Some Lesser-Known Fairytales

Sep. 16th, 2017 07:54 pm
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I was researching Grimms' Fairy Tales for a certain upcoming Halloween party, hoping inspiration for a costume would strike (no luck yet), and was reminded of some of my favourite bizarre tales, so I am retelling them in short form below. (Links go to Wikipedia.)

The Wonderful Musician (Aarne-Thompson type 151, "music lessons for wild animals")

A fiddler wanders through the woods, looking for someone who will appreciate his music. He attracts the attentions of a wolf, fox and a hare, but is not interested in a harem of adorable animal friends and tricks them into trapping themselves.

Eventually he finds an appreciative woodcutter, the kind of company he was seeking (if you know what I mean), who helpfully protects the fiddler from the escaped and vengeful animals.

The fiddler plays the woodcutter one more song to thank him and wanders on (like a cad).


The Water Nixie (Aarne-Thompson type 313A, "the girl helps the hero flee and revolves about a transformation chase")

A brother and sister fall into a well, where they are captured by a nixie who puts them to work. Fortunately, they're able to escape on Sunday while the nixie is at church.

The nixie.

At church.

She chases them, but luckily they are able to use a collection of ordinary household items which transform into nigh-impassable mountains to escape.


The Devil and his Grandmother (Aarne-Thompson type 812, "the devil's riddle")

Three soldier deserters make a deal with the Devil (who is masquerading as a dragon, because that's cool) to escape execution, who gives them a magic whip and a promise that in 7 years, he would take them to hell unless they could solve his riddle.

Fortunately one of them is able to find the Devil's grandmother, who gives him the solution to the riddle. So they get to keep the whip and escape.

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In all seriousness, go to Wikipedia and check out the source links for these, because all of the stories have some neat imagery that's worth reading. (And I assume that's the real point of them. They just sound cool.)

Halfassed Hiveswap Act 1 Walkthrough

Sep. 15th, 2017 03:14 pm
alias_sqbr: WV stands proudly as mayor (homestuck)
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Hiveswap Act 1 is the long awaited Homestuck point and click adventure game! It's a lot of fun and not TOO hard but I still got stuck sometimes. Also quite short! Here's a full playthrough video I used when I got stuck.

Note for anyone with bad reflexes: the vast majority of it isn't time based but one section is and I found it mildly challenging as someone with very poor hand eye coordination. Also there's some references to abusive behaviour on par with stuff in Homestuck.

Below the cut is a half remembered text walkthrough. It's just the relevant instructions, but still pretty spoilery.
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state of nic

Sep. 9th, 2017 09:22 am
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exhausted.

the last month involved
australia
GISHWHES
break wrist (the good hand so everything is a pain)
germany
greece

now extreme jet lag and catching up on 5 weeks of news/fandom.

oh and back to school (MBA) too.
alias_sqbr: WV stands proudly as mayor (homestuck)
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Tagged by [personal profile] anghraine. It was 5 male/5 female but why stop there :D Also I am just listing characters I love off the top of my head until I reach 5, I can never rank faves.

Female:
  1. Terezi Pyrope, Homestuck
  2. Leliana, Dragon Age series
  3. GlaDOS, Portal
  4. Anthy Himemiya, Revolutionary Girl Utena
  5. Toph Bei Fong, Avatar the Last Airbender


Male:
  1. Fenris, Dragon Age
  2. Miles Vorkosigan, Vorkosigan Saga
  3. Peter Wimsey, the Peter Wimsey series
  4. Wayward Vagabond, Homestuck
  5. Eugenides, the Queen's Thief series


Non binary:
  1. Shale, Dragon Age Origins
  2. Breq, Imperial Radch series
  3. Anaander Mianaai, Imperial Radch series
  4. Frisk, Undertale
  5. AuDy, Friends at the Table (Season 2, Counterweight)


(I had to really think for the male characters haha. Also I haven't finished Counterweight yet so don't know how I feel by the end)

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