1103 Renegon.

When I was in Garden the Gamestop there had Gatcha figures from Legend Of Zelda. I got the two I least wanted. (Occarina Of Time Link and Zelda.) and toon Link. I really wanted the Skyward Sword pair, and Tetra would have been nice too, but that’s blind box for you. They also had some Mario Gatcha at the Target and I got mini hatless Mario. Unfortunately they did not have a single Jade Flashwing from Skylanders Giants. So that was disappointing. Their Transformer selection was worse than back home, which is really saying something. We don’t even have a Target, but their Wal-Mart had dick.

Strangely enough the most interesting store was the Hastings which had been remodeled. They really seem hell bent on not going out of business. So they’ve jumped on the comic book and collectible stuff hard. Plus, their pricing isn’t completely shitty on some items. To the point that I actually got a couple of Kre-O Transformer guys. They’re neat I guess, but I dunno. They’re a little too Lego. I still like the Halo actual toy style figures better. That said, if we had a store around that carried Kre-O I’d probably get blind bags just to get them. I got Springer and Warpath. There was also a value pack of regular guys that was Jazz, Bumblebee, Red Alert, Mirage, and Skywarp. All of those guys were as much as one blind pack, so it seemed like a good deal. Tiny Bublebee is pretty adorable.

Anyway, I’m gonna try and get that whole set of Zelda figures since I have the sucky half of it already. Unfortunately it looks like there’s really no way to tell what each thing is. They are apparently truly blind unlike the MLP stuff.

Here’s some more story:

“Yes, fantastic as always, Twig, but you probably shouldn’t-” He said, making to stop Twig from already trying an eigth time. Unfortunately, before he could break her concentration, a tongue of blue flame was doing significant damage to to the pillar Regalius was now scrambling away from like a cockroach. Twig was squealing with laughter at her new trick.

“Oh my goodness!” Exclaimed Niona. “I didn’t-”

“Don’t worry about it.” Julius replied, taking hold of Twig’s hands. “It’s just something you have to be careful about.” He addressed Twig sternly. “Not indoors. Not around people we know. Okay?”

“Yes master!” She replied cheerily.

“Why does she call you-” Niona started.

“I don’t know where she got that. I never told her to. Mostly I think she does it to tease me.” Julius interjected, casting a glance at his incorrigible protege.

“Master is kind and wise. We love master.” Twig responded, causing Julius to go red and Niona to giggle.

“Well, listen…” He said, attempting to divert attention away from Twig’s lurid pawing. “we know what happened to your friends now, and I’m very sorry for your loss. Should we gather their remains and leave or…?”

The others looked at one another. They each then separated and began adjusting the remains of their comrades. Useful items and remembrances were removed, then they were lined up in a tight row. Julius and Twig helped, trying to be as respectful as possible. Once things were set in a way that seemed to please the three old friends Alina stepped forward and began to sing a prayer. Niona came and stood with Julius and Twig. After a few bars Regalius began acompanying on his little flute. Twig began sobbing unashamedly and hugged Niona, who was weeping silently.
As they sang green flames engulfed the fallen and began to slowly shift to a bright blue, then to white. They all had to close their dark adapted eyes, but everyone present joined in the last chorus, as was traditional. They had each heard the song far too many times not to know it by broken heart. When the song was finished they opened their eyes and nothing remained of their friends.

“They wouldn’t’ve wanted any more than a soldier’s pyre.” Alina said above Twig’s loud sniffles.

“So, what now?” asked Julius.

“You may leave, if it suits you. You have fulfilled the terms of our original agreement and more.” Alina replied. “I want to see how much further this place goes, and destroy it if I can.”

“There was also one last member of the original party…” Niona remarked sadly. “It would be a miracle if he survived…”

“We can’t leave then.” Julius stated flatly.

“I’m glad to hear that, but you shouldn’t feel obligated.” Alina smiled weakly.

“If the entire party isn’t accounted for then I haven’t completed the contract.” Julius stated. “I never leave a job unfinished.”

“Nor me!” Sniffled Twig.

“That pleases me to hear more than you know.” Replied Alina, placing a hand on Twig’s shoulder. “If we press a little further maybe we can find a safe spot to rest.”

“And I, for one, don’t fancy going any further in without and expert…” Proclaimed Regalius dryly.

As they made ready to move out Niona leaned in and hugged Julius and Twig and said a very sincere thanks.

Once again Julius led the way, but now fully aware of what the room had to offer they moved in tight formation so that only a very few enemies could rise at a time. As a team a handful skeletal fighters stood no chance against them. Slowly, carefully, Julius led them to the far side of the room. There wasn’t even a door on this end. A few of the skeletons seemed to have tried walking into the next chamber, but whatever power made them mobile in their room seemed to fail them, leaving a few crumpled heaps in the doorway.

“I guess they never expected anyone to get this far.” Remarked Alina.

“I can’t say that was an unfounded expectation.” Replied Regalius, who was attempting to use the remains of his violin to craft a makeshift lute.

“We aren’t the only people to have made it this far.” Julius interjected from a little ways ahead.

“We’re not?” Niona gaped.

“There’s tracks in the dust. Their already being covered up, but they’re fresh enough to see” He replied.

The path seemed safe enough, and whoever had been there first had been running flat out by the looks of it. There were even drops of dried blood every few strides. This being the case Julius moved swiftly down the corridor. Eventually the trail terminated at a door not unlike the one they had used for shelter a few floors back.

“Can this be disengaged from outside?” Asked Alina.

“Possibly.” Replied Julius. “but it would be significantly more difficult. I think they were meant to be fail safes.”

“Maybe we can just knock?” Said Twig. Before anyong had a chance to protest she was tapping the stone with the butt of a dagger. “Hello!? Are you dead? Let us in if you’re not!”

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Hey, if Mass Effect 2’s interrupts taught me anything is that being a little renegade from time to time will get you far in life.

I don’t care what that vending machine says, Paragade is awesome.

…I totally pushed that guy out the window in Dantius Towers.

Screw that guy.

Dude, Thomas, you can still main Paragon and take Renegade actions from time to time.

…Like punching a certain reporter in the head, sometimes renegade is the correct path, just not the nicest.

I Paragoned so hard. I like to feel that my Shepard is idealistic, but ultimately, deep-down where she may not even be aware of it, completely unforgiving.

If you’re her friend, she’ll do what she thinks is best for you, even if you don’t like it (talking about YOU, Garrus).

She believes in taking the high road if she can.

But if you stand in her way, she will end you. Brutally. And without mercy.

Oh, so the Paragon/Renegade thing is a Mass Effect reference.

I was lost until the comments. I mean, “going renegade”, in some circles, means you’re going without underwear. In this context, that … I have mixed feelings about how much sense that makes.

Pretty sure that’s “going commando”.

I think having his actions defined in terms of Paragon vs Renegade is going to make Thomas think about his actions and choices in this scenario. Might not change how he reacts, but that’s up to him.

That’s kinda awkward.
You know why?
A local business over in my aunt’s neighborhood makes scale figures of videogame characters. Guess who just got marked down to $2?
Skyward Sword Link. I straight stared at that deal last time I was over, and decided to wait until one from No More Heroes went on clearance.

Still hasn’t happened yet. Next week’s deal is Frank Fontaine. Screw that guy.

The Hastings in my hometown went to buying and selling used books. It’s awesome I got a stack of comics trades for $20. Too bad I don’t live there now and now one reads in this town.

Paragon.
Renegade.
Renegon.
Paragade.

I have to admit, the first two really sound like code names from some action-thriller movie. Parqgade, aside from the Mass Effect connection, well, sounds like the name of a runs-down little roadside attraction fun-fair theme park outside the small town of your choice (Visit Keokuk’s thrilling Paragade today!). Renegon sounds more like a Pokemon critter.

I’d never heard of Hastings before so I had to look them up. Apparently, the nearest stores to me are a three-way tie (780 – 860 Mi.) of Richmond IN, Richmond (near Lexington) KY and Maryville, TN. Probably not this weekend, but their website looks interesting; I could see killing an afternoon there. All we have out here is Barnes Ignoble and Books-A-Million (a former Borders).

Now I wonder what evil machinations Thomas is up to. This can only end in tears — I think I see where this is going, but I’ll button my lip for now.

Heh. I got stuck on the way you spelled “Parqgade.”

“I can’t believe it’s not water!”

I wonder how that sports drink would sell?

I only ever bought two Gocha toys in my life. Once, while I was in Japan, and I got Wind Waker Link, though this was the series before they combined it with all the other series. The other time is when I saw the display in a toy shop and decided “Man, I really want the Darknut from that series.” and so I picked out the heaviest one. Success.

Ooh, now yer messing with the url on purpose… to mess with my OCD! You won’t get the better of me… uh-uh. Nope. Not gonna….. work…… Not…. a…. b… GAAAAHHHH!

Those figurines would be awesome. I don’t think I would care which ones I got, being a mega Zelda fan. I couldn’t play Skyward Sword (me and wii motion don’t get along very well. Apparently “swing horizontal” means “swing vertical” for me.), but from what little I DID play, I did like it. “Swiss Miss” Zelda looks adorable, and Fii amused me with her odd way of reading messages (by dancing around the entire room), it was just the controls I hated! I hope they at some point remake it for controller settings.. could be done easy. Using the [C] stick to swing the sword! Would be great! Some of us players just CAN’T USE WIIMOTION, Nintendo!! D:

I assure you I’m not messing with you on purpose. I’m just a bit disorganized at the moment.

Anyway it’s a shame you couldn’t enjoy the Wii controls for Skyward. I loved them. To the point that I bought the wii version of Twilight Princess just to get a little more of something similar out of the Wii before it goes the way of the dinosaur.

I dunno what it was! Just for some reason, unless it is WarioWare, the Wii controls have always hated my guts. And it is such a shame, because I’ve REALLY wanted to play Skyward Sword. My brother, the self-proclaimed “Zelda Master” (even tho I’ve beat more of them than him), has gotten farther than me in SS, and that is unacceptable! T3T

Omigod, I went to a Hastings on the way back from KC. Over the years they’ve ruined their business— closing at 8 pm when it’s a freaking movie store… what the hell???
When we went there this time, they were open till 10 again on Sunday and 11 other days just like old times (no midnight but that’s been a long while), all their used stuff was b2g1 free, the comics… what the hell did they do to the comics? Holy cow. Too little too late, Hastings, but dang, that’s a nice set up. All the hardcovers were 2 for whatever, paperbacks under $20 were 2 for $30, paper backs under $10 were 3 for something… I was like, “What the hell, Hastings? You suddenly get awesome now that you’ve closed all your damn stores?!?”.
I’m still bitter over ours closing… I miss it…

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