At first, I was really really annoyed at being forced to play as Aya near the end of the game (spoilers) because she’s level capped at 30, while I worked very hard to level Bayek up all the way to 40. She also has like, no armor upgrades. She’s made of matchsticks.
Also, she can’t turn into a bird and fly ahead to scout.
So, when the game made me play as Aya as Bayek, wearing the outfit I put on him, strutted around being controlled by a really really stupid AI, I was really really really annoyed. Like. you’re really going to take my player character, the person I’ve been playing as for 80+ hours
and make him an NPC and make him do stuff literally right in front of me.
But then. Some stuff happened and I gotta say, the Aya sequences are some of the best in the game.
Image 1: Holy Shit she’s tall.
Image 2: Oh my god! She’s just picked up a dude that looks like, what, four times her weight? Like he’s nothing!
Image 3: And here she is pitching him in the air like he weighs nothing.
Images 4+: Have some screenshots of me throwing dude off the side of the Lighthouse of Alexandria.
The Lighthouse of Alexandria, sometimes called the Pharos of Alexandria, was built by the Ptolemaic Kingdom between 280 and 247 BC. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, for many centuries it was one of the tallest man-made structures in the world at about 120-137 meters. Badly damaged by 3 earthquakes between AD 956 and 1323, it became an abandoned ruin. It was the 3rd-longest surviving ancient wonder (after the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and the Great Pyramid of Giza) until 1480, when the last of its remnant stones were used to build the Citadel of Qaitbay on site. In 1994, French archaeologists discovered remains of the lighthouse on the floor of Alexandria’s Eastern Harbor. The Ministry of State of Antiquities in Egypt planned in 2015 to turn submerged ruins into an underwater museum.
The first lighthouse was Egypt’s Pharos of Alexandria, built in the third century BC. The lighthouse of Alexandria was made from a fire on a platform to signal the port entrance. Today, the United States is home to more lighthouses than any other country, with more than 115 lighthouses along the Great Lakes
Plans to rebuild one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Pharos Lighthouse, have been approved by Egyptian authorities, it’s reported.
The feat of ancient engineering, which is also known as the Lighthouse of Alexandria, was completed around 280BC, and is estimated to have been between 110m and 130m high. The plan is to rebuild the lighthouse a few metres away from where it once stood in the coastal city of Alexandria, as the original location is now occupied by the Qaitbay Citadel, the Cairo Post reports. Egypt’s permanent committee on antiquities has approved the proposal and now it’s just down to the Alexandria’s regional government to sign-off on it, Dr Mostafa Amin, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, tells the Youm7 website. Read more.
These People Were Working So Hard To Create Something. And When You See It From Above It’s Just Incredible.
All of our most impressive achievements in human history - the pyramids of Giza, the lighthouse of Alexandria, and the hanging gardens of Babylon - are the result of tireless effort and collaboration.
This gorgeous, monumental effort was no different.
It took 60 volunteers from around the world along with 500 residents to create.
They painstakingly etched the bodies of 9,000 fallen soldiers from D-Day into the sand.
The effort was led by the artists Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss to commemorate those who sacrificed dearly on June 6, 1944.
The work is titled The Fallen 9000.
Everyone threw themselves into the effort, even though they knew with the tide it couldn’t last forever.
Here those who served in the D-Day landings will be remembered.
It includes all those civilians, Germans, and allied forces who died during the D-Day beach landings.
The original team was just a few volunteers.
But as word spread of what they were trying to accomplish nearly 500 residents pitched in too, and built this beautiful memorial together.
D-Day was one of the most significant days in our world and forever changed the course of history. These men were all a part of it, and this memorial stands as a stark reminder of how costly war can be. Share this important memory with your friends by clicking below.
Here is 7/? of my podcast recommendations for the avid listener. These can all be found on iTunes.
I have had The Bridge podcast on one of my previous posts but they did get a new cover photo which I really like and thought I’d show here.
there’s a podcast that hasn’t featured on my posts that you
think deserves a shout out, let me know what it is and I’ll give it a
listen. I’m always looking for new podcasts to listen to, especially
fiction. Love recommending as much as I love recommendations.
Hermann Thiersch’s 1909 depiction of the Lighthouse of Alexandria. Constructed between 280 and 247 BC, the lighthouse stood for over one thousand years before it was damaged by a series of earthquakes between 956 and 1323 and finally dismantled in 1480.
Nero AE Sestertius. Rome mint, AD 64. NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate bust right, with aegis / AVGVST SPQR OST S-C, Port of Ostia with eight ships within the harbor, at the top is a pharus surmounted by a statue of Neptune, below is a reclining figure of Tiber, holding a rudder & dolphin. Cohen 38.
Trajan AE Sestertius. 114-117 AD. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP COS VI P P, laureate, draped bust right / PORTVM TRAIANI, the basin of Trajan’s harbor at Porto, octagonal in shape, surrounded by warehouses, ships within, SC below. Cohen 306v.
This week, we look at two coins of the same denomination relating to Roman trade and depicting a major public works project undertaken by a Roman Emperor. These coins, roughly 50 years apart, that commemorate improvement projects on the infrastructure of ports outside Rome.
Nero commemorates a project begun by his adoptive father, Claudius, the improvement of the port of Ostia. Trajan records his own deeds, in the refurbishment of the port of Portus, a site founded by Claudius to help supplement Ostia. Claudius had also built a lighthouse at Portus, according to Suetonius (Life of Claudius, Ch. 20), that imitated the Pharos lighthouse at Alexandria.
The coins show two similar harbor structures. Both sites had breakwater docks that extended into the sea, supplementing the natural harbors with additional space for ships to dock. Ostia favored a curved structure, while Trajan seems to have favored an octagonal shape, which also supported dock-side shops. Both depict boats, shown at larger than life scale, a feature that demonstrates the challenges of reproducing a bird’s-eye view on the small surface of a coin.