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Children of the Prince and Princess of Wales, later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, and three children of Princess Alice and Grand Duke Ludwig IV of Hesse. 1875.

Standing L-R: Princess Irene of Hesse, later Princess Henry of Prussia; Prince Ernst Ludwig of Hesse, later Grand Duke of Hesse; Prince Albert Victor of Wales, later Duke of Clarence and Avondale; Princess Victoria of Wales; Prince George of Wales, later King George V; and Princess Louise of Wales, later Duchess of Fife.

Seated L-R: Princess Alix of Hesse, later Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia; and Princess Maud of Wales, later Queen of Norway.

I need to pee so let’s make this all fine and fast bruh

Tagged by the lovely friendo¬†yuukitetsuyaz! Wish her a happy birthday on the 21st she’s fucking rad kay 8)

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 92 Truths about you.

At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you.

WHAT WAS YOUR:

Last Beverage: Water
Last phone call: Taylor
Last text message: Domi
Last song you listened to: Glory Road - Yowapeda Cast (Hakogaku)
Last time you cried:¬†*U* …today

HAVE YOU EVER:

Dated someone twice: No
Been cheated on: No
Kissed someone and regretted it: No
Lost someone special: Yes ;v;
Been depressed: Yeaaaaah
Been drunk and threw up: No

LIST THREE FAVORITE COLORS:

Cyan, green tea, baby pink

LAST YEAR (2013) HAVE YOU:

Made a new friend: Yeah
Fallen out of love: No
Laughed until you cried: Yeeeeee
Met someone who changed you: Yes
Found out who your true friends are: Yeah
Found out someone was talking about you:¬†I don’t really remember
Kissed anyone on your FB friends list: No

GENERAL:

How many people on your FB friends list do you know in real life: All of them (except a few I knew like by their name and face lmaoo)

FIRSTS:

First surgery: Shoulder
First piercing: Ear
First best friend: Maddie & Cheryl & Meagan
First sport you joined: n/a
First vacation: I should really ask! The earliest I can recall is disneyland in 2006 (**woooah oops hahahha)
First pair of trainers: ?

RIGHT NOW:

Eating: Nothing
Drinking: Nothing
I’m about to: Pee
Listening to: Halo - Block B
Waiting for: Anime eps

YOUR FUTURE:

Want kids: Like 2
Get married: Yeah!
Career: No clue

WHICH IS BETTER:

Lips or eyes: Eyes
Hugs or Kisses: HUUUUUGS
Shorter or Taller: TALL PLEASE
Older or younger: Older (same age is cool)
Romantic or Spontaneous:¬†Romantic (Nao you’re so sweet about your gf I’m cry)
Nice stomach or nice arms:¬†Nice both ??? hAHAHAH IDK
Sensitive or Loud: Both is rad to me
Hook-up or relationship: Relationship
Trouble maker or hesitant:¬†Please don’t

HAVE YOU EVER:

Kissed a stranger: No
Drank hard liquor: No
Lost glasses/contacts: I found them 8)
Sex on first date: nO
Broke someones heart: HAHAHAHAHHAHAAHHAHA no
Been Arrested: No
Turned someone down: Yes
Cried when someone died:¬†I don’t think I have, I’m p numb mentally with that stuff (like I don’t react really)
Fallen for a friend: No

DO YOU BELIEVE IN:

Yourself: Work in progress
Miracles: Gianna would want me to say generation of miracles there we go
Love at first sight: No
Heaven: Not exactly
Santa Claus: I wish though
Kiss on the first date: No
Angels: No idea

I tag: nishikxss, tachibonbons, tea-empress, bakii, tsukaete, acekisumi, godsavetheshotas, nagao-akiras and tsukiyaamashuu!

Instead of queuing nine posts, we decided to go and clear the queue in one fell swoop. It’s more efficient, sure, but it’s also less personalized, so don’t expect too much of these megaposts in the future, as they will only be used for moments where the queue has been overwhelming for us to take care of properly.

Like we said, this is an exceptional situation caused with time issues. We wish to apologize to everyone, not just the people whose messages we chose to combine.

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To each and every single of you, you are amazing people. People that have weaknesses, flaws, people who often feel overwhelmed by life, and at times, you have no idea what to do.

It happens to everyone, not just you.

And what we want to tell you, is to never give up. To always, always, always go and give it all, in everything you do. To always remember that things, they get better. They always do. That everything is gonna be alright and that everyone around you got your back, no matter what.

You are cared about, you are unique, you are adored and your presence is a blessing.

Wu Zetian: the Poison Princess (624-705)

Introducing Wu Zetian, first and only female Emperor of China — seen here poisoning her infant daughter.

Now, that’s actually a bit of a historical inaccuracy: the generally-accepted truth was that she *strangled* her young daughter, to frame the old queen and get her out of the way. It worked — both the old queen and the old queen’s mother were executed, and haunted her from that point forward. I thought they’d make good comic relief characters in the movie adaptation.

From there, she ascended to be Emperor Gaozong’s predominant consort, and set about eradicating all other claimants to the throne. Early on, her method of choice was a slow-acting poison made from silkworms. As time went on and her influence grew, however, she took to engineering treason charges for her opponents, summoning them to the throne room and making them kill themselves in front of her.

That’s some cold shit.

Once the emperor died, her oldest son ascended to the throne, and proceeded to ignore her. She didn’t take kindly to this, and had him drubbed out of office, and later forced to commit suicide. In his place, she installed her youngest son, whom she basically locked in his room, so she could rule in his stead. Before long, she dropped all pretense of being the queen regent, and formally declared herself the official emperor of China.

Her reign saw the complete rearrangement of dynastic succession, as she systematically wiped out any and all claimants to the throne. In one year alone, she destroyed fifteen family lines, mostly through executions and enforced suicides. 

How did she drum up her accusations of treason, you ask? By putting, essentially, anonymous comment boxes sprinkled throughout the palace. When someone pissed her off, she’d have her servant write a tattle-tail letter and place it in a comment box. Within days, they’d be put to the sword — usually their own. This is almost undoubtedly the most hardcore use of an anonymous comment box in history.

She also had an enormous network of spies and a secret police, who further kept any rivals at bay.

If you really got on her bad side, she would enact the “human pig” torture — wherein your arms and legs were cut off, your tongue was removed, and you were force-fed and left to wallow in your own excrement.

Empress Wu did not fuck around. 

For people outside of political circles, her reign was peaceful and prosperous. She left the general population be, and opened up the civil examinations to a wider range of people, making for more diversity in the local and regional governments. As long as you didn’t cross her, she was pretty cool.

She never remarried, although she did end up banging a Buddhist monk for a lot of her life, and took two younger fellas as lovers late in life. Hardcore lady.

Art notes:

  • The throne room is based off of ones in the Forbidden City, although it’s a bit of a melange of several different rooms.
  • Her outfit, as well as that of Emperor Gaozong, are simplified, but fairly accurate.
  • The two queen ghosts hovering around her head are also based off of historical representations.
  • The baby bottle she has in her hand is also based off of the oldest Chinese baby bottle reference I could find.
  • The characters on the baby bottle spell “gold silkworm,” a reference to the type of poison she likely used — a slow-acting poison made from the bodies of silkworms.
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