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Graphic Novel-The Ring of Fate©
In the year Oleg, the king of Vikings sailed for Byzantium (907AD) Malvern, a wizard sends a band of Antler-men to populate an unknown territory. The warriors find they are in a galaxy of stars where they have to compete with Parmirians for living space.
Antler men are cyborgs, which can move in seven dimensions. The Malvern Saga narrates the love hate relationship of the chief of Antler-men SILVER BOLT with MAGDA a Parmirian princess. This is played out in several dimensions so what happens to them in outer space has parallel on the earth as well.
The present book The Ring of Fate The Star ZOLTO is running out of fuel and the Antler- men have to make a getaway. Their exit plan is to be transformed into GHOST RUNNERS and carry their civilization along. There is one problem because of a prisoner. She is beautiful and fatally wicked MAGDA who has sworn to destroy them. She can only handle five dimensions against their seven dimensions. The four elders discuss and Chief SILVER BOLT is given the ring of fate to execute the princess. But Magda knows a trick or two to disarm any. But does she succeed ?
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On hearing that Ismenias was an excellent flute player Antisthenes answered:
“But he must be a worthless man,for if he were not, he would not be such a capital flute-player!” King Philip of Macedon, when his son played brilliantly and agreeably on the harp at an entertainment, said to him, “Are you not ashamed, to play so well?” Plutarch said that it was enough for a king, if he sometimes employed his leisure in listening to musicians.
Think how a timely reproof changed Alexander the great to concentrate on things worthwhile? There was nothing that earmarked him to be world conqueror. But he conquered his own inclinations and mind in order to pursue what was important. From skirmishes he graduated to lead men in war and honed his skills to lead them well. His father made him see where his true interest ought to be. Life being short one ought to have his or her priorities right.
‘Reach for the stars’ implies that it is addressed to those who are earth-bound. By developing full potential doesn’t mean growing in all directions. Michelangelo was versatile with words and chisel. His verses showed his talent but his genius shone through sculpture. We know him as painter of the Sistine chapel ceiling and as the sculptor of David. Being able to play Jews-harp is all right but for an orator like Demosthenes excellence in it is at the cost of something more profound and noble.
Plutarch writes thus in his life of Pericles thus: One day in Rome, Caesar, seeing some rich foreigners nursing and petting young lap-dog and monkeys, enquired whether in their parts of
the world the women bore no children: a truly imperial reproof to those who waste on animals the affection which they ought to bestow upon mankind. May we not equally blame those who waste the curiosity and love of knowledge which belongs to human nature, by directing it to worthless, not to useful objects? It is indeed unavoidable that external objects, whether good or bad, should produce some effect upon our senses; but every man is able, if he chooses, to concentrate his mind upon any subject he may please. For this reason we ought to seek virtue, not merely in order to contemplate it, but that we may ourselves derive some benefit from so doing.
He who waters the rosebush and spends pruning it shall have some of its fragrance cling to him.
How history is made but on deficits that are left from past events?
Hitler was from early on determined to attack Russia. Lebensraum was a geopolitical theory that he had read on as a young man. (Of course he read Marx etc., superficially and took only what he wanted out of it. Leave it to his intellectual deficiency and lack of discipline. Similarly he made a hash of Eugenics. He was surrounded by third rate intellectuals like Rosenberg,Goebbels). The Non-Aggression treaty with Russia was merely a convenience in which he wished to protect his eastern flank while facing France and Britain. When it suited him he broke it and on attacked Soviet Russia . To his horror he found he had miscalculated his foe. Stalingrad bled him white.
If Russia was wounded and equally worn down by fighting Nazi Germany, the Pearl Harbor was like a shot in the arm for Russia. Stalin could breathe easier since her traditional enemy Japan was fully engaged in a fight to finish with the US. Stalin deployed army that was kept in the east for the final push to Berlin.
What of Germany? Hitler had planned the final solution even before he ever became the Chancellor of Germany in 1933. He had become the master of practically whole Europe and yet he dared not wipe off the Jews. Hitler even postponed the program for three weeks from the date earlier decided on only because of the US. Hitler personally stood in awe of FDR and also the industrial might of the USA. Once America declared war on Japan on the Pearl Harbor incident there was nothing to stop Hitler from exterminating the Jews. No one in his circle ever wanted to take on such a program that they feared would bring them universal hatred.
Japan was an ally of Germany. Germany declared war with the USA as well. This is a classic example of Historical Deficit that I have coined to demonstrate the manner events unfinished or unevenly settled would trigger greater or equally catastrophic events. How the Versailles Treaty patched up the peace in an arbitrary fashion paved the way for Hitler’s rise. Historical Deficit makes the best laid plans of man go awry.