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" I don’t workout everyday to feel good about myself, I do it because it’s the only pain in my life which I can control. "

- Anonymous

" Once you’ve got a task to do, it’s better to do it than live with the fear of it. "

- Logen Ninefingers

Erik Thor Sandberg

VGCT (Video Game Critic Time)

Splinter Cell: Blacklist.

First off, a minor reminder that VGCT is a critique/analysis of parts of games e.g. mechanics, story, tone. Not a review or recommendation.

Now on to the game,

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" If whatever you’re going to do is wrong, you might as well do whatever you want. "

- Chronicler - The Wise Man’s Fear

" Family isn’t whose blood you carry. It’s who you love, and who loves you. "

- Jackie Chan - The Spy Next Door

" A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet introspection. "

- Kvothe - The Wise Man’s Fear

" Human suffering is one of the mysteries. It happens for no good reason, and the people who endure it… It doesn’t even always make them better. Usually it makes them worse. It happens though, to everyone. "

- God - Sensational Spiderman Vol. 2 #40

" Every culture is different, but one thing is always true: the surest way to give offense is to refuse the hospitality of your host. "

- Kvothe - The Wise Man’s Fear

Espantalho by Noia Illustration.

" The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death, however mutable man may be able to make them, our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light. "

- Stanley Kubrick

So I was reading “The Wise Man’s Fear”… Quick spoiler warning.

Right then, Cthaeh is one of the most sinister things in this book, I think it’s the most haunting fictional character I’ve read in while. See Cthaeh is a talking oracle tree thing, it sees everything within and of the person talking to it; it only speaks the truth but whatever it says it hurts, it will only tell you things which you find discomforting.

E.g. Kvothe was told about the about the horrible way his parents were murdered and left, and he was told of what his best friend Denna thinks of him and the abuse she lives with. None of it is pleasant and all of it is true.

It’s the ultimate form of torture, making a person hear all the the truths they don’t want to accept, let them realise all their suspicions and doubts are accurate. It’s enough to break anyone’s will.