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  1. What if Naga Julius and Loptyr Julia?

    Women's marriages (in traditional medieval society) were only considered legitimate if their family assented to it. The marriage was legitimate for Sigurd, but Deidre's grandfather and father didn't assent to the marriage, but Deidre's marriage to Arvis was assented to by King Azmur, her male guardian. Obviously the whole mind erasure thing complicates the legal and personal matters, but by all rights Seliph is at best an heir to Baldo, but seems like a dubious heir to Heim. Deidre witnessed this statement and only really stupid kings didn't leave wills attesting to their desire for inheritance, especially when the inheritance of your throne was in question(Azmur has no son and a granddaughter of dubious means) and Azmur doesn't seem stupid to me and he knows he's dying. Most of Julius' power still comes from loyal members of the empire following his orders, the cult was useful, but most of the people who do his bidding, Ishtar, Blume, Dannan, Hilda are just 'bad people' not cultists, they do his bidding because he's the true emperor and they want to be in his good graces. Loptyr Julia is a malignant force to be sure, but if Julius still lives, her means of inheritance are extremely limited and she likely wouldn't have had the support to rest power from her father. Besides, a Naga Julius likely could have helped his father usher Julia away while Naga Julia has limited means in the political realm as long as her father and brother still hold so much power.
  2. What if Naga Julius and Loptyr Julia?

    I think you're misdiagnosing what's going on with them. Here's King Azmur's word to Arvis in ch. 5 “Lord Naga’s lineage through Saint Heim must not be allowed to perish! I want the two of you to bear a son as soon as possible! If the child inherits the power of Naga, he shall be Prince of Grannvale. And once I pass on he’ll become the King of Grannvale. Lord Arvis, until the boy is old enough to rule, you shall be the provisional king. Do raise him well. I hope you understand all of what I’ve told you. (cough.. Ah…ack..)”. The King's will has him as provisional ruler, his son by all rights is king, Arvis rules in his son's stead and succession is all through Deidre. Just like if Deidre had born only daughters and died and Arvis remarried and had sons, Deidre's daughters would have had priority for succession, probably their husbands. And while Julius doesn't inherit Naga's literal power he does inherit Naga through his mother. Seliph really isn't a legitimate child of Deidre , he's more like a bastard who swooped in and through might took the throne and sort of messed up the holy blood arraignment. Deidre's marriage to Arvis is here only legitimate one. Arvis is a puppet at the end because Julius is nearing his coming of age or has suprassed it and should begin his rule as King/Emperor. Yeah the whole evil cult expedites Arvis getting dead and getting kicked out, but the succession plan laid out by the rightful King Azmur would have had a Naga imbibed Julius inheriting the throne about the time Seliph is ready to fight.
  3. What if Naga Julius and Loptyr Julia?

    Except for Arvis wasn't a cultist, he was just cowed into marrying his sister for the throne and then they made an anti-Christ by accident, but Julius was already his son and his heir so he was basically stuck with him. All of his lines at the end basically tell us Arvis is sorry that Julius is emperor, he wouldn't have gone out of his way to make Julia emperor just because she had Loptsou holy blood. In fact, he may have been able to get rid of her easier by marrying her off far away, nobody would have questioned marrying her to Arion or someone far away.
  4. What if Naga Julius and Loptyr Julia?

    Except she wouldn't have been given the deference or leeway that Julius was given. He's the heir, no matter what and the reason why the loyal members of the empire who aren't dark cultist follows him is because is father is only emperor in name, mostly a regent. Julius, through his mother and his maleness is the one true emperor basically on his birth and his grandfather's death. Julia's not going to be able to boss around dukes, kings, priests, soldiers and the like if she's the the heir, she's an extra at best.
  5. What if Naga Julius and Loptyr Julia?

    It complicates Manfloy's plans because he's very dependent on Arvis' and Deidre's son inheriting the throne because the whole male preference for succession so the second half kind of falls apart. But assuming that was the case, I would suspect it would have been in the Manfloy's/dark cult's interest to murder Naga Julius and make it look like an accident so Julia inherits the throne and they get rid of Heim's main blood line too.
  6. Problems with new job

    It just depends. Assuming you live in the US, or any western country, there's probably a governmental organization like the US's OSHA (occupational safety and health administration) where you can report this gross negligence of the law. I know it seems extreme, but this is why these laws exist, to protect people from the stupid decisions their superiors make, not only is it bad to smoke near others because it's bad for their health and rude it's also bad for the building itself and most companies lease the space they work in and I can't imagine the people that own the building want the rank smell of smoke and all the crap they leave in the vents and carpeting. You should be able to do this anomalously and I can't imagine you're the only one in the office who hates the smoke, so who could pin it on you? Alternatively, if you don't want to inform the authorities, you could always wear a face mask for your 'health'. Flu season is in full swing and people are getting sick all over, if you wear a mask for your 'health' you at least have a excuse for the mask that doesn't have to confront the smokers in your office. Lastly, you could always talk to your boss. While not threatening to expose the company to the lawsuits they seem to deserve, you can still tell the boss that you have weak respiratory health, asthma definitely applies, and that you would prefer if the word spread around the office that you can't handle the smoke in your face and that if those who smoke would be kind enough not to smoke right in front of you.
  7. Quick question on how to initiate pairings?

    I mean, most pairings that can 'accidentally' happen are okay, besides all the females except the two that show up late have low love bases so you can just have desired pairings stand near each other about 10 turns a chapter and you'll be fine. And there aren't a ton of lover conversations that give items, but there are a couple. Also love points stop accumulating after turn 50 on every chapter too. All-in-all, pairings while fun, aren't the end all be all, most are pretty okay, just decide the ones you want and build towards them and they will happen, really only one pairing is likely to happen accidentally.
  8. Quick question on how to initiate pairings?

    I don't think using staves gives love points, but you're right about conversations and standing next to each other. The last one is just implicitly, most females naturally gave love points each turn with males even if they aren't adjacent at the end of the turn.
  9. Quick question on how to initiate pairings?

    You don't 'initiate pairings', when a couple gets 500 love points they become lovers, if you're playing the game, look at Cuan's and Ethlyn's character pages and you'll see the line 'lover' and their respective names will be there, that means they are paired. When a couple reaches 500 love points by 'lover' it will say whoever they are paired with. Yes the ch. 5 lover conversations only occur between people who the game identies as lovers, once a couple reaches 500 points the game stops adding points for other characters, so if Lex and Arya reach 500 they are lovers even if Holyn had 450 love points, it doesn't matter the game will stop counting Arya and Holyn's love points. That's pretty much it, though the game doesn't allow conversations that create 'love points' like the conversation in ch. 3 between Arya and either Lex or Holyn if that person already has a lover, so that should be kept in mind too.
  10. General US Politics

    I agree that the president is indeed a narcissist, if you want to give it a mental health diagnosis and call him malignant, go ahead, but I'm loathe to do so, I don't know him and I'm not a doctor. That isn't a disqualifying trait from the presidency, it just makes you a lousy human. I thought about it and there is a way Mr Mueller can compel the President to talk to him, he could issue a subpoena through a grand jury though that may open a whole new can of worms, but I suspect the president would talk to him in private if a subpoena was issued. Congresspeople are different, the means by which they are removed is very public. The whole Congress basically has to take up an issue to get rid of the member, so with private things like Alzheimer's disease, Congresspeople are expected to resolve those matters on their own and resign if necessary. The 25th Amendment allows for relative privacy to initiate the means of removing a sitting President. I agree that he's ignorant and ill-informed, but old and stupid aren't disqualifying traits for the Presidency. This could have been complained about long before he became President, those traits seemed to attract many Americans to him. I remember lots of people remarking he 'says it like it is', he is who he is. I'm not actually defending the president as a human or a politician, I'm merely defending the institution of the Presidency from needless speculation, removing the President is an extreme action, it can't be taken lightly and shouldn't be glibly flung about. The world already thinks he's a moron, there's already egg on our faces, some care, some don't, it is what it is. The world would think no less if his allies started calling him out and if they privately moved to remove him for being incapacitated and failed the Congress would likely be forced to intervene.
  11. General US Politics

    Playing armchair psychiatrist is like playing armchair quarterback, really easy to do with no consequences, but not of very much value. The president is an older gentleman who has 'senior' moments, he occasionally loses his train of thought and gaffes and he's basically always said stupid things, that's not new to his old age. While I won't speak highly of all members of the Trump Administration, some (Mr. Kelly, General McMaster, Mr. Tillerson) seem like loyal enough Americans who would speak up if the President was truly mentally deficient so as to be unable to execute the job of the presidency. The 25th Amendment provides a means for the cabinet and the Vice President to oust the president for the such a problem and if a vote was taken or even considered, this administration leaks like a sieve, so everyone would know. Here's the relevant text: Section 4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President. Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.[3] Unless the Congress either renews or rewrites the special counsel laws, I don't think there's really any way for Mr. Mueller to compel President Trump to talk to him. Now, if the seat upon which the president rests becomes too hot, then he may have no choice but to talk to Mr Mueller. Right now, I don't see anything that would make President Trump talk to him, so he won't.
  12. General US Politics

    Yep, there's a 'William Henry Harrison' line of bad, that whole talking at your inauguration for so long in the rain that you catch pneumonia thing and my apologies, Harding is the tea pot dome President Grant had the whiskey ring and the creation of the DOJ. I think the Presidents I mentioned are worse than general Tippecanoe, honestly.
  13. General US Politics

    Tricky Dick also created the EPA, enacted the clean water act and 'ended' the war in Vietnam. It doesn't mean he isn't the only President in the history of the Republic(almost 220 years) to leave the Presidency without dying or ending his term. He literally used the executive branch of the government to break the law and then spent 2 years covering it up; that scandal spirals him into the doldrums. He helped create this culture of cynicism and potential bureaucratic corruption, he filled the executive branch with his cronies and made a mess that took basically the whole 70's to clean up and into the 80's. Besides he helped start off that whole 'stagflation' problem of the 70's. You can say nice things about General Grant's presidency too (I don't call him president because I like the man too much and his presidency was that bad) he adopted the 15th amendment (black suffrage) and ended the KKK, which didn't reappear for almost 40 years, but the Tea Pot Dome scandal and all of the related problems he created with his friends and cronies in the federal government drives down his presidency.
  14. General US Politics

    Average to below average at worst, people with any historical perspective put Jr way above terrible presidents like Carter, Nixon, Harding, Buchanan, Pierce, Grant etc. President Bush was okay, war in Iraq not withstanding, the war in Afghanistan made lots of sense and was very popular at the time, the expansion of Medicare was a relatively successful program and though he wasn't successful, just like President Obama, he attempted comprehensive immigration reform that could have fixed this mess we are in. The economic downturn was both a result of the deregulation of the Glass-Stegall act, which happened under President Clinton, and the eventual downturn of the economy. His response was measured, just like President Obama's really and saw the expansion of the federal government to fix the problem. His tax bill was wholly political and mildly popular, the middle class tax reforms are still in effect as of today . Bush was okay, not great, but okay. Nationalism is a wholly populist movement, it could rise and fall with the country's whims. Both political parties have had real stinkers and come swinging back from it; after President Nixon, it didn't look like the GOP could ever win again, he was such an unrepentant disaster and then Reagan happened, the Democrats had disasters like Carter, but Clinton still had two terms. The parties remake themselves to the whims of the voters all the time, only time can tell.
  15. General US Politics

    Reagan to Bush Sr to Bush Jr, kind of a bit of transitioning for both parties in that time too, ie first time GOP controlled both houses of Congress in '94 in 40 years with Newt's Contract with America too. As a major aside, I think both parties are kind of due for some major restructuring and realignment, it's been a while, but that's neither here nor there. And this may be an unpopular opinion here, but I don't think President Trump has done anything worthy of impeachment. Now don't get me wrong, I understand that impeachment is a wholly political endeavor, but historically in America it is to remove someone who has either obviously committed a crime or is so unfit for office that the Congress has to act. There is a reason why the Senate has never convicted a president to actually impeach him, not one time. We got extremely close with President Andrew Johnson, but that was when the Radical Republicans in Congress made such a blatantly unconstitutional law that impeaching him would have been an affront that some noticed. The President has been below average at best and he isn't a good person, his character is clearly lacking, but I've seen no proof from the Muller investigation showing he's committed a major crime, ie something worthy of impeachment and this book from Micheal Wolff does nothing to make me think that the President is mentally unfit, he's not a genius, he probably has average to above average IQ, but he's just an older gentleman who says stupid things. He's like if you gave my crotchety eighty year old grandfather a twitter account, he's say thoughtless things, but despite that, he isn't 'mentally unfit'. Besides, look a little into Mr. Wolff, he's clearly at best a gossip columnist, he's an admitted liar, who down right says he exaggerates for effect and he doesn't even act like a proper journalist with sources and quotes. His book is meant to sell and oh boy it's gonna sell. I think everyone needs to temper all this talk of impeachment. I know that President Trump has the ethical sense of a pawn scum and that his actions can hurt millions of Americans and that he's unpopular, but, and this is an important but, millions, probably tens of millions, of Americans still support him. If it looks like the majority of Americans (especially the "establishment") are pushing out the President just because they don't like his antics or because they find him unpleasant, there will be hell to pay. It will push those people into a more horrible camp than the Trump one, they actually exist, and the country will be further galvanized. I know this is counter-intuitive, but give the president more rope, as the saying goes, he'll hang himself. He's unethical, he'll do something or he already has, worthy of either impeachment or at least disqualification (don't know what that looks like, but there are several options). Stop calling for his impeachment all the time, treat him like what he is, but cover it with no commentary, eventually the majority of the country will catch on to his heinous antics and unethical behavior. I suspect that 20% of the country will stand with him no matter what, but if 80% are repulsed, the country can heal at least, we have to get there. In terms of politics, who knows how the GOP will react to all this, reading tea leaves is a waste of time, better to react and think about what is. I'm of the opinion that this election could result in a populist movement in both parties, something that's never really happened in America politics, something I would loathe, but it could just as well result in an anti-populist 'return to normalcy' movement in both parties where we see a reharmonization of the country and an agreement on the basic norms of the country that 65%-75% of Americans can live with. Who knows, it could always get worse? Maybe we have a race to the bottom for the country.