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This weekend Cory and I will be at:

ComicFest, part of StarFest

April 21 – 23, 2017

7675 E Union Ave, Denver, CO 80237

If you’re a local, we’d love to see you at the show!


Children visit this site. Moderate your language accordingly.

Considering that they are being set up as the villains, Visionaries certainly have a fine heroic story to tell themselves. A long history of being pawns of the gods! A lone “kindly” god who grants humanity the power to defy their fate! Humanity remade as gods, striking down all who would oppose them! Free exclamation marks for everyone! I can easily imagine someone like, say Kali, getting swept up in the enthusiasm, if only she hadn’t been raised to believe that Vision was the worst of the lot. Its a big step up from most fantasy villain motivations, which often seem to be along the lines of “They were bad, so they did bad things, try not to think too hard about it.”

I find the rationalizations cultures tell themselves to paint their ugly actions into pretty pictures to be a very interesting thing to unpack.

I’m not sure I can stand thinking about such things for very long. Recently, I’ve been reminded of my take on the rationalization used by the American South during slavery. I used to call it the Princess Dream. “Someday, I will live in a big house, and wear fancy dresses, and throw the best parties, and everyone will look up to me.”
It’s a powerful dream. You’ll still find it sold in many places from Disney, to Prom, to semi-ironic “Princess” t-shirts.
It was also what drove slavery. Plantation owners argued repeatedly that “the economy” needed slavery. Farming obviously produced enough for survival, because you still have to feed slaves, so they didn’t mean that, so what would be ruined? The plantations might fall apart, reduced to homesteads, but people willingly farmed the rocky soils of Appalachia in homesteads for much less, and made it work. What then? The dream. The big house, the fancy clothes, the parties, the importance, those might be lost. Plantation owners would become just citizens, like other citizens, and the dream was too sweet.
Even as it became bitter, venomous, they wrapped it around themselves refining their “courtly manners.” The result: slavery, suffering, war, death. Yet, talk to the right people about the “Antebellum South,” and they’ll sigh, “Ah the clothes, the parties, those fancy houses. It’s all such a shame!” It gives me an odd feeling, like listening to an addict talk about how good it felt to get high. Yes, it probably did, but you ruined your life. Abused, the Princess Dream is a sweet, terrible poison. How long can you think about how something so pretty can inspire actions so vile before it becomes too sad?

Dream Eater’s patience in telling the story truly amazes me. Unless he just likes telling (tall) tales, hah.

He’s happy to explain, in detail, the answers to questions that you never asked. It’s when people actually ask him things that he manages to completely side step answering questions. For instance, instead of telling Zhiro what’s going on with this whole ‘living in his head’ situation…we’re getting a history lesson. That nobody requested. But is sufficiently distracting.

Hmm… So by extension Dream Eater’s opposite/weakness is Zanaza’zael?

From the mandala earlier in the chapter, I’m guessing that those weaknesses are cyclical (So, if you go clockwise, the next Mystery you hit has a weakness to the one before). Which means that the Rainbow Goddess is weak to Dream Eater (which makes sense: knowledge can make or break dreams), who in turn is weak to Vision/the Lightning Snake (random flash of insight can make a mockery of a lifetime of knowledge)…

But we don’t know enough about the Bone Matron to complete the puzzle. Bones, sight, darkness, loss, spiders… those are the ‘themes’ I get from her. But not a lot of hard facts so far.

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