Saturday, December 20, 2014

Knight of Huntstead

[Since I was little I've wanted to write a medieval story with conspiracy and adventure and maybe a bit of fantasy. And since the beginning the protagonist was named Jesse. I haven't ever finished a story since I haven't really figured out the plot. But, this is something I wrote recently, and I'm trying to figure it out]

Jesse collapsed, groaning. Sir Lynn laughed mockingly, circling the fallen knight. "You haven't fully grown into your armor, boy."
  "I am no boy," Jesse snapped, looking up at his opponent. "I am a knight of Huntstead." Forcing himself to his feet, Jesse swung his sword at Sir Lynn's back.
  The older knight spun around, blocking his blow. He then parried and thrust. Jesse screamed as the blade cut through a chink in the armor, stabbing straight through his right shoulder. Sir Lynn pulled out his sword with a snarl, and again, the young man fell to the ground.
  The crowd roared in Sir Lynn's favor. Jesse blinked, eyesight blurred from the pain, and stabbed his sword awkwardly into the earth. Using it as a support, Jesse pulled himself to his knees, and watched Sir Lynn circle him like a cat playing with its prey.
  "What's the matter, Sir Lynn?" Jesse spat. "Cannot win a battle without taking a life? Get it over with, then." The older knight stopped dead, and stared at his younger opponent, face blank. "Or perhaps you are conflicted." Jesse smiled without jest, with teeth stained with blood. "Will it seem to cowardly to kill a boy?"
  Sir Lynn snarled. He pointed his sword at Jesse's face. "It is not under my power to take your life, boy." He looked up.
  Turning his head, Jesse could see where Lynn was setting his sights. Princess Talia stood with her father the king, her smile cold and cruel. And when her eyes met Jesse's, her smile become colder and crueler still.
  Standing up, Princess Talia leaned out, and blew a kiss toward Jesse. "Sir Lynn, thou art the winner," she declared. "As for Sir Jesse… Kill him." She drew back, a combination of approval and shock in the shouts of the crowd.
  Jesse had expected as much, but that did not prevent a feeling of panic and shock. The practice of a lady allowing the winning knight to kill his opponent was a practice that was hardly used, for it seemed dishonorable. After all, it was but a game. To die or purposely kill during these games was seen as a dishonorable death or act. It was also a cruel practice, and it tempted fate, begging for the possibility of a war sparked by a vengeful lord, brother or father.
  But today, spite and hate had overwhelmed sense and honorable tradition.
  Jesse looked up at Sir Lynn, who was breathing heavily with tiredness and anticipation as he raised his sword. "Goodbye, knight of Huntstead. Give my regards to the devil."
  "I will tell him to wait for you," Jesse whispered. He tightened his grip on his sword and breathed in deeply, determined to face his death with dignity.
  With a shout, Sir Lynn brought down his sword. "Wait!"
  It took Jesse a few moments. But he then realized that he was not dead. His eyes opened. Sir Lynn's sword was hovering inches above his head. The knight's eyes were no longer on his defeated opponent, but again on Princess Talia. Jesse again turned his head. Talia was talking with her sister and mother, and looking rather annoyed, before looking down at the two stunned and confused knights.
  "No knight deserves to die by the hand of he who is an ally," Talia said, her face betraying her true thoughts. "For it is a great sin for ally to murder ally, friend to turn on friend. Sir Lynn, thou art still the winner. Sir Jesse… You fought a good fight." Her eyes flashed with hostility as she said this. "But all you own now belongs to our winner, Sir Lynn. Congratulations, Sir Lynn!"
  The people cheered. Jesse looked back at Sir Lynn, who looked stunned and angry. A flame ignited in his eyes as he looked at Jesse.
  "Next time, boy," he spat.
  A sharp sting slashed across Jesse's cheek. Sir Lynn had drawn back his sword, but not without leaving one last mark.
  "Sir Lynn," Talia called. "Bring Sir Jesse to the healing tent."
  As Sir Lynn smirked, Jesse realized Talia's play. Though she did not receive the satisfaction of dishonoring him in death, the least she could do was literally drag him off the field, like an injured dog. Before Jesse could get his feet under himself, Sir Lynn gripped the straps around his shoulder, and dragged him away.
  Jesse bit his lip, determined not to scream. "Come, my injured ally," Sir Lynn said mockingly. "You have much to do for me once you're through licking your wounds."
  "Wait," Jesse said hoarsely. "My sword…!"
  "No longer, knight of Huntstead," said Sir Lynn. "No longer."
  Jesse watched his sword get farther and farther away. The next fighters prepared their round, and Talia watched Sir Lynn and the disgraced Sir Jesse with an even crueler glint in her smile. "Curse you, Talia," Jesse muttered. "God forgive me for cursing a woman, but you are a cruel wench."

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Robots In Disguise 2015 DECEPTICON UPDATE!

Oh, and another peek at the sneak peek, whatever. Still a little fragged off about how much 'Bee looks like Smokey.
But I seriously need to let that go. Anyway, onto the update. (Pretty much all information and pictures following come from the TFWiki.

We have just a little bit more on Fixit. For some reason the following information amuses me.

Due to Fixit's small size, he cannot transform into earth vehicles like the rest of his Autobot comrades, and, instead, transforms into a multitude of different mechanical tools to aid him in his job as the team's resident medic.

So, say he transforms into a scalpel, assuming that a scalpel is among the medical tools he can transform into, does that mean that he can float and operate himself? Or does he require another pair of hands to operate him?
Thinking of you, Generation 1 Megatron.

Now for Steeljaw. I gotta say, I love this picture so much because we finally get a picture of Steeljaw and it's so slagging cool! Also, it looks like the kid is gonna fight him with a crowbar. That's adorable.

Steeljaw is a Decepticon who looks like a werewolf, fitting with the apparent theme of the Decepticons having more animal-like robot modes. He transforms into a blue monster truck.

Indeed, the Decepticons coming in on Robots in Disguise (2015) all do seem to have an animal thing going on.
 Decepticon Underbite
Decepticon Bisk
It's… interesting. I like to think that they were all in a gang. Thus, they were all on the same transport unit. For all we know, Grimlock could've been part of the gang (he is a T-Rex). Assuming that they were all in a gang at all. I'm just hypothesizing here.

And speaking of animal like 'Cons…
Meet Hammerstrike. Like his Beast Wars predecessor (who is better known as Cybershark), he is a shark bot.

Hammerstrike is a shark.

Yep. That's all we have (so far). Also, the picture. I gotta say, I'm actually impressed with Hammerstrike's design. It is truly scary. I hope that Hammerstrike has a just as scary personality to go along with his looks.
So, that's it so far. I'm still curious as to how they are going to induct Optimus Prime into the show after his fireworks.
Anyhoo. 'Til all are one.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

This House of Dust

I see you approaching, my child,
Your steps hesitant, at first wild
With confidence and youthful vigor.
Now they falter as you come hither
To my house of dust, filled with things old;
She bears a dark story, no doubt told.

Long story short, I'm stuck here for life;
No, stuck here for dead, thanks to that knife.
No one can touch me, no one can see
My full form, I'm but a mystery,
One of many in this house of dust,
Coming to life at approach of dusk.

Now, my child, you stand at my door,
No doubt thinking of what is in store.
I am glad you have visited me,
Though perhaps not through choice, I can see.
So I tell you, my boy, have no fear;
In this house of dust, it's but me here.

Ignore my daughter and her singing.
Ignore my husband and his snoring.
The walls may stare at you if you let
Your mind play tricks on you, and forget
That of myself you have naught to fear;
In this house of dust, you're welcome here.

I see you, my lad, you stand before
This, my room of dust, outside my door.
You mutter to yourself, confidence
Waning still more, fear in dominance.
Come in, I say, I only wish to
Talk, for I have been lonely, to you.

You see me now as you enter here,
And, oh, my child, I see just fear;
In your eyes, in your face. You stand
Frozen in place, torch falling from hand.
I reach towards you, stretch out my arm,
And I tell you I mean you no harm.

You're gone now, my child. Pity, though
You're not the first to leave me, but no,
I'll never forget the cries of fear
From every visitor that's come here.
This house of dust gains just stories of
Horror and fright, but gains no love.

Your torch remains lit, lying on the floor,
Showing pictures of a life lived before.
But it slowly goes out, now only just
Another thing broken in this house of dust.

[Written for a school project. The last stanza is a pentameter (ten to eleven syllables). Everything else is a tetrameter (eight to nine syllables). The rhyme scheme is in couplets (AABB)]

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

~General George S. Pattson Jr.

[A hard worked on Young Justice tribute]

Friday, October 31, 2014

Robots In Disguise (2015) UPDATES!

Thanks to TFWiki, I can get reliable updates, and often hilarious ones (others wikis really need a sense of humor). Thus, I have more on Robots In Disguise. I'll start with Strongarm.

I've got a better picture of Strongarm now. And DANG is she awesome! Yeah, girls, not every femme has a petite frame! If you payed attention to the sneak peek, you can see that Strongarm is as large as Bumblebee. And while 'Bee is still pretty small for a mech, he's still a mech. Also, I'm hanging onto the possibility that 'Bee upgraded his frame.
We also have a base personality for Strongarm, according to the wiki. Yes, she is Elite Guard. Because lately we've needed Elite Guard everywhere. Anyway, this is typed directly from the wiki.

Elite Guard cadet Strongarm isn't one for subtlety. To her, everything breaks down to binary, Right vs. Wrong, no distinctions. Naturally, this makes her hard to work with at times, especially considering that her teammates include a hot-shot who breaks rules almost habitually (Sidewipe) and a convicted criminal (Grimlock), but she's dedicated to doing her job of recapturing the escaped prisoners on Earth to the best of her ability, so she's learning to suffer those two.
Of course, being assigned to work with Bumblebee, hero of the last great conflict with the Decepticons, gives her incentive to work even harder at her job.

We learn several things from this, of course. One, Strongarm reminds me of a few female characters (TV show characters), but Arcee isn't one of them. I'm glad. I like the idea of an Elite Guard who has to learn to sometimes bend the rules. I can see character development in the future.
Two, Bumblebee and Strongarm went to earth to recapture escaped prisoners. Of course, now I'm not sure what Prime was doing in the sneak peek, but alrighty dighty. Escaped prisoners. One of whom, apparently, is…

Grimlock. (This is a picture of Fall Of Cybertron Grimlock. As of yet, his RIB design hasn't been released). Grimlock is the Dinobot foretold to star in this cartoon. Grimlock is a very popular character. No duh. But I didn't know that he was a criminal. But then, I haven't read the Prime comics, so what do I know? Also, I thought that Sideswipe was a lieutenant of Optimus Prime's in Prime-verse in Fall Of Cybertron, and that apparently isn't the case in RID (2015), so the writers do bend the pasts of characters who already have pasts in the very same universe.

Grimlock was one of the criminals in stasis on the prison ship, who escaped from stasis once the ship crashed.

That's all it says on Grimlock's War For Cybertron page on the Robot's In Disguise panel on the wiki. By the way, Grimlock is to be voiced by Khary Peyton…

Fixit. Last I heard, Fixit was just a 'hyperactive minicon'. I can totally see that. Because he's small. Most small and/or young characters are pretty hyperactive. I sound sizist or something. Anyway, there is not wrong with being hyperactive. Trust me, my youngest sister is beyond hyperactive. By the way, just for verification, I know nothing about minicons, except that they live on both or one of Cybertron's moons.

Fixit is a hyperactive Mini-Con who oversaw a prison ship that crashed on Earth, so now he's advising Bumblebee on recapturing all of the Decepticons set loose. He has a verbal tic as a result of the crash, which causes him to occasionally finish off his sentences with a word that rhymes with the intended word, rather than the correct one.

Because lately every Transformers incarnation needs a verbally challenged character. I think that Fixit will probably be the comic-relief bot, and there is nothing wrong with that. Hey, he seems to be useful, advising Bumblebee on the capture of the escaped Decepticons. By the way, I'm not sure if this means Fixit told Bumblee that he had better go after the 'Cons, or if he's giving 'Bee advice on how to capture the 'Cons. It's probably the latter, because Bumblebee isn't an idiot; of COURSE he's gonna go after the 'Cons! I think I might like Fixit, but I'll just have to wait until next year to see.

Now for the 'Cons! So far we don't have much on Underbite, other than:
Underbite is a huge Decepticon.
He shouldn't be confused with past character Overbite.

But we do have quite a bit on a new character…
Bisk. Bisk, like Underbite, is an entirely new character in the Transformers universe. And he looks like a lobster. Just saying.

For Bisk, everything is a game. Racing, fighting… it's all about tallying up a score and then putting that score at the top of some list, then bragging about it. Loudly.

Sounds like a real egomaniac. I LOVE HIM ALREADY! He sounds a bit like Knock Out, to be honest, but I'm not complaining yet. He sounds like that boastful bastard that for some reason all the fangirls love. He apparently transforms into a muscle car, so that's something. By the way, he is also voiced by Khary Peyton…

We also have another new 'Con in this RID cartoon.
Steeljaw. (This is G1 Steeljaw, as his RID design has yet to be released). So far, all we know about RID Steeljaw is that:

Steeljaw is a Decepticon who looks like a werewolf. He transforms into a blue monster truck.

Wait, what? Decepticon? Yes. Decepticon. Despite the fact that our beloved Steeljaw has been known as an AUTOBOT casseticon, belonging to AUTOBOT Blaster, he has been remade into a Decepticon. A full on vehicular Cybertronian. I'm… not sure how to feel about this. I feel like I'm in Shattered Glass or something. I guess I could take this or leave this, as I don't really know much about Steeljaw. Now if, say, they made Jazz a Decepticon… Actually, that would be pretty cool and completely in tune with fanfiction.

Soooo… That's it so far. We have three other characters with absolutely no profile as of yet. Hammerstrike, a Decepticon, and Russel and Denny, most likely some human allies.
In the Transformers universe in general, Hammerstrike is an adventurous Maximal in the Beast Era, originally and better known as Cybershark. Of course, Maximals are the future Autobots. So, basically, another warped Autobot. Again, I'm not really complaining as I have nothing on Cybershark.

As for Russel and Denny, they are originals, pretty much. Unless you want to include obscure characters named Russel in shows such as Rescue Bots, or Denny O'Neil, the retired comic book writer and editor, the poor sap who was asked to design and create several characters in the Transformers comics but who's character names and concepts were rejected. At least he supposedly named Optimus Prime.
At least one of them, Denny or Russel, is that boy from the sneak peek.

Anyhoo, that's all for now. C'ya and happy Halloween!
[art by ForgottenHope547 on deviantart]

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fringe personality quizzes

Ok, sure. Why not? Seems cool. And I can kick butt.

Which Fringe character are you? BuddyTV
EMRMERGARD I'm attractive?! Thank you!

Which Alternate Fringe character are you? BuddyTV
That is very good to know, except for the fact I might just die because of it.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Robots in Disguise sneak peak! Review!

It's happening, people! Our beloved Transformers is coming back in a relatively new incarnation next year, early 2015!
Robots In Disguise, a sequel to Transformers Prime, which features Bumblebee as the main character, who leads a ragtag team of Autobots to Earth. Why is yet to be explained.
Now, you can see the official sneak peak here. It is very cool, and I seriously can't wait. And so while I'm busy not waiting, I'll set my own personal opinions on the sneak peak.
But, first, I'll just say this. Awhile back I talked about my opinions on the upcoming sequel, and what I hoped would happen. At some point, I mentioned my iffy-ness at Bumblebee becoming a leader. Because, c'mon, he was the adorable kid appeal character. They aren't supposed to mature. Not too much anyway. But, as I dwell on this, and see the characters who are coming in, I realize I don't really mind. It will be nice to see Bumblebee develop as a character, which might be easier now that he has his voice restored. All I ask is, don't make Bumblebee a generic leader.
Give us a still sassy, brimming with enthusiasm Bumblebee. Don't make him a stick in the mud or whatever, and let us actually see his development as a leader. [EDIT] I recognize that Bumblebee is mature, but that doesn't mean he can't have fun. Seriously, speaking as the oldest of three younger siblings, it's not fun needing to act mature all the time. The responsible one, or the leader, or the oldest, is entitled to their own moments of fun and immaturity. Just watch Optimus Prime play basket ball in G1.
Ok, onto the review, or whatever you want to call it.

I just want to say, that when I saw this, my heart started beating. I think the art style is so frigging cool, and while I thought that the art style would be a combo between Prime and Animated, I actually think that this is something all on its own. I'm sure other Transformers fans might be able to mark down the art style, but me, I would just like to enjoy this new development in Transformers art.
Bumblebee seems to have upped his alt. mode, and it is seriously frigging cool. I can't decide if it's just a revamped Urbana 500, the alt he had in Prime, or if it's a Cybertronian alt. mode. I think it might be the latter. The blue and white truck is Strongarm, who I will be getting to later.

And by later, I mean right now. Of course, we now know the blue and white Autobot femme to be Elite Guard cadet Strongarm. While I'm a bit disappointed that Smokescreen won't be in this show (at least not as far as we know), it will be interesting to see this new femme character.
I don't know much about Strongarm in past incarnations, except… that in every single incarnation except for this one, Strongarm has appeared as a mech. Hopefully this new 'genderbent' Strongarm won't anger past Strongarm fans too much. What I hope, though, is that Strongarm won't just be a revamp of Arcee, all serious and brooding.
And while we're talking about Elite Guards and revamps, I would like to take a pause and talk about just one thing, the only thing, that has been bugging me since this sneak peak came out.
In a past post, I showed the new Bumblebee concept art, and commented that he looked like Smokescreen. I didn't think TOO much of it until the actual sneak peek came out. Now I can declare it officially; Bumblebee is a repaint of Smokescreen.
I am not even kidding. Seriously, watch the sneak peak. The way Bumblebee moves, the way he runs, his faceplates, his wide chestplates and shoulders… Even his fragging optics are like Smokey's!
While this seems trivial, for some reason this bugged me really bad. Like, c'mon, animators. You couldn't have come up with something new? Also, what happened to Bumblebee's old frame anyway? Did he upgrade it, or something? [EDIT] Those are some heavy duty eyebrows.
Ok, I'm done.

Anyway, if you look closely in above picture, we can see that Bumblebee is holding a hand (servo?) gun. It seems as though Transformers is going back to the G1 and Beast Wars days where almost everyone used servo weapons instead of built in weapons. Which again begs the question… What happened to Bumblebee's old body?
I don't think that will be too emphasized or a concern in the actual cartoon, especially since people like kids who thought Prime was too scary, or people who are only recently coming into the Transformers franchise via Robots In Disguise (2015), won't really understand or care. But details sometimes nag at me like that, and I think that some Prime fans are also wondering 'Did Bumblebee take in bot steroids or something?'

I found this to be especially interesting. In the sneak peak, it seems as though Bumblebee and Strongarm are pursuing a sleek, red car, who almost runs over Strongarm. Later in the sneak peak we can confirm that this red car is probably Sideswipe.
What did Sideswipe do that has Bumblebee and the Elite Guard on his tailpipe? Is it bad? Was he framed? Is it a case of mistaken identity? Just what happened in general? Just a few of many questions I can't wait to be officially answered.

Of course there's a memorial to Optimus Prime. There HAS to be! And it makes sense that Bumblebee would probably visit the memorial a lot, perhaps even talking to the statue. And apparently, there's a pool of water around the memorial, or at least it's suggested, as the above and below scenes seemed to be spliced together.
And apparently Optimus Prime's ghost, spirit or spark is still around, guiding Bumblebee, and pointing him to… somewhere. Where? Just another question.
The scenes may be unconnected, but by the way the video was edited, it seemed as though Optimus was pointing to this. For lack of a better pair of words, it's a golden disk. Is this yet another golden disk in a long series of golden disks that have begun since Transformers Beast Wars? And why is it that one part of the disk is lit? In Beast Wars, the first golden disk leads the Predacons to a large energon deposit (prehistoric earth). Does this golden disk lead somewhere as well? That is, assuming it is a golden disk.

Next, we have Bumblebee coming into this place. Now, again, I'm not sure if this scene and the following scene are connected. But if the scenes are connected, then it might be that Bumblebee has entered some kind of relic or record storage, judging by all the boxes around.
In said next scene, Bumblebee gets attacked by… drones? Vehicons? Eradicons? Who knows? And I've just realized, a majority of characters in this sneak peak have doorwings. What, is everyone Praxian or something?
Bumblebee seems to escape from above drones via groundbridge. Yep, they still have groundbridges!
Let's take a moment to admire this groundbridge. It looks as though it was painted, or something. C'mon, it's pretty. Ok, back to the review.

Then we meet this kid. We don't know much about him, but it's obvious he's gonna be the new human factor for the upcoming show. What's interesting is that he seems to be the only human featured in the sneak peak, except for a human who is jumping around the construction site scene.
The kid has a suitcase. Perhaps he's moving somewhere, or has moved somewhere? Who's the hip looking human who jumped down the crane? What's the sign on the outside of the constriction site? What's going on on the construction site? More questions, right?

Then we end up with this rather entertaining first meeting.
And we see Sideswipe in his bot mode for the first time. I wasn't too sure about his design at first, mainly just his helm really. But I don't really mind. I'm just really happy Sides is finally in a TV show after so long. Unfortunately, we don't seem to have Sunstreaker :( But who knows, we might use finally get our Terror Twins after so long. But… that's unlikely.
Anyway, it seems like, despite uncertain first meetings, Sideswipe has made a new friend. We still don't know who this kid is, though it would be funny if his name was Daniel. But, other than movie-verse's Sam Witwicky, we don't really have many reincarnations of human characters. Which begs the question… Where is Miko, Jack and Raf in this?
I know, humans aren't exactly the most interesting of characters (and the movies have totally confirmed that), but still… Some people might wonder what happened to them? Especially Bumblebee. I mean, c'mon, Raf was one of his best friends! (But then, no one seemed to give a scrap what happened to Sam in Age of Extinction. Not like anyone in the fandom really cared).

Transforming stock footage is back! I know some Transfans relate stock footage to Armada or something, but as I've never seen Armada, I relate stock footage to Animated. Some people think stock footage is a bad thing. Quite frankly, I don't really care. Stock footage was neither a good think or a bad thing for me. And to be honest, Animated Starscream did transform with an exceptional sense of style, also, stock footage gave me a fair idea of how they transformed. Of course, Animated was simpler in design, so we'll just see how far this stock footage goes. Also, the toy nazis should be quiet.

I don't think Sideswipe was invited on this trip. Perhaps he stowed away on Bumblebee and Strongarm's trip to earth, and is now trying to avoid them. Unless he ran for earth, and Bumblebee and Strongarm pursued him. I think the former is more likely, especially if Optimus pointed Bumblebee to earth. Or Optimus told Bumblebee where to find Sideswipe, but obviously knew that something more is going on on earth, and knew that Bumblebee would find it in his pursuit of Sides. Seriously, why is Bumblebee on earth? What's going on there?

The little orange guy is Fixit. Like Strongarm, I don't have scrap on past incarnations of Fixit. But from what we know so far, Fixit is a hyperactive mini-con, and we have yet to find out what part he has to play in this.

And then there's this big guy. People have debated as to whether it's the Dinobot that is said to appear as a character in the cartoon, or if it's Underbite, the Decepticon character of the series. I think it's been confirmed that this is, in fact Underbite, and I do believe that this is probably the first incarnation of this guy. Which means we have a whole new bad guy on our hands.

Well, that concludes my review. And while writing it for the past hour or so (not counting rests), I've only truly realized how very excited I am for this show to come out.
As we're waiting for Robots In Disguise to premier, we still have time to learn more and more as the date gets closer and closer. So, I hope you enjoyed my review, and that it also makes you eager for the upcoming cartoon.
So, till all are one, and I leave you with one of the best moments of Smokescreen.