eruvadhril: A rainbow nebula (space cloud)
2013-10-26 09:03 pm

Liveblogging Tatooine

Some prat put a crate of something called gizka in my ship and apparently they've got loose. And I bet that, despite the fact most of my crew is still in the ship, the bloody things'll still be loose when I get back.

I don't think I'm a very good Jedi. I'm sure we're supposed to keep our promises and stuff. I have no intention of killing a bunch of Sand People, I just want a hunting licence so I can sell this plate thing. This Czerka Corp woman didn't even make me sign anything. Oh, and Mission's brother is here somewhere! Captured by the Sand People, apparently. Somehow I don't think this is going to end well.

I want to know more about Noomi Sunrider. I also want to know more about what Jolee sees. He said (and I'm paraphrasing here) that there's something dark about me, but it's hidden and he can't get a lock on it. Is this the Force being a dick again? It's not like Bastila's lectures about CONSTANT VIGILANCE BEWAAAARE THE DAAAAARK SIIIIIDE, this is him sensing something definitively dark about me, specifically, here and now. I don't think it's one of those dialogue things that change depending on your stats at the time; if I were any more Light Side I'd be glowing. It's got to have something to do with Revan, it's always to do with Revan, but how can I be connected to-
We couldn't be related-
Oh my god, is Revan my MOTHER? Is that why Revan fell to the Dark Side, because Jedi are not allowed to love? Are they seriously going do do some sort of genderswapped Darth Vader-
No, surely not. Come on. This is Bioware, they're more clever than that. Hell, it probably turns out I'm Revan's final horcrux and I have to sacrifice my own life to ensure the safety of the galaxy. Again. This is why we can't have nice things, Bioware.

Asking around the hunting lodge, some creep starts being sleazy at me, and Jolee just Force Persuades him to knock it off. Heheheh, that was awesome. I love Force Persuade.


"Shall I kill something for you? I am most eager to engage in some unadulterated violence. At your command, of course, master."
Well, HK-47. You must be our new companion. I've heard so much about you.



Oh it's the sleazy man's wife. She's going to kill him. That's nice.

YES LET'S LET THE DROIDS KILL THE MEATBAG- ugh, I can hear Bastilla shouting "Beware the Dark Side!" from here. Sod it, we have to save him.


(Dear god I've had this post sitting here half-finished for WEEKS now)


To the surprise of absolutely no-one, Griff is a scumbag. I ought to let HK-47 use him for target practice.

Man, I thought the whole point of wearing the Sand People robes and bringing HK along was so I DIDN'T have to murder everyone I came across in this camp. Where is my diplomatic option?

Of COURSE the Star Map is in a dragon's lair. Why wouldn't it be. Everyone down at the hunter's lodge wouldn't stop banging on about dragons, of course I'm going to have to fight one.

Wait so why didn't Revan have to kill the dragon? Is this a new dragon? Was the first one under warranty? Is there a warehouse somewhere that supplies guard-dragons?

These Dewbacks look like quadrupedal T-rexes. Cool.

I just happen to have some bantha fodder on me? When did I pick that up? Ah, well, never mind, saves me back-tracking.

oh god the mines aren't working

Oh, yes they did. Never mind.

And, of course, back in the Czerka office, Griff wants help with some idiot scheme. Sod that for a lark, we've got stuff to do.

eruvadhril: A rainbow nebula (space cloud)
2013-07-27 09:02 am

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A conversation with my sister's boyfriend, Mark.

MARK: Have you got the companion from Tatooine yet?
ME: Nope. I've landed, but I've not left the ship.
MARK: It's seriously the best character Bioware have ever made. From Mass Effect, Dragon Age, anything. Hey, you've played Dragon Age?
ME: Yeah! I love Dragon Age. I can't wait for the third one.
MARK: Did you get that DLC with the golem companion?
ME: SHALE! Shale is the best.
MARK: Shale was based on the companion from Tatooine.
MARK: Tell me when you get there, because it's hilarious.
eruvadhril: (destiny)
2013-07-21 08:17 pm

Mostly a talky update

On the ship, I tried to strike up conversation with Jolee and he told me to piss off, which is disappointing. Bastila was more than happy to warn me about the dangers of the Dark Side some more, though, so that was nice. She'll say that it's a slow and subtle process, but then in the same breath she's talking like there's some huge trial I'm about to face that'll turn me to the Dark Side immediately if I'm not... Light-side enough, I guess. As soon as I start asking for specifics she's off about how "our vision of the future is clouded by the Dark Side". Aye, right, that bloody Dark side, getting its Dark all over everything. Any time anything happens, it's either side of the Force doing it. Of course, anything that benefits us is the Light Side, and anything that works against us is the Dark Side. So much for free will.

Meanwhile, Carth is- not entirely unreasonably- concerned that he's punching a wee bit above his weight going up against Sith every five minutes. Poor chap. He's annoyed at the Jedi, too; he reckons they know more than they're saying and it pisses him off that we're not being given all of the available information. Fair dos, that pisses me off, too. Bloody Jedi.

Canderous has the best stories. I think he might have unleashed a Reaper or a Great Old One or something from a methane asteroid.

Juhani is not used to having people who accept her and is getting kind of emotional about it.

I thought Zaalbar would have more to say, but he's pretty happy with life right now. Mission, on the other hand, has convinced herself that her brother was not a gold-plated bell-end who abandoned her, and that he totally meant to come back for her eventually, and sod this for a lark we're going to Tatooine and sorting this out. Katrina's boyfriend said I ought to go to Tatooine next because we get a new party member there, so that works out nicely. (He also asked whether I'd got to "the twist" yet. I must have looked blank, because he said "Never mind, you'll know it when you get there." Hmm.)

Pit-stop on Dantooine to drop Sasha off, but we get stopped by a friend of Jolee's. We need to go to Manaan because one of his mates has been accused of murder, so that'll be next on the list. And the very next guy we run into happens to be looking for Sasha! What're the odds. I did get to ask Jolee why he decided to come with me, and he avoided the question by talking about an old travelling companion who was marked by the Force to have a great destiny. This turned out to take the form of being murdered, having his body thrown into a ventilation shaft, and then, in a million-to-one chance, causing the nuclear reactor to explode as he hit just the wrong thing on his way down. The Force is a dick. It gave Bastila and me a vision of the next Star Map on Tatooine, so we know it's in a cave somewhere, but Bastila says that there are probably loads of them all over the planet. Would a set of GPS coordinates be so difficult, Force? You're already giving us visions, so it's not a matter of your not being able to interfere. I can only conclude that you're being deliberately obtuse.
eruvadhril: (epic)
2013-07-12 08:21 pm

For some reason I want to hear an all-Wookie rendition of "Do You Hear The People Sing?"

So earlier I was taking the piss about how Kashyyyk is entirely covered by a single species of tree. Turns out the Protheans the Star Map People (Star Cartographers? Startographers.) made that happen deliberately, because of reasons. And then Revan connected this holographic interface thing to it afterwards. Jolee was so indignant that I was able to access the computer, bless him. I obviously have matching neural patterns because I'm ~The Chosen One~ and/or because the plot would've stopped dead if I hadn't. The security system seems weirdly convoluted, though. Prisoner's Dilemma and other hypotheticals so that only someone with a matching psychological profile may pass. Why not just use a password? And all data about Revan has been wiped from the system memory, so the disappearing act must have been planned way in advance. And then I failed the test because I'm not enough of a dick, but then I killed some droids so it's okay and I can have the Star Map after all and I don't get it. See above re. Chosen One/plot convenience.

Restoring the rightful chieftain like a boss. And I'm finally out of the Shadowlands which means I don't have to listen to any more of those god-damned monkeys shrieking.

And everybody's willing to consider the peaceful option and talk it out, except for the power-hungry slave-trading usurper. WHAT A SHOCK. It is possible that Force Stunning everyone in the room and shanking them is not "honourable" by Wookie standards, but the bastards have half a metre and fifty kilos on me. I don't call that fair.

And then this random Twi'lek gave me a datapad telling me to come to some planet and to Come Alone. You're going to have to take a number, mate.

It's no wonder the Jedi are all so emotionally maladjusted when company policy is "feelings are a dangerous weakness". This is an excellent thing to be teaching small children who have been separated from their families and denied all contact with them and the more I talk here the more this starts to sound like a straight-up cult. Screw the Jedi, man. New plan: Bastila is not Revan, she is just a normal Jedi. And then we will find her father on one of the planets we're visiting, and they will be reunited, and Bastila will realise that emotions are not evil, and they will go out for ice-cream together the end.
eruvadhril: A rainbow nebula (space cloud)
2013-06-25 09:04 pm

Back to KOTOR after several weeks :/

We've a wee stowaway on board! I don't know that the ship is the best place for her, but she doesn't seem at all keen to go back to Dantooine. We'll see how it goes.

I really like Kashyyyk. Talking to all of the Wookies is cool. I didn't expect to see such a large cross-section of a Wookie community. We don't get sat down and have someone explain "This is what Wookies are like"; we just talk to them, or hear them talking to each other. And I got to use Force Suggestion on a guy at the docking port :D

That bounty hunter with the goggles was not actually dead from smush. Now he is properly dead from lightsaber.

Mission is still adorable. I'm not at all surprised that she insisted on coming along to help Zaalbar. I like having her around, for all that this song gets stuck in my head any time anyone says her name.

I like this Jolee Bindo guy, too. It's refreshing to have an NPC who outright tells me that he has no interest in telling me what to think. I'm interested in learning more about him. All the other Jedi or Sith in the game seem to have been taught to think in absolutes, and anyone who isn't completely committed to the Jedi Order seem to go full-on Dark Side just by default. Look at poor Juhani. After her master made her think she'd MURDERED HER (seriously Juhani's master what is wrong with you) Juhani decided, welp, Dark Side it is, let's go to Murder Town. We've not seen too much of Revan (OR HAVE WE?! Still reckon it's Bastila) but Malak looks to be every bit the ruthless evil-for-evil's-sake Dark Side bastard you'd expect from the Big Bad. Carth's old mate is more conflicted about the wholesale destruction of a planet than the guy who was once one of the greatest Jedi. When Jedi fall, they fall hard... but not Jolee. I've cleared out those poachers like he asked (moar Force Persuade yay) so we'll see what he has to say after that.
eruvadhril: A rainbow nebula (space cloud)
2013-06-06 05:01 pm

(no subject)

Kevin Made Me Start A Thing 2: The Blogenning. We'll see how long this lasts.

Today I did the side-quests on Dantooine. Killed a bunch of Mandalorians; had to cross-examine a couple of guys to figure out which of them had done a murder (I triumphantly declared they both done it, then went on to explain how... no, only one of them done it, but the other one was trying so that still counts); had to sort out a family feud which the Jedi masters were sure would destabilise the whole planet if allowed to escalate. It was like a really scaled-down Romeo and Juliet where they didn't have the budget for a whole Montague and Capulet family, so they just went with a father for each of the children and left it at that. The dads want to kill each other because of reasons, and so one of them kidnapped the other's son because he reckons that the other guy murdered his son, but his daughter fancies the guy and is not down with the whole wrongful imprisonment thing and then the dads have a showdown with their battle droids. In the end nothing really came of it; the kids said they'd go to the Enclave, and the dads both said that they'd come to complain, but when I went to the Council they never mentioned it. So much for that.

But now I get to go into SPAAAAACE! It's like being Shepard again, if the Normandy was Firefly-class. First stop is Kashyyyk, a planet entirely covered with one specific species of tree.

Now the main thing that made me decide to do a proper blog post about this was a conversation with Bastila, which I have roughly reproduced here:
"I remember how hard it was when I first faced Revan. I was with the Jedi strike team when we boarded Revan's ship. We did not kill Revan, however. Our mission was to capture Revan. It was Malak who turned on his own master, firing on Revan's ship while we were still on board."

Now this makes me very suspicious. They have gone waaay out of their way to avoid using pronouns there. It puts me in mind of Mass Effect 2 when you're picking up Jack from the prison planet and there's the big reveal that she's actually a woman. Then there was the flashback/dream sequence with Malak and Revan going into the Temple of Doom, and now that I think of it, Revan didn't have any dialogue. Big cloak and face-concealing mask, yeah, fair enough, Darth Vader had the same thing, but also not letting us hear Revan's voice? The only reason they'd do that is if it's a voice we'd recognise from somewhere else. So I reckon Revan is not only a woman, but a woman we've already met. Which means the best candidate is Bastila. I don't know how she would've made everyone forget who she was- galaxy-wide Force Suggestion? Can you implant false memories with the Force? That dream I had earlier with Bastila fighting Revan, could that be some sort of subconscious suggestion that she's transmitting to all the Jedi, and that I picked up on before Jedi training because I was Force-sensitive? Is it Reaper indoctrination?

And! And! Bastila's English! All English people in Star Wars are evil!

I'm guessing that we're going to have a sort of anti-Darth Vader reveal. "I know you're evil because you killed my father!" "No, I AM your father!" turns into "I know you're good because you fought Revan!" "No, I AM Revan! *force choke*" Of course this means I'll spend the rest of the game waiting for her sudden but inevitable betrayal, like when I realised that the ingredients Anders wanted me to help him collect in Dragon Age 2 were actually sulphur and saltpetre. Unfortunately, there's no dialogue option yet for "Sorry, but are you actually Revan?" so I'll just have to wait.
eruvadhril: (Default)
2012-04-21 11:34 pm

Mass Effect 3 ending.

When I heard how everybody hated this ending and how it murdered kittens and ate babies' faces, I thought it'd have to be pretty damn bad for me to hate it all THAT much. My baseline for Worst Game Ending Ever was the D&D-based Neverwinter Nights 2, which collapses an underground ruin on your head immediately after you defeat the Big Bad in a hilarious* Rocks Fall Everyone Dies ending.

Spoilers )

*A word which here means "utterly infuriating as there is no choice involved and no way to avoid it".
eruvadhril: (Default)
2012-04-15 09:17 am

Stop the Arizona birth control Bill

Originally posted by [ profile] spiderine at Stop the Arizona birth control Bill
Originally posted by [ profile] cluegirl at Stop the Arizona birth control Bill
Originally posted by [ profile] aubergineautumn at Stop the Arizona birth control Bill
Originally posted by [ profile] enchanted_jae at Stop the Arizona birth control Bill
Originally posted by [ profile] mandatorily at Stop the Arizona birth control Bill

I just signed the following petition addressed to: Arizona Sentate, Arizona State Legislature, Debbie Lesko.

Stop the Arizona birth control Bill

If this bill passes the senate then women of Arizona would be forced to provide documentation that birth control is for medical purposes only. The "company" would not be required to cover birth control if it was for prevention of conception. Additionally this bill would give companies the right to fire women if they discovered that she was using a contraceptive to prevent pregnancy

Cluegirl note: Please don't roll your eyes and click past because you're tired of this nonsense. We're all tired of this nonsense. We're exhausted with the Tiny White Men That Other White Men Seem To Insist Need To Live In Our Ladyparts, and we're tired of being treated like cattle and chattel just because we're capable of conceiving life, but WE CANNOT IGNORE SHIT LIKE THIS! We must speak up, in our thousands, and we must speak up EVERY DAMN TIME! We must roar and shake the bars because every time even one of these appalling little incremental atrocities passes without uproar, then the Tiny White Men use it as a platform from which to to launch another, only slightly more atrocious attack.

Don't get tired, get mad. Talk about it. Yell about it. SCREAM about it. Deny nay-sayers sex over it. Do. Not. Be. Worn. Down. Because once the chains go on, it takes a lot of blood to get them off again.

This signal needs to be louder than all the 'stop internet limitations' signals. This Conservative Agenda includes the enslavement of better than half the human race. It really, really is more important.

Act like it.

Common Sense Disclaimer: If you are not me, then these opinions, relative to the experience of being me, are not yours. Also, if your gender makes it impossible for you to become pregnant and carry a foetus inside your body without resorting to science and surgery, then you must expect that your opinions on a woman's right to choose when and whether to reproduce will NEVER carry as much weight with me as an actual breeder's opinions. For you, it's abstract. For us, it's real. Ergo, I expect any debate on this subject to be handled with maturity, courtesy, and restraint. No poo throwing, no tubthumping, no trolling, and no shaming. I will ban commenters who are deliberately provocative, rude, and cruel over this. Don't be douches.

You have been warned.

eruvadhril: (Default)
2012-01-21 10:16 am

Seems I Am Not The Only One...

ETA: Redacted because [ profile] alliancesjr is right. Go read his post instead.
eruvadhril: (it are fact)
2011-06-05 01:13 pm

Doctor Who

Now, wait a second.

Read more... )
eruvadhril: (rogue demon hunter)
2011-04-13 07:17 am

NA3 DVD Extra: Martin Pearson

eruvadhril: (vetinari stamp)
2011-04-12 08:42 pm

(no subject)

My photos from NA3 )

Please also note the official NA3 Flikr group here.
eruvadhril: (giles librarian ook)
2011-04-11 01:24 pm

Nullus Anxietas III, or This Was The Best Weekend Of My Life.

Want to find out why? )

To Terry and Rob, to the committee, to the volunteers, and to all of the people I met this weekend, thank you. I hope you all had as fantastic a time as I did.
eruvadhril: (fantastic)
2011-02-18 07:37 am

(no subject)

"I'm a singer/songwriter. Is there a class like that? Like, a travelling minstrel?"
"A bard."
"Awesome! I'm a bard."
"No, you can't be a bard."
"Why not?"
"Because bards are SHIT."

How long until the Tripod Versus The Dragon DVD comes out?
eruvadhril: (nine hug you all)
2011-02-07 04:18 pm

(no subject)

@SFXmagazine Good Omens is going to be made into a four part TV series, says Sir Terry Pratchett at the #SFXWeekender.

TOTALLY CALLED IT WHEN NEIL POSTED THIS ENTRY. Well, that's a lie; I called movie rather than TV series. TV series makes me happier, though.
So, does anyone have any preferences for who should play which characters? Things that should be kept verbatim and things that you wouldn't mind having changed?
omg excite
eruvadhril: (book wyrm)
2011-01-10 06:29 pm

Dialect Meme

Snagged from [ profile] rex_dart.

Say These Words: Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting Image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

Now answer these questions:

What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bug that when you touch it, curls into a ball?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you change the TV channel with?
eruvadhril: (nine hug you all)
2010-10-22 09:53 pm
eruvadhril: (abomination)
2010-10-05 05:08 pm

Spirit Day

Originally posted by [ profile] neo_prodigy at Spirit Day

It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.

eruvadhril: (totally awesome)
2010-09-02 08:24 pm

(no subject)

Tomorrow When The War Began: actually pretty damn good. The scenes where they're trying not to be spotted by soldiers and die were genuinely suspenseful, and the explosions were cool, although at least one of them was a bit ludicrous. Homer is my favourite actor, closely followed by Kevin; they all had a few clunky lines but everyone did a fairly good job. I hope they get to do the next two, like they're planning to.

...Oh, fridge logic. The particular ludicrous explosion I was thinking of involved a dune-buggy-vehicle thing with a machine gun strapped to the front. I was thinking "That car looks like an aluminium walking frame with an engine. Why would it dramatically detonate like it's a barrel of gunpowder OH WAIT." Ignore me, I have the dumb.