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2023.05.30 08:22 AuSSie-HellCat Week 2: October 2023 - GEW: Riot & Unleashed
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GEW: RiotMatch 1 - HoB vs Heart Brekkers (Tag Team Tournament Round 1)
From the moment the bell rang, The House of Black displayed their dominance. Buddy unleashed a flurry of strikes, combining his precision and martial arts expertise to keep The Heart Brekkers on their toes. Brody King, a force of power and intensity, used his sheer strength to overpower his opponents.
As the match progressed, the rivalry between the two teams intensified. The House of Black showcased their unity and ruthless aggression, delivering devastating moves that left The Heart Brekkers reeling. The crowd was captivated by the sheer intensity and skill displayed by both teams.
In a climactic moment, The House of Black unleashed their signature finisher, culminating in a pinfall victory over The Heart Brekkers.
Winner: House of Black by Pinfall (3.5 Stars)
Announcement from William Regal
As you all know, the GEW World Heavyweight Championship is the most prestigious title in the world of professional wrestling. And to determine the next challenger for this illustrious championship, we are organizing a number one contender match!
This match will feature three of the most dominant and formidable wrestlers in the industry today. First, we have the Celtic Warrior, Sheamus, whose brute strength and explosive power have taken him to the top of the mountain before.
Next up, we have the Almighty Bobby Lashley, whose sheer athleticism and grappling prowess make him a force to be reckoned with inside the squared circle.
And last but certainly not least, we have the Rainmaker, Kazuchika Okada, one of the greatest wrestlers in the world today.
These three titans of the ring will clash in an epic battle, and the winner will earn the right to face the current GEW World Heavyweight Champion and claim the ultimate prize. This match will take place next week at Beach Bash with the winner facing rather Bryan Danielson or Santos Escobar at the next PPV.
Match 2 - Toni Storm, Bayley, & Zoey Starks vs Britt Baker, Jaime Hayter, & Dakota Kai
At the start of the match, both teams were equally matched with each other. Britt Baker, the GEW Women's Champion, and Toni Storm started the match and put on an incredible display of technical wrestling. Soon after, Bayley and Jaime Hayter were tagged in, and the pace of the match increased, with both women throwing each other around the ring with incredible force.
The match started to get brutal when Dakota Kai was tagged in and immediately attacked Zoey Starks, throwing her into the steel ring post and pummeling her with kicks and punches. Starks fought back, but Kai continued to dominate her.
The match turned into a brawl as all six women fought inside and outside the ring. Bayley and Hayter fought in the crowd while Storm and Baker battled at ringside. In the ring, Starks managed to tag in Bayley, who took control of the match, delivering several devastating moves on Kai.
Bayley hit the Bayley-to-Belly on Kai for the victory. After the match, the heels attacked the faces, but they were eventually cleared from the ring, leaving the winners to celebrate their victory.
Winner: Toni Storm, Bayley, & Zoey Starks by Pinfall (4.75 Stars)
Match 3 - Money Inc vs Aussie Open (Tag Team Tournament Round 1)
In an explosive tag team encounter, Aussie Open, comprised of Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis, clashed with the experienced duo of Money Inc. The match showcased the agility and power of Aussie Open as they executed high-flying maneuvers and devastating strikes. Despite a valiant effort from Money Inc, Aussie Open emerged victorious, securing the pinfall and leaving the crowd in awe of their impressive performance.
Winner: Aussie Open by Pinfall (4 Stars)
[The camera cuts to a backstage area, showing us what happened last week moments after LA Knight walked out on Grayson Waller during their tag team match. Grayson Waller is visibly frustrated and pacing back and forth when The Miz approaches him.]
Grayson Waller: [angered] Can you believe that, Miz? Knight just left me hanging out there!
The Miz: [calmly] I know it's frustrating, Waller, but we need to stay focused. We can't let this tear us apart.
Grayson Waller: [agitated] How can you defend him, Miz? He abandoned me in the ring! We were supposed to be a team!
[Just as Grayson finishes his sentence, LA Knight storms into the scene, looking equally furious.]
LA Knight: [pointing a finger at Grayson] You wanna know why I left, Waller? Because you're nothing but dead weight!
Grayson Waller: [getting in Knight's face] Dead weight? You're the one who couldn't handle a little adversity and decided to walk away!
[The tension between Knight and Waller continues to escalate as they exchange heated words, getting dangerously close to physical confrontation. The Miz steps between them, forcing them apart.]
The Miz: [firmly] That's enough! Both of you need to calm down and think about what you're doing. This isn't the time or the place for this.
LA Knight: [still seething] No, Miz! I've had enough of both of your incompetence. I don't need you two dragging me down anymore.
The Miz: [leaning closer to LA Knight] You think you can just walk away whenever things get tough? Well, let me remind you of something, Knight. You signed a contract when you joined The A-List Experience. That means you have a responsibility to be a team player, no matter what.
[LA Knight hesitates, realizing the weight of The Miz's words.]
LA Knight: [gritting his teeth] Fine. But don't expect me to forget this, Waller.
Grayson Waller: [defiantly] Likewise, Knight. We'll settle this, one way or another.
[The tension lingers in the air as The Miz steps back, his gaze shifting between Knight and Waller. The scene ends with the three members of The A-List Experience standing apart, their unity shattered, and uncertain about what lies ahead.]
Match 4 - Cody Rhodes vs Shinsuke Nakamura
The bell rang, and the two locked up in the center of the ring, both trying to gain the upper hand.
The crowd was firmly behind both wrestlers, as they executed their signature moves flawlessly. Nakamura's striking ability was on full display as he landed a series of hard kicks and strikes to Rhodes' body. But Rhodes was resilient, using his technical prowess to stay in the match.
The match continued back and forth with near falls and high impact maneuvers from both competitors. As the match wore on, it became clear that Rhodes had a slight advantage, gaining momentum with every passing minute.
In the end, Rhodes landed his finisher, the Cross Rhodes, and pinned Nakamura for the three-count.
Winner: Cody Rhodes by Pinfall (5 Stars)
Match 5 - Chad Gables US Title Open Challenge
Happy Corbin comes out to answer the challenge, looking confident and determined to take the title from Gable.
The match begins with both competitors feeling each other out, trying to gain an advantage. Corbin manages to take control early on, using his strength and size advantage to keep Gable grounded. However, Gable uses his technical wrestling skills to counter Corbin's offense and get back into the match.
As the match continues, Gable picks up momentum and starts hitting some impressive moves on Corbin. Corbin tries to fight back, but Gable is relentless and keeps the pressure on. In the end, Gable catches Corbin off guard with an ankle lock, surprising Corbin and securing the victory.
Winner: Chad Gable by Submission (4 Stars)
Post Match Segment
The arena erupts in cheers as Chad Gable celebrates his hard-fought victory over Happy Corbin. Gable's music blares through the speakers, and he raises his arms in triumph, basking in the adulation of the crowd.
Suddenly, the venue plunges into darkness, and an ominous silence fills the air. The lights slowly begin to illuminate, revealing Jay White and The Gunns standing at the entrance ramp, wearing sinister smirks on their faces. The crowd's reaction shifts from confusion to a mixture of boos and jeers.
Jay White and The Gunns make their way to the ring, their eyes locked on Gable, who stands in the center, his victory high replaced by a cautious readiness.
Jay White: Chad Gable, congratulations on your victory. You showcased some skills out there, but let's be honest, it was nothing compared to what The Bullet Club is capable of.
Austin Gunn: That's right, Gable. You may have won your little match, but now you're stepping into the lion's den.
Chad Gable: If you're here to fight, then let's settle it right here, right now. I'm not backing down from any challenge.
[The crowd roars in support of Gable, cheering him on as he stands tall in the face of The Bullet Club.]
Jay White: Oh, Gable, you're brave, I'll give you that. But this is not about a fair fight. This is about sending a message, about teaching you a lesson.
Suddenly, Jay White signals to The Gunns, and the three members of The Bullet Club pounce on Gable, delivering a ruthless beatdown. Gable fights back, but the numbers game overwhelms him.
Security personnel rush to the ring, desperately trying to separate the brawling individuals. The Bullet Club members finally retreat, leaving Gable lying on the mat, battered and bruised.
Match 6 - Undisputed Era vs Ricochet & Mustafa Ali (Tag Team Tournament Round 1)
In an electrifying tag team match, the powerhouse duo of Undisputed Era, Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly, collided with the high-flying tandem of Ricochet and Mustafa Ali. The match was a showcase of contrasting styles, with Ricochet and Ali relying on their aerial agility while Undisputed Era utilized their technical prowess and cunning strategies. Despite Ricochet and Ali's relentless offense, Undisputed Era displayed their tag team chemistry and resilience, countering their opponents' every move. In the end, it was a well-timed double-team maneuver by Undisputed Era that secured the victory.
Winner: Undisputed Era by Pinfall (4.5 Stars)
- Match 1: House of Black def. Heart Brekkers
- Match 2: Toni Storm, Bayley, & Zoey Starks def. Britt Baker, Jaime Hayter, & Dakota Kai
- Match 3: Aussie Open def. Money Inc.
- Match 4: Cody Rhodes def. Shinsuke Nakamura
- Match 5: Chad Gable def. Happy Corbin
- Match 6: Undisputed Era def. Ricochet & Mustafa Ali
- Regal announces matches for the TV Special in two weeks
- We see exclusive footage from last week with a confrontation between the A-List Experience
- The Bullet Club beat down Chad Gable after his match
GEW: UnleashedMatch 1 - Carmelo Hayes vs Wes Lee
The match started off with some technical wrestling and chain grappling, with both men trying to gain the upper hand. Carmelo Hayes was able to get the first near fall of the match with a deep arm drag, but Wes Lee quickly countered with a series of impressive kicks.
As the match progressed, both men started to show their high-flying abilities, with Hayes hitting a stunning springboard cutter and Lee countering with a beautiful shooting star press. The crowd was on their feet, cheering for both competitors.
But it was Carmelo Hayes who was able to come out on top, hitting a thunderous DDT and following up with a swift roll-up pin, catching Wes Lee by surprise and securing the three-count for the win.
Winner: Carmelo Hayes by Pinfall (4 Stars)
The GEW crowd roars as Carmelo Hayes stands victorious in the ring, having just defeated his opponent in an electrifying match. Hayes takes a moment to soak in the adoration of the fans, raising his arms in triumph.
Suddenly, the lights dim, and a familiar theme song begins to play. The crowd's cheers turn to boos as Seth Rollins strides out from the backstage area, mic in hand. Rollins wastes no time and heads straight to the ring, his eyes locked on Hayes.
Rollins steps into the ring and stares down Hayes, who looks back at him with defiance in his eyes.
"I've been watching you, Carmelo," Rollins says. "And I have to admit, you've impressed me. You've got talent, there's no denying that. But let's not forget who the real champion is around here."
Hayes raises an eyebrow. "I'm well aware of who the champion is, Seth. And next week at GEW: Bash at the Beach, I'm going to take that title from you."
Rollins smirks. "Oh really? You think you can beat me? You might be a rising star, but you're not ready to step into the ring with someone like me."
Hayes steps forward, his eyes blazing. "I'm more than ready, Seth. I've been training my entire life for this moment. And I'm going to prove to everyone that I deserve to be the GEW International Champion."
Rollins laughs. "We'll see about that. But just remember, Carmelo, when you step into that ring with me, you're not just facing a champion, you're facing the future of this business."
The crowd cheers as Rollins drops the mic and makes his way out of the ring, leaving Hayes to stand alone, his eyes focused on the GEW International Championship.
Match 2 - Zoey Starks vs Jacy Jane
At the start of the match, Jacy Jane attacked Zoey Starks, but Zoey quickly recovered and started dominating Jacy with quick strikes and high-flying maneuvers. Jacy tried to fight back with power moves, but Zoey was too quick for her. Zoey finished the match with a devastating dropkick followed by a running knee strike, leading to the pinfall victory over Jacy Jane in a quick match.
Winner: Zoey Starks by Pinfall (3 Stars)
Match 3 - MCMG vs Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano (Tag Team Tournament Round 1)
The match was a display of technical prowess, high-flying maneuvers, and hard-hitting strikes. Both teams showcased their chemistry and determination to secure the victory. However, it was the seamless coordination and innovative offense of Motor City Machine Guns that proved to be the difference-maker. In the end, a devastating double-team finisher from Shelley and Sabin sealed the win, earning Motor City Machine Guns a well-deserved victory over Gargano and Ciampa.
Winner: MCMG by Pinfall (4 Stars)
- Match 1: Carmelo Hayes def. Wes Lee
- Match 2: Zoey Starks def. Jacy Jane
- Match 3: MCMG def. Gargano & Ciampa
- Rollins confronts Hayes before their title match next week
2023.05.30 08:02 tyronpiteauvl Jason Fladlien – Prosperity Algorithm Download
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Jason Fladlien – Prosperity Algorithm Download (10.23 GB)
What You Get?
A Prosperous PurposeIt’s hard to be “at ease” if you’re not living authentically. And the opposite of ease is dis-ease. And dis-ease becomes disease without purpose.
Lack of purpose leads to increases in heart attacks, strokes, premature death, and a whole host of mental illnesses.
With purpose, all things are endurable, and prosperity is possible. In this session you’ll discover:
“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”
“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”
“Ships in harbor are safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”
John A. Shedd
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
The Structure of FreedomFreedom is not a lack of structure. Nor is structure a lack of freedom. These forces must coexist in harmony if you want prosperity. This session shows you how. You’ll discover:
“What you practice too often, you use without thinking.”
“Spontaneity: flexibility within a routine.”
“The stability of the structure is directly related to the security of the foundation.”
“His eagerness had turned into a routine; he embraced her at the same time every day. It was a habit like any other, a favorite pudding after the monotony of dinner.”
“Freedom without structure is its own slavery.”
“You need to struggle with the rules more than a bit before you throw them out.”
Adaptivity & FlexibilityIf you want to thrive, you must be able to act assertively with incomplete and contractive information. In this session, we show you exactly how to do that. You’ll discover:
“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”
“…some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end…
“Let go of certainty. The opposite isn’t uncertainty. It’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides.
The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow.”
Robert A. Heinlein
“We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!”
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Tenacious PersistenceShow me a hero and I’ll show you persistence. When you pair purpose with the proper type of persistence, miracles can become reality, which is what this session is about. Here you’ll discover:
“Often it is tenacity, not talent, that rules the day.”
“Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”
Mary Anne Radmacher
“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.”
James A. Michener
“It’s not the length of my stride. It’s the fact that I’m walking.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The Virtues of AdversityMost of us have experienced major trauma in our lives… yet few of us are taught how to heal our traumas. Fewer still learn how to turn trauma into prosperity – which is what you’ll discover with this session. You’ll find out:
“Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.”
Edgar Allan Poe
“Pain and death are part of life. To reject them is to reject life itself.”
“Sometimes things have to go wrong in order to go right.”
“Difficulties come not to obstruct, but to instruct.”
“Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.”
Strategic LeverageYou can get way more out of what you already have. This session will show you how. Specifically, you’ll discover:
“Music happens between the notes.”
“If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you never tried before.”
“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.”
“To be a successful person you often have to create a strong foundation with the bricks others throw at you.”
Wonderful UnfairnessMost people wish and want for things to be fair and don’t realize how disastrous that is to their happiness and wellbeing. The seeds of prosperity can’t be planted in the soil of unfairness. Here, you’re shown what to do instead. Specifically you’ll discover:
“I decry the injustice of my wounds, only to look down and see that I am holding a smoking gun in one hand and fistful of ammunition in the other.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough
“…our world did not fall because we did not believe in fairness…
our world fell because it could no longer support the enormous weight we had put upon it, in the name of fairness.”
“The only thing that makes life unfair is the delusion that it should be fair.”
Serendipity & LuckIt seems we miss out on a really important piece of the prosperity puzzle if we only focus on our own personal characteristics. We can, and should, also focus on – and influence – luck. Serendipity. Chance. Fate. In this session you’ll discover how. Plus:
“Acknowledging the role of luck is the secular equivalent of religious awakening.”
“It’s a bizarre but wonderful feeling, to arrive dead center of a target you didn’t even know you were aiming for.”
Lois McMaster Bujold
“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”
Dalai Lama XIV
“Luck is the residue of design.”
“Kindness is the key that opens the door of favour and beautiful surprises.”
Michael Bassey Johnson
Marketable ExpertiseExpertise is essential to prosperity. It solves the money part, and it goes hand in hand with purpose. Where does your expertise reside? You’ll find out in this session. Plus, you’ll discover:
“Essential truth spoken concisely is true eloquence.”
“Often a sign of expertise is noticing what doesn’t happen.”
“A wise shoemaker sticks to his trade and maintains a mouthful of nails.”
“Who you know only gets you in the door; what you know gets you the keys to the house.”
Perfect ImperfectionIf you suffer from perfectionism, this is your session. Specifically you’ll discover:
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2023.05.30 07:02 vren55 [A Fractured Song] - Chapter 189 - Fantasy, Isekai (Portal Fantasy), Adventure
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2023.05.30 06:08 Sweet_Author8515 My mom hands me a pasugo, here is my unnecessary detailed clapback
My mom told me that complaining without knowing is an excuse. This was in response to me mentioning that Felix Manalo is not the “bird of prey” in Isaiah 46:11, but is rather King Cyrus II. So, she handed me a pasugo (an INC publication, aka waste of trees) telling me to read the article “Cyrus the Great and the ‘ravenous bird’”. Of course she handed me the pasugo rather than knowing how to respond to me. This stuff is not preached in INC. They just make articles and videos for all their members to point to, so they make sure they spread a controlled, constructed, and uniform message. Since she gave me this article, I’ve decided to break it down. This is the reason I left INC, since it is one of the few verses the INC uses to validate them as “the one true church”. If the idea that a prophesied Asian messenger (Manalo) is disproven, then it is enough to dismiss the INC as a prophesied true church.submitted by Sweet_Author8515 to exIglesiaNiCristo [link] [comments]
TL;DR is at the bottom :)
 INC Article: (iglesianicristo. ws/My%20GM/GM-2021/GM-2021-08.pdf)
Cyrus the Great and the ‘ravenous bird’ By Jensen DG. ManebogComments:
The author is primarily a writer, not a historian or Hebrew expert. First of all, the author of the article is an educated writer and teacher. He is not formally educated in the Bible, or in Hebrew, which is a large part of his following argument. Neither am I. But rather than cherry pick proofs to support an argument, I start with the evidence to come to a conclusion. Here are some of his writings if you’re interested:
iglesianicristo. net/category/our-beliefs/page/2/ iglesianicristo. net/number-dont-make-a-religion-true/ pasugo. com.ph/a-mission-no-less-than-great-noble-and-heroic
 INC Article:
In the Book of Isaiah, one messenger of God was likened to a ravenous bird: “Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it” (Isa. 46:11 King James Version). The Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) is of firm conviction that the fulfillment of this prophecy of God is none other than Brother Felix Y. Manalo (1886-1963). Detractors of the Church, such as teachers and defenders of some other religions, expectedly refute it— claiming that the fulfillment of the prophesied “ravenous bird” is Cyrus the Great. Also called Cyrus II (590-529 BC), he was the Persian conqueror who “founded the Achaemenian empire, centred on Persia and comprising the Near East from the Aegean Sea eastward to the Indus River” (britannica.com).Comments:
Context! Context! Context! This entire section of Isaiah is about the prophesied defeat of Babylon (shown both before and after the Isaiah 46:11 verse). I didn’t think I would be telling other adults how to read a book, but here I am. Just like the story of Adam and Eve, we read it all the way through. In previous verses, like Isaiah 45:1, Cyrus is explicitly mentioned. This is in the surrounding context that he is prophesied to defeat Babylon and to bring salvation to the Jews, as they would be able to return to their homeland after Babylon is defeated (also mentioned in Ezra 8 1-32. Cyrus is in Ezra 1:1-6).
Before the 46:11 verse - Isaiah 45:1 KJV, about Cyrus:
1 This is what the Lord says to Cyrus, his anointed one, whose right hand he will empower. Before him, mighty kings will be paralyzed with fear. Their fortress gates will be opened, never to shut again. This is what the Lord says: "I will go before you, Cyrus, and level the mountains.After the 46:11 verse - Isaiah 48:14 KJV, about Babylon:
14 All ye, assemble yourselves, and hear; which among them hath declared these things? The Lord hath loved him: he will do his pleasure on Babylon, and his arm shall be on the Chaldeans.To think the Bible would be like, “Hey I’m talking about my man Cyrus and how I’m sending him. Oh and here’s a quick shoutout of one to three verses about an Asian man over 2000 years from now. Okay now back to Babylon!
 INC Article:
The argument Some of such teachers use the works of Bible scholars and commentators for their contention. One of these is Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers (biblehub.com) which suggests that the “ravenous bird” in Isaiah 46:11 is Cyrus, explaining that the “sun-rising” or “east” from where the messenger would come “is, of course, Persia,” and “the ‘far country’ probably represents Media,” one of the kingdoms Cyrus has conquered.Comments:
Other Asian churches use this verse to say they are the true church. A vast majority of circles agree that 46:11 is uncontestedly referring to Persia. I can only find the several Asian “true churches” to suggest otherwise. Another one, for example, is a South Korean cult using this verse for their South Korean Jesus named Christ Ahnsahnghong, who also claims to be the only true church (https://wmscog.com/christ-ahnsahnghong/from-the-east/). If they can use it, so can other Asian churches of this kind.
 INC Article:
Others further try to prove that the “ravenous bird” or “bird of prey” is King Cyrus by pointing to The Living Bible, which literally includes the name “Cyrus” in Isaiah 46:11, thus: “I will call that swift bird of prey from the east— that man Cyrus from far away. And he will come and do my bidding. I have said I would do it and I will.”Comments:
Historically, King Cyrus’ banner was a golden eagle (a bird of prey, ravenous bird ;), as used in the Achaemenid Empire (as noted by Persian archaeologist, A. Shapur Shahbazi, “DERAFŠ”; [Xenophon, Cyropaedia 7.1.4] https://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/derafs#prettyPhoto). Other translations use “eagle” in the 46:11 verse. In any case, an eagle is a bird of prey.
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There is a biblical pattern of other monarchs like Cyrus are compared to eagles or birds, because of how swiftly they act or attack. Why would Felix Manalo need to be portrayed that way? Could he even move that fast?
Some verses about these other monarchs:
Jeremiah 48:39-40 They shall howl, saying, How is it broken down! how hath Moab turned the back with shame! so shall Moab be a derision and a dismaying to all them about him. 40 For thus saith the Lord; Behold, he shall fly as an eagle, and shall spread his wings over Moab. Jeremiah 49:22 Behold, he shall come up and fly as the eagle, and spread his wings over Bozrah: and at that day shall the heart of the mighty men of Edom be as the heart of a woman in her pangs. Ezekiel 17:2-3 Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel; 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; A great eagle with great wings, longwinged, full of feathers, which had divers colours, came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar: Ezekiel 17:7 There was also another great eagle with great wings and many feathers: and, behold, this vine did bend her roots toward him, and shot forth her branches toward him, that he might water it by the furrows of her plantation. Hosea 8:1 Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the Lord, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law. INC Article:
Others further try to prove that the “ravenous bird” or “bird of prey” is King Cyrus by pointing to The Living Bible, which literally includes the name “Cyrus” in Isaiah 46:11, thus: “I will call that swift bird of prey from the east— that man Cyrus from far away. And he will come and do my bidding. I have said I would do it and I will.” A paraphrase of the Bible The Living Bible is a paraphrase of the Bible by Kenneth Taylor. It must be noted that “a paraphrase attempts to tell the reader what the passage means” and thus is more of a commentary on the text of Scripture than it is an accurate rendering of what the text actually says” (blueletterbible.org). Indeed, to say that the “ravenous bird” in Isaiah 46:11 refers to King Cyrus is “more of a commentary,” for the name Cyrus (Koresh) cannot be found in Isaiah 46:11 in Hebrew manuscripts, such as the Westminster Leningrad Codex (biblehub.com). Even in the Orthodox Jewish Bible, the phrase that is supposed to read “that man Cyrus from faraway” (in The Living Bible) is simply rendered, “ish [the man] that executeth My etza (cousel, purpose, plan) from a far country”—that is, no mention of “Korest” (Cyrus). Those who use The Living Bible to jump to the conclusion that Cyrus is the prophesied messenger in Isaiah 46:11 commit a big mistake, for they did not heed the warning given by that version itself, in its preface: “There are dangers in paraphrases… For whenever the author’s exact words are not translated from the original languages, there is a possibility that the translator, however honest, may be giving the [is a possibility that the translator, however honest, may be giving the] English reader something that the original writer did not mean to say.”Comments:
The article misleads readers by claiming their source says “Cyrus” is more of a commentary, since he is only explicitly mentioned in The Living Bible**. But they are not just using TLB to “jump to the conclusion” that Cyrus is the subject; they are using THE BIBLE. People do not only point to TLB for evidence that Cyrus is the bird of prey. He is not mentioned by name but the context is enough. Cyrus will even be mentioned in footnotes, commentaries, and even other translations like the Message BIble, Amplified Bible, and The Voice (translations which INC uses).
And if they are dissing TLB as a source, why does INC use it on their website when discussing resurrection (iglesianicristo. net/sharing-in-christs-resurrection/) and the true church (iglesianicristo .net/tag/true-church/)? And seemingly attacking others who also would use a translation that is in their favor? Hippocrickkkk…
Even the blueletterbible.org source cites that the bird of prey in Isaiah 46:11 is figurative of an invader. What did Manalo invade? (our pockets)
Side note: in the last paragraph, a part is repeated in my printed copy, but not in the digital copy. Was no one proofreading this beforehand?
 INC Article:
The prophecies fulfilled in Cyrus In the Bible itself, Cyrus did not claim that he was the prophesied “ravenous bird.” Instead, he introduced himself as the fulfillment of other prophecies: “Thus says Cyrus the king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth the Lord God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah. Who is among you of all His people? May the Lord his God be with him, and let him go up!” (II Chr. 36:23 New King James Version ). Notice that Cyrus did not say that he was the “ravenous bird.” Rather, he said, “All the kingdoms of the earth the Lord God of heaven has given me”—a fulfillment of the prophecy in Isaiah 45:1: “Thus says the Lord to His anointed, To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held—To subdue nations before him” (NKJV). Cyrus also stated, “He [God] has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem.” This, in turn, corresponds to the prophecy in Isaiah 44:28: “He is My shepherd, And he shall perform all My pleasure, Saying to Jerusalem, ‘You shall be built,’ And to the temple, ‘Your foundation shall be laid’”. (NKJV). These prophecies were fulfilled in Cyrus when he conquered kingdoms, such as Babylon. “After Cyrus freed the Jews from exile in Babylon in 538 B.C., they returned to Jerusalem to rebuild their temple” (nationalgeographic.com).Comments:
If the standard is that you have to claim to be the prophesied “ravenous bird”, where is Felix Manalo’s written claim that he is the “ravenous bird”?
Also notice that this section has the most complete Bible quotes, because Cyrus and his prophecies are biblical, whereas Felix can’t be as easily cited in the Bible (or at all).
 INC Article:
The place of origin of the ‘ravenous bird’ In Hebrew manuscripts such as the Westminster Leningrad Codex, the “east” in Isaiah 46:11 from which the “ravenous bird” will come is “mīzrāḥ” (biblehub.com). Concerning the term “east” in the Old Testament, the McClintock and Strong Biblical Cyclopedia explains: “...Kedem is used in a strictly geographical sense to describe a spot or country immediately before another in an easterly direction … on the other hand, mizrach is used of the far east with a less definite signification (Isa 41:2, 25; Isa 43:5; Isa 46:11).” (biblicalcyclopedia.com)Comments:
The last part of the definition really contradicts INC’s point. “...mizrach is used of the far east with a less definite signification” means exactly that. It is just an unspecified east direction, not the modern version of the Far East. Just because the phrase “far east” is in there, they think they got us! The term “mizrach” that INC tries to relate to the far east and to the Philippines is used OVER 70 TIMES in the Bible. They never claim all of these verses are talking about the Philippines or even Asia.
Here are some examples of mizrach (from biblehub’s lexicon) used in context to refer to something that is clearly not Asia. For context, the actual language in Isaiah 46:11 in Hebrew is “mimmizrach” (https://biblehub.com/lexicon/isaiah/46-11.htm). “Mizrach” is “east” and “mimmizrach” is “from the east” (mim is the masculine preposition “from”) (https://www.hebrew4christians.com/GrammaUnit_Seven/The_Preposition_Min/the_preposition_min.html#:~:text=The%20Preposition%20Min&text=The%20preposition%20min%20).
Josh 17:10 - mimmizrach is used to describe Issachar, which is a place near the Mediterranean Sea (middle east today)
Southward it was Ephraim’s, northward it was Manasseh’s, and the sea was its border. Manasseh’s territory was adjoining Asher on the north and Issachar on the east (mimmizrach).Psalm 107:3 - mimmizrach is used to say that the Lord delivers people from every direction
O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; 3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east (mimmizrach), and from the west, from the north, and from the south.Daniel 11:2,44 - mimmizrah is used to describe the prophecy of four kings of Persia
2 And now will I shew thee the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia. 44 But tidings out of the east (mimmizrach) and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.Exodus 27:13 - mizrachah (form of mizrach) discusses the east side of a court area
The width of the court on the east side (mizrachah) shall be fifty cubits.2 Chronicles 5:12 - mizrah used to describe the east end of an altar
Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets:)Here are all the other occurrences of the word if you are crazier than I am: https://biblehub.com/hebrew/strongs_4217.htm.
Because mizrach is used in these other examples to not refer to Asia, as Asia wasn’t even a though in these biblical writers’ heads, the instances that mizrach appear are not referring to Asia.
And once a pick-and-choose church, always a pick-and-choose church, because after this definition provided, in the same source, the NEXT SENTENCE says kedem and mizrach are used without preference: “In describing aspect or direction, the terms are used indifferently (comp. kedem in Le 1:16, and Jos 7:2, with mizrach in 2Ch 5:12, and 1Ch 5:10). (https://www.biblicalcyclopedia.com/E/east.html)
Here’s a graphic from this same reddit about this topic: https://i.redd.it/exposing-the-iglesia-ni-cristo-cult-dishonest-tv-journalism-v0-gcwtpuwyzob81.jpg?s=f6782a6051a6e46699b859396ae4be6088649c25
Here is where INC shoots itself in the foot. They mention Cyrus fulfilled his prophecy by conquering kingdoms and was given nations. In Isaiah 41:2 it mentions a person who is given nations and ruled over kings. This is in the context and fits the definition of what they think Cyrus fulfilled. BUT it uses the word “mizrach” as his origin. Cyrus and mizrach are compatible.
First, INC concedes that Isaiah 45:1 is about Cyrus (because his name is in the verse, duh):
“Thus says the Lord to His anointed, To Cyrus, whose right hand I have [a]held— To subdue nations before him And loose the armor of kings, To open before him the double doors, So that the gates will not be shut:INC lists Isaiah 41:2 as one that includes the word “mizrach”. Let’s look at the verse:
“Who raised up one from the east? Who in righteousness called him to His feet? Who gave the nations before him, And made him rule over kings? Who gave them as the dust to his sword, As driven stubble to his bow?Sounds a lot like Cyrus, huh? Even according to INC, “These prophecies were fulfilled in Cyrus when he conquered kingdoms, such as Babylon”. Especially since this is in the chapters about Babylon, this is clearly about Cyrus. The two verses both use the same Hebrew words for “subdue”, “nations” and “kings”. And they both use the same word for “east”—mizrach. Obviously Manalo wouldn’t fulfill this prophecy of ruling over kings or giving them dust to his sword, so it is referencing Cyrus. And in referencing Cyrus, it uses mizrach. So mizrach can be used in the context of Cyrus.
 INC Article:
Notice that the “mizrach is used of the far east.” Obviously, Cyrus did not come from the Far East—for his origin, Persia, and even Media, are in the ancient near east (encyclopedia.com; courses.lumenlearning.com). The Hebrew word used for the “east” to refer to Persia is not “mizrach” but “qedhem” (kedem) (Aid to Bible Understanding, pg. 478).Comments:
INC is misleading and comes to an incorrect conclusion when quoting Aid to Bible Understanding**.** The INC article states that the Hebrew word to refer to Persia is qedhem, not mizrach. The exact same source they cite (https://archive.org/details/aidtobibleunderstanding1971/page/n479/mode/2up) says that mizrach means “rising” (as in the sun) and not any sense of “far east”, since Hebrews used the rising of the sun to determine their direction. Qedhem is generally east or east in relation to something else. The source lists examples of qedhem used with “the lands of Moab and Amon, the Arabian Desert, Babylonia, Persia, Assyria and Armenia. It does NOT say that mizrach was never used for these places as well. The same source in a later paragraph also says Isaiah 46:11 is a reference to Cyrus, who comes from the east, out of the sunrising. Clearly this source is not saying that mizrach was never used in reference to Persia, but INC makes it seem like they are saying this. If only INC would read all of their source material, like I dunno, the Bible.
 INC Article:
Pertinent prophecies also specify the place of origin in the Far East of the “ravenous bird” as the “islands of the sea” (Isa. 24:15 New International Version). Unlike Cyrus, Brother Felix Manalo is undoubtedly from an archipelago in the Far East. The Philippines, where he began preaching God’s words, is “almost at the geographical center of the Far East” (Asia and the Philippines, p. 169) consisting of 7,641 islands (worldatlas.com).Comments:
There are other “islands of the sea” than the Philippines and the Hebrew term also refers to “coastlands”. The INC deliberately uses a translation that says “islands” rather than “coastlands”, which would be an acceptable translation. The Hebrew word used here is “ ‘i ”. As Aid to Bible Understanding states, ‘i is “not restricted to a body of land smaller than a continent and completely surrounded by water … but also designates dry land or coastland(s)” (https://archive.org/details/aidtobibleunderstanding1971/page/n851/mode/2up). So it’s not a perfect translation to English.
Here is Isaiah 24:15 NIV:
Therefore in the east give glory to the Lord; exalt the name of the Lord, the God of Israel, in the islands of the sea.Like earlier, the “islands” or “coastlands” is likely Media, off the coast of the Persian Sea. Besides the obvious coastlands near the Mediterranean Sea, there are islands in the Bible, none of which are in Asia. Most of them with one exception are in the New Testament (in Greek). These are the islands of Cyprus (Acts 13:4-6), Cos, Rhodes (Acts 21:1), Crete (Acts 27:7), Cauda (Acts 27:16), Malta (Acts 28:1) and Patmos (Rev 1:9). The island in the Old Testament is Arvad in Ezekiel 27:8 and Genesis 10:18. This island city is now called Ruad and is off the coast of Syria (https://bibleatlas.org/arvad.htm). So yes, the Philippines contains islands, but so do other places in the world.
 INC Article:
The mission The man likened to a “ravenous bird” was tasked to bring God’s righteousness near to the stubborn-hearted who are far from righteousness (Isa. 46:11-13). God’s righteousness is revealed in the gospel (Rom. 1:16-17) and to bring it near is to “preach the gospel” and “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:15-16 NKJV).Comments:
INC tries to make “righteousness” the same thing as “the gospel” just so that Cyrus doesn’t fit the prophecy. If the definition doesn’t fit your narrative, change it! This part slams a bunch of verses together to try to connect the dots between the ravenous bird and the preaching of the gospel. The verses Isaiah 46:12-13 NKJV mention righteousness:
“Listen to Me, you stubborn-hearted, Who are far from righteousness: 13 I bring My righteousness near, it shall not be far off; My salvation shall not [a]linger. And I will place salvation in Zion, For Israel My glory.INC goes all the way to the New Testament to cherry pick Romans 1:16:17 to manufacture a direct connection between righteousness and the gospel.
Romans 1:16-17 NKJV For I am not ashamed of the gospel [a]of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
Here, righteousness is IN the gospel, but righteousness is NOT the gospel itself. It is clearer in an INC video, where they state that God’s righteousness IS the gospel (youtube.com/watch?v=MdLq0MFDBe4). Instead, righteousness is justice, suggesting a standard or norm (Aid to Bible Understanding, https://archive.org/details/aidtobibleunderstanding1971/page/n1411/mode/2up). And the last verse, Isaiah 46:13 means “my righteous judgment is approaching - that judgment which involves vengeance on my enemies, mercy and deliverance to my people” (Pulpit Commentary, (https://biblehub.com/isaiah/46-13.htm). Righteousness needed to be brought near because the people needed to be saved from Babylon. It does not necessarily include preaching the gospel. Thus, Cyrus still fits in. And that last random Mark verse? What is marky mark doing here?
 INC Article (the last part, I promise)****:
Notice the stark contrast: Whereas Cyrus’ God-given role was to subdue nations, the man likened to “ravenous bird” was commissioned to preach the gospel or God’s words for man’s salvation. In fulfillment, Brother Manalo did exactly that. Despite ferocious oppositions primarily form the dominant religions in his time, he devotedly taught the pristine gospel truths recorded in the Bible. For instance, he taught that the Father is the only true God (John 17:1, 3; I Cor. 8:6), showing in the process that the so-called Trinity is unscriptural. He preached that faith without good works is dead (James 2:17, 14, 22) and that man should enter Christ’s fold or flock, which is the Church Of Christ, in order to be saved (John 10:9 Revised English Bible; Acts 20:28 Lamsa Translation; Eph. 5:23). The legacy Against all odds, Brother Felix Manalo carried out his divine mission to teach God’s pure teachings for man’s salvation in these last days. This he devotedly fulfilled until he breathed his last on April 12, 1963, full of years and momentous accomplishments. The words that he had performed are the very proofs of his commissioning as God’s messenger. Both Cyrus the Great and the “ravenous bird” were entrusted with God-given mission. The Perisan king conquered earthly kingdoms for the Lord, while Brother Felix Manalo subdued false faiths by revealing God’s wisdom that leads to salvation.Comments (I’ll make it short, I KNOW THIS IS ALREADY LONG. STOP JUDGING ME)****:
The rest of the article lists some teachings of Manalo’s that are beyond the scope of the Cyrus discussion, so will not be mentioned here. And in the end, they always make it about Manalo. Since there is no prophecy about Manalo that shows up randomly in verses about Babylon and Cyrus, or in any verses in general, Manalo can be dismissed as the messenger they make him out to be.
***************************************************************************************WTL;DR,BTPIAKOLSIS (Way Too Long; Didn’t Read, But This Part Is Also Kind Of Long So I’m Sorry)
Felix Manalo is most obviously not referenced in Isaiah 46:11, or Isaiah in general, simply because of the context. This entire section of Isaiah is about the prophesied defeat of Babylon (shown both before and after the Isaiah 46:11 verse), carried out by King Cyrus II. Other Asian churches also use this verse to say they are the true church from the far East, like followers of the South Korean Jesus, Christ Ahnsahnghong. “Bird of prey” or “ravenous bird” can also be translated as “eagle” from Hebrew. It is correlated with King Cyrus because his banner was a golden eagle, as used in the Achaemenid Empire. There is also a biblical pattern of monarchs like Cyrus being compared to eagles or birds because of how swiftly they act or attack. There is no reason that Manalo would need to act that way. As for the “far east” claim, the Hebrew word is “mizrach”, which in fact does not mean “far east”. The article even quotes that “mizrach is used of the far east with a less definite signification”. This means it is just an unspecified east direction, not the modern version of the Far East. The same word is used over 70 times in the Bible and in each case does not mean the Far East, even other places near the Mediterranean Sea. The word “kedem” that INC says means “immediate east” is used without preference with “mizrach”. INC would agree that Isaiah 41:2 is about Cyrus, because of how Cyrus subdued nations, but it uses the word “mizrach”. Lastly, they claim that Manalo fulfills the Isaiah 46:11 prophecy because the righteousness in the verse is the same thing as preaching the gospel. However, they incorrectly think that righteousness is the same thing as the gospel. Preaching the gospel isn’t necessary for there to be righteousness. Therefore, Cyrus fits the bill for this prophecy.
Isaiah 46:11 refers to King Cyrus II, and not to Felix Manalo.
Have a good day :)
2023.05.30 05:36 skeriphus On the Nature of Sorcery: Chapter 0.2 — Tea Time.
See a bored child with a stick — and see how every beast nearby flees, understanding well what is now possible and, indeed, probable.This reminds me of a general rule of advice: ‘never fuck around when a child has gun.’ Tiste Andii or not, children can be cruel especially when mixed with unknown doses of trauma and violence. Regardless, I want to call attention here that this notion of children and beasts are each bells rung. To Nimander, Andarist “unleash[ed] them, these children with avid eyes.” He “had made them good soldiers,” ones that know rage.
The mad priests poured him full, knowing the vessel leaked, and then drank of that puerile seepage. Because he was a child, the Dying God’s thirst and need were without end, never satiated.The group stumbles on desiccated bodies staked among fields: dried up, tapped of their libations. This speaks to a particular exploitation between mortal and god, symbolised literally as worshippers feeding a god to then become the harvested. This perpetuates the Dying God’s power to accumulate more worshippers via addictive kelyk. The language here shows that the Dying God has stumbled upon a sort of cheat code, an exploitation of the god-mortal dialectic that allows him and his priests to arbitrage power. Like a cancer that, via the law of large numbers, is equipped with the mechanisms to divert a body’s resources to it while it slowly destroys the body.
'Anomander Rake is a genius at beginning things. It’s finishing them he has trouble with.'Damn, Kallor.
Drawing closer to the ruin, they fell silent. Decrepit as it was, the tower was imposing. The air around it seemed grainy, somehow brittle, ominously cold despite the sun’s fierce heat.Nimander notes an incongruity of this place — its aesthetic of abandonment juxtaposed with a curated garden. “The cold despite the sun’s fierce heat.” This evokes a certain unsettledness to Nimander (and thus, the reader). These genre conventions are sources of tension and anxiety, similar to non-diegetic violins building up to a real or false jump-scare in a slasher flick.
The highest of the walls revealed a section of ceiling just below the uppermost set of stones, projecting without any other obvious support to cast a deep shadow upon the ground floor beneath it. The facing wall reached only high enough to encompass a narrow, steeply arched doorway. Just outside this entrance and to one side was a belly-shaped pot in which grew a few straggly plants with drooping flowers, so incongruous amid the air of abandonment that Nimander simply stared down at them, disbelieving.
The air of the two-walled chamber was frigid, the stones sheathed in amber-streaked hoarfrost. Where the other two walls should have been rose black, glimmering barriers of some unknown substance, and to look upon them too long was to feel vertiginous — Nimander almost pitched forward, drawn up only by Skintick’s sudden grip, and his friend whispered, ‘Never mind the ice, cousin.’I love this. First: “it was just that” screams “no it isn’t” to anyone paying attention to the words Erikson is using to make the reader uncomfortable. We know: Jaghut + Ice = Omtose Phellack. The atmospheric setting here is directly being called out in not just a sublime way, but his description has an added layer of horror to Omtose Phellack.
Ice, yes, it was just that. Astonishingly transparent ice–
’Once, long ago, a wolf god came before me. Tell me, Kallor, do you understand the nature of beast gods? Of course not. You are only a beast in the unfairly pejorative sense — unfair to beasts, that is. How is it, then, that the most ancient gods of this world were, one and all, beasts?’There’s so much going on to unpack in this paragraph.
‘Ah, and what of the Others with you? Might not they be interested?’Above, the Jaghut goes on to describe genetics, but also calls out the fact that they are children of Anomander — dude definitely knows more than he’s leading on, that’s for sure, and is winking directly to us readers, seemingly going over the heads of both Kallor and the Tiste. Also, the bit about chaos in blood will come up again and again in later scenes and later essays.
Clearing his throat, Skintick said, ‘Venerable one, we possess nothing of worth to one such as you.’
‘You are too modest, Tiste Andii.’
'Each creature is born from one not its kind. This is a wonder, a miracle forged in the fires of chaos, for chaos indeed whispers in our blood, no matter its particular hue. If I but scrape your skin, so lightly as to leave but a momentary streak, that which I take from you beneath my nail contains every truth of you, your life, even your death, assuming violence does not claim you. A code, if you will, seemingly precise and so very ordered. Yet chaos churns. For all your similarities to your father, neither you nor the one named Nimander — nor any of your brothers and sisters — is identical to Anomander Dragnipurake. Do you refute this?’
For each kind of beast there is a first such beast, more different from its parents than the rest of its kin, from which a new breed in due course emerges. Is this firstborn then a god?’I love this for two reasons. One, it speaks to a criticism of the assumption that a prime-mover is necessarily divine. But, through the existentialist lens, it’s a challenge and criticism of the presumed Authority of Genealogy. Jumping back to the early musings on ancestry: if ancestors haunt us and dictate our facticity as a result of suppressing our being-for-itself, then where does that chain of dictating/suppressing end? And is that terminus also an Authority above all generations below it just due to its being something new, something sufficiently different from its own genealogy, its ancestors ‘behind’ it?
‘You spoke of a wolf god,’ Skintick said. ‘You began to tell us a story.’This sequence of dialogue is fantastic and reminds me of arguments foagainst the strong/weak Sapir-Whorf hypothesis/es. We see the Jaghut musing on a seemingly prescriptive Platonic idealism that Kallor interrupts with a more descriptive, pragmatic, empirical framework in which he follows with a jest of torturing and executing philosophers (remind me to never live in the Kallorian Empire).
‘So I did. But you must be made to understand. It is a question of essences. To see a wolf and know it as pure, one must possess an image in oneself of a pure wolf, a perfect wolf.’
‘Ridiculous,’ Kallor grunted. ‘See a strange beast and someone tells you it is a wolf — and from this one memory, and perhaps a few more to follow, you have fashioned your image of a wolf. In my empires, philosophers spewed such rubbish for centuries, until, of course, I grew tired of them and had them tortured and executed.’
Skintick squatted to pick up two of the cups, straightening to hand one to Nimander. The steam rising from the tea was heady, hinting of mint and cloves and something else. The taste numbed his tongue.Don’t
Teeth bared, Kallor bent down to retrieve his cup.Oh shit. What follows is one of the first times I can recall that Kallor is scared. Contrast with his earlier treatment of Rake as equal.
The Jaghut’s left hand shot out, closing about Kallor’s wrist. ‘You wounded that wolf god,’ he said.
'Oh, be quiet, Kallor. This tower was an Azath once. Shall I awaken it for you?’The revelation: the Jaghut is none other than the Lord of Hate himself, Gothos. You can understand why Kallor, always so arrogant, submits to Gothos and listens to his instruction.
Wondering, Nimander watched as Kallor backed towards the entrance, eyes wide in that weathered, pallid face, the look of raw recognition dawning. ‘Gothos, what are you doing here?’
‘Where else should I be? Now remain outside — these two Tiste Andii must go away for a while.’
Nimander’s eyes were drawn once more to the walls of ice. Black depths, shapes moving within.Again, the readers eyes are drawn along with Nimander's to the icy, abyss-like, objectifying, Gazing threshold. Here's where the sublime and the weird really flavour the setting in this scene.
He staggered, reached out his hands–
‘Oh, don’t step in there–’
And then he was falling forward, his hands passing into the wall before him, no resistance at all.
‘Nimander, do not–’
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