The Komodo is a blue innate enemy and the beast at the center of Chrono Cross’s “mushroom quest,” if you get my meaning. Serge’s girlfriend asks him to get her 3 individual Komodo scales for to make a necklace, as is the fad in the idyllic beachside community of Arni Village, and our hero happily responds by slaughtering 3 individual Komodos and taking just one scale from each. The massacre is set to pleasant tropical music, but let’s be honest here this is some slasher movie stuff; Serge traps a Komodo in a tunnel with a boulder before stabbing it with his weird murder oar, jumps on one them from on top of a cliff, just straight up chases one in a circle until it gets tired… it’s pretty messed up. And if siccing a magical dog on these little guys wasn’t bad enough, he then murders their grieving mother. Way to go, dude. Don’t take any of her scales, though, we wouldn’t want her death to have meaning. Seriously, though, there is hella demand in your village, you should be stripping these suckers bare.
The message of the game’s first act could be described as “pro-environment” or perhaps “Serge it’s kind of weird that your interests keep directly coinciding with the eradication of precious species and biomes, you should maybe re-evaluate your lifestyle a little bit.” Inspirational stuff.
You can get a Komodo scale for free by lauding some guy’s hot fish dreams, but it doesn’t count towards your 3 scale total. I imagine it’s gauche for a lady to wear scales un-soaked in the fresh blood of innocent lizards. Instead this gift scale is swapped with a lovesick streetrat for cool earthbending powers. GREAT GAME.
My Travels in 2013 - November 11, Vienna, Tiergarten (Zoo) Schönbrunn
My Name is Vladimir
Vladimir is one of the four orang-utans living in the zoo of Schönbrunn in Vienna. He was born 1974 and in 1988 he came from Moscow to Amsterdam. Since June 18, 1991 he has been living in the zoo of Vienna.
The orang-utan enclosure in Vienna consist of an outdoor and indoor area of which the indoor one has many floor to ceiling glass windows allowing visitors and animals to be really close, only separated by a thick pane of glass. When I was there, some of the orang-utans set up camp right on front of those windows often making eye contact with us humans on the other side. I wonder what “they” were thinking but somehow I felt a bit sorry for them as they seem quite bored although their enclosure is definitely nice.
It made me remember both my visits to the Orang-Utan Rehabilitation centers near Kuching in Sarawak, Borneo and Sepilok in Sabah, Borneo where they live in a protected area of the jungle there.
It’s what keeps some people sane. It’s what drives the world’s most skilled and accomplished athletes, the most intense gamers, the hardcore hobbyists, even many of the most talented artists, musicians and actors - flow is what you get when unstoppable drive meets an unflinching will and unlimited dedication.
Flow is being utterly, truly “in the zone”. And it’s one of the most amazing feelings there is.
This is why finding a sport, or a hobby, or a martial art, or a handicraft, or a new video game, or any skill-based activity that uses focus and requires practice and repetition is so beneficial for things like depression and anxiety and overall mental/physical well-being.
Sorry random monk, but I don’t think you understand Yang’s reasons as well as you think you do and as a result Yang has just made a mental note to punch you extra hard during the next training session.
To put this line into context… Fabul’s chancellor has just informed Yang that Baron is stealing crystals but Yang refuses to believe it. The Duke Consort comes in with this line.
Either Yang forgot to tell him that the King of Baron during FF4 was an archfiend or he really does believe that the former king was evil…and maybe he’s right? Nobody really talks about him besides general comments like he was a great ruler or whatever. The crystal stealing was all Cagnazzo but the Duke Consort could be talking about something that happened before FF4, like the push for dark knights and possibly his plans for them.
or he could be talking about something else entirely…