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2023.03.25 00:49 IbnyourMum Forebears, an Imperial invention - How the Reman Empire split Hammerfell.

To understand the Forebears, you need to understand the role of warriors in Yokuda and their real-life parrel, the Samurai https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samurai
The Forebears are the self-proclaimed descendants of the Ra Gada the Warriors of Yokuda. The history of the Redguards on Yokuda is basically an exact parallel of Japanese history, specifically the Sengoku era, so we can definitely make the assumption that the role of the Ra (Warriors) is equivalent to the Samurai irl. In contrast to what the Forebears and Imperials will tell you, the Forebears were and are NOT of Low Class, as read above the Samurai, and therefore the Forebear's ancestors were quite wealthy and relatively High in Class when compared to 95% percent of the population.
The role of the Samurai was specifically to enforce the Feudal Lords'(Daimyo) power onto Japanese Peasants, brutalizing the peasants if they didn't comply with the taxes imposed by the Daimyo. Samurai were the hereditary military nobility and officer caste of medieval and early-modern Japan from the late 12th century until their abolition in the 1870s during the Meiji era. They were the well-paid retainers of the daimyo, the great feudal landholders. They had high prestige and special privileges. These warriors often times had the power to kill Anyone of a Lower Class, peasants, etc. They were not an oppressed class, in fact, they were more times than not the oppressors of the masses than not. They enforced the rule of the State, the State their Employers. They had a Monopoly on inflicting Violence.
As seen in the writing Divad the Singer "The Emperor's men were either very lucky or very unlucky depending on how you choose to view it. Being no fool, Hira sent 100 of his best guards, for even an unarmed Singer was a very dangerous foe. The luck was that they were able to capture Divad and place him in chains, for they came at him as he sat dining with his elderly mother. The disaster was that as he surrendered, they rashly struck the pleading old woman. Too hard, it would seem, for she fell dead with that single blow." these warriors had no problem killing the innocent. The point being they were not an oppressed class.
Ignoring, the War of the Singers, which the Warriors or "Forebears" ancestors supported Emperor Hira in, showing that the Forebears were NOT Singers. Frandar and his son David were the first Ra Gada (Warrior Wave) to head to Hammerfell. Frandar was neither part of the ruling Kings nor their Warriors, but he was likely an aspect of Hoonding the Make Way God of the Redguards, considering him an ancestor to the Forebears, the descendants of those he fought and helped kill 300,000 of, is ridiculous and likely a Forebear invention for Legitamacey. The Forebears aren't even the first in Hammerfell, as Frandar and his son were an entirely different group. Even during the 2nd Ra Gada (Warrior Wave) came to Hammerfell, the "Crowns" Led the armies as strategists and leaders. Also, Frandar being an aspect of Hoonding, which would later choose to fight against the Empire as Cyrus (an aspect of Hoonding) in The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard, it wouldn't make sense for him to be the ancestors of the Forebears the pro - Imperials.
The Forebears are naturally situated between and on major routes, and centers of trade. To ensure profitable trade between non-Redguards, learning the language and customs of the Bretons, Nords, Imperials, etc, was necessary. Those who were able to monopolize this trade could become rich or even lords themselves. It was in the material interest of the Forebears already ruling to keep ruling, and so they opened up their ports. Soon enough these "Forebears" didn't have to rely on the Na-Tatumbu to pay their checks, they could hire Warriors for themselves to enforce their rule on the peasantry. The Warriors were being Lords. The Forebears were gaining power a little too fast and the ruling "Crowns" felt the power they had over their warriors, paychecks, privileges, and legitimacy to enforce violence waning, they could no longer give the Elite Forebears more than what they already had. The Crowns in a desperate attempt to ensure their continued rule outlawed Forebears from owning too much property, a gamble to prevent the Forebears from replacing them as the ruling class. However, this wouldn't cause the official split between the Redguard Elite. The Elite of the Forebears would just marry into the existing Nobility and assimilate into the Na-Tatumbu if they wanted to gain power. A full-out war would just drain the very thing which made them gain this power and wealth in the first place, ceasing trade between the outside world and Hammerfell itself. Not only to mention they did not have enough power to win, by themselves at least. (this is not progressive btw, would just be replacing the Na-Tatumbu with Na-Taumbu Lite. Would actually be a stronger Monarchy actually)
After the Conquest or even during possibly the Forebear Political Faction was "formed". "When the province of Hammerfell was annexed into the Second Empire, two political parties were formed to contribute to Cyrodiil's administration over the land. The Crowns were created from what was left of the Na-Totambu, who retained their high-ranking status in the Empire, using Hegathe as their capital. From there, they were represented by the Phyllocid Dynasty, who maintained their relationship with the Empire throughout its lifetime. The Forebears was the other political party founded in Hammerfell, from the warrior-lords that descended from the Ra Gada and governed tribal districts in the south. For the longest time, these groups were sworn enemies, a rivalry that had existed far longer than the Empire itself." - https://en.uesp.net/wiki/Lore:Forebears.
Notice how these factions are only "formed" after the conquest of the Reman Dynasty, and wonder why these two "sworn enemies" needed an invasion to split. Consider how the Redguards were actually united by an outside invasion by the Thalmor, but for some reason, the Redguards conveniently split into two political factions right after the Imperial invasion, Pro-Imperial, and Native Resistance.
Imperials state that the Forebear Faction was a "natural and inevitable" outcome of "sworn enemies " whose hatred for each other was "older than the Empire" itself. That the Empire had no part in its creation and simply followed the already existing lines when creating the administration of Hammerfell. While yes, there were multiple fairly large Samurai rebellions in Japanese history, these rebellions were to increase their own power in feudal Japan, higher pay/privileges, lordship, etc. The Daimyo and the Samurai were not "sworn enemies" by any means. A Samurai got his power through the state and the state tough the Samurai, it wouldn't be in either of their interest to disrupt the status quo. Them being "sworn enemies" only makes sense if you consider the Singers or Ansai (Sword Saints) to be the ancestors of the Forebears, which we know wasn't the case.
The Ansei, while warriors, were NOT comparable to samurai. They were closer to a specific Order or school. Closer to that of Japanese Warrior Monks than swords for hire. They did not work for the Yokudan Lords, they were entirely separate, which is why Emperor Hira wanted to purge the Singers. instead of utilizing them to exert control over Yokuda. They were uncontrollable, not paid swords for hire.
The split between the Crowns and Forebears is correlated with the arrival to Tamerial. I would argue that the Reman Dynasty split Hammerfell in two for good, in the same way, a Colonial power like the British Empire creates groups and funds others in Subject Nations, to breed conflict. The Reman Empire played a significant role in the creation of the Forebear Political Faction as a permanent Imperial puppet state in Hammerfell. To ensure Hammerfell like every other province other than Cyrodil is a Subject Province. In fact, my comparison of Japan and Yokuda wasn't just because of the obvious parallels, but another, more obscure reason, the Meiji Restoration and the role of the Imperial power of the time the British Empire.
The Imperial view of the Forebears is quite clear, they are the "cosmopolitan", "flexible", "progressive", "and modern", Redguards, rightfully accepting the rule of the one true Empire. Unlike those damn Crowns, who are "traditionalist", "conservative", "supertesuous", "primitive", "alien", and "oppressive" resisting the rightful rule of the Imperialist Empire. This language is disturbingly similar to how The West, specifically Great Britain described Japan after and Before the Meiji Restoration of Japan.
Let's get to the point, after the Sengoku Era (Warring States) of Japan and a failed invasion of Korea, Japan became extremely isolationist, and the arrival of European weaponry revamped Japanese warfare which was one of the reasons the new Shogunate came into power. Knowing that European influence in Japan resulted in the Shogunate taking power it was also the way the Shogun could lose their power over Japan. This isolation period lasted 200 years, in which they only allowed trade from Europe to come from the Dutch, until the U.S. came knocking and forced Japan to open up trade in 1853. The Shogunate had the correct assumption, as in the 1860's the "Mejji Restoration" coup would occur where power was restored to Imperial power, wonder how that happened. The British, THE Imperial Power at the time. Western capitalists, especially the British saw how exploitable Japan was and let's say was a HUGE player in propping up the Emperor. The language which is used in describing Mejji Japan is identical to how the Empire describes the Forebears, "honorable", "renewal", "rebirth", "modern", and "westernization", basically legitimizing their rule as it is in the interest of Britain.
This actually correlates well with the Redguards, the "Sengoku Period" of Yokuda was basically a carbon copy of Japan except for the Yokuda sinking into the sea part. After Yokuda sinks and the Redguards make a home in Hammerfell they are very isolationist at first, not trading with the other races for quite some time. However, the "Forebears" start to trade with the rest of Tamriel, including Cyrodill. Upon the Rise of the Reman Empire and their Imperialist ambitions, the Forebear Faction is "formed". Since the Forebears weren't powerful enough to conquer Hammerfell themselves, they had to rely on the support of someone who could, in exchange for vassalage. They would be given greater power than the Crowns in this Empire.
The Forebears don't care about morals they care about power. The Empire Doesn't care about how "progressive" the Forebears are, what's "progressive" about supporting a hegemonic power invading your home province just so the Empire can exploit you and your people? The Forebears are choosing power over their people's freedom from an Imperialist power. That is not progressive, in fact, it's quite the opposite. The Empire used pre-existing strife between the Redgaurds to achieve their Imperialist ambitions. The Empire allows subject nations to enslave indiscriminately as long as they can continue their rule. They are a State, more powerful and deadly than the Crowns. I believe the Forebears were deliberately created and or supported by the Empire to create conflict and social strife. All the better when a political faction like the Forebears is largely dependent on the Empire for strength and political influence. As seen here -
Circa 2E 862, when the Crowns monarchy left their ancestral throne of Old Hegathe and took over the Forebears kingdom of Sentinel, it caused a schism between both factions. Baron Volag was chosen by the Forebears to strike an accord with the Crowns King, Thassad II, for a short-term truce.[9]:25 But, when Thassad II passed away from natural causes in 2E 862, Volag and his Forebears launched a wide-scale rebellion against the Crowns that has since been remembered as the Purge of the North. After the first massacre, the Crowns of Sentinel, led by Prince A'tor, were forced to flee the kingdom to the west, to the island-kingdom of Stros M'Kai.[10]
On the island, the Crowns prepared for their counterattack and managed to provide a strong retaliation against the Forebears.[10] But, when the Forebears pleaded for assistance from the Third Empire, the tide of the war quickly shifted back against the Crowns until they were cornered in Stros M'Kai.[7] Some people believed that Volag was used by the Empire, for his ambitions for the throne.[11] As the conflict proved out of favor for the Crowns, Baron Volag and his Forebears disappeared from the public eye, but it is unclear whether this happened after he claimed Sentinel[12] or if it happened after the Battle of Hunding Bay in 2E 864.[10] In any case, Sentinel was without a figurehead and, much like other human realms, a Colovian Officer,[7] in the form of Senecus Goddkey assumed the title of Provisional Governor for the Kingdom of Sentinel and the Forebears principalities. - https://en.uesp.net/wiki/Lore:Forebears.
The Forebears are an Imperial invention to ensure domination over Hammerfell.
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2023.03.25 00:31 StepwiseUndrape574 4Chan Leak Allegedly Exposes GTA 6 Lead Characters And Key Map Details

A pair of leaks have turned up on 4Chan that claim to outline details of Rockstar's forthcoming Grand Theft Auto 6. Fans of the franchise would do well to take these rumors with a grain of salt as there's no way to know for sure if any of these details are accurate. The leaker on 4Chan goes by Rhanadeng and claims to have been a friend of a disgruntled employee working on the game during 2019.
The source claims that this employee allegedly asked him to anonymously leak information about GTA 6. However, things later improved, and he lost contact with the Rockstar team member. One key detail is that this person also claims the game has been in active development since 2016 or 2017, with pre-production starting shortly after GTA V was ported to current generation consoles in 2014. The new GTA VI game world map is also claimed to be the size of GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2 combined.
gta v mission One of the odder bits that this 4Chan user details is a minigame where players control a stream of urine from a protagonist using motion controls. On the protagonist front, there are said to be four in the game, including a driver called Walther Wallace and an unnamed former Israeli IDF person. Another, Thomas Branigan, is a smuggler who owns an aircraft called the Raven, and Marcus Burke is a drug dealer and father to a young boy.
The area is said to be based in Florida, with Vice City among the three major cities with one smaller city in the far northwest of the map. The game reportedly jumps around in time with part of the timeline set in the 1980s and other parts set in the present day. Missions aren't as linear as they are in GTA V or RDR2, notes the proclaimed leaker. Players will briefly visit a small central American island, but it's reportedly not Guarma. The game starts with gamers playing the role of smuggler, Branigan.
gta v car Supposedly there are multiple child characters in the game that mainly interact with Burke and his son. Switching between the protagonists isn't said to be instantaneous, but the camera reportedly zooms out and travels quickly to where the protagonist the player wants to play is located. Sleeping Dogs-inspired parkour is involved in the game as well, but to a lesser extent without wall running. The leaker claims that weapons function more realistically in the game than they have in past titles. An example noted is rocket launcher back blast that ends up taking out an NPC in one of the missions, where the goal is to destroy a helicopter.
Hand-to-hand combat is supported and is said to be similar to Red Dead 2, with the leaker noting it's harder to fight hand-to-hand GTA VI than in GTA V. Player characters can also gain weight in the game, and it affects character attributes as it did in RDR2. Mori Kibbutz is also reportedly in the game, but not much else is detailed about his character.
This leak isn't the first that has surfaced about GTA 6. Last December, a user on reddit claiming to be a beta tester, leaked a bunch of alleged details of the game. In January, another leak claimed that the game would launch in 2021.
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2023.03.24 23:53 scuffbeard Found an injured ~ 2 week old baby Raccoon (eyes aren't even open yet)

I was walking along an area with a big oak tree canopy when all of a sudden I heard a shrieking cry. This particular noise I've never heard before. I thought maybe it was a bird. As it got louder I looked in the direction and on the ground was what I thought was a small rat or maybe a hedgehog. It was neither.
To my surprise it was a baby raccoon! I realized very quickly that he had a bloody and sizeable flesh wound on one of his hind legs. I decided I had to act and grabbed him by the scruff of his neck and carried him the few hundred yard walk back to my house.
At my house I cleaned him with soap and water, especially his wound. I put some povidone iodine on his wounded leg as he cried. It was so sad because although his eyes hadn't opened I saw the tiniest beads of tears coming out of his eyes. I wanted to help this little guy with all of my heart and soul despite the fact that I've experienced raccoons as a serious nousance in my neighborhood.
I continued to clean his wounded leg and put triple antibiotic ointment on it as well as the tiniest amount of lidocaine to help ease his pain slightly. I dressed it in gause and bandaged it up. As soon as I wrapped his little body in a big beach towel he instantly nestled in as I rubbed his head and he fell asleep for many hours. This was last night.
I woke up today and bought some cat formula (as I read that is the closest thing I could buy to raccoon milk) and a tiny bottle. He suckled for a bit when I tried to feed him but I had to force some of it on him as he kept sniffing the bottle and knew it wasn't his mother's breast. He kept moving forward longing for that warmth of his mother's underbelly. I feel so sad for this abandoned little guy and I don't know what to do.
I live in Martin County, Florida. If anybody has any suggestions besides the typical "call the humane society/local wildlife sanctuary" please let me know. *(I've tried calling and they don't answer and have a bad reputation, at least the ones I know about .
Thanks for your help. I'll post some pictures of the little guy in a few hours when I get home from work!
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2023.03.24 23:52 tjareth [TOMT][BOOKS][1960s-1980s] Scifi adventure series about manned missions to planets in the solar system.

I read these books in the early and mid 80s at my public library in Florida. Details I remember:
- The books contained a recurring cast of astronaut-adventurers. In each book they embarked on a manned mission to one of the planets in the solar system, usually (or possibly always) being the first humans to reach it.
- The first book was about the race to the moon. At least two of the main characters of the series were introduced, an American and his rival, a Russian. The Russian was named Serge.
- I seem to recall looking it up and discovering that this was written only a few years before the Apollo moon landing.
- Another book in the series involved traveling to Mercury and landing on the terminus to balance the problems of radiation and sun exposure, and freezing temperatures. They also brought one of a pair of non-astronaut twins that had demonstrated telepathy between them, in an experiment to see if it was a practical method of communication.
- Where they visited outer planets, the time lag in communicating with Earth became a significant factor. In the Pluto story this was described as about 12 hours. - The Pluto story involved a nuclear-powered space vessel. - I specifically remember the Moon, Mercury, and Pluto as destinations. Possibly Venus, Mars, and Jupiter as well, and it is my hope that this series has stories about all the Solar System planets.
Some spoiler plot details:
- In the moon book, Serge saved the American's life with a resuscitation technique that was similar to CPR but not well known in the US. - Their return capsule sprung a leak, and the Russian tried to plug it with his shirt, but it got blown out of the capsule through the hole. Instead the American literally blocked the hole with his hand, accepting the subsequent injuries. - Ultimately Serge and the American became lifelong friends and in most subsequent stories they were partners on the same mission. - In the Mercury book, there had been some conversation about the possible existence of another inner planet (Vulcan) within the orbit of Mercury. One of the astronauts spotted Vulcan as they were leaving for Earth. - In the Mercury book, I seem to remember that two main characters got to fighting over the theoretical affections of the telepath twin, who herself was too traumatized by being mentally cut off from her sister to involve herself in this conflict at all. Tensions were dangerously high until someone realized that solar radiation was affecting their behavior, and they maneuvered the ship into Mercury's shadow as they approached. This issue forced them to land on the cold side creating the major mission crisis of the story. - In the Pluto visit book, they discovered that "Planet X" was actually a superdense object that was responsible for orbital aberrations in the outer planets, and was expected to become a threat to the inner planets eventually. I believe that the writer was inspired by the discovery of Charon. - Also in the Pluto story, one of the usual characters has to remain behind due to an injury, but later heads a rescue mission to help his stranded friends.
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2023.03.24 23:33 RandomPotatoGuy Abducted and adopted sound similar i guess: AKA the life of a pet human (Part 7)

Author notes: Yes author notes at the beginning again, this might just be how it is by now, because this time i dont actually have anything to say that needs to be at the beginning. This part took quite long, sorry for that, but it is also quite a bit longer than the other parts. The next one will probably also be long.

Dear mind diary. Z somehow managed to not only stand up without waking me, but also somehow move me into my bed. I have no idea how he did this, maybe I'm just a heavy sleeper, well, doesn't matter anymore, time to get out of bed.

We're "parked" at a station, Z is nowhere to be seen but I can hear things getting moved around in the storage, however the sound stops and he comes out to say hi, I don't know how he somehow knew I was awake.

Me: "Hey Z" Z: "Hello human" Z: "You slept for a shorter time than normal today" Me: "Why are we at a station?" Z: "Today I am visiting my family, i have not visited them for a while now" Z: "They live on a station, there is too many of them to live on a ship" Me: "Well, how many are there?" Z: "Not that big of a family, only a few brothers and sisters, and my parents" Z: "In total... about 20 people." Me: "20?!" Me: "You call that not that big?" Z: "It is not." Z: "Anyways" Z: "The problem is that I made a mistake and landed in the wrong spot, so there is now a decent amount of distance to get to their habitat" Me: "That doesn't sound like that big of a problem, I doubt they'll care if you're a bit late" Z: "The reason it's a problem is more about you, I don't know if you will be comfortable walking that far." Me: "Oh, i'll be fine, walking never hurt anyone" Z: ... Z: "I do not know how you will react to other people, and also..." Z: "It will probably be easier to show you"

Well that's ominous, he went back into the storage room, I could hear some things being moved around again and then he comes out with a... Oh no, my thoughts were right yesterday That's a leash.

Me: "Z" Me: "No" Z: "It will not be that bad Sam" Me: "I am not gonna wear that" Z: "It is normal for humans here" Me: "Not to me" Z: "Please?" Me: "I am NOT putting that on" Me: "I don't need it anyways, I can control myself" Z: "I would still rather you have it atleast this one time" Me: "You think i'm lying?" Z: "I never said that!" Z: "If you behave today I won't make you wear it next time" Me: "I would rather you not make me wear it AT ALL" Z: "Come on" Z: "I just need to see how you act" Me: "You can find that out WITHOUT a leash too!" Z: "It's easier this way" Z: "Just calm down" Me: "I AM calm" Z: "You aren't" Z: "Just consider it" Z: "It is only a leash" Me: "I do NOT wanna be seen in public with a COLLAR" Z: "Please just calm down"

This is bad, I don't think I really have much of a say in this situation, I don't want to be on a leash, I am not an animal... Oh, wait I guess I am, atleast in his eyes, maybe atleast slightly above an animal, but I certainly aren't a person, that realization makes me a bit uncomfortable i haven't ever thought about this in that way. So I guess there's not much of a point in arguing anyways, he'll probably just keep insisting, but as he said, it's just a collar, maybe it won't be that bad, I just need to survive this one time and I won't have to do it again, it'll be okay.

Me: ... Me: "Fine" Me: "But next time I won't give in this easily" Z: "Just behave and there will not have to be a next time." Z: "Okay?" Me: "Okay..."

Well, a minute has passed and I am now in a collar, it is not okay, this feels absolutely horrible and I hate it, the only good part is that it atleast isn't uncomfortable, and I guess also the fact that i'll finally get to see the outside, atleast Z seems happy, but that's probably only because I finally gave in. I will probably feel even worse once we exit the ship.

And we're outside, this seems to just be the ship equivalent of a parking lot, two rows of ships, all of them in some sort of force field (now that we have walked away a bit, ours too), luckily there aren't any people here. Eventually we reach a bigger than normal automatic door, it opens and we enter an area with TONS of people (which is really unexpected with the lack of life in the parking lot), luckily its not that hard to distract myself from the fact that all these people are seeing me in a collar, because it is absolutely amazing here, it's like a REALLY nice city, the buildings look minimalistic but somehow at the same time luxurious and ALL of them are decorated with really vibrant, really pretty lights.
Once the initial amazement faded away, I started to look at the crowd to see how many are looking at me, not that many, but I have noticed the insane variety here, there are lots of different alien species, there are of course some of the 2 that I already know of, but whats far more interesting are the ones I dont recognize, lots of different sizes, none are smaller than me, but there are some that do get pretty close, there are many different colors too, and dont even get me started on the actual way some of these look, a lot of them I can't even think of any way to describe, but let's just say they arent all the simple formula of head, torso, arms and legs. Looking at some of them makes me feel uncomfortable in the same way Z's friend made me feel, just maybe slightly weaker, however i will try to ignore it this time, i don't want to cause a scene, that would cause people to see me like this. There do seem to be a couple of other humans, about 4, half of them are also on a leash, so i guess that makes me feel a tiny bit better, they're also much happier than me though and don't seem so uncomfortable either, so i assume they've been away from Earth for quite some time already and have gotten used to this.

Suddenly another alien walks up to us and starts talking with Z, different species, so probably not one of his family members, I will just stand here and wait for them to finish so we can keep walking, but then the new alien suddenly comes up to me, says something in a higher pitched voice and pets me, then just walks away.
Me: "Did you just... let a stranger pet me?" Z: "Yes" Z: "I assumed you would not mind since you like when I do it so much" Z: "I hope it did not make you uncomfortable as that was not my intention" Me: "Oh uh" Me: "No, it's... fine." Me: "It was just that you didn't ask me" Z: "If you are fine with it then I will continue accepting" Z: ... Z: "Are you enjoying the walk so far? We are about to leave the commercial area." Me: "I like the lights here" Me: "There's a lot of people" Me: "Some of them make me feel like your friend did" Z: "That is part of why I was concerned in the ship, I did not know how you would react" Me: "I mostly don't like the fact that they can see me on a leash" Me: "It's embarrassing" Me: ... Me: "and humiliating" Z: "Well, in the residential area there will not be as many people" Me: "If we are almost in the residential area then that must mean we are getting close right?" Z: "There is not that much distance left" Me: "Alright then"

Once we approach the residential area I immediately notice just how drastic of a change it is, from tons of lights and fancy buildings, to simpler architecture and lights being limited to only the roads (which are more like paths) and the insides of buildings (which i assume are houses), there isn't even any separation between the zones, other than a quite small singular path, there really could have been atleast something to seperate the two, considering that one is almost overwhelming and the other is so calm, that would probably look much better.
Anyways, Z wasn't lying, there are definitely less people here, I guess everybody is spending their time in the more interesting part of town, because walking through this alien neighbourhood is extremely boring, the most "exciting" part of it has been the fact that so far about 4 aliens have come up to pet me, it's still pretty humiliating but I guess I did say it's fine, so it's kinda my fault, none of them knew english but they did seem like they were trying to be nice, well other than one, who technically didn't do anything wrong in the actual interaction but they didn't ask Z for permission, which was quite rude of them, Z didn't seem that mad though.
Honestly now the only thing keeping me entertained is looking at the variety of colors that the aliens are, some can get really vibrant and I have also seen a couple that glow, the feeling of fear has kind of faded, but I do hope that we reach our destination soon as i am starting to get bored again. I have observed that Z has slowed down a bit, maybe he's getting tired?

We have just stopped moving, it appears we have reached our destination Z: "This is the house" Z: "Are you tired?" Me: "No" Me: "Maybe just a bit bored" Me: "How old are your uh, siblings?" Z: "it varies a lot, but I am the oldest" Me: "How many will bother me?" Z: "Oh" Z: "So that is why you were asking" Z: "Atleast 6 of them will, but remember that not only children find you cute" Me: "I don't like the sound of that" Z: "It will be fine"

6 is a lot and according to him that number could be higher, I feel like this family visit will not be that enjoyable for me at all, hopefully it's only those 6 though, I don't know what I would do if it wasn't, because that already sounds tiring as hell. Let's just hope for the best, it's time to meet Z's family.

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2023.03.24 22:47 FiauraTanks Nature of Predators - Nemo Me Impune Lacessit - Chapter 4 (FanFic)

Back First Next
Memory Transcription: Sub-Chief Hilis, Harvester Squadron #72, Tilfish Homeworld
Date [standardized human time]: December 3, 2136
Hilis snarled as he shouted in frustration, “What do you mean the gunships are down? How many humans are there?”
“We aren’t sure! They keep just appearing everywhere! Something else is shooting down the gunsh—” The transmission was interrupted by a massive explosion that sent Hilis covering his ears in the darkened ship. The feedback across the speaker overwhelming any living creature's sense of hearing for a few moments.
“Guard Zweilous, report! Report now!”
“They… they just blew themselves up, the entire side of the road is gone for at least fifty meters, all of warband 7 just… pieces.” Zewilous was clearly stunned, in shock from what Hilis could tell. Even apex predators of the betterment could suddenly fear shock and fear.
“Pull yourself together! Where are the other warbands?”
“Warbands one through eight are gone.”
“What!? That is nearly one thousand of us! You cannot be serious?”
Zewilous howled then went silent as the radio only produced static. “Zweilous answer me! Answer me now!”
He looked out on his view point at the formation of bombers in front of him. Another orbital bomber closed on their position, making a run and launching four bombardment bombs.

That will end this righ— This thoughts were interrupted to sheer horror as the bombs all exploded barely out of their launch ports.

The bombers were only annihilated instantly by their own munitions when interceptor rounds from the planet slammed into them and set them off. The wingmate of the bomber hit by a pair of orbital railgun shots that punched its shields then its core, sending the entire formation of five support bombers to be committed to the void. As the bright green, orange, and yellow faded to reveal stardust left in it's wake. “What what? How are those guns doing that?”
“I don’t know, some sort of new human weapon, it can intercept our bombs as soon as we launch. That is the tenth bomber unit that we sent there only for it to be turned into ash.”
Hilis growled as he looked down at his computer read out, he pushed a button and he could see through Zewilous’s eye implant. He was staring into the woods at a human, a female. The predator moved with supernatural speed, shoving some sort of weapon into the mouth of one of the hunter and it turned his head into a pink mist. She fired the weapon again then threw it at an Arxur pulling a pistol and firing it.
In a blur, several more Arxur fell around her as they closed in. One stabbed her and he thought, Damn, at least she is done for. Only to watch on in absolute dread for the first time in his life. He felt real horror as the human willed itself to stab the attacker. By his own knowledge of their anatomy, her heart should be pierced and she should be dying yet she spurred on to kill two more before falling onto the ground. He heard her words, the kill count and whatever that language he could not understand.
Then he saw the grenade and shouted into the radio as the screen went black, “Get away! Get away now!" His transmission was too late and the remainder of that hunter group were blown apart by a pair of human fragmentation devices.
"By the Betterment what are these humans? Someone down there will report to me! What is going on?” Hilis was beyond furious at how these humans had handled his hunters with such ease. They did not break when charged. They did not falter when pressed. They were not a prey species and their tactics were failing them.
Finally another Arxur called back, “This is Spearmate Juxxis, We… we have killed them.” “How many were there? One hundred? A thousand?”
Juxxis’s voice faltered and sounded terrified, “We… think…. Nine?” Hilis dropped the transmitter and stared out into the void, dumbstruck. “We aren’t sure how many blew themselves up in that blast but, we only have nine long arms and can only account for maybe thirteen individual scents.”
Hilis stared in disbelief at what he was hearing, yet he had just seen a single human slay seven of his kin in a frenzy and she would have kept going if she hadn’t been stabbed in the back. “What is that they keep saying?”
Juxxis hesitated, “We don't know." Sensing the anger on the other end of the channel Juxxis quickly spoke, "We have one, still breathing. What should we do?”
Hilis snarled, relieved they at least had one captive. “Interrogate it! Get every drop of information you can before it dies. Find out where those guns are and what they are! They keep slaughtering us up here every single time we go to drop bombs on them and be done with it."
He considered his tactics and the moment, then decided to cut some losses. "I am not sending anymore bombers until the human fleet is cleared and those ground guns are silenced. You are ordered to gather all our ground forces and head towards the guns, silence them. You are promoted to Sub-Hunter, do not disappoint me.”
Hilis threw the radio aside and looked to his own Sub-Hunter on the ship, “Everyone we have, send them down, we must make sure there are not more of those humans.”
Memory Transcription: Corporal Williams, Black Watch, 4th Company, A Platoon
Date [standardized human time]: December 3, 2136
The Arxur stood over the bleeding human, his shoulder and arm were ripped open. His breathing was labored and the Arxur raised his hand to strike his blackened eye again, “Stop, no need for that; I’ll talk. Not like it matters.” Williams managed through his ragged breathes. He was barely alive and he knew it. He had hoped he would bleed out before they got to his machine gun nest but no such luck.
Williams spat his blood onto his Arxur attacker who snarled and barred his fangs, ready to sink into his flesh, “Cease you idiot!” Juxxis called, the frustration in his voice not lost upon Williams. “Can’t you see that is what he wants?”
Williams looked up, disappointed his ploy hadn’t worked. He wanted to die so he couldn't be made to reveal anything to these reptiles. The Arxur that called his torturer to stop walked up to him. His hands were bound by heavy metal cuffs that reminded him of medieval irons. The Arxur had placed a collar around his neck with two long metal rods to keep control of him.
He was on his knees and found the collar chaffing as the smelly breath of the Arxur washed over his nose. “You could use a breath mint, ya know that? Maybe chew some gum?” Williams gave a glare of deviance, hoping it would spur this Arxur to give just enough pain to put him into shock with the blood loss.
The Axur smiled and his tail swished in irritation, “Funny, human. Tell me, leaf-licker, where is the rest of your unit? How many are you? Where are the Tilfish from that city down the road?”
Williams felt a sense of pride rise up in him. The bodies that littered the forest, the roads, all of it, you could not look more than a few meters before seeing another Arxur corpse. They had accounted for themselves so very well. He wasn’t sure how many they had taken but the number was staggering even to him. “Answer me! How many are you?”
Williams laughed, every Arxur around him recoiled as he laughed heartily, “We were all.”
Juxxis mind reeled at this human, bound, defeated, bleeding to death, laughing at him. Laughing at his question and the answer made even less sense. “There are what, five hundred of you? A thousand?”
Williams laughed more and fell back as a coughing fit took him for a moment. Those holding the metal collar prevented him from falling over. His injuries and the angle of his body making him choke. Juxxis realized his captive was choking on his own blood and lunged forward, hitting him in the sternum to stop him form dying. A chunk of half-congealed blood spat from Williams onto Juxxis's face for his efforts.

Juxxis snarled and pushed his heel against Williams chest, adding to his discomfort without pushing him into much more pain. He was getting fed up and Williams knew it, he just had to keep goading him into ending his suffering. “This is no laughing matter you stupid monkey. Now answer the question before I gut you like the cattle you are and make you watch me eat you alive!”
Williams smirked to himself at the threat; his ploy was working. In his final moments he would betray no one and that was what counted right now. He knew the moment he went down it was a death sentence, no need to give his enemies any ammunition in the process.
Williams took a moment to make peace with his deity and say a pray. Then he looked up at the Axur with defiance in his eyes. “We were all, the ten of us you see here. Yes we stopped all of you cold and fought you to the last bullet. That’s all that were here.” Williams made sure to spit onto Juxxis's face after he finished speaking, going to make sure his venomous words came with a ring of truth to them in addition to never looking away from Juxxis's eyes. He stared into them with a fury that demanded Juxxis give him a chance and he would make sure to take one more Arxur with him.
Juxxis stared down at the human and then looked up at the Axur around him, he could not allow such defiance to the Dominion to stand. He had just been promoted and now everyone was looking to seize that promotion for themselves if he did not act with proper aggression. He clicked his teeth, “Dinner time!” He called out and the Axur pounced.
Williams would only still be breathing for less than a minute. He could already barely see and keep his eyes open and felt his strength fading fast. What shocked the Arxur was he did not scream once even as they gutted him and ate him alive. He instead died smiling at their frustration. This was the part that unnerved the Axur the most about the entire encounter, their one prisoner, died smiling.
Memory Transcription: Corporal Celand, Black Watch, 4th Company, A Platoon
Date [standardized human time]: December 3, 2136
Cleland ran with the intensity of a marathon sprinter. She was having to drag the Tilfish after the first thirty meters and now she turned as the sound of battle had faded into the distance. The Tilfish was panting, her thorax inflating rapidly as they doubled over for breath.
Cleland was barely even breathing hard yet she understood the difference in anatomy. Tilfish were insectoids, they couldn’t sweat to cool off and clearly weren’t made for marathon running. Tia’s appearance still made her skin crawl, but she had to suppress the arachnophobia as she was given this charge.
“Listen, I get you are a sprint herbivore-creature and don’t have my endurance and you really creep me out too.” “Then leave me, predator! At least the Arxur will get a kick from my suffering.” Tia yelled at Cleland who quickly fought down her disgust and shoved her hand against the insectoid mouth.
“Keep it down, or you’re going to get us both killed.” Cleland fought the goosebumps along her arm, the way the hair stood on end, the flight instinct that told her to absolutely flee from here. The uncontrolled tunnel vision she bore down onto Tia. Her body and heart beating more rapidly with touching the insectoid and adrenaline rushing through her.
“Alright, listen, I have… I have arachnophobia. Okay? Fear of insects, particularly eight legged ones.” Speaking was enough to make Cleland calm down slightly. Just slightly. “But my orders are to get you back alive and the only way that is happening is if I carry you.”
Cleland reached into her pack and pulled out a heavy winter blanket, completely unsuited for the environment they were in but it would do the job. “Now listen, in order for me to do that, I’m going to have to put this between us or I’m going to seize up okay? I know the fear is illogical and awful but that is what makes it a phobia.” Tia was listening intently, her full attention on Cleland as she spoke. The Tilfish never considered that humans could have irrational fears like they had an irrational fear of predators much less that humans could be afraid of Tilfish themselves. “Is this, fear common among humans?”
“No, it’s well, it is complicated okay? Mental health is weird.” Cleland spoke covering herself in the blanket and turning around to position herself down on one knee ready to rise up and run. “Now, get on top of me but be careful to not actually touch my skin okay? If I freak out, we are both going to die.”
Awkwardly, Tai slowly positioned herself for a piggyback ride and once she was secure she gave a soft tap to Cleland's helmet, “I am ready.”
Cleland had slung her rifle across her waist and finished tying it off against her belt as she starting sprinting with the rifle secured against her hip and side. They were moving now, running at qualification speed for a trooper. Tia was surprisingly light for Cleland even with her pack and gear, the ammo she had emptied, magazines and grenades as well as leaving all her personal explosives meant that Tai was only adding 40 kilograms spread across Clelands strong shoulders, arms and back as the two ran forward.
Several minutes passed before Cleland’s radio squawked twice and she paused, looking around. Two more squawks and she heard the initial radio being turned on nearby. Tia also picked up on it and pointed in a direction. Cleland ran forward to find Hanover and Jellio. “Oh thank fuck, I thought we were the only ones to get away.”
Hanover helped Tia down as he spoke, putting her next to Jellio as the three exhausted ones all laid on the ground panting. Cleland doubled over panting as Tia and Jellio both laid down onto their lower bodies doing the same.
“How…. much… further….” Cleland managed to ragged breathes, the question on everyone’s mind.
“We moved over ten clicks from our outpost, engaged the enemy, and then moved about five back, we should be in radio range shortly, maybe we can radio the situation in and get some mortar support.” Hanover offered, taking out a map of the area and checking his compass. Primitive as map finding may be, in this case, without a GPS system or fleet comm, they had to move by dead recocking and survival training.
“Maybe if we get close enough we can radio for them to bring a vehicle for us?” Jellio suggested with a voice of hopefulness and optimism.
Hanover and Cleland both shook their heads and chuckled despite their fatigue. “Nope.”
Jellio looked disheartened and turned away from Cleland’s nope to Tia for an explanation. Tia shrugged. Hanover reached over and put a firm but gentle grip onto Jellio’s shoulder. “Listen, that caldera has one way in and out after we destroyed all the secondary paths in and trails were blown. The one way in likely has enough explosives, mines, barbed wire, and napalm in it to destroy a city. No, our only way now is to make our way around to the ocean side, which is probably boobytrapped too but at least the Arxur aren’t going to assault from ocean side.”
Jellio’s antenna dropped down and Tia chitted in distress, “That will take two days! The Arxur will find us by then!”
Hanover shook his head, “Not if we camouflage ourselves, cover our tracks and scent, as well as make sure we keep moving away from the sounds of gunfire. So while we are on the way, you are both getting advanced survival and escape/evade training.”
Hanover starting picking up several sticks with leaves still on them to start making footprint booms as well as looking around the forested area for something smelly to apply to their bodies.
Memory Transcription: Captain Neil Campbell, United Nations ‘Black Watch’ Company #4
Date [standardized human time]: December 3, 2136
Neil was standing in front of an assault shuttle currently unloading supplies, with ten Americans helping get stuff off. “I thought you were here to insist we evacuate. What’s all this stuff, leftenant?”
The American second lieutenant noticed the British pronunciation of his rank and turned his head towards Captain Campbell, recognizing him as the commanding officer of the area he had been told about. He gentle set down the crate of orbital interceptor ammo and turned with a sharp salute. “Lieutenant Williams, 3rd armored cavalry. Command knew you wouldn’t accept evac after talking to Mactovish so we volunteered and drew straws for who would fit.” Campbell nodded for Williams to go on, “We cramped everything we could on two shuttles, shuttle two didn’t make it. So that leaves me in charge of the unit, which I report to you now. We have one more anti-orbital interceptor gun getting you up to five. Two dozen stinger-mark 7’s.” Campbell made a note of the personal anti-air light missiles. “Ammo for all your guns, sams, anti-orbital interceptors, and ground to orbital cannon. We also brought a special surprise for the scalies.”
Campbell stepped around the side of the shuttle he had met the Lieutenant on to look inside. He was stunned, inside were two modified Eisenhower IFVs and a Cheetah Main Battle Tank. “Armour? Aren’t they a little vulnerable here?”
Williams let out a laugh and smirked while the vehicle crews continued to unload gear as Sims kept motioning where to take it and who to move what. “Sorry for the laugh, but only if the enemy holds orbital superiority. Right now it’s contested, and we have heavy anti-orbital bombardment and anti-air assets. We noticed on The Cradle that the Arxur distinctly lack anti-armor weapons or heavy armor of their own.”
Campbell could see where this is going, “What are the modifications? Also Americans on a German tank? I get the IFV choice but…”
Williams nodded, “Four months ago, the Cheetah won the combat trial to be the UN tank due to its ruggedness and lack of need for heavy logistics. We agreed to adopt it if we could modify it with our own MGs and use smoothbore instead of rifled. So we switched out the MG2000s for M2A7’s, added an M2A7 for someone who can ride in the back turret balance basket, and called it a day. The Eisenhowers were adopted as frontline IFVs. These are special modified since the assault on Earth.”
Campbell nodded and motioned for him to continue as he moved to help unload crates of ammo and make room to get the vehicles off the transport. “What modifications?”
Williams grinned, “Anti-Plasma layers that cause the heat to distribute across the armor so even railguns that use plasma will have difficulties causing any damage much less penetration. We also added shields and changed out the plasma railguns for good ole fashion solid tungsten. The IFVs have had their Anti-Tank missiles replaced with medium Anti-Air SAMs and a light radar. They also were all equipped with interceptors for AT missiles or slower shells like artillery, the techs say it can even intercept a sabot but I haven’t seen that yet.”
Campbell grinned, “Leave it to Americans, you Yanks do know this is a last stand, you took a one way trip.”
All ten of the Americans stopped and nodded, then resumed their work without another word.
After all the unloading was done, they covered the armour in camouflage nets, adding nature foliage to shield them from being seen, setting up the Cheetah’s front armour and main gun towards the pass while the two Eisenhowers put their autocannons into a crossfire with a distance of two kilometers between them and the tank in between.
Zim ran towards Campbell, stopping when they were out of breath holding up a handwritten series of notes from the communication tent. Campbell started reading.
Recon in Force Squad no longer responding. Estimating they have been fighting for nearly a full hour. BC communications indicate they suffered a lot dead and are in total confusion. BC also indicates they believe the actual force they encountered to be in the hundreds, not a mere ten. There are still two BW's and our volunteers unaccounted for. Rest of the squad presumed KIA. Unsure who should be considered MIA.
Campbell nodded, wadded up the note and swallowed it. Zim grimaced and gave a gagging expression as Campbell forced the note down his throat. “Sorry you had to see that, only way to make sure the communication doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Thank you Zim, back to your post.”
Zim darted off, no salute, just happy to get away from the space Campbell occupied as Campbell took in stride towards his command vehicle grabbing the radio, “All units, all units, to your fortification positions. Any work not done is to be left undone, as much as it pains us to leave a job unfinished. BC is closing. We have no more time.” As Campbell spoke two missiles fired from the sam sites they had setup, one distant explosion indicated the missile interception but the second one exploded followed by an immediate louder detonation. The gunship had been shot down as the ground vibrated very subtly from the crashing impact.
Two long steel cylinders rotated around with two others. They were nearly four meters tall attached to a large ammuntion bin and sensor suite as well as a generator to provide power. The clang of pulling tungsten rounds into position. There was a charge of electricity in the air before the three barrels began to whirl and unleash.
The orbital interceptors fired with a ring in the air and the taste of metal soaked the world around any humans nearby. Solid slug railguns, small portable by a rover but able to fire a slug straight up, nearly eighty-one kilometers. The two surface to space radar systems found incoming anti-matter bombs as soon as they were launched and there were small flashes in the afternoon sky, like mini-suns as round after round stopped any chance of a simple orbital bombardment ending their outpost turned castle. Several Arxur ships were also severely damaged having their own bombs go off right next to them.
The interceptors fired again again, at nearly two hundred rounds a minute, they could destroy bombs as soon as they were detected, missiles too, from any ship in orbit. The Arxur were paying a heavy price and would never understand why. SAMs kept firing, the anti-air missiles finding fighters and gunships to slam into and send them tumbling into the forest or the ocean or onto the Arxur’s own ground forces.
Further adding confusion their heavy anti-ship missiles flung out and hit Arxur transports coming to the ground, sending them on a one way trip to be smacked by a planet. Campbell knew they had limited ammunition but the Arxur did not know that and with the assault shuttle that got through, the Arxur would know they would have more supplies. No if the Arxur wanted to silence these guns and stop this opposition, they would have to take the caldera by ground forces.
Campbell had the assault shuttle moved and landed in front of the only entrance to the cave the civilians were evacuated into. There an explosion rippled through their camp, not sealing the cave but ensuring the shuttle debris covered the entrance and the hole beyond did not look like a cave without moving a significant amount of twisted metal, instead it looked like an impact crater where the shuttle would have crashed.
Engineers rushed to put out the fire and ensure that the cave wouldn't heat up as well as clean air would continue to flow down inside.
Campbell got to his command rover and prepared himself, watching his gunner get on top and prep the MG to go. All his preparations he could do were done, now the waiting began.
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2023.03.24 22:05 WestTualityHabitat Redefining Citizenship in a Divided World - Habitat online event Monday, March 27, 3 – 3:30 pm ET / noon – 12:30 pm PT

On Monday, March 27, 3 – 3:30 pm ET / noon – 12:30 pm PT, join Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford for +You: Redefining citizenship in a divided world with Dr. Richard Haass. This virtual discussion will explore ways to foster collaboration across divides and examine the meaning of citizenship today. This conversation is part of Habitat for Humanity’s ongoing +You series bringing together experts from across the U.S. and around the world to discuss how housing intersects and interacts with other areas of societal concern including public health, racial equity, faith and the economy.
While many Americans do not see eye-to-eye on every issue, the country feels more divided than ever. In our society, people increasingly define themselves by what they are against, rather than what they believe in. In his new book, The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens, bestselling author and foreign policy expert Dr. Richard Haass calls for Americans to re-envision the very notion of citizenship and embrace the civic responsibilities required to live in a thriving democracy.
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2023.03.24 22:03 CaspianX2 Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water for Wii U - Review

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water

Genre: Graphic Adventure / Horror
Players: 1
Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is a Graphic Adventure game with strong Horror elements first released on Wii U in 2015, with a port to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch in 2021. While I have generally made it a point not to review Wii U games that were released on Nintendo Switch, I’m making an exception for this one, as this is a game that makes some unique use of the Wii U’s capabilities, and I wanted to see how this version holds up. When I get around to reviewing the Nintendo Switch version I will undoubtedly be comparing it to this release.
Maiden of Black Water is the fifth game in the Fatal Frame series, though it is only the fourth to see release outside of Japan (the fourth game in the series, Mask of the Lunar Eclipse, only just recently saw release in the form of a remaster for modern platforms. However, Maiden of Black Water almost didn’t get released outside of Japan either - its creators were reluctant to bring the game to the West, and when they did so, it was only released on the Wii U eShop, rather than having any sort of physical release.
Like the other games in the series before it, Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water features a story that has the game’s protagonists (Maiden has three) exploring an area haunted by malevolent ghosts, with the only method of defense against these deadly spooks being the mystical Camera Obscura, a camera capable of repelling and even exorcizing the dead by taking photographs of them. This story’s protagonists find themselves drawn into a search for a missing person (as well as their own missing mentor and comrade) who disappeared on the cursed Hikami Mountain, known for its suicides and its history of terrible accidents and bloody rituals.
Graphically, Maiden of Black Water has to be one of the more impressive-looking games on the Wii U, with absolutely gorgeous, detailed 3D character models that actually reflect the dampness of the environment, an important gameplay element as this game’s ghosts are tied to the mountain’s haunted waters, and whenever your character is drenched they become more susceptible to this influence too. The game’s lighting and shadows are also excellent, and while the environments themselves are merely okay, there’s plenty of imagination that has gone into making these locations memorably chilling.
I know that some others have complained about this game’s voice understated voice acting, but I actually think I like it - Horror games full of shouts and screams are a dime a dozen, and I think it’s understandable when we see the game’s human characters are frozen in terror to the point where they can’t speak, or traumatized to the point where they speak in monotone. The game’s sounds are wonderfully foreboding too - this game does a fantastic job building atmosphere, though I don’t think it succeeds quite as well as some of the best games in the genre when it comes to creating feelings of true terror.
However, I think the biggest failing of this game has to be its awkward controls. Yes, the entire reason I’m reviewing this game on Wii U is because of the unique control scheme, which comes up every time you use the game’s central camera, and it simultaneously seems perfectly-suited for this game and a huge hassle dragging it down.
When you need to use the camera (which is all the time in the game), you bring up the Wii U gamepad and stare through it, like looking at the viewfinder on an actual camera, even being able to turn it using the Wii U gamepad’s motion-sensing abilities, or rotate it to change the view from landscape to portrait.
The problem with this is that you’re still using the analog stick to move your character while you’re doing it, and changing the Wii U gamepad’s orientation makes it harder to do this properly. What’s more, I found that on occasion my gamepad lost track of where it was looking, and I needed to move it around to get it reoriented again.
However, even beyond the frustrations of all of this was the fact that whenever I wasn’t using the camera, when the Wii U gamepad was simply acting as a copy of the image on the TV screen, I felt like I was being given strong incentive to just watch the entire game through the gamepad’s inferior screen, because I knew that soon enough I would need to respond quickly and switch to the gamepad, and the disorientation of swapping would lose me a few seconds as I try to get re-acquainted with the different screen.
In theory, I love so much about what this game is trying to do. Unlike so many games on the Wii U, Maiden of Black Water is actually trying to put the Wii U’s unique features to good use. The problem is, while it makes sense for the theme of the game, and it seems like a perfect fit for the Wii U’s unique features, it’s ultimately highlighting why those features haven’t generally been put to use in most Wii U games.
Despite all the issues I have with Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, I don’t hate this game. I think it has a great concept, an outstanding presentation, and an enticing story. And when the camera mechanics work, they can be really immersive. Unfortunately, I just feel like they don’t work out that way far too often. I’ll be curious to try the Nintendo Switch version of the game, see how this game has made the transition to a platform without the Wii U’s unique features. But in the meantime I think the Wii U version of this game is a fantastic but highly flawed entry in the Horror genre.
tl;dr – Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is a Graphic Adventure game with strong Horror elements. This is the fifth game in the Fatal Frame series, where the protagonists fend off killer ghosts using a magical camera, and this installment involves the search for missing persons on a mountain with a dark past. The presentation and atmosphere in this game is outstanding, and there is some extremely creative use of the Wii U’s unique features here... though I think the incorporation of the Wii U gamepad’s features may have been a bit too ambitious, resulting in a lot of unnecessary frustration. This release is still an extremely unique Horror game with a lot going for it, but there’s a lot you have to put up with to get to that good stuff.

Grade: C+

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2023.03.24 22:00 universalquantumzen Humanity – The Pinnacle of Evolution? 4/4 — Awaken the Living Awareness Within — Discover the Keys to Happiness, Inner Peace & Harmony by Sambodhi Padmasamadhi

"And with this, we arrive at a conclusion of profound importance: when we exploit nature, we exploit ourselves – as individuals, and as a species. From this, the question arises: If we are doing all this, can we call ourselves civilized? Oh yes, most certainly we call ourselves civilized alright – how could we not, after all, we are humans, not animals, are we not? But now the question becomes: How civilized are we? If we are civilized, which by definition means to be at an advanced stage of social and cultural development, would it not require us to treat all living things with respect? What would it take for us to see that we as a species are on borrowed time? Needless to say, for those who have eyes to see, it may come as a bit of a shock to realize that our lives are intimately bound up with the fragile organism of life on Earth and the interdependence of all species.
This is where we face the inevitable: you see, there’s no gentle way to say this – the survival of our species is threatened as never before by an ethos that seeks dominance and control of nature. This ethos reflects a vicious and brutal desire to conquer and master nature for our own purposes, shows no respect for the Earth, and disregards the perils of our present interference with the intricate web of relationships upon which life on Earth depends. We are an integral part of this great web of life, and cannot survive without respecting all aspects of it. If we destroy our habitat, whether inadvertently or deliberately by continuing on our present path – we may risk destroying ourselves. What we leave behind for those who might survive is but a fable of a highly advanced race of beings called humans – who in their naivety allowed themselves to be destroyed by their hubris.
Here we can but imagine how this fable might be told several thousands of years from now; how there might be a myth of once great, highly advanced race of beings, but the archeologists and scholars of that time would dismiss as complete nonsense; how there was a myth that told of a time when there was an advanced civilization living on Earth. Their level of advancement was so incredible that they could harness and control the forces of nature. They were so advanced that they were almost gods – they had supernatural powers – you see, they could look at the little device in their hands and speak to one another, even see one another on opposite sides of the Earth. They could fly around the Earth; they could even send people to the moon, but they became corrupt; they became cruel; they became conceited and arrogant; they imposed their powers on other less powerful people around the world. And so it happened that this once great species faced their own demise, and only few lived to tell the tale." You can read the full article on the website: Humanity – The Pinnacle of Evolution? 4/4
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2023.03.24 21:22 StepwiseUndrape574 4Chan Leak Allegedly Exposes GTA 6 Lead Characters And Key Map Details

A pair of leaks have turned up on 4Chan that claim to outline details of Rockstar's forthcoming Grand Theft Auto 6. Fans of the franchise would do well to take these rumors with a grain of salt as there's no way to know for sure if any of these details are accurate. The leaker on 4Chan goes by Rhanadeng and claims to have been a friend of a disgruntled employee working on the game during 2019.
The source claims that this employee allegedly asked him to anonymously leak information about GTA 6. However, things later improved, and he lost contact with the Rockstar team member. One key detail is that this person also claims the game has been in active development since 2016 or 2017, with pre-production starting shortly after GTA V was ported to current generation consoles in 2014. The new GTA VI game world map is also claimed to be the size of GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2 combined.
gta v mission One of the odder bits that this 4Chan user details is a minigame where players control a stream of urine from a protagonist using motion controls. On the protagonist front, there are said to be four in the game, including a driver called Walther Wallace and an unnamed former Israeli IDF person. Another, Thomas Branigan, is a smuggler who owns an aircraft called the Raven, and Marcus Burke is a drug dealer and father to a young boy.
The area is said to be based in Florida, with Vice City among the three major cities with one smaller city in the far northwest of the map. The game reportedly jumps around in time with part of the timeline set in the 1980s and other parts set in the present day. Missions aren't as linear as they are in GTA V or RDR2, notes the proclaimed leaker. Players will briefly visit a small central American island, but it's reportedly not Guarma. The game starts with gamers playing the role of smuggler, Branigan.
gta v car Supposedly there are multiple child characters in the game that mainly interact with Burke and his son. Switching between the protagonists isn't said to be instantaneous, but the camera reportedly zooms out and travels quickly to where the protagonist the player wants to play is located. Sleeping Dogs-inspired parkour is involved in the game as well, but to a lesser extent without wall running. The leaker claims that weapons function more realistically in the game than they have in past titles. An example noted is rocket launcher back blast that ends up taking out an NPC in one of the missions, where the goal is to destroy a helicopter.
Hand-to-hand combat is supported and is said to be similar to Red Dead 2, with the leaker noting it's harder to fight hand-to-hand GTA VI than in GTA V. Player characters can also gain weight in the game, and it affects character attributes as it did in RDR2. Mori Kibbutz is also reportedly in the game, but not much else is detailed about his character.
This leak isn't the first that has surfaced about GTA 6. Last December, a user on reddit claiming to be a beta tester, leaked a bunch of alleged details of the game. In January, another leak claimed that the game would launch in 2021.
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