Or maybe you could stop parading around the fact that you're a girl? Here's a hint: nobody cares. If you stopped trying to brag about the fact that you're not a man, nobody would bother you... but when a girl on the internet consistently brings the fact that they're a girl to conversation, to the point that it's their sole character trait it gets really old really quick.
Nobody feels sorry for you other than self-hating, pathetic excuses for men. Complain when you've actually faced true adversity, maybe then we'll care.
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Jul 12, 2012DARKSWORD95 posted a message on Why Should Girls Be Treated Different in Video Games?! (formerly WROS)Posted in: Discussion
Feb 14, 2012DARKSWORD95 posted a message on NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE (308L X 128W X 155H) -Survival -No ModsPosted in: ScreenshotsQuote from Roska
Indeed, having a job is something rare and awesome. I, for example, merely study full-time and on the side work part time as a procurement manager for a major company, so I can hardly apreciate this as much as you can. But it was good that you pointed it out. Now rest of us know our inferiority in our capability to apreciate things.
Well, sure, you could be a ***** needlessly. Or you could realize that he's simply saying that as someone who has a full schedule he can appreciate how much time and effort it takes to complete a project of this magnitude.
Or you could, you know, be a *****. Whichever one really.
Feb 14, 2012Sup guys, I haven't posted a project in a while and I sort of feel like at this point I'm an old hasbeen when I show off the Cathedral I worked on with Karpousi. So, I've started a new project tentatively named Azuremite.Posted in: Screenshots
It's a large, dome-shaped cavern located under a vast ocean. Above the surface of the water there is a large, circular wall and five islands. One in the center, and the other four placed north, east, south and west of it. Each island has a large hole in it both to let in fresh air (A medieval city located underground with no ventilation would smell pretty damn horrible) and light. It's fairly work-in-progress as of now and to reach it, log into x4v.me (The server is greylisted, read the signs to join fully if you so choose) and type /warp azuremite .
Anyways, pictures speak louder than words so here are some images of what has been built so far:
(Texture Pack is Inspiration by TobiWanK3nobi)
There is still a lot of work that needs to be done. The plan is, eventually, for there to be a large stilted city/docks section inside the walls on the ocean level. This will require me to either learn how to build boats (yikes) or to enlist the aid of someone who can. As well, there will be a large amount of buildings inside the cavern, most of which will reach up to the ceiling. I am not a huge fan of the current road layout (which is not even finished as of yet) and will likely gut most of it and redo it. I will, naturally, hide many easter eggs inside after the city has been finished.
As this project is in such an early stage, expect many updates. As I update, though, I'm looking forward to the input and ideas that I'm sure the good people of the Minecraft forums will be more than willing to provide. The more input I get, the more motivated I'll be to keep going, so please do comment.
(Also, before people ask: I did have WorldEdit help. If I had done this completely by hand I'd be bragging a lot more)
Feb 7, 2012Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and ScienceNo, to actually deny the relevance of the fact that black people were enslaved 200 years ago by Capitalist countries is foolish. Hey, the Soviets killed millions in the 1930's. Let's forget it. Oh but here we arrive to the golden nugget: Why blame Communism for the deaths in the USSR and refuse to blame Capitalism for the deaths in every single Capitalist country all over the world and throughout history, including the enslavement of black people? You just blew yourself a hole in your argument.
The reason I am ignoring it is because slavery is not unique to the capitalist system (It had been in existence for thousands of years before Capitalism was even a word) and, at least, in civilized nations is outlawed as part of the basic human rights most people deserve and receive.
I question your sanity and ask you what the relation and purpose between Capitalist countries and the Red Scares, the Cold War, McCarthyism, Hoover's policies and external affairs, the CIA, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, Cambodia, Laos, etc. Again, either you simply disregarded my explanation of this or you have a short attention span. I'll quote, "Now, onto the main point, in those 100 years we had to change the world, what do you think the West and the bourgeoisie of all nations were doing? Watching? **** no, they were doing their utmost to cease and prevent the rapid spread of Communism as it overtook almost half or more of the world. The bourgeoisie tried propaganda, lies, demonization, ******** (Red Scare in the US), deported and silenced Communists and Leftists (Red Scare, McCarthyism), declared war on and attacked all "Communist" countries (Korean War, Vietnam War, War in Laos, Cambodia, etc.), invading and sabotaging every single "Communist" country (be it the Bay of Pigs or the massacre of Communists in various countries), economical and trade embargoes, etc. etc. Clearly thus, the bourgeoisie did all that was in their capabilities to undermine, demonize, cease, and destroy the spread of Communism in order to protect their privileges, positions, social statuses, controls, etc. What then do you think happened?
What about these few examples?
Speaks for itself.
Also see these that are ONLY related to Cuba (one country):
(From a member on another forum, won't name as I do not know if he wants this public):
How can nations that are openly tied to sponsoring the extermination of some people face no repercussions? Just between this attack and the one in Indonesia, the total in life is well over 1 million innocent people. These people aren't even soldiers, they are political activists and intellectuals just trying to find solutions for a broken system. The actions of America disgust me, and now we no longer have nations like the USSR to stand up and call the US out on their ****.
The archives counted 50,000 persons murdered, 30,000 "desaparecidos" and 400,000 incarcerated.
And those are just the reported numbers.
This is the US breaking all law when it sent undercover people to kill Viet Kong during one of the most unjust wars in history."
To say that America commits war crimes and shady operations is to play the role of Captain Obvious. Every nation has committed atrocities in its past. At least America gives its citizens freedom (although it seems that those might be slowly slipping away :sad.gif: ). America fighting other nations in order to support its own people is in some ways reminiscent of the communes you envision, isn't it? Looking out for their own and all that. The duty of a government is to look out for and protect the interests of its people. No government should be tasked with protecting the interests of another government's people (then we get the ultra-useful UN). Clearly nations like the U.S succeeded and the Communist governments crumbled under the weight of such responsibilities as protecting their interests.
Also it's funny that you're pretending that the USSR were the good guys trying to fight the good fight for humanity when in reality they were brutally expanding their sphere of influence and throwing dissenters in gulags and work camps. Delusion must be grand.
Yes, we have many reasons and explanations why. Namely: Failure of the revolution in First-World Countries (specifically France, Germany, and the UK), isolation of the revolution, bureaucratization of the USSR et al., the US, NATO, and Co. and their actions to undermine and destroy these countries to protect their interests, the lack of the use of computers for central planning and management (see Towards a New Socialism by Paul Cockshott and Allin Cottrell), etc. etc. Give "The Revolution Betrayed" by Trotsky a read.
So your excuse is that not enough people decided it was a good idea to destroy their society? That's a horrible argument.
Did I not tell you to start reading on stuff which you know nothing about? PEOPLE DON'T LET THEMSELVES DIE. ****. Even "prosperous" America has "In a 2011 news story, BusinessWeek reported, 'More than 200 million people globally are out of work, a record high, as almost two-thirds of advanced economies and half of developing countries are experiencing a slowdown in employment growth, the group said.'"
"In April 2010, the U.S. unemployment rate was 9.9%, but the government's broader U-6 unemployment rate was 17.1%. There are six unemployed people, on average, for each available job."
8.5%. That's around thirteen-million and ninety-seven thousand (13,097,000) individuals out of work. A workplace needs around 10-20 people. Seriously.
I do not need to explain that unemployment is rampant due to the lack of job openings and not because of laziness. This issue has been addressed many times already in the Occupy Wall Street threads, look them up in General Off-Topic.
Are you seriously saying that people STARVE to death because they WANT to or because they do not have "the will to live"? You are an idiot. Do you really expect a reply to such a stupid and foolish statement? An individual does not desire to starve to death or watch his family starve to death. The reason why people are starving is due to the lack of job openings available to them and not their "laziness". Cut out your ********.
Yes, these people aren't trying to live. Food pantries, welfare, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, all of these are in existence to help these people. If they're too stupid or too proud to make use of them then there is no helping them.
No woner why you like that word "foolish". It perfectly describes you and your "arguments". Of course it is not the job of a Capitalist system to feed its people! It is quite surprising and self-defeatist that you said this yourself. That is why a Capitalist system is ineffective, inefficient, a failure, and a disaster. An estimated 500+ years of Capitalism (in all its forms) and people still do not have food, water, housing, education, jobs, etc. That is why we are Communists, and that is exactly why I left Capitalism. The people in a Capitalist system are thus being starved to death not because they do not want to work, but because they cannot find any work. The job of a Capitalist is to maximize profits at the expense of the workers and others. You say this yourself and yet you ignorantly still argue for a failure of a system.
I'm amazed that in the same sentence that you call me "foolish" you managed to misspell "wonder" and not notice the bright red line underneath it. You seem to accuse me of defeating my own argument, but let me use your own little tactic from earlier to explain why you're wrong. You're looking for me to argue that Capitalism does the exact same things Communism does but with different names. The point is that we don't want that. The Capitalist system is not supposed to feed its people. The people are supposed to feed themselves. Do you believe that humans beings are stuck in a state of permanent infancy and therefor must be treated as such? I don't know how much clearer I can make this. It's a bit ironic that you're trying to combat perceived ignorance with your own ignorance.
Actually no. In a communist society, personal accountability is a necessity and is meaningful. Every decision made by every single individual would have him be fully accountable for his actions. The same goes for communal actions, decision-making, and workplace organization. Capitalism cannot ensure this as the coercive forces of the market prevent an individual from a job and the basic necessities of life.
In a capitalist society if you do not produce and work to better yourself you are brushed aside by those who will. In a Communist society you're given a pat on the back, told you're special, and given a bit less until you start working again. One of those will produce a better workforce. I'll let you work out which one. (Hint: The one that rewards ability).
Oh but we have seen what happens when unions strike; they get repressed or unheard. Not until more than half of the country is on the streets do the politicians listen. The American Labor movement, the Anti-War movement, and the Occupy movement of late stand witness to this. A union and strike have already done their part, they can do nothing more. They would simply be bashed by cops or fired and ignored. A revolution is necessary to start a systematic overhaul. Take a look at the exploitation of labor in every other country, especially in Third-World countries. Go tell them to strike and go to unions. They'd be shot by the Capitalists themselves. Note here the Cola War and Banana Wars.
Again, it's not the fault of us or the capitalist system that in terrible countries people are treated terribly. The USSR, a communist nation, did not treat its people much better.
I have already explained this in full, but again, you seem to have ignored it as usual. I'll quote myself, again:
" A worker is forced to work for a petty wage and under any conditions in order to live. Hence the many flaws and inequalities in a Capitalist system. A "job" is not something that can be done away with or be able to live without. A "job" is a NECESSITY. Individuals are FORCED through the coercive nature of Capitalist markets into awful and pathetic jobs, working conditions, etc. There is no viable alternative to "jobs". The only "alternatives" of voluntary refusal of a "labor contract" would be starvation, homelessness, inability to secure a future, inability to pay tuition fees, inability to attend your family's needs and expenses, etc. etc. Clearly then, if people are not entitled to a job then the aforementioned conditions as a direct result of unemployment become normative conditions themselves. Being "employed" in a Capitalist society, thus, means is NOT an "option". You either work or you die, especially so in a Laissez-Faire economy where I am more than sure you admire."
There's a vast and daunting difference. I am not surprised at all that you did not see the difference, alas. In a communist society you were provided with work, but you refused (be it laziness or sloth) to work when you are fully capable of working, then you are exempted from the production of such a society. That is to say, you would NOT by entitled to either your needs nor your wants. It is a quid pro quo reciprocal relationship. In a communist society, thus, you would be provided with work. In a Capitalist society, you would not be provided with work and yet you would still be expected to live off of your non-existing work. If no work can be found in a communist society (which is near impossible) then you would still receive what you need to live similar to a welfare system, but if you are provided with work and you are fully capable of working, but refuse the opportunity then you are exempted from these resources. In a Capitalist society, you are not offered the opportunity to work, you are forced into unemployment and given no support whatsoever (thanks god for the welfare system and state interventionism) especially in a Laissez-Faire Free-Market economy. The difference then, is that in one case you are voluntarily refusing to work and thus taking the full brunt of the consequences yourself, while in the other you are forced into unemployment and thus forced to starve to death or otherwise.
This is the case of you saying that X = X, but X = Y, but Y is bad, but X is good. Your argument is that since a Capitalist country allows someone to work or starve, and a Communist country allows someone to work or starve, a Capitalist country is evil. Your argument about the lack of a safety net falls apart when you realize that, oh wait, people have family and friends who they can rely on. People rely on their family and friends all the time. To say that in a Capitalist society large amounts of people are starving and trampled upon is to lie. Sure, there's a lower class, but until we reach a point of post-scarcity, there will always be a lower class.
Logical fallacy. But, let us for a second, for the sake of argument of course, suppose that that is true. Nobody wants to work in a factory. Ever heard of automation? What about a drastic improvement of the working conditions of workers? What about the necessity to produce in order to supply yourself and others? The question would then be asked, why would anyone work in a factory in a Capitalist society if they can find other work? I just love how easily your arguments destroy themselves.
So you're saying that in a Communist society there will still be people who want to take jobs as janitors and gardeners and farm workers? Automation is great, but you can't pretend that at any time soon automation will be able to fully replace human intervention.
If you begin starving to death, you would automatically start farming and producing food.
Gee, that reminds me of a counterrevolutionary ideal called supply and demand. O_o
Elections to assign direct recallable delegates and temporary rota-based members =/= electing presidents and officials for 4 or more year terms. These positions would have no power entailed within them. If a power would exist, if abused that individual would be directly recalled with ease.
And it's always easy to root out corruption, right? And who does the rooting out? If you're implying that in a Communist society (unlike in our current one) the collective would be able to use its apparent hive mind to remove corrupt sections of its hierarchy, you're dead wrong.
Yes, because you would be nothing more than an elected worker and not a president or politician. You would hold no power at all. Supply your friends with hidden benefits? Like what? Television screens? They can already have them. Gaming consoles? Same thing. Video games? Same thing. Food? same thing. Money? Doesn't exist.
Okay, then what are those luxuries you were talking about? If everyone gets to chill all day and smoke weed and play video games on their 60 inch plasma screen TV, sign me up. Except that that is not the case. If you honestly believe that in a Communist society everyone would have everything they could ever desire you're kidding yourself. And if you honestly believe that there would be no existence of things that people desire, you're also kidding yourself.
No need for a lobotomy. Simply change the system itself, abolish the system whereby selfishness, greed, individualism at the expense of others, profit before people, exploitation of workers by the bourgeoisie, etc. etc. are encouraged and replace it with a society based on cooperation, mutual aid, sustainability, organization, and democratic popular decision-making. See the Steven Pinker quote in this thread's OP.
So you want to annihilate the individual mind in support of the collective. Now that would be a good idea for a horror fi-oh wait, invasion of the body snatchers already came out. That was an allegory for Communism too I believe. Hm. Anyways,I don't know how many times I need to explain to you that being paid for a service is not exploitation. Are you exploiting the delivery boy when you pay him a tip for his speedy and effective delivery of your pizza and breadsticks? (mmmm... breadsticks...)
Yes, I'd actually prefer having food, water, education, a home, games, a bed, a job, a car, etc. etc. supplied to me on condition that I work rather than live on the streets without a source of income whatsoever. Communism, thus, is completely in the best interest of the individual.
Actually, no it's not. The individual seeks the best for itself. The individual should not be seeking the best for every other individual. That's just not feasible.
No, I just want to kill and rule people just because I can.
Well there you go.
Yes, the Native American genocide? Oh wait, that's over 200 years ago. Irrelevant.
Okay, this is a whole new can of worms. The duty of the U.S Government is to look out for the U.S people. The duty of the Native American chiefs is to look out for the Native American people. The U.S Government succeeded in looking out for its people, the chiefs failed to look out for theirs. The more effective system of government (and arguably more effective culture) succeeded. Or would you have us carefully consider and look out for the interests of other nations? You know, we could become like a world police force. Because people love that.
See my posts here: http://www.reddit.co...fter=t1_c3l9n1g
Higher standard of living you say? Pre-collapse and post-collapse USSR. Take a look.
All I see in this thread is you being a ***** to someone else. Surprise, surprise. (Thanks for introducing me to that emoticon, by the way. It fits a lot of what you type out.)
**** the Occupy movement. I do not respect them nor do I agree with them. Also, Communism has nothing to do with jealousy. But, do note that the 1% and 10% have something known as "bail outs", "tax evasions", etc. etc. But again, that has NOTHING to do at all with Communism and your claim that we are "jealous" of anything or anyone. I'd like to hear your actual argument claiming so. What you just said is irrelevant. Occupy is not Communist. The 99% vs 1% is not a Communist concept. The way the US operates (with its taxes) is not Communist.
Hey! Something intelligent! Or at least some of it...
You thanked god that the Soviets who were empowering women, women's rights, bringing Afghanistan out of the dark age, industrializing the country, giving workers' rights to the workers, ending the exploitation and oppression of Taliban, ending sexism, Islamic extremism, etc. etc. lost to only be replaced by the "victors" known as Taliban which led to ****ing atrocities? I just...
Look, I know that the Nazis led the charge on the anti-smoking movement and that Hitler was a vegetarian because he didn't like the idea of hurting animals, but I can still see that they're bad people. Are you honestly ignoring the atrocities the Soviet Union committed? The war there was the best anyone could hope for. Two groups of bad people killing each other, and the good people (our people) were not in harm's way. Sure, from the Soviet Government's perspective they were the good people, but we're not the Soviets. It's not our job to care about or defend them.
Actually your post was completely unsatisfactory. I request that you reply to my posts part-by-part, that you read up on things before posting, and that you give your replies proper arguments instead of these easily refutable claims.
I will try to be more in depth with my arguments in the future. Also, happy?
I can't keep myself from expression my true opinions on certain individuals especially when they argue out of ignorance
Very well, while I will not extend my incivility to other members of the collective, I will not try nearly as hard to be kind to you.
Cited sources, use them. Google.com, use it.
"Google it" is not a valid source.
Woah, woah, Sparky, you have not found a single flaw in Communism. All of your "arguments" have been disproven with ease. Don't get your hopes up.
Do you honestly believe anyone can bring you around to their viewpoint? If someone disagrees with you you automatically ignore everything they have to say. The point of debate isn't to convince your opponent, but your audience. And with communism you have a bit of an uphill battle.
The Communist Manifesto would be the posters' views and beliefs put in a better form and text and is not presented as a neutral source at all, but an argument for Communism.
So in order to get a better view of a subject it's a good idea to read biased literature?
It's 3 AM and I'm off to sleep. I'll reply to your post(s) and any others tomorrow, hopefully then I would have steamed off a bit and can go more in-depth.
Nighty night, don't let the bed bugs bite!
@ToastedSpikes - I'll get to you tomorrow.
@Minecrafter_Jack - That's why he's the Science teacher and not the History teacher. :tongue.gif:
Also, Tormented, I just realized you're not from America. Could this be where some of that hatred comes from? I know not being on top sucks, but you don't need to be resentful dude. :tongue.gif:
Feb 5, 2012Posted in: ScreenshotsQuote from Rumsey
Most of them will need some sort of touchup after they've been generated. It's still a lot easier then building it all from scratch.
That's true. Good luck to you.
EDIT: It's also weird how much Kalimdor's changed since I played WoW. (I quit during WotLK) I can't wait to see how Azeroth looks.
Oct 16, 2011DARKSWORD95 posted a message on Gentlemen, light your torches and sharpen your pitchforks, there's an RPG abrewin'...As someone who has actually played with the new potion system and enchantments in 1.9.4, I can say with confidence that you, OP, are an idiot.Posted in: 1.0 Update Discussion
The new potion system has added a lot more depth to combat, exploration, and mining. There are many rare ingredients to find, which helps exploration. The potions can provide bonuses to speed, damage, and even instantly heal you. That helps you mine and fight. Hell, there are even potions that can function as grenades (Which can do just as many effects as non-splash potions).
It boggles my mind how adding more exploration and features means Minecraft is becoming an RPG. Hell, even the 'experience' that was added does nothing but upgrade items, it doesn't change or specialize your character at all. When this game is based off dice rolls and has a terribly black and white morality system that barely effects the end (Oh, yeah, it should also have a story) of the game, THEN you can complain.
Sep 15, 2011Posted in: Resource PacksQuote from ds777fighter
Bringing it back up because it seems people don't know how to read.
Or maybe... just, maybe... now, stay with me here, maybe...
Maybe people don't want to obey your orders because they don't care what some random dude on the internet wants them to do?
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Apr 15, 2012A terrible evil is coming to the world, and the only one who can possibly stop it has no idea it exists and wants nothing to do with the people who do know about it. But soon the fate of the whole world shall rest in his hands...Posted in: Literature
In the choking darkness of the void, he waited. Sitting upon his dark throne of Obsidian and diamond, he frowned at his grim, desolate island.
His name was feared, and he was thought to nothing more then a legend, a story. If only they knew how wrong they are... He thought.
The figure's pupil-less eyes scanned the dark, rocky landscape. An evil and terrible idea began forming in his twisted mind.
And the tall, black creatures watched. They wished that they could break free of his will, but they still did not fear him. The creatures knew everything about him. He was nothing compared to their full power.
Yet that full power could not be used. The terrible crystals that their master had created made sure of that.
their master closed his eyes, then reopened them. A evil grin formed on his terrible face. "It is time, he rasped,"Bring him to me!" The creatures looked down at him. They wished for no more then for
their master to be destroyed, but if they didn't not obey, then there were worse things then death in store for them. Reluctantly, they obeyed. "Yes, lord Herobrine."
And then they disappeared.
I opened my eyes to see an incredibly large nose in my face. My eyes focused, and I realized that the nose belonged to my father, who was standing over my bed with a happy expression on his face.
"Today is the day!" he whispered to me, excited and worried. Of course! I thought. Today is the day of the ceremony!
You see, my village has a ceremony for anybody who is about to complete their training as a warrior. It involves journeying to an ancient cavern and slaying a monstrous beast. Nobody believed that I would be able to do it. Not very many people think I am even worthy of being a warrior, except for my father. He is very supportive.
The reason everyone in the village doubts me is because I am not like anybody else in any way. For one thing, I do not have a very large nose, unlike the others in the village, which was troubling. Also, i was just... different. instead of farming in the village, I would explore caves. Instead of staying at home, I would look for Mine Shafts. Everyone in the village thought I was crazy.
But not anymore.
Today i was going to prove that I could help the village. I was sure of that.
My father left the room and I began putting my armor on. it wasn't special, just plain leather armor. But i knew that it would offer me some protection. I picked up my weapon, an old, rusty, iron sword. I would need it.
I walked out of my house and onto the gravel road that led to the village square. Every body in the village was crowded near the well, awaiting my arrival. I noticed the familiar face of my father, deep in the crowd.
This is it. I thought as I stepped into the center of the crowd. Everybody's eyes were on me. Slowly, the village mayor spoke. "Do you accept this challenge, to journey to the caverns of eternity, to slay the dreaded Spider Jockey?" I took a deep breath and said, "I do." The mayor lowered his head. "Then let it be so," he whispered as he handed me a faded, yellowed map. "it is now your responsibility to prove to your village that you are worthy of protecting us." I took another deep breath. Now there was no turning back. I had taken the oath, and now it was my sworn duty to slay the dreaded Spider Jockey.
But first things first, I had to have a word with my father. I spotted him near the edge of the crowd, looking worried. "Don't worry. No matter what happens, I will come back," I assured him. My father sighed. "i wish that could be true, Indiril."
I was surprised. it was the first time in ages i had been called by my true name. Usually its just 'son' or 'boy'.(Or, in cases with the villagers, 'weirdo' or 'no-nose'.)
I tried to assure my father that I would be all right, but he was still very worried. I could not stay long, so I said farewell to everyone in the village and followed the trail out of the village that led me closer the the caverns of eternity.
I looked back down at the way I had come. My village was nowhere in sight.
I had made camp in a small forest near the mountains. Night was starting to fall, which was not good news. Terrible creatures of all sorts came out at night.
I gripped the handle of my sword, ready for anything. I watched the last of the sun's rays sink below the horizon. A full moon rose behind me. Oh dear.I thought as I began seeing monsters appear.
That was when I heard the sound that all children in the village were taught to fear.
The force of the creeper explosion sent me flying into a tree. My head collided with the trunk, leaving me dazed. The smell of gunpowder filled my nostrils. I tried to stand up, but I was still dazed from the explosion.
My only hope was to try to find the cavern so I could complete my quest.It can't be far from here, I thought. I staggered closer to the mountains, but I was stopped by several loud moans. Zombies!
They stumbled out of the forest and began lumbering towards me. I slashed my sword at them, which did very little damage. The undead continued approaching me.
There was only one option left for me-run. I sprinted past the zombies, picking up a few scratches as I did so. I ran through the forest, near the mountains, and then I tumbled directly into the cavern.
It was about a 7-block fall. Luckily, nothing seemed broken.
Staring at me from the shadows was a spider. I could barely make out a skeletal rider on its back.
I found the spider jockey! I thought. I raised my sword and-an arrow struck my arm. My sword fell to the ground with a clatter.
The skeleton had shot an arrow at me. I tried not to panic, but it was a bit impossible in my situation. That was when the spider lunged.
Its large, hairy jaws clamped down on my foot. I yelped in pain while a grabbed my sword and swung. It went into the spider, which let out a hiss and went still. The skeleton drew back another arrow and let it fly. It missed me by an inch.
With one swift motion, I jabbed my sword into the skeleton's rib cage. Its bones clattered to the ground in a large pile. I had won.
Well, not really. I still needed to figure out how I was going to get out of the cave and go to my village in the middle of night. It kept me thinking.
Then I heard footsteps. I saw a tall, black creature come into view."We have found him, It said in a chilling voice. More creatures came out of the darkness.
They walked towards me. Their glowing eyes seemed hypnotic as they reached their long arms out to me.
Then I heard a shout. Another person came into view, swinging his sword like a madman. The tall creatures backed away, but not before the figure's sword hit them. Some disintegrated into small orbs, but others vanished. I tried to stand up to meet the one who had saved me, but the pain of the spider bite sent me unconscious.
While I was unconscious I had dreams. Or nightmares, would be a better way to describe them. They were filled with the tall black creatures, and a rocky landscape floating in the void. And the terrible, white eyes...
I awoke with a small shout. I glanced at the tiny room that I was in and concluded that it was definitely not my home. No, instead I was in a room made out of wooden logs. I was on top of a small bed. I noticed that the spider bite had been bandaged, but it still made me wince in pain.
I front of me was the one who had saved me. He wore rusty iron armor that looked like it had seen better days. His green eyes had a pained expression in them. He had dark brown hair and a small beard. Other then the beard, he looked a lot like me.
"You are probably wondering who I am," he said. His voice sounded quite gruff. "Allow me to introduce myself. I am Septimus. You may have heard of me."
I shook my head. I had never heard of him in my life. "I'm sorry, but I have never heard of you."
Septimus took off his rusty iron helm and scratched his head. "No? But I can tell by your appearance that you must live in Drearl!" he said, obviously confused.
By my appearance? Does he mean my lack of a huge nose, like him? "I have never heard of Drearl. I have lived in a small village my whole life, with all the other large-nosed folk,"I explained to him.
"But not your whole life..." Septimus went on. I didn't see why this strange man was wasting my time. I should have been in the village, presenting the head of the spider and the bones of the skeleton. I should have been proving myself to the village.
"Look, you belong in Drearl! You are obviously one of the first!" He went on as if he didn't see my anger and confusion. "What do you mean, 'the first'? You could at least explain this!" I shouted angrily.
This shut Septimus up, but not for long. "Don't tell me you have never read the legends!" he said. I rolled my eyes. "No, but if it will help explain, I'll read them!" I said, annoyed.
Septimus pulled a small leather book out of his belt. "Read," he told me. I didn't know if it would explain anything, but it was worth a try. I opened the book and began to read...
In the middle of the void''s emptiness, they blinked into existence. The first beings. The endermen.They wished for land to build on. A small island appeared. It was not much, but land nonetheless. They built towers, made of a substance called obsidian. But the towers were not enough. The endermen wanted more, a limitless land to build on. So they created Minecraftia. They made the hills, the mountains, the forests. They grew tired of darkness, so they made the sun. The night sky was blank, so they made the stars and the moon.
But work was not done. The endermen made portals home, and protected them with strongholds. And yet they were not finished. They were lonely, so they made creatures, animals, and humans. But the humans were greedy. They built all over the land. They mined all the precious minerals. They threatened to ruin the world. The endermen gave them a choice. They could continue building but live in a small area, or live peacefully. The humans were torn between decisions. A small amount of people wanted to continue building and mining, so they formed a small city called Drearl. They called themselves 'the first'. The rest of the people decided to live peacefully. They formed small villages and developed large noses, for reasons unknown. Only one Enderman disagreed with the others, and his name was Herobrine. He believed that the humans should be killed for what they did to the land, starting with 'the first'.
The others strongly disagreed, for they were peaceful. They punished Herobrine by giving him the features of the ones he hated, the humans.
Herobrine is not a large threat, but tales say that he still exists, snatching away the first, in hopes of completing his dark quest...
Fingers trembling, I shut the book. "Y-You're saying that I am one of the first? I'm in danger because of Herobrine?" I stammered.
Septimus stroked his beard. "Yes. Which is why you must come to Drearl. It is too dangerous out here." He said. "What I want to go back to my village?" I argued. Septimus sighed and said, "I'm afraid that's not an option."
Then he took the handle of his sword and hit me in the head with it. All I saw after that was darkness.
Great,just great, I thought. First I get taken from my village, and now i'm being taken against my will to some place I have never heard of called Drearl. Just great.
I had been unconscious for quite a while. Apparently Septimus had tied me to a pig. The pig followed him because of the wheat in his pocket.
To be honest, I didn't think things could get any worse. Oh, how wrong I was. The horror started when Septimus decided to set up camp for the night. I decided to ask him some questions.
"I was safe in my village. Why do you insist on taking me to Drearl?"I asked him. Septimus looked up at me. "It's not just about that. You have lived with the villagers for five years. The king will want to see you," he said.
I stared at him. "I have no idea who the king of Drearl is, and if I have never met him before, I doubt he'll want to see me," I replied. Septimus took some cookies out of a pouch and and put one into his mouth.
"Let's just say you knew the king quite well," he told me as he chewed. "Could you please untie me? You can trust me to walk," I pleaded. Septimus sighed. Then he gave a quick slash with his sword, cutting the ropes that bound me to the pig, which scampered away.
"Whatever you say, I don't know the king," I said angrily. "Don't worry. Joerajaja, our scribe, will tell you all about it," Septimus said happily.
i was just about to ask what kind of name 'joerajaja' was when I heard a rustling in the trees. Septimus and I drew our swords at the exact same moment. And then I heard that terrible sound...
But this time there was no explosion. That was good, because it would easily be able to kill us. But what did happen was much worse. The hiss had been cut off abruptly, and a hiss of pain followed.
Nothing stopped a creeper from exploding.
"Good. We need him alive,"
Came a deep, raspy voice. I saw a thin, black shape move between the trees.
No! I thought. Not them!
Septimus held out his sword. He looked very frightened indeed. "Who's there?" He tried to talk bravely, but did a poor job of masking his fear.
After he spoke, there was silence. Not good silence, either. This was the kind of ominous silence that let you knew whatever was hunting you had no reason to make noise.
And then I saw the glowing purple eyes. They belonged to one of the tall creatures, and as I watched, its mouth opened and it stared. It stared directly through my eyes. Directly through me.
In the eyes I saw nothing but pain and sorrow. It was a very sad creature. I saw everything it had seen, and I felt all of its pain. It became unbearable. I felt like I would go mad.
I finally managed to pry my eyes away. I stumbled backward and looked back at the creature. It had vanished.
"Where did it go?" whispered Septimus, obviously worried. Suddenly I felt a hard blow on my back. I whirled around, but nothing was there. I felt another hit on my arm. Again, nothing. I rapidly turned my head and saw the creature, just before it disappeared.
I heard Septimus cry out in pain. He had been hit by a creature. He stumbled closer to me. A creature struck me again, sending me farther back.
It became clear what they were doing. They were herding us. Almost as if they were trying to take us somewhere...
The creatures had us surrounded. Sweat dripped off my brow. I clutched my sword so hard it hurt. " there's only one way out of this," Septimus said. "Swing your sword like a madman!"
We began slashing our sword in all directions. As soon as we saw the chance, we ran. We ran out of the clearing and onto the path that led to Drearl. The creatures vanished and reappeared next to us.
As we ran, I noticed a river near the path. "Over here!" I yelled at Septimus. "Maybe they can't swim!" We ran to the edge of the river. It was going to be a very long swim.
I tried not to think about that. I closed my eyes and prepared to jump. "What are you waiting for? Come on!" Septimus screamed as ha pulled me into the water.
It was very cold. The black waters seemed to drag me down into the river's depths. When we reached the middle of the river, I looked back. The creatures were glaring at us. As I watched, they turned around and disappeared.
It was a long swim to the shore. I was very relieved when I felt land again.
"What were those things?" I asked Septimus. He let out a long sigh. "It is worse then I feared. Those were Endermen."
I stared like one of the creatures. "The so-called creators of the world? Trying to kill us?"
"I'm afraid so. Herobrine has many powers. He may have control of their minds," Septimus said grimly. I groaned. Everything just gets better and better, doesn't it?
Septimus spoke. "We should get to Drearl."
For once, I agreed with him. It wouldn't do us any good to stay out in the open.
It was about another two hours before we saw Drearl. I saw a tower in the distance. As we inched closer, another tower came into view, and another. Before long, I was staring at a city.
"That, my friend, is Drearl!" Septimus called out. It was worth coming just to see the towers in the morning light.
The guards were asleep at the gate. Septimus pulled a lever that was connected to a wall. It lit some redstone, which activated pistons, which opened the gate.
"What? Never seen redstone before?" Septimus remarked when he saw my look of amazement.
Drearl was wonderful. The streets looked brand new. The people were very cheerful. The city was spectacular.
Septimus stared at me. "You call this amazing? You should see some other streets!"
"I-I've never seen anything like this!" I said. "Well, come on. We have a lot to do," Septimus said as he grabbed my arm and dragged me to the castle.
Septimus led me through numerous hallways until he found a large door. When he opened it, it revealed a large room with a throne in it. I guessed it was the throne room.
On the golden throne was a man with a black beard and a crown on his head. The king.
"Welcome, Septimus!" He said joyfully. The king looked at me. He smiled.
"Welcome, my son."
Chapter FiveAll I could do was stare. "Son? W-wait, but-"
The king looked down at his feet. "There is much to explain, and I do not have time now. Let my scribe, Therus, tell you the story."
A tall, skinny man with a small brown beard and a black cloak stepped into the room. I guessed he was probably Therus.
"I am Therus," he said. "Your father told me you would need some explanations..."
"You could definitely say that," I mumbled.
"Follow me," Therus whispered.
I followed him out of the throne room. He led me through countless hallways until we came to a library. We walked inside.
"Sit," Therus instructed, pointing to a chair next to a table.
After I sat down, Therus cleared his throat. "I know this must be very confusing."
I rolled my eyes. "About why I was tied to a pig, brought to some city that I had never even heard about, and had the king call me his son? Why would anyone be confused about that?" I replied sarcastically.
Therus frowned. "I'll have you know that this is a very serious subject. Now that Septimus brought you back here, all of our lives are in danger!"
I gasped. "You mean-Septimus wasn't supposed to bring me here?"
"Of course not! Just let me explain..." Therus said. Then he started his story.
"Many years ago you lived here, in Drearl. You were the son of the king and at that time, Drearl was a happy place."
"Your father, the king, was very pleased to have an heir. For two years the kingdom thrived."
"But then the endermen came. They broke holes in our walls and tore through every building they could see. None who got in their way lived to tell the tale."
"Then they reached the castle, your home. They attempted to destroy it, but the knights stopped them before they could do major damage to the castle. However, Drearl's defenses were crippled and our people feared for their lives."
"The very next night they attacked again. Once again, they were stopped, but not before they destroyed even more of Drearl."
"Those were dark times. The attacks became so frequent that many left Drearl. Those who stayed carried weapons at all times in constant fear of being attacked."
"One night the endermen came in greater numbers than ever before. That time they reached the castle.Once they made it to the top floor, they tried to kill you and your parents."
"But before they could, something remarkable happened. You, and you were only two years old at that time, killed them! Your eyes glowed green and the endermen were blown apart!"
I stared at Therus like he was insane. "When I was two years old, my eyes glowed green and some endermen exploded?"
"Yes, that is what happened. Now, do they teach you anything about not interrupting at the nose-village? Apparently not," Therus said sternly. Then he continued his story.
"Although you saved your parents, things took a turn for the worse. The endermen then had only one target-you."
"After the third attack, you had almost been killed. Your parents decided that they had to protect you, so they sent you out of Drearl to a nose-village, where you could live in peace and safety."
"When the endermen came again, they saw that you were not there. In their rage, they killed your mother. Your father defeated them, but it was too late. Your mother was gone."
Therus stopped. "I know this must be very hard for you."
My fists shook. "Of course it is! My mother was killed and I was sent away from my home just because of something I did when I was two years old?!"
Therus sighed. "It was for your own protection! And besides, there was a reason you did that enderman-exploding thing. Just...Let me explain."
"There is a legend that says once every thousand years, a child is born who possesses the ability to control the ancient magic. The very magic that the endermen themselves used to create the world!"
"Of course, Herobrine is controlling the endermen using dark magic, which weakens them. But if they were to capture you, they would take you to Herobrine. He could then extract your power, making him the most powerful being in existence!"
I stared at Therus. "You have got to be kidding me," I muttered.
I told Therus what I thought. "So I am one of the people that can control the ancient magic and Herobrine wants my powers so he sends endermen after me to capture me and i'm putting everyone in danger?" After I thought about it, I might have said that a little too fast.
"Yes, you are putting yourself and everyone else in danger! That's why Septimus shouldn't have brought you here and why he must be-"
Therus was interrupted by the door opening. A fat guard wearing iron armor that was a bit too small stormed in. He had a look of worry on his face.
"The endermen-they're here."
Chapter five is now out! I kind of forgot to replace the chapter four message, but it is different now. I also changed the first sentence of the post to something awesome instead of telling how a minecraftian will face all the minecraft dangers of the minecraft world. You shouldn't say minecraft 3 times in your opening sentence. Anyway, I might as well say that chapter six will be coming out fairly soon.
Aug 6, 2012Chaossms posted a message on River War Chronicles: Chapter 1 [Story + Screenshots]Great story thus far, have you ever considered fantasy writing a profession?Posted in: Screenshots
10/10 Diamonds for you!!
Aug 6, 2012sub_zero99 posted a message on River War Chronicles: Chapter 1 [Story + Screenshots]This looks purty good.Posted in: Screenshots
Feb 3, 2012goanimals123 posted a message on American working with medical team in Libya barred from returning to US. US tries to take his rights. Update: Hes finally home.http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/03/10304535-american-aid-worker-in-libya-us-bars-my-returnPosted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and Science
Follow the link to read the article. Below I have summarized it in my own words. Only the last paragraph is my opinion.
After his most recent trip to give medical aid to Libya this American citizen was put on a no fly list for terror suspects. He worked to get medical supplies and food to refugees. But then as he tried to return was barred from getting on the plane.
At the US embassy he was questioned by FBI agents about his religious views. They finally told him that after a lie detector test he could go home. But before they asked him to sign a document. Reading it he realized it was a document to waive his constitutional rights. Upon reading it he refused to sign it or take the test.
So they gave him another option. File for redress using the TRIP system. But that would limit his legal rights to challenge the FBI's actions.
On February 13th he will attempt to board a plane for home to see his wife and kids anyway. He states he has no idea what the FBI will do and he is fully ready to be detained or arrested at the airport. He says he has constitutional rights that he will protect and demand.
I wish him the best of luck. This is unjust. The government does this crap all the time. Before 9/11 we actually had freedom and rights you know. Now we have what is quickly becoming a police state.
He has finally been allowed back into the US.
Feb 7, 2012Communism is impossible in large numbers, say beyond the size of a small town. Many countries have tried, and all have failed. The leader would never want to give up his power for the good of the people, human nature is just too selfish for that. I wholeheartedly support capitalism, because I feel that if you know how to get ahead, you should deserve more and be able to get more. Social classes are a plus, it gives people something to strive for, reason to get better at something or to try harder. I agree that capitalism has its flaws, as we can see with the us now, but it is still much better than anything else humanity has thought of. I don't want to be equal to others, I want to be able to look up to people and say, "one day I want to be like him", and look down at people who were at my old place and say, "I got myself out of there and managed to get ahead". Who wants to be the same as everyone else? People are different. There are natural born leaders who excel at that, and people who do much better under command than being placed in command. Public education in the US is already very communist, special education and under performing students are forced into the same classes as the regular ones, and coddled along so that they pass too and feel equal, even though they are obviously not. It sickens me. So does communism, why would we want to limit individual success and freedom just so that everyone is happy and equal? Disgusting.Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and Science
Wow, this turned into a major rant from a simple point of view.
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