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Chronicles of Everfall: Shadow of the Conquerer: Review: Death by Extraneous Subtitles

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Shadow of the conqueror

Expectations are important. For relationships, for instance, making sure that everyone’s expectations are agreeable going is perhaps one of the most important factors for long term success. If the couple has differing expectations regarding children, religion, work / life ratios, or any other such important thing, then they either better rectify that or find new partners.

However, expectations are an important part of entertainment too. While people usually expect to be surprised in a certain way, there are limits to what they’ll accept within those boundaries. If you go into a comedy show, you expect to laugh. If you go to a TED talk, you expect to learn something new and maybe laugh if the presenter does a good job. If you go to online blackjack, you expect to have win and win some dolla dolla bills. However, If you go to a comedy show and get lectured about the horrors of Dachau, it might be informative, but it sure as heck wasn’t what I signed up for.

Movies and novels and all other kinds of storytelling have this give and pull too. When I sit down to read a Brandon Sanderson novel, I expect some kind of epic fantasy featuring heroes and wars and good and evil, with deep themes. When I watch a slasher flick, I expect to be scared and amused and frustrated as to why that stupid girl keeps tripping over nothing every ten feet when- sorry, where was I?

Right. Expectations. If you set up the wrong kind of expectations and don’t deliver, this typically is disastrous. Not always- sometimes we can be pleasantly surprised. But most of the time. The newer Star Trek shows, for instance, are a perfect example. The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space 9, Voyager, Enterprise, and the movies all established what Star Trek is.

It’s a thoughtful, introspective work of science fiction that explores many compelling thought experiments, philosophies, and scientific premises. It’s a series that tackled big questions and gave thought provoking answers. So when I sat down to watch the newer Star Trek: Picard, I was not expecting to watch a fan-favorite character get murdered by eyeball drill. I would say that that falls safely under the category of “disastrous”.

“Chronicles of Everfall: Shadow of the Conqueror” is a novel that did not meet my expectations. This is a self-published novel written by Shad Brooks, who makes educational content about medieval history on his YouTube channel, Shadiversity. As a result, I went in expecting a Brandon Sanderson-Esque epic fantasy but ended up getting something quite different. But was it good? Short answer, yes.

The Premise

Our protagonist is Daylen Namaran, also known as Dayless the Conqueror, the Great Bastard, the Scourge of Nations, and various other equally unkind titles. But well deserved. Daylen was once a mighty emperor who rebelled against the aristocratic houses of old after they murdered his family and rose as a unifying monarch in the name of the oppressed people. To ensure that the evils of old would not happen again, Daylen brought all property under the control of the government and forced people to work to feed the otherwise starving nation.

So yeah, he basically invented fantasy communism. And just like real communism, it was an abysmal failure. As they say, absolute power corrupts absolutely, and Daylen was no exception. He removed people’s freedoms. He became paranoid. He took hundreds of women forcibly (some as young as fourteen). He invented airships powerful enough to annihilate cities. And did, when one dared rebel against his despotic regime.

Eventually, the entire world rose against him. Eventually, they bested his armies, and he was forced into hiding. With everyone presuming him dead, Daylen hid and planned.

And hid. And hid. And hid.

Twenty years later, our story begins. And Daylen, having seen a world no longer under his thumb, despises himself and everything he ever did. Old and feeble at the age of eighty-two, Daylen decides his time his come and decides to throw himself off the continent.

Which, ironically, would be the key to his salvation.

The World

The story is set in the world of Everfall, which consists of a series of massive floating islands. Should one fall off the edge, they eventually loop around to the top of the world, such that if you don’t collide with anything, you’ll fall forever and ever until you starve to death. Unless you’re carrying either Darkstone or Lightstone.

Exactly as the name implies, Lightstone emits light, but Darkstone behaves differently. If it’s not exposed to light, the stone will fix in place and cannot be moved (even in midair). As more and more light touches it, the stone gets easier and easier to move until it’s simply pushed forward. This is how the islands can float and the airships can move.

However, if you carry one of these stones with you as you hit the barrier, you explode.

Daylen, being the massive melodramatic nonce that he is, decides to carry both with him on the way down. Not only does he not explode, but he’s returned to his youthful body and given magical superpowers.

The Magic

Taking obvious inspiration from novels like Brandon Sanderson’s “The Stormlight Archive”, Shadow of the Conqueror goes for a Hard Magic system. If you’re interested in learning the differences between Hard magic and Soft Magic systems in fantasy novels, I highly recommend watching the video by “Hello Future Me” on YouTube about the subject. But for the purposes of this article, I’ll be brief. Basically, a Hard Magic system is one where there are explicit rules about what the magic can’t do (Like in Avatar the Last Airbender, or anything by Brandon Sanderson), whereas a Soft Magic system is one where the only rules are what the magic system has been shown it can do (like Harry Potter, Star Wars, and The Lord of the Rings).

Shadow of the Conqueror goes for the former, with lots and lots of explicit rules for how everything works, that will all be explained to you in great detail if you can be bothered to read through it. Like, there is actual math and physics involved. Math.

Actually, it’s pretty cool overall- although a lot of the explanations get frontloaded into the novel in the form of infodumps while Daylen is experimenting.

The Moral Dilemma

The whole plot is built around a single question: Is Daylen redeemable? Is it even possible for him to be redeemed? Is the world ready or willing to forgive him?

Considering the scale of Day lens crimes (as one Goodreads reviewer put it, Daylen was basically pedophile-Stalin), almost everyone seems to agree that Dayless the Conqueror deserves to die. Including Daylen himself- although he’s convinced that “The Light” (Read: G-d) is determined to let him live so that he can continue suffering from his guilt. He believes that is why he was turned young and believes that that is why he was given his powers- so that he can fulfill some sort of purpose, find some small redemption, and suffer with himself all the while.

Like two of my other favorite authors (Brandon Sanderson and Orson Scott Card), Shadow of the Conquerer is written by a devout member of the Church of Latter-Day Saints- more commonly known as Mormonism. It’s clear that Shad M. Brooks’ views on redemption have intermixed with the story- that everyone deserves a second chance and can be deemed through repentance. It’s not a bad thing. Every artist adds their own philosophies into the works they create and lets people step into their worldview, even for a little while.

It’s just that on this particular issue, I disagree with the conclusion. I won’t spoil how it ends, but I do think Daylen gets off easy. I don’t particularly care how much guilt Daylen himself feels over his crimes. There are lines of no return, which, in my opinion, must be punished. Even if that person can be redeemed, it’s the crime itself that has to be punished.

I’m not Christian. I do believe in the concept of “an eye for an eye”- which isn’t literal, as most people seem to forget. In the old testament, this means that a man that breaks another man’s hand must pay the victim however much a court deems that man’s hand to be worth (basically, his livelihood). If you steal a goat, you must pay back two goats, etc.

Daylen Namaran is responsible for nearly thirty million deaths. The novel basically gives Daylen a slap on the wrist for it but delivers death penalties to men who have committed far less enormous (but still horrible) crimes. Daylen is at least self aware enough to recognize the hypocrisy, but the narrative itself doesn’t if that makes any sense. Sure, Daylen bemoans having to live another day with his immense guilt, but… he’s still alive? Returned to his youth, given magical superpowers, and reunited with once mortal enemies and even one of the girls he repeatedly raped?

I’m sorry, but that doesn’t fit my worldview of justice.

Overall

Now let me be clear: Does the fact that I heavily disagree with the implied moral compass of the novel make it a bad book? No. It’s very enjoyable. It’s very well written, with solid characters and an intriguing moral dilemma. The fact that I’m here, ranting about how much I disagree with it, means that in one sense, it accomplished its goal of getting me to think. I didn’t agree with every outcome of Star Trek. The writers of that show ended up at conclusions I would not have come to, and neither did Mr. Brooks. Which is fine! If everyone thought exactly the same as I did, that would suck.

I went into Shadow of the Conqueror expecting an Epic Fantasy, set on a world-shattering scale. Instead, I got a smaller scale but far more thought-provoking novel than I had ever initially expected to get. Many fantasy novels avoid the non-PC issues (like ham-fisted racism is bad metaphors) to keep a wider audience, and I appreciate that Shadow of the Conqueror doesn’t compromise to tell the story it wants to tell.

Plus, any story, fantasy or no, that dunks on communism gains my respect.

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The number of cybercriminals targeting the gambling sector has risen to a staggering 393%. In the US alone, the gambling fraud rate hit 262% in 2021. Cybercriminals are not about to stop, and the best you can do is avoid illegal gambling sites.

It’s a given that most illegal online gambling sites are difficult to spot. Sometimes they have fancy, professional-looking websites that seem safe and secure. However, there are still several ways you can tell it’s an illegal site and avoid online gambling scams.

In this article, we’ll discuss how to avoid illegal online gambling sites, so you don’t get scammed or go against the law. Read on to find tips on avoiding illegal online gambling fraud.

Doubler Check the Gambling Site Registration

One way to help spot illegal online gambling sites is by checking the site’s registration. All legal online gambling sites are registered with the appropriate governing body. If you can’t find any information on the website about its registration, it’s likely an illegal site.

Check the company on your country’s governing body website. For example, if you live in the US, check the website for the US gambling commission. If there is no information on the site about its regulation, it may be illegal.

Avoid Websites With Poor Security

Illegal online gambling sites will often have poor security measures in place. This can include unsecured connections, no firewalls, and outdated software. Usually, illegal online gambling sites are set up by scammers who want to steal your personal information.

So, if a website seems fishy or has poor security, it’s probably an illegal site. Look for evidence of good security, such as a secure connection, firewalls, and updated software. Be especially careful if you are asked to provide personal information, as this could be used for identity fraud.

Check the Licensing of the Gambling Site

Another way to tell whether or not an online gambling site is illegal is by checking its licensing. All legal online gambling sites have a license from a governing body. Check the site for any proof of licensing, such as logos or certificates from governing bodies.

There are two most common types of licenses you’ll see for online gambling sites. The first is a license from the Kahnawake Gaming Commission (KGC). This is an independent regulatory body that oversees online gambling activity from Canadian companies.

The second is the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) license. It regulates all gambling activities in the United Kingdom, including online gambling. Of course, others could be from Malta, Panama, or Curacao.

Avoid Gambling Sites That Require You to Download Software

One sign of an illegal online gambling site is a requirement to download software to gamble. Legal online gambling sites only require a web browser to gamble instead of downloadable software. If the website requires you to download software, it’s likely an illegal online gambling site.

Avoid Gambling Sites Without Licensed Payment Processors

Online gambling sites use payment processors to process online payments from their customers. This way, the gamblers can deposit and withdraw funds seamlessly. Look for a secure connection on sites to ensure that you’re protected from potential malware attacks or phishing scams.

The two most common payment processors for online gambling sites are credit cards and e-wallets. Visa and Mastercard are the most common credit cards used for online gambling.

E-wallets are digital wallets that allow you to store your funds in an online account. It can be used to make payments on illegal and legal online gambling sites.

Avoid Gambling Sites That Offer Poor Customer Support

Online illegal gambling scams are notorious for having customer support lines that do not work. Their email addresses bounce back and have websites with no contact information available at all. This is how the illegal online scam site makes it difficult to get your money back.

Hence, if the website has no contact information, it’s likely an illegal online gambling site. If the customer support line does not work or the email address bounces back, it’s likely an illegal online gambling site.

Avoid Gambling Sites With a Bad Reputation

Illegal online gambling scams often have a bad reputation for not paying out customers or taking people’s money and running. If the site you are considering gambling on has no reviews or all reviews are negative, it is best to avoid that site.

Do a Google search for the website name followed by reviews or complaints and see what punters say about them. If you find too many negative reviews, it’s best to avoid that site altogether.

Alternatively, check gambling site reviews from a reputable website such as CasinoOnline.us and find safe online gambling sites.

Avoid Gambling Sites That Do Not Offer Email Verification or SMS Authentication

Most online gambling sites require some form of verification before you can make a withdrawal. Verification is the process of confirming your identity with an email or SMS message sent to your smartphone. Legitimate online gambling sites use this to keep illegal activities at bay, especially money laundering.

If you attempt to withdraw money and no email or SMS authentication is required, you are probably dealing with an illegal online gambling site.

Avoid Gambling Sites That Charge a Credit Card Fee

Most illegal online gambling sites charge users for depositing funds to their accounts. Illegal online gambling scams will usually claim the fee covers the cost of processing your credit card payment. In reality, it just goes straight into their pockets.

Avoiding Illegal Online Gambling Sites: The Ultimate Guide

There you have it: Illegal online gambling sites use these illegal tactics to steal money from their customers. By following the tips in this article, you can avoid illegal online gambling scams and safely enjoy your online gambling experience.

Please keep following our blog for more informative articles.

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Find out which online slots have the best bonus offers and explore the many bonus offers. The huge variety of slots online can make the process difficult. At casushi slot site we aim to help you to find the best slots to play.

What are online slots and how to pick the best one?

The online slot machine is the virtual version of the popular online casinos. The machines use an automatic number generator, randomly placing the symbol on several different numbers ranging from 1 to 3125 ways. The gameboard is available with 3-7 reels; however, some recent products contain special capabilities which unlock additional reels. Online slots offer an enormous range of designs and styles, with simple gameplay options or full of functions. In July 2019, there were 1.354.33 slot machines worldwide and their count will only increase.

Why play slots online?

Online casinos are unique in that they offer a wide selection of online slots and video slots in the comfort of your own home. It has happened to me since we were younger so we cannot go to the casinos anymore to play Slots. Online features allow a player to log into their account and begin play at the time that is appropriate to them. With mobile slots being released this way, we could play games while traveling. We’ll discuss this further in this article but no doubt mobile extensions have remained the most popular online.

Mobile slot bonuses

The successful and easily accessible mobile casino has meant that mobile-specific offerings are not as ubiquitous as they were before. Unless someone finds one, they can’t stay around long and they only offer you a limited bonus. In this regard, it is worth noting that almost every casino lets players earn bonuses on any game played on mobile devices. All casino games have been incorporated online or mobile, so you don ‘t even have an issue whether it’s playing on a mobile device. It is possible that there is still no complete game available for mobiles or online right now.

Top slot machine software providers in the United Kingdom

This table reveals the software development companies most popular within the gaming industry. Their collection of games includes many items, most are slots. The games they create are so excellent that players across Britain and across the globe seek their services while choosing their favourite casino. The gaming platforms thus have special promotional activities for the game to attract new users. Most people are familiar with their game. If you haven’t played this table yet, you can start at theslotbuzz.com.

Conclusions

Online casino players may also enjoy slots bonuses, as the games continue to get more popular. Slot machines must be found at all online casinos. Some go the extra mile and offer their customers products from numerous software suppliers. With new slots coming in each month and casinos ready to offer promotions for the slots to attract new players we cannot help but hope this will grow in popularity.

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A Quick Introduction to Football Betting

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Ready to start a new side-hustle and make some extra money? With a little bit of betting knowledge, you can turn your love of football into cash. And even if you’re not a die-hard football fan, football betting is a way of making money fast.

There are a lot of ways to bet on football but this article will walk through football betting basics and the information you need to get started.

Types of Bets

There are several ways to bet on football, starting with the winner of the game. For each game, there is a favorite and an underdog. The favorite is the team that is expected to win. You will see a minus sign (-) next to the odds of that team winning the game and a plus sign (+) for the underdog team.

Betting on the underdog is riskier but could lead to a bigger profit. You can also win money by betting on the favorite.

Another way to bet is the total points that will be scored in a game. This is often called the over/under of a game. The over/under score is determined by the sportsbook. If you think both teams’ total points will be more than the amount set by the sportsbook, you bet the over. If not, you bet the under.

Point Spread

Part of betting for beginners is understanding the point spread. Let’s say the Packers are playing the Falcons and the Packers are expected to win (they are the favorite). You would see the point spread as a number with a plus or minus sign.

For example, the Packers are -7 they are expected to win by 7 or more points. If you bet on them and they win, but only by 3 points, they did not “cover the spread”, so your bet would lose. But if they win by more than 7 points you win your bet.

The point spread or “line” is subject to change but whatever the spread was when you placed your bet is used to determine if you won or lost.

Football Betting Tips

The best betting advice is to have a budget. Don’t risk losing money that you can’t afford to lose. Next, do your research. Watch football betting shows, listen to podcasts, and see what the experts recommend. You can also try buying sports picks to save time and get football bets sent directly to you.

Watching the games and understanding how different factors like where the game is or injured players affect the game will help you be a more informed gambler.

Get Started Today

Football betting could help you make some extra money this year. There are many ways to bet on games including the winner of the game or the total points scored. The point spread is the number of points a team is expected to win or lose by which is indicated by a minus or plus sign.

Being a responsible gambler means setting a budget and researching your bets before placing them. The more you know about football betting, the more likely you will make winning bets.

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