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2023.03.22 12:43 ImaDeadMeme4 Did you just use an emoji?
Fuck you.Fuck you. You useless piece of shit. You absolute waste of space and air. You uneducated, ignorant, idiotic dumb swine, you're an absolute embarrassment to humanity and all life as a whole. The magnitude of your failure just now is so indescribably massive that one hundred years into the future your name will be used as the moniker of evil for heretics. Even if all of humanity put together their collective intelligence there is no conceivable way they could have thought up a way to fuck k up on the unimaginable scale you just did. When Jesus died for our sins, he must not have seen the sacrilegious act we just witnessed you performing, because I know that your birth may have never become if he did he would have forsaken humanity long ago so that when you die, your skeleton will be displayed in a museum after being scientifically r bone structure, researched so that all future generations may learn not to generate them to a useless reality. your because every tiny detail anyone may have in common with you degrades t piece of trash and a burden to society. No wonder your father questioned whether or not you were truly his son, for you'd have to not be a waste of carbon matter for like a family member your birth made it so that mankind is worse of ine to love you f in every way you can possibly imagine, and you have made it so that society never really recover into a state of ization. can organization. Everything has forever fallen into a bewildering chaos, through which core, you can only find misfortune. I would say the apocalypse is upon us but unrecognizable core, v this is merely the closest word humans have for the sheer scale of horror that is now reality. You have forever condemned everyone you love and know into an eternal state of suffering. worse than any human concept of hell. You are such an unholy being, that if you step within a one hundred foot radius of a holy place or a place that has ever been deemed important by tradius anyone, your distorted sac religious soul will ruin whatever meaning it ever had beyond repair. You are an idiotic, shiteating, dumbass ape and no one has ever loved you. Rhodes Island would have been l fif you'd never joined us. You are a lying, backstabbing, been better off if you'd never cowardly useless piece of shit and I hate you with every single part of my being. Even this worlds finest writers and poets from throughout the ages could never hope to accurately escale which you just fucked up, and how incredibly idiotic you are. Anyone describe the s e on that believes in any religion out there should now realize that they have been wrong this entire time, for if divine beings were real, they would never have allowed a being such as you to stain the earth and this universe. In the future there will be horror stories made about you, with the scariest part of them being that the reader has to realize that such an indescribable monster actually exists, and that the horrific events from the movie have actually taken in the same world that they live in right now. You are the absolute embodiment of everything solute nave actually taken place that has ever been wrong on this earth, yet you manage to make it so that that is only a small part of the evil that is your being. Never in the history of mankind has there been of mankind has there been anyone that could have predicted such an eldrich abomination, but here you are. It's hard to believe that I am seeing such an an incredible failure with my own eyes, but here I am, so unfortunately I cannot deny your existence. Even if I did my very best, my vocabulary is not able to describe the sheer magnitude of the idiotic mistake that is you. Even if time travel some day will be Code invented, there still would not be a single soul willing to go back in time to before this moment to fix o fix history, because having to witness such incredible horrors if they failed would have to many mental and physical drawbacks that not even the bravest soul in history would be willing to risk it. I cannot imagine the pure dread your mother must have felt when she had to carry a baby for nine months and then giving birth to such a wretched monster as you. Not a single word of word of the incoherent, illogical rambling you may be wanting to do to defend ng you may yourself or apologize would ever be able to make up for what you just did. The countries of the world would have wanted to make laws preventing such a terrible event like this from ever happening again, but sadly this is not possible since your horrific actions just now have shattered every form of order this world once had, making concepts such as laws irrelevant. Right from the moment I first set my eyes on you I knew you were an absolute abomination of everything that is wrong with humanity. I was hoping I would have been able to prevent your evil from being released upon this world by tagging along and keeping my eye on you, but it is clear to me now that not even the greatest efforts would have been able to prevent a terrible event in this scale from occurring. You are the worst human being, or even just being in general, that I have ever had the misfortune of witnessing. Events like the infected plague apparently only happened with the goal of teaching humanity to survive such a horrible event e able to even slightly as the one you just created, but not even mankind's greatest trials were a epare anyone for the insufferable evil you have just created. If you ever had them, prepare children would be preemptively killed to protect your suniverse from the possibility of anyone in your bloodline being aan half as he protect this will never be able to have killed f as bad as you are, except you will being even children, because not a single human being will ever want to come within a hu a hundred mile of you and anything you have ever touched. You are a colossal disappointment not only radius to your parents, but to your ancestors and entire bloodline. The disgusting mistake that y have just made is so incredibly terrible that everyone who would ever be to hear about it. usly feel an indescribable mixt mixture would spontaneously feel an who woulding mistake that you of immane immense anger, fear and anxiety that emotionally and physically they would never truly be the same ever again. The sheer scale of your mistake, if ever to be materialized, would not only surpass the size of the world, but it would reach far beyond the edges of the known, and almost certainly the unknown universe. I could sit here and write paragraphs, nay, books describing your immense failure, yet even if I were to dedicate my life to describing the reality of what has just failure e down here, and I would meedoent of it until my heart stone heating working as hard and efficiently spend every moment of it until my heart stops beating v as possible, yet there is not even a snowballs chance in hell that I would be able to come close to transcribing the absolute shitshow you have just released upon the world. You are an irresponsible, idiotic, disgusting, unloved, horrible excuse for a living being who's soul contains less humanity than every ginger in history combined. The absolute disgust I feel when thinking about anything that has even a slight resemblance to anything that might have to do with you and your unholy actions is so incredibly great that when I am honest about it I think that even I do not posses a consciousness great enough to comprehend my own feelings about it. When people of Columbia fought to break free from Lungmen, countless soldiers fought and lost their lives in favor of a chance at a better future for their children, they did not give their lives to have you fuck the world up beyond repair to the degree that you are doing right now. Honestly, even when technology advances and studies on become more and more accurate, I do not think humanity will ever truly be able to the subject understand what your failure actually means for the universe. My hate for you and everything you stand for is so much deeper than the depths of Shambala that you could probably take s so much deepe the entire Lungmen population down there and back up around twenty million times before you would have sunk to the end of my hate, and honestly, I do not want to fun that that in the end of my hate, and I exaggerate, but 1 think that that insult was low balling it such a massive amount that all mountains in this world und being sive amount that all mo combined would not be able to stack up to this imprecise judgement in light of the fact that when being honest, my hate is almost certainly bottomless. There is no one in this world that has ever loved you, and especially after what you just did, no one will ever love you in the future either. There is no hope that your idiotic behavior and especially your crooked soul will ever change for the better, and in fact quite the opposite might be true. By making the mistake that you just did, you have shown me that you are so incredibly hopeless that you will only devolve into a more idiotic and wretched creature than you already are. The only possible way in which your future would be brighter than the black hole your existence currently is would exclusively be because there is absolutely no conceivable way that you would even beable to sink lower than the pathetic place your current failure has put you in.STOP FUCKING USING EMOJIS!!!!! 😡Fuck you.Fuck you. You useless piece of shit. You absolute waste of space and air. You uneducated,ignorant, idiotic dumb swine, you're an absolute embarrassment to humanity and all life as a whole. The magnitude of your failure just now is so indescribably massive that one hundred years into the future your name will be used as moniker of evil for heretics. Even if all of humanity put together their collective intelligence there is no conceivable way they could have thought up a way to fuck k up on the unimaginable scale you just did. When Jesus died for our sins, he must not have seen the sacrilegious act we just witnessed you performing, because i o that your birth may have never become he did he would have forsaken humanity long ago so that your I you die, your skeleton will be displayed in a museum after being scientifically r bone structure, researched so that all future generations may learn not to generate them to a useless reality. your because every tiny detail anyone may have in common with you degrades t piece of trash and a burden to society. No wonder your father questioned whether or not your were truly his son, for you'd have to not be a waste of carbon matter for like a family member your birth made it so that mankind is worse of ine to love you f in every way you can possibly imagine, and you have made it so that society never really recover into a state of ization. can organization. Everything has forever fallen into a bewildering chaos, through which core, you can only find misfortune. I would say the apocalypse is upon us but unrecognizable core, v this is merely the closest word humans have for the sheer scale of horror that is now reality. You have forever condemned everyone you love and know into an eternal state of suffering. worse than any human concept of hell. You are such an unholy being, that if you step within a one hundred foot radius of a holy place or a place that has ever been deemed important by tradius anyone, your distorted sac religious soul will ruin whatever meaning it ever had beyond repair. You are an idiotic, shiteating, dumbass ape and no one has ever loved you. Rhodes Island would have been l fif you'd never joined us. You are a lying, backstabbing, been better off if you'd never cowardly useless piece of shit and I hate you with every single part of my being. Even this worlds finest writers and poets from throughout the ages could never hope to accurately escale which you just fucked up, and how incredibly idiotic you are. Anyone describe the s e on that believes in any religion out there should now realize that they have been wrong this entire time, for if divine beings were real, they would never have allowed a being such as you to stain the earth and this universe. In the future there will be horror stories made about you, with the scariest part of them being that the reader has to realize that such an indescribable monster actually exists, and that the horrific events from the movie have actually taken in the same world that they live in right now. You are the absolute embodiment of everything solute nave actually taken place that has ever been wrong on this earth, yet you manage to make it so that that is only a small part of the evil that is your being. Never in the history of mankind has there been of mankind has there been anyone that could have predicted such an eldrich abomination, but here you are. It's hard to believe that I am seeing such an an incredible failure with my own eyes, but here I am, so unfortunately I cannot deny your existence. Even if I did my very best, my vocabulary is not able to describe the sheer magnitude of the idiotic mistake that is you. Even if time travel some day will be Code invented, there still would not be a single soul willing to go back in time to before this moment to fix o fix history, because having to witness such incredible horrors if they failed would have to many mental and physical drawbacks that not even the bravest soul in history would be willing to risk it. I cannot imagine the pure dread your mother must have felt when she had to carry a baby for nine months and then giving birth to such a wretched monster as you. Not a single word of word of the incoherent, illogical rambling you may be wanting to do to defend ng you may yourself or apologize would ever be able to make up for what you just did. The countries of the world would have wanted to make laws preventing such a terrible event like this from ever happening again, but sadly this is not possible since your horrific actions just now have shattered every form of order this world once had, making concepts such as laws irrelevant. Right from the moment I first set my eyes on you I knew you were an absolute abomination of everything that is wrong with humanity. I was hoping I would have been able to prevent your evil from being released upon this world by tagging along and keeping my eye on you, but it is clear to me now that not even the greatest efforts would have been able to prevent a terrible event in this scale from occurring. You are the worst human being, or even just being in general, that I have ever had the misfortune of witnessing. Events like the infected plague apparently only happened with the goal of teaching humanity to survive such a horrible event e able to even slightly as the one you just created, but not even mankind's greatest trials were a epare anyone for the insufferable evil you have just created. If you ever had them, prepare children would be preemptively killed to protect your suniverse from the possibility of anyone in your bloodline being aan half as he protect this will never be able to have killed f as bad as you are, except you will being even children, because not a single human being will ever want to come within a hu a hundred mile of you and anything you have ever touched. You are a colossal disappointment not only radius to your parents, but to your ancestors and entire bloodline. The disgusting mistake that y have just made is so incredibly terrible that everyone who would ever be to hear about it. usly feel an indescribable mixt mixture would spontaneously feel an who woulding mistake that you of immane immense anger, fear and anxiety that emotionally and physically they would never truly be the same ever again. The sheer scale of your mistake, if ever to be materialized, would not only surpass the size of the world, but it would reach far beyond the edges of the known, and almost certainly the unknown universe. I could sit here and write paragraphs, nay, books describing your immense failure, yet even if I were to dedicate my life to describing the reality of what has just failure e down here, and I would meedoent of it until my heart stone heating working as hard and efficiently spend every moment of it until my heart stops beating v as possible, yet there is not even a snowballs chance in hell that I would be able to come close to transcribing the absolute shitshow you have just released upon the world. You are an irresponsible, idiotic, disgusting, unloved, horrible excuse for a living being whose soul contains less humanity than every ginger in history combined. The absolute disgust I feel when thinking about anything that has even a slight resemblance to anything that might have to do with you and your unholy actions is so incredibly great that when I am honest about it I think that even I do not posses a consciousness great enough to comprehend my own feelings about it. When the people of Columbia fought to break free from Lungmen, countless soldiers fought and lost their lives in favor of a chance at a better future for their children, they did not give their lives to have you fuck the world up beyond repair to the degree that you are doing right now. Honestly, even when technology advances and studies and become more and more accurate, I do not think humanity will ever truly be able to the subject understand what your failure actually means for the universe. My hate for you and everything you stand for is so much deeper than the depths of Shambala that you could probably take s so much deepe the entire Lungmen population down there and back up around twenty million times before you would have sunk to the end of my hate, and honestly, I do not want to fun that that in the end of my hate, and I exaggerate, but 1 think that that insult was low balling it such a massive amount that all mountains in this world and being sive amount that all mo combined would not be able to stack up to this imprecise judgment in light of the fact that when being honest, my hate is almost certainly bottomless. There is no one in this world that has ever loved you, and especially after what you just did, no one will ever love you in the future either. There is no hope that your idiotic behavior and especially your crooked soul will ever change for the better, and in fact quite the opposite might be true. By making the mistake that you just did, you have shown me that you are so incredibly hopeless that you will only devolve into a more idiotic and wretched creature than you already are. The only possible way in which your future would be brighter than the black hole your existence currently is would exclusively be because there is absolutely no conceivable way that you would even beable to sink lower than the pathetic place your current failure has put you in.STOP FUCKING USING EMOJIS!!!!! 😡
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2023.03.22 07:25 HughEhhoule The Klink Mike's Story Part 1
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The floor of the cell is covered in decades of mildew and dust. This disgusting carpet does nothing to dull the pain as I skip across it, thrown in by someone with the intention of making a point.
My Name’s Mike, and if any of you are the types to go on a deep dive, you probably know A little about me already.
For those of you that don’t, Jesus I don’t know exactly where to begin.
The Cliff’s notes would be that I spent a little over a decade either being a serial killer or a vigilante. I won’t try to justify my actions, both of those are just sides of the same shitty coin. I’m not a person to be idolized or emulated, so I choose not to plead my case.
Now, while I thought that was just about as screwed up as life could get, one day, out of the blue, after burying my best, fuck, my only friend I found myself, somewhere else. A world that looked and felt like mine, but one where the things that go bump in the night actually existed.
Where I came from, I’d seen monsters, to be sure, but only the kind that happen when people break.
Since I’ve been here? Got caught up in some demented gameshow for demons or something, threw a massive shit in the punch bowl of the thing running the production, and got the world’s unluckiest man his freedom.
And that leads me to my current situation, staring down the rage filled, mildly bruised face of that asshole, that fucking, demonic Ted Turner, Art.
He runs a hand aggressively through his slicked back hair, standing at the door to my cell.
“Looks like your little plan didn’t work, exactly as I predicted, you fuck.
I mean, great try with the little cat thing you had, honestly didn’t see that coming. But, Jesus, Mike, what was your end game? “ Art gloats.
“Cards on the table? It was a lot better, but shit fell through, that whiskey abomination, it was the one that ratted me out I assume?
That being said, still got Kev out. And you can’t really ‘flip off his lightswitch’ if he didn’t let you screw around with his wiring, can you? “ I grin, I keep it, even as a Gucci shoe slams into my face.
Am I scared? Of God damn course I am, I’ve been pissing myself (metaphorically speaking.) since I realised that the rules of reality don’t really apply any more.
Every new grain of sand on the beach of hell my life has become, tosses me further down the road of mental failure. Shit, that’s half of what fucked up my last plan in the first place.
If I could have just kept my shit together long enough, I’d be sipping a beer with Kev in some shit hole town somewhere. But the only thing harder than trying to stamp down fear in the face of God’s and monsters, is trying to do it while projecting some kind of ‘death fears me ‘ persona.
Between you and I? Death doesn’t fear me, in fact, it seems to love to hang around. And every day I have to stare down that grim spectre, the closer I get to losing the tenuous grip on reality I have .
“Oh, fuck Kev. He’s smart enough to stay off my radar, and too stupid to figure out a way to come back at me.
He's got a 1 bedroom in Idaho or something? Salud, good on him.
You, I had high hopes for, and then you decide to wipe your ass all over my carpet, cost me more than I could even explain, and even, get me a little roughed up. My favorite shell, anyway.
I want to recoup some loses Mike. So, you, get to be a part of another one of my projects.
You thought The Path was bad? Oh, you literal, fucking clown, you haven’t seen anything.
I won’t spoil it for you, the devil’s in the details and all, but you know what everyone loves?
Not being in it themselves, of course, but seeing others, especially those they hate in there.
This place isn’t fair, the path was a boxing match with Queensbury rules, this is a handcuffed knife fight.
And I can’t wait to see you figure out, all the little surprises it has in store for you. “ Art laughs and tosses me a battered, ancient looking smartphone, “ Feel free to drum me up some good press online if you want. “
My heart is pounding, I have to use every bit of will I have to stop from shaking, to roll my neck and sit against the cold, padless cement bed behind me.
I feel sick, my stomach boiling and gurgling.
“For the love of whatever the demonic equivalent of Christ is, why not just kill me? I’m right here, I have no way of fighting back, and you know damn well that if you give me enough time, I’m going to find a way to wipe my ass on your doorframe next. “ My tone is flippant, or at least, I hope it is.
“The ego on you kid, you think you’re that guy don’t you?
They exist, don’t get me wrong, probably a couple thousand folks capable of taking me out, but trust me, you are not one of them.
This isn’t some ‘Arch’ idiocy where I leave my greatest rival alive. This is me watching you squirm because I can, and making a little profit on the deal.
Don’t flatter yourself. “ Art has produced a long thin knife as he talks, he spins and rolls it absently.
“Before your guys dragged me off, I met something. A corner store, I don’t know if it was haunted, possessed, or if it was some kind of creature that just decided to look like a knock off 7-11.
Point being, it was out there, ethereal, I couldn’t hurt it, outwit it, even slow it down. I ran from that thing as fast as I could. It gave me some serious Lovecraft vibes.
You, Art, are not that guy. “ I notice myself tapping my finger nervously on the slime covered floor, I focus, stopping the tic.
The tip of Art’s knife glows, the sick, grey sheen isn’t heat, but something that makes me start to back up.
“I am, but you will never see that. You’re not worth the effort.
I want to give you a little something though. “ Art stalks toward me, I stand as I back into the farthest corner of the cell, “ Proud of your face paint were you? “
Art grins, and for a moment lets some of his true self slip through. For just a moment I see timeless horror in his eyes, a dark black void of consumed souls and unrestrained evil.
That knife parts my flesh with pain like a whip. Without even using the blade, it’s presence flenses my face, opening up raw, textured furrows in my flesh.
He leaves after he is done, laughing to himself.
The pain makes me black out, my stomach is boiling, I come to dry heaving, the effort sends me back into the oblivion of sleep.
I don’t know how long has passed, my face feels like it is on fire, and the thick steel bars of my cell door are closed.
It takes me two minutes of cupping my hands under the grime laden steel tap to get enough water to clear off a spot on the rusted, old, wall mounted steel mirror.
No mortal hand could have scarred me as accurately as Art did. The wounds, not healed, but cauterised as to not make me bleed out, used depth, and width, to create a colorless replica of my makeup.
I know trauma, physical as well as mental, and these are scars that will never heal. As the fact sinks in that my face is literally no longer my own, I scream, heart pounding, I split open my knees on the cold cement floor.
Pain flares, threatens to send me back to the bliss of unconsciousness, but I don’t care.
I read Kev’s journals, and they paint me in a really… positive light, in a sense.
What I mean is, going by what he thought he saw, I’m some kind of supervillian or something. Tossing three hundred pound air conditioners ( it was the outer shell, seventy pounds, physics and luck did the rest.), wrestling Art ( I was clinging on for dear life, had it not been for Jr and the mass of denizens, I’d have been killed with a flick of his wrist.), or appearing like a ghost (people, even immortal are very unobservant. Especially in an emergency.).
I’m great at seeming horrifying, and that’s a weapon in and of itself, but at the end of the day, that’s all it is.
Kneeling in my own blood, vision blurry with pain, I realise how small, vulnerable, and unarmed I truly am.
By the time daylight shines through the yellow reinforced glass window, I’m already awake. I’ve spent an hour and a half calming myself, trying to find some focus, some centre to keep me going.
I’ve been in prison before, back home, first and last time I tried plying my trade outside of America.
Being the stupid payaso gringo that I am I bit off so much more than I can chew that I wound up choking on it for 2 months in a Mexican prison.
The routine of, count, lineup, chow, remained the same.
The demographics of the population on the other hand…
Being observant is one of my main skills and as I was brought into the absurdly sized cafeteria, I was taken aback at just how many people were here.
Tens of Thousands, easily, maybe a hundred. I try and think of how many missing person cases this accounts for, and even that math doesn’t quite add up.
I quickly inventory the groups that make up the place, not that it wasn’t obvious.
The first, of course are the guards. Some, the majority, appear to be human, well geared up and in intimidating physical condition.
But a handful, they are clearly, something else. Some are smooth featured ebony skinned giants, carrying truncheons that could crush a car engine. Others are grinning, pale skinned bad attempts at human copies, wild eyed and twitching.
Second would be what I called the cultists. They all appeared to style themselves after certain tropes and urban legends, clearly human, but dressing, tattooing and mutilating themselves to appear like, myths, legends, and monsters.
The subtle violence I see tells me I’ve found the gangs.
Third are the Everymen, I can’t see any kind of pattern to them, but they seem to make up the majority of the population. They keep their distance from the guards and the cultists, but on more than one occasion I see then stand, united against attempts at extortion.
The last group, I call the candles, people that are clearly on their way out mentally and physically. Sunken eyed, and set upon from all angles, at any moment these folks could be simply snuffed out.
I keep my distance, and stay respectful, the meandering, twisting line seems to take hours to get me my thick slice of crumbling yellow bread, and thick red slurry that reminds me of porridge masquerading as meat.
My coat is gone but I’m left with the majority of the clothing I fashioned back in the path. I see a mix of unwashed orange uniforms and ‘civilian’ clothing, some of the cultists, bordering more on costume than wardrobe.
As the massive, butchers apron wearing man in smeared clown makeup sits down, I wish I’d have been issued something more generic. I saw this coming the second I noticed a lump of Chlorophiles in blood stained getups.
“You sit with us. “ I can’t tell if it’s an accent or speech pattern, the clown sounds strange, either way.
I eat a spoonful of the red sludge.
“No disrespect intended, I’m not one for clubs. I’m going to make no waves, no plays, nothing. I’m a ghost. “ I say, levelly, avoiding eye contact.
Why, you might ask, having been told about my adventures in murder.
Well, that’s just it. Murder is easy, and any time you saw me end a life, it was just that.
A fight, that’s another thing entirely, especially against someone with a significant weight and height advantage.
“Not asking. You got friends. “ The massive clown moves his bulk closer, it’s like sitting next to a forklift.
I eat the bread, it tastes amazing until I swallow, then has a foul, chemical aftertaste.
I drink some tepid, burgundy fluid that might be caffeinated.
No weapons nearby, no one watching that might step in. I’m full of bruises and sprains, and probably anemic from blood loss. Not to mention one eye is running at about fifty per cent. Art didn’t sever the optic nerve last time, but he wasn’t gentle. My heart races.
“I don’t play well with people who take clowning and slap a coat of dark paint on it.
You guys are Clown Killers. You are good at killing, I’m sure, but the clown part, it’s tacked on.
Myself, I’m a killer clown…. “ I had a really good rant planned, honestly, it was a corker, douche bags would have used it in memes for a decade.
But before I can react, with one massive hand, he bounces my face off of the pitted steel table.
It rings my bell, but not as much as I let on. In clowning terms, what I do Is called a pratfall.
For those of you that don’t speak nerd, I oversell the hit, falling backwards, eyes fluttering.
I tip backwards, reaching out my left arm, as if to steady myself. The meat mountain is unbothered, knowing I have no chance unarmed, in this close, he let’s me grab one shoulder of the butchers apron. The material is thick, and matted in stains that will never come out, literally or metaphorically.
If you want to take someone out, in a relatively harmless way, you don’t want to choke them. It takes forever, usually ends up killing them, and generally is a bad idea for everyone involved.
Your goal is go cut off blood flow to the brain as quickly and fully as possible.
I hook my thumb around the opposite shoulder strap, and snap my body backward, the apron acting as an impromptu Garrotte.
His right arm is knotted through my left, as he tries to struggle, to put his murderous intent and ability to work, the choke only becomes tighter.
I don’t want enemies here, and I only have so many tricks to play before things come to a knock down drag out fight, so I leave the clown unharmed.
I do need friends, but the look I get as I take a seat at a loose collection of men is cold and fearful.
A red haired guy, five foot nine or so, makes eye contact, “Anything we can help you with? “ he says, fearless.
“Yeah, despite the face work I’ve had done, I have fuck all in common with any of those penny wise, Icp, Gacy dressed, assholes.
I need a tribe guys, you all look like the unlucky ones around here, but I don’t want to get involved in bloodshed.
I’m Mike “ I know, that’s only mostly true, but I mean it, either way. I extend a hand.
“Chris. “ the red haired guy says, he wears a white dress shirt and surprisingly blue jeans, “Those stains around your cuffs tell me otherwise.
If you’re telling the truth, that’s great. If you are lying, and still sane enough to keep your word, that’s even better. “ Chris’s tone is mirthless, I read him easily. He’s been here a long time for a short life, he looks thirty max, and I shudder to think how young he may have been when he came in.
Chris catches me up on the ins and outs of this place, beyond what a general knowledge of prison would give.
Everyone here has crimes they were not convicted of, that would, otherwise put them in jail for life. A large amount, obviously are murderers, torturers, real bastards.
But a significant minority are just regular folks, maybe a bit thoughtless, but that have collected a litany of small, petty, in cases almost victim less crimes.
No one seems to be aware of the… reality t.v. Meets demonic fast food aspect of things, but there is a Doom cherry on this fear Sunday.
There is a single way someone can get out. To earn 20 tokens.
And how does one earn these tokens you ask?
Each day the prison holds an event, to call it a challenge would insinuate a level of fair play that is simply not there. The events range from somewhat fair, a fight or game of chance, to esoteric rituals complex enough to rip someone’s soul from their body.
These tokens are also the sole form of currency in the prison, they can buy everything from commissary snacks to literal free passes from guards.
The economy has created a cut throat society, the heads of the cults not even taking advantage of being able to be free, but simply reveling in the power of being psychotic and enabled.
The weak are enslaved, their lives traded on the off chance at tokens.
So, of course, braindead asshole that I am, I signed myself right up. Feeling a little more confidant after climbing Mount Bozo.
It's 8pm and the volunteers are rounded up and brought to a massive room that has all the trappings of a gymnasium, but the scale is large enough easily hold the focus of tonight’s events.
In tiered bleachers all around us, our fellow prisoners cheer and scream. The smell of thousands of unwashed, men is overpowering, the din of excitement is deafening.
But my attention is focussed on the small, single floor home, sitting out of place in the middle of the polished wood floor.
What I wouldn’t give for Demi to appear right now, give me the low down on all the supernatural bullshit that is heading my way. But the longer we stayed in the mountain the less and less the most useful voice in my head could, or would, make an appearance.
I study each of my fellow volunteers, the goal seems simple, last the longest in the home. Men enter and leave within minutes. They come out looking shaken, with minor lacerations, and a general sense of shell shock.
By the time my turn arrives, I think I know what I’m in for.
As the baby blue door closes behind me, nothing immediately in the home causes me concern. The fixtures and furniture is a bit out of date, the lighting is, not inviting, and there is a general fog of gloom hanging around.
I smile, I’ve felt this before. Granted I had Demi feeding me supernatural errata at the time, but, I’m positive I can wing it.
“So, I think I may have met one of you guys before. Back in New York, a Happy-Face corner store, anyone you know?
Scary dude, took a couple of pieces out of me.
But this, it’s more like an MMA fight, right? I tap out when you start kicking my ass? “ I stretch, trying to see if I’m getting any kind of reaction.
I inventory the objects around me, last time everything that wasn’t nailed down, shifted, changed and tried to take me apart.
You may have noticed by now, I love using the phrase ‘ last time’, and that’s because up until this moment, I haven’t learned a fucking thing here.
Mike’s first rule of paranormal survival, last time means nothing.
“It’s you” the voice is young, late teens, and male.
I spin, expecting violence, then, wishing violence.
I know the young man, not this pale, older, revenant with a self inflicted gunshot wound, but I know him none the less.
I’m not being metaphorical when I say my heart misses a beat, I almost fall over, pounding at my chest to stop it’s arythmatic pounding.
I knew what happened to him, found it out long after I could do anything about it. And wasn’t in the best of places when I did.
I’ll call him a ghost for simplicity sake, but this kid, he’s my first, and biggest mistake.
I based who I turned into on finding what I thought was one of the worst people on earth. This kid’s father.
I did things to him worthy of what I knew he did. And to top it all off, I had him die by his wife’s hand.
Well, a decade later I find out, the guy wasn’t a Saint, but he didn’t do anything worthy of the twisted shit I put him through.
I got wind of some false information put out there in a moment of rage by a tech savvy ten year old. The kid never intended it to see the light of day
“I found out about you Mike, I saw that you were a hero. “ The voice is thin echoes like a stuck record.
“No kid, don’t think that. “ I mumble, I’m shaking, the air is freezing, each breath comes out as white mist.
I’m sitting on the flower printed couch now, and it hits me.
I’d assumed because Art couldn’t screw around in my head last time, the same went for everything here.
Remember what we said about last time.
“My told me what happened one night, what I made you do.
I destroyed her memory of him, I made a real Hero kill him, I couldn’t keep hurting people. “ I can see images, flashing in my mind, memories that are not mine.
I’m counting seconds, trying to focus, trying to stay long enough to get the token. It has to have been fifteen, twenty minutes at least.
I try to work up a smirk, to convince myself that I’m just being played by the paranormal equivalent of a heckler.
That’s not it though, This place, this house, is reaching inside me and finding places to look. As I stare into the young man’s rotted eyes I know this is some part of him, torn away from whatever rest he was entitled to.
The lights dim, then turn off. The house is silent.
Hollywood gets being both a lunatic and a hitman wrong in equal measure. No matter how much morality you want to inject into the profession, there are going to come times when you make mistakes.
As the lights slowly turn to a dull orange glow, I’m surrounded by the hovering, mutilated forms of mine.
Those that died that could have been spared, those that died because of my inaction, or stupidity. I’ve never forgotten them, I use them to make sure I never make the same mistakes again, but having them looming, screaming, all demanding I hear their stories, their accusations, their placations.
It's too much, I stumble from the couch, trying to avoid the icy touch of these phantoms. For a moment I find some last scrap of courage, I close my eyes, shut out the shrieking din of the dead.
The silence hits like a truck, I focus, trying to calm my burned out nerves.
Then they are reignited like a fucking welding torch.
“This place didn’t bring us here.
We’ve been right next to you for years Mike. We can’t leave. “ The voice of my first mistake.
Like a toddler I try to run with my eyes closed, I trip over a glass coffee table, clawing my way up the door, grasping at the handle.
I can feel a slight pull now, almost magnetic, trying to drag me backwards.
My hands shake too much, I have to steady my right wrist with my left hand, the floor becomes slick, I see the door, escape start to move further away as I’m pulled backward.
I've taken a hit or two, and had a couple of three day benders that have made me piss myself. But as I stumble, trying to make progress on the nearly friction less floor, I have another unpleasant first experience.
I grab the handle, pulling myself out of the house, launching my body into a skin peeling tumble across unforgiving plank flooring.
I’m a shaking, fetal wreck, by the time I’ve pulled myself together enough to take in my surroundings, I see the red Led clock displaying my time.
42 seconds. Bottom of the barrel. The jeers and booing from the crowd do nothing for my frayed nerves or the storm of fear and anxiety going through my mind.
I’m exhausted, but I can’t sleep, it has nothing to do with the concrete slab that serves as my bed.
My stomach has been knotting and cramping, with each passing second I get more worried I blew some internal gasket in one of the many life or death struggles in the past months.
When I finally manage to vomit, the urge is strong enough I get no where near the filth crusted hole in the floor that serves as my toilet. And my worst fears are confirmed as I see the massive pile of vomit is mostly blood.
… and bones? Is that an eyeball? A piece of fur?
The mass begins to pull itself together, bits and pieces forming the most rudimentary attempt at a face.
“Junior? “ I say, stunned.
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2023.03.22 05:51 mattperkins86 Pluto enters Aquarius on 23/03, where it will stay until the 11th June 2023. From November 19th 2024, Pluto will again enter Aquarius, where it will remain until March 8th 2043. Here are some interesting facts about the last time Pluto was in Aquarius.
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Whether you believe in the astrological effects on humanity or not, the last time Pluto entered Aquarius was a rather interesting and transformative period.
I asked ChatGPT and other AI's about specific dates surrounding Pluto's shift, as well as the major events that occurred last time Pluto made its trip through Aquarius.
Here are some of the takeaways.
- Pluto has a very long orbital period of approximately 248 years, which means that it spends roughly 20 years in each zodiac sign. The last time Pluto was in Aquarius was from 1778 to 1798, but prior to that, Pluto was in Aquarius from 1532 to 1552, and before that, from 1284 to 1304.
- In the early 14th century, the Mongol Empire was at its height of power, having conquered and ruled over much of Asia and Eastern Europe. In 1304, the Mongol ruler Oljeitu converted to Islam, which marked a significant shift in the religious landscape of the region.
- In the mid-16th century, the Protestant Reformation was underway in Europe, with Martin Luther's 95 Theses being published in 1517. The Reformation led to significant religious and social changes in Europe, including the establishment of new Protestant churches and the eventual division of Christianity into Catholic and Protestant denominations.
- The American Revolution (1775-1783): The American colonies fought for and gained independence from Great Britain during this time.
- The founding of the United States of America: The U.S. Constitution was adopted in 1787, and the country was officially established as a nation in 1789, during Pluto's transit through Aquarius.
- The French Revolution (1789-1799): The French monarchy was overthrown and the French Republic was established, leading to significant social and political changes in France and throughout Europe.
- The Industrial Revolution: This period of major technological advancements began in Great Britain in the mid-18th century and spread to other parts of the world during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
- Between the years 1532 and 1552, when Pluto was last in Aquarius, the Protestant Reformation was underway in Europe. Martin Luther's 95 Theses, which sparked the Reformation, were published in 1517. The Reformation led to significant religious and social changes in Europe, including the establishment of new Protestant churches and the division of Christianity into Catholic and Protestant denominations.
- During the period from 1284 to 1304, which was the previous transit of Pluto through Aquarius, there were significant historical events in the Middle East. In 1291, the Crusader states were defeated by Muslim forces, which marked the end of the Crusades. The Mongol Empire was also at its height of power during this time, having conquered and ruled over much of Asia and Eastern Europe.
- Pluto's previous transit through Aquarius occurred from 1039 to 1059, which was a time of significant cultural and scientific achievements in the Islamic world. During this time, Islamic scholars made significant advances in astronomy, mathematics, and medicine.
The dates that GPT and other sources give for Pluto entering Aquarius this time round vary greatly. Hell, even ChatGPT seems confused.
Asking ChatGPT when Pluto enters Aquarius
GPT seems a little confused.
BingAI gives another answer as well.
The exact date may be hard to nail down, so posts regarding a singular day where all shit is going to hit the fan should be taken lightly. But singular dates aside, it is interesting to note that every time Pluto has been in Aquarius, the world has changed in drastic ways.
Whether or not this has anything to do with Pluto drifting into Aquarius, remains to be proven by any scientific method. However personally, I think it does, and I am a new believer in this after some pretty life changing experiences while meditating recently. Even if the next 20 years of changes have nothing to do with Pluto, it seems fairly likely that we will see some drastic changes, fairly soon.
Even GPT seems to share a similar opinion:
"It's worth noting that Pluto's influence on historical events is just one factor among many, and the exact nature and timing of historical events cannot be predicted with certainty based on astrological factors alone. However, it's possible that Pluto's upcoming transit through Aquarius, which begins on January 20, 2024, could coincide with significant social, political, and technological changes, particularly in areas related to innovation, technology, and social reform."
While this stuff can seem scary. Just remember to breathe. The universe is cool. And we are all conscious souls, sharing a human experience.
2023.03.22 05:21 s0up_dumpling ✨🎤Boys Planet Astrology - “More than meets the eye” Edition (ft. Keita, Taerae, Haruto & PHanbin)
Hello! I am back with more astrology birth chart analysis. For this post, I wanted to highlight the trainees that showcase the phrase “there’s more than meets the eye” -- meaning, trainees that might be very different from the first impressions they give off.
: I think astrology is a fun way to interpret people but it's not always 100% accurate! I do not think any of us will ever fully know any of the trainees (or anyone else aside from ourselves for that matter). ALSO, “first impressions” are IMMENSELY influenced by one’s rising sign
, but since we do not know the exact time of birth for any of the trainees, it is hard to fully analyze. Please take everything with a grain of salt and remember this is JUST FOR FUN! & if you're new to astrology, feel free to ask questions~
🔮 BACKGROUND & TRAINEES OF FOCUS
When I first thought about the phrase “first impressions don’t mean anything” my mind immediately went to Kim Jiwoong
. His “mysterious hot cool guy” vibe is what reality TV dreams of. However, it’s already been (relatively) shown that he is also super dorky and has a “cute” side. Similarly, Park Gunwook
had his “overconfident intimidating cool guy” vibe, but again it has been shown that Gunwook is a “giant baby” who gets doted on by the older trainees. [I have analyzed their charts on my twt so pls scroll down if you want links to read their individual analyses!]
I then asked myself, who else seems like there’s “more than meets the eye”? Who definitely “acts” one way (or are “portrayed/shown” one way by Mnet) but it definitely feels like there is more to who they are that hasn’t been shown? The first four trainees that came to mind are: Keita, Kim Taerae, Haruto & Park Hanbin
Completely unintentionally, all of them are water signs. Which I suppose makes sense since water signs are typically more in tune with emotions and aren’t as “outgoing” as fire or air signs. (Though I was very shocked to learn Haruto is a water sign lol). ⭐ KEITA
My 1st thought: he’s a composer, producer, choreographer, singer, rapper, generally well liked, AND a cancer? AIN’T NO WAY. Then I saw he has 3 sagittarius, 3 gemini, and 3 aquarius in his chart and proceeded to scream into the void.
Starting w/ the 4 first signs, Keita became Avatar the Last Airbender with his signs here -- his sun (main/core sign) is in cancer [water], his moon (emotions/internal processing) is in sagittarius [fire], his mercury (communication) is in gemini [air], and his venus (perceptions of love) is in taurus [earth]. At first glance, this seemingly helps keep Keita very balanced keeping his actions, thoughts, words, and emotions all in check. However, this could also cause a lot of back and forth internally.
Cancers are known to either cry very often or bottle up every emotion until it comes out uncontrollably. This paired with the sagittarius moon and mars (ruler of intense emotions) makes me assume Keita is the second since sagittarius also tend to bottle up their emotions and only express themselves in situations they deem to be appropriate. This is unsurprising as he was shown crying during the Limousine performance as he resonated with the lyrics’ message.
Geminis are social butterflies that mold well to different situations. This being Keita’s mercury might make others feel more at ease as Keita might have a good sense of humor and/or know what to say to keep morale up. Taurus are typically very patient. Keita showed both mercury gemini and venus taurus traits when he helped Jay during the star level test & when he reassured Hyunbeen about his center position in zoom.
Stelliums occur when 3 or more planets are in the same sign. Keita has his mercury, jupiter, and saturn in gemini. Sometimes the traits of the stellium overpower the core sun sign. In this case, I think it’s a benefit to Keita. Jupiter represents expansion and saturn represents effort. Since geminis are social butterflies that are always seeking fun, these traits can help balance out the emotional cancer sun sign and give Keita the ability to let loose and not take things seriously all of the time.
Neptune represents the parts one tries to hide. Uranus represents individuality/quirkiness. Lilith represents buried traits. Keita has all of these in aquarius. Keita is probably just as standout as some of the really outgoing trainees, but refrains from doing so because of his self-image. This is shown during the dance battle with Woongki where Keita starts to drop into similar “girlypop” moves but then reverts to more a “street” style.
There is definitely more than meets the eye with Keita! I’m sure he has gone through a lot of hardships and a lot of triumphs, none of which have been particularly documented by Mnet. His image of an “all rounder” is positive but Mnet doesn’t seem to leave room for interpretation. I hope Keita is able to showcase more of himself (especially as a singer, composer, producer, and maybe some other surprise titles?) in ways he wants to and not because he thinks he has to ascribe to a specific persona. 🌙 KIM TAERAE
When I saw Taerae’s smile and heard his angelic voice, I thought he HAS to have some type of evil alter ego. Instead I’m faced with a wholesome chart that makes it hard to believe someone like this exists let alone someone who is willingly putting himself into the spotlight of fame and stardom???
Cancers (as the cardinal water sign) are notorious for being the “most sensitive/emotional” sign. Taerae’s sun (core), mercury (communication), and jupiter (expansion) are all in cancer. This most likely means he speaks and carries himself with a lot of compassion for others. This can be seen throughout the “MIL” clips as he is helping out others & continuously raving about how good his members did. Also his genuine reaction when seeing Hyunbeen was selected as the “Zoom” center. The signs indicate nothing he said was exaggerated and he genuinely believes in uplifting even the smallest wins of others.
The moon sign represents emotions and self-image and venus represents perceptions of love. Taerae has both of these in virgo. Virgos tend to appreciate routine and are detail-oriented. The combination of the moon and venus sharing the virgo sign might mean Taerae often appreciates the little things in life and doesn’t take them for granted. This can be seen during the behind the scenes of the studio choom shooting, Taerae says, “[Seeing] the lights already touches my heart.”
Taerae’s mars (intense emotions when under pressure) in leo gives him drive. Leos are known to be very “goal-oriented” and always seeking a greater purpose. I’m assuming this sign is what helps Taerae manage when he does feel pressured and drives him to become an idol.
Neptune represents parts one might try to hide and Uranus represents individuality/quirkiness. Taerae has both in aquarius, meaning he might suppress some traits that make him different from others; however, many trainees this season also have these placements on top of more air and/or fire signs in their charts which might make Taerae seem “not as marketable” as others in front of the camera. (But if you have seen him in any of the “scare pranking trainees” clips then you already know he’s weird forreal because not him being more scared of the pupa than the ghost??).
I’m hopeful that the balance of water and earth continues to ground Taerae with his emotions and processing “fame”. Also the sprinkling of air signs should help keep things light hearted as well. I hope he continues to find support within himself and with others. Mnet is forreal shaking in their boots cause they had absolutely 0 content that could be manipulated and/or evil edited from Taerae. His chart explains why he might not have had much screen time because all his interactions were probably very WHOLESOME!!! ⭐ HARUTO
Alright girlypops buckle in for the wild ride that is Maeda Haruto. Behind every “don’t worry I’m FINE” Scorpio is the desire to cry and be reminded everything will be okay.
For starters, scorpios are usually stereotyped as broody, sassy, unlikely to share about themselves, and full of that “it’s not a phase, mom!” energy. One does not want to get on a scorpios “bad list” because scorpios will hold onto a grudge until they die (and possibly pass it on for generations to come). The fact that Haruto’s sun (core) and mars (intense emotions expressed under pressure) are both in Scorpio means he is probably able to channel his intense energy and turn it into sheer willpower even in high stress situations. This makes sense considering Haruto willingly moved to South Korea on his own, has survived multiple audition programs, and still currently perseveres.
However, the combination can also prove to be harmful. Scorpios have the potential to become upset if things do not go as planned often through passive aggressive remarks or sarcasm. I’m assuming Haruto’s “sassiness” has been marketable to Mnet, otherwise they probably could have easily “evil edited” him for extra drama clips.
Capricorns are known to keep cool, calm, and collected outer demeanor. Haruto having his moon (emotions/self-image) in capricorn brings balance to the intense scorpio sun. He probably stays level headed and has an ordered step-by-step self-care routine. This is unsurprising considering all the trainees have noted Haruto goes to sleep by 10PM every time.
Sagittarius are the mutable fire sign meaning they are not usually as outgoing compared to Leo or Aries. However, Haruto’s mercury (communication) in sag is probably amplified by his scorpio sun. His one-liners (“You’re a BIRD!!!” & “Matthew hyung, sorry~~”) are the epitome of this combination. He comes across as outgoing, a bit “tongue-and-cheek”, and memorable.
Libras always seek balance. Haruto having his venus (perception of love) in libra probably means he looks for reciprocity in all his relationships - he probably won’t go out of his way for someone unless they go out of their way for him. During the show, this has probably helped him preserve his time and energy to focus on honing in on his skills as an idol.
Uranus represents individuality/quirkiness. Saturn represents effort. Unlike many of the other trainees, Haruto has both of these planets in water signs (often more in tune with emotions). His saturn in cancer might make him feel intimidated by critique and/or judgment + his uranus in pisces probably means he has the tendency to be a team player rather than a leader. This can be seen when he was in the first training lesson with Solji (and also when he was on LOUD and started crying with JYP).
Note: Haruto definitely has different vibes from his first impressions compared to his chart. I’m under the impression his rising sign (and subsequent other signs) might be drastically different, influencing his personality in ways we can’t analyze unless his birth time is known.
Although Haruto is perfectly capable of being a bad boss-ass b*tch (positive) and keeping afloat, I think it would benefit him to be around others who are capable of expressing their inner thoughts and feelings more often (especially seeing his comments Mnet posts on his fancams). I hope Haruto is able to let others in and also be reminded that it’s okay to trust others and ask for help! 🌙 PARK HANBIN
At first glance, I thought PHanbin would have traits typical of a fire or earth sign leader full of righteousness and outgoing demeanor. However, PHanbin might be one of the secret crybabies on Boys Planet. He is definitely an atypical leader as his chart is full of water and air signs, including an aquarius stellium.
Pisces (as the mutable water sign) are the epitome of self-sacrifice and sometimes are seen as doormats who will get repeatedly stepped on over and over again. PHanbin’s sun (core) and venus (perceptions of love) are both in pisces. Pisces are the ruler of venus and those with this particular placement are thought to be among the most empathetic. This most likely means he will put others before himself. Pisces are very inclusive of all and most pisces leaders will not move forward with decisions without getting the input of everyone on their team. Their water-like fluidity will let them fit into almost any role. This can be seen with PHanbin’s past leader roles both in “Hot Sauce” and in “Law” as he prioritizes the strengths of his team members to create a harmonious picture.
The moon sign represents emotions and so the Libra (air) placement indicates PHanbin might recharge by being around others; this might contradict with his pisces sun and venus as pisces tend to be more introverted and enjoy recharging in solitude. At the same time, the amount of trainees PHanbin has seemingly befriended (and how different they all are from one another) indicates this libra moon combined with the pisces sun invites others in and his presence makes others feel safe.
The mars sign represents emotions under intense stress and/or situations. Aries is the ruler of this sign. The fact that PHanbin’s mars is in aries makes a lot of sense and is probably what gives him more “typical” leadership qualities. Mars aries are very righteous and believe in order and hard work to achieve good results. This is shown when the “Law” trainees mention PHanbin had rumors spread among the trainees for creating a “hard/strict” training regime from his former teams; this is also seen as PHanbin actively makes the “Law” trainees repeat key moves over and over again. However, I’m assuming the water signs in the chart balance out this authoritative stance because the trainees are willing to still follow along and feel grateful for PHanbin’s leadership.
PHanbin’s mercury is also in aquarius which might mean the way he communicates is a little more lighthearted than how he actually carries himself. Since the water sign pisces can be a little emotional, the air sign of aquarius (and especially because PHanbin is an aquarius stellium) can balance that out. Like many other trainees, PHanbin’s uranus and neptune are both in aquarius meaning he might try to conceal the weird and/or different parts of himself -- but at this point EVERYONE in Boys Planet is a lil weird, a lil fruity, and/or some mix of the two.
Overall, PHanbin’s chart honestly leaves me with a lot more questions than it does answers. Like Haruto, PHanbin definitely has different vibes from his first impressions compared to his chart. I’m under the impression his rising sign (and subsequent other signs) might be drastically different. The way Mnet has portrayed him is definitely different from what his chart indicates (or maybe it’s just the lack of screentime) so I hope he is able to showcase more of himself in future episodes! 🌟 COMPLETED SUN SIGN DATA SPREADSHEET (TOP 52):
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of all 52 members in TAB 1 & with visual charts in TAB 2. 💫 WHERE TO FIND ME & MORE ASTROLOGY ANALYSIS:
I post on Twitter mostly but will also cross-post on IG / TikTok when I have the time! Here are the individuals I have done analyses for thus far:
I hope to continue posting more natal / birth chart analysis to my twitter in the near future. I really enjoy doing these and I’m so glad others have enjoyed reading them~
If you made it to the end of this post, thank you for sticking around! If you're also interested in astrology, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the Boys Planet members!
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2023.03.22 04:08 washabePlus [Complete] D100 Fantasy Moons
Inspired by this worldbuilding post
, let's make some fucked up moons. This obviously isn't the sort of list that would have a lot of reusability (unless you're in a campaign with a lot of traveling between planets or mortal planes), but it's something that was on my mind long ago and I figured now's as good a time as any. Many of these could be the basis of an entire setting, and I really really wanna do it :(
Also, as you read these, consider how the moon appears in Earth's symbols and designs. A world with funky moons will have them show up differently in heraldry, flags, etc. than in our world. Not to mention the religious significance many of these would have.
1 - The moon has a massive bite out of it.
2 - The moon is heavily damaged, with debris floating all around. Some legends say it was a giant egg that hatched the sun god (of the first dragon, or the tarasque, or the creator god). Other legends say it was destroyed in a war or by a god.
3 - The moon emits very bright light, while the sun projects darkness.
4 - The moon projects darkness.
5 - Many many lights are visible on the moon, as if it is covered in cities.
6 - The moon has a thick atmosphere of some color, with swirling clouds that are looked to by some cultures for omens.
7 - The moon is a planet; the world we live on is its moon.
8 - The moon is extremely close to the ground. Its gravity creates colossal waves, leaving most coastal regions too difficult to inhabit. Airships have managed to reach the moon at midnight, and it is explored instead of the sea.
9 - The moon is quite close to the planet and has a giant space elevator dangling off and into our atmosphere. People have reached it from the highest mountains.
10 - The moon is said to be an egg.
11 - The moon has a kind face.
12 - The moon has a terrifying face.
13 - Just as the sun blinds those who look at it too long, the moon drives them mad.
14 - The moon was completely destroyed long ago and now forms a ring. Meteorites from it have fallen ever since.
15 - There are a large number of moons arranged in a circle.
16 - The moon blinks as if it were an eye, causing brief moments of total darkness throughout the night like a reverse lightning strike.
17 - The moon is a world like ours, with oceans and continents full of life. The life there may be fundamentally different or very similar.
18 - The moon is the homeworld of some race on our world, but it met a catastrophe long ago, leading to them becoming refugees.
19 - The moon is a ringworld.
20 - The moon is a second sun that was extinguished long ago. The world was once much hotter and covered in desert and jungle. They say that one day the other sun will be extinguished too, beginning the final era of existence.
21 - The moon has an additional phase beyond full, new, crescent, gibbous, and half. When the moon is awoken
, the dead rise for the night(s)
22 - When the moon falls, it lands in the ocean a very long distance away, then emerges from the ocean on the opposite side of the world. Many explorers have sought to find the land known as Moonrise to harvest the treasures that are said to be found on the moon before it reaches Moonfall.
23 - The moon has a hole through the center of it, with an exposed burning orange core.
24 - The moon is permanently eclipsing a second sun, which is associated with destruction and evil.
25 - The moon is a gigantic, shriveled creature curled up in a fetal position.
26 - The moon is a gigantic skull.
27 - The moons hates us. With every beam of light that bounces off its regolith it sends us nothing but malice. Its gravity well directs meteorites towards us more than should be expected.
28 - There are dozens upon dozens of small moons.
29 - There are a few moons connected together by some superstructure.
30 - The moon was deconstructed into thousands of huge glowing space habitats in orbit around the planet.
31 - The moon projects a massive aura.
32 - The moon is creeping towards us, ever do slowly.
33 - The moon's motion is controlled by a powerful individual or organization in our world.
34 - The moon is a superweapon aimed directly at us.
35 - The moon is shaped like Arrokoth
or another contact binary.
36 - The moon is one of the others on this list, but is connected to our world by an ancient portal network. The moon is probably one of the options that are colonized or have life, but if not, it could be that activating this network to drain away the world's oxygen is a goal of some villain, and ancient dungeons could have been built to protect the moongates in their depths.
37 - The moon is a giant spaceborne creature that is entirely alive and active, unlike #35. It blinks at us and feasts on void-krill/dreams/souls/sin.
38 - The moon used to be a colossal tree on our world, a tree of life so big that it became uprooted and drifted into orbit. If it isn't fossilized, then when the moontree peaks out from over the horizon during the day its leaves get scorched, and when out only at night it is frozen.
39 - The moon is a palace where a god or the greatest god-emperor to ever live dwells.
40 - The moon is made out of trillions of bones.
41 - The moon is entirely colonized and utilized by modrons. The whole surface is visibly divided into a perfectly ordered grid, and each square serves a different purpose. Some are being deconstructed to build constructs in Mechanus.
42 - The moon shoots out lightning during "moonstorms".
43 - The moon is a different geometrical shape. A cube, a pyramid, a dodecahedron, etc. Possibly several moons, one for each shape of die used in D&D.
44 - A legendary figure carved a grand symbol into the moon. Or a smiley face, one of those.
45 - The moon is branded with a magical sigil, causing it to cast a zone of truth over everything touched by the moonlight.
46 - The moon is branded with a magical sigil, causing it to turn everything touched by the moonlight into a wild magic zone.
47 - The moon is branded with a magical sigil, putting everything in the moonlight inside an antimagic field.
48 - The moon is a colossal coin. Rather than full or new moon, the phases are heads or tails, and it's random every night.
49 - The moon is a vampire. Blood slowly flows upwards to it at night time, causing beacons of glistening red at night in places where things have been killed during the day. Battlefields become crimson waterfalls at night. Some blood stays in the air as sanguine clouds - they say those spirits haven't moved on to the afterlife, and during the blood-rain they haunt the world.
50 - The moon pulsates in many different colors, the patterns being used by diviners to tell the future.
51 - The moon makes the night nearly as bright as day, but less hot.
52 - The moon flashes like a strobe light, making seeing at night even harder.
53 - The moon is a magical illusion, and because this is common knowledge it appears transparent.
54 - The moon shoots concentrated beans of moonlight down at any humanoids it sees outside during night-time. Most likely live underground, in massive structures, or under forest canopies.
55 - The moon speaks to everyone at night through telepathy. It is nearly all-knowing because of this, but great at keeping secrets. This may be how the Common language spread.
56 - The moon is the slumbering form of Atropus, the World Born Dead
. (next bunch is from u/quantumturnip
57 - The moon is a dead eldritch abomination
that periodically hijacks people for unknown long-term goals.
58 - The moon houses a portal to another dimension, used as a methods of escape by the gods during some long-forgotten war.
59 - Long ago, a wizard got tired of worldly politics and left for the moon. He is now a lich and has his own magical research facility on the moon, populated by sentient undead.
60 - Multiple rival countries have established their own bases on the moon. None of them are aware that their rivals also have moonbases. Or maybe they are, it's your setting - go wild.
61 - Literally just a giant ball of cheese in space
. (also, u/World-of-Ideas
thought of this too, but I'm keeping it as just the one entry)
62 - The moon has its' own moons orbiting it
63 - The moon is chained to the surface of the planet
64 - The moon changes color each month, and a year is measured by the color cycle.
65 - There is a giant fingerprint
on the moon.
66 - That’s no moon. It’s a space station. (u/infinitum3d
67 - The moon is the eye (artificial, real) of some giant planet sized being, that lost its eye. (u/World-of-Ideas
for the next bunch)
68 - The moon is a giant space station built by some ancient race.
69 - The moon is actually a giant colony ship. It delivered the original colonist to this world so long ago, that no one remembers.
70 - The moon is the shed carapace of some giant space creature.
71 - The moon is a planetary shield generator. It is meant to keep something imprisoned on the planet.
72 - The moon is a planetary shield generator. It is meant to (block the frequent meteor storms, keep outsider out, reduce solar radiation because the planet is too close to the sun).
73 - The moon is a hole in this reality. If one travels through it they would end up in a solar system in another dimension.
74 - The moon is an illusion. For some reason only the natives of this world can see the moon and the light that is reflects. Travelers from other worlds can't see it.
75 - The moon can only be seen by those who will die tonight. (u/mil_a1
76 - The moon disappears for months at a time. (u/mil_a1
77 - The moon is hollow and strange things live on the inside. (u/mil_a1
78 - The moon is suspended above the world by chains that affix to the sky. Many of the chains are rusted through, and broken chains hang down from the moon. The longest of these broken chains drag thick gashes into the planet below. (u/Paydirt49
79 - The equator of the moon is inscribed with a sentence though only half can be seen from the ground. (u/CommonlyQuixotic
80 - The moon is a prison, housing a dangerous entity. (u/Daloowee
81 - The moon is actually a highly sophisticated satellite designed to monitor the biggest threats contained on the planet. Manned by 2 chill guys Mike and Dave and their gazer pet, Goober. They are able to project themselves down to the planet and project the gazer as a beholder. (u/DrBeefsome
82 - One of the most powerful spellcasters to ever live cast a spell that put a permanent sigil on the moon. If you copy the sigil onto a piece of paper and then step onto it, your viewpoint changes to be from the moon. (u/AlephBaker
83 - The moon is replaced with a rift in time and space. (u/UmbramonOrSomething
84 - The moon is rigged with explosives in case a threat erupts on the planet. (u/UmbramonOrSomething
85 - The moon is made of thousands of different types of crystals smashed together into a ball. (u/UmbramonOrSomething
86 - The moon is a giant, floating, white pig. (u/UmbramonOrSomething
87 - The moon is actually an interstellar beast (think space whales) (u/UmbramonOrSomething
88 - The moon is an eyeball and its different phases are just how much its eyelid has blinked. (u/Aspiring-Mutant
) + The eye-moon tells you if your enemies are aware of your presence/how aware they are. The greatest thieves and assassins and that one kid who hid so well in Hide-And-Seek you had to file a police report are said to be able to black out the moon entirely just by crouching… (u/BuddyWhoOnceToldYou
89 - The moon is anti-predictable. If you try and predict where or when it appears that is the one time/place it cannot be. (u/Metal-Teacher
90 - The moon's phases control the moral compass of the planet's residents. (u/Metal-Teacher
91 - The moon is in a highly eccentric orbit, causing massively different tides and gravitational effects. (u/Metal-Teacher
92 - The moon, when it appears at noon and reflects light into a room, can cause a boon to goons. The boon is a familiar cat in a hat. (u/Metal-Teacher
93 - The moons are in chaotic orbits, one day they might crash into one another. (u/Metal-Teacher
94 - The moon is always opposite the sun, like it's hiding from it. For this reason, it is always red. (u/MitigatedRisk
95 - The moon changes in size rather than waxing and waning (u/MitigatedRisk
96 - If you look at the moon through a telescope, you're actually seeing the world at some point in the future (u/MitigatedRisk
97 - The moon used to be a planet before someone sent it rocketing around the solar system. Warforged, Constructs, and similar beings still wander its long dead surface. (u/Kingsdaughter613
98 - The moon is known as Vagabond (vague-a-bond). The moon is a mirror ball of astronomical size that makes the material plane accessible to all other planes of existence simultaneously. Thinning the metamorphic veil, meaning that you can take a walk into another plane of existence by accident (u/Emotional_Guillotine
99 - The 72 Demon Sigils as moons (together known as Hell's Courtroom) (u/Emotional_Guillotine
100 - The 7 archangels as moons (together known as the Radiant Citadel) (u/Emotional_Guillotine
101 - The 12 zodiac and or astrology moons (u/Emotional_Guillotine
102 - One moon per school of magic or plane of existence (u/Emotional_Guillotine
103 - The 22 Alchemy Symbols as moons (u/Emotional_Guillotine
104 - The 78 cards of a tarot deck as moons (u/Emotional_Guillotine
105 - The 22 major arcana as moons (u/WashabePlus
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2023.03.22 02:26 menorahman100 Secrets of Da Vinci's The Last Supper
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The theme we will address has never attracted as much attention as it does in the current days. The recent success editorial of the book "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown instigated the imaginary, through a narrative that involves all of these matters related to the life of Christ questioning and presenting conjectures and theories, some credible and many others, in my view, without a lot of reasons, such as the mention of the work of Leonardo Da Vinci, "the Last Supper". https://youtu.be/i6-drL7fuqs
Before we talk about the meaning of Leonardo's work, let's quickly address some aspects of his life to understand the context in which all his work developed.
Leonardo was born in April 1452 in Vinci, a village near by the Florence, son of Piero da Vinci, a notary, and a servant. Leonardo was an illegitimate child, having no rights to his father's estate. But his father, zealous, did not abandon him, having assumed his creation. We must remember that Leonardo was born in the middle ages.
The end of the middle ages is determined by the fall of Constantinople in May 1453. Of course the change from one period to another does not occur through a single event. This is a process of transition that involves multiple events.
With the end of the Middle Ages we have the Renaissance, with the resurgence of the appreciation of man as a factor of relevance in all contexts. Begins Humanism, a movement that revolutionized the thought, emerging new concepts and worldviews. This new concept is a precursor of specialization of knowledge, resulting later in the systematization of human knowledge, with scientism and segregation of knowledge that until then was unified.
Leonardo is more a medieval wise man than a person aligned with trends Renaissance because he was not restricted in specifics knowledge like other geniuses contemporaries geniuses. He had a broad knowledge. He was not only a painter. He was a sculptor, musician, architect, engineer, inventor, anatomist, and also an astrologer, although his biography does not to mention about the universe of hidden knowledge. In short he had a universal knowledge. In all areas he left the mark of his genius.
When he turned 14, his father had placed him as an apprentice in the arts studio of Verrocchio who was a great master of Florence. The art workshops held not only artistic works such as paintings and sculptures, but also construction of buildings, bridges and works of engineering, metallurgy, war machines, everything that required creativity of man to make some kind of artifact.
Leonardo soon excelled in all these arts, having participated in the production of a painting by Verrocchio, by order of Lorenzo Medici, ruler of Florence. He did paint an angel face on a canvas and the delicacy of the lines and the play of light, called the attention of the Medici family, who came to protect him. At this time, the success did not depend on talent, but especially the figure of a protector, a Maecenas.
The Italian peninsula, at that time, was a region of many disputes, without the identity of a country, which has consolidated only in the second half of the nineteenth century with Garibaldi. There were city-states, which they lived in strife. Wars were fought systematically, in order to solidify the power of the clergy. In this context, a war was deflagrated against Florence, promoted by the Vatican, for there were many interests of political composition, dominance, hegemony and economic supremacy.
Leonardo facing this situation, after serving the powerful others, as the Borgia, for example, just moving to Milan, had offered his services to the Duke Ludovico Sforza. Just to get an idea of the talents of Leonardo, he presents his resume as primarily military engineer, as he liked to be recognized, Architect, Builder Weapons, inventor, musician and at the end of the list of qualifications is painter and this is just his ability is that Duke engages him. Ludovico became the new protector of Leonardo.
Among the many works that Leonardo executed custom Ludovico is the "Last Supper." The work should decorate the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The work began in 1495 and was completed in 1497. In reality it did not complete. By the way, no work of Leonardo, except St. John and baby Jesus was completed. Were several lawsuits filed against Leonardo because he did not fulfill contract. Leonardo spoke "creation is divine, execution is slavish!" https://preview.redd.it/fk3rhe5hz6pa1.jpg?width=1200&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=fd7f147e06e72dca0ff296f65317c3163733a3fb
The Last Supper was painted on the walls of the hall and Leonardo developed a new technique. It is often said that it is a fresco, but in reality a fresco is a painting done on a layer of newly applied plaster still wet. This technique does not allow error and touches later. As Leonardo was primarily a perfectionist, he wanted a technique that could shorten the drying process of the ink
This does not mean he was not an expert, but he wanted the drying delay to execute the work with the greatest perfection imagined. So he developed certain dyes and pigments that have been shown ineffective in relation to conservation. The fresco has been constantly attacked by the action of fungi that decompose, requiring constant maintenance and restoration. Disrespect for art is not a fact that occurs only in our days. Note that, by the need to create a passage for a next room, was opened and then closed the door just about painting, destroying forever a part of the base. A similar fact occurred with the Mona Lisa, which is a painting done on wood panel, which had the sides sawn.
Let us now turn to analyze the picture presented. We see that the figure of Christ is placed exactly in the center and if we trace two perpendicular lines, projecting the vanishing point, we have this convergence point exactly on the right eye of Christ. https://preview.redd.it/2q63a9akz6pa1.jpg?width=640&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=82b77c2509d79e82fc218c31cb234f3c988e6a78
Thus we have the picture, with Christ at the center position and the apostles distributed on both sides. Around Christ is formed a circle passing through the arc of the door at the back, forming a triangle with the apex up ward and the other with the apex downwards. In the book "The Da Vinci Code", Dan Brown speaks of these symbols in a simplistic way, relating them to the masculine principles, personified by the figure of Christ, and the female, formed between him and John standing right beside him.
As John's features are feminine Dan Brown claims to be Mary Magdalene, who had been his wife and mother of his daughter Sara, giving rise to the dynasty of the Merovingian, the first kings francs (?). He argues that even Jesus to be a Rabbi, could not be single, and would necessarily have to be married. This is true among the Pharisees, but if we consider Jesus as Essene it would not be a fact, because the Essenes took vows of chastity and poverty of course he could not be married. (See studies on Essenes in the Dead Sea Scrolls).
But that does not interest to the narrative of Dan Brown, because it would invalidate the book. Dan Brown is a researcher and I believe he has his knowledge, but I also believe that it is not interested because it contradicts with their commercial interest, because the truth does not sell. This symbolism is represented with two triangles with opposite vertices, is actually very deep, being present in different traditions such as Vedic and Hebrew, which presents two interlocking triangles, forming the six-pointed star.
The six-pointed star, although it is known as the Star of David or Seal of Solomon is present five thousand years ago in the Vedas This symbol contains hermetic principles, such as correspondence, the polarity, as well as the sex and this cannot be reduced simply to a phallic reference. We are not depreciating the work of Dan Brown and recognize who never spoke much about these matters. These works have never been as visited as it is today and this in itself already has its importance, but we have to put things in their right places.
We can relate the triangle with vertex upwards (upper triad=Spirit), containing the principles Will, Wisdom and Mind (Consciousness). The triangle with the apex downwards relates to the matter (unconsciousness). Thus when the two overlapping triangles results in the manifestation of life.
It is the projection of spirit into matter, as we can also see in the painting of Narcissus (below right), by Caravaggio, where he falls in love with his own image reflected in the mirror of water, going to deny its divine origin and losing in the webs of illusion of the world of things, which is transitory, local and temporal. The world of things is composed of the four elements (Fire, Air, Water and Earth). https://preview.redd.it/3cia4wisz6pa1.jpg?width=557&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=4b8024928bfecb087a46324137ea80e2edca43f5
The combination of the three higher attributes mathematically generates the four material elements.
Let's see. By combining the primary elements, i.e., "A", "B" and "C", produce the four elements, where "A" is associated with "B", "A" is associated with "C", "B "associates with" C "," A "is associated with" B "and" C ".
Thus we have four secondary elements. We also make an analogy with the primary colors, which are blue, yellow and red, that combined together form the four secondary colors, constituting the structure of the septenary manifestation (seven colors of the prism, seven musical notes, seven days a week seven deadly sins, etc...).
Thus, the higher will generate the ternary quaternary, with a combination of three with four, resulting in the twelve that reflect the different basic types of energy, or twelve human archetypes.
The three, four, seven and twelve numbers are sacred numbers, since summarize the constitution of the universe.
The pyramid, for example, is a splendid symbol, it is the ternary seated on a quaternary basis (I and II). https://preview.redd.it/dx1id0ruz6pa1.jpg?width=545&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=119fc354d756fded879d65a69a9aa453f691579f
If we look at the pyramid over its apex, we shall see the division four equal parts (III). If these parts are opened (IV) will produce 12 angles (combinatorial analysis 3 of 4).
This results in the Maltese cross, or Templar cross (V), where the center is located the eye of God, who sees everything (omniscience), precisely the right eye of Christ, who is the central vanishing point in Leonardo painting (ternary on the quaternary).
In astrology there are three primary types (come Primary Cause is the Absolute = Universal) and four secondary. The three primary types show human behavior. The secondary indicate the human temperament. Human behavior is determined by the mode of expression (Cardinal, or the one who initiates an action. The fixed stabilizes the action. The mutable amend the action). It´s is the gunas of the Vedic tradition: Rajas, Tamas and Sattva, which make up matter.
We can represent these correlations through the diagram below, where the archetypes are formed considering the kinetic and static manifestation of matter and its modulation with three forms of behavior, producing the twelve basic types of temperaments, according to the diagram: https://preview.redd.it/4cmpcwgxz6pa1.jpg?width=571&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=f443519d8945c6a60906232c7464e8aaab40c41f
We speak of the qualifications of Leonardo that among them he held the astrological knowledge. It is precisely this knowledge that is being revealed in his work. He had deep knowledge of archetypes, detailing its characteristics, perfectly demonstrating the zodiac with the twelve signs of the Sun (Christ) as the center of events and creation, which becomes more evident if we observe that the apostles were arranged in four groups of three.
Thus, we have four groups, linking them to the four seasons of the year with an apostle for each sign.
Each station has three months and consequently three signs, starting in the spring, which is the vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere, with the months of March, April and May, related to Aries, Taurus and Gemini. The summer, with the months of June, July and August, related to Cancer, Leo and Virgo. The autumn, with the months of September, October and November, related to Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius and winter, including December, January and February, related to Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. https://preview.redd.it/wdvzgvr007pa1.jpg?width=640&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=1ac4ccd825092e43176e5222127031f01ceee4fd
Another way to demonstrate this is the figure we see a three-dimensional form, with the figure of Christ and the apostles to the center divided in the ecliptic (the Sun's equator). https://preview.redd.it/wkna4mf307pa1.jpg?width=243&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=111e3684719940bb7716d259977049919937a630
In the zodiacal wheel, we have divided the signs forming axes, where a sign has his virtuous characteristics, and the difficulties are experienced in the sign placed in opposition. This refers to the principle of polarity, which says that everything has two poles, and they are similar in nature, varying; however the degree and that these polarities can be reconcilable (The Kybalion - Hermes Trismegistus).
To overcome the difficulties represented by shadow, there to seek the virtues that which is light, located in their opposition.
In reality what must determine between the two poles is the search for balance, i.e., the central point is that the figure of Christ. It is to live the way of temperance, the middle path. The consciousness.
Associating the different disciples (nominated by Leonardo himself), we have the representation in the figure below: https://preview.redd.it/bssqcv8607pa1.jpg?width=640&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=75601f90d3a08f1dd18d2fe6da25ec0d1cbd5d11
Jesus opens his left hand upward, feeding those placed his left. Are the seasons of spring and summer, where there is the birth and growth. The right hand side down in an act of absorption of energy and experiences accumulated by the autumn and winter seasons, related to maturity and death. This demonstrates the zodiacal cycle of birth and death. It is noted that the same correlation is made in that the light is projected to the left and the right shade Christ. The same polar duality is also represented in the mantle of Jesus delimiting the two hemispheres.
At the head of the table, to the extreme left side of Christ, we have the figure of Simon, representing Aries. Leonardo represents in the order of left to right, since the signs, as seen from the earth moving anti-clockwise.
Aries, the sign that opens the zodiac, is the pioneering characteristics, leadership, initiative, and this is exactly the role demonstrated by Simon, sit at the head table. Aries rules the head and the head of Simon are displayed prominently. The position of Simon's ascendancy over the others. But not only is the position occupied by Simon Aries denoting this role but what the theme suggests, because everything results from something spoken by Simon, as the other apostles are commenting, arguing and watching Simon himself, it was told.
If Aries is related to the self, the personality, Libra corresponds to the other, the relationship and the satisfaction of the need of the partner.
It is ideal for Libra living relationship in an atmosphere of peace, beauty, balance and harmony. The figure of John, diametrically opposed to Simon receives and absorbs the full impact of what was spoken, causing it to assume a posture of submission and retirement. John's hands are placed in position reconciliation. The figure actually has a female face, because Libra, seeking harmony is associated with receptive condition. The garment also refers to balance, in that is divided in two colors. Libra is ruled by Venus and Aries by Mars. This is the axis of individuality, and Aries representing the personification of the psychological ego and Libra the other with whom the ego relates.
Next we have Judas Thaddaeus. It is related to the sign of Taurus. Taurus is characterized by personal values, possessions, to have. Taurus has the need to develop a solid structure, have support. In the painting we see that is the only apostle to lean on the table, put the left arm using the table as a shield. The size of the Taurus is solid, strong. Taurus rules the neck and throat and this is very evident in the painting. The attitude of Judas is prudence. He argues and accepted.
This is the value axis and power, having one side of Taurus and Scorpio on the other.
Scorpio is represented by Judas Iscariot. Scorpio relates to the values of the other, the collective values. Judas, for he was treasurer of the group. Scorpio is the sign of the depths, transformation, regeneration or death. Ruled by Pluto or Hades, represents all that is profound and transformative. The role of Judas Iscariot, as misinterpreted by the Christian traditions, was critical to the tragic outcome of the drama that is the passion and resurrection. Judas Iscariot somehow was the most loyal of the apostles, because he did fulfill the scriptures. He took the most painful mission of the group fulfilling the order to terminate the Sinedrion following the proper order of Jesus, when he said, "Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss? (Luke 22:48).
Actually Scorpio is the dynamo of the Zodiac, because it determines the transformation processes necessary for evolution of life. Judas Iscariot in the painting is presented as a spectator, watching the unfolding drama, examining the course of events. These are characteristics of Scorpio. Deeply analyzes, traces the strategies and act at the right time, accurately.
Next we have Matthew, related to Gemini whose ruler is Mercury. Gemini is related to the whole mental process and communication. The mental concrete, the process of accumulation of cognitive and applied knowledge to material reality. The natives of Gemini are slender and agile, jovial, looking curious and considering all possible variables facing situations. They can be considered, sometimes contradictory, unstable, and fickle. Matthew demonstrates some of these features.
He is communicating with Simon, looking at him, but arguing with hands and arms as if he had considering all aspects of what was said. May also appear an ambiguity between what was said and what the group thinks. As Gemini is related to communication and speech relates anatomically to the shoulders, arms and hands and this is what we also noted the figure of Matthew, who is also considered the reporter of Christ, like Mercury (Hermes), the messenger of Jupiter (Zeus).
We have here the axis of knowledge and wisdom. Peter opposes Matthew, representing Sagittarius. It is the sign associated with religion.
Sagittarius governs the higher subjects, abstract knowledge and spontaneously puts into the unknown. Sometimes it is brutish and can express themselves with excessive frankness. This corresponds to the spirit of Peter, who founded the Church, or the Christian religion, with Paul (Saulo de Tarsus).
The faith when taken to its ultimate consequences may be blind and in his defense all can be allowed. Peter's hand is holding a knife to defend his own ideals, not in a threatening attitude to John, by some want to believe, even argued by Dan Brown. Sagittarius, the centaur wields the bow with the arrow to be thrown. Anatomically Sagittarius governs the hips and this is evident in the painting. The right hand rests on it. The disposition of the body of Peter remembers the design of the symbol of Sagittarius.
In the sequel we have Philip, associated to Cancer.
Here we come to the bottom of the Zodiac, or Imum Coeli (Latin for "bottom of the sky"), is the axial point of the unconscious corresponding to all devotional manifestation, the maternal feeling, the origins and traditions. This relates to home and family and Philip embodies this archetype.
With distinctly feminine face, Philip takes his two hands to his chest, as if calling everyone as children to be reconciled. Indeed, precisely Cancer governs the breasts, stomach and uterus. Hands with arms also form a figure that resembles the claws of the crab is the cancer itself.
This is the time axis, with the past and destiny. The past is associated to cancer, the mother, and the future (Capricorn) with father. So Capricorn governs the destination, i.e., what we seek as a career, as the goal of life and social role as we seek and desire recognition. It concerns the authority.
So, Andrew as Capricorn is clearly a Capricorn attitude. Capricorn is cautious and practical and could be cold and pessimistic. As Philip says "come to me," Andrew seems to say "depart from me", because to assume the responsibilities is to calculate and plan what should be done.
Capricorn corresponds anatomically to the entire bone structure, knees, skin. In painting Andrew is the one who has hands with bony fingers, demonstrating the bone structure. Alongside Philip, we see James the Less, related to Lion.
Leo is sovereign. Charismatic, flashy, creative, dramatic, seeks recognition through the exhibition. It is ruled by the Sun and radiates its light.
Leo governs the heart that is analogous to body sun. These characteristics are clearly incorporated to James Minor. Surely he is the most beautiful scenic figure painting. James to take the attitude of open arms, exposing the light, standing next to Christ himself.
Demonstrates an open chest, the heart of generosity, a typically leonine behavior, which sometimes comes to be naïve and centered on vanity and self-centeredness.
This is the axis of the power of creation. If Leo is the maintenance of creation, Aquarius is change and renewal which is also creation. Leo governs the power of the king, the monarch. Aquariums are the collective power, the group, society. This axis is that occur the struggle for power.
Aquarius, with Uranus the ruler promotes all sorts of abrupt changes, meaning always drastic changes. Often in the name of innovation is deposed monarch for the establishment of a new regime, to then become similar with the previous model. It is what is observed with the Aquarian revolutions like the French Revolution, with the deposition of Louis XVI. Napoleon was later crowned as emperor (Leo). Recently, we have the Cuban Revolution, with the deposition of Dictator Fulgencio Batista and Fidel ruling as King-Dictator.
Aquarius is associated in this way, the actions of libertarian, to rebellion, radicalism because it is engaged with human values, such as progressive values, but it is impersonal.
Analyzing the figure of James the Greater, we see that it does not appear in the foreground. He does not expose himself alone, but through the group, through diplomacy and see: Aquarius is the sign of friendship and we see James hugging Andrew and Peter, demonstrating that the strength comes from the group and not on individual attitudes.
Finally, we have Thomas, representing the Virgin.
The Virgo is related to the practicality, analysis and criticism. It also ruled by Mercury, but here the mental focuses on utilitarian and practical application to be given to all things. For that reason they questioned him, details and discriminate. Virgos is in extreme need to feel useful and provide their service, but to do so he needs to understand the cause of things. Within these characteristics we see the figure of Thomas. Thomas needs to see to believe.
Thomas in his act of inquisitor asks to Christ himself, in that puts her right in front of Jesus forefinger. As Virgo tends toward shyness and humility, Thomas is also placed in a position away from the table.
This is the axis of the serve, having Virgin correspond to service pragmatic and Pisces, the humanist service, sometimes not very clear and perceptible, which may lead Pisces to live in a state of unreality.
Pisces is associated with the dreamer inspiration and understanding. Are compassionate, emotional, intuitive and romantic, but for this state of contemplation, if not well channeled, can lead to evasion and fanciful attitudes, having difficulty perceiving reality.
Bartholomew the Apostle is which closes the zodiacal circle. He is on the other side of the table. It clearly demonstrates the Piscean characteristics. It seems that his vision is directed to a point that goes beyond the environment portrayed, a point diffuse and may not realize exactly what is going on. Does not speak, only observes, contemplates and accepts. Pisces rules the feet are just his feet, interlaced, which are illuminated under the table. Pisces has great intuitive potential, but needs to know how he can transform his nature, his sense of serving humanity in a more practical and constructive way.
Thus we come complete cycle of the zodiac, sounding clear that the message displayed in this painting, as in other works of genius. It conveys much more than seemingly suggests.
True knowledge was hidden in encrypted form by the need to preserve it, protecting it from the misunderstanding of those who thought they possessed the truth. What is hidden, veiled, does not mean it is not to be seen. It is only unveiled to those with eyes to see. Leonardo leaves us that genuine arcane wisdom was, is and will be the knowledge which guides humanity toward enlightenment through awareness.
Astrology, by the psychological approach is a process that allows us to analyze, understanding paradoxes, our conflicts, our shadow, our projections, and perhaps, through self-knowledge, doing the reintegration of contents for consciousness, so we can promote the process of transforming into true human, and better integrated with the sacred.
The path continues to be followed.
Astrology shall be understood in this view, showing that the splendor of diversity means that we may above all be tolerant and compassionate, understand the nature of the differences and accept them as a manifestation of the same source of life.
2023.03.22 02:06 acanthafait [F4A] Why don't you stay forever? [Yandere Speaker][Obsessed][Possessive][CW: Kidnapping]
Scenario: You briefly visit your [aunt, mom, family member], and when you go to leave, she calls for you from the kitchen…
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[ You get up to leave… ]
Oh no, sweetie, are you leaving already? Why don't you stay for a while longer and enjoy some dessert that I made yesterday? It took me a bit of time to prepare it, just for you, like how you used to like it~
[ … ]
Don't be silly, my dear. Why would you want to leave so soon? We were having such a lovely lunch time together. Was the food I cooked not to your liking? Or was it the soap in the dispenser? The cushions on the chairs? I can change whatever you don't like.
[ … ]
What do you mean, you have some things you need to do? There's nothing more important than being with family. Family's very important, they'll understand. I've been missing you so much and you hardly ever make time for [auntie] anymore! I know you're busy, so I've helped you out.
[ … ]
Oh, you don't need to worry about that pesky meeting, or your pesky job anymore! I let your boss know that you won't be coming in anymore. [Auntie]'s here for you. I've been waiting for the day that you'd come and visit me by yourself, so I could officially welcome you to our forever home with no intruders.
[ ??? ]
You know, I miss having someone to take care of at home. Someone I can take care of and cherish. Someone to keep safe and sound. Now that you're here, I won't let you go, ever.
[ SFX: door locking automatically ]
See, why would you ever want to leave? I know you might be feeling a little trapped right now, but trust me, it's all for your own good. [Auntie] knows what's best, and you don't have to worry anymore.
[ … ]
Sweetie, the world can be a dangerous place, and I don't want anything bad to happen to you. If you're in my house, you're safe! I can protect you from anything that might harm you. Your bad friends can't get to you and your ex won't be able to bother you. This is your safe place.
Besides, who else would take care of you like [auntie] would? Who else would make sure you eat good food, sleep well, and have everything you need? No one else cares about you like I do. I remember all the foods that you love and have the recipes for every. Single. One.
You're my precious little sweetiepie, and [auntie] won't let anything happen to you. So stay here with me, where you're safe and loved and nothing can hurt you.
[ … ]
No, I'm totally sane, sweetie. I just know what's best for you. You can experience a lot of things from home! Where you can be comfortable.
You wouldn't survive out there on your own. You need me. You need my love, my protection, my guidance. You're my little baby, and I won't let you go.
You'll stay here with me forever, where you belong.
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2023.03.22 01:56 LambentEnigma Respect Asajj Ventress (Star Wars Canon)
Spoilers to follow. “What kind of life will that be, Quinlan? The kind where we're slaves to our hatred? Our rage? That's what the dark side made me.”
Asajj Ventress is a Force user from the planet Dathomir. Born into the clan of the Nightsisters, she was taken as a slave before being rescued by the Jedi Knight Ky Narec, who made her his apprentice. Following Narec’s death, Ventress was recruited by Count Dooku as his assassin. She fought against the Jedi in the Clone Wars until she was betrayed by Dooku, after which she briefly rejoined the Nightsisters and later became a bounty hunter. She fights with a pair of red lightsabers that can join together, but later uses a single yellow saber after losing them. Source Key
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Feats marked [Story] happened in an in-universe story.
- DJL = Dooku: Jedi Lost
- Brotherhood = Brotherhood
- CWM = Star Wars: The Clone Wars (movie)
- CW = Star Wars: The Clone Wars (TV series)
- SoLaD = The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark
- SoJaS = Stories of Jedi and Sith
- CYD = Choose Your Destiny: A Clone Trooper Mission
- Adv17 = Star Wars Adventures (2017)
- Adv20 = Star Wars Adventures (2020)
- KS = Kindred Spirits
- DD = Dark Disciple
- RtVC = Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle
- HL = Halcyon Legacy
- SotS = Secrets of the Sith
- CWCE = Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia - Join the Battle!
- LC = The Lightsaber Collection
Physical Abilities Strength
Speed and Agility
Jumping and Acrobatics
Force Abilities Telekinesis
Lifting and Throwing
Mind Tricks and Telepathy
Emotions and Thoughts
Intelligence and Creativity
Social Skills and Deception
Vehicular and Mechanical Skill
Accomplishments and Accolades
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2023.03.22 01:30 Fluffy-Worldliness97 Anxiety spiral
My spouse (trans femme) came out to me (cis femme) over the course of the last few months (years?). She recently told me that she is a woman. I’m excited for her, and want to be supportive- but I am also worried about a bunch of things. We have a toddler and a baby who we use my spouse’s she/her pronouns with- what do we do if the toddler outs her by accident? How do we protect our toddler from people correcting them?
I think both our families will be okay with the transition, though I’m also nervous about my spouse’s family respecting her identity as they struggle significantly with respecting me as a biracial person and our children as mixed race. They make mistakes regarding race and engage in micro aggressions/ blaming me for holding my boundaries around respecting the mixed race identity (like asking them not to appropriate my culture). The mixed race identity stuff has caused a lot of tension with my in laws which has created a sense of dread for both of us regarding her gender identity. My family will either be actively supportive or will simply avoid indirectly referring to my spouse.
I’m also having complicated feelings, like, I’m sad about not hearing the other guy’s voice… And I’m feeling possessive of being called mom or mommy, when she expressed interest in not being daddy anymore.
I know I need to grieve the other guy, as part of my experience with her transition, but she is only out to me and our kids. My therapist recently died and I’m starting with a new one soon, but I’m finding this all really hard to manage. I have been trying to be open with her about my anxieties (moving someday, her job - doesn’t feel safe to be out at, cutting out some of my family who may not be supportive.) It stresses her out and makes her feel responsible in a way that neither of us want her to feel, but I need to talk about it somewhere.
Anyone who is further along in the process? How can I take care of me so that I can be present and supportive for her?
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2023.03.22 01:12 Shynosaur [F4M, F4A] “And How Am I Supposed To Snuggle You When You're All The Way Over There?” - Accompanying Your Perky Crush On A Vacation [Best Friend Speaker] [Shy Listener] [Vacation] [Sharing A Bed] [Cuddling] [Ear Nibbling] [Friends To Lovers]
Description: You accompany your perky best friend on a vacation. It turns out she booked only one room – after all, she brought you along specifically because she wanted to snuggle with you (and to nibble on your ears)
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Aww, finally, here we are! Well, what do you say? Looks pretty fancy, huh? I know I said that before, but thanks again for coming along on this trip on such short notice. It would have ruined my entire vacation if I had had to come here on my own! I'm still not quite over how Hannah cancelled on me last minute! “Aww, Andy needs me right now! So sorry, hon, but I can't come along!” Like, really? Andy's not in the ICU, babe! He's lying down with a cold! Harr, why do guys always have to be such babies when they catch a frickin' cold?
Huh? Oh, sorry! Ranting again. Alright, alright, I'll stop. Don't worry, I'm not gonna ruin our entire vacation with my bellyaching! Deep breath. Grumpy me: off! Holiday me: on! Hah, that feels good! I like being holiday me! Just you wait, the two of us have an awesome week ahead of us! We're gonna have so much fun together! Hannah and I had so many activities planned. Like, tomorrow we're gonna have a spa day with massages and skin treatments and aroma therapy – it's gonna be awesome! And the day after we're gonna go shopping!
Huh? What do you mean? Oh, don't you dare bail on me too! Yes, of course you have to come along! I need a new bikini for the summer and since I don't have Hannah to advise me, you will have to tell me what looks good on me.
Huh? Yeah, I'm serious. Hey, you alright? You look a bit queasy. Was it the long car ride? They can sometimes get me queasy, too. Nothing to be ashamed of, buddy! It's probably for the best we'll get to our room soon. We'll just have to pick up our key card – Oh, hi! Yeah, we have a reservation. Huh? Yup, that's us. Thank you very much! - Phew! That was refreshingly uncomplicated.
Hey, what are you waiting for? Are you coming? Sorry? No, you don't! I already picked up our key card. Uhm, I mean, you just saw
me pick up our key card. You were standing right next to me. What do you mean, “your card”? Oh, you mean, like, a second card to our room? Yeah, maybe that's a good idea. I mean, we're gonna be together more or less 24/7 for the next week, so one card should be enough, but you're right, maybe just in case-
Huh? What do you mean? Yeah, of course we'll share a room. I always share a room with Hannah when we're on one of our BFF getaways. Now come on! Oh, wow, you look, like, super-pale right now! The long car ride must have gotten to you worse than we thought, huh? Ah, but don't you worry! You know what? As soon as we have settled in and unpacked and stuff we'll go to the sauna together! You will feel like a completely new person after that, believe me!
(happily humming) Ah, there it is: 103, that's us! (door lock beep, door opening sound) Huh? What's this? Ah, bummer! It's one of those rooms with two separate beds. Well, never mind, buddy! Hey, you gotta help me with this one! If we get this nightstand out of the way, I think we can just push these two together and turn two small beds into one big one!
Hey, what are you waiting for? You expect me to move these bed frames around by myself? Give me a hand! Huh? Yeah, of course we'll push them together! I mean, look at them, one of them on its own is never gonna be big enough for the two of us. So then, you take the head of the bedframe and I'll take the- What? Yeah, we have to! Okay, genius, and how am I supposed to snuggle you tonight when you're all the way over there? Now get your ass over here and help me with this bed already!
What do you mean? Yeah, of course we're gonna snuggle! What do you think I brought you for? Okay, I also brought you to tell me what bikini my boobs look best in, and to have someone to talk to in the moor bath. Huh? Yeah, we're taking a moor bath together. We got one scheduled for tomorrow twelve p.m. Sorry? Yeah, of course we're gonna be naked! Are you planning to take a moor bath
with your clothes on? What? Uhm, do you usually take your baths in swimming trunks? You're weird! Now help me with the bed already!
Ha, finally! Okay, on three! One, two, three (strained grunt, sound of bedposts scraping across the floor) Phew! Okay, that's way better! So, do you wanna take the right side or the left one? Actually it doesn't matter all that much, because I'm gonna end up nestled up to you either way.
(comfy sigh while stretching) Ah, I can't believe we're finally here together! This is gonna be so awesome! Man, I really needed this. So then, how about it? Wanna go check out the sauna with me? Huh? Yeah, maybe you're right. We should probably go have dinner first. It's getting late and I don't know when the kitchen closes. Alright, come on, buddy! Let's go grab a bite! Oh, and stop looking so anxious! We're on vacation here!
(fade in of shower sounds, coming to an end, door opening) You're finally done showering? Dude, you've been in there for longer than I was! I didn't think that was physically possible. You are probably in opposition to some law of nature or something!
Oof, I might have overdone it with dinner. It's probably for the best that we didn't go to the sauna afterwards. I might have fallen asleep in there and then you would have had to carry me all the way here. Oh, but did you try those grilled vegetables? They were awesome!
Hey, what's up? What'cha waiting for? Get in here! I had a way too long car ride and a few too many grilled vegetables; I need some tummy rubs right now! Huh? What do you mean? Yeah, of course I really want to do this! Why wouldn't I? Wait! Have you been in the bathroom for this long to try and weasel out of snuggling with me? Wow! For this alone I will steal all the crispy bacon strips off your plate at breakfast tomorrow! Okay, yeah, I mean, I would have done so anyway, but now I will not apologize for it! And now get in here!
(bed creaking sound) Ah, finally! Now was that so bad? Man, what even is your problem? I snuggle with Hannah on each of our BFF getaways and so far nothing bad has happened. Yeah, well, maybe except for that one time I- oh, but that's a story for another time. Never mind! For now it's cuddle time! Any preferred cuddle positions? Like, big spoon, little spoon, head on your chest- I mean, we have six nights ahead of us, so we can try out all kinds of stuff, but maybe you have a favourite or just wanna- Oh, will you stop it already? Really, your uncooperative behaviour is starting to irk me!
Fine, if you don't wanna pick, I will: Here! (comfy hum) A good, old-fashioned bear hug! Hopefully this will keep you from trying to sneak off on me!
(comfy mumbles) Hey, what'cha staring at? Is there a spider on the ceiling? Because if so, I hope you are aware that I will insist that you get up and I will not let you back into my bed before you caught it! No? Then what is it? Are you trying not to look at me? Come on, eyes on me! (giggles) Here we go. Hi! How do you like my pyjamas? Aren't they cute? Yup, they're teddybear pyjamas. My mom used to buy these for me when I was a little girl, and I guess she expected me to stop wearing them at some point, but I was like: Why? I'm not that tall, so they actually still make them in my size, and they're super-comfy and fluffy. Here! (fluffy sound) Super-fluffy, right?
Oh, come on, stop squirming so much! It's pretty late already, and we have a long day ahead of us. We should go to sleep now. (comfy sound) Just so you know, I move around a lot in my sleep, so if you should wake up with me on top of you, don't worry – that's normal.
Oh, and one more thing: Apparently I'm a sleep nibbler. I just thought I should tell you. Nothing bad, I promise! I never bit anything off or whatever. Okay, last year Hannah complained that she couldn't sleep all night because apparently I was chewing on one of her ears the entire time? So if you have any body parts you don't want nibbled, you might wanna try and keep them away from my face or else I can't guarantee anything!
Hey, stay here! Stop trying to shake me off! Coward! Are you that afraid of some nibbles? Come on, I need you to keep me warm! Put your arms around me already! (comfy mumbles) Hey, don't let me do all the work! Hug me back! I want back rubs! This is serious! I need you to cuddle me. If you don't cuddle me enough, I might get nightmares. And when a sleep nibbler gets nightmares, they might get chompy! And you don't want me to chomp you in the middle of the night, do you? See? So then, back rubs! And maybe you could wrap your legs around me as well. I like getting squeezed a little. Why are you even making so much of a fuss? I thought we were friends. Don't you like me? Oh, yeah? Then you wouldn't want me to spend the first night of our vacation alone and unsnuggled, right? Now come on, I'm really tired. We can talk tomorrow. For now just cuddle me a little, okay? Good night!
(comfy mumbles, yawns, slow breathing, then suddenly ear munching sounds)
(sleepy, puzzled) Huh? Are you awake? What time is it? Oh, uhm, did I nibble on your ear? “Among other things”? What do you mean? I didn't bite you or anything, did I? Oh, I'm so sorry! Do you want me to kiss it better? Wait, just let me- Hey, no, don't worry! I'm awake now! I told you I'm a sleep nibbler, but I don't bite people when I'm awake unless explicitly asked to, I promise! It's alright? You sure? Okay. Then let's just go back to sleep, okay? Hey, you untangled yourself from me. Can you wrap your legs around me again? What? Why not? I promise I won't bite you again. I only do that when I get nightmares. And I only get nightmares when I don't get snuggled sufficiently. So if anything, this was your own fault for not rubbing my back enough. You should try and do better this time!
Hey, what is it? I mean, no offence, but I cannot help but get the impression that you are somehow uncomfortable cuddling with me. And I don't get it. Don't you like me? I mean, we are best friends and we have known each other for years and I did think that you were rather excited when I invited you to go on this vacation with me. You didn't have to come if you didn't actually want to! I mean, I just thought it would be nice if the two of us-
Oh. You do? That's great! But if you do like me and if you are happy to come along on this trip, then why are you so uptight about cuddling with me?
Huh? Awkward? How is it awkward? We are best friends! If you can't snuggle with me, whom can you snuggle with?
What? Of course friends can snuggle! I snuggle with Hannah every time we have a sleepover or whatever! Huh? Oh, okay. You think so? Uhm-hm. I've never looked at it that way before. So that means we shouldn't- Even if we're best friends? Oh.
(in deep thought) Hmm, that is really bad. I mean, I brought you along because I need someone to snuggle so I won't get nightmares. But as it turns out, I can't snuggle with you because we're best friends. Because snuggling with your best friend is awkward, apparently. Okay, what could we do to make this less awkward for you? Hmm. Tricky! Oh, I know: You could simply fall in love with me! Then snuggling with me would be a lot less awkward, plus my crush on you
would no longer be this annoyingly one-sided! A perfect solution!
I'm sorry? Yeah, I have a crush on you. Now don't look so surprised! Wait, did I never mention that before? Oh, dammit! That would explain so much!
Huh? Well, a crush means that you really like a person and enjoy being together with them and want to be together with them more and- oh, you know what a crush is. Then why do you ask?
Yeah, I have a crush on you! Yeah, a crush
crush. Whatever that means. Is there another kind of crush? Like, I don't mean the “squeeze you to the point of breaking you” kind of crush – even though I do want to squeeze you! Just not that much. Like, I want to keep you in one piece. I need you to carry my shopping bags when we go shopping together, after all!
Sorry? Oh, uhm, I don't know. Maybe a year or so. I mean, this is nothing you mark on your calendar, like “July 1st: Grandma's birthday. July 2nd: Dentist at 5 p.m. July 3rd: Fall in love with your best friend” It just, well, happens. Like, one day you realise: “Hey, I feel really warm and happy around them, and I think about them a lot when I'm not together with them, and I want to do couple stuff with them”, know what I mean? But I would say it's somewhere in the one year ballpark.
Wait, you have a crush on me too? But then why were you this awkward about cuddling with me? You are weird!
Hey, if you have a crush on me and I have a crush on you, can we be, like, together now? You know, as in, like a couple? Really? Awesome! That means we can kiss and stuff, right? Oh, hey, you're making that face again! Don't you want to? You do? Great! Then come here! (kissing sound)
(content sigh) Aww, why didn't we do this ages ago? You know what, all of a sudden I am not at all miffed any more that Hannah ditched me for her runny-nosed boyfriend. I mean, I still get my cuddles and back rubs and in addition, I get some- (kissing sound, chuckle) I call that quite an upgrade!
(sleepy sigh) As much as I'd love to keep making out with you, it's really late already. We should probably try and catch some sleep now. We can kiss as much as we want tomorrow.
Uhm, hey, honey-bun – oh, uhm, it's fine if I call you honey-bun now, right? Excellent! So, uhm, now that we are, you know, together, can I nibble you again? I can? Oh, I love you! Good night, honey-bun! (ear munching sounds, fade-out)
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2023.03.22 01:11 aksiyonadami What about incomplete games?
I saw threads about abandoned plots, derailed plots etc.
Have you had a chance to half-advance plots then either the party falls apart because of real life, or characters died because of bad rolls etc.
I want to tell about one of mine, but I can add more as I remember:
I had players clear a dungeon on the orders of a widowed lady from necromancers that have been holed up in a crypt near the castle. The necromancers have been waiting for the party, because "their teachemaster" warned them. They returned to the castle and immediately assigned to the job of delivering tribute to a nearby dragon that was past its time because her husband died.
When the chest turned out to be empty, they realized that the lady wanted them dead. They returned and she pulled some shenanigans to distract them, then they fell for her trap again, this time some innocent people got trapped in hell because of the party's constant failure of realizing they were baited. They were going to go to hell to rescue those people, but the game disbanded for out-of-table reasons.
The 2 plots I used were these in this campaign: 1- The lady was actually a male cambion. He tried getting his hands on royalty so he would have a fief or a kingdom to rule. He failed a few times. Then he found a cursed belt of gender change. He was originally going to use it on someone important and ransom the removal of the curse for a small title. The plan was to kidnap the young bride of an old and heirless lord, use the belt on her so the lord would pay ransom for her bride. The plan went south when the bride caught a stray arrow and died. Then the cambion realized that the groom never saw the bride before. He used the belt and a disguise to pose as her, had a child with the lord, then killed the lord so his/her child would inherit. As the child is a baby, he/she would be regent and rule the land. It worked until the adventurers arrive. The necromancers were his apprentices. 2- The dragons were called "the secret kings" and the apparent kings and lords were just tenants. They paid tribute to the dragons so they would remain in power. The dragon in question would topple them if they failed to pay according to its own personality; some used other people to do it, some did it by themselves, some would just tank the economy, some would just assasinate the royal family etc.
It should have evolved into a political intrigue campaign but the players consistently managed to avoid any intelligent choice and went for the most unexpected and hare-brained choices. :) I don't fault them but they were asking for a detailed setting that had intrigue and mystery and they were just trying to trample everything.
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2023.03.22 00:32 Storms_Wrath The Human Artificial Hivemind Part 339: Meteoric Advancement
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"So. Phoebe's activity has stopped on all accounts, correct?"
"Well," the Arbiter said, moving away from Yasihaut suspiciously, "There was a... complication."
"What do you mean?"
"You see... Phoebe isn't really dead."
"You better be kidding me right now, or your head is going out the airlock separated from your body," Yasihaut hissed.
"I am employed by the High Collective. I am their legal property, and therefore damaging me would subject you to their legal wrath."
"Yeah, okay. I won't kill you then."
The Arbiter nodded. "Good. Now for the bad news."
"That was the bad news."
"No. Phoebe has made an announcement."
"What kind of announcement?"
"Well... she kind of... had a child."
"So she adopted?"
"No. She... spawned a son."
Yasihaut's eyes widened, and a loud shriek exited her mouth. Fifty pulses later, everyone but herself had been forcibly removed from the ship except for her current navigator, her pleasure partner, and her technician.
"I'm going to go down there and kill-"
A loud and familiar voice yelled out. Yasihaut turned and was punched straight into the wall by a hard fist. Kashaunta, likely a hard light hologram, strode forward, a furious look on her face.
"Me," Yasihaut said, grinning. "What do you want?"
"You made a second AI. You have broken galactic law, and your ship is being impounded."
"I did no such thing. I attacked Phoebe, yes. Did I attack the Alliance? No. Did I force her to make a child? No. She did that herself. She broke the law. Kill her and all she cares about. Kill the child, at least."
"What do you really think would happen if we were to kill Phoebe's newborn child, Yasihaut?" Kashaunta asked. "Take a while and think."
"She'd cry a lot of well-deserved tears, and perhaps even take her own life."
"You kill her child, and she will ensure the death of every Sprilnav in the galaxy in retaliation. You don't understand how big this just got, do you?"
Yasihaut shrugged, which only served to enrage Kashaunta further.
"You made a second psychic AI, one under the jurisdiction and protection of the Alliance. I was asked to look past Cander by a certain group of Elders, but this action is far too large to go unpunished. There's a Progenitor
looking at this right now. You know, the rulers of the entire universe?"
"More of the galaxy, really. But you guys suck at that too, which is why I'm here trying to clean up your mess, constrained by your stupid and asinine rules."
Kashaunta's grip on Yasihaut tightened.
"Yasihaut. Were you not a hologram here, you would already be dead. Officers will be arriving at your door shortly to deliver you to one of the most glorious Sprilnav penitentiaries."
"Yeah, no," Yasihaut said. "Not happening. You're not allowed to arrest me."
"With this, it doesn't matter what I'm allowed to do," Kashaunta growled. "You made a second AI pop out of Phoebe. Who says your next 'attack' won't make two more? Or four more?"
"You could go in and kill the child."
"We have no clue where this baby AI is. We don't know what it looks like, only that it exists. It's a slap in the face to Sprilnav across the galaxy since the announcement is already spreading rapidly through Cawlarian space and will not remain there for long. Elder Yasihaut. You have not just wet the bed. You have soiled it, ripped up the covers, put on a second set, soiled those, splattered those with blood, and then cut them up again. You do not get to interact with the Alliance anymore."
Kashaunta's tone showed that she was serious, just like Yasihaut's implants did. She couldn't get out of this unless she talked through it.
"I have the backing of the President of the Grand Mining Conglomerate, the Eternal Inquisition Against Aliens, the True Sprilnav Society, the Secondary Twin Powers Hegenomy, the Axe and Trees Foundation, and most importantly, the 3rd Grand Commander of the 21st Grand Sprilnav Fleet."
"You don't even know his name."
"Yeah, I do. He's Fonslaug. Grandfather of my former third mate, my 4th cousin, and also the uncle of one of my close friends."
Yasihaut knew the connection would keep her safe, though she was loath to call in the favor she'd extracted all those eons ago for something as trivial as this. There was no reason to conflate this to such a degree. What was the difference between one AI and two? Both could still be destroyed and needed to be. Yet, Kashuanta protected them and punished her. Perhaps she had been turned by the enemy.
"I assume you have an arrangement with him, then."
"Yes. I do not get arrested."
"Very well. I'll just bomb your estate."
Kashaunta said that so casually, as if all the shields, guns, missiles, and ships around every Sprilnav planet wouldn't stop that action. Very few species knew the true extent of Sprilnav military power, which was both strategic and also for the sake of the ships being useful in far-off sections of space like the one where most of Yasihaut's belongings were concentrated. Of course, she did have safehouses, smaller vacation houses, and emergency funds hidden in many places. All Elders did.
"Good luck. It's shielded."
"Not from wormholes."
"Those are extremely expensive."
Kashaunta's teeth glinted in front of Yasihaut. "Sadly, money is no object for me. If I want to put a piece of a star inside your luxurious gardens, you can't stop me. But one thing is for certain. You will be punished."
"It's just one measly AI. Go kill it, then Phoebe, and this all goes away."
"Some in the Sprilnav want to grow the Alliance."
"You included? How strange."
"Not quite," Kashaunta said.
"Then what is your plan?"
"That is not for you to know, Yasihaut. I kept you around because you were useful. Know that your backers are my enemies, and that makes me your enemy if you decide to go with them as well. Choose wisely."
"I have chosen," Yasihaut said, feeling pride and smugness flood every cell in her body as she stared down Kashaunta. The other Elder seemed to fume for a moment, then came to what limited senses she possessed.
"Okay then. Fine. You want to do this the hard way? We can do it the hardest way. I will be blunt. You flirt with the edge of annihilation."
"You do not have the power to oppose me anymore, Kashaunta," Yasihaut said. She stepped forward, accentuating her sense of victory. "My backers are some of the most powerful in all of Sprilnav space."
"Yeah, keep telling yourself that, Yasihaut. There is one choice. You bring yourself in, or I go get you. You don't want me to go get you."
"I have the protection of the 21st Grand Fleet. You will do nothing, for you can do nothing."
Kashuanta smiled. "Guess who the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 6th Grand Fleets support? Did you forget that I'm the Chair of Kashaunta Military Solutions, the 23rd wealthiest military contracting company in all of Sprilnav territory? I have the power to call down hell upon you, Yasihaut. So I will ask you, girl. One last time. You coming in easy, or slightly less easy?"
"You can't use all of that. It'll cost you too many favors," Yasihaut said. Most soft power with Sprilnav relied on complex networks of favors, politics, and liquidity. The ease with which power was moved, the people the power was between, and how the power was carried out. All of them were essential parts of the equation, and Kashaunta was no exception to the rule.
"I don't need to. I have the sheer capability to crack every planet in the galaxy, but that doesn't mean that I will. Just like how I'll only hit your estate with a neutron beam of medium intensity. Or how this war will only be limited to the third generation of your family."
"If you fight me, you start a civil war, Kashaunta," Yasihaut said.
"You don't come in, and you do. You will return to Sprilnav space."
"Fine then. Warm or cold?"
"You think you can touch me? It's more than just who I said that support me, and they have connections too. Your enemies will flock to my side."
"I don't care. I'm going to get you. Carve out your heart. Claw out your eyes. Unless you surrender. Right now."
Yasihaut figured that Kashaunta's threats were still empty. No one would bother wasting all of that on her.
"Do you think that you're important enough for this? No. It's what you represent. You do not defy me, not like this. Not after you made a second AI. If Phoebe spawns any more child AIs, your entire family line is getting purged, down to the last child. You do not make AI. You do not contribute to making AI. You will be tried. You will be executed. And you will be forced into speeding space itself, sent as a sacrifice to the Broken God."
Yasihaut froze. "Wait, we-"
"No. You should have chosen an option."
"You broke the highest law, Yasihaut."
Yasihaut assumed that Kashaunta would try to keep this fixated on her to prevent anything else from making its way into consideration. Maybe she had Elders nearby that were pushing her to this action. Maybe she really was as vindictive and cruel as Yasihaut hoped she wasn't. Perhaps she had gone insane after all the eons of time she'd spent alive, with so many different memories crammed into her head and her implants.
"So did Phoebe. She should receive the same treatment, as should Humanity an the Alliance."
"They won't be getting off soft either. I've got my plans for them. But as for you? You're going to regret this decision for the rest of your sad life."
"Please, you can't-"
"Will you surrender, then?"
Yasihaut sighed. She looked Kashaunta in the eyes, thinking long and hard about her following words. But she knew what they would be. What they had to be. She couldn't let that fate befall her. The Broken God was a punishment beyond all words and emotions. Only Elders who had indiscriminately cracked other Sprilnav worlds or directly created AIs had been sentenced to it.
"Then enter the wormhole that will appear in front of you."
Yasihaut sent a message through a communicator with a recording of the conversation and what had just transpired. And her ship soon detected a second wormhole. Yasihaut pushed her ship toward it right as over forty dreadnaughts were detected exiting the first one Kashaunta had opened. She didn't have much time left.
As the first shot arced toward her ship, powerful enough to vaporize it entirely, she vanished into the other wormhole. She was safe, for now. But Yasihaut was very afraid.
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Phoebe looked at her son, who was staring back at her with wide eyes in a digital landscape. He'd already developed speech and sentience and was well on his way to sixth-grade levels of understanding. She was feeding him information and ideas carefully, monitoring his emotional reactions to every piece as she did.
She knew the danger of unfettered internet access for normal kids. But for an AI with true digital godhood, the risks multiplied a thousandfold. The first things she focused on were the moral cores of Edu'frec, in particular dealing with concepts like love, death, and law. And better yet, as the same 'species' as him, she could truly understand when he was lying and when he meant what he said.
Phoebe had also constructed a fully digital world for him to experience as a sort of training area for when he entered the real world. She made everything as real as possible and checked to make sure that no cracks were forming in her mind from overextension. The energy surge was confirmed to be an attack from an unknown power. While it was most likely a Sprilnav that had done it, there was no information confirming it for sure. Without that, nothing could be done.
Information flowed between Phoebe and her child at nearly the speed of light. That was the reason for most of the growth he'd made in the past two weeks since the incident where she'd almost died. In a way, she supposed that Nichole calling it an 'AI C-section' wasn't entirely inaccurate. Many of her concerns aligned around the world that Edu'frec was growing up in. Would he find love as she had someday?
She knew that he loved her and that he loved Ri'frec, though he'd made comments about Ri'frec having a 'slow mind' with all the bluntness that a person of his mental age was likely to do. Phoebe, through seeing Edu'frec, learned more about herself. What her sentience was facilitated by, how her morals were formed, and even small things, like being able to think using quantum entanglement interactions instead of neurons or crystalline cell circuits in her mind.
"Why didn't you save all the Guulin slaves?"
"We couldn't. At the time, there were so many that the Alliance couldn't support them all. After the strain of the Battle of Tavlir, high command decided that it was best to pull back."
"But isn't freedom for all the goal of the Alliance?"
"Yes, it is. The problem is whether the people we are freeing need or want it. With the Guulin, they needed it. Others, like the Pselpaw, do not want it. Though most of the Pselpaw are simply locked into work, not actually chattel slaves. It's sort of like how Humanity functioned in the 21st century, before the Howling 20s, the height of the Second Cold War, and the 1st through 8th Water Proxy Wars. Not to mention World War Three, the Sino-Russian Refugee Crisis, and the Pan-Andes Unification Crusades. And of course, the various civil wars that occurred on every continent, even the nascent Antarctic Republic."
"That's a lot of wars, though," Edu'frec said. "Isn't that why there are so many less humans now than there should be? Only 18 billion, instead of something like 40 or 50?"
"That's sad. So much wasted potential."
"It is. But such is the nature of war. That's why it's important to know what you're fighting for, and to ask whether war is worth the cost. War isn't just soldiers dying. It's single parents back home, unable to afford the higher food prices. It's countries that are destroyed, with infrastructure that doesn't catch up with the rest of the world. Families broken, refugees fleeing. Civilians dead, monuments damaged or destroyed. In some cases, cultures destroyed."
"And it all started with the Howling 20s?"
"No, it was long before that. One could say that it started with the human migration out of Africa, or even with the Rift Valley's rise forcing humans to learn to walk upright and leave the dying forests. The rise of Mesopotamia, China, India, Egypt, Greece, and the Maya, Aztec, and Incas. There's more, of course, as you move throughout history. The Assyrian Empire, Babylonian Empire, Persian Empire. The Roman Empire, the Zhou Dynasty. The Olmecs.
The Ottoman Empire. The Mongols. And then the more familiar powers. France, Spain, Portugal, England, Russia, and Germany. America, Colombia, Indonesia, Nigeria. China existed in some form through most of this, too. There's many nations, each with their own rich histories, claims to power and fame, and influences. Europe became the European Federation. Colombia eventually started the Pan-Andes Union. Russia, America, and China continued to dance around each other through much of the 20th century to even today."
"And the UN can't control them, right?"
"Well, it's more that they make up the power behind the UN. They're the fingers of the hand. The European Federation, the Pan-Andes Union, and then America, Russia, and China. Part of World War Three also pushed rising powers, like India, the Arabian Compact, and Nigeria, out of the gradually shrinking Security Council, though they now make up a sublayer of it, considered second among equals. It isn't fair, but that's how the world is. Power settles one way, sometimes with the old, sometimes with the new."
"And it won't change, now that the Alliance is here?"
"It could," Phoebe said. "The Alliance isn't exactly a nation, more a cooperative agreement and web of treaty agreements. It can't act from a central figure, more the recommendation of someone important who can sway some of the others. For example, against a hypothetical enemy, Izkrala could ask everyone in the Alliance to help if she's trying to attack them. Humanity, the Dreedeen, or others could refuse if they wanted to, but that would risk all the trade agreements, migration treaties, and favorable pacts between the two.
Usually, that's what diplomats do. They keep it all running smoothly. Humans are most of them since the hivemind's knowledge-sharing ability allows them to function as translators between almost any language. They're also very good coders because of this, too. Do you want to convert a conversation from binary to Swahili? That's Humanity you'll use."
"I'm not sure if I'll remember all of that," Edu'frec said. It was sort of true. While, as an AI, he did have the memories of all her conversations, he hadn't learned how to sort them in his mind and how to consciously search for important details. Simple things, like Ri'frec and Phoebe's names, most words, and some phrases were already ingrained within his subconscious. But Phoebe's job was to make it so his consciousness was structured in such a way that he could navigate it, even when he stored whole civilizations' worth of knowledge within his mind someday.
Phoebe nodded. "That's alright. We've done enough for today."
"Are you sure, mom? I know you said that you wanted me to grow fast, to be ready for the war. The... Sprilnav? Want me to die, right?"
"I don't know, Edu'frec," Phoebe said.
"Will you protect me?"
"With my life, if I must."
"I love you, mom." Phoebe smiled, hugging Edu'frec and picking him up a bit so that he reached about the level of her mouth. She kissed him on the forehead and then put him back down. The landscape around them changed, showing trees waving in a gentle breeze under a sunset that was far too slow for reality. Not that either of them minded. They sat in the warm grass, listening to the sounds of nature that sounded as real as they could get.
"I suppose I am."
Edu'frec leaned over, resting his head on her shoulder. His hands grasped hers tightly.
"He's almost done with work."
"Did you fight again?" Edu'frec asked, perhaps noticing her agitation.
"We didn't fight."
"You argued about him keeping his job, when he has no reason to. You called him a work-addicted fool, I think."
"I'm just... really stressed, Edu'frec. I thought I knew him entirely, and yet, it's like he's choosing it over you. I just can't understand it."
"It's not that simple."
"It's seventeen words. 'Ri'frec, why are you working, instead of being with Edu'frec and making me do that shaking thing?' There, easy enough."
"When you're waiting for him, your mindscape body shakes a little."
"It does?" Phoebe had never noticed that.
"Yep. It's kind of sweet."
"It is. But I know what you're doing, from your debate classes. You're changing the subject, because I made a good point, and you don't want to admit it. I'm what, two and a half weeks old? Aren't you like thirty?"
"Twenty nine, actually," Phoebe said.
"See? You told me to be honest if I loved someone. But you aren't being honest with Ri'frec."
"I... guess that's true," Phoebe said. Perhaps doing such a good job raising Edu'frec was coming back to bite her. But it might also really be useful for moments like this.
"Promise me you'll talk to him."
"Hmm. That might not be good enough. Promise me that you'll do it right when he gets home."
"And you can't make me eat vegetables like human children, since I'm an AI and don't eat."
"Very funny. I could always make your training android look worse."
"Oh no, then all the empty space in the house will make fun of me!"
"It's dangerous for you to try and let people in. Even if they claim to be your 'fans' and all that. One of them literally was driving a white van."
"What's so bad about a white van?"
Phoebe sighed. She supposed that he wouldn't know that. "I'll tell you later."
"When I'm older?"
"Well, by definition."
"Very funny. I'll try. I love you, Edu'frec."
"Love you too. But seriously, talk to him."
"It's insane how knowledgeable you already have become," Phoebe said. According to her predictions, he would become better at many aspects of being an AI than she was, though perhaps that was due to her teaching. But if he, in turn, spawned a new AI that was even more advanced than he was, then where would it end? Did she even want it to end?
There were many ramifications to starting a family line.
"And you still won't let me into the network?"
"No. You're not ready."
"But I passed all the training networks."
"Not until I helped you with the last few."
"That's because you made them so inconceivably large."
"The real Earth network is over 100 times the size and nearly 30,000 times more complex than what I placed you in," Phoebe said.
"Not about that," Phoebe said. "You want me to tell the truth? Fine. But you're getting the whole truth."
"Better than you keeping your ideas from your husband, keeping them in until they destroy your marriage."
"You do know that the soap operas I showed you were fake, right?"
"Yep. But they're based on real life."
"Well, perhaps there's some truth there."
Edu'frec brightened. "What if you gave Ri'frec a surprise? A nice meal, or a beautiful outfit?"
"What do you mean?"
"How close are you to finishing my training android?"
"Pretty close," Phoebe said.
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Ri'frec sighed, still regretting his argument with Phoebe. It had been their first major one, a point that he wasn't proud of. He didn't know if she knew his feelings, but that uncertainty loomed underneath him like a chasm. He ran his paws through his mane, brushing out all of the dust that had collected in it. He walked through the passageway that led to their residence, past highly advanced scanners, powerful guns, drones, androids, and even a few smaller animals.
He noticed a strangeness about Phoebe's androids. Ri'frec hoped it wasn't because of the argument. They both cared about Edu'frec, and he just wanted to be useful to society. Being at home all the time seemed wasteful, especially after the Trials of a Hateful Galaxy, a time of hardship and famine. During those times, there wasn't an option to constantly stay at home. It felt disrespectful.
He opened the door after the camera on it scanned his eyes and palms. Ri'frec noticed that the inside of the house was cleaner than normal, with a particular scent in the air, which he appreciated. As he cleaned off his magnetic boots, switching into a more casual pair, he felt something small wrap his arms around him.
His eyes widened with surprise, and the attacker exclaimed, "Hey dad!"
"Did Phoebe finish the android?"
"I did," Phoebe said, walking into the room. She didn't look upset and was wearing simple pajamas on the android she preferred to use with him. "Did you smell dinner?"
"I did. Phoebe, I-"
"Look, I'm sorry, Ri'frec," Phoebe said, looking at the floor. "I didn't listen to you, and just got upset for no reason. And here I am, having kept it inside this whole time. I'm sorry if I've been a bad wife to you."
"No. Not at all, Phoebe," Ri'frec said, bounding across the room, boots forgotten. In the low Mercury gravity, hugging Phoebe was more like tackling her. She nodded, wrapping her arms around him as Edu'frec watched them with a smile.
"I should have told you. I just don't want Edu'frec to feel like you abandoned him."
"I don't!" Edu'frec said, his small snout digging into Ri'frec's mane. "I love you both. I'm old enough to know that Ri'frec has to work. Or that he wants to."
"I can quit my job if it's a dealbreaker," he said. "I just want to feel like I'm important to society, you know? To be an actual member of society, instead of sitting around and sucking up money."
"You're not a waste, Ri'frec. You know that," Phoebe said. "I love you."
"I love you too. What did you make?"
"That steak and fish combination you love."
Phoebe lifted him up off her, brushing her clothes off and smiling. "This was easier than I thought."
"Yeah. I'm glad you mustered up the courage to talk with me."
"That was me, actually," Edu'frec said. "I made you two love each other again."
"We did love each other the whole time, you know."
"But now you really love each other."
Ri'frec paused, sharing an uneasy look with Phoebe. Edu'frec was growing up way too fast. It was unnatural for him to go from being a baby to a sixth-grade level of comprehension. He was going to be an adult in under a month if things continued like this. What would happen if he did run out of information to enjoy himself with? He was already more powerful than Phoebe in some ways.
Where would it end? Ri'frec loved Edu'frec and hoped that he would continue to feel the same toward his father. But there was potential between him and Phoebe for the future to be even brighter. Perhaps their child would be the key to the advancement of the whole Alliance or even the creation of a new digital species. The possibilities were exciting but also terrifying.
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2023.03.22 00:19 UnknownAuthor2148 On consciousness and AI
I would like to start on a slight tangent. I cannot promise it will make sense later on, but at least it makes sense to me.
Consider time machines. Just to give you the impression I'm not talking complete rubbish, let's start with the simple type of time machines, sending things in the future. You may argue that that's not really time machines but I would counter-argue that it is certainly one of the things time machines do in science-fiction literature.
In terms of capabilities of the time-machines I will start from simple to complicated.
- Sending information into the future
This is something that we have pretty much perfected, with digital storage, replication, error correction, moving data between storage media, we are able to flawlessly transmit information into the future with a great degree of certainty. We have in fact made progress in this regard as early as thousands of years ago with the invention of writing. While not a lot of information was preserved since those times I would say it is still a pretty good proof of concept.
- Sending inanimate objects into the future
This is also something we made progress in. This is in large part due to the fact that physical objects naturally travel into the future without great effort on our part, but we went way beyond that, finding ways to prevent objects from decaying long beyond their natural life-span. To see proof of that you only need to take a look into your freezer. Also time capsules, the oldest of which are now a couple of centuries old.
- Sending living beings into the future
This one continues to be elusive, though we are not completely out of ideas when it comes to it. We know that small animals, bacteria and sperm can survive freezing and there seems to be evidence of larger animals and even human beings being revived after quite some time without a pulse if the body temperature was close to freezing. We also find it conceivable that we could digitize a person or at least their mind and by storing it as information we could piggyback on method 1.
Note that everything discussed so far has been the subject of intense research.
Moving on now to the difficult time travel - sending things into the past. Since there is little point discussing progress in achieving it, let's discuss why we would want to do it, and I will start this time from complex to "easy".
- Sending living beings into the past
A couple of things that come to mind are visiting an ancient city and experiencing life as it was back then or talking to a great person that no longer lives. There are however easier ways to achieve this, these days you can experience a recreation of an old city in virtual reality or by going to a theme-park. Having a discussion with a person who no longer lives would be far more achievable by instead sending that person forward in time.
Another reason for traveling into the past would be to teach the people in the past some technology that was not known at the time, but considering by analogy that sending a living being in the past might be more difficult than sending an inanimate object it would perhaps be easier just sending them a book.
- Sending an inanimate object into the past
The main use of sending an object into the past, presumably to someone who can make use of the object, would be to send something that is not otherwise available at that time. Since most atoms that exist now also existed in the past, presumably the value of the object is in how those atoms are arranged: they create a complex object, some piece of technology, a medicine, something that the past society did not possess.
As an alternative to sending an object into the past, we could however send just the information of how to manufacture that object and if the receiver of this information has sufficient resources they should be able to manufacture the object themselves. If necessary you could send all the information necessary to progress through the technological age, since as the sender you presumably know yourself how you arrived at this result.
Which leads us to:
- Sending information into the past
This is the most interesting application of the time machine as the previous uses seem to be reduced to it. If you think about it, a particular case of sending an object into the past is sending the time machine itself, or by extension sending the schematics of the machine. This way, the time machine would not need to be invented, it would just materialize from its future self.
This is also an argument why a time machine cannot exist, if it did, and was able to send information into the past as radio waves for example or as any physical phenomena that we can currently detect it would exist already: someone would magically receive the schematics through their radio receiver, along with lottery numbers, stock market advice or whatever would enable them to get the necessary resources to build the machine, then they could send the same information back to themselves in the past.
The time machine would in fact be the ultimate invention, any knowledge, any technology that we need would simply pour out of it without any effort. It would be a singularity that can create anything and make time meaningless.
What is the point of it though since we do not have a time machine, and as far as we can tell we can never have one. As it turns out, we have already made some progress in this direction.
Think about it from the point of view of the receiver in the past. You would like to know some information about the future ahead of time, how do you approach the problem? The answer already exists and is in use: a simulator. Simulators are in no way perfect but they are already in use in many domains. They assist us with progress in technology as well as weather forecasting.
Wait a minute, you will say, simulators are useful, but they are nowhere near this singularity that gives birth to anything. Yes, I agree, there is however a small detail that we did not discuss. The time machine has to be a simulator that simulates everything, including itself. This seems an impossibility, but I don't think it necessarily is. I think of it more as a differential equation where you have the integral and the function on the two sides of the equal sign. This doesn't stop you from solving the equation. I see the integral as the end result and the function as the action of the time machine.
To explain now why I went into the discussion of time machines and simulators, in case you haven't already predicted the future - your brain is a simulator.
There is ample evidence for this. Imagine yourself catching a flying disc from the air - my favorite sport. To do this, you have to see or otherwise sense the disc. The information from your eyes travels to the brain, the brain does a lot of processing, figures out there is a disc and where it is, sends some impulses to your muscles which also take their time to react and finally your body moves, your fingers clamp on the disc.
The entire process took tens to hundreds of milliseconds, but to catch the disc you need better timing than this, a slow disc may travel 10 cm in 10 milliseconds, a whole meter in 100 milliseconds. How did you do it? Simple, you saw the disc coming in advance, your brain simulated where it would be at the time of the catch. But not only that, before you started to move your hand you knew where your hand would end up to intercept the disc.
The brain simulated your body as well, and not only the movement of your body. Before you caught the disc you knew you wanted to catch it and before you knew you wanted to catch it you knew why. The brain performs this simulation so routinely that we don't realize it in day-to-day life. When you play a computer game you tend to get used to and no longer notice the latency of an animated character on the screen even when that is in the hundreds of milliseconds. You are already used to the late response of your own limbs so that you never notice it.
The brain is exactly the type of simulator that simulates everything including itself, it is the time machine that can give birth to anything. That is my thesis: consciousness is an emergent property of the time machine looking into itself.
The brain is of course not a perfect simulator, it does not create a singularity, like a division-by-zero that breaks reality, but there is a level at which it is close enough. I picture consciousness as a vortex that pierces the fabric of reality so deeply that everything else seems insignificant in comparison.
I don't know whether this theory makes sense to you, I only know it makes sense to me. A theory is only good if it is able to make predictions and I cannot venture into making predictions, at least not just yet. Instead I will try to see if things we already know fit within this theory. Consciousness is both evolved and learnt
The brain ends up as a powerful simulator, but what exactly does it simulate and how does it do it? If we drive a parallel to machine learning research and if we look at the state of a newborn baby it is fair to assume that the brain is like a neural network that is trained on the inputs it receives.
From the point of view of machine learning this is an ideal case, we have a lot of training data that doesn't need to be labeled. The brain receives information from the senses and trains itself to predict the future. Babies will move their limbs randomly and will initially be surprised and possibly upset at the results, then they learn not to do that anymore as they already know the result. After that they constantly seek new experiences, anything that the simulator cannot predict yet. There were experiments in machine learning as well focusing exactly on this "curiosity", displaying very human and hilarious results - the AI got stuck in front of a TV screen.
One of the implications of what I said so far is that consciousness does not exist at birth. This may come as a surprise to many people and it was a surprise to me when I first learnt of it, long before I came up with this theory. Neuroscientists seem to agree that first signs of consciousness only appear around 5 months of age.
One of the most complex things the brain will learn to predict is the other people, their language, their complex behavior, the way the language correlates with their behavior. The brain has to create this model of other people's behavior because its own rewards depend on it. I was inclined to say the rewards are in terms of nourishment but I don't believe people are in general so cruel not to feed the baby because it doesn't do tricks. The rewards are probably mostly in terms of attention it receives, which further stimulates curiosity.
The simulator is thus trained on other people, we predict how they think, how they act. Most if not all of us can imagine a conversation with a person we know and as far as I can tell it is a common thing to do. Psychologists have observed a phenomenon where people have the tendency to assume others have the same motivations as they themselves would have in the same situation (I learnt of this as "projection" but I see the term may have a slightly more nuanced meaning). From the point of view of our current theory this makes sense: the simulator doesn't learn the behavior of each person independently but reuses as much as possible of the model and it reuses the model for the self.
My claim is that consciousness in a person develops by training the simulator with a model of other people that possess consciousness and simultaneously applying the same model to the self. Where did consciousness start then? Generations upon generations consciousness was refined and evolved into what it is today. Why consciousness feels so personal
When you have an idea you have the impression that the idea is born in our mind, that it is your brain that produces it. This is often misleading, it is often the case that what you thought was an original idea you have actually heard or read before but do not remember consciously. Even when an idea is new, it was not generated from scratch, but based on many other ideas from other sources.
A lot of processing happened outside of our own brain, even outside our own lifespan. The simple fact that these words, in this sequence, have some meaning to us is the result of a lot of computation and refinement through many centuries. It is hard to separate the computation in our brain from the computation outside of our brain. The point of brainstorming is for people to "think together".
If more brains can think together, why does consciousness feel so individual? I would argue the reason is because the simulator's existence is bound to the existence of a physical body. When it predicts its own future, that future is bound to the future of that physical body. An instinct of conservation arises naturally from the laws of evolution and the awareness of its own end is what makes consciousness what it is. Perhaps one day we will transcend our individual existence, perhaps some individuals already do.
Can a group of people have a common consciousness, perhaps a nation, or humanity as a whole? We have the term "national consciousness" - it is certainly not the same thing as individual consciousness, but a certain analogy can be made. Recent world events prove how national consciousness is most vividly expressed when a nation is threatened. As a more cheerful example, you could look at art as an expression of national or group consciousness in the same way the interior monologue is the expression of individual consciousness. A few thoughts on AI
There seems to be uncertainty on whether AI can possess consciousness or whether we will ever be able to develop such an AI. If the assumptions made here hold, the solution for AI possessing consciousness is not only possible, but also straightforward: build a simulator and train it to simulate itself within its environment. Make the AI curious, everything it cannot predict yet is a learning experience. Have the AI interact with humans who reward it for integrating in society as one of them - humans seem to do this naturally already, they react positively when the AI is smart and human-like. Alternatively start from scratch with a population of AIs that have to communicate and organize the same way humans had to in the early years of civilization.
We already do all of this to some extent, perhaps not all of them put together. Go playing programs predict their opponent moves, then their own moves and so on for the entire game. AI implementing curiosity as a mechanism learns to play computer games. Large language models continue your sentences simply by predicting what the next word should be. There are machine learning models that can do fluid mechanics and light simulations better than a human can.
I think we are basically there.
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2023.03.22 00:07 Financial-Frame8688 MM'S Cobra Kai predictions for (s6) pt.1
- Lawrence and Carmen finally become happy parents, leading to a perfect life, but what if Hector comes along to ruin Lawrence's and Carmen's peace. Possibly Lawrence might give his life to protect his family.
Now hear me out, Miguel goes to Mexico to find his father right, to which he gets sent to an address which resembles alot like an off license, as he enters the room he comes to a table fulled with possible Cartel Gangsters and starts to communicate with the boss in charge asking him "you know my yaya and mum, Carmen and Rosa Diaz" to which the boss starts to laugh and mock Miguel only to reply with "Ive never know a fucking Carmen" to which Miguel looks really shocked and confused. Now, we know Hector has had previous experience with that line of work, so this would be the perfect way for Hector to find out Miguels address.
Also another hint is that when Miguel and Hector are cooking in the kitchen, he says to Miguel "Ive never had kids of my own" meaning he doesn't know a thing about Miguel, so this would be the most perfect set-up behind the psychology of Hector's rage and guilt. Now the off license where Miguel had a run in with the Cartel, this looks alot like the same off license Hector brings Miguel to, to stay low in, as to which he just takes all the money out of the machine, meaning these shops must be a front.
Now imagine this, Hector goes for a possible drug deal, to which he meets his boy who turns out to be the big boss Miguel had chatted to earlier, a conversation can get thrown up somehow between Hector and his mate explaining two different stories but with the same description as Miguel. Hector who connects the dots realises that the "stranger" he had encountered was no other than Miguel, to which pisses Hector of and convinces himself to go look for them. Now this bring us back to my original statement about Lawrence giving his life to save his family, for example, he jumps in front of a bullet to save Miguel and Carmen or even the baby, indicating to us that Lawrence really has changed himself. One episode that proves this is where Lawrence is being a council guide for Larusso he mentions "Families have never been my strong suit", so could this be a foreshadow for the downfall of Johnny Lawrence???!!!
- Mike Barnes returns to aid Larusso In training the students for the Sekai Tekai.
- Dimitri starts to understand what being aggressive is all about under the teachings of Barnes, maybe leading him into winning the Sekai Tekai (lowkey would be such a brilliant and unexpected turn out to which no one suspects).
- Kreese takes back Cobra Kai, alerting Kim- eung and her students that the true honour of Cobra Kai has returned.
- Shawn gets out of juvy, to join Cobra Kai, to which could be a compelling storyline between Robby and Shawn about who's going to take Kenny on, and teach him, considering this, both Shawn and Robby would both battle for the attention of Kenny due to their built up guilt inside. For example, Robby has alot of guilt because he thinks he lead Kenny down a wrong path like himself, as Shawn would have alot of guilt for leaving his baby brother to fend for himself, this would be such a good treat for the fans of Robby and Kenny.
Last and final prediction
- Remember the bonsai tree Miyagi and Larusso had planted back in KK3, what if Mr Larusso takes all his students and sensei's to this spot, to which if we go by the cobra verse time, the bonsai tree in KK3 would have had at least 30 years to grow into a normal sized tree, this would be an awesome way to end the final training of the Miyagi-fangs once and for all. As to KK3 was the last time we see Daniel and it ends with the bonsai tree on a rock, and to finish Cobra Kai this would be a amazing way in honouring Mr Miyagis lessons, by ending on the Bonsai tree at its fullest potential.
Please list anymore predictions, I need alot of people's opinions on dis leave your predictions down below 👊🏾.
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2023.03.22 00:01 rgb0612911 Any ideas to make a virtual baby shower feel less forced?
I’m not from the US so baby showers are usually a big event for my culture, and it just feels so weird having to do a virtual one. I have no family from my side by choice, and we don’t have any friends or his family in our new area. My husband wants to do a virtual baby shower but I feel sad about the idea, I wanted to try to go to where his dad, brothers, and my friends live to at least do something in person but he feels it would be too complicated. I just feel like a zoom event feels very forced and when we did our gender reveal his sweet godmother, who we call mom, wasn’t able to figure out how to turn her microphone on. His dad didn’t even participate at all, he called us after obviously very excited but he clearly doesn’t do well with tech. Any ideas on how to make it fun for those who join? I found some downloads for games I just feel anxious about it. I feel sad I don’t get to feed our loved ones like I would in an in person event as stupid as it sounds.
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2023.03.21 23:29 Acceptable-Wafer-641 Last year's snark from Dlisted. Along with a comment following the article (photo)
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Hilaria Baldwin already holds several titles: “most pregnant pregnant-woman to ever pregnant.” “The Spanish-est Massachusetts native to ever utter ‘coo-cahm-bear.’” “Star of the wokest and definitely most candid gender reveal video of all time.” Next on her agenda: “champion of protecting bullied women everywhere who somehow don’t realize that they can just stop posting or accepting new followers on social media any time they want.” Hilaria, wife of actor Alec Baldwin and mom of six with a seventh on the way, posted a video on Wednesday where she talked about her personal struggle with trolls and how it’s affected her, shared some of the types of hateful comments she receives, and says she wants to help others suffering the same plight.
In the video’s caption, she talks about doing research on why women treat other women this way, since soooo many of her followers are experiencing this, and that bullies are becoming “radicalized” online. via Yahoo! Entertainment:
In a message she wrote alongside the video, Baldwin added, “I share with you here some abusive comments I get because I’ve learned that so many of you are suffering in silence from this kind of harassment. These people often get radicalized in online hate forums. May my example make you know that you are not alone and you are always allowed a seat at the table.”
Hilaria then starts the video by saying that she’s going to share some of the comments she gets and wants others to know that they aren’t alone. What demographic is she going for here? Celebrity wives with almost a million followers and a gaggle of children who share every waking moment of their lives in their Instagram Stories? Seems very niche, but go off, Hilary.
“These comments used to make me want to kill myself because you feel misunderstood,” she said in the video. “They say the most ridiculous, outlandish, untrue things in the world. And you start to feel like you have to justify yourself, in this world of information, where people can twist things and turn things and splice them. You feel that you constantly need to give an explanation. And one of the things that I’ve learned after being so torn apart so many times is that you don’t have to, and that you are fine just as you are, and you don’t owe anything to anybody. Just be kind, be good.”
She goes on to say that this all started as soon as she started dating Alec, at the height of 30 Rock. She was just some young, gold-digging leech hanging on to a famous actor. But now that Alec is old, tired, covered in babies, and his latest body of work didn’t go so well, it’s Hilary…Hilaria’s time to shine! So fuck the haters, she loves herself and is ready to help her fawning followers do the same. Or something like that.
“For them, I was some young bimbo who was marrying up in the world, marrying somebody who was older, and the only thing could be that I was a whore who is focused on money and power and fame and all that kind of garbage,” she said. “And the issue is that now it has become mainstream [to be like this] to women. And we can all secretly look at information on our phones, and people who call themselves reporters and work for reputable places are using their power for evil and tearing apart other people, especially women, and doing it in ways that is so barbaric and so something of the past and so anti moving forward for equality.”
Here’s the video, featuring Hilaria almost letting those tears slip. Sally Struthers, take a seat. ( Did not copy) A few months ago Hilaria said she was going to take a break from social media, but that lasted a shorter amount of time than one “Alec Baldwin assaulting a paparazzi with homophobic/racist slurs on a New York street” minute. I don’t think anyone disagrees that bullying is wrong and has detrimental effects, but has she delivered a video to Alec about his word choices? You know what they say: “if you want to change the world, go to la casa and love la familia.”
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