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2022.10.07 18:07 Dreamlight Designs
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2013.09.17 09:43 karmicviolence Imaginary Villages
Artwork of villages, towns, hamlets and boroughs that we call home. (/imtrackinglink)
2014.10.21 07:06 Vinarinarinarin ImaginaryCosmere
Art from Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere
2023.05.30 00:05 throwaway_colorado17 43 [M4F] #NY - Attentive Daddy Looking For His Princess
Now there are lots of posts with a bunch of Daddy's describing how they are. The best thing I can do is be myself within this dynamic, so happy to describe how I am:
Me: Loving, supportive, very affectionate. The goal - as I see it as your Daddy - is to lift your spirit up. If I do, I know that I'll get the best sub/little possible. In public we're equals, always encouraging your schooling or career and celebrating successes together. However, in private, things can shift. You know your role and I know mine but it's all with an intimate bond that we've created. I can also be firm in a myriad of ways. Perhaps I'll be rough and leave marks or it might just be a loving squeeze of the neck as a reminder of who you belong to, eyes locked, making sure you know who leads us. But the underlying layer is the world we've created, a connection and bond deeper than others.
I certainly have a bit of a pleasure Dom side to me, so there would also be lots of praise coming your way.
I'd like you to be fun, open minded, and intelligent. Having Interests outside of the dynamic is important, please enjoy being active, and craves the kind of Daddy I described above. We'll let things evolve naturally until trust is established.
Open to online and IRL
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2023.05.29 23:57 JoshAsdvgi The Chicken and the Eagle
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The Chicken and the Eagle
A long time ago in a remote valley, there lived a farmer.
One day he got tired of the daily routine of running the farm and decided to climb the cliffs that brooded above the valley to see what lay beyond.
He climbed all day until he reached a ledge just below the top of the cliff; there, to his amazement was a nest, full of eggs.
Immediately he knew they were eagle’s eggs and, even though he knew it was profoundly un-ecological and almost certainly illegal, he carefully took one and stowed it in his pack; then seeing the sun was low in the sky, he realized it was too late in the day to make the top and slowly began to make his way down the cliff to his farm.
When he got home he put the egg in with the few chickens he kept in the yard. T
he mother hen was the proudest chicken you ever saw, sitting atop this magnificent egg; and the cockerel couldn’t have been prouder.
Sure enough, some weeks later, from the egg emerged a fine, healthy egret.
And as is in the gentle nature of chickens, they didn’t balk at the stranger in their midst and raised the majestic bird as one of theirown.
So it was that the eagle grew up with its brother and sister chicks.
It learned to doall the things chickens do: it clucked andcackled, scratching in the dirt for gritsand worms, flapping its wings furiously,flying just a few feet in the air beforecrashing down to earth in a pile of dust andfeathers.
It believed resolutely and absolutely it was a chicken.
One day, late in its life, the eagle-who-thought-he-was-a-chicken happened to look up at the sky.
High overhead,soaring majestically and effortlessly on thethermals with scarcely a single beat of itspowerful golden wings, was an eagle!
What’s that?!, cried the old eagle in awe.
It’s magnificent! So much power and grace!It’s beautiful!
That’s an eagle, replied a nearby chicken,
That’s the King of the Birds.
It’s a bird of the air… not for the likes of us.
We’reonly chickens, we’re birds of the earth.
With that, they all cast their eyes downwards once more and continued digging in the dirt.
And so it was that the eagle lived and died a chicken…
Because that’s all it believed itself to be.
2023.05.29 23:45 JoshAsdvgi THE CATSKILL WITCH
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THE CATSKILL WITCH
When the Dutch gave the name of Katzbergs to the mountains west of the Hudson, by reason of the wild-cats and panthers that ranged there, they obliterated the beautiful Indian Ontiora, “mountains of the sky.”
In one tradition of the red men these hills were bones of a monster that fed on human beings until the Great Spirit turned it into stone as it was floundering toward the ocean to bathe.
The two lakes near the summit were its eyes.
These peaks were the home of an Indian witch, who adjusted the weather for the Hudson Valley with the certainty of a signal service bureau.
It was she who let out the day and night in blessed alternation, holding back the one when the other was at large, for fear of conflict.
Old moons she cut into stars as soon as she had hung new ones in the sky, and she was often seen perched on Round Top and North Mountain, spinning clouds and flinging them to the winds.
Woe betide the valley residents if they showed irreverence, for then the clouds were black and heavy, and through them she poured floods of rain and launched the lightnings, causing disastrous freshets in the streams and blasting the wigwams of the mockers.
In a frolic humor she would take the form of a bear or deer and lead the Indian hunters anything but a merry dance, exposing them to tire and peril, and vanishing or assuming some terrible shape when they had overtaken her.
Sometimes she would lead them to the cloves and would leap into the air with a mocking “Ho, ho!” just as they stopped with a shudder at the brink of an abyss.
Garden Rock was a spot where she was often found, and at its foot a lake once spread.
This was held in such awe that an Indian would never wittingly pursue his quarry there; but once a hunter lost his way and emerged from the forest at the edge of the pond.
Seeing a number of gourds in crotches of the trees he took one, but fearing the spirit he turned to leave so quickly that he stumbled and it fell.
As it broke, a spring welled from it in such volume that the unhappy man was gulfed in its waters, swept to the edge of Kaaterskill clove and dashed on the rocks two hundred and sixty feet below.
Nor did the water ever cease to run, and in these times the stream born of the witch's revenge is known as Catskill Creek.
2023.05.29 23:43 dreamingofislay Feis Ile Caol Ila Day Recap (5/29)
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Sequel to my recaps for days one
. It's been a wonderful Feis so far, and we feel lucky and grateful to be able to return after a five-year hiatus.
Day Three, Monday, is Caol Ila Open Day on island's eastern coast. Here are our impressions and advice, let me know if you guys find this helpful and interesting! https://preview.redd.it/8s4tfwcqbu2b1.jpg?width=4080&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=d9300b924a9c0d60e5e72038ac6a2b8556407779
- This year is the first year in a while that the open day has returned to the distillery after a multi-year renovation. The new visitor center is much bigger, sleeker, and glossier than older examples like Lagavulin's spartan bottle shop. Caol Ila's center is a Disney World-esque tribute to all things Diageo, selling many of their major single malts and special annual releases, along with a big array of Johnnie Walker products.
- Unsurprisingly, Caol Ila day is a lot like Lagavulin day. Great, well-organized team. On arrival, they hand out a welcome packet with a pin, map, and two dram tokens per person, and everyone can choose between two whiskies for those free pours. Caol Ila offered the Distillers Edition and Moch.
- Like at Lagavulin, the dram-token system is only lightly enforced. We came in and got two packets, then went to the main bar, and they handed me two more packets because I was holding the first two under the bar (not intentionally, I swear!). By 4 pm, team members were passing out more drams, no tokens exchanged, so the famous generosity of festival week is still here, just a little more under wraps.
- ASOIAF/Game of Thrones fans may appreciate this reference: Caol Ila is the Pyke of Islay distilleries. Not only is it on the coast, it's on a verdant rocky cliffside, so you must take a winding wooden walkway to enter it. Caol Ila is also the most "vertical," for lack of a better word. The gift shop's on Level 3, and the main courtyard was on Level 0. On each level, there are different experience rooms, including a mini-history museum on Level 2.
- In that history museum, we enjoyed a wonderful experience with Jo and Peter (a Diageo historian and a blending team member, respectively). It was strange; almost every other major event sold out very quickly, but this one was still available a week before we arrived, for a relatively reasonable 45 pounds/person. When we got there, only one other couple had booked it, and all of us had a great time chatting. Jo and Peter were fun company and fonts of whisky knowledge. And the four whiskies ... quite something. As a bonus, Jo and Peter gave us a to-go sample of a whisky they custom-created for the Lagavulin Malt Mill experience (the idea was to recreate the early 1900s whisky made at Lagavulin for blending). Such a kind gesture.
- If you ever find yourself on Islay do yourself a favor and go to the Ballygrant Inn. Heck, go twice. It may be the best whisky bar on an island chock full of amazing watering holes. The selection feels infinite, and the prices are eye-poppingly reasonable. As a comparison, we had Laphroaig's 2009 and 2010 Cairdeas bottles for 8.50 pounds per pour, whereas they were 25-30 pounds per pour at a bar in Bowmore. And if you want to try rare bottles or festival bottles without the madness of Feis week, this is your spot. They have many Feis Ile expressions from the last 5-10 years.
- Hang out at a bar long enough, and you realize some people are not here to play. Chatted with one group that was ordering powerhouse dram after powerhouse dram - Ardbeg Single Casks, 20-plus year old Bowmores and Bunnahabhains, etc. - like there was no tomorrow. One gentleman let me taste a sip of an Ardbeg single cask (70 or so pound pour). Yeah, it was pretty good.
- SMWS (Scotch Malt Whisky Society) does great events throughout the week, and you don't have to be a member to attend or buy their bottles, unlike the rest of the year. They had a booth outside of Ballygrant today, and we got to try 5-6 expressions and ended up buying two festival bottles: a 14-year-old Macallan beauty bottled for Spirit of Speyside and a 14-year-old Caol Ila in honor of their open day, which was better (just IMO) than the official festival bottling and about half the price.
- The vindaloo curry at Indian Tandoori/Taj Mahal in Bowmore is really spicy. Perfect hearty meal for resetting the system after a long day.
- Fauna spotting: there are distinctive black and white seabirds with red feet all over the island, named black guillemots, but known at the distillery as "Caol Ila penguins." We also saw a swan couple that we've now spotted at Lagavulin, Bunnahabhain, Bowmore, and across the bay by Jura. Not sure if they're the same single pair of swans, but it feels like they're following us around!
We powered through quite a few drams today (lots of small sample pours, or driver's dram bottles to take home): Caol Ila Moch
- the easy entry ramp into peated single malts, but not going to be any seasoned fan's favorite. Caol Ila Distillers Edition
- Weird but super-fun scent today: chinkiang vinegar. My fellow Chinese folk will know what I'm talking about. Great with dumplings when blended with soy sauce. Maybe Caol Ila DE is a good substitute? Caol Ila Distillery Exclusive
- 2018 bottling with a red-wine finish. Nose is so different than other Caol Ilas, pure vanilla and coconut, but with the spice and tannins of a red-wine finish in the late palate. Caol Ila Four Corners of Scotland, 14 y.o.
- 2022 bottling that was made to emphasize the distillery's character. Core profile: ashy petrols and iodine on the nose, but a sweet, lemon/citrus palate, and a floral/smoke finish. Caol Ila Feis Ile 2023, 13 y.o.
- This year's festival bottling is a marriage of 10 first-fill PX and oloroso sherry casks. Was a surprising dram because most first-fill whiskies are very intensely sherried, at the cost of some balance. For this one, the distillery character won out and there might have been too little sherry influence. Caol Ila 1996, 26 y.o. single cask
- Not for sale, just for tastings like this one. This ruddy dram was so rich and unctuous it nosed like a bourbon, but the taste was all rich, old, sherry-aged, sweet-and-peat Islay goodness. An absolute stunner. My wife said cuatro leches due to the high caramel and brown sugar; I also got some pineapple juice on the finish. SMWS 53.446, "Blowtorched Mexican Mousse," 14 y.o.
- This Caol Ila is more of the classic sherry-and-peat combo, really potent and meaty, like barbecue ribs slathered with some sweet Kansas City-style sauce. Bottled for this year's Feis. SMWS G16 Rare Release, "Dark n'Stormy Creme Brulee," 6 y.o.
- This one-off whisky was a collab with Glasgow Distillery to make a Scottish bourbon-style whisky. Using a mashbill of 51+% corn, rye, and barley (sounds like bourbon, yeah?), aged in new American oak casks (bourbon, right?), this one tastes like ... a pretty delicious rye whisky to me, and a high-rye bourbon to my wife. Fascinating dram. SMWS 24 Rare Release, "Massive Oak Extraction," 14 y.o.
- Single cask, cask-strength Macallan. Burnt matchsticks nose (a common note from sherry aging), followed by a tour-de-force palate of dark, sugary fruits and baking spices. A much more muscular Macallan than any of their own bottlings. SMWS 3 Rare Release, "The Finesse of a Fragrant Furnace," 18 y.o.
- A strange Bowmore, so gentle and light and sweet that it read more like a Highland whisky to us. But maybe that's what happens when you're on your 4th cask strength whisky after leaving a 4-cask-strength-whisky tasting ... SMWS 53 Rare Release, "Honeysuckle Petrichor," 14 y.o.
- Another Caol Ila, which had some similar notes to the previous one, but with an ashier and "dirtier"/farmier palate. Petrichor, for sure. Depends if you want more of that rough, earthy peat, but you can't go wrong either way. Laphroaig 2009 Cairdeas 12 y.o.
- This showcases a fresh-cut fruit and light side to Laphroaig that I rarely see outside of 20-year-old-plus bottlings. Not at all the norm, but that's why I love the Cairdeas series. Laphroaig 2010 Cairdeas Master Edition
- In contrast to 2009, 2010 was straight down the fairway. Ashy, smoky, medicinal, maritime, and warming. I wish I could compare this side by side with the 2015 200th Anniversary or with 2022's Warehouse 1. It sort of falls between those two bottlings. With this dram, I've made it through the entire Cairdeas lineup! Octomore 08.2
- Well, it's an Octomore, what is there to say? Wave after wave of peat, balanced out by salinity and an intense, tinned-fruit sweetness. After 15 minutes, got some chocolate wafer cookies on the nose. Ardbeg Galileo
- This feels like a classic Ardbeg from a bygone golden age. I wish the juice still tasted like this. It doesn't have any of the mustiness or dirtiness of some peated whiskies; it's fruity, mellow, and citric, like a barbecued fruit skewer. Not your normal 'Beg, not sure if they lowered the peat content here.
2023.05.29 23:40 Sttarrk [Store] Arcanas/Diretide/TI8/TI9/TI10/Nemestice/Aghanim's Immortals & Collector's Cache
Diretide/TI8/TI9/TI10/Nemestice/Aghanim's Immortals & Collector's Cache Sets FOR SALE
Link to my spreadsheet, with all my prices, stock and reservations already made TI8 COLLECTOR’S CACHE II SETS
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TI8 COLLECTOR’S CACHE I SETS
|SET(HERO) ||ITEM VALUE ||STOCK ||NOTE |
|Shimmer of the Anointed (Nyx Assassin) ||4$ ||12 ||----- |
|The Rat King (Chen) ||5$ ||10 ||----- |
|Pattern of the Silken Queen (Broodmother) ||5$ ||12 ||----- |
|Shackles of the Enduring Conscript (Axe) ||6$ ||9 ||----- |
|Fires of the Volcanic Guard (Ember Spirit) ||8$ ||11 ||----- |
|Loaded Prospects (Brewmaster) ||10$ ||12 ||----- |
|Ire of the Molten Rebirth (Phoenix) ||10$ ||8 ||----- |
|Pitmouse Fraternity (Meepo) ||10$ ||6 ||----- |
|Raiments of the Obsidian Force (Underlord - Rare) ||20$ ||9 ||----- |
TI9 COLLECTOR'S CACHE II
|SET(HERO) ||ITEM VALUE ||STOCK ||NOTE |
|Grasp of the Riven Exile (Weaver) ||4$ ||9 ||----- |
|Insights of the Sapphire Shroud (Dark Seer) ||4$ ||9 ||----- |
|Pillar of the Fractured Citadel (Spirit Breaker) ||5$ ||7 ||----- |
|Primer of the Sapper's Guile (Techies) ||6$ ||3 ||----- |
|Trail of the Sanguine Spectrum (Bloodseeker) ||8$ ||4 ||----- |
|Molokau Stalker (Venomancer) ||10$ ||10 ||----- |
|Raptures of the Abyssal Kin (Queen of Pain) ||10$ ||4 ||----- |
|Morbific Provision (Witch Doctor) ||10$ ||5 ||----- |
|Fate Meridian (Invoker) ||15$ ||2 ||----- |
|The Murid Divine (Necrophos) ||15$ ||7 ||----- |
TI9 COLLECTOR'S CACHE I
|SET(HERO) ||ITEM VALUE ||STOCK ||NOTE |
|Automaton Antiquity (Broodmother) ||5$ ||3 ||----- |
|Prized Acquisitions (Batrider) ||5$ ||6 ||----- |
|Directive of the Sunbound (Clockwerk) ||6$ ||4 ||----- |
|Tribal Pathways (Warlock) ||6$ ||4 ||----- |
|Verdant Predator (Venomancer) ||7$ ||2 ||----- |
|Sight of the Kha-Ren Faithful (Drow Ranger) ||12$ ||4 ||----- |
BP 2020 COLLECTOR'S CACHE II
|SET(HERO) ||ITEM VALUE ||STOCK ||NOTE |
|Riddle of the Hierophant (Oracle) ||5$ ||1 ||----- |
BP 2020 COLLECTOR'S CACHE I
|SET(HERO) ||ITEM VALUE ||STOCK ||NOTE |
|Secrets of the Celestial (Skywrath Mage) ||5$ ||19 ||----- |
|Clearcut Cavalier (Timbersaw) ||5$ ||17 ||----- |
|Carousal of the Mystic Masquerade (Rubick) ||5$ ||20 ||----- |
|The King Of Thieves (Keeper of the Light) ||5$ ||16 ||----- |
|Blaze of Oblivion (Phoenix) ||5$ ||25 ||----- |
|Blacksail Cannoneer (Sniper) ||5$ ||18 ||----- |
|Beast of the Crimson Ring (Bristleback) ||7$ ||14 ||----- |
|Evolution of the Infinite (Enigma) ||7$ ||19 ||----- |
|Wrath of the Fallen Ones (Doom) ||7$ ||15 ||----- |
|Crown of Calaphas (Shadow Demon) ||7$ ||17 ||----- |
|Talons of the Endless Storm (Chaos Knight) ||9$ ||18 ||----- |
|Ire of the Ancient Gaoler (Arc Warden) ||20$ ||8 ||----- |
|Horror from the Deep (Tidehunter) ||20$ ||8 ||----- |
|Master of the Searing Path (Ember Spirit) ||20$ ||8 ||----- |
|Steward of the Forbidden Chamber (Templar Assassin - Rare) ||15$ ||26 ||----- |
|Claszureme Incursion (Faceless Void - Very Rare) ||50$ ||2 ||----- |
Nemestice Collector's Cache 2021
|SET(HERO) ||ITEM VALUE ||STOCK ||NOTE |
|Songs of Starfall Glen (Enchantress) ||5$ ||7 ||----- |
|Beholden of the Banished Ones (Warlock) ||8$ ||5 ||----- |
|Herald of the Ember Eye (Grimstroke) ||8$ ||6 ||----- |
|Apocalypse Unbound (Ancient Apparition) ||8$ ||6 ||----- |
|Fury of the Righteous Storm (Disruptor) ||10$ ||2 ||----- |
|Heartless Hunt (Bounty Hunter) ||10$ ||1 ||----- |
|Flashpoint Proselyte (Huskar) ||10$ ||3 ||----- |
|Fissured Flight (Jakiro) ||10$ ||3 ||----- |
|Mindless Slaughter (Pudge) ||15$ ||2 ||----- |
|Ancient Inheritance (Tiny - Rare) ||20$ ||4 ||----- |
|Forsworn Legacy (Ares - Very Rare) ||50$ ||1 ||----- |
Aghanim's 2021 Collector's Cache
|SET(HERO) ||ITEM VALUE ||STOCK ||NOTE |
|Twilight Hex (Dark Willow) ||5$ ||3 ||----- |
|Caerulean Star (Enchantress) ||5$ ||5 ||----- |
|Silence of the Starweaver (Oracle) ||5$ ||3 ||----- |
|Astral Terminus (Enigma) ||10$ ||2 ||----- |
|Litany of the Damned (Doom) ||10$ ||1 ||----- |
|Desert Bloom (Nature's Prophet) ||10$ ||1 ||----- |
Diretide 2022 Collector's Cache II
|SET(HERO) ||ITEM VALUE ||STOCK ||NOTE |
|Secrets of the Frost Singularity (Ancient Apparition) ||3$ ||7 ||----- |
|The Chained Scribe (Grimstroke) ||4$ ||5 ||----- |
|Forgotten Fate (Mars) ||8$ ||4 ||----- |
|March of the Crackerjack Mage (Rubick) ||8$ ||3 ||----- |
|Blightfall (Abaddon) ||10$ ||1 ||----- |
|Cosmic Concoctioneers (Alchemist) ||10$ ||1 ||----- |
|Widow of the Undermount Gloom (Broodmother) ||10$ ||1 ||----- |
|Apex Automated (Clockwerk) ||10$ ||1 ||----- |
|Days of the Demon (Axe) ||10$ ||1 ||----- |
|Perils of the Red Banks (Chen) ||10$ ||2 ||----- |
|Pyrexae Polymorph Perfected (Ogre Magi - Rare) ||15$ ||5 ||----- |
Diretide 2022 Collector's Cache I
|SET(HERO) ||ITEM VALUE ||STOCK ||NOTE |
|Grand Suppressor (Silencer) ||2.5$ ||15 ||----- |
|Darkbrew´s Transgression (Alchemist) ||2.5$ ||16 ||----- |
|Transcendent Path (Oracle) ||2.5$ ||15 ||----- |
|The Wilding Tiger (Brewmaster) ||2.5$ ||15 ||----- |
|Dawn of Darkness Foretold (Doom) ||2.5$ ||15 ||----- |
|Cursed Cryptbreaker (Pudge) ||2.5$ ||14 ||----- |
|Feasts of Forever (Night Stalker) ||2.5$ ||16 ||----- |
|Withering Pain (Clinkz) ||2.5$ ||16 ||----- |
|Freebot Fortunes (Ogre Magi) ||2.5$ ||14 ||----- |
|Acrimonioes of Obsession (Vengeful Spirit) ||2.5$ ||14 ||----- |
|Sacred Chamber Guardian (Huskar) ||2.5$ ||16 ||----- |
|War Rig Eradicators (Techies) ||2.5$ ||14 ||----- |
|Darkfeather Factioneer (Phantom Assassin) ||5$ ||11 ||----- |
|Bird of Prey (Legion Commander) ||10$ ||4 ||----- |
|Grudges of the Gallows Tree (Treant Protector - Rare) ||10$ ||16 ||----- |
|Brands of the Reaper (Anti-Mage - Rare) ||10$ ||13 ||----- |
|Sublime Equilibrium (Void Spirit - Very Rare) ||25$ ||3 ||----- |
|SET(HERO) ||ITEM VALUE ||STOCK ||NOTE |
|Hounds of Obsession (Chen) ||2.5$ ||18 ||----- |
|Seadog's Stash (Clockwerk) ||2.5$ ||18 ||----- |
|Chines of the Inquisitor (Faceless Void) ||2.5$ ||17 ||----- |
|Trophies of the Hallowed Hunt (Ursa) ||2.5$ ||16 ||----- |
|Crimson Dawn (Phoenix) ||2.5$ ||18 ||----- |
|Fogotten Station (Terrorblade) ||2.5$ ||19 ||----- |
|Dirge Amplifier (Undying) ||2.5$ ||17 ||----- |
|Champion of the Fire Lotus (Monkey King) ||2.5$ ||16 ||----- |
|Deathstitch Shaman (Witch Doctor) ||2.5$ ||18 ||----- |
|Spoils of the Shadowveil (Spectre) ||5$ ||10 ||----- |
|Scarlet Subversion (Riki) ||5$ ||8 ||----- |
|Whippersnapper (Snapfire) ||8$ ||8 ||----- |
|Shadowleaf Insurgent (Hoodwink) ||10$ ||4 ||----- |
|Starlorn Adjudicator (Dawnbreaker) ||10$ ||5 ||----- |
|Blue Horizons (Marci - Rare) ||10$ ||11 ||----- |
|Angel of Vex (Invoker - Rare) ||15$ ||4 ||----- |
|Dark Behemoth (Primal Beast - Very Rare) ||25$ ||4 ||----- |
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2023.05.29 23:40 Either_Tumbleweed917 Weird fiction about bees?
Anyone aware of stories about bees? I can’t think of much in literature, but “Spirit of the Beehive” and “Valley of the Bees” (both incredible) come to mind in terms of cinema.
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2023.05.29 23:36 NamelessNanashi [The Gods of Dragons: Beginning] Ch 10 - Hurry Up and Wait
--- Table of Contents
--- Summer 4984, 13 Doumoth
“Ugh! I hate this!” Daisy whined loudly, letting her head fall back to stare at the ceiling.
“Almost done…” Rerves said to reassure her, though he lacked his usual smile.
Ania picked up the last piece of armor, a steel vambrace, and began polishing with a groan to match Daisy’s, “When we aren’t cleaning, we're polishing, when we aren’t polishing, we're cleaning. How is this Paladin training?”
“If I wanted to be a servant, I would've joined their guild…” Thom’s small voice chimed in.
Shon said nothing. The five Squires, Shon, Daisy, Thom, Rerves, and Ania, sat under a shade in the Temple courtyard, polishing the knights' spare armor for the hundredth time. The sun beat down mere feet away, reflecting off the finished pieces as the shadow of their shade crept closer and closer, the sun climbing towards noon. The yard was mostly clear, the Paladins not on duty retreating into the cool stone fortress while those on duty only occasionally coming to check on the Squires' progress.
Ania had the right of it. Ever since they'd moved into the Temple proper and became official Squires, the five of them had done nothing but clean, polish, and memorize armor and weapon vocabulary. And complain… the others always complained. Shon just sighed as the four others continued to gripe. There was no point in it, the work needed to be done, and they were the ones assigned to do it. It didn’t matter how annoying or monotonous it might be.
Sometimes the younger Paladins would join them in polishing, caring for their own armor while the Squires worked on the spare pieces. The spares were used mainly by the enlisted, and only if they hadn’t finished buying their own sets yet. Occasionally a Paladin would check out a set to practice with. Although most of them had a preferred style, they needed to stay proficient with all types. At least that meant only half of the pieces the Squires had to clean were still polished from the day before. If the armor was never used, it really would be a useless task, instead of half useless as it seemed now.
The Paladins never complained…
The Squires hadn’t started out tired and annoyed. Daisy and Shon had been joined after their first week by Thom and Rerves, who both came from the capital city. They'd been friends growing up, Rerves was a noble, and Thom's family worked as their personal stewards, one step up from servants. A week after that, Ania arrived from a small village in the south. Only having known one Paladin and having never seen a proper Temple before, she'd been in awe of the fortress Temple of the city for at least a month. But then the excitement had given way to frustration, and -for Shon at least- boredom. And so the others had started complaining.
Their relationship with each other had started out warm enough. They stayed up late into the night, sharing their histories and dreams of their future as full Paladins. Shon joined them when prompted but mostly preferred to listen. He didn’t think he had any stories worth sharing, though they had bombarded him with questions after Veon-Zih’s first training visit. Just like everyone else, they didn’t seem to know how to deal with Shon’s quiet nature. But unlike everyone else, they hadn’t pulled away and stopped talking to him altogether. Except when they complained. Shon never complained. He didn’t see the point. When asked, he would say that they needed to follow orders. So they'd stopped asking him.
Shon held his last piece of steel plate carefully by the leather straps, wiping the last bit of polish off with a clean rag. He could see his reflection distorted by the curves and dings, and wondered if he could manage to draw the changes accurately when given a chance. The tinking of metal on metal sounded in the distance, and the Squires' heads shot up, followed by their bodies as they scrambled to their feet to salute the woman approaching.
General Rasnah was resplendent as always in her uniform, the chains of office clinking on her shoulders. She walked towards the Squires with her head held high and her hands clasped behind her back. With her was Master Veon-Zih and Shon felt his spirits rise just a little higher.
“At ease, Squires.” Sir Rasnah said as she drew to a stop just outside their shade. She waited until they'd taken the formal 'at ease' position, legs shoulder-width apart and hands clasped behind their back, “Report.”
Rerves took charge, as usual, “Sir, we're nearly done, Sir.”
“Just one piece left, Sir,” Ania added, then blushed furiously as she usually did whenever addressing a high-ranking officer.
Sir Rasnah nodded, then glanced to the sky. She then looked to Veon-Zih, who smiled and shrugged. Her lips turned up on half her face in what could almost be called a grin before she cleared it, serious again as she addressed the Squires, “You may have the afternoon off. Report to the kitchens and evening duties before sixth bell.”
“Sir, yes, Sir!” the Squires spoke in unison, Shon’s four fellows grinning broadly and sneaking happy glances at one another.
They held their positions until Sir Rasnah turned away, walking back to the Temple proper and leaving them to their freedom. Veon-Zih remained behind, smiling warmly at them and addressing Shon, “Lunch? I found a fine eatery a few blocks away.”
Shon nodded, finally smiling with the rest, “And practice?” he asked.
“After food,” Veon-Zih answered, stepping aside and gesturing towards the gates. Shon rushed to help the others put the clean and polished armor away, then jogged to Veon-Zih before falling into step with him as they left the Temple.
Veon-Zih waited until they were well clear of the gates before asking, “So what do you think of your fellow Squires?”
Shon sighed in answer, which made Veon-Zih chuckle for some reason. But the sigh hadn’t really answered the question, so Shon said, “They complain a lot.” he probably could have, and should have, come up with something nicer to say. But after hours of hearing them gripe while they worked, it was the only thing on Shon’s mind.
“There's nothing wrong with complaining, you know.” Veon-Zih mused. Shon merely shook his head. The knights never complained; he'd been watching them. If there was a job that needed to be done, they would do it. His fellow Squires seemed to complain before, during, and after every unpleasant assignment. Though never in front of the Paladin giving it.
“Do you honestly think the knights like
polishing armor? Do you
like polishing that much? Maybe you should've come to the Monastery after all. We don’t wear armor, but we have many fine statues that all need to be polished every day. Every little nook and cranny scrubbed clean and shining.”
He glanced at Shon with a grin, then leaned over to whisper, “They hate it too, but just like your fellows won’t complain in front of them, they won’t complain in front of you.”
“It needs to be done…” Shon tried to argue, though it sounded hollow considering his own, though silent, annoyance.
“A perfect excuse,” Veon-Zih stated, turning sharply down a side road, so Shon had to jog to keep up, “There are many reasons spare armor needs to be polished. The most obvious is that it's needed to stay in good repair. The task is assigned to Squires because it gets you intimately familiar with armor beyond just naming the parts. And
because no one else wants to do it.
“That doesn’t mean we should be complaining about it…”
“Not in front of the officers, no. But amongst each other? Why not?”
Shon furrowed his brow but didn’t have an answer. Veon-Zih gave him one, “Joint misery creates companionship. Even if you have nothing else in common, everyone knows you all hate polishing already clean armor. Right now, I bet your fellow Squires are scratching their heads, wondering if you do
actually enjoy the task. Some might even be wondering if they're worthy of being Squires. Since they complain, and you don’t.”
Shon’s steps faltered. Would they really think he was more worthy than them? For something so trivial as chores? He had to rush to catch up and argued, “But there's no point in complaining. We have to do it anyway.”
Veon-Zih sighed and stopped walking. He waited for Shon to turn to him then said, “But my statement still stands. Joint misery creates companionship. Your fellows take a risk in voicing their complaints to you, hoping that they're not alone in their opinions. What if they're the only ones who hate it? What if that really does mean they aren’t meant for the Temple? Just because they can channel divine magic doesn’t mean Hengist will choose them.”
Shon let himself ponder that for a while. The other Squires always seemed so sure of themselves, so excited to begin real training. Did they really have doubts and fears the same as he did? And what did that say about his assumptions? That they would complain and the knights didn’t? Was he actually judging his fellows as unworthy without realizing it?
“The Paladins really complained when they were Squires too?” he asked.
“I guarantee it.” Veon-Zih answered and started walking again, “I know I did, and all the other Monks in my class too.” he chuckled, “Sometimes routines like cleaning and polishing can be meditative. You can let your mind wander while your hands work through the familiar motions. But before you get to that point, or if you would rather be doing something of your choosing, then it's nothing but monotonous work. Necessary work, but still work.”
Following Veon-Zih around another corner, Shon pondered his Master’s words. They got all the way to the little eatery the Monk had been looking for, even took their seats, and gave their orders before Shon spoke again.
“I hate platemail the most…” he said. Veon-Zih arched an eyebrow at him, and he continued, “It’s bulky, and there's just so much of it. Then as soon as you're done, someone moves it aside and gets fingerprints on it again. Chainmail isn’t much better. You can’t see the fingerprints, but it’s hard to get the oil between the links. And yet water obviously has no problem with it because that’s where all the rust is.”
Veon-Zih laughed boisterously, throwing his head back and startling those at the closest table, “I hated the creases in the palms of the statues the most,” Veon-Zih held up his hand, his forefinger and thumb forming a circle, the other fingers extended, “how can so much dust cake itself in such a small space in only a day?” he complained, dropping his hand and shaking his head.
The waitress brought them their stew and drinks, and Shon started eating while Veon-Zih thanked her. Picking up his spoon, the Monk paused as he dipped it into his bowl, musing, “I wonder which parts your fellow Squires dislike the most?” Shon didn’t know, but he wanted to. Would they agree with him that the plate was the most frustrating? Daisy seemed to groan loudest at the leather, but their complaining always seemed to be general moans at the work as a whole…
“Maybe I’ll ask,” Shon mumbled, embarrassed for some reason.
“Or,” Veon-Zih took his first bite, then pointed at Shon with his spoon, “you could just tell them your least favorite, and they will open up and share their own.”
That’s what they expected of him, wasn’t it? They expected him to join in the conversation, not just answer questions… Shon could only nod.
Shon had grown so much. It was difficult for Veon-Zih to watch him without smiling. Only a head shorter than his Master, Veon-Zih could still see the ten-year-old oddity he'd spied upon almost four years ago in the church courtyard. And yet, he had grown so much. Veon-Zih wondered if anyone else could see it.
They practiced in one of the parks in the noble’s district. Veon-Zih thought it was important that Shon get out of Temple whenever possible, that he see the city and its people, to remember what he was training for, and why he wanted to fight. Shon was more like Veon-Zih, and his order of Monks than the boy would ever know. Or admit. He strove for perfection. Every punch, kick, and kata they worked through needed to go exactly right, or he would do it again. Like many Monks, Shon found true enjoyment in the process of working and growing better than his past self. But he was also different in a critical way. Shon wanted to use his strength. Wanted to protect people, fight evil. Many Monks never left the Monastery. A single Grandmaster could easily fell a small raiding force alone. Yet, so many chose not to fight outside their sparring rings and training.
Even Veon-Zih hadn’t left the Monastery because he wanted to help those locked outside its walls. He'd left because he believed he couldn't attain the perfection he strove for inside them. He'd wanted to be tested by the world, to rise to the challenges life presented and overcome them with his discipline and practice. Along the way, he'd learned to be more like Shon was naturally. He'd made friends from other orders, and saved countless non-combatants. Only after seeing the results of his fights, the grateful families reunited, had he realized the moral folly in his fellows and in himself.
They practiced and even sparred until well after fifth bell. The display at first earned them a few disapproving glares from the nobles and servants passing the park. Then they'd actually attracted a few spectators, who clapped as though watching a show. Shon blushed furiously at this, his pale cheeks growing pink as he tilted his head down, trying to let what was left of his now short hair slip down to hide his face. Yet, he never lost step or stopped the training. Veon-Zih had barely resisted laughing, though if more at the foolish watchers or his embarrassed student, he wasn’t sure.
Veon-Zih finally called their training to a halt, and Shon glowered at him. The boy had nearly gotten in his first solid hit in their sparring and was obviously reluctant to stop after making such progress. “It’s nearly time for you to get back, and Sir Rasnah will not accept me as an excuse for tardiness.” Shon’s eyes went wide, and fear replaced the look of frustration on his face. He ran his fingers through his hair, looking up at the sky to try and gauge the hour.
Veon-Zih chuckled, “I’ll race you back.” he said, a hint of mischief seeping through his voice. Shon arched an eyebrow and Veon-Zih could practically hear his thoughts. Run? Through town? You must be joking.
“There's no law against running,” Veon-Zih argued with the boy’s expression, “Every moment offers us an opportunity to train. We're late, so this is the perfect opportunity to test our speed against time and run.”
Shon alternated his arched brow to the other side, looking down the road then back to Veon-Zih before confirming, “A race?”
In answer, Veon-Zih ran. He sprinted past Shon -though not at his full speed- before slowing down just enough to keep things fair. Shon bolted after him. Nobles, servants, and even a few guards gasped and called out in indignation as Veon-Zih and Shon swerved around them on the wide roads of the nobles' quarter. They were forced to slow when they reached the more densely packed streets in the city center. Shon was careful to run around the people doing their shopping but kept his eyes set ahead, planning his route and scaring those who noticed him out of the way with his intense blue stare. Veon-Zih was much more confident in his ability not to hit people and so brushed much closer, never quite knocking into them but often brushing their clothes as he passed.
Ahead a cart laden with crates and barrels ambled across the thoroughfare, and Shon slowed to a jog, trying to run around it. Veon-Zih lept, landing on his hands on the cart and propelling himself up and over before hitting the ground again and continuing the race. He heard the merchant curse and the bystanders gasp in surprise but was more amused at the growl of frustration that came from his student, who put on an extra burst of speed to try and catch up. Veon-Zih was half tempted to let him and half tempted to sprint all out and leave the boy in his dust. He chose to do neither and just laughed, continuing at the pace he'd set and soon coming into view of the Temple gates.
The Paladins on watch saw him coming and exchanged confused and nervous glances, drawing their swords but not barring his path. Veon-Zih didn’t slow his run until he reached the knights. Turning to the side and planting his feet, he slid past them on the cobblestones. Turning back as he slid to a stop, he found one of the Paladins facing him as though ready to fight and the other facing out as though looking for whatever force had sent Veon-Zih sprinting for the Temple.
Shon slowed to a jog and stopped before the knight facing him, breathing hard. “What’s going on? Squire report.” the Paladin demanded, still holding his sword at the ready.
Shon had to take a moment to catch his breath but eventually managed to gasp out, “Race…” before looking absolutely horrified at what he'd just done and said. “Sir…” he added quietly as if that might somehow make his unconventional arrival more acceptable.
“And you managed to keep up with him?” Sir Rasnah appeared from beyond the gate, arching a steely eyebrow and drawing sharp salutes from the Paladin guards who finally sheathed their swords.
“I went easy on him,” Veon-Zih assured her, earning a glare from Shon, who passed through the gates, still breathing deeply but no longer gasping for air. Veon-Zih hadn’t even broken a sweat.
Rasnah looked between the Master and student, finally settling on Shon, “Oh, don’t look at him like that, Squire. Master Veon-Zih could beat a riderless horse in a foot race.” which drew a befuddled look from Shon and a laugh from Veon-Zih.
“General Rasnah, Sir,” another man ran towards the gates wearing the uniform of an enlisted. A messenger from the city gates.
“It seems today is a good day for running,” Veon-Zih quipped as the guards allowed the man to pass and give his report.
“A wyvern has been spotted over the woods near Lakeland,”
Sir Rasnah didn’t respond right away. She narrowed her eyes at the messenger and spoke to Shon, “You have duties, Squire, hop to it.”
Shon saluted, though Rasnah still wasn’t looking at him. He glanced at Veon-Zih curiously, then turned to follow the orders.
Veon-Zih hesitated but decided to follow Shon. If he was needed, Rasnah would let him know.
“A wyvern?” Shon asked in a whisper.
“An abomination,” Veon-Zih explained, “Monstrous beasts with a body as large as a wagon, not including the tail. They fly like birds and will hunt anything that strays into their territory, including humans.”
Shon’s brow furrowed, and Veon-Zih patted him on the shoulder, “It'll be alright. They rarely attack settlements unless they're starving.” Which was good because a single wyvern could destroy a small town.
“What will the Temple do?” Shon asked as they reached the back door to the kitchens.
“That depends… most likely, they'll send a group to the village and watch the skies.”
“They won’t hunt it?”
“Maybe, and maybe not. Wyverns are dangerous enough that it’s a real risk to hunt one, but they also can’t be allowed to harm nearby towns. The Temple of Saint Giorgos will want it destroyed, but Sir Rasnah won’t needlessly risk her men if it isn’t necessary.” Veon-Zih explained.
Shon thought for a moment, then asked, “Have you ever fought a wyvern?”
Veon-Zih tried to make his smile reassuring, "Twice. Though I would rather not try a third time if it can be avoided.”
“Red, what're you doing?” Ran asked.
She rolled Her eyes, focusing again on what She was doing and not bothering to answer him. Her fingers ached, but She worked them into the cracks between the stones of the tower wall, shifting Her weight from one hand to the other and searching out the next handhold.
Brom laughed, and She heard the slap and woosh of breath as he pat Ran on the back hard enough to knock the air from the thinner man’s lungs, “Can’t you tell? She’s climbing!”
“Sort of…” Ran mumbled.
She wasn’t climbing up the wall, as much as She wanted to. Instead, She was up only about a foot off the ground and working Her way sideways around the tower. “Afraid of falling, Red?” Ran asked instead. That question was even more stupid than the last, and She arched Her neck back, holding tight to the wall and looking at him upside down.
“Really?” She asked in response to his denseness. He should know She wouldn’t be afraid of falling. She had fallen many times when She'd braved climbing the trees around the perimeter. Even broke Her arm once, and that hadn’t stopped Her from trying again with the splint still on. But that was when they used to let Her out more often, about once every other week. No, the thing that kept Her from climbing up the wall was the same thing that had stopped Her climbing trees. The same thing that stopped Her running around the tower at top speed while Brom or Ran kept time and She tried to beat Her record. And the same thing that kept Her from even crossing the tree line to play pretend in the woods.
Ran had the decency to look embarrassed, realizing his mistake eventually. There was only one thing that ever stopped Her from doing what She wanted, and even that often took multiple ‘lessons’ each time. Morndancer had grown increasingly erratic and more often violent of late. He would mutter to himself in draconic then give opposite orders to the journeymen and apprentices in common. Though everyone in the tower spoke both languages. He would lock himself in his room for days and hadn’t been back to visit his family or the Mages Guild in weeks. Shaloon would cover for him, but she wasn’t much better, cutting holes in reality and staring into the outer plains for hours on end, whispering. Half her words in draconic and the other half in common, mixing the languages in the same sentence.
Brom and Ran had refused to talk to Her about it, but She had listened at Her door when they thought She was sleeping. The Archmages were going mad. The eventual cost of power, they said. Though neither seemed upset that the same would happen to them eventually. Perhaps their lack of concern was the first sign they'd already started.
She continued Her climb, putting Her worries about Brom and Ran’s sanity out of Her mind for the time being. She would have plenty of time to stew about it when She was locked in Her room. For now, She wanted to enjoy being outside in the brief summer warmth.
A burst of sudden wind from above set Her hair whipping about Her face and nearly cost Her grip on the stones. Squeezing Her eyes shut, She tried to shake Her hair back, blowing at the strands against another huge gust before something heavy shook the ground behind her. She let Her head fall back again, so Her hair fell away from Her face, and She could see what had come upside down. The sight caused Her to fall off the wall.
Landing hard on Her backside, She scrambled to Her feet in a mix of awe and horror. A monster large enough to fill Her entire room and then some, stood in the clearing around the tower. It had a long sinuous neck and dull brown scales. It walked on great taloned legs in the back and the joints of its leathery wings in the front. It snapped at Archmage Shaloon as she jumped from its neck to the ground, its teeth as long as daggers and looking just as sharp. It didn’t bite the Archmage, who ignored it as she approached the journeymen.
“What are you three
doing out here
?” she demanded, mixing draconic with common and glaring at the two men who, for some reason, looked ashamed despite the permission they'd gotten to be out today.
The Firewyrm ignored the question, asking one of Her own, “What is that
?” She pointed at the monster, not sure if She felt sad or disgusted at the sight of it. Both seemed odd emotions to have at the sight of a beast that could eat Her in two bites.
Fingers snapped, and She flinched, reaching for Her collar. The monster let out a strangled roar, thrashing its head wildly, its own copper collar shimmering with light and magic. “Another failure of our predecessors, thousands of years ago
.” Morndancer exited the tower, his robes billowing around him.
Another snap, and the Firewyrm flinched again. But Shaloon just snorted, sneering at the other Archmage after stopping his torment of her mount, “The north-western
Talon was gracious enough to lend us this sample
of training. It should come in handy with the local
draken who worship
its kind as gods
.” the beast snarled at the humans just out of reach but didn’t step any closer, digging its talons deeper into the ground and hissing, “It was a great success
after the slaying
. We’ve only had one greater.” she glanced at the Firewyrm who tilted Her head at the two of them, curious for more but sure they wouldn’t give it to Her.
Archmage Morndancer dismissed the defense of the monster’s existence with a snort, “And yet we are still facing the same problems as those before us. What information do you have?
hit out at sea
, and there are signs of another possibly
brewing in Halakon.”
Ran swallowed nervously, and Brom stuttered, “Should we…?”
“No.” Morndancer answered the unfinished question, “There is only one thing that can stop these storms,
and we are the only ones willing to make the sacrifices to do it.” he turned away from them, returning to the tower door before glancing over his shoulder, “Get back inside
, we need more samples if we are to make up for our own successful failure.”
“Saint Giorgos says the wyverns are the last vestiges of the dragon’s evil in the skies…” Sir Rasnah sipped her tea thoughtfully.
Father Branston snorted, “Yes yes, and drakes are their evil on land, and leviathans their evil at sea. They are beasts, Rasnah, as old as memory.”
“Branston's right,” Veon-Zih shrugged, rolling his teacup between his hands, “They're terrible beasts with some magic to them, but they're no more intelligent than a drakwalf or horse.”
They sat together in Father Branston’s office to enjoy warm tea and a colorful sunset through his massive windows. But none of them could really relax with the news of a wyvern flying around the woods to the north. Just to the west of Hamerfoss.
“They've been known to hunt for sport,” Rasnah reminded them, her face pained at the memory.
“So do house cats.”
“House cats don’t pick off entire barbarian tribes over the course of a week.”
"I'm sure they would if they could,"
Branston sighed, reaching for his teapot and pouring himself another cup, “What will you do? If you need healers, I have a few skilled enough to go.”
Rasnah sighed, rubbing her forehead and resting her cup in her lap, “Perhaps one. I’ll send a group to watch. If it's sighted again, we'll have to do something.”
Veon-Zih cleared his throat to get her attention and arched a questioning eyebrow her way. The Paladin returned the look with a smile and said, “I will make sure they have a sending stone. If you're needed, I’m sure they'll wait for you to arrive before seeking it out.” her smile faded, and she stared into her cup, “If they really are vestiges of dragons then I suppose Saint Giorgos is right and all of them were evil.”
“Having a crisis of faith, Rasnah?” Branston asked softly, but with a smile, “Legends say Hengist was allied with goodly dragons.”
“Dragons of Gold and Silver and all the precious metals,” Veon-Zih finished for him, then added, “None of that matters anymore. All we can do is face the challenges life presents us with in the here and now.”
“Of course,” Rasnah agreed, looking up at her old friends and managing a lopsided grin, “And now
we have a wyvern possibly claiming territory in our forests. Do you think Daunas will want to join the hunt? If necessary,” she added at the end.
“Mung's boy? He’s still stationed at Hamerfoss then?” Branston asked.
Veon-Zih chuckled, “I don’t believe he would forgive you if you didn’t let him.” his chuckle died, and the three gazed mournfully out the window. Remembering their last wyvern fight, and their friend lost in bringing it down. It had been their last adventure together.
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2023.05.29 23:34 mcarans Do you know who Jesus really is? (Mark Karris)
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Do you know who Jesus really is?
Jesus killed Egyptian babies. Jesus was so angry that he drowned millions of men, women, and children in a flood. Jesus commanded rebellious kids and people who worked on the Sabbath to be stoned to death. Jesus burned people alive for being disobedient. Jesus commanded Genocide. Jesus created droughts and famines because of people’s sin. Jesus commanded people to violently destroy communities and to rob them of their homeland. Jesus struck people dead for touching sacred artifacts.
Do you hear how absurd that sounds?
This is the problem with a simplistic interpretation of scripture. If you assert that Jesus is God and that all scripture should be read literally, implying that every portrayal of God is true, it would suggest that Jesus, as God, was responsible for the violent and despicable actions described in the Old Testament. However, does that reasoning truly make sense to you? Can you genuinely reconcile singing about the loving and forgiving nature of Jesus with the notion that this very same figure was an amalgamation of Hitler, Stalin, and Mao Zedong?
I am not proposing a Marcionite belief that there are two distinct Gods, one in the Old Testament and another in the New Testament. Instead, I am suggesting that we exercise caution when interpreting every event in the scriptures as literal and historically accurate (in the Old or New). It is not unreasonable to consider that the biblical writers were influenced by their cultural context and viewed God through the lens of other tribal deities prevalent during their era.
The Pentalateral Hermeneutic of Love (PHL) is a lens that is helpful for folks to consider what passages have a higher likelihood of reflecting and refracting the incredible, beautiful, and loving character of the Divine.
The five-part lens consists of:
1) The fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) 2) The biblical definition of love (1 Corinthians 13:4–7) 3) The only explicit parabolic picture Jesus gave of God the Father found in the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-31) 4) Perfect love described in Matthew 5 5) The radical self-giving, others-empowering life of Jesus Christ, who is the full revelation of God.
Maybe, just maybe, it is not an accurate portrayal of God if, in a passage of Scripture:
- God is exhibiting the works of the flesh (e.g. hatred, jealousy, rage, etc.) rather than the fruit of the Spirit. 2) God acts in a way that is not patient, kind, and protective but rather is easily angered and keeps records of wrongs. 3) God does not forgive or compassionately invite sinners back into God’s presence. 4) God is not kind to the ungrateful and wicked and extending mercy to the just and the unjust. 5) God does not look like Jesus who forgave his enemies, extended mercy, forgave without payment of some kind, and cried because his people would not return to him.
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2023.05.29 23:28 ralo_ramone An Otherworldly Scholar [LitRPG, Isekai] - Chapter 7
As the pack of Black Wolves swarmed the Wendigo, Elincia and I crawled behind the ferns trying to get away from the fight. Part of me knew I was being a burden to Elincia. With her night vision and elvish agility, she could probably break through the circle of Black Wolves.
The fight intensified, the chaotic barking of the wolves was deafening and the screeching cries of the Wendigo filled the valley as it clawed and crushed the lesser monsters in its wake.
Suddenly, a Black Wolf landed in front of us. Elincia's eyes were wide open and her face blanched, devoid of the little color it naturally had. The Black Wolf was wounded, its hind legs broken and its ribs exposed like white knives protruding through its skin. Elincia nocked an arrow but she wasn’t fast enough. The wolf let out a long howl before the arrow landed between its eyes.
Elincia’s eyes reflected pure and distilled terror as the Wendigo leaned over the ferns, just by our side, with its eyes fixed on the corpse of the Black Wolf. For a brief moment, the moon lit up the body of the monster. It was a tall bipedal creature with leathery slate-black skin. Its limbs were long and gnarled, and ended in long brackish claws. Its face was covered by an ivory deer-like skull. The slits in the skull revealed two bloodshot eyes that surveyed the surroundings with ill intent.
The System description said that the Wendigo was once a powerful shaman who got turned into a monster by corrupted mana. A shiver ran down my spine as I wondered what kind of unholy metamorphosis had created such a creature.
The Wendigo waded the fern bed, just above our hideout. I could hear the Wendigo’s heavy breathing above my head. The smell of rot was almost unbearable. Elincia covered her mouth with both hands as the creature’s arm touched the ground a few centimeters from my leg. I changed the weight of my body and tried to fold my leg. A twig broke under my hand. [Awareness]: You have been spotted.
The Wendigo’s eyes snapped directly to Elincia and before I realized what I was doing, I pulled the trigger, shooting point blank directly into the creature’s head. The muzzle flash lit the forest for an instant and my ears rang. The Wendigo stumbled back, burying its claws on a tree to not fall. The creature clung there as the blood poured from its shattered skull.
“Gottem!” I yelled, thinking the Wendigo was as good as dead.
Elincia grabbed the neck of my jacket and pulled me back through the ferns just as the Wendigo raked its claws in a deadly arc just a few centimeters from my face. The creature screeched in anger.
“How in the flying spaghetti monster is that fucker’s alive?!” I said as Elincia pushed me behind a boulder, out of the Wendigo’s reach.
“I don’t know what spell you just used, but stay put.” The woman yelled but her voice came muffled under the insistent ringing in my ears. Luckily, [Awareness] helped piece together what she had said.
Without waiting for any confirmation she turned around and ran through the forest, putting some distance between herself and the Wendigo. Elincia’s bright emerald eyes shone behind the bushes as she nocked an arrow and pointed at the creature. I noted a surge of mana emerging from the woman's body and the arrow head shone with a silvery gleam. She let go and the arrow whistled with an unnaturally high pitch, burying deep into the wendigo's calf. Piercing Arrow. [Identify] Basic archery skill that improves the projectile’s piercing capacity.
The Wendigo’s screech rocked my spine and I knew I needed to put an end to the fight quickly. If the creature had enough defense to withstand a point blank shot, it should also have similar offensive capabilities.
Ignoring Elincia’s commands, I peeked over the boulder. The forest was pitch-black and the skeletal figure of the Wendigo blended with the trees.
“Come on, Robert, use your head.”
I hoped Elincia’s night vision didn’t make her eyes too sensitive to bright lights.
Pushing the mana out of my body I conjured a cold blue flame in the palm of my hand that illuminated the forest around me. Shredded corpses of a dozen Black Wolves covered the landscape.
The Wendigo stopped in its tracks and turned its head towards the flame of mana in my hand.
Without hesitation, I raised the muzzle of my shotgun and fired. The spray of metal shredded through the Wendigo’s spidery arm, leaving it hanging from a single tendon. The wound was gruesome but it wasn’t enough to stop it. The Wendigo glared at me and crossed the distance between us in a heartbeat.
With no time to reload, I dropped the shotgun and reached for my knife.
My hand closed around the handle of my knife and set my mana free. A swirl of shining blue particles surrounded me and turned the small knife into a blazing shortsword that lit the forest around me.
[Swordsmanship] injected information directly into my brain. Distance, speed, trajectory. The Wendigo tried to tear me apart but I sidestepped to the right just in time to dodge, then, I hacked diagonally but the mana sword bounced off the Wendigo's healthy arm, leaving only a small scratch.
It was harder than the Elder Black Wolf.
My mana sword was enough to cut the skin of the creature, I only needed more power. I poured even more mana into my knife turning it into a blue beacon in the dark casting the shadows of the forest away. The mana blade grew until it was the length of a two handed sword.
Blood stained the Wendigo’s cracked skull and its wounded arm flailed around lifelessly. It might not be weak to buckshot but it was weak to magic. And I had a lot of magic. The Wendigo followed me with its gleaming red eyes. Its movements were cautious but I didn’t let my guard down. I had to fight defensively. If the monster reached me once, it was over.
Suddenly, an arrow bounced off the Wendigo’s skin. The creature seemed to forget about me because it turned around and bolted towards Elincia. Just as the Black Wolf had attacked me back in the ravine, the Wendigo seemed to prioritize the weaker combatant.
“Run, now!” Elincia yelled at me. She stood her ground, nocking a second arrow and aiming at the three meter tall creature running her way.
“You run!” I replied as I ran behind the Wendigo while [Awareness] fed a stream of information directly into my brain. I couldn’t let it reach Elincia.
There was no time to retrieve and reload my shotgun and no time to experiment with [Mana Manipulation]. I remembered my new skill. [Stun Gaze].
Without even reading the skill’s description, I looked at the Wendigo and activated [Stun Gaze]. The spell hit the creature and bounced back at me. A stabbing pain shot through my eye, and into my brain. I let out a grunt of pain and pressed my free hand against my face. Skill failed! Wendigo Lv.39 cannot be stunned. [Identify] Your level is too low to perform this action successfully.
[Stun Gaze] seemed to anger the Wendigo because it tried to stop its frantic race towards Elincia, stumbling on its ruined arm and crashing against a tree. I pumped even more mana into my knife and the blade got longer, broader, and heavier. Part of my brain wondered why a mana blade could have weight if the mana itself was weightless, but the wounded screech of the Wendigo silenced my thoughts.
I couldn’t allow fear to paralyze me if I wanted to save Elincia. [Awareness]: Frightened status, resisted.
I let my mana flow free, further increasing its length until it was hard to wield. Suddenly, I felt as if I had been thrown into an ice-cold pool. A shiver ran down my spine and I knew I couldn’t sustain my technique for long. My mana pool was getting dry. You have obtained Mana Depletion (Advanced). Temporary
I ignored the system prompt. The Wendigo towered over me and tried to reach me with its sharp claws. I blocked with my mana sword and with a furious strike, I shredded the Wendigo’s claws. The creature staggered back as I waved the sword around like a giant torch on its face.
Another shiver ran down my spine, threatening to lock my joints in place, and I knew I didn’t have much mana left at all.
I used [Stun Gaze] again and braced for the pain. The spell ricocheted back at me and I felt a stabbing sensation in my eye. This time, the Wendigo froze for a millisecond, just enough for my [Swordsmanship] to find an opening. I slashed downward from left to right, putting all my strength in a single attack.
The blade sliced through the Wendigo’s skin, meeting more resistance as it went deeper into the creature’s body until it lodged deep within its chest. Instinctively, I tried to retrieve the sword but it was stuck. I closed my eyes and waited for the Wendigo’s claws to shred my body. But the blow didn’t arrive.
Dark crimson bloom of blood stained the Wendigo's hide, illuminated by the fading light of the mana blade. The Wendigo produced one last weak screech and fell to the ground just as the light of my blade failed. Level up! Level up! Level up! Level up! Level up! You have obtained Mana Depletion (Critical). Temporary
My vision blurred and my legs faltered, the only thing that kept me on foot was the mana sword stuck in the Wendigo’s spine. When my last speck of mana was burned, the blade disappeared and I fell back but before I could hit the ground, Elincia caught me.
“We fucking did it!” Elincia said with a frenzied smile on her face. Then, she wrapped me in a tight hug that pushed all the air out of my lungs. I couldn’t help but notice how strong her arms were.
If I had to guess, she had leveled up a couple of times.
I didn't want the embrace to end but Elincia pushed me back and helped me sit on the forest bed. The moonlight shone a hole in the canopy, casting silver sparkles on her hair. She smiled enthusiastically and patted my back with a little too much strength.
“I swear I thought we were dead, but then you raised the metal thingy and bam! One arm less! You were pretty cool out there.” Elincia beamed. Her chest went up and down at an alarming rate and she had to take a moment to calm down. “I think I’m still a little deaf.” She added with a smile from ear to ear.
Leveling up was a hell of a drug.
“Praise me more.” I rasped as I let out a weak laugh. Both my body and my mana pool felt like a piñata at a children’s party.
Elincia’s expression suddenly became serious and a shadow of embarrassment flirted with her face. “Thanks for not ditching me back there, and I’m sorry if I was too harsh with you. You are a good man, Robert Clarke.”
I didn't know how to answer. It had been quite a while since I had received a compliment and my brain was too tired after being overfed by [Awareness]. I mumbled something unintelligible. Not even [Master of Languages] could help me to find the right words, however, I didn’t have to search more because a sudden prompt slapped my field of vision. New title acquired! Hot for Teacher. [Identify] Got it bad, got it bad, got it bad, I’m hot for teacher.
“I’m not a pathetic dude who falls for the first girl that talks nice to me…” I stuttered as my consciousness slowly slipped away. The edges of my sight slowly blurred. You have obtained Denial Lv.1. Temporary.
“Oh, fuck off.”
Elincia’s worried face floated in front of me. “Rob? Are you okay? If you talk in your weird language I can’t understand.” She said with a hint of panic in her voice.
It might come off as judgmental and foolish, but I didn’t believe in love at first sight. It seemed too frivolous to me. No matter how cute, funny, and caring Elincia was, there was no way I was falling for her. And there was the fact she had a kid and, probably, a husband. You have obtained Denial Lv.2. Temporary.
I wanted to fight back, fight against the idea I was falling in love, but my mouth couldn’t move anymore. The world around me darkened and my body became too heavy to sit straight. Elincia tried to keep me awake, first softly hitting my cheeks then shaking my shoulders. I tried to growl but no sound came through my lips.
“Rob? Rob? Don’t close your eyes, Rob.” Elincia said.
But I was so tired.
Elincia frantically searched her pouch for a small vial of translucent liquid. She pulled the cork and smelled the contents. Whatever scent she was looking for, it seemed to make the grade. Elincia opened my mouth and poured a drop beneath my tongue. I felt the effects of the potion spreading through my body, filling the hole inside my mana pool if only a little bit.
The last thing I heard before losing consciousness was Elincia’s concerned voice.
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I woke up with the first rays of sunlight next to the remains of a campfire. More specifically, my [Awareness] skill awakened me with a stream of information filling my brain. The sound of the birds, the position of the sun, my bodily condition. I ignored it all. I felt drained. If a creature wanted to eat me I couldn’t do much to defend myself.
No. I had made the decision to stay in this world, now I had to face the consequences of my actions. Begrudgingly I opened my eyes just to find Elincia sitting on the other side of the campfire, by her side there was my shotgun and my knife.
“Morning.” I greeted, stiffly sitting up and taking a long sip from my water bottle.
“Morning, hero.” She greeted me with one of her mischievous smiles. However, this time I noted a hint of mistrust in her voice.
“Something happened?” I cautiously asked. After receiving that silly title from the System I had dropped like a sack of potatoes. I glanced at Elincia, searching for answers, and I couldn’t help but notice both my weapons were on her side of the campfire.
“Look, I’m not accusing you of lying or anything, but you are not a Scholar.” Elincia said with a conflicted tone. “After what you did to the Wendigo last night I know you have a fairly high level. What are you really? A Runeblade? A Spellblade?”
“What do you mean?” I asked cautiously.
Elincia’s bow rested on her lap.
“Killing a Wendigo isn’t a feat a low level Scholar could achieve, I’m not that dumb. So tell me what those skills were.” Elincia replied pointing at my weapons. “Your explosive spell pierced through the Wendigo’s skin but Scholars can’t learn Elemental magic. Much less such powerful spells. Same goes for your [Mana Blade]. That’s a Spellblade skill, not a Scholar skill.”
I stretched my back and drank another sip from my water bottle while [Awareness] filled my brain with information. Elincia’s accusations revealed that she couldn’t peek into my status screen. It was a relief to know the System had some sort of privacy settings in place considering my last title, but privacy also made things more difficult.
“The artifact you have next to you is called a shotgun. It is a non-magical item that shoots high speed metal pellets created by a… Tinkerer.” I explained but Elincias facial gesture still showed doubts. “You probably tried to use it but it doesn’t have ammo in it. You can’t shoot a bow without an arrow nor can you shoot a shotgun without one of these.” I added pulling one of the remaining two shells from my pocket.
“Explain.” She said.
Next, I proceeded to explain how to operate the shotgun. Elincia opened the barrels and I explained how the explosive powder sent the pellets through the barrel at ridiculously high speeds.
“I’m not going to perform a demonstration because I only have two shells left. Without ammo, a shotgun is as good as a club.” I said as Elincia tried the mechanism without a shell inside the chamber. Bow and arrow safety might be similar to trigger discipline because Elincia kept the muzzle away from any of us and only put the finger on the trigger when she was going to shoot.
“What about the [Mana Blade]? There is no way your knife is a magic item, no matter how much mana I poured into it I couldn’t make it work.” Elincia continued with the interrogation.
“What do you mean? That was [Mana Manipulation].” I replied, summoning a small mana knife in the palm of my hand with the leftover magic power I had. Elincia’s mouth gaped.
“You are mana depleted! You are not supposed to be able to do that!” The half-elf woman jumped on her feet. “You can’t materialize a magic blade without the proper skill!”
I shrugged my shoulders and shaped a second mana knife.
I already suspected that my mana pool was something out of the ordinary and now I knew to what degree. The amount of mana I had was probably thanks to the System. The thought of telling her about my world crossed my mind. A world without magic, without classes, and without skills. A world where one had to practice for years and years to become minimally proficient at any task. I wanted to tell Elincia about the marvels of the modern world but I feared she took it as the words of a madman.
People who claimed to have traveled to other dimensions were deemed crazy back on Earth. In these lands it couldn't be much different. For Elincia, a systemless world might sound like a thing from fantasy.
In another situation I would’ve dismissed the allegations calling them baseless, however, deep down I wanted Elincia to believe in me. I scratched my chin, deep in thought. Actually, there was something I could try that might prove that I was a Scholar.
I used [Identify] on her. Name: Elincia Rosebud, Half-Elf (Light-Footed, Night Vision). Class: Alchemist Lv.26 Titles: Governess, Wild Child, Bad Reputation, Loner, Copper Alchemist, Favorite Teacher (5). Passive: Archery Lv.3, Tracking Lv.5, Farsight Lv.1, Foraging Lv.5, Purify Water. Skills: Potion Crafting Lv.3, True Shot Lv.1, Piercing Shot Lv.1.
Elincia’s potion pouch hit my face before I could react, breaking the skill contact and vanishing her character sheet.
“Hey! Are you identifying me?” She said in an unusually high pitch.
The half-elf cheeks were fiery red, contrasting with her usual paleness. While her hand searched for another projectile to throw in my direction, I pondered about my findings. Elincia’s skills and passives were fairly low level compared to her class level. It was possible both numbers were independent from each other. Class level might rise by gaining experience from monsters while passives and skills might grow by mastering said skills.
A twig hit my forehead, crashing my train of thought. At least I had discovered the etiquette regarding identifying other people. Despite the fact I would’ve died of shame if someone saw my titles, I tried to identify Elincia one more time as vengeance for the twig.
“Okay, okay, okay! You are a Scholar, I believe you! I’ll fulfill my part of the bargain. I’ll take you to Farcrest.” Elincia said, trying to regain some composure. She was still red as a beet. “But that doesn’t mean I completely trust you, hero.”
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2023.05.29 23:21 BigBoyJimPaul I asked Chat GPT to write a story where Dwight Howard and the Miami Heat try to save r/nbacirclejerk from Derick White and the KKK
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However, lurking in the shadows was a nefarious group known as the KKK (Ku Klux Klan). This group consisted of hardcore fans who took their love for basketball to extreme and troubling levels. Their leader, Derick White, was a fervent supporter of a particular team and had developed an intense rivalry with nbacirclejerk
, a popular online community known for its humorous takes and satire on NBA-related topics.
Derick despised the irreverent nature of the subreddit and felt it undermined the seriousness of the sport. Driven by his misguided sense of righteousness, he decided to take matters into his own hands. Derick planned to shut down nbacirclejerk
by any means necessary, even resorting to intimidation and violence.
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and its continued operation. The event would be held at the American Airlines Arena, the home of the Miami Heat.
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On the day of the game, the arena was packed with fans, media, and supporters of nbacirclejerk
. The Miami Heat players, including Dwight Howard, were ready to defend the online community they had come to cherish. They were not just playing for the subreddit; they were playing for the freedom of expression and the unity of basketball fans.
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The KKK, led by Derick White, fought back with their own brand of aggressive play. They used dirty tactics, pushing the boundaries of fair competition. But the Miami Heat remained steadfast, refusing to be deterred by their adversaries' underhanded tactics.
In the final moments of the game, with the score tied, Dwight Howard made a thunderous dunk that electrified the crowd. The Miami Heat had secured victory, both on the court and for nbacirclejerk
. The KKK's efforts to silence the community had been thwarted.
The aftermath of the charity game sparked a powerful movement. NBA players, fans, and even organizations joined forces to support nbacirclejerk
and promote the spirit of camaraderie and lightheartedness within the basketball community.
Derick White and his KKK associates faced the consequences of their actions, as the authorities intervened to hold them accountable for their misguided attempts at silencing a voice of humor and satire.
Dwight Howard said in a post game interview that Derick White would never be welcomed in Taiwan.
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2023.05.29 23:18 Tasty-Mushroom-5015 Disney DLV Look Book 👠👑💍👛 What are the cool cats 🦁 wearing on the savannah? #DDLV #DisneyDreamlightValley
2023.05.29 23:13 TheReal89P13Rocket Healing Hearts
In the realm of dreams, where tales unfurl, Resides the Queen of Hearts, a precious pearl. Her regal grace, a captivating scene, A sovereign ruling o'er a world once green.
Her robe of emerald, a verdant sheen, Reflects the colors of a tranquil scene. In hues of green and yellow, nature's bliss, She weaves a tapestry of love's pure kiss.
Beneath her gaze, the red, white, and blue, Unite in harmony, a patriotic hue. A symbol of strength and unity profound, Where stars and stripes forever circle round.
But in her heart, a story intertwined, Where trauma and love have often crossed, entwined. For scars within, unseen by mortal sight, Have shaped her journey in the darkest night.
Yet love's resilient flame, a guiding light, Illuminates her path through endless night. The Queen of Hearts, though burdened by the past, Embraces the wounds and learns to heal at last.
In moonlit skies, where stars forever gleam, She finds solace amidst the celestial stream. Each star a story, crossing paths in space, Mirroring the journeys we all embrace.
The Queen of Hearts, a symbol of resilience, Embodies the power of love's brilliance. Through trauma's veil, she emerges strong, A testament to the human spirit's song.
So let us honor her, this noble Queen, Whose heart's compassion reigns supreme. In green and yellow, and the red, white, and blue, Her story echoes, inspiring me and you.
For within her trials, we find our own, A reminder we are never alone. Through love's enduring grace, we heal and grow, United in our shared humanity's glow.
So raise your voices, let them soar above, In celebration of the Queen of Hearts, with love. In her tale, may we find solace and art, And embrace the beauty of healing hearts
PS. Mr. Dinosaur, Don’t forget that I love you!
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2023.05.29 23:13 CB_scorpio Project Dialogue: Viktor Vostrikov CO- Founder JewelSwap by @EntityFinance
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Get an exclusive look inside @JewelSwapX
We sat down with their Co-Founder last Wednesday and delved into #NFTs, their modules, and plans for the future! Project Dialogue: Viktor Vostrikov CO- Founder JewelSwap
Here are the top 3 key takeaways from our conversation🧵
Q: Can you talk about the process JewelSwap goes through to ensure the security of its smart contracts? Since there isn't any audits mentioned on the JewelSwap Website or Docs section.
A: A: Our approach to securing smart contracts on JewelSwap is deliberate and transparent. The initial strategy was to hold off on auditing until we had completed a substantial portion of the code. While the cost of audits is significant, that wasn't our primary reason for this decision. We are focused on ensuring that the code that is actually being utilized by our platform is the code that gets audited. This way, we avoid a scenario where we audit, say, 50% of our work, then add a host of new features upon release, leaving that additional 50% unaudited. In our commitment to transparency, I must acknowledge that we faced some delays in the auditing process due to our decision to engage an audit company from outside of the #MultiversX
ecosystem, which didn't prove as effective as we had hoped. However, I am pleased to report that we expect to complete the audit process within the next one to two weeks. This marks a significant milestone in our journey towards ensuring the integrity and security of our platform for our users.
Q: NFT Finance is redefining the utility of #NFTs
by introducing #DeFi
type products. Do you think JewelSwap is best suited to pursue this emerging trend due to the nature of the products you have already? What do you think are the potential risks and challenges associated with integrating DeFi principles into NFTs?
A: Before embarking on the JewelSwap journey, I admit my knowledge of #NFTs
was somewhat limited. However, the creation of our proprietary Collection "Comverse" and engaging with our vibrant community has truly deepened my understanding of what constitutes a successful NFT project. I believe this knowledge informs our approach to the NFT #Finance
sector and positions us well to navigate the new landscape. In terms of potential challenges, one significant issue could be the potential illiquidity of NFTs. A dynamic and active marketplace is crucial for maintaining asset liquidity. Fortunately, #MultiversX
boasts one of the most robust marketplaces in the field, enhanced by an impressive UI/UX design that stimulates trading activity. The consistent high ranking of MultiversX across various blockchains in terms of volume is testament to this. Another possible risk is the demand for utility in NFT projects from the community. A project's longevity can be jeopardized without ongoing development activity. However, JewelSwap offers a solution by providing an additional utility for collections: the ability for the community to borrow $EGLD
. This not only adds value but also incentivizes members to invest in tokens, generate profit, and repay loans. Moreover, the maintenance of a positive, transparent, and communicative environment is key to fostering a thriving community. The enhanced utility offered by JewelSwap contributes to this dynamic, and should projects uphold this transparency and vibrancy, they can leverage JewelSwap as an additional benefit. Ultimately, JewelSwap aims to deliver an enjoyable and beneficial platform for users. After all, why would anyone want to stay in a Discord channel that isn't delivering a valuable and entertaining experience? As long as projects can sustain this positive and transparent community spirit, JewelSwap is well-equipped to support them in the emerging trend of NFT Finance.
Q: Buy Now Pay Later and rental services are common in traditional finance and #ecommerce
. What are some of the challenges faced in implementing BNPL and rental models in the context of NFTs? Do you think these models could influence the way people interact with NFTs in the long run? And of course is it something that you see exploring with JewelSwap down the line?
A: Absolutely, we've already incorporated a feature that mirrors the "Buy Now Pay Later" concept. This is currently operational under "#Mortgages
", but perhaps a better name might have been "Down Payment," given the mechanics of the feature. Here's how it works: suppose an NFT is priced at 7 EGLD, a user can utilize just 2 EGLD to acquire it. The remaining 5 EGLD is structured as a loan that needs to be repaid. However, inherent risks accompany this process, and one obvious risk is the possibility of failing to redeem the NFT, leading to its liquidation. Despite this risk, our community has embraced this feature and instances of non-repayment and subsequent #NFT
liquidation have been surprisingly rare. Any NFTs that do get stuck in the Smart Contract due to this process can be later listed on a secondary marketplace. So, in essence, yes, we're already exploring these financial models in the NFT context with JewelSwap and continuously assessing their influence on user interaction with NFTs.
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2023.05.29 23:09 MorriganMidnight Supernatural world
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So I made this world to be supernatural only, or as supernatual it can be randoms do happen, every world is done, newcrest is alice in wonderland theme, oasis springs is old gods (norse, egyptian, celtic, greek so on). Del sol valley is villian valley, henford on bagley is mainly fairy tale characters, willow creek is fairy themed, del sol valley mermaids and the rest a bit of a mix. submitted by MorriganMidnight to Sims4 [link] [comments]
Its just hilarious watching random battles happening and then of course random fates as pictured, mother gothel with one of the seven dwarves, the horned king from Disney with grumpy one of the seven dwarves, gomez addams is the entertainer at the vampire bar (he is a vampire too) but the chaos is amazing! Enjoy screenshots lol
2023.05.29 22:58 scoobyimp At last. 20 Wiz!
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------------------ VICTORY ------------------ < DIFFICULTY > INFERNO 20 < CLASS > WIZARD < CLASS BONUS > 4 < TOTAL SCORE > 6128 < TIME > 1:35:49 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ < CLASS UPGRADE > YES < SKILLS > Multishot - Freezing Shot - Gold Ingot - Book of Magic - Mana Battery - Key of the Portal - Ghost Spear - Ice Block - Master of Toxins - Golden Shield < DECK > Energy Golem - Melgaroth, Keeper of Flames [ANCIENT][DEMON] - Golem Warrior - Golem Warrior - Golem Warrior - Mud Golem - Mud Golem - Mud Golem - Black Wizard - Snow Queen - Spirit of Magic [ANCIENT] II - Medusa [BEASTMAN] II - Wizard III - V01-B01 [ROBOT] - Dhorion, Holy Sentinel [ANCIENT] - Spirit of Defense [ANCIENT] II - Sun Priestess - Ultron [ROBOT] - Fairy Princess [FAIRY] - Iron Colossus [ROBOT] - Sigil Essence - Sentinel [ROBOT] - Magic Leaf - The Timeshifter [ANGEL] - Young Witch - Seeker of the Light - Spider Queen [BEASTMAN] II - Fairy Princess [FAIRY] - Alestar, Tranquility Defender [ANCIENT] - Snow Queen - Guardian of Heavens [ANGEL] - Spirit of Combat [ANCIENT] II - Dark Lord - Necromancer Acolyte - Blessed Lady [ANGEL] - High Witch II - Snow Queen - Dhorion, Holy Sentinel [ANCIENT] - Cthool, the Darkmaster [ANCIENT] - Wizard of Nature +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ < FLOORS CLIMBED > 48 < NORMAL ENEMIES KILLED > 16 < ELITE KILLED > 10 < BOSS KILLED > 5 < GOLD EARNED > 1721 < GEMS EARNED > 69 < CARDS PLAYED > 1791 < HIGHEST DAMAGE > 972 < DAMAGE TAKEN > 218 < CHEST OPENED > 8 < GAME VERSION > 220.127.116.11 < VERIFICATION CODE > 6eb29 ```
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2023.05.29 22:55 magicmailman999 Desert Walker Race MK2
Hi all, some of you may have seen the homebrew desert race I posted the other day. I did some revisions based on what people told me.
Looking for any type of advice/comments
- Roughly the same as humans
- 30ft if medium, 25 if small
- One with Sand
- The Sands of your home recognize you as one of their own and will move aside for you
- You have a 10ft burrow speed, while burrowing, you don’t have to use a bonus action to increase the tremor sense range, but the movement restrictions still apply. You don't leave a tunnel behind.
- Having never known the comforts of civilization, you know how to survive off the land, and find things nature perhaps wanted to keep hidden
- You gain proficiency in the Survival Skill, you also have advantage on survival and nature checks to find drinkable water and forageables while in a desert environment
- Ground's Eye
- There are many beasts in the Sands, and some escape the sun by hiding underground and simply waiting for a morsel to get close. Through the trial and error of evolution your people have developed a keen sense for noticing even the smallest vibrations through the ground. You also were taught a special technique to increase the range of this sense
- You have tremor sense to a range of 10ft. If you haven’t moved yet this turn, you can use a bonus action to plant yourself deeper into the ground, expanding the range out to 20ft. After doing this your speed is 0 until the end of the current turn.
- Sun-Blasted Skin
- The harsh sun of the desert has made your people’s skin dry and almost like tough leather. This soft shell has many wrinkles in it to assist in radiating heat. The toughness of this skin also helps in warding off attacks by the powerful fire spirits that roam the desert
- You have resistance to fire damage and also have advantage on constitution saves against the effects of hot weather
- Water Transfer
- Water is sacred and valuable when amongst the Sands and one must be capable and willing to steal it from others if needed. This is a spell that all Walkers learn, as it may save their life.
- You can cast Wither and Bloom once, regaining it on a long rest. You also learn the spell and can use spell slots to cast it more. Constitution is your Spellcasting ability for it.
- Additionally, the creature that receives healing from this spell also gets enough water for the day. This secondary effect only works when the spell is cast innately
- Desert Walker Magic
- You were instructed by one of your tribe's shamans more than others, or perhaps this gift comes from your inner resilience. Regardless, your naturally ability of magic has increased
- Learn 1 druid cantrip
- I am aware that this lets you use Shillelagh to attack with CON, but personally I dont think thats too busted and could make for an interesting build
- You also learn Heat Metal
- I was gonna do create/destroy water and/or goodberry since that made sense thematically but would ruin any survival aspect the campaign will probably have
- Constitution is your spellcasting ability for these spells
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2023.05.29 22:43 Cherry_Kay Lost amidst towering peaks and whispered by rustling leaves, nature's embrace unveils a symphony of serenity, where mountains beckon us to discover our own untamed spirit
2023.05.29 22:32 Ralius88 Pali lookout history hits hard.
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Standing at the lookout I always try to imagine how it must have felt to be one of the Maui warriors forced off the cliff by Kamehameha’s men. It’s a really striking contrast to the beautiful views below. For us it’s just a pretty view, but for 400 warriors, it was their last. What are some other places like this that might have a large significance but can easily be overlooked as “just another pretty view”? submitted by Ralius88 to Hawaii [link] [comments]
2023.05.29 22:25 Mr_Awais_01 Beautiful view of Lulusar Lake - Kaghan Valley KPK - Pakistan #nature #pakistan #kpk #lake
2023.05.29 22:23 Mr_Awais_01 Beautiful view of Lulusar Lake - Kaghan Valley KPK - Pakistan #nature #pakistan #kpk #lake
2023.05.29 22:18 ItalianofromItaly Rewatching Gargoyles as an adult - Awakening Part One
Feels like a good time to do it, considering new stories are coming out for the first time in years; if people here will show some interest in this commentary, I'll keep it up until the end. The episode on Gargwiki. The episode on Ask Greg.
The first eight minutes or so are great: the animation is still top-notch even three decades later, the pacing is good, the battle is choreographed well and the Gargoyles' first awakening is an awesome scene; all of the major characters get some nice establishing moments (ok, I probably could have lived without Broadway's "All of nature trembles at my passing!" "I can see why...", but even that's not horrible, it just doesn't fit with the general atmosphere) and even the background Gargs - while having zero lines - work, on account of some kickass designs.
(Although one wonders where all the females were on that particular night; were breasts more difficult to animate in the '90s or something?)
Once the battle is over we get to the banquet scene, and, frankly, I don't think it works - in fact, as worldbuilding goes, it kinda sucks; just to remind you, the scene goes like this:
- Two noblemen note that, while the Captain of the Guard is "a fine soldier", he's more a "captain of the Gargoyles" than anything, and that he'd "fit right well on the cornices with them"; the person in question hears all this and doesn't like it.
- Princess Katharine thanks the Captain for "a battle well fought"; Cap notes that "without Goliath and his Gargoyles our defense would have proven useless".
- Kat answers with "Please, don't mention that monster's name in my presence...", at which point Goliath and Demona enter.
- Everybody is flabbergasted - Katharine in particular has a wonderful WTF expression for five straight seconds; the Captain explains that he "took the liberty of asking them to appear and be recognized for their bravery".
- Kat, with Goliath and Demona right in front of her, states that she doesn't want "beasts in the dining hall"; the Magus calls them "unnatural creatures" and states that "no good can come from associating with them".
- Goliath and Demona get close, and Katharine looks scared - but then Goliath does that awesome "using your wings as a cape" thing while nobly kneeling to her; Katharine is, once again, flabbergasted.
- It's established that Goliath was named by the humans, and we learn the reason for it; Kat once again feels the need to insult him to his face, at which point Demona growls and Goliath, having the slight feeling that the evening won't go quite as he planned, decides it's time to leave.
- Katharine ends things by demoting the Captain: in the future, he'll report to the Magus rather than directly to her; Cap takes it well and storms off, as a man who takes things well does.
The problem with all this? The problem is that I find absolutely none of these interactions believable, especially when we take into account the later reveals about Castle Wyvern's backstory - namely, that:
- This alliance has been a thing for 23 years.
- The Captain was there for all of it.
- The Magus has been at the Castle for at least 12 years by this point (according to Weisman, he became the Archmage's apprentice in 982).
- Katharine has been surrounded by Gargoyles literally her entire life.
- To this, I'd add the fact that these two communities live in a castle, not a city, so there's inevitably a limit to how much racial segregation can be going on - obviously, humans and Gargoyles have to interact with each other on a regular basis.
Nothing of this means that the relationship between the two groups has to be perfect, but from the way the humans act, you'd think this alliance was only formed, like, last month - all of the interactions feel like people who barely know each other, not people who, for good or for ill, have lived in the exact same place for decades. From the way the scene goes, you'd think Katharine and Goliath have never before talked to each other, but that's obviously ridicolous; Cap getting demoted is weird too - is this really the first time he ever tried to convince the Princess to give the Gargs some well-deserved accolades? For that matter, why did he think that calling Goliath and Demona to the dining hall was going to work - just because they had helped win the battle? That must have happened dozens of times in the last two decades, what was so different about this one?
Ah, well - I've harped on this long enough; let's get on with it.
In the following scene, Demona claims that humans "should bow to us!". I have the feeling her apologists tend to conveniently forget that sentence exists; then it's dawn and hot damn, has Stone Sleep ever again looked this good?
No wonder they put it in the opening. The Captain goes to Hakon, and I have to admit that Ed Gilbert does an awesome Magus impression - albeit I have to wonder what the purpose of it was, in-universe.
(In the Italian dub, Cap's voice actor uses his normal voice for that scene - which kinda spoils the twist, I guess, but objectively makes more sense; I'll let you decide if you find that to be a good or a bad decision.)
It's night again, and we see that, after a good Stone Sleep, Goliath's wounded hand has healed, with nobody commenting the fact - which I quite like: the fact that Gargoyles heal during the day will be better explained three episodes from now, but it's good to have it subtly established here - now that's good worldbuilding.
Cap and Demona try to convince Goliath to use the entire Clan to hunt down the Vikings, he refuses, and then Keith David gives us the iconic "Remember: you and I are one... now and forever" line - which I have to admit kinda comes out of nowhere: as far as Goliath is concerned this is a mission like any other - easier than many others, in fact - so he really has no reason to be THAT
dramatic; I also have to admit that these scenes fit really well with the later flashbacks from Reawakening
and City of Stone
...and then there's the "no-names" conversation; oh boy.
"I'm Tom. What's your name?"
"Except for Goliath, we don't have names."
"But what do you call each other?"
"...that doesn't sound like a practical method at all; like, what do you do if you have to talk about a guy who isn't there?"
"Hey, no law against saying "red friend with the big snout" or "green fat friend".
"And do you call everybody
"friend"? Even those Gargoyles you don't like or those you're kinda indifferent about?"
"The official party line is that all Gargs are brothers and sisters and so we all call each other "friend"... but yes, ok, in private we call all those we don't like "f**k-face" and all those we have no opinion about "that one".
"And what happens if you have to write an episode of a tv show with you in it? Do you give each other names that you'll never actually use in real life?
"Look, somebody at Disney wanted most of us to have modern names, and this is the best the authors could come up with to justify it; I'm sure John Tolkien would have done it better, but he was a bit dead at the time, so what can you do?"
"Fine, I guess. I won't mock the "no-names" thing again. This episode.
We get to the episode's second cliffhanger, with Brooklyn, Lexington and Bronx scaring the humans; in his commentary, Weisman notes that both of this episode's cliffhangers have the Gargs as the potential threat, and that he "could never have gotten away with that by even episode 2. But this early on, we didn't know the gargs well enough to know how they'd react."
Quite frankly, I'm not sure it even works here, at least the second time - the members of the Trio have already been fairly well established as "the funny ones", so that it's not particularly difficult to figure out they're bluffing; the first cliffhanger being Goliath growling is okay, though.
We then learn that Gargoyle eggs are polka-dotted
; that's the goofiest f**king thing I've ever seen in my life.
The following sequence - Goliath and Hudson getting tricked, the sacking of Wyvern, Hakon killing Unnamed Garg from the Opening and "My Angel of the Night..." is mostly great; I like that we clearly see Tom being brought away along with everybody else, thus underlining the fact that the Captain's action to "help" the Gargs has damaged every human within the Castle in an indiscriminate manner, rather than just the Clan's supposed enemies.
Why do I say that the sequence is "mostly" great? Because the Captain (and Demona, once that reveal happens) ends up looking like a complete and utter moron - which I know from every other scene he's in he's not supposed to be. What the hell did he think was going to happen here?
Even if he had managed to overpower Hakon, what was his plan to stop all the other Vikings? How could he - a guy who knows first-hand that the Gargoyles are hated even by the humans they protect - think, even for a moment, that the Vikings that got beaten up by the Gargs literally last night
were going to spare them? And did he really believe that Goliath, having returned to find the Castle ransacked and the humans gone, was going to shrug, say "Well, sucks to be them, I guess" and get on with his life without at least attempting a rescue mission?
Yes, yes, I know: Dramatic Irony; "the Gargoyles' only human friend is also the one who caused their destruction, even though he honestly wanted to help them"; I get that. I just wish they didn't have to give Cap such a big fat Idiot Ball for it to happen.
And that's it for the first episode, I guess; the verdict is: still pretty good. Anything to add?
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2023.05.29 22:10 Greenbluesea02 The way I reacted to The Owl House's Finale
I don't know if anyone will care for this anecdote since it's kinda simple, but I felt like sharing it because I felt something I haven't for a while. So, yesterday I FINALLY watched the TOH Finale and, considering the limited time Disney gave the team to wrap things up, I'd say it was perfect. And Beautiful.
I'm not someone who cries much, personally. Mainly because I'm embarrased of people seeing me in that state and possibly asking what is the matter with me and not being able to put it in words, be it because I genuinely don't know or because It's for something I consider silly/embarrasing. Last night, I was home alone while finishing the series, so maybe I felt more secure that way. It's also being a long time since I teared up this way when finishing a piece of media (be it movie, series, videogame, etc.), 'cause usually when it happens, I just shed down some tears and that's it. I blow off some wet boogers afterwards and nothing else past that. This was a bit different though.
The exact moment when it started was in the ending credits and reached a peak at the final shot of the episode, just something about seeing Luz, Amity and the rest of the crew grown up, being together and happy did it for me. Naturally, I cried. I was so happy and sad, simultalneously, as I'm sure a lot of people were. It continued until I started sobbing, even whimpering a little bit. I was like that for five-ish minutes, maybe a little more, which is not much time, but for me, it felt longer. I stopped for a couple minutes thinking that it was over, but shortly after, it started again.
As I was bawling my eyes out, and after it stopped for a second time and started calming myself down to really start processing all of it, I realised how liberating it can be to just weep; not only crying but letting your voice escape from your lips, not really caring if anyone can hear you or not, sounding so vulnerable and maybe even pathetic, if you will. Finally, after a long time since who knows when, I knew what that felt like. Even after all the bad things that had happened to me and my loved ones, especially in the last couple of years, even with my father passing away from Covid, it was this moment in particular when it finally broke and everything was let out.
In the end, I couldn't help but mutter: "Thank you" under my breath, multiple times. It's weird, I know, but it was all I could put out of my mouth at that moment. Maybe it was the whole ambience of my surroundings (it was completely dark with only the light of the monitor on), along with everything I was feeling, it made for one of those special, kinda surreal moments; it was magical, I guess haha.
Anyway, I felt like I needed to share this experience with someone, but I don't know any friend who watches the show (that I know of) so, decided to post it in the subreddit, just to get this off my chest and see if maybe someone had a similar experience. If someone is, Thank you for reading all this ramble. Thank you.
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