“You know how to whistle, don’t you?  You just put your lips together and blow.” - Lauren Bacall in To Have and Have Not (1944).

Although it’s the only film in history written by a Nobel prize winner, based on a novel by another Nobel prize winner, the classic line was written by Howard Hawks when he was testing her for her film debut.  He liked the line and Lauren’s delivery so much he asked Faulkner to develop a scene around it.

I’m not trying to minimize the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust, but there were about 5 million other minority groups who were also killed that need to be brought up more in the classroom, and I say this because people freaked out that Trump didn’t specifically address Jewish victims of the Holocaust in his remembrance speech and took it to mean he was antisemetic.

And while we’re at it, no one talks about the millions more who died under Communism because the two countries where it was practiced (China and Russia) were our allies in WWII, and after all, “history is written by the winners,” so because they weren’t the Nazis they were more or less deemed “the good guys”.

To say the least, we have a very skewed understanding of just what went on during WWII that was less clear-cut between “heroes and villains” than we would like to believe.

  • Howard: Alfred Wallace created the theory of evolution years before Darwin, but it's Darwin's theory of evolution. Nikola Tesla invented alternating current, but all the power companies are named after Thomas Edison. So why are Darwin and Edison famous, and Tesla and Wallace footnotes? Because history is written by the winners. You get your name on it first, you get it out there the most, and twenty years later, you invented it.
What it’s Like to Be Non Binary

About the flag

The Non Binary flag was created in February 2014 by Kye Rowan. The yellow stripe represents gender outside the binary. White represents all or many genders. Purple represents a combination of female and male. Black represents a lack of gender.

What does non binary mean?

Nonbinary means that your gender exists outside the gender binary. It’s not being just male, or just female, or even anything to do with those at all. It’s a giant spectrum of people who don’t identify as a single, binary gender.

Myths and Misconceptions:

We’re not confused. We’re not attention seeking. We’re not just going through a phase. We get those sorts of comments even from other trans people. It’s not just a style, it’s an actual gender.

What is it like to be non binary?

  • It’s been both confusing and a huge relief to know I’m not crazy, that I don’t have to choose between male or female. I spent the last 26 years thinking I was broken, that something was wrong with me. I’m not broken. I’m nonbinary. I can live as myself happily, unapologetically.
  • I think of all the complicated labels and identities I feel, being nonbinary is the one that is most important to me. It is also the one that is the hardest to get people to accept, or see me as. I use genderqueer and nonbinary interchangeably because they both convey the outside the binary-ness that maverique really gets at.I use they/them pronouns and holy cow do people resist that. I have heard, “it’s so hard” about a thousand different ways and I just don’t know why? I really don’t care if people get my pronouns right 100% of the time as long as you try. I really can’t state this enough. If someone asks you to use a different name or pronouns you’re not used to, try. Don’t resist it, or make excuses. Ask for help if you think you’ll need it. If you really think it’s a cry for help or attention or the person is just confused, let them be confused! If they’re in a place where they feel they need you to do this for them, trying to do it will only help and resisting will only hurt. Plus, I believe you can learn a new word or name. You’ve done it before. For people who use they/them or other non-standard pronouns, it’s just hard. I’d recommend offering to help anyone who says that it’s so hard to use a new pronoun. Just being polite but insistent can work. Try to surround yourself with as many people who respect your pronouns as possible for the bad days. I’ve definitely lost friends, mentors, and even a relative because of this. My mentality is that those people aren’t worth the effort to keep. If they won’t do something this simple for you, you don’t deserve to put in all the effort to deal with them. It can be hard. Just hang in there. There are good days and bad days. Hang on to memories and moments of gender euphoria to get you through the bad days, whatever they may look like.
  • I’ve come out to friends and coworkers, but not my family. As supportive as my friends/coworkers are, they always misgender me and use the wrong pronouns. Some are better than others, but it’s bad enough that I misgender myself, and that makes me feel awful. I don’t even want to change my name, but I feel like I have to in order to be taken seriously and have my gender respected. I won’t have any body dysphoria if socially I was accepted as my real gender. Acceptance will come with representation in the media, which is why i’m going into film. I want to show people that they aren’t alone and they aren’t wrong for being different and unique and abnormal. I had to give up dresses because of how typically feminine they are, and I spend more money than I have to rebuild my wardrobe and buy all this stuff to look more androgynous. I’m hoping that when I move to a different city where no one knows me, I’l get to really live the way I want to. At any rate, I love being enbie, I love the community and the pride knowing that the gender binary doesn’t exist for me.

Tips for being non binary:

  • Try and find a group or any friends that can relate due to questioning or identifying as gender variant. Isolation sucks and the internet can only offer so much in emotional relief from it. Talking to people in person and knowing you’re not the only one in the area can help with a slow transition or people not realising what they’re saying is excluding/demeaning you. Groups usually have websites or a Facebook page
  • You can do whatever you please, but a few things that have helped with my own presentation: makeup is a huge gamechanger. Not only can you make your face look more femme, you can make it look more masc too. There are tons of tutorials on youtube. I’ve also started mixing between femme and masc presentation for my hair, clothes, and everything else.
  • Above all else, just remember that no matter how you present, you are nonbinary. There’s no right or wrong way to be nonbinary. Just live your truth and you’ll be fine.

Bonus: A Poem by @hiraeth-ology
Rewriting the Gender Studies Curriculum:

a brief timeline:

at point x:              men fought in battle to give me my name
at point y:             women died in childbirth to do the same

& so why would i want to be either when history is always written by the winners?

a geography lesson:

i will map out my grief for anyone who’ll listen:

man is a thunderstorm: calm, & then not
woman is a country: drawn, & then crossed


they/them/theirs can be used as singular pronouns

example: timothy went to the shops to buy a dress. they could not find one in the right size & was very angry with themself for leaving preparations for the party too late. hopefully, they will have better luck searching online.

en français, ils peuvent utiliser sol, par exemple sol a demandé où sol pouvait trouver la meilleure nourriture
                               & je pense que c'est beau d’être appelés soleil
pourquoi ne voudriez-vous pas être appelé soleil?

test: multiple choice (select one):

sasha went to the shop & bought
a dress
a car
nothing because having a vagina does not automatically give you desire to spend money


abolish the gender binary

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lazypsychictheorist  asked:

Hello! I recently had a class about forensics (I'm a political science student) and we learned that it's quite a recent field, with Alphonse Bertillon etc that roughly goes back to the 19th century. Since it's not my main field, we didn't go further than that. Thus, I wondered if you knew a bit more of history about this. Are there records of forensics procedures in Ancient cultures? In non-European cultures especially? Thanks :)

Hey there @ lazypsychictheorist. Forensic Science as we know and love today is a VERY recent field of scientific inquiry, having only been established in the early 20th century. In fact, the very first crime laboratory was established by Edmond Locard in Lyons, France in 1910.

That is not to say that before then, criminal investigations were a wild west of baseless queries. Besides Bertillon, some early workers in what is now considered to be Forensic Science are (in no particular order) Sir Francis Galton (who began the development of fingerprint examinations), Sir Francis Bacon (credited with the development of the Scientific Method), and Henry Goddard (responsible for the first forensic ballistics case). In many instances, forensic science was becoming more and more prevalent to criminal investigations in the early 19th century, but was not officially a field of study until Locard. 

Earlier than that we must look to Ancient China. The earliest, and most famous case that we know of comes from the 13th century. In this case, a farmer had been killed; There were multiple suspects all claiming innocence. However, those in charge of determining who had done it noticed that flies were swarming around the blade of only one of the suspects scythes. The flies were attracted to the lingering scent of blood, despite it having been wiped away. The man who owned that scythe was arrested, later confessed and this was all recorded in a book titled Xi Yuan Lu. Google can tell you more about that case but I’ve done my best to retell it here.  

Other than that, I cannot find any other instances of ancient forensic procedures, and none whatsoever from a non-European prospective. That’s the problem with history- its written by the winners, and Julius Caesar was a dick.

Light-to-Dark Series: Clio, the Muse of history and poetry

Stories are written for friends and lovers. History is written from desperate winners and hopeless romantics. How many words are strung together out of endless sorrow and forsaken relationships? She knows the power words have over humanity and lets them drown in the emptiness of wanting more.

for @therepublicofletters

reasons why you should read “the girl of fire and thorns” by rae carson as soon as humanly possible:

  • yo what up most feminist book series in ya literature since the dawn of tamora pierce holy shit
  • features a poc cast that closely lines up with latin@s but it’s a fantasy world so not exactly
  • almost every single person is poc, the ones who are not are the bad guys this is super important
  • main character is very overweight in the beginning of the story and it’s the most realistic depiction of body image issues i’ve ever read
  • fantasy series you guys
  • eventually the main character loses weight BUT it’s earned and she doesn’t become automatically skinny, she’s still large but is super proud of her efforts in gaining muscle
  • i seriously want to emphasize this because she’s still “overweight” compared to other body types but she is healthy and that distinction matters so damn much
  • this main character’s name is elisa btw
  • she’s a “chosen one” but it’s not a surprise to her, she was raised with that knowledge and on some level it fucks her up
  • she’s got nerves of steel
  • character development what the hell so much character development
  • so she’s a princess, and gets married off in the first chapter on her motherfucken 16th birthday to secure an alliance
  • except was that the reason tho
  • there’s a religious element but it’s much closer to fantasy than like christian lit not that there’s anything wrong with that but if religion in your young adult reading makes you uncomfortable don’t even sweat it
  • also the religious stuff is closely linked with QUESTION AUTHORITY/history was written by the winners
  • court intrigue, war, espionage, magic, destiny v. choice, romance
  • hold up lemme tell you about this romance thing
  • the “love triangle” gets resolved by the end of book 1 and i won’t spoil you but dude, seriously, rae carson is takes some risks here
  • romance is also secondary to the characters
  • elisa always puts her job/duty/responsibility first and thinks with her head because she’s busy BUT she also takes control of her sexuality it is perfect she is perfect
  • btw did i mention she’s extra smart? tactician and politician and when she’s wrong she admits her mistakes
  • lots of ladies
  • nuanced, varied cast of ladies operating in shades of grey, all strong in their own ways and not afraid to show it
  • holy shit the ladies and their badass selves
  • queens everywhere! you get a queen, you get a queen, look under your seats, everybody gets a queen
  • guys as soon as you read this series we are talking about elisa and cosme and mara and alodia and did i leave some ladies out yes i did because there are lots of ladies and i love all of them
  • also hector, we are going to talk about hector
  • it is sacrilege to read this book and not talk about sir hector, captain of the king’s guard okay

i will stand a top a mountain and sing praises of this series until i die it is fantastic. if you follow me you will know to trust me on this, do yourself a favor and change your life for the better

anonymous asked:

So, for the meredith post, are you forgetting that the previous viscount was extorting money from the Orlesian navy and lynched the knight-commander who preceded meredith?

Hi, Anonymous person!

I dunno. Perhaps I am! Are you forgetting that history is written by the victors, and that the Chantry and Orlais have been collectively winning at Thedas for about 900 years now? Because I’m not!

One thing I really love about Dragon Age is the worldbuilding. It keeps me coming back even when I’m questioning the writers’ morals and politics. I know it’s not perfect, and there are mistakes and plot holes, but on the whole the Codex entries are fantastic. In Inquisition, finding a Codex entry will make me happier than completing a quest.

They feel real. You get these wonderful texts from Chantry officials and nobles and other interested parties explaining that it’s perfectly reasonable to kidnap mages and subject them to lifelong imprisonment, and that the elves should be grateful for the existence of alienages, and that the Orlesian empire has been doing its holy duty in invading and slaughtering anyone who doesn’t agree exactly with its official religion.

In short, like a not insignificant amount of real history written by winners, by the rich and the powerful and the people with a vested interest in convincing posterity that their actions were completely and utterly justified and that their enemies deserved their miserable fates, the official history is generally full of shit.

That the Chantry lies is just a fact. It lies to everyone, including its own people. To pick a not-insignificant plot point from Inquisition, it comes as a complete surprise to Cassandra Pentaghast, Seeker and Right Hand of the Divine, that the Seekers have known how to cure Tranquility for centuries, and that she herself was subjected to the procedure. They will cheerfully rewrite history, if it suits them. They will murder witnesses. They will cover up atrocities. Show me a Chantry source and I’ll show you a text I’m going to take with a whole bucket of salt. 

Reading a Chantry source and saying you know about Kirkwall is like saying you read Shakespeare’s Richard III and now know all about the Wars of the Roses.

Dragon Age 2 is particularly good about this. I know it suffers from being rushed, and from some uninspired level design, but I think it remains Bioware’s most ambitious game. It is the story of the powerless trying to wrest control of the narrative from the powerful. You see it in gameplay: a Hawke who tries to expose the Chantry’s attacks on the Qunari or its brutal treatment of the mages will get absolutely nowhere. Anders ends the game with a powerful demonstration of the fact that the Chantry couldn’t give a fuck about justice: they will murder the mages as retribution for the destruction of the Chantry because that’s what they’ve always been planning to do, and the fact that he’s sitting there quietly, waiting to be arrested, means nothing to them.

It’s also the framing narrative. It’s the point of the whole thing. The Chantry has views on Hawke, and on what happened in Kirkwall. Varric has a different story. It’s one the Chantry isn’t going to like much at all. It doesn’t mean that every word he says is necessarily true either (at bare minimum he’s lying about his knowledge of Hawke’s whereabouts, and I’m inclined to think there are parts of the story that make more sense if Varric is lying), but the fact remains that his is the kind of voice the Chantry would normally suppress. Which is part of the reason why Cassandra is interrogating him in a darkened room far from the public eye.

So, with all that, we come to Perrin Threnhold.

First things first: have you forgotten that Orlais occupied Kirkwall until 8:05 Blessed? They arrived to liberate the city from the Qunari, and then thought they might as well own the place. They do that. Nor did they courteously go home after a while: the Marchers rose up and kicked them out. Orlais has an empire. It grabs territory whenever it can. Sometimes the locals manage to win their freedom, but the Orlesians are always looking to take the land back.

Perrin Threnhold, we are told:

Used the ancient chains extending from “the Twins” standing at Kirkwall’s harbor—unused since the New Exalted Marches—to block sea traffic and charge exorbitant fees from Orlesian ships.

 History of Kirkwall: Chapter 4

Now, I don’t know about you, but if I were the ruler of a prosperous but underdefended port city that was always likely to be a prize for the Orlesians, I’d want to be able to control who could sail a fleet of ships through my territory. I might also want some damn reparations from the Orlesian empire, although it’s worth remembering that the word ‘exorbitant’ comes from a Chantry source.

Here’s the thing: there’s no right way to handle Orlais. There’s nothing you can do that can guarantee they won’t be ruling you tomorrow. Nevarra let them in and got occupied. The Dales tried to keep them out and got conquered. There’s no perfect strategy in dealing with an empire, which, unless it loses enough territory in one go to significantly weaken it, is always going to have the resources to have another stab at you tomorrow. There’s only the strategy that works today. If you’re Maric Theirin, then your fight with Orlais is going to go really well. If you’re Perrin Threnhold, yours is going to go really badly. Consequently, we get stories about Maric the hero and Perrin the monster.

Shit, look at poor Bran, beating off invaders with a stick. The fight goes on.

You say ‘extorting money from the Orlesian navy’ like I should be scandalised! Appalled! Oh the poor Orlesian navy, however will they sail around invading and exploiting people when there are giant chains in their way!

In case you hadn’t guessed, I’m not appalled. :)

What I can’t be sure of, because the sources don’t provide enough detail, is whether this was, at the time, a sound strategy that went badly wrong, or a dreamer’s plan that was always doomed to fail.

I do know that the Dragon Age was considered to be a time of political turmoil, and Orlais started the century by getting its arse kicked in Ferelden. Quite possibly Perrin saw an opportunity in both the strife and Orlais’s losses. He may well have been right; despite threats, Orlais didn’t invade, and if Orlais isn’t throwing its weight around it’s generally because it can’t. What Perrin didn’t count on was the perfidy of the Templar Order, and that was a fatal error.

Lynched the knight-commander, you say? Well, sure, let’s start there. I mean, come on: if Knight-Commander Guylian didn’t want to be treated as an enemy soldier, maybe he shouldn’t have acted as an agent of a foreign power and used the military might of his Order to coerce the damn Viscount. Just a thought.

But hang on a minute, because I’m inclined to think it’s worse than that:

Knight-Commander Guylian’s only written comment was in a letter to Divine Beatrix III: “It is not our place to interfere in political affairs. We are here to safeguard the city against magic, not against itself.” The divine, as a friend to the emperor, clearly had other ideas.

– History of Kirkwall: Chapter 4

Guylian is with me, on this one: he thinks this is a terrible idea. Let’s get the rest of the story, shall we:

Under Pressure from Divine Beatrix III, Guylian commanded the Templars to force Viscount Perrin Threnhold to reopen the Waking Sea to allow Orlesian ships to pass through. The viscount retaliated by hiring mercenaries to storm the Gallows. Guylian was captured and publicly hanged. An enraged Meredith and a group of her best marched on the viscount’s estate, determined to exact terrible justice. The captain of the city guard, quailing before the Templars, protested that he knew nothing of the plot. To prove his innocence, the captain asserted that the viscount had acted unlawfully and had him arrested. Threnhold’s lands and titles were stripped from him, and he was thrown into his own dungeon.

Word of Thedas II

Does … any of that … make any sense to you at all, Anonymous person? Because it sets off so many alarm bells in my head it’s like being bloody Quasimodo.

The Templars have the military might to take on the Viscount of Kirkwall. They are ‘the largest armed force in Kirkwall’. They have the blessing of the Divine to act, and the backing of the Orlesian empire. However, they lack two important things:

a) a willing commanding officer

b) a reasonable pretext for overthrowing the Viscount that doesn’t actually scream ‘Look at us! We’re a thinly disguised branch of the Orlesian military!’

And yet somehow, Perrin Threnhold does not, say, launch a full scale attack on the Templars … enlist the aid of the (let’s face it: probably entirely willing) mages … seize the lyrium supply … burn down the Gallows … call in assistance from his allies … or do anything that makes sense.

No. He … has mercenaries break into the Gallows, kidnap the knight-commander and publicly hang him … an act which simultaneously removes the man who had enough integrity to want to stay out of political disputes and gives the Templars reason to attack him that nobody could criticise.

Then, on top of that, the captain of Kirkwall’s largest secular fighting force apparently has no idea that any of this is going on, is not even slightly prepared for battle and freaks the fuck out when the Templars show up. There is neither a militia nor mercenaries to guard the Viscount’s Keep or protect him after he’s murdered the knight-commander.

I mean … seriously?

And, oh, wait, what’s this?

Beside the greying knight-commander, Meredith cut an imposing figure: stern, icy and uncompromising. When Guylian gave a command, it was Meredith who enforced it. Her drive and her devotion to her duty made her a bit of a legend among her fellow Templars, and privately, many thought she possessed a hundred times the old knight-commander’s charisma. Many said that it was Meredith who was really the leader of the Templars, despite her junior rank.

World of Thedas II

Here we have a young and ambitious knight-captain, who apparently has the backing from her troops to attempt a coup and who, importantly, is absolutely willing to fight the viscount.

So … I have to ask. How sure are you that Perrin Threnhold lynched anybody? How likely do you think it is that these ‘mercenaries’ even existed? Don’t you wonder why no one ever says who they were, or what happened to them? What do you think the chances are that the first the viscount heard of his ‘crime’ was when a Templar army arrived on his doorstep?

To follow up, the official history reads:

The templars were hailed as heroes, and even though they wished to remain out of Kirkwall’s affairs, it was now forced upon them. Knight-Commander Meredith appointed Lord Marlowe Dumar as the new viscount in 9:21 Dragon and she has remained influential in the city’s rule ever since.

– History of Kirkwall: Chapter 4

You’ve really got to admire the gall.

The new knight-commander, Meredith, appointed Marlowe to the seat, much to his surprise. Just before he was crowned, he met in private with the knight-commander at the Gallows. Marlowe was escorted, surrounded by grim Templars, to Meredith’s well-appointed office, and there, she explained her reasons for the choice. Kirkwall was filled with entitled degenerates. Marlowe was different. His family had always been humble. They never grasped for power or gold, never felt that it was owed them. “With my help, you will turn this city around,” she said. We will be allies.

Meredith’s message was clear: Remember who holds the power in Kirkwall. Remember what happened to Threnhold when he overreached. To drive home her point, she presented Marlowe with a small carven ivory box at his coronation. The box contained the Threnhold signet ring, misshapen and crusted with blood. On the inside of the lid were written the words “His fate need not be yours.”

– World of Thedas II

Yep. Those Templars. So eager to retire from politics. Not at all power-hungry, politically motivated thugs (note also the clear indication that they’ve been torturing Threnhold – ‘misshapen and crusted with blood’; think about what they must have done to his hands).

And one final thing:

What happened to Viscount Perrin Threnhold was a travesty. I served in the Keep, and my blood boils when I hear people call him a tyrant. He was a good man who tried his best to free Kirkwall from the control of those who use power for their own purposes. It’s always been that way here, hasn’t it? Long ago it was the Imperium. Then it was the Qunari, then the Orlesians, now the templars… when have we ever ruled ourselves? He tried to kick those templar bastards out and give us real freedom, and what did it get him?

– Viscount Marlowe Dumar

Fictional history is not exactly like real history, of course. For one thing, it’s less random. In the real world, some sources are deliberately preserved and some deliberately destroyed. But there are also things that survive entirely by chance: stuff that was put in someone’s cellar, or in a tomb, or even thrown in a rubbish heap that happened to have the right conditions to preserve something across the centuries.

Every text that appears in a game is put there intentionally. They want us to read it. This text, defending Perrin, was not only put in the game, it was associated with Marlowe Dumar. Marlowe is the victim of Meredith personally, and of the Chantry in general. He is a good, if not especially strong, man who is destroyed by the machinations of the Chantry. We are meant to read this, to look at Marlowe, and then to think about Perrin Threnhold.

So, in answer to your question … I’m not forgetting about Perrin Threnhold. Doubting might be a word for what I’m doing. Calling utter bullshit on the whole thing would be several words. But forgetting? No.

Remember Perrin Threnhold. Remember the Arishok. Remember Marlowe and Seamus Dumar. Remember Orsino. Remember the mages, the Tranquil, the elves, the Qunari, the Fereldan refugees.

And fuck Meredith, fuck Elthina and fuck the fucking Chantry.

  • Henry VII: I am going to make sure Richard the Usurper's name is forever blackened in history, for I am the true King of England.
  • William Shakespeare: I am going to write a play called 'Richard III'. He is a hunchback who seduced Lady Anne Neville over the coffin of her father-in-law; usurped the throne from his nephews; and died a coward in the battlefield.
  • Historians: The reputation of Richard III is a typical example where history is written by winners. He was a great king with strong sense of justice.
  • Historical fiction authors: Richard III/Richard of Gloucester is a handsome man who's loyal to the King and victim of a tragedy. On top of that, he's the husband of the century.
  • Actors: Which role can earn me an Oscar/Emmy/Golden Globe/Tony? I want to play Richard III!
  • Physicians: Scoliosis is a medical condition where your spine curves side-way. However, it does not mean that your life is over. Look at Richard III, he had scoliosis but he was a well-known battle warrior for most of his life.
  • Henry VII: What about Henry VII?
  • Everyone: Who's that? Oh the man who stole the crown from Richard III?

When I was 16, my family and I went on a mission trip to a Lakota Sioux reservation. It was…a very eye-opening experience for me, and made me realize for the first time that history really is written by the “winners” and often doesn’t tell you the whole story.

A Lakota man gave my mother a large buffalo painting, and his son gave the one above to me. The buffalo is sacred to the Lakota Sioux. It’s a symbol of self-sacrifice; of giving of oneself until there is nothing left. The buffalo provided many things for their people; food, shelter, clothing, tools, etc. The Lakota Sioux try to follow that example of generosity.

I can’t speak much for the struggles of Native Americans. I am woefully ignorant and am so very much the wrong person to give voice to that sort of thing. But I was profoundly struck by their spirituality and willingness to give even when they had nothing. There was a profound sense of loss in them – and who could blame them? – but also pride in their culture and history.

It was a really good lesson for 16 year old me. And I decided to hang this little guy up in my new home again as a reminder of that lesson in these very trying times.

Mandalore Meta

Thanks to @sanerontheinside and @maawi for having questions, and then me being an utter potato and forgetting long enough that this has evolved into ALL THE META AHAHAHAHAHAHA, I have decided to actually write out and explain Mandalore as we see it in The Clone Wars to the best of my ability

Note: what I write might not be accurate and there is a load of speculation because JA is stupid and I hate it AND OBI-WAN NEVER DESERVED THIS SHIT! Also, there is so much more to things than what is on the surface so motives get murky and history gets blurred. Enjoy!

Edit: Because I was dumb, I didn’t mention about where Satine came from so thanks for @jhaernyl​ for mentioning that to me (wow I’m forgetful).

A Brief history of Mandalore

Mandalore was a war-based culture that evolved over several centuries and adopted new species and such into their own system based on whether they were useful, good at fighting or just generally impressive because honour. Old Mandalore was a pretty planet, full of people who liked to fight and fought because it brought them honour.

Note: this is not dissimilar to cultures here on earth - both historical and recent - that functioned on a system that promoted honourable behaviour and perceived battle against your enemies as an honourable pursuit. Vikings and Romans are two of the most obvious sorts - especially when considering how these two cultures took the spoils of war as their own, and also had systems that would provide a slave with freedom for particular reasons (Rome had Patrons who made slaves into ‘freemen’ for various reasons etc).

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