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And sadly, they'd do a better job than 343i seem to be doing.

(Insert five hours of nerdrage about Cryptum, Primordium and how bears named Greg do not belong anywhere near writing things even vaguely related to the Halo series).

Ahem.

Anyway, needless to say I've been back here for a while. Landed on August 22nd, and been kind of derping about since. I figured that since I haven't updated LJ in bloody ages I might as well ramble for a bit about what's been going on with me as of late. Caution: This post is going to be a huge fucking novel.

So, first and foremost: the trip. ).

So, TL;DR version - It was an awesome trip and I had a wonderful time with ze lifemate.

Once I got back here, not much happened. I've replayed a few point-and-click adventure games and started a new run of Pokemon Platinum (because I've finished the copy of White I finally got my claws on) and a run of Baldur's Gate 2 (Half-Elf Druids aren't exactly the strongest characters one can play. <<;). A new AC unit was installed in my room (which direly needed it!) and all was relatively quiet.

Until this Sunday. )

But on happier news...

So. I got a new scanner. ).

And that's pretty much the rundown of everything. Hurdadurdalur. Plans for the rest of this month include some reconstruction/redesign work on my room, signing up for whatever courses I have as soon as possible (I hope they're still running that Astrobiology course!) and set up the dorms for THIS year. Oh gods dealing with the bullshit 'reformed' public transportation system that fails to work properly kill me please. x-x
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This little story concept has been playing in my head for a few months now. Figured I might write it down.

It's a sci-fi-esque story set around a humanoid hexapodal race - not humanlike, just vaguely anthropomorphic - sporting an array of two arms, two legs, and two extra appendages. The race has three 'castes' or subspecies so to speak that differ in culture and stuff... and in the nature of their extra appendages.

I don't have fancy names for the casts yet, but the names I'll be using are literal translations of what their names mean:

The Winged Ones - artistic, creative, scientific, and value life over all else. Though they will fight if prompted to. Their secondary appendages are indeed wing type things and they are functional.

in sharp contrast, the Bladed Ones - A militaristic warrior society, run by generals, and they are intelligent and fierce. Their secondary appendages are rather intricate blade appendages that can sort of lash and attack at massive speeds.

and lastly, the Shielded Ones - extremely elusive, mostly keeping to themselves. Not very much involved with the other factions or other races. Their secondary appendages are large and rather heavy shield-like appendages.

These three factions are a product of many years of artificial selection - and while they cooperate and work together on many things - interbreeding between the three factions is a social taboo - though biologically POSSIBLE.

The storyline that's been running through my head for months starts with a rather high ranking Bladed One, a strategic liaison to the Winged Ones, who inexplicably ends up falling in love with a Winged One female. They kept their affair very secret, but eventually the winged one ended up pregnant, and, well... Let's just say that Winged One uterus-es are NOT designed for even partial bladed one babies. >>

She died giving birth to a daughter - which was born alive and well - buuuuuuuut yeah - it's a huge social taboo as I pointed out. SO, the OFFICIAL records say that she indeed died of childbirth complications, but that the child was a winged one and was stillborn. To make things easier for everyone. What they don't know can't hurt them.

But since the Winged Ones are all huge about the sanctity of life, they raise the child in hiding - and the father actually takes a very active role in raising his daughter. He's rather broken by his companion's death. But he raises his daughter - discretely of course. He's a strategic liaison to the winged ones so him being around them a lot is not suspicious.

And yeah. The girl grows up and turns out to be quite a strategical genius - smart enough to stay hidden, and yet takes after her father.

Of course it all has to go to hell, naturally, because yeah. Bladed One society is rather cutthroat - everyone's spying on everyone, particularly in positions of power, and if an opportunity to make political fortune on your rival warlord's back arises... Hell yes they'll grab it.

And indeed someone digs around and finds about the guy's daughter and exposes him.

... He's captured, stripped of rank and executed publically for treason, while his daughter is forced to watch. She manages to escape a similar fate because of her EPIC BLADE WINGS, and the Bladed Ones let her be (as in, do not pursue) because they figured that she's going to blame herself for the death of both her parents and, having no place to go (being a hybrid), she'd end up killing herself anyway.

........ However, as stated earlier, she's a brilliant strategical mind, and now it's /personal/. Soon enough she hatches one HELL of a daring plan.

After surviving for a while, she manages to convince a faction of Winged Ones which is very adept at genetic manipulation that she needs to have her genome resequenced to 'purify' it, so she could live a normal life. (I'm pretty sure she made up a sob story about how her mother was raped by a Bladed One and how her 'corrupted' blood makes her 'stained with violence'. End justifies the means, eh?)

They believe her - and she hands them a vial that she's been carrying with her containing her 'mother's DNA' as a basis for the resequencing. As it turns out though, she tricked them - the DNA sample she gave them to serve as a base was not a single-caste DNA patterns but a blend of all three castes - Bladed, Winged AND Shielded.

By the time they realize it it's too late - and she emerges a perfect synthesis of all three factions.

From that point on she makes it her life's goal to find more hybrids - because she knows more exist somewhere, they're just hard to find - and sympathizers to her cause, and transfiguring them into this sort of synthesis too - and basically challenging the caste system.

And yeah. She pretty much creates her own small private army - a new faction whose name translates to 'Exalted Ones' - that seek to bring down the current governments of all three castes and reforge the entire damn race in a way that will make sure that no one will ever suffer again because their parents happened to be of different castes - and eventually transfigure all three into one great unified race.

Naturally, this calls for quite a bit of negotiation and diplomacy, politics and the occasional act of terroris-errr I mean "freedom fighting", of course.

The existence of this new resistance movement is straining relationships between the three castes - as there are naturally a lot of people who want the status quo to remain - either because they're old fashioned or because they personally benefit from it...

Where will it end? Desu knows. That's all I have for now. @_@

Roflpies.

Jul. 2nd, 2009 01:48 am
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"Who would have thought that this eclectic group of voyagers could actually become a family? Starfleet, Maquis, Klingon, Talaxian, Hologram, Borg, even Mr. Paris!" ~ The EMH.
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Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky from me...

Take me out to the black
Tell them I ain't coming back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can't take the sky from me...

There's no place I can be
Since I found Serenity

You can't take the sky from me.
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I currently have 'Within You' from 'Labyrinth' stuck in my head. Thinking back to last week, I can understand why... ^_^;

Other songs that have been stuck in my head lately are 'Master of the Wind' by Manowar (whom I've developed quite a major liking to the songs of - particularily the one that got stuck in my head, 'Swords in the Wind', and 'Courage'), and 'Take My Hand' by Toto, the credits theme from the 1984 David Lynch version of Dune (which is one of the prettiest instrumentals ever made). And various iterations of which keep playing through my head lately. I haven't really had the heart to listen to anything else. Except for stuff I mauled on my guitar, that is. Oh, and an awesome Scorpions acoustic concert I have on DVD.

Heh.

I'm feeling much better than last week. My mind still falls into lapses of sadness every once in a while, but I think I've channeled most of it out by now.

Also, I've been in a WarCraft mood lately. I've dug WarCraft III out of mothballs and started playing it. Burning HOURS. And loving every bloody minute of it. Man, that game is pure awesome. I finished Reign of Chaos last night, and I want to finish The Frozen Throne next weekend I get to be home. I miss the Draenei, kinda. xD

And by Draenei I mean the ugly-yet-awesome permanently-cloaked, fanged denizens of Outland (formerly Draenor). Back when they were still the natives.

Don't get me wrong, I love the WoW Draenor design. If I got over my hatred for MMORPGs and robbed a few banks to allow myself to play it, I'd probably create a Draenei character. The females look freakin' awesome. All detailed outfits and tendrils and horns and blue skin. Heh. ^^; But enough people ranted about the sudden connection of the Eredar (Archimonde's original species) and the completely unrelated Draenei. I honestly think that if they wanted to make the Eredar good guys, they could have NICELY wrote them in as a new race rather than just, y'know, fuse them with my favorite race of nuclear mutants.

Actually, coming to think of it, I think I like a lot of the corrupted races more than the official races. I mean, Naga and Satyrs are NEEFTY. ^^

I found a lot of secrets I haven't encountered last time I played (most of them in Night Elf levels. Like the Hydralisk and the 'Shrine of the Uberfish'. But I think that 'The Largest Panda Ever' was what took the cake. xD

Also, Illidan STILL kicks nine kinds of ass, at least.

Heh. This entry serves no real purpose except for some venting and random rambling. ^_^;

Oh yeah! And I've been having more thoughts about a conceptual webcomic plot i've been toying with for ages.

The story begins with QT-3.14, an android-like life-form who is accidentally summoned into a world where high-technology doesn't exist, but rather magic and fantasy rules. Needless to say, she isn't happy about it (particularily because she was summoned right when she was in the middle of a nice bath and her weapon modules got left behind. XD). She sees the potential of this world and plots its overthrow and takeover.

The only problem is, she's a semi-anthropomorphic animalish creature which doesn't look very intimidating without her weapon modules. And the young, hyper apprentice mage that summoned her by mistake seems to consider her some kind of an intelligent pet (much to "Cutiepi"'s annoyance xD). Said apprentice is actually extremely prone to magical accidents. Much like her master, an old, reclusive mage with a passion for alchemy (and unfortunately a passion for brimstone also, which more often than not makes his experiments explode). xD

Two more planned characters are Aelyn, a good-aligned Necromancer (Yes. xD) who's not very good at it. I mean, she tries REALLY hard to raise a mighty Dracolich, but ends up with a tiny, cute bone dragon with the personality of a puppy. And also, a girl who's VERY talented in magic, but isn't allowed to join a mage school because, well, her name is too mundane to be a mage name. xD

But yeah.

Gotta wrap this entry up.
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Well, I was checking out the SadGeezer's guide to Babylon 5 again, and found out about a sci-fi series i've never heard of before, named "Firefly". I saw the introduction from it, and developed quite a liking to the theme song, Ballad of Serenity. The title of this entry is part of the lyrics.

The series itself looks very interesting. Science fiction meets the wild west, heh heh. I quote the intro's narrative on it, and the lyrics to the song.

"After the earth was used up, we found a new solar system and hundreds of new Earths were terraformed and colonized. The central planets formed 'The Alliance', And decided all planets must join under their rule.

...There was some disagreement on that point.

After the war, many of the independents who have fought and lost drifted to the edges of the system, far from alliance control. Out here, people struggle to get by with the most basic technologies. A ship would bring you work. A gun would help you keep it.

A captain's goal was simple. Find a crew, find a job. Keep flying.

(End narrative, cue theme song)

Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky from me

Take me out to the black
Tell them I ain't coming back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can't take the sky from me

There's no place I can be
Since I found Serenity
You can't take the sky from me."

Apparantly it was a rather short lived series that never actually aired by FOX, although they're planning to release it on DVD. I wish I could see it...

Anyway! back to things that were released, I started writing a horribly strange crossover of The Deadlock: Planetary Conquest saga and the StarCraft Saga. Yup. o_O (SC Terrans meet DeadLock humans would DEFINITELY be a funny scene...)

And now I'm off, for the moment. ^^;

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