(Inspired by a binge play of Mass Effect 1, a silly conversation with@ysmireland also from reading too many
(wonderful) alien stories on tumblr. A bit longer than what I usually write here, at
about 4k words.)
They thought their galaxy would never be a problem,
because no sane, sentient organism would ever venture into, or out of, that
hazardous place willingly—that dangerous fortress of a planetfar too close to its star center,
simultaneously protected and threatened by Planet ZS-01’s gravitational field
and vibrantly thriving despite several near-misses with asteroid strikes and
gradually increasing heat deterioration.
They assumed this for
several decades, centuries, passing detailed warnings and fearmongering
education of the singular species down by generations and knowing they’d never
face an issue with too much interest in that isolated, forbidden corner of the
megaverse because of the carefully-maintained precautions.
For all their
calculations, however, they overlooked one vital detail—something so incredibly
basic that in hindsight they should
have predicted it—in omnisight, should have known it would happen, yet
overlooked it out of—they weren’t too vain to admit it—sheer arrogance. That
detail was: when one species reaches out and repeatedly attempts to
communicate, especially one not deterred by radio silence, another species will
inevitably respond. Particularly, those ugly, unsavory, desperate Isa from the Kraal
System who were warned, always warned,
and heavily fined, but never listened. But the fault originated with them, for
not keeping a closer eye on those anomalous creatures, for being too complacent
in believing the Isa were far too worthless for thosebeings to
And so, despite their
efforts, and due to their own failings, first contact was made.
Magic: the Gathering - the Destruction of Amonkhet
Superb illustration highlighting the devastating changes on Amonkhet, specifically, the Monuments in the city of Naktamun, after the arrival of Nicol Bolas, the god-pharaoh.
Desert Cycle from Hour of Devastation - Five common cycling lands with the Desert subtype, with card art depicting the devastation wrought by the return of NIcol Bolas on the previous set’s Monuments to the Amonkhet gods. • Desert of the True - Jung Park • Desert of the Mindful - Christine Choi • Desert of the Glorified - Jonas De Rio • Desert of the Fervent - Titus Lunter • Desert of the Indomitable - James Paick
Previous Monument Cycle from Amonkhet - Uncommon legendary artifacts associated with one god, costing three mana and reducing the cost of creature spells associated with its gods. • Oketra’s Monument - Christine Choi • Kefnet’s Monument - Titus Lunter • Bontu’s Monument - Jonas De Ro • Hazoret’s Monument - Richard Wright • Rhonas’s Monument - Cliff Childs
It’s just occurred to me. After Kavinsky died, what the heck happened to the dragon he dreamt? Like. There’s now a flaming dragon that can’t wake up, permanently in the world. Did the police clear it away? How could they, if it was on fire? Was there nationwide mass panic because suddenly dragons? Henrietta wouldve made the news. Did the FBI show up? If i were the FBI i wouldve shown up because hello, dragon. Dragons exist because this one angry disaster of a kid wanted to win a fuckin fight. Kavinsky what have you done
Write About Dragons I’ve been going through Brandon Sanderson’s online lectures from his BYU course on writing fantasy and science fiction novels. The material is about half writing craft and half industry information. I really recommend sitting through all the lectures, which are available free on the YouTube channel Write About Dragons, but I’m also sharing all my notes. These are NOT ORGANIZED. They are things I wrote down as I watched. Maybe other writers will also find them helpful
God this was hard. But I’ve been working on day ten of this challenge for like four hours now, and I finally just said fuck it and went with my first thought on this one.
This quote is hilarious to me, and also seems like the perfect example of Ronan’s essence, it’s such a Ronan thing to say. It’s backasswards, for one. He may be claiming civility but his tone of voice and choice of words say otherwise. The fact that he’s being obnoxiously passive just to piss Blue off in the rest of that scene makes it even better. Plus it’s kind of a running thing; Ronan pulls the same trick when he tells Matthew “Don’t fucking swear.”
I don’t know. I just like this one a lot, if the fact that it’s pretty much my blog title didn’t already clue you in.