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2020.09.18 17:51 Sggf45 Ikke rett til advokat

En barnevernssak blir nå gransket av fylkesmannen i Vestfold og Telemark. Spørsmål de skal ta stilling til er blant annet brudd på taushetsplikten og hvorvidt familien ble behandlet riktig.
Ja, barnevernet i den aktuelle kommunen mener saken var et eksempel på godt og raskt arbeid fra deres side. Slik opplevde ikke foreldrene det. Vi har forandret stemmene til foreldrene i denne saken.
Mor: «Vi var hjemme. Ungene var ikke…de hadde feber, så de var ikke i barnehagen og vi holdt på å bake rundstykker, av alle ting. Og så ringer det på døren og så kikket jeg ut og så står det bare masse politimenn og masse folk utenfor døren. Og jeg tenker bare ‘hva, hva er det som skjer nå?’. Og så kommer det da inn 3 personer fra barnevernet vi sier ‘vi kommer fra barnevernet dere må komme med oss. Du må bare pakke. Pakk et skift, pakk fort og bare kom med oss med en gang’»
Barnevernet hadde fått en alvorlig bekymringsmelding psykisk vold og isolering av mor og barn, kaos og våpen i huset var noen av punktene. De mente det haster med å få mor og barn ut av huset. Hun fikk valget mellom å dra med barna på krisesenteret eller at barna eller å bli tatt fra dem der og da.
Mor: «Og jeg sa det fra dag én, ‘dette her er ikke sant, jeg vil hjem’ og da sier barnevernet til meg ‘hvis du går ut døra så tar vi fra deg barna dine’ og da tenker jeg som mor da, ‘hva slags…hva slags valg har du da?’. Jeg ser ikke på det som noe som…noe som helst valg i det hele tatt.»
Med hjelp fra familien fikk til råd til advokat. Foruten tvangsvedtak så er det ikke noe automatikk i at man får fri rettshjelp. Advokat Lene Hamre Høyendahl reagerer på at dette regnes som frivillig.
Advokat Lene Hamre Høyendahl: «barnevernet kan utøve de facto tvang å tvinge familier til å være seks og en halv uke på krisesenteret uten at det fattes et vedtak som man kan løfte opp i systemet og få prøvet og uten at det utløser rettigheter til advokat. Det er…det er kjernen i det. Og at man ikke hører på en mor som gjentatte ganger sier at hun ikke er utsatt for noe vold verken fysisk eller psykisk. Og de har mange anledninger til å snu. Fra de blir plassert på krisesenteret så tar det bare 4 dager fra første rapporten kommer fra krisesenteret. Så kommer det fortløpende fra psykologer fra…fra barnehagen fastlegen fra familien og til tross for det så klarer ikke å snu på seks og an halv uke. Barnevernet kan også gjøre feil men da må de erkjenne det og må lære av det. Også syns jeg i utgangspunktet at de burde få dekket advokatbistanden sin. De har brukt mye penger på det her som har fått hjelp fra familie. Dette er det ikke utgangspunktet personer som tjener godt. Men de har hatt hjelp, og hadde ikke vært for det så hadde ikke de kunne stå i dette over lang tid.»
Vi har snakket med barnevernet om denne saken. De forteller at de prøver å unngå tvang fordi det er verre for barna å havne hos fremmede. De sier også at vi brukte uvanlig kort tid i denne saken på å avklare at mor kunne flytte tilbake med barna. Halvparten av den tiden de faktisk kunne ha brukt ifølge retningslinjene. Familien fikk også oppfølging etterpå for å bli bedre foreldre, og det er ikke tvil om at det har hjulpet barna sier barnevernslederen. De er overrasket over at saken er klaget til fylkesmannen.
Og nå vurderer fylkesmannen om alt har gått riktig for seg i denne saken. Far ønsker seg en unnskyldning.
Far: «Nei, det var jo et mareritt da å bli skilt fra familien sin. Det å ikke ha kontakt med barna. Jeg fikk jo til slutt lov til å se barna mine på to sånne samvær. Vi har ikke fått noen unnskyldning eller noen som helst innrømmelse av at de hadde skyld eller ansvar.»
Reporter i denne saken var Mette Steinsholt Skaug

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2020.08.31 10:59 NSIMods August 31st, 2020: HyperObscura Interview (Part 1 of 2)

Due to the number of questions HyperObscura received from the community, the interview exceeded reddit's character limit, and will be split into two parts! The questions from the NSI team will be in this post, and the community questions will be included in the second. You can read part two here.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Hello World! I’m Tor, but you can call me the Wolf (no seriously, it’s totally legit, my last name literally translated is the Wolf). I’m 37, from Norway, and work as a C# programmer / Unity3D Developer. I love horror, sci fi, games, and my family (in no particular order).
A wolf in writer's clothing, eh? So, when did you first become interested in horror?
I believe my first encounter with horror was sneaking up to watch Alien back when I was still in elementary school. I was immediately hooked. H.R.Giger conjures such fantastic, grotesque, otherworldly imagery, and the design of the Alien haunted my dreams for months.
I was also an avid collector of every Conan the Barbarian comic I could get my hands on. While not technically horror, Robert E.Howard’s world is dark, gritty, and filled with monsters, both literal and otherwise, and I spent countless hours daydreaming about swinging swords in the Hyborian Age, chopping heads off of drooling monsters, instead of doing my homework.
Was there a specific moment you knew you wanted to write in that genre?
I was about eleven-twelve. I borrowed a horror anthology from the school library. And never returned it (I still have it).
I don’t know, the stories, the scares, the frights, the wonderful dark twists, just spoke to me like no other genre had done before (or since). I would read the book front to back every day for months, before I finally attempted to write something of my own. It was crappy. Downright horrible (in all the wrong ways). But that’s where it all started.
You've piqued our curiosity! Do you remember what anthology it was?
I do indeed. It was a Norwegian anthology, Grøss - Noveller for Ungdom (which loosely translated would be something like “Horror - Short Stories for Young Adults”. There were some very fine stories in there, some very weird stories in there, and some extremely disturbing stories in there.
My favorite story in the anthology is “En del av meg selv” (“A Part of Myself”) by Sigmund Doksum. A young boy, bullied and broken, vomits up his living hatred, leaving the rest of the kids having to deal with it.
Where do you find inspiration? Have real life experiences ever made their way into your work?
I am fairly hyper-imaginative. I don’t know if that’s a word, but for me it certainly explains the random birthing of my story ideas. Any word, phrase, sentence, seemingly mundane everyday activity, chore, sound, or notion, can wriggle its way into my mind and leave an imprint that will sooner or later morph into a story. Most are bad, some are good, but they’re all worth exploring just to get them out of my head.
As for true real life experiences, any story of mine involving sleep paralysis, car accidents, tunnels, hotels, and people falling to their death, are inspired by stuff that’s happened to me, or someone close to me.
How did you discover NoSleep? What prompted you to begin writing for it?
I used to read creepypastas before going to sleep (as is the age-old tradition), and chanced upon a story aptly named Autopilot. It was featured on some shady website, but linked back to NoSleep, and the moment I opened reddit, my phone glitched out and died. I took that as a sign, and spent the next month or two falling ever deeper into the rabbit hole that is NoSleep.
After a while I felt a familiar itch, and several ideas started heaping up in the old noggin’. One fateful evening (probably dark and stormy) I sat down and wrote my very first NoSleep-story, One-One-Eight. It amassed an amazing twenty upvotes, massive for me at the time, and I haven’t looked back since.
What NoSleep stories and/or authors have had the strongest impact on you?
I’ve been dreading this question, because there’s just so many, and I don’t want to leave anyone hanging.
But here goes.
We have the classics of course; u/NeonTempo, u/The_Dalek_Emperor, u/Elias_Witherow, u/GasStationJack, u/iia, u/1000Vultures, u/theworldisgrim, u/ConeyIsland-Queen, and u/manen_lyset, have all had a deep and lasting impact on me, and I follow their careers outside of NoSleep like some kind of weird (but lovable) stalker.
As for contemporaries, the list is long and dark and deep, and I keep adding new names to it on a near weekly basis. Everyone over at TheCrypticCompendium deserves a mention of course, but a special Norwegian Wolf award goes out to u/peculi_dar, u/spookyChorror, u/Grand_Theft_Motto, u/Max-Voynich, u/CommonGrackle, u/samhaysom, u/NocturnalNanny, u/hercreation and ByfelsDisciple. Not only are they awesome people, but I’m in awe of their talent as well.
Other amazing authors, in no particular order: u/youshallnotpass121, u/nslewis, u/EaPAtbp, u/NickBotic, u/Scott_Savino, u/nmwrites, u/RichardSaxon, u/girl_from_the_crypt, u/BunnyB03, u/Verastahl, u/Dopabeane, u/BlairDaniels, u/deathbyproxy, u/HeadOfSpectre, u/fainting--goat, u/Maliagirl1314, u/Beretta_Vough, u/donotdisturbpls.
If you’re not on this list, but deserve to be, please forward your complaint to u/NocturnalNanny‘s inbox.
As for stories, you can’t go wrong with Borrasca and the Left/Right Game. I keep revisiting these absolute classics, and there’s just so many lessons in storytelling, world building, and character development to be devoured in these magnificent tales.
For more recent scares and spooks I’ve found myself thoroughly enjoying the strange inheritance of a haunted house, the bone-chilling tale of the Little Red, the tantalizing allure of the Purgatory Game, the eerie call of LICKETYSPLIT, and the tear-jerkingly awesome Maria on the Moon.
What is the most terrifying thing you have personally experienced?
When I was seven or eight I had a day off school. My sister was in middle/high school, my mom and dad were at work, and my younger brother was in daycare still, so my grandfather who lived next door would pop in every once in a while to look after me. After a while I got bored, so I called a friend and asked him to come over. We played around for a few hours, before we decided to visit my grandfather on the off chance that we could score some sweets.
But we couldn’t find him.
We searched his apartment room for room, but there was just no trace of him. Then I glanced out the window at the very back of the living room (it was a small window, fairly high up on the wall, so I had to climb up on a chair to reach it), and I saw him...lying on the ground.
We figured he was just joking around (he’d often do that, play games with us, prank us), so we ran outside to play with him, stopping abruptly in our tracks when I noticed the pool of blood around his head. Turns out he’d fallen off the ladder when he was cleaning the gutters, and smashed his head open on a rock. Probably died instantly. I can still remember his dead eyes staring at me, a loose skin-flap hanging down from his forehead, and the terrible depths of the pond of blood.
I called my mom, and the paramedics came shortly after, but there was nothing to do. He was long gone.
We're so incredibly sorry for your loss; that's unimaginably painful, tragic, and frightening to go through, particularly at such a young age. <3 You mentioned family being one of the most important things to you, which is an element that shines through brilliantly within your writing. Has your own family influenced your work? Do any of them read your writing? If so, what are their thoughts, especially on the often twisted family dynamics?
I think I, like many writers - and indeed artists in general - pick up subtle influences and inspiration subconsciously all the time, so I am pretty sure I’ve based at the very least some aspects of a character on friends and family, but never to such a degree that you could easily tell it was them.
My family reads anything I put out in print, and sometimes the odd story on reddit. They’re generally very supportive, but they do ask me some very investigative questions when they recognize even the tiniest detail or character trait from real life.
What are some of your biggest influences from media?
Oof, this is a tough one. I find influences everywhere, in music, in literature, in movies, so I probably won’t have time or space to list them all. I’ll try to shorten the list to a very notable few though, but honestly, this might be the hardest question I’ll have to answer.
Music: Music is love, music is life. I often write or brainstorm while listening to music. My username came from music. I have a fair share of stories that are directly inspired by certain artists or bands. Mdlosci and GROZA are album titles by the polish black metal band Mgla. The Day I tried to Live is obviously inspired by Soundgarden (as is my username -- albeit a little more explanation is required for that one). Fishing for Fishies was inspired by the song with the same name by King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard. In I was Born Blind, but in my Dreams I Can See, I borrow lyrics from Godspeed! You Black Emperor and Dillinger Escape Plan to spice up the eeriness of the dream sequences.
Literature: I draw inspiration from a lot of authors, but primarily Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Clive Barker, H.P.Lovecraft, E.A.Poe, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Robert Rankin, Robert Anton Wilson, David Foster Wallace, Alan Moore, William S.Burroughs, and Garth Ennis to name a few.
Movies: Man, this particular list would be really long if I were to include everything. I’ve been collecting movies since my teenage years, and since I’m especially susceptible to visuals, I’m fairly (69%) certain most of my influences come from films and series.
David Cronenberg is perhaps the most notable mention here. Videodrome is among my all time favorite experiences, and I still find myself inexplicably disturbed when I rewatch the movie. Dead Ringers, eXistenZ, and Naked Lunch are other Cronenberg pieces I thoroughly enjoy.
David Lynch is another major source of inspiration. I grew up with Twin Peaks, and the small town soap opera setting combined with all the surreal, hellish shit going kept me glued to the screen. I think Lynch’s influences shines through in my stories whenever there’s something very surreal or absurd going on, and I have quite a lot of that happening!
X-Files. Man, X-Files might be my favorite thing ever. I’ve watched every season ten times over, and sure, there’s a notable dip of quality in the later seasons (X-Files just isn’t X-Files without Fox Mulder), but I love and cherish each and every episode. Farmer Ray’s (and by extension, Fletcher County’s) narrative approach was inspired by the way X-Files shaped their seasons, with an overarching plot sprinkled with lovable “Monster of the Week”-episodes. Fight the Future!
Like I said, I could go on forever, so I’ll just drop a list of other stuff that have shaped me in some way or another as a storyteller, and leave it at that.
The Thing (the ‘82 adaption, and indeed, just about anything by John Carpenter), Alien (every installation except the vs. Predator abominations (yes, even the third and fourth, get it over it)), anything by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, Haunting of Hill House, Supernatural, Banshee, Marianne, Westworld, all spaghetti westerns ever made, anything starring Bruce Lee, Giallo Cinema in general, and man, look, just send me a DM, and we can talk about my cinematic influences for months.
We can definitely see those bizarre, surreal influences in your work! Other than writing, what are some of your hobbies? What other creative mediums do you enjoy?
I love making my own silly little video games. Having a Bachelor in Game Development, and a love for programming in general, I can spend hours creating weird mashups/hybrids of existing games. How about a MineSweepeDungeon Crawler-hybrid? Or a Basketball/Archery-mashup?
You know you want them!
Do you ever explore writing other genres besides horror? If so, what other styles of writing? Which do you prefer?
Being a huge fan of Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams and Robert Rankin, I love writing surreal/absurdist comical hybrids, particularly HorroComedy (as demonstrated in my Farmer Ray-series) and Detective NoiComedy.
Surrealism in general is also something I thoroughly enjoy, and I can spend hours drabbling incomprehensible word vomits that really go nowhere, but that scratches that itch when I can’t find something sensible to write about.
Sometimes though, the vomit turns into something almost readable, examples of this being The Curious Case of Baby Jeanie, and In the House Without Windows and Doors you can wait out the Apocalypse.
Many of your stories involve extremely well-done gruesome gore and vivid death or torture scenes. Do you consider your writing to fall within the "Splatterpunk" horror subgenre?
I’ve definitely found myself falling into splatterpunk from time to time, but almost never consciously. I’m a massive fan of the genre though, and I love trying to portray the most gruesome and horrendous scenery - be it violent dismemberment, brutal deaths, or unending torture - in the most poetic way imaginable.
Your series My mom sent me old home videos for my birthday, and now I'm running for my life is notably bloody, with the entire family of the protagonist ultimately being revealed to be murderers, and the narrator having suffered a breakdown and resulting memory block after their crimes. The ending is deliberately left ambiguous, with numerous questions unanswered—in your mind, is the main character incarcerated following the murders? Is Dave the cat real or imaginary? Why did the family begin such a path of carnage, and what was the origin of their mantra, "We cannot move lest we leave a demon behind in the hurricane"?
The main character walks free in my imagined version of events, the evidence provided more than enough to incriminate his dead brother for the murders. For a while he seeks therapy to deal with the resurfacing traumas of his past, but in the end he realises he has all the comfort he’ll ever need in his trusted companion; Dave the Cat. He lives a long, happy life, peaceful to the very end.
I always saw Dave the Cat as both real and imaginary. I am convinced he once had a very real, very physical cat named Dave, but what transpired to shift him into a spirit-like trans-dimensional entity remains a mystery, even to me. All I can say is that there’s a Dave the Cat out there for all of us; we just need to open our souls for his divine meows.
The origin of the murder family is shrouded in depravity and secrets, but some claim it goes all the way back to the 17th century, to a man quite fittingly dubbed Effraum the Eye-Molester. He was said to have raised his children, and children’s children, and children’s children’s children, in the black image of a God of Blood and Carnage, murder and mutilation being the one true sacrament. Is this true? Who knows!
The mantra, We cannot move lest we leave a demon behind in the hurricane, is simply an archaic version of We need to pin our murders on some random patsy. I’m thinking old Effraum penned this poetic passage.
Effraum the Eye-Molester sounds like he deserves a NoSleep story of his own! Can you give us a brief synopsis of some of his terrifying exploits?
He sort of did get a NoSleep story of his own (although it was later removed, and reposted to LibraryOfShadows, then re-reposted again to TheCrypticCompendium).
While not starring old Effraum as the main character, we instead follow Trenton, a very secretarily secretary, whose soul is mistaken for Effraum’s when he dies (some clerical mixup in Hell, you know how it goes).
He is returned back to the living of course (can’t punish the wrong soul for eternity after all), but slowly starts feeling less like Trenton, and more like a certain Eye-Molester. Through his eyes and memories we come to learn some of Effraum’s backstory, and also visit a fair few of his earliest exploits.
How much time do you spend writing in an average day or week? Do you have any rituals that help you focus?
I try to squeeze in at least an hour or two daily, maybe three-four during weekends. On my four hour (total, back and forth) commute to work, assuming I’m conscious, I’ll also do some groundwork, like brainstorming or outlining ideas, then sit down and draft them in the evening.
As for rituals, I have very few. Coffee and silence is all I really need, spicing it up with the odd unholy ritual sacrifice if push comes to shove.
When crafting a piece of fiction, do you generally start with an outline or simply begin writing?
Depending on the story, I’ll either sit on the idea until I have a rough outline of the start, middle and end -- or just start at the punchline, meticulously working my way backwards.
Very rarely do I find myself writing on a premise without having at the very least a vague notion of where it is heading.
Your most popular entries on NoSleep are primarily in-depth series as opposed to solo stories. What do you enjoy most about that lengthier style of storytelling? Are there any drawbacks to the longer format?
I’ve concluded, through rigorous trial and error, that I prosper in very long, or extremely short, formats. I thoroughly enjoy the finer arts of character development, and seeing my creations journey through relentless horror, coming out the other side a better (or in some cases, worse) person, gives me a satisfaction I can’t seem to find anywhere else.
For me, the only drawback would be the time spent meticulously fashioning something that might in the end do very poorly. NoSleep is fickle, and I’ve had more than a few series fail miserably on the first part, rendering the followup posts more or less unread. I still (mostly) finish them though, but it can be hard to find motivation knowing your efforts will be ignored.
Many of your recent standalone stories were composed for /ShortScaryStories. What do you find to be the main differences when writing for each subreddit? Do you have a preference for one over the other?
The obvious difference would be the word count, but the reason why I keep returning is the audience. While I do (sometimes) love NoSleeps in character rules, getting some actual feedback on my stories has helped me weed out bad habits, and forged a relationship with my readers I probably couldn’t have done on NoSleep. I also love flash fiction, and being a man of many a weird idea, I thoroughly enjoy mass-producing strange bite-sized tales.
Several of your enormously successful posts on /ShortScaryStories, including Stability, Holes, and Sugary take the style of conversation transcripts. Each of these within the format gracefully execute the inverse of your traditional storytelling, by telling rather than showing. What is it about that method that you think communicates horror so powerfully, particularly in flash fiction?
I started doing the conversation transcripts as an exercise in dialogue, but quickly realised the format was exceptionally well-suited for flash fiction. I believe the reason lies in its innate simplicity; you strip away from the reader everything but the characters voices, and through their back and forth you are forced to conjure your own imagery, learning slowly but surely that each sentence is tainted by the owner's subjective reality.
It is intriguing when done right, because you are constantly questioning what to believe, or how to believe it rather.
Also, it is very easy to obfuscate visceral twists when you withhold visual information from the reader.
Have any of your stories ever involved research? If so, what was involved?
I do very basic research for most stories, just to make sure I’ve got the vital details down, but generally I try to avoid writing about stuff I have next to no clue about, the exception being if it’s mythic or folklorish in nature. I love folklore, and will spend hours reading up on obscure myths and legends, often resulting in a desperate attempt to cram them into a story if they tickle my fancy.
Are there any topics you feel are too controversial for you to address or that you prefer not to explore in your writing?
I tend to shy away from controversial topics I have no personal experience with, not because I’m convinced you can’t or shouldn’t write about them, but simply because I feel I’m not the right person to do so. This involves, but is not limited to; pedophilia, sexual abuse, racism, and animal abuse.
What are your feelings toward NoSleep's immersion/plausibility rule? What impact, if any, do you think the suspension of disbelief format may have when transitioning your work toward a mass audience unfamiliar with NoSleep?
I’ve always enjoyed the immersion that comes with reading a NoSleep story, and transitioning from reader to writer was fairly straight-forward. Depending on the story (or rather, if I like the main character) I thoroughly enjoy shooting the breeze in the comments, sometimes carrying lengthy conversations with concerned readers. That being said though, I wouldn’t mind if it shifted away from being a mandatory thing. Sometimes you just want some feedback man.
The same goes for the plausibility rule. I get that a lot of writers would like to experiment with different settings or formats that would break the current rules, but for me I cherish the setting. Of course, I’m also fairly prolific on ShortScaryStories, so I have the benefit of using that subreddit for all my no-NoSleep fancies.
I think my wife and kids are actors became your most popular tale, bringing in nearly nine thousand upvotes. Congrats! Were you surprised by the enormous success of the series? How far in advance had you developed the plot when you began posting it? Will we ever visit that world and find further answers about the characters of Grace and the narrator?
Thank you!
I was simply blown away by the success. Up until that point I believe my most popular story was sitting at roughly 100-200 upvotes, thus waking up to a top story, along with a couple of hundred messages waiting for me, might be the most surreal experience I’ve had to this day.
My deep dark secret is that I hadn’t really developed the plot at all, since I wasn’t really expecting it to go anywhere. I had some thoughts and ideas of course, but nothing too solid, and I spent a few days trying to piece together a continuation that would do the first entry justice. In the end it worked out fairly well, but looking back on it, I sort of wish I’d done a few things differently.
I continued the Vernon and Love Saga for quite a while, the final entry ending on a ridiculous cliffhanger that I’ve been trying to resolve ever since. In the end I just lost motivation I suppose, and I wanted to move on to other things.
Will the Saga ever conclude? I hope so, but I make no promises.
Many readers drew comparisons between the characters in the series and Elvis and his life and family. Were the similarities an intentional allusion to the King? If so, what prompted you to write a story that paid homage to him?
It was an intentional accident, having named the kids Aaron and Priscilla without having given it too much thought. I considered a few other names for the wife, but quickly realised I could use the mythic and mystery-shrouded life of the King to elevate the weird amnesia-noir atmosphere I was going for in the story.
In the end I believe every character - or indeed everything with a name - was inspired by something or someone in Elvis’ life, and had an absolute blast reading all the insane(ly cool) theories sprouting in the comments.
Also, he’s the goddamn King! He deserves it.
You've used the Faustian bargain as a plot device in multiple stories, including The man I met while my wife was having emergency surgery changed my life forever, Love Unwanted, and I made an unholy deal to save my wife from cancer, but it didn't go as planned. There's a definite allure to someone dangling the promise of your wildest desires in exchange for something valuable, though obviously these deals often go awry. We're curious, if one of the characters from your stories offered to fulfill your deepest wishes as long as you gave them your soul, would you do it?
I think I’d be one of the easiest ones to convince to be honest. I don’t really take care of my soul, and I imagine it to be in some sort of crazy non-euclidean paradox state where nothing really makes sense - so if you’re telling me I’ll be getting something in return for it, I’m shaking that hand faster than you can say “blasphemous satanic devil worship”.
Are the devilish characters proffering the deals in those tales the same being, or connected to each other?
There’s evidence supporting both, but they’re definitely connected. They all look exactly the same, have many of the same mannerisms, and seem to take great joy in what they do.
There is however a single sentence, that - if you were to believe it - strengthens the hypothesis that there are many, and not just one. In the story The Day I tried to Live, the main character asks straight up; “Are you the devil?” - the response being a rather vague, but revealing “Are you the human?”
Do you have any favorite reader reactions to your writing?
Any reaction praising my amazing talent!
All jokes aside though, I think my favorites tend to be reactions that in some way make me reconsider the very foundations I base a story on. It can be very open criticism, like “how the heck did X manage Y, when Z was in Æ”, or a simple comment focusing on some aspect of the story I hadn’t even considered to be very vital at all.
The most notable example of the latter would be the legendary Dave the Cat from My mom sent me some old home videos for my birthday. I wasn’t really planning on involving him past the mention of him, but the top voted comment made me change my mind. It simply said “Please don’t leave Dave :(“...
I would also like to use this opportunity to thank my most loyal and beloved followers, the ones that relentlessly shower me with affection in just about every story I write.
In no particular order, this goes out to: u/Kressie1991, u/NostrilNugget, u/JP_Chaos, u/amoodymuse, u/youshallnotpass121, u/ukus86, u/UnLuckyKenTucky, u/melncholy_watermelon, u/Di-SiThePotato, u/Lavenderstarz, u/MoxyFoxTrot, u/jnowak87, u/shitnamese, u/SepticGengar, u/Maliagirl1314, u/TinglyVoice, u/stevie855, u/jill2019, u/Muse-Ingenue, u/Flukie42, u/SonyaRedd, u/Alorrin07, u/MrRedoot55, u/MagicElf10, u/Ailsme23, u/DevilishTalise, u/_Angel_Dust, u/tamanna_45, u/mycatstinksofshit, and probably quite a few I’m forgetting; I absolutely adore and appreciate each and every one of you!
What story or project are you most proud of?
The story I keep bringing up when this question is asked, is Me, Mizell, and Inspector-Hole-in-the-Face. It was posted to NoSleep first, but I later decided to make it an exclusive on the (then) newly formed TheCrypticCompendium.
It engaged me as a writer like no other story I’ve written before, and I really feel like the end product is more or less exactly what I envisioned when I was drafting the outline for it. It’s a coming of age story, a story about friendship and loss and tragedy and horror, and the closest I’ve ever gotten to a truly wholesome ending, without having to compromise along the way.
As for longer projects, spanning several parts, I’m really in love with Farmer Ray, and the compelling universe of Fletcher County. He’s just a normal guy, surrounded by weird and horrible shit, but gosh darn it, he makes the very best of it, and I find his headstrong attitude incredibly inspiring.
What's the most valuable lesson you've learned since you began posting to NoSleep?
You will fail. A lot. But it’s not really failing, and that’s the most crucial aspect of the lesson. Every story you put out there, no matter how many upvotes or awards or comments it gets (or more importantly doesn’t get), is the result of a creative process that’s uniquely yours. Don’t let it get you down. If you keep at it, keep improving, keep learning, you’ll sooner or later notice that the effort is worth it, and you’ll come to realise that NoSleep “success” is a flawed metric for quality.
As a successful author on NoSleep, do you have any advice for new contributors?
Persistence is key. It is hard to break through the ceaseless waves of quality content flooding the subreddit, but if you keep on truckin, you’ll be able to breach the surface eventually.
Reach out to other authors. Collaborate. Talk. Make friends. Having these connections is a vital part of growing as an author, both on and off NoSleep, and shooting the breeze with like-minded individuals can make a rough patch of “failed” stories much easier to come back from.
Connect with your readers. They’ll keep coming back if you do, and if you ever transition to other platforms, the most devoted ones will follow you wherever you go. They’re good people!
Be yourself. Find your voice, and keep refining it.
And just write.
What are your short-term and long-term writing goals?
Short-term:
I’ve been working on getting a longer series ready for NoSleep that I’m pretty excited about. I ran a poll on my subreddit a while back, and I was overwhelmed by all the feedback I got. As a result of all that support, I really want this one to engage readers on a level I haven’t yet managed.
I’m also looking forward to expanding on my Fletcher County Universe, primarily keeping Farmer Ray happy on TheCrypticCompendium. I’m trying to get him to share his farmland tales on a weekly basis, but he’s a very busy guy, so I’d expect some delays.
And lastly, but not leastly, I’ll keep on pushing my weird little flash fiction pieces to ShortScaryStories for as long as people enjoy them.
Long-term:
I had a blast publishing my book, so I’m definitely aiming to more of that! I’ve got a few projects brewing, but I’m probably looking into writing a full-fledged novel rather than a short story collection for the next one.
Due to the number of questions HyperObscura received from the community, the interview exceeded reddit's character limit, and will be split into two parts! You can read part two here.
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2020.08.26 01:05 MaxTheApathist FoxForger - Proactive Zirda cEDH

Hi cEDH! I've been brewing [[Zirda, the Dawnwaker]] since spoilers and am excited to present my finalized list for your review and feedback.
Decklist: https://deckstats.net/decks/161060/1736514-foxforger-proactive-zirda-cedh?lng=en
I've pasted the description below for those who would rather read it on reddit.

Overview:
A proactive Zirda list with a focus on abusing equipments, mainly Umbral Mantle and Sunforger (hence the name). Extremely fast with an average CMC of 1.76 and very greedy for mana, with about a third of the 30 lands only tapping for colorless, this deck can be explosive and usually tries to win or swing for lethal against at least one opponent by turn 3 or 4, but can go off as early as turn 1 with the right cards (though such scenarios are extremely unlikely).

Contents:
1 - Winning
2 - Combos
3 - Card Choice
4 - Mulligans
5 - Budget Options / Honorable Mentions

1. Winning

The two main win conditions of this deck are:
Making infinite mana and casting Walking Ballista to ping opponents for lethal damage
Attacking with infinitely large creatures pumped with Umbral Mantle

2. Combos:

Infinite Walking Ballista Damage
A. Grim Monolith / Basalt Monolith + Zirda, the Dawnwaker + infinite mana outlet (Walking Ballista, Staff of Domination, Diviner's Wand) = Walking Ballista or drawing into Walking Ballista for infinite damage
B. Palladium Myr / Metalworker (and an artifact in hand) + Umbral Mantle + Zirda, the Dawnwaker + infinite mana outlet (Walking Ballista, Staff of Domination, Diviner's Wand) = Walking Ballista or drawing into Walking Ballista for infinite damage
C. Auriok Salvagers + Lion's Eye Diamond + Chromatic Star / infinite mana outlet (Walking Ballista, Staff of Domination, Diviner's Wand) = Walking Ballista or drawing into Walking Ballista for infinite damage
D. Sunforger + Zirda, the Dawnwaker + another white permanent + RRWWWW = Tutor Grim Monolith + Walking Ballista for infinite damage (Sunforger line below)
T1: Cast Chance for Glory, Cast Enlightened Tutor for Grim Monolith.
T2: Draw Grim Monolith. Cast Seething Song for RRW. Cast Grim Monolith for RR. Cast Tithe, find Mistveil Plains, play it. Cast Angel's Grace. Cast Final Fortune. Equip Sunforger.
T3: On upkeep, use Mistveil Plains to shuffle in Enlightened Tutor and cast Enlightened Tutor for Walking Ballista. Draw and cast Walking Ballista, ping opponents for infinite damage.

Attack with infinitely large creatures
A. Palladium Myr / Metalworker (and an artifact in hand) + Umbral Mantle + Zirda, the Dawnwaker = Lethal combat damage at one or more opponents (unblockable lethal damage at two or more opponents if Zirda doesn't have summoning sickness)
B. Paradise Mantle + Umbral Mantle + Zirda, the Dawnwaker = Pump any of your creatures without summoning sickness to lethal power for 1 mana (pump for free with Puresteel Paladin and any additional artifact)
C. Umbral Mantle + Zirda, the Dawnwaker + mana dork without summoning sickness (Iron Myr / Gold Myr / Blinkmoth Nexus / Inkmoth Nexus) = Pump the dork to lethal power for free

3. Card Choice

Contentious picks - why you should run these.

Geier Reach Sanitarium / Mikokoro, Center of the Sea - Card selection / advantage, interaction with Thassa's Oracle & Demonic Consultation.
Inkmoth Nexus / Blinkmoth Nexus - Can become infinitely large with Umbral Mantle and Zirda, the Dawnwaker, provides flying creatures to a deck that would otherwise have none.
Bag of Holding - Has many synergies with multiple looting / wheel effects in the deck, can get back all the cards you discard, and its costs are reduced by Zirda, the Dawnwaker to make it very economical to use.
Chromatic Star - Filters colorless mana which can make or break a combo or enable a tutor for an infinite outlet. Provides infinite draws with Auriok Salvagers and infinite mana (whether from a monolith or Lion's Eye Diamond). Provides card advantage with Goblin Welder / Goblin Engineer.
Codex Shredder - Good interaction against topdeck tutors and universal recursion for only colorless mana. Recursion cost is also reduced by Zirda, the Dawnwaker.
Experimental Frenzy - Great late game card for interactive / staxy games. Provides incredible card advantage, and can combo with infinite mana and Sensei's Divining Top to draw until you can cast Walking Ballista. Removal cost is reduced by Zirda, the Dawnwaker.
Abrade - Cheapest instant that hits both Collector Ouphe and Null Rod (the deck's main weakness)
Angel's Grace - Stops wins from Thassa's Oracle / Laboratory Maniac / Jace, Wielder of Mysteries, allows you to run extra turns and use them with Sunforger, has split second.
Chance for Glory / Final Fortune - Extra turns to mainly for use with Sunforger or Gideon of the Trials - however, sometimes all you need is another turn to get one more mana to combo off, and these can be useful for those scenarios.
Seething Song - Great ramp to help fuel combos or looting with Oread of Mountain's Blaze.
Tithe - Very useful whether you need colors or recursion in the form of Mistveil Plains.
Gideon of the Trials - Incredibly underrated stax piece, shuts down opponents "win the game" effects, wins the game for you if they can't remove it. Allows you to abuse extra turn effects of Chance for Glory and Final Fortune.
Bomat Courier - Underrated card advantage in red. 1 mana, swings turn 1, triggers on attack. By turn 3, you could sacrifice it for a red mana and get 3 extra cards - the longer it lasts, the more value you get. Gets around Notion Thief / Narset, Parter of Veils and can give you back a hand if yours is wheeled away.
Goblin Welder - Great in case your Grim Monolith or Basalt Monolith is countered. Can kill Null Rod. Provides card advantage with Chromatic Star.
Gold Myr / Iron Myr - 2 mana colorless creatures that ramp and become infinitely large with Umbral Mantle and Zirda, the Dawnwaker. Can be played turn 1 with Mishra's Workshop with mana to spare.
Gorilla Shaman - Powerful repeatable artifact removal, especially with the reduction from Zirda, the Dawnwaker. Can kill Null Rod.
Grand Abolisher - Protects our combos, prevents almost all interaction on our turn. Hard to cast at WW, but worth it.
Mother of Runes - Protects creature combo pieces, can make infinitely large creatures unblockable, can protect itself and stop large attackers without trample.
Oread of Mountain's Blaze - Huge value with Zirda, a repeatable R to loot (or reverse loot, technically). Insane with Treasonous Ogre, being able to pay 3 life to loot can allow you to win on the spot.
Puresteel Paladin - Possibly the weakest choice in the deck, but a personal favorite of mine. Hard to cast at WW, but neither the draw nor the metalcraft ability is insignificant. Lets you pump all your creatures infinitely for free with Paradise Mantle, Umbral Mantle, Zirda, the Dawnwaker, and any other artifact.
Relic Seeker - Probably the second weakest include after Puresteel Paladin. I like to think of it as a slightly worse Stoneforge Mystic, and I believe it's still worth running for the tutor effect.
Subira, Tulzidi Caravanner - Great card advantage for interactive games, can make creatures unblockable before you pump them with Umbral Mantle, can let you draw the turn it comes down. 25/27 of the creatures in the deck have power 2 or less (exceptions being Ranger-Captain of Eos and Zirda, the Dawnwaker).
Weathered Wayfarer - Can search for Inventors' Fair or Mishra's Workshop, or just let you keep hitting land drops. A 10/10 must run in my opinion.

Contentious exclusions - cards that (I believe) are too slow, aren't proactive enough, and/or don't provide broad enough stax effects.

Aven Mindcensor - Doesn't help against Tainted Pact or Consultation, doesn't help against Hermit Druid, costs 3 mana and you usually want to spend that mana doing something on your turn. Too slow and doesn't do enough for this deck's strategy.
Blood Moon / Magus of the Moon - Almost useless against monocolor decks, hurts our lands too (Urza go brrr).
Rule of Law / Eidolon of Rhetoric - Too slow / hurts our own deck & strategies too much.
Containment Priest - Almost made the list, but too many decks don't care about it to the point that it's not worth it just to stop Hermit Druid, graveyard recursion, and "to the battlefield" tutors / Polymorphs.
Deafening Silence - Pretty much same argument as Containment Priest - not proactive enough, doesn't interfere with opponents enough.
Karn, the Great Creator - Too slow, not proactive enough.
Underworld Breach - Too many conditions to meet to make it work consistently (Lion's Eye Diamond + Wheel of Fortune to combo, graveyard needs cards to use as recursion, etc).
Path to Exile - Swords to Plowshares is better in most cases, as Path can ramp an opponent. I prefer to run Abrade and both Pyroblast / Red Elemental Blast than Path to Exile.

4. Mulligans

You should usually keep hands with Grim Monolith, Basalt Monolith, Treasonous Ogre, or Artifact / Equipment tutors as long as you have a decent amount of lands / ramp too. Hands with lots of ramp and one or two draw / loot effects are also good options to keep. Mishra's Workshop and a Myr or Metalworker is a very attractive opening. You should tend to be more conservative on mulligans, and usually shouldn't need to mulligan more than twice to find a keepable hand.

5. Budget Options / Honorable Mentions

Budget options
See the maybeboard for a list of good budget options you can use to replace expensive cards like Mishra's Workshop and Candelabra of Tawnos.
Imperial Recruiter, Kiki Jiki, Mirror Breaker, Combat Celebrant, Village-Bell Ringer, and Splinter Twin are a great replacement combo package if you'd like to replace the Bomberman package (Aruiok Salvagers + Lion's Eye Diamond). Stonehewer Giant is very powerful in the late-game as well.

Honorable mentions
Below are some combos that I really liked but had to take out because they were too slow or included dead cards.
Giant Giant - If you have 2WW up and Zirda out, you can swing with Stonehewer Giant and before damage is dealt, pay W and tap to tutor and equip Umbral Mantle, pay 1 to untap, pay W and tap to tutor and equip Paradise Mantle, pay 1 to untap, then tap/untap Stonehewer Giant to make him infinitely big.
Sunforger Turns - Infinite turns with Sunforger. Need Zirda, Sunforger, and 2RRWW.
T1: Repeated Reverberations, Chance for Glory = 3 Extra Turns
T2: Angel's Grace, Tithe, play Plains, equip.
T3: Enlightened Tutor on upkeep for Reito Lantern, Seething Song, Reito Lantern, shuffle Angel's Grace, Angel's Grace
T4. Shuffle Seething Song, Seething Song, Final Fortune, shuffle Final Fortune & Angel's Grace, Angel's Grace
T5: Repeat T4

Thanks for the read! Thoughts appreciated.
Bonus challenge: Can you come up with any better Zirda / Sunforger combos than the two in this post?
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2020.08.23 23:58 HeadOfSpectre I've Been To Hell, This Is What I Saw (Finale)

1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8
Even inside the Serpents Tomb, I could still feel the heat from the magma outside. The pocket we’d ruptured to defeat the Rosen had probably almost completely flooded the chamber. I didn’t know if anything was still alive in there. I didn’t know if anything even could have survived but for better or worse, there was no going back. The ground beneath us shook violently. I didn’t want to know just what that meant but I could smell smoke on the other side of the tombs doorway. Cook and I exchanged a look.
“This temple isn’t going to hold.” He said, “Where’s that portal?”

Lila was already ahead of us, moving down the curved hallway ahead of us. I could see several archways looking down into some lower chamber. She stopped in the threshold of one of them.
“We need not look far for it.” She said, “Come! See for thineselves.”
I jogged to catch up to her and paused as I was granted my first sight of the Serpents Tomb.

It was much, much bigger than the exterior had led me to believe. The layout almost reminded me of a colosseum or a theatre. A round hallway encircled the tomb and several rows of stairs, each one easily the length of a skyscraper led down towards a platform that I recognized as a portal, just like the one we’d come in through. Massive spikes of deep purple crystal jutted out from cracks in the stairwell but none of them seemed to compare to the impressive crystal spire that hung down from the ceiling. They bathed the entire tomb in a dull purple light. The ground of the portal itself looked as if it was carved from the same crystal.

Across from the entrance that we’d come in through, I spotted what looked like a carving of a face. The face alone must have been the size of a skyscraper. Just how big, I couldn’t say but it dwarfed the spire hanging from the ceiling. It looked almost like a human skull with hollow eyes and jagged teeth. Although unlike a human skull it had eight horns, two on its head, two hanging down from its jaw and two jutting out from its cheeks.
“The Vast Serpent…” Lila said quietly as she looked up at the skull. She started slowly down the stairs before looking back at us.
“Once we activate the conduit, the Serpent will awaken. We must make haste.”
With that, she started down the stairwell towards the portal at the bottom.

“How would we even destroy this?” I asked, “Cook this place is massive!”
“That magma might do it for us.” Cook replied, “Besides it looks to me like the functional part is the portal itself. If we damage that, it might render the whole thing useless.”
He took out the ceramic grenade from his belt. The last one he had.
“Either way, we’ve got this to destroy the portal on the other side so nothing can follow us through.”

Ahead of us, Lila hurried down towards the portal. She was the first to step on it and looked around warily.
“How was it activated before?” She asked, looking back at us. “What did thou do to get here?”
“There was a pedestal of some kind. Serrano was tinkering with it.” I said. I saw nothing like it in the center of the portal we were looking at. I approached one of the crystals on the edge of the portal and put my hand on it. Despite the heat, it was cool and smooth like glass. Perhaps it was also just as fragile.

Lila looked up at something before heading up the stairs on the other side of the portal. There was a large square indent beneath the Serpents skull. I’d originally dismissed it as damage but from the way her eyes lit up, she must have seen something more down there.
“What did you find?” I asked as I followed her up.
“A means for activation… Perhaps.” Lila replied. She looked up at me, a knowing smile on her lips.
“Come. I can read these runes but thine help may be required.”
I joined her in the indent and spotted a dusty metal panel before us. There were runes and glyphs I couldn’t read but I don’t think I needed to.

“I need thine hand.” Lila said and held hers out for mine. I offered it to her and flinched when she lifted her sword to cut my palm. I jerked my hand back.
“What the hell?”
“Blood is required to activate the mechanism.” She said plainly, “Place thine hand here.”
She gestured to a square shape on the console.
“You couldn’t have used your own?” I asked.
“I did not want to.” She said and stepped back as I placed my hand on the square. A dull purple light emitted from some of the runes. Electricity sparked from the crystal at the top of the chamber, to some of the crystals below.

Lila looked up at it, grinning from ear to ear as it did. On the console, a small door opened and a ball cut from the same crystal emerged from it. Lila studied it before gently putting her hand on it. Her smile faded, but only slightly.
“What is it?” I asked as I nursed my cut hand.
“Navigation.” She replied. She moved the crystal ball and it rolled in place. “Strange. I thought this to be a simple conduit. This is… See for thineself.” She looked at me before taking my hand and placing it on the crystal.

As she did, I realized why she couldn’t put into words just what she’d found. A soon as I touched the crystal, a strong vision entered my mind. I saw a meadow I’d never been in before. I moved the crystal and the vision changed. With every subtle movement it changed. I saw a beach with black waters and unfamiliar ships. I saw a world with strange plants I’d never seen before.
“This portal… It has no single exit.” Lila said softly, “It exits in all places…”
I pulled my hand back from the crystal ball and looked up at Cook. He’d slowly ascended the stairwell and was watching me intently.

Despite the heat in the tomb, I felt cold.
“Jasmine?” He asked, “What’s wrong?”
It took me a few moments to find the words to say.
“We have to destroy it… This tomb, the portal. All of it. We have to destroy it now!”
“Wait, what? Destroy it? After all we’ve done to get here?” Cook asked.
“She speaks true.” Lila replied, “Should we cross through, it would not matter where we went. The Rosen Prince would still use it to spread its sickness to all worlds! It would condemn all of existence!”

I closed my eyes and placed my hand on the crystal ball again. I shifted it, moving it until I saw something familiar. A city. Toronto. Home.

I shifted the ball but only slightly, enough to find a safe place to go. I fixated on that before I took my hand off the ball. Cook looked grave. He held the ceramic grenade tightly in his hand. I could see him hesitating, but he knew what had to be done. So did I.

“Lila. Activate the portal.” I said.
She looked at me quizzically.
“Did you not see? This portal must be destroyed! We cannot guarantee the Rosen Prince would not follow!”
“Technically we can.” I said, “I’ve got a lock on a safe place you can evac to. You can go through first with one of us. The third one stays behind, plants the grenade on the console and runs for the portal.”

“You’d have to move pretty goddamned fast to get through before it blows!” Cook said, “We don’t even know if it will do enough damage! There’s no way to…”He trailed off, eyes remaining fixated on me. He knew exactly what I was thinking.
“No.” He said, “This is crazy. Either we all go or none of us do!”
“There’s a shot at getting at least two of us out of here. Five of us are already gone. What’s one more?” I asked quietly. I looked at Lila before leaving the console to approach Cook.

“I’m not leaving you to die.” He said. I just smiled at him.
“I’m not giving you the choice.” I replied.
I snatched the grenade from his hand and before he could react, I punched him as hard as I could. He fell backwards, rolling down the stairs and onto the edge of the crystal platform.

“Activate the portal, Lila.” I said.
She hesitated for a moment before pressing something on the console. Electricity sparked between the crystals. I could feel the ground starting to shake. Something deep within the mountain groaned as dust and small bits of debris fell from the ceiling.

I could see Cook straining to pick himself up as the air in the portal started to shimmer and crackle with electricity. I walked up to him, still holding the grenade in my hand. He looked at me with genuine hurt in his eyes.
“Jasmine…” He said quietly, “Don’t do this.”
“I told you that I’d at least make sure the rest of you made it through.” I replied, “I’m a lotta things but I’m not a liar.”

I inched closer to him before leaning in to kiss him. It was enough to catch him off guard. He didn’t notice my hand slipping into his pocket to steal his lighter.
“Take care of yourself, Max.” I said before I pushed him backwards.
Cook opened his mouth to scream my name as he fell onto the platform… Then he was gone. The air where he’d been shimmered… But I could smell fresh air. I could hear birds and passing cars. He was home.

I closed my eyes and exhaled. The ground trembled once more as I looked back at Lila. She’d left the control console and was just a few steps away from me. I stepped out of her way. Our eyes remained locked. I saw something in hers… Sadness perhaps. That and understanding. Above us, I could see a glow entering the eyes of the Serpents skull. Cracks formed in the rock around its head as it began to awake from its slumber.

“May thee pass peacefully into the Gloom, Jasmine McKay.” Lila said softly, “And may Lady Mal’ibo protect thine spirit.”
I nodded at her and patted her shoulder.
“Stay safe topside.” I replied, “Keep an eye on Cook for me.”
She nodded in turn and took one final look at the waking serpent before she exhaled and took her steps towards the portal. The air around her shimmered like static… Then she too was gone. I was alone.

I looked at the grenade in my hand, then up at the control console. I felt the ground shake again as the Serpent woke. A frustrated huff escaped the skull above me as its jaw tried to move. I looked up at the creature as it began to break free from its stone prison, but I can’t say that I felt any fear towards it. It was disoriented. Groggy and still bound… For now at least.
“Good morning, asshole.” I called up to it as I started up the stairs. If it heard me, it didn’t offer me any acknowledgement.

“Man, you’ve put me through the fucking ringer. Portals, man eating giants, dragons, sea monsters… and from the sounds of it, I’m about to do you a massive solid my friend.”
I stood before the console and slipped the lighter into my pocket. I took out my gun and aimed it at the crystal ball.
“Cuz today, you’re getting out of prison.”
I pulled the trigger. The first bullet fractured the crystal, ripping away a chunk of it. The second shattered anything that was left.

The electricity that sparked on the portal didn’t fade but the shimmer in the air grew more violent. I figured that meant I’d done some damage. Time to do a little more. I holstered my gun again before taking out the lighter. Reverently I held the ceramic grenade before I flicked open the flame…

I felt the earth quake again, this time more violently than before. Above me, the Vast Serpent loosed a deafening roar and as I lit the fuse, I heard something else answer it. Something inside the tomb.

The lit grenade fell from my hand as I felt a jolt of panic in my stomach. On the far side of the tomb, the wall exploded as something massive forced its way in. As for just what it was… That took a few moments to process.
It was only slightly smaller than the Vast Serpents head, and yet its shape was far more abstract. The shape of it was like a butterfly or a moth. Its body was long, narrow and thin but that's all I could clearly make out. Massive tendrils like a jellyfishes trailed down from it. A shimmering glow escaped its torso. Massive wings, like flower petals stretched out behind it, making it seem larger than it was. Their shape reminded me of a butterfly but there was something off about it… It took me a moment to pick up on the small details.

The flesh of it seemed to squirm and writhe. I could see the corpses of countless burnt Rosen pressed together to form its body. I could even make out the twisted flesh of Yan Naa’gha and Kr'hnzh in its narrow body. Shifting eyes covered its floral butterfly wing and I could smell the stink of its spores filling the room. The Rosen Prince was here in all of its horrible glory… If it had a true form, I imagine that was as close as it could get.

“At last! Your clever tricks shall not defeat me, child. Your misguided struggle shall end and my new Life shall spread across the cosmos!”

The grenade exploded, ripping apart the control console but the electricity from the crystals continued to spark. I’d destroyed its navigation, but the portal itself was still active. The Vast Serpent loosed an enraged roar. Its skull tore free of the wall it was embedded in as its massive form lurched forwards. I could see its slick black body behind that skull. It was like pure darkness, compacted into one terrible being.

It struck the Rosen Prince head on and pushed it back towards the hole it had put in the chamber. It only barely missed the crystals on the ceiling… But looking at them, I had an idea.

I went for my pistol and emptied my clip at the crystals. I could see fragments breaking off but the damage wasn’t enough. The spire was too big. The arcs of lightning that powered the portal moved more erratically though. Clearly I’d done some damage, just not enough. Bits of debris fell from the ceiling and I scurried out of the way to prevent myself from being crushed.

I could hear the Rosen Princes laughter, echoing through the chamber as above me, the Serpent recoiled from it, crying out in pain.
“Loathsome creature. With no guardians, you think to resort to force? I am an eternal font of life! My touch purifies all, even you.”

I looked up and as the Serpent writhed, I could see the tendrils of the Rosen Prince clinging to it. I could see a glow forming within its body as small flowers began to bloom across its flesh. For all its power, the Vast Serpent couldn’t hold its own against the Rosen Prince… and I was out of time.
“Come into my ocean, Serpent… I shall cleanse even your sins. The Spring Eternal is at hand and you shall be my harbinger!”

I had no other tricks. Nothing else to do. The Vast Serpent recoiled and screamed as the Rosen Prince enveloped it completely. In its death throes, it at least still proved enough of a distraction. I changed my clip and took aim at the crystal near the top of the chamber again. With my teeth gritted in rage, I fired on it and prayed like hell it would be enough.

With every pull of the trigger, I saw it crack, I saw pieces of the crystal falling and I hoped to God it would be enough. I fired my last bullet and as I did, I saw the crystal shift. Large chunks of it fell away, too damaged to fight off gravity.

The chamber shook again as the Serpent fought against the Prince and as it did, I saw the electricity coming to the crystal arc violently. At last the crystal fell, plummeting down onto the portal below. It hit hard enough to fracture the surface of the portal and the shockwave from the impact knocked me off my feet.

Thunder roared as the crystal spires around the portal shattered, unable to contain their energy and the ground trembled violently. The massive form of the Rosen Prince drew back from the corrupted Serpent. Its colors flared angrily. Although the creature had no face, I still recognized its shock.

“What is this? What have you done?” It cried, “The conduit, what did you do to it?”
I looked back at the Rosen Prince with a shit eating grin on my face.
“I hope you’re comfortable here, jackass.” I said, “Because you and I are stuck here until this place falls apart and if I’m right… That should be in the next five minutes.”

More debris from the ceiling began to collapse and I scrambled up some of the stairs. I could see the Rosen Princes glow darken in rage.
“No… This is not possible. You cannot deny me! YOU CANNOT!”

I turned and ran up towards the top of the staircase. I could see a slow crawl of magma creeping in through the hole where the entrance to the temple had been, and in the distance I got one final glimpse of that pinkish sky. Bits of the cavern wall collapsed. I could see cracks forming in the floor of the tomb as the Vast Serpent writhed in its death throes, ripping its world apart in the process. Behind me, I could hear the enraged scream of the Rosen Prince and I looked back to see a massive shape creeping up the stairs behind me.

A massive, milky white eye was fixated on me as a shifting tendril of distorted flesh and flowers fixated on me.
“Ignorant child! What madness is this? In your defeat, you would cast this place into the Gloom? You would destroy all to deny my new life to seed all existence? Why? To kill me?”

The Rosen Prince's laughter echoed through the collapsing cavern. A large portion of it fell, splashing into the magma as some of the pillars that had once marked the bridge fell. From the corner of my eye, I couldn’t help but notice that one of them was in jumping distance.

“I am a vast and infinite sea, child.” The Rosen Prince snarled as its mass loomed over me. “Death shall not hold me! Time shall not defeat me! I have consumed GODS in the eons before your kind. I have seen the rise and fall of realities before your own and I have purified them all. Your hubris only delays the New Life of my Eternal Spring. I will have you in time and within me you shall live to see it… COME! COME INTO MY OCEAN, ACCURSED CHILD! YOUR DESTINY IS AT HAND!”

The eye split open, revealing a maw of jagged bones and writhing tendrils. I ran, leaping over the magma and onto one of the fallen bits of debris. My heart was pounding as I spotted the next one ahead and jumped to that. Behind me, I could hear the pained scream of the Rosen Prince as it made contact with the magma. That bought me just enough time to make it to one of the fallen pillars.

I could see a landslide coming down as part of the cavern collapsed. I could see the twilight sky beyond it! That world may have been falling into the Gloom, I may have been dead anyways but I’d be damned if I was going to let that fucking thing get to me before I died!

I leapt between the debris, only occasionally glancing back to see the shifting mass of eyes, flowers and flesh that pursued me, following my path to the landslide. One of the pillars ahead of me toppled over. Part of it landed on the fallen rocks and I made my way there. I grabbed hold of it and pulled myself up before dropping onto the crumbled rock.

The magma was behind me now, and the Rosen Prince was still coming. I climbed the rockslide as quickly as I could. Behind me, the top of the cavern collapsed, burying the Serpents Tomb and what was left of the portal. As I reached the top, I could see the Rosen Prince behind me. A tendril of dead flesh jutted out of the collapsed ruins. Its single white eye remained trained on me as millions of scuttling insectoid legs scaled the rocks behind me.

I kept running and tumbled out onto the snowy mountainside. Before me, I could see the Serpents Realm… Or what was left of it. Masses of land collapsed as the unbound Serpent uncoiled itself. Bits of forest were thrown up into the sky. The distant sea had almost completely drained leaving nothing but the pitch black body of the Serpent visible.

I could see that one of the mountain summits had collapsed. The second looked like it was ready to do the same and I didn’t stop to watch. As I slid down the snow and rock, I spotted a cave just a few feet down.
“YOU SHALL NOT ESCAPE ME, CHILD! YOU ARE MINE! YOU BELONG TO ME!”

The Rosen Princes shifting tendril reached the summit of the rockslide. The eye fixated on me before it resumed its chase. I ran for the cave. I had no idea if the gateways there still even worked… But I was about to find out. As I ran into the darkness, I could smell the Gloom just ahead of me. I could hear the running water and when I finally emerged, I found myself on the same riverside I’d been at before.

I looked up into the sky and saw the Serpents Realm coming apart. I could see it losing altitude and falling.
“The Gloom will not save you from me, Jasmine McKay.” A voice snarled behind me. I looked back just in time to see the massive shape of the Rosen Prince emerging through the gateway. I rolled out of the way as it lunged for me. Its serpentine tendril writhed as it searched for me and I kept running. I saw another gateway just up ahead… and I had an idea.

Sooner or later, those gateways would shut down. With no Serpents Realm, there’d be no caverns to lead to. Maybe I wouldn’t make it out of this alive, but I knew I could at least give one last Fuck You to the Rosen Prince. That was more than enough for me. I ran for the gateway and heard the creature behind me snarl in rage.

I passed through the gateway, into the darkness and I didn’t stop running. The enraged snarl of the Rosen Prince told me that he was still in pursuit. Again I burst out onto the icy slope of the mountain. The second summit had collapsed and an avalanche of rock and snow was working its way down the mountain. I only had seconds before it hit me.

There was another cave just a few feet away, I ran for it. The Rosen Prince stayed hot on my tail. Before I vanished into the darkness, I looked back to see its horrible shape jerk violently as the avalanche hit it, but that didn’t sway it. It followed me into the cave, new limbs growing to help it scuttle after me.

The darkness led me into the Gloom once more and I kept running straight. Across the river, I saw another gateway and I ran through it without a second thought. The cave it led me to was lower on the mountain. The valley of the Serpents Realm was almost completely gone and I could see the glimmering horizon of the Gloom far below the writhing coils of the dead Serpent.

On instinct, I moved lower down the mountain. I glanced back and saw the Rosen Prince emerge from the same cave I just had. It roared at me before resuming its chase. There was another cave just ahead. I swerved to get inside and sprinted into the darkness once more. I could see traces of the Gloom on the other side, but I didn’t go through.

Through the haze, I could see the Serpents Realm crumbling. Chunks of the mountain fell between the uncoiling body of the Serpent. I caught myself grinning as I looked back towards the entrance of the cave. Insectoid legs gripped the edge of it as the great pale eye of the Rosen Prince fixated on me once more.
“NO MORE GAMES, CHILD! YOU CANNOT FLEE FROM ME FOREVER!”
“Not forever.” I replied, “Just long enough for the mountain to come down. Welcome to the afterlife, fucker!”

The pale eye split open, revealing that hellish maw one last time as I stepped back through the gateway. The Rosen Prince lunged at me, trying to follow me but I’d timed things perfectly. Through the gateway, I could see its body seize up before it got through. An agonized scream escaped it as the other gateways began to close. The mountain collapsed around it and as it did, I saw the gateway collapse too.

Even without the gateway, I could hear the pained screech of the Rosen Prince as the segments it had carelessly weaved between the collapsing Serpents Realm and the Gloom were ripped apart. It sounded like it must have really hurt.

In the sky above me, the Serpents Realm hit the ground with an earth shaking thud. I backed away from the collapsed gateway and ran towards the treeline as a cloud of dust engulfed the land around me.

That’s the last thing I remember. After that, all was silent.

“You don’t belong here, do you?”
I don’t remember losing consciousness or even waking up. One moment, there was dust and after that… The voice. I blinked. The river was gone. So were the gateways. Instead I was in… I was in an office.

I knew this office. This was where I’d signed up for the CAF so many years ago. It looked the exact same as it had in my memories; only the person behind the desk wasn’t the man I’d signed up with. It wasn’t even a man… Or human for that matter. She was tall, but not like the Sentinels. She couldn’t have been more than 6 feet. Her head resembled a wolfs with intense blue eyes although there was a hint of melancholy in them. Her fur was pure white and she wore a black evening dress.

It took me a moment to recognize her… This was the same entity I’d seen carved on the wall at the pyramid. The one that Lila had prayed to. Lady Mal’ibo.
“A-am I dead?” I asked. I shifted in the uncomfortable chair I was in.
“Yes and no.” The entity replied, “You are in my Gloom darling but as for how you got here… Well. That was rather unconventional. It’s certainly not how I expected you to go but I suppose death is full of surprises.”
“What is this place?” I asked. I looked at the walls surrounding me.

“A waystation. Someplace where you and I can talk. If you’re asking about the decor, it’s not to my taste. In a sense, you chose this… But let's not get into that. Time may not mean much to me but explaining the way one's mind processes death is still tedious.”
The entity held up a cigarette holder and took a drag. She sat back in her chair, studying me intently.
“Right…” I said quietly, “You’re Mal’ibo, right? That God Lila kept talking about?”
“Different cultures have called me different things. I have countless names and faces... Although I’m rather fond of this appearance. Courtesy of the Egyptians, I believe. They called me Anubus but please, call me whatever makes you comfortable.”
“Okay… What am I doing here, exactly?”

“Call me old fashioned but I don’t like mixing the living and the dead.” The entity replied, “You’ve completed what you’ve set out to do. You escaped the Serpents Realm. Your friends are home safe, the Vast Serpent is dead and the Rosen Prince is contained… For now at least. The only thing outstanding is that you’re technically still alive. Make no mistake, I admire your sacrifice. Despite your best efforts in the past, I am relieved to know you’ve survived this long. I don’t wish to see anyone in my realm before their appointed time. Death is not a happy transition so I aim to make it as peaceful as I can… Which brings me to my point… I know you’ve never valued your own life, darling. I know you don’t see the point to it all and I know that I could simply kill you painlessly and leave your soul to enjoy the more pleasant parts of the Gloom at your discretion. That might sound harsh, but it is the most pleasant end to your life I can offer you. I’m sure that Mr. Compton and Mr. Hopper would be happy to see you, even if the reunion would be bittersweet.”
“Compton and Hopper are here?” I asked.
“The Rosen Prince may have consumed their bodies… But their souls were entrusted to me. I’m afraid the same cannot be said of Mr. Blake or Doctor Serrano. The Rosen Prince took them while they were still alive. There’s nothing I can do for them… Although I doubt you’ll lose any sleep over that.”
I exhaled and sank deeper into the chair.

“So… This is it then?” I asked, “I’m dead?”
“If you choose to be… If permitting you to die now were my only option, this conversation would be much shorter. My role is a dreary one. I don’t want to see lives cut short. Even your recklessness, and the recklessness of those like you is difficult to watch. I can’t undo death. That is not in my power. However… you aren’t dead yet, are you darling? The Vast Serpent was a poisonous and arrogant thing who tried to steal power from me. When I banished it, it tried to take out its wrath on the land of the living. That was why I imprisoned it so long ago. I can’t say I’ll miss it… Yet the arrival of the Rosen Prince was not something I had anticipated, nor was it easy for me to step in. The Serpent would not have my aid and I hold no power over the Prince. In turn, it holds no power within my Gloom… You’ve done me a favor by containing it. I’m willing to do you one in turn.”
“What kind of favor?” I asked.

“I’m a God, darling. The power that bound the Serpent was mine. Those mortals it drew into its prison were clever to utilize it in their portals and while you may have destroyed it, I can repair it. I will only do so temporarily. You were right to destroy the portal. I will ensure more permanent measures are taken after you are through. But if you choose to return home, I will allow it this once… The choice is yours. Stay or go. But know that if you stay, you can not return. Only the living can pass through.”
I looked up at the Entity before me. She took another drag on her cigarette as she waited for my answer.

“If you send me back, I’ll end up with Cook and Lila, right?” I asked.
“I can send you to their location, yes.”
I caught myself smiling.
“Alright…” I finally said, “I want to go back.”
“Then come with me.”

The office around us faded and I found myself standing by the river once more. The Entity stood by my side and casually walked up to the last gateway I’d gone through. She put a hand on it and I gestured for me to go through. I did.

The Tomb of the Rosen Prince was only barely intact. Most of it had collapsed and yet I could see rocks moving out of the way to create just enough space for what we needed to do. The Entity followed me, heading to the newly uncovered console. New crystals grew from it, and I could see more crystal growing to cover the cracked base of the portal. Electricity sparked from them, weak but present. The air around the portal began to shimmer. One last gateway to get home.

“Go.” The Entity said, “Life is a fleeting, precious thing. It should be embraced. The Gloom will wait for you at the end. Perhaps then, you’ll tell me of your life. I look forward to hearing of it.”
I took a step towards the shimmering air and paused before looking back at the Entity. She watched me quietly before I finally walked through the portal.

It was a few days before Montu got around to debriefing us. The official story is that Fred Compton, Calvin Blake, Allen Hopper and Neil Serrano all died when the ruins collapsed.

It’s a load of bullshit… But that’s the bullshit I can stomach, at least.

Within a week of our return, Cook handed in his resignation. A little while afterwards (and with a little bit of encouragement) so did I. Actually being home in my little apartment felt… wrong. It always did. But I guess the company wasn’t that bad. For the first week or so, Cook only stayed there because my couch was cheaper than a hotel. After our resignation though, he found other reasons to stay… I can’t say I can complain about that.

Officially, Lila never made it through the portal. According to Montus report, she was KIA before we even reached the Tomb. Unofficially, she’s been adjusting pretty well all things considered. I think she’ll be alright.

I met my Dad for the first time last month. It took a bit of effort to track him down but, I’m glad I did. I haven’t really spoken to my Mom but that’s nothing new. I can’t always sleep. The nightmares I’ve had are vivid and sometimes, I wake up screaming… I still have dreams about an ocean and flowers… But I think I’m going to be alright. Sometimes, I dream about a woman with a wolf's head and mournful eyes. Those are the dreams I enjoy the most.

I never bothered following up on that Italian dig. Honestly, I never gave a shit. Cook on the other hand did a bit of research. I hear that they’re still excavating out there. I don’t know what they’ll find, or if there’s anything left to find. I don’t know if the portal still works, or if Montu or the archaeologists believed our account of what we saw on the other side of that portal.

I know that if they did, then they should know better than to keep digging.

I still remember the flowers in that sealed off tunnel leading down to the portal. I remember their glow… I remember their smell. And I know how easily they can spread...
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2020.08.01 22:22 InfernoAA The Aerial Assassin Part Four: Off With Your Head

Part One: It Lives, It Breathes
Part Two: Two Birds
Part Three: Sky King

Build to NXT UK Takeover: Blackpool II

Following the soul-crushing loss to Balor, many speculate Ospreay is going to take another sabbatical, the heartbreak piling onto the pain he felt when he lost the NA Title, only for a brief promo to air on TV the following NXT, featuring Ospreay in a similar set-up to Balor in his promos, surprisingly no grief in his demeanour as he speaks. He claims that the match with Balor was a true eye-opener for him, understanding that if he needs to get to the next level, he needs some… change. And that’s exactly what he’s going to bring when he returns… His words raise speculation, no one able to put a finger on what the ‘change’ exactly entails. They don’t have to wait too long before they receive the answer they’re looking for, as Ospreay makes his return a couple weeks later after the main event, just not in NXT, but rather, NXT UK! Gallus and Ilja Dragunov have just fought Imperium to a no contest, chaos ensuing as a brawl breaks out that spills all about the arena! As WALTER finds himself standing tall in the ruckus, he notices a hooded figure traipsing down the ramp, deciding to stop them before they get any further. He pulls off their hood… REVEALING WILL OSPREAY! The Hull crowd are on their feet as Ospreay returns to the UK for the first time in over a year, taking the fight to WALTER, not forgetting their interaction from September! He surprises him with a STORM BREAKER ON THE RAMP, standing tall over his fallen body, raising his UK Title high as the brawl continues in the background.

A chipper Ospreay makes his way out the following week to another thunderous ovation from his home crowd, almost too chipper, perhaps the sensation of being home bringing that out of him. He rallies the crowd, before stating that a few weeks ago, he said he needed change, and that change was being back home with the people he considers his family. Last year, he tried to be the Champion they wanted him to be, but he fell short. However, he never forgot about the UK Title or his people for even a second. WALTER decided to stick his nose into Ospreay’s business a few months back but shied away from stepping in the ring with him, getting his boys to his dirty work for him, so now he’s kicked down his front door and demands a fight, the UK Title coming home to him! Instead of WALTER coming out though, out comes Joe Coffey! He says that if Ospreay’s been watching the product as diligently as he claims to have been, then he’d know that Coffey is next in-line for a shot at the gold, to which Ospreay retorts that Coffey got his head kicked off his shoulders last time he faced WALTER one-on-one, so what makes him think he’s any better now?

This riles the Iron King up, snapping that he’ll show Ospreay right now in the ring why he should be facing WALTER next, Ospreay stepping up to the challenge! Coffey uses his brute strength to ragdoll Ospreay, nailing Powerbombs and Slams amongst other moves, whilst Ospreay uses his agility to tire the brawler out, eventually reversing an All the Best for the Bells attempt into a STORM BREAKER! 1…2…3! He doesn’t get a chance to celebrate his first NXT UK win though, as Imperium hunt the Aerial Assassin down, exacting their revenge on him for the attack on WALTER! Ospreay tries his best to fight back, but the 4-on-1 handicap is too much for him to handle. Ilja Dragunov runs out to his aid, the pair pushing the quartet back, but they’re still unable to put Imperium down, WALTER ultimately folding Ospreay in half with an earth-shaking Powerbomb!

The following week, WALTER, flanked by Imperium, cuts a promo on Ospreay, reminding that he warned him that the ring is his, yet he still attempted to desecrate it by attacking him and calling him out? All that warranted him was the beatdown he received last week, and unless he wants more of them, he advises him to refrain ever coming here again. Sure enough, out comes Ospreay! He isn’t alone this time though, accompanied by Dragunov, finding an ally with a common enemy. The Aerial Assassin puts Imperium over for making an example of everyone that’s crossed them, putting down opponent after opponent. They wrecked British Strong Style, they dispatched of Gallus… but they haven’t put him down for good, have they? In fact, it’s been quite the contrary, Ospreay defeating Imperium in the Dusty Classic earlier in the year, and then once again in September, so that should warrant a shot at WALTER, should it not? Or does he plan to keep hiding behind his boys, defending once every blue moon? WALTER retorts that unlike Ospreay who thinks the purpose of a champion is to hand out shots like they’re charity, to the Ring General, it’s about being the best in the sport, only the truly elite able to challenge him. He’s seen nothing of the sort from Ospreay, so either he should turn around and run back to wherever he came from, or be left laying two weeks in a row. Ospreay turns to Dragunov, who nods, the two men heading down to the ring! Before another brawl can break out though, NXT UK GM Johnny Saint makes his way out, announcing a Tag Team match pitting Ospreay and Dragunov against Barthel and Wolfe instead!

WALTER doesn’t seem too pleased, but gestures to his partners to get the job done, proceeding to exit the ring with Aichner, the two men watching the bout from the ramp. Imperium use their chemistry to keep their foes at bay, Ospreay and Dragunov having conflicting interests, Dragunov after his rival, Wolfe, whilst Ospreay simply wants to win. A few miscommunications almost cost them, but as Dragunov isolates Wolfe on the outside, Ospreay connects a Storm Breaker on Barthel, pinning him for the victory! WALTER glares angrily at his fallen stablemates, only to turn and leave them behind out of disappointment, Ospreay with a triumphant look on his face as he celebrates in the ring. With Ospreay’s stock rising rapidly in NXT UK, Saint calls WALTER for a meeting, stating that the Aerial Assassin has proven himself worthy time and time again, so he’s adamant to give him a shot in Blackpool. However, he also wants to co-operate with the Champion, so Ospreay has to win a match of WALTER’s choosing to earn the shot, the Ring General responding with a Gauntlet match, Ospreay having to go through Imperium’s three members! Saint assents, making the #1 Contender’s bout official, Ospreay having the toughest test yet to go through in order to get the shot he’s been after for weeks!

The match ensues as scheduled, Ospreay taking on Barthel to start things off, the group’s mouthpiece out for blood after Ospreay pinned him last week. Barthel slogs it out with Ospreay, blasting his jaw with European Uppercuts, but as he goes for the Landungsbrücken, Ospreay’s able to connect an OsCutter to put him down for the count again! Aichner is out next, proving to be a tougher opponent, especially with Ospreay fatigued after his first bout, but nonetheless standing his ground against the Italian, who matches Ospreay’s high-flying with some of his own, but he takes one risk too many, Ospreay landing a Storm Breaker to finish him off! His final opponent is Wolfe, arguably the best of the three, the Axeman cerebrally dissecting Ospreay, almost putting him down for good with Cave Canem, but as a frustrated Wolfe goes to strike Ospreay with a chair, Dragunov appears and takes the chair from him, allowing Ospreay to cinch in an Iron Octopus, forcing Wolfe to tap out, earning Ospreay a shot for Takeover: Blackpool II! A large shadow appears on the stage as a stoic WALTER makes his way out, eyes fixated on Ospreay as he crosses an arm behind his back and raises the title with the other.

On the go-home show, a contract signing takes place between the two competitors, setting the stage for what is sure to be an incredible title match. Ospreay puts over WALTER’s dominance, admitting that he’s defeated the best to compete in UK, but as much as he’d love to admire WALTER’s reign like he did Dunne’s, the reality is that WALTER is an invader. He stormed in from across Europe into NXT UK and took the top prize hostage. He knocked down the faces that were supposed to represent the brand and bring it honour. All this is to WALTER is a bargaining chip. So land as he’s champion, he’s going to be paid handsomely. He doesn’t give a damn about the people or the other wrestlers that have worked so hard to get here, including him. He already failed UK once back in Brooklyn and he can’t afford to let the people down again, because if he does, WALTER’s tyranny will resume as normal, with no end in sight. In Blackpool, he’s going to slay the beast and return the title to where it belongs, because if he doesn’t, what is he worth? WALTER responds that it makes him nothing. Negligible. A speck of dust on the Ring General’s sacred mat that he can remove with a simple flick of his fingers. Ospreay has too much faith in his own abilities, laying his belief in idle things like the fans or the other wrestlers in the back. Reality states that sports are a dog-eat-dog world, so to be the best, you have to take out everyone in your path. He doesn’t care if BSS step up to him, or if Gallus think they’re worth his time, or even someone like Jordan Devlin. He’s proved them all to be delusional and since Ospreay is hell-bent on committing sacrilege, he’s just going to beat him too.


NXT UK Takeover: Blackpool II

With pens to paper at the signing making the match official, Ospreay’s prepares for the fight of his life, his second opportunity at the UK Title, but also quite possibly his last. 1 ½ years ago, he faced Dunne as the new competitor in NXT that was perhaps a little in over his head. Now, he steps up to WALTER as a much more matured competitor, an impressive title reign under his belt and a large wealth of experience. He heads to the ring first, sporting a new black and silver cloak for his biggest match yet. WALTER is out next, sporting his signature trench coat, the towering figure looming over his challenger. He hands his title over to the referee, the two men ready in their corners, Ospreay’s first singles Takeover main event beginning!

Will Ospreay vs WALTER (c) – NXT United Kingdom Championship

Ospreay charges at WALTER from the get-go, driving him back into the corner and delivering a series of shoulder blocks to the gut, before stringing together a deluge of strikes to stun the big man, only for WALTER to CHOP THE SOUL out of Ospreay, the Aerial Assassin dropping to the mat like a sack of potatoes! WALTER caves Ospreay’s head in with a sick forearm, before taking him off his feet with a Lariat! Ospreay lays unmoving for a few moments, as if paralysed by WALTER, who seems disappointed that Ospreay’s given up so easily, only for the man from Essex to kip up to his feet and take the fight back to WALTER, not even close to done! He scores a sweet Dropkick to the mush and a Handspring Roundhouse, before tripping WALTER up as he goes for a Big Boot, getting a Lou Thesz Press, hammering WALTER into the canvas with forearms! WALTER gets his legs underneath Ospreay though, launching the Sky King all the way into the ropes, Ospreay using the momentum to rebound and lay stomps into the UK Champ, who’s forced to drag himself into the ropes to escape the storm! Ospreay has a crazed expression in his eyes, victory the only thing in his sights.

His fun comes to a screeching halt as WALTER returns to his feet though, tossing him to the mat as Ospreay perches himself on the top turnbuckle, before crushing him with a Jumping Senton! The Ring General has his way with his smaller opponent, stretching him out, before laying him on the top turnbuckle and delivering another brutal chop! As Ospreay folds in two, WALTER props him on the apron, crashing down blows against his chest, before tossing him out to the floor, looking to take the easy count-out win, but to his surprise, Ospreay is able to get back in at 8, taking longer than he should at this juncture of the match, yet still willing to go through the ringer for the sake of gold. Ospreay rattles WALTER with a slew of chops and kicks, trying to bring WALTER down, before smashing his head in with a Running Knee Strike! He delivers a Sasuke Special and a Pip Pip Cheerio, but WALTER refuses to stay down, shaking off the punishment! Ospreay does his best to strike WALTER down again, only to find himself on the receiving end of a Big Boot and a series of condescending kicks, WALTER still treating Ospreay lightly.

The torture only continues to grow as minutes pass, WALTER getting more and more brutal with his strikes, Ospreay’s resilience ticking him off. Yet each time he drops Ospreay and goes for the cover, the Aerial Assassin returns to his feet, asking for more, before dishing back some of his own offense! Ospreay kicks away at the trunk-like legs of WALTER, only to get manhandled by his foe, who tosses him across the ring with a chain of agonising Suplexes! He’s forced to dig deep in his arsenal, cinching in an IRON OCTOPUS, looking to put WALTER away the same way Ospreay earned his title shot, but the Champ’s able to shake him off, Ospreay’s moves still ricocheting off of the thick skin of his adversary! A Rainmaker glances off of WALTER’s skin, and Double Foot Stomp and a Cheeky Nandos still no match! As doubt creeps into Ospreay’s mind, he uses it to fuel himself rather than hinder himself, becoming more vicious with his own strikes, bringing the killer instinct from his match with Balor to put WALTER on the backfoot!

As they cross the 30 minute mark, the match starts to look like more of a war as Ospreay’s chest is a revolting mix of red and purple match, WALTER absolutely battering him with chops from his meaty paws, whilst Ospreay continually chips away at his mammoth legs to bring him down to his knees, yet neither man says die, fight still left in their respective gas tanks! Ospreay manages to connect an OSCUTTER and a BURNING STAR PRESS, but WALTER kicks out! The Ring General returns a POWERBOMB and a BURNING LARIAT, only for Ospreay to also get the shoulder up! Entering 40 minutes of action, the match starts to enter its fleeting moments as the exhausted competitors somehow drag themselves to their feet, WALTER suddenly clamping on a GOJIRA CLUTCH! Ospreay thrashes and flails in the hold, almost passing out, but the roar of the crowd breathes new life into him, powering out and dropping WALTER with another OSCUTTER, before landing a STORM BREAKER! 1…2…KICK OUT! WALTER KICKS OUT OF THE STORM BREAKER! NO ONE HAS KICKED OUT OF IT BEFORE! Ospreay is consumed with shock, his best shot still not enough to put WALTER down! The doubt turns to anxiety as WALTER retaliates with a trio of SNAP POWERBOMBS! 1…2…NOOOOOOO! OSPREAY’S STILL IN IT!

WALTER doesn’t give him any time to rest though, connecting a GOLDEN BOMB, before heading to the top rope, going for the DIVING SPLASH… OSCUTTER! OSPREAY REVERSES INTO AN OSCUTTER! The two men lay on the mat, their chests heaving, utterly fatigued yet still pushing on to finish the match! As WALTER gets Ospreay in position for the Fire Thunder Driver, Ospreay releases a torrent of kicks like never before, before getting a Double Wrist Clutch on WALTER and stomping his head into the canvas! He lights him up with a trio of SILENT WHISPERS, before nailing a second STORM BREAKER! He thinks better of going for a cover though to the crowd’s surprise, Balor’s message replaying in his mind! That night, Balor was proven right, Ospreay perhaps a soft competitor… but that’s not the legacy he wants to live with! He wants to prove him wrong, tugging at the ropes in the corner as WALTER slowly returns to his knees, Ospreay tossing off the elbow pad… HIDDEN BLADE! OSPREAY JUST TOOK WALTER’S HEAD OFF! 1…2…3!

Will Ospreay def. WALTER (c) to win the NXT United Kingdom Championship (43:29)

Blackpool explodes to their feet as Ospreay slays the beast, WALTER motionless on the mat, the Aerial Assassin’s dreams coming true after almost an hour of arduous warfare, the new NXT UK Champion! But… at what cost? By the looks of things, the never-seen-before ‘Hidden Blade’ has done more than just beat WALTER, seemingly injuring him, yet Ospreay doesn’t seem to care at all, no sense of compassion for the Ring General in his eyes, instead celebrating in front of the UK faithful. The Ultimate Underdog has finally seized the throne, but was it all a mistake?


Build to NXT UK Takeover: Dublin

The ring is set up for a huge celebration as the new Champion, Ospreay, heads out with his title slung over his shoulder, a beaming smile on his face as he’s showered with cheers. He cuts an impassioned promo about the long journey en route to beating WALTER, but now he’s finally done it, saving NXT UK from its tormentor. Whilst the fans chant for him, there’s an unshakable sense of foreboding in the atmosphere as Ospreay poses on the top turnbuckle with the gold, a different look in his eyes to the one he had entering the match. Nonetheless, he takes his position as the new face of NXT UK, representing the brand at Worlds Collide in a title defence against RAW’s Drew McIntyre, the two putting on a thrilling match that sees Ospreay prevail with a Storm Breaker, shaking McIntyre’s hand after the bout.

Though he was injured in Blackpool, WALTER isn’t shelved for too long, returning for blood the following month like the specimen he is, attacking Ospreay during a promo segment, challenging him to a rematch for the title, the Sky King obliging! The match is set for the first episode of NXT UK in March, the two men taking the rest of February to prepare for the bout, a Target Takeover special running through their rivalry thus far and selling the major rematch, WALTER receiving the chance to become the first 2-time NXT UK Champ. Those odds are questioned repeatedly throughout the match, as whilst Ospreay is Champion, he’s still the same competitor, facing the same challenges he initially did against WALTER, finding himself to be the underdog in the match once more. WALTER gives Ospreay hell, but in the end, Ospreay teases going for the Hidden Blade again, only to pause, not letting himself get carried away, instead connecting a Super OsCutter and a Storm Breaker to put the challenger down for the count, retaining!

A couple weeks later, Ospreay kicks off the show to cut a typical babyface champion promo, only to be interrupted by the NXT Cruiserweight Champion, Jordan Devlin! The Irish Ace sneers as he looks Ospreay up and down, before taking exception to his reign thus far, claiming that Ospreay doesn’t deserve to be champ at all! Whilst Devlin’s been here since the beginning, competing in the first-ever UK Tournament, all Ospreay did was make a couple appearances here and there, before sucking up to Saint to get a title shot even after losing his first one. It should be him walking into Dublin as Champion, and quite frankly, he’s disgusted that they have to be represented by Ospreay, a man who, just like Balor said, lacks killer instinct. The line gets under Ospreay’s skin, who retorts that he’ll defend his title against Devlin if that makes him shut up, the Irish Ace eagerly agreeing.

The two clash in a 20 minute match on TV, the commentators hyping up the fact that Devlin could leave the match as double champion throughout the match, Devlin almost defeating Ospreay at multiple points in the match, but the Storm Breaker eventually does him in… no wait, Ospreay isn’t done with Devlin yet! He ominously slides off the elbow pad like he did in Blackpool, before charging at him and TAKING HIS HEAD OFF WITH A HIDDEN BLADE! A sick thud resonates about the arena as Ospreay coldly stares at Devlin’s unmoving body, the referee calling off the match and awarding Ospreay the victory before he can even go for the pin! As Ospreay’s handed the title, unlike Blackpool, the crowd seem to be mixed in their opinion of the finish, content when he used the move as a last resort to put down WALTER, but this… it seems like an almost intentional and ruthless usage of the move. Yet Ospreay brushes it off, celebrating like he usually would, grinning as he raises his title up high…

With Ospreay confirmed to be heading into Takeover as Champion, a 20-man #1 Contender’s Battle Royal takes place to crown his next challenger, Bate, Wolfe, Andrews and Dragunov making it to the Final 4 as Ospreay watches from commentary. Wolfe is the first one out courtesy of Dragunov, followed by Andrews, who gets eliminated by Bate, the match boiling down to Bate and Dragunov! The two teeter precariously on the apron, going tit for tat, until Dragunov connects a lethal Torpedo Moskau on Bate that drops him to the outside, Dragunov winning the match! Ospreay stands up from the commentary desk after the match and heads to the ring to confront his upcoming challenger, the two men that fought alongside each other to take down Imperium back in December now shaking hands to set the stage for a respectful bout.

Due to Bate eliminating Andrews, a match between the two is also scheduled for Takeover, resulting in a Tag Team match for the go-home show, pitting Ospreay and Andrews against Bate and Dragunov. Before the match, as Ospreay and Andrews are preparing for their match backstage, a concerned Flash Morgan Webster enters shot, pulling his usual tag team partner aside to have a few words with him, whilst Ospreay doesn’t seem to pay attention to them. As Andrews asks Webster what’s wrong, the Modfather covertly points to Ospreay, questioning Andrews if he truly trusts Ospreay as a partner, offering to take Ospreay’s place in the match instead, the two fighting alongside each other, but Andrews brushes him off, telling him there’s nothing to worry about, considering the UK Champ an ally. Webster still seems uncertain but complies, the match taking place without a hitch, Ospreay and Andrews showcasing brilliant instant chemistry, whilst Dragunov and Bate prove themselves to be no slouches either, an enjoyable match ensuing. In the end, Dragunov takes Ospreay outside the ring with a Lariat, leaving Bate and Andrews all alone, Bate connecting the Tyler Driver ’97 for the victory, standing tall heading into Takeover!


NXT UK Takeover: Dublin

As Dublin rolls around, Ospreay is set for his third title defence, his partner from a few days ago, Andrews, falling short against Bate once again, the concerned message from Webster seemingly still stuck in his head, distracting him. That doesn’t affect Ospreay though, his only focus for the night being defending his title. The two competitors make their respective entrances, prepared for the title match.

Will Ospreay (c) vs Ilja Dragunov – NXT United Kingdom Championship

The bout revolves heavily around both men’s striking games, Ospreay using an array of kicks to try and keep Dragunov at bay, whilst the Unbesiegbar returns a streak of forearms and a Lariats to push back against the Champion. Dragunov goes high-risk, connecting his patented Coast-to-Coast Dropkick for a near-fall, whilst Ospreay lands an Air Assassin for one of his own! A Torpedo Moskau countered into an OsCutter almost spells the end for the match, only for Dragunov to barely kick out, his hopes and dreams staying alive! He goes to the well with his Flying Headbutt finisher one too many times though, Ospreay connecting another OsCutter to put him down! However, just like the match with Devlin, Ospreay doesn’t stop there, refusing to go for the cover, instead waiting in the corner as Dragunov slowly staggers back to his feet, not knowing where he is, until… CRUNCH! HIDDEN BLADE KNOCKS DRAGUNOV OUT COLD! 1…2…3!

Will Ospreay (c) def. Ilja Dragunov to retain the NXT United Kingdom Championship (23:31)

Whilst the past two times the crowd let Ospreay off, they watch on in horror as Ospreay stands over Dragunov with the same ruthless, bloodthirsty look in his eyes, raising his title up high, a smile painted across his face. The Aerial Assassin is pushed to the side as the medical team races down to the ring with a stretcher, loading Dragunov onto it and rushing him to the nearest hospital via ambulance, Ospreay simply watching him leave with a curious look in his eyes. However, he shrugs it off and poses on the turnbuckle just like he did after his past two defences, only this time, he’s pelted with boos! Ospreay’s head whips from side to side in confusion, but doesn’t protest them, instead soaking in the reaction, the same damned smile tatted on his face as he flashes his title enthusiastically to close the show…


Build to NXT UK Takeover: Cardiff II

On the fallout episode of NXT UK, it’s announced that Dragunov has indeed been concussed by the move, his time on the shelf currently unknown, prompting uneasy gasps from the crowd, which turn to a storm of boos as Ospreay trots to the ring, almost oblivious to the boos, instead dancing about the ring with his gold. Before he can cut a promo though, out comes Bate! Coming off of a huge victory against Andrews, the inaugural UK Champion sets his sights on Ospreay’s title, wanting to avenge Dragunov, Ospreay welcoming the challenge to his surprise, acting as if he’s a well-liked babyface champion. Nonetheless, Ospreay and Bate have their match a couple weeks later, Bate scouting the lethal Hidden Blade throughout the match, ensuring he doesn’t suffer the same fate as those before him, only for another one to bite the dust, Ospreay driving his elbow into the back of Bate’s head for the successful retention! After the match, the cameras cut to Andrews and Webster watching from backstage, Webster frantically pointing to the screen, telling Andrews he told him so, his warning about Ospreay being a dangerous man true, but to his disbelief, Andrews says otherwise, claiming that Webster needs to show their champion more respect, believing him to be jealous he isn’t the champion himself. Webster opens his mouth to continue arguing, only for Andrews to cut him off, urging Webster to come out for a run with him instead to clear his mind, the Modfather obliging.

Over the next few weeks, the relationship between Andrews and Webster begins to deteriorate as Andrews stands up for Ospreay whilst FMW tries to convince him that Ospreay’s far from a role model, the two tag team partners coming to odds. Eventually, FMW puts his foot down as says that he’s going to prove Andrews wrong by facing and beating Ospreay, Andrews not into the idea by letting him go through with it. And so, Ospreay and Webster have their match, the Modfather adamant to pin the UK Champion, a conflicted Andrews watching on from ringside. Webster looks to finish Ospreay off with an Imploding Somersault Senton, only for Ospreay to get the knees up, before connecting an OsCutter and a HIDDEN BLADE, pinning Webster to the canvas for 3! As Ospreay licks his chops and poses with the title, Andrews slides into the ring besides Webster, trying to lift him up to take him to the back, only to realise that much like Dragunov, the Modfather has been seriously hurt by the move! Andrews buries his head in his hands, his failure to trust his partner resulting in him being stretchered off, but as he’s frozen by shock, watching Webster being carted off, Ospreay gets in position behind Andrews, rearing up for the HIDDEN BLADE… only to stop, pausing beside Andrews and dropping to a knee. He eyes Andrews curiously, who returns a conflicted look, almost starting to doubt his own opinions on Ospreay until the Champ extends a hand to Andrews! The crowd beg the Lightning Kid not to accept, who sees a sea of Webster’s echoes… only to shut them out, taking Ospreay’s hand and shaking it, who returns an inviting smile!

The new alliance between Ospreay and Andrews is tested over the course of the next month or two, Andrews explaining that as much as FMW tried to convince him, he just can’t come to terms with the fact that the man who liberated NXT UK from WALTER is as bad as people seek him out to be. He refuses to accept that Ospreay is a bad man, Ospreay wholly agreeing with him, saying that cases like Webster are unfortunate, in-ring injuries happening even to the best wrestlers in the world, writing it off as just that – an accident. He’s just doing what he was taught, summoning the killer instinct inside of him, and look at the impact he’s had! He saved NXT UK from WALTER and exponentially increased their profits, his starpower bringing more eyes to the product than ever before! With the two men getting their thoughts off their chests, they start teaming up together, Andrews initially hesitant to wrestle Ospreay’s more ruthless style, only to start slowly easing into it, the delusional duo forming a killer tag team, and quite literally too. Due to racking up multiple victories, they have a non-title bout against the Tag Champs, Gallus, managing to come out on top with a Yellow Spot/OsCutter combo!

Their win earns them a tag title shot, but not before Ospreay has to defend his title against #1 Contender A-Kid, the Spanish star almost pulling off the upset, only for Andrews to run interference, allowing Ospreay to retain! The match for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships takes place on the July 2nd edition of NXT UK, the new team nearing two months together at this point, their chemistry delivering in spades throughout the match as they come close to dethroning the Champs, the Yellow Spot/OsCutter combo almost doing them in, Wolfgang just able to make the save on Mark Coffey! In the end, Ospreay and Andrews get the Champs in position, calling for a DOUBLE HIDDEN BLADE! Before they can connect the move though, ILJA DRAGUNOV RETURNS! The Unbesiegbar appears on the apron, providing the distraction and allowing Gallus to plant Andrews with their tag team finisher, retaining! As soon as the bell rings, Dragunov makes a beeline for the man who injured him two months ago, attacking Ospreay! Andrews attempts to interfere and save his partner, only for Dragunov to knock him back two, dropping Ospreay with a TORPEDO MOSKAU!

Due to Andrews taking the fall in the tag team match, Ospreay pushes him about a bit, frustrated that they lost after being on the cusp of victory, Mandrews apologising profusely. The Aerial Assassin gives him a chance at redemption with a match against Dragunov the following week, telling him to make sure Dragunov leaves the match injured! Upon hearing that though, Andrews seems a little surprised, bringing up how Ospreay said that anyone who gets injured at their hands is by accident, not signing up for purposely injuring other stars. Ospreay shrugs it off though, telling him that Dragunov is a thorn in their side and cost them the Tag Titles, so it only makes sense Andrews redeems himself by taking out the man that took the opportunity of being champion away from him, Andrews eventually acquiescing. Throughout the match, Andrews goes to the well with the Hidden Blade, but Dragunov has the move well-scouted, connecting a Torpedo Moskau to defeat Andrews! However, after the match, he extends a hand to him, reiterating the same message FMW gave him a couple months ago, promising that a path of only darkness lays on Ospreay’s side, but before he can make a decision, Ospreay cracks a steel chair over Dragunov’s back, posing over his rival’s body as Andrews silently watches on…

With the feud between Ospreay and Dragunov reaching a fever pitch, a rematch is made official between them for the NXT UK Title in a Street Fight! Brutality ensues from start to finish as the two men beat the hell out of each other, all their hatred for one another showing! As Ospreay goes to finish the match the same way he did in Dublin, attempting the Hidden Blade, Andrews suddenly steps into the ring, begging Ospreay to stop! He tells him that he’s done his damage already and should spare Dragunov, Ospreay shaking his head and pushing Andrews to the side, rushing in, only to eat a Torpedo Moskau! Dragunov gets a near-fall on Ospreay, but as he goes for another Torpedo Moskau, a Storm Breaker onto a chair puts him away, Ospreay retaining! As the Aerial Assassin nurses his wounds after the match, he orders Andrews to bring him his UK Title, only for Andrews to refuse! Ospreay is taken aback, though clearing his throat and demanding again, but Andrews stands his ground! Furious, Ospreay charges at him, only for Andrews to connect a SLAM TO WIN, followed by a FALL TO PIECES, officially terminating their alliance to a gigantic pop!

The following week, Andrews cuts a fiery promo, distraught that he didn’t open his eyes sooner and realise just who the man Ospreay has truly become, Balor shaping him into a monster, but it’s never too late to change, so he’s going to put an end to all of this and make up for his mistakes at Takeover: Cardiff II, where he’ll take the UK Title from Ospreay! As he finishes his promo though, he’s attacked from behind by Ospreay, only to turn the ambush around, sending Ospreay retreating as he stands tall in the ring! Due to Ospreay and Andrews newly-birthed feud becoming the hottest topic on the brand, a title match between the two is made official for Takeover, a contract signing taking place to hype up the bout! Ospreay warns Andrews that he’s made a huge mistake, turning away glory and regressing into the abyss that Ospreay tried to save him from, but Andrews refuses, claiming that he’s going to complete the mission Ospreay set when Andrews once respected him, ‘saving’ NXT UK.


NXT UK Takeover: Cardiff II

Will Ospreay (c) vs Mark Andrews – NXT United Kingdom Championship

A dramatic and emotional match takes place between the two in the main event of the night, Andrews fighting in front of the very home crowd he won the Tag Titles in front of. Ospreay plays the vicious, yet delusional heel, whilst Andrews is the underdog babyface. Ospreay almost puts Andrews on a stretcher just like everyone before him, but in the end, Andrews ducks under the Hidden Blade, connecting a FALL TO PIECES TO WIN!

Mark Andrews def. Will Ospreay (c) to win the NXT United Kingdom Championship (25:40)

Confetti and tickertape hails down from the rafters as Andrews celebrates his victory, peace finally restored to NXT UK! FMW makes his return, embracing Andrews, the two former tag team partners reunited once more, whilst a disappointed Ospreay trudges off into the sunset, lost once more…
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2020.08.01 22:22 InfernoAA The Aerial Assassin Part Four: Off With Your Head

Part One: It Lives, It Breathes
Part Two: Two Birds
Part Three: Sky King

Build to NXT UK Takeover: Blackpool II

Following the soul-crushing loss to Balor, many speculate Ospreay is going to take another sabbatical, the heartbreak piling onto the pain he felt when he lost the NA Title, only for a brief promo to air on TV the following NXT, featuring Ospreay in a similar set-up to Balor in his promos, surprisingly no grief in his demeanour as he speaks. He claims that the match with Balor was a true eye-opener for him, understanding that if he needs to get to the next level, he needs some… change. And that’s exactly what he’s going to bring when he returns… His words raise speculation, no one able to put a finger on what the ‘change’ exactly entails. They don’t have to wait too long before they receive the answer they’re looking for, as Ospreay makes his return a couple weeks later after the main event, just not in NXT, but rather, NXT UK! Gallus and Ilja Dragunov have just fought Imperium to a no contest, chaos ensuing as a brawl breaks out that spills all about the arena! As WALTER finds himself standing tall in the ruckus, he notices a hooded figure traipsing down the ramp, deciding to stop them before they get any further. He pulls off their hood… REVEALING WILL OSPREAY! The Hull crowd are on their feet as Ospreay returns to the UK for the first time in over a year, taking the fight to WALTER, not forgetting their interaction from September! He surprises him with a STORM BREAKER ON THE RAMP, standing tall over his fallen body, raising his UK Title high as the brawl continues in the background.

A chipper Ospreay makes his way out the following week to another thunderous ovation from his home crowd, almost too chipper, perhaps the sensation of being home bringing that out of him. He rallies the crowd, before stating that a few weeks ago, he said he needed change, and that change was being back home with the people he considers his family. Last year, he tried to be the Champion they wanted him to be, but he fell short. However, he never forgot about the UK Title or his people for even a second. WALTER decided to stick his nose into Ospreay’s business a few months back but shied away from stepping in the ring with him, getting his boys to his dirty work for him, so now he’s kicked down his front door and demands a fight, the UK Title coming home to him! Instead of WALTER coming out though, out comes Joe Coffey! He says that if Ospreay’s been watching the product as diligently as he claims to have been, then he’d know that Coffey is next in-line for a shot at the gold, to which Ospreay retorts that Coffey got his head kicked off his shoulders last time he faced WALTER one-on-one, so what makes him think he’s any better now?

This riles the Iron King up, snapping that he’ll show Ospreay right now in the ring why he should be facing WALTER next, Ospreay stepping up to the challenge! Coffey uses his brute strength to ragdoll Ospreay, nailing Powerbombs and Slams amongst other moves, whilst Ospreay uses his agility to tire the brawler out, eventually reversing an All the Best for the Bells attempt into a STORM BREAKER! 1…2…3! He doesn’t get a chance to celebrate his first NXT UK win though, as Imperium hunt the Aerial Assassin down, exacting their revenge on him for the attack on WALTER! Ospreay tries his best to fight back, but the 4-on-1 handicap is too much for him to handle. Ilja Dragunov runs out to his aid, the pair pushing the quartet back, but they’re still unable to put Imperium down, WALTER ultimately folding Ospreay in half with an earth-shaking Powerbomb!

The following week, WALTER, flanked by Imperium, cuts a promo on Ospreay, reminding that he warned him that the ring is his, yet he still attempted to desecrate it by attacking him and calling him out? All that warranted him was the beatdown he received last week, and unless he wants more of them, he advises him to refrain ever coming here again. Sure enough, out comes Ospreay! He isn’t alone this time though, accompanied by Dragunov, finding an ally with a common enemy. The Aerial Assassin puts Imperium over for making an example of everyone that’s crossed them, putting down opponent after opponent. They wrecked British Strong Style, they dispatched of Gallus… but they haven’t put him down for good, have they? In fact, it’s been quite the contrary, Ospreay defeating Imperium in the Dusty Classic earlier in the year, and then once again in September, so that should warrant a shot at WALTER, should it not? Or does he plan to keep hiding behind his boys, defending once every blue moon? WALTER retorts that unlike Ospreay who thinks the purpose of a champion is to hand out shots like they’re charity, to the Ring General, it’s about being the best in the sport, only the truly elite able to challenge him. He’s seen nothing of the sort from Ospreay, so either he should turn around and run back to wherever he came from, or be left laying two weeks in a row. Ospreay turns to Dragunov, who nods, the two men heading down to the ring! Before another brawl can break out though, NXT UK GM Johnny Saint makes his way out, announcing a Tag Team match pitting Ospreay and Dragunov against Barthel and Wolfe instead!

WALTER doesn’t seem too pleased, but gestures to his partners to get the job done, proceeding to exit the ring with Aichner, the two men watching the bout from the ramp. Imperium use their chemistry to keep their foes at bay, Ospreay and Dragunov having conflicting interests, Dragunov after his rival, Wolfe, whilst Ospreay simply wants to win. A few miscommunications almost cost them, but as Dragunov isolates Wolfe on the outside, Ospreay connects a Storm Breaker on Barthel, pinning him for the victory! WALTER glares angrily at his fallen stablemates, only to turn and leave them behind out of disappointment, Ospreay with a triumphant look on his face as he celebrates in the ring. With Ospreay’s stock rising rapidly in NXT UK, Saint calls WALTER for a meeting, stating that the Aerial Assassin has proven himself worthy time and time again, so he’s adamant to give him a shot in Blackpool. However, he also wants to co-operate with the Champion, so Ospreay has to win a match of WALTER’s choosing to earn the shot, the Ring General responding with a Gauntlet match, Ospreay having to go through Imperium’s three members! Saint assents, making the #1 Contender’s bout official, Ospreay having the toughest test yet to go through in order to get the shot he’s been after for weeks!

The match ensues as scheduled, Ospreay taking on Barthel to start things off, the group’s mouthpiece out for blood after Ospreay pinned him last week. Barthel slogs it out with Ospreay, blasting his jaw with European Uppercuts, but as he goes for the Landungsbrücken, Ospreay’s able to connect an OsCutter to put him down for the count again! Aichner is out next, proving to be a tougher opponent, especially with Ospreay fatigued after his first bout, but nonetheless standing his ground against the Italian, who matches Ospreay’s high-flying with some of his own, but he takes one risk too many, Ospreay landing a Storm Breaker to finish him off! His final opponent is Wolfe, arguably the best of the three, the Axeman cerebrally dissecting Ospreay, almost putting him down for good with Cave Canem, but as a frustrated Wolfe goes to strike Ospreay with a chair, Dragunov appears and takes the chair from him, allowing Ospreay to cinch in an Iron Octopus, forcing Wolfe to tap out, earning Ospreay a shot for Takeover: Blackpool II! A large shadow appears on the stage as a stoic WALTER makes his way out, eyes fixated on Ospreay as he crosses an arm behind his back and raises the title with the other.

On the go-home show, a contract signing takes place between the two competitors, setting the stage for what is sure to be an incredible title match. Ospreay puts over WALTER’s dominance, admitting that he’s defeated the best to compete in UK, but as much as he’d love to admire WALTER’s reign like he did Dunne’s, the reality is that WALTER is an invader. He stormed in from across Europe into NXT UK and took the top prize hostage. He knocked down the faces that were supposed to represent the brand and bring it honour. All this is to WALTER is a bargaining chip. So land as he’s champion, he’s going to be paid handsomely. He doesn’t give a damn about the people or the other wrestlers that have worked so hard to get here, including him. He already failed UK once back in Brooklyn and he can’t afford to let the people down again, because if he does, WALTER’s tyranny will resume as normal, with no end in sight. In Blackpool, he’s going to slay the beast and return the title to where it belongs, because if he doesn’t, what is he worth? WALTER responds that it makes him nothing. Negligible. A speck of dust on the Ring General’s sacred mat that he can remove with a simple flick of his fingers. Ospreay has too much faith in his own abilities, laying his belief in idle things like the fans or the other wrestlers in the back. Reality states that sports are a dog-eat-dog world, so to be the best, you have to take out everyone in your path. He doesn’t care if BSS step up to him, or if Gallus think they’re worth his time, or even someone like Jordan Devlin. He’s proved them all to be delusional and since Ospreay is hell-bent on committing sacrilege, he’s just going to beat him too.


NXT UK Takeover: Blackpool II

With pens to paper at the signing making the match official, Ospreay’s prepares for the fight of his life, his second opportunity at the UK Title, but also quite possibly his last. 1 ½ years ago, he faced Dunne as the new competitor in NXT that was perhaps a little in over his head. Now, he steps up to WALTER as a much more matured competitor, an impressive title reign under his belt and a large wealth of experience. He heads to the ring first, sporting a new black and silver cloak for his biggest match yet. WALTER is out next, sporting his signature trench coat, the towering figure looming over his challenger. He hands his title over to the referee, the two men ready in their corners, Ospreay’s first singles Takeover main event beginning!

Will Ospreay vs WALTER (c) – NXT United Kingdom Championship

Ospreay charges at WALTER from the get-go, driving him back into the corner and delivering a series of shoulder blocks to the gut, before stringing together a deluge of strikes to stun the big man, only for WALTER to CHOP THE SOUL out of Ospreay, the Aerial Assassin dropping to the mat like a sack of potatoes! WALTER caves Ospreay’s head in with a sick forearm, before taking him off his feet with a Lariat! Ospreay lays unmoving for a few moments, as if paralysed by WALTER, who seems disappointed that Ospreay’s given up so easily, only for the man from Essex to kip up to his feet and take the fight back to WALTER, not even close to done! He scores a sweet Dropkick to the mush and a Handspring Roundhouse, before tripping WALTER up as he goes for a Big Boot, getting a Lou Thesz Press, hammering WALTER into the canvas with forearms! WALTER gets his legs underneath Ospreay though, launching the Sky King all the way into the ropes, Ospreay using the momentum to rebound and lay stomps into the UK Champ, who’s forced to drag himself into the ropes to escape the storm! Ospreay has a crazed expression in his eyes, victory the only thing in his sights.

His fun comes to a screeching halt as WALTER returns to his feet though, tossing him to the mat as Ospreay perches himself on the top turnbuckle, before crushing him with a Jumping Senton! The Ring General has his way with his smaller opponent, stretching him out, before laying him on the top turnbuckle and delivering another brutal chop! As Ospreay folds in two, WALTER props him on the apron, crashing down blows against his chest, before tossing him out to the floor, looking to take the easy count-out win, but to his surprise, Ospreay is able to get back in at 8, taking longer than he should at this juncture of the match, yet still willing to go through the ringer for the sake of gold. Ospreay rattles WALTER with a slew of chops and kicks, trying to bring WALTER down, before smashing his head in with a Running Knee Strike! He delivers a Sasuke Special and a Pip Pip Cheerio, but WALTER refuses to stay down, shaking off the punishment! Ospreay does his best to strike WALTER down again, only to find himself on the receiving end of a Big Boot and a series of condescending kicks, WALTER still treating Ospreay lightly.

The torture only continues to grow as minutes pass, WALTER getting more and more brutal with his strikes, Ospreay’s resilience ticking him off. Yet each time he drops Ospreay and goes for the cover, the Aerial Assassin returns to his feet, asking for more, before dishing back some of his own offense! Ospreay kicks away at the trunk-like legs of WALTER, only to get manhandled by his foe, who tosses him across the ring with a chain of agonising Suplexes! He’s forced to dig deep in his arsenal, cinching in an IRON OCTOPUS, looking to put WALTER away the same way Ospreay earned his title shot, but the Champ’s able to shake him off, Ospreay’s moves still ricocheting off of the thick skin of his adversary! A Rainmaker glances off of WALTER’s skin, and Double Foot Stomp and a Cheeky Nandos still no match! As doubt creeps into Ospreay’s mind, he uses it to fuel himself rather than hinder himself, becoming more vicious with his own strikes, bringing the killer instinct from his match with Balor to put WALTER on the backfoot!

As they cross the 30 minute mark, the match starts to look like more of a war as Ospreay’s chest is a revolting mix of red and purple match, WALTER absolutely battering him with chops from his meaty paws, whilst Ospreay continually chips away at his mammoth legs to bring him down to his knees, yet neither man says die, fight still left in their respective gas tanks! Ospreay manages to connect an OSCUTTER and a BURNING STAR PRESS, but WALTER kicks out! The Ring General returns a POWERBOMB and a BURNING LARIAT, only for Ospreay to also get the shoulder up! Entering 40 minutes of action, the match starts to enter its fleeting moments as the exhausted competitors somehow drag themselves to their feet, WALTER suddenly clamping on a GOJIRA CLUTCH! Ospreay thrashes and flails in the hold, almost passing out, but the roar of the crowd breathes new life into him, powering out and dropping WALTER with another OSCUTTER, before landing a STORM BREAKER! 1…2…KICK OUT! WALTER KICKS OUT OF THE STORM BREAKER! NO ONE HAS KICKED OUT OF IT BEFORE! Ospreay is consumed with shock, his best shot still not enough to put WALTER down! The doubt turns to anxiety as WALTER retaliates with a trio of SNAP POWERBOMBS! 1…2…NOOOOOOO! OSPREAY’S STILL IN IT!

WALTER doesn’t give him any time to rest though, connecting a GOLDEN BOMB, before heading to the top rope, going for the DIVING SPLASH… OSCUTTER! OSPREAY REVERSES INTO AN OSCUTTER! The two men lay on the mat, their chests heaving, utterly fatigued yet still pushing on to finish the match! As WALTER gets Ospreay in position for the Fire Thunder Driver, Ospreay releases a torrent of kicks like never before, before getting a Double Wrist Clutch on WALTER and stomping his head into the canvas! He lights him up with a trio of SILENT WHISPERS, before nailing a second STORM BREAKER! He thinks better of going for a cover though to the crowd’s surprise, Balor’s message replaying in his mind! That night, Balor was proven right, Ospreay perhaps a soft competitor… but that’s not the legacy he wants to live with! He wants to prove him wrong, tugging at the ropes in the corner as WALTER slowly returns to his knees, Ospreay tossing off the elbow pad… HIDDEN BLADE! OSPREAY JUST TOOK WALTER’S HEAD OFF! 1…2…3!

Will Ospreay def. WALTER (c) to win the NXT United Kingdom Championship (43:29)

Blackpool explodes to their feet as Ospreay slays the beast, WALTER motionless on the mat, the Aerial Assassin’s dreams coming true after almost an hour of arduous warfare, the new NXT UK Champion! But… at what cost? By the looks of things, the never-seen-before ‘Hidden Blade’ has done more than just beat WALTER, seemingly injuring him, yet Ospreay doesn’t seem to care at all, no sense of compassion for the Ring General in his eyes, instead celebrating in front of the UK faithful. The Ultimate Underdog has finally seized the throne, but was it all a mistake?


Build to NXT UK Takeover: Dublin

The ring is set up for a huge celebration as the new Champion, Ospreay, heads out with his title slung over his shoulder, a beaming smile on his face as he’s showered with cheers. He cuts an impassioned promo about the long journey en route to beating WALTER, but now he’s finally done it, saving NXT UK from its tormentor. Whilst the fans chant for him, there’s an unshakable sense of foreboding in the atmosphere as Ospreay poses on the top turnbuckle with the gold, a different look in his eyes to the one he had entering the match. Nonetheless, he takes his position as the new face of NXT UK, representing the brand at Worlds Collide in a title defence against RAW’s Drew McIntyre, the two putting on a thrilling match that sees Ospreay prevail with a Storm Breaker, shaking McIntyre’s hand after the bout.

Though he was injured in Blackpool, WALTER isn’t shelved for too long, returning for blood the following month like the specimen he is, attacking Ospreay during a promo segment, challenging him to a rematch for the title, the Sky King obliging! The match is set for the first episode of NXT UK in March, the two men taking the rest of February to prepare for the bout, a Target Takeover special running through their rivalry thus far and selling the major rematch, WALTER receiving the chance to become the first 2-time NXT UK Champ. Those odds are questioned repeatedly throughout the match, as whilst Ospreay is Champion, he’s still the same competitor, facing the same challenges he initially did against WALTER, finding himself to be the underdog in the match once more. WALTER gives Ospreay hell, but in the end, Ospreay teases going for the Hidden Blade again, only to pause, not letting himself get carried away, instead connecting a Super OsCutter and a Storm Breaker to put the challenger down for the count, retaining!

A couple weeks later, Ospreay kicks off the show to cut a typical babyface champion promo, only to be interrupted by the NXT Cruiserweight Champion, Jordan Devlin! The Irish Ace sneers as he looks Ospreay up and down, before taking exception to his reign thus far, claiming that Ospreay doesn’t deserve to be champ at all! Whilst Devlin’s been here since the beginning, competing in the first-ever UK Tournament, all Ospreay did was make a couple appearances here and there, before sucking up to Saint to get a title shot even after losing his first one. It should be him walking into Dublin as Champion, and quite frankly, he’s disgusted that they have to be represented by Ospreay, a man who, just like Balor said, lacks killer instinct. The line gets under Ospreay’s skin, who retorts that he’ll defend his title against Devlin if that makes him shut up, the Irish Ace eagerly agreeing.

The two clash in a 20 minute match on TV, the commentators hyping up the fact that Devlin could leave the match as double champion throughout the match, Devlin almost defeating Ospreay at multiple points in the match, but the Storm Breaker eventually does him in… no wait, Ospreay isn’t done with Devlin yet! He ominously slides off the elbow pad like he did in Blackpool, before charging at him and TAKING HIS HEAD OFF WITH A HIDDEN BLADE! A sick thud resonates about the arena as Ospreay coldly stares at Devlin’s unmoving body, the referee calling off the match and awarding Ospreay the victory before he can even go for the pin! As Ospreay’s handed the title, unlike Blackpool, the crowd seem to be mixed in their opinion of the finish, content when he used the move as a last resort to put down WALTER, but this… it seems like an almost intentional and ruthless usage of the move. Yet Ospreay brushes it off, celebrating like he usually would, grinning as he raises his title up high…

With Ospreay confirmed to be heading into Takeover as Champion, a 20-man #1 Contender’s Battle Royal takes place to crown his next challenger, Bate, Wolfe, Andrews and Dragunov making it to the Final 4 as Ospreay watches from commentary. Wolfe is the first one out courtesy of Dragunov, followed by Andrews, who gets eliminated by Bate, the match boiling down to Bate and Dragunov! The two teeter precariously on the apron, going tit for tat, until Dragunov connects a lethal Torpedo Moskau on Bate that drops him to the outside, Dragunov winning the match! Ospreay stands up from the commentary desk after the match and heads to the ring to confront his upcoming challenger, the two men that fought alongside each other to take down Imperium back in December now shaking hands to set the stage for a respectful bout.

Due to Bate eliminating Andrews, a match between the two is also scheduled for Takeover, resulting in a Tag Team match for the go-home show, pitting Ospreay and Andrews against Bate and Dragunov. Before the match, as Ospreay and Andrews are preparing for their match backstage, a concerned Flash Morgan Webster enters shot, pulling his usual tag team partner aside to have a few words with him, whilst Ospreay doesn’t seem to pay attention to them. As Andrews asks Webster what’s wrong, the Modfather covertly points to Ospreay, questioning Andrews if he truly trusts Ospreay as a partner, offering to take Ospreay’s place in the match instead, the two fighting alongside each other, but Andrews brushes him off, telling him there’s nothing to worry about, considering the UK Champ an ally. Webster still seems uncertain but complies, the match taking place without a hitch, Ospreay and Andrews showcasing brilliant instant chemistry, whilst Dragunov and Bate prove themselves to be no slouches either, an enjoyable match ensuing. In the end, Dragunov takes Ospreay outside the ring with a Lariat, leaving Bate and Andrews all alone, Bate connecting the Tyler Driver ’97 for the victory, standing tall heading into Takeover!


NXT UK Takeover: Dublin

As Dublin rolls around, Ospreay is set for his third title defence, his partner from a few days ago, Andrews, falling short against Bate once again, the concerned message from Webster seemingly still stuck in his head, distracting him. That doesn’t affect Ospreay though, his only focus for the night being defending his title. The two competitors make their respective entrances, prepared for the title match.

Will Ospreay (c) vs Ilja Dragunov – NXT United Kingdom Championship

The bout revolves heavily around both men’s striking games, Ospreay using an array of kicks to try and keep Dragunov at bay, whilst the Unbesiegbar returns a streak of forearms and a Lariats to push back against the Champion. Dragunov goes high-risk, connecting his patented Coast-to-Coast Dropkick for a near-fall, whilst Ospreay lands an Air Assassin for one of his own! A Torpedo Moskau countered into an OsCutter almost spells the end for the match, only for Dragunov to barely kick out, his hopes and dreams staying alive! He goes to the well with his Flying Headbutt finisher one too many times though, Ospreay connecting another OsCutter to put him down! However, just like the match with Devlin, Ospreay doesn’t stop there, refusing to go for the cover, instead waiting in the corner as Dragunov slowly staggers back to his feet, not knowing where he is, until… CRUNCH! HIDDEN BLADE KNOCKS DRAGUNOV OUT COLD! 1…2…3!

Will Ospreay (c) def. Ilja Dragunov to retain the NXT United Kingdom Championship (23:31)

Whilst the past two times the crowd let Ospreay off, they watch on in horror as Ospreay stands over Dragunov with the same ruthless, bloodthirsty look in his eyes, raising his title up high, a smile painted across his face. The Aerial Assassin is pushed to the side as the medical team races down to the ring with a stretcher, loading Dragunov onto it and rushing him to the nearest hospital via ambulance, Ospreay simply watching him leave with a curious look in his eyes. However, he shrugs it off and poses on the turnbuckle just like he did after his past two defences, only this time, he’s pelted with boos! Ospreay’s head whips from side to side in confusion, but doesn’t protest them, instead soaking in the reaction, the same damned smile tatted on his face as he flashes his title enthusiastically to close the show…


Build to NXT UK Takeover: Cardiff II

On the fallout episode of NXT UK, it’s announced that Dragunov has indeed been concussed by the move, his time on the shelf currently unknown, prompting uneasy gasps from the crowd, which turn to a storm of boos as Ospreay trots to the ring, almost oblivious to the boos, instead dancing about the ring with his gold. Before he can cut a promo though, out comes Bate! Coming off of a huge victory against Andrews, the inaugural UK Champion sets his sights on Ospreay’s title, wanting to avenge Dragunov, Ospreay welcoming the challenge to his surprise, acting as if he’s a well-liked babyface champion. Nonetheless, Ospreay and Bate have their match a couple weeks later, Bate scouting the lethal Hidden Blade throughout the match, ensuring he doesn’t suffer the same fate as those before him, only for another one to bite the dust, Ospreay driving his elbow into the back of Bate’s head for the successful retention! After the match, the cameras cut to Andrews and Webster watching from backstage, Webster frantically pointing to the screen, telling Andrews he told him so, his warning about Ospreay being a dangerous man true, but to his disbelief, Andrews says otherwise, claiming that Webster needs to show their champion more respect, believing him to be jealous he isn’t the champion himself. Webster opens his mouth to continue arguing, only for Andrews to cut him off, urging Webster to come out for a run with him instead to clear his mind, the Modfather obliging.

Over the next few weeks, the relationship between Andrews and Webster begins to deteriorate as Andrews stands up for Ospreay whilst FMW tries to convince him that Ospreay’s far from a role model, the two tag team partners coming to odds. Eventually, FMW puts his foot down as says that he’s going to prove Andrews wrong by facing and beating Ospreay, Andrews not into the idea by letting him go through with it. And so, Ospreay and Webster have their match, the Modfather adamant to pin the UK Champion, a conflicted Andrews watching on from ringside. Webster looks to finish Ospreay off with an Imploding Somersault Senton, only for Ospreay to get the knees up, before connecting an OsCutter and a HIDDEN BLADE, pinning Webster to the canvas for 3! As Ospreay licks his chops and poses with the title, Andrews slides into the ring besides Webster, trying to lift him up to take him to the back, only to realise that much like Dragunov, the Modfather has been seriously hurt by the move! Andrews buries his head in his hands, his failure to trust his partner resulting in him being stretchered off, but as he’s frozen by shock, watching Webster being carted off, Ospreay gets in position behind Andrews, rearing up for the HIDDEN BLADE… only to stop, pausing beside Andrews and dropping to a knee. He eyes Andrews curiously, who returns a conflicted look, almost starting to doubt his own opinions on Ospreay until the Champ extends a hand to Andrews! The crowd beg the Lightning Kid not to accept, who sees a sea of Webster’s echoes… only to shut them out, taking Ospreay’s hand and shaking it, who returns an inviting smile!

The new alliance between Ospreay and Andrews is tested over the course of the next month or two, Andrews explaining that as much as FMW tried to convince him, he just can’t come to terms with the fact that the man who liberated NXT UK from WALTER is as bad as people seek him out to be. He refuses to accept that Ospreay is a bad man, Ospreay wholly agreeing with him, saying that cases like Webster are unfortunate, in-ring injuries happening even to the best wrestlers in the world, writing it off as just that – an accident. He’s just doing what he was taught, summoning the killer instinct inside of him, and look at the impact he’s had! He saved NXT UK from WALTER and exponentially increased their profits, his starpower bringing more eyes to the product than ever before! With the two men getting their thoughts off their chests, they start teaming up together, Andrews initially hesitant to wrestle Ospreay’s more ruthless style, only to start slowly easing into it, the delusional duo forming a killer tag team, and quite literally too. Due to racking up multiple victories, they have a non-title bout against the Tag Champs, Gallus, managing to come out on top with a Yellow Spot/OsCutter combo!

Their win earns them a tag title shot, but not before Ospreay has to defend his title against #1 Contender A-Kid, the Spanish star almost pulling off the upset, only for Andrews to run interference, allowing Ospreay to retain! The match for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships takes place on the July 2nd edition of NXT UK, the new team nearing two months together at this point, their chemistry delivering in spades throughout the match as they come close to dethroning the Champs, the Yellow Spot/OsCutter combo almost doing them in, Wolfgang just able to make the save on Mark Coffey! In the end, Ospreay and Andrews get the Champs in position, calling for a DOUBLE HIDDEN BLADE! Before they can connect the move though, ILJA DRAGUNOV RETURNS! The Unbesiegbar appears on the apron, providing the distraction and allowing Gallus to plant Andrews with their tag team finisher, retaining! As soon as the bell rings, Dragunov makes a beeline for the man who injured him two months ago, attacking Ospreay! Andrews attempts to interfere and save his partner, only for Dragunov to knock him back two, dropping Ospreay with a TORPEDO MOSKAU!

Due to Andrews taking the fall in the tag team match, Ospreay pushes him about a bit, frustrated that they lost after being on the cusp of victory, Mandrews apologising profusely. The Aerial Assassin gives him a chance at redemption with a match against Dragunov the following week, telling him to make sure Dragunov leaves the match injured! Upon hearing that though, Andrews seems a little surprised, bringing up how Ospreay said that anyone who gets injured at their hands is by accident, not signing up for purposely injuring other stars. Ospreay shrugs it off though, telling him that Dragunov is a thorn in their side and cost them the Tag Titles, so it only makes sense Andrews redeems himself by taking out the man that took the opportunity of being champion away from him, Andrews eventually acquiescing. Throughout the match, Andrews goes to the well with the Hidden Blade, but Dragunov has the move well-scouted, connecting a Torpedo Moskau to defeat Andrews! However, after the match, he extends a hand to him, reiterating the same message FMW gave him a couple months ago, promising that a path of only darkness lays on Ospreay’s side, but before he can make a decision, Ospreay cracks a steel chair over Dragunov’s back, posing over his rival’s body as Andrews silently watches on…

With the feud between Ospreay and Dragunov reaching a fever pitch, a rematch is made official between them for the NXT UK Title in a Street Fight! Brutality ensues from start to finish as the two men beat the hell out of each other, all their hatred for one another showing! As Ospreay goes to finish the match the same way he did in Dublin, attempting the Hidden Blade, Andrews suddenly steps into the ring, begging Ospreay to stop! He tells him that he’s done his damage already and should spare Dragunov, Ospreay shaking his head and pushing Andrews to the side, rushing in, only to eat a Torpedo Moskau! Dragunov gets a near-fall on Ospreay, but as he goes for another Torpedo Moskau, a Storm Breaker onto a chair puts him away, Ospreay retaining! As the Aerial Assassin nurses his wounds after the match, he orders Andrews to bring him his UK Title, only for Andrews to refuse! Ospreay is taken aback, though clearing his throat and demanding again, but Andrews stands his ground! Furious, Ospreay charges at him, only for Andrews to connect a SLAM TO WIN, followed by a FALL TO PIECES, officially terminating their alliance to a gigantic pop!

The following week, Andrews cuts a fiery promo, distraught that he didn’t open his eyes sooner and realise just who the man Ospreay has truly become, Balor shaping him into a monster, but it’s never too late to change, so he’s going to put an end to all of this and make up for his mistakes at Takeover: Cardiff II, where he’ll take the UK Title from Ospreay! As he finishes his promo though, he’s attacked from behind by Ospreay, only to turn the ambush around, sending Ospreay retreating as he stands tall in the ring! Due to Ospreay and Andrews newly-birthed feud becoming the hottest topic on the brand, a title match between the two is made official for Takeover, a contract signing taking place to hype up the bout! Ospreay warns Andrews that he’s made a huge mistake, turning away glory and regressing into the abyss that Ospreay tried to save him from, but Andrews refuses, claiming that he’s going to complete the mission Ospreay set when Andrews once respected him, ‘saving’ NXT UK.


NXT UK Takeover: Cardiff II

Will Ospreay (c) vs Mark Andrews – NXT United Kingdom Championship

A dramatic and emotional match takes place between the two in the main event of the night, Andrews fighting in front of the very home crowd he won the Tag Titles in front of. Ospreay plays the vicious, yet delusional heel, whilst Andrews is the underdog babyface. Ospreay almost puts Andrews on a stretcher just like everyone before him, but in the end, Andrews ducks under the Hidden Blade, connecting a FALL TO PIECES TO WIN!

Mark Andrews def. Will Ospreay (c) to win the NXT United Kingdom Championship (25:40)

Confetti and tickertape hails down from the rafters as Andrews celebrates his victory, peace finally restored to NXT UK! FMW makes his return, embracing Andrews, the two former tag team partners reunited once more, whilst a disappointed Ospreay trudges off into the sunset, lost once more…
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2020.08.01 00:36 InfernoAA The Aerial Assassin Part Two: Two Birds

Part One: It Lives, It Breathes

Build to NXT Takeover: WarGames II

On the heels of consecutive Takeover losses, Will Ospreay takes a step back to assess the situation, a video promo airing where he talks about how every Takeover he’s been a part of, he’s put on the best match of the night and had all the people talking about him, but that’s not enough for him. He didn’t give up being champion all over the world to come to NXT solely for making other people look good. He came to be the top of the mountain and he’s been on the brink of that time and time again. Cole stole the Ladder match right from under his nose, Ricochet barely managed to beat him, and he took Dunne to a place where no one ever has before. He’s not content settling for second best, so even if his life depends on it, he’s ending his first year in NXT as champion.

Whilst Ospreay’s fortunes haven’t turned out the way he wanted, Ricochet and Pete Dunne both left Takeover with gold and are on a collision course, facing off in a Winner Takes All match for the NA and UK Titles. The match is a barnstormer as expected but the bout is cut short due to interference from Undisputed Era, the trio hitting the ring to draw a No Contest. Retrieving steel chairs from under the ring, they look to injure the two champions, only for Will Ospreay to make his return, wiping them out with a Springboard Crossbody, before sending them packing with chair shots of his own! When he made his TV debut, the two men now laying at his feet came to his aid to fight UE, Ospreay returning the favour, though radiating an air of tension, Ricochet and Dunne also happening to be the ones to halt his rise at Takeovers. They may be allies in the ongoing war against UE, but beyond that, one way or another, he needs to beat either of them for their gold, or he’ll just be another failure, won’t he? The show closes on a conflicted Ospreay looking down at the titles strewn on the mat.

The following week, William Regal kicks off the show to further the investigation on Aleister Black’s attacker when he’s interrupted by UE, Cole demanding his rematch for the NA Title, having lost it in Brooklyn. Due to the interference in last week’s main event, Regal makes it a Triple Threat instead, Dunne also getting another shot at the gold to Cole’s chagrin. As the UE Leader bemoans indignantly, out comes Ospreay, who also expresses his desire to challenge for the title! He would’ve left NOLA with it if it wasn’t for Cole, and as much as he respects Ricochet, he can’t let him have the title over himself, so he insists Regal makes the match a 4-way. Regal mulls over it, before announcing that although his claims to the title aren’t as strong, he can give him a match with Cole, and should he win, he’ll be added to the match! Cole is irate, but the match takes place in the main event nonetheless, Ospreay getting a chance to kill two birds with one stone by getting redemption for NOLA, as well as bag a title shot. UE run interference left and right, Ricochet and Dunne noticeably not coming to Ospreay’s aid this time, but instead, the War Raiders, who’ve begun to develop some issues with the Tag Champs in the background, chasing KOR & Strong off! With Cole distracted by the commotion taking place outside the ring, Ospreay rolls him up and scores the victory, adding himself to the match!

Unlike previous opportunities of the same magnitude, Ospreay enters the match with his head down, making sure not to get too ahead of himself but rather focus on the task at hand. The remaining competitors make their respective entrances too, before the 4 get down to action, an exhilarating contest ensuing. Each man gets their moment to shine, with Ospreay especially looking like a star, not pulling any punches. In the end, with Ricochet taking out Cole on the outside, it’s just Ospreay and Dunne left inside the ring, Dunne looking to finish Ospreay off the same way he did in Brooklyn, but as he goes to snap the fingers, Ospreay kicks his head off his shoulders, before connecting an OSCUTTER! THIS COULD BE IT! ALL THE PAIN AND SACRIFICE FINALLY PAYING OFF! 1…2…RICOCHET WITH A SPRINGBOARD 450° SPLASH TO BREAK UP THE FALL! HE TOSSES OSPREAY OUT OF THE RING AND COVERS DUNNE! 1…2…3! By the skin of his teeth, Ricochet has retained! As the One and Only is handed his title, he scans the bodies scattered over the place, admiring his victory, only for his view to stumble on a shocked Ospreay, who had the match won if it wasn’t for Ricochet stealing the cover from him. Ricochet gives him a sheepish shrug, having to do whatever it takes to retain, but Ospreay shakes his head, struggling to come to terms with failing another high-profile by a hair.

As tensions between Ospreay and Ricochet continue to mount, along with Dunne lurking in the background, Cole demands another rematch, claiming that it was already unfair he didn’t get a one-on-one match, but on top of that, he wasn’t even involved in the finish! Ricochet comes out to confront the man he’s been at odds with since joining NXT, the two mouthing off with each other, only for Cole to strike Ricochet, getting his brethren to join in on a 3-on-1 beatdown! Dunne races out, not to Ricochet’s aid, but merely due to his own interests in beating up Strong, but it’s still not enough, the numbers in UE’s favour! Ricochet and Dunne hold on, expecting Ospreay to come out as he has in the past… but there’s no response! Seemingly still disgruntled by Ricochet stealing his pin, as well as having been left high and dry in his own match with Cole, Ospreay leaves the two to fend for themselves, who predictably get mauled. As they pose over the two, Cole reaching down to scoop up the NA Title, this music hits. IT’S KASSIUS OHNO! RETURNING FROM INJURY, OHNO COMES TO THE AID OF THE CHAMPS! Cole looks like he’s seen a ghost, frozen to the spot as Ohno races to the ring and sends bodies flying left and right! He comes face-to-face with Cole, the two engaging in fisticuffs, Ohno getting the better of Cole to the fans’ delight! He does his signature pose… ONLY FOR BOBBY FISH TO NAIL HIM WITH A STEEL CHAIR FROM BEHIND! OHNO ISN’T THE ONLY MAN RETURNING TONIGHT, UE BACK AT FULL STRENGTH AGAIN! UE are elated to see Fish back, the 4 using the odds to lay Ohno out too, standing tall over the fallen faces, still no sign of Ospreay…

The following week, the taped-up trio of Ricochet, Dunne and Ohno are shown outside the locker room, discussing amongst themselves. Dunne is livid about Ospreay not helping them out, wanting to bust down the door and exact on him what he missed out on last week. Ohno seems to be interested in the idea, but Ricochet plays peacekeeper, suggesting they talk to him instead. Dunne doesn’t seem to like the idea, but Ricochet forces Dunne to acquiesce. Before they can enter the room though, Ospreay opens the door from the other end, clearly unimpressed by their bickering, taking a step back to let them in. Ricochet pushes in front of Dunne and Ohno, ensuring no unnecessary violence ensues, before questioning Ospreay about last week. Ospreay seems surprised he even asked, telling them to look at the state of their supposed ‘team’ combatting UE. They couldn’t even make a simple decision to talk to him without almost fighting within themselves, and now they expect Ospreay to help them out when they didn’t have the decency to do the same for him? Ricochet opens his mouth to speak, but Ospreay tells him to save it, before trudging off, leaving a glum Ricochet, and an exasperated Dunne and Ohno.

However, with Ospreay not coming to their aid, they decide to take matters into their own hands, challenging UE to a 3-on-4 Handicap match, UE hastily accepting. As expected, the number’s advantage is too difficult to overcome, especially with Dunne and Ohno eventually leaving Ricochet to take the wrath of all 4 members at once, Cole pinning Ricochet for the victory! However, as UE celebrate, the lights go out! As they come back on, UE look left and right, but nothing has changed, except… OSPREAY TAKES THEM OUT WITH STEEL CHAIR SHOTS FROM BEHIND! The Aerial Assassin bends the steel over their backs, before striking them down like bowling pins with a Moonsault! He grabs the NA Title off the canvas, eyeing the gold intently, only to notice Ricochet starting to stir, looking up at Ospreay. The air is tense… but Ospreay chucks the title to Ricochet, nodding to him, before grabbing a mic, Dunne and Ohno starting to turn back at this point, Ospreay’s arrival piquing their interest. Ospreay booms that he’s sick of UE thinking they run NXT, and dysfunctional team or not, the 8 of them are going to end this one way or another! Upon hearing that, Regal arrives, saying that in that case, there’s only one thing left to do; On November 17, at Takeover, it will be Ospreay, Ricochet, Dunne, and Ohno taking on Undisputed Era… IN WARGAMES! And so, the stage is set, the 8 men finally getting a chance to settle their issues in the steel structure! With war on the horizon, Ohno takes on Fish in a WarGames Advantage match, in which Fish comes out on top, giving UE the upper hand heading into the bout, a post-match brawl setting the scene for WG.


NXT Takeover: WarGames II

The 4-on-4 bout takes place in the night’s main event, the dysfunctional quartet making their entrances first, everything looking to be fine… until they start bickering on who should enter first, the team almost dissolving right there and then, until Ricochet races down to the ring, preventing any further arguments. UE are out next, mocking the trio locked in the other shark cage, before letting Cole start the match for their team, operating as smoothly as ever. Nonetheless, Ospreay and co. are ready for their foes. They don’t have to like each other, but they’re determined to get this done. Will that be enough to beat the men that won WG last year though?

Will Ospreay, Ricochet, Pete Dunne and Kassius Ohno vs The Undisputed Era – 4-on-4 WarGames

The heated rivalry between Ricochet and Cole sets the pace for the rest of the match, as the two men throw bombs at each other from the get-go, burning passion and hatred for one another fuelling their desire to beat the other. Ricochet uses his agility to evade strikes from Cole, firing back some of his own instead, but as he calls for an early La Quebrada, Cole guns him out of the air with a SUPERKICK! The One and Only is the first to be introduced to the unforgiving steel, Cole bashing Ricochet’s head against it, before dragging it across the wall’s full length! Only 5 minutes in, it’s already looking like an intensely personal war, the steel opening a cut on Ricochet’s forehead, but the NA Champ braves through the crimson to take the fight back to his oppressor, only for the buzzer to sound, summoning the arrival of Kyle O’Reilly! The former Future Shock tandem batter and bruise Ricochet for the next 3 minutes, KOR targeting the leg with strikes to immobilise him, whilst Cole sends further punishment his way, connecting an Ushigoroshi and a Florida Keys, before raining down fists on the cut to try and draw further blood!

Ricochet finally finds some reprieve as the buzzer sounds once more, signalling the arrival of one of his teammates! However, they don’t seem to be as well coordinated as UE, all 3 men wanting to get their hands on the quartet that’s been making their lives hell for months, but eventually, Ohno pries himself free from the writhing bodies, dashing down to the ring to exact revenge on the two men who injured him earlier in the year in NOLA! With nowhere to run for Cole & KOR this time, Ohno has his way with them, throttling heavy duty elbows to jar their skulls and using his power to manhandle his smaller foes, ragdolling them from ring to ring, before introducing them to the surrounding steel mesh, tattooing them with welts all over! Ricochet has his fair share of fun too, using Ohno as a springboard to deliver innovative high-flying manoeuvres to send UE reeling! Strong is out next, the Messiah of the Backbreaker immediately living up to his moniker by crunching Ricochet and Ohno’s spines across his knee, against the turnbuckles, and against the steel! With the handicap advantage back in UE’s favour, they leave their opponents hurting, pure vitriol behind every move as they do their level best to make sure Ricochet and co. leave on stretchers!

As another 3 minutes elapse, the playing field equalises once more, but not before further bickering between Ospreay and Dunne, tension from Brooklyn carrying over, until Dunne shoulders his way past and races to the ring, salivating to get his hands on Roddy! Strong legs it, attempting to take a trip up the walls like he did last year, only this time the one fleeing from a fight! He isn’t so successful in his escape though as Dunne meets him half-way up the cage, clobbering him with forearms to the mush! Strong attempts to fight back, even almost pulling off an Avalanche Backbreaker, but Dunne keeps his firm grip on the cage, instead tearing one of Roddy’s hands off the cage and snapping his fingers! Strong holds on for dear life with the other hand, only for Dunne to send him crashing to the mat with an X-PLEX! The two warring sides continue slugging it out, a stalemate ensuing as both teams put each other through the ringer, going for strikes, aerial moves and high-impact finishers, as well as the steel inviting more prisoners to torture! The clock begins counting down once again to the glee of UE, as their final member, Fish, is released from the shark cage!

He doesn’t head to the ring though, instead flashing a signal to Cole, who nods and smirks, a mastermind plan seemingly brewing. Fish turns to head towards Ospreay, pushing past the line of referees to get in Ospreay’s face, taunting him from the other side of the cage! Frustrated, Ospreay lashes out with a forearm through the bars, only to fall into the trap, Fish grabbing him arm and yanking forwards, sending Ospreay’s head crashing into the bars! He does it repeatedly, swatting away the referees as they attempt to intervene, until Will is knocked woozy, before starting to push the cage away from the ramp… and taking him to the edge of the stage! He gives the wounded Sky King a cheeky wave, who frantically rattles the cage doors, yelling to be let out, only for FISH TO SEND OSPREAY CRASHING OVER THE EDGE! The crowd gasp in unison as Fish strolls away from the rubble, dusting off his hands and leisurely heads to the ring, the rest of UE cackling and clapping, everything going to plan. Meanwhile, Ricochet and co. are in disbelief, now one member down, forced to defeat UE in handicap fashion!

Fish brings plunder into the ring, the likes of steel chairs, tables, ladders, chains, trash cans, the works, giving UE an endless supply of torture devices to utilise on their opponents, before locking the door, not letting anyone else in even if they wanted to! The war rages on inside the two rings, UE absolutely mauling their foes and celebrating as the final buzzer for the match sounds to make things official but no one comes to the handicapped teams aid. Ospreay is recovered from the wreck by the medical team, who load the Aerial Assassin onto a stretcher with a sense of urgency, wheeling him back up to the stage. As they try to take him to the back though, he begins resisting, feebly tugging at the harnesses binding him down! The medical team plead with him to stay put so they can take him to the ambulance, only for Ospreay’s resistance to become stronger, pushing them back and tearing away at the straps! Cole gets ready to finish the match, only to turn as he notices the commotion, UE perturbed as Ospreay begins shuffling his way back down to the ring, clearly hurting yet still not going down without a fight!

However, with the cage door sealed shut, as well as Fish & KOR rushing over to ensure it stays that way, Ospreay keeps moving forwards, before stopping at the cage walls. Cole mocks and taunts him, telling him there’s no way in, only for Ospreay to start climbing the wall! Cole panics, sending Strong up to meet him and shake him off the walls, only for Ospreay to reach and grab his head, knocking him against the walls a few times, before tossing him to the canvas! Cole sends the Tag Champs to stop Ospreay at the top of the cage, the double-team momentarily holding back the Aerial Assassin, only for him to send them tumbling too! Cole is alarmed, though too anxious to be able to do anything, watching as Ospreay perches himself at the top of the cage… SHOOTING STAR PRESS WIPES OUT ALL OF UE! OSPREAY THROWS CAUTION TO THE WIND, KNOCKING UE DOWN LIKE DOMINOES! Though he suffers another harsh landing, Ospreay has a triumphant look on his face, tanking through the pain to stand united with his team, the playing field finally equal once more!

The faces are in tatters, all four having suffered thanks to UE, almost getting into another argument, but the pain unifies them this once, the four pulling each other up and standing together as a united front in one ring! UE drag themselves up too in the other ring, the two teams coming face-to-face to create an incredible visual, before all hell breaks loose once more, all eight men going to war! Countless ruthless spots follow, weapons and bodies being thrown all over the place! Ospreay pulls off another insane spot, running up a ladder that’s bridged against the cage, before leaping back and connecting an OSCUTTER ON COLE ON THE STEEL BRIDGE! Eventually, bodies collapse one by one out of exhaustion, Ohno and Fish taking each other out, Dunne and Strong occupied with one another, before KOR finally takes a tumble as he eats an OsCutter, leaving Ospreay and Ricochet taking on Cole! What was once a numbers advantage belonging to UE is now turned against them, Cole on the opposite end of a 2-on-1 beatdown by Ospreay and Ricochet, who work together seamlessly to lay out the UE Leader, before scaling to opposite turnbuckles, nailing SIMULTANEOUS MOONSAULTS! No Superkicks left to pluck them out of the sky, the two men cover Cole together! 1…2…3!

Will Ospreay, Ricochet, Pete Dunne and Kassius Ohno def. The Undisputed Era (38:10)

THE WAR IS FINALLY OVER! OSPREAY, RICOCHET, DUNNE AND OHNO HAVE DEFEATED UE! The once crumbling team rises from the ashes, overcoming the faction that has tormented them for the past 7 months, gaining sweet, sweet revenge! The four celebrate their success, raising each other’s arms in victory whilst UE lay scattered across the mat. They pose at the top of the cage as the show comes to an end, but just before it goes to black, Ospreay turns to look at the NA Title dangling from Ricochet’s hands…


Build to NXT Takeover: Phoenix

With the war against UE finally over, the four faces split off to take care of their own business, Ricochet continuing to defend his NA Title, Dunne heading back to NXT UK to lead the brand, whilst Ospreay and Ohno remain in NXT, looking to further their careers through championship pursuit. With Ospreay also being involved in the deciding pinfall at WG, he challenges Ricochet to a bout for his NA Title, only to be answered by Ohno instead, who brings up how he never got the chance to compete for the gold due to UE, Ospreay receiving his opportunity instead, believing its only fair if the two duke it out to determine the One and Only’s next challenger. Ospreay agrees, Regal making the match official for the latter part of December, the winner facing Ricochet on the first episode of NXT in 2019!

The former allies go head-to-head the following week, Ospreay taking on Ohno in a high-stakes encounter! The Knockout Artist subdues Will using his impactful offense, connecting a Cyclone Kick, a Hero’s Welcome and a KO, but each time the Aerial Assassin wills himself back to his feet, not letting himself be knocked out! He responds by taking to the skies, connecting an SSP, a Rainham Maker and an Air Assassin, but the same result ensues, Ohno eating up the offense and returning to his feet! Ohno almost nabs the victory with a Kassius Klutch, but Ospreay just barely manages to get to the ropes to force the break! Eventually, Kassius goes to finish things off with the Ohno Blade, but as he spins around, Ospreay springs off the ropes and connects an OSCUTTER, securing the pinfall after a 20-minute war against one of the world’s best wrestlers! As Ospreay celebrates the huge victory after the match, Ricochet heads out from the back, applauding his rival, but it’s clear from his eyes that he’s prepared to do whatever it takes to beat Ospreay, Will almost defeating him back in Chicago, but with the most recent victory ultimately picked up by the NA Champ, one has to wonder what effect it has on Ospreay’s confidence heading into the match…

The long-awaited rematch, 7 months in the making, closes out the first NXT of the new year, the two receiving ample time to put on another classic. Ospreay is out first, looking more determined than he ever has been in his career, having fallen short time and time again, on the brink of victory in the 4-Way back in October only to have the match plucked from his hands by the current champion, believing that this has to be his moment. Ricochet is out next, slight concern in his eyes after the tactics he had to resort to last time, yet overpowered by pride and confidence. In another lengthy match between the two, they tear the house down, Ospreay coming close on multiple occasions to put down the Champ, only for rope breaks and desperate kick outs from Ricochet saving the match. In the end, Ospreay nabs a Silent Whisper to the jaw, staggering a defenceless Ricochet, before springing onto the ropes for the OsCutter… SUPERKICK BY JOHNNY GARGANO! WHAT THE HELL IS JOHNNY WRESTLING DOING?! As the referee throws the match out, Gargano gets all over Ospreay, pummelling the exhausted challenger with fists to the skull, before going after Ricochet too, cleaning house with a pair of Superkicks! As the crowd boo the recently-turned dark Gargano, he grabs a mic and stands over the fallen competitors, uttering ‘This is my moment’, before raising the NA Title high to close the show!

An exasperated Ospreay kicks off the following week, storming to the ring and calling out Gargano, only to receive no response. He taps the microphone against his head, trying to compose himself, only to lash out, exclaiming that for far too long, he’s been screwed out of opportunity after opportunity, someone always there trying to steal the spotlight from him! The world saw last week that they were going to crown a new NA Champion if it wasn’t for Gargano’s interference, and they saw that back in October too, success in the palm of hands. He’s done letting people walk all over him, so to Gargano or anyone else who wants to steal his spotlight, come out now so he can defeat all of them at once, before taking the NA Title that belongs to him! As he paces furiously about the ring, Gargano’s theme hits! Ospreay’s expression turns from peeved to ravenous, chomping at the bit to get his pound of flesh from Gargano, but as he waits, no one comes out! However, he senses movements coming from behind him, Gargano trying to jump Ospreay, but the Aerial Assassin is ready, spinning around to stop him dead in his tracks, before pouncing on Johnny, the two getting into a brawl! Ricochet hits the ring, wanting to get involved in the action too after finding himself on the opposite end of an attack from Gargano too! Ospreay goes for an OsCutter on Gargano, only for him to drag Ricochet into the line of fire, Ospreay dropping the NA Champ whilst Gargano slips to the outside, but there’s no regret in the Aerial Assassin’s eyes, instead staring down at Ricochet’s unmoving body, emotionless.

On the go-home show, with the NA Title scene in shambles, Regal heads out to announce the bout taking place at Takeover: Phoenix, but before he can do so, Gargano rushes out and demands to be put in the match! He adds that what he did to Ricochet and Ospreay was nothing personal, but as Aleister Black learned, you get in Gargano’s way, you wake up on your back. If he won’t be given the NXT Title, then he wants the NA Title instead! Regal retorts that he was considering banning Gargano from showing up in Phoenix altogether to ensure the show runs smoothly, to which Gargano complains that he’s Johnny Takeover so he should be at every show. Before the two can continue though, out comes Ospreay, stating that before, he would’ve sided with Regal and had no Gargano at the show, but now, he wants Gargano there because it’s the only way he can get his hands on the coward. Regal gives his words thought, but not for long as Ricochet comes out soon after, declaring that he doesn’t give a damn on who he has to face, exclaiming that he’ll take on both for all he cares. All he wants is that they cut the talking and get to fighting, because he’s getting tired standing around doing nothing. Regal agrees, stating that since the champion himself has decreed so, he’s happy to let the three of them fight it out amongst themselves in Phoenix for the NA Title! They don’t wait for then though, flinging themselves at each other early and engaging in a heated free-for-all! The show closes with Ricochet taking out Ospreay and Gargano with a Moonsault, the NA Champ trotting to the back with his gold, potential foreshadowing for Takeover…


NXT Takeover: Phoenix

Weeks of animosities have lead to this, as three men enter Takeover at each other’s throats, only one of them set to leave with the North American Title! Gargano enters first, decked out in Dark Phoenix inspired attire, followed by Ospreay in his signature cloak, Gargano evacuating the ring upon noticing the Aerial Assassin, Ricochet closing out the bunch, wearing Miles Morales inspired gear and hoisting his gold up high with pride. The three head to their respective corners, ready to shoot out of them as soon as the bell rings.

Will Ospreay vs Ricochet (c) vs Johnny Gargano – NXT North American Championship

Ospreay is the first to move, sprinting at Gargano, who moves out of the way, only for Ospreay to spring off the middle rope… DROPPING RICOCHET WITH AN OSCUTTER! Right out of the gates, Ospreay dropped the NA Champ and sent him bouncing out of the ring! Ospreay spins around, eyes locked on Gargano, who returns a look of shock. Ospreay bolts at Gargano again, except this time he doesn’t miss, the two swinging wild fists at one another, Gargano proceeding to knee Ospreay in the gut and try for a Baby Ace Crusher, only for Ospreay to perform a handstand and bounce back to his feet! The two rebound off the ropes, picking up momentum and attempting to floor the other with fast-paced high-flying moves, but both men are prepared, pulling out counter after counter, Ospreay eventually landing in his superhero pose as Gargano dashes at him, causing Johnny Wrestling to stumble back into the ropes. He feels the ropes lurch as Ricochet bounces off of them, decking Ospreay with a Springboard European Uppercut! He follows up with a Tornado DDT and a Rickrack to send Ospreay out of the ring, getting some of his own time with Gargano!

The action is more technical this time, Gargano wanting to slow down the pace to curtail Ricochet’s aerial manoeuvres, the One and Only struggling in the clutches of the Rebel Heart, but able to create the necessary separation just in time for Ospreay to return back inside, who decks both men with a Pip Pip Cheerio! The three trade hurricanranas, before Gargano decides to powder, having not had the opportunity to catch his breath yet unlike the other two competitors, but they go right after him, Ospreay shoving Ricochet out of the way and claiming Gargano as his own, taking him down with a Sasuke Special! Ricochet is hot on his heels though, delivering a Corkscrew Moonsault Plancha to wipe Ospreay out! Ospreay and Ricochet brawl outside the ring, Ricochet attempting to send Ospreay into the barricade, only for him to rebound off of it, attempting another OSCUTTER! Ricochet has him scouted this time, catching him mid-air with a Lungblower, only for Gargano to floor him with a Running Cannonball off the apron! Gargano takes both his opponents to the steel ramp, attempting to Suplex both of them, but it backfires, Ospreay and Ricochet slamming his back into the steel instead with a vicious tandem Snap Suplex!

They slide back inside the ring, continuing their fight from NXT TV, trading Suplexes, before taking to the skies, both trying for Shooting Star Presses, only for the other to get the knees up, both men left reeling! Ospreay goes for a Brainbuster on Ricochet, but as the Champ is upside-down, Gargano nails Ospreay with a Slingshot Spear, crumpling not only him, but also driving Ricochet’s head into the canvas with a snap! Gargano picks at the pieces, delivering a Rolling Solebutt to Ospreay, followed by a Lawn Dart! He turns his attention to Ricochet, connecting a Diced Bread, before sending him into the same corner as Ospreay, a Hesitation Dropkick killing two birds with one stone! Gargano drags Ricochet back to the centre, clamping on a GARGA-NO ESCAPE, only for Ospreay to cinch in an Iron Octopus on Gargano, forcing him to release and ram Ospreay repeatedly in the corner, setting him on the top rope. Gargano meets him there, connecting a flurry of punches to the head, only for Ospreay to slip through between his legs, pulling his head back for a Cheeky Nandos! He heads back to the top rope, attempting an Avalanche Sit-Out Powerbomb, but Gargano pulls back, going for an AVALANCHE HURRICANRANA… OSPREAY FLIPS ACROSS THE RING ONTO RICOCHET, NAILING HIM WITH A FRANKENSTEINER! As Ospreay powers back to his feet, he turns around into a SUPERKICK! 1…2…KICK OUT!

Gargano is beside himself, stomping his foot in the corner, signalling for another, only to eat a Silent Whisper from Ospreay! Ricochet pops onto Ospreay’s shoulders, delivering a Poisoned Frankensteiner! He scores a BENADRYLLER on Gargano, swooping into a cover of his own! 1…2…KICK OUT! Ricochet yanks Gargano back to his feet, connecting a VERTIGO, before racing to the top rope… 630° SENTON! BUT AS HE GOES FOR THE COVER, OSPREAY TOSSES RICOCHET OUT OF THE RING! 1…2…RICOCHET PULLS THE REFEREE OUT OF THE RING! Ospreay almost got his revenge from months ago, though the Champion was just one step ahead of him, but only one, unprepared for OSPREAY VAULTING OVER THE TURNBUCKLES TO WIPE RICOCHET OUT! As Ospreay goes to return back inside, he’s welcomed by a HANGMAN’S DDT FROM GARGANO! Gargano follows up with a SLINGSHOT DDT, before shooting the half! 1…2…NOOOOO! Anxious the match might slip from between his fingers, Gargano tears the mats up on the outside, attempting to Suplex Ospreay onto the exposed concrete… RICOCHET DROPS GARGANO ONTO IT WITH THE SKY IS FALLING! The impact sends shockwaves up Ricochet’s legs though, allowing Ospreay to capitalise and drape him over the top rope, connecting a BURNING STAR PRESS, followed by a RAINHAM MAKER and an OSCUTTERRRRRRRR! 1…2…2.99! RICOCHET’S FOOT GETS UNDER THE ROPE JUST IN TIME!

Ospreay is in disbelief, no better opportunity to win than that, and it was the ropes that saved Ricochet! Ospreay gets on Ricochet, raining down with strikes, letting all his anger seep out, until he lays on his back next to Ricochet, drained of all energy. He draws deep breaths as he stares up at the bright lights, remembering how it felt to stare up at them back in Chicago when he first lost to Ricochet in NXT. Determined to not let that happen again, Ospreay hauls himself back to his feet and up the ropes, perching himself on the top turnbuckle! He slowly rises before making a signal… HE’S GOING FOR THE 630° SENTON, THE MOVE THAT COST HIM LAST TIME! WAIT, GARGANO JOINS OSPREAY AT THE TOP… AVALANCHE HURTS DONUT! The impact sends Ospreay out of the ring, leaving Ricochet and Gargano alone, but as Gargano goes for a Superkick, Ricochet nails him with one of his own! He follows up with a Cross-Legged Samoan Driver, before heading to the top… 630° SENTON! 1…2…3!

Ricochet (c) def. Will Ospreay and Johnny Gargano to retain the NXT North American Championship (22:18)

Yet again, Ospreay had the match seemingly in the bag, only for Gargano to cost him it, before taking the pinfall himself, allowing Ricochet to retain! As the bell rings, the cameras reveal a forlorn Aerial Assassin at ringside, yet another opportunity squandered…


Build to NXT Takeover: New York

Following his loss at Takeover, Ospreay isn’t seen for a few weeks, leading to concern that Phoenix may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back, but those concerns are put to bed following a main event featuring Ricochet successfully defending his title, Ospreay’s music hitting to a grand ovation! As he heads down to the ring, Ricochet clutches his title a little tighter, before coming face-to-face with the Aerial Assassin. The two men stare at each other for a good few moments, unmoving, until Ospreay… extends his hand? Unlike previous times though, Ricochet isn’t buying it, sensing something fishy in the air. Instead, he grabs a mic and asks Ospreay what all of this about, showing up randomly after his match after being AWOL just to shake his hand? Ospreay sighs, nodding his head at Ricochet’s astute observation, telling him that over the weeks he’s been away, he’s done a lot of thinking.

He promised to end his first year without a championship, but clearly that hasn’t gone his way. He was considering coming out here and asking for another shot since he wasn’t pinned, until a better idea hit him. What if he doesn’t fight against Ricochet for gold… but with him? Solo, things just haven’t been going his way, so what if the two put their rivalry to bed for a while and enter the Dusty Classic together? Think about it, Ospreay and Ricochet, the dream team. If they wanted to, they could make this work, just like they did at WarGames, where Ospreay won his only Takeover fighting alongside the One and Only rather than against. He extends his hand once again, the offer still on the table. Ricochet responds, stating that when Ospreay started talking, he was hesitant, but… he does raise a fair point. He could leave New York as Double Champion, Ospreay could win his first piece of gold… He accepts! The two men finally share grins, the tension seeming to dissipate just like that, the two rivals teaming up!

In the first round, they face the well-oiled tandem of Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner, who bring a gritty fight out of their opposition, Ospreay & Ricochet eventually scoring the pinfall with an SSP/Moonsault combo, moving on! The second round is a much tougher draw as they face #DIY! Whilst Gargano headed into the Triple Threat alone, he tags with the NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa this time, posting a near insurmountable performance, but Ospreay & Ricochet are able to soar that bit higher, a tandem OsCutte630° Senton on Ciampa allowing them to move to the Finals! En route there though, due to Ciampa being forced to vacate the NXT Title due to injury, Ospreay and Ricochet are placed in a #1 Contender’s Six-Pack Challenge involving Cole, Black, Velveteen Dream and Matt Riddle! The match is nonstop, Ospreay & Ricochet teaming up at certain points to take out the competition, but when they nail their tag team finisher on Dream, they argue over who should pin him, allowing Cole to slip in from behind and toss them out of the ring, stealing the pin for himself! The two seem to be heated after the match, getting into a bit of a shoving match, potential cracks starting to form in their relationship ahead of the Finals next week! They sweep it under the rug though, focusing their attention on the Finals instead, but the argument instils slight doubt in both men’s minds…

In the Finals, they face the team of Black & Ohno, the Knockout Artist leaving WG in the past and laying his loyalties with one of his former indie tag team partners. Ospreay & Ricochet don’t let it concern them though, no signs of last week’s argument showing up either, seemingly a red herring judging by their Finals performance. The two teams put on a Takeover-worthy performance, but in the end, Black & Ohno nail Ricochet with a Black Mass/KO Blow combo, Black pinning Ricochet for 3 whilst Ohno prevents Ospreay from breaking the fall up, the Sky King dropping to his knees as his dreams are shattered once more! After the match, Ospreay helps Ricochet up to his feet, the two men heading to the back with their heads hanging low in disappointment and shame at falling short after coming oh so close. They turn down a backstage interview, the silence speaking louder than any words they could possibly muster up in the moment.

With Takeover only a week away, the two men are left without a match, not having made any back-up plans in case of losing the Tournament, leading to them kicking off the following week, talking about their performance and how they don’t have matches at TO… before Ricochet turns to face Ospreay, saying that one year ago the two men debuted in NOLA in an NA Ladder match and have since gone on to share the ring more than anyone else over the past year… so one more wouldn’t hurt, right? Ospreay is caught off guard by the offer, believing the Tag Tournament would be his final shot, but Ricochet continues, saying he’s the #1 Contender and never got to finish his 1-on-1 match with him, so it only makes sense. Of course, if he doesn’t want the match, Ricochet can go searching for a different opponent… only for Ospreay to butt in, enthusiastically accepting! Before he gets too far ahead of himself though, Ricochet claims that since he’s giving him this match, it’s going to happen on his terms… IN A LADDER MATCH! One year ago, they were two of the last people duking it out on the Ladder, so this year, it’ll just be the two of them, the better man being the last one remaining at the top! Ospreay nods, the two men shaking hands to make the bout official, setting the stage for one final chance for Ospreay! Loss after loss after loss… could this be the one?


NXT Takeover: New York

Will Ospreay vs Ricochet (c) – NXT North American Championship Ladder Match

In another epic instalment in the long-running rivalry between Ospreay and Ricochet, they pull out all the stops, ranging from insane spots to sublime storytelling, Ricochet cutting Ospreay off at every twist and turn, until Ospreay finally breaks through, nailing the 630° Senton on Ricochet through a Ladder, before scaling to the top and unhooking the gold, becoming the new NA Champ!

Will Ospreay def. Ricochet (c) to win the NXT North American Championship (27:37)

OSPREAY’S DREAM HAS COME TRUE! AFTER ONE LONG YEAR OF BEING DENIED, OSPREAY IS THE NEW NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPION! Tears roll down his cheeks as he holds the title up high, winning his first piece of gold in NXT!
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2020.07.22 17:36 cardith_lorda Your 2020 Season Survival Guide and R/Baseball Refresher!

Before we dive in, if you want to participate in the annual Call Your Shot season predictions contest, you can find it here.
It's FINALLY coming! Welcome to the 2020 MLB Season! We are so glad you are here. Don't let the length of this post scare you, we just wanted to consolidate all the relevant information that people have questions about into one place to start the season off. This is your survival guide for the 2020 season, it should have all the pertinent information to answer most of your questions!
If you are a brand new fan I'd recommend going through most of it, if you're a veteran you'll know which sections you'll want to read by their headings. My goal here is that both new and returning fans can learn how to better enjoy the season and know what's going on on Baseball this year. Okay, take some time and read through what you want to read through below!
This is the fourth year of doing this. Every year I go through the previous years comments to find things that should be added or corrected for the next edition, so if you have any great resources or information that you think would be beneficial to add, please comment it below!
Sections:

Introduction for new and renewed interest fans.

Baseball normally has a long season. I don't just mean that in terms of time between opening day and the World Series (which can be considered long as it is), but also the 162 games played in 183 days, 18-20 times against the same 4 teams each. It can be daunting, and many people lose interest by "the dog days" of June and July. This year things are going to be a little different. With only 60 games on the schedule (assuming we make it through without a major clubhouse covid outbreak that cancels games versus that team) every game is going to matter about 3x as much as one in a normal regular season. Tensions will be high, but we might not feel it because there won't be that much crowd noise. THAT SAID - they're still playing 60 games in 66 days, which means almost every day for the next two months isn't just packed with baseball, they're packed with YOUR FAVORITE TEAMS baseball, which while exciting after months without any American sports in the regular season (MLS - a tournament is not the regular season) can end up feeling overwhelming when you just finished watching a late game go into extras then wake up to realize there's an afternoon game on in six hours.
This guide is meant to help you if you wish to avoid being one of those who feels overwhelmed and loses interest a couple weeks after Opening Day.
First and foremost if you are a new fan or newly returning, you must remember one thing: you do not need to watch every game. Many football fans, and even some basketball and hockey fans, find this difficult, they're used to setting aside a few nights a week to watch their team, and they can watch all the games. Baseball isn't like that. For the next two months, your team will only have 6 days where they won't be playing a game. And some of the games they play will start as early as 9:20am (Pacific Time), others will end after 1am (Eastern Time). If you miss a game it's okay, odds are there's another one tomorrow. If you miss a week, no big deal, hell if you get busy for a few months and aren't able to watch you team, that's not an issue, because you can still follow your team.
Baseball is a game to be followed. In the old days it meant picking up the morning paper and checking the box scores. Now it means being able to have a final score texted/tweeted/messaged/emailed/what-evered to you the minute the game ends, or rolling over in bed when you can't sleep and grabbing your phone to check the West Coast scores. It means being able to check reddit in the morning to see any breaking news from across the league, or catch a story you missed. We live in a time where you can go to MLB.com and get a recap of every game from last night in less than 10 minutes. Honestly, baseball was made to be consumed, and the technology age makes it easier than ever, whether you want to spend hours every day pouring over stats and analysis, or 15 seconds to see how your team and their playoff rivals did today.
The rest of this guide is mostly dedicated to ways that you can help yourself follow your team, and if you have time follow the entirety of MLB.
Anyways, enough rambling, TL;DR Don't worry if you miss games, there'll be one tomorrow.

Rule Changes for 2020

For this season only (or so they say...):
  • The NL will utilize the DH full time.
  • In extra innings the person in the batting order immediately before the lead off hitter will start on second base.
  • Games suspended due to rain will continue play at a later date rather than be washed out and restarted.
  • Arguing within six feet of an umpire or participating in a fight will be met with heftier fines and suspensions this yaer.
  • Pitchers will be allowed a wet rag to be brought out from the dugout in lieu of being able to lick their fingers for better grip.
  • Each team has a 20 extra players in their "taxi squad" in addition to their active roster and 40-man roster.
  • Active rosters will start at 30 players, then will be cut to 28 after two weeks, then 26 after four weeks.
  • Spitting is not allowed.
  • Non-social distanced celebrations are not allowed.
Permanent (as any rule change can be in baseball) rule changes for 2020 and beyond:
  • Three batter minimum - pitcher entering the game must face a minimum of three batters unless they complete an inning.
  • The MLB Active Roster is expanded from 25 players to 26 players.

Finding a Team

I always recommend following the local team since you'll have more access to news about them in the local media and should be able to get their radio broadcast, as well as TV broadcasts of them if you have cable/satellite/streaming, and depending on where you're at the occasional over the air game, but if you don't live by a team or don't want to follow the local team, or are just looking for a second team to follow, I wrote this in depth guide to picking a team that's the right fit for you.

Knowing Where Different Teams Stand

Every year ESPN, Sports Illustrated, FOX, NBS, and every other sports related site puts out their season previews. These are great for getting a basic rundown of what is going on with each team, and a simple google search will bring up a plethora of possible articles to read.
If what you really want is a fans perspective on what each team's expectations condensed into a few short comments, I'd highly recommend going through each teams day from our annual "Why will X team exceed expectations?" series. All the previous posts are linked in the Astros thread.

Baseball

Alright, so plugging baseball on baseball seems a bit redundant, but I think it's a good reminder that this is a great hub for all your MLB news throughout the season while still letting you see the occasional amazing college/minor league/foreign league performance.
During the season there are a number of features to keep you informed of all the goings on around baseball.
Every day of the season (and a portion of the offseason) we have General Discussion threads we call Around the Horn. These are great places to ask questions and discuss anything that you want to know about baseball but don't feel like it deserves it's own post. In the Around the Horn post you'll be able to see a full schedule of what is going on around Baseball every week.
Here are the weekly features:
Daily: Nightly Pick'Em - A six year running contest to pick the result of one game every day. Details can be found in this thread.
Monday: Power Rankings - A team of 30 fans from every team in baseball, led by masochist fearless leader kasutori_jack, releases their composite power rankings of the 30 teams. This leads to well thought out discussions and some in depth analysis, as well as salty fans crying about how their team is underrated (there may be more of the latter than the former, but it's still a great way to keep your finger on the pulse of how every team is doing).
Monday (Unofficial) - The last few years thekmanpwnudwn has posted a State of the Subreddits post that gives the top post from each team's subreddit from the last week. This is a great roundup post for staying up to date on what all the different team fandoms are feeling, and helps you catch any milestones you might have otherwise missed.
Tuesday: Weekly Awards - Led by lemcoe9 a different team of a fan from every team releases the results of their weekly (and monthly) voting for who the best position player and pitcher was since the last vote was taken. Once again, a great way to keep track of which players are on hot streaks, and who's dominating the league.
Wednesday: Wild Card Wednesday - Each week a new contest, trivia game, or just out of the box fun thread will be stickied! Got an idea? Let the mods know!
Thursdays: Division Discussions - We rotate between the Easts, Centrals, and Wests to do some more in depth talk about where the playoff races and teams stand. If you only have time for one baseball thread every week and want to keep up with the league, this is the thread to set aside time for.
Friday: Trash Talk/Compliment/Complaint - FRIDAYS ARE FUN DAYS, WE ROTATE BETWEEN TRASH TALK, COMPLIMENT, TRASH TALK, AND COMPLAIN THREADS! TRADITION STATES ALL COMMENTS BE IN ALL CAPS AND ENDING IN EXCLAMATION POINTS! WE ROTATE RATHER THAN HAVE A SET DAY FOR EACH ALL SEASON BECAUSE IT'S A LONG SEASON AND ANY ONE OF THE THREE THREADS CAN GET STALE FAST IF YOU DON'T LEAVE TIME FOR MORE AMMUNITION!
Saturday: Saturday is when we usually plug in occasional things that don't necessarily deserve weekly attention. Things like in depth stat discussions, memorobilia sharing, craft projects, etc.
Sunday: Game of the Week - Sunday is the one day a week where we get together as a subreddit to watch a baseball game together, since it's the one time every week where there's only one game going on and there's guaranteed to be a game. The Sunday Night Baseball game thread is usually posted a couple hours before the first pitch.
In addition the playoffs, and select premier match-ups (mostly at the very end of the season where there is a lot riding on a regular season game) we host game threads for all baseball users. These are neutral thread, for more info on less neutral ones skip to the next section. We may experiment with game threads in baseball for the MLB.tv Free Game of the Day this year.
In addition to all these features, it really is a great place to keep up with breaking news and highlights. It'll be posted here minutes after someone tweets it, and long before it's on MLB.com. Team beat writers get the stories first, and it's easier to check in here a couple times a day than follow every one of them. Plus there's something the kids are calling "dank memes" (but not too many, because us mods don't allow too much moisture to get into the servers).

Your Team's Subreddit (And other team subs as well)

The mods at baseball have one goal - help you have the best possible reddit baseball experience, and a LOT of that is helping you get connected to other fans of your team (which feels a little like a cop-out because it means less work for us if you're doing more on your team's sub, but your team's mods aren't complaining.)
One of the main draws of team subs (other than in depth discussion with like-fan-minded users, getting breaking news and analysis on your team, team-memes, and other reddit discussions that come up from a group of individuals who can agree on one thing) are game threads. At this time (to the best of my knowledge) every team sub hosts game threads for their team's games, and you can easily access them in the sidebar during the season by clicking on the team's logo in the schedule (we're working on getting that up to speed, MLB changed some parts of their RSS and background data and we've had to work around that to get our automated system back up). We like to keep the game threads in team subs for a few reasons, one of which is we want to support the team subs and send them relevant traffic when we can because they really do an amazing job, another is because with 15 games a day this place would look like crap if we had game threads for every game or let users post them as they please (we've tried it, it blots out news, discussion, and highlights and looks like crap, baseball doesn't have only a couple days set aside for games or focus on marquee match ups like many other sports, it's 2430 games played in 183 days and is better when it's spread out.)
Even if you're not a game thread person though, getting connected with a good team sub can make disappointing seasons more bearable, and great seasons more exciting, and I know plenty of users that said that their team's sub basically keeps them fans. Team subs are also a great place to get connected to...

Twitter, Podcasts, and other General News/Analysis Sources

Going to be honest here, I don't use twitter and I do not frequently read other people's blogs. I know many people do and enjoy it, and I believe the best way to find the people to follow/sites to visit that interest you the most are to hang around your team's sub and note which Tweets/Sites that are linked to that most often peak your interest. Your list of favorite baseball writers is going to be different than my favorite list, and finding the right twitter personalities, podcasts hosts, and bloggers can make game analysis more interesting for you even if your team is playing like crap and it's the middle of July.
Here are some common suggestions for some general baseball twitter accounts and podcasts to get you started, but like I said, find what you like and follow those:
Twitter
Account Account Account
@MLB @Ken_Rosenthal @Buster_ESPN
@jonmorosi @mlbtraderumors @MiLB
@JeffPassan @MLBInjuryNews @BNightengale
@keithlaw @based_ball @SamMillerBB
@jonahkeri @BaseballAmerica @brooksbaseball
@BenLindbergh @ChrisCotillo @mike_petriello
@MJ_Baumann @FanRagSports @TheAthleticMLB
@fangraphs @baseballprospectus @baseball_ref
@daynperry @CBSSportsMLB @CespedesBBQ
@GrantBrisbee @JonHeyman @cantpitch
@MLBRosterMoves @darenw @extrabaggs
Podcasts
Account Account Account
Effectively Wild Baseball Tonight The Ringer

The Statistical Titans: Baseball Reference and Fangraphs

Literally every day you will find a link or to BaseballReference.com or Fangraphs.com here, it's a given, and it's because these are the two most extensive free baseball databases that are easy to navigate. If you want to look up anything about baseball history, check Baseball Reference, if you want to look up how players stack up with non-proprietary advanced metrics or read an insightful blog post about why someone is overrated/underrated or overperforming/underperforming, check Fangraphs. With these two sites you have all the stats and figures you need to make a competent argument for basically anything you want with a little cherry picking.
A large part of the modern baseball world is statistics and you're going to find yourself getting more immersed in discussing the game if you can get a handle on all the terms getting thrown around. If you are brand new to baseball, take a little while to get to know the game before diving into these sites, but if you have a handle on the basics and are ready to know what this WAR everyone is talking about is, dive into the glossaries and find the statistics.
When you get the basics, creating your own analysis doesn't seem as daunting, and one of the reasons I love baseball is that I can deconstruct pretty much every play and find some meaning behind it. If you are like that and enjoy numbers, theoretical projections, and breaking things down into simple figures before reconstructing them into something long and beautiful, then learning the basics of sabrmetrics will make you a baseball fan for life. If, on the other hand, you just want to enjoy the game for the beautiful pastime that it is by watching, then we've got a little bit to go through...

Where to Watch? - Your TV and Streaming Guide

So a big part of baseball is, you know, actually being able to watch the games (though as I talk about at the end, it might not necessarily be the case for you, and that doesn't mean you can't enjoy baseball, skip down and see what I'm talking about in the final section).
First off, if you are looking for free games to watch, you are in luck! MLB.tv streams one game a day for free on MLB.com and Yahoo.com. These games are subject to local blackouts (details on those in the MLB.tv section) but are definitely worth watching if you're trying to see if you'll enjoy baseball, or just need a free baseball fix. Facebook is also streaming one game a week during the season for free. The other free games available are from May 18 to July 13 on Saturday night and Thursday nights in September when FOX airs games on their OTA affiliated networks. Believe it or not, TV antennas still work in most areas, and these games are free to watch. Some teams also broadcast select games on OTA networks in their region.
Okay, so now the more expensive stuff. If you have even the most basic cable package (or log in information) you probably have ESPN. ESPN airs games every Sunday Night as well as Wednesday Night and Opening Weekend. These games are also available on ESPN Go.
You also probably have a regional sports channel. This is where almost all of your local teams games will be aired. Here is a decent breakdown of every team and what network they are carried on.
TBS is also on even the most basic networks, they air games the final 13 Sundays of the regular season in the afternoon.
FS1 and FOX carry baseball games almost every Saturday of the season, and MLB Network carries games pretty much every day.
A list of currently scheduled national broadcasts is available here, not all games have been chosen so there will be more added to the list.
For all these networks (except for the Dodgers, Orioles, and Nationals regional networks) there are options to stream the games online provided you have cable login information for the channel. During the playoffs FS1, TBS, and MLB Network will carry most of the games, with ESPN carrying a wild card game and FOX carrying the World Series.
Now there are also streaming services that grant access to most of the previously mentioned channels:
  • Sling TV Orange package gets you ESPN, ESPN 2, and TBS.
  • Sling TV Blue package gets you FOX, FS1, FS2, TBS, and most regional sports networks.
  • Youtube TV gets you FOX, ESPN, ESPN 2, FS1, TBS, MLB Network, and some regional sports networks.
  • HULU Live gets you FOX, ESPN, ESPN 2, FS1, FS2, TBS, and your regional sports networks.
  • Playstation Vue Access gets you FOX, ESPN, ESPN 2, FS1, FS2, and TBS.
  • Playstation Vue Core adds MLB Network to the Access channels.
  • Playstation Vue Sports Extra adds regional sports networks in addition to your other channels.
  • AT&T TV Now Live a Little gets you FOX, ESPN, ESPN 2, FS1, and TBS and your regional sports networks.
  • AT&T TV Now Just Right adds MLB Network to the Live a Little channels.
  • AT&T TV Now Go Big adds FS2 to the Just Right channels.
  • FUBO Premier gets you FOX, FS1, and your regional sports networks
Also, ESPN+ will carry select games pretty much daily throughout the season.

MLB.TV - the Ultimate Fan Investment

Alright, so a few things to cover with this, first of all YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO LEGALLY STREAM IN MARKET GAMES IF YOU LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES. MLB.tv uses your IP address to see where you are located, and if it pings back that you are in a team's home market it will not let you watch the game LIVE. Here is where you can find what games MLB.tv will black you out from. National broadcasts on ESPN, FOX, and TBS are also subject to blackouts within the United States (MLB Network games are not). Before you ask, yes there are less than legal ways to get around this (spoofing your IP address, subreddit dedicated to mlb streams, etc.), but I won't be talking about those in detail here. IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA, YOU WILL HAVE NO BLACKOUTS.
Even if you are blacked out, you will be able to watch the game 90 minutes after it finishes, so if you work a late shift or stay up late it might be worth it for you anyways even if you only want to follow one team.
Military members and college students, don't forget to apply your 35% discount!
"But I don't want to watch EVERY out of market game, I just want to watch MY team!" Cool, for $25 less there's a single team option that will allow you to watch all your team's non-blacked out games! Personally, I'd pay the extra $25 for the opportunity to watch every Kershaw, Bumgarner, and Scherzer start, or put the Cubs on in the background while working on a Friday afternoon, but to each their own.
"But I don't want to commit for a full year!" That's okay, there's a monthly option as well in case you know there are months where you can't watch as much.
Some of the fun features of MLB.tv include the ability to watch four games at once and quickly swap your audio from one to another (seriously, I'm never on commercial break when I'm watching baseball, unless there's only one game on I'm able to watch it all, and in September that's huge) and condensed games. What are condensed games? They go through and cut out all the time between pitches and innings, meaning if you want to watch a whole game in less than a half hour (or are searching desperately for a play to make a .gif or streamable out of that for some reason isn't considered a highlight) it's really easy. If you're someone who really wants to get into the game but can't figure out how to grind through watching a full game, Condensed Games are great for keeping up with a team while you learn the little details between pitches that somehow make watching the catcher twiddle his fingers exciting for some fans.
Also, new this year, MLB has added some great baseball documentaries to your MLB.tv subscription, giving you access to more than just games for the first time.
In addition, there are two great resources to enhance your total immersion into baseball if there are multiple games going on. Please note for both of these you must already be logged into MLB.tv to make them work. The first, and most basic, is Brooks Baseball's MLB.TV Redzone. It will automatically take you to the highest leverage game going on, and will automatically shift you to another game between innings OR if another game enters a higher leverage situation. For a more personalized touch, The Baseball Guage has MLB.TV Game Changer which lets you customize your preferences so MLB.tv will always switch to the game that is most relevant to you. This is great if you play fantasy and want to keep up with your players, are waiting for someone to hit a milestone, or if you want to make sure your action is broken into to follow a no-hitter in progress.
It also gives you a free subscription to...

MLB AtBat - The Most Underrated Way to Stay Connected to Baseball

MLB AtBat is MLB's official application. It comes in two versions, the free version which has ads but is useful for keeping up to date with all the scores, and the paid version ($19.99 for the year of $2.99 monthly) which gives you access to ad-free content, Gameday on your mobile device, and (most valuable) access to every team's radio stream for every game during the season and postseason completely blackout free. If there's a day game, you can bet I'm listening to it at work, if I'm mowing the lawn on a Saturday I'm listening to a game, when I can't sleep at night, on comes a West Coast game. To get the paid version you must download the free version, then subscribe within the app, or log into an MLB account that has MLB.tv.
Baseball was made to be on the radio, it's a sport that is very easy to follow the action with the right announcer. At work (or school) it's great because you can half listen, and when the announcer gets excited you can instantly tune back in to hear what's going on. This is the most underrated way to stay connected to your team throughout the year. Before I could afford MLB.tv, this was the way to go, and it honestly makes me question every year whether getting the MLB.tv package is worth is when I can get 80% of the entertainment value from listening to the games (and every year I manage to forget to unsubscribe, for many reasons listed above).
Gameday on mobile is also a great feature, it lets you quickly check in on the action during brief recesses in meetings (or under the table during meetings), or breaks between classes (or under a desk in classes). This is honestly my primary means of keeping track of Twins games throughout the year. My wife thinks I'm crazy when I could just watch the game, but instead am nervously checking my phone every couple minutes. IF I WATCH I JINX THE TEAM, HONEY!

How to watch baseball?

So this is a question that we get from many new fans who are just trying to figure out what the hell is going on and why people find this game so fascinating. I'll get the elephant in the room out of the way, yes there are some "boring" parts of watching baseball on TV. The camera fans to a batter spitting and adjusting his gloves, the pitcher adjusts his crotch then licks his fingers, random shots of a bored looking manager, etc. When you are actually at the ballpark you can be watching where the catcher and fielders set up to try to predict the pitch that is coming (read The Hidden Language of Baseball by Paul Dickson for some great insight into how to interpret this), but on TV it's not usually the case. This is where I have some suggestions for new fans trying to get into it.
First off, if you are looking for just a relaxing day, embrace the slow pace with a beer and veg out on the couch while watching. It's meant to be slow and relaxing (until it gets tense and exciting, usually with runners on). Seriously, when was the last time you just sat and did nothing? Mid July afternoon games are a perfect way to reach that zen of half-consciousness, until something happens to get you sucked into the action.
Another option to stay engaged is keeping score. I find keeping score relaxing and looking back through a scorebook can be fun to see what you were doing a few years ago (except for that damn unfinished scorecard from 2015 where A-Rod hit the most predictable home run in Twins-Yankees history and I sent my scorecard flying to the other side of the room). As NPR once put it, keeping score is a knowledge making activity, and if you have the time and patience for it it is a great way to learn the game. There are a couple different guides to keeping score, and most scorebooks/cards will have a brief example of how to do so. If you have any questions, the Around the Horn thread is a great place to ask!
Gamethreads are another way to get together with other baseball fans and pass the time between pitches, especially in team subs you get to know the regulars and conversations start to wonder away from baseball at times throughout the game, and that's fine. Baseball is an excuse to enjoy a summer day.
For those that want to actually understand what is going on during that time, though, there are some options. Watching Baseball Smarter by Zack Hample (who despite his reputation on this subreddit knows some stuff and actually pops in from time to time to comment on different things) is a good starting place for new fans. Baseball for Dummies and The Complete Idiots Guide to Baseball are also good starting points for those willing to sit and read for a little bit.
For those who don't want to read a book, I guess I can touch on what I'm looking for between pitches. A big part of baseball is pitch selection, so scouting out a pitchers repertoire of pitches is a good starting point, BrooksBaseball.net has great cheat sheets on every pitcher in the game, and PitcherList.com has a visual example of each pitcher's pitches so you can see what you can be looking for. Anyways, I mention that because the whole reason the catcher is twiddling his fingers behind the plate is to go over with the pitcher what pitch is going to be thrown. What I'm watching for between pitches is where the catcher is setting up behind the plate and guessing which pitch is going to be thrown. A 2-0 and 3-1 count are known as hitters counts because the pitcher needs to throw a strike or risk walking the batter, when the count reaches either of those pay attention, because the hitters going to be looking for his perfect pitch and there's probably going to be some action on the field. 0-1, 0-2, and 1-2 are pitcher's counts, look for curveball, slider or other somewhat nasty pitch to be thrown to get the batter to swing at a bad pitch, or a fastball inside to catch them off guard. If you have any questions about this, go ahead and ask in an around the horn thread.

Where to watch highlights and game recaps.

There are many many places to see highlights and game recaps, this is not an exhaustive list, but is a good start.
For highlights, bigger highlights will often be posed here on baseball a few minutes after they occur, if you wish to post them please familiarize yourself with the subreddit rules. They also appear relatively quickly on MLB.com in each games Gameday area. For a pretty slick collection of highlights from across MLB, https://baseball.theate is a great place to exclusively watch highlights.
There are a few ways to get great game recaps. If you have MLB Network, every day Quick Pitch is an hour-long show that recaps every game from the previous day. It usually starts after MLB Tonight (about 10pm EDT) or whatever game MLB Network is showing finishes up, and runs until 10am EDT the next day. MLB.com also puts out recaps of every game by the next morning, usually a 2-5 minutes quick rundown of highlights that can be found on the game recap. It also puts out Fastcast videos on youtube and their website every morning which has a brief rundown of all the games from the previous day. Here's an example of a Fastcast from two seasons ago.
If you want one concise place to see most of these, efitz11 was amazing last season and posted video links to every game recap and fastcast in the daily Around the Horn thread. Here's an example. I am unsure if they plan to continue it this year, but it would be surely appreciated!

TL;DR Finding what you enjoy about the game.

When it boils down to it, baseball is about finding entertainment and enjoyment, and don't let anyone try to tell you how to enjoy baseball. If you want nothing to do with statistical analysis and just want to enjoy what's going on on the field, don't let anyone tell you you aren't enough of a fan, and if you want to dissect a player into their strengths and components using statcast and advanced metrics don't let anyone tell you you're reading into the game too much. You can follow one team, and only one team, or you can follow multiple teams, don't let anyone tell you you're not a true fan for wearing another team's gear or enjoying their games. You might enjoy bat flips and flamboyance, or reserved speedy home run trots. You might not even enjoy physically watching a game (especially not if your team isn't playing), but find yourself loving keeping track of your team through the season and tracking your players or maybe just the thrill of the standings race and scoreboard watching or maybe you just love all the numbers that get thrown around and arguing about their relevancy. That's okay, eventually I believe enjoyment of the game itself will come, but even if it doesn't, the long baseball season is still creating a place of enjoyment for you, and that's what matters. If you have any questions, once again, feel free to ask them in our daily Around the Horn thread, or below in the comments, or if you really want to feel free to PM with questions and I'd be happy to answer.
So watch games this week and join in the discussion here, you'll naturally find yourself gravitating towards certain players or teams and enjoying different aspects of the game. Baseball is a long season, find what you enjoy, stick to it, dwell on it, and enjoy it.
TL;DR for the TL;DR - Baseball is fun
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2020.07.05 06:41 wolf_of_mibu Let's chat about the protest over some stone statue.

First, some facts about that statue, and the recent protests, and the people promoting the protests. Wait for the last part it's a hell of a ringer, and why it isn't being talked about is beyond me its very important.
Let's first start with the man, and the facts about him, not history changed on twitter or what ever to fit some groups narrative, but the Cold hard facts, from historians who are going to be more experts on this than most of us in this town, let alone someone spouting off on social media. First here is the Wikipedia entry for the man. For some basics, though not the most trustworthy source gets you and running. First and foremost, there is 0 proof or evidence or academic thought that's credible that he set sail, to what is now America with the thought of enslaving natives, raping them and more. Though we know now the vikings and maybe others discovered the Americas first. Columbus and the Spanish government where looking for new land and trade routes, as the Middle East was not the safest route for trade, and that trip around Africa was a long one.
Now we know Columbus to aid the Spanish explorers enslaved the Taino people, and new viruses wiped the rest out. He did bring back captives' which started to erode his relation ship with the Spanish Crown. But he was made governor of the new Spanish Colony now Haiti, and funded for two more expeditions for his discovery of a new what they still thought as a trade rout to the far east indies. Now we have testimonies from friends and enemies of the atrocities he committed to Spanish settlers by Columbus and his brothers, and there are lots, these were rediscovered in 2006 it also mentions the atrocities that he committed to natives during his rule of Hispaniola. Though all of this is still debated to how one sided it is as the Spanish really hated the Italians, and the man sent to investigate wanted Columbus position. Either way we know to a certain extent the man was a scumbag to us, and even during his time he was to violent and disliked since the Queen wanted friendlier relations with the natives for trade purposes.
Now for our statue and plaza, Here is a brief article about it, it is over 100 years old, was the first monument to the man west of the Mississippi, and here the important part, was crowdsourced funded by mostly Italian Americans. IT was not paid for by the government. The government of this city and state has nothing to do with it. Now I can't find who paid for the renovation, I imagine part the national historic society cause it is a national monument.
Now lets talk about current and past protests, first there is nothing wrong with peaceful protests, and they are your right as is freedom of speech, as we live in the most free nation on the planet, its not perfect but it's the best. All protests so far have been very peaceful, and right to point out the issues of the man behind it. But, now its starting to fall apart, first, there is no plan of democratic action here, it seems these protests are just about causing a ruckus, and there is even speech at these events about committing crimes, targeting the statue, and though I can't find reports of it targeting those who like the statue. That is not ok, it is not productive for anybody. You may not like it, but we live in a democratic nation, where people are allowed to hold different opinions to you. What this nation is built upon, and lately it seems to be a screaming match, where anyone who thinks differently is a Nazi, or enemy, they are not, they are your family, neighbor, and fellow dam American.
So some suggestions for these protests, first, don't let the people speaking of violence have it easy, call them out on it. They group doing the loudest and calling for these protests every Sunday are not your friends. Let's sit down at the table and work for some change, we can meet down the middle, move the statue, rebuild the plaza with something that shows how this city was partly built by the Italian immigrants. It was, there is deep history here for them. My suggestion for a possible statue is mentioned in this great video about John Hay he has helped so much in this country, civil war and assisted Lincoln, then after his assination watched his other friends get assisnated and presidents die. He is one of the reasons we know Lincoln as we do. But no matter what just like the original, this needs to be done by us the people in a respectful manner, and we should come together with a peaceful plan we all like, and raise the funds ourselves for the changes we want. The original was self funded over a 100 years ago we can do that again. Though it must be done peacfully and not with screaming, shouting, intimidation, or violence.

Now lets get into the scariest and yet most hilarious part of this and why I choose to write this, knowing the group that I am about to call out is on this subreddit and is going to hate me so much. I get a lot of time to read, and in reading the news, I noticed most news articles don't point to links tot his group saying decolonization nonsense, first we haven't been a colony since 1776, we won that war, just celebrated it actually. But this article by KRDO was nice enough to name the group and even provide a link to their Facebook page. Now I recommend you go there, and read that nice Facebook page before you read on, I will wait................................................

Ok they are communists who are off there dam rocker, Chairman Mao of the Chinese communist party, and even the CCP today cares nothing for equality or human rights, in fact MAO has the title of the largest mass murder to live at around 45 million during his reign. And he killed many more outside that period, he makes Hitler and Stalin look harmless. The CCP today besides lying about this virus, as you have seen in the news is now power grabbing Hong Kong. it is no longer free. What you might not know of is the even more horrible human atrocities they are committing. They have millions locked up in internment or concentration camps and are ethnically cleansing them, that is a fact, here's an article from the new york times little dated as that situation is far more desperate. I won't post more on that as reddit has a habit of making those kinda posts gain less traction.

the https://maoistcommunistparty.org/for-the-people-ftp/ that organized these protests are not your friends, they are not Pueblos friends, and they are for sure not a friend of equality or democracy. They still have the right to be heard, just know what they preach as friendly equality has led to the deaths of probably hundreds of millions of people, and one of the most oppressive regimes in the world. When they show up Sunday, press them on their beliefs, call them out on the injustices, but do not be violent or preach for a crime against them or others.
In all honesty if you want to protest for something good, start raising attention against the CCP Chinese Communist Party, Both the democratic house, Donald Trump and other nations are all trying to pressure china, and they need peoples support, that is a cross party thing we should all get behind, for Hong Kong, but for the millions of people locked in a concentration camp while their loved ones are bullied, threatened to remain quite, raped to breed the Muslim out of them. They have human rights as well, this statue issue seems silly in comparison, but if its this big an issue where a communist group can spure protests like this, lets get it solved peacefully.

Now let the hate pour in from those who didn't read this, and just dislike me, the MAoistcommunistparty followers, and of course those who are going to preach fake news when the facts don't fit their narrative.
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2020.06.16 04:04 skateologist Folk som gør ting, jeg ikke bryder mig om – et kompendie

Vi kan lige så godt samle dem allesammen eet sted. Tilføj eventuelt din yndlingsaversion, så vi kan få en fuldendt liste!
Rygere, Folk som kører på borede knallerter, Små drenge på løbehjul, der gør min hund nervøs, Bilister, ikke-rygere, Cyklister, Fodgængere, Folk som spiller dårlig musik på deres bærbare lydsystemer, Folk som spiller yatzy, Morgenfriske typer, Kommafejl, Folk som skyller ud i wcet om natten, Hælgængere, Folk som står for tæt i køen, Stræbere, Dovendiderikker, Pagehår, Folk som lugter af parfume, Folk som overhovedet ikke lugter af parfume, Folk som snakker i telefon, Folk som sender mange emails, Gør-det-selv-folk, Hundeejere, Katteejere, Akvarieentusiaster, Folk som slår græs ved middagstid, Folk som bærer hættetrøje, Vejarbejdere, Folk der spiser med munden åben, Folk med hikke, Fashionistaer, Alkoholikere, Karl Smart-typer, Folk der piller næse og studerer bussemanden bagefter, Folk der sveder, Folk i stramme bukser, Folk der fløjter, Folk der stanger tænder, Skaldede mennesker, Langhårede mennesker, Pagehår, Telemarketing-typer, Facere, Pagehår, Arbejdsløse, Karrieremennesker, Folk med hængerøv, Tonedøve mennesker, Farveblinde mennesker, Folk som parkerer deres cykel forkert, Parkeringsvagter, Folk som laver graffiti, Folk som fjerner graffiti, Pagehår, Folk som kalder et kompendium for et kompendie, folk, der skriver stort begyndelsesbogstav efter et komma, rødt pagehår, folk der brokker sig, Folk der brokker sig over særlige køb på FB i stedet for i butikken, folk der går over stregen, Folk der ikke bare bosætter sig i en skov når de tydeligvis ikke kan lide andre mennesker, pigen i en leopard mønstret nederdel og klumsede FILA sko som snakker med en eller anden i hendes airpods, muslimer, ostehulere, socialdemokrater, konservative, radikale, racister, antiracister, morgenfriske hækkeklipper-typer, folk der prøver at lave sjove bæpæle, som misser den sjove del af det format De kopierer, Buster Larsen (aj! Kan man det?), folk i cykelbukser som på ingen måde cykler, kværulanter og folk som holder sig for gode til at kværulere, folk som hedder John, cyklister på fortovet, fodgængere på cykelstien, postbude som ikke ringer på, folk som ikke bryder sig om "the special sauce", folk som tror det gør en forskel at brokke sig på reddit,
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2020.06.14 16:47 llaverna Weekly Round-Up: June 8th - June 14th

Weekly Round-Up: June 8th - June 14th

Previous thread: June 1st - June 7th

This round-up is for everything that happened in the /bangtan realm within the past week, compiled for your convenience! If you have feedback, please leave a comment or send me a PM.
The latest weekly round-up can be found in the sidebar of the subreddit. The link to the archive of past round-up posts can always be found in the wiki index.

BTS Festa 2020

200608 [CHOREOGRAPHY] BTS (방탄소년단) 2018 MAMA Performance Practice (Formation Check ver.) #2020BTSFESTA Thread
200609 BTS 7TH ANNIVERSARY FAMILY PORTRAIT SPECIAL Thread
200609 [2020 FESTA] BTS (방탄소년단) Answer : BTS 3 UNITS 'Respect' Song by RM & SUGA Thread
200609 [2020 FESTA] BTS (방탄소년단) Answer : BTS 3 UNITS 'Jamais Vu' Song by Jin & j-hope & Jungkook Thread
200609 [2020 FESTA] BTS (방탄소년단) Answer : BTS 3 UNITS 'Friends' Song by Jimin & V Thread
200610 [2020 BTS FESTA] 2020 BTS Profile 2 Thread
200611 [2020 FESTA] BTS (방탄소년단) ‘MAP OF THE SONG : 7’ #2020BTSFESTA Thread
200612 We Are Bulletproof: The Eternal MV Thread
200613 [‪2020 FESTA] Bangtan Birthday Party (방탄생파) Thread
200613 [2020 BTS FESTA] CLOSING CEREMONY Thread

Megathreads

200607 BTS @ You Tube Originals: 'Dear Class of 2020'
200614 BANGBANGCON: The Live

News & Information

200607 BTS ARMY reaches $1 million goal in #MatchAMillion donation campaign for BLM
200609 Weverse official: A new way to enjoy BTS MVs.You can now connect your light stick on Weverse and watch BTS MVs like MIC DROP and more!
200611 BTS' new single 'Stay Gold' to be released on June 19 @ 18:00 KST
200611 Weverse official: After MIC DROP MV, what is the next #BTS MV for you to watch with your ARMY BOMB? Find out on #Weverse!
200611 BTS Japan Official: International release of 4th Japanese Album "Map of the Soul:7 ~The Journey~"
200612 Twitter will launch 9 emojis on Saturday in celebration of BTS' 7th anniversary for the remainder of June
200612 Updates on the Postponed 'BTS 4th Album Release Event in Seoul'
200613 NTV Sukkiri: BTS will have an interview with Sukkiri (Japanese breakfast television show) on June 16 at 9:30AM JST/KST

Merchandise news

200611 #BANGBANGCON_TheLive Official Merch for Pre-order is now on Weply
200611 BTS Memories 2019 is under review

Expired news

200612 Bangbancon Website is Live, Log In to Pick Your Username!
200613 Bangbangcon FAQ: Syncing ARMY Bomb, Virtual Lightstick Function, Fanwall, etc
200613 BANG BANG CON THE LIVE Ticket Sale Closing Time Adjustment Notice

Official Media

Type Date Title Thread
Teaser 200610 [2020 FESTA] BTS (방탄소년단) ‘방탄생파’ Teaser #2020BTSFESTA Thread
Teaser 200613 『MAP OF THE SOUL : 7 ~ THE JOURNEY ~』 (RM Concept Photo) Thread
Teaser 200614 "Map of the Soul: 7 ~The Journey~" SUGA Teaser Photo Thread
V Live 200611 J-Hope Vlive Thread
V Live 200613 SUGA Vlive: KKUL FM 06.13 Thread
YT Live 200609 V Youtube live Thread
Other 200608 Dear Class of 2020: BTS Commencement Speech Thread
Other 200608 Learn! KOREAN with BTS [EP.14] I Eat Food Thread

Official SNS

Date SNS Title Thread
200608 Twitter j-hope Thread
200608 Twitter Bangtan at Dear Class of 2020 Thread
200607 Weverse Compilation
200609 Weverse Namjoon Thread
200609 Weverse Compilation
200610 Instagram BANG BANG CON The Live Thread
200610 Twitter 2020 BTS Music Elections Thread
200610 Twitter SUGA Thread
200610 Weverse Taehyung Thread
200610 Weverse Compilation
200611 Instagram Bangtan IG Story Thread
200612 Instagram BTS Official Instagram Story Update Thread
200613 Twitter Seokjin Thread
200613 Twitter Namjoon Thread
200613 Weverse Namjoon Thread
200613 Twitter j-hope Thread
200613 Weverse j-hope Thread
200613 Weverse Compilation
200613 Instagram BTS Official Instagram Story Updates Thread
200613 Twitter Bangtan Thread
200614 Twitter Seokjin Thread
200614 Twitter Namjoon Thread
200614 Twitter Today's Bangtan Thread
200614 Weverse Jungkook Thread
200614 Instagram BTS Instagram Story Thread
200614 Twitter SUGA Thread
200614 Weverse SUGA Thread
200614 Twitter j-hope Thread

CF & Partnerships

200609 Brave partners with Korean pop group BTS on limited-edition browser release
200613 Lotte Duty Free updates cover with new BTS group photo

Articles

Date Publisher Article Thread
200606 Vulture ARMY, Assemble Your Wallets: BTS Donates $1 Million to Black Lives Matter Thread
200608 Billboard Kiswe Discusses Partnership With Big Hit Entertainment Ahead of BTS' 'Bang Bang Con: The Live' Thread
200609 InkiStyle All The Cool Outfits BTS Wore During The ‘Dear Class Of 2020’ Performance Thread
200609 Forbes BTS’s Suga Is Currently Charting Hits On The World Songs Chart Under Three Names Thread
200610 K-media S.Korea Cultural Minister Park Yang Woo quoted by K-media as mentioning Daechwita Thread
200610 Billboard The 50 Best Albums of 2020 (So Far): Staff Picks. (MOTS7 mentioned) Thread
200610 Jezebel BTS Revolutionizes the Boy Band Documentary Format Thread
200610 Forbes BTS’s RM Is In Rare Company Thanks To His Latest Hit On The Sales Chart Thread
200611 Soompi Exclusive: MAX On What To Expect In His New Album, Collab With BTS’ Suga, Friendship With DAY6’s Jae, And More Thread
200611 British Vogue How BTS Became The Undisputed Kings Of K-Pop Thread
200611 The Ringer The BTS ARMY and the Transformative Power of Fandom as Activism Thread
200612 Forbes BTS’s Suga Was A Pioneer On The Rap Albums Chart Last Week Thread
200612 Washington Post Surprised at seeing K-pop fans stand up for Black Lives Matter? You shouldn’t be. Thread
200612 The Oprah Magazine 13 Essential BTS Songs You'll Want to Play on Repeat Thread
200613 Variety YouTube Says ‘Dear Class of 2020’ Special With Obamas, BTS, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga & More Breaks Viewing Record Thread

SNS Mentions

NOTE: Entries with 💜 have new content directly involving BTS
Date 💜 Title Thread
200608 Tiger JK joins #MatchAMillion Thread
200608 John Cena: Very happy to join #BTSARMY in efforts to match @BTS_twt tremendous donation #ARMYMatch1M Thread
200608 Production Designer Bona Kim posts behind the scenes pictures of Daechwita MV set Thread
200609 James Corden: On tonight’s @latelateshow ... a little never before seen clip to thank the BTS Army! Tonight @CBS 12.30 Thread
200608 Harry Shum Jr from Glee tweeted "BTS FTW" Thread
200608 MAX's tweet for Suga, BTS, and Army Thread
200610 Cardi B Retweeted A Clip of Namjoon Rapping to her verse from 'Fitness' Thread
200612 [Unavailable] studiopivote We Are Bulletproof: The Eternal MV character designs Thread
200613 💜 National Museum of Korea Thread
200613 Son Sung Deuk's Congratulatory Message to BTS Thread
200613 Steve Aoki Thread
200613 The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon celebrating #7YearswithBTS Thread
200614 💜 Artist Thibaud Herem posted about drawing one of RM's bonsai trees Thread
200614 Spotify Korea: Thank you BTS, y’all really know how to throw a birthday party 💜Relive the setlist on This Is BTS right here Thread

Other media

NOTE: Entries with 💜 have new content directly involving BTS
Type 💜 Date Title Thread
Cover 200608 Road to Kingdom [Dance Practice] VERIVERY x TOO - ON Thread
Cover 200609 Figure Skater Roman Sadovsky performs dance cover of “ON” Thread
Cover 200611 TXT singing RUN on After School Club Noraebang Thread
Video 200608 KPDB Ep. #58 Highlight: MAX on "Burn It" Collab with Agust D (Suga) Thread
Video 💜 200609 The Late Late Show with James Corden on Twitter - BTS Carpool Karaoke Bonus Clip Thread
Video 200609 BTS Briefly Shown on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (6:05) Thread
Video 200611 Anthony Fantano gives his opinion on D-2 by Agust D Thread
Video 200611 [Bangtanism] 2 HipHop Artists/Producers Discussing BTS' Music Thread
Video 200611 BTS Animation- Ugh! By MarianneDraws Thread
Video 💜 200612 Fiji Love Music: BTS greeting Thread
Video 💜 200613 UNRELEASED: Radio Disney BTS' 2017 Interview Thread
Other 💜 200610 "This is BTS" Spotify Playlist got updated with member's messages for FESTA Thread
Other 200612 Songwriter, Candace Sosa, Talks Working in BTS music(Love Maze & Euphoria) with BRISxLIFE & Dezzy March in new podcast Brizzy Talk Thread
Other 200612 Apple Music: BTS at 7 playlist Thread
Other 200614 Netflix Kdrama Mystic Pop-up Bar ep. 7 makes an allusion to BTS that praises them

Milestones

Type Date Thread
Charts/Sales 200609 Suga Of BTS Is The First Solo Korean Musician To Chart More Than One Album On The Sales Ranking
Charts/Sales 200611 BTS’s 'We Are Bulletproof: TheEternal' Has Now Sold Over 100,000 Units in the US
Charts/Sales 200612 BTS's 'MAP OF THE SOUL: 7' Has Now Sold Over 800,000 Total Units in the US
Views 200608 "Black Swan" has now surpassed 100 million views on YouTube

BT21

200611 [With BTS] BT21 UNIVERSE 3 EP.05 - Trials and Tribulations Thread
200613 We belong together forever! 💞 Thread

Misc

200608 BTS for Peloton riders
200609 Korean lesson with Trivia: Love lyrics
200612 Korean lesson based on "So What" lyrics
200612 Today is the 7th Anniversary of No More Dream!!!
200613 [Throwback] Seven years ago today, BTS debuted with "2 Cool 4 Skool"

Subreddit

Rolling /bangtan Awards 2020 nomination form

Community posts

Top Discussion Posts

  1. [+164] what bts mystery do you want solved?
  2. [+129] To the new armys here, do you listen to BTS’ older songs?
  3. [+108] How would you feel if a BTS member announced he was getting married?
  4. [+71] Did you have any embarrassing assumptions about BTS when you started first joined ARMY?
  5. [+58] How many times has your bias changed since you first stanned BTS?

Weekly threads

Fanart

Here are past week's top 5 fanart posts from our sister subreddit, /heungtan!
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2020.05.23 18:33 AyrA_ch Modems and the dreaded VoIP - Explanation and Fixes

There's the occasional post or comment of people that struggle to make traditional modem connections on a VoIP line.
You're trying to use a device that's made to transport data over a voice line, but today we transport voice over a data line. We essentially flipped the diagram of how the phone network and internet interact.
This post tries to explain why this is such a hassle (sprinkled with some background knowledge) and how to fix most common problems.
This is a rather long post. If you're just interested in getting your modem working on a VoIP line without me rambling around technical things and history, you can find a configuration TL;DR as well as test services towards the bottom but be prepared that there is no universal solution.

Analog vs VoIP

Many people here are probably aware of how analog works so this is likely only a recap for most.

Analog line

First of all, unless you live in a very rural area or a country that's otherwise a bit behind with phone technology, analog is likely dead and the equipment has been replaced with VoIP. You're only getting a simulation of a true analog line on the last mile.
An analog line could not be simpler. Basically two wires to which you hook up a speaker and microphone with a switch. Closing the switch will give you dial tone (or pick up the phone if it rings). Rapidly opening and closing the switch will dial a number (this is called pulse dialing and has largely been phased out). A telephone is really just a convenient way that assembles these components. The switch is replaced with a hook and a governor driven rotary dial. It also adds a ringer and a circuit that suppresses the speaker while the microphone detects sound (that's why you don't hear yourself). Circuit diagram of an actual Swiss phone from the 50s.
If you have a cable or fiber optic modem you likely still have ports for analog lines on the back. Provided your ISP assigned you a phone number (they often do for free), this will simulate your analog line. If pulse dialing no longer works, or you need to use automated systems (For English, press 1) I recommend a dialgizmo. It works with simulated analog lines but also true analog lines.
Because this system is analog and not digital, no voice compression takes place.
To have multiple calls over a single line, we use a technology called "multiplexing", invented around 1910. There are two major ways we do it, one is by shifting the frequency band up. This is how you get multiple TV channels over the air or cable for example. You essentially take a signal and modulate it with a carrier wave of a higher frequency. By removing the carrier, you get the original signal back.
The other method is by time division. You switch between multiple input signals very quickly on both ends of the line synchronously.
Analog phone works in the range of about 300 to 3000 Hz. Physics dictates that we have to sample this signal twice as fast as the highest frequency (so 6000 times a second) to preserve it. The minimum switching speed is thus 6000*lines. A 1 MHz switch could handle a lot of calls this way (166 lines).
Regardless of how the call is multiplexed, you always have the full frequency spectrum available to you. These forms of multiplexing also have virtually no delay. Analog modems were built with this in mind. A signal in copper travels at around 60% of the speed of light (~180'000 km/s), so calling someone over 10'000 km of wire will add a delay of approx 55 ms. This is much less than we have today, but more on that below.
We have images provided by the swedish museum of technology from before the invention of multiplexing, and they're just as amazing as they're terrifying.

VoIP Line

VoIP will for most part simulate an analog line but behind the scenes it's all digital. Your voice is chopped up into packets of a few milliseconds, these are addressed to the recipients and thrown into the internet without a care in the world.
This gives you much better call quality (which many providers will not offer). Because it's digital, it eliminates the noise associated with a phone call, so they add fake noise back in (for real). Turns out people constantly ask "are you still there" if the line is silent.
It also creates a whole lot of problems for modems.

TCP vs UDP

To understand VoIP, we have to talk about protocols, namely TCP and UDP. TCP in itself is a wonderful protocol. It guarantees reliable, ordered traffic. The traffic is simulated as a constant stream of bytes. It doesn't matters if the source sends 10 bytes twice or 20 bytes at once. If 20 bytes are available in your buffer, you can read it at once. We currently use this for HTTP, SMTP, POP3, IMAP, FTP, SSH and Telnet are also common protocols for this. Lost packets are resent automatically. This in itself sounds like it's the perfect protocol for VoIP, if there wasn't the timeout problem. TCP was invented when internet connections were still very unstable and devices much slower. They used timeout values that are way too big for today's standard. Your system will for example wait 20 seconds for a server to answer the initial connection attempt but I guarantee you that if even that single and very small answer doesn't comes back within 3 to 5 seconds, there's no chance you will ever get anything useful out of this connection. The same goes for dropped packets. There is no way to disable the "reliable" part of TCP.
UDP to the rescue! UDP is the "dirty" protocol of the internet. It works on the "Fire and Forget" principle. There's no built in error recovery, packets are not reordered, IP address spoofing is trivial because there's no "connection" at all. It works like a postal carrier that doesn't provides any tracking. You pack your data into a bunch of packets (datagrams) and send it to the receiver, never knowing if the recipient actually gets them and in what order he gets them. You can put as the sender address whatever you want which is very funny and abusive. The recipient has to unpack those packets individually and there's no way for him to say "No" to your packets.
UDP has become more important lately due to the timeout issues in TCP. Rather than reducing those timeouts we decided that if we need reliable communication now, we just write our own TCP style implementation on top of UDP. HTTP/3 will be the next big protocol that uses this mechanism.
Because low timeouts are important (who wants his call to be silent for 10 or more seconds because you had a packet dropped?) we use UDP for VoIP. People prefer very short cuts in transmitted audio instead of long delays.

VoIP problem 1: Jitter and Buffering

Two network packets sent 10ms apart to the same destination will not necessarily appear 10 ms apart at the destination. The delay could not only be different but also negative (packet order was changed). This is called jitter. You can measure this from your Windows or Linux machine by typing ping -n 20 . Try pinging various websites and IP addresses (some will not answer, this is normal). The command will send 20 pings and displays a summary at the bottom.
I live in Switzerland. Pinging a home connection at the US west coast gives me this result:
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds: Minimum = 201ms, Maximum = 221ms, Average = 208ms 
This is a 20ms window for the round trip (you need to half all numbers for the approximation of a single direction). The delay in reality is usually a bit higher because this test uses ICMP which is "very minimalistic". This means 100 ms for one direction. The same distance over analog copper takes half that time (from the calculation in the analog line chapter).
The solution to that problem is called buffering. If you expect a 10 ms jitter, you have to buffer that amount of data to accommodate for it. If you experience a lot of delayed packets you can dynamically increase the buffer at the cost of dropping audio for a very short amount. Audio data needs to be streamed at a constant rate or you will hear cracks where nothing is sent. You can mask it by repeating the last few milliseconds but your modem is obviously going to hate this. Jitter is a non existent problem on analog lines.
How long you accept out of order packets also determines your buffer size. If you want to wait up to 50 ms for a missing packet you have to buffer that amount of data. You can pass on only the part of the buffer up to the first missing packet. At this point you have to wait for it to arrive or the timeout to expire.

Fixes

There is no solution to this problem. Humans will easily accept a 200 ms buffer. If you do video conferencing a lot you might have had the case where two people very often try to talk at the same time, unless one of them is oblivious to how humans interact it's usually caused by a delay that's too long.
You can mitigate this problem somewhat by using good internet paths. Some paths your data take are better than others. Notably using a data center for your hosted service tends to give you shorter paths (less routers between you and the service) than hosting services from your home machine. This is how services like cloudflare make your internet experience faster. They operate a network of very fast paths with as few nodes in between two endpoints as possible to make websites appear closer to you. They also do other things but this is not related to the VoIP problem.
Getting a carrier grade connection to your home is unlikely to happen, so we will mostly assume that this problem can't really be fixed unless you're willing to install your hosted service in a data center and that's not exactly cheap. Many data centers don't allow you to install custom devices that are not in "rack format" either, so you have to rent empty rack space and cobble a VoIP setup together there.

VoIP problem 2: Compression

Did you know that human hearing is shit? We've exploited this for decades now. The probably most common way to exploit human hearing is MP3 and similar technologies. MP3 essentially goes like this: if you hear certain frequencies you will not miss some others as much as you think you will, so why bother encoding those in the first place? This works fine and most people will not know that they're listening to a 192 kbps compressed MP3 audio unless you give them an uncompressed comparison of the same audio, or the compression is so severe that you get the dreaded compression artifacts.
The simplest way of encoding audio is to not really encode audio. You just sample it as-is at double the frequency you expect it to be at most and voila, you just invented PCM. To explain it simple, the audio wave is a continuously changing voltage level. You make note of this level (for music at least 44100 times a second). When you want to play it back, you read your notes at the same rate you recorded them and change the voltage level of the audio output to the values you're reading. Modern audio equipment will smooth out the "empty space" between two values and the audio is usually fed through a low pass filter before being recorded but in essence, that's it.
This is really wasteful though. First of all, the hearing of most people degrades at about 16 kHz and not 20 (especially with age) and (as explained) you don't really pay the same attention to all frequencies at all times so we might as well exploit this behavior.
VoIP is no exemption. First of all we only have to encode a bandwidth of about 3 kHz to conform to an analog phone line, and we are mostly encoding voice so we might as well make codecs that are tailored to this.
This creates a problem for your modem because it expects that it can mostly use all frequencies of your line. Your modem will try to sense them, but because it only tries distinctive frequencies and not the entire spectrum, most codecs will compress and decompress this to a degree that makes the modem think that the line is of good quality.
Most codecs can't deal with modem data properly. They will mangle it to some degree which creates unrecoverable errors at the destination. This gets worse with the higher speed modes. If you chose a speed that's low enough, some lossy codecs will successfully recover the data at the other end so the modem there can read it. Your modem will also probe for an echo, which is non existent in a digital network. So this test will yield an "exceptionally good" result.
Adding further delay is another problem. Most codecs will encode "blocks" of audio that are a few milliseconds in length. This has to be added to the already existing delay of the buffer I talked about above. A codec that uses a 30 ms audio size will not transmit anything until those 30 ms are filled. At the destination, the audio data will not be sent out to the modem until those 30 ms of audio have been received. This then goes the same in the other direction, so the minimum answer delay is already 60 ms. If a block is transmitted across multiple packets, a single lost packet usually throws away the entire block.

Fixes

You need a codec with a very short delay and that accurately represents the source data. G.711 is one such codec. It's not as good as a true analog signal but very closely approximates it. The delay of that codec is less than 1ms. Some providers also support a "fax mode" which will make them pick codecs that can handle fax signals, which are very close to modem signals.
This is not always working because your ISP can ignore your codec choice (see the next chapter).
There's also the usual problem of "The entire world uses standard A, except the US, they for some reason use B". G.711 is not exempt from this but we're kinda used of the US requiring different treatment. There are two ways you can handle this codec. The way almost all countries do it, called "A-law" and the other one, called "μ-law". There's not a lot of difference but it's still enough to mangle some bits in your communication if your codec translates from one type to the other across borders. For those that used (or still do use) ISDN, an ISDN compatible modem can signal that it wants to transmit data and not voice on the so called "B channel", which will disable all the things that impact it. If it's not possible, the exchange hangs up.

VoIP problem 3: Call recording

VoIP in itself is a peer to peer protocol. To find the person you want to call, SIP is used which needs a central server but the voice transmission part goes directly. Your ISP does not likes that fact because it makes call recording (and billing) impossible. This means if you call someone over VoIP, you will not talk to them directly, but to the recording device of your ISP. The ISP then passes that data on to the other end, which usually is the recording device of the other ISP and not the actual person you called.
Your ISP has to do this if they want to record and/or measure the call. They can't just transparently record all your VoIP data because your device can (and usually will) encrypt that call so they have no idea what's in it. So they essentially fake the SIP messages to tell the other party that their recording device is the one calling them. This is a very dirty thing to do and is called a man-in-the-middle attack or just MITM for short. In case you're wondering, this is the part you mostly pay for.
This provides multiple problems. First of all, both devices will add further delay due to their jitter handling (see problem 1). Second problem is that your provider can ignore your codec settings. They might not see a reason why they should pass uncompressed audio to the other party. So you can tell them to use G.711 but they could then just re-encode this using a much better compression algorithm before sending it on. To you it still appears as if you talk uncompressed, but in reality you aren't. Even if you both chose an uncompressed codec without offering an alternative, the call might go like this:
You <-- G.711 --> Local recorder <-- IDK, dragons? --> Remote recorder <-- G.711 --> Remote 
The delay of the call recorder can be mostly avoided by not re-encoding the data but just passively recording. But this is out of your scope to decide.

Fixes

There's nothing you can do to avoid that, unless you are willing to chose a VoIP provider that has peer to peer enabled, which often comes at the cost of not having a phone number, but requiring people to reach you via something that looks more like an e-mail address. This is of course not really possible to dial from something that simulates an analog line unless you set up a number alias in the device that simulates your line.
My provider has a fax mode, which I can enable. It likely makes sure that they don't use codecs that interfere with this. it might also turn on this "passive recording" mode but there's no way to check for sure.

Your modem

Your modem has a few settings (if you're lucky) that you can make to increase your chances of success. Implementation of these commands vary across vendors. Just skip the chapter if the command is unknown to your modem. All these commands require a "Hayes compatible" modem, which means it has the "AT..." commands. Commands that change settings have to be issued before dialing.
To reset your modem in case you mess it up, use either AT&F, ATZ, ATZ0 or power cycle it.

Tone dialing

A modem dials using the command ATD . Use ATDT instead if your modem still defaults to pulse dial. If your modem does not supports tone dialing, use a dialgizmo (linked above)

Slower dial

If you occasionally get a busy tone when dialing numbers with your modem. Increase the length of the DTMF signals with ATS11=n where n is the number of milliseconds. 95 is default. You can also insert commas into the number to make the modem pause for a short time. This can be set using ATS8=n where n is the number of seconds. 2 is default. When dialing international numbers, I usually insert a comma after the country prefix, then every 3 digits. Dialing a US number looks like this: ATDT 001,xxx,yyy,zzzz

Baud rate

Your modem effectively has two of them. One is the rate it talks to the computer (called port rate below), and one is the rate it talks to the remote modem (called internet rate below). These rates can differ. Unless it's a true serial port modem, the port rate is only simulated anyways. The internet rate is usually determined by the handshake with the modem you called.
Just because you set a low port rate does not means your modem will pick a low internet rate. Your modem has an internal buffer it can use to compensate to some degree between the two. This is usually to your advantage but can give you the illusion that you actually communicate at the given port rate.
You query the register with ATS37?, which will likely respond with 0. You can set the value with ATS37=x where x is one of these (in baud):
You can also try other modes. I don't know why 4 is missing and why 1-3 are identical. Feel free to experiment. I had best results with mode 5. The slower modes would occasionally spew out long strings of garbage, which could mean that one of the oscillators used for this speed is broken at either end. I've had serial ports with this problem in the past. To rule out your own port, chose a high port rate and a low internet rate. If the garbled mess still happens, it's not your serial port that's at fault. It could still be your modem, the other modem, and/or the other serial port.
If you have Windows, you can change this setting in the device manager instead.

Compression

Data compression helps speeding up data transfers but it also causes data loss on errors.
You can disable compression by issuing these two commands before connecting:
AT+DS=0,0 AT+DS44=0,0 
If you want a status report, you can use AT+DR=1 and the modem will show the compression status before completing a connection (before CONNECT is shown). Mine respects the command but does not outputs a report.
If you have Windows, you can change this setting in the device manager instead.

Error correction

Modems usually use some form of error correction. You can disable error correction if you want. This makes your modem less likely to disconnect at the cost of occasional garbage in the connection.
It's disabled using these commands:
AT+ES=0,0,0 AT+ESR=0 
As with the compression, you can get a report using AT+ER=1.
If you have Windows, you can change this setting in the device manager instead. Neither the words "Error" and "Correction" appear but the setting is next to the compression settings.

Terminology

This chapter explains some terms

TL;DR

VoIP is the worst for a modem and you need to do a ton of things to get it going properly, none if which guarantees success. They're split into three chapters, settings for everyone with a modem, the consumer (person who dials), and the provider (person who listens)

As a modem owner (service consumer and provider)

As a consumer

Command sequence for a more resilient modem connection:
ATS8=1 ATS11=110 ATS37=5 AT+DS=0,0 AT+DS44=0,0 AT+ES=0,0,0 AT+ESR=0 ATDT  

As a service provider

Test services

I've set up a few test services you can use to experiment without eating capacities of systems that are actually in use.

Fax

Fax is a basic way to test your line quality and can be done from a real fax device or a Windows machine with a modem. It's not too difficult of a protocol and also slower, compared to more modern modem protocols. Fax succeeding is not a guarantee that your regular modem connection will work but it's a good base indication. I have set up a number with a carrier grade virtual fax device (no conversion back to POTS on my side). The number as well as received faxes can be seen here: https://cable.ayra.ch/fax/

BBS

I've set up a BBS on a Windows XP machine. First I thought I code it myself but then I remembered that there is something that's almost a double-click-and-go solution, so I've set it up.
Note that this system is mostly not monitored. Don't expect a lot from it. You can log in using the name "Guest". It will ask you a few questions which are up to you to answer truthfully or not, but there doesn't seems to be a way to disable them. The system supports file transfer over telnet via (XYZ)MODEM protocols, so feel free to go nuts with it.
Good luck
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[Release] WatchOS 5.2 is out!
9rzagk in apple on 28 Oct 18 (1pts):
[Mac] I found a Macintosh LC in school!
9hk3oq in kde on 20 Sep 18 (0pts):
[Help] Black Screen After Reboot
87f2w4 in jailbreak on 27 Mar 18 (141pts):
[Release] GPU Performance Flex Patch for iOS 11.1.2
87eyje in flextweak on 27 Mar 18 (3pts):
[Release] GPU Performance Patch for iOS 11.1.2
7tyzhy in Flightbase on 30 Jan 18 (3pts):
[Bug] When sound is on in app, music stops playing
5r48uh in jailbreak on 30 Jan 17 (0pts):
[Question] Does anyone have problems with Touch ID when jail broken in beta 7?
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Comments:

f0zsj6r in apple on 21 Sep 19 (1pts):
Damn that's cool!
eyntnxx in Xiaomi on 31 Aug 19 (1pts):
Go to developer options and turn off miui optimizations at the very bottom.
evzpz1d in Xiaomi on 05 Aug 19 (1pts):
Try signing up from a different device
erhdrgc in watchOSBeta on 18 Jun 19 (1pts):
Try updating using the settings app in the Apple Watch
ena19wv in iOSthemes on 13 May 19 (1pts):
Tweak List:
XenHTML
XenInfo
Moveable9
Sylph Artsy
SnowBoard
Widgets:
LS EW.Legacy
Theme:
Limelight
Wallpaper:
LS: https://imgur.com/k8XRYop
HS: https://imgur.com/1hTW0PF
em3x0eq in jailbreak on 30 Apr 19 (1pts):
Yeah their server seems to be down at the moment.
ekoc01f in Dell on 12 Apr 19 (1pts):
go to this link and download an older version of intel drivers....
ek6lptv in jailbreak on 05 Apr 19 (1pts):
For me it's not reboots but random resprings. I'm on Unc0ver b46
eiofxdq in MTB on 16 Mar 19 (1pts):
GT bikes
ehvrjaq in jailbreak on 06 Mar 19 (1pts):
Nice!
ehux1jd in jailbreak on 05 Mar 19 (1pts):
That would be great!
ehr0nq0 in jailbreak on 04 Mar 19 (1pts):
It just got updated for initial iOS 12 support.
ebge5cm in AppleWatch on 09 Dec 18 (2pts):
I see. Thanks for explaining it to me.
ebgbq64 in AppleWatch on 09 Dec 18 (-2pts):
Then why does it say iPhone OS 11_3 and not iPhone OS 12_1 for example
ebg9gs4 in AppleWatch on 09 Dec 18 (-10pts):
That’s why I’m asking. I don’t understand what you mean.
ebg8caq in AppleWatch on 09 Dec 18 (-24pts):
So ur saying that the iOS 11.3 webkit has the same security vulnerabilities as iOS 12 webkit since they are the same WebKit version?
ebg04ja in AppleWatch on 09 Dec 18 (-76pts):
It may be the same webkit version but that doesn't mean it has the same security updates.
ebfqe5w in AppleWatch on 09 Dec 18 (30pts):
You can send yourself a link through iMessage.
ebfp0r6 in AppleWatch on 09 Dec 18 (-26pts):
This is a security risk with WebKit iOS 11.3
This is the security content of iOS 11.3.1:
https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT208743
e8kr86s in ios on 28 Oct 18 (1pts):
Never experienced it on iOS 12.0. Never updated to iOS 12.0.1.
e7q8nzj in AskReddit on 14 Oct 18 (1pts):
World peace
e7hwewq in Piracy on 10 Oct 18 (5pts):
This works for me https://thepiratebay3.org/
e6owczf in kde on 26 Sep 18 (1pts):
No problem
e6ow7hx in kde on 26 Sep 18 (1pts):
I sent it thru chat
e6ow45x in kde on 26 Sep 18 (1pts):
That’s weird
e6ow1e9 in kde on 26 Sep 18 (1pts):
I sent it thru messages
e6omei3 in kde on 26 Sep 18 (1pts):
Yeah sure
e6odjwp in kde on 26 Sep 18 (1pts):
Yes I do
e6hzkpa in linux on 23 Sep 18 (32pts):

Improvements

  • Added State Cache (details below).
  • Direct3D Feature Level 11_1 is now supported.
  • Minor overall reduction of CPU overhead.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed crashes on some APU...
e69fgg2 in kde on 19 Sep 18 (1pts):
Use xanmod it's always getting updated xanmod.org
e69ex7c in kde on 19 Sep 18 (1pts):
I like it!
e648auv in kde on 17 Sep 18 (1pts):
I just install it straight from Steam's website. No problems whatsoever
e2cj3hh in mildlyinfuriating on 13 Jul 18 (1pts):
assholedesign
e0vfhrx in PUBGMobile on 18 Jun 18 (0pts):
iPhone 6s+
e0u83m8 in Twitter on 17 Jun 18 (2pts):
No problem. Glad I could help!
e0u7rzm in Twitter on 17 Jun 18 (2pts):
U can download periscope and sign in to Twitter there. Then go back to Twitter and ur account should be logged in.
e0soulh in iOSBeta on 17 Jun 18 (2pts):
Yeah happens to me when I’m playing PUBG Mobile. WiFi keeps cutting out, it’s getting very annoying.
e0ao8q3 in iOSBeta on 07 Jun 18 (1pts):
If I remove other stock apps they would disappear from Siri & Search
e08zq0z in iOSBeta on 07 Jun 18 (5pts):
Just looking for bugs 😂
e0029mo in PUBGMobile on 02 Jun 18 (2pts):
Might as well carry them all...
https://i.imgur.com/I50GDhC.jpg
dzcjchc in jailbreak on 21 May 18 (2pts):
Doesn’t work for me either. I’m using the Spotify Beta v8.4.51
dyyw4df in ASUS on 14 May 18 (1pts):
Np!
dyxnidc in ASUS on 14 May 18 (1pts):
No the Coffee Lake cpus are the newest
dyx8zf2 in ASUS on 13 May 18 (1pts):
The UX430UN has the Intel Kaby Lake cpus while the UX430UNR has the Intel Coffee Lake cpus.
dyh3480 in ios on 05 May 18 (1pts):
My system is 9.44GB on my iPhone 6S+
dya3i6l in jailbreak on 01 May 18 (1pts):
Sparon.ml/repo/
Tweak name is Spotify New UI Enabler
dya0zd8 in jailbreak on 01 May 18 (1pts):
Thanks for the tweak! One issue I found was that the pause and play button is not visible when using it with Spotify new UI changer. https://i.imgur.com/jWHlqF9.jpg
dy1aiv7 in PUBGMobile on 27 Apr 18 (1pts):
Oh boy...
dy1ae1l in PUBGMobile on 27 Apr 18 (1pts):
This is an amazing idea!
dxwrcc8 in jailbreak on 24 Apr 18 (1pts):
I don't see it
dxsezc9 in PUBGMobile on 22 Apr 18 (3pts):
if you use an iphone make sure the ringer on the side is switched to ring instead of silent
dxscblg in PUBGMobile on 22 Apr 18 (3pts):
Same here!
dxorl0y in PUBGMobile on 20 Apr 18 (2pts):
Can't wait for this!
dwsh5fo in iOSthemes on 04 Apr 18 (1pts):
Np!
dwsh0f9 in iOSthemes on 04 Apr 18 (1pts):
http://evelyn-ynam.yourepo.com/
dwreqds in iOSthemes on 03 Apr 18 (2pts):
Tweaks:
XenHTML
LS EW197_(N)
dwp57lr in jailbreak on 02 Apr 18 (1pts):
It works on my iPhone 6S+ on iOS 11.1.2 at 5%
dwp3zyf in jailbreak on 02 Apr 18 (1pts):
Works for me too on iPhone 6S+ iOS 11.1.2 @ 5%
dwjn6rt in iOSthemes on 30 Mar 18 (1pts):
Np!
dwjn2hx in iOSthemes on 30 Mar 18 (1pts):
https://reddit.com/iOSthemes/comments/885u3c/_/dwimd4t/?context=1
dwjgcty in iOSthemes on 30 Mar 18 (2pts):
Thanks bro!
dwjb3yf in iOSthemes on 30 Mar 18 (3pts):
Tweaks I used: Lockscreen:
  • SimpleLSiOS10
  • Springplus: Hide page dots, disable camera, and hide padlock/ unlock text
Homescreen:
  • Iconoclasm with custom layout
  • Aneinfo
  • Anemone - Theme:...
dwj2lfz in iOSthemes on 30 Mar 18 (1pts):
Ah I see, thanks!
dwia9mu in iOSthemes on 30 Mar 18 (1pts):
How did u get ur lockscreen clock to look like that?
dwhsqrl in iOSthemes on 29 Mar 18 (1pts):
Not sure if iwidgets work on iOS 11.1.2
dw9a25b in apolloapp on 25 Mar 18 (1pts):
I see. Thanks for the quick reply!
dw99sjd in apolloapp on 25 Mar 18 (1pts):
For me it only happens when I’m on a slow wifi connection. Other than that it works fine.
dw99l0l in apolloapp on 25 Mar 18 (1pts):
Don’t think the Reddit age is correct on Apollo
https://imgur.com/a/SFLxT/
dw995g3 in iOSthemes on 25 Mar 18 (1pts):
My battery is badly calibrated so it’s actually at 20% instead of 1%. Need to buy a new battery...
dw9940u in iOSthemes on 25 Mar 18 (1pts):
https://i.imgur.com/jXbbu4x.jpg
dw993mi in iOSthemes on 25 Mar 18 (1pts):
https://i.imgur.com/Bl7wLXG.jpg
dw991gk in iOSthemes on 25 Mar 18 (1pts):
Have the stock weather app installed and enable the location services on always
dw8jo4x in iOSthemes on 25 Mar 18 (1pts):
Tweaks I Used
Lockscreen:
  • SimpleLSios10
  • Springplus ; Hide page dots, disable camera, and hide padlock/ unlock text
HomeScreen:
  • Iconoclasm with custom...
dw8akz8 in WeatherKit on 24 Mar 18 (1pts):
Yes it’s jailbroken
dw899pq in WeatherKit on 24 Mar 18 (1pts):
No only this one time. But the second time I opened the app it showed me that I don’t have my location services enabled even though I did. (Pic 1) The third time I opened the app and swiped up it...
dw4ef52 in jailbreak on 22 Mar 18 (1pts):
Press cancel and refresh ur repos in the sources tab
dv9lqn4 in jailbreak on 06 Mar 18 (1pts):
Just wait for a minute or so when u see that. It should finish up and then go back I the sources tab and reload it
dv702of in AndroidMasterRace on 05 Mar 18 (1pts):
No problem!
dv6zqc6 in jailbreak on 05 Mar 18 (1pts):
I used futurerestore to restore my phone

Submissions:

e18567 in ShadowBanned on 25 Nov 19 (1pts):
Am I shadowbanned?
b6ajig in AppleWatch on 27 Mar 19 (0pts):
[Release] WatchOS 5.2 is out!
9rzagk in apple on 28 Oct 18 (1pts):
[Mac] I found a Macintosh LC in school!
9hk3oq in kde on 20 Sep 18 (0pts):
[Help] Black Screen After Reboot
87f2w4 in jailbreak on 27 Mar 18 (141pts):
[Release] GPU Performance Flex Patch for iOS 11.1.2
87eyje in flextweak on 27 Mar 18 (3pts):
[Release] GPU Performance Patch for iOS 11.1.2
7tyzhy in Flightbase on 30 Jan 18 (3pts):
[Bug] When sound is on in app, music stops playing
5r48uh in jailbreak on 30 Jan 17 (0pts):
[Question] Does anyone have problems with Touch ID when jail broken in beta 7?
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2020.05.11 07:34 removalbot 05-11 05:34 - 'If getting 63% more punishment for the same crime because of gender, / [[link]] / Then yes **men** are privileged gender. / If my consent is not even considered. Forced to penetrate is not even considered rape. / [[link]]...' by /u/NibbaFromQuora removed from /r/india within 11-21min

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If getting 63% more punishment for the same crime because of gender,
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Then yes men are privileged gender.
If my consent is not even considered. Forced to penetrate is not even considered rape.
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Then yes men are privileged gender.
If on an average I live 5 years less than the opposite gender
[[link]8
Then yes men are privileged gender.
If I AM 10 times more likely to be killed at work than the opposite gender
[[link]9
Then yes men are privileged gender.
If I am 99 times more likely to die during a war than the opposite gender
Then yes men are privileged gender.
If I am twice more susceptible to suicide than the opposite gender
Then yes men are privileged gender.
If My health research funding is 1/4th of the opposite gender
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Then yes men are privileged gender.
But then again those points will make no sense to you Because a woman is more prone to online troll. That ought to over balance everything.
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2020.05.07 16:10 LundgrensFrontKick Using clues from the 2010 film MacGruber, I created a MacGruber timeline and figured out that he was 54 years old in the movie, and had 416 receiving yards while playing football at the University of Texas, El Paso

Using clues from the 2010 film MacGruber, I created a MacGruber timeline and figured out that he was 54 years old in the movie, and had 416 receiving yards while playing football at the University of Texas, El Paso
I’m a big fan of the movie MacGruber, it’s incredibly profane, always funny, and it doesn’t make anything easy for audiences (think MacGruber’s speech about stealing Casey from Cunth). One of my favorite moments is when Lt. Dixon Piper breaks down MacGruber’s military achievements. Here’s what he has to say: (clip here)
“The Legendary MacGruber. Former Navy SEAL, Army Ranger and Green Beret. Served six tours in Desert Storm, four in Bosnia, three each in Angola, Somalia, Mozambique, Nicaragua and Sierra Leone. Recipient of sixteen Purple Hearts, three Congressional Medals of Honor, seven Presidential Medals of Bravery and starting tight end for the University of Texas, El Paso.”
After hearing about his war heroics, and learning he foiled an assassination attempt on Jimmy Carter in 1979, I became curious as to how old MacGruber actually was in the 2010 film. I started by researching the Saturday Night Live skits, that aired between 2007 and 2010. However, I quickly learned that they’re zero help because his age is all over the place, (44-50 in some skits) and according to the MacGyveMacGruber skit he was born in 1973. The year is problematic because in the 2010 movie timeline he foiled an assassination attempt on Jimmy Carter in 1979. This means if the timelines are combined, he was only six when he helped save Carter. Nope.
Here’s a document from the film that discusses his heroics in 1979 and proves the two timelines are different (this is insane….I know it).

https://preview.redd.it/as6umk91lcx41.png?width=703&format=png&auto=webp&s=5d4fc4cefd07ef11549a674abcc63c421bfc2b04
Based on the clues from historical data, UTEP sports records and the 2010 film, I’ve come up with a MacGruber timeline that suggests he was 54 years old in the 2010 film.
MacGruber TIMELINE
1956 – MacGruber is born – Parents unknown (his tombstone and passports says 1963, however, I think that's a classic MacGruber lie, the dude wasn't a Green Beret when he was 16)
1974 – Was recruited by UTEP to play Tight End. He had two receptions for 18 yards and a touchdown during his Freshman year.
*Based on the film’s timeline and UTEP records, the UTEP TE Dean Allcorn fits the dates perfectly. I’m using his stats.
1975 – Five receptions for 59 yards – He also bowls a 225 game at a local bowling alley.
1976 – 14 receptions for 256 yards and two touchdowns
1977 -Six receptions for 83 yards and two touchdowns. He is recruited by the Army after graduation, because they are impressed with his hand/eye coordination (E.G. beginning of throat rip training). He also breaks up Dieter Von Cunth and Casey Janine Fitzpatrick.
*I’m happy with this late 1970’s assumption because during the flashback scene in MacGruber, he is wearing a ringer T-shirt. They were immensely popular in the 70s.
1978 – Army Ranger Training – During his training, he learns that he hates guns. Normally, this would be an issue, however, his aptitude for remorseless killing and throat rips make him a valuable asset.
1979 – Foiled the Assassination of President Jimmy Carter in Israel (Carter did visit in 1979) – MacGruber foiled the terror plot and killed 200 in process. I’m guessing bombs and throat rips. In the report, he says “Bombs are super complicated."
just in case you missed the one above
https://preview.redd.it/jnpwfiq4lcx41.png?width=703&format=png&auto=webp&s=1677b9897a2368cef3aa2cf2d27d8df9fe5af26d
This is the video that shows the document about how he prevented an assassination attempt on Jimmy Carter in 1979
1979 – Green Beret Training (busy year for MacGruber) – He also meets Frank Korver for the first time
1980 – Two Tours in Nicaragua (received 3 Purple Heart Medals, One Congressional Medal of Honor, and a Presidential Medal of Bravery) – During the “Chattanooga Two-Step Mission” he saved most of a village and his fellow Berets when he throat ripped 27 soldiers during a 17-mile trek through the wilderness. He was shot twice (oddly, he didn’t mind the bullet wounds) during the trek
1981 – One Tour in Nicaragua (received 1 Purple Heart Medal) – He received the Purple Heart Medal when his homemade dynamite exploded early
1982 – Navy SEAL training
1983 – Missions in Israel, Canada(?), and Persian Gulf (Classified – I never heard back from Canadian sources)
1984 – Missions in Iran, Honduras, and Persian Gulf (Classified)
1985 – Missions in Iran and Libya (Classified)
1986 – Missions in Libya and Bolivia (Classified) – We do know he and Tut Beemer became friends during this time
1987 – Two tours in Mozambique (3 Purple Heart Medals and Presidential Medal of Bravery)
1988 – One tour in Mozambique (1 Purple Heart Medal) – During one particularly nasty throat rip, he poked himself in the eye and claimed he received the injury from his foe
1989 – Two tours in Somalia, One tour in Nicaragua – Vicky St. Elmo is shot during this Nicaragua tour
1990 – One Tour in Somalia (cut short), Two tours in Desert Storm (3 purple hearts) – During these tours he teams up with Vernon Freedom, Tug Phelps, Tanker Lutz and Brick Hughes

The Killer Stoppers
1991 – Four tours in Desert Storm (special military rules allowed the tours to be shorter than normal – first person to ever have this happen to) – (Two Congressional Medals of Honor, 3 Presidential Medals of Honor) – MacGruber was able to deactivate a scud missile and throat rip a famous sniper at the same time.
1992 – One tour in Bosnia (1 Purple Heart Medal), One tour in Somalia (Classified)
1993 – Two tours in Bosnia (One Presidential Medal of Honor) – The film Behind Enemy Lines was inspired by his missions here.
1994 – One tour in Angola (Classified)
1995 – One tour in Sierra Leone (2 Purple Heart Medals) – Deactivated two bombs at the same time. However, he missed the third bomb, which is why he received two Purple Heart Medals
1996 – One tour in Sierra Leone (2 Purple Heart Medals) – Same as above
1997 – One tour in Sierra Leone (One Presidential Medal of Honor) – This time he got to all three bombs.
1998 – One tour in Angola (Classified)
1999 – One tour in Angola (Classified, Redacted and Classified again…Something bad happened)
2000 – Retired – Marriage to Casey Fitzpatrick – Wedding Tragedy
2000-2010 – Isolation in Rio Bamba, Ecuador – Faked his death
2010 – BACK IN ACTION!!!!!!
There it is! MacGruber was 54 years old in the 2010 MacGruber. He also had a long and storied military career that left at least 7,000 dead (good and bad people).
If you like this random post, make sure to check out my other random data on Reddit.
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2020.05.04 10:08 Hitter420 Genbrug af onlineordre

Hej Reddit, håber der er nogen som kan hjælpe mig her.
Jeg bestilte d. 8/4 nogle høretelefoner fra Bose, som de lovede ville blive sendt inden for 2 dage. D. 27/4 ringer jeg til dem og spørger hvorfor de endnu ikke er sendt. De ville undersøge sagen.
D. 28/4 får jeg en mail om at ordren er annulleret pga. en fejl betalingen. Dette passer mig fint, da jeg har fundet nogle Jaybirds jeg hellere ville have.
d. 30/4 får jeg en mail om at de nu har faktureret og sendt en ny ordre til mig - helt uden om min accept, da jeg havde fået besked om at denne var annulleret.
Mit spørgsmål er så; Er dette overhovedet lovligt? De har taget betalingsoplysninger fra en annulleret ordre, og lavet en ny ordre. Hvem kan jeg kontakte? Politiet, forbrugerombudsmanden, Dronningen?! (/s)
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2020.03.24 20:45 Hitbgetemp Here's a list of just about every app I currently have installed. Hope you discover something new in this list !

List made using List My Apps
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2020.03.19 14:12 axilog14 An overthinker's list of Fjallraven Kanken alternatives

UPDATED AS OF MARCH 20
(I'd been composing this megalist since before the COVID-19 outbreak, but I figured now is as good a time as any.)
So for whatever reason the Fjallraven Kanken became one of those super-trendy Instagram-worthy bags. So trendy, in fact, that I'm now seeing tons of newer (and/or arguably better) bags with looks and features reminiscent of the Kanken. And because I've become fascinated with this fad in the last couple of months, I'm gonna try and list them all.
For arguments' sake, I tend to judge Kanken alternatives by some basic criteria:
These common features aside, the main selling points I see associated with the Kanken are its branding (the whole Swedish heritage thing), and environmentally-friendly marketing. If you set those two things (plus the Instagram reputation) aside, you'll find some more affordable, more functional, or (your mileage may vary) more interesting than the Kanken. Obviously if you want a nicer backpack that's not Kanken-esque, you can always go get a Herschel or Timbuk2 or something.
Anello classic backpack
Doughnut Macaroon
Jansport Marley
Parkland Remy
The North Face Tote Pack
Pacsafe Citysafe CX Antitheft Backpack
Patagonia Women's Tamangito 20L
Mystery Ranch Booty Bag and Lil Booty
Swissgear Artz Laptop Backpack, plus the Stealth version
Updated to add:
Danton Classic Backpack
Sherpani Dispatch
United by Blue Westward Convertible Tote Pack
Ikea Starttid and Pivring
Manhattan Portage Euclid (not quite as boxy-shaped but eh)
Lo and Sons Rowledge (generally more office-appropriate than other bags here)
Cath Kidston's frame backpacks
Herschel Travel Tote
Eastpak Padded Shop'r
Muji rucksack with adjustable handles
Day Owl Backpack
Mokuyobi Atlas
A DIY sewing pattern!
Hedgren Rubia
Rootote Ceoroo (see this thread for pics)
Delsey Montrouge Backpack
L.L. Bean Mountain Classic Cordura Totepack
March 20 update: This thread just keeps leading me down a rabbit hole of other interesting-looking backpacks, though they don't quite evoke the Kanken-ish vibe (A lot of more "standard" boxy backpacks and convertible totes here.) But what the hell, I wanna list them anyway!
Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole
Timbuk2 Convertible Backpack Tote and Jet Set Book Bag
Carhartt Hybrid Backpack
Manhattan Portage Black Label Chrystie Bag
Caraa Studio Bag
Big Bud Press Big Flap Backpack
RAINS Backpack and Mini
Travelon Antitheft Convertible Backpack and Urban Convertible Tote
A sidenote about Himawari: As far as I'm concerned, there are only two reasons to buy a Himawari bag:
  1. If you can't afford an Anello or a Doughnut Macaroon
  2. If you can't find a seller of either that ships to your area
I can't vouch for how sturdy they are long-term, but the way Himawari directly plagiarizes certain Anello/Doughnut designs to the letter is a bit offputting IMO. If you aren't really particular about branding though, it's worth a shot and just as functional. The Buttercup is pretty much a dead ringer for the Doughnut Macaroon, while the Holly, Cypress, Petunia, and Corey models are all variations on the classic Anello.
On a closing note, I personally own both an Anello and a Macaroon. The Anello's doctor's bag-style closure (the Pacsafe Citysafe CX uses it too) and the back zipper access are both nifty features. But tbh I'm a total Macaroon fangirl: waterproof fabric, sturdy construction, a ton of inner compartments. It's like the Kanken turned up to 11. If the regular model is too small for you though, I'd recommend sizing up to the large Cordura version (roughly 18L), though there aren't as many colors to choose from.
If there are any other Kanken-esque alternatives I missed, I'm open to adding more! A small caveat that I'm based in Southeast Asia, but tried to primarily find links for shipping to the US.
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2020.03.02 03:26 FermisFolly Pax Galactica - A Space Opera (Part 12)

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Chapter 32 - En Route
The Angel Baby had made it through the gate, and was still cruising through hyperspace, when they realized they had accidentally kidnapped the two Saturn Starlifting employees that they had... deliberately kidnapped. It was maybe 50/50 an intentional kidnapping. At least the part about taking them off the station.
"Oops," said Helios. She spun around in her chair to get a good look at them the moment she remembered they existed.
"We should probably wake them up," said Aranarth.
"Do you think that's safe?" asked Helios.
"No," replied Aranarth. "I think it's humane."
Helios sighed.
"I suppose you're right," she said. "Squires, you two remove the 'trodes from the... well they're not prisoners. Whoever they are. Our guests."
"You do your twin I've got whazzerface," said Ophelia.
It didn't matter to Decker so he went along with the plan. Both squires removed the 'trodes from their respective targets. Both began to stir immediately, struggling awake after being in an artificial dreamless sleep for so long.
Vega opened his eyes. He was staring straight up at Decker and into his own face. He screamed.
"It's fine, everything's fine," Decker reassured him. "It's just a disguise. I'm the guy from dinner. Remember my voice?"
Decker had already taken off the mental elements of his disguise, so his voice was back to normal, but his face was still a dead ringer for Vega's.
"I don't," said Vega, his face twisted in fright.
"What did you do to us? What's going on?" asked Wu, sitting up quickly, her voice cracking
"Don't try anything funny," said Helios. "We're inside a wormhole in a lighthugger with analog controls. I'm the only one here who can fly it and all four of us can manifest guns out of hyperspace if we want to. You are in the least advantageous position possible to try and want to overpower us and commandeer the ship."
"You're the space rangers!" announced Vega, also sitting up but more slowly.
"A.R.C. Rangers," Aranarth corrected him.
"Don't let Professor Dictionary over here lead you astray," said Helios, "we're exactly who you think we are."
"What are you going to do with us?" asked Wu.
"We didn't mean to kidnap you. Well, that is to say, we didn't mean to kidnap you this much," said Helios. "We never meant to take you off station with us. We're going to be on the net for a few jumps but then we're meeting up with a hyperspace capable ship at the Ross system. That's close to Alpha Centauri, as a 6d hyperdrive reckons things at least, so we can drop you off there. You'll be able to catch a ride back to Synergy Station from Centauri Ring."
"You're taking us to Centauri? Not to a prison or back to the station? By the bleeding wounds of Tellus... we're free?" asked Wu.
"Thank you so much!" said Vega.
"I thought I'd never leave that station. Never see a sky again."
"You were there against your will?" asked Aranarth.
"Not initially, but that's just to lure you in," explained Wu. "It's all a trick. They deliberately cultivate dependence on them until you have no resources of your own and before you know it you lack the means to leave or change your circumstances. You just stagnate there forever. They won't drag you back if you try to escape, but that doesn't help much when you're on a space station in the middle of an uninhabited star system with nothing to trade for passage. It's not like in the Cooperative, nobody there does anything for anyone without something in it for them."
"Why would you join a corporation in a society without money in the first place?" asked Decker.
"That's a simplistic question. Why would you join an army in a society without violence?"
"That's not entirely accurate..."
"Well, neither is your characterization of my choices," said Wu. "I thought it was something it wasn't. An opportunity. A chance to do something with immortality other than pursue empty hedonism until the end of time."
"I think I get it," said Decker.
"A lot of us were born to the life," added Vega. "Some even on the station. Most, probably, at this point. Although they're always recruiting."
"I'm glad we could help," said Helios. "We'll drop you off at Centauri and then you can do whatever you want from there."
"Thank you again," said Wu.
"I could never thank you enough if I lived until the heat death of the universe," added Vega.
"At least some good came out of all this," said Helios, spinning her chair back around to watch the controls again.
"You don't think they'll come looking for you?" asked Aranarth.
"Definitely not," replied Wu. "Wouldn't makes sense in a cost/benefit analysis."
"We're not that valuable," added Vega.
Once the trip was well under way and everyone was settled Aranarth signaled Decker directly.

said Decker.

said Decker.
replied Aranarth.


signaled Decker.
replied Aranarth.
Decker leaned back in his chair and closed his eyes. Immediately his Suit piped up.







Decker sighed.










thought Decker,
One seat up from Decker, in the pilot and co-pilots chair, Helios and Aranarth sat back watching the strange angles of hyperspace through the window-screens. The Angel Baby would remain on autopilot until they arrived at the other end of the wormhole.
"I warned you from the start it was 75% chance of failure," said Helios. "At least we tried."
"I'm not giving up that easily," replied Aranarth. "We'll try something else."
"Aranarth, enough. This is ego talking."
"This isn't ego this is the solution to the entire conflict. I'm so close."
"Your plan presupposes the Old Ones just roll over once we expose their scheme. What if they fight back? We're talking open war between two equivtech powers on those poor aliens' homeworlds. That's not what's best for these people."
"They would never risk war with humanity over something so small."
"You can't know that. And even if you did your time could be better spent elsewhere. Just come back with me to Home/Click--Click--Click-Click. We're advising the native life forms, giving them an edge in every way we can without directly involving ourselves in the conflict. We're helping them defend themselves. It's better for their cultural development. Do we really need another Xalax following us around like a little lost puppy?"
"I thought you believed in my plan."
"Oh honey, of course I didn't. I just knew that if there was going to be a firefight in the middle of Syngery Station I needed to be a part of it."
"That's just more of your big talk. I don't believe you mean that."
"Do you think we'll ever get aboard that station again any time this decade? It's over, Dane. Believe that. It's time to get back to the war."
Chapter 34 - War Room
After a long circuitous journey the Angel Baby was finally ferried back to The Ship With The Unnecessarily Long Name That All Kinds Of People Are Going To Be Inconvenienced By. The four rangers disembarked and Helios led them directly to an empty holo-room.
Decker would have liked to stop and get food, but he knew better than to voice this opinion. Hopefully they could grab something afterwards. He was getting sick of ship's rations.
All four implants immediately synced up with the room as soon as they walked in. Whatever information was presented would be automatically downloaded.
"This is the situation as it stands," Helios began.
A holographic representation of Home/Click--Click--Click-Click swirled into existence in the center of the room. The vaguely green-yellow tinted sphere had two visible continents: a large crescent shaped one that encompassed more than 80% of the total landmass, and a smaller more splatter shaped one to the north. The rest was greenish ocean.
As soon as it resolved a number of notes began to light up around the planet. They indicated that it was 1.2 gravities, had a local day of 32.5 hours, a 267 local-day year. It also listed all the gases that made up the atmosphere, with those toxic to humans lit up in red.
"As you can see it's not too bad as far as human habitability goes. The temperature is fine; the planet is easily within the star's Goldilocks zone. You'll need plugs but you could walk around unsuited if you really wanted to. I don't recommend it, however."
She continued.
"The gug-gug-gugs have occupied the smaller continent to the north."
It lit up in gug-gug-gug orange, and this orange spilled over onto a decent-sized section of the larger continent.
"They've used this as a staging ground for their invasion. They now hold a non-trivial portion of the main continent as well. The gug-gug-gugs dug in there hard back when they had orbital supremacy. Luckily that's not the case anymore. We nudged some of the native scientists in the right direction and now their surface-to-orbit defences are quite formidable. They'd be no use against an equivtech ship but against the gug-gug-gug lighthuggers they're more than adequate. The gug-gug-gugs don't exactly have any ships to spare so they're forced to stay out of range. The net result is no one controls orbit. Effectively this means what we have down on Home is a good old fashioned ground war."
The globe shrank away and a new hologram resolved in that space. It was an image of an alien with a plump worm-like body. Its face was a mass of tentacle-like sensory organs that constantly writhed and probed the air. It had no visible eyes. It had six short arms with eight long, five-jointed fingers arrayed out in a circle equidistant from one another. The hologram unfurled these fingers and then rolled them back up into tight fists over and over again.
"This is a bit of a problem for us due to the factionalization of the native species. There are actually two intelligent species native to Home/Click--Click--Click-Click, although to hear them tell it there are almost a hundred. For some reason the ground-dwelling species, which unhelpfully does not have a name for its entire species, considers each individual polity or tribe to be a separate species. They will not acknowledge any kinship with their fellows, science be damned. They hate each other as much if not more than they hate the gug-gug-gugs, so they have no coordination whatsoever."
The hologram changed into the image of another alien. This one resembled a small furry hand cloth suspended in cloudy liquid inside a transparent sphere. The sphere appeared to be hovering above the ground.
"The water dwellers, who do have a name they're called the Click-Click-*-Click-Click, at the least are more unified. But they're pathologically isolationist. They resist the gug-gug-gugs when they're attacked in their underwater cities but they will neither accept or give aid to anyone else. We're still attempting to establish relations but it has not been fruitful."
The alien shrank away and the image of the globe returned.
"This means our primary focus is on the land dwellers. what we're trying to do is influence all their individual disparate wars into a coherent overall strategy in spite of them. They have a serious numbers advantage and much more knowledge of the terrain. If they could just leverage their advantages..."
Helios made a disgusted noise.
"Now keep in mind both sides are jamming communications down there on all spectrums, so we're down to talking and sending messengers. Even when we can trick these sprellheads into working together without realizing it often we're not able to coordinate things in time. The fog of war here is thick. At least the gug-gug-gugs are in the same position."
"So how do we fit into all of this?" asked Aranarth, his arms crossed.
"Squire Annesdaughter and I have been active in the occupied lands, helping especially one land-dweller tribe that calls itself 'the Kinship'. They all have really unhelpfully vague names like that. In any event we're helping them resist the gug-gug-gugs and make sure they have to spend as many resources holding the territory they already have as they do invading new territory."
"Allegedly," added Ophelia. "It's more like we spend all our time scouting around the occupied lands."
"We do what's necessary," said Helios. "Hopefully Dane and his squire will be able to advise the Kinship and free us up to do what we do best. That's why our lodges work so well together."
"So really you want me to do your job for you while you play space ranger cowgirl," said Aranarth.
"No," Helios corrected him. "I want you to do your job that you should have been doing in the first place while I play space ranger cowgirl. You've been off doing your own thing for how long? At least as long as you've had your squire. It's time to be a team player Dane."
Aranarth put his hands up in surrender.
"Gods of Tellus, I was just teasing you. I think it's a good plan. I assume you'll be able to make the proper introductions for us with the Kinship?"
"You assume right," replied Helios.
"Let's not waste any more time. I'd like to get planet-side as soon as possible."
And just like that, Decker's dreams of a decent meal died in fire.
Chapter 34 - Mirages
Helios' Partisan-class Escort, The Cat's Pajamas, emerged from hyperspace as close to the planet Home/Click--Click--Click-Click as was safe. The tiny silver dot began to make its way towards the shimmering globe. The planet almost looked pretty from this high up.
It took about five standard minutes before the ship was caught by the passive sensors of the planetary defences. They came online immediately. The natives weren't in a position to identify friendly starships so they just shot at everything.
High-speed surface-to-orbit missiles began to slam into the defence field of the Cat's Pajamas. The primitive weapons barely coerced so much as orange sparks as they detonated. The ship was almost entirely unaffected.
Eventually the Cat's Pajamas broke into the atmosphere and the bombardment ceased. It came in for a landing in an area of yellow, rocky desert.
The four rangers emerged from the ship already suited up. Their backs bulged with packs of supplies and their cloaks draped behind them.
"You're just going to leave your ship out in the open like this?" asked Aranarth.
"Sure," replied Helios. "Why not? With the engines off and the cloak engaged it's basically a sensor ghost. Even if someone knew it was here somewhere looking for one Partisan on a planet is like looking for a needle in a haystack factory. Anyway if someone does find it it's programmed to flee into space. If that happens it'll come back once a week to meet up at pre-programmed rendezvous locations that are impossible to predict without the encrypted program in my implant."
"Oh," said Aranarth.
"Remember I've been doing this stuff for months while you were off doing who knows what," Helios teased. "We're not just hiding from the gug-gug-gugs or even the Old Ones down here. What we're really hiding from is the Parliament. I'm not too keen on the Successors of Inxon showing up in some kind of two dimensional triangle and blowing us all to theoretical particles. So, yeah, I've got it covered."
"I get it, I'm an idiot," said Aranarth.
"Well just as long as you get it."
With Helios leading the way the group began to trudge through the uneven desert towards a resistance safe house that she knew about. Usually higher gravity worlds like this made Decker feel sluggish but the suit compensated fantastically. He barely noticed the difference.
Helios parked her ship quite a ways away, so as not to give away the location of the safe house. It took the better part of the day for even the suited rangers to make their way there. By the time they arrived it was pitch dark.
The safe house was accessed by a hidden stairway covered with rocks. Helios moved these out of the way and then replaced them once the group had entered. Sometimes the low-tech solutions were the best ones.
Decker was shocked by how long the stairs were. The safe house needed to be quite deep underground to confound enemy sensors. There didn't seem to be any air shafts, apparently the alien air was replenished with a life support system of some kind. This deep underground it didn't really matter what kind of tech you ran, nobody was going to detect it without at a minimum 5d hyperspace sensors.
thought Decker,
replied the Suit, a note of pride obvious in its voiceless voice,
thought Decker.
Finally they came to the bottom of the staircase.
"Gimme a sec," said Helios, in front, "These people do love traps."
"Gee I wonder who taught them that?" Ophelia asked. Her tone gave away the answer.
Helios deftly disabled a few laser tripwires, a pressure sensor, and a magnetic trigger. She almost missed the last one. She felt a parent's pride swelling up in her chest. She really quite liked these people.
"Should be clear now," said Helios.
"Should be?" asked Aranarth.
"Nobody's perfect," replied Helios. "You go in first."
With Aranarth in front the rangers entered the simple high-ceilinged stone complex. It was designed for creatures non-trivially larger than humans which made them all feel small by comparison.
There were no decorations or flourishes here; everything was utilitarian. There was almost no furniture and even less technology.
There was also no one there.
"Sprell," said Helios. "I really had a feeling about this place. Well they have to be at one of the safe houses. Let's head to the next one."
The other three groaned.
"You mean you didn't know?" asked Decker.
"If the resistance was that easy to find they'd all be dead already," replied Helios. "Use your head."
Helios scratched a message into the wall in case anyone else came by. The group unpacked some of their supplies and had supper before they went back up the stairs. Helios replaced the traps behind them.
The group renewed their journey across the desert. They had to move in great sweeping arcs to avoid any of the population centers, which were firmly held by the gug-gug-gugs. Luckily these were scattered thinly across the desert so it was easy enough to move around them. Every now and then they saw smoke rising in the distance.
Helios held her hand out, indicating they should stop.
"Wait," she said. There was a beat of silence. "Does anyone else sense that? Five o'clock, about twenty clicks off. Disturbances in the sand without any detectable source. Like something cloaked is moving."
thought Decker.
replied the Suit.
"The Old Ones haven't provided the gug-gug-gugs with cloaking technology, have they?" asked Aranarth. "That would be tipping their hand a little too much."
"No," replied Helios, distantly, "no they haven't. So they've either changed their minds or..."
She didn't finish the sentence. Instead she motioned for the others to follower her. She led them around a large rocky outcropping to get out of sight.
"What would you wager with me that those aren't Old One battlesuits?" asked Helios. She was trying hard to suppress a smile, but not quite hard enough.
"You think the Old Ones would risking landing soldiers on the planet itself?" asked Aranarth.
"It's no more dangerous than supplying the gug-gug-gugs with cloaking technology, which is the only other viable theory. And the Old One leadership are many things, few of them nice, but they aren't stupid. If the gug-gug-gugs get caught with Old Ones cloaks that gets them in as much trouble as if they were caught on the planet itself. In for a day, in for a year."
"What do we do?" asked Decker.
"We wait to see if they noticed us," said Helios. "The last thing I want to do is lead actual Old Ones to a resistance safe house. If they have, we're going to have to fight them. If not we keep going."
"If we defeat them we might be able to acquire proof of their presence on this world," said Aranarth.
"Yeah," Helios agreed sarcastically, "and if they defeat us they'll have proof of our presence."
"It's still worth it," said Aranarth. "They're cloaked. It's a fluke that we found them this time. We might not get another chance."
"Well don't worry, we might not have a choice but to fight," said Helios. "Don't mistake stupidity for bravery, Dane. It would be pathologically reckless to intentionally attack when we don't even know how many there are."
"We could scout them first," offered Aranarth.
Helios wanted to lower her helmet and risk the atmosphere just so Aranarth could see the face she was making.
"What did you think my plan was?" she asked, incredulous. "It's going to be a lot easier to scout the Old Ones with a base of operations, don't you think? Some kind of house that we could hide out in, one that's safe?"
"If we lose them now what do you think the chances are that we'll find them again?"
"What's this 'we'? You didn't find anything I found them. And I'll do it again. That was the plan: you advise the resistance, I scout. I won't butt into your business you stay out of mine."
The two rangers stared at each other for a moment.
"Alright, I trust that you know what you're doing," said Aranarth.
The group waited to see what the Old Ones would do. Having a lock on their location made it much easier to scan for the subtle signs of their presence. They moved about inside a relatively small radius, disturbing sands with their AG modules. It was hard to guess how many of them there were but it wasn't a small number. The rangers were probably outnumbered.
The Old Ones were certainly up to something.
What's going on? wondered Decker, The Old Ones are notoriously risk averse. Why would they expose themselves this much just to annex a few piddly little planets on the edge of human space?
Decker wished he would see what was going on. All they had to go on was little clues in the sensor data, circumstantial evidence of the presence of something that was otherwise undetectable. It was like trying to follow an invisible man based on his footfalls on the grass.
They had no idea how many of them there were. It was impossible to tell if one or more had peeled off from the group to confront them. All they could do was wait and listen and sweat.
After several hours of tense waiting the Old Ones finally left the area of effect of the group's short range scanners. By this time it had grown dark.
"I think we're good," said Helios.
"If we could see them, why didn't they see us?" asked Ophelia.
"It's likely they were using their 5d sensors for something besides looking for enemies," replied Aranarth. "Our suits won't show up on anything else. I wonder what they were looking for?"
"Who knows," said Helios, dismissively. "Come on, we've got to get moving."
The rangers continued to make their way deeper into the desert.
Chapter 35 - Kinship
The rangers made it to the second safe house without any further sign of the Old Ones. This one was also deep underground, located under a particularly large rock which obscured the entrance. Someone wouldn't notice it from a distance, and it was cleverly disguised from most sensors as well.
It was necessary to get down on one's hands and knees and crawl inside the stairway. It was not designed for creatures that had to stand upright. Helios went in first, so she could disable the traps, and the others weren't far behind.
They found this safe house just as empty as the first one.
"How many of these are there?" asked Decker.
"Only about infinity," replied Ophelia. "It's ridiculous."
"It's prudent," Helios corrected her. "Neither of you two seem to realize that the longer it takes us to find these people the better. It means they're well hidden."
The group began to make their way back up the stairs. Suddenly Helios and Aranarth turned their heads at the same time.
"Did you catch that?" asked Aranarth.
"I did," said Helios. "See? I told you I'd find them."
They finished the ascent and squeezed out the exit.
Standing there waiting for them, naturally camouflaged in his native environment, was an 8-foot-tall member of the Kinship tribe. His long fingers were rolled into balls and his face tentacles partially retracted. This gave him a less distinctive silhouette.
"Ranger Helios. Squire Annesdaughter. I acknowledge your presence. What is the identity of the others?" he asked.
Luckily the rangers already had the local dialect of the Kinship language loaded up in their implants. It sounded a bit like someone trying to eat wet noodles a fast as possible without closing their mouths.
"This is Ranger Aranarth and his squire, Decker," replied Helios, indicating each man in turn.
"I am not familiar with them," stated the Kinsman.
"Ranger Aranarth is someone I've worked with extensively in the past. He might be even more useful to you than I am. I'd like to make introductions."
The alien turned to look at Aranarth. It was hard to read the expression of something so inhuman.
"Is this Aranarth one of the rangers who has been helping the others?" he spat this last word out like it was poison. There was no cultural barrier here.
"No," said Helios, patiently, "this is the first time he's even been to Home. He has been out in space trying to track down the source of the gug-gug-gug weapons until now."
"And the other one?"
"The other one is his squire, Hot-Sands, come on."
"If they are uncontaminated the possibility exists they may be granted audience. I will go report what I have learned. Do not attempt to follow me."
The Kinsman slithered off into the desert, quickly disappearing thanks to his camouflage.
"I'm guessing you taught them their security protocols?" asked Aranarth.
"I made some suggestions," admitted Helios, "but if they weren't already paranoid they wouldn't have made it this far. Come on, let's head back down into the safe house. He won't be back any time soon."
They headed back down the stairs and into the cool underground space. Taking advantage of the down time as best they could the group unpacked some supplies, ate, slept, and tried to recharge.
Decker had been on starships for so long lately he was getting used to bad food, but military rations half covered in sand were proving to be his least favorite of even that. He didn't end up eating much but he did manage a decent night's sleep.
Hot-Sands returned the next day.
"The Alpha has agreed to see you. Follow me. Take care not to be left behind."
Hot-Sands led the group back out of the safe house and through the desert. Another half day of travel ended with the group at the entrance to yet another safe house. It was dug out under a natural cave formation.
"This is a new one," observed Helios. "I never would have found it. Good job."
Down the stairs they went, and this time at the bottom they found the safe house bustling with activity. There were close to fifty aliens down here and they all looked busy. One of the Kinsmen appeared to have been waiting for the group. He immediately slithered over.
"Bright-Moon-Hills, you paranoid series of fluid filled bladders," Helios greeted him, "how did you manage to stay alive that long without me?"
"Ranger Helios. I observe you retain all your many negative characteristics," replied Bright-Moon-Hills.
"You're getting there. That was very close," said Helios.
Helios made fists and clapped them to each shoulder, then the sides of her abdomen, in as close an approximation of the Kinshipper sign of respect as was possible with human physiology. Bright-Moon-Hills appreciated the attempt. He returned with the proper form of the gesture: using his upper arms to clap his upper shoulders, and his lower arms to clap his lower shoulders at the same time.
"This is an old friend of mine, Ranger Aranarth," said Helios, indicating him with her hand. "His squire's name is Decker. They're going to take over from Annesdaughter and I as your advisers."
"Why is this?" asked Bright-Moon-Hills.
"We're playing to our strengths," said Helios. "I'm better used out in the field as a scout, Ranger Aranarth has more experience with military engagements. This is what we would have done from the beginning if Ranger Aranarth had been available. You're better off having a dedicated adviser rather than someone trying to do everything at once. Plus two heads are better than one. You've heard what I have to say about most of this stuff already."
"I comprehend your point," said Bright-Moon-Hills.
"My squire and I are going to spend the night here, but after that we're heading out. There's something we need to have a look at."
"What is that?"
"We think we detected some enemies out there. Not the gug-gug-gugs, our enemies. The Old Ones. The benefactors of the gug-gug-gugs. That's not good. We need to know for sure."
"You have been a worthy ally so far, and have worked hard to earn our trust. I grant you it now."
"I'm glad."
She turned to Aranarth.
"He's all yours Dane. Play nice boys." Then to Ophelia she added, "let's go get some sleep.
Bright-Moon-Hills led Aranarth and Decker further back into the safe house, to a secluded area full of alien computer terminals. Decker reasoned it was something of an office.
"You have been told of our conflict?" Bright-Moon-Hills asked.
"Broadly," said Aranarth. "Why don't you tell me what you think I need to know? The perspective of your people has been notably absent from my briefings."
"Our position is simple. We are fighting for our home and we will use whatever effective means we can find to do so. Even working with aliens."
Aranarth smiled behind his helmet.
"Well you've come to the right aliens."
I will keep posting this story in parts but if you're impatient the complete novel can already been found on my Wattpad.
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