The real warriors of For Honor

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To coincide with the highly-anticipated release of For Honor, I thought I’d take a look at some of the historical facts behind the warriors. For Honor is a melee action game, allowing you to take control of the highly skilled Samurai, the brutally efficient Vikings or the heavily armoured Knights. Set in a fictional world where these three factions clash and battle it out for survival and dominance. With multiple multi-player modes and 3 separate campaigns, there is much sword slashing, shield bashing and axe parrying to be had. So, without further ado, let’s look a bit deeper into these ancient warriors of history with my top 5 facts about each.

 

The Samurai.

  1. Although Samurai is strictly a masculine term, woman did in fact receive similar training in the arts of combat and warfare. These women were known as Onna-Bugeisha and often fought alongside the Samurai on the battlefield. Their weapon of choice was the Naginata, a spear that ended with a large sword like blade that was light, yet highly versatile. We can assume that these warriors were of a small minority, as very little of their existence is recorded.
  2. Many people believe that the Samurai were either a small elite force of warriors or defined caste of noblemen. However, it has been recorded that in their peak of power, up to 10 percent of Japans population were Samurai!
  3. The weaponry and ornate armour of the Samurai made them look tall and imposing on the battlefield, but they were in fact quite tiny. A 16th century Samurai was usually very slim and ranging from 160 to 165 centimetres (5’3” to 5’5” tall! I still wouldn’t want to mess with one though!
  4. If a Samurai fails to defend his honour in battle or follow the Samurai code of Bushido, he must perform the suicide ritual of Seppuku. The ritual involves slicing into your own stomach with your sword, and actually disembowelling yourself.
  5. The word Samurai, literally means ‘One who serves’, this is a code that all Samurai would live by. They were also followers of ‘The Way of the Warrior’ or Bushido. From the earliest times, the Samurai felt that the path of the warrior was one of honor, emphasizing duty to one’s master, and loyalty unto death. It was this Bushido code of “loyalty unto death” that made the Samurai so fierce in battle, and consequently very difficult to defeat. They believed that death was better than surrender.

 

The Knights.

  1. The earliest knights (ninth century) were men who protected a lord and his peasants. Two centuries later, knights had formed their own social order. This culture of honor, bravery, and battle continued into the 16th century.
  2. A full suit of plate armour weighed more than 50 pounds, but because the weight was evenly distributed all over the body, armoured knights had remarkable mobility!
  3. Knights began participating in tournaments in the eleventh century. The purpose of tournaments was originally to train for battle, but since the losers often had to give up their horse and armour to the winner, it became lucrative for some.
  4. The invention of the arbalest, a kind of crossbow, was thought to be the beginning of the decline of warrior knights. This was due to two facts. Firstly, it required no special training to use, so could be used by anyone. Most importantly though, the weapon was powerful enough to pierce through a knight’s armour.
  5. Sons born of noble families were sent away at the age of seven to live in the house of a lord. There, they would become pages and begin their knight training. At the age of fourteen, a page became a squire, and began to apprentice under a knight. As squires, the boys trained constantly in order to condition their bodies and perfect their weaponry skills. Many boys were winnowed out during the squire stage because the training was so difficult. Squires who made it through the training program were usually knighted around the age of 21.

 

The Vikings

  1. Despite popular belief, Vikings never wore horned helmets. Christians in contemporary Europe added the detail to make the Vikings look even more barbarian and pagan, with horns like Satan’s on their head.
  2. Evidence suggests Vikings had good personal hygiene and were well-groomed. In fact, excavators have found that Viking era grooming tools were some of the most commonly used of all Viking tools.
  3. Some people believed that the Vikings were sent by god as a punishment. An example of this was in 793, when their long ships arrived in the northeast of England. They burned buildings, destroyed a Christian monastery, stole gold, and killed and frightened the locals. The British church leaders believed that the Vikings had been sent by God to punish the sinful people of England.
  4. The Vikings had a complex social structure. Their kings didn’t ascend by right of parentage, as they do today, but were chosen as exceptionally strong leaders and fighters who could protect and defend the people. The Vikings would meet in assemblies to resolve problems, and the king would have the final say. Common issues discussed during these assemblies were law-breaking and punishment. Outlaws, those who had committed serious crimes, had no protection, and anyone could legally kill them.
  5. There was a special type of Viking warrior called a berserker. They were known to be the scariest and most terrifying of all the Vikings and were certainly the ones who committed the most violent acts during their pirate raids. These berserkers were also famous for eating everything and anything they could find, including taking dangerous drugs. They wore animal skins and made noises similar to a wolf howling when going into battle, in order to intimidate the opposition.

 

And there we have it, I hope you enjoyed reading about these legendary warriors. For Honor has been out for a week now, it’s a great deal of fun and its intricate combat system is challenging yet very much rewarding. I personally am completely addicted, and the game is so diverse and unique that I probably will be for some time. So put on your war paint, prepare your best battle cry, and I’ll see you on the battlefield.

 

For a full review of the game itself and how the open beta played out, check out this post by the amazing https://strangegirlgaming.com/ right here> https://strangegirlgaming.com/2017/01/29/for-honor-beta/

Asteroid incoming. Is the end nigh?

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In answer to the title of this post, probably not. As a child, it was always a fear of mine that I would suddenly awake to a giant space rock hurtling towards the earth, a terrifying ball of fire intent on wiping out all existence on earth. I probably watched Armageddon far too many times though, and had very little faith in Bruce Willis’ ability to save humanity. It is very normal to fear something that we do not fully understand, and the media has a way to heighten this fear through misinformation and dramatisation. Should we have this fear though? Let’s look more into this.

Early this month, Asteroid 2017 BS32 hurtled past our tiny planet missing it by an estimated 161,280km. Now on a galactic and universal scale, that is pretty close, but when you consider that every planet in our solar system could fit between earth and the moon, not so much. But could it have destroyed the earth? The asteroid was of similar size to that of one that entered earths atmosphere in Russia, 2013, from this we can assume that the effects would have been comparable. The meteorite, due to its size and shallow angle of atmospheric entry, exploded in the air, injuring over 1000 people seriously enough to seek medical attention. The injuries were mainly due to broken glass from windows, that shattered due to the immense shock wave. From this we can conclude that, although the event was unfortunate for many, the earth is still here.

The near-miss of Asteroid 2017 BS32 follows news that another galactic stone, dubbed 2016 WF9, is on course to pass the Earth on February the 25th. Although NASA has stated that the space rock will fly by at a distance of 32 million miles from the planet, one alternate theory seems to be standing out. This theory, articulated by Dr Zakharovich, is that ‘NASA are lying through their teeth’. He believes that the asteroid is in fact a fragment of the fabled planet Nibiru, so is much larger than predicted, and heading straight for us! This of course, is highly unlikely, as Nibiru is likely a fictional planet formulated by doomsday theorists.

Indeed, the threat of a giant rock causing considerable damage to our planet remains a distinct possibility. Experts at NASA have reportedly attended an “emergency” summit to explore the risk posed by asteroids. They have warned it’s “not a matter of if, but when” we will be forced to deal with an asteroid slamming into the Earth’s surface.

But what exactly is an asteroid?

An asteroid is a small rocky mass which orbits the sun, but is too small to be classed as a planet. Most of them are found in the Asteroid Belt, a ring which lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. It’s thought that asteroids are debris left over at the formation of the universe about 4.6 billion year ago. Some can be very large, but others can be tiny, even as small as a grain of sand. Because of their smaller size, asteroids lack the gravitational pull to pull themselves into a sphere, meaning they usually have a rocky, irregular appearance.

So, should we be worried about asteroids?

History reassures us that the most dangerous asteroids are very rare. About once a year, an asteroid the size of a car hits the atmosphere, burning up before it reaches the surface. Larger asteroids, that are believed to strike Earth every 1,000 to 10,000 years, could destroy a city or cause devastating tsunamis. Asteroids large enough to wipe out life, which would need to be over a quarter of a mile wide, only strike once every 1,000 centuries. So, the probability of a life altering asteroid crashing into the Earth during our lifetime is really quite small.

What would happen if one struck the Earth?

When an asteroid crashes into the Earth, it’s known as a meteorite, and can potentially cause catastrophic damage, depending on the size. For example, it is theorised that it was in fact an asteroid which wiped out the dinosaurs, as the immense force of the impact threw up a dust cloud which blocked out sunlight, destroying life. To this day its crater, known as Chicxulub, still exists in Mexico. At the time, experts say that it released the same amount of energy as an atomic weapon. So, an asteroid’s effects on Earth ultimately depends on the individual asteroid, but it is clear the if one large enough did strike the Earth, the consequences could be catastrophic.

 

In conclusion to this, I believe that we are safe from any immediate dangers posed by an asteroid strike. We can refer to history and probability to reassure us that it is highly unlikely that an asteroid of earth threatening size will hit our precious little planet. The media often choose to write or talk about worst case scenarios in order to draw attention to their articles and stories, nothing more. With the ever increasing level of technology aiding in the surveillance of this field and the number of brilliant minds keeping watch, I believe that we are safe. With a little self-education, and faith in those watching the skies, we can reassure ourselves and one another.

 

 

My Blog

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Hello everyone. So I’ve decided to change up my blog a bit. My original plan was to focus on the Supernatural and Paranormal, generally the unexplained. As I am writing more and more, and working on my writing style, I am finding that I want to write about a number of subjects. I just love to write!

Of course, the unexplained is a huge interest of mine, but I also like researching and discussing ancient history and science too. I also wish to share some of my experience/s with mental health issues, in the hope that I can aid someone going through the same problems that I once had.

This was just a quick post to explain my plans and where I am hoping of going with this. For me, this is a place to share some of my knowledge by putting some of my thoughts, theories, experiences and ponderings onto paper (or computer screeny thing). Eventually, when I’m brave enough, I will also be sharing some fiction that I am working on!

“The best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.” -Theodore Roosevelt

Thank you for reading, don’t be afraid to ask questions and make suggestions for future content on any of my posts, I enjoy interaction and will reply to everything.

Have a great day,

Lee