▪Tapestry: The Arming of the King.
Designed by: Bernard Partridge, English, 1861–1945
Borders designed by: John Henry Dearle, 1860–1932
With Reverend E. Dorling, English
Woven by: Morris & Co., English
I know a lot of people assume Israphel to be the original Xephos from Yoglabs, but I really just wanted to put all the evidence I can think of in one place, so here it goes.
Yoglabs Xephos is obsessed with taking over the world, cloning people to follow him and machinery. Israphel’s main goals are to clone people to follow him (e.g. Evil Honeydews), bring the sentinals online, and take over the world.
Israphel has had many opportunities to kill Xephos and Honeydew in SOI, and also had a great advantage to do so, but chooses not to. Instead he seems to provoke them and cause chaos around them instead of straight up killing them. This could be because he knows that they are linked to the cloning systems, and therefore knows that killing them is pointless, as he knows that they’ll just respawn. And he knows this because he was the one who created the original cloning vats.
Israphel sends his cultists everywhere as minions. It’s like he knows the heroes well enough to know that they’ll get caught up everywhere they go. So Israphel sends his cultist everywhere to slow them down. Predicting everything. Because he made them and is the original of one of them, he knows how they think.
Yoglabs Xephos has no remorse for the wrongs he’s doing, because he believes that he knows best. Israphel has that same ego, even slightly more adapted, because he’s managing to corrupt people into his way of thinking. Which Xephos did with the employees at Yoglabs.
Yoglabs Xephos and Israphel also seem to recruit the same sorts of people. Yoglabs employees; Dr. Srivaramen (a mad corrupt scientist with an obsession with mutation), Prof. Brightmeer (the disturbing facial reconstruction surgeon), Voskoboynikov (a drug scientist, who tests on people without them agreeing to do so), Professor Bixby (a man obessed with scientic artifacts and understanding them) Gosencrantz (chief of cloning), Rildenstern (co-chief of cloning science), Bort (mutant zombie), Sascha (mutant creeper), and Dr. Lalnable Hector (the cannibal known for his onslaught of testicicates). Tally them up to Israphel’s recruits, Reverend John (corrupt religious man, who mutates Granny Bacon into a zombie), Templar Enoch (obsessed with scientific artifacts and understanding them), Skylord Vitali (the vampire who goes on a killing spree on Skyhold and eats all his friends and family), Jock Fireblast (a pirate obsessed with fire a chaos), King Finbar (an undead, dwarf king who converts dwarves to zombies), Kormag Darkforge (a corrupt dwarf, who assists Finbar), Creeper Boss (an undying creeper), Zombie Boss (an undying zombie), Evil Honeydews (corrupt clones of Honeydew) Grimjaw Slugface (an undead pirate with a need for power and greed for matrial possession).
And another point, a lot of the main yogscast members have an evil equivalent; Duncan and Lalnable Hector, Sips and Zips, Honeydew and Evil Honeydews, Kim and Specimen 5, Sjin and Strawfingers (because Sjin created Strawfingers), so then there’s Xephos and Israphel. It would make sense to be a parallel.
Also, Israphel runs to hide in the sands… Ironically where the Yoglabs facility is buried. And also wear Israphel traps Professor Webley Grizwold in a cloning vat.
And finally, Israphel’s skin being updated to be wearing the clothes of Yoglabs Xephos.
And that’s about all the evidence I can think of, off the top of my head for today, of the reasons that Yoglabs Xephos and Israphel are the same person.
Gath had offered a peace treaty, the war would finally be over. Everyone was out in the streets celebrating, you hadn’t seen this many people so joyful in years, it was a sight to see. You had heard rumours amongst the staff that Jack was being essentially demoted to a desk job, some made more rude comments but quickly shut up when you shot them a glare.
You didn’t want to believe it, Jack was one of the best soldiers you had ever met and anyone who had been under his command could account for that. However, the rumours were confirmed true when Jack stormed past you in the hallway without even looking at you.
“Jack? Is everything alright?” you asked concerned and jogged after him down the long hallway.
“No, leave me alone,” he said sharply without turning around.
“Talk to me,” you pleaded, finally catching up with him, you placed your hand on his shoulder and he turned around harshly.
You could see the rage in his eyes alongside the fact that he had recently been crying for reasons unknown to you, you could also smell alcohol on him. “You said everything would be fine, but it’s not. So leave me the hell alone, Y/N, I don’t want to see you right now,” he said lowly, dangerously and stormed off down the hallway leaving you shocked still in the middle of it.
The peace didn’t last for long, before you knew it Silas was giving orders to invade Gath now when they would least expect it. The whole country was shook by this announcement and a heavy feeling settled over the castle, none of the staff dared say anything whilst tensions were high lest they lose their job. Nobody had seen Silas around since the order was made, you supposed that he had gone off to ‘Serenity’ again. Technically, you weren’t even supposed to know about it but you had overheard a conversation Thomasina had on the phone and you often wondered what it meant.
You hadn’t seen Jack since he stormed off and that was a while ago, you were on a break now and wandering around the palace looking for Jack when from the top of the stairs you saw Silas pin David to a wall and threaten him. From where you were you couldn’t hear what was being said but you could see the fear in David’s eyes.
When Silas left you scurried down the stairs to David, “What happened?” you asked quietly.
David straightened his jacket, “He’s the King and I tried telling him what to do, and I kissed his daughter.”
You blew out your cheeks, “Two big rookie mistakes then. He’ll get over it, just don’t do it again,” he advised.
“I can’t just stand here and let him go to war again. My brother is on the front lines, my friends.”
“I know,” you said sympathetically, “But there’s really nothing you can do. It sucks but that’s life.”
David did not take your advice. He had gone to see his brother who had been injured, the next you heard of him was life on tv. On the screen you could see him walking across no man’s land carrying a bloodied red sheet, you didn’t have to watch for long before you realised he was going over to Gath and surrendering on behalf of the country, without permission no doubt.
You watched it unfold before you, Gath didn’t kill him or try to shoot, instead they lowered their weapons and once again agreed to peace. In the following hour many interviews were held on the news, Silas told the reporters that he sent David to surrender and you knew full well that he was lying.
Sick of watching the news you went outside and ran into Reverend Samuels, “Hello, Miss. Y/N,” he greeted kindly.
“Reverend Samuels,” you greeted back with a small curtsy, “What brings you here. I can try and find King Silas for you,” you offered.
Samuels shook his head, took your arm and pulled him to the side, “I have already spoken to the King. Y/N I must warn you because I feel as if you are one of the few who I can trust with this information.”
“Okay,” you said slowly.
“Do you believe in God?”
He always asked you this question, ever since you were a child, and always you would reply, “I don’t know, but I believe that there’s something.”
Samuels nodded, “Long ago God or ‘something’ decided Silas was to be King. Silas no longer has that favour, a new King must be chosen.” “Why are you telling me this?”
“Because I see this country and these people. You have no hidden agenda, Y/N, surely you can see that things are changing?”
You nodded, it was true, you could feel a shift in the atmosphere. A pressing weight settling over the kingdom that could only mean something big was going to happen soon. Samuels side, “I have known you since you were a child and I would hate to see you go down the wrong path. Be careful who you keep your alliances with,” he said warningly then walked off without a second word.
You frowned as you thought over the Reverend’s words, Silas wasn’t meant to be King anymore? Then who was? Honestly you had no clue, it could be anyone after all. Jack was next in line for the throne but lately you didn’t know if he was ready for it, Silas had no royal background before he was chosen- who’s to say the same thing won’t happen and somebody else completely ordinary is meant to rule next.
Jack got into the car with his uncle. He had never particularly liked Cross but even he couldn’t argue that he was useful in some cases. “Silas is an old man, ruling as King is a young man’s game,” Cross said.
“When we take him off the throne there needs to be a King waiting, are you ready for that?”
“Yes,” Jack said with certainty in his voice.
Cross smiled slyly, “Good,” he almost purred, “We’ll need to make lot’s of changed of course. First in line get rid of that Sheppard character, next any of those with strong allegiance to Silas or anyone who could lead you astray.”
“Okay,” Jack agreed, already making a mental list of who that would include.
“That includes your little friend.”
Jack stopped dead in his tracks and looked over at Cross, “Y/N?”
“Yes, she needs to be gotten rid of. You and I both know she won’t agree with our methods, I know she’s your friend but this is a matter of much higher concern. See to it that she’s out of the way.”
Jack gulped and after a moment of hesitation spoke, “Yes, Uncle.”
A/N- finally got part 3 up!! I don’t know when part 4 will be up but I’ll do it as soon as possible.
this day in 1955, Rosa Parks, a 42-year-old black seamstress from
Alabama, refused to give up her seat on a bus for a white man. A member
of the NAACP, Parks was returning home from a long day at work when the
bus driver ordered her to give up her seat on the full bus for a white
man. No stranger to civil rights activism, she was
subsequently arrested for civil disobedience in defying the state’s Jim
Crow racial segregation laws. Through this act of
defiance, Parks sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, during which time
African-Americans - under the leadership of a young, charismatic
reverend called Martin Luther King Jr. - refused to use the city buses,
arguing that they should be integrated per the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision.
The boycott was successful in forcing Montgomery to end its
discriminatory segregation laws, and marked the beginning of the main
phase of what is now known as the Civil Rights Movement. From
Montgomery, African-Americans across the United States went on to lead
sit-ins, freedom rides, and political marches, in an attempt to bring an
end to segregation laws which had oppressed their community for so
long. These activists were all indebted to Rosa Parks - known as the
‘mother of the Civil Rights Movement’ - for her simple act of defiance,
firmly asserting her humanity and her rights as an American citizen. As
the movement grew, Parks remained an influential symbol and leader of
the movement, which ultimately brought an end to legal segregation and
forced Congress to pass the 1964 Civil Rights and 1965 Voting Rights
Acts. As for Parks herself, the affair of her arrest and the subsequent
boycott caused her to lose her job and made her a victim of harassment
and threats. She moved to Detriot and in 1965 began to work in the
office of Congressman John Conyers. In 1999, Rosa Parks was awarded the
Congressional Gold Medal for her role in transforming American race
relations, and upon her death in 2005 she lay in state at the U.S.
Capitol. Today, 60 years on, we remember Rosa Parks’s personal bravery, the successes of the movement she inspired, and the steps yet to be taken as the struggle against systemic racism continues.
“People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I
was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically, or no more
tired than I usually was at the end of a working day…No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in”
DON’T get it twisted. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was once thought of as DANGEROUS, a social political rebel, a THREAT to the Power Structure and was constantly under surveillance/suspicion as an Enemy of The State.
This is a national holiday that folks fought for and just got in the mid-1980s. And there are STILL plenty people who would shoot Dr. King dead with 12 bullets for just walking down the street with his head held high, as if he belonged with no fear of the inherent racist capitalist tyrants that have legislated civil rights violations that make some of the bullshit laws of the 1960s look like obvious child’s play. The Bigotry of the Present is craftier, more sly and deadly as the intolerant ones have learned from their predecessors’ mistakes. They have managed to make Hate, Murder, Starving Children refusing Education , and Misogyny- all LEGAL and confused the masses by STILL having control on how we even view our OWN Freedom Fighters!
Trump’s condemnation of “many sides” is probably the best fitting of
them all, especially as more information comes out. Antifa apparently
had piss and shit bombs, as well as cement-filled coke cans (and the alt
right had a similar arsenal). There was no way that that was going to
remain peaceful, especially since in many of the videos it looks like
the police just…weren’t doing anything?
If the alt-right hadn’t
started the violence, antifa definitely would have. An NYT reporter
even tweeted about them being as hate-filled as the alt-right.
Trump’s condemnation of “many sides” definitely does fit, though I do
wish he had named those groups responsible in the first place. Namely
the Nazis and the Communists.
And to those that would counter
with “Well the Nazis killed someone”. yes, they did and it was horrible
and there is no excuse for such mindless violence. Three people are
dead because of the riot and they will never see their families again.
it is utterly maddening that we have let this get this out of hand. But
that member of antifa almost killed that man with a bike lock months
ago. he would have died had he not received emergency medical
attention. Senseless violence fueled by hate is senseless violence
fueled by hate regardless of who starts it. And it is important to
condemn it all, as well as recognize it’s severity.
We need to
come together and denounce all forms of hatred and violence, regardless
of whether it is “our side” or the “other side” that starts it.
Denying the violence of some because it serves one’s political
narrative and agenda will only serve to polarize the electorate more,
and that is the absolute last thing we need right now.
To be a
bit cheesy and quote Geralt of Rivia (It ain’t one of my posts if it
doesn’t contain a reference to a video game, after all)…
is evil, lesser, greater, middling - makes no difference. The degree is
arbitrary, the definition blurred. If I’m to choose between one evil and
another, I’d rather not choose at all.”
To be a bit more serious, here’s one of my favorite quotes of all time, from Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy, instead of diminishing
evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but
you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you
may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence
merely increases hate.
Returning violence for violence multiplies
violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot
drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Do not isolate people,
particularly if they disagree with you. Talk to them, get to know them.
Learn why and how they think the way they do. Empathy and love are
the only true ways to defeat hatred of any stripe. Even if you cannot
stand the sight or sound of them. Be like Daryl Davis.
Isolation breeds radicals. If we continue to isolate ourselves from those who disagree, the radicalization will only continue.