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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Petition for a Constitutional Convention, that would restart Atlasia on: Today at 02:02:08 pm
I'm firmly convinced that this would not fundamentally change anything due to opposition of certain notable dinosaurs.

You're probably right, but why not give it a shot?  It's not like there's anything to lose.

X Mr. X
2  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Guess the previous posters age. on: July 03, 2015, 09:47:28 pm
Eleventy
3  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: If the above poster ran for President, what would be his best state? on: July 03, 2015, 09:45:19 pm
Wyoming
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1956 Election (The Hearse at Monticello) on: July 03, 2015, 09:43:57 pm
If Kefauver wins, will he go back to being a Populist?

That largely depends on how well Eisenhower does. From a pragmatic standpoint, it makes more sense for him to govern as a Populist, since he'll need their support to pass his agenda, but if Ike proves more popular with the base he might not be welcomed back into the fold.

Given that Ike is in third, it's hard to imagine he was too popular with the base Tongue
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Is it time to end Atlasia? on: July 03, 2015, 08:51:13 pm
Yes, it's past time!
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: July 03, 2015, 08:42:34 pm
Mr. X
I Already Voted So Please Stop PM-Spamming Me Party
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1956 Election (The Hearse at Monticello) on: July 03, 2015, 08:50:06 am
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: July 2015 Federal Special Election - At-large Senate on: July 03, 2015, 08:06:32 am
1. Kalwejt
2. Poirot
3. Harry S. Truman
4. DKrolga
9  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Lion and the Rose: The North on: July 02, 2015, 05:17:17 pm
There haven't been enough POVs lately, thank the old, cold gods for these! I'm not a particular Arya fan but Beltaine is now pretty much my favourite character.

Poor Reek. I hope those seven fingers manage something heroic yet

I will attempt a POV myself asap

OOC: Actually you bring up a good point, it'd be great if folks would take a stab at writing some more POVs for their characters, especially since it may be a bit before we get an actual update.  I know LeonardotheRed, Dereich, and (IIRC) Badgate's also wrote some good ones a while ago.  Hopefully we'll see some more soon!

Btw, I'm glad you liked this (I was a bit nervous about it, tbh).  The hatefest between Ramsay/Culrikhan and Arya/Beltaine was so much fun to write that I'm sure there will be more of these (assuming I don't die Tongue ).  Arya's easily my favorite character, so I'm glad I was able to do her/Beltaine justice!
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: [attention whoring] Antonio V, M.A. on: July 02, 2015, 12:00:35 pm
Congratulations!!! Smiley
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do a majority of white posters on here have any idea what poverty is like? on: July 01, 2015, 09:07:37 pm
If I were you,

Well you're not me, are you?  No?  That's what I thought.  But please, go on with your smug, self-rightious, dishonest post.

I would refrain from criticizing others for posting things that are 'completely absurd'
(given your wanton disregard for scientific evidence anytime drug usage is brought up),

I know this may come as a bit of a shock to you, TNF.  But just because you personally believe something doesn't make it an objective fact.

 
date=1435724601]'cringe-worthy' (given that you have no real position on any subject other than 'man that sounds okay, but I think you're going TOO FAR'),

So you're pretty obviously lying through your teeth on this one.  But what's most disappointing is that you literally contradicted yourself in less than one sentence.  How can I be an uncompromising, foaming  at the mouth, "drugs are bad mmk" fanatic if I don't have any positions on anything beyond "insert generic Moderate Heroism here?"


or things that have 'little-to-no basis in reality' (your insane diatribes about how Israel is the 'only democracy' in the Middle East,

I'm pretty sure I've never even said that in any of my posts prior to this one, let alone made anything remotely resembling a diatribe about it.  It is an objective fact that Israel is currently the only democracy in the Middle East, but the interesting thing is that you seem to be assuming I've gone on many lengthy tirades about that because I'm Jewish.  

how the Palestinians are in the wrong in demanding that they not be slaughtered en masse so that the Zionist-imperialists can take their land, etc, etc.).

Please cite a post where I said "Palestinians should be slaughtered en masse so Zionist-imperialists can take their land."  You know what, you don't even have to do that.  Find a post where I said "Palestinians should be slaughtered en masse."  Hint: No such post exists because I've never said that.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Leave of Absence - Getting Married on: July 01, 2015, 08:37:13 pm
Mazel tov Smiley
13  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Lion and the Rose: The North on: July 01, 2015, 06:48:13 pm
The King in the North (Part 2 of 2)



"Seven Hells, must you honor me with your presence every day, King Snow?" asked Beltaine.  

"Call me that again and I'll do a lot more than honor you," snapped Culrikhan.  

"Iím sorry, milord," Beltaine replied "Itís just that I thought you didn't want me to call you the Bastard of Bolton anymore.  I suppose I could could call you King Bastard instead, if you'd like."  

"Listen you little c***," yelled Culrikhan, "if you say that word one more time..."  

"You'll what?  Run away like a scared little girl the way you did from the Dreadfort when your father was killed?  Some big killer you are, a coward who tortures people that are too weak to fight back and that was before Stannis disarmed you.  Besides, you can't hurt me anymore, remember?" shouted Beltaine.

"Of course I remember," the King snarled. "Do you think you'd still have a tongue were it otherwise?"  

Seven Hells, thought Culrikhan, growing more and more apoplectic with each passing second.  There really is no one more accursed than a kinslayer.  The Gods have punished me for poisoning Domeric by forcing me to endure this wolf b!tchís insolence for the rest of eternity without any recourse.  They've cheated me out of playing any of my games with her.  That Sidhe bastard knew, I suspect they all did, although I suppose the one who told me doesn't know anything anymore judging by the way he shattered when I stuck a dragonglass dagger in his eye.  True, the stories said that when the first Nightís King took an Other for a wife that he gave her his soul.  However, none of the Sidhe warned me until afterward that this meant that by taking Beltaine for a wife Iíd be binding my soul to hers or that Iíd feel any pain inflicted upon her.  Worse, my oh so loyal subjects made sure to inform me of this while Beltaine was present.  In that moment, she lost any fear sheíd ever had of me and hasn't gone a day without calling me a "bastard" since.  Father may not be here anymore, but I know what he'd have said if he were: "You've let a 14 year old girl run roughshod over you because you can't bare the pain it would take to discipline her properly.  You're not a Bolton; you're a Snow.  A Snow unfit to uphold my tradition.  I should've thrown you into the river the day that you were born."

Still, the King thought to himself, a flaying knife need not be the only sharp blade one used to hurt someone.  Perhaps a different approach is all that this one requires.  Beltaine is no longer a friend to the Starks, that much is certain, and yet perhaps there is enough of Arya left that I can still injure her with House Starkís pain.  "Tell me, my dear, sweet wife," said Culrikhan cheerfully "when you think about the Red Wedding, do you ever imagine what it would've been like if youíd been there?  I'm sure you've wondered every now and then, if only for a moment, whether somehow, some way you could've saved the King Who Lost the North or your mother.  I suppose youíd have simply been killed too, most like.  But even then, at least you...or rather Arya Stark, the person you were before I took you, turned you into what you are today, and made you mine...at least that poor little girl would've had a few more moments with the remnants of her family before her last chance at a happy life came crashing down all around her as everyone she loved was slaughtered right before her very eyes.  They say that if you listen carefully, you can still hear the Tully b!tch crying over her dead children!" The King smiled when he noticed that Beltaine had begun seething with hatred.  See father, he thought to himself, I can bring her to heel just fine even without a blade.  Itíll be a new game to play!  I suppose Iíll enjoy breaking someone this...challenging...regardless of the method.  I could use some excitement in my life these days and itíd seem my wife may please me yet.

"Ah well, I suppose itís a moot point," continued the King.  "At the end of the day, the Freys opened your mother's throat, your brothers were all murdered, and poor Ned Stark couldn't keep his head about him in King's Landing.  True, we donít know what became of your sister, but sheís probably dead too.  I suppose one could say that I'm the only family you have left and I canít even imagine how much that thought must please you, loving wife that you are.  Oh but don't worry, time heals all wounds.  Another year and I bet you won't even be able to remember what anyone in your...sorry, my beloved...anyone in Arya Stark's dead family looked like.  Itíll be like they never existed in the first place and youíve been all alone since the moment you came into this world.  Oh dear, you look as though something is troubling you, milady,Ē said Culrikhan upon noticing that Beltaineís face had turned hard as stone as she silently stared at him with her cold, blue eyes.  ďI do hope I haven't upset you, what with all the talk about the dead family of the person you used to be.  Funny, it just occurred to me that even if I hadn't...err...changed you, you still wouldn't be Arya Stark anymore.  By all the laws of Gods and men, you'd be Arya Bolton, a proper lady of the Dreadfort.  In any event, you will give me an heir someday, that much is certain."  Beltaine still hasn't said anything, thought Culrikhan, although she looks as though she is about to leap across the room and try to rip my throat out.  This may be a way to hurt her, but it is not the way to break her.  

As if in reply, Beltaine said in a cold, emotionless voice
"I am not a lady.  Tell me, is your real name still Ramsay Bolton or is it Culrikhan now?"  

"I am both and yet I am neither," replied the King, as he always did whenever she asked him this question.  Normally Culrikhan could delight in how frustrating and confusing Beltaine seemed to find this answer, although the reason for its importance to her was a mystery to him.  Something about a list.  

Today, however, she simply said
"I know how much you enjoy pain.  Someday, I will find out which of those is your real name and when I do, I promise that you will never want for pain again."  With that, the murderous rage Culrikhan had seen when he spoke of the Red Wedding suddenly vanished from her face.  "So, do you want me to call you King Bastard or not?"Beltaine asked.  

"I'm...not a...I was naturalized" said Culrikhan as he struggled to control the violent rage that returned the moment she said that word.

"I do hope I havenít upset you, what with all the talk about how youíre still the stupidest, ugliest bastard ever and you always will be no matter how many bastard Kings say you're not," she continued.  

"I swear by the Old Gods and the New," growled Culrikhan, "if you say that word one more time..."  
"Bastard, bastard, bastard, bastard, bastard, bastard, bastard, bastard!"
"SHUT UP, you look like a stupid, ugly little boy!"  

Beltaine simply opened her eyes wide and said in a voice dripping with sarcasm, "But I thought that was why you were attracted to me.  There weren't any little boys left in the North, so you married a little girl who reminded you of one."  

Culrikhan stormed out of the room to find Reek curled up in a ball on the floor like a scared child.  Beltaine must needs be brought to heel, he thought as he kicked his pet in anger.  More importantly, she cannot keep behaving this way in front of other Sidhe.  With only one arm, I'm hardly capable of defending my position should another decide that I am weak and challenge me.  The King then turned to Reek and smiled.  That's the answer right there, it's been right here this whole time.  I can't hurt her, but there are still others I can hurt if she misbehaves.  People she might not want me to hurt even if she is no longer Arya Stark. "Come Reek," said Culrikhan, "there are people I must needs find and preparations to be made.  There is so much work to do..."
14  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Lion and the Rose: The North on: July 01, 2015, 06:46:25 pm
I was bored last week, so I started writing what turned into be a much, much longer than intended Ramsay POV scene like the Joffrey ones I'd written.  It was supposed to be a brief scene, but it got big enough to be split into two posts Tongue  Anyway, hope you guys like it.  Note: Beltaine and Culrikhan are the name Lumine gave to Arya and Ramsay after they became Sidhe and the way in which the link between the souls of the Night's King and the Other he takes as a wife works in this has already been mod-confirmed/approved. 

The King in the North (Part 1 of 2)



The Wight that was once Stannis Baratheon continued to stare emotionlessly at its master.  It still had the same blank expression that itíd had before the flaying knife took off two of its fingers.  With a disappointed sigh, the Nightís King put down his knife and dismissed the creature with a wave of his hand.  It is a sad day when even the family tradition no longer brings me any pleasure, thought Culrikhan.  These wights ruin every game I try to play with them.  At least it wasnít as boring as this morningís hunt, that creature wouldnít even run away unless I willed it.  You canít hunt something that lacks any capacity for independent thought, I suppose.  On the bright side, I canít imagine that I will ever have to worry about their loyalty.  "Tell me, Reek, what is the point of having Stannis as my prisoner if he no longer cares what I do to him?" asked the King. 

"My Lord?" Reek weakly replied.

"Never mind, I suppose you wouldn't know of such things.  But I swear that there is simply no joy in flaying these creatures.  As ever, it seems pleasure cannot exist in this world without pain, maddening as it may be at times."  I could always peel a few more bits of him, thought Culrikhan.  No, that won't do.  Reek has been a loyal pet and it could interfere with his training if I punish him without cause.  Of course, if it were a reward...  The King smiled as he realized the perfect solution to his dilemma.  "Reek, you will always remain loyal, won't you?" asked Culrikhan. 

"Of course, my Lord.  I...I am loyal Reek, forever and..." Reek began, before his master cut him off.

 "Yes, yes, very good.  I am pleased to see that you remain as loyal as ever.  In fact, I think you deserve a reward for showing me such unquestioning loyalty." 

"A...a reward, m-my Lord...I" began the creature, growing more panicked with every word. 

He is afraid already, thought Culrikhan, that is good.  There is nothing like a little fear to add some excitement to a game.
  "Yes, Reek, a reward and not just any ordinary reward.  As a reward for your loyalty, I am going to give you the privilege of providing me with a bit of entertainment.  This day has been awfully boring and knowing how I hate boredom, I'm sure my loyal pet wants nothing more in the whole wide world than to add a bit of fun to my day,Ē said the King as he picked up his flaying knife.  ďDon't worry, I promise that I will still leave you with all seven fingers.  But why should I have all the fun?  I think Iíll even let you decide which hand I go to work on first.  Isnít that generous of me, Reek?" Culrikhan asked. 

After a brief pause, Reek whimpered
"Yes, v-v-very generous, my Lord.  The...the left one if it please you, my Lord."
_________________________________________________________
Ten horrible minutes later Sad
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Culrikhan's usual good cheer had returned by the time he left his chamber and began strolling through the castle, wandering from room to room and watching his pet's pathetic attempts to hobble in and out of each room with considerable amusement.  Even the mere sound of Reek struggling to keep up as he stumbled along behind his master brought a smile to the King's face as he reflected upon his work.  True to my word, I left him all seven fingers, Culrikhan thought with more than a little bit of pride.  "Why are you whimpering, Reek?  I never said I wouldn't take another toe, did I?  You didn't mind, did you?" asked the King. 

"No, my Lord.  For-forgive me, my Lord" replied Reek before falling down yet again. 

The King continued to congratulate himself on a job well done and remained pre-occupied with Reek's inability to walk without falling flat on his face until he entered one of the guest chambers.  The moment he entered the room, his thoughts were interrupted by a voice that was quickly becoming the bane of his existence.
15  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (The End) on: July 01, 2015, 09:48:35 am
Bumping this just to ask, doesn't anyone else think that what we did here makes up for a better storyline than what we've gotten from the show lately? Tongue If only we had addressed the menace of White Walkers and the religious issue, we could have gotten to a full resolution for the whole plot. Smiley

Nah, the show's been great (other than Dorne, but that sucked in the books too).
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Atlas banned posters poll #14: Yates on: June 30, 2015, 08:21:38 pm
Isn't he the one who faked a death or something.  If so, he's a fucking loser who needs to DIAF.

Yes, he pretended to be dying of cancer.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Delicious Polls: At-Large Special Election on: June 30, 2015, 05:30:35 am
Kalwejt!
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy Birthday, afleitch! on: June 29, 2015, 04:49:06 pm
Happy birthday!
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Atlas banned posters poll #14: Yates on: June 29, 2015, 04:48:28 pm
HP!  He was second worst poster in the history of the forum, only Opebo was worse.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of people who argue with CountryClassSF on: June 28, 2015, 08:22:40 pm
Arguing with CountryClassSF is pretty much like arguing with BRTD: a waste of time.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Forum IRC Channel, Thread 2 on: June 28, 2015, 08:05:35 pm
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What poster has been here the longest on: June 28, 2015, 06:38:53 pm
April 26th, 2005

#729
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1952 Election (The Hearse at Monticello) on: June 27, 2015, 08:49:28 pm
Are we really going to elect some random no-name from Ohio and Richard Nixon just for the sake of change in this timeline?

That was the general idea, yes.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do a majority of white posters on here have any idea what poverty is like? on: June 27, 2015, 07:37:19 pm
as I seem to recall you saying once that 'social classes don't exist' on IRC,

If he said that and it isn't ridiculously out of context then that is pretty cringe-worthy, so fair enough.

For the record (and in the hope to end this bullsh*t once and for all), what happened is that I expressed my disagreement with the class-based paradigm in sociology, which pertains to a particular conception of how society is structured. Obviously no sociologist with half a brain has ever argued that social hierarchy does not exist, but views differ on the way this hierarchy plays out. In academic debates, the term of "class" refers specifically to the Marxist view of society, which has very little relevance to modern western societies.

The problem is that "class" has another, much more loose meaning in common American parlance, and that obviously in that sense saying that "classes don't exist" would be moronic. Of course, TNF doesn't give a sh*t about these nuances if they could preventing from getting a cheap shot at a goddamn lib'rul.

Ah, thanks for clarifying.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do a majority of white posters on here have any idea what poverty is like? on: June 27, 2015, 01:09:55 pm
I don't think many of the posters here of any race have any idea what poverty is like. I know I sure don't.

This.

I would have posted something along those lines if I hadn't been distracted by TNF's sanctimonious drivel.

I don't think you have any right to call anyone sanctimonious.

Pot meet kettle...


You're literally prude_brood.txt

This has absolutely nothing to do with the subject being debated, but whatever Tongue

and seem to have something stuck so far up your ass at all times that you're literally incapable of communicating with other people if you're not giving them a lecture about how awful they are.

Err...you realize that the same could easily be said of you, right?

And at any rate, I think you should probably refrain from speaking about poverty,

And you should probably refrain from speaking about anything relating to liberalism (or the straw-man "liberalism" you love to complain about) before you give yourself an ulcer.

as I seem to recall you saying once that 'social classes don't exist' on IRC,

If he said that and it isn't ridiculously out of context then that is pretty cringe-worthy, so fair enough.

which is pretty lol, even for you.

On the other hand, you would obviously never say something that was completely absurd, cringe-worthy, with little-to-no basis in reality Roll Eyes
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