Pearls & Classified HW Intelligence Theory

seeing how pearl acted when trying to tell steven about the diamonds and homeworld, i’ve kinda’ got a theory that pearls are conditioned to not be physically able to leak sensitive homeworld information.

i mean, pearls are personal attendants given to important, high ranking gems. they have the duties of taking calls, opening doors, holding things, entertaining, and consoling their owners, not to mention they’re meant to constantly be by their sides; i imagine they must often overhear all the conversations, musings, and orders exchanged between their owners and other gem officials. that means pearls are often subject to hearing all the important, sensitive information being swapped between bunches of high-class gems and gem politicians (which can include the diamonds). so pearls must know a lot about their masters’ personal troubles, plans, weaknesses, and all about homeworld’s political climate. ya’ know, those dirty details that no one would want leaked to the general gem public…

so in order to prevent any pearl from possibly getting too gossipy, homeworld engineered pearls in such a way that they will automatically stop themselves from spitting out classified information that could otherwise endanger the diamonds’/any other upper-crust gem’s reputation/lives, contradict homeworld propaganda, or pose a risk to homeworld’s rigid social structure.

Faction Logic in Fallout 4

Faction: Finally, we’ve infiltrated the Institute! Time to blow this shit up!

SS: But … this place is incredible. It might truly be mankind’s last hope.

Faction: This place has terrorized the Commonwealth for years! We’re blowin’ it up!

SS: But Father’s dead. The people have already surrendered. Some of them have even evacuated.

Faction: Time’s a wastin’! Gotta blow it up!

SS: But there are some pretty good people here. Not everyone is like Father. Very few of them, in fact. Maybe we can learn to put aside our differences and work together for the betterment of mankind.

Faction: I’m hookin’ up the bomb!

SS: There are animals in here, too. Plants and food substitutes. Purified water. Farms and heat lamps. There’s also a lab where scientists were studying the FEV virus. Maybe we can find a way to reverse it. Forever.

Faction: Tick-tock, tick-tock.

SS: Hmm, what this? Says on this terminal that they were working on a cure for cancer, and the results were promising. It looks like they’ve almost cracked the code on–

Faction: BLOW IT UP!!!!

I like that if you play the TES games backwards the Dark Brotherhood’s method of introduction devolves

Skyrim: Kidnaps you in your sleep and brings you to an abandoned shack to test you by making you kill one of three people who may or may not be innocent

Oblivion: Breaks in to your hotel room and wakes you up to give you an invitation to join their murder club

Morrowind: stabs you in bed

A Summary of all the Fallout 4 Factions
  • Minutemen: Oh, you have a son lost out in the Wasteland, presumably in the clutches of an evil organization that everyone lives in fear of? Fuck off another settlement needs your help.
  • The Institute: We're just nerds, but, like... EVIL nerds...
  • Gunners: Haha you wanted to travel in peace EAT LASERS YOU DICK
  • Raiders: *Sees a Power-Armour-clad, Gatling-Laser-wielding, self-healing death machine charging at full speed towards them*
  • Diamond City: *insert snarky comment about you being an outsider here*
  • Goodneighbor: We're the most chill dudes in the Commonwealth as long as you don't fuck up our shit.
  • Covenant: Suspicious? What's a suspicious I've never even heard of that why don't you stay forever in our lovely home where nothing bad ever happens not even remotely related to synths at all hahahahaha
  • Vault-Tec: *shitty vlog YouTube intro* Hey what is up everybody! It’s ya boi Vault-Tec here with another social experiment where we’re gonna see how many people REALLY value the life of a black man! Let’s go!
  • Pillars of the Community: Give us your shit. That's-that's it. There's nothing else to it. Just give us your shit you asshole. Just give us-just give us your- JUST GIVE US YOUR SHIT NOW JUST-
My Prince

Ivar x deaf!Reader

There is simply not enough Ivar fluff out there to satisfy my thirst

Originally posted by smiletotheshadow

You played with the daisies you had picked up, starting to braid them together carefully as you laid in your lover’s lap. Ivar sighed, shaking his head while smiling and playing with your soft hair. He couldn’t help but stare at you - you looked so beautiful when you were relaxed. “Y/N” he muttered softly, but quickly caught himself as he realized you weren’t looking at him. He often forgot of your condition. You were born deaf, but you soon learned to read lips. From a young age you were excluded from most child games, as you couldn’t orientate yourself as well as the others, and the other kids did not have the patience to talk slowly enough for you to understand. That’s how you found yourself often sitting beside Ivar, the crippled boy who stared longingly at his running brothers. Your friendship seemed to have no choice but blossom, and turn into something more beautiful. You relied on each other, understood and loved each other in a way no one could. He was your ears, always on the lookout and keeping you safe.

You smiled at the memory, clenching the daisies you were holding closer to your chest. You couldn’t help but remember your first kiss. An alarm rang through Kattegat, while you were alone in your house, preparing a meal for your mother. You didn’t hear anything, and naturally you were not aware that your village was under attack. You had jumped when you felt a hand suddenly grab your ankle, shaking it violently enough for you to drop the egg you were holding. Panicked, you turned around quickly, ready to defend yourself when you saw Ivar. His face was red and his eyes were wild – large and filled with panic. 

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Developing believable groups within a society

There have been many famous, infamous, and secretive groups within fiction. If you’re trying to create clubs, factions, gangs, sects, guilds, brotherhoods, or any sort of organized group within your story but need a little boost getting the depth and nuances fleshed out, then I’m here to help. 

Where did they begin?

  • Start with an idea. A person or a group of people came up with an idea, a philosophy, a passion. Who were they?
  • They began recruiting, rallying others (a few other people, or large groups) around their idea. How difficult was this? How receptive were those who heard? How open about their new idea were they?
  • They formed an official organization. What mission statement did they write? How was a leader or group of leaders selected? How much disagreement was there in the earlier states? How did they find and/or claim a headquarters? What rules did they start out with, if any?
  • How did they adapt to growth over time? Was the growth fast or slow, if it happened at all? How did rules or structure need to be adjusted as the numbers grew?
  • If the primary goal or mission was met, how did they adjust and redefine their purpose?

How do they function, once established?

  • How has their origin shaped who they are as an organization today?
  • How do they interact with the world at large?
    • Are they a secret society? 
    • Are they at odds with the law?
    • Do they run their town/village/country, whether directly or indirectly?
  • Who can join? What does joining require? Is there a “probationary” period? How are new recruits treated?
  • Is there any training or education that proceeds (or precedes) initiation?
  • How are they funded? 
    • Through illegal means
    • Through the government
    • Through private donations
    • Through the church
    • Through the (legal) work of their members
  • Do they have an official or unofficial religious affiliation?
  • Do they have an emblem or a sigil, some symbol of their loyalty. How is that mark treated? How commonly recognized is that symbol?
  • How free to live one’s own life is a member once they’ve joined? How much of a day-to-day impact does the membership have?
    • Can they still work their old job?
    • Have their old friends?
    • Stay with their families? Or perhaps the families join as a unit?
    • Keep their home? Perhaps they still live in it, but it becomes property of the guild? 
  • How ubiquitous is the mission statement? Is it quoted frequently?
  • What is the consequence for leaving the group? Or for disloyalty?

Happy writing, kiddos!

Check out the rest of the Brainstorming Series!
Magic Systems, Part One
Magic Systems, Part Two
New Species
New Worlds
New Cultures
New Civilizations
Politics and Government
Map Making 
Belief Systems & Religion
War & Conflict
Science & Technology
History & Lore

The Truth’s Never Been this Hard

Request: Please could you write a Four/Tobias x reader where (Y/n) is best friends with Tris and is in love with Four, but refuses to admit that due to her friendship with Tris. When Four requests the three of them be put on trial in Candor using a truth serum, (Y/N) is nervous, but believes nothing about her feelings will come up, but they do.

For: Anon

Word Count: 1342

Originally posted by lifessong95

Everything was so complicated.

Tobias was in love with Tris.

Tris was in love with Tobias.

Not that hard right?

At least not until someone realizes that you, Tris’ best friend, was also in love with Tobias.

Then things got wonky.

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Favourite bits of Gallifrey lore from assorted actual Who stories (with varying levels of obscurity)
  • Gallifreyan dreams can seep into human dreams when they sleep together skin-to-skin
  • There are brothels in the Capitol lowtown
  • Rassilon stole regeneration from the Great Vampires
  • The Great Vampires may or may not also have been a living ophidian timeline multiform from outside the universe tearing its own time-flesh to shreds whose tainted neverwere Gallifreyan descendants make for really cool bone masks if you try hard enough 
  • Omega called Rassilon “Raz”
  • There’s at least one timeline where Rassilon and Omega were lovers
  • Say you’re a Gallifreyan and you accidentally end up investigating your own gruesome suicide on your first day at a new job try psychically melting into your President for a bit
  • The Doctor played lead perigosto stick for the Gallifrey Academy Hot Five until the Faculty closed them down (the Master was on drums)
  • Regeneration can be messed with so if you kinda want to be a bird or a worm or an H.P. Lovecraft character or a sentient patch of haze that can become an entire planetary ecosystem go for it
  • Gallifrey has a whole lotta cults on it and kicking them off the planet never quite works 
  • This one time the Corsair’s TARDIS and this one other TARDIS eloped and the Doctor had to step in and forcibly drag her back out of the Vortex again
  • This one time the Great Houses went and time-cloned Chris Cwej into an army
  • This one time Rassilon took Borusa and stuck a bunch of tubes into his flesh Junji Ito style to connect him directly to time itself 
  • TARDISes can eat each other
  • There’s something inside one of Gallifrey’s suns