There's this feeling I've had for a while.
I just want to get up, pack what I've got, and run away. I'll drive as far as my pocket change will carry me, abandon my car and walk the rest of the way on foot.
I just want to run away. I want to pack up and leave, find a new life for myself away from everyone who knows me.
Can you believe that? An adult wanting to just run away like she was a teenager?
Yeah, I know teens have thoughts of running away. But believe it or not, some of us adults do too.
I'm feeling it now.
The more I'm thinking about the Warlords of Draenor, the more I get to think about that particular Azeroth that will never see the coming of the Horde.
And the more I see one particular bit of info that comes up.
That Northrend will never be discovered and thus stopping Yogg-Saron.
Or that Kalimdor will never be discovered by the humans and dwarves.
Or perhaps the Alliance will never be formed.
And Medivh would not be killed off, and since he has Sargeras inside of him, he'll complete his plans.
All because the Horde wasn't there.
Okay, let's think about this for one bit. I'm gonna propose something that is rather radical in thinking. What I'm proposing is simple.
What if I took a time machine and killed Hitler?
Yes, this is basically the case of Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act. And the idea that if I were to kill Hitler, and maybe if I succeed, I still would have changed NOTHING, or at the very least, not much.
There is a reason why I say this. Because my Jewish family didn't come from Germany, where the most famous of the genocide of my people took place, but from the least famous one, but much larger one. The Russian genocide of my Jewish ancestors. None of my family spent time in German concentration camps, but we were tossed out of our own homes, placed into ghettos, and then had them burned, only to travel across the ocean to America due to the fact well, we wouldn't convert to Greek Orthodox.
Meaning, if I were to kill Hitler, my efforts still would have done nothing to stop my family's suffering. And you know what? It would have still done nothing to stop the Holocaust too. Because from what I have learned, bigotry and hatred towards something different will always be around us. Because such genocide has been done before and is still being done right now WITHOUT Hitler.
The only difference is, we don't have Hitler and the Nazi Party might not be what we know it as today, but something different. Hell, the Nazi Party prior to Hitler's involvement, was a political party in Germany and it was led by someone else who wasn't Hitler. Think about that. We attach Hitler to the Nazi Party as if it can't survive without Hitler. But guess what? Maybe it can.
So again, me killing Hitler would have done nothing. My Jewish cousins in Germany would still be the scapegoat for the German economic crash, due to the fact many Jewish families actually owned banks in Germany and were very well off businessmen, which would lead to their genocide, and so on and so forth. And German Nationalism will still be a forefront for the conquering of the rest of Europe.
Take what's happening right now with Russia and Putin. Even with all of us still knowing what all led to World War II, it's kinda sorta happening again. And just replace the Jews with homosexuals when it comes to the minority that's getting oppressed. Same thing, just different people.
Because we humans have issues with something that is different than what we consider the cultural norm.
Damn them Jews and their funny language and religion.
Damn them homos with their backdoor humping and drag queens.
Now that I've effectively plowed multiple anvils into you all's heads, we can start the discussion on how this is related to Azeroth.
Garrosh tying the Dark Portal with Draenor's past prior to its destruction and prior to the fel energy turning the orcs green, instead of brown. So, he's going back basically 50-60 years into the past to do this. The same time for when Hitler came to power in our own world.
And Garrosh is basically going to tie the portal in Draenor with the portal of our Azeroth, and not the Azeroth of that dimension, thus will bring his Iron Horde with Ner'zhul (who never becomes the Lich King) Blackhand, Teron Gorefiend (who never becomes a Death Knight) Grom Hellscream (who never becomes the first to drink Mannoroth's blood, and Gul'Dan (who is the only one that decides to side with Kil'Jaeden) to our Azeroth of the present time, rather than the Azeroth of that dimension in their current time.
Thus never making sure the Horde comes to the alternate Azeroth.
Which according to the accepted speculation, will not result in the Alliance's formation because Stormwind doesn't get destroyed. Will not result in King Llane Wrynn being killed by Garrona Halforcen, thus giving Varian his reason for being a racist asshole, and of course will NOT lead to Arthas betraying Lordaeron, killing his own father King Terenas, or becoming the Lich King. Nor will it end up with Sylvanas becoming undead, and the Banshee Queen, and the Forsaken will never be created. The Forsaken in this Azeroth are still human people of Lordaeron.
And of course, according to the speculation, this will not have anyone go to Northrend to handle the Lich King because Arthas isn't up there, which will not lead to the discovery of Yogg-Saron.
This again, according to the accepted speculation, this wouldn't lead to the discovery of Kalimdor, and the Tauren and the Night Elves. Nor probably even Pandaria.
Right? That's the accepted theory. Because the Horde is not on Azeroth, that Azeroth is effectively doomed to be Old God food and possibly even Burning Legion food.
But what if I were to tell you right now that taking the Horde out of the equation would have done little next to nothing to change that Azeroth?
Again, in this version, Garrosh kills Hitler by taking out the Horde from ever discovering Azeroth. But Garrosh kills Hitler, and nothing still has changed.
This is why. First, I'll address the whole issue of Kalimdor never being discovered, Northrend never being discovered, and of course Pandaria never being discovered.
On Earth, we all know the story of Christopher Columbus. This is a guy who pretty much was trying to find a trade route to the East Indies from Spain without having to worry about going around Cape of Good Hope in Africa to get to the Indian Ocean. Now, yes, there's the joke that he was trying to prove that the world wasn't flat, it was round. But in reality, no, this wasn't the reason. Back then, they believed that the Earth had more land one large sea. And they didn't know that there was another piece of land in the middle of that theorized sea that blocked their way between Spain and India. That's why Native Americans are called Indians. Because the explorers got the two people's mixed up.
And Christopher Columbus didn't need a bunch of orcs to travel east to do it. He did it himself. Humans are naturally curious. In Azeroth, humans are in fact descendants from the Vrykul who originated from Northrend. Why the fucking hell wouldn't they want to travel there to discover long lost civilizations of their ancestors? So, they can still discover Yogg-Saron.
The Dwarves, they were once Earthen. In our Azeroth, we have the Explorers Guild, manned by Brann Bronzebeard. This guy devotes his entire life to discovering the past of the dwarves. There's questlines dedicated to it. Who's to say that one human who take an interest in what Brann does, and decides to go looking and this brings them to the various Titan facilities in Northrend, which then leads them to Yogg-Saron? Better yet, since Brann is a prince, he can use some of his diplomatic power to get the attention of other friendly cultures and they could still go up there and fight it.
Now, let's talk about Kalimdor. Since the High Elves don't become Blood Elves because no Lich King destroying their city and such...someone proposed that means they won't join Dalaran either. And also that means again, no Kalimdor because Thrall isn't here. Stop it with the Green Jesus, guys. Just because Thrall isn't here doesn't mean that Kalimdor still cannot be discovered. What will happen? Well, since the High Elves do live for a few thousand years themselves, they should have a good historical record of who and what they were before they became High Elves. What were they? Highborne. What were the Highborne? Night Elves who used arcane magic. Granted yes, the Highborne were banished. But who's to say they wouldn't attempt to go back? They don't have to just land in Night Elf territory, they could land in other areas that aren't occupied by the Night Elves.
Though I will say the only culture that are completely stagnate are in fact the Night Elves themselves given these guys are huge racist, bigots. And they only did what they did out of necessity.
But you know what? That never stopped anyone before when it came to exploration and potentially colonization. Sure, the High Elves might be beaten back, but they could go to the humans and the dwarves for help and explain their plight, and an alliance is formed again, but this time against the Night Elves.
And we would start having an Azeroth's version of Colonial Imperialism. Tada!
And what about Pandaria? Well, who's to say that the Wandering Isle won't bring Pandarens to the other continents, and stories about Pandaria still are being told, which again would give people enough curiosity to go looking for it. After all, Pandaria does have resources. People do need that. Cortez went to Mesoamerica because of reports that they had lots and lots of gold. Who's to say that a similar story wouldn't be swimming around in the Eastern Kingdoms that would bring them to discover it? Also, the issue with the Cataclysm, that still could happen. Which would eventually weaken the mists and make Pandaria accessible to the outside. Surely with the wars that would follow due to Colonial Imperialism wouldn't be all that great with Pandaria either. Could still set off the Sha.
And Pandarens apparently have been venturing around Azeroth, at least those like Chen Stormstout. I don't seem to recall the Horde ever causing him to go exploring. He did it because he's one of those Pandarens who have the Wanderlust Bug. Yes, he may not quite be there to help and create the Horde with Thrall, Cairne, and Vol'Jin.
And as for the Tauren. Well certainly this colonial imperialism would cause them to perhaps still side with the Darkspear Trolls. We could still have our Thunderbluff and have an alternate version of the Horde, just sans the Orcs and Thrall. You wouldn't believe what can motivate different cultures to band together to fight something that threatens them.
Hell, if any, we could have an Azerothian version of Magellan, who would attempt to circumnavigate the entire planet and start by going into the Foreboding Sea and end up in the Veiled Sea, bypassing the Maelstrom.
But let's really think of things seriously. Medivh. Yes, he would be alive and have Sargeras inside of him. But why is everyone so sure that it took the Horde's existence to make Dalaran realize their Guardian is a crackpot?
Apparently I don't think the writers and the fans are giving anyone any credit for just noticing something's up. Medivh could still be stopped by Khadgar. And Khadgar could still be thrown into that aging spell that makes him look like an old man.
These guys who accept that Azeroth is doomed because of no Horde mentioned the creation of the Paladins due to Anduin Lothar. Well, why would the Paladins' creation only be caused by the Horde? Surely now, since I've mentioned that there are other things that would cause war. I mean, the discovery of Yogg-Saron due to dwarves and humans becoming curious about their origins, wouldn't that be enough to create the need for Paladins too?
So, the Paladins are not directly linked to the Horde. The Paladins and their creation can still spring about for other reasons.
And the issue of people thinking the High Elves would never join Dalaran. Okay, let's talk about that too. They already joined Dalaran before the Horde even came. The reason why the Eastern Kingdoms know about the Burning Legion was because the ones who actually had a record of the Legion coming to Azeroth and was willing to share it were in fact the High Elves. Not the Night Elves because again, they're fucking assholes! The Guardian of Tirisfal was created by the combined efforts of humans and elves and their top mages. And the Guardian existed BEFORE the Horde came. So, there was in fact an Alliance between elves and humans BEFORE Stormwind was burned to the ground.
And Stormwind can still be burned. Why would it only be the Horde that does this? Why couldn't it be Medivh, who acting as Sargeras' avatar in this world, finds other ways to bring the Burning Legion here. Kil'Jaeden failed on Draenor to get the Horde to attack Azeroth, well, that doesn't mean it stops there.
One thing that is now being discussed between Neltharion and Velen in the latest chapter is that just because you have one victory, doesn't mean it's over.
Defeating Kil'Jaeden at the Sunwell doesn't mean that Kil'Jaeden is gone. And Neltharion thinking that he stops the Hour of Twilight because he effectively disbanded the Twilight's Hammer and making the Twilight Dragons functionally extinct still doesn't get rid of the Old Gods. Still doesn't even get rid of the prospect that the Hour of Twilight could still happen.
As in Neltharion has done NOTHING to change the fact that the Hour of Twilight was stopped. He just pushed back the date.
And even Thrall, by saving Neltharion in the Coffer, he didn't prevent the Hour of Twilight either. He managed to get the biggest player the Old Gods had, back on the right side, but it still doesn't stop the event.
The Burning Legion can still come, and the Alliance of Lordaeron can still be a reality. But again formed for a different reason. The Alliance doesn't need the Horde to exist. It honestly doesn't.
Here is the bit that in fact addresses what I am saying in this journal.
- “The sun has set on this mortal world,” said Velen. “Make peace with your end for the Hour of Twilight falls.”
“Blech, enough,” Neltharion said in a moan. “If I hear that mantra one more time, I’ll vomit. It’s not going to happen. It’s over with. I’m done with it. I’ve nearly made the Twilight Dragonflight extinct, I’ve scattered the Twilight’s Hammer, I’m completely ignoring N’Zoth and his voice isn’t bothering me.”
“And yet, the Twilight Dragonflight still exists,” said Velen. “The Twilight’s Hammer may have been scattered, but they were the ones responsible for giving Garrosh the means to build his weapons, and though you ignore N’Zoth, it does not mean he is not there. The problem has not gone away despite your belief it has. Nor do new problems eclipse the old ones. My problems have not gone away. Kil’Jaeden may have been defeated at the Sunwell, but he has not been destroyed. He still exists, he still plots. Though Sargeras was defeated as well ten thousand years ago, it still did not stop him. He did not go away. He came back to possess sorcerer Medivh. And Sargeras is still out there. The threat of the Burning Legion is still there.”
He placed his hand upon Neltharion’s shoulder.
- “Your troubles and mine have not disappeared. All we did was buy us a little bit more
time. Nothing more, nothing less. Your vision was your own voice reminding you of that. If you falter, you saw what could happen. I have a purpose myself, and I must never forget what that purpose is. I must always continue on and remember that purpose. So do you.”
- Neltharion bowed his head: “Perhaps you are right. I’ve felt I’ve lost myself these last two years. Maybe I have prioritized something I shouldn’t.”
And combined with my speculations with the dwarves, we would have our Alliance again, and this time for a different purpose. These guys know the Burning Legion is out there and know that the Burning Legion would return again. That's why the Guardian was created.
So, taking the Horde out of the picture, just like Hitler's death, would change NOTHING! It just means the Blasted Lands won't exist. It just means the Dark Portal wouldn't be there.
The Horde's arrival wasn't the pivotal point that would doom Azeroth. No, it wasn't at all.
You know what was? THE MOTHER FUCKING SUNDERING! Yes, that's the pivotal point. It's not you don't kill Hitler, or you prevent the Horde coming through the Dark Portal, it's you kill Queen Azshara before she makes contact with Sargeras.
If it weren't for her bringing the Burning Legion to Azeroth and making EVERYONE aware of the Legion's existence, no one on Azeroth would know of the Legion, thereby never take the steps in preventing the Legion's arrival.
Hell, the fucking World Tree Nordrassil's existence is there BECAUSE OF THE BURNING LEGION! Because Idiot Illidan tried to make another Well of Eternity, which again would bring another wave of demons from the Twisting Nether, so the tree had to be planted.
However, going by the Hitler Time Travel Exempt Rule, even killing Azshara wouldn't have done anything. Because well, Sargeras would still just find someone else. Hell, it could have been worse. He could have just went straight to Illidan. Think about that for a moment.
Even in my little joke fic, Murozond's Gift, Neltharion makes a very good point about what the Sundering did for Azeroth. Granted, yes, he hates the fact that he pretty much was the cause of it because it was his Dragon Soul that did it...at least in our little timeline, but even then, the Azeroth of the alternate timeline didn't have Krasus, or Brox, or Rhonin to go back in time to make Deathwing hasten his plans for conquest...and the Sundering still would have happened.
Why? BECAUSE OF QUEEN AZSHARA!
She broke the Well. She sundered the continents when she tried to bring Sargeras to Azeroth. Neltharion's Dragon Soul just gave it a bigger boost and probably did even more damage than what would have been there if he had not used the Dragon Soul.
She made the world aware of the Burning Legion.
The Horde did nothing.
Hell, the only thing that would be affected by the Horde NOT being on Azeroth, at least in terms with my stories, is there would be no Thrall who would be the one to touch Neltharion's heart, discover the actual truth, and prevent the other Aspects from killing Neltharion, thus basically giving the Old Gods what they want.
Right, Neltharion's cure from the madness, from his own imprisonment inside his own body, needed Thrall. And what's worse? The Dragon Soul Raid would have happened to Deathwing, and Neltharion would be killed, the Aspects depowered, and the Old Gods not ever having their jailor, aka Nel, to keep them locked up.
So, basically, the Azeroth of the game, even without the Horde, would be the Azeroth of this alternate reality where Garrosh went to to create the Iron Horde.
It's not because the Horde's absence that dooms Azeroth, it's because there isn't a Thrall there to save Mr. Squishy Nel. And since Neltharion never gets redeemed by Thrall to once more take up his mantle as Earth-Warder as he is supposed to, and be the Shield for Azeroth...Azeroth is DOOMED. It's doomed because of the Old Gods, it's doomed because of the Burning Legion. It's doomed because the planet doesn't have it's mega-tank to take the punishment and dish it right back. This is why I still say killing Neltharion was a BAD IDEA.
In other words, again, we would have changed NOTHING! Except, yes, no orcs on Azeroth and no Neltharion, but still NOTHNG. Azeroth is still doomed. It just doesn't have the Horde. Azeroth would still be doomed with the Horde, or without it.
But if you really want to change something, you go back in time to the Well of Eternity and prevent Azshara from bringing the Burning Legion here. Because if there is no awareness of the Burning Legion, no creation of the Guardian of Tirisfal, no continent sundered, and Sargeras waits until 10 thousand years later...yeah, Azeroth would be in big trouble.
There's my two cents and my devil's advocate on the whole issue of why the Horde really didn't do much.
The main thing I wish to focus on that just because you kill Hitler, doesn't mean that there's not something ELSE out there that would take Hitler's place. Just like if you don't bring the Old Horde from Draenor over to attempt to conquer Azeroth, doesn't mean that something else just as nasty on Azeroth wouldn't rise up to take the Horde's place. The Alliance can still become a reality, Stormwind can still be destroyed. The Paladins can still be created. Northrend can still be explored without the Lich King. Kalimdor can still be explored. Pandaria can still be discovered.
But it would be for different reasons. And that is where the change lies. Taking the Horde away doesn't necessary stop any of these events from happening. Who knows, maybe Arthas really would have made a better king and still have a good hold on Lordaeron because of it, and because Llane Wrynn is still around, the Alliance itself could very well be STRONGER for it.
By having these characters killed off may have done more harm than good. But take away the reason for killing them off, Arthas because he lost hope and became a Death Knight, Llane Wrynn assassinated, King Terenas assassinated.
A lot of the Alliance's main problems during those first two wars was basically caused by Deathwing. And leaving out the Horde wouldn't mean that Deathwing couldn't find someone else to give the Demon Soul to in order to enslave Alexstrasza. Maybe he gives it to the Tauren, maybe he gives it to the trolls, who knows? A new sort of First and Second and Third War could still very much be a reality for this Azeroth.
Speaking of who Deathwing might give the Demon Soul to. Instead of the Dragonmaw Clan, perhaps maybe the king of the Zandalari. The trolls that I've studied on Azeroth once held a mighty empire. Wouldn't the Zandalari want to recreate that empire again. Well, they did attempt it a few times in canon Azeroth. What's stopping them from doing so in the doomed alternate Azeroth? Deathwing may have just found his new pawns and gives them the means to do just that.
Wow, I just figured out another way the Alliance can be created without the involvement of the Horde.
You take something away, but something else must always take its place. So, yeah...really, so the hell what that Azeroth doesn't have the Horde, effectively, the Horde's presence has done little to really effect Azeroth's survival.
It's still gonna end up Aspectless regardless to there being a Horde or not. Maybe some Tauren ends up becoming an uber Shaman and connects with Neltharion...wait a minute. I've just eliminated Thrall too!
Squishy could still happen regardless to Thrall's involvement. Take a hint, Blizzard. Take a hint.
Something has been brought to my attention...
I wouldn't consider the Aspect's powers independent—they're clearly designed to work together. For 60K years the flights were able to work together to create a golden age. In addition, the fact that the Dragon Soul could even be created and work as shown is enough to demonstrate there's a fundamental link between them.
Indeed, the dragon soul effectively force-fed Deathwing the powers of the other Dragonflights (and probably the Old Gods as well). It's unclear exactly what side-effects this might have caused beyond the growth, but he was saturated by their power. He definitely wouldn't gain their attunements, but a deeper connection and familiarity with their powers would be believable.
An interesting question: Could the other dragonflights repeat this, and force their power into Nel without the Dragon Soul as a conduit?
In any case, what I'm getting at is that Nel isn't attuned to nature, life or the biosphere. He certainly has an indirect connection to it via his powers and duty, but it's not apart of him the way it'd be for Ysera or Alexstrasza. So damage to it shouldn't affect him directly, or cause the sort of pain that say, damage to the planet itself would do.
- An interesting question: Could the other dragonflights repeat this, and force their power into Nel without the Dragon Soul as a conduit?
However here is a big question...
- I wouldn't consider the Aspect's powers independent—they're clearly designed to work together. For 60K years the flights were able to work together to create a golden age.
So, what was the world like prior to the War of the Ancients? What was this Golden Age that the Aspects took care of?
Anyone have any thoughts on this?
Velen and Neltharion...Mists clung heavily to the ground. The damp air sent a chill up his spine, rattling the elementium plates as he shook it. The beach looked gray, dreary. His ears heard the sound of a seagull squawking above as it dove for its breakfast. Damp grains of sand stuck to his ebony black paws. The silence of the early hours broken every so now and then by the roaring crash of the waves from the sea. He could hear the scratching of little red crabs as they buried themselves under sun-bleached, smooth rocks. Neltharion paused and lifted a hollow, white piece of drift wood and tossed it towards the waves. The wind picked up a silvery lock and blew it wetly against his snout.
The Aspect paused and peered around, his mind blank. He could not remember just when he came to this beach, how he got here, nor could he quite remember where he was before the beach.
Though he welcomed the solitude.
Neltharion continued his wall, listening to the sounds
Decided to give a small preview of the next chapter because Velen is in it.
You know there is a deep relation between Neltharion and Velen. I should do more short stories that show this.
Okay, before any of you start spouting that I'm the one who's proclaiming that because of the title, sit back down.
I loved Legos when I grew up. And I know they are not evil, or the work of the devil. In fact wonderful pieces of sculptural artwork have been created using Legos. In fact many contemporary artists have used Legos. Fantastic work has been built with them.
And with the coming of the 3D printer, we soon will be able to build actual houses out of Legos, using Legos the size of trucks.
The title comes from this...
A PRIEST has warned parents that a new range of monster and zombie Legos are a tool of Satan and can “destroy” children’s souls.
Polish priest Slawomir Kostrzewa says Lego has moved to the dark side with their Monster Fighters and Zombie figures, which he slammed as being “about darkness and the world of death”.
“Friendly fellows have been replaced by dark monsters, “ he said, reports The Telegraph UK.
“These toys can have a negative effect on children. They can destroy their souls and lead them to the dark side.”
The Lego Monster range includes Lord Vampyre, a Dracula-type character who fights other Lego characters as he battles to “cloak the world in darkness”.
Father Kostrzewa pointed to New Zealand research that showed Lego facial expressions have become angrier and are increasingly based on conflict, and that this could affect children’s development.
“Facial expressions maybe lead to confusion between good and evil,” he said.
“It appears the good suffer in battle and the ‘villains’ have a face showing satisfaction with their evil deeds.”
The priest has in the past also accused Hello Kitty and My Little Pony as being forces for evil, calling My Little Pony a “carrier of death”.
Okay, guy. Zombies and vampires and werewolves are monsters. That's what monsters are.
Kids find monsters fun, but they're not being corrupted by them. And if some kids do get "corrupted" then there's something inherently wrong with the child's mental stability. This is not caused by toy zombies and vampires.
Play with toys that have monsters in them is all in good. And you know what? Most children understand that what their are playing with are toys, meaning they are not real. Apparently most children have a better understanding of reality and pretend than you do.
You're a friggin' priest!
I don't know how priests become priests in Poland, but I do know that if ANYONE who wishes to go into the clergy, they have to go to college. How do I know this? I have a good friend who works at my job who is studying to become a reverend. He wants to dedicate himself to his faith, but in order to do that, he has to go to college. Not only that, but to help him understand humanity, he actually is going into anthropology, which is in fact a science that studies the culture and strange way to humanity.
As in, normally, most clergymen are in fact well educated people.
I'm hoping that you also went to college, but it sounds like you didn't pass your intelligence exam to qualify.
There is a different between pretend, imagination, and reality. The kids understand it.
Maybe you should listen to the children rather than think you know what's best for them. At least in this case.
Something I am trying to figure out today. And no, it's not an April Fool's Joke.
I'm trying to figure out for the ending of Warchief, should I decide to have Neltharion knock all the rest of his elementium plates completely off so he can regrow his crystals...or should I continue to keep the elementium plates on?
So, should he continue to look like that?
Should he start looking more like this now?
Well, here's something for everyone who's been waiting....
Yup, wish granted. We're getting down to the final punch here.
But first, I need to address this....
and i forget to say, Nel is jackass, ( no, he is amazing) but really, cover Kalimdor with ash, so taurens and trolls (with them he is good) will have cruel few years? hehm i wish i was there, so i can punch him in the face (ouch it will hurt me) and after that give him hug!
It's great that someone actually read the story before I had a chance of posting a link here. I got a lot of reviews since I posted it. That's great. But here's something this guy is not really getting.
Neltharion is a jackass for causing a minor eruption from Theramore's supervolcano and covering just the belt of Kalimdor up to Durotar in ash. And blocking out the sun for perhaps a week or two. And yes, lowering global temps that will cause at least maybe two years without summers, at the least.
I know this reviewer is from the Czech Republic (I think), therefore English may not be his first language. I understand that.
But what he is completely missing and really not getting due to either language barrier or lack of info, is that what Neltharion did was react to what Garrosh did to him.
Okay, first off what is address and it is hammered in quite a lot in the story is the word consequence.
Neltharion is pretty much a living god on this planet, he is the avatar, the voice, the power of Azeroth manifested into solid form. But just because he is this, doesn't mean he is beyond consequence.
There is a consequence of Neltharion being in Theramore. And we saw that.
And there was a consequence of Garrosh attacking Theramore with Nel being there.
We saw that.
The issue is, trolls and tauren and orcs, and how their homes got ruined.
Nope, it's about population survival.
Remember, there are only 20 Black Dragons left. 20, that is including full grown dragons who can breed, little whelps and adolescent drakes. And Nel.
The population of tauren, trolls, orcs, and such is a lot stronger and more capable of bouncing back when famine hits than Neltharion's own flight.
During the times after the Sundering, Alexstrasza and many of the other Aspects actually ordered Neltharion's flight to be destroyed for Deathwing's treachery. At this time, none of the Aspects realized that Deathwing was an evil parasite/personality that was controlling Nel's body while Nel was being trapped inside his own consciousness and tormented by the Old Gods.
They only found out about this is Romancing the Coffer.
So, yeah, prior to all of that, Alex and the other dragons had every intent on pretty much ridding Azeroth of the Black Dragonflight and their Aspect.
So, Neltharion has pretty much lost most of his flight. It's gotten to the point where they have become functionally extinct. And this is a term I use a lot. Functionally extinct means they don't have enough genetic diversity to produce strong offspring and rebuild the species properly with.
Though in the whole bit about Rhea and the black dragon female Nyxondra, who gave birth to Wrathion, it is stated that Rhea was forcing Nyxondra to lay eggs in order to produce children so Rhea could experiment on them to create a cure for the madness of the Black Dragonflight.
So, it leaves me to wonder if female black dragons are like that of the Komodo Dragon, who can actually produce young aesexually, and those young basically being male, and then mates with her children to produce more females.
Yeah. That leaves me to think a bit.
If this is true, then, Neltharion may need only one female to help repopulate the species, but it is shown with black dragons that inbreeding kinda degrades the stock, makes them even crazier and such. I dunno. I'm just gonna stick with what I know and have them be like human reproduction, meaning XX and XY = Baby.
So, for right now until I decide otherwise, Nel's flight is functionally extinct.
And Garrosh just made that worse.
In my head, the population of trolls, orcs, and tauren are probably around 50 million if not more. Maybe close to a hundred million. So, what I'm saying, guy who wrote that, I think not having a winter or two might not be as devastating as you might think. Compared to what the Mana Bomb did to Neltharion's own people.
Yeah, it will make life hard, but that's what happens when you piss off a being capable of making your life suck.
Neltharion didn't attack Orgrimmar before Garrosh did his shit. But yes, he may have went a little overboard. Still, it's Nel, he's not mentally stable.
And this means he's loss a lot of trusting friends.
Though he's gained a cult. Baine and his Tauren.
This might be either good or bad.
Also, I have been playing around with the idea that when I do have Nel create his island, to show that he's now gonna let the past go completely, he rips the elementium plates from his back at last and regrows his crystals.
You guys think Nel should take the armor completely off now? Or leave it on?
Now, for Let it Go...
For those of you who don't want to be apart of the discussion of Nel, I have this little bit to share.
It is cute.
These Massachusetts firemen found a unique (and adorable) way to soothe a little girl while rescuing her and her family from a stuck elevator shaft.
Last week, Kaelyn Kerr, 4, was headed to a hair appointment with her mother and baby brother when they became trapped in an elevator, Today reported. The only way out was up a ladder and over a high wall, and little Kaelyn became frightened.
That's when one of the firefighters began talking to the child about the hit Disney movie "Frozen" to distract her, and the other played the famous song from the film, "Let It Go," on his cell phone. Soon, they were both serenading Kaelyn.
"It worked, we got her to a point where she was comfortable with us and up the ladder we went, right up and over, no problem," firefighter John Keough said to Fox 59.
The firefighters, both fathers of young children, knew that the Disney film is popular with kids Kaelyn's age.
"It was easily one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen in my life," Kaelyn's mother, Kristin Kerr, told Today. "They understood how to calm down a 4-year-old."
First off, let's get the joke over....
Okay, now that we got the Joke over, we can move on.
But here is an idea that I'm throwing around when it comes to Mr. Squishy. It's because well, now that he is homeless, and possibly just got dumped by Calia. I'll leave that open. Neltharion needs a home now.
So, since he's the Earth-Warder, why the fuck not just make one?
I pretty much stated that Neltharion was able to pretty much make Theramore Isle bigger just so he could have 10 miles of sandy beach to lay out on and sun bathe.
So, hell, why not just have Neltharion build himself an island where he can just live in solitude?
Why am I asking this? Because of this...
I hate you, Internet.
Queen Elsa goes off alone to build herself an ice castle, I think Nel can go off alone to build himself an island.
Now, where does Neltharion need to go?
I'm guessing the backside of Azeroth.
I know what you're thinking: "Azeroth is a round planet like Earth, there is no such thing as a back side."
What I mean by "back side" I mean the area on the map that isn't staring right at us. As in the beyond the eastern shore of the Eastern Kingdoms and the western shore of Kalimdor.
If we divide Azeroth with the Prime Meridian going straight through longitude wise down through the Maelstrom and the Equator going through the lattitude center of the Maelstrom, we see basically that Kalimdor occupies the Western Hemisphere of Azeroth and the Eastern Kingdoms occupies the Eastern Hemisphere.
So, what's on the direct opposite, resting upon the Saturday/Sunday Dateline?
Simple, it's a small ocean, about the size of the Atlantic. The Great Sea, is basically Azeroth's version of the Pacific Ocean.
At one time, ten thousand years ago, Azeroth had a Pangea, called Old Kalimdor. A supercontinent that made up ONE Hemisphere. Then on the opposite side of this was a gigantic ocean, again the Pacific Ocean on Azeroth.
Then, the Sundering happened and it split the Pangea into four continents, two of them occupying basically the north and south poles of the planet, while the others occupying the west and eastern cardinal directions of the planet.
So the Pacific Ocean on that side got smaller, and what was left was the Great Sea that grew from the supercontinent.
So, basically, what's on the other side is basically the same question as to what is on the other side of our world, except backwards.
There's an ocean on the other side. And from all the images I've seen of Azeroth, there might be one or two small islands, and they appear to be Kazen and the Azuremyst Isles. So, there's nothing else sharing that area. And since no ship actually travels through there, yeah, this would be a very nice place for Neltharion to build an island.
I wouldn't mind him building an island about the size of maybe...the state of New York. It'll be an island that gives Neltharion lots of room to stretch while at the same time, not causing much damage to neighboring shores. Meaning...if Neltharion builds a continent, even a small subcontinent like India, or even something the size of Saudi Arabia, this might happen...
Lex Luthor building a new continent and yeah, it swallows North America and a little bit of Europe.
So, yeah, Nel won't be doing that.
But it might cause some minor large surges as the sea level does rise due to something solid now displacing the water. Kinda like what happens when you dive into a pool, the level does rise.
Would it be significant? I dunno.
Math Nerd, would making an island the size of New York, cause any damage to the surrounding area if Nel builds it in the middle of the large body of water people tend to call the Veiled Sea?
And it's gonna be instantaneous, very similar to what Lex does. Within a few hours we have a landmass capable of supporting decent sized towns.
So, will it?
But what do you guys think too? Any of you who have looked into the lore of Azeroth, really, nothing's ever been really discussed there due to well, what's in the Veiled Sea? It's just an ocean like the Atlantic.
Be interesting if Nel built something twice the size of Iceland or something.
So, we are coming at the end of March. Though I do have some Thin Mints left and I am still writing up Civil War and have been writing down notations for when G-Chaser and I might start up the next series, but for now, we'll have to say tah-tah to Shadowrun.
I just might put the Thin Mints into the freezer for next year since they do last a long while when you do it that way. And I'll be gathering up more money for more Thin Mints for next year too.
But since we haven't gotten to the end of the current series and we want to end it before we hop onto the next, we'll have to put Shadowrun back on the shelf again.
But I am still reading my Shadowrun books, I've downloaded a lot of the 4th Edition to get me started. I may go by and purchase a 4th Edition book of the Clutch of Dragons which details what's going on with them during the 2070s, which will help with the craziness.
Definitely will be having either Kiryuu or Manda kick Ghostwalker in the balls. I don't know if I'll ever do a Shadowrun/Warcraft crossover where Neltharion gets deposited in the insanity, but it is still something that needs to be discussed.
However, I am going to post up two of my old Shadowrun short stories on ff.net, after I've read through them and made some edits.
They were written during the time I was writing Mechagodzilla XIV: Past Present and Future, and a lot of what they have in them was suddenly retconned by MGXIV's ending. Such as how King Ghidorah is handled, the destruction of Knoxville, and Godzilla's freezing and relocated to Antarctica.
Though, this may mean I will finish up Infestation which needs to be finished since it details what Alan and Cujo did for Kiryuu and how Dunkelzahn is now in the 26th Century.
So, there will still be some Shadowrun-like stuff going on, just not actual Shadowrun stuff which primarily occurred in the late 21st Century, and not the 26th.
And I might go back and rewrite some bits of Halo Reach for the Different, especially bringing in a little bit of Lofwyr because I felt we haven't picked on him enough.
But I also need to work on the last chapters of Warchief and get that wrapped up so we can go ahead and start on the Pandaria stuff. I might be combining books, I don't know. Combine the Sha stuff with the Lei Shen stuff due to how they both appear to be related.
And I need to work on the comic that Burkion wants me to do. That does need to get done as well as commission work.
But so, I leave with this one little thought.
How do you think the next story of Neltharion should go? How should it be handled?
I do know this, the ending of Warchief isn't going to be very happy. And really, it's not supposed to be. And there are things that need to be discussed in the next segment after Warchief has been ended, such as Wrathion, which may bring Nel to Pandaria due to him trying to find where this kid is.
So, what's your opinion?
Halo: Civil War Chapter 9
Well, here we go. Chapter 9.
Telek and Dunkelzahn bond. It's cute.
I know it's short, but because the next chapter is going to be heavily loaded with well, lots and lots of stuff going on, this one needs to be a little short.
Okay, so yeah, I just need to spill this little bit out here.
Why do the WBC hate gays and state that they hate this country so much due to how its laws handle gay rights and such...
Well, each time we see these assholes picket places and spread their hateful schpiel upon all of us, they tend to pull out this happy little line right here...
"כב וְאֶת-זָכָר--לֹא תִשְׁכַּב, מִשְׁכְּבֵי אִשָּׁה: תּוֹעֵבָה, הִוא."
Oh, I'm sorry, I just whipped out the Hebrew version of this damn thing. Wait a moment, I'll fix it...
"Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind; it is abomination."
There we go. Leviticus 18:22.
That line, that was taken from the Torah, aka the First Five Books of Moses. As in it was written by my people.
Yeah...this is where it comes from.
You see, the Phelps have a habit of basically taking a lot of what the Hebrews wrote long ago and pretty much decide to really take it out of context on the meaning, and with no regard to the fact that maybe in today's society that little verse just doesn't work anymore.
Now why am I saying this? Well, because of this line. This line pertains to us women.
And this is my favorite line that I wish everyone to whip out the next time you see Shirley Phelps.
"ה לֹא-יִהְיֶה כְלִי-גֶבֶר עַל-אִשָּׁה, וְלֹא-יִלְבַּשׁ גֶּבֶר שִׂמְלַת אִשָּׁה: כִּי תוֹעֲבַת יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, כָּל-עֹשֵׂה אֵלֶּה."
"A woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment; for whosoever doeth these things is an abomination unto the LORD thy God." Deuteronomy 22:5
There we go.
So, why am showing you that? Well, because just to exemplify the hypocrisy of these assholes.
My, Shirley, don't you look nice in that ball cap and those pants.
Why the hell are you wearing clothes that only a man can wear? Don't you know that you are just as big of an abomination as the gays?
So, yes, I would like to say that their quoting the reason why homosexuallity is bad does have a true source. This is an actual verse in the Bible, and it did originate from the Torah.
But I do hope that many of my Jewish brothers and sisters have understood that cultures are an ever changing factor and that what once worked for our sheep-herding ancestors of the Land of Canaan, doesn't really work in with today. And we have progressed beyond such a fear. Because we all know that being homosexual is not harmful to anyone else and really it is not our place to pretty much force other people into not being what they want to be. And really again, it is none of anyone's business who you love so long as you treat that person right, and you don't abuse that person.
Many of the common sense laws of the Ten Commandments still should be upheld. Don't steal something that doesn't belong to you. Don't be a dick to your neighbor. Be nice to your parents. Don't murder someone. It is "don't murder" not "don't kill", folks. God has no problem with anyone killing so long as it isn't in "cold blood". Don't be a Jeffrey Dahmer. Don't cheat on your significant other. And yes, that rule applies to both straights and gay couples. But there is a wiggle room factor in that Commandment. I'd like to say that if you're one of those who are Swingers, and your significant other is fine with you boinking someone else just so long as he or she can do the same without fear of jealousy, then...do it.
But again, we must understand that cultures do evolve and progress.
So, why am I addressing this. Well...
You see, I like to wear pants. I like to wear pants a lot. And there's a little bit in Leviticus that states that I, being a women, cannot wear pants for this is an abomination unto God. If I were to be a straight Orthodox Jew, then I am definitely doing a big no-no. But I still like pants. So, I'm gonna wear pants, so I say to hell with that little line. I'm not hurting anyone while wearing pants, right? So, why should it be a problem for me to wear pants just because some book written 4 thousand years ago says I can't. Hell, back then, EVERYONE wore dresses. There were no such things as pants back then. So, this is a good example of a rule that really doesn't need to apply to modern times.
But according to the Bible, yes, this is a big no-no. Just like in the Bible, homosexuality is a big no-no.
But I still wanna wear pants. So, if I believe it's okay for me to wear pants despite what the Bible says, then it should be okay for homosexuals to have relationships and to find the "right one".
I'm not hurting anyone by wearing pants. Guess what, gays are not hurting anyone by being gay.
So, yes, Shirley is right. That is in the Bible, it is considered a big taboo as stated. But so is women wearing pants.
So, I have a suggestion for all of you homosexuals out there, when you go to counter protest and or Troll the WBC. The next time you see Shirley Phelps-Roper, and notice that she is in fact wearing a pair of blue jean pants, pull this line out of the same First Five Books of Moses that she reads and quotes vigorously about how much it is wrong to be gay.
"The woman shall not wear that which pertains unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are an abomination unto the LORD your God." Deuteronomy 22:5
Because she too is doing a big no-no.
Shirley and the WBC are both right and wrong on a lot of things.
They are right that yes that line is in there. But then again, they are wrong for not recalling the other line.
And really, who cares if I wear pants? I like wearing pants and I will continue to do so with pride.
Just as I hope many homosexuals will continue to be what they are with pride. And honestly, no one knows who is right and who is wrong until the very end anyways. So, really, should it matter?
The Torah gives me no true reason why wearing pants is bad for me, no examples why it is bad, not even a hint. And guess what? The Torah (Bible) also doesn't give a reason as to why it is bad to be homosexual either.
It just says it is bad. That's it. No reason, no explanation. Nothing. And guess what else? Shirley, because the Bible she likes to rip her shit from doesn't give a true legit reason why being gay is bad, it means she cannot really come up with a true reason why it is bad.
Shirley, you can quote that line all you want, but in the end, it's just a hollow line without any weight.
So, I was asked this question a few times why all of a sudden I'm getting into Shadowrun.
Well, this actually happens once a year. Though didn't happen as much last year or the year before due to....NEL!
Poor Neltharion, he' still can't hang with the cool Shadowrun dragons.
He's so pathetic.
Nel's the only dragon who's got a lot of cool powers, but pretty much is so very UNCOOL. He's such a square, man. It's sad.
But it did happen a few times. Though I did supplement it with the goings of the Citadel and Kedzuel and drawing Kiryuu and such and writing bits for Malcho or Dunkelzahn, so things still took place in the Sixth World, which is Shadowrun, even if it did happen 500 years later.
And with Kedzuel, I do fudge it to say it's Shadowrun because Shadowrun was actually the major influence in creating the Blitzardi.
So, yeah, it happened last year, it's just was STEALTH SHADOWRUN!
But what's the deal, right?
Well, it boils down to this.
Thin Mints + Turn the Beat Around by Gloria Estefan + Heirate Mich by Rammstein + Don't Leave me Alone by Ayumi Hamasaki + Spring Time = Shadowrun.
So as long as the Thin Mints keep coming, the Shadowrun keeps coming too.
And yeah, someone managed to supply me with another three boxes of Thin Mints. She was looking to get rid of them and I snatched them up like crazy. And I think I'm gonna be having another 2 boxes come in again. So, I think I can stretch Shadowrun out for another month or so.
Besides, this actually is helping me keep focus on the Halo Civil War thing. I am close to finishing the new chapter with Dunkelzahn and Telek having their talk and everyone going to raid Cerberus and the Cultist Sangheili.
But once the Thin Mints run dry, I shall return to Warcraft and finish up on Warchief and then begin writing the first story of the actual Pandaria series...so we can hurry up and get into Warlords of Draenor.
So, there we go. Thin Mints = Shadowrun, people.
Okay, let's have some fun....
With dat cute face.....
Would Squishy Nel fit in Shadowrun? Could he survive the insanity of Shadowrun?
I'm not talking about his power, his magic, strength. I know that will help him survive.
I mean, when you got a dragon who's very flick can cause a person's head to explode, yeah, I think physically and magically he's capable of surviving.
No, I'm talking Mentally.
Is Neltharion genre savvy enough to survive Shadowrun? Is he smart enough, is he...well, mentally stable enough to survive Shadowrun.
Can the Squishy do it?
Because I don't think he can. I honestly think pretty much everyone in the genre can in fact out think Nel, out suave Nel, out class Nel when it come to being a character in Shadowrun.
Shadowrun, power has nothing really to do with how you survive. Though being powerful does help a lot, but you can pretty much get in trouble for throwing around enormous amount of power. Everything is about being in the shadow, working underground. Being inconspicuous. And only showing up just to thrown around a small bit of power as an example of what you can do to show yeah, you shouldn't be messed with...but after that, don't show off.
Things are never showy in Shadowrun. Yeah, there are times when the dragons go nuts and cities get demolished. There's a bit where Hestaby goes to Dubai to attack a Saeder-Krupp building and before she destroyed it, she systematically chased everyone out of the building to spare as many lives as she could using spirits and elementals, before she blew the building up.
Ghostwalker has been known to destroy good chunks of city blocks in searching things and of course to state to people that Denver is his territory and he's the guy in charge that makes the rules.
Even in that sense, Neltharion isn't a dragon who has a "territory" so to speak. To Neltharion, the entire planet of Azeroth is basically his territory. Which is why I joke around with Neltharion being homeless unless he has someone he can stay with. Calia and Theramore provided a home to Neltharion. But that got all blown up and we don't know what the outlook of Nel's relationship to Calia after this will be.
Neltharion's gonna be homeless pretty much soon. So, he doesn't have a "territory" per se when the entire planet is his Territory.
But there are dragons who are more subtle. Lofwyr is one. He's rarely seen destroying anything. Mostly he uses his lackeys to do it for him. He even just talked his way past the German army when he first awoke in 2012. Yeah, Lofwyr was right behind Dunkelzahn in terms of Awakening. But still no lost of life.
Dunkelzahn is certainly not explosive in his methods. I think there was only one instance where he killed someone on camera and it was because that guy was a hired assassin to take out the Big D's translator. Dunkelzahn got pissed off and atomized the dude in front of millions of people. But otherwise, he's rarely even attacked a major city, gone Godzilla to claim territory. He's just went to Prince Edward Sound and bought the land with his money.
Hestaby has at times backed off her attacks since her awakening and instead decided to become the "New Dunkelzahn", by appearing before people in her dragon form and acting friendly around them. Not attacking any buildings. The only major attack I know of is what she did to Dubai, and again, with barely any loss of life, just structural damage. Hell, Hestaby even uses a spell which gives her an actual voice...so as this time she's the only TRUE talking dragon in Shadowrun.
Not even Malcho can claim that.
Manda can though, he's the other talking dragon in the story who doesn't use telepathy when he speaks in his dragon form.
Malcho is subtle though, he's only seen in Shadowrun in the notations as doing Connection Heals on areas affected by vast amounts of mana, such as the Ghost Dance. One of the notations has Malcho and Kiryuu Connection Heal the land damaged by the four volcanos the Ghost Dance set off due to the fact those volcanoes also caused the destruction of nuclear power plants and spreading of nuclear waste. Yeah, kinda like the Tsunami in Japan, only with volcanoes not with a wall of water. But it's okay, Malcho's here to heal the land.
So, Neltharion is less than subtle. He's a bit dense at times. Can the Squishy do it?
Nel has been known to try and build alliances. He's starting with some between Vol'jin and Baine as well as King Varian Wrynn.
A possible alliance might happen between Nel and Sylvanas.
But honestly though, can Neltharion hang with the Guys like Malcho...
Pendejo...I mean Lofwyr
(Old image of Lofwyr for the Halo story he starred in. Look at him, the wizwyrm of wizwyrms fighting Flood!)
Can Nel honestly hang, yo?
Even Sirrurg in all his crazy attacking and terrorism is more subtle than Neltharion. Sirrurg disappears when he's not destroying thing. Nel? Fuck it, everyone knows where Nel is. Subtlety? Nel don't know meaning of word.
Deathwing was more subtle than Neltharion. And this is for you guys who are still confusing Nel for Deathwing. Neltharion WAS Deathwing. He isn't anymore. They're two completely different characters that shared one body.
And Neltharion doesn't have any genre savviness. He is smart, he's intelligent, but he makes a lot of bad decisions. Mentally, he's easily broken. He's prone to the thing called Heroic Blue Screen of Death, which in Neltharion's case means he crawls into bed and curls up and pouts for two weeks.
But honestly, can Neltharion survive Shadowrun at least mentally?
I know that Dunkelzahn would at least be the one who might show some kindness to poor Nel. The rest of them? If they can't use Neltharion's super powers of Planet control to achieve their own agendas, he's dead weight to them.
An added addendum.
Another issue that Neltharion is gonna have when traveling in Shadowrun's Earth. The Earth is severely polluted. To the point where meat and vegetables are only enjoyed by the 1%. And the joke is, yeah, the regular joes eat Soylent Green, well, it's not people, yet, but it's not all that great tasting either.
The planet is polluted, severally. Nuclear plants are nearly useless due to "Gaia" really not liking them being there. Despite the fact we all know in this day and age, nuclear power, when maintained properly, is in fact one of the cleanest sources of power on the planet, shy of cold fusion. But again, this is an RPG that was made in the 80s and yeah, people had issues with nuclear power due to Chernobyl. And I'm not kidding.
Chernobyl was a nuclear disaster that happened 2 years before Shadowrun was distributed. So, yes, the creators of Shadowrun added that tragedy to Shadowrun, in spades. Every day was Chernobyl Day. To the point when one of the Great Dragons awoke, called Firewing, she rampaged and was killed off to dive into a pit of nuclear waste called the SOX in Germany. And though her body was destroyed, as we have seen in Shadowrun and in my own stories Mostly Dead is Status Quo to very powerful characters, her Free Spirit still roamed the waste and went insane because of it.
However, I'm surprised the creators of Shadowrun have never gone into what life in Chernobyl is like today. Granted, yeah, it's still dangerous for us to be in, but have you guys seen what it looks like? Does it look barren and lifeless? Nope. It's got a pretty forest and all sorts of happy animals living in it, though they do have shorter life spans than normal, they are still living happily there as if nothing has happened.
Hey, FASA guys, TOPS, hello? Chernobyl's a pretty paradise now, it's not as bad as you thought it was going to be.
All sorts of industrial pollution can cause horrible mutations in magical creatures and industrial pollution can in fact affect the Astral Plane too. So, yeah. The Kingston Fly Ash Spill that happened in 2008, it not only fucked up the Clinch River, but any magical spirits the Clinch River was home to and whatever spill away into the magical Astral Plane the Clinch River lead to.
Did I mention that things suck in Shadowrun?
But that's not just industrial pollution, but magical pollution spoils the land as well.
We all know how Australia is basically a Death Land in today's standards. Well, it pretty much becomes Baator in Shadowrun. Mana Storms is one of the strange weather anomalies that happen there. And then there's Chicago and what Malcho and Kiryuu had to do to keep it in a pocket dimension to keep the bugs from polluting the rest of North America.
So, here we have a dragon, Neltharion, who's connected to planets. My math nut and I have speculated he's basically connected to all planets he touches, just so much more on Azeroth than any other planet, due to his powers and such. Neltharion steps on Earth and immediately, he's gonna fall down in agony due to feeling how painful the ecology of the planet is.
Though Earth itself isn't really harmed by what anyone does. It is an object that weighs six sextillion tons. So, the Earth itself isn't in danger of being destroyed, however, it's ecology is very fucked up. And the ecology is the thing that helps keep us alive on this dirt ball. Neltharion's powers are sensitive to the ecology of planets. Neltharion, as I stated, is in fact a biomechanical organism specifically created to maintain the ecology of Azeroth and keep it habitable for the creatures that live on it. So, that means he's empathic to any disturbances or imbalances in the ecology that might pose a danger to life. Though he cannot control life like Alexstrasza can, he can sense why say an area heavily doused by nuclear waste is poisoned because of it and will use his powers to clean up the damage to allow life to return to the area.
So, yeah, even more so than ever, though Neltharion is powerful and his power can help him survive Shadowrun, it is also an hinderance too.
Again, poor Nel. I don't think he can hang.
But if you guys think he can hang in Shadowrun, tell me why. I wanna hear it.
Okay guys, I apparently was once more "notified" by someone who stated someone had posted my artwork on tumblr without my permission and stated that this was against the policy of copyright infringement.
Okay, let me clear up one thing.
I know what Art Theft is, I've seen it done to my own art.
I have seen someone trace my artwork and then post it as their own.
I've seen someone who downloaded a picture of mine and then scribbled over it, posted it on tumblr and then sign it and claim it as their own.
I even have seen people steal characters of mine just to draw a distasteful image of that character out of spite of me. That happened to me twice. Once by our dear douchebag of the internet, Mark Draper, and the other, well, some Twilight fan who had an issue with Vickie, the Shadow Dragon, and wanted to state that she's not a girl because she didn't look "pretty". And also because well, it was of Edward Cullen being stomped on by Vickie.
And though I have now become a fan of Robert Pattinson due to the fact that he's made it clear that he's not a fan of Twilight in his own way.
Anyways, look people. If you want to reblog some of my images on other sites, because DA does provide buttons on deviations for things like Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Google+ and what not....
So if you want to reblog my work on those sites. GREAT! I love free advertisement.
Copyright infringement only comes in if you repost an art piece of mine on a website and claiming it to be yours. Art Theft is what happens when one of you yank an image off DA that belongs to mine and then repost it on DA, without my permission, claim it is yours and basically steal the viewers from the true creator of the image...me.
This also has to do with if one of you decide to sell prints of my artwork and not giving me a cent.
These things I do not find OK and I will let you know about it.
But really, give me the free advertisement. I don't mind if you reblog my images so long as I am credited in the reblog and a link to the site is provided.
I can't always be around to pretty much post my artwork EVERYWHERE. And many of you know of places I don't know of and would like to spread the word of my GLORIOUSNESS to those who are ignorant to my wonderful existence. (Ignorant meaning not in the knowing. I'm not using the word to mean stupid. Don't have a cow.)
So, in all seriousness. I don't mind it when people reblog my stuff.
Hell, you want to know something? You know my Dragon Caesar image? One of my buddies at work found it swimming around one of the mech forums I haven't even traversed yet, stated he found my image posted there...and then was utterly shocked that I was the one who drew it.
You know what happened afterwards? He wants me to do work for him.
Couldn't believe that the person who created the Slumbering Dragon Caesar image actually worked on the same floor as he did and who talked to him a lot at work.
Isn't that wonderful?
So, yes, reblog my stuff, share my stuff. Just make sure you credit me. That's the only thing I ask.
Alright, Manda and Shadowrun.
Ah, his upgrade. Yes, I've drawn Manda a few times before....
Manda and Telek 'Heros.
Manda Over Miami.
Manda in both his human form and dragon form.
But here is one of the very first ones....when I drew Manda more like he was supposed to be, a Sea Dragon.
I mean, he really is the Dragon with the Gun. Only one image doesn't have Manda with a gun.
He first appeared in this story right here....
Into the Abyss
Calling himself Tim Marx. In fact, he appeared in like the second chapter in his human form. He didn't appear in his dragon form until some time later. In BDM's stories, he's appeared a few times. But when we started doing the Halo and Mass Effect stuff, Manda unfortunately dropped off the Earth. He reappeared in Halo 3 Times as Different when Telek needed someone who seen what the Ark was and such. Though I will say if I write the Shadowrun stuff, I'm afraid a lot of retconning might happen to Manda due to all the new info in Halo that we now know. Such as knowing who the Librarian is.
One Retcon has the Librarian being alive right up until the very end of the Fourth World. So the Forerunners were still around, but only living on Atlantis and no where else and they used their Slipspace capsules to protect themselves from the Halo's firing.
I really would like to delve a bit more into Manda's own story, especially about the Shadowrun bits because though he's never shown up a lot in the stories, he's an interesting character.
I even wrote a short story called Night Shift which was dedicated to Manda, but this story occurred outside of the Halo and Shadowrun stuff and featured Manda as an original character who was an agent that kept magical items out of the hands of humans due to their dangerous and destructive potential. And he used his identity as a detective to help him get close to those who would use magic for that purpose.
It even came down to a raid upon a night club in Miami later on where someone who was basically a "muggle" of sorts discovering magical artifacts and some guy in the shadows, another dragon, wanted him dead. And by this time, Manda's identity was exposed and he had to protect the dude.
So, what's interesting about many of these characters is that they can be written in such a way that they can be basically original and I can publish them. Malcho is the other character that can fit in an original story as well.
Manda in Shadowrun is gonna be a fun character to write about considering all the mayhem that happens in Shadowrun.
And since I've gotten a refill on my Girl Scout Cookies, namely Thin Mints, I'm gonna focus a bit more on Shadowrun. Because you can't have Shadowrun without Thin Mints.
Let the joyous news be spread
For Fred Phelps at last is dead!
Ripped with much glee from CNN.com
(CNN) -- Fred Phelps -- the founding pastor of a Kansas church known for its virulently anti-gay protests at public events, including military funerals -- has died, the church said Thursday.
The 84-year-old died of natural causes at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to church spokesman Steve Drain.
Phelps founded Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, in 1955 and molded it in his fire-and-brimstone image. Many members of the small congregation are related to Phelps through blood or marriage.
In a statement Thursday, the church chided the "world-wide media" for "gleefully anticipating the death."2003: Phelps on Matthew Shepard statue
"God forbid, if every little soul at the Westboro Baptist Church were to die at this instant, or to turn from serving the true and living God, it would not change one thing about the judgments of God that await this deeply corrupted nation and world."
According to Westboro, the church has picketed more than 53,000 events, ranging from Lady Gaga concerts to funerals for slain U.S. soldiers. Typically, a dozen or so church members -- including small children -- will brandish signs that say "God Hates Fags" and "Thank God for Dead Soldiers."
Phelps was often called "the most hated man in America," a label he seemed to relish.
"If I had nobody mad at me," he told the Wichita Eagle in 2006, "what right would I have to claim that I was preaching the Gospel?"
Under Phelps' leadership, Westboro members have preached that every calamity, from natural disasters to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, is God's punishment for the country's acceptance of homosexuality. Phelps had advocated for gays and lesbians to be put to death.
"Fred Phelps will not be missed by the LGBT community, people with HIV/AIDS and the millions of decent people across the world who found what he and his followers do deeply hurtful and offensive," the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force said in a statement.
Phelps began his anti-gay protests in Wichita in 1991 after complaining that the city refused to stop gay activities in a public park. He rose to national notoriety in 1998, when Westboro members picketed at the funeral of Matthew Shepard, a Wyoming man who was tortured and murdered because he was gay. Phelps and his church carried signs that said Shepard was rotting in hell.
The Southern Poverty Law Center calls Westboro Baptist Church "arguably the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America."
In 2011, the Supreme Court upheld Westboro's right to picket military funerals on free speech grounds. Congress and several states, though, have passed laws aimed at keeping church members at a distance from funerals.
In 2013, more than 367,000 petitioners called on the White House to legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group. The White House called Westboro's protests "reprehensible" but said that "as a matter of practice, the federal government doesn't maintain a list of hate groups."
Born in Meridian, Mississippi, on November 29, 1929, Phelps had his sights set on West Point before he attended a Methodist revival. He said the sermon inspired him to enter the ministry.
"I felt the call, as they say, and it was powerful," Phelps told the Topeka Capital-Journal in 1994. "The God of glory appeared." Later, Phelps was ordained by a Southern Baptist church in Utah.
He bounced around several Christian colleges as his preaching and his theology took a hard right turn.
A Time magazine article from 1951 describes Phelps as a "craggy-faced engineering student" who harangued fellow students about the dangers of promiscuity and profanity.
Tim Miller, a professor of religious history at the University of Kansas who has studied Westboro Baptist Church, said Phelps liked to consider himself a "primitive Baptist preacher who held to the old ways."
Despite its "Baptist" name, Westboro is not affiliated with any larger church denomination. Most Christians criticize the congregation's harsh anti-gay rhetoric and penchant for pursuing the limelight at inappropriate moments.
Phelps married his wife, Marge, who survives him, in 1952. The couple moved to Topeka on May 4, 1954, the day the Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision Brown v. Board of Education, which desegregated public schools.
Phelps interpreted that as a sign and soon began a law career that centered on civil rights, winning awards for his work and praise from local leaders.
"Most blacks -- that's who they went to," the Rev. Ben Scott, president of the NAACP's Topeka branch, told CNN in 2010. "I don't know if he was cheaper or if he had that stick-to-it-ness, but Fred didn't lose many back then."
Phelps was disbarred from practicing law in state courts, however, after being accused of badgering a witness and making false claims in court affidavits. The Kansas Supreme Court said that Phelps "has little regard for the ethics of his profession."
Phelps surrendered his license to practice law in federal courts in 1989, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal, after nine U.S. District Court judges filed disciplinary complaints against him.
Most of the members of Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church are members of his large family. Phelps has 13 children; 11 are attorneys. One son, Nathan, is estranged from his father and from organized religion. He is an atheist.
Nathan Phelps posted a Facebook message March 15 saying that his father had been excommunicated from the church. Later, though, Nathan Phelps said it was "unclear" whether his father had been expelled from Westboro.
A church statement issued on March 16 said that "membership issues are private" and that eight unnamed elders lead the congregation.
On Thursday, the church added, "Listen carefully; there are no power struggles in the Westboro Baptist Church, and there is no human intercessor -- we serve no man, and no hierarchy, only the Lord Jesus Christ."
For years, Phelps joked about the possibility that his own funeral would draw protests. During a sermon in 2006, he said a CNN reporter once asked how he would feel if that occurred.
"I'd love it. I'd invite them," Phelps told the reporter, according to the Wichita Eagle. "I said: 'I'll put in my will to pay your way. But not first class.' "
But Shirley Phelps-Roper, Phelps' daughter, said Westboro will not hold a funeral.
"We do not worship the dead," Phelps-Roper told CNN.
That is right, people, this guy who hates Gays, says America should burn because of our wanting rights for gays, calling everyone in the world Fags that don't agree with him....used to use that fiery tongue for GOOD!
Yeah, what a twist!
So, yeah, Fred Phelps hates gays, but damn it, if a black man gets lynched, then he'll fight for the rights of that black man.
What the hell do I say to that?
Fuck Fred Phelps, but, then Yay Fred Phelps?
I know...GOD DAMN IT FRED PHELPS!
Something tells me he would fight for Metahuman rights as well, just so long that Orc down the hall isn't gay.
In one hand, Fred is caring for the minority, in the other, he's hating on people's private sexual preferences.
Of course Shirley pretty much says: "You're born black. It's something you can't change even if you're Michael Jackson. God never said it was an abomination to be black."
Yeah. My head just got broken open by this...conundrum thing. Wahh??? Really????? This man was the man to go to for Civil Rights? Fred fucking Phelps with his "God hates Fag" signs and such?
Well, at least we now know that the WBC isn't hating on Obama for being black. That's good...right? Right?
ARGGGG!!! My head hurts!
Fuck it, I need alcohol!
Let's raise a glass, everyone, to toast that may Fred find his truth in the Afterlife, at the end of a very sharp, hot pitchfork.
Someone's been messin' with the Emancipation Proclamation in Shadowrun.
Let's discuss the Night of Rage that occurred in 2039. What is it?
Here's the abridged explanation...
The Night of Rage on February 7, 2039, signified the date of the single greatest anti-metahuman riot of all time. Anti-metahuman hate crimes were escalating prior to the Night of Rage due to the 14th amendment to the UCAS Constitution (and similar legislation throughout the world) which proclaimed that metahumans had no rights. These hate crimes culminated into worldwide riots that saw the death of thousands of people. In many cities, metahumans were rounded up and detained "for their own protection", but this often led to the populations to become sitting ducks for the violence that followed. Many metahumans lost their homes and livelihood.
In Seattle, metahumans were sent to warehouses that were being used as makeshift detention centers. Hand of Five terrorists firebombed the warehouses and killed hundreds of metahumans in the blaze, which the Seattle Metroplex Guard initially did nothing to stop.
The United Corporate Council responded by threatening the plex government, which in turn threatened Lone Star with breach of contract, should they continue inaction. As of 2050, this had been the only instance of UCC strong-arm political pressure being applied so bluntly. Lone Star leapt into sudden competence, and it was believed the Hand of Five was all but exterminated as a result.
But here's the thing. Upon the creation of the United Canadian American States, that means they absorbed the 14th Amendment. What is the 14th Amendment?
Why, it's the very loop-hole that I was able to invoke to explain why Kiryuu Knight....
You know...that guy...to have rights, own property, own a company, and even run for President of the United States and then President of Earth five hundred years later.
This was the amendment that explains why a sentient AI, as in Kiryuu Knight, in Mass Effect, was able to have rights even on the Citadel due to the fact he was treated as a person. Though many Citadel Aliens really hated that idea as AIs were treated like scumb, threats, and other things much like metahumans are treated in Shadowrun. I mean how dare these (meta)humans give an AI rights?
And it was the very amendment that was invoked a few times by Kiryuu to state why he was so horrified by the treatment of his fellow AIs, namely the Geth by the Quarian for just asking a question of whether or not they have souls. Yeah, this is why Kiryuu, though civil with Quarians, doesn't exactly like what they did. Why couldn't the Quarians have the same amendment that gave him civil liberties...why couldn't the Geth have it? Emancipation Proclamation indeed.
It was the amendment that gave recently freed slaves after the Civil War, rights, liberties, the ability to own property and even vote, or even run for Presidential Office.
As in, the Night of Rage should have never happened.
I am trying to find more about this, to the point where the Americans actually changed the Amendment that states as long as you are a person, sentient, capable of reason, and are not incompetent, you have power over yourself. Where did that go south in Shadowrun?
Especially when it came to Goblinization.
What is Goblinization? Well, in 2021, ten years after the Year of Chaos, all of a sudden, humans who have never Awakened, just turned into Orks and Trolls...through a painful transformation process.
Recall the Tanya story? One night, a small percentage of the population of humans suddenly were turned into dragons due to a magical anomaly? Makes me wonder if Netar ever read about Goblinization and Shadowrun, because that is Goblinization, except the humans didn't turn into dragons, they turned into orks and trolls.
Oh, believe me, 40 years later, people turned into dragon-like creatures called Drakes when Haley's Comet came back, but that's another story.
So, many people who had suddenly grew horns on their heads and tusks, and gained hulking figures, some of them grew 4 feet taller than they originally were, and yes, this was painful, in Shadowrun, the US decided to change the 14th Amendment to now only state that those who are still "human" only have rights, and those who either had been born from human parents as metahumans, as in the dwarves and elves, or those who changed into metahumans during 2021's Goblinization, as in the Orks and Trolls, are no longer human and no longer fall under the 14th Amendment.
I guess that includes Kiryuu? Well, I'm guessing the lobbyists are ignoring that technicality due to the fact Kiryuu is fucking rich. Because rich people, they can get away with murder. LITERALLY IN SHADOWRUN!
But in reality, I have to say the Night of Rage probably shouldn't even happened, or may have not been so gigantic of slaughter as it was since in this version the 14th Amendment isn't going to be fucked with. Metahumans will still have their rights at least in the UCAS. But even then, even with the 14th Amendment, there still was violence, protests...especially for places who much rather not recognize certain people's rights due to the fact they look different.
So, yes, the Night of Rage will happen, but for a different reason.
There was a retaliation against this atrocity. Hell it became Sirrurg's reason for causing the death of passengers on an jetliner.
It became a reason why Denver became what it is now, as a safe haven for Metahumans.
It created MOM, Mothers of Metahumanity, and other Civil Right's activist groups. One of course Hestaby, Kiryuu Knight, Malcho, and Dunkelzahn supported through peaceful means such as providing funds, helping to raise money, and making sure they hire metahumans for good jobs and providing education for metahumans.
Basically, yeah, metahumanity turned into the minorities and their struggle today.
There are groups who are against metahumans, such as the Humanis Policlub, and Alamos 20,000. Horizon is suspected to be another who uses their niceness to open hospitals and such for metahumans, only to poison them or make them infertile and such.
And these are the guys who pretty much state: "These metahumans are taking the jobs away from real humans."
A similar statement for those who wish to understand: "Minorities are taking jobs away from White People."
Get it now?
So, yeah, there's racism big time in Shadowrun. The metahuman racism has lessoned a bit in the Halo/Mass Effect time of the Sixth World, but some of it is still there.
Thought I'd share the project. It's being done between a writer, a storyboard artist and the layout and inking artist.
Three guesses to which I am....
Okay, fine, I'm the inker and layout artist.
We hope to get this thing done by May, or at least to a place where we can start officially gaining funds for the project. So right now, we are basically the ones spending money for this project. Which is why I guess I'm broke a lot?
Anyways, I suggest you show these two your love.
Burkion the Writer
Enshohma the main concept and storyboard artist.
We've known each other from way back and that's why I was selected to do this.
So, here you guys go.