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The Arcticourt Spellwright PM
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Joined Dec '10

08 November 2019

No longer in high school obviously. Got a BA, an MLIS, and am looking for work. Currently working on finishing Trial By Ed in the evenings and when I need a break. Have diversified my online presence.

My other accounts:

Deviantart: https:///shadowspellchecker

AO3: https:///users/ShadowSpellchecker/profile

Original Post

Greetings. I have been lurking on this site for quite some time, but only recently have I felt confident enough with my skills with writing to bother joining and posting. I am currently a senior in high school, and my favorite subjects are English, any kind of history (except the Advanced Placement kind), Religion, and Latin, in which I am on my fourth year. Expect this to show up in my writing. I know kung fu. My hobbies include the sacred art of the Wikiwalk and lurking on speculative fiction sites. I have a number of strange obsessions, including studying and coming up with genealogies, bird watching, and an apparently disturbing fascination with taxidermy. On the more normal side of things, I like stuffed animals; mushrooms; books and libraries; fine architecture; cats, birds, wolves, and dogs that have practical purposes; watching earwigs drown in the bathtub, and having AD/HD. I hate shopping for clothes, designer dogs, spiders, and having AD/HD. My heroes are Nikola Tesla and Mother Teresa. (I would put Jesus there, but he deserves a higher category. How about God?) I love my family, but feel they need counseling.

There. That is all that I feel is necessary to give out to the world. I hope it was entertaining. Do not expect crack fiction from me, though: my real-life interests are more crackish than my writing style. You may see subtler examples, but expect to get, at best, historical in-jokes and puns from me. (While I truly appreciate crack-fiction, I cannot write it well, since few people seem to get my jokes, thus my resignment to so-called "intellectual" humor. Kudos to those who can do the high artform.)

I am currently writing The Lyoko Chronicles Book I: The Lost Tower. I have written others before, but because I have never finished one, I have never before posted. Since I am in my last year of high school (god forbid!), I would like to have written at least one completed fanfiction. So, I’m trying the common “write-chapter-post-wait-a-week-write-next-chapter-then-post-a-week-overdue” process used by most authors on this site for a change. Hopefully, the thought that people want an ending will drive me to finish this.

13 November 2011 Favorite Animals:

Class: Aves

Domestic: Cats

Scavenger: Common Raven (Corvus corax)

Mythological/Fantastic Beast: Dragons

Predator: Wolves

If I were to come back as any animal, I would choose to come back as an African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus), preferably one in a research situation. It has the ability to fly, but also has the ability to speak, and combined with its high intelligence, if memories of this life DO start emerging in its brain, it seems likely that the 'bird brain' would be able to process the information and perhaps even report it. My parrot self would then either become the first 'species-confused' or crazy parrot to be able to speak in the eyes of science, or would become the first literate parrot capable of using the internet for its own amusement.

6 June 2011

Seeing as I have just graduated, I admit my failure to achieve my set goal of 'one completed fanfiction' before graduation. Alas! I got sidetracked first by worldbuilding for my present story (the same as above; do not worry; I have not abandoned this!), and then further by the inexorable demands of AP and Final Exams. Released from those constraints, I am confident that an update will happen early this July.

7 October 2011

I am now a Freshman at a University that shall not be named. In my efforts to get over the block I have developed on TLC, I have begun a new project, Trial By Ed, and it seems to be working out well--too well, in fact; it has taken over my writing entirely. Consequently, TLC will NOT be updated by November, though I will come back to it once TBE is out of my system. In the meantime, I do encourage people to see what this newer story has to offer.

2 November 2011

Wow. Where did October go? I blame my research on the Pentagon—American English and I have had a little conflict of interests when it comes to the terminology, and poor Google has gotten caught in the crossfire. [Illustrating this is my little hissy fit last night (I normally don't do this, but the deadline was today and I STILL had yet to find enough sources): "Building, dogammit, building! NOT institution, not the DoD, and NOT some mosque in NEW YORK!" *Facepalms] The only perk, in terms of TBE, that came from this, is that in my search, I found out about this one army-sponsored project, GRILL FLAME, which upon further investigation has turned out to be the army's subset of a larger project, SUNSTREAK/STAR GATE that got transferred over to the CIA by around 1995. What was it doing? Psi-Research! I pulled together a timeline, and the whole thing fits into my background for TBE beautifully! I'm so happy—it is like it was made for this story! (Or I'm psychic—not impossible if the premise was correct.)

…Maybe this has something to do with where October went, too. But this was a one-Friday-and-a-Weekend thing, so it barely contributed.

On another upside (and the reason I'm writing this update to my profile) is that, in preparation for the upcoming chapter, I am presenting you with a few very helpful links that I have dug up and have been referencing constantly. While some of the details of these are not necessarily accurate (or worked out on paper), overall they provide a very helpful look into Rolf-Wolf's inner workings. Hopefully I will not have to do any anatomy lectures on the subject of Rolf, however; let us all hope Double D doesn't have an X-Ray machine in his basement or something to go along with the electron microscope… Anyway, on to the links:

http:///gallery/#/dxq7d7

http:///2011/06/werewolf-is-fantasy-creature-which-has.html

http:///2011/06/locomotion-of-werewolf.html

I'll do a Grill Flame/Psi entry at some point, but I do recommend searching "The Men Who Stare At Goats" for those who like solving riddles.

12 November 2011

Just a little ditty I did of sorts. A bit of a parody, a lot of actual advice, take it as you will but know that I do in fact follow them.

The Principals of Superhero Clothing
Formulated and Composed by the Arcticourt Spellwright

I. Function follows Powers

Powers take precedence over appearance when it comes to superhero apparel. Clothing should never interfere with one’s powers or essential functions that benefit one’s powers (mobility for a speedster or martial artist, etc.), put the wearer in unnecessary risk, or, through weakness or deficiency on its part, discourage the wearer from using his or her powers. Only then can the next few take play:

Consequence: Hindrances at least, backfires at worst.

I.I. Skirts vs. Perverts

Female costumed vigilantes are advised against wearing inhibiting or fragile civilian garb. Further, due to the rigorous and often acrobatic nature of the work, vigilantes of all persuasions are highly advised to wear clothing that ensures one’s privates will not be visible from any angle. Hazards of loose essential clothing and the potential violations of modesty outlined in Principal IV aside, if one wears a skirt or similar garment while in flight or leaping between buildings people will take advantage of the view to further gains such as personal pleasure or to answer that age-old question about Scots.

This tendency of people is unavoidable, and so-offended vigilantes may be discouraged by such looks from maneuvering in ways that might attract them. This may decrease performance, and therefore in such cases Principal I is directly violated. It is thus advised that individuals take precautions in choosing one’s attire so that one will avoid being placed under such circumstances.

II. Concealment of Identity)

A costumed vigilante should always hide his or her identity. The costume should facilitate this if one’s powers do not.

Consequence: Involuntary exposure of identity and all the consequences thereof

III. Clarity of Identity

Goal: The costumed vigilante needs to be identifiable both from a distance and in the heat of battle. It is necessary for the clothing he or she wears to further that goal.

Consequence: Causing friendly fire incidents, being mistaken for a villain, etc.

IV. Deference to Culture

A costumed vigilante may become a “superhero” and superheroes often become “culture heroes” of those whom they protect; a costumed vigilante/superhero has the greatest advantage, works best when in possession of that esteem, and can do the greatest good in that capacity. The costumed vigilante derives its power from the willing consent of the people. The garb one wears must never impede that bond between protector and charge.

Elaboration: A costumed vigilante ought to conform to the fundamentally acceptable social mores of the culture he or she resides in; his or her apparel must never incur the disapproval of a significant percent (50 percent or more) of the population. While liberties may be taken to facilitate the full functioning of one’s powers, such wear is often only deemed forgivable by because of the beneficial deeds one performs while in that wear; one’s appearance must never cross the limits of their tolerance.

IV.I. Modesty

Different cultures have different standards and connotations for differing amounts of clothing. Dress in the way that provides you the most dignity.

Consequence: Varies from personal distraction to being fined for criminal public indecency.

IV.I.I Note for Superpowered Vigilantes in Most Western Nations:

If you have invisibility powers and no intent on making yourself visible during your vigilante activities, feel free to streak. Just do not become visible while in the nude, people tend to freak out. Also, if you are hit by a car while crossing the street, that is your problem. At least if your body becomes visible with the loss of brainwaves, people will not have problems identifying your corpse. Invisibles should always walk with a crowd or wear a brightly colored flag while walking invisibly in hazardous public spaces.

V. Physical Protection and Comfort

There is a reason most people wear clothes: things tend to get cold. And wet. And occasionally snowy. It is hard to work while freezing to death. Further, there are sharp, pointy things on the floor that can cause unintentional injury, and many floor surfaces are rough and/or hot and may cause blisters, necessitating the need to wear adequate foot protection. Likewise, gloves are necessary. Always take particular care in protecting the head and spinal cord; there is no prosthetic brain, losing one eye ruins depth perception, losing two eyes means blindness, and a damaged spinal cord can never be reattached. All of those things mean Game Over.

Goals vs. Consequences: For the costumed vigilante, any time and place where he or she is in that capacity is a battlefield. Life for such individuals is a battle. He or she will be battered, hurt, bruised, sliced and diced, severely injured, or even killed, while on the job. It is the job of the vigilante’s clothing to help minimize that damage, from wherever it may come. A good pair of shoes may protect one’s toes; a sturdy jacket might literally save one’s skin; a Kevlar vest may save one’s life. Even a proper pair of woolen socks may mean the difference between freezing to death or being able to walk out of a blizzard alive. Always dress for the occasion, so long as the occasion one is dressing for is the worst thing imaginable: Dress for the worst, hope for the best. Thank you.

on the floor that can cause unintentional injury, and many floor surfaces are rough and/or hot and may cause blisters, necessitating the need to wear adequate foot protection. Likewise, gloves are necessary. Always take particular care in protecting the head and spinal cord; there is no prosthetic brain, losing one eye ruins depth perception, losing two eyes means blindness, and a damaged spinal cord can never be reattached. All of those things mean Game Over.

Goals vs. Consequences: For the costumed vigilante, any time and place where he or she is in that capacity is a battlefield. Life for such individuals is a battle. He or she will be battered, hurt, bruised, sliced and diced, severely injured, or even killed, while on the job. It is the job of the vigilante’s clothing to help minimize that damage, from wherever it may come. A good pair of shoes may protect one’s toes; a sturdy jacket might literally save one’s skin; a Kevlar vest may save one’s life. Even a proper pair of woolen socks may mean the difference between freezing to death or being able to walk out of a blizzard alive. Always dress for the occasion, so long as the occasion one is dressing for is the worst thing imaginable: Dress for the worst, hope for the best. Thank you.

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