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The Legend of Dragoon - the divine tree  

The Divine Tree is the Tree of Life. All life comes from this Divine Tree. In the beginning, nothingness filled the world. Then, The Creator Soa descended from the sky. He and his followers created the world. In the end, Soa sowed a seed on the earth. The seed soon grew to be a great tree. The great tree bore 108 fruits and various lifeforms arose from the ripened fruits. Thus, 108 forms of life created to fill the world. The Divine Tree completed its rule, but the story says it is still protected by the Signet of Soa. It is like this, the world was established with a fate determined by Soa.” - Bishop Dille

Predators and Prey: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel

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One of the oldest surviving complete Roman mosaics dating from 1,700 years ago, a spectacular discovery made in Lod in Israel, will go on show at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, UK. The exhibition Predators and Prey: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel is presented in association with the Israel Antiquities Authority and in collaboration with the British Museum, from 5 June – 2 November 2014.

Measuring eight metres long and four metres wide, and in exceptional condition, the Lod mosaic depicts a paradise of birds, animals, shells and fishes, including one of the earliest images of a rhinoceros and a giraffe, richly decorated with geometric patterns and set in lush landscapes. Read more.

Dark Souls: Terrain and LOD Images

Something I’ve always been interested in is getting a closer look at the distant scenery in Dark Souls. The are some places you can’t normally get to, and for others where you can, the game sometimes handles the terrain oddly through decreased Level of Detail. I’m not sure if this is the kind of thing that interests anyone else, but getting a closer look at this is like peeking behind the curtain of Dark Souls for me.

Without a gaming PC (yet, unfortunately), I don’t have a way of looking at this first hand. In the past I got some nice demonstrations in a stream from HellkiteDrake, but recently I’ve been wanting to see some more. Thankfully, TensaStrider was kind enough to provide more documentation and analysis here. Here are some of my favorites:

The Upper Level of the Demon Ruins

“Various structures in the higher levels of Demons Ruins embedded into the walls. There are only 2 models of these structures and they just seem to be copy pasted around the area. They look very similar to the area leading down to the bonfire before Demon Firesage, where all the Capra Demons are.

Interestingly some of the walls have quite high res textures for where they are, and each door actually leads to a square room…”




The “Other Burg” (as seen from the Firelink Graveyard)

“Here you can see whole new areas of the city from beyond Firelink Shrine, looking over from the Graveyard… In the middle of the Burg, you can see the layout is actually quite intricate and detailed, though the textures aren’t great.”




Even More Burgs

“The further you go out, the less buildings there are.”




Anor Londo
From behind (entrance to Anor Londo in far distance):


More buildings around Anor Londo:



Miscellaneous
The Duke’s Archives, as rendered from the Hellkite Drake bridge:


Anor Londo from the Darkroot Garden:


Undead Burg and beyond from Anor Londo:


Firelink Shrine from Blighttown:



Again, huge thanks to TensaStrider for providing this, the entire contents of this post are his work. Check the photo album for more pictures and information.
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