Saturday, April 20, 2013

[Defiance] An alien cuckoo?

Something bothered me about Alak Tarr from the moment I saw him...

He doesn't look anything like his mother or father. And it is not just the hair (which is likely dyed).

It is his eyes...

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Note the description of the Castithans from the Defiance site:

Although they are conservative with regard to tradition and language, Castithans tend to be very liberal with their sexuality. Sex is as much a tool of political agenda as it is an expression of love. Castithans have zero reservations about using sex as a means to an end. That’s not to say that Castithans don’t also enjoy sex to the extreme. Many of their most cherished ceremonies involve expressions of passion and desire.

I get the feeling that along with this goes the cultural reality that, as far as society is concerned, "the children of a man's wife are his children, regardless of their actual genetic parent." How else could it work in a society so worried about caste and social class?

The show very purposefully put together a group of actors who very much looked alike, and "pure" to the Castithan type, especially so in the case of Datak and Stahma... 

So... who is Alak's father? And is he even a Castithan? Could his father be human?

Though Datak very much emphasizes "my son" several times, even when with Stahma... could it be that Stahma is not his mother? Hmmm...

Thursday, April 18, 2013

[Defiance] More thoughts on the Votan...

Now I may be reading even more into this, but... all the the Votan races have some analog in myth, legend, cryptozoology, or ancient astronauts. When, say, the Votan-Atlantis fell, the various races that remained on Earth retreated to their natural haunts or, in the case of the Castithans and Irathients, were eventually assimilated into the broader Human/Votan line...

Click here to check out the descriptions of each race on the Defiance web site...

Castithans = Nordic Aliens/Elves

Indogenes = Grays/Reptoids

Irathients = Firbolg

Liberata = Dwarfs

Sensoth = Sasquatch/Yeti/Woodwoses

Volge = Fomorians

[Defiance] Thoughts on Defiance...

I watched the premiere of the new show the other day, and I have to say that, though it is a relatively derivative mash-up of Star Trek, Mad MaxThundarr, and Shakespeare, it has caught my attention. A few things that come to mind on where the story is coming from are noted below…


Mad Max meets Thundarr...

It must be noted that the Votans cannot be from the Perseus Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy; the Perseus Arm is no less than 6,000 to 13,000 LY distant from Sol, which is in the Orion Arm (which may be a spur of the Perseus Arm). They have to be from somewhere in the direction of the Perseus Arm. They traveled for 5,000 years on slower-than-light arks. They must have been slower-than-light arks; otherwise, with their ability to Terraform (Votaniform?) planets, there was no reason for them to travel more than a few score light years away from their own system (the Votanis/Sulos binary system). So they must be within, say, 100 light years…

I’d say they were from the Algol system, around 95 LY distant, in the direction of the Perseus Constellation and the Perseus Arm. Algol is (today) a trinary system, linked with “ominous legends” going back into ancient history. Let us say that prior to 5000 years ago, it was a binary system; when the stellar disaster struck, the rogue star remained in-system, transforming it into a trinary system. The Votanis system was not destroyed, though the planets around Votanis (Algol B) were; Casti, around the star Sulos (Algol A) was almost destroyed...

My theory is that Casti, and more than enough of the Votans living on Casti, survived

So now you had two populations of Votans – those on the Ark Fleet, and the survivors on Casti.

The survivors on Casti had every reason to hate those who left them behind…

Those of you familiar with the Wait Calculation may see where this is going…

To sum up, there are many odd things mentioned and seen in the first episode:

First, the St. Louis Arch. It is no coincidence that it resembles the shape of the Votan Ark Ships…


Second, the fact that there is an alien “artifact” buried in the mines in Defiance (St. Louis)…

Third, the fact that humans and Votans can, apparently, interbreed with minimal problems (at least, in the case of the Irathients and Castithans)…

Finally, the Votans did not expect to find *any* civilization on Earth when they arrived. Their observations from 3,000 BC would not have seen much of any sort of civilization, perhaps primitive villages at best. But no real “civilization” as they would have known it…

So what ties all this together?


See, what happened is that the surviving inhabitants of Casti developed some sort of space drive that let them get around the light-speed limit. Not a true FTL drive; more of a worm-hole drive, or a jump drive, that let them get from star to star.

And so, as part of spreading to the stars, they also gained their revenge. They arrived on Earth millennia before the Ark-based Votans (whom they could not interrupt, as their way of getting to the stars required jumping from star to star). Once on Earth, they set about building a civilization to fight against the Ark Fleet. These are the aliens of Erich Von Däniken… it is no coincidence that the Indogenes look not unlike the Grays, nor that the Castithans looks not unlike the Nordics (or elves, for that matter), or that the Sensoth look not unlike the Sasquatch… the Votans already arrived, thousands of years ago. They were Zecharia Sitchin’s Anunnaki of ancient myth and legend. They used their technology to interbreed with and uplift the humans of that era, and started them on the long climb to civilization. Perhaps they even built a high civilization long ago, a Votan-Atlantis, and lost it all in their own hubris…
 

But even after that disaster, they remained, and have guided Earth in the millennia since. What the artifact found under the Votan-like Arch in Defiance is… I’ve no clue… but there’s a bigger conspiracy wrapped in an enigma going on here… 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Once Upon a Time in Storybrooke, Maine...

My name is James, and I am a fan of Once Upon a Time, the ABC series essentially based on the Disney Princesses...

There, I've said it. Yup, I'm a fan. Grumpy is my favorite character, I should note, followed by the non-wussified version of Charming. Second season has been a bit rocky for me, but that's the way they go...

"Snow White, Cinderella, and Red Riding Hood walk into a bar..." gotta figure out the joke to that one...

Anyhoo, finally got a little job off my list concerning the series. I know the actual town they use for filming is in Canada, on the other side of the continent from Maine, but I knew i the back of my head there was a way to find out where Storybrooke was supposed to be in Maine. It had been whispering into my brain for a while now, and I finally put it all together.

The secret is in the map in the Sheriff's office in the First Season episode, "Skin Deep" (Rumbelle fans, you can view this after you stop screaming in glee at the mention of that episode):

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Check that map out versus a map of Maine:


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Now, most Sheriffs are going to have a map centered on their own HQ location, more or less. So I have put a red dot in each about where I figure Storybrooke is supposed to be; on the end of that peninsula.

So anyway, there's my bit of fandom geekery completed for the day... one more check off the list...

Now to figure out why the characters in the series think Boston is the capital of Maine... That's the odd one...

Original City State of the Invincible Overlord PDF Now Available!

Judges Guild has released the original Guide to the City State of the Invincible Overlord in PDF on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow!

No, not the Necromancer version, which is already there. No, not the revised version, which is already there.


This is the ORIGINAL 56-page booklet that started it all. And not only that, it is apparently a scan of Bob Bledsaw's PERSONAL copy! At only $3.50, it's a steal!


Here's what the entry says:


From our glorious first year, 1976, this is the original Guide to the City State. All 54 pages have here been scanned from Bob Bledsaw's own in-house copy (some cleaning of minor coffee-stains was required) but she is good as gold! Out of print for over 30 years, this was the foundation of what later became a benchmark of fantasy role-playing, and our best-seller, City State of the Invincible Overlord! Enjoy this piece of gaming history, with artwork by Bob Bledsaw (the Makistikator himself).