Two weeks ago we did an entry on the Guild Agent archetype,
and talked about thieves guilds in general. Now today we’re exploring an
archetype that wants to destroy such organizations.
To clarify, the guildbreaker is not specifically
anti-thieves guild, but rather trains to face off against organizations that
they cannot abide, be they good or evil or something else. Some may be
lawbringers seeking to put the kibosh on organized crime or insidious cults, or
they might be anarchists or villains that want to undermind authority.
Regardless, they study their chosen foes much as others do specific groups of
beings to better defeat them.
This comes with its own challenges, of course, since organizations
are a part of civilization, for the most part. Meaning intrigue and politics
factor into the tactics of these foes, and those the guildbreaker must use
Though they can still train against specific creature types,
these rangers also can train themselves against specific organizations,
learning their methods, their calling cards, their tactics, all with the
purpose of bringing them down as they would any favored enemy.
To a guildbreaker, the city is like a jungle in its own right,
but also like a body of water, every action affecting each part, and with a
keen eye and ear, be traced back to its source. As such, but simply listening
to the local rumormill and interacting with others, they can learn about the
goings on of the city, all without asking any direct questions.
To make their desires to defeat organizations a reality,
these warriors learn to turn their knowledge of an organization against it,
allowing them to masquerade as a member to infiltrate within. This goes so far
and so deep that they can even fool truthtelling magic, but only in regards to
direct questions about their membership and loyalty. Indirect questions can
still trip them up.
Being in an urban environment means dealing with crowds, and
these rangers learn to rapidly navigate them, finding no hindrance.
Interested in an urban ranger more suited to taking down the
villainous organization(s) the party will be facing? This might be the right
choice. Most ranger builds will apply here, but the choices of what
organizations and guilds to target with their abilities will be affected by the
presence and relevance of such opposing groups.
The reasons behind their enmity with various organizations
are likely as diverse as the organizations they might possibly go up against.
An archetype like this is just begging to be paired up with the villainous
groups from the new Villain Codex. Have fun and be creative!
Convinced that the arcane academy of Spenza is a den of
evil, Detective Baldana has been digging deep into their history, and
practicing with casting spells from concealed wands, all to get closer and blow
the “conspiracy” wide open. What she doesn’t realize it the truth is more
terrible than her wildest suspicion.
Having had enough of adventurers foiling their well-laid
plans, the secret society has been orphaning children with agents posing as
sellswords, then summarily adopting them, hoping to create agents trained to
tear apart adventuring guilds with bloody-minded intensity. It will be years
before it comes to fruition, but the recent rumors of murderous adventuring troops
are disturbing to say the least.
The specially assembled squadron of the guard devoted to
breaking up organized crime would be well on their way to eradicating the
thieves guild of Mareonne, if it were not for them being hamstringed at every
turn by the corrupt officials and nobility. The frustrations of these
justice-seekers only grows, and now a mysterious patron has appeared, offering
them a new target, the very nobility that impedes them.
HER STORY: She didn’t choose to do this, nor was she elected for this. It’s just how it is. She doesn’t want the power, the control, the choices. None of the options ever feel good or fair or just. She is continuously weeping under her veil. No one who can be trusted with power wants it. No one who wants it can be trusted with it.
WHY SHE’S WRONG: You are always free to do anything that you can do. There are no universally true moral rules. There is no good and evil, there is only effective and ineffective action. It is up to you to decide what you want to use your efforts on. You are free.
i dont really know that much about astrology. i really dont. thats intimidating and exciting for me deep down inside when i meditate deeply on the subject i realise we do not really need it. it brings this tremendous bliss for the ego and soothes the spirit still on moving earth. if we unified powerfully to accept and know Astrology we would all soon learn that we are better than astrology, that it is defining us through earthly and material qualities that are somewhat split you aries and libra are not working as one but two separate entities. Toll says divinity is found when oppositions unite that we could ascend beyond human qualities into spiritual beings, we could harness these traits, exhaust the complete potential and realise that we could be better than all of this we could be spiritual beings expressing every single archetypal quality that belongs to collective consciousness. i think astrology honestly works the best when you realise you dont need it anymore
I think the reason the proverbial “we” love Guzma so much is because his character as a villain is such an interesting juxtaposition to Lusamine (the main villain). Their character relationship is unique to anything we’ve seen in the game’s franchise so far. But let’s take a step back. In the pokemon franchise there’s really two main villain archetypes: 1) Thugs. People who were stepped on and outcast by society for one reason or another, ultimately leading to their “evil” motives. 2) Privileged. This is the exact opposite of the former, where by wealth, nepotism, or other factors people develop a belief of superiority over the rest of society. Of course these are common themes used in many platforms from games to literature, mainly because of the truth held in them. Now, one may argue there is a third villain type (cult) but I believe that this is actually a branch of one or both types. Lets look more into each of these types separately in the context of the pokemon world before I return to Guzma and Lusamine. I’ll only go in depth on named villains (as opposed to grunts) to save some time. ****(If you ain’t got time for that, you can scroll down to where it says “Back to the point” in bold. That’s where I start my explanation about Guzma n fam)
1) Thugs. To reiterate, these are characters whom don’t necessarily start out with evil in their hearts, but were raised or thrust into unfortunate circumstances, causing them to adapt to survive. Some examples of these (in my opinion) include…
-Team Aqua’s Archie: His behavior and character design is meant to give you the impression he’s a pirate (or at least, like a pirate). Historically, pirates were definitely not high class, high brow, individuals; they were social outcasts and rejects. His experiences caused him to go mad and believe that there is no good in humanity. Of course, his situation ultimately led to the formation of the cult-like team aqua. After gathering many like minded people (people in hardship situations with nowhere else to go), he was eventually able to convince them that achieving their goal (in this case, awakening kyogre) would bring them piece of mind. “ I only wanted… a world where Pokémon could live on…in peace… ”
-Team Rocket Grunts: They can be described as hands for hire. They are mainly regular people that need the money Giovanni can provide for them. Individually, there’s no real reason they are helping him besides that they are in need of financial help.
2) Privileged. Now for the other category. At first glance, villains of this archetype appear to us (or at least to me) as much more ruthless than the thugs simply because it may be harder for us to understand why they are the way they are. However, being handed everything in life and raised to believe you are superior simply because of who you are is also very detrimental to the mind. Here are my “products of privileged”:
-Team Rocket’s Giovanni: Now, Giovanni can actually be argued quite convincingly in either category, however I’ve decided to put him in this one and split off the grunts into the other (as you can see above). The entirety of Team Rocket is themed around organized crime. A few reap the heavy benefits while countless lackeys risk their lives and morals in order to earn enough money to live. Giovanni fails to show us any indication that he was forced into this situation by hardship or other wise “ Team Rocket captures Pokémon from around the world. They’re important tools for keeping our criminal enterprise going. ” He also fails to show much remorse for his actions. He’s simply a business man looking to make as much money as possible, regardless of how many people he has to sacrifice and step on.
-Team Magma’s Maxie: Back to Hoenn. Maxie and Archcie’s situations are the most synonymous of all of the villains I talk about here to Guzma and Lusamine’s situation (I promise I’m going to come back to them!!!!) simply because they are the foil of one another. Maxie has the opposite goal of Archie in that he wants to increase the world’s land mass in order to better humanity (as a superior race/species). “ It was supposed to be a world where the human race would attain new heights ” We can assume this mindset arose from Maxie being raised to believe in the superiority of humans over “lesser beings” (in this case pokemon). Like Archie, he was able to collect like minded individuals, resulting in a cult-like organization of criminal activity.
-Team Flare’s Lysandre: Here is another example of a man with a warped perception of reality due to his privileged lifestyle. Lysandre and Team Flare want to create a beautiful world free of the filth that humans bring to it, for the world to be in an everlasting state of perfect stasis. However, such a feat is simply unfeasible, but to someone who has lived a life of perfect luxury with the ability to control every little detail….. they may have more trouble understanding this. Unfortunately, Lysandre is unable to cope with this reality and thus will do anything to reach his goal, “The only way to create a world where people live in beauty, a world without conflict or theft, is to reduce the number of living things”. The concept of “beauty” is subjective and immeasurable in the first place, giving light to just how distorted Lysandre’s mind needed to be to formulate and then justify his various actions.
*BACK TO THE POINT!!!! (i.e. Back to ya boi!) All these villains are unique as individuals, but have some common themes underlying their motives. I believe that we’ve found ourselves in such a fascination with Guzma for a few different reasons. First off, his relationship with Lusamine is unique to all other villains we talked about thus far. Lusamine and Guzma show the result of what happens when the above two villain archetypes find an alliance. Although Archie and Maxie exist in the same game and are of the two types, they’re different because they were constantly fighting one another, never were they able to find common ground. Lusamine and Guzma had a very uncomfortable and confusing coalition that causes us to view Guzma’s position as more tragedy than villainous.
Guzma and team skull are the basic embodiment of the Thug villain archetype. These are teens to young adults who were troubled or given less opportunities than others in life; they found salvation in each other in what is literally a gang. Gangs in real life often result in the same way. Irl gangs provide children and teens who are abandoned, abused, etc a family and a place of belonging. Plumeria is even referred to by the grunts as a “big sister” and she often refers to them as her “brothers and sisters” as well. We even see the grunts concerns for Guzma when they seek out you (the player) because they heard you knew a way to bring him back. [Giovanni goes through a wormhole? His grunts wouldn’t give a shit. I guarantee you.] They keep fighting even though they know they are outmatched, only giving in after Plumeria intervenes. Also, in Po Town, we get to see a lot of different interactions between skull grunts that gives us a closer look into the humanity of team skull. Most notably, two grunts are running the Pokecenter (while a third grunt is passed out on the floor). After a short rap about how they are upset because they know why you’re here, they say (or rather continue rapping) that they will heal your pokemon for just 10p because they need the money to afford the bare necessities of life. Like the rest, Guzma likely faced some hardships in life. He tried to forge a similar path as Kikui, but for one reason or another was unsuccessful. This is what led to him joining Team Skull (or the preceding group that eventually becomes Team Skull).
Meanwhile, we have our very first main female antagonist developing: Lusamine. Like Guzma is to Thugs, Lusamine is the epitome of privilege. She was born into wealth, status, and a warped perspective of the world. Being raised as highly materialistic, she has a difficult time empathizing with people and pokemon. She even looks upon her own children as things to own and flaunt rather than real beings with their own minds and feelings. Now, it is obvious that Lusamine has a very different perception of pokemon than her “team” (which is this case can be considered the Aether Foundation). It’s obvious that only high ranking officials were aware of Lusamine’s true goals of opening wormholes and creating goddamn Arceus chimera abominations (like seriously that some full metal alchemist level fucked up shit right there). I believe they presented Lusamine and the Aether Foundation in this way to represent corruption in charities and other organization of that nature in real life, who funnel the majority of funds to the higher ups instead of to the cause itself. This brings us back to ‘how did Guzma’s and Lusamine’s alliance form in the first place? Why would he ever trust her?’
For us, an observer on the outside, it seems pretty impractical that Guzma would trust a rich, privileged woman like Lusamine without some hesitation. Logic would dictate that it’s her demographic that Guzma and the rest of team skull would hate the most. I believe Lusamine was able to fool Guzma into helping her in the same manner she earned the support of the Aether Foundation. The foundation was not founded on immoral values, Lusamine was born into it as a family business and when she took control she altered it using her status and influence. Up until this point, Guzma has felt like a failure as a person and as a Pokemon trainer. Unable to become a Captain, he became part of Team Skull and rose up the ranks becoming their boss. We can assume Guzma is roughly the same age as Kikui (ie not a child/teen) however I still think they’re both fairly young (in their mid to late twenties). Due to Guzma’s circumstances, he’s still far less mature than Kikui, causing him to be influenced easily.
Lusamine is not a dumb woman, she is highly skilled in manipulation and coercion. She; a mature, beautiful, respectable woman; gives Guzma something he can’t refuse. Something he has been craving. Something he absolutely needs. Something he hasn’t had in such a long, long, long time: Approval. [Y’all thought I was gonna go somewhere else with that didn’t ya? Well, y’all are stupid. Get yo mind out da dam gutta for arceus sakes]. Lusamine leads Guzma to believe that she respects and admires him. This is all Guzma ever wanted: to be recognized for his strength. This is doubly effective (#it’s super effective!) because Lusamine is both a well-respected member of society AND a mother figure. He is so happy to receive any and all praise from her, because this is what he had been missing in his life. It’s not until after he goes with her into the wormhole he realizes that she’s out of her mind and that she played him like a Pokeflute. And once again, Guzma’s pride, the very tiny amount he had left, was destroyed.
THIS is why I think we are loving Guzma so much. We feel a strong amount of empathy for him because all he wanted was some human emotion, some approval, some attention. Thus his story truly is a tragedy, and we all know that misery loves company. This idea of attention and approval is key in many parts of Sun/Moon’s story lines (it also plays into Lillie and Gladion’s stories for example) and it may seem like a really weak concept to try and build off of, but let me learn you something. Attention, specifically physical contact, is extremely important in our development. Babies need to be held, touched, kissed, etc. There were many horrible, horrible studies done with human and animal subjects irl called “deprivation studies”. They’re illegal now, but these studies showed that depriving infants of attention and contact lead to stunted neurological development. There’s a lot more mechanistically I could go into about why this is, but just trust me on this. Without proper attention, the human brain CANNOT develop properly. My point in this anecdote is that this really is a “simple” concept, however it is extremely detrimental and extremely common. Adult humans (brains are finished developing) obviously don’t need human contact in the same way as infants, but it is still important in maintaining mental health and developing the ability to feel empathy. Also, the intensity of how deprivation affects individual adults will vary person to person; however it’s safe to assume that someone who has grown up in hardship or whom has undergone significant mental anguish may require more attention than most.
One more thing. Guzma is a tragic but relatable character because he struggles with so much insecurity and self-doubt while masking it under a facade of confidence. He brags that he is unable to feel fear (until after he is possessed by an ultra beast). I don’t believe he truly was unable to feel fear before this point. I believe that he dissociated himself so much, blinded by Lusamine’s influence, he had managed to fool himself into truly believing he was completely confident and brave. His encounter with the ultra beast forced him to “snap back” into reality, possibly by forcing him to revisit certain painful memories, reminding him of his past and his humanity.
Furthermore, these repressed character traits are exemplified by his pokemon of choice: Bug Pokemon. Bugs, in general, are thought of as pests, a nuisance, impure, unwanted, and insignificant. All of these characteristics are a reflection of Guzma’s own self image. He chooses Bug Pokemon because he relates to them; in Bugs, he is able to see himself. This is further expressed by (what we can assume is) his main pokemon, wimpod/golisopod.
His Golisopod, especially, is a direct reference to it’s trainer. It’s a large, bad-ass looking pokemon with fairly decent stats (the greatest being defense). One of its pokedex entries states that it “spends most of its time peacefully meditating” despite being able to “cleave seawater—or even air—right in two “ In addition, it also has a very interesting ability called “emergency exit”. It’s interesting because it is essentially the same as wimpod’s ability called “wimp out”, it just has a different name and description. ‘Emergency exit’ and ‘wimp out’ both switch out the user if their health falls below half. Emergency Exit has the description “The Pokémon, sensing danger, switches out when its HP becomes half or less.” Wimp out’s description is, “ The Pokémon cowardly switches out when its HP becomes half or less.” Obviously, changing the ability without actually changing the ability was no mistake on part of the developers. Like Golisopod starting as a wimpod, Guzma once started out as a small, scared scavenger. He may have not been strong enough to handle situations and would “wimp out” (Possibly during his island challenge?). Over time, he grew stronger, but also hard and cold like a Golisopod. The fact a pokemon has evolved doesn’t mean it’s prior evolution never existed. This is the same for Guzma. He’s grown (for better or for worse), he uses his past experiences to strengthen his judgement. He doesn’t change who he is, he just learns and adapts. Thus, like a Golisopod, he no longer “wimps out” of a situation. Instead, he will take an “emergency exit”.
Fascinating isn’t it? I guess we love Guzma because we’re all a little broken inside. I doubt anyone’s made it this far, it’s a long ass post. If you have by chance, thanks for sticking around, I hope you found it at least a little entertaining. Sorry my two cents on the issue sorta became a small loan of a billion dollars. Well….yeah….I guess I’ll close with this:
Please stop rebloging my New Testament critique and adding “I don’t want to project this to modern Christians” or “This doesn’t apply to today’s Christians”BECAUSE IT 100% DOES.
“Modern Christians” are still guilty of perpetrating antisemitism and justifying it based on passages in the New Testament.
“Modern Christians” still push supersessionism.
“Modern Christians” still put the “Jesus killer” label onto Jews.
My critique is aimed at “Modern Christians.” If we pretend that they are not continuing the antisemitism outlined in the New Testament, then we give them a free pass to continue doing just that.
I had a conversation with a girl just a few days ago at the coffee shop where I generally work on my theology stuff when I can get out of the house, who had never heard anything else besides the “Christ killer” archetype of Jews. She had never heard an opinion other than the idea that Christians are “completed Jews” and that Judaism was now obsolete. To her credit she seemed really open to learning and correcting her misconceptions. But she was genuinely shocked to hear another side to the story than how the New Testament portrays Jews and Judaism.
(I am posting this here and not on @jewish-belle bc I try to make it a rule not to get into debates on that blog)
Btw, notice anything different about Clara back there? No?
Well, aside from her mysteriously vanished jewelry, I finally fixed Clara’s teeth so they sit approximately where they’re supposed to. Woo! And all it took was me installing a face archetype fix I thought I already had, recreating her parents in CAS, rolling the pacifier 20+ times, and some tweaking in Bodyshop. Also her face won’t break when she ages up, so there’s that too.
All of these TJLC advent vids are making me want to desperately make my own video about TJLC based on structures of plays and character archetypes based in dramatic literature and like tbh No one would watch it but I still think it’s a cool idea idk
If you had to classify yourself and your family (April and Casey count as family imho) as Sci-Fi archetypes, who would be what?
I had to somewhat think on this one, actually. I decided to pick a Sci-fi show that isn’t too well known, that I can fit for all my family. And it is a little loose, cause I am not sure I know of a show that fits us to a T.
Raphael / Jayne: The muscle of the team, the guy that shoots first and asks questions later. Who also is found to have a soft underbelly, and can be emotional as well. Passionate.
Donatello / Wash or Simon: Wash in the sense that he can come up with ideas on the fly and even fly and maintain a ship. Who also has a jealous streak and pretty sarcastic from time to time. Simon because of his need to learn everything about what he doesn’t know already. Also a very smart doctor.
Mikey / Kaylee: The cute and bubbly one of the team. Who can bring the frowns upside down.
Sensei / Book: Has deep rooted morals and can still kick butt when needed to do so! Highly skilled and somewhat a mystery.
Karai / Inara or Zoe: Beautiful, yet deadly as well. Also doesn’t take crap from anyone.
April / River: Something happened to her to get abilities, can also kick butt. Also…I am almost certain she can kill you with her brain.
Casey / Jayne: (I know I said it for Raph too, but they are two peas in a pod) The tough guy. Smart alack
Not sure if this is what you were going for. But that is my loose answer.
Archetype: super mysterious & ethereal girl everyone is afraid to approach, looks v sad sometimes. If you get up the nerve to talk to her you realize she is the sweetest ever, but also you suspect she could fuck u up if you hurt her & may be magic
the author of this textbook is trying to argue that jake sully from avatar isnt a white savior because he’s physically disabled and like… i guess that subverts the archetype a bit but it still strikes me as a huge leap in logic