February 4th, 2003

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Torture of Friends

I made passing mention of a RP yesterday, one of the best scenes I've had in years. It was the final scene in a storyline involving a cop (Jack, a NPC) who tended to make really bad decisions in his personal life. One of those bad decisions was hooking up with Grayson (one of our baddest bad guys, for those not in the know). At first neither knew what the other one was, then Grayson found out Jack was a cop and things got bad for the NPC. It all ended last night. After four days of (off-screen) torture, the bad guys killed the cop last night. Grayson went to see him before they killed him.

That's all backstory for a related thought: Jack and Grayson had become close friends. It was only in last night's scene that Jack found out Grayson was one of the bad guys. I was somewhat surprised at how little finding out about that betrayal meant to Jack (he didn't yell at Grayson or try to hurt him or get mad, he wanted him to come closer and make physical contact to let him know he was really there and other things). I thought about that all last night and this morning, and I finally got my head around it (I think). Only in movies and books might a friend or lover get mad at the other person in that situation. After four full days of torture, with bones broken and burns and shocks and cuts and bruises on his bruises, I think the physical pain would be much, much worse than any pain of betrayal. Also, I'm thinking that one's mind would maybe help protect someone in a situation like that: You have so much physical pain to deal with, what would useless emotional pain help? Ah, I can't seem to get this into words right, but my general thought is that it's unrealistic drama to have someone somehow be able to push all that pain aside and show anger after nothing but defeat and seemingly endless abuse. I've broken bones years ago. I can't even imagine what four days of torture would be like. Tied to a chair, bleeding, burned, beaten... and to know that there's really pretty much no chance of escape or getting out of this alive? It makes my stomach twist just to try to feel that.

Now perhaps, if a character was especially strong, maybe they could summon up
some anger... but Jack wasn't strong. A sentence from one of Grayson's poses really sums him up:

"You were so beautiful, so wonderful, so eager and so weak. I loved you for it, and I still do. I've got a lot of friends already gone before us both - they'll look after you, when the end does come."

Sheesh. Makes my eyes burn and blur a little just to read that pose over again. Grayson's player rocks. :)
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An official complaint, and a quiz.

Dear Universe and/or Mr. Pine Trees,

Would you please stop covering my nice black car with your ugly green-yellow pollen? Especially when I had it washed just yesterday? Thanks to your misguided efforts, my car now looks as though it was never washed.

Yours,
Thistle

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Fire advise goggle
You think you're deep, tortured and misunderstood.
You're not, you're just incoherent and a bit
silly. Now you know.


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The Wooing of the Republic of Farkistonia Continues!

Habari's invitation has been accepted!

The Republic of Farkistonia posted:
The Republic of Farkistonia agrees for the trip to the shores of the Republic of Hooters. Saturday, 9ish?
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Our reply:
The Confederacy of Habari agrees and will see you on Saturday. And please do not worry, the Confederacy has no plans to invade your shores and take over your sweet, sweet soda factories or productive trout farms while you are out.

Honest.
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Heh heh heh.
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Animal Crossing Update

I know this will interest few people, but it's been in my head all night so I'm typing it up in hopes of getting it out and burning off a little restlessness.

After only having time to play a few minutes (and between poses) yesterday, I had unlimited time tonight. Not only did I get to relax and play, I made some major accomplishments:

* Finally, after an extra week over the original 15 days, I got my Golden Axe. Woo woo. Now I can say to hell with keeping my town perfect! (Though I still pull weeds religiously, but this leads to the third point...)
* I got the final painting I needed, now that wing of the museum is completed! Yay! Done with paintings and fossils! I need to wait on bugs and fish till the rest of the year strolls on by, but still. Woo!
* Related to the first point, now that I can landscape at will, I started the process of turning a good eighth of my town into flower gardens. I cut down all the trees (with my Golden Axe, baby) and dug up all the stumps (with my Golden Shovel!), and planted about 60 flowers. Seeing how you can only buy 6-8 flowers a day, this was a really food start. And man, it looks really nice, too. And we're talking with snow on the ground! Just wait till spring and summer come, my gardens will *rock* and I'll attract tons of bugs (a good thing!).

My orchards are coming along well, as is my non-fruit forest, but I need to put more time into the quarter of my town furthest from Nook's and the Dock. It mostly gets ignored since it's far enough away from both of those places to make carrying fruit a pain. I'm not sure what I'll do with it though... maybe clear cut it...

After a couple of months of never traveling from Canada to Mexico to preserve my town population as it was, I decided it was time to get some new blood in. I now have about half of my town population new. Unfortunately both of my wolves moved out, and Chief had been my favorite villager. Ah well, he's moved out twice before. Maybe he'll come back again. (I've taught Chief to say many things, but his current thing, Esse, is my favorite.)

I'm really happy with AC, but restless in general. I'm itching to get my teeth around some new big plot or storyline or something. I'm GMing on Friday, and have no time to do anything before that, but I still *want* to...
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