Help me with this story. Titled: The Zillo Beast and the Purrgil
2020.04.30 05:28 Threethirtythrees Help me with this story. Titled: The Zillo Beast and the Purrgil
Not only was the Zillo Beast of a higher intelegence than that of most bipedal terresterials, but it had a mental / sign language of its own to speak to others of its kind and it's symbiote. It would travel between planets with the help of its symbiotic partner the Purrgil. You see the Purrgil would use the excrement of the Zillo to jump to other systems. The Zillo could live off of most organic and inorganic materials. But the favorite food of all Zillo Beasts was any dark force user. Zillos could sense dark force users a couple of galaxies away, and they would travel galaxies just to find their favorite food. Unlucky for the Dugs they had a natural talent for the dark side, thus giving the Zillo a breeding ground. Only after many generations did the Dugs find out that the fuel they were mining had the ability to weaken the Zillo. Unknowingly the Dugs were using the Zillos own excrement to kill them, thus cutting off their source of fuel. One problem Zillos had were planets with large amounts of the dark side of the force, it made them nauseous and disoriented. Because of this, they would avoid these planets. However consuming strong dark force users would induce heat, where they would reproduce asexually or by mating if they could.
And that's all I've thought of so far. I think there could be a cool story behind this featuring light side force users with attachable pods to the Purrgil and going with the flow when the Zillos wanted to leave the planet. So yeah if you wanna help crowd source a story that takes place well before the Phantom Menace that would be great.
O.p. KellyS.T. Leave your first name, last initals and edit under here. Thanks in advance
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2019.07.08 02:30 fake_eric Nuclear option - any success stories?
OK I know 95% people think this is crazy and are going to discourage or mock me here. If you're one of them - nobody's making you read this, please be respectful and and keep on clicking so you can read things that you agree with. I understand the trade-offs involved and am in sound mind to be making a decision of this nature. I have a compulsive brain condition and tried many many ways to quit my PMO habit and none work at all. Porn has destroyed my life and relationships and I cant let this go on anymore. I am finally ready to take the most radical step possible. All I'm asking for here is real advice not well-meaning people trying to talk me out of it thinking they know what's best for me. If you have real experiences with the ultimate solution please share youre story. I want to know how it worked out for you and whether you regret following through when you look back (haha no pun intented). I'm really determined to end it once and for all and going to do whatever it takes. I don't care if I have to deal with pain for a few weeks during the recovery. Honestly that's nothing, compared to shame and self-debasement I subject myself to every single day. My visual system is enslaved and ravaged with unceasing firehose of sexual imagery. Enough is Enough. I will cut off the supply. I've done my research and it's clear that risk of things going wrong are actually very low. I just really wish to get in touch with people who have actual experience going through with it - not some keyboard warriors who think they're so superior and intelegent. Like how soon did you tell your close friends and family and how did they react? That's the sort of thing I'm still a bit worried about (even though as I said I'm very very determined to make it happen). It's really crazy what masterbation can do to your brain. Most people don't get it. I'm so sick of constantly living in mental fog, having a weak will and low sense of control. I just want to talk to someone on the other side who had the guts to take a leap. I don't wanna hear anything about how I can use and app or have an accountantbility partner. I've tried all that and it DOESNT WORK for me. Also just to be clear I'm not asking about the nitty gritty details, just your highlevel experience and what you learned. Someone told me that a second year medical student can perform it, i mean if they could get away with it legally in the US. So I'm not going to obsess about which exact clinic to go to - I don't think it makes any real difference as long as they speak a little bit of English. Really all I want to know is how you've felt next day, a month after, in a year? I mean tbh I guess i'm a little scared you know. I think I'm scared I will regret it just because all the opportunities that will no logner be available afterwards. Do you miss it ever at all? Like the sensations and things you can no longer do? Whenever I feel doubtful like that I just remind myself how much better my life will get in every other way once the fap problem is solved ONCE AND FOR ALL. I know that will be able to have friends again and will finally gain some muscle mass. That makes me really look forward and not be afraid. If that's not too much to ask please list all the benefits you have experienced after the procedure so that I can pep myself up as I'm getting ready. One other thing that I was concernful about is whether it would make hard to keep employment in the aftermath. But then a guy on a forum made a good point that actually that's a stupid thing to worry about because in just a few years everything will be voice controlled so it won't matter. Or whatever. I work in customer service, it's not like I'm a carpenter or massage therapist right? Lol, I'm getting butterflys in my stomach all of a sudden right now. It's only been 40 minutes since I checked in but it feels like forever I don't know why. Its perfectly normal to feel like this before any major life event. Wait I think she's calling out my namegotta go, update coming somn
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2018.10.30 01:58 calbanski Expedience and meaning dialemma
Hi guys I'm new to this whole reddit deal but I'm having a dilemma and figured that people in this group would be a good place to look for intelegent advice. I'll try to keep the outline of this problem short and consice although mentally it is anything but. I'm thirty years old. after a string of unfulfilling and tumultuous relationships I found somebody I am very happy with. When we met I had already planned on coming out to New Zealand on a working holiday visa with the possibilty of moving here. My partner decided to come with me. That was 18 months ago and we have had had a great time although she has really struggled with being away from home (whereas I don't) I have found a great job which pays me very well and a place to live in a beautiful part of the country. My partners time in which she was available to work ran out so we decided she was going to return to the uk to spend time with family while we both sort out the immigration. Stuff out. The plan being to try living here for a year and if she was still unhappy being this far from home then we would move home. That was three months ago. She has now booked her ticket back to nz but has made the decision that she will not live here so we are to split up if I don't come back to the uk. (she hasn't actually given me this ultimatum this is just the reality of the situation) So I'm stuck. Do I give up on the woman I love and who makes me happy to continue living here or do I move back to the uk. Just to give it context it's worth saying I have zero desire to be in the uk and love new zealand so so much. In 12 rules it says to choose what is meaningful over what it is expedient but which is which in this case? Is it more meaningful to peruse a career in a land that I enjoy or sacrifice everything to be with this woman I love? I apologize for the long post but atm I am open to anything that may shed even the dimmest of lights on this predicament. Thanks in advance.
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2018.07.04 20:18 helpbarak Crossroads.
Hello Jordan Peterson \ JBS followers that might be able to advice me on this.
my name is barak, Im 24, and english is not my native tounge- so please forgive me about any grammespelling/other mistakes..
so for the last two weeks im watching JBC videos on youtube on multiplie subjects, which i really liked almost all of them, probably because peterson perspicacity. but the one that raises my questions is exactly the subject that i feel locking me and making me stuck in my life. my inability to get in a relationship.
Like many others, as a kid I had alot of issues, including lack of self confidence.. long story short i have changed alot through the years. I can say now my body is well fit, I have promising carreer, i have many friends and i make new easily, and i count as a smart intelegent guy in my society (im not sure how it sounds but in my language i feel smarter). and yet, i never had a real relationship. I have broke many of my walls in life (\defeated dragons like Jordan video methafor) but not this one and im sure its understood that it effects me on every other concept of life as well (in a negitive way).
JBS showed in one video a research which shows that what females look for in men, is their relationships protocol, the more experienced the more attractive you are. this fact\theory\beliefe is one of the more inhibitiving one's in the last years for me. I belive i can be a valued high quality partner, and that i deserve a worthy woman. and there there is the fear of the girl judgment, and there is always a point when i meet a potential partner that she asks me about my ex's. this big dragon (and sometimes the thinking\ understanding of this questions might come) led me to alot of avoiding situations, which i also can regret sometimes.
Its hard to explain, but today when im out i present myself as confident successful guy. my lack of experience on this subject is not something i show\talk about. and im in a point that i really want, and feel ready to get in a relationship. actualy at my point i guess i need this deeply, also in a psychological way, and i know i have to make some kind of a big change, maby sacrifice my freedom/ security.
To be honest, with all this, im not really 100% sure if the cause to my difficulty to make a intimate connection is my lack of women experience, or some other inner low self esteem that survived from my earlier days. anyone who meets me daily would be suprised to hear about any of the last two. (and so i deal with this alone for a long time now)
so to sum up, whoever read it eventualy, lets be practical. i need advice about the approach i shoud take to make a healthy intimate connection. should i lie about my past? fake it till you make it? how do i overcome this problem?
im an impressive man, is there a way not to feel so insecure because of my lack of experience?
JBS, or anyone else here, if you have helpful practical thing to say- i be happy to read.
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2018.01.24 22:57 Uace24 Classified mission launched
Leaving from the launch pad at NKS launch facility 1 the KROL-1 mission flew on a track that amature observrers said is East. It is assumed that this is KROL-1. The first spacecraft for the NKS's intlegence agency. The KRO works in conjuction with NKS forces for targeting data and intelegence collection. In the following weeks the KRO with our international partners will be launching more spacecraft to orbit.
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2017.11.20 02:13 Tgsnum5 Heroes of Legend Episode 4: Farfetched Heroes
Hello, and welcome to Heroes of Legend. Last time,
we talked about one half of the gauntlet banner. This time, we are not
talking about the other half for a few reasons. Mainly, I had intended to have that part up on the last day of the gauntlet but things got...Complicated. I wasn't able to finish it in time. And with everything that's coming up I can't really spend time to finish it at this moment. I will
come back to it, don't worry. Just want to deal with more recent banners first. That said, I will not
be doing an episode of the TT focus. Ike and Lyn are already on the 8% banner (which is getting done in parts because holy shit there's a lot of important people on there so it'd be the biggest wall of text ever to do all at once), and Roy and Lucina are bound to be on another banner in some form.
With all that said, you all meme'd these guys into Heroes, so let's give them the attention they deserve. Dorcas:
Dorcas is a fighter from Bern. We don't know much about his life from before the game starts, only that he's married to a woman named Natalie. Natalie, thanks to some unspecified childhood illness, is crippled in one leg, to the point where she can barely move. It is
fixable, but it would apparently cost an ungodly amount of money. Money that she and her husband don't have, but evidently this has always bothered Dorcas. Eventually, he decided that he was going to have her leg fixed. no matter what he had to do to get the money, and became a mercenary.
Natalie naturally was concerned at the idea of her husband getting himself killed over her, so she set off after him...Or, well, she tried
to. Bad leg and all. She did manage to drag herself to Lycia, where she met Lyn early on in her story. She showed Lyn a drawing of Dorcas she made, but nobody had seen him. That evening, Lyn's group was attacked by a bunch of bandits, and guess who happened to be working for them at the time? Isn't that convenient? Dorcas, of course, had no clue his wife was there, but Lyn was happy to educate him.
Lyn: You! Tell me, are you Dorcas?
Dorcas: ...... How do you know my name?
Lyn: Natalie told me. What are you doing with these rogues?
Dorcas: I need money...
Lyn: That may be, but... joining up with mercenaries?
Dorcas: It's the only way to earn gold in these parts. I'll do anything... even this.
Lyn: For gold? Anything? Would you hurt your wife? Natalie is here! We're protecting her within this fortress!!
Dorcas: What!? Natalie's... She's here?
Lyn: She was so worried that she came looking for you. Think, Dorcas! Would your actions please your wife?
Dorcas: ...... ..You're right.
Dorcas: I understand. I can't do this. I'm done with these bandits. Here and now.
Dorcas: Yes... And I would repay you for your kindness toward Natalie. Allow me to fight for you.
After killing his former employers, Dorcas traveled with Lyn for the rest of the first part of her story. After Lundgren was killed and Lyn took her rightful place as heir of Caelin, Dorcas went back to Bern with Natalie and for a while made a living fighting off bandits. They at some point ended up in Pherae. This brought him back into the story two years later when he, along with his old friend Bartre, stumble on Eliwood's struggle against some bandits at the start of his
story. He decides to go along with Eliwood's group, and sticks around for the rest of the game.
Dorcas stands out among Fire Emblem characters...By not standing out. Dorcas is a level-headed, average man who's just trying to support his family. He's not on some sort of grand revenge quest, or a legendary hero. He's some guy who picked up an axe one day because he needed money. That's really all there is to him.
Of course, this makes him a prime target to get paired with some of the more...Outspoken of FE7's cast. As already mentioned, he's friends with Bartre, who's pretty much his exact opposite. While Dorcas is calm and, from what we can tell, reasonably smart (it's noted that he's something of an artist, as Bartre finds him drawing a picture of Natalie, so that counts for something right) Bartre is hot-blooded and (at least in FE7) dumb as rocks. That said, it's clear the two do care about each other. When Bartre is reminded of Natalie's condition and why Dorcas is there in the first place, he demands that Eliwood give Dorcas a raise. It doesn't work, but Dorcas knows his heart was in the right place, and acknowledges as much.
Bartre: I went to go sock that Eliwood in the jaw... But he just stood there so calmly... He listened to everything I said, then he gave me some fool excuse. I couldn’t even understand half of the words he used...
Dorcas: I’d imagine not.
Bartre: Hey, are you calling me a fool!
Dorcas: Yes. I am... You are a fool, but you are a well-meaning fool. You make big messes, but your heart is good. And I thank you for caring about Natalie and me.
Bartre: Nn... Maybe I’ve taken too many to the head, but what do you mean by that?
Dorcas: ...Forget it.
Beyond his friendship with Bartre, he also meets Geitz, a wandering warrior whose trying to find a purpose in life. Geitz notes that while both of them use axes, they fight differently. Dorcas is ruthless and pragmatic, attacking just about anyone and only looking out for himself, while Geitz fights with reckless abandon with little regard to his own saftey, as if he didn't care if he lived or die. Dorcas says that he needs to put his own survival first, as Natalie is counting on him. Geitz gives a more abstract explanation for his fighting style, and Dorcas is clearly not impressed.
Geitz: Well... You noticed well. That is entirely true. To be honest, I don’t know why. Perhaps I still seek the meaning of my own life.
Dorcas: The meaning...of life?
Geitz: Yeah. Why was I born? What am I doing here? Is there somewhere in this world I actually belong? That kind of thing. Have you never wondered about that?
Dorcas: Hmm... It must be nice to be able to worry about such things.
Dorcas: I don’t have the freedom to worry about such abstract concerns. Only work and survival matter.
Geitz: Maybe so. Yeah, maybe you’re right. I was born into a rich family, I’m smart, and I’m strong. The wheel of fate spins for us all, and I received more than my share of fortune’s graces.
Geitz: What. Did you have something to add?
Dorcas: ...No, not really.
Before you start casting judgment on either of them, their A support makes it clear the two are good friends by this point, with Geitz making it clear he wants to help Dorcas get his money in whatever way he can, and while Dorcas, as usual, is more understated, he does seem to hope that Geitz finds whatever he's looking for.
He does have a support with someone a bit more suited to his temperament, with Ostian knight and Hector's retainer Oswin. Oswin spends the support trying to recruit Dorcas to the Ostian knights, noting that Dorcas sadly seems much stronger already than most of their knights. Considering the terrible trio of armor knights in FE6, and the fact that friggin Wil
becomes the head of their archer brigade, I can't say he's wrong. Oswin goes on to note that they'll take in anyone of merit regardless of birth, even saying that he himself is a commoner to Dorcas's surprise. Ultimatly, however, he turns Oswin down.
Dorcas: Oswin... Why did you... become a knight?
Oswin: Why, to protect good Ostia in this armor, of course! This cold steel protects not only my body, you know. It also protects my lord and my people! I became a knight to act as the very wall that protects our families.
Dorcas: I see...
Oswin: And so...
Dorcas: No... Forgive me, but I must decline. I respect your choice in life. But I fight to protect only one, not many. I do this for my wife, waiting for me in Pherae.
Oswin: I understand... You are her knight then, my good man. That is our loss, but the choice you make is solid. Well then, shall we be going? For those protected ones we hold dear!
Dorcas: On we go.
He also ends up with a rapport with the pegasus knight Farina. Farina also fights only for money, but more just for the sake of getting filthy rich rather than Dorcas's more humble motivations. She first talks to him more or less just to brag about how much money she's making (ten times as much as Dorcas), leaving him flabbergasted. He comes just short of begging her to tell him how she's making that much money. She takes pity on him after hearing about his wife, and initially tries to give him advice on how to pick better-paying clients, and eventually she just straight up gives him the money he needs. Dorcas, stunned, says he'll pay her back, which she initially shoots down...Until he mentions he'll do it with interest, then she's all for it.
Finally, there's his Vaida support. I...I think I'm just going to let this one speak for itself.
Vaida: Hm? What’s this? No one here? I thought I was supposed to meet someone here! Those blasted kids from Lycia. They sent me to the wrong place! Well, no matter. I’ll show those brats. Bloody moppets!
Dorcas: ...No one’s here. I thought I was supposed to meet up with someone. Oh, well... I’m better off on my own anyhow.
Vaida: What is this!? Some cruel game? Who do they think they’re toying with!? Bah... It was that Eliwood who sent me here! To meet his pal, Dorcas... The one with the pretty little thing fretting at home. So why’d he leave her, the big oaf! If I know men, it’s because he’s another scoundrel. I bet he’s got a girl in every village this side of the mountains! Well, he’s no hero at all, in my book! ...Where are they?! Grarr! I give up! What good are these useless man-heroes?!
Dorcas: ...Not again! But I checked the place and time... Vaida was supposed to be here... The one who betrayed Bern for Prince Zephiel... She would give anything to discharge her duty to him. They say she is pure, but a bit too idealistic. Ideals... Ha!! She must be young. Well, she’s nowhere to be seen. Very well. Then I will return. I hope that young girl is staying out of danger...
Dorcas: ...? You...?
Vaida: Yeah? What are you gawking at!? Are you looking for a beating?
Dorcas: ...... A “pure girl who is true to her ideals”... Surely it can’t be her...
Vaida: Huh? What are you mumbling, ape?
Dorcas: ...Nothing. I beg your pardon.
Vaida: Hold there!
Dorcas: What is it?
Vaida: ...... A scoundrel with a girl in every village... Surely it can’t be him...
Dorcas: Did you say something?
Vaida: No. Mind your business.
Dorcas: Ah. Fine then. So I failed again...
Vaida: When is that useless man going to arrive!?
Regardless of how, his ending states that he did get the money to mend Natalie's leg, and the two lived their lives in peace...Alright, alright, fine. Here's the commercial before we move on, you deviants. Mia:
Mia is a mercenary hired by Crimea during the first war with Daein. Greil breaks her out of prison mostly by accident when he and his mercs were rampaging through Galia. She decides to join up with them as thanks, even though Greil dies shortly after she joins. She is, in fact, the only
new recruit that actually stays with Ike's mercenaries after PoR, becoming a permanent member of the group, still working with them three years later in RD, where she prominently features in the big rescue of Lucia (more on that later).
Mia is...Energetic, to put it lightly. She's always upbeat, and does everything with enthusiasm. Why she doesn't have a Kieran support, I will never know. She also has an obsession with finding an archrival to duel, thanks to a fortune she got. Unfortunately, the main candidate for it in Ike's group is...Lacking.
But we'll get to that in a minute. Let's get her two less well known supports out of the way first. She can support with Ilyana, a perpetually starving mage. Mia is shocked when she sees her and at first thnks she's sick, but Ilyana insists she's fine. This goes on for both the C and B supports, eventually escalating to Mia finding her half dead on the ground in the A support. Ilyana explains that no matter how much she eats, she's always on the brink of starvation like this. Mia tries to go get her something to eat, but Ilyana has a more...Direct solution.
Ilyana: Please...don't leave...
Mia: Whoa there! Let go! Hey! Stop trying to eat my foot!
Mia: No, no, no! I can't have you feasting on my limbs! Somebody bring this girl some food! Anything, people! Old leather shoes, fruitcake...anything!
With one incident of a sixty-pound mage trying to eat her behind her, let's go the complete polar opposite route. Her second support partner is Largo, a mountain of a man who claims to be the strongest man in Tellius. Mia takes one look at him and instantly decides she has to fight him, but Largo declines for the worst possible reason.
Largo: I'm not sure how I feel about sparring with a girl.
Mia: But I'm a dangerous myrmidon! A graceful whirlwind of singing steel!
Largo: I don't know how to put this, but... shouldn't you be doing something more domestic than fighting with a sword? I don't know...maybe knitting? Or cooking? I guess you could learn to be a mage...
Mia: ...For your personal safety, I hope you aren't saying that I can't fight because I'm a woman.
Mia: All right, you brought this on yourself! Get ready to fight!
Largo: Uhhh... I was only saying that people need to be more peaceful. Yeah...that's it. Hey, I've got an idea! Let's see who can knit better.
Mia: Enough talk! Time to fight!
Largo gets his ass kicked by Mia, and she then forces him into a much closer fight, before he manages to calm her down enough to ask why she's so obssesed with fighting. Turns out, he struck a pretty big nerve by accident.
Largo: Wait.... I know you're tired, but can I ask you one question?
Largo: Why push yourself so hard?
Mia: Because I've been told too many times that a sword doesn't belong in the hands of a woman. I've got something to prove.
Largo: Oh...I get it.
Mia: I understand if I lose to someone with better technique. When that happens, I can always hone my skills and work on getting more combat experience. If I lose, it's not because I'm a woman. It's because someone trained harder than me. And if that happens, I'll hone my skills and come back to beat them.
And finally, we come to Rhys, a priest who's constantly sick and couldn't hurt a fly. Clearly, not the ideal target for a duel, right? Well...
Mia: Oh... It's you? YOU!? RHYS!? Well, can't be picky, I guess... Hiyaaa! Take this weapon, cur!
Rhys: Um... Oh, hello, Mia. What is this? A sword? Yes, I think that's right... Ooof! It's heavy!
Mia: Yessir! Who would have thought it was gonna be you!? Funny, that. Now... Get ready! En garde!
Rhys: Yaaaa! Wait! S-stop, please! I don't know what's going on! I c-can't use weapons!
Mia: Whaaat!? Oh, come on. You can use them a little, right? Riiiight?
Rhys: No! I've never even touched one before... B-but if you just want me to hold it, I can. Hmmm... I hold this end, right?
Mia: ...Oh, this is so disappointing! I had my fortune read the other day, and the old crone told me that I'd soon come across my one true foe! "With white robes flowing in the breeze, your archrival rides toward you..." Oh, I was so looking forward to it!
Rhys: Um...sorry to disappoint you. I'm pretty sure that it's not me.
Mia: Aw, it's not your fault, Rhys. I was just prepped for a big fight with my archrival, and then you came walking by... Thought maybe it was you, you know?
Rhys: Um... I can just stand here and hold the sword if you want to hit it a few times.
Undeterred, Mia comes up with the perfect solution!
Mia: No! Stick around! I could be wrong. Maybe fortune-telling can't predict the future after all... Too bad! That crone had a great reputation. Wait... Maaaaaybe...
Mia: Do you want to train with me, Rhys?
Mia: Oh, why didn't I see it before! You have what it takes to be a legendary swordsman! You just don't realize it yet. There is awesome potential within you. And when you finally realize it, you'll end up clashing with me as my grand archrival!
Rhys: Hah! Haaa.... Um... I don't think that's likely to happen, Mia. Although...it's true that I once wanted to be a fighter, back when I was a frail child.
Mia: Aha! I knew it! You can't give up unharnessed talent like yours just because you're frail! Give it a try. C'mon! I'll train you myself! We'll start with the basics.
Mia: Of course...even if I am training the man that will one day be my most hated rival! We better get cracking!
This doesn't go well, as Rhys really doesn't have the body to be a myrmidon. Hmm...I know, clearly, he just needs to be a different kind of fighter!
Rhys: It'll be fine. I'm not overdoing it. I'll just support everyone from the rearguard. And I'll have you looking out for me, right?
Mia: Of course! I feel responsible for your safety. I always try to look out for you and make sure you're holding up. You know, I've been thinking for a bit... And... Um... And I've decided to stop believing in fortune-telling.
Rhys: Well...maybe the fortune's meaning was just mixed up--
Mia: Hogwash! No more excuses! It's all a bunch of hooey! But hey, wait a second... "With white robes flowing in the breeze, your archrival rides toward you..." ...RIDES toward you... Could he be a mounted soldier and not a myrmidon?
Mia: You may be horse-riding material, Rhys. Yeah, that's it! Marching is a lot easier on horseback. Wouldn't that be better for you?
Rhys: What!? Me on h-horseback!?
Mia: Yeah! You wear white, too! Don't you think you'd look dashing on horseback!? Swing your staff from the top of a horse and I'll fight in style beside you!
Rhys: Whoa...hold it right there, Mia...
Mia: All right! It's settled, then! We've got to get you training!
Rhys: Hold it! You've got the wrong guy...
Mia: No, I don't. We're destined to meet!
Rhys: We are?
Mia: Yes! I can't think of anyone else that could be the man of my destiny!
Rhys: D-destiny!? Wait a second... I thought I was your archrival!
Mia: Never mind the details! I am counting on you, Rhys!
How these two don't have a paired ending will confuse me to my dying day. And, yeah, here's likley the real reason why we're talking about her today.
Every time you want to complain about the voice acting in other games just...Remember what we used
to have. Lute:
Lute is an...Esentric mage from Renais. She's first seen traveling with her, well, the closest thing someone like her can have to a friend Artur, who got sent to deal with a monster infestation. While Artur is obviously terrified of the revenants, Lute is more fascinated by them, pleased with the chance to see the creatures she's read so much about in the "flesh". Lute joins up with the group after someone visits her village, although not without checking for something first.
Lute: Your flesh shows no sign of putrefaction. It seems you’re not a revenant. I’ve decided to join you in battle now. My name is Lute. I’m a mage of superior wisdom and rare ability. I’ve been reading up on these revenants. They are, quite simply, no match for me. I am superior after all.
Lute's personality could probably best be summarised as the fantasy equivalent of the "Hollywood Nerd". An attractive and intelegent young man/woman with zero social skills. Lute, however, adds an extra bit of egotism into the mix. And when I say "zero social skills", I mean it. She frequently goes past awkward and straight into being creepy. I'll let Artur describe how she was as a kid.
Artur: Sigh... I hope this isn't another of your pranks.
Artur: Do you remember when I loaned you my copy of "Lux Aeterna"? You replaced my bookmark with the tail of a sedgel lizard. You scared ten years off my life, I swear it!
Lute: Did I do that?
Artur: And! Knowing full well that I have a...mild...fear of spiders, you caught a small army of them and unleashed them in my room!
Lute: I thought that if I immersed you in the thing you feared, maybe you might be able to overcome your fear entirely! And I went to a lot of trouble trying to catch those spiders!
However, Artur is very much in love with her, in spite of her questionable attempts to "help" him. Unfortunate, Lute...Doesn't really get this whole "love" thing.
Lute: They're kind of cute, don't you think? I mean, like those revenants, for example.
Artur: It's fair to say I will never understand your tastes. Besides, I thought you enjoyed using them as, well, magic practice.
Lute: Oh, I do. I do indeed. I use my magic to rip them to shreds...with love, of course.
Artur: Your way of expressing love is somewhat frightening...
Lute: Do you think so? Thank you.
Artur: No... That wasn't a compliment. ... Should I, ah, expect you to attack me with magic, too?
Lute: Hm? Why would I attack you with my magic?
Artur: You don't get it?
Lute: No. Your strange logic baffles even my brilliant, brilliant mind. That's why I'm curious.
Artur: Really? You don't get it?
Lute: No, I don't!
Artur: You really don't?
Lute: Stop that!
Artur: I'm just giving you a hard time, Lute. All right. I'll just come straight out and say it.
Artur: It's because I like you.
Artur: In fact, I love you, and I'm hoping perhaps that you love me.
Lute: Oh! Oh!!!
Artur: Now, do you understand?
Lute: Er... Um... A-according to "A Young Girl's Primer to Nazonian Magic," that most ancient tome long sought by, er, the terrible Demon King himself... it's not uncommon for a party to assign feelings of...er, love to the reanimated hordes they confront on the battlefield, and considering my incredible brain and the remarkable skills I--
Lute: Well, that is... What I mean is...
Artur: What's wrong with you? I don't often see you lose your cool.
Lute: Th-that's because...
Lute: Well... My books don't tell me anything about how to deal with love! So...
Artur: Heh... Heh heh heh... Ha ha ha ha!!!
Lute: I'm sorry. I'm a little out of my depth when it comes to love.
Artur: No, you're not. Love needs no textbooks. Just be yourself, and listen to your feelings.
Lute: Is...that all I need to do?
Artur: I promise.
Lute: ... Er, excuse me...
Lute: Well, er...
Lute: I'm glad...you're here.
Artur: I am, too, Lute.
However, that's honestly Lute at her best. At her worst, we get stuff like this:
Knoll: Er, excuse me... If at all, uh... would you mind not stalking me like that?
Lute: You noticed, huh?
Knoll: What did you expect? You've been at my back for days. I can't help but notice! What do you want from me?
Lute: steps forward Aaagh!
Knoll: steps back Hey! What was that for?
Lute: steps back You dodged, huh? I knew your presence would be dangerous to me.
Knoll: Hm? What do you mean by... steps forward
Lute: steps forward Gah!
Knoll: steps back Stop! P-please! Stop!
Lute: steps back You did it again. Hm. This isn't good. Nobody else has dodged me twice.
Knoll: Wh-what are you saying-- exit Knoll
Lute: You're quick at escaping, too. You're dangerous. I'm afraid I can't let you threaten my natural superiority.
There's a fine line between competition and attempted murder, turns out. Knoll eventually gets her to stop trying to, you know, fucking kill him
when she decides that he is indeed worse at magic than her. Knoll, correctly, thinks she's missed the point, but still offers to be friends if she wants. She can also support Ross, who finds mages interesting and wants to talk to her, hoping to maybe become one. Lute shows off her usual diplomacy on the matter.
Ross: Hey! At least pretend to ponder the question for a little bit before you answer.
Lute: OK. Bye.
Ross: Hey! Hey, wait a minute!
For the sake of avoiding accusations that I'm selling her short, she does
give an actual answer later.
Lute: What do you want?
Ross: Well, nothing in particular. I just thought we could chat...or something.
Lute: Well, THAT doesn't sound very productive nor strategically important, but... If you want to, please go ahead.
Ross: OK. Um. Let's see. What to talk about. You know, my mom used a little magic, too. She passed away a while ago... But, that's why I thought I might be able to use magic, too. Last time, you said no right away, but you hadn't heard the whole story.
Lute: Do you want to be a mage?
Ross: No, not exactly.
Lute: Well, then you should keep following your own instinct instead. Everyone has his or her own talent. I figure the path you are taking now is appropriate for you.
Ross: Yeah.... Maybe you're right. Well, it's not like I was torn between the two or anything. I kinda just wanted to talk with a female mage like you. Thanks.
Lute: Um, you're welcome, I guess. I'm glad I could be of your service.
I'm going to be frank, there's not much else to talk about with that one. She can also support with Vanessa, aka "the early game peg that nobody remembers for some reason". Although even in-universe, Lute seems more interested in her pegasus than her.
Vanessa: You must be Lute!
Lute: And who are you?
Vanessa: I'm Vanessa. I'm captain of Frelia's pegasus knights. And this here is Titania. We're both pleased to meet you, Lute.
Lute: Ah, the pegasus, the proud, winged horse. You know, they only attach to someone they accept as their master. And did you know that pegasi fly by kicking the air, not by flapping their wings. It's a common misconception, but wings are mainly used for gliding.
...I'm not an expert on aerodynamics, but I'm pretty
confident in saying that makes no sense. But then again, I'm not a superior mage, I guess. Also, I didn't mention it before, but Lute seems to have trouble with names. She thinks Ross' introduction of "I'm son of the warrior Garcia, Ross." is actually his full name, and as for Vanessa...
Vanessa: Um... No.
Lute: I meant...Vanessa, right?
Vanessa: I'm happy to know that I've made such a strong impression on you, Lute.
Vanessa actually keeps the snarky attitude towards Lute for most of their support, ultimately culminating in this gem:
Vanessa: Lute, did you know this? The wings of a thousand pegasi are an incredibly potent aphrodisiac.
Lute: I...I didn't know that... OK, now I really need Titania's help.
Vanessa: Wait! Wait! I was just kidding! Hush, Titania! Hush! I was joking!
Lute: I see... I was, um, kidding, as well. Heh heh?
Vanessa: Hee hee! Consider it payback. But, Lute, I never thought you would try to steal the wings right off her back! Guess the battlefield is a lonely place! Ha ha ha ha! You know, I'm often told that I need to loosen up and not be so serious. I'd always tried to be like my sister. She's very strong, as both a knight and a person. Maybe I've tried too hard. But it's so much easier to loosen up with people like you around. Thanks!
Lute: I see.
I...Don't want to think about why she would need an aphrodisiac. Lute also mentions that she actually wants to be a pegasus knight, claiming that she's "at 98 levels out of 158 levels total." in training to be one. Sadly, Dark Flyer didn't exist as a class yet.
And finally, we come to her final support, Kyle. He wants her help in coming up with new tactics, noting that using magic makes her unique in that regard. Lute, for her part, actually goes along with it without any protest. In fact she's probably at her most casual with Kyle, maybe even more than with Artur. She doesn't try to experiment with him, or spout off a bunch of random facts. She's actually pretty normal around him. Whatever the reason is, they both end up falling for the other, as Kyle is her other possible paired ending. Whether or not Lute marries or not, she always becomes more open in her ending. Apparently, killing monsters makes you more social. Who knew! ...And yeah, like I was going to leave this gem out.
It's, again, probably the reason she's in the game in the first place.
For the first time, we've actually hit the character limit here, so Joshua will be posted in the comments.
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2017.10.07 01:33 SultaiFTW Color me plz!
1) You are offered a wallet which can generate any amount of money you wish, as long as each time you use it you ask for a sum which is at least 50$ more than the amount of money it gave you last. You must use it at least once a day, and you must spend the money within the day, or you die. Considering how introducing large amounts of new money into the system could (and eventually would) impact the economy, do you accept the wallet? If you do, how do you plan on using it? I’d proably try to game the system. Like I could use the money to pay a close friend to say “dickbutt is my personal savior.” that way I would have technically spent it all. The next day, we could split the money and be able to save or spend it as we wish. Once I have enought o support myself and my friends, I'd probably put like 70% of the money into charities and schools and stuff like that. Naturally, we’d keep it a secret so nobody would try to use/exploit us. If the economy became to unstable via inflation, we could always burn the money the day after recieving it.
2) You are given the possibility of having any one person in the world die, and no one would ever suspect your involvement. Do you take this chance and, if so, who do you kill and why? Probably kill a super powerful person who's making the world worse via racism or something like that. I probably wouldn’t kill them imediately though. Mostly because I’d have to learn what the unintended consequences of their death would be before decinding when and how. If that person could be removed from power and placed in a position where they'd be unable to have a meaningful effect of the live of me, my friends, and people in general, then I’d save this ability to kill.
3) Do you believe in some sort of higher power? What do you think awaits us after death? I don’t believe in a god or higher power. Largely because I have recieved no evidence of it (this bit is like 30% of the reason) and have no use for believing in a higher power (this is the other 70%).
4) One night, you have a lucid dream where you’re in an empty space, holding a mysterious object: a light-weight cube slightly bigger than your fist. It constantly shifts color and, as you turn it over in your hands, you notice it has four dials (each one on a different side), a display, a button which reads “SELECT” and an inscription: Choose one. No two dials have the exact same symbols on them (some are different, some are shared, some dials have more symbols than others), but they are all new to you. The moment you touch a dial, the display lights up: Substance Mimicry. After rotating one of the dials, you realize that each combination of symbols equals a different (and, as far as you can tell, distinct) superpower. What do you do? Learn everything I can about this. This is both facinating in its own right and who knows the posibilities it provides.
5) What do you think of ‘white lies’? How about lying in general? lies have their uses but must be used sparingly. honesty is the best policy.
6) Personality-wise, what would you say your greatest strength is? How about your biggest weakness? strength: my understanding that i know very little and thus must make an active effort to avoid judgement and instead listen to other people. Their lives/experiences r just as valid as mine. Their concusions and opinion should make sence from that person’s personal context of personality and expeirences. my biggest weakness is probably the fact that I can be very lazy and my pride can can prevent me from seeking help.
7) You accidentally find out that one of your best friends, who’s in a relationship, has recently cheated on their partner, whom you’ve met a few times (and found them to be quite friendly and light-hearted). Your friend swears that it was just a one-time occurrence and it won’t happen again. What do you do? I trust me friend to make the best decision for themself. I might advise them to come clean since thats usually the best decition but ultimately I would have to trust my friend’s judgement and superior knowledge of their relationship.
8) You receive the power of being capable of transforming back and forth between yourself and an animal of your choice at will (as long as it’s a vertebrate–aka fish, amphibian, reptile, mammal, or bird). What animal do you choose and why? (note: when you morph back to human you’ll still be wearing your clothes) Bird. probably a raven or an ibis. I realy like the idea of being able to fly and corvids are so intelegent and beautiful and ibises are a wonderful blend of gorgeous and ludicrous looking.
9) What are the three adjectives that describe personality you hope no one will ever associate to you? inconsistant. cruel. reckless.
10) The world influences us from the very beginning of our life with a relationship of cause and effect. In fact, our existence is technically influenced even by (some) things that happened millions of years ago: everything that has ever happened has lead up to this moment. Do you think that a hypothetical being with a perfect understanding of the past and the present would be able to ‘predict’ the future? yes. I’m assuming that perfect knowledge incudes their internal thought proceses.
11) Name one thing you really like and one that you really dislike that didn’t exist ten years ago. I really like my internet access. Its very useful for many things. I don’t like the Trump presidency.
12) You’re given the option of turning time back to when you were a baby, but maintaining all the knowledge you currently have. Do you take it? indifferent. I think most of my decisions would be the same as the ones in this one. And if I’m wrong, I like where I am now and I don’t want to risk screwing with it to much.
13) You decide to go on a fun trip with a group of friends: you buy the tickets, get a hotel, and you have a rough idea of what you’d like to go see. A few days before departure, you get a message from one of your friends, the one who had the idea for the trip and is the ‘more or less official’ organizer, asking you to help them plan out the details of what the group is going to do each day, and the relative schedule. What do you do? at some point, detail work is excessive. I don’t think we would have a great time with only a rough idea. As long as we knew all the options we had, I’m sure we would naturally choose the best ones.
14) Pick up to two of the first thirteen points where you enjoyed the question and felt convinced about your answer. 1 and 6
15) Pick up to two of the first thirteen points where the premise of the question didn’t really appeal to you or felt off and you answered mostly for the sake of completion. 8 and 11 (well 8 was 100% a "for completion" but 11 has some merit - just not as much as the others and 50% of my filling in 11 is for completion)
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2015.10.30 07:47 pm_your_huge_chode WVW VGC2015: The techy pokemon faster than a bullet punch, Scizor.
Another tupid pun. Lets bullet our way into this wvw. I'll be discussing normal and mega scizor here. Why use scizor
Scizor has lost quite a bit the generation. Gems are as common as an intelegent youtube comment, steel was nerfed and the power creep this generation hurt scizor a bit. That said I think scizor is a bit underplayed this format. It has an ok match ups against kangaskahan, gardivoir, amoonguss(googles), sylveon, aegislash, genies and others. It also has a terrible match up though against fire types, bulky waters and and others. It is quite diverse in its sets that include but not limited to life orb, safety googles, and mega. Stats, typing ability HP: 70 Attack:130->150 Defense: 100->140 Sp. Atk:lower than the average battery life of the 3ds Sp. Def:80->100 Speed:65->75 Typing: Bug/Steel Abilities: Technician, Swarm, light metal->technician
We see here that scizor has a fantastic attack stat and defense stat, middling spdef and hp and low speed. The speed normally isn’t a problem since bullet punch is your main stab move but we’ll get into that. The typing is bug/steel which is a god-send because it gives so many good matchups for scizor in this meta that aren’t fire. It allows you to take any hit from kangaskhan uninvested(Don’t bring up fire punch for the love of arceus) and wall sylveon and gardivoir. Scizor has an absolutely fantastic ability too. Technician makes bullet punch around a 60bp move and powers up bug bite. In regular scizor form, technician is obviously the way to go to power up bullet punch and bug bite. Swarm shouldn’t be used at all. Light metal actually has use. If you are using Mega
Scizor, it allows you to switch into a low kick or grass knot for less damage(halves users weight) before you mega evolve. Light metal obviously shouldn’t be used on regular scizor. Moves Protect
: Protects the user for a turn from attacking moves and status moves but has a 50% decay of using it twice. Protect is protect, which in double battles is the best move in the game, to punish double targeting, stall out trick room, tailwind turns, and allow an ally to beat a threat. Bullet punch
: A 40bp steel move that has +1 priority, also gets technician boost. A must have move on scizor. It is a priority move with kick to it because of technician and steel isn’t resisted by much too allowing a bullet punch+other partner to get many kos on even middle-bulk pokemon instantly. While it might be tempting to go iron head for more damage to kill sylveon and gardivoir, keep in mind they aren’t doing much to you anyways and you kill them with a +2 bullet punch anyways. Knock off
A 65bp dark move but the power is increased by 1.5 if the target is holding a non-mega stone and removes the item. While it might seem weird to include a non-stab move here that doesn’t hit a x4 weak mon, it gets an honorary stab mention on scizor. At +2 it ohko’s aegislash and cresselia still, and also hit so many pokemon for neutral damage after a boost. You will be using bullet punch 80% of the time anyways so normally bug bite isn’t missed. Just try it, you won’t regret it. Bug bite
A 60bp bug move that also eats and gains the benefit of the target’s berry if it has one, also gets technician boost. Bug bite is a great alternative to knock off if you want to hit harder neutrally. Granted bug isn’t the best typing anymore and you use bullet punch most of the time anyways. I would say go bug bite if you have ways to hit aegislash and want the higher damage output. Swords dance
Boosts the user’s attack by two stages. Scizor is one of the few pokemon in vgc that can pull set up consistently because of the typing, and if it has safety googles, if it is in front of amoonguss. Feint
a 30bp normal move that has +2 priority and goes through and prevents the effects of protect(s), guard(s) and crafty shield, also gets technician boost. A cool tech(haha) and support move on scizor. It goes through protects and guards to ease predictions and allow maybe another partner’s move to go through quick guard and wide guard. Super power
A 120bp fighting move that lowers the user’s attack and defense by one stage. Superpower is another cool move on scizor. It allows scizor to ohko kangaskhan, hydriegon, heatran(assuming you get speed control up obviously) and other fighting weak mons assuming
it has a life orb. Don’t use superpower with a swords dance set because it is counterproductive. In fact I would say to only use superpower on a life orb set to get the ohko’s you want with superpower. Tailwind
Doubles your teams speed for 3 turns. Another techy(ok just stop it) move on scizor. It is a more supportive option for scizor, which might seem bad for a more offensive mon but again with its typing it allows scizor to use it consistently. Quick guard
A +3 priority move that blocks the opponents priority moves from hitting you. Quick guard is kinda questionable for scizor because scizor is slower than most fake our users, so they can fake out before you can block it. Quick guard can however block prankster which is nice………………..**** you thundorus Substitute
Uses a quarter of the users hp to make a substitute. While I haven’t seen substitute on scizor before, in theory it could work because of the steel typing so feel free to try it. Items Safety googles
: Grants the holder immunity to weather-related damage and powder moves. I firmly believe safety googles is the best item on scizor right now. It not only punishes amoonguss and breloom but also punishes common partners of amoonguss like gardivoir, kangaskhan and others to allow scizor to swords dance and sweep with boosted bullet punches, and even hit those mons hiding behind amoonguss. Nuff said Life orb
Boosts the power of moves by ~30% (5324/4096), but at the cost of 10% max HP each time the holder uses an attack. Another item which I feel is great on scizor. It allows scizor to get ohko’s on pokemon like gardivoir, sylveon and kangaskhan which scizor otherwise can’t get. Scizorite
Mega evolves scizor. Mega scizor is interesting. It has more bulk than normal scizor, and has more attack(except life orb) but costs a mega stone and item. The biggest reason to use m-scizor is because of the incredible bulk, great priority move and the more consistent set up. I would say m-scizor is good, not outclassed by any means but you should have a good reason to run it over normal scizor especially over safety googles. Lum berry
Cures the users status conditions. I don’t think that lum berry is a good item at all for scizor. Safety googles is better against amoonguss, paralysis doesn’t hurt you much, and you probably should be wary to stay in on bulky waters anyways(which is the main source of burns). Safety googles, life orb and scizorite are the best items to use scizor by far because they all give a scizor a decent niche in the metagame. Speed tiers
Speed tiers are interesting to say the least on scizor. You will pretty much only be using bullet punch as an attacking move so not much speed is needed. Not to mention speed creeps for pokemon in this tier are very real[Speed creeping intensifies], so watch nugget bridge, stunfisk and other resources closely. I will include what I think are the most relevant speed tiers for scizor. All of these will be with an adamant nature. Non Mega
4-Just for leftover evs(86)
84-Outspeeds 116speed sylveon and aegislash(to knock off) which are sometimes used to outspeed jolly salamance(96)
You could go 172speed to outpeed cresselia, or 108 to outspeed landorus at +2 but I don’t think they are good base lines to reach because you are using bullet punch most of the time anyways, and also what is cresselia doing anyways, so it is just a waste of evs. The ** most** relevant speed creep you can do is aegislash to hit it with a +2 knock off. Mega
Again, I don’t think speed investment is great for m-scizor. Only 4 evs are needed to creep 116 speed aegislash leaving the investment to go elsewhere. You could go 220 or above to creep bisharp creeping pokemon, but again you aren’t accomplishing much with that since speed isn’t needed for scizor too much. Evs and spreads Offensively
Offensively I think scizor benefits most from a lot of attack investment to not only make swords dance boosts go further, but hit as hard as possible considering scizor survives just about everything and doesn’t need much speed so it doesn’t cost much to invest heavily into the offenses. Also remember to go with an even number if your using swords dance to maximize boosts. Non mega
+2 252+ Atk Technician Scizor Bullet Punch vs. 228 HP / 44 Def Mega Kangaskhan: 108-127 (51.6 - 60.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 212+ Atk Technician Scizor Bullet Punch vs. 228 HP / 44 Def Mega Kangaskhan: 105-124 (50.2 - 59.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 220+ Atk Scizor Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 252 HP / 4 Def Aegislash-Shield: 168-198 (100.5 - 118.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 220+ Atk Technician Scizor Bug Bite vs. 220 HP / 124+ Def Cresselia: 234-276 (104.9 - 123.7%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+1 236+ Atk Technician Scizor Bullet Punch vs. 12 HP / 92 Def Landorus-T: 84-99 (50.6 - 59.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+1 252+ Atk Technician Scizor Bullet Punch vs. 164 HP / 4 Def Landorus-T: 93-109 (50.2 - 58.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO(probably the bulkiest of landoges)
+2 236+ Atk Scizor Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 252 HP / 116 Def Thundurus: 139-164 (74.7 - 88.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO(ko after bullet punch)
+2 236+ Atk Scizor Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 212 HP / 236+ Def Amoonguss: 110-130 (50.9 - 60.1%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 236+ Atk Technician Scizor Bug Bite vs. 212 HP / 236+ Def Amoonguss: 153-180 (70.8 - 83.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO Life orb scizor
Life orb allows many ko’s against mons it otherwise can’t get
236+ Atk Life Orb Scizor Superpower vs. 20 HP / 52 Def Mega Kangaskhan: 185-218 (101 - 119.1%) -- guaranteed OHKO(Ones that survive landorus’s superpower)
236+ Atk Life Orb Technician Scizor Bullet Punch vs. 252 HP / 116 Def Mega Gardevoir: 174-211 (99.4 - 120.5%) -- 93.8% chance to OHKO
236+ Atk Life Orb Technician Scizor Bullet Punch vs. 92 HP / 116 Def Sylveon: 174-211 (95.6 - 115.9%) -- 81.3% chance to OHKO Mega scizor
Basically the same calcs as normal scizor, you just don’t have to invest as much.
+2 52+ Atk Technician Mega Scizor Bullet Punch vs. 228 HP / 44 Def Mega Kangaskhan: 105-124 (50.2 - 59.3%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+1 92+ Atk Technician Mega Scizor Bullet Punch vs. 164 HP / 4 Def Landorus-T: 93-109 (50.2 - 58.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
+2 52+ Atk Mega Scizor Knock Off (97.5 BP) vs. 252 HP / 0 Def Aegislash-Shield: 168-198 (100.5 - 118.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO
+2 196+ Atk Technician Mega Scizor Bug Bite vs. 4 HP / 0 Def Mega Kangaskhan: 181-214 (100 - 118.2%) -- guaranteed OHKO Defensively
Scizor will live just about any non-fire move so these calcs primarily focus on turning attacks into 3hko’s. Keep in mind these situations won’t
happen much in battle at all besides the landorus calc in non-mega and aegislash in mega form , so consider these more arbitrary calcs if you want more generic
bulk. 236hp is to minimize burn damage.
252 Atk Aerilate Mega Salamence Double-Edge vs. 236 HP / 0 Def Scizor: 144-171 (82.2 - 97.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Landorus-T Earthquake vs. 236 HP / 28 Def Scizor: 75-88 (42.3 - 49.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252+ Atk Parental Bond Mega Kangaskhan Double-Edge vs. 236 HP / 116 Def Scizor: 72-86 (41.1 - 49.1%) -- guaranteed 3HKO (more or less to switch in on kangakshan better)
252+ Atk Parental Bond Mega Kangaskhan Low Kick (100 BP) vs. 252 HP / 236 Def Scizor: 74-88 (41.8 - 49.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO(I’d advise against this much bulk, could be for you though)
4+ SpA Thundurus Thunderbolt vs. 236 HP / 92 SpD Scizor: 75-88 (42.3 - 49.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO (just for bulky thundoges with some investment) Mega scizor
Mega scizor is bulkier than normal scizor which is a big selling point for it.
252+ Atk Parental Bond Mega Kangaskhan Low Kick (100 BP) vs. 236 HP / 4 Def Mega Scizor: 69-83 (39.4 - 47.4%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
60 Atk Choice Band
Landorus-T Earthquake vs. 236 HP / 4 Def Mega Scizor: 67-81 (38.2 - 46.2%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252+ SpA Aegislash-Blade Shadow Ball vs. 236 HP / 140 SpD Mega Scizor: 73-87 (41.7 - 49.7%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252+ SpA Choice Specs Pixilate Sylveon Hyper Voice vs. 236 HP / 140 SpD Mega Scizor: 48-57 (27.4 - 32.5%) -- guaranteed 4HKO
44+ SpA Mega Charizard Y Flamethrower vs. 236 HP / 148 SpD Mega Scizor in Rain: 144-172 (82.2 - 98.2%) -- guaranteed 2HKO Threats and teammates Threats and problems
Besides that, scizor has a great to ok matchup with just about everything else. Keep in mind to scout out for fire moves on some pokemon like salamance or hydriegon that sometimes carry them. Scizor is vulnerable when it is using swords dance or it is not using bullet punch because of the low speed and mediocre defenses. It also normally can’t get ohko’s except for super effective hits, even at +2 which can be annoying. Lastly Fire again will destroy scizor faster than puppy vs a pillow. Teammates
Scizor is primarily added onto a team to punish amoonguss and other mons so it doesn’t need much support for its self unlike most mega pokemon. That said, mega scizor teams, even normal scizor teams like to have multiple was to beat heatran, so fighting types, waters, even politeod for rain helps quite a bit. The safety googles set also helps out with amoonguss on rain teams which is great. Conclusion
While the loss of gems, and nerf to steel hurt scizor this generation, I think it still is quite an underplayed mon, and can run multiple sets. Sample sets
I will be including what I think are the 3 best scizor sets safety googles, life orb and mega.
Scizor @ Safety Goggles Ability: Technician Level: 50 Shiny: Yes 1 EVs: 236 HP / 236 Atk / 28 Def / 4 SpD / 4 Spe 2 EVs: 236 HP / 156 Atk / 28 Def / 4 SpD / 84 Spe Adamant Nature - Bullet Punch - Knock Off / Bug bite - Swords Dance - Protect
I believe this is by far the best scizor set. It punishes amoonguss, and partners like kangakshan, gardivoir, azumarrill(picking up usage) to boost up and fire off attacks afterwards and also hit them as they are trying to hide behind amoonguss. It was even mentioned highly in ray rizzo’s chalk board video
. The first set makes landorus-t’s earthquake a 3hko, minimized burn damage with hp, and gets the ok’s listed above in the ev spreads like 2hkoing bulky m-kangakhan and landorus-t, ohkoing aegislash in shield form at +2. The second spread is a bit faster of a spread. It makes landorus-t’s earthquake a 3hko, ohko’s aegislash 75% of the time at +2 and outspeeds event the fastest aegislashs. While these aegislashes are only common among life orb variants if they run that much speed, they can pop up although not common. The first spread will most likely still creep aegislash. Watch out for king’s shield though :/ Technician is obviously the best non-mega ability to have to increase bullet punch’s damage. Protect is for protect, bullet punch for priority stab, and swords dance to boost scizors attack because scizor can set up quite consistently. While I think knock off is definitely the best move over bug bite to kill aegislash, bug bite can still be used as a secondary stab option, but use the 1st spread if your using bug bite. Life orb
Scizor @ Life Orb Ability: Technician Level: 50 Shiny: Yes EVs: 188 HP / 236 Atk / 84 Spe Adamant Nature - Bullet Punch - Protect - Knock Off / Bug bite/ or maybe another move mentioned above - Superpower
This is a life orb set for scizor. You should use life orb mostly if you want ko’s like bulkier gardivoir you can’t get without it. The set reaches a life orb number, speed creeps aegislash and outspeeds salamance in tailwind and rest into attack. Protect for protect, bullet punch for the priority and stab option and superpower to ohko kangaskhan 100% of the time up to ones that survive adamant superpower from landorus and other fighting weak mons. Other options like feint, tailwind, bug bite can be used over knock off if you aren’t too worried about aegislash. I feel like superpower gets a slot in this set for its ability to ohko kangaskhan, especially since kangakhan cant ohko you. Mega
Scizor @ Scizorite Ability: Light Metal Shiny: Yes EVs: 236 HP / 124 Atk / 4 Def / 140 SpD / 4 Spe Adamant Nature - Bullet Punch - Knock Off - Swords Dance - Protect
This is a mega scizor set. It’s primary selling point over normal scizor is its incredible bulk to set up even more consistently. The evs make aegislash a 3hko, outspeed the fast aegislash above, hp is a burn number and the rest is into attack which ohko aegislash and 2hko kangakhan after a +2. Light metal
is picked as the non-mega ability to reduce damage from low kick while switching in as non-mega scizor since technician would be useless since you are going to mega evolve. Protect is for protect, bullet punch for bullet punch, swords dance to boost and knock off to ohko aegislash. Bug bite can be used in this slot if you prefer the stab option although you will be doing plenty of damage at +2 and using bullet punch most of the time anyways so I think knock off is the better option. Stuff
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2015.05.28 02:39 jimscarver FreeTrust.org bounties for Privacy Coins (PRV)
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In its incubation PRV is being offered by the FreeTrust community as a bounty for delivery of freetrust components. Bounties have thus far been won for logo development and are now being offered for the implementation or the privacy coin itself. Bounties are being planned for trustless replacement of insecure email and text/audio/video chat in the FreeTrust next generation internet application architecture.
There is an opportunity for investors to bid on PRV bounties to acquire PRV and give developers a cash reward alternative for their efforts. In the logo competition developers elected to take PRV in lieu of cash. There is currently a $1000 bid on a 5000PRV bounty which has not yet motivated developers. Others are welcome to partner and bid to allow the PRV bounty to be increased to motivate development.
Please reply here with questions, thoughts or advice on the FreeTrust effort and the PRV currency.
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2015.01.27 14:50 BMI_22 Fighting fatlogic - why butterballs don't get the hot guy. I've made a text to help you fight why fatties don't get the fit guy. It's not authoritative, but feel free to use the references to argue why Tindr/Tumblr planets won't get the hot guy.
I've seen various posts about health, fatlogic, attractiveness and so on, so thought I'd contribute this.
(Notes; my background is biology, biotechnology, biochemistry by graduate and postgraduate and doctoral training. I have a very keen interest in sport science as I compete in amateur cycling. I'm an avid reader and have interest in human behaviour and human reproduction and health. Although my background isn't explicitly dietetics, bariatric care or animal behaviour, I have an interest linked to my biological qualifications.)
The arguments that the fatties love to put forwards (the women anyway) is that they "deserve" hot guys. If any doubt, checkout the posts in /ChoosingBeggars/
There are posts from Tindr etc all with caveats like "must be athletic" or "hot guys only." There is the common reply to this from various subs, but I thought I would have a play with this graphically.
What I've done is taken the very basic human urge that is in everyone - reproduction.
For the human population to be maintained, the reproductive rate has to match the death rate. Should the rate of mortality rise above birth rate, then the population will go into decline. As human population is clearly increasing
then the number of those wishing to reproduce globally
is greater than the rate of mortality. Even excluding for the homosexual population which is currently estimated to be around 1 to 4% depending on reporting and area
approximately 95% of the human population will be capable of sexual active at some point through their life for the purpose of reproduction. Just to touch on the perceived bias in Tumblr with fat-fems, obese LGBT queens and so on, BMI has little correlation to sexual behaviour in women
in terms of sexual orientation, age at first intercourse, ever having had sex with a male partner, number of partners, and frequency of intercourse. The only exception being that obese women were more likely to report never having male sexual intercourse (P<.001). As the "end game" of all sexually reproductive animals is to get their genes to be passed on as far into future generations as possible, the whole idea of sexual reproduction will be to find a suitable mate with the greatest opportunity to do this and avoid wasting resources on those that don't. As a very brief overview, my objective is to keep my gene line going as long as I can. I am 100% me. Every time I have a child, that child will be 50% me, and 50% my partners in that generation. Any child I have will do the same reproductive share, so my grandchildren will be 25% me, 25% my partners and 50% (25% + 25%) from the other grandparents. In the next generation 12.5% of me will be found in my great grandchild and so on. The better my choice of reproductive partner now, the better my chance of getting to the great grandchildren. So now I have to find a suitable mate. To quantise this, I've taken three factors to produce a matrix into which different values can be added. The three factors being considered are; Attractiveness
- how visually sexually attractive is the human to the opposite sex. This is purely to the opposite sex as attractiveness to the same sex won't lead to reproduction. As attractiveness is subjective, it can't be put into a discreet number, so for this exercise, I've split it into;
- (1) sexually attractive to the majority;
- (2) neither sexually attractive nor unattractive;
- (3) unattractive to the majority
- not just instantaneous physical health i.e. how healthy are they today, but how healthy are they to partner, breed, rear a child and nurture the child to sexual maturity. How likely are they to develop illness in the near to long term future and also mental stability. Again, three categories to keep it simplistic;
- (1) Above average health;
- (2) Average health; and
- (3) Below average health
- how well will the potential sexual partner adapt, learn and manage parenthood and tasks essential to bringing up the next generation. I'll avoid using IQ as intelligence is multi-faceted so three categories -
- (1) Highly intelligent;
- (2) Average intelligence; and
- (3) Low intelligence.
From this simple 3x3x3 cross, 27 possible people appear.
At the extremes will be:
- 1: The highest desirability - the above average reproductive health, high intelligence and highly attractive person (1,1,1) and;
- 2: The least desirable - the unhealthy, low intelligence and unattractive person (3,3,3).
This is shown with this link
in which I have used a 3D graph. (Edit: Hahahrawrrahaha has put a comment to help show the 3D'ness
) In the initial image is the distribution based on the above ideas. In the second image, the plane is put with respect to the least desirable, the area in which those in the normal BMI and medical profession would categories the obese. In the middle will be the person of average attractiveness, normal health and normal intelligence (2,2,2). Had everyone eaten what they should and stayed within normal Gaussian distribution, than the majority should be in the middle ground of average attractiveness, normal health and normal intelligence. For our end game of passing genetic information down through successive progeny, the extreme of high intelligence, extremely attractive and very healthy is the most desirable partner. Not surprisingly, this has been observed in studies researching sexual choices
and for a bonus looking at curvy women
they have even looked at the optimal ratio in hips to waist. This is the person who will have the greatest chance of being healthy throughout the time period that any offspring are being reared, they will be the person who will have the greatest ability to find resources and with high attractiveness, the greatest chance of producing an attractive child who'll be desirable in the next generation. On a solely selfish reproductive basis, I should do everything possible to have sex with this extreme person and avoid the polar opposite.
From this matrix, we can find certain stereotypes.
- We'll find the stereotype of high attraction, high health but low intelligence - the film portrayal of cheerleaders, the vanity bimbo, and the vain muscle-bound meat head or pro-footballer.
- The high intelligence, attractive but unhealthy people - the clever good looking rock-star with a drug problem, Lenard from the Big Band, or Cumberbatchs' version of Sherlock who are superficially good, but health wise may have asthma or in Sherlock mental stability issues.
- It also covers some of the better but overlooked options - the highly intelligent and healthy but low attraction. These people would have good child nurturing qualities but initial attraction may be obscure.
These are seen in the graphs linked. Interestingly you can see the polar opposites (the ideal and the least desirable) but also the relative opposite positions of the cheerleadejock and the geek. Where the male model appears favourable, attraction doesn’t equal health or intelegence, therefore further way from the ideal than expected. I tried to include a fitness coach however ran out of data point. They would appear closer to the ideal than the male model.
To develop this idea into current human populations, Gaussian distribution breaks down and things get a lot more interesting. Without question, obesity is a growing problem
. According to the WHO 39%
of 18 years old were overweight in 2014 and 13%
were obese. The CDC state that 35.1% of 20 year olds
were obese in the time period 2011-2012 and that 69% were overweight
. Therefore, the weighting of the population who are regarded as healthy for sexual reproduction and child care is shifted. If 69% are classified as overweight, and as obesity may harm sexual health
than the percentage of potential partners for the long term objective of reproduction has vastly decreased. As weight increases, sexual function decreases. Obesity in women has been shown to limit sexual function
therefore reducing the number of potential wombs capable of fully developing a healthy baby. Less wombs developing healthy children has a negative impact on population health. This isn't just in women, but in men too. Superficially, men can believe that all they have to do is provide the sperm, however all those tubby men are increasingly suffering from erectile dysfunction
. In addition, studies are showing
that men who are fat at the time of ejaculation produce sperm that make fat children. As fakeprewarbook
highlights from the paper: Taken together, these data suggest that paternal obesity at the time of conception has a marked effect on offspring health, directly implicating the sperm as the mediator for these changes, likely through a molecular mechanism that is transmitted to the resultant embryo and offspring.
These studies are indicating that the health implication of obese parents isn't limited to the first generation, but in successive generations. Obese parents are breeding children who are predisposed to having health issues that will be compounded in successive generations.
Looking at control groups specifically with males viewing females, males rate women with a BMI of around 19
the most attractive. (This study mainly focuses on the attraction of men to obesity and aids in the explanation of those with fat fetishes, although it is worth noting that as a percentage of total male population, they are low in number). As this study is based on a specific subset of men, a cross cultural study
with UK and Malaysian men draws a similar conclusion with the peak attraction seen in the range of 20.8 - 22.8 (reference credit: The_True-True
). As those in the healthy weight range can find obesity repulsive and an indicator of disease
, those who are in the area of attractive : healthy : intelligent are far less likely to be attracted to what they view as unattractive : unhealthy : unintelligent. By being obese, to a person within the normal BMI range the obese person invokes disgust, contempt and anger
indicating that the chance of an obese-normal BMI match being low. This is shown in studies looking at attraction by body mass where those with similar body types are more likely to be attracted to each other.
Looking further into some of the studies, sexually having a BMI within the healthy range gets you more sex with more partners
Obese (mean number of partners for men:1.12, women: 0.93) and overweight (mean for men: 1.38, women: 1.03) individuals reported fewer partners than individuals of normal BMI (mean for men:2.00, women: 1.15) in the last year (p < .0.01 & p < 0.05 for men, p < 0.05 & n.s. for women).
This means that although obesity is increasing, sexual opportunities for those in the correct BMI range are actually better. The result of this is that by being in the correct BMI range, there is a greater opportunity to have healthy offspring therefore in terms of human evolution, obesity is a reproductive dead end. Summary:
By being overweight or obese, on a human behaviour front your opportunity for sexual interaction is limited compared to the normal BMI range. Where exceptions occur (chubby chaser), the potential for an obese person to attract a partner of high reproductive opportunity (the "hot guy") is extremely competitive,
not only from others who are overweight, but also from a diminishing number of sexual partners within the selection pool with a normal BMI. Should an overweight person gain a partner with high sexual health, the chances of the next generation being of high reproductive health will still be hampered. If anyone is determined that they wish to get the ideal reproductive partner and keep them, the best opportunity is to mimic them in physical size, match their intelligence and make yourself as reproductively attractive as possible. CAVEATS: TheRealAlfredAdler
has brought up the discrepancy between the biological and psychological process. As what I have typed is from a very biological viewpoint - simple, selfish replicating entities - TheRealAlfredAdler
brings in the idea of cognitive distortions
which underminds the biological principle. As humans have an ability to against biological urges and have social influences, perceptions of entitlement and discrimination become subjective and can cause the person who is being rejected to think that there is a bias against them. Where biological selection on a population will have one influence, cognitive distortions
will manifest in the likes of HAES, TiTP and FA. TL:DR
: If you're fat, the odds of you getting a hotty are stacked against you. It's a shitlords market: as overweight outnumber normal BMI, the healthy hotties can be choosy. Note:
I am not an authority on this, I’ve just spent a couple of hours using science journals, there are others with professions looking specifically at this. There are multiple layers and complexities to this that I have simplified or missed out for simplicity. However, should you see a “I’m fat and deserve a hotty!” post, please feel free to link to this comment or copy the text.
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