The ships that appear are huge, probably built in space, made for aesthetic sensibilities not as alien as they could have been. On board they start checking whether the system is a template.
He puts his everything down and puts on his very best 'appeasing cleans who are shouting abuse' face.
"Take a look." He has a picture to show Nelen and it’s - well, it doesn’t look like the human in the picture was having a good day, or would ever have another good day again.
"Under what circumstances do you think someone might deserve that."
Oh fuck is this a trick question. What are you supposed to say to cleans asking you trick questions. "I can't imagine, sir!"
The sound this person makes queers the laughing/snarling binary.
"What do you think of someone who says 'I hate you and I'm better than you and want to destroy everything you love and let you have children only so that I can convince them to hate you and watch your heart break, and the only way you can ever get back at me is to do this to someone else. Promise I really do care and really will mind.' and then, having the ability to go anywhere, and the ability to heal all wounds, doesn't ever happen to find the time to save the victim? Do you think that someone who does that is one of the most deserving people in hundreds of worlds? Do you think that person is trustworthy?"
"Sir I don't understand!!"
He smacks the window. "Answer my fucking question, asshole."
"Sir, I don't understand," Nelen repeats, flinging himself on the floor prostrate.
This guy takes a picture of Nelen groveling.
"Scared if you say anything else I'll challenge you? All you have to say is 'no, that's not one of the top ten thousand most moral people on all the planets in in all the galaxies.' What is so fucking hard about saying that goading people into torturing innocents doesn't make you an examplar of virtue who deserves absolute power over the rest of us?"
"That is not one of the top ten thousand most moral people on all the planets in in all the galaxies! Sir!"
"...Yeah." Sigh. "Don't ever try to be an important person unless you grow the fuck up and stop being... awful. You're an awful person. At least you aren't pretending you're not."
"You're a pathetic coward and I bet your alt is too. Quite frankly I think we should just send you back and let you die fighting the rest of your fucking rainbow. You bring shame to your fucking hair color."
That one doesn't obviously call for a response? As far as he can tell?
"You're less deserving of freedom than him."
He's getting quieter.
Nelen holds mostly pretty still on the floor except for some trembling which he hopes is appeasing.
"How the fuck does someone like you end up believing they could be a diplomat."
He barely sounds angry, at this point. Mostly just sad and tired.
"I don't know sir."
"I think maybe I do. All the rainbow idiots telling you what’s wrong with you is that you can’t possibly have any virtues because they’re squeamish about your hair, all the other reds being brave enough to fight to the death for their families and probably fine people... and you’re a coward without any principles but how would you ever realize it was true if everyone who said so said it was because of your hair. It’s not because of your hair."
"As you say sir."
He makes a disgusted noise. "Vanda Nossëo had their pick of dead red rioters, but they would rather a spineless piece of garbage. They don't have real tests of character, you know. They have tests of stubbornness and if you don't bow you can't have anything nice. They're only pretending to be better than us. Guess the thing where if you think you can get away with it you're awful to everyone weaker than you is just - I guess they couldn't be choosy, picking out people as pathetic and slavish as you."
Meanwhile Inanna is reading Nelen's blog. Actually both Nelens' blogs. Were they actually ever identical? What did Utopia blog about when his world made first contact? What if anything does he blog about now?
Parallels between Sasa Peshi roles [twelve gifs]
Anonymous asked: Are you REALLY red
blazar answered: Yes.
Anonymous asked: why though
blazar answered: I always have been.
>>The Tapap translation of Sixth Moon is actually better than the Cenemi original. Cavashera is a really mediocre lyricist - that's why Sixth Moon is so much less successful than everything he wrote with Lerkal on the book - but the translation team, Syllabest, is phenomenal (they also did Catch My Cloud, Seven Seasons in Saffa, etc.) I don't even speak Tapap but I can hear all the consonance and rhyme scheme is really tight.
>Yeah but that's at the cost of being really insipid. For a native Tapap speaker there's no couplet more cliched and tired than "living on the moon / hoping for tomorrow". "Moon" with "hope" is the cheapest rhyme in the entire language. And it's like that all the way through.
Is there a sample of the Tapap version available anywhere for free?
Costume stills from the bootleg Living With Chash. I've attempted color correction but can send the original screenshots to anyone who'd like to try it for themselves, I don't have specialty software.
Anon asked: DNI ewwwww!
blazar answered: This site doesn't have good DNI enforecement tools, but I think if you block me you shouldn't notice my account popping up anywhere it will bother you.
Today is a "listening to Fifteen Griefs on loop" day and I'm not even seven yet.
Noni Sal's cover of "Past the Glass" is... maybe even better than the original. I wonder if she'll ever be cast in a production or if she doesn't want to act on top of singing.