Scarlet Briar, born Ceara, is the sylvari responsible for much of the mayhem that has wracked Tyria for the last year. She has facilitated a number of unlikely alliances, such as the Molten Alliance of the Flame Legion and dredge, the Aetherblade pirates and the Inquest, and the Toxic Alliance of the Nightmare Court and krait. With the help of these seemingly disparate groups she has threatened the northern continent time and again, culminating with the building of a massive Tower of Nightmares in the middle of Viathan Lake. All her schemes so far have been seemingly foiled, but she is not deterred by setback and occasionally seems to revel in her defeat.
Her other actions throughout the year include the plotting of Theo Ashford’s assassination and Mai Trin’s subsequent attempt to ascend to the Captain’s Council; hijacking the humans’ Watchknights; and an attempt on the life of Queen Jennah. Scarlet was intentionally failed to prevent the accidental destruction of the Thaumanova Reactor, and took a strong interest in the discovery of magical ley lines criss-crossing the globe. She has also been seen using steam creatures and their technology, though the nature of her ties to them is currently unclear.
Recently, Scarlet seems to have begun preparation for her biggest attack yet. After the destruction of the Tower of Nightmares and the death of the Toxic Hybrid, Energy Probes have been placed throughout Tyria and the Mists themselves in search for something – the constant thudding of which have unintentionally attracted a great three-headed jungle wurm to the surface in Bloodtide Coast. In early 1327 AE, her Twisted Watchwork minions were recalled to Lornar’s Pass, where she proclaims to be testing her her most powerful weapon seen so far, though she detonates the weapon instead of utilizing it if powered up. Adventurers who have found their way into her secret lair have reported schematics for her Marionette, some huge drill (that appears to be the complete form of the device floating above Marionette’s Landing, and maps marking Vigil Keep, the Chantry of Secrets, the Durmand Priory, and Lion’s Arch. And on the ceiling of her lair, there is said to be a painting of a dragon.
A new patch advanced the live story in Guild Wars 2 today and man oh man… it’s rather upsetting! Good ‘ol Lion’s arch is in tatters, her people scattered. Heroes have been summoned from all over the realm to help rescue refugees and evacuate the city. So, if you need me… that’s where I’ll be.
It’s time for a reboot 🙂 I’ve been blogging really heavily over at the MegsFitness Photo Tracker and I’ve got a lot of “followers” over there. The problem? I’m not writing here any more and I really miss writing about more than just food.
From day one, this blog has been about ME (thus, the tag line “and then there’s me…”) and it’s time to get back to that.
Branching off to a sub-blog was a good idea at the time, because I thought it’d be a good way to keep track of what I’m eating. It’s been doing that, and I’ve developed the habit that if I’m going to photograph it, it should look good. Generally, I’ve noticed that food doesn’t LOOK good if there aren’t freggies included. That inspires me to include fruits and vegetables in my shots where possible, or to include the raw ingredients (as in the eggs pic in the gallery, above).
I don’t want to overload your inbox, so as we go along, if the posts are too frequent, feel free to adjust your delivery status. WordPress allows you to get the posts immediately, once per day, or once per week. All you have to do is go to your notifications and change your preferences. If you’re a WordPress user, just go to https://wordpress.com/settings/subs-delivery/ to adjust your preferences.
The plan (in as much as I really follow plans) is to post exclusively here 🙂 You’ll get my sweets and sweats, things I’m studying/learning in school, and yes, even gaming updates… (If you play Hearthstone, add me! Aminarra#1211)
P.S. My latest bit of news is that I upgraded my phone–and I shopped with this blog specifically in mind. I bought an HTC One – it’s got a LOT of fancy camera features, and it takes much better photos than my previous phone (Droid Razr):
Sometimes, you just have to eat tuna. One of my resolutions was to eat lunches and dinners from home more often and today I ended up eating tuna sandwiches–twice. It’s probably not the healthiest option for every meal, but when you’re already running late (another resolution I’m working on), it’s super easy to just grab the can, grab a couple pieces of bread, and go to work. My cafeteria has condiments readily available so I just mixed it with low fat mayo, pickle relish, and call it good. Luckily this morning, I was also able to grab an apple and a pepper to munch on, and I had some apple sauce, almonds, and cheese sticks already at work. Tonight–I was not so ravenous, but we were still hangry and ended up making tuna sandwiches for dinner too.
Ugh. I might not be digging chunk white tuna much longer, though.. when looking for an image to spice this one up, I learned that adults are only supposed to eat chunk white tuna (not the same as chunk light tuna) 3x/month or risk elevated exposure to methylmercury. Great. 😦
2. Guild Wars 2
This may be where the list ends because, really, that’s what I’ve been focusing on, lately. I love to play with my guild mates and the game just offers so much variety and challenges. The game helps to meet some of my social needs because I can link up to play with real life friends, too. Depending on the mood, we can go exploring, questing, seek dynamic events, fight dragons, raid dungeons, or compete in player vs player action. Here are some screen shots I wanted to share with you:
This weekend, I’m going to think about some prerequisites and goals surrounding gaming because this one turns into a time-suck pretty quickly. It’s so engaging and entertaining that hours can fly by and I barely notice. One Saturday, I had a piece of toast for breakfast and did not get the urge to eat until 8 hours later. I guess that’s one way to lose weight 😉 j/k
My fiance (left) and I, are playing Guild Wars 2. It’s awesome, and I love it, and I’m about to start school again so there’s not much time to play it. So, more GW2 for me, and less blogging. 🙂 We just made these two characters last night – mine is a human guardian and his is a human warrior. We can share a lot of the same armor/weapons, so we can gain skills/level up faster.
My alt character is a Sylvari , a concept completely unique to GW2 (that I know of). “The sylvari may take a human shape, but a closer look will reveal that their flesh is made of vines and leaves, with foliage and petals in place of hair, and golden sap flowing through their veins.”
My Silvari with Jeff’s Norn.
If you would like to see more “pictures” from my adventures in the game, you can view this album online: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151195226822112.513570.590477111&type=1&l=cb66e5c1c0
Okay, that link isn’t going to work. I’m setting up a Flikr account and I will provide the updated link shortly 🙂 I’ll probably just do a quick-post with it so that you get notified (if you’re signed up for that kind of thing)