The phrase/idea of “Fear not this night” is more associated in Guild Wars 2 with the song and it’s connotations of night = fearful times that will eventually pass, but I’ve always been fond of how the Priests of Grenth use it? Since some of their other quotes about Grenth offering shelter it comes off as if they’re saying “yeah you can hide in the dark and it can protect you and stuff” 

which appeals to my fondness for dark and morbid characters that ultimately decent and helpful people

Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.
~Daniel 2:20-22


history meme. ten moments: the funeral of Edward VII. 
10 MAY 1910. His funeral at Windsor, following a procession through the streets of London, was one of the largest gatherings of European royalty ever to take place. It was also one of the last assemblies of its kind before the First World War shattered the bonds that united the interwoven monarchies. The conflict would destroy two of the most powerful royal houses and leave several of the others severely weakened as the political map of the continent was redrawn. (x)


"The crew is assembled for council. Mr. Singleton has called for a vote to select himself as the new captain of this crew."

I need a minute.


Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran during WW II in Pictures

"The invasion of Iran was the Allied invasion of the Kingdom of Iran during World War II, by Soviet, British and other Commonwealth armed forces. The invasion lasted from 25 August to 17 September 1941, and was codenamed Operation Countenance. The purpose was to secure Iranian oil fields and ensure Allied supply lines (see Persian Corridor) for the Soviets fighting against Axis forces on the Eastern Front. Though Iran was officially neutral, according to the Allies its monarch Reza Shah was friendly toward the Axis powers and was deposed during the subsequent occupation and replaced with his young son Mohammad Reza Pahlavi"


September 4th 1870: Napoleon III deposed

On this day in 1870 French Emperor Napoleon III, nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, was deposed. Before assuming the imperial title in 1852 he was the first President of France, having been elected by popular vote. However when prevented from running for a second term he staged a coup d’état and seized the throne. Napoleon’s initial reign was characterised by repression of political enemies and wide-ranging reform of French life, including some positive changes like extensive rebuilding of Paris, financial reorganisation and some labour rights. He was eventually overthrown due to his poor leadership in the Franco-Prussian War, which resulted in decisive Prussian victory under the leadership of Otto von Bismarck. The Emperor was even captured by the Prussians himself at the Battle of Sedan and after this surrendered to the Prussians in what many French saw as a humiliating debasement. Soon after that debacle he was removed from power and was held in captivity before going into exile in Britain. The Third Republic was declared and the monarchy abolished, thus making Napoleon III the last French monarch.


RackhAnne Appreciation Week Day 5:

↬ Favourite “third wheel”:

It is no doubt, but many had Compassion for her, yet the Court could not avoid finding her Guilty; for among other Things, one of the Evidences against her, deposed, that being taken by Rackam, and detain’d some Time on Board, he fell accidentally into Discourse with Mary Read, whom he taking for a young Man, ask’d her, what Pleasure she could have in being concerned in such Enterprizes, where her Life was continually in Danger, by Fire or Sword; and not only so, but she must be sure of dying an ignominious Death, if she should be taken alive?—She answer’d, that as to hanging, she thought it no great Hardship, for, were it not for that, every cowardly Fellow would turn Pyrate, and so infest the Seas, that Men of Courage must starve:— That if it was put to the Choice of the Pyrates, they would not have the punishment less than Death, the Fear of which, kept some dastardly Rogues honest; that many of those who are now cheating the Widows and Orphans, and oppressing their poor Neighbours, who have no Money to obtain Justice, would then rob at Sea, and the Ocean would be crowded with Rogues, like the Land, and no Merchant would venture out; so that the Trade, in a little Time, would not be worth following.

(from A general History of the Pyrates by Daniel Defoe Captain Charles Johnson)

"Justin Bieber was just deposed for a second time in the lawsuit brought against him by a Miami Beach photographer and — wait for it! — he behaved like a true young gentleman!"

Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi: Egyptian General Is Idolised For Deposing Former President Mohamed Morsi, But Can His Popularity Last? by Robert Fisk

Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi: Egyptian General Is Idolised For Deposing Former President Mohamed Morsi, But Can His Popularity Last? by Robert Fisk

Could we ever have imagined, two and a half years ago, that we would witness the idolisation of General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi?

Objects of Intrigue: Napoleon's Last Horse


Almost hidden away inside a glass cabinet in one of the more obscure hallways of the Musée de l’Armée in Paris is a small taxidermy horse, a crack running down its shoulder like a fault line. These are the remains of Vizir, Napoleon Bonaparte’s grey Arabian stallion that accompanied the deposed emperor to Saint Helena.

Vizir was hardly Napoleon’s only horse. According to the Musée de l’Armée, over the 14 years of Napoleon’s reign he used 130 horses (here’s a rambling list of them). And the stallion wasn’t Napoleon’s most famous horse either, that would go to Marengo, a charger who served and was captured at Waterloo, his skeleton still a British trophy at the Imperial War Museum in London. But Vizir was the last horse to keep Napoleon company out in exile, and now serves as the only taxidermy reminder of all his fellow steeds employed by Napoleon in his rise and fall from power.

Napoleon preferred small, spry horses, rather than the thoroughbreds favored by his officers, although not because of his stature (his low height is mostly a myth anyway). Rather, he just wasn’t a terribly great horseman. Not having grown up wealthy in Corsica, he didn’t start riding until his military career. Yet later he would pose on horseback in his most famous portraits, such as the famous 1803 painting of “Napoleon Crossing the Alps” by Jacques-Louis David (believed to depict Marengo) where man and horse rear up on a stormy, mountainous landscape, his red cape flowing like the horse’s mane. The paintings suggest a fierce pride in both his power and that of the animals he rode. 

As for Vizir, he was a friendship gift from the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. After Napoleon died on May 5, 1821 on Saint Helena, Vizir was transported to England and then France, dying in 1829. As far as it’s known, Vizir is the only one of Napoleon’s horses to end up in taxidermy, and he spent some time in a museum in Manchester before arriving at the Louvre in 1868, being forgotten in the attic for a time, and then transported to the Musée de l’Armée after the War of 1870. This was, of course, a few decades after Vizir’s death, so how were they sure it was him? A brand on the horse’s haunches bears an “N” topped with a crown.


The Musée de l’Armée offers a careful bit of doubt in their take on the story — stating “si c’est bien lui,” “if it’s indeed him” — but from most accounts the monogrammed horse was long ago the last equine companion of Napoleon. He’s shrunk down a bit from botched restorations, and the taxidermy dog who also accompanied Napoleon on Saint Helena and once stood alongside Vizir in the museum now seems to have been removed from display. Yet even in his shoddy state, his fur worn down in places to the tanned skin, his glass case unglamorously positioned by a museum restroom, Vizir is just a few minutes walk from the grand tomb of Napoleon himself at les Invalides. Even in death, Vizir remains the closest final animal companion of the once-emperor.




Poor Vizir, he’s not looking so good. He’s getting fault lines.