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Sword Fighting for Fic Writers: Chapter 12

You can follow the tag #Swords for Fics if you want to keep up without following me :)

Available Chapters:
1: Dumb Ways to Die  2.May Your Blade Be True! 3.On Your Guard!
4. Making the Cut 5.Stick ‘em With the Pointy End 6. It’s Like a Dance
7. The Measure of A Man 8.A Crossing of Blades 9.Like Chess, but with Knives
An Interlude About Story Telling
10. You Can Barely Lift Your Sword 11.Buckle Some Swash 12.Dual Wielding
13.Everything is a Weapon 14.Got Your Sword!

Dual Wielding
Fighting with Two Swords or an Offhand Dagger

Fighting with a dagger in the offhand instead of a shield was a common practice. A long dagger made an excellent tool for catching the opponent’s weapon while attacking with your own. While attacks were made with the dagger, it’s greatest benefit was as a defensive tool.

Here the dagger is being used to restrain the attacker’s weapon (note: The big guy’s sword is pointed away from the dagger guy. Again, the problem with flat images and flat swords is swords tend to disappear in perspective. My apologies for the unclear drawing.) The dagger user is now free to attack with their sword in their next action.

I have more experience with double swords so we’ll be talking mostly about that now. We both know that’s why you’re reading this chapter anyways.

Two Swords are used like off-sync partners, with one movement slightly behind the other while they’re in motion. One might temporarily stay still to cover a line while the other attacks, but you’re not going to be fighting two battles at once except for in exaggerated cartoon circumstances. We’ll talk about fighting multiple opponents in “I’ll Take You All On” (chapter coming soon)

As an example, if two downward cutting attacks are being used, what this off sync movement achieves is that as the first sword finishes it’s blow, it deals with the opponent’s weapon. The second sword is a split second behind the first, and now has a clear path to finish it’s blow. The first sword continues to restrain the opponent’s weapon.

In one pattern of attack, the lower sword begins with a thrust, forcing a defence from the opponent then the upper sword begins it’s preparation. The lower sword then follows and does it’s own cut ending as the new top sword. Beginning with the thrust provokes a reaction from the defender and buys time for the first sword to swing back in preparation while the attacker remains covered.

When defending with two swords you can use any of your usual defences as outlined in “A Crossing of Blades” but you need to be careful that you’re not criss crossing your arms and getting tangled up. That’s another reason for the off sync movements. If they follow their patterns and both do the same action, the arms will stay untangled.

Crossing the blades to collect the attacker’s sword is one of the coolest looking defences you can do with two weapons. This one also works well with a dagger in the offhand.


Things get more complicated when both opponents are dual wielding. Now each opponent can restrain with one sword and attack with the other. Even so, they’ll still be following those same slightly out of sync patterns. 

It might feel like we can do two things at once, but really we’re just switching quickly between two tasks. It’s better to have two swords working towards one goal then trying to have them both achieve two different things.

Often in one action you’ll still be catching both of your opponent’s swords in the defence.

I’m not feeling ambitious enough to try breaking down two dual wielding fighters anymore than that though, so we’ll leave off here. In the next chapter we’ll look into things you can do with a free hand that’s not holding anything.

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Found my fencing sword I used for 11 months for practicing sword fights on Peter Pan haha haven’t touch a sword in over 10 years! Here’s a few tricks I learned while doing the film! Can’t believe I still can do it haha#swordtricks #stillgotit

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Dan Insta Jams

I thought I’d put together a masterpost of Dan jamming out to songs other than his own, or ones he was\is working on. Because that seems like the sort of thing I would do.

1. All I Need Is A Miracle by Mike & The Mechanics

2. Africa by Toto

3. Dinosaur by Kesha

4. Rock of Ages by Def Leppard

5. The Architect by Haken
   

6. M.A.S.K. intro theme

7. Instant Crush by Daft Punk

8. Love Bites by Def Leppard

9. Apocryphon by The Sword
     

10. The Veil of Isis by The Sword

11. Nights on Broadway by The Bee Gees

12. Out of the Black by Royal Blood
   

13. I Want To Know by Living Color
   

14. Shut Up and Dance by Walk The Moon

15. Women by Def Leppard
   

16. Operation Mindcrime by Queensryche

17. Don’t Lose My Number by Phil Collins

18. Stacy’s Mom by Fountains of Wayne

19. Photograph by Def Leppard

Sword Fighting For Fic Writers: Chapter 13

You can follow the tag #Swords for Fics if you want to keep up without following me :)

Available Chapters:
1.Dumb Ways to Die  2.May Your Blade Be True! 3.On Your Guard!
4. Making the Cut 5.Stick ‘em With the Pointy End 6.It’s Like a Dance
7. The Measure of A Man 8.A Crossing of Blades 9.Like Chess, but with Knives
An Interlude About Story Telling
10.You Can Barely Lift Your Sword 11.Buckle Some Swash 12.Dual Wielding
13.Everything is a Weapon 14.Got Your Sword 

Your Body Everything is a Weapon
Punching, Throwing, and Other Things

Up until now you may have noticed that with one handed swords I draw the free hand tucked in behind the fighter’s back. That wasn’t just me trying to avoid drawing more hands. If you’re not using that arm in a fight, it’s better to keep it back and out of the way rather than making it another target. I’ve also seen it placed on the hip in case it becomes needed, or just waving around in the back. In this chapter we’ll talk about ways that free hand can help. We’ll also be covering throwing the opponent down, and using the pommel of the sword.

Using Your Free Hand:

-Punching
Most of the time it’s going to be more practical and efficient to use the sword to make an attack. There will be times though when the defender’s sword is restrained and the attacker doesn’t want to kill their opponent that they may go for a punch. Or maybe they just see an opening and say to hell with it. For your narrative, do whatever feels badass. When defending against fist attacks with your own arm, you’re essentially doing the same thing as you do with your sword. Use the “true edge” of your arm to block then counter attack.

-Grabbing
It may seem stupid to grab your opponent’s sword by the blade, but it’s a thing. Swords aren’t lightsabers. You can grab them. There are ways to safely do this without cutting yourself. Other times it’ll just be better to take a shallow cut on the hand to finish the fight. Typically grabs will be done against a blade that’s not in motion. You’re not going to catch a swinging blade. Gloves and gauntlets make grabbing even safer. The sword arm is another thing to grab to control their weapon. Grabs can be turned into disarms. More on that in “Got Your Sword!” (chapter coming soon)

Kicking: I myself have not encountered kicking in fights so take this with some salt. If it happens it probably happens mostly in grappling range. Kicking your foot out without the opponent’s sword controlled is sticking a big target out there. If you don’t throw them off balance enough with the move you’ll be vulnerable while you reset. But for narrative purposes, you can stick with the rule of cool: if it’s cool, go or it!

Using the Pommel: Using the pommel to strike is a good method of dealing a non-lethal blow. It’s most easily done after a yield (see “A Crossing of Blades”). Instead of continuing to spin the blade around, the blade stops it’s turn with the sword pointing down, then rams into the opponent’s face with the back end of the sword. There’s also a way to use the hilt to hook the opponent’s weapon into a disarm. More on that in “Got Your Sword”.

Throwing: To throw an opponent first you need to get close to them. Let’s assume that’s been done. Maybe you stepped in during an attack or defense and they didn’t step back. First break their structure to set them off balance by pushing into their face. Pushing up under the chin is especially helpful, lifting them up a bit as well as pushing them back. If you’re pushing with your right arm then your right leg steps behind them, pushing your hip into theirs. Now turn then beg the legs. Turning will push them back over your leg, tripping them. Even a small person can take out a bigger person like this. The key thing to remember is that if you’re set up to throw them, they can turn it around and throw you instead by getting their leg behind your’s. So be quick about unbalancing them.

Here’s just one version of a throw. Another version is done with the opponents facing each other. Another involves lifting the victim’s leg. Some throws involve using your weapon as leverage, pushing the hilt to break their structure. 

Cloaks and Capes: This is another area I’m not personally experienced in and would encourage you to look up if it appeals to you. But so that you know the option is available, capes were often used for defences with things like grabbing swords with the hand protected by the cape, or tangling the opponents sword. Sometimes it was used just as a decoy to cover movements like a matador. Look it up sometime if your fighter wears a cape. They don’t just look cool and keep you warm.

Literally Anything: Think Jackie Chan. Literally anything can be used as a weapon with a little creativity. Swing a bike at people, throw things, kick up dirt, bite, push over bookshelves. Take a look at the environment. Maybe throw a chair in your attacker’s path as you back away making them stumble. Maybe the hero opens the coral of an angry bull the moment they look to be cornered. There’s a low hanging branch to be pulled back and slapped forward. There’s a cliff to corner them on or a wall to push them up against. Carpets can be pulled out from under people’s feet. Hot tea! Pepper! Sink holes! Go nuts!

~100K+ WORDS FANFICTION RECOMMENDATIONS (PART 2)

KATEKYO HITMAN REBORN

The Sea Lion – Echoing Fantasy

It’s a bit of cautious planning that allows Iemitsu to send his son off when his own life is threatened. Tsuna ends up in the care and custody of one of the most terrifying groups imaginable, but they end up clicking rather well considering his agenda for the man who killed his father. Revenge is a dish best served cold, as they say. Varia!Tsuna, familial!Varia.

Ayakashi – Kyogre

slight AU, gen. Flames and the Trinisette are far from the only secret power in the world. In which Tsuna is half-youkai, and his Guardians aren’t quite all human either. The mafia won’t know what hit them.

The Truth of the Sky – LeoInuyuka

I’m Yuni. But I’m not. It’s all rather confusing.

Kyoko – Discoabc

“So, you are an infamous Mafioso dealer, part of both the Yakuza and Mafia, a genius hacker, one of the strongest illusionists in the world, wanted in several countries and STILL the number one idol in school?” “You forgot how I was extremely extreme too.” “…Kyoko, you have some major issues.” Being reborn as Miss. Sparkles is not fun at all.

More Than No Good – KuraiArcoiris

Reborn had never disagreed with any of the ninth’s decisions, but when the Vongola boss sent him to Japan to train Sawada Tamaki, the hitman started to think that the ninth had chosen the wrong twin…

Blackbird – jadetiger27

This is a twin fic. Tsuna is the older brother of Ieyoshi. He really isn’t surprised when his stronger, better brother is picked to be the Vongola Boss instead of him. After all, no one expected Vongola to handle a weak, petite, mute. But Vongola is going to, from the most unlikeliest of things.

The Forgotten Time – Metamorcy

An incident with the 10-year bazooka leaves Tsuna stuck in the past… What’s he gonna to do now? R27, hints of All27 and certain Arcobaleno27

The Unexplainable – Metamorcy

Tsuna smiled as he listened to his fellow classmates whisper about him behind his back, Cursed-Tsuna, that’s what they called him. After all, all those that interacted with him had fallen to their doom and it was only worse for those that dared mess with him. So he wondered how long the baby called Reborn would last, dark!Tsuna and universe. Eventual R27

Parallel axis of Sawada Tsunayoshi – Fantasy-Magician

Memory of him as Vongola Decimo is a curse and blessing for Tsuna. He is set to choose his own path, far away from mafia world with his friends. Beside, he has his twin chosen for that throne. Reborn is not sure what to think of Iemitsu’s older son. There’s something hidden beneath those amber eyes of the charismatic president of Namimori Gakuen.

Vivi memor leti – sunnycalendargirl

Memories of the future haunt Tsuna in transformative ways. As he grows as a boss and a friend, his relationships with the people around him change in many ways. R27, X27, 1827, ALL27, all sorts of pairings, really.

Keeping Your Character – Insanity-Red

When a girl from our world takes advantage of a quirk in the reincarnation system, guess whose body she ends up in? See what changes when the stupid cow isn’t so stupid - nor a cow. What else will change when she retains knowledge from her previous life?

The Mafia Wants You! – SwordsMagician

Sawada Tsunayoshi was unassuming. Resourceful. Surprisingly adaptive. And his hyper-intuition hasn’t been wrong yet. Regardless, he didn’t need that indication of doom to know that Reborn was the harbinger of utter chaos.

KUROKO NO BASKET

How Does It Feel? – pale rose fire

Kuroko was found beaten and unconscious, hanging by his wrists from a basketball hoop in Kaijou’s gym with a message cut into his chest and stomach: HEY GENERATION OF MIRACLES. HOW DOES IT FEEL? The GoM are determined to find who hurt him and make them pay, but along the way must face the mistakes they made in middle school, and realize the pain their actions caused others.

Princess of Miracles – Starian NightZz

Kuroko Tamaki is the Sixth Player of Teiko basketball team. What will happen when she joins Seirin High’s basketball team, and how can she help them along with battling her own inner demons? Fem!Kuroko/Aomine. Overprotective Gen!Miracles

KYO KARA MAOH!

After Dark – Aozoran

After his duel with Gunter, Conrart is left frustrated about his future and in the dark streets of the city near the Academy he meets someone that might just be able to change his perspective on life. Conrart X Yuuri. AU

The King’s Consort – Aozoran

Have you ever wondered what might have happened if Yuuri was a little older when he arrived in the Great Demon Kingdom for the first time and slaps a different brother on that fateful night…? ConYuu

Desperate Times – Striped Neko

Yuuri has been suffering in silence for months. Conrad has been helpless to act until now. When circumstances threaten to tear apart family bonds, will the rift that sets brother against brother ever be mended? ConYuu, slight one-sided Yozak/Yuuri.

MERLIN

A Question of Motives – Alaia Skyhawk

As he lay there bearing witness to the battle before him, he could scarce believe what he saw. What was he to believe? What to do? How are you supposed to react when the man you saw as your closest friend turns out to be a sorcerer?

Healing Spells – BeyondTheStorm

After revealing his magic to Arthur due to life-threatening circumstances, Merlin decides it’s time he learned to heal. With Gaius off dealing with an illness in the outer villages, Merlin is left to his own methods, bearing some rather costly outcomes.

Beyond the Vale – BeyondTheStorm

Post S3. When a patrol goes missing under strange circumstances, Arthur is determined to find out what happened, and no one can persuade him otherwise. With nothing to go on but a foreboding story, Merlin fears that their luck might finally run out.

Inside the Pendragon Institute – ForzaDelDestino

Arthur is Assistant Director at a museum of medieval art. Morgana’s the senior curator. Lance is the armour specialist, Gwen works with tapestries and textiles. Merlin is a new employee with a reputation for quirky brilliance.

NARUTO

backslide – black.k.kat

Sometimes, even the softest breath on still water can create tsunamis. Several weeks before meeting his genin team, Kakashi is sent to find a bounty hunter responsible for the deaths of five missing-nin, all rumored to be part of a secret organization. But Uzumaki Kurama is far different than anyone expected, and ripples are starting to spread. Slash/yaoi, time travel

Naruto: Myoushuu no Fuuin – May Wren

A seal had managed to defeat and imprison the Kyuubi no Kitsune, the strongest demon to ever exist. It was just ink on paper-or a stomach, as the case may be-and it held so much power… ‘Yeah,’ Naruto decided 'I gotta get me some of that.’

A Wrinkle in Time – rightforlife

The Fourth Shinobi War ended in disaster. They won, but at a price too great to bear. Given a second chance, what exactly can Konoha’s three most powerful men do? No slash, no overt romance. Time travel, old enemies, and old friends that all leads to a new future.

Naruto: Genesis of the Nindo – Bloody-Mad

The future is not set in stone. Every action has a reaction. The people of the past have a chance to change things- hopefully, for the better. Join Team Minato, The Slug and Toad Sannin, and the parents that started it all!

Déjà vu no Jutsu – Vixen Tail

Take one dead, thirty year old career soldier, stick in the body of a child during the Second Great Shinobi War. Add a mini-Namikaze Minato, ninjas, chakra, tailed beasts, and shake well. Is it any wonder she thought she was insane? Second/Third Great Ninja War era SI AU.

How to Win Friends, Influence People – sparrowette

And Start Your Very Own Secret Ninja Organization. Three months into Naruto’s training trip Jiraiya must leave him behind to go to check on a situation in Iwa, leaving Naruto to his own devices. Naruto thinks everything he did makes perfect sense, Kiri thinks he is a cult leader and Tsunade thinks she doesn’t get paid enough to deal with this. 100 drabbles format.

The Raikage – Aragon Potter

After succeeding in retrieving Sasuke, Naruto was banished from Konoha due to the Council’s fear of the Akatsuki coming after him and destroying Konoha. 10 years later after being banished Naruto becomes the new Raikage of Kumo and leads it to greatness.

The Sealed Kunai – Kenchi618

What if something made Naruto the dead-last that everyone sees him as? What if he really wasn’t as weak as he seemed? The true Naruto, unleashed upon the shinobi world! AU Story starts at Invasion of Konoha arc and continues onwards.

Time and Again – KyLewin

Time Travel fic. In a war torn future, in the burning ruins of Konohagakure, Naruto fights Orochimaru and loses as the world collapses around him. From that ending comes a new beginning and a new chance to set things right, if only he can figure out how…

Naruto One Man Team – Ackdam

After graduating from the academy, Naruto starts to reveal his true self. Won’t everyone be surprised at what the 'demon’ can do?…Powerful Naruto - NaruXHarem - Saku/Sasu/Kiba bashing

Dreaming of Sunshine – Silver Queen

Life as a ninja. It starts with confusion and terror and doesn’t get any better from there. OC Self-insert

Shadow and Wind: New legends – Sir-Shun

AU. Naruto and Shikamaru’s lives take an unexpected turn. Follow the eccentric hero and the lazy genius on their journey to become legends. Chapter 51: A week in the Forest of Death! …Could be worse, really.

Naruto: Potential Realised – Iron Monkey Fist

The old man survived the invasion and acknowledged Naruto’s services to Konoha. How would the shinobi world cope with a Naruto who realises his full potential and becomes the splendid shinobi only few believed he could be?

The Blind and the Unseeing – Stunning Sunset

When two jutsu clash, Sakura, injured badly, is sent careening through time to the past. Blind, she has to survive alone in the form of a child. Until she helps a man. And then her peace is destroyed and he won’t leave her alone.

Cursed Salvation, Descending Redemption – Imperial Mint

“Please Itachi… I know I can’t save Sasuke but I can save you.” Itachi considered these words before knocking Naruto’s hand away.’ Redemption begins in the form of salvation, at least that’s what Naruto believes. ItaNaru Spoilers for Manga Chapters 365

House Calls – Spoiled Sweet

Always the Team Mom, Sakura opens up her home as a clinic for the hospital-phobic ninja of Konoha. At the same time, her relationship with Kakashi begins to evolve in a way she never expected.

Sakura – Darkpetal16

Dying and being reborn into Sakura Haruno’s body at the start of Naruto can really put a spin on a girl’s perspective. Self Insert.

Team 8 – S’TarKan

What if Naruto had been selected for a different team? What if he’d had a different mentor? Who would guess the consequences would be so large?

Naruto: Tenshikage – Sarakiel

Naruto is banished to the Unknown Lands to the West of Konoha. There he forges a new path for himself, a path that will make him new friends, more enemies, and a new destiny. No Time Skips, AU, Post-Sasuke Retrieval Arc

Who I Am – TwinTrouble

Naruto has been keeping dangerous secrets for years. A long-forgotten dream that just won’t die, an ally he shouldn’t know and a friend no one thought he had are what keep him going. Graduating is the least of his problems…

Uchiha Obito, Ghost! – Namikaze Artemis

When Obito died, he expected to go to some afterlife of some sort. What he did not expect was to become a ghost and get roped into helping along his sensei’s son, Uzumaki Naruto. [now non-canon]

Fancy Footwork – silver-footsteps

For Sakura, there’s always been dreary days of schoolwork and unreliable people. Who knew a clumsy womanizer, an accidental pervert, a soft-hearted glutton, and an incredibly sexy virgin would light her life up like this? A friendship founded on dancing and the strange threat that tied them all together: “Fiji”. AU

Before the Dawn – Lady Silvamord

Fifteen-year-old Sakura never expected to become a traitor to her village, but in a Konoha ruled by Danzou, she has no other choice. Finding her path entangling with the village’s most infamous renegade, though, was another story entirely. ItaSaku AU.

Simple Things – Caitiy

[KakaSaku] – Sometimes the biggest most unexpected changes can be brought about by the simplest things.

Five Kingdoms of the Dead – Evil Is A Relative Term

After the Forest of Death, Sakura comes to realize that being weak is no longer an option. However, she finds that change is sometimes painful and that truth doesn’t always come easy. Luckily, she’ll have some help along the way.

The Leaf’s Naruto – Morta’s Priest

There’s something to be said for keeping the past as it was - makes it predictable, malleable. Naruto never bought those arguments. He’s always been the one to power through adversity rather than wait it out, so why would now be any different? He’ll do what has to be done, even if he steps on a few butterflies along the way.

Mama is a student – Babyuknowme13

The art of interrogation is a subtle one, but one no one thought she could master. Naome smiles from the shadows as her family and skills grow, waiting to have her face on the mountain. Hiding her involvment with missing nin and protecting her son, whilst falling for one lazy shinobi though? Well she’ll just have to deal with it, after all, she’s a future hokage.

Clearing Mist – shadownumera

I have the worst luck ever. First off, I die. Then I get reborn into the Naruto universe. Yay right? WRONG. Nobody ever said you get to be reborn into Konoha. Which makes finding out where I am in the story line that much harder. I don’t know if I can change anything, or if the bloodbath is far behind me. One thing’s official though. I’m screwed. SI/OC Warning

Dark Phoenix of Konoha – White Angel of Auralon

Naruto has a big secret, he isn’t the dead last he appears to be. But why would he show that before he is ready to deal with the stones the council loves placing in his way? The Sandaime, having opened his eyes will do his best to make sure that Konoha will retain the Will of Fire. Smart / Strong Naruto

The Way of the Wind – just enough

ANBU Captain Uchiha Itachi had things well planned out, until a medic-nin with ridiculous hair went and made herself interesting. Sakura insisted she was just doing her job, but Itachi didn’t quite see it that way. Non-massacre. Sakura/Itachi.

Genius of Konoha – Mrriddler

AU. Naruto is able, driven and a true ninja genius. What will he accomplish? What will he fail to accomplish? An intelligent, genjutsu wielding, quasi-super-but-try-it, leader Naruto epic. Features strategy, realistic combat and subterfuge. **Naruto/?**

Doomed to Repeat – Fiachra Ochiern

One year after Jiraiya’s death, Naruto is no longer the ninja he once was. Faced with the chance to change everything that went wrong, can Naruto rise above the strength of his enemies, the suspicions of his friends, and most of all his own weaknesses?

Shades of Grey – Lady Hanaka

Sakura knew that Sasuke would hate her when she brought him back to Konoha, but she was willing to let him do so, as long as he came back. She hoped she could save him from his darkness…but more than that, she hoped he could save her from her own.

Birth of the Forest – karldin

The Yondaime Hokage unknowingly makes a change during the sealing, the consequences of which are unimaginable for both Naruto and Konoha. What do these consequences mean for Naruto?

The Prodigal Namikaze – SoulReaperCrewe

Naruto was born five years before the Kyuubi attack and the fox was sealed into his younger sister. His parent don’t have the time to teach him so he looks to others to help him become a great shinobi. AU Powerful Mokuton Naruto. Alive Minato and Kushina.

Cat’O’Nine Tails – Kaze and Kiba

Sakura you are being sent undercover to capture Uchiha Itachi, and any other Akatsuki you come into contact with, while on your mission. Ha. Yeah right, just let me get my big net and ass kicking boots…What do you mean when you say 'Disguised as a cat?

Inoue Shiori – Hermionechan90

The story of Inoue Shiori, the civilian reincarnation that made her life in the Naruto World without directly interfering with the timeline and the ripples that she caused. OC, SI (Self Insert), AU

Motivation – Durandall

Kakashi made a mistake. Shikamaru is smart. Shino is skilled. Naruto is strong. Maybe something amazing could happen, with the right … motivation.

The Hokage’s Will – Airheaded dude

The aftermath of Pain’s attack left Tsunade in comatose, Danzo’s plot of becoming Hokage is thwarted by Naruto himself. With the doubts that the Lord of Fire has placed on Danzo, Naruto is suddenly left inheriting the mantle of Hokage before the Summit.

A Lifetime of Chances – The Wandering Delusion

It was a freak accident. A series of events joined together to achieve the impossible. Now Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke are living their lives over and over again, with no end in sight. So they decided, be it a blessing or a curse, to make the most of the situation they find themselves in. They will live by their own rules and do whatever they want to do. This is their story.

Flip Flop and Fly – The Red Dragons Order

What if Uchiha Itachi didn’t grow up as an Uchiha? What if he didn’t grow up as a shinobi at all? What if Konoha and the Uchiha Clan wanted him back? AU

Vespertine – Cynchick

Two enemies strike a bargain to save what they both hold dear. He will reveal a truth that shakes her beliefs, drawing her into a web of lies and betrayal. She will offer the redemption for which he never hoped and show him how to be human again. ItaSaku.

Sticks and Stones – lunabasketcase

Bullying goes too far as 3 boys learn the class loser isn’t as weak as he appears.When they fail to gain his trust and friendship they are only pulled further into his crazy world.This is a story of five dozen eggs,cage fighters,petitions for gay marriage

The Boy in the Park – Shadenight123

Naruko Uzumaki found a boy in the Park who didn’t immediately spurn her. From there nothing changes, yet everything does.

Wish – Mokulule

She wished with all her heart that she could change that fateful day. The day two brothers’ souls were irreversibly broken. She should be careful with what she wishes. She might just get the chance. Time travel fic. ItaSaku

A Testament of Things that Never Will – Unbiased Abyss

How will the world change when a battle hardened Naruto from the future comes to the past? With a change of name and appearance this old Naruto will help the Naruto of this new Konoha become the shinobi he was destined to be all the while trying to fit into this new world where those he knew as dead are alive and well. Time travel fic.

Until it Sleeps – Tranquilized-Night

AU: When the seal broke, Naruto expected to be consumed by the Kyuubi, but what if the power Itachi had given Naruto ensured his safety and survival? The eighteen-year-old woke up six years in the past with a twist. KakaNaru -Yaoi-

Expendable Heroes – Lord Mendasuit

Sasuke Uchiha could never quite understand how a boy two years his junior somehow managed to get into the academy and remain there despite dead-last status. Suffice to say, he’s in for quite a shock when said little boy hands him his ass. And that, as they say, is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Belonging – Aria Illusine

Modern AU, Sakura is a guy-shy scholarship student at boarding school who becomes manager of a dorm entirely of upperclassmen guys. If it wasn’t for the contract she would turn right around and run for it…ItaSakuDei, with some other AkaSaku pairings

Master of Seals – kagehisa

Ever wonder if the battle between the Three Sennins turned out differently with the same result? Naruto learns that shinobi are killers, and that it’s part of their way of life. He just wished he didn’t have to embrace that truth so soon.

Konoha’s Maelstrom – Formulaic

If you have ridiculous chakra reserves, a forbidden technique that enables brute force training, and an insatiable appetite for epic skills, what are the chances that you’ll settle for mediocrity? A bit of insanity is a small price to pay for being awesome.

Naruto’s Compensation – DisobedienceWriter

Young Naruto is prohibited from being Ninja of the Leaf. Left to his own devices he takes an unusual path to power as a Puppeteer. Smart!Powerful!Wily!Naruto. Lots of conflict with Orochimaru, Sasori and other Akatsuki.

NATSUME YUUJINCHOU

The Human Mask – harunekonya

Sequel to Worthy of a Name. Natsume slowly learns to deal with life as a god. An inter-connected vignette series. Gen.

OCEAN’S 11

The more things change – otherhawk

Series of random incidents in the lives of young Danny and Rusty.

Snippets and Drabbles – otherhawk

This is where I’m going to put everything that doesn’t fit anywhere else. Some may be slash. Some may be silly. Some may even be bloody awful.

Falling like dominoes – otherhawk

AU. Imagine you have a best friend. Someone that you care about more than life itself. What would you do for him? How about four years, medium security? Rusty goes to jail in Danny’s place. Beginning from four years before O11 and continuing.

Steps, Forward and Back – otherhawk

AU Continuation to 'Falling Like Dominoes’ Danny and Rusty trying to rebuild their life after everything that happened.

ONE PIECE

Mist of Memories – HeroR

Guilt, regret, if left alone these feelings will consumed even the strongest of souls. That is the reality the Strawhats face as they go into their captain’s memories to save their precious crewmate. To free their captain’s from his guilt, they must first understand the depths of his pain and loss.

Once again – TheVictor

A 7-year old Luffy is approached by his future self. It seems Luffy’s entire crew died at the hands of Fleet Admiral Akainu right after defeating the Yonkou Kaidou. Follow a much stronger, smarter Luffy as he repeats his adventure, hoping to avoid the same fate as well as correct some mistakes. Warning: OOC!Luffy, Godlike!Luffy, Smarter!Luffy, LuffyxRobin pairing on the side.

Diary of a Potato Bag – nothing new in this world

It was supposed to be quite simple: leave her island to fulfill the promise she’d made so long ago. And then a Sea King messed up everything… and the old man and the stupid phoenix too. Marco/OC

Summer Service – Sho-A0YCupid

When Zoro gets caught he gets a job in the Golden Coast Hotel, a place where the very rich stay on vacation. He thought that all rich people were the same. But that’s all going to change when a crazy, loud guy comes in to stay with the rest of the gang.

OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB

In the Circle of Elemental Arms – Kryssa’s flute

Magic runs strong in the students of Ouran, even in one klutzy scholarship student. Epilogue: The strength of Earth and Wind shows when they face their lost Water. 'We don’t want to leave Ouran knowing that you’re not part of us anymore.’

PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS

The Light Before We Land – Felicity Dream

Older Fem!Percy Percy never planned on being a demigod. Now she has a father she doesn’t want, answers she needs, and trying to understand her purpose in life now. And also, Poseidon isn’t just the god of the sea. Older age makes one bitter, but earning her loyalty equals beyond a lifetime of devotion. Massive AU rewrite.

PRINCE OF PERSIA

Sadalsuud – Enchantable

The day before his wedding to Tamina, Dastan finally tells her the truth about what transpired between them in the alternate time.

PRINCE OF TENNIS

The Dispossession of Echizen Ryoma – Sinnatious

When Ryoma finds himself in a tough situation, his pride might keep him swimming, but it’s Tezuka who keeps his head above water.

One Step – Iluxia

ABANDONED. Seigaku won the Nationals. The seniors graduated. Ryoma left for his pro tennis career. The perfect team was no more. At least, that was 2 years ago. Enter Seigaku High School. This is where the new story begins and the old story continues.

Forfeit – Ria Sakazaki

They left him behind to pursue their dreams. He was left behind to salvage his self from grief, loneliness and vengeance. They came back for him…he’s in no condition to have them back. They would have to choose now…to fight or forfeit. OT5 angst

Echizen, Our Buchou – Gwynhafra

A year had passed, and all the third year regulars have already graduated. The remaining regulars are now led by Echizen Ryoma, the new captain appointed by Tezuka, and Momoshiro Takeshi, the vicecaptain Oishi chose. How will Ryoma manage the club?TezuRyo

Life After Seigaku – Gwynhafra

[Companion fic to 'Echizen, Our Buchou’] A year later, Echizen was made captain of Seigaku Tennis Club. But how are the seniors doing after graduation? Tezuka X Echizen [Please read Echizen, Our Buchou first]

Trials Of Life – Gwynhafra

Sequel to Echizen, Our Buchou and Life After Seigaku. The coming of age brings about additional obligations and responsibility. It’s only a matter of time before Tezuka has to make the choice between family and love. TezuRyo . MPREG

Focus – Sweedy-sama

Ryoma is distracted by Tezuka and that’s how it all begins.

Seiyou Academy – Plush

Fuji Syuusuke, prodigy and heir of the Fuji family. No one ever dare to anger him. Until one day, a certain freshman did the unforgivable: to stand against him. That freshman’s name, Echizen Ryoma. FemRyoXFuji

RUROUNI KENSHIN

My Soul to Keep – First Weaver

Himura Kenshin is long dead. Kenny Harris is alive. It’s that simple-only it isn’t.

SHERLOCK

Semper Fidelis – Blind Author

Moriarty frames John and Anthea of betrayals which cause both of the Holmes brothers to cut them off, and they then try to clear their names. Violence, het and slash: Mycroft/Anthea and John/Sherlock.

The Republic of Heaven – Blind Author

HDM AU. Part Fifteen. John and Amarisa find some answers about Moriarty, and prepare to go north with Sherlock and Raniel. Slash, Sherlock/John

Wee Doctor – americanjedi

Dr. John Watson is turned into an eight year old child, dealing with Sherlock who doesn’t know him in a world where he was never born. He’s a little stressed out, but he’s got his priorities straight. Original characters and London as a war zone, and John’s accidentally inventing a super genius.

Faithful Compass Verse 1: Back in the day – KeelieThompson1

John’s drunk and some idiot’s got himself high in the bathroom. It’s a shame he’s the only trainee doctor in the house. A Johnlock story set while John is at university and an AU in that this time Sherlock is the one who’s a few years older and is trying to find something to keep his interest in London after getting bored and being thrown out of Uni.

The Heart In The Whole – verityburns

Events after 'The Great Game’ leave Sherlock dependent on his best friend and colleague. But John has a secret of his own…

SHINGEKI NO KYOJIN

Messed Rebirth – Huntress of Eclipse

I was an inventor, and I do recall dying. But how in heavens did I get myself reborn into Shingeki no Kyojin world? Most of all, I’m born as THE crazy Titan lover! Problem is, I don’t really know the ending… Fine, with the spirit of a researcher, I will find out the truth about the Titans! ( Self Insert )

STAR TREK

Atlas – Angel Baby1

Between what was and what will be stands James Tiberius Kirk, in all his fractured patchwork glory. Because saving the Federation was only the beginning. Eventual K/S

West of the Moon – Angel Baby1

They meet Jim in phases, and through him find each other. But as the layers peal back, the future Enterprise bridge crew finds more than they can handle. Because long before he had friends, Jim had Family, and the Scaretta crime syndicate didn’t survive to the 23rd century by letting go of its own. Jim Kirk will always be a frustration to Spock-even when that’s not his name.

Western Skies – Anrui Ukimi

Jim Kirk manages to be special in every universe, and this one is no exception. A story about life and love; where wings are really handy sometimes, and family is who we choose, not what we are born to. Kirk/Bones, and Pike/Archer.

Ingenious Idiot – Kanae Yuna

“The truth is plain and simple: James T. Kirk is a genius, even under the most unfavorable conditions…” A series of one-shots where Jim shows his ingenuity while he’s bleeding, poisoned, or just hurt in some general way.

Dear Spock – MissCar

A digital love story. Sometimes you can only tell a person how you really feel in a letter that they will never ever read. A collection of e-mails that Jim writes to Spock that he is never supposed to read but does anyway. Will be K/S eventually.

Dear James – MissCar

Sequel to Dear Spock: Happily ever after is not an endpoint but rather a state that needs constant maintenance. A post STID story that deals with all the unpleasant stuff between our protagonist saving the day and the start of the five-year mission but with humor. Even in a 'coma’ Jim can cause complete chaos with his programming 'skills’. Establish K/S, M/U, & CM/?

Epiphany – T’Key’la

What do you owe to the memory of the woman who was your mother only because she gave birth to you? When Jim’s mother dies, he has to return to Earth to sort out this and many things. Spock does what he can to help Jim on his journey.

STAR WARS

Re-Entry – flamethrower

Re-Entry is an alternate universe epic that spans time and possibility. Obi-Wan Kenobi, while still a young Padawan, suffers an injury and wakes up with all of the memories, experience, training, and Force-strength of Old Ben Kenobi. It isn’t long before the Jedi discover that Anakin Skywalker, a five-year-old slave from the Outer Rim, has undergone the exact same change. Obi-Wan and Anakin bear the scars of harsh lessons learned; those who love them must learn those lessons quickly, before the mistakes of old are repeated.

Shadows of the Future – stormqueen873

ObiWan lost the duel on Mustafar, but instead of dying, he finds himself on a ship leaving Tatooine, with his old Master and a familiar young boy. As events begin to unfold, can he stop the future he knows from occuring? TPM AU, ObiAniQui bonding

SWORD ART ONLINE

The Prince of Swords – ToumaFF

Kazuto was always exceptionally talented, but limited by his own idea of kindness. Having been corrected at an early age, he excels through life without much of a purpose. Now trapped in a rather gruesome death game of his own choice, he will attempt to break though it as Kirito, the famed Prince of Swords. Kirito/Multi

TANGLED

What You Don’t Know – Airplane

It’s become very clear to Eugene that Rapunzel has little to no understanding of amorous affection.

TEEN WOLF

To Save Them All – Goldenpetal13

AU, FutureFic/Re do of Season 1, Something happens, something bad, and Stiles finds a way to go back in time to change the past and save them all, to give them a future. He finds the way back and then swaps places with Scott and he gets bitten by Peter instead. Now he has to change the events that where set in motion after that event and maybe, just maybe they’ll all get to live.

Play It Again – metisket

In which Stiles goes along with one of Derek’s plans and ends up in an alternate universe as a result. He should’ve known better. He did know better, actually, and that means he has no one to blame but himself.

Laura wants to lure the kid in with food and kindness and make a pet of him, like a feral cat. Derek wants to have him arrested for stalking. They’re at an impasse. (And the rest of the family is staying emphatically out of it in a way that suggests bets have been placed.)

where thou art, that is home – ShanaStoryteller

Stiles is ten when he saves the Hales from their burning home and Derek from a wolfsbane bullet, and this establishes a pattern that seem to continue indefinitely.

THE HOBBIT

A Shot in the Dark – Silver pup

AU — When he opens his eyes again, he finds himself in his old bed in his old home in his old body. Is this death? Or a trick of magic? Either way, Bilbo recognizes a second chance when he sees one, and this time his adventure with Thorin is going to go a bit differently.

Recovery, Redemption and Romance – luvsbitca

When Thorin is injured in the Battle of the Five Armies, Bilbo surprises everyone with his healing abilities. Then as Erebor starts to rebuild he continues to surprise people with his knowledge and skills. On top of everything else that is occuring there is a dwarf king and a hobbit are be trying to court one another without the other knowing.

Back Again – Waugh

Bilbo Baggins wakes up. He is twenty-one again, with all his life ahead of him. But first, there are things he must do. Time-travel, fix-it, friendship fic.

An Eye For Quality – Linelen

Fíli lived his life by an old dwarven proverb: when a fool drops a treasure, a wise man picks it up (it sounded better in the original khuzdul).

Bella Baggins never quite fit in the Shire. Perhaps she was made for the mountains, instead.

Into The Fire – blackdragonqueen

He was given one year to try again and make things right.

X-MEN

Rumor Has It – blueink3

Nearly six months after Cuba, Charles’ life is turned upside down for the second time. Though he’s slowly learning to adapt to the first, he’s not sure he can handle the second. Luckily for him, there are a few people out there more than willing to help.

Charlotte Francine Xavier – Blind Author

Genderswap, mature themes. Written for a kinkmeme prompt, looking at the events of the movie if Charles had been a woman. This story will also have the psychic-bond trope, as well as being a shameless fix-it fic. Erik/always-a-girl-Charles.

CROSSOVERS

The Last Archangel – inukagome15 (Avengers x Supernatural)

No one knows where angels go when they die, not even the archangels. And if one finds himself in a different universe after death? It’s one thing to leave heaven purposefully, it’s another to find that heaven isn’t even there. And Gabriel is alone.

The Queen who fell to Earth – Bobmin356 (Harry Potter x Dragonriders of Pern series)

Forced to compete and abandoned by his friends, he steps from the tent with only one goal in mind, suicide. Instead Harry awakens a power that spans time and space and starts a war between the worlds.

Browncoat, Green Eyes – nonjon (Harry Potter x Firefly)

Firefly: :Harry Potter crossover Post Serenity. Two years have passed since the secret of the planet Miranda got broadcast across the whole 'verse in 2518. The crew of Serenity finally hires a new pilot, but he’s a bit peculiar.

Doctor Who/Harry Potter – Batsutousai (Harry Potter x Doctor Who)

Two men meet after two wars and try to help heal each other.

Champion’s Lullaby – SweetCaroline91 (Harry Potter x Glee)

AU Things weren’t going as Kurt expected, Dalton wasn’t Wonderland and Blaine was painfully oblivious; then Harry swooped in, claimed the prince charming role without auditioning and led him down the rabbit hole… Kurt blamed the accent. Full summary inside. Will be KurtxHarryxBlaine threesome.

Harry Potter and the World that Waits – dellacouer (Harry Potter x X-Men)

A shell shocked but triumphant Harry Potter decides to leave his world behind for another. Someone should have told him that AUs can be really, really different.

The Truth Decays – Marz1 (Fullmetal Alchemist x Naruto)

Edward Elric can’t get back to his own world, so he tries to make a life for himself in the closest one he can find. Yep a nice quiet life, no military breathing down his neck or monsters trying to live forever, but then a kid in an orange jumpsuit…

Pirate Potter – Cindy Snowflake (Harry Potter x One Piece)

Adopted from Tenkai of Chaos’ Potter’s Piracy Policy" Harry’s lost everyone he cares about and is unable to continue living, so he commits suicide, only to be given a second chance in the world of One Piece! Harrycentric Gen, eventualHet

Raison d'Être – cywscross (Harry Potter x KHR)

A few weeks after Reborn arrives in Namimori and Tsuna’s life is turned upside-down, a young man with ancient eyes and an easygoing smile wanders into town as well. And all of a sudden, everything changes, another path is laid out, and what little sense left in Tsuna’s world promptly flies out the proverbial window.

Wintertide – Araceil (Harry Potter x KHR)

Barely two days after returning from the Future, a stranger appears on Tsuna’s doorstep looking for Reborn. Wait, what? The Sun Acrobaleno is a father! Tsuna/Harry, Gokudera/Hermione.

Uchiha Fukurou – ToBetasered (Harry Potter x Naruto)

Uchiha Fukurou was conceived when at the same moment, in another universe, Old Man Potter died.

Sneaking Around Konoha – enchanted nightingale (Harry Potter x Naruto)

Loneliness was not for him, Harry knew that. Then he met Kakashi and he found a solution to his problem. HarryKakashi.

Hanging by a Moment – Unwritten.25 (Harry Potter x Naruto)

HPNaruto crossover. SLASH. When Naruto ends up at Hogwarts due to a freak accident, he attaches himself to the most unapproachable person there. But that’s Naruto for you. SSNU

Obito’s Legacy – wife-chan

Kakashi has already lost Obito. By accident, he finds Obito’s legacy and he isn’t about to lose him too. Time travel. De-aged, post-war Harry.

When in Middle Earth – Dev1lOnUrShou1der (Lord of the Rings x Naruto)

When in Middle Earth do as the Middle Earthlings do? Sakura finds herself in Middle Earth…

Deltora’s Protector – Ravenclaw-Girl28 (Harry Potter x Deltora Quest)

Broken and near death 15-year-old Harry James Potter stumbles upon the land of Deltora during the time of the Shadow Lord’s rule. Taken in by a familiar peddler, Harry creates a new identity and becomes what Deltora needs the most…a Protector.

Fairy Tail – Araceil (Harry Potter x Fairy Tail)

When Dudley throws a book at his cousin’s head, no one could have known the revolution it would spark in the years to come. “I want to start my own Guild! My own family!”. No pairing.

And In The Darkness Bind Them – EpikalStorms (Harry Potter x Lord of the Rings)

He’s been stuck like this for a couple of beginnings, and so many ends. Millennium have passed by and his age never changes, his skin cannot stay pierced, his body cannot die; thus locking his soul, binding him forever to this existence. This stranger comes into their lives, and they’re unprepared for the events that follow after him. Viper is an interesting enigma. Immortal!Harry

Firefly – Araceil (Harry Potter x Avatar)

When they went to sleep, they hoped of a better future. But with Gaia insane and Magic as dead as his friends, Harry has no reason to stay. Escape and exist was all he had in mind when he stowed away on a ship to Pandora. Not another war. Slash.

A Shreveport Mystery – enchanted nightingale (Harry Potter x Southern Vampire Mysteries)

Harry was tired of all the attention he got in Europe and decided to hide. What better place to do that than Shreveport, Lousiana? He had not counted Vampires in the deal and especially not Eric Northman.

Housemates – Coneycat (Avengers x Being Human)

After falling from the Bifrost, Loki landed in the back garden of a small house in Bristol, England, and was taken in by the occupants– supernatural creatures who know a thing or two about what it feels like to think you are a monster.

Now that he’s no longer all alone, or entirely an outcast, Loki just wants a peaceful life. However, when you’re the God of Mischief (even if you’re technically an alien, and not a god at all) adventures just seem to find you…

Stiles Stilinski: Agent of SHIELD – laniew1 (Avengers x Teen Wolf)

Stiles goes to college and accidentally gets hired by SHIELD.

Part 1

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist Soundtrack (in order of appearance)
  • 1. Speed of Sound: Chris Bell
  • 2. Lover: Devandra Banhart
  • 3. William Tell Overture: Traditional
  • 4. Screw the Man: The Jerk Offs
  • 5. Twilight: The Raveonettes
  • 6. You Don't Have To Love Me (io che non vivo senza te): Dusty Springfield
  • 7. Xavier: The Submarines
  • 8. Middle Management: Bishop Allen
  • 9. Fever: Takka Takka
  • 10. Sonido Total: The Pinker Tones
  • 11. Our Swords: Band of Horses
  • 12. Snoopy: The Playboys
  • 13. Go Deep: Silas Hite and Mark Mothersbaugh
  • 14. Boys Don't Cry: John Enroth
  • 15. All the Wine: The National
  • 16. Insistor: Tapes 'N Tapes
  • 17. Just the Way You Are: Billy Joel
  • 18. Wannabe: Spice Girls
  • 19. After Hours: We Are Scientists
  • 20. Kennedy: Ratatat
  • 21. Negative: Project Jenny, Project Jan
  • 22. Very Loud: Shout Out Louds
  • 23. Where There's A Will There's a Whalebone: Islands
  • 24. Why: Colin Kiddy
  • 25. Slight of Hand: Army Navy
  • 26. Trust your Stomach: Marching Band
  • 27. 12 Gays of Christmas: John Cantwell
  • 28. Baby You're my Light: Richard Hawley
  • 29. Karate: Kennedy
  • 30. Little Motel: Modest Mouse
  • 31. You Sexy Thing: Hot Chocolate
  • 32. Riot Radio: The Dead 60s
  • 33. Silvery Sleds: Army Navy
  • 34. How to Say Goodbye: Paul Tiernan
  • 35. Last Words: The Real Tuesday Weld
  • 36. Ottoman: Vampire Weekend
  • 37. Electro Socket Blues: Rogue Wave
Sword Fighting For Fic Writers: Chapter 1

It’s going to take me another day or two to finish the full guide, so I’m going to start posting these in chapters. I will continue to post one chapter a day, and also post the full guide as one monster post when it’s done. I may refer to future chapters in these, those will be turned into links as chapters become available.

You can follow the tag #Swords for Fics if you want to keep up without following me :) There will be around 12 chapters or more.

My background: Hey there! I’ve been training in the Italian method of sword fighting for about 7 or 8 months now. So I’d say I’m still quite the novice but I’ve learned a lot and I’d like to share some of that with you all! I’ve trained with two handed swords, one handed swords, sword and buckler, dual swords, dagger, spears, quaterstaff, and poleaxe. (Not rapiers though, sorry.) I also have a “writing” background in animation and illustration.

What’s this for?: As I discovered when trying to storyboard a fight a year ago, action scenes are a pain to write when you don’t know your options. There are a ton of great fics out there with great swashbuckling adventure, and you all do an amazing job at bringing out the most important part of any fight: how the characters feel about it. And while that’s often all you need for good story telling, this is for writers who want to spend more time playing in that action.

Terminology?: There’s a lot of terminology in sword fighting that the general audience won’t understand, or may not even share the same names depending on the school of sword fighting. I’ll be using some terminology as I learned it, but will mostly try to describe things in layman’s terms.

THIS WILL COVER MAINLY ONE AND TWO HANDED SWORDS THAT CAN BE USED FOR SLASHING. 
Though a rapier could be considered a one handed sword, it is used differently and I don’t have sufficient knowledge to go in depth for them. 

So let’s get started!

Available Chapters:
1: Dumb Ways to Die  2.May Your Blade Be True! 3.On Your Guard!
4. Making the Cut 5.Stick ‘em With the Pointy End 6.It’s Like a Dance
7.The Measure of a Man 8.A Crossing of Blades 9.Like Chess, but with Knives
An Interlude About Story Telling
10.You Can Barely Lift Your Sword 11.Buckle Some Swash 12.Dual Wielding
13.Everything is a Weapon 14.Got Your Sword!

Dumb Ways to Die
Beginner Mistakes

Keep reading

Thoughts On SAO Abridged

So, I finally finished episode 11 of “Sword Art Online: Abridged” and I feel the need to say this.
I am amazed at how much more beautiful and emotional this parody was than the original. All the characters, the dialogue and the plot were absolutely FANTASTIC. I can honestly say that I have laughed and cried harder than I ever have while watching the original SAO — actually, more than most anything I’ve ever watched.
Thank you, Something Witty Entertainment, for gifting us with this masterpiece. ❤

Samurai jack S5ep6

I love this episode so much. 

All the characters Jack touched and inspired came back. Ashi getting inspired by them HER NEW LOOK IS A+. The jokes Scat man saying penis, Da samurai cursing thanks adult swim. 

That gravyard scene Jack gave me a damn heartattack. I was covering my mouth hoping he wouldn’t do it. Thanks Gendy making us suffer like that, but I’m glad he back to his senses and now going to get his sword back. 

11/10 episode 

Originally posted by whatabigpairofgifs

Sword Fighting for Fic Writers: Chapter 7

You can follow the tag #Swords for Fics if you want to keep up without following me :)

Available Chapters:
1: Dumb Ways to Die  2.May Your Blade Be True! 3.On Your Guard!
4. Making the Cut 5.Stick ‘em With the Pointy End 6. It’s Like a Dance
7. The Measure of A Man 8.A Crossing of Blades 9.Like Chess, but with Knives
An Interlude About Storytelling
10.You Can Barely Lift Your Sword 11.Buckle Some Swash 12.Dual Wielding
13.Everything is a Weapon 14.Got Your Sword!

The Measure of a Man (or other person)
Distance and Reach

In sword fighting measure refers to your ability to reach your opponent, and their ability to reach you. If you can’t reach them you are out of measure. If you need to take a passing step to reach them, you’re in a long measure. And if you can hit them from where you’re standing, you’re in measure. I recommend you simplify this to descriptions of distance or reach for readers.

The more distance you have over your opponent, the more time the defender has to react. The less distance, the less time the defender has. But the roles of attacker and defender change quickly. If they have less time to react to your attack, you will have even less time to react to their counter.

All this stepping forwards and backwards is like a constant mind game where each fighter searches for control.

When retreating from an attack, the defender could retreat to a minimum safe distance, allowing them to make a smaller move to reach their opponent than their opponent had to make to reach them. Even a smaller person with a shorter sword can best someone with more reach than them, by better controlling their measure.

In the illustration bellow, X (on the right) and Y (on the left) have the same reach. X takes a full step forwards and makes a cutting attack to reach Y, and Y takes only a small step back to successfully dodge. Y now makes a cutting attack using a lunging step and X is too close to retreat in time. X’s full attack also left them unable to defend in time with their sword.

X could have tried retreating as their swing finished for more time to get their sword ready to defend, or done a partial cut, making their weapon a threat needing to be dealt with before Y could counter.

So why not always use this strategy? Why would you ever attack first when this can happen?

In the next scenario, X attacks with a lunging thrust that brings them just in range of Y, but Y takes a small step back. X doesn’t stop the attack and now takes a full step forward, keeping their sword pointing at Y’s throat. Y tries to take a full step back in response, but is out of room, and even if they weren’t their full step still would not have brought them out of reach. X’s larger first step allowed them to catch their target in the end.

Y could have defended with their sword if they knew how to win the crossing. That will be covered in “A Crossing of Blades

There are thousands of variations of stepping backwards and forwards or where Y or X could each win even these scenarios in different ways. But I hope these two examples will help you get into the mindset of why a character may advance or retreat. Often a retreat to a long distance will be simply to reset the battle from unfavourable conditions.

If you get in too close, and don’t have control over your opponents weapon, you’ll make yourself vulnerable. You might also enter grappling range. More on that in Your Body Everything is a Weapon” (chapter coming soon)

If you’re attacking and it requires more than one step, it’s often advisable to move your sword as if making an attack while you do so. If it takes two steps for you to reach your opponent, then in the time it takes for you to take one step they could take one step forward as well and be in range to strike you. Giving them an attack to deal with will make them think about defending as they enter your space instead of attacking.

And of course, most battles aren’t going to happen like a platformer video game. Circling will occur. 

You might be thinking about how much it must suck to be backed up against something or someone right now. And yea. It does. Fighting back to back is not advisable in a real battle if you can afford the space. But you know what? You can pull the back-to-back trope from my cold dead hands. If it’s that difficult to do, think of how much more impressive it actually is if your characters can pull it off. 

I’m not here to tell you how to make a battle practical or accurate. But to get you in the mindset of what’s dangerous or what’s smart. In the end, tell the story you want to.

anonymous asked:

You mentioned having picked out all the episodes that are filler, so may I please ask for a list of the eps that aren't?

here’s the complete list of steven universe episodes i saw fit to show my bf when we marathoned su (not all of these are 100% “necessary” to the story, i just thought they were either semi-important to a later event or have entertaining enough dynamics in them to warrant a watch)

season 1

1. Gem Glow
2. Laser Light Cannon
3. Together Breakfast
4. Cheeseburger Backpack
5. Bubble Buddies
6. Serious Steven
7. Tiger Millionaire
8. Steven’s Lion
9. Giant Woman
10. So Many Birthdays
11. Steven the Sword Fighter
12. Lion 2: The Movie
13. Rose’s Room
14. Coach Steven
15. Monster Buddies
16. An Indirect Kiss
17. Mirror Gem
18. Ocean Gem

season 1b

1. Space Race
2. Fusion Cuisine
3. Watermelon Steven
4. Lion 3: Straight to Video
5. Warp Tour
6. Alone Together
7. The Test
8. Future Vision
9. On the Run
10. Marble Madness
11. Rose’s Scabbard
12. Story for Steven
13. The Message
14. The Return
15. Jailbreak

season 2

1. Reformed
2. Sworn to the Sword
3. Keep it Together
4. We Need to Talk
5. Chille Tid
6. Cry for Help
7. Keystone Motel
8. Friend Ship
9. Nightmare Hospital
10. Catch and Release
11. When it Rains
12. Back to the Barn
13. Too Far
14. The Answer
15. It Could’ve Been Great
16. Message Recieved
17. Log Date 7 15 2

season 3

1. Super Watermelon Island
2. Gem Drill
3. Same Old World
4. Barn Mates
5. Hit the Diamond
6. Steven Floats
7. Mr. Greg
8. Too Short to Ride
9. Monster Reunion
10. Alone at Sea
11. Greg the Babysitter
12. Gem Hunt
13. Crack the Whip
14. Steven vs. Amethyst
15. Bismuth
16. Beta
17. Earthlings
18. Back to the Moon
19. Bubbled

season 4

1. Kindergarten Kid
2. Know Your Fusion
3. Buddy’s Book
4. Mindful Education
5. Last One Out of Beach City (tentative - we literally never see the pink-haired women again she’s never fucking brought up)
6. Three Gems and a Baby
7. Steven’s Dream
8. Adventures in Light Distortion
9. Gem Heist
10. The Zoo
11. That Will Be All
12. Storm in the Room
13. Room for Ruby
14. Lion 4: Alternate Ending (tentative, doesnt seem to give us any meaningful new information)

also these are just my personal lists for the SU episodes i consider important don’t wanna hear randys in the reblogs telling me how super important rocknaldo or whatever was cuz i dont care at all

The Infinite Threads Daily Draw | May 11, 2017
⭐️ Ten of Swords & The World ⭐️


The girl has fallen from her perch. The perch she has built so carefully and with such effort. Then she was wrongfully pushed out of her nest. Now she free falls to the world below. The crows lash at her causing wounds, and she screams out in agony. She feels this is her death. This is it.

Then below a woman steps forth. She is the embodiment of the world. For she is Mother Nature. With one hand movement the crows turn to hummingbirds and begin to circle around the girl.They tend to her wounds as Mother reaches out. She catches her lovingly. She holds her and smiles. 

Change is needed whether we want it or not. Things must end in order for us to clearly start a new cycle and reach our true heart’s desire. I know they caused you wounds and you feel like not getting back up after this fall. Look at those wounds. They are beautiful scars that remind us what we have gone through to get to this point. Now is not the to stay down. You are more than capable my dear to move forward. You are strong and I have caught you so you do not have to be utterly destroyed by this fall. So get back up. Start moving forward. You can begin again.”, Mother says as she lets the girl down upon her feet. In a whirl of flowers and leaves she disappears, but not before laying a flower crown of hope and faith upon the girls head. 

♔ Mod Wolfe ♔


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