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Speculation Nation / Re: So i have this theory
« on: April 24, 2018, 08:23:48 PM »
It's all fun and games until Sonia joins Guts group.  :ubik:   *adjusts tinfoil hat*

I don't see your point. You believe Sonia will join Guts' group, then use the beherit to become an apostle? That sounds preposterous.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 24, 2018, 07:13:32 PM »
Two things from Puella I forgot to mention earlier:

Episode title is "Jötunn (1)", with the kanji meaning "giants" and the furigana indicating the name. It's a Norse mythology reference.

There's not much text in the episode, but Sonia chastizes Mule for not being careful enough, then she speaks to Griffith through telepathy. She tells him where the Giant King is (east of the battlefield), that there's a clear path to him, and more importantly to be careful because she senses a large and ominous shadow that is hidden in the bushes behind the soldiers.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 24, 2018, 06:24:47 PM »
That shouldn't be hard, unless score is kept by seeing how much ammo one can waste in each section and still be fine. =)

Haha, yeah I'm playing in "Hard" I think and it's still pretty damn easy. It's the sort of game you can finish in 5 hours unless you choose to do all the little side things. Still, I'm having a good time with it so far! Just good old adventure stuff, reminds me of better times. =)

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 24, 2018, 05:15:33 PM »
My favorite moment here is the King Giant drinking (looks like a cocktail?) from a bell, the kind you'd see atop a church. Then he tosses it down, squishing a troll. This is my kinda guy!  :guts: It's interesting that trolls are scurrying around the feet of the giants. I wonder if they function like parasites, eating the scraps the giants leave in their wake.

Haha yeah he's pretty great. That being said, he's got sweat on his temple and you can see that the "cup" is trembling in his hand before he drops it on the trolls (who are tied like pets), so I don't think he's feeling very confident about facing Griffith at all. But anyways, like I was telling Grail, it's not like the goal of this sequence is the death of the giant king. That fight is just an introduction to more important matters to the plot. :slan:

It didn't look like it in ep 306, seemed like an even mix, but could be. I still wonder about the environment, and if/how that changed as a result of the blast as well. The shift is a little frustrating, but we're still slowly getting the answers to things we pondered almost 10 years ago.

Haha damn, ten years already... Time fucking flies. :flora:

One of the things that interests me is what they'd be doing marching way the heck out of their home territory to get in a fight with Falconia.  Did they really just eat themselves out of all of Scandanavia-analog already?  Or is Falconia Famous Among Monsters?

I think you might have this in reverse. This could be a raiding expedition that Griffith and his troops are conducting a ways away from Falconia. Also, aside from the giants themselves I don't think there's necessarily an overwhelming connection to Norse mythology here, nor that it would imply that these giants actually come from "up North" compared to where Falconia is situated. You can see that they've preyed on Holy See troops for example (one of the shields), so... yeah.

I had been asking myself anyways when we will be getting a switch to Griffith, due to his soon to be coronation and wedding. This episode is definitely the set up for going towards that direction.

Keep in mind that we don't necessarily need to see the coronation or the wedding in real-time as they happen. Could be through a flashback if Miura deems it more appropriate. Like something Raban or Mule would reflect on. Hell, it could have happened already! :iva: I mean, I think we'll probably get to see them live but the point is that these events, while symbolic, aren't necessarily super important to the plot given that Griffith is already a god-king (with Charlotte as his obedient consort) as it is. If anything I hope there'll be more than meets the eye when it happens.

I'm really interested in Falconia and the Astral Beam.

The Astral Beam? What do you mean?

If we do make it as far as his coronation it will be really exciting because that's been his end goal since the beginning as far as i'm aware. The last check on his dream list ticked off. And where do you go from there?

Being king was Griffith's dream when he was human. To him it was the biggest thing a man could possibly be. But that was long ago. Femto is beyond mankind's rules, and therefore his ambition is now on another scale. Guts told the Great Gurus as much in their village. As a result, the coronation is somewhat perfunctory. Ask yourself: what will it change?

Bigger question, Griffith and his apostles are on a crusade against such creatures. But what would go down if they came across Ubik's merry men? Or Conrad's skeleton krew?

I'm not sure that's really possible. There's no doubt the rest of the God Hand "got in" when Femto unleashed the Blast of the Astral World, but I'm not convinced that what we saw then now exists physically in the world. It certainly would be a sight to behold, though.

it would be interesting if they showed us conlict between God hand members. that would reveal a lot about where the story is going.

Well, personally I really don't think the story is going towards a conflict between members of the God Hand...

Not only that, but one would think that Elf Helm is one of the "spiritual mistletoes" that are talked about in earlier volumes. One theory might be that the God Hand have to eliminate all the mistletoes in order for the world tree to fully blossom & completely fuse the astral layers?

I get why you use the "mistletoe" reference, since those giant spiritual trees are parasitic to the World Spiral Tree, but that's a pretty big misnomer.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 24, 2018, 02:17:20 PM »
I'd bet that Miura is showing us the worst of the Fantasia inhabitants now, those who absolutely couldn't co-exist with humanity, as a way to allow Griffith to justify a purge of them all. In a few eps, we could see them wiping out cute lil' guys with the same fervor.  :sad:

Yeah that's definitely a good possibility. I also wonder if the giants weren't provoked, or aren't embodying a kind of vengeance against mankind for past misdeeds, or a resistance against future ones.
Another possibly, a bit more far-fetched (this is all we've talked about before years ago :void:), but I'm curious to know whether the nature of the Astral Blast (all the evil power Ganishka had amassed in his body) didn't corrupt the "Astral Fauna" in some way, or at least influence the ratio of bellicose creatures versus peaceful ones.


Well.. now we can find out what Griffiths plans are in the new world. Is he going to wipe out these semi intelligent creatures. Or is he going to take it step further in combining the world.

Looks pretty clearly like the first option right now, and I don't think the second one was really ever on the table? Not sure how that would work.

The Falconia crew teamed up with the harpies already, if only for a bit

I don't think so, no. Aren't you just mistaken with that one lady apostle that's kind of owlish?

Not to get too ahead of myself, but it's looking to me like we'll get another several episodes with Griffith and co, which will lead to a possible short "skip" after the disastrous reunion between Guts and Casca. That leads me to wonder, are the events we're watching take place in this episode concurrent with the events in Elfhelm, or is Miura possibly going to pull a little narrative trick with that? I wonder!

Yeah, that seems likely. Probably part of the complex narrative plan Miura has set for how to reestablish Guts and Casca's relationship.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 24, 2018, 01:39:34 PM »
Haha, Miura's such a tease. What an episode to choose to switch sides! But then again, what better time to do it than after a huge cliffhanger (classic narrative technique that makes the reader devour the story).

Anyway, great spectacle there, I'll never tire of seeing transformed apostles going toe-to-toe with other mighty foes. Although it feels odd to see Zodd being "just a guy" among the rest of the army. I feel sad for him, though it's the life he's chosen. It's a bit reminiscent of when Guts was fighting as a mercenary.

Moving on, that Falconia's armies would go against astral creatures was expected, but it's interesting that these giants are shown as being the obvious bad guys here. I'm curious to see whether future developments/revelations will cast the situation under a more ambiguous light.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 24, 2018, 04:39:29 AM »
How were you able to figure out the tornado trick without a guide? Schoolyard talk? (I'm assuming you played the game when it originally came out; please correct me if I'm wrong.)

Pretty sure I found it by chance, but you should know it took me what felt like a year to finish the game at the time. Objectively a harrowing experience, but it gave me time to appreciate the game to its full extent. I didn't speak English at the time either, so I didn't know what the NPCs were saying anyway. I think we had some shitty translations in the box, and there may have been some clues there, but can't remember.

Is it bad i actually enjoyed playing zelda 2 more than zelda 1?

Yes. Very bad. :azan:

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Video Games / Re: Favorite Video Games (Series)
« on: April 23, 2018, 08:57:08 PM »
Zelda 1? Or would you count every Zelda made since? =)

Haha, yeah Zelda 1 has inspired enough "variations" let's say, and besides it's timeless, as perfect today as it was then. :badbone:

Well, it's like the tech demo for it, the simultaneously co-developed Zelda 64 is the finished product we're all still playing today in some form or another! :guts:

Aww, come on, I love Zelda 64 but Mario 64's great too! So much good stuff in there, and I really enjoyed replaying it on the NDS when they ported it.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 23, 2018, 08:45:55 PM »
Maybe because I used a guide (which is what I heard was recommended)

!!!

A guide! And here I thought you were pursuing a laudable endeavor. But you're cheating! :iva:
(Just kidding, but I enjoy playing the irate old man way too much for my own good, I should probably keep myself in check before I start yelling at kids that they're having too much fun at the park)


P.S. Oh and as for me, I'm playing Rise of the Tomb Raider these days (after letting it rot in my backlog for god knows how long), and I'm handily beating Griffith's score in every level. :badbone:

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 23, 2018, 08:18:08 PM »
New sub-topic: What's the worst game you think is amazing/significant? :troll:

I guess some works of art are just too good to be appreciated by philistines like you guys. :iva:

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 23, 2018, 07:36:11 PM »
I finished Simon's Quest last Thursday. It was okay; nothing to write home about. It wasn't nearly as bad as some critics made it out to be, but it wasn't amazing, either.

Pfff, what are you talking about. It's easily one of the best games in the series. A bold, visionary title that, among other things, laid the groundwork for Symphony of the Night.

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: What summons the vortex of souls?
« on: April 21, 2018, 09:01:26 PM »
I'm finishing up a re-read of the manga, and at first I was thinking back on the battle for the Spirit Tree Mansion. Guts and the Skull Knight cut down several apostle, yet we don't get dozens of vortexes claiming the bodies, like it did for Wyald. Thinking harder, I realize it only came for Wyald and the Count's (and when the Skull Knight destroys Qliphoth).
So what made these apostle deaths so much different from say, the Snake Baron, or the female apostle who killed Corkus? Is there anything specific that has to happen for that swirling vortex of souls to emerge?

It happens to every apostle when they die, we just aren't shown the details every time.

As a reminder, the Vortex of Souls is where all human souls with negative karma go after death. It's basically "hell". And it's also the source of the evil power that is used by the God Hand and the apostles. When people become apostles, their souls are imbued with evil power. That transformation of their soul, in turn, warps their corporeal body and turns them into monsters. That same evil power is also why their soul is claimed by the Vortex of Souls when they die. And you'll notice that after their soul is taken away, their body reverts back to its human form, since the evil power doesn't impact it anymore.

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Video Games / Re: Favorite Video Games (Series)
« on: April 21, 2018, 07:44:48 PM »
I'm sort of going through a list like Rhombaad's but I dunno if I can justify spending dozens of hours with Charles Martinet at this point in my life.

Mario 64 invented modern 3D platforming. Hugely influential game and still one of the best platformers of all time.

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Speculation Nation / Re: So i have this theory
« on: April 21, 2018, 07:59:43 AM »
I already concede my theory is bogus in general, but this point by you could technically be argued. Femto somehow knew that Skull Knight was going to show up (Sonia is feeding Femto prophecies perhaps?) If somehow Guts was able to wield the Beherit sword that *might* surprise Femto enough that he wouldn't be able to grasp the astral rip caused by Guts swinging it. Maybe.

Beherits are tied to the Idea of Evil. That's where they come from and that's who their master is. There is no guarantee they can effectively be used against their creator or its agents. It is certainly worth trying, as the Skull Knight did, but so far it hasn't borne results.

I think the only plausible candidate for using the Beherit is Serpico. Casca can't use the Beherit when Guts has already been sacrificed, and Griffith is a God Hand member. I doubt the God Hand would trade one of their own for a commom type of demon.

I really don't think anyone in Guts' group will be using that beherit.

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Speculation Nation / Re: So i have this theory
« on: April 20, 2018, 07:32:31 PM »
My half-baked (or fully baked, haha) theory is that they somehow figure out a way to imbue Guts's Beherit into the Dragon Slayer, allowing Guts to physically wound the God Hand. It wouldn't shock anyone but it would definitely fit better into the story than some of these various dark sacrifice theories.

Aside from Femto, who has been incarnated, the members of the God Hand did not possess physical bodies the last time we saw them. And even if they did, what Guts would need is to be able to harm them on a spiritual level. Which he already can, to a small extent.

Think about how cool a Femto-Guts battle would be if Guts could cleave open portals and attack Femto from all these various angles

Yeah, because Skull Knight's beherit sword technique worked really well against Femto the last time he tried it. :ganishka:

Biggest hole I can poke in my own theory is that having 2 Beherit swords in the same story would be seen by some as redundant

May I also suggest the fact the Skull Knight has swallowed a non-negligeable number of beherits and melted them in his armor, then has to plunge his sword into it to create that technique. You are suggesting that a single beherit be used to replicate that technique on the Dragon Slayer, a vastly larger sword... By a human who couldn't possibly use the same method.

why not just have Skull Knights Beherit sword end up in Guts hands somehow? Still think it would be cool to see Guts have access to teleportation.

Because this technique involves the Skull Knight himself, as I stated above. Also, Guts being able to teleport during fights isn't really how I'd like his character to develop.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: April 20, 2018, 05:30:21 AM »
I don't know about you guys but Guts still carrying around what was described by Schierke as a very serious spiritual as well as physical wound

There are two wounds. One on the chest, one on the back.

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Video Games / Re: Favorite Video Games (Series)
« on: April 18, 2018, 05:20:16 PM »
Diablo (Diablo 2 was a great game, though I would rank some of Blizzards other games higher if they were listed)

Rock n' Roll Racing remains the best thing they've done. :badbone:

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Video Games / Re: Favorite Video Games (Series)
« on: April 17, 2018, 06:37:22 PM »
I'm proud and somewhat amazed I was about to get into and through Infinite Space on your and Aaz's recommendation because it is so incredibly long, involved and intricate when you get into the nitty gritty (being on DS helped since I could play in bed at night). I even convinced my dad to play it through. Great game on many levels.

No game has ever been more deserving of a remake.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 16, 2018, 04:55:10 PM »
Thanks for the heads-up! That one's going to attract collectors. :guts:

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: New here!
« on: April 15, 2018, 06:48:41 PM »
Welcome Iluvatar!

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Alright, so for starters, here is the full version of the prophecy, correctly translated:

"When the sun will have died five times, a red lake will appear at the west of the city with a name both new and ancient, and it will be the sign that the fifth angel is born. The angel shall be a Falcon of Darkness. Both master of the sinful black sheep and king of the blind white sheep. The one who shall bring an age of darkness upon the world."

Notice that the Falcon of Light is not referenced here. This prophecy is specifically about the Falcon of Darkness.

I know Griffith/Femto is both, but my questions are...Who "created" this prophesy? I mean, did the Holy See write it?

We don't know who created the prophecy, but it predates the Holy See as far as we understand. We know that because Schierke quotes the prophecy when she's first introduced (while gathering intelligence on Griffith), indicating that it is known among magic users.

I know they confused the Hawk of Darkness with Guts, but if they make the connections and realize Griffith is the Hawk of Darkness, would they be against him?

The Holy Iron Chain Knights (led by Farnese) mistook Guts for the Falcon of Darkness, but that was long ago. I guess in theory, yes, if the Holy See had known Griffith was really the Falcon of Darkness the prophecy warns against, they might have opposed him. But things have worked out very differently. Griffith was recognized as their prophesized savior and has been acting as such. It seems pretty clear by now that the Holy See as a religion was part of a long-term scheme to benefit the God Hand and their master (the Idea of Evil). And at the current point of the story, it's not clear whatever leadership they had still exists aside from the Pontiff (who's completely enraptured by Griffith).

I don't know why but the brand reminds me of the Holy See logo.

Yes, the resemblance isn't coincidental. Walter first connected those dots over 15 years ago.

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Video Games / Re: Favorite Video Games (Series)
« on: April 12, 2018, 04:31:11 PM »
I think this raises a good point that I sort of alluded to with my reference to Nioh but I'm totally considering clones and games "in-the-style-of" as well. I know that could make things murkier, but of course I'm considering Shovel Knight as part of my love for Mega-Man, naturally.

Haha, then it's more like genres, which makes it much murkier indeed. :ganishka:

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Video Games / Re: Favorite Video Games (Series)
« on: April 12, 2018, 06:59:08 AM »
[And I really should really replay PoE with the DLC, before the launch of PoE2]

Same... Started the DLC a while back but didn't get very far before losing interest.

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Video Games / Re: Favorite Video Games (Series)
« on: April 11, 2018, 09:37:30 PM »
So, yeah, all my favorite series are dead.
Except Doom and DMC, because DMCV will be announced at E3 [BELIEVE!]
...and System Shock, if they don't run with the money.

It's not really a series, but the spirit of the Infinity Engine lives on! Pillars of Eternity, Tyranny, Torment: Tides of Numenera...

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Video Games / Re: Favorite Video Games (Series)
« on: April 11, 2018, 07:02:17 PM »
Another honorable mention goes to the Legacy of Kain series. Blood Omen, Soul Reaver and the final mash up of both series Defiance. Shouldn't be forgotten. The writer for that series, Amy Henning, went to work on another great series, the Uncharted games.

Hennig's work is commendable but she didn't write the story of the original Legacy of Kain game (the most memorable one by far IMO). She started as a writer and director on Soul Reaver, which was only retroactively made into a Legacy of Kain sequel (it had started as an unrelated project).

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