Monthly Archives: January 2013

Western vs Eastern Dragons

Western or European Dragons – In European folklore, a dragon is a serpent-like creature prone to destroying small villages with two pairs of lizard-y legs and bat-type wings growing from its back. A dragon-like creature with no front legs is known as a Wyvern and are the laughing stock of the dragon world. In Western folklore, dragons are usually portrayed as evil, with the exceptions mainly in Welsh folklore and modern fiction. In the modern period, the European dragon is typically depicted as a huge fire-breathing, scaly and horned lizard-like creature, with leathery wings four legs and a long muscular tail. It is sometimes shown with feathered wings, crests, fiery manes, ivory spikes running down its spine and  in various exotic colors. Dragon’s blood often has magical properties, such as healing and allowing the user to understand the language of animals. Most Western dragons protect caverns or castles filled with gold and treasure and are often associated with a great hero who tries to slay it. Though in possession of awesome wings, dragons normally hide in their underground lair, a cave that identifies it as an ancient creature of earth. Possibly, the dragons of European and Mid Eastern mythology stem from the cult of snakes found in religions throughout the world.

Eastern Dragons – Chinese dragons are largely benign serpentine creatures, who have long, snake-like bodies and small wings. In yin and yang terminology, a dragon is yang and complements a yin fenghuang (“Chinese phoenix”). Chinese dragons symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rain, hurricanes, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and luck. Due to their powers, the Emperor of China usually used the dragon as a symbol of his imperial power and strength. In Chinese daily language,  outstanding people are compared to the dragon while incapable people with no achievements are compared with other, more frowned upon creatures, such as the worm. A number of Chinese proverbs feature references to the dragon, for example: “Hoping one’s son will become a dragon”.

Final Verdict – If anyone reads this, which do you think is better? (I vote for the Chinese dragons, they’re nicer).

Spiritual Talismans For The Win!

I’m not much of a believer in magic and the supernatural, but I have a fondness for lucky talismans and amulets. Here are a couple which I quite like and would probably buy if I had enough money.

ImageWolf’s Head Traveling Amulet (Black Onyx & Amethyst) – Protection and Guidance while traveling, as well as Good Luck and Spiritual Protection.

ImageYin Yang Medallion (Black Onyx & Cat’s Eye Gemstone) – Amplifies Good Luck and Protection, as well as providing a grounding point for the spirit.

ImageBone Spiritual and Business Amulet (Black Onyx) – Promotes Success in Business and Abundance of Wealth.

Hello again! Fancy meeting you here!

Sorry about the long absence. I spent a week at the beach and the Internet connection was so slow that I couldn’t post anything!

But I’m back now, and I will attempt to fulfill my #1 Resolution (Post lots) as soon as I can think of something to write…

*Stares around aimlessly* *Thinks deeply* *Sighs*

Nope, nothing. Ah well, maybe later.                                                                                                            

My Resolutions for 2013

Okay, I’m kinda thinking these up as I go, so bear with me.

  • Post regularly in my Atheneum.
  • Complete the Premier’s Reading Challenge.
  • Read all of the Lord of the Rings (I never made it past the Fellowship).
  • Beat someone in StarCraft 1v1.

So yeah, there you have it, my Resolutions for 2013 (Resolutions has a capital R because they’re very important).

 

How to Kill an Uruk-hai

Uruk-hai breath harshly and deeply, and are enormously strong, tense creatures; top-heavy juggernauts with massive chest, neck, shoulder and jaw development. They snarl and grimace constantly, as they are in constant pain and their only relief lies in violence. Their gait is not dissimilar to that of walking up a steep hill, because as soon as they are spawned they are locked into heavy plate armor, so there is a perceived sense of crushing weight and momentum to their stride. They have difficulty turning quickly. They have limited formal training, just basic drill work, but they are lethal, instinctive fighters, much more dangerous than common Orcs. They use their falchions and spiked shields almost interchangeably, smashing and bashing. Their defenses are power blocks – no finesse, no deflections, just brutal chops that could bounce an attacking weapon back the way it came. Though they are incredibly dangerous fighters, there are several simple was to kill an Uruk-hai.

What You Will Need: A sword/spear/axe/other melee weapon, a bow/sling/other ranged weapon, basic fighting ability.

What To Do:

Bow-based Tactics – Aim for the neck or, if you are an Elf, the armpits, where their armor is weakest. The area around their mouth is similarly undefended, although a strong bow can pierce their chestplate or helmet.

Sword/axe-based Tactics – Again, go for the neck or the legs. Although a good hack in the chest would serve to at least maim your opponent, it is infinitely easier to bowl them over or hold them back via wildly swinging your weapon until help can arrive. If none will, and you’re taking on the forces of Isenguard alone, well, good luck!

Spear-based Tactics – The spear is one of the best weapons to use against large groups of Uruk-hai and, if you are in a small hallway or entrance of some sort, you will be able to hold them off for am indefinite amount of time. Unfortunately, you will be very vulnerable to ranged weaponry.

Tips

  • Uruk-hai are very dangerous, and if they are about to attack your farm you should probably run.
  • If you encounter any Hobbits carrying strange golden Rings that seem to whisper to you, run like crazy.
  • If you are requested by said Hobbits (and/or Elves, Dwarves, Men and talking trees) to join their Fellowship and journey to Mordor to destroy evil once and for all, feed them to the Uruk-hai.

Warning: Following the instructions described in this manuscript may result in death, maiming and/or being sold into slavery. Always read the label.

Amazing Spider-Man #700

So, I was looking up stuff about Marvel superheroes when I typed in Spider-Man and saw that he was listed as: Currently Deceased?!? What on Earth-616 are they thinking? Quickly clicking on the link, I saw that good old Doc Ock was dying and had traded minds with Peter Parker!!! Then Petey dies! This is one of the stupidest things anyone in the history of comics has done! Doctor Octopus! Seriously?

Grrr… I am NOT a happy blogger/comic fan….