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Ask a Bohrok

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Mar 26 2015 · 98 views

I like to join in popular trends sometimes

So feel free to ask me questions if you want

That also applies to after this entry falls onto that mythical second page no one’s ever read, feel free to ask me weird stuff using whatever channels you like, I can make myself approachable probably

But don’t ask me to choose between things because I’m super indecisive okay


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BREAK THE SPRING

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Mar 20 2015 · 83 views

Er, rather, Spring Break.

Yeah that one.

It begins today for me, now that my class this morning is over.

While I hope to spend some time relaxing and playing video games and will probably spend some time on that novel I’m supposed to read and that essay I’m supposed to write, and then there’s that job thing and maybe making progress in being a functioning human being, I also hope to spend a good deal of time writing over break. Primarily because my third and final piece for Fiction Writing will be due not long after I go back. I have a few ideas I’m exploring and want to write them all down—once I pick one, it’ll probably enter a prolonged state of editing while the others get a bit of polish and then get posted, and then I’ll post the story I actually go with around when I print it for class.

Also I’m determined to write the second chapter of Shooting Star Sonia (sorry for taking so long), and thanks to Voltex’s new game I’m reconsidering weekly prompt possibilities and I think I have a great one figured out! I think I’m going to wait a while before I try it out, though, partly because I’m going to be doing a lot of writing already, and partly because I want to come up with a better name for the method.

Names are important.

In tangentially related news I finally marathoned my way through the first season of Steven Universe. Somehow I survived the emotions. Best. Decision. This. Year. So now I’m considering doing a Steven Universe X Mega Man Star Force crossover, since it’ll probably be much longer til I get around to the Star Force X Sailor Moon crossover I was thinking of trying and SU works just as well if not better. But I will make myself focus on Shooting Star Sonia first!

(Also can someone familiar with Kingdom Hearts and Steven Universe cry with me about Riku/Lapis parallels because I need to avoid actually experiencing those emotions.)


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Sapphire...Something

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Mar 17 2015 · 100 views
Sapphire
So I’m weak and had some extra money and I bought Alpha Sapphire. I don’t plan on updating as much as a did when I played Omega Ruby, but I do want to try to develop some characters and mythology and such. Since I’ve done a lot of transferring via Poke Bank this time around, I’ve decided that Poke Bank is the Void that connects worlds from Final Fantasy, which is why the player characters are named after legendary creatures of the Void (Omega and Shinryu). I have some other ideas, but I don’t know that any of them really fit, so I’m just going to see what comes up naturally. I already discovered my starter is a vampire, so that’s cool, and feels fitting after the unfortunate events unfolding in Twitch Plays Pokémon. Anyway, current profiles!

TEAM PROFILE: Shinryu the Human
TITLES: The Player Character, Bearer of the Stone Badge, Bearer of the Knuckle Badge, Bearer of the Dynamo Badge
Named after an otherworldly dragon, the counterpart to a superweapon named Omega. Shinryu is a True Neutral, and really doesn’t care about other people or the world around him. He only does things that benefit him. In his boredom, he decided to take up the Pokémon League Challenge. His relationship with his Pokémon is…developing. They tend to keep him on his toes, and he does seem to care about them, he’s just not particularly affectionate.

TEAM PROFILE: Garland the Grovyle
TITLES: The Starter, Count Garland, Gym Slayer
A sassy vampire lizard plant who is somewhat of a clown. Garland was Shinryu’s starter, and is constantly poking fun at him and anyone else, sarcastic bordering on malicious. He is best known for healing himself with the energy of his opponents, first through Absorb and now through Mega Drain, revealing his true nature as a vampire. He only feeds on his opponents, though. Actually, it’s questionable if he really needs to feed, he might just do it for fun…

TEAM PROFILE: Lily the Lombre
TITLES: The Doomed, The Bystander, The Strategist
Shinryu caught a Lotad because he knew he was going to need a Surfer before catching Kyogre, and doesn’t use her in battle. At all. With her impish nature, she gets flustered by this and argues with him and the rest of the team constantly. She is thoroughly cunning, and has offered some advice to the others in times of need, showing that she still feels like part of the team.

TEAM PROFILE: Bladebird the Skarmory
TITLES: The Jetsword
A Skarmory just as sassy as Garland. The two get along famously. She likes to run…despite the fact that she has wings, which Shinryu finds quite odd. Currently the slowest leveler of the team, so she is frequently sent out first in random encounters.

TEAM PROFILE: Hyouhana the Froslass
TITLES: The Blizzard Angel, The Youkai
Hyouhana tragically died as an infant Snorunt, but what her body lacked in strength was made up by her perseverance of spirit, allowing her to live on as a Froslass. This has given her a great respect for all life, leading to her being very careful. She tends to hang back most often but can always jump in with precision in any situation. Sometimes she disappears, and, unbeknownst to her teammates, seeks out travelers lost in blizzards—but rather than leading them to their death as legends state, she actually leads them to warmth and safety, causing her to be revered in cold regions as a guardian.

TEAM PROFILE: Usagi the Lunatone
TITLES: Gym Slayer, Champion of Love and Justice, The Lunar Guardian
Though Usagi likes to fight, they are actually quite careful most of the time. They do, however, have a habit of delivering long introductions and dramatic attack names, much to Shinryu’s frustration. Garland and Bladebird will occasionally poke fun, but aside from a few incidents it’s all in good fun.

TEAM PROFILE: Trapinch
TITLES: The Bulldozer, Gym Slayer
A lax Pokémon capable of taking hits. Due to her laid-back nature, she is the one Shinryu is most comfortable around, since he doesn’t need to invest any extra effort in keeping up with her. She has a background in construction and has a habit of bulldozing her opponents. She’s already developed a rather fearsome reputation, actually…


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Hope for 2015 Restored

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Mar 16 2015 · 82 views

So in class tonight I mentioned Bionicle in a discussion about fantasy and sci-fi and the professor was familiar with it

So that was pretty cool


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Light and Darkness in Kingdom Hearts

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Mar 11 2015 · 88 views

(Unmarked spoilers ahead, I’ll try to keep them…light.)

I read Mr. Thornberry’s blog entry and it got me thinking about Kingdom Hearts well more than usual.

The representation of light and darkness in Kingdom Hearts is…mixed, I guess. If you just take a cursory glance at the series, it’s the good guys keeping light safe from villains wielding the forces of darkness, and that’s not wrong. Heck, that’s literally the mission statement of the old Keyblade order as we find out in BBS. (Granted the game implies that order has some grave flaws, which might be why it ends up destroying itself…) But the series does try to say that darkness is not inherently evil, you just need to know how to use it.

In this video, about 19:21, Xemnas asks Sora, Riku, and Mickey why they hate darkness, and Mickey and Riku say that darkness is a natural part of the world and there’s nothing wrong with that; the problem is that people just love to abuse it. (Sora just stands there trying to look menacing with his anime key, his major is in friendship not darkness.) The first game is pretty black and white on the subject, but since then they’ve tried to take a more neutral approach, primarily through Riku’s character arc: in the first game he fell to darkness and was possessed by Ansem, and ever since he’s been trying to make up for his mistakes and come to terms with the powerful darkness inside of his heart. This really comes to a head in Kingdom Hearts 3D, where he and Sora take the exam to become Keyblade Masters. Riku is using this as a chance to evaluate himself on a more personal level—is he really fit to wield the Keyblade when his heart was so weak in the past? (Of course if he wasn’t then it wouldn’t have still been with him, in-universe mechanics work like that, but he needs a little more than that, I totally don’t blame him.) The game answers with a very clear YES by having Riku succeed in becoming a Keyblade Master (the first new Master in about a decade) while Sora, due to having no experience with darkness, nearly gets dragged into a situation even worse than the one Riku found himself in during the first game. Riku, with his mastery of darkness, is essential in saving Sora, and the villain in this game (a new form of the villain who possessed him), outright says that Riku can now trap darkness in his heart and can no longer be manipulated. (I like to think that was a huge spirit-booster to him but I digress.) Riku made some mistakes with darkness, but he learned from it, and now he’s one of the best heroes we’ve got because of how good he is with darkness. So that’s a plus.

It’s not just Riku, though. The first Keyblade we see Mickey wielding is a Keyblade from the Realm of Darkness (so far the only one from that Realm we’ve seen, and he doesn’t always use it, but he still has it); the Gravity and Magnet magic players can use are said to be dark spells, and you’ve got Ventus using them even with his heart of pure light; and, again in 3D, the Dream Eaters in the Realm of Sleep are made of darkness, and while some of them are evil, there are at least as many friendly ones that join Sora and Riku as Pokémon-esque party members. (And they’re adorable.) There are plenty of instances proving that Dark is Not Evil in Kingdom Hearts…but, they’re not entirely unbiased.

For one thing, we haven’t really gotten to Light is Not Good at any point. The villain, Xehanort, likes to say this, but, I mean…he’s the villain. You could maybe cite Roxas, who controls Light and works for a villainous group for a time, and maybe Eraqus, who firmly believes Light is absolute and attacks his student (and adoptive son) Terra when the latter becomes soaked in darkness, but neither of them are really evil, and are almost always portrayed sympathetically. (I know Roxas is super-popular, and I can’t bring myself to hate Eraqus since he’s a Jedi Samurai Paladin who looks like Hironobu Sakaguchi and is voiced by Luke Skywalker.) Maybe you could even mention Sora’s Heartless from Re:coded, which is behind all the chaos going on in the datascape and, while it is made of darkness (being a Heartless), it does use some light attacks in its battle with Data-Sora. But it’s Re:coded, so who cares? :P

Plus, pretty much every villain in the series does use darkness to some extent. I mean, the very first villain is Ansem, Seeker of Darkness, and now they’re calling the new Organization the XIII Seekers of Darkness, and their plan is to unleash a flood of darkness upon the world, and the apocalypse in the origin myth was all about the birth of darkness, and then there’s Vanitas, and…yeah, there’s actually a lot.

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays into Kingdom Hearts X, the (currently Japan-only) browser game set at the time of the origin myth. The world is filled with light, but people are fighting over it, and while it hasn’t gotten too bad yet, the myth tells us it’s only a matter of time. The Foretellers, leaders of the various factions fighting over the light, all have a symbol associated with darkness on their Keyblades, so it seems like they may very well be villains in disguise. This could be a case of Light is Not Good villains…but, the game also says to watch out for “seekers of darkness disguised as guardians of the light”, so the reveal might be that they’ve been going for darkness this whole time instead. We’re gonna have to wait and see, I guess.

So basically, KH says and I think definitely believes and means that Light and Dark are not necessarily associated with any particular moral stances, but the archetypal associations you’d expect are still very, very much there. This might change after Kingdom Hearts III, which is supposed to be the end of Xehanort and his Seekers of Darkness, but for now our main example for stepping out of these associations is Master Riku. He does a heck of a job, though.

Related: while The World Ends With You doesn’t have thematic light and darkness like Kingdom Hearts does, a certain character who is up to no good does have powerful light-based abilities. He’s not evil, but he’s an antagonist, surely. Make of it what you will.


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HERO PACK GET

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Mar 09 2015 · 122 views

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I ordered Protector of Water to get it, she(?) shall henceforth be known as Herald of the Trans Orange Mask of Fire

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I also hung the Okoto map over my bed because I haven't matured at all in the past 12 years

This is great


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EM Protagonist Change! Shooting Star Sonia, On the Air!

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Mar 06 2015 · 89 views

I looked through some old stuff and apparently I’ve had the idea for this fanfic for at least a year now, it’s kinda surreal I can’t believe I actually got to it.

I’ve just begun Shooting Star Sonia, a rewrite of the first Mega Man Star Force game with Sonia/Harp Note as the protagonist instead of Geo/Mega Man. There are a few other things I’m reworking to keep it fresh and not feel like just replaying the game, but you’ll have to wait and see exactly what those might be!

Chapter 1 is dedicated to Sonia and Lyra’s first encounter. I’m not sure how I feel about it, but I get that way about a lot of my stuff, so it’s up, I did my best, tear it apart. :P Most future chapters are going to be “[Insert FM-ian Here] Attacks!” so they’ll probably be a little longer than this one; won’t know for sure until I get to them, though. Like I mentioned before, I have 12 chapters on the outline right now, and I’m going to post them as I write them. I can’t promise a regular schedule, but I’ll do my best to make it so you’re not waiting too long between chapters.

Okay, I think that’s all I have to say. I hope you enjoy the story, and I look forward to any feedback you might have for me!


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Picking Which Battles I'm Going to Write

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Mar 03 2015 · 67 views

Okay so I was writing The Comedy of Our Generation and it wasn’t really working out. Turns out, I’m just not funny. Or in possession of the analytical ability to really pick apart G1 like I wanted to. Sucks, because I really liked the ending I had in mind. The Boneheads of Voodoo Island were going to be there and everything.

I might try to revisit it later, but I should probably redirect my energy towards things like more Okoto fanfiction or the Mega Man Star Force rewrite featuring Harp Note. You know, things people actually asked me to write. :D (And maybe do stuff like homework and that novel-type-thing…and video games…)

But speaking of those two other things, the tentative titles I’m thinking of using are In Our Bones and Shooting Star Sonia, both of which are pretty generic but get the point across at least. And since I usually end up using tentative titles as actual titles, those are probably here to stay so I just need to let them grow on me. :P

As for when to expect them, well…that’s a little trickier. With In Our Bones, I want to complete and edit it before serializing it (so I can do so on a regular schedule); for Sonia, I’m thinking I might just post each chapter to OTC as I write it. I’ll certainly try to keep up a decent pace, but that one will be longer (12 chapters?), and I want to get feedback as I go if possible. Chapter 1 is…coming along, and I’m trying to funnel all my spare creativity towards it for the time being. (A lot of it goes to potential sub-plots and developments, but I guess that’s still good?) All I can say for now is “Stay tuned!”


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Asterisk Guide: Summoner

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Mar 02 2015 · 79 views

Asterisk Holder: Mephilia Venus

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Origin: Final Fantasy III

Was It In Bravely Default?: Yes

Overview: Summons have been a fun part of Final Fantasy for very long time, and now they’re back again! Like the Black Mage, they focus entirely on magic, and when they run out of MP they’re in trouble. It doesn’t help that Summons have a high MP cost. However, Summons are a great way to cause massive damage to the entire field, not to mention they’re neat to watch! (And skippable.) They also learn abilities for improving Friend Summons, which makes them a bit more versatile.

Personal Thoughts: I love Summons. I also love that Bravely Default’s Summons are unique in that they’re all, like…legend-possessed things we find in our everyday world. I love Bahamut and Shiva and the rest of the FF gang, but it’s also really cool to see Summons that are, for lack of a better term, “modernized”. Like these are Summons we couldn’t have seen until fairly recently. (Except for Ziusudra’s Sin, who seems more like Shiva Jr. to me.) I do wish they could be cheaper in MP, but eh, it’s a trade-off. The method of getting summons in Bravely Default is also fairly unique, and my feelings on it can alternate. In Final Fantasy Summons can be bought, granted to you through certain story events, or fought as bosses and then earned upon defeat, depending on which game (and which Summon). In Bravely Default, the idea of them being bosses is tweaked a bit: when you challenge the “Anchorite” for the Summon (when you have at least one Summoner of high enough level), you will enter battle, but the Anchorite gets first strike and immediately uses the Summon. If at least one of your party members survives, then the battle ends and you get the Summon. Now, at first, this is really difficult and sort of frustrating. But, by the time you get to higher level Summons, you’ll have so many stats and abilities that this won’t be much of an issue, not to mention you start finding things to nullify or absorb the element that’s being thrown at you (meaning guaranteed Summon Get!). It’s unique, and I guess I like it as a whole. There’s just a bit of a slope at first. ALSO, Bravely Second will be getting at least one new Summon! I don’t know what the name is supposed to be, but it appears to be a large submarine. It’s possible this is replacing Ziusudra’s Sin as the water/ice summon, or that we’re just getting more Summons in addition to those that are returning. Or both. I would like to see new Summons, but with the way Summoner and Conjurer are set up I don’t know if there’s as much they can do to expand the Summon roster. Though, I guess if Conjurer didn’t come back…no, I’d rather have Conjurer than more Summons. :P


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Some Minor Pokemon Things

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Mar 01 2015 · 76 views

If you have Pokemon Bank, you can get free fully-evolved Johto starters with their Hidden Abilities right now!

Also, if you haven't gotten the Eon Ticket yet and live in America or Europe, you can get it via code, 2015LATIOSLATIAS in North America or POKEMON380381 in Europe. I was lucky enough to StreetPass someone with one a while back, which was pretty cool.

More on a personal level, I finally got the Mirage Cave with Unown, and after a long hunting session I have all 28! Hahaha! I've been waiting to do this for a while--it was the last thing I really wanted to do, now that I've caught all the Legendaries, my team is all Level 100, and I made sure that between all my Gen VI games I have at least one of every Mega Stone.

I really love Omega Ruby. I think it might actually be the best Pokemon game thus far. (Not to say it's necessarily my favorite, that's a bit tricky and will probably go to a Sinnoh remake if we ever get that. :P)






Bravely Second Asterisk Guide

1. Freelancer
2. Valkyrie
3. Red Mage
4. Time Mage
5. Performer
6. Tomahawk
7. Swordmaster
8. Wizard
9. Cat Master
10. Astrologer
11. Ranger
12. Exorcist
13. Patissier
14. Guardian
15. White Mage
16. Thief
17. Merchant
18. Black Mage
19. Summoner
20. Pirate (Coming Soon)
21. Chariot (Coming Soon)

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