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Rambling Steiner

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , May 21 2014 · 126 views

This post contains spoilers for Steins;Gate…and a lot of nonsense!
I’m disappointed that they never really properly explained Kyouma’s Reading Steiner.
I understand that everyone possesses Reading Steiner, and that its level of strength varies from person to person.  Kyouma, then, possesses a very strong Reading Steiner.
But, is this something that just is, or is there a reason for it?
Was it always like this, or was it something that developed?
We know that, during 2000, Kyouma came down with a severe fever that produced sensations comparable to Reading Steiner’s activation.  Since 2000 is a point of great divergence, that could be offered as an explanation, but since he did not experience a similar effect during 2010, another period of great divergence, that cannot be considered a complete explanation.
So, did he just develop Reading Steiner (to its full potential) do to being exposed to such a time of great divergence for the first time?  Or did he experience these feelings because he experienced a worldline shift, and his body, being less developed due to his age, had a much more adverse reaction to it?
There’s also the obvious disadvantage that Kyouma does not form new memories when shifting worldlines—for simplicity’s sake, let’s call this “Writing Steiner.”  Since Reading Steiner has a varying level of strength, it is possible that Kyouma does have a Writing Steiner, just an incredibly weak one; but since he has absolutely no new memories after any of his (numerous) worldline shifts, I think it’s safe to assume that he simply lacks this function.
Was Kyouma born without a Writing Steiner?  If so, this could be seen as some sort of cognitive (if that’s even the right classification) defect.
Alternatively, he could have been born with a Writing Steiner but lost it later on.  It has been seen that remembering multiple worldlines can put great stress on an individual.  Perhaps, after the incident in 2000 (be it a worldline shift or something else), the stress put upon Kyouma due to possessing both a Writing Steiner and a strong Reading Steiner caused his body (soul?) to sacrifice Writing Steiner as a way of resolving the conflict?
Or I could just be completely wrong on all of this.  I really don’t know.
But back to the 2000 incident.
Let’s assume that Kyouma’s fever in 2000 took place on the Beta worldline.  This would be the same worldline where Suzuha, from 2036, went to 1975, 2000, and finally 2010.  That would mean that Suzuha arrived in the same time frame as Kyouma’s fever.  We don’t know the exact length of time Suzuha was in 2000.  I do not recall if we were told exactly how long Kyouma’s fever lasted, however…
But, this presents a new possibility: Suzuha’s presence in 2000 could be related to Kyouma’s fever in the same year.  Whether it’s as close as the fever appearing when Suzuha did and disappearing when she left, we don’t know, but even if it’s not that fixed, there could still be a relation.
I see 3 possible ways these events could be connected:
-If the fever was the result of a worldline shift, then Suzuha’s time travel could be what caused that worldline shift.  This seems perfectly logical considering what we know.
-Something about the time machine’s presence had an unforeseen side effect on Kyouma.  There isn’t really much evidence for this, though.
-Similar to the previous possibility, but what if it was intentional?  Before his death in 2025, Kyouma understood Reading Steiner well enough to create the Divergence Meter, which is said to work on the same basic principle.  Taking that into consideration, it is also possible that he incorporated some element into the design of Suzuha’s time machine that, when it arrived in the year 2000, targeted the young Kyouma and affected him in some way.  This could mean that 2025 Kyouma intentionally gave 2000 Kyouma his high-level Reading Steiner (and/or destroyed his Writing Steiner, if my earlier hypothesis is correct).  It’s entirely reasonable that this could be a component of 2025 Kyouma’s “Operation Skuld”, and since 2025 Kyouma’s advanced knowledge of Reading Steiner is established fact, this provides some elbow room for the lack of proof in a way.
Just some food for thought, I guess.  I wish I had a point to reach, eheheh…


Hacking to the Gate

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , May 21 2014 · 79 views

After 35 hours of patient and meticulous work, I, the great mad scientist Greninja #0579, have opened Steins Gate wide and raided its treasure for all it is worth!  The way was long and filled with hardship, but these many spoils have made the pain worth it!  Now, using the results of this operation, I can return to my true goal: destroying the System which the Organization uses to rule the world from the shadows, ushering the world into a new age of chaos!  Those foolish mortals have no idea what comes for them.  MUAHAHAHAHA!!
tl;dr I got 100% completion on the Steins;Gate visual novel


Recording Another Journey

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , May 19 2014 · 124 views

I’ve been replaying Pokémon X on and off, but I kept forgetting to post my team up here.  It’s important to me that I continue my PokéRecords!  Anyway, I’ve beaten Diantha, haven’t decided if I’m going to do the Looker quest or not, here’s the team and their current levels:
-Gawain the Chesnaught, Lv 70
-Adell the Mega Charizard X, Lv 70
-Rose the Florges, Lv 71
-Nocturn the Barbaracle, Lv 69
-Reidak the Krookodile, Lv 70
-Pewku the Mega Scizor, Lv 71
I was unsure about trying out Florges, but Rose is an awesome part of my team.  I’m also glad I got to try out all three starters, though since Greninja was first it still holds a very special place in my heart.  I’ve also tried out the Mega Evolutions of all Kanto starters, so that’s cool. (I mean, I didn’t have a Mega Charizard Y on any of my main teams, but I tested one out.  I like X better anyway.) The other three are just Pokémon I’ve been wanting to try out for a while.  It was pretty fun!
There are still so many Pokémon I want to try out, though…I already have tentative teams for Omega Ruby and Z (or whatever), but I need to fight off the urge to restart X again…


An Audience With the Queen of Light

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , May 15 2014 · 176 views
Divine Strength
You may remember this idea I've been going on about involving magic Queens and all?  I'm thinking the title of this story will be "Divine Strength", though that's subject to change.  But more to the point, I've made a rough draft of a prologue I might use for it.
...But, it's rather long.  If anyone's skimming the blogs here in dashboard format, they'd really hate me if I posted the whole thing here.  So, instead, I'm going to give a link to the Tumblr post.  You can find the prologue here.
It takes place a few decades before the main plot, and introduces the villain who sets everything off and the (previous) Queen of Light.  I will definitely be editing it at a later date, but if you could provide me with some feedback on the current draft, it'd really help me know what to edit.  If you have comments, you can either contact me here or on Tumblr--either's fine.  I'd be very grateful for the help!


A Sudden Realization

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , May 10 2014 · 191 views

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·         Pink fur
·         Part cat
·         Princess of Cloud Cuckooland
·         Master Builder
·         Loves cute things
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Faris Nyannyan
·         Pink hair
·         Part cat
·         Family owns Akihabara
·         Champion Rai-Net Battler
·         Loves cute things
If they ever met each other, they would instantly become best friends for life.


Truth Be Told

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , May 07 2014 · 152 views

I've had this weird dislike of Hoenn for some time now.  Never could really explain it.
But now I see a wonderful opportunity to patch up that estranged relationship! :D


Children's Card Games

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , May 05 2014 · 243 views

Okay so I was cleaning my room and found that little lore booklet that came with one of the old Bionicle card games.  I’m curious to see just how much was dropped/retconned/etc.
“Once a paradise, the island of Mata Nui has become a place of darkness and fear, ruled by the evil Makuta.  But the islanders, known as Tohunga[…]”
Well that didn’t take long.
“Onua, the Earth Toa, watches over the land and intervenes to restore balance when it is threatened.”
Onua is Zygarde’s new form for Pokémon Z it’s confirmed
“Tahu, spirit of fire, is the oldest of the Toa, having been created when the planet was forming.”
When the planet was forming?  Well…sorta…
“With his fire sword, Tahu keeps the lava moving towards the ocean, much to the annoyance of his rival, Gali.”
Tahu u little brat
“Lewa, the youngest of the six Toa, is the spirit of air.”
They have been hanging on to that for quite some time, haven’t they…
“The Tohunga believe [Gali] is the sustainer of life, and worship her more than any of the others.”
Gali 4 fav goddess
They reversed the image of Kopaka in here.  I could maybe deal with the sword and shield being on the wrong hands, but seeing the Akaku mirrored is just…*shudder*
“They are careful not to anger him, though, being fearful of the landslides an enraged Pohatu can unleash.”
Something about the phrase “an enraged Pohatu” just makes me chuckle.  Like has he ever even gotten beyond “mildly irritated”?
(Kanohi Hau) “Provides protection against overhead attacks or falling objects.”
But you’re screwed if they attack from straight ahead.
“[Matau] can also fly[…]”
Wait what
“Nokama’s tool is a fork-shaped staff[…]”
Apparently “trident” is too advanced a word for the target demographic
“[Nuju’s] closest friend among the Turaga is Nokama, and the two silent Turaga often pass their time in winter on frozen Lake Naho.”
I wasn’t aware that Mata Nui actually had seasons.  Also I ship it now.
“Here Whenua and the rest of his tribe toil to quarry the great rocks that will eventually be carved by the Pohatu Tohunga.”
Personally I prefer “Po-Matoran”
“[Le-Matoran] also show affection be imitation, a gesture that is often misinterpreted by those unfamiliar with their customs.”
Okay I don’t remember this and it sounds slightly freaking adorable
“Ga-Koro is also home to a great mystery—Gali’s shrine is missing a mask.  Many would-be adventurers have set out to find the mask, never to return.  Nokama has recently chosen new champions in an effort to locate the missing mask once and for all.”
Hello epic-sounding aborted arc, I am now angered by your non-existence


Front Page Publicity!

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , May 02 2014 · 149 views

I always kinda hoped Technic Coliseum might make its way onto the front page.
Never really thought it would actually happen, though.
But here we are.
*dramatic music and manly tears of joy*


On the Subject of the Queens

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Apr 26 2014 · 147 views
Divine Strength
After some edits for language, I finally put up those stories I mentioned where I’ve been trying out my Queen idea.  For some reason I feel like doing a little spiel to go along with it and outline the history or whatever, so…
The idea formed during the Fiction Writing class I took last semester.  We were told to write three stories over the course, and since I had few ideas for my first tale, I decided to take A Recluse’s Dilemma, one of my FFFC entries, and rewrite it.  The resulting second version expanded on the video game that these Queens were from, and I ended up growing fond of the general idea.
With that in mind, I decided that the second story should follow the conflict established in the second version of Dilemma, and I also wanted to establish the full set of Queens.  This gave me Conference of Divinity, which briefly shows all 12 Queens and gives (or at least hints at) a little more info on this world’s political structure and the Queens’ relationships.  It also shows how each Queen plans to respond to this new threat.
I wasn’t sure what do to for my third story.  Originally, I wanted to show how the previous Queen of Light met the current Queen of Light, to provide more explicit detail on how Queens and their method of passing from body to body works, but…well, I just wasn’t feeling up to it.  Eventually I came up with Alignment—not particularly exciting, maybe, but it directly follows Conference, and it can’t hurt for me to practice slower pacing.  The class liked it, at least!
For completion’s sake, I’ll add this in too.  After the class had ended, I wrote another FFFC story that was related to this world, much more so than the original Dilemma.  Despair of the Divine was my attempt to step back a few centuries and try putting some details on an event mentioned in Conference and Alignment that still directs the relationships between the Queens of War, Gravity, and Land.  With the word limit, I think it feels a bit rushed, but I may still use it as a basis for the canon.
This idea is still in its very early stages, so everything you read here is tentative.  The stories might contradict each other a bit here and there.  Even the few character names present are placeholder.  As such, suggestions would be most appreciated, since I want to pour a lot of effort into this over the summer if I can.  I hope you enjoy meeting the Queens!


I'm Working on a Story

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Apr 18 2014 · 220 views

Not a Bionicle story, though it does involve Elemental powers/regions I guess huh it may have influenced me more than I realized I should be careful about that
It's a fantasy story in a medieval setting where the major countries are ruled by Queens with magic crowns.  They're the characters the story will focus on.  Right now I have 12 Queens, each attuned to a specific fighting style/school of magic.  That’s kind of a lot of characters, so I wonder if I should take some out.  Just going with the characters I have plans for right now, I could easily cut that number in half.
But…since these Queens are also goddesses, I kind of want a larger group to build the mythology.  Plus, I don’t want to cut any of these schools of magic, and if a school of magic exists, I want there to be a Queen for it.  Even with a smaller cast, there would still be some Queens who get more attention than others.  Also, I'm not entirely sure how I would want to reorganize my schools of magic to accommodate for this smaller cast of goddesses.
Just going by this vague information, does anyone have any suggestions?

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8. Wizard
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10. Astrologer
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