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Harpies Torrent



Harpies can easily avoid melee and Ophion attacks so long as their wings are intact, so the wings should be destroyed with Dante's weapons or Vergil's Sword Illusions and Judgment Cut, causing them to fall; this can often lead to an easy environmental kill. Once the Harpy is on the ground, they are very vulnerable to regular attacks, but will eventually regenerate their wings in a damaging torrent of wind, preceded by a screech. Harpies are also able to extend their lances quickly and accurately, so the player character must dodge as soon as the Harpy makes an audible metallic sound.




Harpies torrent



Ten years ago, Dick York collapsed on the set of his Bewitched series, was taken away by ambulance -- and vanished from public sight. Now he sits doing his first interview in a decade, leaning forward with muscles taut, puffing cigarettes. And he notes that he had lain awake the night before worrying about our meeting -- and he stresses that he does not want any sympathy. He looks as familiar as yesterday's vintage show in which he co-starred with Elizabeth Montgomery. Yet, this is Dick York as we have never seen him -- intensely personified. And like a dam bursting, his story comes out in a torrent of words rising and falling from adamant declaration to halting explanation.


That the present confederation is inadequate to the objects of the union, seems to beuniversally allowed. The only question is, what additional powers are wanting to give dueenergy to the federal government? We should, however, be careful, in forming our opinionon this subject, not to impute the temporary and extraordinary difficulties that havehitherto impeded the execution of the confederation, to defects in the system itself. Foryears past, the harpies of power have been industriously inculcating the idea that all ourdifficulties proceed from the impotency of Congress, and have at length succeeded to giveto this sentiment almost universal currency and belief. The devastations, losses andburdens occasioned by the late war; the excessive importations of foreign merchandise andluxuries, which have drained the country of its specie and involved it in debt, are alloverlooked, and the inadequacy of the powers of the present confederation is erroneouslysupposed to be the only cause of our difficulties. Hence persons of every description arereveling in the anticipation of the halcyon days consequent on the establishment of thenew constitution. What gross deception and fatal delusion! Although very considerablebenefit might be derived from strengthening the hands of Congress, so as to enable them toregulate commerce, and counteract the adverse restrictions of other nations, which wouldmeet with the concurrence of all persons; yet this benefit is accompanied in the newconstitution with the scourge of despotic power. . . .Taxation is in every government a very delicate and difficult subject. Hence it has beenthe policy of all wise statesmen, as far as circumstances permitted, to lead the people bysmall beginnings and almost imperceptible degrees, into the habits of taxation. Where thecontrary conduct has been pursued, it has ever failed of full success, not unfrequentlyproving the ruin of the projectors. The imposing of a burdensome tax at once on a people,without the usual gradations, is the severest test that any government can be put to;despotism itself has often proved unequal to the attempt. Under this conviction, let ustake a review of our situation before and since the revolution. From the first settlementof this country until the commencement of the late war, the taxes were so light andtrivial as to be scarcely felt by the people. When we engaged in the expensive contestwith Great Britain, the Congress, sensible of the difficulty of levying the moniesnecessary to its support, by direct taxation, had resource to an anticipation of thepublic resources, by emitting bills of credit, and thus postponed the necessity oftaxation for several years. This means was pursued to a most ruinous length. But about theyear 80 or 81, it was wholly exhausted, the bills of credit had suffered such adepreciation from the excessive quantities in circulation, that they ceased to be usefulas a medium. The country at this period was very much impoverished and exhausted; commercehad been suspended for near six years; the husbandman, for want of a market, limited hiscrops to his own subsistence; the frequent calls of the militia and long continuance inactual service, the devastations of the enemy, the subsistence of our own armies, theevils of the depreciation of the paper money, which fell chiefly upon the patriotic andvirtuous part of the community, had all concurred to produce great distress throughoutAmerica. In this situation of affairs, we still had the same powerful enemy to contendwith, who had even more numerous and better appointed armies in the field than at anyformer time. Our allies were applied to in this exigency, but the pecuniary assistancethat we could procure from them was soon exhausted. The only resource now remaining was toobtain by direct taxation, the moneys necessary for our defense. The history of mankinddoes not furnish a similar instance of an attempt to levy such enormous taxes at once, norof a people so wholly unprepared and uninured to them -- the lamp of sacred liberty mustindeed have burned with unsullied luster, every sordid principle of the mind must havebeen then extinct, when the people not only submitted to the grievous impositions, butcheerfully exerted themselves to comply with the calls of their country. Their abilities,however, were not equal to furnish the necessary sums -- indeed, the requisition of theyear 1782, amounted to the whole income of their farms and other property, including themeans of their subsistence. Perhaps the strained exertions of two years would not havesufficed to the discharge of this requisition. How then can we impute the difficulties ofthe people to a due compliance with the requisitions of Congress, to a defect in theconfederation? Any government, however energetic, in similar circumstances, would haveexperienced the same fate. If we review the proceedings of the States, we shall find thatthey gave every sanction and authority to the requisitions of Congress that their lawscould confer, that they attempted to collect the sums called for in the same manner as isproposed to be done in future by the general government, instead of the Statelegislatures....The wheels of the general government having been thus clogged, and the arrearages of taxesstill accumulating, it may be asked what prospect is there of the government resuming itsproper tone, -- unless more compulsory powers are granted? To this it may be answered,that the produce of imposts on commerce, which all agree to vest in Congress, togetherwith the immense tracts of land at their disposal, will rapidly lessen and eventuallydischarge the present encumbrances. When this takes place, the mode by requisition will befound perfectly adequate to the extraordinary exigencies of the union. Congress havelately sold land to the amount of eight millions of dollars, which is a considerableportion of the whole debt.It is to be lamented that the interested and designing have availed themselves sosuccessfully of the present crisis, and under the specious pretense of having discovered apanacea for all the ills of the people, they are about establishing a system ofgovernment, that will prove more destructive to them than the wooden horse filled withsoldiers did in ancient times to the city of Troy. This horse was introduced by theirhostile enemy the Grecians, by a prostitution of the sacred rites of their religion; inlike manner, my fellow citizens, are aspiring despots among yourselves prostituting thename of a Washington to cloak their designs upon your liberties.I would ask how was the proposed Constitution to have showered down those treasures uponevery class of citizens, as has been so industriously inculcated and so fondly believed bysome? Would it have been by the addition of numerous and expensive establishments? Bydoubling our judiciaries, instituting federal courts in every county of every state? By asuperb presidential court? By a large standing army? In short, by putting it in the powerof the future government to levy money at pleasure, and placing this government soindependent of the people as to enable the administration to gratify every corrupt passionof the mind, to riot on your spoils, without check or control?A transfer to Congress of the power of imposing imposts on commerce, the unlimitedregulation of trade, and to make treaties, I believe is all that is wanting to renderAmerica as prosperous as it is in the power of any form of government to render her; thisproperly understood would meet the views of all the honest and well meaning.What gave birth to the late continental Convention? Was it not the situation of ourcommerce, which lay at the mercy of every foreign power, who, from motives of interest orenmity, could restrict and control it without risking a retaliation on the part ofAmerica, as Congress was impotent on this subject? Such indeed was the case with respectto Britain, whose hostile regulations gave such a stab to our navigation as to threatenits annihilation, it became the interest of even the American merchant to give apreference to foreign bottoms; hence the distress of our seamen, shipwrights, and everymechanic art dependent on navigation.By these regulations too, we were limited in markets for our produce; our vessels wereexcluded from their West India islands; many of our staple commodities were deniedentrance in Britain. Hence the husbandman were distressed by the demand for their cropsbeing lessened and their prices reduced. This is the source to which may be traced everyevil we experience, that can be relieved by a more energetic government. Recollect thelanguage of complaint for years past; compare the recommendations of Congress, founded onsuch complaints, pointing out the remedy; examine the reasons assigned by the differentstates for appointing delegates to the late Convention; view the powers vested in thatbody -- they all harmonize in the sentiment, that the due regulation of trade andnavigation was the anxious wish of every class of citizens, was the great object ofcalling the Convention.This object being provided for by the Constitution proposed by the general Convention,people overlooked and were not sensible of the needless sacrifice they were making for it.Allowing for a moment that it would be possible for trade to flourish under a despoticgovernment, of what avail would be a prosperous state of commerce, when the produce of itwould be at the absolute disposal of an arbitrary unchecked general government, who maylevy at pleasure the most oppressive taxes; who may destroy every principle of freedom;who may even destroy the privilege of complaining....After so recent a triumph over British despots, after such torrents of blood and treasurehave been spent, after involving ourselves in the distresses of an arduous war, andincurring such a debt, for the express purpose of asserting the rights of humanity, it istruly astonishing that a set of men among ourselves should have had the effrontery toattempt the destruction of our liberties. But in this enlightened age, to dupe the peopleby the arts they are practicing, is still more extraordinary. . .


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