Chapter 6: Phantom Bride

Agent 36.

Agent 36, wake up.

She stirred, the piercing sound of a siren formerly lost in a medicated sleep now enough of a problem to make her curl further into herself to escape it. Her hands over her ears did nothing to ease the volume.

The sound was so permeating that her teeth ached, and she could feel the vibrations of it in her head and over her skin as she stared down at the twisting folds in her sheets. They had finally given her more, when she’d let slip that she was cold some time after her first trip to the practice range. Still, she did not feel warmth. Everything was cold; even the water they used to bathe her felt like melted snow. It didn’t quite occur to her that it was strange when her breaths stopped clouding her visor, plumes of warmth formerly obvious signs of the frigid conditions. She figured that she had developed some form of tolerance to it.

That aside, she was considering the idea of wrapping the cloth around her head to make another layer of protection against the siren’s screeching when the door opened. It wasn’t a controlled motion, swinging open more forcefully than usual. Everything, for a while now, had become an exercise in perception, and strengthening that sense. Little differences stood out.


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B1A4 Talk Fan Connections, Future Album Goals & K-Pop 'Bromances' at U.S. Tour Kickoff: Exclusive

Despite it being a frigid February night in New York, there was a warm atmosphere with B1A4 in the minutes before their first NYC show in years. Talking to Billboard as the only outlet let backstage in midtown’s Stage 48, the guys seemed more comfortable with one another than ever, making loads of jokes, and often mentioning and giving shout outs to their fellow band mates. Impressively, the group’s main rapper Baro – who walked around backstage in a puffy winter jacket – gave every answer in English and spoke for the group often without a translator.

Read on for what B1A4 had to say at the kickoff of their Four Nights in the US 2017 tour including how their show has changed through the years, their goals for future albums, their relationship with BTS and VIXX, and more.

Billboard: Welcome back to New York, B1A4. How are you feeling?

Baro: We’re really happy, it’s been a “long-time-no-see” [situation] so we missed our fans so much, we missed Billboard. All our members are so happy right now.

Do you have good memories from New York?

Baro: Times Square and Guitar Center. We went to Guitar Center yesterday. Sandeul wanted to buy a guitar there, but he couldn’t find the right one so maybe next time.

How have your concerts changed since the last time you performed here?

Sandeul: This time, we feel like we can bond with the fans more.

Baro: For those of you who may not know, the members took a part in this album [2016 full-length Good Timing]. Jinyoung and CNU compose songs, I write up lyrics, and Sandeul and Gongchan gave ideas so this album and this concert is so very important to us like it’s our own project.

Speaking of the new album, does Good Timing represent where B1A4 is at as a group right now?

CNU: I hope there will be one of those albums in the future.

Jinyoung: It’s not representative of B1A4, but we are still B1A4. Baro: Next time, we want to make an album entirely ourselves – like, all ourselves. I think we can do it.

What are your favorite parts of this concert?

Jinyoung: It’s all about communication with the fans. Not only can the fans watch the concert, but they can be a part of the concert. Like, in some songs, there are female feature parts, but we actually took those sections out so the fans could sing on their own and actually can be taking part. 

Before the Good Timing album, you all had a lot of solo activities. Jinyoung, you produced some great girl group songs like I.O.I’s “When Cherry Blossoms Fade” or Oh My Girl’s “One Step, Two Step.” You’re good at B1A4 songs, but how are you also so good at making girl group songs?

Baro: He knows girls! [Members laugh]

Jinyoung: I’m very emotional and sentimental so that could be more, I guess, appealing to girl groups.Sandeul: He’s one of the hardest working songwriters so that’s why you’ll see him doing writing for girl groups too. He's like Steve Jobs! [Laughs]

And Baro, your sister just debuted as a solo artist named I under the same company, WM Entertainment. Have you gotten closer after this?

Baro: She’s very busy, just like me, so we don’t have a lot of time to talk to each other. It’s sad. Sometimes I'll text with Yoonji, I tell her, “This is good” or “You can try [harder].” I’m really happy to do that. I want to be a good “oppa” [older brother].

Gongchan, you were recently on the variety show Celebrity Bromance with VIXX’s Hongbin. Do you guys have "bromances" with other groups?

Gongchan: Yeah, sure! Sandeul is close to BTS’ Jin and Ken from VIXX. When he, Jin and Ken are together, it’s always very loud with laughter. I wish the three of them would broadcast that on television to show everyone. 

And Sandeul, you just completed your solo debut. Are you satisfied with how everything went?

Sandeul: Instead of satisfying, I’d say it was more of an experience. There were hard times building up to the album and promotions, but I learned better of who I am as an artist.

Lastly, CNU, you’ve been doing a lot of activities like OSTs, musicals, appearing on Masked Singer. What do you want to accomplish next?

CNU: Drama or movie. I’m actually the member who did dramas before anyone in B1A4 so I want to get more into dramas in the future. My favorite is Guardian: The Lonely and Great God on tvN, it’s a really good drama.

What’s coming next for B1A4?

Baro: We have [new album] plans, but we don’t know when it’s coming out. We always try to make comebacks – Jinyoung and CNU are always writing songs – we haven’t recorded anything yet, but soon. But we’ll say please always look forward to it. 

Do you have a message for fans?

Baro: All our members love America and we always miss it here. Please keep looking forward to us and we always try really hard for albums. If you wait for us, we will comeback quickly. We’ll come back. Be well and please take care.

As the sun rose over Hjaalmarch, Varen began his trek through the snow to Dimhollow Crypt. This was a far easier approach than the one Haar had shown him previously (the two had taken the north road east of Whiterun and hiked the mountains) but he had undoubtably spent more time traveling by then.

On the approach, the armiger came upon a bewildered woman standing outside of what had the telltale signs of a bandit operation. The girl explained that something had gone awry there inside Frostmere Crypt, and warned the dark elf against going inside to investigate before vanishing into the obscuring snow drifts and frigid vegetation.

Curiosity got the better of Varen. He stowed himself inside of the crypt, an arrow preemptively nocked. The bandits surely had no idea what hit them, each one taken by a shaft through their neck or heads. Varen noted that his skill as an archer had improved substantially since he’d set out from Blacklight with the expierience of his journey.

Deep within Frostmere Crypt, he came upon a vast chamber. A dying man spewed unintelligable nonsense with his last breaths, slumped over on the ground near the entrance to the chamber. Following a light that seemed to come from the corpse’s chest, the dunmer came upon a Khajiit man that seemed to be in the middle of some kind of strange ritual. Not interested in seeing what sort of devious thing was afoot, Varen felled the khajiit with a few loosed arrows.

The cat had with him a peculiar blade of seemingly ethereal make. Its steel, if it was steel, gleemed with a strange power. Now, the thing was Varen’s; he tied it at his belt and made his way out of the crypt to find the sun waning. He would have to spend another night in Stonehill before trying again for Dimhollow.

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The four lads that make up Liverpool band SPINN prove themselves dashingly irresistible on their new single Home. The surfy jangle pop meets sparkling dream pop song thaws the frigid cold of winter and lights the path towards spring’s eternal hopefulness. Day Wave’s bittersweet nostalgia meets The 1975′s earlier, more starry eyed indie pop on this endearingly romantic gem. Home will be out as a single come March 3rd. 

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Explorers on a frigid extrasolar world marvel at a bizarre, gargantuan monolith apparently composed of ice. In fact, this strange formation is a virus-like, self-assembling silicon/protein-based pseudo-organism employing ice crystals as a structural building material. These entities “grow” only in mountainous regions where geological veins of specific mineral concentration occur close to the surface, usually iron ore containing significant traces of tungsten and molybdenum. Conductive metallic needles, uniquely compounded from the above elements, sprout from the top of the crystalline formation to collect the substantial radio energy produced by the magnetosphere of the world’s super-Jovian fluid giant host. This radio energy is converted into exploitable electric current and employed in the electrolysis of various gases and organic compounds necessary for the growth and maintenance of the exotic crystalline form.

tldr; organosilicon “trees” made of ice feed on radio energy rather than visible light.


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Raven Queen Moments

Thanks to @shalizeh7 for the art!

cipherponyjinx asked: How many times has Vax interacted with the Raven Queen and when?                                                                                               Anonymous asked: Given the revelation that Vax is now multiclassing as a paladin, can we get a list of all the Raven Queen moments?

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