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  1. Yeah, the grassy plateaus area I mentioned is pretty good for where you're at. You can tell when your base is damaged because you'll see holes like on the reactors in the Aurora that you have to repair, and if it gets too bad, your base will flood. There are a number of things that can either weaken or strengthen the integrity of your base--things like windows, corridors, etc. lower the durability of your base--and that can mean anything from attacks (less likely) to pressure or environmental hazards (more likely). Things that strengthen your base, like reinforcements (can be placed on every corridor type), bulkheads (interior sealable doors) and foundations help keep damage to a minimum, though if, say, you have a reaper leviathan or something big in the area you might need to repair occasionally. Small creatures are less of a threat to your base than pressure. Basically, the larger you make your base, the more likely to suffer damage it will be, so the more you have to bolster its durability. As to where you're at, you still have the Jellyshroom Caves to explore from the sounds of it, and you'll have to start branching out to collect things like rubies, lithium, silver, and other types of scannables (like Cyclops pieces!). Each zone has something you'll need in the long run.
  2. Depends on what part of the game you're in...;) Grand Reef is a good choice once you have augmenting sources of power that don't require sunlight. If you're still early, I like the southwestern Grassy Plateus area that borders the Dunes, the Sparse Reef, Safe Shallows, and a couple of Kelp forests. Nice safe area that you don't have to contend with any leviathans, but fairly easy to branch out from.
  3. Below Zero looks amazing. I love the changes they've made to the format for Subnautica, augmenting the experience of those terrifying depths with new creatures and things to worry about (like weather). What's everyone's favorite creature? I'm partial to the Reaper Leviathan personally, but that's 'cause it scares the crap outta me...
  4. I had a theory that Cryptics are more concerned with quality than quantity. They study, analyze, determine who would be the best Lightweaver candidates, then work to ensure that those candidates progress. They'd rather potentially lose a few spren to get an assured level 5 that they fully understand, than to have a bunch of Cryptics bond people who maybe might fit their designs. And--controversial theory warning--I believe this is because Cryptics are the diametric opposite to Honorspren within the radiant orders. Cryptics are the true "Cultivation" spren--while cultivationspren are the "iconic" manifestation of Cultivation (vines, gardening, etc.) and would say they're the "most like Cultivation" (referencing Brandon's WoB that honorspren might not necessarily be the most "like Honor"), it's actually the Cryptics who are the purest of Cultivation's influence. But it's just a theory. I have evidence for it, but I imagine most will disagree.
  5. I would like a slot next Monday, please.
  6. STANDARD DISCLAIMER: For demographic information, keep in mind that I am a white male nearing his thirties, married, with two young children, and come from a background of being LDS, conservative, and with a long history of chronic depression, so these things may color what I say during review. I try to be as open-minded and unbiased as possible. Another flash fiction! Neat. I haven't read anyone else's feedback yet, so I'll amend my critique later as it becomes applicable. Nitpicks: Inconsistencies/Concerns: Critique: Overall, I feel like it's an interesting premise that falls short on its delivery. It lacks the focus that absolutely vital to flash fiction, with the tone starting off with this sense of menace and tension, this apprehension of the unknown, which just suddenly vanishes as she starts climbing the slope and is replaced by really sudden back and forths that break the tension, rather than contribute to it. I never got the sense that the voices were something she was hearing, just something she was recalling. This idea at the end that they were hallucinations didn't really come through at all--I thought they were memories she was trying to avoid. I also don't understand what this story is trying to convey--and I think this is partly due to the lack of focus. With the limited scope of flash fiction, I think more attention really needs to be paid in the descriptions--focus less on describing its dimensions, and more on painting the image. I think that will help. The opening bit was the most intriguing to me--I love a good horror, and the tone presented seemed to be setting me up for that kind of tense, not-sure-what's-around-the-next-corner atmosphere. Especially the bit about the stalactites looking like fingers reaching for her--body horror is an extremely effective tension-building description. But I'm not entirely sure now that that's what you were going for. I also didn't really feel like there was missing information until the very end-- That, I felt needed a lot more build up. There wasn't nearly enough tension, and I didn't understand how the runic sphere being blown out of the column suddenly equated to the child's voice moving from memory (hallucination) to real. It was just too sudden to properly be effective--and honestly, if this is a piece about a mother seeking magic to bring back a lost child--then that should be a heavier focus. We would need more information about her life leading to this discovery, rather than just voices talking to her about it. I feel like a solid revision is in order, but also that it's a very workable piece and idea--it's intriguing, and with a little more TLC I think it could really pop from intriguing to interesting and driving, the kind of short idea that leaves one breathless and wanting more.
  7. But there is still a limit on Truths. Personally, I dont think theres any reason to assert more than the requisite 5, since out of the various "Truths" that are professed, we've only seen 1 have magically binding ramifications. But we are talking in circles at this point, so agree to disagree.
  8. Mm. The question then becomes what constitutes a critical point with regards to self-awareness? Is it the murders or the underlying reason for those murders? I think you could boil a lot of those "similar critical points" into singular underlying problems that need to be addressed.
  9. And this is where you and I differ greatly. Her Truth progression isnt necessarily tied to the people she's killed--just to significant points that are critical to understanding who she really is. Killing her father wasnt exactly a revelatory truth--she had full conscious memory of that. I believe this stems from a fundamental flaw in understanding Truth progression. But thats my opinion Fair enough. Thanks for participating!
  10. The main thing that falls apart here is that that Truth was related to the Shardblade itself--"This was you", combined both the revelation that the Shardblade she killed her mother was Pattern, and that she didnt want revenge. She didnt "hide" a Truth away only to "rediscover" it, because at the event she had hidden away she already had the blade, meaning that shed already reached that level. So the revelatory Truth couldnt have been the third tier Truth. (We also know its fourth, because of the aforementioned WoB stating that Shallan was one level higher than Kaladin at WoR end). Youre right on some regards, however, especially with Radiants creation being exclusively for being a loophole for dealing with the Shardblade. That said, however, in treating Pattern as a dead spren, she effectively nullified her abilities, and so was locked away at that third tier of progression until the end of WoR. Does that make any more sense?
  11. The above refers to Lightweavers progression being tied to needing to reach a threshold of self-awareness. Next, this: I didnt say they dont have a clear levelled progression--I did say, however, that not every "truth" she speaks is necessarily a Truth--for example, as of WoK Shallan was third level. She had a Shardblade. This implies to me that either A) what we have taken to be Truths arent, actually, or B ) the truths she spoke all worked toward a singular event, which was culminated at the end of WoR. Its easy to assume the "Truths" she has spoken are the quanitfiable, correlative Truths of progression--however, as the text demonstrates in the very first pages of the Way of Kings, this clearly isnt the case. We do know that the truth spoken at the end of WoR was a Truth, because it is magically binding and unforgettable. We havent seen that same level of ramification from anything uttered to that point. We also know, however, that Shallan resorts to extraordinary levels of mental gymnastics to side-step what she doesnt want to think about. Finally, I think this one is enlightening in that it talks about how much more difficult it is for Lightweavers to regress (and also progress), indicating that progression is more involved than simply speaking a few words.
  12. For me, its because it comes off as extremely derivative. Star Trek's probably the most well known sci fi experience, and its most recognizable engineer is a Scottish guy, so having your only Scottish guy on the spaceship be the engineer is unfavorable. Because not only is it cliche, but it draws an immediate parallel to Star Trek in a way that makes the author seem to be lacking creativity. Or at least, thats my opinion. Unless its Trek fanfiction. But thats an entirely different beast.
  13. Oh, its not fishy. The fact that she doesnt have her armor should tell you something about the state of her progression.
  14. @kais go ahead. @molah can have my spot, mine isnt going to be ready for monday. Had to go back to the drawing board (it was a test passage to see if I was on track, but a recent change I had to make effectively nullifies it, so...)
  15. @Gderu it's nice to see someone taking an interest in Shallan! If there's one thing that draws me out of the woodwork, it's discussion about my favorite character. That said, there are a couple of misconceptions here in the thread that I'd like to clear up. Keep in mind that I am at heart a character analyst, and not only is Shallan my absolute favorite character in all of literature, but I've done a lot of analyzing of her, specifically, over the course of all three books. To the first point, the WoB you're referring to is actually from a long time ago (back in 2014) but it does indicate as you surmise that as of the end of WoR, Shallan was at the equivalent level of the fourth oath of knight radiancy. I say equivalent, because Shallan, as a Lightweaver, doesn't speak one Truth per oath level--she speaks a bunch of lesser truths to approach a level (threshold) of self-awareness, which level I gather is achieved with an ultimate Truth or pinnacle-like revelation. And this is absolutely vital to our understanding of Shallan and her progression, because she's absolutely nowhere near ready to speak that fifth-level truth yet. I know that there are many here who will disagree with me on this point--to that, I will counter you with the fact that Shallan never accepted the Truth she spoke at the end of WoR. Since WoR ended, Shallan hasn't progressed in the slightest. In fact, she's done the opposite. All of her problems in OB stem from the fact that she spends the entire novel finding ways to hide and run away from the Truth she spoke--and all of those Truths spoken up to that point were approaching the threshold she crossed there. By all knowledge we have regarding progression, Shallan should have Shardplate by now. She doesn't, because she's done the Lightweaver equivalent of what Kaladin did in WoR. Because of this, I think that rather than asking what her fifth threshold might be, the better question would be to ask what steps she needs to take to progress from four to five. Moving on, you bring up a couple of interesting quotes from the text that I actually think are related to her fifth threshold. Rather than a Truth about the Unmade, my proposal is that her fifth threshold is an admittance that the things that have happened aren't her fault, that she isn't the horrible person she thinks she is. Not only is this more integrally tied into the Lightweaver's progression being tied to self-awareness and understanding, but it's also much more organically related to her plot thus far. Could an Unmade have been a part of why things fell apart? Certainly. There's even a WoB, I believe, that says that there was something abnormal about the state of things in the Davar household. Thus, our proposals are very similar; one of the big differences, however, is in the focus of the Truth itself--being about an Unmade puts the focus on an external source, whereas being about Shallan accepting that there was an external cause and therefore she isn't at fault...that puts the focus on her, which is much more narratively consistent. As I've just explained, this isn't accurate either. The point isn't that her truths change with age, it is that she has a journey of self-awareness and discovery that she is in the process of. The ultimate level, that "fifth" Truth, will be the final one she has to utter because it will be the one that is closest to the heart of not only who she is, but the truth buried beneath the mountain of lies she's lived under. EDIT: Also, the WoB Gderu referenced directly contradicts the idea that she'll never stop speaking Truths: One of her truths approaching her fourth threshold was "I'm terrified." They're not all about things in her past, just things that are integral to understanding who she is, at the core. And I'll explain why that's the case later if necessary--but "I'm terrified" is a very, very deep admission for Shallan, as the Cryptic says in WoK: Granted, this scene can actually be used to support Karger's argument because at the moment, she actually is terrified! But it goes a lot deeper than that, which is one of the reasons it's a suitable Truth to be mentioned (though not a "threshold" Truth). It is a truth (for many people), but it isn't a Truth. I have to be careful how I say this, because this is a tricky passage in the text--but as of yet, "I can be happy" wasn't spoken as a revelatory truth--it was spoken as a means of convincing herself that she was making a good choice. And that makes a huge difference, especially to our dear Unreliable Narrator. The last "Truth" she spoke was at the end of WoR, in the scene where she was forced to remember that Pattern was the shardblade she used to kill her mother. I can go way further down this road, but for the level of discussion here, I feel it's sufficient to say that Shallan's Truths are much deeper concepts--accepting she can be happy is certainly an important development and for once I actually agree with @CrazyRioter when they say that it might be related to that fifth threshold. But Shallan has a lot of work to do before a statement like that can even approach being a Truth with the necessary gravity and power.