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  1. 42 minutes ago, DarthR0xas said:

    I don't think he has quite the screen presence that Reggie does.

    20 minutes ago, Ertrick36 said:

    Oh my lord, this is how Nintendo introduced Mr. Bowser.

    The Mario bros. all tied up, and all the other plushies are Bowser's minions and Bowser Jr.

    Reggie, are you sure Nintendo isn't gonna become Bowser Inc. when the dust finally settles?

    I lied, he's going to do great.


  2. I'M NOT REGGIE FOR THIS

    Nah, but seriously I wish him the best. Reggie is a great man, and he should get the rest and time with his family that he deserves. With him leaving, it really feels like the end of an era. The true end of the Iwatta era of Nintendo. It's always sad when something like that ends, a time where Nintendo was off-the-walls, and seemed to have fun even when it was utterly failing with the Wii U. But an end always offers the potential for new beginnings, and great things. Mr. Bowser has big shoes to fill, and I hope that he can properly do so, even if I don't think he has quite the screen presence that Reggie does.


  3. 11 hours ago, Emperor_Siegfried said:

    6. What was it that got you into Fire Emblem?

    7. Is there anything in particular that you would like a sequel to?

    8. Is there a job that you think you would be absolutely terrible at?

    9. Have you seen any commercials that you were a fan of recently? 

    10. If you had all the money, time, and creative freedom necessary to achieve whatever you wanted, what would it be?

    6. It all started around three years ago. I was talking to a friend, who I'm just going to call A. Now this day A had brought his 3Ds to school, and I, being bored at lunch one day, was just watching him play it. That game he was playing was Fire Emblem Fates. After about five minutes of me watching him just play (poorly, might I add, not that I knew at the time), I asked him what he was playing. A said "Oh, it's this game that just came out for the 3Ds. It's Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest." I ask if I could give it a shot, I basically instantly get a unit killed since I have no idea what I was doing. He got kinda mad at me, but since he was playing on Casual mode he didn't really mind. Later that month I hung out with A, and there I asked if I could borrow Conquest. See me and A, we're pretty tight, best-friends. We loan each other games one at a time, mainly so we can guarantee that we'll give each other's games back since we want our own games back. You can never be too sure. Anyways, he said yes, I give him my copy of Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam, I get Conquest. I played on Normal Classic for 15 chapters, then realized I got Azura killed somewhere (I think chapter 10, and yes it took me that long to realize I lost her). So I switched over to Casual mode to get her back. I didn't go into Phoenix mode, even then I had enough pride not to do that. It should be noted that I played like garbage on my first playthrough. I basically fell into every pitfall there was. Horded items, namely staves, which meant by endgame, my best healer was a level 12 unpromoted Elise. I did promote her early, but that was more out of necessity since I needed another combat unit. Honestly, it's a wonder I made it through Conquest at all. But even though I sucked, I loved every second of it. I put over 100 into one file of Conquest, which to my knowledge is the longest I've ever put into a game, up until that point. Now, this wasn't the first time I ever played Fire Emblem. Throughout middle school I would emulate games on the school computers, and one of them was Fire Emblem. I finished Lyn mode around 5 times between the emulators on my computer and phone (I never actually played Eliwood mode until I bought it for the Wii U), and I got to the route split twice in Sacred Stones. Every time, I would either delete my save, delete the emulator, or just forget my flashdrive containing all of my saves, but I didn't really mind. So I had enjoyed FE before Conquest, but if wasn't until Conquest that I actually got into the series.

    7. Plenty of things. That new Spider-man game for PS4 is one I really want a sequel in, mainly for more content. The DLC was alright, but it wasn't quite the content boost I needed to fulfill my appetite of that game. I would hope that a sequel includes a few more suits, maybe something like his zombie suit, and I would also hope for some different gadgets. The Trip Mines are neat, but they weren't very practical in application. Another sequel I want is "The Bible 2", I wonder what kinda stuff is in that one. Lay it on me God, I'm ready.

    8. Any position at a hospital. I'm pretty squeamish, so blood, guts, bodies, all of that is a no-go for me. That and I'd have to tell people they're going to die, and other lame junk like that. Hospitals just seem like depressing places, I don't want to work at one for my life. Not to say anything against people working at hospitals, they're doing God's work, but the atmosphere there isn't very cheery. I'd rather work elsewhere, like in the White House. That place is rad.

    9. Nah, I don't watch TV much, and I skip every ad on Youtube. Although I have recently seen quite a few infomercials that I love. An example is the Sock Slider (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0YzunWoLsY If you're curious), which is just so dumb I have to love it. I also saw a couple egg ones, but they aren't as funny.

    10. I would build the worlds largest golden dick statue that is diamond/emerald studded. It would be taller and wider than the Empire State Building, built directly next to Trump Tower, and would also house the best bar and grill in the entire world. Why you might ask. Well I raise you the question, why not?

    10 hours ago, AnonymousSpeed said:

    What foreign language classes have you taken and what is your opinion of said languages? 

    Do you remember Mighty #9?

    What kind of Wikipedia page do you want to leave behind?

    Would you have your maid waifu serve you your ice cream waifu?

    1. Spanish. I hate it with a burning passion. English is just so much better, we don't have any dumb accent marks, or conjugation, or any of that junk.

    2. Yes

    Numbe- alright I'll give a better answer than that

    It's been a while since I've really thought about Mighty Number 9. I mostly ignored it up until released, and to this day I have never played it. That said, I have probably watched about a two days worth of content on that game, simply because it was such an interesting mess to analyze. The background of everyone involved, the development of the game, the game itself, reactions to the game, it was all incredibly interesting to see. That and I love to watch clusterfucks unfold, it's why I like watching RWBY so much.

    3. I want to leave behind one that's constantly getting edited to have outdated memes in it, and overall is an uninformative mess.

    4. I mean, that's probably someone's fetish. It depends, would the girl A. Still be comprised of Ice Cream, B. Wouldn't feel pain, C. Was consenting, D. It wouldn't count as a murder of any kind, E. Would maid waifu (whose name is Felicia by the by) get in on it? If the answer is yes to all of those, then sure, I don't see why not. I could just get magical fairy Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to make her a being that would regenerate after a set amount of time.

    10 hours ago, Necrofantasia said:

    1. What makes Radiant Dawn your favorite Fire Emblem  game?
    2. What kind of seasonal for Felicia do you want to see the most in Heroes?
    3. What other RPGs aside of Fire Emblem do you enjoy?
    4. What has been the happiest day in your life so far?
    5. How would you describe yourself in three words?

    1. To put it into three words, Plot, Characters, Gameplay. The plot of the game is kinda dumb, and overstuffed, and convoluted. Just what I like. I like my stories to be utterly nonsensical, it makes it more fun that way when shit goes off the rails. And it also means there's depth there. It might be really, REALLY needless and pointless depth that does nothing but confuse, but my god is it depth. The characters, mainly just that I get to see them more grown up. Mist looks adorable, Mia is rockin it, as is Nephenee. Ike became a god among men in his new buff form, Titania look like a full course meal instead of a snacc, and I love how Elincia looks. Aside from looks, it's another case where you feel the repercussion of the first game, and how they impacted the characters. For instance, basically everyone bar Daein loves Ike (the father of Sothe's children), and the desperation really sets into the atmosphere of said characters. I just like seeing growth, and it might be somewhat artificial since it's between games and most characters are static in RD, but it counts. Sure, a lot of the Dawn Brigade is kinda eh, but Miccy is good, and Miccy is all that matters. As for gameplay, that's really the reason why I pick this one above POR. POR is superior in characters/characterization, and in plot, but what it lacks in is the gameplay department. Namely, any sensible difficulty curve. Normal and Hard are easy, then Maniac is like "Hey, you like enemies" and bombards you with them. Now, RD does something dumb with Maniac too, that being "Hey, didn't you like FE1-3?" and removes the weapon triangle in a game balanced around the weapon triangle. But in the other modes, they're actually thoroughly challenging. POR I found myself easily meeting Bxp turn requirements. RD I struggled on numerous occasions, on the easiest difficulty. That, and the game looks great, the animations, though slow, are godly, and the extra mechanics are great. My favorite skill system, three tiers of classes, SHOVING. It's the package deal in my opinon.

    2. Well, obviously a winter one. It'd fit her character best. Remember Winter Tharja, and how that was utter nonsense? If that was Felicia instead, it would make some sense. Now, I'm not saying dress Felicia as scantily as that, but you could easily put her in some light clothing, and make the joke that she's from the Ice Tribe, so she's fine with wearing few clothes in the snow. That and I think Christmas Felicia would be hot.

    3. Plenty of RPGs. Staying within strategy RPGs, I played Advance Wars far before Fire Emblem (one and two, never finished either). I really just played the multiplayer, and let me tell you that BS-ing my way to victory was one of the greatest feelings ever. One time, I set it to Fog of War, not knowing what that was, and I got all my troops decimated. All, but a single infantry, who was at full health. Now I was in full run away mode, but I decided I'd run towards A's headquarters (knew I'd get to use that again). I won that game through sheer chance, and it was hilarious. There were other absurd games like that, but I'll leave those for later. I also love Kingdom Hearts, if my name didn't give it away. I have played every single entry in the series, even the DS game, and even the mobile game. While I didn't enjoy all of them (Chain of Memories was god awful), every single other one I loved. Probably a similar love that I experience with Radiant Dawn. Absurd stories, amazing gameplay, great characters. Octopath Traveler is great. Looks great, sounds better, plays even better, stories are, it varies. I haven't actually finished any of them (I'm fifty hours into the game, and got stuck out of stubbornness at one of the secret bosses). Not sure whether TMS#FE counts as an FE game or not, so I'll just stay safe and assume it counts as an FE game. It rocks, I totally recommend it. Last but not least, the Mario and Luigi series. The sprites have always looked awesome, the music is always great (bar like two tracks), the humor is on point, the stories are surprisingly complex and dark for a Mario game, and best of all, the gameplay is amazing. There are other RPGs I like, a few of the Final Fantasy's come to mind, but I'll move onto the next question.

    4. I have to pick one? Uh, I guess I'd probably pick the day I went to marching MPA (Music Performance Assessment) with my marching band, and we got a Superior. While getting the highest grade was awesome, what was even better was the time I spent with everyone. It was basically a day of me hanging out with my friends, goofing off, having a great time. Eating lunch, and then dinner, and then a second dinner with all of them was great. I got to school a couple hours early to clean up my baritone, and with some spare time, decided with a few friends to play soccer with a ball we randomly found. The shenanigans that occurred in that game are so plentiful, that going in depth would result in me typing a lot. It was basically the first time in a long point of my life where I felt content, and like everything was right in the world. A week later the script got flipped on me, but that gets sad, which isn't what this question is about. So some day in November would be the happiest day of my life.

    5. Hmm, probably inconsistent, intelligent, and absurd. Inconsistent in that I basically switch opinions on things and ideas on a dime. Today I'm moderate-left. A year ago I would say I'm hard-line conservative. The year before that I was liberal in every sense of the word. This doesn't just apply to politics. My ever changing opinion on the Last Jedi has gotten my friends confused at numerous points. Intelligent, I won't go too in depth on this one. Any hardcore analysis of this one will just make me seem like a douche. I'll just say that I medically can be identified as a genius, a lot of my friends consider me the most academically intelligent person they know (not socially intelligent cause jeez I don't know a thing about social situations), and that I do pretty well in most areas of study. Lastly, absurd. I do a ton of absurd things, or make absurd connections, or ask absurd questions. I'll use the many dumb things I've done at a local summer camp. For absurd connections, I made a cabin joke when I combined the idea of a door being a person with my accelerated rate of talking, so that when I made an awful joke when my councilor was going through names to make sure we had everyone, I said "and Door" at the end of it. This combined into "Andor", which then the joke became that we lost a camper and spent the entire week trying to find him. Another year at that same camp, for reasons that escape me, everyone was doing squats while giving each other piggy-back rides. This one kid, who I'll call Red since I forget his actual name, asks if I want to ride on his back. Now I'm a tall fellow, 6 feet of average with a side of a body weight on the higher end of the healthy scale. Since I'm intelligent like I previously said, I obviously say sure. Red is pretty strong, I'll give him that. We get to around 20 with everyone else until I slip. And I fall straight back, right onto my head. Right onto a spot, where not three months ago I had sustained another injury from a pool incident. Now, thank god I didn't start bleeding out, but I had a pretty nasty bump on the back of my head that's still sorta there today. There are plenty of other dumb situations I've gotten myself into, and I myself am pretty zany, but I think I'll save those for later.


  4. 4 minutes ago, AnonymousSpeed said:

    So, I know your waifu is, like, the maid girl from Fates whose name I don't know because I never played Fates. But I want you to humor me for a second. Pretend you are a single weaboo with no waifu, and then, suddenly, Dwayne the Rock Johnson appears. And is also a magical fairy. He grants you one wish- one food item personified into a waifu for you. What food item do you choose to spend the rest of your life with, and why?

    I'd as for Dwayne himself since he's already a snacc.

    One food item personified, well I'd stay away from fruits and vegetables. They'd both be health nuts. Grains, they would probably be, well I dunno what they would be. I'm leaning towards ice cream, since then she'd either be really chill and also like the cold, or she'd be a tsundere, neither of which I'm against. But then the matter of flavor comes into play. The easy answer would be my favorite flavor, that being Mint Chocolate Chip, but one must take into account every single ice cream flavor that I bother to remember. Vanilla and Chocolate, too plain and boring. Birthday cake, too much, probably an over-zealot liberal, which while I don't have any problems with interacting with them, I could never be with one for the rest of my life. Coffee/espresso ice cream would be way too hyper, not really feeling rocky road, would prefer everything to go well. I think I'll actually stick with Mint Chocolate Chip. The mint represents a cool exterior while the chocolate chips represent a sweet interior. I feel like I've put way too much though into saying that I'd ask the magical fairy version of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to create the real life waifu-ized version of a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

    43 minutes ago, ProfImpossible said:

    What kind of shoe do you like to wear?

    Asics, currently my size is 12 mens. Tennis shoes, to be more general, although I am also fond of crocs.

    44 minutes ago, ProfImpossible said:

    Also what's the moon?

    A hologram made of cheese that is housing aliens, obviously. The moon landing couldn't have been faked otherwise.


  5. 1 hour ago, Julius Nepos said:

    SF Interview #211: DarthR0xas
    Interview ends on 24/2/2019.

    @DarthR0xas

    Nominations:
    4: DarthR0xas
    1: The_antithesis
    1: Yashuntafun

    Oh, that's neat. I had been loosely following this thread but never imagined that I'd be the guy that would get interviewed.

    10 minutes ago, Emperor_Siegfried said:

    1. If you were a mad scientist, what scientific experiment would you run if money and ethics weren’t an issue?

    2. What’s the weirdest smell you have ever smelled?

    3. Was there ever a part of a kid’s movie that completely scarred you?

    4. What is the funniest name you have actually heard used in the real world?

    5. Can we ask more than 5 questions?

    1. I'd run an experiment based on the amount one could genetically alter a person before they would become infertile to modern humans. For instance, if I add in a bit of bird DNA so that the person would grow some form of wings, would that result in them being unable to reproduce? After finding my results, I'd probably sell my results to the governments for them to make super-soldiers or something to that regard. 

    2. So one time at Walt Disney World, specifically Epcot, me and my family were riding the "Figment" attraction, or that one ride with the weird purple dragon. During that ride, there's a part where they do some smell based stuff, and the dragon does a skunk. Thing is, it isn't actually a skunk, it's always smelled like stale Triscuts to me. That isn't the weird smell though. On that specific day, we had gotten food before going on the ride. I forget what it exactly was I had eaten, I think it was something Italian. Whatever it was, it left a strong tomato based aftertaste. So we get on the ride, and arrive at that section. Right before the skunk part, I burp. And I mean literal milliseconds before the smell came out. For those unaware, the smell comes out in a large puff of air. So this large puff of air comes out, combines with the tomato burp, and I smell something I don't even know how to describe. Maybe poorly seasoned tomato soup that has goldfish thrown in for good measure. Something odd like that.

    3. Oh plenty of times. Indiana Jones 2 (I forget the subtitle) scared the living hell out of me, and I watched that when I was in my later kid years. Certainly scarred some part of me. If that doesn't qualify as a kids movie, then there are others. Another moment that wasn't from a movie was the Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios. That one ride has put me off any kind of horror, even psychological which I often find I actually like, but it's still made me hesitant to try out. That one scene from Nemo where he gets inducted into a cult stands out. On a less severe scale, anything involving Sid in Toy Story 1 was very unnerving.

    4. Hmm, this is a tough one. It's hard to nail down a name I would call funny being used in the real world. The oddest name that I can remember is a fellow named Jerik, man plays a sax like no other. I've seen plenty of dumb names online, but not really many in person. But all of that will change when I name my first born son something from either an anime or Kingdom Hearts, assuming that whatever person marries me doesn't laugh me out of the house for suggesting that.

    5. Yeah sure, knock yourself out. Answering these is pretty fun, so ask away.


  6. 55 minutes ago, Dayni said:

    I see we're really never going to agree on all but Kristoff's then. Not to worry though.

    Also, no awful description for Kristoff's song? I only gave one because I couldn't find the title when I was briefly searching.

    Alright fine. A loser who was ostracized from society, largely by his own doing, complains that people don't like him.

    30 minutes ago, Anacybele said:

    I don't see how Anna being upset that her big sister who always played with her before is suddenly shutting her out makes her a whiny brat. I'd feel the same way if my brothers did that to me.

    It's less what she says, and more how she says it. That Child Anna voice actor shrieking out high notes, bless her heart, sounds terrible. Once she gets older at least that VA can hit the high notes, although keeps the whiny tone of voice.

    34 minutes ago, Anacybele said:

    And Olaf being curious about summer isn't a bad thing either.

    Sure, but again his voice. That grating, nasally voice that is trying way too hard to be cutesy, sings a song.


  7. 6 minutes ago, Dayni said:

    Huh, I mean yeah Let It Go has been overplayed to the point of no return, but I guess we'll disagree on the others being trash. I'm a bit sad you didn't have an awful description for Do You Want to Build a Snowman?, First Time in Forever or the one where Kristoff sings about people sucking. Then again, I haven't seen Olaf's 40 minutes of apparent annoyance either.

    You're right, I need to remedy that immediately. The songs where a brat whines about her sister being moody and introverted and where a pampered tool sings all about first world problems also suck. I forgot about Kristoff's song. I actually like that one, it gets a pass from me.


  8. 2 minutes ago, Anacybele said:

    I thought it was kinda foreshadowed though, with Elsa's and Kristoff's warning to Anna that she shouldn't marry a man she just met and how Hans mentions that he has a bunch of brothers ahead of him for his family's throne. It's not a big foreshadow, no, but if it was, it wouldn't have been as surprising that he was the villain.

    You see, I saw that as a part of the whole subverting true love theme that Frozen has going on. While Hans being a villain is a natural extension of that theme, you still have to make the implementation of said natural extension fit into the characters and situations you've designed, which Disney didn't do. They made Hans the perfect prince, and displayed him as nothing but that, and even made him look better in most cases, right up until the twist. As for the brothers, I just thought that was a background detail.


  9. 18 minutes ago, Anacybele said:

    Sounds like Disney is not your thing then

    Nah, I just hate Frozen in particular. I love most of Disney, and especially Pixar's stuff. Hell, one of the reasons I got into Kingdom Hearts is because I love Disney so much, and it remains a reason why I like the series. 

    18 minutes ago, Anacybele said:

    A vast majority of Disney movies have songs and such.

    Difference being that they are actually good instead of the grating garbage of Frozen's songs. By all accounts, Let it Go is a good song. And by all accounts, it is overplayed to the point of annoyance and has gotten to the point where it has been utterly ruined by overuse. And all the other songs are trash. Junk about snowmen, stupid rocks rambling about marriage, that annoying cliche love song that is trying to hard to be cliche and as a result is self-defeating. Utterly worthless.

    18 minutes ago, Anacybele said:

    And I thought Hans being a villain was clever, because unlike a lot of Disney villains, he's not obviously evil and you'd least expect someone like him to be. It was nice to see a villain like this for a change.

    Except the issue with him being a villain is that it isn't foreshadowed in the slightest. It's like a switch. One second he's good, perfect, doesn't do a thing wrong, then bam, psychopathic murderer. I can be find with characters making a complete 180 in characterization, if it's foreshadowed properly or has a good payoff. Hans has neither, and him being a villain just feels dumb. I get it Disney, you want to completely subvert the idea of true love, but did you have to do it so poorly? Hans literally stops a dude from murdering Elsa, only to later try to do it himself. It makes no sense for Hans to stop that dude from killing her at that point, if he planned to just do it later. "Yes, it's a brilliant idea to get myself charged with Regicide so then I can't get any of my goals done, instead of this rando trooper who I can easily just throw in a jail to solve all my problems." It's so clumsy that I can't call it clever.


  10. I guess that's neat? I was not a fan of the first movie, in the slightest (and Kingdom Hearts 3 did not help change that opinion), and this 180 shift from a sassy Disney drama into a full on adventure action movie seems odd to me. Animation looks good, I have to give them that. If there are no songs, then I can see myself actually liking this. The redesigns are neat, although then they have me thinking this will just be a weird version of Brave. 

    As for Hans, I hope he returns. He was the one dude I actually liked in the original Frozen, and they better not do him dirty like in Frozen 1, making him a garbage tier twist villain.


  11. Meh, I despise all the characters on display here, but the fact that they aren't all alts is a trend that I like. I'll probably just try for Keaton since Special Spiral fodder is nice, and maybe Selkie for actual use even though I hate her the most. Not spending more than 15 orbs on this, gotta save for the FE6 banner. Although I hate that game, if there's one thing I love about it, it's Dieke, and my gut is telling me he'll be on that banner. Panne is meh, never liked her in Awakening. Guess a free beast unit is nice. Also, screw Yarne. I'm glad he didn't get in. He sucks, so much. I consider him the worst character in all of 3Ds, that's how much I hate him. Yarne hate aside, decent looking units, way too long weapon text, plenty of people seem happy even though I'm pretty indifferent/annoyed at the proceedings. I've been mostly happy for the last couple of banners, so I'm fine with a banner coming out that's not my speed. Also more story, maybe the seventh highest ranked male hero can finally get some character development, or maybe just a character in the first place besides "Hi, I'm Hot Topic".


  12. 21 minutes ago, Emperor_Siegfried said:

    Hey everybody.  Here’s my first effort.  This shouldn’t be too exclusionary, hopefully it manages to stand on its own as just being a little "buddy buddy" between two soldiers.

    Title: The Heart of Dedication
    Words: 3302
    Fandom: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

      Reveal hidden contents

    Everything had become desperate for the citizens of the colony when the news arrived.  The worst that could ever happen had come to pass over the hard-built peace that had been achieved by the human race years ago.  Yet is was all in the span of a brief few hours, all that had been achieved had begun to see the it being set ablaze.  Though many had aspired to see the nature of the human race become more than what it was in the past, yet none of it could be denied after so long.

    The year is After Colony 214.  The threat of a newly ignited war is just as present as it had ever been in human history.

    In the meeting room where a gathering of soldiers had grouped around a holographic map of the outside area, a Lieutenant Colonel of the only military branch of the Earth Sphere United Nations made her way into the room and prepared to offer a report on what they were about to face.  One of the Majors introduced, “Lieutenant Colonel Sally Po has returned with news of our situation.”

    Sally confirmed, “The fleet has already entered the L5 cluster.  X-18444 has been reported as being lost.  From what we were able to see, it seems they’re getting ready to use that colony as a space port to prepare for launching an even bigger invasion.”

    One of the soldiers updated the holographic map of L5 X-34111 and warned, “Colonel, I’m afraid that we are about to have a serious mess on our hands.”

    Sally asked, “What do we have waiting for us?”

    The soldier pointed to the space around the space colony when he pointed to a few blinking signals on the map.  He answered, “The force seems to be smaller than the first one, but it looks like they still have more than enough to handle us.”

    Sally watched the blinking signals rapidly moving towards the location of the space colony that she and everyone was currently occupying.  Just one battleship containing several squads was enough to raise concern for her situation.  The sight of five however was enough to weigh on her and everyone as they saw the situation begin to lay out in front of them.

    Sally couldn’t contain her concern when she cursed, “Damn… We have it worse than we thought.”

    One of the soldiers asked, “Lieutenant Colonel, what sort of threat are we supposed to be facing out there?”

    Sally answered, “I’m afraid that we have something worse than the worst-case scenario for us to look forward to.  We’ve got a first transmission from them and I’m afraid we do not have any room for negotiations.  They call themselves the Falson Coalition.  They’re out here to demand nothing less than our unconditional surrender.”

    There was a gathering amount of whispers in the room as the Preventer soldiers pointed to what had been revealed.  Another one of the soldiers asked, “Where the hell did these guys come from?  And what are they supposed to even fight us with if they don’t have any mobile suits?”

    Sally answered, “We managed to find out that much.”  Sally changed the holographic projection to present a new image of something to strike concern into them.  What appeared to be a Leo mobile suit had more armaments than even the mightiest from nearly two decades ago were able to carry.  Sally continued with her report when she told her men, “These things have been identified as Leo II units.  They’ve been making their way into the colonies and they want to make sure they don’t see even just a little resistance on our part.”

    Another soldier pointed out, “This is nuts.  This Coalition or whatever couldn’t have the manpower to build up some big army.”

    Sally confirmed, “They don’t seem to have that much support going for them right now other than the occasional squadron.  Most of them are mobile dolls.  No matter who is piloting them though, they both have one common target.  Us.”

    Another soldier made his way up to the image when he took in the revelation.  This man in particular was a very familiar one to Sally Po.  One that she knew would have a very strong response to this sort of event.  The man asked, “We are all asking the wrong questions.  We are not even asking if we are prepared to face this sort of threat.  The only question we should all be asking now… Is how it is we all ended up here!”

    One of the younger soldiers told him, “Hey pipe down!  We’re all trying to find out how we come out of this alive right now!”

    The other soldier threw a punch to the soldier next to him when he asked, “We have leaders who did not serve their duty and all you are concerned for is your own wellbeing?!”

    There was a growing amount of unease from the gathering of soldiers as they saw what was the start of a fight begin.  Sally stomped forward when she ordered, “Wufei!  That’s enough!  You know proper procedure!”

    The older soldier was identified as one of the Gundam pilots of the Eve Wars.  Wufei grit his teeth as he remembered the proper manner of a soldier.  He shut his eyes as he helped the soldier he punched up to his feet before turning away and making his way out of the view of the crowd.

    Sally knew the recent display was not offering the assured sense of unity they believed they would eventually move out with.  Sally kept herself firm when she reminded her men, “Quite frankly men, the situation is as shitty as it could get.  I don’t want to say that our situation is completely sideways, but we are not going to have it easy for us.  From what we’ve learned, these things pack more punch than our standard Leos.  If we do head out there outnumbered and outgunned, we have more than we could ever bargain for in front of us.”

    One of the soldiers asked, “Then what the hell are we going to do sir?  Are we supposed to just kneel down out there and beg to be spared?”

    Sally told him, “We are Preventers.  It’s our job to stop new conflicts from sparking.  What we have to do out there now is make it clear that we are not going to let them have it easy.  They are not going to have any more colonies unless they plan on losing more than they can handle.  That’s why I need everyone in here who is learning about this situation to head out there and have these things crushed before they can make another inch towards Earth.”

    Another one of the soldiers entered the briefing when he asked, “That’s a great hype speech sir.  But I don’t think we are going to pull off any serious results with just mobile suits.  I get the feeling that unless we get the entire Preventer force to be concentrated in one place, we are not going to stand much of a chance against this force.”

    Sally answered the concern, “That is why we have to use this time frame to make the escape.  Me and the primary team have to prepare for a trip to Mars.  The President has told us of something we currently have that will be able to handle these things.  Both teams are to stay back, pick off what they can handle, and then get out of here and make a break for Earth.  Everyone needs to know what we’re going to be facing, and we have to make sure that everyone knows about it.  More importantly, they are going to need every hand they’re given to work with.  Everyone who stands up tall and remind the enemy what they’re getting themselves into, that’s the sort of stuff we need to remind the Coalition what they are facing.”

    Another one of the soldiers agreed, “That’s giving us a little promise sir.”

    Another one agreed, “The course of history only belongs to the brave doesn’t it?”

    Sally saw the crowd of soldiers nod in solemn agreement as they knew the fate that was waiting for them.  The knowledge of facing overwhelming odds that few would have ever imagined was enough to weigh on the minds of many humans.  But these people who stood before Sally were not average.  They were soldiers.  A last of their kind who were prepared to stand against whatever challenge was offered to them for the good of everyone they loved.  “It’s that kind of understanding that makes truly great men.  There aren’t many of us when we account for the billions who are alive now.  If we are fortunate, we will be able to see men of such devotion to duty be crafted by the flames of conflict prepared to end this conflict before it becomes something we all regret.”

    Another one of the soldiers asked, “With all due respect Colonel, we’d like to know what it is you guys are planning to retrieve from Mars.  What gave us the idea to build something like that all the way out there and not somewhere closer?”

    Sally was disheartened when she was forced to answer, “I’m sorry I can’t tell you more, but this is top secret information that we cannot let become public knowledge.”

    One of the soldiers told him, “All we can do is trust in the Colonel and know that she will make sure that we are going to kick these idiots back to whatever planet they came from and stomp them there.”

    Sally agreed, “That is what I want to hear.  Now we’re getting a smaller window of opportunity every second we stand around asking questions.  I want everyone to head out to the hangar bay and prepare for engagement.  Don’t let the enemy cause any civilian casualties and prepare to follow the mission to the number.  Dismissed.”

    The crowd of soldiers all saluted to Sally’s order as they turned away and made their way to the hangar bay containing the only means of defense they would have for the incoming threat.

    As Sally left the room, she knew she would have more than just her men to worry about.  The weight of the united Earth was about to be placed on her shoulders.  Who would be prepared to prevent this sort of escalation from becoming a mighty case of devastation was a question that had yet to be asked, but one that would certainly be at the forefront of the united human race.  Sally knew however that she was not the right person to ask this question however as she recognized her primary concern in the moment to be that of her men and her mission to reach Mars. 

    The thing that concerned her the most however was someone who stood in front of her at the moment.  The man who was passionate to make his concern known in the meeting earlier.  “Wufei.  What was that out there?”

    Wufei turned away when he told her, “I’m less than what I could have ever imagined.  All of this is making me wonder if I should have even considered being a Preventer.”

    Sally was in a brief state of shock before she asked, “You of all people?  You feel as though that your cause is something to be questioned?  The day you joined the Preventers you would warn others about how important it was to be vigilant in order to maintain our security of peace?  You feel that a situation such as this one is one that has to be questioned?  That’s not the Wufei I know.  I expect you to be more than that.  I expect that you would be willing to look at this day and be ready for setting it right.”

    Wufei revealed the true extent of his despair when he told her, “It was my mistake to make.  My belief that humans were becoming more than just a race that was determined to prove itself dominant over others.  Had I known better, I would have kept my loyalty to the Bartons.”

    Many who would hear such words would easily be quick to call Wufei’s loyalty into question.  This was not so for Sally.  She knew what was truly wearing away on him.  She knew the Chang Wufei who was so hellbent on honor and living the proper life would never willingly cast themselves under the shadow of tyranny.  There was something deeper affecting him.  Something that Sally had come to known after the many years of seeing him become a man.

    It was with this understanding she offered, “Humans make mistakes… No one is perfect after all and life is messy at the best of times.  So don’t be too hard on yourself.”

    Wufei looked outside the window when he denied Sally’s offer for easing his mind.  He told her, “I don’t see how I can be.  I had almost a lifetime to be prepared for this sort of day and yet everything that I swore to protect has been going up in flames.  If they can’t be stopped here, how am I supposed to believe that the Earth will be protected from harm?  How is it that the Earth is supposed to remain standing and maintain everything that I struggled to make real?”

    Sally made her way over to him when she placed a hand on his shoulder and told him, “I get the feeling Wufei… Especially for her…  It was something that you let yourself be more concerned about than even having any real relations with others ever since you joined us.  That’s why I have to be honest with you.  We don’t know.  Right now, those people are getting ready to beat us all into submission and we barely have much of an idea of how prepared we are to contain this situation.  That’s why I can’t have anyone believe that they are not worth being concerned over.  Are you going to let yourself be determined by just some mistake you made?  Or are you going to stand against it?”

    Wufei was silent for a few seconds before he offered a small smile from the question.  He continued to gaze out the window when he answered, “Can’t believe there’s still some of that kid I was so long ago in you sir.  I lived twice as long as I was prepared to live, and I barely feel as though I’m actually ready to be that kind of warrior again.”

    Sally stepped away when she told him, “It will be the least you will need to offer now.  Nothing that others do is dependent on what only we both want.  All that we are able to do is chose to do something to stop them, or do nothing and let them win.”

    Wufei stepped away from the window before turning his attention to Sally with a more solemn look.  He told her, “The least I can do is ensure that those who harm others are not allowed to have what they seek.  That is what you want to hear from me isn’t it?”

    Sally smiled when she told him, “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t.  That’s why I want to hear reports of you offering nothing less than what you say you have now.  I’m just sorry that I can’t be here to make sure that you do.”

    Sally turned away as she made her way down the halls when Wufei asked, “Where are you going?”

    Sally turned when she answered, “We’ve got a team that’s headed to Earth already, they need to warn everyone what they’re going up against.  Me… I have business elsewhere.  I’m afraid it’s all need to know stuff.  Not something that the common soldier is supposed to know.”

    Wufei paused as he recognized what his superior was about to do.  He couldn’t know where she was going, but only understand that she was about to attend to some business that was greater than what he was about to face.  He offered a salute when he told Sally, “I understand.  Please return successful.”

    Sally returned the salute when she told him, “And you… You keep being that bold young boy who helped me take down Bundt all those years ago.”

    Wufei agreed, “I plan on honoring your request.  With whatever I am given, I will be remembered as the warrior who lived for what was right.”

    Sally smiled when she told him, “That’s exactly what I was hoping to hear.”  She turned away as she made her way down the halls and towards the nearby shuttles that were preparing her to make a trip off the colony.

    Wufei turned away as he accepted the final goodbye that Sally gave him.  It was all that a soldier and a superior officer were able to give one another as the code of the military would offer.  In the case for both of them, it was the only thing that they could offer one another.  The long history of conflict and the one that was about to potentially unfold in front of him was what bound them together and their strength from this day on would be what determined if they were to ever fight at each other’s side once again.

    This was not a warning to Chang Wufei however.  Not a dread omen, a threat, a word of caution, or what would guide him down the path of fear.  This was his inner most drive in life.  This was what gave him strength.  This was the fact that gave him motivation to walk forward without shame and with the intention to allow no one to suffer the same thing that he did as a child.  This was what would continue to make him a warrior until his dying days.

    With the renewed sense of purpose, Wufei made his way into the hangar bays where he saw the squadron of old Leo units prepared to move out for their next mission.  It would be a matter of less than an hour now before the Preventers were commanded to move out against the might of the Falson Coalition, but few were able to allow themselves to let the anticipation weigh them down.  Not on this day, not when everything that built a united Earth was in its most desperate hour, needed to be protected from the forces who would threaten to break down everything that a generation had struggled to build.

    This was what drove the hearts of the men who were at Wufei’s side as they prepared to move out and ensure their Leos were as prepared for conflict as well as possible.  In his heart however was the memory of the one who truly mattered to him the most.  The one who made him what he had become.  Not a nation, not a cause, only the memory of the one who mattered most to him in life even at the difficult age of his teenage years.

    He no longer had something that would conjure up the memory of who she was in the form of a Gundam, mobile suit, or weapon.  Not an object that was important to a soldier being able to ensure that he would be able to change the outcome of a war just by his having it.  All he had now was the strength of the memory that lived through him in his heart.  He looked up to his Leo unit with the same reverence as he would for any weapon that he was about to use.  With that sense of duty flowing through him once more, Wufei moved towards the Leo unit and offered his final vow before stepping into the battlefield of the colony.

    “Nataku… This one is for you.”

     

    Hey wait a minute, I thought now we wouldn't have an entry in the first few days. Plot twist I suppose.


  13. 32 minutes ago, Ertrick36 said:

    The least important is either the ring or index.  Went with ring because I'm probably never getting married and I would like to retain my ability to make unkind gestures at bad drivers.  I mean, I could bite my thumb at them, but that takes more effort than simply flipping the bird.

    What obscene gestures can you do with your Index finger? Middle finger, I know, Index, I don't.


  14. 54 minutes ago, indigocean said:

    Now I wanna see if I can somehow bring this case up in my Intro to Law class. Not that anyone would know what I'm talking about, but I'll see if I can try.

    If the transcripts were ever read aloud you'd have to remind them over and over that this is still in the court, and not on some fringe podcast.


  15. 3 hours ago, TheSilentChloey said:

    "Humans make mistakes...no one is perfect after all and life is messy at the best of times.  So don't be too hard on yourself."

    Write a story where a character is going through tough times and a friend/family/lover helps them get back on their feet.  The above quote may be used anywhere in said story if desired.  Bonus points for including the quote XD

    4 minutes ago, Shoblongoo said:

    Right then—back to Tellius (serious prompt is serious)

    Yeah man, write the Ike x Soren story we need to save the day.

    I can think of a few ideas for that prompt. Might finally have the chance to tap into my love for Kingdom Hearts.


  16. 2 minutes ago, Interdimensional Observer said:

    "I thought she was legal- turns out she's not. 

    We were heading over to my cot- only to be handcuffed when I called her my thot.

    Now I've got time to be lost in thought- so say my optimistic unbelieving mot."

     

    -My poor attempt to assemble a joke based the above quote serving as the theme, in rap lyrics form.

    It's beautiful. Can I vote this as the winner?


  17. 8 minutes ago, I'm a Spheal said:

    Thinking about it, I feel that I should have used a term that was more male oriented, but considering how often the men in games like this are white, I accidentally conflated the two terms. I apologize.

    It's alright, we all make mistakes.

    8 minutes ago, I'm a Spheal said:

    I feel that Rinea (the victim) of all people forgives him easily is indicative of the game's preference for it's male character.

    Yeah, it's a pretty good showcase. Rinea just feels like an afterthought in my opinion. Like, the writers of the game wanted a foil for Alm, and so they created Berkut. Great, had everything all set, and then someone said "Hey, shouldn't we make him a little more likeable?" So they threw Rinea in there as sort of a patchwork solution, not really caring about her, and more for Berkut.

    12 minutes ago, I'm a Spheal said:

    To me it sends the message that it's ok for men to treat women shitty, she'll forgive you no matter what.

    I mean, I get how one could get this message, but to me it feels like a bit of a reach. For one, Berkut at the end is portrayed as comically evil until he is redeemed. While the relationship isn't the healthiest, he at least treats her nice up until about Act 4. Granted, that's when most of their interactions are (if I recall correctly, haven't played Echoes in about a year), but the Prism Shard showed that Berkut went out of his way to be nice to her. If I had to extrapolate a message, it might be that you can make a serious mistake and still be forgiven and loved, but that's really cheesy and definitely not what the game was going for. But I think the intended message was something along the lines of "Hey look at this cool boss fight, and then wow, isn't Rinea so nice for forgiving Berkut". Or something along those lines.

    18 minutes ago, I'm a Spheal said:

    And the fact that she was a new character for the game is telling of a regression that I hope does not appear in Three Houses.

    I really hope Three Houses has some great female characters. Granted, I like most of the female characters in Fire Emblem, but there aren't many I'd call "great".

    19 minutes ago, I'm a Spheal said:

    I enjoyed this conversation.

    Me too, it was fairly interesting.

    11 minutes ago, Ottservia said:

    Yeah SoV’s story in general is just kind of well....as dark elf put it Misogynistic(god I hate this term) at least in how it chooses to present the prominent female characters in this story.

    I'm not a particular fan of the term myself. It's too much of a blanket term, and sometimes can be used in places where more detail would really add to a discussion. That and whenever I see the word I hear one of those Anti-SJW Youtuber say the word in a sneering voice and it's so annoying.

     

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