4.) Describe the first game you ever ran or played in.
My dad ran an AD&D campaign for me and my sister and her friends when I was 11. I barely remember the plot - what’s stuck with me the most are the funny moments. Sadly, it was a very sporadic game as none of the other players were into it as much as I was. I was obsessed!
11.) Your first character.
Llona the Druid.
Yeah, I never took notes in middle school, I just doodled this character over and over again. She had a mountain lion for an animal companion, an over the top sad backstory, and a romance with a handsome fighter named Ashimar (who my dad let me play as a secondary character since we really needed someone kind of tank-y in our party).
12.) Your favorite character.
That’s hard, I really love almost every character I’ve ever played! It would probably have to be Ranier, my elven swashbuckler. He was just so fun to play. He was a crit monkey who was great in a fight, but he was also pretty much the face for the party, so I never had a dull moment. I’d get so into character with him that it was easy for the DM to pull my strings in interesting directions. I also loved that he was a Sailor - it just resonates with me for some reason. He was kind of silly, very flirty, and loved adventure and heroism. He really got me sold on playing unabashedly good aligned characters.
I need to apologise for my lack of activity, the past few days and for my sporadic activity over the next while. Without going into too much detail, the past fortnight has been extremely difficult for me with problems in work, and unfortunately the pressure became too much yesterday and I broke down under the pressure and ended up back in the doctors. I’ve been ordered by my doctor on sick leave from work for the next week (perhaps longer) while my new medication kicks in, and I get myself back on my feet. I just ask people to bear with me as I recover and I will get to threads as soon as I’m able. That may be this evening, it may be over the next few days. At the moment I just don’t know, but I will keep people posted. Thanks for your patience.
shapeshifting is the best super power because you can have any haircut any time you want, you can turn into a hotter version of yourself, you can turn into a dragon, you can turn into a robot, you can turn into a shambling mound of abstract shapes and sulk outside your estranged father’s house at night while chanting ominously about his sins,
Okay, but guys I can’t express to you all enough how excited I am to finally see Donato in action - at his creepiest in the series. And Ishida’s characterization of Donato in this scene so far has been fantastic, because he manages to make Donato frighten us even after all the recent bloodshed in the series while still reminding the reader of his more sensitive/personal side.
Just in that phrase “Taste how it feels. How I feel.” In that short quip, Donato manages to fit in a megalomaniac comparison of himself to God and his personal, vulnerable emotions about Amon.
Because the metaphor of Urie, crucified, watching from above certainly implies a God-like presence. (Without the power to intervene, it sounds more deist than Catholic, tbh. but I’ll let Donato pass on this one.) And in a way, he himself has watched over others in his priestly role. By running the orphanage, he always had that burden of caring for children in the name of God. However, the scene also indirectly references Donato’s seeming omniscience when it comes to the ghoul world, as Donato knew a notable amount of information about the events outside Cochlea despite having been imprisoned for years. Hinami’s intelligence became obsolete by the time of the second Cochlea raid. Donato’s, though, was still relied upon despite remaining in Cochlea for maybe a decade or longer. So, Donato himself has embodied throughout the series the Godly traits his metaphor in this scene emphasizes.
However, at the same time, that knowledge he accumulated couldn’t do anything to save Amon. He had to sit there and hear about his son’s capture, ghoulification, and possible death without the ability to protect or shelter him. It most likely felt like the equivalent to what he’s doing to Urie now: torturing the entrapped person’s loved one - one he’s been entrusted to take care of, as Uncle Higemaru’s monologue just highlighted - right in front of his eyes while he’s immobilized. And while Donato’s thirst for revenge is pretty prominent here, you can see that frustration with his own limitations, too.
And that’s why I love those two sentences. Because they seem to present the reader with two seemingly contradictory meanings. It confuses you on whether to think of Donato as an omnipotent God or as a fallible mortal. And I think that’s what makes him one of the most terrifying types of villains.