Archive for March, 2014

“Like walking, grass-covered hills masquerading as a sentient race, the Forns are an imposing species of elemental and statue-like beings. A truly ancient and primeval race, the Forns originate from the High Mountains at the northern end of the Nordfeld province of the Bulrin Empire. The Forns regard themselves as the wise protectors of nature and are generally respected by races of smaller statures. The Forns are something of a lonely race, they do not often meet with other members of their race and this sometimes causes observers to see them as aloof or feral. Most definitely, this is not the case. Forns merely do not crave the company and protection of others, like Humans do for example. Indeed, a Forn is not a being that has much cause to fear other creatures or races in the mountains. Their sheer size and stature affords them much safety. Because of this same stature, the Forns are held in great reverence by the people of the Nordfeld province, who view them as spirits of nature.

The Forns, by their own admittance, are moderately cold creatures. They even claim to eschew emotions altogether. The few conversations i have actually had with Forns do indeed show that they don’t publicly display emotions, even to each other. Their words do, however, belay a certain great wisdom and intelligence. They pick up different languages very easily.  Because of this coldness, they do not act as a Human would in a given situation. They believe in the “greater good” and do not usually view individuals as particularly valued. A Forn will think little of sacrificing itself to save allies or innocents.

The average Forn is huge, standing at about 10-12 feet tall. Their large bodies are made up of stone, grey fur and ashen muscly flesh. Forns can come in several shapes, from wide shouldered brutes to towering, slender giants. The stone body parts they own, usually the arms, legs or head, give further credence to the elemental spirit theory held by the Nordfeld peoples. Forns survive on very little matter, even eating rocks or gravel. They do not even appear to require to ingest liquids of any kind. This enables Forns to survive up in the forbidding High Mountains with little trouble. Other than these precious few facts, very little is known about the biology of these legendary creatures. They certainly don’t appear to be particularly willing to speak of such things.

The original meeting between Mankind and the Forns unfortunately ended in a hefty measure of bloodshed. The first Human settlers of the Nordfeld province saw the giant Forns as monsters, perhaps beings of Dust, and hunted and attacked them on sight. Large parties of Human hunters even tracked the innocent Forns for days before attacking en masse. These first few encounters almost always ended in the retreat of the hunters under the awesome physical strength of the Forns. Indeed, an individual Forn could shrug off arrows and blades with little trouble and each swipe could topple whole groups of Humans.

It was not until the full Bulrin army marched into the mountains that the Forns finally banded together to protect themselves. The martial discipline of the Bulrin army matched against a wall of Forns.  However, the ensuing battle was interrupted by the truly colossal frame of the “Meistari”. If a Forn is a walking hill, then the Meistari is a walking mountain. This near-mythic member of the Forn race, who is held in reverence by the Forn people, individually stormed through the Bulrin army demanding an audience with its leader, the now late Emperor Augustus Bulrin. After a brief exchange, the Bulrin empire had unexpectedly made an alliance with the Forn race. The exact circumstances of this negotiation are lost to the annals of time, they died with the Emperor on his death bed. The alliance had the sole aim of ending the bloodshed and to forge a new understanding of each race. Shortly after the agreement was sealed, the Meistari vanished back into the mountains and has never been seen since.

Ever since that time, the Humans of the Bulrin empire have honored their Forn allies, and the Forns have often marched to war under the Bulrin standard. Lending their large frames and tremendous physical strength to the cause. They often act as walking supply caravans, battering rams and ‘one-Forn line-breakers. Forns don’t really appear to trust many Humans outside of the Bulrin empire and as such, seem to have developed a particular dislike for the Riefans. I hope that the future of the Forns lies in peace, their peaceful temperaments do not suit war and intrigue, in my opinion…”

From the memoirs of Hermann Maestra.

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“I may be human myself, but it seems unfair to write these studies on our fellow Primean inhabitants without mentioning my own kind. It’s not exactly wrong to say that Humans are a central, if not THE central, race on Primea. I will attempt to write this from an outside perspective, but i feel that will be challenging at best. Regardless, I’m a scholar. I will do my best. I will, however, attempt to keep it reasonably brief.

Humans are one of the most common races on Primea, if not Daetrolos. They are an ancient race that allegedly evolved from primates. They tend to be extremely varied. A very adaptable race, individuals can range from very pale to near black skin. Individuals exhibit a large variety of hair colors and a seemingly random spectrum of weights and heights. Humans are hugely intelligent, able to achieve almost anything they put their minds to. They are an incredibly curious race who have pioneered the majority of technological advancements and can claim to have discovered most locations on Primea. An inquisitive mind leads humans to always wonder what is over the next hill, what is across the sea, what is under the mountains.

Humans are not a peaceful race. They have also, in the past, been masters of warfare and destruction. Brutal, cunning and unrelenting, these are the traits of humans at war.   Humans can be greedy and merely out for themselves as individuals. They have been known to start wars for meager winnings.  With that said, humans can also be one of the most forgiving races on Primea. I dare you to attempt to reconcile with a Mawkin. It’s not a pretty prospect. I feel this is mainly due to humanitys ability to adapt to any situation. There is no need to make an enemy if an ally can be made.

There are three major human powers in the world, as far as i know at this point. The Bulrin Empire, the Kingdom of Riefe and the Migran Empire. These three powers have been instigators of immense wars of conquest in the past, but it would be fair to say that tensions have stabilized in recent times. The Migrans are the only nation that still seems to prepare for war, across the ocean in their desert domain. Humans abilities with economics, politics and science dwarf those of the more traditional races of Primea, like the Demiens and Forns.

Unlike the majority of other races on Primea at least, humanity is largely individualistic. A human is unlikely to act in the interests of bettering the race as a whole. No, a human will act to benefit himself and his family. Unlike Demiens, who will generally act to better their entire enclave. Despite these so-called shortcomings, humans are a predominantly friendly, if suspicious race. They can be welcoming to outsiders unless some kind of historical hostility exists, such as the Bulrin Empires complete intolerance to anything even slightly pertaining to the Dust and Dust magic. Ultimately the human race is an immensely and undeniably authoritative force on Primea and Daetrolos as a whole. Let us hope that my human brothers and sisters back at home in Bulrins future lies in peace…”

From the memoirs of Hermann Maestra.

 

Bloodcircus

Drip drip,
Drip goes the blood,
Drip drip,
Drip goes the gore,
Drip drip,
Victim beaten,
Drip drip,
Victim impaired,
Drip drip,
Tournefoux grinning,
Drip drip,
Blades whirring,
Drip drip,
Only audience corpses,
Drip drip,
Battlefield a bloody circus,
Drip drip,
Tournefoux cackling,
Drip drip,
Serving his master,
Drip drip,
Clown advances,
Drip drip,
Victim weeping,
Drip drip,
Blades singing,
Drip drip,
Tournefoux strikes,
Drip drip,
Victim eviscerated,
Drip drip,
Bloody fireworks,
Drip drip,
Tournefoux triumphant,
Drip drip,
Tournefoux gleeful,
Drip drip,
Tournefoux insane.

Tournefoux

Hola fellow inmates!

Hope you are all having a most crazy day! I know i am! It’s time for another Harlequins writing music post. I’ve been finding quite a few new artists recently. These artists have been almost exclusively electronic, but are, for want of a better word, primarily very chilled. Very thought provoking.

One in particular has been played almost constantly for the last two or three days. His name is Tom Day. He seems to be a fairly unknown electronic artist from Australia. His music is simply beautiful. It’s relaxing, it’s calm, it’s exquisite. I will be including one of his songs today as i feel he deserves so much more attention. That’s not to say that these other artists don’t as they most certainly deserve it as well!

Join me once again as we delve into the musical minds of meritorious artists the world over!

Three Days Grace – Break
http://www.threedaysgrace.com/

Tom Day – Crossroads
http://music.tomday.me/

Weird Al Yankovic – Polka Face
http://www.weirdal.com/

Alestorm – Captain Morgans Revenge
http://www.alestorm.net/

TwoThirds – Pieces
https://www.facebook.com/TwoThirdsDnB

So there we have it for another time! I do hope that anybody reading this gives a listen to all of these artists. They all most certainly deserve more exposure! Makes a change from pop music right? Haha!

Check back next time for part 8! Have a crazy day!

Hello there inmates!

Hope you’re all having a crazy day! I wanted to talk to you guys about another video game that is close to my heart. Video games are, as i said in my previous gaming post, my primary hobby. Oh, aside from writing of course! I’m going to talk a little bit about my 2nd favorite game. Its a bit more recent this time. Another role-playing game. In my opinion one of the best RPGs of recent years.

My 2nd favorite game is Dark souls. Developed by From software and published by Namco Bandai. It was released in my country (the UK) on October 30th, 2011.

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Picture/logo belongs to From software and Namco Bandai, obviously.

Now, i’m no game reviewer. I’m not going to be telling you the positives and negatives about Dark Souls. I’m simply going to be splurging about this video game that i love.  Alright, now that’s out in the open, i’ll continue. Hehe!

Dark Souls is an Action-RPG. This means it’s a hybrid between an action game (Think God of war or Devil May Cry) and an RPG. An action game with elements of RPGs in it. Chopping monsters to bits while leveling up your characters statistics. I doubt anyone reading this actually needs this explanation, but there you go.

You play as an undead man or woman, in a dark, dreary world. The world resembles a water painting, if it were painted by Marilyn Manson or Edgar Allen Poe. Moody tones permeate everything. The settings range from dank dungeons to forbidding forests, from depressing sacred sites to disease-ridden swamps. Light is fleeting at best and completely false at worst. In fact, the only area with any significant sunlight is an illusion. The setting suits me perfectly. It’s mad in a subtle way, like the world is already ended and ended in a slow, corrupting way.

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Being undead, you can’t die. When you’re cut down, you simply return to life at Dark Souls version of a checkpoint: the Bonfires. Oh, and you shall die a lot! Anyone who has heard of Dark Souls or read about it has most likely heard about its difficulty. Even the most humble enemy has the ability to tear you a new one. The bosses, of which there are many, will make you into a bloody stain in no time flat. Colossal dragons, giant suits of armor, demons, zombies, killer plants and demigods. This game has it all when it comes to enemy variety.  From software really hit it out of the park here. I picture a member of the development team coming into the office and telling everyone about a nightmare he had. His colleagues would then proceed to take this nightmare and make it real in the world of Dark Souls.

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One of my personal favorites: the Gaping Dragon.

The difficulty of the game works in its favor. Every achievement, every victory (no matter how minor) feels like you’ve reached the summit of Everest. Defeating a new boss for the first time really feels like you’ve defeated an unstoppable killing machine. To be pretty blunt, you feel like a bad-ass when you kill each one. I remember literally jumping for joy the first time i killed Seath the Scaleless, a dragon boss that i personally had a lot of trouble with. Oh, i do love fighting monsters on this!

I think that i should give a special mention to the music of Dark souls. It’s one of the only soundtracks that has compared to Final Fantasy. Practically every piece of music feels me with dread and wonder in equal measure. My personal favorite has to be the theme song for the final boss. I won’t spoil his name, i’m not that cruel. It’s clearly a boss theme and yet it is so sad. The melancholic piano reminds you that this boss fight is effectively a mercy killing. You’re putting an old, crazed god out of his misery. Dark Souls has a habit of making you feel like a horrible person, through both its music and dialogue.

A very good example, i feel.

Right, i feel like i have kept you long enough. I’d be surprised if anyone has read on this long. You must be as mad as me! I’ve splurged enough. I’d recommend Dark Souls to anyone who enjoys a solid fantasy experience with a dark twist. The fighting is solid, the leveling is dynamic, the setting is refreshingly twisted, the music is more than solid and the character design is exemplary. I have only one thing left to say: Play this game! Oh, and play the sequel when it comes out in a weeks time or so!

Have a very crazy day my friends!

Greetings inmates!

I hope you are all having a great day! I have quite a strange subject today, in that i’m not entirely sure what point i’m trying to make with it. I fear this post is going to be something of a ramble from me. Awfully sorry about that. Haha!

WorldofHarley has been going for a good few months now and i’m really quite proud of the blogs progress so far (Thanks entirely to my wonderful inmate followers). I’m actually coming up to 70 posts now, amazingly. I’m enjoying it immensely and i’d like to think that i’m entertaining people and, with any luck, making them think too. I’m profoundly happy with the reception the WordPress community has given to my work so far. have far more to give though, i promise you that!

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However, that is not what i was actually going to talk about today. You see, i was looking at my blog earlier on and something irks me slightly. I can’t really stand the theme i’m using any more. I don’t feel it strictly feels right more. It looks more “street” than “insane”. I want something that fits my crazy and dark style. I’m not sure if I’ve just gotten bored of the appearance or my intentions about the blog have changed. Perhaps i saw someone with the same theme? I forget to be honest. Anyway this is all besides the point. The point i am trying to make is i feel that i need a change. I need a new theme.

I’m not entirely sure what i’m looking for either. Something with the same functionality as my current theme, just with a different look. I want something dark, not necessarily black. Something with clowns, monsters, Tim Burton-esque characters and jesters. Something that has a sort of “insane asylum” aesthetic to it. Something that is, simply put, very Harlequin-like. Anyone who has seen my Harlequin photos on the blog may have a vague idea of what i’m going for.

I also want to include my blogs tag line: “Fun for the whole asylum!”. I feel it represents what this blog is about rather well. Something like this perhaps, albeit far more well made. This simply took me 5 minutes on Microsoft Paint. Anyone who reads my blog knows i’m not exactly a visual artist.

Worldofharley

Not very artistic, but i like the idea.

Basically, i’m calling out to the greater WordPress community and my own Inmates for help here. Help me find or create a new theme for WorldofHarley.  Any advice would be graciously accepted, even if it is only information on how to go about creating a theme myself. Assist this inept clown, before he sheds a tear…

Have a very crazy day inmates!

Where will you be at the end of the world?
When the sky is aflame,
When the very ground shatters,
When society is a distant memory,
When all the states of the world crumble,
When lives end aplenty.

Will you be with your families,
Comforting one another in your last moments?
Will you be be with companions,
Celebrating and dancing among the flame?
Will you be in the streets,
Flailing feebly at the falling sky?

Will you be praying,
Begging non-existent entities to save your wretched soul?
Will you be raiding,
Clinging on to notions of greed even as mankind expires?
Will you be fighting,
Attempting hopelessly to save your fellow doomed souls?

Me?
Where will i be?
I’ll be at the epicenter,
Arms outstretched,
As if doting on the devastation,
A great big grin on my face,
Watching as the world burns finally.
Waiting hysterically for the screams to stop.
All vestiges of understanding and sanity burning up.

Where will you be?
Beside me?

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Take a seat over there.
So I hear you have a case of being yourself?
You’re an individual?
Easily remedied!
Here take these,
Two pills of forced homogenization,
And another of a misguided vox populi.
Take with regular exercise and regular bullying.
Keep your mind grey and dull.
You’ll be cured and normal in no time!

Don’t listen to that doctor!
Me? I’m your voice of reason.
Individuality is not a disease,
It’s not a curse,
It’s not wrong!
It’s good to stand out!
It’s good to be yourself!
Wear what you want!
Do what makes you happy!
Love who you want!
Let your rainbows soar!

And if you are faced by bigots and critics,
Just remember: Don’t let them “cure” you.
You’re an individual!