Empire-Games

  • me: i have nothing to read
  • me: *has 20 unread books on bookshelf*
‘Woman?’ She chuckled. 'Is that meant to insult me? I would return the slap, if I took you for a man.’ Manon met his stare. 'I am Manon Blackbeak of the Ironteeth Witches, the Wingleader, Mother of Wyverns, Heir to the Blackbeaks, and queen of the Crochans .’
—  if George R.R. Martin wrote the Throne of Glass series

Roman Naumachiae

Naumachia (detail), an imaginative recreation by Ulpiano Checa

A naumachia was a mimic sea battle that oftentook place in a constructed basin. These entertainments also took place in flooded amphitheatres. The opposing sides were prisoners of war or convicts, who fought until one side was destroyed.

The earliest naumachia recorded (46 bc) represented an engagement between the Egyptian and Tyrian fleets and was given by Julius Caesar on an artificial lake that was constructed by him in the Campus Martius. In 2 bc Augustus staged a naumachia between Athenians and Persians in a basin newly constructed on the right bank of the Tiber at Rome. In the naumachia arranged by Claudius on Lake Fucino in ad 52, 100 ships and 19,000 men participated.

The introduction of new technologies initially led to an increased number of naumachia. The first three naumachia were spaced about 50 years apart; the following six, most of which took place in amphitheatres, occurred in a space of 30 years. Less costly in material and human terms, they could afford to be staged more frequently. Less grandiose, they became a feature of the games, but could not be considered exceptional. The iconography bears witness to this. Of some twenty representations of a naumachia in Roman art, nearly all are of the Fourth Style, of the time of Nero and the Flavian dynasty.

After the Flavian period, naumachiae disappear from the texts almost completely. Apart from a mention in the Augustan History, a late source of limited reliability, only the town records (fastia) of Ostia tells us that in 109 Trajan inaugurated a naumachia basin.

A later version of the naumachia was practiced in indoor theatres, such as London’s Sadler’s Wells, during the 19th century. A tank was constructed in the pit and stalls areas, and real boats were used for the purpose.

fuck/marry/kill SJM edition!

1) Rowan, Fenrys, Gavriel

2) Rhysand, Azriel, Cassian

3) Amren, Mor, Feyre

4) Tamlin, King of Hybern, Jurian

5) Aelin, Lysandra, Elide

6) Manon, Asterin, Celaena 

7) Erawan, Maeve, Cairn

8) Feyre, Nesta, Elain

9) Lucien, Tarquin, Varian

10) Aedion, Dorian, Kale 

Go go go!! 

  • What she says: I'm Fine
  • What she means: Why the fuck is Briala shown to be white in almost every depiction of her by Bioware? In the Masked Empire Briala is described to have skin darker than Celene's and freckles, yet when you meet her in Halamshiral in Inquisition, her skin tone is almost identical to Celenes. Like why cant Bioware keep up with their own character's appearances? Also how the fandom is dealing with this is really nauseating. The whole mentality that because "Briala worked inside and not outside left her skin fair" is so fucking warped and this ideology goes back to how light skinned slaves worked in the home during slavery in the U.S. so can u fucking not. The fact that Briala is such an amazing dynamic character who gets so much shit from humans and elves but STILL works endlessly to make Elves lives better is so amazing. Even more so Briala has been in a relationship with Celene Valmont for how many years? And then to have her trust betrayed by Celene burning the alienage but still having the strength to return to court like Briala is not a weak character. And the fact that Briala is such an amazing beautifully developed character of color and then is white washed in this highly anticipated game is such a slap in the face. Like I dont care who fucked up and made Briala white not only in Inquisition but in HEROS OF DRAGON AGE but I am so fuckign mad bring me the nerd who did this i will fight them with my tiny fucking hands

everytime i see steve harvey i’m like i know i’ve seen this guy somewhere but i dont watch his shows


and then it hit me…