Hello! I finally got over my jet lag (i think)! I had a great time back in my hometown, Manila! ^o^ ♥
I had lots of fun and also lots of rest and I feel so refreshed (and also kind of sad because I miss my relatives and my dog…and the food) –
Now that I think about it – being back here in New York in winter feels
so much sadder because of the gloomy surroundings ((compared to the
colorful and lively neighborhood back home – it’s been 2 years since I
was able to visit Manila aahh)) /////
anyway, here are some photos from our flight stopover in Taiwan Taoyuan Airport!
Thank you so much for your well wishes everyone, I really appreciate it! I hope to upload lots of new art starting next week (and will resume working on that MM art book♥)
I couldn’t do 707 Route while I was there, I had no mobile internet and the WiFi everywhere was super slow ;;v;; Now that I’m back, I still can’t do the route because the app won’t let me change my time zone (it still doesn’t recognize Daylight Savings Time)!!! //cries because now I won’t be able to play the new update hhHHHNNN
Also – my fave photo of all (it’s me beside a mirror) vvvvvvvvvvvvv
Is there a step by step guide to build a village, town or city for a DND game? I have trouble getting my ideas down on paper. I feel a guide may help.
This is how I make mine:
Pick if I want it to be coastal, in a forest, desert, etc.
Pick a cool name.
Decide if this town is mostly for passing through, or if major things are happening here.
Decide if they’re cut off from other towns or near others.
Decide on population, race majorities and minorities.
Pick how the town makes money, what are its imports and exports if any.
Who is the leader? How do people like them?
What is the towns major problem? Starvation, rats, monsters, etc?
How strict are the guards? Do the villagers trust outsiders? Do they hate any race or class?
Come up with a bar, inn, weapon, and armor shop name and staff for each. If they’re known for anything, what are they known for?
How does this town get along with outsiders/other towns?
Any well known locals? What are their names, what are they known for?
If your players are good, evil, or neutral how would the townsfolk react? How would your players react here?
A lot of times some of this info is never asked about from my players. I recycle and use that info for other towns if need be. Half the time no one asks about the armor shop, or the potions shop. But its nice info to have on hand.
I also sometimes make mini flash cards detailing the important bits like:
Inn: Sleepy Fellow. Run by Ma. 5 copper a night. Worlds best pillows, they’re always stolen. Ma is sick n tired of it and will gut any thieves.
Here are some little extra tips and tools, too.
Plan your city around your landscape. If its a thin and spindly island, you’re not going to have a ton of open space. If the city is in a desert, there are probably very tall walls to keep the sand from blowing in, or the houses might be below ground, etc.
Here is a cool map maker to help visualize things.
Think about what you’d typically find in a town. Inn, bar, and leather working shops will be basically anywhere. Larger towns will for sure have armor, weapons, potions, etc. Farmer’s markets, hospitals, etc. are also usually present.
What kind of town is it? Is it peaceful, do they forage and lack trade routes? Is the town large, have a large guard presence?
How does the town make their money? Hunting, gathering, self sustaining, making crafts?
I use this sometimes to give me town ideas. I don’t really hit generate tbh, just the options alone help me out a lot.
How can your town serve the quest[s] and your players? Is it the main place where quests are given/done? If so, it might need to be more fleshed out. If they’re just passing by you don’t need a lot of detail. Maybe just one quirk or two to make each town unique. e.g. “Every Thursday is bring your pet to work day” for the local guards.
Hey to all those people telling people “ it’s not so bad, just power through the cramps” when they're on their period because it’s not an excuse to miss school/work etc.!
I had bad cramps today, but I tried to “power through it” and went to class anyways, even though my grandmother had to drive me because I couldn’t walk to the bus.
I tried to “power through it” when I started to feel like I was going to throw up in the middle of my lecture, leaving to take a walk outside in the cold to try and clear my head, even though walking made my right side feel as though it was being ripped in two.
I tried to “power through it” when I started getting cold sweat all over my body, taking off my sweater and then putting it back on two seconds later because my body couldn’t decide if it was hot or cold.
I tried to “power through it” when spots started to appear in my vision, and just kept walking towards the exit.
I tried to “power through it” when I started to dry heave, and started walking faster.
I tried to “power through it” when my ears started ringing and the spots took over my vision and I was so so hot but shivering and my side felt on fire and twisted into knots and stabbed all at once.
I tried to power through it to the point where I collapsed in the middle of my college hallway. A stranger brought me to Outreach Services, where I lay on the floor, vomiting, for an hour until somebody could pick me up and take me home.
The school paramedics told me that I had passed out because I put too much stress on my already taxed body. My body was taxed because of hormonal fluctuations and blood loss aka my period.
Nothing like this has ever happened to me before. In the past when I’ve had cramps like this, I’ve stayed in bed and eaten strawberries and watched MASH all day.
So don’t you DARE tell me that you should “power through the cramps and do it anyways”. Powering through made me pass out. Powering through made me have to be wheeled out of the school in a wheelchair because I couldn’t keep my balance to walk. Powering through made my grandmother with osteoporosis and a tendency to panic have to come pick me up from school and help me up the stairs and almost break her hip when I started to collapse backwards on the front steps. Powering through made my 13 year old brother have to supervise me while I took a bath because I was afraid I would pass out and drown (he was super sweet about it actually; we closed the curtain and he read me Voyage of the Dawn Treader). Powering through made my mother who works to support our family pretty much on her own have to take time off work to come home and make sure I was okay.
In conclusion; If someone feels crappy because of their period cramps, leave them alone. Don’t make them do things anyways, because you might make it worse. And definitely don’t make them feel bad for not wanting to do things because of cramps; that’s the reason I even got out of bed this morning. Be nice to people on their period. Possibly buy them chocolate or painkillers. Nut don’t make them do things when they have cramps, and definitely don’t tell them “it’s nothing, power through” because cramps? Cramps can be one of the worst things you could possibly imagine.
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***yes i remember most people who are regulars in my ask box :D i also pay attention to the usernames and icons because wow some can be really cute and witty and idk all of you just make my entire week every time ok ;;o;; ♥ ♥ ♥
throwing their arms around the other person,
holding them close while they kiss
“Boy doesn’t this feel familiar?” Hawke said, and winced as
his own attempt at levity fell far short. “Shit,” he added for emphasis. Fenris
It was not the kind of thing Hawke wanted for the elf: life
on the road, once again. Tiny, filthy inns, food that was little better than
slop, exhaustion and sweat and fear and days of constantly looking over their
When they settled down after fleeing Kirkwall, Hawke had
sworn to the both of them that he would never let them live like that again –
and now here they were. Everything went to shit at Weisshaupt, and when it was
over, they had to leave fast. Oh, the remaining wardens might not have killed
them, had they stayed, but they were nevertheless strongly encouraged to get the fuck out as fast as they could.
Hawke’s let his head rest with a soft thump against the
doorframe as he watched Fenris explore their little room – the greasy-paned
window painted shut, the lopsided mattress, the rat that scurried quickly out
of his way. With an unreadable expression, the elf flicked a roach off one of
the pillows. Even this hovel had cost them dear coin, but Hawke had been
determined that he wasn’t going to let Fenris sleep on the ground, or sneak
into strangers’ barns. Not if he could help it. Now it seemed like a foolish
waste. The only good thing he could say about it was that he didn’t think they’d
been given such a room because they’d been recognized. Things had gotten hard
all around since the mage rebellion and the Breach and all the other shit. No
one cared about Kirkwall’s disgraced Champion anymore.
He thought of the home they had made – the tidy little farm
out by the coast. Those quiet, happy days felt very far away. Fenris had told
him he had to sell it when he left to join Hawke at Weisshaupt. The Breach had
caused the crops to fail, and even with it now closed their neighbors couldn’t afford
to take care of it for them while they were away – not and see to their own
The elf looked at him, then. He was silent as he crossed the
Hawke watched him approach, and didn’t move. He felt so
tired, defeated, worn out. He had done everything wrong, again. He had failed,
Fenris’s gaze was sharp. It seemed to see right through
Hawke, right to his soul, as if he knew what the mage was thinking. He took
Hawke’s face, firmly, in his hands, and he told him, under no uncertain terms,
to “just shut up.”
Fenris pushed up on his toes and kissed him, his arms
sliding around Hawke’s big weary shoulders.