multiplier effect

Lance / Keith / Pidge / Hunk / Shiro&Allura / Coran

“And the walls kept tumbling down in the city that we loved / Grey clouds roll over the hills bringing darkness from above”  Pompeii, Bastille

More dances from @wittyy-name and @wolfpainters fic Shut Up and Dance With Me! And right after their update, I’m so excited. I was finishing the colors for Anaconda!Keith while I was on the stream with them (which was a blast I’m so excited that I got the courage up to join them).

The videos for the dances are here, for Pompeii, and here, for Anaconda. Seriously, watch them they’re amazing!!! Pidge and Hunk are coming up next, along with Pidge and Lance dancing to Shakira! (I’m seriously having a blast can you tell?)

As promised bonus Keith dancing to Anaconda under the cut because I am nothing if not self indulgent:

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Same as the previous campaign but now transported to the far side of the world and on a mountain top. Having climbed to the peak we found an ancient temple and a LOT of harpies in the highest most chamber. We were holding out well at first, but it was getting progressively worse, and by this point we are in a LOT of trouble.

DM to my wife “…and that brings you down to 4 health”

Me OOC “Is there a way i can replicate what we did in that mine? I could cover you two with my body while bringing the roof down on the remaining harpies.”

DM looks at me with an expression of defeat “Yes, technically if you were to combine the ring with the Sorcerer’s Enlarge person it should work just fine, but dont forget she’s having really bad luck with her Wild Magic.”

During the last few encounters every spell cast involved her activating it with a range of effects from turning water to blood and her speaking with pink bubbles.

Me OOC “Ill risk it.”

Me: Activates my ring “Raji, hit me with Enlarge person then both of you get under me!”

DM rolls for Wild Magic, it comes, and then

DM “No, no no no, NO!” Keeps rolling dice and checking notes.

Everyone “Oh god, are we all dead?”

DM “Roll dex saves to get under her”

Everyone passes the saves as the DM goes to get a drink refill and a moment later comes back white as a sheet.

After a moment my wife asked what was wrong. “…that potion of hers is still active, she just turned off the ring.”

Me “Wait wait.. so.. what size class am i becoming?”

DM reveals due to their alterations to the potion’s ability to multiply the effects of spells being added to the imbiber in successive increasing amounts, the still lingering effects, as well as a wild magic cast of growth, on top of my ring AND the newly cast Enlarge Person. “Large, To Huge, to Colossal, to.. Titanic i guess.. i.. no its PAST that.. like EIGHT freaking classes effectively… your now HALF the size of the mountain. The biggest mountain… but like.. you are now a good 6 miles tall.”

The party had been laughing pretty hard as i pointed out that i still had an action left this turn.

Me “I stomp onto the mountain and leave a footprint, (Note i am not wearing boots.) and next to it ‘write my name was here.’ ”

The DM has pretty much given up at this point, “Okay! Okay okay, you demolished the mountain and in its place you leave… a mile wide Draconic pawprint… lake. Anything else?”

Me IC to the party sitting on me.. somewhere “Now THATS how you leave an impression!”

What’s the point of spending time doing nice things for others? Is it purely a feel-good experience for the nice person, or is there a greater impact on others, and on the world in general? In fact, it is official – researchers have shown that generosity is contagious. And not only is it contagious, but one act of kindness is actually shown to breed another act of kindness, and so on. Kindness can multiply and move on from person to person.
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The Multiplier Effect | Psychology Today

anonymous asked:

hi!! i was just wondering how many layers you typically work on because your lines and colors always go with each other so nicely!

oo!! usually 4-5 but here’s my process to explain that:

1. sketch
2. lineart (i usually just clean up my sketches instead of linearting bc i Hate Lineart)
3. base colours

i’ll then add a layer at the top and paint over everything (including the lines) for rendering.

after rendering is done i proceed to add layers of multiply/luminosity/overlay effects until the colours are balanced out and that’s it!

“Wishing for the person you have forgotten, to be found?
or
Wishing for the person to remember the memories of old?”  

Kiba Inuzuka Jutsu Ideas

note* This was in my drafts for 2 years and I thought I might as well just post it 

Inuzuka Style: Howls of Hell - Kiba syncs his chakra with Akamaru to channel together a High frequency “Howl”. Any opponent that hears the “Howl” will get caught in their special Dog/wolf torture Genjutsu.

Inuzuka Style: Resonating Bark - A supporting jutsu that Amplifies the Ninjutsus of Allies. When Kiba syncs his chakra with Akamaru to perform a special “Bark” this Amplifies the chakra levels of his friends (multiplier effect) and thus increases damage in Group Battles. E.g. Kiba and Akamaru could use the technique to Amplify Hinata’s Twin Lion Fist jutsu and Air Palm jutsu multiplying the power of the jutsus in battle.

Fire Style: Fang over Fang “Gatsuuga - Fire enhanced technique

Fire Style: Wolf Fang Over Fang “Garoga - Fire Enhanced Technique

Fire Style: Rotating Fang - Fire Enhanced Technique

Earth Style: Bone Cruncher - An Earth release technique where Kiba unleashes a large “wolf” shaped earth matter (with extremely sharp teeth) to crunch opponents. It’s strong enough to break bones.

Earth Style: Doggy Fence - A protective Barrier (originally used to keep puppies away from danger then developed for missions and Battles)

Inuzuka Style: Wolf Fire Frenzy - Fire enhanced Tajutsu combo. After Kiba and Akamaru perform their “Four Legs Technique” with “Beast mimicry: Human Beast Clone”, They’ll get Flames on their Claws and Fangs and then the enemy will be bombarded by a Wild/Ferocious Fury Attack.

Summoning Justu - When Akamaru is out of Action (which will rarely happen), Kiba can summon other dogs/wolves. (some which can talk and annoy the hell out of Kiba during Battle lol)

note: I’m aware that Kiba doesn’t have Fire Chakra nature (according to the new official Databook) but it just suits him so well. Anyway this post is mainly personal. Not everyone will see the potential in my favourite character.

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aaAa here it is!! Bokuaka from shilles’ atla au!!

I really really love this au *o* you’ve chosen all the elements so well for everyone, I’ll probably draw more of it in future!!

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[TRANS] Hyoyeon’s MCM Collaboration in InStyle, March 2016

Hot Star’s Collaboration

To commemorate the 13th anniversary of <InStyle>, stars and fashion brands participated in a special collaboration. Representative idol fashionistas SHINee’s Key and SNSD’s Hyoyeon are the main participants! Key showed off his exceptional reform and styling skills with basic and casual brand, 8 Seconds, and gave birth to a unique casual look, and Hyoyeon met with MCM, with a disco concept this season, to show off a film with her flashy dance skills and rhythmical charm accessories. Don’t miss star collaboration editorial that shines with each star’s individuality and the opportunity to own the one-of-a-kind collaboration items that contains the two stars’ sensibilities.

LET’S DISCO

SNSD Hyoyeon who resembles fun disco music. With pink color as the point, she shows a punk look. She shows off a charm collection she personally designed with fashion brand MCM through the collaboration.

HYOYEON X MCM

To celebrate the 13th anniversary of <InStyle>, SNSD Hyoyeon shows off a very special collaboration with fashion brand MCM. The <InStyle> she thinks of is like the exciting beat of disco music.

Is there a special reason why you chose the ‘disco’ theme for this collaboration?

After I received the proposal for this project, the word that first came to me is ‘disco’. First of all, I love disco music so much and I also thought it was well suited for <InStyle>’s bright and cheerful image. As well, I can also include the joy of celebrating the 13th anniversary. What’s even more surprising is that collaborator MCM’s season concept is disco. I like to believe this was a fateful meeting.

Instead of bag reform, the idea of designing charm decorations stands out.

I really like flashy accessories and from the perspective of practicality, instead of reforming one bag, I think it’s better to create various charm decorations. If I’m being honest, I thought the work would be a bit easier. (Laughs) I completed bling-blingy charms by mixing and matching mirror balls, mini records – which symbolize the mood of disco – with chain, furry pom-poms and tassels.

The pink point look suits you well.

Of SNSD members, there are so many members who like pink so I thought the color was out of reach for me. But there’s no color as perfect as pink for punky disco looks. If you match it with leather or sequined materials, the effect is multiplied. More than anything, doesn’t it really suit my pink two-tone hair?

HER DESIGN WORK

As she enjoys reforming her own clothes and accessory design, her showed off her exceptional hand skills to her heart’s content. Materials she pre-ordered were set on the table, and bling-blingy charms that contain the flashy disco mood were born in an hour. Along with a MCM bag, the charm decorations that Hyoyeon personally made will be gifted to a reader through the <InStyle> website at InStyleKorea.com.

A gold mirror ball with an added touch of black feather and tassel brings luxurious charm to life.

Mini record made of rubber material was decorated with sequins and Swarovski initials. To this, a rabbit doll was added, wearing a detachable metallic outfit.

Silver toned mirror ball charm that emphasizes punkiness, matched with a hot pink colored fur pom-pom.

Scan credits: GGPM

Why It’s Hard To Love Yourself

It had been a dire year, one in which I had wondered if I would ever manage to emerge from what seemed like an endless gloom and an unwelcome but sustained invitation to examine my own shortcomings. If I were looking for reasons to explain why I had felt so little regard for myself it wouldn’t have been hard. Most of the standards I had set myself I had fallen short of. Most of the justifications for self affirmation eluded me consistently. Dog tired for months, any suggestion of love or positive regard for myself seemed a fanciful notion.

When life seems to be flowing in a direction counter to that which we want it is easy to bemoan the lack of good fortune and look for reasons why bad things always happen to us. Easier still is to blame ourselves. Unworthy, odd, a freak, bad, useless, incapable, unlovable, stupid, hopeless, pathetic. The list of defamatory adjectives rolls on like a winding road which ends nowhere we’d ever want to be but appear helplessly drawn towards.

It is easy to overlook and underestimate the number of ways we find to underscore our own worthlessness and in so doing make it more difficult to see both the deep impact they have on our self image and, crucially, the view that other people take of us.

It’s hard to love someone who doesn’t love themselves.

Many of us enter relationships with one need paramount. The need to be loved. The dependence and emphasis placed on this demand is the very aspect which will most likely doom the union to failure. What logic is it that suggests we can replace an unwillingness to see the lovability in ourselves with the love from someone else? If I can’t see anything valuable in me why would I ever expect you to do so?

In a floundering marriage and some years into an affair Robert is as low as I have seem him. Satisfying none of his needs in any one place there is something much more fundamental keeping him stuck in this hellish purgatory between being properly in his marriage and properly out of it. Him.

“Do you deserve to feel happiness?” I ask

Robert thinks for a moment, but only a moment.

“No, I don’t think I deserve it. Look at what I am doing”

There it is, right there, the unvirtuous circle which keeps Robert stuck in the same desperate place. He doesn’t believe he deserves any better because he is not being honest and by remaining dishonest he cannot think himself worthy of better.

Drinking too much, smoking, staying in a bad relationship, accepting subjugation, overeating, procrastination, settling for less than we want, standing in our own way, doing the same things even when we have proven they don’t work. These are all illustrations that we are lacking love for ourselves and ways of cementing the idea that we are undeserving of it anyway.

This lack of self worth when taken into relationships has a multiplier effect because, instead of being “OK on our own” we are demanding from someone else the love we find it impossible to give to ourselves. All the time that we get what we need it might work fine but as soon as it’s not there’s trouble.

In her wonderful book on relationship therapy “Landscapes Of The Heart” Juliet Grayson talks about the four roles we assume when we are unhealthily “fused” with our partner. In playing them out we either surrender to our anxiety and try everything to please  so that we continue to receive love, we become angry at their lack of attention to our needs and withdraw, or we find ways of bullying and cajoling them into satisfying us. None of these are sustainable or satisfactory. Only when we find our way to the fourth position, the one of self determination and self reliance can we really connect in healthy and sustainable way and, ironically, provide the love for ourselves which is then much more likely duplicated in spades by our partner.

Without love for ourselves we cannot show all that we are to our partners. We cannot be vulnerable for fear of being hurt, we cannot be true to our own needs because we think we are not worth having them met. On all fronts a lack of love for ourselves creates a scarcity of intimacy and genuine love in our connections with others. We spend all of our time looking at what someone else can give us when really we are much better served looking at all we are constantly able to offer ourselves but are choosing not to.

When I talk to people about feeling more love for themselves I get one of two reactions. Either they regard the whole concept of “self love” as a form of indulgent self obsession, or they understand the concept but they have a question, “How do I do it?”

When we ask the question “how?” we are looking for a set of instructions, steps towards completion. We want “10 Steps To Loving Yourself”, except that we don’t. It isn’t that these resources don’t exist because they do (A Google search on the phrase “how to love yourself” will yield 27 million results) but they don’t really give us what we need and that is a sense of belief that we are worthy of love.

We waste our time when we want to shortcut discomfort. If it was easy to feel differently about ourselves we’d just do it but it isn’t. To fundamentally change is tough, takes hard work, takes commitment and dedication and takes time. We are increasingly unwilling to invest long term more intent on finding short term gratification. If you want to lose weight, gain muscle, feel more fulfilled in your relationship, get a better job, have more money, be successful (whatever your measure of success might be) you want it in the shortest timeframe possible and that’s both the blessing and the curse offered by the “10 Ways To Feel Great” posts. They might give you what you want in terms of tactics but you probably can’t access the tools needed to make use of them.

If you find it hard to love yourself somewhere in your history you have developed the idea that you are unlovable, that there is something wrong with you. You might have grown up feeling criticised for how you looked or behaved. You may have felt like a disappointment to a parent. You may have felt a paucity of love from your parents. You may have suffered abuse or bullying of some sort. You may have felt blamed or responsible for things which went wrong. You might have been told you were “bad”, “worthless”, “stupid”, “ugly”, “useless”. You might have felt unable to live up to comparisons with your siblings. Your parents may have argued constantly or split up, and you blamed yourself. You might have felt that love is only given in exchange for success, achievement or “good behaviour”.

An ability to love yourself requires that you observe these principles:

Sometimes prioritising yourself over other people (even your children!).

Refraining from talking down to yourself and being constantly critical of your own faults.

Recognising and appreciating your qualities rather than all of your perceived faults.

An ability to be happy alone.

A willingness to engage in honest discussion and sometimes conflict rather than running away, in order to stand up for what you want and deserve.

Being strong enough to show and give love even when you don’t receive any in return.

Finding gratitude every single day of your life and recognising it as such.

Refraining from self destructive and sabotaging behaviours.

Investing in yourself.

You see? How realistic is it to think that a blog post, however good, can fix all of that and address the foundational reasons that initiated the struggle in the first place? It isn’t. But what is possible is the realisation that you don’t feel the way you do because there really is something innately flawed in you, but rather you have learned to believe that there is from experiences you’ve had.

So what if you’re really just fine after all? Even if you can’t suddenly change the habit of a lifetime you might at least begin to question it, to accept the possibility that you’re wrong about you after all, and then find yourself a little more open to looking at yourself in a different way.

I wonder, when I read the sage advice from countless contributors, how many of them have actually walked the winding road they write about. I have and I can say that it’s rarely easy, but there are parts of it when the clouds part, the temperature rises and the horizon seems set out before you like a plethora of riches, and then the view is quite spectacular.

anonymous asked:

I love your art so much ;W; Can you make tutorial on how to color?

ah thank you so much! and oh man i’m really bad at explaining things but i’ll try. so disclaimer: i’m not a professional artist. i draw for fun and the only art class i’ve ever taken was to fufill a graduation requirement. this is not the only way to color nor is it the best way but it’s what i do. 

i should also mention that i’m using paint tool sai and i’m making this tutorial assuming that you know about basic stuff like layers and stuff. 

Step 1: Have a sketch prepared! I’ll be using this cute little Bulbasaur to help me :). The neater your initial sketch is the easier it will be to color later on.

Step 2: Lay down your base colors underneath the sketch. The colors will most likely look very flat and boring, but don’t worry about that for now.

Step 3: Create a new layer on top of the color layer. Check the “Clipping Group” box. Set the layer mode to “Multiply” and the effect to “Fringe” (Width=3).

Now choose a grayish color. For this one I used a grayish purple color to shade the darkest parts of the picture, but you can adjust the colors as you see fit.

Step 4: Set the Multiply layer to 50% opacity. The shading should appear faded. Now duplicate the Multiply layer and it should look as if it were back to 100% opacity.

Step 5: On the duplicated layer, continue shading the areas that aren’t as dark as your original shading, but leave some of the base color layer exposed for the lightest parts.

Step 6: Create another layer on top of your shading layer. Have it have the same settings as the shading layer, but set the layer mode to “Normal” instead of “Multiply.” Lightly airbrush some grayish color on the shaded areas.

Step 7: Merge all of your layers together. Now create another layer on top of your single merged layer, check “Clipping Group,” and set the mode to “Overlay.” Any color you want to the layer using the paint bucket tool. If the color is too intense you can lower the opacity and adjust the colors by clicking on the “Filter” option at the top of the program window.

Step 8: This step is optional and depends on your personal preference. I think that the overlay layer makes the colors a little too bright, so I usually create another layer underneath the overlay layer and set it to “Multiply.” I then add another color with the paint bucket tool and adjust the color and opacity until I get something I like.

Step 9: On top of the “Overlay” layer, create another layer with the mode “Luminosity.” Airbrush a color over the lightest areas of the picture and adjust the colors until you’re satisfied.

Step 10: To keep things simple, I just added a light cream colored background and threw some shading underneath Bulbasaur. Your background might be more complex, but once you’ve finished with the rough sketch and colors, merge the entire picture into one layer and check the “Preserve Opacity” box.

Step 11: Make sure you have the Marker brush selected. You can adjust the brush settings to get different effects but the most important thing is that the “Blending” and “Persistence” settings must both be set to 100.

What these settings do is that no matter what color you have selected, you will able to blend only the colors that have already been put down. It makes it so that you don’t have to constantly switch between colors when blending. 

You can use this brush to clean up your picture. Here’s a close up of Bulbasaur’s leg before cleaning it up:

and after: 

The harder you press down on your tablet, the less blended and smooth the brush stroke will be. Just continue blending and cleaning up the rest of your picture and soon you’ll get something like this:

This looks pretty good already, but I’m gonna add some more details. 

I skewed the picture slightly, added details to the eyes, and airbrushed highlights on another lumosity layer. And tada! We’re done!

hopefully this helped <:

Yorick, the Shepherd of Lost Souls


THE SHEPHERD OF LOST SOULS

Yorick has always been a practical man. He knew he’d need strength to destroy the Black Mist that corrupted the Blessed Isles, even if it meant fighting evil with evil. So he harnessed a whole world of evil in the cape that now clings to his shoulders; in the unknowable depths of the cloak swirls the essence of a thousand damned souls. When the Shepherd summons forth a being from that seething miasma of lost spirits, only he hears the wretched assembly’s great wailing and gnashing of teeth—this is his burden, and the source of his power. In his quest to free these souls, he’ll use them (and they’ll use him) to crush anything in their way.

PASSIVE: SHEPHERD OF SOULS

Yorick can have up to four Mist Walkers in his service at once. Mist Walkers decay if they move too far from either Yorick or the Maiden of the Mist. Agrave is occasionally created when enemy minions or neutral monsters die near Yorick, and all enemy champions that die near him leave a grave.

Q: LAST RITES AND AWAKENING

Yorick’s next basic attack deals bonus damage and restores some health. IfLast Rites kills a target, it creates a grave. If there are at least three gravesnearby and Last Rites is on cooldown, Yorick can instead cast Awakening to raise Mist Walkers from the graves.

W: DARK PROCESSION

Yorick summons a destructible wall of corpses that encircles a target area for a few seconds.

E: MOURNING MIST

Yorick hurls a globule of Mist that deals magic damage, applies a slow, and marks a target. Yorick and Mist Walkers get a movement bonus when heading toward marked targets.

R: EULOGY OF THE ISLES

Yorick summons the Maiden of the Mist (at higher ranks, she’ll bring some Mist Walkers with her). The Maiden moves and attacks on her own. When Yorick attacks the Maiden’s target, he’ll deal bonus magic damage based on the enemy’s maximum health.

LANING AND MID-GAME

Yorick has lived longer than most men, and he’s built up a hell of a lot of patience over the years. The Shepherd of Lost Souls is never happier than when he’s able to quietly farm in lane, shovelling out a whole necropolis of graves as he prepares to lay siege to any structures or unlucky souls in his path.

Mist Walkers are great for sieges, but they’re just not that smart. Once yanked from the relative safety of the spirit-goop cape on Yorick’s back, they mostly want to hurl themselves (screaming and clawing all the way) straight down lanes. They’re fragile, so Yorick has a short window to enter a skirmish at full strength after he’s summoned a pile of Walkers. With his ghoulish army in tow, The Shepherd can encircle his lane opponent with a Dark Procession, then splatter them with some Mourning Mist as he closes the gap to deliver the trapped opponents their Last Rites.

Yorick’s true potential as a splitpushing demon emerges when he gains access to his ult, Eulogy of the Isles. Even without a decent-sized minion wave, Yorick and the Maiden can form a nigh-unstoppable army of Mist Walkers that’ll keep turrets occupied for ages while the Shepherd-Maiden duo pick apart the structure. Each Mist Walker can tank a tower shot, and the Maiden takes more than a few blasts of her own before giving up the ghost. Leave Yorick alone in lane for too long, and pretty soon you’ll have an army swarming your Nexus.

Yorick’s passive and ult give his team a unique way to press kill advantages in the midgame—with defeated opponents reborn as Mist Walkers, Yorick’s team will have a massive pile of friends to help quickly push down turrets.

TEAMFIGHTING AND LATE-GAME

The Shepherd of Lost Souls just isn’t very good at engaging fights due to his slow, shuffling movespeed and complete lack of gap-closing ability. And if he doesn’t last-hit a few minions to prep some graves before the fight, he won’t be at full strength when the souls and spells start colliding.

Once he’s in the fray, though, Yorick generally works like a juggernaut. He’ll want to build sustainability so he can survive teamfights long enough for his passive to kick in. With enemies falling all around him, he’ll have plenty of ghoul fuel to convert into more Mist Walkers.

Yorick’s pretty good at peeling and zoning thanks to his W, Dark Procession. The writhing band of corpses is great for keeping enemy juggernauts from making it to the backline, or for zoning the other team’s carry out of the fight entirely. But it feels best when you use it to trap an enemy mage or ADC. Unless the victim can quickly escape by destroying the wall with autos, your team gets to play a rousing game of ring-around-the-squishies.

The Maiden sticks around until her health is depleted, so if Yorick tanks for her, she’ll serve for long stretches as his own personal backline.

Throughout teamfights, Yorick has to pay close attention to the Maiden of the Mist. If she’s hitting a target alone, she won’t deal much damage, but there’s a multiplier effect when the Shepherd and the Maiden focus someone together. She’ll stick around until her health gets depleted, so if Yorick tanks for her, she’ll serve for long stretches as his own personal backline—his basic attacks are melee, but hers are ranged.

When both side lanes are unoccupied, the Shepherd has a chance to show off the most unusual ability in his kit: splitpushing two lanes at once. It works like this: the Maiden of the Mist is fairly intelligent by AI-companion standards, and she’ll continue to push a lane even if Yorick is no longer there. He can plop the Maiden into top lane, then TP down south to splitpush bot lane on his own. With adequate distance between the two, both are free to raise their own armies of Mist Walkers, up to four each, and push down two lanes at once (so long as the rest of your team can just hold mid for one minute). Of course, Yorick’s a lot weaker without his ghoulish sidekick, so split wisely.

CHAMPION INSIGHTS

Yorick is not a popular champion. We’ll admit it! Out of the 131 champions in League, the bedraggled green guy has almost always been the least-played, least-loved champ on the list. But why? Sure, he’s a not-quite-meta, hard-to-balance champ, but we think the biggest reason for Yorick’s unpopularity is simple: Nobody wants to be a gravedigger.

If you aren’t caught up on the latest Shadow Isles lore, here’s a quick summary: Long ago, the Ruined King travelled to a place then known as the Blessed Isles; He wanted to use the Isles’s eternal waters to bring his wife back to life. But the waters were never meant to reverse death, and when the King lowered her corpse into the magic waters, they became corrupted. The resulting Black Mist that emerged from the pool caused a magical cataclysm that morphed the Blessed Isles into the Shadow Isles—a place where the dead find no resting place. Yorick, a former monk on the Isles, is more-or-less a good guy, but he’s being slowly corrupted by the mist, which clings to his back in the form of a cape comprised of thousands of agonized souls.

Think about it. What image popped into your mind when you read the word “gravedigger?” Probably some hunched-over, half-dead lunatic who’s always shuffling around in the rain, only ever stopping long enough to wave a crooked finger and holler at trespassing children. And that’s pretty much who Yorick was. He was the modern stereotype of a cemetery attendant (a perfectly respectable job that, if we’re being honest, few kids actually aspire to have when they grow up).

But every culture, throughout time, has needed people to tend to the dead. And in some cultures, these custodians of the afterlife had to take great pride and go to extreme lengths to help lost souls get to the great beyond—or wherever it was they were supposed to go.

In ancient China, for example, travelling Buddhist monks would often bring along a Moon Tooth Spade: a double-sided weapon with a shovel-like scoop on one end and a crescent-shaped blade on the other. The tool had multiple uses: If the monk happened upon a corpse on the road, he could properly bury it and deliver all the necessary Buddhist rites. And, if he encountered bandits or wild animals, he could bust out the crescent blade to beat the holy hell out of his attackers.

It was here, in the story behind the Moon Tooth Spade, that we began to see our opportunity for Yorick. What if he was more like that older style of gravedigger—one who cares for the dead with one hand, but isn’t afraid to bring death with his other? Narrative writer John “JohnODyin” O'Bryan began to outline a new, way more heavy metal vision for Yorick’s backstory. “He isn’t just a gravedigger,” says JohnODyin. “He’s a custodian of life and death. Whenever someone is close to death, Yorick can decide to bring them back using a vial of holy water around his neck, or he can send them on their way to death.” He’s a twisted combination of Death himself and a guardian angel, bringing judgment from above.

With his new backstory, we’d turned the Gravedigger into the Shepherd of Lost Souls. But then came the tough part: translating that into the game.

SCOOP SOME GOOP FROM THEGHOUL JACUZZI

Despite longstanding issues with Yorick’s design, we felt we had a pretty clear idea of exactly how his kit and visual thematics needed to change. He needed to remain a necromancer, so we knew he’d be summoning some sort of wraiths or ghouls. The new story about the cape of souls on his back gave us the perfect explanation for his ability to bring forth Mist Walkers into the world—he just reaches into the mist and yanks out a handful of ghoulies.

The Mist Walkers, once raised, aren’t necessarily the soul of any particular dead person, because when Yorick adds a soul to the soupy miasma of his cape, it works sort of like pouring a cup of water into a swimming pool. When Yorick performs Awakening in-game, he’s actually just filling the corpses of his enemies with a cupful of the black mist, scooped fresh from the ghoul jacuzzi on his back. The mist animates the body, creating a Mist Walker.

The monk spade gave us a starting point for Yorick’s visual update, but it wasn’t hard to find other areas to improve. For one, Yorick’s new role as the Shepherd of Lost Souls implies that he should probably be dressing in some sort of ceremonial garb, not just a gnarly pile of rags. “Most of his new getup is made out of stone, sort of like something a weight-training monk would use,” explains concept artist Gem “Lonewingy” Lim. “It’s decorative, but it’s also indicative of how disciplined this guy is.”

When viewed from the back, the Shepherd’s rocky costume also makes him look a bit like a tombstone shuffling around on the Rift. This was intentional, partly because it fits so well with his persistent, deliberate gameplay pattern. When he sets his eyes on a goal, he gets tunnel vision—he wants to just push down a lane with his army. Slowly. Certainly.

He’s ultimately a character that tests your ability to adapt to predictable AI actions,“ says Solcrushed. "Mist Walkers are a pretty simple AI. It’s like you’re a shepherd leading sheep.

The slow-and-steady approach to his animations and design worked particularly well since we’d always wanted to capture the feeling that, as Yorick, you’re moving an army. This, says champion designer Sol "Solcrushed” Kim, means Yorick’s update had to retain his A.I. horde. “He’s ultimately a character that tests your ability to adapt to predictable AI actions,” says Solcrushed. “Mist Walkers are a pretty simple AI. It’s like you’re a shepherd leading sheep.”

The biggest game design challenge when building Yorick, says Solcrushed, was figuring out how the ghoul raising process works. At first, any minion who was given their Last Rites immediately turned into a Mist Walker. Yorick raised a walker, his enemy killed a walker, rinse, repeat. The system was pretty unsatisfying from everyone, because Yorick never gained a real army, and his enemy had a constant, obnoxious workload to deal with.

At another point in the design process, the Shepherd’s ult gave him global ghoul raising. He’d blanket the whole map in darkness, turning everything that died during the cold night into a ghoul. The ghoul army would push every lane at once, and the reanimated corpses of freshly farmed monsters would come streaming out of the jungle. “It was pretty cool, but it was also batshit insane and totally unpredictable, so we cut it,” says Solcrushed.

The ultimate goal for Yorick’s rework, Solcrushed says, was pretty simple: “I just want players to feel like they finally have a necromancer that’s actually cool.”

Black Moon in Libra Ritual

I have been meaning to design a small ritual for the Black Moon in Libra tomorrow night (Sept. 30) for weeks but between my grandmother passing away and a string of low-spoon days thrown in for good measure, I still haven’t gotten around to it! So I’m forcing myself to sit down and plan NOW, because this is something I’ve been looking forward to all month!

A Black Moon, in this sense, is the second New Moon in one calendar month. There are other definitions, too–a Black Moon can be the third of four New Moons in a season, which would make it the equivalent of a Blue Moon, or it can be a month (well, February, really) where there is no full moon.

According to @orriculum‘s A++ post*, a new moon is good for soul searching, among other things. The Black Moon, to me, is like a multiplier on the effects of a normal New Moon, and the fact that it’s in Libra makes it a great time to achieve balance, which my life has severely been lacking.

For this reason, this ritual focuses mainly on an introspective attempt to gain peace in personal matters through balance. Changing the ingredients will change the effect, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing! Adaptability is wonderful. I did try to make the ingredients as accessible as possible, though, for those who may want to recreate my ritual entirely.

*Seriously though, check out Orriculum’s blog. Her celestial witch tag is everything and I have learned so much!


Supplies:

  • (1) tea leaf (Camellia sinensis–it’s the type of leaves used to make many teas: green, black, etc. If you don’t have access to the whole leaf, try using the contents of a green tea bag, as green tea is pretty much just the leaf itself, imbued and then dried.)
  • (1) cinnamon stick
  • (1) dried rose petal and/or rose leaf
  • (1) strip of dried lemon rind
  • tissue paper
  • 2 candles (I think I’ll end up using white taper candles, but you can use what you like, so long as they’re roughly the same size)
  • a fire-proof container you can burn things in, as well as general fire safety supplies!
  • a bowl of water

The tea leaf symbolizes balance, the cinnamon stick spiritual healing, the rose parts serenity (as well as having the influence of Venus, which is Libra’s ruling planet), and the lemon rind is purifying and cleansing as well as being representative of the moon’s energy. The candles should be the same size to further imply balance, the container will be used to burn the tissue paper bundled plant ingredients, and the bowl of water is going to be helpful for meditation.

Procedure:

  1. Whenever I do an introspective/meditative ritual like this, I always start with a cleansing bath, but this is a personal choice. If you haven’t tried it, now would be a great time to start. The Moon is a watery being, and as such you may find it especially helpful to use water in your preparations.

  2. At nightfall, wrap the tea leaf, cinnamon stick, dried rose petal/leaf, and the strip of dried lemon rind in the tissue paper.

  3. Then, set up your candles, bowl of water, and the fire-proof container in whatever space you’re using for your ritual. It’s supposed to rain where I live (perfect chance to gather some New Moon rain water! Talk about water energy!) but I want to be somewhat close to the night sky, so I’m doing it on the back porch.

    You will want to set up your bowl of water so that it is reflective of the candlelight. Play around with the angles, and try not to have any other light in your ritual space. This will make it easier. If possible, use a dark colored bowl to help reflect light on the surface. At the end of the day, you can always focus on the flame of the candle or the smoke from the herbs, because the water is basically a meditative/scrying initiator.

  4. Light the candles. Place the bundle of herbs in the fireproof bowl and light them from one end. The cinnamon stick will burn down slowly and the tissue paper will catch quickly. A tightly wrapped bundle should cause the rest of the herbs to catch as well, but if not, there’s no harm in doing them separately, or grinding them, or whatever works.

  5. Meditate, focusing on the water, the smoke, the candlelight, whatever. Clear your mind, and then do some soul searching. You may find answers to your problems. You may not. But you’re sure to find something.

If you’ve made it this far, thanks so much for reading my little ritual! I haven’t made a post like this yet on Tumblr, but I think I’m going to post pictures of my setup tomorrow night. I’m excited!

Se-user problems?

I’ve realised that when subjects involving abstract concepts are taught without drawing any links to practical applications or utility in real life, I find myself starting to lose focus and my attention wanders.

If visualisation of the concept is difficult, it further compounds the problem as I find things hard to understand if I can’t see how they work and what different things represent. Take physics for example. A whole bunch of formulae with so many symbols and unknowns - it doesn’t tell me anything. I need to understand what they represent, and I need to draw a mental picture about how they work together in my mind, before I can finally comprehend it.

And if the concept is completely theoretical in nature and I won’t be able to utilise or practice it, I lose interest. For example, lecturers can talk all they want about aggregate demand and supply or multiplier effects, but if they’re just basing it off general terms and not showing how each component is represented in real life events, it not only makes it difficult to grasp; I also feel like I’m learning something just for examinations and that I’m not benefitting from learning it at all.

Any other Se-users relate to this?

Killing a Giant - The Death and Rebirth of the Individual Anti-Tank Platform

When tanks first rolled around, they were horrifying. Impenetrable, impending, and they brought high-power weaponry to the front, taking howitzers from kilometers to meters away. In the midst of this fear, it was realized that tanks still had relatively thin armor. Tanks like the FT-17 didn’t have more than 25mm of armor, and the monstrous ‘heavy’ WWI tanks usually failed to bring more than 30mm consistently. So, some genius at an arms factory realized that propellants are what, you guessed it, propel bullets. In his infinite wisdom, he decided to simply scale it all up. This resulted in the creation of the first anti-tank rifle of all time, the Mauser 1918 T-Gewehr. It fired a 13mm bullet that could penetrate 20mm of steel at 100 meters, and while this couldn’t penetrate most WWI-era vehicles frontally save for weak points, it could be absolutely devastating from close proximity as a flanking weapon, and even moreso when used against the top armor of a vehicle. Though it quickly became obsolete, the T-Gewehr was the first step in a constant journey known as the individual anti-tank platform.

By the time WWII rolled around, 30mm of armor was nothing. Germany’s Panzer IVs toted 80mm of armor head-on, America’s Shermans had almost 100mm of effective frontal armor, and the Soviet Union’s T-34s had nearly 50mm of armor angled extremely well, driving their effectiveness into the near hundreds of millimeters. Every side of the war tried to address this with various bullet-based systems, the most famous of which was arguably the Soviet PTRD. This was the logical next step in anti-armor warfare, a long-barreled, minimalistic, and brutally simple rifle. At point-blank range, it could only penetrate 40mm untangled of armor with tungsten ammunition, which was effective during the early phases of the war. Though even the famous German Panthers fell to this rifle from time to time, the PTRD was effectively self-defeating. Its armor penetration was spotty at best, especially without tungsten ammunition, and was far too big to sneak up on enemy vehicles with. Not only that, but in firing the massive 14.5mm shell, it instantly revealed the user, leaving them open to return fire from a surviving vehicle or the rest of its battle group. Although it remained marginally effective against the roof armor of tanks in the urban phases of WWII, the PTRD was nearly dead on arrival, and by the end of the war, it was relegated to firing at unarmored or lightly armored vehicles, as well as some anti-personnel roles. The rifle was accurate and powerful, but it just wasn’t enough as heavier and heavier tanks hit the scene, like the Tiger I, IS-2, and M26 Pershing. Despite obsolescence, we can still see remnants of projectile based anti-tank weapons in modern anti-materiel rifles, relying on absurd levels of kinetic energy to deal damage to targets that need a bit more than a light tap, such as the famous M82.

Going back to the national roots of anti-tank warfare, it was actually the Germans who picked up the slack. Realizing projectile-based anti-armor weapons were now obsolete not even 25 years after their invention, they turned to explosives, drawing clear inspiration from the British No. 68 AT Grenade and their own 7.5cm HEAT shells. This hit the scene as an individual weapon in the form of the Panzerfaust, the most famous one-man anti-tank weapon of WWII. Though it had its own predecessors, the Panzerfaust was arguably the pinnacle of its design philosophy. Essentially, instead of relying on raw velocity or a high explosive charge to do damage, shaped charge or HEAT projectiles create a ‘jet’ of molten metal that physically penetrates (commonly misunderstood, it does not actually melt armor) the armor of the target and do damage within the targeted object. The Panzerfaust and its successors were terrifyingly effective, penetrating well over 100mm of armor and nearly 150mm of armor (or more, on limited variants), more than enough to deal with even the most heavily armored vehicles of WWII from non-frontal angles.

However, the RPG-7 represents the first definite peak in modern individual anti-tank weaponry. Of Soviet design, the RPG-7 is, well, very Soviet in character. It’s cheap. It’s effective. It’s simple. It’s seen nearly 10 million made at this point. A definite ‘bad guy gun’ the RPG-7 represents the absolute death of bullet-based anti-armor, and the total superiority of shaped charge munitions. The RPG-7 has been devilishly effective, seeing use since 1961 in almost every conflict since Vietnam. There’s honestly not too much to tell about the RPG-7 that hasn’t already been told, but the RPG-7 did also create the next step in countering anti-tank weapons. Instead of relying on armor (the RPG-7 can penetrate up to 750mm of armor in some forms, so lightly armored vehicles and the less armored parts of tanks are effectively mincemeat), responsive forms of armor known as skirts and ERA (explosive reactive armor) would see mainstream use. Side skirts are literally what they say they are, thin skirts of metal or rubber attached to vehicles to prematurely detonate the now ever-present lineup of HEAT projectiles, crippling their effectiveness by causing the metal penetrator to disperse early and harmlessly splatter off of a tank’s armor. The other resulting countermeasure was ERA, small bricks that explode outwards, effectively countering a HEAT shell’s blast by neutralizing it. Composite armor also hit the scene, further weakening the cause of weapons like the RPG-7, which could by now be called light anti-armor weapons. Composite armor uses a blend of materials, rather than one homogenous layer, to counter weapons, giving it extreme multipliers in effective thickness.

So naturally, in response to the ever-evolving world of armor, anti-armor took the next leap, and heavy anti-tank munitions hit the scene. Massive, intimidating, and criminally effective, you’ll know these by their common title, ATGMs, or anti-tank guided missiles. Things like the Javelin, TOW, or 9M133 Kornet all fall into this category. These use constant propulsion to carry a massive payload towards their targets, with more modern examples like the 9K121 Vikhr capable of defeating 1000mm of homogenous armor (or its equivalent), including reactive armor. Seeing most of their use in the Middle East and Africa, these weapons can be seen all over the internet, obliterating even the most modern of Russian tanks in single, well-placed hits.

Note the brick-like pattern on the lower hull and side skirts. Those are ERA bricks.

So, clearly, even risking taking a hit from heavy anti-tank munitions was now impossible, so armor manufacturers decided to take the fight to the launchers, producing active protection systems. Rather than fording a hit, these systems simply destroy the missile before they can make contact. By detecting inbound missiles, these systems fire buckshot-like projectiles at the missile’s predicted trajectory, destroying them mid-air. Most notably, Israel has embraced this technology, with their native Trophy system providing 360-degree protection against the most modern anti-tank guided missiles. Other nations, like Russia, have embraced this technology, taking the ball out of the offensive court.

A missile is intercepted before impact by a light vehicle, which would have saved the crew if the picture wasn’t taken during a demonstration.

So, for those interested in military technology, we can only wait and see what the next step in anti-armor technology is, considering defense is currently winning the battle.