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  • primeideal
    26.11.2021 - 3 hours ago

    Wheel of Time Episode 4: The Dragon Reborn

    In which there are some fakeouts, some dancing, and a doll. (A reminder, this is spoilery for book stuff.)

    We get our first glimpse of a man channeling with Logain in the prologue. The weaves have some of the "light" glowy swirly stuff we see with Moiraine...but also streaks of tainted darkness mixed in. Nice. And his "advisors" are also voices no one else can hear, like his "friend" from earlier. They hint at some melodramatic backstory with his parents and sister that doesn't really feel necessary. Now it's Rand's turn to be the paranoid one (with regard to "why are we letting Thom follow us"). "One Warder is never enough" - Alanna in her first scene with dialogue. #foreshadowing Some of the other False Dragons who have proclaimed themselves in the past have included women. Makes sense with the changes for the TV show, but also, some of the Dragons mentioned in the books couldn't even channel, they were just seeking political power/wrongly believed themselves to be the chosen one. So having women in that capacity makes sense. Moiraine talking about wanting Alanna's strength on her side at the last battle :( The Grinwell farm! Else gets namedropped a couple times down the road when people need a false name to travel under. Lan tries to casually sneak up and have lunch with Nynaeve and Liandrin just leaves them alone together. The Tuatha'an start describing the Way of the Leaf. That's not really interesting, what's more interesting is that they didn't do it last episode--last episode I guess was just to be like "where will the wolves lead Perrin? Ooh, nomads with colorful clothing taste, yay!" "Run if we can, endure if we cannot." I may be stretching it a bit here, but I feel like this could be relevant for Egwene (and Rand, although he's not here) in their arcs about embracing pain? Like, sometimes you just have to endure, and you make your peace with that because that's the way of live you've chosen. And Ila uses this conversation to cold-read Perrin, nice. Mat starts throwing up, we see the curse affecting him. Paralleling Logain's taint for a fakeout? Else has a Birgitte doll!!!!!! Okay and then Thom makes the Owyn-Mat parallel explicit. The Warders are all shipping Lan/Nynaeve. "How did you meet?" Lan quickly interrupts so Nynaeve doesn't reveal too much. Then she says "I tracked him" and everybody laughs because who could track the amazing woodsman, al'Lan Mandragoran?! The best lie is a simple truth. The Tinker dancing music is nice, more my style than the operatic vocal stuff. "Are you sure this isn't the Song you're looking for?" -Egwene Nice Ila and Perrin scene, discussing how realistic the pacifist lifestyle is. "What greater revenge against violence than peace?" I didn't really remember anything about Aram's parent/Raen and Ila's unnamed child from the books, but looking this up, apparently in the books Aram's mother gets killed by Trollocs at the start of book two and that makes him wonder "if I had a sword, could I have saved her?" So a different take on that dynamic. "I wanted revenge." -Ila "That doesn't sound very much like the Way of the Leaf!" - Perrin. She's using it metaphorically, but this reminded me a tiny bit of the book 13 scene: "I assume you hope that you saving my life in battle will make me reduce your punishment?" -Galad "It had better!" -Perrin *well, that was less heroic and more honest than I expected from this legendary dude* -Galad, mentally. Tinker youth have an Amish-like Rumspringa period. (Ironic to me because I'm writing this as I visit my aunt and uncle, who are definitely not Amish themselves but live in a region with a high Amish/Mennonite population density.) Liandrin: "What if we 'accidentally' let Logain escape so we could recapture him and then we'd have no choice but to gentle him?" I feel like this is the first of many "accidental" schemes in the series. Nynaeve's backstory gets us another Manetheren callback! But that again raises the question of where exactly she's from--presumably the Two Rivers area because her family knows that quote? Or is she from farther away, just somewhere like Malkier where people happen to know the Old Tongue? I understand that Nynaeve is just hanging out with Alanna and the Warders, but I feel like even though she is a tracking champ, once the battle with Logain's army breaks out they would not let her join the fray. Obviously in the long run Nynaeve is one of the best people to have on your side when battle begins, but rightly or wrongly, I think the Warders would be a bit protective and be like "leave us alone, just take cover." (Maybe if they knew she'd killed a Trolloc...) Moiraine sneaks in on Logain as he's escaping--why? To learn more about saidin from someone with firsthand experience? Again, I think his approach would be just to knock her out and run away. "Why are we reborn? So we can do better next time, right?" Nice dark take on the Tam philosophy from episode 1/book 12. "The Wheel doesn't want anything, it can't. Any more than the river or the rain." Excuse me, missy, I thought the Wheel weaved as the Wheel willed?! Are we just never gonna get that line? "Liandrin, you can't draw that much power, you'll burn out!" -Moiraine. I think this is our first mention of the potential to burn out (as distinguished from stilling/gentling). Also...why couldn't Liandrin just have burned out there, would make a lot of things easier. Nynaeve is so angry she not only heals Lan but also Liandrin and presumably everyone else alive in the room. (Again, why couldn't you have just...not healed Liandrin and saved us some time.) Again, this is obviously a fakeout with the "your power is a candle next to the sun" line from before. Aaaand Logain just quotes that, yep. This is probably the only TV show where I'll be able to say something smart and insightful moments before they make it explicit, and that's because I've read the books so many times :D :D

    #wheel of time #wot on prime #wot on prime spoilers #wot book spoilers #wot on prime s1e4 #prime liveblogs #crossposted to dreamwidth
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  • bisexualbaker
    26.11.2021 - 3 hours ago

    Dreamwidth Adding Meme (but it's on Tumblr)

    For all the delightful people over here who love Dreamwidth and want to see it more active, but are on Tumblr because that's where all the activity is.

    Fill out the following form in a reblog:

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    Tag with your fandoms/interests/other things you blog about so we can find new Dreamwidth friends in the tags!

    You're welcome to link your Dreamwidth account directly if you want, but Tumblr can be a butt about letting any reblogs with links show up in the notes, whether or not it was added later, so take that under advisement.

    This meme is primarily aimed at people who are already familiar with (and miss) Dreamwidth, but others are also welcome! If you're new to Dreamwidth and want to learn more about it, I've rounded up some informational posts on my new #Dreamwidth 101 tag.

    #let me tell you about #dreamwidth #let me tell you about dreamwidth #fandom#fandom interaction#social interaction #dreamwidth friending meme #but it's on tumblr #signal boost
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  • bisexualbaker
    25.11.2021 - 1 day ago
    #let me tell you about #dreamwidth #let me tell you about dreamwidth #dreamwidth how to #friending on dreamwidth #activity on dreamwidth
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  • krjpalmer
    24.11.2021 - 2 days ago
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  • havocthecat
    24.11.2021 - 2 days ago

    dreamwidth update: I would just like to FINISH this story already.

    It's a femslash crossover of my heart meant for exactly one person and that literally no one else will read, but so the fuck what? Still. It would be nice if I could finish it; I've been writing it for two years now and I can see the endpoint. comments Comment? https://ift.tt/3cHMjl1

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  • sigmaleph
    24.11.2021 - 2 days ago

    so there was that whole constitutionDAO thing where they wanted to get funds into this... entity that exists in the blockchain and buy a copy of the us constitution for a lot of money and... do something with it not sure what. but anyway they didn't succeed and some rich dude won the auction instead so my question is does anyone go up to this billionaire who spent over 40 million usd for a copy of the us constitution and tell him the text's up online for free and you can right-click save it without paying millions for it i think somebody should

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  • chiester410
    22.11.2021 - 4 days ago

    Rozen’s here! Mine comrade hast returned...!

    I hope you‘ve been well this last month. o/ The lack of your presence has been quite notable lately, it’s so much less fun without the Rozen on Tumblr.

    No need to rush though, Fiammetta will always be here. (<--Menacing)

    Myself though? Mweeheehee!

    ‘msweepy -v-Zzzz......

    I played something for a little bit though! But it was a visual novel. And reading the words got me excited to write my own words, so I scribblescribbledswooshed and I foiled my own gaming plans! xwx

    #And I like your Dreamwidth stuff. I try to check it every few days.
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  • sigmaleph
    22.11.2021 - 4 days ago

    i have never played league of legends and i haven't watched arcane but i did read a couple glowfic threads with Jinx as the main character so i'm assuming i know all the important bits

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  • primeideal
    20.11.2021 - 6 days ago

    Wheel of Time Episode 3: A Place of Safety

    Communication skills, we have them. (Sometimes.)

    -The Dragon's fang in the water! Nice imagery. -Everything about the Lan and Nynaeve interactions is excellent. "Aww, you actually did try to kill me." -Rand: "All roads lead to the White Tower" Mat: "That's not how roads work" touche. -Rand: "We have to go to the Tower since Egwene will be there" Egwene: "We have to go to the Two Rivers since Rand will be there" Oh nooooo the miscommunication. -Perrin, solving the coordination game problem: "Think about it, Rand will go where he thinks you're going." -Nynaeve: "Go ahead and ask, I know you want to." Lan: "How did you track me?" Nynaeve: "I said you could ask, not that I'd answer." Nynaeve isn't even considering being an Aes Sedai at this point and she is already an expert on Three Oaths loopholes. -I gross out easily so I'm not going to think too hard about what Nynaeve's treatment method for Moiraine's wound entails. -Does Perrin have yellow eyes in the storm/dream sequence? Or are those Ba'alzamon's? -The gleeman's cloak with its rainbow patches, nice! -And the Tinker colors being bright and garish, very good. -Aram's eyerolly attitude towards the absurdity of the ritual even as he explains it to Perrin and Egwene. -Dana the barmaid ships Mat/Rand -She wants to see the world, which is a good excuse for namedropping some of the other locations we might get to visit some day -Aaaand her curious probing questions were indeed because she was evil :( -Thom just happens to know the Aiel funeral ritual. (I guess gleemen are welcome in the Three-Fold land so maybe he's been there?) -Thom's "Western" theme music is better than his actual singing. -Rand is just able to bust down the door and Dana doesn't even strike. This feels like one of those "several books/seasons down the line it will be so much harder to get out of these situations, both sides' skills are leveling up," but he doesn't even have to worry about harming a woman, just punch the door and run. -"I see all five of you" so Ba'alzamon thinks Nynaeve is in the mix? -Dana is a true Ishamael wannabe, she appreciates his philosophy on wanting to end the wheel and stop everything. In addition to the notoriety of being the one who brought down the Dragon. (Hopefully she gets to see the world before the universe ends, otherwise that'd be a waste.) -Thom with his life advice to Mat has that open-ended "maybe we'll meet again" feel and then they meet five minutes later when he saves them from Dana. -The way that last scene is filmed sort of makes it look like a dramatic first meeting between Nynaeve and Logain, much earlier than the books. Of course they're not going to have a very significant relationship, but knowing how their paths cross in the books that felt like an interesting focus.

    #wheel of time #wot on prime #wot on prime spoilers #wot on prime s1e2 #prime liveblogs #crossposted to dreamwidth
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  • primeideal
    20.11.2021 - 6 days ago

    Wheel of Time Episode 2: Shadow’s Waiting

    In which we go to the spooky cursed city and do spooky cursed things.

    -About Perrin and Leila. I'd seen some meta/headcanons around before the show about "Perrin probably was the big guy in his age-group who would injure the small children without trying and feel bad about it," so I wasn't too surprised that they went there, although I wasn't completely sure that was what was happening in the moment. But more interesting than Perrin feeling terrible about being unable to control his strength and the consequences is thinking about it from Moiraine and Lan's point of view. Like, when they find out that he accidentally couldn't control his own strength and killed his wife in a berserker rage...he is going to be the #1 candidate for Lews Therin "Kinslayer" Telamon reborn, right?? -Whitecloak tents! With all their scenery and swag and elegant decorations and being super orderly even when the world is in chaos. I didn't really think we would get Whitecloaks this early (maybe a Galad cameo??) but I am here for this worldbuilding. -Aaaand they're here to burn a witch at the stake. Yikes. -Would this even work? In Harry Potter there's the thing about "Muggles tried to burn witches, but witches would just escape, they're magic, and the Muggles wound up just burning each other instead, which is terrible." And I feel like an Aes Sedai should be able to get out of this with the One Power (the Third Oath exception applies?) and maybe the Whitecloaks are just burning innocent bystanders, which is also horrific. (Moiraine says later that those were other Aes Sedai rings, so no, somehow they got thwarted.) -I like the opening sequence, making a tapestry representing the seven Ajahs. But we didn't need that in the first episode? -The Trollocs are just completely stymied by the river. If only Narg were there to teach them how to shoot an arrow or something. Narg smart. -And where are they going to go once the ferry leaves? Just go bother the people on this side of the river? -The ferry scene is yikes. In the book, Nynaeve was around to yell at Moiraine for her callousness, but even without her it gets even worse with "what about my son" and then he just dives in as it's going into the whirlpool, eeeesh. And then Moiraine is just like "we gotta hurry up." I do enjoy Moiraine as a character but both versions of this scene are good reminders that she can be very unsympathetic at times. -The Three Oaths were related to Hawkwing's wars? I know the Oath Rod purpose has changed since the Age of Legends but I don't know when exactly they were introduced. (Poking around, it looks like maybe slightly before Hawkwing's time but after the Trolloc Wars.) Hope this is some foreshadowing for more Hawkwing content later. -"You already did" oooof, Rand. -Egwene debriefs the Whitecloak bluffing scene and we get a good overview of what the First Oath doesn't do. -The kids have a Manetheren song! -But they don't know what it's about, haha, welp. -I like Moiraine narrating the story, but just cutting between everyone's faces as she relays this is not very interesting visually. (The graphic novel did this well, actually, there was a slightly different font stylization for the "flashback" scenes. Of course, the graphic novel only got through about half of book 1/14 afaik, so.) -The music in the scene with the wolves is more my style, is this gonna be a "Wolfbrother" motif? Because I would be here for that. -"Hyah!" *kicks horse* is about 50% of Lan's dialogue -The creepy Shadar Logoth architecture is A+. That weird fracture thing outside? The arches and windows and stuff? Yes please. -Lan's Aridhol story parallels Moiraine's Manetheren one. Except there's a lot more interesting scenery to look at this time. -"That's more words than you've said all day, probably ever," hahaha Perrin tells it like it is. -Mat is in Shadar Logoth and he's giving away a special dagger, what a twist!

    -And that end! Love it.

    #wheel of time #wot on prime #wot on prime spoilers #wot on prime s1e2 #prime liveblogs #crossposted to dreamwidth
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  • primeideal
    19.11.2021 - 1 week ago

    Wheel of Time Episode 1: Leavetakings

    This blog is about to become Wheel of Time: The Show: The Squee liveblog. I will spoiler-cut each episode, but be aware that this is coming from a (very enthusiastic) book fan, so there may be hints or references to later book events. If you want a completely un-spoiled experience, don't read.

    -Is the first scene (based on blurbs I think this is Liandrin stilling Logain) weirdly pixelated for anyone or just me? -It looks like it's just that one scene, maybe trying to represent Logain's state of mind. -We see the madness with Logain (or whoever)'s friend egging him on to fight back...and then the friend isn't really there, oof. -"Four ta'veren"? Did...did Moiraine just say "four ta'veren"? !!!!! -Lan cracking a joke about the bath temperature to tease Moiraine into heating it up. Okay Lan would never, back in his day he had to bathe in the frozen ruins of Malkier uphill both ways, he's not going to be fazed by a little chill. But, uh, we've already got one bath scene down. Platonic bros platonically sharing a bath, even! -I'd heard speculation about Leila being added as Perrin's wife who gets fridged in the first episode. First appearance: Leila stronk. She is a blacksmith. And...doesn't really like socializing? Okay. -The kids love Padan Fain! His cart is very decorative and it definitely feels like the right vibe for "friendly travelling salesman who all the villagers appreciate." Excellent props/costuming work there. -Mat swindles the barmaid out of her bracelet to haggle it with Fain, haha -The vaguely vocalizing background music (in particular, the Rand and Egwene on the mountain scene, but also in general) isn't really doing it for me. -Nynaeve the mysterious foundling baby, hahaha, this is like my genderswap AU--how sure are we that she's not the chosen one?! -And then Moiraine needling her about her age, but also trying to research, while Nynaeve is barbed and "I will protect this village even from you if need be!" Their dynamic is excellent!! -The dragon's fang symbol being made out of dead sheep by the Myrddraal, gross. -The holiday festivities involve lighting farolitos for loved ones who have died. Which gives Tam and Rand a reason to have the "the wheel keeps turning, even though we mourn our losses, we make the best of this life and hope it can be a better future" chance that doesn't feel like a cheesy Dumbledore rehash way down the line! (Uh, spoilers.) -Tam with the heron-mark sword, yesss. The discussions of "well we have to cut down on locations, etc." for some reason made me think Tam and Rand would just be spending the holiday period in Emond's Field and wouldn't go back to the farm? But that scene was great. (Even if we didn't have Narg the Smart Trolloc.) -Moiraine and Lan tandem fighting, love to see it! -Nynaeve gets carried off by Trollocs? Um... -"There's three hundred more Trollocs after you so we're probably going to have another set piece fight in an episode or two, also one of you is the chosen one, let's get moving." -Moiraine "Are you out of your mind" - Mat. Pretty reasonable response. I'm not sure this part completely works for me, I feel like "what the heck, if one of us is actually Lews Therin Telamon reborn we're all going to be panicking and stressing about it the whole time" could be a problem. There's also the fate vs. free will thing--like, part of the reason I love book-Egwene is because she chooses to come along on the adventure, she isn't compelled to by fate. And I get that this version wants to be more explicit about "women and men are equal, not just 'separate but equal,'" so putting Egwene on the same ta'veren terms as the other three might be a better way to do that. But there are tradeoffs. Which again, makes me curious how and when Nynaeve will enter back into things. Other things: Mat "Not A Bloody Hero" Cauthon just rolling his eyes and accepting his duty to look after his sisters. Leila...I don't feel like we got enough from her to care, unfortunately, this could be a level-one fridging. Maybe flashbacks? But right now all I really get out of her is that she and the Armorer from the Mandalorian should be friends.

    #wheel of time #wot on prime #wot on prime spoilers #wot on prime s1e1 #prime liveblogs #crossposted to dreamwidth
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  • krjpalmer
    19.11.2021 - 1 week ago
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  • sigmaleph
    19.11.2021 - 1 week ago

    I keep hearing people proposing ideas that sound, roughly, like "back in the 19th century people were revolutionising scientific fields every other week working alone or with a handful of assistants, now we don't do that even with huge teams of scientists working together, therefore we need to [read the classics/bring back the aristocracy/whatever other thing 19th century scientists did we don't do any more]"

    and y'know i'm not gonna declare that 21st century scientific practice has no problems. but it seems to me that if there's One Weird Trick (or N weird tricks) that let you become the modern-day equivalent of Darwin or Maxwell or Laplace then surely someone out there would be doing that? even if the entire scientific apparatus is broken there's people outside it who are curious about things and free to do whatever they want; some of them are already rich and don't need to work for a living and so have all the free time required. Why aren't those people unifying quantum mechanics and general relativity?

    I know what my answer is: because unifying quantum mechanics and general relativity is hard, and for the most part all the things that are easy to discover already have been and we're left with the stuff that requires a dozen people working together, or a budget to build a giant particle accelerator, or a huge scientific community exploring conceptspace in parallel.

    You can say "yeah, it doesn't work if you're outside the scientific establishment entirely, you need access to some institutional resources, but the people who do have those resources could do a lot better" but at that point it kind of seems like you're admitting that doing science did get harder since the 19th century, not because people are doing it wrong but because we're answering different questions, and if so then the appeal of "well it worked back then" vanishes and you have to argue for your proposal on merits other than its 19th century track record.

    (alternatively you can declare that they have gotten amazing results and our scientific process is so broken that not only are we unable to discover things but also if someone had a unified theory of everything and published it without institutional affiliation nobody would acknowledge it even to plagiarise it. i am sceptical but you can)

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  • chenkasinclairbell
    16.11.2021 - 1 week ago
    #soon!!! #you don't need a dreamwidth account to participate #femslashkink
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  • theheroheart
    16.11.2021 - 1 week ago

    I feel like I’ve entirely given up on branding, I’ve been posting something like 90% Ted Lasso and Jason Sudeikis for half a year, I even make gifs from it sometimes, and once upon a time I might have changed my icon/URL/layout to match, but now I’m just too tired to even bother.

    #I have however made an RP account for Ted on dreamwidth and some 120 icons there but you know #that's different
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  • sevdrag
    16.11.2021 - 1 week ago

    dreamwidth update:

    fucking bronchitis comments Comment? https://ift.tt/3qIoi5E

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  • sigmaleph
    14.11.2021 - 1 week ago

    suppose you discover the philosopher's stone, allowing you to turn base metals into gold and become very very wealthy (you're still working on getting the elixir of life FDA approved). assume, further, that there's very few practical limitations on how much gold you can make; you could outpace the current amount of gold mined per year by multiple orders of magnitude, if you cared to work out the logistics.

    Now, obviously if you did this the price of gold would collapse. you don't care because by the time you've sold enough gold that it stops being profitable you're set for life (even accounting for your new immortality), plus have enough capital to get that FDA approval, but other people do. The world's gold mining companies come to you and say they'll pay you a huge amount of money if you agree to sensible caps on your gold transmutation per year.

    1) setting aside whether that's good business sense, can you legally sign that contract or would that run afoul of anti-competitive agreement laws?

    2) lots of people (and banks and governments) use gold as a store of value. how much financial damage would you be doing to the world by making the value of gold drop?

    3) gold has industrial applications and isn't just valuable cause it's shiny and rare (it's a pretty good conductor and resistant to corrosion). how much damage to the world are you doing by not making electronics cheaper to make? how many more industrial applications would gold have in a world where it's as cheap as copper?

    4) gold mining has horrible environmental consequences. how many people are you killing by not driving the mining companies immediately out of business?

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  • krjpalmer
    12.11.2021 - 1 week ago
    #dreamwidth crosspost#manga #shino can't say her name
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  • junekusabi
    12.11.2021 - 2 weeks ago

    You’ve read the novels. What next?

    Ai no Kusabi has 5 side stories and a prequel novel titled Midnight Illusion. They have all been translated into English; Midnight Illusion is a work in progress.

    “Wound” (傷)

    The members of Bison celebrate a victory over a rival gang, but Riki remains haunted by his first fateful encounter with a Tanagura Blondie.

    File-0 (フ ァイル –ZERO)

    Chapter 1: Notification (通達)

    Daryl’s perspective on the disposal of Aaron, Iason’s pet.

    Chapter 2: Insolence (華飾)

    Despite Raoul’s recommendations, Iason considers luring Riki in to be his pet, and reaches out to Katze to ask him to spy on Riki.

    Chapter 3: Impulse (衝動)

    Riki’s first time in Eos.

    Chapter 4: Night of Disgrace (辱夜)

    Still new to Eos and life in it, Riki bides his time until he can get to Iason. Daryl, on the other hand, is surprised to find how thorough Iason can be when it comes to his new pet.

    Musk (ムス)

    Following Riki’s return to Eos, he makes a discovery in its gardens.

    Translation by Tsubame

    Translation by Colourful-Jack

    Cal’s Sighs  (キャルのためめ)

    Against his better judgment, Riki becomes involved in Eos pet politics, and is subsequently moved to Apathia. In the meantime, Cal wonders what happened with his predecessor Daryl.

    Chapters 1-3

     Illusion Night (幻惑の夜)

    Now that Iason has moved Riki to Apathia, Riki is surprised to attain another privilege: the option to earn a living in the Black Market once again. 

    The stories are listed following a chronological order of events per Rabi’s timeline.

    Midnight Illusion (ミッドナイト・イリュージョン)

    A novel exploring Riki's origins, childhood, and friendship with Guy.

    Chapter 1   Chapter 2 Chapter 3

    See this post: the Ai no Kusabi Dreamwidth community. Reblog to share!

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  • havocthecat
    11.11.2021 - 2 weeks ago

    dreamwidth update: I made a critical error last night

    I'm rewatching The Witcher and I started ep 8 around 11:30. I said, "Oh, I'll turn that off partway through and go to bed at a reasonable hour." Self-delusion is a beautiful and exhausting thing. Goddamn, I love Yennefer, though. comments Comment? https://ift.tt/3HapJQ5

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