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The Witcher Books recap - The Last Wish 3, The Lesser Evil



Falwick and Tallies, knights of the order of the White Rose (which I think is the same thing as the order of the Flaming Rose?), arrive to evict Geralt from the temple, on behalf of Prince Hereward. "Duke Hereward", Nenneke corrects them, as Hereward isn't of royal blood. He has no power here. The temple is sovereign grounds, and they wouldn't dare harm a priestess.

The whiny and borderline hysterical Tallies challenges Geralt to a duel.



Geralt appeals to the older Falwick, only to be struck by the waves of hatred emanating from him and realize that it's the White Rose rather than Hereward who want "the Butcher of Blaviken" gone. Nenneke and Geralt more or less unilaterally declare that Geralt only has three more stories left to reminisce about will leave the temple once three days have passed.
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The Witcher Books recap - The Last Wish 2, A Grain of Truth



Geralt is recuperating from the injuries he sustained during "The Witcher" in a temple of Melitele. Melitele is the great Mother, a goddess of fertility, childbirth, healing, nature, rejuvenation. In the games, she's more of an incarnation of the Triple Goddess. The temple is a center of healing and learning for novitiates who will go on to become priestesses, healers, midwives, druids and teachers.

Per Dandelion (Geralt's poet friend, known as Buttercup in the original, only briefly mentioned here), Melitele is popular less as a great goddess of nature and healing, and more because every woman giving birth has to scream to some goddess.

Even with his mutant regenerative powers and the healing prowess of abbess Nenneke, he will have to spend a while recuperating at the temple if he wants to retain the ability to move his head properly. At least enough time for seven stories worth of flashbacks.

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The Witcher Books recap - The Last Wish 1, The Witcher



These reviews are generally going to be divided into two parts. The Last Wish has a framing story ("The Voice of Reason") about Geralt recovering from the injuries he sustains in "The Witcher". We get a bit of framing story before and after each short story proper.

As Geralt lies sleeping, a hot naked girl comes in. They bang. Her eyes are huge and dark, like a Rusalka's.


Oh hey, that was easy enough. Later bits of the framing story will be longer and more complex.

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Political Cartoons Compilation - Gorbachev

Short summary - Gorbachev favored nuclear disarmament, a policy of free speech / free criticism of Soviet policy called "Glasnost", and a greater amount of freedom to the Soviet republics - which resulted in Latvia and Lithuania (or however the Nords spell those) declaring independence.

Modern-day Russian cartoonists like to compare Gorby and Obama because... I honestly have no idea why. Because both like to praise democratic ideals? Because predicting the collapse of the United States is back in fashion?



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My Impressions - Avadon 3

Let's talk about Avadon. Specifically, Avadon 3: The Warborn.

Jeff Vogel, of who basically is Spiderweb games, makes retro (way retro, like pre-Baldur's Gate) RPG's, which generally have interesting-ish settings and semi-decent writing.

I fairly enjoyed Avadon 1-2 (abundance of trash combat aside) and really liked Avernum 1-2 (the re-remakes, even though these are fairly dungeon-crawly - the combat system, though superficially similar to Avadon, is quite fun)

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My impressions - Full Throttle Remastered

Turns out I really goddamned hate Full Throttle. Wow. Standards change as time goes by. I still love the opening, I still love Maureen, the ending still rocks, but everything in-between...

Actual impressions:

Full Throttle still has the best adventure game opening. (Only slightly messed up by the Remastered changes really ruining the illusion of speeding along the highway)

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"A good cartoon" political cartoons compilation.



Despite what you might immediately assume, this cartoon wants you to consider "due process" a bad thing that only libtards and activist judges would support. "A good cartoon" is what the Something Awful political cartoons thread calls cartoons that seem to convey a message completely opposite of what the cartoonist intended (or that can easily be interpreted as the opposite of what the cartoonist intended). A large compilation can be found here: http://agoodcartoon.tumblr.com/

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Dutch images of 17th century Japan


"Die Gesantschaften an die Kaiser von Japan" (Amsterdam, 1670) Long story short: after Tokugawa Ieyasu and his predecessors unified Japan, helped in part by Western guns and Christianity, the Tokugawa shogunate restricted contact with Western countries. Christianity was officially banned, and the only Westerners allowed to trade in Japan were the Dutch, in Nagasaki.Collapse )