Community Spotlight : Daystar Clarion

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Community Spotlight : Daystar Clarion

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If you've spent even a little time around The Escapist forums of late, it's likely you've heard the name Daystar Clarion. He'll tell you himself that he's known around the site for adoring Okami and derailing threads, managing to make both friends and enemies along the way. Not only did an abundance of users vote for Daystar to be featured in a Community Spotlight, many people voted against him, making a lot of us wonder... Who is this person that could stir up so much merriment and ire at the same time?

As one user describes him, he's not only The First Brovenger - he's "our main source of fun and joviality on these forums. Our first, and last line of defense against the shrieking hordes of rage, hate, and adolescent nihilism that plague so much of the internet. "

Whether you love him or hate him, you've got to admit that Daystar is a part of Escapist culture right now. So much so in fact that when his forum friends discovered he couldn't make it to the Escapist Expo they purchased a plush toy of his avatar and brought it along instead. Throughout the weekend you could find Daystar mingling with an assortment of Escapist staff and content providers, despite never having set foot on the grounds.

Pictured below:
Cory Rydell, Fiz_the_Toaster, ThyNameIsMud, Fappy, Nasrin, Kapol, and PsychicTaco115

We took a moment and get to know the "telltale white wolf", hoping to uncover some of his mystery.

What first brought you to The Escapist?

If I recall, it was around 2007 and like many other posters, I was brought to the Escapists by Zero Punctuation. I quickly learned that there was more to the site than just than just Yahtzee, that handsome devil, and I stuck around, regularly lurking in the forums until I eventually decided to make a profile. I'm not sure why I waited so long to join, now that I think about it...

Tell us a little about your avatar.

It's Amaterasu (often referred to as Ammy) from the Playstation 2 title, Okami.

The game is based on Shinto folklore, Amaterasu being the Goddess of the Sun in the form of a wolf. Plants and flowers sprout at her feet as she runs, it's all very pretty manly and has a great flow to it.

Originally, it was just Ammy running, but thanks to the fine work of trollnystan, Ammy now has come clouds to keep her company. TopazFusion resized the image for me after the recent update.

Where does your name come from?

Daystar Clarion is the name of a sword from the Symphony of Ages, a series of fantasy novels by the author Elizabeth Haydon. The weapon resembles a 14th cenutry Italian sword, the kind with a finger guard.

It was forged from a piece of star and consecrated in fire and ether (the element of the stars). When wielded by specific individuals, the sword is actually on fire, and any wound inflicted on an opponent is instantly cauterised.

My attachment to the actual book series has dwindled, and I'm not really as fond of them now as when I was younger, but I've always liked the sword and its name, so I use it as my username any chance I get. .

Who are the Injustice League and the Brovengers?

I don't remember the specifics, but from what I recall, me and Hazy992 had a habit of posting whimsical nonsense in troll or otherwise pointless threads. This sort of made us a duo (or 'bros') and eventually, other posters joined in. This was around the time The Avengers was coming to cinemas so we rolled with the idea of The Brovengers, a group of posters who fought against the evil of boredom

PsychicTaco115 sent me a PM around that time, suggesting that no superhero team is complete with a team of super villains, and the Injustice League was born to mock oppose all our mock hero efforts. .

What is your favorite current feature of The Escapist?

The Jimquisition, Zero Punctuation, Critical Miss, The Big Picture, Escape to the Movies, Space Janitors, I love all these shows, as well as the Newsroom content and a number of articles written by the staff.

My favourite though, would probably be No Right Answer.

The show is hilarious and Chris, Kyle and Dan come across as genuinely having fun while at the same time, raising some quite interesting points.

Being fun and quite interesting is my idea of a brilliant time.

If I take a look inside your refrigerator what would I find?

Just the standard fare really, as well as some Irn Bru. I'm ashamed that my fridge isn't more interesting.

If you won the lottery, how would you spend the money?

My fiancée would make me do the sensible things and buy us a house as well as have a 'lovely wedding' as she put it. I'm not sure how the latter is considered 'sensible', but she and her fist assures me that it is.

I'd probably stick it in the bank and live off the interest, buying all the video games. I'd also book myself a flight and a ticket to the Escapist Expo to meet you beautiful people.

Who is your favorite historical figure, and why?

Probably Charles Darwin.

I won't go into the whole evolution vs creationism thing, but needless to say, the man changed the way we look at the natural world.

He also reminds me of a hilarious story involving Galápagos tortoises and how delicious they are.

What are your hobbies, besides lurking on The Escapist forum?

I likez to play teh vidja gamez!

Also, I love to watch stand up comedians, as well as comedy panel shows and various other British comedies, such as Top Gear, Blackadder, Red Dwarf, and other classics.

I also like watching a few US TV shows, such as Firefly, House, How I Met Your Mother, and The Big Bang Theory.

I also dabble in some anime, not much, but I love Ghost in the Shell, Cowboy Bebop, and Outlaw Star.
I'm afraid I'm not that incredibly interesting.

What is your day job?

Currently I'm unemployed, which may have something to do with why I post so much on the forums.

I apply for work every day, however, so by the time this article is up, I may be in work, so fingers crossed.

What is your favorite videogame and why?

This may come as a huge surprise, but my favourite game is Okami.

It's everything I want from a game. Brilliant music, stunning visual aesthetics, loveable characters, a great story and some unique gameplay mechanics.

As I stated earlier, the game is based on Shinto folklore, so culturally, it's a very Japanese game. Thankfully, it's presented in such a way that the barrier of entry is low and no prior knowledge of the subject is needed to fully enjoy this classic gem.

I'd heartily recommend that anyone who enjoys Zelda-esque titles, or indeed, a game that tries something new, gives Okami a chance to steal your heart like it did mine.

Tell us a secret.

Come close.

Closer...

Closer...

Closer...

If you would like to nominate someone for an upcoming Community Spotlight, feel free to let me, Nasrin, know through a PM or by posting in the official thread or user group! When nominating, please tell us why this user deserves to be in the next Community Spotlight and provide links if possible.

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Well, finally! Someone I recognize!

Now, I haven't personally talked to him and I usually ignore the Community Spotlight...for many reasons....don't hate me. BUT! Good for him. At least I've seen him around. And he obviously deserves the recognition. That piece of info about the Expo was quite something.

Alright, I'm don--

What's this?! Rick rolled?! B-but I was just being nice!
...Why would you do it?! *Manly tear*

Rick rolled!

Daystaaaaaaaaar!

Daystar, you used to be cool.
But now you've used a rickroll...

Anyways, nice to know a bit about the man behind the wolf. :D

I was Rick rolled by Daystar. That plus my recently invented Orange Jollytickle (apricot beer + honey brandy) makes me happy.

Yay! Community Spotlight on Daystar, jokes, and a rickroll, good stuff. Oh, yeah, I like that song. I knew about it before it was cool to rickroll, and thus before it stopped being cool except when used sparingly.

Oh, yeah, and he's a fan of No Right Answer? AWESOME!

captcha: Which one is biggest?
A Single Cabbage
Box O' Ten Cabbages
Truckload O' Cabbages
Cole Slaw O' Undetermined Size
Corned Beef Sammich O' Possibly Normal Size
Texas

Another great spotlight by Nasrin! :D

Everyone should know by now that this Spotlight was inevitable. Daystar's massive e-peen is likely the largest burden the site's servers have to deal with.

Am I forgetting something?

Oh yeah, vote for me if you know what's good for you gratz Daystar! :P

Fappy:
Another great spotlight by Nasrin! :D

Everyone should know by now that this Spotlight was inevitable. Daystar's massive e-peen is likely the largest burden on the site's servers have to deal with.

Am I forgetting something?

Oh yeah, vote for me if you know what's good for you gratz Daystar! :P

Did you Bieber fever go away?

ThyNameIsMud:

Fappy:
Another great spotlight by Nasrin! :D

Everyone should know by now that this Spotlight was inevitable. Daystar's massive e-peen is likely the largest burden on the site's servers have to deal with.

Am I forgetting something?

Oh yeah, vote for me if you know what's good for you gratz Daystar! :P

Did you Bieber fever go away?

What's the right answer to this question? O.O

We'll never hear the end of this over in the brovengers chat.

Congrats Daystar!

Fappy:

ThyNameIsMud:

Fappy:
Another great spotlight by Nasrin! :D

Everyone should know by now that this Spotlight was inevitable. Daystar's massive e-peen is likely the largest burden on the site's servers have to deal with.

Am I forgetting something?

Oh yeah, vote for me if you know what's good for you gratz Daystar! :P

Did you Bieber fever go away?

What's the right answer to this question? O.O

For me to know, and for you to horrible regret the decision to answer. Tic-Toc.

Why am I not surprised that Daystar got a community spotlight?

Also: really, Daystar? A Rickroll? That's laaaaame.

Daystar, who is this person?

Nah just kidding. Also it's been like a year since rick rollied last so that was a funny little touch :P

Fappy:

ThyNameIsMud:

Fappy:
Another great spotlight by Nasrin! :D

Everyone should know by now that this Spotlight was inevitable. Daystar's massive e-peen is likely the largest burden on the site's servers have to deal with.

Am I forgetting something?

Oh yeah, vote for me if you know what's good for you gratz Daystar! :P

Did you Bieber fever go away?

What's the right answer to this question? O.O

Oh, there's only one right answer to that question. Everyone knows that. >__________>

But hey, I didn't know you could vote for community spotlight people! I've been here for years and I didn't know this! Dammit!

Anyway, I know of Fappy so, why not? I'll vote...when I find out where.

Beautiful End:
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TimeLord:
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Sassafrass:
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Sorry guys, Nas made me do it, I swear.

>_>

<_<

Beautiful End:
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But hey, I didn't know you could vote for community spotlight people! I've been here for years and I didn't know this! Dammit!

I just kind of resurrected it recently.

You linked to the wrong Hazy. How could you do this to me bro?!

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Don't let them see you cry, old man. Don't let them see you cry...

*ahem*

Gratz on the spotlight :D

Great spotlight Nasrin!

Like everyone said, it was inevitable, and now that that silly man has a big head about his spotlight, more people can be given the light now! :D

ThyNameIsMud:

Fappy:

ThyNameIsMud:

Did you Bieber fever go away?

What's the right answer to this question? O.O

For me to know, and for you to horrible regret the decision to answer. Tic-Toc.

I think Fappy misses the Biebes. :D

I was so sure of my assumption of who's it going to be!

Oh well, Daystar will do for now. But I was hoping a Brovengers/Injustice League joint interview...

Is that PsychicTaco115 in the picture with you? Why aren't you killing each other?!

Hazy992:
You linked to the wrong Hazy. How could you do this to me bro?!

O noes! I'm fixing it right now. I just put in whatever Daystar wrote.

Nasrin:

Beautiful End:
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But hey, I didn't know you could vote for community spotlight people! I've been here for years and I didn't know this! Dammit!

I just kind of resurrected it recently.

Oh...well, I guess that explains it. So let's call it even then.

But I'll surely look into that a bit more carefully now.

Nasrin:

Hazy992:
You linked to the wrong Hazy. How could you do this to me bro?!

O noes! I'm fixing it right now. I just put in whatever Daystar wrote.

*sniff* Thanks Nas! :P

I'm not crying I swear! I have something in my eye! <.< >.>

The closest I've come to interaction with Daystar is when I was the voice of Descent in his food threads.

He has the same 'Joining the Escapist' story as mine. Pretty much word for word. And I knew that Rick Roll was coming.

It's fun to watch Daystar but we've never been friends. Brushed shoulders maybe twice. Nice to read another spotlight, this time about a person I vaguely know.

Nasrin:

Hazy992:
You linked to the wrong Hazy. How could you do this to me bro?!

O noes! I'm fixing it right now. I just put in whatever Daystar wrote.

I didn't put numbers at the end, so that was my bad, sorry about that :D

Daystar Clarion:

Sorry guys, Nas made me do it, I swear.

>_>

<_<

Nasrin:

O noes! I'm fixing it right now. I just put in whatever Daystar wrote.

Hmm...

>________________>

Don't mind me. I'm enjoying this. It's fun.

No, seriously. I'm not being sarcastic! I'm not!

I'M NOT! D:

I'm kidding, yo

Daystar Clarion! You, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar! I don't remember the last time I got Rick Roll'd, yet alone this well, even though it is my personal favorite internet meme.

Captcha: goody two shoes. Why yes, yes I am.

It was invetable but I still think he deserves it, great review nasrin.

Not related but you should've done this instead of rick roll.

Claripit772:
Daystar Clarion! You, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar! I don't remember the last time I got Rick Roll'd, yet alone this well, even though it is my personal favorite internet meme.

Captcha: goody two shoes. Why yes, yes I am.

I actually really like the song :D

So, I love being Rick Roll'd.

yuval152:
It was invetable but I still think he deserves it, great review nasrin.

Not related but you should've done this instead of rick roll.

or a goat.se link for the lulz XD

Daystar Clarion:

Claripit772:
Daystar Clarion! You, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar! I don't remember the last time I got Rick Roll'd, yet alone this well, even though it is my personal favorite internet meme.

Captcha: goody two shoes. Why yes, yes I am.

I actually really like the song :D

So, I love being Rick Roll'd.

So do I actually, the song is surprisingly catchy and the act of Rick Rolling is almost as fun as being successfully Rick Roll'd. I'm still known for my love of the meme among many of my old friends :D

Aerosteam 1908:

I was so sure of my assumption of who's it going to be!

Oh well, Daystar will do for now. But I was hoping a Brovengers/Injustice League joint interview...

Is that PsychicTaco115 in the picture with you? Why aren't you killing each other?!

PsychicTaco115 and I decided that since he was outnumbered 2:1, that we would call a truce.

We thought about it though, but decided that killing shouldn't happen at the first ever Escapist Expo, it's just not classy.

Redlin5:
The closest I've come to interaction with Daystar is when I was the voice of Descent in his food threads.

He has the same 'Joining the Escapist' story as mine. Pretty much word for word. And I knew that Rick Roll was coming.

It's fun to watch Daystar but we've never been friends. Brushed shoulders maybe twice. Nice to read another spotlight, this time about a person I vaguely know.

He's just jealous because you're just as handsome as him, I'd say more but this is his thread so I have to be nice...Or else they'll get me.

Also it's always nice to see someone I recognise, congratulations Daystar, enjoy your limelight.

:) Seems like a nice person. Many people here also seem like nice people too.

<_< Why is a nice person so rare to see nowadays?

ThyNameIsMud:

Fappy:

ThyNameIsMud:

Did you Bieber fever go away?

What's the right answer to this question? O.O

For me to know, and for you to horrible regret the decision to answer. Tic-Toc.

Is the answer A?

I'm so bad at tests >.>

Daystar Clarion:

Sorry guys, Nas made me do it, I swear.

>_>

<_<

Now the ultimate challenge.

...

Daystar.

CAN YOU DERAIL DIS THREAD!?

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