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  1. Oh, I'm listening to Super Robot Wars OG soundtracks. I own both of them. 8D
  2. I find it easier and more fun to hunt when I'm listening to music. Maybe it's just me. And no, I haven't caught anything yet, either. ...I'm hoping to get two of one breed so I can trade the second one for one of the other breed. ;P
  3. This probably doesn't mean a thing to anybody, but I noticed four of the Pokémon names in the "Pokemon Invasion" list are misspelled. ;P Gyrados -> Gyarados, Onyx -> Onix, Wobbafet -> Wobbuffet, Ghastly -> Gastly ...Onyx and Ghastly are really common misspellings. I see them EVERYWHERE.
  4. Hello. I thought about requesting for a few art pieces - they don't have anything to do with DragCave itself, but hopefully that's all right. They're all from two different fandoms... Future GPX Cyber Formula I would love some art based on a fanfic scene of mine - it's supposed to be my favorite canon character Edelhi Bootsvorz and my OC Elena Vasilyeva having an emotional moment. If you're interested (and want references and a more detailed explanation), poke me through PM. This is Bootsvorz, by the way - he might be quite a challenge to draw due to his mechanical eye and arm. Another fanfic scene involves my OC Charlie crying while his head is on my other OC Claude's lap (...just for the record, Claude is a girl). The reason for this is that he's had a concussion from a racing accident and the crying is one of the symptoms (he's just been pulled out of his car by his manager and Claude and he simply breaks down while lying on the grass). I can give you references through PM. A third scene has my OC Conrad being piggybacked by another OC Johan, and falling asleep. Conrad goes through Guillain-Barré at one point and is paralyzed from the neck down - he recuperates over a three-year period and eventually recovers enough to walk with crutches. When he walks outside with Johan one day, he gets so tired and exhausted that Johan forces him to ride piggyback and he eventually falls asleep against Johan's back. Saint Seiya My OC, a villain called Manticore Asad, walking out of shadows (while looking creepy) as a manticore tail hovers behind his head. Possibly with some blood on him, as he's a sociopath. References through PM again. Another Saint Seiya OC, Dhampir Arthur, without his eyepatch. His eye has been scarred shut, kind of like that of Matt from Dramacon. And again, I can give you Arthur's reference and pics of Matt (to get the eye right) through PM.
  5. Book Number: 1 Number Of Pages: 262 Book Title: Pawn of Prophecy, Book One of the Belgariad Author: David Eddings Summary: A farmboy called Garion is pulled into an adventure alongside his aunt Polgara, best friend Durnik, an old storyteller named Mister Wolf and a cast of other assorted characters. As he finds out the true identities of Aunt Pol and Mister Wolf, he realizes he's been kept in the dark about some very important matters all his life. Everyone he travels with turns out to be more than meets the eye. Rating: 9/10 Review: David Eddings is my favorite author - I love all his books and started with the fifth book of the Malloreon 13 years ago. I took up Pawn of Prophecy after that and have been re-reading it ever since - however, this is my first time reading it in English. Dave's witty humor is really very endearing... think I'll take up the second volume next.
  6. Hm. Well, David Eddings' Belgariad and Malloreon have Garion as the Chosen One. Though by Malloreon, his role has become more generic and his allies get a whole lot more things to do (I don't think Garion actually defeats any big villains in the Malloreon - the most he does is blow up a wall with his Will). Eddings' storytelling matured quite a bit when he wrote the Elenium and Tamuli. We do have a Chosen One in the form of Sparhawk, but he doesn't actually do anything spectacular - he defeats the big villains with Bhelliom (a magic stone with a will of its own). The fighting is also spread evenly between the main characters and they all have their epic moments. Most of the characters are also completely human without any special abilities (except for Styric magic). Susan Cooper's Dark Is Rising has Will Stanton - he's the seventh son of the seventh son and this is why he has special powers. But later on, it's revealed that he isn't any sort of Chosen One. Instead, the one who has to defeat the Dark is actually Bran, King Arthur's son. Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain has Taran, but he is the PERFECT kind of Chosen One. He isn't perfect and it shows very early on - also, he isn't even that special. No powers to speak of, no royal or powerful lineage, he's just an assistant pig-keeper who is pulled into an adventure (and he can't even use the magical item of the series until the final book). Also, the fourth book is about Taran traveling the world in order to find himself and grow from a boy into a man.
  7. Well, these are series I like so I suggest you only read them if you're actually interested. Saint Seiya: my top favorite anime series in existence. It was originally a manga series, though I don't exactly like the art style (Kurumada's gotten better recently, his Ring ni Kakero and Saint Seiya sequels look good). The story is about Greek goddess Athena and her human warriors, the Saints (they wear armor based on the 88 constellations) - Athena is reborn on Earth in human form every 200 or so years and she and her Saints have to defend the world from the other Olympian gods (including Poseidon and his human warriors, the 7 Mariners; and Hades and his human warriors, the 108 Specters - these 108 armors are based on the 108 Stars from the Water Margin, a Chinese novel from the 14th century). Trinity Blood: this manga series is actually based on light novels by Sunao Yoshida. The manga came out before the anime and, unlike the latter, the manga actually stays true to the original story (including having a young-looking, cute, babyfaced and expressionless Tres - in the anime he kept scowling, looked older and seemed freakin' scary). The story is about the AX, a special unit within Vatican City, on a mission to try and stop a war from erupting between humans (Vatican) and vampires (Methuselah Empire). I usually hate vampires, but this story is actually really refreshing: the vampires aren't actually vampires at all. They're descendants of human settlers from Mars who got infected by a space virus and mutated - this virus causes their red blood cells to deteriorate and this is why they need blood; sunlight also causes the virus to go out of control and start burning the blood cells at a much faster rate, thus destroying their bodies. ...My favorite character is actually Tres, a battle android. He's so goddarn cute in the manga. Ginga Nagareboshi Gin: Along with its many sequels and prequels. Yoshihiro Takahashi's dog series haven't actually been released in English - they have a huge fanbase in Finland, though, and I've bought every Finnish volume so far. I also have the uncut anime versions of Ginga Nagareboshi Gin and Ginga Densetsu Weed. Oh, and no, this isn't a cutesy moe "ooh, doggy" series - instead, this focuses on a pack of wild dogs that fight against aggressive bears, wolves, genetically manipulated monster dogs, rival packs, Russian wardogs and insane monkeys. The series can get very gory at times (complete with one dog getting a sickle in his eye) and the dogs actually talk to each other (of course, the humans in the series don't understand them). My favorite characters are Retsuga and Kurotora from Nagareboshi Gin and Jerome, George and Kyoshiro from Densetsu Weed. ...In Weed: Orion, I will most probably adore Andy, Mu, Rara and Shirozaru. What I love the most about Yoshihiro Takahashi, is that he decided to honor his Finnish fans by making Andy a Finnish dog. Then, to the fandom's surprise, he announced that John (one of the original dogs from the 1980s series) and his brother (Andy's dad) are both Finnish, too! The "Namonaki Inu no Uta" extra story to the Gin series was also dedicated to the Finnish fandom. :3 How many manga fandoms can actually say that? I'm so proud~ PS. I will add more once I go through my manga shelf.
  8. David Eddings He has been my favorite author for 13 years now. He was the one that introduced me to fantasy literature when I was 12 (back in 2000) and I love him for it. I've collected all 24 of his fantasy books in both Finnish and English, and I also have one book in Swedish (intending to get the other 23, too). Out of his series, Belgariad and Malloreon take place within the same world (I call this the Garion universe) while Elenium and Tamuli take place within another (I call this the Sparhawk universe)... The Dreamers takes place in a third universe, and a standalone called Althalus takes place in the fourth. Belgariad/Malloreon also has three standalone books (two prequels and a "non-fictional" databook). Susan Cooper Her Dark Is Rising sequence is one of my favorite fantasy book series. I've always loved mythology and since Dark Is Rising ties heavily to Celtic mythology, it was a must-read for me. I've loved the series since - my favorite book in the series is the second one, titled simply "Dark Is Rising" (my least favorite is the third one, Greenwitch... I find the three Drew children boring. Will Stanton, however, is charming beyond words.). ...Don't even mention the Dark Is Rising movie around me. That movie has NOTHING to do with the book series, that's how much they changed the plot and characters! (I think Cooper herself hated the film.) Lloyd Alexander My favorite children's fantasy author. I first found his "Chronicles of Prydain" books thanks to my love for mythology - I had to read them when I found out the Prydain books take place in a world that closely resembles ancient Wales (it didn't help that the characters had Welsh names, and that Gwydion, Taliesin and Arawn are actual mythical figures). It was only later that I found out that my favorite Disney movie, The Black Cauldron, was based on this book series. ...The movie is slightly different, for example the Horned King from this movie was based on Arawn (in the books they were two separate characters, and HK never had possession of the Black Cauldron); in the book Prince Ellidyr was the one that destroyed the cauldron (while in the movie it was Gurgi); Adaon, my favorite character in the whole book series, never even made an appearance (neither did Ellidyr or Gwydion for that matter). Disney basically mixed plot elements from the first and second books (Book of Three and The Black Cauldron) to make their movie. ...But even with these changes, I adored it~ It was executed really well, unlike that Dark Is Rising fiasco...
  9. This is a movie plot twist, but in "Now You See Me", I was NOT expecting Mark Ruffalo's policeman to be the actual Fifth Horseman! Whoever came up with that twist was a genius - I had so many theories about the Fifth Horseman's identity, but the policeman was never one of them. In Jostein Gaarder's "Sophie's World", I initially thought Sophie and her friends were all living humans, but it turned out they were all characters in a book within a book. o_O Toward the end of the book, Sophie and her friend Alberto manage to escape their author's mind.
  10. "Wake me up if we're about to die." - A Song of Ice and Fire (George R. R. Martin) "As long as you know who you are, does it really matter what other people think about you?" - Aldur, from Belgarath the Sorcerer (David Eddings) "I've looked at the world for quite a few years now and I've found that if I don't laugh, I'll probably end up crying." - Silk, from Demon Lord of Karanda (David Eddings) "My Lord, I find thy face apelike and thy form misshapen. Thy beard, moreover, is an offense against decency, resembling more closely the scabrous fir which doth decorate the hinder portion of a mongrel dog than a proper adornement for a human face. Is it possible that thy mother, seized by some wild lechery, did dally at some time past with a randy goat?" - Mandorallen, from The Seeress of Kell (David Eddings) "Did you want to argue about something in particular or did you just want to start yowling and sort of make it up as we go along?" - Garion, the Belgariad/Malloreon (David Eddings) "Balderdash!" a deep voice roared. "I'm pleased to meet you, Professor Balderdash. My name's Itagne. It was good of you to introduce yourself. Thanks awfully, old boy." The laughter was tumultuous this time. "Fast on his feet, isn't he?" Itagne heard Ulath murmur to Bevier. - The Hidden City (David Eddings) Hatter: Young lady. Alice: What? Hatter: When I look at you, I remember the woman who broke me. You have her precious face. She was painfully kind... and a greater woman than you. Alice: *pause* That is annoying!! Hatter: Right? Alice: And you're... kidding, right? Hatter: *immediately* Of course I am. - Mad Hatter (Blood Dupre) and Alice, from Alice in the Country of Hearts (one of my favorite manga series) PS. I know I have way too much from Eddings, but his witty humor is just so irresistible.
  11. Beldarius

    Dragon Stories

    Dragonlance: I've read practically every book written by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman (I can count around 17). My personal favorite book in the series is actually "The Dragons" by Douglas Niles (part of the Lost Histories cycle). Tolkien: Lord of the Rings, Hobbit, Silmarillion, The Book of Lost Tales. I've read them all. And yes, there are dragons in Tolkien's stuff (Ancalagon, Glaurung, Scatha and obviously Smaug). David Eddings: there's one bestial western dragon in The Belgariad and Malloreon. ...Klael from the Tamuli is technically a dragon (it looks like one on the official cover). The Brothers Lionheart (Astrid Lindgren): one of my favorite fairytales, by one of my favorite fairytale authors. Astrid Lindgren was a genius who wrote about difficult subjects like death and love, but always made them easier for kids to understand (I laugh at Americans who always edit deaths in children's literature, changing them into something like "he moved away!"... overprotective buffoons). As for the dragon in this book, there's one called Katla as the monster of the story. The Neverending Story (Michael Ende): there are two dragons here, Falkor and Smerg. I actually found the book rather boring (though I loved the movie a great deal). The Spearwielder Trilogy (R. A. Salvatore): there's a villainous dragon called Robert in this series. A Song of Ice and Fire (George R. R. Martin): though I haven't read past the second book. The novels are bricks and the changing of POVs is a bit tiring... Harry Potter (J. K. Rowling): I've read books 1-5 (and seen the movies). Eragon (Christopher Paolini): only read halfway through the first book. Dragon Tamers (Emma Maree Urquhart): I've read the first book in this series and loved it. Emma was only 13 when she wrote this book and imho she has more talent than Paolini does. Dragonology: I read "The Dragon's Eye" novel and liked it, too. I wish I knew who the actual author of the series is. Dragonrealm (Richard A. Knaak): I've read the first book in the series, called "Firedrake". I wish somebody took up the rest of the books and translated them into Finnish. The Illustrated Book of Myths (Neil Philip): there are quite a few dragons in mythology. I got this book when I was around 10 years old and I still read it every now and then. I've been a mythology fangirl for such a long time~ (My newest purchase is The Mabinogion. <3) Myths & Legends (Philip Wilkinson): I got this book recently, due to aforementioned mythology obsession.
  12. The Sorrows of Young Werther by J. W. von Goethe (read it at Project Gutenberg if you wish) This book has such intense emotion in it that even I felt affected by it (I'm actually rather emotionless). Werther's growing heartache is incredibly powerful and you can't help but feel sympathy and pity for him. ...And the ending easily had the most emotional impact. Let's just say it's an unhappy ending for Werther and leave the spoilers at that.
  13. I'm surprised at the lack of Twitards on this thread. Anyway, I chose Eragon. Mainly because I've never read Twilight (and I'm never going to, thanks to all the horrible excerpts I've seen and Edward's stalker tendencies - stalking is not love, it's creepy). That said, I don't really like Eragon, either. I LOVED the movie (Garrett Hedlund was great as Murtagh), but the book was incredibly boring. I couldn't get halfway past it. ...See, I've been a David Eddings fangirl for 13 years... Eragon's plot is SO similar to that of the Belgariad that I eventually went "OK, rip-off. Not reading this again." and dropped it. And yes, the Belgariad is far older - it predates Eragon by 21 years (in fact, the first book in the series is six years older than me).
  14. It may just be me, but I found that book incredibly boring. The movie however was spectacular. As for me, I just finished re-reading The Sorrows of Young Werther. It's a nearly 250-year-old epistolary novel written by J. W. von Goethe. I'd never read an epistolary novel, or such an old book, before taking this up and I haven't regretted it since. I ADORE this book so much it isn't even funny. I'm not a very emotional person, but the emotion in Werther's "letters" is so intense that even I felt affected by it and was utterly drawn in (the ending actually had me feel heartache and pity poor old Werther).
  15. Well, I always end up in Ravenclaw when I take tests. It sort of fits me since I'm actually rather smart (with an IQ of 135, no less). And the fact I've been getting second best grades in English at school since I was 12, without actually reading for exams. Heck, I got grade 9 in English all the way through elementary school, high school and vocational college. I also got a place in university to study English translation, but I decided not to go. Translators have a terrible job market.
  16. My favorite books were all written by David Eddings~ >///< He's been my favorite author for 13 years - he started my fantasy literature obsession when I was 12 and I love him for it. Belgariad - Very diverse characters, incredibly witty humor (Dave was famous for this), captivating plot even if it's cliché. Malloreon - Same characters as above, but matured (Garion was 16 by the end of Bel, and 30 by the end of Mal). Elenium - Diverse and interesting characters, humor is slightly darker (nearly reaching gallows' status), and the overall story and atmosphere are more mature than Bel/Mal. Comes with a nearly completely adult cast, with the main characters being at least in their early 30s (Berit and Talen are exceptions). The main villain Martel is my top favorite character in any fantasy book. Tamuli - Has the same cast as Elenium, but this takes place six years later and has different villains. One of my favorite witty moments actually happens in this series - Itagne and his "Professor Balderdash" comment.
  17. Sign me up~ I needed a kick in the butt to start reading books and this is the perfect place to start. <3
  18. Happened to me once - I named two of my dragons after my friend's science fiction characters, Alayn Crane-Jenison and Cavary. They're basically a couple in my friend's original story so I decided to pair the two dragons... And then I noticed somebody named their offspring "Alyan Cavary".
  19. I, Beldarius, agree that if it has a face, it has a name. I have a few unnamed hatchlings, but rest assured, I intend to name them once they develop genders. I hate seeing unnamed dragons (most of the dragons I've bred are unnamed thanks to lazy owners).
  20. Why do my Bronze Tinsels get the weird codes? The one I bred just now is "Bp3ds". 3DS? What's the bp stand for? Bulletproof gaming console? ...Wait, what?
  21. Oh good lord. x'D The Bronze Tinsel I just bred has the code "dui3D" (messed caps). A 3D movie of alcohol abuse lessons?
  22. I was going for a Dark Myst Pygmy in the cave just now... then I accidentally caught a Misfit. ...I took one look at the code and died. It was "Yamms". X'''''''''''''''''D (Anyone up for porridge?)
  23. I caught a '11 Halloween with the code "grcNb". ...Either it's "Garcia noob" or "garlic noob".
  24. I killed my extra Bluna just now... and it turned into a Zombie. Now I have a male and female one. That's good enough for me~ Kind of odd how both Taira and Ferghus were the only dragons I killed, and they both transformed (Taira in '11, Ferghus in '09). Talk about luck.
  25. Not really bosses, but still enemies you need to fight. These things are from Sacred, one of my all-time favorite RPGs. These just look so freaky I always cringe when I have to fight them... Wyvern Insect Larva Cave Fish and spiders (especially the cave fish and Tarantula Mortis. This thing was as big as a friggin dragon. ...Shelob, that you?) Skeleton Mage (This thing has horns growing out of its skull! I'm getting flashes back to the Horned King from The Black Cauldron! DX) Oh, and the 2nd final boss in the whole game, Shaddar. He's just plain creepy. See here (he's the summoner). Anducar from the expansion is even creepier, though (he's pretty much the boss of all demons).