occono  asked:

Why was the French translator not allowed to contact Daniel Handler? In reference to post/154460304635/hello-sleuth-first-of-all-congrats-for-your Just curious. Also, amazing blog. I haven't been involved with the fandom in quite a long while now (I did read the first ATWQ book, I need to start again and read them all) and it's fun to see that there's still a fandom and that theories are still being made. I used to post on Egmont's Unfortunate Events site, but it's gone now, sadly.

Ahaha! Thank you for your encouragements. Brace yourself, @occono, because the story behind this is so snickety it hurts. For reference, here’s the article in question: (Link).

On March 2013, I interviewed Rose-Marie Vassallo (his official French translator) along with several of my colleagues from the “La Pente Glissante” French Snicket message board. I will translate a fragment of this interview (Link) for your convenience.

Rose-Marie Vassallo:
Believe it or not, Daniel Handler’s agent had led us to believe [back in the early 2000′s] that he was completely unreachable! “Incommunidado”.

Snicket Sleuth:
Oh, was that their infamous anti-marketing strategy?

Rose-Marie Vassallo:
Exactly. There was so much scaremongering at the time… They were afraid we were going to disrupt his work, afraid we were going to leak spoilers. But long after that [2008, when she finally met him in person], Daniel Handler told me: “What? No! How long has this been going on? This isn’t true, of course I’ll answer your questions…” And it would have helped me, too, because as time passed, each new installment in the series felt doing crosswords. I don’t know whether you’re familiar with crossword puzzles, but sometimes, your first choice fits neatly with your later deductions… But at other times, your thirteenth vertical can be completely wrong and your entire grid becomes unsolvable. And yet it seemed so right at the time! I was so afraid of encountering this sort of conundrum with “A Series of Unfortunate Events”. And at times, I very nearly escaped disaster on certain plotpoints. I’ll admit: I’ve made mistakes!

So Daniel Handler’s marketing ploy (”don’t read these books!”) ended up harming the French translation in a spectacular boomerang effect. Now that’s comedy!

I used to roam the Unfortunateevents Egmont message board too! It’s the first place I ever heard of the “Mrs Baudelaire is actually Beatrice” theory, actually. O, to be young again.

a quest for the lightweaver:

as a site if we can complete enough quests then the lightweaver will tell a tale about sornieth. unlike dominance, it wouldn’t be about flights at all. just all working together to get our grubby hands on official lore.

that’d honestly be a really cool site event.

some unlucky kiddos :’)

Fun Starlight Celebration fact

The Starlight Celebration wall picture icon is the artwork from the 2014 Starlight Celebration event site.


Artwork from the 2014 site:

And the new coat is from the 2015 artwork. Everyone said they wanted it, SE made it happen:

Class Feature Friday: Necromancy School (Wizard Arcane School)

Here we go, the big bad of arcane magic, the classic villain school, necromancy. Where do all the undead come from in a dungeon that isn’t the site of some tragic event or negative energy nexus? Now you know.

However, there’s a lot more to necromancy that just animating the dead as servitors, and necromancers are not necessarily evil, even those that do create undead creatures.

Boiled down to its basic essence, necromancy is a school all about manipulating the forces of both life and death. While this does indeed include making corpses move and spirits linger, as well as controlling their behavior, it also includes channeling large amounts of negative energy to debilitate others (some would argue this should include positive energy manipulation too), undermining biological processes to weaken foes, minor alterations to unliving and dead bodies, and even inducing primal fear in others. Necromancy is also the home of most death effects, channeling powerful amounts of negative energy to slay foes in an instant if they fail to resist.

So from an outsider’s view, it’s easy to see why most assume that it is a wholly evil school of magic. However, one must remember that destructive, killing spells can be found in every school, not just necromancy. Furthermore, the evil nature of creating undead varies by culture and setting. Most see it as desecration of the dead, or taking away the will of a sapient being by enslaving them with magic (either by binding the will of sapient undead, or by binding the soul of a person back into their body). There’s also the matter of the souls of the dead having a final reward to go to, that being undead keeps them from.

How your non-evil necromancer reconciles this is their decision. They may never create the undead on principle, only control them to stave off their attack and turn them against any dark master they have. There are indeed white necromancers who devote themselves to destroying the undead and protecting the living from the wicked.

Of course, others choose to embrace the evil, raising up a personal retinue of servitors both mindless and sapient.

In societies that can accept them, necromancers can find work as experts in undead affairs, both hostile and even sometimes friendly. If the local area is accepting of undead, they may very well be taskmasters of an untiring work force, or they might use their power to weaken the living to work in prisons, sapping the strength of rebellious prisoners, (or slaves) without killing them. Regardless, necromancers likely spend much of their time in research, pursuing the mysteries of death and how to utilize them in their magic.

In the Golarion setting, Necromancy is associated with the virtue of temperance, mirroring how the undead have no actual needs, and how one could theoretically sustain themselves purely by manipulating life magics. However, in its corrupted form, it is associated with the sin of gluttony, as the undead are consumed with hungers and desires that do them no good, consuming without benefit.

The first thing necromancers learn is that getting control of the undead is the first step to not dying in their presence and so they learn to channel a pulse of negatively aligned energy, not unlike that of an evil cleric, for the express purpose of either binding the undead to your will, or causing them to flee from your presence. Both versions are good, but have very different utility.

As an additional layer of self-defense, they also learn how to induce fear with a touch, conducting a fearful chill into them that elevates their fear, even increasing it from another stage.

Positive and negative energy are both the purview of necromancers, and they learn to sense it, able to sense the living and the dead with pinpoint accuracy within a short range, very useful when fighting invisible foes, as well as telling who is alive and who isn’t.

Necromancers can fulfill the role of debuffer and damage-dealer pretty easily, with a few random utility spells and control spells thrown in for good measure. If you choose to build with undead creation in mind, you also share the conjurer’s role of being able to provide meat shields at a moment’s notice. However, unless they are very lucky, their minions are likely to be nowhere near as versatile as summoned creatures. Templates for skeletons and zombies will be your best friend for early levels.

Regardless of how good or evil they are, necromancers are not likely to be trusted in most societies, who see them as practitioners of dark magic. Overcoming, or pressing on in spite of, that distrust will be one of the biggest challenges for these mages, be they wizard or arcanist.


Ostensibly, Oparo Mage Academy only teaches white necromancy. However, rumors persist of dark dealings at the school. Some claim that the conjuration students make dark pacts for power, but others believe that secret lessons on the reanimation of the dead occur, either with or without the blessing of the faculty.

With reports of a horrible, undead bat thing terrorizing the city, and the temple district at a loss to find or even explain its nature, the magister has called upon a necromancer to look into it. However, many wonder if this mage the solution to their problem, or the cause of it. Only time will tell, unless a party of investigators hired privately by one of the churches finds out first.

Wearing a ring that, if rumors are to be believed, is bound with lost souls, Earl Nahandir rules over his land with an firm hand. The only visitors he sees are those on business, and he hires no servants, creating his own from the bodies of the condemned. As far as his people can tell, he has never done much harm with his dark magic, but still, it unnerves them seeing corpses arrive to repair the levee, or swarm over bandits and attacking monsters.

Ok I actually just answered my own question. I had been told 2 vastly different things (PG and R) about this episodes rating, so I needed to get to the bottom of things. Looks like it is NR (not rated) in the theaters in the states. Which I believe basically means it’s not being given a standard film rating. Probably simple because it’s a television show and falls under a different category of rating system.

Idk maybe nobody else cares but I was curious.

hipsterhoeniall  asked:

Hi, Mr. Mark Ruffalo! I have an internship this summer with my school teaching kids and our theme is all about the Earth. My question is how can I educate myself, my students and school about how we are harming our planet? I know it's a broad question but I figured you'd probably want to talk about specific topics. Thanks!

Watching movies, documentaries is a great way to educate yourself but also just taking a field trip to a drilling site or a public event where front line communities are speaking is incredibly powerful medicine and incredibly educational. If find that people learn the quickest through stories. There are plenty of stories of people who have been effected that make you understand in a very deep and credible way what is happening in the world. 

→ name: mari
→ age: 25
→ pronouns: she/her
→ timezone: est
→ favorite plots: estranged spouses and ex-spouses. fucked up families. siblings. male/female friendships. will they or won’t they?, age difference, large families, emotional affairs.
→ things you value in an rp: community!, site events, communication, friendships, involvement, diversity!

→ hogwarts house: ravenclaw

→ disney gif to describe you:  

Originally posted by ba1n3s

i went to the underground fighting site for the Miwa event and

“Hey, you. What’re you doing loitering around a place like this?”

Miwa what are you doing?

“This isn’t a place bastards like you should be coming to. Hurry up and scurry back home before you get yourself hurt.”

M-Miwa no

“…ju~st joking! Were you surprised? Hey hey, don’t go getting the jitters for real now.”


“I was just doing a bit of practice on a cooler persona.”


alias: molly
age: 25
timezone: central
pronouns: she/her/hers
plots you’ve always wanted: basically anything that causes equal amounts of horrific pain and unbearable cuteness that makes your heart want to explode in your chest. so like, cute pain??? idk
anything you want to see on the site?: unique characters, fun events, plotting plotting plotting! and angst obvs.
your fictional soulmate: dana scully
random gif:

Originally posted by nezoid

anonymous asked:

hey how far into MCL are you? do you play eldarya? who are your fave guys (aside from castiel, obvs)

Hello~ I’m in episode… 29? I think. I had a moment when I just didn’t feel like playing so I got left a bit behind and then I couldn’t open the site during the snowball event… and I do play eldarya! I’m Cataleon on both Finnish and US servers! And there i’m in the beginning of episode 5

My fave guy from Eldarya is Nevra or Leiftan. And my fave guy from MCL (aside from Cas) is Armin or Lys!


Tonight has been a very Sherlockian evening! Had a great time at SherlockedCC! I met my fave Sherlolly artist artbylexie, met some great people, won the raffle twice AND was witnessed to Steve Moffat and family surprise visit! Thank you so much to the Baker Street Babes and company for hosting such a wonderful event! :D