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2023.06.07 21:13 No_Competition4897 [HIRING] 25 Jobs in WI Hiring Now!
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2023.06.07 18:52 josterfanta Was looking up oxbow lakes on Wikipedia and of course the US examples are the only ones where the country isn't named
2023.06.07 18:25 TheBlackQueenMCOC New map 5 ally still building looking for active yet laid back players , will be doing AW pls contact BiancaFluxx on Line
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2023.06.07 15:39 snootypoodlepoo Eau Claire family history & ancestry
I’m a genealogist & I am trained in discovering local Wisconsin family lineages and stories through vital records, census records, and newspapers.
This is the interest form I put together for anyone interested in learning more about their personal Wisconsin family history. I create family trees, ancestral maps, and historical road trip itineraries based on YOUR personal family history! It’s a great way to connect with your heritage and wonderful knowledge pass down to future generations.
LINK TO INTEREST FORM: Family History Interest Form
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2023.06.07 11:22 RobJHayes Self Published Fantasy Releases – June 2023
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https://preview.redd.it/y71r0t8gdk4b1.jpg?width=2069&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=28b6c1617e39d6e9d534b7ae5a49457ee7814c23 You can find the original blog post, complete with all the shiny covers, here. If you would like to be kept up to date with the upcoming lists, please subscribe to my newsletter by clicking this link. I don’t send out letters too often, pretty much once a month when this list goes out… and occasionally if I release a book or something. As always, this is not a comprehensive list, but only includes all the books I have heard about so far. If you have a fantasy novel you are self publishing in June or beyond, let me know by filling out THIS FORM, and I shall add it to the page. There are but 3 requirements: 1) It must be a self published fantasy novel. 2) It must have a Goodreads page. 3) It must have a cover.
1st June – The Pyres of Vengeance (Swords of Dominion #2) by N.C. Koussis Epic Fantasy, Grimdark
After losing everything she knew, Selene struggles to keep hope alive. Terrifying threats from the capital test her in ways she never thought possible.
Richter can’t destroy himself or the corruption that lives in his body. He won’t let anything stop him from his mission, though – to kill every other werewolf on the Continent.
The Order of the Golden Sword cares not for the laws of men. They’ll do anything to wipe the lycanthrope haven of Palerme from existence. But no one has ever faced an army of werewolves before. Goodreads
1st June – Tristan’s Regret (The Return of King Arthur #3) by Jacob Sannox Urban Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Historical Fantasy
In the 5th century, Tristan and Isolde are at the mercy of the scheming Morgana Le Fay, who seeks to undermine King Arthur’s alliance with Cornwall. The consequences of their actions echo down the centuries and, in 2021, Arthur, Tristan and the Knights of the Round Table desperately hunt the last remaining followers of Malagant, an immortal ally of the dead sorceress. Will Arthur finally live up to his own legend, and can anything put an end to Tristan’s regret? Goodreads
1st June – The Exile of Zanzibar (Railroad to Zanzibar #1) by Daniel Maidman Epic Fantasy, Historical Fantasy
Claire built a device to fold space and time. It had a flaw…
When the smoke clears, she finds herself halfway across the world, thousands of years in the past, and no device in sight.
In bronze-age Florence, war has lasted for generations. All Claire wants to do is get home, but she’ll need help from the locals. She wins an ally in Marcus Diophantus, a pickpocket turned soldier turned general, who hopes to turn into something more than just her champion. Together, they broker peace between Florence and its enemy.
If Marcus is going to help Claire, he’ll have to survive. Peace has upset the balance of power in the capital city. The king stands increasingly alone against: the Constantines, a commercial enterprise as much as a clan, who aim to profit from peace as they have from war – the warrior nobles, descended from the founders of Florence and quick to turn against a weak throne – and Reburrus, the high priest of Florence, convinced Claire answers to hostile foreign gods. As the city comes to a boil, Claire and Marcus – and Marcus’s formidable army – will have to decide where their allegiance lies.
Claire becomes a reluctant participant in a savage campaign. While Marcus leads the battles, she tries to gain control of the unimaginably powerful Ctesiphôn – a ghost tower in the heart of Florence, shrouded in magic and myth. Goodreads
1st June – Captain (All that Glitters #2) by Shalaena Medford Grimdark, Gaslamp
Mere weeks have passed since Tsingsei “Song” Gould’s world fell into ashes. Now she must accept her role as captain of the Stars’ Bounty.
The crew returns to the skies to do what they do best: piracy. They travel the world, visiting new countries and finding an adventure wherever they go. In the frigid south, Song finds there are answers to her questions about kijæm…with a caveat. In the trading country, she gains confidence in her notoriety. In the exotic west, she makes a terrible mistake.
However, one of Song’s dearest friends has become a wanted man, and they must find a way to free him of the price on his head. Will she commit the highest crime in the world, or will she lose him to the gallows? Goodreads
1st June – Buzzard’s Bowl (Tragedy of Cedain #2) by John Palladino Epic Fantasy, Grimdark
Cedain continues to collapse.
Ashmount’s destruction shatters the Magicai while the culprits responsible continue sabotaging the world. All the while, the next season of Buzzard’s Bowl begins and Edelbrock, in his constant fight for survival, desires a vengeance he can only find in the arena.
Seradal and Villic find themselves in the middle of a war between Remeria and the Camel Clans, and may end up on opposing sides, while the threat of Calrym looms over all of them.
At the behest of the woman he loves, Demri finds himself thrown into the Elkavich, a not-so-secret order of Magicai who are intent upon fixing the world.
Ashen, a former urchin rescued by a noble with selfish aspirations, works to dismantle the nobility of Calrym.
Death is assured to all who walk the world, the only unknown is when they will perish. Goodreads
1st June – On Winds of Ruin (The Deimachy #2) by Lincoln Law
A friendship betrayed. An unfamiliar land. The winds of ruin blow.
Roisin is still reeling from events at the end of A Crown of Blood. She feels lost, broken and alone in the world. Torn with what to do next, Roisin chooses to make the fateful trip across the Skybinder border into enemy territory in the hopes of gaining new allies for the fight against the Soulmongers. At her side is her fox companion, Vulpo; the last of the Bloodsingers, Mei; and a Skybinder of questionable allegiance named Giack.
However, Roisin’s actions draw the attention of the Skybinder nobility, entrapping her into political machinations with deadly outcomes.
Piritta, newly reborn Soulmonger, is tasked with the search for the final member of the Soulmonger Triumvirate to lead the army to victory.
And Kaori, leader of the Soulmongers, is given her own task, granting her more power than she could have ever imagined.
The choices these young women must make will tear them apart, fracture them all, leaving cracks for something darker to seep in. And in the end, only the one with the strongest resolve will endure. Goodreads
1st June – The Nameless Restaurant by Tao Wong Urban Fantasy, Cozy Fantasy
There is a restaurant in Toronto. Its entrance is announced only by a simple, unadorned wooden door, varnished to a beautiful shine but without paint, hidden beside dumpsters and a fire escape. There is no sign, no indication of what lies behind the door. If you do manage to find the restaurant, the décor is dated and worn. Homey, if one were to be generous. The service is atrocious, the proprietor a grouch. The regulars are silent, brooding, and unfriendly to newcomers. There is no set menu, alternating with the whim and whimsy of the owner. The selection of wine and beer is sparse or non-existent at times, and the prices for everything outrageous. There is a restaurant in Toronto that is magically hidden, whose service is horrible, but whose food is divine. This is the story of the Nameless Restaurant. Goodreads
4th June – Gold, Lock and Key (Grimdark Fairytales #1) by E.J. Doble Grimdark
“All it needs, is a bit of tenacity… and three little bears.”
Goldie, an outlaw and contract hunter of the Baron’s State, accepts a new assignment from her employer to find an old cabin in the woods, home to three ‘shapeshifters’ who can morph into bears. Considered to be little more than a myth, Goldie assumes at first that the shapeshifters are an exaggeration – but with the sizeable bounty her employer is offering, she soon realises there may be more truth in it than she realised.
And that isn’t the only thing on her mind: she discovers her main rival – a manipulative and incredibly cunning trapper named Southey – has also taken on the contract, and will be contending for the same bounty she so fervently desires. Having waited many long years to have her revenge and outsmart Southey for past mistakes, Goldie sees the new contract as a perfect opportunity to do so. All she has to do is play her cards just right.
And kill three bears… Goodreads
4th June – Waybound (Cradle #12) by Will Wight Progression/Cultivation, Epic Fantasy
Years ago, Lindon left his home as a powerless Unsouled. Now, he goes to war with the most powerful beings in the world over the future of Cradle itself.
The Weeping Dragon has a grudge to settle, and Lindon intends to take out the Dreadgod with his friends by his side. But rival Monarchs know his plans, and they won’t let things end so easily.
If Lindon does win, he will ascend to the heavens. But he may not find a safe haven there either.
In the worlds above, Suriel and Ozriel face off against the Mad King to determine the new shape of the cosmos. The victor will decide the fate of countless universes.
Whether he wins or dies, Lindon will soon leave this life behind. Goodreads
6th June – Champions of Light (The Light Series #1) by Althea Damgaard Epic Fantasy
Rhoanda runs away when her father betrays her trust by arranging her marriage without telling her. She had freedom to be herself, unlike her sisters, but in the end, she should have expected this. Winter still hangs on in the mountains, unlike the beach she left, and it could be another month until the pass to the west opens. Her funds run out and the city guard catches her stealing. Instead of a cell, they take her to the Cathedral of Light, which rivals a fortress. There she learns the truth about the Light while trying to hide who she really is. Her parents, who embrace the Dark, have the power to take over the mountain kingdom and could use her as the excuse to do so.
Sergeant Vern can’t shake his desire to drink nor his anger at the Lord of Light for the disease that crippled and killed his sister at a young age. The cathedral lets him work with the class of deviants under his alias, but time is running out. The worse spring thaw of the century arrives and despite the great Cathedral of Light, the Dark has found a deep root in the kingdom. Worse, prophecies of the spiritual war manifesting in the physical come true as a mural changes before their eyes and its images step into their lives. Vern needs to accept the truth that sets him free of the curse cast upon his family so he can step into his true role. A truth that his sister professed about the Light through all her pain unto her last breath when angels took her home.
Will their faith in the Light be enough to overcome their trials and save a kingdom? Goodreads
6th June – imPerfect Curse (The imPerfect Cathar #2) by C.N. Rowan Urban Fantasy
I’m exhausted. Done in. Needing a stiff drink and about a week’s sleep. But that’s not going to happen.
Because Franc is dying, struck by a curse placed on him by the Sistren Of Bordeaux, one of the most powerful groups of Talented in France. And because of our deal, it’s on me to find out what the hell is going on, and how Franc has offended the Sistren. Apart from by simply existing, of course.
Except a simple trip to Bordeaux turns into a living nightmare as the past comes back to not just haunt me but to kick me square in the nuts, and I’m sent to the one place no Talented ever wants to go. Where those with magic either vanish or get ruined, left as nothing but empty husks.
This time, it might not be the world at risk.
It might be my very soul. Goodreads
6th June – Lira by Armanis Ar-Feinial Grimdark, Horror
Lira is an innocent little girl, struggling to survive in a cruel, heartless world. As her father dies, she is left to fend for herself. Each day is a desperate and exhausting search for food, scouring through the Abyss, the only home she knows. Acute awareness does not always protect her from the very real risk of cannibalization or worse– being abducted. This is a horrifying reality that no child should have to face in a brutally poetic tale Goodreads
6th June – Girl Squad Volition (Volta Academy Chronicles #2) by Maya Lin Wang Progression/Cultivation, YA
Magical girls, mystery, and martial arts!
After transforming for the first time, Wren starts class at Aurin Academy, a floating school where students from across the dimensions train to defend the sovereign planets of the Kiloverse from the Cosmic horrors beyond.
From learning to fly, to discovering her magical aptitude, to dealing with a trident-wielding water Volta who inexplicably wants her dead, to navigating the fraught politics of her first mission with the squad, Wren has her work cut out for her! Goodreads
13th June – Fat Witch Summer – Lizzy Ives YA, Cozy Fantasy
Dumplin’ meets The Craft in this body-positive fantasy novel for fans of summer road trips, female friendship, and magic.
Sixteen-year-old Thrash doesn’t enchant eyeliner over her lids or clear her acne with magic. She is plus-size, but she doesn’t hate what she sees in the mirror—that’s the realm of her mother, Osmarra, a slim and elegant Glamour witch. When Thrash unexpectedly breaks a mirror with her mind, she discovers she has a knack for magic and will receive one of the three sanctioned Gifts: Glamour, Growth, or Sight. The only problem is that mothers choose the Gifts, and Osmarra is convinced that the Gift of Glamour will fix her daughter’s looks.
When Thrash fails to persuade Osmarra to accept her as she is, a trio of cool witches who call themselves The Lunes offer her an out. Their leader, fiery and charismatic Cresca, recruits Thrash for a road trip to New Salem University, where the girls plan to steal their own Gifts. As Thrash crosses the magical Thirteen States of America, Osmarra hot on her heels, she discovers bewitched diners, haunted tourist traps, and a secret about the Gifts that will change the Thirteen States forever. Goodreads
16th June – When the Stars Alight (The Essence of the Equinox #1) by Camilla Andrew Gaslamp
A maiden of the stars. A monster from the shadows. A collision that rewrites their worlds.
Princess Laila Rose is a fallen star in human form. A beloved guardian to humanity. Yet in spite of these fantastical origins, she has never much believed in prophecies. That’s why when a demon of apocalyptic legend is presented to her in a block of ice, she feels fascination rather than fright.
Curiosity kindles into mutual desire once he breaks free of his captivity. Far from the rampaging beast of mass destruction everyone expects—he is monstrously handsome, deviously articulate and alluringly mysterious, a prince among his kind. Eager to discover his origins, Laila travels from her idyllic seaside realm into a land of unspeakable horrors, relying on her wits to survive her journey. She arrives aiming to establish peaceful contact with the aid of the besotted prince.
However, it becomes clear that the heartless demon king does not desire peace at all, only war and conquest. When diplomacy fails, Laila turns to the king’s suave and manipulative bastard son in the hopes that she can inspire both him and his trueborn brother to go against their father. But soon it is her heart she must keep from being torn between their centuries-old dangerous rivalry. Goodreads
16th June – The Orb and the Airship (Turrim Archive #1) by Jenelle Leanne Schmidt Steampunk, Cozy Fantasy
A rogue airship captain. An ambitious youth. A clash of powers beyond their imagination.
With scholarships to a prestigious military school, Grayden and Wynn are thirsty for adventure. But the night before they leave, they discover the mysterious Dalmir and his arcane orb in the forsaken tower outside of town. The old man, who seems to have a wealth of knowledge of what came before and yet so little of the now, insists on accompanying them as they travel to the academy.
Meanwhile, all pirate Captain Marik wants is to keep to the skies, take his due, and care for his crew. Then a straightforward pillaging mission on a ship of fresh academy students leads to betrayal from one of his own and an unlikely friendship forged by necessity.
Yet this new alliance stirs up ancient foes and a conflict too terrible to ignore. Despite Grayden’s inexperience and Marik’s skepticism, working together with Dalmir is their only option.
The fate of the world depends on it. Goodreads
17th June – Molten Flux (Flux Catastrophe #1) by Jonathan Weiss Epic Fantasy, Sci-Fantasy
As the freshest conscript aboard the walking fortress of Revance, Ryza forges a name for himself in battle. The enemy are the smelters, bandits that trade in reanimated corpses. But for Ryza, the bloodshed represents a path of redemption for an upbringing he’s just escaped.
His prowess with a rifle draws the interest of the Locusts, a clandestine faction within Revance’s ranks. It turns out that not all aboard the fortress seek to stamp out the plague of molten flux, the mysterious liquid metal that fills the bodies of the dead and makes them walk again.
Some seek to profit.
The reanimated corpses —known as autominds— are used to control enormous contraptions of magnetically enchanted metal, forming the backbone of The Droughtland’s factories. The only thing stopping the smelters from expanding their illicit industry is Revance.
The Locusts make Ryza an offer. Either help overthrow Revance to do the smelter’s bidding or reveal his father’s legacy as the very thing Ryza now fights against.
The former is unthinkable. The latter means death.
Ryza resolves to infiltrate them and expose the mutiny, plunging him back into the murky underworld of the smelters, testing his convictions, and even leading him to the ancient origins of molten flux itself. Goodreads-
18th June – Enchanted Flames ANTHOLOGY (Enchanted Anthologies #3) by Various Authors YA
If you play with fire, you might get burned…
Dig into this magical collection of short stories and discover among the embers ten fiery fantasy tales to set your heart ablaze.
Sneak past the ancient dragon as you steal from his hoard of gold and escape with the crown jewels. Journey deep into the Salamander Kingdom and follow the wyverns as they help the woodwitch to find the cure. Walk over earth scorched by a post-apocalyptic sun on a quest for survival, and find out why the firebird only eats golden apples. Watch the phoenix rise from the ashes and root for the golden dragon to woo his demigoddess in the Magic Kingdom. Goodreads
20th June – Guild of Magic (NYC Questing Guild) by Jon Auerbach Urban Fantasy
Joining the Guild was only the beginning. Now Jen’s next quest could spell life or death.
Jen Jacobs thought she was in over her head when she first discovered the secret Quest Board and the world of alchemy and magic hiding just out of sight in New York City. But after a ghost from her mentor Beatrice Taylor’s past nearly kills the two of them, Jen finds herself on the cusp of joining the fabled Guild. Except now Beatrice has gone missing, leaving Jen alone to face the shadowy organization and its 11 members by herself.
If that wasn’t enough, the Guild’s chairman forces Jen to complete yet another dangerous quest to prove that she belongs: stealing a long-lost vial of Dragon’s blood that is the key ingredient to recreating the legendary Philosopher’s Stone.
As Jen’s past mistakes begin to catch up with her, she’ll need to muster all of her ingenuity to survive in the cutthroat world of ancient Relics, magical dynasties, and a possible immortal secretly directing things from behind the scenes. Goodreads
21st June – Hierachy of the Unseen by B. Pigeon & Fell A. Marsh Epic Fantasy
Demons and humans are locked in endless struggle.
This is an intrinsic fact of nature. The demons believe their salvation lies in bleeding humanity of the life-force called light, while the humans are equally determined to defend it.
Within the sprawling empire of Lu-nevet, the two sides have settled into an uneasy peace, employing less violent tactics. But this peace can only hold for so long.
The state religion of Lukeira sends devout demon hunter Mitzli deep into the borderlands to bless the victims of demonic pranks. Once they arrive, however, they find unexpected signs of violence. They team up with irreligious hunter Veleiry to investigate—and the destruction the two uncover is an ominous sign of what’s to come.
Meanwhile, shiftless demon Kor falls under the scrutiny of his vampiric commander, Mant—meaning he must actually do the work of tormenting humans, rather than taking credit from his now-ex-partner Yez. Slowly, he begins to realize that the demons’ strategy is shifting, and may be heading down a path he cannot follow.
Mitzli and Kor will have to betray their respective factions if they want to put an end to the violence before it escalates. But the two of them, both outcasts among their own kind, are the only ones who know the truth. How can they protect the world if no one will listen? Goodreads
27th June – Temper the Dark by L. Ryan Storms Epic Fantasy, YA
Servant girl Alaris Kahlanik finds out about her family’s gift the hard way when she discovers her ability to dreamwalk after being condemned to the Cells. With thoughts of escape, she uses her newfound ability to spy on the emperor and his secret search for something important. Nothing the emperor wants could possibly be good for the people he rules, and so whatever the emperor is looking for, Alaris must find first.
Throlani Guardsman Kagan Liis has served the Empire since Emperor Patuk’s reign began eight years ago. He can also communicate with a vicious oracle referred to only as the Darkness. When the Darkness tasks Kagan with investigating the Servant girl in the Cells, Kagan takes on a special mission that will require more than his usual interrogation methods of brute strength and intimidation.
From vastly different echelons of the same tribal society, Alaris and Kagan are surprised to learn they share one important goal—ensuring the best for the people of their island nation. Alaris discovers what the emperor is looking for — a dragon! But warning a senile dragon against impending danger is no easy task. Together, Alaris and Kagan must save a forgetful dragon and a divided nation…which may mean giving up any hope of saving themselves. Goodreads
30th June – Quin of Light (The Quins of Sarcaren #1) by Mark Parker Epic Fantasy, YA
The quins of Sarcaren have awoken. . .
Auri. Gifted with power over lightning that fascinates and frightens her in equal measure, power she must bring to the fore when horror strikes her people.
Torren and Aaran. Twins with growing mastery over the physical and the mental. A potent mix of brains and brawn, both vying for the approval of the kingdom’s greatest warrior.
Koshi. Beset with sickness caused by the fire that threatens to burn her from the inside.
And Caetan. The youngest prince of Sarcaren who bends water to his desire but whose will and words are shackled by a devastating sorceress.
Alone, they pose little threat. Separated at birth – mere pawns to be used by the city of Sarcaren as an unknown enemy rumbles in the north. Alone, they are mere children caught in a dangerous and confusing world of betrayal and fear.
Together, they are bound by a curse that will one day kill them all.
Together, they will devastate kingdoms. Goodreads
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2023.06.07 09:31 McGlone_Games 'In Vision' Commentary Notes - The Most Hated Family in America
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It only took 10,000 words to get here, but I finally got through all the 'In Vision' commentaries from 'The Strange and the Dangerous' DVD box-set. And we're ending with a bang that would split Hell wide open even more than Princess Diana, with the Phelps family of the Westboro Baptist Church, aka 'The Most Hated Family in America'.
\"BECAUSE, YOU ARE... A REBELLIOUS... BRAT!!\"
For this one Louis is joined by Peter Tatchell, a human rights campaigner who specialises in LGBT issues, and someone who has personally been told by Shirley Phelps that he is going to burn in Hell.
Cast of bigots: Fred (patriarch of the Phelps family and leader of the church), Shirley (one of Fred's daughters), Jael (one of Fred's granddaughters), Steve (former documentarian who married into the family)
- Louis: "Would they be so happy, if they weren't so hateful?"
- Louis first learned of the Phelps family in 1995, when one of his colleagues on Michael Moore's 'TV Nation' show produced a segment on them
- As someone he knew had already covered them, Louis "resisted" using them as a subject for Weird Weekends, and waited until enough time had passed for him to make a follow-up documentary
- Peter, who is openly gay, had been raised in a Baptist church that, unsurprising, was nothing like the Westboro Baptist Church
- There is a discussion of how homosexuality is "the absolute, defining point of their faith", along with criticism of the various ways the church attempts to justify it
- The family's excuse for wearing clothes made of "mixed fibres" was that there is a distinction between "ceremonial law" and "moral law"
- The family's excuse for one of Shirley's sons having a goatee (Leviticus states that trimming your beard is forbidden) was also to do with "ceremonial" vs. "moral" law, although Shirley was "shaken for a second" when Louis brought it up
- The family's excuse for why some men in the family were not circumcised was that Paul "released people from having to follow Jewish law"
- Louis was impressed by how many in the family had memorised such a wide repertoire of Bible verses and quotes, which he credits to them mostly being lawyers
- Peter notes that "SHUT UP!" is not "a very Christian response"
- If you look closely at the 'In Vision' commentary, Louis is mouthing the words yelled by the moustachioed man who drives past and swears at the family (he then repeats what the man said to Peter)
- Louis thinks that the man was going to say the family could only get away with what they were doing because they were protected by their right to free speech (remember that for later...), but he drove away before he could finish
- Of Shirley's "10 or 11" siblings, Louis says 9 of them were lawyers and they had a "legalistic" way of looking at the Bible
- They both think the Phelps' "compound" looks like it would be a nice place to live
- Louis was familiar with how people in cults can have a "dazed" or "damaged" look to them, but thought the female children seemed "healthy and outgoing" and "in a weird way, well-adjusted, other than their moral outlook"
- Peter had interviewed Shirley and compares it to "talking to a wall [...] she just carried on regardless"
- Louis states that a gay man visiting the Phelps' would not be "like a black man visiting the Ku Klux Klan [...] they would be reasonably welcoming, as weird as that may sound" (Peter looks ever-so-slightly sceptical)
- Louis implies that the family have an odd sense of equality, as they simply view everyone outside the family as Hell-bound sinners
- Shirley had told Peter that he was going to burn in Hell "in a very nice way"
- There is a discussion of how much weird stuff there is in the Bible, and how modern churches pick-and-choose what they want from it
- The crew made 3 trips, each lasting "a week, or slightly less", and they spent time with Jael on the second trip
- Louis says they tried to show the "human side" to the church members, with Jael being the "easiest to relate to" because of how there was some "turmoil there" (she is a nurse who was raised to believe that all her patients deserve to die and will burn eternally in Hell)
- Peter compliments the family's graphic design skills, "just a pity about the message"
- They both look amused by the idea that Princess Diana's death "split Hell wide open"
- Louis "really enjoyed" making the program and he was "relaxed" about arguing with Steve, as he knew he didn't have to worry about losing access to the family, because "they didn't really care what you threw at them"
- Louis: "They expected you to take issue with everything, and get into barneys and ding-dongs"
- The family had been "very involved in Democratic politics", though Louis suspects this may partly be because the Republican party was supported by other Christian groups that the family hated
- In his younger days, Fred had received an award from the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People) for his legal work during the civil rights movement
- Peter mocks Fred for using "Armenian" as an insult, before Louis corrects him to say that Fred is saying "Arminian" ("it's a theological... thing")
- Louis notes that Fred immediately disliked him and was "quite grumpy"
- At the time of recording the commentary, the family had been successfully sued for millions of dollars, after being found guilty of their picketing "causing mental anguish and distress" and Louis says "technically, they may be bankrupt"
- Louis: "Are they still active, do we know?"
- [What happened was that Synder vs. Phelps initially resulted in the family being ordered to pay $5 million, but the judgement was later reversed (with that reversal being upheld by the US Supreme Court) when another court determined that Fred Phelps was protected by his right to free speech]
- The family spent "tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars" each year to fly around the country and picket funerals
- The family makes "a reasonably good living" through their legal practice in Topeka, Kansas
- No-one from the church will represent you as a lawyer for your first divorce, but they don't have a problem with representing you for any subsequent divorce ("at that point, it became meaningless")
- Louis mentions how Shirley's family were the happiest and "her daughters seemed very self-assured", likely because they were "so close to the power" (Jael was not one of Shirley's daughters)
- Some of Shirley's brothers had wives who had been "excluded" from the church (they could live on the property, but not socialise with anyone), because of their "transgressions"
- Peter does not agree with taking children to any kind of protests where they do not understand what is being protested
- Being a member of the family essentially meant that you were forced to take part in pickets ("emotional blackmail", as Peter calls it)
- Peter on Shirley: "She loves the fact the world hates them."
- Louis: "It makes them think they've got something important to say."
- Louis mentions that they had followed and filmed interviews with the male children of the family, but none of it was included in the episode, because they simply weren't as "lively and interesting" as the female children
- When Peter asks, Louis confirms that the male children had exactly the same attitudes and opinions as the other family members
- The family's excuse for watching British TV shows like 'Ali G' and 'Trigger Happy TV' was that they could "find it amusing", while still thinking everyone involved in the production was going to Hell
- Louis: "It's not what goes into the vessel, it's... something-something, some line about how, basically, you can watch whatever TV you like."
- Peter notes how the family are sex-obsessed when it comes to the physical act ("to the point of, it's not really normal or healthy"), but never acknowledge the emotions associated with it
- Shirley's first child had been born out of wedlock with a man she did not go on to marry (surprisingly, the conversation Louis had with her about this "wasn't particularly interesting")
- Louis notes that Shirley and her siblings had a "complex relationship" with Fred, and claims that they had previously worked through feelings of "resentment and rebellion against him"
- They both (correctly) predict that Shirley might be "running the show" now, but she will have a problem becoming Fred's successor, because strictly adhering to the Bible means that women cannot preach in church, so she could not formally be put in charge
- Peter: "So they're misogynistic, as well as homophobic?"
- Peter points out how the women have their heads covered during the church service, as it says to do in the Old Testament
- Fred, literally, lived above the church, in living quarters with his wife
- Louis believes that Fred had tailored his sermon to target Louis (or a UK audience in general), as he had given it a "transatlantic flavour"
- The Bible contains "a recipe for bread that includes human excrement" ("Google it", Louis says)
- Peter: "I'll leave that to them, thank you."
- Personal Note: Did you really think I wouldn't Google it?
- Peter: "Gay men are sex-obsessed, for heaven's sake, but these people are even worse!"
- Louis (with a big grin on his face) gets Peter to explain what "scat" is
- Louis is still unsure about how serious the family was when they talked about things like gay men drinking "feaccuccinos" (coffee made with faeces)
- Louis doesn't do much with the little time he has to speak to Fred, because he was expecting to have a sit-down interview that never happened
- Louis explains that the church's focus on homosexuals began in the late 1980s, when a local park was being used by gay men for sexual encounters and the council would not act against it
- Louis notes that you can hear his voice begin to crack when he reads the dead soldier's obituary, because "sometimes when I'm tired, I get more emotional", and he genuinely was starting to cry
- The family were fully aware that picketing the funerals of, for example, miners who died after being trapped underground would get them more attention than simply protesting against politicians
- Louis mentions how the family had been stopped from picketing the funerals of some very young children who had been shot by a "madman", after a local DJ offered them an hour of airtime as an alternative
- The family's excuse for being so nice to each other, yet awful to everyone else, was that they reserved their "Christian virtues" for fellow members of the church
- The family's excuse for constantly judging people was that "thou shalt not judge" didn't mean you can never judge, and the Bible makes judgements that they are expected to follow (Louis grudgingly admits that they do have a point with that one)
- There is an interesting discussion after Peter challenges Louis on why a small "sect" that has almost no real influence deserves to be the subject of a documentary, with Louis essentially saying that an otherwise intelligent family group following such an extreme interpretation of a religious text makes them significant
- There is a far less interesting discussion when Louis asks Peter, an atheist, how a gay man may struggle to be Christian
- Peter points out Jael's prolonged sigh during her conversation with Louis in the car (neither of them predict that she will end up married to a postman from Bradford)
- Louis: "They create the animosity that then makes them feel as though they're right."
- They both laugh at Jael's whiny "What did we do to them?!"
- Louis notes how the family would "change the meanings of words" (they weren't "picketing", they were "preaching")
- Louis: "I think they were quite pleased with the documentary. [...] They got a lot of hits on their website."
- Peter: "I think a lot of hits on the website doesn't necessarily mean to say a lot of people were supporting them."
And that's the end of the commentaries! Thank you to everyone who's been following along and reading these. A fish with a rude word in its name asked me to recap 'Louis and the Nazis' (now, there's something you can only say on reddit), but after that I'll take a break from spamming the subreddit with my waffling.
And if you haven't read my other 'In Vision' commentary recaps, then here are the links to them:
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2023.06.07 09:04 TheGeekyZoologist Jurassic World: The Hegemony of Biosyn (JWD rewrite) - Act III
See the previous posts: https://www.reddit.com/JurassicPark/comments/1419mpy/jurassic_world_the_hegemony_of_biosyn_dominion/ https://www.reddit.com/JurassicPark/comments/142b35e/jurassic_world_the_hegemony_of_biosyn_jwd_rewrite/
Act III - The Gathering of the Clouds Mia Everett
Visually confirming Rainn's revelation, Victoria is shown in a cage inside Amelia Everett's lab, within Biosyn's Citadel. Mia does her best to comfort the scared and depressed Achillobator
and her motivations are explored shortly after. It's revealed that due to her experience within the team who made the Indominus and the Indoraptor, Biosyn tasked her with reviving InGen's IBRIS program by breeding raptors with high obedience potential. However, none of the achillobators cloned by Biosyn proved to be trainable enough for the program's ambitions (even though they attempted to mimic Owen's experience by having keepers being there at the animals' birth), which displeased Dodgson and the other higher-ups, who are now favouring another research team, who focuses on a more intrusive way of controlling dinosaurs. Basically treated as a second-class researcher amidst a rather toxic work environment, Mia became desperate enough to hire poachers to capture Blue, which she intended to breed with their achillobators in order to finally have trainable individuals. As Victoria is not sexually mature, Mia is in front of a considerable setback and fears that Dodgson will pull the plug due to her lack of results, especially in this troubled period for Biosyn. The tying noose
The next day, the intel collected by the UN agents (people involved in the Black Market, Biosyn's connections with it) are sent to the nearby countries, including Italy, where an arrest warrant is launched against Kayla.
On his side, Isaac Gibbon is contacted by Bigelow who tells him about the debacle of their mission in Malta, saying that Claire and Owen saved the grey guards from disaster. He orders her to stay in Italy for the moment and wait for new orders. Shortly receives, he receives a candidate for a desk job in the DSD: It's Franklin. Gibbon tells Franklin he heard about his bravery during the 2019 incidents and his past connection with InGen (Before the DPG, Franklin worked for it as an IT Technician), before asking questions about Claire as he is aware that she collaborated with him not only on some occasions in the past few years but also in the 2019 Costa Rican incident, where Franklin was the couple's companion while they were running from InGen's agents and the authorities. Dubrovnik
The inhabitants and tourists of the Croatian seaside city of Dubrovnik are surprised when a Biosyn Quetzalcoatlus
descends upon the old town and starts attacking people. As a joke similar to one in TLW with the Japanese businessman and his reference to Godzilla
, some extra could yell in Valyrian "I left Westeros because of this!" or "By the Seven, not again!" (Dubrovnik was one of Game of Thrones
' filming location). Ramsay's email
In a manner similar to the Hawaii attack scene in Gareth Edwards' Godzilla
, the Dubrovnik scene cuts just as the Quetzal swoops on the bystanders and we are now in the bar of Biosyn's employee village. Wu is watching the news of the Dubrovnik attack on the TV (there is even a declaration from Zoe Murdoch, in which she denies the pterosaur came from Auronzo's Sanctuary and was probably created by a rival company who somehow put their hands upon Biosyn Quetzalcoatlus
DNA. In the bar, someone whisper that one of their Quetzals did escaped from the valley thanks to the temporary deactivation of the invisible fence system and that Dodgson has launched an investigation to know who's responsible) when he receives a mysterious email from Ramsay, which includes the name of some woman. Wu search it on the internet and ends up on IMDB where he discovers that the adult "Charlotte" on the videos is actually an actress who lives in London. Arrest
In Rome, early in the morning, Kayla is arrested in her flat by the police as she is accused of illegal smuggling. Viscontini
Following all the incidents in the Alps, the clash in the Sabine Hills and the recent Dubrovnik attack, people gets pissed at Biosyn and protests occur in several locations, including Rome. In the Italian Ministry of the Interior, Viscontini has an argument with Pazzi, declaring that they need to take severe actions against Biosyn but the minister retorts that taking large-scale actions against the corporation might trigger a whole deal of undesirable consequences, including deteriorating US-Italian relations due to the close ties between Biosyn and the US government. He won't risk that just because of some rumours, weak proof and small incidents. Viscontini retorts that soon, Biosyn might have an angry mob showing at its gates with the goal of driving it out of Italy.
Following Vuillier's instructions, Claire, Owen, Nyamu and Dougal leave Malta the same day and fly to the Eternal City, where they have to meet Viscontini in the AISI headquarters. There, they have a video call with Vuillier. He and Viscontini wants to send the trio of WDMC agents to Auronzo Valley so they can infiltrate Biosyn's facility, find compromising information and transmit them to the Italian authorities, hoping to finally convince Pazzi and the rest of the government to take action against Biosyn. However, one of the agents points out that they will need an entrance ticket as one doesn't simply walk into Auronzo, since the borders of Biosyn's lands are guarded and monitored while some people disappeared after going too close from the Sanctuary (anti-Biosyn activists, reckless adventurers, Grendel Corporation's spies, others from the AISI's and Austrian government). Viscontini declare they might have that ticket.
We cut to Kayla in her prison cell. The guard announces she has visit and she is brought to a room where Viscontini and Dougal waits for her. The head of the AISI and the WDMC agent then negotiate with her: In exchange for her freedom, she will bring Dougal, Claire and Owen to Biosyn's Sanctuary. However, Viscontini precise he'll have her hunted down if she ever betrays them.
Kayla raises the fact that she can't show up at Auronzo like this and needs a motive. Viscontini and Dougal then talk about the animals seized in Malta's black market. Theo's Mission
That day, Wu summons Theo, explain the whole issue with the fake Charlotte and ask him to go to London, find the actress and question her about the videos so they can have proofs to show Maisie, who started to really become insufferable because of Dodgson's bad influence (in that part of the story, one of the few scenes where she's likeable is one where she and Drummond bonds over the common passion for dinosaurs). The ex-mercenary soon leaves Auronzo, taking a bus for Venice in the nearest village while Wu explains to Pellegrino and Dodgson that Theo had urgent family matters to deal with in the UK. Leaving San Francisco
Desiring to supervise the Dolomites Crisis more closely, Vuillier fly to Italy. Nine containers
As evidence of Biosyn's possible connections to the Maltese black market has been discussed on the news, Dodgson knows it's a matter of time before Vuillier, the Italians or the Austrians send people in Auronzo and expose Biosyn's misdeeds.
We then follow Pellegrino's POV as she oversees the exit of nine large mysterious containers from the Citadel and their departure from the airstrip just outside the valley. One of her subordinates asks what's inside and she answers that she has no idea, with Dodgson only giving her a series of instructions. They watch the containers being flown abroad.
The following day, Pellegrino speak about it to Wu and other employees with anti-Dodgson sentiments like Drummond. She notices that Wu is uncomfortable as they talk about it and realize he must be hiding something. Ramsay, who just arrived from the US in preparation for a big corporate event in the Citadel, almost surprise their discussion. As they're not sure if they can trust him or not, they pretend it's nothing. Wu then phones Theo and asks him about his secret mission's progress. London
In London, Theo finds the actress from the videos and initially posing as a reporter, filming her in an interview, he then ask her questions about the videos and after some hesitations, she concedes to give him answers and reveals among other things that the shooting occurred a few months ago in some local warehouse, that the director of those videos is none other than Colin Trevorrow (who, desperate for a job after the debacle of the Jurassic World film, accepted to participate to that project, oblivious that Biosyn was behind it since a dummy company took care of the production). AISI
Vuillier arrives in Rome and meets with his agents, Nyamu and Viscontini in one of the AISI headquarters' conference rooms, where a map of Auronzo Valley and its surroundings has been laid. Kayla is also there and offscreen, our characters talk about the plan.
At the end of the meeting, everyone but Vuillier and Viscontini leave the room. Both have a secret conversation during which the Italian say that the Grey Guard's Mediterranean Company, supported by the Austrians and secretly by him (as he fears that Biosyn has informers within the Italian government), are deployed in one of the villages near Auronzo, and is supposed to act as a Plan B should the Claire-Owen-Dougal trio fail, by taking a secret path through an old mine and a mountain pass before breaking into Biosyn's citadel. The WDMC agents don't know that and when Vuillier ask why, Viscontini answers that it's better that way (should the agents be captured ant tortured, they won't tell Biosyn that there is a second team) and that the secret path isn't safer as one of his spy was killed by some creature after taking it and arriving in sight of the valley. He thinks that a small dozen of grey guards have better chances surviving the pass' guardian(s) than three civilian agents. To the Dolomites
The next day, in the middle of the morning, Kayla is preparing her plane in some airstrip near Rome and the seized creature from the black market is loaded in the hold (I have no idea which species to choose). Equipped by the Italians, Claire, Owen and Dougal say farewell to Vuillier, Nyamu and Viscontini. The Frenchman tells Claire that it's time to unleash the She-wolf upon Dodgson but Claire correct him by saying "Not the She-wolf. The Dragon.
" (in this AU, she has a particular connection with the dragon-like Indominus), implying she'll get the mission done whatever it takes. He and the other two men wish them good luck and the trio of WDMC agents climb aboard the plane. They soon take off. Biosyn's aerial defense
Kayla's plane arrives in sight of the mountains which delimit Biosyn's Sanctuary. Informed of their mission by Vuillier and Viscontini, one of the grey guards is watching the plane through his binoculars as it passes over the village where they are staying.
Kayla is soon contacted by the Citadel's control room as they detected the aircraft on their radars and they ask her why she's coming. The pilot answer that she collected an animal which might interest them (she told the WDMC agents and the Italians that Biosyn doesn't have this particular species in their Sanctuary) and ask to land on their airstrip. While the Biosyn employees discuss, the plane is about to enter Auronzo Valley by the east, as that part of the sanctuary is the furthest from most of the buildings (while the airstrip is in the northernmost parts of Biosyn's lands, beyond the mountains with the frozen dam lake) and thus where Claire, Owen and Dougal has the best chances of landing unnoticed. The trio of agents take their parachutes and prepare to jump, but at the same time, Dodgson, who heard that Kayla was arrested by the authorities just a few days ago, fears that her plane is a Trojan horse and decides to activate the valley's "aerial defense". On the screen of one of the room's monitors, we see a group of dots heading straight towards the plane. It's actually a group of pteranodons, from the same toothed variant as those who appeared in Jurassic Park 3
(there is even at least one black male identical to the scrapped one from Johnston's film), and they just collide with the plane, crashing against the cockpit and getting turned to shred by the rotors' blades, damaging the plane (the scene is partly inspired by a cutscene from the Ninth Mission of Paraworld
's campaign). Owen wonder why those pteranodons behave in a suicidal manner. Suddenly, the pteranodons retreat and as their window is shrinking, the agents know they have to jump now (they've reached the middle of the valley and their trajectory deviated northwards, towards the mountain dam). Claire jumps first but as Owen is about to jump in his turn, the plane is attacked by a Quetzalcoatlus
and the Raptor Whisperer sees another and a few pteranodons chasing her fiancée, whose parachute opened. Claire shakes the pterosaurs off by disappearing into the valley's dense forest. As they will be grabbed by the attacking pterosaurs as soon as they leave the aircraft, Owen, Dougal and Kayla stay inside it and brace for the crash. The plane crashes down at the surface of the frozen lake by the mountain dam in the northern part of the valley.
Back in Rome, Vuillier, Nyamu and Viscontini are worried as they heard the agents and the pterosaurs' screams (they had an open channel all that time with Kayla's plane). They hope the agents will survive this ordeal and activate the beacons they were given before their departure. Note: The fate of the animal they took with them is still unclear for me. It really depends on the chosen species. If it's something large and potentially dangerous, Kayla would probably want to drop it in the valley in order to have a lighter plane and not deal with it after crashing. But if it's a creature about the size of a small dog for example, they could free it as they leave the wreckage. Gigantoraptor
We then cut to Claire hanging in the trees but instead of a Therizinosaurus
(which already appeared in TRQ. Moreover, Claire had a small arc with this species in that story), she is threatened by a Gigantoraptor
. The scene plays out much like the Theri scene from Trevorrow's version, with Claire hiding in a pond etc.. Once the Gigantoraptor
walks away, Claire gets out of the pond and sees the fumes from the plane's crash in the distance, behind the mountain dam. The dam lake
Before it sinks in the lake, Owen, Dougal and Kayla leave her plane and step on the ice. Under it, they notice a large shadow and know they better move away from the lake. They notice a ladder by the dam but as they head towards it, a Quetzalcoatlus
or a Pteranodon
lands on their way. They step back, moving towards an opening on the lake's surface. Suddenly, a giant 9-meters long temnospondyl (based upon an unnamed and fragmentary genus from Lesotho) burst out the water, almost killing one of the characters. Ensue a scene where our three protagonists have to evade both the pterosaur and the amphibian. The pterosaur ends up being dragged underwater by the temnospondyl but other pterosaurs arrive and to escape them, our trio climbs on the dam and rushes to its elevator, going down in the valley. Down at the dam's base, they notice it's dilapidated and Kayla tell her two companions that Biosyn sell some of its power to the nearest villages. Note: The main doubt I have about this scene is having a temnospondyl living in the icy water of a mountain lake. It might be too much of a stretch so if you think it's not realistic at all, it will be scrapped from the scene (and perhaps be replaced by a juvenile Baryonyx or something like this, an animal which could be also the one our characters brought with them in the plane. Plan B
Since the agents lost their beacons during the pterosaurs' attack and the crash, they couldn't tell Rome that they were still alive. Vuillier and Viscontini fear the worst and send a message to Laurenzo Cesare. Droppings
Meanwhile, Claire started walking towards the dam, hoping to find her companions on the way if they made it out alive from the crash. When she hears a racket in the woods, she hides and a Biosyn tyrannosaur arrives. But it's not on a hunting mode and instead, it just leaves some droppings on a log near Claire's hiding place. After the predator leaves, she approaches the log and smears her face with the droppings, remembering her "Walk in the Park" with Owen when they searched her nephews during the Fall of Jurassic World (the droppings hide her smell, dissuading the other animals to investigate her). Argument
An argument bursts out between Owen, Dougal and Kayla while they're walking south. The first wants to find his fiancée, the second says that their mission is more important, and Kayla is mad at both men since she lost her plane (and livelihood) because of the WDMC's mission. And unsure about her intentions, the two men distrust her but she tries to reassure them by saying that Biosyn can fuck off since they are also responsible for destroying her plane.
However, the Sanctuary's denizens remind them that they better be united or else it will be the failure of their quest.
At some distance, in the middle of the fog, they see the recognizable silhouette of a sauropod, that of an Argentinosaurus
(the species was seen in the distance and mentioned earlier in the story. Instead of Argentinosaurus
, it could also be another large titanosaur). However, this herbivore has the particularity of having a symbiotic relation with some small carnivore species within Biosyn Sanctuary (I'm more thinking about a pterosaur or a flying/semi-arboreal theropod than a strictly ground-dwelling predator. For now, the baboon-sized Variraptor
is my candidate), with the Argentinosaurus
letting those carnivores eat its parasites and the insects flying around it while the carnivores will let out an alarm call shall a large predator approach. It could be illustrated in a scene where an Acrocanthosaurus
(the one from the Drive-in scene) is spotted by the carnivores as it passes by. The Argentinosaurus
turns to face the larger predator, adopt a defensive posture, and as the acro hasn't yet moved, the smaller carnivores take off from the sauropod and flies straight to the acro's head. Harassed by those creatures, the Acrocanthosaurus
retreats. Thus, if those small carnivores (which we'll call the Argentinosaurus
' suite) are brave enough to attack a megatheropod, our three protagonists know they're not safe and that they better move away. The Sanctuary's true nature
While still heading north, Claire's path crosses that of a bull Shantungosaurus
. She move out of his way and stay still. She and the audience recognize the animal as he was already in the JW rewrite and TRQ (in the first story, he gained some scars after a fight with a few Metriacanthosaurus
), where he was a secondary "character" (and a threat in a few scenes). Both have a peaceful scene where they make eye contact but that quiet moment is shattered when a gunshot resounds in the forest and the hadrosaur flees, badly wounded. Claire hides and in the distance, she sees a hunter, accompanied by a couple of Biosyn security guards and another employee which she presume is some sort of supervisohunting guide. Watching how the hunter is dressed and how he behave in the wild, she knows he's not a professional hunter but just a rich hobbyist and then realizes the Sanctuary's true nature: It's a hunting reserve. As the Shantungosaurus
escaped them, the hunter express his discontentment at the guide, which promise to find him another quarry. They leave and following the blood trail left by the hadrosaur, Claire finds him by a stream. His wounds are too grievous and he's too weak to lash out at Claire, who kneels by his head, trying to comfort him in his last moments, up until his last breath. Watching another of her former park's animals dying fills Claire with not only grief, but also anger. She change her plans and heads back south instead of continuing northward, following the hunting party's track. Note: It doesn't necessarily have to be a Shantungosaurus in the role of the animal shot by the hunters, but it have to be a recognizable animal from the previous installments for emotional impact and Claire's development (another candidate could be the Therizinosaurus from TRQ)
She later finds another hunting party. One of its members, a Biosyn guard, pulls out an item she recognize: a raptor resonating chamber. The guard use it like a bird call and soon, an Achillobator
, arrive, believing it heard one of its kind. The poor animal is shot by the hunters, who scream in satisfaction before taking a picture with their quarry. They then brings it to the Biosyn vehicle waiting nearby but before they leave (after having a short conversation during they mention that another team captured the rex and is bringing it the paddocks), Claire deliberately attract the attention of one of the guards, the same one which used the resonating chamber, and he say to his companions he won't be long. He move away from the road and deeper in the woods, he fall into Claire's ambush. She kill him, loot some of his equipment (including the resonating chamber), hide his body and leave. Worried for his colleague, the other guard with the hunters orders the guide to drive them back to the lodge, and search his friend. But he too is murdered by Claire, who takes a small metallic box on him. Activating the box, she realize it's a sonic weapon she has seen before, in the hands of InGen Security's elite troops during the fall of Isla Nublar (it's like a weaponized version of the box Dodgson and his companions have in Crichton's TLW). She turns it off, take it with her and follows the hunters vehicle's tracks on the road, towards the lodge.
However, Claire ignores she's being watched, and not by human eyes... Over hill
Cesare and his men leave their accommodation and head for the frontiers of Biosyn's lands. Leaving their vehicles near a ruined fort, the grey guards start their trek while the sun is setting behind the mountains ahead of them. A bed in the trees
As walking through the valley at night would be too dangerous, Owen, Dougal and Kayla decide to find a resting place and climb in a tree. From it, they have a panorama on a nearby lake and notice they are approximately halfway between the dam and the Citadel. At this moment, we also have peaceful scenes with the valley's denizens at dusk (Pelecanimimus
fishing in the lake, herbivores drinking nearby, the same Spinosaurus
from the report at the beginning peacefully sitting on the bank like an oversized duck...). Theo's peace
In the evening, just a few hours before his flight to Venice, Theo also passes by his former home, which he left years ago before joining Ken Wheatley's mercenary company. His ex-wife still lives here and noticing that she started a new life with another man and seems happy, he walks away in peace, leaving behind him the last picture he had of himself and her (earlier in the story, Theo is seen looking at said picture). The secret path
Back in Italy, the grey guards find the entrance of an old mine and enter it, taking the path that will allow them to pass under the limits of Biosyn's lands. Mercenaries
Mercenary troops land in Biosyn's airstrip and their leader is brought to the Citadel. He has a discussion with Dodgson behind closed doors. Foes... or allies?
A few hours after nightfall, Claire finally finds a large old chalet with typical Tyrolean architecture: The Hunting Lodge (it's implied that it was built way before Biosyn bought those lands, when the area was still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, before WWI). Claire remarks it's surrounded by an invisible fence (identical to the one from Jurassic World Evolution 2
's Biosyn DLC) which prevents the animals from getting too close. Aware that the lodge wouldn't be a shelter for her and that its occupants probably outnumber her, she turns away from it, continuing to wander in the woods. But just a few minutes later, she hears sound in the nearby bushes. Aware she might be hunted, she is ready to use the ultrasound box and fight for her life. A pack of Achillobators shows up, menacingly walking towards her. At the same time, it starts to rain.
Claire first thinks of using the box and running away while the predators would be bothered by the sound but she knows it will be useless in the long run as they could track her all across the Sanctuary. She then remembers the reports she read earlier in the story, and especially that of the 2001 incident on Sorna, where Alan Grant and his companions walked out alive and unharmed from a close encounter with raptors.
In dire straits, she makes up a desperate plan and carefully, she pulls out the resonating chamber she stole from the Biosyn guards. She uses it and due to their bad experience in the sanctuary with the resonating chambers' usual users, the raptors get agitated but their pack leader tells them to calm down as Claire doesn't seem to be a Biosyn guard or a hunter. The pack leader walks alone towards Claire and sniffs the dried blood on her hands and clothes, realizing it belongs to other humans. Nothing happens for a moment and then the pack leader lets out a bark. Behind Claire, two raptors move aside. Slowly walking backwards, watching carefully the raptors' moves, Claire exits the circle made by the surrounding predators and continues doing so until she's at a respectable distance. At the beginning, the raptors just watch her but as she's heading towards the Hunting Lodge, she hears them following her. However, she is aware that they would have already pounced on her if they wanted to eat her and knows that they're more intrigued. Meanwhile, the rain intensifies (there could also be a storm).
Claire reaches the invisible fence, crosses it, and searches for its power source. But as she's sabotaging it, the Lodge caretaker (a gnarly-looking old local man) spots her and frightened by her look, runs away towards the building. She is forced to catch him and, after a short struggle, kill him with her knife before he can raise the alarm. After showing some trouble due to killing a probable innocent, she resumes her sabotage and the fence is deactivated. The raptors cross it and see Claire entering the lodge. Near its entrance, she finds a sword hanging on the wall as a decorative element and noticing it's still sharp, she takes it along with its sheath and heads for the rooms. Behind her, the raptors open the door and silently enter in the lodge. In the hallway which leads to the rooms, Claire stays still when the raptors walk past her as they head to the rooms and grin as her audacious plan is working. Claire enters one of the rooms, raises her sword blade over a sleeping hunter and when the time comes, thrust it into his body. Meanwhile, the raptors open other doors and entering the rooms, they rush on the sleepers. Slaughter ensues and only those who locked up their doors have the time to wake up, grab a weapon and fight for their very survival. Some of the lodge's occupants offer some resistance in the lounge but there, Claire activates the sonic weapon she stole and an ear-piercing sharp sound comes from it. While the raptors back off behind her, their common enemies kneel and scream in pain and Claire (who put on some earplug) slashes their throats, deactivate the weapon, and let the raptors tear the hunters alive while she raids some items (stuff like snacks, water, a first-aid kit, a map...) and leave, disappearing in the woods.
A bit later, she finds a small cave whose entrance is high from the ground and rest in it, sleeping until mid-morning. The mountain's pass
At the end of their night-long ascent, the grey guards arrive in a pass/cave where they found human bones, which they presume to be those of the AISI's spy Viscontini told them about, and the remains of a Biosyn drone. Soon after, they are attacked by the guardian animal(s) the corporation left there to kill any trespasser coming from that direction. (I haven't chosen any species yet). They manage to defeat it (or them) and dawn break out as they arrive at a vista point which overlooks the valley. The grey guards observe it, the eyes of Cesare stop on the Citadel for a moment, and they retreat back inside the mountain to rest a few hours before descending into the valley. They send a message to Vuillier and Viscontini, telling them that they're inside the Sanctuary. Traces of a slaughter
During their early morning patrol, a security team discovers that a massacre occurred during the night in the Hunting Lodge. They find clues indicating that someone helped the raptors and participated in the killings. The control room check the Lodge CCTV footage and fear spreads like wildfire among the staff when they discover the culprit is a sinister-looking black-clad hooded woman. Seeing that one of the figure's hand is a prosthesis and that the other wear a silver ring with a red gem, they realize it's Claire and Dodgson pretty much start to crap his pants (partly because one of the hunters was a very wealthy and powerful foreign client whose disappearance won't go unnoticed). Since she made it out alive from the plane's crash, Dodgson fears that the other WDMC agents might have too. When asked about the slaughter itself, Dodgson orders his staff to cover it up for the moment, as he don't want to worry the board of directors who are set to arrive later that day for a big event he planned in the evening. Theo's return
Theo returns to Auronzo and Wu, who just learned about Claire's presence in the valley, tells him that they must get Maisie out of the facility as soon as possible since disaster tends to follow Claire like a shadow. Taking the gloves off
However, Maisie has meanwhile discovered that the videos were another lie, by recognizing one of the scientists from the video, who also work at the Citadel (and who didn't aged, even though the adult Charlotte's video was supposed to be taken fourteen years ago). Aware that the gentle method is no longer considerable, Dodgson decides to use the hard one and Doctor Lesser locks Maisie in a cell within her lab, to which Wu can't access. Lesser reveal that it wasn't Wu who told Dodgson that she was a clone but the spy he has among Lockwood Manor's employees, and that the only true part in the video was the one about the genetic disease: Charlotte did had it, just like her mother Elizabeth before that (she died in 1993 and it was because of her Lockwood and Hammond fell out), and had the car accident which took her life didn't happened, the disease would have killed her a few years later. As he wanted Maisie to have a long life, Benjamin Lockwood asked the scientists he hired (there is a whole subplot about what they became in TRQ) to cure it and they did find a way. As the scientists' notes were accidently destroyed, the solution is now within Maisie's body, and Dodgson wants it so he can put new drugs on the market.
Before it's too late, Wu and Theo, with Ramsay's help, start organizing Maisie's evasion. The geneticist mentions a secret trail from WWI in the northeastern mountains: It's their escape route. He then heads for his lab, planning something else. Tracking Claire
Curious about Biosyn's movements around the Hunting Lodge, Owen, Dougal and Kayla investigate it after the departure of the security troops. They discover evidence of Claire's passage and Owen tries to follow her fiancée's tracks. Kayla and/or Dougal make comments about the slaughter of the hunters. Bigelow's last chance
Isaac Gibbon gives Jessica Bigelow a new mission: Go to Auronzo and ensure the evacuation of Lewis Dodgson and Biosyn's most important research. The agent ask her boss why and he said that he just received news that Biosyn is compromised. He also precise that it's her last chance after the Malta fiasco. Bigelow leave her safe house in central Italy and goes north. Shady preparations
Continuing south, Owen, Dougal and Kayla see mercenaries positioning some sort of moveable antenna on a ridge which overlooks the road which connects the Citadel to the valley's northern continue, as finding Claire and entering the Citadel is more urgent. The gathering of the clouds
One of the control room's employees ask Dodgson to come. He shows him footage from the Biosyn lands's southern gate, near the employee village.
Before the gate, a group of Carabinieri
stand, showing to the guards and the security cameras a search warrant: The government finally decided to act against Biosyn. But Dodgson refuses to open the gates for the Carabinieri
and orders the mercenaries who arrived during the night to intimidate them. The Carabinieri
move away from the gate, with their leader warning against the consequences of such an action. At a respectable distance from the gate, Vuillier, Viscontini and Nyamu watched the scene. Soon, other groups of Carabinieri
are deployed along the other entrances to Biosyn's lands. The siege of Auronzo has started.
Hearing about the siege's situation, some employees leave their post and head for the metro (which connects the Citadel to the village. Another loop also connects the Citadel to the various facilities across the Sanctuary, including the seven towers and the dam), in order to go to the village and then hoping to be able to leave Biosyn's lands before things starts to get too ugly but Dodgson's has the metro's station locked and commands them to go back to their posts. Seeing their CEO starting to act like Hitler in his bunker, they are afraid.
End of Act III.
See you tomorrow for Act IV
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2023.06.07 04:24 Bramborough Through the first crisis
New to BB and loving the game. After several tries, just now finally "completed" first campaign. Only in the sense that I got through the first crisis (Undead) and the game says "congrats! you've won! retire?".
Which I'm not; definitely continuing this run. Day 116, my highest bro is level 9. Most of my guys still in the raider gear. One toon has better stuff (I think looted from a bandit leader). But nothing famed other than one decent shield. I did "camp-bust" a good bit looking for such as I'd read on here, but didn't find anything. 73 battles. 12 fallen bros in the Obituary (one of whom was with us 99 days...that one was depressing lol).
I've read many comments that early "fight density" is important, I probably should have more fights than 70-ish by now, and that's why my highest guy is still only at 9. Tried to do that, but sometimes just don't run across anything "attackable" for a while. lol or lose a lot of time running from Lindwurms (yeah, THAT encounter was an unabashed save-scum moment).
In any case, no doubt a n00b-ish run, but even at beginnebeginner, challenging nonetheless. Great game.
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2023.06.07 01:52 StrongQuarter1144 HK World Tour Ep. 10 - Curry & Costa Rica Waterfalls
Previously on Hell’s Kitchen…
The final 10 participated in a game of craps, and it would be Natalie’s dish, that scored yet another win for the blue team, but just barely. At dinner service, things got chaotic with Dante’s raw ribeye, followed by miscommunication from Natalie, for causing a small fire, burning her fish. Over on the red team, Claire and Matt had issues of their own on the meat station, with raw ribeye, as well as undercooked and overcooked fish. Which made matters worse was that Claire used a thermometer to check the meat. Neither team did a great impression, and the red team nominated Matt and Claire, while the blue team nominated Dante and Natalie, but ultimately it was Claire that said goodbye to her dream of becoming Head Chef at the Hell’s Kitchen restaraunt in Glasgow. And now, the continuation of Hell’s Kitchen.
As both teams went back to the dorms, Ramsay urged them to come back strong. Dante thought the blue team held a grudge against him, but he did not care as their performances were superior to his. Larissa was concerned about the blue team’s fate at the patio as she did not want any more drama. Caleb chimed in that he was not the source of the drama but said it was Dante causing it. While the blue team waited for Dante to come to the patio to join them, Dante decided to take a break from his team, and rest in the bedroom. Larissa saw that the blue team’s performance was going on a high horse, and felt that Dante would go, and make them strong next service.
The following day, the dining room was set up with a wrestling match between Chef Ramsay, and Marino. Dante was too thrilled about the wrestling match, as he wanted to join, as he used to wrestle back in the day. Most of the chefs were surprised of watching the wrestling match, especially, Jeff, and felt that Marino would not be comfortable to wrestle, and neither could chef Ramsay. Michelle found it a good experience to watch, and rooted for Chef Ramsay, and felt that he could be a pro at wrestling, and cooking. As the match was called, a scoring sign shown saying “Blind Taste Test” as the next challenge, exciting many of the chefs, especially Hope, as she was a fan favourite. Chef Ramsay announced that each chef will be blindfolded, with wearing earphones, and then tasting and guessing what they just ate. The team with the most points wins the challenge. And because the blue team had an extra person, they had to sit someone out. They agreed on sitting out Dante, as many of the chefs found his palate to be the weakest. Chef Ramsay also announced that he was bringing curry blasters as their consequences. He then announced if their chef got 2 wrong, they get blasted with Rice. If they get 3 wrong, they get blasted with chicken, and if they get them all wrong, they will get blasted with curry sauce. This made Natalie look nervous as she had perfect hair, and didn’t want to get it ruined. Although Dante was excited to not get blasted, he was upset he didn’t participate in the challenge.
1st Round >> Natalie vs. Ty (Larissa and Michelle sitting in blaster chairs)
Natalie - Chicken
Natalie - Sour Cream
Ty - Greek Yogurt (Michelle gets hit with rice)
Natalie - Peach (Larissa gets hit with rice)
Ty - Cantaloupe (Michelle gets hit with chicken)
Natalie - Almonds (Larissa gets hit with chicken)
Ty - Peanuts (Michelle gets curry sauce dumped)
The score is 1 - 0, blue team in the lead.
2nd Round >> Hope vs. Caleb (Natalie and Ty sitting in Blaster chairs)
Hope - Plums
Caleb - Pears
Hope - Muscles (Ty gets hit with rice)
Caleb - Shrimp (Natalie gets hit with rice)
Hope - Cheddar Cheese
Caleb - Cheddar Cheese
Hope - Mushrooms
Caleb - Mushrooms
Score is 3 - 2. Blue team up by 1
3rd Round>> Jeff vs. Matt (Hope and Caleb sitting in Blaster chairs)
Jeff - black beans
Matt - kidney beans
Jeff - coconut
Matt - potato (Hope gets hit with rice)
Jeff - Peas (Caleb gets hit with rice)
Matt - Figs (Hope gets hit with chicken)
Jeff - Crab (Caleb gets hit with chicken)
Matt - Scallops (Hope gets curry sauce dumped)
The score is 4 - 2. Blue team up by 2.
4th Round>> Larissa vs. Michelle (Jeff and Matt sitting in blasted chairs)
Larissa - ribeye
Michelle - filet Mignon
Larissa - kiwi (Jeff gets hit with rice)
Michelle - papaya
Larissa - potato
Michelle - potato
Larissa - strawberries
Michelle - strawberries
The blue team wins the challenge 6 - 5.
Chef Ramsay congratulates the blue team on winning their 4th straight challenge, and declares that they were one of the unstoppable blue teams in Hell’s Kitchen history. For their reward, they will be flying to Costa Rica. They will be heading to the Arenal Volcano, where they will take a dip in the thermal waters, and then enjoy a massage. After that, they will enjoy lunch with a view of the volcano. Natalie said it would be an amazing reward, as she liked a massage.
As the blue team arrive at the waterfall, Jeff said that it was very fun for the blue team to get out, and take a splash in the Costa Rican water, and then get a massage. Natalie mentioned that a massage makes her day, while Caleb called it a relaxing tension. Caleb enjoyed beautiful Costa Rica and he wished he could be there the whole time. However, Dante had trouble enjoying the reward, as his team cut him from the blind taste test challenge. While they were enjoying their lunch, the blue team excluding Dante, had a chance to make the black jackets, and then Jeff and Caleb formed an alliance of themselves making the final 2.
While the blue team head off to Sunny Costa Rica, the red team are going to be stuck together, because they will be cleaning up the mess they made during the Blind Taste Test. chef Ramsay also expects that dining area to be spotless, as he was opening up for Dinner Service. Ty was disappointed, as he missed the opportunity to go swimming in a waterfall, and that he had to clean up a curry terrorized dining room. As the red team starting cleaning, Michelle said that it would be nice to see a volcano, as she never seen one, and felt that she shouldn’t have used her punishment pass on the London reward. While cleaning, Chef Meghan tells the chefs to take a break as she prepared food for them. On the table was an arrangement of offal, which disgusted Hope, as she vomited. Ty also almost threw up, but knew it was a punishment, and if he took the loss, he would pay the price that came with it. Matt also got annoyed by Hope throwing up, and felt that the team needed her during dinner service.
Later that evening, both teams were ready for service. Ramsay told the blue team that they were responsible for their own station while telling the red team to shine as individuals as they worked together. Chef Ramsay also expected a good service, and wanted both teams to work together. Then, Ramsay asked Marino to open Hell’s Kitchen.
As the blue team began appetizers, Jeff led the order as he knew they had to get through their internal problems. Jeff wanted it done and got his scallops accepted. The blue team worked on their first order. In the red kitchen, Hope served a bland carbonara, leaving Sous Chef Meghan to come to appetizers and gave her a reminder. Ramsay told Hope that he needed a rich carbonara while Ty did not want a horrible start. Hope got her refire accepted.
As appetizers left both kitchens, Ramsay began firing entrées in the blue kitchen. Dante knew that he received one last chance to bounce back, and he refused to let Ramsay down. Still, Natalie compared Dante as one of their sloppiest members and feared that her performance on garnish could back them up. While Jeff and Natalie got their proteins accepted, Ramsay was waiting on Dante’s garnishes. However, Dante cooked the wrong garnishes, and he was berated for the salmon garnish and forced to cook the wellington garnish. Ramsay reminded the blue team that it was their first order and was confused about how Dante worked on firing the salmon garnish instead of the wellington. Dante admitted to his mistake. In the red kitchen, Michelle got her wellington accepted, but Matt was slow on the garnish. Then, Matt forgot the mashed garnish to go with the order, making Michelle deem him disorganized and a hot mess. Ty chided Matt for being a turtle with the garnish, but the latter got it accepted. In the blue kitchen, Dante got the couscous accepted, and blue diners enjoyed their entrées. On their next order, Dante was determined to bounce back and denied Jeff’s assistance. Still, Caleb feared they would be scrambled if Dante did not keep up. Dante sent up over portioned garnish for the lamb as he thought it was two instead of one. Ramsay brought Dante and Caleb to the pass and asked them for their cooperation. Dante admitted that it was 1000% his fault he sent up over portioned garnishes as Ramsay was confused by the major mistakes.
One and a half hours into dinner service, the red team worked on the chef’s table as Ramsay informed them about the latter’s show. While most of the red team worked hard, Hope called out the wrong order. Seeing that, Ramsay took Hope to the pantry room for a one-on-one talk. Ramsay did not know what was wrong with Hope as one of the most talented and accurate chef in the red team was not calling the right order. Ramsay told Hope that he needed more vigor from her before warning her over an ejection. Inspired by Ramsay’s comment, Hope said he wanted it and knew the former wanted more from her. Refusing to let that day define her, Hope went back to the kitchen and started communicating with the red team. Michelle rose as the leader for the red team and got her New York strip loin accepted with Ty’s halibut accepted not long after. The red chef table received their order, and both teams hustled to get all their entrées out. No other mistakes were made as the customers enjoyed their entrées. As the red team cleared down, Ramsay praised Ty and Michelle for their spot-on performances.
After both teams lined up, Ramsay deemed it a solid service from both teams. Still, he reminded them that he wanted people to start popping out more as they moved forward in the competition. Ramsay said two did, praising Michelle for leading the red team to success thanks to her vocalness and sounding like a leader. Then, Ramsay turned to Jeff and praised him for his immaculate wellingtons. Both were named “Best of the Best,” and they were asked to name one person from their teams for elimination.
During deliberation, Michelle told Ty that the only two people he was considering were Hope and Matt. Michelle saw that Hope was not vocal that night, and didn’t have the right calls and felt that Matt was not ready for the Head Chef position. Ty considered Hope due to her lack of effort that night but reminded Michelle that it was her decision at the end of the day. Meanwhile, Jeff told Natalie that she and Larissa were not at risk of being nominated thanks to their performance on appetizers. Jeff knew Dante was his nominee and told the women that. In the red bedroom, Michelle and Matt chatted about the latter’s disorganization. Matt said that he might have a few mistakes, but felt that he could do a lot more, but he was nervous that Michelle could nominate him. Back at the blue bedroom, Jeff told Caleb that he was nominating Dante as she knew Ramsay did not want a sloppily clumsy person as his protégée. When Jeff spoke with Dante, he reminded the latter how he struggled on garnish. Dante tried to argue he did not know they could fire garnishes at the same time, but Jeff called it an out of time excuse. Meanwhile, Hope told Michelle to weigh her options carefully as she wanted her to think about the team. Still, Hope was ready to fight for her life, while Michelle admitted Hope was a strong but memory loss chef. Michelle struggled to make her decision.
Michelle announced Hope as the red team’s nominee, while Jeff announced Dante as the blue team’s nominee. During their pleas, Hope said that she was not done with her dreams, and she was still running for the opportunity to become a Head Chef at a restaurant in Glasgow, and felt that she had the composure to be his head chef, while Dante said that his team might have given up on him, but he wasn’t ready to go yet, and also asked if he can join the red team, as he trusted them more. In the end, Chef Ramsay eliminated Dante for his cluelessness, lack of support, and miscommunication on garnish. During his exit interview, Dante was disappointed about not making it further into the competition, as he was ready for a black jacket, and felt that it was his team’s fault for backing him up.
As Dante left, Chef Ramsay told Hope that she was lucky to dodge her first bullet. Hope said that there was still nothing in her way, and she wasn’t ready to leave yet. As the teams left. Michelle said that the blue team may have been backstabbed, but their performances just gets worse, and felt that the red team could have a chance. Jeff said that there are no excuses made during service, and thinks that the blue team can work a lot more powerful, and thinks he had the guts to stay in the competition, while Caleb said that there were only 8 chefs left in the competition, and he was ready to get his game face on.
Ramsay’s comment: “After watching Dante cooking the wrong garnish. His team dropped the bag, and after many major change, his chance was shot”
18th: Camilo (Individual Challenge)
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2023.06.06 23:30 DimesnCrowns Fuite d’eau de la piscine ou de sa tuyauterie?
Bonjour, j’ai une situation qui ne m’est pas arrivée. J’aimerai avoir vos avis svp. Dans le sous-sol, il y avait une grosse flaque d’eau claire, accompagnée par une odeur très forte de chlore. L’eau de la douche et du robinet est normale. L’eau de la cuve était normale. Par contre, l’eau de la flaque avait un pH très très élevé, plus que celui de la piscine. Le drain de la piscine est vide. On a rempli la piscine il y a 2 jours, et il semble manquer 2 pouces d’eau. Je suis pas mal sûr qu’il y a une craque a quelque part. Auriez-vous des suggestions pour déterminer où est l’origine de cette fissure probable? J’essaie de sauver des sous à mon parent. Merci et bonne journée!
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2023.06.06 12:09 TheGeekyZoologist Jurassic World: The Hegemony of Biosyn (JWD rewrite) - Act II
See my post from yesterday for more information about this series of posts.
Act II: Malta The abducted
Victoria is brought by Rainn to some airstrip. While waiting for his contact's plane to arrive, he has a phone conversation with her. At first, she's satisfied he got an Achillobator but when he precises it's the young and not the mother, she reprimand him for only getting Victoria and after he confess that he might have badly injured Blue and that Owen was there, she calls him a jackass as the Raptor Whisperer will probably want her head if he learns that she originally ordered the capture of Blue. And if he decide to follow the trail up to her, Claire will too and she's worse than her husband-to-be. Due to his stupidity, Rainn might have triggered a whole deal of undesirable consequences.
Claire and Owen have a video call with Vuillier. He tells them several things:
- His other agents have seen Rainn in Malta on several occasions and that the poacher serves as a liaison between the Maltese black market and the North American poachers.
- One of their overseas colleagues, Dougal Benett, is already there, acting as a civilian supervisor for the group of grey guards the WDMC recently deployed on the island with the agreement of the Maltese authorities.
- As Dougal has asked for reinforcements but that the other European WDMC field agents are busy with another operation, Vuillier propose the couple to go to Malta and help their colleague. Thus, he can hit two birds with one stone. They accept.
- He adds that the black market is about to be taken down during a joint operation with the CIA's DSD, something that Vuillier reluctantly agreed after some pressure from its superiors and a meeting with Isaac Gibbon. He tells the couple to be wary of the DSD agents.
- Lester Nyamu will join them in Malta as he was tasked with following Claire in her missions.
The truth about Charlotte
Maisie and Theo arrive at the Citadel, where they are greeted by Wu, Dodgson and Doctor Katia Lesser, another geneticist. The two scientists and the CEO leads Maisie to a room with a laptop, where Wu shows the teenage girl videos on which her mother Charlotte appears, explaining that the whole car crash thing was a lie and so on... (basically the same stuff as in Trevorrow's version, with Charlotte as a child visiting Site B and Charlotte as an adult working in some lab). While Maisie digest those revelations, Dodgson promises that he will help her follows her mother footsteps, become a great scientist, restore the name and prosperity of the Lockwoods, and protect her against some dangerous people who would like to harm her (When she ask for an example, Dodgson say "Claire Dearing", who didn't received Lockwood Foundation's help as initially promised. Among other things, he tells Maisie that Claire might want to target her in her revenge because of that). The only thing she has to do in exchange is stay a little bit in Auronzo and collaborate with Doctor Lesser. Maisie is pissed that Wu left her in the dark about this and relations between the two don't improve, not at all. As Maisie and Theo are being shown the facility by Lesser, Wu lets out a bitter sigh while Dodgson has a smirk, implying that something isn't right.
In the middle of the night, a message reading "Invisible Fence deactivated" can be read one of the control room's monitors while a dot is seen leaving the valley on a map. Suddenly, another message appears, reading "Invisible Fence reactivated", telling the audience that someone in Auronzo is messing with the Invisible Fence system.
The farmer and his son
One afternoon, in a remote village of the Sabine Hills, in central Italy, a farmer and his son are attacked in their home by a (or several) strange creature which belongs to the same species as the prologue's attacker and its appearance is revealed: It's a small grey theropod with bulbous eyes and sickle-like claws on its feet, a Pectinodon, once known as Troodon (it's indeed those from Jurassic Park: The Game), a species which InGen once confined in the darkest and deepest parts of Isla Nublar's underground. The farmer and his son defends themselves with tools like pitchforks but just as the Pectinodon is about to bite one of them, one of the family's dogs rush to their aid and at the cost of his life, manage to kill the attacker.
Wasting no time, the farmer takes the dinosaur's body and show it to the other villagers. With pictures and videos of it being taken and shared on social media, word quickly spreads out, reaching Biosyn's ears.
The Maltese Dragons
Claire and Owen arrive in Malta the eve of the operation against the black market. At the airport, they meet with Dougal and Nyamu, who arrived a few hours earlier, and their British colleague brings them to a residence. It's where he and the Grey Guard Mediterranean Company are housed and the trio of newcomers meet them and their leader, the Italian Laurenzo Cesare. The expeditionary force is made of 13 members who hail from various Mediterranean countries (Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Egypt, and Morocco) and the United Kingdom due to Malta's history with it. They also recognize one of them, Vincent Chapuy, who was on Nublar when JW fell, and the Frenchman tells them about the whereabouts of some of the surviving main and secondary grey guards characters from the JW rewrite.
Dougal, Cesare and a couple of other guards then talks about the black market and their targets in the operation along with the code names they gave to them: Santos ("Lady Gaga"); Kayla ("Launchpad McQuack"); Rainn ("Daryl"); François Chartiers ("Jabba the Hutt"), CEO of the maritime transport company Cetus and one of the black market's pillars as his docks and ships are used to transport illegally de-extinct animals in and out of Malta; and two of the latter's henchmen, Laurent and Sylvain ("The Attic Gamers"). Corruption of some Maltese officials is evoked and eventual connections between the black market and Biosyn are also shown (pictures of Dodgson or Murdoch meeting Chartiers, mention of Sonoya acting as an intermediary between Dodgson and the market, and Kayla used as a "flying Uber" between Malta and Auronzo Valley), with Dougal theorising that Biosyn use the market to acquire and sell specimens, dead or alive. Cesare tells the couple he has two men infiltrated: Frenchman Armand Massoud in the market itself, where he pretends to be a Syrian merchant; and British Ada Digby within Chartiers' inner circle. In parallel to the presentation, we have a montage showing the grey guards spying the market, its secret entrances, Chartiers' residence and docks, the airstrip where Kayla usually lands, while posing as tourists or local inhabitants and workers; footage of the Market itself from Massoud's POV.
Later that day, Dougal, Cesare, and the couple meet with Bigelow and some of her men in St. Dominic Convent, where they discuss the collaboration between the UN and the CIA on this operation.
The farmer from the Sabine Hills receives the visit from a couple of people who claims to be from the local veterinarian services and announce they're here to take the Pectinodon's body. However, the farmer notice several cues which indicates that the two individuals are not who they pretend to be. Aware they're being unmasked but having seen that the farmer had modest incomes, they offer him a considerable amount of money in exchange of the body and his silence in front of the media but he categorically refuse, telling them he'll give the body only to the competent authorities. Defeated, the two shady individuals leave and once they're in their vehicle, they phone Dodgson, informing him that the soft approach failed. Dodgson orders them to keep an eye on the farmer and his relatives while he prepares a new tactic. Meanwhile, the farmer tells his son they have to hide the body.
Dining with Chartiers
In the evening, Chartiers invites Santos for dinner at his residence (Kayla could also be there as she flew the pack Santos intent to sell the following day). Both discuss business while Ada Digby listens carefully. During that scene, we also meet Chicot, Chartiers' pet Dilong, which he treats like a dog (His henchman Laurent has even to walk it in the residence's garden).
During a drinking session with Drummond in the palaeontologist's office or in Biosyn village's bar (He's one of Wu's few real friends within Biosyn. Both have the common point of having lost their romantic partner: Drummond's wife died years ago and Wu's boyfriend was killed by his own creation during the Lockwood incident), Wu confesses that the Charlotte videos he showed to Maisie are nothing but bullshit. Drummond asks why and Wu says that the woman on the video looks a lot like Charlotte but isn't her, that those videos are fake, an illusion made by Dodgson in order to ensnare and manipulate Maisie, and that he forced him to summon her. Had Wu not complied, Dodgson would have thrown him to the media and the authorities for some of his past ethical misconduct. Drummond then asks why Wu doesn't explain the whole deal with Maisie but the geneticist answers he has no real proof and is among the last persons the girl would trust.
Earlier in the scene, the two talked about Jack Horner (Both badmouth him and Wu even met him several times during the JW years, precising that Horner sat in a corner and just waited for his paycheck) and Steve Brusatte (he was the paleontological advisor for the "based upon real events" film Universal made about JW's fall, directed by none other than Colin Trevorrow) who also work for Biosyn as a consultant. Drummond knows him and tells Wu that they had an argument about some CGI short film full of anachronisms Biosyn's media division made and uploaded online. He even says "A T rex and a Godzilla-like Giganotosaurus fighting in the Maastrichtian? What a f*****g disgrace!").
In the Sabine Hills, shortly before daybreak, a squad of Biosyn soldiers park near the farmer's house and invade his property, with the son having just the time to escape. While he runs to the village in order to warn the other villagers, his father is brutally interrogated by the squad's leader about the body's location. The other villagers, along with a Carabinieri or two, soon arrive at the farm and a standoff between them and the soldiers occurs, which reach its paroxysm when one trigger-happy Biosyn soldier shoots on the crowd. While the Carabinieri are powerless, The villagers retaliates and the soldiers barely escape while they're being stoned.
The La Vallette Incident
The day of the WDMC-DSD operation in Malta, Rainn is spotted near the black market in La Valette. Disguised, Owen and Dougal enter in the latter with Massoud while Claire (who can't go in the market due to her celebrity, as a disguise can hardly hide her gash while entering with her face concealed would have aroused suspicion. It could have worked in a Muslim country but not in Malta) and Nyamu waits outside with other grey guards. The WDMC agents are disgusted by what they see in the market: various small species (like Diictodon) or juveniles sold to be pets; poached specimens like horns, pelts, bone powder...; pit fights (one of them could oppose an Anzu to a juvenile Udanoceratops)... Owen asks Massoud if he recently saw a young Achillobator but the under-cover grey guard says he hasn't. The WDMC agents then founds Rainn (I don't know yet if the potential buyer for Santos' pack is him like in Trevorrow's version or another person). Chaos erupts soon after and while the unfolding of the La Valette incident is still unclear in my head, I have the following ideas:
- While on watching duty, Claire spots Bigelow walking alone near the market. Noting the CIA agent has a suspicious behaviour, she decide to follow her and ends up spying a conversation between Bigelow and Rainn. During the latter, we learn that Rainn is the CIA's informant within the poaching circles and Bigelow warns Rainn about the WDMC's raid, telling him to spread the word to the market's pillars. Claire rushes back to the grey guards to warn them about Bigelow's treachery.
- Following Bigelow's orders, the DSD team betrays the grey guards at the last moment. It's revealed that their true objective is trying to discredit the guards by turning the whole operation into a fiasco. However, Claire's warning help mitigate the consequences of this betrayal.
- Owen chase Rainn through the market and up to a pit which contains predators (I'm imagining either small or juvenile carnivorous dinosaurs; either predatory mammals like Hyaenodon or a large sabre-toothed felid). After being violently interrogated about Victoria's whereabouts and telling Owen that she never went to Malta and was directly sent to one of Biosyn's scientists, Amelia Everett, Rainn insults Blue's memory. Angered, Owen throw the poacher in the pit, where he is ripped apart by the predators it contains. Among our protagonists, only Claire witnessed this but as they both let Blue devour Mills alive at the end of the Lockwood Estate incident, she isn't shocked.
- During the market's chaos, various creatures end up freed including a Carnotaurus, another theropod of similar size, and the fighting pits' veteran, a mentally-broken and scarred Gigantopithecus. Some of those are deliberately released by the DSD agents as part of their sabotage plan but it backfires against them, with the animals killing several of them. The animals escape into La Valette's streets.
- With her colleagues either dead or routing, Bigelow knows she must get out of Malta. She prevents Kayla from being captured by the grey guards and both women flee aboard a vehicle, heading towards the airstrip where the pilot has left her plane. On the way, they are chased by one or two of the loose creatures (one of the large theropods for example). They manage to take off and the CIA agent asks Kayla to fly to Italy. As her flat is in Rome, the pilot sees no objection.
- Having been told of her true identity (probably by the DSD agents), Chartiers is holding Digby hostage and some of her characters have to rescue her, fighting the businessman's henchmen and even Chicot the Dilong (which might die, accidently thrown in the open mouth of a larger predator). I'm not sure if this side plot happens in the black market or Chartiers' residence but Digby ends up being killed by one of Chartiers' goons.
- After the beginning of the market's raid, Santos have her transport truck driving away. She lures the WDMC agents, Nyamu, and the few grey guards or Maltese police officers with them into an enclosed location where she releases her pack, made of Herrerasaurus. With her laser pointer, she sends the dinosaurs on her enemies and ensues another action-suspense scene where the herrerasaurs have to be defeated (I'm not sure if I include a motorcycle chase). Before she can points Nyamu with the pointer, Claire shoots Santos' hand, saving the Kenyan's life, and bleeding, the dinosaurs' seller flees to a nearby house where the two women have a fight. Santos ends up being eaten by one of the Herrerasaurus. Claire also gets minor wounds (bruises) during that part of the incident.
- Once Sonoya's and the herrerasaurs' situation is solved, the WDMC agents go help the grey guards and the Maltese authorities stop the loose creatures (the Gigantopithecus is pursued on the roofs and the ramparts; the Carnotaurus or the other large theropod is stopped near a large plaza...). During the incident, Claire also fights side by side with the grey guards and as she had bad relations with those on Nublar before the Fall of JW, they're surprised to see how she evolved.
In the evening, the UN agents and the Maltese take care of their dead and wounded, and our protagonists have some rest. Searching through the deserted black market, one of the WDMC agents finds parts of an animal exclusively bred by Grendel and which Biosyn supposedly captured and sent to the Dolomites Sanctuary, confirming Dougal's suppositions. The couple and Dougal ends up talking about Victoria's whereabouts and when Owen mentions the name of Amelia Everett, Claire tells him that she used to work at Jurassic World as she was one of Wu's scientists and part of the team who created the Indominus and the Indoraptor. They fear that she was tasked with resuming the behavioural research on dinosaurs for military applications.
End of Act II.
See you tomorrow for Act III
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2023.06.06 08:10 Global_Relative_3177 Chapitre 18: Le tueur de garde
Alors que Shedet rejoint le chantier de la grande porte, il décide de faire un crochet vers le tableau des primes. L’écho d’un attroupement, similaire à celui de l’annonce du chat, se propage dans la ville. Une opportunité semble à nouveau se créée. En effet dès son arrivé près du tableau l’annonce gravée sur la planche de bois l’emplit de joie, une nouvelle chance de s’attirer les faveurs du haut fonctionnaire. Sans toucher le moindre Sittiu, Shedet n’a nullement besoin de s’approcher tant les caractères sont gros et facile à comprendre. « Prime offerte d’une valeur choisit par le Sittiu ramenant la tête du tueur de gardes avant la fin du mois ». Shedet est bousculé puis écarté involontairement par la foule excitée face à l’annonce. N’ayant rien d’autre à faire dans les parages il rejoint le chantier l’esprit obscurcit par cette affiche. « Il est vrai que les soldats meurent de plus en plus en ce moment. Pas plus tard qu’hier un corps a semble-t-il été découvert dans les marécages, près de là où j’étais. Qui est l’inconscient perpétrant ces actes? Sans doute un Sittiu car un Égyptien ne se risquerait pas à tuer un des siens, autant de meurtres lui vaudrait la peine de mort et le déshonneur. Quoi que tuer d’anciens délinquants ne serait pas si préjudiciable. En tout cas Thot me donne une nouvelle chance de briller, la récompense est indéfinie, le prix de l’annonce sera mien ». Accroupit sur un bloc à le polir à l’aide d’une pierre plate et du sable, Shedet ne peut se résigner à penser à l’annonce. Il en oublie la douleur de ses courbatures tant l’opportunité est grande. Toutes les minutes son regard se porte dans le vide ou la sortie du chantier près de la tente du scribe. « Pendant que je perds mon temps le tueur se cache quelque part. Si un Sittiu le trouve il le protégera et il me sera impossible d’avoir ma récompense ». En calculant son temps de travail Shedet finit par réaliser qu’il n’aura jamais l’opportunité de traquer ce meurtrier. La pause durant le zénith est trop courte et le matin avant d’arriver aussi. Le seul moment propice reste durant la nuit cependant la fatigue et le manque de sommeil pourrait le pénaliser sur la durée. « Bon je dois faire un choix, j’ai de la nourriture et six jours devant moi pour trouver l’assassin. Dois-je me préoccuper de mon confort ou bien de mon avenir… et si cette traque ne menait à rien? Non, l’aventure avec le chat m’a redonné confiance, je ne dois pas me relâcher ». Les heures défilent tout comme les inlassables critiques des Sittiu sur son travail bâclé. Un bloc enfin taillé doit être amené au sommet de la pyramide.
— Hé le déchu! Pousse plus fort! crie Sammel désormais chef du groupe, t’as de la chance que Geburah sois plus là sinon il t’aurait massacré. Le regard plein de mépris, Shedet pousse le bloc puis une idée lui vient à l’esprit. « Je n’ai qu’a économiser mes forces durant le travail. L’autre déchet n’est plus ici ce qui me laisse tout le loisir d’en faire le minimum ». En effet depuis l’incident et toutes les mésaventures du nomarque, ce dernier a relancé le chantier avec un vieil homme pour contremaître, un Sittiu expérimenté mais stressé par l’ampleur de la tâche. Un nouveau scribe maître est disponible aussi, un fils de noble, en stage en quelque sorte, qui dirige le chantier avec une attitude désinvolte face aux personnes indignent de son rang. Tant qu’aucun accident ne se crée peu importe si les blocs s’empilent sur la pyramide. Le ciel étoilé prend enfin la place du soleil, dès ce moment Shedet retourne à son oasis cependant sa seule action est de récupérer son coffret de bijoux. « D’après ce que j’ai entendu le Sittiu a qui j’ai volé ce coffret est encore fou de rage, le plus drôle est qu’il ne peut se plaindre à quiconque ». En empoignant un bijou au hasard, il redescend puis débute aussitôt sa traque en commençant par Boubastis dans le quartier Shirazi. « Je le jure sur Thot, je retrouverai ce meurtrier quel que soit la fatigue qui m’accable ». Rejoignant la ville animée par les Sittiu, le déchu s’y aventure sans attirer l’attention. Son voyage s’achève près du marécage là où le dernier corps fut retrouvé, ses maigres pieds s‘enfoncent péniblement dans la vase. Craignant pour sa sécurité notamment les prédateurs et sangsues étrangement grosses, Shedet s’agrippe au plus large palmier. Sans problème il atteint le sommet puis attend patiemment. « Maintenant je comprends pourquoi le cadavre a été jeté ici, il se décompose plus rapidement mais le marécage est tout proche du palais du nomarque. Soit ce tueur est provocateur et donc très confiant ou bien c’est un amateur ce qui m’arrangera ». Durant la surveillance le moindre bruit le fit sursauter de joie, le claquement d’un objet contre un palmier, les animaux parcourant l’eau stagnante. Dans Boubastis, dont le côté Est est visible depuis son mirador, Shedet voit les Sittiu manger et discuter entre voisins. Chaque son dérangeant l’ambiance calme du lieu devient un signal de départ mais très vite Shedet s’ennuie. Impatient par manque de résultat il rejoint son plan B, Solal le receleur. « Et si je trouve ce meurtrier que ferai-je? Devrai-je le tuer? En réalité ce qui me terrifie le plus reste le nomarque, va-t-il subvenir à ma demande ou bien me donner un sac encore plus gros? ». Tel un rat galeux, Shedet est accueilli par les regards méprisant des Sittiu au quartier Savannah ne souhaitant qu’une chose le lyncher. Cependant de temps à autre de petits scarabées en titane survole les alentours. Des gardes minuscules et mécaniques armés de leur lampes dorées et quelques fois ce sont des chats à la cuirasse de carbone, dont le rôle est d’ordinaire la surveillance du palais, de flâner dans les rues. Il est facile de ressentir la détresse du nomarque en voyant les moyens inhabituels qu’il utilise. « Si seulement ces machines étaient plus fiables, elle permettraient de dénicher plus facilement le tueur. De toute manière cela m’arrange, la récompense sera à moi j’en suis absolument certain. Je le jure sur Thot, je réaliserai cet exploit, ces Sittiu ne paient rien pour attendre ». En entrant dans la boutique de Solal, ce dernier l’accueille de manière désinvolte tout en se coupant ses longs ongles.
— J’ai besoin d’une information…
— A propos du tueur de garde je sais, tu me prends pour qui le déchu? Tu penses vraiment que je vais dénoncer l’un de mes congénères? — Et en échange de cela ta langue se déliera-t-elle? dit Shedet en balançant la boucle d’une ceinture du bout de son index. — Où l’as-tu déniché? s’écrie-t-il en en tentant de la prendre, tu sais combien ce bijoux vaut? — Je l’ai volé chez le nomarque, maintenant donne-moi une information et une bonne. — Le tueur fait partie de la secte des crocs d’Apep, donne-la moi maintenant! — Je le sais déjà, moi je veux un nom, quelque chose qui me permettra de le coincer. N’ayant aucune autre réponse Shedet se retire du magasin miteux, le coeur de Solal se déchire en voyant partir le bijou scintillant. « apparemment je vais devoir me débrouiller seul, foutu solidarité! ». Sans autre plan Shedet rejoint à nouveau le marécage dans l’espoir de coincer le meurtrier. Le lever du soleil et le tintamarre matinal de Boubastis réveillent le déchu en sursaut. Il perd appui du haut du palmier et tombe dans l’eau putride et boueuse. « Martyrisé de bon matin, bon sang! Par Thot, je me suis endormi! ». Ayant peur que quelqu’un le surprenne aux alentours, Shedet s’enfuit en direction du chantier, la colère le ronge surtout lorsqu’il emprunte la rue adjacente à l’allée principale de Bastet. Un attroupement près d’une ruelle est rapidement dispersé par les gardes. L’un des soldats a été retrouvé, la gorge partiellement tranchée et une vingtaine de coups de couteau dans le dos et le ventre pour semble-t-il l’achever. Shedet s’approche juste assez pour pouvoir épier les chuchotements des soldats. — Par Amon! s’exclame le jeune garde agenouillé près du cadavre, c’est le douzième ce mois-ci. — Me dis pas que tu as peur? — Bien sûr que non! En plus on parle de Hotéphrès. Il devait être vraiment être ivre pour pouvoir être tué de cette manière. Restons sur nos gardes et continuons les affaires comme si de rien n’était, regarde le tueur est un amateur et il sera massacré dans peu de temps. — Tu parles, répond son collègue sur un ton pessimiste, à ce rythme on sera décimé si on ne fait rien correctement. J’ai aussi entendu les conversations de ces déchets de Sittiu, aucun d’eux va se bouger, quel que soit la récompense. En tout cas voyons les choses du bon côté nos parts seront plus grasses sans ce sac à purin, ajoute-t-il en frappant du pied le cadavre de son ancien collègue. On pourra aussi massacrer une de ces pourritures sans problème. La conversation coupe court lorsque le protecteur royal à tête de chat les rejoints pour emmener le corps. Ce cadavre, étant Égyptien, sera momifié aussi simplement que possible selon les rîtes sacrés puis donné à sa famille, si il en a une. Shedet est loin près du chantier Est, ne voulant pas se trainer la boucle de ceinture il l’échangea à une mégère contre une vingtaine de galette de pain. Le stress l’assaille, non seulement il lui reste peu de temps pour capturer le tueur mais surtout les gardes s’y mettent. « Bon, mes rondes devront être plus discrète, pense-t-il en dévorant une galette, ce soir je parcours les rues à la recherche de mon futur ticket pour la liberté ». Au chantier rien n’est plus pareil sans Geburah, enfin selon les points de vue. Le déchu est désormais serein sans personne pour le surveiller étroitement, l’ancien contremaître attisait les tentatives de meurtres. De plus aucun coup de poing ne lui caressera pas les dents et les côtes. Le travail devient moins pénible et presque amusant avec l’habitude, aider à la construction de la plus grande pyramide du royaume devient gratifiant. En revanche pour les Sittiu c’est la débandade, plus de joie, plus d’amusement avec leur ancien chef adoré. Seul le tintement des burins, les barrissements du nouvel éléphant gris et le son des cordes tirant des blocs alimentent le chantier. Raphaël l’estropié travaille comme artisan avec les vieux et invalides, apparemment la colère le ronge un peu plus chaque jour. Le nouveau scribe est mentalement absent, encore un fils de noble venu par défaut en ces lieux. Il passe le plus clair de son temps à s’endormir sans prendre la peine de vérifier si le travail est fait correctement. En tout cas les Sittiu savent comment poursuivre les travaux grâce aux indications de Sammel, Geburah lui avait donné des instructions dans le but que ces congénères ne subissent pas les foudres du nomarque, car le scribe a peu de chance d’être tenu pour responsable. La journée de travail s’achève enfin pas pour tout le monde, Shedet range son matériel dans la charrette de Solal après avoir passé l’après-midi à ressentir les regards furieux et meurtrier de ses collègues de travail. Le licenciement de Geburah leur reste toujours au travers de la gorge, quand au scribe sa destination sera sûrement l’un des quartiers huppé de Ouaset ou alors simplement le grand palais du nomarque. Aujourd’hui est la fin de semaine, un jour particulier pour les Sittiu, en effet dès le coucher du soleil la population entière de Boubastis se rassemble à la nécropole situé au Nord-Ouest du nome. Shedet a déjà eu l’occasion de voir les lueurs de la cérémonie depuis le sphinx de son oasis. Dès ce moment les Sittiu commémorent le décès des hommes, femmes et enfants durant la semaine. Les tombes, creusées profondément dans le sol plat et poussiéreux, sont fleuris avec des bouquets ainsi que l’objet dont le défunt dépendait le plus. Shedet a toujours mal compris leurs rites, contrairement aux Égyptiens, les morts Sittiu sont simplement lavés à l’eau, entourés d’un simple linceul puis enterrés à exactement cinq mètres sous le sol, ni plus ni moins. La position du corps est indiquée par une pierre rectangulaire posé sur la terre. Ensuite les morts des semaines précédentes sont listés durant un poème presque sacré, chaque défunt est décrit à l’aide d’une seule phrase puis inscrite sur sa pierre tombale. Pour la première fois depuis sa déchéance Shedet se mêle à la foule dans l’espoir de trouver le tueur de garde. Il marche entre les habitants agglutinés les yeux pleins de larmes devant la tombe de leurs proches. « Je suis sûr que ces chiens connaissent l’identité du meurtrier, il me suffit de guetter et d’attendre la moindre information. J’espère que sous cette cape personne ne me remarquera sinon je finirai dans une tombe sans pouvoir rejoindre Osiris ». Dans la foule, les Sittiu pleurent notamment les femmes ayant perdu un mari mais la mélancolie n’est pas aussi forte que le croyait Shedet. Cette semaine, la catastrophe provoqué par le déchu a tué plus de personne qu’a l’accoutumé heureusement la plupart étaient veuf ou seul sans famille. Des bougies faites de graisse animal et aromatisé avec de l’encens sont disposées sur chaque planche tombale tandis que le doyen du nome, un homme grand et malingre aux cheveux tressé et grisâtre, déclame un discours, le même que toutes les semaines: — N’oublions pas nos frères, soeurs, pères, mères, grand-pères, grand-mères tombés cette semaine. Ils rejoindront comme tous les autres le Tout-Puissant et attendrons que l’heure arrive. Mes compatriotes ne soyez ni envieux, ni découragés car la mort nous frappera tous sans distinction et punira les pêcheurs tout comme elle jugera les bons selon nos actes. Le sermon continu alors que tous les Sittiu écoutent patiemment dans l’obscurité, le visage illuminé par de simples bougies. « Quelles balivernes! Par Thot, comment notre grand Pharaon peut laisser ces chiens effectuer ce rite insensé. Je dois rester calme, j’en vois qui se déconcentre petit à petit ». Shedet rejoint d’un pas léger le groupe de Geburah, ce dernier est debout, les mains jointes, absorbé par le discours sauf Sammel et Raphaël, il rumine toujours le regard fixe sur sa jambe amputée. Geburah le frappe à la tête lorsqu’il émet des grognements d’impatience. — Respecte nos morts, crétin. — Je fais ce que je veux, toute la journée j’ai dû me farcir le doyen. Il me bassinait avec les autres estropiés de ces sermons sans fin. J’aurai du lui ouvrir le crâne avec un des marteaux lorsque je les nettoyais. — Oy, fais attention à ce que tu dis Raphaël, ton handicap m’empêchera pas de te mettre une raclée. — Je crois que je vais faire comme nos camarades et devenir un tueur de garde. La colère déborde en moi et personne ne soupçonnera un handicapé. La discussion s’achève subitement, les tensions dans le groupe sont devenues plus fréquente à la grande de joie de Shedet s’éclipsant afin de chercher d’autres indices. Deux femmes assez vieilles, assises sur des chaises ne prêtent guère attention aux paroles du doyen toujours à citer les noms des disparus. — Natalia, hier j’ai cru voir le tueur, tu penses que c’est Tôm? — Idiote, il est mort il y a vingt ans, ta mémoire défaille pauvre folle. — Ne m’en parle plus, reprend-elle, voir un homme écartelé reste un spectacle effroyable. Mais alors qui ai-je vu courir dans les ruelles la nuit dernière? Il portait un masque en laiton, un turban bleu et une cape. On aurait dit un esprit ou pire un djinn. — Vieille chouette, vocifère Natalia, tu divagues complètement, le tueur est sûrement l’un d’entre nous et je parierai mon pied boiteux qu’il se trouve en ce moment même parmi-nous. — Avoue-le, c’est toi Natalia? — Pauvre sotte! Je peux à peine marcher, comment veux-tu que je tue un de ces gardes bien entrainé? De toute manière je refuse de toucher la moindre parcelle de peau d’un de ces égyptiens. La discussion s’étale sur des ragots aussi faux que le sont leurs cheveux, Shedet fulmine de rage lorsqu’il entend des insultes sur son peuple. « Je le savais! Le tueur est ici mais je doute qu’il frappe ce soir, soit c’est un malin soit il a des obligations morales qui pourrait le rendre suspect en cas d’absence. Par Thot, rien n’avance, c’est encore plus difficile que d’apprendre à lire avec mon maître ». La cérémonie va bientôt prendre fin cependant Shedet surprend une dernière conversation entre un homme et une femme de son âge. Un couple d’après la proximité qu’ils entretiennent. La demoiselle pleure beaucoup sans émettre de son, les larmes finissent par tremper le sol poussiéreux entre ses pieds. — Allons Tâmâr, calme-toi, je sais que c’est difficile mais tu dois accepter son sort. — D’abord mon frère et maintenant mon amie, halète-t-elle, le Tout-Puissant n’arrête pas de m’accabler de chagrin. — Chut ne dis pas cela, c’est une épreuve. Remercie-le et tu verras qu’il te débarrassera de ta mélancolie. Prie pour qu’il t’accorde une bénédiction. — Hier tu avais parlé avec le voisin, dit-elle en séchant ses larmes, que te racontait-il? — Apparemment quelqu’un aurait volé les vêtements de Eber, celui qui tuait les gardes. Heureusement le nomarque n’est pas encore au courant mais comme il s’y intéresse depuis peu je pense qu’il nous interrogera tous bientôt; il enlace son épouse et ajoute, oublie ces histoires. Dès que nous rentrerons je te ferai une bonne soupe. Les regards des Sittiu sur le déchu deviennent un peu trop malsain, la fin de son investigation s’achève aussitôt. En chemin sur son oasis, Shedet avait fait un détour dans Boubastis mais aucun garde n’eut été tué, en tout cas pas dans le quartier des artisans. Comme prévu cela renforce son hypothèse. « Bon, d’après mes renseignements le meurtrier aurait dérobé les vêtements de l’ancien tueur. Je connais sans doute son physique grâce aux vieilles, en tout cas c’est forcément un Sittiu. A moins que je ne me trompe lourdement mais de toute manière il m’est difficile d’enquêter sans risquer ma vie. Il faut que je le trouve aussi vite que possible, la récompense doit me revenir pour que je quitte cet endroit ». Le lendemain soir Shedet avait poursuivit dans les rues un individu munit d’une cape, il s’avéra en réalité être un simple enfant jouant le fantôme. Le déchu faillit perdre la vie à cause de la mère du petit. Cette nuit aucun mort ne fut déploré, les gardes aussi cherche ce tueur mais seulement dans l’espoir d’obtenir la récompense. Des rivaux supplémentaires. Le surlendemain Shedet s’endormi durant sa surveillance, la fatigue fut si forte qu’il manqua de peu sa présence au chantier. L’affaire du tueur commence à le rendre fou, seul enquêteur contre tous difficile de garder le moral. Durant la pause sur le chantier, Shedet dévore ses galettes de pain jusqu’au moment où un visiteur lui glisse une parole en passant près de lui. C’est Solal venu déposer les outils polis et nettoyés à l’aide de sa bourrique. En faisant mine de serrer la selle de sa monture il chuchote: — Si tu as encore un de ces bijoux viens me voir, j’ai une information valable uniquement ce soir. Il s’enfuit aussitôt laissant Shedet perplexe toujours à dévorer sa dernière galette de pain. « Je suis à deux doigts d’abandonner cette traque stupide. Non c’est décidé, j’irai l’écouter tant pis si cela me coute un bijou. Si son information ne donne rien j’arrête sinon je pense mourir d’épuisement, des occasions il y en aura sûrement d’autres ». Le soir même, Shedet rejoignit la quincaillerie de Solal, munit cette fois d’un pendentif à l’effigie d’une vache, symbole de la déesse Isis. Le soleil commence à disparaitre et filtre à travers les ruelles. Le quincaillier polissait un burin en cuivre afin de lui rendre son éclat d’origine toutefois il s’interrompit aussitôt en voyant Shedet. — Tu as mis trop de temps le déchu! Mon information n’est peut-être même plus valable. — Donne-la moi quand-même, dit Shedet d’un ton las en lui jetant le pendentif sur la table. — Bon j’ai très souvent entendu le nom d’un garde très peu aimé par les Sittiu du quartier Félis. Depuis quelques temps il raquette les femmes. Si tu te dépêches tu pourras le retrouver et le suivre, avec de la chance le tueur de garde sera présent. — Et qu’est ce qui me dis que ce n’est pas un piège? Si j’y vais je risque de me faire lyncher ou arrêter par un garde sur un malentendu. — Libre à toi de suivre cette voie, dit Solal en contemplant le bijou étincelant sous tous les angles. Solal lui fit part du nom du garde: Chabti, le déchu le connait pour sa violence gratuite envers les Sittiu du nome. Il les extorque au chantier depuis son transfert cela fait bientôt deux semaines, néanmoins ses invectives se sont accrues. Obtenir la part du butin de ses collègues décédés a forcément réveillé ses instincts de malotru. Comme tout ancien délinquant il a dû se reconvertir en garde avant de commettre la bêtise de trop et finir dans les mines du mont Cobra. — Que Dieu t’accompagne, dit Solal en voyant Shedet sortit précipitamment de l’atelier. Sprintant à toute vitesse le déchu rejoint le quartier Félis situé à dix minutes de marche. « Pourquoi n’y avais-je pas pensé plus tôt, tous ces gardes sont des pourritures et ils profitent de leur statut pour soumettre la population. Toutefois ce Chabti sort du lot, moi aussi j’ai souvent entendu son nom. Cela m’étonne que ce garde soit encore vivant même si je sens qu’il risque de ne pas le rester ».
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2023.06.06 06:11 autotldr Russian tactics will produce more losses near Bakhmut, Wagner boss says
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June 5 - Russian mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin decried the loss to Ukrainian forces of a village near Bakhmut and said tactics used by regular Russian forces would lead to more setbacks within two weeks. Summary Source FAQ Feedback Top keywords: Prigozhin#1 Bakhmut#2 defence#3 Russian#4 ministry#5
Prigozhin's private Wagner militia captured virtually all of Bakhmut in Ukraine's east last month after the longest battle of the war and handed its positions there to regular Russian troops.
In an interview posted on Telegram later on Monday, Prigozhin said Russia's defence ministry was duping the public and Kremlin leaders with its tactics.
Prigozhin also denounced the Russian Defence Ministry's latest account of fighting in the Donetsk region, which detailed big losses inflicted on Ukrainian forces, as "Simply wild and absurd science fiction".
Prigozhin has waged a public feud with Shoigu and Gerasimov for months, accusing them of failing to provide sufficient ammunition and support for Wagner in the field, and so causing it to suffer needlessly heavy losses.
In recent days, Prigozhin has further escalated the row, accusing regular forces under the command of the defence ministry of mining roads out of Bakhmut used by Wagner units.
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2023.06.06 01:14 CrimeGarrettInc HeartGold/SoulSilver Opponent EV’s/IV’s
Posting here because I couldn’t find an answer online. Currently sitting here shocked as I lost my Heracross to Clair’s Kingdra as it outsped. They were the same level, with my Heracross being +Speed nature in addition to whatever EV’s it picked up across the game. Heracross and Kingdra both have 85 speed as base, so how is it possible that I was outsped? Do gym leaders have specific IV’s?
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