altera’s photon ray can destroy any existence on earth but that is also where its limits lie: someone like scathach who exists outside the world is outside the conceptual reach of altera’s destructive powers regardless whether it is taken to mean “anything on earth” or “anything in this world”, leaving scathach able to deflect altera’s sword of absolute destruction with a spear that she herself describes as nothing but a stick made from a sea monster’s bones.

me researching the similarities between ye olde celt & norse pantheons and thinking about the implications it has for their fate counterparts specifically in the context of how little we still know about scathach aside from her heavily implied connection to the norse gods and specifically skadi and how early in the series the connections between celt & norse gods were established through cu chulainn and more specifically through his spear having properties of both lugh’s spear brionac and odin’s spear gugnir (the second of which gae bolg did not have in the original myth) and later also by having caster cu’s noble phantasm involve him calling upon odin’s powers rather than lugh’s which means this HAS to be an intentional move on nasu’s part because noble phantasms embody the heroes that wield them so for TWO of cu chulainn’s noble phantasms to explicitly connect him to odin has to mean SOMETHING concerning lugh and odin’s identities within this canon, possibly that they are two aspects of the same entity somehow meaning cu chulainn within this canon is simultaneously the son of both lugh and odin thus granting him access to both their powers through the conceptual weapons that are supposed to embody his legend

me continuing to think about scathach’s unspecified but implied to be incredibly close (to the point of sharing a name) connection to a giantess and her unusual favoritism for cu chulainn whose ancestor (balor, grandfather of lugh) was a giant out of all her probably hundreds of students throughout several centuries as well as her immediately recognising altera’s true nature and possibly even knowing specifically about the fact that she is the white titan that destroyed civilisation 14000 years ago in the event that was supposed to introduce the base aspects of her character combined with scathach having an at this time completely undefined more powerful second form which as revealed in the kara no kyoukai event is capable of completely crushing cu’s wicker man from which one can safely assume that said form is very large and considering her colour scheme if one were to go out on a limb real far might even be possible to describe as a “black titan”

I really really really really hope we’re gonna Get Funky With Gods again sometime in fgo and by that of course I mean the celt gods but also the norse ones bc there are a number of Really Small Things surrounding celtic servants & norse gods that could very well not mean a damn thing but then again this IS kinoko nasu’s wild ride we’re on

  • way back in ubw route after cu breaks through rho aias archer says cu’s spear is “stronger than the orignal gugnir”, gugnir being the norse god odin’s spear
  • one of caster cu’s noble phantasms is called “ochd deug odin” and calls upon odin’s powers (rather than lugh’s or any other celtic god like you might expect)
  • scathach prefers norse runes over celtic ones, and taught norse rather than celtic runes to cu as well
  • scathach’s profile says that she may have some kind of connection to “ a Scandinavian giant, the goddess of the mountains“, which can only refer to the norse goddess skadi
  • lugh and odin are associated with similar concepts in their respective mythologies (specifically knowledge/skill, art/poetry, and battle). cu was also said to be an incarnation of lugh as well as lugh’s son.

i don’t know what this means or IF it means something but i’ve had the x-files theme playing in my head for weeks. what the fuck is up with the celts & the norse gods nasu. where do you intend to take this

The Angry Gamer: Gary Oak

Most of us have heard of Gary’s Ratticate; On his team on the S.S. Anne, yet gone in Lavender Town. Others have lingered on the concept of naming Gary, often taking advantage of this for their own amusement. Besides, Gary’s a jerk, he deserves the ridicule, right?

But as I played my way through Red, I noticed something. The first couple of battles and dialogue with Gary aren’t what some make them out to be. In the beginning, he’s simply annoyed with his senile and unfair grandfather, who allowed you, a neighbor, not even family, to choose your Pokemon before him. But he held little resentment, merely choosing a Pokemon with a type advantage because it was the smart thing. You would do the same, admit it. He challenges you to a friendly battle, gives you a playful challenge (I’ll fill out my Pokedex before you!), and leaves.

The next time, he spots you on his way back from Bill’s. Upon his defeat, he gives you his advice, to go see Bill and get more in your Pokedex, like he just did. Even on the S.S. Anne, he tries to compare his Pokedex with yours, and tells you to help the captain to receive Cut.

This is where Gary’s friendly rivalry ends.

The next time you see him is Lavender town. Having failed to get his injured Ratticate to a PC in time, he’s come to mourn for his friend’s death when, lo and behold, you appear. The last person poor Gary wants to see. He makes a comment about not being able to kill your Pokemon, but how he’ll sure as heck try. I haven’t read a Nuzlocke who hadn’t lost a teammate to Gary here. An eye for an eye, right? He leaves as soon as he loses, unable to bear the humiliation of failing to avenge his Ratticate.

Gary becomes obsessed. He grinds his team, then lying in wait for you to come through… You came, of course, drawn by the Rockets and Silph Co. Gary’s grudge was so deep, his desire to defeat you overpowered the importance of stopping the Rockets.

Another loss, and Gary becomes borderline insane. He camps on Victory Road, savagely defeating any trainers who try to pass to get to the Elite four, grinding his team to the max. Each day he waited for you, waited to win the defeat he deserved, he needed… But still you defeated him. Gary had only one option, to beat you at your own game. He level-grinded his Pokemon for the last time and blazed through the Elite Four, claiming his rightful title of Champion. But he had just barely gotten to the top when you came right behind him…

And, being the hero, you defeated him for the last time.

Professor Oak rushed to the scene at the tale of your success, but where was he when his own grandson was champion? Oak never cared about Gary, Gary was merely a nuisance whose name wasn’t even important enough to remember. Gary was replaced by the stranger next door, be it Red or Ash or whatever your name is.

So, lets recap.

You stole Gary’s name, replacing it with with something for your own amusement. You stole his choice of Pokemon, for he was forced to choose the advantage over whatever you chose. You stole his advice, leaving him nothing in return. You stole his Ratticate, and squashed Gary’s try for redemption. You stole away his reason, his sanity, his life. You stole his title, and you stole his grandfather’s love. In the end, Gary is left, broken, insane, grieving… the one person he tried to befriend had crushed him.

And we wonder why he was such a prick.

But maybe he’s not the bad guy here.

-credit for the above discovery goes to Nick Blake-I just really wanted to share this