Ok Dr. Phil’s wife, Robin, (yes groan, but listen up) has this new app out (iPhone and Android) that’s for people in abusive relationships. It’s called Aspire News and it’s disguised as a regular news app, but when you go to the “Help” section of the app, it leads you to domestic violence resources and also has a “Go Button” that when you press it, if you’re in a compromising situation, alerts local authorities as well as local shelters and starts recording everything that is going on.
Now, if you’re looking up resources on the app and your abuser is near, simply press the X button and it brings you to a random news page. Same goes for the actual foundation site.
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in this story, you find a way to pick the lock, to wake up, to climb out of the tower yourself.
in this story, you’re angry.
in this story, you meet a dragon and
it is afraid of you.
in this story, you don’t need to be saved.
in this story, your mother raised you
to recognize a prison from a home.
in this story, they don’t fall in love with you before they know you.
in this story, they aren’t better than you.
in this story, you have claws.
in this story, happily ever after has bite marks in it.
in this story, you are free and terrifying.
in this story, you get away.
in this story, you bleed.
in this story, you survive.
—in this story | Caitlyn Siehl (via alonesomes)
In which Alvin learns the innocent little princess isn’t so innocent…
This has nothing to do with sprite ripping and I did not make this video, but I’m posting it here anyway since Tales of Xillia is a pretty cool game.
reverse hades/persephone, where the young daughter of summer uses plant magic to ensnare the lord of darkness and keep him prisoner in a beautiful garden above ground. Eventually, enchanted by her cleverness and wild youth he agrees to eat six pomegranate seeds and stay with her for half of every year.
# ID READ THE FUCK OUT OF THAT # HE TRIES BEING ALL IMPOSINGLY MIGHTY AND WRATHFUL WHILE PERSPHONE JUST GOES ON WATERING THE FLOWERS OUTSIDE HIS CAGE # HE PETITIONS TO AT LEAST GET SOME DEATHBELL AND NIGHTSHADE AND ASPHODEL GROWING IN THERE BUT IT’S ALL LOTUSES AND SUNFLOWERS AND APPLES # AND LIKE CORN EVERYWHERE HE FUCKING HATES CORN # THEY COMPROMISE ON POMEGRANATES (x)
It’d be even funnier if the other gods show up all “Persephone, hey, you got the lord of death in there so no one’s dying anymore and the world is getting too full—” “Not my problem”
… of sorts.
So over on Tales of Reservia, there’s a topic where you can talk about Alvin and his relationships with the other party members, as you see them. I typed up a novel about it, but no section compared to the section I typed up about Alvin’s relationship with Leia. I tried to keep my shipping bias out of it. I really did! But it was hard, and this is the result. I’m only going to paste the part about Alvin and Leia, because I figure that others might be interested in it (and hey, it offers a convenient link if I ever want to show someone why I ship it), and it’s going to be mostly unedited from what I posted on the board. If anything, it will just contain a few helpful links and maybe one picture.
Okay? Okay. So if you want an analysis on Alvin and Leia’s relationship based on what we see (and can infer from) the game, head under the cut!
As a general rule of thumb, if your argument for how a character grows and changes is:
"It’s a bit hard to explain, but it’s there."
then you don’t have an argument, you cannot support your point, and your point is therefore lost.
^Me to the Facebook Tales Series fandom.
Basically, a friend of mine alerted me to an argument going on in this old Tales Series Fan Group I used to be a part of. I left the group because it was doing all sorts of awful things to me (I was getting in arguments every other day, especially since the group was filled with some Abyss haters, and it was just very draining), but since it’s an open group, I can still see the posts that are there—I just can’t comment on them. (Which is a good thing, at the end of the day, because it keeps me from getting in arguments.) Still, I saw this one, and I just … I just … I can’t. I just can’t. The basic points are as such:
- Milla Maxwell is not a dynamic character.
- Xillia would have been awful if she was the sole main character even thoughthe entire story is about her and Jude is there to support her story for 90% of it (italics bit mine, not theirs).
- Yuri Lowell is a dynamic character.
- Yuri Lowell does change and grow throughout the story, though when asked to support this claim, no one could (and instead offered the above “argument”)
I just …
I’m basically to the point in Jude’s side now where there are no more spoilers for me; from here on out, the story is the same as it was on Milla’s side. I know everything. Well, maybe not everything, but I know a great deal—enough to be able to speak on Milla, I think, to be able to say just how much she grows and changes throughout the game, and just how much better the game would have been if she were the central protagonist—because as much as I love Jude (and I do, I love him to bits), he is essentially the Colette or Tear or Estelle of the story. He is the supporting protagonist, he is not a lead protagonist. He is important! By jove he is important. But Xillia is not about him, it’s about Milla. Milla’s mission, Milla’s growth. Jude’s goal for 90% of the story is to help Milla, I don’t know how much more blatant I can make this. That’s not to say that there weren’t scenes in his side that weren’t important, but it is to say that the driving force behind Xillia is Milla Motherfucking Maxwell, and that if she was the sole leading protagonist and all resources and energy had been spent making her side the main story, we may have seen a more satisfying ending. Just maybe.
But that’s not the point of this.
The point of this is that to say that she’s not a dynamic character—to say that she’s not interesting, to say that she doesn’t grow or change—is absolutely absurd. Putting aside the fact that Milla is everything wrapped into one—daring, courageous, faithful, compassionate (she learns to be, anyway), quirky, silly, snarky, ruthless, gentle, intelligent, cunning, you name it she’s got it—she’s
Alvin’s weapons - Concept art
Click here for the full-size image, since tumblr resizes the images.
I tried to translate the descriptions that are along with the Alvin’s weapons concept, they don’t say much more than we already know, but we can have some glimpses on how they works.
I didn’t translate the sketch part on the left, since it says almost the same things as the right part
and that handwriting is terrible to read, I can barely read the hiragana.
(Source: Tales of Xillia Fan’s Bible / Tales of Xillia Official World Guidance - special thanks to Albiore-V for the scan)