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Yesterday, the annoyance over the Antaeus Wards exotic in Destiny 2 reached a fever pitch. Clan Redeem, which is often one that finds exploits or glitches with exotics, leading to them being disabled, pretended to find a high-damage, immortality glitch with Antaeus Wards, complete with doctored test footage.
Other than setting off a five-alarm fire at Bungie on a Sunday for a few hours, no doubt, the questionable joke does raise the issue that yes, its probably time to address Antaeus Wards for real at this point.
Antaeus Wards were an exotic in the Forsaken era that flew under the radar until recently where something was altered about the way the Titan boots reflect damage. When they were first introduced, they seemed like a gimmick. A properly timed slide could reflect something like a super or a tank shell or a rocket.
But the recent change made Antaeus Wards better able to reflect normal gun damage, and now we have legions of perma-sliding Titans that reflect shotgun shots and fusion rifle blasts directly back at the user, along with following up with one of their own for instant, often unavoidable kills.
In practice, this is nothing short of a nightmare to play against in the Crucible, especially now that Trials of Osiris is here, and often on its small, tight maps, shotgun duels are the name of the game. Theres very little you can do against Antaeus Wards expect keep enemies as far away as possible, though with shotgun aping, thats often not in the cards.
Antaeus now often feels pretty much mandatory if youre running a Titan in high level PvP content, and the problem with a class-specific exotic being overpowered is that its not like a weapon, and the other classes are at a distinct disadvantage. When Hard Light was fully broken, it was terrible, but at least everyone could use it and counter Hard Lights with other Hard Lights. But with this, only Titans have access to Antaeus.
An additional problem is just how bad this feels generally. Yes, One-Eyed Mask was a big problem in Crucible for ages, with its regen and overshield and damage boost and wallhacks. But Antaeus feels different, because it essentially compounds the existing Bad Thing in Destiny where often it feels like your shots dont connect with a shotgun. Now, Antaeus replicates that effect on purpose, but also damages you and opens you up to be insta-killed by the wearer.
Utilizing sliding has always been a PvP movement skill that separates a good player from a bad one, as it disorients opponents and messes with auto-aim. Shotgun sliding has been around long before Antaeus, but now with the damage-reflect/immunity, it has made it exponentially worse.
I just dont think Antaeus was ever supposed to work like this. I think it was supposed to be more of a gimmick exotic, reflecting things like supers or rockets on special occasions when you could time it just right. I dont think it was meant to make all shotgun/fusion fights against other classes completely one-sided, which is whats happening now.
We are in the unusual situation of the community banding together to agree on a nerf for once, for the most part, which almost never happens. I dont know if well see one before the end of this season, which is over in a month, but I would be amazed if nothing was altered about Antaeus for the next one, even if it cant one-shot Riven through Synthoceps switching.
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None of us likes thinking about death, but there are times when we have little choice. The virus spreads, hospitals fill, and systems become overwhelmed. Our greatest concerns, personal and national, are for survival. But for many people even the otherwise healthy the crisis has unexpectedly raised the specter of death itself, our constant companion even if, most of the time, we do our best to ignore it. Or, in more normal times, try to laugh it off. The most recent and memorable effort was NBCs smash hit comedy series The Good Place; but the humor even there was rooted precisely in terror, as Eleanor Shellstrop and her companions desperately worked to avoid the afterlife they deserved in the Bad Place and its eternal torments.
The fear is as ancient as civilizations oldest surviving records. The hero of the Epic of Gilgamesh writhes in agony at the prospect of spending eternity groveling in dust being eaten by worms. Few people today may share Gilgameshs terror of consciously living forever in the dirt. Plenty, however, tremble before the possibility of eternal misery. Possibly this is a good time to help people realize that it simply will not be that way.
There are over two billion Christians in the world, the vast majority of whom believe in heaven and hell. You die and your soul goes either to everlasting bliss or torment (or purgatory en route). This is true even in the land of increasing nones: Americans continue to anticipate a version of the alternatives portrayed in The Good Place: regardless of religious persuasion, 72% believe in a literal heaven, 58% in a literal hell.
The vast majority of these people naturally assume this is what Jesus himself taught. But that is not true. Neither Jesus, nor the Hebrew Bible he interpreted, endorsed the view that departed souls go to paradise or everlasting pain.
Unlike most Greeks, ancient Jews traditionally did not believe the soul could exist at all apart from the body. On the contrary, for them, the soul was more like the breath. The first human God created, Adam, began as a lump of clay; then God breathed life into him (Genesis 2: 7). Adam remained alive until he stopped breathing. Then it was dust to dust, ashes to ashes.
Ancient Jews thought that was true of us all. When we stop breathing, our breath doesnt go anywhere. It just stops. So too the soul doesnt continue on outside the body, subject to postmortem pleasure or pain. It doesnt exist any longer.
The Hebrew Bible itself assumes that the dead are simply deadthat their body lies in the grave, and there is no consciousness, ever again. It is true that some poetic authors, for example in the Psalms, use the mysterious term Sheol to describe a persons new location. But in most instances Sheol is simply a synonym for tomb or grave. Its not a place where someone actually goes.
And so, traditional Israelites did not believe in life after death, only death after death. That is what made death so mournful: nothing could make an afterlife existence sweet, since there was no life at all, and thus no family, friends, conversations, food, drink no communion even with God. God would forget the person and the person could not even worship. The most one could hope for was a good and particularly long life here and now.
But Jews began to change their view over time, although it too never involved imagining a heaven or hell. About two hundred years before Jesus, Jewish thinkers began to believe that there had to be something beyond deatha kind of justice to come. Jews had long believed that God was lord of the entire world and all people, both the living and the dead. But the problems with that thinking were palpable: Gods own people Israel continually, painfully, and frustratingly suffered, from natural disaster, political crises, and, most notably, military defeat. If God loves his people and is sovereign over all the world why do his people experience so much tragedy?
Some thinkers came up with a solution that explained how God would bring about justice, but again one that didnt involve perpetual bliss in a heaven above or perpetual torment in a hell below. This new idea maintained that there are evil forces in the world aligned against God and determined to afflict his people. Even though God is the ultimate ruler over all, he has temporarily relinquished control of this world for some mysterious reason. But the forces of evil have little time left. God is soon to intervene in earthly affairs to destroy everything and everyone that opposes him and to bring in a new realm for his true followers, a Kingdom of God, a paradise on earth. Most important, this new earthly kingdom will come not only to those alive at the time, but also to those who have died. Indeed, God will breathe life back into the dead, restoring them to an earthly existence. And God will bring all the dead back to life, not just the righteous. The multitude who had been opposed to God will also be raised, but for a different reason: to see the errors of their ways and be judged. Once they are shocked and filled with regret but too late they will permanently be wiped out of existence.
This view of the coming resurrection dominated the view of Jewish thought in the days of Jesus. It was also the view he himself embraced and proclaimed. The end of time is coming soon. The earthly Kingdom of God is at hand (Mark 1:15). God will soon destroy everything and everyone opposed to him and establish a new order on earth. Those who enter this kingdom will enjoy a utopian existence for all time. All others will be annihilated.
But Jesus put his own twist on the idea. Contrary to what other Jewish leaders taught, Jesus preached that no one will inherit the glorious future kingdom by stringently observing all the Jewish laws in their most intimate details; or by meticulously following the rules of worship involving sacrifice, prayer, and observance of holy days; or by pursuing ones own purity through escaping the vile world and the tainting influence of sinful others. Instead, for Jesus, the earthly utopia will come to those who are fully dedicated to the most pervasive and dominant teachings of Gods law. Put most simply, that involves loving God above all things despite personal hardship, and working diligently for the welfare of others, even when it is exceedingly difficult. People who have not been living lives of complete unselfish love need to repent and return to the two greatest commandments of Jewish Scripture: deep love of God (Deuteronomy 6:4-6) and committed love of neighbor (Leviticus 19:18).
This may be simple, but it is not easy. Since your neighbor is anyone you know, see, or hear about, as in the parable of the Good Samaritan, true love means helping everyone in need, not just those in your preferred social circles. Jesus was concerned principally for the poor, the outcasts, the foreigners, the marginalized, and even the most hated enemies. Few people are. Especially those with good lives and abundant resources. No wonder its easier to push a camel through the eye of a needle than for the rich to enter the kingdom.
Most people today would be surprised to learn that Jesus believed in a bodily eternal life here on earth, instead of eternal bliss for souls, but even more that he did not believe in hell as a place of eternal torment.
In traditional English versions, he does occasionally seem to speak of Hell for example, in his warnings in the Sermon on the Mount: anyone who calls another a fool, or who allows their right eye or hand to sin, will be cast into hell (Matthew 5:22, 29-30). But these passages are not actually referring to hell. The word Jesus uses is Gehenna. The term does not refer to a place of eternal torment but to a notorious valley just outside the walls of Jerusalem, believed by many Jews at the time to be the most unholy, god-forsaken place on earth. It was where, according to the Old Testament, ancient Israelites practiced child sacrifice to foreign gods. The God of Israel had condemned and forsaken the place.
In the ancient world (whether Greek, Roman, or Jewish), the worst punishment a person could experience after death was to be denied a decent burial. Jesus developed this view into a repugnant scenario: corpses of those excluded from the kingdom would be unceremoniously tossed into the most desecrated dumping ground on the planet. Jesus did not say souls would be tortured there. They simply would no longer exist.
Jesus stress on the absolute annihilation of sinners appears throughout his teachings. At one point he says there are two gates that people pass through (Matthew 7:13-14). One is narrow and requires a difficult path, but leads to life. Few go that way. The other is broad and easy, and therefore commonly taken. But it leads to destruction. It is an important word. The wrong path does not lead to torture.
So too Jesus says the future kingdom is like a fisherman who hauls in a large net (Matthew 13:47-50). After sorting through the fish, he keeps the good ones and throws the others out. He doesnt torture them. They just die. Or the kingdom is like a person who gathers up the plants that have grown in his field (Matthew 13:36-43). He keeps the good grain, but tosses the weeds into a fiery furnace. These dont burn forever. They are consumed by fire and then are no more.
Still other passages may seem to suggest that Jesus believe in hell. Most notably Jesus speaks of all nations coming for the last judgment (Matthew 25:31-46). Some are said to be sheep, and the others goats. The (good) sheep are those who have helped those in need the hungry, the sick, the poor, the foreigner. These are welcomed into the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. The (wicked) goats, however, have refused to help those in need, and so are sent to eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. At first blush, that certainly sounds like the hell of popular imagination.
But when Jesus summarizes his point, he explains that the contrasting fates are eternal life and eternal punishment. They are not eternal pleasure and eternal pain. The opposite of life is death, not torture. So the punishment is annihilation. But why does it involve eternal fire? Because the fire never goes out. The flames, not the torments, go on forever. And why is the punishment called eternal? Because it will never end. These people will be annihilated forever. That is not pleasant to think about, but it will not hurt once its finished.
And so, Jesus stood in a very long line of serious thinkers who have refused to believe that a good God would torture his creatures for eternity. The idea of eternal hell was very much a late comer on the Christian scene, developed decades after Jesus death and honed to a fine pitch in the preaching of fire and brimstone that later followers sometimes attributed to Jesus himself. But the torments of hell were not preached by either Jesus or his original Jewish followers; they emerged among later gentile converts who did not hold to the Jewish notion of a future resurrection of the dead. These later Christians came out of Greek culture and its belief that souls were immortal and would survive death.
From at least the time of Socrates, many Greek thinkers had subscribed to the idea of the immortality of the soul. Even though the human body dies, the human soul both will not and cannot. Later Christians who came out of gentile circles adopted this view for themselves, and reasoned that if souls are built to last forever, their ultimate fates will do so as well. It will be either eternal bliss or eternal torment.
This innovation represents an unhappy amalgamation of Jesus Jewish views and those found in parts of the Greek philosophical tradition. It was a strange hybrid, a view held neither by the original Christians nor by ancient Greek intelligentsia before them.
Still, in one interesting and comforting way, Jesus own views of either eternal reward or complete annihilation do resemble Greek notions propagated over four centuries earlier. Socrates himself expressed the idea most memorably when on trial before an Athenian jury on capital charges. His Apology (that is, Legal Defense) can still be read today, recorded by his most famous pupil, Plato. Socrates openly declares that he sees no reason to fear the death sentence. On the contrary, he is rather energized by the idea of passing on from this life.
For Socrates, death will be one of two things. On one hand, it may entail the longest, most untroubled, deep sleep that could be imagined. And who doesnt enjoy a good sleep? On the other hand, it may involve a conscious existence. That too would be good, even better. It would mean carrying on with life and all its pleasures but none of its pain. For Socrates, the classical worlds most famous pursuer of truth, it would mean endless conversations about deep subjects with well-known thinkers of his past. And so the afterlife presents no bad choices, only good ones. Death was not a source of terror or even dread.
Twenty-four centuries later, with all our advances in understanding our world and human life within it, surely we can think that that both Jesus and Socrates had a lot of things right. Jesus taught that in this short life we have, we should devote ourselves to the welfare of others, the poor, the needy, the sick, the oppressed, the outcast, the alien. We should listen to him.
But Socrates was almost certainly right as well. None of us, of course, knows what will happen when we pass from this world of transience. But his two options are still the most viable. On one hand, we may lose our consciousness with no longer a worry in this world. Jesus saw this as permanent annihilation; Socrates as a pleasant deep sleep. In either scenario, there will be no more pain. On the other hand, there may be more yet to come, a happier place, a good place. And so, in this, the greatest teacher of the Greeks and the founder of Christianity agreed to this extent: when, in the end, we pass from this earthly realm, we may indeed have something to hope for, but we have absolutely nothing to fear.
Ehrmans new book, from which this essay is adapted, is Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife.
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For the third time in as many seasons, Aaron Donald has opened as the favorite to win NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and awin for Donald would take him from greatnessto footballimmortality. Only two other players have ever won the award three times Lawrence Taylor and J.J. Watt.
Donald, who wonin 2017 and 2018, came into the 2019 season at +150 to complete the three-peat, giving him an implied probability of 40% and making him an overwhelming favorite, but it was New Englands Stephon Gilmore that took home the hardware and dethroned Donald.
Donald played all 16 games in 2019 but his sacks dropped from 20.5 the year before to 12.5. He still led the league with 20 tackles for loss, but the Rams defense struggled as a whole while Gilmore and the Patriots were one of the leagues best units.
This season, oddsmakers are again tagging Donald as the favorite, but his odds are nowhere near as short as last year. This yearyou can get him at +750.
A win would almost certainly cement his legacy as the greatest defensive player of this era, but hell have some stiff competition.
Khalil Mack has the second-shortest odds at +1200, and Gilmore is +1600 to repeat as champion. Chargers safety Derwin James, who is going into his third year in the league, is just behind Gilmore at +2000, and Von Miller has the same odds as James.
While Sunday will be celebrated as Mothers Day here in Cherokee County and around most of the world, it will celebrated more as a virtual celebration this year due to the closing of so many shops heavily dependent of Mothers Day, the card shops, flower shops and gift shops, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This Sunday may be a Mothers Day where the words I Love You Mom may be the greatest gift you can give your mother, all via phones, virtual computers etc. Hugs and kisses may have to be delayed until the pandemic is over and it will happen, soon.
In past columns I reviewed the history of Mothers Day and told about the day that my mother died. I shared that feeling of peace that came across Mothers face as she silently slipped from mortality into immortality. That was a picture I have never forgotten, that look of peace I saw on Mothers face as four children arrived to be with her as she slid into immortality.
Our mother-son relationship lasted for over 70 years with 30 of those years spent locating and recording family ancestral names in family history books. Her input was vital because she knew where every branch and twig fit on our family trees. Doing my family history helped me know my mothers for generations back. Vicariously I walked with them as they boarded small sailing vessels in the early 1800s in Scotland, Ireland and Germany. And vicariously I helped them load supplies on board to last until they could settle in a new and yet untamed world.
Once in Canada I walked with them through the forests. I hovered with them around their open fires that kept the wolves at bay. And I cooked with them over open fires until their men folk could build a lean-to or a small log cabin. One mother tells of using a blanket hung over a doorway to separate her family from the wolves who hungrily howled only a short distance away.
Another letter tells of a great-great grandmother walking across the mud flats of Toronto in the dead of winter. It tells how she carried her 2-year-old daughter wrapped in her arms and of her sitting on logs crying, not wanting to go on. But with her husbands help they arrived at their destination and built their new life in the wilderness. These mothers were strong women. While most lived to become mothers of large families a few died in childbirth, alone in the wilderness, with others living to be 100 surrounded by strong family members.
Researching my family history is how I learned that each generation has its own cross to bear. It is easy for our generation to think our ancestors cross was heavier to bear than our cross is today. Yes, they had their howling wolves that could kill the body, but our generation is dealing with equally deadly wolves: drugs and pornography, the wolves that destroy the soul. Their generation built nations with faith in God. Our generation is working hard to get rid of God. I hope this never happens because wolves and drugs are even more deadly in a Godless world.
Most of us elderly often wonder what lies ahead for our grandchildren and great grandchildren in todays very divided and confused world. One of my mentors once addressed this question by declaring the upcoming generations will have a good future. And Im grateful these reassuring words as I watch my grandchildren raise our great-grandchildren, children born to mothers and fathers who know the power and purpose of God, and teach them about Gods great Plan of Happiness, as did my ancestral mothers, straight from Gods scriptures.
My ancestral mothers didnt have the material things we have today, but they had something our generation seems to be losing faith in a living God. They lived and died with faith, building nations on the principles of Gods laws they found in their studies of their scriptures.
My Mother, as has my wife Joan, bore their motherly burdens quietly. They taught, they nurtured, they loved, and they cared for their families. And the fruits of their labor are apparent today God centered families. How fortunate are those who are born to mothers who know God and pass this heritage onto their children. And it was mom who introduced me to my favorite poem, The Touch of the Masters Hand.
I continue to love you Mom, as do all your posterity.
Happy Mothers Day Mom and to moms all around the world!
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Fifty years later, Sinden thinks of Eddie Westfall.
What I was worried about was not so much what great play Derek and Bobby were going to make, said Sinden, who turns 88 in September. It was who was going to cover up for Bobby when he went in.
That was Westfall, the right winger, who saw Orr breaking and dutifully cycled back to the right point, ready to thwart a potential St. Louis breakout in the first minute of overtime. Sinden, moments before Orr made history, was able to relax.
The next thing you know, he said, were all out on the ice and all hell broke loose.
Sinden, who teleconferenced with Boston reporters Monday in advance of Sundays 50th anniversary of Orrs goal, has been arguably the largest and most vocal figure in the Hub of Hockey this half-century. When asked to describe his tenure in Black and Gold, he was direct.
The only word I can think of is wonderful, he said.
Sinden arrived as head coach in 1966-67, the same season Orr and Gerry Cheevers debuted and then-general manager Milt Schmidt robbed Chicago of Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge and Fred Stanfield. Along with Derek Sanderson next year (One of the great rookies ever to break into this league, noted Sinden), to go with the existing core of John Pie McKenzie and once-and-future captain Johnny Bucyk, the Bruins golden era had begun.
It created a nucleus of a future great team, and its been going on ever since. I used to live in fear we might lose the attitude or the personality of that group of players, he said. But then along came Terry OReilly and Cam Neely.
Sinden, who had the Bruins in the playoffs for an NHL-record 29 consecutive years, regrets the lean years of the late 90s, when he was nearing the end of his run as GM, and the lack of Stanley Cups between the Big, Bad Bs and the 2011 squad. But he sees similar traits across the eras.
I just think what the team and players establish as an example for the way you have to play in Boston, has never gone away, he said. The fans wont let it go away. You guys [media) certainly wont let it go away. Theyve bought into it big-time. It has a lot to do with [President] Cam [Neely] and [GM] Don [Sweeney] and [coach] Bruce [Cassidy].
We had a couple players who were really good players who we got in drafts or trades, and they were good goal-scorers, but I never thought of them as Bruins, and I couldnt. But as long as we can keep that alive, were going to be challenging for the Stanley Cup forever.
Other thoughts from Sinden:
Any similarity between Orrs Bruins and the way they play now?
Very, very comparable, he said. And every bit as good.
In Sindens mind, this is one of the best-checking Bruins teams in history. The stats bear that out. The Bruins have ranked near or at the top of the league in key defensive and puck-possession stats over the last decade. Sinden likes how the Bruins third and fourth lines carry just as much load as the top scoring units.
We used to score a lot of goals back in the years were talking about, but we always had one of the best goals-against averages, too, he said. In todays game, its particularly important.
Sinden had high praise for Bucyk, who has been with the Bruins going on 63 years.
He was one of the three great left wingers of his era, with only Bobby Hull and Frank Mahovlich ahead of him, but not by much, Sinden said of Bucyk, who played here for 21 years (1957-78) and spent two decades as a color commentator before moving onto other roles. He is currently a team ambassador.
Bucyk delivered many of his 545 goals, still a franchise record, from close range.
He knew how to stop at the edge of the crease and take the pass and score like no one I knew before him, and like no one since, Sinden said. I see [Brad] Marchand do it today in much the same manner.
Sinden referenced the ill-fated 2015 draft, when the Bs took Jakub Zboril, Jake DeBrusk and Zach Senyshyn with successive picks in the middle of the first round, while professing his trust in the current Bruins leadership.
They came in here with a few problems, Sinden said of the current leadership. Don Sweeneys first draft, he had never seen any of the players play. He spent all his time in Providence. He had nothing to do with the three draft [picks] we had in the first round. He had never really seen them play at all. He had to live with who they are. We came out of it pretty good, but weve done better since.
He spoke of how badly he wanted Neely back in the organization, after the passionate No. 8 retired for good in 1998.
No one no one that I dealt with in all my years was so in love with the game of hockey as Cam Neely. He took a terrific blow to one of the spectacular careers that could have been, and was, and took a few years off and just could not stay away from it, Sinden said.
We always had a great relationship. We fought a lot certainly not on the ice, because you wouldnt be talking to me today over certain things. He wanted to be back in the game. He wanted to do what he always wanted to do, which is be involved in hockey.
They couldnt give him some title like head of Northwest scouting or something stupid." He had to be a high-level executive.
The 1986 trade Sinden made with Vancouver worked out good, but those trades are always lucky or not lucky, he mused. But his presence in this city has been spectacular.
He praised Cassidy for being a players coach who is in charge, and for leading the Bruins back from the danger of missing the playoffs for a third year in a row.
The job that he was doing in Providence was never unnoticed by Don and Cam, and certainly never by me, Sinden said. I thought we had a gem here . . . I cant say enough about him.
He said he counts no greater career victory than the 1970 Cup, considering it as even greater than the 1972 Team Canada Summit Series win over the Soviet Union.
One interesting cross-generational comparison: Sinden likened late defenseman Gary Doak to shot-blocking center Gregory Campbell: He really would sacrifice himself to win a hockey game.
Doctor Who's Timeless Child retcon actually rewrites the 20th anniversary special. CurrentDoctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall promised season 12 would change everything, and he wasn't understating the case. The season 12 finale revealed the Doctor is not a Time Lord at all, but rather is the "Timeless Child," a being who may well predate the universe itself.
The retcon works surprisingly well with elements of classicDoctor Who, particularly some Tom Baker stories and the plans of script editor Andrew Cartmel in the 1980s. Yet, it causes a number of major continuity problems when it comes the modern relaunch, clashing with stories from the Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi era. As a result, the fanbase is rather divided about whether the Timeless Child is a good idea or not; it's probably best toreserve judgment and see what Chibnall builds on this foundation.
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The Timeless Child retcon also subtly rewritesDoctor Who's 20th anniversary story, "The Five Doctors." This was a multi-Doctor adventure unitingRichard Hurndall's version of the First Doctor, Patrick Troughton's Second Doctor, Jon Pertwee's Third Doctor, and Peter Davison's Fifth Doctor; production sleight of hand also allowed the show to incorporate Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor. The concept was a simple one: the Doctors, some of their key allies, and their oldest enemies had all been scooped out of time in order to participate in the so-called "Game of Rassilon." The man behind at all was Borusa, the Doctor's old teacher and Lord President of Gallifrey, who sought the prize of "perpetual bodily regeneration", i.e. immortality. In the end, it turned out this was all a trap set by Rassilon to identify any Time Lord psychopathic enough to believe they deserved eternal life.
"The Five Doctors" is widely regarded as one of the bestDoctor Who stories of all time; although the script is stepped in fan-service, it all serves a purpose, and the overarching narrative works perfectly. Curiously, though, the Timeless Child retcon adds another dimension to it. According toDoctor Who season 12, the Timeless Child has an unlimited number of regenerations, and it became the base genetic code for the entire Time Lord race. These proto-Time Lords - presumably including Rassilon - believed immortality was too dangerous, and they artificially imposed a cap on the number of regenerations a Time Lord could go through.
Viewed through the lens of the Timeless Child retcon, the entire Game of Rassilon is a deliberate trick on Rassilon's part. He believed future Time Lords could still seek immortality; they could potentially unlock this either by studying the Timeless Child or editing their own genes. The legend of the Game of Rassilon would distract any Time Lord who sought eternal life, leading them away from the Timeless Child, and thus into Rassilon's trap.
Here, of course, is the irony: when Borusa decided to claim the prize of immortality, he chose the Doctor as his pawn. He had unwittingly singled out the Timeless Child himself, the one being who possessed the secret of unlimited regenerations. Had he but looked at the Doctor, rather than at the Game of Rassilon, then Borusa may well have achieved his goal.
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