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2023.05.28 05:51 Proletlariet Zaheer

Respect Zaheer

You think that freedom is something you can give or take on a whim. But to your people, freedom is just as essential as air. And without it there is no life. There is only darkness.
History: Recruited into the Red Lotus as a teenager, Zaheer became one of the most dogged followers of the the group's philosophies before becoming its leader. Zaheer rescued the young P'Li from a warlord holding her captive, recruited her into the group, and involved himself ina lifelong romance with her. A student of the ancient Guru Laghima, Zaheer was a master martial artists and a deadly threat even without bending abilities.
Zaheer's deadliness became only further enhanced after developing airbending following Harmonic Convergence. Though he was imprisoned for 13 years following a failed attempt to kidnap the Avatar, Zaheer's newfound abilities allowed him to free himself and 3 of his cohorts. After assassinating the Earth Queen and almost killing the Chief of the Southern Water Tribe, Zaheer's successes were rendered bittersweet by the death of P'Li in battle.
P'Li's death allowed Zaheer to "let go [his earthly tether, and enter the void," and he became the second person in history to master the art of flight. Though the fulfillment of Laghima's philosophy was a great success for Zaheer, and he nearly completed his goal of ending the Avatar Cycle, he ultimately failed and was imprisoned for his crimes. When he was last seen he guided Avatar Korra in the spiritual arts, seeking to help her dethrone the dictator Kuvira who undid all his progress toward anarchy.
Powers: Considered a master martial artist even before gaining the ability to airbend, Zaheer's powers further enhanced his martial skills. He quickly mastered airbending itself, and became one of the only people in history to master self-sustained flight. He was also a master of the spiritual arts, able to enter the Spirit World on command and retaining unprecedented degrees of control.
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2023.05.28 05:50 Proletlariet Red Lotus

The Red Lotus

"We lucky few, this band of brothers and sisters in anarchy, are witnessing the beginning of an era of true freedom. Together, we will forge a world without kings and queens, without borders or nations, where Man's only allegiance is to himself and those he loves. We will return to the true balance of natural order. "
Origins: The Red Lotus are an anarchist splinter group whose founder, Xai Bau, separated from the Order of the White Lotus following the Hundred Year War.
History: Seeking to topple the divide not only between peoples and nations, but between that of the world and the Spirit World, the Red Lotus initially planned to release the ancient spirit of chaos Vaatu from imprisonment in the Tree of Time. When their member Unalaq betrayed their order in order to claim Vaatu's power for himself in becoming the Dark Avatar, their leader Zaheer realized the importance of ending the Avatar Cycle once and for all.
Many of the core members were imprisoned following a failed attempt to kidnap Avatar Korra as a child, but escaped more than a decade later when Harmonic Convergence granted Zaheer the gift of airbending. Once Zaheer released his fellows, Ghazan, Ming-Hua, and P'Li, the quartet wreaked havoc throughout the world as they assassinated Earth Queen Hou-Ting, toppled the walls of Ba Sing Se, destroyed the Northern Air Temple, and very nearly succeeded in ending the Avatar Cycle.







As the truth seer and top advisor for the city of Zaofu, the metalbender Aiwei had a privileged position in a high society he held nothing but contempt for. After betraying the city's trust in a failed plot to kidnap Korra, Aiwei made his escape where Team Avatar followed. Convening with Zaheer in the Spirit World, the airbender tossed Aiwei into the Fog of Lost Souls where he was never seen from again.

Unnamed members

The Red Lotus called a few unnamed members to their aid in their most precious hour when they sought to end the Avatar Cycle once and for all.


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2023.05.28 05:10 BrownTown427 Inside The Doctor's Office - Episode X: The Impurity Of Decision Making

In the last episode, we saw Dr. Logan Wright meet quite the colorful cast of individuals. From WWE superstar Logan Paul to the beautiful bird known as Logan Flight, the Symposium of the Logang was certainly a fascinating place to be. And now, with IWF superstar “Lumberjack” Logan Lawrence motivating him to stop being so passive, FBE’s Resident Doctor looks to be on the Wright path towards becoming the most focused man he can… without the distractions of his demons…

Blitz XX: Paddy Murphy vs. Dr. Logan Wright
We’ve reached the ten minute mark of this match, and after Paddy drills the Doctor with a To Cork and Back, he starts rising to his feet. However, from the outside, we hear Sensei trying to drill something into his student:

“Paddy-san… Rememberuhhh… Target the headuhhhh…”

With that last piece of advice resonating in his own head, Paddy starts getting ready for perhaps the final sequence of the match, a Give It Some Welly ready to be hit. However, Logan also happened to hear the wisdom from Sensei, dodging the big boot to the face. He gets behind Murphy, quickly dropping him with a Relax and Eat Some (German) Soup-lex. Instead of going for another move however, Wright’s gaze shifts to the outside. He exits the ring, staring a dagger through Sensei:

“Why exactly did you tell him to target my head?”

Sensei backs up a bit, but as he does so, a crumpled up piece of paper he was holding falls to the floor. He tries to pick it back up, but Wright beats him to it, revealing it to be…the stolen medical form from his office… the information regarding his head pains. Wright looks at the paper, a calm expression on his face initially, but slowly, he loses his cool. His hands ball up into fists, his face turns a bit red…and he mouths to Sensei:

“You shouldn’t have taken that.”

Wright gets back into the ring, and though Paddy has risen to his feet by this point, Logan drops him with the Whiplash sling blade. FBE’s Resident Doctor stares at his currently downed opponent, and realizes it’s time for a medical procedure…how about a Facial Reconstruction! Wright begins stomping on Paddy’s face, knocking him unconscious, before finally putting an end to the assault with the PDF Kamigoye.

Dr. Logan Wright def. Paddy Murphy via pinfall

As the ref raises Dr. Logan Wright’s hand, the crowd begins…booing? Wright looks around, confused at the negative reaction. I didn’t cheat, I just found a way to win the match. I didn’t do anything wrong… did I? As he heads into the backstage area, he’s quickly approached by a young-looking intern, a microphone in his hand:
Reporter: “Hello, my name is Ryan St. Brown, and I’m with the-”
Logan Wright: “Hang on, your last name is St. Brown? Are you related to Amon-Ra by chance?
Reporter: “No relation.”
Logan Wright: “That’s disappointing. But go ahead, ask your question.”
Reporter: “We just saw you pick up a strong victory over one of FBE’s fan favorites in Paddy Murphy. However, at the end of the match, you clearly looked more agitated than usual, and some would say you used more force than was needed to win-”
Logan Wright: “Are you one of the people saying that?”
Reporter: “Well, I…uh…”
Logan Wright: “Look, I like Paddy and Sensei. But at the same time, they took privileged medical information from me. Sure, maybe I shouldn’t have used that PDF at the end…but should I regret using one of my standard maneuvers to win a match? No, and I don’t. Next question.”
Reporter: “Ok, fair enough. You’re doing well in the Shining Light League right now, and I have to ask: if you were to win the whole thing, who would you challenge?
Logan Wright: “I don’t like dealing with hypotheticals. I much prefer diagnosing current problems with all the information at my disposal. So I’m not answering that.”
Reporter (muttering): “Man, you’re a lot more boring in person than I thought you would be. Your answers suck.”
This comment draws the ire of Wright, who moves closer towards the reporter.
Reporter: “What? Prove me wrong. Give me a message that’s actually worthwhile, and I’ll be more than happy to rescind that comment.”
Logan Wright: “I know you’re just looking for a soundbite to try and further your career, but you’ve got my attention. Ask away.”
Reporter: “Are you the best pure rules competitor in FBE?”
Logan Wright: “You’re damn right I am. They call Inferno Baba Blitz? They ought to call me Da-Da Blitz, because all these wrestlers gunning for my title… THEY’RE CHILDREN COMPARED TO ME!”
The reporter gives a sly smirk as he walks away, having gotten what he needed. Meanwhile, Wright finds a nearby chair to sit on, putting his head down. However, his moment of silence is soon interrupted by a familiar voice:
Jared Gallagher: “Weird night for you, eh?”
Wright looks up to see his once-cameraman and friend moving towards him. However, with the doctor’s tumultuous year, their relationship became more strained, not having spoken for a while…until now.
Logan Wright: “That’s one way of putting it.”
There’s a bit of an awkward silence for a few moments, as neither man initially wants to speak. Eventually though, Gallagher gains his composure:
Jared Gallagher: “Look, I know you probably don’t wanna speak to me-”
Logan Wright: “Then maybe you should stop talking.”
Jared Gallagher: “Ok fine, but let me ask you something first: what were you doing with that last remark to the reporter? It wasn’t as cool as it likely sounded in your head.”
Logan Wright: “I was doing a play on words, what’s confusing about it?”
Jared Gallagher: “Yeah, but you do realize “Baba” translates to “father” too? So instead of being clever, you were essentially just rehashing Inferno’s nickname.”
Logan Wright: “Fuck.”
Jared Gallagher: “Forget about that though, I wanted to talk to you about something else. I heard from a little birdie that you were taking advice from Logan Lawrence.”
Logan Wright: “Logan Flight ratted on me? I knew he couldn’t be trusted.”
Jared Gallagher: “That’s not the birdie I meant…you know what, forget it. I just want you to understand that being overly aggressive isn’t the key to success. You’ve already been good up to this point, don’t lose your true self by being more of a jackass.”
Logan Wright: “Yeah, being good is fine…but I don’t wanna just be “good” anymore. I wanna be great. I want to prove myself as the pillar of something, and pure rules is the best chance I have at that. But relax, I don’t wanna just be an asshole for the sake of being one either.”
Jared Gallagher: “Ok, that’s fine. But if you want to improve… What's your next move? Gonna do some training with the rest of the Ark? Maybe ask your medical colleagues for some more dieting tips?
Logan briefly thinks about the suggestions, before he remembers something that Sensei told him…
Logan Wright: “No, I have a better idea… I’m going to Nepal.”
And with that, Dr. Wright starts heading towards the exit, a smile on his face, while Jared Gallagher is just left confused. He never even said why he was going there, what in the world is he doing…

One Week Before Unbreakable V: Kathmandu, Nepal
After a long trip, Logan Wright has finally made it into the heart of the Himalayan Mountains. He gets out of the car, paying and thanking the driver who escorted him from the airport to get to this point. He reaches into his pocket, grabbing the “business” card that led him to this location. He stares at it for a few moments, glancing up and down to make sure he’s in the right place. Yep, this is the one…
In front of Dr. Wright stands a worn-down house. It's small, with what looks to be only one story, and the white color is wearing away like the wooden beams supporting it. There’s a window near the front door, but a set of blinds are covering it up. As Logan approaches the entry-way, he smells a distinct odor of soup. Taking a breath, he knocks on the door. As he does so, a crash of glass can be heard on the other side, and there’s some momentary yelling before a tired-looking individual opens the door.
???: “May I help you?”
Logan Wright: “Hello, my name is Logan Wright. I’ve been informed that an incredibly wise teacher of medicine and healing resides here…”
???: “You’re correct, but he’s not seeing anyone today. Come back another time…”
Logan Wright: “Wait, I really need this. And I think I know one of his friends, they pointed this place out to me.”
???: “What’s the name of this friend?”
Logan Wright: “He’s known as Sensei-”
This yelling from inside the house startles Wright, and the man at the doorway sighs, motioning for Logan to come in. As the doctor does so, he glances around the house, immediately noticing the kitchen area. Sitting at a table there is an older gentleman, with a pair of glasses on and a cane at his side, Logan quickly realizing he’s blind. The man from the doorway points for Logan to sit down with him, and Wright obliges, positioning himself in the chair next to the old individual.
Logan Wright: “Hello sir, it’s a pleasure to meet-”
Wright briefly cringes at the yelling of the individual, looking back with a confused look on his face to the figure near the door. He notices a nametag on the figure he hadn’t seen before, reading “Bibek”.
Bibek: “Yeah, don’t worry about that. He’s blind and almost deaf, he needs to speak loudly to make himself sure he’s actually talking. Oh, and he said, “Hello, it is very nice to meet you. My name is Blogan Bite.”
Logan Wright: “Wait, why are you translating for him? He’s speaking directly to me, I know what he’s saying.”
Bibek: “Oh, just so the readers of this episode actually have a clue as to what’s going on.”
Logan Wright: “Wait what readers… oh, we’re doing another fourth wall break, gotcha.”
Blogan Bite: “Y HOV U CUHMM HEAR?”
Bibek: (“Why have you come here?”)
Logan Wright: “I’m looking for some advice. For a while now, I’ve felt an inner conflict in my emotional state and my moral compass. I want to be more aggressive, to try and be the best…but I don’t want to abandon the roots of my existence that helped shape me into who I am. Do you have any advice?”
Bibek: (“Hmmm… A tough problem indeed.”)
Suddenly, Blogan reaches towards his side, reaching into a bag. He shakes it around for a bit, before pulling out something from inside. He triumphantly slams it onto the table, before pushing it towards Dr. Wright. Logan looks at it for a few moments, an incredulous look on his face.
Logan Wright: “Why exactly are you… what is… what do you expect me to do with a copy of Fire and Ice by Robert Frost?
Bibek: (“He is a great poet. Take inspiration from him.”)
Logan Wright: “So… let me get this straight: your solution to my problem is…writing fucking poetry?
Bibek: (“Watch your language young man. Poetry is a beautiful thing.”)
Logan Wright: “Yeah but…surely there’s something that’s more suitable for my situation?”
Bibek: (“I am afraid not. The bag has spoken.”)
Logan Wright: “Wait, do you just reach in the bag and randomly pull out an object for everyone that comes in?”
Bibek: (“Of course. What else would I do?”)
Logan Wright: “Ok, I think we’re done here. Thank you for this… attempt at a recommendation. You’re truly one of the people I’ve ever met.”
As Logan gets up, Blogan extends a hand. Reluctantly, Wright shakes it, before heading to the doorway, acknowledging Bibek, and leaving the worn-down house. As he heads towards the street, he’s just left to ponder what transpired. That was dumb… traveling thousands of miles instead of just doing training was rather pointless. But as he gets in the car, ready to go back to the airport, another set of thoughts come over him. You know what…maybe I can make the best out of this situation…maybe writing poetry actually can do me some good…

Day Before Unbreakable V: Dr. Wright’s Office
With just 24 hours until Unbreakable, Jared Gallagher and Charles Crandall figure Wright is busy with training, or if nothing else, his medical work. However, they’re surprised to receive an invite to his office, and though Gallagher tries to ask him what it’s about, he gets no answer. It frustrates him, but he figures it must be important, so after grabbing a quick bite with Charles, they head over to the office. By this point in time, Crandall is fairly quiet, his eyes becoming increasingly purple for longer periods of time and Wrogan slowly and quietly influencing his personality, but the time to reveal that isn’t here…yet.
When they reach the hall outside the office, they’re surprised to see Logan standing in the doorway, a smile on his face. He invites them in, even having an assortment of pastries and desserts on the table for his friends to snack on. While Jared is quick to grab a danish, he’s also quick to raise eyebrows at this behavior.
Jared Gallagher: “Logan, what is all this for? This feels…too nice…
Logan Wright: “What, a man can’t just happen to invite his friends over for some delicious treats?”
Jared Gallagher: “You’re not fooling anyone man, just tell us why we’re here.”
Logan Wright: “Ok fine, you got me. The reason you’re here today… I wanted you to be the first screenings of my first-ever poem!”
Though Crandall is wearing sunglasses, he and Gallagher are quick to shoot each other a glance of confusion.
Jared Gallagher: “What?”
Logan Wright: “That’s right, when I went to Nepal, the man I met recommended I write poetry to ease my tensions and help me become a better person. I thought he was insane, but as I started to write, I realized…he may be right!
Jared Gallagher: “That’s…but…I’m so confused. You didn’t even get any real training or medicinal techniques? You just got…told to write? What even is your topic?”
Logan Wright: “I’m glad you asked, old chum! I’ve entitled this poem…

An Ode To Jay…

In the garden lived a bird
Who truly loved to sing
It was a beautiful mockingjay
And through the air, its voice did ring

The bird was beloved
And believed to be a Hero
But little did the world know
Of its painful little ego

This bird fought and fought
It did everything to grow
But when abandoned by friends
It was a true low blow

Once upon a time, the group was
United, and forever in-sync
But when the Jay hit the bottle
Oh, did their PROSPECTS ever so sink

And the bird has recovered
It has regained its feathers
But little does the jay know
Of the impending, harsh weathers

For the jay may spread its wings
And fly in the dark
But it doesn’t know
Of its impending, dangerous arc

This bird will fly, and
It truly wants to win
But the true challenge is here
For the Doctor is in!

As Wright finishes his last line, his theatrical reading of the lines now finished, he finally turns towards his faithful audience. He’s met with a blank look from Charles Crandall, the sunglasses still firmly covering his eyes. And Jared… his mouth is agape, trying to process what he just heard.
Logan Wright: “So… what did you think?”
Jared Gallagher: “I… what… how… why… I don’t know what to say.”
Logan Wright: “You can show your appreciation by clapping, I worked really hard on that.”
Jared Gallagher: “I could… but let me get this straight… This is how you’re handling your upcoming rematch with Jay? Making a poem that only we’ve listened to, and not trying to find a way to, I don’t know, not finish the match in a time-limit draw?”
Logan Wright: “Forget about that, tell me if I should improve the language I used and how the poem flowed together. I could probably stand to write a poem for the tag team title match as well.”
Jared Gallagher: “Logan, Logan, Logan… Ok, if you want to live in this strange world of yours, go ahead. The poem was fine, but you weren’t exactly subtle with it, especially at the end. Like I get you want to beat Jay, and I know you were mad with what he said about you in the past…but really, finishing the entire thing about the Doctor being in? That doesn’t even make sense with the vibe you established.”
Logan Wright: “Fair critique, I’ll keep that in mind when I continue writing these.”
Jared Gallagher: “Come on man, it’s cool that you have a hobby, but I know just how much you cared about wrestling. Please, just step away from the paper and train while you still have a little bit of time left before tomorrow. I know we’re not as close as we once were…but if nothing else, do it for the rest of the Ark. Do it out of spite against Wrogan. Do it to prove that you’re not completely crazy, and that you deserve to be where you are in life.”
It’s with this line that something seems to click in Logan’s head. He looks towards Jared, nodding his head, and he moves towards his desk. He stares at all the notes and rough drafts he had been working on for his writings, a frown coming over his face.
Logan Wright: “I wish I was normal… I wish I didn’t go through these personality changes every other day. You’re right Jared…You’ve always been right. Wrestling needs to come first, and I have everything I need to stay energized. I don’t want to be passive, I don’t want to be aggressive…I just want to live. And tomorrow…things are going to get fun.
Gallagher smiles at Wright being reinvigorated, and the pair share a quick hug. Upon Jared and Charles leaving, Dr. Wright takes a quick look in his mirror, and smiles at the expression of confidence now piercing through his eyes. He grabs his coat, turns off the light, and so begins a long and tedious night at the gym…

Night of Death Before Impurity:

Pre-Match Process

The Finals are here… and Logan Wright is in them. After weeks leading-into months of this Shining Light League Tournament running center-stage on Blitz, the Doctor has gotten to where he wanted to be…where he needed to be. As he sits in the locker room, getting himself mentally prepared for the tall task that comes with facing DTJ’s Hunter Maguire, he sees in his peripheral vision someone entering the room. He glances up, smiling to see Jared coming to visit.
Jared Gallagher: “Hey champ, how we feeling about tonight?”
Logan Wright: “Whatever happens tonight…well, what I know will happen tonight… is PURE-ly destiny.”
Jared Gallagher: “Not your best joke, but glad to see you’ve been in positive spirits recently.”
Logan Wright: “Yep, tonight has to be the moment where everything pays off…it just has to…”
Jared Gallagher: “It will… I believe in you. And if you don’t mind me asking…who would you want to face at P.U.R.E. if things go your way?
Logan Wright: “You know I can’t answer that right now, I have to get the job done first.”
Jared Gallagher: “Fair enough, fair enough. I should be heading off…go get em’, champ.
With that, Gallagher leaves the room, and Wright rises to his feet. He looks at his arms, then his legs, then finds the mirror. He stares into his soul…Come on out Doctor…It’s operation time…

Post-Match Press Conference

Dr. Logan Wright did it.
As he’s now backstage, being greeted with a bottle of champagne that was ordered for him, Logan is still trying to ponder what just took place out there. From the match itself… to the seconds after the match realizing he won… to the return of the legend Petite Jupiter, handing him the trophy…
It’s all absolutely surreal, and Logan is at a loss for words. However, as he gets word that reporters are waiting to get a word from him, he quickly gathers his composure. He takes a big swig from the champagne bottle, before heading into the room, waving to the assortment of familiar and different faces. He moves towards the stage, taking a seat and getting the mic setup, ready to hear questions.
Reporter #1: “That was a hell of a match you had, Dr. Wright. What’s going through your head right now?”
Logan Wright: “Honestly, half of it is just my brain screaming and the other half is random gibberish. I can’t fully process either, but when I feel this way… I’m fucking pumped. But I do wanna quickly say… I respect you Hunter, I really do. You’ve been a tough opponent twice now… but that’s all the positives I can really say right now. Fuck DTJ.”
Reporter #2: “We just witnessed the return of Petite Jupiter, and the fans certainly loved it. But what did you think about it? Did you feel as though he was stealing your thunder by returning immediately after your big moment?”
Logan Wright: “Look, I know you’re looking for a soundbite, and I caved in several weeks ago to that one reporter. I’m not gonna do that here though. I faced Petite Jupiter in 2021, and I know just how good he is. He deserved to get that electric crowd reaction, and I couldn’t have asked for a better person to hand me the beautiful Shining Light League trophy.”
Reporter #3: “But now Dr. Wright, I think we all have a question on our minds. In addition to that trophy, you have the chance to pick your challenger for P.U.R.E, and that’s a lot of power. So if you can tell us…who are you gonna be facing?
Logan smiles at the question, fully expecting it to have been asked. He glances around the room, noticing Kaze Tanaka, Code Blue, Cactus Mike, and Jared Gallagher all standing at the back. He nods at them, before getting the mic, ready to make the announcement:

Logan Wright:
“In my time in FBE, there have been times where I’ve felt…insecure. Insecure about my talent, insecure about if people actually liked me or not, and insecure about my failures especially. But 2023… let’s just say it’s been a great Spring of Stethoscopes so far. You all know I’ve held the Pure Championship for about four months now, and I’ve faced my fair share of great individuals. But this second title run… it’s missing something. My past, in particular my 2021, was riddled with failures against veterans of this company. Losses to Inferno, to Nate Matthews, to Petite Jupiter… wins were hard to come by. I turned things around in 2022, but even then, my 1st Pure Title reign came to an end at the hands of FBE’s Resident Bastard. It feels like it’s just inevitable, and a running gag…
…But nowadays, I look at myself differently. Other people look at me differently. I’ve grown into what I wanted to be, what I hoped I would be… hell, I’ve even been dubbed as being somewhat of a “Final Boss.” I don’t want to get too egotistical, but not having lost since January… man, the ship I’m on, that being the Ark of course, is on a perfect path. But sometimes, it’s better to go for a different path, a path that stands out…to maybe make history…
So with that, this decision has drifted in my mind, and I’ve weighed all my options carefully. I’ve considered juniors and heavyweights. I’ve considered people from my past or completely fresh opponents. I’ve considered people who would die to win the Pure Championship, or even those who have disrespected it, to show them what it’s all about. But after a while, something finally clicked in my head. I’ve tried to forget that previously mentioned “can never beat a veteran legend” stigma, but until I get a decisive win, it’ll always float right alongside the ocean that contains my thoughts and dreams. So I will be challenging a long-time competitor of FBE, a man who has wrestled here for many years…
But the question of who was certainly a fascinating one…for about a minute. For once this name came to me, it never escaped. This man has held his share of championship gold, This man knows a thing or two about being dubbed a “Final Boss.” And this man has quite the past experience against the Ark… except with me. And to this man, I officially extend the challenge…if he's willing to accept it...

The stage is set…the main event of P.U.R.E…for the FBE Pure Championship…The match you reporters and all the worldwide fans of FBE will get to witness is…

Doctor Logan Wright vs. Apeirogone
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2023.05.28 03:03 AceOfSpades8821 Season 9 Rewrite

I don’t know why I got my hopes up that something would change for this show in the final few episodes. The last episode showed that this show has been limping to the finish line since season 5. With how everything went and how this season felt like a waste, I feel like maybe I could do a little better than Eric Wallace and the rest of the writing team for Season 9. But frankly I think anyone could probably do better, as I have no clue how they film and rewatch the shows and think they’re any good. So with that I’ll go through a simple plot that I think would work way better.
First off, the Red Death stuff felt so forced and frankly was a terrible part of the season. Unless they use Oliver as Red Death, I would scrap the storyline. Cobalt blue felt wasted and he should feel like a big deal based on his connection to Barry and Iris. He should’ve been the overarching villain from Episode 1. Also, it didn’t feel like anything was actually at stake. I don’t want to kill people off just because, but I think a death or two could help give the show the stakes it needed. Lastly, there didn’t need to be any filler episodes. This was the last season of a show that ran for a decade. With only 13 episodes, each one should feel special and meaningful to the overall plot. Also, NO KHIONE. Caitlyn should remain as the last season should not be introducing a new character and then have Barry not care Caitlyn dies.
Episode 1: The Fastest Man Alive Starting off the season, I would make it feel like a classic season 1 flash episode. Have it open with Barry catching some of the old villains doing petty thefts and show just how far Barry has come. These were villains that took him an entire episode to defeat, but now he’s an experienced crime fighter. Maybe characters like Peek-a-boo, Everyman, and The Mist could return from season 1. Have the main villain for the episode be The Trickster and have it be fun and nostalgic. Have Barry and the team wonder how all of the classic villains escaped iron heights, but they pretty much blow it off. Throughout the episode subtly attach either a blue flower or a crystal to each of the villains. These are the people Eddie remembers from Season 1, so it makes sense why he might break them out. The last scene could be Flash catching Trickster and having him question if he broke them out and having him deny and before he says his name… Cobalt Blue comes and kills the Trickster. He runs off and with the end credits, I would rip off the bandaid and show Eddie as cobalt blue.
Episode 2: Things Change This episode would be solely from Eddie’s perspective and it would show how he’s alive and how he gained his powers from the Cobalt Crystal. I didn’t mind the amnesia and the negative speed force needing an avatar. This episode is basically all of future Eddie’s bits and smash them into one episode. Have him go through everyday life and be reminded of his former life and have it culminate with the grave scene as I thought that was well done. What needs to be emphasized is how he builds up this hate for Barry without interacting with him or Iris in the future. With the ending scene Eddie should be looking for someone to help him and instead of running to Barry, he runs to Eobard Thawne.
Episode 3: It's My Party and I'll Die If I Want To This episode was pretty good as it brought about the return of Oliver Queen. I’d keep everything the same, except I would do a sequence inside Barry’s head of Ramsey polluting Barry’s thoughts and here is where Red Death could be inserted. They could do a fight inside Barry’s mind and then have Oliver pull him from Ramseys influence. That includes Red Death, but does not give it an overwhelming arc. Also Eobard and Cobalt Blue should break out Bloodwork and we find that out in the post credits as we see them scheming with pictures of Zoom, Savitar, and Godspeed on a whiteboard.
Episode 4: The One True God of Speed Godspeed wasn’t the best written character on the show. With that being said, he shouldn’t of lost to Cecile in the way he did. In this episode he returns and we start to see the Legion of Zooms plans. Each of them wants to go back and avenge themselves. Eddie wants the life he never got, Zoom wants to be the fastest man alive, Savitar wants to live throughout time, Reverse Flash simply hates Barry, and Godspeed… he’s here too. But throughout the episodes I want to see all of them interact with each other. How do all of them feel that Savitar is Barry? It’s was shown that Savitar has feelings for Iris too, so can he and Eddie coexist when they both want Iris? Why would Reverse Flash work with them and what is his true motive? These are things that would be interesting to see. So the plan then enact over the next few episodes is that they send in one speedster as a time to wear down Barry. They understand Barry’s finds strength in his “Team”. So their goal is to thin it out so they can strike as a group against Barry at his weakest. Godspeed can target Chuck in this episode. I would have him kill Chuck, but he can just put him out until the finale if that works better. Throughout the episode, Barry wonders how Godspeed returned and who Cobalt Blue is.
Episode 5: I Am The Future Flash This is Savitars episode in the spotlight. Have him target Allegra and Cecile. I’m not gonna be too thorough with this one as it can be a similar episode to the last one except with the mourning of Chuck and having Allegra be reckless in his death/severe injury. Cecile can try to keep her in track but they both pay the price for her recklessness and they die/ are injured. Savitar should taunt Barry and the team in this episode and talk about how he’s not there for Iris this time and how he’ll never see the new threat coming.
Episode 6: The Night It All Began The only other good episode in the last season in my opinion was episode 10, where Barry and Eobard go back to the night Barry’s mother died. I would not change much other than at the beginning, while the team is in shambles and on alert for other pat foes to reappear, Barry should run to the future to find out more about Cobalt Blue. Here he is taken back by Eobard and the rest of the episode can play out as is.
Continued below 👇
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2023.05.28 01:08 BadJuJu_2929 [GW2] What happened to the Gift of Water Magic?

The only elemental magical gift that isn't practised on the Northern Continent of Tyria is water. Spellcasters can manipulate water, but only at the whim of the other elemental magics. In times past, for instance, Melandru and her statues - symbols of earth magic - became beacons of hope for those seeking shelter and fresh water. Conversely, Lyssa and her effigies, reflections of time magic, gathered to them a collection of male magicians who died of dehydration.  
No magician from the north could claim for themselves the power to manipulate water directly; the gift of water magic, Abaddon's gift, had seemingly died out there. The Orrian History Scrolls: The Six tell us that this was because the dispensation of the gift was deliberately stifled. Abaddon, water magic's god, had fallen; and with him, water magic. To the writer of the scrolls, Abaddon and all like him, fellow water magicians, were traitors whose powers over the most chaotic element of all could not be trusted. It is sentiment seemingly sanctioned by the gods. To the west, the once verdant Maguuma began to decline as the vast bodies of water in the region dried up, becoming the Silverwastes, Drytop, and their surroundings. To the south, the geography of the Crystal Sea was transformed into the Crystal Desert. Wherever the elemental magics of the Northern Continent met vast quantities of inland freshwater, desertification followed. No longer would powerful water magicians like Jadoth call upon fresh water to do his bidding; with it, he created maelstroms and vortexes that swallowed the stars themselves. Worse still, I believe his bitter intentions could turn fresh water into salt water, littering lakes with fingers akin to those found in the Strait of Malchor. No more, though, now that unfettered access to water was reduced on the Northern Continent.  
Why did the gods of Tyria think that water magicians were traitors? There are many sources through which an answer can be inferred. Sunqua Peak offers us the best insight. Like water elementals, childlike in their disposition, water magicians (whether intentionally or not) showed Magic's enemies too much about the spells underpinning Tyria's sustenance. We all know who these enemies are: Demons from the Mists. Not all demons mean Tyrians harm. Grenth is called a demigod, even a god, by some. But the traumatic magics that birth demonkind make it hard for these fell beings to deny their base instincts. Grenth has Dwayna to comfort him; most other demons aren't as lucky.  
To me, demonkind compromised the integrity of the gift of water magic, using the things they learned about the gift against both those who practised it and the other elemental magics. There are two notable examples of spellcasters who carried water magic's gift: Vizier Khilbron and Shiro Tagachi. The Vizier's gift is made manifest through the Cataclysm of Orr. I believe many magicians could read the Lost Scrolls without ever stirring the magic in them. Perhaps, to their minds, the scrolls were merely obsolete takes on Tyrian history, akin to the other apocryphal works associated with Abaddon. But to someone with the gift of water magic, the scrolls became alive. Khilbron's reading of them stirred magics hiding in the waters of the Orrian Peninsula. The rest you already know.  
Shiro Tagachi is an interesting case of the gift of water magic. His perverted gift was Wild Magic, unfocused by a structured spell like that of the Lost Scrolls. Presumably, had Khilbron found himself in Shiro's shoes on that fateful day at the Harvest Temple, he too would have created a sea of jade, a pool of tormented magic swimming with demonkind. The jade, then, appears to be the most conniving form of malicious magic demonkind can unleash through the gift of water magic; and Shiro's fate shows us what happens when a gift of magic is compromised.  
Empress Ihn, the demon queen of Cantha, once famously stated that, had her father attended her audience with the PC, he'd die all over again. To whom was the demon queen referring, though? To Taejeong? Shiro? Abaddon? All three? Interestingly, the Guild Wars Prophecies Manuscripts (GWPM) state that male magicians often died at Lyssa's sculptures. Did all males die, or just a few? I think just a few. Whatever does this mean? Let's explore a possible explanation.  
The most infamous examples of water magicians are both male. (Granted, they are few in number, but the gods suppressed the distribution of the gift of water magic across the Northern Continent and, ultimately, all of Tyria, as The Orrian History Scrolls show. So a select few is still a useful sample.) Moreover, the GWPM tell us that male magicians might die from gazing at Lyssa's statues. To wit, the gift of water magic is likely passed from generation to generation through male progenitors. Hence, Emperor Taejeong probably carries the gift as he, like Shiro before him, is of imperial blood. (I am making the assumption that the bloodline of the Canthan dynasty carries the gift of water magic.) To further this, it's possible that the gift can only be practised by males and that, now that water magic has been compromised, casting spells with said gift carries consequences. For the Margonites, those humans in whom the gift of water magic was notably manifest and who practised it freely, it meant societal collapse and eventual infertility. (Of course, the gift of water magic may not be exclusive to humanity; other races, such as the norn, may also have access to it and so, from among them, we see the emergence of the Sons of Svanir as Jormag protects another gift of magic by preventing those male norn who carry the gift of water magic from using it until the appointed time.)  
The Elder Dragons guard the gifts of magic. Zhaitan: the gift of aether magic, using defensive magics associated with it, death and shadow; Mordremoth: the gift of earth magic, of which important defensive subsets are mind and plant; Kralkatorrik: the gift of time magic, which defends itself by drawing upon crystal and fury; Jormag: the gift of air magic, which uses ice and persuasion to fortify and protect; Primordus: the gift of fire magic, defending itself with fire and conflagration; and "Bubbles": the gift of water magic, whose defensive spells are as yet unknown as they have been undermined by demonkind and twisted into the treacherous Soo-Won the Impostor. To guard these gifts, Elder Dragons frequently employ corruption, a process in which they mix their lifeforce with that of another, typically lesser, being, creating a minion. In the case of water magic, should males carry the gift, it suggests that Taejeon's "death" isn't as straight forward as Ihn would have us believe. The true Deep Sea Dragon, villified as a monster by those who would harm it, has likely corrupted the Emperor to preserve what is left of his water magic and, unbeknowst to us, a side effect of that corruption is immortality akin to that of Palawa Joko yet subject to none of the latter's weakness. That is to say, the demons of Cantha cannot kill Taejeon and so, as some have speculated, the former Canthan ruler is likely imprisoned in Raisu Palace. (The PC may be manipulated into attempting to kill Taejeon's corrupted form.)  
Will the gift of water magic be practised freely in Tyria again? I think so. The power of the Elder Dragons, the work of the gods, the emergence of the sylvari, and the rise of the PC, indicate to me that Wild Magic wishes to restore water magic to itself. One of the hurdles preventing this is jade. Let's hope Anet can step up their storytelling abilities and give Guild Wars 2 the legacy it deserves. The skritt of the Maguuma Wastes are waiting within the bowels of their boat...
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2023.05.28 01:07 No-Tie-54 AOT's ending is bittersweet no matter which way you look at it

AOT really does embody how life doesn't always grant our wishes, no matter how much we desire them or work hard towards achieving them. One by one we see so many of the characters we love get less than ideal endings. Don't get me wrong, for the most part I quite like the ending. It just makes me feel sad for the characters.
  1. Eren desired freedom above all else; however, instead of achieving it, he inadvertently stripped away the freedom of millions, ultimately perishing in the process, never realizing his own dream.
  2. Armin yearned to venture into the world alongside Eren, but his aspirations fell short in the realm of paths. Their once unbreakable bond shattered, leaving them as adversaries, with the grim knowledge that one of them would meet a tragic end.
  3. Mikasa's deepest longing was to lead a tranquil existence by Eren's side. Yet, the final words he uttered to her in the real world were filled with hatred. Even when they managed to reconcile within the paths, their reunion was ephemeral, for she found herself compelled to end his life shortly thereafter.
  4. Jean and Connie harbored dreams of eventual peaceful lives with their respective families. Alas, since joining the Alliance, they are condemned to spend the remainder of their days in the outside world, devoid of the tranquility they so fervently sought.
  5. Levi, bereft of all his comrades and stripped of his fighting prowess, finds himself robbed of both companionship and the means to engage in battle.
  6. Historia, forced into the role of queen against her will, subsequently faces the burden of bearing children for the survival of her people, thus forfeiting her autonomy in the process.
  7. Even Falco will always feel some guilt for his brother's death
Its not all doom and gloom however as we see other characters have less traumatizing ends
  1. Annie gets reunited with her father and no longer will die as a result of the titan curse. However, I doubt she'll ever feel completely normal again after her ordeal on Paradis
  2. Reiner probably carries guilt with him for the rest of his life. However, he learns to live with and those closest to him (his mother and Gabi) survive
  3. Pieck probably emerged from the ending most intact, she survived by the skin of her teeth and his reunited with her father
And then there are the extra pages. I always thought that either a civil war (which was likely as a result of the rise of the Yeagerists) or a foreign war (which would be an understandable response to prevent any other future Rumbling) are equally likely. The results however are always the same.
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2023.05.27 23:16 AgentWyoming WDNAH

The battle had started exactly as planned. Baela's instructions were simple; draw them out and hold a firm infantry line, with the heavy cavalry waiting in the flanks. The Crown forces were outnumbered but Arron had faith in their commanders that they would win the day. He looked to his right where another of Baela's men could be seen at the head of the cavalry, then to his right where Baela stood, stone-faced and determined. With a huge clank the gates of Duskendale opened and the Rats sallied out.
It had not taken long for the two to get separated. Despite Arron's detemination to stay by his Princess' side to ensure she escaped unharmed, the chaos of the field had different ideas. His head swiveled as he looked through the sea of bodies and flailing limbs to try and spot his commander, but to no avail. Luckily for Arron, in that moment he saw the one person on the field almost as deserving of his attention. A Rat, black of hair and moving across the grass with unwavering confidence. The Raven Queen.
"RAVEN!" he hollered, raising his free hand and pointing at her. His voice must have carried across the sounds of battle as her head turned towards him. There was very little chance she knew who he was or who he represented, but he was noticaebly not of the rank-and-file. That seemed enough for her. As they approached one another he gripped his halberd with both hand. "I grew up in Dorne and serve Princess Baela. I shall not take you lightly." The Raven Queen said nothing and readied her sword. Arron attacked.
His first swing was sidestepped easily and he had to jump back to avoid her reply. The blades clashed a few times as they each felt for a weakness, neither willing to lunge and risk leaving themselves exposed. Arron feinted with the blade and quickly pivoted to attach with the butt end, staggering her slightly. Arron swung for her head which she ducked easily, though she was not prepared for him to spin, allowing the momentum to bring him round and swipe at her legs. She evaded, but not before the tip of his halberd nicked her thigh. He smiled as a small dark patch grew from the wound.
His confidence was short lived. The cut did not hinder her as much as he intended, and his next jab was parried with the returning slice of her blade splitting the fabric by his shoulder. Their blades locked again and stayed grinding as each took the opportunity to catch their breath.
"Yield," he growled, but she would not. As they parted he brought his weapon around his head in a wide arc for a downwards blow. The Raven Queen steadied her feet but this time her wound did not allow it. Her right leg buckled and she could not avoid his blade; the best she could do was soften the blow as it left a deep wound in her shoulder. Yet again the injury seemed give her strength, and her next swing would have taken Arron's head clean off but for a late block.
Arron's chest rose and fell rapidly and he had to wipe his hair from his face as she two stood opposite. Neither would last much longer, but she had shown that one slip up would be all she needed to end his life. He moved his halberd over his head in a wide arc but before bringing it down he reversed his stance, swiftly swiping across her body. The injuries she had sustained limited her movement greatly and there was a spray of crimson as the blade cut through her hand. Her sword flew and Arron reversed his stance again, embedding the steel head of his weapon deep in her thigh. With a cry of agony she fell to the floor, defeated.
He stepped up quickly and with a flash of anger in his eyes went to end her life, aiming his blade towards her throat. It took a moment before he realised her life was not his to take. He had not beaten this rebel for vengeance of personal glory; he was but an extension of Princess Baela. He took a quick look around to ensure he had time to secure his captive, but as he did so it seemed the battle was turning. The sheer number of the Rats was becoming too much for the Crown's forces and the battle was almost lost. At least their commander would make a small consolation.
The Raven Queen clearly would not be able to stand, not could he drag her safely across the battlefield. Her injuries made her little threat and she was barely conscious, her sword some distance away. He knelt down and with great difficulty lifted her over his shoulder, retreating towards their camp.
The Crown's camp was equal parts worry and disarray. Followers were hastily packing away tents and tables in preparation for a hasty retreat, which from their poor viewpoint looked more and more likely. At the sight of Arron a few rushed over as he unceremoniously dumped the Raven Queen on the ground. "She is important," he said as he caught his breath and stretched his back. "Ensure she does not die. Princess Baela hold the reigns on her life now." He saw a nearby horse, clearly not fit for battle, and made his way towards it. "Now, I must find her."
As Arron made his way back towards the battlefield it was clear the Crown's forces were overrun. The battle was lost, but the order had not come to retreat. He snorted in wry laughter; who could expect anything less from Baela Targaryen?
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2023.05.27 22:24 Alpha290820 How to Expedite your case and get approved! (What worked for me)

How to Expedite your case and get approved! (What worked for me)
Hello USCIS Reddit Community!
My expedite just got approved on May 25th (PD: December 22, 2022). Instead of just sharing my timeline with all of you (which I think is pointless), I’ll share how I built my expedite.
  1. It’s unfair, really **** unfair
Let's be real: the process is ***** unfair. People get approved within a few hours after biometrics, others wait months. Some get their expedite approved, others don’t. The whole thing is unfair, they’ll never admit but it’s the case. They don't process cases by order. It took me a few months to realize how unfair the process is. I still remember reading about this lady with two babies, the husband lost his job and she still got her expedite denied after waiting 7 months.
The thing I hate the most? People approved rapidly posting like: "Is this normal?" "Wow that was quick" "Smooth process" (the last one really killed me lol).
A lawyer told me it either goes well or not. I hope if you are reading this you are part of the lucky ones. If not, let’s fight together:)
2) Understand your situation and the USCIS criteria
To expedite, you need to look at the USCIS website expedite request criteria (Job loss is now one: “Job loss may be sufficient to establish severe financial loss for a person, depending on the individual circumstances”) Here. Remember, if one applies to you, try expediting. My lawyer told me not to expedite because it would not get approved based on her 20 year experience (what bs), well it worked! You have nothing to lose by trying, you don’t want to live with the regret of not trying! Also, the criteria are extremely vague, I mean what does severe financial loss mean? What does submitting the benefit request in time mean? In time could mean 30 days or 2 years, who knows.
> This is our advantage: we can to build an argument from a concept that hasn't been properly defined. There's of course some objectivity, but your angle of attack is the subjectivity of the concepts. You are literally making your case like a lawyer!
If you believe you fall under one of the criteria, then go ahead! You can always bend reality to fit in the criteria (never lie to USCIS though).
Every case is different, my wife is a student, and we needed joint sponsors. If it's your case, you probably heard that it won't get your expedite approved.. it's not true. What worked for me may not work for you.
Now let’s build an expedite together!
<> The expedite will look like a pdf document organised in main parts:
I) The cover lettearguments (Max 8 pages)
II) The RELEVANT evidence (the more the better)
Let’s dive in...
I would say don’t go above 8 pages. You are taking a risk by writing something too long, meaning likely not straight to the point. I mean of course if the four criteria apply to you then yeah you are going to need 20 pages, but in general people go with job loss and financial loss (exactly what I did).
So here’s what it’s going to look like (yeah I like to be organized):
  • Page 1: Cover letter + Signature
  • Page 2: Table of Contents
  • Page 3 and + : Arguments
  • Last page before the documentation: Appendix
Page 1: Appeal to the heart and the brain!
That’s the most important page. Imagine that the guy reading your expedite will only read the first page, and that he’ll have an idea of if he approves it after reading the first two lines. Don’t forget that as humans we start developing an opinion after 3 seconds. In our case, in means the first page must look nice. It needs to be clean, there’s space, it has to look serious!
Now, the first page serves as a summary, and also to build a rapport with the reader. Appeal to the heart and the brain! You want him to feel close to you, feel bad for you.
In the first paragraph, I provide relevant information, but I give my name, age, what my wife does, my studies, where I live. Do they care? No, but when you read it you feel closer to me, I am not just an number, I am a human suffering.
The second paragraph tackles the main issue: I am going to lose my job. I explain the situation.
The reader has to be like “yeah that’s just dumb not to give him his EAD”. I am sure when you talk to your friends or spouse about the situation they are like “Yeah it’s dumb, approving it would help you so much”, well here you go you got your 3rd paragraph! Explain the situation simply, like you would to a 5-year-old. In my case it was: I have a job offer, I could be working, paying taxes but no!! I have to suffer financially because I don’t have a piece of paper. It sounds ridiculous, the reader must get that.
Then you say “Thank you yadi yada” and that’s it, you sign and you have your first page!
To sum up, the first page is where you introduce yourself, explain your situation simply, and thank the reader.
1st paragraph: Building a rapport
2nd Paragraph: Discussing the criteria you will address, overall the situation you are in
3rd Paragraph: The dumb statement as I call it, make they understand that the situation you are in is ridiculous (be very subtle)
Here's what I looked like for me:

Page 2: Table of contents
I only have 6 pages total for PART I, but a table of contents makes things so much better! Did you know you could read a book just by reading the table of contents? I used to study economics and I never read a book lol, just the table of contents. In just 30 seconds, you can see everything: what criteria you are going to tackle, the why how etc. The table of contents is simple, straight to the point. You don’t even need to read the rest, you get the idea immediately.

Page 3 and +
I can’t really help on this, as each case is unique. My advice is : be organised, straight to the point. If you expedite for financial reasons, do multiple tables. The reader can see very quickly the state of your finances with a few tables.
Facts facts and facts! Don’t bullshit anything, the arguments have to contain as much facts as possible: number, dates, etc.
When a statement is important use bold and paragraph borders! I really love pizza. See how your eyes directly go to the bold sentence? That's the first thing you see and will remember. Use that with moderation, only for conclusions or catchy statements. You can ask someone to read your expedite and give them 5 Bold cards that they can use, they'll tell you what they think needs to be highlighted.
Tables are really useful, especially if you go with financial loss. If you have a job offer, I suggest you do 3 tables.

  • At first, I was really pissed at USCIS. And it transpired in my expedite...I put the blame on USCIS. I wasn't wrong, but you have to pick your battles. You need the reader to help you, not hate you. Just channel your anger (I know it's difficult it required me 2 hours at the gym everyday to calm myself haha).
That part was much easier than the first one (I spent 1 month on the first part lol)
Open your computer, create a folder "Expedite", and then make a list of all the RELEVANT proof you can think of ( I ended up with 40 folders lol). If you think it’s relevant, add it. You’ll have to remove stuff in the end. Gather the evidence as a pdf, if you need to take a screenshoot, take one, go to google docs, add the screenshoot, then export as a pdf. Et voila!
Overwhelm them with RELEVANT evidence. You have to build trust with the reader, if they see irrelevant stuff, they’ll be like: “Another one trying to bullshit his way through”.
I suggest using Adobe, just pay for one month (pay than cancel). There’s nothing better to edit pdfs. I used preview on mac to add all the pdfs together and then adobe to add the headers/edit stuff.
Highlight the relevant information in each pdf. Don't just provide bank statements, I mean there's like 100 numbers in one page, do you really think they'll look for the one thing you want them to see? Highlight what you want them to see (which allows them not to see what you maybe don't want them to see:) It's like doing a: HEY LOOK HERE PLEASE I NEED YOU TO LOOK but please don't look here.
Big picture is you are kind of building two parts that will come together (like a ship).
Adding the Case number, Name, PD on top of every page helps a lot ( I heard people not doing it and got their expedite either lost or denied).
Add the pages number at the bottom of every page, make sure the pages match the table of contents! I suggest doing this only at the end, as if you remove one page you have to start everything again.
Now that you have your expedite ready, contact your SenatoCongressman.
Would you say no to a Senator? Then you know why you should try expediting with them…If you send the expedite yourself, they say no...what are you going to do? You are nothing to them, just someone trying to adjust his/her status. You have no rights. So they can tell you no, you won't do anything. As a Senator...well it's different. A Senator is above a Congressman ( Yeah I know they are both different but you know what I mean). If I say No to a Senator, I better have a good reason. Plus it doesn't look too good for USCIS... So try to expedite with a Senator then Congressman then yourself.
Type on google the name of your State Senator (contact the two of them) + “Help with a federal agency”. Fill out the form and wait 48 hours. If you don’t get an answer, call them. Call only they pick up the phone, you don't care if you call 30 times, it's your life we are talking about!
Note: Contact your Senator or Congressman only after everything is ready! You need to be able to send the documentation right after they send you an email. (you'll likely have to adjust a few dates but the rest should be done).
They’ll ask you to fill out a release form, print and sign it. Then they’ll ask you to send your documentation along with the release form + receipt from USCIS.
The pdf has to be LESS THAN 4MB. It won’t go through the USCIS website otherwise, the first one I sent to the Senator was 17MB lol. Use the “Reduce File Size” option in Adobe, do it 2-3 times. If it’s less than 4MB, then you are good, if not…well you are going to have to remove stuff. Yeah it sucks. I had to remove 50 pages. It turns out most the 50 pages was not that relevant to my case. If you have to remove something, go through your pdf and be like: “Do I really need this?” If your answer is either “No” or “I don’t know”, then remove it.
Once it’s back to 4 MB, I would advice 3.5MB to be safe (make sure the pages numbers are right!) just send it to the Senator and wait up to....well it’s also unfair! Some people wait hours others days.
I hope this helps, I can’t give you my real name or phone number, here’s my email : [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]). If you need help, send me an email to this address and I’ll help you out with your expedite.
Note 2: Use Chat GPT! That thing is incredible, you think your paragraph is too long? Ask Chat GPT to write a smaller one. You think you made a few mistakes? Ask Chat GPT to correct them. Use it with moderation, but yeah it's a very powerful tool. You need information about financial loss in the Policy Manual? Ask Chat GPT.
Here is all the website I used:
I know this is a lot. I spent two months on the expedite, from the moment I had the first draft to the Card is being produced. Did I want to quit? Hell yeah, many times. We don't have a choice, we are here because we made a decision, you either go full throttle, go back to where you left, or wait until they take care of you.
Is it going to work? Who knows. But what if it does work? Imagine that for a second...
I really hopes this helps some of you.

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2023.05.27 21:47 stagehand1029 63M (M4F) My Cousin Barb

kiss her lips, like gentle rain ferocity the storm, passion unleashed *Johnny Oneball
When I was ? I had been sniffing my mother's underwear for several years, she knew it, I knew my mother was literally giving me free access to her underwear, and I was the happiest kid on the block. Apart from one woman who I babysat for her son, Annie taught me to lick her pussy, I was still a virgin.
That changed the summer of my ?th year. My incredibly beautiful cousin, Barbara, had lost her husband. He, unfortunately, drowned in a fishing accident. A shock to all, my cousin was alone with three young son's, the oldest being 5, followed by twins, just 3 years old.
Barb called my mom and asked if she could take me up north, where we grew up, alongside the river. Her parents, my parents, took us every summer. Barbara was trying to heal. Make better memories for her boys, I'm sure. My mom, of course, said "sure, as long as he wants to". And I did. I love going to the Au Sable river to this very day!
I'm 63… reflecting on something that sparked a memory, today at a family funeral, and Barb was in attendance. We hugged, with the knowledge of our past. She always has that special smile, reserved for me, we hug tightly, closer with meaningful adoration.
The weekend arrived and my cousin picked me up, and we headed north. A two hour drive, the family retreat is waiting. As we headed north, her boys fell asleep and we chatted. I asked Barb, why don't we stay at your dad's cabin, located just less than 2 miles from the river? ( my uncle had a few bucks) Barbara said that she wanted her sons to have her memories of growing up, taking a holiday by the river, and camping.
My cousin at that time, is the apple of my extremely large family's eye. She's a strikingly beautiful brunette, tall and slim, gorgeous, and recently widowed. Me, I'm thinking about the opportunity to sniff her panties. I'm (young). I know my place, I'm going to babysit, let Barb get away, my job is to help her have a good time, set up camp, do the menial tasks, and allow her to relax. In the process, helping her heal. My instructions were clear, my mom made them very clear, whatever Barbie wanted, I was to "make it happen"
We arrived up north early Friday afternoon, set up camp and went to the beach. A lagoon on the backwaters of one of the many dams on the river, surrounded by highlands. Barb was wearing a black one piece bathing suit. She hadn't trimmed her thick black bush, I couldn't stop staring! I tried, but I just couldn't. The boys played in the shallows, I noticed she was crying, not outright blabbing but quietly struggling with the fact that her husband drowned in water. We were at the beach… her first encounter with life after the fact. I really didn't know what to do, so I touched her shoulders and said "I'm sorry".
We returned to camp, ate dinner and had a bonfire. Roasted marshmallows, the boys fell asleep. We called it a night.
In the morning, Barb had her clothes already on the clothes line… a pair of white underwear (oh fuck) hanging, blowing gently in the breeze. I'm making plans to do what I do best, smell them bad boys, properly! Rinsed out, they were not that… they smelled of river water. White granny undies hanging on a clothes line, how could I get her panties alone? I couldn't! What do I do? Improvise you perverted fools…. I would walk around camp, always going under the clothes line, letting her panties rub over my face, I did this several times.
As night fell, the boys went to sleep and eventually Barb said, hey John, I need to shave my legs, could you hold the flashlight? (yessss) "I sure can Barb" I exclaimed! I knew I was about to get a show, we went into her tent… "Don't look John". Now, of course I was "not looking" she stripped to her underwear, it's sorta dark, she was beautiful standing there in just her underwear, "oh dear, I left my bathing suit on the clothesline John, could you go get it please?" My mom was great at forgetting her whatever, ( know what's going on)… "of course Barb" I fetched her garment. When I returned, she was completely naked, so I walked in. The most beautiful woman, I held out my hand, her eyes were staring at my wandering eyes
John, have you ever seen a woman? she asked… I replied " I have Barbie, I've seen my mom, and my sister." I didn't tell her I already knew how to please a woman (Anne taught me) "but never this close up" she giggled. I need to trim my public hairs John, I need you to hold the flashlight, can you do that? (yes, she said public hairs) Barbara put on her bathing suit, her nipples were hard, like my young dick! She took the old school razor and dipped it in the washbowl, lathered her pubic area, legs, and began shaving… I made damn sure the flashlight was on her pussy!
Barbara began to talk. I'm just, I'm lonely John, since my husband died (she said his name but screw yall, too personal) I'm sorry I replied. "I get so lonely" I reached out, touching her shoulder, Barbara literally flinched at my touch, honestly, I was ahhh, I wasn't (as I reflect) I really didn't know what to do… then she said, "I saw you today Johnny, smelling my underwear, on the clothesline"… I uhhh… I'm sorry Barbie… I uhhh… "no John, it's OK, I just, I…" what? Barb, I said, " It made me horny John, do you understand?" " "I saw you, and I'm lonely…. Im… do you like me johnny?"
Guys… I'm (legal)at the time, and as today sparked this memory, I really didn't know empathy, I didn't understand women, I basically didn't know jack shit! What I DID know was, I loved sniffing panties, and jacking off, I licked one gal, Annie, who taught me how, but by no means did I have the knowledge I possess today…
I answered yes, of course I like you, again she was,her eyes were wet (her pussy was glistening) yes Barbie, I think your so pretty, she grabbed me and hugged me… she kissed me! Now, I'm (legal), inexperienced and not really scared, but surely I remembered what my mom said " make sure you take care of you cousin, son"... what I never expected was about to happen.
I was really close to her, she turned and said, " I need this, Johnny, do you understand?" yes Barb, I understand. "nobody can ever know" , she pulled me in and began kissing me… I didn't really know how… I was learning on the fly… Mmmmmmñnn she moaned, I wanted to cum right then…. Barbie grabbed my hand and took it straight to her crotch, mmmmmnnmmmnn… ohhh.. john…. she convulsed…. Ohhhhb Johnny im…. ahhh i…i…..I'm gonna. Cummmmmm!!!! I've never cum in my shorts… not that quick.
My cousin Barb was breathing so heavily, she was crying, "I'm so disgusting johnny" I heard her say, NO Barb, you're not at all disgusting I said. "Ohhh, thank you ohhh Johnny…" we lay in her tent. Barb fell asleep, cold ass water underneath us, I just took her underwear, put them to my nose and jacked off… blowing a massive load onto my belly quickly falling asleep next to my cousin. In the morning, (if you have never) breakfast was the best, the smell of fresh brewed coffee, eggs, bacon and taters, Barbra was glowing, her boys eating, I said "it's a great morning", she smiled…
Today's funeral reminded me of something I have forgotten… I wasn't supposed to tell. When I saw my cousin across the room, and we smiled at each other…
How could I not remember? *he smiles
As always, give it the love it deserves people can't say the truth… ages… but yeah, this happened, edited by mods… shhhhhh…
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2023.05.27 21:47 Reading_Jazzlike Oryx, Savathun, and Xivu Arath: Leaders with Purpose (S21 Spoilers)

The dungeon confirmed a theory I've had since the season began and I first heard Xivu's voice. The Hive Gods represent certain facets of Hive power, and the devredation of that division opens the door to the Hive's failings.
Oryx was the King of the Hive. Listening to the dialogue from Xivu in the dungeon it seems as though even the Sisters saw Oryx as the King of the Hive. Oryx was the Navigator, he led the Hive to victory time and again. He had armies that could destroy worlds, and even his Son was a force to be reckoned with. Oryx had beliefs based on HIS discovery. Truly, Oryx was a visionary, he saw the Hive as a being with purpose, and he even gave his sisters that form of purpose themselves.
Savathun was the Queen of the Hive, she led the Hive's motivation. She led the Hive's plots, and saw ways beyond war. Savathun leads the mental battles, and obviously tricks any and all civilizations that are necessary. She always saw flaws with the Worm's ideologies, and saw a way out via the Light.
Xivu is the Archbishop. She leads the Hive like a preacher, worshiping the IDEAS that Oryx propagated. With both Savathun and Oryx dead, she leads the Hive completely, but in a far more religious way. She seems to worship The Final Shape, as without it Oryx and Savathun were lost for no good reason.
Now her weakness. Xivu was never a leader in the way her sister and brother were. She was always a leader of sorts, but definitely not to the point of having all loyal Hive under her wing. She leads through prayer, ritual, and religion. And without knowing how to lead that many troops she may begin to falter with no one else to guide her.
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2023.05.27 21:32 Schizochinia Sanji nerfed himself immensely and still destroyed Queen.

Without the raid suit he lost an additional layer of defense, a cape shield that could probably block Queen’s lasers, actual flight which combined with his speed from the power up would’ve given him the ability o go invisible near indefinitely bc he doesn’t have to use stamina to sky walk, and actual invisibility.
Queen would’ve stood absolutely zero chance had Sanji used the raid suit so it makes sense he didn’t, especially bc it adds to his resolve as well as him fighting without a tool/weapon.
Sanji also clears King with the raid suit. Before the mutation he completely tanked an attack that would’ve killed anyone else. Mutation + raid suit eats that and most of King’s attacks outside of the magma dragon, which Sanji could outspeed. There’s also a chance the cape shield + raid suit + exoskeleton could get through the magma flames. He’s smart enough to notice King’s gimmick especially when he can go invisible and wait for King to do what he did to Queen with his speed. And it’s not mentioned that conquerors is a requirement to cut King, it’s only stated he loses his durability when his flames are off but gains speed, even though his innate durability is already high.
In conclusion, it makes sense Sanji lost the raid suit but he significantly nerfed himself and could’ve beaten both King and Queen.
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2023.05.27 20:31 FarmWhich4275 Everyone Loves Uncle Bernie

The tension hung heavy in the air as it was finally realized that peace talks were collapsing and war was inevitable. Tyraxis, Hive Prince of Corsica faction had gathered here for a modicum of peace hoping to avoid the losses of his men. He sat in his chair opposite his former brethren with his two Praetorians flanking him, plasma spears at ready. His human diplomat, Johnny was desperately trying to ease tensions. Arborean, the Crown Prince of Hive Arrakkis sat proud at his seat, his purple skin glistening in the light of the room.
Arborean was so certain of his victory he had the barefaced audacity to carry his human concubine with him. His human diplomat Martinez was unamused by tensions as he cast passing glances to the Praetorians flanking his employer. Arborean made sure to prominently display his most prized possession with the woman sitting on his lap.
"Surely we can find a way around this? There has to be a way to sue for peace. At least for this battle. Perhaps we can exclude some ships from the roster and at least make it an even fight?" Johnny could sense he was getting nowhere, but he still had a few angles.
"Sure... we can sue for peace. AFTER you hand over the system! Those Gehennan spice mines are ours and you damn well know it!" Martinez slammed his hand on the table.
"You and I both know that if that fleet goes to battle it would be an absolute slaughter! If your master was half the warrior he so claims he is, he would agree to roster the battle to make it fair!" Johnny blasted his opponent.
Arborean whispered into his diplomats ear. The shame tactic and personal attack worked. "A point made in anger but still a point. We will agree to the standard galactic Ship Points Allocation system. However... No holds barred. Last man standing rules only." Martinez said with a certain sinister grin.
Tyraxis hung his head in shame. The Queen would have his head after this one way or another for this, but at least it would give his men a fighting chance. He gave a nod to Johnny and sent him a note on his wearable data manager. "Fine. If we win, you will not come back to this system. The point was proven, tactics ruled the day. If we win, you leave and don't come back!"
Arborean thought for a moment then nodded his head. "Deal." Martinez said, extending a hand out.
Martinez and Johnny shook hands and started drawing up paperwork as Arborean began to greedily fondle his prized possession, much to the blistering rage of Tyraxis burning eyes. Suddenly the door flung itself open, a human marine barged through the door.
"UNCLE BERNIE'S HERE!!!!" He yelled with unimaginable excitement, and charged back out again.
"Uncle Bernie!?" All three of the humans said this at once, and all three, suddenly got up from where they stood and bolted to the exit with such speed it made everyone's heads spin.
A few moments of awkward and stunned silence followed this occurrence. "What the hell is an uncle Bernie?" Arborean asked, as if expecting an answer.
"Well... Uncle is a human term, it means the brother of my father. Bernie is I believe someone's name." On of Tyraxis' Praetorians said.
The two princes regarded each other for a moment longer before one of Tyraxis' Praetorians broke the silence as his communicator beeped. "My Prince... every human ship in the system has disengaged!"
"WHAT!?" Both Princes yelled out in unison.
"Warp signature detected! There is a battlecruiser class vessel entering the system!" Arboreans Praetorian warned.
"What treachery are you planning Thraxis?!" Arborean lashed out.
"What are you talking about? This is YOUR doing! How much did you bribe my ambassador hm?"
Just then, an interruption. Every communications unit on the station suddenly came to life. It was some kind of... song? Silly, whimsical. Catchy.
"Are ya lost in space?
Need pie in your face?
Come on down to Bernies!
Do ya need a drink?
Well thats a sinch!
Come on down to Bernie's!
Bernies Bar and Grill is now open, active servicemen get a beer on the house!"
All of the Hivers on station and on their ships stood with absolute bewilderment as to what the flaming hell was going on. In the meantime, a very familiar looking ship warped into the system, drowned out by a cheering crowd as all of the twelve human made ships in the system swarmed it and docked as soon as it was safe.
Thraxis stood from his seat and made his way to the exit. "And just where do you think you are going?" Arborean said with annoyance.
Thraxis moved down the concourse ramp to his shuttle and waited as his Praetorian Guard, and hastily at their heels, Arborean and his guards, caught up and sat down. Thraxis called the robotic driver to go to the Human ship 'Uncle Bernies'. The driver, a machine, let out a happy beep for some reason and with careless abandon charged his way to the ship.
Uncle Bernies was a battlecruiser class. The six Hivers took careful note of its exterior. It was several times larger than most Human warships, and ten times more heavily armed. Mounted in various spots were storage tanks that looked like distilleries and one could clearly see the ship had its own hydroponics and protien synthesis bays built into the hull. The human support ships had been completely emptied by the time the shuttle made it to one of the airlocks.
The robot driver let out a mechanical "Woohoo!" as it hopped out of its car and hastily wheeled its way into the ships maintenance bays. Even the machines were entranced by this ship. The six hivers made their way through the clearly marked hallways into a massive restaurant. Immediately they were surrounded by humans of all classes and types who immediately reacted to their presence with a loud "AHOY MATEY!" of approval before returning to the meals they were enjoying.
The restaurant had over two hundred humans in it, but could comfortably seat a thousand more. The place was a massive circular arnoretum, surrounded on every corner by restaurants, eateries and even a quaint little gift shop.
"What in the Queens tits is this place?" One of Thraxis' Preatorians thought aloud.
"I can answer that my man! Welcome to my humble restaurant and bar!" A human suddenly spoke up from behind the group.
The six turned around to the sight of a grey bearded human with a large midsection, a toolbelt with cooking utensiils in a strange uniform with a funny hat. "Who are you?"
"Im uncle Bernie! Shut yer holes and drink a beer! Activer servicemen get one free beer!" He excitedly said, then jammed a purple aluminium can into everyones hands.
At this point Thraxis was what humans would call 'done.' so, he took a taste of the beverage. "My goodness!" His expression instantly changed to one of happiness as he drank more.
Arborean timidly took a sip of his own can of beer. "By the Mother!" He exclaimed, then chugged the rest of it down with a fist raised high.
Bernie regarded his new customers with a hearty smile and lead them all to a table before serving them a pizza. Within a few moments of them sitting down, Arboreans concubine Jessica returned to her masters lap with flushed cheeks and a silly giggle. The two ambassadors arrived as well, carrying a family size two cheese pizza with mushroom, onion and smoked ham. Jessiica showed them how to eat a pizza by grabbing a slice, then squealing in delight as she tasted the slice. Martinez and Johnny likewise did the same, sighing in happiness as though it was their first christmas.
The hivers tentatively took their own slice of the delicious smelling confection and took a small, cautious bite. Thraxis gave it one taste and threw decorum to the wind and began to aggressively scarf the slice down. The four Praetorians likewise did the same, followed by Arborean who had Jessica feed it to him.
Thraxis sat back in his seat, carefully considering a small fact he suddenly noticed. This place was rather... empty. Uncle Bernie approached and smiled his usual moustachio'ed smile. "Can I get ya anything else boys? Theres plenty for all!"
Thraxis suddenly perked up. "Yes... Olokarn." He looked at his all too happy Preatorian guard.
"Yes My -burp- Prince?" He said.
"Hand me your communicator, patch me into the fleet."
Olokarn did as commanded. "This is Thraxis, Prince of Hive Khathorn. All ships are to immediately disengage operations and report to Uncle Bernie's for lunch." He stopped, after Johnny handed him a piece of napkin with something scrawled on it. "And also... anyone who does not leave a tip, will be shot."
Arborean followed suit, commanding his own substantial naval forces and military to stand down, placing several thousand take-out orders for the planet and station at Martinez' instructions.
Within minutes, the ship was flooded with a thousand Hivers from both factions. To Arborean and Thraxis' astonished shock, Uncle Bernie was there to meet them. All of them. Thraxis noted this and asked Martinez what the hell was going on.
"What, My Lord?" Martinez asked, confused.
"Th-theres Uncle Bernie. And there! And there too! Am I seeing a strange genetic anomaly or is this man a clone?" He said bewildered.
"Well... yah. Thats uncle Bernie there. And there. And there too. And thats... thats Frank actually. Hes Uncle Bernie too but he likes to be called Frank." Martinez said, gesturing to the chefs and cooks of all the various restaurants.
"Care to elaborate? Please?" Arborean said as he held a sleeping Jessica in his arms.
"Uncle Bernie, My Prince, is a human that owned and operated a restaurant at an old shipbuilding yard before Sol was lost called Jupiter Drive Yards. After about twenty years on the job with that very rerstaurant, the company gave him one of our old Refurbished Munificent Class Ornament ships. Thats what this ship is. Its based on an old Trade federation Munificent class in old Star Wars movies." Martinez explained, sitting down with a new can of beer.
"MMmyes, a lot of other restaurants and food franchises exist, but none come close to Bernie's. He turned that ship into a roving restaurant and was there when Sol collapsed. Hes been everywhere. Just roams the stars, feeding and hydrating anyone he comes across at an absolutely rock bottom price. He even caters to machine consciousness because the tech cults have a presence on this ship. All in all, Bernie is just a nice guy, who just wants to own a restaurant. And damn does he do a good job!" Johnny responded in kind as he helped himself to a hotdog.
"And in order to ensure I can provide the service that is needed, nay, demanded of my establishment, I opted to do some cloning and mind copying, just to keep it all running how it needs to be! We share somewhat of a gestalt consciousness too so... it makes things a lot easier. Now, perhaps I can interest anyone in our dessert menu?" Uncle Bernie said, firing up the ice cream makers and waffle irons.
In the end, with all that had happened, neither side was ready or willing to engage in warfare. Both sides were either too full, too sleepy, or too drunk to do any fighting. When the hangovers and bellyaches passed, there was a strange feeling of contentedness between the two factions. Both of them essentially forgot why they were fighting and were too stuffed, happy or filled up to bother asking.
Martinez and Johnny drew up plans for the conflict anyway but they were never used. In all, Arborean and Thraxis agreed to a fifty-fifty split o resources in the star system ultimately benefitting everyone. Especially Bernie. One of the conditions of peace talks, was that Bernie always come round at least once every three months for a good booze up.
Because after all, everyone loves Uncle Bernie!
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2023.05.27 20:30 Ecuadorable Comprehensive Timeline of Roshar - Answers to questions around Ba-Ado-Mishram, the False Desolation, the Scouring of [PLACE], the Fall of the Silver Kingdoms, the Abandonment of [CITY], and the Recreance - The importance of [CHARACTER] and events around ~800 BCE

I've been hesitant about whether or not to post this here, because if my timeline is correct then reading this post will ruin many of major twists and reveals of the next book. I'm likely wrong on a few things, but even so; If you want to keep Stormlight's amazing "Oh shit!" moments for when the books come out, then please DO NOT read this post.


Note: Though I'm pretty confident about the key points above, the following timeline also contains a few of my less-certain theories (e.g. whether Honour was a dragon), so there are likely a few things wrong below. But even so, I'm confident on much on it, and would love to hear your critiques.
Also: I'm using BC and AD as stand-ins to denote the passing of years on Roshar, because we all know what they mean (even if there wasn't a Jesus on Roshar).

The end of the timeline, for now. To be continued.
Queen Tsa is a character in one of Wit's stories (Oathbringer Ch. 67 to be exact). You can read a summary of her story here:
For her whole story straight from the book, see my comment here:
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2023.05.27 20:16 Mortimer_Whimsiwick World Hunger Games: 17th Hunger Games: Reapings

The weeks leading up to the 17th Hunger Games were especially eventful as the Capital was still reeling from the previous year’s spectacular games. Sherpa Kapoor, with the help of his lion friends, had proven himself to be the most popular tribute in Hunger Games history since Ashley Chen (victor of the 13th Hunger Games)’s revenge plot. The Capital was kept satisfied with reruns as well as the continuing increasing sales of 16th HG merchandise. This consisted of Kapoor Pride plushies, replica gaffi sticks, and the most sought-after item: the latest in the line of Panem Champion Funko Pop. Every year, a new action figure is made for the latest victor of the Hunger Games. It was the most popular collectible in the Capital. In fact, since the Golden Victors concept was introduced, a new line of Funko Pop was released, separating the first ten victors (called the First Champions) and the Golden Victors by changing the color of the clothes and weapons to gold.
Hunger Games mania had started once more a week before the reaping cycle. Artemis Radcliffe interviewed Head Gamemaker Grimstone on her morning show Good Morning Panem, expressing relief that the Sherpa craze had died down. Grimstone responded that that kind of excitement was the nature of the Golden Victors and he hoped he would be able to replicate that level of success. However, he did admit it was up to the tributes to decide that. As usual, Artemis pushed for details only to receive tight lips from the gamemaker. She responded to herself, telling the audience she'll never learn the futility of getting spoilers from a gamemaker.
A week later, Sherpa had to put his restaurant endeavors on hold as he was called for the reaping tour. His entourage consisted of his brother Zacharie, Cassandra (his mentor), and surviving Kapoor Pride member Parth. After a depressing reaping at his home district, Cassandra had to separate from the group to take care of the first half of mentoring his tributes Mishti and Horace. So, Troy van Stomm (victor of the 5th Hunger Games) volunteered to tag along, mostly in hopes to become Sherpa’s friend. A notable incident happened during the District 8 reaping, when the younger brother of Asaad (D8 tribute of 16th games who was killed by Sherpa), Burlap, was reaped and attempted to assault Sherpa on the stage. Parth tackled him to the ground but was stopped by Sherpa before he could injure him further.
After witnessing the reaping games of District 2 sire Nikita and Andrei, Sherpa and his entourage arrived in District 6. He was given a tour by Mayor Bengtsson and District 6’s only victor Phoebe Bentley. They introduced to Sherpa a recently completed construction project, the Luxury Viking Cruise. This week-long cruise trip would sail the seas of Districts 4 and 6, even granting a tour of the Faroe Island Base. Despite being a victor for nearly a year, Sherpa was shocked by the fancy architecture and opulence. The remainder of the tour was a bit of a downer, Sherpa seeing firsthand the combined effects of poverty and the warmweed epidemic. His spirits were lifted when Phoebe enthusiastically showed him the Kento Rehabilitation Center. Both Sherpa and Troy decided to inject some of their money into the community, buying a variety of the local liquors outside of the Johnson Jazzy Juices brand. During lunch, Phoebe introduced them to her husband, local piloting legend Jackson Williams, and her “arena baby” Mirabelle. Sherpa allowed Mirabelle to pet Parth while he asked Jackson some piloting questions.
After lunch, everyone headed over to the reaping square where he was greeted by the mayor. He chatted for about ten minutes as the oil and vomit stained amber clad youths filed into the enclosure, the process taking longer as peacekeepers had to round up inebriated youths who tried to ditch the process. Sherpa made his victor’s speech more lively, bringing up his restaurant business and performing a couple tricks with Parth. Some of the youths enjoyed the show and applauded him. After his speech, Phoebe urged him to pull out the first name from the female reaping bowl. Sherpa took a deep breath and shoved his hand in the bowl. He unfolded the paper and announced eighteen year old Catilina "Cat" Verter as tribute.
Cat was a tall medium built woman with ginger curls and round glasses and was known as one of the assistant instructors at the Kento Rehabilitation Centre, so she knew District 6’s sole victor Phoebe Bentley quite well. Phoebe apparently was funding Cat's scholarship to become a licensed therapist. Phoebe put her hand over her mouth in shock when Cat’s name was called. Cat walked up to the stage, with a tightness in her chest and tears streaming down her face. She shook hands with Sherpa and said his pet lion was cute. She turned towards the cameras, forcing a smile in an attempt to convince Capital audiences she wasn’t unhappy with her situation. In the commentator’s booth, Artemis fell for the fake smile, commenting how she must be excited to represent her district. Her co-commentator Capricorn Luther rolled his eyes in annoyance and told her to just keep watching.
Sherpa walked over to the male reaping bowl, feeling slight relief the first wasn’t a drugged out zombie. He shuffled to the male reaping bowl and pulled out the name of fifteen year old Jackknife "Jack" Clutch. Cameras found Jack in the middle of the horde of inebriated youth. Jack was a short brown haired lad who was ragged looking from head to toe due to a recent warmweed binge. Despite this, he was less skinny and pale looking than his peers to the surprise of Artemis and Luther. Luther pulled some notes and revealed Jack had managed to stay sober for 10 months, recently relapsing after the Good Morning Panem interview. He read further and discovered that Jack was one of the young refinery workers in one of the hovercraft warehouses. Artemis read the remainder of the notes and found it interesting to hear he was imprisoned four months ago after getting caught trying to smuggle warmweed across the Orkney Stretch, a stretch of water fashioned as an aquatic border separating the two districts. Despite the previous soberness, he was in too much of a trance to notice being reaped and was dragged to the stage by peacekeepers. He limply shook hands with Sherpa and absentmindedly walked into Parth before finding his place to the left of the stage. Mayor Bengtsson indifferently congratulated this year’s tributes before dismissing them to their waiting rooms. Phoebe dismissed herself to the hoverjet, kissing her husband and Mirabelle goodbye. Sherpa and his entourage also left for their next stop in the reaping tour: District 4.
Cat was visited by her older brother Tank and a coworker Pedal. The Juicy Tidbits podcast disclosed that her mother had passed away two years ago and her father was passed out drunk at the Kjellberg Brewery. The group embraced and shared in the sorrowful moment. Tank and Pedal tried to cram as much advice as they could into the session, but Cat was feeling overwhelmed. She assured them she had a great mentor who would surely help her win. Cat told Tank to sell her belongings and drew a map to the location of her pocketed earnings and her will. She thanked him for always being there and becoming sober for her. She turned to Pedal and thanked him for being her best friend, regretting never asking him out. She asked Pedal to take care of her patients, attempting to make a list of important details. However, the peacekeepers arrived before she could finish and escorted her to the hoverjet.
Meanwhile, Jack was visited by Tyre, his only friend who was one of the few who managed to stay sober during the sudden uptake of drugs and alcohol at reaping week. She consoled him as he began to cry and reassured his other friends would come if they weren't also high. Jack claimed to not care about them, but instead expressed disappointment in his parents for not coming. Tyre assured him that she believed in him. Jack shrugged and said, “At least I’ll die knowing I had one friend.” Tyre responded with “If that nervous wreck Oslo could make it as far as he did, then I'm sure you can get that little bit extra and win." She kissed him on the lips before giving him a final embrace, promising a surprised Jack that she would wait for him. Jack then made her promise that if he doesn’t make it to not wait so long to find someone else. The peacekeepers arrived and brought him to the hoverjet.
When Jack and Cat got on the hovercraft, Phoebe was already waiting at the dining table. She asked Jack to hand over any contraband warmweed he may have before they got started. He initially refused, arguing that he would need them to not break down during training. Cat reminded him that his best chance at winning would be staying sober, recalling Phoebe telling her about last year’s tributes ruining their pregames chances due to them being high. She offered to help him stay calm during the following events, bringing up her training in therapy. This seemed to persuade him to hand over the warmweed he kept in his pocket. Little did they know, he was secretly concealing a teeny fraction in the sole of his shoe. The group spent the next few hours discussing strategy. As opposed to most mentors, who would explain the upcoming events before having them watch previous games, Phoebe crafted a presentation with a slide show. The slideshow touched on the topics of the pregame events, finding water sources, creating makeshift weapons and making and handling alliances. In previous years, Phoebe used pictures and videos from previous games but this year she replaced them with stop motion animation and drawings depicting the scenarios.
When the presentation was over, Phoebe asked her tributes to tell her what their strategy for training would be. Cat was the first to answer, detailing how she would use her time to learn survival skills. However, she was indecisive on what weapon to choose. Jack, on the other hand, decided he would learn to use a knife and try his hand at camouflage. Phoebe appeared satisfied with their initial answers and instructed them to mull over their indecision. She gave them the time of noon tomorrow to come to her with their final decision. Phoebe attempted to retire her tributes to their quarters, but Jack asked if he could watch her games. Phoebe was taken aback by this. She was about to refuse, but Cat expressed her desire to see it as well. Phoebe relented and turned on the 3rd Hunger Games. While watching, Jack commended the swordsmanship of Kento (the D3 tribute and Mirabelle’s biological father) before considering practicing with a sword instead. Cat repeated the praise while condemning Carson (Phoebe’s district partner)’s brutality, even going as far as comparing him to one of the unruly patients in the mental asylum ward at the Kento Rehabilitation Centre. She turned to hear Phoebe’s thoughts, but saw her tearfully struggling to refrain herself from grabbing a bottle of whiskey. Cat rushed to her and put the bottle down, embracing her as she cried. She ordered Jack to turn off the games, which he did after seeing the climactic battle between her and Carson. Phoebe eventually calmed down and ordered her tributes to bed for the night. Night cameras showed that Cat did some light reading on a book about lizards and amphibians she found before sleeping. Meanwhile, Jack mulled over whether or not he should consume his contraband. He ultimately decided to ask the peacekeeper outside his door to bring him a strong tasting but nonalcoholic drink. He learned from him that all of the drinks in the District 6 apartment were nonalcoholic, leading him to accept a lemon vodka.
The next morning, the tributes woke up to a light breakfast and were asked to clean up quickly and select clothes provided in their wardrobes. This became a tradition Phoebe picked up for her tributes after Jase Toliver tried it for the District 8 tributes of the 2nd Quinquennial Quell (15th Hunger Games). The tradition became handy that year as the Capital was going through a heat wave. Due to being farther north and experiencing the harshest winters of Panem, District 6 wasn’t used to the warmer climate. This was brought up when Jack opened one of the windows, which blew a humid draft in. Phoebe instructed them to dress for the heat, Cat choosing a V neck tank top with cutoff denim shorts while Jack wore a henley shirt with board shorts.
The tributes were greeted by a respectable sized crowd despite being on the lower end of the visitation numbers. District 6 usually ended up with the second or third lowest turnout. depending on the sobriety of their tributes with this year having the fifth lowest turnout. Many of the crowd members flocked to Phoebe, either calling her by name or as “The Philosopher”. Many asked how Mirabelle was doing, knowing she turned thirteen not long ago. Phoebe graciously answered their questions, but urged them to meet her tributes. Jack took surprisingly well to the crowd, shaking hands with people his age and charming an elderly woman with flattery. She pinched his cheeks, telling him how adorable he was and promising to sponsor him if he keeps it up. Cat was nervous at first, but the people skills she learned from her job quickly took over. She gave pleasantries and charmed the crowds with her manners. She even managed to convince a few Captalites to open up about their personal lives so she could get them to relate to her. Jack walked over to her while she was advising a certain young man to tell his crush how he felt. Jack put his arm around her shoulder and assured them she could be everyone’s shrink if she could. Cat piggybacked off this, declaring that they would be missing out if they didn’t sponsor them. When Phoebe finally managed to escape the paparazzi, she ushered her tributes into the limousine. Phoebe thanked them for behaving and making a good impression. Cat commended Jack’s people skills, wondering where they were before. Jack simply stated he realized the gravity of the situation while he was dressing and decided to do his best to make it home to his friend Tyre.
When the group arrived at the apartment, they were greeted by this year’s stylist Sasha Grasseed. Phoebe became annoyed upon recognizing her. It was rumored that Sasha had only achieved her position by sleeping with pregame event organizer Dermont Toolly. Cat and Jack attempted to introduce themselves, but Sasha cut them off. She claimed to be on a tight schedule and barked at them to stand in place for their measurements. She then ordered her assistant Morrana Cloudveil to do the measurements. Phoebe questioned if having an assistant was allowed, but Sasha brushed this off claiming it made things easier. Phoebe mumbled to herself, “Yeah because everything comes easy for you.” The Juicy Tidbits podcast had a five-minute discussion over this particular comment, wondering if there was unspoken beef between the two. Phoebe asked to see some of the design, but Sasha said she already decided on a mechanic outfit covered in nails. Phoebe tried to speak again but was rudely interrupted. An exasperated Sasha growled that her design was final, and she was going to leave to get started and to "find an actual drink".
By the time she left, Morrana apologized for Sasha's behavior and remarked that she tried to tell her she was thinking of the nuts, bolts and nails used for construction. Phoebe said that it was fine and suggested to her tributes to try and play into the peculiar nature of the designs. Jack asked what her problem was, calling her a “high strung bitch queen”. Cat suggested Sasha thought the position was above her talents and only accepted to hopefully win the title of Blanco Fashion Magazine’s Best Dressed. Phoebe considered the theory plausible and suggested they throw Sasha under the bus in interviews if the parade doesn’t work out. Morrana agreed, explaining that the only way to bring down a stylist is if they screw up and enough people talk about it. Cat and Jack promised to do so. Phoebe decided to turn on replays of the reapings and advised her tributes to study their opponents.
Immediately after leaving District 6, Sherpa and his entourage arrived in District 4. In the commentator’s booth, Artemis and Luther revealed that District 4 was also going through a heat wave, which forced the refrigeration system to work overtime to protect the latest catch and produce. Three freezer boxes, two containing salmon and one squid, had to be emptied and their contents disposed of when the insulation failed. As Mayor Phillip gave Sherpa a tour, people would stop and stare at Parth as he trailed along. Little kids ran up and asked to pet him, to which Sherpa happily obliged. Sherpa showed much interest in District 4’s naval and fishing industry, especially the latter. Much to Sherpa's dismay, especially after seeing mass poverty across the other districts, he complained about some of the fish being thrown away despite still being good to eat. He claimed that some citizens across Panem would be willing to eat it, buying some various fillets on the spot. He did a cooking demonstration for Mayor Phillip, creating sushi with salmon and serving it as their lunch.
On their way to the reaping square, they stopped to pick up District 4’s victor Gill Henderson at the Slippery Shell, the most popular pub in District 4 where Dolph Masterson (ally to Bacchus Johnson of the 9th Hunger Games) dreamed of the many cocktails now sold under the Johnson’s Jazzy Juices brand. When they arrived at the reaping square, the blue clad potential tributes were already lined up and waiting. Sherpa noticed that the majority looked unfazed due to District 4 generally performing quite well, many holding onto the hope of their next victor coming very soon. So much so that the district had the honour of having the Capital’s third fan group, the Buccaneers, always ready to support them.
Sherpa gave a pre-translated speech that he read very well due to improvements in his English. He asked the women if they had any volunteers. Receiving no reply, he stepped towards the female reaping bowl. He pulled out the name of fourteen year old Pearl Riverstone. Cameras zoomed in on a short tanned girl with dirty blonde pigtails wearing a sky blue skirt and white shirt. Pearl loudly cried over her name being called and begged anyone to volunteer for her. As she sombered forward, protests were heard across the crowd. Luther pulled up a note card and revealed that Pearl's parents ran one of the many pubs across District 4. Her family’s pub The Brine was one of the more popular amongst working class people, attendance sometimes rivalling the Slippery Shell. Pearl would normally be found waiting tables at The Brine or playing with her friends on the riverwalk. Sherpa felt sorry for the girl and forgoed the hand shaking in place of letting her hug Parth. Pearl thanked Sherpa and proceeded to take her place to the right of the stage.
Sherpa took a deep breath and reiterated the volunteer question to the men. He again received no reply and went towards the male reaping bowl. He pulled a name from the bottom and pulled it out, nearly dropping it when a gust of wind blew through. He read the name of eighteen year old Mortimer Beckett. Many members in the enclosures and outside audiences began whispering amongst themselves. Gill Henderson appeared surprised, clueing Capital viewers that he was familiar with him. In the commentator’s booth, Artemis urged the cameras to find this person, wondering what made him so known. Cameras circled around the area for a moment until spotting a muscled man with sunkissed brown wavy hair and hazel green eyes. The most interesting thing about him was the shackles on his hands and being accompanied by two peacekeepers.
Mortimer cursed to himself upon hearing his name and grumbled to his guards to get it over with. While he shuffled to the stage, Luther pulled some notes together. He revealed to the audience that Mortimer was a shiphand who worked on the same dock Gill Henderson manages. The chains were as a precaution as two weeks ago, Mortimer was caught smuggling a small supply of warmweed and District 6 professor Tobias Stephens into District 4’s waters. Tobias was seeking asylum in District 4 and was given a fake ID, but was caught hours after landing. He was executed in District 4’s town square. Artemis thought he looked handsome and wanted to see the muscles underneath his thin white undershirt. She was confused by the black eyeliner encompassing his right eye, wondering if he tried to paint a tattoo there. She also swore she could see something blue etched into his skin, wondering if he had a back tattoo. Mortimer didn’t want to shake Sherpa’s hand, but was intimidated by Parth’s cold black eyes and relented. Mayor Phillip congratulated this year’s tributes before dismissing them to the waiting rooms in the Town Centre.
Pearl was visited by both parents and her older sister Henrietta. Pearl couldn’t stop crying, her parents trying her best to calm her down. It was eventually Henrietta that temporarily ceased her hysterics. She asked her little sister to listen to her mentor and try her best. She implied she could remind Gill of the district partner he lost in his games and get extra attention. Pearl asked, “What about my partner? He could protect me.” Henrietta’s face furrowed into a frown. She insisted she not trust him, claiming he would only look out for himself like he always did. Pearl lamented that she couldn’t possibly win and was scared. Her mother assured her that a fourteen year old girl from District 7 won before, reminding her of Vixen Furtherson (victor of the 14th Hunger Games). Pearl asked if they thought she could have the chance to meet her, to which the parents thought she would. The four had a final embrace before peacekeepers arrived. Pearl resumed her hysterics the second the first peacekeeper grabbed her and she cried as she was dragged to the Speedy Submarine.
Meanwhile, Mortimer was initially all alone in his room. He was pacing back and forth, a couple tears falling from his eyes. Suddenly, the door opened and his girlfriend Meridia Vilewater entered. She embraced him and apologised for not coming sooner. Mortimer said it was alright, simply glad someone showed up. Meridia said, “I’m sorry your father couldn’t make it. I promise to look after him.” Mortimer thanked her and expressed how grateful he was for her being there when the entire town wasn’t. He joked how her father didn’t have to worry about him poking around anymore, but Meridia began to tear up upon hearing this. He apologised and assured her he would try his best to win and not only bring honour to the district, but possibly help his father. He then snarkily said, “Who knows? Maybe your dad will accept me?” Meridia betted he would and gave him a final embrace, knowing their time was short. Mortimer whispered to her the location of his secret stash of “medicine” before being dragged out of the room and to the Speedy Submarine.
Pearl and Mortimer found themselves in the lounge area. Pearl nervously sat on the couch and waited for their mentor to show. Mortimer gave her a stare before silently resigning himself to the bar. He was downing a Woeful Whiskful cocktail from Johnson’s Jazzy Juices when their mentor Gill Henderson entered the room. He gave a momentary glance to Mortimer before introducing himself to Pearl. Pearl claimed to know him from his shanty performance during the Saint Patrick’s Day celebration at The Brine. Gill appreciated the sentiment before diverting the conversation. He point-blankedly asked what skills she had. She shrugged and simply stated she was a waitress. Gill pondered over this and asked how many orders she handled on average. Pearl answered she would normally keep track of the orders of 4-5 tables simultaneously, even recalling a day she juggled eight tables at once. Gill explained she was an effective communicator and a multitasker, two skills that could prove crucial to her survival. He caught her nervously glancing at the despondent Mortimer sitting on the barstool. Gill walked over to him and greeted him. Pearl asked if he knew him, to which Gill confirmed. Mortimer dejectedly stated that everyone knew him and that he was infamous. Gill argued that he didn’t help himself with the image he projected and asked what his father would think. Mortimer snapped that he didn’t know anything and to drop it. The tone in his voice scared Pearl, but Mortimer was kind enough to apologise to her for his outburst.
Gill took this opportunity to give them the routine rundown of the events to come. He recommended they devise ways to get the Capital to like them, reminding them of the importance of sponsors. Gill looked down at Pearl and said she was adorable and could use that. Pearl decided to better improve her look to play into the cute persona. Gill turned to Mortimer, who was still sipping from his glass but paying close attention. Gill said that his criminal record and standoffish attitude wouldn’t help matters, suggesting he lighten up. He also explained that he knew some of his stories that could be used as sob stories for the audience. Mortimer claimed those to be private. He grumbled that he didn’t need any help before resigning himself to the training room. Gill hollered back to at least consider using his strength as an asset. Pearl asked what his deal was, claiming to have only heard the story of him smuggling “the professor from 6’ in. Gill sighed and asked her to sit down. He decided to disclose that Mortimer’s mother abandoned him and his disabled father when he was six, leaving him to become man of the house. He had some traumatic experiences with a few of District 4’s bad apples and had trust issues, enough to turn away those who genuinely wanted to help, including Alexander Riverstone. Pearl, hearing her father’s name dropped, wanted to know more, but Gill decided it was a story for another time. He instead called the dinner cart in and turned on the TV. He turned on the 13th and 14th Hunger Games, both erecting Ashley Chen and Vixen Furtherson, the youngest victors in history. Gill asked Pearl to take notes on their performances in hopes of settling on a strategy.
While she took notes, Gill visited the training room and approached Mortimer who was lifting weights. Gill notified him of the dinner cart and pleaded with him to join them. Mortimer relented and dropped his weight. Before they entered the lounge area, Gill put a hand on Mortimer’s shoulder and told him there was no shame in wanting to talk as he didn’t want him to die in the arena with things remaining unsaid. Mortimer hesitated before wordlessly filling his plate. He brought his plate to the couch and began watching the finale of the 14th games with Pearl. When the games ended, Pearl got up to make her plate while Mortimer turned on Gill’s games and made notes of his own. Pearl sat down to watch and chuckled at the iconic “Bye Felicia” tagline but averted her eyes when Gill’s district partner Angel was killed. When the finale showdown between Gill and Furler (D12 male tribute) came up, Mortimer paid close attention. Pearl asked if he was studying his trident fighting style to which he confirmed, stating his desire to practise the trident. After dinner, Gill broke into song and began improvising a sea shanty. Pearl began to dance to the melody while Mortimer nodded his head and slipped a smile in. Gill sent his tributes to bed and spent an extra few minutes at the bar, drinking a Huma Hurricane.
The next morning, the Speedy Submarine arrived at the Darius Dock on the Capital docks. Gill ordered his tributes to brush their hair and teeth as well as put on nice clothes. He even loaned his aftershave to Mortimer when there wasn’t any found in his room. Gill inspected them head to toe and reminded them to make an impression, telling Pearl to stay adorable and Mortimer to lighten up. The hatch opened and the three were bombarded with the cheers of adoring Buccaneers (avid fans of District 4). While most of the attendees swarmed around this year’s tributes, there was a small zealous group who called for the Brotherly Sailor, asking him to sing. Gill refrained from doing so, knowing it would take away attention from his mentees. Pearl played into her cuteness, flashing big smiles and waving her hands. She took pictures with many of the young girls, some even asking to touch her pigtails. One blushing boy walked up with a golden tiara and asked to put it on her head. She nodded and bowed, letting him place the tiara on her head. She thanked her “prince charming”, telling him she will go on a date with him if she wins.
Meanwhile, Mortimer didn’t say much but received much attention regardless. He took pictures with many of the teens in the crowds, one even giving him a prop trident to pose with. He also allowed the girls to squeeze his biceps and fawn over his wavy hair. Mortimer was beginning to feel annoyed and tried to find an excuse to step away. It came to a head when one eager girl asked if he had a girlfriend. He wretched himself away from the girls’ grasp, but another girl still had a hold of his shirt. The shirt tore to shreds in her hands, exposing the massive back tattoo on his back. Cameras got a close look at the illustration of the fabled Kraken inked onto the majority of his back, some of its tentacles stretching up his neck and around his chest. This unexpected turn of events becomes its own fiasco with more girls putting their hands all over his back. Pearl pushed some of the girls away and took pictures with the Kraken. Gill noticed this and quickly ushered his tributes to the limousine.
The three arrived at their apartment to see their stylist Minerva Panson waiting for them. Minerva was a tattoo artist who applied for the position of Hunger Games stylist to expand her business. This was Minerva’s second year as a stylist, having been District 11’s stylist the previous year. She greeted Gill and his tributes, excited to talk parade costumes with them. She knelt down and told Pearl how adorable she was, pinching her cheeks. She stood up and was slightly put off by Mortimer, who still felt humiliated by what happened at the parade. Minerva said she loved his tattoo, but it needed some polishing. Mortimer grunted a thanks and went into his room to find a shirt. Pearl was excited to see what outfit she had planned, begging to see her sketchbook. Minerva flipped through the pages with Gill, pointing out her favourites. Gill asked about her most recent sketch of an underwater king and mermaid costume. Minerva explained that she was inspired after a recent tattoo she gave a Buccaneer and the idea was reinforced by Mortimer’s Kraken tattoo. Pearl liked her mermaid outfit and asked if she could have her hair wet.
Mortimer came back in to see their final decision. Minerva said he would have to showcase his tattoo some more to go with her costume idea, revealing that it went viral on the Capital Internet. Mortimer was against it at first, but relented when Minerva offered to polish it and add a new one of his choosing at the ends of the tentacles on his chest. Interested, he agreed. She wondered aloud about the eyeliner around his right eye, rubbing her thumb on it. She inspected the residue and revealed to the room’s occupants it was fake. Mortimer sighed and admitted it was, but insisted he only applied it to spite those who dislike him and that he would never etch an actual tattoo on his face. While Minerva worked, Pearl complimented Mortimer’s tattoo, remarking how if she won, she would get a tattoo of her own. Mortimer chuckled, saying, “Just remember, real tattoos are permanent.”
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2023.05.27 19:20 Schizochinia Sanji nerfed himself immensely and still destroyed Queen.

Without the raid suit he lost an additional layer of defense, a cape shield that could probably block Queen’s lasers, actual flight which combined with his speed from the power up would’ve given him the ability o go invisible near indefinitely bc he doesn’t have to use stamina to sky walk, and actual invisibility.
Queen would’ve stood absolutely zero chance had Sanji used the raid suit so it makes sense he didn’t, especially bc it adds to his resolve as well as him fighting without a tool/weapon.
Sanji also clears King with the raid suit. Before the mutation he completely tanked an attack that would’ve killed anyone else. Mutation + raid suit eats that and most of King’s attacks outside of the magma dragon, which Sanji could outspeed. There’s also a chance the cape shield + raid suit + exoskeleton could get through the magma flames. He’s smart enough to notice King’s gimmick especially when he can go invisible and wait for King to do what he did to Queen with his speed. And it’s not mentioned that conquerors is a requirement to cut King, it’s only stated he loses his durability when his flames are off but gains speed, even though his innate durability is already high.
In conclusion, it makes sense Sanji lost the raid suit but he significantly nerfed himself and could’ve beaten both King and Queen.
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2023.05.27 16:47 1-PM FIDE chess rules

Part 1/3 (rest in comments) : 1 E.I.01 FIDE LAWS of CHESS Contents: PREFACE page 2 BASIC RULES OF PLAY Article 1: The nature and objectives of the game of chess page 2 Article 2: The initial position of the pieces on the chessboard page 3 Article 3: The moves of the pieces page 4 Article 4: The act of moving the pieces page 7 Article 5: The completion of the game page 8 COMPETITION RULES Article 6: The chess clock page 9 Article 7: Irregularities page 11 Article 8: The recording of the moves page 11 Article 9: The drawn game page 12 Article 10: Quickplay finish page 13 Article 11: Points page 14 Article 12: The conduct of the players page 14 Article 13: The role of the arbiter (see Preface) page 15 Article 14: FIDE page 16 Appendices: A. Rapidplay page 17 B. Blitz page 17 C. Algebraic notation page 18 D. Quickplay finishes where no arbiter is present in the venue page 20 E. Rules for play with Blind and Visually Handicapped page 20 F. Chess960 rules page 22 Guidelines in case a game needs to be adjourned page 24 2 FIDE Laws of Chess cover over-the-board play. The English text is the authentic version of the Laws of Chess, which was adopted at the 79th FIDE Congress at Dresden (Germany), November 2008, coming into force on 1 July 2009. In these Laws the words ‘he’, ‘him’ and ‘his’ include ‘she’ and ‘her’. PREFACE The Laws of Chess cannot cover all possible situations that may arise during a game, nor can they regulate all administrative questions. Where cases are not precisely regulated by an Article of the Laws, it should be possible to reach a correct decision by studying analogous situations which are discussed in the Laws. The Laws assume that arbiters have the necessary competence, sound judgement and absolute objectivity. Too detailed a rule might deprive the arbiter of his freedom of judgement and thus prevent him from finding the solution to a problem dictated by fairness, logic and special factors. FIDE appeals to all chess players and federations to accept this view. A member federation is free to introduce more detailed rules provided they: a. do not conflict in any way with the official FIDE Laws of Chess, and b. are limited to the territory of the federation concerned, and c. are not valid for any FIDE match, championship or qualifying event, or for a FIDE title or rating tournament. BASIC RULES OF PLAY Article 1: The nature and objectives of the game of chess 1.1 The game of chess is played between two opponents who move their pieces alternately on a square board called a ‘chessboard’. The player with the white pieces commences the game. A player is said to ‘have the move’, when his opponent’s move has been ‘made’. (See Article 6.7) 1.2 The objective of each player is to place the opponent’s king ‘under attack’ in such a way that the opponent has no legal move. The player who achieves this goal is said to have ‘checkmated’ the opponent’s king and to have won the game. Leaving one’s own king under attack, exposing one’s own king to attack and also ’capturing’ the opponent’s king are not allowed. The opponent whose king has been checkmated has lost the game. 1.3 If the position is such that neither player can possibly checkmate, the game is drawn. 3 Article 2: The initial position of the pieces on the chessboard 2.1 The chessboard is composed of an 8 x 8 grid of 64 equal squares alternately light (the ‘white’ squares) and dark (the ‘black’ squares). The chessboard is placed between the players in such a way that the near corner square to the right of the player is white. 2.2 At the beginning of the game one player has 16 light-coloured pieces (the ‘white’ pieces); the other has 16 dark-coloured pieces (the ‘black’ pieces). These pieces are as follows: A white king usually indicated by the symbol A white queen usually indicated by the symbol Two white rooks usually indicated by the symbol Two white bishops usually indicated by the symbol Two white knights usually indicated by the symbol Eight white pawns usually indicated by the symbol A black king usually indicated by the symbol A black queen usually indicated by the symbol Two black rooks usually indicated by the symbol Two black bishops usually indicated by the symbol Two black knights usually indicated by the symbol Eight black pawns usually indicated by the symbol 2.3 The initial position of the pieces on the chessboard is as follows: 2.4 The eight vertical columns of squares are called ‘files’. The eight horizontal rows of squares are called ‘ranks’. A straight line of squares of the same colour, running from one edge of the board to an adjacent edge, is called a ‘diagonal’. 4 Article 3: The moves of the pieces 3.1 It is not permitted to move a piece to a square occupied by a piece of the same colour. If a piece moves to a square occupied by an opponent’s piece the latter is captured and removed from the chessboard as part of the same move. A piece is said to attack an opponent’s piece if the piece could make a capture on that square according to the Articles 3.2 to 3.8. A piece is considered to attack a square, even if such a piece is constrained from moving to that square because it would then leave or place the king of its own colour under attack. 3.2 The bishop may move to any square along a diagonal on which it stands. 3.3 The rook may move to any square along the file or the rank on which it stands. 3.4 The queen may move to any square along the file, the rank or a diagonal on which it stands. 5 3.5 When making these moves the bishop, rook or queen may not move over any intervening pieces. 3.6 The knight may move to one of the squares nearest to that on which it stands but not on the same rank, file or diagonal. 3.7 a. The pawn may move forward to the unoccupied square immediately in front of it on the same file, or b. on its first move the pawn may move as in 3.7.a or alternatively it may advance two squares along the same file provided both squares are unoccupied, or c. the pawn may move to a square occupied by an opponent’s piece, which is diagonally in front of it on an adjacent file, capturing that piece. d. A pawn attacking a square crossed by an opponent’s pawn which has advanced two squares in one move from its original square may capture this opponent’s pawn as though the latter had been moved only one square. This capture is only legal on the move following this advance and is called an ‘en passant’ capture. 6 e. When a pawn reaches the rank furthest from its starting position it must be exchanged as part of the same move on the same square for a new queen, rook, bishop or knight of the same colour. The player’s choice is not restricted to pieces that have been captured previously. This exchange of a pawn for another piece is called ‘promotion’ and the effect of the new piece is immediate. 3.8 a. There are two different ways of moving the king: by moving to any adjoining square not attacked by one or more of the opponent’s pieces or by ‘castling’. This is a move of the king and either rook of the same colour along the player’s first rank, counting as a single move of the king and executed as follows: the king is transferred from its original square two squares towards the rook on its original square, then that rook is transferred to the square the king has just crossed. Before white kingside castling After white kingside castling Before black queenside castling After black queenside castling Before white queenside castling After white queenside castling Before black kingside castling After black kingside castling 7 b. (1) The right to castle has been lost: [a] if the king has already moved, or [b] with a rook that has already moved. (2) Castling is prevented temporarily: [a] if the square on which the king stands, or the square which it must cross, or the square which it is to occupy, is attacked by one or more of the opponent's pieces, or [b] if there is any piece between the king and the rook with which castling is to be effected. 3.9 The king is said to be 'in check' if it is attacked by one or more of the opponent's pieces, even if such pieces are constrained from moving to that square because they would then leave or place their own king in check. No piece can be moved that will either expose the king of the same colour to check or leave that king in check. Article 4: The act of moving the pieces 4.1 Each move must be made with one hand only. 4.2 Provided that he first expresses his intention (for example by saying „j’adoube“ or “I adjust”), the player having the move may adjust one or more pieces on their squares. 4.3 Except as provided in Article 4.2, if the player having the move deliberately touches on the chessboard: a. one or more of his own pieces, he must move the first piece touched which can be moved b. one or more of his opponent’s pieces, he must capture the first piece touched which can be captured c. one piece of each colour, he must capture the opponent’s piece with his piece or, if this is illegal, move or capture the first piece touched which can be moved or captured. If it is unclear, whether the player’s own piece or his opponent’s was touched first, the player’s own piece shall be considered to have been touched before his opponent’s. 4.4 If a player having the move: a. deliberately touches his king and rook he must castle on that side if it is legal to do so b. deliberately touches a rook and then his king he is not allowed to castle on that side on that move and the situation shall be governed by Article 4.3.a c. intending to castle, touches the king or king and rook at the same time, but castling on that side is illegal, the player must make another legal move with his king (which may include castling on the other side). If the king has no legal move, the player is free to make any legal move d. promotes a pawn, the choice of the piece is finalised, when the piece has touched the square of promotion. 8 4.5 If none of the pieces touched can be moved or captured, the player may make any legal move. 4.6 When, as a legal move or part of a legal move, a piece has been released on a square, it cannot be moved to another square on this move. The move is then considered to have been made: a. in the case of a capture, when the captured piece has been removed from the chessboard and the player, having placed his own piece on its new square, has released this capturing piece from his hand b. in the case of castling, when the player's hand has released the rook on the square previously crossed by the king. When the player has released the king from his hand, the move is not yet made, but the player no longer has the right to make any move other than castling on that side, if this is legal c. in the case of the promotion of a pawn, when the pawn has been removed from the chessboard and the player's hand has released the new piece after placing it on the promotion square. If the player has released from his hand the pawn that has reached the promotion square, the move is not yet made, but the player no longer has the right to play the pawn to another square. The move is called legal when all the relevant requirements of Article 3 have been fulfilled. If the move is not legal, another move shall be made instead as per Article 4.5. 4.7 A player forfeits his right to a claim against his opponent’s violation of Article 4 once he deliberately touches a piece. Article 5: The completion of the game 5.1 a. The game is won by the player who has checkmated his opponent’s king. This immediately ends the game, provided that the move producing the checkmate position was a legal move. b. The game is won by the player whose opponent declares he resigns. This immediately ends the game. 5.2 a. The game is drawn when the player to move has no legal move and his king is not in check. The game is said to end in ‘stalemate’. This immediately ends the game, provided that the move producing the stalemate position was legal. b. The game is drawn when a position has arisen in which neither player can checkmate the opponent’s king with any series of legal moves. The game is said to end in a ‘dead position’. This immediately ends the game, provided that the move producing the position was legal. (See Article 9.6) c. The game is drawn upon agreement between the two players during the game. This immediately ends the game. (See Article 9.1) d. The game may be drawn if any identical position is about to appear or has appeared on the chessboard at least three times. (See Article 9.2) e. The game may be drawn if each player has made at least the last 50 consecutive moves without the movement of any pawn and without any capture. (See Article 9.3) 9 COMPETITION RULES Article 6: The chess clock 6.1 ‘Chess clock’ means a clock with two time displays, connected to each other in such a way that only one of them can run at one time. ‘Clock’ in the Laws of Chess, means one of the two time displays. Each time display has a ‘flag’. ‘Flag fall’ means the expiration of the allotted time for a player. 6.2 a. When using a chess clock, each player must make a minimum number of moves or all moves in an allotted period of time and/or may be allocated an additional amount of time with each move. All these must be specified in advance. b. The time saved by a player during one period is added to his time available for the next period, except in the ‘time delay’ mode. In the time delay mode both players receive an allotted ‘main thinking time’. Each player also receives a ‘fixed extra time’ with every move. The countdown of the main time only commences after the fixed time has expired. Provided the player stops his clock before the expiration of the fixed time, the main thinking time does not change, irrespective of the proportion of the fixed time used. 6.3 Immediately after a flag falls, the requirements of article 6.2 a. must be checked. 6.4 Before the start of the game the arbiter decides where the chess clock is placed. 6.5 At the time determined for the start of the game the clock of the player who has the white pieces is started. 6.6 a. Any player who arrives at the chessboard after the start of the session shall lose the game. Thus the default time is 0 minutes. The rules of a competition may specify otherwise. b. If the rules of a competition specify a different default time, the following shall apply. If neither player is present initially, the player who has the white pieces shall lose all the time that elapses until he arrives, unless the rules of the competition specify or the arbiter decides otherwise. 6.7 a. During the game each player, having made his move on the chessboard, shall stop his own clock and start his opponent’s clock. A player must always be allowed to stop his clock. His move is not considered to have been completed until he has done so, unless the move that was made ends the game. (See the Articles 5.1.a, 5.2.a, 5.2.b, 5.2.c and 9.6) The time between making the move on the chessboard and stopping his own clock and starting his opponent‘s clock is regarded as part of the time allotted to the player. b. A player must stop his clock with the same hand as that with which he made his move. It is forbidden for a player to keep his finger on the button or to ‘hover’ over it. 10 c. The players must handle the chess clock properly. It is forbidden to punch it forcibly, to pick it up or to knock it over. Improper clock handling shall be penalised in accordance with Article 13.4. d. If a player is unable to use the clock, an assistant, who must be acceptable to the arbiter, may be provided by the player to perform this operation. His clock shall be adjusted by the arbiter in an equitable way. 6.8 A flag is considered to have fallen when the arbiter observes the fact or when either player has made a valid claim to that effect. 6.9 Except where one of the Articles: 5.1.a, 5.1.b, 5.2.a, 5.2.b, 5.2.c applies, if a player does not complete the prescribed number of moves in the allotted time, the game is lost by the player. However, the game is drawn, if the position is such that the opponent cannot checkmate the player’s king by any possible series of legal moves. 6.10 a. Every indication given by the clocks is considered to be conclusive in the absence of any evident defect. A chess clock with an evident defect shall be replaced. The arbiter shall replace the clock and use his best judgment when determining the times to be shown on the replacement chess clocks. b. If during a game it is found that the setting of either or both clocks was incorrect, either player or the arbiter shall stop the clocks immediately. The arbiter shall install the correct setting and adjust the times and move counter. He shall use his best judgement when determining the correct settings. 6.11 If both flags have fallen and it is impossible to establish which flag fell first then: a. the game shall continue if it happens in any period of the game except the last period b. the game is drawn if it happens in the period of a game, in which all remaining moves must be completed. 6.12 a. If the game needs to be interrupted, the arbiter shall stop the clocks. b. A player may stop the clocks only in order to seek the arbiter’s assistance, for example when promotion has taken place and the piece required is not available. c. The arbiter shall decide when the game is to be restarted in either case. d. If a player stops the clocks in order to seek the arbiter’s assistance, the arbiter shall determine if the player had any valid reason for doing so. If it is obvious that the player had no valid reason for stopping the clocks, the player shall be penalised according to Article 13.4. 6.13 If an irregularity occurs and/or the pieces have to be restored to a previous position, the arbiter shall use his best judgement to determine the times to be shown on the clocks. He shall also, if necessary, adjust the clock’s move counter. 6.14 Screens, monitors, or demonstration boards showing the current position on the chessboard, the moves and the number of moves made, and clocks which also show the number of moves, are allowed in the playing hall. However, the player may not make a claim relying solely on information shown in this manner. 11 Article 7: Irregularities 7.1 a. If during a game it is found that the initial position of the pieces was incorrect, the game shall be cancelled and a new game played. b. If during a game it is found that the chessboard has been placed contrary to Article 2.1, the game continues but the position reached must be transferred to a correctly placed chessboard. 7.2 If a game has begun with colours reversed then it shall continue, unless the arbiter rules otherwise. 7.3 If a player displaces one or more pieces, he shall re-establish the correct position on his own time. If necessary, either the player or his opponent shall stop the clocks and ask for the arbiter’s assistance. The arbiter may penalise the player who displaced the pieces. 7.4 a. If during a game it is found that an illegal move, including failing to meet the requirements of the promotion of a pawn or capturing the opponent’s king, has been completed, the position immediately before the irregularity shall be reinstated. If the position immediately before the irregularity cannot be determined the game shall continue from the last identifiable position prior to the irregularity. The clocks shall be adjusted according to Article 6.13. The Articles 4.3 and 4.6 apply to the move replacing the illegal move. The game shall then continue from this reinstated position. b. After the action taken under Article 7.4.a, for the first two illegal moves by a player the arbiter shall give two minutes extra time to his opponent in each instance; for a third illegal move by the same player, the arbiter shall declare the game lost by this player. However, the game is drawn if the position is such that the opponent cannot checkmate the player’s king by any possible series of legal moves. 7.5 If during a game it is found that pieces have been displaced from their squares, the position before the irregularity shall be re-instated. If the position immediately before the irregularity cannot be determined, the game shall continue from the last identifiable position prior to the irregularity. The clocks shall be adjusted according to Article 6.13. The game shall then continue from this re-instated position. Article 8: The recording of the moves 8.1 In the course of play each player is required to record his own moves and those of his opponent in the correct manner, move after move, as clearly and legibily as possible, in the algebraic notation (See Appendix C), on the scoresheet prescribed for the competition. It is forbidden to write the moves in advance, unless the player is claiming a draw according to Article 9.2, or 9.3 or adjourning a game according to the Guidelines of Adjourned Games point 1.a. A player may reply to his opponent’s move before recording it, if he so wishes. He must record his previous move before making another. Both players must record the offer of a draw on the scoresheet. (See Appendix C.13) 12 If a player is unable to keep score, an assistant, who must be acceptable to the arbiter, may be provided by the player to write the moves. His clock shall be adjusted by the arbiter in an equitable way. 8.2 The scoresheet shall be visible to the arbiter throughout the game. 8.3 The scoresheets are the property of the organisers of the event. 8.4 If a player has less than five minutes left on his clock at some stage in a period and does not have additional time of 30 seconds or more added with each move, then for the remainder of the period he is not obliged to meet the requirements of Article 8.1. Immediately after one flag has fallen the player must update his scoresheet completely before moving a piece on the chessboard. 8.5 a. If neither player is required to keep score under Article 8.4, the arbiter or an assistant should try to be present and keep score. In this case, immediately after one flag has fallen, the arbiter shall stop the clocks. Then both players shall update their scoresheets, using the arbiter’s or the opponent’s scoresheet. b. If only one player is not required to keep score under Article 8.4, he must, as soon as either flag has fallen, update his scoresheet completely before moving a piece on the chessboard. Provided it is the player’s move, he may use his opponent’s scoresheet, but must return it before making a move. c. If no complete scoresheet is available, the players must reconstruct the game on a second chessboard under the control of the arbiter or an assistant. He shall first record the actual game position, clock times and the number of moves made, if this information is available, before reconstruction takes place. 8.6 If the scoresheets cannot be brought up to date showing that a player has overstepped the allotted time, the next move made shall be considered as the first of the following time period, unless there is evidence that more moves have been made. 8.7 At the conclusion of the game both players shall sign both scoresheets, indicating the result of the game. Even if incorrect, this result shall stand, unless the arbiter decides otherwise. Article 9: The drawn game 9.1 a. The rules of a competition may specify that players cannot agree to a draw, whether in less than a specified number of moves or at all, without the consent of the arbiter. b. If the rules of a competition allow a draw agreement the following apply: (1) A player wishing to offer a draw shall do so after having made a move on the chessboard and before stopping his clock and starting the opponent’s clock. An offer at any other time during play is still valid but Article 12.6 must be considered. No conditions can be attached to the offer. In both cases the offer cannot be withdrawn and remains valid until the opponent accepts it, rejects it orally, rejects it by touching a piece with the intention of moving or capturing it, or the game is concluded in some other way. 13 (2) The offer of a draw shall be noted by each player on his scoresheet with a symbol. (See Appendix C.13) (3) A claim of a draw under Article 9.2, 9.3 or 10.2 shall be considered to be an offer of a draw. 9.2 The game is drawn upon a correct claim by the player having the move, when the same position, for at least the third time (not necessarily by a repetition of moves): a. is about to appear, if he first writes his move on his scoresheet and declares to the arbiter his intention to make this move, or b. has just appeared, and the player claiming the draw has the move. Positions as in (a) and (b) are considered the same, if the same player has the move, pieces of the same kind and colour occupy the same squares, and the possible moves of all the pieces of both players are the same. Positions are not the same if a pawn that could have been captured en passant can no longer be captured in this manner. When a king or a rook is forced to move, it will lose its castling rights, if any, only after it is moved. 9.3 The game is drawn, upon a correct claim by the player having the move, if: a. he writes his move on his scoresheet and declares to the arbiter his intention to make this move, which shall result in the last 50 moves having been made by each player without the movement of any pawn and without any capture, or b. the last 50 consecutive moves have been made by each player without the movement of any pawn and without any capture. 9.4 If the player touches a piece as in Article 4.3 without having claimed the draw he loses the right to claim, as in Article 9.2 or 9.3, on that move. 9.5 If a player claims a draw as in Article 9.2 or 9.3 he may stop both clocks. (See Article 6.12.b) He is not allowed to withdraw his claim. a. If the claim is found to be correct, the game is immediately drawn. b. If the claim is found to be incorrect, the arbiter shall add three minutes to the opponent’s remaining thinking time. Then the game shall continue. If the claim was based on an intended move, this move must be made as according to Article 4. 9.6 The game is drawn when a position is reached from which a checkmate cannot occur by any possible series of legal moves. This immediately ends the game, provided that the move producing this position was legal. Article 10: Quickplay Finish 10.1 A ‘quickplay finish’ is the phase of a game when all the (remaining) moves must be made in a limited time. 10.2 If the player, having the move, has less than two minutes left on his clock, he may claim a draw before his flag falls. He shall summon the arbiter and may stop the clocks. (See Article 6.12.b) 14 a. If the arbiter agrees the opponent is making no effort to win the game by normal means, or that it is not possible to win by normal means, then he shall declare the game drawn. Otherwise he shall postpone his decision or reject the claim. b. If the arbiter postpones his decision, the opponent may be awarded two extra minutes and the game shall continue, if possible in the presence of an arbiter. The arbiter shall declare the final result later in the game or as soon as possible after a flag has fallen. He shall declare the game drawn if he agrees that the final position cannot be won by normal means, or that the opponent was not making sufficient attempts to win by normal means. c. If the arbiter has rejected the claim, the opponent shall be awarded two extra minutes time. d. The decision of the arbiter shall be final relating to (a), (b) and (c). Article 11: Points 11.1 Unless announced otherwise in advance, a player who wins his game, or wins by forfeit, scores one point (1), a player who loses his game, or forfeits scores no points (0) and a player who draws his game scores a half point (½). Article 12: The conduct of the players 12.1 The players shall take no action that will bring the game of chess into disrepute. 12.2 Players are not allowed to leave the ‘playing venue’ without permission from the arbiter. The playing venue is defined as the playing area, rest rooms, refreshment area, area set aside for smoking and other places as designated by the arbiter. The player having the move is not allowed to leave the playing area without permission of the arbiter. 12.3 a. During play the players are forbidden to make use of any notes, sources of information or advice, or analyse on another chessboard. b. Without the permission of the arbiter a player is forbidden to have a mobile phone or other electronic means of communication in the playing venue, unless they are completely switched off. If any such device produces a sound, the player shall lose the game. The opponent shall win. However, if the opponent cannot win the game by any series of legal moves, his score shall be a draw. c. Smoking is permitted only in the section of the venue designated by the arbiter . 12.4 The scoresheet shall be used only for recording the moves, the times of the clocks, the offers of a draw, and matters relating to a claim and other relevant data. 12.5 Players who have finished their games shall be considered to be spectators. 12.6 It is forbidden to distract or annoy the opponent in any manner whatsoever. This includes unreasonable claims, unreasonable offers of a draw or the introduction of a source of noise into the playing area. 15 12.7 Infraction of any part of Articles 12.1 to 12.6 shall lead to penalties in accordance with Article 13.4. 12.8 Persistent refusal by a player to comply with the Laws of Chess shall be penalised by loss of the game. The arbiter shall decide the score of the opponent. 12.9 If both players are found guilty according to Article 12.8, the game shall be declared lost by both players. 12.10 In the case of Article 10.2.d or Appendix D a player may not appeal against the decision of the arbiter. Otherwise a player may appeal against any decision of the arbiter, unless the rules of the competition specify otherwise. Article 13: The role of the Arbiter (See Preface) 13.1 The arbiter shall see that the Laws of Chess are strictly observed. 13.2 The arbiter shall act in the best interest of the competition. He should ensure that a good playing environment is maintained and that the players are not disturbed. He shall supervise the progress of the competition. 13.3 The arbiter shall observe the games, especially when the players are short of time, enforce decisions he has made and impose penalties on players where appropriate. 13.4 The arbiter can apply one or more of the following penalties: a. warning b. increasing the remaining time of the opponent c. reducing the remaining time of the offending player d. declaring the game to be lost e. reducing the points scored in the game by the offending party f. increasing the points scored in the game by the opponent to the maximum available for that game g. expulsion from the event. 13.5 The arbiter may award either or both players additional time in the event of external disturbance of the game. 13.6 The arbiter must not intervene in a game except in cases described by the Laws of Chess. He shall not indicate the number of moves made, except in applying Article 8.5, when at least one flag has fallen. The arbiter shall refrain from informing a player that his opponent has completed a move or that the player has not pressed his clock. 13.7 a. Spectators and players in other games are not to speak about or otherwise interfere in a game. If necessary, the arbiter may expel offenders from the playing venue. If someone observes an irregularity, he may inform only the arbiter. 16 b. Unless authorised by the arbiter, it is forbidden for anybody to use a mobile phone or any kind of communication device in the playing venue and any contiguous area designated by the arbiter. Article 14: FIDE 14.1 Member federations may ask FIDE to give an official decision about problems relating to the Laws of Chess. 17 APPENDICES A. Rapidplay A.1 A ‘Rapidplay’ game is one where either all the moves must be made in a fixed time of at least 15 minutes but less than 60 minutes for each player; or the time allotted + 60 times any increment is at least 15 minutes, but less than 60 minutes for each player. A.2 Players do not need to record the moves. A.3 Where there is adequate supervision of play, (for example one arbiter for at most three games) the Competition Rules shall apply. A.4 Where supervision is inadequate the Competition Rules shall apply, except where they are overridden by the following Laws of Rapidplay: a. Once each player has completed three moves, no claim can be made regarding incorrect piece placement, orientation of the chessboard or clock setting. In case of reverse king and queen placement castling with this king is not allowed. b. The arbiter shall make a ruling according to Article 4 (The act of moving the pieces), only if requested to do so by one or both players. c. An illegal move is completed once the opponent's clock has been started. The opponent is then entitled to claim that the player completed an illegal move before the claimant has made his move. Only after such a claim, shall the arbiter make a ruling. However, if both Kings are in check or the promotion of a pawn is not completed, the arbiter shall intervene, if possible. d. 1. The flag is considered to have fallen when a player has made a valid claim to that effect. The arbiter shall refrain from signalling a flag fall, but he may do so if both flags have fallen. 2. To claim a win on time, the claimant must stop both clocks and notify the arbiter. For the claim to be successful, the claimant’s flag must remain up and his opponent’s flag down after the clocks have been stopped. 3. If both flags have fallen as described in (1) and (2), the arbiter shall declare the game drawn. B. Blitz B.1 A ‘blitz’ game’ is one where all the moves must be made in a fixed time of less than 15 minutes for each player; or the allotted time + 60 times any increment is less than 15 minutes. B.2 Where there is adequate supervision of play, (one arbiter for one game) the Competition Rules and Appendix A.2 shall apply. B.3 Where supervision is inadequate the following shall apply: a. Play shall be governed by the Rapidplay Laws as in Appendix A except where they are overridden by the following Laws of Blitz. b. Article 10.2 and Appendix A.4.c do not apply. c. An illegal move is completed once the opponent’s clock has been started. The opponent is entitled to claim a win before he has made his own move. However, if the 18 opponent cannot checkmate the player’s king by any possible series of legal moves, then the claimant is entitled to claim a draw before he has made his own move. Once the opponent has made his own move, an illegal move cannot be corrected unless mutually agreed without intervention of an arbiter. C. Algebraic notation FIDE recognizes for its own tournaments and matches only one system of notation, the Algebraic System, and recommends the use of this uniform chess notation also for chess literature and periodicals. Scoresheets using a notation system other than algebraic may not be used as evidence in cases where normally the scoresheet of a player is used for that purpose. An arbiter who observes that a player is using a notation system other than the algebraic should warn the player about of this requirement. Description of the Algebraic System C.1 In this description, ‘piece’ means a piece other than a pawn. C.2 Each piece is indicated by the first letter, a capital letter, of its name. Example: K=king, Q=queen, R=rook, B=bishop, N=knight. (In the case of the knight, for the sake of convenience, N is used.) C.3 For the first letter of the name of the pieces, each player is free to use the first letter of the name which is commonly used in his country. Examples: F=fou (French for bishop), L=loper (Dutch for bishop). In printed periodicals, the use of figurines for the pieces is recommended. C.4 Pawns are not indicated by their first letter, but are recognized by the absence of such a letter. Examples: e5, d4, a5. C.5 The eight files (from the left to right for White and from right to left for Black) are indicated by the small letters, a, b, c, d, e, f, g, and h, respectively. C.6 The eight ranks (from bottom to top for White and from top to bottom for Black) are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, respectively. Consequently, in the initial position the white pieces and pawns are placed on the first and second ranks; the black pieces and pawns on the eighth and seventh ranks. C.7 As a consequence of the previous rules, each of the sixty-four squares is invariably indicated by a unique combination of a letter and a number. 19 C.8 Each move of a piece is indicated by a) the first letter of the name of the piece in question and b) the square of arrival. There is no hyphen between a) and b). Examples: Be5, Nf3, Rd1. In the case of pawns, only the square of arrival is indicated. Examples: e5, d4, a5. C.9 When a piece makes a capture, an x is inserted between a) the first letter of the name of the piece in question and b) the square of arrival. Examples: Bxe5, Nxf3, Rxd1. When a pawn makes a capture, the file of departure must be indicated, then an x, then the square of arrival. Examples: dxe5, gxf3, axb5. In the case of an ‘en passante’ capture, the square of arrival is given as the square on which the capturing pawn finally rests and ‘e.p.’ is appended to the notation. Example: exd6 e.p. C.10 If two identical pieces can move to the same square, the piece that is moved is indicated as follows: 1. If both pieces are on the same rank: by a) the first letter of the name of the piece, b) the file of departure, and c) the square of arrival. 2. If both pieces are on the same file: by a) the first letter of the name of the piece, b) the rank of the square of departure, and c) the square of arrival. If the pieces are on different ranks and files methof 1) is preferred. In the case of capture, an x may be inserted between b) and c). Examples: 1. There are two knights, on the squares g1 and e1, and one of them moves to the square f3: either Ngf3 or Nef3, as the case may be. 2. There are two knights, on the squares g5 and g1, and one of them moves to the square f3: either N5f3 or N1f3, as the case may be. 3. There are two knights, on the squares h2 and d4, and one of them moves to the square f3: either Nhf3 or Ndf3, as the case may be. If a capture takes place on the square f3, the previous examples are changed by the insertion of an x: 1) either Ngxf3 or Nexf3, 2) either N5xf3 or N1xf3, 3) either Nhxf3 or Ndxf3, as the case may be. C.11 If two pawns can capture the same piece or pawn of the opponent, the pawn that is moved is indicated by a) the letter of the file of departure, b) an x, c) the square of arrival. Example: If there are white pawns on squares c4 and e4 and a black pawn or piece on the square d5, the notation for White’s move is either cxd5 or exd5, as the case may be. C.12 In the case of the promotion of a pawn, the actual pawn move is indicated, followed immediately by the first letter of the new piece. Examples: d8Q, f8N, b1B, g1R. C.13 The offer of a draw shall be marked as (=). Essential abbreviations 0 - 0 = castling with rook h1 or rook h8 (kingside castling) 0 - 0 - 0 = castling with rook a1 or rook a8 (queenside castling) x = captures + = check ++or# = checkmate e.p. = captures ‘en passante’ It is not mandatory to record the check, the checkmate and capturing on the scoresheet. 20 Sample game: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. d4 exd4 4. e5 Ne4 5. Qxd4 d5 6. exd6e.p. Nxd6 7. Bg5 Nc6 8. Qe3+3 Be7 9. Nbd2 0-0 10. 0-0-0 Re8 11. Kb1 (=) D. Quickplay finishes where no arbiter is present in the venue D.1 Where games are played as in Article 10, a player may claim a draw when he has less than two minutes left on his clock and before his flag falls. This concludes the game. He may claim on the basis:
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Chapter 16 - The trial of body
The white mist – the ubiquitous substance of the highest levels of arcane world-bending, powered by the force of divinity – it was but a veil to what was to come. Barely had the party of five passed through the shrouded barrier before they witnessed a new sight. It was a realm of endless sunset, shining above a bleached city. The sight was astounding – kilometers upon kilometers of the colorless buildings, erected not from stone, but salt.
“Girls? Everyone’s still here?” Keyaruga asked, afraid to lose his senses in this accursed fog. Even if it subsided a little, one could still be trapped in its obscurity. He turned around, fully expecting to find himself separated from his group. At least, his golden egg was still with him.
“Setsuna’s here!” Ellen reported, holding onto her new glorified anti-stress toy. Which was just as endearing, as it was strange. After all, where are the rest?
“Freia? Eve?” The man yelled, grabbing the she-wolf by her wrist, just to keep her and his ‘sister’ near.
“Dissipare!” Well, that didn’t last long. Not only did the sorceress notify everyone about her presence with a loud chant, she also slammed the salty pavement with her staff. The wave of gold rippled across the vicinity, dissipating every last trace of the veil that Caladrius had placed on them. “Huh, finally! We’ve been seeking you for hours…” The heroine lamented, holding Eve by her hand.
“Hours? We’ve just entered this…” The healer mused, but he couldn’t finish the line, as the black-winged girl towards on him, hugging his torso, barely holding her tears.
“I thought… I’ve lost you forever!” The verdant woman exclaimed, her eyes wet with unshed tears, unwilling to let go of the red-eyed lad.
“Heh, welcome to hell, kids! I suggest we all hold our hands, so that this plague-spitter can’t bamboozle us anymore.
“Uh-huh. Good plan.” The wolf girl agreed, making sure the man’s grip on her wrist wouldn’t waver.
“I don’t like this place already. This thing… this realm – even time itself doesn’t flow properly here.” The elder princess complained, who was now holding onto Eve, who, in turn, wouldn’t let go of Keyaruga.
“Well, that’s a good start, don’t you think?” The hero scoffed, activating his jade eye. Everyone was here, but nobody smiled at his sarcastic joke. Not really surprising, seeing as Caladrius almost succeeded in cutting off Freia, the only one who possessed the proper insight about pocket dimensions, and substantial firepower enough to actually oppose the feathered deity. “Alright, let’s keep it this way. Setsuna, I need your senses. I need your eyes and ears in case I miss something here.” The man, being a cold-blooded leader, shared his first order.
“Uh-huh, already doing it.” The huntress responded, giving a brief glance over at Ellen, who frantically looked around. She recalled the last night, thought about it. The two of them weren’t truly lovers, they weren’t even friends. Setsuna just found herself to be a pillar of the princess’ emotional stability. There wasn’t love, like that between her and Keyaruga, nor the camaraderie that she and Freia shared. All she did was to not deny Ellen’s passion, that’s all.
“Good. Freia, use your heat vision, just in case.” Then, there was the second instruction from the lad. Although this one…
“I already did. Aside from us, there’s nothing, no sources of heat. Either we’re alone here… or whatever can live here doesn’t produce warmth.” The magician assumed, constantly draining magic with her staff. Absorbing energy here felt like breathing in the mountains… “The mana is thin here, so be careful about that too.”
“Hmm… I guess, Ellen was right. Caladrius indeed drains everything around her.” Eve deadpanned, sounding a little depressed. It was her trial, and yet, it awoke nothing but primal fear in her soul.
“I can’t hear anything.” The ice warrior reported calmly. Now, with the fog being blown away by Freia’s power, only the eerie cold void surrounded them under the fixed sun. No enemies to fight, no voices to be heard, only the empty towers of salt loomed above the contenders.
“I sure hope we haven’t messed up with the date.” Keyaruga contemplated, moving across the seemingly endless street. “As for now, I suppose, we have nothing better to do than just walk through that avenue.”
“What else can we do? Seems like this pigeon’s just being shy.” The younger princess chuckled, looking around her. The buildings, although made from the same material, were of eras long before the present day. Their architecture betrayed the early culture of the southern Jioral lands, Tarnia, the ancient kingdom to the west of it, some belonged to the lands of Garalis, but for the most part – it seemed like someone went and stole the buildings, or entire districts even, from the various regions of Tenanulic. “Heh, seems like our prey is a serious connoisseur of improvised urban development projects. Too bad nobody told her laying everything in a single pile, with all the buildings overlapping each other, is unaesthetic at the very least.” Ellen commented with a mix of awe for the highly detailed recreations, and outright mockery for the lack of originality.
“Well, at least we won’t get tired of the view anytime soon.” Freia tried alleviating the situation with some light humor, and this one had worked much better than Keyaruga’s sneering.
“I’d rather we get out of here.” Well, almost. Eve still felt incredibly uncomfortable: the weight of responsibilities, the stress, the shame for the previous night, when she failed to satisfy her guardian – all of that weighed on the shoulders of the queen-to-be in this dead city.
“Don’t be sad, birdie. As long as we stay together, we can handle it.” Keyaruga said, facing the girl with his the right eye closed. His eyeball rolled inside, making sure the supreme god of these lands wouldn’t steal his companions without the lad noticing.
“I hope…” Eve muttered, averting her gaze from the man’s face. After all, the thick nerve bulged though his shut eyelid.

Two hours. Two hours of unending walking throughout the endless maze of salt which ultimately lead them to nowhere. The road was still there, but the architecture seemed more and more obscure. No longer were the buildings layered on top of one another some sort of bizarre exception, as every house the party had come across was seemingly the work of a twisted genius, that defied not only common sense, but the rules of the physical universe themselves. Inverted structures, mosaics of unimaginable forms, some of them even seemed as if they were something from a different dimension entirely.
“Well, girls? What do you make of it?” Keyaruga, getting mentally tired of the unending walking, asked of his allies, right as Freia gave each of them a cup of water she had conjured.
“I think, it’s something right out of our dreams. In all honesty, aside from the mortal danger, I like this place.” Freia, being a beacon of enthusiasm, voiced her excitement. To her, this was a place of learning and perpetual astonishment.
“Ye-e-eah! I know a few archaeologists, who’d kill just to visit here.” Ellen added, trying to keep her own curiosity in check. After all, who could guarantee that she’d find a way back after leaving the road? “Too bad it belongs to the worst pigeon I’ve ever known.”
“Her name is Caladrius.” Eve spoke sternly, cautious of disrespecting the god in her own domain. “And she’s…”
“She’s trying to starve us.” Setsuna concluded, stomping on the salty pavement under her feet.
“That’s right. We won’t attain anything just by loitering around.” The fallen warlady judged, approaching her elder sibling. “Sister, break this illusion already! I’m getting tired of this crap!”
“Hm… Keyaruga, what would you say?” The sorceress, uneager to make hasty decisions based on Ellen’s bias, asked the most reasonable man around (and the only one as well).
“Do it, Freia. We need to find the god bird anyway.” He responded sternly. His jade eye worked as intended, but it showed nothing but an endless wasteland of salt and mist.
“Be ready.” Setsuna spoke to Eve, holding her shoulder now.
“He-heh… Ready…” The kokuyoku scion muttered, expecting to face her doom. Well, at least it would be swift, unlike this endless marching under a still sun.
The Hero of Magic stuck her staff into the ground and began chanting. Her words, unlike regular spells, were practically indistinguishable from each other, more like the blabbering of a mindless old hag one would think of when imagining a stereotypical witch rather than what Freia actually was. The plane began to ripple, the salt – crack, revealing the glimpses of the real world, its mountains and the morning luminary.
“Oh shit…” Ellen cursed with a nervous grin on her face. Right as the valley began crumbling in on itself, the mist thickened, dark clouds began forming above the party. “FREIA! MAGPIE! SHIELD US!!!” The princess screamed. Although it was still only slightly cold, a peculiar snow began falling from the sky.
“Finally!” The healer spat through his teeth, casting a green sphere with a brand of a blue bird above it. He was the first to react, thus covering his party with the dome of protection, but the ground began to rumble, completely breaking the sorceress from her concentration, as now she struggled to stand on her feet.
“Keyaruga, look!” Eve yelled, pointing on the tower rising in front of them. No, not tower… “It’s Kinacrith!” The entire city emerged on top of the ruins, erupting from the earth itself in a deafening roar.
“We must get over there quickly!” Ellen deadpanned, pointing at the mighty citadel of the Obsidian Throne. Or, at least, its copy. The harbinger of plague decorated her realm based on the lands she brought to peril, and now, she had a proof of that – her white feathers brought doom to this city in the first world. “There she… Auch!
“Tch! I know!” Keyaruga exclaimed, grabbing Ellen underneath his armpit. Now, under the snowfall of death, they had to act fast. After all, the man couldn’t hold off the diseased flakes, their corruption overtook his barrier, spreading through his right arm to the rest of the body.
“Keyaruga, you’re dying!” Eve stressed, looking at the lad’s pale face. He, Freia, Setsuna, and the queen-to-be ran forward, but it seemed like Caladrius specifically targeted the hero, trying to break his defense.
“I’m fine! Georgius helps…” The man replied, although it wasn’t his usual voice that left his bluish lips. It was a growl, a wheeze, a…
His immunity didn’t work. Panakea blessed him with invulnerability to all poisons and maladies, but this was something else. A divine plague, an aliment of legends which shifted its form every second, preventing any attempts at getting used to its ruinous effects.
In the end, Keyaruga’s barrier fell, corroded by the godly affliction, and the piles of snow, which, upon a closer look, turned out to be ash, now were about to fall onto the rest of the group. Georgius, his disembodied divine armament, had run out of ambient mana, and so, the man had crumbled, and with him – Ellen now crawled on the ground, calling for him, but her words were silent for the healer.
“R… ru…” And then, his vision got dark. This time, the death came for him for sure. This time…
“Venite in auxilium nostrum, o magnus ventus Aquilonis!” Freia yelled, waving her staff of the blood tree above her head. Through the breach she conjured into this world, the sorceress summoned a great spirit of northern wind to swipe the poisoned powder out of the air. The mighty storm formed a vortex above the party, allowing for the brief respite.
“Come on, get up!” Eve snarled, working with Setsuna to pick the lad up.
“Now, fast! I can’t keep it up for long!” The heroine alerted, tossing a potion of green and red to Ellen. “Drink it, Elly! We’ve got much running ahead of us!”
“Pfeh, as if I don’t see that.” The crimson-haired girl scoffed, heading after the rest of the group.
The snowfall and the storm, the flakes of plague, suppressed by the great element of air accompanied the contenders on their path toward Kinacrith’s copy, erected from the salt.
“Ghh… I… how long-?..” Keyaruga woke up soon afterwards. With the immaterial gauntlet having healed his poisoned body, he found himself among a city comprised of proper forms and shapes, but his vision was still blurry.
“Keyaruga?.. HE’S ALIVE!!!” Eve yelled, obviously trying to outcry the tempest. Unfortunately, though, the girls had no time to celebrate, as all of them had to outrun the time itself, making sure the snowfall of death wouldn’t bury them underneath.
“Setsuna… Eve…” When the lad completely came back to his senses, he found out that he was actually being carried by these two, but his legs were dragging along the floor. “It’s alright! I can run myself!” He broke free, regaining his leading position in this mortal race.
HOW DO WE STOP IT?!” The black-winged prodigy loudly asked… well, whoever could hear it in this deafening hell of wind and plague.
“Haa… Haa… THE TOWER! ABOVE IT!!!” Ellen pointed out, spotting a small white ball on top of Kinacrith’s peak. “IT’S HER!!! SHOOT THE FUCKER!!!” The princess urged, demanding destruction. As much as this order was born out of fear and confusion, there was a logical reason behind it. After all, if this was a test, then surely the cruel mistress of this place desired to be found.
A-A-A-A-AGH!!! HURRY!!! THE WIND IS GETTING WEAKER!!!” Freia cried, barely holding her staff in the air with her trembling arm. Another few seconds, and the ambient mana would make it explode into bloody pieces.
EVE!!!” The Hero of Healing yawped, sending beam after beam of light magic into the sphere. Most of the projectiles, sent by the man, couldn’t hit the spot. The ones that did, though, only chipped away its shining shell.
HASTA LUMINIS!!!” The girl joined the bombardment. She joined forces with her guardian, and together, they brought enough firepower to just barely break through whatever protection the creature had set off. As Setsuna prepared to raise a dome of ice, and Ellen just silently prayed for her team, the hero and his queen finally succeeded. Finally…
The bright and powerful explosion destroyed not only the sphere, the endless city of salt and void crumbled into nothingness. It was as if the glass dome began scattering in the wind, and with it, all the clouds and ruinous snow. The illusion was broken, and now, all five of them stood amidst the rocky valley. And from above the cliff, basked in the light of morning sun, a giant white bird, clad in gold and jewels, gazed upon them with her four eyes.
Caladrius, the true goddess of plague and rejuvenation now loomed above the party. What was even more hilarious, though, was the party found themselves not really far from where their two raptors were waiting for them, they could even spot Kelly and Patty on the horizon.
“You performed marvelously in overcoming the Trial of Body, little ones…” The grandiose bird stated, as her eyes began glowing in gold.
“…now, it is time for the Trial of Heart!”
Alas, Ellen’s hysteria proved useless, as Freia hadn’t even a single extra second to aim, let alone properly chant a spell. Caladrius spread her grandeur wings, and everyone found themselves trapped in the dark.

He travelled through a pitch black, unending void. With no sound, nor light to orient himself around, the red-haired lad had to walk in a seemingly random direction. Not even the jade eye could pierce through this veil of emptiness, though.
“Girls? You there?” Despite his concern over his companions, Keyaruga sensed none of them. If Caladrius failed to separate them the first time, then now she definitely succeeded.
If your heart is weak, you can’t pass, such were the words of Mil, and, honestly, the oppressive solitude was unsettling all by itself. But then…
PADARA (faggot)!
TANOUTUR (murderer)!
Voices, dozens, hundreds, united in their refined hostility and contempt toward the Hero of Healing. Those he killed, those he trampled upon, those who he tortured to death. From raging bulls to soldiers the boy had to silence upon his escape, slavers and raiders, black dogs and Norn’s spearmen, thugs and robbers.
YOU’VE STOLEN MY FLARE!!!” Leonard, the despicable sadist covered in blood, roared, running with his sword, ready to cut down the one who murdered him. He… “A-A-A-A-A-A-AH!!! MY A-A-A-ARM!!!” …was disarmed instantly. The black blood of his tainted soul now painted Keyaruga’s saber, as he…
“Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-a!!!” …laughed like a mad man. Oh, the realization came to him. These were the ones whose lives he had taken with his own hand. The hero had to fall under the weight of his sins, supposedly. Did that stop him from beheading the one, who took his family? Oh no! No-o-o!
YOU CAN’T KILL ME NOW, YOU LITTLE SHIT!” Even when the thug in royal armor rose from a pool of his own blood, Keyaruga never stopped grinning. When the dead souls began charging at him, wave after wave, he rejoiced. These were the challengers, eager to avenge their deaths…
AHA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!!!” Keyaruga loudly chuckled. He chopped through Leonard’s head like a melon, grabbed the slaver, who sold him Setsuna, by his neck, crushed his balls with a knee, tossed his body into the crowd, slashed a soldier, kicked the fanatic, who oversaw the execution of his fellow villagers, crushed his nasty skull under his boot… “THANK YOU!!!” …grabbed his blade, dragged it, soaked it in his own blood, while the wailing mongrels stabbed and slashed him. It’s okay, when he swung, when the heroic blood fell upon them, they cried in pain, bursting like the enormous abscesses they were. “THANK YOU, MOMMY CALADRIUS, FOR THIS MAJESTIC PLAYGROUND!!!
The man yelled, chuckled, smiled… He ran across the dome of darkness, he lightened it with shining entrails; he burned his enemies with waves of fire, incinerated them with the lightning arcs. He killed, stomped, disgraced, disfigured, amputated, slammed, cut, broke bones, ripped hearts, took heads, and clubbed the poor bastards with their own severed limbs. They died, but rose again to take another chance at killing their tormentor, and everything started anew. This was the vicious circle of vengeance that the man enjoyed so very much and in it…
Was he right, though? Aside from various monsters, rushing into the carnival of gore, two people watched the lad’s brutality closely. Their eyes were full of despair… and disappointment.

While Keyaruga relished in his trial, Eve had to thread her path of emptiness with nothing and nobody to rely on. No enemies, no curses, no violence, no dark blood. Instead, she was met… by shadows.
Ni-ni-ni-ni-ni (no-no-no-no-no)!” She once again walked along the infinite road, but this time, no ally accompanied her, there was no friendship to call upon, no love to rely on. Only them – two columns of her brethren, bowing before their queen. Kneeling… to fade into her shining feathers. “Yoku shia horka in (don’t come into my wings)!” The verdant woman covered her teary eyes, waved off her subjects, she even tried shielding herself by pathetically embracing her wings. But there was no stopping it. Her friends, parents, guardians, servants, elders – dozens upon dozens of those, who chose her to be the vessel of their souls, were now stuck in this life.
Soon, all of the shadows went inside Eve’s feathers. None of them harbored any grudge against her, and even if they did, their spiritual form had no mouths to properly voice them.
But even so, Eve wasn’t allowed to get out of this hellish dome just yet.
Step. Step. Step.
A massive figure, slightly higher then two meters tall, emerged between the kneeling girl. A leonine figure carrying a long, bloodied stick, it was skinned, and his own pelt rested on his armored shoulders. He came to conquer. He…
Ushi, orna saikalla, setoan (you belong to me, woman)!” The demon, the bestial figure, humans tended to generalize ma-zok people to be, said, grabbing the Me-ua kahul by her chin with his clawed paw. “Yau ma, orn wor tanoute (how dare you murder me)?” The dead soul accused Eve, pushing her to the ephemeral ground.
“…” She was scared, Eve couldn’t even move a muscle, couldn’t speak, couldn’t breathe – the queen-to-be knew this man, she didn’t know, how, but she just knew! He was the one Keyaruga hinted at, when lamenting her lost family. He was…
“C… Cor… nar…” …the husband the ascended Me-ua had in the first world. Someone she saw as a soulmate, someone who blessed her with many victories and two beautiful children, someone… “Soguri (stand back)!” …the kokuyoku prodigy feared and hated, but had no will to oppose him back there. And now…
Orna kalla (you’re mine)!” The skinned lion spoke, pulling off his pants, revealing a disgustingly dismembered spiked penis. The black blood flowed out of it, as some intangible force cramped Eve’s mind with memories. They were her own, from another life, another timeline, but they were there, and they shackled her will. Even… Even if she wanted to fight back.
Keyaruga wouldn’t do that to her! Keyaruga wouldn’t rape her! Keyaruga wouldn’t berate her! Keyaruga wouldn’t belittle her! Keyaruga wouldn’t do that! Keyaruga!.. Keya… ru…
KEYARU!!! KEYA-A-A-A-RU-U!!! SAVE ME-E-E!!!” Eve screamed, fruitlessly trying to punch the undead monstrosity.
You can’t just kick a god to death, though.
Yes… Yes! But he wasn’t a god! He was!..
Marno (it’s useless). Oma pora kanbu (I’m gonna rape you).” The nightmare spoke, outright choking the girl. She had no strength to…
Why? There’s magic, there’s might, there’s so much… So much…
A call resounded inside Eve’s very being. An urge, a wish, an order. She had the power, a little army, which desired to be called upon.
N-no, I can’t!
She had to. The flow of time itself stopped, just to give the future queen this chance. Outside of it, nothing but doom and misery awaited her.
I… Don’t want…
No matter what she wanted, there were people who truly wished her good. People, who loved her for real… Her new family.
K… Keya… Keyaruga!
That’s right. A flux of power rose from within her, a load of motivation, a surge to overpower fear and regret. Time resumed its movement. And with it…
UO-O-O-O-O-O!!!” A shadowy figure flew across the black dome, leaving a giant hole inside the rapist’s chest. A savior came to Eve, and she looked familiar.
“M… MOM!!!” Eve, released from her fear, charged forward to hug her mother, but alas, Cornar came back from the dead, standing on his paws once more, he pushed the ghost woman away, and resumed his march toward the kokuyoku scion. But she wasn’t just a descendant of this tribe, Eve Reese was its righteous princess! The one and only queen! “How dare you do this to me?! How dare you claim me?!” As she spoke, more and more shadows emerged from within her wings to assault the perpetrator. It doesn’t matter if he remembered their erased future, doesn’t matter if he had a relationship with the ruler of the Confederation. Right now, he was just a threat, an enemy of the queen.
And what does the royal guard do to enemies of their monarch?
They kill them!
Is this… what it’s like to be you, Keyaruga?
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2023.05.27 16:08 optimistic_nihilist2 I'm so confused. Help.

I (19F) have a huge crush on this (22M) guy since January this year. We started dating in mid-March. In mid-May, we fought cause I denied the video call. This was the second time he asked me. I never pick up video calls even from my mum. I have an irrational fear and maybe insecurity. He fired cuss words at me and I was really hurt as I had always been nice and understanding. He got mad because the reason I gave was not being comfortable and wanting to get ready mentally was stupid.
He even talked about killing dogs (I didn't like when he said it) in one of calls which shows his anger limit. He lacks empathy and has anger issues. I have a short-tempered dad and I have seen abuse at home. I always urged my mum to divorce him. I didn't want continue the cycle. So upon the suggestion of my sister and best friend (also, ChatGpt), I decided to break up with him. (he was on the line to break up when we fought over WhatsApp). When I did, his first response was, "Do I get to say (my name) left me?"
I understand why he never made any effort to stay. He believes in this, "I take what I want, if I don't get it, I don't want it anymore" and I know he never begs. Understandable.
To be very honest, I like him cause he is really good-looking, and hot. I always believe in never prioritizing looks but I can't help it. I have strong feelings for him. Even though I know he isn't my type (based on his temperament except for his being practical (I love this quality in him), I can't get over him. I later decided to give another chance to our relationship and he said he didn't wanna leave either. Cool. Also, we are on vacation and so, we don't meet these days and to save me from the mental loneliness and sadness, I decided to at least temporarily be with him and see how it goes. We got back on the same day. He said this, "Even though there are 2 cars in front of my house, I felt like I lost 90℅ of my wealth when u said that u wanna breakup)
Well, there's this other guy I went out with yesterday. (as friends). Although we have been texting since 2019 (on and off), we met yesterday for the first time. I had told my bf about the meet-up before the fight happened. He said, "idk, do whatever you want" and later added, "I wouldn't have called any girl like that if I wasn't interested" After the fight and breakup, he said "Enjoy the date with him". I got offended by his remarks and tried to correct him saying that I only like him (my bf) and the meet-up was just platonic.
Anyway, about the yesterday's meeting, I didn't tell him as it may create misunderstandings. But this other guy is really sweet. He made me feel like a queen, gave me a personalized keychain, brought a sunflower as it describes my name, does everything that makes me happy, takes care etc etc. The perfect gentleman qualities I always wanted in .y partner. (I love gifting my bf but he never does :() He even sent an email appreciating me which literally brought tears to my eyes. I don't know but it seems like he has something for me. He calls me cute names too. Or maybe that's just his nature.
I have 0 feelings for him. I am madly in love with my current bf. But I feel I'm not emotionally satisfied and appreciated.
Did I do the wrong thing by going out with this (kind) guy? Shall I leave my bf? (if I do, I won't be dating anyone else) Does this kind guy have feelings for me?
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2023.05.27 15:52 Double_Chart_7962 What's the best follower framework to manage Serana?

Starting off, the only mod I have that touches Serana is Serana Expanded - Dialogue Additions. I guess I've been spoiled by custom followers that you can call when you lose them, and have their own mounts.
Honestly, I just need to be able to call her to me when she gets lost or stuck (last time she was stuck crouched with spells drawn but no dialogue options)(that playthrough I also had Queen of the Damned installed, but since I don't really mod combat (just Valravn) she was a bit OP). If at all possible something that won't mess with the custom follower I already have (I don't want to break his brain). A bonus would be one where I could give her a horse or something, and maybe stop combat if she hits someone with friendly fire.
I tried Immersive Follower Framework already, but the call follower function didn't seem to work on Serana? But that could have been me being dumb. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated :3
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2023.05.27 14:18 Emergency_Show6736 Is it right to say you can be the most pathetic person on your own, without even anyone trying?

I'm 24F Final Year Medical Student.
So, like it's so cliche to listen to, I know but...I have been in love few times and all that comprised of only one kind of love by definition.
One-sided love.
No, no. Not those tragic dramatic ones which make you wither by suicide, but those kinds which either make you immune to love, or just push you to realise your limited worth and charms after all.
So, like, I have been in several situations of one-sided love, the longest being my own best friend whom I had crush on for 7 years, and he proposed to a girl on my birthday and just like that, my hopes, my heart and everything I had known to be true dipped into the deepest bottom ever. It took me years to get over him, but still, whenever I see him, I feel pity on myself and how I can never look, behave or attract like his girlfriend. Ofc he doesn't know any of that so I won't blame him, but somewhere my heart just knew that he knew. He knew everything.
But I moved forward with my life. Or atleast I was trying to, my best. Getting into medical college, I mingled with people from different states and religions and status and distinct families. Without my will, I developed a crush on a guy who was an absolute introvert and somehow I felt proud that I made him comfortable around me and became one of the only two girls he would talk to, the other being his family friend.
But again, fate showed another more worthy, more graceful, more lovable. She also fell for him, and somehow so did he. I won't go into further details though it didn't end well for him but for the time it all was happening, I was there by his side to comfort him from breaking apart while holding my own sanity.
Somehow this crush which lasted for three years ended with heartbreak and low self-esteem.
Around the same year, my friendship with my college best friend ended on a cruel brutal note. I got lonely to the point I just wanted to jump from my hostel floor. Each day was a nightmare as she was enjoying her life as usual, with MORE friends, while I was withering away in my bed, trying to breathe peacefully just for a single day.
Around the same year, next month, I lost my dog which was with me for seventeen years. Loneliness began to smother me. I'd think of nothing but the ways to leave this world silently. My pet had my heart, but I had to live for my parents.
With agitation and worthlessness in my heart, I got into another crush, was feeling happy to be seen, getting a distraction and feeling engulfed with warmth again. He talked honey with me and was the first guy to ever see and make me feel like a woman with his words.
It seemed like I was the only one for him but turned out he just wanted to be physical and enjoy his evenings after a stressful day.
I had never felt more humiliated before and well, though it ended bad for me, he's most certainly very much happily married with his new wife while I would always feel ashamed of getting tricked into emotions of vulnerability.
It was a traumatic experience for me and the one very difficult to get over from. Somehow another senior specialist, who treated my sister in our hospital, crossed my path. He seemed like a really good person, and though I had decided by this time to just watch good ones from afar, I could not control my heart and ended up developing a crush on him. I know I sound really stupid, but I don't have any defence against it.
We talked really good, somehow I always talk to guys and infact with everyone, by my humor and making everything funny.
I'm a studious person and people think I'm arrogant to talk to because I know things, but when they do, they realise why I have one of the most healthiest bonds with my batchmates and seniors.
So, I thought me and that senior had become friends and I still don't doubt it, but well, one day he asked for my sister's health, and since he treated her, I thought it was just a usual concern. But well, turned out while treating my sister, he developed a liking towards her.
Unlike me, my sister is very pretty, has beautiful big eyes, graceful steps, feminine charms, girly attraction, accommodating nature and is well embellished with things most guys won't even think to find faults with (I border more on the line of Tomboy, I want to change how I walk and to learn to walk like a lady myself too but, well, it's tough.)
My father has never been discreet about his likes and dislikes in a person. He has always been audible about how I'm not the most prettiest child he has got, and how I don't study much and do my best (when I came Top 10 in our whole batch)
Usually he's not at all happy with most people in his life, but the one call he does in months, he just speaks about my faults and loopholes at no end. I don't mean to sound so rude to my father, but it hurts that I've spend most of my life wanting to be belonged somewhere, and everytime I faced rejection, either from family, friends or people, it equally made me feel helpless and hopeless.
My brother says he hates how I'm always whining and crying about the things in my life and about my whole life altogether.
I feel I'm not being understood anywhere. I am not being a disappointment to anyone on purpose. It is something I just can't help it.
Aren't all children born different? Is it necessary that all have to be same?
When will my father understand I'm different from my brother and sister? When will he understand some thing may be digested by their noble son and my sister but can hurt their sensitive middle child to the core who might develop trauma for her whole life and would be forced to overthink even the smallest of steps in her life?
I've no answer to any of this.
Anyways, continuing to my previous story, my senior himself came from a remarkably known family of non-toxic ambitious personalities.
He asked me if he can approach her. I didn't need to answer to that. Ofc he could.
It took me days to realise that he liked my sister and wanted to talk to her.
He was a good guy, I had only ever heard positive things about him. I couldn't even fault him for feeling things even I couldn't control myself, but it somehow made me feel disgusted with myself.
That how I can even think about going after a guy who had eyes on my sister, and even begin to think I'd ever be liked by a guy who'd prefer girls of my sister's unparalleled beauty.
I don't mean to sound snide at all, but yk that feeling when everything just makes sense and you just feel embarrassed that you stepped out of your limits and worth this time.
You totally zoomed out, and your inner voice says,"Gurrll, how can you even think--even a limit has a limit and you totally embarrassed yourself with your own stupidity."
I had never held any illusion about my beauty or what-not since I went to school, and though those bad words by some of my classmates stay with me since forever(I know I shouldn't mind their words, but even those bullies had some standard beauty faces to die for), now it ironically feels refreshing that I know my limits and also know when to step back and let others take the stage.
I'm hardly anyone to jump into conclusions but when I fall, I just fall and remain loyal. I am an average looking free-spirited girl trying to get out of my terrible days but I think somehow everyone takes me too lightly and take me too close to be friends.
I had various guys approach me just because they wanted to woo my friends. I'm not that friend who'd get jealous of my friends' happiness, but somehow it hurts to see how I'm so incapable of being loved.
I just wonder if anyone would also have a crush on me and tell their girl friends just like I'm always taking those great tales of confessions from my guy friends.
How I'll always be that one "friend" they can look forward to sharing their love lives with and how much they like "that girl" but apparently, I can never be the girl they'd choose in the end.
I know it sounds so pathetic, even I'm cringing while writing it, but these days of academic stress, unsatisfaction with my own self, and the feeling of not wanting to look at mirror anymore, unless extremely necessary, has made me want to talk about it.
The fact that I'm so unlucky in love while my friends have all the good admirers and suitors around me doens't help my feelings much.
I still talk to that guy who once liked my sister (she said no btw) cause he's really decent, helps me and others in academics stuff, and doesn't go around flirting with just anyone. I joke a lot and he as a half-introvert laughs or says reserved things, or asks in return and I'm grateful we are friends.
I know life has very little in store for me and I guess my role in life is to comfort all the heartbroken people of the world or participate in the matchmaking of the new ones.
Sometimes I envy how guys describe the girls they fall in love with, and how these girls sound even more beautiful than they actually are, in their eyes, but I guess others don't have that comfort to see the guys' side as I have.
Those girls can just be the princesses, the queens, the leaders, the conquerors, the brides and the heartbreakers all they want, while I can just be that well-required audience present to witness one of the most incredible love stories happening or either breaking apart in the history of love.
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2023.05.27 13:24 its_just_Dani How does one come up with power and item names?

I am currently starting a fantasy world project. I've got some stuff for it,but i'm currently stuck 9n names for the 'power system' and its source/related item.
The world is kinda set in our world,but way into the future. Pretty much,a very powerful pwrson and the first human known to use any kind of magic gets bored of the human world,and sscrifices his own physical body and consciousness to fuse the world with Hell and Heaven. This also results to the creation of the Daespi,beings that come from the fusion of angels and demons. Years later,with humanity re-creating,Humans start a war against the Daespi to live a safer life. Loosing hope,the king,the queen,and their strongest knight,on the verge of dying,fuse their blood and tears into a magical tree,which instead of fruits,grow magical gems. A group of human knights make contact with the gems,as they gain powers based on their deepest wish.
Years later,the original gems are currently lost,but copies of them with the same wishes,but different powers,continue to grow from the tree,with only few trusted warriors able to use them. The problem is i'm extremely stuck on the magic's/Powers and the gem's names. I've been thinking of using lesser known mythological names as inspiration,but i dont know if it would make sense as the previous world's history is mostly if not completely forgotten.
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