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Very much up and down. Most of the down was not serious and the serious ones are not as serious as what they could have been.


 


So I saw my surgeon today. I do need surgery but probably not as intensive as it could be!


That’s the good news.


The bad news is that it may be that my hands naturally fuse together.


On the other hand there is a partial replacement option!!!


Bad news is it still involves chopping the end of both ulnars and replacing them with metal.


 


My hands though show nerve impingement. Radial and carpal.


Good news is the carpal tunnel should be an “easy” fix- mean done a heck of a lot- but it is more surgery. Basically my hands are going to be a mess of scars.


Good news is I am test driving some injections to see if surgery is going to help- no point if the damage has been done, but either way this is a fairly non invasive kind of trial 🙂 My hands do feel a little on fire so some NSAIDs tonight.


 


Good news- found my Mothma Fabric!!


Bad news it isn’t actually able to be de-coloured to white.


Good news is I can bring it in as the lovely lady at the counter was on the store’s social media tonight and said to bring it in to exchange 🙂


Also good is there is a cheaper fabric that was very close so I should be able to swap length for length and get some pins or something to make up the difference 🙂 It will need to be washed in hot soapy water and fulled but it is the closest I have found in a decade of searching.


 


And finally.. turns out I did not have a Dromund Kaas Stronghold, but it was all of 5 credits to buy.


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Supplements from Der Bazar! I have a stack to go through and make a good proper post about, possibly a plage. I have terrible tagging habits so a page may be best.


Also I’m going to switch up blog settings to share “medium” sized thumbnails as the thumbnails seem to be smaller. I love this theme but it is now possible to put images inline now as well.


Anyway.


So the current list of things wot to make is ridic.


Mon Mothma -my current one has shrunk so if anyone 5’3″ and shorter is interested… I’d really like to have a slip on costume as I’ve got so many complicated layered costumes as it is.



Yes. That’s Genevieve. I was so looking forward to seeing her in Revenge of the Sith 🙂 So perfect casting in Rogue One is more perfect and established than many realise 😉


Leia Senatorial



(My apologies to the gif maker, but LOOK AT HOW BIG HER BUNS ARE!!!! Higher than her hairline and over the top of her collar. Onto her cheeks and extends past the back of her head.


I wore her to the Rogue One premier, it’s actually really pretty but the belt is real leather and has stretched so it sits on my hips which is wrong and incidentally makes it look like my waist is huge. I need to make the boots, in fact they are the sole (get it??) reason for wanting to finish. But I’m also happy passing her once I have Mothma! But the wig I made uses two price lacefronts


Senya Tirall.



Oh my goodness. In SWTOR my relationship with her has been tough but I’m so glad I made the decisions I did.  Just realised I have stretch twill in off white and grey that is perfect. I knew I had enough plastic but woo! fabric!


Please do watch, the expansion does pack a wallop too. There were only a few moments I felt locked players into having to do something- and they were intended to add variety- for my hands they were only doable after my infusion which had a lovely pre-med prednisone infusion and other help.


Just got some email in game from characters, they are pretty expressive too.



SPOILERS! But you can watch the opening cinematic and crawl to at least understand why I love playing so much! BTW I tend to play Empire but light side. I’m such a Granny Weatherwax! And I usually play from level 1.


Ahsoka Tano, Rebels era



Speaking of feels… Ahsoka grew up with the audience who followed her in TCW. Her leaving TCW was incredible. The story group respected her so much that her story was not predictable. Her last TCW story was familiar in real life. Who hasn’t had to deal with the accusation of “where there’s smoke….” So I may have related a little too well!


Anyway. I’m not 14 so grown up Ahsoka is a little more me! So far all the leather has been tooled and shaped. The sabers are being worked in Sketchup.


My montral are curing right now, I’m trying to do them in two parts to really control the latex thickness. More latex is on the courier truck right now. As of typing.


 


Right, it’s time to make, so my post is really about my current SW costumes. I also have a Padme Light Blue to remake. Need threads…

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Chapter 3, Dark Reunions




Vaylin launches an attack on The Gravestone sending Koth into hiding and the ship guarded internally by Skytrooper Droids.


I have to admit I love that they are droids. As a kid I used to think TKs were droids. I mean they just got trashed and I didn’t understand that people could do that to so many other people. Innocence of youth yes? I still avoid mobs in games where I can. Stay on target, do no more harm than you need too. Sure it helps me avoid hand stress as well 🙂


The fact that they are droids I hope will be addressed in future chapters, as of writing I’m not yet finished, but I know enough story to have Ideas(tm) about what this should mean.


So the next step is for the Commander to get the Gravestone back, Vaylin and SCORPIO are on board.


One of the first missions cause me a lot of frustration hands wise. It’s another mission where you pilot a vehicle, well mini-vehicle, and so have restricted abilities/movement (the camera zoom changes when you change size be it larger or smaller- and it can automatically move in/out due to what the environment is like directly behind you.) This time you pilot a mouse droid.


A concept I adored. I loved loved loved the idea as the mouse droids in the OT do great focus pulling and I love their reactions.


Unfortunately I do not have any screencaps of this mission. However another blog does:


http://fibrojedi.me.uk/swtor-kotet/dark-reunions-chapter-3/


On the frustrating side I found the Skytroopers were not just triggered by the mouse droid in the area suggested, but behind them as well nor did it feel like the electric shock actually had a range of 3m. This may be in part down to my lag due to my wifi connection and the cast time (it’s 11 months until we get fibre- most of the suburb has it just not where I am!)


The video in the link above shows there is however a clear path where you can avoid the Skytroopers and I even managed to avoid needing the ability at all! So the only real issue for me to replay now  is how the camera zooms in and out, I found it a bit painful (physically) to manage my mousing and keyboard. But ultimately this is a case where there is the option to evade! Woot!


This is also the chapter where we see the full effects of Vaylin’s training, as seen in the trailer, as we confront her soon after.


It’s a difficult story, especially if you have experienced anything remotely close in reality-being manipulated at any age, but especially in formative years- I appreciate that later I can call Valkorion out on what is revealed. On a personal level I never wanted to use this against Vaylin, for everyone’s safety? That was tricky. It challenged my values and I do really appreciate that. I may not even like what I chose. But choose I did.


The next mission step was also physically trying.


In order to stop the Gravestone and the alliance ships outside, you have to destroy power Cells against a timer. Usually timers are quite long, enough to not only do the mission but to figure out how to do the mission. This time there was less wiggle room.


As per a previous post my tendons are all a bit borked. This mission pushed them to the point I had to quit. Well this and the mouse droid combined.


What made it hard was how dark the environment was and not being able to environmental hazards to trip on/get caught on. I did manage on my third try. I have recently reset my monitor (AoC) and I may have to adjust graphics again. But it’s not possible to do so during a countdown 😉


The blogger linked above also had the same physical pain, and difficulty on this mission. I’m glad to hear you can do this one grouped. That is an option that is not always available to me, but at least I know I can ask a friend to help on their account at some stage 🙂 The timer doesn’t start until you go into the corridor so this should mean being able to be AFK and go back to the area start.


The end of this story though? Chills! And vindication for my interest in SCORPIO’s story.


 


“The Gravestone wants to go home.” SCORPIO basically is very much not acting just out of self. She freed the GEMINI, gave them autonomy. They are ancient, and understanding how they came to be controlled should be something the Commander of the Alliance should want to understand too.


History repeats after all.

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Invested in the story we continue to find people willing to help, and of course figure out their intents. But this stage as Commander you find people both wanting to take you down or use you to their ends.



My toon and I share the same side eye look a lot.


Chapter 2: Run For The Shadows



Oh my gosh! I have a level 65ish Sith Inquisitor and much of this story reminded me of parts of hers.


Darth Acina is a joy. I have completely become a fan of hers.



Dialogue in the upper corner perfectly encapsulates her dry humour, and being pretty real.



And again. This may count as flattery and my girl does not like flattery. So you can probably imagine what she thinks of all the lovely things Valkorion has to say about her suitability for the throne…


But this made me grin for real. The positive aspect of the Sith Code. The code itself doesn’t really say you have to destroy your enemies but it does imply it.


Peace is a lie there is only Passion (passion=/=anger necessarily!)


Through passion I gain strength (strength of resolve?)


Through strength I gain power (self determination?)


Through power I gain victories (personal victories?)


Through victories my chains are broken (ahhhh…. freedom. Of thought, of autonomy. The freedom to choose dark or light.)


Anyway. When I say I know the Sith Code well it’s this path of thinking 🙂


 


There isn’t much different in this chapter in terms of gameplay, it feels very nostalgic and so I think the gameplay may reflect that. We are talking Empire vs Republic here so yes, it feels very much like a tribute but also reminder of what the alliance really means.


We are asked by the new Empress of the Sith wanting to join the alliance. One of her Ministers insists of reminding everyone he is indeed a Minister and it can be fun to provoke him into repeating this.


 


The political intrigue was fun, pretty obvious what was happening if you pay attention. Soon after this meeting you and the Empress wind up stranded in a storm in the wilds of Dromund Kaas and assumed dead. AT least that’s what the reinstalled Republic Chanceller, Saresh, would have everyone believe.


Here we have the classic film foreshadowing (Saresh trying to convince the alliance to listen to her and suddenly your companions face troops from the opposite faction?)




I hear you Lana.


More dialogue where this nostalgia is front and center.


 


Speaking of probable foreshadowing….



 


The end is very satisfying. Just as Saresh is making her big speech and powerplay on Odessan, you walk through the crowds. …



 


Again, the facials and the timing make this scene a great payoff.



I don’t choose the light choices because they are easy. But this scene is all about how you will be seen by the alliance. You are in public, you can be seen as someone who uses fear or inspiration to lead.


 


I loved this chapter, it will definitely be on my replay list! There were puzzles and traps but I felt I had enough resources and options to make the gameplay work for my health issues.


 


 

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Chicken walker funtimes.


I will be spoilering, but also talking about the new game play and how it affects my ability to play. I love challenges. But there are some things that are very much locked out or create a different kind of tension than the rush of tackling a challenge 🙂



Chapter 1: Wrath and Ruin (link to another spoonie gamer blog)


First up, the story was amazing, sad, but  built on that long term play and so that connection to Voss and the people and what was happening in real time in the story. I was invested from the start.



We arrive on Voss to see it burning.



You start with limited abilities, as was the case with KotFE, but the actual difficulty of this area is scaled well in story mode to have a fairly short run through. This also is a chance to check how your UI matches up with intended rotations. I have my UI so I have the best view of the area including spotting mobs- the minimap does show them but this helps with immersion.


 



Okay so I wasn’t paying full attention so the remote mines, which are named mines, got me once. I do choose to scale my UI down so as to view everything so that is on me. They are on the map and they do have nameplates. The area is also relatively free of obstructions which makes running around to target them possible. My fingers make this kind of zipping around difficult, so I appreciate when the environment doesn’t get in the way!


 


At this point if you haven’t already been aware, the Voss we knew is in the middle of being destroyed. The planet. So





Right in the feels.


Board the Storm Rider

Reach the Shrine of Healing

Defeat the Zakuul Walker



“No. Pilgrimage path is the only way.”


This was the first point where I had difficulty. Well that makes it seem like a purely skill issue. But a hint, the above is technically true but you can avoid some mobs by getting creative with your path. Not all but some. The trick there is of course some mobs may be scattered in ways that make it harder to gather them all with your new ability.


 


In this part of the mission you operate a walker and you have limited abilities. No healing- and the repair stations are in regions where mobs can still target you. Once you take damage it stays. You can be targeted while in the repair stations also.


 


When defeated you go back to the start area. Fortunately the mobs you did defeat don’t appear and over time you can clear the map if you are in the same situation. I am not sure how long you can be AFK to rest hands, I know in KotFE there were times I was sent a heck of a long way back in a map. So it’s not something I want to test.


The area is not very large so this repeat play was at least possible to work around. It took a bit of extra time, was frustrating but I had a reasonable idea of the time that could be involved and was able to balance my time playing vs time away from the keyboard.


 


From here it’s mostly normal gameplay, some click this to get that, some mobs.



Though the story did get very intense. At this point I was spoiler free and was just hoping and hoping and hoping …. I did a little spoiler hunting to see if there was a possibility of what I hoped would happen.



And Valkorion is still messing with your head.


By using the truth.



And SCORPIO seems to be doing something I suspected. I knew she was not Vaylin’s lackey and that she was following her own story. What I did appreciate is how important her story is. Any feelings of being betrayed pale when you realise what she is trying to do.

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I have tenosynovitis right across both hands, a result of Rheumatoid Disease. My ulnar has shifted to sit on top of my carpal bones as well. This is obviously fairly catastrophic over time but with splinting and therapy I should be able to get more use before limiting surgery. I need to take care of my fingers too as the smaller bones in my hands and fingers are eroding and recycled to be used in the disease process.


I use a regular keyboard and type sideways. I have tried other keyboards but the learning curve is very steep. In this way I balance speed of typing, lightness of pressure and can prevent my very fragile little and ring fingers from hitting keys they shouldn’t!



Here my ideal key press approach is on the left, on the right shows a key press that I need to avoid. But this is quite often what is needed in my ring finger of my left hand if I use WASD to move. I rotate the keyboard further when I am able to totally separate keyboard use from my mousing hand.


An ideal setup would be to have an angled desk and keyboard set in. So I am looking into keyboards with some slope and rest areas. But typing sideways means I am using my shoulders to move my hands over the keys as much as the distal parts of my hands.


I use a very light weight traditional mouse (usb) as I can rest my entire fingers over the clicking area and avoid direct pressure on the tips of my fingers.



This is how I try to use the mouse, so I depress the full finger. It can be a bit slow. But the mouse is more responsive than my keyboard.



Here you can see how my palm is fairly well supported.


My hope with my Xbox controller is to be able to get my hands off the desktop entirely and be able to avoid the rotation of my hands and wrists that happen with a mouse and keyboard.


But I am also going to invest in a vertical mouse have now tried one. I’m concerned about the weight and surface requirements for it to work.


 


These help, a lot. But they aren’t total solutions as there are no total solutions to my disease. It changes the bones and tendons in my hand but also those muscles and tendons that control the hand to originate in the forearm.


 


So I have to be selective in non vital activities. I also rely a heck of a lot on spellcheck to do posts like these due to difficulty depressing some keys.


 

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You will probably notice me getting up very close to your companion. And then a whisper as I explain this is for costume research purposes.


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And yes, in doing this my toon caught the plaque. But it was worth it!


There are Reasons I cannot use my own companion but that is a SPOILER!

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Senya Tirell. Look, she has pants! Comfy pants!


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I have played SWTOR since beta. If you have been a long time follower you know it was the incredible Deceived cinematic that got me actually playing not only this game but then tackling Mass Effect which I had basically just watched playthroughs and read lore.


Flip forward to the latest expansion and I had a few worries that we were getting a not SW but more generic (but pretty!) Bioware space game and actually playing and getting something really pretty darn fun and very SW after all. The themes are all there, it’s just visually different.



Anyway. so after the 15 chapters (most of which you have to play in a single run) you wind up with a decision. A decision that will impact the next expansion, I will leave what actually happens. out of my spoiler free post!


By the time I played through the last few chapters I was a bit sidetracked by what was going on to remember what we were told in the first few chapters about this family and about the Eternal Fleet. So this next trailer is spoilery and yet not. And it’s pretty darn beautiful. And part of why I now really want to make Senya’s gear. I just want to say her actions are clearly multifaceted, there is a desire to protect her own but more than that an understanding of their potential impact.



I mean I have no idea what we’ll have to face in the end, but I know I’ve been very impressed by Senya as a companion as well as clashed with her.


 


Also if you are interested, the three cinematics for the start of the game:





 

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