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2023.06.05 12:05 DickKingz Illuvium x GameStop Collaboration

Illuvium x GameStop Collaboration
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Illuvium x GameStop

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2023.06.05 12:02 Alliejam1 ACIM WORKBOOK LESSON 156

LESSON 156. I walk with God in perfect holiness.
Today’s idea but states the simple truth that makes the thought of sin impossible. It promises there is no cause for guilt, and being causeless it does not exist. It follows surely from the basic thought so often mentioned in the text; ideas leave not their source. If this be true, how can you be apart from God? How could you walk the world alone and separate from your Source? We are not inconsistent in the thoughts that we present in our curriculum. Truth must be true throughout, if it be true. It cannot contradict itself, nor be in parts uncertain and in others sure. You cannot walk the world apart from God, because you could not be without Him. He is what your life is. Where you are He is. There is one life. That life you share with Him. Nothing can be apart from Him and live.
Yet where He is, there must be holiness as well as life. No attribute of His remains unshared by everything that lives. What lives is holy as Himself, because what shares His life is part of Holiness, and could no more be sinful than the sun could choose to be of ice; the sea elect to be apart from water, or the grass to grow with roots suspended in the air.
There is a light in you which cannot die; whose presence is so holy that the world is sanctified because of you. All things that live bring gifts to you, and offer them in gratitude and gladness at your feet. The scent of flowers is their gift to you. The waves bow down before you, and the trees extend their arms to shield you from the heat, and lay their leaves before you on the ground that you may walk in softness, while the wind sinks to a whisper round your holy head.
The light in you is what the universe longs to behold. All living things are still before you, for they recognize Who walks with you. The light you carry is their own. And thus they see in you their holiness, saluting you as savior and as God. Accept their reverence, for it is due to Holiness Itself, which walks with you, transforming in Its gentle light all things unto Its likeness and Its purity.
This is the way salvation works. As you step back, the light in you steps forward and encompasses the world. It heralds not the end of sin in punishment and death. In lightness and in laughter is sin gone, because its quaint absurdity is seen. It is a foolish thought, a silly dream, not frightening, ridiculous perhaps, but who would waste an instant in approach to God Himself for such a senseless whim?
Yet you have wasted many, many years on just this foolish thought. The past is gone, with all its fantasies. They keep you bound no longer. The approach to God is near. And in the little interval of doubt that still remains, you may perhaps lose sight of your Companion, and mistake Him for the senseless, ancient dream that now is past.
“Who walks with me?” This question should be asked a thousand times a day, till certainty has ended doubting and established peace. Today let doubting cease. God speaks for you in answering your question with these words:
I walk with God in perfect holiness. I light the world, I light my mind and all the minds which God created one with me.
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2023.06.05 12:01 Pickleweede My dog has severe pancreatitis and I'm struggling to cope.

My toy poodle Teddy Pompin was found in Japan at 6 weeks old and we thought he wasn't going to survive his first week but he did and got treated for infections etc microchipped, vaccinated etc
He traveled with me to korea, Germany and the US. I went through a very abusive sad relationship for nearly a decade and he was my only friend. When my husband was at his worst the only way I knew how to calm him down was have him cuddle with Teddy because even though he was bad to me, he loved Teddy. My husband is not my husband anymore. That's been a lot to deal with. Now Teddy is 10 and were living with my parents in the UK, and has been struggling to eat, struggling to poop, dripping bloody jelly from his bottom. The vet has him on a prescription diet, immunosuppressant pills and pain killers for pancreatitis. Hes not improving. The mortality rate seems quite high and I'm not coping well with the idea of losing him possibly sooner than expected. I always imagined he'd live to 18. He always came to work with me and I don't.have any children so I've always thought of him as my son.
I feel so sad everytime I have to hand feed him the prescription low fat biscuits that he really doesn't want to eat. He still loves to paddle in his paddling pool but he can't go for walks without stopping to drip watery poo drips or straining for nothing to come out every few feet.
I'm also going through a lot of other personal problems and recovering from surgery, and the thought of being alone without Teddy is keeping me awake at night. My hair is starting to fall out. I don't think I'm coping very well.
I'm not sure what to do. He still has another weeks worth of medicine but I'm not sure if the vet should be looking for other treatment methods. I'm not asking for medical advice. Just advice on how to not fall apart.
Sorry.
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2023.06.05 12:00 LaticusLad Time Marches Ever Onward: Chapter 2

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Memory transcription subject: Lemva, Venlil Archeologist
Date [standardized human time]: July 13, 2165
The attendant, Harold, had told me that there would be another passenger boarding shortly several minutes ago, and since then I couldn't keep still wondering who I was going to meet.As I sat on the couch, I couldn’t help but eavesdrop on the conversation that Harold had just started with the other passenger. As I heard a new voice respond to Harold’s greeting my heart started beating faster. Wait, the voice sounded familiar…
My heart rate quickened as footsteps came closer down the hallway.A man wearing a black suit and indigo tie came walking around the corner and my heart fluttered a little as I looked up at his face.
“Lemva?”
“James?” I squeaked as I said his name. I jumped up off the couch and ran toward him, throwing my arms around him and nearly knocking him over. “Lemva!”
Looking up at him, I realized what I had just done, backing off slightly embarrassed. “James! I haven’t seen you in so long, what have you been up to?”
“Looking into ancient history, studying declassified documents, bringing back ancient history, that sorta thing.” James kneeled slightly and looked at me with a wide smile, I’d missed that smile so much. He opened his mouth to speak. “I wasn’t expecting to see you on this flight. It’s very good to see you!” “It’s good to see you too! So you’re one of the others that the UN’s invitation spoke of.” “It seems that way, yeah.” He chuckled slightly.
“I see you two are getting along well! I don’t even have to introduce you.” I realized Harold had been standing there watching the interaction the whole time. I straightened myself out, even more embarrassed than before. Harold chuckled. “Alright you two, we’re going to be taking off shortly. I’ll be in the cabin along with the captain. If you need me, press these buttons.” He handed us both a device with a singular blue button labeled “call”.
The man turned around and headed through the door leading to the cockpit. Leaving us alone. We both sat on a couch. James spoke, “So, do you know anything about the job being offered?” “I was going to ask you the same thing.” “Hmm, well we’re going to be in for a long flight, may as well catch up on some things.”
Me and James had known each other since we attended MIK, and had a lot of history. We met in the college’s history club, and quickly became friends. We both had a passion for learning about things that most others had forgotten, and theorizing about what life was like in ancient times. He didn’t know it but I had a huge crush on him at the time.
We stayed in contact long after we both got our doctorates, despite the large distances between us. Eventually James suddenly stopped contacting me, I never understood why. I had worried that it was something I did, that I had pushed him away. Then, after a while, he faded from memory, only existing in the back of my mind. I needed to know why. But not now, this was too soon.
“I know I already asked what you’ve been up to since we last spoke, but still. Discovered anything new?”
“Yeah, I got my hands on some recently declassified Fed info and artifacts around 8 months back. Studied them and found out they were ancient Gojid pottery, inscriptions described some sort of fertility god? Found some other inscriptions describing the site of an ancient Gojid city on The Cradle and got in contact with a dig team to go search there. Hit the motherlode and-” He spoke so enthusiastically about his findings. Just seeing him so happy about his work made me bloom, but thankfully he didn’t notice as he kept talking, waving his hands to emphasize his words. “-trying to find a museum that has the room for all of them.”
“Wow, that’s a lot more than what I’ve been doing.” “Really? Lemva hasn’t done anything interesting lately? I find that hard to believe.” James took on an amused expression. “Yes, really. I’ve been on vacation with my family for a little while, that’s all. It had been a while since I’d seen them.”
I could see his smile visibly lessen, he shifted his eyes, seeming to be deep in thought. Had I said something wrong? “Hey, are you okay?” I asked. “Yeah, I’m fine. Your mention of family brought back some… memories.” A singular tear formed below his left eye, before he looked away. I didn’t want to push, despite his failed attempt at hiding his sadness. “Oh, we can change the subject if you want.”
He wiped his eyes and shuddered, before straightening himself out. “No, it’s ok. You should probably know anyway. It’s part of the reason I haven’t talked to you in so long.” I was hoping to get some answers but now I didn’t know if I wanted to if it was making him this upset.
“A- alright, go ahead. You can stop at any time if you want to.” “Before I start I want to say how sorry I am for ghosting you.” He closed his eyes, inhaling and exhaling deeply. A somber expression filled his face as he opened his eyes. “Okay. You know my parents right? Bill and Angene?” “Yeah?” “A couple years back, I was doing a small job for a little town on Nishtal. Not much pay but that didn’t matter. This was during the time when the anti-human movement was in full effect.”
My heart stopped, I immediately knew where this was going.
“I wasn’t worried for them cause they were on Earth. I thought they would be away from the violence because the rioters would be too scared to be among so many ‘predators.’” His voice dripped with malice as he spat out the last word. He was always treated… differently from other people. Even so long after the war, “predator” hate was still common. He kept speaking. “Clearly I was wrong, or maybe one of those fucking rioters hated us too much to care about their own safety.” I only now noticed that he had been shaking as he spoke, but he suddenly stopped. He looked defeated, on the verge of a breakdown. “They were just bringing home groceries, that’s all. They were friendly and happy and polite and all they were doing was bringing home some things for dinner. But because they had committed the SIN of being born with forward facing eyes everyone hated them.” “On the phone the next day, I was told that my parents had been stabbed to death when walking home. I had to attend their funeral several days later, and that night the police took me in to meet their murderer. It took every ounce of energy that I could muster to not turn their disgusting little face to orange mulch.”
If anyone else had looked at James’ face at that moment, they would have seen nothing but a rabid animal looking for something to rip apart, but I didn’t see that. I saw a man that just wanted his parents back, a man that wished the world didn’t hate him. James crumpled over and started sobbing violently, and without thinking I got up and gave him the biggest hug my small arms could allow. He wrapped his muscular arms around me and buried his head into my wool, his sobs shaking my whole body. I stroked the back of his head in an attempt to comfort him, and tried doing those shushing sounds that human mothers do to calm down their children but ended up making a strange sputtering sound instead. I heard the sounds of giggling interspersed with the sobbing, leading into a fit of coughing from James. He lifted his face from my shoulder and stared into my eyes, still dripping tears but starting to smile now. He rested his chin back on my shoulder, and I gladly let him.
“I’ve missed you Lemva, you have no idea just how much I’ve missed you. I’m so sorry I left so quickly, I’m so sorry.” “I’ve missed you too James, and you don’t need to apologize, I understand. Why don’t we go drink some water and get some sleep, okay?” The man on my shoulder croaked out a hoarse “Okay” before slowly pulling himself off of me. We both got up and walked into the kitchen to grab some water. James chugged down several glasses before he was satisfied. We made our way to our separate bedrooms before saying goodnight to each other and closing our doors. I pulled the warm blankets over myself and laid my head down, exhausted from the short but intense emotional interaction. As thoughts floated through my mind, I drifted off into a deep sleep.
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I awoke to a familiar sensation, it felt as if I was standing in a shallow pool of oil. My eyes were met with black for as far as the eye could see, a seemingly endless floor of tar, and a distant orb of light. This sight had become less eerie and more frustrating the more times I had seen it. [Not this again…] I had been having this dream nearly every night for the past 3 weeks, ever since I had received the invitation from the UN. It was always the same. Endless void, endless black oil, a light always seeming within reach but always too far to catch. I decided to play along with the dream and walk towards the light, the faster I go through with this charade the faster I can wake up and talk to James again. My footsteps echoed into infinity as I waded through the sticky oil, the sensation was awful. I stopped and thought for a moment. [Know what? Fuck it, might as well do something different this time.] I turned around and walked away from the orb of light that had been taunting me for 3 weeks straight. As I walked, I could feel the texture beneath my paws slowly change. I looked down to notice that the tar floor I had grown accustomed to was now an endless field of silver sand. My paws were still sticky from the tar and were now covered with sand, great. As I stared down at the ground beneath me, it slowly started glowing brighter and brighter until it hurt my eyes. It was reflecting something.
I looked up to try to find the source of the light and stared in shock at the sight before me, despite the pain in my eyes. I could not turn away. [By the creator…]
Filling the darkness above me was a white dwarf, its brilliance seeming to burn away the darkness surrounding it. Burning streams of plasma buffeted sand in the distance, leaving only glass. I could feel it watching me, judging me. The air around me swirled and roared, picking up fragments of glass and flinging it against my face as I stood in awe. Clouds of silver shards swirled forever around me, scraping away my wool and flesh but I did not move. I could not turn away. The star seemed to fall toward me. I could not turn away. Instantly, the fury of the wind around me calmed, dropping mountains of the glittering sand onto the ground. The sands whispered to me, filling my mind with a single message.
“Find us. We await.”
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Date [standardized human time]: July 15, 2165
I stood alongside James near the airlock, we were finally here. It had been two days since I and James had boarded the ship, and we were finally on an approach to Aafa’s spaceport. I felt excited theorizing what job the UN had for us, but couldn’t help but notice a feeling of dread in the back of my mind. Aafa was the capital of the Federation before the UN Coalition began their occupation, and as a result there would probably be more xenophobia on the streets. Hopefully we wouldn’t have to stick around long enough to see it.
“Attention passengers, we are now breaking through the atmosphere, brace yourself on a nearby hand-rail or other stationary object until further notice.”
Me and James grasped the hand-rails tightly as the ship jostled through the turbulent atmosphere, the surface outside the airlock view-port slowly grew larger and larger as we descended. A beautiful city came into view as the clouds’ obfuscation subsided. I had been to Aafa twice in my life before and every time I saw its grand cities I felt a sense of wonder. I could feel the ship level out and slow down, we were almost docked. I felt a small jolt as the landing gear gently touched down on the landing pad.
Harold’s voice came through the PA system. “Alright you two, we’ve landed. I’ll be with you shortly to show you to your escort group.” James and I looked at eachother, I could see a glint of worry in his eyes. Though whether he was worried about the reactions of Aafa’s inhabitants or worried about his first impressions with such important UN personnel, I could not tell.
I heard the cabin door open far behind us and heard Harold’s footsteps make their way toward the airlock where we stood in wait. He stepped past us and took a position at the airlock door.“Welcome to Aafa.” Harold pressed a button and the blast-door slid open with a pneumatic hiss. “Follow me.” We walked down the ramp and onto the hangar bay floor. As my eyes wandered around the large room I noticed how much better kept this spaceport, or at least this hangar, was than the port on Venlil Prime or Earth. Harold took us through a door and into the main hall for this level.
As we made our way to the nearest elevator a kolshian man walked toward us, his gait taking on a menacing feel as he drew closer. When he saw me he smirked. “You sure you wanna keep walking with these predators, little lady? You’d be a lot safer with me instead of them.” I was astounded by how blatant this man was with his opinions. I tried to respond calmly to the man but couldn’t hide my offense. “No thank you, I’m perfectly fine walking with these “predators” thank you. Speak your xenophobia to someone who cares to listen.” The kolshian’s smirk disappeared as he walked toward me faster. Harold’s arm shot out in front of me, blocking the man from getting any closer, the chipper smile he usually displayed was gone from his face. “Please leave sir, we have things to attend to.” The kolshian’s angry expression intensified. “I’m not taking orders from any damn predator.” I could see the man pulling out an object from behind his back. Before I could react, I heard a sickening crunch as Harold’s fist connected with the kolshian’s face, and the man tumbled to the ground. I heard a sound as the knife we were about to be stabbed with clattered to the ground, the tentacle he had been using to wield it clutching his bleeding face. Harold in a swift motion kicked away the knife and put the kolshian in a choke hold while a group of UN security officers rushed over. Two officers cuffed the bleeding kolshian and another walked up to Harold most likely to ask for an explanation.
Harold put back on his usual cheerful expression as he turned to speak to us.“You two head down to the first floor, your escort group and the other 2 invitees will be waiting in the main lobby, they should be pretty obvious to spot. I’ll catch up soon but I have to explain the situation with security.” I turned to look at James as we hurried to the elevator. I could tell he was angry, but he had a glint of satisfaction in his eyes, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel a little similar. James scrolled down the list of floors on the screen and selected the number 1. The Aafa spaceport was easily the largest structure I had ever seen, I guess there wasn’t enough room for 400 buttons. As the elevator descended, James spoke.
“Hey Lem, you ok?” “Yeah, my heart’s beating pretty fast though. Who knows what would have happened if Harold wasn’t with us.” “Yeah, did you see how fast he handled that? Guy must be a veteran or something.” The idea brought a question to the surface of my mind that I had been pondering since I first received my invitation. “Yeah… I’ve been wondering why we’ve been treated so well ever since we got aboard the ship. I mean, we’re just a couple historians, why spend so much on the ship and all the protection? What could this job possibly be?” As I spoke, James stared past the transparent wall of the elevator and into the city skyline, he seemed to be deep in thought. “Yeah I’ve been thinking about that too… I don’t think we’ll have to theorize for much longer though, just a short drive and we can ask whoever invited us.”
My attention was brought back to reality as a DING sounded from the doorway, indicating that we were at the ground floor. The doors slid open silently and revealed a veritable swarm of people walking through the main hallway loop, several people of different species squeezed into the elevator we were just in as we walked out. James and I followed the signage on the walls for several minutes and entered into the main lobby, where we could see a group of humans with a Gojid in the middle. The humans wore black suits and sunglasses, I could also barely make out earpieces and microphones hidden among their clothing. They reminded me of the secret agents in the human spy movies I enjoyed watching. They must be our escort group.
We approached the menacing humans and they turned to look at us. Before I could speak up I heard footsteps behind me and turned to see Harold catching up with us. “Sorry for leaving you alone for a bit. I’ll talk with your escorts.” Harold walked up to the closest escort and flashed a badge at them, turning around once the mysterious man nodded. The escort spoke something into his earpiece but I couldn’t quite make it out. “Well, I’d best be going to sort out matters with the captain. I’ll meet up with you later.” Harold handed us off to the mysterious entourage and walked back into the crowd.
One of the bodyguards spoke up. “Follow me and don’t stray off course, we’ll be taking you to the senate building.” As our guards escorted us to our vehicle, I spoke to the gojid accompanying us. “Hi, my name is Lemva, this is James. Are you one of the other people invited by the UN?” The gojid spoke up in a soft voice. “Yeah, though for what reason I do not know why. My name is Cayek by the way, nice to meet you. Do you mind if we get some introductions out of the way before we arrive at the senate building?” James responded first and stretched out his arm for a handshake. It took a second for Cayek to reciprocate. “Sure! As Lemva told you, my name is James. I was born on Earth and currently live on Venlil Prime. I’m a historian and got my doctorate at MIK, where I met Lemva. We’ve known each other quite a while. I like coffee and hate the ocean.” “Oh cool, I attended there too! Got my doctorate in linguistics. When did you attend?” “Sent in an application in 2140, as soon as it opened. Got accepted around a month later.” “Nice, that was around when I joined too. We must not have crossed paths often. Though your face does seem vaguely familiar.” Cayek looked at me and I began speaking. “My name’s Lemva, though I already said that. I attended MIK with James. Went there to get a doctorate in archeology. Was born on Venlil Prime and I’ve moved too many times to count, but my latest home is on Earth.”
I noticed that we had reached our ride. Our vehicle was a black limousine, it looked slightly larger than others I had seen, perhaps it was armored? One of the guards escorting us, who I could only assume was the one in charge, opened the side door and we all crawled inside. Cayek, James, and I settled in our seats and the guard closed our doors before entering through a door closer to the front to sit facing us. The guard sat unnaturally still, staring directly at us as the vehicle drew out of the underground parking area, making me feel uneasy. I looked over at James and Cayek, they seemed just as uncomfortable as I. The ride to the Senate building was silent.
I watched the buildings glide past us as we drove down Main, toward the Capitol. The large dome shaped building grew larger as we crept closer. Nervousness invaded my mind as I wondered what the task we had been chosen for was. Why did the UN spend so much to get us here? What’s with all the security? Why us? We had reached our destination. The limousine passed through several security gates and slowed to a halt at the entrance of the grand building. The guard that had been staring at us spoke, “We’ve arrived, please exit the vehicle and follow me. As you enter the building you’ll undergo several security checks to make sure you don’t have any weapons or banned items. Don’t worry, this is all standard procedure.” Two guards who had been waiting to the side of the entrance walked over to the car and opened the side doors, allowing us to crawl out. Though it had only been a 5 minute car ride, it felt like I had been stuck in that cramped vehicle for hours.
We walked toward the entrance of the titanic building, a large podium with a hologram of the Coalition logo orbiting an artistic depiction of our sector of the galaxy stood just before the doors. The first time I had gone to Aafa as a child, the podium had supported a large statue of Chief Nikonus, the president of the Federation at the time of the war. Good riddance. Our group stepped past the threshold of the senate building and submitted for the security checks that our escort had told us about. As soon as we were cleared, we were led to one of several large doors, it looked like an oversized elevator. Inside was a holographic display of the building showing us our current position, along with a small keypad to the side. I braced myself for the elevator to start ascending as our escort input some numbers into the pad but nearly fell over when it unexpectedly started moving sideways. James chuckled amusedly and I looked at him with a mock pouty face, my tail flicking in slight annoyance. Our escort tried to wipe a tiny smirk off his face as he helped me back to my feet. “We had these installed after a couple instances of people passing out trying to navigate around. Most Coalition species don’t have the amount of endurance humans do and this building is quite large.”
Several moments later the tram came to a halt and the doors slid open. The escort chaperoned us down a short hallway with a decently sized wooden door at the end. I braced myself for whoever would be behind it. Impressions were of utmost importance when meeting government officials. However, I was not prepared for who I would see as the door swung open.
Is that an Arxur?
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2023.06.05 12:00 WaveOfWire One Hell Of A Vacation - Chapter 88

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The maw of the moss-wolf chomped down on the treat, its partner patiently waiting its turn, an eye trained on the Human providing the sustenance. Joseph reached into the pouch, counting out what he had left and mentally setting a few aside for the raven-like birds that Scarlet had trained to bother him.
Well, ‘bother’ might be a strong word. They would whistle at him and wait for food. Upon getting their hard sought quarry, they would return to share it with the rest. Surprisingly cooperative, all things considered. Scarlet had apparently been getting them to associate certain short melodies with members of the pack, allowing her to send the avians after whoever she wanted for more snacks.
If they didn’t get any, then they would yell something not dissimilar to a caw until either food was procured, or they grew bored. Given that they had taken to humouring Violet in her attempts to be a mobile perch, that usually took a while.
It drove Nalah nuts, which seemed to be part of the reason the blond-furred female was included in the ritual at all. Harrow was apparently the favourite target of the nuisance when she was outside the base, but he couldn’t say why.
The tell-tale scratching had been somewhat muted since the shift in medium, but Violet’s writing was always something he kept an ear out for, his daughter presenting her tablet excitedly. [It blinked!]
He turned his head to the cow-looking thing, the unwavering stare held until he gave up. “I swear you guys are just messing with me.”
“Or we merely enjoy your suffering,” Sahari suggested with a smirk, the black-furred female standing taller than him for a moment as she stretched her legs out. Settling into a height that was level with him, she attempted to offer the wolves food. Receiving a fearful retreat instead, the black-furred female frowned, the two canines shifting in their enclosure to be closer to Joseph and Violet. “They still seem to distrust any but yourselves.”
He shrugged, taking the scrap from her and giving it to the young Atmo to pass along, her chittering laugh when the wolves accepted the morsel breaking the soft sound of trickling rain outside the barn. “Faye was the one who started this. I guess they treat her like an alpha of sorts, and seeing her bow to the two of us so often told them that she’s lower on the pole. That’s my guess, anyway.”
“That is….rather intelligent of them, if so,” Sahari commented pensively.
The Grand Hunter tipped his head in agreement. If anything, it was an understatement. The six-legged canines were remarkably receptive to taming, though he couldn’t say how much of that was due to Faye taking to his suggestion so seriously. He had only offered it as a passing thought, but she had set to it like their god had mandated it.
He fought back a sigh at the reminder of his placement in the whole thing, his foot kicking the ground to adjust the new sandals he was wearing until Pan finished proper shoes.
One day, he was a divorcee flirting with random women on a cruise ship so that the rejection validated his own self-esteem issues. The next, he was a guy in charge of a settlement nearing one hundred people and had become a manifestation of religion condensed into the form of some random moron.
He snorted at a morbid thought. How would Emma react to his ‘rise to fame?’ His acquisition of more than they had ever thought for themselves back on Earth?
Owning a territory? They could only manage a nice apartment that could fit several times over inside the base. Friends? Hell, he had a group of people who have helped him through some of the worst the planet had to offer. Kids...well, nothing could replace Violet. He doubted Emma would see it the same way, though.
A paw enclosed his shoulder, dragging his mind from more sombre thoughts. It had been quite a while since everything fell through and he had moved on, but it still stung every now and again.
“What ails your mind, Joseph?” Sahari asked with a concerned inflection. He looked over at her, a smile becoming easier after a moment.
“Just wondering how my ex-wife would react to seeing what I’ve turned into. What she’d say to all of this,” he admitted honestly with a wide gesture to everything. She patted his back, a small pride in her gaze.
“You continue to heal, Grand Hunter, but you are still scarred. Your previous mate would curse her decisions were she to see what you have accomplished.”
He snorted, a wide dry grin breaking out. “I’d love to see her face going back with two alien wives and this sweetheart as a daughter,” he teased, giving Violet a thorough rub on the head. She purred, chittering between breaths as she fought off the rough affection playfully while keeping her blades tucked for safety.
The black-furred female tilted her head and shifted her weight to her other foot. “You’ve mentioned that there is a specific procedure for binding the lives of your people, no?”
He blinked, his mind flickering to the two rings he had prepared, yet held some modicum of expectation around before he whipped them out. Not least of all was the foreign sensation of doing it again twice, nor finding an appropriate time to do it. It was hard to pick a picturesque moment when each day was paperwork, punching people in the face during spars, and orchestrating the well-being of such a large group. Given that the closest thing he could get to a romantic occasion was laying down on the grass while Nalah barked orders at the construction crews in the distance, he didn’t feel like it was ever a good time to ask. It was even harder picturing himself doing it to the two of them, as if it cheapened the gesture in some way.
Then there was the part of himself that feared rejection—as stupid as it sounded. They could deny the alien practice, not share the same sentiment, or any number of disagreements that would render him kneeling like an idiot. As unlikely as it was, it could even be too great a commitment for them, the implication of their entire lives being pledged solely to him being a crushing weight, rather than a promise of mutual loving dedication.
Sure, now they were speaking as if it was the case, but the circumstances as they were lent themselves to it being a product of necessity. Who was to say that it would remain the same once they got off this rock and—hopefully—in touch with their own people again. Would they still feel the same way with an entire species back on the table as possible romantic partners? Would he still be enough?
“Joseph,” Sahari called out with worry and irritation in equal parts. “You are making me anxious.”
“Hm? Oh, sorry,” he apologized sheepishly, rubbing the back of his neck as he was reminded that more than one person could be afflicted by his emotional state. She placed a paw to her hip.
“Are the proceedings really such a means for strife?”
“Ah, no, it’s just…” He averted his eyes, offering Violet a token smile when she seemed to be concerned about him. He inhaled deeply. “It’s just…I have reservations about it.”
She raised a brow. “I need not a bond to know you care for them deeply enough to toss your life to the Void for them.”
His weak smile faltered further. “Well, yeah. They mean everything to me, but I cant help but remember how things went last time, I guess. There’s a million and one ways it could go up in smoke, and I…” He fell quiet for a moment, Violet pressing herself into his side in an attempt to cheer him up. He rested a hand against her back, the texture comforting in a way. “I want it to be an important moment in our lives, rather than some disposable token that they accept without thinking much. It’s not like they’re swimming in potential romantic partners here, so it feels like they’d be agreeing for lack of options.”
She stared at him with a hesitant expression, her cheek pinched between her teeth and eyes narrowed in thought. “Pan would sooner end her own life than be separated from you, and Tel would end any who so much as suggested such,” she stated finally. “To you, the mark upon your flesh is but a sting that fades. To them, it is their declaration that they have found their reason to live. A declaration that is shown to all others of our people the moment they draw near. Though Pan lacks the means to impart her own, she is rather pleased that another is able to in her stead and treats it as her own for all intents.”
She grabbed him roughly by the arm, pulling him into her breast as she stood to her full height, a surprised yelp stifled by soft clothing and fur.
“Unfortunately for you, openly voiced or not, we all feel as such. Though you bear not the mark of everyone in the den, I assure you that to be removed from you would leave us lesser, regardless of bond.”
He shut his mouth at the last addition. There was a weight behind knowing that people were likely to simply give up on living if you were away for too long. It put the relationship in front of a loaded gun for both parties. They couldn’t afford to break it off from him because existing would become a living hell, and he couldn’t change his mind for any reason because it would be the same as killing them.
What kind of marriage was one built upon such fragile pillars? How could they be happy when every fight was tempered by the threat of the end of everything? What about Sahari? Could she ever pursue her own life with Nalah when she had the bond shackling her to him? How long until that became a stinging poison, rotting away the veins and arteries of her psyche? How long until death became preferable to being around him?
A strong impact to his stomach winded him, though the unnoticed hyperventilating left him little to eject as he fell to his knees. Violet clicked in surprise, the wolves backing away at the unexpected violence.
He coughed, sputtering spittle as he fought the urge to evacuate his breakfast. A pained glance up revealed Sahari still clutching a fist, her expression just as hurt.
“You hear my words and twist them, Joseph,” she chastised softly, crouching to look at him better. “We pledged our lives to you. Not because we had no choice, but because we believed you to be our future. From that moment on, our desire was to remain with you.” Her voice grew weak, almost pleading. She placed her forehead to his, the contact an intimate touch. “Your experiences may suggest our bond a prison, but for us, it is an ambrosia for our soul. It completes us like no equal. Jax and Harrow care for you immensely, Nalah and myself owe you everything that we are, and your mates will fight the Hunt Mother herself if it would mean even one more sun with you.”
He found himself speechless, wading through the emotions behind her words a syllable at a time. The feeling of Violet pressing into his back in an embrace stung as much as soothed, his mind rejecting the idea, yet so desperate to accept it.
“Do not desecrate our affections because you had been scorned by one who did not see within you that which we covet,” she implored sombrely, raw emotion oozing through the confines of speech. “Though you doubt it, none would know how much value you place in the ‘mark’ of your people more than your mates. If merely thinking about the unlikely event that they refuse tortures you so deeply, than the elation they would share with you when they agree would likely see Pan unable to contain herself for many suns after.”
He stayed on his knees, the warmth surrounding him from both sides seeping within and thawing the frozen excuses he held onto to prevent exposing himself to potential rejection. Every step of the way since he had met them, it had made him fearful of losing their company. At first, the thought of being left alone to brave the planet was too much to bear, but he would try. Now? Now he felt like he understood where the minds of those bonded Lilhuns had been. Even considering being away from his new loved ones pulled at a primal part of himself, each tug stronger than the last, each suggestion fanning the flames barricaded behind morals—the depths he would trudge to see it never come to pass.
Sahari nuzzled into his neck for a moment before parting, a somewhat satisfied smile given towards the emotionally fragile Human they had taken to depending on. He returned his own, though it was tinted with a bit of embarrassment.
Violet stepped back to allow him room to stand, the extended joint of her blade asking to be held like he did with her adoptive mother. His expression softening, he did as requested, lightly rubbing the smooth surface with his thumb. It soothed a part of him to be holding his daughter’s ‘hand’ while they watched the wolves slowly approach the front of their enclosure again, now that the momentary intensity had faded.
With a self-deprecating roll of his eyes, he nodded, promising himself to follow through with his small wish the next time the chance revealed itself. It didn’t need to be perfect, but it would be nice if it was at least private. The dull ache in his stomach would be a reminder not to second guess himself anyway.
The wolves yipped, ignoring Sahari as they moved towards the other corner. Joseph glanced at where they were focused, his curious gaze replaced by surprise, then shock.
Raine supported Faye over her shoulder, the deep gold-furred female’s breath short as she rested her weight over her brown-furred counterpart, their black leather coats dripping water onto the floor as it wrapped tightly around them, concealing their armour. A steady trickle of blood flowed from a long gash on Faye’s leg, her free arm clutching across her breast to keep her coat closed.
Without waiting for either to speak, he ran to pick up the Wraith, slinging her across his shoulders and tearing off to the base. He could barely hear Sahari over the rain and his own blood pounding through his ears, his heart hammering in his chest. Though they had established something of a clinic for minor injuries that were sustained constantly, his singular focus was getting Faye into the medbay.
Pack members cleared the way, some jumping to the side as he barrelled through the sparely populated routes between home and workplace. More than one tripped over themselves in shock, the Human never having a reason to go at a full sprint before. He was slower than a Lilhun like this, but he could make it the full distance before them. He didn’t need to slow down.
Harrow pushed open the doors to the hub, her distant expression as she examined thin ironwood tablets perking, his rapid heavy footfalls telling of his arrival before she had the chance to see him. Her eyes lit up, her brows furrowed, and a hurried pull of the door kept it open for him, all in sequence. He didn’t have the spare breath to explain or thank her.
The orange-furred female bolted across the hub, slamming into the crash-bar installed into the facilities wing entrance to force it open, only barely outpacing the Grand Hunter in his rush. She staggered to her feet behind him, rushing to collect herself and assisting in tearing the pants off of the injured female when Joseph laid her on the bed.
Modesty being the least of his concerns, he braced an arm across her pelvis to stop her hips from bucking as Harrow wiped off any dried blood to see the extent of the damage on her thigh.
“What happened?”
He tightened his hold on Faye as his friend tentatively spread the wound to check for debris. “Don’t know. Didn’t ask. Saw her bleeding, rushed her here,” he answered through deep breaths, each strike of his adrenaline-fuelled heart pressing against his lung capacity.
Harrow frowned, grabbing some sterile water to pour over the wound and picking out a stray splinter of wood that looked to be from her missing leg armour. Faye let out a small whine, but didn’t have it in her to talk yet, signs of exhaustion and pain unfocusing her eyes.
The Head of Technology—and current medical expert in the room—pursed her lips against her muzzle. “We need to stitch it. It’s too big for just healroot.”
Joseph nodded, easing his weight off the Wraith and wiping his sweat from his brow. “Pan!”
Noticing the urgency in his voice, he could hear her throw the door to the sewing room wide open and jog to the medbay, her wide eyes steeling as she assessed the situation.
“Idee with you?”
She nodded, ears turned perfectly towards him.
“One of you boil off some palm string, the other sterilize the thinnest quill you can get away stitching a wound closed with. I don’t care who, but we need one of you to close this up.” He glanced at Harrow. “Grab some alcohol. I keep a bit in the closet in my room, next to the old crossbow prototypes. We need to flush this out and kill off anything that might have gotten in.”
The orange-furred female tipped an ear in confusion as Pan took off to do as he asked. “I thought you didn’t have medical-”
“I’ve been around enough workplace injuries, okay? Go!”
His shout jolted her into action, a few steps required to gain traction as she ran out the door. Applying solid pressure to the wound with one hand, he used the other to lightly tap Faye’s cheek.
“Faye? Faye, you with me?”
Her eyes languidly turned to him, slow blinks and meaningless mouthing ceased, a soft smile forming under her pained expression. “Hello, sir.”
He exhaled a relieved huff. “Welcome home, Faye. What happened?”
She seemed confused by his question, glancing down to her leg after a few seconds. With widened eyes, she struggled to sit up, Joseph forcibly pressing her to the bed.
Stay.
All resistance disappeared in an instant, her body complying despite the obvious urgency. He hardened his expression.
“What happened?”
She breathed deeper a few times before speaking. Each word was hesitant, as if the memory was hazy and diluted, though he couldn’t tell if it was due to blood loss or exhaustion. “A large grey beast…teeth, large mouth...attacked wolves...”
His brow knitted, Faye’s coat moving. A small whine came from her again…no. Not her.
A small yellow canine head freed itself from the confines of black leather, a weak keening produced from a tiny moss-wolf. Faye looked at him guiltily, a pleading look in her eyes given as she composed herself.
“It lost its parents…”
His protest died in his voice, a distant memory of a wolf being torn in two came to mind. The time before they had even moved to the pod, let alone met the Lilhuns, him and Violet checking snares shortly after his ankle had healed. A time so long ago, yet remained with him under the surface.
“You saved this little guy, huh?” he asked gently, wincing in tandem with her own when he leaned heavier on the massive gash in her thigh. She nodded, averting her eyes. “Did you get the ‘beast?’”
Faye shook her head. “Raine lured it away, but it still remains.”
“That’s fine. You’re back, that’s all that matters right now.”
Harrow bumped into the doorway, failing to shed all of her speed as she returned from fetching a smaller container that Joseph kept in case the rest of the pack burned through their stores of alcohol. Her eyes flicked to the wolf pup before disregarding it to hand him the ethanol. He lifted his hand, Harrow pouring some water to wash off the blood. Volta would be busy later, it seemed.
Gesturing for the orange-furred female to hold the leg down, he poured the alcohol into the wound, grimacing at Faye’s pained gasp. They didn’t have anything for her to bite into, but that would be a future consideration.
Pan and Idee entered the medbay, the former moving like a machine with purpose while the visiting seamstress took a moment to size up the situation. The Paw fetched a tray from the shelf, laying out several strings of softened palm and a few thin quills, threading one and passing it to Idee. The light brown-furred female accepted it, Harrow making room as she stood next to Joseph.
Pan handed him a tough leather strip as wide as his palm. Seems like she saw the problem before he did.
“Open up,” he prodded, placing the leather between Faye’s teeth. “This is going to fucking suck. We don’t have anything to numb you, so you need to stay as still as possible, okay? I’ll be here the whole time.”
The Wraith nodded, staring at him for a moment before closing her eyes in acceptance, her grip on the pup firming.
“Want me to take the wolf?”
She lightly shook her head, him exhaling hesitantly in response. Idee readied herself, looking to him for confirmation, Pan holding Faye’s ankle flat to the bed.
“You’re good,” he responded, pressing an arm to Faye’s chest and hips to hold her down.
The deep gold-furred female managed a quiet muffled groan of pain as the quill pierced her flesh.
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He entered the hub, dropping himself on the couch and ignoring the sweat on his brow. He had only just managed to get the blood off of his hands after Idee finished, but it was still staining his clothing. Pan was off to rinse it out of her fur while Faye slept off her exhaustion. As far as they could tell, she had avoided any infection thanks to Raine half-dragging the female back to them as quickly as she did. The wolf pup was staying with her for now, since—even in her sleep—she refused to let it go. The little guy didn’t seem to be complaining, so they just left it where it was comfortable. Ferra would be by later to check it out, apparently, and he didn’t see a reason to complain; she was their animal expert.
Scarlet offered him some tea, the warm liquid whetting his pallet that had since dried. Sahari had checked on them during the process, leaving to keep anyone who had questions in the loop. Given that half the damn pack either saw or heard about the Grand Hunter running like a bat out of hell, pretty much everyone was worried. Either about some urgent threat that might befall them, or about one of the quiet servants they had grown used to seeing around.
Looked like the Wraiths had taken to offering small services and assistance to people who needed it when they didn’t have anything better to do, so the pack was curious about what had happened. It was a small blessing that the usual armour they wore when ‘on duty’ was covered by the cloaks, otherwise he would have more questions coming that he didn’t want answered.
Raine stood a few paces in front of him, her bowed posture holding a hint of fear under his unwavering stare. He waited for whoever else was going to show up for the report, Tel and Pan insisting that they be involved. Harrow followed behind the two entering from the facilities wing, either because she had gotten wrapped up in the whole thing, or because she wanted to be included.
Pan sat to his left, Tel taking a place behind him to remain standing. Harrow surprised him, her recently elusive presence firmly displaced as she dropped onto the couch to his right, her tail curling around his calf—not that she seemed to notice.
Given that both Tel and Pan trapped a limb or two with their tails regularly, he didn’t stop to put thought into it, the encapsulating appendage crossing him as a common occurrence.
“I don’t know how accurate it was, since she’s still pretty out of it, but Faye said one of those grey bear-deathtraps attacked some wolves before she stepped in to save the pup,” he opened, glancing at Scarlet. The almost black red-furred female was maintaining a surprisingly commanding presence, her attention laser-focused on Raine. The brown-furred Wraith kept her gaze fixed to the floor, too ashamed or nervous to move it.
“I apologize for her error in her stead,” she announced, the slightest of grip in her folded paws digging her claws into her skin. “The fault is also mine for not preventing her misstep. I will accept any punishment for our mistake.”
He exhaled heavily. “I’m not mad that you guys had an original thought, Raine. I’m worried about those iron-maiden-looking fucks being around again, and I’m concerned about you getting hurt.”
“Of course, sir. Forgive me for the arrogance of assuming your priorities.”
He pinched the bridge of his nose, Pan squeezing his thigh in support. Tel rested her head on his, the weight somehow comforting despite the grin at his annoyance. “We can talk about not getting yourselves killed later. Are you injured at all?”
Raine’s ear twitched. “No, sir. I am whole.”
“Good,” he sighed, nodding lightly. “That’s good. Faye’s patched up for now, but she’ll be under observation to keep on top of any possible infection. How did the ‘mission’ go?”
The Wraith perked up a bit, the conversation moving away from her perceived failure. She produced a satchel, pulling a rather thick stack of tablets from it and passing them to Scarlet, the latter ferrying them to Harrow. He thought it was an odd choice, but the orange-furred female started giving him an abbreviated translation of the text.
Line after line of transactions. What was offered and received, any debts and who owed them, as well as small notes about what should be brought next time. It was a comprehensive copy of the ledger that the trading caravan kept. His brows raised at the sheer density of information, and for them getting it from something he was only partially sure existed.
“You managed to get this much?” he asked in disbelief. “Jesus. Were you caught?”
Raine shook her head. “If we were to be seen by them, we would be nothing more than a stain against our Blademaster.”
Compliment or boasting, doing this much was damn impressive. Especially with just the two of them.
“Shit. Well, good fucking job, I guess,” he managed, still reeling a bit from the unintended scope of the task. Harrow continued to dig through the report, though stopped voicing it aloud. Joseph turned his attention back to the Wraith. “Anything else of note? Rumours?”
The Wraith grew pensive. “Though we returned partially through their return trip to Grand Hunter Pernel, we did overhear some conversations. There were discussions of other packs simply no longer occupying their settlements.”
He leaned forward in his seat, dislodging Tel as his elbows rested against his knees. “What do you mean?”
“Some of their usual trade locations were purportedly burned down, others merely abandoned. A few were apparently littered with corpses,” she explained more steadily. “From what we could gather, the reason they came to trade with our settlement at all is that the others along the way were in such states. It seems they intended to restock and head back out immediately to accommodate the loss in trading partners.”
He bit his lip as he thought about it, letting himself fall back against the couch.
“What do you guys think of it?” he asked with a glance to his mates. Pan seemed to be mirroring his own apprehension openly, while Tel kept a more serious expression.
“I believe there is something larger happening,” Tel concluded, taking a few seconds before returning to using him as a headrest. Pan nodded her agreement, but didn’t have much to add to it otherwise.
“It would explain how desperate they were for food,” he mused aloud, raising a brow when Harrow shifted to lean against him, one foot placed on the edge of the seat forcing the posture. “Any details of interest, Harrow?”
The orange-furred female jolted, only just stopping from moving her foot back to the floor before committing to using him as a backrest. She turned back-on fully, stretching her legs over the remainder of the seat and placing tablets she had finished with on her lap.
“It didn’t take very long for the methods you sold to propagate,” she responded, holding up a few of the tablets before laying them in their own pile. “Looks like Pernel has been spreading it around by buying some from places that have bows and snares to sell where they don’t.”
“Supply and demand, or arming people with the tools that would help them survive?”
“Hard to trade with the dead,” Harrow commented dryly, starting a new pile. He nodded in exaggerated fashion.
“What about the Atmo?”
She tapped the small stack she just started. “I’m trying to separate these by inventory type. Give me a bit.”
Deciding to trust the woman in charge of managing this kind of thing while she was on the ship, he glanced back to Raine, the female easily mistaken for a statue if not for the subtle sway of her breathing. “The grey-bear-thing. How far away is it?”
“Too close,” she responded firmly. “We did not get a chance to verify their numbers, but there was evidence of at least that singular beast making our territory its hunting ground.”
“Fuck,” he muttered through gritted teeth. “We’re going to need to hunt that thing down.”
Pan looked worried at the prospect, Harrow stiffened in her sorting. The Wraiths were the only ones who seemed completely at ease with the suggestion, Tel not so much as twitching. Harrow laid down the tablets she had yet to categorize, her gaze aimed at her lap.
“Joe, don’t think that taking one out is easy.”
“We have ranged weapons and more than a few people who can use them,” he pointed out with a breath. “Ideally, we go as a larger hunting party and take the damn thing down through sheer volume of fire.”
“Their skin is tough,” Harrow replied with a shake of her head, her ears pivoting back towards him. “I don’t know if our bows could pierce it as easily as we might like.”
He furrowed his brow. “So, what? Let it close in until it eats everything and starves us out? Until it thinks we look tasty?”
“I don’t know. I’m just saying that this won’t be as simple as firing a few arrows and patting ourselves on the back for a job well done.”
Joseph felt the stiffness of his brow start to hurt from how tight they were knitted. A deep breath centred his thoughts. “We’ll arrange an armoured hunting party soon. Better to take it down before it becomes an issue.”
The orange-furred female nodded, quickly leafing through the remaining tablets and only pulling two more out for the pile she indicated earlier.
“Here,” she said, tapping the stack. “These are records for trading Atmo.”
He suppressed the sigh when he genuinely tried to read the mess they called a language. “How many? Who bought them?”
She hesitated, reforming the copy of the ledger—sans the relevant tablets—and placing it on the floor. The remainder in paw, she held them up over her shoulder, Tel accepting it and going over the contents with an interested tilt of her head.
“From what I can see here, Pernel traded two hundred.”
“Two…” he squeaked, his eyes wide. “Two hundred?”
She nodded, pacing around the couch to stop in front of Pan. “It seems others heard of his willingness to barter for them. He accepted quite a few deals before selling them off again.”
“To who?”
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The door to the ship closed with a hiss, Willin shaking his head at Nav’s questioning gaze. “Nothing.”
Tech removed her CARDs, storing them in the weapons locker before shrugging off her AMR to place in its own unit. “Nothing living, anyway.”
“That bad?” Nav asked, deflating after yet another failed attempt to contact a settlement. The dark green-furred male stored his rifle, seating it into its receptacle with a click.
“Tell Comms to add another eighty to the count.”
“Four hundred eighty-two,” the purple-furred female supplied as she walked past Nav to enter the ship proper. Willin followed after, hanging his pistol holster on the side of his chair as he dropped into it.
“Thirty were covered in wounds, twenty or so were executed, twenty-five looked to have died of accumulated trauma, and the rest were found with singular cuts to the throat.”
“Not quite,” Tech remarked, interfacing with the systems. “Only eight of the ‘executed’ seem to have been done up close.”
“Sniper?” Comms asked as he entered the room, nodding his greetings and taking a seat at his station. Nav crossed their arms and leaned against the doorway as Tech Ops ran some numbers on her screen.
“Wounds are consistent with Anti Material Rifles, and debris suggest they took the ‘material’ part into consideration with their shots. There were a few holes in the buildings that didn’t quite get removed by the fires.”
“Covering evidence?” Willin mused aloud, receiving a thoughtful shake of her head.
“No, I don’t think so. My guess is that the buildings were already on fire when they did it, based on the splinters around the exit holes.”
Comms’ eyes widened in surprise. “Shooting through a burning building? That is rather impressive.”
“Blades?” Nav suggested. “Avalon is required to act against those who break the treaty, no?”
“Maybe,” Tech allowed tentatively. “If it was them, then that would explain the lack of targets.”
Willin scratched at his ear, furrowing his brow as Comms ran another scan for any communications being made. Though a few suns had passed since they had unwittingly agreed to involve themselves in what was likely the first case of war that this planet had ever seen, nothing was being sent anywhere. Regardless, the male kept the scans regular, just in case.
Nav switched the foot they were resting on. “Why not just dispose of everyone breaking the treaty?”
“Maybe they did,” Comms commented, turning back to the conversation as the program ran in the background. “Blades typically function under strict conditions. If they removed anyone who was commanding the hostile action, then they did as required of them. The moment the attack stopped, they completed the terms of the treaty.”
“Or if the Grand Hunter here surrendered and allowed their pack to be subsumed,” Willin proposed, the others glancing at him in curiosity. He waved a paw dismissively. “If everyone in the conflict becomes a single pack, then any fighting from those who still disagree with it is now an internal dispute, thus outside of the purview of the Blades. Check the notes on Grand Hunter Toril and High Hunter Bratik.”
Tech’s eyes unfocused for a moment as she accessed the system. “Avalon is forbidden from interfering with internal politics. Toril was sheltered by Bratik. Since Bratik was from outside of Toril’s pack, it counted as acting against their right to manage their own affairs. Hasen was given a perfect reason to take over, and it forced Grand Hunter Trill to exile the both of them to adhere.” She looked around the room aimlessly as she thought, her eyes snapping to Willin when he spoke.
“And a perfect loop-hole to exploit. Toril loses his supporters, Trill loses a member of his command structure, and Hasen rises in power while leaving Avalon to grit their teeth.” He shook his head, both impressed and disgusted. “Once he attacks another pack, he just forces a vassalage and subsequently executes the new High Hunter for whatever reason he wants. The Blades can’t act on a technicality.”
“So Grand Hunter Pernel….”
Willin nodded at Comms' unfinished question. “In the count.”
“There was a bit of a weird holding area,” Tech added after a moment. “Seemed like somewhere to hold livestock, but even then, it was a bit big. I’m not sure what used to be there, but tracks suggest carts left with whatever it was not long before everything went down, so probably a trade caravan.”
“Well, at least someone made it out,” Nav sighed, pushing off the wall to resume their station. “Where are we going next?”
Willin toyed with the odd silver tablet in his paw, the two unrecognizable scripts curious and alien. “The only pack left before we see what all the fuss is about. Let’s pay a visit to Grand Huntress Sunundra. Hopefully she knows something we don’t.”
Next
A/N: Been a while since we’ve had a proper A/N, huh. Welp, here’s this one. Patreon is currently set to ‘per post’ because i made the account ages ago. Waiting on support to help me switch it to monthly, then I’ll post the Silva render i have. RR is at 30k views and 100 followers.
Figured I’d ask how you guys are liking this arc, hows Willin’s team coming across, etc.
Final note: I’m thinking about rewriting the first ‘book’ so i can get it edited and published! Problem: i have no fucking clue where to cut book 1, and editors are expensive. Where should book 1 end? All i know is that I’d prob end up adding extra chapters to it, as well as lengthening the OG chaps. RR is a ‘touch-up’, not a final product, so those don’t count!
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2023.06.05 11:59 akitdom an analysis of toothless’s character throughout the trilogy

hey, everyone! this is something i’ve had in mind to do for a while now. what pushed me over the edge, though, was this post that was recently published that brought up the detail of how toothless’s tongue shape changed in httyd 2 from how it was in the first movie.
now that may seem like a small, almost meaninglessness bit of trivia, but it got me thinking about how his design changed as a whole, and then how his characterization was showed in all three movies (keep in mind, i’m sticking to the movies here, not the shows).
in the first movie, toothless fully resembles a dangerous, apex predator: his features are sharper, he’s sleeker and more aerodynamic, which subconsciously makes us understand how alien he is to civilization and how truly terrifying he can be. his initial characterization reflects this: while he spares hiccup—showing that he’s not a mindlessly driven creature—he still appears untrusting, aggressive and scary. as the movie progresses, we can understand that part of it was, without a doubt, born out of his own fear of the situation he was in: his character and arc are a perfect mirror of hiccup’s own.
both of them are scared of the other (toothless moreso because of the situation he’s in because of his tailfin, but you get the idea), but are also incredibly curious. hiccup keeps going back to him, and toothless never overtly pushes him away or scares him off completely.
the forbidden friendship sequence is when everything truly changes. toothless goes from someone we see as a scared animal to an incredibly complex, intelligent being that is willing and wants to see more of hiccup’s world. showing hiccup trust in the form of placing his snout in his hand is still a display of character that hasn’t been matched again, to me.
in the first movie, toothless represents the bridge between dragons and humans, as hiccup represents the one between humans and dragons. both of them realize the others are beautiful beings that do not deserve the “war” that has been raging for hundreds of years.
now. in the second and third film, toothless’s design changes. not in a drastic way, but in one that wouldn’t be noticed by general audiences unless it was pointed out to them. his features become blockier, his brows get more pronounced and his face gets rounder, his eyes become bigger and he overalls become more "friendly". you could see this as a visual display of how he's changed, i.e. going from hiccup's "foil" to best friend, but i sincerely doubt that was the intention. in my mind, they decided to accentuate his cuteness and playfulness, since that is something that people went crazy over in the last movie (rightfully so, he is very cute!), but made him become... just that. the cuteness, the "aww" moments, are most of what he has for the second film, until the he snaps out of the alpha's mind control thanks to his bond with hiccup, and we get the amazing challenging the alpha sequence. but two good scenes can't really be defined "characterization".
the third movie is where it gets a bit complicated. because toothless does get a lot of characterization and an arc in this one, but it's been a point of contention for a while whether it's good characterization or not. he falls in love quickly, something that despite what you think of the light fury (i mean, i don't even like her) does appear to be in character, as he displays the same blind curiosity that drove him closer to hiccup in the first movie. he decides to become king of dragons even quicker, though, and that's where problems start to arise for me. he'd never displayed any drive or desire to lead dragons, in any of the previous movies (you could point to him becoming the alpha in the second one, but he'd always seemed to moreso accept the role than directly seek it out), which becomes even more jarring when that, paired with a sub-par romance plot where we don't really care about his other half, become his main drives that lead him to abandoning humans--but, more importantly, hiccup.
toothless's desire to protect his best friend, and the love he displays for humanity (once he gets closer to it) were his main points of character. and i do understand that the switch he experiences in the third movie could be seen as a realistic portrayal of someone finding something greater to fight for, and a different drive in life, but to me it was too much, and too late. if they wanted to have him leave feel like a natural progression of his character, they should have committed to it beforehand. maybe create a fourth film to tie it off nicely, i don't know, but it simply feels like they wanted to have the end of the novels (i.e., the dragons leaving) without committing fully to it--and toothless was one of the things that suffered the most from it.
anyways, whew, that was long! i apologize, and i hope this was understandable. english isn't my first language, so do point out any mistakes that i made, and tell me whether you agree or not! do any of you like how he was portrayed in the final film? i'm very curious to hear.
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2023.06.05 11:58 storabee I have been questioning my gender identity lately

Honestly I feel like my whole life I have been trying to get away from being labeled as a girl. I like when people use gender neutral pronouns for me but I don’t know if its because of me being the only girl of my family and my dad making comments about women being fundamentally different and hating that idea or if I really have been feeling some type of dysphoria. I just hated being treated differently then my brothers. I hated the idea of growing up and being called a lady or woman or mrs but I was okay with girl or miss. I also liked being called a tomboy but I definitely did like “girly” things and engaging in stuff that was “for girls” and I think I would not claim it proudly just so I wasn’t doing what was expected. But I also wouldn’t let myself do stuff that was “for boys” either. And in general I always felt the most comfortable and confident in gender neutral clothes.
Another thing is I have never looked at a boy or my brothers and felt sad that my body didn’t look like theirs but when I hit puberty I hated my chest. Ever since I have been hiding it and I hate the attention it could bring and how it looks in the clothes I like or feel like I would like to wear if I didn’t have them. Honestly I think I would wear way more femme clothes if they weren’t so prominent. It’s the thing I hate most about my body.
All of these things have really confused me with my identity. Lately I have been thinking about how much more comfortable I would be with she/they pronouns but that makes me really nervous to admit like idk I feel like maybe I am just making it up. And I probably have some internalized homophobia about the idea because of my family and the things I used to believe about gender. I just have a hard time discerning if I have been just trying to distance myself bc of how I saw women being treated differently as I have grown up or if I really am feeling some type of dysphoria. And if it is dysphoria is it about identity or more about expression?
Has anyone else had this experience or have any advice?
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2023.06.05 11:54 NovelOriginal1768 How do you all think vol RWBY would react to Bloodborn?

I think it be funny as A they have no idea what it truly means to be a huntsmen(huntress)as yes sometimes team's capture and try to not kill anyone though I bet they be horrified by the "things"that lurk in the world of yharnam that may even be worse then grimm queen seeing the hunter slaughter the towns people that are infected killing beasts and even fellow hunters who fallen go the madness though vol 1-4 the team Rwby(back when they think and fight etc)might be worthy foes to any Grimm human or beast but what your guys thoughts?
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2023.06.05 11:53 UssoPalain Complete Analysis of the Anya Teaser

Complete Analysis of the Anya Teaser

Anya Woke up and chose violence
Hello, it's me back at it again for an Analysis of the Anya Melfissa Teaser. Like always im not a native english speaker so pardon any gramatical error on my part.
If you like those analysis i've got some for precedent teaser linked below. I wont reapeat what i've said on those one.
And please if you have any theory, correction or idea tell me in the comment i'd love to discuss those with you.
Additionaly this Analysis is going to be a bit shorter than the others since there is a bit less to talk about here. But i've still done my best to get you the Maximum out of this image. (also i dont know shit in Indonesian culture so i this i'm going to make some big mistakes sorry)
ID gen 1 Analysis : https://www.reddit.com/holocure/comments/13mto9g/analysis_of_the_id_gen_1_tease
Ollie Analysis : https://www.reddit.com/holocure/comments/13pokqy/analysis_of_the_ollie_tease
Reine Analysis : https://www.reddit.com/holocure/comments/13utm8l/complete_analysis_of_the_reine_tease
Anya Teaser : https://twitter.com/HoloCureGame/status/1665580255149707266
Anya Teaser
let's start with things not related to Anya in particular :
- Bandana Again
Again
It's the 3rd time we see this item and each time it gain a Lv, and we still don't know if Lv3 is the max.

Things related to Anya in particular :
  • Weapon
The Keris
The inspiration is obviously from the fact that Anya is a Living Keris with Human Form. (Her Lore : https://hololive.hololivepro.com/en/talents/anya-melfissa/)
Example of a real Keris (or Kris)
Gameplay wise we have Absolutly Nothing. No Visual, No damage (we know it's Lv6 but it doesn't help)
We can try to guess the fonctionnement, The Keris is a Dagger so we can expect a short range, also it has a similar fontion to a sword so we can compare it to sword already in the game, so maybe a slash motion in front similar to Kiara main weapon, also most likely aim dependant weapon.

  • Special
https://preview.redd.it/bbbyfzw8164b1.jpg?width=97&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=53dfe717fecbccbb1762c908f84f57c679d5dd7b
This is heu... Anya silouhette T-posing with a Wave in the middle ? Maybe she is tranforming in a kris for like a flurry attack ? (like Fubuki storm but she is invicible during it?)
We cannot know the cooldown since it has most likely been activated before this screenshot (almost 6min and not charged) Sorry i have nothing else.

  • Skills
2 Skills this time and they are most likely tied to the effects around Anya Sprite.
The Missaligned Circle and the sleeping effect (ZZZ)
The First Skill is the Pillow :
Comfy sleep
This one is also inspired by Anya lore, Her lore Says that she is Always either Asleep or playing games, also one of her Dream is " To work hard and convince YAGOO to make a personal and BIG sleep place that I can sleep at without any care about the outside world." so a pillow is good symbolism to represent all of that.
(Also from : https://hololive.hololivepro.com/en/talents/anya-melfissa/)
Gamplay wise the Pillow is likely tied to the ZZZ, but i dont see how sleep can be an advantage. Since it's in general in game, sleep is a bad thing on your character. (except if you play jigglypuff in smash)
Also it's a stack based skill with a cooldown on the stacks. (we dont know the cooldown could be 1sec or 15sec)
Maybe the stack of pillow are actually a debuff and you need to wake up Anya (having no stacks) to have her at full power, or it could be the exact opposite where she is more powerful while sleeping.
I've seen people say Anya could activate and get benfits from this skill by simply being AFK. (potential couch potato monster)

I'm 1 hour in the Analysis and my dumbass just noticed that all the ennemy on the map have a speed debuff, this could be the doing of this skill. (this is the only skill that kinda make sense to inflict speed debuff)
Everyone is slowed
Since in theory this skill require you to stand still, slowing the ennemy speed would help you to stand still for a longer period of time before getting hit.
The effect also seems permanant it's not just a debuff applied to ennemy on screen, since the ennemies appearing from the side of the screen come already debuffed. The debuff already in game also have limited time and can run out, so maybe the debuff is active only when Anya is immobile, and instantly goes away when she moves.
For the stacks and the timer, Maybe AFKing will build up the stacks and moving will stop the build up and activate the timer, so you need to "take a sleep (being immobile)" to recharge the skill.

The second Skill :
That Fubu-chun is making this complicated to see
Like the pillow, this one is a stack based skill with a cooldown on the stacks, and we still dont know the cooldown.
https://preview.redd.it/n92vopkh464b1.jpg?width=135&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=f2f27659ebcd3c2b7f952895d9688bfdd65e8ecc
This is Maybe the skill tied to the Circle around Anya, well there is no other skill so it's the only option left and it doesn't really make sense since we don't know th effect of the skill.
The Icon seem to also be a Keris but crossed with someting else. My guess is it's crossed with a sheathe of a Keris.
Keris from a Museum in the Netherlands
(From this Wikipedia Page : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kris It's a really intersting read if you have the time)
Since the icon is the Kris maybe the stack is tied to the number of kills ? Aside from that the skill doesn't really tell us anything else on his fonctionnement.


And that's all for me thank you so much for reading ! My 3 last Analysis on all the ID members got filtered by reddit so it didn't really got much attention it could be very cool if you can check them, i linked them a the top. I really hope this one pass this time i dont want to bother the moderators again. (and tell me your theory and guess in the comment i love to read about how wrong i am)
3 more to go !
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2023.06.05 11:48 Illustrious_Turnip46 FML: Spironolactone Withdrawal Effects for Almost 1 Year

Hi All,
I took Spironolactone for 12 weeks in 2022. It was prescribed to me to treat hormonal acne. Due to side effects, I had to stop. 72 hours after my last dose, I experienced a sensation of thick mucus, chronic throat clearing, sore chest, dry cough for almost a year now. It's as IF I'm still on this dehydrating medication, and is getting worse and worse as time goes on. Does ANYONE have any sort of idea about how to reverse this or what mechanism of action is causing this? It's making me want to kill myself and end the pain but I keep hoping the answer is out there.
I have ruled out allergies, acid reflux, asthma, mediastinal masses, interstitial lung disease, etc.
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2023.06.05 11:46 SleepingMonads Resources for Learning about Time and Time Travel

As an enthusiast of the study of time and science fiction, I've read a lot of books and watched a lot of videos over the years that have dealt with the philosophy, physics, psychology, neuroscience, and fictional explorations of time and time travel. Along the way, I kept a list of resources that I found to be particularly insightful and entertaining, and so below is that list in case any of you are looking for recommendations for some good books and other resources regarding these topics. This list is by no means comprehensive; it's simply a collection of material I've personally learned from and enjoyed. Others are welcome to supplement it with their own recommendations in the comments below.
Philosophy of Time and Time Travel:
Science and History of Time and Time Travel:
Time Travel in Fiction:
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2023.06.05 11:46 Illustrious_Turnip46 34F Sore Chest is Ruining my Life

Hi All,
34F, BMI normal range, depression and anxiety, no current medications, I have not drank over the last two years but had a short phase when I smoked weed in my 20s.
I took Spironolactone for 12 weeks in 2022. It was prescribed to me to treat hormonal acne. Due to side effects, I had to stop. 72 hours after my last dose, I experienced a sensation of thick mucus, chronic throat clearing, sore chest, dry cough for almost a year now. It's as IF I'm still on this dehydrating medication, and is getting worse and worse as time goes on. Does ANYONE have any sort of idea about how to reverse this or what mechanism of action is causing this? It's making me want to kill myself and end the pain but I keep hoping the answer is out there.
I have ruled out allergies, acid reflux, asthma, mediastinal masses, interstitial lung disease, etc.
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2023.06.05 11:43 sunnydays315 Need advice. I have a terrible manager.

For context: I've been with wegmans for 6 years and I am in grad school.
I returned back to bakery this summer after being away for grad school. My old manager was great, new one is terrible. They are very passive aggressive. They tried to force me to go into another department behind my back. Im in class right now and asked for my hours to reduced for several weeks and I kept getting ignored. There's a lot of other stuff involved, but this manager is terrible. They have people stay late, do things outside of their assigned tasks, treat people badly, and denies time off or let's availability requests expire.
I dont know what to do. I am miserable. I'll graduate next spring and I will be doing a paid internship come August (won't be making a lot of money tho). Transferring isn't an option since I will only be at wegmans till late August. Not sure what other department I could go into either. I like bakery but this manager is making life hell. I am scheduled for more hours than I mentally can handle this week with 4 classes going on. Can anyone give any advice? Part of me really wants to quit but I know that might not be a good idea.
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2023.06.05 11:40 makosh22 I think i found out why so many ppl are so desperate and lonely: they just don't know how to be polite and respect othetr ppl's borders and got backfired for this.

Just recently I've had some noses flicked as those noses' owners were rude and made demands instead of polite requests. And those ppl gort very offended "How dare you treat us like that!". Well, i just paid with the same coin you used with me. So, what's wrong?
And this is wrong: too many ppl these days behave rudely and demanding while expecting to be treated with greaaaat respect and care. Well, it could work out if you are big boss or another person of power but when you play a prince/princess with your peers - what did you expect? The funny thing is that these ppl don't feel when they are rude themselves but are extremely sensitive when they are treated in the same disrespectful way.
So if there are too many rude and aggresive ppl around, probably it could be a good idea to look at yourself and see who you really are. It could turn out that you are the main center of aggression and other ppl just return it to you.
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2023.06.05 11:40 bangsphoto How many of you are concerned with AI affecting or 'taking over' your jobs here in Singapore?

Since jobs seems to always be a hot topic, and with generative AI now at a level of automation never before seen, I figured it'll be a good time to discuss about it here.
For me doing photography, it'll definitely be a concern. Funny enough, I dreamt about having the tech for the longest time to create works of art I have in my head, but never the skill or time to master them. Especially useful for me also when trying to source for content for pitch decks & moodboards, midjourney is very helpful when the images don't exist on Pinterest, or the alternative is photobashing something in photoshop.
I had wanted to study concept art drawing prior to apps like midjourney or stable diffusion, mostly because I'm a fan of seeing concept art, but also it'll help me in my own line of work doing commercial and portrait photography with some level of pre-visualisation.
Now that the apps are here, I see little point in having to study it, not that I don't find it any less important, but for me personally, the apps fulfilled my own goals without having to fork out the money to study for it so intensively. If I'm in a place and time where I can potentially afford to do so, then sure.
I won't deny that what midjourney can create is impressive and scary. Lifelike generated art of people, scenery and products will likely upend certain markets, or create even lesser demand for certain areas.
Markets like stock images, corporate portraits (I'm in this as well so it'll affect me), fine art photography (again another area I'm in) and even product photography (there are apps now that can put products on a white backdrop without the need of professional photography equipment) will very likely be disrupted. Why pay more for these particular areas when you can generate it with AI? That will certainly be the direction some will have.
The likely last to be affected will probably be events, wedding photography and photojournalism because unless we have another pandemic or some world ending scenario, events will always be happening. People want actual authentic photos of what happened. Of course that isn't gonna stop people from using AI, but probably to fix screw ups like blurry shots, sharpening etc.
Beyond that, I could see art markets like artstation, deviantart and countless of online illustrators, voice artists, animators having their careers affected. Concept art painters are only maybe needed for final concept works, and earlier illustrations made with stuff like midjourney. Storyboard artists would probably be one of the most likely career to be most affect imo, because production houses can just generate it in an instant.
I know writers will especially be affected by apps like ChatGPT. Companies will probably just have internal editors to just chatgpt articles rather than hire freelance writers for such roles.
And also the office jobs as well, probably people in administration roles will be affected, especially when it's simple scheduling of tasks, spreadsheets etc.
For me, I will work with it rather than going against it. I know, and know several friends who vehemently deny using AI for their work, that it isn't representative of the artist work. While I don't fully agree, I see where they come from.
I've used midjourney to help me with generating moodboards, chatgpt for write ups, and then I'll edit it to become my own content, but I would let people know that they've been used. I would only use it in the context of helping me draft ideas and concepts for me, and never use it to represent my work. I think its a little ridiculous to say 'I've made it!' When really you just made prompts in midjourney.
Or perhaps, if it does take over my work, I'll be happy to just change my career to something else. No point arguing, at least in my opinion if something does a better job than I do. Automation in the history of humanity had always taken and create jobs, so I don't think this would be any different. Better to adapt than to become someone who's jaded and angry about how technology made you redundant (at least imo)
Or maybe we'll have a resurgence, with how people still want authentic works of art rather than something machine made. Like how film is making some comeback right now.
I guess if it disrupt enough jobs in a capitalist market, some form of UBI will probably emerge.
So, what about you? Would like to hear your opinions.
Tl;Dr: I am concerned as a photographer who's works may be affected, but I've also used it to help me. If the time comes where it's taken over, I'll move on.
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2023.06.05 11:36 ZeldaNut93 Potential sequel?

So there's a lot of talk around a sequel to Hogwarts Legacy. While not officially confirmed as far as I know, it would be in their best interests, I think, to use it to expand on the gameplay ideas, and the unfinished story things that happened.
I think Hogwarts Legacy was rushed in some aspects. So much was picked up, touched on, and never brought up again. Like curing Anne. Or the consequences of your decision in the final repository.
I would love it if it was a direct sequel, picking up right after the house cup.
Professor black knows what happened, and realizes how his hindrance of Niamh Fitzgerald's trial could have lead to dire ramifications for Hogwarts itself. So he reaches out to you, and allows you access to the map chamber over the summer, where you can control that ancient magic further.
Instead of just throwing things, full on levitation. Instead of the ancient magic finisher, you can fully harmess that ancient magic lightning from your wand. You can transfigure enemies at will. You can choose how it affects your target, instead of it being random.
Fast forward, and now the next school year starts.
Sebastian is either in Hogwarts, or has correspondence with you outside of it after being exonerated, claiming self defense, but still not allowed back in hogwarts. If you didn't turn him in, he's still wanting to find a cure for Anne, but he will not touch dark magic with a 10 foot pole after everything that's happened. If you turned him in, he holds resentment towards you, and becomes an active antagonist towards you. Believing you betrayed him.
Natty has a renewed focus to help her friends, and fight evil... feeling bolstered at enduring a Crucio blast, and realizing how much good she's done. She'd be well on her way to being a first class auror.
Poppy would be a lot more focused on all magical creatures. Even potentially dangerous ones, like the spiders. She'd be working on ways to contain and care for the dangerous creatures as well. Leading to an escape, maybe?
Amit plays a much bigger role, being the fourth ravenclaw companion. After realizing he doesn't know as much about Gobledegook as he thought, he commits to talking with friendly goblins and learning all he can. Under permission from the ministry, knowing what Ranrok did and why he did it, they allow Amit to share some simple potions. Like wiggenweld. Or Edurus. Things that would help them survive an attack. In exchange, Amit is building bridges, with mixed results. Some are grateful to be treated with respect. Others are suspicious. But it's a start.
And so, with these characters in place... I would love to see some consequences for the choice with the repository. Like, if you kept it secret, you gain the respect of the keepers, and since no one knows, you're a force to be reckoned with in combat. If you broke it open, the keepers refuse to help you. But they will chastise you a lot. This also means though that your existing ancient magic is boosted by a lot. So instead of versatility, you have raw power.
I would love to see more flying and ground mounts, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Yes, hippogriff. Yes, thestral. But maybe draw from some of the ones from Fantastic Beasts? Or how about a dragon as a mount? Poppy being able to help you connect with these creatures would be great. Maybe an Acromantula mount?
A direct sequel could remedy the issues of the first game, and fully flesh out what they started. I can foresee some great things from it if they play their cards right. An open world harry potter game is an insane idea, and having this level of freedom, like being able to jump on your broom basically whenever, or riding a mount whenever, or going basically wherever, casting any spell you like, whenever... its an awesome concept that could be explored so, so much further. Not just from a story perspective but also a gameplay perspective. Especially when you factor in ancient magic. An unexplored aspect of Harry Potter.
I'd like to see some other ideas. But I'm convinced they could have something truly spectacular here
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