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Origins

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Rajhym stood on top of Mt. Vijadt watching the people in the village below scurry about. He had been hiding for the past couple of hours, shirking his duties in the fields to do what he like to do best: people watch. Now, as it began to get dark, he decided to climb down the treacherous path to get home, where warm goat stew and cider would be waiting for him.

The journey down began as always with Rajhym using a small torch to light the precarious trail. It felt much the same under his feet as it had felt many times before, but after walking for at least forty-five minutes, he began to climb the mountain again. This was when he began to worry.

“I have taken a wrong turn,” he thought, “and now, I will surly die from exposure.”

When this crossed his mind, he sat down and started to cry for he had never been lost or alone in his fifteen years, and now, he was truly scared for he knew that Mt. Vijadt turned dangerous after dark and creatures roamed the paths that no one spoke the names of anymore. He remembered four years ago that his father had wandered into the mountains in search of his sister. Neither of them had returned, but he and his mother found a necklace of bloody teeth strung with his sister’s bloodied golden hair… and they knew that their family was dead and that they had suffered. After this, his mother had kept him close at all times… that was until his fourteenth birthday when he had to begin working.

He knew it was a risk to climb the mountain but did it anyway. Now, he wished that he hadn’t.

His tears continued.

“Ah, poor child,” came an ethereal voice just outside the torch’s ring of light. “Why are you sad?”

He wiped his eyes and replied, “I’m lost and find it impossible to find my way in the dark. If I have to stay here, I’m sure to be gotten by a creature of the mountain.”

“There, there,” answered the voice as a feminine arm came into the circle and its hand stroked his face. “I won’t let a creature of the mountain get you.”

As the he felt more at ease, Rajhym noticed the gnarled hand and the fingers that ended in talons. He gasped at the sight and started to run away.

“Now, where are you gong little Rajhym?” cooed the voice as steel-like grip clamped upon his shoulder. “Don’t you want never to be afraid again? Wouldn’t you like to haunt this mountain all of your waking moments, forever?”

“Let go. I need to make it home.” He struggled against the hand, but it was no use.”Help! Help! Help!”

“Poor little vagabond,” whispered the voice covering his mouth with another taloned hand. “I will make you strong. You shall be mine.”

A noxious breath blew across his torch, causing it go out. Rajhym was left in the dark with the creature. Slowly, his eyes adjusted, and he began to make out the outline of what looked like a nude woman with glowing eyes, looking at him hungrily as she continued to grip his arm.

“I shall kiss you and make it all better,” she said. “And none of the others will attempt to take you ever again.”

She stooped down closer and closer toward him until her toothless maw covered his tender face. He felt something like warm flesh in his mouth that he assumed was her tongue, but soon, he realized it was more like liquid energy flowing from her into him. He felt stronger as his limbs started to extend and claws began to grow from the tips of his fingers. Quickly, he felt more powerful than he had ever dreamed of becoming.

“And now it is finished, my child,” she creaked withdrawing from him. “My journey is done, but yours is just beginning.”

“What do you mean?” he questioned, recognizing a deeper, more raspy voice which frightened him.

“You are now one of the Draknar. An ancient race, very powerful of sorcerers that some worship as demons… and to a certain…*Ack, ack*” her coughing interrupted her speech. “…extent we are, I suppose.”

“What is this about your journey being done?” again the deep raspy voice came.

“I have endowed you with the eternal essence, the source of your power. But like a bee sting, once given the stinger must die.”

“So, you’re leaving me?” tears began to fill his eyes again.

“You’ll be okay, my child. But all things must come to an end, Ahsa. . .”

“You create me, and then. . .” the deep, raspy voice trailed off as he noticed the light leaving her eyes. He knelt beside her for a moment before her flesh started to flake away in the breeze.

The last thing to go were the eyes in which he saw his reflection. His eyes glowed with a cold fire from the depths of his now gaunt, cadaverous face. Jagged teeth replaced his once boyish smile. And a desire to inflict pain filled his heart because he lost everything as all Draknar do but gained so much more.

Written by uncannynerdyguy

April 29, 2012 at 12:12 am

X-Men Movie Reboot

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I am an X-Men fan through and through. It’s probably fairly obvious from my previous posts about them and how much I mention them in articles that they seem very unrelated to. I love the X-Men because every character is messed up in some way or other. There are no “perfect” X-Men…each brings their own maladies and dysfunction to the group. This is the beauty of the series because everyone can find someone that they can attach themselves to whether it be a popular character like Wolverine or Gambit or less popular characters like Psylocke or Wolfsbane.

Recently, after hearing talks of them rebooting the Spiderman movie series, I heard that they might possibly be thinking about doing the same to the X-Men. Immediately, my heart pitter-pattered in my chest because I would love to see them produced as amazingly as the new Batman series perhaps. I think that the first two of the trilogy that are in existence now are good movies (we won’t speak of the third because although it was passable as a movie, it made fans of the series and comics go “WTF!” in the theaters…some of us just happen to be a little more vocal than others). They actually have a lot going for them to have such an extensive cast. However, there are also some parts that are just awful.

Good:

–Casting for the most part was fairly spot on. Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart are amazing as the opposing leaders. Famke Janssen, Hugh Jackman, James Marsden, Kelsey Grammar, Rebecca Romijin, and a few others were amazing in the parts they played…I have a few scruples about the age difference between Famke and James, but that didn’t bother me as bad as some other things.

–The storylines, although not mainstream X-Men plots, were not bad. The idea of changing world leaders into mutants and killing all mutants are both very logical and followable plots. They create a journey that both movies are able to follow to fruition.

–Effects–They didn’t overdo them which is amazing. With a super hero movie, it is the tendency of most directors and crew to try to be overly flashy with special effects….this was not the case with the first two movies. They relied on very limited effects and let the storyline/acting take the forefront of the movie.

–Directing. Bryan Singer was amazing at capturing the heart of the X-Men’s universe. He seemed to understand the drives and motivations of most of the characters…he seemed to really get the ideas and the heart of the comics.

Bad:

–Haley Berry and Anna Paquin–While both are good actresses in their own right, they were not the right people to play Storm and Rogue (respectably). Berry played Storm too hot-headedly. Storm is practically a goddess of the weather…she gets pissed the weather changes. This is why she is generally seen as a very stoic person in the comics…in the movies, Berry gets angry and shows a variety of emotions that would cause the weather to go all sorts bad. Paquin just doesn’t live up to my standards as a Rogue in my book. One, her accent is not great. Two, I don’t think that Rogue should have been that young (no fault of Paquin’s). Finally, Rogue is one of my favorite X-Men. She is nothing that I envisioned her to be (I’ll admit that I have a personal bias here).

–The third movie….or as I like to call it, Barry yells a stream of obscenities at the movie theater. It was awful from a purely X-Men nerd stand point. Why? Because they (and I place most of the blame with Brett Radner) completely destroyed a treasured storyline (the Phoenix Saga), they went against the internal motivations of characters (Magneto would have died saving Charles from Jean…Charles would have never transplanted himself into another body), they killed multiple main characters and screwed over even more (Cyclops is dead, Jean is dead, Xavier as we know him is dead, Magneto has weakened powers and Rogue has none…honestly, what is this)…This movie managed to make me wonder if it would have been better to stop at the second movie because then they would have at least ended on a good note…instead of on crap…also, I’m not even going to include X-Men Origins: Wolverine because it’s so far from the original comic line that I’m not even going to get started…

All in all, I think that if they did decided to reboot the series, I would not be hurt by it because I think there is room for improvement. I think that if they found someone with the right vision like they have for Batman Begins and The Dark Knight that this series has the potential to be AMAZING …and I’m not just saying that because I love the X-Men….or maybe I am…who knows?