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  1. Hey guys, Tac here! After the zombies community recently watched one of the most entertaining video game showdowns ever (i.e. the Der Eisendrache Easter Egg), it’s time to understand exactly why it happened and what will happen in the rest of the game. What has become clear as we progress through the series is that we’re getting introduced to more and more mythologies. World at War and Black Ops introduced us to the Vril-ya mythos, Black Ops 2 to Norse (sort of, read on), and now in Black Ops 3, they’ve introduced the Cthulhu mythos and ramped up the other two. This thread spawned from a few things: my deep passion for the storyline, seeing “Ragnarok” in the game achievements, and more generally watching much of the community fumble with how the storyline is progressing. Because of these things, this post goes to show that in zombies, they are mixing each mythology and blending them together because their baseline structures are so similar. I’m going to preface this by saying I did my absolute best to not try and force things to fit. If the puzzle piece didn’t quite fit right, or sound correct, I likely chose to omit it. Some of you may be confused, but it’s right in front of us if you know where to look. Given that this thread is rather lengthy, it's likely that I forgot to include something or even omit something. If you find an error, let me know! The Vril-ya A long time ago, Monopoly Mac and I made one of the forefront Vril-ya threads at that time. In it, we discussed the extensive history of not only the Vril-ya, but the German obsession in them as well. As the years have passed since the thread’s publishing, some things have stayed the same and of course, some things have changed. The original thread can be found here, but the truly relevant information is below. In Vril-ya mythos, there was a solar system named Aldebaran that had a sun revolving around two inhabited planets, forming the empire “SUMERAN”. Living on these inhabitable planets were two cohabitable races of beings, one master and one subservient, both capable of great spiritual and physical feats. The master race was known as giant “light God people,” and the subservient race came about through the two distinct races intermixed further and further, their capabilities slowly diminished. A point came where they could no longer live on their home planet and had to move elsewhere, so the master race, capable of traveling time and space, evacuated them. The source of the Vril-ya’s powerful psychic and technological advancements was Vril. When employed, they could achieve great telekinetic abilities and through great acts of medicine, could live up to the age of one thousand years. However, if used the wrong way, those rods could be used for great destruction. Legend has it that they first arrived on a planet known as Mallona (also called Marduk), which existed in what is today’s asteroid belt, between Mars and Jupiter. They moved inwards in the Solar System, inhabiting Mars and then Earth, landing in the Mesopotamia region. From here, legend gets a bit more difficult to sift through, but the basic plot is able to be discerned. They split into two factions, where one faction migrated towards the Gobi Desert and eventually landed in Atlantis and the other went to Hyperborea (which is actually from the Greek mythos). The Atlanteans became engaged in a series of wars with another group, the Lemurians, and the danger of improperly using Vril came to light. The wars were described as thermonuclear and when the dust settled, little was left besides a vast and open desert. It is said that both the Atlantean and Lemurian homelands had been weakened by the wars, and in the aftermath, they each knew they’d need to move and change their ways. Accordingly, they created the subterranean world known as Agartha, with the capital city of Shambhala, in the Earth’s Core, Hollow Earth. As the center of intellectual progress and enlightenment, and is powered by the Black Sun, or Schwarze Sonne, a black star located within the Earth itself said to contain and radiate Vril energy. It is said that one day, the Vril-ya are going to leave Earth and colonize another planet. The Ragnarok Ragnarok, as described in old Norse Mythology, is the set of future events where gods such as Odin, Thor, and Freya will battle against the jotuns, or world-devourers, and end their nine worlds as they know them.[1] The gods are described as “the benefactors and protectors of civilization,” while the world-devourers “are forces of destruction, entropy, and decay,” as they are “constantly trying to drag it back to primordial chaos.” It’s said that Odin handpicked the best human warriors he could find to fight the jotuns, but they knew deep down the results would be terrifying.[2] Preceding these events, it is said that three years of winter come, with no summer in between, leading to wars worldwide. There will then be three roosters crowing: one crimson, another golden, another soot red (the last being from Hel, the realm of the dead).[3] Garmr, the blood-stained watchdog hound of Hel, howls, “and the wolf run free” as its chains are broken. (Some sources compare Garmr to either/both Cerberus or a “hellhound,” but the original text says watchdog). He is not the only one set free, however, as Loki escaped his bonds and set sail for Asgard, the Nordic land of the gods. Heimdall, an Asgard watchman, saw the advancement and blew the horn to inform the realm of dead soldiers that the battle had now begun. Then the immense World Tree (whose roots connect the nine worlds of Norse mythology) shuddered. The results were as predicted by Odin and company, and there were three major instances of heroes killing each other (Thor and sea serpent Jormungand, Freyr and world-devourer Surt, and Loki and Heimdall). Odin also falls, but he to Garmr, who is then killed by Odin’s son. The world was now nothing and as the battle came to an end, the war-torn land sank into the sea. There was a saving grace, however, as a male and female (Lif and Lifprasir) had hid out in a forest (some say the World Tree) when the winters hit, and “from them generations will spring.” Another character that comes into play is the devourer Nidhogg, who is a “dragon/serpent/snake” in Hel that lives and chews on corpses. It’s said that “ … Nidhogg sucked / the blood of the slain, / and the wolf-tore men” from his place in Hel. Because Hel is underneath the World Tree, and Nidhogg’s intentions are to cause chaos, he often gnaws at the roots of the world tree.[4][5] He actually flies out over the Ragnarok battlefield to gather corpses to feed his never-ending hunger.[6] Lovecraft Shoutout to @BlindBusDrivr for finding the real-life image There existed a group known as the Elder Things, who were the first extraterrestrial beings to come to Earth. Their technological capabilities were immense, capable of “personal locomotion” via “no external aid” (likely through their wings). They created a servitor race known as the Shoggoths, having great size and strength in order to labor for the Elder Things. Originally, they were hypnotically controlled by their creators and only capable of living in water. Some of the Shoggoths mutated, however, gaining independent minds and the ability to live on land. They subsequently rebelled against the Elder Things, but were quelled and watched much more closely afterwards.[1][2] There existed another group, the Outer Gods, who were ruled by the most powerful being in the mythos, Azathoth. While both the Elder Things and Outer Gods were similar in many ways (such as being incredibly powerful and working at a cosmic level), there were key differences between them. The first difference was that while the Elder Things were an intelligent race, the Outer Gods were “mindless blasphemies” with Azathoth as their “blind idiot god.” (Azathoth’s primary servant and messenger, Nyarlathotep, uses his great intelligence to often manipulate the mindless Azathoth.[3] More on Nyarlathotep later, though.) The second difference was their attitude towards humanity, as the Outer Gods wanted nothing more than for humanity to die off or become slaves. While the Elder Things historically looked down on humanity, they were occasionally sympathetic to them and the two’s interests often aligned.[4] The final difference is location, with Elder Things being located on Earth and the Outer Gods generally being in deep space. The Great Old Ones are the last “main” group of the mythos, once presiding over the Earth as rulers and gods[5] (all still being worshipped by devoted cults). They have since been imprisoned in various locations around Earth, though the reason is unknown. The two leading theories are that either the Elder Gods cast them away for a deed they disapproved of, or the Great Old Ones are as they are because of their own actions. The most famous of these Great Old Ones is Cthulhu (pictured above), whose name is noticeably similar to the Greek word “chthonic,” meaning “subterranean” (as suggested in a Lovecraft tale itself). He’s described as a combination of a dragon, man, and giant octopus (esp. on his head), and is particularly malevolent. He is imprisoned and hibernating in the underwater city of R’yleh, waiting to be unwittingly exposed and return to the world. What happens if he were to awake, however, is uncertain.[6] Also in the mythos are many smaller groups, such as the Deep Ones, who are an ocean-dwelling race with an appeal towards mating with humans. Another are the Mi-go, which are a scientifically and technologically superior extraterrestrial species made from matter not even naturally occurring on Earth. They have soft wings for flying through the “ether of outer space” and are capable of “removing [a] subject's brain and placing it into a ‘brain cylinder’, which can be attached to external devices to allow it to see, hear, and speak.”[7] The Connections Part 1 - The Energies Part 2 - The Mythos The End - Potential Issues
  2. Hello all, I am Dr. Tac. I will be your therapist today, please sit down on that comfy couch and hold this controller 🎮. Just answer my questions as truthfully as you can. Your significant other (Treyarch) may actually be listening in on us right now, so let them know how you feel. How are you and Blackout doing, are you spending a lot of time together? Which stage of the relationship are you in? ❤️ 🤯 👍 😂 😭 😠 🤬 What's your least favorite thing about them? Is it the way they make loud noises even if they're far away? Do you feel like sometimes they put up Level 3 armor and you can't get through to them? Maybe sometimes they're just a bit slow? What do you like the most so far? Maybe they let you take the truck to get large red grocery crates whenever you want. Rumor has it they'll finally let you get a new backpack so you don't look as dorky to all your friends and family. Whatever it is, tell me.
  3. Tac

    10/16 Game Update

    General General stability improvements and crash fixes. The Featured playlist tiles for Multiplayer and Blackout have changed today. This is part of the regular rotation of Featured playlists – more details to come on how Featured playlists will work in Black Ops 4 in a separate update. Blackout 100-Players Duos is now the Featured playlist for Blackout. Quads playlist is now 88 maximum players. We’re continuing to update various game settings to ensure the best experience for all players across all platforms and modes. Multiplayer Playlist Updates TDM playlist now supports parties of 6 (was previously 5). Featured playlist changed to Heist. Custom Games Custom Search and Destroy games will now correctly conclude after one team wins 6 rounds total, fixing an issue where custom games previously ended at round 7. Miscellaneous Addressed a crash caused by earning multiple Medals in a match. Zombies Addressed a UI error caused by losing Internet connection in split screen. PC-specific Stability Improvements Fixed a crash occurring during initial boot of the game for some users. Fixed a crash when disconnecting from a Blackout match. Fixed a crash occurring when managing multiple windows simultaneously in Blackout. Fixed a crash when browsing unlockable Items. Fixed crashes occurring when changing texture quality. Fixed a performance issue when changing Clan tags. Improved handling of “Out of Memory” errors. Additional stability fixes listed in today’s update from /u/TreyarchPC: https://www.reddit.com/r/Blackops4/comments/9oqgsd/call_of_duty_black_ops_4_pc_updates/ Zombies Addressed an issue that caused Hellhounds to exhibit some very... un-doglike behavior in Zombies. Miscellaneous “Object View Distance” setting now properly renders objects further on “High” than on “Low” in Blackout. In addition to the topics listed in our previous updates over the past week, we’re currently tracking the following recent topics: Zombies Easter Egg Quests We’re aware of some instability issues currently affecting the Easter Egg quests, and will address these in a major update coming soon. Thanks for your patience. Multiplayer Audio We’ve seen some reports of audio volumes in Multiplayer not sounding quite as expected, particularly with footsteps. We’ve passed these onto the appropriate teams for evaluation. In the meantime, please be sure to try out the different custom presets in our Audio settings under Options to find a mix that works best for you. PC Hellion Salvo Crash PC players will currently crash when equipping the “Hunt” weapon camo and Fast Lock attachment on the Hellion Salvo launcher. We’re fixing this in an upcoming update – in the meantime, please avoid using this camo/Attachment combination on the Hellion Salvo to prevent crashing. Teammate Names Disappearing Some players are reportedly seeing their teammates’ player names disappearing temporarily during MP matches, making it difficult to tell friend from foe. We’re investigating this as well. Xbox One Deluxe Edition Items We’re aware some users are still having trouble accessing their Shadowman and Classified content consistently on Xbox One, even after manually downloading the items. We’re continuing to investigate to see what can be done on our end to solve this.
  4. In the new update released today, duos have been bumped from 88 to 100 players. Quads have been dropped from 100 players to 88, presumably because of the stuttering some (many?) players were experiencing. Here's a the rest of Blackout-specific updates but I recommend looking at the whole list I linked: - Fixed a crash when disconnecting from a Blackout match - Fixed a crash occurring when managing multiple windows simultaneously in Blackout - [PC] “Object View Distance” setting now properly renders objects further on “High” than on “Low” in Blackout What do you think of these changes? I can't wait to jump into duos!
  5. Tac

    What would you like in the next Treyarch game

    I think it would be cool if they made a map on the Titanic, ooooh or maybe they could bring back the Ultimis crew and TOTALLY SHEDS LIGHT ON FIVE! Would love a battle royale mode, but who knows maybe all that is too much to ask for 😛 For real though, based on your old responses, how do you all feel about the game?
  6. Tac

    Surviving Black Ops IV: A Battle Plan

    Piggybacking here, a friendly reminder to all that I absolutely never follow is please don't drive and talk with people about the game! As much as it may not seem like it, your next response on the site or discord server can wait until you get to your destination! If you feel you must be engaged in the conversation, maybe just consume instead of contribute. Find a way to be safe people!
  7. Got my first solo win! I went Construction from the beginning and final circle ended up being there, but I had some panic attacks working my way down 😛 https://1drv.ms/v/s!Atrfe_1EdyT5gV8FbwEkHUONtLHe
  8. Blackout is right around the corner and I figured we could all use a dedicated place to post our fun and/or impressive moments! Please follow the Code of Conduct and try to limit the self-promotion, BUT POST AWAY AND LET'S HAVE SOME FUN WITH THIS!!
  9. Tac

    The Shadowman in Blackout

    Oh man that would be awesome. I forgot what Vondy said about Nero in the Game Informer interview but that would be cool too. I'm so curious what these challenges will be to get the characters. Things like 'use the war machine to unlock battery' make sense to me but how for the zombies characters? Hopefully more than 'kill x amount of zombies in Blackout'. Or maybe that's not a bad thing idk
  10. Tac

    Classified Intro Cinematic

    Wait isn't the Pentagon Thief Yuri??
  11. Tac

    We Want Your Suggestions!

    Oooh this is the kind of thing I'd annoy people with back in my day. It shall return 🧐😈
  12. Tac

    Classified Intro Cinematic

    This is truly mother trucking incredible. I cannot contain myself right now. These visualizations give me LIFE
  13. Tac

    Which map will you play first?

    Howdy Clay! I think mine will be Classified. I'm all about that Pentagon setting 😍
  14. I have two videos to share from the beta. The first one is me having a solid combat axe throw, but the second is an absurd throw by a teammate that I can't put words to. I think @GRILL even makes a cameo in the beginning of the second video 😉 Upload Studio 92.mp4 Upload Studio 93.mp4
  15. Tac

    The Official Chicken Sandwich Enthusiasts' Club

    go listen to Lana Del Rey pls
  16. Tac

    So... Podcast der Toten?

    It would be great if the original crew wanted back in on PDT, but if they didn't want to surely the podcast could still return with a different cast right? I think it would be a great mission and would be interested in joining. Go podcasts!
  17. Tac

    New Medals Incoming!

    Wait, how come the things like Post Ranks, Hot Topic, Storyteller, Introduction, 115 Day, etc, are all going away?
  18. Tac

    Classified / Hopes and expectations

    This is how I feel as well. I think it would be interesting to be in a deeper part of the Pentagon. Maybe Zombie Labs stuff haha? Also, what @anonymous said. GIMME DA BACKSTORY BB
  19. Tac

    Analysis: Classified Cover Art

    Do you have a link to that? I don't doubt you but I've missed a lot and would love to see that 😍
  20. Hey guys! User /u/MaakuKiyoshi posted an album full of images from the projector on Der Eisendrache, and they're incredible! Open up the spoiler to see them (and consider everything after this point a spoiler), but let's get some discussion! You can see that the Griffin Station infrastructure is coming together, along with the final image showing the MPD and study of it. Even more interestingly, Group 935 tested on what appear to be Keepers (the long skull, teeth, and Black Sun logo on second image gives it away). What do you all think?
  21. Gorod Krovi Radios Codes/Ciphers Letters
  22. Now that the map is pretty much out and the community (that's still awake, anyway) is buzzing, it's time for the classic question! What's your highest round so far?
  23. Tac

    A big THANKYOU to CODZ

    Much love @Smok3y <3

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