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Vanilla Avallac'h vs Modded Avallac'h
Vanilla Avallac'h vs Modded Avallac'h
Vanilla Avallac'h vs Modded Avallac'h
If you are Mormon, Mason, Jewish, or Zoroastrian, take a close look at his gambeson and see what you see. If you are Mormon, Mason, Jewish, or Zoroastrian, you'll see it and you'll know exactly what it means. On the other hand if you are a Gentile or an Infidel, you won't have a clue.
>>Both images on the left from May 2018, the 1st Avallac'h Playthrough
Vanilla Avallac'h has black hair and eyebrows turned grey, and has an appalling LOD of 5 and draw distance of 7, and has no hairworks effects, no wind effects, and while his 3d model & texture files have wrinkles, scars, bruises, bug bites, moles, and veins, you can't see them on the vanilla settings.
Also while Avallac'h's clothen had a RedCloth file, it had very low grade settings/pollies causing the details of the cloth weave, seam stitches, and embroidery to be blurry.
Vanilla Avallac'h has pupils that react to light, like all other characters in the game.
>>Both images on the right from September 15, 2020, the 3rd Avallac'h Playthrough
Modded Avallac'h has a 5,000 LOD and draw distance, resulting in wrinkles, scars, bruises, bug bites, moles, and veins on his skin can now be seen. This also revealed that he has a fine scar down the side of his nose and one over his eyebrow, both were not visible at all with the vanilla LOD settings.
Hairworks and wind effects have been added to his hair.
While we are talking about his hair... notice that he wears payot. If you don't know what payot are or why a man would have them... Google will help you. It brands him as Hasidic.
His hair and eyebrows are changed to blond (as described in the novels), his skin has been lightened several shades (again to match novel descriptions), and he has new texture files for his eyes to make them pale ice aquamarine with pink pupils, as described in the novels.
Modded Avallac'h has pupils that are frozen into tiny pinpricks and never grow or retract with light changes, matching the information we were told about him having suffered severe nerve damage which caused him to have tiny frozen pupils that did not react to light.
Because the file which changes a character's pupils, is NOT connected to their eye file, but rather is connected to their shadow file and changes not only the size and shape of pupils in different lights, it also changes the shadows on their face, and changes the intensity of their makeup.
The result of changing this file, is that shadows on Avallac'h's face are now fainter and his vanilla very dark eyeshadow is now many shades much lighter.
This results in a bright highlight on his cheekbones, making them much paler, and has caused an illusion that his cheekbones are even sharper than before, even though no change was made to his 3D model bone structure... i is simply a result of less shadow below his cheekbones with brighter highlight over them, and fewer shadows around his eyes.
I increased the depth of Avallac'h's RedCloth file (edited the 3D model to make ridged details a deeper depth) and increased settings/pollies causing the details of the cloth weave, seam stitches, and embroidery to be much sharper and more noticable, making the cloth look more real.
And speaking of the cloth looking more real... if you are a Gentile or an Infidel, you won't have a clue what it was I mentioned earlier, so let me point it out... on the beast of his gambeson, right over the nipple, there are slash marks that are stitched into a very specific pattern/design... this marks Avallac'h as a very high ranking priest, one who has access to the deepest, inner circles of the Temple, on par with The Levite in the Bible, it also tells us that he is a virgin and living celibate lifestyle because of his religious rank.
On their own, the slash marks do not identify a specific religion, but one of 5 religions. However, that, with the payot, and the fact that he covers his head when going outside, brands him as a Hasidic Jew.
We further know that in the novels, ALL Elves are Jewish, and the masque of the Elves during the Human invasion, was an outright retelling of the Holocaust, and Avallac'h spoke an ancient dialect of Hebrew and was unable to understand most Humans as he spoke none of the common tongues.
Raise your hand if you ACTUALLY KNOW what Manna is? Sephiroth? Sackcloth and ashes? Golems? The Tree of Life? The Pentagram? Tzitzit? Are you able to explain ANY of those things and what they are, when you encounter them in quests in the game?
Can you explain WHY Geralt meditates on a prayer rug facing East?
Explain to me WHY after her grandmother dies, Ciri shreds her cloths, starts wearing sackcloth, and rolls her golden blond hair in ashes to turn it into dreadlocks, resulting her becoming known as "the ashen haired maid"?
When the game shows you Avallac'h naked in Kaer Morhen, can you read the Hebrew writing tattoo across his chest and abdomen? Do you know what the symbols on his tattoos mean?
After having watched more than 5,000 playthroughs of Witcher 3 on Twitch, I'm continually amazed at how few people ever recognize the plethora of openly Jewish characters and miss the HUNDREDS of Holocaust reference easter eggs that flood every segment of the game.
And now that the books are becoming popular, after 40 years of being ignored by the bulk of society... it likewise amazes me, how many people are so clueless about the Holocaust and what happened to the Jews in Poland, that they read the Witcher novels with blind eyes, and completely miss that the Gnomes and Elves are blatantly Jewish, while the Humans are blatantly Nazi, and the mass murder of millions of Jewish Gnomes and Elves at the hands of their Nazi Human invaders, is an outright retelling of the events of real world history.... of that happened just 80 years ago.
Our world is in a pitiful state if the so recent mass murder of 20 million is so easily forgotten, so soon.
If you know nothing about the Holocaust, you REALLY shouldn't play this game or read the novels it was based on, because you'll completely miss the message they send. It'll go right over your head.
Spend a year or two doing some massive research into the Holocaust, especially what happened in Poland, and THEN play the game and read the novels, and THEN remember that the author who created this: was a Polish Jew who as a small child, saw his friends and family murdered, and then you'll understand why he wrote what he wrote.
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"So I was reading an article about writing erotica. Like some of the points I agree with; like you should advertise your books based on their plot so if you're going to have aliens not showing that a little in the cover might get people to feel tricked into reading something they aren't into.
My problem is where she said:
“Be tactful about your ending. Like romance, erotica and erotic romance readers tend to expect a “happily ever after” or “happy for now” ending. Don’t let your audience down by offering them a great story, only to leave them hanging or disappointed by the characters’ outcomes. Even cliffhangers in series need to give the readers hope that all is well, if at least for the time being. If the main couple does not end up together, make sure there is a good reason for it, and that they are better off going their separate ways.”
Erotica to me is sexiness and plot that doesn't necessarily mean romance. Like if someone expects me to have an "and they both rode together on white horses into the sunset as the sounds of the ocean praised them like music knowing that they are going to live happily ever after" type ending, they aren't going to get that. If I ever do write that seriously I need to go to a neurologist right away because something isn't right anymore.
I do like to end my books with a feeling of time going on, but that doesn't mean that they are going to find happiness. So you get the idea that they are going to be going through even more difficult after the story has taken place. I think HEA can be in erotica, but it shouldn't be expected. That's more in the romance genre for me, which you can also do an erotica romance but I think it should be seen as separate for that reason.
I'm going to have to make sure on my cover it makes it clear that if you want a traditional romance type of a thing, that my book isn't for you. It starts of flirty, gets sexy, gets gory (like in Aliens), then gets a bit sexy at the end.
My book is science fiction, fantasy, erotica so it’s going to not be typical. I just don’t like the idea in erotica that you need it to be about romance when mine’s about a girl who, through sex is able to evolve as a person because it was the catalyst that started everything else.
The ideal reaction that I’m going for is, this is interesting, wait there’s sexy bits, then after I need to know what happens next.
The thing that irritates me about some romance books is that everyone gets paired off neatly and if the person who is the third wheel is also likable, they find a way to get someone else that’s “better for them”. It’s so contrived it drives me crazy. I don’t really read romance but I like whoever doesn’t do that.
If I do that I should be fine though right? I just feel erotica should be freer, to have that sexy bits but then to not be held down by anything else and be whatever fiction story you wish to tell as a part of it.
What do you think?"
Wow - I think you are a writer after my own heart: your question is as long as my answers usually are! LOL!
I've been reading erotica since the 1970s, and Happily Ever After aka HEA didn't start showing up in erotic fiction until the past 5 or 6 years. Old school erotica was more about "hook-ups" and "one-timers" or "being titillated" by fetishes, with no expectations for future romance. I've been seeing the erotica industry 35 years and as far as I know, no one, readers or writers, ever expected HEA in erotica, not until after Ellora's Cave came out with the Romantica line in about 2007. And then the whole HEA in Erotica didn't really kick off until after 50 Shades of Grey went viral (Is 50 Shades actually a HEA?, that women seems awfully depressed and desperate to me, and Gray’s a freak - seriously she can do better than him, can’t she? Come on, can't she?)
I don't know. Older women, like me, who remember the old days of Erotica, aren't interested in reading Romance with their Erotica.
Yet, younger women, seem to want Romance with Erotica sprinkled in?
I'd say is depends more on the reader themselves then anything else. And that it's the author's job to write what THEIR readers want.
Yeah, I think a majority of today's erotic reader wants the HEA, but remember if you don't like writing HEAs than there are going to be readers who don't like reading HEAs, because you are not alone, no matter what you write, there is somebody out there who wants to read it. It may mean your book doesn't get published mainstream and will just be a small niche, but that's okay.
I think it falls under "knowing your readers".
Who are your readers?
Are they the new breed of HEA seekers or are the the old schooler who just want to read about sex with no strings attached?
Know your target audience and write for them. There are plenty of reader types out there. Cater to the readers who want the style ending that you want to write.
Me? My readers know not to expect a HEA. Most all of my books end in tragedy, heartbreak, and death. Happily ever afters? Ptttf! I don't write them. Of course I'm also writing quasi-erotic horror based Fantasy so my readers expect one or even both the main characters to be lying dead in a pool of blood at the end anyways.
Nope, no happy ever afters in my stories, but my readers don't expect HEAs either. My readers know I don't write happy endings. People looking for happy endings know not to read my books.
So, yeah, you want to write a gory blood bath with a bit of sexy times in between, then go ahead. There's a reader for everything. You just have to find them.
So, figure out what type of erotic reader you want, and write for them. You can't please every reader, so don't try. Write what you want to write.