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Ah, the TV news programs have already started  the countdown for Christmas. The night is also beginning to be adorned with shimmering Christmas lights and colorful lanterns hanged along the streets and houses. Truly, I can already smell the sweet scent of anticipation for the coming of our savior, Jesus Christ. How I love Christmas, and surely everyone else does!

I plan to put a small Christmas decoration inside our room in the boarding house so that even when we study, we may never give up and lose hope. And perhaps, we might even forget that Christmas is already nearing due to our busyness to studying. Isn’t it beautiful when everyone’s heart is aching tenderly for the birth of our Savior? I also plan to download some Christmas songs to liven up the stiff mood of our room.

And now, here are my Christmas wish list:

1. YOUCAT book
2. Books by Saint Josemaria Escriva

  • Friends of God
  • The Way
  • The Forge
  • The Furrow

3. Catholicism of the Catholic Church
4. Any books (as long as it’s not SciFi)

  • Culture-related books
  • Alex Rider series

5 Comprehensive 2012 planner
6. DLSR Canon/Nikon Camera!
7. Geisha books

  • Geisha: A Living Tradition (Kyouko Aihara)
  • Women of the Pleasure Quarters (Lesley Downer)
  • A Geisha’s Journey (Komomo)
  • Geisha: A Unique World of Tradition, Elegance, and Art (John Gallagher)
  • Geisha: Beyond the Painted Smile (George Braziller)
  • Geisha: The Life, the Voices, the Art (Jodi Cobb)

8. Suikoden III Manga Volumes: 1, 5, 6, 8, 10
9. 100+ Crayola Set
10. Blouse/ornaments

My friend bought me this rare copy of my all-time favorite Suikoden Series (thanks to her!), so I decided to share a few glimpses of   this volume. Aki Shimizu is really a great artist and I admire her; the illustrations are very detailed . So buy your own copy now!

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Luc and Sasarai: Luc was the one with the blue aura containing the True Wind Rune, while Sasarai was the one with the yellow aura containing the True Earth Rune. As explained before, they were meant to be Lord Hikusaak’s clones; mere vessels of true runes.

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Hugo became the Flame Champion, as stated in the previous volumes. He acquired the True Fire Rune with the help of Sana, the former Flame Champion’s lover, and now he was being introduced to the Grassland people. The Grassland Clan Leaders bowed down to him, even his mother! They thanked him for his return, and they told him that they would give all their best to end this war.

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On the other hand, Chris returned to Zexen. Then she called a secret meeting with her comrades and told them the whole story during her absence. She had inherited the True Water Rune that once belonged to her father, Wyatt Lightfellow.

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Because of the recent conflict with Harmonia, Grasslands decided to enter a temporary truce with Zexen. Chris, the leader of the Zexen Knights, then declared war on Harmonia.

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Sasarai was denoted from his position as army general because of his “incompetence”.  They arrested him and was currently detained, while Luc now became the army general. Then Luc visited Sasarai one night, and had a long chat about their past and the reason why they were living. Apparently, Luc tells him the truth and steals his True Earth Rune.

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Poor Sasarai. Luc made Sasarai suffer by adjusting the air pressure inside his body. Luc eventually manages to get his True Rune, but he didn’t kill him for some reasons even though he would only have a month to live without the rune. Brotherly love, perhaps?

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She is Gustav’s spoiled daughter, who once was kidnapped by Neclord in Suikoden 2, now grown up. She wasn’t that bad-mannered before,  but anyway, she was currently in a journey to meet the Flame Champion.

I just finished all the volumes, and I could say the storyline was great! I haven’t played Suikoden 3 yet so I didn’t know the plot before. And I really admire Luc, he was probably the best character created in the series. I thought he turned to the bad side at the start, but it all became clear when I learned that he was just trying to save the world from the future he had foreseen. That future was just nothingness at the end because of the endless wars driven by the runes’ conflict to each other. And he thought of destroying his True Wind Rune to change the course of the future, but that requires Grassland to be sacrificed. So he made a war that would drive Grassland people out of their homeland, but at the end, he died because he was hindered by Hugo and other rune bearers. Luc should have explained all these things to his fellow rune bearers and Grassland leaders so his plan would run smoothly, but I guess he wasn’t good at words.