OK, so sorry to keep derping on like this, but the ask about shop class students/smiths triggered a bit of trivia that I like makes for cool Elsewhere Lore: Metal smiths of any significant experience have shards of metal in their eyes!! Tiny slivers of whatever they're working on fly off during filing/grinding, and over years of forge work these can actually build up enough to set off airport sensors!! So maybe part of the reason smiths are respected is they have built in Sight!!
Holy fuck that’s metal as hell. like i’m sorry for the pun and i tried to avoid it but i genuinely don’t know what else to say. metal. as. hell.
(From Zenyatta’s in-game quotes we know that Mondatta was pretty important to him, but we also know that Zenyatta disagreed with the Shambali and ultimately distanced himself from them and Mondatta. Imagine if Zenyatta heard about Mondatta’s death after this and hadn’t spoken to him for a while, and had to deal with the grief of losing Mondatta after this. Maybe he wouldn’t even be allowed back to the Nepal temples and had to sneak in to see Mondatta’s statue. Idk. I just like Zenyatta and his lore)
I literally do not care for all this gemsplaining or if you are dance inclusionist or exclusionist all I know is
I AM GAY and YOU ARE GAY?? wlw solidarity?? you heard of it or???
I REALLY LOVE FUSION DANCING and want. it. back.
AMETHYST deserves to DANCE LIKE THAT without Pearl’s judgement only because it is ??sexual?? and not about her!
On that topic, I want to see a thin femme gem handle a big gem with the softness they always get? And I want butch gems be allowed to be seen as graceful or soft? You know what the issue is if you are even remotely aware of the topics in su criticism??
The Rubies perform gymnastics. A cheerleading routine. That can be seen as a form of dancing. It’s good enough for me. It’s great.
The dancing is done to synchronize forms which same gems would not require. I get this is why Amethyst and Steven didn’t need it but they could have had the funniest sweetest moves together….
Stevonnie doesn’t require anything cus two humans yes wow good lore
YOU AND I BOTH KNOW THEY ACTUALLY DON’T DANCE NOT BECAUSE OF SOME ELABORATE PLAN OF GOOD WRITEY BUT BECAUSE THEY A BUNCH OF CHEAP ‘O CUTTIN CORNERS!!
Sometimes I feel like people forget basic lore. The first blood mage
claimed he learned it from the Old Gods. The only way to learn blood
magic in Origins is to make a deal with a demon. This isn’t something
I am not going to lie- when I saw Miraculous Ladybug and BDSM in the same tag set I was hesitant. However eventually I caved to the high kudos ratings and I am SO glad I did. This story is an absolute gem. Not only does it handle a somewhat controversial subject with breathtaking sensitivity and care, but the actual build up of the romance is some of the best I have seen in the fandom. It is the best kind of slow burn (in a smut fic no less??? ) and leaves you really cheering for the characters. (This is NSFW so know that going in)
Another author with many great titles to their name, however this one in particular jumps out at me. Anyone who has ever had a longer than 2 minute conversation with me about fanfics would know that i am a very harsh judge of soulmate AUs for a variety of reasons, so the fact that i have 2 on this list is saying something. This fic also did something very refreshing with the “Chat Blanc” troupe which is what caught my attention in the first place. The story really emphasizes what Adrien and Marinette can bring to each other in a relationship by taking away the Ladynoir dynamic and having them building to the same sort of trust and support in a more round about way. A great read that I highly recommend. ^_^
Summer in the City kali_asleep (don’t know tumblr url ::sobs:: )
This fic is just so fun! And sexy. Getting to watch Adrien struggle with his feelings for Ladybug and dedication to her while being attracted to his classmate is just endearing. This is only 3 chapters long (with an additional explicit sequel for you sinners out there) so if you want something quick to brighten up your day I highly recommend it.
Straying off the beaten path a little bit- this is a HawkNath Soulmate AU.
Yes you heard me.
This is worth every second of your time to read it. From Nathalie’s POV it’s a great look at dealing with a difficult situation and a difficult person and finding the balance between being forgiving and knowing when it’s time to punch someone in the face. (Literally)
My other “Older generation” rec on today’s list- this was a story that was actually recommended to me and I am going to be honest- I was a little skeptical going in. I tend to not get invested in “Alternate” miraculous users (and by that I mean things that are highly unlike in canon or directly contradict canon). Nothing wrong with them just not something that really clicks for me. However this story sold me. Nathalie centered again and Gabe/Nath ship based, this story really hits home with the “Agreste Family Feels” as I like to call them. The lore building was really neat and I did NOT see the plot twist coming- which is not something I say often. This fic is a great example of why it’s a good idea to be willing to look outside your normal ship zone. It can be worth the adventure.
Turtle!Nino I will continue to be devoted to the hope of you happening someday ^_^
I will be shocked if you guys don’t already know about this universe, but even so it deserves to be called out. I adore the dynamic that is established between Nino and his assorted friends as well as seeing one of my favorite characters get the development they deserve. The other thing I love about this story is that at least from what I saw, the writing gets better every chapter, and I love seeing a good author (I had already read several of Pilots earlier works at this point) truly find their voice.
Ok I am going to admit this now- I am a sucker for Non-magic AUs. I will always give them a shot when I am scrolling through AO3 looking for new fics. This one caught my attention and kept the same engaging, fun dynamic that got me hooked all the way through to the end. There is a really nice balance of tension where we get to see the characters dancing around each other’s lives without feeling like it is being drawn out just for the sake of torturing the readers.
OK, so I am not usually all about the angsty train- and this story definitely cranks the the angst dial up to the max. (Seriously give poor Chat a break my poor baby!) However the story is wonderfully compelling and this is one of the few fics I have walked away from remembering the akumas we have encountered because of the attention and care given to the action sequences, which I really appreciate seeing in a fic. Tom and Sabine feature heavily as well and they are just such a blessing. If you don’t mind crying your eyes out, this is a well done story that is worth getting invested in.
I am also doing a Fanfic Rec page link on my main tumblr as I still have a LOT more to do >_< and I figure that is a better way to keep it easy for people to find if they want it! (Plus then I can just add things as I read/reread them)
//when stupid tumblr doesn’t upload the image the first 5 times;;;
Taji as a bnha oc because I can. Her scarf becomes a tail and sorta a weird mix of Ojiro’s Tail and Sero’s Tape. Still has a personal touch to it. I feel like she would be a general studies student but after being encouraged she wants to aim for the hero course.
Don’t worry, she’ll always be a rwby oc, I’d just like more lore pls. If anything, her and BRYT will prolly be the only rwby ocs to work in both verses since BRYT technically is supposed to form as freshmen when RWBY & co. are sophomores.
Also I think I may have posted this before but drawings of her slightly edited outfit? I’d prolly get rid of the coattail part entirely for something else.
Here’s Cherrygum! She’s made of pink goop and her hair looks like cherries! Hence the name!! She’s really kind, and enjoys helping others. She also likes cute fashion, and can make her hands real big to carry stuff. Her background kind of looks like cheese or pizza…
does anyone else wanna know more about the temple itself??? like i wanna know the lore about it are you kidding me!!! for one thing, it seems to be based on a fusion of the original cgs (meaning like pearl, rose, garnet, maybe amethyst?) and like, who is she? how did they make the sculpture? they’ve mentioned the temple is alive before, it has a heart and it can sense the gems, how does that work? is it conscious?
it sucks that there are so many interesting things in su and we never get to hear abt them. instead we get neon gremlins and walking ptsd jokes :(
Alright so I’m finally done my hell week of college, I decided to do a review of RWBY V4. There seems to be a lot of division in this season, some loved it, others hated it. Now let me just address this, I usually don’t talk about this, but there seems to be a lot of negativity in the fandom. I do not consider petty nitpicking, bitching and constant whining as criticism.
First of all, I am just gonna lay this out. We don’t know what happens behind production, but I do know production requires to make a lot of cuts and such since they either don’t have the time or they don’t have enough money to make it happen. Yea RT is a million dollar company but remember they don’t ONLY focus on RWBY. BUT that does not make them free of criticism either.
ANIMATION + FIGHT SCENES
Alright starting this off with the animation style this season. Animation looks beautiful, so nice. But the fighting animation has taken a step back, seeing most fight scenes were such a let down. The best fight scene was Tyrian vs Qrow & RNJR, but compared to other volumes not as great. I know before Monty and Shane were the choreographers, but now Miles and Kerry I think are just taking care of it. Personally, I feel they should get one or a team just focusing on fight choreography. People who are good at it, understand how each body movement works. There are just some people who have it in them to do choreography like that.
Okay, I understand why people are mad at this volume. But, for the most part, this volume hasn’t completely fucked things up. I’ve seen bad animes and shows before and this is far from anything like that. Miles and Kerry are generally off to a good start as new writers. Now Miles’ has experience in writing from RvB, but take note RvB already had a base and build to continue from. RWBY is purely scratch. I’ve heard rumours about RWBY lasting 10-20 volumes, now I hope they mainly focus on the Salem being main final villain rather than introduce newer more OP villains after the previous OP villain was defeated, kind of like big animes such as Bleach do. Volume 1-3 was mainly just a prologue. Building up to greater things.
Volume 4, is a transition season. Transition seasons are difficult to handle, since you want to keep the audience but avoid plot holes and such. This is not a filler season. I have seen filler seasons in anime before (fucking Bleach), filler seasons are not looked back at in the long run. This clearly seems like a season setting up for what lies ahead. Now at the beginning the season was going smoothly showing all 4 girls equally. But I feel like they rushed things too much, or juggled too many things for them to handle. The main things I didn’t like was the new lore, new villains, and yangs development.
The lore is too much to take, like we have silver eyes, maidens, now we have these relics and gods of light and darkness. Just slow down… Theres too many things you are juggling with right now.
Villains, alright at first I was vary of Salems faction, since Emerald and Mercury got pushed to the side, but they proved themselves. Now I’m just concerned on the White Fang villains (Illia and those bros). But we will see how M&K will play this out so I’m going to wait until I give a full opinion on all the villains.
Yangs development, by far, the main flaw of this volume. Its because you had the end of Volume 3, then the teasers of Volume 4 with a very angry Yang, then the episode where Yang first appeared with clear PTSD. She healed too fast, in my opinion. I was expecting a shift in character, especially after when she said, “sometimes bad things just happen.” Yang got too little screen time to be given proper development. Most of the development seemed to happen behind the scenes. I was so ready to see a new side of Yang. But I’m also giving M&K the benefit of the doubt since RWBY still has a long way to go. Because V4 seems sooooo early to give rash criticism with the 10-20 volume plans.
The best development was Blake and Weiss’. Weiss finally being freed from her father, and going on to greater things. Without a doubt, I know she’s going to return to the SDC (hinted even in the WoR), and obviously is going to snatch back that title from Whitley and put her father in place, it’s obvious that’s her story arc. Now we are starting to build on the steps she takes to get there. It’s going to be really interesting. Blake finally stops running from her past and comes to accept it, to make a better future. Blake is unique compared to the other members of team RWBY, since she already had so much to build from in the previous volumes. Her story is going to focus around the White Fang and Adam a lot, and we will see how she will overcome it and make a great change in the White Fang. M&K are handling Blake’s arc just fine, so I don’t have much worry for her compared to Yang.
Ruby for me is kind of in the middle, but I don’t expect her development to come any time soon. She is the main character, so her development is more so, on the long run of things. I was not annoyed at how M&K were handling Ruby this season at all, this season was more so of her understanding the reality around her, as we can see from her letter.
Now on to the others aka JNR. Ren and Nora’s backs story was really rushed, I expected it to focus around Ravens tribe but seeing it was just a grimm just made me think, “isn’t that why everyone dislikes grimms in the first place?” Now that the grimm is defeated its just “now what”. Now for Jaune, I loved the scenes he was in. He warmed up to me this season, you can clearly see the character change this time around. Now I don’t understand all the anger at him taking screen time, when I thought his screen time was fairly given. JNR seems to lead on how they will support for each through everything. And I really hope they don’t all die like that one theory I saw….
Now I wish I could go more into things but, it is clear RWBY is NOT FINISHED for me to really delve in how I feel because I will be jumping the gun. Because I know this season will explain things for later seasons to come. People want everything to come so fast, all I have to say is: BE PATIENT. Everything will be explained soon. Now I’m not rushing to give my final thought on what I think of RWBY just yet seeing the main story is just beginning.
Since I love world-building and food, I figured a post looking at the food and agricultural products in Tyranny was something that I had to do. I’m listing ingredients and crops here, but could be persuaded to come up with a cuisine and meal post much, much, later.
Because the game takes place mostly in the Tiers, most of this information may be only pertinent to them, if something can be linked back to the North or the rest of the Empire, I’ll make sure to mention it. Another thing to note is that a decent number of the consumable items use art assets from Pillars of Eternity, a very different setting with different influences, and that makes it a little murkier to interpret how it could fit into Tyranny’s setting.
The format will be a list (again) of named edibles found or mentioned in-game, separated into food groups. And thanks to everyone who helped me with this list or tolerated my yammering about it, you know who you are!
NOTE: VERY MUCH A WORK-IN-PROGRESS, I WILL ADD MORE IF I FIND MORE, LIKE MY OTHER LORE POSTS
4 gotten half life - that maybe isnt wasnt reel - i could swear tho ( yes i can like a say lore - speaking of witch - theres always rocks and shipwreck) - we in the future danced - it could have been love - instead of whatever - maybe it wuz the meds - or the summer - wait i wrote bout that awready - anywaze a wave - good bye - to - future islands - theres a new moon every 30 daze -d and confused always - whats new