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The Egyptian Osireion, located in Abydos.

At the back of the Temple of Seti I (r. ca. 1290–1279 BC), is this extraordinarily unique ‘dummy tomb’ known as the Osireion. This structure probably represented the burial place of Osiris, in the form of a primeval island. A sarcophagus was once situated on this artificial island, surrounded by water.

Photos taken by Olaf Tausch.

Leave Me a Place Underground

Leave me a place underground, a labyrinth,
where I can go, when I wish to turn,
without eyes, without touch,
in the void, to dumb stone,
or the finger of shadow.

I know that you cannot, no one, no thing
can deliver up that place, or that path,
but what can I do with my pitiful passions,
if they are no use, on the surface
of everyday life,
if I cannot look to survive,
except by dying, going beyond, entering
into the state, metallic and slumbering,
of primeval flame?

- Pablo Neruda

kindervenom asked:

Top five favorite things/objects from your childhood

This is actually really hard. I don’t have a lot, really.A lot of my childhood memories are experiences. Let’s see what I can come up with…

  1. My grandparents’ yard - this was the closest I got to the Forest Primeval in my childhood, and I spent so much time in the woods at the back of the property. I’m pretty sure it shaped a lot of the way my imagination works.
  2. Dad’s letter - my family is one that has always been very good at letting people know they’re displeased with them, but never telling them when they’re pleased or proud. When I was 9 or so, I won an award, and Dad wrote me a letter telling me how proud he was of me. I still have it.
  3. The unicorn clock - When my parents were dragging me around antiquing one year, we came across this clock. It was the most hideous thing imaginable, but to baby!Fantasia in the height of her unicorn phase, it was the most beautiful thing ever. Dad had to fight an elderly couple for it, but he did it. When we were cleaning out my room and turning it into my sister’s, Dad couldn’t bring himself to throw it away. It lives in my parents’ basement now.
  4. The Oz Books – my grandfather had a full set of Oz books in the original hardcovers, and I spent many, many summers reading them over and over again. When my family divided up my grandparents’ things when they sold the house, they were the one thing I managed to rescue for myself. My grandfather and I had a rocky relationship, but Oz was one of the few things I could ever actually talk to him about.
  5. Pauly – not really a “thing”, but he was the cat we got when I was six, after our old cat “ran away.” We got him when he was just a kitten, and we bonded right away. He was the sweetest, cuddliest, most patient tuxedo cat ever, and he’d put up with me dragging him around, wearing him like a stole, and crying into his fur when I got teased at school. He died when I was in grade 10, and it was absolutely devastating. I love my two dorks now, so much, but he’s still the best cat I ever had.
Non Magic Medicine In Thedas

A talk with “Surgeon” in Skyhold nets a good look at the state of medical science in Thedas. It’s quite interesting because for all that the world of Dragon Age seems to have healing magic it’s ideas about medicine seem to be quite primeval.  

Surgeon tells us that Magic can’t cure everything, and that she believes that science is the way of the future

Here is where things get interesting. Apparently Thedas believes in the idea of the Humors! History lesson time!

Belief in the four humors and their effects on the body was a system of medicine that started with the Greeks and lasted through most of history since then until the start of modern medicine (the discovery of germs and such) in the 1800s

Basically the idea is that the body is filled with four different humors. When these were in balance the body was healthy but if one had too much or too little of one type it caused illness

treatments included things such as bleeding to get rid of the excess blood.

To clarify bleeding meant cutting a patient or sticking leaches on them.

I also think however that, despite believing in humorism, people like surgeon would have had a major advantage over their real world counterparts that I think would have made non magical medicine in Thedas a LOT more successful. 

People in Thedas did not to deal with the actions of the christian church!

For one thing witch hunts would likely not have destroyed centuries worth of herbal knowledge by killing those who used herbs to heal. Herbalism is a skill that is established and respected in the world of dragon age. I mean we see the use of potions, and poultices in the games. So chances are a good deal of Surgeon’s herbal tonic’s would work if she also has some not based on the concept of humorism. 

Then there is the fact that from what I have seen I think it is unlikely that the Chantry has placed a ban on dissecting the human body, Or even if it has I find it difficult to believe that healing magic does not require a basic understanding of how the body works, and thus that it is highly unlikely people like Surgeon are going around with the impression that human’s have four stomachs because the closest thing to a human they have ever dissected or heard of the distinction of is a cow.

I think what Thedosians do not understand when it comes to medicine is what causes illness. They do not have microscopes to see germs! Magic has likely given them a decent understanding of how the body works. What they do not understand is why it stops working. “Magic can’t cure everything” “Good Health is not magic”

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MYTHOLOGY MEME :  ten goddesses → nyx

       Nyx was the goddess of the night, one of the ancient Protogenoi (first-born elemental gods). In the cosmogony of Hesiod she was born of Air, and breeding with Darkness produced Light and Day, first components of the primeval universe. Alone, she spawned a brood of dark spirits, including the three Fates, Sleep, Death, Strife and Pain. 

Nyx was a primeval goddess usually represented as simply the substance of night: a veil of dark veil of mist drawn forth from the underworld which blotted out the light of Aither (shining upper atmosphere). Her opposite number was Hemera, who scattered the mists of night, or Eos, the goddess of the dawn. 

In ancient art Nyx was portrayed as a either a winged goddess or charioteer, sometimes crowned with an aureole of dark mist. (X)

“The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach.”

~ C. G. Jung

I hit my first 1K and decided to do my first follow forever! A lot of them are mutuals, others are favorites. All are awesome!

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Pathophysiology of the Blight and Red Lyrium

All right!  This will be my last science meta post about Thedas for a while, unless something else strikes me.  As always, thanks to everyone who’s shown an interest in these sorts of posts.  I hope they’re entertaining and interesting, I know I’ve had a ton of fun thinking about them.

Part 1: Lyrium Addiction and Withdrawal

Part 2: Biology and Life History of Lyrium, and Dwarven Physiology


The Blight is two different entities: one is the coordinated attack on the surface world by darkspawn led by a tainted Old God, the other is the disease that results in infection and the creation of wastelands.  We’ll be talking about the latter.

The Blight pathogen has to be something pretty elastic; it is able to infect animals, plants, and fungus.  Our options for infectious agents include bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and prions.  

Parasites are typically fairly host-specific, sticking to well-established life cycles, so they’re out; there’s no parasite in nature that would infect both plants and animals, and when they do infect animals of different classes, typically it’s just a handful (i.e. mosquitoes and dogs both are affected by heartworm, not mosquitoes, houseflies, beetles, ants, dogs, bears, birds, lizards, etc.).  

Viruses are more diversified than parasites; consider rabies virus, which is capable of infecting all mammals.  However, plants and fungi, as well as birds and reptiles, would be safe from rabies.  There are certainly viruses that jump entire classes of creatures - West Nile infects birds and mammals – but I really can’t name one that jumps kingdoms, affecting Animalia AND Plantae, for example; making it more doubtful that the Blight is a virus, in my mind.  

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Happy Earth Day! “May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you – beyond that next turning of the canyon walls.”
-Edward Abbey
#desertrat #canyon #earthday #zion #znp #edwardabbey #hike #hiking #backpacking #camping

More Wreckers nonsense. Shivani this time.

Like Cooper and Ken-Rex, she’s evolved since I last mentioned her. Before, she was a hyper-competent hire of the twins, with a perfect knowledge of interplanetary financial law and a gen-mod that cancelled her need for sleep (with her emotional affect as collateral damage). Now, she’s in charge; the head of a planetary salvage outfit with a questionable company policy towards pre-spaceflight civs. (Ken and Cooper are, after all, basically cavemen. And she HIRED them.) She has fun with it, in a SHIVANI YOU CAN’T JUST DO THAT TO PEOPLE WHO HAVEN’T EVEN FIGURED OUT BASIC CHEMISTRY YET kind of way.

i think everyone’s had that daydream about going back in time to the medieval (or primeval!) world with a flashlight or a Prius or whatever and messing with the ancestors. Shivani calls that ‘Tuesday.” 

9% body fat with cyclist’s legs despite 200 years in space, because when your figure is nano-technologically maintained (like your hair), you can look however you want.