All because we have Thin Mints!
Ah, Thin Mints. It brings back the fun of Shadowrun and how screwed up that time of year was.
So, enjoy some images that I've done that is dedicated to Shadowrun itself.
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP
honestly, i don't think many people know how to PM you on fanfiction.net, but still it not that hard to figure out. but yeah, i can see how that can get annoying real quick when you review section is filled with nothing but useless rumbling.
Comments that Aren't Relevant to StoryGuys, do I honestly have to tell you where these sort of comments go...
Mostly, I'm pissed off, because this wasn't an anon review and therefore, harder to get rid of...
But let me tell you something. If you wanna thank me for inspiring you, that's fine. I like to hear that.
But there is a time and place for it.
Putting that into the review section of a story you have no plans on reading in the first place...is NOT the place to put that in.
As in, for the love of God, PM me with that kinda shit.
Don't put it in the review box. I like to keep things relevant to the story I'm writing in the review.
If you have no intention in offering critiques or comments, or anything related to the story I'm writing to perhaps help me get better as a writer or tell me what you like about the story...or what I need to work on...then don't bother saying anything in review box itself.
Just PM me.
How hard is it to PM someone?
Now that's something that always bugged me in the books. I've read those books from cover to cover and I still don't get how the hell Krasus, being an ordinary dragon and technically depowered, could see the insanity and madness within Neltharion. Especially if Nel was hiding it. If such an ordinary dragon could see it, why couldn't Alexstrasza or Malygos? I mean, that's the point of Malygos beating himself up, blaming himself for Neltharion's suffering. Because he didn't catch it.The idea that krasus was the one who gave him the idea is false (krasus sees the darkness and malice behind his eyes.) Neltharion was pushed but one he made the plunge he was in control.
Even the Math Nut can't figure out how the hell Krasus figured all that out just by one glance.For one, it's questionable how Krasus could see "darkness and malice" in the first place absent any confirmation bias.Setting that aside, seeing "darkness and malice" says nothing about how Deathwing will act on that, or whether his intents, actions, or the resulting outcomes are good or bad. Per canon, Deathwing's original plans were targeted at those he saw as Azeroth's enemies. This included the mortals, and reasonably so given the context-- the Highborne were at that time engaged in a project that would have destroyed the entire world: letting Sargeras and the Burning Legion through.That is sufficient to justify fairly severe actions, including war.One of Deathwing's goals was to remove the mortals from Azeroth in order to protect it, since he saw them as a threat. At the time, he trusted the other flights could then work together to defend it better.Krasus attacking him-- trying to turn the other flights and Aspects against him-- was what convinced Deathwing that the other flights were a threat. Since if they would would be betray him, betray their duty, then Deathwing couldn't' trust them.
The only thing that sustains one through life is the consciousness of the immense inferiority of everybody else, and this is a feeling that I have always cultivated. — Oscar WildeNeltharion in my books, at least Nel 1.0 before the sundering that created Squishy Nel 2.0 and Deathwing, was always a Well Intentioned Extremist.
This included the mortals, and reasonably so given the context-- the Highborne were at that time engaged in a project that would have destroyed the entire world: letting Sargeras and the Burning Legion through.That is sufficient to justify fairly severe actions, including war.
I interpret canon differently and your interpretation comes across as Draco in leather pants. It's trying to whitewash neltharion. A lot of what you did was interesting (hammers fall was awesome). But it comes across as fanon not canon. Canon neltharion planned to betray them before he met krasus.
Krasus saw that the affability was a facade; the whole "slander" came across as sarcastic mockery and his real reason (considering the spell was made to keep krasus from spilling the beans as it wore off once neltharion betrayed them.) the text implies that the whole "anti legion weapon" was a convenient cover story and its purpose was always to hurt the other flights. It's like anakin. He chose to embrace the dark side even as it warped him. Nel chose to embrace the old gods.
IN some fandoms people downplay the legitimately evil villains because they look cool or are handsome (no I'm dead serious). Some people try to excuse the empire in Star Wars or mengsk even though mengsk was a pretty short sighted shitbag. Or Griffith from berserk. arguments sometimes remind me of those arguments (ie make the good guys evil and play down the monstrous baddies because they look cool or....some what.)
Maybe I was forceful but your arguments seem to veer into Draco in leather pants territory.
A colorful, nigh-uncountable pile of blackwhelps and bluewhelps sit watching Malygos, excited and enraptured.
Malygos lays in the center of a complex and beautiful magic display, which is illustrating the story he's telling. A few whelps are interacting with elements of the display, participating in the story, or trying to pounce on the characters.
Malygos is bright and animated, his form glowing in accordance with the magic that surrounds him. His joyous mood makes clear why others joked about him being "Aspect of Life".
Sindragosa looks on, amused by her mate's antics. She is seated a bit away to give him space to tell the story, the elder dragons forming a circle around the whelps. But the deep love and affection for her mate, her family is clearly visible.
Neltharion & Sintharia are seated together, leaning into each-other. Neltharion has a wing draped over her, and his tail wraps her form. There's a clear understated, but unshakable & powerful caring between them. A few whelps are sitting on Nel's head, gnawing on his horns, or playing hide-and-seek among the caverns of his paws.
Sintharia is enjoying the story as well, a few of the more timid whelps seated up against her and watching from a distance. She's also keeping an eye on the whelps in the center, making sure they stay out of trouble.
Neltharion's gaze captures the whole scene. He is watching over everyone, content. There's clearly great deal of love and affection between him and the other people in the scene, but especially toward Sintharia and Malygos. The fondness and trust is readily apparent in his posture and expression.
A few of Nel & Sintharia's older children have been drawn in by Malygos's display, a few younger black drakes completing the circle formed by the older dragons.
This is a pleasant domestic scene, the type of thing that was likely typical once upon a time.
But the current reality is far different:
Three lone, forlorn blackwhelps sit in a huddled pile within a cavernous, empty expanse. Wings, tails, and limbs wrap their tiny forms as they try and make themselves as small and unnoticeable as possible. They are watching Malygos in trepidation, shrinking from his gaze.
Malygos sits in the center of a simplistic, dim magic display. The story is hard to make out and understand, the images blurry like text whose ink has run. The whelps shrink from elements of the display when they approach, the magic off-putting.
Malygos seems animated and happy on he surface, but it's clearly a mask for the sake of Neltharion and the whelps. He's aware of his lack of skill and the whelp's fear. His form is dim, washed out. A hint of desperation tints his behavior, as he tries to put Neltharion and the whelps at ease with his broken magic. As he remembers what these scenes were once like so long ago.
The cavern is a empty expanse, forlorn in it's vastness. None are present aside from Neltharion, Malygos and the three whelps.
Neltharion sits alone, downcast. He is collapsed on the floor, wings and tail drooping. His eyes track Malygos and the whelps. He does not remember these scenes consciously, but there is an unconscious feeling of wrongness— he knows that this is not how this should be, not how it once was—even if he doesn't truly remember why.
While he does not remember, the weakness of Malygos' magic display is obvious. And he can tell that Malygos is doing this for him and the whelps, to try and make them feel better. Malygos is guarding the true depth of his feelings well, but Nel can tell that he is unhappy at his lack of magic, at his inability to effectively cheer everyone up.
The whelps occasionally glance in Nel's direction, but shrink back if he makes eye contact. Despite their discomfort, they do not seek his support or protection. They prefer to remain alone, the cold stone their only comfort.
1) Eroded AwayThe Old Gods' plans were to erode both personalities away.It's possible that if Nel remembers too much too fast he may be hit with memories of a lot of the Old God's attacks at once. If that happens and he doesn't have very solid emotional & psychological support, it's possible that 10K years attacks landing all at once will be too much, and the Old Gods succeed.In general, if Nel is consistently mentally / emotionally loaded past his breaking point, he could end up here.The end product of eroding Nel's personality away likely looks like somebody in a persistent vegetative state.Most people on Azeroth would be quite happy with this outcome, since it'd eliminate the threat Nel poses. Unfortunately, this would also deprive Azeroth of it's Earth-Warder, dooming everyone.It's possible that the stresses are too much, and Nel suffers a psycotic break of some time.This can have many different manifestations.One possibility looks like "Blarg! I'm a dragon!". That'd be superficially similar to Deathwing's world flyover, or Nel's actions after the mana bomb, but much more "ravening monster" in appearance. That appearance doesn't necessarily mean that Nelis unthinking. But he'd be somebody that's been pushed off the deep end and is acting out / striking out at the world in response.The collateral damage from this state is massive for everyone on Azeroth.3) Despair Event HorizonIt's possible Nel is pushed over the despair event horizon and enters a semi-permanent BSOD. This would look a lot like Malygos's 10K years of suffering in the Nexus, with Nel retreating from the world and eternally trapped in his suffering.Most characters in-universe don't care if Nel enters these states, and many would be quite happy if he did. However, there are a few characters would fight these outcomes with every fibre of their being-- largely due to their caring for Nel. Malygos and Deathwing are the obvious examples, though Alexstrasza and Ysera would also try to help, at least at present.Nel is seriously mentally ill and under enormous pressures, so keeping him from succumbing to these possibilities is a HUGE load on whoever would be trying to help him.Ironically, Garrosh probably wouldn't want any of these outcomes either. In that case it boils down to Garrosh's pride. He'd much prefer Nel be conscious, resistant, but at his mercy-- an indication of his & the Horde's power and dominion over Azeroth.
- Provide emotional & psychological support to Nel.
- Guide Nel through his complex past and broken memory, as well as present and future challenges.
- Help Nel recover his memory in a safe, non-destabilizing manner. Help Nel with any unpleasant reveals, or shocking memories.
- Provide therapy with Nel, to try and restore & heal him.
- Help Nel learn to be a leader again.
- Support Nel's decisions.
- Help mitigate the poor decisions Nel makes: minimize the damage to Nel, the flights' interests, and Azeroth
- Lead the flight in Nel's absence, when Nel is "stuck" on a decision, or when Nel "runs away"
- Go after Nel when he's hurt or runs away, comfort him, and bring him back to the flight.
- Defend the flight's dragons, as well as their long term interests.
- Protect the eggs, whelps and young, ensure they grow up strong and capable.
- Be the second strongest network connection, help reconnect the flight with itself.
- Help empower the flight, safely buffer Nel's power.
- Provide the deep knowledge of Neltharion needed to enable the flight to effectively assist Nel with his issues, and lead them in Nel's therapy.
- Make the flight more coherent, help them work as one unit
- Keep the flight from disbanding or falling apart.
- Repair the connections between the black dragonflight and the other flights.
- Act as an ambassador to other factions, represent the flight's interests.
- Soothe over the anger of other factions, avoid conflicts and war the flight cannot handle--especially if Nel makes mistakes that anger other factions (e.g. Ironforge)
- Teach the flight how to be Earth-Warders again: the techniques and experience they (and even Nel) have lost.
- Teach the flight about their old culture, help them recover who and what they once were.
- Reconnect the flight with their ancient duty and role, and convince the other factions the black dragons are in that role. That they are neutral but friendly; not monsters.
- Find more black dragons, try to heal the corrupt.
- Try to connect Nel to the Netherwing flight.
- Find a way to cure the Twilight Flight, if possible.
- Provide strategic and tactical decision-making, and teach it to other dragons.
- Try to resurrect the bond between the Aspect of Earth and Aspect of Magic.
- Ensure Nel & Deathwing successfully merge, but ensure Nel "wins" the merger.
- Help uncover what happened to Nel & why: why was Nel 1.0 sundered, and to what end?
- Help uncover the Aspects & dragon's true purpose.
A recent survey by the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics finds that over 80 percent of Americans support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA,” about the same number as support mandatory labeling of GMO foods “produced with genetic engineering.” Oklahoma State economist Jayson Lusk has some additional details on the survey. If the government does impose mandatory labeling on foods containing DNA, perhaps the label might look something like this:
WARNING: This product contains deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The Surgeon General has determined that DNA is linked to a variety of diseases in both animals and humans. In some configurations, it is a risk factor for cancer and heart disease. Pregnant women are at very high risk of passing on DNA to their children.
The Oklahoma State survey result is probably an example of the intersection between scientific ignorance and political ignorance, both of which are widespread.The most obvious explanation for the data is that most of these people don’t really understand what DNA is, and don’t realize that it is contained in almost all food. When they read that a strange substance called “DNA” might be included in their food, they might suspect that this is some dangerous chemical inserted by greedy corporations for their own nefarious purposes.
Polls repeatedly show that much of the public is often ignorant of bothbasic scientific facts, and basic facts about government and public policy. Just before the 2014 elections, which determined control of Congress, only 38 percent realized that the Republicans controlled the House of Representatives before the election, and the same number knew that the Democrats control the Senate. The public’s scientific knowledge isn’t much better. A 2012 National Science Foundation survey even found that about 25% of Americans don’t know that the Earth revolves around the sun rather than vice versa. Issues like food labeling bring together political and scientific knowledge, and it is not surprising that public opinion on these subjects is very poorly informed.
It would be a mistake to assume that widespread political and scientific ignorance are the result of “the stupidity of the American voter,” as Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber put it. Political ignorance is not primarily the result of stupidity. For most people, it is a rational reaction to the enormous size and complexity of government and the reality that the chance that their vote will have an impact on electoral outcomes is extremely low. The same is true of much scientific ignorance. For many people, there is little benefit to understanding much about genetics or DNA. Most Americans can even go about their daily business perfectly well without knowing that the Earth revolves around the sun. Even the smartest people are inevitably ignorant of the vast majority of information out there. We all have to focus our time and energy on learning that information which is most likely to be instrumentally useful, or at least provide entertainment value. For large numbers of people, much basic political and scientific information doesn’t make the cut.
Unfortunately, this is a case where individually rational behavior leads to potentially dangerous collective outcomes. While it doesn’t much matter whether any individual voter is ignorant about science or public policy, when a majority (or even a large minority) of the electorate is ignorant in these ways, it can lead to the adoption of dangerous and counterproductive government policies. In this case, excessive and unnecessary warning labels on food products could confuse consumers, and divert their limited attention from real dangers.
Although Jonathan Gruber was wrong to believe that American voters are necessarily stupid, he was right about the pervasiveness of public ignorance, and the dangers it poses.
UPDATE: In the initial version of this post, I forgot to include a link toeconomist Jayson Lusk’s post on the Oklahoma State survey. I apologize for the oversight, which has now been corrected.