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Daphnis

In Greek mythology, Daphnis was a Sicilian shepherd, said to be the inventor of pastoral poetry. According to tradition, he was the son of Hermes and a nymph, despite which fact Daphnis himself was mortal. Daphnis was described and shown as an eromenos, his mother was said to have exposed him under a laurel tree, where he was found by shepherds and named after the tree under which he was found. He was sometimes said to be Hermes' favourite or beloved rather than his son. A naiad promised to be faithful to him. However, he was seduced, with the aid of wine, by the daughter of a king, and, in revenge, this nymph either blinded him or turned him to stone. Pan fell in love with him and taught him to play the pan pipes. Daphnis, who endeavoured to console himself by playing the flute and singing shepherds' songs, soon afterwards died, he fell from a cliff, or was changed into a rock, or was taken up to heaven by his father Hermes, who caused a spring of water to gush out from the spot where his son had been carried off.

Afterwards the Sicilians offered sacrifices at this spring as an expiatory offering for the youth’s early death. There is little doubt that Aelian in his account follows Stesichorus of Himera, who in like manner had been blinded by the vengeance of a woman and sang of the sufferings of Daphnis in his recantation. Nothing is said of Daphnis's blindness by Theocritus. A form of the legend identifies Daphnis with a Phrygian hero, makes him the teacher of Marsyas; the legend of Daphnis and his early death may be compared with those of Narcissus and Adonis—all beautiful youths cut off in their prime, typical of the luxuriant growth of vegetation in the spring, its sudden withering away beneath the scorching summer sun. Daphnis was the name of a member of the group of Prophetic sisters, known as the Thriae. Longus's legend of Daphnis and Chloe describes two children who grow up together and develop mutual love marrying after many adventures. Daphnis Encyclopædia Britannica The Death of Daphnis A poem by Theocritus

Donald II of Scotland

Domnall mac Causantín, anglicised as Donald II, was King of the Picts or King of Alba in the late 9th century. He was the son of Constantine I. Donald is given the epithet Dásachtach, "the Madman", by the Prophecy of Berchán. Donald became king on the death or deposition of Giric, the date of, not known but placed in 889; the Chronicle of the Kings of Alba reports: Doniualdus son of Constantini held the kingdom for 11 years. The Northmen wasted Pictland at this time. In his reign a battle occurred between Scots at Innisibsolian where the Scots had victory, he was killed at Opidum Fother by the Gentiles. It has been suggested that the attack on Dunnottar, rather than being a small raid by a handful of pirates, may be associated with the ravaging of Scotland attributed to Harald Fairhair in the Heimskringla; the Prophecy of Berchán places Donald's death at Dunnottar, but appears to attribute it to Gaels rather than Norsemen. Donald's death is dated to 900 by the Annals of Ulster and the Chronicon Scotorum, where he is called king of Alba, rather than king of the Picts.

He was buried on Iona. Like his father, Constantine, he died a violent death at a premature age; the change from king of the Picts to king of Alba is seen as indicating a step towards the kingdom of the Scots, but historians, while divided as to when this change should be placed, do not attribute it to Donald in view of his epithet. The consensus view is that the key changes occurred in the reign of Constantine II, but the reign of Giric has been proposed; the Chronicle of the Kings of Alba has Donald succeeded by his cousin Constantine II. Donald's son Malcolm was king as Malcolm I; the Prophecy of Berchán appears to suggest that another king reigned for a short while between Donald II and Constantine II, saying "half a day will he take sovereignty". Possible confirmation of this exists in the Chronicon Scotorum, where the death of "Ead, king of the Picts" in battle against the Uí Ímair is reported in 904. This, however, is thought to be an error, referring to Ædwulf, the ruler of Bernicia, whose death is reported in 913 by the other Irish annals.

Kingdom of Alba Origins of the Kingdom of Alba CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts at University College Cork includes the Annals of Ulster, the Four Masters and Innisfallen, the Chronicon Scotorum, the Lebor Bretnach and various Saints' Lives. Most are translated into English; the Chronicle of the Kings of Alba

Neuro (video game)

Neuro is a cyberpunk first-person shooter video game developed by Revolt Games and published by Russobit-M. It was released on 10 March 2006; the game's plot and world is tech-noir and cyberpunk-themed, as well as dystopian, with inspiration drawn from Blade Runner and Akira, the works of writers such as William Gibson and Philip K. Dick. Neuro is a low-key crime drama with a cyberpunk theme and backdrop that philosophizes on the devolution of humankind: Even though humans have spread themselves out amongst the stars and developed technology to improve and enrich their lives, they are still to exploit each other whenever possible. James Gravesen is a law officer, attempting to arrest an elusive smuggler with government connections, dealing in "Lilac Death," a dangerous weaponized substance that can "wipe out Sorgo three times". James has biotechnology implanted in his brain that gives him a handful of psi-weapons: From 30 feet away and only using his mind, he can light enemies on fire, blow them off their feet and crush them, make them go berserk and kill their allies.

He can see through walls to identify where enemies lurk, he can heal himself. All of this takes a psi-energy which resets over time; the enemies are crooks trying to stop you from completing your various missions. Prior to release, Neuro had been in development since 2002 and was demonstrated at E3s 2003 and 2004. While intended for worldwide release, it was only released in the CIS and Taiwan. In 2010, an academic, Keith Duffy, found out about Neuro and, not knowing about the official English-language release in Taiwan, translated it into English, his translation was released for free on his blog. The Taiwanese release features a GFI logo in the intro despite being distributed by Miracle Express indicating that they would have been responsible for European and other Western distribution of the game. Neuro at IGN An interview with Irina Semenova, PR woman for Russobit M, on Neuro