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OK.  I'm feeling less like I'm on crazy pills now.

Though Trump was asked about the DNC hack, and basically said "I hope Putin has Clinton's emails too".  And talked about her VP "Tom Kean", advocated torture and withdrawal from the Geneva Convention.

OpenMW + SSD = no crashing.  I have a hoptoad ring, but I need to work on my acrobatics skill some still.

Also just raised my intelligence to godlike levels last night to enchant a pair of trousers.  They give me a constant restore stamina effect.  I call them my "jogging pants".  This seems an appropriate use of raising my intelligence to unimaginable and superhuman levels.

The NYT is now reporting the hacked documents may have been altered.

Basically, the metadata in the leaked files posted by Wikileaks is in Russian.  This means one of two things.  Either the hackers opened up the emails in Word and saved them....or they opened them up in Word, selectively edited them to make them look a bit spicier, and then saved them.  No-one knows.

I'm inclined to believe they weren't edited, because quite frankly if they were the revelations would be a lot more damaging.  But Wikileaks does not give any fucks either way regarding the possibility, apparently, or else they would have noticed the same thing and asked for the raw files.

You need to go on social media more.  That's been swirling around since Feburary or so, I think

Yeah, I've been abusing DB armour and Creeper for a while now.  Though since I looted all the Great House Vaults, money's not so much of a concern.   And of course there's always alchemy, when I'm bored.  I've got the "fortify intelligence" potion abuse sorted.

Oh believe me, that wasn't me condemning them.

That was impressively mean, even for Slate

Yeah, I've not had to do the Ashlander or Hortator quests yet, other than the first one, where you retrieve the bow for the Ashlander chief.  However, I am a member of the Morag Tong and Mages Guild.  I've been sent off to plenty of random locations for no good reason and a thousand drakes.  Thankfully, my character is fairly skilled with Mysticism, or else that would be tedious as fuck.

Also at this point I'm level 25, decked out in full glass armour with the curaiss of the Saviour's Hide, glass tower shield and an Ebony longsword.  So basically I'm unkillable by anything short of an Ash Vampire or DLC enemy, I think.  Not that I've started Tribunal or Bloodmoon yet, but I hear they can be tricky for lower level characters, and I'm not really abusing alchemy too much at the moment. 

Incidentally, I've recently got the furthest I ever have in Morrowind.  Just cured the Corpus Disease, and I'm close to completing the Morag Tong questline.

Well allegedly (this comes from Kirkbride, and while he no longer works for Bethesda, he's still in touch with people there and occasionally writes things for the Camoran commentaries and Heimskr's speech in Skyrim) the theme for the coming Elder Scrolls games is "the fall of the empires of man".  Furthermore, before Bethesda declared they were stopping support for Skyrim, they registered a copyright for the name "Hammerfell".  At the time, people thought it was for another Skyrim DLC...but obviously not.

Hammerfall already has an existing strange power thing which could be applied to the player in a similar manner to the Thuum (sword-singing) and it would give further opportunities to look at the Thalmor as a faction.  It's not part of the Empire, but the Empire has a presence there (the Legion veterans who stayed behind to fight the Thalmor...and maybe runaway Blades).  Also, a mostly human province means they can use a greater variety of voice actors.  One big factor I can see with non-human realms is that it would require comparatively more skilled or unique voice actors, whereas anyone with a mic can do a Redguard voice, pretty much.

Of course, that Redguard was a game is an issue, but that was at the founding of the Empire, so no doubt a lot has changed.  And at least one of the TES Adventure series was also set in Skyrim, so there is precedent.

To be fair, the weirdness is still there, but it's pretty well hidden.  Oblivion had the Mankar Camoran Commentaries which, among other things, make the blasphemous (and possibly accurate) claim that Nirn is nothing more than another plane of Oblivion, thus making Lorkhan a daedric prince.  And then there was the Shivering Isles in all its glory.  We also got to see the dark side of Meridia in Knights of the Nine.  And Skyrim, though very generic in many respects, was also rushed as fuck.  Despite that they managed to tie the plot back into the earlier games (prophecy of the Dragonborn) and introduce a ton of new lore regarding the Thalmor, the Ideal Masters and Apocrypha.

I suspect ESO has also been something of a trial-run for how well people will react to the more weird aspects of TES lore being part of the gameplay.  So far, it seems to be going fairly well.  Also my bets are on Hammerfell for the next game.

I mean yeah, there's nothing that has been written that is quite as good as The 36 Lessons, but the 36 Lessons are a very special category of their own.

The truly scary thing is the theory put forward by Anon there is at the very least consistent with Elder Scrolls lore, if not actually 100% what occured.

Vivec's weapon of choice is indeed a spear, but in the 36 Lessons of Vivec, it's sometimes a not very subtle metaphor for something else.

See, for example:

The holy one returned at last, Vehk, golden with wisdom. His head found its body had been tenderly used. He mentioned this to Molag Bal, who told him that he should thank the Barons of Move Like This, 'For I have yet to learn how to refine my rapture. My love is accidentally shaped like a spear.'

So Vivec, who had a grain of Ayem's mercy, set about to teach Molag Bal in the ways of belly-magic. They took their spears out and compared them. Vivec bit new words onto the King of Rape's so that it might give more than ruin to the uninitiated. This has since become a forbidden ritual, though people still practice it in secret.

Here is why: The Velothi and demons and monsters that were watching all took out their own spears. There was much biting and the earth became wet. And this was the last laugh of Molag Bal:

'Watch as the earth shall crack, heavy with so much power, that should have been forever unalike!'

Then that stretch of badlands that had been the site of the marriage fragmented and threw fire. And a race that is no more but that was terrible at the time to behold came forth. Born of the biters, that is all they did, and they ran amok across the lands of Veloth and even to the shores of Red Mountain.

But Vivec made of his spear a more terrible thing, from a secret he had bitten off from the King of Rape. And so he sent Molag Bal tumbling into the crack of the biters and swore forever that he would not deem the King beautiful ever again.

Vivec wept as he slew all those around him with his terrible new spear. He named it MUATRA, which is Milk Taker, and even the Chimeri mystics knew his fury. Anyone struck by Vivec at this time turned barren and withered into bone shapes. The path of bones became a sentence for the stars to read, and the heavens have never known children since. Vivec hunted down the biters one by one, and all their progeny, and he killed them all by means of the Nine Apertures, and the wise still hide theirs from Muatra.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: EU Referendum 23rd June: In or Out?
« on: July 26, 2016, 01:27:54 am »
Capital investor and industry flight, basically.  Because being located in the UK will no longer mean guaranteed access to the EU market, banks are looking at shifting to Dublin or Frankfurt, for example.

The Washington Post had a more in depth look at Trump's Russian financial links, I don't have a link to hand but it was published on July 16th I believe.

One problem is that Clinton is (to a much lesser extent) also compromised.  The Clinton Foundation was involved in a...situation involving Russian money and uranium.

My concern is that a President Trump would embolden Russian provocation in the Baltic, given his comments about not necessarily coming to the aid of a NATO ally.  Russia has sizeable minorities in all three states, which have undoubtedly been treated pretty shabbily by their national governments.  Any kind of Crimean re-run could ignite a war between European NATO powers and Russia, with America on the sidelines.  And given NATO was always designed around America being the primary combatant, with other member states providing specialist support units...well, without America, things would be quite bad.

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