: I don't want to spoil things too much, so I'll put my thoughts invisible for you to read on the Volturi. Spoilers start: I don't think that the Volturi are wusses, per se, but based on the events of BD, they're not as tough as they like to make themselves out to be--at least in Caius' mind, but even there, I see his lust for violence to be a weakness. For this, I'd compare Caius to Agito Makishima/Guyver III from Bio-Booster Armor Guyver. Both Agito and Caius are amoral and prone to use force to get what they want, but at least Agito is more "patient" than Caius is in that respect--Agito is smart and crafty enough often to try and use brains instead of brawn to get what he wants, though it can be said that he's not a ton better, because he'll manipulate people to go along with his morally ambiguous plans by exploiting their mental/emotional weaknesses. Also, Caius will only fight when he feels he can win or dominate, ie, when the cards are stacked in his favor--I personally don't see Caius as being insanely brave by any means. Agito, though undeniably brave and a master strategist in combat, he'll occasionally--though rarely--give up a fight until he can come up with a strategy to ensure victory. Again, brains vs brawn. However, in the canon of Guyver at the present time, Agito is a major anti-hero (I soften him up a bit for my stories, and he seems to be letting up on his lust for power and to rule the world in recent chapters of the actual Guyver manga, too), one who fights against evil, but has morally questionable motives/mixed motives, and though Agito isn't a villian, you can't say that he's a conventional "pure hearted" hero by any stretch of the imagination, either, being amoral, having no idealism, and verging at times on being as demented, evil, and insane as those he's fighting against. Maybe I should compare Agito to Aro, as they have personalities that are more similar, but Agito rarely, if ever, gets himself into a fight without trying to get all side of the story, so to speak, and hence embarrass himself with running away with his tail between his legs--Agito may be power hungry and amoral about how he gets that power a lot of the time, but he has "his standards" and is less impulsive than Caius or Aro tend to be.
Also, there's some scientific basis for the Volturi vs Guyvers/hybrids, too. The Volturi live a largely sedimentary life style. In other words, they don't move around a lot, they largely confine themselves to their hall, and they seem to be showing some of the effects of such a lifestyle. In that, their venom is weaker, and they're more vulnerable to the weapons of the Guyvers--vampire venom is acidic, for example, and Guyver armor can be damaged by certain powerful acids. A Cullen type vampire, or a really active hybrid that's venomous (such as Lia, Camel, Melinda, Bella (later on in my story) and Shizu (Agito's girlfriend/wife, who becomes a bio-engineered hybrid to prolong her life--she becomes immortal and even more powerful than before. For more info about Shizu in Guyver canon, there's this: http://guyver.wikia.com/wiki/Shizu_Onuma [inv]Also, more active vampires and vampire hybrid's skin will be harder and hence more resistant to damage, and even the consumption of animal blood will improve that.
Mostly, I'm doing this because I don't think that the Volturi are the "big bad" that they think they are in a fight, especially on an even playing field. Also, just because one sees him/herself as superior, doesn't mean that they are. Caius thinks that the Cullens are warped and weird. Maybe he's the one who's warped and weird LOL. If you'd like me to explain more, feel free to ask.
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Sorry for the long explanation on the Volturi stuff. But, I do have to say that the Twilight vampires as a whole aren't as wussified as Dracula really is. It's like in Guyver--Sho/Guyver I is seen as being a wuss/weakling early on, but he's usually the first to discover/create upgrades for his Guyver armor, his desire to protect his friends and family almost always overcomes any perceived emotional, mental or physical weaknesses, and, being the most sensitive of the Guyver armor users, it seems to be paying off for him now, because he has more will than ever to fight to protect his friends and family, as well as the rest of mankind, and though he doesn't use his powers recklessly or wantonly, he'll use them to the best of his ability to defeat an enemy, even in recent volumes of the manga demonstrating a power that allows him to vanquish and enemy without no collateral damage--the best of both worlds for him and any right thinking person. That, and he's come to equal the aforementioned Agito/Guyver III in combat. However, he still chooses not to think of himself as a hero, just someone who's trying to do the right thing and take advantage of his powers to do so.
So I hope that you can see why I see the Volturi as being warped and twisted, and how the demonstrate a lot of the darker impulses of human nature, and, above all, how they act out on them.
And as far as the baby, you might have to clear calling her Nessie with her parents, or, maybe, when she starts to speak, she might want to have herself called Nessie. Who knows, but it's possible. Maybe she'll like Twilight when she comes of age, too.Everyone
: I wasn't feeling well when I got home from work, so I took a nap from about 3:30-7:30. I can sense the weather changing here, with the rain/freezing rain/snow. I also didn't get to eat like I though I would last night--splitting wood made me feel so tired that I just went to bed when I got done. So I'll be having fish tonight.
Tomorrow will be my last day of work for the week, but I hope it doesn't turn out like today, where I had hardly anything to do after I got my usual work done. I usually send out emails to co-workers, but work has been slow to come the past couple of days. I just hope that I have a busier day tomorrow.
That aside, today was pretty good aside from not feeling well. I'm still out of it right now a bit. But I don't plan on doing too much tonight. I got a good start on chapter 6. Thus far, it's mostly a narrative by Natsuki (an attractive nerd/Sci-fi and fantasy film nut of way above average intelligence from Guyver who can ID different species of creatures with accuracy, but otherwise is a normal YA girl in her early 20s, if that), but I'm getting to some good stuff with her running errands (dress shopping at Rosalie's dress store, a make up appointment with Lia and Camel, and visiting Camel's car and aircraft museum to help him work on a DH Mosquito fighter that he's restored to airworthiness
). I'll work on it more over the weekend.
I'll probably try and do some WWII gaming later tonight after I get done online here. At least the temperature stuff is improving, since I was able to sleep under my blankets without my hoodie on when I slept earlier.
Everyone take care of yourselves, since there's bad weather in the NE this weekend and do whatever you have to do to cope/adapt to changing weather.
I'll be back later