The Wizards’ Choice

*This is an allegory inspired by a comment from Raja Saravanan (http://rajareviews.com) at https://theteacerebration.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/theory-of-relative-it. This is purely fictional in nature with its base on fantasy, as you can see – but the idea is real and applicable anywhere, especially when equality and freedom of choice are denied 😀 *The images used in this post are screenshots from my time spent in one of my favourite games, Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic. There are influences from the same game and another two games Disciples and Overlord, as well as The Lord of the Rings.

On the top of the tower of Pling, the five wizards joined on a feast. The eldest one held control over the Sphere of Life, followed by the four younger ones holding powers over the Spheres of Wind, Earth, Water and Fire respectively in the order of their ages. The joining of the five Spheres was significant to create a wall of magic on the day of Christmas, when the stars aligned with the underworld, forming a passage between the worlds. For years, they have done the same, making sure that the worlds don’t touch each other.

“The world has been saved, for now. We are doing great as usual” announced the Wizard of Life.

“But you need to save the world again” added the Wizard of Fire. “You have to tell your son. He is not following the Dwarven engineering. See the sons and daughters of our wizard brethren and the sorceress sisters, and some of them even possess the Elven healing skills, taking training from the high elves. You should have taken him under your wing and forced him to follow you. A young kid should always grow up under his father. Mothers know nothing about leading the children in their path, and relatives of the mother are always quite bad” he said.

“Professionalism is the path, you know. Dwarves are skilled people. If he was trained with them, he would have been working in an armoury by now, making weapons and earning money in gold. Just look at how well my son is doing. Money is a very important thing in the world of magic, or may be it is the most important thing, as there is limitation to what sorcery can do. Even we are getting weaker in power due to the development of science” remarked the Wizard of Wind.

“Just send him to a centaur then. He can teach him enough to be successful in life. We can’t have young wizards wandering around without associating themselves with the Dwarves or the Elves. They have to learn engineering or medicine. Otherwise, what is different from them and a bloody underground goblin or an orc from a cave?” asked the Wizard of Earth.

The wizards join at the central tower...

The wizards join at the central tower…

“May be there is still time for him. It is the best if we don’t interfere much in the lives of the children, right? I think we have already did that a lot, or rather too much in the case of your son” said the Wizard of Water.

“We have saved the world again. It is so amazing isn’t it? I have never thought we could do this good. I mean, we don’t have that much of a great background, right? So we should be doing a lot worse” said a thinking Wizard of Life.

“Yes, it is a big achievement that we have come so far. We are just below average people holding a wand and chanting spells about which we have absolutely no idea. But we are still moving away from the topic” said the Wizard of Earth.

“I don’t think that my son is the only problem. There is also that daughter of the sorceress of the mountains who has gone for social service among the Wood Elves. How could she do that? We belong to an elite class. We don’t do social service. We are wizards. We don’t go down the level, we have to go high up the ladder, and all these sons and daughters in our family have to be ready for the higher calling, making as much money as possible in the process” said the Wizard of Life.

“Actually, it is kind of better. She could have actually gone with the Dark Elves. She got many friends there too. This is kind of better” said the Wizard of Water.

The rest of the world outside the Dwarven-High Elf territory

The rest of the world outside the Dwarven-High Elf territory

“You can say that with ease. Your sons and daughters are already part of the Dwarven heavy armaments engineering system. Here, we have children who are going the wrong path. Our elder wizard’s son is creating literature with Halflings! Can you believe that? I mean, they are just Hobbits in disguise. Writing worthless things and working in the local garden. How can we approve of such a thing which earns no money and is not a high class profession? asked the Wizard of Earth.

“He has still not mingled with the undead yet” said the Wizard of Water.

“An engineer is an engineer. It is a title that the Dwarves directly pass on and is worth a lot in the society. Now, he has only one option. To be a teacher. He has to go to the dragon scholars for that. The wise dragon hybrids can teach him how to be an educator of spells, something that can improve his skills a lot, and will speed up the process of becoming a wizard” said the Wizard of Earth.

“Or make him do some business. He can start a business by selling magic wands in the market. As he has wizard blood in his veins, he will be successful, and soon can become the best in the business, as there is no established wand-seller in our realm” said the Wizard of Fire.

“We should consult the sorceress group to finalize on this. After all, we shouldn’t let out sons and daughters have free-will. It is only our opinions that should count. We also have to bring some opinions about the grand-sons and grand-daughters wherever applicable, and shouldn’t let them take decisions by themselves. We are the wizards who know everything, and so we should interfere. Remember that I have better control of the Partial Sphere of Mind more than you all do” said the Wizard of Life.

“There can still be a few things which should be left to the children” said the Wizard of Water.

“I know not many things of that kind” added the Wizard of Fire.

The wizards packed their magic wands and set on a journey to discuss and come up with ideas to make sure that none of their children will follow a path out of free-will. They had to deviate them because they knew everything and were the saviours of the world. Two things ran through their minds – engineering and medicine; they had to bring the dwarves and high elves to come and persuade their lost children to bring them back on the path by displaying engineering and healing skills.

[The saga continues…]

TeNy

Spreading Sequel Fever

There is something special about ending of 2014, as there is something special coming up for the movie fans. The sequel fever begins in one week here, as three big movies are awaiting release. In India, these three movies release between November 28 and December 19, leaving us with another busy group of weekends, after the release of The Equalizer and Dumb and Dumber To this weekend. Between them, we also have to look for The Pyramid, Jessabelle and Exodus: Gods and Kings. These are the big three sequels, all of them having the release of the third movie of their franchises:

3. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

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Night at the Museum is one of those movie franchises which I personally value more than a lot of other movies which I agree to be better than them. It has provided me with some valuable lessons in history with its major characters, and it has also been a big inspiration for me to visit more museums, even as there is a very small number of them which I can easily reach from my location. It has even made me wish to work at a museum, and inspired me to take my second graduation in History and a possible second post graduation in the same subject. The movies had such big influence on me.

I loved the second part of the movie more than the first, and here comes the third and final one of the franchise on December 19th as my perfect Christmas movie. I always had faith in Ben Stiller’s skills, and this is one role that I have always believed to suit him perfectly. All those awesome historical characters are returning here, especially my favourite Octavius, and the Knight Lancelot also makes his museum debut here. This might also be my last chance to watch Robin Williams on the big screen – loved his Teddy; hope our protagonist saves the magic this time forever. Despite the doubts about its ability to be among top ten grossers of the years, it becomes certain that whenever I get the time to get lost in a museum, I am going to use it, that is for sure!

2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

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I have always loved this series, and my attraction towards the first movie did actually inspire me to buy the whole series of books, and I sincerely hoped to do a PhD thesis on the same, a hope which was crashed not only by not getting an admission, but also by the last book of the series. Yes, I loved the first two books of the series, and I found the second one a lot better than its movie adaptation, but among all of them, I have found the third book the least interesting, and its first half as the most boring side of an otherwise very interesting collection.

It is based on my least favourite part of the story that this movie comes, and that should actually bother me at least a bit, but I am having full faith on Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson as far as the movie is concerned, and I also expect some awesome visual beauty on the screen. The movie already has had positive opinion from the critics with a seventy two percent rating in Rotten Tomatoes. I am expecting some great cast performances and a positive use of its themes to bring a wonderful experience, making this weaker area of the book transform into something spectacular.

1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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I have been a big fan of The Lord of the Rings and Narnia, two of those movie franchises, and whose original books are those which I have never read completely yet. There was no reason why these three movies based on The Hobbit wouldn’t interest me. I did love those two movies about the adventures of a hobbit and his dwarven friends a lot, rating the second movie a little bit higher than the first, just the reverse of my opinions about two of those The Hunger Games movies. I am not someone who can wait too long to watch J. R. R. Tolkien’s mastery before reading it. Look out for the nice cast, and also note down a name associated with it – Guillermo del Toro.

There is something about The Lord of the Rings – it is that we always keep needing more of it, and there is sadness about the fact that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies might finish it off, but that also wants us hoping for a lot more, increasing our need to watch this one. A visual extravaganza and some great action is guaranteed in this one. This will surely compete hard to eliminate Transformers: Age of Extinction from the highest grosser of the year position along with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, and it is certain that one of the first three positions can be reserved for this one and the Jennifer Lawrence starrer.

Keep calm and watch these sequels, worry not of the money you spend at the multiplexes 😀 [All images used in this post are from the Facebook pages of these movies]

TeNy

What Comes Next

We are left with just about three months to Christmas, and as the year comes to an end, we have a lot of interesting movies coming up. A good number of them are worth a lot more than most of the movies which have already released, even as I do wonder if any movie is capable of breaking this year’s top grossing record set by Transformers: Age of Extinction – may be there is a slight chance for two movies which come as the third part of two popular book adaptations. There are five of those movies that I particularly look forward to.

5. Ouija :: There is nothing that arouses the curiosity of the common youth like the Ouija board, and this movie can easily capitalize on the same as far as it is used wisely and with the ability to connect with the audience. With the summoning of the dark forces and everything going beyond control, the movie can easily generate a lot of moments of horror and satisfy the fans. Let the demonic possession and the unleashing of evil begin with this movie. Will you still consider the Ouija board as just an instrument for entertainment, or can the movie make it seem a lot more demonic?

A hero will turn monster in Dracula Untold (pic from movie's FB page)

A hero will turn monster in Dracula Untold (pic from movie’s FB page)

4. Interstellar :: As the next movie from Christopher Nolan, Interstellar needs no introduction, as it would bring the audience right into it, even with an ordinary trailer that it came up with – but that could be for nor giving away much of the plot. As a fan of the science fiction movies, I do have hopes on this one, even as there was the movies like Transcendence which has made me a partial sceptic. This should be the movie which is to rule November if it could develop its idea of the wormhole nicely, with those elements of curiosity and terror nicely explored. Well, when was the time when Nolan last disappointed us? I can’t remember.

3. Dracula Untold :: An origin story of Dracula showing the life of Vlad the Impaler who struggled and fought hard to defend his small kingdom against the might of ruthless Ottoman Turks. I have always thought of Dracula as a misunderstood hero who had to turn evil, and I am glad that they are coming up with something like this with the support of some history. The trailer was impressive, and I hope that this will also stand up-to the feeling that it has created. I am surely placing by bet on this one, as it has immense potential to develop its idea which is something that can easily work with the present audience.

2. Exodus: Gods and Kings :: Another Biblical Epic arrives, this time directed by Ridley Scott, and it actually arrives in the same year as another one from Darren Aronofsky which was Noah had highly disappointed me. I should have had my doubts about this one, but I would trust Christian Bale’s choice of movies and the scope that the Book of Exodus has for making a fantastic epic. Noah might not have had enough to make a movie, but Moses do have a lot of it, and as of now, I am pretty confident that this is going to work well and create that Biblical Epic for which we have been waiting for so long.

You should definitely have this doll at home (from Annabelle FB page)

You should definitely have this doll at home (from Annabelle FB page)

1. Annabelle :: Disaster had struck during last Gandhi Jayanthi as Bollywood terrorized us with the disgusting stuff which was Besharam, and this year, we hope to get rid of that pain with Annabelle, a spin-off from the nicely scary story which had a small part to play in last year’s The Conjuring. The name of the leading actresss is also the same – Annabelle Wallis. Is it also supposed to contribute in a spooky manner? Lets watch the movie and find out as the Annabelle doll awaits you like Chucky awaits his next victim in the vast ocean of dead silence. Most of us have been waiting for a sequel to The Conjuring, and let this prequel be enough for us for the moment.

The rest of the movies include another horror flick Jessabelle and also The Pyramid which can boost the genre. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is going to be a big contender for the title for the highest grosser of the year with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, both capable of showing some great sequel power, hoping to take the place of Transformers. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb should also shine – loved the first two movies of the franchise a lot and Ben Stiller can do it again.

TeNy