Posts by Silent Lion

    Surprised we don't already have one of these, if you're into birth anniversaries.


    Happy Birthday, Kaynil!


    (oh yes, I'm afraid a did Comic Sans you.)


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    So how old are you?

    ^ There's an innuendo in there somewhere, but no my head's not itchy
    < I wonder if I'll ever change my avatar?
    V Are we relics, dear friend?

    It was English Lit. I'm surprised I remember that after nine years. I was going to skip it because I was feeling lazy and antisocial, but I had a rare moment of conscientiousness and attended.


    That was sixth-form (ages 16-18 or 19 if you failed and had to resit a year... ) which technically counts as higher education in the UK. So if we're talking last day of proper, compulsory school... I really can't remember :/ I suspect it was drama


    Name something you learnt in school which you're glad you know and which most other people probably don't know.

    Lets see this


    1: What if Darunia was successful in defeating Volvagia?


    Answer: you guys already did answer it but I have to give my piece of information as well, It is true, One cannot be named sage until upon death, an example is Nabooru, Ganondorf's wife, who is murdered by Twinrova infront of player's eyes, and later ascending as a sage, so the scenario is: Darunia wouldn't be a sage and would still be alive, Link will be given the fire medallion by the ancient sage of fire, and his quest will be continued.


    What happened to the ancient sage of fire when Darunia ascended?


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    3: What if Link was too late and arrived after Great Deku Tree's death?


    Answer: Link and Navi will be at loss, as Navi never got the instructions herself, "go get me the boy without a fairy" was the only thing she was told, and with the abstinence of Link who will probably never even leave the forest, Ganondorf will collect the stones from the dead old tree, the rock men who are starving, Darunia will probably give the stone to Ganondorf just to free the caves from dodongos so his people don't die off starvation, Ganondorf will forcefully take it from Princess Ruto as well, but Zelda will escape with Impa, holding the Ocarina of Time, putting Hyrule into a weird state, Ganondorf ruling the land but without true power as he is unable to access the Sacred Realm and the Triforce, and Zelda with Impa hiding in the shadows probably raising an army to strike back at the gerudo. (Whoah this turned into a new game)


    Good answer :)


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    Now let me If.
    What If Tetra and her crew of pirates never went to Outset Island?


    * reminds himself of WW plotline *
    Oh yeah.


    Well, it would have been quite a bit longer before Tetra had any reason to go to the Forsaken Fortress and accidentally reveal herself to Ganon, but assumedly with an adventurous spirit like hers, Tetra wouldn't keep away from it for long, and sooner or later Ganon would have her all tied up. And assumedly at some point he would track down Link, too. Unless of course Tetra sailed off the map entirely and went somewhere else. Hopefully though, Ganon would have been successful and, evil man that he is, would have been able to reclaim thousands of acres of liveable, farmable land for everyone.


    And be evil overlord of it... eh.

    I'm looking forward to seeing it, but I want to watch a lot of the anime first. It's helping me pick up on some Japanese, so I'm gonna go original first. Looks pretty cool though.

    I think this forum is great - you already have a friendly and welcoming group of people here. Of course, you probably need a lot more of those to keep it active, but that's something I have no idea how to achieve. That's up to you, boss!


    Anyway, just wanted to say I'll always be lurking! I 'joined' your community several times in the past and this time I'm staying.
    Do you have a gameplan? Like, a demographic you're going to target? There's quite a few people here around my age or older, and we elderly folk tend to lack the bottomless sack of time that younger folk have to be crazily active.

    I find AI to be very scary, even more so that climate change. Climate change is a drastic problem indeed, not to detract from that. In the UK it will be illegal to sell new fossil-fueled vehicles after 2040. But that's too little too late - many will still be driving polluting cars for many years after. We can only hope that companies and investors will see which way the wind is blowing and consider it more profitable in the long-term to shift to renewable technologies as quickly as possible (which it will be). But AI is in a whole other league. At least it's conceivable that we could reverse climate change, if we became sufficiently motivated. It's difficult to see given our recent political and economic history, but it is conceivable. If AI goes wrong, I can't even conceive of humans re-liberating themselves, unless machines develop a sense of altruism. Perhaps that's another discussion.


    As a minor point, I would argue that the stabilisation of the population is not due to the planet's limitations but an increase in wellbeing. People with the most food are having the least children. Therefore it seems unlikely that an increase in food availability will result in increased population. Families in developed countries with a high quality of life simply don't want more than 2 children on average, regardless of their ability to support them.


    Your point about cultural stagnation leads me to think about the Fermi paradox. As we watch cultures around the world progress, it seems that the pattern of progression is not arbitrary or random, but goes through identifiable phases. It may be our culture in the west has stagnated because there has been relatively less change, and when AI comes out or other game-changing, uh, changes, it will inspire a cultural reaction.


    As for the Fermi paradox, is there a logical endgame for cultural and social progression? Not necessarily the end of its existence (although we can't rule that out), but a point of equilibrium, where our level of control over our environment and ourselves reaches such a point that we cease to expand? You could call this a straight, unchanging line, or it could be more like a series of repeating, predictable cycles, some lasting a few years, some lasting a century - but all of the cycles will have been accounted for and their effects controlled. Is this a reasonable conclusion from witnessing the pattern of history? If this is so, it would explain the Fermi paradox - it might not be that aliens are non-existent or incapable of making themselves evident, but that all advanced civilisations, if they survive, ultimately turn themselves into a perfectly balanced self-contained equilibrium.
    A correction: someone pointed out to me that an equilibrium was a state of perfect entropy, meaning that it would be difficult/unlikely for the civilisation to contain all the evidence of its existence. But still, the march of civilisation (and the evolution of life in general, for that matter) is in many ways a counter-current to entropy. Increasing conglomerations of energy-demanding order, through to the technologies we continue to develop. But difficult for us conceptually doesn't mean difficult or unadvantageous for them - I can imagine a future where our control over our environment is so complete that happiness and order is achieved with the maximum of efficiency and energy re-use, such that the only traces to leave the system are indistinguishable to us from normal cosmic signals. As a species progresses, perhaps it either hits a 'death gate' and vanishes or retracts many steps, or achieves a state of cyclic order.


    On a related note, as the radio and microwave signals we emit from earth expand in a sphere and become more diffuse, is there a point where the information is lost? Would an alien living at Proxima Centauri be able to tune into Fox News one day, even in principle? If not, that would also explain the Fermi paradox...

    All very true. You're probably right. There's a few things though I could never figure out - like what do the sages do between not defeating the boss and being awakened by Link defeating the dungeon? Do they escape the enemy and wander around the Temple waiting for Link to be victorious? Does Rauru or someone else in the Sacred Realm 'hold' them until Link comes along? And if that's true, what happens to Nabooru when she is freed from the Iron Knuckle curse and then the witches blast her? Why would they send her to the sacred realm? Where was she waiting?


    Oh! And here's a new one -
    If Link had been too slow and hadn't gotten to the Great Deku Tree before he died, Link wouldn't have ended up collecting the Spiritual Stones and Ganondorf would never have met with the Triforce and all the upset he caused in every game afterwards would have been avoided, right? ... Right??


    I mean, Ganondorf had already lost patience and given up on all three stones, leaving curses behind as he left.


    ... Right?

    I haven't played Minish Cap :/


    Thing is though with Darunia (like any of the sages I guess), I'm not sure he could have been the Sage Of Fire if he'd defeated Volvagia. After all, the sages follow a pattern (excluding maybe Rauru) - Their land/people are in trouble, they go into the temple, fail to defeat the evil within and then communicate with Link only when he has defeated the same evil. The sage in question has now passed into another world and awakened as a sage. The implication is that these people were killed by the temple's boss.


    If that's true, does it then follow that these people could only be sages in death?
    "Because it is destiny that you and I can't live in the same world." - Saria

    A Zelda theory game - someone comes up with a what if question, and everyone tries to imagine would would happen. (Does this belong here or in games?)


    So...
    What would have happened if Darunia had defeated Volvagia in OoT?