Characters of Cimmeria: Darudanano

When searching for Dungeons and Dragons character images sometimes I find something that has the right feel, but ultimately looks nothing like the character. Darudanano is a Dragovinian who wears extended brass claws and has a floating shield that follows him around. He is not a human with a curved blade. But the image still felt right to me and I have used it to represent Darudanano ever since.

Darudanano

The elder brother of Tagenadi, Darudanano entered the military at a young age. Tagenadi often looked up to this older brother and dreamed of joining up after him. Daru spoke against Tagu’s joining, but his little brother did anyways. Tagenadi turned a blind eye to the war crimes of the Xorians while Darudanano saw theses acts as… necessary. Daru’s best friend, Devanane, absolutely reveled in his ability to rape and pillage the women and homes of those the Xorian army defeated.

With the success of their families, soon Daru and Devanane were slated to be Dragovinianized. Tagenadi supported it, but Daru was reluctant. After the process, Daru and Deva came home changed. They were excessively cruel to the non-Dragovinians in Daru’s family. Tagenadi realized his error and arranged for his parents and sister, Tanarenena, to be taken out of the country. Unfortunately the plan failed. Tagu and his parents were captured. Daru and Deva smirked at Tagu’s weakness as he was taken off to his sentencing.

Since his separation from his family, Daru has risen swiftly through the ranks of the enforcers. He now commands a seat in the King’s own combat group. Darudanano’s fighting style allows him to protect King Jevaninada II from nearly all attacks, either taking the blows himself or even turning strikes back against a foe. On the offensive, Daru uses a set of brass talons to strengthen his own Dragovinian claws. He attacks with speed and power, draining his enemy’s energy with every successful blow.

-GoCorral

Characters of Cimmeria: The Dwarven Kings

Dwarf King

The Dwarves of Cimmeria are split into four races led by four kings. The four races are Hill Dwarves, Mountain Dwarves, Deep Dwarves, and Duergar. Hill Dwarves live in the lowlands of Cimmeria with a large concentration in Jord where the Hill Dwarf King is. The Mountain Dwarf Kingdom is in the Terror Mountains with their capital at Highhold. Deep Dwarves live in the tunnels of the Underdark under Northern Cimmeria. Similarly, Duergar live underneath Western Cimmeria.

Torngar, Dragonslayer, King of the Mountain Dwarves, and High King of All Dwarves

Torngar reigns over all Dwarves from his seat at Highhold. He is a gruff old man, but skilled in the arts of statecraft and war. In his youth he spent his time with a group of dragonslaying adventurers, but he has long since settled down. When the Fierce Axe of Dwarvish Lords was reclaimed from the Xorians a Kingsmoot was called. Torngar invited the other Kings to Highhold and held the meeting there to decide which of them would wield the Fierce Axe and preside over a united Dwarven people. Torngar won the Axe by promising aid for the Alliance to King Dainlin, the Generalship of the army to Deekgaon, and the reclamation of the Duergar homelands to Sandil.

Dainlin, Master of Hammers, King of the Hill Dwarves

Dainlin joined the Second Alliance just as his father had joined the First Alliance decades before. He fought alongside other Alliance soldiers in the battles leading up to the Siege of Phoenix. During the siege, Dainlin returned to Jord to placate his advisors who did not wish him to die in a battle defending foreign lands.

When the Fierce Axe of Dwarvish Lords was found by Dainlin’s great-nephew, Torin, the King toyed with the idea of taking the Axe for himself and proclaiming himself High King. Dainlin reasoned that he had to call a Kingsmoot instead. Taking the High Kingship for himself might not bring aid to the embattled Alliance and could even lead to a civil war amongst the Dwarves.

At the Kingsmoot, King Dainlin threw his support behind any who would bring the entirety of the Dwarven forces into the Second Alliance War on the Alliance’s side. Torngar agreed to this condition and Dainlin pledged his fealty to the new High King.

Deekgaon, Axe Seeker, General of the Dwarven Army, King of the Deep Dwarves

Deekgaon sought the Fierce Axe of Dwarvish Lords all his life. Often he neglected his kingly duties to practice with a magic axe he had made in imitation of the Fierce Axe or searching for its location in forgotten tomes and ancient books. Occasionally, Deekgaon left on forays to some supposed resting place of the Axe, but he always returned empty-handed.

When the Hill Dwarf Atreides unearthed the Fierce Axe during the First Alliance War, Deekgaon rushed to reclaim it, but he arrived too late. The Axe had been stolen by Amalgami and sold to the Xorians. Roaring with frustration, Deekgaon slew a few Xorians, but he could never hope to take the Axe back by force against a force such as the Xorian army or the Seven Rages. Deekgaon sunk into a depression that lasted many years.

When the Duergar were forced from their homes by the enslavement raids of Havoc the Rage, Deekgaon took his fellow Dwarves in. Duergar and Deep Dwarves lived side by side, learning each others customs and culture. Dwarven brotherhood has not been this strong in an age. This brotherhood extended into the Second Alliance War, with Deekgaon and the Duergar King, Sandil, agreeing on nearly everything.

Deekgaon was ecstatic when the Fierce Axe was reclaimed by the Hill Dwarves. At the Kingsmoot he put forth his own name to wield the Axe and lead the Dwarven people. Deekgaon cared little for the leadership, but the Axe… He had dreamed of holding it and swinging it into an enemy’s head his whole life. Sandil supported Deekgaon during the initial stages of the meeting, but the Duergar King betrayed Deekgaon later on and supported Torngar. Deekgaon insisted on receiving something during the negotiations, so the others granted him Generalship of the Dwarven Army. He grudgingly accepted this second place prize, never getting his hands on the Fierce Axe as he’d always wished.

Sandil, Trickster King, Homeless King, King of the Duergar

The Duergar King Sandil is a weaker warrior than the other Dwarven Kings, for he does not study the way of the axe, hammer, or sword, but that of magic and enchantment. When the Xorians invaded the Underdark, taking slaves and killing many others, Sandil fought back for a time. Eventually, the odds proved insurmountable. King Sandil brokered an agreement with King Deekgaon of the Deep Dwarves and fled the Western Cimmerian Underdark. Few know that this agreement was not achieved through negotiation but through magical domination. Sandil had enthralled his cousin, Deekgaon. Deekgaon’s weak will bent for Sandil, allowing a smooth transition of the Duergar into Deep Dwarf communities at the Deep Dwarf King’s insistence.

At the Kingsmoot, Sandil played Deekgaon by backing his claim to the Fierce Axe at first, before switching to his support to Torngar, whom he had always intended to back. Sandil now advises High King Torngar on most decisions he makes, slowly working himself deeper into the High King’s graces. Soon he will be close enough to Torngar to dominate him as well. Then Sandil will be the undisputed power behind the throne of one of the most powerful nations in the world.

-GoCorral

Bad Moms Movie Review


Bad Moms is the latest comedy in theaters and I probably don’t need to tell you who the stars are in it as you can read the poster above.

The lead, played by Kunis, is a mother of two who struggles to keep up with all the demands of her professional and domestic responsibilities.

The Kunis character decides to make some changes to her life after discovering that her husband is cheating on her.

She stops being a “perfect mom” who does her children’s homework and brings food to the bake sale and becomes a “bad mom” who takes time to relax with her friends and starts giving her children the onerous responsibility of cooking their own breakfast.

The central conflict in the movie is between Kunis’s character and Applegate’s. Applegate plays the head of the PTA at the local school.

When Kunis quits the PTA Applegate vows revenge and starts a petty “war,” abusing her position to hurt Kunis and her family.

Kunis decides to run for PTA president in response, to take away Applegate’s power.

The movie isn’t so much about being a “Bad Mom” as I think I facetiously pointed out, but about being a bad PTA member (most of whom are mothers in the movie).

Plot ensues along with lots of good jokes and physical humor coming from everyone on the cast. The trailer does not have the only jokes in the movie like some other comedies I’ve seen, plenty of content that will make you laugh.

Bad Moms didn’t leave me in tears or have me questioning everything I thought I knew about parenting, but it did make me laugh a lot. What more can you ask from a comedy?

If you liked Kunis’s other comedies or you liked Pitch Perfect then you will probably really like this movie.

Additionally there is a part at the start of the credits where all the main cast members are interviewed along with their mothers. It was a adorable, sweet addition to the movie and a nice look into the childhoods of a  few celebrities that I might not’ve cared about otherwise.

If you want to laugh at some funny women, go see Bad Moms. It’s pretty momilicious (Is that a stretch? We’ll go with it.).

-GoCorral

Nerve Movie Review

NerveNerve is, dare I say it, a summer blockbuster.

The title refers to a fictional streamed game where users sign up as a Watchers or Players.

Watchers watch the Players, duh, and give the Players dares to complete.

Dares come with a cash prize if completed and there’s something about losing all the money you’ve won if you fail a dare that isn’t fully explained.

Players are competing against each other. Nerve is set up as a 24 hour game. The two Players with the most Watchers at the end of the day move on to the Finals.

This game is funded by a $20 fee put forward by each Watcher.

The movie stars Emma Roberts as Vee (short for Venus), who is using the game to prove that she takes risks to her risky, risque friend, Sydney.

Vee joins the game as a Player and soon joins up with another Player named Ian.

The team-up catapults Vee and Ian to the lead, but as they get more Watchers the dares they must complete get more and more dangerous and more and more illegal. Vee and Ian must decide whether to continue, risking death and possible arrest, or drop out and lose all the money they’ve won so far.

The trailer made me feel that the Watchers would start to manipulate Vee and Ian to their benefit with dares like, “Rob a bank!”and “Leave the money by my apartment!” but none of that happened.

Vee and Ian do end up fighting back against the game with the help of their friends. That’s where it got a little weird for me.

Nerve is supposedly an open source game that anyone can edit the code of as long as the majority of voting users approve those changes. A nice premise, but it doesn’t hold up.

First of all, the money. Where does it go when its taken out of your account? Who is spending it on keeping the streaming service up and running? Who decides the prizes for dares? It’s not a group of people voting in a chat room like Twitch Plays Pokemon. We all know that wouldn’t be fast enough for this sort of entertainment.

The answer is that there MUST be a group of people that made and still control the game. They are the voting users that decide top level issues for Nerve.

This group is necessary, but they remain unconfronted by the end of the movie. Nerve is supposedly defeated, never to return to endanger people’s lives. Unfortunately, there is literally nothing stopping this group of creators from starting the game up again.

Not that this is a bad thing, the movie was good and I’d like a sequel, but the problem was that the movie didn’t acknowledge that there must be a specific group toying with the Players. Everything was just the evil behavior of “the mob.”

So that’s most of the plot along with the plotholes.

Stylistically, the movie was amazing. Good acting, good costuming, GREAT effects.

The special effects are used to show the “behind-the-scenes” on the Nerve app. Lines connecting Watchers to Players. An aerial shot with beacons showing where the Players are in New York. Other good-looking stuff like that.

Lots of fun stunts in the movie as well.

It is a really good thriller movie with bits of action and lots of thinking moments. Go see it with someone else! It’ll give you plenty to talk about afterwards.

Nerve definitely gets my recommendation.

-GoCorral

Characters of Cimmeria: Amalchus Halkias

Amalchus

Amalchus is the son of the founder of the Second Alliance, Amalganus Halkias, and the grandson of Amalgami the Betrayer as well. His father’s accomplishments gave Amalchus a position of power and respect in Jipangu. He used this clout to become a successful horse merchant; however, when his grandfather’s name became public, Amalchus was exiled from Jipangu. He has survived living off his business experience and the generosity of his older brother, Amalius. Continue reading

Characters of Cimmeria: Korm

Some of the Cimmeria posts I make will be about two characters. Smaller characters have smaller posts but I don’t want to deprive you all of a decently sized blog post on Cimmeria every week. The information for this week’s two characters is pulled from a forgotten note I wrote a few years ago on how magic items can possess people in D&D. So let’s get started with our two characters of the week, Cecilia (again) and the magic talking dagger, Korm!

Cecilia

Cecilia returned home after traveling with Jovy and spent many years there before the Dragon War erupted. What happened during those years? Continue reading