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Buddhism and Christianity

2020.06.28 02:38 buddhiststuff Buddhism and Christianity

A pretty common question from Westerners is "What does Buddhism say about Christianity?".
And the answer is, Buddhism doesn't really say anything about Christianity, because Buddhism pre-dates Christianity by about 500 years.
All I can offer as a potential answer is my own attempt at an understanding of Christianity, with the caveat that this is largely speculative.
Jesus is a manifestation of Amida, the Buddha of the West, leading the Semitic peoples towards the principles of Buddhism using skillful means. Christian Heaven is his pure land, Sukhavati. "The West" refers to the Semitic peoples of the Middle East (the area around Mesopotamia and Jerusalem) in the same way that the "The South" refers to Greater India.
(The North would be the Indo-European peoples of the Eurasian Steppe, and the East would be the Sino-Tibetan peoples. At the center is Mount Sumeru, sometimes known in Chinese as Kun Lun, which I identify with the Kun and Nun mountain peaks in Kashmir. At the time of Buddhism, the Iranians had not yet moved into the Iranian Plateau.)
The God of the New Testament, as preached by Jesus, is the Dharmakaya / Vairochana / Samanta .
The Archangel Gabriel, revealer of the Qur'an on behalf of God in the Islamic tradition, must be Manjushri, who revealed Buddhist tantras on behalf of Vairocana, and who sits left of Vairochana in traditional iconography.
The Archangel Michael, who sits at the right hand of God, must be Samantabhadra, who sits right of Vairochana in traditional iconography. Michael means "He who is like God" while Samantabhadra means "Worthy of Samanta".
The Virgin Mary is often equated with Avalokiteshvara.
The Tree of Knowledge was a Bodhi tree.
The God of the Old Testament was Indra, who I equate with Vajrapani / Mahasthamaprapta.
The God of Genesis, who tried to prevent Adam and Eve from eating the "fruit" of the Tree of Knowledge, was Maya pretending to be Indra.
The Snake was a Naga.
Adam was the first human born into this world-system. In "eating the fruit" of the Tree of Knowledge, he became the first Buddha of our world. He might be the same being as Amida, and hence Jesus.
Angels are Gandharvas.
Lucifer and the "Fallen Angels" are Asuras.
Some of this is similar to Gnostic Christianity, a form of Christianity influenced by the philosophy of Gnosticism, which may have originated from Buddhism.
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2019.05.02 05:50 Apollo_Frog The New World Order . Largest collection of quotes.

Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have.” —Richard Salant, former president, CBS News
“The ‘affirmative task’ before us is to “create a New World Order.” –VP Joe Biden, speech Import Export Bank, April 5, 2013
“We will succeed in the Gulf. And when we do, the world community will have sent an enduring warning to any dictator or despot, present or future, who contemplates outlaw aggression. The world can therefore seize this opportunity to fufill the long-held promise of a new world order – where brutality will go unrewarded, and aggression will meet collective resistance.” –President George HW Bush, State of the Union Address 1991
“Each of us has the hope to build a New World Order.” –President Richard Nixon, Hangzhou, China, February 1972
“We are moving toward a new world order, the world of communism. We shall never turn off that road.” —Mikhail Gorbachev, 1987
“I think that his [Obama’s] task will be to develop an overall strategy for America in this period, when really a New World Order can be created.” —Henry Kissinger, CNBC 2008
“In the next century, nations as we know it will be obsolete; all states will recognize a single, global authority. National sovereignty wasn’t such a great idea after all.” —Strobe Talbot, Deputy Secretary of State, TIME, July l992
“The drive of the Rockefellers and their allies is to create a one-world government combining supercapitalism and Communism under the same tent, all under their control. Do I mean a conspiracy? Yes, I do. I am convinced there is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, incredibly evil in intent.” –Rep. Larry P. MacDonald, killed in Korean Air Lines 007, 1983
“We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.” —David Rockefeller, NWO Banker
“We have before us the opportunity to forge, for ourselves and for future generations, a New World Order. A world where the rule of law, not the law of the jungle, rules all nations. When we are successful–and we will be–we have a real chance at this New World Order. An order in which a credible United Nations can use its peacekeeping forces to fulfill the promise and vision of its founders.” —George H.W. Bush, March 21, 1991
“One of the least understood strategies of the world revolution now moving rapidly toward its goal is the use of mind control as a major means of obtaining the consent of the people who will be subjects of the New World Order.” –K.M. Heaton, National Educator
“Today, America would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order. Tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told that there were an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by the World Government.” –Dr. Henry Kissinger, Evians, France, 1991
“The New Deal is plainly an attempt to achieve a working socialism and avert a social collapse in America; it is extraordinarily parallel to the successive ‘policies’ and ‘Plans’ of the Russian experiment. Americans shirk the word ‘socialism’, but what else can one call it?” —H.G. Wells The New World Order 1939
“We are not going to achieve a new world order without paying for it in blood as well as in words and money.” —Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., historian, special assistant to John F. Kennedy
“We shall have World Government, whether or not we like it. The only question is whether World Government will be achieved by consent or conquest.” –James Paul Warburg [son of Paul Warburg, the author of the Federal Reserve Act] February 7, 1950
“In short, the ‘house of world order’ will have to be built from the bottom up rather than f rom the top down. It will look like a great ‘booming, buzzing confusion,’ to use William James’ famous description of reality, but an end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece, will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault.” —Richard N. Gardner, former deputy assistant Secretary of State for International Organisations under Kennedy and Johnson, and a member of the Trilateral Commission, wrote this in the April, 1974 issue of the Council on Foreign Relation’s(CFR) journal Foreign Affairs(pg. 558)
“Today the path of total dictatorship in the United States can be laid by strictly legal means, unseen and unheard by the Congress, the President, or the people. Outwardly we have a Constitutional government. We have operating within our government and political system, another body representing another form of government – a bureaucratic elite.” –Senator William Jenner, 1954
“We must believe that it is the darkest before the dawn of a beautiful new world. We will see it when we believe it.” —Saul Alinsky, author, Rules for Radicals [mentor of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama]
“The people will be crushed under the burden of taxes, loan after loan will be floated; after having drained the present, the State will devour the future.” —Fredric Bastiat
“The Final Act of the Uruguay Round, marking the conclusion of the most ambitious trade negotiation of our century, will give birth – in Morocco – to the World Trade Organization, the third pillar of the New World Order, along with the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund.” Government of Morocco, advertisement, New York Times, April 1994
“The new world order that will answer economic, military, and political problems, he said, ‘urgently requires, I believe, that the United States take the leadership among all free peoples to make the underlying concepts and aspirations of national sovereignty truly meaningful through the federal approach.” —Nelson Rockefeller, New York Times, February 1962
“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt, letter to Col. House, November 21, l933
“…all of us here at the policy-making level have had experience with directives…from the White House…. The substance of them is that we shall use our grant-making power so as to alter our life in the United States that we can be comfortably merged with the Soviet Union.” —H. Rowan Gaither, Jr., President – Ford Foundation (told to Norman Dodd, Congressional Reese Commission 1954)
“Our new world rests on order. The danger is disorder. And in today’s world, it can now spread like contagion.” —Tony Blair
“We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.” —David Rockefeller, Baden-Baden, Germany 1991
“Countless people will hate the new world order and will die protesting against it.” —H.G. Wells, The New World Order, 1939
“The New World Order cannot happen without U.S. participation, as we are the single most significant component. Yes, there will be a New World Order, and it will force the United States to change its perceptions.” –Dr. Henry Kissinger, World Action Council, April 19, 1994
“From the days of Spartacus-Weishaupt to those of Karl Marx, to those of Trotsky, Bela Kun, Rosa Luxembourg, and Emma Goldman, this world wide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilization and for the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence and impossible equality, has been steadily growing. It played a definitely recognizable role in the tragedy of the French Revolution. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the nineteenth century, and now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their heads, and have become practically the undisputed masters of that enormous empire.” —Winston Churchill, 1922
“By the end of this decade we will live under the first One World Government that has ever existed in the society of nations… a government with absolute authority to decide the basic issues of survival. One world government is inevitable.” —Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II)
“Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.” —Woodrow Wilson
“All of us will ultimately be judged on the effort we have contributed to building a NEW WORLD ORDER.” —Robert Kennedy, presidential candidate and US Attorney General, 1967
“The peace conference has assembled. It will make the most momentous decisions in history, and upon these decisions will rest the stability of the new world order and the future peace of the world.” –M. C. Alexander, Executive Secretary of the American Association for International Conciliation, International Conciliation magazine, 1919
“Fundamental Bible-believing people do not have the right to indoctrinate their children in their religious beliefs because we, the state, are preparing them for the year 2000, when America will be part of a one-world global society and their children will not fit in.” –Nebraska State Sen. Peter Hoagland, radio interview, 1983.
“The old world order changed when this war-storm broke. The old international order passed away as suddenly, as unexpectedly, and as completely as if it had been wiped out by a gigantic flood, by a great tempest, or by a volcanic eruption. The old world order died with the setting of that day’s sun and a new world order is being born while I speak, with birth-pangs so terrible that it seems almost incredible that life could come out of such fearful suffering and such overwhelming sorrow.” —Nicholas Murray Butler, Union League of Philadelphia, Nov. 27, 1915
“What is being arranged in Washington these days is really a gigantic experiment in internationalism. We are witnessing the creation of a supranational control of the world’s necessities. The old notions of sovereignty no longer govern the facts. We have entered upon another phase of political unification, a phase greater in its methods to the formation of national states in the nineteenth century. This is the birth of the League of Nations.” —Walter Lippman American writer, journalist, political commentator; one of the fathers of propaganda; NWO Corporate Media mouthpiece, April 1917
“The term Internationalism has been popularized in recent years to cover an interlocking financial, political, and economic world force for the purpose of establishing a World Government. Today Internationalism is heralded from pulpit and platform as a ‘League of Nations’ or a ‘Federated Union’ to which the United States must surrender a definite part of its National Sovereignty. The World Government plan is being advocated under such alluring names as the ‘New International Order,’ ‘The New World Order,’ ‘World Union Now,’ ‘World Commonwealth of Nations,’ ‘World Community,’ etc. All the terms have the same objective; however, the line of approach may be religious or political according to the taste or training of the individual.” –A Memorial to be Addressed to the House of Bishops and the House of Clerical and Lay Deputies of the Protestant Episcopal Church in General Convention, October 1940
“In the first public declaration on the Jewish question since the outbreak of the war, Arthur Greenwood, member without portfolio in the British War Cabinet, assured the Jews of the United States that when victory was achieved an effort would be made to found a new world order based on the ideals of ‘justice and peace.'” –“New World Order Pledged to Jews,” New York Times, October 1940
“The statement went on to say that the spiritual teachings of religion must become the foundation for the new world order and that national sovereignty must be subordinate to the higher moral law of God.” –American Institute of Judaism, New York Times, December 1942
The “new world order that is in the making must focus on the creation of a world of democracy, peace and prosperity for all.” —Nelson Mandela, Philadelphia Inquirer, October 1994
The renewal of the nonproliferation treaty was described as important “for the welfare of the whole world and the new world order.” —Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian president, New York Times, April 1995
“I would support a Presidential candidate who pledged to take the following steps: … At the end of the war in the Persian Gulf, press for a comprehensive Middle East settlement and for a ‘new world order’ based not on Pax Americana but on peace through law with a stronger U.N. and World Court.” —George McGovern, Democratic presidential candidate, New York Times, February 1991
“The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is dedicated to one-world government, financed by a number of the largest tax exempt foundation (i.e. Rockefeller), and wielding such power and influence over our lives in the areas of finance, business, labor, military, education, and mass communication media, that it should be familiar to every American concerned with good government and with preserving and defending the US Constitution and our free-enterprise system. Yet, the nation’s right-to-know machinery, the news media; usually so aggressive in exposures to inform our people, remain silent when it comes to the CFR, its members and their activities. The CFR is the establishment. Not only does it have influence and power in key decision-making positions at the highest levels of government to apply pressure from above, but it also finances and uses individuals and groups to bring pressure from below, to justify the high level decisions for converting the US from a sovereign Republic into a servile member of a one-world dictatorship.” – Rep. John R. Rarick (D-LA)
“We can see beyond the present shadows of war in the Middle East to a new world order where the strong work together to deter and stop aggression. This was precisely Franklin Roosevelt’s and Winston Churchill’s vision for peace for the post-war period.” —Richard Gephardt, Dem. presidential candidate, Wall Street Journal, September 1990
“My country’s history, Mr. President, tells us that it is possible to fashion unity while cherishing diversity, that common action is possible despite the variety of races, interests, and beliefs we see here in this chamber. Progress and peace and justice are attainable. So we say to all peoples and governments: Let us fashion together a new world order.” –Dr. Henry Kissinger, address to UN General Assembly, October 1975
“Some even believe we are a part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty and I am proud of it.” —David Rockefeller, Memoirs.
“The interests behind the Bush administration, such as the CFR, the Trilateral Commission – founded by Brzezinski for David Rockefeller – and the Bilderberg Group have prepared for and are now moving to implement open world dictatorship within the next five years.” –Dr. Johannes Koeppl, Former German Ministry for Defence official and advisor to NATO
“The one aim of these financiers is world control by the creation of inextinguishable debts.” —Henry Ford
“We are at present working discreetly with all our might to wrest this mysterious force called sovereignty out of the clutches of the local nation states of the world.” —Arnold Toynbee, speech before the Institute for the Study of International Affairs in Copenhagen, June l931
“To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men, their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism and religious dogmas.” —G. Brock Chisholm, co-founder of the World Federation for Mental Health, former director of UN World Health Organization
“Big Brother in the form of an increasingly powerful government and in an increasingly powerful private sector will pile the records high with reasons why privacy should give way to national security, to law and order, to efficiency of operation, to scientific advancement and the like.” —William O. Douglas U. S. Supreme Court Justic
“The real menace of our republic is this invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy length over city, state and nation. Like the octopus of real life, it operates under cover of a self created screen….At the head of this octopus are the Rockefeller Standard Oil interests and a small group of powerful banking houses generally referred to as international bankers. The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both political parties.” —John F. Hylan, NYC Mayor, 1922
“The governments of the present day have to deal not merely with other governments, with emperors, kings and ministers, but also with the secret societies which have everywhere their unscrupulous agents, and can at the last moment upset all the governments’ plans. “ —Benjamin Disraeli, first Jewish Prime Minister of England, Coningsby, the New Generation
“The real rulers in Washington are invisible, and exercise power from behind the scenes.” —Felix Frankfurter, Supreme Court Justice, 1952 “A New World Order” —Hubert H. Humphrey, speech before University of Pennsylvania, June 1977
“A world government can intervene militarily in the internal affairs of any nation when it disapproves of their activities.” —Kofi Annan, U.N. Secretary General
“The idea was that those who direct the overall conspiracy could use the differences in those two so-called ideologies [marxism/fascism/socialism v. democracy/capitalism] to enable them [the Illuminati] to divide larger and larger portions of the human race into opposing camps so that they could be armed and then brainwashed into fighting and destroying each other.” —Myron Fagan
“The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.” —Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister of England, Coningsby, the New Generation
“What is important is to dwell upon the increasing evidence of the existence of a secret conspiracy, throughout the world, for the destruction of organized government and the letting loose of evil.” —Christian Science Monitor, editorial, June 19th, l920
“The government of the Western nations, whether monarchical or republican, had passed into the invisible hands of a plutocracy, international in power and grasp. It was, I venture to suggest, this semioccult power which….pushed the mass of the American people into the cauldron of World War I.” –MajorGeneral J.F.C. Fuller, British military historian, l941
“Fifty men have run America, and that’s a high figure.” —Joseph Kennedy, The New York Times, July 26th, l936
“The most powerful clique in these (CFR) groups have one objective in common: they want to bring about the surrender of the sovereignty and the national independence of the U.S. They want to end national boundaries and racial and ethnic loyalties supposedly to increase business and ensure world peace. What they strive for would inevitably lead to dictatorship and loss of freedoms by the people. The CFR was founded for “the purpose of promoting disarmament and submergence of U.S. sovereignty and national independence into an all-powerful one-world government.” —Harper’s, July 1958
“Whatever happens, whatever the outcome, New World Order is going to come into the world…It will be buttressed with police power…When peace comes this time there is going to be a New World Order of social justice. It cannot be another Versailles.” —Edward VIII who became King on January 20, 1936, and abdicated eleven months later. He became the Duke of Windsor, and in July, 1940, he became the governor of the Bahamas.
“It bends governments to its will sometimes by promises, sometimes by threats. It has found its way into every class of Society, and forms an invisible and irresponsible power, an independent government, as it were, within the body corporate of the lawful state.” —Pope Leo XIII, 1902
“Three hundred men, all of-whom know one another, direct the economic destiny of Europe and choose their successors from among themselves.” —Walter Rathenau, head of German General Electric, 1909. Rathenau was Prime Minister of Germany until he was assassinated in 1922.
“There does exist, and has existed for a generation, an international Anglophile network which operates, to some extent, in the way the radical Right believes the Communists act. In fact, this network, which we may identify as the Round Table Groups, has no aversion to cooperating with the Communists, or any other groups, and frequently does so. I know of the operations of this network because I have studied it for twenty years and was permitted for two years, in the early 1960’s, to examine its papers and secret records. I have no aversion to it or to most of its aims and have, for much of my life, been close to it and to many of its instruments…my chief difference of opinion is that it wishes to remain unknown, and I believe its role in history is significant enough to be known…because the American branch of this organisation (sometimes called the “Eastern Establishment”) has played a very significant role in the history of the United States in the last generation.” –Dr. Carroll Quigley, a professor of history at the Foreign Service School of Georgetown University. Dr. Quigley was Bill Clinton’s mentor while he was at Georgetown University.
“We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.” —John Swinton, chief-of-staff, New York Times, NY Press Club 1880
“There is only one thing in this world, and that is to keep acquiring money and more money, power and more power. All the rest is meaningless.” —Napoleon Bonaparte
“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” — Johann W. von Goethe
“If the New World Order agenda is not realized by the terrorist attacks on America and if American’s don’t agree to give up their weapons and relinquish their sovereignty to the New World Order, the next attack will be the use of chemical, biological and/or atomic warfare against the American people. The architects of the New World Order will not hesitate to use as a last resort an atomic or hydrogen bomb in a major American city.” —Reference Op Ed page of the New York Times 9/24/01
“There exists a shadowy government, with its own Air Force, its own Navy, its own fundraising mechanism, and the ability to pursue its own ideas of national interest, free from all the checks and balances, and free from the law itself.” —Daniel K. Inouye, US Senator 1977
“The truth of the matter is that you do have those standby provisions, and the statutory emergency plans are there whereby you could, in the name of stopping terrorism, apprehend, invoke the military, and arrest Americans and hold them in detention camps.” –U.S. Representative Henry Gonzalez, Aug 29th, 1994
“Further global progress is now possible only through a quest for universal consensus in the movement towards a new world order.” –Mikhail Gorbachev, United Nations address, December, 1988
“It is the sacred principles enshrined in the United Nations charter to which the American people will henceforth pledge their allegiance.” –George HW Bush, 1992
Novus ordo seclorum can be translated as "A new order of the ages." It was proposed by Charles Thomson, the Latin expert who was involved in the design of the Great Seal of the United States, to signify "the beginning of the new American Era" as of the date of the Declaration of Independence.
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2019.03.28 19:56 Hunter9502 Clarifying Previous Dev and Progress Reports

On March 22nd, we reached the one year anniversary of the first Progress Report. Since then, understandably a lot has changed. Many of the previous Progress Reports and Dev Reports are outdated and need some clarification. Thus, the purpose of this post is to clarify any issues and inaccuracies with previous Progress and Dev Reports. We will not be going back to edit old Progress and Dev Reports, but will rather present new content through new posts. One of the reasons for the release schedule of Dev Reports being slowed down is because of the desire to avoid showing off incomplete content. This post will be updated in the future if more presented content becomes outdated.
Note: If a section of a Dev/Progress Report is not mentioned here, that means it is either up to date or doesn’t have any notable inaccuracies.

Quick Clarification

As I am in the midst of going back and reviewing the progress of the mod and feedback on the content, I would like to take this moment to address something. It has been pointed out before by many that, realistically, in the situation of a successful socialist German and Russian Revolution, far more of Europe would have become socialist through their own revolutions. This is ultimately true, however one must understand that Spartakus is a Hearts of Iron 4 mod, not a book. We need to find a compromise between fun, balance and realism. Having a fully or almost fully socialist Europe simply would not be fair or fun for what would remain of the capitalist/non-socialist countries.. However, that does not mean that our lore is asspulled either, as we have tried to put a lot of care into justifying the world situation. There are multiple opportunities to spread the revolution during the course of the game, which will be a major point of tension between the capitalist west and the socialist east, and this forms a very integral part of the mod. If you want a complete socialist "wank", please look elsewhere.

Progress Reports

Progress Report 1: The Beginning

This progress report is the first and, therefore, the oldest. Most of what is shown here is vastly outdated. Everything from the maps, to the ideologies, to the lore around Baden-Wurttemberg (which has been drastically expanded and improved since and is available to see on the wiki), and the events and focus tree are obsolete. The new content and plans will eventually be shown in its own progress report in the future. I have already edited this PR somewhat to point this out, since this is the most drastic case of outdated content and many have been confused by it.

Progress Report 2: Portuguese Republic

While the general idea and lore shown here around the Portuguese Civil War still remains, there are a number of things that have been changed, removed or added since this was posted. A rework was shown in Dev Report 11, but that too has some outdated content (albeit much less than this PR). Anyway, first up is the political overview. These are the up to date ones: https://i.imgur.com/sVkYSDo.png
The map has also received a significant rework and the OOBs have received a lot of major changes.
Additionally, the civil war focus tree section shown here no longer exists. I began working on Portugal shortly before Waking the Tiger and its associated update released. This meant that decisions did not yet exist. When I did the rework (which is still partially in progress as I have shifted attention towards Italy and Germany), I removed this section and added a comprehensive decisions system as shown in Dev Report 11.
The recovery tree has also been vastly expanded and restructured, now being tied into a larger economic tree that has been shown off before. The army, navy and air force trees have been completely redone and are not so generic anymore. The post-civil war politics for the Portuguese Republic has also changed, with the communists no longer executing a coup but rather can be elected alongside the anarcho-syndicalists and the democratic socialists. The political trees shown here have received a number of changes.
It was also stated here that the Kingdom of Portugal would be shown off in a Progress Report 2.5. Obviously that didn’t happen, and this was due to a change in the scope of development that came as more developers joined the team. Both the finished Portuguese Republic and Kingdom of Portugal will be shown in a single Progress Report in the future.

Progress Report 3: Romania

For the most part, the Romanian content shown here is up to date and will be around at release. As I will say again later in this post, the King will now be the country leadehead of state. Additionally the “Eastern Entente” has been cut, and the foreign policy will instead involve Romania aligning to either France, Britain or both if they have unified into a single faction already (assuming they are not communist, in which case they will obviously align with the Comintern). Romania will also not be able to peacefully relinquish control of areas claimed by its communist neighbors unless it is, itself, communist. They can negotiate with a right-wing or liberal Serbia over West Banat, however. Finally, the map shown displaying the Eastern Entente has several outdated bits, such as Croatia (which is now Illyria), as well as the Austrian, Bulgarian and Montenegrin borders.

Progress Report 4: The Other Sick Man (Persia)

As far as country content goes as well as lore, this is up to date. However, there are a few mostly minor map differences in the latest version. For one, Afghanistan now has its proper historical borders rather than being shifted too far to the north. Secondly, the Gilan Soviet no longer controls Lankaran, a region that was supposed to be in the USSR. Thirdly, although it's not related to the content in the PR other than being shown in a map, Syria is now divided between the Alawite State and the Kingdom of Syria as explained later in my clarification for Dev Report 2. Finally, there was a very tiny border change for Sistan, the region controlled by the British Raj that can be seen here: https://i.imgur.com/SlBTWv8.png (the shifted province is marked in red)

Dev Reports

Dev Report 1: European Lore and Warlords in China

Bulgaria and Italy - Nina

This is entirely outdated. Bulgaria is now developed by SovietLijm#3028, and Italy is now developed by me (sparkz#1737). Boris III was killed during a civil war that lasted from 1923 to 1926, which means Kiril I is in power instead. Italy is now under a military dictatorship led by Pietro Badoglio, and has an inevitable unavoidable civil war that begins in 1933.

Chile - Minpen

The developer for Chile unfortunately is no longer on the team and thus this section should be disregarded.

China - Advanced1

As pointed out in this section, the content here was not final. The Kuomintang is still led by the the Left KMT under Wang Jingwei, the Guominjun is still in Shaanxi, the Zhili and Fengtian Cliques still exist, and Sichuan is still divided amongst multiple warlords. However, there has been a number of major lore and map revisions that we are not quite ready yet to reveal to the public as of March 2019. Additionally, Cao Kun is no longer the leader of the Zhili Clique, and Feng Yuxiang has a much better portrait now.

Dev Report 2: Middle Eastern Lore, Rhenish Republicans, a Sick Empire and Kamenev's Struggles

Middle East Rework - sparkz

Most of what is here is generally accurate, but the Persia section in particular is very wrong, which was later noted through an edit. The new lore is described in Progress Report 4. Additionally, Hejaz rules Jordan now, and Syria is divided between the coastal French colony known as the Alawite State and the autonomous French protectorate in the interior known as the Kingdom of Syria.

Inter-Allied Rhineland - Johnny Wex

The Inter-Allied Rhineland is now known as the Rhenish Republic, and the High Commissioner is now Paul Tirard. Additionally, the primary parties are Konrad Adenauer’s German Centre Party (Zentrum), Hans Adam Dorten’s Rhenish People’s Association (RV), Erich Koch-Weser’s Rhenish Democratic Party (RDP), Otto Wels’ Social Democratic Party (SPD) and Franz Josef Smeets’ Rhenish-Republican People’s Party (RRVP).

USSR - Rika

The political overview is outdated, and Lenin died in 1927 in the new lore. The rest is, however, generally accurate, and Lev Kamenev is still the leader.

Dev Report 3: Crisis in Livonia, Irish Rebels and Greek Monarchists

Livonian Conscription Reform - sparkz

The political overview shown here is outdated. Here is the up to date one: https://i.imgur.com/A17caFI.png. The rest, however, still lines up with current plans.

Greece - Terence

Greece is receiving some lore reworks, but most of what is shown is still accurate. Additionally, George II has a new portrait.

Dev Report 4: Map Updates, China, Argentina, French Lore and the British Left

Map Updates and a Revolt in Burma - sparkz

The Caucasus states shown here are a little outdated. Here is the new one: https://i.imgur.com/j0XYfRq.png

Kuomintang/Leaders and Ministers - Advanced1

Wang Jingwei and the Left KMT are now Social Democrats rather than Social Liberals. The portraits shown are also outdated. You can find Wang Jingwei’s latest portrait here.

Argentina - KingPeng

Argentina is no longer in development. The political overview, however, is still up to date.

Dev Report 5: Reworking Africa and New Lore

Making Africa Fun™ - sparkz

As shown in later teasers, desert “roads” are now used rather than provinces connected through crossings/straits.

Austrian Lore - A_real_Prussian

Austria is no longer in active development. However, the lore established here is still up to date, except for the Austrian Workers Republic now being based in Salzburg and Upper Austria rather than Tirol.

The State of Italy (Revamped and Revised), Austro-Italian Relations - Ninian

As stated previously, Italy is now developed by me (sparkz) and has different lore and plans, making this section entirely obsolete.. You can read more about the new lore on the wiki, but don't be afraid to ask about it in the Discord.

Dev Report 6: Raj Collapse, Slovakia, Gilan and New States

Indian Leader Portraits and Overview (Part 1) - BlazedSoulofHate

The portraits shown here are outdated and are being redone or already have been redone.

Gilan Soviet - Rika

As stated previously, the states shown here are outdated. The new states, including Gilan, are shown in Progress Report 4.

Dev Report 7: Bombs in Livonia, Argentine Democracy, Romania and Unit Sprites

Argentine Democracy - KingPeng

As stated previously, Argentina is no longer in development, and was not developed enough to make it worthwhile to preserve its content.

The Kingdom of Romania - Hiraeth

Romania will be receiving some minor changes, reworks and additions before release. For example the King, rather than the Prime Minister, is now shown as the country leadehead of state. However, in general, the content shown here will be present.

GFX and Sprites - Skullcrusher

Baden-Wurttemberg no longer shares a model with Livonia, rather having its own unit model now: https://i.imgur.com/KZrFSmO.png

Dev Report 8: Kuomintang Parties, the Czech Republic and Indian States

Kuomintang Parties and Other China Stuff - Advanced1

As stated previously, the Left KMT under Wang Jingwei is now Social Democratic.

Indian States - sparkz

Indian states have received another rework/expansion since this was shown.

Dev Report 9: Rhineland, the Dalai Lama's Death, Belgian Elections and German Spirits

Belgium - Sigismund

Belgium is no longer in development, and the shown content is no longer present.

German National Spirits and Politics - sparkz

The political overview shown here is outdated, and Rosa Luxemburg’s portrait is also outdated. Here is the latest political overview: https://i.imgur.com/VGFmbNk.png
The four national spirits are, from left to right, “Recovery from the Civil War”, “Rotfrontkämpferbund”, “Right-Wing Terrorism” and “Comintern Member”. Their effects and purpose will be displayed in the future, though one may have a good idea of their purpose through seeing previous teasers.

Dev Report 10: Austria Focus, Portuguese Decisions, Freedom, Five Warlords and a Disturbance in Ottawa

Austrian Focus Trees, aka better dead than red - A_real_Prussian

As stated previously, Austria is no longer in development, and thus the content shown here is no longer present in the mod.

Starting to code… Our Freedoms - United States of Development

The political overview here is outdated, though the national spirits are still up to date. Here is the new overview, with a new portrait of Hoover as well: https://i.imgur.com/k9roMCq.png

Sichuan Warlords - Saddam

The warlord struggle in Sichuan is being reworked using more accurate historical information.

Dev Report 11: Portugal Rework Progress and Haitian and Danish Lore

Portugal Rework - sparkz

As explained here, Portugal was going through a rework. However, the latest political overviews were not completed when this was shown off.
Portuguese Republic: https://i.imgur.com/s7Wa8CU.png
Kingdom of Portugal: https://i.imgur.com/X7RXq3d.png

Beginnings of Haiti - Jago à la Hat

Haiti is no longer under development. However, it does have lore that differs from OTL. As the Great Depression has been delayed due to American isolationism (which has been relaxed under the Hoover administration), and the general stagnant nature of the global economy, Haiti is still under American occupation with Louis Borno as President.

Danish Lore - Trains

Denmark is no longer under active development and most of this lore is obsolete. However, due to differing events that spawned from the German Civil War, the Danish monarch, Christian X, does have more political influence than OTL.
Historically, Christian X dismissed the government of Carl Theodor Zahle after he refused to demand Central Schleswig, which had voted in favor of remaining in Germany. This triggered a political crisis known as the Easter Crisis, with the King only backing down from his decision when it became clear his rule was threatened.
A similar situation occurs in STL over the prospect of Danish military intervention in the German Civil War to capture Schleswig. While the government opposed intervention, Christian X overruled them, dissolved the government (as in OTL), and intervened with the aid of the United Kingdom. They had intended to capture Schleswig, as well as Kiel and its strategically important canal, however the front stagnated before the latter could be achieved and British attempts to capture Kiel ended in disaster. The Danish believed their front would soon collapse, but the Red Germans chose not to attack, rather focusing on the Summer Offensive. Thus, Denmark was able to hold Central Schleswig until the end of the war, when their gains were confirmed but not recognized in the Treaty of Aachen. Christian X was narrowly saved from humiliation and possible dethronement through this victory, and he preserved his increased political influence at the same time.

Dev Report 12: Serbia's Woes, Budgets in the Raj and Unrest in Somaliland

Serbia - Last Witch of Illyrith/Sibil

Serbia has received some lore changes and a different political overview partially shown here.

Dev Report 13: Crisis in Argentina, a Blind King in Albania, Southern Rhodesia and Gajda's Affair

Argentine Crisis - KingPeng

As explained previously, Argentina is no longer under active development.

Introduction to Albania - Hiraeth

The developer for Albania left for personal reasons, but the content for the country is, for the most part, complete, and will most likely be present in the first release. Additionally, some of the borders shown here are not up to date. For example, Montenegro now owns the Sandzak region, and states have been further reworked in the Balkans.

Dev Report 14: A Junta in Italy, Yugoslavism and Anarchists in Portugal

The State of Italy in 1932 (National Spirits) - Nina

While the current national spirits are similar to these, the political overview is entirely different as shown in Dev Report 17.

Dev Report 15: Indian Leaders 2: Mountainous Boogaloo, Baltic Victory Points & Swedish Vikings

Indian Leader Portraits and Overview Part 2 - BlazedSoulofHate

Most of these portraits are also out of date, and are currently being redone

Sweden Intro - NoahtheBoah36

Sweden is being actively developed, but not by this developer. The new lore will, sadly, not include vikings. :sob:

Dev Report 16: Bulgarian Lore, Economics in Norway & the Estonian Betrayal

Despite this DR being 6 months old there is, thankfully, nothing notable to clarify here. Hooray!

Conclusion

Please don’t be afraid to ask what the status is of content shown in previous Dev or Progress Reports, or even in old teasers. Content changes with time and it's difficult to keep track of what revealed content is outdated and what is not. I hope this post is helpful.
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2018.12.31 11:44 razzic Expected Stats Review – GW20: Top Performers, Underperformers and Overperformers

Hello, and welcome back to this Gameweek’s Expected Stats Review.
 
TL;DR: Visual summary – Season to date.
 
TL;DR: Visual summary – Last 5 GWs.
 
Notes following this GW:
 
Before we dive into this week’s numbers: For all questions regarding the nature and usefulness of ‘expected’ stats and the data here, please see my original post.
The TL;DR is: ‘expected’ stats are useful and strongly associated with actual performance but should be just one input to your FPL evaluations. Don't make any FPL decisions purely based on this. Go explore the full 'expected' stats data. Combine your analysis with other statistics. Make qualitative assessments of on-the-pitch performance, form and fixtures, use bookmaker odds, etc.
As always, the data is from understat. And as always, thoughts and feedback is very welcome.
 
For more thoughts and discussion, find me on Twitter @wiscostretford. My FPL team, by the way, is here.
 
 
Now, on to the stats for the season so far:
 
Last GW’s Top Performers
The ‘last GW’s top performers’ stats tells us which players have performed the best in terms of combined expected goals and assists (xG+A) in the last GW only.
 
Player ChangeThisGW Last3GWs
Paul Pogba 2.34 3.3
Marcus Rashford 2.21 3.22
Ashley Barnes 2.14 3.11
Chris Wood 2.01 2.13
Roberto Firmino 1.98 2.19
Mohamed Salah 1.92 4.79
Raheem Sterling 1.54 1.91
Sergio Aguero 1.27 1.27
James Maddison 1.2 1.75
Anthony Martial 1.19 1.75
Florin Andone 1.18 1.28
David Silva 1.01 1.08
Gerard Deulofeu 0.89 2.37
Aboubakar Kamara 0.87 1.07
Ainsley Maitland-Niles 0.85 1.02
Alex Iwobi 0.83 1.64
Jürgen Locadia 0.83 1.88
Eden Hazard 0.82 2.84
Aleksandar Mitrovic 0.8 1.5
Dwight McNeil 0.78 0.97
 
Overall Top Performers
The ‘overall top performers’ stats tells us which players have performed the best in terms of combined expected goals and assists (xG+A).
 
Player Team Apps Min Goals Assists Shots Key passes xG xA xG+A
Mohamed Salah Liverpool 20 1675 13 7 68 43 12.68 7.46 20.15
Eden Hazard Chelsea 19 1497 10 9 51 53 7.76 7.06 14.82
Harry Kane Tottenham 20 1717 13 3 64 17 11.53 3.19 14.71
Raheem Sterling Manchester City 17 1400 9 6 35 37 7.74 6.18 13.92
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal 20 1568 13 3 48 19 11.05 2.77 13.83
Sergio Agüero Manchester City 16 1190 9 5 63 21 10.14 3.36 13.5
Callum Wilson Bournemouth 19 1586 8 5 38 24 8.93 3.87 12.8
Roberto Firmino Liverpool 20 1532 7 3 45 25 8.3 3.51 11.81
David Silva Manchester City 16 1203 6 2 31 40 5.28 5.81 11.09
Paul Pogba Manchester United 17 1407 7 6 53 26 7.82 2.97 10.79
Gylfi Sigurdsson Everton 20 1633 8 3 47 40 7.17 3.57 10.74
Jamie Vardy Leicester 16 1186 6 2 34 10 8.79 1.83 10.62
Ryan Fraser Bournemouth 20 1600 4 8 22 47 2.09 8.22 10.31
Leroy Sané Manchester City 18 1071 6 7 34 28 5.28 4.74 10.02
Sadio Mané Liverpool 18 1508 8 1 42 22 6.91 2.79 9.7
Raúl Jiménez Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 1643 6 4 62 21 6.82 2.69 9.51
Aleksandar Mitrovic Fulham 20 1755 8 2 74 15 7.81 1.15 8.96
Danny Ings Southampton 14 1035 7 1 38 15 7.61 1.21 8.82
Bernardo Silva Manchester City 19 1587 5 5 29 36 4.11 4.67 8.78
Gabriel Jesus Manchester City 16 688 3 2 27 14 6.06 2.44 8.5
 
Overall Underperformers
‘Overall underperformers’ indicates players with lower actual returns (G+A) than expected returns (xG+A) to date. This might be due to bad luck or lacking skill. The top 20 are shown below.
 
Player Team Apps Min Goals Assists Shots Key passes xG xA xG+A Difference
Gabriel Jesus Manchester City 16 688 3 2 27 14 6.06 2.44 8.5 3.5
Isaac Success Watford 20 809 1 0 24 17 2.79 1.65 4.44 3.44
Joe Ralls Cardiff 15 1101 0 0 14 13 1.15 2.27 3.42 3.42
Troy Deeney Watford 17 1371 3 1 33 17 5.39 1.96 7.35 3.35
David Silva Manchester City 16 1203 6 2 31 40 5.28 5.81 11.09 3.09
Mohamed Elyounoussi Southampton 12 642 0 0 17 14 1.99 1.02 3.01 3.01
Jamie Vardy Leicester 16 1186 6 2 34 10 8.79 1.83 10.62 2.62
Pascal Groß Brighton 12 846 1 0 7 18 2.03 1.53 3.56 2.56
Naby Keita Liverpool 14 747 0 0 19 4 2.02 0.53 2.55 2.55
Christian Benteke Crystal Palace 4 332 0 0 13 4 2.11 0.42 2.53 2.53
Antonio Rüdiger Chelsea 20 1779 1 0 21 6 2.55 0.76 3.31 2.31
Wilfred Ndidi Leicester 20 1769 1 0 37 14 1.81 1.39 3.19 2.19
Diogo Jota Wolverhampton Wanderers 16 1043 2 1 21 13 2.73 2.35 5.08 2.08
Sean Morrison Cardiff 20 1783 0 3 18 15 3.16 1.92 5.08 2.08
Theo Walcott Everton 20 1526 3 2 27 16 4.56 2.48 7.04 2.04
Callum Paterson Cardiff 17 1311 4 0 30 16 4.58 1.46 6.03 2.03
Willian Chelsea 19 1334 2 3 36 48 2.6 4.41 7.01 2.01
Ben Davies Tottenham 16 1174 0 0 8 12 0.29 1.68 1.97 1.97
Ashley Barnes Burnley 19 794 3 1 24 9 4.48 1.48 5.96 1.96
Laurent Depoitre Huddersfield 18 932 0 1 27 8 2.46 0.44 2.9 1.9
 
Overall Overperformers
‘Overall overperformers’ indicates players with higher actual returns (G+A) than expected returns (xG+A) to date. This might be due to good luck or exceptional skill. The top 20 are shown below.
 
Player Team Apps Min Goals Assists Shots Key passes xG xA xG+A Difference
Christian Eriksen Tottenham 17 1152 3 7 28 30 1.35 3.31 4.66 -5.34
Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal 19 1202 6 5 34 18 4.73 1.67 6.41 -4.59
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal 17 771 1 6 17 17 0.93 1.56 2.49 -4.51
Eden Hazard Chelsea 19 1497 10 9 51 53 7.76 7.06 14.82 -4.18
Son Heung-Min Tottenham 15 933 7 4 35 15 5.3 1.81 7.11 -3.89
José Holebas Watford 17 1445 3 5 10 27 0.47 3.86 4.33 -3.67
Marcus Rashford Manchester United 17 1098 5 6 29 19 5.26 2.51 7.77 -3.23
Leroy Sané Manchester City 18 1071 6 7 34 28 5.28 4.74 10.02 -2.98
Richarlison Everton 18 1484 9 1 44 10 6.12 0.95 7.07 -2.93
Xherdan Shaqiri Liverpool 15 808 6 2 24 17 3.89 1.2 5.09 -2.91
Ross Barkley Chelsea 16 620 3 3 22 8 2.07 1.03 3.1 -2.9
Benjamin Mendy Manchester City 9 810 0 5 6 12 0.21 2.05 2.26 -2.74
Johann Berg Gudmundsson Burnley 16 1257 2 4 18 21 1.35 2.2 3.55 -2.45
Kyle Walker-Peters Tottenham 2 101 0 3 1 3 0.33 0.23 0.56 -2.44
Anthony Martial Manchester United 15 975 8 1 19 23 4.27 2.44 6.71 -2.29
Shane Duffy Brighton 17 1467 3 1 11 4 1.58 0.17 1.74 -2.26
Zanka Huddersfield 18 1611 3 1 6 6 1.4 0.37 1.77 -2.23
Paul Pogba Manchester United 17 1407 7 6 53 26 7.82 2.97 10.79 -2.21
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal 20 1568 13 3 48 19 11.05 2.77 13.83 -2.17
Felipe Anderson West Ham 20 1698 8 2 34 36 3.98 3.92 7.89 -2.11
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2018.11.27 18:30 CoronelPanic [Rewatch] Monster Musume Rewatch Interest Thread

Ho ho holy fuck do I have a proposition for you.
I recently found myself trawling through the list of past rewatches, as one does, and a grave injustice appeared before me: no one has ever hosted a rewatch of the all-time ecchi classic Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou/Everyday Life With Monster Girls.
That’s fucked up.
As a connoisseur of Monster Ass™ and shameless, self-professed, Rachnera stan, I shall gladly take on the duty of hosting such a Rewatch. The show sits comfortably at almost 200K members on MAL and the girls tend to do pretty good in the yearly Best Girl/Character contests, so I suspect the interest for this could be significant.
I guess I should post the synopsis too, just for good measure
With his parents abroad, Kimihito Kurusu lived a quiet, unremarkable life alone until monster girls came crowding in! This alternate reality presents cutting-edge Japan, the first country to promote the integration of non-human species into society. After the incompetence of interspecies exchange coordinator Agent Smith leaves Kimihito as the homestay caretaker of a Lamia named Miia, the newly-minted "Darling" quickly attracts girls of various breeds, resulting in an ever-growing harem flush with eroticism and attraction.
IF you have never seen the show, rest assured that it has a flavor for everyone. ☑ Bipeds ☑ Quadrupeds ☑ Octopeds ☑ Snekopeds ☑ Birbs ☑ Doggos ☑ Zombies ☑ A literal mermaid cuckold ☑ Onee-sans ☑ Lolis
If you dig it, it’s there.
Oh and who can forget Alpha-Chad Harem MC aka Darling aka Darling-kun aka Hanii aka Hubby aka Master? Kimihito Kurusu is a man of many names, and just as many monster related injuries/attempts at his dick.
The show is beautiful, the girls are cute, the acting is good, Rachnera is the best, the OP and ED are both bangers, and it’s just an all around good time. It's a top-tier Slice of Life comedy with a lot more heart than you'd think, so I recommend giving it a shot. It gets raunchy though, so be sure to ask your parents.
The rewatch would go one episode a day starting Monday the 10th of December, culminating in watching the 2nd OVA on Sunday the 23rd, letting the good good Christians celebrate Christmas with monster tiddies fresh on their minds.
So, to be clear:
Threads will be up at 5PM EST / 10PM GMT every day.
Day Date Episode
Monday December 10th 1
Friday December 21st 12
Saturday December 22nd OVA 1
Sunday December 23rd OVA 2
Legal streaming options include: - Crunchyroll (censored, boo) - Hulu (censorship unknown) - Yahoo (uses Hulu i think?) - Prob others
Please upvote or comment and let me know if you’d be down for a rewatch of this masterclass in monster girl fetishism. Everyone is welcome, even Smith-shippers.
This Christmas, give yourself the gift of monster ass. And who knows, perhaps Santa will bring us Season 2 if we’re good?
Edited some stream info
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2018.10.14 16:56 SandyB92 Time for our own caste blog.. 😀

http://gurudevan.net/history-of-ezhava/
The Ezhavas are the largest group among Hindu communities in Kerala. They are considered to be descendants of Villavar the founders of ancient Tamil Chera Dynasty who once ruled parts of southern India.
In Malabar they are called Thiyya, while in Tulu Nadu they are known as Billavas. They were formerly known as ‘Ilavar’. There were Ayurveda Vaidyars, Warriors, Kalari Trainers, Soldiers, Farmers, Cultivators, Siddha Phyisicans, and Traders. Some were also involved in texile manufacturing, liquor business and toddy tapping.
Historians believe that Ezhavas of Kerala are soldiers of Villavar tribe who founded Chera Kingdom. Villavars of Travancore were known as ‘Ilavar’ (now known as Ezhava). The word Ilavar is derived from Villavar which means archers who were a warrior caste among the Dravidians who ruled most of India.
According to historian C. V. Kunjuraman, the two gods of the Buddhist Ezhavas, namely Cittan and Arattan, are in fact Buddhist Sidhan and Arhatan from Buddhism. Some others argue that ezhava god Arattan is Lord Buddhahimself.
T. K. Veluppillai, the author of The Travancore State Manual, believes that during Buddhist ascendancy in Kerala, before the arrival of the Tulu Brahmins, “the Ezhavas enjoyed great prosperity and power” (II, 845). However, he also says that it is very unlikely that the Ezhavas came from Sri Lanka and spread all over Kerala; instead they were the mainstream of Munda-Dravidian immigrants who left Tamil Nadu in the fifth, sixth, and seventh centuries to avoid persecution at the hands of their political enemies. Mahakavi Kumaranasan, whose works such as Nalini, Leela, Karuna and Chandala Bhikshuki extol Buddhist ideals, lamented at times in his verses about the past glory of the Sinhalese, or the natives of Srilanka, whom he considered to be the forefathers of present day Ezhavas. This Buddhist tradition, and the refusal to give it up, pushed the Ezhavas to an outcaste role within the greater Brahminic society. Nevertheless, this tradition is still evident as Ezhavas show greater interest in the moral, non-ritualistic, and non-dogmatic aspects of the religion rather than the theological. Genetic studies which show that the allelic distribution of Ezhavas in a bi-dimensional plot (correspondence analysis based on HLA-A, -B, and -C frequencies) has a rather strong East Eurasian element due to its proximity to the Mongol population in the same plot.
The most widely accepted theory is that the customs and beliefs of Ezhavas and Thiyas are very primitive and their origin go back to the dim past to those ancient pre-Tamil Sangam days. Their Tamil background gave them the God Muruga (Subramanya) and the Goddess Kali, and host of other village gods like Chathan, Chithan and Arathan. Though there are not enough evidence to justify that Ezhavas are from the northern Srilanka, the theory about their existence in Srilanka (Ezham/Elam) during the first centuries of BC cannot be ignored.
The Word Eezham as referring to Sri Lanka
Ilava of Sri Lanka after whom Eeelam or Heladipa is named are the relatives of Villavars and Ezhavas(Ilavar). The word Eezham presented today in Malayalam/Tamil books/articles stands for the geographical identification of the entire island of what is called Sri Lanka today. The earliest use of the word, is found in a Tamil Brahmi inscription as well as in the Sangam literature, both dateable to the dawn of the Christian era. The Thirupparang-kun’ram inscription in Tamil, found near Mathurai in Tamil Nadu and dated on paleographical grounds to the first century BC, refers to a person as a householder from Eezham (Eezha-kudumpikan). According to William Logan (Malabar Manual) word ezhava is derived from Simhala (simhala, sihala, ihala).
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2018.06.28 00:37 WickedSushi Summerisle MGTOW Retreat

Hello, I am Lord Trevor Summerisle, current president (dictator) of Summerisle. Summerisle is an island country that is off the coast of Scotland. We have many tourists that come to visit our island every year. They love to explore and take pictures of our luscious landscapes. However, tourists are often surprised when we tell them pagan-majority nation, instead of a Christian-majority nation like all the other European countries. In case you aren't familiar with me, you might know my grandfather, who looks a lot like Christopher Lee.
Another thing that Summerisle is known for is virgin sacrifices. When our crops aren't growing good, we sacrifice a virgin to please the agricultural gods. That way, we can have a bountiful harvest next year. However, the concept of virgin sacrifice can be rather problematic. A lot of virgins and asexuals are good people, so it doesn't feel right to kill them. That's why Summerisle now only targets the most intolerable and exasperating of virgins: incels.
In case you aren't aware, incels are a bunch of manbabies who cry because they can't get laid. These dipshits won't take showers or wipe their ass, yet they have the audacity to wonder why girls won't date them. Incels have online communities dedicated to how much they have a hate boner for women. "Muh sex" or "Feminism is why I can't get laid" are usual phrases they say.
The citizens of Summerisle have been infiltrating these incel websites, trying to get them to come to our island. They'll even send them e-mails about a MGTOW retreat that is supposedly happening on Summerisle (it isn't; the retreat is just a ruse).
The problem is that very few incels seem to leave their homes. They would much rather watch anime all day, than taking a vacation to our little island. Incels only leave their house to commit mass murder. However, we do get a few people who take the bait.
Recently, I had sacrificed an incel named Marvin. He was a scrawny yank with a shit-ton of acne on his face. He also brought along a Ryuko Matoi body pillow.
"This is my girlfriend," said Marvin, pointing to his pillow. "I would have a real girlfriend, if it weren't for WOMEN!!!!!!!"
He then later said, "I would love to live in Japan. Unlike these ungrateful western women, Japanese women are much more submissive. They are not poisoned by feminism. Instead, Japanese women act more like anime characters. Some girls are yanderes, other girls are tsunderes, and then you got the kuuderes. I watch a lot of anime, so I'm a 100% expert on Japanese culture." He then babbled on and on about more stupid shit, irritating me like Hell. I tried my best to keep a cool demeanor. After all, I want him to think that he is at a MGTOW retreat, and not a pagan sacrifice.
That night, he slept at the Green Man Inn. Maids working at the Green Man Inn have told me that Marvin made a loud noise last night. It sounded like he was humping his body pillow, and shouting "Oh yes, Ryuko-kun! Fuck me hard!"
Next morning, I woke Marvin up. Marvin seemed excited for what he thought was an actual MGTOW festival. He seemed really displeased when he went out in the field, and saw the wicker man. It was then when he realized that he was meant to be a pagan sacrifice. The townsfolk forced Marvin inside the Wicker Man. Then, we burned the wicker man, with Marvin screaming inside it. Me and the townspeople sang ancient Celtic tunes, while he burned to death. Now, we will have a good harvest next year.
I kept Marvin's Ryuko Matoi body pillow as a souvenir. it currently sits right next to my fireplace. Recently, I have become married to my Stacy ass wife, Jane. Eventually, we shall bring a new generation of Chads and Stacies into this world. Thank you guys for reading this, and I hope you have a great day.
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2018.04.26 02:50 Hunter9502 Dev Report 1: European Lore and Warlords in China

Hello, and welcome to the first Dev Report for Spartakus. If you didn’t already see the announcement on how this will work, you can find it here.
Before we get into some of the lore and progress done by the developers, there has been some changes to the ideologies. These changes come in a response to some helpful feedback by those following the project. You can view an updated list here: https://i.imgur.com/IhlT94s.jpg

Nina:

Bulgaria and Italy

Bulgaria is a Parliamentary Monarchy with a majority held by a LibCon-AuthDem Coalition. They will be able to take three different paths for their future: A Communist Approach that will see either a Balkan Federation forming diplomatically or through force (as a faction or a country), a Status Quo path that will see peaceful resolutions to territorial debates over Thrace, Makedonija and Dobrudja and working alongside forces such as Monarchist Greece and Monarchist Italy to maintain peace in the Balkans and a preservation of South-Eastern Independence from Foreign Influence. The Final Route will allow for aggressive force to take all of Greater Bulgaria and the possible return of Tsar Ferdinand OR the rise of a Corporatist State similar to that of Mussolini's Italy in OTL. The Balkan Federation as a country will allow for other figures to rise to prominence in control of the nation, such as a certain Croatian from OTL.
Boris III (King): https://i.imgur.com/wNeiMhA.png
Georgi Dimitrov (Communist): https://i.imgur.com/weG8ap1.png
Italy, however, is in a state of turmoil at the start, with it's economy in pieces and the nation's politics heavily Polarized, thus seeing conflict between various paramilitary organizations formed by the prominent forces in the country Depending on how you handle the Internal affairs, you can end up seeing Italy fragment even more in civil war, a maintaining of democratic traditions, or a return to absolutism Early on, Italy will need to focus on it's political and economic recoveries only after the country can finally be considered stable will you be able to decide your foreign affairs. The Nation will unlikely be a global powerhouse but it will be a regional power with influence over affairs in the Mediterranean and in neighboring regions such as the Balkans and the Middle East.
Benito Mussolini (Nationalist): https://i.imgur.com/QWHIzAr.png
Palmiro Togliatti (Communist: https://i.imgur.com/C0GgdVe.png

sparkz:

Livonia

In Game Politics View: https://i.imgur.com/UvgVwRd.png
Livonia is a rump state established in the Baltics following the collapse of the United Baltic Duchy, a German puppet state established after the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. With the defeat of Germany, the United Baltic Duchy was dissolved into the states of Latvia and Estonia. However, the strong German minority was not so willing to compromise their future in the Baltic states.
Organized under the Baltische Landeswehr, veterans of the Great War turned towards overthrowing the Latvian native government despite their original purpose being to fight back the Bolsheviks. They were originally opposed by the British, however when it became clear that Poland would be lost to the Bolsheviks, the British instead turned their support towards the stronger and better organized Baltische Landeswehr. After battling the Estonians who had supported the Latvians, the Landeswehr turned their attention towards the Bolsheviks, whom they swiftly defeated.
Now, under the new branding of “Livonia”, the Baltische Landeswehr runs the nation under a military dictatorship led by the nobleman general Rudiger von der Goltz. With thousands of right wing exiles known as the Freikorps having fled to Livonia, the nation is extremely militarized, and such militarization is much needed as Livonia is flanked by the much larger Soviet Union, who could seek to restore rule over the Baltics once again.
Rudiger von der Goltz (Junta Leader): https://i.imgur.com/RuaeaRM.png
This is not to say Livonia does not face other issues aside from external threats. Although the Freikorps were crucial in securing the independence of Livonia up to this point in 1932, they have also been an extreme nuisance to a government that already faces problems with the Baltic natives. These Freikorps militias hold far right wing sympathies, and often engage in burglary, murder and assault against the native population. This in turn has accelerated a conscription crisis which has prevented the government from properly conscripting the Baltic natives, who make up the majority of the population of Livonia. In order to survive these times, Livonia must fix these issues, and quickly.
Not everyone is happy with the military dictatorship, and some, such as Major Alfred Fletcher, even speak of restoring the United Baltic Duchy. The Goltz regime opposes this as it would mean the annexation of the Estonian puppet regime in the north, which is a move they think could turn badly for Livonia if done too quickly. Others speak of establishing a United Baltic Republic under the liberals led by the writer Paul Schiemann. Some even speak of establishing a nationalist dictatorship, with claims on lands dating back to the Teutonic Order. Only time will tell…
Paul Schiemann (Liberal/Republican): https://i.imgur.com/CCAmTPV.png
Alfred Fletcher (Ducal Supporter): https://i.imgur.com/oW8Cv1A.png

Minpen:

Chile

Chile is a liberal republic in 1932, but it has slowly been descending into chaos since 1924. The inefficient government, struggling as profits from the saltpeter mines declined, cut salaries for the army. In response, soldiers entered the congress, and literally rattled their sabers to demand a raise (fun fact, this is where the phrase saber-rattling comes from!). In response, President Alessandri resigned, and a junta was established, which was overthrown by left-wing military men Marmaduke Grove and Carlos Ibáñez del Campo, and invited Alessandri to return. However, Ibáñez remained the real power behind the presidency, causing Alessandri to resign, being replaced by Emiliano Figueroa, who was also a puppet of Ibáñez, and also decided to resign. In the snap elections, Ibáñez ran unopposed, officially becoming president. He led a “progressive” military regime, until 1929 when the London stock market crashed, and things took a turn for the worse. Ibáñez went into exile in 1931 due to the machinations of Grove and Alessandri, and the Radical Juan Esteban Montero was elected President with support from the Conservative and Liberal parties.
Montero’s program of strict austerity did little to help the situation, and inflation and unemployment continued to rise. The armed forces became more and more polarized, and even socialist ideas began to spread throughout the ranks. In June, 1932, Marmaduke Grove and several other leftists in the military will make their move, and attempt a coup. If they succeed, a Socialist Republic will be established. However, not all will be well for the Socialist Republic. The Government Junta is mired with factional disagreements between the Ibáñezista Carlos Davila, the socialist Marmaduke Grove, and the “apolitical” military faction under retired general Arturo Puga. The young socialist republic will have to decide between Ibáñezista authoritarian social democracy, radical socialism, or a more military-oriented regime, that some would call “red bonapartist”. Each faction has their own ideas to solve the political crisis. The Ibáñezistas want to cooperate with left-wing liberals and radicals, the socialists want to form a broad coalition of the radical left, and the military has little care for “popular support”, and wants to maintain power the old-fashioned way.

Rika:

USSR

With the death of Lenin on 21st January 1931, the USSR is mired in political power struggle between the Internationalists, Centrists and Internalists. Currently, Lev Kamenav leads the country for the moment, however his rule is unstable as the party lays on the brink of collapse.
More information will be provided in the next Dev Report/Progress Report.

Saddam (Advanced1):

China

Map in the Game: https://i.imgur.com/OVnugc8.jpg (not final)
Since the Xinhai rebellion of 1911, China has broken itself down in to many different warlords states. While Sun Yat-sen wished for a collapse of the big warlords and a united democratic China, due to corruption and the leadership struggle that took over after his death, no action was taken on the part of the Kuomintang. China still remains in pieces but the political clashing in the fledgling KMT may force the KMT to push for a direction towards reunification. Some Warlords still remain loyal towards the Kuomintang party but the rest seek a different path which could lead to a bloody future. Wang Jingwei’s rule since Sun’s death has been tenuous and a breaking point may occur soon if something doesn't change - for better or worse. In the countryside, more people are becoming lured toward the Communist Party of China who has promised to bring them out of their time of despair and reunify China. Staunch capitalists have gathered to lean support towards the conservatives to counteract the rising CPC.
Feng Yuxiang (leader of the Guominjun): https://i.imgur.com/oEAhSGg.png
Zhili Clique
The Zhili Clique is the dominant warlord of China despite its loss of Beijing during the Zhili-Fengtian War. It occupies much of its central area including the historical capital city of Nanking. Since the clique’s founding, a dual leadership exists between two warlords and their armies. Unfortunately a struggle is starting to boil up between the two over who owns and controls more than the other. Like any two opposing groups, one will have to eliminate the other eventually. It is merely a matter of when and how that happens that will determine the fate for the Zhili Clique, who faces threats from every direction.
Cao Kun (one of the warlords): https://i.imgur.com/bQSRdUD.png
The Fengtian Clique
The Fengtian Clique is one of the longest warlordships in china and the second largest in size owning the old ancient capital of Beijing and Manchuria. It shares great relationships with the Japanese which causes it to make a lot more enemies than friends with the neighboring Warlords. Many internal issues exist for the feeble Fengtian: Korean radicals are growing in a part of the countryside that wish for Korean Independence and freedom while in the East, loyalty to the defunct Christian Warlord resides. Finally, in the core of the Fengtian Manchurian nationalists grow due to a lack of true identity in the Fengtian as a whole. Similar to the Zhili, the future is uncertain for their survival as a state.
Sichuan Warlords
In the extremely populous section of China known as the Sichuan region, five warlords fight for power. Unlike other warlords who would share power with other generals/warlords, these five warlords want all or nothing and as a result create a blurry and unstable area of the country that others may exploit.
Liu Xiang (Dominant Warlord): https://i.imgur.com/TUBpTte.png
More will be announced as the lore continues to develop for China.
We hope you enjoyed this first Dev Report. Please provide feedback on this new style! The release date for the next progress report is still uncertain, but expect news on that at any time. Remember to join the Discord as well, as many additional teasers are posted on there daily. https://discord.gg/5dw7c2E
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2018.01.12 09:14 Reillyabcd Biggest Sale Days in America

Do you know what can makes all Americans crazy? People run, rush, scramble. In ancient, we call this riot, or revolt, or revolution; In today, we call it “Black Friday”. On this article, we have compiled a collection of this kind of riot days, it’s the biggest sale days of the year in America.
New Year's Day
New Year’s Day, is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar. In pre-Christian Rome under the Julian calendar, the day was dedicated to Janus, god of gateways and beginnings, for whom January is also named. As a date in the Gregorian calendar of Christendom, New Year’s Day liturgically marked the Feast of the Naming and Circumcision of Jesus, which is still observed as such in the Anglican Church and Lutheran Church.
Singles' Day
Singles’ Day or Guanggun Jie (Chinese: 光棍节; pinyin: Guānggùn Jié; Wade–Giles: Kuang-kun chieh; literally: “bare sticks holiday”) is an entertaining festival widespread among young Chinese people, to celebrate the fact that they are proud of being single. The date, November 11th (11/11), is chosen because the number “1” resembles an individual that is alone. This festival has become the largest online shopping day in the world, with sales in Alibaba’s sites Tmall and Taobao at US$5.8 billion in 2013, US$9.3 billion in 2014, US$14.3 billion in 2015 and over US$17.8 billion in 2016.
Black Friday
Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States (the fourth Thursday of November). Since 1952, it has been regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season in the U.S., and most major retailers open very early (and more recently during overnight hours) and offer promotional sales. Black Friday is not an official holiday, but California and some other states observe “The Day After Thanksgiving” as a holiday for state government employees, sometimes in lieu of another federal holiday such as Columbus Day.
Cyber Monday
Cyber Monday is a marketing term for the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. The term “Cyber Monday” was created by marketing companies to persuade people to shop online. The term was coined by Ellen Davis and Scott Silverman and made its debut on November 28, 2005 in a Shop.org press release entitled “‘Cyber Monday Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year”.
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2017.12.29 20:13 Volban About Salem

All this has been translated by Fallacies, I'm just posting here.

The general writing style:
Information is presented in what feels like a more piecemeal manner than typical, for Grand Order. Subjects aren't discussed to clarity in any one chapter, and the player is essentially expected to reread from the start to figure everything out. If your memory isn't decent, locating where the writer dropped a particular bit of information is hell.
Ergo, the notes below are just a reorganization of the things that I got out of the chapter, largely from memory. It's probably incomplete -- and as of present time, I don't intend to immediately fill the gaps. Maybe I'll get back to it in a couple of weeks -- if somebody presses me.
Subspecies Singularity IV:
Per the usual circumstance of Epic of Remnant, it's not technically a Goetia-style Singularity. Rather, it's a large-scale, high-level Bounded Field powered by a Grail. Deployed north of Boston around the city of Salem sometime around the end of November 2017, the Bounded Field manifested within normal space-time as a perfect circle of black mist precisely 7 kilometers in radius, reaching 600 meters into the air; wherein no artificial illumination can be detected during the night via remote or satellite observation. Following deployment, the Bounded Field rapidly expanded to its final size within a matter of seconds, and then abruptly ceased to grow.
Surveillance conducted by the United States military returned no evidence of human habitation within "the blank space," and no discernible radio signals. Prior to onset, no preindications of Bounded Field deployment were observed; even as the Church actively maintained a regional watch and moratorium with regard to selected Mysteries and thaumaturgical practices within the municipalities of Salem, Peabody, Danvers, Marblehead, Swampscott, and Lynn. For all intents and purposes, roughly 50,000 people returned home after a normal workday, and then promptly vanished into thin air.
(Incidentally, in the aftermath of the Goetia's Incineration, Chaldea -- or rather, da Vinci -- implemented plans that Roman had left behind for a HUMINT network comprised of magi, demonologists, and exorcists; deployed to cities of note around the world so as to seek possible evidence of the escaped Demon Pillars indiscernible to SHEBA. The Boston cell are the agents on the ground that communicate local observations of the Bounded Field to Chaldea Command.)
At the initial briefing that Guda receives, da Vinci notes that if this Bounded Field were to be hypothetically categorized as a Remnant Singularity and the work of a Demon Pillar, it stands out for its lack of concealment compared to Shinjuku and Agartha. Thaumaturgically speaking, exactly zero effort was put toward suppressing the massive mana up-swelling exuded by the Bounded Field -- and the incident is sufficiently unconcealed that the mundane American government detected its manifestation almost immediately. Geronimo and da Vinci consequently conclude that it must be some sort of trap, as a Demon Pillar would have no reason to advertise its presence.
The North American Thaumaturgical Association -- noted by da Vinci to be massively understaffed on agents for whatever reason -- deployed familiars to the observation of the region; but all transmission of data / information ceased upon their breaching of the threshold. The varieties of familiars lost included those bound with mana barriers (魔力障壁, maryoku shouheki); Cyber-Daemons (電脳魔, dennou-ma; per 事象記録電脳魔・ラプラス, Phenomenon Recording Cyber-Daemon "LAPLACE"); and automata.
Mechanical drones dispatched by the US military inexplicably ceased in operation upon approaching the perimeter. Sensors dropped from helicopters likewise returned no responses. Though the military set up a security perimeter around the site, it's said that certain civilian journalists managed to bypass them -- but didn't return after entering the black mist. Animals sent in vanished as well; though ground observation was unable to confirm if this applied to the local wildlife.
Within 72 hours of the initial disturbance, CHALDEAS was able to confirm within the interior of the Bounded Field the characteristic space-time distortion produced by the activity of a Demon Pillar. The darkness that envelops the region was officially designated as "the Mist" (presumably after the Stephen King novel; because it's in New England, so why not, amirite?), and determined by various tests to perfectly absorb visible-spectrum light and radio projections of all wavelengths.
The perimeter of the Bounded Field doesn't actually prevent physical permeation -- but as of the second briefing at 72 hours, no victims were found to have escaped. The only thing that managed to return from within the Mist was a karakuri puppet created by an unnamed male magus (a "puppet master") who poses as a clockwork repairman -- a "medieval robot" comprised of oak gears, iron pins, and whale baleen, which incorporated no modern technology whatsoever. Capturing images by use of its quartz eye, and rendering said images to paper by way of automated pencil sketching, the karakuri was able to provide a glimpse of the interior of the Bounded Field -- which had reverted to its appearance during the mid-17th century.
CHALDEAS doesn't indicate that the Subspecies Singularity is exerting any influence toward the rewriting of history -- because that's not the point of the Bounded Field. The point is merely to provide a "stage" for a historical reenactment -- a LARPing / live reenactment of The Crucible.
The final rayshift of 2017:
Until the arrival of the newly named director of Chaldea as of the end of December, infiltration of the Subspecies Singularity of Salem is the final rayshift permitted to Chaldea per the mandate of the United Nations and the Thaumaturgical Association. That is to say, prior to the Christmas 2017 event, it was already established that Chaldea wouldn't be able to utilize the rayshift system for the remainder of the month of December; and indeed, the Christmas 2017 Event turned out not to involve rayshifting at all.
Incidentally, Shimousa didn't require rayshifting either, as Guda projected into the timeline in her dreams like Ryougi did during the KnK Event; and the Salem chapter actually makes no mention of Shimousa having occurred -- even as it does acknowledge Agartha and Shinjuku. Based on this, we can generally surmise that the Shimousa storyline is largely irrelevant to the Remnant Orders / escaped Demon Pillars plotline that Salem concludes.
The Demon Pillar Raum:
His specialization as a Demon Pillar is in the capacity of taking root within a "metropolis." Consequently, unlike the other Demon Pillars, he doesn't regard an adherence to the form and the mores of a human being as a burden or restriction; rather, maintaining a human identity (and wearing clothes at home) is of solace to him -- and he theorizes that this may have been the factor that set him apart as an individual from the collective that was Goetia.
Further, he derides the members of the collective, stating that they were far too fearful of death -- far too conscious of its potential occurrence. His values likewise differ from the Demon Pillars Ba'al (Shinjuku), Zepar (Extra/CCC), Andras (GudaGuda Meiji Ishin), and Phenex (Agartha).
Specifically, he gives that he intends to maintain his obligations to the Human Order Correction Protocol (人理補正式, Jinri Hosei Shiki) -- to perpetrate "the salvation of humanity" by way of the equal rendition of "pain" to all; being that "pain" is what makes humans human. In less vagueness, "pain" is somehow to be employed in the regulation of humans. To this end, Abigail Williams is his instrument.
Being that Abigail has the potential to become a vessel / gateway / avatar / channel to an Outer God, Raum prepares a scenario wherein she might be influenced to realize her conscious and unconscious desires by the establishment of a connection, per Suzumiya Haruhi -- but to this end, "stimulus" of a appropriate content and magnitude is necessary. Salem is made to attain this by the repeated iteration of an evolving strategy.
Welcome to Endless Eight.
Incidentally, he can apparently take the form of a flock of crows. While in possession of the flesh of his human host, he occasionally took the form of a man with a crow's head. He's deathly afraid of cats, for whatever reason -- maybe because he's a bird? While posing as a human, he claims to be ex-military and a professor of folklore at Harvard -- though he's professionally qualified to act as a lawyer. He's proficient in equestrian combat and the use of firearms.
Zepar-kun's Magical Flashback:
When the Demon Pillars of the Remnant Orders escape the final confrontation between Goetia and Chaldea, Zepar-kun has one final conversation with Raum. When he asks Raum what he intends to do now, Raum states that he will take faith in the fabrications of Man -- in fictions; in lies; in fantasies; in superstitions.
Zepar-kun is confused, and asks Raum to clarify -- to which Raum replies that there are no Divinities (神性, shinsei) or Mysteries (神秘, shinpi) on this Planet (惑星, wakusei); no enfleshed demons (受肉した悪魔, junikushita akuma); only Legends / Traditions / Lore (伝承, denshou) remain. The "Planet" that he's referring to can probably be understood as the Domain of Man.​
魔術協会における伝承科。 Within the Thaumaturgical Association, the Faculty of Traditions.
我らの王の弟子のひとり、ブリシサンが預かった禁忌の中の禁忌。 The taboo amongst taboos, left to the care of Brishisan (ブリシサン) -- one amongst the disciples of our King.
Raum states that he'll create a city of superstition. Though the salvation of man was the purpose of Goetia, he no longer believes that it can be brought about by way of faith, or immortality, or eternal continuation, or hope. "Truths" have not the capacity to save mankind, he declares.
Zepar-kun disagrees, responding that there were still many "Truths" that have not yet been tested. Raum interrupts him, telling him to shut up; denigrating him as one amongst the many who had ceaselessly fallen to defeat. He will no longer make use of the "Truth" in the salvation of man. Instead, he'll take up the lies and fabrications of man -- those things that exist nowhere within "this" Universe.
Again, Zepar-kun is confused. Nowhere in "this" Universe? In other words, not even extant within an Adjacent World? Something arrived upon by opening a path to another Universe? What Raum is saying was impossible -- beyond the capabilities of the Demon Pillars. The Demon Pillars, Zepar-kun asserts, are ultimately creatures of the Order (秩序, chitsujou) and the Common Sense (常識, joushiki) borne of the Laws of the Planet (惑星の法則, wakusei no housoku). Even should elements extraneous to the Universe exist, connecting with such is beyond the nature of a Demon Pillar.
Raum is aware of this -- but states that the potential to access extra-Universal existences lies within the humans. In his travels, Raum discovered a certain man who upon the basis of a dream fabricated "a fictitious mythos" that validly reflects the manner of existence of higher order organisms extraneous to the Universe. In the mad prophecies laid out within the man's writings, Raum could see the potential for salvation.
If the salvation of man is beyond the means of the Demon Pillars -- beyond the means available within the scope of the Universe -- Raum concludes that he need only to gain assistance of Otherworld Monsters (異界の怪物, ikai no kaibutsu) unbound to the Common Sense of the World; of monsters of an Otherworldly Common Sense (異常識, ijoushiki). "By the hand of the Foreigners (降臨者, kourin-sha, "one who descends") shall come the salvation of man."
Raum departs, leaving Zepar-kun to his own thoughts. Zepar wasn't able to say it in time, but he feels that Raum is committing a foolish error. After all, the fantasies that Raum has come to regard as his "answer" were already proven to have failed 14,000 years ago ...
In conclusion, Zepar-kun is the only sympathetic Demon Pillar, as usual?​
Salem of the Heresy:
The Garden of Forbidden Descent - Salem (禁忌降臨庭園セイレム, kinki kourin teien seiremu). A stage specifically prepared for the historical reenactment of the Salem witch trials. Taboo Epiphany Garden is kind of a mistranslation, because 降臨 means something like "descent unto," as in the arrival of a higher order existence, or a god. (Why do the people that translate these titles not even bother to plug the text into a dictionary?) Incidentally, 異端なるセイレム (itan-naru seiremu) -- translated as "Salem of the Heresy" -- means something like "Salem, which is become as heretical."
The area of the Subspecies Singularity IV is extremely small -- possibly smaller than Singularity F. The reason that Raum chose to implement his operations on such a small scale owes to the extremely high energy costs involved in repeatedly cycling his reenactment -- and for this purpose, he committed the lives of the roughly 50,000 inhabitants of the city of Salem, Massachusetts 2017 to instrumentation as a "battery" to power the phenomenon. Said inhabitants have for the duration of the Mist's deployment been temporarily "extruded" to the Reverse of the World.
Why Salem? Why the witch trials? Superficially, the answer is that it's a stage selected on behalf of Abigail Williams -- but more accurately, it's because the Salem of the witch trials is a place of clashing opposites / extremes, where there coincides rationality and madness; the enlightenment of modernity and the savagery of the past. It is, in short, a place of heresy (異端, "alien extremity") -- at the figurative boundary of what could be considered the domain of the Human Order.
And in such a place, Raum happened across Abigail Williams, a Medium (巫女, miko) of sufficient potential to suit his needs. The process by which to tap into said potential wasn't initially known to him, however; and therefore, foreseeing the need to reiterate his attempts at access in trial and error, he created the Mist, and implemented within a high-speed event loop. This wasn't intended as a time loop for the repetition of history, but as a cycle of progress unto higher levels of "pain" -- whereupon he theorized that by the maximization of Abigail's trauma, she would instinctively reach out and attain the capacity to become as an avatar to an Outer God.
In its very 1st iteration, Raum's Salem was a recreation of the historical version in painstaking detail -- but almost immediately, the behavior of the "characters" went off-script. Rather than being killed by natives per Abigail's memories, Abigail's own actions somehow resulted in her mother dying to the explosion of a firearm, and her father consequently falling from a horse-drawn carriage -- possibly in the course of an effort to escape Salem? Thereafter, Raum -- manifesting as a flock of crows -- decided to intervene and take Abigail under his wing as Samuel Parris' replacement in the scenario.
In the 2nd iteration, the Near-Future Observation Lens "SHEBA" intervened -- having been incorporated with a certain hidden functionality by its creator, Flauros. Specifically, in the event that the system observed a member of Goetia's collective to act in a manner counter the interests of the whole, SHEBA would automatically execute a subdirective, purposed to the deterrence of betrayal. In this case, SHEBA revealed the activity of a Demon Pillar to Chaldea, and automatically accessed the Heroic Spirit Summoning System "FATE" -- summoning into the Subspecies Singularity the Queen of Sheba. Raum apparently feels it abominable that Goetia would somehow trust the Queen of Sheba to serve as his enforcer.
As of just prior to Sheba's intervention, the simulation had been running at acceleration -- at 105000 times the normal passage of time. The precise process isn't clear (maybe having something to do with the stabilizing influence of observation?), but Sheba's summoning within the Singularity came with a significant reduction to the time-efficiency of the cycle. Owing to this lowered efficiency, Raum no longer possessed the freedom to endlessly reiterate, as his humans batteries wouldn't last indefinitely. Therefore, he may have come to risk the introduction of larger variations per cycle -- and of a greater number of extraneous, ahistorical elements.
Speaking in general, the Mist imposes across-the-board restrictions against all existences within its boundaries aside from possibly delimited Abigail and Raum himself. For Servants, the mechanism of manifestation / demanifestation and energy management is hijacked, permitting that the Bounded Field render them to a simulacrum of mortal flesh; and thereon, acting to suppress their capabilities to some approximation of mortal restrictions. Capacity to perceive thaumaturgical activity is largely suppressed.
The overall consequence is that the present iteration of a Servant's consciousness can come to permanent termination within the context of Salem; and resummoning them later would entail the generation of a fresh instance of their mind, absent of any recollections of Salem.
Furthermore, Guda and Mashu are afflicted with something similar -- meaning that if they die in the simulation, they die as if stranded in some crappy VRMMO.
The Outsiders:
Foreign factors admitted into the "scenario" of Salem by Raum, not present within the historical course of events. Following their introduction, their memories and perceptions are overwritten in such a way that though they aren't robbed of their free will, they become inclined to take up a "role" assigned to them by Raum. Ultimately, the purpose of their incorporation is to contribute to the trauma of Abigail Williams.
As a general rule, no existences unpossessed of guilt may be permitted entry to Raum's version of Salem, as the simulation was strictly complicit with Abigail's desire both to render judgment and to be judged. That is to say, Salem is a "negative Eden" into which only those who bear sin may pass; and the "characters" that populate the town are played by perjurers and sinners and betrayers.
Even if they aren't conscious of it; even if they don't remember it -- they bear a sense of guilt, a desire to face judgment for their sins. Ergo, they have willingly entered into a cyclical hell of terror and suffering -- because this is the salvation that Abigail and Raum have offered to them. This nature extends not only to the villagers of Salem, but to each of the "foreign factors" to which Raum permitted entry.
Incidentally, besides being utilized by Raum gaslight "actors" into playing their assorted parts, the perception / memories interference primarily serves to mask the fact that all of the actual villager characters are physically ghouls. The villagers are themselves unaware of this.
Later, during the climax of the story, when Raum dramatically arranges for Abigail and Guda to stand trial, perhaps to intentionally ramp up Abigail's trauma, he partially ceases to maintain the villagers' illusion of life. Guda is accused by the court of witchcraft and necromancy -- but when she confronts Judge Hawthorne on the matter of the villagers who have come back as ghouls, Hawthorne responds that resurrections on the villagers' side is clearly the consequence of a miracle of God.
Raum's selected cast is pretty good at ad-libbing their lines -- but given that many of them were perjurers in life, I suppose that that's expected?
?th Outsider - The Queen of Sheba, introduced somewhere around the 2nd or 3rd iteration.
Apparently bears an inherent resistance against Demons / Demon Pillars; and therefore entrusted by Goetia with the task of acting as an enforcer. Owing to the nature of the Bounded Field, however, her memories and perceptions were eventually overwritten, rendering her as the stand-in for Samuel Parris' slave, Tituba. It's implied that Raum might have somehow blackmailed / manipulated her into willingly playing this role, as he attempts something similar to Guda in the course of the plot.
By her own testimony, if Raum has defrauded Solomon of even a single grain of gold, it is her obligation and vow to return it unto him.
6th Outsider - The House of Whateley. The original holders of The Book of Eibon (エイボンの書, eibon no sho; 象牙の書, zouge no sho; リブレジボワ, ribure jibowa, "libre jibowa?"), of which Abigail possesses a fake copy; and the Dust of Ibn-Ghazi, which Lavinia uses to reveal the true form of Raum in the climax of the chapter.
Introduced somewhere around the 5th or 6th iterations of the cycle, because Abigail desired to have a friend. Raum believed that by giving her what she wanted, more trauma would be inflicted when he took it away.
The Whateleys are magi -- or, more specifically, an alchemical lineage from another timeline, wherein the events and circumstances of HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos are represented to reality. Though, as a caveat, the Whateleys of Salem appear to conform to the general characteristics of magi in Nasu -- even as their ultimate goal is to reach "the Outer Gods" rather than the Root. It's implied that they might have also been introduced to the timeloop to bring Abigail into contact with the concept of the Outer Gods.
Lavinia Whateley remembers originating of the turn of the 20th century -- but after her family was entrapped within simulation, her recollections of childhood were supplanted with a "backstory" that had her growing up with Abigail in Salem. Even though the timeloop of the witch trials is only seven days long, and the local date is in late April, she and Abigail have the shared recollection of seeing whales in the bay during early summer. Also, both of them are said to have been born in the Year of the Comet.
Despite transplanting the Whateleys to Salem and completely blocking off any possibility of escape, Raum didn't particularly interfere with their activities outside the natural course of the "plot" of the witch trials, and permitted them to pursue their magecraft unrestricted. Further, he recognized Lavinia's potential as a secondary Medium to fall back upon if necessary. The Whateleys recall enough of their original timeline to know that Raum's Salem is explicitly ahistorical. Numerous times, they launched efforts to escape the village -- but ended up failing.
Lavinia's guilt is the knowledge that she has failed her family in serving as a proper Medium to the Outer Gods.
Incidentally, upon hearing of Mashu's initial description of Goetia, Lavinia suspected the Chaldea members of being Kabbalists, Rosicrucians (薔薇十字, barajuuji), or Freemasons -- maybe implying that said organizations / factions may actually be active in the mainstream timeline of Nasu.
7th Outsider - Matthew Hopkins, introduced around the 6th cycle. Possibly a Heroic Spirit / Servant, though he himself isn't aware of it. Apparently introduced so as to ensure the smooth operation of the judiciary process. He knows enough about the circumstances of the Massachusetts Bay Colony to vaguely suspect that his memories are off -- but not enough to actively rebel against his role. Unconsciously, he desires some sort of punishment for the injustices he rendered in the witch-hunting craze.
8th Outsider? - Guda's party, admitted entry in the 7th iteration, on account of the unconscious guilt that Guda feels for abandoning people to die at every Singularity.
During the climax of the chapter, it takes a literal slap to the face from Robin Hood to remind Guda of how immensely arrogant it is to claim self-responsibility for the lives and deaths of everyone the world over. To think such a thing is to deprive others of agency -- and that way leads the path of the Beast.
Raum intended to cast Guda as Abigail's prospective savior -- that is, to kill Guda alongside Lavinia in the final stages of the loop, so as to maximize Abigail's despair. Hope, Raum believes, is the best of spices for despair.
The Outer Gods:
Existences extraneous to the World of Man, which can apparently act within the World in ignorance of the strictures of the Human Order. Higher-order organisms from another Universe.
The only one explicitly named within the plot of Salem is Yog-Sothoth -- who the Whateleys regard as something akin to the Root -- described by Lavinia as "the All-in-One and the One-in-All." Per the explanation of Through the Gates of the Silver Key, its existence is distributed to Aspects or "facets" -- and Abigail Williams qualifies as such. Lavinia is likewise, but apparently not of the same potential?
Yog-Sothoth seems like an inherently "colorless" existence -- maybe akin to an untainted version of the Fuyuki Grail, if on a different scale. Abigail in the state of being a Foreigner is in some sense more Abigail than Yog-Sothoth, as she exercises her powers to the end of realizing her conscious and unconscious desires as a human.
To reiterate, Zepar-kun seems to place the Outer Gods in the same category as Sefar / the Velbers -- maybe hinting at some kind of relationship?
Robin Hood:
The first of Guda's party to notice that the world within the Mist is merely a "stage" -- and that those within are being "cast" into different roles. When Guda presses him for the reasoning behind this conclusion, he replies:
オレは……ほれ、そもそも I'm ... well, in the first place,
歴史上の特定の誰かってワケじゃないからねぇ。 it's because I'm not a specific somebody that existed within history.
パーソナリティ寄せ集めの、 I'm a composite of assorted personalities --
元々が役者みたいなサーヴァントだ。 a Servant who is to begin with something like an actor.
Which differs from his profile description: "Merely one of the 'somebodies' who took up the name of Robin Hood."
Tituba-san / the Queen of Sheba:
Her resistance against Demon Pillars comes from her pedigree -- half human by her father's side, and half Jinn (霊鬼, reiki, "spirit ghost"; but pronounced as ジン, jin) by her mother's side. Explicitly, she gives that Jinn is a synonym for Demon God (魔神, majin, "demon god") -- the existences that were bound in collective to form the Demon Pillar (魔神柱, majin-chuu, "demon god pillar") hive-mind of Goetia. Ergo, she resists because her powers are of the same nature as the Demon Pillars.
She possesses a clairvoyant ability known as Faerie Eye (精霊の目, seirei no me), but use of this during her initial infiltration of the Singularity apparently failed to score her a victory against Raum. When pressed to nevertheless use the skill on behalf of the protagonists, she replies:
……秘密の露見と拡散は、 ... the divulgence and spread of a secret
事象を固定するウィークポイントにもなります。 is also as a weak point whereby a phenomenon is affixed.
She clarifies that her failures in the past have in some instances come as a consequence of possessing in excess the 'capital' that is information. Absence of "observation" and certainty isn't necessarily a disadvantage. However, she agrees to provide some information to Mata Hari in exchange for details regarding a certain man.
She engages the world around her in a strictly mercantile manner -- turning everything into a matter of service and payment. Her pet peeve against the rendition of unfair contracts was apparently the motive behind the founding of "the Kingdom of Sheba."
Incidentally, the original Tituba is apparently a ghoul wandering about in the back woods of Salem as of Guda's infiltration of the Singularity.
Circe:
Possibly owing to time acceleration within the Mist or some other factor, Flauros' subroutine in the SHEBA system determined that the Queen of Sheba had failed in her duty. Circe was brought forth as her replacement -- but owing some malfunction (maybe related to the summoning experiment that da Vinci was running just prior to alarm), her consciousness wasn't properly loaded with the information that Chaldea-summoned Servants are typically provided with; and Flauros' systems didn't assign her with any obvious directives.
Panicking, in part because Chaldea is deep within a snowy mountain range, she decided to hijack the protagonists' deployment into the Mist -- and ended up being trapped in Salem along with the protagonists.
As Medea's aunt and teacher, she shares many of the same capabilities -- though she apparently isn't as volatile or hostile in personality as her legends would suggest; somehow likes "flawed" men. Has a complex about the fact that she looks like a little girl, and isn't capable of physically aging (though she can use illusions to make herself look older). Dislikes being called small or short, but also dislikes being reminded of her age (being referred to as Auntie by Medea Lily bothered her to no end). Insists on being called a "Great Witch." This point puts her in contrast to Medea, who generally dislikes "witch" as a title.
Back when Circe took on Medea (Lily) as a student, she frequently found herself disturbed at how brokenly sociopathic the girl was ...
Apparently only capable of cooking kykeon; but her skill at the dish renders it almost a delicacy. Takes offense at being told that it's really just a kind of porridge.
Incidentally, she's apparently able to excrete poisons from her skin to promote suggestibility -- but this is of no effect whatsoever on Guda, even in the context of the thaumaturgical suppression of Salem.
Ghouls:
Raum describes them as entities that consume the "thoughts" of the dead -- and thereafter become as one with the individual that they consume. During the climax of the story, he gives that Abigail may have been the one who set the original Tituba loose in the woods as a ghoul.
Yugo and Migo:
The twin stuffed bears respectively owned by Abigail and Lavinia. Possibly originally belonged to Lavinia, as stuffed bears of the like date from around the early 20th century. Possibly named after Yuggoth and Mi-go; though the naming scheme might also pun off "you" and "me."
Chaldea communication device:
In Shimousa, it was revealed to be a thaumaturgical device that operates by the use of Guda's Circuits. Ergo, the inactivity of her Circuits prevents communications. In Salem, communications are unable to permeate the perimeter of the Mist -- but Mashu explains that by way of a back door opened as a result of the present malfunctioning of SHEBA, the device is somehow able to connect with the Servants contracted to Guda back in Chaldea via her Command Seal.
What this means isn't entirely clear.
"Boston":
A "backstage" area that is accessible only to Raum and those under his control. It's not a real location, but Raum is able to store horses, NPCs, and weapons here.
Lavinia Whateley:
Possibly a homunculus -- or possibly not. Originally a native of Dunwich, Massachusetts, and not Salem. Somehow aware that in the local timeline, she's merely a character from a work of fiction. Absalom Whateley apparently prepared her as a vessel for the descent of Yog-Sothoth.
If Abigail can be regarded as an analogue of Guda, Lavinia is her Mashu. For a twelve-year-old with no special abilities, she's incredibly competent.
Abigail Williams:
A Servant. Probably a Heroic Spirit.
However, the iteration of her that exists within the Subspecies Singularity of Salem wasn't summoned forth from the Throne. The protagonists come to the hypothesis that Raum might have fabricated her -- maybe from the impression that she left within the Human Order?
As in the case of Sasaki Kojirou during the 5th War, Abigail is bound to the yorishiro of Salem. Her reluctance to exit the perimeter of the town in the course of the plot may have come from an unconscious awareness that her existence would dissipate in the event of escape. While she was active as a Foreigner, however, it was within her capacity to remotely target locations across the North American continent with mana depletion; distance was at the time of no matter to her ability.
In life, Abigail Williams apparently held the unrealized potential to serve as a gateway to Yog-Sothoth. The iteration of her that came to exist in Salem was presumably prepared by Raum in such a manner as to specifically manifest this potential.
The driving force behind her personality is, simply put, divided in two. On the one hand, she's unconsciously aware of the injustices that she perpetrated during the Salem witch trials in life, and desires to be judged and punished. On the other hand, her conscious mind is unknowing of the sins that she bore in life -- and is therefore uncomprehending at the scores of injustices being perpetrated around her.
The stage that Raum's prepared is built to express both of these aspects -- culminating in an act of judgment, per her highest desire; and the rendering of a punishment that she cannot accept. The opposite directions in which her drives pull her psyche would, to Raum's anticipation, cause her to connect with Yog-Sothoth.
However, it isn't the out-of-context existence of Yog-Sothoth that Raum wishes to utilize. What he desires of Abigail is for her to come into maturity as a being who will render judgment against humanity -- because "guilt" is in essence merely "a wish to be punished." Ergo, the Abigail that he wants to fully realize is an Abigail that cannot forgive herself, and cannot forgive humanity. In this state, her sole recognition would be that self-flagellation is highest purpose and desire of humanity. Everyone wishes to be punished, and therefore absolved of sin in the state of suffering.
Raum doesn't go so far as to describe the state of humanity in the circumstance that he attains victory -- but the World of Man would presumably come to resemble the Hell of Christianity, with him and Abigail as its joint administrators.
Technically, you don't actually defeat Abigail within the story. You just greatly fatigue her capacity to psychologically commit to her standing as an Aspect of Yog-Sothoth -- and in aftermath, Guda and Mashu tell her that she's punished herself enough; and that there is no one else who can rightly cast a stone against her. Nobody fundamentally bears the right judge another for what they hold within their heart.
Presuming that she possessed the mental fortitude to maintain her activation as a Foreigner indefinitely, her regeneration to full health might have turned the fight into something out of Dragon Ball Z. Probably, it's a good thing that she's mentally just a traumatized twelve-year-old?
To once again reiterate, the "characters" that populate the village of Salem are alike to Abigail in their pairing of "fear" and "guilt." More to the point, they were "willingly recruited" to their casting within the Singularity per a desire to be punished for their sins -- and a desire to be absolved.
Raum at one point explicitly describes the stage that he's built as a "Holy Grail" unto which sinners and perjurers have placed their final hope ...
Randolph Carter (H.P. Lovecraft?), voiced by Sugita Tomokazu:
An unidentified man, who apparently bears the capacity to independently transport himself and others between realities. Though he initially makes to introduce himself as Chandraputra, he changes his mind immediately after, and requests to be referred to as "a Gentleman who traverses Time and Space."
He claims that the Demon Pillar Raum asserted control over his flesh when he committed himself to a deep slumber so as to track a certain threat to the world, somehow related to the keywords of "ocean" and "octopus." Apologizing for the trouble he unintentionally caused, he gives he's unfortunately of such a nature as to be easily possessed by alien beings.
When Mashu notes that the humanoid form inhabited by Raum vanished after his defeat, the Gentleman tells her not to worry; he has properly recovered his flesh with no issue. He remarks that Raum took care to abide by strictures, as befits a Demon. As a consequence of his possession, however, he has come to an awareness of Abigail Williams; and rather than permitting her merely to vanish with the Subspecies Singularity, he offers either to purge her of her memories and capacity as the Silver Key, and to bring her to the place and era of her choice; or to take her along with him on his journey to the far reaches of the Universe.
Abigail, having come to accept herself, agrees to the offer of travel, and thereon departs the Singularity in the Gentleman's company.
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2017.09.07 11:47 A35821361 September 7. On this date in 1916, Tokujiro Torii, the first blind Japanese to learn Esperanto, wrote ‘Abdu'l-Bahá a letter in Esperanto Braille. His letter "was the second letter to be sent from Japan to the Master."

September 7. On this date in 1916, Tokujiro Torii, the first blind Japanese to learn Esperanto, wrote ‘Abdu'l-Bahá a letter in Esperanto Braille. His letter "was the second letter to be sent from Japan to the Master."
Tokujiro Torii
In Tokyo I had met Tokujiro Torii, who was a student at the Government School for the Blind. There he came to know Mr. Eroshenko and was the first of the blind in Japan to learn Esperanto. In the spring of 1916, he graduated from the school, and was married to a young woman from his home village. Then he became a teacher of a small school for the blind in Ejiri, a town in Shizuoka province. When I first met this blind brother, I felt his spirit was reaching for Light. Before Mr. Eroshenko left Japan in the summer of 1916 to go to Siam he asked me if I would go to Ejiri to help Mr. Torii with Esperanto and, he added, "the Bahá'í Cause." As I had learned to read and write Esperanto Braille, I was corresponding with Mr. Torii in Esperanto. He was editing a journal for the blind, and asked me to collaborate with him and write for it an article about the Bahá'í Revelation, which I was delighted to do. He had written Mr. Eroshenko that he felt a new spirit had come to Japan and he wrote me he felt the Bahá'í Cause would give light to the spirit of the blind people and added, "please guide me."
Mr. Torii had asked me if I would come to Ejiri the last week in August, as Mr. Nakamura, a blind teacher who had spent two years in a school in England, was going to be there then and would interpret for us. On August 22, while in Matsushima, I wrote: "In a few days I will be with some blind friends who have asked me to visit them. The friend of Mr. Eroshenko's (Mr. Torii) writes me that he is sorry he is only a poor young man and cannot give me the right reception, but, he says, 'I will receive the eternal riches from ‘Abdu'l-Bahá and await you with spiritual joy.' At his request I have written about the Mashriqu'l-Adhkár, which will be printed in Braille in the Journal for the Blind."
In order to go to Ejiri, I returned to Tokyo. It was exceedingly hot and I became ill. It seemed as though I could not be of help to anyone and even dear Mrs. Augur said she thought ‘Abdu'l-Bahá would not want me to go. Perhaps it was God's purpose to empty me of everything that He might use me. When the morning came to go, putting some Bahá'í literature in my suitcase, I went to the train. After a ride of five hours, Mr. and Mrs. Torii and Mr. Nakamura met me at Ejiri and guided me to a Japanese Inn. As Ejiri was a town where no foreigners lived, it was the only place for me to stay. We had a visit and then they left me. Throughout that night there was geisha music and noise in the Inn and I spent a sleepless night. In the morning when the dear friends came I read them from the book Ten Days in the Light of ‘Akká and other Bahá'í writings. Mr. Nakamura was then teaching in a Christian school for the blind in Tokyo, and was the editor of the only religious journal for the blind in Japan. He asked me if I would write about the Bahá'í Revelation for the blind women of Japan. He said I might be unlimited in the length of my article as nothing had yet been done for the blind women, whom he said had double darkness, that is, of spirit and body. He was devoting his time to try and better the condition of the blind in his land.
When I left Ejiri after a few days spent in reading and explaining the Bahá'í teachings, Mr. Torii told me that he wished to write to ‘Abdu'l-Bahá, but he waited for the inspiration to come. On September 7, in the quiet hours of the night the inspiration came. What joy was mine when I received from him a beautiful letter addressed to the Beloved Master, written in Esperanto Braille! He wrote me that after I left, he walked with his Japanese wife in the fields and a great light and happiness came to him. His letter, which was the second letter to be sent from Japan to the Master from a Japanese follows:
Ejiri, Shizuoka, Japan
September 7, 1916.
Lordo de mia spirito!
Nun mi skribas Vin kun spirita gojego, tio ci estas grandega honoro por mi. Mi kredas ke tio kio mi skribas nun al Vi, alportas grandan gojon, spiritan povon kaj fortegon al mi. Mi petegas Vin ke, Ho mia Spirita Amanto, Vi ciam plunigu mian koron per amo, gojo, paco, spirita lumo kaj eterna espero. Donu al mi la fortegon por ke mi ciam povu ami miajn gefratojn, por ke mi povu labori por alportigi la eternan lumon al miaj karaj samsortanoj, tio estas blinduloj de Japanujo, car mi estas blinda por ke mi povu vidi Vian Belecon!
Dio sendu Lian Lumon, forton kaj benon al mi kaj miaj karaj Japanaj blinduloj. Tio ci estas mia prego kaj deziro al Vi, car miaj samsortaj geamikoj estas ankorau tute en malheleco, ambau en spirito kaj korpo, kiel Vi scias. Sed mi sentas, mi kredas ke la tagigo proksimigas al ni. Bo, ne sekigu la fonton de amo en mia koro. Gvidu nin kune kun Dio. Amu nin per Via Universala Amo, kaj beno nian belan tagigon!
Nia kara fratino, F-ino Aleksandro, visitis antau kelkaj tagoj kaj rakontis min pri Via granda Instruo, kaj donis al mi sian personan influon per kiu mia koro estas sankigita. Si gvidis min en spirita eterna lumo kaj guo, fratine. Mi scias ke Via instruo estas granda lumego por tute homaro. Mi volas penadi per disvastigi tinu ci bonegan sciigajon speciale inter miaj samsortoj, se tio etsus eble por mi. Uzu min kiel Vi volas kaj donu al mi spiritan povon kaj forton por batali en la milito de la universala paco!
Mi kredas ke mi povas ricevi de Vi forton kaj Benon. Estigu akra mian animon por ke mi povu audi Vian Vocon! Mi nenion havas por diri al Vi sed pregon kaj petegon al Vi. Tamen, mi scias ke Vi goje permesas min kaj Vi donas eternan lumon kaj spiritan forton.
Via malgranda servisto
Tokujiro Torii
In an article published in the Bahá'í World Vol. IV, Mr. Torii wrote of his spiritual experience thus: "It was a day in August, 1916, that I found the Eternal Light which I had sought and sought with a longing heart for a long time . . . At that time I was living in a town by the seashore . . . There came a messenger of the Kingdom of Abhá and lifted up the veil of my soul. . . . Since that bright morning of my spirit, everything in the world has changed for me."
For the sake of God, I went to Ejiri and He used me for His purpose. Of all the trips I have taken in Japan that one brought the greatest blessing and joy which extended and increased throughout the years spent in that country. It was the door which opened to the blind of Japan Cause of God, bringing them Eternal Life.
Tokujiro Torii was twenty-three years old, and like Mr. Eroshenko, lost his sight when he was three years old from fever. His soul was so ripe that it only needed a touch to set it aflame. In a letter of September 12, 1916 I wrote: "Mr. Torii is ready to do anything he can for the Cause and is already translating from ‘Abdu'l-Bahá's words into Japanese. He learned English by listening at an English class for the sighted, but had no English books in Braille. He has no one to read English to him now. His little wife can only spell the words to him, but in this way he reads and translates. As we are planning soon to print a small book of the Bahá'í teachings in Japanese, we will also do the same in Braille for the blind. The donation for this work comes from a dear American brother."
In Tokyo I wrote for Mr. Nakamura the article, in the form of a letter, to the blind women, telling them of the hope and joy they would find in the Bahá'í Message. Mr. Nakamura translated it into Japanese Braille, and published and sent it out from his school. He said that usually the letters from the blind young women were very dull, but after they had read of the Bahá'í Message they became full of life. Several young women wrote of the light and consolation they received from the Bahá'í teachings. Mr. Nakamura kindly translated their letters to me. One of the young women especially found great inspiration and for a time we corresponded. This Braille booklet was not only the first of the Bahá'í teachings to be circulated among the blind in Japan but also the first pamphlet to be published in the Japanese language.
I wrote, "So the spiritual Dawn is surely drawing near for those people."
According the Google Translate, the text of this letter reads as follows...
Lord of my spirit!
Now I write you with spiritual joy, this is a huge honor for me. I believe that what I write now to You brings great joy, spiritual power and strength to me.
I beg you, O my Spiritual Beloved, you will always make my heart wake up with love, grace, peace, spiritual light and eternal hope. Give me the fortune so that I can always love my siblings, so that I can work to bring eternal love to my dear self-esteem, that is blind from Japan, as I am blind so I can see Your Beauty!
God sends His Light, strength and blessing to me and my dear Japanese blinds. This is my prego and my desire to you, since my same friends are still completely in darkness, both in spirit and body, as You know. But I'm sorry, I think the migration is coming to us. Bo, do not dry the source of love in my heart. Lead us together with God. Love us with Your Universal Love, and bless our beautiful dying!
Our dear sister, Miss Alexander, visited a few days ago and told me about Your great teachings, and gave me his personal influence through which my heart was sanctioned. If you guided me in spiritual eternal light and guo, sister. I know that Your teaching is a great light for all humanity. I want to try to spread you with a good news, especially in my case, if this may be possible for me. Use me as Thou wilt, and give me spiritual power and strength to fight in the war of universal peace!
I believe that I can get from you strength and blessing. Let my soul be sharpened so that I may hear Your Voice! I have nothing to tell you but prayer and supplication to you. However, I know that You gently allow me and You give eternal light and spiritual strength.
Your little servant
On February 12, 1913, 'Abdu'l-Bahá' had addressed the Paris Esperanto Society where he stated "everyone of us must study this language and make every effort to spread it so that each day it may receive a wider recognition, be accepted by all nations and governments of the world and become a part of the curriculum in all the public schools."
'Abdu'l-Bahá's February 12, 1913 talk to the Paris Esperanto Society, was reported in the "Star of the West" magazine...
Praise be to God, that Dr Zamenhof has created the Esperanto language. It has all the potential qualities of universal adoption. All of us must be grateful and thankful to him for his noble effort, for in this matter he has served his fellowmen well. He has constructed a language which will bestow divine benefits on all peoples. With untiring efforts and self-sacrifice on the part of its devotees it gives promise of universal acceptation. Therefore everyone of us must study this language and make every effort to spread it so that each day it may receive a wider recognition, be accepted by all nations and governments of the world and become a part of the curriculum in all the public schools. I hope that the business of the future conferences and congresses will be carried on in Esperanto. In the future two languages will be taught in the schools, one the native tongue, the other the international auxiliary language. Consider today how difficult is human communication. One may study 50 languages and yet travel through a country and still be at a loss. I, myself, know several of the Oriental languages, but know no Western tongue. Had this universal language pervaded the globe, I should have studied it and you would have been directly informed of my thoughts and I of yours and a special friendship would have been established between us.
Please send some teachers to Persia, if you can, so that they may teach Esperanto to the young people. I have written asking some of them to come here to study it. I hope that it will be promulgated very rapidly - then the world of humanity will find eternal peace; all the nations will associate with one another like mothers and sisters, fathers and brothers, and each individual member of the body politic will be fully informed of the thoughts of all
This talk was also covered in J.E. Esselmont's book Bahá'u'lláh and the New Era quotes 'Abdu’l-Bahá in the chapter entitled Universal Language:
At an Esperanto banquet given in Paris in February 1913, 'Abdu’l-Bahá said:—
Today one of the chief causes of the differences in Europe is the diversity of languages. We say this man is a German, the other is an Italian, then we meet an Englishman and then again a Frenchman. Although they belong to the same race, yet language is the greatest barrier between them. Were a universal auxiliary language in operation they would all be considered as one.
His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh wrote about this international language more than forty years ago. He says that as long as an international language is not adopted, complete union between the various sections of the world will be unrealized, for we observe that misunderstandings keep people from mutual association, and these misunderstandings will not be dispelled except through an international auxiliary language.
Generally speaking, the whole people of the Orient are not fully informed of events in the West, neither can the Westerners put themselves in sympathetic touch with the Easterners; their thoughts are enclosed in a casket—the international language will be the master key to open it. Were we in possession of a universal language, the Western books could easily be translated into that language, and the Eastern peoples be informed of their contents. In the same way the books of the East could be translated into that language for the benefit of the people in the West. The greatest means of progress towards the union of East and West will be a common language. It will make the whole world one home and become the strongest impulse for human advancement. It will upraise the standard of the oneness of humanity. It will make the earth one universal commonwealth. It will be the cause of love between the children of men. It will cause good fellowship between the various races.
Now, praise be to God that Dr. Zamenhof has invented the Esperanto language. It has all the potential qualities of becoming the international means of communication. All of us must be grateful and thankful to him for this noble effort; for in this way he has served his fellowmen well. With untiring effort and self-sacrifice on the part of its devotees Esperanto will become universal. Therefore every one of us must study this language and spread it as far as possible so that day by day it may receive a broader recognition, be accepted by all nations and governments of the world, and become a part of the curriculum in all the public schools. I hope that Esperanto will be adopted as the language of all the future international conferences and congresses, so that all people need acquire only two languages—one their own tongue and the other the international language. Then perfect union will be established between all the people of the world. Consider how difficult it is today to communicate with various nations. If one studies fifty languages one may yet travel through a country and not know the language. Therefore I hope that you will make the utmost effort, so that this language of Esperanto may be widely spread.
In the past, Bahá'ís were more active in learning and encouraging the learning of Esperanto, and the links between Esperanto and the Bahá'í Faith are numerous. Ehsan Yarshater, the ex-Bahá'í founder and editor of Encyclopedia Iranica, notes how as a child in Iran he learned and taught Esperanto and that when his mother was visiting Haifa he wrote her a letter in Persian as well as Esperanto. L.L. Zamenhof's daughter, Lidia Zamenhof was a convert to the Bahá'í Faith. At the request of 'Abdu’l-Baha, Agnes Baldwin Alexander became an early advocate of Esperanto and used it to spread the Bahá’í teachings at meetings and conferences in Japan.
Due to the failure of Esperanto to gain significant traction, however, 'Abdu’l-Bahá's statements have been backtracked, such that Shoghi Effendi said
Regarding the subject of Esperanto; it should be made clear to the believers that while the teaching of that language has been repeatedly encouraged by 'Abdu’l-Bahá, there is no reference either from Him or from Bahá’u’lláh that can make us believe that it will necessarily develop into the international auxiliary language of the future. Bahá’u’lláh has specified in His Writings that such a language will either have to be chosen from one of the existing languages, or an entirely new one should be created to serve as a medium of exchange between the nations and peoples of the world. Pending this final choice, the Bahá’ís are advised to study Esperanto only in consideration of the fact that the learning of this language can considerably facilitate intercommunication between individuals, groups and Assemblies throughout the Bahá’í world in the present stage of the evolution of the Faith.
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2017.08.07 20:53 Hefastus Happy Birthday Diana!

It's already 5 year for LoL moonbutt!
Designers
  • Lead: David 'Volty' Abecassis
  • Narrative: Iain 'Harrow' Hendry, Devon 'Runaan' Giehl, Matthew 'FauxSchizzle' Dunn, Graham 'Dinopawz' McNeil
  • Artwork: Kienan 'Knockwurst' Lafferty, Michal Ivan, Pan Chengwei
  • Visual: Michael 'IronStylus' Maurino, Oscar 'shadowMacuahuitl' Monteon, Alex 'CaptainLx' Lehmann, Christina 'NinjaChewyKun' Wun, Lisa 'Saiyaka' Thorn, Anthony 'PastaBomb' Possobon, Elena 'Hellstern' Bespalova
  • Sound: Adam 'BelligerentSwan' Swanson, Christian 'Praeco' Linke
  • Voice Actor: Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
  • Attached Concept Art: Michael 'IronStylus' Maurino
Trivia:
  • Diana, Jinx , Thresh , and Vi are the only champions whose login screens feature vocals (Diana's was sung by Lisa 'Saiyaka' Thorn, who created Crescent Strike's targeting indicator)
  • Diana was the first champion to feature animations for when affected by both crowd control and movement speed buffs.
  • Diana's weapon was featured in Man at Arms: Reforged.
  • Moonfall was conceived as Diana's ultimate: it had a channel time, dealt true damage, and was powered by a resource called 'Scorn' (was replaced by Lunar Rush for being deemed toxic and almost uncounterable)
  • "The moon also rises" and "The sun always rises" reference each other and The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.
  • "Chosen of the moon" and "Chosen of the sun" reference each other.
  • Diana and Leona share the quote "Twilight fades"
  • "The moon will rise. the night will last forever!" quote references Nightmare Moon from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
Classic Diana
  • She was conceived as Leona's polar opposite from day one.
  • Her name references the eponymous goddess from Roman mythology.
  • Her weapon is based on both a Sickle and a Khopesh.
Dark Valkyrie Diana
  • She was conceived as Valkyrie Leona's polar opposite (both reference the eponymous figures from Norse mythology)
  • She used to have a headdress resembling Syndra's (was removed because of similarities between the two)
Lunar Goddess Diana
  • She celebrates Lunar Revel 2014 (she represented the 'path of truth')
  • She references Chang'e from Chinese mythology.
  • A rabbit-shaped cloud can be seen in the background.
  • She is called 广寒仙子 嫦娥 (Chinese: 'Moon Fairy Chang'e') in the respective server.
  • She was conceived by an anonymous designer from Tencent (Riot Games Inc.'s parent company).
Infernal Diana
  • She celebrates Team Fire winning the 2015 All-Star (was selected by playerbase voting)
  • Glacial Malphite and Frozen Terror Nocturne can be seen in the background.
  • She shares this theme with Infernal Alistar, Infernal Mordekaiser, Infernal Nasus, Firefang Warwick, Volcanic Wukong, and Wildfire Zyra
Blood Moon Diana
  • The mask she is wearing references the ones used in Japanese Noh theater.
  • She shares this theme with Blood Moon Akali, Blood Moon Elise, Blood Moon Jhin, Blood Moon Kalista, Blood Moon Kennen, Blood Moon Shen, Blood Moon Thresh, Blood Moon Twisted Fate, Blood Moon Yasuo, Blood Moon Talon, and Blood Moon Zilean.
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