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I am very happy to report that today, the Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is a legal right across the United States.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-ca…
edition.cnn.com/2015/06/26/pol…
www.theguardian.com/us-news/20…

Has it taken a Long time, yes, no doubt about that, but the important thing is that it's finally happened. I for one couldn't have imagined a nation-wide ruling for gay marriage even happening, yet here we are.

Today's events are a great, albeit long overdue, victory for America, and to quote President Obama,

"Love is Love."
Hey, everyone, just letting you know what I've been up to.

I've recently returned from a lovely trip down to Wales, where I was visiting family members, those including but not limited to my father, my wonderful step-mother and my adorable baby half-brother. My father's homeland is a truly lovely place to visit; it feels so much more laid back and relaxed for me compared to the stress of England. I don't think I could actually Live down there though, or if I did, I'd have to live by a city like Swansea or Cardiff. I'm an urban person, it's who I am. Still, I was immensely glad to go down there to unwind and see loved ones again. I'll definitely be going down by frequently, especially now with my baby brother in the picture; I want to be a part of his life.

Now, regarding my writing progress, yes, I am aware that it has recently reached the one year anniversary of my last Citizen Weevil chapter. I want to thank all my readers for their immense patience and interest in the story, and I am happy to tell you all that Chapter Five is now in the editing stage. I understand it has been taken a long time, for which I apologize. Factors such as work, volunteering, and writer's block are always present with which I have to juggle, but I am dedicating to seeing this story break from its kinda-sorta hiatus and continue. I have plans for it that I want to see utilized.

On the side, I've also got a couple smaller projects I'm tinkering with, one which will be inspired by the recent fanfic fuel that was Episode 100, 'Slice of Life'.

Anyway, that's how things are going for me at the moment. I hope to have a new chapter or story for you guys pretty soon, but until then, do take care.
Today, I've watched both Mad Max: Fury Road and FINALLY Guardians of the Galaxy for the first time. "WHAT A LOVELY DAY!" indeed!
It's hard to disagree that the two most popular issues of the Fiendship is Magic series are Sombra's and Chrysalis' with the way the writers handled their backstories. And what's only just recently struck me is how, well... unexpected their choice of backstories were.

Think about: before the comic, Sombra has been widely criticized as a one-dimensional monstrous entity with little personality. And yet it was the comic that gave him perhaps the most complex backstory of the series, as well as going down the tragic villain route. Meanwhile, Chrysalis has often been applauded for being one of the more interesting villains with the most potential and is often the chosen candidate for the sob backstory in countless fanfics. And yet her backstory subverts the latter completely, making her what Silver Quill calls, "Primal Evil", or as I prefer, Equestria's equivalent of Aku. She's not a tragic or a martyr for her people, she's admits she's a pure evil villain and flaunts it. She strikes me as the type who would eat one her subject's hatchlings alive in front of them and everyone else if she thought it would give her an edge over her enemies... or if she just felt like it.

What really encouraged me to post this thread was this tweet reply by Andy Price: twitter.com/AndyPriceArt/statu…
[quote]"We said for ages, even before the book: sometimes a monster is just a monster"[/quote]

And it's got me to think: for the longest time, that's what most villains used to be. A lot of them were evil because, well, they were just dicks. I know that in the modern day, most of us more prefer a complex villain, often with a tragic backstory to boot, and sure thing, those villains can be awesome. Villains like Darth Vader, Lord Shen, etc, are particularly great because of that amongst other things. Heck, I find Sombra more interesting because of his too. However, along the way, I can't help but feel we've almost fallen too much in love with this idea. Almost every villain nowadays needs to be deep and complex and relatable, but we all know too much of any one thing can be bad. It's like we've reached a point where a villain is really no longer allowed to be, as Mr Price said, "just a monster."

And I'm thinking, "Well, why not?" I admit, sometimes, I kinda miss the villain who's just plain evil. I think I like that version of Chrysalis instead of the libraries of fanfictions consisting mostly of her moping and crying and having sexy with every single Alicorn Princess in the MLP universe. I mean, are those kind of villains too complicated or thought-provoking? Most of the time, no, but at the very least they're entertaining and fun, which are two things villains are still allowed to be as well.

What do you think? Did you like Sombra and Chrysalis' backstories. Do you think nowadays we're discouraged from allowing our villains to just be evil villains? Do you prefer them to the deep/complicated villains, or vice versa?

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I am very happy to report that today, the Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is a legal right across the United States.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-ca…
edition.cnn.com/2015/06/26/pol…
www.theguardian.com/us-news/20…

Has it taken a Long time, yes, no doubt about that, but the important thing is that it's finally happened. I for one couldn't have imagined a nation-wide ruling for gay marriage even happening, yet here we are.

Today's events are a great, albeit long overdue, victory for America, and to quote President Obama,

"Love is Love."

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:icontrooper924:
Trooper924 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
So regarding the Steven Bomb 3, who or what do you think Sardonyx is?
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MagicMan001 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
According to somebody, Rebecca Sugar said Sardonyx is hiding in plain sight, so I'm guessing...

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:icontrooper924:
Trooper924 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
That was actually false. It came from a tumblr blog that posts fake Steven Universe facts. (Though I wouldn't be surprised if we've already seen Sardonyx and just don't know it...)
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MagicMan001 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Ah, okay then.

But still, it'd be great if their whole base is actually a gem.
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Daiskida Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
Hey thanks for the watch ^^
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
War... war never changes.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW7Of3…
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MagicMan001 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 4, 2015
I haven't played these games (though am aware they spawned the Fallout:Equestria series), but it seems interesting in its own right.

Actually, I've got here a compilation of the trailers for Kholat, some new, and featuring narration by Sean Bean:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=uM0tk9…
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXqwCL…
www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWi2kT…
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqsnYh…
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
Thanks!
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MagicMan001 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Your welcome.
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