anonymous asked:

where'd do you think an american gensokyo au would be set

ngl my au is set in the north midwestern US just because that’s where i live. the town wherein marisa works is based on naperville, illinois. the city where reimu goes to school is based vaguely on lansing, michigan as well as grand rapids. the forest behind marisa’s house is based on the forest behind an ex’s house. the midwest in general is very Strange so that kind of works.

however a sort of american gensokyo would imo be set either in like, the forgotten underground beneath a city, or out in the middle of nowhere in the southwest, probably. something like that at any rate.


Forgotten City from RiME - Lindsey Stirling

tonight, the gods are sick of being gods.

aphrodite drinks your worship straight from your lips
and chases it with a scotch, crashes a cigarette,
flicks the ash on the floor and leaves
without so much as a thank you.

you find apollo in a nightclub on 55th and 3rd,
his prophets writhing in the intermittent darkness,
bassline pounding in their ears, liquor coursing in their veins,
smoke and strobe lights clouding their eyes.

you watch as ares starts a fight in a dive bar, takes
a knife from his pocket and uses it without flinching,
smiles as he wipes the blade on his thigh,
smashes a bottle on the floor and lights a match.

artemis spends the night in a jail cell,
blood on her knuckles and on her shirt and in her mouth,
the smell of metal lingering in the air.

athena chainsmokes in an alleyway,
waits for a boy with dark eyes and a mouth like sin.

dionysus shoots up in a basement in the seedy side of town.

hades stalks the streets, hazy in the fog of the streetlamps.

tonight, the gods are sick of being gods
and somewhere in the city
their forgotten divinity waits for morning.

—  where are they now? | m.c.p

Lorentz Bungalow - Replica Challenge #2

As requested I’m uploading my build from the @redhotchilisimblr‘s second replica challenge. Sorry for the long wait! This lot is completely cc-free. It’s a really nice family home with a large living room, three bedrooms and two baths. ^_^

Lot Size: 30x20
Price: §90 267 (furnished) §29 439 (unfurnished)
Lot Traits: Child’s Play, Great Soil & Homey
Location: Widowshild Townhome in Forgotten Hollow
Required Packs: City Living, Get to Work, Get Together, Outdoor Retreat, Spa Day, Dine Out, Vampires, Perfect Patio, Cool Kitchen, Romantic Garden, Backyard Stuff, Vintage Glamour, Bowling Night, Movie Hangout, Kids Room.

Download at the Gallery: Origin ID - Allisasims or #Allisas
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Archaeologists in Ethiopia uncover ancient city in Harlaa

A forgotten city thought to date back as far as the 10th century AD has been uncovered by a team of archaeologists in eastern Ethiopia.

Artefacts from Egypt, India and China have been found in the city in the Harlaa region.

The archaeologists also uncovered a 12th Century mosque which is similar to those found in Tanzania and Somaliland.

Archaeologists says this proves historic connections between different Islamic communities in Africa.

“This discovery revolutionises our understanding of trade in an archaeologically neglected part of Ethiopia. What we have found shows this area was the centre of trade in that region,” lead archaeologist Professor Timothy Insoll from the University of Exeter said. Read more.


Lindsey Stirling - Forgotten City from RiME


Canon divergence + Rogue Royal Siblings! Allura and Lance AU in which Planet Altea still exists and the Galra Empire is in complete control of the galaxy, stripping every planet of its political power through force.

It had been more than a decade since Planet Altea’s monarchy had been overthrown, losing all of their economic power and wealth, Zarkon threatening to kill anyone who dared object. Princess Allura and Prince Lance had vanished from the public eye, rumours spreading that they, along with their father and Coran, had been exiled.

Keith is half galra, something considered an atrocity and uses illegal supplements provided by the black market trade to hide his more human-like features. He’s the captain of an independent transport ship, having been in and out of the Central Command Centre.

His latest cargo isn’t quite legal, but he does need the money in order to fend for himself. Upon arriving at Planet Balmera for a pitstop, along with a quick visit to Hunk’s Blacksmith’s shop, he runs into two cloaked figures who try to steal one of his boxes. He notices that it’s a box primarily for pharmaceuticals and herbal remedies, so it must be someone in dire need of medical help.

As he approaches them, he notices that upon closer inspection, the individuals are Altean. One of them is female, clad in a rogue-like uniform, carrying a small pocket knife. However, the one with bright blue eyes looks incredibly sick, seemingly on the verge of death.


Rebellion!Shiro, one of the few humans in outer space. Is the leader of a secret resistance residing in a forgotten, underground city. Runs a technical repair shop and uses some of his profit to help fund the resistance. An affiliate of Keith’s transport business. 

Cyberpunk!Pidge. Arguably one of the greatest minds in the entire universe. An associate of the resistance. 

Balmeran!Hunk, who seems like an ordinary blacksmith, but is also part of the resistance and specialises in reverse engineering.

(a continuation of this post)

Fic Prompts: Folklore Friday

Sleeping Beauty, they called her. An evil fairy cursed her to sleep until true love’s kiss broke the spell, they said.
Lies, all of it.

The kingdom-that-sleeps must be forgotten. The Sleeping Beauty must remain asleep. If the seal is broken, she will be loosed once more. You thought the ruin on her kingdom was the decay of 100 years of sleep? No.
Fair is foul and foul is fair/Hover through the fog and filthy air


Kowloon, Hong Kong 

In the rogue ungoverned Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong things were so tightly packed that trash blocked off parts of buildings and many occupied apartments literally never saw the light of day, almost as if the place were naturally becoming overgrown.  

Like something straight from a William Gibson novel, there were no police or building codes – there was no law. For nearly 50 years this slice of Hong Kong was allowed to exist and grow independently due to a legal technicality.
After the Japanese left following the second World War squatters swarmed to fill the space, with the population at 10,000 people (living on seven acres) by the early 1970s – a combination of dissidents, outlaws and both organized and disorganized criminals. Professionals who couldn’t get a license set up shop, criminals hiding from the law thrived, and the self-organized community grew to 35,000. 

Then in 1993 everything changed – no one wants to deal with this lawless place anymore and it is promptly destroyed and turned into a park.


The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas, to me, is analogous to the human condition. Wherein we realize that the human mind is capable of being this blissfully idyllic place but seldom is. Most, if not all, humans know suffering. Most humans do nothing about this suffering, they let it brood in the dark recesses of their mind and front that they’re happy (idyllic). This is in line with The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas because, if you haven’t read or listened to the short story yet, it is about the utopian society that derives its prosperity and happiness from the suffering of one abused, starved and neglected child who is locked away in some forgotten alley of the city of Omelas.

So how does this tie into the Spring Day music video? Well it’s clear that all of BTS in this music video know suffering, they are all seen at various points in time looking somber. They were children in Omelas, the peaceful city where people know no suffering yet they do. In Omelas each child around the age of 14 learns of the suffering child. When BTS each learn of this child individually, unlike the rest of the Omelasians who are able to prioritize their happiness over the suffering of the child, BTS can’t they sympathize with it rather. They understand its pain as they too have suffered for some reason (individual to each member and probably related to I NEED U). This sympathy is what makes them different. That is what makes them the ones who walk away from Omelas. There is no room in Omelas for them (no vacancy).

The shoes in this case. Symbolize ascension. Those who live in Omelas are unenlightened without the idea of what pain, suffering or struggle are. The shoes, high about the ground where the people of Omelas walk, represent enlightenment, something the ones who walk away from Omelas obtain. That is because these people understand both happiness and pain. The duality of life. The good and the bad.

Also, as many have pointed out with the shoes. Jimin introduces us to them by the ocean. This is a connection to the Sewol Ferry sinking. For those who don’t know or need a refresher, the Sewol Ferry tragedy happened April 16th, 2014, wherein 304 passengers, mainly secondary school students, died. This event is deeply ingrained in the collective memory of South Korea and effected much of their daily life, even going so far as to effect governmental policies. We know that this music video is a nod to this tragedy as BTS said so themselves. The shoes that are found at the ocean by Jimin are probably the shoes of one of the passengers who died that day. These shoes then, that are hanging above the earth and represent enlightenment, represent the Sewol ferry victims and how they are too enlightened above us as they understand the good and tragic in life in ways we will never. They are like the ones who walk away from Omelas because they knew great happiness from out life but also great tragedy.

I would like to talk about the train as well. Mainly in that Jungkook sees himself of the train. I believe this to be a reference to Schrödinger’s cat. Schrödinger’s cat is a thought exercise in quantum mechanics where in a cat, a radioactive source, a Geiger counter (thing that measures radioactivity) and a flask of poison are in a box. When the Geiger counter registers even just one atom decaying (a small amount of radioactivity) a hammer breaks the flask, effectively killing the cat. What Schrödinger hypothesized was then at any given point in time the cat is both alive and dead in the box. The radioactive element may or may not decay, this means the cat may or may not die. Of course when you look in the box you will either see and alive cat, or a dead cat but not both but you don’t know which you will see till you look.

In the case of the train, it goes a little something like this: for a Jungkook to see himself on the train, the him on the train must be dead. In the music video a Jungkook leaves the train, runs through some of the other MV sets, including the laundry room, and then sees the train again. This is the alive Jungkook leaving the train then seeing the dead Jungkook on the train. Further, after alive Jungkook see’s dead Jungkook, they camera pans to the Jungkook on the train whose lips are very blue and corpse like and who closes his eyes and does the same. Namjoon, who they show next also on the train, does the same. I think that then this train is a symbol for the afterlife. There are many literary cases of a train being a symbol as a transportation system to the afterlife, perhaps a good example of this is in Harry Potter when dead Harry meets Albus at a train station before being resurrected.  However, in this particular context, they are not so much dead as they are releasing the pain they feel. They are releasing their pain and struggles, that is why the Jimin from the train hangs up the shoes because they are releasing some of the pain they all feel in the aftermath of the Sewol tragedy. This is also why the ‘alive’ Jungkook is seen smiling.

I think this is in line with a photo that circulated from the teasers where there was a ‘map’ of the BTS music videos that were branching. This is due to a multiple universe theory, commonly refered to as the many-universes interpretation or simply as many worlds. On this map there were multiple timelines where different music videos were connected and some were not at all. This leads me to believe that the multiple universe theory is cannon and in this particular timeline they actually live!

Anyways, that’s just what I think is going on in this mv. I hope I phrased it all well for you so you can make sense of it too! It is a very beautiful music video and BTS once again has used many literary devices to make us armys think!