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Grey Gargoyle

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The Mandarin

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Subj: Re: I think of them as a set of rogues tools/tricks/traps
Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 at 10:00:19 am EDT (Viewed 106 times)
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Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 at 12:27:14 pm EDT (Viewed 113 times)

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Illusions to cloud the mind, darkness to blind the eyes, tornadoes to make you dizzy, electricity to spaz out your nervous system, ice and matter rearangment to trap your feet, all fancier versions of the kind of tricks/traps/tools a good rogue would have in his belt to get you off-balance to set up a cheapshot. It's just that he cheapshots you with karate-chops instead of a dagger.

I basically think of The Mandarin as a Monk/Barbarian/Rogue hybrid. Like a Monk, he can channel chi to do immense damage with karate-chops. Like a Barbarian, he can rip into you with immense savagery. And like a Rogue, he is extremely good at using sneaky, devious tools to get you off-balance and set up a sucker-punch/cheapshot.

... thus, that's why I was thinking about tao & the fundamental forces of nature ...

Besides the obvious light & darkness and cold & heat, the electrical & impact rings could be an equivalent for the Vajra (thunderbolt).

The vortex ring also reminds me the yin-yang spiral.

Of course, it is also possible to say that the rings are the fundamental tools which allowed the ship to work.

For example, the vortex ring might be some kind of gyroscope.