Science fund – Star Warz http://star-warz.net/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 02:21:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://star-warz.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-23T234539.702-150x150.png Science fund – Star Warz http://star-warz.net/ 32 32 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1 Original Cover Auctions For $2.4 Million https://star-warz.net/batman-the-dark-knight-returns-1-original-cover-auctions-for-2-4-million/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 22:55:02 +0000 https://star-warz.net/batman-the-dark-knight-returns-1-original-cover-auctions-for-2-4-million/ The original first issue cover of Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns sold for $2.4 million at a Thursday heritage auction, making it the highest-grossing US comic book cover ever. expensive sold publicly. The cover art was a collaboration between Miller and his then-wife, Lynn Varley, featuring Batman silhouetted against an open sky by […]]]>

The original first issue cover of Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns sold for $2.4 million at a Thursday heritage auction, making it the highest-grossing US comic book cover ever. expensive sold publicly.

The cover art was a collaboration between Miller and his then-wife, Lynn Varley, featuring Batman silhouetted against an open sky by lightning. Check out the cover below.

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Speaking of the cover’s iconography itself, Todd Hignite, Vice President of Heritage, said, “This is easily one of the most famous comic book covers of all time, and it has defined the superhero genre from the 1980s to the present moment.” Further adding, “It’s also too late for comics to be treated as the classic American art that it truly is.”

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Although Heritage declined to release the identity of the buyer and seller, they said they had a lot of interest in the piece – attracting 90 bidders, both onsite and by phone, at the auction of four days of comics and comics. art which was held from Thursday to Sunday last.

Written by legendary Batman comic book writer Frank Miller (Batman: Year One, All-Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder), The Dark Knight Returns is one of the most beloved and influential pieces of Batman media. , being credited as the direct inspiration for Zack Snyder’s take on Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The four-issue comic book miniseries tells the alternate history of a Batman who returns from retirement to fight crime and faces opposition from the Gotham City police and the U.S. government. It brings Batman face to face with classic foes like Two-Face and the Joker and culminates in a confrontation with Superman, who is a pawn of the government.

According to Heritage, the first issue of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is the first artwork from a DC Comics title to sell for more than US$1 million. The previous record for the most expensive original Batman art sold at auction belonged to Neal Adams’ 1973 cover for Batman #251, which sold for US$600,000 at Heritage in November 2019.

In 2012, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns was adapted into animation and split into two parts. Both are considered successful adaptations of Miller’s work, and you can check out IGN’s review of both parts of the anime adaptation here.

Diego Ramos Bechara is a freelance writer for IGN.

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Star Wars Changes How You See Count Dooku’s Dark Side https://star-warz.net/star-wars-changes-how-you-see-count-dookus-dark-side/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 21:00:00 +0000 https://star-warz.net/star-wars-changes-how-you-see-count-dookus-dark-side/ Recent Star Wars tie-ins have hinted at a subtle rewrite of Dooku’s origin story – one with major implications for his role in the saga. star wars changes how viewers can interpret Count Dooku’s fall to the dark side. Introduced in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones as a former Jedi who […]]]>

Recent Star Wars tie-ins have hinted at a subtle rewrite of Dooku’s origin story – one with major implications for his role in the saga.

star wars changes how viewers can interpret Count Dooku’s fall to the dark side. Introduced in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones as a former Jedi who became Darth Sidious’ apprentice, Dooku played a key role in the Skywalker Saga. Palpatine positioned him as the face of the separatist movement, then sacrificed him as part of his seduction of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

Ironically, there’s a sense in which Count Dooku fell to the dark side for the same reasons Anakin did. Although Dooku was taken from his family when he was just a child, he reconnected with them after a chance encounter with his sister Jenza. Dooku grew disillusioned with the Jedi Council, and things escalated when Serenno was overrun by raiders. The Jedi Master disobeyed orders, defending his planet in spectacular fashion before leaving the Jedi Order and inheriting the title Earl of Serenno, as told in Cavan Scott’s audiobook. Dooku: Lost Jedi.

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The last star wars anthology, Jedi & Sith Storiescontains a short story titled Solve by Alex Segura who offers another perspective on Dooku’s downfall. Dooku’s former Padawan was understandably shaken when Dooku left the Jedi, and during his meditations he sensed an outside presence manipulating Dooku. It’s a hint that the Sith have been manipulating Dooku all along – and, due to the established timeline, means he was therefore controlled by Darth Plagueis. Comparisons between Palpatine and Dooku have always been stark – two powerful Force users who operated in the realm of politics – and it’s possible that Plagueis sees them both as potential apprentices.



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This makes Dooku a much more important figure in star wars lore than previously believed. Recent links have suggested that the Sith were secretly preying on the Jedi from afar, using the dark side to trick the Young and the Padawans into abandoning the Jedi, but Dooku would be their biggest hit. After all, only 20 Jedi Masters – the so-called “twenty lost– abandoned the Jedi in the history of the Order. Plagueis may not have chosen Dooku as his apprentice, but he will no doubt have been delighted with his success nonetheless.

Through this lens, the relationship between Palpatine and Dooku also becomes much more interesting. Palpatine was deeply selfish and would have enjoyed using Dooku as a tool. That’s all Dooku ever was to Palpatine; a means to an end, a workaround after Darth Maul’s death, a pawn to throw away after seducing the chosen one to the dark side in a much more direct way. Darth Sidious was truly the greatest villain of star warsand that would have seemed like a calculated insult to both Dooku and Palpatine’s old master, Darth Plagueis.


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The saddest moments of the Metal Gear series https://star-warz.net/the-saddest-moments-of-the-metal-gear-series/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 03:45:00 +0000 https://star-warz.net/the-saddest-moments-of-the-metal-gear-series/ metal gear is no stranger to emotional and sad moments, between intelligent philosophical debates and war action sequences. Hideo Kojima metal gear The series has many interesting characters, and each character is perfectly designed for players to take care of. There are deadly consequences and harrowing stories galore. RELATED: Metal Gear: The Dumbest Things That […]]]>

metal gear is no stranger to emotional and sad moments, between intelligent philosophical debates and war action sequences. Hideo Kojima metal gear The series has many interesting characters, and each character is perfectly designed for players to take care of. There are deadly consequences and harrowing stories galore.



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In each Solid metal gear, the cast suffers. Whether by betrayal, death or heroic sacrifice. There are happy moments in the series, but they’re the brief in-between of the dark gloom that plagues this iconic video game franchise and shows everyone just how grueling warfare and tactical espionage really are.

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ten The death of Emma Emmerich

Many characters in Solid metal gear go through pain and grief, but none seem to succumb to tragedy quite like Otacon. One of these tragedies unfolds in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Libertyin which after Raiden saves his stepsister, she is stabbed to death by Vamp.

During a long and rigorous escort mission, players feel a sense of care as Emma talks to Raiden, and players don’t want to see her hurt as they go through water and gunfire. snipers. Unfortunately, that isn’t enough and Emma dies in Otacon’s arms after Vamp’s mortal wound.

9 Father and son

With the conclusion of Metal Gear Solid 4: Weapons of the Patriots, all is well in the world, and Old Snake plans to take what little is left of his life with his gun. The shocking twist after the credits was only Big Boss to save him. He returns, not to fight, but to reconcile.

This powerful moment reiterates the end of the series, as all threats have been resolved, and Big Boss’ finale ends with a final salute to his mentor and the woman who started this crusade: The Boss. The two Serpents share a beautiful and moving moment.


8 Quiet goodbye

Perhaps a phantom pain is more than just the loss of a limb, but the loss of one’s love. Through Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, “Venom” Snake and Quiet quite develop the bond. After a fight that defies all odds, Snake manages to carry Quiet through a sandstorm back to Mother Base.

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Ironically, Snake is bitten by a snake, which mortally wounds him. Snake needs medical attention, so Quiet talks about his location at HQ. In doing so, she activates the deadly virus within her which awakens through English. This means that she will never be able to see Big Boss again. His final farewell is a recording, so Big Boss can always hear his voice and continue his mission against nuclear war.


seven The death of the sniper wolf

Sniper Wolf is a character from Solid metal gear that players are supposed to hate. The game that shaped the stealth genre had intense emotion for a title in 1998. It beats Solid Snake at every turn, abducting allies and nearly claiming Meryl’s life. Yet once Solid Snake takes the victorious blow, an emotional composition plays as she gives Solid Snake his final speech.

Sniper Wolf fell victim to the horrors of war. His speech is poignant, beautiful and graphic. His death is an emotional ending for a very complex character. To make matters worse, Otacon watches helplessly and is completely shaken by the realization of war and the concept of being just a pawn in a larger system.


6 Farewell to the Gray Fox

Solid metal gear is haunted by a cyborg ninja, who effortlessly kills his victims. The identity of the cyborg ninja is shrouded in mystery but was revealed to be Snake’s former comrade from the start metal gear games: Gray Fox.

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During the impossible battle between the iconic sonic legacy of Metal Gear REX and Solid Snake, Gray Fox leaves a final confession, a farewell to Naomi, his foster sister, and Snake. Unable to run from his past, he sacrifices his life in battle to give Solid Snake the edge he needs to claim victory.


5 Raiden’s Sacrifice

Solid Metal Gear 2 introduces a new protagonist to the franchise. Raiden, at first, was not liked by some MGS 2 players. They wanted Solid Snake, who they had known as the leader of the franchise. Part of his backstory even involved the fact that he wasn’t Solid Snake and never could be. That’s why he became his own man.

With Solid metal gear 4, Raiden does everything to save Snake and shows that he is more than willing to sacrifice his life for the man. It’s dramatic and intense, as Raiden’s life with the woman he loves flashes before his eyes as his body is crushed. It’s tragic, and all Snake thinks he survives is his sword.


4 The boss’s innocence has been proven

Arguably the franchise’s most tragic character, The Boss sacrificed herself not once, but twice on the show. In Metal Gear Solid: Peacewalker, The Boss was placed in an AI, nuclear deterrent. When the world is threatened by nuclear war, The Boss comes to life. A ghost in the machine. She sings, beautifully, choosing a fate for herself once again.

The boss drowns to stop the data uplink, to ensure that the world continues to coexist with peace and prosperity across nations. This moment shows Big Boss that there is beauty outside of battle. As The Boss finally submerges, Big Boss gives another salute as the world watches The Boss’ innocence.


3 The microwave room

Nothing will stop Old Snake from achieving his goal. One of the most moving moments of Solid metal gear 4 makes Snake walk down a hallway riddled with deadly microwaves. Every step Snake takes hurts him and burns his skin. The music is moving and Otacon begs Snake to continue.

As it progresses, it weakens. Snake’s health gauge is depleting and he’s getting closer to killing and winning the Patriots AI, GW. This scene is also associated with what is happening in the world right now, with many of Snake’s allies fighting for their lives, depending on Snake at this fatal moment.


2 Kill the Diamond Dogs

When the emotional moments shine Metal Gear Solid 5, they really shine. With this Metal Gear title being the first open-world title, players can recruit soldiers into the Diamond Dogs and develop bonds with their allies on Mother Base.

A mission has a deadly voice infection aboard Mother Base. Big Boss enters the infected site and finds that all his men, his comrades, are infected with the deadly virus. They stand triumphantly, coughing and saluting, singing in unison as Big Boss is forced to execute them, one by one. It’s tragic, and every kill is his punishment on Big Boss, but ever loyal, they live and die under his command.


1 The real mission of the boss

As players progress through Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, they find themselves desperate and frustrated as to why The Boss would betray Naked Snake, and therefore the player. With his boss fighting, the mentor is defeated and the flower fields bloom with his blood. It’s a tragically beautiful ending.

What makes this moment the saddest of all is how The Boss left the United States on the orders of the government. She was to be a scapegoat to cover up US involvement in Soviet territory. It was a soldier’s ultimate sacrifice, to be disgraced and remembered as a traitor, all but Snake knows she was a true patriot.

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Bruins dismissal of Bruce Cassidy set to spark Boston rebuild | Launderer’s report https://star-warz.net/bruins-dismissal-of-bruce-cassidy-set-to-spark-boston-rebuild-launderers-report/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 19:39:26 +0000 https://star-warz.net/bruins-dismissal-of-bruce-cassidy-set-to-spark-boston-rebuild-launderers-report/ John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images While Patrice Bergeron may have something to say about it, it sure looks like the Boston Bruins’ window of contention is closed. While it wasn’t closed after the Bruins lost a seven-game series to the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs last […]]]>

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While Patrice Bergeron may have something to say about it, it sure looks like the Boston Bruins’ window of contention is closed.

While it wasn’t closed after the Bruins lost a seven-game series to the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs last month, it was closed on Monday when the general manager Don Sweeney has fired coach Bruce Cassidy.

The decision has been met with a mixture of anger, confusion and dismay from fans and local media, although team chairman Cam Neely hinted at the possibility of a manager change a while ago. a few weeks.

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Imagine blaming Bruce Cassidy when Cam Neely and Don Sweeney are literally the problem.

But the few weeks that have passed have led many to believe Cassidy, the Jack Adams Award winner who led the Bruins to the 2019 Eastern Conference title, was safe.

“I just felt the message and the voice that was going to be needed,” Sweeney said Tuesday morning during a press conference at the club’s training facility. “I felt we needed a new direction.”

The team was always going to take a new direction, no matter who was behind the bench. Brad Merchant recently had hip surgery and is expected to be out for six months. Captain Patrice Bergeron’s contract is over and he could opt to retire this summer.

Sweeney insisted that Bergeron had no influence on this decision.

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“No, I’ve had several conversations with Patrice about this organization during my time here. We continue to have them. He has too much respect for Bruce or me or anyone to make any recommendations on who the coach is and who he is going to play with,” Sweeney said. “We went through the same thing with Claude [Julien] where he performed and had great success. It’s more out of respect. In my conversations with him yesterday, I did not ask him if this had any impact on his decision. It’s Bergy’s decision and his schedule.”

Losing Bergeron, the 2021-22 Selke Trophy winner, would be a blow for the club, but it shouldn’t come as a shock. Last year, the Bruins lost center David Krejci and goaltender Tuukka Rask. There was always a belief that one, if not both, would return, and Rask briefly did before finally deciding to retire. There are still lingering rumors that Krejci will return after playing in the Czech Republic, and Sweeney said he has had conversations with Krejci’s side, but even if that’s the case, the roster still hasn’t. not the depth needed to compete in the Atlantic. Division next season or in the future.

The Bruins have proven to be a one-line team, and the “Perfection Line” itself might not even return. A new coach is not going to fix that.

“The question comes to Bergeron,” Sweeney said. “It’s the question of when you talk about bringing back a similar type of roster, that’s a big part of that and I still have to wait for that decision. I don’t have any clarity on that here today. , so I’m not going to fully answer the question because I don’t have that answer as I sit. Now we’re going to take a change, much like in 2015 where we instituted younger players, and we have to continue to do a good job when they are ready.”

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The pivot to young players will only help if those young players are willing to contribute every night at the NHL level, and a team that’s been in winning mode now like the Bruins isn’t necessarily full of prospects. With the exception of 23-year-old goaltender Jeremy Swayman, the young players in the NHL roster haven’t necessarily shown they’re up for it. Trent Frederic was a healthy scratch for three playoff games. Oskar Steen appeared in a match after February. Jake DeBrusk, 25, was expected to struggle without Krejci as a teammate, but enjoyed a rebounding season with 25 goals and 42 points.

Nonetheless, questions surround DeBrusk’s future. He requested a trade at the start of the season and despite signing an extension at the trade deadline, there is still a possibility that the young forward could be traded.

This brings us back to Cassidy and the front office. Neely said young players were afraid of making mistakes under Cassidy, and while that may have been the case, the developmental shortcomings cannot be blamed on the head coach.

Player development requires the establishment of processes and the correct management of resources. A club’s failure to develop young talent is systemic. Unless big deals are made, the prospect pool is not about to deepen. The club does not have a first-round or fifth-round pick in the upcoming 2022 draft and does not have a second-round pick next year.

Sweeney said he doesn’t regret giving up those picks to trade them for players like Hampus Lindholm at the trade deadline, and while he admits he might like more picks, he maintains his decision to make this sacrifice. He may have to make more sacrifices to get younger as he can’t keep the same roster and rebuild or re-equip. He can’t have it both ways.

He also admitted that the last six forwards lacked speed, skill and tenacity.

“I think it’s playing with a bit more pace, and maybe it’s in the last six,” he said. “I think we were well equipped in depth, but when some players rose to their challenges, were others able to step in and be with the group? And that’s up to me.”

Sweeney isn’t wrong that roster building is on him. As general manager, the list is under his responsibility. The coach can’t do much with the players under his care, and Cassidy has gotten a lot from a top group.

Sweeney’s job is safe. Neely said so a few weeks ago, and on Tuesday morning Sweeney said he didn’t anticipate any change in his employment status. Much of the blame can be placed on the front office, but they chose to put the blame on Cassidy.

Being a head coach in professional sports sometimes means being a pawn in the executive game. It means being the scapegoat when plans don’t go as planned, and it means little to no long-term stability.

Cassidy has become the fall guy, and now the Bruins seem to have no choice but to rebuild.

“I made the decision because I was at the place where I hired Bruce six years ago, and the same person who stands here today and says, ‘I have to make a change'” , Sweeney said. “As I mentioned, the message, the direction and some of the things don’t resonate as strongly as they did. That’s part of the exercise.”

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10 Best Jedi And Sith From The “Star Wars” Expanded Universe https://star-warz.net/10-best-jedi-and-sith-from-the-star-wars-expanded-universe/ Thu, 02 Jun 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://star-warz.net/10-best-jedi-and-sith-from-the-star-wars-expanded-universe/ The Jedis. Interstellar Guardians of Peace and Justice. Practitioners of the light side of the Force, a mysterious and phenomenal power. And the Sith, their ancient enemy and supporters of the dark side. And then there are those who walk the line between the two or choose neither and settle on a path of gray. […]]]>

The Jedis. Interstellar Guardians of Peace and Justice. Practitioners of the light side of the Force, a mysterious and phenomenal power. And the Sith, their ancient enemy and supporters of the dark side. And then there are those who walk the line between the two or choose neither and settle on a path of gray.

In george lucas‘ from the visionary Star Wars universe, Jedi and Sith play central roles in tales of epic battles to determine the fate of an entire galaxy, wielding their colorful laser swords and near-magical abilities to support their chosen sides. The Star Wars Extended Universe, now called Star Wars Legends, has deepened the mythos behind the rival commands beyond the original film series.

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However, after Disney acquired the franchise, the expanded material was removed from official canon. Fans never forgot though and still hold dear to these additional stories, with their many notable Jedi and Sith characters and those in between.

Galen Marek

popular video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed featured a story in which Darth Vader secretly adopted an apprentice after killing the boy’s Jedi father. Galen Marek, codenamed Starkiller, grew up believing he was destined to help Vader overthrow his master Emperor Palpatine, but he was ultimately a pawn to lure out Palpatine’s enemies. In the end, Marek sacrificed his life to save those he endangered, inspiring them to form the Rebel Alliance against the Galactic Empire.

Exceptionally strong in the Force even as a child, Marek could knock back entire rooms full of opponents with telekinesis, produce devastating bursts of Sith lightning, and fight face-to-face with Vader and Palpatine, the most powerful Sith of their time. Additionally, Marek’s proficiency with a lightsaber was adaptable and comprehensive, allowing him to defeat multiple Jedi and Sith swordmasters.

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Kyle Katarn

Former Imperial officer turned rebel soldier Kyle Katarn discovered he was Force-sensitive some time after the collapse of the Galactic Empire and trained to become a Jedi. His journey saw him wrestle with both the light and dark sides of the Force before finding an inner balance that allowed him to become a true master who would go on to guide new generations of Jedi alongside the legendary Luke Skywalker.

Although mostly self-taught, Katarn was an incredibly proficient Force user, surpassing many Jedi. He had the ability to use Sith powers like Force Lightning and Force Choke without succumbing to the dark side. And his mastery of lightsaber combat led to him being named the head instructor of the New Jedi Order.

Darth Revan

One of the major cornerstones of the Expanded Universe is the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic series of video games, which offered accounts of events millennia before those of the films. One of the most important figures of this period was Darth Revan, a Jedi who turned to the dark side and established a Sith Empire with his friend Darth Malak, who eventually betrayed him. Revan would eventually find his way back to the light after his mind was erased and he was given a renewed identity with the Jedi.

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Having embraced the realms of light and darkness, Revan possessed one of the purest connections to the Force ever known. He was capable of extraordinary telekinetic feats, mind manipulation, and predicting the future. A mortal fighter and swordsman, Revan distinguished himself in the Mandalorian Wars and the Jedi Civil War.

Bastil Shan

A key participant in the Jedi Civil War, Bastila Shan was instrumental in the capture and rehabilitation of Darth Revan. The Force bond she formed with Revan and his love facilitated the redemption of the fallen Jedi, and with Revan’s help, Shan and the Old Republic were able to defeat the Sith Lord Darth Malak and restore peace for a while. time.

Shan’s most distinctive ability was his aptitude for combat meditation, a rare Force technique that increased the morale of the user’s allies in battle and simultaneously drained the opposing side of their own courage. As such, Shan could effectively turn the tide of a melee by her mere presence.


Satelé Shan

A descendant of renowned heroes Bastila Shan and Revan, Satele Shan followed in the footsteps of her ancestors and established herself as a legend during the Great Galactic War, the Cold War and the resurgent Galactic War. A dedicated warrior, she served the Galactic Republic in numerous skirmishes against the reconstituted Sith Empire, including the Battle of Alderaan, and was awarded the title of Grand Master of the Jedi Order, the youngest in history.

Due to her lineage, Satele was extremely gifted in the Force, inheriting the powers of combat meditation and farsightedness from Bastila and Revan respectively. Additionally, Satele’s telekinetic strength was staggering and her prowess with Force energy absorption abilities were such that she could block a lightsaber blade with her bare hands.


Darth Malgus

When the Sith Empire resurfaced to perpetrate the Great Galactic War, Darth Malgus, as a young apprentice, won them a victory against the Jedi by slaying a Master while reclaiming Korriban, the homeworld of the Sith. Malgus would later lead a decisive assault on the Jedi Temple of Coruscant, killing many of its members, including the notorious Ven Zallow.

Malgus was a veritable beast in battle, using his lightsaber skills and Force powers to chilling effect against his foes. Despite his apparent love of conflict, Malgus was a complex individual whose reputation would be admired by future Sith Lords for his power and military expertise.

Darth Bane

Technically, the legendary Darth Bane has now been reinstated into Star Wars canon lore, but his only appearance in current continuity so far naturally doesn’t carry the weight of the Expanded Universe version. Bane pioneered the Rule of Two, which stated that only two Sith should exist at a time, in order to avoid lingering infighting within the Sith Order. This doctrine endured long after Bane’s death and contributed to Darth Sidious’s rise to power and the downfall of the Jedi.

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In addition to being a brutal lightsaber duelist, Bane was an extremely skilled Force wielder who could unleash waves of Force energy, instantly incinerate enemies with lightning, and tap into negative emotions to sustain and rejuvenate himself. .

Mara Jade Skywalker

From Imperial assassin to smuggler to First Lady of the New Jedi Order to her marriage to Grand Master Luke Skywalker, Mara Jade Skywalker has undergone quite the transformation to earn her place as a fan favorite of the Universe. expanded. Originally ordered to eliminate Skywalker, she fell in love with him and supported the Jedi during their most difficult times, such as the Yuuzhan Vong War.

While not comparable to her husband in terms of raw power, Jade was still very adept with the Force, possessing a particularly strong sense of danger and impressively channeling the Force to prevent a deadly disease afflicting her. She was also an accomplished pilot, spy, and swordswoman.


Darth Caedus

Born Jacen Solo, son of Han Solo and Leia Organa, Darth Caedus was a clear prototype for Kylo Ren of the Star Wars sequel trilogy before the Expanded Universe was erased from canon. Jacen was an empathetic and erudite Jedi Knight whose experiences of war drove him to seek lasting peace, whatever the cost, culminating in his descent into darkness and a reign of terror that tormented his family and the Galaxy.

As a descendant of the Skywalker line, Caedus’ Force potential was extraordinary, and he became familiar with an astonishing number of abilities, including more esoteric ones. By the time he was a fully realized Sith Lord, he was able to pressure his uncle Luke Skywalker into a lightsaber duel.

Exar Kun

Sometimes the desire to know can be harmful. Jedi learner Exar Kun sparked a curiosity about the Sith during his studies and followed his obsession into the depths of evil, becoming a Dark Lord of the Sith who corrupted many other souls in his bid for galactic conquest.

Considered perhaps the most dangerous of the ancient Sith, Kun was a brilliant swordsman and a formidable student of the dark side. He even found a way to transcend death and visit his evilness on Luke Skywalker and his Jedi Order thousands of years later.

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Brittney Griner’s wife tells ABC she wants the WNBA star’s house https://star-warz.net/brittney-griners-wife-tells-abc-she-wants-the-wnba-stars-house/ Sun, 29 May 2022 15:49:17 +0000 https://star-warz.net/brittney-griners-wife-tells-abc-she-wants-the-wnba-stars-house/ Brittney Griner’s wife Cherelle wants President Joe Biden to secure her partner’s release, doing whatever it takes to bring the WNBA star back from Russia where she has been held for more than three months. “I keep hearing that, you know, he has the power. He’s a political pawn,” said Cherelle, who became emotional as […]]]>

Brittney Griner’s wife Cherelle wants President Joe Biden to secure her partner’s release, doing whatever it takes to bring the WNBA star back from Russia where she has been held for more than three months.

“I keep hearing that, you know, he has the power. He’s a political pawn,” said Cherelle, who became emotional as she detailed what little she knows of Griner’s detention during an interview that aired Wednesday on Good Morning America. “So if they’re holding her because they want you to do something, then I want you to do it.”

The Phoenix Mercury Center has been detained since February 17 after vape cartridges containing cannabis-derived oil were allegedly found in its luggage at an airport near Moscow.


Griner, 31, a two-time Olympic gold medalist for the United States, faces drug trafficking charges which carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Earlier this month, the Biden administration said Griner was wrongfully detained.

Cherelle spoke with Secretary of State Antony Blinken about Griner’s case, but not the president.

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A Romantic-era Rocky-style Philadelphia Chess Brawl https://star-warz.net/a-romantic-era-rocky-style-philadelphia-chess-brawl/ Tue, 24 May 2022 09:55:48 +0000 https://star-warz.net/a-romantic-era-rocky-style-philadelphia-chess-brawl/ (Editor’s note: David Sands is off this week, solving a particularly evil companion in 17. This column was originally published on March 11, 2014.) The world champion visits Philadelphia. Sportingly accepts a match with a local star. Is timed. It sounds like the plot of a “Rocky” movie, but I discovered Sylvester Stallone’s oddly foreshadowed […]]]>

(Editor’s note: David Sands is off this week, solving a particularly evil companion in 17. This column was originally published on March 11, 2014.)

The world champion visits Philadelphia. Sportingly accepts a match with a local star. Is timed.

It sounds like the plot of a “Rocky” movie, but I discovered Sylvester Stallone’s oddly foreshadowed script while browsing 140-year-old chess columns from the Baltimore Sunday News.

Last month I made my first pilgrimage to the Cleveland Public Library to peruse the famous John G. White Chess and Checkers Collection, an amazing compilation of chess books, historical documents, memorabilia, and draughts. amenities on the shores of Lake Erie.

A wishlist item for any serious Caissa sidekick (you start talking that way when you read enough 19th century chess literature), the collection started by local lawyer John G. White now includes more of 32,000 bound volumes and periodicals dating back to the very origins of the game.

Librarian Kelly Ross Brown kindly pulled out some of the archives of the Washington and Baltimore area chess column collection from the 1850s through the 1990s, providing enough raw material for half a dozen more columns to come.

It was the Dec. 9, 1883 Baltimore chronicle by CE Dennis that chronicled the first visit to Philadelphia of Austrian world champion Wilhelm Steinitz, who had left Europe for New York earlier in the year. Steinitz reportedly played (and won) many casual matches against the locals, but was put on the canvas by local contender JA Kaiser.

“A serious illness of our nearest and dearest relative has prevented us from critically examining these games and devoting the usual time to the preparation of our chess column,” Dennis wrote in his column this week. -the. We are happy to pinch-hit.

Steinitz helped develop many principles of modern chess and was famous for accepting cramped and ugly positions in pursuit of his positional goals. He’s crouched in this Ruy Lopez after 12. Ne2 Nc8 13. Be3 Be7 14. 0-0 0-0 15. Nf4, but might have done better to slow down White’s initiative with 15…bxc4 16. Bxc4 Bxc4 17. Qxc4 Bf6 18. Nh5 Bxb2 19. Rab1 Be5 20. f4 d5, with defendable play.

Kaiser takes the game from the champion, whose defensive prowess isn’t really in evidence here: 17.Nh5 Bd8 18.Bh6!? (Rfc1 bxc4 19. Qc3 f6 20. Bxc4 d5 21. exd5 cxd5 22. Bxa6 is also good for White, but Kaiser wants more) gxh6 (White also gets good compensation on 18…bxc4 19. Qg3 g6 20. Ba4 Re8 21. Qc3 f6 22. Nxf6+ Bxf6 23. Qxf6 Qe7 24. Qc3) 19. Qg3+ Bg4 (Bg5 ?? 20. Nf6+), while White could have had an advantage with 20. Bd1! Qe6 21. Bxg4 Qg6 22. cxb5 axb5 23. Rfd1 Be7 24. Qf3, with the wrong positional threat of 25. Bf5.

Instead, play gets a little ragged on both sides before Black forgets a killer move – 20. f3?! Kh8? (bxc4 21. Bxc4 d5 22. exd5 Rb4! 23. b3 cxd5 24. Bd3, with only minimal White advantage) 21. fxg4 f6 22. cxb5 Rxb5 23. Rf5 Rxf5? (it was clearly not the day of the champion; 23…Qe8 24. Qf3 Bb6+ 25. Kh1 Bd4 leaves Black in great shape) 24. gxf5 d5 25. exd5 (see diagram) Rg8?? (Black holds with 25…Nd6 26. Qd3 cxd5 27. Ng3 Bb6+) 26. Qxg8+!.

The black queen’s unfortunate position leads to immediate resignation, in light of 26…Kxg8 27. dxc6+ Qf7 28. Rd1 Be7 29. Bxf7+ Kxf7 30. Rd7, with a game won; ex. 30…Nb6 31. Rb7 Nc8 32. Rb8 Na7 33. c7 and wins.

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In his column just a week later, Dennis recounts another David vs. Goliath battle, this one between local Baltimore champion Alexander Sellman (still one of the strongest players Charm City has ever produced) and the Polish grandmaster Johannes Zukertort. Zukertort was Steinitz’s biggest rival, losing two epic title matches to the Austrian. Like Steinitz, Zukertort has won most of his games against the hosts, but Sellman surpasses him here.

Zukertort as White adopts a surprisingly modern handling of the Colle system (the 5.b3 line is now known as the Colle-Zukertort Variation), temporarily sacrificing a pawn after the provocative 13.e4 Nxd4!? (probably the sharpest of many ways Black could have taken to resolve central tension) 14. Nxd4 cxd4 15. cxd5 Rxc1 16. Rxc1 exd5 17. e5, and Black’s doubled central pawns are as much a target as a advantage.

Sellman returns the pawn to open the board to his two bishops, and White gets tripped up trying to ease Black’s pressure along the d-file: 21. Bxd4 (Nxd4? Bg5 22. Nxe6 Bxd2 [fxe6 23. Qd1 Bxc1] 23. Nxd8 Bxc1 24. Bxc1 Rxd8 and Black wins) Re8 22. Be3 d4!? 23. Nxd4 Nxd4 24. Bxd4 Qd5 (of course not 24…Qxd4?? 25. Bh7+) 25. Bf1 Rd8 26. Rd1 a5 27. bxa5 bxa5 28. Bc3?! (better was 28. Qb2 a4 29. Kd2 a3 30. Qb6 Qc6 31. Kd3 Qxb6 32. Bxb6, keeping level) Qc6, when White must enter for 29. Qxd8+ Bxd8 30. Rxd8+ Kh7 31. Bxa5 Qc5 32. Kd7 Qxa5 33. Kxb7 Qxa2, with balanced play.

Instead, Zukertort relies on a tactical trick that doesn’t work: 29. Qc1? Rxd1 30. Qxd1 Qxc3 31. Qd7 (a double attack, but Black has a counter) Rxd1 32. Qxd1 Qxc3 31. Qd7 Qb4 32. a3 Qb1! (“a masterful move”, according to Dennis) 33. Qxe7 Ba6, and White loses a piece. Zukertort’s struggles to generate new counterplay went nowhere, and after 39. Qxa5 Qg6 40. Qa8 Bd3 41. Qb7 Qd6+, White resigned at 42. Kh1 Qxa3 43. Qd5 Qc1+ 44. Kh2 Qf4+ 45. Kg1 Be4, and Black wins easily.

Kaiser-Steinitz, Phildelphia, 1882

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nge7 5. d4 exd4 6. Nxd4 Nxd4 7. Qxd4 b5 8. Bb3 d6 9. c4 Be6 10. Qd3 Qd7 11. Nc3 c6 12. Ne2 Nc8 13. Be3 Be7 14. OO OO 15. Nf4 Bf6 16. Rab1 Rb8 17. Nh5 Bd8 18. Bh6 gxh6 19. Qg3+ Bg4 20. f3 Kh8 21. fxg4 f6 22. cxb5 Rxb5 23. Rf5 Rxf5 24. gxf5 d5 25. exd5 Rg8 26. Qxg8+ Black resigns.

Zukertort-Sellman, Baltimore, 1883

1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 d5 3. e3 Nf6 4. Bd3 c5 5. b3 Nc6 6. OO Be7 7. Bb2 OO 8. c4 b6 9. Nbd2 Bb7 10. Rc1 Rc8 11. Qe2 h6 12. Rfd1 Ne8 13. e4 Nxd4 14. Nxd4 cxd4 15. cxd5 Rxc1 16. Rxc1 exd5 17. e5 Bc5 18. Nf3 Nc7 19. Qd2 Ne6 20. b4 Be7 21. Bxd4 Re8 22. Be3 d4 23. Nxd4 Nxd4 24. Bxd4 Qd5 26. Bf1 .Rd1 a5 27. bxa5 bxa5 28. Bc3 Qc6 29. Qc1 Rxd1 30. Qxd1 Qxc3 31. Qd7 Qb4 32. a3 Qb1 33. Qxe7 Fa6 34. h3 Qxf1+ 35. Kh2 Qxf2 36. e6 Bf1 37. exf7+ Qx Qd7 37. Kh7 39. Qxa5 Qg6 40. Qa8 Bd3 41. Qb7 Qd6+ White resigns.

• David R. Sands can be reached at 202/636-3178 or by email at dsands@washingtontimes.com.

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The CFPB will issue circulars on consumer financial protection https://star-warz.net/the-cfpb-will-issue-circulars-on-consumer-financial-protection/ Sat, 21 May 2022 01:57:59 +0000 https://star-warz.net/the-cfpb-will-issue-circulars-on-consumer-financial-protection/ Related practices and jurisdictions The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or the Bureau) has announced that it will begin issuing Consumer Financial Protection Circulars (Circulars) to a “broad set of government agencies responsible for enforcing federal consumer law. consumer finance”. Director Rohit Chopra explained in a May 16, 2022 blog post that while the CFPB […]]]>

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or the Bureau) has announced that it will begin issuing Consumer Financial Protection Circulars (Circulars) to a “broad set of government agencies responsible for enforcing federal consumer law. consumer finance”. Director Rohit Chopra explained in a May 16, 2022 blog post that while the CFPB is the “primary regulatory body responsible for administering federal consumer finance laws,” it is not the only body responsible. of the app. By issuing circulars, the CFPB hopes to align enforcement across different regulators, ensuring consistency.

Background

The CFPB was created by Congress in 2010. The Dodd-Frank Act established the Bureau as the primary regulator of consumer financial laws, alongside pre-existing regulators. The Bureau regulates both banking and non-banking entities and enforces the Consumer Financial Protection Act’s prohibition against unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts or practices, as well as 18 other “listed consumer laws.” Given the scope of the laws for which it is responsible and the time in which the CFPB was created, the Bureau shares regulatory responsibilities with the following federal agencies (as well as state regulators):

1. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
2. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
3. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
4. National Administration of Credit Unions
5. justice department
6. Federal Trade Commission
7. Agricultural Credit Administration
8. transport department
9. agriculture department

Consumer Financial Protection Circulars are advisory policy statements issued by the Bureau under the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 USC 553(b). Circulars provide general information on applicable law and set out “considerations relevant to the exercise of its powers by the Office”. They also provide guidance to relevant regulators on how to enforce federal consumer finance law. Although the circulars are issued in the name of transparency, they do not limit or otherwise restrict the authority of the Office, or impose further legal requirements on external parties.

First CFPB circular coincides with FDIC UDAP rule

On May 17, 2022, the Bureau issued its first circular, “Misleading Representations Involving the Name or Logo of the FDIC or Deposit Insurance,” which answered the question: “When representations involving the name or logo of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or deposit insurance constitutes a deceptive act or practice in violation of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA)? In the circular, the CFPB wrote that covered entities, particularly fintechs and crypto firms, “likely violate the CFPA’s deception prohibition if they misuse the FDIC name or logo or engage in false advertising or misrepresentation to consumers about deposit insurance, regardless of whether such conduct (including misrepresentation of insured status) is knowingly committed.”

The CFPB issued its first circular the same day the FDIC issued its Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices (UDAP) rule prohibiting misuse of the FDIC name and logo. The rule also prohibits entities from making false claims about FDIC deposit insurance. The rule outlines how the FDIC will identify and investigate violations of Section 18(a)(4) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (prohibiting UDAP). The FDIC, hoping to increase transparency, enacted the rule in response to increasing observed incidents of deceptive practices by financial service providers.

Conclusion

The Bureau’s decision to issue circulars demonstrates its support for the Biden administration’s stated goal of protecting consumers. The CFPB has acted to both expand its reach and clarify existing federal law to covered entities and other regulators.

©2022 Greenberg Traurig, LLP. All rights reserved. National Law Review, Volume XII, Number 140

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No one will apologize for promoting the “great replacement theory” https://star-warz.net/no-one-will-apologize-for-promoting-the-great-replacement-theory/ Mon, 16 May 2022 16:51:41 +0000 https://star-warz.net/no-one-will-apologize-for-promoting-the-great-replacement-theory/ Placeholder while loading article actions Rep. Elise Stefanik’s (RN.Y.) rhetoric used during a fundraising appeal last September was not subtle. “Radical Democrats are planning their most aggressive action yet: A PERMANENT VICTORY INSURRECTION,” it read, pairing its text with a photo of President Biden. “Their plan to grant amnesty to 11 MILLION illegal immigrants will […]]]>
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Rep. Elise Stefanik’s (RN.Y.) rhetoric used during a fundraising appeal last September was not subtle.

“Radical Democrats are planning their most aggressive action yet: A PERMANENT VICTORY INSURRECTION,” it read, pairing its text with a photo of President Biden. “Their plan to grant amnesty to 11 MILLION illegal immigrants will overthrow our current electorate and create a permanent liberal majority in Washington.”

Not subtle – to the point of being clumsy. The right wanted to muddy the waters over what constituted an “insurgency” following the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob so that immigration would be seen as the real insurrection. And after Fox News’ Tucker Carlson began explicitly promoting the idea that Democrats were intentionally trying to drown out the political power of native Americans without facing any repercussions — an idea that overlapped with a bit of racist rhetoric called the “great replacement theory” — the idea began to gain traction with elected officials. So Stefanik included it here.

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Consider how useful this argument is for her. This assumes not only that Democrats allow an increase in migration or even illegal migration, but that they do intentionally. Why? Well, obviously because they’re sneaky and untrustworthy. But because there is a real American majority — a powerful group of native-born Americans — who oppose the Democrats’ agenda. Thus, the sneaky left has no choice but to “overthrow” the electorate by escorting as many immigrants into the country as possible and giving them the right to vote.

JD Vance, Republican Senate candidate from Ohio Explain this idea at Carlson in March.

“These people are doing it on purpose,” he said, including: “…Democratic politicians who have decided that they cannot be re-elected in 2022 unless they introduce a large number of new voters to replace the voters who are already there. That’s what it’s about.

“It’s not bad policy, it’s wrong,” Vance added.

Again: it’s not subtle. The infamous left elites are trying to bankrupt the country by allowing uncontrolled immigration. It doesn’t matter that they are not allowing unchecked immigration or that there is no way that a law granting citizenship to undocumented immigrants or even immigrants at large will pass through Congress, and there is clearly no way that will happen. occur before mid-term in November. But it’s useful rhetoric to amplify fears of immigration, anger against the left, and a sense that those on the right are the true owners of American power and culture. And what is the downside?

Well, the downside is when a guy goes to Buffalo and kills 10 people because he supposedly wants to foment a race war to defend the beleaguered white race, at least according to a document authorities believe the suspect wrote. Tell people there is an effort to diminish the power of real Americans by bringing immigrants into the country and some people are going to be able to hear the dog whistle very clearly.

When the media, including the Washington Post, pointed out that the rhetoric in the document mirrored what was said by Stefanik and Carlson, Stefanik was outraged. His official response to the Buffalo shooting, in a statement and a Tweeter from his office, was friendly. She is “heartbroken”, she prays for those who have lost their lives, etc. His campaign, however, took a different turn.

“Statement on Shameful, Dishonest and Dangerous Media Defamation,” its press release was titled.

“Any involvement or attempt to blame the heinous shooting in Buffalo on the congresswoman is a disgusting new low for the left, their Never Trump allies and the sycophant stenographers in the media,” adviser Alex DeGrasse wrote. “The shooting was an evil act and the criminal must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Stefanik herself shared her thoughts on her campaign Twitter account.

It’s a great replacement theory – but leaving open the idea that maybe it’s all just coincidence. (An email sent to Stefanik’s office asking whether she accepts or rejects the theory’s core premise only received the above campaign statement in response.) She doesn’t say it’s about an elite effort to intentionally replace American voters. She just says, you know, the Democrats want to bring in a group of immigrants and let them vote. That’s all.

Note, by the way, that even here Stefanik cannot avoid the Republican topic of the moment. Allowing immigrants to vote is “protecting the integrity of the election”, Donald Trump’s sole focus for the past 20 months. Since passing a law allowing immigrants to vote would not be a violation of electoral integrity in the sense that the laws would be broken, Stefanik is here simply looping “let these people vote” with ” it taints our elections”.

It is, in fact, irresponsible to suggest that the Buffalo shooter was influenced by Stefanik’s ad campaign; I suspect that very few teenagers have heard of Stefanik, and even fewer are the targets of his campaign fundraising appeals. But she still gave — gives — oxygen to the idea in a way that helps normalize its adoption and expand its reach.

The most important point here is that Stefanik will not abandon the rhetoric she used last September. Politicians have long been loath to admit their mistakes, like most humans. But at some point, elected leaders were expected to do what was right and hard by acknowledging their mistakes. This is no longer the case.

As Ezra Klein, then of Vox, wrote in 2016, Trump’s political gift was that he expressed no shame for what he was doing. For all the inflammatory and untrue things he’s said, for all the indiscretions he’s done, there’s been almost no occasion for him to apologize or admit wrongdoing. He simply retaliated, attacking the media or his detractors or his accusers. In a memorable passage from Bob Woodward’s book “Fear,” he writes about the advice Trump gave to a friend accused of sexual impropriety.

“If you admit anything and any guilt, then you’re dead,” Trump said. Instead, he suggested, “you have to deny, deny, deny.”

As president, this overlapped with his insistence on “fighting back”, saying that the media that reported his mistakes and dishonesty were the enemies of the people and that in targeting them they were broadly targeting conservative Americans. Over time, media criticism became a mark of success on the right, a sign you could offer your base that you had the right enemies. That Stefanik’s response to reports that she was echoing the Great Replacement Theory was allegedly about “shameful, dishonest and dangerous media vilification,” says it all.

That’s why Trump attacked the press, of course. He wanted the press to be seen as opposed to his policies and therefore merely another partisan pawn. And Republicans have since embraced it. Scott Pruitt, who resigned from Trump’s cabinet following a series of scandals, is now seeking election to the Senate by touting the media for getting it. After The New York Times published a lengthy series exposing Tucker Carlson’s rhetoric — including the big replacement theory — Carlson was giddy.

Deny, deny, deny. Group the media with left-wing critics. Never admit that you made a mistake, but instead argue that you are being unfairly accused of making a mistake due to bias. Now it’s rote — even when the question is whether you stand by an argument allegedly made by a man accused of killing 10 people in a grocery store.

In 2016, Trump explicitly opposed immigration, even at one point arguing that Democrats wanted to bring in countless immigrants who would vote for their party. He refused to admit his mistakes or his lies. And then he won. And then he retained huge popularity with the grassroots.

And lessons have been given.

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Dark Souls is about capitalism, so what’s going on in Elden Ring? https://star-warz.net/dark-souls-is-about-capitalism-so-whats-going-on-in-elden-ring/ Fri, 13 May 2022 15:34:00 +0000 https://star-warz.net/dark-souls-is-about-capitalism-so-whats-going-on-in-elden-ring/ In a series filled with a dark and enigmatic take on lore, understanding what’s really going on in Dark Souls is as difficult a task as the series bosses. But despite their apparent refusal to tell the player anything, the Dark Souls series presents a story that might hit a little too close to home […]]]>

In a series filled with a dark and enigmatic take on lore, understanding what’s really going on in Dark Souls is as difficult a task as the series bosses. But despite their apparent refusal to tell the player anything, the Dark Souls series presents a story that might hit a little too close to home for anyone living under late capitalism.

The latest game in developer FromSoftware’s arsenal, Elden Ring, is in many ways a spiritual successor to Dark Souls – but has a very different feel and message to its predecessors. But to understand what’s going on with Elden Ring, we’ll first have to dig into Dark Souls – and explore where the themes of FromSoftware’s latest masterpiece began.

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Without a clear guide or objective, you are invited to journey through the realms of Lordran, Drangleic, and Lothric in which the Dark Souls trilogy takes place. Much of history has already happened – wars have been fought, kingdoms have fallen, and now you have arrived to stop the world from falling apart even further. As you wander through these fallen kingdoms and crumbling empires, the game invites you to ask yourself: is it all worth saving?

Probably not.

In the first Dark Souls, the iconic, pristine city of Anor Londo is a lie. The golden land of the gods has turned dark, and the sun itself is here to make you believe the world is worth saving. The Age of Fire is meant to end – but instead countless undead are tricked into throwing themselves into the fire to keep the embers and a crumbling order in power – a process called binding the fire.

Age persists, literally fueled by burning undead corpses, all the way to Dark Souls 3. The final game in the trilogy sees the world – and time itself – on the brink of implosion. The Age of Fire is proving to be an unsustainable and increasingly gruesome state of existence.

The Age of Fire, which you are tasked with saving, is the reason the world is collapsing. Blind to the consequences, the gods and world rulers hunt the undead like you, doing little more than delaying the inevitable increasingly disastrous outcome.

In the end, you’re supposed to question everything – if you really want to keep this world going, knowing that it will just fall into another cycle of crisis and misery.

To the desperate state of the world is added the desperate state of the undead. Countless undead are raised to connect the fire – and as such you are not really a true protagonist of the Dark Souls series. You can fight bosses, light bonfires, and choose the ending, but if you do as you’re told and connect the fire, you’re just another pawn serving the interests of the gods.


However, in every game, right from the start, you are told that you are special. You are the chosen undead, the bearer of the curse, the ash. But Dark Souls is playing games with you – selling you a false narrative to make you think you’re destined for success, destined for greatness.

You were never alone in this quest – the promise is a lie.

The world is full of people like you – and you see them walking the same paths as you, doomed to die again and again until you either give up or finally, against all odds, succeed. The undead fight alongside you as you advance, almost all of them eventually going hollow and losing themselves in madness – a reflection of your fate as the undead if you don’t fulfill your duty. A punishment for not accomplishing the will of the gods quickly enough.


For many of us in the real world, our lives consist of a repetitive daily routine of work, crushed in a seemingly pointless struggle, where to succeed is to defy incredible odds. Progress made in a day is figuratively reset when we rest, having to wake up and start all over again, perpetually. Dark Souls’ core gameplay loop fits this pattern almost perfectly – and in real life as in Dark Souls, this repetitive cycle crushes us. It’s too grueling, harsh, brutal and fruitless for most to continue, and those who succeed end up leaving the less fortunate behind.

Likewise, our world itself and the structures that created it seem to be collapsing. Those in power are increasingly detached from the realities of ordinary life and what the coming years might hold, refusing to act in the face of mounting existential threats. Our future looks set to involve global warming, financial crises and ecological catastrophe – our own slowly dying flame bringing darkness to the world. The inaction of those in power and the shifting of responsibility to those they expect to sacrifice to keep the embers burning is a very familiar parallel.


With its high-fantasy setting, god-guided quest to save the world, and themes of collapse, undeath, and corruption, Elden Ring is FromSoftware’s true spiritual successor to the Souls series – but its story and message are a bit different.

Unlike Souls, Elden Ring is much less dark. That said, the color and life of The Lands Between is still haunted by the grotesque and bizarre horror of the deity-adjacent Two Fingers that launch you on your quest to become Elden Lord and reforge the Elden Ring, saving the world in the process. of the collapse. Additionally, mysterious outer gods are hinted at to have true power over the world you inhabit, gently reminding you that the world is ruled by powers that you, as a player, never truly influence or understand. Besides the game’s notorious difficulty, all Dark Souls themes of alienation, helplessness, and success against extreme odds are still there.

The player is also granted more agency in the Elden Ring – given six possible endings and paths to becoming an Elden Lord. That amount of choice is slightly off, though – four of the six endings play out with largely identical cutscenes, with a powerful god still in control. The other two endings play out similarly with a force other than yourself in control – be it the Moon Witch Ranni and the mysterious Dark Moon, or the world-ending Flame of Frenzy. In short, much like being the chosen undead in Dark Souls, earning the title of Elden Lord is far less important in the world of the Elden Ring than it seems. It is a ceremonial position.


Elden Ring lets you succeed where Dark Souls never really did – but guides you to radically question what that success really means.

If Dark Souls is about capitalism, struggle, and the struggle to save a world only to realize that the world might not be worth saving in its current state, then Elden Ring goes one step further. What if, to truly change and save the world, we couldn’t simply act within existing power structures in society or act on an idea of ​​success that we were told was needed? What if, when all else has failed, we should try something new?

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