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Blizzard Fanbase and Redemption

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 12, 2014, 9:14 AM




I think I needed to add this as an addendum to one of my posts.

I ask this question because there are plenty of people who, in fact a lot more people, who defend Arthas despite the Lich King expansion, or Kael'thas, or Illidan.  
Hell, I saw several videos of people asking Chris Metzen at Blizzcon whether or not Illidan will be brought back from the grave and given a redemption story.  And that's when Chris stated he loves a good redemption story.
But does anyone ask this of Nel?  No.  No one.  Not a single one.
I feel like I'm alone here.  
Chris Metzen gets all excited over the fact they might give Illidan, a man who pretty much did a similar thing that Neltharion did, a proper redemption story...but Nel himself?  Nope.
Because Blizzard are a bunch of assholes to their dragons unless those dragons transform into sexy, stripperific humanoids.  

Alexstrasza by sade75311

Case in point.  ^

Yeah.

Illidan Stormrage, I think a lot of people were excited about him coming back.  And something I noted every time I hear about how Chris Metzen wanting to do redemption stories.



This guy.  I'm slowly starting really not like him.

So, when he seemed rather excited about redemption stories, it's related to either Arthas or Illidan.  And I noticed what was popular when the fanbase mentions their favorite villains.

Arthas, Illidan, Kael'thas.  Those are the big names.

And I understand why.  Mostly I understand why Illidan and why Arthas.

Because we do see how they fall.  

Arthas, we had the whole of Warcraft III and a book dedicated to where he went wrong.

Arthas Menethil by Sendolarts

And Illidan shared some of that light there.

Then we had an entire trilogy dedicated to where Illidan went wrong.  

Illidan Stormrage 2 by sandara


And yes, Neltharion was in that trilogy.

But did we see where he went wrong?  Nope.

One chapter showing Neltharion pretending that he was a good guy, only to be very insulted by the strange little man accusing him of things he hasn't done yet, but will later on because of that little man (I'm talking about Krasus here).  One chapter at the beginning of the second book showing Neltharion already tormenting a demon and talking to himself, well, to the Old Gods.  And then the moment he becomes Deathwing and balloons out.  And then we see him going even further murderously crazy when Malfurion steals the Dragon Soul..

Oh, and Alexstrasza can't keep her stupid mouth shut.

Neltharion's story progression.  This is what it looks like.  

From this...



To this...



Hell, the stupid game card image of his pre-corruption look...makes Neltharion look more evil than his Deathwing look!

This is why I hated the TCG image.  Aside from it being completely wrong in color.  It doesn't make Nel look like he was a good guy once.

We had one book where we could at least feel sorry for Sintharia.  In Night of the Dragon as Krasus was describing all the horrible things Deathwing did when he raped Sintharia.  We actually saw her feel sad and horrified by it.  So, we did feel sorry for her.

How was Deathwing represented in that story?  Aside from being a complete monster, he's Snidely Whiplash playing the Merovingian. 




Tell me about the Matrix, Deathwing.

In Day of the Dragon he was again Snidely Whiplash as the Merovingian.

In Through the Dark Portal Deathwing played grumpy Snidely Whiplash.

Neltharion the Worldmender by Ghostwalker2061

Sigh.  Squishy.  Keep smiling. 

The reason why I paint Neltharion with that goofy smile of his is that I'm trying to get away from how most people see him.

And I do feel like I'm alone in this whole idea.  Dragons in Warcraft aren't treated well.  And unless they wear a thong in their humanoid forms, and have big boobs, they're not treated well at all.

The only ones that are...sadly, are Krasus and Kalecgos.  But only because they had to have two dragons who the fangirls could pine over as well.

And notice they are mostly in humanoid form rather than their dragon forms.

I think I've only seen Kalec in his dragon form in the game maybe twice?  Three times almost?

Twice in two different raids by the way.  The Sunwell and the Dragon Soul.

And in a way this whole issue of why we can't sympathize with them unless they're humanoid goes back again towards my reasoning why Neltharion will not have a humanoid form.

The whole issue of validating a relationship with Neltharion...and in order to do that, we have to make him human.

Validating any sort of sympathy with Neltharion, we have to make him human.

Or give him a human form. Basically.

And once more goes back to this little rant right here.

To Ms/Mr iMau some below me...I just have to say one thing.

Why would Neltharion have to turn into a human in order to validate his relationship with a human?

Doesn't making him become human take away a bit of his identity? 

There are tons and tons of human characters out there already, so why try to convert some of the few non-human characters to that? Why ignore or discard everything that defines the character?

So, What's the point of there being a dragon character if they never take the form of a dragon, or act like a dragon, or have their own unique draconic culture or Point of View?

The fixation of some writers on converting non-human characters to humans smacks of lazy writing and poor characterization.

Stating that a relationship is not OK solely because of the form of one of the characters-one of the people involved- implies that the content of their character doesn't matter. That their personhood and relationship lacks value merely due to their form.

This is deeply, deeply racist & speciesist. 

In fact one could parallel this to how conservatives view homosexual relationships. As in, it is not okay to have a valid relationship with someone unless the relationship is only between those of opposite sexes.

Though, this is claiming that another couple's relationship is invalid solely because the details make a particular person uncomfortable. This is not generally held to be a philosophically, morally or legally valid position in modern times.

That is by far the most beautiful thing I ever read as a review.  It brings me to tears!

Earth-Warder Pandaren Portrait by Ghostwalker2061

Snuggly face.

Doofy smile too.

He's so adorkable it's hurts.

Wrathion Neltharion Lili Stormstout by Ghostwalker2061

See?  This can work, guys.  See the fun he's having?  With his kid.  And Lili Stormstout.

The Adventures of Wrathion, Nel, and Lili.

We could turn that into a cartoon.

So, the issue I've seen that yeah, Chris Metzen is always for redemption stories.  And everyone love that.  Except the redemption stories are for characters people already know about.  

What I'm proposing perhaps is really tell Nel's story.  Which is why I write the stories I write.  I don't care about Illidan or Arthas.  Their stories are already told.  They already have a large fanbase, and lots of fanfiction.  The fanfics I see on Neltharion are all about either him as Deathwing, or him being redeemed and dying or.

Sigh.  Naruto having Deathwing as the demon inside of him instead of Kurama.

Tomoe Madara Uchiha and Kurama by Ghostwalker2061

Damn, Kurama how do you even get the shaft with these people?  

I'm now seeing this image of Nel and Kurama having beer together and griping how the fanbase abuses them.


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Purists Don't Like What I did with Nel

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 10, 2014, 3:33 PM




So, last night I ran into a guy who decided to reply to every journal I had on what I was doing with Neltharion in the fanfictions as well as basically getting everyone to understand where I was taking him narrative wise as well as how it still all fits in the canon in some way.

Because I couldn't really figure out how to reply to some of these purists concerns, I pretty much sent them all to Math Nut who is a bit better at explaining it.  I'm good at writing but when it comes to the actual discussions, I fall flat on my face.

So before I get into said replies to these rather short purists slandering of trying to tell me that canon is canon and I shouldn't deviate from it...allow me to remind everyone of one thing.

The series I wrote is fanfiction.  It's good fanfiction and that's why many get a little confused to the point where they sometimes even think I'm in the lore department itself...maybe because my name is similar to Ghostcrawler.  But whatever...

Here's a link to the fanfictions so that you all can read then and refresh yourselves on their content and the characters within them.

Neltharion's Stories RepostOkay, let's just see if anyone is listening again.
Once more, I'm getting a bunch of questions of: "Where are those stories?"
I did post a journal like this before, a month ago, so I suppose I need to repost it.

Here you go.
Ten thousand years ago, a Dragon Aspect fell and a world was sundered. Yet that was a merely a reverberation from a deeper rift. For the Black Aspect was no longer one, but two. And so the fate of Azeroth hangs in the balance between each half, between Neltharion and Deathwing. For as one rises, the other falls.
Isostatic Rebound Series
1) Romancing the Coffer by Ghostwalker2061  [mirrors: 


That is the journal where I posted all the links to the stories both here and ff.net as well as the gallery regarding Neltharion.

Also I need to remind you that a lot of the journals I have that discuss Nel in the grand scheme of things are speculation and or mostly deal with what I am writing.

And I do remind everyone that I understand why Blizzard did what they did.  Because my speculations would have made for a deeper story and really bring to life who and what Neltharion/Deathwing is.  But due to time, money, EA Games executive meddling, or the fact that most players really don't give two shits about what goes along in the lore itself outside of what sort of yummy lootz they can yank off of end bosses like Deathwing, that is why they did what they did.

Also, because they wrote themselves in a hole they couldn't get out of.

That too.

I get it, most of you see Neltharion/Deathwing as this...



Admit it, you do.

It's only when I started writing the story did some become to realize there's more to him than...whether or not the end of his tail held gold.

So, here's one of the things this purist mentioned.

"knaak fleshed out neltharion in the first place (before he was just some big black dragon. Knaak gave him the "aspect of earth, fell to darkness, and went EVVVVVVVIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!"

So, basically this...



So from that to...



That.

Right.   Yeah, Knaak flushed that out rather nicely, huh?  No he didn't.  We barely saw who Neltharion was during the time that he was an Aspect, we saw the fall, but pretty much it was stated Neltharion was already gone by the time the Burning Legion came through the portal and tried to take over Azeroth prior to the Sundering.

No, wait, you see, this purist wrote that statement when I was griping about Knaak's retcon.  Got it.  So, Prot-dragon Nel with Caveman speak and pretty much barely any character outside of: "Hulk Smash!" is the only tried and true way that Neltharion should be looked at and how dare I question such a shoddy piece of written literature.  One of the lore buffs that I know of actually told everyone to avoid Dawn of the Aspects because it was so badly written.  So, I'm not alone in that regard.  That story is horrible.  But from what I got from this guy, I'm not supposed to deviate away from that and how dare I even say that the source material actually misrepresents one of its characters.

You know, something that I say all the time.

But this is how Math Nut puts it...

Even if this were true, the fact that he may have "went evil" doesn't mean he "was evil", "went completely evil", or "always will be evil". This even applies to Deathwing himself in both canon and AU, not just Neltharion.

The Adventurer's perspective is too limited, to conditioned & distorted to supply an accurate perspective on Deathwing or Neltharion's character.
Yes, again, the purist proves my point on the black and white and skewed reality of the Adventurer, aka the Player Character.  And that the Player Character only sees what the game wants it to see or what he or she wants to see.  As in, you are a mercenary and you are hired to do a job.  The last thing you care about is whether or not the giant dragon you're hired to kill has a backstory or even feelings.  Or maybe the giant dragon you're hired to kill is actually right about what he's doing.  Nope, you don't worry about that nor do you see the consequences of your actions when you perform your job.  

Because fuck it, that giant dragon has some Purple Armor hiding in its asshole and I'm gonna get it!

And the whole you PCs don't really care whether or not said dragon has a story to tell, or feelings, or maybe he is actually right in his villainy...boils down to this...

Deathwing was a well intentioned extremist who was actually doing his job.  And that the whole Cataclysm wasn't about black and white morality, but shades of gray.  And not 50 Shades of Grey, which some of you are probably already making that joke now.

However, I will agree that Deathwing's outcome of his well intentioned villainy was a bit too harsh.  Which is why I brought Nel back from his hiding spot of being tormented.  Because you know, there is another way, right?

There's always another way.

Neltharion the Worldmender by Ghostwalker2061

See, doesn't that face now make you a bit more sympathetic to him?  See how adorable he is?  And broken.  He's so broken we need to fix him with glue, love, and lots of snuggly blankets and plush toys.  

So, here's the other purist thought...which is actually extremely incorrect...

I think he really was going by that fanfilm I showed everyone.

Neltharion and Deathwing were one and the same in canon though. He attacks Krasus because Krasus realizes he's a monster
Um, no.  That's not what happened.

Going by the source material I did address this once before as to why I thought the fanfilm misrepresented that scene so horrendously wrong.  The fan film made it out that Neltharion, who was already at least acting like Deathwing, was already doing the horrible shit he's known for as Deathwing even during the time of the Sundering.  And that he silenced Krasus because Krasus was on to his villainy.

No, this is grossly incorrect in all accounts.

As the Math Nut also puts it...

He attacks Krasus for his slander, as discussed. Because Krasus was accusing him of things that he hadn't even fathomed doing. The idea to betray the dragons, and the evidence that it might be necessary was created by Krasus's interference.

Neltharion, in the book, when he first meets Krasus, is a bit snarky to him, but overall, he was rather pleasant and very amused by Krasus' shock in seeing him.  

It was only until Neltharion got a good look at him that Krasus realized that the insanity had already taken root.  Neltharion noted Krasus staring at him and realized something was up.  Neltharion holds the Power of Heart.  He can see into the hearts and minds of others.  Even I address this in my fanfiction.  But in my fanfiction, because of Nel being so broken, he tends to wrongly interpret what his powers are reading from the individual.  That's one of his major flaws.

Here, Neltharion is insightful enough to not only read Krasus but interpret that Krasus thinks he's going to do something bad or had already done something bad.  As in this statement here...

 You would speak against me...make the others see me as you do...you would have them distrust their comrade of old...their brother...You will not be allowed to spread any of your malicious falsehoods...
Here's this guy that Nel's never met before all of a sudden looking at him like he was some sort of criminal, and already sentencing him for a crime he has not committed yet.  And yeah, because of Krasus failing at having a poker face, Neltharion then escalate his plans of betrayal because this one guy might make the other Aspects turn against him.  Basically him becoming Deathwing was only as a means to protect his assets and his flight.

Burning the Burning Legion by Ghostwalker2061

However, I think Nel and Krasus teaming up in Murozond's Gift was pretty awesome.  I mean look at them!  Krasus and Neltharion, super best friends forever!!!!!  Or at least in Nel's mind.  Krasus had other issues.

Second thing the Purist said...

The black dragons were killed because they were evil dickbags who attacked other dragons

Where do I go from there.  Math Nut has an answer.

Some were killed for waging war against other dragons, some for self-defense, some out of a desire to protect others. And others to try and "purge the corruption".
But lots were killed for totally unrelated reasons, such as because Adventurers--mercenaries-- wanted gold, or wanted their possessions. Others like Torth were killed because they fought back against their slavers.
There's a complex set of reasons in-universe. Since characters consider them "the bad guys", they consider it open season on black dragons-- little justification is required to attack or kill them.
This again leads back to the mercenaries of World of Warcraft, the PCs actually, being total dicks.

And this also goes to the whole thing about showing sympathy towards Twilight Dragons too.  

And if you want to read my long-winded little journal on that...

Neltharion and the Twilight DragonflightNeltharion is a unique Aspect.  Very, very unique.  Yup, he really is a Special Snowflake.  And it has nothing to do with his powers.  More or less, it has to do with...Neltharion isn't the leader of one dragonflight, he's the leader of THREE!
Neltharion is the leader of the Black Dragonflight, the indirect progenitor of the Netherwing Flight, and the leader of the Twilight Dragonflight.  Neltharion, he's got three Dragonflights.  
So, about the Twilight Dragons.
Let's talk about these guys for a moment.
Those are Twilight Drakes there.
A little history of the Twilight Flight.
Taken straight from Wowpedia.
The twilight dragonflight is a dragonflight created by the results of magical experiments carried out by Sintharia upon dragon eggs. Using ancient dragon artifacts and the powers of the&


And again, this goes back to the first discussion of asking a question of whether or not it was right to kill them...given that there are possibilities of saving them.

Which is why in the AU canon, as in my fanon storyline, that is why we have Neltharion.  That is why we have given him a second chance to show that it is possible.  Nel is far from perfect and he makes a lot of mistakes, a whole lot of mistakes.  But that's the point of him not being a Mary Sue character.  He's powerful, yeah, but this is merely tempered by a lot of his emotional baggage, which is justified given where he comes from.  He's not a brooding emo dragon, he actually does have a lot of mental problems.  Pretty much to cure him without all those mental disabilities that he has that would paint him as a Mary Sue.  

But I hoped to one day show everyone what could have been, and when it comes down to it, it's a bit more gratifying than what we got.  And that's fine if some people don't like it.  But here's a thing, If you really want to discuss why what I'm doing is wrong, then give me some reasons why.  And not what's written in canon, actually come up with your own reasons why I shouldn't have Nel be saved.  Or why I'm wrong a lot on my speculations.  

Certainly give me something a bit more than what this one purist did.

So, tell me, how is it that what I created, the fanfiction I wrote, shouldn't even exist?  Why shouldn't I explore this one character?  Answer me that.


Hell, can someone give me the argument why I should only follow canon and not give Neltharion a proper character develop?


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Internet Scam Investigation

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 9, 2014, 10:40 AM




So I found this in my spam box and I feel I should share it with the world.

Because of how beautifully stupid it is.

  • From the desk of
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  • Head Internet Scam Investigation

  • Economic and Financial Crimes Commission


  • Attention Beneficiary,


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  • This information is reaching you from the office of the Internet Scam Investigation Group, the people you are dealing with are all internet criminals operating from different part of Africa, they only want your money and they are the same people but write you differently and that is why you received a lot of email daily and thereby confusing from know the truth since you find it very easy sending your personal information to any email claiming they have fund for you without a proper inquiry, they are not what they claim they are and I don't know if you have sent them any money at all, if yes I tell you they will keep demanding until you realize that they are impostors, it is time for you to open your eyes before you remain a victim of internet scam forever, this will serve as eye opener to you to stop further dealings at all ad follow the guideline we shall give you to find out if you truly have any REAL fund belonging to you in Africa or an! y where in the World


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  • Foreign Affairs Commission

  • Hon Patrick Ademola

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  • Your full name.

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  • Detective Emmanuel Akomaye

  • Head Internet Scam Investigation and Information Group

  • Economical and Financial Crime Commission

Hey, guys, um, I think they're getting desperate.  



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Takhisis: Just Who is She?

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 8, 2014, 2:20 PM




You know, I might as well just address this huge plot brick.  

And it's a big one.  And I'm surprised that a lot of people have yet to cry BETRAYAL when it comes to having the friggin Queen of Darkness as the head god of the universe that Kiryuu, Telek, Alan, and all of them live in.

Like what the flying fuck nuts is this bitch doing in these stories?

This bitch.

 photo Dragonlance-DoAT_36_zpsf4720f8d.jpg

Her!

 photo Takhisis_zpscf6ca748.jpg

Exactly, what the fuck is she doing in the story?

Maybe it's because most of my readers aren't readers of Dragonlance, or else they'd recognize the game.  And yes, I call her You Know Who because of this line...

  • Not even fools or children speak the name Takhisis lightly. Her name summons darkness, destruction, and death. Swathed in shadow and hatred, she desires only the domination and destruction of Krynn and its folk.
Yeah, she's the High God in my stories.

So, what the fuck is she doing in the story?

Let the Sky be Filled With Stars by Ghostwalker2061

Well, that story pretty much covers it.  Now, I'm gonna be asked if the whole War of the Lance thing happened in my universe because Takhisis became High God immediately after she got her but kicked by Huma Dragonbane.

Because evil wins?

How the hell did this happen?  Takhisis becomes the High God?

She's so over the top cliche evil that even the Wicked Witch of the West would be demanding that she dial it down a notch.

Let's just try to separate the two a bit.  Takhisis from the original source material and Takhisis from my stories are basically two different things.  As in, my Takhisis isn't a shallow, bratty bitch who doesn't get her way and throws a tantrum whenever she gets defeated by a bunch of low level PCs at the end of each story.  Yes, Takhisis, the Mistress of Evil on Krynn, gets her ass pounded by Level 4 D&D Characters every friggin' day of the week.

And these guys are pretty much the fucking Power Rangers and Takhisis is really Rita Repulsa.



Yes, you heard me!

 photo Tyranny1_zpscf693603.jpg

The giant five headed dragon is actually Rita Repulsa.  

And she pretty much sends down some sort of monster or causes some sort of shit just about every week for the continent of Ansalon.  And no, I'm not kidding about that either.  The other Gods of Darkness on Krynn don't hardly do anything.  They're pretty much like Takhisis' henchmen.  Sargonnas, (who by the way inspired the name of Sargeras from World of Warcraft, yes, that is a thing...and I wonder whether or not I'll have it as an official thing...) who's supposed to be Takhisis husband (after she was dumped by Paladine) is technically Lord Zedd, only with Rita, or Takhisis, actually calling the shots.

And I guess Chemosh is Goldar, and Morgion and Hiddekel are Squatt and Baboo.  And maybe Zeboim is Scorpina or something. 

And yes, some of you who know your theology will take note of the names, Hiddekel, Chemosh, Zeboim.  They are all names from the Bible.  Hiddekel was a river, Chemosh was was the god of the Moabites from the book of Numbers, and Zeboim was a civilization that existed in the Bible.

But here, they're all evil gods.

Because one of the original creators was a big time Methodist.  Namely Tracey Hickman.  And you can really tell in the War of the Souls Trilogy.  It wasn't as noticeable in the other books, but in the War of the Souls where the gods had a gigantic rewrite, yeah, it's obvious.

And the High God himself...or rather Himself, is actually supposed to be the actual God.  Tetragrammaton, YHWH, Jehovah...the God of Abraham and Isaac, and no, I'm not kidding.  So does that make Paladine Jesus?  Well, he does sacrifice his godhood at the end of the War of Souls, so...maybe?  I dunno.  

Well, so since the High God is well...the actual GOD from the Biblical text, that would make pretty much Takhisis and Paladine technically his seraphim.  And Takhisis is more or less Lucifer in the grand scheme of things.  She was a holy being who helped bring life to the world, and then she betrayed those close to her for her conquest of power.  And especially wanted to usurp the souls of the living into her personal slave army.

I think I like my Rita Repulsa theories better.

Takhisis: Morgion, send down a Draconian Patrol, I want the Power Rangers, I mean Companions of the Lance distracted!  Oh, they're giving me such a headache!

And Tracy Hickman, being the big religious nut he was, hamfisted in the War of the Souls that goodness really was the correct way.  Screw Free Will and all that shit from the ending of Dragons of a Spring Dawning, where Paladine tells the Companions that there must be a Balance between good and evil.  You know, we've seen what happens on Krynn when Goodness takes over, we get the friggin Kingpriest!  And an extinction level asteroid thrown at the planet.

What did we get when Evil takes over?  Takhisis stealing the planet?  Yeah it did cause some civil unrest, but they were able to figure things out on their own afterwards and everything seems fine.  Well, except for all those Dragon Overlords.  But still relatively fine.  Hell, unless you were Kender or Qualinesti Elf, your life was pretty good during the time of the Overlords.  A few of them even allowed their enemies some freedoms in their land.  Khellendros didn't have that big of a problem with Goldmoon and her Mystics, and he seemed pretty civil to the Knights of Solamnia so long as they paid his high taxes.  

Nope can't put in that new pool at Vanguard Keep today, gotta go pay Lord Khellendros' high property tax.

So, yeah, that's pretty much the story of it, or at least the feel of it.  

So when exactly does my Takhisis deviate from the source material?  When I decided to make her competent.  Takhisis in the source material is incredibly incompetent.  It's like she sets herself up to fail and then gets pissed off when she does fail.  Takhisis, you wouldn't be so pissed off if you would stop making such stupid cliche villain idiot ball mistakes!  And basically the Gods of Krynn are pretty much idiots in the first place.  Or complete assholes.  Even the Gods of Light are assholes.  I mean Paladine attempts to be remorseful at least, but really it again goes back to the Kingpriest.  One guy pissed off the Gods.  One guy.  One guy because he was a douche, pissed off the gods, and that made them so mad they threw a giant rock at the planet and nearly caused an extinction.  And no, I'm not fucking joking.  

The "fiery mountain" the asteroid that hit Krynn was so gigantic that it broke apart one of the continents, caused massive surge waves, turned Tarsis into a landlocked city, fucked up the continent of Taladas to the point where pretty much 80% of it is inhabitable, and then put a giant Maelstrom, called that, in the ocean where Istar was.  And it also poke a massive hole in spacetime itself.  That rock was pretty much this...



I'm surprised it didn't get that bad.

I actually lampshade it three times in that short story Let the Sky be Filled with Stars when Takhisis made Paladine throw the rock himself.  

She knew what it was going to do and pretty much made him pay for his own stupid mistakes for not being more careful about what he was doing with Krynn.

That's basically like deciding that not only Hitler was a douche, but in order to end World War II and punish all of Germany for one guy's stupidity, instead of using nuclear weapons, we decide to just blow up the entire planet.  Most of the people who lived on Krynn weren't at fault for anything the Kingpriest did!

But like Paladine said: "And so-the Cataclysm. We grieved for the innocent. We grieved for the guilty. But the world had to be prepared, or the darkness that fell might never have been lifted."

You motherfucking destroyed half the planet because one guy decided to be Adolf Hitler!  Yes, Hitler was an evil man, but you don't need to fucking warp space time to kill him, you know.  Just do what we did, bomb the fuck outta Berlin...I mean Istar...divide half the continent up and pray to Paladine that some country won't turn into Soviet Russia.

And who was it that really did throw the rock at Istar?  It really was Paladine.  Paladine himself threw the asteroid at Istar.  That bit in Let the Sky be Filled with Stars was actually in canon with the fucking source material.  The fucking Platinum Dragon, God of Good and Law threw a rock at his own priest and nearly destroyed an entire planet in the process.

No, if you really want the actual context of that line, here it is...with the conversation!

  • "All this suffering, just for that?" Laurana asked, coming to stand beside Tanis. "Why 
  • shouldn't good win, drive the darkness away forever?" 
  • "Haven't you learned anything, young lady?" Paladine scolded, shaking a bony finger at her. 
  • "There was a time when good held sway. Do you know when that was? Right before the 
  • Cataclysm!" 
  • "Yes," he continued, seeing their astonishment."the Kingpriest of Istar was a good man. 
  • Does that surprise you? It shouldn't, because both of you have seen what goodness like 
  • that can do. You've seen it in the elves, the ancient embodiment of good! It breeds 
  • intolerance, rigidity, a belief that because I am right, those who don't believe as I do 
  • are wrong. 
  • "We gods saw the danger this complacency was bringing upon the world. We saw that much 
  • good was being destroyed, simply because it wasn't understood. And we saw the Queen of 
  • Darkness, lying in wait, biding her time, for this could not last, of course. The 
  • overweighted scales must tip and fall, and then she would return. Darkness would descend 
  • upon the world very fast. 
  • "And so-the Cataclysm. We grieved for the innocent. We grieved for the guilty. But the 
  • world had to be prepared, or the darkness that fell might never have been lifted." 
Yes, the lesson to be learn here is one ideology cannot be the correct way.   Goodness in Krynn becomes intolerance and bigotry.  This can be said about our own world with religions and philosophies that lie to hammer in that they are the good guys.  They believe in love and compassion, but at the same time, burn down villages who won't convert over to their beliefs.

That line in the book itself is a huge stab at religions like Christianity.  But no, it's all snatched back in the War of Souls trilogy by stating that Light is the only way and that guys like Gilean, and the other Gods of Neutrality were also punished along with the Gods of Darkness because they believed in something that was different than what the High God believed in.  But Paladine and his cronies were praised for their beliefs because the High God agreed with them.


And then the Gods turned away, but then blamed the people for turning their backs on them.  When really, it was the Gods' fault.  They withdrew their priests, didn't really say whose fault it was, and fucked up the planet so badly that it was lucky that it took only 3 centuries to bounce back.  The people on Krynn are some hardcore motherfuckers to survive an asteroid so massive that it warped space and time itself.  The Gods are stupid, but I do have to hand it to the people.

Krynn itself is just a bit fucked up.  It gets made fun of in Planescape a lot, I noticed.  Most of the people on Krynn are completely clueless because their Gods like to keep them in the dark most of the time.  And this is where things separate.

I made Takhisis very competent, still capable of making mistakes, but none of them so blatant as the ones in the source material.  And she is not an evil god in my stories.  She is in fact a woman scorned.  I go by 2nd Edition Krynn, in which Paladine and Takhisis were lovers and mates, who did deeply care for each other, rather than really bratty siblings who constantly whine to the High God "DAD" about who stole whose toys.  In my stories, Paladine and Takhisis, two beings who were of darkness and light, but because of their opposites, were deeply in love with each other.  And then, Paladine, being the horny douche he was, decided to have an affair with Mishakal, and Takhisis got very pissed off of it.

Then she later filed for divorce and attempted to take her share of their property, namely the dragons, Krynn, and other things.  Yes, the whole All Saints War in my stories was an alimony dispute between two people filing for divorce because one of them couldn't keep his Johnson in his pants.  And the whole court case just goes on, and on.

Takhisis attempted to take the kids away, which resulted in the creation of the Chromatic Dragons, because the first dragons, being the Chromatic Dragons, weren't what they are as we know them now.  They were made of certain metal alloys that were later then tarnished when they went with Mom.  Takhisis then disallowed Paladine shared custody of said kids, which pissed him off and that's why he created the Metallic Dragons to replace them.

So, there it is, the fight between Paladine and Takhisis in roughly three paragraphs.  Tada!

But it does go a little bit deeper than that, especially when you add the Far Realm into the mix.  And King Ghidorah of all people.  Five-headed dragon vs. three-headed dragon.  Why the fuck hasn't anyone done a Deathbattle between these two yet?  Well, because I have, and again, like giving Neltharion a second chance, I again am the only one who did it.  Tis sad, I know.

Takhisis, after getting her ass kicked by Huma, decides that Krynn isn't for her, and she knows that she needs to prepare because she has this feeling that the Far Realm is going to come back and bite everyone in the ass.  So, she decides to kick the High God's ass, whom I call Rodimus Ao....there's a Transformers reference in there, and Takhisis takes over the job as new High God and becomes this.

Shattering Faith by Ghostwalker2061

Decides to create the rest of the Multiverse with Free Will as the main focus and instead of creating a religion, she creates only a philosophy that people like this guy....

Meeting the Turians by Ghostwalker2061

...Follows.  And she also grants people who can connect to her, special Jedi powers.  Because they are in fact downloading a god's power into their bodies.  And most of you would think this was game breaking, but considering that they are fighting monsters that exist outside of all logic and reason, downloading game breaking god powers to preserve the safety of the Multiverse is actually necessary.

Takhisis also constantly gets brow beaten by her own creations.  Kedzuel is known to do it, Kiryuu is starting to get into the fun himself, G-Chaser and I did write the story where Ashley Williams meets Takhisis and half the story is about Ashley smacking Takhisis around because she found out that Christianity was wrong.  And that Takhisis was God, but Takhisis kept trying to avoid using the G-O-D word because she now hates it.

And given that the gods of my multiverse were basically mortal themselves one time...yeah.  Gods in my multiverse are basically just another higher level of evolution.  We even saw one character literally become a god in one of my stories.  

Jonathan Long...

The Lake by Ghostwalker2061

Yup, that guy.  A lot of people are missing that guy.  I know.  And yes, he does join the ranks of the divine in the first Crimson Dragon story. I think it happens in the fifth chapter.  So, yes, godhood is possible in my stories.  It takes some work, but it is possible.  And Jonathan is a god, he's a very low level god, a demigod actually, but you have to start somewhere, right?  There you go.

So, that's basically Takhisis in a nutshell.  She's a little bit more compassionate in my stories.  Her main philosophy is it doesn't matter where you end up in the afterlife as much as it matters what you do with the life you were given.  Because everyone when they die go to the same place regardless to how they lived.  Because in my stories, the afterlife does not have meaning.  

And Takhisis herself does not see herself as a god, but rather a lifeform that is beyond the understanding of creatures lower than she is.  The best way to put it is...from an episode of Star Trek.  Comparing us to Takhisis is like comparing an amoeba to us.  As in hat we are the amoeba when we stack ourselves next to her.  We are a very simple life form.  We are small and insignificant when we try to compare ourselves to beings like herself.  

Well, we are small, but Takhisis doesn't think of us as insignificant.  In her eyes, we are very important.  Also, we remind her of what she once was.  She remembers that she too at one time was also a small and insignificant life form.  And maybe that is why despite the fact she is a creature so far above our understanding, that we can in fact in some way relate to her.

And this also means that Takhisis is in fact an eldritch abomination in her own right.  Because just like the amoeba who cannot understand how we function, we cannot possibly understand how Takhisis functions.  But still Takhisis is a life form, but she is just so far alien to us that to understand her would cause insanity.  So, I guess calling her a god is just easier on our heads.

I know some atheists might like this idea.


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Neltharion's Stories Repost

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 7, 2014, 11:12 AM




Okay, let's just see if anyone is listening again.

Once more, I'm getting a bunch of questions of: "Where are those stories?"

I did post a journal like this before, a month ago, so I suppose I need to repost it.

Neltharion the Worldmender by Ghostwalker2061

Here you go.

Ten thousand years ago, a Dragon Aspect fell and a world was sundered. Yet that was a merely a reverberation from a deeper rift. For the Black Aspect was no longer one, but two. And so the fate of Azeroth hangs in the balance between each half, between Neltharion and Deathwing. For as one rises, the other falls.


Isostatic Rebound Series

1) Romancing the Coffer by Ghostwalker2061  [mirrors: FF]

Everyone called for his death now, all because of that monster. That monster who called himself Deathwing. And Neltharion welcomed death. For at least in death he would be freed from the mental prison, the torture. But before that, he wanted a chance to make it up to them...


2) The Hammer's Fall by Ghostwalker2061  [mirrors: FF]

There was one rule that all had to follow in the Twilight's Hammer... you serve or you die. Serve well, and you will die last. And through the whispers of the Old Gods they had found Deathwing, their greatest ally. But for his betrayal, there could be only one punishment: Neltharion had to die, so Azeroth could crumble upon his death.


3) Wrath of the Warchief by Ghostwalker2061  [mirrors: FF]

My children are slaves. So tell me now: by what right do you ask me to allow the Horde to abuse them? By what right does Garrosh make people see Deathwing when Neltharion stands before them? By what right does Garrosh endanger my world? 


4) Pandaria: Rise of the Sha (preview) by Ghostwalker2061  [mirrors: FF]

"One day, these mountains I have created will be your tomb. For your actions are poisoning the land, and that is the place that your current path will lead, Lei Shen." And so the great beast's words came to pass. Yet one lesson the beast did not teach: Pride. Perhaps the students were not ready. But when that lesson comes, we must be prepared to learn.


Side Stories

[none currently]


Non-Canon Side Stories

*) Murozond's Gift by Ghostwalker2061  [mirrors: FF]

Sometimes, Alexstrasza, I wish...I wish I could turn back the clock. Correct every sin I did. If you could go back, would you? Would you stop me from becoming Deathwing? If I had not been thrown into madness, then so many lives would have been spared. Just to have that chance...


Illustrations

*) Neltharion Gallery by Ghostwalker2061


Credits

NeltharionDeathwing, and Warcraft copyright (c) Blizzard Entertainment.

Earth-Warder Pandaren Portrait by Ghostwalker2061

And I would like to thank renndor for helping out.


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Kid can't hear cartoons, cuts safety rope

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 6, 2014, 4:16 PM




I dunno if any of you have seen this yet.

  • WOAI (CHINA) - A worker in southern China was left hanging from 100 feet up the side of a high-rise apartment building when a 10-year-old boy, apparently annoyed at the construction racket outside his window, decided to cut the safety line on the man's rappelling apparatus.
  •  The boy was trying to watch cartoons "I shouted at him to stop, but he didn't listen and soon after, the rope was broken," the worker told Chinese new outlet Xinhua.
  • "That's when I called to my workmate for help.
  • " Forty minutes later, several firemen rescued the worker from his precarious position. Police questioned the boy, who eventually admitted to his actions.
  • The kid's dad came home and apologized to the worker. Xinhua says in his eighth-floor apartment in Guizhou province as the worker was outside installing lighting. So, the boy took a knife and sliced through the rope that allows the worker to move up and down.
  • When I was using the electric drill, I felt my lower rope shaking. Then I saw the boy cutting the rope with a knife, said the worker. I shouted at him to stop, but he didn't listen and soon after the rope was broken.
  •  That's when I called to my workmate for help. After speaking with police, the boy finally admitted to what he did. His father was called to come back home from work. He apologized to the worker on behalf of his son and compensated him with a new safety rope.
I think this is the reason why I won't ever have kids.  One of the reasons, there's several.

But I will say this, I agree with Nash, if this happened in the US, the worker would be suing the shit outta the kid's father and maybe even the kid as well.

I guess accepting a new safety rope is more polite in China, but not here.  The worker would be suing if it happened her, the company would be suing because the little shit damaged their property and endangered one of their workers.  And I know that companies would hate to have to pay for funeral expenses, if the worker had not be rescued.  

There would have been a huge court case on this.  But in China it's like: "Oh, my kid nearly killed you by cutting your safety rope.  My bad, here's a new safety rope."

*face palm*

Where's the lawsuit?




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Neltharion and the Twilight Dragonflight

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 3, 2014, 12:05 PM




Neltharion is a unique Aspect.  Very, very unique.  Yup, he really is a Special Snowflake.  And it has nothing to do with his powers.  More or less, it has to do with...Neltharion isn't the leader of one dragonflight, he's the leader of THREE!

Neltharion is the leader of the Black Dragonflight, the indirect progenitor of the Netherwing Flight, and the leader of the Twilight Dragonflight.  Neltharion, he's got three Dragonflights.  

So, about the Twilight Dragons.

Let's talk about these guys for a moment.

 photo Twilightdragonflight_zps243dc3e1.jpg

Those are Twilight Drakes there.

A little history of the Twilight Flight.

Taken straight from Wowpedia.

The twilight dragonflight is a dragonflight created by the results of magical experiments carried out by Sintharia upon dragon eggs. Using ancient dragon artifacts and the powers of the nether dragons, Sintharia created a new breed of dragons that feed vampirically on all forms of mystical energy. The first encounter of these dragons with the outside world was by KrasusKalec, and the draenei priestess Iridi. Iridi thought of their appearance not as shadow, but more akin to the day turning to night, like twilight as experienced on Azeroth. She thus dubbed them twilight dragons.

While Sintharia's experiments resulted in very unstable twilight drakes, and Nefarian's experiments resulted in infertile or deformed chromatic dragons, their efforts paved the way for Deathwing to perfect the process of breeding and artificially aging twilight dragons. These draconic aberrations were first seen in-game in Wrath of the Lich King, and became major antagonists in Cataclysm. The twilight dragonflight is now nearly extinct, most being killed in the War against Deathwing.

And the said can kinda be said for where the flight is in my stories too.  They were last seen in the Hammer's Fall.  Neltharion basically destroyed a lot of little dragon eggs when the drakes started hatching, and then he killed Ultraxion.  So, the flight itself is very much in a state of disrepair that it might have a difficult time recovering.  But I will say this, there are still more of them out there vs. what Neltharion has as cured black dragons.  And they also have broodmothers left whereas Neltharion does not.  

I actually thought about replacing the black dragons used by the Dragonmaw with twilight dragons so that they could exact their revenge on their rather belligerent and destructive, and neglectful father.  

And yes, they are still all programmed to see well...at least Deathwing...as their father.  Though Math Nut has came up with some interesting stories as to what some of them would see Neltharion as...a usurper of their father's power.  Or a parasite...the exact opposite of what Nel is, and what Deathwing is.  

The Twilight Dragonflight is one of a cult mentality.  They believe with every bit of their minds, hearts, souls, bodies, whatever, that what they are doing is right and good.  And that it is the world that is broken and wrong.  And they felt so sorry for their father who had to endure the torment because of the horrible Titans.  So, they try to figure out ways of free him, mostly by killing him.  And be damned if they hear their father say otherwise now.

Mostly, the twilight dragons believe that Neltharion's current situation is one of brainwashing.  That the other evil Aspects have brainwashed him into being something he is not.  And that's why the are trying to convince him that he does need to die.  So that he can be set free.  

 photo Halion_TCG_zpse1b850a0.jpg

They are a flight that is born from other flights.  Some black, some red, some blue, some green, some bronze.   But now they are a flight that appears to have bred true and can in fact mate and produce eggs.  They are also a brainwashed flight.  They are programmed from birth to worship the Old Gods, worship Deathwing, and do what they can to bring about the Hour of Twilight.

And Neltharion sees them as a horrible blight on his own history, due to Deathwing, and like anything that Deathwing has done, Neltharion wants more than anything to make it all disappear.  Even if that means extinction of a dragon flight.  It's kinda like breaking up with a lover and going around the house, tearing every photo of you and her/him apart, burning his picture, or marking him out.  Or painting them over.  Or even throwing away his/her things, or selling them.  I mean, yeah, we did that.  Well, I didn't.  But a few people do.

Neltharion wants to sponge away the stain of Deathwing and he'll do it by any means necessary.  But the question is, is he right for doing it?

The bigger question is, can the Twilight Dragons actually be helped?

Neltharion can be insightful when he's not being overly stressed or emotional.  He also can control the hearts and minds of others, makes me wonder if he could reprogram them, or remove the programming of the Old Gods.  Or if that is right for him to do that?  Could saving the Twilight Flight, since many of them were black dragons, be the thing to save his own?  Big question, yeah.

And it is a question that needs to be addressed.

Struggle of Earth and Twilight by Ghostwalker2061

The big main reason why Neltharion fails right now is because he's confused and emotional.  And maybe a little stupid.  Well, at times.  He does stupid things.  And in this story, he's afraid of himself, which is why he tries to push people away.  He's going to push his own flight away because he fears that them being around him will only get them killed.  He has no choice by to go on alone.  Let his actions only hurt him, and no one around him.

So though Math Nut hopes that maybe Nel could save the Twilight Dragonflight, or even attempt see them as people rather than stooges of Deathwing, I still don't know if Nel can save them.  Hell, I don't know if he has any mental capacity to even do so.

However, the way I saw it when I wrote the Twilight Dragons in my stories is that there is a reason for Neltharion hating them.  Aside from Deathwing creating them, Neltharion, while he was locked up, saw that Deathwing often times neglected the Black Dragonflight.  From what I could get when it comes to the character Sartharion, a black dragon assigned to guard the Twilight Dragon Eggs in the Obsidian Sanctum, I got from some pieces here and there that he didn't like his charge.  Deathwing, the leader of the flight he belonged to, someone he calls "father" as an honorific...it's never stated whether or not Sartharion was related closely to Neltharion at all, basically neglected his own flight over this manufactured flight created by Sinestra.  

Hell, even Deathwing himself seems to want only the Twilight Dragons to be the proper replacements for his actual flight, citing that the black dragons are weak and unworthy of him now.  

Mere whelps, experiments, a means to a greater end. You will see what the research of my clutch has yielded. NefarianOnyxiaSinestra? They were nothing. Now you face my ultimate creation
This concerns me.  So, Neltharion, as a means of giving the final middle finger to Deathwing, decides to state that how dare Deathwing would just abandon the Black Dragonflight, Nel's flight in favor of these genetically messed up creatures.  These mutants, pretty much.  So, he tries to eradicate them because well, deep inside, if he did showed some sympathy, it'll just seal the deal and further drive a wedge between him and the black dragons he has saved.  Best do the opposite.

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I have thought of little stories where he would meet one of the little Twilight Dragons, a drake, who survived the attack in the Bastion of Twilight, and at least, in his own sorrow after Calia's break up, tries to connect with something, anything.  

So, it is very sad.  

What do you guys think, can he help them?  Or should he continue on doing what he's doing?

And Neltharion is a sad and pitiful character.  A lot.

Neltharion the Worldmender by Ghostwalker2061

That's why he's the Woobie, guys.

Keep smiling, Nel.  Think of your favorite alcoholic beverage.


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Malygos and Inadequacy

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 2, 2014, 7:49 PM




Lemme say this right now, poor Malygos.

I really feel so sorry for him too.

Malygos the Spell-Weaver Redesign by Ghostwalker2061

Let's talk about him for a moment.  This is going off of Math Nut's own assessment of the review I did of the War of Ancients fan movie.

And he ripped a lot of the bits that Malygos appears in apart.

War of the Ancients the fan-MovieI would like to share this with you all.  Because I do feel that it needs to be looked at.
For one thing, I'd like to say that it is expertly done.  This is done by people who love what they do.  And I do support them for it.  It is a beautifully crafted piece.  
Everything done in this movie feels right...except when it comes to the Dragon Aspects.
http://www.warcraftmovies.com/movieview.php?id=242541
There's the link.
Outside of my more like...pet peeve than a legitimate issue with it...because I hate that design...
They use this for Neltharion...
And you all know how much I hate that look.
So, we have a "It's totally not black" Black Aspect...who is the color of red clay.  Why couldn't anyone just stick to the book?
As much as I hated Knaak, at least he described Neltharion nicely.
Nel's totally black, you guys!  Totally black!  Burgundy is just another shade of black.  (sarcasm)  See?  Totally black!
Well, the actual issue I ha


However, I'd agree that both Malygos and Neltharion are dramatically out-of-character, both in respect to personality and behavior, as well as the way they act & react to Krasus and other characters. 


As noted both of them sound very evil, both in intonation and dialogue content, even though neither was evil at the time. Malygos had a cheerful and vibrant personality, and Neltharion had not yet thought of betraying the dragons— that was actually triggered in response to Krasus' interference. While Neltharion was in the midst of his fall, this wasn't strongly apparent in his behavior at the time since everyone who knew him well missed it.


This characterization problem is actually bigger than just the behavior of Malygos & Neltharion in-universe, because the narration also presents them as evil. Listen carefully to the music that accompanies both of their dialog, especially Neltharion— it's clearly "I'm the villain" type music. This is explicitly telling the reader they're evil, but not providing any context or development to support that fact. Aside from being OOC, this is a storytelling issue— the Narrator should usually not browbeat the reader like this, or explicitly declare who is good or evil in a Grey on Grey world. Let alone without building out the context first.

Yeah, the music really did like to hammer in to remind us that...Nel and Malygos are going to be the bad guys!  They could have added the Imperial March when Nel ominously landed, but that would have been too cliche.

Subtlety, apparently no one knows what it means anymore.

So, not only has Neltharion gotten the short end of the stick, but so has Malygos.  But according to the Math Nut, Malygos has gotten the shorter end of the stick than Neltharion.

Honestly.  Let's look at things here for a moment.

WoW Cataclysm Box Art by M4xC4v413r4

In the Cataclysm, Deathwing is the titular boss.  He even got his own box art for the expansion that is about him and what he did to Azeroth.  Despite the fact that Deathwing didn't show up much and the actual expansion didn't focus on him but rather Thrall and how awesome Green Jesus is...Deathwing was still always mentioned somewhere in a quest.  His presence was felt.

Malygos?

Nope!  Not even close.

In the Lich King, it focused on mostly Arthas.  And Malygos was given only a second thought.  A dragon who threatened to destroy the entire planet, and he took the backseat to basically a mortal.

Arthas didn't want to destroy a planet, he was going to conquer it.  Malygos wanted to pretty much wipe all life that he deemed a threat from Azeroth...and anyone who stood in his way.  And we were worried about Arthas?  When basically a dragon demigod who was empowered to wield the talents of the Titans themselves was more of a threat?

Priorities, huh?

Again, I do have to state that Blizzard doesn't care about their dragons.  Except for Krasus.  Or Alex, or Ysera, but only because Alex and Ysera look like...in their humanoid forms...well....

Alextrasza by JMXD

Uh...

Ysera by Nutfullin

Need I say more?

Oh, and if you want further proof...Alexstrasza's statement about what a lost cause both Malygos and Neltharion were in War Crimes.

“Thank you, Life-Binder. I regret the necessity to cause you pain,” the tauren said. As if he means it. “I will be brief. You have suffered greatly at the hands of the Dragonmaw specifically, and the orcs in general. How do you feel about them now?”

“I have no quarrel with any race on Azeroth,” she replied. “I am the Life-Binder, and even though most of my powers as Aspect have disappeared, my heart is still the same.”

Wish you could have said the same for Neltharion and Malygos.  They were your friggin brothers for over 60 thousand years, you ungrateful bitch!  More than willing to give the orcs a free pass after they made her their baby factory, but fuck the two who were pretty much family for many, many eons.  Who stood  beside her and aided in protecting an entire planet!  No, let's forgive the Orcs. 

“Do you like them?”

“I love them,” she said simply. Jaina froze, then slowly lifted her head from her hands. Her eyes were wide and unblinking as she stared, shocked, at the Dragonqueen.

Orcs?” said Baine, as if he had read Jaina’s mind. “Who did such terrible things to you? How could you possibly love them? Do you not cry out for their destruction? For the destruction, particularly, of Garrosh Hellscream, who restored them to power?”

“Few beings are truly evil,” said Alexstrasza. “And even they are not necessarily beyond redemption. Change is inherent in life. As long as something lives, it can grow. It can seek the light, or the darkness. It is only when it chooses the darkness so completely that life itself is endangered that I would say there is no hope.”

“As was the case with Deathwing and Malygos.”

“Yes. To my bitter regret.”

And there it is.  If you wonder why I play Alexstrasza as the overbearing, controlling bitch she is...well...look no further than her own actions and words in the source material.  Yes, I am actually going by lore when I write it.  The reason why many of you don't like it is because I pretty much tell the truth about what kind of person she is in the stories.  This is why Neltharion in my stories can't stand to be around her.

In the War of the Ancients, not only was Krasus actually responsible for Neltharion's eventual betrayal at a crucial moment, but Alexstrasza had to pen her mouth and drive the knife even further.  

The Red Dragonflight is responsible for the creation of Deathwing!  And we are expected to feel sorry when she gets captured by Deathwing's Demon Soul and used as a baby factory for the Dragonmaw?  I'm starting to think she got what she deserved.  Her idiocy bit her in the ass, but instead of learning from it, or even actually helping either of them...she kills Malygos.  Then she helps make someone less qualified to take his place.  And then gathers up all of them to sacrifice their power to kill Deathwing...thereby actually dooming Azeroth...not saving it.

Alexstrasza is not the Aspect of Life, but the Aspect of the Anti-Life Equation.  She would make the Black Lantern Corp proud.

black lantern by stampedeofxflames

To a player, this would be a series of expansions, where the world slowly seems to come apart, from forces both internal and external. And despite the player's victories, things still slide toward oblivion.

Throughout the player's struggles bits and pieces of the truth are slowly revealed, until the full truth is apparent:

The players were the ones who destroyed the world. That while they thought they were on the side of Light, fighting the darkness on a battlefield of Black vs White, they were really in a world of grey.

And yet they were ultimately fighting for black.

That they destroyed the world when they destroyed Malygos, Neltharion, and the other glue that held the world together. And that once they destroyed the foundations of the world, they helped tear down what remained by fighting amongst themselves, abusing their powers, and bringing the Burning Legion.
All Alex's fault here.  She and the meddling PCs.

And Thrall.

Let's not forget Green Jesus.  He screwed it up too.

Malygos was doing his job.  And Alex killed him for it.  And then she killed Neltharion who...according to some speculations, may have been doing his job too.  And in doing so, also cost the other flight's powers.  Way to go, Alex.

And this is why I feel sad about Malygos.  The poor guy was doing his job.  And he got fired for doing his job.  And worse yet, he gets even less respect than Squishy!  Don't worry, he's going to make a comeback.  Hell, he had a wonderful scene in the last story I wrote.  It was so heartwarming.  

Malygos's feelings of worthlessness are actually a direct, if subtle, representation of this mindset, in both it's in-universe and out-of-universe variants. It's a stand in for the Player's & Blizzard's treatment of these characters as worthless.

The friction between these two points-- the fact that everyone thinks he's unimportant when he's critical-- is a big conflict & opportunity, both in-universe and with the reader. Because those characters are wrong; that attitude is wrong.

If the Reader is a WoW player, by killing Malygos they helped destroy the world.
Yeah.  He's going to be even more depressed than Neltharion.  Nel is more outwardly depressed, Malygos will be more inwardly depressed, all the troubles of his life slowly eating away at him.  

  1. What is it like to be (effectively) a god? 
  2. What’s it like for a character of this class to be broken? To fail? 
  3. What do real-world problems like mental illness, depression, etc. look like in characters of this power? 
  4. What can we see from that POV that we couldn’t see otherwise? 
  5. What can we learn about the faults and failures of ourselves and our world?
So, even Malygos needs our love.  We'll just have to hug Nel and Mal together.

And Alex sucks.

Alexstrasza's zeal to protect life came at the expense of the things required for life to survive and thrive long-term. That she failed to heal what needed healing, or care for what needed caring. That she failed at her charge:

This is my gift: compassion for all living things. A drive to protect and nurture them. And the ability to heal that which others cannot, birth what others may not, and love even the unlovable--who surely need such grace more than any other souls. - Blessing of the Red Aspect, given by Eonar
Can the viewer understand why Malygos & Neltharion act the way they do if they don't already know who they become? If they don't already know the story in full?

Good question.

Malygos and Neltharion by Ghostwalker2061

There really needs to be more images like that. 

See how happy they look?  Mal and Nel.  Brothers who love each other.



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Rob Liefeld

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 1, 2014, 10:54 PM




Let's discuss this guy.

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Tell me everything that's wrong with that picture.

Which is why I want to make sure that Neltharion, when he does swell in one of his serge attacks, he will at least evenly fill out.

Also Die Hard's Crotch!

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Don't worry, Nel, I won't ever do that to your body.

Earth-Warder Pandaren Portrait by Ghostwalker2061

Because really, you have enough mental torment.

Keep smiling, Squishy.  You need a reason for the smile.  Like...eating your favorite ice cream.


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War of the Ancients the fan-Movie

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 30, 2014, 9:32 PM




I would like to share this with you all.  Because I do feel that it needs to be looked at.

For one thing, I'd like to say that it is expertly done.  This is done by people who love what they do.  And I do support them for it.  It is a beautifully crafted piece.  

Everything done in this movie feels right...except when it comes to the Dragon Aspects.

www.warcraftmovies.com/movievi…

There's the link.

Outside of my more like...pet peeve than a legitimate issue with it...because I hate that design...

They use this for Neltharion...

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And you all know how much I hate that look.

So, we have a "It's totally not black" Black Aspect...who is the color of red clay.  Why couldn't anyone just stick to the book?

As much as I hated Knaak, at least he described Neltharion nicely.

Nel's totally black, you guys!  Totally black!  Burgundy is just another shade of black.  (sarcasm)  See?  Totally black!

Well, the actual issue I have with this movie is pretty much both Malygos and Neltharion and how they were portrayed.  

As in...already evil.  And douchey.

Think Kanye West, but douchier.



Yeah, there we go.  Neltharion and Malygos are both at Douchequake levels.

And that's  the major problem I had with the film.  In the first book, Well of Eternity, when Krasus is sent into the Chamber of Aspects, for one, Krasus was riding upon the back of his former, and much younger self, Korialstrasz. First mistake.  I mean, they could have had Kori just show up in the previous scene and go from there.

Second, Malygos.  Listen to how evil he sounds.  Voice filter aside, he just doesn't sound right.  Malygos in the book was actually cheerful, optimistic, vibrant, which makes what he turns into so tragic.  Alexstrasza joked about wondering why Malygos wasn't the Aspect of Life due to how lively he was.  

Third, when Krasus realized where he ended up when he and Rhonin went through the dangerous time vortex, Krasus debated on whether or not he would warn anyone of what was about to happen.  Hell, his being there was so much of an actual threat that when he first met up with Alexstrasza before meeting the other Aspects, Krasus was more than willing to allow his  queen kill him on the spot, knowing that this would help protect the timeline.  And she almost did it, reluctantly of course.   Which was one of the reasons why she called the other Aspects to debate this, and the demons making a mess after coming through the portal Queen Azshara created.

But here, he's more than willing to say: "Fuck you, Causality!" and tell the Aspects about Neltharion eventual betrayal before Neltharion even shows up.

But in the book, Krasus didn't even at first notice any sign of Neltharion turning to the dark-side...and realized that if he were to warn them, he could be dividing up the five flights at a crucial moment in history.  It was more important for them to be fighting the demons as one, rather than worrying about what may happen...at least to their point of view anyways.  It was only when Krasus looked into Neltharion's eyes, did he see that the Aspect had already plummeted, and that even his cheerful demeanor was some act to fool the others.  And that was when he decided to risk causality and tell them what was about to happen.

BUT!

In this movie...it's like...screw it!  Let's just have him go ahead and spill out everything before Nel shows up.  Yeah, that makes sense.

Also, Neltharion.  Again, his personality just seems off.  In the movie, it's not like he's even hiding the fact he's evil.  He sounds evil, he's already prepared to shut Krasus up before Krasus says anything about him.  Hell, he even states "I know who you are."

When in the book...it's this...

You know me...but I do not know you.  You would speak against me...make the others see me as you do...you would have them distrust their comrade of old...their brother...You will not be allowed to spread any of your malicious falsehoods...

And only then did Krasus try to say something about Neltharion, did the Black Aspect stop him with the geas, saying into Krasus' mind: "I did warn you."

When I did my stupid parody of Knaak's books, and had old, but cured Neltharion, hide in a wall to watch his younger and evil self trick the other flights into giving their power to the Dragon Soul.  But I feel that particular moment would have been better in the scene in the movie.

Here...this is what I mean...

“One dragon,” said Deathwing. “No, I suppose not.”
"Good answer, you dick", Neltharion thought. "I can’t believe Nozdormu is making me sit
here and listen to myself, and watch myself. What am I gonna do that I know I haven’t done
already? Look at me, the pompous ass with his smug smirk, his zombie flight, and his... 'I’m
your master, bow before me' stance. Why haven’t you people figured it out yet? He’s evil, don’t
listen to him! And they call me stupid...well no, I’m not stupid because apparently I pulled the
wool over these morons’ eyes." He snorted as he looked upon Malygos, who was peering down
upon the Dragon Soul. "The same goes for you, Malygos! You were supposed to be my best friend
and you didn’t catch the evil?" He flowed down towards the Spell-Weaver. "I’m evil, look at me!
Look how evil I am!"
Murozond's Gift by Ghostwalker2061

Also...Malygos pretty much sounding apathetic to the fact that Neltharion was keeping to himself lately...as if Neltharion's BEST FRIEND IN THE WORLD couldn't even give two shits about his well-being...as he was portrayed in the movie just sounds...blech!

They were best friends in the world.  Why wouldn't he be concerned?  I guess when the betrayal happens, Malygos probably wouldn't care either way.  

Malygos: "Neltharion's betraying us.  Meh, whatever."

Hell, in the stories I'm writing, I'm theorizing that they were even closer than that.  More than friends and brothers.  Also, Malygos doesn't need to be stealing Neltharion's snarky jokes on how late Nozdormu was.  Neltharion is the deadpan snarker, not Malygos.  

I get sometimes adaptations have to condense material for time, but this isn't one of the scenes that needed condensing.  They could have stayed with the source material in it.  In Knaak's book, Neltharion was acting on more insult that this being he's never met before would suddenly call him a criminal when at this time, he's done no crime.  He's pretty much being falsely accused of something he hasn't even done yet by some strange looking, pale-skinned elf who says he's a dragon...but can't prove it...yeah...I'd be a bit pissed too.

We know that Neltharion is going to turn into Deathwing, and yes, Krasus also knows that Neltharion is going to turn into Deathwing, but the point is...no one else in this current moment of time does.

But here it's...he's so obviously evil.  It's just that the other Aspects are so gullible and stupid that they can't catch onto the fact that he's evil.

I'm reminded of Food Fight for this scene.  The crazy, spasming, tricky old guy with Brand X, voiced by Christopher Lloyd...you can pretty much tell he's the bad guy.  No one, not a single viewer of that movie would have missed that the Brand X dude was evil.  

Neltharion: "Hey, Alexstrasza, I've got this new product.  It's called evil kittens that kill babies after raping them.  And today, I'm offering a 50% discount!"

Of course, you know Rod from Birdemic would be sold, but not Alexstrasza.  But here?  Nope, apparently Alexstrasza is Rod from Birdemic.  I guess that makes Ysera Bad-wig-wearing-hippie-who hates-Spruce Bark Beetles-and who lives in a badly rendered Photoshopped house in a tree.

I know there's something called Law of Conservation of Detail.  I know about adaptation, and basically this is one guy's interpretation of the book.  I know when you're on a budget, you have to make sacrifices...you have to cut something out.  But given that there's one too many scenes of a camera panning over Azshara while she looks at Zin-Azshari in flames with demons patrolling the streets...like friggin Hitler...because that too is very obvious...I think if we cut one of those scenes out to extend the bit about the Aspects would have allowed for a better representation of their character.  

And...what the hell is up with Lord of the Rings soundtracks showing up?  I guess Blizzard's own OST on Warcraft wasn't up to par?  Hearing all of these stock songs and such...it reminded me more of all the reviews That Guy with the Glasses tend to do with those songs rather than Warcraft.  

I'm guessing that the scenes where we see Azshara watching as a bunch of demons march down the street like the friggin Third Reich, there should have been some Wagner opera music to go with it.

But overall, the movie was nice to watch.  Since it is the first one, I'm guessing they have some of the kinks ironed out with the second.  Hopefully they will.

Also, again, I feel like I need to address this too...

Neltharion the Worldmender by Ghostwalker2061

Why do people treat him so badly?  The source material treats him like garbage, many fan-made videos and actual fanfiction treat him like garbage.

And Malygos too...

Malygos the Spell-Weaver Redesign by Ghostwalker2061

I feel like I need to form a charity for Abused Dragons in Warcraft.  Because this is sad.

It's okay, Mal, we all love you too.  

And Neltharion.  Of course we love you.  Poor things.


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What Word Means?

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 28, 2014, 11:04 PM




I had a comment on one of my images lately.

The guy told me that this image...

Earth-Warder Pandaren Portrait by Ghostwalker2061

Was a precursor to Street Fighter because of Akuma.

Okay...apparently we need to go over how to use vocabulary.  I feel like this day and age, vocabulary is no longer taught in school.  Because I don't think he understands what the word "Precursor" means.

Precursor: noun something that comes before something else and that often leads to or influences its development

Something that comes before something else.

Street Fighter was made nearly a decade before Warcraft: Through the Dark Portal (the game where Deathwing first debute).

So, there is no way Neltharion could be a precursor to anything in Street Fighter.  At least not from what I remember about the game.  I played it back in the 80s.

Warcraft came out in the 90s as a CD-ROM game.  

So, therefore, that image I made, is no Precursor to Street Fighter.  

So...um...yeah.  What I'm saying here is this....please, at least for my sanity, know what a word means before you decide to use it.  But I guess the Internet is all about spouting out bullshit with little credit to the knowledge behind that bullshit...in a haphazard way of making the person sound intelligent, when there is evidence to the contrary.  

Or maybe it has to do with when I was a little kid, I was one of the top students in vocabulary lessons.  Meaning, I made good grades in vocabulary.  And this was before computers were in every home and before the internet was made into what it is now.  So, we have to memorize words without the use of electronics to help us think.

Maybe that's why some of us who came before computers were able to retain such knowledge a bit better.  I dunno, I'm making some assumptions.  But yes, please use words that you understand better than words you do not.  Also, be prepared for when I ask you the question of why you made such a comment. 


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Why Can't Neltharion Shapeshift Anymore?

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 27, 2014, 2:10 AM




Okay, I was again asked this question.  So, I must bring up the topic again.

Why can't Neltharion shapeshift?  He could as Deathwing.  So, why can't he now?

Neltharion the Worldmender by Ghostwalker2061

He's pretty much stuck looking like that.

Which is fine by me.  Because he is cute.

Earth-Warder Pandaren Portrait by Ghostwalker2061

See how cute and adorable he is?

Okay, enough of that.

Yes, at one time Neltharion, as Deathwing, could shapeshift.  And yes, the other dragons in the story still have the ability to shapeshift as well.  They have taken on humanoid forms.  Hell, in Wrath of the Warchief, Serinar disguised himself as an orc and followed Vol'jin down to the Echo Isles with the three eggs he saved.  

The black dragon liaison for Thunderbluff named Dannathian, disguised himself as a black furred Tauren.

So, why can all these lesser dragons shapeshift but their Aspect cannot?

Well, there is a narrative reason for this.  It makes interactions with the other characters more interesting.  They are either looking at Neltharion with either awe or fear, or Garrosh's case, loathing, and a few of these emotions run together at times...so, it creates a more interesting atmosphere if he didn't.  Even when he size changes down, he still is an imposing creature and people are legitimately scared of him.  Though people do tend to express it in their own ways.  Some more obvious than not.

And the other narrative reason is this, what's the point of having a dragon if you're not gonna show him off?  Having a dragon spend time in most of the story as a humanoid is basically used as a big budget cut in a movie, because having the dragon around as a dragon is often difficult to do.  

And it's easier for the writer to write a convenient way of allowing the dragon to interact with humanoids without all the shock and value.  And in some cases, it's also easier for a possible romance between a dragon and a humanoid because well...as long as he's able to change into a human, then it's not too squick if he falls in love with the pretty girl...or guy...depending on what you write about.

And this was the comment that made me realize it...

I always hoped he would be able to transform into a human form again, perhaps someday to make his relationship a Little less strange.
A little less strange, huh?  Yeah, because it's okay if he's in a human form making love to a human.

Which comes to again my point...what's the reason of having a dragon if he's not going to be a dragon?  Just saying that him having a romantic relationship  Calia despite not being able to shapeshift is odd, but then saying it's okay if he has that romantic relationship Calia if he was in a human form...just seems...too hypocritical.  

If you already have an issue of a dragon and a human getting together, whether or not the dragon can shapeshift shouldn't be the issue.  Basically you're saying it's bestiality if Neltharion is romancing Calia in his true form, but it isn't when he's in his human form.

This sort of thing just makes my head heart.

I get it, a lot of fangirls have this thing about...ooo...sexy pretty boy who can turn into a monster whenever he wants, but it's okay if I <3 him to pieces...because he's in his sexy human shape.

That's why I tend to see a lot of fangirls when they draw Wrathion, mostly draw him in human form.  Or hell, when they draw Deathwing, they draw him in his human form...mostly with the metal chin.  Or when I see images of Draco from Dragonheart and you basically make him look more like his voice actor Sean Connery, basically a human with only a few scales here and there....

So you can feel okay about squeeing over a dragon.

Because he's not really a dragon when he's in his human form, right?  

And this is the narrative reason why Neltharion cannot and will never turn into a humanoid, despite his damned flight doing it.  However, since he can possess stone statues and create stone golems that carry his consciousness, he can in fact make himself a humanoid form with these materials.  He'd still have to wear some cloak and gloves or something using this golem as his avatar...because...ya'know, he's made of rock and stuff in this avatar.

But Nel might use a golem as an avatar instead to go into covert-ops if he wants to.  Make it look humanoid and we're done.

So, now that we've discussed the narrative reason...again...now it's time for the practical one.

The one that is in fact written in the story as the reason why Nel can't shapeshift.  And it happens in like Chapter 7 of Romancing the Coffer.  Jaina and Calia ask Neltharion to shapeshift into a humanoid form so they can go down to Uldum inconspicuously.  The problem is...Neltharion...when he tried to do it...made his body turn all sorts of odd shapes, even turned inside out for a moment, and then when he returned to his natural form, he had a high-pitiched, squeaky voice for a minute.

Now that scene was played for laughs, but it brings up something that was in fact speculated and I intend to use as a reason why Neltharion can't shapeshift.

And it goes like this....

Well, aside from the narrative reasons, it appears that Neltharion's matter manipulation powers don't extend to his own body. He doesn't have any control over it, any more than we can control our own liver function or heartbeat.

So it seems likely that the shapeshifting is a higher order magical function that must sit on top of some magical foundation built into him by the Titans. This foundation would be needed because his Nigh-Invulnerability would reject this type of radical, possibly hostile change the way it deflects hostile spells.

I'd expect that his inability to shape shift is because this underlying foundation was destroyed in the chaos of his battle with Deathwing. Without this foundation, the shape-shifting acts like most spells do when they hit his scales-- they shatter and break, passing on little of their energy or function.
Yup, that is the reason, folks.  Neltharion can't shapeshift anymore due to the fact he does not have Deathwing.  As in, that ability was ALL Deathwing.  Deathwing, because he was a master of deceit before his axe-crazy one-shot kill spam across the zones in the Cataclysm, learned how to shapeshift in order to further his plans.  Neltharion never learned to shapeshift.  Hell, it seems none of the dragons knew how to do that until Krasus and Deathwing anyways.  

It's not that it's because it was beyond their power.  The reason being was due to the fact they had no need for it.  Until Deathwing fucked everything up.  Hell, they never really had a real reason to hide other than observe and protect, and well, I've shown that Neltharion and Malygos can very well do that by using their Aspect Powers.

And the other reason is due to Neltharion's nigh-invulnerability actually prevents such spells from affecting him, even when he attempts to cast it on his own.

Remember in Through the Dark Portal, when Rhonin tried to cast a bunch of spells at Deathwing, and they fizzled on his chest?  Yeah...that.  Hell, in the preview prologue, I had Neltharion, prior to madness, actually be struck by lightning from the Thunder King, and not be harmed.  Hell, he didn't even feel it.  It wasn't even a mosquito bite...it was just some flash of light that looked like it clashed upon his chest, but really, it didn't.

And no doubt Deathwing had to studied Neltharion's body and his various "programs" and "anti-virus" subroutines, and adware blockers before he could figure out a way to get around them in order to shapeshift.  

Which puts everything into the nightmare fuel pile again.  Yeah, to understand some of Nel's power, Deathwing tormented him in the most humiliating way.  And one of these tortures was trying to get past the Titan programs that would prevent such a spell to affect him.  And that in on itself is really nasty.

And it's probably why Neltharion hasn't attempted to do what Deathwing did, and find a way around the Titan no-polymorph protocols.  Because in doing so would remind him of all the times Deathwing raped his mind in order to force him into a humanoid form.

So, if you all are still wanting Nel to shapeshift, you're about to be disappointed.  It ain't gonna happen...at least not for a while.  Hell, by the time he might start rediscovering these abilities, everyone on Azeroth would have been used to seeing him in dragon form so much...that it wouldn't really matter either way.


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Wrathion...

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 25, 2014, 7:42 PM




So let's talk about this Guy....for a moment.  Let's really talk about him.

Wrathion, the Black Prince.

He's the son of this guy right here.

Neltharion the Worldmender by Ghostwalker2061

Mr. Adorable with that cute smile and broken mind that makes him the ultimate Woobie.

I've been trying to figure out how to handle the meeting between these two.  Neltharion, when he flies to Pandaria, he flies there for a number of reasons.  One of them is following the trail of Wrathion.  In the story I'm writing one of the reasons why Neltharion cannot sense Wrathion is due to the fact Wrathion flew down to Pandaria before the Alliance and Horde got there, and used the mists as a means to conceal himself from his father.

For those of you just tuning in, no Neltharion isn't dead in my stories.

Can't believe I still have to say that.

Squishy in all his cuteness, is a broken mess of emotions, trying to hold onto what relationships he has left.  He's flying solo for the first time in two years.  The last time he flew solo was when he fled Wyrmrest because Alexstrasza was being too much of an overbearing bitch.  But that flying solo only happened for a brief moment.  A month later, he had Calia.  Well, Cali is gone now, so Nel is alone again.  The bitter fate of who and what he is...the perpetual loner even if he doesn't want to be.

It is sad, I know.

So, let's talk about his delinquent son for a moment.

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There he is, people.  The all powerful Black Prince.

He's a whelp, guys!  A dragon whelp the size of a very small dog.  And he is two and a half years old.  

I want you to think about that for a moment before you fangirls go squee.

I'm beginning to think that making Wrathion into a child in his human form in my stories would make more sense.

Let his disguise reflect his age.  He can still be a powerful being, but it's even more dramatic and unsuspecting if he actually looked like a toddler.

But instead, we have this...

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Yeah, that "sexy" teenage hunk is a two-year old dragon.

Some say it's the titan device that made him be more intelligent than he is.  Well, maybe, yeah...but still...he doesn't have the experiences his big papa has.  

So, what is Wrathion actually?

Wrathion is a mutation created...a lab experiment performed by a gnome and a red dragon named Rheastrasza.  She took pieces of dead black whelps, a couple of black dragon eggs from her subject Nyxondra, and sent it to a gnome, who used a Titan device to purge the corruption of these subjects to create the egg that would give birth to Wrathion.

Wrathion is a lab-grown test tube baby.  Very, very much like his father Neltharion.

Neltharion was not a proto-dragon who was given power, in my story, he's a test tube baby.  He was grown for the purpose of being the Earth-Warder.

And yes, in his search to figure out a way to either control the Earth-Warder or destroy him, Garrosh might stumble on Khaz'Goroth's laboratory and find many failed Neltharions in tubes.  It's gonna be kinda nasty.

And Wrathion is also a test tube baby of sorts.  Though he doesn't have Nel's power, he is pretty powerful himself, having been able to stand up against fully grown dragons.  So, the Titan device to create him seem to have given him super powers...well relative to regular whelps of the same age.

But still, we must be reminded that this kid is still a toddler.  At least I'm reminded of it constantly.  Which is why I really don't get the whole fangirl thing about him.  For one thing, he's not even that attractive.  And another, he's a total asshole.  But I guess since teenage girls are stupid...which is why Twilight was such a success...we have account for the squee over Wrathion...despite him being one of the most unlikeable character in World of Warcraft.  His backstory is interesting, what he does is interesting, but his character...blech!

I mean, hell, he helps Garrosh escape to do the whole Warlords of Draenor thing.  If I ever get to that story with Neltharion, Wrathion is going to be in a world of hurt.  Think Neltharion bending his son over his knee and spanking that brat's butt raw.

Hell, I wonder if an Aspect can take away a dragon under the command of his or her flight...take away that dragon's power?  As in, can Neltharion depower Wrathion, take away his influence, just to make sure the kid doesn't misbehave again.  I've had Neltharion use his mental abilities to control other dragons.  If Squishy really puts his mind to it, no doubt he can at the worst, lobotomize the whelp so he wouldn't cause anymore trouble.

I mean already, Wrathion had killed fellow black dragons, or ordered a flunky to kill them.  He's caused trouble with the red dragonflight, Neltharion may have to step up on his duties to let this kid know who's the real boss around here.

So, how should we handle Wrathion since we have Neltharion around?  I know for a fact that Neltharion would be drawn to Wrathion just because he's a black dragon.

But any ideas on how to handle it?  I do know Nel will be mad at Wrathion for a few things.

Just a thought.


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Monochromatic Painting...

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 24, 2014, 2:23 PM




So, I got this twice already.  People saying that I made Kurama white when he is in fact orange...

Kurama Kyuubi no Kitsune by Ghostwalker2061

Okay, I know he's orange.  Though there are things called silver foxes, I know that Kurama is actually orange.

What I am doing with this image and with some future images as I work on the commissions...is experiment on a style of painting that I did once before but decided to abandon because I like color...

That is Monochromatic painting and minimalism.  

Though yes, I am using two different colors than one, the lights and darks are mostly done in one color.  I chose grey-blue for my experiment.  Kinda like one other painter did...you know, Picasso?  Ever heard of Picasso's blue period?  We know that most humans aren't blue, right?  But he did paint 'em blue.

What is Monochromatic Painting?

Monochromatic painting has been an important component of avant-garde visual art throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century. Painters have created the exploration of one color, the examination of values changing across a surface, the expressivity of texture and nuance, expressing a wide variety of emotions, intentions and meanings in a wide variety of ways and means.[1] From geometric precision to expressionism, the monochrome has proved to be a durable idiom in Contemporary art.[2]

It means I'm limiting myself to one or two colors and how to make them work to show depth and shape.  I use the shading to bring out the image rather than the explosion of color itself.  

And the style I am experimenting is done in watercolor.  I'm using watercolor techniques to paint Kurama.  

I also intend to do this with Neltharion too.  Using various graying blues to give Neltharion shape and form.

That is what this is about.

So, no, I'm not making him white.  I am using the bare minimum in coloring him.

But apparently, I was the only one paying attention in art class.  Because a lot of you don't know this stuff.  I'm a Fine Artist.  I have classical and contemporary training.  It's what I went into debt for.  Okay?


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The Weather is Broken Again

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 22, 2014, 11:36 AM




The entire summer has been rather cold lately.  And then...we get into the 90s within a few hours.

I have no idea why it's so chilly.  I've rarely had to turn on the AC once.  But today...blech.

At least I bought ice cream.

Hmmmm....vanilla.

Now this...this is funny.

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I guess it was worth my time and someone else's patience to do this image then.

Kurama Kyuubi no Kitsune by Ghostwalker2061

Since it's the first actual drawing in a long time to get a butt load of attention.

Must be something to do with Naruto.  Hmmmmm....


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Bad Show, Good Music

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 19, 2014, 3:13 AM




Something I've noticed as a trend lately.  I've seen too many times shows, movies, anime even...where I absolutely hate the show.  Hate the characters, hate the plot...and at times would turn into an MST3K riffer just to keep my sanity in check when I watch it.

But I've noticed something a lot of these shows have in common...they have really good music.

I'm serious.

Though I at times just out right demonize the Transformers movies Michael Bay filmed, but you know, I actually have their soundtrack.  All of them in fact.  From the first to the last.  Go figure.

I wasn't that big of a fan of Jurassic Park 3, though it's not for me...and I'll let you all watch the Nostalgia Critic's review to see why....

But I do like hearing the music.  Even the stupid Randy Newman song.

And by the way, what the hell is Randy Newman doing in a Jurassic Park movie?

And I may not be a big fan of DBZ, mostly due to well...about 80% of that show is nothing more than people powering up.  The rest is 15% fighting and 5% actual story.

Music sounds excellent.

And yes, even the Naruto music is fun to hear.  I have a few songs from the Shippuden, which are really good. I really dislike the anime.  The Manga is alright.  But the Anime, I mean I hear adaptation is kinda hard at times, but they don't need to adapt EVERYTHING from the manga.

It is just as bad as DBZ.  Except with Naruto, it's 70% exposition, 15% powering up, 5% of the demon fox actually doing something and the story related to him in some way, rest of the 5% is getting ready to fight something, and the other 3% is fighting something, 2% dedicated to story or comedy.

But yes, there is good music in the show.

Which comes to my next statement.



Somebody making a fucking series around these two.

30 seconds of that little scene and I was entertained.

I am serious people, Rock Lee and Kurama (Mr Kiyuubi Demon Fox).  Make these two a comedy team.  Fuck Naruto, fuck Sasuke, the anime needs to be about these two.  

Oh, and when I played Pokémon, I did have a Nine-Tails.  So, I did like the idea of a giant, fire-spouting, nine-tailed, freaky cat-eyed pooch running around.

Hell, we even have foxes here.  Red foxes mostly.

Someone make this into a series.  The Kurama and Rock Lee Show.  I've seen in the manga that Kurama becomes a giant snarky bastard afterwards, this would be hilarious.  And yes, when I did watch Naruto before I got tired of it, I made sure I showed up for the episodes where Rock Lee and Guy-Sensei were on.  Because they were absolutely hilarious.

So, if we could put Kurama in that mixture...just yank him out of Naruto and put him inside Rock Lee, I would throw money at it.

Just think about a scene where Rock Lee is pining over Sakura and Kurama in Lee's head, making some snarky comment on Lee's inadequacy to get a girl.  And then Kurama shows him up by manifesting himself as a cute little, nine-tails, fuzzy fox kit.  Sakura squees, runs over to pick Kurama up screaming: "Kawaii desu ne!" pets him, and kisses him.  All the while Rock Lee is fuming in the background.

And we have ourselves a show.


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Day of the Barney

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 15, 2014, 10:45 PM




There are times where I wax nostalgic off of so many things I loved to do during the very early 90s.

Hell, the 90s was when I created these characters...

Stolen Kiryuu Smile Yet Again details by Ghostwalker2061

 Cerenath Khan Draconis (Samuel "Sam" Davidson)

Kedzuel and the Reaper upclose by Ghostwalker2061

Xi Kedzuel Draconis (Gerald "Jerry" Hamilton)

And yes, to go back to the Crimson Dragon II...I should tell you the real story of Jonathan's best friend Sam Davidson, who he is and what he is.  And that Jonathan doesn't have as big a secret as Sam.  Or the story of Jerry Hamilton, aka Kedzuel Draconis, when he was on Earth during the 90s and why he went there.

But I'm talking about Day of the Barney

Day of the Barney was written by someone named Brian Bull in 1993.  I don't exactly know how old he was when he wrote it, I'm guessing he was probably a little older than 20, given the quality of the story he wrote.  Because Barney being responsible for Adolf Hitler, Caesar Caligula, Anne Frank, and the Black Death...is something not many teens would write about.  Because we all know that teens are stupid.  (general assumption, don't get angry)

Apparently, Bian left the internet like 10 years after he wrote the story, mostly due to a cease and desist letter from the creators of Barney and Friends due to well...um...

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Look what it created!

Yes, during the very birth of the Internet in the very, very early 90s, which came around about the same time as Barney's rise to fame...gave way to one of the first hate groups against something so sickenly sweet...THE JIHAD AGAINST BARNEY!

Guys, this is what I saw on the Internet when I was a teen.  And it was glorious.  The 90s brought the birth of the Internet, aka the World Wide Web, and already the first funny hate group was created against a children's show.  And I ate it all up as a kid.  

Every nerd that I knew was apart of the old Usenet Group alt.barney.die.die.die

Barney is evil incarnate.

The people who fell to the evilness of Barney, watched his show and gave into his hypnotic spell...we called Sponge Minions.  Because the show would make the mind all squishy and stupid.  Like a sponge.  (This is all fictional people, made in good fun, created from a bunch of teens and young adults during the early 90s who saw the show Barney and Friends and puked.)

And yes, there is a GURPS game to this.

The Jihad Against Barney

That's the pdf to the GURPS rulebook for the RPG.

What was done basically was to mix Barney with Cthulhu.  Yeah.  And how B'harne would create madness wherever he went with his mind destroying song of I love you, you love me set to the slow tempo of Nick Nack Paddy Whack...Yeah, it's pretty obvious that we're talking about Old Gods here.  Neltharion's gonna have fun with this one.  For Warcraft fans, imagine if N'Zoth turned himself into a cute purple dinosaur and decided to create a children's show based around the idea of pretty much destroying all sense and identity within mortal minds.  And you get Barney and Friends.  I guess that would make Neltharion the first Sponge Minion, but in my stories he at least got better.

But Day of the Barney holds a special place in my heart.  It was the first fanfic I was ever introduced to.  I am not fucking joking!  This was a fanfiction written during the time when fanfiction wasn't even a word.  None of us knew what to call it.  But in reality, it's an antithesis of what a fanfiction is.  A fanfiction is a non-derivatized piece of work created by a fan of a genre, or a piece of pop culture, like say X-Men, Warcraft, Dragonlance, Justice League, that sort of thing...not for profit, but for the expressed purpose of entertainment.  Some fan, who loves something so much, wants to add their ideas to the genre they love, or might want to change something that they think probably should have happened...you know.

But Day of the Barney isn't written by a fan of the show.  As horrible as My Immortal is, it is still written by someone who was a fan of Harry Potter.  Day of the Barney is written by someone who doesn't like Barney and Friends.  It's a Death Fic, of sorts, most importantly, it's a hatefic.  

But unlike most hatefics, this thing has plot, character development, gives us a reason to hate the villain, who is Barney, develops a world in which he does take over, and what the aftermath of such a world would be like.  It's not some short piece of flash fiction that gives us "Barney is evil, then Bob came and chopped his head off, the end" Brian took time to develop the world.  Hell, the main character Jeremy a few times actually falls and because he had been so brainwashed by Barney, even at the moment where he knew Barney was evil, wanted to go back to him.  

And then Barney comes back years later, kidnaps Jeremy's kids and...brainwashes them too.  And that even with Barney's death, there are still people out there who have developed a religion based around Barney's martyrdom to the point where they would create horrible mutations in an attempt to remake Barney.

They story doesn't end with Barney's death.

And then Brian wrote like alternate universe fics based around Day of the Barney, one called Death Zone Purple which was about the government hunting down Barney and his minions to prevent something that happened in Day of the Barney from happening in their own universe. 

I want to say that in many, many ways, Day of the Barney shaped many of my own stories.  Certainly has shaped the stories about Neltharion.  I redeemed Neltharion, allowed him to live, but the story didn't end there.  

It certainly sparked my interests in the sort of occult like fiction, such as Cthulhu.  Reason why King Ghidorah in my stories is basically an Elder God...it comes from that.

So, because of the love I had for this story, I wanted to share it with you all.  I suggest giving it a read.

It is still a good story, though now as I have read it again, I have been left with questions that would be a Fridge Logic thing.

Like if Barney is the one who kills kids who reach their 13th Birthday...and most of what happens, happens in around the Washington DC area, what about the other countries who were hit?  Did Barney have minions there with pre-recorded messages to kill them with?  Did he fly the soon to be 13 children from their homes to DC for the expressed purpose of killing them?

But at times you will have to remind yourself of the MST3K mantra when reading it.  And I will say that I only came to these conclusions after multiple readings and letting the story sit in my head for years.  The story itself, when you first read it, you kinda get so sucked into it that a lot of what I now question about doesn't become apparent right away.  And most of the time really doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things.

Because the story is just a fun read.

So read it and hopefully Brian Bull is still out there, seeing that there are people who still read his story even after 2 decades.


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Turning away the Jehovah's Witnesses

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 15, 2014, 7:55 PM




I found this idea online, and you know, I'm gonna try it and I think everyone else should try it regardless to what religion they follow, or if they are atheists as well.

Here it is.

"Sister/Brother, I am disfellowshipped."

This will turn them away immediately AND make sure they will never return.

Also if you feel like adding flavors to it, here is what I am going to say.

"Sister/Brother, I am disfellowshipped.  And I couldn't be happier with my disfellowship."

Not only does this tell them that you were shunned, but you are more than happy to be shunned.  It's like rubbing salt in their eyes right after you just spat acid in their face...and pissed on their feet.

Here is why I suggest this, I decided to brush up on my knowledge of the Jehovah's Witnesses and the Watchtower.

Mostly, it comes from the Book of Matthew that states that God, or rather Jehovah, did not come to bring peace to the world, but a sword.   And he comes to put a sword between you and your family if you or the member of your family or friends does something that Jehovah doesn't approve.

Like donating blood, or getting a blood transfusion.  Despite the fact that a lot of people who do donate blood can in fact get the blood they donated back if they need it.  That's one of the reasons why it's a good idea to donate blood.  Not so much to help others, but help yourself when you need it the most.  Because donating blood is like buying a spare tire, it's there when you need it.

So, if you do any of that, your family is expected to shun you and cut you off.  Your children are expected to turn away from you.  Your friends, who are all JWs, are expected to pretend you do not exist.  (Because Jehovah's Witnesses don't really consider people who are outside their faith true friends, at least the ones who are very devout.  Kinda reminds me of Day of the Barney where those who weren't friends with Barney were not true friends at all.)

(And yes, I do suggest you read Day of the Barney.  It was the very first fanfic I ever read on the internet back in 1993, when I used Gopher, a text based free internet service.  It helped me despise the Purple Pedophile even more.)

So, this means that you're dead to them pretty much.  

So, what better way to make sure you don't get a visit from them...than to pretty much say you've been thrown out of the church?

I am going to try it and hopefully they'll put my name on the list and my address and send it out as a blacklisted address.

Now, granted I think the reason why they still come visit me because I do live in an apartment and I've been here for quite some time.  So, they're always hoping that after a couple of years, I've move out and someone else has moved in.  So, they could stop by and deliver their stupid propaganda again.

But let's see if this works.


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Religious Solicitors

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 14, 2014, 10:41 PM




Well, in some ways, that ruined my day, mostly due to the fact that since I do have a night job of sorts and I sleep during the day because of it.

I actually attempted to ignore them this time.  I was startled awake by their rather violent banging upon my door.  It almost sounded like they were this close to breaking it.  The glass on my door is very, very thin.

I need to put a sign up that states "do not knock on the glass"

But no....the ignoring didn't work because an hour and a half later, I was rudely and violently awakened again by the same religious assholes.

They didn't return after that...but yeah...they actually came back to visit me, twice.

I feel like I need to express this to mostly my atheist watchers.  Because they are the most vocal.  And the reason for this is I know my Christian watchers, or those of other religions, they actually have enough sense to not be insulting towards other people of other faiths.  

Which is odd because you'd think a belief based upon logic would have more sense.  But I seem to attract the vocal atheists who love to add whatever I'm saying to their propaganda about why religions are bad.

So, what I am saying is...don't.  Please.  Because not all religions go knocking on people's doors and disturbing their happy lives...or in my case...disturbing their sleep.

I know my religion does not.  Due to the fact we try to keep underground because the evangelicals in this state have been known to...form a witch hunt on us.  And no, that's not a pun.  Yeah, witch hunting still happens here.  It's not often, but it does happen.

We do have Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons.  And a few others who go around knocking on people's doors.  And I do have a few churches who would just send packets over and inviting me to dinner or something, or give me some image of the hazel-haired, blue eyed, pasty white Jesus that I know is extremely inaccurate to the point of being offensive in its own right.  Because Jesus was Middle Eastern, not Caucasian.

But there's only two that I know of that will actually disturb my rest.  The JWs and the Mormons.  I sat and watched one of those stupid propaganda Jehovah's  Witnesses love to spread about the evils of Halloween and Christmas due to the fact they are holidays that rose out of pagan rituals.  Well, since I am...pagan...I guess it's okay for me to celebrate those holidays.  I do celebrate Christmas, but it's called Yule.  I do celebrate Halloween, but it is called Samhain.  So, I don't see the problem.  But again, it has to do with these people think they know what is right for me, when they don't.  

Remember what I said the last time...Christians like the Jehovah's Witness and the Mormons like to believe that they know what is best for me, saying I need more Jesus in my life.  And well, many very outspoken atheists like to believe they know what's best for me too.  By saying I don't need any gods in my life.  

But I will hand it to the atheists, at least they don't come knocking on my door, waking me up, and hoping that I would invite them in so they can tell me that they know what's best.

So, you can perhaps understand why I tend to get a bit hostile when these people visit my door.  

And here is what I love to tell these religious solicitors.

Me: Tell me, sir.  Do I come to your house unannounced, violently beating down your door while you are asleep, in the middle of the night, just so I could spread the word of Great Cthulhu?  No?  So why are you doing this to me?  Do you have any sort of common courtesy?  There are many people in this world that don't hold the same hours as you do.  Our days and nights are switched around.  But since you obviously don't care, and have some preconceptions about when I am awake and when I am not...where do you live?  Because I want to come over to your house and bang down the door too.

Though the difference is, if I were to do that to this asshole, he'd probably call the police on me, saying that I was harassing him, or trespassing.  But apparently he's not trespassing or harassing me when he does it, right?  Because it's in the daytime, and not at night.

So, does anyone have any ideas to prevent these rather disrespectful missionaries of God from bothering me during my sleeping hours?  Because, threatening them didn't work, saying something offensive to chase them away didn't work.  They just came back with their bratty kids.  And saying something that made their kids' cry didn't work either.

And ignoring them apparently didn't work.

So, what does?


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Rifftrax riffs Godzilla 98

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 13, 2014, 9:07 PM






Ah, very few things bring pure joy.

It's tonight, August 14th, you guys!  I'm gonna go see it!  I've been saving up for it, and I will go see it!

I suggest you all go see it too.

I know the show for me will start at 8pm Eastern.  I did want to go to Nashville and actually see it at the Belcourt Theater, but due to funds, I can't afford the gas.  So, driving 5 miles to the local theater is fine.

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I get psyched up by watching my old rifftrax movies.  Currently watching Birdemic.  I managed to get out the Star Wars sextilogy as well.  So much riffing.  I need to find my Twilight riffs too.

I do have my Transformers riffs and I can't wait till they decide to riff the recent Transformers movie.

And no, I will not go see TMNT, for the exact same reason Rob Walker said.  Because Michael Bay said: "Even if you hate my movies, I know you'll go watch it regardless."

And now I'm gonna say: "No.  I am not.  Fuck you, Bay!"

I'll also get out my riff on Independance Day as well.  Because that movie is awesome and fun, and the riff is also awesome and fun.  Independance Day knows it's a stupid movie, but it also knows its a fun movie because of its absurdity.  

Because back in the 90s, we were all about: "AMERICA, FUCK YEAH!"



I missed those days.  Not for the whole arrogance of our statement of: "America Fuck Yeah", but because we were all happy and confident.  And the economy didn't suck as much as it does now.

And, yeah, Independance Day, a movie about the awesome of America coming to save the day, directed by a German Immigrant.  Because America, fuck yeah!  Thank you, Roland Emmerich.  And even if you didn't do a good job with Godzilla '98, I still liked it because it still had heart.  It still was fun.  And it's gonna be even more fun to riff.

Oh, and in my mind when I do write in Halo/Mass Effect...this flag...

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Is what flies in the Earth Ambassador's office.  Though my British co-writer probably would think a little differently.

And I will say that the whole "America, Fuck Yeah" mentality is definitely in the mindset of the Blitzardi.  They do have that whole: "Blitzardi, Fuck Yeah!" theology.  


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