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In Topic: Official Wulfgard Q&A Topic

07 July 2017 - 05:42 PM

There are a lot of elements of Void Iron lore that remain mysterious. No one knows exactly how it works or how it came to be, and only the dwarves know where and how to mine it, and how to safely forge it into armor, and they keep these secrets closely guarded. It is theorized that Void Iron is "left over" from the creation of the world, and it may be connected to the endless black Abyss (aka Chaos or Ginnungagap) that has existed since before even the gods.

In Topic: Official Wulfgard Q&A Topic

01 July 2017 - 11:44 AM

Does Wulfgard have an afterlife? I.e. what happens after death? Or is that an unknown that you're not planning on revealing?


Every individual has a soul that lives on after the death of their body. The fate of that soul varies. Some might linger in the mortal world, due to a curse or some other powerful force. Most hope to pass to some afterlife or another, usually by proving themselves worthy to the gods they follow. The Achaeans believe they will go before a panel of judges in the Underworld, to end up in either Elysium, the Asphodel Fields, or Tartarus. Those in Kemhet believe that upon death, their heart will be weighed against a feather, and if their heart is heavy with sin, then it will be devoured by Ammit and destroyed forever - otherwise, they will pass into the immortal afterlife in the paradise of Aaru. Nordlings hope to die a heroic death so that the Valkyries may judge them worthy to pass to Valahalla, where they will feast and fight until the coming of Ragnarok and the end of all things. Otherwise, they will end up in Hel.


Those souls forsaken by all the gods and judges of the afterlife usually fall into the clutches of the Demon Lords, depending on their most prominent vice in life. A particularly greedy man, who hoarded wealth without compassion for the less fortunate, might fall under the dominion of Baal, while a traitor who betrayed the trust of his brethren might find himself in the realm of Orcus. The Demon Lords torture these souls for eternity, using their power to fuel their endless wars, for the demon who possesses more souls has greater power.


These are the generally accepted beliefs, though of course the exact nature of the afterlife and the soul remain mysterious, especially to most mortal beings in the world of the living... at least, until they die.

In Topic: The Video Game News/Post-E3 Recovery Thread

01 July 2017 - 08:27 AM

Just posting some amusing game related tweets:









In Topic: General LEGO Discussion

23 June 2017 - 07:26 AM

MFW when I saw the brightly colored sets that came with them:




For some reason that's the style Marvel seems to be going for with this Thor movie - lots of bright, clashing colors. Flip through some of these photos and look at the costumes/backgrounds: http://ew.com/movies...st-look-photos/

The whole movie looks more like Thor got dropped into a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel than a Thor movie akin to the previous two. I know Marvel wanted to make this a "soft Hulk movie" of sorts, mixing in elements of the "Planet Hulk" storyline from the comics, so maybe this is a byproduct of that. All the solo movies have to be Avengers quasi-sequels now... :\


In other Lego superhero news, I finally found the Wonder Woman set in a store yesterday:



For some reason, I see piles of the Spiderman Homecoming set everywhere - even though the movie's not even out - but this is the first time I've ever seen this one. And it was just one of them, stuffed in a corner. Weird. Set seems to be only loosely based on the movie too.



EDIT: Also, LEGO has been tweeting out pictures of the new Ninjago CMF line. Here are a few:


In Topic: The "What are you currently reading" thread.

21 June 2017 - 05:15 PM

Just finished reading Michael Crichton's recently posthumously-published novel Dragon Teeth. It was good! The subject is the "Bone Wars" or "Great Dinosaur Rush", a little event in American history in which paleontologists - two in particular - frantically competed to discover as many dinosaur species as they could from fossils in the American West. In fact, the novel's genre is basically "Western" - it even features Wyatt Earp as an important protagonist in the last third or fourth of the book.


It's kind of a light read though, not nearly as packed with data or with excitement as Crichton's best books. But it still contains enough of both that I think he actually wrote this one, even if he probably deemed it too unfinished for publication. It has his style and voice, unlike his previous posthumously-published book, Micro, which was mostly authored by some other guy who frankly did a terrible job using Crichton's notes to bang out a story. Ugh, I hated that book.


So yeah, if you like Crichton's work, I recommend reading this one... as long as you've already read his greats first, like Jurassic Park, Prey, and Timeline... and later The Lost World, State of Fear, Andromeda Strain, Congo... and one of my personal favorites though not the best one to start with: Sphere...

*ahem* Sorry, I really like Crichton. He was taken from us too soon.