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FFX Crapass Screencap edition: Operation Mi’ihen aftermath

In which I really can’t find a whole lot to snark about, sorry.

Okay, so I’m all caught up to where I left off on my old Let’s Play Final Fantasy X liveblog.

It’s been so long since I posted those that I’d almost forgotten some of the themes I was trying to highlight during my playthrough.

Lemme recap some of these themes. [SPOILERS!]

  • The World’s a Stage. Storytelling and stagecraft are narrative themes in FFX. Not only the villains make use of “show, not tell” to get messages across. Lots of people are playacting and hiding important truths— including Yuna, Tidus, Auron, and even Lulu and Wakka. At the same time, Auron is very invested in letting the kids write their own stories, while Seymour is trying to write Yuna into his story.
  • Dreams and lies overlap this theme. Aeons are dreams of the fayth. Sin is a nightmare. Dreams are sometimes staged “let them dream a little longer,” just like Zanarkand; at other times people’s dreams and aspirations are a form of motivation. One very particular dream is a vitally important goad, although he doesn’t know it.
  • Organized religion vs. belief and spirituality. Yuna is raised in the one, and must see through stagnant doctrines to the spiritual reality of pyreflies, aeons, magic, which exist independently of Yevon.
  • Geopolitics. Yevon-controlled territory is split into two power bases: Bevelle controlling the north (and Macalania), vs. Luca, second largest city in Spira, dominating the south (and the island temples and Djose). The Al Bhed are off the coast to the west, but they’re gaining a foothold on the mainland in the less-populated areas between Luca and Macalania… as are the Guado.
  • The Crusaders. A citizen’s militia originally founded in the south, far away from Bevelle, to protect towns and ordinary people, it narrowly escaped being quashed as a rebellion when Lord Mi’hen first founded it. The Crusaders were always on shaky footing with the church. When the Crusaders show too much independence, the church brings them to heel.
  • Sin is the Church of Yevon’s raison d’être. They need the mythology that it can be defeated if people atone, if they’re obedient, and so on, but the church gets rid of anyone who might really eliminate Sin. (Never made explicit in-game; I’m reading between the lines.)
  • Seymour and Kinoc are allies, but also working against each other. There is an elaborate power grab going on during the course of FFX with the Crusaders and Al Bhed as pawns. Nearly every part of the map Yuna traverses is in play at one point or another.
  • And of course there’s the death theme. Which is more complicated than you’d think, because dreams, sleep and death are related in many world religions and mythologies.
    I think Sin is an aeon of death, as Ifrit is fire and Shiva is ice. I think Sin may also bridge the way from the world of the living to the world of the dead, taking souls to the Farplane (see the screencap above showing spirits of the dead inside Sin’s nucleus) and to dream-Zanarkand, which is a collective dream of the souls of a dead.

[[CROSS-POST ON DREAMWIDTH]] You may want to comment/reply there, where we can have a *gasp* threaded conversation all in one place!

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Detroit, MI 1989 Tour 05.30.15

taylorswift Here’s a list of fans attending the Detroit show that I thought you’d like to possibly meet or follow if you don’t already follow some of them! tree-paine


cherrylips-redlipclassic - Floor C Row 13 Seats 9-10
stalkingxswift - Floor H Row 12 Seats 10-11
aguyswiftie - PIT L
taylorschickennuggets - Section 117 Row 5 Seats 3-5
honestlybelievedinyou - Section 124 Row 19 Seats 16-17
redlips-rosycheekss - Floor N Row 4 Seats 1-3
tayswizzlefan13 - Section 113 Row 19 Seat 13-14
redlips-rosycheekss & gotthat-goodgirlfaith - Floor N Row 4 Seats 1-3
13incrediblethings - Floor R Row 23 Seats 7-8
izzie-stevens - Section 110 Row 41 Seats 3-4
theyalllooklikeme - Floor C Row 21 Seats 3-5
newest-romantics - PIT R
andweweredancindancin - Section 107 Row 18 Seats 17-18
withellagoodhair - Section 332 Row 18 Seat 20
swiftlyholyground - Suite/Section 117 Seats WC 1-2
karebear-92 - Section 107 Row 3 Seats 1-2
allhailqueenofkittytown - Section 211 Row 16 Seats 8-9
studstyles - Floor Q Row 7 Seats 7-8
nextmisstake - Floor M Row 39 Seats 11-13
jillianconvery - Section 119 Row 31 Seat 1
rosegardenfilledwithtaylor - Section 112 Row 13 Seats 10-11
who-i-was-supposed-to-be - Section 103 Row 40 Seats 17-18
icouldsbuildacastle - Floor D Row 21 9-10
that-redlip-classic-thing - Section 104 Row 3 Seats 3-5
halfaheart13 - Section 104 Row 19 Seats 19-21
new-romantics-swift - Section 130 Row 32
alongsidemyheart - Floor M Row 40 Seats 21-22
say-youwantme - Section 326 Row 11 Seat 13
oursongsince1989 - Floor N Row 4 Seat 10
hessotallnhandsomeashell - Floor M Row 24 Seats 11-12
butikeepcruising1989 - Section 127 Row 18 Seats 7-9
slay-tay13 - Floor R Row 7 Seats 11-13
naomiswift13 - Floor Q Row 12 Seat 19
choosehappy14 - Section 104 Row 21 Seats 3-4
holyground13 - Section 126 Row 8 Seats 13-16
darlingimanightmare1989 - Floor D Row 15 Seats 1-2
ohhjustlovely & thisnameiscool - Section 123 Row 10 Seats 10-12
iwishyouwoulds- PIT L
5-secondsofswift - Section 208 Row 7 Seats 9-14
hellagoodgingerhair - Floor C Row 33 Seats 1-2
onthat-summerstatus - Section 129 Row 18 Seats 13-14
ktetuan - Section 114 Row 16 Seats 9-10
incrediblethings41489 - Floor H Row 13 Seats 3-4
icouldbuildacastlexx - Section 327 Row 11 Seats 17-18
sunsetbabyswift - Section 109 Row 19 Seat 5
thinkimfinallycleann & happyfreeconfused89 - Section 125 Row 10 Seats 13-14
swiftzie - Floor R Row 14 Seats 3-4
lovelovelove1989 - Section 126 Row 17 Seats 16-17
sadbootyfultragic - Section 123 Row 10 Seats 7-9
magic-madness-taylor-sin - Floor E Row 15 Seat 19
loneystarbuckslover - Floor G Row 11 Seats 11-12
dancinglikeim-22 - Floor Q Row 6 Seats 19-20
beyondthebluu- Section 112 Row 9 Seats 9-11
mermaidflirt - PIT R
swiftdreams-tay - Section 129 Row 21 Seats 20-21
staring-at-the-sunset - Section 104 Row 36 Seats 11-12
builtfallingapart - Floor R Row 2 Seats 9-10
thecousinswifties - Floor N Row 14 Seats 1-4
ialmostdonotcare - Section 110 Row 13 Seats 5-9
heavensinswift - Floor Q Row 21 Seats 6-9
standsinanicedress - Section 107 Row 37 Seat 1
daddysaidstayaway & clearblue-water - Floor M Row 7 Seats 18-19
youngrecklessswift - Section 128 Row 38 Seats 7-8
thegirlwhosings14
ohioswiftie - Section 320 Row 1 Seats 4-6
youknowilovetheplayers - Section 124 Row 17 Seats 14-16
buteverynight-islikeadream - Section 121 Row 30 Seats 1-3
livelikethats - Section 218 Row 1 Seats 15-18
afireworkshow - Floor Q Row 35 Seat 15
casuallycruel322 - Section 107 Row 28 Seats 4-5
kissmetryt0fixit - B Stage PIT
ultimateswiftie16 - Section 111 Row 41 Seats 28
thatgirl-xx-thatgirl - Section 125 Row 10 Seats 4-6
yougothatlonghairslickedback - PIT R
honestlybelievedinyou - Section 124 Row 19 Seats 16-17
thejoelhowe - Floor M Row 34 Seats 11-12
kaydee24 - PIT R
wildestdreams1314 - Section 322 Row 2 Seats 11-13
smile-like-a-radio - Section 106 Row 30 Seats 1-2
apolaroiidofus - Section 104 Row 18 Seats 17-18
good-girl-country-song - Section 230 Row 7 Seats 7-12
canyounotswift
andyoulovethegamee - Section 107 Row 8 Seats 17-18
totallyswizzle - Section 104 Row 31 Seats 19-20
swiftwonderland13 - Section 331 Row 4 Seats 14-15
comemorningslight - Section 129 Row 11
longlivethesecuriousminds - Floor F Row 7 Seats 19-20
buteverynight-islikeadream - Section 121 Row 30 Seats 1-3
imaswiftieandiknowit Section 320 Row 21 Seats 1-2
percyjacksonswift PIT
whostaylorswiftanywayew - Floor P Row 14 Seats 9-10
carouselofswift - Section 216 Row 3 Seats 24-26
tswiftsquad13 - Section 322 Row 14
holographic-constellations
hes-so-tall - Section 108 Row 6 Seats 19-20
flawlesslyt-swift Floor Q Row 6 Seats 5-6
kissme-try-to-fix-it - Section 219 Row 7 Seat 22
shizzle-lm - Section 125 Row 6 Seat 7
tayswxnderland - Section 215 Row 10 Sears 21-22
hauntedwithtay - Section 124 Row 16 Seat 3
dancesinwonderland - Floor C Row 19 Seat 5
gettingdown–tothissickbeat - Section 116
irlswift - Floor K Row 5 Seats 10-11
say-youll-rememeber-mee - Floor M Seats 7-10
talzlovestayz & slayerswift13 - Floor D Row 26 Seats 1-2
itusedtobemadlove - Floor E Row 23
badbloodmadmadlove - Section 126 Row 4 Seats 7-8
benefitsofnails - Section 326 Row 13 Seats 19-23
in-wildestdreamss - Section 205 Row 1 Seats 1-2
swiifties - Section 113 Row 23 Seats 19-20
aly-cat - PIT R
masturkaition - B Stage PIT
burningredswiftie - Floor M Row 39 Seats 1-2
wefoundwonderlandddd - Floor Q Row 33 Seats 9-10
sylviae8 - Floor Q Row 39 Seats 15-16
the-new-romantic-in-wonderland - Section 315 Row 19 Seats 19-20
chaoticmlnd - Section 103 Row 9 Seat 10
nico-dianjealous - Floor N Row 11 Seats 1-4
rubysmiles75 - Section 104 Row 4 Seats 3-4
andyourmamadontknow - Section 217 Row 1
longhair-slickedback-whitetshirt - Section 334 Row 3 Seats 13-14
Twitter: bluefrogmama - Section C Row 5 Seats 5-6.

Enjoy the show everyone! Please reblog to let Taylor see!
Message me if you are not on the list and would like to be.