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I realize most of you following me are only doing so because of Pokemon related things, so a post about something in Final Fantasy 14 may not interest you. But I'm putting this up anyway because I want to.

For those of you sticking around, I will supply all the context I can without getting too into it. It is an MMO and a Final Fantasy game at that, so there are a lot of details I could go into. I'll try to keep it as concise as I can. (Then again this is me we're talking about and if there is anything I can do, it's get way into what I'm writing and go on forever.)

In FFXIV, you play a character arriving in the world of Eorzea which is split into the city-states of Ul-dah, Gridania, and Limsa Lominsa. Each region has its problems, and each also have what they call Beast Tribes. You have your civilized folk who live in the main cities or smaller villages, and out in the wilds you have the Beast Tribes who are initially introduced as enemies to fight. The Beasts have sentience but for their own reasons are basically in conflict with the people of Eorzea. With all the attacks and fighting between the Beasts and the cities, they are looked down on as being dangerous and need to be taken out. Also a good portion of the people you meet in game are racist anyway so the Beast Tribes are presented as villainous when you start out.

Later in game though, you start finding sects of the Beast Tribes that are non-confrontational and even want to be helpful. They realize because of their species they are viewed poorly and mostly are content to live in secrecy. (In general, of course.) You are given the chance to do quests for them and by doing so improve your relationship with them and follow them on a little story line. Expansions of FFXIV introduce new areas and new cities and new Beast Tribes along with them, making 11 in total to work with. Because you follow a set of characters through a quest line, I ended up getting more invested in them than many of the other story lines. I have completed all but one of them but even that one is almost complete and so I wanted to share my thoughts on each. I'd like to review other story aspects of FFXIV in the future so I guess this is where I wanted to start.

At the same as describing my feelings on each, I'll also be ranking them. Mostly just because I want to. We're going to start with the worst and end with which one I think is the best. Now obviously the ranking is going to be completely subjective to my experience. Any players of the game that might see this are entitled to have differing opinions. These are just mine.

Also for players or potential players of the game, there are spoilers ahead.

So let's get into it.

11. Ixal (Realm Reborn)
These guys can just go die in a fire!! I'm a Black Mage so I can help them with that!

Okay. Taking a step back, I am glad the Ixal quests exist. Unlike the other Realm Reborn tribes, when you start the Ixal quests, you do them as a crafter instead of a battle class. They are meant to help you level your crafting by giving you something to craft for them. Originally I had no interest in doing anything with the Ixal, but in order to finish out the Realm Reborn tribes to the Bloodsworn rank, I had to. I picked up Goldsmith for this purpose. To be honest, probably the reason I hate them so much is because I had only just started crafting and didn't really know what I was doing. That made the Ixal quests harder than they really were so I got really frustrated from time to time. Then the Ixals have a longer story line than the other Realm Reborn beast tribes so that didn't help either. After a while I just started doing their provisioning quest since that gave the biggest boost and most experience and barely touched their other quests.

As to the actual story... it was okay. Nothing bad, nothing great. In the past, the Ixal species had wings and so the current Ixal have this obsession with flight. The Echtal tribe you work with want to build an airship to go higher than any other airship. The purpose for that though is... I don't know. Do they want to travel? Live on it? Just prove they can? Sure, the completed airship comes back into the story later with a dungeon and stuff, but even that doesn't really go anywhere. I guess we're supposed to just be satisfied with the goal of completing the ship but that wasn't enough to get invested for me. It's entirely possible they addressed this fact but didn't hold my attention long enough for me to take note of it. The annoyance of their quests aside, there wasn't any characters that I could latch onto. The head Ixal forms a bond with the Lalafell you get to help with their airship. I think they tried to imply you were one of those friends too, but this either didn't succeed or just didn't come off as genuine. Because of that, I just felt like a third wheel when it came to their story. I was just there to witness what was happening and craft a piece now and then. I was not involved.

With no attachment to any characters, species, final goal, quests, or even the region itself, the Ixals just did not do it for me. I have friends that will return to the Ixal a lot to level their low level crafters. I do not plan on doing the same.

10. Kobold (Realm Reborn)
The Kobolds gave me access to one of my favorite mounts, but that didn't help them be interesting. Of course I started them specifically to get that mount so... mission accomplished?

The Kobolds as a species are miners. They mine for materials and crystals. Instead of using these resources for trade, they horde everything to themselves and even attack people in the region to steal their supplies which they can also horde. After a series of attacks, you are brought in to bring the suspects to justice only to find the suspects are innocent. The Kobolds are split into groups they call orders and those orders are numbered from the best to the worst. You are working with the 789th Order who are the very bottom of the Kobold hierarchy. Another order, the 13th, is the one behind the attacks and they are even threatening to take out the 789th order due to their uselessness. Through the course of your quests for them, you work to help the 789th improve their standing to improve the quality of their lives and prove their innocence along with stopping the 13th order.

Now that could have been interesting. The 789th are the bottom due to their lack of motivation and by the end of it their leader becomes more motivated. But that is the problem. The leader becomes motivated, his underlings don't. The work you do for them is stealing supplies from the other orders so the 789th can take credit. From an outside perspective, sure, okay, we're essentially sabotaging more dangerous groups so that the friendly one can be helped. But nothing really comes from it. The order is never ranked up. They start at the bottom and stay at the bottom. There's no indication that if they did get higher ranked that it would help make the Kobolds a better race over all. If they did get better than the other orders, what would stop them from then becoming a threat to the people of Limsa? And literally all you do is get the leader motivated. When you return to do the final rank up beast quest, he hasn't done anything and is still acting like a lazy coward. You accomplish nothing with them. You blow up a machine the 13th order was working on, but there's no reason you shouldn't have been able to do that without the 789th.

The quests themselves were easy. I didn't get attached to anyone really but probably the thing that let them down the most is what I see as wasted potential. There's some side character from the Maelstrom but all she does is complain at the leader instead of doing anything to contribute so she isn't even worth looking up her name. I'll just use my mount, thanks.

9. Sylph (Realm Reborn)
Transport quests are annoying. That is the biggest problem with this tribe.

The Sylphs are actually the first friendly Beast Tribe you are introduced to in the story. It isn't until much later that it turns out there are good and evil sides of each species. The Sylphs were also the first one I sought out on my own when I found out I could do so. I thought they were really cute and loved the way they talked and acted so I wanted do more with them. Their quest line involves an egg of a Chosen One that is going to soon hatch. It will be more powerful than any current Sylph and is destined to be a leader and thus you have to make sure the evil Sylphs don't take it and corrupt it. There actually isn't much to it besides that. Most of the major story quests involve keeping the egg safe or retrieving it if and when it's stolen. It's simple, but that was okay.

Probably the most notable thing about the story is a character named Voyce. He originally was there to study Sylphs but ended up deciding to stay. Voyce is... something. He is essentially the main cause of any problems that come up. This isn't intentional as he is trying to be helpful but just fails at everything. He isn't dumb. On the contrary, he is well read. He is all book smarts and no street smarts. He will very often misunderstand a situation or come to his own conclusion without taking all the facts. When he has a misunderstanding, he doesn't let go of it. I could easily see people finding him annoying and in fact the Sylphs do. They really dislike him. I guess that's why I found it endearing. He doesn't even know he's a burden most of the time and is oblivious to the Sylphs dislike of him. The Sylphs are pranksters and jokers to where most NPCs find them annoying. Seeing this turned on them with a character they didn't want around was entertaining.

But then you have to actually do their quests and that is where it gets more frustrating. Several of them include a "transport" function where you have to carry an item from one place to another. You can't fight or mount or anything, you just have to run and hope your stamina doesn't run out. The areas you had to go through were crawling with enemies so if you were lower leveled, you would run into trouble. The area is very maze like so getting around is a pain. I still get lost in there. These missions weren't impossible but like I said they were the biggest gripe I had with the Sylphs.

8. Anata (Stormblood)
Honestly surprised to see the Anata as high as they are seeing how little I cared about them. I guess since they only had one transport quest instead of several, that helped give them the edge over the Sylphs.

The Anata are interesting though. The ones you mostly deal with are probably one of the most, if not the most, incorporated into civilization. When their home region was conquered by the Garleans, they joined up with the resistance to help drive them out. Unfortunately you don't really deal with the tribe as a whole so you don't get to learn or deal with them much. You mainly help a younger Anata named Alpa who is training to become a leader within the army and is given an old Garlean base to make functional for the resistance. She has to do so in time for her mother to come inspect it and if she's not satisfied, she has to leave the army and return to their home village to train there instead. Alpa is innocent and naive as she doesn't know much about species outside her race. This leads to misunderstandings and mix-ups. She was also very determined to get better and these things made her engaging. By the end, people respect her as a leader and such. Unfortunately, apart from her being so determined to do the right thing, most of her growth is purely from what they tell you rather than seeing it happen yourself. (FFXIV as a whole has a huge "show don't tell" problem.) I get what they were going for with her and it's not like I don't buy her story arc. It just would have been nice to see her do a bit more. Granted, she is the only reason the Anata are this high as without her endearing nature, they would have ranked much lower. I don't really care to help rebuild Ala Mhigo.

I seriously don't care about that place at all. We can never go back as far as I'm concerned.

The quests themselves were fine enough. Functional. They weren't hard but I did do them when I was already well leveled so I might not be the best judge there. Unlike the Kobolds, you can actually see progress being made and what is accomplished by helping the group out so if nothing else, I felt like I had made an impact. This made them a perfectly passable Beast Tribe, but there wasn't anything to get excited about either.

7. Amalj’aa (Realm Reborn)
Ugh, this hurts putting them this low! It honestly does!

Why is that? I started my journey in FFXIV in Thanalan and Ul’dah is my city-state. I got super attached to the city and joined the Immortal Flames to be even more involved. The Amalj’aa were my first Beast Tribe, both in the sense that they were the first enemies I encountered and in that they were the first Beast Tribe quest line I unlocked. This happened on accident, actually. I was just in the Immortal Flames headquarters and saw a quest and so I did it only to find out it unlocked the Beast Tribe quests. I continued on from there.

Most of the Amalj’aa worship and serve their primal Ifrit. Everything they do against the people of Thanalan is in service to Ifrit in some way. They steal supplies, kidnap people, whatever they have to. Some Amalj’aa were spared the fate of becoming tempered (controlled) by Ifrit and formed the Ash Tribe. They actively fight against their Amalj’aa brethren to try and prevent summonings and restore honor to their kind. This is good! Fight bad Amalj’aa, save my beloved Thanalan, stop Ifrit. This is everything we work towards in main quests too!

...And then you meet the main character of the actual story who is a Miqo’te chick who I also don’t care enough about to look up her name.

She was saved by the Ash Tribe during a raid when her mother was taken by the Amalj’aa. She decided to fight alongside the Ash Tribe against the other Amalj’aa. All the problems I have with the Amalj’aa story line are related to her. None of the daily quests you do for them have anything to do with her, and yet the actual story parts are centered around her entirely. Her story doesn’t even make sense. Like she acts as though she has become basically feral and is utterly confused by civilized society, but the Ash Tribe don’t act like her. She came from the village at the Forgotten Springs whose people are mostly hunters so was she always like this anyway? How much could she really have changed? How long as she been gone? She says something about how all this happened years ago, and yet the people of the Forgotten Springs recognize her. The evil Amalj’aa chief you fight against knows who she is and specifically leaves her mother for her to find to mess with her. Did he really remember her after all that time? He remembered this one specific Miqo’te girl out of all the raids they’ve done? How is the mother even still alive after all this time? Why did they wuss out and not kill the mother at the end and instead let her return to the Forgotten Springs? She’s still tempered. She’s not exactly safe to be around other people! If you don’t want to kill her, at least keep her at the Ash Tribe so she doesn’t hurt anyone.

Add in all the times she generically complained how she “needs to get stronger” without ever actually doing anything and you might get an idea of why I just could not care about her. I could probably nitpick the story even more if I wanted. Like if they wanted her to have a story arc, she didn’t. She’s the same at the beginning as she is at the end. The only difference is she knows where her mother is... I guess. Kind of like the Kobolds, you don’t really accomplish or change much but at least the Ash Tribe has a clear goal and motives and give the impression they are actually going to keep working towards them. The quests themselves were basic but that was just fine seeing how this was my first Beast Tribe. I didn’t have a problem completing any of them. The only problem was the worst character got the most focus for the story.

If I didn’t have the attachment to the Amalj’aa themselves or Thanalan, they could have easily been lower on the list. But here we are. 

6. Moogles (Heavensward)
It kind of feels like Moogles are only a Beast Tribe in that they don’t primarily live in a city and aren’t humanoid. The good ones even vastly outnumber the bad ones as you only really fight Moogles in one trial. But whatever.

Also it somehow feels wrong to rate anything Moogle related so low seeing how it’s Final Fantasy.

But this is just because they are un-impactful. Some Moogles of the Churning Mist want to restore some ruins from when man and dragon lived together. You team up with the Moogle Mogzin and the Ishgardian Tarresson to make this happen. Like the Ixal, the Moogles give you quests for your crafter class. You craft whatever they request or do whatever you can to keep the Moogles entertained and motivated, seeing as most of them would rather do anything but work. The only conflict of note in these quests come from a powerful dragon who doesn’t want to see the ruins restored as he doesn’t believe our work will live up to his memory of the originals.

The Moogles are cute and their antics amusing, but this didn’t really carry the story. I only cared as much about the story line as much as I do because of the story of Heavensward as a whole. You spend the game trying to bring peace to dragon and man, and now you get to be a part of them actually working together again. I liked that a lot. You don’t make huge changes to the Churning Mists, but you do something and that was nice.

Now I will admit, after my experience with the Ixal, I did not want to do the Moogles at all and so I put it off for a really long time. This meant I was very over leveled for their quests and as such their quests were super, super easy. It’s entirely possible if someone was level appropriate that they would have a harder time than I did. I found the quests simple and so I enjoyed them enough that they weren’t a hassle to do. Also helps that there were fewer high quality requirements and they made a lot of improvements in function over the Ixals. (You don’t have to wear any stupid gloves for these, thank you!) I just can’t really rank them higher because while I had no major gripes, there wasn’t anything super exciting either.

5. Kojin (Stormblood)
This has nothing to do with anything, but it was amusing to me to have to hear "Kojin" said so often in this game. My spelling and pronunciation are slightly different, but I just couldn't help being reminded of Sheer Power.

The Kojin are somewhat like the Anata in that they aren't completely excluded from civilization but I'm not as sure to what extent. I liked the Kojin when they were first introduced and liked the original one you meet by the name of Soroban. He's trying to set up trade with other cities and countries but wasn't having much success due to his appearance. I was under the impression this was the first time they had reached out like that but can't 100% remember if that's true. The "bad" Kojin, or the Reds, are mercenaries that work for the empire. The Blue split off from them when they didn't agree with what they were doing and it's sometime after that you encounter Soroban. So it is entirely possible they were always used to working with the more humanoid races just like the Anata, but I'm not sure how closely.

Anyway, sadly you don't work with Soroban during the Beast Tribe quests and instead work with another Kojin named Kabuto. Like Alpa, he needs to learn how to be a leader but what he needs to learn is how he doesn't need to do everything himself. He is worried about putting others in danger or troubling them but eventually learns how his friends want to help him and sometimes he needs them. This is taught to him by a kami named Tsumoko who takes over a Kojin puppet.

It's a fine story arc. Really the only thing that holds it back is the only time we see Kabuto actually utilize his lessons in any sense is the last duty with him. The rest of the story is taken up by setting up trades with other merchants and cities which is fine but don’t actually contribute to the lesson Kabuto is supposed to learn. Any time a fight comes up, he goes and loses so you have to save him. I guess he’s supposed to see how he fails so often alone and so then at the end when you fight together, he can see how much better it works? Best I can do.

Like the Kobolds, I had wanted to do the Kojin purely for the mount. Even so, for some reason I dragged my feet unlocking them and didn’t for quite a long time. But after it started, the appearance of Tsumoko peeked my curiosity and I was always interested to see where each turn of the story was leading. I was surprised at the ending. I was glad they went through with what they did with Tsumoko. The quests were really easy so I never felt like i was only doing them out of obligation (apart from maybe the stretch to Bloodsworn which takes so long.) Since there was nothing about them to annoy me, I just got to enjoy a simple yet intriguing story line that I unexpectedly grew quite fond of. I don’t know really how to explain it better than that.

4. Vanu Vanu (Heavensward)
How the heck did these guys get so high on this list?!

No really, I’m surprised too. I am not sure when I got so attached to these guys.

When the Vanu showed up in the story of Heavensward, I didn’t think much of them. They played their part in the story and I liked their demeanor and designs. They were another tribe I put off because I didn’t think I’d be interested in them. I was somewhat nearing completion on the Moogles and knew if I wanted to do the final rank up for Heavensward, I was going to need to finish the Vanu. So I started the quests and was pleasantly surprised.

Originally I thought the quest would be working the the Zundu tribe that you work with during the main story. The Zundu are subservient to the Vanu who come from Ok’Ghundu and basically pay the Vanu off so they don’t attack them. When you start the Beast Quests, you run into some Vanu trying to escape Ok’Ghundu. Over the course of the storyline, you help them build a small village of refugees that finds ways to sustain themselves, and eventually help the Vanu of the Zundu tribe. All of the Beast Tribes use colors to help differentiate the bad ones from the good ones, but the Vanu you follow through the story maintain the color scheme of the bad Vanu from Ok’Gundu. This was an interesting change.

You can really see the village grow over time and see them organize themselves. They really sell the idea that they’ll be able to survive on their own. Then when the Ghundu demand the refugees return, you see the new tribe team up with the Zundu to fight them off. They needed your help along the way, but at least they contributed to their victory in the end instead of just being carried by you. When you return for the final rank up for Heavensward, it’s shown that they continued to thrive without you, and they are even still seen as a threat by the Ghundu and that’s without you there protecting them!

These big birds had big hearts and I guess this just really won me over. I also enjoyed all their metaphors and similes in their dialogue. They’re so humble and friendly, I just couldn’t find anything to not like. Even though the Sea of Clouds is such a huge area and their quests send you all over the map, their quests were never much of an issue. Any problem I had was just from the repetitiveness of their quests but all the Beast Tribes have this problem in some regard. Can’t say anything bad about them in particular so I’m just left thinking of all the good!

3. Namazu (Stormblood)
Most of the FFXIV players I know will burn me alive for not placing them first...

At this moment the Namazu are the only tribe I haven’t completed all the way. I’m just one story quest away though so unless that one quest just completely blows my mind, I can’t imagine they could rank higher than this.

To be honest yet again, I only unlocked the Namazu out of a sense of obligation. I was basically already completing everything else. (That won’t be the last time we see this fact.) I waited until I was done with the Moogles and so I moved on to the next crafting Beast Tribe, the Namazu. I wasn’t even all that interested in the mount, as comical as it may be. Still, I was curious about them seeing how my friends spoke of them and their quests so fondly.

Three Namazu are warned that in 7 years their kind will go extinct. The only way to prevent this is if they get 777 Namazu together for a 7 year festival. Therefore, they start putting together said festival so their kind can be forced to celebrate. (Yes, it is more or less presented like that.) You help by crafting and gathering the supplies they need and by helping them organize whatever half baked ideas they might have to help the festival grow. The Namazu don’t seem to have any real organization and so they have no rituals or guidelines to follow. Therefore they spend their time taking ideas from the cultures surrounding them to form their own traditions.

Comedy can go a long way in winning people over. There is basically no aspect of these creatures and their quests that are not funny in same way. From their actions to their goals to their dialogue, there is usually something to be found to be chuckled over. Some quests will even have events or dialogue that happen differently depending on the day so even if you have done one before, they can still be fun to do again. Oddly enough for me, that wasn’t really what ended up making me like them as much as I do. I was actually more interested in seeing a culture who had lost their own traditions start copying other cultures to attempt to find themselves. This was also helped by the flash forwards you get showing the potential dark future of the Namazu that is shown to be changed by the actions of the festival in different ways. By building up these new traditions, they are creating stability for themselves that will save them in ways they don’t even understand.

These scenes are probably meant to just be another joke but I found them intriguing and heartfelt nonetheless.

That all aside, I must admit my fondness for the quests also comes from the fact that I was able to do them as a gatherer instead of a crafter. I really like mining for some reason so it was so refreshing to do quests as a miner instead of my goldsmith. The quests also give a ton of experience so they got both jobs to 70 very quickly. I picked up Botany and will probably do another crafting class in the future, so once I get these jobs to 60, I can see me happily returning to the Namazu for experience.

2. Vath (Heavensward)

Deftarm, you’re always going to be my number one student!

Just as a character I didn’t like killed my enjoyment of other tribes, a character I fell in love with sold me on the whole experience.

The Vath were originally part of a hive mind species called the Gnath. They managed to (for unexplained reasons) break free and become individuals with their own thoughts. While some couldn’t return to the hive’s control, others just didn’t want to and so they created their own home. They are struggling to survive when you first meet them, but then little Deftarm comes in to save the day! He’s new to this offshoot “hive” and doesn’t even have a name when you start up the quest line. He wants to be helpful to his new friends and comes to the conclusion that he needs to become a strong adventurer like you. He chooses the name Deftarm, creates an adventurers guild, and then sets out to win over customers to his new guild. He helps his clients with different tasks such as defeating dangerous enemies or gathering goods to be traded in exchange for whatever supplies his home is in need of. He does the exact same things you do through the game and it’s adorable! (And naturally you join in doing all the same things because of course you have to.)

The story could have just been him winning the respect of the clients he seeks out. He is usually disregarded by them but he doesn't give up. Even if he can’t do the exact thing they think they want from him, he usually find something within his means that meets their needs in another way that leaves them satisfied. He’s so dejected when he fails but he doesn’t quit and I love that! But the story goes further than that. Deftarm is still highly sensitive to the calling of the main hive and it tries to reabsorb him. You have to help him fight through it and because he’s learned so much about himself through his adventures, he has something to hold onto. They didn’t have to go through all this, but I’m glad they did. Just gave the story more conflict and I was glad the hive mind aspect of the Gnath was explored more here than it had been in the main story.

Although I have such a soft spot for the master/student relationship that he won me over the second he called me Master. Honestly the rest of the story could have involved burning down the Chocobo Forest and I would have helped him do it gladly.

The Vath were the first Heavensward group I unlocked. It’s entirely possible I only thought to unlock it because I knew that’s where I got Chocobo food. I honestly can’t remember. All I know is Deftarm melted my heart and that was all I needed to be motivated to keep going. I am iffy on whether I like the mount or not but I don’t care! Even the more annoying quests I still did without worrying about them.

But as a side note, I didn’t really like what they did with Deftarm through most of the final rank up story for Heavensward. I know what they were going for. He’s found such an identity for himself that he became a little headstrong and he wasn’t sure how to interact with non-combative tribes. Still, it bothered me how angry they made him. They made up for it with how quickly he realized his mistakes at the end of it, and I was still glad to go through the whole quest line with him back at my side. I just think they could have dialed it back a bit and nothing would have been lost.

But anyway, on to the best Beast Tribe.

1. Sahagin (Realm Reborn) 
So I’m pretty sure Square found out about my affection towards story lines involving a father figure and then wrote this story line just for me.

I may change my title in game from time to time, but it will often return to “Novv Clutchmate” and will be forever that way in my heart. 

The Sahagin were another big surprise to me. At the point I unlocked them, I was stubbornly keeping the Amalj’aa as my favorite Beast Tribe due to their connection to Thanalan. When I was working on the other Realm Reborn Beast Tribes, there was a part of me that was only doing them so I could finish my ranking with the Amalj’aa. I had gone through the Amalj’aa, then Sylphs, and the Kobolds and the Ixal I was mostly working on during the same time. (Although because the stupid Ixals have a longer story line than everyone else, I think the Kobolds were done long before the Ixals were.) Another part of me had at least some connection to an Amalj'aa, Kobold, and Ixal because they played a part of the Black Mage story quest so if nothing else, those tribes had that going for them. I didn’t anticipate caring about the “fish guys,” and so I didn’t bother unlocking them until everyone else was done. I even was only doing the Ixal to get them out of the way and yet at the time  I could still only see the Sahagin as a hassle. I didn’t find them interesting in the main story, I had no connection with Limsa, and even the mount was pretty boring. But I needed to do it so eventually I did. With all the other tribes complete, I begrudgingly went to unlock the Sahagin.

If I had known how much I’d come to love them, I would have done their quests sooner! But then again, maybe it was nice that I did them last.

The Sahagin have a female “queen,” (which is even said to not be the best term for it, but it’s the best they can do in our language,) who lays eggs. When she deems a male worthy, she will give him a clutch of eggs to fertilize. When the Sahagin are born, they do not have gills and as such can’t live in the deep waters where the Sahagin normally live. They have to be raised on land until their gills develop. It is the responsibility of their “clutchfather” to protect and teach them until they are old enough to go out into the open ocean alone. These clutchfathers raise their young in spawning grounds that they protect fiercely. During the last calamity in Eorzea, the normal spawning grounds were destroyed which drove the Sahagin to the shores of Limsa Lominsa to raise their young there. The people of Limsa see this as an invasion and so they are constantly trying to drive them out. The Sahagin fight to stay as they see this as the only way their species can survive.

Enter Novv who was a Sahagin warrior who was granted a clutch of eggs to raise. Due to prior happenings I really don’t know how deeply I should go into, Novv wishes only peace and safety for his children. He is wary of your presence in his home at first, but soon sees you as an opportunity. He hopes to go into peace talks with the people of Limsa but needs you to act as a “bridge” to help him do that. His intentions are undermined by a group of Sahagin who think the best way to settle their conflict is to fight even harder. They are attacking Limsa ships and keeping them to create their own armada and kidnap or kill anyone they come across. They even get their hands on a Limsa dignitary at one point and Novv knows these actions are only going to make things harder for his kind, not better. You team up with Novv to stop the group from making their situation worse and help him keep his children safe while they grow.

Novv talking about how he wants to raise his sons in peace and the lessons he teaches them along the way is just so perfect. It really sells the idea how peace isn’t won by more fighting. The game overall likes to push this so it was nice seeing one scenario that proves it. He not only talks the talk but walks the walk too. If he or his children are threatened, he will fight but he does everything he can to avoid that from happening. You get to see pieces of him teaching his children all he can from battle to survival to how to interact with other species. Basically Novv could do no wrong in my eyes and I was constantly switching back and forth between cheering for him and being moved by him.

Then he stole my heart by telling me I was basically one of his children and he was proud to call me daughter. He was basically securing himself the top spot on this list with that line!

As easy as some of the other quests might have been for me, the Sahagin ones were probably the easiest. This was before it synced enemy level to your own and because I started the Sahagin so late, I was like mid sixties or so doing these quests. I would basically attack the whole room of enemies  with one move and go on my way. With a story line suited to my interests and quests I would breeze through in a couple minutes at most, the Sahagin just gave me no negative experiences to speak of. I loved every minute.

And that is my list and my thoughts on each tribe. About as simple as I could have made it, I think. Perhaps rankings will be changed in the future. Beast Tribes became some of my favorite things in FFXIV but maybe that’s just because I spent so much time with each of them. (Apart from the Ixal, of course. They can still burn.) But now if you’ll excuse me, I think I am going to go hop into the game and rewatch some Beast Tribe cutscenes.
  • Listening to: Overlord Opening
  • Reading: Sheer Power Book 3
  • Watching: YouTube
  • Playing: FFXIV
  • Eating: Peanut butter and Jelly
  • Drinking: Water
For those who don't follow me on twitter or didn't see the book cover updated, Sheer Power Book 3: Misfire is available for purchase!

Physical copies are $9.99 and can be found here:…
Digital copies are $2.99 and can be found here:…

Eventually Amazon will combine the pages and they can be found together, but that takes some time.

I posted on twitter with a little drawing. If it gets retweeted, I'll pick a winner to get a free copy of any of the three books they'd like and ship it to them. If you are on Twitter, you are free to go retweet it to be entered in that drawing of course. If people are interested, I might do some sort of give away from here too. Not sure how I'd work it though.
  • Listening to: Overlord Opening
  • Reading: Sheer Power Book 3
  • Watching: YouTube
  • Playing: FFXIV
  • Eating: Peanut butter and Jelly
  • Drinking: Water
I put Sheer Power Book 1 and 2 on sale and meant to post about it here... but forgot! Today is the last day! I'm super sorry! These are the digital copies again. They can be read on mobile devices or computer. Book 3 should be coming out before too long so this can help you get caught up before it does!

Book 1 is free and can be downloaded here:…

Book 2 is discounted to 99 cents and can be downloaded from here:…
  • Listening to: Overlord Opening
  • Reading: Sheer Power Book 3
  • Watching: YouTube
  • Playing: FFXIV
  • Eating: Peanut butter and Jelly
  • Drinking: Water
For other players that maybe are watching me and are only curious with what I am and where I am, I decided on an Au Ra species, I started down the Thaumaturge and I'm currently a Black Mage. I play on the Aether Cacutar server. I'm level 46 and I'm locked out for the rest of the story until I hit 49 so I'm just doing level up stuff. My sister is already part of a Free Company and so she invited me into it with her.

So for the rest of you that don't know what that is or want to know the story behind this, continue on.

My sister had it and has been bugging me to play it with her. I had tried MMOs in the past and didn't really get into them. I just prefer single player so I don't have to compete or disrupt any other players. My sister's husband is really into WoW and she played it with him for a while. She convinced me to try that too. She tried walking me through it but because I didn't understand what I was doing or why, I just couldn't really get into it. At the time they were also playing Horde and based on what job I wanted, the best race for me was a troll. I kinda didn't feel attached to my character because I didn't really get to pick it so it just didn't grab me.

I had also tried the fan made My Little Pony MMO. I was more into that because it was a character I got to pick although it also seemed to only give me two choices of job of either a healer or ranged attacker. I would have ordinarily picked the attacker, but I had a hard time figuring out the controls of that game. I'm not used to computer games in general and so it was rare I could get my attacks to work. I somewhat got the handle of healing but never played enough with other people to find out if I could be a good supporter. I got sick around the time it came out and couldn't really play much and haven't returned to it since. I'm not against the idea. Maybe even now I could figure it out more, haha.

But I like Final Fantasy and since my sister moved away this seemed like a good way we could still do something together. Also, since it's available on the PS4, it means I can play on my couch and use a controller I'm used to. That was a big selling point to me. If it had been on the computer, I don't know that I could have or would have wanted to play it as much as I have over the last week or so.

When I started, it was introducing races and jobs and I discovered that the text was SUPER small. Even on my TV, if I want to read it I have to sit up pretty close. Now granted, my vision isn't what it used to be. If I had glasses I could probably sit back further. But since I'm too stubborn to get them, I just make due. Anyway, the small text was one thing, but the descriptions were another. It was giving history and backstory and stuff I had no idea what it was talking about. It had only somewhat introduced the story in that there was a big war and a disaster and that's all I knew. I had no idea what FFXIV was even about so the descriptions really didn't make any sense to me.

While creating my character, I asked my sister if it mattered what I was. And what do you know, you can be whatever you want with whatever job you want. I wasn't limited into what I could be! So I got to choose everything and it wouldn't make my character unable to be changed later on.

Now, I have no idea what might have brought this on, but I remember distinctly that when I went to start up the game I thought to myself how I wanted to be a race with a tail or a lizard. NO IDEA. Just what I wanted. I still don't really know all the names of places or races in the game, and there is one that are basically cat people. I figured a lot of people would be one of them so I didn't want to do that. But then I saw this Au Ra race. My sister and I call them "dragon people" as it says they believe themselves to be descended from dragons. They are humanoid but have patches of thick scales, horns, and a tail.

What do you know, a lizard with a tail!

I hadn't quite made up my mind so I started playing with the customization to see how it all worked and how much control I had. The more I customized her, the more I really liked her. She was mine! I made her!

When it came to choosing my combat, I had no idea what I wanted. A lot of the roles were using jargon and stuff again so I wasn't sure what they all were. I was considering being an archer, but I really liked the idea of using magic. I didn't trust myself with healer so I went with what my sister said was a black mage, Thaumaturge. It sounded fun to me.

Backing up a bit, I had been playing my Pokemon Sun Nuzlocke. In that game, I had named them all after musical terms. I had a list of terms to use. I had caught something recently and was looking over the list of words and came across "Alto" and thought that would be a good name but couldn't remember if I had used it so I didn't at the time. A short time later I was doing a random game in Sims and needed a last name and "Alto" immediately came to mind. That didn't seem like it was enough of a last name, so I turned it into Altos because that just sounded more last name-ish.

When it came time to name my Final Fantasy Au Ra, I wasn't sure what to do. When I played other races in Xenoverse, I tried making names that made sense. Like my Frieza race I gave a name based on ice and I named my Buu Yuuna to keep the same sounds at the beginning. I had no idea what Au Ra names were like so I was on my own. I thought of Altos again and figured it was a fantasy enough sounding last name to use. I didn't have another name in mind so went with the first sounds that came to me for the first name. Ended up with Kessa. So I am Kessa Altos.

My sister didn't have time to play with me when I first started and there were things I had to do alone first so she told me to just get things ready. I had no idea what I was doing or how to work the game so I was really lost for a long time. This might sound bad, but it was actually a good thing. It forced me to learn how to do things on my own. I learned how to take quests, how to interact with things, how to attack, all that. Suddenly everything I had done in WoW and Legends of Equestria had made sense! I knew what I had been doing all that time ago! I knew what I was doing and why I was doing it. That helped me get things rolling and actually get invested in what I was doing instead of just following my sister around.

Now, I still have a ton to learn and my sister and her online friends have been a HUGE help with all of it. I probably would be as far along as I am without them. Also helped that I had some time off this last week so I've played a lot each day. I got into it and I've even started figuring out what the game is about. It's normal Final Fantasy story telling. It really doesn't explain itself well in the beginning so you have to get a ways in before anything makes sense.

I'm still learning mechanics and learning my role in a party. I'm really new at doing quests and raids with other players so I just hope I'm not slowing them down too much. My role is very "squishy," as my sister likes to put it, so when things go bad for me they can really go bad quickly. Somehow I've been able to figure things out though. A lot of story quests I have to fight by myself and NPCs. Even though I've failed a few times here and there, I've been able to figure things out and quite often I find a solution by myself. Still it's nice to have my sister and her friends as a safety net for when I need it.

So that's been my life this last week. This game and this game almost exclusively. I did manage to get a little more of Sheer Power Book 3 written. I wanted it finished by the end of February but didn't quite meet that goal. Aiming for mid March now. We'll see if I can pull myself away from this new game to make it!
  • Listening to: Overlord Opening
  • Reading: Sheer Power Book 3
  • Watching: YouTube
  • Playing: Pokemon Yellow
  • Eating: Banana Bread
  • Drinking: Water
Sheer Power Book 1 was released in May. Anyone who has seen my journals and Polls related to the subject should have a basic idea of how impulsive that was. I didn’t truly know what I was getting into. I tend to learn by doing, so that’s what I did.

Since then, I’ve learned some things.

I’ve been working on Sheer Power on and off for over a decade now. This version has been in the works for a few years. It was only in the last year that I finally made significant progress on it. I didn’t know much about the publishing industry, but from what I had read, it seemed unlikely that a company would take a chance on a first time writer who didn’t even know how long the series would last. So I made the plan on self-publishing to at least get a start. Get it out there, let people read and hopefully enjoy it, and if it got enough of a following, hopefully work on it full time.

Around the beginning of the year, I realized how long the book was turning into. I have a hard time keeping things short for some reason. With everything that I needed to cram in there, it was going to be really long. The word document was nearing 300 pages at the time, and once in book form it would be even more pages. Even for someone who might be interested in it, that would be rather daunting. After talking to my Skype (now Discord) group, we found a good spot that allowed it to be split. I was hoping it would be in two, but it soon became clear it would be three. So now what was originally the first story became the first arc.

At the time it left me with nearly two books with the second one almost done and the first one complete. I picked a date, signed up for Amazon’s self publishing, and put it out.

Then I bought a few copies, and a few other people I know did. And nobody else.

After Sheer Power came out, I was poking around on YouTube and it started suggesting videos related to writing. I found a few I liked to watch and kept up with them. They not only talked about writing habits and stuff, but also the business side of thing. I knew I knew nothing about the industry. But I didn’t realize how little of nothing I knew.

Advertising, for instance, is one of the most important aspects I was over looking. I am too shy to really advertise in person. People on my team at work know about the books and some people in my family. Not even all of my family. Just some of them. I feel weird about expecting people to buy it just because they know me. I’d rather they buy it because they want to actually read it. Maybe that’s naive of me, but I can’t help feeling that way.

Because most of the people that watch me only do so because of Just Gotta and/or Nightmare, and because those have been so inactive, most of my watchers are inactive too. Plus, I’ve realized that I do a terrible job trying to explain or summarize what Sheer Power is about. Even the people that do keep looking at what I put up probably don’t really know.

It’s about a master and a student who have to learn about each other and help each other improve their lives. Along the way, there are bad guys they have to fight. It’s both simple yet complicated!

Now, I apologize if it seems like I’m complaining. I’m not crying, “You guys didn’t buy my book, how dare you?!” Or anything. You didn’t buy it because I didn’t make you want to buy it. It’s my fault for not doing near enough to make anyone, let alone anyone already following me, be interested in it.

What’s my solution to this? Well, I am limited. I don’t really have an extensive budget to spend on actual advertisements. I need some more art and keep introducing the characters as a start. I’ve been toying with a prequel comic but that’s no where near ready. Oddly enough, one of the better things I could do might be to get Nightmare and Just Gotta updating again to bring in some of my other readers, or maybe even some new readers that would like Sheer Power too. That’s not ready either, but it’s something that I want to do anyway so if it helps Sheer Power, all the better.

In more short term solutions, I did more research on the programs Amazon offers. I found out I have a way that I can put the electronic version on sale or even put them out for free temporarily. That would mean I would see little to no money if someone did order them during that time, but at least that might get some people to start reading.

So those of you who haven’t gotten Book 1 because of money issues, keep an eye out because I’ll likely be telling you it’s out for free here in the next few days.

There’s probably a lot more I should or could be doing. I might be a writer, but if I want to be an author then there’s more to be done. I’m only just getting started.
  • Listening to: "I thought I was a Pyro” InFamous 2 Soundtra
  • Reading: Sheer Power Book 3
  • Watching: YouTube
  • Playing: Pokemon Sun
  • Eating: Teddy Grahams
  • Drinking: Water
Been meaning to make an announcement here, but just updated the cover to do so. Decided to do a journal as well.

It can be purchased from here:…

It came out on Monday. I've been absorbed into Pokemon Ultra Sun so haven't been doing much else besides that the last few days. I might end up doing a journal about it and the Sunlocke at some point in the near future.

So long as I can get it done in time, Book 3 will release in May of 2018. That's the plan but I'm only maybe halfway done writing it and that isn't including whatever I end up needing to edit or change. But it's conclusion to this arc so I don't want to put it off too long.

Book 1 is still available, of course, in case you need to catch up. But I think Book 2 is even better personally. You just need to read the first one to get it, haha.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, but I have to work. So to all my fellow Americans, Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy it for me!
  • Listening to: "I thought I was a Pyro” InFamous 2 Soundtra
  • Reading: Sheer Power Book 3
  • Watching: YouTube
  • Playing: Pokemon Sun
  • Eating: Teddy Grahams
  • Drinking: Water
Still not sure that I should, but I am releasing Book 2 on November 20th. This probably means nothing to anyone seeing how no one has actually purchased the first one, but who cares, it’s going to be released anyway! Pricing will be the same as Book 1, $9.99 for physical copies and $2.99 for the digital ones.

Once Book 3 has been released, I was considering putting out some special edition with all three of them in it, but just fantasies at this point.

Just getting that out f the way though. What I really wanted to talk about is my nuzlocke in Sun.

I like replaying games so I got Sun as the one I could restart and Moon as where I can save my items and Pokemon. I reset my Sun randomly the other day. I have been hunting for shiny Barboach in Moon and it hadn’t been going well. Out of frustration, I reset Sun and planned on resetting for a shiny Rowlet starter.

I actually didn’t want to play it again seeing how Ultra Sun/Moon is coming out next week, but since I was there, I got the itch to do a Nuzlocke. After I got yet another freakin’ shiny Whiscash, I decided to go ahead and Nuzlocke it up!

1. Only catch the first Pokemon encountered in a new area.
2. If a Pokemon Faints, it’s considered dead
Optional Rules I used:
-Name every Pokemon caught, I went with a naming theme of Musical Terms
-Pokemon Refresh and Exp. Share are allowed
-Dups clause (Dups are no longer dups if original has died)
-Shiny clause
-Z moves allowed

I still started with Rowlet and named him Maestro. He has a Quiet nature which is okay, I think. We fought Hau with no problem and soon went on Route 1 for our first catch.

We got a female Ledyba with a Sassy nature. I named her Senza. Two flying types meant that I had a problem with Hau’s Pichu decided to be mean, so I levelled up a bit before the next fight. We went to fight Hau and his Pichu just kept using Tail Whip or something and never attacked. So no problem!

Some Nuzlockers will count the different sections of places like Route 1 as a new encounter, but I didn’t. It’s all Route 1. This meant I was stuck with only Senza and Maestro for the Trainer’s School too. I was worried about the Grimer and Magnemite. Grimer kept doing defensive moves too, I believe, and we did a comfortable amount of damage on Magenemite, so we pulled through.

Once we were allowed into the city, I was able to get my next encounter, a male Alolan Meowth with a Bold Nature. I named him Tempo. His nature is pretty bad, but he manages to do pretty good anyway. We levelled up again before going to fight Ilima and his Smeargle. I let Maestro set up Echoed Voice and we took out the Smeargle without any problem.

Then I snuck to the cemetery because it was going to change to night time in my game and I wanted Drifloon before it did. (This was around 10 o’ clock at night actually but I have my DS set several hours back so I can have access to day time normally since I’m a night owl.) I went into the cemetery and actually did end up with my Drifloon! A male one with a Serious nature. I named him Grave. (It’s from the Musical Term’s list and deals with the mood of a song. It fits all around!)

Route 2 encounter was less exciting. A female Yungoos with a Timid nature. I decided to just box her since I was already putting together a pretty good team. I didn’t really know what my plan was for the Verdant Cave trial. I gave Senza Brick Break just in case but lead with Maestro. He took the hits pretty well and took Gumshoos out after a few hits. No problem again! And Maestro evolved too! Then I got my encounter and got a female Zubat with a Lonely nature. Just what I wanted! All good news! I named her Crescendo.

On Route 3 I hoped for a Rufflet, but I got a male Spearow with a Mild Nature. Not surprising but not a good nature for it. His name is Score. I boxed him too seeing how I had plenty of flying types. (Which would have been true for Rufflet too, in hindsight.) In the Melemele Valley or whatever it’s called, I caught a male Metapod with a Hardy nature. I named him Stretto. He is level 11 so if I ever wanted to use him he’d evolve right away at least. But boxed for now!

Another Hau fight that was less of an issue now that I had Tempo to take care of Pikachu. Senza evolved after the fight was over.

I wasn’t sure how worried I had to be about Hala seeing how I had four flying and a ghost on my team. I realized afterward I probably still needed to worry about him using a Z move, but he never did anyway. We took him out pretty easily. Grand Trial Complete!

I got Tauros and headed to Ten Carat Hill to hopefully get a Rockruff. This didn’t end up happening and I got a female Machop with a Timid nature instead. Timid is probably one of the worst natures for a Machop, but I decided to let her take Senza’s spot on the team. She was doing pretty well actually, but since Ledian tend to not be very strong, I was worried something would happen to her. When it came time to name the Machop, I accidentally hit no. Fortunately I wa soon off to the next island and that’s where the name rater is. I changed her name to Ballata.

We had nothing to worry about from Dexio so we were soon on Route 4. We found a male Lillipup with a Lonely nature. I named him Brass. Since I knew I’d be getting an Eevee egg soon, I decided to box him. Then while fighting trainers on Route 4, Tempo evolved. Guess we were pretty friendly with each other!

Another fight with Hau. No worries. I still hadn’t used a Z Move and he didn’t use one either. We went up to the Ranch were I picked up my egg. It hasn’t hatched yet so I don’t know what I got other than Eevee. I let that be my encounter. I went up to Route 5 to meet up with Hau and Gladion. I wasn’t sure how worried I needed to be about Type: Null, but fortunately I had Ballata and she had just learned Revenge. That double damage took it out easily in two hits and Ballata wasn’t even down to half. I remembered I could get another encounter and we got a male Fomantis with a Bashful nature. I named him Manual. Maestro has the grass type covered so another member for the box.

That’s basically where I left off. Zero Deaths so far so that’s good for me. Team is around level 21-23. Only other thing of note is somewhere between Panoila Town and Route 5 Pokemon Center I picked up Pokerus. I think this is the first time I’ve ever gotten it myself and through a trade! I’ll be taking on the Water Trial soon. I keep changing my mind about what I want to do with my Eevee. I am actually sorta tempted to cheat and level it up in my Moon version so I can get a Glaceon... but I should probably stick to either a Jolteon, Espeon, or Flareon.

Anyway, that’s how the game is going! I’ll do another update like this... sometime!
  • Listening to: "Hearts as Strong as Horses" MLP Soundtrack
  • Reading: Sheer Power Book 3
  • Watching: YouTube
  • Playing: Pokemon Sun
  • Eating: Waffles
  • Drinking: Milk
(And other news below.) Yeah, so there is a review of Sheer Power out there. I meant to share it forever ago.

And then forgot to. Because I am on top of things!

For some background, I am technically sort of related to this person through marriage. She married my cousin. This cousin though is on my dad's side and we hardly ever meet up with my dad's side. Also, I don't socialize even with my own family if I can get away with it. The two of them got married this year and I've met her a total of one time. I didn't even go to the wedding. (To be fair, I was probably stuck working that day.) The extent of our conversation was us giving each other our names and waving a little to each other.

...And that was it.

I'm incredibly socially awkward.

So anyway, sometime later I put out Sheer Power. Then one day my sister texts me a link to my cousin-in-law's blog showing the Sheer Power review asking if we knew who it was. I didn't recognize her after our short meeting but after some sluthing figured out who she was. I have only really told my immediate family and some people on my mom's side about Sheer Power. (Yes, that is how little I've advertised it!) But my dad told his mom who told her who got the book since she does a review blog. So that was nice of her. I didn't ask her to and hopefully she didn't let her connection to me impact her judgement. I kind of doubt it.

If you want to read the review, it can be found here:…
If you prefer listening to it in a YouTube format, it is here:

If you want to, subscribe while you're there. She puts out reviews usually about once a week and I've actually liked hearing about the different books she reads.

In other news, I had been planning on putting out Book 2 in November depending on how much progress I had made on Book 3. I had been on target for I wanted to be until maybe a month ago when I for whatever reason stopped writing all together. That was kind of why I wrote those KH Vye parts to get me working again. It worked at least and I finished another couple chapters. I would like to be further along still, but I'm making progress again.

Might still chicken out and delay Book 2 until December of January. We'll see. I still need to do all the Character profiles too seeing how I've only gotten Seisho's done so far. But I'm thinking January at the latest. I did my final edit and unless my readers come back and tell me that it's horrible, it should more or less be ready.

...So hopefully they don't come back and say they hate it... Then I won't know what to do. Haha.

Now for random personal news.

I've been using Discord for a while now and I pretty much like it. I don't know that I'm with the people that say it's so much better than Skype, but since most of the people I talk to are on it and using it more than Skype it sure makes it more convienent. I do have my own server where we talk about random things. If you want to add me and/or get an invite to the server, let me know.

I got a Mewtwo in Pokemon Go! That's right suckers, I was one of the lucky ones!

Although, I don't really know how many other test rounds of Mewtwo there were out there. I only know in my area we had the one I went to and another one.

The whole story goes like this. My parents got way into Pokemon Go. (Ironically so, I might add, considering how badly they wanted me to stop playing Pokemon when I was in high school.) They are retired now so they play it way more than I get to. They live in a town about 20 miles from where I am. Their town is smaller so there is a semi good collection of gyms and Pokestops, but to get the good stuff we either play in my town or another town another 20 miles from where they are. Usually most often the latter.

See, the reason my parents got on Discord was because someone started a Discord group for that other city. They joined and then they could find out where raids were happening, get groups, find rare Pokemon, whatever. Because that made it easier, that's usually where we played. When Raikou came out, we went up there to do some raids. We did three overall, I think. My first one got away, but I caught the second and third one.

At the second Raikou raid, my dad wasn't paying attention. He used a lucky egg to double the raid experience but was doing some evolves while we were waiting for people. We all jumped in and told him to come, but he kept evolving. When he realized we were about to start, he was stuck in an evolution and when it finished and he tried to join, the raid had already started.

We didn't realize if we all quit that he'd be able to join again at the time. But he had used his raid pass when trying to join and it wouldn't let him in. Since we beat the Raikou, he was left without a group and couldn't get his pass back. So he pouted about wasting the pass and went back to evolving while we went for Raikou.

After we finished, we still had one that hadn't caught it so we found another Raikou raid and headed there. When we got there, my dad wouldn't join in because he had already used his pass and didn't want to pay for another one. He was being a bit of a spoil sport about it. So we got another group together and fought another Raikou raid.

...And guess which gym gave us the Mewtwo invite...

So yeah, me, my mom, my brother, and my nephew all got an invite to a Mewtwo raid but my dad didn't because he wouldn't use another pass. We got the invite to a raid at noon on Saturday, September 30th. The week before there had been a Mewtwo raid at a Starbucks in my home town. Practicially down the street from where I live, in fact. But no, I got the one a 30-40 minute drive away when I have to work at 12:15.

But screw that! I'll skip work if I get my favorite Pokemon!

I actually got a couple hours approved off. The Discord group did all they could to organize use before hand. We had decided to fight in teams so everyone would get the team bonus and get as many Poke Balls as they could. We even took pity on Instinct and let them control the gym since there were fewer Instinct members coming.

I had to get up early, but I managed. I met my mom and nephew, (my brother had to work, what a loser,) and we headed up there. We got there just before the raid started. It was raining and cold but I didn't care. My nephew was soaked and shaking by the end of it. I tried to give him a sweater to wear but he wouldn't. The timer on the egg finished and Mewtwo appeared!

We split up into the teams as we planned to. There were only 9 Instinct so while they were trying to figure out how to best help them, they had my team, Team Valor go first. I was so nervous! I wanted Mewtwo so badly and I didn't know when another chance might come up!

We beat Mewtwo without too much trouble. He freakin' hits hard though. I heard a strategy of "attack, dodge, attack, dodge, attack, dodge." And that's what I did. It seemed to work pretty good as I only went through a few guys.

Mewtwo comes up on my screen, I give him a golden razz berry, and throw a ball. I miss. I throw the next one, it hits, and... catches him! Woohoo! Second ball baby, it was meant to be!

(Before you ask, I don't check IVs so I have no idea what his are. He's not perfect, that's all I know.)

I had been trying to hold on to all my rare candy for Mewtwo. I don't actually raid that often, (which makes it extra lucky I got the invite to begin with,) so I only had around 54 or so. (And most of those I got from before they changed the raid rewards.) I powered him up as far as I could and he's currently at 3208 with still a bit of room to go. He is currently my biggest guy. Only by like 7 points seeing how my Tyranitar is 3201... but still, Mewtwo is my biggest.

I took a bunch of screenshots. Might throw them together to put up here or something.

I think now they are out of the testing phase of Mewtwo so there will probably be more Mewtwo raids from here on out. But I was glad to get mine so early.

My mom and nephew weren't as lucky and they didn't catch theirs. I logged into my brother's account and joined in their fight for him. (My family is a bunch of Mystics, what double losers!) I caught his too, haha.

I am the Mewtwo Queen!

So that was my Mewtwo adventure. Worth it.

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably already know all of this. If you don't follow me on Twitter, you should. I am on it a lot. Haha.
  • Listening to: "Spectacle" MLP Soundtrack
  • Reading: Sheer Power Book 2
  • Watching: YouTube
  • Playing: inFamous
  • Eating: Cinnamon Toast
  • Drinking: Water
Decided it was time. My parents are using it for cryin' out loud! Not sure if that means I'm abandoning Skype. We'll see. I'm still figuring out how to use it.

I don't know how invites work exactly, but I'm VyeBrante on there too. There's a #8351 if that's important. I have a server too for whatever that's worth.

On another topic, like I mentioned in the last journal, I have changed the price of the physical copies of Sheer Power. No one told me not to so up it went. Physical copies are now $9.99 and digital ones stayed at $2.99.

There seems to be a little interest in a preview, so I'll likely be putting up a chapter later today.
  • Listening to: "Out There" Hunchback Soundtrack
  • Reading: Sheer Power Book 2
  • Watching: YouTube
  • Playing: inFamous Second Son
  • Eating: Watermelon
  • Drinking: Water
(Other news below) If you want to buy the physical version, do so sooner rather than later. I decided to increase the price to $9.99. It seems like a more rounded number, and by increasing it a dollar, my royalties will be more comparable to the digital version. If you want to save yourself that dollar though, go ahead and buy it now. If you want to anyway.

I don't know for sure when I'll be increasing it. Let's say two weeks from now, September 5th. Unless someone says they need a bit more time then I will extend it. (Within reason, of course.)

The Kindle Version will be staying at the $2.99 pricing, so if you want the digital one, no rush there. As a reminder, even if you don't have a tablet or a Kindle, even if you buy the digital version, you can still read it from your computer. Either version can be purchased on Amazon here:…

In other news, I finally fixed the Smack Jeeves sites and should have all my buttons fixed. As far as I know anyway. What I had forgotten about was I was also hosting the fan art there. I'm not sure what I want to do with that. I don't necessarily want to take the fan art down, but there's a lot I'll have to redo. I might just have to buck up and do it. Just haven't done it yet so that page is still down.

Back to Sheer Power stuff, I've mentioned how the only reason I put out Book 1 was because I was writing the whole thing and realized how long it was, and so it's gotten split. At this point what was going to be the first book is now three. Because they are all so connected, I've been planning on releasing them as close together as possible. I already have the second book mostly done. I've going through and just editing it and looking over it for mistakes. I've been saying around 98% complete. I've been writing Book 3 on the side and I'm on around Chapter 12. This is the first go through but I'm maybe half way through it. I'd say that puts it around maybe 30% complete, taking all the edits into consideration. I want to be further along than I am now so Book 3 can be released at a comparable to the second.

Assuming I get far enough along with Book 3, Book 2 will be released in November. Date around the 13th-20th. Then Book 3 would be next May.

I have been wanting to redo those character profiles. Just uploaded Seisho's the other day. Juto is next, obviously. Not sure when I'll get it done as I haven't even started drawing it. I have also been wanting to start up YouTube videos again and because YouTube changed its quality right after I finished my last pictures, I redrew them as well. I have to edit them and such, and then see if my video maker wants to start working again. It stopped rendering videos for a while so I hadn't been motivated to make any. But I have some videos in mind and might as well get things ready. May end up changing my video editor. We'll find out after the images are done.

Since I'd been wanting to get all this stuff drawn up, I bought a stylus for my iPad to see if I could draw digitally. The reason I had wanted an iPad originally was to be able to do digital art and move on from paper. Mostly I just wanted to skip the inking process. The stylus came and it... sort of works. I don't know if it's my iPad, the stylus, or my art programs but it can't draw straight lines worth a darn. They come out wavy. I've been looking around for some sort of stabilizer but no luck as of yet. After drawing that Seisho art though, I kind of decided I might still like my inked style. It's a little rougher than digital art but that's what the majority of my work looks like. Does that mean I'm stuck with paper to keep up this "style?" I don't know. But either way, I'm going to have to use paper for the time being until I figure out the line issue.

I am actually being productive for a change, just unfortunately it isn't with the comics or much artwork I can put up here just yet. Thanks for putting up with me anyway. Hopefully soon I'll have more to show you guys.
  • Listening to: "Loves Is In Bloom" MLP Soundtrack
  • Reading: Sheer Power Book 3
  • Watching: YouTube
  • Playing: Harvest Moon ToT
  • Eating: Cheezits
  • Drinking: Water
I'm posting this update everywhere to try and make sure people see it.

I've been using PhotoBucket to display custom buttons on Smack Jeeves for years now, but they've up and decided that in order to provide that service, they are going to charge $400 a year for it. I have absolutely no reason to do that so I'm not going to.

So right now if you go to the Just Gotta or Nightmare sites on Smack Jeeves, you see a bunch of images telling me to upgrade my PhotoBucket. I am aware of the issue and just need to find the time to get it all switched over to a new host. Sorry it looks so weird in the meantime.

I think it should just be my avatar and the buttons, but if you happen to find a page that is no longer displaying, let me know so I can fix that too.
  • Listening to: "The Spectacle" MLP Soundtrack
  • Reading: Sheer Power
  • Watching: YouTube
  • Playing: Pokemon X
  • Eating: Sandwich
  • Drinking: Water
(Slightly edited) This is going to be a free form ramble and won't have any spoilers, so no worries there. At least nothing too specific, I don't think. You can read on as you wish. I may even revisit this again after getting my thoughts more in order. But as I just came back from the movie, I wanted to attempt to sort through my thoughts as they are now with my first impressions.

Short version: I liked it... but I didn't love it...

That's my opinion right now. Maybe somewhere down the line the movie will click with me and I'll like it more.

A few years ago, I reviewed the Amazing Spider-Man 2 after seeing it for the first time. I remember that movie just connected with me and wouldn't let me go. This movie was enjoyable all the way through. I had a great time with it. I laughed often. There wasn't anything I can point to and say that I really hated it.

But partway through I realized that while I was having fun, I wasn't truly invested. Part of me wondered if it was because we had seen so many of the scenes in the trailer that kind of showed what the story of the movie was going to be. It didn't go exactly as it showed in the trailers, but it was pretty dang close. Most of the twists I didn't anticipate were involving the villain who was amazing. Honestly probably the best part of the movie to me.

Which I should not be saying after seeing a movie called Spider-Man.

So I briefly wondered if it was the trailers, but then after I left the theater, I realized the real problem. I had no connection to this Spider-Man. I had no idea why he was doing everything he was doing. Was what he was doing believable? Was there anything wrong? Could I say Spider-Man shouldn't be doing any of that? No. He was basically acting as Spider-Man should and doing the right things, but I had no reason to know why he was doing those things. It's as if I'm not supposed to question it just because he is Spider-Man.

...Basically what I'm getting at is we needed a Spider-Man origin story attached to this Spider-Man and we didn't get it.

Now a lot of people would probably groan hearing me say that. People know the story of Spider-Man. Everyone thinks it's tired and done and we don't need it. But to be honest, the whole Uncle Ben thing is so essential to Spider-Man being Spider-Man that this version is lacking without it.

I guess we're just supposed to assume those things happened. There's a moment where Peter is hinting at something his Aunt May had supposedly gone through. I thought the way they were talking that they were going to come back to it and explain it. Even if they did it only through exposition instead of showing it to us, I would have been okay with that so it would have been something to latch onto. They never mention it again. There's a point early on that there's an accident and I thought a character we had been introduced to a short time before was going to be killed. A substitute Uncle Ben that he could feel responsible for. But no, everyone makes it out okay.

It kind of seems like we're just supposed to be okay with this version of Spider-Man saving people because that is what Spider-Man does. He explained back in Civil War that he has those powers and he feels like it's his job to help the little guy now or no one will. Okay, but why does he think that way? He keeps insisting on not killing anyone which is what Spider-Man does. Does he feel so strongly about it because of his experiences or just because he's a kid?

It's like we got the Spider-Man prepackaged with all the responsibility stuff but I don't feel like it's been earned.

With the Amazing Spider-Man movies, I could identify what Peter needed to learn and how he learned it. I guess this Spider-Man is supposed to learn that he still needs to learn? It's clear throughout the movie that he doesn't know what he's doing and he needs more practice and training. That seems to be the direction they were trying to take it. But then with the ending I feel like he didn't actually change or do anything. He did a good thing and then everyone around him acts like he's learned his lesson even though I couldn't feel the same thing. On the one hand I'm glad he didn't have a speech about what he's learned from all these experiences to try to make it all just in my face. On the other hand I don't feel as though he actually learned what they are trying to imply that he did.

This is probably because the one acting like Spider-Man has improved is Tony Stark and the whole problem was basically created by Tony to begin with.

The Iron Man scenes are weird. While I'm glad Spidey gets to hang out with his Marvel buddies in the movie, it's like all the Tony scenes are on fast forward. He talks fast, doesn't listen, and doesn't communicate. Tony says he's taking Peter seriously and he says he feels responsible for him. But he doesn't act like that at all. He barely talks to Peter. He sure talks at Peter but there is nothing of real value being said. I'm supposed to buy into this mentor role he's given himself but he doesn't really do any mentoring. Peter through the whole movie is trying to contact Tony about what he's working on and we later learn that Tony was actually paying attention to everything. But because he wouldn't communicate or tell Peter what he was doing on his side of things, bad things happen. And then when everything's going wrong at the end, Peter is left with no way of warning Tony and has to fix it himself. Just because Peter succeeds, we're supposed to think that was all okay even though it was Tony's failures that cause the climax to happen.

Tony makes mistakes. He is the cause of his own problems most of the time. I get it. But now his lack of proper communication causes problems for Peter and they never even acknowledge that. Plus, people just not having a simple conversation to get the problem resolved is an annoying trope that I wish would end.

My next issue is rather nitpicky, and to be honest it is somewhat of an ongoing issue with the Marvel movies. I had heard the complaint before, and I understood it. But it wasn't until this movie that it truly bothered me.

Everyone is too funny.

That is going to seem like a weird complaint. I like comedy. That's one of the best parts of the Marvel movies is the way the characters quip with each other and have funny lines. But because those are so much fun, they are letting all the characters do it so it's like everyone is funny.

I think it's fine to let a serious character get a funny line now and then. I think it's fine that we have a funny line after a tense scene to lighten the mood. I enjoyed the humor. It was part of what made the whole movie fun and there is funny stuff throughout.

But this movie. This is Spider-Man's movie. He has a few good lines but I feel like most of them were in the beginning and then he took a backseat to everyone else in the comedy department.

Spider-Man should not be the one with the most boring dialogue in comparison to everyone else!

I've mentioned before that Spider-Man's humor and sarcasm is what got me interested in him in the first place. I find it interesting that he uses humor as a way of dealing with that's going on around him. He does get in a line now and then but because literally everyone is doing the same thing, it means very little. I guess he's still new to this so he just hasn't found his groove yet. Most of the funny stuff with Spidey feels like we're supposed to be laughing at him instead of with him and that's now how I like my Spidey humor. He might just have to grow up some more. I can hope that's what they're going for. It would also help if there was a difference to him between being Peter and being Spider-Man. Like putting on the suit should make him more confident and snarky but he basically acts the same throughout.

I just read a series of Spider-Man and Deadpool. Very good story. Very well done and a good read. Spider-Man and Deadpool are both characters known for their humor and how they can't keep their mouths shut. Now and then there would be a side character that would say something funny too, but by and large, Spider-Man and Deadpool's dialogue was the majority of the comedy and they had great scenes playing off each other while also knowing when to be serious.

That may be why this is a problem to me while the majority of people will just see it as a funny movie. To me, it should be funny because Spider-Man is in it. Not a funny movie that also happens to have Spider-Man.

Somehow whenever I do these thoughts things, I feel like I come off more negative than I mean to. I think that I just have an easier time explaining what I don't like rather than what I do. Like I said, it was still a fun movie throughout. I'm sure the debates of the best Spider-Man movies will continue. If it's not obvious where I stand, I'm still on team Amazing Spider-Man.

It's entirely possible something will turn me around though. To be fair, I think I felt a lot of the same things about the first Amazing Spider-Man until later on when I realized what it was trying to do. So maybe the same thing will happen here and I am just missing something.

I feel like it's a good movie. It just didn't give me what I want from Spider-Man and as he's my favorite hero, that has a high standard to live up to. I think they were just trying to give us a good Spider-Man movie in this universe and try to keep up the same momentum and action we've come to expect. They mostly succeeded in this and I can say it at least feels like it fits in with the other movies. I think a couple of short dialogue scenes could have turned me around and made me connect more to it than what I did.

Those things probably won't effect other people. It just happens that character and character growth/development are like the biggest things I focus on. I can't help feeling how I feel.

Ironically everything I wished they would have done with Peter they did with the Vulture which is probably why I liked him so much. Just short scenes that showed what he does and why he does it. I wanted more of it but they gave me everything I needed. I can't blame them for trying to give that extra screen time to Peter. But his story got a beginning, a middle, and an end. Peter only got a middle, and to me an unsatisfying end. I think that's the best way I can put it.

Also, a side note, for some reason I didn't like the soundtrack much. It came off cheesy and I don't know why as normally I barely notice the soundtrack.

Rambling as normal. I still recommend the movie, if only so you can keep up with the Marvel stuff. If nothing else, this is a good start for Spidey and I just hope they can fully deliver in the future.

Edit: Sorry for the edit, but I forgot to mention something I loved. I was begging for them to do something with Aunt May in this. And they did it. All I can say, but that moment, at the least, made me very happy.
I update these journals now and then, and it felt like now was a good time to start fresh. I still do a lot of shiny hunting in my spare time. I just haven't been uploading the pictures due to laziness.

Unfortunately, Latios is the last shiny legendary I can get in Gen 6, so once I catch him, I either have to hope that Ultra Sun/Moon give me more shiny legends or go back to Gen 4 for the full odds! No more shiny charm! *shudder*

So here we go again! The list just keeps on growing!

Shiny Hunt Status 1, Shiny Hunt Status 2, Shiny Hunt Status 3, and Shiny Hunt Status 4 in case you want to see the previous entries.

Shiny Requests:Currently Closed! Sorry!

Key: This shows what method I'm using for the current targets and status of each. I will sometimes count encounters or specific hours when doing horde or safari hunts and just count days. Some days allow me to hunt longer than others, however.
MM = Masuda Method
HF = Horde Farming
FS = Friend Safari
CF = Chain Fishing
SR = Soft Resetting
SOS = SOS/Call Chaining
(reclaim) = A Pokemon I've had before but either want again, had a cheated version and I want a legitimate one, or failed to catch the first time.

Shiny Targets:
Mewtwo in Pokemon Yellow
SR 4 1/2 weeks as of 09/13/2017

Up Next:
Cranidos MM in Pokemon X

Medium Priority List:
Helioptile (reclaim)
Venonat (reclaim)
Eevee x2 (reclaim (although I really just want other evolutions))
Poliwag (reclaim)

Gligar (reclaim)
Charmander (reclaim)

Considering/Low Priority:
Lapras (reclaim)
Sentret (reclaim)
Rattata (reclaim)
Meowth (reclaim)
Shuckle (reclaim)
Tyrogue (x2)


Rockruff (reclaim) x2
Barboach (reclaim)
Shinx (reclaim)
Smoochum (reclaim)
Sandshrew (reclaim)
  • Listening to: Anime Reviews
  • Reading: Sheer Power
  • Watching: YouTube
  • Playing: Pokemon X
  • Eating: Cereal
  • Drinking: Water
I hope no one feels like I am spamming you with Sheer Power stuff. It's kinda the biggest thing going on right now. Seeing how I have new artwork coming up soon, it's not going to stop for a bit.

If you haven't heard, I published Sheer Power through Amazon and promptly purchased myself a hard copy of it. I've often seen authors online say that first thing they would see when they opened up a new book they just published was some sort of mistake. I was honestly anticipating the same thing, and I was right! Right as I was looking over the prologue, I see a "they" when I meant "the." Typo time!

I decided to go through the book, (which I may have done anyway,) and look for any other errors. I did find several of them. I didn't keep track so I don't have a number or anything. I just know there were more than a few but I don't feel like there were a TON. Just more than there should have been. Less than one a chapter on average though, I can say that.

While going through it, when I found something needing fixing, I would go over to my iPad where I keep the file and update it right away so I wouldn't lose track of it. After going through the whole thing, I uploaded the file again to Amazon and so now the corrected version is what will be available for purchase.

Something people have asked is how many have already sold, and the answer is I don't know. I'm sure Amazon will have to send me some sort of report at some point as they have to give me my royalties. I don't know how often they do that. They've only been on sale for two weeks as of tomorrow, so I don't think it's that unusual that I haven't heard yet. I'll find out when I find out.

Printed copies ordered before the fixes will obviously still have the errors. Nothing to do about that. What I wasn't sure about was the digital ones as it seems like it should be easy to fix them. But from what I've read from the Amazon site is that they don't update either. Once you purchase it, that's the version you get. Anyone who purchases it after the fixes are uploaded will see the corrected version.

So now I feel really guilty about it!!

People I've talked to have said not to worry about it as they find errors in books all the time. Someone even said that makes their versions more "valuable" as they have the originals. But I still feel bad about it. I worked hard trying to put out the best product I could, asked people to pay for it, and then it ended up being flawed.

It's not as if I didn't proofread it before it went up. Quite the opposite. I've had this book of Sheer Power written for quite some time. Most of it for a few years now. There are only a few chapters that were more recent. The only reason besides those few chapters that it didn't get published sooner was because I had it I my head where I had wanted to end the book but that point just kept getting further and further away until I was able to convince myself it needed to be cut. For context, after I decided to cut it, basically left me still with enough material for a Book 2.

Periodically, I read through what I've already written to check for errors or anything that should be changed or tweaked. I would find things that needed fixing and fix them. I've read through the book several times to do this. Usually I would find something with each read through. Unfortunately, I think because I read it so many times and I knew what it was SUPPOSED to say, I still missed things. I am human after all.

I have a group I put together to give me feedback and to help with proof reading, but when I have them on a volunteer basis only, there isn't a lot I can do to FORCE them to read it. They have their own lives and things they need to do. Until recently, they didn't even have any deadline to worry about as I never actually did anything with my work I showed them. So whenever someone would read through it and would find something to fix, I'd fix that too. I was proofreading it, others were proofreading it, but some things still got missed and I feel bad about it. And I don't blame them, of course. I can't expect them to find every little thing when they are just reading in their free time. I'm the one who made and missed the mistakes.

I guess what I'm trying to say is I feel like I had done everything I could to make it the best product possible, but mistakes still happened with it. Do I feel bad? Yes. Do I think I should? I dunno, sort of. I hate beating myself up over it when the worst thing that was in there was I said a character had blue eyes and then ten pages later they had brown. I do hate that people could have potentially ended up with the errors and I can't fix them for them. My only hope is that it didn't ruin anyone's enjoyment of the story.

I'm actually pretty sure if I read through it again, it would be entirely possible that I missed something else. I probably will read through it again at some point, but I'm taking a break from it for now. I gotta move on to making sure the same thing doesn't happen with Book 2. I've learned that having a paper copy seems to help, so I might utilize that next time.

I know my explanation doesn't exactly fix or excuse how I sold something with typos, but I just hope that if by chance you did get that version that you don't hate me. I apologize. I am going to try much harder for you in the future, I promise!

All fixes are live, by the way. So if you haven't purchased your copy of Sheer Power yet, now's the time as you'll get the corrected version. I don't know if it's 100% error free... but it's much closer at least.
  • Listening to: Noticed - Mandopony
  • Reading: Sheer Power
  • Watching: Dragon Ball Z Abridged
  • Playing: Pokemon Sun
  • Eating: Banana Chips
  • Drinking: Water
Both Digital and Physical copies can be ordered through Amazon.

I wanted to test out the pre-order feature, mostly for the heck of it, so the digital ones would be available to read on the 15th. You can order now, or order it then. It makes no difference. The physical copies have to be printed and mailed so I figured making the digital people wait a week was fair. Heh.

Kindle/Digital Version is $2.99 and be found HERE.
Physical Version is $8.99 and can be found HERE.

Supposedly Amazon should combine them on the same page for the buyer to select which version they want but it hasn't happened just yet.

There is no pressure to buy. You can get it if you want it, you don't have to if you don't or can't. It's just something available if you do want it. I understand if you just aren't interested or you're not in a position to pay for it. I'm not expecting to be able to live off this, especially right away, anyway. If you are interested though, I hope you enjoy the first book and will enjoy other books to come!
  • Listening to: All American Rejects
  • Reading: Sheer Power
  • Watching: Kingdom Hearts Playthroughs
  • Playing: Pokemon Sun
  • Eating: Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • Drinking: Milk
I know that as usual I have been pretty unproductive lately. On my end though, there is stuff still being worked on. It just isn't comics or anything to show you guys yet.

Some of you know I've been working on an original work called Sheer Power. While I still have a bit to go, I have been working on it a lot lately and it's nearing completion. This is good new to me who has been writing and rewriting this thing for like nearly 13 years. Granted, a lot of that time was spent working on other things instead of it, but still, that's quite a while.

What is my plan after it's done? Well, hopefully after another go through of proof reading and tweaking, I'll be ready to get it published. I've done some research on that and it seems unlikely I'll be sending Sheer Power to an actual publisher.

Why not? Well, this would be a first time work. If Sheer Power was a one shot story with an easy to hit market, I might give it a try. However, Sheer Power is planned to be a series and likely a long one at that. It is very unlikely that a publisher would take a chance like that on a first time author. Even if they did, I'm not sure how much control I would have over the product and its future.

I plan then on publishing the book online. I haven't decided where yet, but it seems likely that it'll be through Amazon. More research is required before that is finalized. I'm hoping that I've proven myself to enough of you that you would be interested in purchasing the final product there. Of course, I'd also be hopeful that it can find even a new audience there that would allow the series to continue. If enough people show interest there, I would then have a backing to prove to a publisher that it's worth their time to publish in book form, should I decide to pursue that later on. It may end up just being 100% online or it may end up being a failure in which case I'd just keep writing it for fun. Either way, the online publishing is the first step.

When is this going to happen? Well, I keep saying this to myself, but hopefully by the end of the year at the latest. Sheer Power to me has an A plot and a B plot. This means I have to plan, write up, and build up to two climaxes. I've already had the climax and conclusion to the A plot so I just need to wrap up the B plot. So we are closer than ever before. I just have to crank out those last chapters.

If it was complete now, I still have some concerns. I've mentioned this a lot, and even touched on it in this post, but I seem to have the inability to make things short. The current version of Sheer Power is the fourth version I've gone through. For comparison, the original version, (which was the only other version to get to the last chapter,) was 22 chapters long with 5 "extra" chapters with flash backs. In total, the whole thing was around 220 pages in word. The current version of Sheer Power? Currently it's sitting at 51 chapters and around 340 pages long. I'm not sure but the final product will probably just be short of 400 pages. These are pages in Word and I have no idea who that will translate into a book or digital format so who knows how many pages it will show up as there?

I've looked through the story for anything that can be cut. Seeing as this is the first story, however, this means there is a lot of exposition that is required to set up the characters and the setting. I've done what I can to make this exposition entertaining, but to me it all seems needed. So I worry that a 400 page book will seem really long to people.

There isn't really anything I think I can cut, so the only solution I see to that is to cut the story in two and let the second book pick up where it left off. If I were to do that though, my concern is that there is not a satisfying point to end it off and start up again in another book. If neither plot has any kind of resolution by the end, won't it just seem like the two books were arbitrarily cut in two? This could be seen as a money grab when really I just don't want people to feel overwhelmed or intimidated by such a long story.

Another concern I have, oddly enough, is with my pen name. Even from the original version, I had planned on publishing Sheer Power under my pen name, Vye Brante. But then once I chose that name, I started using it on sites like Smack Jeeves and Deviant Art.

I do not dislike the name so it's not the name that's the problem. (In fact I usually refer to myself as Vye in my own head now more than my real name.) What I'm worried about is the fact that as Vye Brante I've gained fans and followers through the use of fan work. Let's face it, none of you reading this originally followed me because of Sheer Power. I won't be surprised if most of you don't even know what Sheer Power is.

Most, if not all of you, are here because of my work with Pokemon whether it's Just Gotta or Nightmare. I am worried then that if Sheer Power does do well then it's like I used a copyrighted work to advertise myself. I used Just Gotta and Nightmare to practice and improve my writing skills and I am grateful for everything I have learned and enjoy working on them. Would it then become an issue if Sheer Power only gains readers because of Pokemon? Would Nintendo or Game Freak or whatever take issue with that?

I don't know. Sheer Power itself has nothing to do with Pokemon but I can't ignore how I'm sure the first people to read Sheer Power will only do so because of my work with Pokemon stuff. I could be over thinking and I probably am. But I still worry about it. I don't want to find out someday that I'd have to quit doing Just Gotta or Nightmare just because of Sheer Power.

What would the solution to that be anyway? I don't know that there is one. Even if I were to publish Sheer Power under a different pen name, without being able to advertise it from here or Smack Jeeves, it probably won't gain any attention. And if it somehow did do okay on its own, how long could I keep the secret that Vye Brante of Just Gotta is the same person as the one who wrote Sheer Power making the other name pointless anyway?

It may be a silly concern, but it's still on my mind. I think I'm basically stuck at this point so I'll still publish under Vye Brante. Time will tell if that will come back to bite me.

Some time ago I had posted the first chapter of Sheer Power for people to read. If people are interested, I can post it up again. The input I'm looking for? I don't know. You can comment on anything I've talked about. Do you think Sheer Power sounds too long? Would you even be interested in it? Should I just abandon this dream of mine and just write Pokemon 100% of the time? (That's not going to happen, so I'm sorry if that's what your thought is.)

Also, I'm still looking for people with the time and interest in reading Sheer Power as it is now. I want/need feedback and proof readers. I've done as much analyzing and criticizing of it that I can but I need other people's opinions so keep myself in check. For all I know, the current version of Sheer Power is garbage but I'm too attached to it to see that. So if you're interested in doing that, just say so.
  • Listening to: My Shiny Teeth and Me
  • Reading: Nightmare
  • Watching: Shiny Reactions
  • Playing: Pokemon Sun
  • Eating: Cereal
  • Drinking: Water
I remember it. I keep wanting it to return seeing how much fun it was to work on. But life kept getting in the way.

I randomly decided to see what pages I had drawn up and found that not only did I have a whole page drawn, but it's inked too meaning it's ready to go into the computer.

"Oh," I said.

So I think I'm going to be working on that later today...

When will the completed page go up? I don't know. I'm out of practice so it will probably take me a while to do it. I figured too I might do it as a stream if anyone was interested.

And in the same artbook, I have a completed page of EotGG as well. I'll be doing that after Nightmare is finished.

I want to try out streaming on Twitch. I probably don't have everything I need and have never used it before, but that's kinda why I want to stream it there so I can try it out. If you're interested, let me know. If you are just excited to see Nightmare come back, let me know that too! It'll help motivate me!
  • Listening to: O Holy Night
  • Reading: Sheer Power
  • Watching: Twitch
  • Playing: Pokemon Sun
  • Eating: Turkey
  • Drinking: Water
Final Update: 12-7-2016, Got Type: Null! So now I'm at 100%! Just so you know. Now to go get my shiny charm!

Update: 12-7-2016. Got Lunala. So Type: Null is the only missing keep to my perfect dex!!

Update: 12-6-2016. Got Celesteela and Silvally, so now I just need Lunala and Type: Null! Even if just temporarily to get it in my dex!

Hello my fellow Pokemon Sun and Moon players! How is everything going for you? Enjoying your time in Alola?

As you might have guessed, I am wanting to do some shiny hunting in Alola. I have already done a little bit. I have a shiny Rockruff, Eevee, and Bonsly. I want to do a lot more of course, but I really want the shiny charm to help things along. That's where I'm asking for help. To get the shiny charm, I just need all 300 Pokemon from Alola. I've been working on a Living Dex and currently I'm at about 81-82% complete.

Typically I try to do my dex completion on my own as much as possible. I do trade for things that aren't available in my version and whatnot. I bought a copy of Sun and Moon with the intention of just using the two of them to get everything I needed.

But then I got the crazy idea to reset for a shiny starter in Moon so who knows how long it will be until I can actually play it!

So to you Pokemon Moon players, I need some help!

I do already have a lot of the exclusives by using the GTS and stuff. So right now, here are the things I know I need:

Lunala *Obtained 12-7-2016*
Celesteela *Obtained 12-6-2016*
Type: Null and Silvally (special request) *Obtained Silvally 12-6-2016*

I kinda goofed when I found out I got multiple catches of some of the Ultra Beasts. I didn't think to check to see how many of each one each version got. The result was I traded my extra Buzzwole for a Pheromosa when I should have traded it for the Celesteela, seeing how they are about as common as each other. So now I can't get anyone to trade me their Celestella.

Type: Null is a different story. In order to complete the dex and get the shiny charm, I need Type: Null and Silvally. But I want to reset for a shiny Type: Null and I would like the shiny charm before I do that. If I HAVE to wait on this one until I can get my own and reset it in Moon, I will. I just hope I can get someone to trade me theirs so I can get it in my dex, get the charm, then claim my own as a shiny.

I don't need to keep any of these Pokemon. We just need to trade them and then I can trade them right back. And if anyone is looking for a Sun exclusive, I should be able to help you with that as well.

I will update the list if I find anything else I need help with or when I get one of them. Thanks in advance for your help!
  • Listening to: FNAF Fan Music
  • Reading: Sheer Power
  • Watching: Vexx Twitch Stream
  • Playing: Pokemon X and Y
  • Eating: Oreos
  • Drinking: Water
So that stream she was thinking about doing? Never mind. She has zero voice right now. Like seriously next to none. She's been sick but can't remember ever loosing her voice like this before.

All right, and enough of the third person. Other than that, how am I doing? I know I've been having like no online presence the last... forever. I intended after my move back in April that I would start working on comics and stuff again. I did actually get a lot of work done. Just not on comics.

Instead I finally put some good work into my original work, Sheer Power. It's probably about 3/4 complete at this point. My hope is to complete it soon and then publish it myself online. I don't have the confidence to submit to a real publisher right away. I have no publish history and I plan on Sheer Power being a long series. It would be very unlikely that a publisher would take their chances on a first time author like that. So I want to publish it digitally through Amazon or something and then hope it does well. Maybe if it gets popular enough I would then have a case for a physical publication. Either way I'd love to jump into publishing it and then cross my fingers that it does well enough that I can finally devote myself to writing full time. That's going to be a ways off I'm sure but I'm hopeful.

A lot of work has been getting done. Just not on anything I can show you yet, unfortunately.

I shiny hunt and play other games when I have time. My schedule right now gives me three days off a week as I work 10 hour shifts now. That leaves me with little time to do much of anything on days where I work. I'm still even trying to completely unpacked from the move. I'm mostly there. My office is looking really cool now. I wish I had been able to paint the wall but that can still happen later. The rest of the house is coming together too. Just like two more boxes to go through and some tidying and it'll be done!

But I'm too sick to do it for now so...

I'm looking forward to Sun and Moon and the Holidays. I have some time scheduled off for the Sun and Moon release but seeing as I can't talk, I can't exactly work on the phones right now. I hope I don't have to use all my planned vacation time for Sun and Moon on being sick instead. That's not fun!

I have looked at the Sun and Moon Datamining. I'm sad that it was so easy to get it, but ah well. I mainly looked because I wanted to see for sure what Litten turned into. (Before it was officially announced of course.) That's how I drew up what my team was going to be. The only one I added after the data mine was Wimpod. The others I had already decided I wanted based on their official reveals. I want to get that picture colored soon. Maybe I'll see if I have the energy to do it today.

I'm kinda rambling. I don't actually feel that sick but I know I'm loopy regardless. So I don't know what else to talk about. Guess I'll head out and see if I can work on that picture. Have a good weekend everyone!
  • Listening to: PokeRadar music
  • Reading: Sheer Power
  • Watching: NSquared Twitch Stream
  • Playing: Pokemon X
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Water
Edit: All slots filled!

It's time once again to open up shiny requests. It's been a LONG time since I've done so after all! I'm opening three slots and it's first come first serve!

Slot 1: Weedle for :iconspud133:
Slot 2: Amaura for :iconf0xblaze:
Slot 3: Totodile for :iconshifterdreams:

So want a shiny Pokemon in X/Y/OR/AS? Just comment below and ask but here are some things to keep in mind!

1. I will use the following methods to get shinies: Horde Hunting, Masuda Method, PokeRadar, Friend Safari, Chain Fishing. I won't do resets for a request so unfortunately that means no legendaries. (Maybe I'd be convinced to do DexNaving too... I just don't like to if I can help it.)
2. I don't really do competitive breeding. You can ask for a Pokemon and if you have a nature you want I'll try for it. Just don't expect it to have the best IVs. Just depends on what parents I already have available.
2a. You can request hidden ability too if you want and I'll try my best. I just may not be able to guarantee it. Depends how long and hard the hunt is.
3. Usually I would close requests to people who have requested before, but since it's been so long since I've let people request, I'm opening it to everyone.
3a. That said though, I prefer if you were a follower. I only say this because I've had people I didn't know and didn't know me request stuff, I go through all the time and effort to get it, and then they disappear and I can't get them their Pokemon. To avoid this again, please already be a follower.
4. We'll be trading over Wifi to get it to you, so please be ready with the ability to get online and one of the gen 6 games to get it to you.
5. I don't care what you give in return so give me whatever. No worries as I'm doing this for fun and I already have basically everything I want.

I think that's everything? So if you want to claim a spot, just comment below!