The Hinterlands

My lord Arl Teagan,

I retired to the Hinterlands for peace and quiet away from the politics, and because the wide open spaces were perfect to let my horses run. Instead, the war between the mages and the templars has turned your beautiful hills into a series of burning battlefields.

The farmers who live in the Hinterlands are good folk. Many of them left Redcliffe village because they couldn’t bear to be there anymore, not after the Blight and the walking dead left so many bad memories. Now we’ve got apostates running around setting fire to anyone who looks at them sideways, and templars looting houses and cutting down those who protest as mage sympathisers.

My wife Elaina sent off our field hands to stay with her family in the east, but there are a lot of poor people here with nowhere to go. We get more refugees every day: this village attacked by mad mages or that farmstead burned to the ground by templars who can’t tell a hoe from a staff.

I suppose you’re stretched thin, but anything you can do to lessen the burden of these poor folk would be much appreciated. I’ll do as I can, and if your men need better mounts, say the word.

Best of luck to you, my lord. Remember not to let Duchess puff out her gut when you saddle her.

Yours in service,

—A letter from Redcliffe’s former horsemaster to Arl Teagan of Redcliffe (undelivered)


Tonight in Ferguson:

  • Stores are looted while police look on from armored vehicles.
  • Armored convoys confront the protesters
  • Police are taking a gentler tone, “Please disperse. We don’t want anyone to get hurt.” (TouloseO)
  • Protesters protect stores from looters

In other words, the progress made last night wasn’t as permanent as some may have anticipated. 

Don’t let this die. Don’t forget about this, the way everyone’s forgotten about so many things. Don’t let your government condone this shit. 

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I am Mike Brown Live

There were odd stories about him; as that when children died Peter Pan went part of the way with them, so that they should not be frightened.

Halloween Pickup Lines

76 looking at the Halloween Loot Box: “So, you’re a lollipop now.”

Reaper: *sigh* “Jack, don’t do it.”

76: “Well, I always knew I wanted to lick you all over.”

Reaper: “No.”

76: “I always wanted to suck on you for hours.”

Reaper: “No.”

76: “I always wanted to unwrap you.”

Reaper: “No.

76: “I always wanted to bite you in half and chew you up with my molars.”

Reaper: “N… What the fuck?”

*Awkward stares*

76: “It sounded better in my head.”

Closed rp with Rwby-Linora

Joann smirked as a few of her crew dragged the captain of the boat she just sank up to her.

“Well well well, what do we have here?” She asked as she looked down.

Her crew had already looted everything they could form the last boat, other then the captain, but they looted that now to.


anonymous asked:

What were your issues with Fallout 4?

Okay, here we go.

Firstly, let’s give Bethesda some credit. Fallout 4 has one significant improvement from Skyrim. Many more areas now have stories to them, communicated to the player through text, audio logs and the environment. This is a good change. It seems they took to heart how people liked the Dunwich building, and added many more areas like that.

But other than that..hoof.

The addition of ‘Legendary’ enemies is stupid. I hate it. It’s laughably world destroying to see an enemy with a big skull next to its name that drops randomly generated MMO loot. This, combined with the practically glowing LOOT CHESTS at the end of areas that contain a bunch of loot and look totally unique from any other container and are even a bright color to stand out more, means the game will regularly be shattering immersion. And there is NO REASON FOR IT. NONE. The loot could be in normal containers, even if it’s in the end room of an area. But I can only assume whatever barely functioning caveman they dug out of the glacier to be their playtester just never searched containers, so they had to make a giant blinking SWEET LOOTS HERE box.

Settlement building is pointless. It doesn’t feed back into the main game in any way. They just stuck a fucking mod into their game and decided it was good enough. When we initially saw this, I was kind of excited. I thought you’d have one settlement, and could build up it’s security and resources, and attract settlers and merchants and maybe even NPCs to give you quests! Kind of like Xenoblade. In Xenoblade, you give resources to an NPC and the town developers in ‘stages’, but it makes new shops and quests available. And that was a JRPG on the Wii! Surely Bethesda can at least do that m-oh no. No, there’s none of that? You just slap bedhives into the corner of one of the 400 settlements and do the bare minimum to make your settlements make Adhesive for you? Well. Okay.

The decision to make your character voiced is the most terrible decision I have ever seen any developer make in any video game, except for maybe Mario Maker 3DS lacking online. I cannot stress enough how terrible it is. And worst of all, it was done in service of the fucking story. Fallout 4 has an atrocious story. In the entire history of Bethesda, a company that excels at making stories nobody gives a fuck about, Fallout 4 has the story I don’t give a fuck about most. The plot is like a fucking joke. “Your son gets taken. You care, right? And your spouse died! Surely you care?!” like everyone made fun of Watch Dogs for this, but at least Aiden Pearce wasn’t a fucking player insert. every other line in Fallout 4 is about how bad you want to get your son and revenge for your spouse.

I don’t! I don’t give a fuck about either of those! I want to explore a wasteland and fuck robots! But no matter how much I want to do those things and work towards them during gameplay, the moment I enter a conversation my character has exactly two potential personalities: cares about their son, or cares about their son and is sarcastic.

Even in games like the Witcher or Deus Ex, where the protagonist is simultaneously their own character in addition to being a player insert, you have more control! You have NO CONTROL OVER THE PERSONALITY OF YOUR FUCKING PLAYER CHARACTER. THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE A SELF-INSERT.

Now, I could go on about the story, because hoof it’s terrible (Kellogg didn’t age for 60 years! Because shut the fuck up, is why!) but this is primarily about the ways FO4 is worse than Skyrim (and Oblivion, and Fallout 3)

Here’s the big one: In Fallout 3, you could skip sections of the main quest by exploring. You could find your dad trapped in VR, or find his associate in Rivet City simply by exploring, you didn’t have to follow the trail of breadcrumbs. In Fallout 4, you do. Because a lot of stuff only happens on the main quest, like access to Diamond City or meeting Nick. So they couldn’t make those legs of the quest skippable. So even if you know where Kellogg is hiding, you can’t do a goddamn thing about it. You have essentially no choices in this game! It’s ostensibly an RPG! Your character has one personality due to the busted dialogue system and you have to follow their story totally on rails. And it’s the worst story Bethesda has done.

Fucking Bravo.