Schemer

I thought I’d take a moment to talk about one of my favorite minor rogues in the Batman canon.  It’s not Clock King, it’s not Condiment King, it’s not even Killer Moth…

This is A.S. Scarlet, AKA The Bookworm, a character that was introduced in the 1966 Adam West TV series.  The creators came up with the idea for him in honor of National Reading week, so no points for guessing what his shtick is.  But it’s the details that makes me really love him.

First of all, the costume and gadgets.  I love this costume so much—it hits the sweet spot between goofy and kind of awesome.  The brown pleather jacket is meant to echo “rare old book bindings” (because books are bound with leather…?) and while it looks more than a bit uncomfortable (it seriously creaks whenever he moves!), the tailoring on it is great.  Plus it manages to look rather dapper.

The reading lamp on the fedora is pretty neat, but what I really love are the glasses.  When he turns a knob on the side of the left frame, it opens a radio frequency that allows him to communicate with his henchmen. A few years later, the Green Hornet TV show would come up with a similar device, but I love the fact that a one-off Batman villain came up with it first.

Second of all, the henchmen themselves.  Typically the henchmen on the ‘66 show, even moreso than in modern Batman media, were big dumb galoots who had to be led around by their nose to obvious answers by their bosses.  But these guys didn’t really fit that stereotype.  Yeah, they were crappy fighters and got their butts handed to them by Batman easily, but they were miles more intelligent than your average goons. They were articulate, kind of snobby, and always thinking on the same wavelength as their boss.  That, and they were efficient—every scheme they wanted to pull went off without a hitch. Plus they’ve got some awesome codenames (Pressman, Typesetter, and my favorite, Printer’s Devil).

And of course, there was the moll—Lydia Limpet (Francine York).  Most of the time the ‘66 molls were there just to be empty-headed eye-candy, but not this girl.  Not only does she have some genuinely adorable chemistry with Bookworm—

(I ship these two like freaking FedEx.)

–but she is also darn intelligent in her own right. When she’s taken into the Batcave and hypnotized to try to weasel out her boss’s ultimate plan, she immediately twigs to the fact that the Dynamic Duo know more than they should and feeds them false information.  She also tricks Robin into gassing himself into unconsciousness.  All while literally having her hands tied.  She also has quite a bit in common with Bookworm, sharing his love of literature.  And then at the end, while most molls try to weasel their way out by pleading with Batman and claiming they were just innocent girls who tangled with the wrong crowd, Lydia accepts her fate and allows herself to be arrested.  She’s completely unapologetic about the entire scheme, and I love that about her.

And third of all, the character of the Bookworm himself.  He’s played by one of the great character actors, Roddy McDowall—

(whom you might know better as this little scamp)

–who makes Bookworm into much more than a one-note baddie.  He’s intelligent, certainly, with high standards and an eidetic memory; and he’s also very theatrical and cheerfully practically in a Riddler sort of way.  But he’s also freaking scary.  Most of the time, he has a very genteel, calm demeanor with this constant smile of slight “you poor simple fools”-style amusement on his face.  But when things don’t go his way, or when someone even says a wrong thing, he completely flips his gourd.  In the beginning of his two-parter, Lydia asks him why, with his brain and enthusiasm, he hasn’t written his own book.  And he blows up at her, admitting that for all his brilliance he doesn’t actually have any originality, resorting to “stolen plots” from other books, and accuses her of insulting him further.  He then picks up the heaviest book in his lair and attempts to bash her brains in with it…all over an honest mistake.  

Of course, he’s back in perfect control within minutes, but for the rest of the episode you’re on edge every time he so much as snaps at anyone.  And it’s not the only time he flies off the handle like that, either—after Batman and Robin escape one of his deathtraps, he has another brief freakout before getting back to business.  He’s a fascinating character to watch and played by a fantastic actor to boot.

The two-part 1966 episode he’s in is a wild ride from start to finish, including a possible assassination attempt, the first window cameo ever, and some truly outrageous and convoluted deathtraps (appropriate for a rogue who “like any struggling novelist, overcomplicates the plot!”).  One of which involves a giant cookbook.  I am not making that up.  All the expected ‘60s weird is there, but it’s still a lot of fun.

Unfortunately, that was the only appearance he made in Batman media for a long time.  McDowall wanted to come back for another two-parter, but his busy schedule got in the way.  He didn’t show up again until a 1989 Huntress arc that gave him a new grim ‘n’ gritty backstory.

“A victim of child abuse, his mother would lock him in a closet while she worked on puzzles. (Alexander) Wyvern once started a fire in the closet in a desperate attempt to get his mother to release him – only to wind up badly burned and, after he got his mother’s attention, badly beaten. Psychologically damaged, the boy grew into a serial killer.  Though the violent character bore little resemblance to the literature-obsessed felon of the 1960s, this version did still leave Riddler-style clues for the police to hunt him down.  Bookworm ultimately met his demise when he set a deadly trap for the Huntress. Huntress dressed as his mother, frightening him into running away and tripping his own contraption, killing him.”

(From the Batman wiki)

It was lame, and we don’t talk about it anymore.

He made a few cameos in Deathstroke the Terminators and Teen Titans comics in the 90s, as well as a itty bitty nonspeaking appearance in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

But in 2013 he made a glorious debut to comics in 2013 in the Batman ’66 line, setting new deathtraps and dropping new literary hints. In one of his best appearances, he sets himself up as an adversary to Batgirl, which is just perfect.  Who better to oppose Barbara Gordon, a librarian, than a book-themed supervillain?

(Yes, that is a giant bug demon.  Long story.)

And in 2014 he reappeared in Gotham Academy, this time as the school’s English and theater professor, which is even more perfect.

He’s a good teacher, if strict and a bit overdramatic.  And let’s be honest, what isn’t cool about having an ex-supervillain as a professor?

Also, this scene. This scene is awesome.

Yes, that is Egghead as played by Vincent Price.  Gotham Academy is just the best.

TL;DR, the Bookworm is an awesome, oft-overlooked Batman baddie whom I highly recommend every fan check out.  You won’t regret it!

Here’s a link to an episode of the Batcave Podcast discussing his ’66 two-parter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2P3k0o_-Zvk

(All images courtesy of Google Stock.)

Lilith Archetypes

Lilith (Black Moon) Disclaimer: The full influence of Lilith isn’t always common. We always have challenges and trials to overcome in life. There is a dark side to life. You are the ruler of your life not astrology. 

Aries Lilith tends to be influenced and hurt by coworkers, employees, males in their life, and people in their life with anger issues.

Aries Lilith is associated with becoming the warriors, fighters, bullies, gamblers, unhealthy risk-takers, killers, and a person who is overcome by their rage and acts on it brutally.

Taurus Lilith can be hurt and influenced by females in their life, the media (especially art/aesthetics), muses, or finances. They can be hurt and influenced by someone with a lot of financial power over them or someone who is a stable person in their life.

Taurus Lilith can become the seducer, hoarder, penny-pincher, usurer, a glutton, or is dishonest with materialism, money, and pleasure.

Gemini Lilith can be influenced and hurt by extended family, friends, acquaintances, siblings, students, and teachers.

Gemini Lilith is associated with turning into a thief, gossiper, unfaithful, con artist, plagiarist, liar, whistleblower, instigator, and trickster.

Cancer Lilith can be hurt and influenced by immediate family, especially the mom or grandma. Can be hurt by mentor, coach, and community leader. 

Cancer Lilith can turn into the traitor, profanator, selfish manipulator, coward, gives into vices, has terrible habits & attachments.

Leo Lilith can be hurt and influenced by lovers, their own children, bullies, and people with power or fame.

Leo Lilith can turn into the gambler, party-addict, gives into wild impulses, the abuser, the user, a pimp, and a heart-breaker.

Virgo Lilith can be influenced and hurt by coworkers, bosses, those that will take advantage of them, caretakers, and even healers.

Virgo Lilith can turn into the hustler, a lackey, suck-up, dependent/parasite, negative caretaker, and dangerous in medicine.

Libra Lilith can be influenced and hurt by lovers, friends, allies, and people they have deals with.

Libra Lilith is associated with becoming a schemer, gossiper, initiator, unjust, emotional vampire, seducer, and general corruption.

Scorpio Lilith can be influenced and hurt by truly dangerous people. Can be a victim of abuse of all kinds. Death in family associated.

Scorpio Lilith is associated with becoming a lot of bad things. Criminal activity, abuse, and self-destruction are its main themes.

Sagittarius Lilith can be influenced and hurt by false ideological and religious leaders, selfish people, con artist, reckless loved ones.

Sagittarius Lilith is associated with becoming a gambler, dangerous risk-taker, obsessed with competition, false prophet, and imposture.

Capricorn Lilith can be influenced and hurt by males, authority figures, powerful people (especially in politics), and their father.

Capricorn Lilith is associated with turning into the tyrant, cold cynic, power abuser, self-harm, blackmailer, and neglectful.

Aquarius Lilith can be influenced and harmed by groups, peer pressure, friends, and current ideals or beliefs.

Aquarius Lilith is associated with being the anarchist, traitor, trickster, deranged rebel, outcast, and discourages dreams or identity.

Pisces Lilith can be hurt and influenced by family members, friends, and lovers. Essentially anyone truly close to them.

Pisces Lilith can turn into the addict, give into criminal behavior, the cruel manipulator, have a heavy victim mindset, and have a us vs. them mentality.

♡ OC ask meme ♡
  • --answer these however you like! some parts have multiple questions, you don't have to answer them all. you can answer for one OC or many, or askers can ask about a specific OC. approach them however you like. you can use these for character development exercises too. just have fun with it!--
  • #squad: who's friends with who? what are the squad dynamics like?
  • microscope: zoom in -- describe the little, insignificant details about an OC.
  • fragrance: what do your OCs smell like?
  • photo album: describe one of your OCs' favorite memories.
  • mixtape: 5 songs that describe your OC(s) or songs they themselves would like.
  • wardrobe: what's your OC(s) style like?
  • lightning: who's the most impulsive character? and who is their impulse control?
  • ufo: identity! what are some key identifying qualities or traits of your OC(s)? how to they identify in regards to gender/sexuality?
  • love note: who likes who? crushes? relationships? are they mutual or unrequited?
  • poison: vices/bad habits? what are they? how do they affect your OC?
  • compass: who's the moral compass? in general: what are your OCs' morality like? do they have high morals, or not? are their morals self imposed, or do they base their morals on religion/family/influence of others?
  • track & field: which (if any) of your OCs are athletic? what sports to they play? which of your OCs would go HARD in P.E.?
  • parachute: who does your OC(s) trust the most? who makes them feel safe? who would they do absolutely anything for?
  • conspiracy theory: what are your OC's beliefs? are they skeptics or do they believe easily? who acts on blind faith? who needs to see to believe?
  • zodiac: what's their sign? does it influence their personality? do they care about astrology?
  • spellbook: are any of your OC(s) supernatural? if so, what are they/what are their abilities?
  • contact: how does your OC(s) feel about touch/physical contact? are they affectionate? if so, how do they display affection to others?
  • interiors: describe your OC(s) bedroom/home/or a place they consider "theirs". what's in it? do certain items have a special significance to your OC?
  • hobby: what do they love? what captivates them? what are their passions?
  • psyche: what's their head space like? do they have any mental illnesses? how do they process difficult or emotional situations? what are their coping mechanisms?
  • chess board: who is the most logical? or the schemer/planner?
  • shooting star: if your OC(s) could have one wish what would it be?
  • wild card: talk about any OC! anything you want!

Honestly, one of my favorite things about Avatar: The Last Airbender that I don’t see get addressed a lot by the fandom is Iroh’s character arc.  It isn’t as obvious as Zuko’s, mostly because Iroh’s done a lot more living than his nephew and has had a lot more time to grow into the person he is now, but that’s just it.  He wasn’t always the wise old man we see him as by the time of the events of the show.  He was once basically a war criminal who laughed at the prospect of seeing a city burn. He might not have been a cruel man by nature (at least according to Word of God), but he was still fully willing to lay waste to Ba Sing Se.    It was only when Iroh lost his own son that he started to realize that what he was doing was horrible.  That all of the people he’d let die or maybe even actively killed in the Earth Kingdom were people.  That there were a lot of fathers going through the same thing he was, and he’d caused it to happen. And even with his retirement from the military and good works done with the White Lotus, he could never truly make up for it, and he knows that.  

Then along comes Zuko, who’s making all the same mistakes Iroh did all those years ago and who’s so much like the son he let die that it hurts.  I get the feeling that in a strange way, Iroh sees a lot more capacity for good in Zuko than in himself, if only because Zuko is still young and has time to un-learn all the bitterness and violence instilled in him by Ozai.  All of the wisdom he shares with Zuko about having to let go of his pride, about choosing his own path in life rather than adhering to one already chosen for him, and about not letting his judgement be impaired by the passion of the moment, are things he wishes he could told not just the all-too-eager boy soldier Lu Ten, but himself when he’d started out. And if someone as broken and despairing of ever finding his way as Zuko can find peace and some measure of redemption, maybe Iroh can, too.

Suddenly his words to Korra—“Sometimes the best way to solve your own problems is to help someone else.”—make a new kind of sense.

8

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!

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

Now that the special move(ish) event “The Battle For Mewni” finally aired, It’s arguably disappointing that we didn’t get to spend more time with Toffee, especially considering that the whole thing has been the climax to that incredible build-up that started back in the Season 1 finale. 

Since his introduction, the lizard turned out to be a very shady, but interesting character, a villain whose plan and motivations were shrouded in mystery. I was honestly looking forward to finally find out what he was truly seeking. However, as the fittingly-named “Toffee” episode premiered, it almost looked like the reptile was simply going after his finger and that everything turned out to be just an overcomplicated revenge plot that it’s honestly baffling it managed to work (for the most part -he’s dead, after all) in the first place.

And, yeah, the show didn’t really do a great job at educating us viewers on its universe, its magical themes, etc. Granted, Season 3 has just started and we’re overall halfway through the entire show (assuming that it doesn’t get even more Seasons after the fourth one), so we may get more answers in the future. But when the show’s villains endgame starts being confusing rather than mysterious, you know something wrong. Or… did it?

No need to re-introduce the character as well all know him already but, yeah, Toffee is not exactly your average boastful, bombastic villain (which is already impressive, given that it’s a Disney XD show we’re talking about here). Do not expect him to burst into an evil laughter (at best, he just giggles menacingly). He’s a very shady, serious character in an otherwise wacky animated series -which SVTFOE was to almost annoying levels at the time.

This “silent” character trait is possibly what made his endgame rather confusing to most of us. “He did all of this for his finger!” except, that, he didn’t, like at all. Losing his finger was a merely a problem that he turned into an opportunity, via some magical mumbo-jumbo, but we’ll get to that.

In “Mewnipendence Day”, perhaps (still) one of the biggest game-changing episodes of the entire series so far, Toffee is seen reading a history book about Mewni, its royals and the magic wand(s). He’s just casually reading it during the first half of the episode and the show makes sure that we see what he’s doing, going as far as giving to the book itself a relatively detailed cover and content (not “Gravity Falls” level to details, but it’s enough to tell what the book is actually about -which is important).

As I said earlier, Toffee is not a villain who gloats about his evil plan and on how fools the heroes have been because they didn’t see it coming. Therefore, neither the writers or the character itself educated us viewers on what the hell he’s doing. Not directly or all at once at least.

Fast-forward to “Toffee”, we find out that the reptile has been “bathing” into what seems to be the source of all magic, corrupting it in the process. While, pacing-wise, all of this came too fast and too abruptly, saying that Toffee’s goal was his finger is rather misleading. Albeit in a sloppy, rushed way, the cartoon clearly did show us what Toffee was doing this whole time, confirming our theories while also removing all of our doubts:

Given the context and the flashback a couple of episodes earlier, and a bunch of other dialogues scattered through almost two entire seasons, it is now clear that the lizard’s endgame was the destruction of all magic, the only thing that still kept Mewmans in power and, accordingly, oppressed the monsters. Neither the reptile or the show directly told us, but they gave us subtle (and not-so-subtle) hints about it since the first Season. All the clues were there: the history book, the tapestry, Buff Frog’s line about Toffee knowing about Star and not liking her magic, and a bunch of other things. The series showed us Toffee’s plot and his Season-long effects on the show’s universe and characters, rather than having some kind of long exposition scene with some pacing issues here and there, but in the end, the whole thing turned out to be clear and perfectly understandable.

The finger wasn’t really his main goal, but instead his ticket back into the real world after his plan turned out to be a success (which is: corrupting the Mewman’s magic), something that could trigger his full regeneration via some kind of spell-thing he possibly read about in all those years of plotting. A bunch of well-deserved bonus points for being a rather spiteful final “middle finger” (hah!) to Moon, the one who blasted his finger off in the first place, who also ended up being the one who gave it back to him.

So, what’s the point of this post?
No one, really; just a summary of what I think Toffee’s plot was all about, which was in fact much simpler than it sounded. The only difference from almost every other (mostly animated) series is that the villain, in this case, didn’t monologue over and over about it so the audience could fully understand it in a single scene, but rather remained shady and silent about it, like a real schemer, which Toffee has been since his introduction, would have done, all while the cartoon showed us little hints here and there, so that us fans could connect the dots only when it was too late, just like the characters involved.

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? 

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

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. 

Random Politics For D&D

Use the following table to create a quick political profile for any medieval-style kingdom. 

Roll randomly only when required to come up with an idea on the spot—for example, when detailing a distant kingdom or a place the PCs merely pass through. 

If you expect politics to play a large part in your campaign, pick an item from the table, based on your story requirements and the environment your players prefer. 

Better yet, create your own unique variation. 

When rolling randomly, you can skew the result toward a stable, well-run kingdom by adding a negative modifier to the roll. 

To skew toward evil and misrule, add a positive modifier.

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