Conflict Of Ideas: Black Panther vs. White Knight

Mind-control. The only thing you need to win a war of words.

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In this corner, the ideas of the characters we’re supposed to root for! It’s what they stand for! It’s clearly the solution to the current problem!

In the other corner, the ideas opposed to them! Reasons and justifications for OTHER things!

What’s the handicap? Is it an even match? And IS THE REF LINING THEIR GLOVES WITH WEIGHTS? Or SLOW COUNTING WHEN THEY’RE KNOCKED DOWN?

When two ideas clash in a story, is it a REAL MATCH? Or a bout of PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING?

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Final Week Fables: Snowy Wings

Such Gryph. Much wing. So claw. Wow.

It’s that time of the month! So take a break from whatever politics, how-tos, motivationals, and whatever posts you normally read on the weekend, and stay awhile for a Final Week Fable, where I take a pic I found and write something about it!

And what is THIS week’s piece going to be based on?

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Such Gryph. Much wing. So claw. Wow.

Ah yes. Hello, gryphon, my old friend. My favourite of the fantasy creatures.

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Minions: Every Bum, He Was Kung Fu Fighting

Because there may be an I in Evil, but there is no Me in Team.

Cool headquarters, check. Diabolical plan, check. Doomsday weapon, check. Elaborate death traps, check.

Now all I need are a legion of disposable goons to do my bidding for me! It’s not going to do itself, after all!

…You don’t expect me to do my OWN bidding, do you? Now go see what that weird noise in the vents was, henchman. I have to explain the reason for your meaningless existence to the internet.

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Story Patriotism: The Patriot Act…ors

So Major USA is defined by his love of freedom and refusal to use the metric system, while Captain Canada is unfailingly polite and considerate.

NAAAAAME-OF-COUNTRY!

EXPLETIIIIIIIIIVE!

TOTALLY UNJUSTIFIED PRIDE IN MY HOMELAND!

But what happens when you make a CHARACTER like that? What’s the deal with the guys who actually chant “U! S! A! U! S! A! U! S! A!”?

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Final Week Fables: Curseday Blues

If an adventurer comes around and actually fixes this, I wonder if they’ll expect my hand in marriage.

It’s that time of the month! When I actually sit down and bring myself to write a short story based on a picture I’ve got lying about!

And speaking of lying about, today’s image is:

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Not this shit again.

…And I’m making a COMEDY out of it? What??? Bet you’re REAL curious, huh??? …Oh, you’re not? Well, read it anyway, I’m begging you!

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Fabletop: Dungeon Day Jobs

What if…the monsters who only live to give you something to fight…had lives of their own?

A bunch of genocidal kleptomaniacs have just come back from a killing spree after breaking into private property, butchering the inhabitants and stealing their possessions.

They are praised and rewarded further for wiping out the hobgoblin menace.

But what if…the hobgoblins…had lives?

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Complex Villains: Apathy For The Devil

Unlike two-dimensional villains who can become UNINTENTIONALLY beloved, these guys are a DELIBERATE bet.

I’ve talked about empires and gods as villains. And I’ve talked about villains that you love to hate or love despite the fact that you should hate them.

But what about when loving them is EXACTLY what the writer is asking you to do?

What happens when they are given something that is OBVIOUSLY, UNAMBIGUOUSLY, meant to be ADMIRED? A story that is meant to be PITIED? Where sometimes you DON’T want them to pay?

That’s where sympathetic villains come in.

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