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I Am A: Neutral Good Human Paladin/Ranger (1st/1st Level)

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Neutral Good A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order. However, neutral good can be a dangerous alignment when it advances mediocrity by limiting the actions of the truly capable.

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Primary Class:
Paladins take their adventures seriously, and even a mundane mission is, in the heart of the paladin, a personal test an opportunity to demonstrate bravery, to learn tactics, and to find ways to do good. Divine power protects these warriors of virtue, warding off harm, protecting from disease, healing, and guarding against fear. The paladin can also direct this power to help others, healing wounds or curing diseases, and also use it to destroy evil. Experienced paladins can smite evil foes and turn away undead. A paladin's Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that they can cast. Many of the paladin's special abilities also benefit from a high Charisma score.

Secondary Class:
Rangers are skilled stalkers and hunters who make their home in the woods. Their martial skill is nearly the equal of the fighter, but they lack the latter's dedication to the craft of fighting. Instead, the ranger focuses his skills and training on a specific enemy a type of creature he bears a vengeful grudge against and hunts above all others. Rangers often accept the role of protector, aiding those who live in or travel through the woods. His skills allow him to move quietly and stick to the shadows, especially in natural settings, and he also has special knowledge of certain types of creatures. Finally, an experienced ranger has such a tie to nature that he can actually draw on natural power to cast divine spells, much as a druid does, and like a druid he is often accompanied by animal companions. A ranger's Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that he can cast.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

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Lord of the Rings Online + Regions:



“Angmar is known as the cold and evil lands, north of the Ettenmoors and far to the northeast of the North Downs. They are most known as the heartland for the Kingdom of Angmar, which was ruled by the Witch King from 1300 TA - 1975 TA, until it was destroyed.”

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Lord of the Rings Online + Non-Player Characters:



”Many days have passed since I last saw you. Many leagues have you travelled.Once I was Mordirith, Steward of Angmar, but I was undone by trickery. The Dark Lord has given me a new form… a stronger form…I am Gothmog, the Dread Terror, and Minas Tirith shall crumble before me!”



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If you're in the Marvel fandom on Tumblr, you've probably seen all kinds of fanwank about Marvel casting Tilda Swinton, a white woman, to play the Ancient One, a Tibetan who is the most powerful sorcerer on Earth. Yes, it is a horrible, horrible casting decision and quite possibly racist, but it is an example of Marvel covering their metaphorical asses.

Right now, the biggest market for movies isn't necessarily the United States. For example, the film Warcraft which only made $47.2 million in the United States and $433 million outside the US (source). Yet another example is Marvel's own film, Age of Ultron, which made $459 million in the United States and $946 million dollars outside the US (source). In the case of Warcraft, the foreign market made about nine times the domestic box office and in the case of Age of Ultron, a little over twice as much. While the site does not disclose precisely which countries made which percentage of the foreign box office earnings, it is worth noting that China has become a very large and profitable market for filmakers.

China is not the US in any sense of that word, particularly when it comes to the film industry. It still has a film censorship board which determines which films can and cannot be shown in the country. For example, the recent Ghostbusters reboot was banned in China for depicting the supernatural and paranormal (sources: 1, 2). The film Seven Years in Tibet which tells the story of a group of Germans who lived in the nation during the Chinese takeover is likewise banned (sources: 1, 2) as China refuses to acknowledge Tibetan sovereignty and censors any and all discussion of the subject within Chinese borders and approved sites. Remember the Free Tibet movement a few years ago?

This brings us back to Doctor Strange and The Strange Case of the White Ancient One. Marvel or more precisely its studio executives want to continue releasing films in China and in order for a film to release in China, the need to avoid any sort of controversy with the Chinese censors. If Marvel cast the Ancient One as a Tibetan, the film would be unlikely to fit the strange standards for the Chinese screening process and thus deprive Marvel and by extension, Disney all the potential box office takings.

TL;DR: The Ancient one is White because Marvel Studios wants to avoid controversy in a lucrative overseas market.

Note: I personally dislike the casting as it makes zero sense for the setting unless the Ancient One appears to people in a form they think fits someone with the title (e.g. Someone who expects a Tibetan mystic will see a Tibetan mystic. Doctor Strange sees a white person because that's what he expects). It is in fact more than a little racist, but YMMV and it's a little too soon to be passing out judgement on a film that hasn't even been released yet.
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Lord of the Rings Online + Non-Player Characters:

Eärnur’s Knights: Orolang, Macilnis, Silmahtar, and Calatúr


"These names are not familiar to me, but I do have a dim recollection that a man named Orolang may have commited some heroic deed at the Battle of Fornost. It is the barest hint of a memory, but I have not even that for these others. Macilnis is a common name among the women of Gondor; none of the histories I have seen include any women in the retinue of Eärnur's knights. Some of Eärnur's knights have returned to trouble Middle-earth as Cargûl, but the power he wielded as Mordirith seems more deadly than theirs."

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This is the side blog for my Tumblr, a move spurred by Tumblr's frankly terrible move of putting ads on people's personal blogs and making it an opt out rather than opt in service. This is the blog made out of pure annoyance and the frankly appalling task of looking for meta and fanfic on Tumblr.

I like it here so far, to be honest.


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