Adalfyre had some bills come up earlier than expected, and had to open emergency commissions, so I hopped on that to help and snag another picture in the process. At the time, I didn’t have anything in specific in mind apart from the general pose, and she produced the above very nice pic.
Since then however, the more I’ve looked at it, the more I’ve got feelings of serenity and passing on from it. The best way I can describe the imagery it’s evoking now is it’s like a spirit form of myself is pausing in the fields of green to take one last look back at life/mortality, before moving onto whatever awaits me next. There’s no one thing I can point to, but it’s some combination of all the individual elements that combine to give this impression of an aged (fox)dragon passing into the Light.
It’s all completely unintentional, but it works so perfectly that it may as well have been planned that way.
When my life does eventually end, this is how I hope it goes. A peaceful passing, pausing one last time to look back at all I have done and seen; one last view of the mortal world as my spirit and soul takes its true shape and reunites in Heaven with my friends and loved ones that had gone before me.
Yes, I said Heaven. What’s wrong with believing in the trinity and believing in my own draconity at the same time? There’s nothing that contradicts the two, as far as I’m concerned. If God wished to put the soul of a dragon in the body of a human, I’m sure He has his reasons, even if we are unable to comprehend them ourselves at this time.
Before anyone start throwing Bible quotes around, let me remind them that the current English versions of the Bible are a translation of a translation, with potentially even more changes on top of that. Take an English text, translate it through German and Japanese and then back to English, and see how accurate it is. In fact, there’s even one obvious example: “Thou shalt not kill.” The word that “kill” was translated from apparently, if properly translated according to our current understanding, is actually “murder.”
There’s also all the people who mouth Jesus’s commandment to “love one another as yourselves” and all the times he preached similar messages, then turn around and use his name to preach hate against others.
Should I add that a lot of the current imagery of Heaven actually comes from Dante’s Inferno and similar works, and never actually from any version of the Bible?
But that’s all a topic for another time. The other thing I was wanting to cover is something completely different, and it’s not a man with three buttocks.
Last night, my raid group and I finally got our next Heroic boss down in SOO in WoW! We’d finally gotten to work on it in earnest this week and last, and we ended up switching to a single-heals strategy which was what netted us the kill. Tuesday, we were getting him to 10% before the wipe. Last night, we got him to 1% and 3%, then finally got the kill.
I have to tell you, after working on that boss a while, there was definitely an adrenaline rush when we got him close, hoping and praying internally for the kill. That’s part of what raiding is all about – those edge kills in progression, busting your butt to clean up the strategy and play and push those last few centimeters for that first kill.
When we were getting close, I starting to feel a bit worn, so I decided to throw on a little music to help, and funnily enough, the two songs worked out almost perfectly in theme and fight length. Just Live More, the op to Kamen Rider Gaim, and Eternal Saint from Saint Seiya Omega.
If I start the first song during the pull countdown, the main music kicks in a few seconds into the pull. The time when stuff just starts getting busy coincides with the lyric “It’s survival, you got to move” which describes that fight to a T. Then that wraps up and segues into Eternal Saint when things are starting to get heavy. That one is all instrumental, so there’s no lyrics to potentially distract you, while it swells up all orchestral and inspirational, and it was fairly close to wrapping up at the moment of the kill. It just felt like a perfect match.
As for the loot? Nothing dropped for priests and my coin roll was gold. But like another raid member said, “I ain’t even mad.” If we did it once, we’ll do it again, and there’s plenty more bosses waiting to have their faces melted.