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Interpreting the Main Fourโ€™s dreams, pt 4: Binary Bard ๐Ÿงญ

Hi there everyone! Welcome back to the fourth–but not final–installment of Interpreting the Main Four’s Dreams. Finally, it’s time to focus on the dream I’ve been waiting to interpret since I began this series back in August: Binary Bard’s dream.

Warning: behemoth post ahead.


From start to finish, a ton of stuff happens within Binary Bard’s dream world. Evil robotic animals, blueprints, doors, flying plant pods, time-freezing, a huge clock, plus that stunning galaxy artwork โ€” where to look first?

Let’s start with the very first scene, in which Binary Bard himself (who interestingly is Mordred rather than the half-cyborg we see in Astro-Knights) is seated on a throne, complaining about how a door won’t open. The door in question is swinging tantalizingly, too fast for you or Bard to slip through. Doors in dreams might symbolize change and new opportunities; its rapid opening and closing could mean that Bard is trying to reach a new place, but every time he thinks he’s there, the world snatches things out of his control. Maybe he’d get through if he timed it at the right second.

Which he does! Interestingly enough, it’s with the player’s help that Bard manages to get through; if the player hadn’t frozen time, would he have been forced to wait out the remainder of the dream in his throne? Would he have gotten anywhere at all? Hmm.

After entering the second room, the player makes an intriguing remark: “Looks like there’s no going back.” Maybe this has a deeper meaning than simply “The door’s locked and I can’t go back to the throne room.”

There’s also a strange picture on the wall:

Notice it’s ripped where Mordred’s cybernetics later appear.

Within the remaining rooms you’ll enter before reaching the final area, there are two large blueprints on the walls: one depicting the iconic Merlin, the second showing a robotic mouse (the same one you lure out of a hole in the castle wall during the events of Astro-Knights — I like to call it Morgan).

The blueprints come to life when you pass them. But something’s wrong — instead of a friendly bird and a shy rodent, they’ve turned against you, and their eyes and joints are scarlet instead of blue. Hmm.

A couple more things I’ll mention before focusing on the climax: firstly, notice the backgrounds in the rooms. They started out looking very much like Bard’s underground laboratory, but slowly disintegrate as you progress, revealing a blueprint of a castle on a nebula background. And secondly, let’s discuss that red-eyed, metal figure of Bard, shall we? Might Bard be exploring what would happen if he dropped his human side and became fully robotic?

No more 50%; now we’re 100%.

And now let’s peek inside the final area, where the walls of Bard’s trusty lab have vanished completely, to be replaced by one of the most beautiful (albeit weirdest) scenes in Poptropica.

During this scene, you climb up a series of flying mechanical plant pods with the help of your time-freezing stopwatch. I interpreted a few different keywords here, but most interesting are these two: levitation, which symbolizes all things incredible and impossible; and plants, which might indicate ideas, progress, or development.

Once you complete this jungle planet-esque obstacle course, it’s time for Poptropica’s second Binary Bard boss battle. While the first one took place in Bard’s asteroid castle, this one’s even stranger: Bard (now complete with cybernetics and jester guise) is inside an enormous clock, and the only way to defeat him is to freeze time whenever the moving hands of his clock pause. Doing so electrocutes him.

Clocks in dreams symbolize inevitability or a strong awareness of what you need to do. (Clocks and time have been a recurring motif throughout this dream, with the player frequently using the time-freezing stopwatch; at first, it helps Bard through, but now, it comes back to bite him). Electrocution on the other hand could signify underestimation or misjudgement, or serve as a warning about the consequences of your actions.

After you electrocute him thrice, Bard will disappear and his astrolabe totem will fall out, signaling the end of his dream. What a wild ride!

So… put together, what does all this mean?

In a nutshell, I believe this entire dream represents Bard’s journey, with each area symbolizing a stage of his life. At the very beginning, we see prim and proper Mordred on his throne, showing us the way things were before he donned a jester hat and ran for the stars. Although, even at this point he’s eyeing the door, longing to escape from his Arturus residence and create something more.

The player with their stopwatch being the one to open the door for him implies that we enabled him to pursue his creativity in the first place; but that’s impossible, seeing as we arrived on Astro-Knights many years after he’d already left. A more likely theory is that, in this case, we as the player symbolize someone or something else that inspired him. An associate or a member of the royal family, perhaps? Maybe a notable event? A new side of his brain he hadn’t tapped into yet? It remains a mystery. As for the stopwatch helping him and then bringing about his downfall, it reminds me of Princess Elyana, who worshiped and followed him only for him to kidnap her, which resulted in her kicking him and leaving him on his lonely asteroid at the end of Astro-Knights.

Moving onto the following rooms, we can see Mordred’s gradual progression into insanity: his imprisonment (which isn’t depicted, but probably happens at the first door) and the establishment of his underground lab. The aforementioned ripped portrait in this room hints at his transition from esteemed scholar to unhinged genius – he’s still dressed as royal Mordred, but the slash could indicate the start of his cyborg makeover, as well as his need to distance himself from the character Mordred as he forms a new persona, the Binary Bard.

As for evil Merlin and Morgan, they refer to two things: Bard regretting Merlin’s betrayal from when the owl left him to assist the player, and reflecting on the way he felt back before the events of Astro-Knights when he was still confined to his lab, when everyone had turned against him and thought him to be a mad wizard.

While the throne and the underground rooms represent Bard’s past, the final scene may be the future, or ideas that never came to fruition before Bard was brought to Erewhon Prison โ€” hence the fully robotic Bard and everything in the last area being unfamiliar (save for the planets). Floating in his cryotube, Bard still thinks of all the things he planned but never accomplished, all those sketches he never colored in…


…and that’s the end of Bard’s dream interpretation! It’s been a long time coming, and I’m relieved it’s finally finished. Catch the rest of the series in these links: Dr. Hare, Captain Crawfish, and Black Widow.

Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, and stay tuned for this series’ last post coming soon!

Dream on,

~๐Ÿ’œ

Pranks

PHB who? We’re all about the Poptropica Dating Sim now ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’‹

Poptropicans, we’ve got a major announcement to make.

The Poptropica Help Blog has sold its soul to the Poptropica Dating Sim. Henceforth, this Poptropica fan blog shall be in service to a fan creation about dating some of the game’s iconic villains.

In case you have not had the pleasure yet, the Poptropica Dating Sim is a brilliant simulator fan-made game where you, the player, can go on dates with Binary Bard, Ringmaster Raven, and Octavian. It’s all part of an experiment led by good old Dr. Morrigan to make the imprisoned bad boys, well, not so bad. And there’s going to be voice acting! ๐Ÿ’‹

We truly have to thank Jia/Magniventris, the genius behind the whole sim, for creating this ongoing masterpiece. You can play part of the Pop Dating Sim now on CloudNovel, and join us in awaiting its future installments! Forget seeing the PHB post about Poptropica news and clubhouse tours, we’re past that amateur hour. We know โ€” the Poptropica Dating Sim Fan Blog is a blog you didn’t ask for, but it’s the blog we all need. Just look at how you can cheer up those sad souls! ๐Ÿ˜

Maybe Ringmaster Raven will feel better with a little company…

Not sure which of these handsome hooligans to ask out first? Try our “Which villain would you date?” quiz to help you decide! ๐Ÿค”

So what are you waiting for? Start playing the unofficial Poptropica Dating Sim today, and bring us all your shipping and simping, your fan art and fan fights โ€” we’re totally here for it. After all, we’re the Poptropica Dating Sim Fan Blog now. And no, we’re not sorry. ๐Ÿ˜˜

All the love,
~the PDSFB ๐Ÿ–คโšก๏ธ

Fan Art Features, Glitches, Social Media, Video of the Week

Video from Alana and villainous fan art ๐Ÿ

Happy weekend, Poptropicans! Pop in for a fun video, fan art highlights, and more from the community!

In this Video of the Week from the Pop Creators’ Blog, Alana returns to Poptropica after 8 years and plays through Arabian Nights, Ep. 1: How Bazaar. Watch as she rediscovers her old account, calls out an old man for being completely oblivious to theft happening before his eyes, and gets spooked by a handful of the forty thieves:

It’s kind of funny how the Creators’ Blog post starts with “Did you knowย there are people who have beenย playing Poptropicaย forย YEARS!?” โ€” more evidence that they’re expecting, and catering to, new players over longtime ones. Speaking of the official blog, did you know there was no Video of the Week last week? ๐Ÿค”

What does appear to be a regular occurrence, though, are fan art spotlights on the Poptropica Creators’ Instagram story! Check out the latest features from this week:

In other Poptropica news, the formidable Avatar Studio Glitch (ASG) is still going strong, even after the death of Flash. The PHB continues to update its ASG collection, so if you like strange and hard-to-find costumes, keep checking back there for new ones! Here are just a few we’ve added recently, thanks to Silver Horse and Dangerous Icicle:

That’s all for this post. Be sure to catch up on the other fun things happening in the posts below, from guest writers on the official Pop blog to what Astro-Knights Island may look like IRL!

Keep on popping, Poptropicans. โœŒ๏ธ

~slantedfish ๐Ÿ 

Store, Web Development

The Great Binary Bard?

Hey Poptropicans, it’s me, motionman95. There’s been a new Creators’ Blog post with the results of their latest poll “Who is your favorite villain?”.ย  The blog post is titled “Mr.Popular”, written by the Bard himself:

Here are the results of the latest poll.
And, it’s official. I am the greatest villain in the world!

0100001001110111011000010010000001101000
0110000100100000011010000110000100100000
011010000110000100100000011010000110000100100001

And I didn’t even have to hack the results.

Binary Bard 9348 (44%)
The Great Booga 3589 (16%)
Director D 2647 (12%)
Dr. Hare 1627 (7%)
Betty Jetty 1282 (6%)
Copy Cat 907 (4%)
Speeding Spike 691 (3%)
Sir Rebral 423 (2%)
Crusher 381 (1%)
Ratman 229 (1%)
Total Votes 21124 (100%)


From the Poptropica Creators’ Blog
Link: http://blog.poptropica.com/2009/08/mr-popular.html

The binary translates to “Bwa ha ha ha ha!”. My favorite would have to be Booga or Betty Jetty (flying is awesome!). To the Binary Bard’s credit, at least he didn’t hack the results! (Or did he…?) ๐Ÿ™‚

On a different note, I’m here to be the bearer of bad news. On the PHF, a horrible technical error occurred (The Bard is a suspect!), that caused all accounts, posts,ย  to be completely removed from the forum. You can read more about it here. Luckily, the forums have bounced right back (take that Bard!) and I’ve installed a new forum with tons of cool features, such as:

  • An awesome, all-new arcade, where you can battle others to become the ultimate game champion!
  • Define your self with the new Social Groups!
  • A New skin and header!
  • Your own custom picture album, for all to see!
  • A new “Friends” feature!
  • And much more!

So swing on by the PHF today, create an account and chat with your fellow Poptropicans! Also, the Balloons and Torch items have been released in the Poptropica store, so be sure to buy them! You can read more about that below, or by following this convenient link.

[Told you I was the real motionman95!]
Here are the results of the latest poll.
And, it’s official. I am the greatest villain in the world!

0100001001110111011000010010000001101000
0110000100100000011010000110000100100000
011010000110000100100000011010000110000100100001

And I didn’t even have to hack the results.

Binary Bard 9348 (44%)
The Great Booga 3589 (16%)
Director D 2647 (12%)
Dr. Hare 1627 (7%)
Betty Jetty 1282 (6%)
Copy Cat 907 (4%)
Speeding Spike 691 (3%)
Sir Rebral 423 (2%)
Crusher 381 (1%)
Ratman 229 (1%)
Total Votes 21124 (100%)
Store

Clowns, Firefighters, and two new Creator’s Blog posts!

ClownsFiremenPathwisePost

Codiens costume prediction comes true with the new arrival of a clown and fireman costume in the Poptropica Store.
The creators share with us their whiteboard filled with ideas, creations and mystery.
And a fun new game is released called ‘Pathwise‘ where you build a path!

Read more…