For context, we’re a group of fairly new players with a brand new DM, and we just made these characters. I’m a bagpipe playing Tiefling bard named Fear. The thing is, I made the whole table listen to bagpipes whenever I played them in game. I asked the DM, and he said it was ok for this to happen. No modifiers, if I roll a natural 16 or higher, I can use my attack to play bagpipes so horribly that creatures withing 10 feet literally kill themselves and I get the kill. My first kill of the campaign is… WITH BAGPIPES.
What kind of music do they all listen to? (Assuming they do enjoy music!)
They do, my dear anon.
The overall musical genre shared by the bros is actually Rock. Because brits. Also this is going to be the most stereotyped musical stuff ever. Be warned.
Ireland is probably themusician of the group, so he would be full Celtic music, Folk (including soft folk with harp and such), Rock, basically everything that screams “HELLO YES MY PATRIOTIC MUSIC IS THE BEST SHITE EVER I RULE THE MUSICAL WORLD”, such as The Dubliners, The Pogues, U2… and even non-irish band that plays Irish music (dropkick murphys, rumjacks, etc). So he’s fond of celtic punk too, of course. As long as it’s stamped “IRISH/CELTIC” it’s his jam. (fun fact : irish songs are usually FUCKING SAD but with a jolly melody. If this isn’t the most IRISH THING EVER THEN IDK)
Wales is more on the soft side I’d say. He may enjoy calm and soft folk music, but also choirs, the very very welsh choirs. (this being one of my fav ever). But don’t be fooled. He does like rock a lot too.
Celt, because I miss this old fart and should probably do a lot more with him, is really a musical guy. Of course it wouldn’t mean anything to say “what does he listen to” but. I just wanted to point out that he sings a lot. From jolly stuff, to military stuff, and even some soft and nice lullabies. yes.
England, OF COURSE, likes rock in lots of its forms. The Beatles, The Stooges, The Sex Pistols… He’s quite vintage/sixtiesandseventies4ever in his tastes though.
Norn likes lots of things, but they followed their brothers on many levels. Pop-rock, Punk Rock, Britpop, and our lord and saviour Van Morrisson.
Palestinian bagpipers join battle cry for Scottish independence
Campaigners for Scottish independence have found an unexpected source of support ahead of a landmark referendum on the fate of the UK – Palestinian bagpipers.
In a small hall in the occupied West Bank, far from the tussle over Scotland’s future, pipers and stick-twirling drummers burst into action as local scout troop members march up and down for weekly practice.
The deafening display appears more like the kind of spectacle seen on the streets of Edinburgh than in the predominantly Christian town of Beit Jala. But the scouts insist the bagpipes’ Scottish heritage translates perfectly to the Palestinian struggle for their own independence.
“The Scots used to have bagpipes on the battlefield, so for me, it’s part of resistance,” said Majeed Qonqar, 31, who joined the scouts aged 10 and has played the pipes since he was a teenager. “As a bagpipe player, and knowing the history of bagpipes, I like to call it an instrument of war,” he said.
And as they long for their own Palestinian state, the band members say they support those Scots seeking to break away from Britain in the historic referendum on Thursday. “Every person wants to be able to decide for themselves. So if they want to separate from the UK, then of course I support them,” said piper Issa Musallam, 23.
The irony that both the bagpipes and the scouts were brought to Palestine essentially by an occupying power – the British – is not lost on Qassis.
“Yes, well there are a lot of things left here from the British empire,” he laughed.
The British, who administered the region from 1920-1948, brought with them the scout tradition.
Qassis proudly displays in his office a framed copy of a 1933 letter from scout movement founder Robert Baden-Powell to the Palestine high commissioner at the time, commending the Palestinian scouts.
Photos of old marching bands adorn the walls of the practice hall. But the Beit Jala Greek Orthodox scouts have turned their music, and their activities, into a distinctly Palestinian, and nationalist, venture.
During a long-term hunger strike earlier this year by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, the scouts staged their own fast in solidarity. And when the band goes to play elsewhere, the presence of Israel’s occupation is very much felt.
“It’s hard to move freely. When we want to go to Jerusalem to play in scout gatherings or to Nazareth [an Arab city in northern Israel], we have to cross Israeli army checkpoints which can take hours, and involve searches,” said Qonqar.
A stretch of land belonging to Beit Jala’s residents is threatened with confiscation by Israel, to make way for the completion of the vast separation barrier that runs through much of the West Bank.
Under these conditions, the scouts and their music provide a sense of community to Palestinian Christians in the area.
Qonqar says there are 800 scouts of all ages in Beit Jala alone, a town of around 16,000 inhabitants. They gather on Christmas and Easter there and in neighbouring Bethlehem to celebrate the Christian festivals.
Local children gather around to watch the practice, hopeful for a place one day in the prestigious local ensemble.
“Every single person in this scout troop would like to join the pipe band, but it’s not easy … it’s competitive,” said drummer George Ghawali, 20 smiling after an intense rehearsal.
When asked about the music’s western heritage, Ghawali insisted: “The music is Palestinian.”
Yet as Scotland gears up for what looks set to be a knife-edge vote, there is a sense of solidarity thousands of miles away in the West Bank.
“As Palestinians, like everyone else, we want our own state,” said scout leader Khaled Qassis. “The Scottish want their independence, their state, so they can live in a country that’s theirs and theirs alone,” he said.
Hey you once said you are a fan of the twilight zone right? Got any recommendations for good episodes from the original series?
Oh hell yeah.
Just going down the list for ones that I personally love:
“Where is Everybody?”
The pilot episode and the premise is all there in the title - a man is walking around with no memory of who he is, how he got where he is, and can’t find a single other person.
Yeah, you’ll see a theme of loneliness and isolation among my favorite stuff. Don’t know if that reflects on my own personality, but it just hits me somehow. A prisoner is condemned to life imprisonment on an asteroid with no company aside from an occasional ship that drops off supplies. A Captain takes pity on him and provides him with an android woman to serve as company.
“And When the Sky Was Opened”
Two men return from a trip to space and- hmmm? What do you mean there were three?
“What You Need”
This one’s just a very basic little short story - no big dramatic twists or turns about human nature or aliens or anything. It’s just about a bitter jerk who finds a kindly old man who uses precognition to give people “what they need,” usually something small and insignificant that ends up making people better. The jerk wants to use the old man’s power to his own benefit.
“I Shot An Arrow Into the Air”
A group of astronauts crash in a desert of an alien world and find themselves struggling to survive.
“The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street”
A classic story of paranoia and mistrust as a neighborhood finds themselves without power of any kind - electricity is off, cars won’t start, and people begin to wonder if everyone is who they claim to be.
“Night of the Meek”
A classic little Christmas story about a drunken department store Santa who finds a garbage bag that is able to pull out gifts magically and he gives them to everyone he can find.
A woman in a cabin, all alone, must fend off tiny attackers.
“Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?”
Two State Troopers discover a crashed spaceship in a frozen lake and fresh footprints leading to a diner, where a small bus has stopped for a time. There are only supposed to be six passengers on the bus, yet there are seven people who claim to be from the bus. Is someone not who they claim to be?
“The Obsolete Man”
In a totalitarian future, Burgess Meredith plays a librarian who has been sentenced to death for being considered obsolete.
A plane lands on a runaway… but nobody is onboard. No pilot to land it, no passengers, nothing in the cargo hold.
When news hits of nuclear war possibly beginning soon, a family retreats into their bomb shelter… only to find the rest of the neighborhood wants in, too.
“Five Characters in Search of an Exit”
Pretty much what the title says - an army major, a clown, a tramp, a ballerina, and a bagpipe player are inside of a room with no exit and no clear way how they got there. They don’t know who they are or how they got there, but seek a way to escape.
“Showdown with Rance Mcgrew”
An asshole TV actor famous for an over-the-top Western where he plays the title character gets taken by the spirit of Jesse James to get a lesson in humility.
“Little Girl Lost”
A little girl’s parents find that they can hear the voice of their daughter… but can’t find where she’s disappeared to.
“The Changing of the Guard”
During Christmastime, Donald Pleasance plays an aging teacher who is being forced into retirement. It’s kind of cheesy near the end, but it’s all worth it for Donald Pleasance’s monologue in the middle.
This episode, along with the next few, is a longer episode - the fourth season was done as hour-long episodes because it was replacing another series that had run an hour long. Rod Serling may not have liked it being so, but these episodes, I feel at least, are greatly helped by the longer length - giving us time to really develop the characters and situations.
Three astronauts detect something strange on the surface of a planet - their own crashed ship and dead bodies.
A fledgling newspaper owner is about to commit suicide when he’s approached by Burgess Meredith, a wealthy newspaper man himself who claims he can save his paper. Longer episode.
“The New Exhibit”
A man who has spent years looking after a group of wax sculptures of famous murderers learns that the wax museum is shutting down, so he takes the sculptures home to care for them. Longer episode.
“On Thursday We Leave for Home”
A large community of survivors of a doomed space colonization have been living on a barren planet for 30 years. Rescue finally arrives, but their leader is apprehensive about them leaving and splitting up.
“Last Night of a Jockey”
In a one-man performance, Mickey Rooney plays a bitter, jackass jockey contending with his own mind as he claims his only wish to be a big man after being treated with so much “disrespect.”
A jerky step-father is upset when his daughter gets a talking doll… one that doesn’t like him very much.
“The Old Man in the Cave”
Ten years after a nuclear war, a group of survivors tries to live off the instructions made by an old man in a cave… until a group of soldiers arrive claiming to know better.
A rich, dying old man gathers together his terrible family and promises to give them his fortune after he dies… but only if they wear grotesque masks in his final hours.
“Stopover in a Quiet Town”
A man and woman wake up in a strange environment where everything is fake, no one is around, and they can hear giggling on occasion.
Friendly reminder to CLEAN YOUR INSTRUMENTS. dangerous bacteria and fungi can grow and cause severe lung damage or even death. It’s been brought to light recently after a bagpiper died, and suspicion is cast upon the various things growing in his instrument. I’m a brass player and I can say for them they /should/ be cleaned once a week. Remember your mouthpiece also!
So I made one for the bagpiper! Which is kind of random, but I like bagpipes. And clearly this guy gets up early in the morning to go play bagpipes on the dock. And if there’s any good way to wake up that early in the morning, it’s to bagpipe music. (I know from experience. :D ) So, this nameless guy is doing a service to them all. And I wrote out the tune of the main theme in solfege…..feeding the inner music nerd.
We said earlier that when asking people to name something Chinese, they’ll likely blurt out “fortune cookies.” Well, if you do the same with Scotland, you’ll get one of two answers: “kilts” or “bagpipes.” But while the Scots in Braveheart used bagpipes to scare the willies out of the English, before that, the Romans used them against the Scots.
There are many ancient carvings and statues depicting someone playing an early form of bagpipe, including a Greek statue of Apollo playing one. Reed pipes were a popular instrument throughout the ancient world, but on paper, Emperor Nero was the first man described as able to play reed pipes with the bag (presumably before he took up the fiddle). As he described it, the bag was invented because the cheeks didn’t store enough air to make a really effective imitation of a cat on fire.
But the Romans, as we know, didn’t stay in Rome. They conquered the known world, using bagpipes as a war instrument as their armies marched across the globe. It’s said that when Caesar marched on Britain, he used a troupe of bagpipe players to scare the living shit out of the barbarian Scots. And it worked, because the Scottish forces (who weren’t actually “Scottish” yet, but a mixed bag of Celtic tribes) had yet to hear such an incredible racket, so much that they believed it was some kind of supernatural weapon of irritation.