Pleadians as Rainans, Zealans and Atlantians



Place of Origin: The Pleiades Star Cluster.

Dimensional Perspectives:  Exist from 3D to 9D

Appearance: Appear much like particularly beautiful Earth humans, with perfect bodies and pleasingly symmetrical features with a luminosity reflecting their higher dimensional frequency.

Evolution:  Evolved millions of years ago as one of the early races of what we would call humankind and look like we do.  This form has been modeled throughout the universe.  Pleiadian DNA has been used to develop many human beings in this universe, including those of our solar system on Venus, Mars, Maldeck and Earth. There still exists newly developing 3D planets in the Pleiades, but the Pleiadians that communicate with us are usually 6D and 9D.  These are dimensions they work well within and from which they contact other worlds. They have light bodies, yet like other higher dimensional ET beings, they can appear in a form that projects what they evolved from.  Having a lot more time to evolve than we have, they have refined their natures and are intensely spiritual and giving beings.

Qualities:  Intuitive, sensitive, imaginative, radiant, communicative, empathic, soothing, nurturing, mystical, understated creativity, healers, counselors, in tune with natural worlds.

Abilities:  Pleiadians are healers on many levels. They can empathize and sooth all pains with their sensitive communication and transfer of light.  They communicate by means of light transfer. These beings have a natural radiance that comes from their mystical knowing of how to connect and share Source light.

Specialties: Pleiadians are called upon to seed new worlds with the essence of evolved human form, and to commune with a planet’s consciousness and its existing life in order to introduce new beings and ideas in a nurturing way. They embody the divine feminine and often will show themselves in female form to radiate this refined quality.

Basic Needs: Peace and sharing.  Pleiadians thrive in places and states of peace and tranquility.  They feel best when they are sharing their refined essence.

Focus: Transferring their gifts of radiance throughout the universe through seeding and communicating their healing vibrations and mystical awareness.

Involvement with Earth: Provided genetic and energetic model for early human development.  They are the missing link in our evolution to our current form.  They were guides for Atlantis and Lemuria and have been involved in the nurturing of many life forms on Earth that began elsewhere, such as whales and dolphins.  They are responsible for infusing awareness into the many methods of energy healing discovered by humans over the years. They are playing an important role in reinvigorating our beliefs in the mystical elements of our knowledge and helping us open to celestial contact in non threatening manners.  They radiate light and soothing energy that we are able to feel because of our genetic link.

Guide for Humanity: Katara (of 6D Pleiadian Emissaries of Light collective)

Star seeds: There are many millions of Pleiadian souls incarnate on Earth and have been since Lemuria.  These souls are here to remind us of our divinity and our connection to Source consciousness.  They come as healers and inspire us to nurture our spirits and that of the planet. These souls are sensitive and usually extremely intuitive.  They also light up the room when they walk in and tend to heal without even knowing. They communicate well with others and are good empathetic listeners.  Most leave their presence with a new sense of joy and gratitude.   These human star souls often have physical beauty and most incarnate as females and exude feminine strength.  They can be overpowering for some human male Earth souls, as they radiate such deep feminine mystique.  They are often water signs that flow with emotion and passion and connection to the blood of Gaia.  Pleiadian souls connect easily to nature.  Animals love them and become calm in their presence.  These star seeds can also bring the essence of a person’s soul to the surface and can reflect their purpose and encourage their mission. They are often found in professions of spiritual mastery, healing, psychology, communications, child care, and fields related to ecology and care for the Earth.  They often volunteer for causes and give a lot of themselves.

The astral traps

There is a trap in the matrix that wants people to realize their extraterrestrial origins and want to leave the planet and go home to those places. By doing so they are giving up their right to a human body in connection with source through the planet. Having a human body connected to source at this time allows us to integrate all those past lives pieces and parts of you that need to be transmuted back to positive energy.

When you do not want to be here, you are not fully present, centered and grounded. When you are outside of your body, you have opened the door to allow others to occupy that space within your body. These are the beings who do not have a body at this time and this do not have a connection to an energy source. As Earth raises her frequency they will not be able to exist on or around her any more, nor will they be able to move through space without any energy.

by Michelle Walling, CHLC
Staff writer,

We exist in a dualistic, holographic Universe where polarity can be felt in extreme measures. According to the Wes Penre Papers, as far as extraterrestrial races involved with planet Earth there are “good guys” and there are “bad guys”.

Although there may be good and bad beings in each extraterrestrial race, Wes has summarized the players of the game and has described where they are from. For the purpose of explanation the “nanosecond” he refers to is the time period of accelerated learning between 1987 and 2012.


Vriker and Stef Affair

Steffana Meets Vriker (Again!)

So, after losing everything, Steffana meets up with Virker on the beach, first she is freaked out that he knows her, but she feels drawn to him, because he seems so vaguely familiar.

Vriker is purposely coming back into her life, to help her reconnect with who she really is. after this first conversation, he tells her, if she wants to , know more about him, more bout herslef, meet him, on this beach, same time, same place tomorrow.

The next day she meets him, he creates a portal, directly to her house, explains that it is her house, she is pissed. She is angry, she hasn’t been paid for her work as island manager, angry she hasn’t gotten any of the proceeds from all of the high profile rentals of her house.

After that meeting with Vriker, she calls up Gracen, demands cancellation of all future appointments becaus ehse is moving back into her house.

Her calendar has been insane since she was fired. Kieron did not announce her termination to anyone, everyone is angry, about  her lack of responsiveness, Darius, Gracen, the cancellation, Gracen just loses it. Goes off on Stef for being so irrepsonsible, not returning calls, not checking her (mail – need a more exotic word for that).

Steffana explains that she has been relieved of all of her duties as island manager.So does Steffana, accusses Graen of lying to her, using her house, without her permission. Gracen claims she asked Kieron. Steffana claims she should hav asked her. Gracen says something smart- like”if ony that had been possible.” Steffana gets angry, “What do you mean by that? Why doesn’t anyone ever say what they mean?”

Gracen complains that everyone has suffered losses because of Steffana and they can’t afford to suffer those losses again, demands that whatever is going on between she and Kieron be fixed,a nd leave the isladn out of it. Stef, says she will nnot, she is leaving Kieron, she is moving into her house nad that’s final.

Graen, says, this is an issue for Leevian. And so… they take it to Leevian. Leevian asks her if she serious about leaving Kieron. Steffana says yes, Leevie wats to know why. She asks her sisters what do they think about her marriage, is it happy, is it one where she feels respected, appreciated, valued- no it’s drudgery, and orders and being a solidier in a war that I didn’t want or start- and, I’ve had enough.I want out.

“Steffana, surely, even you have go to understand, it’s not that simple.”

“Why wouldn’t it be. I don’t want to- I won’t participate in this marriage anyore.”

“well it’s not your average marriage, it’s an alliance, nad alliances…well they can’t be disturned, without disturbing a lot of peoples livs…all of our livs, for example, me, gracen, Sasha,  cavey, Darius…we are all caught up in this alliance…and we haven’t even begun to talk about the war…what that means.”

Gracen- “what about your children?”

Anyway, at the end of this conversation, Leevian agrees to help.

“Steffana, I think you need to set some firm boundaries…moving out of the house is a good start. Begin there…and, we shall see.”

“We shall see? do you not understand where I am at, I am done with this man. I am done- Leevian, and I don’t need your prmission to leave him!”

Gracen and Leevian talk about, Steff aftr she leaves, unsure of what is going to happen with her. Talk about Steff’s lack of stability, and then the boy, Quaidan…Gracen wants to know if Leevian knew of his abilities, Leevian said she did not know. Leevian decide that they hav to support Stef.

So next Stef starts kicking it with Vriker, he starts reintroducing her to her music, trying to get her to connect with it. With Vriker she does gain flashes of memories to her old self, it’s like deja Vu, fleeting.

She is basically hanging out with Vriker everyday for two weeks, misses all her appointments, claims that she is with her sisters, considers how to tell Kieron she is moving out, knows it will be a really big deal.

Finally breaks the news to her security deatil, as soon as Kieron gets word, he’s in her face, tellinger her she’s not going anywhere. She asks him why would she stay? He has taken everything away from her that she ever cared about.

“You are my wife. The mother of y children. You are not ever leaving. This is your home.”

So, aftr that, he puts a surveillance bug on her, finds out about her affair with Vriker, threatens to kill him. But first, he goes to cavey, gives him the serveil, asks him to sort it out, get together a report of all the pertinent activity.

Cavey, tells Leevian, tells leevian that Vriker, needs to leave Steffana alone, Kieron will probably kill him…and that will cause all kinds of statis between Kieron and Jaoquin

Leevian finds out about the surveillane, gets pissy with Steffana, for taking that risk. Explains to her that Kieron is dangerous, must be dealth with carefully, he will kill Vriker, and Vriker is trying to help her. She tells her she was careless, muct let him go.

“Why is everyone always talking about how much they trying to help me? ”

“Because you need it!”

“It ends Steffana…the thing with Vrikier must end, now.”

So- the relationship with Vriker gets shut down. When she tells Vriker, he is upset, but understands, tells her that they can always meet at Joaquins territory. She doesn’t like meeting with Jaoquin, he makes her nervous, but she agrees that she can  and she will.

She and Kieron get into an argument about that and other sthings, Steffana says she is bored, and what does he expect. he says he expects her to grow up But fine, needs something to do, she’s going to have another baby, because he needs an heir and a spare. They get it on. he gets her preggers, she is very angry about it and then starts to wage her own war against Kieron.

Steffana is angry for the surveillane of her, goes to Leevian, asks for surveillance for Kieron. She gets it.

Meanwhile, she meets with Jiko, to get her island back. Her sisters are shocked by the agressive movs she is making. Leevian and Gracen, ask her if she is sure about this, Kieron is no one to play with. He is dangerous, do you understand teh risk you are taking?

I think I do. he thinks that he can punish me, take my children away from, force me to have more, take away everything that matters to me….did he think I would never fight back?

So….she negotiates with him- after meeting with Jiko, she demands to be put back as island manager, demands a salary commensurate with her experience. He balks at that, says everything that is his is hers, why should she need a salary, she is a queen who has everything anyone could ever want and she hasn’t ever been demied anything.

That’s hardly the point. I want the saem things that everyone else has. I want something that is mine, that you can’t take away from me. I’m going to start a music school.”

he tells her she is not…she says she is, she is doing it for Quaidan, it will help him,and Kellisie – and they are going to need it, you’ve sent them off to those god awful places, with all those horrible  people they have nothing in common with, to suck the life out of them, liek you’ve done to me!

She was really angry – huse was shaking. So, he gives her what she wants, her job back, a salary,- but not the school. She decides that she is going to do it anyway, goes behind his back, talks it over with Vriker

She does the thing with the mistresses. Then she tells him, that she is starting the school, and she is doing it with the help of Vriker, and he’s going to fund it, and he is not going to stand in her way, anymore.

He tells her that’s not happening, he will kill him, if she tries- don’t test him. The next day her kids come home. She shows them the house, tells them about the school…. Quaidan is imprssed with the portals – he creates one, to get to the kids, then he frees them, and takes them back the house.

Aall of those special kids at the hhouse, while she’s there (what gets her to go into the room that rtips up all of her memories?) well all the times she has been setting up the school, the room that is closed off has been calling to her, the attcithe storage facility in that house, she walks in, sees images of her, as a rock star, it all floods in on her, she is frightened, Quaidan feels it, her fear, he tries to reach out to her, but Kiaiyon, who was sent to assasiniate Quidanexploits that fear, and turns it to fire, alarms go off, the house is clearly on fire, most of the children leave, via a portal Quaidan creates for them,

but Quaidan and Kellisie are is looking for Steffana, she is trapped, though, Kaiyon saw to that. She is trapped in the storage facility the house is burining, she is sending thoughts to her kids, get out,  out, – they won’t leave, the house explodes,

Steffan awakes, to Jaoquin, he tells her everything, that her children are gone and the house has exploded….with that she seizes.

Okay so at this point switch over to Kieron. He’s been fighting this war with Russaria for, forever, he finally conquers it via the sheer rage he felt over his chrildren’s death. He quickly figured out what happened that Quaidan freed the deadly child assasins and then they proceeded to kill him, his sister nad nearly steffana. He goes to Jaoquin, asking for the children. Joaquin refuses. This causes beef between Jaoqhuin and Kieron, But he knows that he can’t be distrracted. he’s got to finish the war- and as a result he goes all scorched earth.

he made a formal declaration of it- whcih, he hadnpt done ebfore, his prior conquests had all been political – he got the land via agreements with territory holders, and stabilization agreements, a relatively peaceful takeover, of lands not quite fully occupied by Russarian forces. After the explosion, he dicided to go full on war, taking the territories over, by force. he went into cities, completely destablilizing them- he had his sheild up over half of Russaria, a very stable base for complete attack and Borton had no idea that thsi was coming.

There will be an unusual number of civilian causalities…

“I don’t care.”

A brutal reign of terror, the assasination of  Borton.  Russaria was his…for what it was worth, in taking it over he had practiclly desimated it. He crushed his enemy completely. Did he feel vindicated, yeah somewhat. Then he got the news Steffn was going to die, he felt terrible, had completely ignored her, never visited her much, and now she, liek his children would be gone. Shocked to see her, she barely looked alive, he cried. Begged her not to go. Miraculously she recovers. makes a comback.

They try to resume their relatonship, but it’s super awkward now, her kids are dead, adn she remembers everything.




Vriker: Steffana, that was quite a gutsy move you pulled on the VWIP, you are finally getting back to yourself huh?

Steffana: I’m sorry, do I know you?

Vriker: Do you?

Steffana: You seem familiar, vaguely familiar but-

Vriker: Say no more. I know your whole tragic deal and I really don’t want to relive it, as heartbreaking as it all was…especially for me.

Steffana: for you?

Vriker: yeah, that’s right for me. Completely forgotten, just like that, and unlike Kieron, I had no legal claim and so

He shrugs his shoulders

Steffana: are you implying that we-

Vriker: Of course! Are there any other kind of implications that could be made between someone like me and someone like you?

Steffana is shocked and intrigued.

Steffana: well, where did we meet?

Vriker: That is a long fairly complicated story.

Steffana: apparently they all are.

Vriker: when it comes to you? Yeah.

Steffana: I just want to know the truth.

Vriker: do you?

Steffana: Why does everyone keep asking me that?

Vriker: because you have to remember it yourself Steffana, and it’s been years and years and there has been nothing. Certainly, you have your reasons for forgetting.

Steffana: if I ask you one question, just one question, would you promise me to answer truthfully?

Vriker: depends.

Steffana: me and Kieron, were we happily married before my accident.


Steffana: I knew it. I belevie you! Thank you, for telling me the truth! Finally!

Thinks about that reflectively and then asks.

Steffana: And you…you were the one to come in and try to relieve the unhappiness…you were my indiscreation?

Vriker: aut, aut au… that is a second question. I only agreed to one.

Steffana, thinking back reflectively: it doesn’t matter…I’m pretty sure that you were. Hmph! I had an affair! Me!

Vriker: Oh Steffana, there is so much more to you than that. You were quite literally, a rock star.

Steffana, laughs, You know I like you. You’re funny.

Vriker: too bad I’m so serious. Why’d you do it Steffana?

Steffana: what?

Vriker: Just walk away from everything that you ever wanted?

Steffana: I don’t know…I don’t remember. Will you help me?

Vriker:I’ll try.

The Hamptons – Family Vacation

Characters- the whole fam. all the sisters, all their kids, cavey, Kieron, and Mercutio

The Vacation at Mercutios

Okay so a whole host of new facts about Steffana and her boy. The both of them together are super manifestors, they manifest all sorts of amazing things that empower Kieron to win his war. They manifest weapons, envira shileds, all the extraordinary expensive thinsg that Kieron needs to fight and win his war with Russaria.

the exceptiona kid weapons – so here is another plot point. Leevian is one of Kieron’s spies, she’s on his payroll, reluctantly. She didn’t want to do it, Cavey didn’t want her to either, but she did it to get her school funded, and to get a place of refuge for her network of revolutionaries and spies that she works with. (they strike up a deal Kieron and Leevian, after he saves Steffana from her death, the second time around. After that, he decides to really consolidate relationships with the Scott Sisters, Cavey and Darius, as a family, which he heads. He is determined to control all of these people, because he feels like not having control of them, Leevian, Gracen  etc, led to all the problems he had with Steffana becoming the scape addict in the first place. When he gets Steff back (from the dead) he tightly controls her relationships with everyone else, makes sure that everything gets filtered through him, first. He is frustrated by the lack of control he ultimatley has over Joaquin and Vriker

Anyway, in her Russaria spying, Leevian discovers that Russaria is sending in a class of child assassins, that have been tasked with placing hits on all of them, but especially Quaidan. Julian has the special assassin who has been trained to kill Quaidan, he in fact approached Russaria with the idea of smuggling that assasin in under the orphan program that Steffana and Joaquin developed.

She needs to tell Kieron, but tells him he cn’t kill the kids. He has to promise her. He doesn’t want to make that promise but finally does. When the kids come in, however, he snatches them up studies them.

This drives Quaidan wild. The kids are alwasy talking to him, especially the one Julian sent in, he cultivates a direct relationship with Quaidan, it destabilizes him, deeply.

And so it ends up that Quaidan, while at the Hamptons (or some future world version) ends up blowing up, several multi billion current homes, because he is so upset abut teh situation with the captive kids, and that Kieron and Steffana are fighting about t so relentlessly.

Scene; the kids are on the beach, Leevian’s kids, Gracen’s kids, Sasha’s baby, Kieron arives, furious that Steff and the kids are off teh island, he hates it when they are off the island because all the security detail that he has on his family has to be disrupted. He is beyond outraged that, they are off the island without typical security.

Quaidan feels the anger, explodes, everyone sees it. This is something that Steffana and Kieron has tried to hide from everyone. Steff, is preoccupied with soothing Quaidan. Mercutio talks to Kieron basically like what the fuck is going on with yoru kid. Kieron, explains it. Explains how Quaidan and Stef are connected, can do the most extraordinary things together. Kieron explains that this is not like Quaidan, thsi is a phase. He has it under control.

mercutio says he doesn’t beleive him; and that, the boy can’t be left to Steffana to raise, Steffana is unstable herslef, there are experts to deal with this sort of things. The will find one for the boy, but he can’t continue to be under Steffana. The childrne are royals, they need to be trained and raised as royals, Steffana knows very little about that, and it’s past time for her to give the chilren up for formal schooling. Mercutio also presses Kieron on the fact that the boy, Quaidan, could be used as a powerful weapon.

“So what’s the deal with the kids?” Mercutio explains that Stef seems to think that he has kids who are dangerous, captive, bothering the boy. Kieron is not fully forthcoming.

Kieron is unsure about doing this. he knows that’s what Mercutio wants, he has been pressing for it, for a while, Kieron has not allowed this becasue he is unsure of how well his children wil do in that world. He also unerstand how tightly connected Steffana and Quaidan are, how he also uses that connection for his own purposes. He tries to explain to Mercutio that Quaidan and Stef needs to be together to manifest, for Quaidan to be effective. Quaidan can’t do what he does without Steffana. Kieron tried to ask for ore time. mercutio says it’s an order, not a request. He says that he will deal with Steffana on this. He also tells him if he ever puts his hands on his daughter…

“well, let me ask you, what would you do if a man was to put his hands on your daughter, the way that you put your hands on mine?”

“Exactly….don’t ever touch her like that again Kieron. It’s not a request, that’s an order.”

So Mercutio tells Steffana that the children will be attending the appropriate boarding schools, and why.  She’s very angry, for the first time in her life, she lashes out at her father, tells him, he and Kieron can’t just take her childrne away from her, as if they are dolls, they are her children. When she gets angry the entire estate shakes, Merutio takes note. He is beginning to realize that Steffana has extraordinary telekinetic abilities

So the kids are taken away from her. She is devastated. She returns home, alone. Doesn’t know what to do with herslef. Waks up the next day, could not access all the island accounts, trying to reconcile  them. then she gets the message that Kieron needs to talk toher, from her secretary (who is a virt) what is her name? Joalani.

He talks to her, tells her that she is relived of her duties as island manager. she is shocked, restless, thus begins her affair with Vriker.

GOT and Steffana

yrion considered  that, next he asked,

“So, what is your plan, lady Steffana? How do you plan to save the realm from total annihilation?”

“Well…an alliance with the Lannisters, is a good place to start, and that’s the reason, I’ve brought you back to Kings landing.”

“My sister, wants my head on a spike, my father, despises me-”

I am well aware, of all of these facts Tyrion. But things have changed a bit. For one, you have me. For two, we have to make our case for the alliance quickly before my opponent arrives.

“Your opponent! And who will this be? Is he too from the future?”

“Of course…I can’t very well have an opponent from the past, now can I?”

“I am sure that we could have wrestled you up one from the realm. If it’s opponents you require, the Iron Throne has no shortage-”

“I am fully aware of all of that- but no…the point of this game if for me to learn how to defeat my enemies…from my world…which means that I have to bring them here.”

“And…once they are here, what will they do?”

“He will put together a team…as I am doing…and he will seek to destroy the realm, obviously.”

“Well obviously.”

“How could you do this to us? Even if you think we’re not real, as you said, we are real to us! And you will bring some sort of  monstor into our world, to destory us!”

“Don’t put this all at my feet. You all did a fine job of bringing your own monstors into your word and setting them free to destory it. I’m here to help.”

“Help! By bringing some futuristic freak here?  A villianous version of you? How could you possibky think this would help us?”

Steffana stayed silent a while.

“And what exactly is he going to bring into this game?”

“I don’t know. It will depend on the choices, he makes.”

“Will he bring a metal dragon?”

” It’s called an aviaut...and certainly. It’s not that uncommon where we are from.”

“What I think is most important, is the team that you choose to play this game…and I specifically chose you.I think, that with your help, I can win, against my worst enemy, who has defeated me, time and again.”

“Why did you choose me?”

“Because, you’re clever, oh so clever, and yet decent and kind, even though you don’t get any credit for it, ever and especially not from your family. I know what that feels like.’

“Do you really?”

“My past is, far from exemplary…and much like you, I have family members who hate me and have written me off, counted me out…and  I’m broken in ways that aren’t easily fixed.”

“It’s your odd height and skin color and  eyes along with the hair? Is it some kind of disease, that you have? that makes you tall and purple?”

Steffana laughed,

“No! In the future, everyone wants to look like me. I’m considered to be quite beuatiful, actually, like Cersei.”

“Well…you are. It’s just that…you’re all lavender and  purple”

Steffana laughed again,

“I’m well aware Tyrion!”

“Well then, are you going to tell me what it is?”

She sighed, and responded,


I hardly think it’s fair that you know everything about me, and yet I know barely anything about you.”

“I will tell you what I want you to know about me…hael, I’ll even show you, on my VWIP, but… I’m only going to do it once…after my team has been selected and set.”

“And when will that be?”

Well…I actually came back to Kings Landing for Varys, especially. It would be nice , if we could add Bron to our team…and then you, and Varys and I will discuss who to back for the Iron Throne.”

“How do you know Varys will accept your offer?”

“I know he will listen to it if nothing else, but I’m pretty sure he will.”

“I don’t think you should be so cavalier with Varys.”

I know all of these characters, very, very well. I’ve played this game, many times, as a child primarily, but even as an adult sometimes. That’s how I know all of this stuff.

“Are you seriously considering Jaime?”

“I am not.’

“And why not? I think he’d surprise you. He’s-”

“Let me stop you there. I know you love him…and I know he loves you…and that counts for a lot, but Jaime is not King material…and even though you might trust him with your life…I wouldn’t trust him with mine.”

“Why not?”

“you know, Lannisters don’t alwasy pay their debts, and they don’t keep their word, either. They’re not to be trusted-”

“Whoa, whoa, now just wait a minute. I’m a Lannister, after all.”

“Are you sure about that?”

“What is it that you are trying to say, lady Steffana?”

‘Never mind! Just, trust me, okay?  I can’t back Jaime, because I need to win.  I have  played this game several times, just never at so deep an immersion level as this.”

And why is that?

“It’s dangerous. I could  lose my mind going in this deep. I might really start to beleive that I actually belong in this world, and forget the one I actually come from.”

“Why take such a risk?”

“Because,  I don’t have much more that I could lose.”

“But if I could win this game…well then maybe, I’d have the faith…the confidence to go on in my world.”

“It’s that bad where you’re from?”

“It’s worse.”

“Well, then Oberyn can find Varys. I’ll locate Bron, We will get it all settled tomorrow.”

“As for me, I think I should retire, to my quarters, with my wife who’s very upset about being back at this dreadful place, with my dreadful relatives, who brag about killing off all of her family members in front of her..

Yeah, with regard to all that you’ve definitely got some work to do. It’s to bad you’re married though, becasue I heard that you really know how to bring a smile to a gal’s face, probably even a purple one’s.”

Ans she leaned in and stroked Tyrion’s cheek, before she kissed him, suddenly, tenderly, deeply.

“Lady Steffana…you are full of surprises.”

Stef and Tyrion

Steffana sighed, and thought  about whether she wanted to keep Tyrion as he was, or modify this particular trait, out of him. As far as game characters went, and in this game especially, he was her favorite. But having to interact with him, in this virtual world, it was all so convincing. It was hard for even her to believe he wasn’t real.

“Just look at all of this, stone pillars”

Steffana touched the stone pillar that dividing one half of the suite she had claimed as her own.

“And this sumptiously,  extravagant canopy bed,  and this, what is this?”

“It’s called a wardrobe.”

“Oh that’s right… a place to keep clothes.”

“you don’t have those?”

“Not exactly.”

“Wherever do you keep your clothes?”

“In closets of course.”

What’s a closet?”

“A room for your clothes.”

“An entire room for your clothes?”

“Yes, well that’s nothing, compared to all of this  dark and luxurious wood. This feels so real. I know it’s not, though. or is it? I’m even beginning to confuse myself…and that is the danger with these full immersion games, this is a little scary…and I know it’s going to get a lot more scary, and this isn’t even real for me. I know, that it’s even that much more scary for you.”

“Lady Steffana, I think maybe a little too much wine?”

“Oh Tyrion. Do you know that in the future wood, at least real wood,  from real trees, it’s more precious than diamonds or gold.”

“Wood? How absurd!”

“I knew you’d probably say so. But it’s true. In our world, there is so much, but the wood…I mean the real wood…lights, there are no lights though, only candles- which are a fire hazard, but everyone seem to manage.  Always so dark, at night”

“Well of course it’s dark at night. Is even the night different, in the future?”

“Yes and no, We still have night, but we have electric lights, some s bright as the sun  and so it doesn’t matter so much, it works like this.”

She pulled out a small flat round disk, and commanded, “Saty, light up this room.”


The son of the president was driving way too fast through the early morning fog. He was rushing to the airport to catch a flight to Germany. He missed the exit to the airport. Lost control of his sports car. Smashed it into a barrier. The car flipped numerous times. When it came to a stop, the son of the president was dead. He was 33. His name was Basil al-Assad.

The first son was so beloved by his father that the president was fond of being called Abu Basil, which translates as “Father of Basil.” As heir apparent to his father, Basil’s sudden violent death was a shock to the family, and a stunning blow to the future of the nation and its people. The second son was never intended to be a leader. He was off in London, training to be an eye doctor. But following the death of Abu Basil’s first son, Fate left the younger brother as de facto next-in-line to become president of Syria. You know this man’s name: Bashar al-Assad.

Bashar, who the New York Times called a “shy young doctor” when he took over as president of Syria in July of 2000, quickly transformed from mild-mannered London-based ophthalmologist into the man you know as the genocidal monster of Damascus. A man far more cruel and ghoulish than his father. Bashar’s murderous reign raises a peculiar question: How many hundreds of thousands of Syrian people died because of that one car accident?

If you catch news of the Syrian conflict, it seems like a narrative that’s knotted and frayed, impossible to untangle. However, it’s not, if you pull on the right thread.

When the world learned that the Syrian government––under orders from President Bashar al-Assad––had (allegedly) dropped bombs of sarin gas on its own people, the news reports defied easy understanding. How could any leader do that to his own people? But if you know the story of Syria, this atrocity is sadly quite predictable. It follows a historic pattern.

To understand why Bashar al-Assad exterminates his own people, you must understand how Bashar values the people of Syria. His people. But before they were his people, they belonged to someone else. To understand the son, one must know the father. The story of the Syrian conflict — a tale of staggering losses of human life, death on a scale that avoids comprehension— is a war story that’s not easy to tell. There’s the factions. The history. The layers of conflict. But, if you wish to answer the question: Why is Syria hell on Earth––why have 320,000 innocent human beings been murdered––to answer why such atrocities occur despite history’s warnings, to get at this story properly, one must start with the father of Basil, and Bashar, and the republic of Syria.

His name is: Hafez al-Assad.

Syria is a nation born from an act of European betrayal. It was part of a great betrayal of Arabs by the British and French that traces back to one man, T.E. Lawrence. You may know him from his movie biopic, Lawrence of Arabia.

In the film, Peter O’Toole beautifully pines as he gazes out at those bleak desert landscapes, framed by the genius of David Lean. As the audience, we see how Lawrence, an eccentric Englishman, is sent to an undesirable outpost to aid the Arabs in their fight against the Turks. They’re hopelessly outmatched. But Lawrence inspires them with the promise of freedom in victory. He even fights side-by-side with the Arab rebels he commands in battle. Together, they achieve stunning victories against the Turks. But then, once the Turks are beaten, Lawrence learns that the British government, along with the French, intends to go back on its promise to the Arabs. The land they fought, bled, and died for, will not be theirs; instead, the European powers declared themselves the new imperial overlords of the Middle East. That’s a world class betrayal.

After the smoke cleared, the dust settled, and the blood dried in the killing fields of World War I, there sat the ruins of the Ottoman Empire. The Turkish empire was vast. In order to divide up their prize of the newly-liberated Middle Eastern kingdoms, the British and the French designated two mapmakers––men whose names are written in the history books as cartographers but were essentially imperial bureaucrats––and tasked them with the opportunity to draw new borders across lands and peoples they did not understand. It was called the Sykes-Picot Agreement. A lattice of borders was laid over the Middle East with all the care of a blind tailor. When they were done, the former Turkish-controlled lands of the Ottoman Empire were renamed as new nations. You know them as: Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, and Syria. (Armenia, was also freed from Turkish domination, but was given to the Russians.)

The new nations were never intended to be independent. They were intended to be colonies for the European powers. Of course the Arab natives of the region weren’t super eager to trade their old Ottoman overlords for new French ones. The people rightfully wanted nations of their own, not puppet governments, ones loyal to a foreign power. They’d fought and died to establish Arab republics. Which is why, in 1925, before the newly-minted State of Syria could celebrate its first birthday, rebel factions began a civil war against the French-mandated Syrian government. The rebellion was led by a man named Sultan Pasha al-Atrash.

Sultan Pasha al-Atrash

The rebel leader Sultan al-Atrash and his followers were from a minority ethnic group in Syria, the Arab Druze people. They lived mostly by the southern border with Palestine. As tribal leaders, al-Atrash’s family had ruled this section of land since the 1870s. When the French replaced the Turks as the foreign power, the Druze refused to accept the new French Mandate. They made war against this so-called State of Syria. They’d just fought the Turks to be free. Why not the French? Plus, the Druze had largely been left out of the new power-sharing agreement between the city-states of Aleppo and Damascus. The revolution led by al-Atrash was immediately popular with other tribes in Syria, it spread like a wildfire of insurrection, lasting for two years. It burned across the countryside. But the Arab rebellion overlooked the obvious fact the French military had a brutal technological advantage. Remember, this is just after World War I.

So, what do you think the French military used to put down the revolts?

Imagine bi-planes flying over population centers packed with Arabs. It was an indiscriminate campaign of death from above. During one campaign the French air force bombed the civilians of Damascus, for 48 straight hours, murdering rebels and civilians alike. Indiscriminately. Which is how, inevitably, al-Atrash’s popular revolt was quashed. All Syrians were punished, guilty and innocent.

But the French took seriously the message of Arab discontent. They promised the Syrian people change. Real Arab leadership. A Syria for Syrians. Oui, Oui!

Their plan was doomed by another tribal oversight. The French largely ignored the third major ethnic group in the Syria, the Alawites, a Shiite Muslim tribal group native to the northern coast, up by the border with Turkey. The tribe had strongly objected to the French Mandate and never officially joined the State of Syria. As a minority ethnic population, just like Sultan al-Atrash and the southern Druze tribe, the Alawites had been left out of the French plans for a power-sharing agreement that saw the city-states of Aleppo and Damascus as the seats of Syrian power.

Quick note, this will pop back up later in our story: the al-Assad family are Alawites. If you’re keeping score, the Alawites are a Shiite ethnic group, or tribe, in a predominantly Sunni Muslim nation. This fun fact from the nation’s founding will forever affect the story of Syria. You may also notice another pattern and theme begin to shape Syrian history. Can you guess what it is?

Here, I’ll give you a hint: bombing civilians.

Fast-forward five years. It’s 1930. For reasons wholly political, a new new nation of Syria is declared. It’s called the Syrian Republic. At this point, Syria is becoming born-again faster than a Mississippi divorcee. And again, the people’s dream of a truly independent Arab-ruled Syria is rejected. Instead, the nation is given a new set of window dressings, put up by the latest version of a puppet French government. (The French are nothing if not stubborn.)

In 1936, there are new talks for a treaty of independence from France. The Syrian Republic––and all its various peoples––will finally be free to found a sovereign Arab nation. Free to set their own course. Free from the domination of foreign rulers. And one year later, in 1937, a free and independent Syria is established. But it’s never fully legalized. The French legislature decides not to ratify the treaty. Which leaves the young nation in limbo. It’s left as an unrecognized nation, about as legit on the world stage as a Disney family fun island.

*record scratch*

By the way, notice something important about the years we’re talking about? There’s an external tension galloping along with Syria’s internal tensions. Remember what else was going on in the world in the late 1930s? If so, you may guess what happens next. That’s right….Boom!

World War II.

When the Nazis march on Paris and take over France in 1940, the occupied government of Vichy France is left in charge of the colonial French-mandated puppet government of Syria. Which means, for a short while, the Syrian Republic is governed by Nazi-occupied France. Essentially, the Nazis. Yet another new foreign power in charge of Syria. But then, the war in the European theater ends in the summer of ‘45, and the restored French government promises to pull out of Syria. The newly-liberated French claim they will finally allow the Arab nation to become a truly free and independent nation, no longer under rule by a foreign power. And, one year later, when the French still haven’t left Syria, new popular uprisings and protests break out.

In May of 1945, the Prime Minister of the Syrian Republic, Faris al-Khoury travels to San Francisco to attend the founding conference for the United Nations. He presents a proposal that outlines why Syria should be granted its freedom from the old League of Nations-approved French Mandate of Syria. Meanwhile, back in Syria, the French Air Force is bombing the country, to convince them to accept restored French rule. On October 24, 1945 the United Nations is born with the ratification of the UN Charter. Syria was a founding member state of the UN. With the establishment of the UN, its predecessor the League of Nations and its agreements such as the French Mandate of Syria are no longer legally binding. Which Syria declares is the perfect opportunity for their independence from their French overlords.

Based on what we know of the story of Syria, so far, how do you think the French responded to the Prime Minister al-Khoury’s pleas to the UN to recognize Syria as a free and independent Arab nation?

You know the answer: violence against innocent Syrians. The French fired artillery into the crowds of protesters. They shut off the electricity in Damascus. Their warplanes continued to indiscriminately bomb civilians.

But after they put down the latest rebellion, the French had a change of mind. Busy rebuilding France after the devastations of World War II, the French had their own headaches and hassles to deal with back home. Constantly putting down insurrections in a colony was becoming too expensive and unpopular. In 1946, the French decide to cut Syria loose. And on April 17, 1946 the last French troops leave Syria. The nation will, finally, be free and independent.

However, yet again, external politics intervene. In 1948, a new nation is born on Syria’s southern border. Its birth will reshape the entire Middle East region. And it spells immediate trouble for Syria. You know that new nation as….Israel.

To the south and west of Damascus is an area called the Golan Heights. It’s down there in the lower left corner of Syria. It was part of the old border with Syria’s southern neighbor Palestine. But when the Arab nation of Palestine was annexed and designated by the United Nations as a Jewish homeland, Syria is drawn into a fresh conflict with its new neighbor, Israel.

In 1948, Syria joined with other Arab nations, who’d vowed to crush Israel. Together they waged all-out war. And together, they lost. Spectacularly. One year after the beginning of the war, in July of 1949, Syria quit fighting their new neighbor. They were the last ones to put down their arms. Their loss against Israel was a crushing humiliation. In fact, it’s such a colossal embarrassment it leads to a coup. The first of many coups, new constitutions, and reformed cabinets. This settles into a pattern––for a decade and a half, Syria is a roiling cauldron of governmental upheaval.

At one point, in 1958, Syria attempts to join with Egypt to create a super-nation, the United Arab Republic. They dream of one giant Arab nation spreading across the Middle East, like a Muslim superpower, a union of federated republics. But, like all dreams, it’s short-lived. In less than three years the United Arab Republic crashes hard on the rocks of reality. In 1961, Syria attempts to become, once again, a newly free and independent nation. They call their new nation the Arab Republic of Syria. Which leads to a new governmental instability. In March of 1963, the Arab Socialist Ba-ath Party takes over Syria in a coup d’état.

Eventually, we arrive at an end to all this tumultuous chaos. Finally, strong Arab leadership comes to Syria. So strong that it ends the cycles of inner turmoil and constant domination by outside nations. Finally, Syria overcomes the push and pull of world events. Out of chaos comes the birth of a new and lasting order. It’s the last and most important coup.

So, who do you think led that coup?

Ten points if you said: Hafez al-Assad. AKA Abu Basil, father of Basil, Bashar, and Syria.

Hafez al-Assad

Hafez al-Assad made his first power moves after Syria lost to Israel in a yet another failed war. The year was 1967. Hafez al-Assad was the Minister of Defense for Syria during the Six Days War. As Col. Hafez al-Assad he mostly stayed out of the struggles for power that resulted from the loss to Israel. Of course, Hafez had opinions, but he saw himself as a military man. The sort who takes orders. As the Minister of Defense, there were many in the military who respected him. As did many politicians. His opinions shaped Syrian policy. Which meant, he also had political rivals. His key rival was the Salah Jadid, the President of Syria. After al-Assad discovered an assassination plot against him masterminded by the sitting president, he decided it was time for him to go full gangster, and just take over the whole operation.

In November of 1970, the government under President Jadid convened an Emergency National Congress. It was called to settle down the growing crisis of confidence in his leadership. Feeling threatened by his popular Minister of Defense, President Jadid was eager to sideline Hafez al-Assad. His plan was to use the Emergency National Congress to very publicly remove al-Assad from any and all official government posts he holds. It’s a common move when one fears a coup from the military. All the top leadership of Syria attended the Emergency National Congress. But Hafez al-Assad rolled up like a gangster. One who had his own army. When he arrived at the Emergency National Congress, he ordered his most loyal troops to surround the building.

Inside, the meeting goes down as planned. President Jadid stripped al-Assad of all his official government positions. Thoroughly shamed, the president and his allies feel convinced this public embarrassment will effectively sideline the former Minister of Defense. And if they’re lucky, it might salt the earth for any future political ambitions. How wrong were they? They totally failed to realize who they were dealing with. Hafez motherfucking al-Assad.

Once the Emergency National Congress was concluded, al-Assad declares himself in-charge of Syria, and confidently orders his troops to arrest President Jadid and his key supporters, and anyone who opposes his new leadership. In a very un-democratic move, al-Assad seized control of the whole damn country. His loyal soldiers didn’t even have to fire a single shot.

After Hafez al-Assad’s bloodless coup was a total success. Everyone in Syria gets the message. And they get in line. Finally, there’s some order and stability. It comes in the form of an authoritarian leader. But there is no doubt Hafez al-Assad is the undisputed leader of Syria, a stabilizing force, and would remain so for the next thirty years.

Now, to make things a little more interesting, keep in mind, the al-Assad family are Alawites. Remember they’re the same tribal group that wouldn’t originally partner with the city-states of Aleppo and Damascus way back when the newly-formed French-mandated nation of Syria was first negotiating its various independence deals with France after the end of World War I. That’s how far back these tensions go. Unresolved tensions from World War I. And the religious tension are far older than that. Since al-Assad is a member of the Shia minority group of Alawites, to maintain his tight grip on leadership, as the supreme leader of Syria, he often acted with crushing violence to suppress any uprisings in the Sunni-predominant urban centers, such as Damascus and Aleppo.

When you hear about people living in a Syrian city such as Damascus, Aleppo, or Homs, you might think they’re all the same. They’re all Syrians. You have to keep in mind these are groups of people from different historic ethnic groups. Aleppo and Damascus aren’t just cities in Syria. They were ancient, independent city-states. As Americans, we might think of them as two neighboring cities like Cleveland and Cincinnati. But it’s more like if Cleveland and Cincinnati were once fierce rivals, and then one day, some foreigners with guns and bombs came along, drew a line around them all, called it a border, and said they now live in Ohio. This is important but often overlooked aspect of life in Syrian cities. The cities are ancient rivals.

Right about now you may be wondering, “But wait, where is America in this story? When does the U.S. show up in this tale?”

Hafez al-Assad and President Jimmy Carter

Atthe end of World War II––much like at the end of World War I––there were two new superpowers, only this time it was America and the Soviet Union. The world entered its post-colonial period. All around the globe, new nations popped into existence. Either through war and revolution, through mandate, or sometimes through royal decree. But for three decades, nations constantly stepped free of the grip of their former colonial rulers. As the countries emerged from European rule, the new nations often had to pick, either, the U.S. or the Soviet Union as their strategic ally. In return, the two competing superpowers used the new nations as sites for their proxy wars. This is how the Middle East became a patchwork of Soviet and U.S.-alliances.

Never one to miss a trick, Hafez al-Assad exploited regional politics and Cold War politics to his benefit. With Soviet weapons, al-Assad turned Syria into a feared and respected Arab republic. One that was a worthy military rival to its southern neighbor, Israel. But that fight would have to wait, because there was a new threat spreading in the Middle East, one that pitted Muslim against Muslim. The militarized political arrangements of the Seventies –– and the hopes for peace in the Middle East, that seemed so near at hand after President Carter, Menachem Begin, and Anwar Sadat struck a peace accord between Egypt and Israel –– drew to a sudden and surprising close at the end of the decade. It was like someone had turned on all the lights in the disco. The culprit was Iran. Iran turned on the lights in the disco. But that’s what you do when your thing is Islamic fundamentalism.

The year was 1978, when a theocratic movement of students and religious clerics united to overthrow the American-backed Shah of Iran, every leader in the Middle East turned their head to watch, wondering if they could be next, as the Ayatollah urged all Muslims to reject Western powers and embrace Islamic fundamentalism, to adopt religious values as the guiding voice for politics in the region. That was a direct challenge to Hafez al-Assad, who was the secular socialist president partnered with the atheist Soviet Union, who was actively at war against Muslims in Afghanistan. Not a good look for an Arab leader when everyone’s talking theocracy. And you know al-Assad will suppress the first signs of rebellion or revolt; if he detected the faintest whiff of protest it would be met with state violence. Because, never forget, al-Assad is an Alawite, which means he is a Shia Muslim who’s the leader of a majority Sunni nation. This is what anyone would call a crisis of leadership. But Hafez al-Assad had seen it coming. Since 1976, he’d been putting down his own Islamist uprising in Syria.

After four years of him waging sectarian violence against the Syrian Sunni fundamentalists, backed by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the revolts against al-Assad metastasized into full-on assassination attempts. In 1980, there was a nearly successful attempt on al-Assad’s life that did succeed in scaring him into responding with increasingly horrific violence. The embattled president put his brother in charge of a counterinsurgency with one goal: crush the Sunni Islamist revolt.

In 1982, al-Assad ordered the siege of the city of Hama. For 27 days, the Syrian government pummeled the civilians of the city with artillery attacks and waves of aerial bombings. When they finally stopped, the Syrian government had killed 20,000–40,000 thousand of its own citizens. (The number of fatalities depends on whose count you use.) Around the world, the Hama Massacre was widely-criticized, it was a shocking atrocity. But the revolt was put down. The Hama Massacre was one of the most heinous actsan Arab government ever committed against its own people. Does it sound kinda familiar though?

Now, let’s jump forward ten years.

It’s 1991. There’s a war brewing in the Persian Gulf. America led by George Bush the Elder is about to take on Iraq in the First Gulf War.

Can you guess who secular, socialist, Soviet Union-backed, President al-Assad and his Syrian government chose as their ally in the Gulf War?

Just like he did in the Iran-Iraq War in 1980, Hafez al-Assad, leader of the socialist Ba’ath party of Syria, decides to help a foreign power fight and defeat the Ba’ath party of Iraq. He stuns the world and sides with a western power, America, and aids its attacks on a majority Muslim nation.

Hafez al-Assad and Saddam Hussein in happier days

After the First Gulf War ends, al-Assad is still in power, and now he’s a little less worried about a fundamental Muslim revolution deposing him. The Americans are now the ones to attract their fundamentalists’ anger and incur their violence. But he’s also still feeling a bit unprotected. He was about to lose his biggest ally. That same year, in December of 1991, al-Assad and the rest of the world watched as the Soviet Union dissolved like a sugar cube in the rain.

How could al-Assad negotiate the new political reality and retain power in Syria? His options were limited. He could become an unofficial American ally, like Egypt had done. But the risk there was that it might turn him into a puppet in the eyes of his people, and spell doom for his leadership like it did for the Shah of Iran. What about the Muslim nation to his north, Turkey?

For many readers Turkey’s role in the Middle East may be something of a question mark. Like, what’s the deal with Turkey in the Middle East? Are they part of it, or not? Turkey exists at the physical divide between Europe and Asia. It’s a gateway nation, which makes it’s an impossible country to read. It’s a nation with two faces. It looks one way to Westerners. And quite different to Easterners, like Iran or Russia. And, Turkey looks quite different to the Arab world. The eyes of their culture see further back in history. To Arab eyes Turkey conjures up memories of centuries of domination by the Ottoman Empire that only ended thanks to the bloodshed of World War I.And now, a century later, memories of Turkish domination are not forgotten, or forgiven. To this day, no Arab nation wishes to see the return of a dominant Turkey. Which means, Syria, like all its other Arab neighbors, will always avoid partnering with Turkey.

So, who can a socialist, religiously moderate, secular nation like Syria partner with to help them remain a free and independent country? While also avoiding the ever-present threat of a hostile takeover by the fundamentalist Islamic wave that burns like coals all across the Middle East, always ready to flare up and start a new bonfire of resistance?

To buy himself time, all throughout the Nineties, al-Assad plays diplomacy games with the West. He makes overtures that much like Egypt did, Syria will make peace with Israel. He works high level political calculus,and all the while al-Assad drags his feet through round after round of international negotiations and discussions about the planned peace deal and new treaty with Israel. President Clinton and the West especially want al-Assad’s help and stamp of approval on an Israel-Palestine solution. America thinks there can one day be peace in the Middle East. This idea al-Assad dangles like bait before the West, but he never formally confirms anything. He plays the West.

Just as he has done for decades in his dealings with the West, al-Assad employs stalling tactics in his negotiations, and soon enough, he finds he has a new ally. One that’s perfectly suited to keep the West from strong-arming him, and protect him from losing power to the Islamist fundamentalist. His new ally was an old friend.

From the ashes of the Soviet Union, had emerged a new nation, one weaker than before, but bound together by a ruthless form of gangster-capitalism.They call the new nation the Russian Federation. Thanks to the fact they’re natural and historic allies, Syria partnered with the new Russia. This move kept regional powers like Iran in check. It also kept the regional powers like Saudi Arabia and Egypt, who are both majority Sunni populations, along with the gulf states of Abu Dhabi, Qatar, and Dubai, from dominating the region with the backing of the Americans. And remember, the Americans are, for the most part, just an update on the former colonial powers, the British and the French. Which, like the Turks, no Arab nation wants as their foreign ruler. Plus, by partnering with Russia, it makes arch-rivals Israel, and Turkey, think twice about ever messing with Syria. On the geopolitical chessboard it’s a brilliant move to make. It’s exactly what you expect from a political gangster genius like Hafez al-Assad: wait for the world to change.

Over the last 100 years, since, roughly, 1920, Syria has partnered with the French, the Nazi-occupied French government, the British, the Americans, the Egyptians, the Iranians, the Soviets, and most recently, the Russians. For a hundred years, they’ve struggled to be a free and independent nation that sets its own destiny. To do that, they’ve had to play global politics. Which means they’ve played the dark and dirty games of the region, riding waves of violence as they ceaselessly ebbed and flowed, ever since the Ottoman Empire crumbled at the end of World War I.

As a nation, Syria began as two dominant city-states, Damascus and Aleppo, grouped together with a number of various ethnic tribes, most notably, the two tribal states, the Alawites in the north, and the Druze in the south, all forced together by foreign map-makers and their colonial bosses. The one man to hold power in Syria, supreme leader Hafez al-Assad, from the Alawite minority, is a strongman who always felt the only way for him to hold onto power in a majority-Sunni nation, with majority-Sunni nations for neighbors, was to periodically wage indescribable acts of violence against the citizens of his own nation. To defeat outsiders he chose to kill Syrians. At this point, you could cynically call it a family tradition.

To understand why, in 2017, President Bashar al-Assad gassed his own people, and has bombed the city of Aleppo into a post-apocalyptic wasteland, you need look no further than his father. That’s his blueprint.

First, the people living in the city-state of Aleppo are not al-Assad’s people. Bashar may be the leader of Syria, but his people, his father’s people, are the Alawite tribe from the north. The people in Aleppo are Sunnis. To Bashar, he’s killing enemies, not his people. The Syrian revolution began in 2011. One of the first and largest anti-Assad protests was in the city of Hama.Bashar responded with tanks. By the time his men were done suppressing the protest, they’d killed two hundred civilians. It was called the Siege of Hama. Which mirrors his father’s Hama Massacre. This is just what the family does to hold power.

Secondly, President Bashar al-Assad is and will always be battling against the same fundamentalist Muslims his dad had to quash. In one form or another, they’re the same ones that have been trying to overthrow the Syrian government since the mid-Seventies. That’s commitment. The Muslim Brotherhood and its allies would still love to see a fundamentalist Sunni leadership in Syria. The Iran Revolutionary Guard would also love to see a fundamentalist Muslim leadership in Syria, only difference is they’d prefer it be led by Shia Muslims, not Sunnis like the Muslim Brotherhood. And, of course, there’s ISIS. Each fundamental Islamist group imagines it differently, but they share the same general goal: religious revolution. Bashar al-Assad firmly believes the only thing holding back these various flavors of Muslim fundamentalism is the constant reminder of the pain of death.

Thirdly: There’s Russia. Vladimir Putin enjoys fulfilling the role of the former Western colonial powers. For one, it’s lucrative for Russia to sell weapons and arms to Syria. The Syrian conflict also gives Russia a place to run military exercises. It’s a powerful means for Putin to project dominance on the world stage. And, most importantly, Syria is an arena for Russia to challenge the presumption that the old colonial powers––the British and the French, and the new ones, the Americans, who back the Saudi Arabians and the gulf states––are the real power in the region. Putin doesn’t agree with that assumption. The Syrian civil war is a monkey wrench the Russians can throw into Arab regional relations, and into world politics. Bashar al-Assad learned from his dad this global game-playing amongst the world powers is how one retains power in Syria. You leverage outsider power to control your own people.

Syria is not a free and independent nation. It has yet to achieve that goal. And the people pay for that failure. Millions of innocent people, unfortunate to have been born in Syria, must live in the murderous intersection of tribalism, religious and sectarian divides, proxy warfare by foreign powers, and wartime capitalism. Their lives are unfairly marred by the original sins of Turkish and subsequent European colonialism. Their supreme leader, President Bashar al-Assad, is just the latest symptom of a devastating disease. He’s playing a role not written for him, and thus he does the only thing he knows works: be as vicious and cunning as dear ol’ daddy, Hafez.

History doesn’t repeat, but it does rhyme. This may be why Syria remains a bloody cluster-fuck. There’s no end in sight because no one is working on the sources of the tensions. Instead, well-meaning outsiders are overwhelmed by the endless cycles of violence, even if they’re occasionally motivated into action by the pitiful looks on the faces of helpless children.The people doomed to live in Syria lack the ability to overcome all of these various forces working against them. Survival is their best hope. Hell, they just tried to wage a revolution for their freedom from tyranny. You see where that got them. The last 7 years have been the government’s answer. Plus, it’s not like America’s going to do any serious and committed nation-building guided by the tiny hands of Donald Trump and his under-staffed and under-funded State Department. And, the Russians? Well, we all know they aren’t known for spreading democracy. There is no peaceful escape for the people from the murderous reign of Bashar al-Assad.

The only person who’s successfully held power in Syria was a socialist gangster military mastermind from an ethnic minority. Who do you think the eye doctor son who accidentally became president after his older brother died in a car crash is going to emulate? The story of his father, Hafez, sheds light on an ugly truth: for the foreseeable future, with Russia’s backing, Bashar will guarantee that Syria remains bloody as a slaughterhouse killing floor.

How many hundreds of thousands of lives were lost because of that one car accident? Big brother Basil may not have been a better president, but it’s difficult to picture he would’ve been more monstrous than his little brother Bashar. But, who knows? Basil may have tried to surpass his father’s cruelty, and he may have exceeded Bashar’s civilian-killing ways. That’s not the best question to ask. The only good and important question to ask is:

What can possibly save the people of Syria from this endless cycle of violence that’s as predictable as the sweep of the arms of a murderous clock?

In other words, when will Syria finally be a free and independent nation? Right now, America and Russia continue to bomb hospitals in Syria, as they try to defeat ISIS. Meanwhile, the Russians aim to keep Bashar al-Assad in power, while the Americans give aid to the rebels looking to depose him, the same rebels that are aligned with the latest fundamentalist Sunni Islamists, ones you know best as…Al Qaeda. That’s right. In Syria, America is uneasy partners with Al Qaeda. That’s Syria.

And that’s been Syria for the last 100 years. That’s why refugees are desperate to leave, the same ones President Trump has banned from entering the U.S. The same refugees that drown in the Mediterranean, desperate to reach Europe. The West drew the imaginary lines in the sand that created Syria. That original betrayal of Arabs by the West is the reason why Syria became hell on Earth. It’s easy to ignore the truth of that statement if you blame Bashar and Hafez al-Assad for the bloodshed we see in the news.

But now you know…that’s not the real story.

Debutante Ball

They are the daughters of the upper-crust, well-connected before they reach college and born into some of the world’s wealthiest families.

These young women from around the world, ranging in age from 16 to 25, are selected to be debutantes at the International Debutante Ball, held every two years in New York City, to formally present themselves to society. While in the past these balls were used to find potential suitors for the young women, they are now mainly used for networking.

Margaret Hedberg is the director and general chairman of the International Debutante Ball, which is held at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria hotel. Her aunt founded the ball 60 years ago, and it remains a high society tradition.

“Debutante Ball is a celebration of a lot of people getting together to celebrate their daughters’ sort of entrance into the adult world,” she said.

Hedberg is in charge of selecting the girls who will be chosen as debutantes. The process takes about a year, and Hedberg and her team receive recommendations from ball committee members, past debutantes and their families, as well as from committees of smaller debutante balls.

“How many girls you have and what places are being represented this year, it’s very arbitrary,” Hedberg said. “Some years it’s got a lot of Texans, some years a lot more Connecticut. It’s just the way it is.”

Once invited, the young women and their families spend tens of thousands of dollars to attend the ball. The entry fee alone is $17,000 for one table. They then have to pay for travel and their stay at the Waldorf — Hedberg say the girls and their families stay for about a week to attend “warm-up” events, smaller parties for everyone to get to know each other. Each girl is also required to wear a white princess-style gown and long white satin gloves for the big night — a deep-rooted tradition.

When asked why the girls have to wear white, Hedberg said, “back in the days of the robber barons and the Gilded Age, I think it was a very expensive thing… I think that the purity quality back in the old day was part of it.”

A month prior to the ball, the girls attend “bachelor brunch,” where they can mingle with an assortment of escorts, many of which are young men from Ivy League universities or military schools, to find one for the ball.

“If you don’t have a brother or cousin you want to take, I can put you together with a young man,” Hedberg said. “It’s a date, not a mate.”

“Nightline” was given access to this year’s event, which was held on Dec. 29, where 46 girls were presented. We followed four American debutantes — an accomplished ballet dancer, a sketch comedy writer, a children’s book author and a world-traveling film student — from the selection process to finding escorts to making their big debut at the ball.

Music Theory concepts for Stef

usic Theory Concepts

This is a database of excerpts and complete musical compositions by women composers.  The music is categorized by theoretical concept for use in music education.

Abreu’s vision[edit]

Abreu said: “Music has to be recognized as an agent of social development, in the highest sense because it transmits the highest values – solidarity, harmony, mutual compassion. And it has the ability to unite an entire community, and to express sublime feelings.”[4]

Abreu has navigated the program for the past 35 years through ten different administrations, flourishing “with the backing and material support of seven consecutive Venezuelan governments, ranging across the political spectrum from center-right to the current leftist presidency of Hugo Chávez“..(although)..”he is careful to keep the Sistema separate from partisan politics”.[5] Combining political shrewdness with religious devotion, Abreu has dedicated himself to an utopian dream in which an orchestra represents the ideal society, and the sooner a child is nurtured in that environment, the better for all.[6]

Success Stories of El Sistema[edit]

Gustavo Dudamel, current /* as of March 31, 2017 */ musical director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, had his musical beginnings in El Sistema. According to Dudamel, “music saved my life and has saved the lives of thousands of at risk children in Venezuela…like food, like health care, like education, music has to be a right for every citizen.”[7] Carlos Izcaray conductor of Alabama Symphony Orchestra is also a product of the El Sistema program, as is Alcides Rodriguez, clarinetist of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra who has said that “the System was an open door to another dimension, a different world that I probably could have never seen.”[8]

Venezuelan government involvement[edit]

The program is known for rescuing young people in extremely impoverished circumstances from the environment of drug abuse and crime into which they would likely otherwise be drawn.

The Venezuelan government began fully financing Abreu’s orchestra after it succeeded at “International Festival of Youth Orchestras” in 1976 in Aberdeen, Scotland. From the beginning, El Sistema fell under the dominion of social-services ministries, not the ministry of culture, which has strategically helped it to survive. The current Chavez administration has been the most generous patron of El Sistema so far, footing almost its entire annual operating budget as well as additional capital projects.[6] Abreu received the National Music Prize for his work in 1979 and he became Minister of Culture in 1983.[9] Abreu was appointed as Special Ambassador for the development of a Global Network of Youth and Children orchestras and choirs by UNESCO in 1995, also as special representative for the development of network of orchestras within the framework of UNESCO’s “World Movement of Youth and Children Orchestras and Choirs”.

At the time, its network of 102 youth and 55 children’s orchestras (numbering approximately 100,000 youngsters) came under the supervision of the Ministry of Family, Health and Sports. As “El Sistema”, its goal is to use music for the protection of childhood through training, rehabilitation and prevention of criminal behaviour.[10][11]

In September 2007, with Abreu present on the television program, President Hugo Chávez announced a new government program, Misión Música, designed to provide tuition and music instruments to Venezuelan children.[12] It has been noted that “various ministries oversaw El Sistema until two years ago, when the president’s office took direct control. El Sistema’s mission runs parallel to Mr. Chávez’s program to provide subsidies and services to the poor.”[13] However, there has been objections to Chavez’s involvement from those who oppose the policies of the present government.

The Association

Okay the years in between Stef and Kieron’s successful marriage and their separation/divorce have always been sketchy.

Here is what was known, Kieron saves Stef, at first he’s all giddy in love with her knowing  that he saved her from certain death, and also his son in the process.

Wrinkle 1- he finds himself at war. The first two years of their marriage, Kieron was stabilzing Kwestonia (which is just some part of Eastern Europe). Once he does that, he finds that there is oh so much pressure on Urkravia the next door neighbor – so he comes to their assistance. The big bad bully of the area is Russaria – which bullies all of the neighboring countries- hacking their virts, stealing their resources, fighting proxy wars. As Kwestonia becomes more stabilized and impenetrable, Kieron becomes a worthy world power in his own right. Nothing like the scale of Mercutio or Julian- but he is respected as having turned a small, weak country into a small, sturdier, powerful country, with the help of Mercutio.

All mercutio wants in exhange for this assistance is a strong ally in the East and an heir and a savy advisor. He has both in under two years, is pleased with Kieron, and Kieron is one of his primary military advisors. But Kieron is not satisfied. When Urkravia comes to him requesting help, he agrees- one one condition, he gains political control over Urkravia- current leadership remains in tact as a figure head. He makes this decision based on Stef’s vast manifesting abilities, it allows him to fund a his war. That and the hot bed of activity that Kwest Scott Isle (his half) has becomes/Kieron has tremendous intel into the hearts and minds of world leaders. (It’s very hard to gain access to the island- it is a play groud for the wealthy- unlike any other- it is run entirely by reals- this is a new and fascinating thing in a world where the virts, control almost all recreational activities and are of coruse highly predictable. The reals, on the other hadn are not).

Kieron has the super paranoid response to Steffana and kids. So she is basically a prisoner on the Kwest Island estate. can’t really leave to even go onto the commercial part of the island. She is permitted to go on her half of the island, the creative, artsy part of it. She has an exceptionally skilled virt staff, controlled by Cavey, who are tasked with keep ing her busy, on the schedule that Kieron wants her on, but she is always trying to get to the other side of the island. It’s pretty safe there, and so it is allowed.

Cut to new Neptune developments- Neptune decides, after Steffana returns, unharmed from drug addiction and amnesia- that it is time for her to move out and pursue her own thing. She begins developing a school for the children. Kieron is perplexed, as there are no children to speak of. Neptune explains that there will be, and she has been tasked with creating a school for them. He asks he if she wanst money. She says no, in her world she doesn’t need it. She reveals that she is committed to the Zealan way – and that way requires non intervention in their world, and their ways, lest she lose her own vibrations, her ability to move in between worlds to essentially vibrate out of the 3D density. So she is doing that things meanwhile Gracen is  taking the lead on developing the other side of the island- the orchestra, the ballet,  the riding school. her side of the island becomes a haven for the more refined upper class activities for the free wolders.

Sasha finds talent within the art world.

Leevian- who has always been in between the two dimesions third and fourth- has a network of spies and intel Since rescuing Steffana she had been sing a lot of sould searching into how she would fit into the world that Steffana and Gracen are building. She definitely feels there is a destiny, but Stef’s addiction and accident, leading to amnesia, has her questioning everything. Then her own unexpected pregnany causes her to have a severe identity crisis. She breaks up with cavey goes back into the “outback” – not telling him about her pregnancy. her twin sons are born, two months before Steffana’s son. Cavey learns of this, at the same time that Kieron leanrs of Stef’s incredible manifesting abilities. Kieron is outraged that cavey was not around to stop the damage done by Stef’s manifestations.

Kieron has stef tested by Jaoquin, realizing, understanding that the son permits her to manifest at such extraordinary levels- he feels free to then back up Urkravia. He knoes he can fund his war- or at a minumum he can fund his conquest into Urkravia and Russaria. Mercutio is delighted by the quick success, though he doesn’t quite understand what’s behind it. Kieron works very hard to keep Stef and sons manifesting secret.

But the war/conquest is all consuming for Kieron and Steffana and family feel the brunt of his obsession. He is always irritable. Always complaining about being outmaneuvered.

First major win, is the shield around Urkravia. (Shortly after her sons birth) once that happens, in her role as Queen, Steffana becomes responsible for displaced children. Initially, it is meant to be a fluff, piece, something to bring goodwill to Kieron, but Steffana, begins to take it seriously. She moves most children into Kwestonia orphanages, because they are in better shape than Urkravian orphanages, but the most maimed and damaged orphans and individuals she brings to Joaquin for healing.

Joaquin develops a program. Those who are healed through his programming (and alomst all are, cand stay with Joaquin and work at the healing center- quickly becoming world renoun for it’s miracles, or return to their territories to rebuild, but not before getting intense instruction in rebuilding. The upside, by Joaquin doing this, he helps Kieron’s stabilization in Kwestonia and Urkravia immensely, initially Kieron was hated in Urkravia as a dictator, but because of his stabiizaing impact, first with the sheild, and the militarization of reals, second with Joaquin’s repairing and replacing damaged refugees. This is laregley kept a secret. Joaquin doesn’t want anyone to know what he is doing, and neither does Kieron. Steffana, largely acts as the go between.

Initially, Kieron doesn’t even know that Steffana is feeding Joaquin  refugees, but when he finds out, initially he is angry, feels that Stef  has betrayed him, but then when he finds out about how it works, it puts his full support behind teh program, on the condiction that it remain secret. Joaquin also wants this to remain secret, but for different reasons than Kieron. Kieron sees it as a secret weapon, one that can be successfully used in his war against Russaria. If Joaquins activities were made known, Joaquin would be a target, Kieron fears. Joaquin is not afriad of being targeted. He explains that his world is a bridge- and as such vibrates in and uot of existence- it’s not easy to target. But there are rules, and the existence of the bridge cannot be advertised, as according to Joaquin, that would defeat the entire purpose of the bridges existence. The refugees must find thier own way their, through the synchronicities, their own intuition and urgings. Kieron demands a dossier on every refugee that Joaquin rehabilitates, Joaquin hesitates, says it will have to be a sase by case basis, and while he will keep extensive records he will turn them over, only if any of them becomes a threat.

Steffana brings the refugees in, Jaoquin and Neptune create programs for them to work.The three of them sort of work informally on that programming. Kieron allows Steffana freedome to work with them, because he knows the area is extremely safe- with the bridge being something that most in the 3D realm cannot find. She is key in granting Neptune everything that she needs, or wants for her school (they manifest it). Joaquin  supplies his onw resources, no one asks any questions.

Information warfare, divide and conquer politics. easy to set reals and virts against one another. It’s an unending battle. Virts are really easy to track, and control if you can hack into them,, but reals do not have access to significant amount of resources. Reals cherish their freedom of mind, but want virts comfort and stability. But not at the price of relinquishing freedom. When Kieron stabilizes Kwestonia, he does so by providing reals with stability and offering them the ability to rebuild their own communities under his guidance and protection. All reals are offered a preliminary residency, whcih allows them to exist legally in Kwestonia and participate in certain programs that provide stability. Housing programs, parenting programs, educational programs. This works well in Kwestonia.

However, when he attempts to extend this programming into Urkravia, there are problems, A significant amount of Urkravians are attempting to share this space with Russarians and those two groups have been bitterly embattled for years. Having them all in Ukravia without the easy escape to Russaria causes tensions between the two groups to heat up quite a bit. Russaria interferes, unleashing a deadly attack on a real civilian township (saran gas)- Kieron decides it is time to go on the offensive.

Steffana takes in the children from this attack at the same time, meets Saigo (1100 eyes) whom Kieron tasks her with extracting information from. The fate of the children lie with Saigo, as Steffana is told she can assist the children, only if Saigo provides the information Kieron seeks (How did the Saigon assasins make thier way into the providence and on whose order?)

The intent was to destroy a vibrant township, to sow the seeds of distrust, discontent. Who is responsible, are Kwestonian’s responsible? Urkravians? Was it a virtual battle on reals? To cause Ukravia to buckle from the inside out- to destroy itself internally.

“Will he do it? Do you think that he will really murder, hundreds of innocent children?”

“You don’t know, do you? You are slowly beginning to understand why war is hell and there is just no easy way to fight a war without pieces of your soul turning to ash.”

“If he is the general that his preceding reputation claims him to be, he will. However, I can see by your tormented expression, this is the very first time, he has required that the queen sully her hands with such unpleasnatries. How are you coping with this?”

“I do not know.”

“You want very much to land on the right side of this…you want to save those 400 or so children, however what if in procuring the information that he requests of you, you actually empower a darkness that will kill 100,000 children. If that is so, which is thr ight choice?”

“I…I don’t know.”
“And why woudl I ever entrust the most precious and valuable information to someone who knows so little?”

“I’m just going to take the information and provide it to him! I know very little of war, or it’s dillemma’s and quite honestly, i don’t want to know.”

“And that’s the problem. You’re already at war, feigning ignorance will only complicate your problems. You must decided 400 children or 100,000?”

“Oh, don’t push this on me like that! I don’t hold life in the balance. I am just the messenger.”

“That’s not true, and you know it’s not. You must decide.”

100,00- you chose wisely. You have the potential to be a wise ruler.

Why did you torment me, if you were going to give me what I needed to save the children all along?

Because I wanted you to recognize what is at stake. I wanted you to recognize your role in all of this, and  take  it seriously.

The more Steffana gets involved in the war,  the more she resents Kieron for it. He takes the beleagured town, takes all of the people out of it, begins extensive rehabilitation. gets Saigon and his assasins on his team. Joaquins shadow development and stabilization of the real population, kicks off real traction for Kieron.

  1. Russaria does not get the sort of destabilizing bang for its buck that it wanted. And in taking in allof the towns inhabitants, bringing them under strict Kwest controlkieron develops a stealth fighting force agaisnt Russaria using the Saigo assasins, among other things Saigo agrees to help Kieron, after meeting Joaquin, who he recognizes as als obeing in between two dimesions.
  2. In response to that attack- Kieron collects intel through Rashia- learns her father is an amazing manifestor of Russaria war supplies Kieron kidnaps him, threatens himwith brutal murder of his daughter, if he doesn’t double agent for him, tell him all the areas where the attacks in side of Ukraria are planned.  he does so crippling Russaria’s armed forces, because Kieron captures and recycles them into virts, for use in his own army). Kieron ends up absorbing a tremendous amounts of Russaria’s military forces, for his own use. Of course Steffana is loath to participate in any of this, resolves to work closely with Joaquin and her sisters to make up for her part in Kieron’s war.
  3. The sisters join forces on the bridge, they understand that with Joaquin and Neptune and their side of the Isle they sort of live in between the 4th and 5th dimension. Leevian vows to take a break from espionage, starts a school, visual artistry, spies from all over the world want to be taught by her, many seek to be admitted to her class. This allows Kieron to have access to  a lot of first class spies, so eventually he and Leevian start working together- very begrudgingly out of self preservation. Dmitry Chezen (leader of Russaria) decides to target Kwest Isle – a hit one the boy, because it has some how gotten out that he is the mass manifester behind Kieron’s endless war chest, Kieron goes ape. He goes into super paranoid mode. His spy network on the island- was run primarily by Jiko.
  4. kieron tried to bring Leevian in under Jiko, she absolutely refuses. Cavey is the go between.Leevian is outraged Why would I ever trust her? She sold my sister out, once already! She and Kieron go head to head/ He complains that she lives on his island, will do as he says, she says she lives on the bridge. he does not own it Joaquin does, and that’s who she answers to. Kieron does not like his authority challenged and especially not by Joaquin, because he knows that his power to influence Joaquin is limited- and he also knows that he relies on Joaquins assistance in his wars, but still he and Joaquin don’t see eye to eye. He and Joaquin have differening objective and he can’t force Joaquin into anything.
  5. because they are constantly absorbing refugees onto the island (and it is costly) Steffana is always fighting with Kieron over resources for her side of the island. Gracen wants their side of the ilsand to be known as a world class fine arts destination- first in the world. The price tag for typical performances runs in the billions, Kieron gets agitated by these expenditure but in the other hand, Gracen cultivates a very high class clientele that uses both sides of the island and Kieron wants that to continue, so he tolerates the high costs. Both darius and Steffana are tasked with reeling Gracen in on price. Gracen donates 1/3 of all proceeds from her events to the refugee cause, so she feels like she too is supporting the war releif effort, in her own way.
  6. Sashana has an art school, one on the isladn, and on the bridge, for the refugee children. She finds savants, develops them with Kellisie’s assistance.
  7. While all this development is  going on on the island, Kieron manages to stabilize, both Kwestonia and Ukrania- whcih cuases extreme destabilization in the lower part of Russaria, there is a lot of real world uprising and in fighting now in Russaria benwteen the reals and the virts, the Russaria reals can’t steal resources or intefere with Kestonia or Ukrania much, and so they then begin fighting one another. Kieron decides to pursue stabilization efforts into Russaria, in same stealth fashion. he takes a troubled township, recycles the men fit for military in the manner that he sees fit, ships the women and children off to the refugee part of the island. They get sent back, to rebuild once ready. This is why Dmitry is determined to put a hit on Quaidan, to damage his efforts. He is given a lethal weapon, from Julian who also wants to get Kieron to fail and to kill his children. Leevian is given the intel on the lethal weapon- a boy so powerful – he has to be moved around in a lead cell. Leevian learns the location of a menagerie of really advanced reals held by Dmitry. She tells cavey. Kieronputs a capture effort into effect. He steals the special children. This causes Quaidan to have alll sorts of nightmares and problems and puts the most intense stressors on Steffana and Kieron’s relationship. Kieron is accussed of torturing children- Steffana is questioned about it, at an orphange that she is upgrading in Ukrania. She says that she doesn’t know anything about it. She gets crucified in the press. Kieron tells her that she is not to comment on such things. Next time she is asked she will say that she has no comment. And such things should not be disucussed. Instead what she says is that, she doesn’t know anything about it, but if she did know, she would speak out against it. She would say that it is wrong and demand that  these children be released and treated with dignity. All hell breaks loose. Kieron is upset that Steffana has drawn attention to the issue, played into his enemies hands, this is what he wanted to do. They get into a big fight, Kieron, explains he is a general, He is not to be questioned. This is war. Gracen comes to Stef’s rescue. Leevian is pleased Steffna spoke out- she kept telling cavey that the children should have been given to Joaquin. Joaquin is a neutral benevolent force.
  8. So, at this poin Mercutio is pulled into the family drama. he says Steffana and the chilrne will stay with him. Kieron balks. Mercutio says have to put political roles aside nad revert to family. he is a father, can see that his daughter is struggling to have a peaceful relationship with her husband. he is interveining for a cool off period. Gives Kieron his props for his successes, but can’t lose sight of it all now, and can’t expect to be unchallenged or understand how complicated the challenges will be. You started a war, Steffana did not. I am sue she tires of paying the price that she has had to pay for your ambitions. Orphanages, refugees. now she is answering questions about children being tortured? It’s too much for a fragile mind.
  9. Meanwhile, Steffna starts breaking away, is fired relieced of her duties from managing the island- finds herself relieved. Starts to consider what she wants. It’s not the life she has. Meets up with Vriker, says she knows him from the school…one of the teachers. he teaches music. Taught her son. (oh don’t forget that issue, that Quaidan likes music, and Kieron hates it. Shuts it down whenever he plays) When she notices that Vriker teaches music, Virker laughs at the absurdity of Steffana noticing this about him, and not noticing it about herself. He tells her it’s time. She is baffled.
  10. That night, at the fire lit meetings with her sisters, she says that she feels like they need to separate themselves from Kieron’s efforts. She says she doesn’t know what he’s up to. he may ery well be torturing children…but they have different objectives. Kieron wants to win wars, and we want to make the world a better place. We may have to distance ourselves. Leeevin is for it. Suggest that they form an association. Need to bring Jaoquin in on it.Already have agreements in place with all teh refugees that we have rehabilitaed. The association will seek to formalize those agreements. Make sur ethat they understand that their allegieance is not to Kieron Kwest or any of his territories, but the association. Gracen asks how do you think Kieron woudl respond- not well I suppose but does it matter? This agreement is already informally in force. Joaquin has his rules about the refugees,and it is that they get to make a choice- that choice includes staying on the bridge, or returning to the third dimension, but the bridge is always there, for them to return to… as much as he woudl like to claim them, these people do not belong to Kieron. They belong to what we have created here on this bridge. I say, we give it a name. let’s call it the association.
  11. After everything goes wrong with her kids, they are dead, Steffana tries to go back to Kieron, but can’t, she decides to resume the association. Asks that Kwestscott Isle, teh entire Isle ne given to Steffana, for the association, seperate and apart from Kieron’s territories. Well, he absolutely loses it. He doesn’t see this coming, that they would try to break off. Mercutio comes in and umpires once again. Points out that the marriage is an alliance. A very strategic alliance  and a very valuable one that cannot be damaged at this point and time. They will stay married, but they will have an internal separation ahreement, where it is understood that Steffana is responsible for one side of the island and Kieron, the other. Steffana has her association and Kieron rules in typical fashion. Kieron feels deeply betrayed, does not want to let even half of the island gone. mercutio says he has no choice. Points out that he relies on Steffana’s association to be a stabilizing force, and can’t afford to antagonize them, at this time. has a tremendous amount of work to do, with his Russaria expansion, has to use them and their Zealan ways to assist with stabilization. Can’t afford to make an enemy of Jaoquin just yet. Joaquin is no trouble. he was fine with things as they were. Are you sure abot that? Zealans typically are not on board with the torture of small children.
  12. Personally, thinsg have goen terribly worng. Now is the time for consolidating power, you have a shot of conquering Russaria. The magnitude of this achievement is lost upon you, right now, but you’ve worked hard, you must stay the course on this and not be distracted by your temporary personal setbacks. Steffana is still your wife. And the island, is still your island, it’s just that sometimes, our loved ones need a little break. Giving her the association is like giving her room to grieve and mourn her losses. kieron has erected an eco barrier over half of Russaria. he expects endesss and bitter in fighting- as he seeks to stabilize that region. Dmitry is definitey threated but the ability to overthrow Dmitry is so tempting to both Mercutio and Kieron. Kieron woudl become a major world power if he coudl do so, and Mercutio would have an ally in that part of the world, whcih he desperately wants. So they agree the association must be tolerated, in the short term, because the benefits they provide are exactly what Kieron needs now more than ever.
  13. NEW Thoughts on Association- Kieron cut off the associaltions