“Watch it, Weasley. So long as you’re staying in my house, keep your hands off my goddaughter.” “Sirius, you fail to remember that Crystal isn’t your goddaughter. She is mine.” “No, Moony. I distinctly remember agreeing with James that if Lily still wanted you to be the godfather when she was born, that I would be her godmother.”
Happily ever afters? Princely knights and diamond-studded princesses? Boring boring BORING! For Penelope, the role of villain is a far superior calling. Gathering those seven magic crystals first, stopping pesky heroes, taking over the world… Just a few of the things on her bucket list.
She’s loud, brash, and she’ll do almost anything to get her way. Her hobbies are roleplaying and being a general nuisance to authority.
✩ Worldview: Fantasy, of course!
✩ Fears? Long as she’s in charge, Penelope has no fears! It’s everyone else who should be afraid!
(Background: In my first Pathfinder campaign, We were looking for a missing sorcerer from a mountain tribe of gnomes within one of the seven strange crystal realms. We were currently in the yellow realm which was a village filled with goblins and a few orcs. Our Paladin (controlled by the DM), our Rogue, and Blind Oracle stayed behind as they thought it wasn’t safe.
My huntress Relissa (with her animal companion, a snow leopard named Luneth), and my friends fighter, Errin on the other hand followed our parties Alchemist into a grand party of Goblins. Unfortunately, were deemed trespassers when we were following our Alchemist (who was accepted as a guest as he had an old friend and could speak Goblin) and were soon knocked out.
Our Huntress and Fighter found themselves waking up, locked up and about to fight a bear in an arena with bone brittle weapons. Our Alchemist, who was in a VIP viewing box with the leader goblin, saw us about to fight.
Alchemist: *pissed off, turns to the goblin leader* If you don’t release my friends, then I will throw you to the barrier!
DM: Roll an Intimidation check!
*both DM and Alchemist roll the intimidation check, and let’s just say that the Alchemists threat leaves the Goblin wetting his pants*
Goblin: B-But the ceremony must proceed!
Alchemist: I pick up the Goblin and throw him into the barrier!
*Que the Alchemist rolling a strength check, killing the Goblin Leader in the process of touching the arenas barrier*
The Goblins in the viewing area grow silent and just TURN to the VIP box, staring at the Alchemist. We weren’t sure what was going to happen until our DM got an idea…
DM (Paladin): *rolls bluff check for our Paladin*
You all must know: Your leader was going against the prophecy…
*the goblins whisper among themselves about the Prophecy, each turning to the Paladin as he spoke*
Alchemist: *confused* What prophecy? *few seconds later, now getting it* Oh, THAT Prophecy!
*The Goblins whisper, “What’s the prophecy?” “It’s the Prophecy, are you deaf??”*
DM (Paladin): Your leader was going against the prophecy, and his avenger had to destroy him so it may come to pass. The prophecy, of BULLSHIT-ICUS!
Hey, theres a couple chunks missing from chapter seven of crystal kingdom? I was trying to check some details re: the cosmoscope and the bigger descriptive bits of lucas's speech seems to be missing.
Quite a few of the transcripts are currently incomplete. I’m trying to track the progress our volunteers are making in this TAZscripts Master Tracking Document, also still in progress since I haven’t had time to check every document yet (that doc should also be editable by volunteers if anyone wants to help out– big thanks go out to @adjit who already pitched in on that!)
Devon has created documents for all the episodes that don’t have docs yet, in order to make it easier for transcribing volunteers to jump in and add transcriptions for any episode. However, that means even more of the transcripts we list are incomplete. Hopefully the master tracking document will help clarify which episodes have substantial transcription done, and which still need a lot of work before they’ll be useful as a reference.
Please bear with us, we are hoping to create a good resource for TAZ fans to refer to, but it is going to take time for us volunteers to transcribe nearly sixty hour-long episodes (and counting).
Robert M. Place - The Ancient View of the Cosmos: From Earth to Heaven, the Seven Ancient Planets as the Cosmic Soul Centers, “The Fool’s Journey: The History, Art, and Symbolism of the Tarot”, 2010.
From the ancient world to the Renaissance, the earth was believed to be a sphere located at the unmoving center of the universe and the fixed stars, formed into constellations, were thought to revolve around the earth. Between the fixed stars and the earth, ancient astronomers placed a series of seven crystal spheres in seven layers. On each sphere there was a planet that orbited independently from the fixed stars. When viewed with the naked eye, these are the only objects in the sky that seemed to do this.
The planets were each named after a god and, by the Hellenistic period, their order was determined by the speed of each planet. From the bottom up, they were: Luna, Mercury, Venus, Sol, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.
The planets were also believed to form a ladder between heaven and earth that the soul would descend at birth and, as it did so, at each planet it was given certain qualities by the god of the planet. Once the soul made it to the Earth plane, it was clothed in a body made of the four elements: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire; and subject to mortality and fate or fortune.
The seven planets of the ancients were also thought of as the soul centers of the cosmos and corresponding soul centers could be found ascending the spine, from the sacrum to the crown of the head, in the microcosm of the human body.
The Neoplatonist philosopher, Iamblichus, tells us in his biography of Pythagoras, that this mystical philosopher developed the diatonic music scale with seven notes, marked by the seven vowels of the Greek alphabet, to capture the sound that each planet made as it orbited the Earth. This harmony was called the music of the spheres. Further, Iamblichus tells us that Pythagoras used this scale in a musical treatment to bring the human soul centers into harmony with the planets. Effectively, these notes functioned like virtues meant to cure the imbalances, or vices, located in each soul center.
Ancient mystics looked at the ladder of the planets as a two-way path. They believed that by entering a deep state of contemplation they could climb this sevenfold ladder while they were alive, let go of the seven endowments of the planets, and in this purified state enter the heaven beyond and receive a vision of their true immortal nature.
As we can see, astrological beliefs were intimately connected with the philosophical Hermetic goal – the achievement of enlightenment – and the process involved letting go of or healing the seven vices attributed to the gods of the seven planets: Luna’s force of increase and decrease, Mercury’s evil cunning, Venus’ lust, Sol’s arrogance, Mars’ audacity, Jupiter’s greed, and Saturn’s falsehood.
In alchemical texts, which also looked to Hermes Trismegistus as their initial source, the seven planets were equated to a hierarchy of seven metals: lead to Saturn, iron to Mars, tin to Jupiter, copper to Venus, quicksilver to Mercury, silver to Luna, and gold to Sol. The alchemists believed that all of these metals were made of one substance but impurities caused their diverse qualities. Lead, the most impure, fell to the bottom of the list but through alchemical processes it could be purified and transformed into the ascending purer forms of metal until it became gold, the most pure. Therefore, the alchemical quest to transmute lead to gold can be seen as a manifestation of this same mystical purification and ascent of the soul.
First appearance: Episode 25 Last appearance: Episode 34 Status: Combined to form the Silver Crystal.
The Rainbow Crystals were unique to the first anime.
The colors of the Rainbow Crystals were: red (Crane Game Joe/Gesen), orange (the unnamed priest/Boxy), yellow (Ryou Urawa/Bunbo), green (Yumemi Yumeno/Binah), blue (Reika Nishimura/Rikoukeidar), indigo (Rei’s grandfather/Jiji), and violet (Rhett Butler/Bakene).
The jewels were shown to be spherical in a flashback seen in episode 25. Yet when Zoisite retrieved the crystals from their hosts, the shards were shaped like cut diamonds.