It’s all about body type and how you want your character to be portrayed. I’m not too sure if you are referring to the body types of SU but these were a few references I used as a guide when I first started out. Plus, these pictures can explain them a whole lot better than I can.
Poses are the worst so here’s a bunch of those as well.
All of these references can honestly be applied to anything you draw.
(and i mean that in an amused and loving way mostly)
we have neglected neglected to talk about the classic robron moments of 2014 - 2017
i just don’t feel like we’ve spent enough time recently discussing robert and aaron being soft and cute with one another and by we i am referring to me exclusively and also everyone else who has neglected to come @ me with the soft and cute ur all complicit an d im calling u all out
and also im in a feelings mood so
LETS TALK ABOUT RANDOM SOFT TM ROBRON MOMENTS:
RMR WHEN THEY WERE LYING AROUND HOME FARM AND THEY WENT BOOP WITH THEIR NOSES
AARON WAS ON THE PHONE TO EMILLE AND ROB WAS LIKE THIS MAN SPEAKS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FRENCH HOW AM I SO LUCKY EVEN THOUGH AARON’S FRENCH HURTS MY EARS
THEY ARGUED ABOUT WHETHER TO PUT HANDLES ON THEIR NEW DRAWERS PROBABLY LESS BECAUSE AARON ACTUALLY CARED AND MORE BC AARON JUST ENJOYS WINDING ROBERT UP
ONE TIME ROB CONVINCED AARON TO HAVE ~FOOD OUTSIDE~~~ EVEN THO THEY WEREN’T ALLOWED TO CALL IT A PICNIC, PURELY BC AARON WAS FEELING FRAGILE AND NOT IN A GOOD PLACE
AND THE REMINISCED ABOUT THEIR WEDDING NIGHT AND IT CHEERED AARON UP SO MUCH THAT HE SPENT THE WHOLE PICNIC SMILING AND ACTING MORE LIKE HIMSELF THAN HE HAD SINCE HE HAD GOTTEN OUT OF PRISON
AND THEN AARON LURED ROBERT AWAY FROM THE PICNIC WITH THE PROMISE OF SEX AND STOLE ROBERT’S CLOTHES BC HE IS A LITERAL WIND UP A LITERAL WIND UP AND ALSO HE TOTALLY JUST WANTED TO GET ROBERT INTO HIS CLOTHES
ALSO AROUND THAT TIME ROBERT LEGIT REFUSED TO LET AARON GO RUNNING BY HIMSELF AND SO DECIDED TO GO RUNNING WITH AARON EVEN THOUGH HE’S HORRIBLE AT RUNNING AND AARON ENDED UP SPENDING THE WHOLE TIME LAUGHING AT ROBERT’S LACK OF STAMINA AT THIS NOT OTHER THINGS BLESS AND IT WAS PURE AND GOOD
OK REMEMBER WHEN THEY WERE LITERALLY AT A FUNERAL AND AARON COULDN’T STOP HIMSELF FROM TELLING ROBERT, IN THE MOST AARON-LIKE WAY POSSIBLE, THAT HE WANTED TO SPEND THE REST OF HIS LIFE WITH HIM
WHICH ROBERT INSTANTLY JOKED ABOUT BC HE’S AN IDIOT BUT ALSO BC HE ALREADY KNEW
REMEMBER WHEN ROBERT PLANNED AN ENTIRE SURPRISE WEDDING FOR AARON AND THEN IT DIDN’T GO THE WAY HE WANTED SO ROBERT WALKED OFF AND AARON LITERALLY CHASED HIM DOWN AND TOLD HIM THAT IT DIDN’T MATTER, THAT ANY WEDDING ROBERT COULD PLAN WOULD BE PERFECT BC IT MEANT THAT AARON WOULD GET TO MARRY THE LOHL AND GENTLY TALKED ROBERT DOWN AND SAVED THE WEDDING
RMR WHEN!!! ROBERT LITERALLY GAVE!!! HIS LAST GOD DAMN BREATH!!!!!! TO AARON!!!!!!!!!!! WHEN THEY WERE BOTH DROWNING IN THAT STUPID CAR!!!!
LETS TALK ABOUT THAT MOMENT, AFTER ROBERT SPENT A DISGUSTING AMOUNT OF MONEY TRACKING DOWN SANDRA IN AN ATTEMPT TO HELP AARON’S CASE BC ALL HE WANTED WAS FOR AARON TO GET JUSTICE, AND THEN INVITED HIMSELF ALONG WITH AARON TO GO SEE SANDRA BC AARON DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO DO IT ON HIS OWN (DELETED SCENES ARE CANON AND WE ALL KNOW IT) AND AARON KNEW KNEW THAT HAVING ROBERT’S SUPPORT DURING THAT TIME WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST AND MOST VALUABLE THINGS TO HIM - AND HE KNEW THAT HE WANTED THAT PRESENCE IN HIS LIFE FOREVER
AND ROBERT STILL DIDN’T KISS HIM - NOT BC HE DIDN’T WANT HIM BC OH MY GOD HE HAS NEVER WANTED A PERSON MORE - BUT BC HE JUST??? KNEW THEY’D SCREWED THINGS UP (ROBERT HAD SCREWED THINGS UP) SO MANY TIMES AND IF THEY WERE GOING TO REALLY DO IT, REALLY BE IN A RELATIONSHIP, THEN THEY WERE GOING TO DO IT RIGHT AND THEY HAD ONE OF THE MOST OPENLY HONEST CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THEIR FEELINGS WITH ONE ANOTHER THAT THEY’D EVER HAD UP TO THAT POINT - EVEN THOUGH THEY BOTH KNEW, THEY COULD FEEL, DEEP DOWN THAT THEY WERE ON THE SAME PAGE AND THAT THIS WAS FOR LIFE
AND REMEMBER!!!! WHEN THEY DID FINALLY GET TOGETHER!!!!!!! AND THEY WERE, FOR THE FIRST TIME, AN ACTUAL COUPLE - EVEN THOUGH THEY’D BASICALLY BEEN EMOTIONALLY COMMITTED TO ONE ANOTHER FOR MONTHS ALREADY. REMEMBER ROBERT WALKING INTO THE BACK ROOM WHERE AARON WAS DRINKING HIS BEER AND AARON JUST SMILING AND TELLING ROBERT TO HANG AROUND BC AARON LIKES ROBERT’S PRESENCE
AND THEN AARON TAKING A SIP OF THE WHISKEY AND PULLING A FACE AND ROBERT SMILING SO! FUCKING! FONDLY! AT HIM
OH HEY OH MY GOD LETS TALK ABOUT AARON WANTING TO ASK ROBERT TO MOVE IN WITH HIM AND LITERALLY SITTING IN THE BACK ROOM OF THE PUB PRACTICING HOW TO SAY IT
AND THEN BEING DISTRACTED IMMEDIATELY BY ROBERT WALKING IN, STALKING UP TO HIM AND TELLING HIM TO GET HIS KIT OFF
ALSO OK THEY GOT MARRIED AND AARON - AARON WHO WOULD NEVER BE CAUGHT DANCING NOT IN A MILLION YEARS DINGLE - FUCKIN SLOW DANCED WITH HIS HUSBAND TO ADELE BC THAT’S WHAT U DO WHEN U MARRY THE LOVE OF UR LIFE AND UR HAPPY
REMEMBER THE FIRST CHRISTMAS AFTER THEY MET, WHEN AARON WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO HAD FAITH IN THE EXISTENCE OF THAT PART OF ROBERT THAT IS GOOD AND DECENT (HOWEVER SMALL OR NARROWLY FOCUSED IT USUALLY IS)
GOD DAMN IT REMEMBER HOW THEY LITERALLY FLIPPED A COIN TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO GET MARRIED IN VEGAS BC HONESTLY????? THEY LITERALLY JUST WANTED TO BE MARRIED
WHAT ABOUT EVERY STUPID FUCKING THING THEY’VE DONE IN THE NAME OF PROTECTING ONE ANOTHER - KIDNAPPING RYAN, KIDNAPPING LACHLAN, LYING TO POLICE, TO DOCTORS, TO EVERYONE
OK AND ROBERT, SITTING IN THE HOSPITAL, FUCKING DISTRAUGHT BECAUSE AARON IS LYING UNCONSCIOUS IN A BED AND ROBERT DIDN’T EVEN GET TO RIDE IN THE AMBULANCE WITH HIM
LITERALLY SITTING THERE SAYING “I WASTED SO MUCH TIME” BECAUSE HE DID AND REGRETTING EVERY MOMENT HE DIDN’T SPEND NEXT TO AARON - INCLUDING SITTING IN THAT FUCKING AMBULANCE HOLDING HIS HAND
I have given it a lot of thought over the three games and I’ve formed my opinion over the mage/templar issue, and here is my two cents: Circles are necessary, but they should not be prisons. Instead I think they should be schools and every mage should have compulsory education in one, but they should indeed be schools where you get out in the afternoon and have free weekends. Templars are necessary as well. They should have a presence in the schools but not be above the mages.
They are also uniquely talented and trained in hunting down blood mages who are a threat to everyone. But they should be separated from the Chantry oversight and have an unrestricted access to lyrium. They should also have a free rehab service for anyone who wishes to resign from the order. As for what comes to the rite of tranquility, I think it should only be used for mages who choose to have it if even after the thorough education they feel they would be happier without magic.
It should also be an option for any blood mages the templars manage to apprehend. They shouldn’t be executed on the spot but detained and given a fair trial, and if the evidence clearly points to them being guilty of practicing blood magic they should be given a choice: beheading or tranquility. If the templars and mages were to work together like this as partners, I do believe the world of Thedas would be a much better place for everyone to live.
A lot of people on my dash seem to feel disheartened by the lack of asks they receive.
While it is good to communicate how you feel every now and then and that it is completely understandable to feel dismayed at the lack of response from other people when you reblog an ask (it happens to me too!), it’s not very effective motivation to call people out on their ‘failure’ to send asks. A gentle nudge, a gentle reminder that we appreciate receiving asks is great. But.
Here’s the thing. No one is obligated to send you anything. In the end this is all for fun. No one likes being guilted, so let’s not play the blame game. Instead of going at length about that, here’s what I think:
I DO think it’s common courtesy to send someone an ask before reblogging (I certainly do it, and make an effort to choose questions that might be interesting/challenging) but it isn’t necessarily a requirement.
It’s a two way street. You may be doing things that put people off, and I’ll tell you what and how you may improve interest from other people.
1. Make your characters accessible.
Here is the number one thing that personally stops me from sending asks for more people, or responding to some asks. I don’t know anything about some of your characters. I know some off the top of my head, but for people I don’t know very well, sometimes I’d like to get better acquainted. Then I get to their blog. No links to profiles. No links to character tags. I don’t even know the character’s full name, so I can’t even look it up on lodestone. I have no face to put to a name. I don’t even know what race this character is.
People are curious. Let them be curious, but point them in the right direction! Put stuff about your character where people can easily see, on your sidebars/links. I have encountered interesting characters just by reading before sending an ask.
2. Don’t reblog 50 ask memes in a row.
As fun and as tempting this is to do, a stranger going to your blog and seeing nothing but reblogs is… off-putting. It’s hard to approach someone you don’t know so well. It’s much easier to send asks to a blog with a personality, which brings me to my next point.
3. Original content makes your characters attractive.
Maybe you like drawing your character. Maybe you’re good at taking screenshots. Maybe you’re good at edits. You don’t even have to be good at visuals per se. You can write drabbles. Or maybe you have a wicked sense of humor involving your character and you can make memetastic content. Go for it. People will be curious. People will get to know you and have a better idea how to approach you. Put your heart into it, show people who your characters are, what they like, little scenes of their lives. People like stories, so tell them a story.
Put you and your character out there, and people will recognize you. People won’t know anything about you or your character if you don’t take this step.
4. Don’t JUST send asks. Talk to people.
Sending asks is only ONE part of the give-take. Get to know the people around you. IC and OOC. Sometimes sending asks isn’t enough. If people have only seen a name a couple times, interacting with them to send one symbol and disappearing, never to speak to them again, it’s not a memorable thing. Talk to the people around you. Befriend them. Get to know THEIR characters. Show interest in theirs, outside the ask box, on a more personal level and with luck, they’ll show interest in yours. Have fun with other people, share silly things you do with them. It helps. It’s easy to want 328490 anon asks, but it’s also very satisfying to receive asks from friends who understand your character.
5. Reblog the 'correct’ kind of ask meme.
You’re free to reblog any ask meme, just understand that if the topic is not one other characters can relate to easily, people aren’t going to send you asks. If it requires intimate IC knowledge of a character, it’s difficult to send asks to you. If you want a wider audience, here’s a litmus test: reblog memes that you can easily send to a stranger without shame. You don’t really want to send one like [MY OC DIES IN YOUR OC’S ARMS] especially if that sort of a thing only elicits an IC reaction when your character personally knows them. Speaking of which, people usually love memes that have your characters gauge theirs. Sometimes you’d be surprised to know your character may feel antagonistic or attracted towards someone else’s. Or even ones that ask your character questions without putting their own character in it, to see yours have a fun reaction. It’s a two way street, and if it’s fun for them to read, chances are they’d love to come back and send you more.
6. You have 50 characters.
This isn’t a bad thing but this is related to points 1 & 3. It’s hard to get to know and remember so many characters. You might wanna put one in the spotlight if you really want to maximize interaction. I have difficulty getting attention for my alts but that’s because I personally hardly produce content for them. I love my alts, and I want people to know them, and I’m sure some of you do as well, but realistically, if you want equal attention on your characters? You need to put equal effort into posting about them.
7. Sometimes people won’t send you anything.
THIS IS THE REALITY OF LIFE. Sometimes you’re SUPER into a set of questions that people are coincidentally not. Maybe they’re busy. Maybe your reblogged it at a weird hour. Maybe they’re feeling shy. In any case, this happens. If it does, move on. Don’t dwell on it. You’ll only feel worse.
Sandy, can you name or post things that make you a Martin Freeman fan? It can be just a list of things you like/love, photos, gifs, quotes, anything! Spreading some Martin love ♥
What a great ask Romina! I’d love to 💖
I first fell in love with Martin Freeman from watching The Office. Tim is just so relatable, and likable and freaking adorable.
I’ll admit I haven’t seen all his movies, I’m generally not a huge movie watcher. I like dumb movies and actions movies etc. I’m more of a TV gal. I’m not a huge fan of Love Actually, but he was so adorable in it. And every time my mom watches it she has to let me know that she watch that movie “the one with the guy you like, Dr Who the porn star.”
He was also so good and so freaking adorable as Bilbo. As much as those movies didn’t need to be made into 3 parts, I’m glad they did…because more Martin!
Now, I started watching BBC Sherlock specifically because Martin Freeman was in it. And he has become my favorite John Watson. He’s just SO GOOD in it. And so hot in it. Sorry Ben girls, but Martin steals the show for me.
Have I mentioned how unbelievably good Martin was in Fargo?? Even his accent was pretty good, and I say that as a Minnesotan.
Oops and how’d this get here??
And although Start Up might not be the best show I’ve ever seen, have you seen the man in it?? Not only is his acting great, but he looks great!
And welcome to the Marvel universe Mr. Everett Ross! I’m excited to see Black Panther anyway, but Martin being in it is the extremely attractive icing on the cake.
Sadly I do not live in the UK. I’ve never seen him act live, as much as I’d love to. And none of his plays get a mass movie marketing. But I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from his stage work.
And I have to totally respect how he doesn’t try to play the Hollywood game. He’s himself, no ass kissing or being fake. And he seems so genuine and kind to his fans. I love his swearing and his realness. And he’s such a snazzy dresser! I’m just such a fan 😊
Also, he keeps getting hotter as he ages. Which is amazing. And he made it through S4 of Sherlock without losing his mind, which is also impressive.
It’s kind of fucked up that I can’t tell if y’all are being super
serious or not about your hatred of the green one, but either way I’m
going to lay out why shitting all over him is super stupid anyway. Readmore cos lots of caps-
sunny idk if its just me but like the screen cap with the Angry Disappointed team, like, shiro's body language seems a lot harsher? like pidge and lance are turned to the side, while hunk, coran and allura are facing him. however, i cant help but feel just... bad??? worried? about shiro's posture. he has his back to keith. i can't fully word why this stresses me out but, like, considering their relationship, him having his back to keith is worrying;; (i mean they hugged but that.. felt distant?)
OKAY BUT. AFTER WRITING THAT S+K LEADERSHIP STUFF IN THE LAST META I KIND OF HAD AN EXCITING REVELATION!!!! im literally in the process of yelling about it on discord right now. so i can already tell you this won’t be my most coherent analysis bc im genuinely so excited to think about this LMAO. you’re getting my Live Reaction to this angle of interpretation.
Their previous encounter is important to recall here, Keith definitely would have every reason to believe that Shiro is Angry and Disappointed at him, so that’s how Shiro looks. Just hear me out for a second because that probably sounds strange. I’m not saying Shiro isn’t those things, but. I think there’s a cool ‘but’ here. Let’s find out what that is!
so the mindscapeparallels are really cool in 4x01 and I honestly think this is deliberate mirroring. But. But there’s more! Look at where the eyes are placed in this shot you’re talking about and describing to me. Look at how you’ve just described how it made you feel, and look at the perspective here. Especially look at Shiro’s and Pidge’s eyeline:
Yeah. From this distance, it looks like Shiro is almost looking directly atus. A zoom-in proves that it’s not completely centre:
But god MY GOD. HECKANSDOH. it’s pretty damn close when you look from this distance:
We just…. it really can be felt. The way this is positioned, it hits us. Just like it hits Keith.
Now i’m stepping away and looking more from a perspective of audience rather than just Keith, I’m pretty sure we’re supposed to be in Keith’s place here. We’re meant to see this from where he is standing. I think that’s one of the reasons why it has made so many people feel so strongly (note: one. there’s a lot going on here).
If we are supposed to be there with Keith and seeing it with him, it could potentially explain why this particular shot looks this way. Everyone really does look so harsh. Granted, there is frustration and anger here. but it really does seem SO GOD DAMN INTENSE. bECAUSE TO KEITH IT DEFINITELY WOULD BE RIGHT NOW. FOR MANY REASONS.
Keith can be pretty good at judging character but he is not so good at determining how OTHER PEOPLE judge HIS character. He is great at being objective in terms of the mission and making a decision for the greater good, but he is not objective in terms of how he thinks and believes other people see him. How he sees things regarding his relationships w the team or how they see him is not the Objective Truth (and vice versa).
Also note, all of the shots of Keith in comparison are much closer to him. No close-ups of the team. It tends to pan sideways, Keith’s pans in towards him. And I don’t think it’s any coincidence that startsonce he starts delivering his speech to the team about Shiro finding the black lion:
LOOK AT THE PLACEMENT OF THIS SHOT. KEITH’S EYES.
You can see we’ve gotten closer to Keith as he’s talking. Also look at that parallel!!! Keith’s eyes look like they’re close to the centre of the screen too. Just like Shiro’s did before. Not quite on us but we still feel close.
PULLING AWAY FROM US. WE LITERALLY PULL AWAY FROM KEITH IN THE NEXT SHOT:
Noct leads the group to a ladder that will take them out of the sewers.
Prompto goes first because Ignis’s arms are getting tired he needs to find solid ground that’s safe to stand on.
Noct hitches a ride on his shoulder
Within moments of the group climbing out onto the street, Noctis is run over by a car
Cue panicking and lots of crying
Iris and Prompto are inconsolable
Gladio voicing his concerns about whether or not they’d be allowed to bury a cat’s body in a cemetery meant for people
Ignis: “That is entirely too pragmatic, even for my taste”
Gladio’s Tattoo: “SQUAWK”
Prompto is getting ready to wrap Noctis’s body in his shawl when his bones start knitting themselves back together and he comes back to life
Noctis: *Screaming at a car that’s probably on the other side of the city by now* “WHERE’D YOU GET YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE, DICKHEAD– A CEREAL BOX????”
Also Noctis: “Why is everyone crying”
ALSO NOCTIS: “Everyone’s so tense. Who died?”
The Sanderson brothers are getting acquainted with this strange new century
In their hunt for Gladio and the others, they stumble upon a man dressed in a devil costume…
Dino invites the trio into his house. (He wants to sell them jewelry– they seem like real suckers and could probably clean out his Halloween-themed inventory so he can still turn a profit.) He enjoys the attention he gets from Iedolas and Loqi– though he is a little weirded out when they call him “master.”
Ardyn isn’t fooled
He makes Dino very much regret wearing that costume
Fancy that blood is hard to see on dark clothing…
I’m sorry, Dino
The only good thing that comes out of this detour is that some kids steal the brothers’ brooms while they’re in the house
That’ll buy Noct and the others time to figure their shit out
Team Gladio decides that they need to get help– Iris has the bright idea of going to the mayor’s house, where Clarus is on security detail at a Halloween party
Gladio: “How the hell am I going to make Dad believe me”
Gladio’s Tattoo: “SQUAWK”
Also Gladio: “Prompto, I swear to God if we actually survive to see tomorrow, I am going to FUCKING KILL YOU”
Prompto: “That’s fair tbh”
They find Clarus at the party. He thinks Gladio’s story is funny at first, but when he doesn’t back down, he starts getting frustrated
Did anyone expect Clarus to believe that a trio of zombie witches are chasing his kids around town????
Clarus: “Kids, I’m working. Grab a candy apple and go home, okay?”
Gladio: “Dad this is fucking serious, okay????”
Clarus: “Gladio you watch your goddamned mouth”
Gladio’s Tattoo: “SQUAWK”
Clarus: “The hell was that?”
In come the Sanderson brothers
These aren’t the villains of a Disney movie. They’re genuinely terrifying
I can’t express with bullet points how tense the stand-off between Ardyn and Prompto is
Ardyn wearing an innocent smile with something red smeared on his cheek
Prompto clutching the spellbook to his chest
Surrounded by innocent people who think this is all a joke or some performance planned for the party
Why are these kids being so rude to the nice actors?
Ardyn has this silky, dangerous air to him. He is all composure and grace and he speaks in a soft, lilting voice
But those eyes
Ardyn doesn’t cast a spell that forces everyone at the party to dance until they die. He casts a spell that forces everyone at the party to remain frozen in place until they die
Clarus and the other partygoers are completely aware of what’s going on but they can’t move an inch– that’s pretty terrifying
TIME TO FUCKING LEAVE
Prompto: “We’ll find a way to fix this, I promise!!!”
Prompto: *Mounting his broom* “Everyone get on”
How the hell do they make this work
Iris sits in Prompto’s lap with the spellbook
Ignis sits sideways behind them.. in Gladio’s lap
Gladio holds onto Prompto and those beefy tattooed arms become guardrails to keep Ignis from falling off
Noctis gets off easy. He just perches on Prompto’s shoulder again
Definitely something that I Need To Draw
IT IS SO HARD FOR PROMPTO TO STEER AND HE’S TOO SCARED TO GO VERY FAST OR VERY HIGH
But they’re all scared and desperate to get away sooooo there they go
u think people look at taron following colin like a puppy and be like, "colin adopted another puppy"
Colin’s puppies so far:
- Jeremy Irvine
- Nicholas Hoult (or the one who got away with addressing Colin with a nickname, which is Jellybean and saw him naked)
- The Most Loyal, the one who looks at him like Colin hung the moon and the stars and is the one to have the sun rise in the morning, the one who’s been trying for years to give Colin a nickname and complains when he doesn’t text him back, Ladies & Gentlemen:
Not because Asgard is no longer there; he truly cannot fathom a universe in which Asgard isn’t there, in its perpetual splendor – the realm eternal. But because the era in which he could have called it home is gone. Knowledge has stripped him of it. Home is now a state of ignorance, forever lost to him.
Or so he thinks, until he discovers an alternative.
For a long time, he vacillates. It is a vulnerability is he not in a hurry to subject himself to. But the weight of the knowledge of his own monstrosity is a heavy thing, and day by day he can feel himself cracking a little more. And much as he might perform at it, part of him fears the oblivion of madness. Surely it would be better to excise a part of his mind with precision, like a surgeon cutting away gangrene, than to let all his faculties fester?
He hates the lies, but he longs for them too. Longs not to know better, as bitter as he may be about being played the fool for all his life. And even as he’s tried to escape from the knowledge into the void, or into hel, it has always followed him back into the realms of the living. Death is no escape. But forgetting–
(He can never go home. But he can forget the reason why.)
The potion, it turns out, is a reasonably simple thing. It tastes foul, but it’s nowhere near as hard to swallow as the truth.
When he wakes, he does not know where he is.
He does not know how he got there, or why his clothes are strange, or his hair too long.
He does not know that creatures from the void between realms are hunting him.
(But the latter, he finds out soon enough.)
When they catch up to him, he stands and fights just long enough to realize he is outmatched; then, because he’s always been the sensible one, he flees.
He feels for the soft places in the weft as he runs; the fragile places where he can slip between worlds and evade his captors. But the terrain is unfamiliar and he is being chased by strange, chittering creatures who are heavily armed.
He finds a tear and goes to dive through it a second too late, and feels one of their weapons catch him right before he tumbles through–
– and falls –
- and lands.
He does not know this realm.
It is loud. The buildings are tall and gleaming, but made of steel and glass and brick instead of gold, and there is a patina of filth over everything. The air reeks with the stench of refuse and burning fuel. And it is almost enough to overwhelm the smell of burnt flesh and blood.
He staggers past mortal beings in odd garb, stuffing a hand into his tunic to staunch the flow. He needs help; he needs shelter; he needs to hide.
Somewhere, alarms shriek through the air. He isn’t sure if he was followed; he’s losing blood too quickly to think straight, and there’s no healing stones on his person. He isn’t sure whether or not he can trust this world’s medicine, though he may not have a choice.
Ducking into an alleyway, he lets himself sag against the side of a building in an attempt to catch his breath. His chest aches, and he can’t seem to draw a full breath – every exhale comes out wet and tinged with the taste of copper. A moment, and he’ll keep moving. A moment–
He wakes, and a man is standing over him. For a brief moment, he mistakes the golden hair and broad shoulders for Thor – but no, the hair is short, and the man is not so brawny as his brother. Though the stormy expression would give Thor’s thunderous moods a run for their coin.
“What are you doing here?” the man demands, coldly. It is hardly a pleasant welcome.
“My name is Loki, of Asgard,” he tells him, waiting for a flash of recognition; all he gets is a deepening frown. “I require… aid,” he pants. “Asgard will reward you well for your help. I–”
He breaks off with a cough, and something hot and bitter fills his mouth. Darkness swims in his vision. “Please,” he gasps, wetly.
The man’s expression grows troubled, and a muscle in his jaw bunches and loosens. “What happened to you?” he asks, a little gentler.
Loki laughs, as he has for days now of running wondered the same thing:
“I forget,” he wheezes honestly, before slipping back into the rising dark.
Not to keep the Discourse ™ going, but I feel like a lot of people have kinda missed my point. The Bad Thing isn’t that people were doing thing to intentionally annoy me (even tho that is a bad thing and u shouldnt do that to people), its that when an issue within the community is addressed it’s ignored, or worse turned into the very thing that’s being called out. Only one person really seemed to noticed this at all, but y'all are kinda caught in an echo chamber. There’s a reason that I only follow like 6 rpgideas blogs and that’s because a lot of the things that have become ~staples~ of the community are things that are VERY annoying, and this is something that I’ve been saying since I made this blog. I think that I’ve only ever once added something to one of those threads, and that was back when there were maybe ~20 blogs in the community and the whole thread only got like 20 notes.
And that’s another thing to mention: theres a Lot of us now. I’m pretty sure it’s over 200 at this point, and some of the things that I’ve talked out about for months are things that people just assume is “what the rpgideas blogs do”. And that’s just not true! and a lot of the new blogs dont know that
Listen, my point isn’t that I’m trying to tell everyone in the community how to run their blog, because I made a choice a long time ago that I *didnt* want to run my blog like the others in the community and I think that was the best choice I could’ve made re:probablybardrpgideas. The fact is that this blog wouldve been deleted back in June if I felt like I had to run it like every other blog, and I also know that I’ve gotten flack for that. I’m here to tell you
You don’t have to run your blog like an “rpgideas blog”, and you actually probably shouldnt
unless you really want to, I guess. But all the success I’ve had is because I don’t do it that way.
And also? Treat criticism with the respect that it deserves. I noticed that some people were upset that someone said that I was the only good rpgideas blog and were very offended by it, but maybe instead of seeing it as an insult it should be seen as a call to action.