Aug. 17th, 2012 06:42 pm
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By = Lord Pyrayton

When the noise of human life
Becomes to much to bear,
I glide away in pale moon light
My wings a whisper in the air.

Skeletal and gently creaking,
Eerie in full moon's glow,
The trees they whisper, softly speaking
Of secrets only they can know.

The chill, it thrills my very soul,
The cold wind nibbles at me;
Winter tries to devour me whole,
But its bleak beauty sets me free.

Deeper now I travel on,
Into the thickest wood;
Now the moonlight's all but gone,
Yet lighter grows my mood.

In places that would petrify
And creep out most mundanes,
I feel at home, I can't deny,
The night is in my veins.

For all my life, I hope you see,
Through darkness do I wend;
I swim through it, and it through me,
The darkness is my friend.

In the night, my only fear,
The most vicious beasts I'm fleeing!
The reason I escape to here,
Is other human beings.

Commentary )
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"Opposites In Concert"
By = Svaenohr (AKA Tristan A. Arts)

A mist, I float,
Dancing beads of water in the air,
Through cold flames that twist,
And turn,
But do not burn,
Opposites in concert,
Impossibilities enmeshed;
Burning water,
Refreshing fire,
Angry joy, ecstatic ire;
Flying free,
Paradoxical mirth,
Yet also bound unto the earth.

I twirl and swirl,
While standing still,
This paradox of states;
Changing shape and changeless,
I'm a song on the wind,
Singing myself to myself,
In the absolute silence.
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The other day, I was thinking that I wish I could be a Vrayshra for real. But then I thought about it some more, and realized that I'd have to also wish for a tame phoenix to go with that wish. Why? Because Vrayshra do not just eat meat. Like the Wraith of Stargate Atlantis, we eat the life-force of our prey. We do not eat sentients, though, as it is dishonorable and unethical. But I got to thinking about it... being a Vrayshra on Earth would be difficult, without a tame phoenix to feed from.1 You see, that life force powers our magic, and we use our magic to hunt and shapeshift. The amount of life-force we can get out of a prey is relative to the prey species' lifespan would be without us eating it. In other words, the longer lived the species, the more we get out of it. So... if we were to be a real, biological Vrayshra on Earth without a phoenix to feed from, it would be hard. We'd feed on the seagulls, pigeons, and rodents at first, but all of those are rather short-lived, so it would hardly be worth the effort. We could feed off the English Ivy that plagues the area, but again, it might not be worth the effort; or barely so. We have too much respect for redwoods and sequoias to go off in search of those for food, and that food wouldn't last terribly long either. Same goes for galapagos tortoises.

So, basically, we would be forced to feed off of humans, which - as stated - is dishonorable and unethical. We might try to mitigate the dishonor a bit by feeding off of dangerous individuals and unsavory political or entertainment people like Glenn Beck, but, well... not only is the amount of life force we can get out of a prey dependant on its potential lifespan, it's also affected by how much of its life has already passed, meaning children and infants would be much better meals than adult humans. Since that would be an abhorrent dishonor, we wouldn't want to do that. Hence the need for a phoenix: we could feed off a phoenix as much as we wanted to without hurting it.

1 = Phoenixes have infinite lifespan, so they have infinite life-force. A Vrayshra could feed off a phoenix several times a day for thousands (nay, millions or billion) of years without hurting it. (That is, if Vrayshra lived that long.)
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Pi: As you may know, Negarahn and I (who technically share this journal, despite Negarahn almost never posting) are predators. Our people are carnivores. My people, the Vrayshra, eat not only meat but also the life-force of our prey. Negarahn is a Duenicallo; Duenicallo are carnivores who live on Traipah. Both of us share a similar honor/ethics system:

1. Killing for food or self-defense (or the defense of others) is good. With one exception: both Duenicallo and Vrayshra believe that killing sentients for food is dishonorable. Eating a sentient that has died of other causes is different, though, if it is allowed by that sentient before it died, or by its surviving people. In fact, many Duenicallo and Ah'Koi Bahnis who live together have a custom of the AKB giving their dead to the Duenicallo to dispose of, and consider being eaten after they die to be a great honor.

2. Killing for the sheer sake of it is dishonorable. Killing for trophies only is dishonorable. If you are not going to eat it, and it isn't threatening you or another of your people, don't kill it.

3. Using all parts of an animal you've killed is honorable. Wasting any of it is dishonorable... with the exception of being unable to eat all one's meat, and throwing away just a little bit, or if the meat goes bad and you have to throw it out. Especially if you say a prayer for the wasted bits.

4. Killing a predator species because they are being a nuisance to you by killing your domestic animals is dishonorable and an affront to predators in general. There are better ways to deal with the situation. Resorting to killing a predatory species for feeding off your own prey shows you are not intelligent enough or honorable enough to respect your rival, especially if you use guns or traps to do it. Traps and guns are cowardly tools. (Of course, I find the whole notion of humans as predators to be amusing. Imagine if a raccoon told you its people were powerful predators. You'd laugh. Humans are nothing but clever, cowardly scavengers who learned they could throw blunt or sharp objects at other animals for extra meat. Hell, they can't even eat that meat raw!)

We got to thinking about this because we went to get something from [livejournal.com profile] lupabitch today, and from that we saw some of her furcraft in the back, and from seeing that, we got thinking about her furcraft and art. When [livejournal.com profile] fayanora first saw this art (a wolf skin), she was upset. It was understandable at first, because we were all certain that killing endangered species is illegal. Oddly, we found out from Lupa that wolves are an exception. It is nonsensical to us, and we consider the hunters and farmers who kill wolves to be cowardly and dishonorable... but [livejournal.com profile] lupabitch is NOT dishonorable. Quite the opposite. She honors the spirits of these animals with her art by making useful and pretty things with their furs, and does not kill them herself, which is honorable.

Negarahn: Fayanora Ahnabahn Tahlahmorgk still ignores Lupa's art posts because she and Molly are still dismayed by it, but Ah'Koi Bahnis moralising is something we Duenicallo are far too used to. Something of a great annoyance to us, seeing as the Ah'Koi Bahnis were far less ethical than we were, until after the Reformation. And there are still large areas of disagreement between us. In many ways, Fayanora is a typical AKB, far too fond of being superior about her people's herbivorous nature, and moralising about those of us who eat meat. She's gotten better since losing the Great Meat Debate, but is still annoying at times. If it had been up to her, Lupa's furcraft would have been a barrier to friendship with her. We are glad it was not hir decision.


Nov. 30th, 2010 05:18 pm
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In a future one of her "dark sorceress Lady Lyria Spellspinner" stories, [livejournal.com profile] fayanora is planning on having one of my people, the Vrayshra (formerly known as Omni-Daemons) in a story. He will be a chieftan of his tribe. We decided not to name him after me, as that could potentially be Mary-Sue. Lolita Leigh Smith doesn't count because she came from her story into our head, whereas I was hiding in the mind for a very long time and just happen to be a member of one of the "Playground of the Gods"1 storyverse's species, the Vrayshra.

This was due in part to my fronting last night as we returned home from the movie theater. We all talked, and she got the idea that there should be a Vrayshra in the story. She came up with a Vrayshra character named Hyurot. This new character will be introduced along with another revived character from the PGotGs storyverse: Zyalihn.

1 = The Lyria stories take place in the fantasy storyverse Fayanora originally came up with for a story she was calling Playground of the Gods.
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Is it just the computer I'm on, or is anyone else having trouble accessing www.trueformwithin.org?


Jan. 14th, 2009 11:39 pm
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*ROARS* I am so damned annoyed with mail.com not sending me my notifications from LiveJournal - no matter what I try - that I am switching to Gmail! I apologize if I have not answered you, mail.com sucks.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Fried chicken! Seriously, it's the best damned food anyone has yet invented.


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