Ghostwords #6: The Ship

The windy harbor

A fresh trip

The excited people looked in awe

At the tremendous ship

The brave captain

A joyful last sip

The awefilled people looked excited

At the tremendous ship

The first way

A broken tick

The happy people looked in tears

At the tremendous ship

The first drink

A welcoming tip

The tearful people looked in happyness

At the tremendous ship

The first horizon

A crazy kick

The agitated people looked in shock

At the tremendous ship

The first island

A icy lick

The shocked people looked in agitation

At the tremendous ship

The first attack

A plane so big

The innocent people looked in a pain

At the tremendous ship

The first day

A blood so thick

The painfully people looked in innocence

At the tremendous ship

Super Detective: Chapter 7 – The Case on Lookout Hill, Part 1

Chapter 7 (Trivia)

Miles celebrates Christmas with Cross and Tess and gifts them a rare and tasty new sweet he ordered from his source in Atlantis.

Chapter 7 (Article): Runner Nine-Nine

New Berlin is not a dystopian city by any means. The surveillance was kept minimal. Only a few cameras. But more patrols though. It is a fairly safe city and many enjoy that. But no city is free of crime. But that is not the topic today. Most people used to use biker messenger. The ones who’d bicycled through the city and almost crashed with taxis. Many relied on it. Until Runner Nine-Nine entered the scene. 

He does not bike, he runs. Camouflaged as a jogger he deliver highly confidential stuff between companies, agencies and offices. He is part mystery and part celebrity. Runner Nine-Nine has his own social media channels and spreads his life. But not openly, but behind an alias. And so Benedict Threebean became Runner Nine-Nine. (The Nine-Nine refers to Route 99.)

His first popularity spread wide was a run at the New Berlin marathon, where he won. For security reasons he wore a mask all the time during the run. A post on social media made him publicly known. And then his popularity rose. From one-thousand to almost one-million followers. People cannot get enough from him. Mostly because of his sarcastic and hilarity behavior.

Many people wondered why Runner Nine-Nine does not appear publicly. He excused it with privacy reasons. But it is actually for his client its privacy. (As said before.) He delivers organs, samples, designs or even money. He disguises so good – and so effectively – that no one ever was able to identify him. Not even with this social media. Which gave him an aura of mystery and a tint of being a loner.

In private he lives with his girlfriend Francine and resides in Bleeker Street 89. Some believe he comes to the Sanctuary because some thought they’d remember and identify his voice. (Most of it was false though.) His apartment is only visible for clients who know a little secret: a scar on his finger. A new client has to know where it is and is then accepted. No one ever found out who he is. And Runner Nine-Nine is very proud of it. 

N.E.T. #5 Article (Neutral) – Top 5 streets in First Urban

The latest survey for ‘the happy First Urban citizen’ asked for the top 5 streets, Here are the results.

Rank 5: Vika Street

Named after Vika Street, Skylake, it is has to most dense concentration of fast food places. McDonald’s and Burger King aren’t the big places though. The French Fry offers the best french fries and My Thai offers the most delicious Asian food.Sengo-ku, Japanese, had several scandals revolving hygene and ended up being close. 

Rank 4: Microsoft Street

It is the street surrounding the Microsoft Building. Known for its parks and redwood trees dubbed Redmonders. People enjoy the music of registered musicians performing on smaller stages scattered around the area. 

Rank 3: Rochu Street

A federal ministry of the World Government is located here. It has a plaza behind it where people are allowed to bath in a fountain. (The summer is the favorite time of course.)

Rank 2: Misenial Street

The entertainment street. Cinemas, theaters, arcades; all in one street. Immensly popular by tweens, youngsters and young adults alike. 

Rank 1: Fieldway

The area surrounding northern, western and eastern area of First Urban. Liked for its cycling and walking routes. It has a certain ‘natural atmosphere’ to it and is known for its diverse and lush wildlife. Pure nature and its finest.

P.O.V.: Harry Potter Heptalogy

Did I like it?

Read all 7 books, so yeah,

Harry Potter is a fictional world I solely admire for its creativity, quirkiness, originality, freshness and simply its storytelling. It has a dangerous and vast world. A perfectly written antagonist. And a lot of likeable and lovable characters. JK Rowling has a good sense for characters and relationships. For MacGuffins and magical objects. From the Horcrux to the Vanishing Cabinet, from the Portkey to Floo Power; this is my rundown on the books. 

+ Tom Riddle

Wow. What a mind twisting made up. The books go way more into detail than the movies. (I saw the movies first before reading the books.) The way his family is being explained, how it is mentioned how handsome and charming he was before becoming Lord Voldemort. The way his relationships are being described. This is the most detailed, complex and realistic characterization of a villain ever. Not even Death Note or One Piece come close to this. The character Lord Voldemort should be taken as example for aspiring writers to analyze and adapt in order to learn it how is done. Masterclass: Writing by JK Rowling plz. 

+ A truly magical world

The world of Harry Potter is simply amazing. Diagon Alley, Azkaban, the Ministry. Such a detailed and complex world has yet to meet a rival . It doesn’t go into big, broad ideas. No. It rather takes small ideas and details it even further. Like Diagon Alley and its stores. Which all have names and histories, then added were owners and their history. I have never seen or know such a detailed world. Other stories thrive for practical and story-related progress. A sword become stronger, an ability becomes better. The Wizarding World simply loves to have a small set of very varied and detailed, well, details.

+/- Unrealistic Realism

Harry Potter is a relatable and realistic characters. He hates ‘A History of Magic’, dislikes homework and despises Prof. Snape. He experiences school like we all did in our Muggle world. He is not a perfect A student, he has insecurities and shortcomings, he has to deal with obstacles. He dives into the magical world like we do as the reader. (Others mentioned it too. Why not me also?) The problem are the Dursleys. Not even a mad man would treat a person like this. I found it was simply too much. The whole dislike for all things magical; fine. But he simply wanted to evade all possible punishment. The Dursley almost were looking for reasons to punish him. I didn’t like it. 

– Uselessness

The only thing I did not like were certain aspects that were rather useless. As I said, I watched the movies before and always thought: Ron is a such a useless character. The books were not better either. It had so many characters that were only mentioned or not even developed. Like Neville, Draco, Seamus, Dean. Draco for example. He is simply a bully that shows up for a few pages each book. You could do so much more with these characters. Make them friends, then enemies, then victims, then let then develop own plot points and plot lines. It is sadly a waste of time.

Bottom line: Average writing. Terrific storytelling.

Kommentar: Jens Spahn – (m)ein Held

Ich wähle die CDU nicht. Ich bin nichtmal ein Fan. Ich mag nichtmal die Politiker. Ich bin sogar gegen sie. Politisch wie gesellschaftlich. Aber warum bin ich im Inbegriff einen CDU-Politiker zu loben? Weil Jens Spahn etwas macht, was andere Minister nur bedingt und nur halbherzig tun. Er macht etwas beeindruckendes, atemberaubendes: er macht einfach nur Politik. Viele andere Politiker bringen Gesetze ein uns drängen auf Selbstverpflichtung. (Stichwort: Klöckner und Tierwohl, Nutri-Score oder Stichwort Grüner Knopf.)

Alle zwei Tage sehe ich ihn in den Nachrichten und bekomme schon wieder was neues aus seinem Haus mit. Er drängt sich nicht in den Diskurs, hält sich respektvoll zurück und macht im Endeffekt einfach nur seine Arbeit. Er hat 16 Gesetze in 16 Monaten eingebracht. Dies ist fast schon Rekord. Masernimpfpflicht, die digitale Krankenakte oder die Stärkung der Apotheke. Wären alle so produktiv und initiativ würde ich glatt die CDU wählen. Allerdings wirft dies auch ein schlechtes Licht auf die anderen Minister.

Wir haben, wie erwähnt, Frau Klöckner, bei der alles auf Freiwilligkeit basiert. (Und am Ende des Tages nie funktioniert.) Wir haben eine Leuchte wie Frau Karliczek, von der so gut wie gar nichts kommt. Die Umweltministerin, die sich nicht um die Umwelt kümmert. (Oder wenigstens einmal die Fridays for Future erwähnt. Oder die 11.000 Forscher die sich an die Regierung gewandt haben.) Ich will jetzt nicht auf der GroKo herumhacken. Aber diese Regierung tut so gut wie nichts. Ich finde das einfach erbärmlich für eine Regierung.

Jens Spahn zeigt das Optimum. Der Rest den kläglichen Durchschnitt. Ich lese viel Kritik. Von der Schwarzen Null, bis zum Klima“paket“ oder die Autogipfel. Es fehlt an Investitionen, mangel and Steuergerechtigkeit oder einfach nur das Wahrnehmen von Problemen. Sie lebt in einer Art Blase in der es nur Talkshows und bezahlte Reden gibt. Aber ich zerfasere gerade ein wenig das Thema; oder die Themen. Ich wollte im Endeffekt nur sagen, das Politik etwas mit Initiative und Vision zu tun hat.

Politik sollte immer von Fortschritt und Optimismus geprägt sein. Sie sollte sich immer um die Bevölkerung kümmern. Herr Spahn erfüllt dies. Der Rest bleibt da leider auf der Strecke. Um auf den Punkt zu kommen. Der Wähler wählt nach Gefühl oder Empfinden. Und wenn wir uns dann unter diesen Umständen die Regierung angucken, die nichts tut und nichts vorzuzeigen hat, darf man sich auch nicht wundern, dass so viele Leute AfD wählen. Sie haben das Gefühl, die Regierung kümmert sich nicht um sie. Und wenn ich das als politischer Mensch so beobachte – haben sie recht.

N.E.T. #4 Article (Neutral) – Building First Urban

First Urban is New York City’s sixth burrough. The full name is First Urban’s Steel District.(But everyone just says First Urban.) It was conceived a ‘perfect suburban area’ by the World Government. It had to be built becase New York City got overpopulated. This happened because New York in 2050 is still the ‘most greatest city in the world.’ 

Construction began in July 2032. The architect was a man named Igor Groczesky, Russian. His fondess for glass and steel gave the First Urban’s Steel Distrtict its name. First apartments had roughly 42qm and cost 670 Amero rent. Critics got louder and louder and deemd the ‘luxury for all’, claimed by the World Government, as ‘luxury for few.’ 

Center of First Urban is the Microsoft Building. Microsoft relocated its headquarters due to subsidy and tax cuts from the New York state. It got a five-hundred meter ring around its building which many citizens use to relax and play softball. Yet they’re problems. The building casts shadows onto certain apartments and they had to reduce the rent to even the circumstances.

Most popular area in First Urban is at the northern border, almost out of NYC. A spa city named ‘La Relaxante Ville’. It is French for ‘The Relaxing City.’ A French busines man is the mayor and he has a distaste for chewing gum which made him ban it in the entire city. The least popular place is Westways and Linsk. Homeless people gather in the local subway station. Politics tried to solve the problem and the only thing they did was opening up a homeless shelter. (People still want a proper solution.)

POP!: Broken Bridges – Diablo IV

Diablo has been defeated. Peace has been restored to the lands of Sanctuary. The angels returned to the heavens and the demos have been banished. What could come next? Simply repeating the formula? A new Diablo? An old Diablo newly emerging? No. Even though it is called “Diablo”, the enemy is not Diablo himself. It is simply his soul. Damaged and wounded, Diablo retreated to his home – hell – and is plotting to rage across the lands once more. I am your Narrative Consultant.

The game begins with a cinematic of Lea writing down a book of the events of Diablo 3 and its Add-On. She monologues about her fight and the struggle to defeat Diablo. Then, it is a bright and shiny day, she hears a voice yelling. She approaches the window to see her husband Luke doing some yardwork. Both chit chat a bit as her eyes become pitch black for a brief moment. Then turn back to normal. Luka asks “Leah? You okay?” She replies with a yes. Then she hears a voice saying “I am … immortal. Bound to this world …” And she scares. She rushes to her bookshelf and tries to find a spell. Then Luke scares. She rushes back to the window, seeing a demon attacking Luke. She casts a spell and defeats it. She approaches Luke who asks “back in the days, huh?”. Leah summons a portal and both enter it. The cutscene ends.

Now we change to bird’s perspective. Where they are hidden in a cellar. A General explains that demons have been sighted across Sanctuary. A nearby soldier, an unnamed person who is going to be the played, is being asked to investigate. And so, the game begins. The first Level is called Fields of Wishes, a small field of wheat and apple trees. He follows the trails of demon’s blood and finds a small egg. Then, all of a sudden, a mysterious voice calling himself Demonica states that “the king will live forever. Bound to this world. Bow down to your new master!” And the egg hatches a small demon. The player is riddled and doesn’t know how to react, as a portal appears and Leah enters through it, the former little demon grows int a huge Diablo. The heaven casts a light, but the player and Leah flee through a portal. A few angels come down and fight the Diablo and defeating him, leaving him weakened, leaving with a warning line that goes by “Do not disturb the Godly ways!” The earth begins to shake and a huge crater appears and the land is flooded by demons once more. Diablo flees into the abyss. We CUT TO: the hometown, which is overrun by demons. Leah and Luke flee to retrieve “a very special artifact” and the player has to defeat the incoming demon horde. This is Level 2: The Town of Blight.

As the player defeats the last enemy, a small wisp-like soul emerges from the ground, it explains to be the fragment of the Diablo its soul, being able “to bring all evil to life”. It leaves into the distance, making more demons enter the town. The player leaves the town and arrives in Level 3: The Blackwidow Marsh. Here the player finds an old dagger, which is made from a finger of Diablo itself. The player has to purify it in order for it to use. Then he descends into the depths, finding an old temple, the player has win a small mini game in order to cleanse it. He succeeds and has a new weapon which can be attached to all given items the player has proceeding the game. The player leaves the Marsh for Level 4: Twin Spires.

Twin Spires are two big spires the player has to ascend in order to make contact with heaven in order to ask for help. On Spire I, he finds an infant angel named Ludiael, who claims “that all angels are in fear. Living a life in terror”. The player has to win another mini game and gets a small blessing that increases gained experience and deals more damage. Atop of Spire I awaits an Guardian Angel, which says he “cannot let unholy beings enter the gates of Heaven”. It comes to a fight. The player wins and gets teleported back to the entrance. Now he has to ascend Spire II, here he finds a “confused demon” who thinks he is an holy angel. The demon brags a bit about hell and Diablo, that “not all demons are created equal”. He vanishes into nowhere. Atop of Spire II awaits another Guardian Angel. At first it comes to a fight, at second the player has to solve three easy riddles. Afterwards the player enters Heaven; Level 5.

In Level 5: Heaven. Nothing is the same anymore. No holy architecture or bright, wide lights. It is a dreary, shadowy and dark place. (Almost like New York City.) Angels have lost their Holy Halo and are merely a bit stronger humans. The first level is overrun by demons and the player has to defeat them. The bossfight is against a demon dubbed “The Mauler”. He tells that “Diablo is rallying its troops and forces”. He is being defeated and the angel Tyrael appears, bringing everyone into safety. A small place called “The Enclave” represents the last forces of heaven, and that “all hope is lost. Diablo will win”. Then an attack occurs and the player enters Level 6: Broken Heaven.

It is basically an attack and the player has to defeat them. The bossfight is against “Diablo’s Phantom”, a shadow of Diablo who says he “cannot enter as of now”. Heaven is lost and all the forces who are left bring themselves into safety to Sanctuary. To a place called “The Light House”. A gigantic manor of holy artifacts and beings. Leah and Luke are already there. The player, Tyrael and the them talk a bit. Tyrael mentions and artifact known as “Speer of Michael”. It is said to be able to defeat Diablo and destroy his soul. All agree to search for it. And another attack breaks loose! This enters Level 7: The Light House Gardens.

The player defeats them all and enters the next Level. Level 8: The Ponds of Reflection. Here a lot of reflection of dead people and their souls roam the place. Enemies are not classical demons but pixies, fairies, water elementals and zombies (that don’t look like zombies). Here, the player has to find four little “Shard of the Broken Mirror” in order to restore the “Soul of Michael’s Speer”. The player succeeds and has to fight the “King of Shades”, a ghostly and shadowy figure. The soul is restored and Michael speaks from “an unknown and weird place he has no description of”. Michael says he is bound to a place called “Forest of Darkness”. The player enters the next level. Level 9: Forest of Darkness.

On this level, a lot of insects, birds, deer and ghosts attack the player. After reaching Michael’s place he is bound to; Diablo’s soul appears and kills Michael in front of their eyes. Then he escapes. And Michael’s last words are “find my … sister”. And Michael dies. The player only has his blessed soul left. All return to Luke and Leah. The player, Tyrael and the other two debate who his sister could be. Tyrael remembers. It is an entity known as “Guardian One”. An angel with much more power than ordinary angels. But the records and accords have no ideas where it could be. Then! Suddenly, Luke is being possessed by Diablo, who announces that “I am coming … Beware!”. And all hope is lost …

CUT TO: A woman fighting demons in “A far away part of Sanctuary”. The player switches the places and plays as this woman with unique abilities and one-liners. She defeats the last demon and meets a being called “The Prince of the Dark”. Both talk a bit, then a bossfight occurs. She defeats him and the player hears Michael’s voice, which says “Go to Leah … Find her …” And she finds her. She arrives at Leah’s place and all agree to find the Speer. Which the woman knows of its place. She is being asked what her name is, she replies “Maryarel, Guardian One”.

The tenth Level begins. Level 10: The Long Road to Somewhere. It is basically an seemingly endless road with hordes of demons and “The Gatekeeper” who, after being defeated, opens the gate to Level 11: Somewhere. It is a flippy, weird place with weird colors, rainbows, black streams and shady, blackened demons. They find the Speer and infuse it with his soul. Then! Diablo opens up a rift to Hell and we enter the last level. Level 12: Hell.

The player has to descend three layers, with weird whispers accompanying him throughout the level. Tyrael, Luke, Leah and Mayarael are caged. The endboss fight begins. The player defeats Diablo, destroys his soul and the end cutscene is being played. It shows Diablo being taken out of existence; including his soul. All demons in all Sanctuary disappear. Heaven returns to his former glory and and a happy, little rainbow indicates and end of the war. Luke and Leah become parents. We show their happy life. 

Credits roll.

The End.

Spotlight: Impeachment

I think everything has been said. Trump was so smart to make a call in public where everything can – and has been – heard. (Stable genius at work.) I don’t have much to add to what these thing became and will become. Most speak out against him, some will not recall, the Republicans do what they can to keep him in power; the usual clusterfuck. What irks me the most was the treatment of Trump the past few years since his election. I think we’ve all did it wrong. We should have been way more critical with him that making fun of him. But I put things up front.

Let’s talk how we treated him. Mostly by either ridicule him; or on the other hand trying to make sense of him. Two ways which were doomed to fail. Trump is the topic of every Late Show since his election. And don’t get me wrong! I watch every show of it. Too bad this distracts from his disastrous policies, decrees and acts. He did a lot of stuff. He signed a lot of stuff. (Not many that I actually know. I am honest.) But most of the time it was only a small headline: “Trump signs (XYZ) thing.” And that’s it. Or we simply made fun of him. (And boy we had fun.)

I think we’ve had damaged him way more by analyzing and deducting his actions more rational and less ridiculing. No, we cannot turn his followers against him. (This would surely fail.) But we could fight him with logic. With a rationale. This way we’d had him cornered with no way of evading. Yes, he would simply yell: “Fake news!” But he is the president. He cannot hide forever. At one point his facade would crumble and make the world see what he truly is: a seventy-three years five year old.

We should re-think our strategy when he may or may not re-elected. He thinks he can get away with everything. And the only that backup his “ideals” (he has no) are his rallies where he can rant and spit and shout like a small kid. (Or hump a flag.) We need to get him where it hurts the most: his ego. When we deflect childishness with pure maturity. (Which means “normal” for us normally intelligent people.) His way of thinking needs to exposed. (Even though he does not think.) If you have to make fun of him: don’t make fun of his antics; make fun of his politics.

Donald Trump is one of the many right-wing politicians currently invading our Western democracies. But the US has its constitution, checks and balances, and the amendments. It cannot be broken by one idiotic president. We need to grab him by his tiny balls and drag him into the real world. We should not feel intimidated because he is the president. We should feel encouraged to to what’s right for every democrat: defend our democratic ideals. Trump is an idiot. The rest of the world is not. And he should feel the burn.