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regalos tecnológicos navidad por menos de 15 euros

53 regalos tecnológicos para el amigo invisible y Navidad por menos de 15 euros (2020)

Este aciago año va camino de decirnos adiós con una atípica Navidad en la que, con las medidas de seguridad pertinentes, trataremos de celebrarlas y mantener ciertas tradiciones como son los regalos o el ya mítico amigo invisible. ¿Tienes un presupuesto ajustado? ¿El límite impuesto es bajo? Tranquilidad: en esta guía de compra de regalos tecnológicos por menos de 15 euros vas a encontrar un montón de buenas ideas. La vasta mayoría es tecnología, si bien también hay hueco para propuestas del «universo Xataka», como series, películas y merchandising de ciencia ficción.

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XIAOMI MI Compact Bluetooth Speaker 2

Mi

Todo un clásico para quienes emplean sus móviles para escuchar música de la mano de Xiaomi. Es compacto, minimalista y podrá responder llamadas o llevarlo fácilmente de un lado a otro o incluso colgarlo gracias a la correa incluida.

XIAOMI MI Compact Bluetooth Speaker 2

XIAOMI MI Compact Bluetooth Speaker 2

Sony MDR-Zx110

Sony Mdr Zx110

Aunque en este rango de precios las propuestas en el mercado de los auriculares son modestas, es posible aspirar a modelos básicos de marcas de primera como estos cascos supraaurales de Sony con rango de frecuencia de 12 Hz a 22 kHz y drivers de 30 mm. Simplemente conectar a través del jack y a disfrutar

Sony MDR-Zx110Apb - Auriculares para Smartphone (Diadema, Mando de Control, Micrófono, 1000 MW, Android y iPhone), Negro, 20 X 15 X 3,5 cm

Sony MDR-Zx110Apb – Auriculares para Smartphone (Diadema, Mando de Control, Micrófono, 1000 MW, Android y iPhone), Negro, 20 X 15 X 3,5 cm

AKG Harman Kardon EO-IG955

Akg Harman Kardon Eo Ig955

Si en lugar de la envolvencia del formato de los anteriores prefiere la simplicidad de unos auriculares in ear, también es posible aspirar a modelos sencillos de marcas prestigiosas como AKG.

Samsung - Auriculares Original AKG Harman Kardon EO-IG955 para Galaxy S8, S9, S10, Note 8, Note 9, Negro, Bulk

Samsung – Auriculares Original AKG Harman Kardon EO-IG955 para Galaxy S8, S9, S10, Note 8, Note 9, Negro, Bulk

Altavoces Trust Remo

Trust Remo

Uno de esos periféricos de lo más útil tanto para jugar como para videoconferencias. Por menos de 15 euros estos Trust Remo ofrecen una potencia considerable (16W) y un diseño funcional

Trust Remo - Set de Altavoces de Ordenador de 16 W (2.0, 3.5 mm), Negro

Trust Remo – Set de Altavoces de Ordenador de 16 W (2.0, 3.5 mm), Negro

Trust Quasar

Trust Quasar

Si teletrabaja y suele tener videoconferencias, estos auriculares con micrófono Trust Quasar son básicos y cómodos para tener las manos libres y no forzar posturas incómodas

Trust Quasar - Auriculares con micrófono para PC, Color Negro

Trust Quasar – Auriculares con micrófono para PC, Color Negro

Accesorios para el móvil

Cargador de pared multi IWAVION

Iwavion

Si en este rango de precios apuestas por la funcionalidad, te proponemos este cargador de pared con cuatro tomas de 30W con Quick Charge 3.0 para cargar móviles, tabletas y dispositivos similares

IWAVION Cargador USB,Quick Charge 3.0 30w Cargador USB de Pared con 4 Puertos de Cargador Móvil Rápido de Pared para iPhone Xr/Xs/X/8Plus/ 8, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S10/S9/S8+/Note 8/Huawei/HTC/LG Negro

IWAVION Cargador USB,Quick Charge 3.0 30w Cargador USB de Pared con 4 Puertos de Cargador Móvil Rápido de Pared para iPhone Xr/Xs/X/8Plus/ 8, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S10/S9/S8+/Note 8/Huawei/HTC/LG Negro

Cargador inalámbrico AGPTEK

Agptek

Con un diseño con líneas elegantes y minimalistas y materiales que recuerdan al cristal, este cargador para móvil proporciona hasta 15W para que no solo cargue su móvil sin cables, sino que lo haga moderadamente rápido (si su terminal así lo permite).

AGPTEK 15W Cargador Inalámbrico Rápido, Qi Wireless Charger 15W/10W/7.5W/5W para iPhone SE 2020 11/11 Pro MAX/XS/XR/X/8 Plus, AirPods Pro, Galaxy S20/Note 10/S10/S10e/S9/Note 8/S8/S7…

AGPTEK 15W Cargador Inalámbrico Rápido, Qi Wireless Charger 15W/10W/7.5W/5W para iPhone SE 2020 11/11 Pro MAX/XS/XR/X/8 Plus, AirPods Pro, Galaxy S20/Note 10/S10/S10e/S9/Note 8/S8/S7…

GIANAC 3 en 1 Multi Cable de Carga

Gianac 3 En 1 Multi Cable De Carga

Con este presupuesto no puedes comprarte uno sino más de tres de este utilísimo cable de carga tres en uno con lightning, USB-C y mini-USB a un lado y el universal USB-A al otro. De 1,5 metros de longitud con recubrimiento de nylon para más resistencia.

GIANAC 3 en 1 Multi Cable de Carga, 1.5M Nylon Multi USB Cargador Cable Múltiples Micro USB Tipo C para Android Samsung Galaxy S9/ S8/ S7/ A5, Huawei P20, Honor, Kindle, LG, Sony

GIANAC 3 en 1 Multi Cable de Carga, 1.5M Nylon Multi USB Cargador Cable Múltiples Micro USB Tipo C para Android Samsung Galaxy S9/ S8/ S7/ A5, Huawei P20, Honor, Kindle, LG, Sony

Diyife Anillo de Luz

Digi

¿Lo suyo son los selfies o las stories de inserte aquí aplicación? Con este anillo de luz de 600 lúmenes logrará una iluminación uniforme para su rostro y podrá fijarlo donde le resulte más útil gracias a su clip gigante. Es ajustable tanto en iluminación como en posición.

Diyife Anillo de Luz Selfie,[Nueva Versión] LED Luz Anular con Soporte para Teléfono Brazo Largo Flexible 3 Modos de Iluminación para Youtube Transmisión en Vivo Maquillaje Fotografía Vlog

Diyife Anillo de Luz Selfie,[Nueva Versión] LED Luz Anular con Soporte para Teléfono Brazo Largo Flexible 3 Modos de Iluminación para Youtube Transmisión en Vivo Maquillaje Fotografía Vlog

ELEGIANT 3 en 1

Ele

Este asequible gadget es un tres en uno: puede ser un palo selfie (sí, estamos a puntito de llegar a 2021 y todavía tienen su mercado), un trípode y viene con disparador para cuando no hay nadie para apretar el disparador. Con funda para tenerlo a buen recaudo.

ELEGIANT Palo Selfie Trípode, Selfie Stick Móvil Bluetooth para Viaje, Autofoto Extensible de Control Remoto, Monopié 3 en 1 con Obturador Deportivo, Rotación 360 Grados, Compatible con iOS, Android

ELEGIANT Palo Selfie Trípode, Selfie Stick Móvil Bluetooth para Viaje, Autofoto Extensible de Control Remoto, Monopié 3 en 1 con Obturador Deportivo, Rotación 360 Grados, Compatible con iOS, Android

Power bank POSUGEAR

Posugear

Tamaño verdaderamente reducido, con 10.000 mAh para cargar una vez y media aproximadamente (el rendimiento aproximado suele ser del 65 – 70%) tu móvil y con una pantalla para indicarnos el porcentaje restante. Dispone de dos tomas de salida para cargar tus dispositivos (a 2,1A y 1A respectivamente) y no necesitas más cables, ya que puedes cargarla con el del móvil gracias a sus tomas lightning, micro-USB y USB-C.

POSUGEAR Powerbank 10000mAh, Bateria Externa para Movil con 3 Entradas de USB C/Micro/L ightning, 2 Salidas y Pantalla LED Compatibles con Todos Los Teléfonos y Tabletas

POSUGEAR Powerbank 10000mAh, Bateria Externa para Movil con 3 Entradas de USB C/Micro/L ightning, 2 Salidas y Pantalla LED Compatibles con Todos Los Teléfonos y Tabletas

Soporte para el coche AUKEY

Aukey

Ideal para dejar el móvil en una posición privilegiada a la vista en el salpicadero del coche para tareas como seguir las indicaciones de un navegador. Con un sistema de pinza compatible con la mayoría de teléfonos.

AUKEY Soporte Móvil Coche Rejillas del Aire 360 Grados Rotación Soporte Teléfono Coche Ventilación para iPhone 12/11 / XS Max, Google Pixel 3 XL, Samsung, GPS y otros Smartphone

AUKEY Soporte Móvil Coche Rejillas del Aire 360 Grados Rotación Soporte Teléfono Coche Ventilación para iPhone 12/11 / XS Max, Google Pixel 3 XL, Samsung, GPS y otros Smartphone

Periféricos

Capturadora de audio y video

Diwuer

Un regalo para esas personas que ya peinan canas y guardaron sus recuerdos audiovisuales (como su vídeo de la boda) en formato VHS. Este dispositivo permite convertirlos y digitalizarlos para pasarlos a otros soportes más actuales

DIWUER Convertidor de Capturadora de Audio Video USB2.0, DVD VHS VCR Grabber Digital Grabador para Mac Windows 7 8 10, VHS a Digital DVD y Edite Video

DIWUER Convertidor de Capturadora de Audio Video USB2.0, DVD VHS VCR Grabber Digital Grabador para Mac Windows 7 8 10, VHS a Digital DVD y Edite Video

SanDisk Memoria Flash USB 64 GB

San

Lo puede usar como una memoria USB normal, algo que siempre bien, pero también conectarla a tabletas y móviles con toma USB-C, de modo que además sirva para transferencia de datos

SanDisk Memoria Flash USB 64 GB para tu smartphone Android - Ultra Dual DriveType-C - USB 3.1

SanDisk Memoria Flash USB 64 GB para tu smartphone Android – Ultra Dual DriveType-C – USB 3.1

Teclado inalámbrico

Kvago

Un diseño muy compacto y con patitas para más comodidad, este teclado Bluetooth sirve para escribir en multitud de dispositivos como tabletas, móviles, smart TV u ordenadores (compatible con Windows y Mac). Se alimenta con pilas.

KVAGO Teclado Bluetooth Español Inalámbrico, Bluetooth Teclado para iPad,Tablets,Samsung,Huawei,Laptop, Compatible con Sistema iOS-Android-Windows,Movible Portátil Ultra-Delgado Teclado,Negro

KVAGO Teclado Bluetooth Español Inalámbrico, Bluetooth Teclado para iPad,Tablets,Samsung,Huawei,Laptop, Compatible con Sistema iOS-Android-Windows,Movible Portátil Ultra-Delgado Teclado,Negro

Ratón inalámbrico Logitech M185

Lo

Si trabaja con el portátil, un ratón sin cables compacto le vendrá genial para sustituir al trackpad ganando en precisión y comodidad. Este es apto tanto si es diestro como zurdo, su batería dura aproximadamente un año y se empareja mediante receptor a 2.4 GHz.

Logitech M185 Ratón Inalámbrico, 2.4 GHz con Mini Receptor USB, Batería 12 Meses, Seguimiento Óptico 1000 DPI, Ambidiestro, PC/Mac/Portátil, Gris

Logitech M185 Ratón Inalámbrico, 2.4 GHz con Mini Receptor USB, Batería 12 Meses, Seguimiento Óptico 1000 DPI, Ambidiestro, PC/Mac/Portátil, Gris

Hub UGREEN

Ugreen

Si tienes un ultrabook comprado hace poco, sabrás mejor que nadie qué necesario es contar con un hub para conectar dispositivos y periféricos tan útiles como memorias USB, impresoras, discos duros… precisamente lo que va a encontrar en este hub son cuatro puertos USB 3.0 y otro USB-C para que no pierda el que está usando.

UGREEN HUB USB C a USB 3.0 4 Puertos, OTG Adaptador USB-C 5Gbps HUB USB Tipo C 3.1 Compatible con PS5, iPad Pro 2020 Macbook Pro 2020 DELL XPS 13 15, Xiaomi Mi 10 Redmi 9 Note 9, Samsung S20 S10

UGREEN HUB USB C a USB 3.0 4 Puertos, OTG Adaptador USB-C 5Gbps HUB USB Tipo C 3.1 Compatible con PS5, iPad Pro 2020 Macbook Pro 2020 DELL XPS 13 15, Xiaomi Mi 10 Redmi 9 Note 9, Samsung S20 S10

Funda portátil Hseok

Hseok

Esta funda de Hseok es una gran candidata por varios motivos. Su diseño es muy discreto y versátil, está disponible en varios tamaños, está hecha combinando poliester y franela para ofrecer cuidado al dispositivo y protección frente a líquidos e incluye un bolsillo lateral que nunca viene mal.

Hseok Funda Blanda Maletín Impermeable para Ordenador Portátil, Estilo Elegante Bolsa Protectora, Ideal por 15,6 Pulgadas DELL/Ausu/Acer/HP/Toshiba/Lenovo, Color Negro/Gris/Gris Oscuro/Rosa

Hseok Funda Blanda Maletín Impermeable para Ordenador Portátil, Estilo Elegante Bolsa Protectora, Ideal por 15,6 Pulgadas DELL/Ausu/Acer/HP/Toshiba/Lenovo, Color Negro/Gris/Gris Oscuro/Rosa

HP Value Backpack

Hp

Precio imbatible para esta mochila apta para guardar portátiles de hasta 15,6″ con partes acolchadas y de estética urbana y sencilla con varios bolsillos para facilitar la organización de sus herramientas de trabajo.

HP Value Backpack 15.6 - Mochila para portátiles de hasta 15.6", gris y azul

HP Value Backpack 15.6 – Mochila para portátiles de hasta 15.6″, gris y azul

Juegos de mesa

Los hombres lobo de Castronegro

Castro

‘Among Us’ está de moda y si gusta, ‘Los hombres Lobo de Castronegro’ probablemente sea un acierto. La dinámica de buscar quién es el culpable se traslada a una aldea con hombres lobo y la vieja costumbre de señalar al que no lo es. O al que sí.

Zygomatic Castronegro-Nueva Edición-¡Descubre a los Hombres Lobo Antes de Que te den Caza, Color (ASMWER01ES)

Zygomatic Castronegro-Nueva Edición-¡Descubre a los Hombres Lobo Antes de Que te den Caza, Color (ASMWER01ES)

Ciudadelas

Ciuda

En ‘Ciudadelas’ tendrá que luchar para ser próximo Maestro Constructor del reino, pero primero es necesario impresionar a la nobleza en tu habilidad construyendo ciudades. Una especie de ‘Civilization’ en formato de juego de mesa para jugar hasta siete personas

Asmodee - Ciudadelas Clásico, juego de mesa (Edge Entertainment EDGCTD01) , color/modelo surtido

Asmodee – Ciudadelas Clásico, juego de mesa (Edge Entertainment EDGCTD01) , color/modelo surtido

Plenus

Plenus

Para quienes gusten de exprimir su cerebro, este exigente ‘Plenus’ que combina azar, estrategia y velocidad que podrá jugar incluso en solitario (ideal en estos meses de semi confinamientos). Partidas rápidas y muy diferentes.

Devir- Plenus, Juego de Estrategia (BGPLEN)

Devir- Plenus, Juego de Estrategia (BGPLEN)

Exit: La cabaña abandonada

Exit

Tras la serie ‘Exit’ se esconde una adaptación de los tan de moda escape room al tablero con diferentes misiones que podrán a prueba vuestra capacidad de reflexión, análisis y colaboración. Pueden jugar de una a seis personas.

Devir - Exit: La cabaña abandonada, Ed. Español (BGEXIT1)

Devir – Exit: La cabaña abandonada, Ed. Español (BGEXIT1)

Rummikub de viaje

Rumi

Versión de viaje con caja metálica de un clásico para toda la familia que sigue la dinámica del original combinando suerte y estrategia

Goliath - Juego Rummikub de Viaje en Caja Metálica, Juego de Mesa( 50105212)

Goliath – Juego Rummikub de Viaje en Caja Metálica, Juego de Mesa( 50105212)

Virus

Vitus

Quizás no es el mejor año para regalar este juego de mesa, pero su sencillez, dinámica rápida y lo atractivo que resulta hacen de él un gran candidato en este rango de precios. El objetivo es el contrario que en la vida real: infectar al resto.

Tranjis Games - Virus! - Juego de cartas (TRG-01vir)

Tranjis Games – Virus! – Juego de cartas (TRG-01vir)

Arkham Noir: Los Asesinatos del Culto De La Bruja

Noir

Propuesta de juego en solitario para fans de la obra de H.P. Lovecraft en el que tendrán que enfrentarse a sucesos inexplicables en la ciudad embrujada de Arkham.

Ludonova - Arkham Noir: Los Asesinatos del Culto De La Bruja (LDNV160001)

Ludonova – Arkham Noir: Los Asesinatos del Culto De La Bruja (LDNV160001)

Hogar

Enchufe inteligente TP-Link Tapo P100

Tapo

La domótica es cara y la mayoría se sale de nuestro presupuesto, pero uno de los gadgets más baratos y útiles es un enchufe inteligente. Este TP-Link Tapo P100 (9,90 euros) es de una marca popular, no requiere de hub y podrá controlarlo desde el móvil o con asistentes de voz como Alexa o Google Assistant.

TP-Link Tapo P100 - WiFi Enchufe Inteligente Mini tamaño para Controlar su Dispositivo Desde Cualquier Lugar, sin Necesidad de Concentrador, Funciona con Amazon Alexa y Google Home, 1 Pack

TP-Link Tapo P100 – WiFi Enchufe Inteligente Mini tamaño para Controlar su Dispositivo Desde Cualquier Lugar, sin Necesidad de Concentrador, Funciona con Amazon Alexa y Google Home, 1 Pack

PowerCube Extended

Po

El año pasado os propusimos el PowerCube a secas, pero esta versión mantiene su acertado diseño para aprovechar sus cinco puertos y además incluye cable para actuar como ladrón compacto y al mismo tiempo alargadera.

POWERCUBE EXTENDED

POWERCUBE EXTENDED

Termómetro conectado Govee

Go

No es una marca muy conocida, pero a este precio y por prestaciones constituye un gadget interesante para los más techies. Se trata de un termómetro para interniores que mide también la humedad, almacenando datos y lanzando avisos a través de la app. Si usas el cupón, se queda en menos de 12 euros

Govee Termómetro Higrómetro, Mini LCD Bluetooth Medidor Digital Humedad y Temperatura Interior con Función Almacenamiento Datos y Alerta, para Habitación

Govee Termómetro Higrómetro, Mini LCD Bluetooth Medidor Digital Humedad y Temperatura Interior con Función Almacenamiento Datos y Alerta, para Habitación

Bombilla inteligente TECKIN

Teck

Por menos de 15 euros es difícil encontrar una luminaria más completa que este modelo de TECKIN (13,99 euros). Se conecta mediante WiFi (no necesita hub) y permite regular tanto intensidad como color. Es compatible con los ecosistema de Amazon y Google

TECKIN Bombilla Inteligente LED WiFi con luz cálida 2800k-6200k + RGB lámpara color cambiable Funciona con móvil, Google Home, E27 7.5W (no se requiere hub) [Clase de eficiencia energética A]

TECKIN Bombilla Inteligente LED WiFi con luz cálida 2800k-6200k + RGB lámpara color cambiable Funciona con móvil, Google Home, E27 7.5W (no se requiere hub) [Clase de eficiencia energética A]

Tira LED Wi-Fi Gosund

Gosund

Uno de los atractivos de los smart TV de Philips es su tecnología Ambilight, un sistema de iluminación periférica que cambia de color en función de lo que reproduce la pantalla. Aunque puede conseguirse con productos de la familia Hue, hay alternativas sensiblemente inferiores pero considerablemente más asequibles como esta. Para TVs de 30 a 50″, con control desde la app o con Alexa y modos preestablecidos.

Gosund Tira Led Wifi USB para TV Sincronizar con Música, Control por Voz/Remoto para Ajustar Múlticolores y Brillo, Luces LED RGB Inteligente con 8 Modo Escena, IP65-Impermeable, Anti-UV

Gosund Tira Led Wifi USB para TV Sincronizar con Música, Control por Voz/Remoto para Ajustar Múlticolores y Brillo, Luces LED RGB Inteligente con 8 Modo Escena, IP65-Impermeable, Anti-UV

Marvel Deco Spiderman

Spider

¿Es posible colocar un póster de Marvel en la pared en un ambiente donde la decoración es importante? Sí, si elegimos una lámina con un toque retro como este e incluso le ponemos un marco bonito.

Marvel Deco- Maxi póster diseño Spiderman, Multicolor

Marvel Deco- Maxi póster diseño Spiderman, Multicolor

Taza Harry Potter

Harry

Un clásico dentro de los regalos low cost es el de una taza de desayuno y qué mejor que esta para los fans de Harry Potter. Con un diseño muy cuidado y distinguido en cuanto a forma y estilo, podrá tomar el té (por seguir con el ambiente british) o lo que le apetezca.

Taza Harry Potter - Hogwarts Crest/Escudo de Armas

Taza Harry Potter – Hogwarts Crest/Escudo de Armas

Funko Pop Star Wars: Mandalorian

Manda

Los Funkos son probablemente el regalo más socorrido en estos presupuestos bajos, así que te proponemos uno de rabiosa actualidad, Baby Yoda.

Funko- Pop Star Wars: Mandalorian-The Child Madalorian Figura Coleccionable, Multicolor (48740)

Funko- Pop Star Wars: Mandalorian-The Child Madalorian Figura Coleccionable, Multicolor (48740)

Textil

Pijama infantil Superman

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Regalo para criaturas de 2 – 3 años, este pijama de manga larga de Superman con licencia oficial con un 95% de algodón y un 5% de elastano.

DC Comics Pijamas de Manga Corta para niños Ajuste Ceñido Superman Azul 2-3 Años

DC Comics Pijamas de Manga Corta para niños Ajuste Ceñido Superman Azul 2-3 Años

Boxers Bitcoin

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Cuando en 2018 eso de los Bitcoin se volvieron mainstream, tu amigo ya contaba con una buena cartera de monedas virtuales. Tras un largo paso por el desierto, la criptomoneda más popular vuelve a resurgir como el Ave Fénix y qué mejor que celebrarlo con unos bóxers para la ocasión.

Crazy Boxer T468-1-M Talla M: Boxer UNITARIO-BITCOIN-microfibra-92% poliéster Reciclado, 8% Elastano, 1pc T468-1, 10/12 para Hombre

Crazy Boxer T468-1-M Talla M: Boxer UNITARIO-BITCOIN-microfibra-92% poliéster Reciclado, 8% Elastano, 1pc T468-1, 10/12 para Hombre

Braga cuello Minecraft

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Diseñada para los peques de la casa (aunque todos tenemos cuello, eso sí, depende del cuello), esta braga de ‘Minecraft’ con licencia oficial para abrigarse ante los primeros fríos. Lo mismo vale para el cuello que para enfundársela de gorro.

Minecraft Braga Cuello Niño, Bragas Cuello Multifuncion Para Cara Cuello, Pañuelo Proteccion Facial, Bufanda Cuello Diseño Creeper, Regalos Para Niños y Adolescentes

Minecraft Braga Cuello Niño, Bragas Cuello Multifuncion Para Cara Cuello, Pañuelo Proteccion Facial, Bufanda Cuello Diseño Creeper, Regalos Para Niños y Adolescentes

Camiseta Leia

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Disponible en varias tallas y con un diseño muy acertado con un punto retro, geek y a la vez feminista. Con licencia oficial de Star Wars y disponible en varias tallas.

Star Wars - Camiseta para mujer de la Princesa Leia - Talla Small

Star Wars – Camiseta para mujer de la Princesa Leia – Talla Small

Camiseta Batman

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A caballo entre el meme y el cómic, esta camiseta de Batman con licencia oficial disponible en varias tallas, algunas de ellas baratísimas, en dos colores y hechas completamente de algodón.

DC Comics Bat Slap Camiseta, Gris, S para Hombre

DC Comics Bat Slap Camiseta, Gris, S para Hombre

Calcetines compresivos sanitarios

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Si tiene que pasar horas y horas en pie por su trabajo, estos calcetines compresivos son una gran idea para cuidar de sus piernas. Están disponibles con motivos sanitarios (14,90 euros), pero también veterinarios (14,90 euros) e incluso geeks (14,90 euros)

Gaming: videojuegos y accesorios

Ratón gaming Mars Gaming MM018

Gaming

Modelo básico pero con características de lo más interesantes, especialmente si es un gamer ocasional este Mars MM018 (8,90 euros): con ocho botones mecánicos programables, 4800DPI, iluminación chroma 4 colores rgb con efecto respiración, diseño ergonómico y cable trenzado.

Mars Gaming MM018 - Ratón PC, 4800DPI, RGB Breathing, 8 Botones programables

Mars Gaming MM018 – Ratón PC, 4800DPI, RGB Breathing, 8 Botones programables

Razer Gigantus V2 Medium

Razer

Si un buen ratón para jugar a la altura del hobby de la persona a regalar se escapa del presupuesto, siempre podemos optar por una alfombrilla como esta de Razer, con estética sobria en negro y un diseño que busca control, precisión y rapidez.

Razer Gigantus V2 Medium Alfombrilla suave Gaming para Ratón, óptima rapidez y control, Medidas 360 x 270 x 3 mm grosor, Goma antideslizante, Tela texturizada de microtejidos, Negro

Razer Gigantus V2 Medium Alfombrilla suave Gaming para Ratón, óptima rapidez y control, Medidas 360 x 270 x 3 mm grosor, Goma antideslizante, Tela texturizada de microtejidos, Negro

Trust GXT 407

Rus

Pese a lo humilde del presupuesto podemos encontrar auriculares gaming incluso con iluminación (en este caso en rojo) y con un diseño bastante acertado para quien busque un sonido envolvente. Los Trust GXT 407 cuentan con micrófono plegable, diadema ajustable, controles para silenciar el micro y volumen y un cable de dos metros.

Trust GXT 407 Ravu Auriculares para Gaming con iluminación para PC y Laptop, Negro

Trust GXT 407 Ravu Auriculares para Gaming con iluminación para PC y Laptop, Negro

Uncharted 4: El Desenlace Del Ladrón Hits

Unt

Para quien tenga una PS4 y le falte este hit de su catálogo de exclusivos, estos días está disponible ‘Uncharted 4: El Desenlace Del Ladrón’ (9,90 euros) muy rebajado y es un imprescindible.

El Desenlace Del Ladrón Hits - Edición Uncharted 4, Versión 16

El Desenlace Del Ladrón Hits – Edición Uncharted 4, Versión 16

Switch Joy-Con Wheel

Rueda

Los Joy-Con originales se salen del presupuesto pero si juega a títulos de conducción como el Mario Kart, este es un accesorio para exprimirlo a fondo y disfrutar de una experiencia más cercana a la realidad.

Switch Joy-Con Wheel (Volante)

Switch Joy-Con Wheel (Volante)

Sushi Striker The Way of Sushido

Sus

De importación inglesa pero disponible en idioma castellano, el ‘Sushi Striker The Way of Sushido‘ es una gran opción para Nintendo Switch incluso para niños (a partir de 7 años). De hecho, cuando se lanzó allá por el 2018, en Vidaextra lo consideraron el tapado del año.

Sushi Striker The Way of Sushido - Nintendo Switch [Importación inglesa]

Sushi Striker The Way of Sushido – Nintendo Switch [Importación inglesa]

Kingdom Hearts 3 Xbox One

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Otro veterano fundamental que entra en nuestro presupuesto, esta vez para quien tenga las consolas de Microsoft (porque para PS4 sobrepasa los 15 euros), es el ‘Kingdom Hearts III‘. Han pasado 15 años desde el lanzamiento de ‘Kingdom Hearts 2’, pero la emoción de embarcarse en los reinos de Disney a través de los personajes de Square Enix sigue intacta: como Sora, y junto al pato Donald y Goofy, deberemos colarnos en las películas de Toy Story, Frozen, Piratas del Caribe o Big Hero 6, entre otras muchas, para descubrir la emocionante conclusión de una saga épica con un toque extra de magia

Kingdom Hearts 3 - Xbox One

Kingdom Hearts 3 – Xbox One

Cine y literatura

Logan

Logan

Un vistazo a su colección de Blu-ray y una ausencia: la de ‘Logan‘ (6,50 euros), un título imprescindible del Universo Marvel que, según nuestras impresiones es la mejor de X-Men hasta la fecha.

Vengadores Infinity War

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Con este presupuesto hay más que suficiente para comprar otro título de lo más reseñable de los últimos años en materia sci-fi: ‘Vengadores Infinity War‘ en Blu-Ray. Una película con sus altibajos pero altamente recomendable de acuerdo con nuestra crítica.

Joker: El Hombre que ríe

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Y del cine saltamos al cómic con esta segunda edición en tapa dura de ‘Joker: El Hombre que ríe’, uno de los mejores para seguir indagando en el desequilibrado payaso. Brubaker con Doug Mahnke viajan al pasado de Batman para dar su visión sobre la primera actuación de Joker en la ciudad.

Joker: El Hombre que ríe (Segunda Edición)

Joker: El Hombre que ríe (Segunda Edición)

Astonishing X-Men

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La obra maestra de Joss Whedon y John Cassaday en forma de atractiva recopilación que contiene Astonishing X-Men vol. 3, 1-6 en lujosos tomos cargados de extras.

Astonishing X-Men 01. El Don (Marvel Deluxe)

Astonishing X-Men 01. El Don (Marvel Deluxe)

HIJOS DEL ATOMO: Once visiones sobre la Patrulla-X

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Para los fans de la Patrulla X, un profundo y poliédrico vistazo sobre las más de cinco décadas de esta saga de superhéroes y sus interpretaciones éticas, metafísicas, científicas y políticas.

HIJOS DEL ATOMO: Once visiones sobre la Patrulla-X: 66 (Héroes Modernos)

HIJOS DEL ATOMO: Once visiones sobre la Patrulla-X: 66 (Héroes Modernos)

He decidido usar el sarcasmo porque matar es ilegal

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Un título de lo más descriptivo que esconde un libro para rescatar una de las tareas favoritas de la niñez de muchos: pintar, una forma como cualquier otra de abstraerse, relajarese y olvidarse de la rutina.

Un libro de colorear para adultos: He decidido usar el sarcasmo porque matar es ilegal

Un libro de colorear para adultos: He decidido usar el sarcasmo porque matar es ilegal

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Paris Hilton’s 2020 Holiday Lookbook



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It’s the Christmas season and whining about COVID lockdowns and other things is a waste of fucking time, who really cares whether the government wants us locked inside to feed up propaganda, without our traditional Christmas because they think Covid is that bad, or that good…or because they know something bigger is coming…like the actual apocalypse and this is a way to prep for that…

The reality is that life is better for most people, they don’t have to see peoople they don’t want to see, they can narrow their suffocating social circle and have a great excuse, they can work their minimal capacity that they did at the office, only without pretending to work, they can be lazy fucks who just stream content all night and day….in the comfort of their own home…I mean this is how celebrities live…I mean not in 500 square foot basement apartments with a mold problem…but the lifestyle man…we’re living large in isolation hiding inside from mean viruses that hate grandparents….

So Christmas is either cancelled or illegal, but that’s not a bad thing, you can celebrate it alone in your underwear the way you’d rather spend it and anyone who pretends to actually want to see friends and family during these times is either a liar or a freak…

I mean it is the Christmas season, but with no family gatherings, the Christmas spirit may be bleak in your soul or household, especially knowing your favorite uncle can’t climb into bed with you on Christmas eve after 1 too many eggnogs to show you his Christmas spirit inside you….you know ike he’s done every year for the last 20 years….because Christmas is for molestations….from creepy uncles…and other perverts…

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Gabriela Lopez is Colorful in Bed!
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Jamie Neumann Nude
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Mental Mondays….
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Her Favorite Toy!
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Cooking Eggs…
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34 People Having a Shitty Day
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Titty Show Helen!
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This holiday season, donate the gifts you would want your own family to receive

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As the novel coronavirus continues to slam the nation, we’ve seen small businesses take hit after hit, unemployment numbers bubble and sizzle, more than 200,000 Americans lose their lives, and countless communities impacted. As photos of cars lined up at food pantries go viral, people with means are increasingly encouraged to donate both items and money to their local food drives. That’s certainly an excellent and important pursuit, but as we’re in the thick of the gift-giving holiday season, many families are feeling the pressure to provide gifts for children and teenagers. 

Holiday gift donation lists and drives aren’t new, but they do feel especially relevant today, as so many are on the precipice of housing, food, and employment insecurity. Some of the most vulnerable among us, including unhoused, incarcerated, and people living in nursing homes, have faced additional barriers and isolations as the United States continues to flounder against the global health crisis. What does this have to do with the holiday gift-giving season? People—even low-income people, even incarcerated people, even unhoused people—deserve thoughtful, useful gifts as much as anyone else. So if you’re lucky enough to donate a gift to someone in need, make sure it’s something you’d also want to give a loved one.

What do I mean by that? First, if you’re in a stable enough position to donate this holiday season, you’re already using your privilege to do a wonderful thing. Second, if you want your wonderful act to go further, stop and really consider what you’re choosing and why. Some organizations or mutual aid funds have specific wishlists of items, often hosted online at a site like Amazon or Target, which makes the process of choosing gift donations simple. Some organizations allow you to be matched with a young person or family where you’re provided with some details—age of children, favorite colors, etc.—so then you can go shopping for them, and the gifts are a surprise. Other organizations welcome you to just drop off what you’d like. All are valid and lovely. But resist the urge to simply unload what your family doesn’t want onto others. 

As Daily Kos has covered before, one frequent issue—even outside of the pandemic—that food pantries face is that sometimes people will donate expired, damaged, or otherwise unusable goods. Why do people do this? Most people probably don’t think to check the dates or quality, or don’t think it actually matters. Some people, sadly, probably see it as an opportunity to clear out of a bunch of stuff at once. Either way, this puts more burden on the organization receiving the stuff. And it’s ultimately not helpful. 

Gifts are obviously a little different, in that a gifted sweatshirt, hat, or children’s toy can’t really “expire” in the way canned food might. This is where I urge people, however, to shop and gift as though you’re buying for people in your life.

For example, does the shelter in your area have a high need for clothes for teenagers? Spend a little time figuring out what brands, styles, or stores are in-fashion right now in that age group. Does a wishlist include winter clothes and accessories? Instead of grabbing the least expensive option, do some searching for brands that have good reputations for longevity and warmth. If an organization asks for educational games, for example, it’s perfectly fine to reach out and clarify which age group has the most need, if kids and teenagers are multilingual, if recipients live with any disabilities, or so on.

Yes, all of this is a little extra work. But it can make a serious impact on how much joy a gift brings—and how much it’s actually used. Growing up very, very low-income myself, my family received holiday gift donations over a number of years. It’s no exaggeration to say that some Christmas mornings, the only boxes I opened came from strangers. For kids and teenagers, especially, it can be so meaningful to receive items that help them fit in with classmates at school. Now, as an adult, I’m not concerned with the name brand of a sweater or how obvious it is that a jacket was fashionable a couple of years ago instead of now. But as a low-income teenager, already worried about being bullied? Being gifted an item that helped me fit in—or at least feel like I fit in—made an enormous difference for my self-esteem. 

This approach can, of course, be applied to adults, too. Especially when it comes to donating traditional work apparel, say, for an interview or a job that doesn’t require a uniform, or sturdy snow-or-rain appropriate outerwear for commutes. Basically, when you drop off a donation for a stranger, select it and gift it with the same consideration you would put into a loved one. The extra care really does make a world of difference. 

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‘Unforgettable’ Christmas for Shrewsbury hotel rough sleepers

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The people who have been staying throughout the pandemic have «become family», the manager says.
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Let’s Go Local: Christmas Carols At Daku Resort

Daku Resort will be hosting its Christmas caroling today.

Resort owner, Delia Rothnie- Jones, said it will be a joyous, sometimes melodious and always uplifting celebration!

“Christmas Carols are still on! We think everyone will welcome some Christmas cheer. And we’ll be making a collection for the victims of Cyclone Yasa afterwards.” Ms Rothnie-Jones said.

“Guests can come in at 5.30pn for a drink and the singing starts at 6pm.

Villa Hazel.

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“Join us for our annual live singalong of traditional Christmas Carols at Daku.”

Christmas Carols programme

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  • 5.30pm drinks – free punch on arrival.
  • 6.00 Carol singing.

Dinner there will be a pasta buffet and Christmas pavlova from 7pm for $25 – book ahead here, 8850 046 / 925 9633 or email reservations@dakuresort.com.

The resort caters for all markets.

Guests can choose from Standard Rooms, Ocean View Bures, Bayview Bures, The Beach House, The Cottage, The Pool House, Villa Hazel and Infinity Villa.

Ocean View Bures.

Ocean View Bures.

“We have a range of places to stay to meet all budget and group sizes, from small couple’s bures, to larger houses suitable for tour groups.”

If you stay at the resort, you would be offered complimentary free guest wifi, use of equipment (from snorkeling to stand-up paddle boarding), and in-room amenities.

Located on Lesiaceva Rd, Savusavu, the resort is also offering January deals.

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

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Thaya Launches the Greatest Christmas Promotion

Christmas sales in 2020 are beginning. Thaya, a fine jewelry manufacturer at the forefront of fashion, comes with a grand promotion during the Christmas sales. A discount of up to 30% off site-wide, i.e., BUY 2 GET 1 Free, will be offered to each purchaser. More than that, extra Christmas socks will be offered to each order as a gift. It is the right time to get fine jewelry at the most affordable price on Thaya to dress up and prepare Christmas gifts for family and friends.
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Savage Divinity – Chapter 660

 

After weeks and months of trials and tribulations, Yan finally had hope that this would all soon be behind them and her husband return to her again.

 

Hugging Baloo tight as the sweet bear nestled in her embrace, she leaned against the carriage wall to stare out the window at the back of Rain’s vehicle. Though his curtains were drawn and she didn’t have the right angle to see through the windows, she still yearned to know how he was doing and couldn’t tear her eyes away. After weeks spent fast asleep and days shuffling about in a waking stupor, today might finally be the day he regained full consciousness and returned to them in whole. An idealistic outlook, and perhaps premature, but Yan was done with tempering expectations. She wanted her husband back, not just in body, but in heart, mind, and soul, to see him smile, hear him laugh, and feel his hand close around hers as he drew her into his embrace.

 

This whole ordeal had taken a toll on her, and she was fast approaching her limits. At first, Yan was confident her husband would wake soon enough, but then she started noticing details she couldn’t just ignore. Rain never was a sound sleeper, prone to tossing and turning even after long, exhausting hours of strenuous activity, but after passing out on the field of battle all those weeks ago, he slept the sleep of the dead. Never once did he stir in slumber, not even when she tickled his nose and feet, nor did he sigh and smack his lips when Yan or Mama Bun snuggled into the crook of his neck. In fact, aside from breathing, the only indication of life he showed was rapid eye movement behind closed lids, which Lin-Lin said meant he was dreaming, a fact she learned secondhand from Rain, who himself read it in one of those books he could never remember the names of.

 

Far be it for Yan to call her husband a liar, but there would come a day when he would finally feel ready to tell them the truth. She had her suspicions that his knowledge was the result of Heavenly Insight, but confronting him about would only make him dig his heels in and deny it even harder. Such a contrary man, her husband Falling Rain, beloved by the Heavens yet resentful of them all the same…

 

It was difficult seeing him so lifeless and inanimate, utterly unresponsive to the world around him. As the days and weeks passed by, her mind went to a dark place every time she saw him, wondering if his soul had already passed on into the Mother’s warm embrace and this was merely what was left. Worst of all, she felt a mild sense of relief every time she considered it, as this meant she might be free of her marriage vows, relief which was quickly replaced by personal loathing, but the pervasive thoughts continued to torment her. She was better off without him, he never deserved her anyways, what sort of life would she have had as one of his five wives, the reasons kept coming even though she never wanted them. They were all lies, but they came from her own mind, and a part of her wondered if it was because she truly felt this way.

 

But every time her thoughts grew too oppressive to bear, she would look at Rain and her heart would swell until it threatened to break, which was how she knew she loved him. The pain was a reminder of how much he meant to her, pain which only grew with each passing day and feared would one day subside.

 

Then, miracle of miracles, one day, he opened his eyes, got out of bed, and walked out to use the bathroom, all on his own, albeit less than a minute on Yan’s heels. Not quite the reunion she’d expected, to have him barge in naked with trousers bunched around his ankles just as she was about to relieve her bladder. Thankfully, she divined his intentions just in time to get out of the way before he opened the flood gates, and not a second too soon. That was enough to tell her not all was right with Rain, but his slack, unseeing expression hammered the point home. This wasn’t her warm and loving husband, merely a shadow of him, a cold, unthinking version mindlessly tending to his bodily needs. Some thought him aloof and distant, a man who only cared about his loved ones and mistrusted strangers, but the truth was, Rain was just awkward and nervous around new people because he was socially inept. Thanks to Luo-Luo’s painstakingly prepared lessons, he’d gotten much better at interacting with other people in recent times, but all it took was a single ambiguous comment to throw him off his game. It was amusing to see Rain dwell over an innocuous statement and wonder what the speaker really meant, when in most cases, people were rarely as subtle and cunning as he expected them to be.

 

Granted, Luo-Luo was one such person, and many of the people Rain worked with in his capacity as Legate were also the same, so perhaps there was more to it than Yan understood. Either way, this was why Rain preferred animals over people, because they were always open and honest about their feelings and therefore easily read. Oh how she missed her expressive, empathic, emotive husband and desperately wanted him back, if only to see him smile and laugh again. It was to this thread she clung onto, her boundless love which kept her spirits afloat as she tried and failed to elicit a response from him, verbal, somatic, or otherwise. Despite watching him grow healthier and more active with each passing day, her sombre mood failed to improve as she dwelt upon her dark thoughts, wondering just how long she could keep doing this without succumbing to despair.

 

“This is your husband, an empty shell of a man, one who draws breath yet is dead inside.” Those were the words echoing in Yan’s mind as she gazed upon the man she loved while they strode arm in arm through the marketplace. “What sort of life will you have with him? You once worried about sharing him, but now you should be happy to have others to help share this troublesome burden.”

 

All true, but not the entire truth, because even if he never woke, she would never give up on him. She needed no Oath to compel her, for love and hope did a fine enough job on their own.

 

Oh how her heart had raced when she felt him channelling Heavenly Energy beside her, and in the brief moment before Mother-in-law Akanai spirited him away, Yan thought she saw something, something she dared not believe just yet. For a single instant, there was a hint of focused concentration in Rain’s narrowed gaze, his amber eyes fixated on something nearby instead of staring aimlessly out into the distance. Then, he was gone, physically that is, all but carried into his carriage alongside Lin-Lin, Song, and Mother-in-law Sarnai, while leaving Yan to wonder if she’d imagined it all. Add in the fact that all the rabbits were already waiting inside and Ping Ping had trouble squeezing in, Yan had no choice but to ride in Grandpa’s carriage alongside Mila and Luo-Luo. The bears and wildcats joined them and made for a tight fit, but Grandpa didn’t seem to mind at all and was happily rubbing Aurie’s cheeks beside her.

 

Unable to help herself, she turned to Grandpa and Sent, “How is he? Have they sent word? Has he said anything?”

 

“No change, but this is a good sign,” came Grandpa’s Sent reply, smiling as he patted her knee. “We suspected your husband’s Core was mended over two weeks ago, but this is the first time he’s put it to use, deploying his Domain and displaying Purity in a rather impressive fashion. Though I know not the reason why, at least this tells us all is not lost and that his spirit still lingers inside, so even if his mind remains closed off after today, there is hope for him yet.”

 

Buoyed by Grandpa’s confidence, Yan happily shared the good news with Mila and Luo-Luo, wishing she could shout it to the Heavens instead of passing it along through Sending. Luo-Luo insisted on these strict measures when discussing Rain’s health at all times, despite everyone’s assurances that they could speak freely when their defences were deployed, as they no doubt were right now. Luo-Luo responded by saying that there was no such thing as being too careful, so it was best to remain vigilant at all times so that if their defences failed without warning, they would not be caught off-guard and accidentally reveal too much. Not the worst idea considering Xing Yong Wei, an Imperial Divinity and Rain’s supposed Dao Protector, had yet to be seen again and could very well be hiding under all their noses.

 

Yan noted that while Grandpa Du was put off by the possible presence of a Divinity hidden within their midst, her in-laws seemed utterly unruffled by the prospect, and perhaps even a little amused by their worries. Information which she took to mean the People had friendly Divinities of their own safeguarding Rain, though neither Mila, Song, nor Lin-Lin managed to pry any information out of their respective parents, but not for a lack of trying. Yan didn’t mention it to Grandpa Du either, because she knew his curiosity would get the best of him and he would actively go looking for the hidden Divinities, but she also knew the Ancestral Beasts of the Saint’s Tribulations mountains stayed hidden for good reason. As a child, she dreamt up all sorts of silly raionales for their self-imposed exile, but as she grew older and learned more about Ancestral Beasts in general, she realized the answer was far less complicated than she imagined.

 

Those powerful beings moved into the Saint’s Tribulations Mountains because they all wanted to be left alone. That was it. They wanted nothing to do with the people who lived there, not even the half-beast children they sired, and as such were only loosely related to the Sentinels, as far as Yan could tell. Even Mila didn’t know much more, having lived her entire life believing her progenitor also lived in the mountains with them. Yan believed the same was true of hers, though she’d never met another half-beast of the same type, with straight, pointed deer horns protruding from her forehead rather than from her temples as was more common in other parts of the Northern Province. Either way, there was little love lost between the people of the Saint’s Tribulations Mountains and the Ancestral Beasts who also called it home, so if Grandpa Du were to kick up a hornets’ nest with his curious investigations, then not even Mother-in-law Akanai could protect him from harm.

 

Du Min Gyu was a Living Legend and Peak Expert of the Empire, but even then he was no match for a Divinity. The Martial Path was long and arduous, and few ever reached those lofty heights, but Yan was determined to make an attempt, even if her half-beast heritage had doomed her to failure. The Mother loved all Her children equally, or so it was said, and a limit had been placed on half-beast potential to make up for their other gifts. It never made sense to Yan, but that was what everyone said, and no half-beast in the history of the Empire had ever successfully become a Divinity, false or otherwise. Such is life, and Yan was not one to argue, but neither was she someone who let others set her limits for her.

 

That’s why she loved Rain so much. He knew her well enough to set her free, encouraged her to follow her dream, and in doing so, had ensnared her heart more securely than any cage could ever hold her.

 

The minutes ticked by in agonizing slowness as she waited with bated breath, hoping to hear good news from Rain’s carriage at any given moment. Her focus was so consumed by her husband and his ongoing display of Purity, she failed to notice the direction they were headed until they arrived at the citadel’s eastern gates. Shooting Grandpa a questioning look, he smiled and Sent, “We publicly announced our plans to visit the District, and Luo-Luo rightly pointed out we cannot abandon our plans without drawing suspicion, especially not with the disturbance your husband is kicking up. Almost every Warrior in the Citadel can feel him Channelling right now, and many can sense his sizable Domain, but they are left to wonder why. Clever Luo-Luo is already quietly spreading word that someone made a clandestine attempt on his life and failed.” Jaw dropping in surprise, Yan turned her gaze to the too-beautiful Imperial Servant who smiled and winked, no doubt discerning the reason for her admiration. “No moves were made and there were enough prying eyes around to see it,” Grandpa continued, speaking in an almost hesitant tone which meant he was repeating what someone else told him. “But everyone will suspect that young Rain sensed a threat and acted prematurely.”

 

“And from there, believe that he was playing the fool, a false lamb staked out for the tiger, a role he continues to play now as we head out of the Citadel.” Yan wasn’t completely hopeless when it came to matters of politics, just mostly. She was learning though, thanks to Luo-Luo’s patient lessons and even some from listening to Rain’s complaints from before his back to back comas. Yan never wanted to be in a position like Grandpa Du’s, wherein he trusted the wrong people to manage his finances and ended up almost destitute in his old age. Of course, that was no longer an issue now that Yan had married Rain, and though she felt guilty about using his money to buy things for her grandfather, he never brought it up and even encouraged Yan to do more. It wasn’t so simple, however, as it was a matter of face, and everyone would lose if Rain financially supported Grandpa Du without offering to do the same for his parents and Mila’s, even though neither pair needed it. Mother-in-law Akanai had already made her displeasure known regarding the living arrangements, wherein Grandpa Du had moved in with Rain and Yan, but Akanai hadn’t received an invitation to move in with Mila. A mistake Rain amended by promptly inviting her as well, and though Yan was a little put off having to live under the formidable woman’s eye, it was a small price to pay to keep everyone happy, Rain included.

 

Odd that he had no complaints about living with all his in-laws, especially so soon into his marriage, but that was just the sort of man he was. Others might not see it, but Rain just had so much love to give, he couldn’t possibly be constrained to loving only a select few. One only needed to look at how he collected pets like others collected art, only Rain would never neglect a living creature, especially not one near and dear to his heart. Hence why Yan was willing to share him with his other wives, because no matter how many other women he had in his life, he would do anything and everything to make sure they all felt loved and adored.

 

As their carriage rolled away from the citadel, she spotted the Medical Saint arriving from on high, plummeting out of the sky at breathtaking speeds only to land lightly outside Rain’s carriage door, with nary a hair out of place nor a wrinkle to be found. It all happened in the blink of an eye, and Taduk made it look so easy and effortless, Yan almost gave it no thought, until she remembered they were still most of an hour away from his bamboo grove. Not much time had passed since Rain began channelling the Energy of the Heavens, yet the quirky Healer was already here to check on his health. Again, Yan turned to Grandpa Du and Sent, “How quickly could you Cloud-Step from the Citadel to the bamboo grove?”

 

“Ten minutes? Perhaps less if I truly pushed myself.” Looking up from petting Aurie, Grandpa asked, “Why’s that?”

 

“The Medical Saint is here.” Grandpa Du was every bit as surprised as Yan, perhaps even more so once she realized Taduk’s speedy arrival had gone unnoticed. Despite coddling Aurie and the other animals, Grandpa Du was likely on full alert, sweeping the area for Concealed presences and various threats to their convoy. If Taduk could sneak in unnoticed while Cloud-Stepping over three times faster than what Grandpa could manage, then this meant the Medical Saint’s Martial Talents were not constrained to only Healing. That said, it was difficult to imagine the sweet yet silly half-hare in a combat scenario, especially considering how he spent the last six months butting heads with a ground-hog and emerging defeated. The suspected Spiritual Beast was enamoured with Taduk’s garden, and being a die-hard pacifist who wouldn’t hurt a fly, the poor Healer was at a loss to stop the adorable rodent. While he had no qualms about enlisting others to kill the ground-hog for him, Rain and Lin-Lin both had taken a shine to the thieving ground-hog and were intent on bringing him into the family. Knowing this, Taduk could hardly have it killed out of hand, and the beast was too canny to be trapped by cage or net, leaving it free to come and go as it pleased. After so many successful grand heists without a hitch, the clever beast had grown bold and taken to raiding the Spiritual Plant garden in broad daylight, and was even happy to accept hand-fed treats from most of them so long as Mama Bun was properly restrained.

 

This was Lin-Lin’s plan, to capture the beast with kindness, and thus far, all they’d managed to do was throw away a literal fortune of Spiritual Plants. Granted, the prices would plummet if someone ever learned how easily mature plants could be grown, requiring little more than a friendship with a Divine Turtle, a steady supply of shrimp, and between three to twelve weeks of time. Sadly, Pong Pong showed no interest in Rain’s plight, not that Yan expected the tiny Divine Turtle to do anything about it. As Rain often pointed out, Divine Beast or not, the operative word was beast, and one could hardly expect a turtle to grasp complex human concepts, much less care to do anything about it.

 

Still, it would be nice if Pong Pong revealed himself and showed some concern for Rain, instead of arriving unseen for his daily serving of shrimp and leaving without so much as a how you do…

 

Settling back in her seat to continue staring at Rain’s carriage, she passed the time in silent prayer while Luo-Luo played a quiet tune and Mila stewed and fretted, gnawing on her hair like a nervous child instead of the formidable Warrior she truly was. Reaching over to clasp her hand, Yan offered Mila her silent support, knowing exactly what she was going through. No Warrior liked feeling helpless, or worse, like a burden, but the simple truth was that Rain was safer where he was than at their side. Should his carriage come under attack, Akanai, Sarnai, and the Guard Leader were all prepared to Cloud-Step away with Song, Rain, and Lin-Lin respectively in tow. One dominant Peak Expert per person, with Song’s presence being vital due to the constraints forcing her to remain close to Rain, and adding Mila, Yan, or Luo-Luo into the mix would only further complicate matters. Of course, this meant the rabbits would be left behind, but the sad truth was that if three powerful Peak Experts were forced to abandon the carriage, there was a good chance the rabbits were as good as dead anyways.

 

A thought which did little to raise Yan’s spirits, but at least she wasn’t dwelling over the what-ifs and envisioning the worst case scenarios like she had been over the last few weeks. A bad habit she’d picked up from Rain no doubt, which gave her a small glimpse into what it was like to live with so much angst and anxiety. There were times when her thoughts almost drove her to panic and she just had to check if he was still breathing, and others when she would convince herself that she was better off without him and start thinking about what she would do next. Which was worse, she couldn’t say, but now she knew how Rain felt so much of the time, and she hated every second of it.

 

A harmonious cord sent a surge of quiet reassurance willing up from within, and Yan smiled at Luo-Luo in thanks. Beaming beautifully as she plucked away at her pipa, the beautiful woman looked utterly unconcerned by their current plight. It wasn’t that she didn’t care about Rain’s condition, but rather she had faith in his recovery and believed he would emerge from this tribulation unscathed, with a confidence Yan sorely envied. The pleasant tune soothed away the ache in Yan’s chest, and surly Mila even released some of the tension in her shoulders as she sighed and sank into Banjo’s fur, the big baby gurgling away from within her embrace. Luo-Luo’s music was a wondrous use of Chi, so similar to Aura yet utterly different at the same time. An Aura was a sharing of Emotion, whether it be courage, hope, love, or even terror, but once the Aura faded, so too did the accompanying emotion. In this way, Yan believed Luo-Luo’s music was a superior form of Aura, because the emotions elicited by her songs stayed long after her performance ended, and sometimes could even be summoned anew through simple reminiscence. It was the difference between the light of a candle and a distant star in the sky. Both were sources of illumination, but while the candle might seem brighter, it was ultimately finite, while the star was a source unto itself.

 

The journey to the bamboo grove progressed without incident, though Rain stopped channelling the Energy of the Heavens about half-way through. According to Grandpa’s reports, Rain was still comatose and unresponsive, but as soon as Yan laid eyes on him, she believed there was more to it than that. There was tension in his body that hadn’t been there before, his shoulders square and neck strained as he moved with a stiff, almost hesitant gait. Gone was the slack, vacant expression, and in its place was a slightly focused gaze, but not one fixated on anything around him, his brow furrowed and head lowered ever so slightly. Whatever Rain was looking at did not exist here in the real world, his mind focused on something within, but it meant he was closer to recovery than ever. Striding over simply to touch his face, it pained her to see him not respond, but she would continue to wait. “Come back to me,” she Sent, kissing him lightly on the cheek. “Come back to all of us. We miss you.”

 

Pain. Defeat. Shame. These emotions flitted through Yan’s mind so quickly she wasn’t sure if she’d imagined it, but the twitch in Rain’s brow was real enough. He was in there, and he was hurting, but for some reason, he didn’t want to come out. “Are you in there?” she Sent, her heart aching as she stared into his eyes, hoping against all hope to see him staring back, but alas, his gaze remained distant and unresponsive. “Can you hear me?

 

She felt it for sure this time, his fear and reluctance, but still he did not respond. Whatever it was that caused this coma, it was different from what happened after Ping Ping’s ascension, a realization which filled Yan with dread. Despite all the clues indicating things were different, they all clung to the belief that Rain would eventually recover just like last time, but what if he didn’t? What if there was something genuinely wrong and none of them could see it?

 

“What’s wrong Yan-Yan?” Peering up at her expression, Lin-Lin hugged Rain tight and asked, “What do you see?”

 

“…It’s nothing.” Forcing herself to smile, she knew she wasn’t fooling anyone, and Lin-Lin least of all, but she hoped they all wrote it off as Yan’s needless worries. It had to be nothing. There was a time when he yearned for death and sought it out upon the battlefield, but so much had changed since then. As long as his loved ones still drew breath, there was no world in which Rain would ever abandon them, not like this. He would return, Yan was certain of this, as soon as he worked through whatever it was keeping him trapped inside, and when he did, she would welcome him back with open arms and no questions asked.

 

Rather than telling anyone and risking panic or misunderstanding, Yan merely hugged Rain tight and Sent, “I don’t know what’s wrong, but everything will be okay. As long as we are together, nothing else matters, so take your time and come back to us as soon as you can. I love you, Falling Rain. We all do.

 

Breaking off the embrace, she stepped back and smiled at everyone to show she was fine and grabbed Song and Luo-Luo by the arms. “Come on,” she said, leading them into the bamboo grove. “There’s a ground-hog out there, and I mean to tame him today, so Rain will have a new friend waiting when he wakes.”

 

Which hopefully would be sooner rather than later…

 

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Abort mission! We’ve been discovered. Abort! Aborttttt!

 

Doesn’t really work when I have no where to abort to, but now Yan knows, I guess. Or she suspects at least, but rather than anger over my cowardly betrayal, she’s hurt by my pain and worried she hasn’t been supportive enough. That’s the worst of it really, that she blames herself for my failings, when it’s clearly all my fault. The flickering monitor screen illuminates the Void and saves me from having to see my own hateful reflection, which is good because I truly cannot stand the sight of myself. Though I can no longer hear her thoughts, I can still glean them from her expression and the emotions pouring off of her, so easily read if you care to look; she’s worried I’m trying to kill myself again, which, and it sounds stupid to even say, I never considered might be the case.

 

Technically, I’m not trying to die, but functionally, is what I’m doing any different? My goal is not death, only to escape into oblivion, but whether the world is real or illusion, the end result is the same to those I leave behind. I knew this on some level, because I kept trying to tidy up all my unresolved issues so I could leave without feeling guilty, but I never could tear myself away. I could blame the cell phone for tempting me with glimpses of my old life, but I’m pretty sure that was just me giving myself an out. I wanted to see what was happening with minimal interaction, and the cell phone allowed me to do so. It’s the whole kerfuffle with Dream Demon Vivek Daatei all over again, except this time, in reverse. Back then, I knew all those lives were illusions, but I still wanted to immerse myself within them, because they were happy, perfect lives which allowed me to escape the problems of the real world. Now, I’m still trying to escape, but instead of losing myself in the illusion, I’m trying to forget everyone and everything I ever knew so that I can finally be at peace.

 

I’m still not sure if the world is an illusion, but I’m beginning to wonder if Zhen Shi is even capable of weaving such depth and complexity into his works. I want these visions to be real, I want to go back and see everyone again, to know that their deaths were a lie and everyone is still safe and sound, but I can’t find the courage to step outside this cold, unfeeling shell and risk being wrong. Here, ensconced in the call centre of the Void, I was insulated from my emotions, but not anymore, for those severed emotions have all come home to roost. By Devouring all available Natal Souls, I’ve taken all of it back in, all the anger, shame, fear, and longing I severed and cast away, all melding seamlessly back into my Soul from whence they came. The emptiness of the Void is no match for the hollow desolation of my heart, and Yan’s support only drives home what a fool and coward I’ve been all along. Is it better to hide here and waste away alone in the void, or risk more pain and suffering in hopes of finding love and affection once again? Even if this life is real, it is not a life I deserve, because ever since I opened my eyes to this hateful, spiteful world, I have been lying to everyone I know.

 

I am not Falling Rain, scared child turned Legate of the outer provinces.

 

I am Rayne, former call-centre employee and all-around worthless waste of flesh.

 

This, more than anything, is what I fear most, of my secret getting out which will inevitably lead to overwhelming rejection. I don’t remember all of my past life, but I remember enough to know that I’m a liar and a fake. Would Mom have accepted me as her son if she knew the truth? How will Mila and Yan react when they realize they married a man at least twice their age, if not more? What about the soldiers who follow me because I am a ‘young’ talent? How will they feel when my ‘peers’ catch up and surpass me with ease, because I have long since reached my limits, while everyone else is still growing into theirs? Thus, before this world can reject me for not being Falling Rain, I must reject the world, yet still I yearn to go back to my life as an imposter and pretend to be someone who I am not, all while deceiving the people who love me most.

 

This is why I made Baledagh in the first place, not to stave off Defilement, which never made sense in the first place since Brother was the one at risk. That’s why he was trapped by Spectres when we met Qing Qing, because Brother was ready to give in and surrender, but Baledagh would not let him, because he is a Warrior. That’s what I needed him for, to be the person I was sick of pretending to be, the person I should’ve been, the Falling Rain of this world without the memories of Rayne from the last.

 

Then Mahakala shattered that illusion and I became myself again, a mistake, an anomaly, a man out of time and space. It would be best if Rayne could fade away and disappear, leaving only Falling Rain in his place, but unfortunately, I am, quite ironically, a survivor.

 

So what now? I Devoured all the Natal Souls I could, most of which were on the razor’s edge, not quite malevolent Spectres yet far from the benevolent angels I intended them to be. Fruit of the poisoned tree as it were, for in the end, my Natal Souls were a reflection of me, and I am a bitter, broken, scared man who does not know what to do next. Do I turn off the PC, rid myself of the phone, and retreat deeper into the void, or do I risk another eternity of pain and suffering by returning to the world of the living? Real or illusion, I can’t imagine anything other than calamity awaiting me, if only because I don’t think I can keep lying to the people I love. They deserve to know me for who I am, but I cannot bear to lose them again, and this time, it would be for good.

 

So true to form, I do neither, and continue watching my loved ones through the flickering monitor on my cubicle desk. It’s harder to know their thoughts without a direct connection to Heavenly Energy, but I know my loved ones well enough to parse through the signs. Heavenly Energy never offered me mind reading powers, only information that was made readily available by individuals with each and every action or non-action. Non-verbal communication, only detailed to the extent that it could almost be mistaken for mind reading, because people in general are not great at hiding their inner thoughts. Some are better at it than others, but my family and loved ones are an open book as I struggle to come to a decision.

 

Yan and Mila sit me down with Aurie and Sarankho before helping Mom feed all the pets, while Lin-Lin happily baits her ‘traps’ for the ground-hog, who is currently hiding underground and waiting for all the footsteps to die down. Taduk busies himself checking his plants while grumbling all the while about how slowly they’re growing, worried the lack of supply is slowing my recovery and agonizing over what he can do to speed things up by even a single second. After setting up her zither, Luo-Luo pitches in the only way she knows how, by playing a soothing melody meant to assure her audience that everything will work out for the best, a sentiment she must wholeheartedly believe in else she would not be able to share it through music. Lastly, dutiful Song sets to grooming Jimjam, while keeping an eye on me and the rabbits, worried the latter will gnaw on the plants while trying to figure out if I’ve gone too long without visiting the bathroom.

 

Oh right. I got rid of the Natal Soul responsible for bathroom duties, among other things. That… might prove to be a problem soon enough…

 

Luo-Luo and Lin-Lin aside, they’re all trying to distract themselves from the big problems the same way I used to, by showering love and affection on those adorable floofs who will always respond in kind. To this end, I reach out to the ground-hog and try to convince him that the people above will treat him well, but his instincts are to remain hidden and guarded unless absolutely necessary. He’ll come around eventually, I think, or at the very least, is beginning to see everyone in a more favourable light, but he’s still an herbivore and clever enough to fear predators in general, unlike a certain sweet, adorable, fearless rabbit.

 

Almost as if on cue, Mama Bun hops into my physical lap and rears up to stare me in the eyes, and in my distress, I default to finding distractions through floofs. Rather than a series of snoot selfies, the PC renders Mama Bun’s requests as a livestream snoot cam instead, but much as I would like to lose myself in her adorable antics and floofy features, there’s something wrong with the video feed. The camera is in the same, awkward angle as always, with Mama Bun poised to kiss my nose or sniff my eyes, except this time, there’s something blocking my view. Oddly enough, I can’t see what it is, but I am determined to stop thinking about my problems and focus on floofs, so I full-screen the video to study it closer. There it is. Something in Mama Bun’s paws, something she’s holding up to my face as if presenting a gift, all while she twitches her nose and flops her dangling ears from side to side in an adorable display of confused frustration.

 

So cute, but it hurts to know I’m the cause of her distress. Granted, it hurts knowing I’m causing the others distress too, but they’re all reasoning human beings who will be fine without me. Mama Bun is just a simple rabbit who doesn’t understand why I won’t hug and pat her anymore, and it kills me to see how hard she’s working just to get my attention.

 

No. Stop. Don’t focus on your fuck ups, pay attention to the floof. What’s she holding there? Why can’t I see it? It’s not a lighting issue, nor is it a matter of something getting in the way. It’s like there’s an empty void in her paws, one my brain ignores and automatically fills in with what I know should be there, Mama Bun’s delightfully soft and floofy belly. Concealment? Quietly activating my Domain, I keep it as close to my skin as possible so as not to alert the guardians watching my every move and gently reach out to probe the nothingness between Mama Bun’s paws. Believing I’ve solved this somewhat obvious puzzle, it strikes me as odd when there’s no response, my Domain passing through empty space without encountering any feedback or resistance, but the answer soon reveals itself as Pong Pong does the same.

 

Eyes wide and mouth agape, the tiny turtle is cuter than I remember, especially seeing as he’s missing his customary scowl. “Friend,” his emotions and expression exclaim, having sensed my presence within. “Play?”

 

Oh. My. God.

 

He misses me!

 

I thought he didn’t care and was only here for shrimp, but it seems like he realized I wasn’t actually here in spirit or whatever, so he just ignored my physical presence. His invitation to play is laced with a sense of hope and longing, because he truly does not have all that many chances to let loose and have fun. I should play with him, let him know he’s loved, but I can’t. He wants me to come out and see him, but I don’t dare, for so many reasons and more. Not just Zhen Shi, though the Empire’s boogeyman is a big part of why I’m here, but also because I’ve made too many mistakes and don’t know where I could even begin to correct them all. It’s too late for me, there’s no place in this world for me anymore, and everyone would be better off without me, but this complex, nuanced message is above and beyond even Pong Pong’s remarkable comprehension, especially since I can’t use words to explain it. “No play,” I Send, in the same way he communicated with me, through empathy and emotion. “Fear. Danger.”

 

Mistaking my message to mean that I am in danger, rather than me being the danger, Pong Pong retracts his arms and legs into his shell, but leaves his head poking out. “Flee?” he asks, and there’s no mistaking his unspoken implication that we flee together. “Hide?”

 

“No.” Struggling to find a way to explain my predicament, I present Pong Pong with the image of myself trapped in a net, one affixed with stones to drag me down into the dark, fathomless depths. “No escape. Despair. Distress. Desolation.”

 

Pong Pong’s answer fills me with warmth as he pops back out of his shell, peers around, and asks, “Where danger?” There is no concern in the message, only grim determination, ready to fight off whatever it might be that threatens me while emanating calm reassurance. And here I thought he didn’t care. The little guy is a bit of a coward, but that’s in his nature. He doesn’t go looking for fights, but if one comes to him, he’s willing to throw down. What’s more, he didn’t even hesitate before offering to help, even though it’s clear the danger is to me, and not him. The little guy doesn’t show affection like Ping Ping or any of my other pets, but he’s a true friend to the end.

 

Which doesn’t make this any easier. How do I explain that this isn’t something we can fight? That I’ve grown weary of the struggle and no longer wish to continue onwards? That I love him and will miss him, but he must carry on without me because I am too weak to continue on? How do you say goodbye to your loved ones when you mean to abandon them? How do you make them understand?

 

You can’t. Or at least, I can’t. I understand this now. Real or illusion, I can’t abandon the people in my life, not like this. All this time, I’ve been struggling to figure out what to do next, but there’s only ever been one answer. Oblivion was a pipe dream, an impossible goal I never would’ve reached, something to strive for while waiting on a proper excuse to cut and run. Whether it be death, abandonment, or something else, I just wanted a reason to justify my selfish cowardice in not even taking a chance to see if my loved ones still live. In fact, I’m fairly certain this is not all an elaborate illusion from Zhen Shi, and that the true illusion was the disastrous defeat of the Imperial Army on the fields of Central. There are too many complex intricacies and implied subtleties even for a master like Zhen Shi, or at least that’s what I suspect, but the pain of losing everyone hurt so much, I’m terrified of losing them again. Not just seeing them die, but knowing that even if they live, they will reject me once they inevitably figure out I’m not who I’ve been pretending to be, which is a bridge I’ll eventually have to cross. The longer I wait, the worse it’ll be, but I’m already far beyond the point of no return. The stress of pretending to be someone I’m not is too much to bear, because I am no Warrior or Legate. I’m just a guy who’s so in over his head, it’s not even funny anymore.

 

“HUG!” comes the demand, and I instinctively respond. Not with my body, but my mind, and all of a sudden, Mama Bun is here in the Void, wrapped in my arms and snuggled up against my chest. The surge of love and happiness is almost too much to bear as the sweet rabbit’s affections are laid bare, so expressive and coherent she might as well be sharing all her happiness with me. Poking his head out from between her fur, Pong Pong glances around, realizes where he is, and promptly settles back into Mama Bun’s fur as I clutch them both tight, unable to hold back the stream of tears spilling from my eyes, because there is nothing more pure and wonderful than the love of an animal.

 

I’m an idiot for running from all this. Even if I suspected all my loved ones were dead, my goal should not have been to run from their killer, but to avenge them and see justice done.

 

When my tears finally slow and the pain fades away, I find myself lying underneath my cubicle with Mama Bun in my arms. Pong Pong is there too, clambering out to look me in the eye. “Home,” he declares, using a jumbled mix of warmth, safety, and comfort to convey his meaning, before using those same emotions again to express a similar, but altogether different concept. “Family.”

 

That’s the same Aura I used to lure him out of the Azure Sea, the message which drove him out of hiding to come find me in the first place. Granted, at the time I was looking for Blobby, but Pong Pong was the one who responded, and since then, we have become family. Now, he’s telling me that whatever my problem might be, he’s here to help me, and this support means more than he could ever know. I can’t even begin to fathom the trials and tribulations he’s been through, but having felt the depths of his despair and dejection, I can’t imagine it’s been easy. However, based on the promise of home and family, as well as an offering of shrimp, Pong Pong invited me into his Natal Palace long before I understood the dangers that entailed, all because he wanted a family to love and cherish.

 

Isn’t that what we all want? To love and be loved, but animals are just more honest about it. We all have our struggles, our own personal trials and tribulations, so it’s time I stopped running from mine and reclaim all that is good in my life.

 

Glancing around at the call-centre of the Void, I do away with this stifling, depressing atmosphere and bring us back to my bedroom, complete with all the fine comforts of home. The ceiling to wall windows offer me a glimpse out into the world, not the world I first hailed from, but the world I ended up in, complete with so many of my loved ones watching over me. They all have their own inner demons too, demons which have nothing to do with Spectres, the Father, the Enemy, or Zhen Shi, and while they also struggle with their problems unseen, unlike me, they have not given up.

 

Mila has a volatile temper and is prone to internalizing all her frustrations, while Yan has abandonment issues and worries about losing the people she loves. Luo-Luo is a smart, confident, capable woman, but wholly lacking in personal identity or ambition, and Mom cares too much about what other people think when they see her with her ‘young’ husband. Dad and Alsantset are a little too in love with bloodshed, a flaw they both acknowledge, but one Dad has no intention of rectifying, unlike my kind, caring, devoted sister. Not to say she doesn’t have other problems of her own, but she manages them without blinking, almost as well as Li-Li deals with her various traumas. Taduk can never focus on any one issue unless it captures his interest, and Akanai is a control freak who needs to take charge whenever possible, but out of everyone here, the person I empathize with the most is someone I rarely truly interact with, and now I understand why.

 

Because Husolt, the happy, friendly, bear of a blacksmith who is both my Father-in-law and Grandfather, has been struggling with unresolved issues of burning anger and ponderous guilt for the last five decades.

 

Unlike with everyone else, Husolt’s emotions speak clearly to me, emanating off of him in crashing waves as he struggles to find Balance in the bamboo grove. His anger stems from his blind eye, an injury he took many years ago fighting alongside his beloved wife. I once asked him about it, and he told me it never healed due to an unresolved grudge, and in a way, he was telling the truth. Fifty years ago, the Sentinels responded to an Imperial call for aid wherein Akanai rescued Fung’s father from a Defiled incursion, a feat which earned her an Imperial summons to Central. Husolt went with her, hoping to finally see his wife receive her due recognition, for she had worked herself to the bone for centuries to defend and enrich the people of the Empire she so loved.

 

But instead, he saw her derided and humiliated, before being run out of Central and hunted like a prize to be won, all while he was helpless to defend her.

 

It was during one of those many battles wherein Husolt lost his eye, a wound which I now see has festered and taken root in his very soul. It became a part of his identity, the blind fool who should have seen the truth sooner and spared his wife the pain and misery, and thus resisted all attempts to Heal it. The injury lit a fire within him, a blazing conflagration of rage and hatred, one he keeps carefully banked and contained for fear of it consuming him whole. This forced him to put aside his weapon for fear of Defilement, but now, half a century later, he hopes to conquer his anger so that he might once again fight at her side, a sentiment he broadcasts to all who might hear, which is sadly limited only to his wife, his son, and myself. Even Mila and Song know nothing about his problems, because he is deeply ashamed of his flaws and terrified of the consequences should he ever lose control.

 

Seeing this part of him leaves me filled with regret, for I have seen a part of him which he is deeply ashamed of and never wanted anyone to know about, but now I do, and I cannot forget. How can he blame himself for the actions of others? I myself saw firsthand how his anger took a hold of him, when Husolt beat the nineteen-years-young Dugu Ang to death for daring to threaten Mila. The worst part is, his brush with Defilement is not solely due to Spectres, for it is in his nature to be passionate and quick-tempered. There’s nothing I can do for him, because these are his inner Demons, and he must overcome them or be controlled by them, a battle he has struggled with in silence for his entire life.

 

But not alone. He has his loving wife to lean on, who has supported him through these trying times as best she could, and now, a daughter, a son, and so much more to go along with it. He has family to rely on, as do I, and while I fear this might one day no longer hold true for me, I cannot keep hiding from what might be. I, like Husolt and so many others, can only make my way through life one step at a time, and hope for the best.

 

“Anger is not the enemy,” I whisper, hoping to offer what little aid I can. “Nor is fear, shame, or anything else. They are all a part of being human, so do not try to eliminate them. You must embrace them.”

 

Advice I could use myself, though I’m still terrified to tell the truth about who I really am.

 

…Well, worst comes to worst, at least my floofs will always love me. It’s something.

 

Climbing onto my giant bed, I lay down with Mama Bun and Pong Pong and share my love with both of them before closing my eyes. It’s not so easy to leave the Void, not with all the measures I put into place to separate my mind and body, but soon enough, I will return to the world of the living and face my fears once more. Maybe I’m wrong, and maybe Zhen Shi will be there waiting to snatch me up, but this time, I refuse to go down without a fight.

 

I am not Falling Rain, Warrior and Legate, nor am I Rayne, call-centre employee and fish out of water. I am… someone else, someone in between, and while I don’t know who that is exactly, it’s high time I stopped denying it and figured out who I really am.

 

This is my journey. The path stands before me, and for better or worse, I must see it through to the end, because despite having tried my damnedest to do so, I truly do not know how to quit.

 

Chapter Meme

 

And thus, SD comes to an end for 2020. This was as uncliffy as I could make it, and I’ll be back in 2021, but no idea when. Come to discord if you want the most recent SD news or if you just wanna chat. If I don’t see you there, then have a merry christmas and a happy new year! Thanks for sticking with me for this long, and I hope you’ll all be here for SD’s end in 2021! May next year be better than this one, or at the very least, not worse.

 

Goodbye and take care!

 

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