On Top of Her Game: 16-Year-Old Climbing Champion Ashima Shiraishi
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Picture this: 6-year-old Ashima Shiraishi (@ashimashiraishi) is playing in New York City’s Central Park when for the very first time she spots people rock climbing. “I was immediately intrigued,” says Ashima, now 16, who’s often referred to as one of the world’s strongest climbers. Today, the NYC-native travels the world to conquer new challenges — Japan, Thailand and South Africa are three of her favorite locations where she’s bouldered and climbed — and she continues to stay on top as a champion, while constantly progressing by connecting to each and every movement. “You need to be graceful, but also powerful, like no other sport. And that’s something that really motivates me to keep on pushing myself.”
“I want people to know that refugees are artists, athletes, dancers, doctors, philosophers — human beings with ambitions and dreams as simple as finding a place to live, absent of danger and fear. I tell my story on behalf of those whose stories are untold – because I am one of the lucky ones.” - Doc Ahmed - physician, Forced From Home tour guide, and refugee
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You ever find it funny that even though the NCR canonically have working railroads, and New Vegas is a high-profile area, there’s no working trains, freight or otherwise?
I did. And because I’m the best, I’ve decided to add some actual trains to New Vegas. But then I decided to go the extra mile. Welcome to New Vegas Railroads. A worldspace/immersion mod that aims to get the Mojave moving a little bit, by expanding upon the NCR’s often mentioned but little seen railroading endeavors. With this, the player may travel to the town of Bullhead, the major NCR railroad hub in the Mojave, and help them get New Vegas’ railroads back up and running. But even if they choose to ignore that, Bullhead Railyard is full of things to do, with tons of unique weapons, equipment, and secrets scattered about.
FEATURES -A new worldspace, Bullhead Depot, the major rail hub for all westbound freight in the NCR, connected to the Mojave via tunnel. With a massive amount of little features, secret areas, and more! -Bullhead features working signal lights, trains configurations changing as the day goes on (but only if you get the trains running), working lifts, and much, much more. -New equipment, all train themed of course! From railway rifles, crossing-gate melee weapons, and a locomotive-themed powerfist, plus much, MUCH more. -After the player saves Sloan from the deathclaws, and deals with the Powder Gangers, they can head to Colonel Hammer, the overseer at Bullhead, and inform him the tracks are clear. -Once they do this, trains will start traveling along the Bullhead-Sloan-Boulder City rail line, with set schedules! -The ability to catch a train out of Bullhead, and ride it across the wasteland to Sloan, Boulder, or the Follower’s trainyard! -A multitude of trains, most of them are standard Barstow diesels, but we have a special massive steam locomotive, the Twohead Flyer, ready for action. -Ability to watch the Twohead Flyer depart Bullhead and arrive in Boulder. It even crushes NPCs on the way! -Four fully voiced, unique NPCs.
So I knew about the memorial but I never realized that on the back it actually has all the names of the NCR soldiers that died in Boulder City…. you can find Kowalski’s brother on it. It’s kinda moving; what a memorable piece of worldbuilding.
Buckle up, this is a long post (~2800 words). Will probably go back and do some editing later.
In 1997, Interplay Entertainment’s subsidiary Black Isles
released a small videogame called Fallout:
A Post Nuclear Role Playing Game, and released a follow-up the next year in
Fallout 2. Black Isles hasn’t existed
for years, not since Interplay’s financial troubles (which also forced the
company to sell the rights to the Fallout
series in 2006 to Bethesda Softworks), but the core membership of Black
Isles (including Fallout 2 directors
Tim Cain and Chris Avellone) founded a new development company called Obsidian,
which you may be familiar with.
In 2008, Bethesda published Fallout 3, transforming the originally grid- and turn-based combat
isometric into a 3D, first-person camera format much like Bethesda’s other
flagship series, The Elder Scrolls. In
2010, presumably because Bethesda was busy developing Skyrim, Obsidian released a gaiden game called Fallout: New Vegas, set in the Mojave Wasteland (where parts of Fallout 1 and 2 take place), featuring many elements from Black Isles’ planned Fallout: Van Buren as well as a number
of factions from the original isometric games.
“we’re cut off from the rest of the platoon, and there are legionnaires all over the place. there’s no chance we can get out of here before they blow the town, so we’re going to hold out against them as long as we can…”
-ranger holodisk recovered at boulder city, circa 2281
Felicity glanced back at her sleeping daughter as she tiptoed out of the room and pulled the door almost to. Molly was comforted by the light from the hallway and she didn’t want her daughter to be afraid. She had already spent too much of her young life that way.
Felicity and Molly had moved to Star City almost a year ago in an effort to evade her ex-boyfriend Cooper Sheldon. She had gone to the police and gotten a restraining order but she didn’t feel safe so she took the drastic step of moving with her daughter back to her college town and changing their last names to Smoak.
Cooper believed he was Molly’s father. He wasn’t. Felicity had told him numerous times and they had paternity test done to prove it. But as Felicity wouldn’t name Molly’s father, Cooper felt she was his and he would stop at nothing to claim his daughter.
What Cooper didn’t know was Felicity didn’t actually know Molly’s father’s full name. Molly was the best thing in her life but she also wasn’t planned. Felicity sighed. Remembering the night, she’d met Molly’s father and how that led to where they are now.
“I’m sorry. You and Spencer are having a baby together? I don’t understand,” Morgan was confused, and the rest of the team had perplexed expressions on their faces as well.
You and Reid had decided to bite the bullet and tell the team together, after spending most of the previous night talking.
You’d not made any official arrangements or agreements other than that he would accompany you to your appointments going forward, and agreeing that you and the baby would live in your house. Access arrangements could be sorted once she was born, although he fully understood that for the six months at least, it would be unlikely that you’d be allowing her to spend full weeks away from you. You still weren’t massively enthusiastic about him being involved but it didn’t seem as terrible an idea as you’d originally thought.
The question of work arose and you’d told him that were planning to take time off anyway, and assess the situation then. The problem was, with you being in the field so often and you not having any close family, who would watch the baby? The answer didn’t change now that Reid was involved either. It was still….. No one. There wasn’t anyone unless you employed a full time nanny, or took a desk job, that didn’t require you to be on location. You’d need to speak with Hotch some more.
Hotch was looking mildly amused at the curious looks on his teams face as they tried to make sense of the bombshell that you and the Doctor had dropped.
“So, you’re pregnant. We know that. But Reid’s the father? So you two are together? We’re profilers, how the hell did we not pick up on that?” Rossi looked back and forth between the two of you.
“We’re not together. And yes, Reid is the father. So she’ll be a little baby genius no doubt.” You explained, actually enjoying the team being shocked.
“So you two…….erm……slept together?” JJ asked.
“Nooo Jayge. His sperm just crawled out of his penis and across the office floor one day, deciding to take up residence in my vagina……Yes we slept together. It was a one night thing a while ago. Alcohol was involved, as it generally is.”
“You two…….Together…….In bed? That’s just weird.” Derek seemed to be struggling the most with this, probably because of yours and his little make out sessions.
A though occurred and made you chuckle. “You know Morgan, if you think about it. You and Reid have made out with each other, by proxy of me.”
“Yeah um, I’m not gonna think about that thank you very much.”
“Me neither,” Spencer agreed.
“How long have you guys known?” Emily queried.
Ahhhhh. And now the time has come for the team to find out what a horrible person you are. That he’d only found out 24 hours ago himself and that you’d originally had no intention of telling him.
“About six weeks. We didn’t want to tell you just yet. We wanted to wait until Y/N had been for the second ultrasound.” Spencer spoke and both yours and Hotch’s eyes flickered to him.
“That was yesterday though right? You were here all day kid.”
“The appointment got moved at the last minute, and I had that conference call that I couldn’t get out of. So as much as I didn’t want to miss it, I had to. Hotch was kind enough to take my place though instead so she wasn’t alone. I’ve seen the pictures and the video though so it’s fine. I’ll make the next one.”
They seemed satisfied with his explanation and after giving their congratulations again, they moved into the board room to go over the case that had just come in this morning.
You hung back slightly, touching Reid on the arm so he’d do the same. When the others were out of earshot you turned to him.
“Why didn’t you tell them that you’d only just found out yorself?”
He shrugged, “Because they don’t need to know the full ins and outs…. And, I didn’t want them judging you for not telling me straight away.”
“Well…. Erm…. Thanks, I guess. You don’t have to lie for me you know.”
“I’m not, just bending the truth a little…. Thank you for copying the photos and sending me that video by the way.”
“No worries. I’ll book in for another scan in another couple of weeks if you want? So you can see her for yourself?”
“Do you need another one yet?”
“Nope. Technically I’ve had the two that are normally insisted upon, unless there’s any complications. But you can go for extra, if you pay for more.”
“Okay, send me the bill then and I’ll pay it.”
“No you won’t. I owe you this much, okay.” It was the least you do, you guessed.
He nodded and you turned to make your way to be briefed.
The case had taken you to Boulder City and had lasted five days. You’d ended up sharing a hotel room with JJ and had found her watching you one night as you changed for bed.
“I can’t believe how tiny you still are.”
“I know. She’s being very good so far, not costing me a fortune on maternity clothes.”
“Well if you need any, I still have a lot of mine leftover from Henry. We’re about the same height, they’d probably fit. Save you some cash.”
“Thanks Jayge, but I reckon I’ll be okay. I appreciate the offer though.” You smiled at her.
“No problem.” She was still looking at you and you knew she wanted to ask something else.
“Just ask JJ, I know you want to.”
You pulled down the covers, settling into bed.
She looked sheepish before speaking. “It’s just, you and Spencer, having a kid together? You don’t even act like you particularly like him. How?”
“Alcohol. It’s as simple as that. And……We don’t not like each other, we just don’t like each other like that. But we’ll be fine. You don’t have to be in relationship with someone to have a kid with them.”
“Oh I know that. I just, I guess I still can’t quite believe that Spence is gonna be a dad. I’d always imagined him actually settling down and getting married before that happened.”
“Well we definitely won’t be doing that! But we’ll work something out between us.”
“Yeah, I’m sure you’ll both do fine. You’ll both make great parents. Night Y/N.” She turned her lamp off and rolled over to sleep.
The case wrapped the next day and Reid asked if he could speak with you and Hotch for a second, pulling you both to one side.
“What’s up Reid.” Aaron eyed the younger man carefully.
“Nothing’s up, but I was just wondering whether we needed to return straight away or if we had a few hours spare. We’re erm…….Only thirty minutes away from Vegas so I thought now might be a good time for me and Y/N to go and see my Mom.”
“Wait what? Why do I have to go?” Meeting the parents? Really?
“Because you’re the mother of her grandchild and it’s only right that she meets you? And I need to tell her and I’d prefer to do it in actual person rather than by phone.”
“Personally I think it’s a great idea. I can delay the flight home for a few hours. If you go now, can you be back here by six?” It was midday so that gave you six hours.
Reid nodded, “That’s plenty of time if we leave now.”
“Do I not get a say in this here?”
Both men looked and you and said in unison, “No.”
The drive took about forty five minutes due to traffic, Spencer taking the wheel for once.
“Y/N, you know about my Mom’s condition right?”
“Yep.” The whole team knew.
“And you know it could be hereditary right?”
You did. You’d done some extensive googling on the subject when you’d finally accepted the fact that you were having this baby. You nodded.
“Does that not worry you?”
“Honestly Spencer, everything about having this baby worries me. But if we’re just thinking about illnesses and the fact that she has a slightly higher percentage of developing the same illness than another child does then no. It doesn’t. There’s so many other things that could wrong, I’m not going to let myself get hung up on that. And you shouldn’t either. We’re both intelligent people, if that were to happen, then we’d deal.”
He was quiet for a while before speaking again.
“When are you going to tell your family.”
“When I have to.”
“Would they not be pleased to be grandparents?”
“They’re already grandparents Reid. My older sisters have kids already. I’m the youngest.”
“So what’s the issue?”
“Erm I just don’t really get on well with my family that’s all. They’re not very nice people. They didn’t want me to join the FBI. They wanted me to do what my sisters have done and marry some poor, rich guy and become a trophy wife. They’re kinda old fashioned in a way. Women shouldn’t be out working and all that.”
“Yes. Oh. Don’t worry Spencer, I’m not expecting you to offer to ‘do the honourable thing’ here.”
“I would you know,” he glanced at you quickly.
“I know you would. But I don’t want a marriage of convenience. If I get married, it will be for love and not because I was stupid enough to get knocked up. But you know……not much chance of that happening any time soon. Being pregnant and having a kid will kinda take me out of the dating pool for a while I imagine.”
“Well yeah. It’s kinda inappropriate for you to be dating whilst you have another mans child inside you,”
“Inappropriate? Dangerous word there Dr Reid.” Please don’t let him wind me up before I have to meet his mother, you thought.
“Wrong choice of words. Sorry. It would be awkward, is what I’m trying to say. For all parties involved.”
You had to agree with him there.
He turned off the main road and into a parking lot.
This is how I do it; feel free to write the Malpais Legate however it suits you.
When writing anything for Joshua, I keep in mind the MBTI which I best see him as: Joshua is pretty solidly an ENFJ.
When making decisions, and ENFJ considers the way it will affect those closest to them. For Joshua, this means looking at the way his actions will be seen by Caesar, the boys, and then the New Canaanites.
Before Hoover Dam, Joshua Graham wants Caesar’s approval: Caesar is his closest friend and Joshua wants to make his friend happy. As for the boys, the men under Joshua’s command look up to him as children to their father. Joshua is aware of this and acts accordingly. As for the New Canaanites, well, they’re his folks, and that never left him. However, and this increases the closer he gets to the FBHD, Joshua will justify his actions to them. He’ll look at what he does through carnival glass, and what is monstrous will seem fair. Up until Boulder CIty, Joshua firmly believes he doing the right thing; he’s convinced himself that he’s fighting the good fight.
After Boulder City, Joshua will be trying to hold the survivors together as a cohesive “family” unit. Later on, whenever he kills one of those survivors in self-defence, he will mourn them. Not so much for those he never knew.
After being executed/betrayed by Caesar, Joshua still looks at how his actions affect Caesar, but this time with spite and vengeance in mind.
After he reunites with his folks in New Canaan, he’ll try to reforge himself to be more in tune with what they need/want.
There are two ways in which an ENFJ perceives information. First is by intuition. Joshua sorta kens things without thinking too hard of how he came to that conclusion. He takes what he is already aware of, string all that together, and “realize” something new.
This is most visible in battle. There will be multiple things happening all at once, and Joshua will see these and make a move intuitively. This is highly aided by the other way by which an ENFJ perceives information, which is in terms of what is happening right now. Rather than recollect previous situations which may be helpful, Joshua Graham focuses on the here and now, and acts accordingly. This, however, has been noted to lead to tunnel vision, i.e.,
Determinedly pursuing an enemy through their home territory without taking the time to consider the minutiae, the details of which add up to explosives in the face.
In short, Joshua’s thought process is to gather data from what’s immediately around him, understand that data in the context of the big picture, and act upon the data based on how his actions will be perceived by Caesar, the boys, and his folks.
Something else to keep in mind while writing Joshua is his relationships with others.
He takes on a parental role with regards to the boys: a regular TVTropes style Father to His Men. He cares for them, and tries to do what is best for them, but he’s not afraid to whip them with his belt if he thinks they require discipline.
To Caesar, he’s Josh: they’ve lived and fought by each other since they were twenty. And when they were twenty, they behaved twenty, including immature pranks and friendly ribbing. Joshua will openly contradict Caesar to his face, a sort of “I knew you when you were nothing but a geek called Edward; I do not fear your wrath.” And for his part, Caesar trusts Joshua like a brother. However, they are both keenly aware that, in the decades since they first met, both have become formidable fighters. In general, Caesar is the Unstoppable Force to Joshua’s Immovable Rock.
Finally, when writing Joshua prior to Hoover Dam, keep in mind that Joshua genuinely believes that everything he does for the Legion is service to a just, noble, and righteous cause.