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  • Sachi 2:35 pm on February 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: analysis, , Olacion, , religion, , science, , , Valkyire Profile, Vareth,   

    Science and Religion in Radiata Stories 

    In the Kingdom of Radiata, the city is split into four sections, each run by a different guild: Theater Vancoor (Warrior Guild) resides in the Red Town; the Olacion Order (Priest Guild) resides in the White Town; Vareth Magic Institute (Mage Guild) in the Blue Town; and the Void Community (Bandit Guild) in the Black Town. While ultimately contrasting, and often clashing with each other, the four guilds help maintain the balance within Radiata, and are on occasion called to set aside their differences to go to the aid of the Kingdom.

    Today, I’m here to talk to you about the Mage Guild and the Priest Guild.

    On the surface, these two appear to be complete opposites: one advocates the use of scientific reasoning and understanding in order to solve the world’s mysteries logically; the other advocates the importance of religion based on holy scripture and uses faith to solve the world’s mysteries. Here, we have the classic clash: science and religion.  However, many ways in which the guilds interact with one another, as well as core similarities between the two, lead me to believe that some suggestion is being made about the interaction and coexistence of science and religion by example through Radiata Stories. (More …)

    • Kyalie 3:04 pm on March 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, i ran into your blog while searching how this f*cking door before Lezard was supposed to be opened 😀
      Anyway, that’s an interesting article of yours, but not the first subject i would have chosen about Radiata Stories background.
      Somehow, coincidences have made me being into stories related to two peoples, one forest-loving and the other one technology lover, fighting over each other; the Soldier’s son trilogy of Robin Hobb, Avatar and Radiata Stories (i think Avatar is the one of these three media that deals with the subject in the least subtle way).
      I remember Ridley saying something, during the sidequest for the green orcs, about humanity, defending it, explaining why the humans acted like they were. I thought this was very true, and was eager to listen to the quote again so i could write it down in my second non-human game… but i missed the quest, i didn’t know it was actually a side-quest. Anyway, i thought it kind of stood out from the rest of the game, which unfortunately leaves a feeling of incompleteness; i was baffled by the two endings which really deserved to be deepened. I mean, they were shorter than many other cutscenes in the game! and the silver dragon seemed out of place as a boss.
      I thought the story had much potential, and that the designers were in a good frame of mind to treat the subject (of two peoples with different cultures fighting against each other) but somehow they missed the point, maybe due to the Larks-Cross dynamic which seems so not believable and to Jack being almost obnoxious if the human path (maybe because it was my second game…?).
      On the other hand, they managed to make you feel really bad for leaving your friends behind when you choose the fairy path just by making them become random enemies, and emptying the fields and villages. I think it hurt me more than any cutscene would have ^^’
      Anyway, i hope you’ll make an article about it, the fairy people/human people opposition 🙂
      Have a nice day! (sorry if there are some mistakes, i’m french).
      Oh, btw, i think the water dragon gives us its name just before you fight it in the optional dungeon, though i just can’t remember it right now.

    • meister_dan 7:26 am on June 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      The Water dragon’s name is Kelvin

  • Sachi 1:23 pm on April 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 12 Step Suite, alcoholism, analysis, , , ,   

    The Twelve-Step Suite — Dream Theater [Analysis] 

    In January of 2002, progressive metal band Dream Theater released their 6th studio album, “Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence”. The first track of this two-disc album, The Glass Prison, marked the beginning of what would soon be known as Dream Theater’s ‘Twelve-Step Suite’, a five-song compilation with twelve parts dealing with alcoholism. This suite is known for it’s unusually heavy, and aggressive nature, unusual only because it’s coming from Dream Theater, whom, up until that point, had remained a little less guitar-oriented. The ‘Twelve-Step Suite’ is actually a bit of creative therapy by Dream Theater’s drummer, song-writer, and one of the founding members, the legendary Mike Portnoy, after he dealt with a experience involving alcoholism and drug abuse up until April of 2000, after the ‘Scenes From a Memory’ Tour when he joined the Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve-Step Program. Each song in the suit deals with two or three of the twelve steps, and each of the steps begins with the prefix, “Re-” as short for “Rehabilitation”. (More …)

  • Sachi 10:28 pm on March 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: analysis, , James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Metallica, , The Memory Remains   

    The Memory Remains — Metallica 

    The Memory Remains is a single by the acclaimed American metal band, Metallica, off their 6th studio album, ReLoad, released in 1997 and is the second track of the album. The lyrics describe an once-great but now washed up celebrity who is passed her prime and must deal with becoming something of the past and no longer the star she used to be, but is desperate to regain her stardom. The song was written by headman, James Hetfield, and drummer, Lars Ulrich. It is believed to be a reference to the 1950 movie, Sunset Boulevard, which has a character who is faded movie star whom attempts to make a triumphant return to Hollywood and the big life by using a “down-on-his-luck screenwriter” (Wikipedia). This may also be a way of expressing the musical pair’s feelings on their own celebrity fatigue and the downsides of being famous. (More …)

  • Sachi 10:03 pm on March 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: analysis, Bohemian Rhapsody, , Freddy Mercury, ,   

    [Analysis] Bohemian Rhapsody — Queen 

    On Halloween of 1975, rock legend, Queen, released their hit single, Bohemian Rhapsody, and it instantly held the charts as number one for nine weeks upon release, and became the UK’s third best-selling single of all time after Freddie Mercury’s death in 1991. Easily considered Queen’s greatest work, and arguably the greatest rock song of all time, Bohemian Rhapsody tells of tale of a young boy’s internal struggle upon killing another man, and his overcoming of this conflict within his mind. This song breaks normal structural conventions, having no chorus, but instead three different arcs; it starts off as a soft piano intro of the boy addressing his mother and telling of the terrible deed he committed; afterward it moves into a operatic descent into insanity as the boy becomes tormented by the devils inside of him; lastly it ends with a heavy rock finish as the boy expels the devils within him and accepts his fate. (More …)

    • SailorStarDust 11:20 pm on March 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Great lyric analysis! :3

      This really is an amazing song, it has good reason to be the greatest rock song of all time.


    • myraa 10:02 am on January 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I am impressed by your analysis,
      this really helped me with understanding the song. :3

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