Schemer

Love Beyond the Obscure

It is perilous out there
Schemers everywhere
Demons lurking
Paving the way for fear

So I am treading lightly
Surveying the field
Perpetuity at arms length
I can see things clear

Peering through the walls
The walls of my rear
Past experiences eat at me
Destruction is near

As the rain falls in drops
Hearts ache, monsters jeer
I am perpetually alone
Boisterous thoughts, all I hear

And there you fucking appear
As if from thin air
Fairness is far from truth
Your presence I cannot bear

It is eternally good and pure
A familiar soul, lost although
A story untold, for sure
I begin to watch mythology unfold

Your light and your dark
Are apparent to me, I reveal
But unto you, my beholder
A God forsaken will to heel

As your spirit grows closer
I realize the depths we will reach
Tearing down walls which
Were always meant to break, weep

So I enquirer of you
Can you stomach this allure
What seems as tragedy amidst
Is love beyond the obscure.

-Quinton Horne

where are the women?
in these old stories of blood and war
women know of these things better than men

Where is Helen?
glorious and golden, Aphrodite in human form
Why does she not get to tell her story of finding and regretting love? 


Where is Penelope?
silent and suffering
why does she not get to rage for the injustice


Where is Rebekah?
the schemer, the dreamer, the believer
why does she not get to be blessed?


It’s a question I’ve been asked since I was eight
Where are the women?


Where are they now?


They are marching, they are fighting, they are screaming
Look around you,


we are storytellers
we are freedom fighters
we are the ones chosen

—  Hear Us Roar by Abby S
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anonymous asked:

Headcanon that sometimes when Shiro walks into a room, Pidge and Lance will just make eye contact and simultaneously jump and shout "It's JOHN CENA" and play the theme music.

ok but consider….what if they did that when shiro was being introduced to new people…..

alien: omg!! that brave paladin of the black lion just saved us!!

other alien: who is he??

pidge: hIS NAME IS

lance: JOHN CENA

both: [trumpet noises]

extra-plus-ordinary  asked:

Hello 👋! I just wanted to get your recommendation for books that you may know that have a character like Kaz Brekker...tbh I think he's terrifying but his character is very original; I've never seen someone I've never wanted to meet more in my life lol. Anyway, if you know any YA books that have characters similar to him I'd love to read them!

The first character that comes to mind is Lymond from Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles but those books are DENSE reads (brilliant but like a damn thicket). I absolutely adore The Curse Workers Trilogy by Holly Black (magical mafia). The Female of the Species by Mindy McGuinness isn’t fantasy but has a quality female antihero (rape and abuse tw). The Lies of Locke Lamora is a fantasy heist book (series is Gentleman Bastards) and is plenty violent, but Locke is a very cheerful thief, so not really cast in the same mold as Kaz? It is also definitely not YA. Ohhh and The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner. Gen is absolutely nothing like Kaz, but what a brilliant schemer. I just adore him. 

Guys, help me out. Ruthless antihero sourpusses in Young Adult? 

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The Big Baaa-d Sheep

When I first saw Zootopia, I enjoyed it tremendously, and even though I figured it would have another surprise villain, since that has been the trend lately with Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, and Big Hero 6, I was not at all surprised to find out that it was Bellwether. It was a great twist, but I was not surprised because I noticed or realized some subtle clues that made me suspect her.

Bellwether is a perfect, and literal, representation of the popular phrase “a wolf in sheep’s clothing.” On the surface, she appears to be a sweet, meek, finicky, albeit overworked, sheep doing all she can to help the city. But beneath her exterior is a ruthless, prejudiced, and embittered mind. Years of discrimination and lack of consideration from her predator coworkers, especially from her boss, Mayor Leodore Lionheart, caused her to develop a vengeful, scheming, diabolical personality that was devoted against all predators, hidden behind her seemingly meek disposition.

Like a lot of mysteries with hidden culprits and the last few surprise Disney villains (e.g.; Hans, Callaghan), I figured that the villain of Zootopia had to be the one you least expected, someone who hid his or her true colors of prejudice and hatred by acting just the opposite as a cover. Keeping this in mind, I just thought that Bellwether seemed too nice, too sweet, and too helpful at times. In short, she just seemed way too good and way too perfect. This demeanor, along with her tiny stature and generally harmless appearance, made it extremely easy for no one to suspect that she was the mastermind of the savage predators conspiracy. For a lot of villains or culprits, this is the best kind of cover for them to use in order to divert attention away from themselves. If they acted rude or grumpy, that would make them an easy target for suspicion since they wouldn’t be acting too different from their real selves. There are a lot of small-minded or closed-minded people in the world who still believe that appearances and behavior make someone just who they seem to be while others aren’t if they don’t fit these descriptions. And due to the prejudice and closed-mindedness of many citizens of Zootopia, this further provided Bellwether with an advantage of getting away with her plans.

The strongest point I can make about Bellwether being the hidden villain was that the oppression and abuse she endured from Lionheart gave her a motive. Lionheart treated her like a stooge rather than an actual assistant, showing almost no appreciation for what she did and appearing to not want her around for important moments. These moments include when he rudely pushes her away from Judy and blocks her when he and Judy are being photographed, and when he piles book after book in her arms about important matters, coldly telling her to “just take care of it.” Lionheart then adds, “Please” at the end of his demanding request, but then he orders her around again by telling her to clear his afternoon.

While not bigoted like Bellwether, these moments portray Lionheart as a glory hound who dislikes incompetence, gets very annoyed and impatient when Bellwether fumbles, makes mistakes, or forgets things, cares greatly about his reputation as the mayor, and dumps the majority of the work on her while he takes all the credit. For the latter part, Lionheart probably gives her job after job to do, many of which she doesn’t finish in time because he immediately gives her something new to do, which increases his impatience with her. Along with these points, the fact that he gave Bellwether the small, crammed boiler room as her office and merely scribbled out “Dad” and wrote “Assistant Mayor” on the mug he gave her shows that he has almost no respect for her. Lionheart has also been known to call Bellwether by the derogatory name of “Smellwether” when he is annoyed or mad at her, including when she initially forgets to cancel his afternoon appointments.

All throughout the film, Bellwether still acted nice and sweet, even cool, like it was no big deal when Lionheart bossed her around and took credit for the things she would do. But all of this was just a facade to keep her true nature and scheme under wraps. She may have acted cool on the surface, but someone who acts like her while being abused and oppressed, inside them they truly hate the abuser and their mistreatments. Inside them is an infernal of rage, hatred, and sinister schemes. I think she already disliked predators before she was working for Lionheart, but his abuse towards only increased her hatred towards them, making her decide to try and get rid of them entirely. Furthermore, someone like Bellwether who cannot stand such treatment would plot to ruin and get rid of their predecessor. And we know that her harmless demeanor and appearance was a great cover up for her schemes. She was a master organizer who also made it so that the crimes were never directly connected to her.

Within Zootopia, there is a subtle, yet “easy to miss if you don’t look fast”, clue that foreshadows Bellwether’s villainy in the end. When she helps Judy and Nick look into the traffic camera system, on her desk is a sticky note with the name “Doug” and a phone number. As we see near the end of the film, this is the very same Doug, who is a ram, producing the night howler serum, and he is the one shooting the predators with this serum to make the animals turn savage.

Once we get to the point that shows Doug making the serum and talking to one of his accomplices, with him admitting that he shot Emmitt Otterton with the serum, I knew that he was immediately responsible for the savage outbreaks, and that Woolter and Jesse, two more rams, were also in on the scheme. Simultaneously, however, I believed that there was someone else who was the true mastermind of the whole conspiracy. More so, it had to be a prey animal since predators were the only animals going savage, suggesting that they were being attacked by preys due to prey and predators being natural enemies.

The final clue I noticed/thought about Bellwether being the villain was when she finds Judy and Nick at the museum. Prior to this, we saw that the train chase scene involved three rams: Doug, Jesse, and Woolter. So I figured that there were possibly only rams, or at least other sheep, involved in this plot, and that it had to have included Bellwether. Before then, I took every other clue I recognized about her into account. And of course, when she arrives at the museum, she is accompanied by two more rams. I knew that they weren’t the rams from the train chase since they couldn’t have gotten there in time, but they still could have alerted other rams and Bellwether about what was happening. That explains how Bellwether knew where Judy and Nick were and where they were going. And then when she tried to take the case of evidence from them, and a third ram showed up at the museum doors? That’s when I knew the ploy was broken and that Bellwether was behind everything.

Like many past Disney villains, Bellwether’s overconfidence and arrogance is ultimately her downfall when she believes that her scheme will still go without fail when she shoots Nick, hoping he will kill Judy so that she has no witnesses. Though she is angered by her failure when the two reveal that they were acting, Bellwether’s arrogance is finally brought down when she threatens to frame them, only to learn that Judy had recorded her entire confession. Finally, justice is met in the end when the ZPD arrive and arrest Bellwether and her accomplices for their crimes.

And so there you have it about former assistant mayor, then former mayor Dawn Bellwether, who is the big baaa-d sheep of the awesome film Zootopia!

reallyfatcutepug  asked:

Hello Cassandra :) My friend recommended me your books just about a month ago and believe me or not I've finished all of them already. I couldn't help myself, but keep reading. I've never believed I would love any fiction books as much as HP, but I do now. And I don't know what to do next 2 months... Now I'd like to ask about Julian, since he is my personal hero and I have no idea how can he handle everything in his life... Will we see some positive or happy moments for him in LoS too?

It’s interesting when I get questions like this, because there are very few characters I write whose lives are unendingly awful. While Julian is under a lot of stress and is experiencing heartbreak, he’s also a person with a lot of resilience. You don’t get to be where he’s at without being strong. Julian’s siblings aren’t just a heavy responsibility, they’re also a source of great joy for him. Julian’s relationship with Emma is in flux, but it’s also still important to him. Even now, there are moments of happiness shared between them. 

And don’t forget, Julian is a schemer. He actually really enjoys his scheming. Maybe a little too much. ; )

each zodiac sign’s secret weaknesses

Aries — Anger: The sign quickest to anger, Aries knows this weakness well. They feel it coming and you see it in their body language. Their posture straightens and they learn forward. They try to restrain it, but it’s so difficult for them. They wear their attempts at restraint in their facial expressions. You can see them grind their teeth and furrow their brow when they are trying to control it. It’s difficult because it’s sparked often.  As the cardinal, fire sign of the zodiac, their energy is always pushing forward and their fiery nature is easily sparked. So, anger is truly their weakness. Life always teaches them to try their best to control it because it leads to fights and bitter relationships. But it is a never-ending battle. There are Aries who always try their hardest to restrain it because they are embarrassed by it and prefer not to deal with the ugly consequences. There are also Aries who just let is flow. But even the Aries who try the least to restrain it, know it often gets them into trouble. Fortunately, Aries cycle through anger quickly and have a generally positive attitude… most of the time!

Taurus — Intolerance: Despite Taurus’ goal of using common sense to hold the highest values, they usually fall short on one value - tolerance. They are sure of what they think and they know what they want. If someone disagrees, that person is simply wrong. This scenario reaches the point of ridiculous when Taureans are intolerant of people who are simply obstacles to something they want. When it doesn’t even concern values or ideals, and it simply becomes Taurus’s inability to tolerate anyone disagreeing with their wants and goals, Taurus’s weakness is at its worst. They are blinded to it and they don’t see it until they find someone who pushes back on them hard enough to stop the Taurus and jolt them out their narrow thinking. This Taurus common-sense thinking can be very black and white. Moreover, Taureans can be downright tyrannical in convincing others they are right and others are wrong. Yet, enough resistance from other people or the world usually widens their view and makes them see that there are other ways to see things.

Gemini — Being Curt: ​Sharp words and insensitive comments are Gemini’s weakness. Geminis’ minds are too active for their own good. The constant flow of thoughts and ideas doesn’t give them much time for sensitivity to feelings and consideration for polite behavior. The speed of their thinking doesn’t allow them the time for anything except the most direct, pithy way of stating things so they can move on to their next thought. It isn’t that they intent to be curt. In their minds, they are just being efficient with their own time and with everyone else’s. They honestly find it hard to believe that anyone wants to spend more than time necessary on any particular point or topic for the sake of feelings or politeness. Yet, time after time, they find themselves hurting someone’s feelings because they were too quick and harsh with their words. They see it when it happens, and it frustrates them because they know it’s a weakness of theirs. They don’t mean to hurt anyone’s feelings, they just don’t operate in a way that allows them time to address feelings.

Cancer — Being Vengeful: This trait is normally attributed to Scorpio, but it is definitely Cancer’s secret weakness. When Cancer’s self-defense mechanisms fail and this zodiac sign gets hurt or betrayed, they seek vengeance every time. Cancer is the most emotional sign in the zodiac and they need a way to deal with their feelings and make themselves feel better. Vengeance does this for them. The difference between Scorpio’s vengeance and Cancer’s is in the style, intensity and longevity of the effort. Scorpio is more patient in planning it, less outwardly emotional about it and they will stick to it for the rest of their life if necessary. Cancer’s vengeance is quicker and sloppier. Scorpio has more emotional self-control than Cancer. Scorpio can suppress the emotions so that they don’t interfere with their planning. Cancer has some trouble controlling their emotions so they need to get the revenge quickly so they regain emotional peace.

Leo — Arrogance: Leos easily fall into the trap of believing no one can do things as well as they can do them. Despite Virgo’s reputation for being the perfectionist of the zodiac, Leo is often the one trying to do everything perfectly. That’s great when it comes to their career, but they go too far when they won’t let anyone help them because they think anyone else will ruin it. Leo’s fixed, fiery nature becomes fixated on bringing their ideas into creation and having them come out perfectly, just like they imagine them. They can’t believe anyone else could care as much, or focus as completely on the task at hand as they can. It’s arrogant of them because they truly believe they are more capable than anyone else. Their focus makes them lose of sight of the talents and abilities other people could actually contribute to their projects. Their arrogance goes beyond work ability. It’s an overall tendency of theirs. Leos work hard at creating a great presentation. Their image is important to them, and they take great pride in themselves. It’s their inability to recognize the talents and contributions of others that causes their arrogance. Leos are so busy trying to shine brightly, they blind themselves to the rest of the people in the world who also shine brightly. Fortunately, their need to be honest and authentic usually brings them back to down earth. When their arrogance is brought their attention, they recognize it and do their best to snap out of it. 

Virgo — Being a Schemer: Even your closest Virgo friend doesn’t want to admit how they scheme. They will readily admit to careful planning and thinking through details, but scheming, no way! Scheming implies crafty, evil intentions. Virgos don’t have evil intentions. It’s simply smart to think about the ramifications of every possible course of action before choosing one. It’s smart to consider what will ultimately result in the best outcome for yourself. After all, they are our decisions and we all need to look out for ourselves. These are valid points, but it’s a slippery slope. Virgo’s ability to think through choices and outcomes is so well developed that they end up orchestrating, not only their own life, but the lives of those around them without even realizing it themselves. They are just so good at seeing the details and knowing how things will play out in the end, that they essentially become puppet masters. Like Oz behind the curtain, they keep their thoughts and plans to themselves. But the little comments, advice and warnings they can’t help dishing out to everyone, end up directing the course of events more than they realize. No, it’s not evil. But just like Oz, they’ll have you wondering until the very end.

Libra — Dishonesty: In their never-ending mission to make the world a beautiful, peaceful and just place, Libras too often take the path of least resistance and ending up lying. So often, it just makes things more peaceful and keeps things happy. There are two reasons for this. First, Libra’s tend to live in a world of their own creation where everything is nice and pretty. When something ugly comes around, they prefer to ignore it. Second, they don’t like to address things in a direct, head-on fashion. Rather, they prefer to keep things nice and find a way to address things that avoids ruffling anyone’s feelings or starts any ruckus. So, lying often becomes their course of action. It’s not because they have any evil intentions. In fact, their intention is to just to keep everything nice and peaceful. Of course, they don’t always choose to lie. Sometimes they realize that lying to kick something down the road and bit is only delaying the inevitable. So, there are times when they do choose to hit their problems or their enemies directly. When this happens, all hell breaks loose. They are perfectly capable warriors when they choose to be. So, excuse their tendency to take the easy way and keep the peace with a lie now and then. They are sparing you for your own good!

Scorpio — Being Petty: Letting the little things go is not an option for Scorpios. Losing sight of the little things is how empires collapse. Everything matters and everything is important. Most often, this mentality is fine for Scorpios. However, it can drive everyone around them crazy, and ultimately, it’s a trap Scorpios fall into without realizing it. They are careful people and much of their success in life is due to the care they take in their decisions. Yet, even they sometimes see themselves from the outside looking in, and they catch a glimpse of the pettiness in their lives. It can take them years to move past an issue, which, to everyone around them, seems trivial, unimportant or just dealt with already. Yet until the Scorpio moves past it on their own, they dwell on it. They spend a great deal of time and energy thinking about it because it festers deep within them. If it’s an issues with another person, it can literally drive the other person away because no matter how hard the other person tries to help the Scorpio move past it, they just can’t. Scorpios don’t realize how this seems to other people. It’s definitely a weakness of theirs, and at times, they do realize how it drags them down. Eventually, they always move forward again, but it’s always a struggle.

Sagittarius — Being a Prima Donna: The Sagittarius whose time is more valuable than anyone else’s is a common find. Sagittarians have no desire to sacrifice for success. They don’t believe in suffering in the short-term for long-term gain. That’s Capricorn’s forte. For Sagittarians, it’s all about feeling good as often as possible and setting up a life for themselves that makes things as easy and fun as possible. It’s a perfectly logical outlook. Life should be enjoyed, and it’s not that Sagittarians refuse to work or put in the necessary time and energy to build successful lives. Rather, it’s that they have no tolerance for doing any work or experiencing any more suffering than is absolutely necessary. It’s a fine line that Sagittarians are willing to walk, and again, it’s theoretically logical. In practice, however, Sagittarians often fall into the trap of becoming prima donnas. When they focus on this mentality so intensely that they constantly qualify the true value of anything they do as to whether it’s worthy of their time or not, it can seem like they believe they’re just better than everyone else. It seems like they think their time is more valuable than anyone else’s. In reality, they don’t think this. In fact, they believe it’s every man for himself. It’s each individual’s own responsibility to look out for the value of their time. So, they really don’t think everyone else’s time is less valuable than theirs, but it sure can seem that way!

Capricorn — Fearfulness: Capricorn is quite possibly the most realistic sign. As the universal, earth sign of the zodiac, it has the clearest view of the harsh realities of life. Capricorn doesn’t sugar-coat the world in its own mind and it doesn’t try to do it for the sake of others. It’s this point of view that also gives Capricorn its secret weakness of fearfulness. Knowing and often even dwelling on the negative, harsh realities of life, makes it clear that the world is a dangerous place. There is a lot to fear. Capricorns are prone to panic attacks, phobias, obsessive-compulsive behavior, generalized anxiety and depression because they focus on the harsh realities of the world. There are germs everywhere and many of them can kill you. When an airplane crashes, you are likely to die. Yes, something terrible can happen at any minute, but most people don’t dwell on this fact. Capricorns have a tendency to fall into this trap. It’s a weakness of theirs and they suffer with it. It’s difficult for them to move past it because it can be embarrassing and people really don’t want to get dragged down in it because it’s not fun to talk about. Fortunately, it’s that same realistic view that also makes Capricorn fully aware of their fears and give them the understanding that they must be dealt with so they have successful lives.

Aquarius — Being Judgemental: Above all else, Aquarians want to be impartial and level in all of their dealings with people or issues. For the most part, Aquarians are able to do this without much effort at all. As the universal, air sign of the zodiac, they know this is the correct way to behave and think. Yet, they are still human, and although they almost always behave in a level and impartial way, they still have judgmental thoughts. They repress them and try to disregard them before they reach their tongues, but being judgmental is their weakness. It happens no matter how hard they try to avoid it. What’s more, because they aren’t comfortable expressing their judgments, they come off as insensitive and superior when they do. It’s the last thing they want. Yet, trying to uphold the highest moral standards for your own thoughts and behavior and trying to help with rest of the world do the same thing is tough work. Aquarians do their best, but with this world view, they can’t help but see the selfishness and weakness in others and judge it as wrong. This all makes sense, and looking at it this way makes it seem like being judgmental isn’t a secret weakness at all. Afterall, we all do it, but for an Aquarian, being judgmental goes against their own morals and standards. In their quest to be impartial, the last thing they be seen as is judgmental.

Pisces — Being Delusional: Pisces actually prefer to live a fog. When things aren’t completely clear, there’s always room for change, room for error and time to just relax and contemplate. There’s a certain rhyme and reason to this mentality. When we try to make things cut and dry, we limit are choices and our ability to make corrections and changes, which in the end, are beneficial. Yet, this is Pisces weakness because too often, they let it go too far until they become delusional. The delusions can be about how they are treated or how they treat others. Or worst yet, they can be about how they treat themselves. A Pisces can have a delusion about their marriage being healthy, when in reality, they know their spouse is cheating on them or just plain using them. They can have delusions about treating their loved ones fairly, when in reality, they are taking advantage of them. If the delusion is about how they are treating themselves, it can be about not acknowledging how overeating or over-indulging in alcohol is killing them. Or it could be about how they are just allowing themselves to wallow away in self-pity. Whatever forms the delusions take, they are all caused by Pisces unwillingness to face reality. Pisces prefer to float in a pleasant existence that avoids encounters with the harsh ugliness of life. So, they create delusions where everything is pleasant. Often it’s harmless and it simply makes Pisces easy to live with. Other times, it can slowly eat away at relationships or lead to self-destruction. Fortunately, Pisces people usually know when they’ve reach the limit and they need to snap out it before someone gets hurt. They have the ability to see things clearly when they choose to do it.

Positive Expression VS Negative Express of Venus in a House ♀

Venus is the planet of love and luxury. Within this comes with concerns of inner-circle relationships such as love affairs and friendships, as well as relationships you have within the business world. Venus desires harmony with what we attach ourselves to. However, with every planet comes positive expression of it and a negative expression of it.


Venus in the 1st house: POSITIVE: Magnetic personality, charming, diplomatic and genuine. NEGATIVE: Passive-aggressive, shallow, plays dumb and two-faced.

Venus in the 2nd house: POSITIVE: Good taste, an aesthete, strong sense of values and lucky. NEGATIVE: Hedonistic, a spendthrift, materialistic and critical.

Venus in the 3rd house: POSITIVE: Charismatic, creative, peacekeeper and a good mediator. NEGATIVE: Schmoozer, schemer, dishonest and uncommitted. 

Venus in the 4th house: POSITIVE: Sentimental, nurturing, artistic and an entertainer. NEGATIVE: Clingy, dependent, overprotective and demanding. 

Venus in the 5th house: POSITIVE: Sensual, lively, affectionate and loyal. NEGATIVE: Overindulges, party-animal, dramatic and childish. 

Venus in the 6th house: POSITIVE: Practical, understanding, conscious and detail-oriented. NEGATIVE: Unromantic, critical, smothering and squeamish. 

Venus the 7th house: POSITIVE: Endearing, sociable, loving and considerate   NEGATIVE: Pushover, clingy, taxing and fake. 

Venus in the 8th house: POSITIVE: Seductive, passionate, devoted and intriguing. NEGATIVE: Intense, easily-bored, envious and lacks self-control. 

Venus in the 9th house: POSITIVE: Helpful, adventurous, understanding and intuitive. NEGATIVE: Easily dissatisfied, uncommitted, distant and erratic.

Venus in the 10th house: POSITIVE: Admirable, optimistic, well-spoken and organized. NEGATIVE: Aloof, superficial, lazy and ingenue. 

Venus in the 11th house: POSITIVE: Friendly, thoughtful, unique and gregarious. NEGATIVE: Pleasure-seeker, too idealistic, over-indulger and strange.

Venus in the 12th house: POSITIVE: Nonjudgemental, compassionate, sacrificial and helpful. NEGATIVE: Distrusting, secretive, loner and self-conscious. 

Plotting devious deeds in French

Alright young deviants, schemers and connivers, this is for you:

élaborer un plan - to hatch a plan

être de connivence avec qqn - to be conniving with s.o

être de mèche avec qqn - to collude with sb

un complot - a scheme/conspiracy

comploter - to plot

conspirer/comploter/se liguer contre - to conspire against

conspirer pour faire qch - to conspire to do sth

grenouiller - to plot/scheme (politics)

intriguer - to connive/plot

machiner - to cook sth up

manigancer - to scheme/to plot

monter une machination - to machinate

pactiser avec l’ennemi - to collude with the enemy

Knights and Rogues – How to design a knight using a Rogue oriented build

Originally posted by monthofloveart

So you want to play a Knight, but you don’t feel like being super Lawful Good or sacrificing reason over honour? Maybe you like the way you play an assassin/ninja over a clunking plate armoured god of war?

Well, not to worry – far from being purely locked into a fighter/paladin figure, a knight can be a bit free in the way they are played, and contrary to more popular culture of being utterly locked into a rigid code of conduct, knights can be fairly free in the way you play them. Here’s a few ideas on knights and rogues, and how you can do them.

Originally posted by zechs

What Makes a Knight?

We can call a lot of things as making a knight; a code of chivalry, a plate armoured warrior following a cause, following a liege lord, heavy cavalry, some noble figure, etc. But to make it more simple, it’s worth remembering that a Knight is a social class, not a profession. A warrior knight is actually what is termed “man-at-arms”, and this term is used by Knights themselves to refer to both Knights as a class, and the commoners that have training and equipment like a knight (basically being knights in all but social standing). Geoffroi de Charny saw no distinction between Knights as a class and men-at-arms, referring to them in the same fashion, and holding them to the same standard of chivalric ideal as he held himself to, and his book on Chivalry constantly refers to ‘knights’ purely as “men-at-arms”. So, in this regard, we have two forms of ‘knight’, the actual social class of noble that is inclined toward warfare, and the men-at-arms that lack social status but are otherwise equipped and trained. And here we have some space to play:

-        Knight as a social Class are nobles, and the Elite of society, particularly in warfare. If you are playing a rogue or stealth based Knight that fits this base, there is space for the ‘gentleman thief’ archetype, the noble-assassin whom uses his status to procure contracts and execute his marks by duel of by waylaying, the special forces stealth type that might be more stealth oriented through means of combat, than outright facing their foes in open battle. Equally, they may well challenge their opponents to fixed duels to maintain honour and appearances while clearly ensuring they cannot lose.

-        Another part of being a rogue can be the use of subtly and guile. A Knight as a noble does not by any means have to be an armour-clad warrior, but can be a courtly figure with good connections, that uses their status to maintain both royal and baronial ties in court, and equally employing underworld bandits, assassins, and spies. The game of politics runs deep in any court, and a knight that favours words over blades may well be a master tactician, as well as a cunning schemer.

-        A well-trained special forces tends to have elite soldiers that are, simply put, skilled at whatever they are needed for. If a Monarch commands their finest knights to learn the arts of secret killing, espionage, spying, theft, or stealth, then it is the place of the knights to learn. Perhaps the knight already possessed these skills, as part of their House’s creed; a line of warrior nobility dedicated to conflict through less open tactics. While many knights take the arts of war to perfection, some knights may choose the methods by which wars are halted before they begin…or by paralyzing the methods by which to wage war, once it begins.

Background-wise, there is a lot to play with here. Knights by class and skills can easily work as bandits and assassins in all manner of ways, from the armoured horseman that runs down a mark, to the courtly type that fixes a duel between peers, to the more secretive shadow-knight that retains skills subversive to a common man-at-arms (possibly under orders from their liege), there is freedom in how one manages things here.

Originally posted by kelgrid

Build Ideas

Do we play a straight Knight (armoured warrior) that works as an assassin or bandit?
A more courtier-type Knight that uses diplomacy and bluff, sleight of hand and outright lies, in conjunction with their Noble status to make them more trustworthy, or more intimidating, more legally entitled, etc?
Do we play a Rogue, with more emphasis upon skills in combat, to become a flurry of weapons and agility to overcome towering men of steel, an unorthodox but highly talented warrior that stands with their more stalwart friends, while acting more as a skirmisher?
Perhaps a Rogue that is socially a Knight, yet has for some reason has learned arts far different from their fellows. They may wear armour on parade, joust in a tourney, but all other knights know and quietly whisper that the lady of that particular House is far better at unlocking doors in dark places where treacherous nobles gather, who seems to have the ear of the Monarch and knows the darkest secrets of their peers, as if they had spied upon them all this time…
Even more strange, perhaps a Rogue that has employed their talents while adopting a looser form of the code of Chivalry – defending others even through misdirection, never actually LYING, demonstrating enormous courage and loyalty to their fellows, and maintaining humility despite their talents and guile?

Ultimately, the choice as to how the Knight-Rogue is played is down to the player…however…


Originally posted by degrassi

ALIGNMENT

A knight is bound by a code, Chivalry being the most common. Even a bandit or assassin knight must have some rule by which they are bound. A rogue that is a Knight might well break into a house to steal an item or information from another Noble, but they will generally be doing so for some greater purpose than simply for their own vanity and greed. Perhaps the Monarch ordered them to discreetly conduct a search? Perhaps the bandit knight will not kill innocents? Maybe the assassin will not slay any but their mark? Maybe the Courtier will not act directly outside the rules of law or Chivalry?

Regardless of how the Knight-Rogue operates, they will never be outright Chaotic, and more normally will be Lawful, following a personal code of ethics, or adhering closely to the Law or rule of their liege. A code of conduct is a major marker between a knight and a common thug in armour, and even a base-born ‘knight’ will keep closely to it, perhaps even more zealously than a noble.

Adherence to Chivalry will likely be key here. You should agree with your DM what your Rogue-Knight can and cannot do within their code of conduct, before building one in their game.

Originally posted by i-am-roadrunner

Final Notes

As @we-are-rogue herself has mentioned before, knights and rogues have a lot in common, more often than not, and I agree. I also feel it worth mentioning that, both in Europe and Japan, knights and samurai would often fill the roles of spies and assassins (most ninja retained by the Shogun were of Samurai class, and in Europe many knights would be hitmen for hire), making it not uncommon for figures of war to become killers for pay, information gatherers, and perhaps because of their educated background would often end up being ‘skill-monkeys’ of their time.

Do not be fooled. Honour among thieves and assassins may very well exist.
And they that know are in a far better position than those that do not.

Originally posted by samurai-spirit