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Ok, I admit that I've failed somewhere before. But anyway welcome. Just a brief intro on what you should expect here:
1. Football. Not gonna post much of that any soon since season is over. :S
2. Anime, Games, etc. Just abt anything conceivable under the Japanese radar barring anything and everything Rule 34. Now that's illegal. Period. -.-;
3. Music. Everything to do with it is listed under the tab.
5. Unacceptable humour: Anything and everything is fair game here. As long as I don't get rounded up by the ISA. -.-'

6.
The Known World=Fantasy world building in process. I: Used to be glossary, now devoted to random rambling; II: Character Concepts; III: Lore.
7. der Wolf=my Fictionpress account under the moniker Tsumujikaze no Soujutsu. A Ranger's Tale is hosted under this page. :)
8. New section now upped. Maybe I should also gun for upping A Ranger's Tale here since I do have this funny feeling that traffic coming to here is way more than whatever I'll get in FP.

Statement of intent: Everything said here is a figment of personal opinion, be it me or anybody commenting. I try to be responsible, but my parents=/=parents of the world.

@Druid of Luhn: Crap. Should have remembered far earlier to give you the credit for your CSS text box code. :(

A/N: But sadly, it seems that your CSS text box code has now been halved efficiency wise. :(

That most important note I should have added: Any images posted in this blog are NOT my own stuff. I got them from Google image search, I don't earn any shit by being a thief and liar. Those responsible for the pictures, rest assured that you all are great artists in your own regards. Sadly, we all know what limited space means in terms of posting.

Latest Note: Changed alignment for my page widgets due to my worry that I can't centre align the thing.

Note on A Ranger's Tale: In case any complaining fella wants to have a legal case with me, let this be known that A Ranger's Tale is rated M by default. I've upped the swearing and somewhat a bit on the dark/gritty factor. You all have been warned, let no little boy and girl enter the forbidden realm.

Latest on ART: A Ranger's Tale now starting to kick back in gear. But I really hate the insanely fluctuating climate here in S'pore.

P.S: Oh, and one more thing. Vid below is yet another ideal OP for A Ranger's Tale.

Monday, 31 December 2012

Fate/stay night - Fate (11th Day)

Day 11=Caliburn+lolicon shipping+GAR-cher taking down 6 Berserkers essentially.

The king's memories - Follow through

Charming white eyes - Ilya

Refusal and escape

Stuffed animal room murder case

Small resistance

Means of escape

A distant back
(aka there's something [?] about the 1st Magic: Denial of Nothingness; 無の否定)

Elopement

Boy meets girl & girl (aka some X-rated stuff censored off by XerBlade)

Archer and Berserker "Dawn in the ruins"

Gold rush?

Boy meets girl

VS Berserker

VS Berserker (and his merry Twelve Laboured lives)

VS Berserker (and he speaks at last! Oh horrors defying logic?!)

Apparently, I might have seen way too many post-death epic wins.
GAR-cher is indeed truly GAR.

Sunday, 30 December 2012

And hence let's do some TCG spamming...

Namely the Sangokushi Taisen TCG version.* :)

Firstly, let's spam a certain most underrated badass and the relevant cp.**

* Very lagi hard to get good quality pics. Simply put, sorry for the YuYu Tei print. :(

**but I don't do yaoi. Sorry. :P


And hence I give you guys and gals the star of this post. :)

能因穷致泰,不犹愈乎!黄忠、[赵云]强挚壮猛,并作爪牙,其灌、滕之徒欤?
子龙一身都是胆也。

The Would-be Wife
从平江南,以为偏将军,领桂阳太守,代赵范。范寡嫂曰樊氏,有国色,范欲以配云。

The Official (?) Wife
Link
It should have been her (or so stated [?] by a certain Chinese mangaka)

And lastly, my most ideal pairing (even though she's basically the enemy)

My currently fave ver. Yes, me=no-hoper geek. 
ヽ(o`皿′o)ノ

凡自冀城之难,至于祁山,昂出九奇,异辄参焉。


P.S: Paiseh, I tech idiot. Tak boleh do any AMV.

Fate/stay night - Fate (10th Day)

Damned, should have done the continuation N days ago if not for consistent fatigue. -.-'

Strategy meeting

Portrait

VS Rider
(Ver. EXCALIBUR!!!!!!!!!)

Remains of Tragedy
(aka the appetiser part on why Heracles is so bloody badass)

Boy meets girl

Reparation for victory

+++++++

And just to give us all another glimpse on why Excalibur can shatter every badassery meter...
A/N: Sorry, can't find any English sub ver in short notice. Go watch Fate/Zero if you're all so curious.

+++++++

Thursday, 27 December 2012

It's been a shit day...

Or rather, I'd rather do something truly constructive to vent my frustrations anyway. Or rather, I'm really glad that I tend to be more expressive-prone than your typical S'porean anyway. :D

So let's jump straight to the point...
Namely, how in the blue **** did Sunderland win Man City?

Just a brief take on that match. I got stupefied here. No so much on how Mancini got his karma, but rather the nature of Sunderland's team layout.
If you think this is YET another 4-5-1 shit formation, you're horribly wrong. Out of the middle 5, we're actually seeing no less than three players far better in getting forward, i.e. Johnson, McClean, and Sessegnon. Simply put, it's far towards a proxy 4-2-3-1 play. In fact, the only reason why Martin O'Neill played a flat 4-5-1 on paper was very likely down to 3 likelihood reasons:

1. MON's orders were very simple: All five must defend. This is quite a bit unlikely given the fact that we're talking about 3 attacking players rather than 1-2 Mackems in Rojiblancos otherwise.

2. It's actually a bluff deployment. Again not that likely since MON isn't the kind of manager to hit a football overhaul midway through the season.

3. A little bit from both.

My vote goes to 2. Why? The key men in the deployment were none other than Jack Colback and Craig Gardner. Colback can operate either upfront as a left back or central midfielder. Craig Gardner on the other hand can be played anywhere across the midfield. Therefore, it seems very likely that it could only be answer 2. And why? Very simple, folks. 4-2-3-1 is basically a non-linear variation of your typical flat 4-5-1 where the onus is far towards possession then just merely defending from the deep.

In particularly, Colback and Gardner could be seen as your typical holding midfielders and while it's indeed true that City Slackers were pinning the Kucing Hitam for prolonged period, I suspect MON was actually gambling big upon luring the Orang Biru into a trap. Simply put, we're talking about a 6 man wall with 4 guys being cut adrift up front. And this is where Sunderland played in their greatest game as of now. It's actually no different from visualising any fight between Kurt "Nightcrawler" Wagner and Bastion. If Orang Biru can make the pressure tell, then it's GG. But yet by defending deeply with 6 Anglo-Saxon Rojiblancos, the biggest untold danger is the fact that once the Cat broke forward, it could AND will free up the 4 man Nightcrawler Team. The key lies in knowing where the ball should go upon a successful break-and-counter. Should it be going to Jonno, Mr Un-Poppy-lar or that Orang Hitam? The problem with this kind of tactic is that Jonno and Un-Poppy-lar would be on the wings while Orang Hitam will be taking on a central attacking role. If City were able to regroup in time, everything would still go LPPL (note from Kuok-gor-gor: LPPL is a swear word. Please don't learn the wrong things from a truly fallible human being).

Therefore, while it's easy to say that Mignolet managed to play like Jon Snow standing tall in Castle Black with Jonno pulling off a Tyrion-shoot-his-lao-peh, maybe we should see things from another POV. And it's called O'Neill being a far better man motivator. Come to think of it, maybe the tabloids ain't truly a bunch of liars with all the damning rumours of Robbie Manc not so Man City atm.

Actually come to think of it, didn't Mourinho said something truly trollolol about Mario Bal-LOL-telli before?

Minor correction:
Okay to be fair, Cesare Prandelli managed to somehow perform a miracle not even Mourinho was able to do.
Let alone Mancini.
Just ask Jonno.
Although I have no intention to troll the dead.
R.I.P
Dale Roberts
Oct 22 1986 - 14 Dec 2010
And still writing the script from somewhere up-above...

And let's talk a bit about how Manchester United banged that 4th $$$ shot
Given the vast significance behind the potential impact where Sir A.Fergie's dreams of this season's Premier League trophy marching back in the pure passionate red of Manchester is now one step closer, there's no intent from me in promoting any pr0n.

Yes, $$$ shot=lagi kisiao wu lui come end of season liao lor!


Simply put, the verdict was an evidence most damning on what I've said last time round. Yes, proof that I'm surely not firing that horse-after-cannon (放马后炮) after all. And this time round, something really went wrong horribly.


Seriously, United-leaks have never been so bloody scary to be fair. People were criticising why Paul Scholes was having a horrid game and I was like "well, Scholes' only sin lies in a potential studs high challenge Keano style."

Jokes aside, the biggest problem (according to the basics of Minghui-matics) lies in:
No Vidic=No internal security
No Tiote=No security check

Am I trolling here? Unfortunately, no. If you guys can read beyond the written superficiality, you'll know that a lot of Toyol United's defensive fortune depends on Vidic while Burung United's end depends on Tiote. Simply put, I don't see any Vidic just like I don't see any Tiote. Hence, the only thing separating the two would be scoring the goals. And sadly for the Geordies, they scored three, they scored never enough. 

Ironically, it's actually a way more fragile defence on Old Trafford's end that caused the aforementioned three not-so-enough goals. Which basically means that Manchester United's dependency on Vidic is way more addictive than Newcastle's need for Steven "Mr Anti-Mackem" Taylor. Of course should Coloccini go crocked, every doomsayer would start prophesying that the whole of Tyneside can't perform without Coloccini.

In a very real sense, a serious lack of loose artillery was the key behind Pardew's defenestration. And come at this moment, I'll have to hold my hands up by saying I was grossly wrong in assuming that Hernandez was the literal super-sub. In a very real sense, this was not just only a far more technical front two. It's actually a far more intelligent front two. No offence meant to Wayne Rooney of course since he's pretty much an intelligent footballer, but the common nature between Dutch and Latin American football would have ensured that while Rooney's grit was sorely missed, this was an area which will only contribute in tracking back the ball.

And come at this point of time, I think Scholes' lack of mobility was the reason why people might be saying he had a relatively poor game. Carrick is a decent player in holding the ball at the back, but Roy Keane he's never meant to be.
Read: United truly lacks a player who can self-immolate like a phoenix.


www.talkcocktactics.com

When I saw Giggs at one end while Valencia running from the other, I think Fergie might have played in a bluff deployment of sorts. A flat middle 4 to create an effective counterattacking wall upon which everything would just shift into a 4-3-3 once going forward. A shrewd bluff-all-you-mofos call imo with Valencia moving upwards and RVP playing your quintessential centre forward no different from Fernando Torres himself. Of course we all know that's a loose comparison since Fergie is no Rafa "talkingcock.com" Benitez, but let's not get into the stupid technicalities. I'm not a pundit ffs.


Final stretch (****! 9+PM! WTF man?)


The key point(s) I'm gonna hammer out ain't whatever David Yeo had said here (but srsly, 22881 locals and 1 foreigner bloke from S'pore? Apeh ini????). Rather, let me be brutally frank by saying the only reason why Blackburn failed thus far wasn't down to Henning Berg. When Blackburn fans said they always had a way stronger following all the while, they're actually right.
In fact let's just face it: Berg lost the dressing room. Or rather I believe none of the players gave any two hoots about him.

Let's face that damning trolling face, guys: We being lucky in the 1st half was a pure utter load of drivel bollocks. Boro being tied 0-0 was only down to a wasteful syndrome in front of goal and Blackburn was nowhere better. With the only difference being that we're actually bossing every and any other shit, that is.

So what/where truly went wrong for Blackburn? Very simple. Berg's failure wasn't down to a case of abilities nonexistent. It's actually down to the absurd expectation on Blackburn being "too big of a club" to remain in the Championship for long. Utter rubbish. Leeds "****ing dirty" United was a far bigger club than Blackburn and look where they are now? It's not a case of prestige. Just like we're screwed by a momentary dumb decision on the Southgate appointment, Blackburn and Leeds alike were screwed by decisions way more disastrous than 100 Joseph Stalins being cloned. I don't think there's a need to go anywhere further here since we all know who are the two Davids laughing right now at the top flight.

And now let me talk about Boro. Truth to be told, we can't afford to be that wasteful in front of goal. Now a lot had been said on Emnes being crap. My take on the issue? Let's wait out the whole damned thing first until end of season. You see, Emnes' only problem lies in a barren patch atm. Which is something every striker will always have. You don't get to see Martin O'Neill crucifying Steven Fletcher on the spot, do you?

In fact, wastefulness in front of goal shouldn't be Emnes fault. If we're to see things from a wider perspective, everybody else apart from Jutkiewicz and Steele ought to be dragged out and shot dead. Which is pure bullshitting, of course.

In fact, I suspect our lads were still suffering under the stigma of that stupid defeat at Elland Road where we deserved at least a point otherwise. Mogga said that a flu virus going viral shouldn't be an excuse back then, but when I tried imagining Woodgate performing below par, every single damned thing just went to pieces.

In short, our lads might be trying way too hard to make the last match count. We have the edge in pedigree, but we're equally crap in terms of composure. And if we're to be the same mental state come this Saturday, that certain self proclaimed Blackburn fan (not you btw, Tobias) will be laughing from somewhere sitting on his couch.

Note: Certain parts now quasi-censored due to yet another infringement of logic
Because I need to say a bit on Blackpool. Blackpool as a team has a way far better quality-attitude mix than Blackburn. Do NOT underestimate Owen Coyle. His failure under Bolton could be seen as the same case for how Mogga failed miserably up north beyond the border at the Old Firm. Blackpool however, is a different proposition. This is a team still living by Ian Holloway's legacy and that's why Coyle is here for. To continue the Clockwork Tangerines firstly and foremost above all.

Now this is a team rightfully labeled as one of our chief prototype models. We tried to play them off the park last time round, we got mercilessly sliced apart by this very band of Elven Bladesingers. Come this current regime, we'll still be facing the same old racial enemy despite their change in commander-in-chief. Of course we do have our very own Dwarven guardians, berserkers, and warrior bards. Yet, will that be enough for us to make our home superiority count? A lot will hinge heavily on how we will react to the onslaught. In terms of goals, we're way luckier than Blackburn due to us being the home team dominating the proceedings.

Read: ****ing mental pressure ftmfl.

MULTIPLE FACES OF MOGGA...
(YES, I MADE IT UP MYSELF)
Bagus-Mogga
LL-Mogga
WTF-Mogga
Evil-Mogga
Sibeh-sian-Mogga
Sibeh-suay-Mogga
Simisai-Mogga
Happy-Mogga
"Wu-lang-ai-dio-hoot-liao!"-Mogga
Trollolol-Mogga
Paiseh hor, most (in)famous Hokkien swear word involved.
Cannot print.
Heavens forbid that our lads get this Mogga-naut in the dressing room tunnel
"I'M GONNA BRAY ALL YOU BASTARDS NOW!!!!"

Fate/stay night - Fate (9th Day)

... ... ...

Infringed table

Training swordsmanship - Rin's lecture

Works

Blood Temple - VS Rider

VS Rider "Attack"

VS Rider "Sparks"

VS Rider "Fall down, your mind"

VS Rider "Summoning Saber"

VS Rider "Crazy train"

Boy meets girl

(Boliao) Challenge from this (lobo) bloker:
Try recounting how many gaming time was "wasted" on the fight against Rider. After all, we're talking about Medusa of Greek mythology. And while we're at it, the rightful Servant of Matou Sakura. Man, Nasu sure do enjoy raping people in Heaven's Feel. Mentally and physically. -_-


Wednesday, 26 December 2012

A Merry and Dark Christmas is now...

I never seen the Dark Knight Trilogy to be fair. That is until I actually watched The Dark Knight Rises movie. Or to put it accurately, it's only the latter half of the movie. Yet, I really teared up for most of the movie even until quite a few minutes after the show ended. So now here I am, doing my own half assed analysis on what truly made Christopher Nolan's Batman so dark, yet still humane. Without a doubt, Nolan had truly surpassed the Tim Burton legacy. And here's my half assed analysis why:


The difference between Part 1 and the remaining two
Is it just because of the naming? To me, there might be a hidden reason behind why the first movie is called Batman Begins while part 2 and 3 carried the vital term "The Dark Knight". To me, Batman in this very context is not just the beginning of Bruce Wayne's life as a vigilante hero, but above all the difference between Batman and the Dark Knight is a constant conflict between idealism and cynicism respectively. But is it truly that simple? Cynicism will always be birthed forth by idealism as in we can pretty much call it the worst case scenario. Or rather the most ideal answer 9 out of 10 times. Yes, this is me being a wee bit sarcastic. I might truly be way worse off than Jahat-ludin/Jamilah-din.

Batman Begins
A particular review on The Dark Knight rises actually stated that while Bruce Wayne is part of Gotham City, the identity of Batman/Dark Knight is something truly belonging to the city itself. In fact, Batman/Dark Knight IS indeed Gotham City. Have to say that I totally agree with that intelligent bloke (although I need to search again for that said review in my Google+ afterwards). But let's go onto Part 1 first.

Simply put, Batman Begins is not just about the idealist Bruce Wayne who managed to transform hatred into something so much more. But above all, Ra's al Ghul was the only reason why Bruce Wayne can be Batman (and subsequently the alter-ego called Dark Knight). Ironically, Bruce Wayne had to kill his ex-mentor-turned-enemy due to a conflict in ideology. Or perhaps the most damning of them all, the League of Shadows being the sole reason causing the chain of events leading to the brutal murder of Bruce's parents. Even more ironic is the truth that the people who had grown somewhat decadent were the rich and powerful rallied by the deaths of Thomas and Martha Wayne due to Thomas' decision to play the altruist via his own hard earned fortune.

Now come to think of it, perhaps Ra's al Ghul's greatest defeat wasn't down to arrogance, let alone Bruce Wayne. It's basically the knowledge that he had caused the death of Bruce's parents, that he's really out to make amends only to be clouded by his own ideals at the end of the day. Read: Henri Ducard might have actually threw it due to guilt, not arrogance.

Which now comes to the conflict of life lessons given to Bruce. While Henri Ducard/Ra's al Ghul preached a message of conquering one's fears to manipulate the enemies' fears, Thomas Wayne's ideology was actually all about conquering one's fears being the only way to march forward in life. The first half is basically the same logic, but not so the second half. Ultimately, Henri "Liam 'Badass' Neeson" Ducard actually became the winner of round 1 post-death. Something no different, yet far more subtle/philosophical than how Oberyn Martell achieved the same feat over Gregor "Mountain that rapes" Clegane.

The Dark Knight
We all know Bruce's journey. That everything was all about knowing the criminal mind in order to seek a greater calling. The only problem? There's a marked difference between Batman and Dark Knight. Both belonged to the same person, yet two direct opposites. It's just like seeing a coin. You can't say both sides are tails/heads. There has to be a head and tail. A mirror image of two polar existences. That's how I see Batman and the Dark Knight. In fact, the Joker might not even be merely an antagonistic character. To me, he could be deemed as the kind of person that Bruce Wayne would end up be had not for Ra's al Ghul's intervention. The entire struggle henceforth, is not just for the soul of Gotham City. It's actually Batman vs another Batman. Or rather Bruce Wayne vs Bruce Wayne. Of course, in a very real sense, the Joker actually won. Not Bruce Wayne the Joker, but rather the literal character Joker. In fact, Joker's words were actually laced with sarcasm far more than admitting defeat. Why? Because Joker understood Gotham City far better than Batman, i.e. his statement that Batman is indeed incorruptible. In YET another twist of irony, Joker's final words actually managed to let us all know why Bruce Wayne was able to complete his mission and relinquish the mask to the future generations.

Which now comes to the significance of Harvey Dent. When Joker gave him an opposite appraisal most damning, it means that more than anybody else (including even Rachel Dawes herself), Joker was that one bastard truly understanding Harvey Dent. And why is that the case was down to Joker understanding that there's nothing much separating Harvey and Gotham. In short, Harvey Dent despite being a somewhat altruistic attorney actually represented all that is wrong with Gotham City itself. The very Gotham City that the League of Shadows were out to annihilate and above all, the Gotham City that Batman was fighting against. In short, Harvey Dent's new identity as Two-Face can be seen as a stroke of metaphorical genius, intentionally or not. Harvey had not only lost Rachel Dawes, but above all the reason to live his own former life. Which indirectly means that he valued his own self  identity way more than the now-deceased Rachel, NOT basing his own identity around her. In short, Harvey Dent's spiral into corruption and insanity was basically the actual face of Gotham City and it truly showed via his brand new visage. Two-Face is not about the hypocrisy of man, but rather the hypocrisy brought about by reality. That more often than not, we will always run the risk of being a hypocrite without even noticing/acknowledging it due to circumstances beyond our control/perception/anticipation.

Of course by the end of The Dark Knight, Bruce chose to take the fall for Harvey because he had never agree with Joker's assessment, be it himself or Harvey.

The most ironic cold hard truth? Batman had truly became the Dark Knight by then, because the methods Bruce employed were no different from Joker and the rest while Harvey Dent was merely a victim of situations truly shit outta luck.

The Dark Knight Rises
I've heard that a lot of reviewers said that part 3 didn't really lived up the hype of the last two movies (although it's most likely due to random plot holes and some other illogical stuff). Now I don't want to make any comparisons due to the most obvious, but the theme for the third movie is actually a middle ground between the first and second. If BB is all about the beginnings of an ideal justified by methods most cynical, then TDK is all about an all out self-sacrifice as we can see via the latter case's ending.

In short, TDKR is actually a story of redemption after a roller coaster ride in and out of the fires of hell. First things first, let's not kid ourselves. Most of The Dark Knight Rises was truly far darker than the last two put together due to a constant theme of betrayal justified by a jaded ideal without any supposed value.

Initially, Bruce Wayne was indeed betrayed by the cops who have forgotten why Gotham City had survived thus far. Secondly, Bruce Wayne was betrayed by Alfred not because of how Alfred tried to dissuade him from donning the suit, but above all Alfred FAILED the entire Wayne family by not revealing the most damning truth about Rachel Dawes, i.e. she would end up marrying Harvey Dent anyway even if Bruce opted for a permanent retirement. Of course that also means that Rachel had unwittingly betrayed Bruce as well, but yet given the duty tasked upon Alfred, we all know who should be the guiltier sod.

And lastly, Bruce got betrayed by Miranda Tate for reason most apparent.
Selina Kyle? Well, I'm gonna have fun with this one later on.

Of course nothing else truly hurts the most when you end up realizing that you're actually the greatest betrayer to yourself. Yes, folks. Bruce Wayne BETRAYED Bruce Wayne. And this truly was shown when we saw how Bane brutalized him unto a state of near paralysis, not to mention getting thrown into a Mid-East slammer. You see, if Henri Ducard symbolized Bruce Wayne's hope, then Joker was the symbol of Bruce Wayne's what-if. As for Bane, he's truly Bruce Wayne's antithesis. The enemy he must prevailed over, not literally, but rather metaphorically. As per so aptly stated by some old hobo locked inside as well, Bruce Wayne's problem was down to the fact that he has NEVER understood fear. He tried conquering his fears, but he didn't know that only by confronting it and accepting it can he truly rise again. Bruce had never feared death because he had never considered such a notion to be a reality. To him, dying is not the problem literally. This was no different from Ra's al Ghul's teaching, but yet totally contradicting Thomas Wayne's own brand of overcoming.

And hence we have to talk about bats. Why? Bruce Wayne's every fear was basically personified into such a creature and by adopting his own means of vigilance, everything was no different from how a bat hunts it's prey. But it's only just that. Bruce tried to be his own hunting bat, but he failed to overcome this very figment of fear. Generally speaking, you can say that his fear towards bats was basically his own show of cowardice, not a show of him overcoming everything.

In short, the fear of death is something not to be ashamed of. This is the one thing that makes us truly humane. Bruce Wayne is not God and neither should he try forcing himself to be one. Ditto for all of us as well. It's only down to how you deal with it that really matters the most, i.e. accepting your fear. In fact, one of the most poignant scene was when we see how Bruce managed to climb out of Bane's Mid-East slammer pit. He tried to do so with a rope aid. He failed. He tried to do so without any aid. He actually succeeded. That old hobo might be bullshitting intentionally when he said that Bane was that child performing this very feat of inhumane courage and still the only one prior to Bruce equaling the record. But to Bruce back then, it's something truly not bullshitting. The little child he envisioned was still Bane himself (although it's actually revealed that kid was Miranda Tate herself. More on that later).

In fact, when all the hobos united themselves and chanting that "funny word", it's actually an embodiment of hope that Bruce truly represented. These blokes were not part of Gotham itself, but yet Christopher Nolan's stroke of genius again struck once more:
What he's trying to do imo is to create a foreshadowing on the actual battle soon to be fought in Gotham City by the residents of Gotham City. Batman was merely a symbolic hero rallying the call. That's just it.

Of course now we really have to touch on the romantic front since this was actually far more character driven than otherwise believed in. Actually, I've already more or less finished touching up on the Gotham City part, so let's move onto Selina Kyle and Miranda Tate.

You see, it's extremely easy to say that Catwoman betrayed Batman, but it's only oversimplifying the picture. Firstly and foremost, I never said that Anne Hathaway's character is a good character apart from the fact that she would only steal from the richest of the rich while having an idealistic streak. And this was where the fun truly starts. To me, Selina Kyle IS the idealistic picture Bruce Wayne truly wanted to be, but not truly there. Will it be a long shot for me to say that this might be the reason why Bruce was attracted to her despite going at opposing ends more often than not?

On the other hand Miranda Tate was all that Bruce had became on a positive basis. She's not merely Ra's al Ghul's daughter, but above all a mere tool of whatever legacy pursued by the League of Shadows. In short, Bruce Wayne managed to find his own direction no matter how flawed. Talia al Ghul aka Miranda Tate, on the other hand is just merely a living dead. She had her own feelings and emotions, but she's never her own person. This was actually exposed via her romance with Bane. Ra's forbade their relationship, but Talia didn't really fight back. Not for anyone else, but only for her happiness and future which by right should be hers. On the other hand, Bruce had gone through countless hell even unto the extent that he ended up seeing the ghost of Ra's so as to speak. He managed to claw his way up and we all know the rest.

Pragmatism, death, and legacy
Is it truly so hard to follow the rules? One of the key factors behind the salvation of Gotham City is this: It's one thing to obey the rightful law and quite another to see every social norm AS the law. This is the problem with Gotham City. The folks forgot about Batman not because he really broke the law (although I can never deny that acts of vigilance are considered illegal), but rather they're starting to believe that Batman shouldn't be existing. And why? Because the social norms dictated that a person employing questionable methods shouldn't be considered as a hero. This was actually brutally exposed during the aftermath of Bruce's decision to take the fall for Harvey. In a very real sense, we can also say that Bruce Wayne was also betrayed by the society he tried so hard to save and protect.

But yet at the end of the day, who are the true blue callous bastards? Not the people of Gotham City, not the Gotham City police as well. It's the reinforcements coming from other sources and perhaps the external powers that be as well. Simply put, they didn't really give a flying damn on whether Gotham would still be there, they didn't give a flying two hoots' damn on whether the people of Gotham City live or die. Remember John Blake's standoff with all the "foreign" cops? Yes, that's the one scenario I'm deriving this logic from.

Do they fear death? Surely. Do John Blake fear death? I believe so as well.

And here I must highlight Joker's words again. Bruce Wayne IS indeed incorruptible. That's why only HE can have the moral high ground to rally Gotham City even unto the extent that all those local cops are willing to answer his call! Yes, we're talking about the same kind of assholes out to bust Batman far earlier in the beginning.

And herein I must invoke this quote:

"A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy's shoulder to let him know that the world hadn't ended."

And guess what happened to John Blake?
Hint: He's still alive quite obviously

A happy ending despite a dark struggle gone
This is basically a replay of Tim Burton's second Batman movie. The only difference? Bruce Wayne has indeed found his peace. With Selina Kyle no less. And herein I must conclude what Alfred might be seeing here:

That Bruce Wayne the crusader had died when he decided to sacrifice himself in the only way possible.
Yet, Bruce Wayne the human is still truly alive.
Or perhaps merely reborn for all we know.

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

The most un-Christmas post ever...

And to think this will be my blog's first Christmas. Technically speaking ofc... -_-


Some stuff on the weaponry system in The Known World

Broadsword:
This is basically the staple weapon for those in the knightly caste. The nature of the blade is a heavier weight and intended for cutting. However with enough force applied, a precise swing can virtually cleave a fellow armoured knight into two. However, it's possible for a wielder to utilise the shield-and-sword style due to the basic requirements in strength and physique. At the same time, it should be noted mastery in the way of the sword need not to be confined within the knights themselves, but yet a knight without a sword will surely be looked down upon.

Longsword:
This is a far more balanced variation of the broadsword due to the need to create a counterbalance against armoured opponents (i.e. not just only knights, but any form of heavy infantry as well). Due to having a lesser extent of weight with the aforementioned far better balance, it's a weapon most ideal for thrusting and slashing. In fact, as a longsword's blade will always be slimmer and more tapered, the durability have to be compromised in terms of crafting.

But yet, this is not to say that proponents of the longsword fighting style will be put at a certain disadvantage against certain opponents because such a weapon is deemed as an all-rounder weapon in terms of technique. Not only are the aspects of thrusting and cutting vital, the entire weight-balance proportion will ensure attacks done via the pommel and parrying/interception through both blade and crosspiece are plausible tactics combined with the concept of grappling.

In particular, the "locking" technique is a well known facet behind the longsword style where the crosspiece can be easily used to halt the opponent's weapon momentum halfway through, be it thrusting or swinging, with disarming the enemy being the ultimate aim. In the event where such a means cannot be done after stopping the opponent through such manner, the user can either use his own weight to push his opponent back or using the opponent's pressing weight to force him off-balance via a sudden release. Interestingly enough, the grappling aspect will also take full advantage of the opponent's superior weight via a far better sense of physical balance.

Arguably the most famously known offensive measure adopted is the "straight-ripping" technique where a single penetrating thrust will always end up in a slash without withdrawal of the blade. Needless to say, this is the most feared way of combat to any warriors donning heavy armour.

Warriors wielding such a weapon are generally mercenaries and skirmishers, i.e. those specialising in terrain warfare.

Elven sabre:
This is an unique variation of the longsword where the blade is curved, flat and dual edged while the hand guard area is pretty minimal. It's especially brittle, yet renowned as the keenest blade The Known World has ever seen. This is basically your standard Elven sword where there are two ways of handling it: the normal forward grip and the reverse grip. The former allows a certain finesse and reach while the latter case creates a far more physical approach where additional power is allowed at the expense of the advantage in reach.

Yedo:
No different from your standard Katana apart from the fact that it has a ring shaped pommel and a minimal hand guard like the Elven sabre. This is the Cinha's version of a longsword. Or rather the only sword variation belonging to the Cinha.

Pole arms:
The most common form of pole arms is the spear due to it's relatively cheap cost to manufacture. This is the staple weapon for infantry units and light cavalry troops. For the former, a longer and far sturdier variation called the pike is the preferred choice due the tactical advantage offered against any frontal cavalry charge. The Kalaran Legionaries are famed for their phalanx tactics due to their pike-and-shield formation.

As for the latter case, a lighter and shorter version compared to the pike is used. It's actually far more similar towards a hunting spear where impact caused by charging momentum will increase the penetration force. In fact, such a means of shock attack can easily penetrate a mounted knight or his steed given the correct precision. At the same time, light infantry units are also known to be armed mainly with this variation as such units are meant for ambush warfare and reconnaissance.

Elven spears are wholly infantry based with shorter, but more hardened shafts and a longer blade.

Halberds are basically the preferred choice for the Teutonian infantry known as Halberdiers. Those are your quintessential heavy infantry eschewing the usage of shields due to the weapon's weight. Apart from the anti cavalry rank-and-file phalanx tactic, the axe-blade of a halberd can easily cut open an opponent when it comes to infantry to infantry melee.

Lances are only used by knights as the highest status of proof in terms of identity. There are two usage for this cumbersome weapon. One through jousting tournaments and the other as the most straightforward means of frontal charging. Lances will always be shattered upon impact unlike cavalry spears due to the difference between heavy and light cavalry. In addition, the Elven heavy cavalry are especially (and rightfully) feared for their lances.

The glaive is the Cinha's version of a staple pole arm where it's mainly used for hacking the legs of cavalry mounts and infantry-to-infantry engagement. Incidentally, it's actually more heavyweight than the normal spear, but light than a pike.
Roughly how the Cinha ver would look like.

At the same time, the Elven infantry are also known to wield such a weapon although glaives in general are considered a proof of noble status.

Axe:
Bardiche is a somewhat unorthodox version used chiefly in anti-cavalry ambush due to a lighter weight with a beyond average slashing ability. Troops using this weapon are mainly mercenaries and Tamurians.

Picture of an actual bardiche

The orthodox variation is mainly utilised by men-at-arms, units of peasant soldiers conscripted as personal guards for the head of every Noble House. Within the Kalaran Empire, they are alternatively known as Home Guards while such a term is deemed an insult within the borders of Teutonia.

There are basically three such variations: the woodsman axe, battle axe and throwing axe. The battle axe is chiefly used by men-at-arms/Home Guards with a shaft varying in length respectively. Those with a far longer shaft are known as pole axe while those with a shorter shaft are known merely as battle axe.

Woodsman axe is mainly used by hunters earning their keep and survival through hunting where they will need such a weapon against creatures far more dangerous to hunt (not to mention that they have to travel in groups due to the likelihood of ambush set off by Orcs or Rangers). The structure of such weapon is rather simple and light weight in comparison with a slightly S-shaped shaft considered shorter than a pole axe.

Throwing axe is considered as an auxiliary means apart from the woodsman axe where huntsmen are concerned.

A/N: It's not uncommon to see such hunters being conscripted as part of the respective factions' reserve military forces in conjunction to defending any form of forest terrain within their own borders. In particular, Teutonia has a tradition to maintaining a sizeable force of such individuals in any event of all out war or defending against any Orcish/bandit raids.

Missile weapons:
There are three types of such weapons: straight bow, crossbow, and ballista.

Ballista is a commonly used means in siege and naval warfare where it's a giant crossbow mounted on a platform. Generally, the naval variation will be lighter compared to those used for land, yet it's still possible for any navy to wreak the enemy walls should the distance be enough.

Crossbows are mainly used for anti-armour tactics where the range and penetration will always be far better than the longbow. Although it should be note worthy that there can be certain exceptions as best proven by the Reivers of Teutonia and the Red Lions of the Kalaran Empire.

Straight bows are basically further classified into two sub types: composite bows and longbows.

Composite bows are used by mounted archers like the Sagittarii from the Kalaran Empire and Slarvean nomads from the north. In addition, the famed charioteers from the Southlands (i.e. the Sudhlits) are equally known to utilise it to the maximum effect as well.*

*The most common usage will be pointing the arrows upwards in order create a rain of arrows through an arcing trajectory due to the advantage given to horse archery upon open terrain.

Longbows on the other hand, are more favoured by the Teutonians due to the fact that Teutonia possess the largest extent of high and forested terrain within the Northern Continent* (or informally known to the Causaceans as the Continent).

*The Aegil Orden in particular are known to be masters of sniping with their longbows while peasant bowmen are also considered as another vital core of the Teutonian military.

P.S: Damned, now 2.17 am and I only realised that due to my head getting lighter than usual. I'm truly correct in assuming myself to be a heavy sleeper. X.X

Final P.S: There are things I might have missed out. But now too shagged liao... X_X

Ending P.S: Only a talking cock statement, but I'll have to say that this is the greatest big ass post I've done for a section only meant for rambling. Just like what my ex-AS1 of 32 SIB, Steve Ang had always said whenever he's a wee bit annoyed: **** beh!!!