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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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Slot Machines Near Me: How To Play Slot Machines

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There’s nothing like the feeling of hitting big on the slots. The spinning action, the lights, the music, and of course, the payout all serve to draw you in and keep you gambling.

Yet many experienced players get a kick out of the anticipation of “catching a win” too.

Whether you’re a seasoned high roller or a newcomer to the casino scene, knowing and understanding everything you can about slot machines will put you in the driver’s seat. Not ready for a big casino outing?

Here’s how to play slot machines near me and some tips to get started.

Understand What Are Slot Machines

Slot machines are electronic gambling machines that randomly select symbols on a dial or reel and realign them to create a winning combination. They usually have three or more reels that spin when a knob is pulled or a button is pressed. The same logic goes if you are playing online slots.

Modern Slot Machines

Most modern slot machines are designed to look and feel like traditional casinos, with flashing lights and sound effects. However, some newer machines use touch screens instead of reels. These are different ways of winning at slot machines, but they all work on the same basic principle.

How to Start Playing

To play a slot machine, you will need to insert money or a paper ticket with a barcode into the machine. These can be purchased at the casino or a kiosk.

Once you have inserted your money, you will pull the lever or press the button to spin the reels. If the symbols on the reels line up in a winning combination, you will be paid out according to the payout schedule.

Overview of the House Edge

When playing slot machines, it is important to understand that they are gambling devices and not exact sciences. They are programmed to pay out a certain percentage of the money that is put in, and this percentage is known as the house edge.

The house edge is the difference between the amount of money that the casino expects to make from the machine and the amount of money that the machine pays out.

Play Games that Fit Your Personality

If you are a competitive person, then you may want to choose a game that has a high jackpot. If you are someone who enjoys taking risks, then you may want to choose a game with high stakes.

However, if you are someone who is just looking to have some fun, then you may want to choose a game with lower stakes. No matter what your personality is, there is a slot machine game out there that is perfect for you.

Pick Higher Denomination Slots At the End of the Row

The end row is typically where the higher-paying machines are located, so you’ll want to take advantage of that. Plus, you’ll be more likely to win on a higher denomination machine than a lower one. So if you’re looking to increase your odds of winning, be sure to pick a higher denomination slot machine at the end row.

Slot Machines Near Me: Get Started the Right Way

If you’re looking for a great way to get started with slot machines, look no further than the ones near you. With great graphics and entertaining gameplay, these slot machines near me too are a great way to have some fun and hopefully win some money.

So what are you waiting for? Start spinning those reels!

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More and more people are joining online casinos. There they enjoy a great gaming experience through their mobile devices. The technology makes this possible.

Traditional casino games are also available on online betting platforms. You will be able to choose among the most popular games of chance while betting from your own home without having to go to a casino.

Also, in games like roulette, blackjack or poker you can play with live dealers in Canada.

Yes, online casinos in Canada allow you to play games with real dealers that are part of the whole game. This seems incredible but it is real.

This will allow you to live a truly unique experience while enjoying your favorite games while sitting on your couch, getting some fresh air on your patio, or just relaxing.

Real dealers

In online casinos, you can choose your favorite game and enjoy the best games of poker, slots, blackjack, roulette or dice games.

There are different difficulties and different modalities in which you can bet or play with the aim of earning some extra money.

But that is not all. Online casinos continue to progress and are getting better and better. It is for this reason that you can play with live dealers in Canada. In this country you can bet and play with real people carrying out the games from a real site.

This is another favorable item for virtual casinos because you will feel that you are really inside a casino. Meanwhile, you can enjoy the comfort of your home or wherever you are while playing.

In this way, with live dealers in Canada, online gambling will be perfectly combined with traditional casinos. In addition, you will be able to interact with the dealers.

All this is possible through the screen of your computer or your Smartphone. You will only need to have a stable internet connection and that your mobile device has a battery. The rest will be very simple thanks to the intuitive menus that these apps have. It seems incredible but it is real.

Choose your game and enjoy

Online casinos are constantly working to ensure the safety of their users is protected.

This is because hacker attacks attempting to steal personal information from various websites are becoming more frequent.

In online casinos there is a lot of information about each of the users. Therefore, people need to know that their credit or debit card details or bank account information is safe.

With their security systems, these platforms provide peace of mind to each of their users so that they do not have to worry about their cyber security.

Users will only have to enter their favorite online casino and create their user. Then they will complete all the data and must add a balance to their account to be able to play.

Once they complete this entire process, they must choose their favorite game of chance and place their bets.

Remember that there are many games and various alternatives for online games. However, if all goes well and luck is on your side, you could end up earning some extra money.

In addition, if you manage to win, you will have a great advantage: you will be able to withdraw your prize in a short time. Online casinos also work and stand out because people can see their prizes in their accounts immediately. A few minutes later they will be able to withdraw their money and have it in their hands.

So remember. If you want to venture into the world of online betting, you can do it with peace of mind because all your data will be safe. You only have to register on a verified site and that’s it, you just have to think about your next bet.

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