For years now, some of the best, wildest, most moving or revealing stories we’ve been telling ourselves have come not from books, movies or TV, but from video games. So we’re running an occasional series, Reading The Game, in which we take a look at some of these games from a literary perspective. This week: A storytelling failure.
On a crag of volcanic rock, overlooking the wastes of Udun, I crouch silently in the rain, watching the orc hordes of Mordor milling around below me.
They march and they argue. They taunt their human slaves and, when they pass close enough, I can hear them talking about me — Talion, called Gravewalker, murdered Captain of Gondor brought back to life by magic and the influence of my mostly-invisible elf/wraith buddy, Celebrimbor, who is a ghost that lives in my head.
They fear me, these orcs. As they should. Thirty or so hours into the game and I am a Middle Earth murder machine, capable of slowing time, teleporting, exploding orc heads with my magical elf powers. I can orchestrate a ballet of death — by dagger, by sword, by bow and explosion and poison and mind-control — that is as ferocious as it is beautiful.
But instead, I sit still, watching, waiting. In the distance, my nemesis (my current nemesis, the one who hates me most for this ten minutes) walks in stupid circles, just out of my sight. His name is Malmug Face-Stabber. Or something like that. I forget exactly what he’s called, because I have already hung so many of his kind on the end of my sword that they all blend together. He is Malmug The Plot Device, really. And as I sit and wait I wonder why the makers of Shadow Of Mordor didn’t include a button that would make Talion sigh.
The king collected riches and items of magical influence. One day, he heard of a ring that could make a sad man happy, and a happy man sad. “This is an incredible power,” he thought, “ I must have this ring.” And so he sent letters across the whole kingdom, stating a reward for whoever could find this magic ring.
One man came before the king, presenting an ornate ring from far away land. The man said to the king “surely, this ring can make a sad man happy?” But the king replied “while that is true, it wouldn’t make a happy man sad.”
Another man came forth, and he presented the ring and said “this ring belongs to a widow. Surely, that makes a happy man sad?” However, the king, frustrated, responded “you tell no lie, but it would not make a sad man happy!”
Finally, a third man came from far away, a pulled out a simple, engraved ring, made not of gold or silver, but of regular iron. The king said to him “surely, this ring cannot be it. It is neither expensive or sentimental, it appears more common than a wedding band”. The wise man replied “my king, the engraving is what is important, not the material.” The king, puzzled, asked the man the translate the strange language (Hebrew). The man read the band, and it said on it “this too shall pass”. He told the king “this would comfort the sad man and make him happy, a reminder that life will move on even through the worst of times. But, for the happy man, it comes as a terrifying reminder that nothing is permanent, that he can and will tumble again, that nothing is secure, and that will distress him.”
(Okay I’m adding on from here, oops)
The king was impressed, and gave the wise man the reward. However, the was man refused it. The king was confused, until the wise man clarified. “My king, I do not need riches, for my people were exiled, but I know it will pass. I am among the sad men, but we can look up from here on out because we Jews know it will pass. However, you are the king of this mighty empire, and you and the nobles sit in the towers and palace, and you do not see the peasants below on the brink of open rebellion, instead you search for more riches and mystical jewelry that does not have any real power. You are the happy man. I do not need payment, my king, because giving you this ring is the payment I seek, not riches, but rather a reminder that this Roman Empire too shall pass.”
His young magic is influenced by his emotions. His comfort with magic is a problem. He tries floating his juice in front of his muggle cousins, but his Mum catches him before her family notices.
Later,he’s an excitable, talkative, little thing who keeps trying to liberate his parents’ brooms from the closet.
There’s far too much to do between socializing, plotting with the twins, Quidditch and avoiding whatever is trying to kill people this year to bother with studying up on wandless magic.
Post-Hogwarts: He has more time and a world of possibility, but his new interest in wandless magic is more about impressing the person who has stolen his heart.
Second Wizarding War: He wishes he had delved more into wandless magic when dark magic and smoke and rubble-dust mix in his throat and he’s gasping for breath,and his wand lies just beyond his bloodied, scraping fingers.
He can’t speak the real reason he’s not keen on the movie his muggle cousins pick. It’s his welcome home party and his new flat. He can’t leave.
He is until the final act has smoke and fire, rubble, and blood–
The television screen cracks, sparks fly, and it starts to smoke.
Lee’s parents glance his way and frown.
Lee isn’t two years old and accidents like this shouldn’t happen. He makes his own excuses. He loudly complains about slick salesmen and wonders if exploding television sets are covered under manufacturer’s warranty.
His work is righting wrongs, giving voice to the voiceless in peace-time as he had in war-time.This is what the public sees of Lee Jordan. For now.
When the taste of smoke and stone and blood has faded from his tongue, he’ll speak of what once silenced him,too.
But not yet. Now, he works at wandless magic to focus his mind, to steel himself against other threats if there is ever a need, to reclaim his own power,and to heal.
Creamy Mami premieres. It is a magical girl anime that influenced several shows, particularly Full Moon o Sagashite, and was hugely successful. It is one of the first shows to use the “media mix” strategy where the singer in the show is actually an unknown singer in real life who would then hopefully gain fame through the show (this strategy is commonly seen in the Macross franchise).
Jyrii is an overly emotional, sylvari adoring, and slightly neurotic asura who also happens to be Vrennik’s twin sibling. Although she’s academically more intelligent than her brother, the difference between their levels of maturity are… well, astounding to say the least.
This little bundle of energy is happiest when surrounded by flora of any kind, and will most often be found within her laboratory studying magical influence upon a wide assortment of plants - both helpful and not, earning her the title ‘Magibotanist.’
Her armour set started off entirely as an outfit, but after almost a year I finally settled down to find an armour set that suited her personality. The boots do clip with the bottoms, sadly, but the shape of the two pieces just suit her too well to change them, h-hah.
Head : aviator sunlgasses ( antique gold ) - hidden most of the time, only out for SWAG
Let me start off by saying the way I made my deck was for me others may have other ways to make it and that’s fine there is no wrong way to make this kind of deck. I just wanted to share just my story, thought process and magical influences while making this fun deck.
So when I first decided to make this deck while I was away from home in college a week or so to finals, part of me thought buy new cards, then a much louder part of me screamed to wait until I got home, because there were two large zip lock bags bursting at the seams with carefully collected and traded cards. Pokémon cards I traded with my cousins, and two sisters, Cards I snuck into catholic school only to have taken by my teacher and picked up by my mother after school. Cards I gave to my youngest sister when I grew out of them, keeping a small handful up in my room (which I also used). There were two reasons to get those cards over any others. 1) They were free, at this point all my sisters had out grown them and they where packed up safely in the basement. 2) The amount of energy stored in them to me is so much powerful than any ones I could by at the store. And my goodness let me tell you the amount of child like energy they have is amazing, they make a great light and fun deck that’s for sure.
Crystals, our beautiful friends and part 1 of Identification
Crystals have been recognized for centuries across the globe as posessing the abilities to heal, divine, rejuvenate, protect, manifest, transmute and adorn energies. Each crystal a myriad of unique energies and stunning forms. Stimulating personal connections to both new and expirienced collector’s and practitioners.
Having been revered for thousands of years we find crystals in every culture and religion. From Tutankhamuns funeral mask adornec with lapis lazuli, To the Breast Plate of The High Priest as described in Exodus. Crystal traditions moving from Egypt to Greece, India, and to the germanic nations and fae beyond. Spreading deep magical influences for both man and nature, examples include the use of agate as a neutralizer for poison and toxins, amethyst to banish and drove out drunkenness or even cobaltocalcite to open the heart with love. What ever purpose you use your crystals for you keep the mystical traditions alive. Making a new lore for our young modern movement of craft.
To identify a crystal you must look past the metaphysical form and look at its solid physical state. Crystals are identified by their mineral content and structures. The basic building block of any crystal comes down its very shape and alignment of its inner axis. Lengths and angles between axes and the number of symmetry centers.(additionally amorphous noncrystaline form) There also being several crystal systems
Other than its outward form the internal lattice determining the crystal type and what it is called. Formed from different amounts of minerals that bond to create the numerous varieties that we know.
Basic crystal forms and geometric shapes
Built from one of seven,( plus amorphous) possible forms form into a number of potential crystalline shapes. The outer form does not necessarily reflect the internal make up of minerals. But will affect how energy does pass through. These shapes are
created from hexagons forming a three- dimensional shape. Highly energetic. Useful for exploring specific issues and balance
Created from trapeziums/asymmetrical triclinic crystals integrate and assist opposite energies in the exploration of the metaphysical
lacking inner structure in the crystal allows for the free and rapid passage of energy.
from rhomboids these crystals have enequal axes that encompass and store energy. Good for clearing and cleansing
Squares with axes equal to eachother, forming right angles. Cubic crystals embody stsbility, grounding, reorganization and is the only crystal that will not bend the rays of light as they pass through.
Parallelograms that form these crystals are used for purification and the inner eye for perception
radiating invigorating, protective energies. Good for rebalancing the biomagnetic sheath and creating peaceful auras.
with both long and short axes these rectangular crystals absorbs and can transform energy to bslance and bring resolve.
This sums up my first post for understanding Crystals! I am not a professional and this is a hobby of mine. Suggestions and questions welcome. If you have a crystal you would like to know more about just send me a message! 💕🌒🌕🌘
Unpopular opinion : the death note did not change Light ,it doesn't have some magical powers to change a good person into a bad one yes Light became obsessed about it,about his goal and that did twist his ideals a bit.But if the note didn't present itself Light would have found another way of judging criminals (being a detective,working for the police etc)He always thought of himself better than most humans but later he believed he was a god,product of his obsession I can talk about this so much
send me an unpopular opinion and i’ll agree/disagree
Yep, I pretty much agree with this. The death note isn’t like Tom Riddle’s diary and doesn’t have any ~magical influence~ over whoever uses it. Light’s beliefs about justice and criminals existed within his own head before he ever picked up the note. The death note itself only has the power to kill within certain parameters; it’s the user who decides how to use it.
There’s a better argument that the death note influences Light gradually, though that is something I’d say is more metaphor in that the death note is a conduit for absolute power…. and the reality is that humans by nature are neither infallible nor incorruptible.
my otp: So… I don’t really have any otps with Yumoto either but if I had to ship him with someone, it’d be Ibushi. Secretly salty cinnamon rolls outside the designated ot3s. Perfect.
my most hated pairing: First of all incest is always a no-no so Hakonecest, if anyone ships it, not my thing ^^; And… also beppuyumo. I just read @crazy-grrrl-on-the-computer‘s thoughts on it this morning and ok,in an alternate universe it could work, but with what we have now? Sorry, I’m out;;;
my unusual otp: well since I literally have one Yumoto ship, please refer back to question #1
my crossover otp: again, crossovers aren’t really my thing;;
my brotp/friendship otp: Yumoto and En!! Aaah En is such a good dad, I mean of course Gora does an amazing job at parenting but just, I love En and Yumoto’s dynamics. I mean, just…
motherfucking LOOK AT THIS EN COMFORTING YUMOTO AND YUMOTO SEEKING SAFETY FROM EN there’s so much care and trust here and those are like my favorite things
character headcanon:I must have something other than the autism and sexuality things…. but like everything I think about Yumoto is straight from the canon
idk he likes cargo pants
a gif that shows how I feel about the character:
Yumoto is the sunshine child, always bright and happy and optimistic, but he’s got issues?? Like he’s too good, too altruistic, too forgiving. Must be full of insecurity and aggression dark yumoto anyone and doesn’t either want or know how to express it, and tbh the others don’t do the best job in accessing his more mature side.