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General Opinion of Mahouka (A little long, but I hope you enjoy)
2023.05.28 05:12 Neat-Discussion-2049 General Opinion of Mahouka (A little long, but I hope you enjoy)
I have watched the anime (S1 and S2 and the two movies, but I did not watch Miyuki's POV season cause I read the light novel until the latest volume, which you guys can find on a site called Lightnovelreader), and I have quite a bit to say. I didn't try to over or under-analyze anything, rather, these are just my observations and I tried to base them on common sense or objective reasoning I guess.
Please add your opinion! Sadly, I don't know any other Mahouka fans :( and the ones I know who have heard of it don't like it thanks to the obvious brother-sister relationship.
Anyhow, let's start from the over-arching aspects I guess.
Wonderful beginning in both the light novel and anime! I love the world-building, and some of the characters are just to die for! The show doesn't border on being too informational like others, nor too generic, rather, it has its own peculiar merits which make it stand out to me. The main character's premise is nice, he is definitely OP at pretty much everything he does, and that can get boring really fast, but thankfully, Mahouka doesn't take that obvious route with him (Sadly, it feels like it doesn't take any route with him, but that might be why it stands out I guess). Most side characters are bland (like in nearly all anime), so I didn't expect much there, however, some characters are surprisingly more complex or interesting than they seem! (Maya is a great example. I had a negative view of her when she was introduced with no backstory and in a negative light by the MC. That's why I originally pictured her as the archetype 'I am the power-hungry relative that killed your family to take their authority or whatever' character, but when I read her backstory, I was like 'Damn, even after all that, she's the strongest women on the planet. She also pretty much takes no shit from anybody. Damn.' and I couldn't really bring myself to give her a basic label like that again).
Anyhow, Miyuki is also a character with a great premise, but, and I'm not trying to sound mean, she clearly has no relevance in the story if not for Tatsuya's existence. I'm sure the author knows what she's doing and all with Miyuki, but before we even reached the halfway point of season 1, she became fan service material that loves saying 'onii-sama' like a dozen times a sentence. I don't hate her, but she never grew on me, even when I reached the end. (Sort of like Casca! She is an amazing character, but after the eclipse, she sort of became material to push the plot forward by forcing Guts into a bad situation at every possible moment).
Now, onto the only relevant side characters: MC's friends, Senpais, and Masaki + his friend. I like how each of his friends has a different personality, but honestly, Honoka shouldn't have been a character in the first place (It felt like she was there to just constantly remind everyone that Tatsuya has a female posse, or to just keep Miyuki and Tatsuya's relationship alive in their school setting). Shizuku was a wonderful character because she wasn't attracted to Tatsuya like the rest (at least not openly), but after the advice she gave Honoka, she died to me. It just doesn't make sense why she told Honoka to either share or steal Tatsuya with or from Miyuki😂. Logically, she would convince her otherwise, but once again, it's for the plot. The rest of the Mc's friends are good (Especially Erika! She has a personality that sticks out and isn't that overused Tsundere-type female that nearly every anime has). As for his seniors, I respect Katsuto, but I find him stale and don't really like him. Mayumi should've been treated much better as a character. (It feels like she was used in a different way to Honoka but with the same purpose, despite having a better 'everything'). As for the rest of his seniors, I am not really interested in them because, in the end, they were used to push forward the prevailing belief that 'Tatsuya is an OP badass, so don't mess with him.' Plus, no one in the story really has as much talent as Tatsuya in any given field (Miyuki is supposedly second to him if we discount 'general' magic). Now, onto Masaki: he is simply a failed Honoka and an even worse attempt at a rival for Tatsuya. Tatsuya didn't even find him dangerous (even when he was holding back) and he didn't even see him as any sort of live interest😂, it was just Miyuki and nearly everyone else that saw it that way, which ruined his character for me. His feelings were superficial and his actions even more so, sort of like an inferior version of the MC.(Almost like when an author tries to shove a character down your throat by giving them so many unnecessary backstories or abilities in an effort to make them likable.) Overall, I was tempted to skip any and all dialogues from him in the Light novel. His friend (I forgot his name), should have been Tatsuya's rival! I really liked the fact that there was another child genius and it would've been cool if they were the ones that competed against each other as masterminds instead of just fighters. Sadly, he only ended up receiving help from Tatsuya and becoming a minor character that only speaks when Masaki starts talking about Miyuki (for comedic purposes I guess).
One last thing: The ten families and the Yotsuba in particular-
I really, really love the ten-families concept! Like, it reminds me of another good story I'm currently reading (Tower of god), so my hopes were high. Sadly, I found them to be disappointing (mostly because for people as grand as them, they were extremely petty for silly reasons. Like, the Ichijou head got involved in another family's wedding when he knows nothing about them just because he believes that they might become 'too powerful'. I mean, come on, everything about the Yotsuba is a damn secret, so how would he know if they were to become too powerful after a single marriage😂). The Kudou family was actually quite likable due to the presence of the old man (Retsu) and his grandson (Who honestly should've just had an honest talk with his grandad after controlling the parasite! Like, there was no need for him to go all Sasuke in this story and kill the old man too! It could've easily been handled much better!). The Saegusa family was extremely disappointing. Only Mayumi and the twins stick out, their brothers are like poor imitations of their dad, who thinks he's shit but clearly, he has an inferiority complex when it comes to anything Yostuba related.) The rest of the families were dull.
Now, the Yostuba was even worse than the Saegusa in my opinion. Like, none of their actions make sense! It feels like the author purposefully put them there just to make it look like it's Miyuki and Tatsuya vs the world or something. They can never rely on the Yotsuba (well, Tatsuya can't), but when the Yotsuba calls, they need to bow and comply. Let's start from the very beginning with these guys: Maya's incident. The Mc's grandfather is a badass. Miya was an extremely kind person back then, given how sensitive she was and how badly she suffered from trying to help her own twin. The family was even presented as a real family with that notion of 'Touch one of us, you gonna get all of these hands' type. Also, the 'Untouchables, is just a badass name overall. Sadly, it does not live up to its hype. After the Granddad's death, the clan went to shit. His brother took over, and in my opinion, ruined everything. First of all, Miya's marriage to that idiot (Mc's dad) was mistake no.1. Like, if they wanted terrifying talent, like really terrifying talent, then what about every other guy in the damn family? It just doesn't make sense to me and it has no relevance to the plot besides the 'Tatsuya and Miyuki vs the World'. In all honesty, the dad would've been so much better if he had a damn personality and he stuck by Tatsuya's side, instead of cowering like a little b-. Like, why get married again and leave your kids to the damn Yotsuba? And then he pops up later to make Tatsuya work for him due to his obviously overwhelming talent and to coddle the next head of the Yotsuba (Miyuki). Like, stfu and leave them alone😂. He didn't want to be there for them in their hardest times, then he doesn't deserve to be there with them when they are succeeding. (I really, really don't understand what the author was trying to do with him as a character, so if you know, please reply. Thank you in advance too!) Now, onto the grandfather, younger brother's second mistake: His treatment of Tatsuya. Like, everything the Yotsuba owns and everything it currently owns rightfully belongs to Tatsuya. He obviously makes an unbelievable amount for them, he provides them with the latest info, he does their work, and he has been presented to have more talent his pink than any single member does in their entire bloodline, so I don't really understand what the author wanted to pull by making both the branch families and the servants bully him for years on end. Like, everything is rightfully his, and I bet they wouldn't be pulling this shit if his grandfather was alive. Now, the final mistake of the grandfather's younger brother was that he left Maya in charge. I get that Miya was presented to be sick mentally and all, but Maya is practically a broken 14-year-old, and although I said I respect her, she just doesn't make sense. She has conflicting goals at times (idk if it was purposeful on the author's part of not) and she seems to take delight in abusing or neglecting or messing with Tatsuya, even going so far as to present it as 'just normal' in one of her earlier talks with him, just because he can't feel anything (although, I believe he has his emotions and they are just being sealed! Sort of like the pledge they used on him). Maya is unfit to be a leader, and Miya is even worse. Turning Tatsuya into a weapon was a huge mistake. However, she could've made up for that by being his parent, but the author was like 'Miyuki is my only child. That guard can just watch me play with her and treat her like my heir'. (It made sense here since Miya was practically mentally ill at this point. She messed up her sister's life, lost her dad and sister at the same time, was influenced by her crappy uncle and family to marry some loser, and then she had to give up her only son to that crappy family. Even in the movie, she didn't look happy at all. It might just be me, but I do believe she loves Tatsuya more than Miyuki and by a whole lot, but she just didn't want to show it because she didn't seem all that motherly with Miyuki and despite the cold shoulder she was giving Tatsuya, she was treating him far better than any adult in the Yotsuba that we have seen.) Now, the servants and branch families are just disappointing as a whole. Servants should know their place and the branch families should never have neglected Tatsuya, and then spoiled Miyuki in front of him (The author didn't even attempt to resolve this, rather, it looked like she was saying 'The old generation is doomed. Let the mc wait until they die and then he can lead the new generation that clearly favors him'). Also, Tatsuya should've been the heir. I see no real reason against him being the heir besides the author trying to keep Miyuki relevant😂😂 .
Magic, intelligence, talent, and connections. Tatsuya is quite literally superior to Miyuki in every way possible. In fact, I don't get why they said he was 'average-looking', like damn, if he's average, then what the hell am I? Also, there are people all over the world who could nuke countries in an instant in this story, so the Yostuba trying to hide Tatsuya is just a big lie. When they announced him as Miyuki's fiancee, they practically told the world about him and so they should've just made him the damn head. Like, I don't understand why (besides plot convenience) Tatsuya can't be the head. Even the younger generation prefers him to Miyuki. (Plus, imagine how OP the Yotsuba would be under Tatsuya's rule? The guy is practically the king of magic in this story. Also, Miyuki is just gonna do what he says anyway, so why make her the heir? I don't get this but oh well.) Plus, why does the Yotsuiba not actually try to help him in any way, shape, or form. Like anything the Yotsuba does, he alone has been presented to do the exact same thing but much better 😂😂. In the end, Tatsuya remained OP, neglected, and abused, so it felt like nothing really change with him (sadly).
Now, my official and objective rating: 6.5/10.
(Also, I didn't read the new novels because when I reached the end of the story, it just felt inconsistent or very 'Miyuki and Tatsuya vs the world' heavy with no real reason at times.)
If you are interested, I do have four personal opinions to share:
1) The author should've ended the story with a Yotsuba redemption arc of sorts, where they either return his emotions and offer their official acceptance of him as a member of the clan(Although the clan belongs to him and he doesn't need their approval), or at least have one of those sorts of therapy sit in where they realize that they were garbage and they give him his birthright. (It would've ended the story with Tatsuya actually undergoing some sort of character development). (Also, just a chapter where Tatsuya himself comes to terms with the world around him would be an amazing way to end the series besides some sort of lovey-dovey fight and run but I don't want to complain since I have never really written a book before)
2) Tatsuya is not 'average-looking' and he should've inherited the purple eyes and hair. Don't even argue with me on this point.
3) The parasites were not real villains. In fact, they were overused, It would've been much, much better if the world was being invaded by the parasites (and they had different forms instead of human shells), instead of Tatsuya just dealing with them every single time. (Even if they introduced the concept of other world beings or invaders, they would've been far more interesting than the parasites.)
4) Lina should've been endgame. She and Tatsuya just fit each other. Both went experienced similar treatment due to actually being natural-born talents and are very military-oriented people, plus I don't see any reason why Miyuki always has to downgrade Lina in front of Tatsuya. If you don't like her, just don't talk to her, but don't be rude like that all of the time. She rarely insults her to her face. (Also, Miyuki was given everything Tatsuya should've gotten when she's an inferior version of him in nearly every way. I couldn't care less if she ended up with Masaki, but she and Tatsuya just feel like Miyuki wins no matter what because the author wants it that way tbh).
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2023.05.28 05:10 BrownTown427 Inside The Doctor's Office - Episode X: The Impurity Of Decision Making
In the last episode, we saw Dr. Logan Wright meet quite the colorful cast of individuals. From WWE superstar Logan Paul to the beautiful bird known as Logan Flight, the Symposium of the Logang was certainly a fascinating place to be. And now, with IWF superstar “Lumberjack” Logan Lawrence motivating him to stop being so passive, FBE’s Resident Doctor looks to be on the Wright path towards becoming the most focused man he can… without the distractions of his demons…
Blitz XX: Paddy Murphy vs. Dr. Logan Wright
We’ve reached the ten minute mark of this match, and after Paddy drills the Doctor with a To Cork and Back, he starts rising to his feet. However, from the outside, we hear Sensei trying to drill something into his student:
“Paddy-san… Rememberuhhh… Target the headuhhhh…”
With that last piece of advice resonating in his own head, Paddy starts getting ready for perhaps the final sequence of the match, a Give It Some Welly ready to be hit. However, Logan also happened to hear the wisdom from Sensei, dodging the big boot to the face. He gets behind Murphy, quickly dropping him with a Relax and Eat Some (German) Soup-lex. Instead of going for another move however, Wright’s gaze shifts to the outside. He exits the ring, staring a dagger through Sensei:
“Why exactly did you tell him to target my head?”
Sensei backs up a bit, but as he does so, a crumpled up piece of paper he was holding falls to the floor. He tries to pick it back up, but Wright beats him to it, revealing it to be…the stolen medical form from his office… the information regarding his head pains. Wright looks at the paper, a calm expression on his face initially, but slowly, he loses his cool. His hands ball up into fists, his face turns a bit red…and he mouths to Sensei:
“You shouldn’t have taken that.”
Wright gets back into the ring, and though Paddy has risen to his feet by this point, Logan drops him with the Whiplash sling blade. FBE’s Resident Doctor stares at his currently downed opponent, and realizes it’s time for a medical procedure…how about a Facial Reconstruction! Wright begins stomping on Paddy’s face, knocking him unconscious, before finally putting an end to the assault with the PDF Kamigoye.
Dr. Logan Wright def. Paddy Murphy via pinfall
As the ref raises Dr. Logan Wright’s hand, the crowd begins…booing? Wright looks around, confused at the negative reaction. I didn’t cheat, I just found a way to win the match. I didn’t do anything wrong… did I? As he heads into the backstage area, he’s quickly approached by a young-looking intern, a microphone in his hand:
Reporter: “Hello, my name is Ryan St. Brown, and I’m with the-”
Logan Wright: “Hang on, your last name is St. Brown? Are you related to Amon-Ra by chance?
Reporter: “No relation.”
Logan Wright: “That’s disappointing. But go ahead, ask your question.”
Reporter: “We just saw you pick up a strong victory over one of FBE’s fan favorites in Paddy Murphy. However, at the end of the match, you clearly looked more agitated than usual, and some would say you used more force than was needed to win-”
Logan Wright: “Are you one of the people saying that?”
Reporter: “Well, I…uh…”
Logan Wright: “Look, I like Paddy and Sensei. But at the same time, they took privileged medical information from me. Sure, maybe I shouldn’t have used that PDF at the end…but should I regret using one of my standard maneuvers to win a match? No, and I don’t. Next question.”
Reporter: “Ok, fair enough. You’re doing well in the Shining Light League right now, and I have to ask: if you were to win the whole thing, who would you challenge?
Logan Wright: “I don’t like dealing with hypotheticals. I much prefer diagnosing current problems with all the information at my disposal. So I’m not answering that.”
Reporter (muttering): “Man, you’re a lot more boring in person than I thought you would be. Your answers suck.”
This comment draws the ire of Wright, who moves closer towards the reporter.
Reporter: “What? Prove me wrong. Give me a message that’s actually worthwhile, and I’ll be more than happy to rescind that comment.”
Logan Wright: “I know you’re just looking for a soundbite to try and further your career, but you’ve got my attention. Ask away.”
Reporter: “Are you the best pure rules competitor in FBE?”
Logan Wright: “You’re damn right I am. They call Inferno Baba Blitz? They ought to call me Da-Da Blitz, because all these wrestlers gunning for my title… THEY’RE CHILDREN COMPARED TO ME!”
The reporter gives a sly smirk as he walks away, having gotten what he needed. Meanwhile, Wright finds a nearby chair to sit on, putting his head down. However, his moment of silence is soon interrupted by a familiar voice:
Jared Gallagher: “Weird night for you, eh?”
Wright looks up to see his once-cameraman and friend moving towards him. However, with the doctor’s tumultuous year, their relationship became more strained, not having spoken for a while…until now.
Logan Wright: “That’s one way of putting it.”
There’s a bit of an awkward silence for a few moments, as neither man initially wants to speak. Eventually though, Gallagher gains his composure:
Jared Gallagher: “Look, I know you probably don’t wanna speak to me-”
Logan Wright: “Then maybe you should stop talking.”
Jared Gallagher: “Ok fine, but let me ask you something first: what were you doing with that last remark to the reporter? It wasn’t as cool as it likely sounded in your head.”
Logan Wright: “I was doing a play on words, what’s confusing about it?”
Jared Gallagher: “Yeah, but you do realize “Baba” translates to “father” too? So instead of being clever, you were essentially just rehashing Inferno’s nickname.”
Logan Wright: “Fuck.”
Jared Gallagher: “Forget about that though, I wanted to talk to you about something else. I heard from a little birdie that you were taking advice from Logan Lawrence.”
Logan Wright: “Logan Flight ratted on me? I knew he couldn’t be trusted.”
Jared Gallagher: “That’s not the birdie I meant…you know what, forget it. I just want you to understand that being overly aggressive isn’t the key to success. You’ve already been good up to this point, don’t lose your true self by being more of a jackass.”
Logan Wright: “Yeah, being good is fine…but I don’t wanna just be “good” anymore. I wanna be great. I want to prove myself as the pillar of something, and pure rules is the best chance I have at that. But relax, I don’t wanna just be an asshole for the sake of being one either.”
Jared Gallagher: “Ok, that’s fine. But if you want to improve… What's your next move? Gonna do some training with the rest of the Ark? Maybe ask your medical colleagues for some more dieting tips?
Logan briefly thinks about the suggestions, before he remembers something that Sensei told him…
Logan Wright: “No, I have a better idea… I’m going to Nepal.”
And with that, Dr. Wright starts heading towards the exit, a smile on his face, while Jared Gallagher is just left confused. He never even said why he was going there, what in the world is he doing…
One Week Before Unbreakable V: Kathmandu, Nepal
After a long trip, Logan Wright has finally made it into the heart of the Himalayan Mountains. He gets out of the car, paying and thanking the driver who escorted him from the airport to get to this point. He reaches into his pocket, grabbing the “business” card that led him to this location. He stares at it for a few moments, glancing up and down to make sure he’s in the right place. Yep, this is the one…
In front of Dr. Wright stands a worn-down house. It's small, with what looks to be only one story, and the white color is wearing away like the wooden beams supporting it. There’s a window near the front door, but a set of blinds are covering it up. As Logan approaches the entry-way, he smells a distinct odor of soup. Taking a breath, he knocks on the door. As he does so, a crash of glass can be heard on the other side, and there’s some momentary yelling before a tired-looking individual opens the door.
???: “May I help you?”
Logan Wright: “Hello, my name is Logan Wright. I’ve been informed that an incredibly wise teacher of medicine and healing resides here…”
???: “You’re correct, but he’s not seeing anyone today. Come back another time…”
Logan Wright: “Wait, I really need this. And I think I know one of his friends, they pointed this place out to me.”
???: “What’s the name of this friend?”
Logan Wright: “He’s known as Sensei-”
“LETT HYMN INN!”
This yelling from inside the house startles Wright, and the man at the doorway sighs, motioning for Logan to come in. As the doctor does so, he glances around the house, immediately noticing the kitchen area. Sitting at a table there is an older gentleman, with a pair of glasses on and a cane at his side, Logan quickly realizing he’s blind. The man from the doorway points for Logan to sit down with him, and Wright obliges, positioning himself in the chair next to the old individual.
Logan Wright: “Hello sir, it’s a pleasure to meet-”
???: “HALLO! IHT IST VAIRY GNEISS TWO MEAT YU! MI NEIGHME IST BLOGAN BITE!”
Wright briefly cringes at the yelling of the individual, looking back with a confused look on his face to the figure near the door. He notices a nametag on the figure he hadn’t seen before, reading “Bibek”.
Bibek: “Yeah, don’t worry about that. He’s blind and almost deaf, he needs to speak loudly to make himself sure he’s actually talking. Oh, and he said, “Hello, it is very nice to meet you. My name is Blogan Bite.”
Logan Wright: “Wait, why are you translating for him? He’s speaking directly to me, I know what he’s saying.”
Bibek: “Oh, just so the readers of this episode actually have a clue as to what’s going on.”
Logan Wright: “Wait what readers… oh, we’re doing another fourth wall break, gotcha.”
Blogan Bite: “Y HOV U CUHMM HEAR?”
Bibek: (“Why have you come here?”)
Logan Wright: “I’m looking for some advice. For a while now, I’ve felt an inner conflict in my emotional state and my moral compass. I want to be more aggressive, to try and be the best…but I don’t want to abandon the roots of my existence that helped shape me into who I am. Do you have any advice?”
Blogan Bite: “HYMMMMMM…. A TUFF PRAHBLIM INN DEED!”
Bibek: (“Hmmm… A tough problem indeed.”)
Suddenly, Blogan reaches towards his side, reaching into a bag. He shakes it around for a bit, before pulling out something from inside. He triumphantly slams it onto the table, before pushing it towards Dr. Wright. Logan looks at it for a few moments, an incredulous look on his face.
Logan Wright: “Why exactly are you… what is… what do you expect me to do with a copy of Fire and Ice by Robert Frost?
Blogan Bite: “HEE IST UHHH GRATE POE EHT! TAKEUHHH INN SPUR AYE SHUN FROMM HYMM!”
Bibek: (“He is a great poet. Take inspiration from him.”)
Logan Wright: “So… let me get this straight: your solution to my problem is…writing fucking poetry?”
Blogan Bite: “WASH YUR LANGWAGEE JUNG MANN! POEHHH TREE IST UHHH BEUTUHFULL THYNG!”
Bibek: (“Watch your language young man. Poetry is a beautiful thing.”)
Logan Wright: “Yeah but…surely there’s something that’s more suitable for my situation?”
Blogan Bite: “EYE ARM UHHH FRAYED KNOT! TEH BAHG HAHS SPOKANE!”
Bibek: (“I am afraid not. The bag has spoken.”)
Logan Wright: “Wait, do you just reach in the bag and randomly pull out an object for everyone that comes in?”
Blogan Bite: “OFF COORS! WATT ELSUHHH WOOD EYE DOO?”
Bibek: (“Of course. What else would I do?”)
Logan Wright: “Ok, I think we’re done here. Thank you for this… attempt at a recommendation. You’re truly one of the people I’ve ever met.”
As Logan gets up, Blogan extends a hand. Reluctantly, Wright shakes it, before heading to the doorway, acknowledging Bibek, and leaving the worn-down house. As he heads towards the street, he’s just left to ponder what transpired. That was dumb… traveling thousands of miles instead of just doing training was rather pointless. But as he gets in the car, ready to go back to the airport, another set of thoughts come over him. You know what…maybe I can make the best out of this situation…maybe writing poetry actually can do me some good…
Day Before Unbreakable V: Dr. Wright’s Office
With just 24 hours until Unbreakable, Jared Gallagher and Charles Crandall figure Wright is busy with training, or if nothing else, his medical work. However, they’re surprised to receive an invite to his office, and though Gallagher tries to ask him what it’s about, he gets no answer. It frustrates him, but he figures it must be important, so after grabbing a quick bite with Charles, they head over to the office. By this point in time, Crandall is fairly quiet, his eyes becoming increasingly purple for longer periods of time and Wrogan slowly and quietly influencing his personality, but the time to reveal that isn’t here…yet.
When they reach the hall outside the office, they’re surprised to see Logan standing in the doorway, a smile on his face. He invites them in, even having an assortment of pastries and desserts on the table for his friends to snack on. While Jared is quick to grab a danish, he’s also quick to raise eyebrows at this behavior.
Jared Gallagher: “Logan, what is all this for? This feels…too nice…
Logan Wright: “What, a man can’t just happen to invite his friends over for some delicious treats?”
Jared Gallagher: “You’re not fooling anyone man, just tell us why we’re here.”
Logan Wright: “Ok fine, you got me. The reason you’re here today… I wanted you to be the first screenings of my first-ever poem!”
Though Crandall is wearing sunglasses, he and Gallagher are quick to shoot each other a glance of confusion.
Jared Gallagher: “What?”
Logan Wright: “That’s right, when I went to Nepal, the man I met recommended I write poetry to ease my tensions and help me become a better person. I thought he was insane, but as I started to write, I realized…he may be right!”
Jared Gallagher: “That’s…but…I’m so confused. You didn’t even get any real training or medicinal techniques? You just got…told to write? What even is your topic?”
Logan Wright: “I’m glad you asked, old chum! I’ve entitled this poem…
An Ode To Jay…
In the garden lived a bird
Who truly loved to sing
It was a beautiful mockingjay
And through the air, its voice did ring
The bird was beloved
And believed to be a Hero
But little did the world know
Of its painful little ego
This bird fought and fought
It did everything to grow
But when abandoned by friends
It was a true low blow
Once upon a time, the group was
United, and forever in-sync
But when the Jay hit the bottle
Oh, did their PROSPECTS ever so sink
And the bird has recovered
It has regained its feathers
But little does the jay know
Of the impending, harsh weathers
For the jay may spread its wings
And fly in the dark
But it doesn’t know
Of its impending, dangerous arc
This bird will fly, and
It truly wants to win
But the true challenge is here
For the Doctor is in!
As Wright finishes his last line, his theatrical reading of the lines now finished, he finally turns towards his faithful audience. He’s met with a blank look from Charles Crandall, the sunglasses still firmly covering his eyes. And Jared… his mouth is agape, trying to process what he just heard.
Logan Wright: “So… what did you think?”
Jared Gallagher: “I… what… how… why… I don’t know what to say.”
Logan Wright: “You can show your appreciation by clapping, I worked really hard on that.”
Jared Gallagher: “I could… but let me get this straight… This is how you’re handling your upcoming rematch with Jay? Making a poem that only we’ve listened to, and not trying to find a way to, I don’t know, not finish the match in a time-limit draw?”
Logan Wright: “Forget about that, tell me if I should improve the language I used and how the poem flowed together. I could probably stand to write a poem for the tag team title match as well.”
Jared Gallagher: “Logan, Logan, Logan… Ok, if you want to live in this strange world of yours, go ahead. The poem was fine, but you weren’t exactly subtle with it, especially at the end. Like I get you want to beat Jay, and I know you were mad with what he said about you in the past…but really, finishing the entire thing about the Doctor being in? That doesn’t even make sense with the vibe you established.”
Logan Wright: “Fair critique, I’ll keep that in mind when I continue writing these.”
Jared Gallagher: “Come on man, it’s cool that you have a hobby, but I know just how much you cared about wrestling. Please, just step away from the paper and train while you still have a little bit of time left before tomorrow. I know we’re not as close as we once were…but if nothing else, do it for the rest of the Ark. Do it out of spite against Wrogan. Do it to prove that you’re not completely crazy, and that you deserve to be where you are in life.”
It’s with this line that something seems to click in Logan’s head. He looks towards Jared, nodding his head, and he moves towards his desk. He stares at all the notes and rough drafts he had been working on for his writings, a frown coming over his face.
Logan Wright: “I wish I was normal… I wish I didn’t go through these personality changes every other day. You’re right Jared…You’ve always been right. Wrestling needs to come first, and I have everything I need to stay energized. I don’t want to be passive, I don’t want to be aggressive…I just want to live. And tomorrow…things are going to get fun.”
Gallagher smiles at Wright being reinvigorated, and the pair share a quick hug. Upon Jared and Charles leaving, Dr. Wright takes a quick look in his mirror, and smiles at the expression of confidence now piercing through his eyes. He grabs his coat, turns off the light, and so begins a long and tedious night at the gym…
Night of Death Before Impurity:
The Finals are here… and Logan Wright is in them. After weeks leading-into months of this Shining Light League Tournament running center-stage on Blitz, the Doctor has gotten to where he wanted to be…where he needed to be. As he sits in the locker room, getting himself mentally prepared for the tall task that comes with facing DTJ’s Hunter Maguire, he sees in his peripheral vision someone entering the room. He glances up, smiling to see Jared coming to visit.
Jared Gallagher: “Hey champ, how we feeling about tonight?”
Logan Wright: “Whatever happens tonight…well, what I know will happen tonight… is PURE-ly destiny.”
Jared Gallagher: “Not your best joke, but glad to see you’ve been in positive spirits recently.”
Logan Wright: “Yep, tonight has to be the moment where everything pays off…it just has to…”
Jared Gallagher: “It will… I believe in you. And if you don’t mind me asking…who would you want to face at P.U.R.E. if things go your way?”
Logan Wright: “You know I can’t answer that right now, I have to get the job done first.”
Jared Gallagher: “Fair enough, fair enough. I should be heading off…go get em’, champ.”
With that, Gallagher leaves the room, and Wright rises to his feet. He looks at his arms, then his legs, then finds the mirror. He stares into his soul…Come on out Doctor…It’s operation time…
Post-Match Press Conference
Dr. Logan Wright did it.
As he’s now backstage, being greeted with a bottle of champagne that was ordered for him, Logan is still trying to ponder what just took place out there. From the match itself… to the seconds after the match realizing he won… to the return of the legend Petite Jupiter, handing him the trophy…
It’s all absolutely surreal, and Logan is at a loss for words. However, as he gets word that reporters are waiting to get a word from him, he quickly gathers his composure. He takes a big swig from the champagne bottle, before heading into the room, waving to the assortment of familiar and different faces. He moves towards the stage, taking a seat and getting the mic setup, ready to hear questions.
Reporter #1: “That was a hell of a match you had, Dr. Wright. What’s going through your head right now?”
Logan Wright: “Honestly, half of it is just my brain screaming and the other half is random gibberish. I can’t fully process either, but when I feel this way… I’m fucking pumped. But I do wanna quickly say… I respect you Hunter, I really do. You’ve been a tough opponent twice now… but that’s all the positives I can really say right now. Fuck DTJ.”
Reporter #2: “We just witnessed the return of Petite Jupiter, and the fans certainly loved it. But what did you think about it? Did you feel as though he was stealing your thunder by returning immediately after your big moment?”
Logan Wright: “Look, I know you’re looking for a soundbite, and I caved in several weeks ago to that one reporter. I’m not gonna do that here though. I faced Petite Jupiter in 2021, and I know just how good he is. He deserved to get that electric crowd reaction, and I couldn’t have asked for a better person to hand me the beautiful Shining Light League trophy.”
Reporter #3: “But now Dr. Wright, I think we all have a question on our minds. In addition to that trophy, you have the chance to pick your challenger for P.U.R.E, and that’s a lot of power. So if you can tell us…who are you gonna be facing?
Logan smiles at the question, fully expecting it to have been asked. He glances around the room, noticing Kaze Tanaka, Code Blue, Cactus Mike, and Jared Gallagher all standing at the back. He nods at them, before getting the mic, ready to make the announcement:
“In my time in FBE, there have been times where I’ve felt…insecure. Insecure about my talent, insecure about if people actually liked me or not, and insecure about my failures especially. But 2023… let’s just say it’s been a great Spring of Stethoscopes so far. You all know I’ve held the Pure Championship for about four months now, and I’ve faced my fair share of great individuals. But this second title run… it’s missing something. My past, in particular my 2021, was riddled with failures against veterans of this company. Losses to Inferno, to Nate Matthews, to Petite Jupiter… wins were hard to come by. I turned things around in 2022, but even then, my 1st Pure Title reign came to an end at the hands of FBE’s Resident Bastard. It feels like it’s just inevitable, and a running gag…
…But nowadays, I look at myself differently. Other people look at me differently. I’ve grown into what I wanted to be, what I hoped I would be… hell, I’ve even been dubbed as being somewhat of a “Final Boss.” I don’t want to get too egotistical, but not having lost since January… man, the ship I’m on, that being the Ark of course, is on a perfect path. But sometimes, it’s better to go for a different path, a path that stands out…to maybe make history…
So with that, this decision has drifted in my mind, and I’ve weighed all my options carefully. I’ve considered juniors and heavyweights. I’ve considered people from my past or completely fresh opponents. I’ve considered people who would die to win the Pure Championship, or even those who have disrespected it, to show them what it’s all about. But after a while, something finally clicked in my head. I’ve tried to forget that previously mentioned “can never beat a veteran legend” stigma, but until I get a decisive win, it’ll always float right alongside the ocean that contains my thoughts and dreams. So I will be challenging a long-time competitor of FBE, a man who has wrestled here for many years…
But the question of who was certainly a fascinating one…for about a minute. For once this name came to me, it never escaped. This man has held his share of championship gold, This man knows a thing or two about being dubbed a “Final Boss.” And this man has quite the past experience against the Ark… except with me. And to this man, I officially extend the challenge…if he's willing to accept it...
The stage is set…the main event of P.U.R.E…for the FBE Pure Championship…The match you reporters and all the worldwide fans of FBE will get to witness is…
Doctor Logan Wright vs. Apeirogone
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2023.05.28 04:51 Junior_Button5882 11 Terrifying-But-True Horror Stories Reported in the News - From fatal exorcisms to unexplained deaths and devil worship—these are some real-life nightmares.
A terrifying movie
gets your blood pumping in the moment of consumption, sure—we covered our eyes in Squid Game
with the rest of the world. But for the most part, you rest easy afterward knowing that what you've witnessed is fiction, deliberately spun up to creep you out. When the real world gets eerier than anything Stephen King
could dream up, that's
when you have every right to get a little scared of the dark.
Once in a while, a story of a dreadful disappearance, demonic possession, or devil worship will land in the local paper instead of a pulpy old paperback. We've rounded up the most unnerving real-life tales below. In honor of spooky season, here are eleven we can't stop thinking about.
The Axe Murder House
The Villisca Axe Murder House in Villisca, Iowa is a well-known tourist attraction for ghost hunters and horror lovers alike. The site of a gruesome unsolved 1912 murder, in which six children and two adults had their skulls completely crushed by the axe of an unknown perpetrator, was purchased in 1994, restored to its 1912 condition, and converted into a tourist destination. It costs $428 a night to stay
at the old haunted home, where visitors always report strange paranormal experiences, such as visions of a man with an axe roaming the halls or the faint screams of children.
But in November of 2014, the haunting took a darker turn. Robert Steven Laursen Jr., 37, of Rhinelander, Wisconsin was on a regular recreational paranormal visit with friends when true horror struck. Per VICE
His companions found him stabbed in the chest—an apparently self-inflicted wound—called 9-1-1, and Laursen was brought to a nearby hospital before being helicoptered to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said
Laursen suffered the self-inflicted injury at about 12:45 a.m., which is around the same time the 1912 axe murders in the house began.
Laursen recovered from his injuries, but has never spoken publicly about what occurred that day. For Martha Linn, the owner of the home, the incident was very upsetting. "It's publicity, but it's not exactly the kind of publicity you desire to have. I don't want people thinking that when they come to the Villisca Axe Murder House something's going to happen that's going to make them do something like that.” The house remains open for tourist visits and overnight stays today.
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The Haunted Doll
When you think of haunted dolls, it’s likely the creepy old Victorian-looking porcelain kind that springs to mind. None of which you probably have laying around. Still, don’t get too comfortable around any kids toys too soon, though: a Disney’s Frozen
Elsa doll that was gifted for Christmas 2013 in the Houston area made headlines earlier this year when it seemingly became haunted.
Per KPRC2 Houston News:
The doll recited phrases from the movie Frozen and sang “Let It Go” when a button on its necklace was pressed.
“For two years it did that in English,” mother Emily Madonia said. “In 2015, it started doing it alternating between Spanish and English. There wasn’t a button that changed these, it was just random."
The family has owned the doll for more than six years and never changed its batteries. The mother says the doll would randomly begin to speak and sing even with its switch turned off.
The family decided to throw the creepy doll out in December of 2019. Weeks later, they found it inside a bench in their living room. “The kids insisted they didn’t put it there, and I believed them because they wouldn’t have dug through the garbage outside,” Madonia told KPRC2 Houston News.
At that point, Elsa ceased to sing the English rendition of “Let It Go” altogether, speaking only Spanish when pressed. The family then double-bagged the bizarre doll and placed it at the bottom of their garbage which was taken out on garbage day. They went on a trip shortly after, but when they returned, Elsa too had come back, and was waiting in the backyard of their home.
This time, the family mailed Elsa to a family friend in Minnesota, who taped the haunted doll to the front bumper of his truck. It doesn’t seem to have made its way back to Houston yet, as per Madonia’s latest February Facebook update
on the creepy doll.
A Deadly Exorcism
In August 2016 in North London, 26-year-old Kennedy Ife began acting strange and aggressive following a pain in his throat. He reportedly bit his father, threatened to cut off his own penis, and complained of a python or snake inside of him before his family restrained him to a bed with cable ties and excessive force.
As the BBC reported
“The family then set about attempting to ‘cure’ Kennedy through restraint and prayer over the next three days, the court was told.”
His brother, Colin Ife, told
“It’s clear that thing was in him, what we believed was a demon because it was not natural. It was clearly trying to kill him,” he said.
“We had to restrain him for himself. It was clear if we didn’t restrain him, he could have tried to harm people in our family.”
Kennedy Ife had been bound to his bed for three days without medical attention when his brother called emergency services, explaining that Kennedy Ife was complaining of dehydration. He appeared to have developed breathing issues, and was pronounced dead at 10:17 a.m.
As The Independent reported
While police were at the house Colin Ife allegedly carried out an “attempted resurrection” by chanting and praying for Mr. Ife.
All seven of Kennedy Ife’s family members were accused of manslaughter, false imprisonment, and causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult. A post-mortem examination revealed over 60 wounds including a possible bite on Kennedy Ife’s body, and his father, Kenneth Ife, along with four of his brothers, sustained injuries as well.
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The BBC reported
Kenneth Ife told jurors he ordered his sons to take shifts and use "overwhelming force" but denied that an "association with cults, occults and secret societies" played any part in the death.
After a four day jury deliberation
, all seven family members were cleared of charges on March 14, 2019.
📷Witches prepare themselves for a journey by broomstick to the Black Mountain, circa 1650. From a 17th century Dutch copperplate by Adrianus Hubertus.Hulton Archive
Dead Animals in the Walls
When the Bretzuis family decided to insulate their home in Auburn, Pennsylvania in 2015, they discovered that it had already been—with scores of dead animal carcasses.
As Fox reported
The dead animals were wrapped in newspapers from the 1930s and 40s and were among half-used spices, and other items.
After removing the items they sent hundreds of artifacts and carcasses to an expert in Kutztown.
The expert attributed the rotting animals in their walls to Pow-wow or Dutch magic, a ritual originating in the culture of the Pennsylvania Dutch to treat ailments and gain physical and spiritual protection. The Pennsylvania Dutch were a group of German-speaking settlers to Pennsylvania in the 1600 and 1700’s, and are often of Lutheran, Mennonite, or Amish faiths.
The Washington Post notes
on the magic:
Many of the spells deal with the care of livestock, finding water, or the treatment of minor ailments, reflecting the conditions and concerns of early American settlers.
But powwow also has within it a tradition of darker spells, and even of such things as conjuring demons.
One notable ritual in their tradition is this hex
to create loyalty in a dog:
To attach a dog to a person, provided nothing else was used before to effect it: Try to draw some of your blood, and let the dog eat it along with his food, and he will stay with you.
The mold found on the rotting carcasses in the Bretzuis home has caused illness among the family members, and they say that the odor hasn’t gone away.
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Florida Devil Worshipping
Friends noticed that Danielle Harkins, a 35-year-old schoolteacher near St. Petersburg, Florida, started acting strangely in June of 2012, developing an interest in demonic rituals.
Soon after, she was arrested for abuse of seven of her former students, as the Tampa Bay Times reported
Danielle Harkins told the kids they needed to rid their bodies of demons as the group gathered before dusk Saturday around a small fire near the St. Petersburg Pier. They should cut their skin to let the evil spirits out, police said she told the children. Then, they needed to burn the wounds to ensure that those spirits would not return.
When Harkins held a lighter to one teen's hand, wind blew the flame out, police said. That prompted her to douse his hand in perfume before setting it on fire. The boy suffered second-degree burns, police said.
Another teen was cut on the neck with a broken bottle, police said. Harkins used a flame to heat a small key, which she then used to cauterize the wound.
The police were notified because a friend of one of the students who participated in the ritual raised alarms. However none of the students themselves told their parents about the event or would comment following the arrest of Harkins for aggravated battery and child abuse.
Investigators said they've spoken to Harkins, but she didn't spell out what type of religion would require such drastic measures.
"She hasn't informed us exactly what she was trying to accomplish with this," Puetz [of the St. Petersburg Police Department] said.
The Death of Elisa Lam
Elisa Lam was last seen on January 31, 2013 in the lobby of the Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. She was vacationing through the West Coast, documenting the trip on her blog, and checking in with her parents every day. On January 31 those calls stopped. Lam had vanished. Soon the police were involved and her parents arrived to help with the search.
They had nothing. That February, LAPD released elevator surveillance footage of Lam before her disappearance. The footage shows Lam behaving strangely in the elevator, appearing to talk with invisible people, peering around the corner of the door, crouching in the corner, and opening and closing the door. But what exactly is going on in this video raises more questions than answers. Theories range from psychotic episodes, to demonic possession, to unknown assailants just out of the camera's view:
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Around that time, hotel guests started reported weird things happening with the Cecil Hotel water supply. As CNN reports
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"The shower was awful," said Sabina Baugh, who spent eight days there during the investigation. "When you turned the tap on, the water was coming black first for two seconds and then it was going back to normal."The tap water "tasted horrible," Baugh said. "It had a very funny, sweety, disgusting taste. It's a very strange taste. I can barely describe it."But for a week, they never complained. "We never thought anything of it," she said. "We thought it was just the way it was here."
On the morning of February 19, a hotel employee climbed to the roof and used a ladder to investigate the hotel's water storage tanks. That's where authorities found the decomposing, naked body of Lam, whose personal items were found nearby. After an autopsy, her death was labeled accidental. NBC Los Angeles reported at the time
about the strange circumstances in the hotel's past:
The tank has a metal latch that can be opened, but authorities said access to the roof is secured with an alarm and lock.The single-room-occupancy hotel has an unusual history. "Night Stalker" Richard Ramirez, who was found guilty of 14 slayings in the 1980s, lived on the 14th floor for several months in 1985. And international serial killer Jack Unterweger is suspected of murdering three prostitutes during the time he lived there in 1991. He killed himself in jail in 1994.In 1962, a female occupant jumped out of one the hotel's windows, killing herself and a pedestrian on whom she landed.
In February 2021, a Netflix doc
called Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel
explored Elisa's tragic case and the history of the "cursed" Cecil Hotel
An Exorcism in Indianapolis
Last year, the Indianapolis Star published a lengthy report
on a family terrorized by three children allegedly possessed by demons. The account of Latoya Ammons and her family tells disturbing stories of children climbing up the walls, getting thrown across rooms, and children threatening doctors in deep unnatural voices. It would seem like something straight out of a movie–a work of fantasy, except all of these accounts were more or less corroborated with "nearly 800 pages of official records obtained by the Indianapolis Star and recounted in more than a dozen interviews with police, DCS personnel, psychologists, family members and a Catholic priest."
One of the more chilling sections of the report includes a segment about the possessed 9-year-old:
According to Washington's original DCS report—an account corroborated by Walker, the nurse—the 9-year-old had a "weird grin" and walked backward up a wall to the ceiling. He then flipped over Campbell, landing on his feet. He never let go of his grandmother's hand.
Another segment of the piece reads:
The 12-year-old would later tell mental health professionals that she sometimes felt as if she were being choked and held down so she couldn't speak or move. She said she heard a voice say she'd never see her family again and wouldn't live another 20 minutes.
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In September of 2014, a Utah teen returned to his home to find his parents and three siblings dead. "In a notebook, a 'to-do list' had been scribbled on the pages ... The list looked as if the parents were readying to go on vacation—items such as 'feed the pets' and 'find someone to watch after the house' were written," The Salt Lake Tribune reported
. It appeared to be murder-suicide, but there was no suicide note, no prior indication that they would do this, no explanation. Police could not figure out why two parents would kill themselves and three of their four children.
For a year, no one knew exactly what happened to the family, or what would drive the parents to do something so unthinkable. In January, police released more chilling details in the case. According to accounts from family members and an investigation by police, the parents were driven by a belief that the apocalypse was coming and an obsession with a convicted killer. As the Washington Post reported
Friends and family told police that the parents were worried about the "evil in the world" and wanted to escape a "pending apocalypse." But most assumed they just wanted to move somewhere "off the grid." Investigators also found letters written by Kristi Strack to one of the state's most infamous convicted killers, Dan Lafferty, who was convicted in the 1984 fatal stabbing of his sister-in-law and her 1-year-old daughter. According to trial testimony, he killed the victims at the order of his brother, Ron Lafferty, who claimed to have had a revelation from God. The story became a book called "Under the Banner of Heaven."Police said Kristi Strack became friends with Dan Lafferty, and she and her husband even visited him in prison.
The Phone Stalker
In 2007, ABC news documented
a series of cell phone calls to families with terrifyingly specific death threats. The unidentified callers knew exactly what families were doing and what they were wearing.
The families say the calls come in at all hours of the night, threatening to kill their children, their pets and grandparents. Voice mails arrive, playing recordings of their private conversations, including one with a local police detective.The caller knows, the families said, what they're wearing and what they're doing. And after months of investigating, police seem powerless to stop them.
This went on with the Kuykenall family for months, who reported a caller with a scratchy voice threatening to slit their throats.
When the Fircrest, Wash., police tried to find the culprit, the calls were traced back to the Kuykendalls' own phones -- even when they were turned off.It got worse. The Kuykendalls and two other Fircrest families told ABC News that they believe the callers are using their cell phones to spy on them. They say the hackers know their every move: where they are, what they're doing and what they're wearing. The callers have recorded private conversations, the families and police said, including a meeting with a local detective.
After moving into their $1.3 million dream home, a New Jersey family started receiving creepy death threats from someone who identified themselves as "The Watcher." As CBS News reported
earlier this year:
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Since moving in, the owners said they have received numerous letters from the mysterious person. "The Watcher" claimed the home "has been the subject of my family for decades," and "I have been put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming," Castro reported.The new owners have several children, and other letters asked, "Have they found out what's in the walls yet?" and "I am pleased to know your names now, and the name of the young blood you have brought to me."
The family was forced to flee from their home and later filed a lawsuit against the previous owners.
Issei the Cannibal
In 1974, 24-year-old Wako University student Issei Sagawa allegedly followed a German woman to her home in Tokyo, Japan, broke into her apartment while she was sleeping, and attempted to cut a piece of flesh off her body to consume. When she awoke, she reportedly fought him and he was later captured by the police. According to a 2012 Vice
documentary that covered Issei's bizarre story, he was mistakenly charged with attempted rape and his wealthy father paid the victim a settlement outside of court to have the charges dropped.
Seven years later, in 1981, he allegedly committed a murder in France—shooting and eating a fellow University student, Renée Hartevelt. Issei creepily documented the entire experience with photographs and he was captured by authorities once again while attempting to dump the rest of her body in the Bois de Boulogne lake. He was deported back to Japan and committed to a mental institution. For reason unknown, his psychologists in Japan declared that he was sane. Furthermore, a legal technicality involving the French government refusing to turn over the documents from his case meant that his murder charges were dropped completely. He checked himself out of the mental hospital and has reportedly been walking the streets as a free man ever since. Issei has even become a controversial celebrity, writing over 20 books. According to Japan Today
, he most recently fantasized about an unnamed TV actress, saying: "I'll catch a glimpse of her thigh and think, 'That sure looks tasty.' But I don't feel like I actually want to eat it. As I accomplished the act of cannibalism once, there's no meaning to maintaining the desire for it anymore. In my book, I wrote that it [human flesh] was tasty, but that was not really true; I'd much rather eat Matsuzaka (Kobe) beef. But because I'd desired to consume human flesh for so long, I'd managed to convince myself that it would necessarily be delicious."
Issei Sagawa was also referenced in the Rolling Stones song "Too Much Blood," with the lyrics reading: "And when he ate her he took her bones/To the Bois de Boulogne." He is currently
73 years old and continues to live in Kawaski City, Japan. To this day, no one knows why France did not allow Japan to give him a trial.
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Wren: Awww, Yuka!
🏁Wren CF: Seeing Yuka leave is bittersweet. I had gotten really close with her. But when you're in the bottom two, you can only focus on it not being your name on that lipstick. One of us had to go, better her than me!
Fleur: I'd say I can't believe she's gone this early, but I'm afraid I saw it coming.
Fleur: If there's one thing about me and Yuka being in a competition together, it's that I'll make it farther. Bring out the tiny violins, bye bitch!
🏁Fleur CF: Did Yuka do anything to me? Hmm, that's a dumb question. But I do know that she was in the competition, and now she's not!
Morgs: Blondie and Zodya, congratulations. I'll admit, I was hoping this would be our week. But you did a nice job.
Blondie: Thank you.
Sharris: Let's hope that there aren't any more pity wins this season. That would be great.
Zodya: There's a difference between a pity win and being the best team to follow the rules.
Sharris: And I don't think you were either!
Zodya: Sharris, I don't need you making this a miserable experience.
🏁Zodya CF: I feel like Sharris brings a dark cloud over the competition. I trust Morgs and Steph, and I know that they trust Sharris. For now, I can play nice. But when it comes down to the inner group of the alliance, she'll have to go.
Kami: Blondie, how are you feeling after being in the top?
Blondie: It felt right, it felt correct!
Fleur: Oh shut up.
Blondie: Alright, that came out of nowhere, but work.
Wren: I'm sure my lipstick is in your bra right now, but it really was nice to see you get celebrated like that.
Blondie: I actually chose Yuka.
Wren: Girl, you don't need to lie. It's fine, really. Blondie pulls her lipstick out to reveal she truly did choose Yuka
Blondie: Not lying.
Wren: What the hell, I'm at a loss right now.
🏁Blondie CF: Saving Wren was not an easy decision. I know people want her gone. And after what went down between the two of us, I had a million reasons to get her out of here. But this is the new version of Blondie, and I've made the decision to fight for this friendship. And that can only happen once one of us decides to be the bigger person. And that's usually not me, but there's a first for everything!
Blondie: What you did, it hurt me. But things I did on Season Six, that hurt you. If we keep going after each other, we can't move forward. the camera slowly pans over to Sue who is hysterically crying
Sue: I just...I just love seeing the birth of a friendship!
🏁Steph CF: If any of you question why I love this bitch, now you know. The sweetest soul I know.
Wren: Blondie, that means a lot to me. Thank you. Now, I still don't know if it should've been me in the bottom, but thank you.
Fleur: Here we go again.
Anthyy: Who do you think should've been in the bottom?
Wren: Our challenge was to show up at a certain time and perform. Most of us did that. But two of us didn't. Sharris squints her eyes and takes off her earrings, handing them over to Morgs
Sharris: Wren, you're a joke. Not just a joke, an embarrassment. Why the fuck are you even here?
Wren: Excuse me?
Sharris: You take this so seriously, and it makes me physically uncomfortable. It's a game, calm down.
Wren: I'm not apologizing for showing up to a competition and wanting to compete.
Sharris: You need to apologize for a lot more than that. Starting with that face.
Fleur: And then work your way down.
Zodya: Are we really doing this right now? You're all taking this too far, and it needs to stop. I'm serious.
Sharris: Oh bug off, you don't need to play mediator.
Zodya: Sharris, stop. I'm not letting you attack my friend.
Sharris: If that's the kind of freak you're friends with, that says everything about you.
🏁Sharris CF: I won't rest until Wren is out of the competition. I don't like her, I haven't liked her, and I will never like her. It's not even about winning anymore. It's about breaking this bitch from the inside. The Next Day the queens enter the workroom, laughing and ignoring the drama from the previous night
🏁Anthyy CF: It's a new day in the workroom, and the stress of the competition is clearly getting to these girls! I feel good, staying out of the drama, and ready to slay. You won't see me safe again, that's not a cute look!
Sue: Seeing how many people are still here just shows how big this season is going to be. Three girls down, and we can still barely fit around the table.
Sharris: Some of you can skip some meals, and that'll change!
🏁Sue CF: I'm afraid that I'm fading into the background, and it's about time that I step forward. On Season Four, I never got to a win, even though I was close. I know that these girls think my attitude is more fun and relaxed, but I won't let them underestimate me. the workroom door swings open as Micro steps in, wearing a sliver puffer track suit with futuristic silver sunglasses
Micro: Greetings Earth queens! When I invited each of you back, I did so because you are the best and brightest in the galaxy. And to prove that, it's time to take things out of this world. Behind me, there's a table full of celestial inspired materials. Each of you will design a high fashion look that takes us to infinity and beyond. Now, some of you may not love the idea of producing your own look. Which is why you have options! If you'd like, you are able to use a pre-existing look. The only catch is that you need to modify it enough so that it reads as your own unique creation. Good luck, and I can't wait to see what you come up with! Micro leaves the workroom, and the queens rush over to the table of materials, grabbing everything they can find
🏁Whorechata CF: This is what I've been waiting for! From the start of this competition, these queens have questioned whether or not I belong here. And I knew they were wrong. Because...duh, look at the material. But this is the challenge where I know I can outdo everyone else. Yeah, I feel pretty good about my chances. the queens spread throughout the workroom in different groupings Fleur, Morgs, and Sharris discuss the challenge and what their ideas are
Sharris: I've decided to not make my own look. I know my limits, and there's more I can do with little embellishments than with a sewing machine.
🏁Morgs CF: Sharris is the person I'm the closest to here. I do trust that she can make this challenge work. But when she says she's not even taking out a sewing machine, I'm starting to worry.
Fleur: I've taken my sewing classes after Season Four, and I didn't really have that much to improve on.
Morgs: You had a design challenge on your season, right?
Fleur: We did. We got these horrible boxes of trash and had to make it into something.
🏁Fleur CF: I felt great about my look on Season Four. Truly, how can you describe it without using the word beautiful? Some people said I should've been in the bottom, but "some people" got sent home two episodes ago. Hi Lectro, thanks for watching!
Morgs: From what I can see of other people, I don't think we have anything to worry about this week.
Sharris: Just say Wren... the camera cuts over to Wren on the floor, sculpting multiple arms and cutting out fabric
🏁Wren CF: I've always had a strong sense of what I want when it comes to the designs I wear. But it's taken some time to polish up the level of execution. This is my chance to show how much I've grown, even in the short time since Season Six.
Zodya: Wren, you doing good?
Wren: Can't talk, too busy serving cunt.
🏁Zodya CF: If you can't love yourself, then you must not be Wren! But hey, I can't knock the confidence.
Zodya: Chata, what are you bringing with your look?
Whorechata: I'm trying to embrace the materials as much as possible. I don't want to use any patterns I brought, any base garments, nothing. If it's not from that table, I'm not using it.
Zodya: It's definitely a bold color choice.
Whorechata: I need to stand out. Whatever it takes.
🏁Whorechata CF: Being able to create looks like this, that's why I applied for Season Five. And finally, I got a challenge where I can shine. Anthyy, Steph, and Sue chat by the mirrors as they sketch out look ideas
🏁Anthyy CF: I've come back to judge fashion challenges on MDR a million times. If I don't slay this, I need to apologize to everyone I ever critiqued! I need to bring a new silhouette, new materials, everything. You won't be able to clock a single detail.
Steph: Last time I had a challenge like this, it caused me to spiral.
Sue: You know you've gotten better since then.
Steph: I think I have. Being back in these four walls, and feeling like I'm just starting to get the momentum going, it's hauntingly familiar to how I felt on Season Three.
Anthyy: You have to believe in yourself! Let the infection take over. Well, not like that. But the fashion infection.
Steph: Please, I need to catch the fashion infection first!
🏁Steph CF: Ever since my elimination on Season Three, I've felt like had I just made it through the design challenge, I could've won the whole thing. This is my chance to show that I can not just make it through this challenge, but I can come out unharmed, and ready to give this competition what I have. Call me dramatic, but you all saw the look, it was traumatizing! Sue plugs in her headphones and turns on Kylie Minogue, unlocking her full powers. She turns on the sewing machine and gets to work
🏁Sue CF: When it comes to sewing, I may not be Sue Essence Hall. But I have the drive and heart to win this thing. Nobody wants this more than me, and that's gotta count for something. Runway the lights flicker and an electric magenta light floods the runway as Micro struts down the center Micro Episode 4 Look
Micro: Welcome back to the runway of Micro's Drag Race: All Stars! This week, the queens were asked to design a high fashion look utilizing or inspired by celestial materials. And joining me on the judging panel is a very special guest. Usually, we keep it in the family and have past queens return to judge. But this season, I've invited some legendary queens that I admire to help me out. And tonight, we have the amazing Hex! Hex Guest Judging Look
Micro: Hex, thank you for being here!
Hex: Honored to be here.
Micro: You've been a legendary designer in the drag world for years. What do you think makes a good design?
Hex: Finding a concept, and immersing yourself in that world. If you want to be an alien, become that alien and think about how they'd wear the look. You have to commit!
Micro: That is fabulous advice. You ready to get started?
Hex: I'm ready to feel inspired!
Micro: Without further ado, let's see if these looks are truly out of this world! "Bad Juju" by Jujubee plays
Anthyy: Coming down this runway I feel amazing! It’s a design challenge and you just know that miss Anthyy will deliver in those! Tonight the category was space at first I got a bit scared cause the home eis super broad if you look at it but then my. Mind went straight to my sister she is OBSSESED with space, so I called her and asked her what is her favorite planet! She said Uranus… and the rest is history! So tonight for my look I am channeling you the Uranus fantasy, my dress is a net made out of 27 of the Uranus’s moons and being me you can see a stunning set of it’s rings, not many people know that Uranus is one of the 3 planets with rings! Yup not only Saturn so tonight I wanted to make sure we don’t forget about those rings! Uranus is also one of the coldest planets that exsist so i made sure my alien puss is frozen the haus down boots! The parts holding together the moons on her dress are all coveed in galaxy dust and you can see my stunning 3 pairs of hands all going in diffrent directions! As for the look itself, it is a pretty gown (which you know i only do for special occasions!) with an amazing backpiece and stunning hair artistry! I would say this is soemthing that isnt often seen and its one of it's kind so im suoer happy to bring it to you on the design challenge! Lets hope this alien lands me my 3rd win! Finding out that this week's guest judge is my amazing friend Hex, she also is included in this look honey did you notice how my alien has 3 nostrills??? YUPPPPP thats what i call referencing Anthyy Look
Blondie: You better beware, you're in for a scare! Run in fear when Captain Blondatrix arrives on your planet and goes for a pure femme pink fem-pire! For this look, I did use a pre-existing outfit but dyed the colours to a nice ballet slipper pink & a rose gold pink to add to colour theory. I did paint the mask and got a dazzling matching wig... I mean, styled my hair into a gorgeous blonde to meet my branding. Next, I got rid of some pesky details that weren't needed and created more of a space priestess vibe, and kept the alien incubator, as I'm here to spread my seed any way I can. Finally, I created a new banner and an amazing bi-sexual planet to create awareness. So beam me up, cuz I'm here to take y'all down~ Blondie Look
Fleur: I love the Earth. The Earth just gives cunt 24/7 for the past billion years. She always finds some way to absolute slayyyyyy. For example when she decided that she wanted a desert, we were all like "yas girl sand is so sexy". Her brain is just so innovative and she is truly a lovely person. I love the Earth. It is just so calm, and peaceful and sweet. Everyday is amazing on Earth because the Earth is just amazing. It has not one bad quality. That is why I love it. This look resemblances the cuntiness Mother Earth is but also how serene it can be. She's so quirky. But sometimes... just sometimes... the Galaxy is jealous of Earth's cuntiness. Like for example, when the Galaxy decided to shoot a meteor onto it and kill all those leather wearing, katy perry roaring carnivores. Like that was bullying! But sometimes... just sometimes... the Galaxy is in a bad mood and it wants to recreate the devastation of the first meteor. Fuck the galaxy honestly. FUCK YOU. And when the Earth goes BOOM, so does the runway Fleur is modelling and strutting on. This gives her enough times to take of her jumpsuit and reveal her bare naked skin which is just coincidentally painted in a molten galaxy pattern. Science lesson: This is because the Earth has plates. The crust, the mantle and the core. The core is filled with molten lava and I think lava is so that bitch. Like it can burn a hoe like that! So obviously when the earth explodes, lava will ooze into the milkyway making the milkyway turn orange. Kind of like food colouring. And obviously, when the world does explode into the galaxy, you would probably be blinded by the light so you will always need some funky Lady Gaga looking sun glasses. And that's on period. Fleur Look Fleur Reveal Fleur Reveal
Kami: Kami steps out onto the stage, and she is ready for space! She is serving you astronaut realness with her helmet in hand, and her bedazzled star space bodysuit when suddenly she trips - her belt unravels and suddenly you can see a fake face laying on the ground
Oh my god! She's really an alien?? She's kind of serving though... Her alien wings held back by the belt that was previously cinching her waist (?) in, has revealed who she truly is. The wig seems to have melted down, and a bunch of the accessories are now falling off as well. The stars on the alien skin slowly falling off as the bodysuit from before is now revealed to have been her skin all along. how is she hiding humongous wings underneath a tiny belt ? these are questions that are unnecessary! Kami Look Kami Reveal
Morgs: BLAM! for my intergalactic runway it’s getting hot in here, why? because i’m a star, litterally. i wanted to be the sun, the most important thing for life. i've got a warm dress on, glasses to protect me from the UV rays, and a backpiece that are supposed to be sunbeams. i’m slaying this runway and even though i hate designing my own stuff, i managed to make myself a whole outfit and sunbeams that shoot out! Morgs Look
Sharris: For my Space Age Couture runway, my inspiration comes directly from the galaxy and the beautiful sky we see at nighttime. I didn’t want to go with an astronaut, or an alien, I wanted to go with the sheer beauty that the natural world holds. It’s couture, and just so so extravagant. This runway represents an entire celestial body. If a lady from the Capitol moved to space- this is what she’d be wearing. Upon walking onto the runway, the lights dim, and i’m SHINING. Practically radiating with beauty. I have never been in more awe than I have with what I’ve produced tonight Sharris Look
Steph: for my runway look tonight i wanted to be a FIERCE celestial goddess. my entire body is painted in that same sparkling purple color as the mug which reminds me of Nebula one of my fav guardians of the galaxy. and honestly my look tonight IS THE SPACE AGE AND THE UNIVERSE MAMA. she is a space goddess and she has kidnapped the stars and the color purple to make this look. thx a bunch:) My vision is filled with this collage and i hope u enjoy her:) Steph Look
Sue: So for my look tonight I am serving you intergalactic space pop star. She has her Ariana ponytail on and her microphone that she totally didn’t get inspired by from Fever by Kylie Minogue. Sue Look
Whorechata: Tonight is my day to shine. Chata is living in the year 3000 and failed her astronaut astronomy space class exam thing and can’t use her spacesuit to go to the plant Whore anymore. So what does she do… she takes it apart MAWMA. This outfit is using a deconstructed padded astronaut suit. Some green tubing and inflatable thingys to create this futuristic Lewk. Tonight I hope to show these girls why micro let me in the doors. Whorechata Look
Wren: Kneel. https://www.youtube.com/shorts/3UhSk0Tk48k
Zodya: Tonight on the runway, I am giving you space duchess to the extreme! I am the most fabulous diva at the annual Galatica Ball, and honey, you can’t outshine me! Get out of my way, girls, because none of y’all can be as glamorous as me! Zodya Look Critiques
Micro: Thank you ladies! Based on your performances tonight, I've made some decisions. When I call your name, please step forward.
Micro: Kami, Steph, Whorechata. The three of you...are safe.
Steph: Oh thank lord. Whew! Kami and Steph thank the judges as Whorechata's face is drained of all life. Her legs begin to quiver, and her eyes lose emotion as they twitch
🏁Whorechata CF: Safe. Safe. Oh wow. Whorechata steps forward and walks towards the judging panel. She hunches over and grabs the base of the panel, as Micro and Hex look at her in confusion. Whorechata lifts with all of her might, and flips the panel. Her eyes turn bright red and she storms around the studio, throwing punches and kicks at everyone in sight
🏁Whorechata CF: Well, that's what I wanted to do at least... the scene snaps back into reality where Whorechata is standing on stage and faking a smile
Micro: The three of you may leave the stage.
Whorechata: Safe girls, woohoo!
Micro: The rest of you represent the tops and bottoms of the week. It's time for your critiques.
Micro: First up, Anthyy!
Hex: Hello Anthyy! This look is fun, i know that this isn't really your style but i think that you did the theme's justice tonight. You decided to be inspired by one of the planets which is a really safe choice to do on a theme like that, but you went with one of the most interesting ones so its ok, We can see that the inspo was there from the color palette and the rings. The look is just a basic gown let's be real but you still make it interesting with the transparent parts and overall its giving me very Brooke Candy/slutish vibe which i am personally a fan of. What i am not a fan of is the makeup here, i like that you decided to pay homage to your drag sister - me, but idk i am not really feeling the eyes, they kinda look weird but i guess it fits the whole alien aesthetic so maybe i'm just quirky and nitpicking. The headpiece is really fun and playful. Overall it's a really strong look from you tonight, good job!
Micro: Anthyy! I think this week was a great chance for you to show off a new style with your looks. Getting more into the alienesque and untraditional glamour. And you really nailed that in my opinion! I love when a look is simple, but has dynamic silhouettes and added bits. This strappy dress on its own would maybe be too simple, but the back piece and extra arms, it elevates it to an incredible level. I think the color palette of blue and gray was unexpected but worked well. And usually I’m begging for rhinestones, but I wouldn’t add any rhinestones to this look, I don’t know how you managed that! Great work.
Micro: Next, Blondie!
Hex: Blondie! Hi, i love how both you and Anthyy decided to go with 3 eyed aliens! I see what you tried to do with the theme, but i lowkey don't see space in it, your color palette is giving me just a normal person, maybe if you changed the hair and face to be pinkish too maybe it would help to sell the theme more? I also don't think that you edited your look enough to be that different from the original one which is a shame because i see some potential. Overall you were in the middle tonight, not the worst but not the best one either.
Micro: Hi Blondie!! I think this base look was a great choice for this challenge, since it does lend itself to that outer space vibe. And you definitely put the work in to make this your own. I do think though that the new color palette makes the level of detail come down a bit. There’s a lot about this that I like, but I have to nitpick!
Micro: Next up, Fleur Tation!
Hex: Fleur! Hello girl, let me start with the positives first, well, so i liked that you decided to be inspired by earth which is an original choice for a theme like that not gonna lie, everyone would do something quirky but you decided to not look too far for your inspiration. You have a + for that from me. Now for your look, hmm i think that you could do way more with it, its just a simple bodysuit with a print on it, the reveal version is better, but still could've been more elevated. I just wish that you did something more with the hair and makeup in both of these, because even though your inspiration was really good for me, it just looks like you did not know what to do with it. Overall its not a good look from you tonight, I appreciate that you drew it and your description was fun to read.
Micro: Let me start off by saying your runway commentary and how you sold this look was my absolute favorite. I love the effort you put into that. Now onto the looks. I think they told a great story. But the actual design elements, I’m not getting much from it if I’m being totally honest. If there was some sleeve action, some interesting cut to the pants, something to bring more to it.
Micro: The always fabulous, Morgs!
Hex: Hello Morgs! This is very safe for me, i like the inspiration because without the sun there wouldn't be us so good for you to appreciate that. There's nothing much to say here really, maybe other than i don't really see cosmos here but it's just not the worst look tonight so, at least you tried and drew it.
Micro: Hi Morgs! I love the energy and vibe that this look conveys. It’s modern and has a cool look to it. I will say, I think the back piece really saves you here. It adds a unique element, and I think the look needed it. The rest of the look is a bit too simple to me. Maybe some stoning, a different neckline on the dress, some little adjustments could’ve amped this up. But as is, this doesn’t totally work for me, I’m sorry!
Micro: Next, Sharris!
Hex: Hello Sharris! Your look is good but i don't think you did enough for me to call it as 'your' look. Micro gave you all an option to edit one of many existing looks and while you picked a really good one, you barely did anything to edit it as yours, it just looks like you put a filter over it and called it a day, not even bothering to change the colors really. While Blondie did the same thing, she at least i don't know tried to make things a bit interesting by changing the whole color palette. That's all.
Micro: Hi Sharris! With the option to take a pre-existing look and edit it, I think the potential to make something your own and really special was there. And while I think you look amazing right now, it is so similar to the original look. Small things like changing the hair, adding new jewelry, maybe a metal corset piece, those could’ve really worked to make this more of an original piece. Not a bad look by any means, but I have to look at how different it is from the original, and I’m not seeing much.
Micro: Shining bright, it's Sue Pernova!
Hex: Sue! This look is very adorable, i really like the color palette, it looks like some video game character thats a singer and has some cosmic related superpowers. Your inspiration here clearly shows because i can see each thing you mentioned in your description. I love how we can't really see her face because it also adds to the mystic element that the cosmos has because we still don't really know much stuff about it. Overall a really good job tonight, congrats!
Micro: Sue, this look is adorable!! I love the outer space popstar vibe you went for, and the vibrancy of these colors work really well with that. The different textures and materials as well add some visual interest and keep it from being too simple. I maybe would’ve liked to see some lengthening to the legs and a tighter cinch on the corset, but this is a stand out look for me, you really impressed me here!
Micro: Next up, Wren Wyvern!
Hex: Wren, uhh hello? This was a letdown for me, you kinda did a similar look to Steph but i guess her's more elevated and just more interesting to look at. I don't think your look really sells the theme since it's barely cosmos related other than the cosmic print. I like what you tried to do with the arms but it reads more as angelic to me rather than some alien creature. I'm sorry but i don't like this.
Micro: Hi Wren! I’m gonna have to disagree with Hex on this one. I really enjoyed this look. It’s very cosmic deity, and you stand out from the group tonight. I think a really big collar piece that had some height and sharp edges to it would’ve taken this look to an even stronger level, but I see where you were going with it! Some minor little edits I’d make, but solid look from you!
Micro: Last but not least, Zodya Killer.
Hex: Hello Zodya! This is one of my favorite looks tonight, you had a clear vision and presented it really well. I really like the color palette and how vibrant it is, i love the accessories and the overall shape of it. The backpiece with your blonde hair in front of it kinda reminds me of the sun which is also a really fun detail. The way that you drew this also is a big plus for me + the props? I am a prop queen so i like the use of them in this look. Overall a really good moment for you tonight.
Micro: Zodya, you look like a goddess tonight. You found a way to take this sort of galaxy pattern and print and make it look regal and expensive. I love the way this look sparkles, and the golden accents against that deep blue and purple, it adds to that royalty look. If I had to nitpick, I wish there was a big necklace or set of earrings, but I can appreciate the simplicity in not going heavy with accessories. Great work!
Micro: Thank you ladies. I've made some decisions.
Micro: Blondie, Morgs, and Wren. The three of you are safe. You may step to the back of the stage.
🏁Wren CF: At this point, I'm not sure what else I could do. I gave you a full goddess, and then Micro has the nerve to put me in the same group as Blondie and Morgs? It's stupid, it really is.
Micro: Anthyy. Tonight, your E.T. was a T-O-P.
Micro: Sue Pernova. You took us all on a trip to Chromatica, and we didn't want to leave.
Micro: Zodya Killer. Category is...MET Gala on Mars.
Micro: Anthyy, Zodya. Congratulations, you are the top two queens of the week!
🏁Anthyy CF: Ah, screaming!! I put so much of my heart and soul into my designs, and the hard work paid off.
🏁Zodya CF: I didn't think I'd be the type of queen who looks forward to a design challenge. But I really believe in my skills, and having that validated by the judges, that means the world.
Micro: Sue, you are safe. Great work this week.
Sue: Thank you Miss Micro.
🏁Sue CF: This week was all about wanting to prove myself as a real competitor here. I have what it takes to win the crown, and this moved things in the right direction. I feel amazing!
Micro: Fleur, Sharris. I'm sorry my dears, but that means you are the bottom queens of the week.
🏁Fleur CF: I don't have words. To be in a room full of people who look...like that, and be told I'm in the bottom? When I'm wearing custom couture? They're out to get me.
🏁Sharris CF: I'm fine being in the bottom. It doesn't bother me. I'd never throw a tantrum over a placement, unlike some people in this competition who shall not be named...but it's Wren.
Micro: Anthyy, Zodya. In a moment, the two of you will lipsync for your legacy, and the power to chop one of the bottom queens. Head backstage to Untucked, and make your decision. Untucked the safe queens enter Untucked
Steph: And it feels oh so good! I'm so proud of us. Whorechata, are you happy to be safe?
🏁Whorechata CF: wHoReChAtA, aRe yOu hApPy tO Be sAfE? No bitch, I'm not!
Whorechata: I'm thrilled.
Steph: No you're not.
Whorechata: Oh really, what gave it away?
Kami: Let it out, let it out.
Whorechata: The girls up on stage right now, you can see the stringy little bits of hot glue. The seams are jankier than Wren's book in the first episode. Not to sound arrogant, but this belongs in a museum.
🏁Whorechata CF: Whorechata shows off her look and letting the camera zoom in on the hems
Kami: If it makes you feel better, I thought you should've been up on stage tonight.
Whorechata: If you change your name to Micro and tan a good twelve shades darker, it would mean more. But still, thanks Kami.
🏁Kami CF: You can't argue with crazy. You just can't. the top and bottom queens enter Untucked
Wren: The attempt to break my spirit continues.
🏁Wren CF: Heading back to Untucked, it really does sting that I didn't win. I thought I had the best look, and I love the way I presented it. I wouldn't change a thing, but clearly the judges would.
Kami: I've heard the word "safe" enough times in the last hour to last me a lifetime, so can one of you fill us in on what happened on stage?
Anthyy: I'm in the top with Zodya!
Steph: Whyyyyyyy. Oop, not like that. Just you know, the Sue stan in me.
Sue: I'm torn with my emotions right now. Getting praised on this look felt amazing. But then it almost gave me a false sense of hope. I thought maybe I could win.
Zodya: And you could've. I'm so proud of your work here. It's amazing.
🏁Zodya CF: I know how much Sue wanted to win this challenge, but I'm also freaking out a little inside that I just won my third challenge! I mean really, what could go wrong now?
Wren: Regardless of what the judges said, I'm proud of this look.
Sharris: So why do you keep bringing it up?
Wren: With the runway last week, it was a more masculine approach than what I'm used to. And this week, I wanted to give full cunty goddess.
🏁Wren CF: Exploring gender identity and expression through fashion is important to me. Like, really important. I won't apologize for that.
Blondie: And just so I know, you use all the pronouns, right? I'm not trying to get cancelled again.
Wren: After saving me, you can call me whatever. But yes, anything works. He, she, they, it's all okay to me. But it doesn't take away from my trans-ness.
Sharris: Wren, what the fuck does that even mean?
Wren: What does what means?
Sharris: How are you a he, she, and they. Make up your mind.
Wren: I don't think I need to make up my mind. It's my personal journey, and I don't need to conform to what you want.
Sharris: You just represent everything that's wrong with the world to me.
Blondie: Okay, that's a bit much.
Fleur: Blondie, stay out of it.
Blondie: No! Why can't I say anything without you all jumping to make me look like the bad person?
Fleur: If people always think you're a bad person, maybe you just are.
Morgs: Woop, there it is.
🏁Fleur CF: Blondie swears she's an angel on Earth. But she's not. She's nasty, she's an input ho, and I don't fuck with her. Screw any alliances, I want her gone.
Sharris: The more I learn about you, Blondie, the more I understand why you and Wren are friends. The only upside to that is it means none of us have to be bothered by either of you. You can annoy each other instead.
Wren: Talk that talk in your bottom outfit. You could never give what I give!
Sharris: And thank god for that. Man, man, man. I see a MAN.
🏁Anthyy CF: Sharris took a low blow with that one. Wren has been so open about her identity, and really advocated for trans representation! I considered Sharris a friend, but that changes everything.
Wren: Are you really going there? For real?
Sharris: I am, care to continue?
Wren: You know who I am and I've been nothing but transparent with how I feel in my identity. And for someone in this community to be the one coming after me, it's so gross.
Sharris: Let's get one thing straight, we're not in the same community.
Wren: Right, cause I'm some freak.
Sharris: Wren, shut up and go play in traffic.
Kami: Stop, don't go there. What's that even supposed to mean.
Sharris: As in, go die. Go die, for the sake of humanity, please. the queens all clasp their hands over their mouths as they realize what Sharris said
Wren: You want me to go kill myself?
Sharris: Yes please, look at how easy that was!
Wren: Give me a few years, and I'm sure I'll get there.
Blondie: Wren, don't even say that. Don't give that bitch another moment of your time.
Sharris: Blondie, you too.
Blondie: You are a miserable and hateful little bitch. You're disgusting. You better be so ashamed of yourself.
Fleur: You're the moral compass now? Why do you keep putting yourself in things?!
Blondie: Sharris brought me into it, and I'm done sitting down and taking it. You both are vile.
🏁Fleur CF: Blondie spews the most venomous things out of that over-plumped mouth. Why are people surprised that it caused someone to snap? If you can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen. Blondie and Wren, there's the door, dumb bitches. the queens return to the runway
Micro: Welcome back ladies. It has been brought to my attention that there was an altercation in Untucked. Sharris rolls her eyes, as Blondie comforts Wren at the back of the stage
Micro: If this behavior continues, I won't hesitate to start this whole thing over. From the top, new cast and everything. the queens snicker at Micro's comment, causing her to stand up and lean over the judging panel
Micro: I am NOT joking! Don't make me name names. But if you think you're one of the girls I'd replace, you're probably right. the scene cuts to Lectro and Yuka standing outside of the studio and forming a prayer circle for the season to restart
🏁Kami CF: The behavior during Untucked shifted everything. I mean, it's really not that deep, and to stoop to that level? It's...it's just not acceptable.
Micro: Now, as much as I'm sure you'd love to keep attacking each other, we have more important things to get to: a fake lipsync. Will the top two queens please step forward. Anthyy Lipsync Look Zodya Lipsync Look
Micro: Anthyy, Zodya. Prior to tonight, you were asked to prepare a lipsync performance of "Supernova" by Kylie Minogue. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcTHJ05R2bQ
Sue: Please say jk.
🏁Sue CF: I'm fine! I'm so fine, don't even worry about me. cries in Kylie Minogue
Micro: This is your chance to impress me, and secure the right to give one of the bottom queens...the chop.
🏁Anthyy CF: I really felt like I was in a tough spot with these queens in the bottom. But after that moment in Untucked, I know what needs to be done. It was taken way too far!
🏁Zodya CF: I don't have a connection to either of the bottom queens this week. But I am ready to channel my inner Sue, and give this song what it deserves.
Micro: Good luck, and don't fuck it up! Read lipsync here!
Micro: Oh wow! the queens clap for Sue as she shrouds herself in a cloud of glitter before remembering that Anthyy and Zodya are on stage
Micro: I think it's safe to say Sue was the real winner of that one.
Sue: Kylie, that was for you, baby!!
Micro: Ladies, I've made my decision.
Micro: Zodya Killer, you're a winner baby!
Zodya: Ah, thank you! Kylie, I am so sorry.
Micro: Anthyy, you are safe to slay another day.
Anthyy: I'm sorry mama, my feet were tired after doing three of these! Zodya giggles and raises her eyebrows
Micro: Will the bottom two queens please step forward. Fleur and Sharris walk to the front of the stage as the safe queens glare at them
🏁Fleur CF: I don't think I should be in the bottom this week, and I shouldn't have been near the bottom last week either! If they send me home, it's just putting me out of my misery. But if I stay, I'll make this hell for each and every one of them.
🏁Sharris CF: I don't regret a thing. It went far, but there's only so much I could take from that...person doesn't feel appropriate. I think pathetic troglodyte fits Wren better. Whether they like it or not, I'd say it again!
Micro: Zodya. With great power comes great responsibility. Which queen have you chosen...to get the chop?
Zodya: I'm going to be honest, I don't have any strong connections to either of you. I think you both deserve to be here and can be able to bring something fun to the rest of the competition, but tonight, I'm going to have to go with the person I felt really took on the challenge to heart. My decision...is...
Zodya: Sharris. Zodya's Lipstick Choice Sharris laughs as Morgs begins to tear up
Micro: So it is written, so it shall be done. Sharris, I know that you have everything it takes to thrive in a competition like this. But now is not your time.
Sharris: Womp womp.
Micro: Now, sashay away. Sharris goes to the back of the stage to hug Morgs before walking off
Micro: Moving forward, I hope we can treat each other with some more kindness, and enjoy this for what it is. Now, let the music play! "Banjo" by Bebe Zahara Benet plays Next Time on Micro's Drag Race
Blondie: There is a killer on the loose, and nobody is safe.
🏁Whorechata CF: If this means I make a few enemies, oh well!
Micro: I'm so sorry, I need to excuse myself. Micro steps away from the judging panel as her eyes fill with tears Track Record Cast Shot w/ Placements
2023.05.28 04:01 WoefullyIneptPigeon A Guide on Nyx
First off this is going to be a bit long because I'm trying not to leave anything out. I also play her primarily as a point tank because she benefits from being near where the fight is centered around. If you don't want to read all of it, there's one thing I'm trying to spread about her that's super cool in the Royal Presence section that I bolded. I was just answering another post and it ended up being way too long so I'm putting this here since I haven't seen many guide on her around.
On to the guide and feel free to correct me on things or put your own ideas of the character in the comments!
Nyx is a much better point tank than a lot of people think. Being patient also really helps with her; not just in learning her, but also in stealing the point. She's not broken or the best, but she's good and can be pretty versatile when you get her down. It just takes bit of time to get a playstyle that works with her down.
The first thing to know is that she does a LOT of damage, but it's slow. You have to play point patiently with her and take your opportunities when you see them. She's great at denying space and dealing wide areas of damage. Even if that damage seems small, it adds up. Which you'll see me say over and over again. Instead of holding point more defensively than offensively like say an Inara would, Nyx does the opposite. She uses slow sneaky damage to steal the point and try and angle herself where she can poke a little close, but safe. You always want to be where your support can see you and protect them even more than another tank would. They're your lifeline and only source of healing.
When you use either her shield or presence and don't have a need for it to be active anymore, then re-activate them to end the effect so that you can get your cooldown back faster.
Last thing is that if your support isn't very good you're going to have a ton of trouble staying up so you have
to play a lot safer and use your poison, rift slash, and poke to try and steal what space you can. If your dps isn't very good, then a lot of the slow damage you're doing is going to get wasted. It's your job to weaken the enemy and their job to finish them off. Not that you can't still get picks and burst people down, but bad dps is really going to make things much harder on you than another tank would especially if their target priority isn't good. Making enemies back up or just die is how you're going to survive along with knowing when to back yourself. But if your dps and/or your support is at least decent you can create so many opportunities for your team, which makes the character a lot of fun. Weapon
Her weapon shots gets +75 damage within 20 units, which is not far at all. It's essentially nose to nose, but when you think it's within survivable space, try and get into that range for the extra dps. She goes from ~483 dps to ~608 dps if she hits all bonus damage shots in one combo (about 3 seconds when I timed it. Someone could correct me if I'm wrong there though.) It will really benefit you to move strafe forward and then back a little when you fire to try and get that bonus damage, but also maintain a little space. Mess around with it in the shooting range to get used to that if you don't already do it.
I have four tips for for the shield:
1.) When using it to protect yourself try to keep it close to you and of course strafe through it if enemies try and walk through to hit you. You can look a bit in front of you or straight down at the ground, but just remember 30 units isn't far and 1500 less shield is best to avoid when you can help it.
2.) Place the shield facing towards where the danger is. If most of the damage is in front of you, then place it there. If you're dueling the enemy tank because they're killable and there's two dps to your right, then place it towards them to block their damage.
3.) If you seen a teammate (especially your support) in need of protection don't be afraid to place the shield farther away near them to keep them from dying or to aid their retreat. If you're fighting point and think the save is more valuable, then retreat off point and protect the teammate by throwing a rift slash at whoever is chasing them or poking with your weapon if you can. But get away from the point if it'll kill you.
4.) If the enemy tank (like Barik, Ash, Atlas, or another Nyx) places their shield down before you do, don't be afraid to walk forward and put your shield past theirs to negate their value if you think it's survivable space.
Rift slash isn't just good for damage or trying to get picks. It's also a great zoning/area denial tool. Don't be afraid to use it to keep people from being in a certain spot if you think you'll find more value than just damage. Also great for pushing the support from line of sight from their tank.
Also don't just
use it for yourself. It can really help your flank get that pick if you notice it.
Using it is easier when you charge it for distance instead of damage. The distances are 25 units for 0-49% charge, 50 units for 50-99% charge, and 100 units for full charge. The damage increase is on the initial hit only and you can add more with your weapon than charging will and some players (not a lot, though) will hear the charge and know they need to dodge it, so faster is also better. Additionally, the hitbox when it's a projectile is smaller than the hitbox when it's stationary, so Show of Force cripple is easier to hit as well if you place it correctly. You'll still want to aim directly for enemies, but knowing this can make it a lot easier to hit. You also sometimes want to walk forward or back to get the the area where the slash will stop.
Pre-firing Rift Slash can be a good idea, especially if you know the enemy is going to be near a certain distance. But if the charge will go farther than the enemy you want to hit you have three options:
1.) Hit the enemy with the claw projectile
2.) Hit an object ~15 units near them (includes deployables)
3.) If you're on high ground, aim at the ground near them.
Last thing I'll add on this is that if you need to retreat, hit enemies with the slow or put it in a spot that'll get in their way so you can get out of trouble more safely. FOR ENEMIES WITH SHIELDS:
Fire your rift slash above them at roughly the units you would need to diagonally to get that initial hit damage (and cripple on Show of Force.) Sometimes you'll still hit the shield, but hey we tried. They'll still take the pulse damage like they would have if you just hit the shield.
For Royal Presence (her F,) don't think of it as just a defensive ability that makes the damage you take slower. It's great for that, but it's also a great offensive ability for punishing enemies for grouping up near you and racking up that ult charge! You'll be surprised how fast you'll get it with Abyssal Authority and Center of Combat. Sure the damage on the poison is slow, but you don't have to aim it and it can only really be cleansed by ethereal like Grohk & Seris' movement abilities, Zhin billow, and Koga dash.
The poison can also be re-procced, so if you touch an enemy with the aura again near before it ends, they take double damage. Meaning with Center of Combat 5 they can take a total of 30% health over 12 seconds. That's 3 times the damage at base and 6 times if you just got it one them once! People will really just stand in it and not respect the slow damage, but even if it can seem minimal it really does add up; damage is damage after all!
The pull is also really useful for getting a support out of position and then throwing Rift Slash on them, stopping the momentum of an enemy trying to run away, or trying to get an enemy off of one of your teammates. The hitbox for it is a small cone in front of you and it also does 100 damage when you activate it, which the in-game description doesn't mention.
If you didn't know, you can cleanse all temp damage from Presence with her ult. But a really cool thing about Royal Presence
is that there's a small window where any damage you would take as purple health is automatically healed back up; without even having to use your ult for it. This window is less than a second and basically where her wings go in front of her right when you first activate presence. You don't need to activate the chain pull at all, so you still also get all the other perks of the ability and can save your ult! This means that you can run into Drogoz ult and right before he hits you, pop presence and you'll take no damage. Good Drogoz players will adapt and choose a different target or dodge you, but it's an awesome counter to a death sentence. This also works for tanking Jenos ult, Skye ult, etc. Any big burst damage, but also really any damage in that small window. You can practice this against the Cassie bots in the shooting range. Just wait before one of them fires at you and pop the first activation of Presence. Of course this doesn't work against Vora ult. No idea about Maeve's Street Justice talent however, but to me that's nearly impossible to time.
Funny enough KamiVS just did this in a video he posted yesterday: https://youtu.be/H8gOxFzkTy8?t=125
Last two things to touch on for Presence, but important is you can use it to retreat to get back to your support. You can also touch the enemy tank and hopefully the support with the poison, throw a rift slash if you need to, back up and heal/poke, and then re-proc the poison to add more damage and point pressure. The ability is really a nice mix of offense and defense.
For her ult you almost always want to use it while using Presence. You can pop Presence and run into the enemy and ult to cleanse all that damage you took and to make space or punish them for being too closely grouped up and then put rift slash on whoever got caught up in it. Also don't be afraid to use the cleanse from her ult defensively just to survive! Sometimes an enemy will still get hit by it or get pulled out of position. There's also three other things you can do with your ult I'll add:
1.) Use Rift Slash before ulting to slow enemies so they can't just run out. This is also way better in Show of Force since anyone you hit with it will be crippled and unable to use a movement ability to dodge the ult. This also works with Subjugation's root on Presence pull.
2.) Use the chain pull from presence right before ulting so their momentum is going towards you or to try and get an additional enemy into it. This ends your aura early, so any damage you take after the initial cleanse from your ult will be taken normally. Use this when you know it's safe too.
3.) If your shield is off cooldown, you can put it in front of you before you ult to block damage or pull them through it if you run the Abyssal Breach talent (you can do the same with chain pull.) You can also just put the shield down just before enemies come out of stun to block their damage and keep space/retreat.
As for items the best items in my opinion for her are: Chronos
- She's really depends on her cooldowns both defensively and offensively. A lot of my damage is often half ability damage or more. Rejuv
- She gets a scaling 20% healing bonus near the objective. So 20% on it and still a bonus even if you're just a bit away from it. I'm still not sure where that bonus ends, but both of these together also stack against caut. So at Rejuv 3 on point and 90% caut, you're only in 40% caut. Still try to get out of combat (ideally still near the objective, but out of enemy sightlines) to get healed up by your support. But if you have to fight on point in caut, then you have to wait until you can use your shield to cleanse it. Nimble
- No movement ability means you need faster movement speed to get in and out of fights. A lot of value for not a lot of credits, but there are situations where you might not have space to buy it Haven
- Less damage better. Especially in Royal Presence. Resilience
- CC can really mess up your day, so resi is a must buy for her in those situations.
Points if you noticed that three of her items (Nimble, Resi, Rejuv) are actually pretty low cost, so getting your build up can be pretty fast sometimes.
As for her best item starts (if your support is something like Jenos or Corvus or a solo damage furia, start a Rejuv build):
1.) Chronos + Nimble
- If you buy this, your third buy should almost always be rejuv unless there's a situation that calls for something else like something that needs counter or your support is just cracked and doesn't need it quite yet. But Rejuv is inevitable on this character.
2.) Rejuv + Resi
- Best start when there's CC you don't want to deal with. Once Resi is at 2 you can start building out more, but rush that unless your opponent isn't very good with CC.
3.) Rejuv + Nimble / Rejuv alone
- You need more healing
Redundant items for her are: Illuminate
- You can actually just track enemies that are invisible with the tick damage from royal presence and then throw rift slash on them, hit them with your weapon, and either kill them or push them out. It takes some getting used to for you to hit your shots just tracking the numbers, but it's nice to have the item slot freed up. Morale Boost
- You get so much ult charge from Presence ticks if you have her build set up right with Center of Combat and Abyssal Authority, so only reason to really buy this is if you really need your ult and your build doesn't include those.
Last thing about items is that while she isn't great with Wrecker, if your team is low on it and you feel like you need it: get it.
Onto her cards, I'll preface by saying that strong card go brrrr isn't always the best option on this character. She's got a lot of stuff that's a little weak in base kit, but much stronger when you buff it. So a balanced spread can help you out a lot. But also some of this is my opinion and you do you; if you want a card at 5 then that's your expression of the character. Remember that you should try to build characters to suit your own playstyle.
Best (No particular order): Abyssal Authority
- Getting more enemies in your aura means more passive damage. That means more ult charge, damage numbers for credits, and adding kill potential to your team even for enemies you aren't actually looking at. It doesn't seem like a lot at first, but it adds up as I mentioned above. If you're point tank you want this card at 3-4. 5 is kind of overkill, but do you. Center of Combat
- This is where a lot of your damage numbers will come from. Boosting aura damage is great. I have this at 4 on my main build which can rack up to 26% max health on a single target over 12 seconds. There's still a good benefit to 5, but I like to put that point elsewhere to balance my build out. Except in a Nyx mirror. They go 5 then you go 5 on this card. Forever Changed
- HP adds to your bulkiness which can really help you out. But if you'd rather go for something else, totally respectable. But have at least one build that has this card at 4 or 5 if you notice you find yourself in a situation that demands bulkiness. The Little Things
- Rift Slash is a hugely important tool on this character, so reducing it's cooldown is fantastic. Personally I have this at 2 because I have my points elsewhere and at this level I rarely don't have slash when I need it. But it still happens now and again. 4-5 is kind of overkill unless you're going off-tank though. Devastating Blows
- This card is amazing when you need it. You'll find yourself against enemies that usually won't be close to you though. Which negates the benefit of the card. That's why I have a build that just uses this as a filler card. I find that at 3 you're generally in the space you would be fighting another tank on point, but if you find that space to put it at 4 then go for it! 5 isn't too far off from 4 though, so the benefit in a point in another card is a little better, but that's just my opinion.
Pretty Good: All Will Kneel
- Rift slash is amazing at denying space, so adding some radius to it's pulses. That's 200 damage total over 2s or 300 over 3s in Show of Force, but the slow is the biggest benefit. Unchecked Power
- I've faced Nyx's that send this card and ngl it can be pretty annoying at start until resil is up. Even at just 2-3 there's value in this card, but I personally don't use either this or the previous one because I find more than enough value with base rift slash and I like buffing other things better for my playstyle. Brutal Pursuer
- This card is ONLY good if you're going off tank. Otherwise you're better off putting points elsewhere. The value of the move speed just isn't high enough on point tank. Unyielding Advance
- This is a pretty good filler card. If you find it suits you, then go for it! But it doesn't have a lot of value past 1-2 compared to others. Frontline Commander
- This card is amazing! On another character. Nyx's base kit needs too much boosting to justify space for this at a level where it's really useful. She's pretty CC heavy, so the move speed decrease just gives resi more value against her. But still give it a shot if you like it, despite what I said it's a pretty fun card. Just remember that my take on this card is an opinion despite me wording it like it's a fact.
Meh: World Torn Asunder
- When you get used to Rift Slash, it's not super hard to hit even at 100 units as long as you space yourself correctly. So the real value in this is hitting agile enemies like Vatu, Maeve, or VII. But it's not a card you want to put a lot of points out of, and you can still work around having it. Not a bad idea to have it as a 1-2 pointer to deal with champions like that though if you find it helps you! I'm just saying in general there's much more value elsewhere. Personally I don't use it at all, but give it a shot still to draw your own conclusion. A Swift End
- Devastating blows gets you way more value. It's there all the time and this is only usable on shield. At level 5 this adds ~360 damage to a single combo (3s), but that number really isn't exact and is likely a little lower. Just an estimate. Biggest argument for this card is you can re-proc it by strafing your shield, so it's shield duration + 3s. But if an enemy shield is in your way then you lose value unless your aim is to try and burst down the shield. The card is
still fun though. So if you're not looking to be optimal, go for it! Same applies to some other cards above.
No: True Freedom
- If you take one thing away from this comment. Don't use this card. It's a scrub trap. There's better one pointers and when you get used to the character you'll find this card is just training wheels that don't even really need to exist. Even if you miss a hit on your weapon or hold it for a bit longer, the value is just too small. The New Order
- Not as bad as True Freedom is, but the value is way too low and other cards are just way better. Most chains will hit 1-2 enemies max. Even at 5 that's a 150-300 shield for way too many points. Unyielding Advance
- It's like using Guardian as an item: don't. People will buy wrecker and decimate your shield even with this at 5. And if they don't your shield will last more than long enough. Face to Face
- I mean, you can kind of meme with this, but even then the value is just bad. Base pull does it's job just fine, and using this to soften the blow from the other team building resi doesn't help a whole lot in comparison to other cards.
If anyone wants my builds for reference, I'll put them here. Just remember this is for how I play the character and what personally found me the most success:
AA= Abyssal Authority, CoC = Center of Combat, FC = Forever Changed, TLT = The Little Things, DB = Devastating Blows, BP = Brutal Pursuer Balanced
- CoC 4, AA 3, FC 3, DB 3, TLT 2. Main build I use almost all the time. Bulky
- FC 5, CoC 4, AA 3, TLT 2, DB 1. I use this build either when I need more health, or more often when I know enemies are going to be farther from me so I won't get value out of DB. Damage
- CoC 5, AA 4, DB 3, TLT 2, FC 1. I use this build when facing another Nyx or really bulky comps. Especially with Lilith as the support with 2 tanks. Really messes with her resources. Off-Tank
- CoC4, DB 4, TLT 3, BP 3, AA 1. As off tank you need that extra bit of movement speed. Even though it isn't substantial, it helps a lot. You're not the center of the fight as off-tank, so AA doesn't get as much value, but CoC adds to your damage. DB is at 4 so you can get stronger pokes from a bit farther and TLT 3 lets you rift slash more and keep that move speed up. Don't use it exclusively for the speed though.
Talents Show of Force
- This is my favorite talent for her by far. The extra second lets you deny more space and the cripple increases pick potential for you and your team. Biggest downside if there's a lot of CC on your team you'll lose value so you might be better off going Abyssal Breach in those cases. But you can definitely still work around it even then. Abyssal Breach
- The talent I used on point before they buffed Show of Force. Having your shield more often on point is really helpful and it punishes anyone trying to push past your shield in narrow spaces or catch you while you're strafing it in open ones. Great if your team has a lot of CC like I pointed out above. Also don't forget you can use your chain pull to bring people through the shield for that extra damage if you find a good chance for a pick. This goes for pulling enemies through it with your ult as well, but if resi is up it's not nearly as viable tech. Subjugation
- A lot of people say it's her best, but I say it's situational. If you end your aura early with it, you lose a lot of that nice damage and ult charge. But this talent is still really useful. Great as an off-tank talent if your team doesn't have a lot of useful CC so you get more value out of this from forcing resi or someone on the enemy team ignoring resi. Make sure to track who has it for you picks. On point you would only use this if you know the enemy has an agile champion your comp isn't equipped to deal with and you know you won't hit those Show of Force cripples. If your team has a lot of CC then Show of Force is the better off-tank talent.
Well, that's the end of the guide. I know that was a lot of text, but so are her ability descriptions in game lol. I hope that some of the info that I put here was found useful by someone. Take care and glhf!
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2023.05.28 03:24 Main_Consequence2346 Which element is would be the worst in combat in irl(fire,water,earth,air)
Just to be clear I’m strictly talking about elemental magic not Avatar the last air bender. I hate it when I here some one bring that Blood-bending BS for argument towards water being the best. It’s way to op and I personally hate. Water magic users usually don’t have that ability.(Just don’t mention Avatar)
I’m talking about which element would the best in terms of fighting one another for in the real world with real world physics applied ex(fire user vs air user or water user vs earth user ). In your argument please don’t bring up versatility as a argument to why one element is the worst, because where talking about combat.
Pls comment what you choose as the weakest element and explain why. View Poll
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2023.05.28 03:16 MiserableFilm5321 Story of my past and current life.
I'm 19 years old female in Europe, a student from Vocational School. I live with my parents and I have a brother. My family knows about my mental illness, I have ADHD + Social Anxiety, as I was diagnosed with illness from my therapist. Diagosed ADHD as a child, and diagnosed (social) anxiety as a teenage.
Back in 2020, when I was 16 years old, I met a guy online, who's name was Adam and he was from Czech, he was same age as me. We were young, so of course we'd be reckless, too naive and lack of experience from relationships cuz it was both of our first relationship, as I've never had one before, neither did Adam. (we never got to meet in real life, sadly.)
We met through Steam and Instagram, when he added me as his friend and I accepted, because he seemed interesting person. We started talking a lot, turned out to have everyday talks between us because we found out how much we're alike and things we have in common. Shortly after being great friends with him, I started falling for him, but I kept the feelings to myself. Funnily enough, I started to thought he felt the same for me. I wasn't sure why, maybe because how his actions were and the way he talked with me. I let it slide for few more months before, I confessed, and he said he had mutual feelings towards me, and we made it official at 5 July, 2020.
Things seemed great and amazing at start, and I really loved him, but I became kinda obsessed with him as I started using phone too much during school and while hanging out with friends. He didn't mind because he was the same. Although, it really started to bother one of my friend, and she talked about it to me many times that Adam was no good for me. Obviously, I didn't believed her because I knew him and I thought my friend haven't gave him a chance to get to know him. Although, I felt bad enough and tried my best to keep the boundaries between Adam and I, which I think worked for a while until my mom started talking about my phone addiction because of him, which led both of us trying to be little more less active for each other. It was fine, for most parts. I guess we managed to get through this together at some point.
Fast forward to Autumn, around November, I got a text from Adam saying he didn't wanted to be in relationship with me because of our native language differences, which shocked me, because he never cared about it in the first place. I talk with him and tried to reasonable with him about things, but he disagreed, so we decided to be friends. It didn't last long though; He texted me few hours after our conversation, and sid he highly regretted it. The pressure he gets from parents was too much for him, and thought it'd be only way to "fix" things, but he changed his mind because he knew he wasn't happy without me. (one thing to mention, none of our both families supported our long distance relationship). We sorted it out and went back together, but that's where MY problems raised...
Shortly after events of "brokeup", around winter and spring I started to experience lot of anxiety and worriness because I was afraid. I was afraid he'd hurt me again, I started to get anxious and emotional more easily, because of my fear. My friends started to notice lot of changes in me; I was more emotional, I wasn't happy and most of time I was in my own mind, didn't wanted to do any activities with them anymore. One of them knew the problem, and she immediately told me that Adam really has bad effects on me and my mental health, which I didn't believed that first at all. I knew I was just hurt because of the breakup thing. Although, I started to get worse in school; so worse that I started to fall my grades, I couldn't focus, I started to avoid people, I developed small anxiety around people and didn't wanted to go outside and at some point, the nightmares from so called "trauma", my trust issues started, I got lot of doubts. My parents started to notice there's something wrong with me and took me to therapist. I'd say it did help, but not much, unfortunately. My relationship with Adam start struggling even more during these times, especially because of my own struggle to let go of the breakup, because of how (emotional) hurt I really was.
I'm going to skip whole summer, so fast forward to 2021 August where Adam told me he wanted me to keep him a promise. "Could you be more happy for me?" he asked. Of course I promised, because I loved him, and I knew he meant well. I tried to heal and tried to forget the whole thing. I'd say it really took 8-9 months for him to finally see how badly I was struggling, since he asked me if I could be 'happier' for him.
Fast forward to 2022 January to March. I slightly started to notice different behaviour from Adam, which i tried to talk with him about, most of times he really couldn't tell me and said to was 'nothing", I knew he was lying. Few days after his 18th birthday he said he didn't wanted to continue the relationship at all, telling me it wouldn't work out and broke up with me for real, saying he actually started to understand what's life actually like. I didn't wanted to lose him, so I tried to do everything I could to have him back. Of course, it hurt like hell, but I tried so many times. He refused and I tried to accept it, even though it was such a pain for me for so long, because I loved him. Few months past by and it was time to go to school, which was my graduation year, so I tired hard to focus on lessons, exams, etc. Though before I graduated school, I made a mistake that broke my friendship between my classmates and I. I let my anger out on them most of time because of my stress level was too high. So I ended up smoking because one of my other friend wanted me to, to relieve stress. I didn't wanted to, but did it for them anyway.
Summer to Autumn 2022 after graduating I didn't stay in touch with my classmates anymore, and on my 18th I stopped smoking and tried to move on with life and to heal from everything. Adam and I stayed in contact after everything we've been going through together, and especially I still cared so much about him. Still struggled so much with anxiety, though. I got to new school, but things weren't any better as my social anxiety was still my "best" friend during this. I lost control or had a breakdown multiple times, and my coping mechanism was mainly to sit on the phone, which caused problems to teachers a lot. I was quite harsh on them as well though, showing really no respect or doing something without their permission. I got along well with two friends of mine from my previous school, actually. They were the closest I had, along with my brother, during this time of school year. So, I spend most of my time with them.
January to February 2023 I started drinking alcohol, suddenly developed little addiction towards it, and that was the only thing I wanted to do everytime I had a breakdown, has thought of it, but didn't do, either cuz I didn't had money, or cuz of my parents. Hanging out with a friend of mine in a pub one day in the evening, I bought beer for me. I was really drunk that I barely could walk after one big glass of beer. So during our walk together, I fell down by accident because of how drunk I was, it was pretty funny for us for some reason. But, it become little serious after I noticed sirens behind my gate when I was home, and my brother said it was a police, which scared me, because I didn't wanted to have problems with cops after the pub drinks. So, after that day, I didn't wanted to drink any beer or anything related to alcohol. Although, there was a day I drink beer at school by "accident", and yelled at teacher, said really mean and nasty stuff to her, which believe me, the ending wasn't nice at all...
Another thing that happened around end of February this year, was that I met a guy, in real life, fell in love and started dating. Things were awesome until he broke one small promise, that changed my trust towards him, and I wasn't sure if I could've trust him again after that. Especially if I was still having contact with Adam after official breakup between me and him, the harder it really feels to trust, since the trauma I have from Adam.
May 2023 lately, I feel like I don't want to be in a relationship anymore with my boyfriend, who's name is Eric, because of myself, my past and it feels like it wouldn't work out, and I think I'd rather stay single. Though, he doesn't want me to leave him and is really afraid of that. I love him, but those few months been hard and I don't feel the same happiness I felt before anymore. And, I just don't feel like I want to be in relationship currently, but breaking up with him would cause damage to him, which is something I don't want.
Also, to be honest, I'm feeling really lost in life. Like, I have no interest, no hobbies, nothing. I mainly "exist" and do nothing but play games and try to pass time somehow, by doing nothing productive. Thought I want to, something seems to stop me, feeling unmotivated. I don't have any plans after ending school again, but my parents won't allow me to sit at home because it isn't normal, which I know it isn't, but there's no option for me anymore, as I don't see any of it, right now. I don't want to work a part-time job or a full-time job, that's for sure.
Other things I want to mention are: - my ex boyfriend, Adam, mainly asks for nudes - I feel really lack of support from my family in general. - I don't know what to do after school when dropping out, due no experience with works either, and the only thing that I really wanted was IT specialist, which I couldn't get, because of my math, which is pretty bad. - Social anxiety isn't so bad right now, but I don't want to take pills anymore, lost of interest for everything sometimes, and breakdowns; mostly triggered by trauma or memory of my ex/past.
I never felt so loved before, until Adam broke my heart to pieces, to the point I actually fell into dark hole for what feels like forever. Yes, I've had depression before, I don't think I have it anymore, but I guess I'll never know, cuz self diagnos is bad, that's what I know. I don't go to therapy anymore, to make things clear.
My life sucks, and it feels there's no way out at times. I don't want to be dramatic, but seriously, any advice would be much appreciated.
thank you, for whoever you are, for listening and reading my story. Really wanted to let that shit out of my chest as it feels there's none to talk to. Any support, advice (or even bit criticize) is appreciated. <3
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2023.05.28 03:02 Brandon_awarea 18 year old shot and killed in Portage la Prairie
I wanted to put my perspective out there. I’m a friend of the deceased and reading people’s thoughts on this incident encouraged me to write this.
The 18 year old (his name is out there but I’d rather not say online) and his girlfriend were at a gathering without any drugs or alcohol (I was there) and decided to walk home. They arrived home then decided to get high on marijuana (this is from the girl), he has a bad reaction to it and he becomes violently ill. He asked her to leave the apartment, she leaves then returns to the apartment where he grabs her, she flees the apartment to call the police. The article says that she told police he said he was going to kill her (she has claimed she did not say that). Police arrive, and as the article states, attempt a taser that fails, they then resort to shooting him.
He was not violent at any point I knew him from elementary to high school. This came as a complete shock to everyone that knew him. I don’t blame the police for their actions nor does anyone I’ve spoken to. He was alone in the apartment at the time of his death (minus potentially the police). I believe had he been allowed to come down off the high it would not have resulted in this situation. The girl did have a roommate who was not there at the time, although if the police knew this or not I do not know (and it would then invalidate my previous opinion).
I believe the article is written in a manner that portrays the deceased as a violent animal who beat a girl senseless, this was not what happened. This was a tragedy despite what I have seen claimed.
If you want to comment please keep in mind this was a real person still in high school who’s family has been ravaged by this and who people are grieving the loss of.
Edit: this was his second time using
Edit 2: tell your loved ones you love them
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2023.05.28 02:58 Educational-Golf-522 Should I quit my job to improve my mental health?
Hi! I have been working at my current job for about 6 months, and am looking for some advice. During the pandemic I ended up back at school and decided to get two Master’s Degrees, and go into a different career field. My current level is an executive assistant, but at an up-and-coming tech company. This job has provides all the perks I am looking for on top of fantastic pay (lower middle six figures). My team is fantastic and filled with extremely talented individuals who I enjoy seeing at work everyday, and challenge me by giving me the responsibilities I am looking for. This job is also full time remote, and gives me an option to work outside the country for 30 days. I really couldn’t be happier with this role except for one thing…my boss I support.
My boss is devastatingly a complete nightmare. I never understood the term micro-management until I worked for this person. Every thing I do needs to be approved by her, and she has meetings with me 3+ times a week to review my to do list. I must send my to do list to her each morning, and send what I accomplished each day in the evening. I will get slacks and texts on the weekends. She will set meetings for 7:30AM or 8:00AM multiple times a week when I have asked to start at 9:00AM. I find myself working until 8:00 PM because she has control over any documents I am working on, and finds the smallest details to change (I.e. “add an extra dash here”, “Needs a space here” etc.) I find myself redoing the same work over and over again to meet her standards. I have made a few errors at work as everyone does in the first 6 months, and it has completely deteriorated the relationship with my boss. I have received multiple emails from her explaining my performance is lacking and I am “counter productive to team behavior”. These emails say that my time at the company will come to an end if I make another mistake. This has shaken my confidence in my working abilities, and I have lost motivation for things in my personal life. I find myself constantly stressed and thinking about work on my time off, and getting extreme anxiety waiting for a message from her. Our department is very small in the company, and within the last two weeks we have had an entire section of our department quit because of her. I work the closest to her due to being her assistant, but I can feel every fiber of my being not feeling good. Some nights I leave work and I feel like my brain is breaking in half. My team loves me and continually tells me what a great job I am doing along with other departments.
I find that she speaks to me so inappropriately I decided to professionally speak up one time. I confirmed something with her schedule on slack and she responded with “are you not listening?”. I let her know that I didn’t appreciate that style of communication, and that her schedule was changing in real time that day due to an event she was at. I get constant high anxiety before having my 1:1’s with her multiple times a week, and I’m not sure how much job stress like this is normal vs quitting. The previous person in my role quit after 5 month from having the exact same mental health issues I am having. I was told by one of the team members who recently quit that HR is aware of the problem and looking into it.
I am just looking for some advice on what to do. I have been looking at some software engineering programs that interest me, but this job has taken up so much of my bandwidth I barely have enough energy to workout everyday. I am even working with other departments on a project, and my boss’ micromanagement has bled over into the project and my coworkers have stated keeping their distance from because they were starting to feel inadequate because my boss was negatively critiquing their work.
Should I keep sticking this job out or leave do a reset and look for something healthier?
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2023.05.28 02:54 moralandoraldecay Ethics of Investing?
I've recently been struggling with the ethics of real estate investing and am not really sure who to speak to about it. I feel most of my family and friends would look at me like I had rocks in my head for considering selling after the work I put in to buy the place, and others I could speak to don't share or understand my values and so I wouldn't necessarily be able to do a lot with their advice.
I grew up in Western Sydney and was advised from early on that to achieve financial freedom, you should invest in property. I aspired to this, and thus did the 'work 2 jobs, save hard, delay gratification' until I had saved up enough to buy one in Queensland.
The property is still cashflow negative and is currently rented for approximately 10-15% lower than comparative listings online. I still work quite hard, and try to avoid conspicuous consumption, but I understand that I'm still economically privileged relative to many, including my tenant. I haven't yet sold the property but have deferred recent rental increases suggested by my property manager because of my discomfort with doing so.
Since purchasing the property approximately 5 years ago, I've become more educated on political economy and would summarise my thoughts as being quite left wing. I now feel that my being a landlord is at odds with my political beliefs and have been considering what to do to try resolve this internal conflict.
My dilemma thus is that whilst I have deeply held aspirations for equity in our society, I would also consider myself a pragmatist and want to be able to provide for myself and my immediate family. I don't aspire for sportscars, expensive watches or things like that, but I have also watched relatives live fairly frugally, work hard for 50 years, only to retire and commence an almost 'subsistence' level of living on the pension. I don't want this for myself and my family, but I don't know how I can achieve this without also taking part in some kind of investment. I will explain the options I'm considering and would welcome any thoughts on them.
Possible Options (as I see them)
Option #1 - The simplest option of course would be to divest from residential real-estate. This is the option I'm considering most strongly, having spoken to an agent recently about selling. Following the sale, I could then instead keep my money in a HISA, or alternatively invest in asset classes.
My issue with this approach is that in my eyes, most other kinds of investing are also morally dubious. For example, following a more standard 'buy VAS/Index funds' approach, I then feel I am investing in companies which are actively eroding the standards of our society, and having far more deleterious effects than I would necessarily be from owning an investment property. VAS is the ASX300 and thus you have the banks, resource and energy companies, weapons manufacturers, insurers, etc. In my mind, returns I see from these investments may be a direct result of things like like lobbying governments to remove mining taxes, profiteering from endless conflicts, destruction of natural environments, etc. etc. Even with 'ethical investing' many issues still present themselves like tax 'avoidance', screwing down of smaller suppliers, exploitation of employees, etc. Even keeping money in a HISA, the bank is only able to pay the interest to me because it is investing the money elsewhere and generating a return.
One thing I had considered is instead trying to invest in commercial real estate via REITs or similar.
Option #2 - Alternatively, I could continue to hold the residential property and gradually increase rents more inline with 'actual costs', rather than 'market rate', as well as a small allowance for profit (after all, the point of my investing is to generate wealth to achieve financial freedom/security). The issue with this approach is that I am reducing the performance of the investment, perhaps significantly so, if I keep rents in line with costs. I make this point only as a statement of fact, not to cry poor.
The analogy which my mind goes to is that of the 'meat-eater' vs. 'hunter'. Those who hunt for food may be seen as bloodthirsty, but they also come into direct contact with the consequences of their dietary choices. On the other hand, a meat-eater will never have blood on their hands, yet it's likely that the cruelty required to provide the meat they buy from a supermarket is far greater, however it's simply occurs at arms length. Trying to relate the analogy, I wonder if by being directly involved with my investment decisions (via owning this property), it makes me more conscious of their impact, rather than just taking the returns generated by the ASX300 with no regard for how they were achieved.
Finally, whilst this is a problem for me, I acknowledge it is one I am very privileged to deal with. I was fortunate enough to have been born in the mid-late 80s, meaning that I was able to earn and save enough before inflation meant I was forever priced out. I hope that people can empathise with the conflict between broad overarching political beliefs and the reality of personal financial security for yourself and your family.
I appreciate you taking the time to read and any thoughts you wish to offer. Apologies for the dorky formatting, I tried to spend quite a bit of time parsing this all out and it helped me organise my thoughts.
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2023.05.28 01:52 Archive666 What Bullying Can Do
Tuesday April 9th 2003
I hate this. Every time I see him in the halls I feel overwhelming fear, and when I know I have class with him next? Half the time I can't even bring myself to go, and I've fallen into a suicidal depression. So that's why I'm at this sewer underpass. Nobody will be able to stop me from finally doing it. I used to be a happy child and the world seemed so sweet, but now my life has devolved into nothing but a cruel cycle of psychological torment by him. I'm going to call her one last time before I do it.
Friday April 12th 2003
I like to watch the news when I get back from school, all sorts of interesting subjects all over the world are brought on but I never expected to see the news covering a student suicide from my very own school. They found his body face down in the shallow sewer water and all I could have thought of was what a gross place to kill yourself. They found the gun and obviously the gunshot hole in his head, it's too bad they censored it so much.
Monday September 4th 2003
Ever since the incident last semester, Carrie hasn't been herself. I try to ask her how she feels, and she just brushes me off every time. She used to talk so much but now she keeps to herself all class, even on breaks. The guilt from her radiates so strongly whenever I see her. Something is eating away at her inside.
Tuesday April 9th 2003
I got the call sometime after school and at first I didn't believe him, he'd always been emotional and always talked about these sort of sensitive things without going through with any action. But then it began to sink in, this was real. I begged him, tried to convince him there was another way, but he told me he was too far gone to turn back now and hung up on me after hours of venting his feelings onto me. I saw the signs leading up to this, and I am so, so sorry I didn't call the police so he could get the help he needed. This is all my fault, I'm apart of this, I killed him!
Monday September 4th 2003
Over the summer I had been really anxious and paranoid, expecting the police to knock on my door any day. Nobody found out, and now its the next semester. I knew I wore gloves when I left the gun there with him, but leaving evidence behind like that felt like one hell of a risky move. Only one other person in this whole world knows what happened to him, but I made sure to remind her that I know where her and her family lives.
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2023.05.28 01:11 BwanaRob [On Patrol: Live] Not Live, Not Live Thread May 27, 2023
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2023.05.28 01:05 Wombletog Rules to know if you ever meet u/PassiveCondition
We all know that Reddit is plagued with bots. Scam bots, political bots, NSFW spam bots, auto mods, you name it. Not all of these bots are bad, of course. I’ve always liked u/uraharabot
, because it can answer questions in character, instead of just repeating lines from the series. But some bots are more dangerous than people realize, and u/PassiveCondition
is the worst one I’ve run across yet. My curiosity has been a curse for much of my life, but it has allowed me to develop these rules to follow if you ever come across the bot.
- If you ever receive a comment or message from u/PassiveCondition reading: “Would you like to see a picture?”, do not answer. Block and forget all about it. I was stupid and said, “Yes.” I then received a DM from u/PassiveCondition and accepted it. It was a picture of a man sitting in a chair in the middle of an empty room, his head slumped forward so that his face wasn’t visible. After the picture, u/PassiveCondition asked: “Would you like to see more?”
- Say, “No,” to u/PassiveCondition if you disregarded Rule 1. You can’t turn back if you say, “Yes,” like I did. As soon as I said that, I received another picture, and another, and so on, for at least a hundred pictures. I quickly realized that each picture was a frame from a video, and when put all together, I could make out a clear sequence of events. The man in the chair lifts his head, revealing that his face is bruised and bloody. A second man walks over to the first, holding a knife. The knife-wielding man proceeds to stab the sitting man in the head so many times that his face is unrecognizable by the end.
- After receiving these images, don’t go trying to find out where they came from. I can tell you right now, they come from a cartel video, or at least, mine did. If you receive a different set of images, they will still come from an existing gore video. I, not having the benefit of these rules, had to ask around the gorehound subreddits until someone told me where the frames were from.
- If you have gotten this far, you will probably be as disturbed as I was by whatever images you received. But it’s important to remember, do not interact with u/PassiveCondition any further. You can still get out of this. Most importantly, don’t do what I did and go to u/PassiveCondition’s profile. If you do, you will find a post simply titled Test. This post will contain a link, we’ll get to that in a bit.
- Do not comment on this post. I did, asking u/PassiveCondition whether it was a real person or a bot. (At this point, I only suspected it of being a bot.) I also looked through its comment history and found that it had commented on thousands of gore posts with the same two words: “More, please.”
- Whatever you do, don’t click the link. If you do, you will be led to an unlisted image board containing hundreds, possibly thousands, of gore images. More importantly, clicking the link will give it a way to get into your device, no matter how safe you think your antivirus software is.
- Physically cover any camera connected to your device. You’ll understand why in a bit.
- By all means, if you went to the link, do take a few random pictures from the thousands you find and bring them to the gore subreddits. Ask around. I did, but they didn’t recognize any of the ones I showed them. Maybe yours will be different.
- At this point, u/PassiveCondition will follow you and begin commenting cryptic, threatening things such as: “What a glorious blood spray.” or “How painful do you want your death to be?” You can block it or get it banned, but it won’t matter. It will create alternate accounts, and continue to harass you. Prepare to abandon your Reddit account.
- If you keep blocking the account, the quality of its comments will deteriorate with each alt it creates. You will receive messages such as
pain pain pain pain pain pain pain pain pain pain pain pain pain pain pain pain pain pain pain pain pain pain
you die burn you, burn burn burn burn, kill you, kill you, kill you, kill you skin skin
At this point, leave your account behind and create a new one. If you obeyed Rule 7, then you will eventually receive an email containing photos that are completely black. Contact the police. Maybe they can do more for you than they could for me.
Now, since I didn’t know about Rule 7, here is what happened to me. After creating a new account, I thought I was safe. I didn’t delete my old account, because I didn’t want to lose what I had created. I turned off notifications and forgot about it for a while. After about a month, I received the first email. It contained a picture of me, sitting at my desk. It had been taken five minutes ago. I left the house and called the police at this point. They weren’t able to do anything that I know of, but it made me feel a little safer.
That feeling of safety disappeared a week later with the second email and the ones after. They contained pictures of me in scenarios from various gore videos. In these pictures, I was being tortured, murdered, committing suicide, dying in industrial accidents, and even sometimes committing the crimes depicted. I couldn’t sleep for a week after that one. I called the police again, and the emails eventually stopped.
One addendum to this story. About a month after I called the police for the second time, I checked the notifications on my old accounts. There, I found a message from a u/PassiveCondition
alt that was completely different from the normal nonsense. Here is what it read:
Hey, this is Ben from the University of Houston. u/PassiveCondition is a bot that we created as part of a graduate project. I’m sorry that it started harassing you. It was designed to use gore subreddits as training data to create similar images, and it got stuck in some sort of feedback loop interacting with you. We have shut it down for now until we can fix this issue.
I accepted this explanation at first, but I have come to doubt it since. After all, if the bot was just creating AI images of gore, that would explain the pictures of me it had created and the pictures on the image board that no one could recognize, but why would it hack into my camera? In addition, Ben’s message felt off to me, and I couldn’t find anything about such a grad project at the University of Houston. Finally, why would anyone create such a bot in the first place? What need is there for AI gore? u/PassiveCondition
seems to have been deleted for now, as well as all of its alternate accounts. I think it will probably return, perhaps under a different name. Hopefully you will follow these rules if you ever come across it.
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2023.05.28 00:56 New_Forever_394 An article about Christy, the "sweetheart" and the gang behind Dahmer's murder
2023.05.28 00:43 hockfrida An article about Christy, the "sweetheart" and the gang behind Dahmer's murder
2023.05.28 00:29 DelbertCornstubble Inexplicable 70s Collectable Rant
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So, I was killing time in a Target toy section while my kid was figuring out what to spend a gift card on. I was milling about near the Matchbox cars when I see this thing hanging:
Why this car?
This is a poop-brown fleet sedan designed in the aesthetic nadir of 1973. Perfect as a company car for a nursing home inspector, the real McCoy probably smelled like Virginia Slims and McDonalds fries cooked the Old Way. Not a sports car, not the 'Gran' Torino of Starsky and Hutch with beefy haunches and 5-slot aluminum rims. This car is an earth-toned wide lapel suit in automotive form. This is a plainer-than-vanilla vehicle where every extant example should now be rusting in the middle of a 40 year-old crushed cube. Why are we revisiting it now?
But wait. Maybe this was driven by Bosley or the Angels? Perhaps Farrah's flowing feathered hair through an open window sold the car? Ah-- 'Corinthian Leather' came out with the 1974 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron. Was this a direct competitor sporting Ford's own leather knockoff? Maybe 'Athenian Leather' product placement? Time for some research...
So... after Googling and Binging with ChatGPT, I have no idea why this replica was greenlighted. It turns out this was NOT a car driven by any significant or recurring character. It appears in exactly ONE episode, s1e22
, and was a generic detective's sedan driven by a dirty lieutenant on the vice squad played by Ed Lauter, who was gut shot at the climax. It's shown for about a minute of the episode over a few scenes, does not get in any car chase, and does not figure in the plot in any way. The car's only importance is cradling Kate Jackson's behind in the passenger seat for most of its single minute of airtime.
But to actually commission a 1/64 scale replica of this homely car ferrying said behind? For distribution in the Target toy department next to the Hot Wheels loop-de-loops? So many questions. What is the minimum number of units a Target retail corporate purchaser normally acquires? What is the sales demographic for this product other than the utterly confused, except for a few eBay sellers who figure that if a thing has no reason to exist, maybe it's worth double? This mistake isn't like a coin's mint error or a misprinted postage stamp, it's a whole object! The whole object should not exist in a rational universe.
Did you know there’s a site that catalogues movie cars?
Here is the car in question: https://www.imcdb.org/v001054944.html
All cars shown in the whole series: https://www.imcdb.org/movie_73972-Charlie-s-Angels.html
That’s it. Of ALL the cars in Charlie’s Angels, they pick that one to model. Did the company cast lots? Roll dice? Go on a peyote-fueled vision quest? Who is the employee that said, “Alfa Romeo Spider, no…Datsun 280z, no…DANG, I’m gonna resurrect that brown 1974 Ford Torino Brougham!”
I can't figure it out. Who was proud of shrinking and emulating this automotive non-entity? Whose business acumen approved a product with a niche thinner than the paper in a pocket New Testament? At least put dirty cop Ed Lauter's face on the box since he was the only person driving. This thing is nuts unless it's some sort of Easter Egg dropped into the 'Simulation' we must be living in.
But wait! The back has a blurb:
A graduate of the Los Angeles Police Academy, Foxy Jill is a carefree and fun-loving California girl with a great flair for beguiling any male she encounters. She's sporty and athletic, and even goes on to become a champion race car driver.
Oh, this car is for Foxy Jill played by Farrah herself! She beguiles any male she encounters. I thought it was via a swimsuit poster, but no, she beguiles males of the species with her hideous sedan!
Did the seats lay flat? It’d take at least three cans of Aqua Net to put Farrah’s massive wings back in place if she knocked her coif against the roof mid-beguile. Plus, all the petrochemicals wafting around her head might dissolve the glue in the headliner. And you know that mid-70s headliners already drooped so fast they must’ve been looking at Bea Arthur in a G-string.
Foxy Jill is sporty and athletic. As opposed to this car. Maybe the car started out as a Ford GT40 and Jill used some kind of vampirism to suck out all the GT40's sportiness and athleticism, leaving the shriveled husk of the Ford Torino Brougham.
And finally Foxy Jill goes on to become a champion race car driver, apparently by practicing in this car, that she NEVER drove in that single minute of that single episode. The whole backstory in the blurb for this product was a complete invention, and they could've picked any one of the myriad of sport cars featured in the show to link to Farrah Fawcett.
But no, we must commemorate Farrah with a brown 1974 Ford Torino Brougham she never even sat in. Why?!
2023.05.28 00:01 exitLOVE Father
This will be a rather long story about my father, and I hope I won't bore anyone.
My father is a person who is pathologically jealous and completely devoid of any emotions or empathy. I'm not a doctor, so I can only speculate, but I believe he may also have schizophrenia and who knows what else.
My mother is a very kind person, highly sensitive, and I love her dearly. I inherited her high sensitivity, and I am completely different from my father.
When I was a child, I witnessed my mother crying several times (which is quite strange because usually, when you're younger than 10, you don't remember things well. However, I recently realized that you remember negative things several times more than positive ones because they were hurtful to you or someone close to you).
My father wouldn't allow my mother to go out with anyone, not even friends. When I was maybe 7 or 8 years old, we went to an outdoor swimming pool. I was afraid to go in, so my mother put on her swimsuit and went in to help me. When we returned home, I approached my mother and quietly asked if we would go there again sometime. She put her finger to her lips, signaling for me not to say anything. But my father overheard and hid her swimsuit.
He would search her bags at night, call her and ask where she was going and why. Sometimes he would even follow her. I saw my mother helpless and in tears multiple times, knowing that she was like imprisoned and had wasted her life.
As I grew older, she told me she wanted to leave him because she couldn't take it anymore, but she was afraid he would kill all of us (me, my mother, siblings, and even someone from our family). Back then, I didn't fully understand it, but now I know she was right, and it's very possible if he had nothing to lose. They are both almost 60 years old now.
I am mentally destroyed by my father, by several things - by seeing my mother suffer and feel helpless, and by the fact that when I was 10 to 16 years old, helping him with anything, he treated me like trash. All it took was for me not to hold the net too tightly, and he would start shouting at the top of his lungs, saying he would "fuck me up, kill me, that I'm a piece of shit," or if I couldn't tie a bucket with a knot to lift it to a higher level of the building, he would scream so loudly that I turned my head around to see if the neighbors were looking.
He would yell, "tie it, for fuck's sake! Show me how you do it, tie it because I'll kill you!" I would go to my room, close the door, and cry - convincing myself that I was stupid, an idiot, worthless. I would ask myself why I had to be so dumb, why I couldn't do anything - after all, in my country at that time, it was believed that "the older person is wiser, knows better, and should be obeyed." Because of him, I have absolutely no self-esteem. I'm not saying my self-esteem is low - I simply don't have it. I don't believe in myself. When something doesn't work out, and I struggle with some things and need more time, but then manage to handle them normally, I feel like crying and ask myself why I have to be so unintelligent.
Father and mother.
My father has something in his head, and when my mother's brother (from the same mother) comes to our country (he has been living in another country for many years), my father stays at home. When my mother's brother hugs her, my father immediately gets up from the couch and watches the hug. When my mother sits with her brother in the kitchen, my father keeps walking around the kitchen every minute, watching what they are doing.
Once, when it happened that my uncle stayed overnight at our house, my father wouldn't let them sleep in the same room. He was convinced that something inappropriate would happen between them. My mother and her brother have a normal, loving sibling relationship, but my father's jealousy and paranoia create constant tension and distress in our family.
I apologize if the translation is not perfect, as it is generated by an AI language model.
And he went to sleep and closed the door, and my father, whose room is next to mine, also went to lie down - but suddenly he fell asleep. When he woke up, he quickly got up and realized that my mother wasn't there, so he went after her to the store because he was afraid that she went somewhere with her brother - he drove after her (she went shopping, to buy groceries), while her brother was still sleeping behind closed doors. Whenever my mother is in the garden doing something and her brother steps outside for a moment and my father sees them talking, he panics and grabs any documents and goes outside to my mother - he runs instead of walking.
He even once installed listening devices in the house when her brother was there.
Moreover, my father is a very aggressive person - very much so.
Today, as I write this, my father has accumulated enormous debts because he loses a lot of money on sports betting - gambling. His business is doing very poorly, but he still loses everything and incurs debts without paying the suppliers for the goods.
We don't really know the full extent of the debts and our financial situation because it's impossible to talk to him about it.
He started giving my mother very little money for the household, so it's not enough for her, and she only humiliates herself by asking him for money. So she found a job - after all these years, she started working (if she hadn't met him and married him, she would have had a very good education and would have earned a great salary in her profession, but she gave up all of that) - after the divorce, he became ten times more problematic.
The job she found involves cleaning for a few hours a day, after everyone has left work - only the security is present. She has a restroom, a roof over her head, and warmth in the building. My father went mad; recently, he came to the gate and started yelling, cursing, and tried to force his way through the gate (it's a government facility), and if he had succeeded, the police would have been called immediately. He yelled that he didn't care, he wanted to go in, and that my mother should come out - she recorded him.
The security guards sympathized with her for having such a partner. He sat by the gate for several hours. He's completely destroying her mentally, and she no longer wants to live like this; she doesn't have the strength. She could earn money for her living expenses (there's high inflation), bills, and dental care, but this psycho probably won't let her, and she's very afraid that he will do something terrible - unfortunately, it's a very real fear.
Unfortunately, in my country (in Europe), even if you go to the police and they issue a restraining order or something similar, it doesn't help if the person has severe mental problems. This year, a man in my country killed his children, wife, and parents. In the previous year, there were a few similar cases - maybe 2 or 3? Where a man killed his own children and wife, and one case happened in my city. She wanted to leave him, get a divorce, and he found out about it, so he killed his two daughters (around 10 years old) and his wife with some tools. Such incidents happen in other countries as well, whether it's the USA or other countries.
Now he has returned during the night and started slamming things again while preparing food. If something doesn't go as he wants, he raises his voice and slams objects. He was talking to my mother about something, and when she disagreed, he started slamming the cupboard doors, chairs. My mother went to sleep or tried to sleep. He walked with his food in front of the TV and muttered under his breath, "You'll have your fucking secrets." Even if he were to keep her chained up in a closed room without light and people, he would still believe that she has secrets. And he certainly betrayed her, and we don't know what he has been doing.
Even if he had her under constant control, his mind would still create scenarios that she has secrets, and he would believe in them.
I love my mother very much, and I don't really know what to do. She is suffering greatly and doesn't want to live like this anymore. But she's afraid that he will kill her and us at home.
I'm completely helpless, and I'm ready to die for my mother or do something to protect her if things get really bad. I don't know what to do because I know that a restraining order and other measures won't stop someone like him. It would be best if women in such situations could receive training in self-defense and handling firearms and have access to a weapon temporarily, but it's impossible, even to possess a firearm. (I enrolled in university at nearly 30 years old, and I can't even concentrate on studying because I have so many things on my mind. It's difficult to read any books or focus on anything else)
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2023.05.27 23:27 coolhypernova [RANT] Housing Prices in Mumbai
2023.05.27 23:19 sejiro7 LONG INFO, BUT GOOD READ.. (PT.1)
ORGANIZED GANG STALKING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Organized Gang Stalking, also known as Gang Stalking, Cause Stalking, Organized Vigilante Stalking, Stalking by Proxy, Community-Based Harassment, and Covert War,are essentially harassment and discrediting campaigns waged against a targeted individual Citizens and neighbors are recruited to participate,often from extremist groups and cults, but also from among employees Coordinated psychological warfare attacks, consisting of stalkings, noise campaigns, sensitizing and the spreading of lies and rumors, are executed in an effort to virtually neutralize and destroy the victim using people from all backgrounds and vocations to harass, track 24/7, sometimes organizing lethal vehicle accidents, poisonings, electronic harassment, home invasions/property destruction, corrupt or ignorant doctor diagnosis given to stamp the victim as bogus mentally ill with delusions, paranoid, or schizophrenia, etc. Everything is done covertly. and with a sophisticated real time dispatching system to organize the criminals' harassments and attacks, often in the hundreds to thousands of criminals participating as a coordinated mob at any given time while the criminals do their normal routines of work, shopping, commuting to and from work, leisure, etc.,using the method of moving foot and vehicular surveillance techniques, and computers,cell phones, verbal and visual cues, and every other conceivable type of communication. Often, the local network of this mob is connected to a national and international network when the target travels the local network will follow the target to the next city or town when the target arrives there, the networking that location will Stalk follow and Harass the target in that city or town Organized Gang Stalking also known as organized stalking, community harassment community stalking is a systemic form of control, which seeks to destroy every aspect of a Targeted Individuals life. Using occupational health and safety laws, warning markers can be added to a targets file. Once a target is flagged, a notification is sent out, and the target is followed around 24/7 by the various communities that they are in. A covert investigation might be opened, and electronic means used by the civilian spies as part of the covert monitoring and surveillance process. The citizen informants can be parts of these community oriented programs, but are often just average citizens. Everyone in the targets life is contacted, advised as to why the individual has been listed or flagged. Advised not to discuss the notification and asked to be a part of the ongoing,never ending monitoring (systemic harassment) process. This process is covertly designed to destroy the target over time, leaving them with no form of support. Since most civil workers are aware of this notification system, it means that targets reporting incidents of being followed around by various strangers should not have been unfamiliar to the police, and other agencies that targets reported their harassment to. In most cities this notification is well known, and used by many workers and employers. Yet Targeted Individuals have had to have mental health evaluations for making complaints about this structure, and the harassment that comes with it. Organized Gang Stalking is experienced by the Targeted Individual as psychological attack, that is capable of immobilizing and destroying them over time. The covert methods used to harass, persecute, and falsely defame the targets often leave no evidence to incriminate the civilian spies. It's similar to workplace mobbing, but takes place outside in the community. It's called Organized Gang Stalking, because organized groups or community members stalk and monitor the targets 24/7. see Gang Stalking Organized Stalking.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Does the word "Gang", as in Gang Stalking, refer to "Street Gangs"? No. The word, "Gang", refers to multiple people who organize/group together for a common purpose.What is the difference between Stalking, by a single perpetrator, and Organized Gang Stalking? All forms of stalking are physically, emotionally, and psychologically harmful to the victim. With regards to Gang Stalking, the abuse is particularly invasive as the victim is not able to distinguish friend from foe. The majority of the population is aware of cases such as "jilted lover as stalker", and can readily identify key features of such abuse. The little-known phenomena of Organized Gang Stalking allows the perpetrators anonymity and enables future victimization's, as stalkers are actually encouraged by the lack of repercussions. Please keep in mind that victims of Organized Gang Stalking have to deal with an abuse engineered to make them appear insane should they complain to authorities. It is no wonder that victims of Organized Gang Stalking are far more likely to commit suicide than victims of individual stalkers.
IS ORGANIZED GANG STALKING ILLEGAL?
Yes! Despite what the leaders or members of Stalking and Harassment groups say or believe, all forms of Stalking and Harassment are illegal.
Stalking can be defined as a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Stalking is against the law in every state. Stalking across state lines or in federal territories is illegal under federal law. A willful course of conduct involving repeated or continuing harassment of another individual that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested and that actually causes the victim to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested. A person who intentionally and repeatedly follows or harasses another person and who makes a credible threat, either expressed or implied, with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear of death or serious bodily harm is guilty of the crime of stalking.
Harassment means conduct directed toward a victim that includes, but is not limited to, repeated or continuing unconsented contact that would cause a reasonable individual to suffer emotional distress and that actually causes the victim to suffer emotional distress.
F.B.I. Title 18, U.S.C., Section 241 Conspiracy Against Rights
This statute makes it unlawful for two or more persons to conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person of any state, territory or district in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him/her by the Constitution or the laws of the United States, (or because of his/her having exercised the same). It further makes it unlawful for two or more persons to go in disguise on the highway or on the premises of another with the intent to prevent or hinder his/her free exercise or enjoyment of any rights so secured. Punishment varies from a fine or imprisonment of up to ten years, or both; and if death results, or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years, or for life, or may be sentenced to death.
THE GOAL OF ORGANIZED GANG STALKING
The expressed goal of Organized Gang Stalking is to silence a victim, drive a victim insane and possibly to the point of suicide, or destroy the victim's reputation and believability as the person will likely be viewed as mentally ill should they complain or report the abuse. To cause the target to appear mentally unstable is one, and this is achieved through a carefully detailed assault using advanced psychological harassment techniques, and a variety of other tactics that are the usual protocol for gang stalking, such as street theater, mobbing, pervasive petty disrespecting. Organized Gang Stalking is also used to gather information on individuals as well as force individuals to move or leave an area. Do the Stalkers ever question or check to see if a targeted victim is indeed guilty of a crime? No. There is an "assumption of guilt" among the stalkers. Also, remember that many stalkers are paid for their harassment, so these individuals are not concerned with the innocence or guilt of a victim. Assuming a victim knows the group that is behind their stalking, should they attempt to openly communicate with them? Absolutely Not! For one, the stalkers automatically assume the victim is guilty of an atrocity,and thus "deserves" the treatment. Second, many stalkers actually want the victim to engage them in some fashion. In these instances the interaction will be recorded and used as evidence against the victim, especially in attempts to suggest the victim is mentally unstable. If a charitable and respectable society practices Organized Gang Stalking on the side, should we assume the victims deserve such treatment? Absolutely not! When people take the law into their own hands, any notion of "law" is destroyed altogether. I should emphasize that the majority of Organized Gang Stalking victims are completely innocent of any crimes. Any group that performs Organized Gang Stalking is not positive in nature, nor beneficial to society, despite any charitable works they may perform. Likewise, such societies only remain "respectable" because any and all evidence of "wrong doing" is conveniently destroyed or eliminated.
MOTIVATIONS FOR THE ABUSE
Motivations for Organized Gang Stalking vary. Revenge for a real or imagined offense, true or false accusations of a "horrible crime" of which the victim has gotten away with, silencing a corporate "whistle-blower", defecting from a cult, a perceived enemy of a group or organization, and "knowing too much" are all examples of possible motivations. Due consideration should be used as the motivations of the stalking and harassment groups are in no way limited to the above.
WHO ARE THE STALKERS?
The stalkers, for the most part, are everyday citizens. Other stalkers are "street thugs" who have been recruited or hired to harass and intimidate. Some Stalkers are actual Private Investigators who have been hired to gather information concerning the victim. Many stalkers are members of volunteer police groups.
WHY PEOPLE PARTICIPATE IN GANG STALKING
Some stalkers are told lies, either positive or negative in nature, in order to gain their participation Some stalkers are paid or receive other benefits Stalkers belonging to an organization may simply be following orders. Some stalkers may use their participation in order to repay a past favor.Racism, Prejudice, Homophobia, or otherwise Hatred of a victim Peer Pressure/ Need to Fit In Former stalkers have stated they participated out of fear of becoming the next target should they go against the group. Entertainment Value/Thrill of Participation in an Illegal activity. Some stalkers mistakenly believe it is their civil duty.
WHO, OR WHAT, IS ULTIMATELY BEHIND GANG STALKING?
Corporations, Government Organizations, Military/Air Force, Some Police, Corrupt Cops,Societies/Fraternities/Orders, Religious Cults and Destructive "New Age" Groups, "Concerned" Community Groups/Vigilante Groups, Criminal Organizations, Volunteer Police Organizations, etc.
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2023.05.27 22:18 Proletlariet Toph - Main Body
"If you knew me, the real me, you wouldn't be wondering if we're gonna live or die. Because you'd know I can keep this up as long as I need to. I'm Toph Beifong, the greatest earthbender of all time." History:
Born a blind girl sheltered by her wealthy parents, Toph learned earthbending in secret from the badgermoles of Gaoling. Secretly becoming the Earth Rumble champion known as the Blind Bandit, Toph's true destiny arrived when she joined the Avatar as his earthbending master. In travelling the world with Avatar Aang, Toph became by many accounts the greatest earthbender of her time.
After saving the world, and inventing metalbending along the way, Toph became an influential figure. She started the Toph Beifong Metalbending Academy to spread knowledge of the art, became chief of the Republic City police, and aided in the industrialization that helped modernize the world. Though she retired in her old age as a recluse, Toph still periodically answered the call to duty whenever the Avatar needed her. Powers
: Toph controls earth with a unique bending style, built primarily around her "seismic sense" that allows her compensate for her blindness by detecting and predicting movement through the vibrations around her. She later developed the art of metalbending she integrated into her combat style.
Source Key: Avatar: The Last Airbender Season & Episode = S#E# Katara and the Pirate's Silver = KPS Lost Adventures = LA Team Avatar Tales = TAT he Promise = TP The Rift = TR North and South = N&S Imbalance = IM Toph Beifong's Metalbending Academy = MBA Free Comic Book Day = FCBD Legend of Korra Season 4 Episode = LoK E# Ruins of the Empire = RotE Avatar: The Last Airbender; Legacy = AtLAL Avatar Legends = AL The Art of the Animated Series = AAS Director's Commentary = DC
Physicals Strength Durability Speed Reactions - Earthbenders Reactions - Others
Earthbending Projectiles Small Medium Large Shifting Terrain Small Large Columns Small Large Launching People Individuals Groups Barriers Small Medium Large Structures Busting Binding Strength Precision Sand Mobility Amplified Jumps Burrowing Raising Herself Earth Surfing Misc. Misc.
Metalbending Crumpling Binding Precision ArmoStructures Strength Misc
Senses Seismic Sense General Info Individuals Groups Metal Structures Misc. Hearing Lie Detection Limitations Sensing Limitations Airborne targets Sandy terrain Surprised Water Other impediments
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2023.05.27 21:44 SwiggleMcDiggle Cure Syndrome - The Snail
I do not think Zero Time Dilemma is a great game, or even a particularly good one.
I think I was lucky to go into the game as I did. I was properly warned, so I wasn't mortified that the grand finale of this Zero Escape series I had appreciated so far would be such a dismal showing. In fact, I had a pretty good time. That said, it would be impossible for me to conclude by any metric I respect that ZTD is overall a good game. So, so much of the game is broken on a deeply fundamental level. Many of the characters are shadows whose previous identity is the only important thing about them. What could have been a delightfully grievous and tense experience is made almost impossible to take seriously by the stilted graphics and vocal performance. And yes, even large parts of the narrative have giant holes.
But there's something so alluring about it nonetheless. There are flashes, even whole through lines, of brilliance inside of this burning, petulant mess. It's made it an object of fascination within the overall fandom. Still, to people dismissive of the game, even its good parts can be thrown aside. It's ZTD, how great could it be?
The Snail Snails are funny creatures. They're smaller than us, but like other slow creatures, they have an air of weight to them. There is a distinct air of deliberateness to snails that we don't ascribe to other creatures, and yet along with that deliberateness is baked in an additional layer of impotence. Snails are weak as hell, and don't really do much. They're basically the land-animal equivalent of a rock.
The Joke Okay, let's back up a little bit. I'm not trying to imply that there's a hidden depth to this snail's morality or that it is an extremely deep portrait of a troubled soul. Snails basically have like a 6 node neural network for a brain they're not complicated. But here's a secret: individual psychology kinda bores me. I've read a lot of it. I think that you can make a character do great things for a text beyond the complexities lying within its own skull. For example, I think that Quark is great! I think he shakes up VLR's narrative and adds a lot of really interesting nuance to its moral situations.
I think that in works that operate at a scale as large as ZTD (with billions of lives hanging in flux) you have room to tell a lot more thematically grand of a story- one that involves a lot of nuanced symbols that ask a lot of really compelling questions. I think it's clear I see the snail as one of these.
The Murder The protagonist of our story is a snail, and one day, oblivious to the rest of the world, they are on a road. A woman sees the snail, and takes a different path just this once. It just happens to be her unlucky day- by taking this particular path and this particular day, she is murdered by a young serial killer.
And yet our protagonist lies unaware. A murder between two humans is an event too incomprehensibly complex for a snail to comprehend or even really perceive. This isn't the first time Zero Escape has brought up something like this: in VLR, old Sigma gives an unforgettable monologue about termites constantly building to something beyond their own understanding. It's unclear at the time what he's talking about when he says that Sigma will see what *humans* are building, but the snail anecdote lays it bare. There is latent beauty in the chain of causality that makes up all events in the world. Only those with the ability to perceive or manipulate the breadth of causality can understand its beauty. It's not a surprise, then, that the three people most lucidly aware of reality and its possibilities are the ones that organize these twisted games. Akane, Sigma, and Delta saw something in the weave of reality. It drove them mad. And it made them do this.
The Coincidence I've seen people refer to the snail incident as beyond believability, or even as a "plot hole." I've seen people try and explain it away. I think both sides are plainly ignoring the absurdity of our own reality. The murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand has obviously profound implications on humanity, but the story of how the assassination went itself is pretty absurd. The entire thing is a clusterfuck (believe me), but the crowning moment is when the assassin, after failing the initial assassination, moved to a food shop off the known carriage route with some vain hope of encountering the archduke. The archduke did indeed take a wrong turn onto the street the assassin was on. And yet, even then, it's unlikely that the assassin would've been able to shoot the archduke if the driver didn't realize his mistake at the exact wrong spot, bringing the carriage to a halt directly in front of the man who set out to kill Franz Ferdinand.
A critic might say that regardless of real life, including ridiculous aneurysms of chance in a narrative damages the ability of one who consumes it to hold the events with much weight. Instead, someone who perceives this might lose faith in the narrative's coherence and the people who live in it. To this end I say yes,
There are countless stories in history of contrived, unlikely events leading to world-shattering results. What has always intrigued me are not the ones we know, but the ones we don't. How many impossible stories lay undiscovered in the sea of human history? What would I think if I was able to hear them all?
The Arrest A month after the murder, a man is falsely accused of murdering the woman. He's calling a cab when he's interrupted, and instead finds himself riding away in a police car. Despite his innocence, he is convicted and executed. His wife commits suicide, leaving their children as orphans. Generally, orphans are permitted some amount of refuge, but these orphans were kidnapped and put in a brutal game. The girl out of the two could only escape by signing a cosmic contract with reality: signing her soul away for her survival. She was never given a choice.
Yet in this story, who really was? Akane Kurashiki is a character who seems uniquely stuck in her fate: consigned to labor to create an escape game to abate circumstances she had no control over. Yet we all toil to undo tragedies beyond our control. We all work to guarantee ourselves some amount of respite in an unforgiving world. None of us can exist without labor. The only thing unique about Akane is her perspective: she knows there is no way out. She's seen the game.
The Other Useless ZTD Characters ZTD has an obsession with pathetic creatures. Gab is an elderly dog who facilitates the plans and communication between the characters but isn't aware of the nature of the game itself. Eric is incapable of comprehending the nature of his own relationship or his own existence. The gross violence he commits for petty, personal reasons almost seems insignificant or merely annoying in the grand scheme of the narrative. Sean is a child, and isn't aware of the grand implications of death and life that are involved in the game. He's naïve to the point of near silliness. The three of them have power, though, and they drastically change the trajectory of the game. Even Delta masquerades as a blind, deaf old man before revealing himself. He emulates them, of course, to some extent to disguise himself. Yet perhaps on some level he yearns to return to that state: one that can see only actions and no consequences.
The End The taxi Akane/Aoi's father called decides to instead pick up a surgeon who is scheduled to perform a surgery on a boy. The driver gets into an accident, leading to the death of the surgeon, and also the death of the boy. This boy was friends with an old man: Delta.
Delta is possibly the least materially impacted by the trail of events that the snail caused, and he is also someone who has felt extreme loss in other areas of his life for reasons completely unrelated. Yet when ZTD starts, he is obsessed with the snail. He constantly talks about it. It is his center of understanding for the entire incident. Speaking about the snail is the one thing he cares about expressing to the people in the game. I hope that, by waxing philosophically about the snail and ZTD, I've made it clear why he cares so much.
But, to be honest, speaking directly and forwardly about the snail and what it means would be against the spirit of the thing. Part of the appeal was always the slow reveal, the unpeeling, and (compared to other things in ZE) the reader's responsibility to read into it themselves.
The Conclusion I've kind of misled you in retelling the story about the snail. The killer is not confirmed to be Mira. The woman is not necessarily Eric's mom. The two orphans aren't explicitly Akane and Aoi. The old man who was friends with Sean isn't even necessarily Delta. These roles aren't meticulously left open to provide a vague sense of mystery. It's an open text- and generally, the common use of an open text in thematic storytelling is to signal that it doesn't matter.
It doesn't matter whether Eric's mom actually died because of a snail. Even if she didn't, the flow of events that led to her death is just another similar string of tragic coincidences. Same with Akane and Aoi. Same with the six billion that die because of Radical 6. At the end of the day, maybe this brutalist string of absurd coincidences is all they're left with- and maybe it's all we're left with too.
These stories lay all around us. Sometimes, we're Akane and Aoi. Sometimes, we're Sean. Sometimes, we're Mira.
But most of the time, we're the snail. We trudge along, unaware of our surroundings, deliberately inching forward just a little bit at a time. We're small. We're weak. God help the poor souls who are any larger, or any stronger. And the ones who can see further, who can see past the veil?
They are beyond saving.
All because of a single snail...
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2023.05.27 20:59 DDiaz98 How would the justice system react to trying to prosecute a being with superman like powers?
Just thought about this. Say some random person was given supermans powers. Rather than becoming the selfless altruistic hero from the comics they do what probably a lot of us would do If we suddenly became a God like being. Take what they want with no real worry of consequences. Say this person robs a bank. Takes a bunch of money for themselves. But because they aren't a professional criminal eventually the law catches up to them and an arrest process begins.
This person just for shits and giggles goes along with it. Goes through trial and is sentenced. What would happen if they said no? What would the government do when they realize they can't physically make him do anything he doesn't want to do? What will they do when he just walks out of the court room? How long would they follow them? How long until they give up? Would they give up?
I think they'd try none physical means to try to force the person to cooperate. Like completely freezing bank accounts or revoking property. But this is a stupid way to do it because the person could easily be like "ok. If you don't leave me alone I will destroy your power grid" or whatever super expensive infrastructure that would cripple that society and make it financial suicide to continue a legal pursuit.
What do you think? Would they eventually just be like "oh someones illegally living in that new mansion? Oh yeah that's just Dan. Sorry you can't sell the house anymore he took it for himself. No we can't remove him he'd throw our police station into a mountain. Just file an insurance claim and leave him be"
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