fcs: age

All of the posts for Dragon Age 4/Retribution!

GENERAL DETAILS: (ALL VERBATIM FROM 4CHAN SITE) 
>Game takes place primarily in Tevinter but we’ll have missions in the Anderfels, Seheron, Antiva, Deep Roads, and the Fade, etc..
>60% of the game world is represented by the capital city of Minrathous which is 200 times bigger than Denerim in DAO.
>Minrathous will be a open and living city with moving npcs that walk around, buy goods, do busy work,, think of how npc’s acted within Novigrad in the Witcher 3.
>The city will have large temples, statues, large buildings and towers, markets, docks, fountains, giant walls which you can explore and other cool areas like a coliseum and even an aqueduct which you can climb.
>If you hadn’t noticed yet Minrathous will be heavily based on imperial Rome and Constantinople and in lore is the largest city in thedas with nearly 1 million inhabitants. 
>The city is divided into 5 zones/districts with no loading screens to get into each one so it’s all integral.
>The districts include, the noble district which is in the upper/Northmost part of the city set on a hill which will have three different staircases that can get you in and out of the district.
>Within that district you have a smaller district encased in marble walls and only accessed by gate called the Imperial quarter which houses the Imperial Senate house, the Grand Library of Tevinter (lorewise its equivalent to the library of Alexandria and is nearly impossible to get into - there will be a quest dedicated just to that place), Archon’s Palace, the grand temple of Dumat and senatorial mansions.
>The lower half of the city includes includes the market district, the “plebeian/worker class district”, the coliseum district which also includes an academy of magic, the library of minrathous, imperial army headquarters and finally the poor district.
>The streets of Minrathous are all cobbled, the outside walls are large guarded by just as large juggernaut statues which are massive black golems.
>The city has three bridges that connect it to the outside world which you can also explore before being told to turn around.
>The other 40% of the game world will be large maps and dungeons similar to the zones in DA:I.
>One specific zone will be a swamp marsh area where you’ll get one companion and a tied story mission.
PLAYER CHARACTER:

>Your character can only be human for story reasons, that means you won’t be able to play as a elf, dwarf, qunari etc…
>Can play as male or female.
>There’s a CC filter on being homosexual, heterosexual or bi and influence some dialogue line as well as romance options.
>Your character’ last name is Lanius and will be referred to as such by all the NPCs and text.
>DAR will be more story and character focused than DAI, you have a mother and father and a dead male/female that’s interchangeable based on your sex ie if you’re male you’ll have a dead sister and vice versa .
>Your dead sibling is dead before game and will be involved in a form of a quest with your own mother.
>Vastly improved CC system, you can literally make a young Liam Neeson type character if you wish, it’s that good and it’s the best CC system ever made.
>You’ll have 7 companions, 4 males and 3 females.
>Of those 7, one will be a dwarf, another an elf, and there’ll be a qunari companion.
>If you take any of these characters on mission with you within Minrathous prepare to have racist encounters and with the Qunari a literal bloodbath.
>The main female romance option of males is named Eva Scala and her father is senator Daedelus Scala leader of Populares faction of the imperial senate.
>Your father is a minor noble of the equestrian rank and is leader of the knightly class of Tevinter, he is in constant conflict with the patricians/senators especially Scala.
>The rest of the companions I’ll mention in the story bits.
GAMEPLAY:
>Will be more like DA2 combat and will have a vastly improved tactics system similar to DAO.
>Loads of build variety.
>Blood magic returns and your story is affected if you use blood magic/become a blood Mage.
>NPCS and companions will mention that a lot if you actually choose the blood Mage path.
>The canon is to play a Mage but you can still play as a warrior or rogue.
>The rogue is actually super fun to play as, you’ll actually be a stealth assassin type figure if you spec into it.
>Warriors are just warriors, still cool.
>Items system is the exact same as DA:I.
>RNG is more forgivable in DAR than DAI however the higher difficulty the less luck with RNG.
>Can craft weapons and armour.
>Can tint, color and modify your armour.
>Weapons are less final fantasy looking.
>Five different difficulties, easy, normal, hard, very hard, nightmare.
>No new game plus.
>Can customize companions.
>You have a den in Minrathous similar to the assassin’s den in Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood.
>You and Daedalus Scala lead this secret society known as the Old Order whose fundamental goal is to bring back the last two untainted old dragon gods to fight against a “greater evil”.
>You recruit people similar to how you recruited individuals in DAI and send them on missions of assassinations, political intrigue, resource gathering etc…pretty much similar to DA:I.
>You get rewards for mission completion including exp, crafting resources, rare weapons and items, and Old Order points used to unlock perks in the Perk system.
>The Old Order is integral to the story line but recruiting people and sending them off to missions is entirely optional.
>Attribute system returns and is pretty much nearly identical to DAO.
>Game is set in 9:51 Dragon.
>the Qunari have invaded Tevinter in six different invasion points.
>They’ve already conquered the northern half of tevinter except for Minrathous which is guarded by its powerful walls on land and by the Imperial Navy at sea.
>You’re apart of a southern tevinter relief force.
>Game starts off with massive cinematic battle.
>You pick your gender, do your CC, pick your class.
>You’re apart of a 4 man specialist commando force including yourself, Eva Scala which the commander, one warrior named Constantius, and a rogue named Justin (both of whom die at the end of the level).
>The first area of the game is the army camp area.
>Get assigned the mission by the general/commander Mage literally name Maximus Decimus (there’s there’s loads of name references to everything Rome and Roman including movies/TV shows) and dropped off immediately behind enemy lines.
>Your goal is too pretty much disable the Qunari warmachines (cannons) and destroy their supply train.
>There’s numerous cutscenes of a large grayish wolf stalking you.
>Kill trash mobs of Qunari and Dalish elves in alliance with them.
>Final battle of the level is with a powerful Saraabas.
>Get confronted after the grayish wolf finally appears and transform to a giant 10 foot tall armored figure.
>Pretty much destroys everything and sets giant balls of Fire on to the clashing armies.
>There’ll be a warden civil war that you’ll have to resolve.
>Assassination attempt on the Archon.
>Salos burning and killing tevinter cities and both Qunari/Tevinter armies.
>Second final level will be Solas essentially trying to destroy Minrathous just after you beat off a Qunari siege.
>Final level is traveling to the forest of arlathan to kill Salos/Solas.
>Ending choice is to kill, capture or save Solas.
>Solas is the main villain in game.
>Dorian cameo.
>Inquisition and Grey Warden both mentioned.
>Hawke/Stroud are in the Anderfell level.

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The Greatest Cosmic Puzzle: Astronomers Find Stars That Appear Older Than The Universe

“Now, it’s always possible that there’s something fishy that happened in the star’s past that we can’t know about today. It’s possible that it was born as a higher-mass star and something stripped the outer layers off, reducing the star’s lifetime precipitously. It’s possible that the star absorbed some material later-in-life that changed its heavy element content, skewing our perceptions today. Or it’s possible that we’ve got a misunderstanding in the subgiant phase of the stellar evolution of these old, low-metallicity stars. These unknowns (and in some cases, unknowables) are possible sources of errors when we try and compute the ages of the oldest stars.

But if we’ve got these ages right, there might potentially be a problem. You can’t have a star that exists in our Universe that’s older than the Universe itself. Either something’s wrong with our estimates for the ages of some of these stars, something’s wrong with our estimates for the age of the Universe, or something else, that we’re not even considering, is off.”

Age may be just a number, but in cosmic terms, there are some rules it’s pretty important to obey. It should be impossible to have a complex creature that’s older than the planets; a rocky planet that predates the stars; or a star that’s older than the Universe itself. With a figure of 13.8 billion years, we’ve arrived at an incredibly accurate estimate for the age of the Universe since the Big Bang from a slew of different sources, and so nothing should be older than that. When we survey the stars in the Milky Way, however, we find not only many that are older than 12 billion years, but a few that may predate the galaxy itself, hailing from just 300 million years after the Big Bang. In one alarming find, though, there’s a particular star, HD 140283, that appears to be 14.5 billion years old. A star older than the Universe itself is impossible, of course, but there’s got to be a reason for this discrepancy.

Is the age of the star wrong? Our estimate for the age of the Universe? Or is something else afoot? Regardless, there’s more to learn, and a compelling cosmic puzzle to investigate here.

strange-outcasts  asked:

Sorry I accidentally sent this to your personal blog but is there any chance that sock could be older than jonathan? Just a thought

Yeah, he might be!  A long time ago I said Sock was somewhere between 15-20, because I hadn’t decided his age yet and I thought having such a huge range would be funny, but I AM really partial to Sock being older than Jonathan.  He doesn’t act, sound, or look like it, but I think it’d be funny. 

I also like the idea that Sock would compulsively lie about his age, giving different answers depending on the situation.  Just to have a running joke within the series that none of the characters know his age either!  So yeah, it’s possible!

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Ask Ethan: How Sure Are We That The Universe Is 13.8 Billion Years Old?

“Lord Kelvin estimated the age of the Sun between 20 and 40 million years because his model didn’t (couldn’t) include quantum mechanics and relativity. How probable is it we’re doing a similar mistake when looking at the universe at large?”

For all of human history, the biggest questions have fascinated us. Where did the Universe come from? How old is it? And what is its ultimate fate? Once relegated to the realm of theologians, poets, and philosophers, science has brought us closer than ever to the answers. But scientific revolutions have occurred before, in many cases significantly changing the answers to these and other inquiries. How certain are we that this won’t happen again? When it comes to the question of the age of the Universe, presently estimated at 13.8 billion years, there are many uncertainties that could come into play. Dark energy could evolve over time, fundamental constants might not be constant, or today’s fundamental particles might be broken up into smaller components. Additionally, we could have flaws in the expansion rate or composition of our Universe, or even alter General Relativity.

But it really looks like 13.8 billion years is safe, to within perhaps 2% at most. How can we be so confident? Find out on this week’s Ask Ethan!

In the West, getting older is typically considered a bad thing, but the reality is far from that.

Getting older means you have survived despite countless dangers, and this is especially important for nonbinary people.

Nonbinary people do not live safe lives. We are not allowed that luxury (yet). So, every year you make it through is a battle won and odds beaten.

Being nonbinary is strength. That strength can be soft or it can be rough, but you still have the strength of a diamond and the burning heart of a star.

Be proud of getting older.