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“The truth about the world,

“The truth about the world, he said, is that anything is possible. Had you not seen it all from birth and thereby bled it of its strangeness it would appear to you for what it is, a hat trick in a medicine show, a fevered dream, a trance bepopulate with chimeras having neither analogue nor precedent, an itinerant carnival, a migratory tentshow whose ultimate destination after many a pitch in many a mudded field is unspeakable and calamitous beyond reckoning. The universe is no narrow thing and the order within it is not constrained by any latitude in its conception to repeat what exists in one part in any other part. Even in this world more things exist without our knowledge than with it and the order in creation which you see is that which you have put there, like a string in a maze, so that you shall not lose your way. For existence has its own order and that no man’s mind can compass, that mind itself being but a fact among others.”
-Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy

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"The sand in my boots was sacred sand because it came from a beach of sacred sand. The cenobites treasured up the relics of the sannyasins because the sannyasins had approached the Pancreator. But everything had approached and even touched the Pancreator, because everything had dropped from his hand. Everything was a relic. All the world was a relic. I drew off my boots, that had traveled with me so far, and threw them into the waves that I might not walk shod on holy ground."
-The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe

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Sol Seraph

Sol Seraph

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"SolSeraph puts you in the wing-tipped shoes of an almighty divinity who is tasked with rebuilding civilization while protecting the populace from the constant threat of mythical demons and monsters!"

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“What if you slept

“What if you slept
And what if
In your sleep
You dreamed
And what if
In your dream
You went to heaven
And there plucked a strange and beautiful flower
And what if
When you awoke
You had that flower in you hand
Ah, what then?”

― Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Art by Johan Egerkrans

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Great art!

Great art!

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Exc. Lemire & Sorrentino on Gideon Falls comic book TV Show + read 1st issue

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Official Trailer: Disney's

Official Trailer: Disney's Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

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“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a fantasy adventure that picks up several years after “Maleficent,” in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora. The film continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.

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Mulan:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01ON04GCwKs

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The Assassins Lamp

The Assassins Lamp

http://falsemachine.blogspot.com/2019/06/the-assassins-lamp.html

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This is how it goes;

- Someone is doing murders around the city (this would probably have to take place in a city, town or even more closely connected community).

- These murders are, in some sense, impossible. Either locked-door mysteries, victim killed with some unlikely substance (i.e. a sword of cheese), or in some other unlikely way.

- The PCs work out that a Genie is responsible for the deaths.

- The Genie is too powerful for anyone in town to defeat it directly or easily.

- However. The Genie is being ordered to commit these crimes by whoever has its lamp. And the Genie does not want to be doing these things.

- But it has to obey the directly-given orders of its lamp-holder.

- So the Genie will keep killing people as ordered. But it will do so in such a way that it actively tries to leave clues, inferences and details which will help the Investigators (the PC's) find their way to the holder of its Lamp.

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Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal
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IT CHAPTER TWO - Final

IT CHAPTER TWO - Final Trailer

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From Bag End to Babel: Top 10
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Portals of London: Towards a

Portals of London: Towards a catalogue of London’s inter-dimensional gateways

https://portalsoflondon.com/

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'But who is an initiate? A

'But who is an initiate? A person who has experienced a knowledge invisible from without and incommunicable except through the same process of initiation. Inevitably, Plato explains, there can be but "few" initiates. And in fact when compared with the Spartan version, Plato's initiation process is more subtle and more arduous. There are a greater number of trials to overcome and, having survived the last, the initiate may find is "the only one." Then there may not be enough time for him to pass on his initiation. And there may not be anyone to follow him, with the result that the chain is broken.

So one day Plato began to write the Republic. And he wrote the text in the form it is in so that one who wanted to understand it might be subjected to that initiatory process of "sufferings and pleasures...labors, fears, and convulsions." The many who did not understand, and were not supposed to understand, imagined they were reading a treatise on the perfect State.'
-R.Calasso, The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony

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The Last Dream of Old Oak

The Last Dream of Old Oak

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On many a warm summer, the Ephemera, the flies that exist for only a day, had fluttered about the old oak, enjoyed life and felt happy and if, for a moment, one of the tiny creatures rested on one of his large fresh leaves, the tree would always say, “Poor little creature! your whole life consists only of a single day. How very short. It must be quite melancholy.”

“Melancholy! what do you mean?” the little creature would always reply. “Everything around me is so wonderfully bright and warm, and beautiful, that it makes me joyous.”

“But only for one day, and then it is all over.”

“Over!” repeated the fly; “what is the meaning of all over? Are you all over too?”

“No; I shall very likely live for thousands of your days, and my day is whole seasons long; indeed it is so long that you could never reckon it out.”

“No? then I don’t understand you. You may have thousands of my days, but I have thousands of moments in which I can be merry and happy. Does all the beauty of the world cease when you die?”

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His Dark Materials: Season 1

His Dark Materials: Season 1 trailer

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Oum, who's virtue is darkness

Oum, who's virtue is darkness

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It’s difficult to believe that anything so lazy could be so fast.

Of course the Qitt are not truly lazy, they are merely philosophical, paradoxical, incorrigible, unknowable. Or so they would have you believe.

Qitt are felid humanoids, cat-people, riders and rulers of the Turtle Oum, who's virtue is darkness, the radius of who's shell is three hundred miles and who plunges through the Waste-crust of Uud as if it were pack-ice, swimming in the sea of absolute chaos that lies beneath entropy.

Oum is one of ten great cosmic beasts that make up Zoiterra, the Realm of Life, all of which crash together through Yggsrathaals Waste in an unending race towards an unknown goal. A race which, though at their cosmic scale, it happens quickly, for those realms and nations built upon their backs their movements are so ponderously slow that months can sometimes pass between any observable change.

Oum is said to be the first of the Cosmic Beasts and, though not always in the front, (for the beasts continually change configuration amongst themselves), is seen as their great guide.

But first, the Qitt...

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“Nothing is insignificant,

“Nothing is insignificant, nothing is inconsequential in the universe; an atom can destroy it all, an atom can save it all!”
-Gérard de Nerval

Also two of the Chimeras as translated by Mark Lamoureux

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THE DISINHERITED

I am of darkness—widower, —unconsoled
Prince of Aquitaine & the stricken tower:
My one star is dead,—& my lute of the firmament
Bears despair’s black sun.

In night’s tomb, you consoler
Return to me Posilipo & the Italian sea,
That bloom so pleasured by my blighted heart,
& that trellis where the vine & the rose align.

Am I love or Phoebus?...Lusignan or Biron?
My face still red from the queen’s kiss;
I’ve dreamed in the cavern where the siren swims...

& two times crossed & won the Acheron:
Sang by & by of the lyre of Orpheus,
The saint’s sighs & the faerie’s shriek.

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GILDED VERSE

And so! Everything is sentient!
-Pythagoras

Man, free thinker! You think you alone think
In this world where life splatters everywhere?
You’re free to dispose of your charge,
But the firmament’s gone from your schemes.

Respect the spirit that moves in beasts:
Every flower a ghost that opens to Nature,
Every alloy harbors the secrets of love;
“Everything is sentient,” & everything can change you,

Fear the eyes in blind walls,
Even dead matter is infused with a verb,
Don’t use it perversely.

Even in the shunned ones lives a secret god,
Like a nascent eye obscured by its lids,
A pure spirit blooms behind the veil of stones.

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Thats beautiful!Quote:THE

Thats beautiful!

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THE DISINHERITED

I am of darkness—widower, —unconsoled
Prince of Aquitaine & the stricken tower:
My one star is dead,—& my lute...

Marcel Proust; In Search of Lost Time:

“We believe that we can change the things around us in accordance with our desires—we believe it because otherwise we can see no favourable outcome. We do not think of the outcome which generally comes to pass and is also favourable: we do not succeed in changing things in accordance with our desires, but gradually our desires change. The situation that we hoped to change because it was intolerable becomes unimportant to us. We have failed to surmount the obstacle, as we were absolutely determined to do, but life has taken us round it, led us beyond it, and then if we turn round to gaze into the distance of the past, we can barely see it, so imperceptible has it become.”

“The universe is true for us all and dissimilar to each of us.”

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Carnival Row

If you have Amazon Prime you really need to check out this show. Set in a Victorian London-inspired fictional city called The Burghe, it shows what life is like for the refugee pixies, satyrs, centaurs, and so on fleeing a war in their homeland and dealing with everyday human racism. Very much like how I picture certain districts of Sigil. Hope I get the link right, but if not just Google "Carnival Row trailer".

https://youtu.be/0znaRSAFXOM

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That looks pretty cool!

That looks pretty cool!

“Rage.

Sing, O Muse, of the rage of Achilles, of Peleus’ son, murderous, man-killer, fated to die, sing of the rage that cost the Achaeans so many good men and sent so many vital, hearty souls down to the dreary House of Death. And while you’re at it, Muse, sing of the rage of the gods themselves, so petulant and so powerful here on their new Olympos, and of the rage of the post-humans, dead and gone though they might be, and of the rage of those few true humans left, self-absorbed and useless though they have become. While you are singing, O Muse, sing also of the rage of those thoughtful, sentient, serious but not-so-close-to-human beings out there dreaming under the ice of Europa, dying in the sulfur ash of Io, and being born in the cold folds of Ganymede.

Oh, and sing of me, O Muse, poor born-against-his-will Hockenberry, dead Thomas Hockenberry, Ph.D., Hockenbush to his friends, to friends long since turned to dust on a world long since left behind. Sing of my rage, yes, of my rage, O Muse, small and insignificant though that rage might be when measured against the anger of the immortal gods, or when compared to the wrath of the god-killer Achilles.

On second though, O Muse, sing nothing of me. I know you. I have been bound and servant to you, O Muse, you incomparable bitch. And I do not trust you, O Muse. Not one little bit.”
― Dan Simmons, Ilium

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Wherefore the current of my

Nice! Keeping with the Grecian theme:

Wherefore the current of my soul hath broken

The bounds of sensual life,

And I am grown a god, a sinewy token

Of Pan’s most ardent strife;

I am his own; I seem

The shadow of his dream,

As he is spinning thoughts of form and sense

Out of the formless void, stark, cold and dense.

—Victor B. Neuburg

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"You darkness that I come

"You darkness that I come from,
out of which all things come,
I love you more that all the fires
that fence the world,
for the fire makes a circle of light for everyone,
and then no one outside learns of you,
But the darkness pulls in everything,
shapes and fires, animals and myself.
How easily it gathers them,
powers and people.
It is possible a great energy is moving near us.
I have faith in the night."
-Rainer Marie Rilke, I Have Faith in Nights

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