For 100 years, the version of Dracula that was being sold in the Icelandic language was actually an entirely new piece of fanfiction written by the translator. And apparently it's really fucking good, so it has recently been translated back into English as "Powers of Darkness: The Lost Version of Dracula"
big holly glaceons..... require big birthday greetings.....
hap birf, @monorail !!!
sure, the cake has to be carried by three people and is really more of a two-bite petit four to holly, but it's a pretty good bday cake nonetheless!
aw heck, Mind Step and Mind Sprint can both be unbound with Brilliant Eidolon Shards, so I can have both while still using Zenurik!
...talking about MMOs sure does always sound like garbage word salad if you don't know the game, huh?
Batman sucks. Please stop with Batman. We're done with it all for at least a decade.
(Lockdown being to stop enemies from attacking, which I find slightly more useful than Replenish to heal the damage from them attacking. Both up the speed via not having to lose progress being dead.)
some new-war-spoiler-laden warframe theorycrafting
oh yeah this is getting stuck in the #warframe tag for sure lol
so like many people i admit i was kind of shocked to go "oh shit, teshin's still DEAD-dead?!" at the end of the quest, wheeling around a relay. i actually kind of like how his death was relatively quick there. but i also admit i had a wacky theory in my head the whole time i was fighting archons.
since teshin is the last not-you person you play as, and flows directly into your-actual-character, his mechanics stuck in my mind the most. three stances.
he staggers under the weight of having to resist control, then ends up suckered for a moment by the veil, before finally being tossed aside and killed.
and then after that timeskip and new gameplay, you are facing down...
it was only really when i was fighting the last one that i realized my initial theory wasn't true, and the three archons DON'T line up elementally with teshin's stances.
one is fire - we have archon amir for that, so it syncs up 1 to 1.
one is electricity - archon boreal. teshin's got an electricity stance too, so that makes sense. (though i admit given his name, i was expecting boreal to be cold instead of electricity.)
then you get to archon nira, who is bringing those toxin attacks to the party (and who i saved for last)...
i fully thought up until that last fight that teshin wasn't DEAD-dead - but split up into three parts, and those three parts were then used to help assemble the archons to keep them compliant and willing to follow Ballas's instructions. sure, we had the obvious explanations for why we needed to kill the archons, to save the lotus, but the archons are distinctly amalgams after all, and amalgams that seem to have a lot more tactical sense and combat prowess than your average mook.
yeah they're all corrupted warframe bodies at base, but i genuinely thought that the plot twist and added extra bonus there was going to be that teshin wasn't really dead, or could be at least spiritually reunited after all the archons had perished, in order to have one last hurrah. maybe one last hurrah in obi-wan kenobi force ghost style, but still, one last goodbye.
"but harp" you may ask "one of the archons was obviously gendered as feminine!" yeah yeah i expected that to be handwaved by teshin going all something something balance of yin and yang something something or whatever. because he's definitely driven home that theme to us all before. and we have similar themes reinforced with the 'karma meter' for major plot choices - full void, full moon, or balance between the two - and when the devs were trying to explain that the options aren't actually about morality, it's not a 'good' or 'evil' choice, etc... ...they reached to teshin to be the voice explaining that viewpoint via haiku lmao. even if the gender dichotomy is inherently bullshit, there's still this huge emphasis of balance carried through into the game from philosophies like taoism. it's been the core philosophy behind a lot of the game's choices, down to even the tenno faction itself being the 'third way' that is neither corpus nor grineer, and why we can freely temporarily ally with either side in invasions - it's about keeping the balance between the two powers in check as our explicit goal. so as a warrior in this sort of tradition, with this sort of vibe, of COURSE teshin would want to keep himself in similar balance. he might not be actually outright saying "to be a proper warrior i have to not neglect my yin and keep it in balance with my yang" while pointing to the ☯️ symbol as his diagram, but it narratively and contextually makes perfect sense that he would. i genuinely thought that "oh but nira's got tiddies?" was going to be the red herring to throw people off any suspicions of "wait this reminds me of teshin's stances a little bit, i wonder if he's really dead".
sure, teshin is remarkable in this cast for, compared to the void-powered tenno, being... A Regular Guy. a guy who is very good at what he does, but ultimately is and has been a common footsoldier who has survived as the underdog. so the idea of slapping him back together somehow is inherently a little far-fetched. but also. (gestures widely to the rest of the setting) Yeah
i'm glad that the general feeling is that people aren't totally buying teshin being dead and gone forever. after all, we saw varzia get yoinked around much the same way (though with less Cronch) and she's still kicking. this is the type of game where unless you see a body that is blasted and a half, you don't trust anybody to be dead for reals and staying that way lmao.
so i'm thinking we'll see teshin again.
and here's my far-out theory: the three archons will still somehow be connected to doing this, and we'll go beat them up to make them release what fragment of teshin's soul they got.
maybe it'll be so we can give him 'final release and rest'. maybe it'll be so we can get him to be alive again somehow. who knows. but i distinctly feel like it isn't done, and i'm still going to defend my wild hunch that the archons connect to his three stances and are going to be somehow part of this process.
bonus points if at some point the iconography used to depict this resembles a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gankyil and includes one of the triunes it often represents
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