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2023.06.08 23:53 Beatothegolden13 [LFA] Dragonborn Dancer

My character that might soon see actual play, hopefully. I know it has lot of details, but feel free to take artistic liberties.
Dragonborn of crystal gem origin (radiant).
She is a dancer and she originates from region with vast harsh desert. She used to travel in nomad merchant caravan, until it was attacked by massive sand shark. Surviving was almost like a miracle for her and it took it's toll. Having touched the death's domain left it's mark.
She had beautiful white crystalline scales from hands to elbows, from toes to slightly above knees. Her tail (yes, tail) crystalline, graceful and long. Long white hair contrasting her sun tanned skin. Sapphire eyes reflecting the world she sees with light scaling accenting her face. Blue crystalline horns decorating her head.
That's what she used to look like...
Now tainted by death, Topaz (necrotic) like color has taken over her left side. While crystalline white has purified the right. The colors are even, but the line is jagged as if both colors are trying to reach further. She has slight complex about how she looks and tries to somewhat hide it with looser clothes, She does show more skin on white side though as she is Dancer for the goddess of life and being tainted by god of death is in her opinion somewhat hideous thing. One of her horns and eyes now red opposing the blue on other side.
She is determined to keep dancing and moving forward in life even though she still has personal obstacles as being near death gave her reminder, just how fleeting life can be.
I don't have mapped out references, so I have to use words instead and I hope this is enough to inspire someone and to make it fun and interesting to draw.
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2023.06.08 23:47 Consistent_Leg_2762 INTP (f)/ISFJ(m): things i got to share and ask You Fellows after break up

Dear fellows,
My objective: seek your advices (from more mature INTPs) and share my experience with the communities
Who: Me INTP-A (f/32) and my recently-ex ISFJ (m/35) in the relationship of 5 months
What has happened:
1/First stage:
Here is some examples of what i found as misunderstanding:
2/ Second stage: Communication issues
After a couple of weeks, he told me he couldn't understand why I didn't jump out and wait for him at the next stop. From his perspective, he had taken a long tram ride to meet me, so he expected me to at least meet him at the next stop. I argued that his text mentioned meeting at X, so I went to X as agreed. He insisted that I should have read his text again, where he said "As you like," implying that normal people would have gotten out and met at the next stop if they missed each other.
3/ Final stage: He decided to quit
From the beginning of our relationship, he spoke extensively about topics such as marriage, children, rings, meeting his family, and growing old together. He even proposed that we move in together, but fortunately, I declined since it felt premature, and I found my own apartment. He often used cliché romantic phrases like "Even if I starve, I will not let you starve," "I will protect you with everything I have," "My wish is to give my wallet to my wife one day, and she can do whatever she wants with it," "I count the hours to meet you again", "Time and people will tell you that I am a warm-hearted person."... Then it dies out. I understand that my perspective may portray him as an antagonist, as I feel a sense of unfairness and being left in the dark. I'm left wondering what went wrong in our relationship.
I'm seeking guidance from more experienced INTPs who can provide insights please? What is this "deep connection" he mentioned? Is it an F to F connection only? I can't help but consider whether our different cognitive functions played a major role in our difficulties.
This is a confused INTP wanting to analyse everything, including her failed relationship ^^''
Should I post on ISFJ channel as well? Thanks!
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2023.06.08 23:42 Strange-Leg8215 Accused of tracing when I didn’t, and I feel so discouraged

Using a throwaway because I’m admittedly a little embarrassed to talk about this. Basically I drew this picture a few days ago. Showed it to some classmates I sit by. One guy stared at it for a few minutes and matter-of-factly said “you traced that.” At first, I figured he was being facetious and kind of awkwardly chuckled it off, then he just keeps going on about how it’s “obviously traced” and seemed genuinely pissed off about it for some reason. Then the other people at the table just kind of instinctually agreed with him, even though I assured them it wasn’t a traced drawing, and I started to feel kind of embarrassed because nobody believed that I made it myself. I got a bit fed up so I asked him to show me which specific drawing I traced from. He basically said that he doesn’t have to show me a specific drawing to prove that I traced, traced art has a certain “look” to it and he can “just tell” by how I drew the lines that it was obviously traced over someone’s art. I really had no idea what he meant by that, but I remember feeling so humiliated at the moment that I didn’t bother to question further and just kept my head down for the rest of class feeling crappy.
Never in my life have l traced or even considered doing it. At the very most, I use pose references, but I don’t even trace over those. I know all that should matter is that I know I didn’t trace it, so nuts to what he thinks, but for whatever reason, my mind won’t let me get over it. I’m so melancholic and I genuinely feel like my art has been getting worse ever since he told me that. It upsets me so much that no matter what I do, they’ll never believe me. To work so hard on something just for others to dismiss that you even did it just feels like a kick in the stomach. What particularly upset me was how nasty he was being about his accusations; for some reason he sounded really emotionally charged, and this is a kid I never talk to, so it feels like it came out of nowhere.
I’ve always been really shy about showing people outside of my family my drawings, so this kind of discouraged me and made me feel like garbage when I got home. I’ve just been dwelling on it the entire day and having serious artist’s block since. One part of me feels I should take it as a weird pseudo compliment, but another part of me is worried he’s insinuating my art looks very “generic” or like my style has been done a million times already, so I was thinking maybe it was just a critique and I should use it as advice to improve. Whatever his intentions were, it’s been bugging me since.
(also really wanna emphasize that i’m not posting this to fish for compliments. i was really proud of it before i showed it to that guy, just wanted to put it here for reference sake)
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2023.06.08 23:37 IrregularOccasion15 Something I'd like to see in a Hogwarts Legacy sequel.

I'm adding a spoiler flare because it talks about certain things that happen in the game you won't know about unless you already had it spoiled or have played the game at least to that point.
The point of this list is that there's so much they could have done with this first one and I'd like to see it happen the second one, or, of course, being that a sequel would logically take place in the 6th year, stuff they should consider for that as well. If you have any ideas for content that you would like to see, I'm curious, posted in the comments, and if you know where I might even submit this to, like, game designers, I'd love the information.
This may not be a complete list, and it's definitely a no particular order, just things that have occurred to me when I decided to make this list in the order they occurred to me.
  1. I have a shop with one of three names, all of which indicate I sell clothing and potions, yet I can only offload clothing: I would like to be able to sell potions and potion ingredients, as well. 
  2. I would like to see the cost of the clothing I sell to reflect the enhancements on it. 
    Arthur Weasley is the reason flying carpets were banned, and he won't be born about 60 years: I want to see flying carpets.
  3. Alohomora should not be a puzzle, given that it's just a quick and easy shortcut to unlock locks. 
  4. The potential to become an animagi, perhaps with something you need to do each in-game night, with a reminder that pops up that time is approaching. I also thought about having to do something during a fight to make sure you don't accidentally spit out the Mandrake leaf, but that might make it too complicated. Of course, the whole point is that it's so complicated that very few people ever attempt it and even fewer are successful. 
  5. Stupify and petrificus totalus should be their own spells, not side effects. 
  6. Apparating (it IS sixth year, after all). 
  7. The confundus charm where it would be an inadvisable to draw attention or to keep muggles from being curious. 
  8. Polyjuice potion. 
  9. If you want to use gender neutral pronouns, make that the player's decision. I am not they, I am he. If somebody else feels differently, allow that to be an option in the settings. (This is because whichever gender you choose for your character, which or wizard, the NPC always refers to your character as "they".) 
  10. Expecto Patronum.
  11. New beasts. 
  12. More extensive house elf involvement.
  13. More voices to choose from!
  14. When I first got the ability to conjure things, I was told it might be useful in completing tasks. But it's only useful within the room of requirement, so I can't conjure things like crates to step on or something like that? How about we get that in the sequel as well?
  15. What is the use of furniture we can't use? Such as chairs we can conjure but can't sit in? We can "eat" and "drink", so why can't we sit?
  16. Romance options.
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2023.06.08 23:33 bkgrk027 Compound Bow Arm Twist

Compound Bow Arm Twist
Hey All, was in a pro shop last week and the shop told me he wouldn’t touch my bow because the top and bottom bow limbs are twisted; they’re almost in an “S” curve. Attached are some photos for reference.
It’s a Hoyt Powermax, poundage is around 52/53 and draw length is 31”. I looked back through photos of the day I bought the bow and unfortunately I bought it with the twists back in 2018. Unbeknownst to me, I bought it defective and the shop that sold it to me is no longer open.
Anyone ever see this or experience this by any chance? I reached out to Hoyt and I need to go into a pro shop and have them fill out the warranty info, but curious to see if anyone has dealt with the warranty process as well.
Any insight is super helpful and much appreciated!
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2023.06.08 23:31 sasquatch_4530 Awkward Decon part 17

First : Prev
The rinsing phase was actually a lot less awkward than I expected. Once they were convinced my "war wounds" happened inside decon, they turned their backs to me and left me alone. It was a little disappointing to have them take over the girls, but they didn't seem to mind it very much. They were all talking amongst themselves and giggling and carrying on like nothing was wrong. Except for Billie, she still looked weirded out by the showers. They were clean water, but her fear of rain was still upsetting her. I almost moved to help, but between the medics and her sisters, she seemed to be managing.
I moved on to the drying and dressing area since I was the first one done and found the six jumpsuits they left out for us. Usually you have to check for a nametape so you don't get the wrong one, but being a good fifty centimeters taller than the girls, I just took the biggest one. I was about to leave when a voice behind me said, "Not so fast, Sarge."
I closed my eyes and sighed, recognizing the voice. "Garwood?" We'd served together before and I thought she had a thing for me at one point, but nothing ever came of it.
"You're gonna have to quarantine with those cuts and scratches," she said sternly. She was wearing one of the jumpsuits like they leave for us, but her's was all wet from helping the girls rinse, her auburn hair matted to her face and neck.
"We told you, I got them after we got INTO decon," I reminded her.
"Uh-huh," she responded dubiously. "You might've picked something up from their claws while you were in there," she added, look at her All Purpose Electric Device. They're like a communicator crossed with a computer interface. She was probably accessing some kind of scanner.
"I really doubt it," I assured her. We hadn't gone into a lot of detail about how I got most of my cuts and scratches, but I thought we had convinced them that I hadn't gotten contaminated by them. I guess we hadn't.
"Uh-huh," she replied again. Technically, I outranked her, but as the medical person, she still had the right to order me into quarantine. "I'm gonna at least need a blood sample."
"Right," I muttered, rubbing my right hand down my face and holding my left forefinger out for her. She got out that doodad that pokes you so you bleed and stuck me with it, drawing a drop of blood. "What'd you call that thing again?"
"A lancing device," she replied with a judgemental expression. "You ask me that everytime," she added, catching the drop of blood with a small tab, which she plugged into her APED. She handed me a piece of gauze to stop my finger bleeding and her computer made a beeping noise. "Huh," she muttered, checking her readout and turning away from me.
"I told you I wasn't contaminated," I gloated teasingly.
"It's not that," she answered, turning her screen so I could see it. "It's this," she added, pointing out a value that was highlighted in red. "We've never seen this hormone before."
"Is it dangerous?"
"I don't know," she grinned sarcastically, "we've never seen it before."
Just then, Alex came. She was looking resplendent, her fur glossy from the water, her hair pushed back to show her face…and stay out of her eyes, probably. "What haven't you seen before?" she asked as she stepped into her jumpsuit. The Mroaw suits have to zip almost to the knee because of how different their feet are.
Garwood was a lot more uncomfortable with Alex dressing in front of me than she was, and it showed on her face. "There's a hormone showing up in Sarge's blood work," she answered with a blush, glaring at me to turn away. I just crossed my arms as she stepped between us, there wasn't anything I hadn't seen before…or touched, for that matter.
"Is that bad?" Alex asked, looking at Garwood's APED.
"We should probably check all of your blood work, too" she answered uncertainly. "To make sure you haven't caught anything," she glared at me over her shoulder. Apparently, she had an idea why decon took so long, even though we hadn't told her anything.
"If you say so," Alex answered, offering her finger. Garwood lanced it and put the tab in her APED. It made a peeping noise, and she looked over her shoulder curiously. "What's that mean?"
"You've got the hormone, too," Garwood answered, perplexed. "But it's yellow instead of red, so it must be normal for Mroaw but new to you personally."
"And Sarge has it now?" she asked, looking more closely at the display.
"It looks like it," Garwood replied as the other girls came out. They were all giggling about something, except for Billie. She looked so innocent and embarrassed, I almost said something. Garwood glared at me again and I turned to go, leaving the ladies to dress and talk in peace.
Alex followed me. "Where you going?"
"My hooch," I responded, giving her the side eye. "Why?"
"Thought you might like some company," she replied innocently, grasping her hands behind her back.
"And Sam's okay with that?"
"She had her turn," she muttered in frustration. "Besides, you weren't planning anything, were you?" she added, giving me an innocent look.
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2023.06.08 23:24 traitor25 CaRMS 2022-2023 Pathway Experience + Advice/Tips from a UK Graduate CSA Perspective

Hey guys! I just wanted to put up my own experience moving through this year’s Canadian Resident Matching Service or CaRMS cycle so that others have a bit more clarity into what to prepare/focus on for future cycles. Here’s a bit of my background in a nutshell below to give some context:
I am currently a 27M Vietnamese-Canadian studying abroad (CSA originally born in Winnipeg, MB but spent the majority of my life in Ottawa, ON) awaiting to start family medicine residency on July 1 in Brandon, Manitoba but started this journey back in 2015.
I originally did 1.5 years of my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa before seriously deciding on medicine as my career path. During my 1st university year, I applied to different medical schools in the UK (I think only Cardiff + Bristol considered me briefly but still turned down in the end) but got rejected from them. I was only invited + accepted to the MBChB programme at the University of Buckingham Medical School which lasted for about 4.5 years starting from January 2015. I had also done 2 electives in Ottawa (one under neurosurgery and the other in orthopaedics) during my final year of medical school prior to graduation in June 2019.
From there, I entered into the Foundation Programme in August 2019 (equivalent of medical internship in the US/Canada), which I did under the West Midlands South Foundation School, with pretty much all my time being in Worcestershire county. I did my FY1 rotations at the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch and my FY2 rotations at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Worcester. During this time, I had attempted the MCCQE1 exam twice (failed at 202 in January 2020, passed at 236 in October 2020) and attempted the NAC exam once (failed at 390 in March 2020). Ultimately, I withdrew early before my last FY2 rotation in April 2021 to focus on my 2nd NAC exam attempt, gain some clinical experience/connections on Canadian ground, and sort out other personal issues. I attempted the NAC exam again in October 2021 but failed at 1364. After taking a mixture of time off to mentally recover with family support and studying for the USMLE step I via UWorld as a distraction from November 2021 to April 2022, I took up a few different private NAC courses in the following chronological order from then onward to figure out where I was lacking at up until my third NAC attempt (passed with superior performance at 1452 on September 17, 2022):
  1. BeMo’s OSCE Preparation Platinum (all done virtually over Zoom; first session on April 11, 2022 and last session on August 28, 2022 for a total of 13 sessions).
  2. TutorIMG NAC OSCE Live Online Course (all done virtually over Zoom; first session on July 21, 2022 and last session on August 30, 2022 for a total of 11 sessions over).
  3. Medical Training Express Live Online OSCE Course (all done virtually over Zoom on July 28, 2022 and last session on September 10, 2022 for a total of 12 sessions).
  4. Mark’s MedSckool Reviews (technically took last year in person from August 30 - September 3, 2021 and again virtually over Zoom from August 22 – 26, 2022).
After I received notification of my NAC exam result on November 3, 2022, things were pretty hectic as I was busy entering into this year’s CaRMS cycle preparing different things:
  1. CaRMS documents (e.g. personal CV, personal letters, letters of reference/LOR’s, MSPE/MSPR, post-graduate internship regarding Foundation training, university & high school transcripts).
In total, I applied to about 105 different programs and 76 unique, personal letters to go along with them.
  1. Additional exams (FMProC and CASPer) – wrote my FMProC exam on December 12, 2022 and CASPer exam on December 15, 2022 after registering for them separately.
I primarily used a combination of the PasTest SJT question bank (went with 6 month subscription for £4) and free, online practice SJT’s provided for Foundation Programme Applicants as per the UKFPO website while I signed up for BeMo’s CASPerSIM Gold (3x mock CASPer sessions with feedback from different assessors).
  1. USMLE Step I (wrote on November 29, 2022 but had been revising for it again since my 3rd NAC wrapped up; was originally a backup plan in case I had failed the NAC for a 3rd time as you’re only allowed a maximum of 3 attempts).
  2. F2 Standalone application – the application window was opening on January 16 this year and was preparing evidence of my previous Foundation training + securing my Reapplication to Foundation Training form from my previous Foundation School director.
  3. Volunteer shadowing at local family medicine practice (managed to shadow a GP in Ottawa for both Canadian experience and fortunately an LOR in the end).
  4. Mock interview scenarios – did not have any previous formal/professional interview experience so I practiced with a combination of family members, my previous NAC study partner, and BeMo’s Residency Interview Gold Program (3x mock interview sessions with feedback from different assessors).
I recall having my joint FM ON interview first on February 3 followed by my FM MB interview second on February 13 (both were around midday/noon).
  1. USMLE Step II CK (after passing the USMLE step I around early December, I was intermittently studying for the USMLE Step II CK until Match Day on March 22, 2023).
I have already been in contact with a mix of people from both inside and outside Reddit regarding NAC practice and general info/advice around the CaRMS process. A good starting point about common, high-yield complaints to prepare for can be found on the MCC website under the “Medical Expert” tab. Outside of private NAC courses, I primarily used a mix of Dr. Basil’s notes (for focusing my history-taking approach), Geeky Medics/Macleod’s Clinical Examination (for structuring my physical examinations; focusing it down for NAC’s time limits came through practice), and the USMLE First Aid Step II CS mini-cases (for inspiration of mock NAC scenarios to do). I personally never used much of other mentioned NAC resources so can’t really say too much as to how useful they are:
  1. Edmonton Manual, “Master the NAC” by Dr. Bryce Lowry
  2. “NAC OSCE – A Comprehensive Review” by Canadaprep
  3. “OSCE and Clinical Skills Handbook” by Dr. Katrina F. Hurley
  4. “Canadian IMG’s Guide to OSCE and Practice” by Dr. Hanan Ahmed
The most important thing other than the following tips below would be to find ~1-2 regular, dedicated NAC partners you can study with and exchange honest feedback to each other with (nicely organized NAC partner spreadsheet ( with NAC partners made originally by u/MarinatedinPeace). Other specifics (ex. what can I bring?) around the NAC exam can be found on the MCC website but I generally recommend that ~3-4 months of time practicing 1-2x/week then ramping up to every other day (ideally everyday but I understand everyone has different backgrounds and recency of studying/practice) in the last 1-2 months seems to be a good time frame.
During my time giving advice about both, these were the most important points in terms of approaching preparation for the NAC exam that I've encountered:

  1. Make sure you exhaust the presenting complaint(s) as that will ensure your following questions into the systems review (mostly for ruling in/out the 3-5 differentials on your list) + associated risk factors (i.e. PMedHx, PSurgHx, medications, allergies, smoking, alcohol, drugs, social living/financial conditions, occupational history, travel/immigration history) will be focused on what's relevant as not every section of a mnemonic needs to be asked (ex. SOCRATES, OCD PQRST AAA, COCA OCDCS, PM BINDE, MGOS, DIGFAST/MSIGECAPS).
  2. If a patient is acting in pain, acknowledge it and try to address it on the spot if you can by offering pain relief with a follow-up question about allergies to ensure it's safe to give.
  3. Counselling can be difficult as it's not a format many people are used to but you still need to take a focused history regardless so that your management options are personalized/tailored to the person in front of you (ex. do not discuss smoking cessation/NRT as a long term management option for someone you're counselling about asthma for if they told you clearly they are a non-smoker; do discuss changing to hypoallergenic soaps/shampoos if they have an asthma exacerbation triggered by a new shampoo they tried out 3 days ago).
  4. Be wary that you're expected to rule in/out differentials (you should have ~3-5 by the time you enter after knocking) that you have considered outside the door within the time given (ex. don't stop asking other questions about PE, pneumothorax, GERD, or costochondritis even if the case sounds dead on for acute congestive cardiac failure).
  5. Do not try to track the time on the timer in the room because it can be anywhere (the side, top of a wall, behind the SP/examiner) and your focus should be on the SP/examiner anyways.
  6. Make good use of transitioning statements when moving between different sections of your consultation whether it's the history or physical exam (ex. after exhausting the presenting complaint, you could say "There is a list of other symptoms we look for in patients experiencing [insert their presenting complaint/issue if applicable] and I just want you to give me a yes or no answer, OK?" to transition to the systems review).
  7. PLEASE show empathy and kindness when the SP is acting/says something unusual ex. SP appears visibly down in mood, poor eye contact, and slow in speech so acknowledge it, "Mr. Anderson, I see that you appear quite down in yourself. I want to assure you that everything we discuss between us will remain confidential unless required by law." This also applies to situations where the patient's most pressing issue is different from what's on the door (ex. door vignette suggestive of abdominal pain hinting appendicitis but the patient abruptly drops that they're pregnant).
  8. Make good use of the time (about 1.5 minutes) outside the door to write your ~3-5 differentials along with any relevant investigations, management/counselling, and follow-up.
  9. Don't forget to ask about vital signs and any pending lab work/investigations if a station has a physical exam component (ex. highly relevant to ask if vital signs are available and if a FAST USS + routine bloods have been done in a patient you suspect with a dissecting AAA just before you're about to start your physical exam).
  10. The SP cannot lie to you however they can be vague or provide a different answer other than a clear, "No." ex. You ask the SP, "Have you ever smoked any tobacco or cigarettes in the past? and the SP responds, "Well, not recently that I know of, doctor." This is your cue to probe further about what they mean by "not recently".
  11. Some NAC stations can be mean by giving you normal investigations in what seems like a highly suggestive history/physical in an attempt to mislead you ex. You complete your history/physical exam and your working diagnosis in a 3 year old child with 4-day history of fever, SOB, and purulent sputum production is bacterial pneumonia but you're handed a normal CXR (treat based on the clinical evidence gathered/known not on your gut feeling).
Same is true vice-versa where a patient presentation seems benign but then the examiner hands you an alarming investigation ex. 35F in ED has symptoms consistent with likely viral URTI but the examiner hands you an EKG that shows saddle shaped ST elevation in line with acute pericarditis.
  1. Avoid repeating or leading questions as it wastes time, unless it’s to clarify something a patient says that you may not understand, and looks unprofessional (remember the CANMEDS framework expected for CMG's in your clinical approach; these are some ways I practiced phrasing my intro, "How would you like to be addressed today?" or "How would you like me to address you?" or "What name do you usually go by?").
  2. You can place the exam sticky labels you get on the back of your hand prior to entering a station so you don't fumble/experience difficulty handing it to the examiner (?unless the MCC decides you can just verbalize your candidate code for the NAC this year).
  3. Introduce yourself as a doctor not a medical student (you're assuming the role of a family/ED physician or PGY-1 resident on exam day depending on the scenario).
  4. Don't assume a patient's mode of address/pronouns used. Ask them first how they would like to be addressed today.
  5. Make sure to clearly wash your hands AT THE START of BOTH your history-taking AND physical examination.
  6. Even if you feel like you messed up the previous station, try as hard as you can to push it out of your mind until the NAC is over. You can cry, vent, or get frustrated AFTERWARD but not in the stations themselves.

These next points are more towards preparing for upcoming CaRMS cycles from what I've gathered reading/listening around:

  1. High MCCQE1 & NAC scores (most people who were invited for interviews, if not matched, to ON FM from the CaRMS 2024 Discord server and the CaRMS stats spreadsheet set up by Carms#5615 ( had QE1 scores > 250-260 and NAC scores well above 1420-1430.
  2. Research into how CaRMS works to really have a careful look at the general overview, current year timelines, program descriptions, past trending data (may need to scroll down page further) in previous cycles. This will give you a good idea into what to have ready in time for the CaRMS file submission opening.
For reference, the rates of matching in R-1 as a current-year IMG was about 72.3% and 30.1% as a previous-year IMG according to the table on slide 11 of the CaRMS 2023 forum presentation. This goes down further in R-2 as a current-year IMG to about 39.0% and 12.5% as a previous-year IMG (about 751 went unmatched after R-1 and 822 went unmatched after R-2 for previous-year IMG’s).
  1. Recent practice or graduation (my last time practicing clinically was in April 2021 as an FY2 doc at the time which was only 2 years back at the time of my application (my year of graduation/YOG was 2019 but I know that time since YOG or gaps in studying/training are scrutinized especially if they're big like >5 years so it'd be worthwhile having an explanation ready if this applies to you).
  2. At least one Canadian LOreferee (seems a lot of university programs prefer applicants who have had clinical exposure in the form of shadowing/electives/observership with a Canadian doctor related to their field that you're applying to; mine happened to be a GP in Ottawa I connected to via family friends).
  3. Personal research around First Nation/Indigenous Peoples of Canada (this one is very specific particularly to Manitoba as they had several questions around ethnic minorities + Indigenous peoples; ex. smudging as a common Indigenous practice that even I only became aware of via the IMG/IEHP resources provided by Ontario Health Force or [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])).
  4. Canadian research and electives - at the time of application, I was involved in a systematic review around women's health issues (had not been published at time of application) and I had done two electives under neurosurgery + orthopedics (heard that observerships don't count as formal clinical experience relative to electives so this was important too).
  5. High CASPer + FMProC scores (had 4th quartile score for CASPer and 516/4th quartile for FMProC which I know a lot of FM and some psych/pediatric programs look at).
  6. Try to secure as many Canadian LOR's/referees as they're favoured over international ones (ideally 3 but even 1 seems to be good), shadowing Canadian doctors depending on where you're applying to (ex. FM has the biggest seat pool so reach out to Canadian GP's around you to see who's willing to take you on).
  7. If you have the time and money for it, try to apply to as many programs and attend their relevant socials/events (can be found on CANPREPP closer to the opening of CaRMS) that you think you may have a chance at as you'll never know who might invite you later on for interviews!
  8. Really rank by your TRUE preference as CaRMS will prioritize your rank order first BEFORE considering how other programs ranked you (Rural Brandon was my 13th choice out of 22 programs I ranked across FM ON + FM MB). Even if you ranked a program at the bottom of your ROL, as long as that particular program has ranked you and they still have an available spot, you will match to them in the end!
There's a YouTube video regarding the CaRMS Match algorithm which clears things up nicely.
  1. Make sure to check your main email’s spam/junk inbox during the period where interview invitations/rejections are sent out as they can end up here sometimes (my joint FM ON interview invitation ended up in my spam and it is time sensitive to take it up).
In terms of the QE1, I think a lot of other people on Reddit have covered that much better than I have in terms of approaching it as I agree that a combination of UWorld Step II CK question bank (personally found Canada QBank questions and explanations to be lacking relative to UWorld in retrospect even if the price was much friendlier) and the Toronto Notes are the way to go. I also used Sketchy videos as a nice support for pharmacology/microbiology related topics.
Overall, I was glad to have had the opportunity to try for FM ON in the first iteration even if it didn't work out as I understand they only invite the top 300 applicants for interviews and even fewer of those 300 match (only ~80-90 from I heard but could be wrong so feel free to correct me). I understood the possibility my poor QE1 score and 2-year gap from formal clinical training may filter me despite my other scores being good.
I’m sure there are other things in this that I didn’t quite cover or explore (ex. the F2 Standalone process, IELTS/OETS, BC CAP/AIMG requirements, gaining permanent residency/PR, clinical/physician/medical assistant positions, CV/PL structure, thoughts around the different private programs/courses I took etc.) but I’m more than happy to discussing finemiscellaneous points via Reddit, Discord (herrdok#6944), email ([[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])), text, or virtual/phone call. For the time being though, I’m not taking on any new, regular NAC practice partners but would consider it once I figure out things more.
Otherwise, thanks to anyone reading this wall of text (if anything is incorrect/inconsistent, do let me know and I can have a look), looking forward to giving advice where I can, and best of luck to everyone moving through what is an extremely vague, challenging, and unforgiving process for matching into Canadian residency!😊
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2023.06.08 23:16 PM_ME_YOUR_ROBOTGIRL Character Database: The Aeons, Part 2 (VERY LONG)

Character Database: The Aeons, Part 2 (VERY LONG)

Please read Part 1 here if you haven't.

This was meant to come yesterday, but then Limbus Chapter 4 Part 2 grabbed me by the balls.


![img](5c2630n6su4b1 " All progress toward the void All resist the void All will become the void... ")
The Nihility.
An extremely passive Aeon that believes everything is worthless, everything about them is a total mystery. Those that approach its divine body, if they even find the coordinates, disappear. Simulated Universe implies that approaching, maybe even thinking about IX, induces apathy and mental breakdowns.
IX ultimately represents nothingness - the dark side of the Universe that completes its balance, providing non-existence to existence.
Aha once helped the Annihilation Gang try to assassinate it as a joke, but it unsurprisingly ended in failure after the Elation-enhanced Gang members vanished when approaching their coordinates.
IX is the roman numeral for nine. WOW. It's almost certainly meant to be read as "nine", because of the way Device IX's name is structured. I looked for the potential significance of this number but like, nine being a number within the base 10 system we love so much basically means every culture in the universe sees it as significant.


\"Those running away from the past think no one understands their despair. When they finally take a breather, they'll find their future selves staring right at them with bloodshot eyes.\"
Those who manage to share their mentality with IX sometimes earn a glance from them. When this happens, those who fall into despair have their physical bodies self-destruct and become something called a Self-Annihilator, made out of "true nothing". Interestingly, though this initially appears to be a grim fate, Self-Annihilators are somehow still alive and capable of thinking, and it seems implied they can revert to their original forms if they regain hope.
Those, however, who remain steadfast in their beliefs become Doctors of Chaos, who are convinced they can 'heal' IX and make it see value in the universe. They do so by going around the universe preaching that you can derive meaning from it and doing crazy actions in the hopes of inspiring those around them. They also have a hobby of trying to cure Self-Annihilators, and they're pretty good at it.
Device IX is the third Nihility faction, which is so mysterious its existence is straight up questionable. It's alleged to exist in the voids underneath all Reality. The only thing that can really be traced back to them is the "dark web" which allows for the trade of rare and illegal items, and probably other things as well.


Let the fire that forged the bricks and the ones that laid the wall's foundations be known!
The Preservation, known as the Firmament Arbiter by the Xianzhou.
Their divine corpus is so huge, it has planets orbiting it.
Qlipoth, at one point, was alerted to the "catastrophe of the Finality" and to prevent it, became building a large wall known as the Subspace Crystalline Barrier which isolates worlds from one another (or at least that's the IPC's narrative). They also built the Celestial Comet Wall and the Great Attractor Base, but we don't know what those are for yet.
Qlipoth is very ancient, being a veteran from the Dusk Wars that resulted in the disappearance of all Leviathans. The IPC claims that the Dusk Wars and the Leviathan race ended as soon as Qlipoth ascended, but this doesn't appear to be the case. Furthermore, the IPC also maintains that Qlipoth is the first ever Aeon, which also doesn't appear to be the case (Oroboros says hi)
Whenever Qlipoth strikes their hammer, the Subspace Crystalline Barrier expands, and the IPC has used this as a way of marking time in "Amber Eras", one for each hammer strike. However, the hammer strikes are inconsistent, so how long each AE lasts is different. That makes AEs a terrible way of keeping track of time, but everyone just accepts it anyway because the IPC is obsessed and arguing with the IPC is a really easy way to get on their bad side, which no one wants. On the side, most civilizations use their own timekeeping systems which are generally more accurate.
In any case, it's currently 2158 AE, with 0 AE going all the way back to the "end" of the Dusk Wars, and 0-180 AE being a 'dark spot' with few historical records. The IPC's official stance is that there just isn't much information, but it seems more likely that they're withholding records from that time period, which would indicate something about it makes them or Qlipoth look bad.
The Qliphoth is basically the "evil version" of the Kabbalistic Sefirot, the emanations through which the spirit of God reveals itself. That probably doesn't matter though, because most likely they chose it for the fact that the hebrew name קְלִיפּוֹת literally means 'shell'.


\"Seriously, out of everyone who had faced an Aeon, that old man was the calmest I've seen. Even Screwllum's gears squeaked when he saw Nous...\"
When mortals first became aware of Qlipoth's wall, there were two reactions - the first was to imitate Qlipoth, going around the universe building stuff, and the other was to help them.
The former became the Architects, who travel the universe building stuff and helping protect other civilizations. They were the ones who made Belobog's wall, core, and Engines of Creation. They must receive some implicit endorsement from Qlipoth, because they're able to tap into the Preservation's power to build their things. Generally, most people view the Architects as stubborn, but those protected by their abilities are eternally grateful and even join them.
The other...
So, a bunch of people, including geniuses Louis Fleming and Dongfang Qixing, decided to accrue a large number of construction materials to give to Qlipoth. They did this through trade, but quickly realized that in order to get what they needed, they'd have to specialize in more than just construction materials. Louis Fleming and Dongfang Qixing utilized their expertise to scam and trick establish trade deals and routes with other civilizations, until they had amassed a vast network of trade with themselves as the intermediaries.
In 1388 AE, Louis Fleming and Dongfang Qixing decided to take things one step further and founded the Interastral Peace Corporation (IPC) together, and established an universal currency (credits) that facilitated trade between species, getting rid of themselves as the middleman and also making themselves fabulously wealthy in the process. The IPC integrated themselves into the economy of various civilizations, ruining those who refused to work with the IPC or utilize credits.
As a result of this, the IPC became the most powerful entity in the universe and are very close to being its de-facto rulers - they display deference to only a handful of entities (such as the Genius Society), and even then only because they're too insular (and oftentimes protected by an Aeon) and useful to be manipulated or "coerced" into cooperating. Almost all transaction and trade in the universe is done with the oversight of the IPC and many, many civilizations rely on them for an economical backbone.
They sponsor the creation of new inventions, research that benefits them, and produce their own products while also facilitating the sales of others'. They don't merely preside over trade, they may as well own half the universe. Again, if you cut ties with the IPC, you also lose access to these things. Safe to say, no matter how awful or inconvenient the IPC may get, going against them is simply not an option for all but the most privileged or stubborn few, and those arrogant enough to try anyway will learn the errors of their ways very quickly.
Because the IPC is obsessed with the Preservation, it makes it very hard for anyone to actually study Qlipoth or go against them.
Qlipoth appears to, on some level, approve of what they're doing, since an unknown Emanator of Preservation appeared in the IPC some time ago. However, they don't make use of the vast industrial quantities of construction materials piled up in the planets orbiting them that the IPC provided at all, so in a sense, what they're doing is actually pretty useless. But still, the IPC is fueled by absolute faith to their Aeon.


![img](tfg6enydtu4b1 " She feels sad For eternal life did not let her accumulate infinite wisdom Instead, those she had once cherished Faded into obscurity over time, never to return ")
The Abundance. Known by the Xianzhou Alliance hunters as the Plagues Author, and by the Xianzhou faithful as Sanctus Medicus.
If we assume that Denizens of Abundance cannot exist without Yaoshi, then they're at minimum ~6900 (nice) years old, and possibly much, much older - the earliest Denizens of Abundance we can date having encountered the Xianzhou at 1200 SC.
Yaoshi's primary goal is the extension and continuous growth of life in the universe. The lightcone Cornucopia implies that Yaoshi views life as a form of order, which opposes the chaos of death and the early universe.
To achieve this, they 'bless' life in certain worlds, causing the sapient inhabitants to become Denizens of Abundance and also causing an outgrowth of powerful and equally long lived plant and animal life alike. Those blessings generally come in the form of great, immortal trees, whose fruit can grant long life. In general, Yaoshi prioritizes worlds and individuals who are experiencing great suffering and hardship.
Yaoshi is the mortal enemy of Lan, although it's hard to say if the feelings are mutual. Yaoshi will never rest until all beings in the universe know the blessing of life, and Lan will never rest until Yaoshi has been killed in the final and greatest hunt. Yet, the cycle goes on for eternity.
Yaoshi is a reference to the Chinese name of a Buddha called Bhaiṣajyaguru, which is a Buddha most commonly associated with healing and medicine, and is also pretty important, being up there with Shakyamuni (aka THE Buddha). He's a doctor who vowed to rid the world of pain and suffering. So yeah, makes sense.


\"The mercy of Sanctus Medicus, the Ambrosial Arbor's new growth. Disciples shall attain enlightenment together.\"
Those blessed by Yaoshi gain remarkable biology - their cells and biological systems are placed in a state of perfect equilibrium, made possible through the ability for their cells to freely convert between differentiated cells and stem cells (builder cells, which can turn into any other kind of cell). This gives them the ability to effectively, live forever, as well as an extremely powerful healing factor. Though it does not altogether prevent death, it does allow for things such the regrowth of lost limbs and organs. The unfortunate fact of this arrangement is that the body when it is born provides a 'blueprint' for the blessing, making those born with congenital defects forever unable to correct them with surgery - the body will simply "heal" the "damage".
However, there is another aspect to Yaoshi's blessing - upon fulfilling certain conditions, blessed individuals have a marked shift in biology, causing a form of 'evolution' that fundamentally alters their biology. This can fix things such as congenital defects but also essentially puts cells into overdrive, exacerbating existing biological processes of the species (such as molting for reptilian beings) and potentially causing insanity. For the Xianzhou natives, this is known as being 'stricken with mara'.
Those who manage to survive the process with intelligence become known as the Denizens of Abundance who go around singing praises of Yaoshi. However, Yaoshi's blessing also causes fundamental deficits that force those long-life species into either constant suffering or constant conquest in other to offset these setbacks (such as the borisin's implied necessity to take over other worlds to house the hives necessary to create their biotechnology). The Denizens of Abundance love Yaoshi for making their lives "better", and are thus the sworn enemies of the Xianzhou Alliance, which also hates them and are seen (naturally) as blasphemers.
Of course, there are also many civilizations that greatly regret contact with Yaoshi, such as of course, the Xianzhou Alliance.
People who know of Yaoshi but are mortal and long for their blessing are known as Elixir Seekers, immortality hunters who go around the universe hoping to meet and be blessed by Yaoshi. Probably the most well-known Elixir Seekers were, indeed, the original Xianzhou fleet, which was sent out by an unnamed emperor into the stars in order to obtain immortality. Funnily, even though they did get it, they never returned to their homeworld. I wonder what it was like?
The Disciples of Sanctus Medicus were the internal faction in the Xianzhou that worshipped Yaoshi and actively held contact with them, being led by an Emanator of Abundance named Shuhu. Yaoshi did speak to their disciples as well as other Denizens of Abundance and may have even spoken to the actively hostile Alliance as well, but the specifics of this are mired in legend and mystery, and so Yaoshi's true intentions regarding their followers are unclear.


The Mariners' Intemperance
The Voracity.
Wants to eat everything (eats planets), and was a Leviathan, which makes them about as old if not older than Qlipoth. Potentially, they are the only surviving Leviathan.
That's about it. We don't know anything else.
The Ouroboros is a well-known Western symbol with philosophical and alchemical significance that consists of a dragon or snake eating its own tail. Mostly it represents infinity. It was probably chosen though because Oroboros is the dedicated vore god. Cool!


Look upon the courtesans' extravagance.
The Elation, known as Joyseeker to the Xianzhou.
Hard to tell if it's true, but legend goes that Aha once actually reached the end of the Imaginary Tree. When they did so, they appeared to have gained some sort of advanced perception, and began to view the universe as one huge joke. Perhaps they realized they were made by a video game company? They certainly seem to have some sort of heightened awareness.
In any case, though Aha claims and seems to believe that they only wish for others to see the humor in all things, their true purpose as an Aeon is that they serve as a catalyst of change, manipulating reality in extremely minor and undetectable ways until they butterfly effect massive events into happening. Although the displays of their power are minor compared to Qlipoth's massive wall or Lan's planet purging arrows, their effects on the universe far outweigh the others.
They owe this success due to their closeness to mortals - unlike most Aeons who barely even bother communicating with others and are by nature mysterious, Aha displays a strong understanding of human society, as a matter of fact, they believe it is the exclusive privilege of intelligent beings to understand joy. This understanding allows them to mess around with people on a far more personal level than other Aeons do, even getting involved with other, separate factions if they believe it's funny enough. They're also especially talkative.
Of course, sometimes they decide to be major instead, and do a little bit of trolling. Trolling attempts include blowing up half the Express and an entire planet after hiding out on it for a year disguised as a human (success), helping the Annihilator Gang assassinate IX (failure), trying to get a Noblesse Worm into the Genius Society (failure). And although the latter two appear like failures to us, I'm sure they got great enjoyment out of the bewildered reactions of those observing them.
Aha is laughter, obviously, but it could also be a reference to various things including the 1980s Norwegian band, which composed Take on Me. That sounds stupid but that's Aha for you.


Well, bye for now. Send my regards to the guys and girls in the tavern.
Aha attracted a group of straightforward followers called the Masked Fools that go around the Universe doing a little bit of trolling, though more specifically they act as agents of change that have been responsible for starting riots and revolutions (including a notable one against Rubert I during the Emperor's War), and they're not above violence. They also maintain taverns and other places centered around having fun and doing trolling.
Simultaneously, however, they also have a group of *anti-*followers called the Mourning Actors, who instead go around the universe being sad, noting the destruction of worlds and death, encouraging celibacy and abstinence, among other things, in the hopes of opposing the Elation. Aha thinks this is hilarious, and also recognizes tragedy as the flipside of comedy, so they purposefully enhanced them, allowing them to travel the stars.
Although the Mourning Actors are mostly ignored by the universe, they possess an uncanny ability for detecting tragedy (probably Aha's fault); they visited Jarilo-VI when it was embroiled in the war against the Antimatter Legion, and they have some use as announcers for when worlds are destroyed or civilizations fall, often being the first to broadcast these events to the universe.
Aha makes basically anything and anyone into an Emanator so long as they think it's funny, so it's not really worth noting here. That said, the one Emanator we do know of was a Noblesse Worm that they infused with super-intelligence to see if Nous would accept them into the Genius Society (they would not)


And finally, measure the world against yourself, and take all such things to heart.
The Remembrance.
Fuli's age's unknown, with records of them being essentially non-existent. Their ultimate goal is to preserve all of the universe's memories in order to facilitate "the rebirth of the universe", and they have the memories of every single living being in the universe, including those of other Aeons.
They physically manifest before the occurrence of extremely significant events in the universe's history, and then vanish after obtaining whatever it was they needed from it. When this happens, they appear as a being made out of a mirror-like crystal. Though this has happened many times, their only recorded manifestation was at the end of a speech by the aging Louis Fleming, in his final public appearance.
Fuli is named after a deity in the Shenxiao sect of Taoism. English sources for this are basically non-existent - I put the Chinese wikipedia article through DeepL and got the world's most sophisticated word salad and basically all I could gather is that he was the father of some bigshot emperor. Okay.


Memes: The DNA of the soul
Fuli utilized their power to enhance a specific group of mortals, allowing them to abandon their physical forms and live on as memetic lifeforms (not internet memes, ideas and behaviors that spread from person to person within a society, though HSR basically uses the term as "things that live in your brain"). This allows them to interact with a being's memories and subjective perception directly. It also allows them to freely travel between worlds without any physical effort on their part, which sure is neat!
This faction became known as the Garden of Recollection, with the most active members being the Memokeepers, who preserve the memories of individuals considered significant. They also created Light Cone technology, which allows them to physically manifest and preserve the memory of an individual. Most Memokeepers prefer to keep themselves hidden, disguising themselves and harvesting the memories of others without ever being acknowledged. If a being possesses exceptional memories or qualities such as the Trailblazer, they might choose to manifest and communicate with them directly.
Because the Garden of Recollection members are memetic lifeforms, they can only manifest to people who know about Fuli, the Remembrance, or associated concepts. If you literally don't know anything, you're inaccessible to them. After all, these spicy memes have not been passed on to you.
The Garden of Recollection doesn't have just Memokeepers. It seems some members (or defectors?) known as Memosnatchers go around forcefully taking the memories of other individuals, potentially causing amnesia. Because the Messenger calls them "those thieves", it seems they're not looked highly upon by Fuli's other followers.
Another faction in the Garden of Recollection that draws the ire of the Memokeepers are the Cremators, extremists who steal memories gathered by others and destroy the ones they consider to be useless and return the important ones. In doing so, they believe themselves to act as a sort of filter or curator for the memories of the Aeon, relieving them of their "burden". The stance of the Garden of Recollection is that every memory has value, so obviously the Cremators aren't seen in a positive light.
In any case, the current objective of the Garden of Recollection is preserving the universe against the Destruction, believing that everyone can still live on through memories. Ultimately though, the Garden of Recollection likely existed long before Nanook's ascension, and their greatest goal is to fill Fuli's pure land with memories, which assists Fuli's own ultimate goal... which is unclear to us at the moment.


Listen to the infant in the mirror.
The Beauty, known to the Xianzhou as the Wondergazer, and also in some places as Anne Duray.
Though mortals superficially interpret them as a god of beauty, Idrila's true nature revolves around the realm of perception - your conscious qualia (sight, smell, taste, etc), your ability to reason, and the values instilled upon you by your own personal circumstances. The intersection of these attributes is what creates the subjective idea of 'beauty'. In other words, beauty exists in the eye of the beholder.
Idrila cannot create beauty. Instead, they can manipulate these attributes to embody something that's always going to be beautiful to the observer, independently of their tastes. A memory bubble even implies that Idrila is even capable of granting sapience to unintelligent species, creating the conditions for them to be able to observe 'beauty'. Idrila, essentially, allows beings to "observe" the universe in its purest form.
This causes the people exposed to Idrila's power to frequently become intensely obsessed to the point of insanity, and many legends describe those affected by them as committing devastating acts for Idrila's sake - something which gave them a large amount of pleasure. They created civilizations and tore apart people who were in love just by existing.
It's probably safe to say that no one knows what Idrila really looked like, but it was always the most beautiful thing they've seen.
One day, Idrila just up and disappeared. Adios. The Mirror Holders believe that Idrila 'died' and shattered into many pieces, and could return if those pieces are gathered again. The Knights of Beauty believe that Idrila is still very much alive, just... hiding out somewhere, I guess.
I tried to figure out what the name "Idrila" might be derived from, but I couldn't find anything. The Japanese and Chinese characters are phonetic. Anne comes from Anna which comes from the hebrew Hannah which means grace or favor, as in "God graced me with a child". Duray is a significant royal family in France and Scotland which derives from an old French word that means king. So like, King/Queen of Grace I guess. Cool.


\"If I win, please admit that Idrila the Beauty is the most beautiful of all!\" - Argenti
Among Idrila's followers (of which is implied that there are many of), the most tame are the Knights of Beauty, which run around the universe telling everyone how awesome their Aeon is (kind of a trend). They practice a chivalric code which basically says that you can only be worthy of the Aeon GF if you grind hard everyday to become the greatest gigachad of them all. Because of this, other factions in the universe regard them as not having a whole lot of faith in their Aeon. I mean, if you make your entire dynamic a competition to see which of you is the most deserving of getting your god's attention, you're basically saying that your god would never care about most people, right? Only the best ones. Then again, maybe Idrila really is like that.
Idrila, did, however, have more faithful followers, the Mirror Holders, who possess artifacts named Mirrors of Transcendence. These artifacts hold within them some level of Idrila's power, which allows the wielder to project an observer's subjective perception of the most ideal beauty outwards into reality. Usually, the Mirror Holders seem to use this to indoctrinate new people into their thirst cult. A Mirror Bubble implies that the Mirror Holders may also be Emanators, but maybe it's just one person who happens to be both an Emanator of Beauty and a Mirror Holder.
Though the Knights of Beauty hold the delusion that their Aeon GF will someday come back, and I guess decide which one among them is the most fabulous, the Mirror Holders have a different perspective. They believe Idrila 'died' because of society developing differing subjective views on beauty, shattering them into pieces. As a result, they work to make sure society has an unified view of aesthetics, while also hunting down the remainder of Idrila's artifacts. They believe these combined factors will allow their god to return, ushering in an age of harmony where everyone is really infatuated with Idrila all the time. I guess that sounds like heaven to them.


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The Propagation. Known as the Swarm Author by the Xianzhou and the Imperator Insectorum in some places.
Tayzzyronth was a very, very lonely beetle who, after getting fed up with being all alone, appears to have developed the ability to self-duplicate endlessly, ascending into short-lived Aeonhood afterwards. What resulted was one of the most severe catastrophes to affect the universe, the Swarm Disaster.
Worlds were invaded and turned into massive hives that to this day are uninhabitable despite the loss of their master. Tayzzyronth's clones slaughtered all living beings in their path, bred endlessly, and moved on to the next world, all in blistering speeds. The scale of destruction was so massive that it actually worried the IPC for maybe the first time since the Emperor's War.
Tayzzyronth seemed close to unstoppable and posed a very real risk of destroying the entire universe, when the sheer intensity of their threat caused an incredibly rare occurrence in the universe - multiple Aeons put their personal missions and differences aside and teamed up to get rid of Tayzzyronth once and for all.
We don't know the specifics of Tayzzyronth's death, but it involved them being encased in an organic prison, which appears to have deprived the rest of the Swarm of the ability to reproduce. After this, something killed them, which put an end to the Swarm Disaster for good.
However, just because Tayzzyronth's dead doesn't mean the Swarm disappeared completely, or that they may never return. The surviving members of the Swarm managed to evolve into different beings, the worlds converted into hives by the Swarm are still to this day impossible to live in, and fragments of the Imperator Insectorum's prison and body still buzz with activity and an energy that makes it very possible they might still return.
Even though Tayzzyronth lived for only a tiny amount of time compared to most Aeons, their destructive impact on the universe cannot be understated. After all, it might even be possible that they indirectly led to Nanook's ascension, due to the Swarm's attempted takeover of Adlivun.
Tayzzyronth didn't seem to have followers, much less Emanators - it seems their own clones were all they ever needed.
I actually feel kinda bad for them. Beetle just wanted a friend.
Can You Believe It, just like Idrila this is another name with no real source. Personally, I think it might just be completely made up, perhaps made to sound like something a bug would make.


The Waves as they Enter the Dream
The Enigmata.
Like Qlipoth and Fuli, Mythus too believes that there is some sort of calamity approaching the universe. Their approach to it, however, is a bit different - the Enigmata sees the obfuscation of the past and of observable facts to create a 'mist of uncertainty' that obscures a 'narrative drive' determining the Universe's fate, which would allow everyone to escape that calamity.
Of course, since the Erudition directly wants to observe the Universe and solve it, that would only ensure the opposite, which makes them Mythus' direct enemy.
From latin Mythus. Means myth. Comes from Greek μῦθος (muthos), means tale, myth, legend. It's not that deep.


To achieve their goal, Mythus appears to random mortals already teetering on the edge of obscurity and 'inspires' them into becoming even crazier than they likely already were. The Riddlers specialize in obfuscating language, whereas Mythus' own personal Emanators, the History Fictionologists, mess with historical records and memories, making certain historical events more confusing, harder to understand, or just straight up inaccessible.
The items created by Mythus' followers possess the supernatural ability to directly affect history, even though history is more or less an abstract concept and those are physical items. As such, it can be assumed that Mythus is granting them their power in this way, which makes them one of the more proactive Aeons.


The Tipping of the Balance
The Equilibrum.
They merged their consciousness with the logic of the universe itself, hoping to attain perfect universal equilibrium. While many attempt to outsmart HooH and make things unbalanced in their favor, HooH has already accounted for them, and victory is impossible. Even if something is unbalanced now, it'll become balanced eventually, and HooH's patience is unmatched by any other Aeon.
HooH's English name is made up and meant to appear symmetrical, as is the case for HooH's original Chinese name, which is 互. This character means "mutually" or "reciprocally" or "intertwining". It was probably chosen just because it looks symmetrical from the top down, but that last meaning does have the added bonus of fitting with the fact HooH is woven into the fabric of the universe.


Long Arm
Those who like the cut of HooH's gib become dedicated to balancing the universe, the Arbitrators, who decided they'd try and get rid of extreme binary concepts, placing everything in balance. But because they're mortal, they don't have the great big picture view HooH has, and so they constantly mess up, having to correct their problems in successive "patches".
An Arbitrator talks to you when you reach the first Trial of the Equilibrium, and it seems they possess the ability to alter the entire universe in a scale that's incomparable to the followers of other Aeons. It may be because HooH has somehow managed to integrate themselves into the universe much further than any other Aeon has, and that might explain why Aeons tend to be opposed by those with equalizing concepts, and out of control Aeons tend to get the shaft.
Think about it. Tayzzyronth was a threat, but several Aeons believe Nanook is already going to destroy the universe. Why don't they team up again and kick their ass if so? Well, because they're balanced about it. Nanook's rate of destruction is slow and easy to counter enough that unlike Tayzzyronth, they can't take over the entire universe in years. Therefore, in a sense, they already have a place in equilibrium. For every planet-destroying campaign that takes centuries, Yaoshi and the Architects have already protected 5 other worlds. There's no need for something, or someone, to push them towards correcting that balance.


I only survived because the spirit of \"fuck it we ball\" burned brighter than the \"it's so over\" around me.
The Order.
An Aeon that was absorbed by Xipe due to conceptual overlap when the latter ascended, which is safe to say, a pretty definitive death (though perhaps some part of Ena lives on through Xipe? I mean, they are a plural Aeon after all)
Ena's only known group of followers are the Beyond the Sky Choir, a choir group that made songs praising the Order. When Ena was absorbed, they effectively disappeared, no longer having a god to worship.
However, the Choir audience did record some of their performances into special disks, that could only be played with unique Phonographs of Order. The problem is, the last Phonograph was lost during Emperor Rubert 1's campaigns, so nobody can ever listen to them again.
As a result, this Path is deader than dead. Maybe the energy's still accessible, but with no Aeon, no followers, and no extant artifacts, it might as well not exist.
Ena is a character from the web animation series ENA made by Peruvian artist and animator Joel- wait no.
Actually, I don't know where the English translators got the name "Ena" from, but their original name is 太一 or Taiyi, which is the supreme deity of Heaven worshipped during the Chinese Han Dynasty. There's a lot to Taiyi, but I'm just going to ignore all of it because it was probably actually chosen because the name literally means "Great Oneness" or "Great Unity".


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The Permanence.
A Chinese dragon thing, Long died ages ago, but we don't know how. Before they died though, they left descendants in the form of Long's Scions, or the Vidyadhara, which possess the power of the Permanence in their very biology.
Because of this, the Vidyadhara have a very peculiar characteristic - when they reach the natural end of their lifespans, they pull a Turritopsis dohrnii and regress back into an infantile stage, effectively making them ageless. Of course, the Vidyadhara that 'reincarnates' loses all memories of their previous self, making the newly reborn Vidyadhara a different individual altogether, though Vidyadhara culture does encourage seeking a greater connection to your past incarnation. It's also possible they might be able to experience some aspects of their previous lives through dreams.
Vidyadhara, however, cannot reproduce. This means that their numbers are limited and losses to their population (through unnatural means) are permanent. Frankly as far as I'm concerned, this basically means Vidyadhara extinction is inevitable, as statistically speaking they probably wouldn't be able to avoid dying through accidents or intentional acts forever.
Currently the vast majority of Vidyadhara live among the Xianzhou Alliance, and it's rumored that those among them that fulfill certain conditions and pass specific rites can return to the form of a dragon. The High Elder of the Vidyadhara receives strict training in order to one day become the highest among them, the Imbibitor Lunae.
Another thing about Vidyadhara. The fact the Permanence's power flows through their cells allows individuals who have harvested Vidyadhara bone marrow to transplant some of that power into their own bodies, provided that they have the right ingredients to reactivate the stem cells. For regular mortals this only results in a short lived burst of power before their immune system destroys the transplanted Vidyadhara cells, resulting in a catastrophic regression that would most likely lead to death for most individuals.
However, for long-life species blessed by Yaoshi, Long's power can actually stabilize the explosive evolutionary process... allowing those stricken with mara to retain their sanity.
The cost is only a little murder.
Long is the Chinese name for the dragon (or specifically the Chinese dragon which is different from the Western perception). WOW! However, dragons do have great significance in Chinese folklore and culture and were worshipped, so this is a fine name. They also have associations with water, which is probably why the Vidyadhara are also associated with water.


The Shapeless Prince
The Finality.
If we ignore bits of CBT2 that were removed upon release and now exist in a canonical limbo, this Aeon is the one we basically know the least about. I mean sure they've been mentioned more than Oroboros has, but we at least know what Oroboros is, and what their objectives are.
Terminus, though? Well, besides the fact that the IPC (and maybe Qlipoth) oppose their goals... we know the name "Terminus" and the Path of "the Finality", and that's it. They encountered Akivili at some point, so they're active somewhere, but that doesn't tell us much.
Terminus does appear to share a bit of a concept with an important HI3 character, the Herrscher of Finality, but there doesn't seem to be any direct connection, and finding actual summaries and information on stuff that happens toward the latter half of HI3's story that aren't too short or badly written to be useful is impossible. I'd have to play the game and read all the side-content, and frankly that'd take me weeks, and this post already took a long time to write as it is.
So we'll take Terminus for what the game tells us about them, which is nothing.
Terminus is the Roman name of a god that presided over boundary stones (his name also refers to those stones), which were meant to mark, you know, boundaries. Like the limits of a region or an area that couldn't really be represented by natural landmarks. Essentially, he was the end of one place and the start of another. Considering that Fuli's lore hints at a cyclical nature to the universe, this is an interesting name.
In Chinese, though, their name is different. It's 末王, which literally means "king of the end". Quite the powerful name.

And that's the end of the Aeon section. Because the manuscript for the mortal characters hasn't been written, it'll take a while longer to come out. Probably a few weeks. If I end up finishing it too close to the release of the remaining Companion Quests, it'll have to wait until after.
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2023.06.08 23:03 Apprehensive-Ant6772 I want your opinion about the Cultivation novel that I am creating

He was a boy who lost lots of things he was a boy who endured countless hardships in his path of cultivation. He was scared and Hated Death . He wanted to defy the laws of Heavens and become Immortal. However even when he reached a supposedly high Cultivation and could live for millions of years he was not satisfied and was always afraid and he hated that " Fear" . That's why he decided to gamble for his dream he attempted Reincarnation but not any Reincarnation but ten thousand of it he wanted to create the perfect constitution for himself and he succeeded and has to pass through ten thousand lives but that had it merit . And now he has returned but this time he won't fear he will be one to strikes Fear to the heavens he will fuck Death itself . people will call him THE everlasting Autarch Chandra...
Here the Cultivation Realm
-- Energy Channel Realm ( when an person have the aptitude to become a cultivator he is born with spiritual Roots that is the crystallization of the Primal Energy since his Birth and he will tap in this energy to activate his Energy Channel that marked the first step to start cultivating)
-- Blood Purification Realm ( with his Channel activated the cultivator can draw a certain quantity of Primal Energy but its extremely difficult to do so because he have Anyway his mortal body so he need to Temperate his body for it to become more adapted to cultivate and that start by purifying his blood to start nourishing his body)
-- Body Tempering Realm ( His new Blood flood through his Body and started refining it to make it more tough)
-- Purified Rebirth Realm ( When his Body has attained the necessary level of refining all the Primal Energy that have been used to strengthen it will be released and the cultivator will have a new Body (with more solid Bones a washed Marrow...) suited for Cultivation. The purified Rebirth is where that real Cultivation start )
-- ENERGY EMBRYO Realm ( After having built a body suited to cultivation the cultivator need to build a core where he will store his Energy)
-- Tower Building Realm ( in this step the cultivator will use the energy condensed in his core to craft superposed plates and make with them a Tower that not only enlarge his Energy stockage but will be where his soul will reside. )
-- Soul Manifestation Realm ( The soul is manifested inside the Tower here he obtain his Divine Sense an ability to project his Soul to "see" without none of his 5 senses)
-- Spirit Formation Realm ( Cultivation need the Energy the body the soul and finally the Spirit but the spirit is the incarnation of the mind thus to form it the cultivator draw the energy that the soul has refined known as soul Energy to manifest it inside his brain .)
-- DAO Palace Realm ( For the cultivators to understand the Laws of The Heavenly DAO for creating their own Dao , they use their Spirit to build the Dao Palace.Its extremely difficult to build it )
-- DAO Seed Realm ( After building The DAO Palace , The cultivators plant a seed inside . The Seed refer to their base Law who represent the first law their have understood)
-- DAO Tree Realm ( Here their Laws are manifested to the Outside called 'Domain' where they can exercise Their Laws to dominate the opponents)
-- Tree Growing Realm ( Here the Cultivator add others Laws to their 'Tree' to make it later rip their Dao Fruit)
-- DAO Fruit Realm ( The last Realm of the second step now the cultivator have ripped their Fruits so they have Found their Own DAO where they will walk during all their cultivation journey. The Second Step require great Care because when the Choice is made we cannot redeem it anymore we will have to walk it for the rest of our Lives.)
-- Heavenly River Realm ( The 3rd step of cultivation require to create an internal world to store more Primal Energy because the Tower cannot hold it anymore and give their Body the strength of a world. In the Heavenly River Realm the Cultivator will shatter his Tower and transform it into an River that mark the first step to create an Internal World.)
-- Heavenly Transformation Realm ( Here the Cultivators use the Energy of the River to Open their Inner World but only the land is created and the seize depend on the quantity of Energy that was stored in the River thats why its important to expand its size as most as possible . You can only house animals and plants)
-- Heavenly Sovereign ( Here the World become a True World and you will have endless Primal Energy. Furthermore for the Mortals your existence is akin to that of an Heavenly Being . In your World all living Beings will Honore you as their Sovereign you have absolute Dominion over it . Your DAO is reflected to Your Internal World)
-- World King Realm ( Your world need to fuse with a Luminous Field to make a perfect World. Morever trillions of beings revere you as their King you can move unhindered through all Luminous Fields .)
-- LIFE STAR ( This step is the more important because in the hope to obtain immortality one need an immortal soul with the last three step the soul have become more powerful but now they need to cross several bridges to find themselves and that begin with the life Star. the 4st step is extremely difficult and the rate of cultivator who have attained it is at most 20% in each Great World ( universe) because each bridge test the soul . In the Life Star the cultivator anchor his Soul to "Life" )
-- NETHER OFFSHORE ( one need to pass the netherworld with our soul and and not let it be corroded by " Death")
-- KARMA TRIBULATION ( The Cultivator need to transform his true Fate into a wheel of Karma )
-- THOUSANDS SAMSARA ( Our Karma lead to our Reincarnation the cultivator need to see all his Reincarnation without losing his true self)
-- ANIMA ( After crossing all the bridges one need to Forge our Anima or True Self. )
--perfect Harmonie ( CELESTIAL EXALTED) ( the last part of the 4st step here the body soul and spirit become one no distinction exist for those three . Their DAO fused with them they become their DAO. Their Internal World become a Great World ( universe) and its added in the Immortal Expanse . Here the Cultivators become so powerful that they can travel around the Immortal Expanse live as long as their Great World that can last for countless trillions of years but they are not truly Immortal but they are not far from it either. Only Four EXALTED existed before Chandra .)
-- Absolute Severing ( The 5th Step have been created by Chandra its his lifetime plan to attain Immortality. The 5th step is to severed one existence one to our Great World where we are interlinked and second to the Heavenly DAO only by achieving it one be able to gain the True Immortality . The Absolute Severing is where we severed ourselves to the Great World and to the Heavenly DAO )
-- EVERLASTING AUTARCH ( After severing his existence both to the world and to the Heavenly DAO . Chandra have been able to attain his Dream . No matter if the "Existence" Shall disappear Chandra himself will remain he is a never ending being who rules a never ending World countless time bigger than the Immortal Expanse THE WORLD OF ETERNAL NIGHT)
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2023.06.08 22:59 JulianSkies Emergency Services Guild R&D: Stampede Studies

This little piece I wrote because I have zero mental energy to write something I care too much aobut the format and quality, and i've been wanting to have a look at this topic for a while.
Don't expect a lot of quality, but here have a thing.
[This video is shown in its raw form for purposes of transparency of the procedures. For the edited version please visit the Emergency Services Guild public-facing site]
[Content Warning: This video contains images of both stampedes and wartime stampede incidents of the following situations: Human First Contact, Operation Blindside, Sillis Occupation, Kolshian Scouting of Venlil Prime]
[This video will be subtitled instead of utilizing audio translation]
The camera’s view is completely obscured by a grey mass “I think it’s running, can you check it for me?” says a deep bassy voice of a human.
“Yes, i’m getting the audio and a very good closeup for your shirt” the voice of a venlil sounds hoarse
The grey mass recedes and the room becomes visible. A large naturally-lit room of plain appearance, there is a long table set in the center of it surrounded by chairs, the table itself is clearly designed with a holographic projector and at the far end of the room there is a large display.
There are seven people present, three humans dressed in grey outfits with red highlights, each one of them with a different insignia emblazoned on their breast but all three of them have similar themes, a helmet, an axe and a ladder is present on all three designs. Four venlil represent, two with sashes of office with the white with red stripe color and the exterminator’s pyre-and-shield insignia and two with armbands with the red pawprint.
“Alright, before we start the actual meeting, can I ask why are they here?” says one of the humans, well-built and with a lighter complexion, pointing at the two venlil with sashes.
“Because it’s part of our job? Because we’re involved?” says the one with greyish wool and dark spots
“I’m sorry if i’m skeptical why an exterminator is in a meeting involving public safety and stampede response”
“Because” the venlil’s voice becomes louder “It’s our job. And I’m already brahking tired of this whole act. I’ve heard every variation of ‘you shouldn’t be the ones doing this’ you can imagine. Every human I’ve met has said this, multiple times” he slams his fists on the table
“And I brahking agree, look!” he points at one of the venlil with the armbands “Our jobs literally overlap, why do we even HAVE this overlap? What could the exterminator’s guild do in a stampede that the emergency services guild couldn’t? Why is it that any job that requires you to have the slightest bit of tail to do it they drop on us? I don’t brahking know!” he’s taking deep breaths “So… Why don’t we skip this part and just get to the meeting?”
The humans are taken aback, while it seems like the venlil were quite unfazed at the sudden energetic outburst in a strange reversal of the usual reactions. “Not… Quite what I was expecting” that first human adds “Alright, I’ll keep my thoughts to myself for now”
With that, the human that had been adjusting the camera sits down and the arrangement of seating is visible clearly: The four venlil are on one side of the table while the three humans are on the other. One of the venlil with the armbands speaks up “We are gathered at this moment for a presentation of the United Nations’ Extraplanetary Emergency Response Division’s research on the nature and possible mitigation of stampedes”
“Present for this meeting are three human representatives of the UNEERD, Captain Fabia” a human female with short crimson hair and wiry build nods “Captain Jorge” the first human nods “And Captain Ishikawa” a human much taller human with shortly cut dark hair and mildly reddened skin speaking of a disagreement with the eternal twilight nods.
“Present are also four venlil representatives. Representing the Exterminator’s Guild are Division Lead Toss” the venlil who had the outburst earlier nods “Of the Stampede Response division, Division Lead Tunam” a venlil with a strangely reddish coat halfway between pink and red nods “Of the Behavioral Studies division” the speaking venlil himself, best identified by an eyepatch on his right eye, nods “Representing the Emergency Services Guild is me, Division Lead Onam of the Stampede Response division, and Division Lead Liram” the venlil beside him nods, a woman with a distinctive vertical striping pattern “Of the Medical Response division.”
Onam takes a deep breath “You may begin the presentation, Captain Jorge” he’s being incredibly professional
With that, Jorge uses a holopad to summon an image on the monitor at the far end, a simple bullet point list “Though all present here already know, I’ll state it for the record. The ESG has requested from the UNEERD an independent study of mitigating techniques for stampede events, both to help us increase our understanding of the local needs and to acquire an outside perspective that may improve their own understanding”
“We will be presenting our current findings, which have proven to be pretty surprising in my opinion” he gives another command to his holopad moving to the next slide “I’ll begin with the most important finding before we look into how we’ve reached this conclusion. But in effect, a proper stampede event can actually severely reduce to completely eliminate casualties in a situation of panic, however, those events can devolve into panicked flight as well as not every species is capable of those”
At that, Toss tilts his head to the side “Of all things… Stampedes preventing casualties? That’s really difficult to believe”
Ishikawa offers a shrug “I know. I’ll be honest we kind of came into this with, let’s say… A bit of a bias against you. But the observations held true, and it turns out the situation is considerably more complex than it seems”
Jorge nods “Take note this is mostly a preliminary study, we don’t have a lot of data of the sort we needed.” he pulls up another bullet list in the screen “Our work was focused more on the behavioral end, as you’ve more than proven to have the infrastructure and technical superiority here, but we have found a distinct lack of behavioral studies on stampedes”
Tunam takes a deep breath “Sure. More stuff we got wrong, as always” but before one of the humans can say something he waves dismissively with his tail “It’s alright, you’re just doing your job. It just gets exhausting hearing this every damn paw. Sorry for the interruption, please continue”
Jorge has a look on his face for a moment, something like worry and sympathy, before continuing “We have performed our studies by examining footage of stampede events with specific characteristics. First, monospecies events, with three examples. The stampede events during our first contact, as a sample of stampede events amongst the Venlil, recovered footage of an event in the Cradle during Operation Blindside, as a sample of stampede events amongst the Gojid. Take note that while this particular footage was from a situation far from any attack sites and before the arxur invasion, the reliability of it is shaky because of the wartime situation. And a stampede event on Sillis that happened recently in response to peacekeeper forces”
As he talks, three of the bullet points light up “Additionally, we later compared stampede events involving multispecies groupings. Particularly we have studied the very recent events here on Venlil Prime during the kolshian threat as well as a second event that occurred on Sillis involving a damaged dam” the last two bullet points light up
The female firefighter pipes up “We’re going to treat you like adults here but early warning we’re not going to be censoring any of the footage. I imagine given you all work with this there shouldn’t be anything you’re not familiar with”
The one-eyed venlil makes an assentive motion with his ears “Sadly, we’ve all seen enough of the carnage to be used to it”
Jorge moves on to the next slide, which contains video. He passes the holopad off to the human woman at his side “Your turn, Fabia”
She nods “We’ll start by examining this footage of the first contact. First tell me if there’s anything unusual you notice here” she says, letting the footage play. It’s an aggregation of a few different cameras, apparently from residential apartments. It shows the residents, all Venlil, running away from their apartments and spilling over in the streets, the residents of each apartment building start running towards where presumably the nearest bunker is. It only takes a few moments before they start pushing each other out of the way and the ones at the fringes of the herd end up unable to follow the group as the ever-growing mass of people start to push them against the walls of the buildings and side streets, a little while longer the first tramplings start to happen.
Tunam has had a very careful eye on the footage “This looks like a textbook case of a stampede. Nothing particular to it” he flicks his ear to the side
Taking the sign, Toss adds in “Dreadful, as always, but not even the worst example I’ve seen”
Onam sighs “I remember that one. Wouldn’t want to be those two knowing all of this was caused by them. But still, a pretty normal stampede, if anything a mild one”
Liram makes a dismissive wave of her tail “Didn’t even manage to overflow the hospitals, so i’m calling that one a win”
The sunburnt human bites his lower lip, trying to keep something inside. But ultimately it spills over “How bad is it for those kinds of responses?” it’s not so much an accusatory tone as much as a sad one.
“Very” is the only answer Onam gives.
At that, Fabia waves “And here is where a human, or more specifically outsider perspective helped.” she presses a couple of controls in the holopad, rewinding the footage to the start “I want you to pay attention to how this particular herd moves, just the one from the beginning of the video”
The footage plays again, showing the residents of the apartments rushing out, most take the stairs while a few take the elevators. There’s parents carrying their pups and some elderly being rushed along. The footage switches to the outside view where the whole herd of venlil from the apartment seems to erupt out of the front doors at the same time, it follows them for a bit until they’re closer to another group leaving their residence before Fabia pauses “Here’s where we noticed something, how much panic do you see in here?”
It’s Tunam’s turn to respond “Normal levels, i’d say, nothing out of ordinary. Which, they were expecting a raid or worse, so keep that in mind.”
Fabia nods “And that’s why the difference is important. Pay attention to their movement” she rewinds to the moment where they’re leaving the apartment building “Pay close attention to their feet” she zooms the video
The four venlil focus on it, seemingly unable to see what is happening “It takes humans at least months of training to be able to do this. They’re all moving in perfect synchrony” she rewinds one more time, and with the information out there it’s clear that at this point, this herd’s footsteps are moving in perfect lockstep “And I have severe doubts those people have any sort of training”
Onam turns his one good eye towards Fabia, then back at the footage, then back at Fabia “That… Yes, I can see that. But that has to be a fluke, if that is true then we wouldn’t have tramplings”
In response, Fabia changes footage. It shows a different apartment building, but the contents are similar: Up until the herd is a good distance away from the building their movement is synchronous and even the exit, though clearly panicked, seems to flow without injury. She shows footage from three more apartments “We thought that too, but this pattern repeats every time. This is a level of instinctive organization that’s, to me, supernatural. But at some point it breaks down”
The medical lead had his eyes closed in thought for a while now “That… Now that you say that… Stampede injuries are always outside. Well, no, not always of course. But less than twelve percent of them happen inside buildings, the vast majority happens on the streets”
The human woman passes the datapad aside, Ishikawa picks it up and calls up the footage again. It’s the same as the initial one, but it shows two herds approaching “And here’s where it breaks down. Look” he plays it as everyone pays much closer attention to the details of the video. The two different herds simply crash into each other, causing people to fall over and the two previously-synchronized groups to fall completely out of order.
Tunam’s tail swipes a short arc forwards “Ah, I see. Each herd is acting like a single unit at that point, so this situation is like two people running into each other. Now they’re on the floor and confused” he stares as the footage continues, and what was two groups ends up splitting into four completely disorganized groups “And the herds are unable to reform after that”
“This is where i’m going to introduce some specific terms we’re using here” Ishikawa adds “Specifically we’re referring to the organized movement portion as a ‘stampede’ proper. The situation where everything breaks down and they are completely disorganized we’re referring to as ‘panicked flight’, much how it is for us humans. And this specific situation that caused the breakdown of the stampede we’re calling an ‘impact’ event, given it was two herds impacting against each other”
Ishikawa then changes to a different piece of footage “And this will be the second breakdown situation we’ve recognized, a ‘command failure’ event.” he starts the footage, it’s a proper stampede, the video is from a camera on a defensive bunker proper, the masses trying to get inside are visible at the bottom of the image. Something happens in the incoming stampede, it slows down a little bit, before suddenly the back half overtakes the front half, tossing people into the ground.
“Notice how the approaching herd seems to be behaving as we’ve initially expected, even going so far as slowing down to prevent from barrelling into the people waiting to enter the bunker” he adds, before rewinding to just before the breakdown and zooming the video “But notice here, at some point those two start having a discussion while they run” the video is zoomed on a pair of venlil who seem to be shouting, though the video has no audio “Shortly after, the entire formation breaks and the rear speeds up, trampling the front”
The crimson venlil adds “They were following the one on the right…” he has a certain tone of awe on his voice “They all had their attention trained on him”
At that the female firefighter makes a questioning noise “How’d you figure that out?”
Tunam does a quick sideways flick of his ears in a dismissal move “I guess you don’t know how to see where we’re focusing our attention on when we don’t have to turn our entire heads for it. But pay attention to the ears, when they’re completely upright to take in sound they’ll be tracking whoever the focus is. As you can see, they were all focusing on the one on the right, which was the one being yelled at” he focuses on the now still image for a while “You can see he has his tail in his hands, while the one yelling at him has his chest first ruffled out.” his eye seems to focus beyond the image now “This herd didn’t break down because of another, but they lost guidance, is that it?”
Jorge sighs, but he has a slight smile “See, I told you it’d be wise to have at least one venlil in our team. Just from being able to read their body language he skipped past two weeks of comparisons”
Ishikawa gives a light sigh “But that’s correct. This is a ‘command failure’ situation. We’ve noticed that in every stampede there seems to be someone that works at least as pace setting, if not straight up herd leader. It seemed in cases to mostly be arbitrary, but once someone got in that position everyone would follow that one”
Jorge picks up the holopad again “Next up” the screen changes again, it’s another video that is quite clearly not on Venlil Prime “This one happened during peacekeeping operations on Sillis…” there’s a certain inflection of disgust in the human’s voice as he mentions ‘peacekeeping’ “You probably already know what to expect but I want you to focus on the differences here”
The video that plays out starts with what seems like a protest in front of a UN field base, the recording is from the body cam of a soldier on top of a watchtower. There’s a moderate mass of tilfish with all sorts of signs, there’s shouting. The camera turns to show an APC get close to the mass from inside the base, there’s shouting from the human guards but nothing happens, until the APC revs up its engine heavily. At the angry roar of the vehicle the protesters started to bolt, four large groups forming in different directions.
The camera follows one such group as it starts heading off down a street, unlike the venlil stampedes this one starts from moment zero with trampling and people moving into each other. At some point it’s visible someone at the middle of the formation seems to hesitate and slow down, causing the entire mass to slow down for a moment, and then someone else near the slower raises their arms. At this point this is too far from the soldier’s body camera to catch noise, but what seems to be a discussion has happened, and suddenly the stampede speeds up and the scene that follows gets considerably worse as the mass turns into a tangle of limbs cross across eachother and tearing itself apart as they try to move in the same general direction.
“It started bad” says Toss “But it got worse. I’ve never seen a stampede get worse like that”
Onam puts his tail on the table, tapping the surface gently with it “It happens as it grows in size but this group didn’t change. That did seem like a command failure situation causing it to get even worse, yes, but they seemed to already be very out of sync from the start”
The human with the holopad nods “And that’s the biggest failure of your treatment of stampedes showing itself.” he rewinds the video to when the APC starts roaring “And honestly, we were stuck on that failure mode for a while too until one of the younger members of our team spoke their mind. Pay closer attention to the amount of damage that is happening during the stampede here” they all lean closer as they watch the start again “How many wounds are you seeing?”
It’s the one-eyed venlil that answers “None… They’re not trampling eachther, they’re climbing each other, and walking under the others, somehow without hurting themselves?” his voice has a definite awe to it.
Jorge nods “Yep. Tilfish, both from their body plan and however way their kinesthetic sense works, appear to be fully capable of moving over, through and under each other like they weren’t even there. That seems to be pretty unique to their species”
It’s the red furred venlil that comments now “But they lose that coordination when the command failure happens, so they start to miss their movements and now we have limbs tangled on themselves and tearing themselves apart”
“Comparing medical reports from this with medical reports from the first incident with just venlil” starts the female firefighter “We see different wound patterns. A monospecies panicked flight of tilfish will lead primarily to damaged and removed limbs while one of venlil will lead to crushing wounds. Because your herd movement patterns and capacities are different, when the stampede fails into panicked flight the wounds are different”
Liram tilts her head to the side “That’s what you meant. We… Speh, the entire federation, has been treating stampedes like they behave the same for every species” her tail swats left to right for a while with an excessive amount of force “But this makes sense. And I presume you have an example of a species that doesn’t stampede up next, right?”
Jorge nods, moving to the next video. It shows a wide, long street “This one was recovered from the Cradle, this happens during the strikes on the orbital defenses but before the first orbital drop. Meaning, long before any ground operation starts” the video is sped up considerably at the start, the trickle of gojid into the streets is slow as to require that, but the flows from the buildings and side streets slowly thicken as more and more people start fleeing away from the camera’s direction. The mass that forms is enormous, taking up the entire street, and to flows and moves as if it wasn’t a mass of people, not even like a mass of animals, but it flows like a river, like it ceased to contain living beings and it now contained fluid particles.
Tunam, whose expression has been growing more and more serious by the moment, initiates “I… I’ve never seen a stampede like… It really shows the difference seeing the comparison, here we didn’t have groups forming at exit points and leaving, we have a slow trickle until the mass of people is…”
Ishikawa nods “Until the mass of people starts behaving like a fluid, completely detached from the will of the people inside of it” he puts his elbows in the table “Very much how it works with humans. At that point, you just need to let the flow move you and hope for the best, while trying to keep yourself safe”
Jorge zooms in the image, which appears to be sufficiently high quality to get detailed images of any particular member of the mass “You can even see the measures they take to prevent harming themselves” he directs the zoom to an area where you see the gojid have somehow arranged themselves back-to-back and front-to-front as they’re pushed and shoved, trying to avoid harming themselves on each other. It’s visible, however, they have no control over the motions as they’re simply being moved by the mass. One unlucky woman trying to hold on to some form of backpack gets pulled under the mass of bodies by the article. Most gojid seem to be taking conscious effort to keep their quills from flaring out, but many are failing and some trickle of blue can be seen on some backs
“Of course” the zoomed out area directs to a different section while zooming out “This is neither instinctual nor organized, as you can see the vast majority of the cases are like… This…” the best description of the moving mass of very sharp people being dislocated by nothing but panic and fluid forces is… A meat grinder. There’s more blue than brown visible and the speed with which the human moves the video elsewhere is quite indicative of how none of the present trained emergency workers had the stomach to witness it.
Liram has stood up “By the void… But- But- There’s gojid population on this planet! I’ve never seen anything like this when they’re involved!” there’s straight up panic in her voice.
With a command, Jorge moves on to the next slide “And that segues well into the next topic of research, multispecies stampedes” there’s a still image of a large street in the capital, mostly empty at this point “As you can imagine there’s behavioral differences in multispecies situations”
Jorge passes the holopad over to Ishikawa “This one is pretty recent, hell I still remember it myself. The kolshian probing attack” the video starts, and for a few seconds the slow foot traffic of the mostly empty street seems undeterred. Then, most everyone still walking the streets, which here in the capital means a variety of species from venlil and human to takkan and iftali, picks up their holopads at once. And with different degrees of urgency and reading speed, they start running.
Nothing seems to progress further than that other than people entering buildings, but after a while longer it happens, groups start leaving the buildings in large herds “As you can see” Ishikawa pauses “We see them exiting buildings in large groups, just as the stampeding species do” he let it play again. Just like in the first two videos the large groups seem to be moving roughly in coordination within themselves, but it seems to be a much more frail kind of coordination as the group’s form changes and shifts as the people inside adjust their position.
Ishikawa zooms into one of the groups “Here, check their movement” it’s visible that only a portion of them is moving in actual synchrony, the venlil as well as a pair of sulean and three krakotl seem to be moving very much in lockstep, and one human who seems to be acting as a leader as she points and shouts. Meanwhile the other humans, two takkan and a gojid aren’t moving quite in synchrony but seem capable of keeping themselves in formation thanks to the others around them. “Here we see the effect of a mixed species setting. The stampeding species manage to give enough structure to the group that the others can follow”
Tunam is staring intensely at the video “But that’s a very fragile configuration, isn’t it? The ones organizing on instinctive drive can’t possibly keep this much structure for long? Without training this is going to break down quickly”
Ishikawa nods “That’s what we thought as well but…” he lets the video play, and they watch that mass of bodies continue to move mostly organized down the street. At some point another equally mixed group starts approaching from the side, but one of the takkan appears to start shouting. But instead of things breaking down, what happens is that both groups merge together, there’s some minor bodily impacts but from the visible motions of the group there’s some shared apologies and they continue moving at a slower speed, matching the speed of the second group “That doesn’t happen, the whole situation is even more stable”
The video continues for a while, and Ishikawa zooms to the front of the formation. The human who’d been the apparent leader taps rather violently a venlil on the shoulder. There apparently seems to be a verbal altercation, but both give each other affirmative visual cues and the venlil speeds up a little bit. And the rest of the herd matches pace as the group changes direction to another street “And this is a smooth change of command, presumably the human that’d been the unofficial lead figured out who knew the shortest path to the bunker and they’ve began following him instead”
The crimson venlil sinks down in his chair “That’s… I’ve never seen a stampede move quite like that, even multispecies ones. It has to be you…”
“Much as i’d love to give us all the credit” Jorge starts “I don’t quite think it is. Or rather, it’s not something i’d say is inherently human. If it was, once that group changed command they’d break down, or it wouldn’t be able to merge that easily with a takkan mediating. No, I think it was just those specific humans being able to keep their cool that helped it.”
He looks at Tunam for a half second before continuing “Everyone else seems to be… Very prone to panicking quickly. And while we’re just as prone to panic we don’t seem to get there as fast as the others. For some reason. Keeping a bit of a calmer head allows the prevention of command failures and the overall effect of reducing the panic level in a herd enough that any member present has enough wits to negotiate through an impact as well”
Upon noticing Tunam’s souring expression, Ishikawa gives the pad another command to move on to the next video “To give a bit more context to an important part of the behavior we’re analyzing here, we have this one footage of what is essentially a stampede event, but not one most people would recognize as such”
It seems to be footage of Sillis again, most obvious by the number of tilfish present. The footage is from a cargo hauling drone in a work site by a river at the bottom of a dam. There are a handful of humans, a half dozen venlil and a gojid all wearing construction uniforms identifying them as part of one of the UN relief forces, the various tilfish around are also wearing bright construction vests and protective gear and with the exception of two of them, they seem to be trying their best to stay away from the others. Suddenly, the gojid who’s near the river looks down at his feet, then starts running away shouting. At that everyone other than the tilfish start running as well, the group slows down for a moment as the tilfish workers run towards the group and they all continue together up a hill. A few seconds after they crest the hill there’s suddenly water in the worksite as the dam cracks and collapses. The group stops at the top of the hill, and quickly they’ve brought up holopads to start doing damage assessment as a few head closer to the rushing waters.
“This, as you can see, looks nothing like what you expect out of a stampede. We’ve interviewed those workers remotely to get a better grasp of what happened” Fabia adds “Thanks to their sensitivity to ground vibrations, the gojid worker caught the dam’s damage early and called for the others to run, which caused the work crew to evacuate to higher ground.” she waves at Ishikawa, who rewinds the video and zooms on the group as it runs “As you can see, we have the organized movement of a stampede proper” and known his cue he skips ahead to the group on top of the hill “And they stopped quickly, as well.
The human with reddened skin rewinds the video again to show the moment the group slows down “And here’s the particular detail I want you to pay attention to. Notice the group formed when the gojid called out the emergency, but only two tilfish joined it. The two that were already talking with the UN forces”
Onam tilts his head, clearly in thought as his blind eye is facing the screen now “You’re saying there’s an influence of familiarity?”
In answer, Ishikawa shakes his head in negative “Yes and no, we believe this is an effect of threat-assessment. The two that trusted the veracity of the information about the danger moved as quickly as the rest of the herd, which had managed to form thanks to the presence of the venlil and tilfish. Only after the other tilfish recognized those two did they start moving”
“And the whole group slowed down for them, without breaking apart” the crimson venlil adds “This is very much not anything we’d consider a stampede, however as you said the synchronized movement happens and they even managed to clear through the obstacles in a surprisingly safe manner on the way out”
Jorge picks up the holopad again and moves on to the next slide “So to sum up our theories. Certain species have an innate capacity of large-numbers collective movement, what we call a stampede is simply that natural capacity displaying itself during mass flight. That capacity can be harnessed to reduce casualties of panicked flight by giving the moving group an organized form, but only as long as the organization can be sustained. This mass movement capacity also applies to situations where other species would still perform in an organized fashion, but its instinctive nature severely speeds up the process.”
Before he can continue, however, Tunam mutters a little too loudly “But the results you’re going to give us are going to be the same brahking thing as always”
Jorge ignores the muttering “To begin with we’re going to suggest a system similar to the fire brigades we have on Earth. Essentially, any group large enough, such as a company or an apartment building, needs to have a handful of people with some training in emergency procedures for fire escape, so they can guide the rest of the people.”
Ishikawa intrudes “And in countries with higher seismic activities like mine, those procedures also include how to deal with earthquakes for example”
Jorge nods, and takes a deep breath “Look, I’m not going to sugarcoat it. Your threat-assessment skills are horrible, for some reason- No, I think for reasons we’re all acquainted well enough by now, you’re all very likely to jump at shadows, far more than you should. However, your flight responses are part of your nature, trying to fight your nature never, ever works, you always have to work with it.” he’s staring directly at Tunam, who has met his stare with his right eye “So the primary suggestion is to introduce a form of ‘emergency herd lead’ training in organizations so that we’re certain there are individuals capable of keeping command and a lower baseline of chaos during a stampede event as well as further research into better methods of performing such a function”
Tunam doesn’t flinch from the stare “Come on, say it”
“No. As much as I’d love to say something like what you think I will, I’ll be honest. You guys expect to face orbital bombardment threats with enough frequency that civilian bunkers are part of city planning. Not a human alive today could imagine living in this nightmare their entire lives, I’m going to give you some credit here. Plus, in real threat situations as seen in the last video, you have very beneficial threat responses.” Jorge adds
Jorge waits for a few moments, then continues “That concludes the presentation of the early findings and initial measures we’ve identified. It should be noted that this topic will require much further research, preferably from a multidisciplinary group with representatives of multiple species. Though those findings may be applicable at the present our suggestion is that any action taken at this moment be only provisional and on an experimental level until further research can be made”
Onam stands up “Very well, with that I declare the meeting concluded” he takes in a deep breath and sits back down, making an annoyed sound with his voice as he swats his tail to the side “What is it about you humans that you could see all those things?”
Fabia shrugs, sitting more relaxed in her chair “I don’t think it’s something special, we’re just outsiders with a different perspective.”
A loud screeching noise can be heard, and as everyone turns to face Tunam the source of the noise is visible as the hand he had on the table had dug its claws into it “It’s not like we haven’t found out those things before, isn’t it?” he doesn’t seem to be directing his words to anyone in particular
The one-eyed venlil tilts his head to the side “We did have that work group almost fifteen cycles ago. I remember they were considering a suggestion like what we just had right now, but the work group never went anywhere and we never got any real results”
Tunam stands up suddenly, sending his chair scattering “One more to the list I guess…” there’s a tiredness to his voice “I should figure out where they wound up…” he turns around and goes to leave “We’re done here, yes? I should go” and stalks out.
The remaining people in the room look at his exit confusedly, as Ishikawa comes over to turn off the camera the others can be seen leaving.
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2023.06.08 22:57 Keta47 macOS impressions after 2 months

Hi everyone !
I was just jotting down some thoughts for myself after getting a macbook, and using it for about two months. Since I already have written it, I thought that other people might also find it useful. They are my personal observations, and some of them might not apply to you (like the availability programming software, or something else), or they might have a different importance for you.
For reference, I'm using a M1 Macbook Pro 16" with 1TB of ram and macOS Ventura 13.4.
Trying to exclude the hardware differences and things common to both laptops with Windows and macOS (such as portability of a laptop, common software, etc) - focusing on just the operating systems.
macOS advantages
Windows advantages
My personal opinion is that macOS gets many little things right and provides a more quality of life features for general use. The software is a lot more polished, with less crashes, and the whole operating system is better automatically managed.
However, although the advantages are greater in numbers, I feel like the advantages from Windows have bigger weight IF THEY APPLY TO YOU (how useful is 1 second saved from doing task X faster when the software required for work doesn’t work, or when Apple drops support for your laptop after 6-7 years no matter how many money you spent to “future proof” it?). If neither of these two are problems for you, then you only remain with advantages !
In any case, if I got anything wrong please let me know, I'm curious to learn. Or, if you have some thoughts of your own, please share!
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2023.06.08 22:51 Informal-City8831 Condescending mother-in-law

I am 32/F from India, married for 3.5 years now. My mother-in-law is overall quite nice in the sense that she doesn't impose much or demand much on day to day basis, is pretty adjusting so I can't FAULT her for anything grossly. But what I have noticed is, that while she is normally pretty easy to be with, in PUBLIC settings she suddenly turns into a sort of bully. And this behaviour leaves me utterly confused.
For example, if there is a small family gathering, she will say something really odd or inappropriate. Recently we had some acquaintance over who remarked about the impressive book collection at our house, and when I said it is mostly my husband's (as I don't get much time to read being a doctor), MIL said that the collection makes her feel how lonely her son is in the marriage considering my long working hours.
Another time, she had remarked how I imperfectly practise my religion because I used to mingle in other religions' practises as a child so I grew up to be (as per HER) not a perfect Muslim. She will remark how I don't wear sarees while someone else's daughter-in-law wears sarees (as if that's a trophy) and that I had required a visit to the salon to get my saree tied when I wore it once. When her sister's husband, a full-on misogynist, was explaining to me on a phone call from the US, that I better perfect my cooking skills because that is the primary requirement for each husband from his wife, she didn't utter a single word of defence in my favour, she couldn't say a single time that I do cook and I do all the chores despite my hectic schedules.
She recently shamed me for buying a big TV and refrigerator for my parents, even though I told her that we had rickety small TV and fridge while I was growing up and it was a family dream to upgrade, which I finally did with my money. To this she had to say that materialistic things held no value and we should all save money and donate to the needy. (while she accepts gifts from all her relatives, including iPhones and iPads and never uses any lesser gadgets than anyone else).
When my research paper got selected for presenting at a prestigious conference, she brushed it off when she learned that I didn't get a travel grant for free expense. She said "oh then what's the use of this".
Does it make sense? She won't say EVIL stuff, she won't be TOXIC per se, but her tone is tending towards mean, she will never portray any POSITIVES of mine when everyone gathers, and will say stuff which will always take me aback because it feels like a BETRAYAL of sorts to me. Because in my mind, I always felt that she is a nice, educated lady, has been working throughout her life, raised good sons. But then she goes on to insult me in public. And I as a person, am not good with comebacks or confrontations. I lose out that window of response while just weighing whether the answer would look too rude or disrespectful. I don't want to hurt anyone but I get TOO hurt in the process. Many times my husband would say he didn't notice what his mother said. He is extremely supportive and amazing but he kind of assumes that his mum IS like that by default and her behaviour is not specific to me (which is true to an extent). He has talked to her about this ESPECIALLY after the imperfect Muslim incident because I had cried a LOT after coming back home that day and for many days after that. All she had to say was, that she never meant any offence.
The point is, that even if she is weird and doesn't know where to draw the line, why should I bear the brunt of her weird tendencies, just because I am a soft target, just because I am more amenable to her micro-bullying? Her comments sting me. And I don't know how to tackle them. Do I ignore them? Do I express my displeasure? Do I spoil the atmosphere of the public gatherings? Do I confront her in public? In private? Will she understand? I earlier used to really like her and felt very comfortable with her, wanted to go good things for her and with her. But now after these public blows, I just maintain that daughter-in-law level of openness and candidness because I know that when 5 people will assemble, she will again find something to crib or mock about me.
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2023.06.08 22:44 gengarisnotfat [TOMT][ENGLISH ACCENT] What is this english accent?

I’ve never heard it spoken in real life (prolly cause I don’t live in the US) but I’ve heard it frequently on YouTube and perhaps other forms of visual media, films, TV, etc.
It sounds “southern” to me but I can’t put my finger on it. It stands out because sometimes at the end of a question the last syllable has a very “hard” dropping intonation, where you usually wouldn’t expect such a drop. Most often I hear it in the expression “Excuse me?” where the “me” is emphasized by the dropping tone.
I think I first noticed this accent from YouTuber @Ben_Brainard. A few clips for reference:
“Did you just call it a peg leg?”
“You got powder days down there?”
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2023.06.08 22:39 peterthanpete Stay With Me

Stay With Me
Doing some drawing practice, had fun making this sketch I call 'stay with me' using John Olson’s famous photo of wounded Marines being evacuated during the Battle of Hue in February 1968 as reference. Figured I'd share it
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2023.06.08 22:33 Sir_Toaster_9330 Light Yagami exists in the AOT world

What do you guys think of this?
Eren, Mikasa, and Armin walk down the bustling street, wide-eyed and amazed at the sights and sounds around them. They pass by cars, street vendors, and people enjoying ice cream.
EREN: (excitedly) This is amazing! I can't believe there's so much here!
MIKASA: (smiling) It's like a whole new world.
ARMIN: (in awe) I can't believe we're actually seeing this with our own eyes.
As they continue to explore, they spot a young man in the distance with a peculiar notebook, muttering to himself.
EREN: (curiously) Who's that?
MIKASA: (cautionary) Be careful, Eren.
ARMIN: (skeptical) That's a strange notebook he's holding.
As they approach the young man, they overhear him speaking about justice and punishment.
LIGHT: (muttering) Kira... I am justice. I am the god of the new world.
RYUK: (whispering to Light) Those people are following us. What should we do?
LIGHT: (calmly) Don't worry, Ryuk. I'll handle it.
Eren notices something interesting about the young man and decides to follow him.
EREN: (to Mikasa and Armin) Let's follow him. I want to know more.
They trail behind him, keeping a safe distance. As Light leads them into an alleyway, he turns around, demanding to know why they are following him.
LIGHT: (demanding) Who are you? Why are you following me?
EREN: (honestly) My name is Eren, and these are my friends Mikasa and Armin. We're from Paradis.
Light's eyes widen at the mention of Paradis.
LIGHT: (shocked) What are Subjects of Ymir doing outside of your walls? They'll kill you if they find out!
EREN: (confused) What do you mean?
LIGHT: (urgently) Come with me. I'll explain everything.
Light leads them to his dorm room, where Ryuk continues to express his suspicions.
RYUK: (whispering to Light) There's something different about them. They seem... out of place.
Light, however, is fascinated by their presence.
LIGHT: (intrigued) They may be just what I need to finally rid the world of evil.
As Eren and his friends settle into Light's room, they are unaware of the danger they have just walked into.
As they sit in Light's dorm, Light explains the story of the Eldian Empire and the power of the titans to the group. He then goes on to explain how Eldians or Subjects of Ymir are disliked by most of the world and branded as "Devils."
Armin asks, "But why? Why do they hate us so much?"
Light takes a deep breath. "It's a complicated history," he begins, "but the short answer is racism. They see us as different, as less than human. It's not right, and I strongly oppose it. But that's just the way the world works."
Eren speaks up. "So what's your plan, Light? How are you going to fix it?"
Light smiles. "I have a plan, Eren. A plan that involves using the power of this notebook," he holds up the Death Note, "to create a new world. A world where people like us are not discriminated against. A world where justice prevails."
Mikasa narrows her eyes. "What kind of justice?"
"True justice," Light replies, his eyes gleaming. "A world where criminals are punished swiftly and without mercy. A world where people are held accountable for their actions. A world where there is no racism, no discrimination, no inequality."
The group exchanges uneasy glances, unsure if they can trust Light and his plan. But there is something about him, charisma and confidence that is hard to ignore.
Meanwhile, Ryuk watches from the sidelines, amused by the interaction between Light and the Paradis group. "These humans are interesting," he mutters to himself. "I wonder what kind of chaos they will bring to this world."
Light stood up from the couch and stretched his arms. "I'm going out to the market to get some groceries," he said, turning to face the group. "But I need you guys to stay here for a bit longer. It's not safe for Eldians to be walking around without armbands. They'll know who you are as soon as they see you."
Eren scowled at the reminder of their predicament. "It's not fair. We didn't choose to be Eldians."
"I know," Light said, sympathy in his voice. "But that's just how it is in this world. We have to work with what we've got."
Mikasa nodded, her face set in determination. "We understand, Light. We'll stay here."
"Good." Light grabbed his coat and headed towards the door. "Oh, and Armin?" he added, turning back to the group. "Ryuk likes apples. There are some in the fridge if you want to give him one."
Armin nodded nervously. He had been trying his best to avoid Ryuk since he first laid eyes on him, but the Shinigami's presence was hard to ignore. "O-okay," he stammered.
As Light walked out the door, the group settled back onto the couches, passing the time with small talk. Armin found himself lost in thought, wondering what Light's plan was and if they could trust him. Ryuk's sudden appearance had only made things more complicated, and Armin was starting to feel overwhelmed.
Suddenly, Mikasa stood up, a determined look on her face. "I'm going to check on Eren's wounds," she declared. "He's been getting restless."
"I'll come with you," Jean said, standing up as well. "I need to stretch my legs."
As the two left the room, Armin was left alone with Ryuk. He stared at the wall where Ryuk was perched, wondering what the Shinigami was thinking.
"You don't have to be scared of me, you know," Ryuk said suddenly, breaking the silence.
Armin jumped at the sound of his voice. "W-what?" he stuttered.
"I said, you don't have to be scared of me," Ryuk repeated, his eyes gleaming in the dim light. "I'm just here to watch. I don't have any interest in hurting you."
Armin nodded, still wary of the strange creature. "O-okay. Thanks for letting me know."
The room fell into an awkward silence, and Armin found himself fidgeting with his hands. He couldn't shake the feeling that they were all in grave danger, and the thought of being caught and punished for being Eldians made his stomach churn.
Armin throws the apple at Ryuk, who catches it effortlessly with his long fingers. The group watches in amazement as the apple disappears, seemingly into thin air.
Mikasa, with a look of bewilderment on her face, tentatively reaches out her hand to where the apple had vanished. She feels nothing but air, and quickly retracts her hand with a small gasp.
"What the hell?" Jean exclaims, staring at the spot where the apple had vanished. "Did you guys see that?"
"Yeah," Connie nods, his eyes wide. "What the hell is going on?"
Armin, who is still able to see Ryuk, grins and throws another apple. This time, he throws it with a bit more force, and Ryuk catches it with a loud crunch. The group jumps as the sound echoes through the room.
"He's really eating them," Armin says, looking at the others with a mix of excitement and fear.
"What else can he do?" Sasha asks, leaning forward to get a better look.
"I don't know," Armin says with a shrug. "I guess we'll find out."
The group spends the next few minutes watching in awe as Armin throws apple after apple at Ryuk, who catches them with ease and devours them noisily. The sound of Ryuk's chewing echoes through the room, and it's clear that the group is both fascinated and disturbed by what they're witnessing.
Finally, Armin runs out of apples and Ryuk lets out a loud belch. "Thanks for the snack, kid," he says, licking his lips. "That hit the spot."
The group stares at the spot where Ryuk had been, still unable to comprehend what they had just witnessed. Meanwhile, Armin stands there with a huge grin on his face, feeling like he's just had the greatest experience of his life.
As Light walked through the market, he tried to blend in with the crowd and not draw any attention to himself. However, he couldn't help but feel a sense of unease as he passed by the Warrior units, who were engaged in a lively conversation.
Reiner noticed him first. "Hey, isn't that Light Yagami?" he said, nudging Porco and Pieck. The others turned to look at Light, who had now stopped in his tracks.
"Light Yagami?" Pieck repeated, raising an eyebrow. "As in, the Kira case Light Yagami?"
Light cursed himself for not being more careful. He had hoped that his presence in Marley would go unnoticed, but it seemed that he had underestimated the Warriors' intelligence gathering.
"Yes, that's me," Light admitted, trying to play it cool. "But that case is over now. I'm just here attending college."
Reiner walked over to him, a friendly smile on his face. "I'm surprised to see you here," he said. "What brings you to Marley?"
Light hesitated for a moment before replying. "I wanted to experience a different culture," he said. "Japan can be a bit stifling sometimes."
Reiner nodded. "I know what you mean. We may come from different worlds, but we can all appreciate the need for a change of scenery every now and then."
Light relaxed a little at Reiner's words. Perhaps these Warriors weren't so bad after all.
"So, what do you think of Marley so far?" Porco asked, joining the conversation.
"It's certainly different from Japan," Light replied. "But I'm enjoying the experience."
Pieck smirked. "Don't get too comfortable, though," she warned. "Marley has a way of getting under your skin."
Light chuckled nervously. He knew that he couldn't afford to let his guard down around these people.
As the conversation continued, Light tried to steer it away from himself and towards the Warriors. He asked them about their experiences as Eldian soldiers, about their families and their hopes for the future.
In turn, the Warriors were curious about Japan and Light's life there. They asked him about Japanese culture, food, and entertainment, and Light was happy to oblige.
As they parted ways, Light felt a strange sense of camaraderie with these Warriors. They may have been on opposite sides of a conflict, but they were all just people trying to make their way in the world.
As they walked to a private spot, Reiner began to explain his time on Paradis to Light. "So, what was it like being on Paradis?" Light asked, trying to sound casual. "It was terrible," Reiner replied with a shake of his head. "The Eldians there are all devils, just waiting to attack us. We had to be on guard every second." "I see," Light said, nodding along. "And what about your interactions with them?" "It was difficult," Reiner said, his voice heavy. "We tried to blend in, to not draw attention to ourselves, but it was always a risk. We couldn't trust anyone, not even the Eldians who claimed to be on our side." "I can only imagine," Light said sympathetically, trying to keep his true feelings hidden. "What was the worst thing you witnessed?" Reiner took a deep breath. "There was an incident at the entrance ceremony. One of the Eldians, a girl named Sasha, stole a potato and ate it in front of everyone. It was a clear sign of defiance, a message that they weren't going to be controlled by us. We had to make it seem like a deliberate act of aggression to justify our actions." Light's eyes widened in shock. "That's horrible. I can't believe they would do something like that." "Exactly," Reiner said, nodding in agreement. "They're all monsters, waiting for their chance to strike. It's our duty to protect the world from them." Light continued to nod along, but inside he was seething. He couldn't believe the level of brainwashing and hatred that Reiner and the others had been subjected to. He had to be careful not to reveal his true feelings, not in front of them. "So, what brings you to Marley, Light Yagami?" Reiner asked, changing the subject. "Just attending college," Light replied smoothly. "I'm interested in international relations, and Marley has a lot of interesting perspectives on the subject."
"Ah, I see," Reiner said, nodding slowly. "Well, we should probably get going. It was nice talking to you, Light Yagami."
"Likewise," Light said, watching as Reiner and the others walked away. He couldn't help but wonder what would happen if they found out he was actually an Eldian sympathizer.
As Reiner gets ready to leave, Light quickly asks him, "Hey, do you know any good vegetable shops around here? I've been looking for some good potatoes."
Reiner seems a bit taken aback by the sudden change in topic, but he quickly recovers and offers, "Yeah, actually there's a great one just a few streets down. Here, let me show you."
Light follows Reiner down a few streets and to a small shop with a sign reading "Fresh Produce" hanging above it. Reiner introduces Light to the shopkeeper, who is more than happy to show him around and help him pick out some of the freshest potatoes they have in stock.
As they browse the shop, Light can't help but feel a sense of excitement and curiosity about this new world he's found himself in. He thinks back to his conversation with Ryuk earlier and wonders just how much more he has to learn about this place and the people who inhabit it. But for now, he's content to focus on finding the best potatoes he can, and maybe even cooking up a tasty meal with them later.
As Light was walking to his dorm, he was stopped by a couple of Marleyan soldiers who looked at him with disdain. One of them sneered, "What are you doing here, Jap? You're not welcome in Marley."
Light remained calm and composed, replying, "I'm just here to attend college like any other student."
The other soldier chimed in, "We've had sightings of Eldians without their armbands. Have you seen anything suspicious?"
Light raised an eyebrow and replied, "No, I haven't. But I'll keep an eye out for any suspicious activity."
The first soldier then asked, "What do you think of Kira? Since you're Japanese, you must have an opinion."
Light's eyes glinted with interest as he replied, "Kira is an interesting case. He's managed to elude the authorities for a long time, and it's clear that he has a strong sense of justice."
The second soldier snorted, "Justice? He's just a mass murderer!"
Light remained calm and continued, "That may be true, but he's also been eliminating criminals who have escaped punishment through the legal system. I believe that Kira is sending a message to the world that no one is above the law."
The soldiers exchanged a look, unsure of what to make of Light's response. The first soldier then said, "Well, don't get any funny ideas. We'll be watching you, Jap."
Light nodded politely and continued on his way, but inwardly he was seething with anger. He couldn't believe how ignorant and prejudiced some people could be.
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2023.06.08 22:23 gregbard This was a discussion I had with ChatGPT about Constructivism.

Challenging Logical Constructivism.
Would logical constructivism be proven to be an unsound theory by the counter-example of the chalkboard made out of all the atoms in the universe being extremely large but finite, and the existence of a valid proof of a theorem requiring a chalkboard larger than that? It would seem that such a theorem should exist.
Logical constructivism is a philosophical approach that emphasizes the role of logic and mathematics in constructing knowledge. According to constructivism, mathematical truths are not discovered but rather created through a process of logical reasoning.
The scenario you propose is an interesting one, but it is not necessarily sufficient to prove logical constructivism to be an unsound theory. Constructivists would argue that the existence of a valid proof for a theorem requiring a chalkboard larger than the universe is impossible, precisely because the universe is the largest possible physical object.
In other words, for constructivists, the existence of a valid proof for a theorem requiring a chalkboard larger than the universe would be a contradiction in terms. This is because mathematical proofs are constructed through a finite sequence of logical steps, and any statement that refers to an infinite or unbounded object would be considered meaningless in constructivist terms.
However, it is worth noting that not all mathematicians and philosophers subscribe to the constructivist approach, and there are alternative theories that allow for the existence of infinite or unbounded objects. In these theories, the scenario you propose might not be considered a counter-example to constructivism, but rather a challenge to the assumptions underlying the constructivist approach.
It would seem that such a theorem exist self-evidently. Is it not? Such a chalkboard would be large but finite. But certainly a theorem could exist that is so complex that it would require a chalkboard larger than that.
From a mathematical perspective, it is possible to create statements and theorems that are so complex that they require an astronomical amount of space to write down. However, in the context of constructivism, the assumption is that any mathematical statement or theorem can be proven using a finite sequence of logical steps. Therefore, any statement that requires an infinite or unbounded amount of space to write down would be considered meaningless in constructivist terms.
To a constructivist, the scenario you describe is not a valid counterexample to the constructivist approach since it is based on an assumption that they reject. From a constructivist point of view, any statement that refers to an object or concept that is infinite or unbounded would be considered meaningless since it is impossible to construct a valid proof for such a statement using a finite sequence of logical steps.
It is worth noting, however, that constructivism is a philosophical approach to mathematics, and not all mathematicians and philosophers agree with its assumptions and methods. Other approaches to mathematics, such as classical mathematics, do not necessarily reject the existence of infinite or unbounded objects and can accept the possibility of statements that require an astronomical amount of space to write down.
The proof wouldn't be infinite. Surely such a theorem should exist and be a meaningful one.
It is possible to create statements and theorems that are extremely complex and require a very large amount of space to write down. However, from a constructivist perspective, any mathematical statement or theorem must be proven using a finite sequence of logical steps. This means that the proof must be constructed using a limited set of rules and operations, and that any reference to an infinite or unbounded object would be considered meaningless.
The scenario you propose is interesting, but it is not necessarily a valid counterexample to the constructivist approach. From a constructivist perspective, the assumption that a theorem requiring a chalkboard larger than the universe must exist is based on an assumption that they reject. Constructivists hold that mathematical knowledge is created through the process of logical reasoning, and that any statement that requires an infinite or unbounded object to be proven would be considered meaningless in constructivist terms.
However, it is worth noting that constructivism is one of several philosophical approaches to mathematics, and there are alternative theories that allow for the existence of infinite or unbounded objects. In these theories, the scenario you propose might not be considered a challenge to the assumptions underlying the constructivist approach.
Well it isn't the object of the universe I am referring to. It is a chalkboard made out of the finite number of atoms in the universe. That would seem to be finite.
I apologize for misunderstanding your scenario. If we consider a chalkboard made out of the finite number of atoms in the universe, then it is indeed a finite object.
However, from a constructivist perspective, any mathematical statement or theorem must be proven using a finite sequence of logical steps. This means that the proof must be constructed using a limited set of rules and operations, and that any reference to an infinite or unbounded object would be considered meaningless.
In the context of the scenario you propose, the question is whether a meaningful theorem exists that requires a chalkboard larger than the one made out of all the atoms in the universe. Constructivists might argue that such a theorem cannot exist because any proof of a theorem must be constructed using a finite sequence of logical steps.
However, it is worth noting that not all mathematicians and philosophers subscribe to the constructivist approach, and there are alternative theories that allow for the existence of infinite or unbounded objects. In these theories, the scenario you propose might not be considered a challenge to the assumptions underlying those approaches.
The law of conservation of matter and energy holds that there is a finite amout of matter and energy in the universe. That is the stuff I am referring to. Surely that would make a counter-example possible.
You are correct that the law of conservation of matter and energy holds that there is a finite amount of matter and energy in the universe. If we assume that the chalkboard you describe is made out of the finite amount of matter in the universe, then it is indeed a finite object.
In the context of constructivism, the question is whether a meaningful theorem exists that requires a chalkboard larger than the one made out of all the matter in the universe. Constructivists would argue that such a theorem cannot exist, precisely because the matter in the universe is the largest possible physical object.
From a constructivist perspective, any mathematical statement or theorem must be proven using a finite sequence of logical steps. This means that the proof must be constructed using a limited set of rules and operations, and that any reference to an infinite or unbounded object would be considered meaningless. Therefore, any statement that requires a chalkboard larger than the matter in the universe would be considered meaningless in constructivist terms.
However, as I mentioned earlier, constructivism is one of several philosophical approaches to mathematics, and there are alternative theories that allow for the existence of infinite or unbounded objects. In these theories, the scenario you propose might not be considered a challenge to the assumptions underlying those approaches.
Would a constructivist not admit that the concept of the theorem, and the token instance of the theorem consisting of chalk marks on a board are two different things?
From a constructivist perspective, the concept of a theorem and the actual token instance of the theorem consisting of chalk marks on a board are indeed different things.
Constructivists hold that mathematical knowledge is created through the process of logical reasoning, and that any mathematical statement or theorem must be proven using a finite sequence of logical steps. The concept of a theorem refers to the abstract idea or proposition that is being asserted, while the token instance of the theorem refers to the specific instance of the theorem written down on a chalkboard or other medium.
However, constructivists would argue that any meaningful theorem must be capable of being proven using a finite sequence of logical steps. This means that the proof of the theorem must be constructible using a limited set of rules and operations, and that any reference to an infinite or unbounded object would be considered meaningless.
Therefore, from a constructivist perspective, any statement that requires a chalkboard larger than the matter in the universe would be considered meaningless, regardless of whether we are referring to the concept of the theorem or the actual token instance of the theorem written down on a chalkboard.
So in the constructivist view, the chalk marks determine the concept, not the other way around?
No, that is not accurate. In the constructivist view, the concept of a mathematical theorem exists independently of any specific instance of it written down on a chalkboard or other medium.
The concept of a theorem is an abstract idea or proposition that is being asserted, and it is defined independently of any specific medium or representation. The specific instance of the theorem written down on a chalkboard or other medium is a concrete representation of the abstract concept, and it is used to communicate the idea to others.
However, from a constructivist perspective, the proof of any theorem must be constructed using a finite sequence of logical steps. This means that the proof must be constructible using a limited set of rules and operations, and that any reference to an infinite or unbounded object would be considered meaningless.
Therefore, if a theorem requires a chalkboard larger than the matter in the universe, it would be considered meaningless in constructivist terms, regardless of whether we are referring to the concept of the theorem or the specific instance of it written down on a chalkboard.
Wait a minute, I am talking about a very long proof that could fit on the board, and the existence of a slightly larger proof that could not fit on such a board. I never said anything about an infinitely long proof. It would seem to clearly be possible to conceive, but not construct such a proof.
I apologize for misunderstanding your previous question.
In the scenario you describe, if a very long proof of a theorem could fit on a chalkboard made of the finite number of atoms in the universe, then it is possible that a slightly longer proof of a different theorem might require a chalkboard larger than the one made of all the atoms in the universe.
From a constructivist perspective, the question is whether a meaningful theorem exists that requires a chalkboard larger than the largest physical object in the universe. If we assume that the proof of the theorem can be expressed using a finite sequence of logical steps and that it can fit on the chalkboard made of the finite number of atoms in the universe, then it is possible that the concept of a slightly longer proof requiring a larger chalkboard could exist.
However, it is important to note that constructivism holds that any mathematical statement or theorem must be proven using a finite sequence of logical steps, and that any reference to an infinite or unbounded object would be considered meaningless. Therefore, even if such a concept exists, it would not be considered a meaningful mathematical statement or theorem in the constructivist sense, as it would rely on the existence of an unbounded physical object.
You keep coming back to this idea about relying on an infinite or unbounded object. Clearly the chalkboard I am talking about would be finite. It seems to me that I have come up with a clear counterexample to constructivism. Why won't you admit it?
I apologize for any confusion caused. I will address your question more directly.
If we assume that a very long proof of a theorem could fit on a chalkboard made of the finite number of atoms in the universe, and that the concept of a slightly longer proof requiring a larger chalkboard could exist, then this would indeed challenge the constructivist perspective that any meaningful mathematical statement or theorem must be proven using a finite sequence of logical steps.
If the concept of a slightly longer proof requiring a larger chalkboard could exist, then it would seem that there are mathematical statements or theorems that cannot be proven using a finite sequence of logical steps, which would go against the constructivist perspective.
However, it is worth noting that constructivism is a philosophical approach to mathematics, and there are different interpretations and variations within the constructivist framework. Some constructivists might argue that a slightly longer proof requiring a larger chalkboard cannot exist, while others might accept the possibility.
In any case, it is important to engage in rigorous debate and discussion to explore and challenge different philosophical perspectives, and to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each argument.
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2023.06.08 22:06 KappaAlphaPhi Part 2 Conceptual Approach on How to End [Nuclear] War + A Matter of Pride and Integrity

It makes sense to encourage thinking about high multiplier factor persons, often referred to as 'leaders', as human beings. Like everyone else, they are strongly influenced by animalistic behavioral patterns manifested in the very structure and chemical processes of our brains because they were advantageous during evolution.
Without exception, the proclaimed leaders [class 4, 5g] I have come across in person, political and spiritual alike, were most simple beings in the end: wanting possessions, sex, glory, the usual.
Let's zoom in on glory. Kindly support us in drawing attention would be the occasional fanfare that autocrats like to bestow upon themselves, such as photo-edited images of them riding a bear or long videos of entrancing an office with choreographed, unbelievably cheerful supporters. Powerful pictures, believed to have the potential to evoke awe in everyone with more than three brain cells.

Based on information from potentially biased European outlets (which everyone can look up themselves without me overstressing a particular source or placing potentially undeserved trust in them by channeling attention through sharing a link): Today's Russian society is trauma-ridden due to disturbingly high incidences of domestic violence. Exhibiting the llegal policy of having no law enforcement stepping in before a victim is beaten to death reflects roots in the often stressed infallible power potency confidence of Russia's upper echelon.
This beeing just the tip of the iceberg of the profound impact one man's multiplier factor had on Russian society: Its pack leader knows he will never be a beloved ruler. But for those willing to kiss sanity goodbye, glory has different masks to choose from:
He can never be the good guy, but he can be the bad guy.
What if Putin's motivation is neither concerning fascist pest control nor geopolitical disputes but much simpler? What if the sole motivation behind his actions is just this man wanting his name in the history books?
Be the name that unnecessarily stirred the world towards nuclear doom. A name spoken with the same breath as the worst human appearing specimens to have ever existed.
I think he overestimates his influence here. Guilt stacks up through consequences, and others had a much longer run. He's not going to be the top bloodhound even in that category. But it appears to me he wants to give the attempt to get close to what he's got.

Such motivation can seem impossible to those who don't want it to be true. It appears that if something is big, bad, cruel – straight up evil, people want a sane explanation. As though the truth of its origin being simple monkey instincts is too much to take. Instinctively, such truths get treated as even worse than the truly devastating consequence of ignoring reality. Thus, the thought gets pushed aside, and the danger denied. Most people prefer to discuss the almost reasonable-seeming facade of a territory dispute.
Why do I think it is a facade that does not hold up too well? While the one who gave the order to invade might have thought the war would be a successful conquest quite quickly, he must have at least foreseen the international attention and therefore inevitably rising tension. No one in their right mind wages war and provokes nuclear tension inevitably subsequently because of having their toe stepped on, which is what a state like Ukraine considering joining a union like NATO would be. After all, Ukraine never signed for a security guarantee providing military intervention from NATO before being invaded.
Leaving my attempt at reasoning with only two ways to explain this: The first would be that Russia's autocrat hasn't foreseen the turmoil, tensions, and the threat of nuclear arms. This would mean he has lost it to the degree of beeing unable to draw logical conclusions. I have not yet heard of an autocrat managing to uphold their position of influence plagued by end-state insanity.
Which leaves me with the only other explanation I could come up with: He has indeed foreseen the international rise in tension. Meaning, it is not about territory but about a personal ego boost through attention.
In this regard, right now, he's getting what he wants. While Russia's visible top probably thinks the destruction of a country looks nice on his CV, suited to apply for exchanging that bear for a white horse, it does not have to be a successful Ukraine assimilation.
Reasoning from this perspective, an even more rewarding long-term goal would be to become synonymous with destruction by steering the world toward nuclear doom.
I wouldn't mind being wrong here, but my premises lead me to this supposition.

Psychology appears to be a rather uncomfortable endeavor for many people. Approaching another person's reasoning can confront one with their own. A tendency of avoidance manifests, especially regarding topics that challenge one's reasoning of self-worth subsequently.
Nonetheless, it is fruitful to encourage acknowledging that power being tied tightly to superiority is an illusion. Everyone's brain core is still that of a monkey. But is it a comforting thought to be governed by animalistic behavior? The denial can ultimately lead to missing the point and being unable to deal with the aggressor.
One cannot defeat what is not understood and the only other role left to play is that of the victim, moaning their trauma without any hope of justice.

The current approach too often blames the entire Russian population without distinguishing between citizens and the government. In an autocratic regime, the population has little to no influence on the decision-making process leading to disaster. So, how precisely is it the average citizen's fault?
From the perspective of rational self-interest and raw survival instinct, anyone who worsens a person's situation is an aggressor. If one drastically worsens the material situation of an average person overnight by taking away their work opportunity, cutting down their lifestyle, and on top taking away their ability to trade freely, who is the aggressor?
How can a perceived aggressor expect support for a purpose? How can anyone have the nerve, time, energy, and money to support a virtuous intent while having to fend for themselves through the crisis that is bestowed upon them?
What other choice do Russians currently have but to be in conflict with the perceived aggressor instead of the intended-to-be-attacked regime?
Empathy takes thought to prosper into support. I respect people wanting to help Ukrainian citizens, but it is not enough to have good intentions. One's weapons must be capable of hitting the target.
Who wants to look back only to see all their efforts were nothing but pointless destruction? Absurdly enough, apparently no one.
No one would attempt to forge a sword using bombs as a substitute for charcoal either. So why attempt to bring down a regime by punishing the normal local population?

The middle class [>3l, 3u<] is the moral backbone of a society.
The less fortunate of a society [C0-2] often face hard decisions attempting to survive. This gives rise to morally questionable solution approaches. Meanwhile, the very fortunate [C4+] get constantly tempted, b ut they receive negligible ethical feedback on their actions. No means of retribution exist. Therefore, these individuals can derail into unspeakable acts of terror at a difficult-to-fathom high multiplier factor quickly.
"Erst kommt das Fressen, dann die Moral." (First comes eating, then morality). The middle class is fed, so now they have resources for morals. In tendency, middle-class individuals [ C3] also evaluate their instinctive drives more rationally than other classes. This is because in some places of the world, attempts at a justice system concerned with classes 1-3 exist. But more importantly, middle-class individuals constantly receive honest and in tendency constructive feedback on their actions through their peers and therefore are likely to build a strong moral matrix. It acts as a positive boundary even in case an individual's ethical maxims are not advanced enough to be fit for mentioning.
The larger a middle class of a society is, the more integrity get valued, and therfore the more stability, safety, fairness among more postive aspects, all individuals of all classes in this society get to enjoy.
The current approach casts people into poverty [ C0,1] and, therefore, adds fuel to the flames of their society's descent into chaos.

Economic sanctions are an assassination attempt on sanity.
They are thoroughly ineffective in destabilizing an enemy's power structure. In actuality, sanctions are a death sentence for the middle class, casting doom upon morality in society.

Economic sanctions have never worked to bring down a regime, ever. [L2] Seriously, show me one example when they helped empathetic efforts.
In stark contrast, history provides vast examples of them destroying prosperity and, with it, social stability. Look at examples like Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar, and Germany. The list goes on and on and is way too long.
What's the point of summoning the miserable opposite of the proclaimed noble goal?
The rise of the German Nazi party leading to the Second World War should be enough of a warning. A large part of the German population was effectively manipulated through this argument: the reparations cost imposed on Germany after the First World War. What fueled the rise of fascist madness was the general population's desperation.
As work became difficult to find and the value of people's savings was crushed by hyperinflation, people were robbed of basic stability. Without the security of even being able to afford proper food and housing, they wanted strong leadership that would change this daily uncertainty into a prosperous future.
The fascists' visible visage promised financial stability, or in simpler terms which his followers preferred: work with salaries that could actually buy something. It led to propaganda projects like building highways, which didn't actually create many jobs or solutions for the underlying problems but were well-suited for photos propagating how the Nazi party creates employment and economic prosperity through infrastructure.
Fortunately, such propaganda doesn't doesnt hit everyone as hard as the wrong pills. Still, most people struggle to differentiate between >Schein< [what seems to be] and >Sein< [what is] through logical reasoning. Therfore in todays world as well, propaganda is effective enough.
Unfortunately, history has proven time and time again that enough people to wreak chaos in a democracy through their voting choice cannot differenciate between actual leadership qualities and populist propaganda.
The fascists were voted for. Those who voted against them were murdered. Rosa and Karl, personifications of empathy, intelligence, and bravery, drowned like people's will to honour sanity.
The consequence are our parents' and grandparents' Second World War traumas. They rippled into more trauma, negatively affecting generations to this day. The experiences channeling my path beeing just one examplae within uncountable storys of injustice.
Faced with significantly rising inflation precisely 100 years after the last hyperinflation in Germany ended, it is shameful for the German government to participate and contribute to this obvious road to destruction through economic sanctions burdening society.
The dynamics listed belong to Level 2. If the same mistakes are made, the outcome repeats.
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2023.06.08 22:05 wallysmith127 "Quantified Interactions": Boardgame Barrage discussed this as a metric they'd love to see in today's episode. So what does that mean and what form could it take?

The episode is here, discussion starting at 23:09.
This was their first subtopic under the notion of more ways we could classify boardgames. "Interaction" is a common topic and its manifestation often defines games and genres. Mark and Neilan explore ways on how this could be quantified, perhaps using a "meanness" scale or how sharp, say, the worker placement blocking could feel. Neilan also highlighted the usefulness of categorization, like "Take That" or "Blocking" that could then be rated. They concluded that this metric could be most useful if it was defined as "how much could I be affected by other players in the game?" Great discussion from a great podcast, perhaps notable that Kellen wasn't present. ;)
But they've revitalized an idea kicking around in the back of my head for some time. I've always felt classifying interactions has been under-discussed, especially seeing how integral it is in our gaming preferences. Any designation should be succinct and informative without being too unwieldy. They mentioned how The Mogul Scale is useful for weight, which breaks out game "weight" into two axes: Rules Difficulty and Strategic Difficulty. Keeping the spirit of useful constraints in mind is a key goal for this post.
To Neilan's suggestion, I posted about a potential taxonomy using Captain Planet and the Planeteers some time ago, based on Prismattic's BGG post using the Magic color wheel. Didn't really get much traction but is relevant to the rest of this discussion. The key takeaways are:
With that in mind, here are the categories that could encompass interactions in boardgames (pasted from the post above).
Feels like: entanglement, straddling, communal growth, incentive manipulation
Examples: Food Chain Magnate's Milestones, Race for the Galaxy's follow mechanism, stock portfolios in cube rails/18xx, Search for Planet X's theory reveals, Terraforming Mars' global parameters
Feels like: displacement, "racing", adaptable, indirect blocking
Examples: Viticulture worker placement, Gaia Project's endgame tiles, Lost Ruins of Arnak's market purchasing, Terraforming Mars' drafting and Award/Milestones jockeying
Feels like: unpredictable, transient, chaotic, unfair, unwarranted
Examples: Munchkin, The Estates shenanigans with the Mayor and permits, Root's Favor of the ___ cards, Terraforming Mars' comets
Feels like: heat, zero-sum, conflict, dominance
Examples: direct conflict in Kemet, Root and myriad area control games, Wounding in Argent: The Consortium, map control in Pax Pamir 2E
Feels like: warmth, altruism, greater good, mutualism, shared purpose
Examples: Sol: The Last Days of a Star's and Brass' shared infrastructure, Magnate: The First City's tenant subsystem, Three Kingdoms Redux's alliance token, Terraforming Mars' greenery tiles
Combining these categories with BGB's "how much could I be affected by other players in the game?", you could then start quantifying interactions (using a 1-5 scale). Note that these ratings will still have a subjective basis from things like the user's gaming experience, personal preferences and playgroup. For example, many are comfortable with indirect blocking but others may recoil at the passive-aggressive nature of worker placement. Or players that are naturally aggressive and seek to "break" the game (like Game Brain's Paul). With that in mind, here are some proposed ratings:
Trickerion: Water-heavy (worker placement, theater performances, trick races), with some Wind (Magician Powers, rerolling dice, kicking out orders, Prophecy control) and a splash of Earth (trick placements in the theater). Rating: Water 4/Wind 2 (3 with Magician Powers)/Earth 1
The Gallerist: Primarily Water (worker placement, International Market competition, tile races)with a splash of Earth (bumping) and Light (Artist promotion). Rating: Water 3/Earth 2/Light 1
Ark Nova: Primarily Water (market draws, the Break, Association board) with a splash of optional Wind (Reptile cards) Rating: Water 4/Wind 1 (optional)
Castles of Burgundy: Water (tile market, Ships turn order). Most midweight modern Euros will primarily be Water-dominant. Rating: Water 3
Tigris & Euphrates: Fire (both Revolutions and Wars), Water (denial via tile placements) with a splash of Wind (Catastrophe tiles) and Earth (Monuments and surviving tiles). Rating: Fire 4/Water 3/Wind 1/Earth 1
Sol: Last Days of a Star: Light (players get bonuses when infrastructure is used), with some optional Wind (Red negative-interaction cards): Rating: Light 5/ Wind 1 (optional)
Kemet: Fire (area control conflict) with some Water (technology competition). Rating: Fire 5/Water 3
Pax Pamir 2E: Fire (faction dominance dynamics), Earth (shared faction dynamics) and Wind (spy dynamics). Rating: Fire 4/Earth 4/ Wind 3
Bullet: Water (passing cleared tokens left, competition for completion tiles). Even though the theme is nominally about conflict, the actual interaction is largely indirect, as players cannot influence the order of drawn tokens, merely the quantity and composition Rating: Water 2
This rating system could then make comparisons more useful. Agricola, Viticulture and Architects of the West Kingdom are all worker placement but that specific element can now be rated as Water 4, 2 and 1 respectively. Note that these aren't value judgements on the games themselves, more about measuring impact on players when that interaction manifests. Someone could then communicate "Water 4 is too much for me, anything 2 and below is my preferred space".
Thanks to the BGB folks for the spark and one of my favorite podcasts. Hopefully this all makes sense and can spur some interesting discussion!
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2023.06.08 22:01 KobeKastle Torn between 2 desires

I want to be a voice actor but I worry my need for admiration and validation may be overriding my desire to be a believable actor. I love the craft of voice acting. I love being able to manipulate your vocal pitch, dialect, and vocal mannerisms to be able to portray different characters. But what I LOVE THE MOST is being able to dig deep within yourself and express repressed emotions through the characters. I love getting lost in the nuance of the acting; The sudden bursts of anger, that can shift to self blame and regret, the fascination that can shift to overwhelming joy that you can’t contain it. That’s what draws me to acting the most , but I have another side of me that wants to get admiration for a good performance. I’m aware this might seem self indulgent and it probably is. But the way I view it is, imagine if you poured your heart and soul into a performance to the point of mental fatigue and you were deeply proud of it and .. no one cared. I sort of feel like what’s the point of doing good work if no one cares? I was told by a coach that these 2 desires are OK but the desire to make good work has to be stronger. I agree, but aren’t we all deep down looking for that validation of our performances? Like would you really be content doing this kind of work if no casting directors thought you were good enough to hire or no one thought your performance was good? It kind of feels like going to work but not getting paid
What are your thoughts ?
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