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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, 10 February 2014

The 3 Big Bad(ass) Wolves... I



El Lobo Solitario
Elric of Melniboné
~by RosanneHayes

[Elric knew that everything that existed had its opposite. In danger he might find peace. And yet, of course, in peace there was danger. Being an imperfect creature in an imperfect world he would always know paradox. And that was why in paradox there was always a kind of truth. That was why philosophers and soothsayers flourished. In a perfect world there would be no place for them. In an imperfect world the mysteries were always without solution and that was why there was always a great choice of solutions.]
~The Elric Saga Part I by Michael Moorcock

How shit happens:
Let me first state that I know very little about this character apart from the fact that he's badass. Period. This is to say that I only know a few things about Elric.

1. He's the last emperor of Melniboné, an empire of non-humans, i.e. the Melnibonéans.
2. He always has been deeply disturbed by his people's sadistic practices, something which would play a major role in their demise.
3. He actually has a moral compass.
4. Also known (?) as the White Wolf due to his albino looks.

No inspirations then?
Have to say I ended up stumbling upon this character almost by chance. Even though I've sworn off TFF due to RL commitments, I only have many good memories about this site. One of my most notable finds is a few number of classy works/characters. Elric of Melniboné was one of these moments. The biggest problem about the series is this-I don't have time, $$$, and Paypal. This is also why when it comes to random analysis for any given work, I can only fight blind plus my right hand tied behind. Weirdly enough, it seems that info on the Elric saga synopsis is rather scarce.

So it's bullshitting then!
Well, technically so as to speak anyway. However, I ended up discovering Aera's whimsical character being accidentally similar to the Melnibonéans. Yet, his life is never about decadence and this is where the similarities end.
The funny thing about Aeranath is that he's born forever alone, ditto for Elric.
When Michael Moorcock conceived this character, his intent was clear right from the start-to create a main character utterly unlikable, yet capable of invoking sympathy from the audience. No prizes for guessing correctly where this part is going.
Also, the fact that Elric possesses a moral compass=/=he's a good person. It merely means he's perfectly humane and the same goes for Aeranath, i.e excluding the moral compass part. Elric has to live with guilt where his decisions are concerned, Aeranath doesn't have this restraint. In a surreal manner, one can say Aeranath is more of a Joker to Elric's Batman.

Any parallels then?
1. Elric's journey was that of tragedy and loss. This is also the story of Aeranath's past (albeit individual mileage differs).
2. Through a certain somebody, Aeranath managed to find a temporary reprieve from his inner demons. For Elric, we'd be talking about Zarozinia.
3. At the same time, Cymoril can be seen as Sarel Aphros of sorts due to a sense of infatuation. However, it could be argued that Sarel understands Aera more than Cymoril understanding Elric.
4. Not too sure if I'll pull off a Stormbringer where Fragarach is concerned. Still playing w/the idea.
5. Elric has companions. (doh!)
6. Even though the concept of True Apostles was inspired by Nasuverse itself, Aeranath's existence could be seen as 50% Elric, 50% Rule 63.
7. Not too sure if paradox is a pervasive theme for the Elric Saga, but I believe A Ranger's Tale is already an official tale on the beauty behind paradox.

Comparisons: The Real McCoy vs The Pretender
In terms of power level, Elric is quite obviously leaps and bounds ahead. However, Aeranath's lack of guilt would make him 3/4 as dangerous. Or maybe at least 1/2 to 1/3 anyway...
As for any potential Stormbringer vs Fragarach talk, I prefer to comment Elric's accursed sword is ten times more powerful albeit I've got no intention (at least of yet) to create Fragarach as some corruption almighty. Maybe totally not at all, who knows?
When it comes to romance (since every decent fantasy work seems have it, never mind substandard ones like this work of mine), both can be equally obsessed in a good sense. Elric decided to depart from the only life he knew for Zarozinia's sake, Hyo'Ah still remains as the only person capable of taming a wolf. And in case anyone is curious to ask, I'm not gonna entertain any questions on whether Alestrial will continue Hyo'Ah's legacy on a literal basis. Period.
In terms of relentless nature, I admit knowing nothing next to shit on Elric. I can try saying "oh, he's one extremely tough cookie!" where in fact this is 100% true for every main character in fiction, so I'm not about to court intellectual suicide. Perhaps this is why I'm much more comfortable creating Aeranath as a relentless hunter utterly devoid of remorse. If you think failure is a bad thing, you're an idiot. If you think being a loser is a bad thing, you're a moron. Aeranath doesn't become a deadly S.O.B just b/c he happens to own many a goon throughout his years uncounted.

to be cont'd...
Next-Final part on this post, def not this blog.