and understanding weapons


“You of all people should know: great deeds require great sacrifice. Isn’t that the law of equivalent exchange?

“Save your breath. The laws of alchemy don’t justify murder.”

tables and chairs | zombies, run! prequel fic | jack/eugene | 3k

(Summary: En route to Abel Township, Eugene bickers, jokes, pines, deals very poorly with his feelings, and pens the very first restaurant review of the zombie apocalypse.)

“A food writer,” says Jack, for what must be the fourth time. “A food writer.” (Five.)

“Mm-hm.” No matter how many trash can fires he lights, there’s always a point in the beginning when the flame sputters and Eugene thinks: fuck, it’s gone out. They’ve been on the road for two weeks, and objectively Eugene is getting the hang of this part of it, at least, but that false alarm still gets him, every time. What he needs is kindling, he thinks. “Pass me those papers.”

“Right.” Jack reaches over to hand him a fistful of litter, and Eugene tries to feed it into the flames without looking too closely at any one piece—junk mail, a water-stained poster for some rock show, what was once the start of a shopping list (he reads milk, bread, baby formula before the rest dissolves into ash). “A food writer.”

Eugene sort of wishes he hadn’t mentioned it, although if he’d tried to dodge the question, that would’ve meant putting up with Jack’s guesses, which could’ve realistically gone on for days.

He knows—because Jack will talk about anything, anything at all—that before civilization went to hell, Jack had never held down a nine-to-five, that his most recent job had been bartending. Eugene can picture this. Somehow it’s not hard to imagine Jack pouring drinks behind the counter of a pub somewhere, stretching to reach the bottles on the high shelves, laughing with the regulars, thriving in the middle of the noise and the chaos. He’s not gorgeous, but he’s got sympathetic brown eyes, a quick smile, a casually intimate way of talking that no doubt had half his customers convinced he was flirting with them. Well, the biceps probably didn’t hurt.

“What part of that is so surprising,” Eugene says, a little shortly.

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What Are Plot Points?

A plot point is an event that changes the context of a story. It could be the death of a main character, a new understanding, a new weapon, a new conflict, a new stake, an increase in the threat posed by the antagonist – anything that changes the way the protagonist thinks about his role in the narrative. Plot points hold the story together by forming the most important nodes of its structure. As well as acting as a foundation on which your story structure is built, plot points help keep the reader engaged by changing the story enough to keep it interesting.

Plot points can occur at any point of the story; however, there are four main plot points that need to be present and in the right places for your story to be solid. These plot points are in the most logical places for the context to be changed. They also act as signposts, communicating to the reader that they are about to enter the next phase of the story.

The Four Main Plot Points

Inciting Incident

The inciting incident occurs quite early in the story and is the point where the protagonist first realises that their life has changed, but not enough to launch them on an adventure. It could come in the form of a small problem that the protagonist plans to overcome and then return to his normal life (like chasing down a runaway droid obsessed with finding Obi-Wan Kenobi and then returning to normal life), a small goal the protagonist wants to achieve and then return to his normal life (like wanting to read a mysterious letter that his aunt and uncle won’t let him have), or an unforeseen conflict thrown in the protagonist’s path that she hasn’t begun to find a solution to yet (like volunteering in the Hunger Games to save her sister from certain death).

The inciting incident has two purposes:

  1. It should hook the reader. The inciting incident won’t be the first hook because it likely won’t occur early enough, but it should be bigger than any hook you’ve introduced before this point.
  2. It should provide some set-up for the main goal or conflict. Luke chasing down R2 leads to meeting Obi-Wan, and also removes Luke from his home at the time the Stormtroopers attack it, allowing his return home to become another plot point. Harry’s failure to read his letter leads to Hagrid finding him and delivering the news that he’s a wizard. Katniss volunteering for the Hunger Games puts her in the situation of, well, the Hunger Games.

The inciting incident should not come so soon that the reader has not yet had a chance to form sympathy for your character, i.e. the reader needs a reason to be engaged by this incident. Nine times out of ten, it should not occur before the end of the first chapter. It should also not occur so late that everything prior to the incident is unnecessary, as this will likely bore the reader.

The First Plot Point

The first plot point usually happens as a result of the inciting incident. The inciting incident puts the character in a situation that naturally leads to conflict. This conflict may be present prior to the first plot point, but at the first plot point it is realised to an extent that the protagonist can – or decides to – start to fight it. Luke returns home to find his aunt and uncle murdered by Stormtroopers and decides to go with Obi-Wan to Alderaan to help the rebel alliance. Katniss realises that she must be liked by sponsors to win the Hunger Games and decides on a strategy, holding hands with Peeta to excite the viewers. Harry Potter is a little different, as most loose strings were tied with Hagrid’s arrival. There is still a first plot point, though: when Harry boards the train and is off to Hogwarts. It’s a plot point because this communicates to the reader that they’re entering a new phase of the story – Harry’s life at Hogwarts. To keep the reader engaged, there is still one loose string that hasn’t been tied that will keep the reader reading: the break-in at Gringotts.

In all three of these examples, the story is kicked into a higher gear and goes in a different direction. This new direction is usually the protagonist trying to test the waters. They’re reacting to the situation and trying to understand it and figure out a way of solving their current problems (e.g. finding transport, finding and interpreting clues, preparing for the Games).

The first plot point should appear about a quarter of the way through the story. It shouldn’t come so early that it can’t be properly set up, but it should come early enough that most of the story is dedicated to the protagonist’s struggle with the conflict.

The Midpoint

In the part following the first plot point, the protagonist is trying to find his feet and solve the immediate problems that the first plot point introduced. At the midpoint, most or all of these small-scale problems will have been solved, but lead to the discovery of an even bigger problem or problems – an even bigger threat posed by the antagonist. The story is, yet again, launched in a different direction as things get more serious. Luke and co. discover that the planet to which they are to deliver the mysterious plans has vanished and they are then captured. Harry and co. discover that Snape is trying to steal whatever Hagrid took from Gringotts and Dumbledore hid underneath Fluffy. Katniss forms an alliance with Rue.

The midpoint occurs in the middle of the book and divides the middle section in half. Following the midpoint, the protagonist starts to become more active in their attempt to overcome the conflict.

The Second Plot Point

The second plot point is the beginning of the end. An event here should indicate to the reader that this is so – that they’re heading into the end of the story. The middle of the story is full of subplots and side quests; the final part of the story should zoom in to the central conflict and be about almost nothing else. The Rebel Alliance reviews the Death Star plans and come up with a plan to destroy it. Harry discovers that it’s actually Voldemort who wants the Philosopher’s Stone so the central conflict is fully realised. The rules of the Games change so that Katniss and Peeta will both be able to win.

Signposting the beginning of the end for the reader allows them to get into the best mindset for experiencing the climax. This should happen about three-quarters of the way through the story, giving sufficient time for the story to develop before the climax, as well as giving sufficient time for the climax and resolution to happen.

Do you have these four moments in your story? If not, what is it that holds together and progresses your story?

I would not expect someone like you to understand.

Weapons have meaning, and you can tell a lot about someone by what they wield. It isn’t hard to see if someone is wealthy, guess at their fighting style or read how much they care for their weapon if you know what you are looking for, but there’s more to it than that in Noxus. Your weapon reflects your status – how much you are worth.

Sometimes that is literal. Those with money can choose the arms to suit their image and place within the military, while the poor and conscripted make do with whatever is assigned to them. You have to earn the right to anything better and often have to be lucky not only to get noticed but to be reassigned to the sort of outfit you want. Noxus does not play favourites in the lower ranks and it certainly does not waste arms and opportunities on soldiers who do not deserve them. Nobody is given anything unless they can pay the cost by graft or coin.

I hope you can see the significance of that.

To be given a weapon by the state is a mark of confidence. It shows that you are better than those who did not receive the same honour. It stands as proof that you are strong and that Noxus itself believes that you will fight many more battles in its name. To receive a new weapon alongside a promotion is not uncommon in the upper ranks and through that it comes to reflect authority. An officer with a fine weapon is someone who likely has skill to match.

My sword is a runeblade. Such things are rare in Noxus and represent a considerable investment of time and skill to produce. Few have the talent and understanding to craft something like that, and by design they are meant for only one wielder. To give them to any other would be to lose much of their power. You cannot simply buy one, and few outside High Command have the influence to think about seeing one made. They saw me as worthy of that honour. They had this weapon made for me because they believed that I was absolutely deserving of it.

A Demacian like you might see my sword as just a broken tool, but there is more to it than that: it represents all that I achieved in Noxus’ name; it represents the faith that Noxus and its people once held in me; it represents my strength and all that I am. It represents the state of Noxus and how I have changed.

I love Noxus – what it was and all that it can be. I love it as a place where I could give all that I am to a vision and see my strength and faith rewarded in a way that was more than empty titles, money or medals. A place and cause with meaning where strength mattered.

Even broken, my sword still stands for all those things. That is why I will never cast it aside. To do so would be to pretend that all those things, that love, no longer holds any worth to me.

After the fiasco last night, I didn’t know why he’d want to invite me to breakfast. I also didn’t understand why I needed weapons and armour. Maybe Viking bagels fought back.
—  Rick Riordan, “Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer”
Rago took the laser from Jamie and aimed it point-blank
at the Doctor’s head. ‘So you do not understand this
weapon?’ he said quietly.
The Doctor shook his head, licking his dry lips. All at
once the laser whirred and then fired. The Doctor had no
time to even flinch. Jamie screamed in horror and covered
his face.
‘Neutral mode,’ Rago explained, smiling cruelly at the
Doctor’s sweat-soaked face, ‘for testing only.’
Jamie was almost crying with relief and for a while the
Doctor was unable to speak.
—  Doctor Who - The Dominators

When I played The Division for the very first time (Closed Alpha), this particular topic was one I struggled to initially understand: Weapons and how they differ from one another (even if it’s the same gun) once you start progressing as a character and gain access to an arsenal suited for a high-level Agent.

While I eventually learned how the system works, it might not be the easiest of things to wrap your head around if you’re new to the game or even the RPG genre as a whole.

For those who relate to that, MarcoStyle has you covered in this informative video.

anonymous asked:

For the job of killing monsters specifically, creatures were techniques like parrying and blocking would likely prove ineffective against, and given your understanding of weapons, which do you think would be a better choice for Geralt: A straight sword (like the english longsword or scottish claymore) or a more curved sword (like a saber or katana)? Why?

Hrmf.  I’m not as good at swordplay as I used to be, but I would lean more in the direction of a curved sword because it allows you to keep the fluidity of the fight higher, and even if you can’t flat out catch or block an attack you could direct it along the curve.
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TRUE FACTS WITH tatscatsandbats;
•I carry multiple weapons.
•I’ve taken multiple self defense classes and know how to use my weapons.
•I understand that feminism is the activism for putting men and women on an equal pedestal.
•I understand misogyny and misandry are the opposite of feminism.
•I want to personally gouge out Roosh V’s eyeballs.

princejang-ia asked:

"Watch out, child." A hand reached out to halt the other male's movement forwards, blue eyes glittering with suppressed amusement when they peered down at the new face. "Are you lost? I understand weapons can be fascinating, but I would not recommend wandering around here outside class hours." The reason for his concern quickly became obvious as a his concentration dropped and a pair of nearly 6 foot great-swords clattered to the ground a metre in front of them. "I can get a little careless."

Seokjin fails to fight back a flinch of surprise the minute he felt a hand stopping him from treading any further. Honestly, he needs to learn how to calm his nerves down every time he wanders around the academy grounds by himself. Most of the beings here are disciplined after all– at least he hopes they are. There are common cases wherein delinquents are inevitable. He turns around to catch sight of one of the faculty members who appears to be lecturing him about something. Seokjin couldn’t find it in himself to focus on whatever it is the guy’s seeing since this is the first time he’s actually seen an elf this close. He’s only read about them in books as a child after all so this precise moment feels far too surreal to him.

The sound of metal clattering down to the ground nearby catches the healer by surprise. “W-Whoa…!” He finally manages to find his voice as he glances over to the source of the noise to see two huge swords before frantically directing his eyes back to the blond teacher. “I-I wasn’t doing anything wrong, I swear…! We uh, we don’t have to get violent here or anything…”