I bound it off yesterday, and decided it could function as a placemat for my morning coffee instead of being the blanket it was originally intended to be. The main reason I bound it off was that this wasn’t the mindless project I was hoping for.
Sure, it was quick having to knit only 10 stitches in each row, but having to stitch together every other row took more concentration than I first thought it would. I did learn how to do mitered corners for this, which was easy-ish once I got the hang of it. It did take more time to make the corners than I thought it would.
This was still a nice, quick project, even if it didn’t turn out the way I initially expected it to.
In late May, the Dreamer left, as he does every Summer. As my close friends know, his leaving hit me much harder than it usually does.
Then I had a dream involving a woman named Kira–but it felt more like an astral experience, than a dream. I made a note of it, but brushed it off otherwise.
Then I finished a book in a particular fantasy series.
I was chatting with my friends about the books, when I felt a *heavy* sense of Presence. One of the Ascendants (from the series) promptly sat down on my couch, put his feet up on my table, and waited for me to notice him.
Considering that it was the Black Winged Lord, I noticed him pretty quickly. He radiated power, fierceness, and cold.
“Oh.” I stared at him a moment, dying inside of embarrassment of all the times I’d call him hot. I’d joked about my crush on his character, and now he was sitting in my living room.
To my surprise, after giving him some coffee as an offering, he introduced (re-introduced?) me to Kira, and left.
It’s been A Ride for the past week–I’m waiting on some outside divination to come back, but I did go ahead and start a blog [link] for pop culture pagan stuff.
Nihilumbra [Steam link] had been sitting on my wishlist for ages. I recently bought it, and played through it, because I wanted a short platforming game as a break from Grim Dawn.
It was a fun game–it took longer for me to play through than the estimated 3 hours–I completed story mode in about 7 hours. There is Void Mode, but that *really* ups the difficulty, so I probably won’t be playing through that.
The art and voice acting is amazing. Despite your character and Void monsters being the only characters in the game, the world never felt empty. The music is beautiful, and the Void-chasing-you music is tense without being stressful.
One thing I would list as a negative about the game was that I ended up using both the mouse and my controller. The need for precise painting with the different colors was much easier with a mouse than the controller, but movement was easier with a controller.
I will say that the ending was much lighter than I expected it to be, given that the achievement for finishing story mode was called “nihilism.” I won’t spoil it, but it was much happier than Hollow Knight (which this game reminded me of.)
I’d recommend this game, and will be looking at the other games by BeautiFun Games.
I started this blog purely for reading comprehension purposes, to be honest. On my main blog, I talk about a pantheon from a Realm called “Darkness,” and I often call my main deity “the Mother of Darkness.”
As it happens the Black Winged Lord [as I’ve taken to calling him] is *also* from a place called Darkness, through a very different Darkness than mine. He deals with a deity named Mother Dark, and I thought it might get confusing between him, and the differences between Realms and deities.
The Black Winged Lord is a pop culture figure, though I’m unsure how open he wishes me to be about Who He Is In Canon.
I’ll also talk about someone named Kira, she’s a spirit the Black Winged Lord brought along with him, and now she’s starting to become a companion of mine.
This is for a pop culture “deity” [in quotes because he dislikes being called that, but it’s the best term without explaining an entire huge book series] who’s recently come into my life.
Take the burdens of years, harden your heart, until regret swallows you. Oh Blacked Winged Lord, now is the quiet time in my Darkness, even now things are fallow. On dragon wings you fly, forgetting not the past, but later sacrificing all, so that your Dark could return. One story, I was told, among many; one road you walk, when your sword took your soul. Rise with your world’s broken moon, on a Throne of Sorrow you sit, resisting apathy which you hope to take your people beyond.
I'll turn this Tower to a Lighthouse (tall and bright) For my heart belongs at sea (shine for me) And to the Deep One in my Ocean (deep below) Lift Your spear, and set me free! (Grant sovereignty!) And the crashing of the stones becomes the crashing of the waves Lightning strikes the bones and spitting sparks find salty graves Until the bonds are broken I will call Annwfn's Lord For all the grief unspoken All the power unrestored In my Tower there's a red Rose (King undead) In concrete wounds, in thorns and brine (Soul of mine) Piercing, burning, white as lightning (Lord, tonight) Blossom here and make Your shrine! (Lighthouse, shine!) He found me by the railing: "Come get warm and come inside! The wind and waves are wailing! I've a hearth where you can hide Or let the Ocean take you-- Come and find Me, deep and…
I picked up Okami because I wanted something colorful, rather than the dark color scheme and tones of the Dishonored series. (I’d write a review, but my game crashed at the very last fight of Dishonored 2, to much sadness on my part.)
I finally finished the game after a good 62 hours, and while I loved it for many reasons, I have a few complaints.
This game has some of the most beautiful art I’ve ever seen in a game–even the combat is pretty. There were times when I’d slow down just to admire the art. I didn’t even mind having to go back to earlier areas, because it was a chance to spend more time in such a beautiful world.
Spoilers from here out, so putting those under a cut