Fun Fact: Sol Invictus Christmas

Orange sun in space

Sol Invictus was a sun god of the early Roman Empire, made official by Emperor Aurelian on December 25th 274. The god was favored by all the Emperors until the reign of Constantine I.

Things I Like: Cinderella/Ashley Boyd (Once Upon a Time)

Cinderella once upon a time ABC

While kind of minor for the series, she did have a decent role in the first season.

Fairy godmother meets Cinderella once upon a time ABC

She’s your typical Cinderella. She was reduced to poverty and servitude to her wicked stepmother and step-sisters. Her fairy godmother is about to help her before the magical being is obliterated by Rumplestiltskin.

Rumplestiltskin makes contract for Cinderella once upon a time ABC

So Rumpelstiltskin takes the role instead. He’d use the magic to reverse the course of her life in exchange for something.

Wedding night for Cinderella once upon a time ABC

So after she gets married to her prince and pregnant, she finds out that the Dark One wanted her unborn child. She does all she can to reverse things but…

Pregnant and miserable Cinderella once upon a time ABC

She carries that same promise in Storybrooke to Mr. Gold. Her life is pretty miserable. In poverty and pregnant, her prince is cursed as her ex-boyfriend.

Snow white ruby and Cinderella once upon a time ABC

Though with help from Emma Swan, she finally finds happiness and most of this is before the curse is broken.

Cinderella goes crazy once upon a time ABC

She comes back near the end of the series, with a lot of crazy drama with one of her step-sisters. I felt this was odd and unneeded and a reason the show was running out of ideas.

Things I Like: Maleficent (Once Upon a Time)

Maleficent once upon a time ABC

While far from my favorite villain, I did like her incarnation mildly on the show. She makes a short appearance early on.

Regina talks with Maleficent once upon a time ABC

As we learn she had the curse that Regina casted after Regina traded it for the sleeping curse which failed to work on Snow White. She manages to get it back by force.

Emma Swan fights dragon Maleficent once upon a time ABC

She spends most of her time as a dragon underneath Storybrooke. And Emma Swan fights her before breaking the curse herself.

Ursula cruella de vil Maleficent once upon a time ABC

She comes back later when all the bad people realize that finding The Author would make them have a good ending for a change.

Lily and apprentice once upon a time ABC

I didn’t expect her story to turn rather sweet. She had a daughter named Lily, who like Emma Swan grew up on Earth and had no real idea of her origins.

Lily meets her mother Maleficent once upon a time ABC

They finally get a chance to reunite, and just like Snow White and Emma Swan, they have a imperfect but happy reunion. And her story mostly ends there.

Things I Like: Miriam (Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night)

Miriam Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Nintendo Switch Xbox One PS4

Miriam is the main character, so it’s hard to hate on her. She reminds me a lot of Shanoa from Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, which was the last real Metroidvania that Konami had done.

Miriam with floating sword Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Nintendo Switch Xbox One PS4

Though Miriam plays more like Soma Cruz from Aria/Dawn of Sorrow. She can use different weapons, but a sword is her best one, in my opinion.

Miriam book spell Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Nintendo Switch Xbox One PS4

Like Soma Cruz she could also take enemies’ powers and use it to her benefit.

Miriam swimming under water Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Nintendo Switch Xbox One PS4

She can’t dive underwater for the longest time, which I found annoying.

Boss vs Miriam Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Nintendo Switch Xbox One PS4

But I liked her abilities during the boss battles.

Miriam clone boss battle Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Nintendo Switch Xbox One PS4

I also enjoyed fighting her clone in one of the later boss battles.

Zangetsu gives Miriam his sword Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Nintendo Switch Xbox One PS4

I also liked her alliances, especially with Zangetsu.

Miriam vs Dominique Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Nintendo Switch Xbox One PS4

While it takes her awhile,she does defeat all the evil in the castle, though most of her friends perish before the goal is done.

Ending Miriam Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Nintendo Switch Xbox One PS4

I think we’ll see a sequel, so we’ll see what’s next in her adventures.