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

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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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Why Online Poker Leads The Way In Online Equality

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Online gaming does not have a great reputation for equality and diversity. This is especially true when it comes to how women are treated. Even if female-identifying players make up 41% of online gamers, 77% of them experience gender discrimination while playing online. As a result, the majority of women gamers resort to hiding their gender identity online.

Thankfully, this unwelcome atmosphere isn’t present in all types of online gaming. Online poker in particular is leading the way in online equality in a number of ways. Below we discuss a few issues present in online gaming — and how online poker is helping level the playing field.

The inherent problem with online gaming

Arguably one of the root causes of inequality in online gaming is the fact that games are designed to appeal to men. One of the worst offenders is Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto. The game’s core plot revolves around men, with women not represented in the play at all. The online version of the game — which became so popular it prevented Rockstar from releasing a new GTA for almost a decade — is rife with abusive players, griefers and blatant sexism.

Yet this isn’t the only game where this phenomenon is present, either. A TikTok creator highlighted misogyny in online gaming through Call of Duty. Away from consoles, other online game types suffer from this problem. Romance scammers are known to target players of the popular online game Words With Friends, again with women the main victims.

Sadly, online gaming has a long way to go before it reaches the level that online poker seems to have achieved. Poker is an important wing of the iGaming industry, with several states legalizing money games online and others seriously considering it. The poker industry as a whole is seemingly very welcoming to women, and there’s a blueprint there for others to follow.

How online poker is leveling the playing field

Poker is a shining light for equality — with best practices for equality being implemented in live poker. While there are women’s tournaments at the World Series of Poker, the greatest female poker players all won on mixed-sex platforms. Some notable examples include Barbara Enright, who made the final table in 1995, and Kristen Bicknell, who won the $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed event online in 2020. Women are rightly considered as equals both online and offline, which resonates with players.

When it comes to online poker, anonymity is helping eradicate sexism as well. In large part, this is because poker providers are being stringently monitored after the Black Friday event of 2011. They have to be cleaner than clean, and therefore mechanisms for reporting abuse of all types are efficient and effective. The fact that online poker follows stricter guidelines compared to other forms of online gaming has had the effect of making games safe for women and even players from other minority groups.

Online poker is also benefitting from the latest technological advancements available to improve gameplay. Crypto and blockchain technology in particular are helping women feel more safe playing online. Many of our crypto articles on Bob’s Central laud the benefits of these two technologies in enhancing user security and anonymity. Women in online poker can use it to pay to enter tournaments in a secure manner and even play anonymously if they so wish — helping them feel even more welcome in online poker rooms.

Online poker is effectively finding workarounds to the discrimination women face in online gaming communities. For this reason, it’s leading the way in online equality — and other online gaming platforms could learn a lot from its progress.

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5 Qualities to Look for in a Jiu Jitsu Instructor

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Jiu Jitsu is one of the fighting programs you can train in mixed martial arts. Through Jiu Jitsu, you learn fighting skills and also meet your fitness objectives. While the perks are many, you need an instructor to get the best from the training. So how do you pick a good school and instructor before you begin? Check out the following qualities.

Inspiration

Every student wants to get inspiration from their teachers. For this reason, be keen on the inspiration you get from the Jiu Jitsu instructor you want to train with. If the individual has a good reputation in martial arts and inspires you, getting the best from the lessons is easy. The case is different when you don’t feel inspired. You can learn more from the right instructor and improve your skills if you feel challenged to get better. Use referrals to learn more about the MMA trainers before deciding.

Patience

Besides knowing their training approach, looking for a patient and committed Jiu Jitsu trainer to work with is important. It might take longer than expected to learn the techniques and become a skilled fighter. For this reason, you want a trainer that exercises patience and is willing to encourage, inspire and ensure your hard work pays. You can tell the patient level of the Jiu Jitsu instructor from the feedback. The current and previous students can help you tell more about the instructor’s patience level before you decide.

Good Training Environment

A good Jiu Jitsu instructor understands the relevance of a good training environment for students. It is crucial to check the equipment and other elements that define MMA before contacting the instructor or enrolling in the school. You can determine what makes the right training environment by talking to experts in the field. You can also utilize online resources to learn the training gear every trainer and school should have. Before training in San Diego Jiu Jitsu, ensure the school offers the best environment for you. Compare different schools to learn more before deciding.

Networking

If you want to train Jiu Jitsu for more than fitness reasons, it is important to look for an instructor with the right professional links and networks. If you intend to train and become a professional MMA fighter, the instructor should help open the right doors for you. You can determine the Jiu Jitsu networking capabilities from the number of previous students currently fighting professionally. You want an instructor that mentors you and ensures you achieve your professional objectives as a Jiu Jitsu fighter.

Constructive Feedback

You learn from the feedback after failing or succeeding. A good instructor understands the benefits of constructive feedback to their students. They also know that through feedback, tracking the students’ progress and helping with their improvement becomes easier. It is crucial to ask for feedback or attend a few Jiu Jitsu classes to assess the lessons and determine if the instructor’s feedback can help you. Feeling confident with your decision to enroll in MMA training is important, and is possible by getting constructive feedback.

The Jiu Jitsu instructor you work with determines the techniques and skills you gain in the long run. As you look for an MMA gym, be keen on the Jiu Jitsu instructors present. You can determine the relevance of the trainer to your needs by checking the explained qualities above.

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Chance of a lifetime: Play the online lottery for your chance to win big

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Introduction

Winning the lottery is a chance that most people only dream of, but for some it’s a reality. If you’re one of those people and you want to increase your chances of winning, playing the online lottery is the way to go. ทางเข้าufabet Lotteries are especially popular in states with large population densities because there are more potential winners. You don’t have to be born into a wealthy family to win big in the lottery – even if you only spend $2 per week on tickets, over time that can add up to a big prize.

Play the online lottery Chance to win big

Online lotteries are becoming increasingly popular, too. You can now play lotteries from all over the world right from your computer or mobile device. This means you can enter more drawings and increase your chances of winning. Plus, many online lotteries offer bigger jackpots and better odds than those offered by state lotteries.

So if you’re looking for a chance to become a millionaire overnight, UFABET WINS website is best option for playing the online lottery.

Types of online lottery games

There are many different types of online lottery games that players can choose from. Some of the most popular games are those that offer huge jackpots, such as the Power ball and Mega Millions games in the United States. These games have jackpots that regularly reach into the tens of millions of dollars. However, there are also a number of smaller lotteries available that offer players the chance to win smaller prizes. In addition, some lottery games allow players to bet on numbers or groups of numbers, while others require players to pick random numbers. Whichever type of lottery game you choose, be sure to read the rules and regulations carefully before playing.

How to play the online lottery

Lottery fever is sweeping the globe and there’s no sign of it slowing down. With jackpots reaching astronomical heights, more and more people are turning to online lottery sites to try their luck. If you’re new to playing the lottery online, or just want to make sure you’re doing it right, here are some tips on how to play the online lottery on UFABET wins website.

First, choose a reputable site that has been around for a while and has a good reputation. UFABET wins is one such site, offering players a safe and secure environment in which to play the lottery. Once you’ve registered an account, choose your numbers by either selecting them manually or using the Quick Pick option. Then simply enter your bet amount and hit the Play button.

What are the odds?

Prizes and how to collect them

When you play the lottery, there are several things you can do to increase your chances of winning. One of those things is to join a syndicate. A syndicate is a group of people who buy tickets together in order to increase their chances of winning. Another thing you can do is buy tickets with better odds. The odds of winning the lottery vary depending on the game that you are playing, but some games have better odds than others. You can also improve your chances of winning by buying more tickets. Finally, you can try to collect prizes that you win online.

Summary

Playing the online lottery is definitely a chance of a lifetime. You could win big and change your life forever. So, what are you waiting for? UFABET WINS website is for you. Get online and play today!

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