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Sep. 19th, 2017 04:34 pm
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"Oh, I know just the menu to use for this... I can have them order..." *digs out fancy restaurant menu, starts perusing*

Ten minutes later...

"WAAAAIIIIT! This is supposed to be a short smutfic with minimal lead-up."

BUT FOOD.

*scribbles notes for longer epic foodporn fic to write later*

...

*sigh*

words

Sep. 19th, 2017 02:34 pm
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Got two drabbles done last night -- I haven't given up on StoryADay yet, and I started pecking at my prompt tables for [community profile] serendipityclaims, whee ~

Also I actually managed drafts for two locations for the gazetteer in the Black Hack hack omfg 83~

So, progress! Little progress but still progress!

On top of this stuff, I have my prompts for [personal profile] spook_me (let's go, not-at-all-cute Genealogy fic ~~), and -- all things being equal -- it just might be time to think about buckling down and dead tree'ing Equinox after all. Lol.

*tiny eee*

Sep. 19th, 2017 01:01 pm
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[personal profile] taichara: *did free banner pull*
[personal profile] taichara: "I am Seliph, a son pledged to fulfilling the wish my father made as he died a bitter death -- to battle darkness."
[personal profile] taichara: *is all eyeball prickly*

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Sep. 18th, 2017 07:10 pm
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Well, I need to go back to it at some point and rework it into a list for this week, but I'm pretty confident in saying I didn't get most of my weekend to-do taken care of. ^^;; I did get a lot done in the bookroom, which was definitely one of the most important things. However, a lot of it involved unpacking and sorting books and now my bedroom is a disaster of bookpiles (whoops?). I ended up moving a couple of bookcases and the desk twice, because I had ~~different ideas, and then I had one more but ended up not doing it, because instead of trying to incorporate the cedar chest that's been floating around, I should see about parting with it. I don't use it, stuff gets piled on it, and like many pieces of furniture that came over here, it's not actually in very good shape. Well... I don't have to decide on anything today.

Basically, I have to keep reminding myself that not only can I be flexible, it's okay if I am. So if this layout isn't working in a few weeks, I can try something new.

Just unpacking and sorting, I've pulled out three books to go already. Well, for one, I read one chapter and immediately deposited it in the 'take to pagan shop' basket. Not my cuppa. I suspect this will happen more and more as I keep going, especially with reference books that are interesting but not the sorts of things I'll ever need to reference that often, or that seem impressively redundant (like the dozens of gardening books).

Other than that, words! I'm sort of trying for the impossible, lol. Wish me luck! (And words!)
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 I really do want to explore a bit more about Fayt's character and the revelation he might be one of the first pansexual characters Tri-Ace and Square Enix have created. Not to say other main characters aren't pansexual. Cloud from Final Fantasy VII comes to mind as well, but Fayt strikes me as the one being the most comfortable in his skin about who he's attracted to throughout the game. I mentioned a year or so ago that there are few characters throughout the game who actually gain Fayt's attention to the point where he's thinking about them after he's met them (this being Mirage, Nel, and Albel. Sophia is a given, but his worry over her is very understandable given that they've known each other from very young ages). 

Anyway, I got to thinking about something else in regards to the female characters of Star Ocean throughout the entire series. Mind you, I still haven't played the first two games, either at all or all the way through at this point, but there is something quite formulaic going on with the female cast members.

There are very few close range fighters amongst the women characters.

In fact, I daresay there's maybe one female character per game that is a close range fighter. Ilia from the very first Star Ocean game is a fisticuffs fighter, if her little bio from the game manual is anything to go by. I'm not entirely sure on the second game - I'm guessing so for those of you who have played, please chime in on this - but I believe Precis is the only close range combat fighter in the game. Again, I could be wrong. My current play-through I've recruited Ashton, and he's not a well-liked character by other characters you haven't met yet. 

Getting into the games that I have played and therefore do know, it becomes clearer that it is about one female character per game. Till the End of Time has Mirage but also might be the only exception to the one female close range fighter per game. The only symbology she learns is whenever you get the tomes that teach Common Attack Symbols and Common Support Symbols, if you so choose to do that with her. Otherwise, she is straight up fisticuffs on par with Cliff. Nel Zelpher and Peppita Rosetti are the other two that are close range fighters. Nel uses daggers, which can be short range or long range for attacks, and symbology. Peppita basically uses her acrobat skills. The difference amongst the three is you have a choice on whether or not to recruit Nel and Peppita to the party. Mirage becomes automatic after Styx. Other than that, well, Maria and Sophia are actual distance fighters. Their classifications in the whole questing party puts them at a great disadvantage after a certain point in a tight combat situation. (Sophia is basically classified as a mage, and, because we're going with classic Dungeons and Dragons style gaming with our video game RPGs, Sophia is unable to handle any type of weapon beyond a staff. She also has lower hit points compared to other players and thus makes her an easy kill if you have her out and are not paying a lot of attention to what it is she's doing. For some reason, Adray is the only one who gets to break the rule of a mages not being allowed to wield swords, going more Lord of the Rings style in that Gandalf carried a sword with no penalty. I digress.)

Star Ocean: Till the End of Time seemingly breaks the rule for close range female combat fighters, but The Last Hope and Integrity and Faithlessness resume it. Meracle Chamlotte and Anne are the only close range fighters of the female persuasion. The rest - Reimi, Lymle, Myuria, Sarah, Miki, and Fiore - they can fight close range, but, again due to their classifications, they're long range fighters. 

This is kind of disheartening for me because, well, I love sword fighters. That is the truth. I love sword fighters. And to realize a series I love doesn't have the option for a female sword fighter is . . . boring and, well, not up to date with the types of warriors a person can play. Even in the old days of table top gaming, women/female characters could be sword fighters. After all, there are a wide range of blades out there that a woman can wield.

Maybe the game writers for Star Ocean will finally take the hint that the writers for Final Fantasy did when they went into production for Final Fantasy XIII. Female lead, female sword fighter, and no need for a love interest.

Those are just my thoughts, though.
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I have now hit the 100 Orb point in FEH and I still have maps left to go.

This will be very, very useful if that rumour about next month pans out --

lalalala it's a Fire Emblem meme ~

Sep. 17th, 2017 08:07 am
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Continuing on the quest to climb out of a fandom hole, I decided to hunt up a Fire Emblem questionnaire meme!

... And then promptly gutted it of all the ridiculously over-specific questions, and tweaked a few others. You know, like one does with memes ~

That said, this is still 25 questions about FE, and that's kind of a lot.
So, this is now an Ask And Answer Meme! 83

Comment with the number or numbers of the questions you'd like me to answer, and I'll respond back. (no asking for every single one in a clot, that's just mean.)


Fire Emblem Questionnaire ~ )

TRON fanfic: The Outpost (8/?)

Sep. 15th, 2017 12:32 pm
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Title: The Outpost
Author: [personal profile] skye_writer
Rating: T
Characters/Pairings: Tron, Original Characters, Sam Flynn, Ed Dillinger, Jr.
Summary: No one knew where the virus came from. By the time they noticed it, it was too late. The Grid's factions put their differences aside and built a haven in the Outlands--the Outpost. Time passes; the Grid's programs survive. Then the Portal opens again, bringing Users back to the Grid, and what happens next may change their world forever.
Warnings: No warnings for this chapter.
Author's Note: This marks the end of Part One of this fic. Given that I need time to edit and polish Part Two and that the fic itself is at this time incomplete, Part Two will begin posting either in December 2017 or January 2018. I know this is a terribly long time between updates, but better, I think, to wait only months rather than waiting years.

Read more... )

TRON fanfic: The Outpost (7/?)

Sep. 15th, 2017 08:02 am
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Title: The Outpost
Author: [personal profile] skye_writer
Rating: T
Characters/Pairings: Tron, Original Characters
Summary: No one knew where the virus came from. By the time they noticed it, it was too late. The Grid's factions put their differences aside and built a haven in the Outlands--the Outpost. Time passes; the Grid's programs survive. Then the Portal opens again, bringing Users back to the Grid, and what happens next may change their world forever.
Warnings: Death of minor unnamed character.

Read more... )

time to put up or shut up, HG

Sep. 15th, 2017 12:08 pm
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It looks as official as it gets:

Harmony Gold's Macross, Mospeada, Southern Cross Licenses Still Expire in 2021

-- so this is the part where Harmony Gold needs to either get ready for a final winding down (unless things do actually wind up getting renewed after all, and I don't know how likely I find that), or (and I bet you can guess which option I favour at least trying) use the creations it has and build a proper 'new' Robotech.

I'd like to think that the new comic is an intermediary step -- changing up events and character details and such while retaining, for the moment, familiar trappings -- but somehow I don't know that I'd be so lucky.


Also, the bit in the article about "Harmony Gold owns the title Robotech in perpetuity, but when its license expires it will no longer be able to use or exploit works that are derivative of the three anime titles" is so disingenous I could chew up swords and spit out tacknails.

But I really shouldn't be surprised that the anime news site does its best to passive foster the continuing bullshit misinformation that Robotech has nothing of its own addition and creation, right? *snort*

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