.org/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Giraud
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry_(comics))
https://archive.org/details/LieutenantBlueberry01FortNavajo/page/n1/mode/2up
https://archive.org/details/LieutenantBlueberry02ThunderInTheWest
https://archive.org/details/LieutenantBlueberry03LoneEagle
https://archive.org/details/LieutenantBlueberry04MissionToMexico
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2020.09.27 17:26 Smoking-Bandit Teen Titans: Ratings & Thoughts (11 - 20)

I am once again pointing out this is my first time seeing the show, so I have no clue of any events past the episodes listed, so please no spoilers beyond that.
-Car Trouble - 3/5 (Cyborg arrived JUST as Gizmo left with his car. How did he not notice? And couldn't the two crooks easily tell him immediately to get him off their backs? Would be in everyones favor)
-Apprentice - 5/5 (Goddamn Slade really is always one step ahead. I was surprised how easily they managed to beat him in the end. A bit disappointing, but he'll be back for sure. There sure were a lot of oddly slow fights with Slade and Robin. Like, a lot. Felt like they had one every few minutes. Was Robin saying "I already have a father" followed by a buncha bats a reference to Batman? A disappointing tease. I've already been made aware he doesn't appear in this show, but it would have been cool if he did)
-How Long is Forever? - 5/5 (Lmao, Robin just bruting in front of the speakers. The way time travel is handled is confusing. I suppose it always is ,but hen Star left and traveled 20 years in the future, from everyone elses perspective she did just not exist for that time... BUT, she came back in the end, meaning she always did... So that future could not possibly have happened. But, it's probably a secondary timeline created after the event, and she just returned to her own while the other one still exists. Kinda depressing knowing there's another timeline of Titans out there who never met Star again after that. Why is the city a snowy dystopia though? And why does everyone look so OLD when they're only pushing 40?)
-Every Dog Has His Day - 5/5 (Pretty solid comedy-only episode. Soto has got to be a child though? Or just really retarded. Either way it was hilarious. Kinda silly that talking superpowered DOGS exists on other planets and have went through the exact same evolution to appear like earth dogs. But then again, Starfire exists and is indistinguishable from a human so... Fair enough. I just like more unique alien designs in cartoons, not just recolored humans and animals)
-Terra - 4/5 (Holy macaroni this girl is scrawny. She's a walking stick! And she the ability to control rocks, though it's never explained how people in this world have powers. I suppose it doesn't really matter. Slade's back, so this is already epic. Manipulating Terra into going evil. I am excited for this)
-Only Human - 3/5 (I mean... Human muscles have limits as much as electronics do. So Cyborgs internal conflict in this episode is kinda um, non existent)
-Fear Itself - 4/5 (I was expecting this all to be a prank by everyone to scare Raven, because I've seen this kinda plot a dozen times, so at least the fact that that wasn't the case is semi refreshing)
-Date with Destiny - 4/5 (This spider human is really cool looking. So is Beast Boy as a jellyfish. This episode really amped up the wacky cartoon animation to a frickin 11, and I love it. Nearly every single scene involving Kitten is just fun to look at, especially the Starfire mouth bit)
-Transformation - 3/5 (Ok so Beast Boy pissed his pants... Anyway, Starfire can breathe in space?? Like, I know she isn't from earth, but why is it in so many cartoons, aliens, whom actually have their own planet with different atmosphere, can breathe in space with no problem? Not just that, she can travel billions of light years in mere hours)
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When I looked it up last time, it said the English intro is used for the important, serious episodes and the Japanese one comes for silly episodes. Yet episodes such as Every Dog Has His Day has an English intro, and Only Human, which is barely that funny and focuses pretty seriously on Cyborg has the Japanese intro. Doesn't add up.
I've also noticed, aside from Slade, no villain ever shows up more than once, and none of them are very in depth or that interesting. Though I guess that's not really the focus of the show, so fair.
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2020.09.27 17:12 MrOmegakid [AA] To whichever superhero finds this.

To any and all law enforcement reading this; this is not a confession. This is me telling you why I killed all of those people on live television. Do with this information what you will. I know whichever detective or police captain or whatever that finds this thinks he's going to be the one who caught the world's biggest monster. I'm sorry to disappoint you.
My name was boring and ordinary: Thomas Howard. Many myths, legends, and rumors have been floating around for years about where my powers came from. I don't know if any of them are true. To be honest with you, I have no idea where my powers came from. I never cared to find out. Was I an alien that landed on Earth? Was I a science experiment gone wrong? Did my parents just feed me the right combination of juice and vegetables? I don't know. Little Tommy Howard just had powers, and he never cared where they came from.
I hid them from everyone for years. My parents taught me to hide them and pretend that everything was normal. They told me that my powers would scare people. They told me that if I ever wanted to be accepted by the world, I had to pretend to be no different from any Tom, Dick, and Sue on the side of the street. So, I obeyed like a good boy should. I never questioned it. I honestly believed that everyone had my powers and we all had this silent agreement not to share them.
My best friend for the first five years of my schooling was Rachel Cole. I was never the most popular kid, but she always found a way to include me in everything. She insisted that we were friends the moment she saw how scared I was on my first day of kindergarten, and she made sure I felt welcomed. She pushed me to ask Hannah Dover for a kiss in first grade and promised she'd be there to make sure I felt strong enough to do it.
I know now that she just wanted to watch the show.
It was my tenth birthday. She'd been pressuring me for the better part of two years. She could tell there was something I wasn't telling her, and I just decided eventually that I could be honest with her. She promised to accept me no matter what. I realize now that she thought I was gay. I don't think she expected my two, green, scaly dragon wings. As soon as I showed her, she promised that she would keep my secret no matter what.
That night, a government agency claiming to be the FBI showed up at my house. You don't care about the details, I know, so suffice it to say, my parents tried to prevent them from taking me away, and were both shot. Special Agent Raymond Clarke was the name of the man who pulled the trigger. He was the forty-seventh man I ever killed. I escaped without harming anyone, and I tried so hard to convince myself that it was all just a coincidence... but I've never prided myself on any level of stupidity.
It seems like the show was over for Rachel.
I didn't know where she lived. She'd told me, but we always hung out at school. Her parents were weird about boys being friends with their daughter. I had to break into the school to get her address. I'm strong enough to rip solid steel apart with my bare hands. It wasn't hard to rip my way into the school to get her address. The FBI agents surrounding Rachel's house expected some winged boy to attack or arrive from outside. They didn't expect it at all when a mass of tentacles, muscle, claws, and wings burst from the house covered in Rachel's blood.
My tenth birthday was the night I realized that no one who knew about my powers would ever see anything other than a monster.
It was only a few weeks later when superheroes flew into the spotlight, starting when Peacekeeper stopped a terrorist attack on Chicago. Powerful men and women from across the world appeared in the hearts of every innocent person. I wanted to be just like them once, but their powers were looking beautiful and saving people. My powers were turning into a nightmare and scaring everyone.
I was walking down a street, looking for either money or food when the course of my life was decided. It was two months short of my eleventh birthday, and I'd been living on the streets since Rachel took everything from me. There was a car accident. A semi-truck with one of those giant gas tanks for a trailer had gotten into a head-on collision with a moving truck. It was a huge pileup. If ever there was a time for me to become a hero, this moment was it, right?
Wrong.
I transformed. Wings, tentacles, claws, everything. I ran at the scene and started pulling people away. Yes, I know I'm unsettling to look at when I'm transformed, but it was the best way to hide my identity, and I truly did want to be a hero. And then the superhero showed up to help out. I don't remember his name. It was something like "Captain Silver" or "Silver Streak" or "Silver Shlong". I remember "Silver", but that's it. Maybe whoever reads this can figure it out.
Obviously, the monster pulling people from the car crash and ushering them to safety was the cause of this whole thing. Obviously, the only option was to attack. I was terrified the whole time. A superhero had targetted me. We crashed through the gas tanker. Fire erupted from around us, covering the street. We wrestled until the asphalt gave way beneath us. I clawed at him desperately while he punched me over and over and over. He cracked me over the head with a giant pipe and got me in a headlock. I couldn't breathe, I couldn't think, but I could feel the bones in my neck straining while he twisted as hard as he could.
Superheroes always seem to forget that if you're fighting someone with extra limbs, including tentacles, he doesn't have to only fight with the "normal" four limbs. Yes, I strangled him and broke his neck with my tentacles, but he was going to kill me. What choice did I have!? It was him or me, and I chose me. And I would do it again.
Movies don't properly prepare you for the mental and emotional strain of killing someone. Yes, I know I'd killed before Silver, but I'd blocked it from my mind enough to focus on survival. But this was different. Newspapers, blogs, TV... everything had pictures and videos of this eldritch creature killing a superhero. "Demon kills Silver". "What is this monster that just murdered a hero?". "The tragic death of a hero. More at eight".
I think I lost myself then.
I took the name "Star Spawn". It sounded catchy enough for an eleven-year-old. Over the next several years, I became the world's most powerful supervillain. If they were going to fear me for no reason, I'd just have to give them one. I became everything they said I was. I became everything I hated, everything I wanted to avoid becoming. I killed five hundred eighty-six people over the course of my criminal career. No, I'm not counting the murders done by people working for me. Just mentioning the name "Star Spawn" in front of a hero would make the color drain from their face. I took a special sort of pride in that. Every villain and hero feared me.
Except Peacekeeper.
If you're older than six months, you know all about Peacekeeper. Hero from a distant world. The man who looks like us all, but with the power of a god. Strength to level mountains, flight faster than possible, more powerful than any bad guy ever. If anyone could defeat Star Spawn, it would certainly be Peacekeeper!
Well, you'll all remember that short time about eight years ago, when I was fifteen, that I took over the United Kingdom. A lot of people have speculated on why I decided to do that. Honestly, I was bored and wanted to see if I could take over a country with just eight guys. Turns out that yes, I could. Well, who would show up to save the UK but Peacekeeper! The one hero who could stop the dreaded Star Spawn was on the case!
I'd like to take this opportunity to formally apologize to Cardiff for turning it into a war zone. That was never part of the plan, and I really regret what happened. I was honestly there to get a game console when Peacekeeper arrived. I was a fifteen-year-old boy; of course I was there for something stupid.
We crushed buildings and shattered rock. He was the first being I'd found since Silver that could actually cause me pain. It was my first challenge in five years. I was going to relish every moment of it. We fought for hours, destroying everything in our wake. Militaries arrived and tried to join in, but each vehicle was just a weapon for one of us to batter the other with. My claws couldn't cut him, his eye-beams couldn't burn me. We were just punching and fighting, turning the world around us into rubble.
I'd never felt so alive.
And then I killed Peacekeeper. It was quick. I had pinned him to the ground and used my tentacles to restrain him. I punched him in the throat over and over to keep him stunned and finally pulled him into a headlock. With one roar that could be heard from across Wales, I snapped his neck and ripped his head clean off. I kept his cape as a trophy. I still have it somewhere.
I'll spare you the details of how I abdicated control of the UK. Every hero in the world showed up at my front door to avenge Peacekeeper, and I just transformed back into a scared fifteen-year-old boy. Thomas Howard was just scared because Star Spawn had captured him to keep as a hostage. He just wanted to go home. I think it was Peacekeeper's girlfriend that flew me back across the Atlantic and apologized profusely for everything I'd suffered through. That was good for a laugh or two.
Killing Peacekeeper awoke something in me. It became a new challenge. How does one kill the unkillable? Every hero that fought me was a new puzzle to complete. What were their weaknesses? How hard of a punch could they take? What was the most mundane method I could use to kill them? What would my trophy be? Fifty-nine of my five hundred eighty-six kills were superheroes. I have trophies from each one. In my "evil lair", I actually had display cases for my trophies with the name of the hero, the date, and the method I used to kill them. If you ever find it, it's quite interesting. I believe my favorite was when I killed Cosmic Shield via his peanut allergy. And, just to debunk a myth, I did not eat superheroes. That would be disgusting.
Fast-forward to my twentieth birthday. I was in Manhattan, planning out how to take over New York State and turn it into my own sovereign nation. To be fair, I was pretty bored, and I knew that heroes would flock from across the country to fight me for control of The Empire State. Also, I wanted my country to be called "The Empire State", so... you'll understand the situation.
Anyway, I was sitting in this small mom-and-pop coffee shop, just a few blocks from Central Park, and the barista gave me a free refill without me asking for anything at all. She was cute, friendly, and probably the most clumsy and ditzy person on the planet. I've never claimed to be a wise man, but I'm also not completely stupid. No one is that clumsy by accident.
She was obviously a superhero in disguise.
Well, how much sweeter would the victory be if I could plan the hostile takeover while chatting with a hero?
Or... or maybe getting lunch with her a few times. Or maybe going on a couple dates. Or maybe hearing about her struggles in life. Or listening to her talk about her dreams while she lit up with more excited energy than anyone I'd ever met. Or watching that weird, unnatural crease in her forehead whenever she got frustrated. Or maybe surprising her with breakfast at her apartment. Or maybe watching her dorky celebration dance whenever she beat me at anything. Or maybe sharing some of what I was afraid of. Or maybe finding out that she truly accepted and loved me.
We got married about a year after we met. She told me she was the superhero known as "Skystrike" the night I proposed. I had people in place for my takeover of New York. They were supposed to wait two weeks... then five... then nine... And I think their official orders are now "standby". I don't remember. I don't care. Star Spawn was on hiatus. Tom Howard was now a lame, normal guy who worked at the DMV.
Three days ago, she and I had just woken up and were talking about starting a family. We were thinking about maybe trying for a baby. She was insistent that we would have to name it "Erik" if it was a boy and "Cassidy" if it was a girl. Honestly, it's really hard to fight with her when she gets her mind set on things like that. And that's coming from the guy who killed Peacekeeper with his bare hands.
Then, she got an alert on her "blue cell phone". Little known fact, most superheroes have a "blue cell phone". She gave me a quick kiss and suited up, and she flew off. I kicked on the news and just watched, waiting to see my wife kick some bad guy ass.
But it wasn't just some bad guy. It was Worldender.
Worldender had been a thorn in my side for the entirety of my criminal career. Anything I decided to do, he would either do it right after me, or he would try to do it before me. He was this stubborn idiot who tried so hard to claim that he was an original mastermind, but he was only a copycat. Let the record show that all of Worldender's ideas were mine first.
The worst part about Worldender is that I knew he was stronger than my wife. I'd fought him once, and we came to a standstill. That was how powerful Worldender was. I just sat at the foot of my bed, panicking while I watched the live footage from his attack on the Chrysler building. He was fighting twelve superheroes at once, and he was winning. Then, everything was just... still. The reporter kept babbling about something. I don't remember what she said.
Then Worldender took over the airwaves (which was also my thing). He had his own live broadcast to do. Every one of the twelve heroes that had attacked him were on their knees. Some unconscious, others just bound. They were all surrounded by his nineteen henchmen. Skystrike was sitting farthest from him, bleeding and terrified. I found myself begging for other heroes to show up. Someone had to do something. That was my wife sitting there.
And then he killed the first hero on live TV.
He said some other self-righteous garbage and killed the next.
He was going to kill her.
There are no words to describe the rage I felt. I wasn't thinking. I wasn't planning.
I don't know how to describe my wife's face when Star Spawn burst through the wall of the floor she was on.
Glass, stone, and steel rained down from around me while the camera turned to focus on the roaring beast that had just entered. Worldender's face was priceless. The terror in everyone's eyes when I roared was exactly what I needed.
You saw the broadcast. I know you did. The only thing I saw was tentacles, bullets, blood, and flesh. I wonder what you saw. Fifteen seconds, and I had every one of Worldender's henchmen dead around me. Good luck finding all of the pieces. You watched me pin him to the ground. You watched me torture him. You watched me kill him.
And now you know why I did.
I smashed the camera. No one needed to see what happened next. I didn't set any of the bound heroes free. I didn't need that complication. I didn't make sure the unconscious ones were okay. I'm sure they're either fine or dead. Either way, not my problem. I grabbed two pieces of Worldender's armor, and then picked up Skystrike and flew out of there.
She and I had a bit of a discussion about everything.
But she'd known exactly who I was the whole time.
Apparently, I'd written "Star Spawn takes Manhattan" at the top of the paper I was writing on. Probably not my most clever idea now that I think about it.
She'd planned to get close to me to find out what I'd been planning in that coffee shop. She'd planned to take me down and bring me in, dead or alive, the instant I let my guard down. Like me, though... she kept postponing. She fell in love with me as much as I'd fallen in love with her. She knew exactly who I was, and she loved me anyway. She said she would only have changed her mind if I had kept doing criminal things... but I didn't want to. I wanted to see what would happen if I got to know this strange woman.
So, we're leaving. Farewell, New York. Or we're not leaving. Either way, you'll have found this letter and this drawing I made of the two of us flipping you off, and you can take that as a sign that you will never see either of us again. Do not try to find us. Do not search for us. We've quit our "jobs" now. No more being a superhero for her, and no more being a supervillain for me. We've decided to be boring now.
If you think you have a chance to track either one of us down, I want you to take a look at the object I left under this note. Yes, that is one of the two pieces of armor that I took from Worldender's suit after I killed him.
And if you try to capture or arrest or hurt or kill my wife or me ever again... I'll just have another trophy to add to my collection.

Feedback, critique, and whatnot are always welcome!
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2020.09.27 15:54 trai_dep A stunning milestone, and two remarkable r/Privacy events (Cory Doctorow & Micah Lee)

It’s hard to believe, but just two years ago, we were ecstatic when we crossed having 100,000 subscribers. This was from 70,000 when I began modding here, which I believe was a couple years prior to our hitting 100K. Well, soon, in under two years, Privacy has increased ten-fold.
THANK YOU. EVERY ONE OF YOU. Really. It gives us (me, u/Lugh and u/Ourari) hope. We hope it gives you some hope as well, or at least, some comfort. :)
As a small token to commemorate our millionth new subscriber, we have some exciting events planned:
We. Can’t. Even…
For those who are living under a rock might not have heard of them, here are some of their many accomplishments:
Noted xkcd star and habitant of what is most likely the most cluttered home office ever documented on film, Cory Doctorow scarcely needs further introduction, but I’ll give it a shot.
In their (woefully out-of-date) profile on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s website, where Cory is an EFF Special Advisor,
Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger -- the [former] co-editor of Boing Boing and the author of young adult novels like Homeland, Pirate Cinema and Little Brother [now a trilogy] and novels for adults like Rapture of the Nerds and Makers. He is the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in London Los Angeles.
He is a prolific, New York Times best-selling, multiple award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction books. He broke new ground with his first book, the science-fiction themed novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom publishing it via traditional (ideally, independent) bookselling channels, while releasing it under a non-commercial Creative Commons license.
Cory recently created his new link-blog, Pluralistic (Daily links from Cory Doctorow: No Trackers, No Ads, We Don’t Collect Or Retain Any Data At All. Ever. Period), as a way of his fans to keep up with his many activities. His more traditional blog is Craphound, his Twitter handle is @doctorow, and his Reddit account (14 years old!!) is u/doctorow.
As his Wikipedia entry notes, among his many privacy and community activist efforts, Cory has been a longtime and consistent advocate for eradicating digital rights management (DRM).
As wide-ranging as his interests and his activism is – and of course he’s happy to answer any questions you have – what Cory is especially interested in speaking of are his recent efforts against one of the (under-emphasized, IMHO) data surveillance oligopolists, Amazon (a quasi-monopoly) and its ownership of Audible.com (a near-absolute monopoly for Spoken Word formatted books).
And, the third part of his Little Brother trilogy, ATTACK SURFACE, has just been released!
Cory has done numerous IAMAs on IAMA to help grow our movement, and we’re ecstatic that he (happily!) agreed to host one here on Privacy.
Cory’s IAMA will be next weekend, Friday and Saturday, October 2nd and 3rd, starting (I believe) around 3:00 PM PST.
While Randall Monroe has not made Micah Lee a global internet-distributed-snarky-comicstrip superstar yet (get cracking, Randall!), Micah has also empowered us and has positively changed people’s lives.1
Micah was instrumental in facilitating Edward Snowden being able to safely and securely contact Laura Poitras to set up a secure and private communication channel with Glenn Greenwald. Starting in June, 2013, these events cascaded into groundbreaking, Pulitzer and other award-winning work for many journalist organizations – The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Intercept to name a few – for the teams working on what became known as the Snowden Archive. Micah Lee, Edward Snowden and many other incredibly talented journalists went on to change history.
A month later, Micah decided to share what he learned with the public, with his seminal Encryption Works. It was the first guide I encountered written for lay audiences. While this was the first time I became aware of him, Micah had been the staff technologist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is a founder and board member of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, and is currently the Director of Information Security at First Look/The Intercept. He has also penned many articles there for them.
While being a digital security expert, a journalist, and a privacy & press freedom activist, Micah continues to contribute effective, crucial privacy software tools. He’s significantly contributed to The Tor Project, SecureDrop, and other projects. Micah’s current work includes:
  • OnionShare: Share files safely and anonymously.
  • Semiphemeral: Automate selectively deleting your old Tweets, Likes and Direct Messages.
  • Dangerzone: Work with suspicious documents without fears of getting hacked.
As with Cory, Micah has enjoyed such a diverse and accomplished career that his IAMA promises to be phenomenal. Ask him anything, but in particular, he looks forward to answering questions about these latest software projects, and how those wanting to contribute more to our shared struggles might do so.
Micah’s IAMA will be two weekends from now, Friday and Saturday, October 9th and 10th, starting (I believe) around 3:00 PM PST.
1 – The record is unclear on the degree of clutter in Micah’s office – short of his addressing this during his IAMA, we may never know!
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2020.09.27 02:20 pikapiiiii [H] Humble August, July, More, Railway Empire, Planet Coaster, Pathfinder Kingmaker, Graveyard Keeper, Earth Defence Force 4.1, Lots of Humble Choice/Bundle, Paypal [W] Paypal Offers

Some games here I might want to play unless I can get a better game in trade.
Please feel free to offer games for trade. But chances are if they are recent Monthly Humbles, I probably have them. We can only do Keys due to the new rules..
PLEASE READ FOR PAYMENT: Minimum $5 for Paypal offers, you cover fees and must have a rep - Please feel free to give offers.
SGS Rep 1
SGS Rep 2
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Humble Bundle ------------------------------------------------------
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2020.09.26 20:34 Emanresubmudyllaer Verum Weekly: Summary of Stream Games of the Week (September 24th, 2020)

Hail Travelers,
Welcome to Verum Weekly. A weekly post to summarize all the game sessions that happen in the week prior. Hope y'all like it.

Saturday
Broken Bonds Ep. 8 (RoyalCaster)
After some serious gambling from our party, The Show falls and our party is victorious. With Valloween in their grasp, Lazarus shows himself. The Satyr quivers as the dwarf grabs at her throat and begins to crush it. Lazarus reaches into Valloween’s pocket and takes something out. Valloween quickly slaps it out of his hands landing in front of Li'lu. The sprite recognizes it as a family symbol of Vinicci, the same symbol on Gallant’s sword. The party tries to calm Lazarus down as they want to ask Valloween how she is connected to the Viniccis but he uses the command rod to halt the party.
The party decides that they don't really like what Lazarus is doing so, in a quick succession of moves, they manage to grab the control rod from him to break their collars and empower Valloween by putting away the Shapeshifter's Rod. With her powers back, Valloween controls the shadowy tendrils from her well, and consumes Lazarus. Valloween doesn't immediately attack the party as they just saved her and Li’lu decides to ask about Gallants’ brother. Valloween informs them that she has him in the lower prison cells. She will give up the kid, as he is of no use to her, if the party leaves her estate. The party agrees and Valloween gives Valor to the party. Bryan still worries if their oath with Lazarus of getting what he desires was satisfied so Bryan asks about the sigil. Valloween informs them that Lazarus wasn't after that sigil but the research of the experiments that Valloween was conducting. Apparently the dwarves were turning on each other for money, by kidnapping each other's children, and Lazarus was siphoning wealth to fund her research.
The party convinces Valloween to let them in on what she was doing that got Lazarus so vicious for and she reveals that through her research, Valloween has made a Shard of Oblivion. She asks the party what they see and Ea’r and Bryan look into the shard to find that it is somehow alive and moving. They hand it off to Remag for safe keeping and Valloween tasks the party to take the shard to a shrine of The Seven because she thinks it has something to do with them.
The party travels along the mountain and arrive to a shrine of The Seven. While walking closer to the Shrine, the shard begins to vibrate as Remag nears. Remag decides to pull out the shard and take a step closer to the shrine. The violet shard shatters into 7 pieces forming a 7 pointed star. The shrine then presents a pedestal where someone might place their hand to which Remag does so. A violet light flashes and the 7 sided star expands all around Remag and he finds himself in an infinite shadow with a ray of Violet light. Power surges from his arm into his right eye refracting his pupil into a 7 pointed star. Remag stands next to the other 6 violet eyes and the feeling of purpose fills him as the torch has been passed. The 7 pointed star reveals the past seven behind them and ahead is the golden tapestry torn and taught with the center filled with a sense of wrongness leaving being nothing. Remag understands that time is fleeting, that the end is upon the world but he also sees a tiny light, a thread of hope that he shares with everyone else. Remag catch glimpses of the party that the other violet eyes are in. Voices being to sing, whispering instruction, telling him that the Herald beckons, his bonds are broken, and now the true battle begins. Without him the star is not complete, and without his companions he can’t do this alone, only together can hope survive.
As Remag bears the runes of the master the Seven impart their wisdom, knowledge of the runes fills his head. Remag now knows his true goals. They must now travel to the holy cities of Orde and walk a path through what the inquisition left to find the ancient relics that lie within them because those relic lies a secret that will tip the scales of the great war. The party is now free from the Iron and destiny is in their own hands.

Shadow of Tyre Ep. 12 (RoyalCaster)
To clear things up, this session takes place before Moe and Soul of Tyre go to EldarShar'kai.
Once the party makes it back to camp, they start talking to the other parties. Ahst enacts her prank by transforming into dog Raost, and tells Seren that there is a deer man walking around the camp trying to convince people that he is Raost. Eventually Seren is confronted with the issue of trying to decide which one is the real Raost, she figures this out by using the sending stone she gave Raost, and seeing which one responds; being the Deer Raost. The Tops tell the party they had found Song of the Seven and wanted to share it with the Song Blade wielders. Seren sends for Belanovan and immediately Braktor warns the group to never use this song. They then store the song into Toot's Box.
The party decides that while they are there, they might as well show Belanovan the tapestry Raost touched that transformed him. As a devout follower of the Matron of Fate, Belanovan is able to find a hidden star patterns revealing fate. Ahst then shows the tapestry of songblade wielders to the others and Eustace and Seren recognize the third songblade wielder is Guy from the fight in the dream with the Cataclysmic Parable. Within that tapestry there is a star map that leads to a place of power, and it says
“Within us, the infinite walks, the twin snakes hold sway, seek thee the hall of mirrors.”
Essentially, the tapestry discloses that this place is in the shifting city. After taking a closer look at the red moon tapestry, Belanovan finds a power word hidden within the tapestry: Jhasa Oriana. Ahst convinces Belanovan to let her be the one to tell Moe. Belanovan asks the group if they know of the shifting city, Braktor thinks he can connect some dots and eventually establishes that it's the city of Eassemere. Ahst gives Moe the word and he discovers that the word can teleport people to the planet Ori.
Raost decides to summon Delani, a merchant of Eassemere. After Raost scares him off, they use Toot’s sending to contact Raost’s refraction and asks her to be let in the city. She declines. However Derk, another person in Eassemere, wants them in the city, because the refraction Inuchiyo and someone else are arguing, and he likes the conflict this party has started. He teleports to them to get an idea of who he’s going to be bringing to his city. As he is a racist, Derk insults every single person he sees as none of them are human, and he only talks to Mad Morc, who is half-human. He then recognized the Violet in the eyes of both Mad Morc and Toot, and informs them that
“The 7th eye is open, the star is complete, the Herald surges, and whispers the traitors blade is revealed so to are the relics of the seven to be sought those of who’s bonds have been broken seek them, but they will need your aid, seek the scrolls of nidicar hidden within the wizard’s labyrinth, and to bring them to him so he can translate the scrolls”.
The party convinces Derk to take them to Eassemere, but before they leave for the city, Raost grabs Seren’s shoulder as if to go in for a kiss, but just says “ I’m still your loyal wolf, you know that right?” and pats her head, and tries to leave, but Seren grabs his coat and goes for the kiss. Ahst decides to meet with Inu to ask how many people she can take with her to the shattered gate. Inu informs her that 3 guardians are needed to teleport large groups of people.
Raost also decides to ask Madd Morc to train him and change his fighting style to tunnel fighter. Eustace and Seren sleep, Toot and Ahst fill their stomach and the session ends.

Sunday
Erin's Day Out Oneshot
Erin is blasting off into space by the vessel of Aladine. After reaching orbit, Erin looks out of the window to see Verum and the Leviathans. As the vessel drifts through space, it passes a gate in the water plane and it goes into hyperdrive. The spaceship then flies through magical stardust which empowers Erin. Eventually, Erin looks out to find a planetary creature that is similar to Queirg. The ship offers to land there but Erin wills it to pass by and the ship obliges. Time passes and the ship goes through another gate that seems to have opals and it is in the colors of the rainbow. This time the ship goes into light-speed which knocks Erin out. The vessel injects something into Erin's legs to keep him alive. He eventually wakes up in another nebula to find a glowing asteroid. Erin presses the button to grab it and it seems to have increased the fuel. At the homestretch, a leviathan-type creature enters the ships sight. The vessel immediately shuts off as if it is trying to hide from it. Erin does nothing and the creature passes by unaware of the ship. Finally, the vessel reaches Band and lands near a library.

Shattered Crowns S2 Ep. 14
The party prepares to set of to the bowels of Queirg to find the missing pieces for their vessel. However, before they leave, Iron Pipe (Big Pipe's new name) uses Faulty's (Robotic Pet) training mode to give him a new ability. Faulty shows what he can give and Iron Pipe chooses to get magnification in optics allowing to him to clearly see things two miles away. As that is finished, the party goes back into the boat and head to the lower end. However, as they traverse, there are signs that they are being followed but it seems to be interrupted as signs of a caster battle has occurred. The party increase their pace, jump into the boat, and heads to the bowels.
At the entrance of the bowels, there is a giant hole showing that they have to commit to entering the bowel as it would take considerable effort to climb back up. They jump down to find intestinal walls that shine with an eternal red light. While walking through the tubes, they notice rotting flesh and something that moves behind the walls of flesh. Ikkar looks at the flesh trying to identify the problem. He realizes that the rot isn't magical but natural; it's cancer. They eventually walk up and find an area darkening the flesh. Ikkar pokes a hole into it to find a multitude of parasitic beings. The party walks away as the beings move around the flesh. Scrumpo finds a hole that leads to another part of intestines and Iron Pipe uses Arcane Eye to scout ahead.
The eyes scouts through intestine and stomach acid to find an assortment of items. First he finds a corpse infused by the flesh with a shattered weapon around it. Iron Pipe looks at the weapon and sees that that weapon is from the Feywild. He then finds a mirror that is one of the pieces they need for the ship. He drops the coordinates of where it is and continues scouting. In another area, Iron Pipe finds barrels that seems to not part be part of Queirg as it is a different tech level. As he walks past, Iron Pipe finds a pile of treasure and moving bags. In the lower areas of the bowels, Iron Pipe finds a Viaken ship and on it, a symbol of Viderick. Lastly, Iron Pipe finds a destroyed spaceship and a giant mana crystal with another part for the ship inside of it. However, the Arcane Eye is restrained and a powerful cancerous being comes out. The monster reverses the eye powers and cuts it off.
The cancerous being teleports in front of the party. It introduces itself as Bronchial, The Cancerous Lord and False Saint. Scrumpo asks why Bronchial is here and it responds that it looks over the parasitic beings as it is its children. Bronchial plans to infect Queirg and uses its flesh to create another world. Scrumpo warns that there is another being that is also infecting Queirg. Bronchial is interested and Scrumpo offers a trade of knowledge for free passage. Guy interjects by saying that they just want parts for their ship and Bronchial is delighted by that actions as it opens the wound to the surface allowing Bronchial to infect more. Iron Pipe then explains how there is another cancer that is even stronger than him. Guy explains that that other corruption is violet energy. At the saying of Violet, Bronchial laughs as he will now keep his word and teleports the party to the mana crystal.
Bronchial will take a necklace from a nearby cyst and wear its on its neck. The party sees that the symbol is a green triangle (one of the symbols on Amber's belt). Bronchial explains that it will help them so that it can upkeep its promise to a cardinal. Bronchial explains that it is allied with two other beings that wait in their respective domains until they are called. The others are already contacted by the green triangle and prepare for what is to come. Scrumpo asks which cardinal he promised to and the False Saint answers that a cardinal with arms of black and white wolves (Tane from Shadow of Tyre) gave it purpose at its weakest state. Instead of killing Bronchial, the cardinal put him into flesh so that Bronchial could get more powerful. Scrumpo mentions that they met a similar guy when they fought in the dream. Realizing that they are allies for long than they have thought, Scrumpo persuades Bronchial to kill the Archkeeper and the academy while keeping the innocent lives of Queirg safe. Bronchial will ask what parts they need and the party will answer. Bronchial will teleport the parts for the spaceship to them. It also gives Scrumpo a flesh sac so that they won't die if they meet the other beings of the green triangle. Bronchial will then leave the party and to start to use the giant mana crystal to make more children.
The party discuss discreetly that they should come back to Queirg to make sure that Bronchial doesn't go too chaotic. They look at the destroyed spaceship nearby to find the last part, the devil's stolen power. Iron Pipe grabs the crystal and his power suit confirms that they have everything and they should come back to the ship. The party goes back to Bronchial to talk about the treasure room, Feywild weapon, and symbol of Viderick. Bronchial tells the party that the treasure room is cursed but will give the Feywild weapon and symbol of Viderick to them. Bronchial also goes to Huck and, because he was nice to it, make a flesh version of his hat and gives to him. Lastly, Bronchial teleports the party out of the bowels and they head back to the ship.

Monday
Secrets in the Stone Ep. 8 (av5hadow)
Under pressure from her refractions, Ulm worries about the violet presence the clowns released. She asks the party to reconsider the Lantern Lighter’s (LL) request. Taffy informs the party that the investigation will take up a lot of their time and advises that they should focus on one task. Dusty suggests to take the first investigation step to see how long it would take, and the party returns to the regent
LL gives the location of where his Lords disappear, saying that the new Violet disturbance has increased travel time to 3 days. The party asks if there’s a faster method of travel, and LL mentions the portal in the castle. However, using the portal would expose Lieve to the Violet as it takes time to close it. LL asks them about their main mission, and this time, the party reveals that they are under a time crunch to look for “items” from various locations. LL offers the portal to their cause as long as he knows where the location is. They mention the Library of Kacaell, which LL happens to know of back during his days as the Scarab Lord’s servant. However, the Library has defenses which would prevent teleportation without proper clearance. LL takes a chance and casts Sending to Minthis Ad’daire, asking for clearance. “You are welcome to try”. Tirsis says that they should test the portal to the Library, and if the way is clear, they should return and investigate the coast. All but Claw agree, and they teleport to the Library
Once they arrive, a pulse of magic dispelled the portal. With only one way forward, the party investigates the local ruins. The nearby obelisk has its elven writings scratched off, and thus its trap disabled. As Elwood and Claw scratches off 100gp worth of gold flakes off of a statue, the rest investigates the missing chunk of an enormous stone door that leads into the Library. It appears that something forced it way inside, and a violet light appears through the hole. The party enters
They discover the remains of Kabraxus Five (KB) with a large rod embedded in him. There is a scythe and a hat near him. Dusty believes KB died from his soul being taken. On KB is a letter and a journal. In the journey’s last entry, the writer says he must keep “it” out of the Library and also mentions Kalla’Jin. The entry’s date implies KB died in the past 18 days. They also find a holy symbol of Raquel, which is a pocket watch that looks similar to the same one Babylon gave to Gorrul.Ulm noticed the Elvin symbols on the shaft and the amber sphere on the open end of the rod. The Elvin symbol is a formula, and a master craftsman made the sphere. Dusty identifies the scythe as the Scythe of the Found. On the shaft is a poem, and Elwood takes it. The party investigates the hat which is made with fine cloth and gems. On the inside is the symbol of the Black Pantheon. The symbol contains an extra piece which hints to a locked deity. Suddenly, the hat spins, and then a lady comes out
She introduces herself as the Hatter Mad (HM), a former servant of the pre-reckoning Feywild. She thanks the party, and now she says that she can finish her task that the Seven gave to her. When the party tells her that she is in service of the 7 as well, she asks for the 7’s whereabouts. Taffy tells HM that the Seven has been mostly dead for years. HM breaks down, mumbling about her task. However, her spirit shoots back up when the party informs HM about Ulm’s relation to the 7. She tells the party that her hat can take them anywhere she knows of or any location connected to a ley line. This means that every single stream game can be connected. She then joins the party as an ally.
The party moves on to explore the rest of the ruins. While the rest enters a section full of tables, chairs, and four spiral staircases that leads to the floor below, Claw discovers a door with a yellow square. He returns to the party and leads them to the door. Meanwhile, Ulm finds a blue book which happens to be a Tome of Abjuration, a book on basic abjuration and joins her companions at the door. All of them feel some sort of significance from the yellow party, but that’s about it. Nothing magical. They go down one set of stairs. They immediately feel heat upon while descending the stairs. Once they are at the bottom, several creatures look in their direction, detecting intruders in their territory. Ulm urges HM and Taffy to go back upstairs for safety.

Heart of Tyre Ep. 10 (av5hadow)
The party returns to camp. To clear timelines up, at this point of time, the Soul of Tyre group is about to leave with their translator, and Erin is not available. Seren calls for a group meeting. Seren wants to get the party to promise to kill her if something takes over her again. It’ll be the very last resort. She also wants to talk to Braktor to get in contact with her refraction, “E”, thinking that her refraction got infected. She also knows that the party wants to ask Braktor about Band and Azengolt. Derok summons Braktor (Ozzie and Ahst too) via YAPP.
Before they ask about the planets, Seren asks Braktor to bring them to the Night Guard, the faction E is a part of. Braktor calls for Vizier Lozenkor, asking him to teleport the group to Dolton. The Vizier informs the Tops that they are wanted in Dolton for the Wild Magic Sewer Incident back in Bleak. He then lectures the group, stating that the group should be focused on the labyrinth, and he also says that they do not need to go in person and that he can send messengers. After the lecture, he leaves the tent. Braktor gives cryptic advice to Seren on dealing with the Depthar in her head. While Braktor appraising the weapon, Derok asks about the angels and Band. Braktor says the planet is “lost,” but some of the regular folks might be okay. Morc asks Braktor and Ozzie if they can identify the nodachi that he got from Hoto 10 sessions ago. Braktor finally identifies the blade, the Koikuen or Memory’s Edge
In the Maptools chat, Ahst gives Ives amber arrows. Ahst tells Ives about amber’s properties of severing connections. Ives calls over Seren, shows her the arrows, relays the amber’s properties. She wants to coat one of her spare masks with amber
Derok goes to Ahst, asking if she studied the Song of the Seven. She says she’s not allowed and looks at Braktor who says that they should wait for the third Guy. The party then leaves the tent. The party checks on the smith on the progress of their orders. “It has been one day.” However, he does have the three cocaine arrows done and give them to Ives. Seren asks Braktor to make an amber-lined mask and gives him 20 amber arrows and a spare mask. He says that he can do it. On the topic of rocks, Braktor informs them of two rocks on Band. Voidka is essentially extremely radioactive. Negatia is able to absorb all magical power from a spellcaster. Derock buys a Potion of invulnerability for 3000gp from Igor in a very quick transaction
Meanwhile at the trees of revelation, Ozzie and Morc finish praying for their gods. Ozzie prays to Lorn to protect the Tops. Morc prays to Iass to help Seren. Ozzie tells Morc to be strong for his party, and the two of the hug. Ozzie leaves. As Morc leaves, he receives a vision from Iass. Morc knows that the seventh eye has been opened, and the Herald is making moves. He goes back to the market where Seren, Derok, and Braktor are. Braktor just gave Seren an Amber-lined mask. The present Tops agree that they need to gather the seven eyes. Braktor says that when the eyes gather, it will be the start of the final push. All of them do agree that they should be informed of the situation at the very least, but the unsolved problem now is to both identify and find them
Morc asks how to release souls from soul crystals. Braktor says that there is a way, but they will need to bring them back to the camp. Braktor also informs them that the Depthar are weak to songs. Meanwhile, Ahst and Neve distract a shopkeeper to let Ives steal a spyglass. Ives places a pouch that contains 400gp and an IOU. After the deed, Ives writes a message and folds it into an origami crane. He then leaves it on the shrine of Vavren
Seren gives the Vizier a letter and asks him to deliver it to the Night Guard. She also describes E’s appearance as she doesn’t know E’s name. She then goes to Roast and makes out with him as it would be her last time doing so with a tongue. When Seren goes to the portal, (through Arcadum) she realises that she won’t be able to cast spells with vocal components without her tongue. Someone recommends a muzzle, and Igor who overhears this the conversation provides her with a muzzle. Neve asks the Vizier to send a message to the third changeling she and Ahst saw. Morc asks Vizier to send messages to the Violet Eyes. The party then enters the portal. Vizier contemplates the fact that all the groups left the camp and hums himself a bop. A nearby guard joins him.

Tuesday
Soul of Tyre Ep. 9 (SootheBe11)
Last time in Soul of Tyre the gang got wedded, opened the door to archives and sent Erin off into space to Band.
The session starts with all of the party members, Moe, the High Ael, Ano, and Mateslayer staring at the empty spot where the huge mecha (thought to be the statue of Aladine) blasted off. The High Ael starts to question Belanovan about what had happened, and in an attempt to tell them half-truths, Braktor ends up making it worse leading the Shar'kai to think that the party has blasphemed against them. Luckily, Moe states he has the ability to see the soul of another and can contact Eren through Gruff; the Shar’kai agrees and they all go back into the main hall where the reception is being held.
While walking back, they spot Gruff at the altar of Aladine, praying to Crowley for guidance in how to get stronger since he has been feeling complacent. The hand of Aladine starts to seep with blood forming into Crowley. Crowley speaking to Gruff, tells him that in order for Gruff to seek guidance, then Gruff must conduct a pointless battle producing a pointless death. Crowley then looks around in the room and speaking boastfully to all the Shar’kai proclaim that their God is dead, and he is the one who killed him. All of the Shar’kai gasp and become infuriated as Crowley disappears.
Ozzie, feeling the atmosphere in the room, attempts to battle Gruff to the death, however the High Ael has ordered all of the party to be restrained and Mateslayer does so with a simple power word. As the whole Soul of Tyre group goes unconscious, Moe is the only character not to be affected because he is Mateslayer’s husband. The Shar’kai discuss the events that led to multiple blasphemies conducted by the party, leading to a discussion about what has occurred and what they will do next. Moe interjects, saying that he can help in knowing more about what happened due to the ability of his cyclopean eye. The High Ael agrees and lets Moe, look into Gruff.
As Moe looks at Gruff, he falls to ground as his body astrally projects into the astral sea towards the planet of Band with a white thread showing his path back to his body. Meanwhile in Band, Eren has just landed and is looking around at his surroundings, going back into the vessel to look more into what had happened. While he is doing so, Moe appears before him, and starts to question where he is and how did he get there. As they both talk, Moe realizes the symbol of Band upon the vessel as a loud beeping noise start to emanate and a celestial being appears in front of them, that being is Valden the record keeper.
As Valden speaks, Moe and Eren learns that it has been 4,488 days since a vessel has landed on Band; Aladine is lesser angel to Hades the archangel and is missing for 28,448 days, Hades is a lord, an archangel, and “readcted”; Sheen, the vengeful scorn, is in Olstwitz, and is functional. They also learn that the vessel Eren used is in bad condition which may lead to death of the person using it again. To repair the vessel, Beator must be found, however that person is found to be in close proximity to Sheen. The two message Sheen to go to where they are, however Sheen replies that they must go to him. They then ask Valden for any teleportation devices to Kalkatesh, but it would take 11 days east to get to Duldaran. As Moe asks about what Band has to do with the Red Star, Valden becomes nullified, spouting out “error” and becomes nonfunctional. Eren then chooses to go to Olstwitz to find Sheen, using the broken vessel to travel for 3 days east while Moe heads off back to his body.
Moe returns to the astral sea, following the white thread, but encounters a huge vessel that has been torn apart, with frozen people, and ice formed inside of it. As Moe, looks around, his Cyclopian eye catches a violet light, and he sees the people dying, but more importantly a presence stares at him back. Feeling this, Moe darts out of the ship and heads towards Kalkatesh feeling as if he is alright, but before he could return to his body, a time merchant Dork has taken him to his shop.
Dork has given Moe the option to change the future, to shift fate, and Moe chose the fate in which the Soul of Tyre group would not get killed in exchange for a failure in a clash when the Shadow of Tyre goes into the labyrinth and fights an enemy. Moe floats back into his body, and tells the Shar’kai of what Eren is attempting to do, weirdly enough, the Shar’kai agree and are very easily persuaded. The Soul of Tyre group are then awakened, and are released, taking their leave to the labyrinth once again.

Wednesday
Strange Roads Ep. 17, FINALE (SootheBe11)
Last time on Strange Roads, the gang found a violet Ricardo attempting to do a ritual to some kind. A battle ensues, Wode gives them strength, and Nox has grappled him into the dream realm.
As Nox takes the Violet Ricardo into the dream realm and closes the portal, Arcidamus, Zacharias, Mirage, and Koordrin attempt to help her by the power of friendship. More specifically, Zacharias cast dispel darkness to block the Herald’s gaze and Mirage clashes against the Herald. Mirage wins the clash with the help of Wode, diverting the Herald’s gaze, Oun then comes forth, opening a portal into the dream.
In the dream, Nox regains her strength gaining her previous level (level 8). As the portal opens, a shadow encroaches toward Ricardo attempting to crush him, however Ricardo pushes back, resisting the pressure. Then a white shadow appears, joining the black, encircling Nox, entering into her eyes. Nox’s eyes become white and black, with her scales becoming that of a monochromatic pattern, her shield and sword glow with the same energy, she has ascended to her full strength, Nox guardian of the Dream. Her comrades aid Nox, specifically 3 rerolls (from Oun, Wode, and the Mistress of Fate), a +5 to any roll (due to Koordrin’s presence), and a 1d6 to any roll (from the Gambler Black’s power).
Nox clashes with Ricardo, attacking each other until one of them falls. Clash after clash, the two strike, each one gaining advantage over the other at some point. When finally the sixth clash comes and Ricardo attempts to finish it in one strike. As Nox starts to lose her footing and Ricardo strikes his sword against her, she utilizes the strength that all her allies have given her, Nox slices through Ricardo’s rapier, shattering it. The last clash begins, with Ricardo pulling out a violet sword from his chest, but Nox blocks his sword and thrusts her own sword into him. A storm of violet erupt from Ricardo and both return to the mortal realm.
The party, astounded by Nox’s entry and her natural 20s, looks at Ricardo who is wounded on the ground. Koordrin rips the chains of Mirage’s spirit free from Ricardo and Mirage’s voice return. As Ricardo is weakened, Mirage proceeds to torture him, ripping his flesh to bone and dismembering his limbs. As the party regroup, remembering where they have come from and why they were walking on these STRANGE ROADS, Mirage gains the belt of her sister’s voices, Koordrin finds a stone engraved with a note giving it to Mirage and cuts off a piece of Ricardo’s scarf, and Nox grabs the violet book and the forbidden fighting techniques that the monastery holds. Zacharias inspects the room where Ricardo has come from, and found a strange scroll that is filled with musical notes.
Mirage enters after Zaccharias and both study the ritual more. It is the ritual for contorting the song of Creation, utilizing three voices that can be reflected off of one another, a filter to sing them through, and an unclear oath. They also discover the continent of Rynd, a continent of bards far to the west, where all know of the ancient songs. As Mirage looks upon the scroll, she realizes the she can do one of three things: reverse the ritual and learn the song of creation, destroy the ritual, complete the ritual utilizing her sisters voices, or steal from the song of creation giving her sisters life again. Mirage chose the first, and she has projected towards the Astral Sea to where Inu resides.
Inu questions Mirage about her position, about her strength in what she has done, and if she is ready to take part in the bigger picture. Mirage agrees, and she has been given the choice to choose one of the four chords: Freedom (I), Truth(V), Desire(VI), or Sacrifice(IV) which will turn her to a living song. Freedom takes the aspect of life that lets it go uncontrollably, creating life where it might not thrive, and the unpredictability of life’s circumstances that life can appear in. Truth says that some life is meant to die, it is the law of the jungle, the strong kills the weak, and determines which life continues and which does not. Desire shows that all things are found within life, for without it, life is stagnant and pointless. Sacrifice reveals life is a tragedy but within oneself, they can find the strength to go on. Mirage chose freedom.
A bright light encompasses Mirage in the mortal realm, as she transforms her clothes into an intricate golden dress with silver linings floating phantasmally off her body, her head covered in a veil, with her hair is held up by a barrette as her nightmare powers dissipate, and instead, she gains the power of the chord of Freedom.
The gang goes back to Valloween, gathering THE BOIS, and Arcidamus learns of his tasks from a scroll that Valloween held. What Arcidamus sees on the scroll is not a scroll but a peace of the tapestry of fate. He sees a 7 pointed star comprised of the tapestry’s threads, and eyes opening at each end. In the center of the star he sees the mass of violet energy and the Herald, moving through time, the celestial bodies, etching his way towards Kalkatesh.The threads begin to wrap Arcidamus, showing him that one must walk this path to seek the pieces of the prism for only then can the edge be revealed. The twilight station must be visited, the vessels must be gathered, the keys must be placed within their shelf, and only then will the astral traveler reveal the way. Arcidamus then sees other symbols, a red star, an orange star, a yellow cube, a green triangle, a blue cross, and an indigo scar. Then it fades out reflecting against each other, being put together to a prism. Arcidamus' vision fades and the Matron calls to him to walk the path to seek the missing star, the Orange star. As he looks towards the group and towards the camera he says “Shit”.
Nox curious about the violet book that she has gotten, then looks into it, her eyes begin to dilate and her scales glowing a more violet hugh. Then a voice whispers to Nox, “I see you”, Koordrin knocks the book out of Nox’s hand, and she returns to normal. As the party argues about to do with the book, Zacharias notices the number two in Roman numerals on the binding of the book with his violet eye. Nox then proceeds to wrap the violet book in twine and throw it into the bag of cursed items along with the violet crown.
The party then heads back to the Jaquire’s caravan, where they set off for the last stretch of their journey. As the caravan approaches Steton, Jaquire goes to each of the party members, giving them a blue scarf that shows a symbol of elves and the elven symbol of help so that whenever they need aid they just need to show it. Zacharias is the first to bid his farewell seeking a quiet place in steten to rest from his adventure, so that one day when his time is called because of his eye, he is ready. Koordrin is next, stating that he is to find his wife not only because a Tortle told him to, but for that +2 AC baby, then when he finds her he will then follow the path of Cassius. As Nox’s mission comes to a close, a new one begins for she has seen what was in the violet tome. Nox saw her sisters fallen to violet ash, the blue ribbon of the Alice flown away, and the feywild loss. Nox must gather her scattered sisters, and in her dreams Oun has shown her visions of Tomen and Li’lu who has found the weeping rabbit, for perhaps she can walk the path of the Alice. Mirage, now filled with purpose as one of the Chords, travels towards the island of Tyre where she may help the three groups in fighting the wizard’s labyrinth. Arcidamus is the last to leave, now feeling the call of fate, he travels towards the Badlands where he seeks the old remains of the elven archives as to perhaps find clues to find the Orange star.

Death and Debts Ep. 7
The party fights the gray acolytes they found in the sewers. In the midst of the fight, they are ambushed from behind by a mercenary that can control spirits. They kill the gray acolytes but try to convince to mercenary to surrender as they don't want to kill her. The mercenary refuses and knocks out Umi and Zara. Vaeri sees this and delivers the lethal blow to the mercenary ending combat. As she falls to the ground, a silver mirror drops out of her. Revlis and Umi look at the mirror and sees that it is hallowed but not by Wode or Oun. They pass it around until it reaches to Terryn. As she looks into the mirror, her eyes dilate and visions flow into her mind. Terryn appears on a path of shattered glass; before her stands a citadel of reflections and symbols of a two-headed serpent. She walks through until she reaches a gate to find shadows of other changelings. Terryn turns around to find a white serpent who says "Welcome home, child" and they have much to discuss. Terryn asks where she is and finds another white serpent behind but both are connected. The two serpent heads discuss and guides her to a fountain of liquid glass. One snake head touches the fountain and it becomes a giant mirror. Terryn gazes into a mirror and falls through it.
Terryn teleports to the vast Astral Sea and Tomen stands besides her. The god tells Terryn that he is her brother. Tomen explains that he is the only male that came from the Hags as he was the first. He the shifts topics by telling Terryn that their kin might finally have a home since she is here. However, that has to wait as the enemy moves across the sky and the seventh eye is open. Tomen urges Terryn to meet with her sisters to create the Trigram so that the lost Isles of the Vega can be revealed. Terryn asks if he is related to Wode and Tomen responds that both were made from the dream. Lastly, Tomen shows Terryn the sisters she must seek in the Arcane Labyrinth.
While Revlis holds the mirror wondering where Terryn went, the changeling comes out of the mirror on to of her. Terryn runs around overwhelmed by what she saw and passes out. The party then loots the mercenary to find some documents and in there was a letter. It says how the mercenary is one of the last people that can open a gate and she is very important to somebody plans. Madeleine goes into another room to find potent tonics of Haste, Invulnerability, Flight, and Giant Strength. The party divides the tonics amongst each other. The then decide what they will do next week.

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2020.09.26 19:41 ZappaOMatic [OC] On this day 100 years ago, the first game involving an APFA/NFL team took place as the Rock Island Independents defeated the non-league St. Paul Ideals 48–0.

Last Thursday was the 100-year anniversary of the meeting between the representatives of ten teams that would ultimately form the National Football League. My write-up on that historic meeting turned out to be a massive hit, and I'm back with yet another centennial anniversary post. This time, we go from the car showroom to the football field.
100 years ago on September 26, 1920, a team took to the gridiron as a member of the NFL—then known as the American Professional Football Association—for the first time. While it was not a "true" league game as their opponent was not part of the APFA, it marked the start of something big.

The Rock Island Independents

Take a wild guess as to how the Rock Island Independents got their name.
For the first two decades of its existence, the Illinois-based team took on opponents regardless of league affiliation. Walter Flanigan joined the Independents as a player in 1912 before taking over as manager three years later. As the team racked up wins, Flanigan wanted to take his club to a higher level, and he gained that opportunity in 1917 when he challenged the Minneapolis Marines, the self-proclaimed "North West Pro Champs", to a game on Rock Island's home turf. A team record 6,425 fans turned out for the game, though they would fall to the Marines 7–3 (a rematch resulted in a more lopsided defeat of 33–14).[1]
After being shipped off to serve in World War I, Flanigan returned to the football world by cobbling together a slate of local games (all of which were shutout wins for the Independents). In 1919, he set his eyes on the national championship.[1]
As discussed in the last post, there was no "true" national champion as there was no national sanctioning body at the time. A team could win every game in their regional league and declare themselves the national champs without much objection, and that was what many teams did. Since the Independents were, well, independent, Flanigan had another idea to pursue the national title: take on league teams.
To do this, he recruited Minneapolis star quarterback Rube Ursella to his side, and a variety of Marines including local fullback Jerry Mansfield also joined the Independents. However, Flanigan's recruiting may have been too successful as a laundry list of interested players showed up; to weed out the scrubs, he organized a series of foot races and wrestling matches in which the losers were kicked off the team. Once he had a suitable roster, he got to work.[1]
The 1919 Independents would face a challenging slate against the top teams from Ohio and Indiana, including future NFL franchises Columbus Panhandles and Akron Indians. With the exception of a 12–7 defeat at the hands of the Hammond All-Stars, a team that featured an end by the name of George Halas, and a scoreless tie against a decorated Pine Village team, Rock Island would shut out every opponent.[1]

The Bulldog "Beef"

At season's end, the Independents boasted a 9–1–1 record, but Flanigan had one last game on his mind: a date with the undefeated Canton Bulldogs for the national championship on December 7.[1]
Well, Canton star Jim Thorpe said his team had other plans. Like, that was basically what his answer was.
On November 30, Ralph Hay, leader of the Bulldogs, sent a telegram to Flanigan asking what the Independents would offer in exchange for playing the game. A Rock Island fan had attended Canton's win over Hammond the previous week and was promised by the Bulldogs manager that he would consider a game against the Bulldogs as long as the Massillon Tigers beat the Cleveland Tigers (since Massillon had lost to Canton twice earlier in the season).[2]
Massillon won and Hay kept his promise by reaching out to Flanigan, who offered him $5,000 or 45% of the ticket sales. Both numbers had been demanded by Thorpe earlier in the year.[2]
The following evening, Hay called Flanigan and asked for the score of the Rock Island game against Akron. He provided the answer (a 17–0 Independents win), but expressed confusion as to why that was so important for Hay. Hay then told Flanigan to talk to Thorpe before he could agree whether or not to play the game.[2]
An hour and 17 minutes later, Flanigan received a telegram from Thorpe: "Have disbanded team. Cannot meet Rock Island."[2]
Kind of a lame excuse, but it's likely Thorpe also turned it down as the Rock Island/Akron game had only attracted 1,700 fans.[1] Flanigan attempted to reach out to Canton once again with by bumping the offer to $7,000 guaranteed or 50% of the gate.[3] Calls to Hay went unanswered, while one telegram to Thorpe read:[2]
We are offering your team the largest guarantee that it has ever received before, $5,000 or a privilege of 50 per cent for the gate. If you don't accept Rock Island fans will say you are quitters. Wire me your answer."
Thorpe's answer? No. One final call to Thorpe redirected Flanigan to an operator who told him that the Bulldogs player was sick and could not answer.[2]
True to Flanigan's threat, Independents fans and media were quick to brand the Bulldogs as cowards. The Rock Island Argus, a very [2]
Is Canton's famed Bulldogs afraid to risk their title of world's football champions by coming to Rock Island Sunday?
By arranging things in order and arriving at a logical conclusion, there can be but one answer. And that is "yes."
A fan letter to the Argus sports editor:[4]
Dear Sir: Being a real football fan I am like a great many more, disappointed because the Canton Bulldogs have a bad case of yellow. Now I think it would be a nice thing for everyone that has tickets to keep them and give the money which has been paid for admissions to the game, to the team for the splendid showing which they have made.
If anyone does not like the idea let them go and cash up. It seems to me that there would be a very few who would ask for their money back. It would also encourage the boys to come back next fall.
From P. G. M.
A Real Fan
Flanigan wrote to The Daily Times in Davenport:[3]
The Canton game is all off. I offered Hays $7,000 in an attempt to land the game but failed. They did not believe that we defeated Akron until they confirmed, report from Indians direct. It is merely a case of cold, cold feet and a streak of yellow.
Since the Bulldogs weren't going to play the Independents, they automatically declared themselves the national champions.[1] However, the Bulldogs also considered themselves the champs due to their undefeated record.[3]
Yeah, pro football is going to need somebody to settle controversies like this. Maybe a national football league?

Joining the APFA

Although his opinion of the Canton Bulldogs may have soured after their failed championship game, Flanigan was eager to work with Thorpe again.
On September 16, 1920, he boarded a train for Canton, Ohio to participate in a meeting of the top pro football team managers and owners.
"Manager Walter Flanigan left last night for Canton, Ohio, to attend the annual conference of major professional football teams, whose representatives assemble every year to plan the campaign for the world's championship," wrote The Rock Island Argus.[5]
The meeting took place at Hay's car dealership, but the details of that can be found in the last post. Flanigan would be appointed to a three-man committee to write the new league's constitution, joined by Carl Storck of the Dayton Triangles and Stanley Cofall of the Cleveland Tigers.[6]
Upon adjournment, the American Professional Football Association was born. We now have a national football league.

St. Paul Ideals

While the Marines dominated the Minnesota football scene, the St. Paul Ideal Athletic Club was not exactly a juggernaut by comparison, but they were no slouch either. An amateur team, the Ideals entered the 1919 season with the claim that they had lost only thrice since 1914.
In the amateur football section of The Minneapolis Morning Tribune's September 11 issue:[7]
A challenge to Minneapolis fotoball teams has been issued by the Ideals of St. Paul. The Ideals are disirous of booking games with a number of Minneapolis teams, especially the Indians and the East Ends. The St. Paul aggregation claims a record of having been defeated only three times in the last five years. Games already have been arranged with the Billows, Seatons, Hook 'Em Cows and Nicolius. All communications should be addressed to C. R. Woesner, 325 Daly street, St. Paul.
The Marines took up the Ideals' challenge. And promptly walloped them 36–0. Three weeks later, the Ideals tied the Minneapolis Eagles in a scoreless game.[8]
How did they do the rest of the year? I honestly do not know. Media coverage of the Ideals was virtually nonexistent, or at least incredibly difficult to find online. The Pro Football Archives schedule only lists those two games plus two others with no scores, while searches on Newspapers.com and other sites have been mostly fruitless.
Eh, whatever.

Game Day

Build-Up

Rock Island's Douglas Park played host to the Independents' 1920 season opener against the Ideals. Although Rock Island was considered the favorite and was returning its entire starting lineup from the previous year, Flanigan and Ursella were not going to let their guard down.[9]
"A defeat at this time would injure the box office to a big extent besides putting a huge crimp in the chances for a championship team," wrote Frank Weir of The Daily Times.[9]
In the week leading up to kickoff, Ursella ran his team through three-hour practices that included installing new offensive formations and audibles.[10]
The Davenport Democrat and Leader on September 24:[11]
Fearing over-confidence might play a prominent part in Sunday's battle with the St. Paul's Ideals, Coach Ursella last night wired for Chicken, star halfback, and Bob Marshall to report for work at once. Both men will be on hand for tonight's drill at Douglas park. [...]
From all indications Sunday's argument is going to be a heated one. Flanigan at first figured that the St. Paul aggregation would offer only enough resistance to afford his team a good workout but according to the dope which is coming from St. Paul the Ideals are a stronger aggregation than early reports indicated.
Fearing a surprise, Flanigan notified Ursella to get Marshall and Chicken in harness at once.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader on the morning of the game:[12]
Hardened by two weeks' gruelling practice, Rock Island's crack professional football eleven is ready today to open what promises to be the most successful grid season in the history of the professional game in the Tri-City. The St. Paul Ideals, a team of reputation, will offer the opposition and in spite of the fact that this afternoon's contest will be the initial performance for both elevens a bitter struggle is looked for. The game will be played at Douglas park and will be started promptly at 3 o'clock.
The Islanders will enter the fray in he pink of condition, to use the old ring adage. For two weeks Coach Ursella had drilled his team in signals and formations, sprinkling in a few spirited scrimmages between the regulars and second string men. The result is that the Independents will start the season in form that would become an eleven in mis-season condition.
[...]
Saturday the entire city of Rock Island talked football and no doubt football will be talked by the natives of Rock Island for breakfast, dinner and supper today. The city is football crazy.
Today's crowd, no doubt, will be swelled by hundreds of Davenporters whose interest in the Independents is just as keen as the interest of the Rock Island fans. Moline also will undoubtedly send a huge delegation to the game.
Fear Over Confidence
While Coach Ursella is confident that his team is far superior to the St. Paul aggregation, he expressed fear of over-confidence in speaking of the opening clash Saturday.
"The Ideals have played good football for the past three years" stated Ursella, "and I don't believe some of the men are taking the contest seriously enough. I don't want a surprise sprung in this game. I believe I can make the fellows realize they are meeting a tough aggregation, however, before they start in the game."
Bruce Copeland of The Rock Island Argus:[13]
There, football fans, is the first recipe of the season waiting for the expert cuisine of the Douglas park melting pot from which Rock Island hopes will trickle the championship brew at the close of the most eventful football campaign in tri-city history.
Championship dreams of months' duration will first be realized when hundreds of pent-up football enthusiasts from miles around meet tomorrow afternoon at Douglas park and see the green and white jerseyed warriors jog on the field for the first game of the season against the doughty Ideal A. C. of St. Paul.
The game will open a door to a new epoch in tri-city athletics after years of consistent achievements and good sportsmanship. Beyond the portal will be found Championship Way, along which the Independents of 1920 will course; and there isn't a fan in Rock Island who has the slightest doubt that their advance will lead right up to the shrine at the end in which the titular fires are burning.
Tickets were $1.65 plus tax, though attendance was hampered by the weather. After 7,000 fans were expected, only 800 showed up.[13][14]
"As Rube Ursella says, 'Let's go!'"[13]

First Half

As rain fell on Douglas Park, the game began with the Independents winning the coin toss and electing to receive. Left end "Oke" Smith returned the opening kickoff ten yards to his team's 25.[14]
The first offensive play from scrimmage was a nine-yard gain by Mansfield, followed by a 20-yard run by Ursella. A few runs later, halfback Eddie Novak found a hole set up by left tackle Dewey Lyle and scored on a ten-yard run for the first points of the day, capping off a four-minute, 11-play drive.[14]
Although St. Paul's left end Maidl Pavleck returned the ensuing kickoff 20 yards to midfield, his team's opening possession ended after just one play when halfback Cunningham Mikesh lost a fumble that Freeman Fitzgerald recovered. Mansfield broke free and reached the Ideals' 15, and a 12-yard run by Novak set the Independents up at the three. Two plays later, halfback Fred Chicken scored.[14]
The Ideals' next series ended with a three-and-out. After a five-yard run by Mansfield, Ursella completed the first forward pass of the season with a 22-yard throw to Smith to reach St. Paul's 18. By the end of the first quarter, Rock Island was in scoring range at the two-yard line. A play later, Novak punched it in for six.[14]
Down by three scores, St. Paul began to see life when quarterback Parr A. Pahl found E. Dixon O'Brien for a "brilliant forward pass" that went 40 yards. That was ultimately the only good play of the drive as Pahl tried an onside kick (before 1923, the onside kick was legal on scrimmage plays) that Chicken recovered. Both teams exchanged punts shortly after.[14]
Following St. Paul's punt, Chicken's grip on the wet ball slipped, but Mansfield recovered and gained 15 yards before being taken down. A 28-yard run by Chicken placed Rock Island at St. Paul's 38, followed by a 12-yard gain by Paddy Quinn. Three plays later, Mansfield scored again on an 18-yard run.[14]
A 52-yard run by Mikesh put the Ideals in Independents territory, but they could not capitalize as time ran out.[14]

Second Half

After some substitutions, the game resumed with Rock Island kicking off.[14]
A fake punt by Pahl into a lateral to Mikesh on the first play gained three yards. The two attempted a double pass a few plays later, though Mikesh slipped on the mud and fell. As the offense grinded its way into Rock Island's side of the field, yet another double pass placed Mikesh with a lot of open field... until he slipped again.[14]
All offensive progress was ultimately stopped when Pahl was intercepted by Waddy Kuehl, who returned it 82 yards for a pick six.[14]
Mikesh was downed for a 12-yard loss to begin the Ideals' next play from scrimmage, pinning his team at their own eight. Facing immense pressure on the ensuing punt, Pahl dodged the blitz before delivering a quick kick to the St. Paul 32. A 12-yard run by Sid Nichols allowed Rock Island to enter the red zone, where they pounded their way to the end zone yet again on a five-yard run by Mansfield.[14]
The offensive woes continued for the Ideals when Pavleck's pass on a fake punt led to him getting sacked (which was not a term at the time) for 13 yards. Pahl was the next to try a throw, this time succeeding on a 21-yard completion to Pavleck. Mikesh was tackled for an eight-yard loss to end the third quarter.[14]
Down by 42, the Ideals began placing heavy emphasis on feeding Mikesh the ball. St. Paul found themselves in position to score their first points of the game on a drop kick by Pahl from the Rock Island 45, but it was well short and sailed wide left, being caught by Kuehl at his 13.[14]
Nichols let the ball slip through his hands on the next play before Fitzgerald recovered. The Independents' march would see two 22-yard runs, another fumble recover, and an awkward TD score as Kuehl slipped as he crossed the goal line. Nichols missed the extra point.[14]
The final drive of the game saw the Ideals lose a combined 15 yards. Final score: Rock Island 48, St. Paul 0.[14]
The Independents recorded 427 yards on 45 total plays, while the Ideals had just 85 on 52. Rock Island also outgained St. Paul in first downs (17 to five).[14]

Post-Game

Despite the shutout, Weir praised the Ideals, writing in his post-game report that they "displayed a lot more class than this score indicates. The visiting team fought doggedly through the entire four quarters and pulled plays at a surprise nature at intervals that netted long gains. [...]
"The Ideals have a smooth working football team and one that against a less formidable opponent would show some excellent results."[15]
The Davenport Democrat and Leader:[16]
The Independents showed a world of power and lots of spots where sandpaper can be applied profitably. Their offensive was all that could be desired, but the defense was far from perfect. Time and again the visitors would carry the ball to the Rock Island 40-yard line with end runs and line plunges, but that was their high water mark.
None of the Islanders deserve especial citation, all played their part well. Keuhl, Novak and Ursella were extremely clever at eluding the ends, while Novak was always good for four yards thru the line.
Mikesch, St. Paul left halfback, showed a world of speed and pulled off several dazzling end runs thru the entire Islander team. Twice he was stopped on the uncomfortable side of mid-field with only Ursella between him and the two little uprights. Pahl and Pavlick also showed class. Les than 2000 bugs were in attendance.
Copeland:[14]
The score does not indicate the class of the game from the standpoint of interest, for although the Ideals were vastly outplayed in almost every department of the game, they remained a dangerous vector throughout the game that threatened to flaunt the unexpected and thereby cross the Rock Island goal line.
There were several moments during the one-sided contest when breaths were baited from suspense when the Ideals rallied sporadically and cut loose with scoring stuff that was checked only by the most concentrated defense. The Ideals fought gamely to the end through the falling rain that would deter almost any team of such a light weight as the season's initial victims. Outweighed fully 10 pounds to the man, the Ideals made the Independents exert their best, hereby making it one of the best games to witness.
A few days after the game, Flanigan finally got what he wanted the previous year: a game against Jim Thorpe and the Canton Bulldogs, scheduled for November 21.[17]
Well, until everyone on the Independents started getting hurt during the season (including a particularly ugly game in early November against George Halas' Decatur Staleys), leading to its postponement to November 28.[18] The game was ultimately called off as Thorpe felt it was not financially practical, despite Flanigan still being able to provide the $5,000 guarantee.[19]
Flanigan and Rock Island would never play against Thorpe during their time in the NFL. However, in an ironic twist, Thorpe would join the Independents for the 1924 season. The team folded after 1927.[1]

References

[1] THE ROCK ISLAND INDEPENDENTS by Bob Braunwart and Bob Carroll, The Coffin Corner: Vol. 5, No. 3 (1983), Professional Football Researchers Association
[2] CANTON CALLS OFF GAME AFTER LEARNING OF DEFEAT ISLANDERS HANDED OUT TO AKRON TEAM from The Rock Island Argus, December 3, 1919
[3] Sunday's Game Joins Sweet Dreams As $7,000 Is Refused by Bulldogs from The Daily Times, December 5, 1919
[4] "GIVE BOYS JACK INSTEAD REFUND" SAYS LOYAL FAN from The Rock Island Argus, December 6, 1919
[5] ARGUS TO GIVE BOOSTER SHEET TO HELP CAUSE from The Rock Island Argus, September 16, 1920
[6] Associating in Obscurity from the Professional Football Researchers Association
[7] AMATEUR FOOTBALL from The Minneapolis Morning Tribune, September 11, 1919
[8] Parks End Season Sunday Meeting St. Paul Ideals from The Minneapolis Morning Tribune, November 19, 1919
[9] INDEPENDENTS OPEN SEASON WITH IDEAL A. C. TOMORROW: 1919 TEAM NOW GATHERED by Frank Weir, The Daily Times, September 25, 1920
[10] Islander Team Drilling Hard for First Tilt from The Davenport Democrat and Leader, September 22, 1920
[11] IDEALS NO EASY MARKS ON FIELD, R. I. BOSS LEARNS from The Davenport Democrat and Leader, September 24, 1920
[12] TIPPING OF GRID LID TO DRAW RECORD CROWD from The Davenport Democrat and Leader, September 26, 1920
[13] ST. PAUL TEAM NO SETUP FOR OPENING GAME by Bruce Copeland, The Rock Island Argus, September 25, 1920
[14] Speed and Brawn Win for Islanders; Score, 48-0 by Bruce Copeland, The Rock Island Argus, September 26, 1920
[15] INDEPENDENTS, WITH FULL STRENGTH, WIN OVER IDEAL A. C. ON MUDDY FIELD, 48-0 by Frank Weir, The Daily Times, September 27, 1920
[16] Independents Swamp Ideal A.C. 48-0 in First Tilt of the Season from The Davenport Democrat and Leader, September 27, 1920
[17] Rock Island Plays Thorpe's Indians from The Des Moines Evening Tribune, September 29, 1920
[18] Rock Island and Canton to Meet at Douglas Park on Sunday, Nov. 28 from The Davenport Democrat and Leader, November 16, 1920
[19] COLLEGIANS TO MAKE ISLANDERS STEP by Bruce Copeland, The Rock Island Argus, November 22, 1920
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2020.09.26 19:13 NepEater What's YOUR Bandori Story?

Hey y'all! How have you been?
Hoping you're all doing well, but I've been getting slammed by college and life, so I just spent the last few hours catching up with a month's worth of Reddit posts! Trying to get back into being active when I can, cause this place is like a home to me! :)
Anyways, I just wanted to ask a question and have some discussion.
So the question is this:
"How'd you get into BanG Dream? What makes the franchise special to you? Also, who's your favorite character and why?"

I'll start off. Gonna try my best to avoid spoilers for y'all newer people too!
"How'd you get into BanG Dream?"
So I know for me, my first exposure to Bandori was when I used to play a game called "osu!." It was basically a rhythm game where people created beatmaps of various songs (anime, pop, rock, EDM, etc.). One day, I was browsing for new songs to play and found a song called "Star Beat!" and it sounded really nice, so I decided to play it. Well, I bopped to the song so hard that I wanted to know where it was from. It was then that I discovered the Bandori franchise!
Back then, the first season had just finished airing and the WW Version of Garupa had just come out (not too sure about the dates, so correct me if I'm wrong). My main rhythm game soon became only Bandori (also eventually switched to JP but kept up with WW for the stories when I couldn't read the Japanese). I also soon found out about this subreddit and lurked here (cause I was shy and scared lol).
"What makes the franchise special to you?"
I guess talking about that also transitions well into what I enjoy about the franchise: the fun and the community. Now, looking past the Twitter posts/cyberbullying (which is just sad to see), I really enjoy the community I'm a part of. I enjoy the wholesome posts, memes, and people on this subreddit and the friends I've been able to make through our love for Bandori. The Bandori project also gave me something to look forward to after long stressful days of work/school. Watching the livestreams, watching the new episodes of the anime, reading the 4komas, reading the new stories in Garupa, seeing new merch get released (honestly, it's just fun for me to admire the merch/art design when I can't afford it), or just playing Garupa - those all brought me joy when I really needed it. Combine that with the great personalities of the seiyuus, the staff, and the music, and Bandori becomes something really dear to me.
(Been thinking about getting into the Bandori Discord, but idk cause I don't got the time to talk much rn, Share thoughts on this if you can/want to.)
(Also, there was this time where I had to work with JP bandori customer support to recover my account cause I was a clown, and they were so supportive despite my limited Japanese ability. It just solidified my support for the franchise and project!)
"Who's your favorite character(s) and why?"
As for my favorite character, it's Imai Lisa! :3
Bit of backstory though, Eve was the original best girl for me just because I liked her Bushido!-ness. Nothing against her (and shoutout to all the Bushido Stans), but other characters started appealing more to me the more I played Garupa. For example: Saaya & (Pareo/Reona)
I feel like I'm biased because I watched the anime, but Saaya's fear of following her desires when faced with family circumstances really resonated with me. I relate to it on certain levels. Her breakdown when she first found out about her mom and then when confronted by Kasumi ripped my heart apart cause I'm a baby.Especially being able to move past her issues and relying on the support of the people around her really gave her some depth imo.
And I can't forget about RAS's cheerleader Pareo. I enjoyed the energetic and silly (?) nature of her character. But I always did wonder about why she was always like that through S2 AND S3 of the anime. When S3 hit the fan, and Pareo stopped being Pareo and went back to being Reona, that was insane to me. When they explained her backstory too, granted it wasn't anything insane, I also felt like I could relate to that. Essentially, having an identity crisis about who you are versus what you want to be is something I relate to because it is so easy to conform to what people want from you versus what YOU want to be.So yeah, while her backstory wasn't exactly like some super deep novel plot, it made me enjoy her character a lot afterwards.
Now let me preach talk about why Lisa is best girl though:Lisa can style with anything she wears, can make some bomb cookies, and can probably replace your mom/sister (no offense to your family- I'm sure they're lovely people).But the thing that I like most about Lisa is her contrasting nature. Sure, she's caring and kind and all that, but she also tries so desperately to hide all her flaws and struggles from the people around her sometimes. Examples: her feelings of being insignificant to all the other Roselia members and her desire to just be with her best friend.There are probably way more examples out there, but these were the main two I usually think of. Feeling disconnected/cut off from someone you've known & cherished your whole life and feeling insignificant to your peers are feelings I know too well. It's especially true when all you want to do is show people at your best rather than exposing all your flaws to them. You feel judged and, for a lack of better words, "not enough." I think this is the reason I like Lisa as a character so much: She always tries to show her best self but also struggles with coping her flaws. And sometimes, it's okay to not be okay.
(I also want to point out that these are all my personal opinions and interpretations. If you interpret these characters differently, or see something I overlooked, feel free to share it! Honestly, I think every girl can be best girl. They all have depth, even if others are overshadowed sometimes. If your best girl is Hagumi, rep it and be proud. If your best girl is Sayo, be the biggest Sayo stan. If your best girl is Not Michelle Misaki, then be proud!)

Really excited to hear y'all's responses and read/reply to them when I get some time! I know some of y'all rep hard, so be as in-depth as you want!
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2020.09.26 13:15 Hanurdock Unordinary Street

Chapter 8: The Bakery
Lester’s first day working at the bakery felt much like a dream.
His mentor, Don was not just an average baker. He was a master at the art of breadmaking and although magic made the process swifter and easier, Don preferred to learn the old ways first and foremost, teaching Lester how to properly mix the ingredients and knead the dough into different shapes to make all sorts of breaded wonders.
The magic was learned after all basic techniques were perfected. By knowing the right sequence of words, the mixture turned into the perfect dough without needing to be touched at all.
“So much better for customer confidence.” Don explained. “The dough is never touched by hands at all.”
“You know so much about baking.” Lester commented.
“I’ve been baking a long time.” Don admitted. “I also enjoy stargazing. I spend many a night looking at star constellations of this solar system.”
“Elaine and I looked up and saw several close planets.” Lester said, watching the dough bouncing around by itself, forming a perfect ball.
“Did you see the one with the rings?” Don asked.
“Yes, it reminded me of Saturn, back home.” Lester said.
“It is called Electocyps and it has several moons that are easily seen at night.” Don said. “The rings are made of raw minerals that are shot into the planet’s atmosphere when a volcanic eruption happens with such force that bits of rock and debris are thrown into the rings orbit.”
“Wow.” Lester said. “I don’t think that’s how our Saturn works. Although, I’m not too sure.”
“Some planets have life, some don’t. It depends on the consistency of the atmosphere and raw materials that can sustain life. Sorry. It’s an interest of mine.” Don warbled on.
“It’s okay. Do you ever see visitors from other worlds?” Don asked.
“All the time. Some are really advanced when it comes to technology. It’s not just about conquering space travel or learning about the depths of one’s own world anymore. It’s all about different dimensional realities and creating portals that can access other worlds. Other worlds that have star systems and universes of their own. Crazy stuff.” Don said.
“We are really not doing a lot of baking here.” Lester admitted.
“This IS the baking!” Don said at once, a little offended. “Customers enjoy the personal touch of my presence and spells during the baking process. Even if I never touch the bread itself, I am continually shaping it with my mind. I’ll teach you to do the same.”
“Thank you.” Lester said, gratefully. “I am still getting used to magical things in this world. It’s getting easier by the day, though.”
“Your human mind is adapting.” Don said, touching his own brow with a slight smile. “Humans can get used to anything.”
“Have you always lived in Dale?” Lester asked.
“I originally came from Setaclys.” Don confessed. “I was born and raised in Casteran and sent to Mazoria as a protector. Dale was a fascination of mine from an early age. I’d heard all the stories and legends told about the place. I needed to see it for myself.”
“You are very useful to Dale.” Lester admitted.
“I love the little village. I love helping to protect the inhabitants and those who pass through, journeying to other places.” Don sighed. “It was always in my DNA, whether I chose to come here or not. Some places get into your soul, Lester.”
“I agree.” Lester said at once. “It isn’t as if Dale has touched me because of the magic, although it is amazing to see these things in real life, not just on a television show or a movie. There is a real sense of community here, a willingness to adapt and shape the village. Both myself and Elaine feel it. A pull towards Dale. Where is Setaclys? Where is your birth home?”
“Setaclys is another world through yet another portal.” Don shook his head. “Mazoria is a small world by comparison. Setaclys is a vast expanse ruled by warring fractions. Mazoria is relatively peaceful in comparison, even with the treacherous animals in the wilds. Setaclys has a violent history. Bonds are formed from the blood of shared enemies.”
“It sounds fascinating.” Lester admitted.
“You can read the history of Setaclys for yourself. I have documents on the mythos and legends of Setaclys. I’ll let you borrow some.”
“Thank you. I would love that.” Lester said.
The beginning of All Things began with only One Thing.” Don said mysteriously. “It is how Setaclys was formed. Every world has their own origin story, be it real or fabled.”
“How did Mazoria form?” Lester asked.
“The Turtle of Time laid four eggs. Four realms were the result. One of those was Mazoria.”
“The Turtle of Time?” Lester tried not to laugh.
“Hey, most myths are just that. How a world is formed is lost to time and the inhabitants of that world make up legends. Just as a myth cannot be proven nor can it be unproven. There! Put these rolls on the shelf by the window.” Don passed a tray to Lester. “We have four regular customers wanting sandwiches and whoever passes through the portal wanting refreshments. I check the magic barriers three times a day to ensure that the spells protecting Dale haven’t been breached.”
“You take on so much.” Lester said. “Every place needs a Don.”
Don chuckled, his face flushing from the compliment.
The day passed with few customers and mainly a lot of chatter from Don. Lester walked home feeling refreshed at closing time and found Elaine baking herself in the kitchen.
“What are you making?” Lester asked.
“Actually. Magic is baking it. Mixing it. Doing everything really. I’m just standing here gawping at it.” Elaine confessed. “How was your day?”
“So much different from our world.” Lester sighed. “The work here is refreshing. I have come home feeling so great. At home, it just seemed like an endless slog. This is such a wonderful place. If we are stuck here, I think I’d be okay with that. For now.”
“I want to see our children.” Elaine said, her voice breaking a little. “I miss them. Especially with River not being well. I worry about him most of all.”
“Me too.” Lester said softly. “River has had problems for a long time though ‘Laine. He’s always struggled to fit in anywhere. I hope he’s okay.”
“He has his brother and sister to keep an eye on him.” Elaine smiled. “They have been doing it for years. He has a strong support network.”
“I know.” Lester felt his heart breaking a little. “It’s just… we’ve always been there. What if it’s too much for him? Us not being there?”
“I am going to talk to Master Maelstrom about our concerns.” Elaine promised. “We’ll see what can be done. This is a world of possibility and hope and River might even be allowed to come and stay here. See if they can help him and his unique problems.”
Maelstrom suddenly appeared in the room with the couple and they blinked twice, surprised.
“Are you both okay?” Maelstrom asked at once, worriedly.
“Yes, we are. Thanks.” Elaine said softly.
“The house monitors your moods and states of mind. You have been significantly morose for more than five minutes now, hence the visit.” Maelstrom sat down at the kitchen table. “What is troubling you both?”
“Our children.” Elaine said at once. “We just worry. We have one son who is quite sick.”
“I’m sorry to hear that.” Maelstrom said at once. “I can check in on your family. They won’t know I am there but I’ll be able to bring you reassurances.”
“Thank you.” Elaine smiled.
“Tell me about your son.” Maelstrom said kindly.
Elaine smiled and sat down next to the wizard. “River was always troubled as a child.”
“Go on.” Maelstrom encouraged.
“He was different from the other kids. Used to sit in a corner and play with his action figures on his own. Didn’t really socialise much. Was happy in his own head.” Lester added.
“We didn’t think anything of it.” Elaine felt tears pricking her eyes. “Even when he had to change schools three times because of the bullying, we didn’t pick up something was wrong.”
“Ah, your child is merely different.” Maelstrom smiled. “Nothing wrong with that. In fact, the greatest beings in the world to date have been different to the human herd. I prefer to call individuals with such unique brains merely humans evolving, as it always has done and always will.”
“Evolving into what?” Elaine asked.
“Imagine a quiet world.” Maelstrom said softly. “A world where sounds are few and far between; and as a result much more valued. Where imagination is the key to change and discovery. Where those with hyper-sensitivity are trained to use these skills in the detection of all sorts of issues. Where enhanced senses become stronger and more adept and become so much more. Where an enhanced sense of smell can sniff out disease, coupled with a human brain that can analyse and research; a new form of doctoring would emerge with silent screenings that would detect disease before they ran rampant. Imagine an evolved sense of hearing, being able to hone in on sounds that the human ear currently cannot hear. Imagine touch being so heightened you could feel something amiss with skin and diagnose disease.”
“There would be cons to all of this. Any sensitivity is heightened in bad ways along with good.” Elaine said at once.” For example, too much intense light can make River break down.”
“He may be seeing colours that you don’t see.” Maelstrom said thoughtfully. “His world might be richer, more vibrant. But of course, it comes with a cost. His mind cannot process the intensity of certain experiences. Evolution is a slow process. It takes time for humanity to grow and people can be very cruel to each other along the way. Is River a young boy?”
“He is an adult.” Elaine said, smiling. “He’s twenty-one.”
“I will check on him personally.” Maelstrom decided. “He will be the next visitation I make. I will make sure he is well and that he is happy.”
“Thank you.” Elaine said, tears flowing from her eyes. “He’s such an empathic and beautiful spirit. Our boy feels too much. They told us when he was little that he would never feel much at all.”
“Who says such things?” Maelstrom said at once. “Who says another cannot have empathy? Do they know your son? Do they know how bravely he’s fought to forge a place for himself in your world? Do not listen to ignorance, Elaine.”
“I’ll try.” Elaine promised.
“Thank you.” Lester murmured.
“Now, onto a different matter.” Maelstrom smiled. “How was your first day, Lester?”
“It was wonderful. Don is such a capable and interesting person. He told me about where he was born and raised. A place called Setaclys.” Lester said.
“Ah yes. A place I do not visit often.” Maelstrom sighed. “It’s a very violent world with beings who should know better.”
“He told me about Electocyps. With the rings like Saturn. Amazing.” Lester smiled broadly.
“Electocyps is also a violent place. Full of eruptions and things blasting off into space. We have had problems with meteors before now. Mazoria is too close to Electocyps. Sometimes rocks head our way.” Maelstrom said. “There are magical means for keeping the meteors from hitting our planet, of course.”
“Would you like to share our dinner?” Elaine asked. “I am making a bread bowl full of roasted potatoes and vegetables. As well as some banana bread for pudding.”
“Sounds delicious. I think I would love to share that meal with you.” Maelstrom laughed. “If you would be okay with me. I am a messy eater at the best of times.”
“No problems.” Lester said. “Elaine’s cooking makes everyone a messy eater. You just want to shovel everything down until you are full.”
“Then it is settled.” Elaine grinned. “We look forward to having you over often, Master Maelstrom. You’ve been so kind to us, helped us out so much.”
“You’re more than welcome.” Maelstrom smiled.
They ate and they drank and they laughed.
When Maelstrom finally left, hope had been restored.
The house was happy again.

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2020.09.26 13:10 Hanurdock Unordinary Street

Chapter 2: Lester Maplin, Senior
A man stands alone on his balcony, watching the sky darken and the first smattering of stars twinkling away, winking at him mischievously from afar. He is drinking a tumbler of Brandy, on the rocks and sitting on a deckchair. He seems content, as if the world were not full of problems and passions. However, he is a man with a mission. His name? Maplin, Lester. Senior.
At fifty years of age, Lester is evaluating his life. He has a good run so far, having a decent childhood on what was once referred to as The King’s Road. He had many friends when growing up and they used to play on the streets often, sometimes getting into trouble as they played imaginary situations from their favourite cartoons.
The whole tribe of young boys were convinced they had found the gateway to Narnia in freshly snow-covered winters where they would gather around a single lamp-post at the end of a small road, a thicket with brambles and bushes, owned by the council and forever enchanting the local lads. They would wait for the emergence of magical beings and pretend that they were in Narnia and having all sorts of adventures.
Then there was that small road that led to no-where. That dead-end that culminated overlooking the motorway and nothing more.
“There’s an electricity generator down there.” His father had grumbled often. “All roads lead somewhere, Lester. Maybe there used to be a road down there leading down to the motorway. All roads are designed with purpose. Even if you can’t see the purpose.”
Lester did not believe his father’s explanation. There was more to that enchanting little road than he could put into words, and the lads frequently hung out by the cemetery walls, like little ghouls, drinking Ribena and watching people getting married in the local church.
The Road To Nowhere had a steep curve in it, which the boys rarely bothered to visit. Overlooking the motorway, the end had a footpath that led down to a group of bus shelters on a busy island. It was a frenetic place but the view of fireworks over the city was joyous on that sharp incline of footpath and they would sit there every November, watching displays all over and eating party food gathered out before them like a grand feast.
When he got older, Lester moved away from the road and found a new home in a nearby village. He worked as a reporter, with his short mop of messy dark hair continually tumbling into his eyes as he interviewed famous people, eventually earning him the nickname Hair Flip Dick. He wasn’t a pleasant person, and he was ruthless when interviewing or interrogating a person of interest.
The striking green eyes hid a wealth of intelligence and a cantankerous nature as Lester (AKA Hair Flip Dick) pursued the rich, wealthy and famous as a daily habit.
When he was twenty-five and newly dating Elaine, he had returned home to see his parents and they had welcomed her with open arms. As the parents talked with Elaine, he went for a walk and visited that strange road that bought memories flooding back from his youth.
Three cars were backed up along the Road to Nowhere and Lester thought this amusing. Why were they there at all? Were the spaces along the church grounds all full? Lester looked at the cars parked and realised there were free spaces all along the road. What an odd situation, indeed. Lester chuckled, remembering similar situations when he was a lad, shouting to the cars passing after taking a heavy swig of Ribena.
“Hey, man! There ain’t nothing down there!”
Lester’s friends all laughing away and Lester almost falling over the cemetery wall backwards because he lost his balance with all the mirth.
“Damn spiders grow large on this frikkin wall.” Larry muttered as he saw a giant arachnid saunter on by with a shiver.
“Let it be.” Lester said, gently cupping the creature in his hands, and lifting it over to the other side of the wall so it didn’t need to crawl over his lap. “It’s just a spider.”
It looked like a house spider. The slightly trembling critter was just a little animal, and Lester felt a pang of empathy for the wee beasty. It was a beautiful thing, really. Eight amazingly thick black furry legs and eyes. It had six eyes and seemed to be watching the group of lads warily.
“No such thing as “just” a spider.” Larry grumbled, watching as the spider ambled on and finally, disappeared out of sight from the boys.
Now, on his walk he remembered that day with fond memories. Walking down the Dead-End, he felt drawn to the vehicles waiting by the side of the road. At first he thought this was some sort of lover’s lane, but the people inside were not kissing. Merely waiting. Infinitely patient.
Knocking on one of the car windows, Lester heard the window mechanics as the glass rolled down and the occupant looked up into his face.
“Can I help you, son?” The man asked. And what a strange man he was. A small man with a tiny briefcase beside him on the passenger seat. He must have dwarfism, but there was something about the brightness of his eyes as he stared into Lester’s eyes that made his heart quicken.
“I used to live around here.” Lester said casually.
“How nice for you. If you don’t mind…” The man begin to roll the window back up.
“Wait! Why here?” Lester spluttered and the man stopped closing the window.
“Can you be more specific?” The man asked dryly.
“Why park here? There are loads of spaces up by the church. You’re going to get in each other’s way if you keep building up on this road.” Lester asked.
“Why not?” The man seemed bored. “Is there an unwritten rule about no parking along this road? Do I need a permit? Are you the permit police?”
Lester stifled a laugh and the man crooked his lips in a side smile. “No, it just doesn’t make much sense. That’s all. If you want to drive out of here, you’ll find it difficult. Not the best place to park. You know?”
“Thank you for such an astute observation. Oh, would you look at that. An incoming call.” The man reached for his phone and placed it to his right ear. “It was nice meeting you.” The window rolled back up and Lester stood back in a daze.
Walking back to the cemetery and the church, Lester turned around and walked quickly back to the corner intending to knock on that man’s window again and get some answers.
However, as he rounded the corner he was met with a shocking surprise.
The three cars were all gone.
Convinced he hadn’t seen them drive past him on the walk back, Lester felt an unnerving thrill build deeply in his gut. As a reporter, he could almost smell a story in the air and this was the story of his lifetime, he was sure of it.
Sniffing around the bushes and looking out over the motorway, Lester greeted a rambler walking up the footpath with a cheery wave.
“Hey, mate. Do you know what this road is used for?” Lester asked as the rambler joined him and also looked out over the motorway.
“Haven’t a clue, dude. Nice climb though.”
“That’s a power generator over there though, isn’t it? I mean, it looks like a generator of some sort.” Lester inquired.
“Not sure. It’s just always been there. Thought it was some water treatment centre. Could be a generator.” Rambler shook his head and continued walking on.
Grumbling to himself, Lester walked back to his parents house and joined in the conversation for a couple of hours before he excused both himself and Elaine, driving them home in silence. Until Elaine spoke up and it was obvious she was upset with him.
“Well. That was rude.” Elaine observed. “We didn’t need to go quite so soon.”
“I don’t feel well.” Lester admitted. A nasty headache was flaring up, it might even be a migraine. He wasn’t sure but he could see white spots in front of his eyes.
“What’s wrong?” Elaine asked at once.
“A headache, love. My head is splitting.” Lester moaned.
“Couldn’t you have taken some pills and waited to see if it lifted?” Elaine asked, gently.
“I guess so.” Lester admitted.
“We don’t see your parents as often as I would like. Next time, you are staying with me instead of going for a walk to goodness-knows-where and we are all talking. Like a family should. Okay?”
Lester nodded, gripping the steering wheel firmly and biting his lip to stop himself from answering back.
As soon as he got home, he locked himself within his home office and did a little research on the Road to Nowhere. Back in the olden days, the road had been a dirt track and the footpath was a continuation of the track that had once been. It seemed legitimate.
The whole area had ties with royalty and nobility, even down to the road names. Switching off his computer, Lester sighed. The beginning of a headache was working it’s way inside his brain like a wriggling worm and he could not stare at the computer screen any longer.
Now, fifty years young and a father to three, Lester sitting on his balcony with a Brandy and watching the stars emerge, he still wondered about the Road to Nowhere.
He believed he had let the whole thing drop too easily and curiosity was eating him up as the days passed along. The explanation was plausible but, being a reporter, you had to look beyond the ordinary to find extraordinary truths.
In his heart, Lester truly believed something strange was going on there. He always had. It was like a mark burned into his soul from when he was a boy. A mark that could not be removed by mundane explanations and royal connections.
A road that didn’t lead anywhere. A road with no houses dotted along it. A road that had remained coveted in his heart until this day.
He needed answers. Proper answers. Those answers were not to be found in his computer or in a library finding old newspaper articles. The answers lay in those who used the road, maybe even daily. He needed to find out what those people were doing down there, maybe even uncover a drug ring. Or something else illegal going on in that Dead-End place.
Deeper in his heart, he knew there was no drug ring. He knew something magical lay before him and he just had to uncover it and find the truth.
Turning fifty was the catalyst to finding answers. Turning half a century was an awakening, a terrifying and brutal realisation that he was much older than he’d ever thought he’d be. As a lad, he had never wondered about growing older but as the days passed by and the years began to quicken, Lester began to sense a new urgency building.
He was fit. He had a curious and clever brain. If anyone could uncover the mystery of the Road to Nowhere, it was him. He had been training for it his whole life in the way he approached and talked to people, accepting no bullcrap and finding the truth beneath many layers. He just needed to make this his priority, his focus from this moment onward.
No more interviews. No more generalised reporting.
This was it. He was going to solve the mystery once and for all.
Relieved now the decision was made, Lester continued to drink his Brandy and watch the starts as he fell into an uneasy half-sleep, murmuring in his slumber until his wife found him, woke him up and insisted he go to bed instead of sleeping on the balcony like a beast in the night.

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