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War explodes in, over, and around Anatae, as Lucifer joins the battle in his flagship, and the Onyx Soldiers and Charioce loyalists battle the alliance of demons, gods, and men. While these zoom-outs to the wider fighting certainly make for nice eye candy, what truly interested me was when they zoomed back in on the smaller, more intimate moments between various pairs of characters, be it Jeanne and Azazel, or Dias finding Alessand.

Alessand cries, begs for his life, and then stabs Dias when his guard is down, betraying him again. At that point, Dias is done with Al, except to drive a sword into him, but a little demon boy, who can see through Al’s forced smile, doesn’t fall for it, and kills him with a dagger.

After making the wrong choice to murder El in sight of a grander station, Al ended up slain by a small, frail, hungry child and died bleeding out in a dark alley. No songs will be sung of Alessand. But hey, he did get Nina into the palace, right?

Nina doesn’t understand Charioce one bit…but she sure wants to, and that means going to him once more, even if previous instances of doing so didn’t really turn out so well for her or anyone near her. Charioce waits on the top deck of aboard his flagship, surrounded by the Onyx Soldiers…who aren’t doing too hot.

Their bodies reach their absolute limit at just the wrong time: when their king needs them the most to protect him. But the combined force of Jeanne and Azazel proves too much for them, although not by much…if the Commander had had just a few more moments of life, he might’ve managed to stab Jeanne in the throat with a hidden blade.

Lucifer’s flagship, Bacchus’ wagon, and yes, an elevating bridge made out of zombies amassed by Rita bearing her and Kaisar, all descend on the same spot, where Charioce is about to be charged by Jeanne and Azazel. It’s Kaisar who makes it just in time to protect his king, and gets stabbed and impaled by their snakes and spear. Rita is beside herself, while Jeanne and Azazel are sheepish.

Charioce is shocked, but he shouldn’t be: Kaisar Lidfort is, and always has been, a true knight. If the world survives this latest attack from Bahamut, it will need more Kaisars, not more Charioces. A few Favaros wouldn’t hurt though…


Made in Abyss – 12

Sep. 22nd, 2017 06:05 pm
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This week, while waiting for Riko to heal, Nanachi teaches Reg the “true nature” of the abyss, calling it, essentially, a physical, if invisible, trap of barbs that are easy to descend through but quite difficult to ascend. The Abyss itself is both something that doesn’t want anything going in, but also won’t let anything that does get in get out easily, or without exacting a toll.

That toll would seem to extend all the way tot he surface, where lil’ Kiyui (Kiwi) has come down with an awful fever; a growing trend that is claiming lives. When Girou (Gilo) takes him off the island onto one of the ships of the “Caravan Fleet” docked there, he recovers immediately, without any medical treatment.

It would seem that all that was needed was to get further away from the Abyss.

And yet Riko, like her mother Lyza, her mentor Ouzen, and Nanachi and Mitty, couldn’t help but get closer and closer. The longing to reach thebottom of the netherworld and discover its secrets is far more agonizing than any trap, predator, poison, or curse. It’s a curse in and of itself; an infinitely seductive world beneath the surface, simultaneously beckoning and warning.

Good News: Mitty isn’t trying to eat Riko, she’s merely being friendly, and as Nanachi says, uncharacteristically “emotional” toward a visitor (though it’s doubtful they have many other visitors). She also points out Mitty was once a girl like Riko, then demonstrates to Reg how terrible her cooking ability is, prompting Reg to commit to cooking for RIko once she wakes up.

Meanwhile, Nanachi uses a thin, transparent “fog weave” to very effectively demonstrate the physical qualities of the Curse of Abyss; how it morphs to take the shape of whatever it covers, and the consequences of recklessly bursting through it.

Back in the hut, we’re “treated” to one of the more disturbing sequences in the show: Riko, covered in a fleshy film of her own, sits in the pitch black darkness but for a hole, through which Mitty’s eye peers. Riko peers back, and hears not the cooing and moaning of the present Mitty, but the more lucid cries of the girl Mitty once was. Chilling.

Continuing her lessons, Nanachi places a device in Reg’s helmet so she can communicate with him in real time from afar as he responds to a call for help from a Black Whistle, who then bristles when he sees a mere child has answered and begs him to flee.

Of course, Reg isn’t an ordinary kid, and he has a score to settle with this particular piercer, so with Nanachi’s aid he reaches out and grabs the curse, (which the piercer uses to predict the future with its red “nose”) and fires Incinerator at point-blank range, forcing the beast to shed 80% of its quills and withdraw.

Reg calmly asks the stunned Black Whistle to relay a message to Girou up at the Belchero Orphanage: “They are continuing their adventure.”

Even being almost killed won’t sate Riko’s longing to continue, and Reg knows that, so whenever she wakes up and is well and strong enough to do so, they’ll resume their descent. Reg, grateful for all of Nanachi’s help, asks if she’ll accompany him and Riko on their journey.

It’s not that Nanachi outright refuses their offer, but has a request of her own that is more pressing: she asks if Reg will kill Mitty for her. We heard through Riko the misery Mitty lives in each and every moment; almost gone but not gone enough for it to not matter.

Barring some kind of miracle that could save her, killing Mitty would seem to be a mercy; it’s just that after what happened with them and Bondrewed, Nanachi hasn’t been able to herself do what she know needed to be done. She hopes there’s enough emotional separation for Reg to do it instead.


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A reader writes:

I have a coworker who started a few months ago. He and I are responsible for similar types of projects, but we rarely collaborate because the projects don’t readily lend themselves to teamwork. Occasionally, we may consult each other if we hit a technical snag with the software.

For some reason, my boss has started pushing me to work more closely with him on my projects. However, I find his finished products to be subpar, and I wouldn’t want my name associated with his work. Other coworkers seek me out specifically to assist them, even when I’m slammed and he isn’t.

Do you have any thoughts on how I can 1) get my boss to stop pushing the point and 2) let her know that I prefer to stick to my way of doing things without disrespecting my coworker?

Also, why might a manager start insisting on collaboration out of the blue?

I answer this question over at Inc. today, where I’m revisiting letters that have been buried in the archives here from years ago (and sometimes updating/expanding my answers to them). You can read it here.

my boss wants me to collaborate with my awful coworker was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire is Live

Sep. 22nd, 2017 12:03 am
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The Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™ expansion is live! You can read the release notes here.

If you can’t play yet, check out the schedule to see which of our partners are streaming throughout the day.

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Preorder your very own plush choya at WeLoveFine! It’s considerably cuddlier than the real thing, and will warm your heart instead of destroying your property. The adorably round quaggan mug is also available for preorder, and Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire apparel is available for purchase.

As you explore, consider adding your discoveries to the official wiki to help out your fellow players.

We’ll meet you in Amnoon!

The Path to the Desert, in Numbers

Sep. 22nd, 2017 12:02 am
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Posted by The Guild Wars 2 Team

As we launch Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™, we’d like to thank all Guild Wars 2 fans for your support, enthusiasm, creativity, and community spirit. It’s been five years and counting since the first heroes set foot in Tyria during our 2012 launch, and we’re excited to play alongside you as you venture into the Crystal Desert and Elona.

To mark the occasion, we’ve put together some fun numbers to illustrate the path players have taken through the world of Guild Wars 2. We’re honored to have come so far on this journey with you—and the future is looking bright!

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Hey, you. Whatever thankless task Kiel’s foisted on you, it can wait until after you stock up. And don’t get cocky out there in the desert—nobody can admire your fashion sense while you’re sinking in quicksand.

  • Black Lion Chest Update

    Take a look inside a Black Lion Chest and see what’s new…or I could just tell you, I guess. You’ve got a chance to find a Hydra Staff, a Jackal Pup Backpack, and Golden Black Lion Chest Keys. Open a chest with one of those special keys, and you’re guaranteed to get an uncommon or better item. Every chest contains a Mini Green Raptor Hatchling—combine them with Unidentified Dyes in the Mystic Forge to collect raptors of a different color.

  • War God's Weapon Collection

    An elementalist gave me an idea. Why not hit Balthazar with his own fires? That’s speaking my language, so I’ve commissioned some weapons based on what I’ve chosen to believe are eyewitness descriptions of the war god. Trade in Black Lion Claim Tickets at your local Black Lion Weapons Specialist and collect the whole set.

  • Forged Outfit

    Perfect for you hotheads out there. I can’t promise that you’ll blend in seamlessly with Balthazar’s troops when you’re on reconnaissance, but don’t be surprised if someone throws a bucket of water at you.

  • New Hair and Accessory Colors

    Whether you’re trying to blend in or stand out, these six new desert themed shades have you covered. Update your look with a Total Makeover Kit or Self-Style Hair Kit.

  • Elonian Introductory Package and Shared Inventory Slot Increase

    Get a head start on your desert excursion with this package, which includes a 20 slot Black Lion Satchel, 5 Black Lion Chest Keys, a Black Lion Sample Pack, 5 Heroic Boosters, and a Desert Explorer Kit. I’m also increasing the number of Shared Inventory Slots you can unlock by three.

  • Returning Items

    I’m bringing back the Dynamics Exo-Suit Appearance Pack, Golden Feather Wings Glider Combo, Magic Carpet Glider Combo, and Outlaw Appearance Pack. The Scientific weapon set is also back for a limited time, so you budding holosmiths should jump on that. I’ve even updated the Guaranteed Wardrobe Unlock, because it makes good tactical sense to have options.

  • Available Now in the Gem Store!

    Log into Guild Wars 2 and press 'O' to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!

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This morning I met up with boss3 to do a site visit at a conference space in the Empire State Building and gosh, it was a beautiful room. I say site visit like the meeting is not actually taking place there next week (it is); it was more to introduce me to the staff on site since boss3 will be away and I will be staffing the meeting. Just like my meeting planner days! Now I have to put together the BEOs for the caterer etc. It's so fun! If I only ever had to do meetings in NYC, I would go back to meeting planning. It was the travel that killed me. Among other things. (uh, the building on my icon is the Chrysler Building, but you get the idea.)

I hadn't been to the Empire State Building since I was a kid, and [tumblr.com profile] angelgazing was like, "Why even live in NYC if you don't go to the attractions?" and I was like, "I've never even been to the Statue of Liberty." *hands* Generally speaking, the thought of masses of tourists repels more than the attractions attract. Unless someone from out of town wants to go, I generally don't do those kinds of things, though they are always fun when I do.

Anyway. The Good Place had its season 2 premiere Wednesday night, but it started at 10 pm and when I saw that I was like, "oh hell no!" I am not cut out for 10 pm shows anymore. So I set the DVR and watched it last night.

Spoilers from here on out! Please don't read if you haven't watched. It's a show that works best unspoiled the first time around! spoilers for all of s1 and the s2 premiere )

[personal profile] rachelmanija has a much more thoughtful post here.

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Sep. 22nd, 2017 03:00 pm
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It’s the Friday open thread! The comment section on this post is open for discussion with other readers on anything work-related that you want to talk about. If you want an answer from me, emailing me is still your best bet*, but this is a chance to talk to other readers.

* If you submitted a question to me recently, please don’t repost it here, as it may be in the to-be-answered queue :)

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