Their builds come in thick, thicker and thickest, with immense strength behind their limbs and a real scary bite to back it up. Typical distinctions to look for are the feathered ‘manes’ which range from a top half to full neck, fluff stopping at the heel/elbow, paw-claw hybrid feet, and the dual layer tail.
They are proud beasts, easily offended and quick to snap you for it. Not to say they can’t be diplomatic mind you, but really who’d risk it.
So The Lion King is based on Hamlet, right? But since there are no people in the Lion King and there’s nothing to tie it to any specific time period, there’s no reason to assume that The Lion King and Hamlet are not happening simultaneously.
The red lion is temperamental and the most difficult to master. It’s faster and more agile than the others, but also more unstable. It’s pilot needs to be someone who relies more on instinct than skill alone.
This is one of my more popular posts, so revisiting it with some food for thought: Blue didn’t just connect to Lance, she arguably connected to the entire team when the barrier drops- everyone sees that vision of Voltron. But this doesn’t make sense, because Lance and only Lance is Blue’s bonded paladin, and all of Blue’s behavior before and after obviously favors Lance.
This makes me wonder if the scene where Allura seems to be assigning the Lions isn’t actually what’s happening- after all, Allura makes it clear nobody can force those connections and she barely knows these people. Unless Allura has an incredible capacity to read people on short notice that we haven’t really seen otherwise in play, it would seem odd that she’d be so certain about it-
But, explicitly, Coran opens this scene by stating that Allura’s connected to the Lions.
The Lions are also connected to each other.
My thinking? The Lions didn’t look through Allura and choose their paladins then. They chose them before, in Blue’s cavern. Blue found these people, found one that she liked- but found paladins for the others, as well. Which would suggest Blue basically scouted the team out for the other Lions. So what Allura is demonstrating in the scene where she identifies them by name is how in tune she is with the Lions, and able to communicate with all of them without being bonded to a single one. Red’s cold response to Keith was thus pretty clearly trying to test him, because she had chosen him before he was anywhere near Sendak’s ship.
But it also suggests there’s a particular amount of trust in Blue- that all of the other Lions trusted Blue that when she basically telepathically ran up to them like “you’ve got to check this out, look at these guys, they’re exactly what we need” they all obliged- including Black who at that point was trying to walk off an incredible traumatic experience with her last bonded paladin.
And the whole idea that Blue scouted the team gets even more interesting if we consider the only person who knew all the other members of the team?
Was Blue’s paladin. Lance.
Hunk doesn’t seem familiar with Shiro and only knows Keith secondhand through Lance. Pidge doesn’t have any idea who Keith is and vice versa. Shiro doesn’t seem to have had personal experience with any member of the Garrison Trio except possibly Pidge to a degree via his familiarity with the Holts in general.
Lance knew Hunk, because Hunk was his friend. He knew Keith because he specifically wanted to compete with Keith. He knew Pidge because they were paired with the simulator and he wanted to know what Pidge’s deal was. He knew Shiro, because Shiro was his personal hero.
The idea that Blue sort of scouted the entire team is interesting because to a degree, so did Lance, and it would suggest Lance and Blue are alike in both their fascination for, and being a quick study of, other people.
Horizon Zero Dawn and Cultural appropriation: A very different view.
first time EVER, I’m sitting on the other side of a discussion about
appropriating native culture. Why? Well, let me lay the framework.
First off, I’m
not a guy who “knows a Native American” or has a “Native friend” I am a 100% Anishinabe (Ojibway) dude who
lives on reserve and has fought racism, stereotypes, pan-Indianism, and
cultural appropriation fiercely for as long as I can remember. I’ve been the
victim of horrendous racial violence as a child, adolescent, and adult, and I’m
also a gamer.
I am the
first to point out anything that smacks of any of the above and after I saw the
Dia Lacina essay on “Horizon: Zero Dawn” being culturally insensitive and appropriating Native culture, I felt for the first time in a situation like this that I had to say something in rebuttal.
issue with the use of the words Tribal, Primitive, Braves, and Savage being used
in the game (fyi they’re used to describe predominantly white people in game
and they’re White words we didn’t use to describe ourselves thus I claim
no ownership of, nor want to, anymore than I want to be a redskin, Indian or
It seems (IMO) that most of her beef comes from an apparent belief that numerous aspects of generic tribal culture
that appear in the game (making clothing from skins, hunting with spears and
bows, living in a Matriarchal society, etc) are the sole domain of the Native American and just to be safe and cleverly keep her POV less subject to scrutiny, she
applies it even more broadly to indigenous people world wide (I will just
refer to us in particular as NA cuz I’m lazy and I also don’t refer to myself as a Native
American) and basically that anything that is remotely “tribal” shouldn’t be
used in gaming without our or someone else’s permission.
In fairness, I don’t know
if she’s actually played the game but as someone who is currently in the midst
of doing exactly that, I can tell you that I have a pretty good idea of what
stuff triggered her being upset and why, and while I absolutely respect her right to get
offended by whatever she likes, and she makes excellent points about some other games, I am going to point out that there are flaws
with this logic.
all, the basics: HZD is set in a post-post-apocalyptic future where people are
living in tribal groups in a very destroyed world. Machines exist but as hybrid animal/dinosaur
type creatures and technology is pretty much non-existent in day to day human
of the story is a red haired, white girl
named Aloy who lives as an outcast with her adopted father, Rost. Without giving a lot away, they are fiercely
shunned by the local tribe for something Rost did and also the fact that Aloy
and rightly, though somewhat dismissively remarked upon by Lacina, is the way women and especially women
of color are portrayed so positively in-game as this particular tribe is a
total Matriarchy run by elders of various ethnicity. African, Asian, White, and a variety of undefined people of color are common everywhere in the game. (The leader of one band of warriors is a very fierce, commanding, intelligently portrayed black woman with a powerful presence.) It reflects a fairly global society from a “skin
color” perspective without any horrible accents or broken speech.
an “All-Mother” goddess and their culture is (at least how I saw a lot of it) fairly heavy
on European i.e. Celtic, Germanic, Scandinavian, etc type symbolism and the
rest is filled in with mostly generic tribal-ish stuff that you could find in
countless cultures around the world.
didn’t get a “Native American” vibe off the game. Of course, I don’t automatically presume to
claim sole ownership of things like tribal life, hunting with bows and spears,
and worshiping spirits of various elements solely for my own. Random fact: Because there are over 500
distinct First Nations in N. America, we, believe it or not, didn’t all ride horses, live in tipis,
use bows and arrows, tobacco and sage, and worship Eagles and Wolves. Why? Well…use your brain. Tobacco and Sage don’t grow EVERYWHERE,
horses came over with the Europeans (and if you saw where I live you couldn’t have and cant for the most part get a horse through the bush if you tried) Eagles and Wolves don’t live EVERYWHERE….get
the point? Anyways….
examine Rost, he like most of the men has a braided beard and other seemingly Viking/Middle
Ages inspired features, is white, speaks clear, unbroken English, and is a
loving, protective and very positive role model for the girl. Aloy for her part, is also fairly Viking-esque
(to the point of looking incredibly like Lagaertha from the show Vikings but
with red hair) also Egrit from GoT, and is no damsel in distress who needs men to save her. NOWHERE
in the game have I encountered any Tipis, wigwams, Sweatlodges, or Non-White
people speaking in stereotypical “Me smoke-um peace pipe, He go dat-a way”
The opening cinematic is very touching (and long)
as we see the orphaned Aloy as a baby in Rost’s care being carried around in a
bundle on his back (which pretty much every culture did in one form or another
at some point in time) and him ultimately taking her to the spot where a child
of the tribe receives it’s name.
liked this idea as it isn’t often portrayed in a lot of mediums outside of
stereotypical “Dances With Wolves” bullshit.
Also, naming ceremonies are not the sole domain of NA people and what
occurs bears zero resemblance to any NA ceremony I know of. (It was actually a little Lion King at one
point lol) But it’s a powerful moment in the beginning with much more that
occurs during it but I won’t spoil that either.
is a pretty complex character. She’s
extremely independent, defiant, and questions pretty much everything about why
things are the way they are and wants to do something about it. You actually begin playing her as a 6 year
old which is pretty unique and even then she’s tough and fearless and
determined to explore her world.
She is in no
way hyper-sexualized (I’m looking your way Overwatch) Her clothing and everyone
else’s, is utilitarian and appropriate for the environments she lives in, and
so far, I have not encountered anything with her or any other character that
made me go “WTF?”and trust me, my radar for that shit is HIGHLY SENSITIVE. This isn’t Avatar, people. It’s not John Smith. It’s not The Great Wall
or Pocahontas. This isn’t white dude
shows up and saves the helpless non-white people while helpless native woman
falls in love with him stuff. It’s a
fictitious future where we maniacs blew it up, damn us all to hell!
the more annoying thing for me as an actual Anishinabe. I don’t need people speaking for me or
getting offended on my behalf. I am very
capable of doing that myself. I am also in no way writing this claiming to be
speaking for any other NA people or persons.
It’s based on my observations from actually playing HZD and examining the
various fictional “cultural” elements in the game.
If you see a
skin tied inside a hoop and automatically assume it’s a dreamcatcher” ripping
off “our culture” (FYI Dreamcatchers are a 20th century thing whose
popularity was a result of pan-Indianism that exploded in the 70s.) or if you
see feathers on a spear or as part of a costume (nowhere is anyone wearing a
single eagle feather in the back of a beaded headband or a Dakota looking headdress
either) and automatically presume it to be ripping off NA culture, you’re REEEEEEEEEEALY
reaching. If you think caring for the
environment, obeying matriarchs, worshipping elemental spirits, or making your
own clothes is solely the property of NA culture, see previous statement.
By all means get offended. Get offended
by Chief Wahoo. Get offended by the
Washington Redskins. Get offended that
thousands of Native women have been murdered or gone missing and nothing’s been
done about it. Get offended by Johnny
Depp or Robert Beltran playing Native people instead of actual Native people
getting those roles. Get offended by
shit like Adam Sandler’s “Ridiculous 6” where a native woman is called a “hot
piece of red prairie meat” or Depp’s “Lone Ranger” movie.
that my family was destroyed by the Residential Schools and that the 60s scoop
took babies away from their families and people, that forced sterilizations
took place and mass graves of dead Native children exist at former Residential
jump on the I’m offended bandwagon because you saw some feathers or skins or
spears or bows in a game and immediately grew indignant and wanted to claim
them as OUR culture. They’re not. They’re almost globally universal in numerous
cultures at various points in time. Get
offended, as she rightly mentioned, when the game Overwatch sexualizes the shit
out of almost every female character and takes West Coast tribal art and makes
a costume out of it.
appropriation. White people holding
powwows in Europe (powwows are also pretty much not traditional and are
extremely pan-Indian, not to mention full of us appropriating each other’s
Native cultures ie. Dakotas wearing Jingle Dresses, Ojibway wearing Dakota
regalia, etc) is appropriation.
just not seeing it the same way. And I’m nobody. I have no ties to Guerilla or anybody other than myself and my community.
What if when a paladin dies, their spirit goes into their Lion? So the sentience of the Lions is actually the spirits of their previous paladins
Now picture this
Lance dies in defeating Zarkon, and they get a new Blue paladin. They’re this quirky, fun little person and the other paladins are so sad that Lance is gone but are also like “he would approve of you.”
And this new paladin refers to Blue as “he” but the paladins don’t think a lot of it beyond “that’s weird, Lance always said Blue was a girl.”
But then one day out of nowhere they yell “WHEN I SAY VOL YOU SAY TRON” and everyone just freezes
And the paladins are like “where did you learn that”
And the Blue paladin is like “it’s something Blue and I do”