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October 28th, 2012

Virtual Tourist - Dishonored 10/28/12

Hah! After a lot of trouble, I was able to figure out a way to get pics for the new game hubby made me get called Dishonored. (Wished I'd figured it out sooner. Could have taken pics of the floating whale! Heh heh.)


It's a first person sneaker with magic. Makes you think hard about moving around in more than just the ground. You pretty much have to look at everywhere you go in a 3D frame of mind as going up and around is better for keeping your hide intact!  


Tagline for the Game is: Revenge Solves Everything



This is who you are - Corvo Attano - Assassin and protector of the Empress. Except when you come back from a long mission to look for a cure to the plague destroying the empire, you get used as the scapegoat for those who kill her. (I got the strong feeling Corvo was more than just her bodyguard too!) After 6 months of torture, they're finally going to put him out of his misery when those who know something isn't right intervene.)



This is the first official mission after my escape and meeting those who freed me. (And having a weird nightmarish audience in my dreams with the Outsider, who's granted me powers.) Have to find Overseer Campbell. The red slash is health, the blue slash is mana. The weird heart icon and beating mechanical heart currently gripped in my right hand are a power to find bone shards and bone runes for added powers. (The heart can also tell you things about different locations. Since the voice is a woman's I have a very strong feeling the Empress is traveling with me. Eek!)



Alleys and buildings in the better part of town. (Had already gone through the poorer area by the time I figured out how to get pics.)



Holding device on the street. Think the old Puritan stocks but of metal. Should have taken a pic with the guy in it before I set him free. Doh! 



There are signs and graffiti everywhere with their own lovely sayings. :P 



Pile of dead guard dogs. (Treasure had been hidden in the corner.) Hubby had complained of the dogs (He played this first) and now I know the pain they are too. lol. (Though the piranha groups of rats are way nastier. They can tear a body apart and make it disappear in a minute flat! Eek~!) 



The best place to be, up high. Interrogation room is on the left. Corvo is intimately familiar with it. Later in this mission, I brought Overseer Campbell (one of the men who framed me and killed the Empress) back to brand him as a heretic. Heh heh heh. 



Lower part of the library. I'm traveling by bookshelf and big lamps. :P



Click on this one and you'll see the 7 rules for Overseers. I swear the more I see of this world the creepier it gets. The Empress had no idea (I hope) of half the nasty stuff going on around this place.



Urns for what I assume were famous overseers. 


They encourage you not to kill, but they also make it very hard not to. Still trying to figure out the choke hold and how best to approach targets to use it without being caught. It's hard! 

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

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JEWEL OF THE GODS

(2015) Fantasy

The King is Dead! Long Live the Undead King!


Excerpt:
"What are you implying?"

The magister glided forward and scrunched down beside him.

"That in order to bathe, you must first actually get into the bath."





INNER DEMONS

(2014) Urban Fantasy

It took everything from her, except revenge!


Excerpt:
The muscles in my right arm jerked from tension as I tried to make it move and it resisted. A shrill scream inside my head insisted I didn't want to do this. That if I did, there'd be no way to take it back. "I...I'm afraid."



THE PRICE OF MERCY

(2011) Young Adult – Fantasy

Which is worse…the monster without or within?


Excerpt:

Home—family—the two things he would never have, the two things forever denied him…because of her.

Anger welled inside him, the heat of it suffusing him to the core, gurgling with seething emotions the total opposite of the coolness splashing down from the fountain nearby. Before he realized what he was doing, Jarrin stepped inside the gazebo.




CROSS-EYED DRAGON TROUBLES
(2007) Young Adult – Fantasy
“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”

Excerpt:

“Do you need any help?” she asked. “Just tell me what you want me to do. If you prefer, I’m sure I can round up at least a few people to come over and give you a hand.”

Kel slowly shook his head. “It’s all right. Thanks anyway.” His voice lowered to where she almost couldn’t hear it. “This is all part of my punishment.’

She frowned, not understanding what he meant. “Punishment?”

Kel cocked his head in Clarence’s direction. In a flash, she understood. None of this was an accident. Clarence had landed there deliberately, hoping to make Kel pay for all he went through in the past month. She shook her head, not wanting to believe this, but what the dragon said next took any doubts right out of her head.



WILLING SACRIFICE
(2008) Young Adult – Fantasy
“To save the world she must DIE! Or must she?”

Excerpt:

Panic and fear filled with utter helplessness made her dizzy. She knew what would be done with her, she knew what they planned. But there was nothing she could do to stop any of it.

Sharp gasps echoed in her ears as she felt the room’s cold air caress the Eye.

“You were right. She is the one.”



IN THE SERVICE OF SAMURAI
(2002) Adult/YA – Japanese Fantasy Adventure
“The Last Samurai meets Pirates of the Caribbean”

Excerpt:

Laying the blade on the floor before him, Toshi parted his kimono until his stomach lay exposed. He tucked his sleeves beneath his legs to hold him upright if he should falter. Ignoring Asano, he took up the blade. His shoulder flared with pain and he tried not to flinch, as he grabbed the blade with both hands. He turned the wakizashi until its sharp point was aimed at his belly, the residence of his soul.



VASSAL OF EL
(2004) Adult/YA – Fantasy Mystery
“He tried to forget his past, but his past wouldn’t forget him”

Excerpt:

Torren took a step back a sudden shudder racking through him. It was as if he’d never left, as if the boy he’d been would be coming back-though the one who’d loved this room and all these things was long, long dead. That boy died when he’d watched his father’s blood pour forth from his mouth, the end of a sword protruding from his abdomen. That boy died when he survived while everyone else lay dead.

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