a stronghold

anonymous asked:

What was the point of Asha taking Deepwood Motte what did it give the Ironborn?

What was the point of any of Balon Greyjoy’s plans?

Yes, Deepwood Motte gets you a stronghold with access to the sea, but you’re so far away from the rest of the action that you can’t really support any of the other Ironborn forces, so you make yourself somewhat of an irrelevance. And honestly, Bear Island, being an island, makes for a much better choice for a stronghold in that region.

IMHO, the reason Asha takes Deepwood Motte is to give Bran and Co. a reason why they can’t take shelter with the loyal Glovers and have to keep going straight north to the Wall. 

  • Erestor: My Lord, are you sure about this?
  • Elrond: It is the only way to decide this thing fairly. Circumstances are too grave to simply assign it to anyone.
  • Glorfindel: Let us begin. Then it will be done all the sooner.
  • Elrond: Alright, so we're agreed. Whomever draws the shortest straw has to write to Thranduil informing him that his only child is on a perilous quest to Mount Doom in the company of a dwarf -
  • Erestor: And Gandalf.
  • Elrond: - to help a hobbit dispose of the one ring which was used in his realm 60 years ago to free the dwarves from his stronghold?
  • Glorfindel: On second thought, are there any Balrogs left? I'll die quicker that way...

Watching Season 2 of the Librarians again (I’m showing my younger brother the series), and I had forgotten that in the 2-part opener Flynn said that not only would the Greek and Roman artifacts touching one another be like “matter and antimatter” (aka a giant explosion), but so would “meeting your counterpart in the Mirrorlands”.

Why haven’t we had the Mirrorlands in the show yet? I forgot it was mentioned more than once. I love that kind of shit! Can you imagine? Would it be like a Star Trek style Mirror universe? Where everyone is crazy and evil? Would it be like an inverse, where The Library is a stronghold of magical weapons that are used instead of just protected? Would Camelot have never fallen and magic still be running wild even in modern day?

I just really want to explore possibilities for the Mirrorlands.

Super Mario Brothers: Bowser [ESTJ]


Extroverted Thinking (Te): Bowser is all about objectives and planning. He commands an army of creatures, dispatches his kids in all worlds of the Mushroom Kingdom, he will place strategic strongholds throughout the land and fill everything to the brim with deadly obstacles. When all else fails, he will attempt to take care of business himself. 

Introverted Sensing (Si): He has spent over 30 years constantly reverting to the same tactics. He is relentlessly obsessed with the princess, never taking “no” for an answer. Bowser also constantly surrounds his fortress in a grim, desolate lava world, as this is where he feels at home. He usually keeps the same minions around as well. 

Extroverted Intuition (Ne): But…Mario ultimately always saves the day, so Bowser isn’t afraid to use contingency plans and other avenues to get his business done. Just about every game has him tweaking his tactics, such a ripping Peach’s castle straight from underground, using flying battle ships and even a Clown Copter. He really believes that if he kidnaps Peach enough times, she will eventually give in to his desires. Other than professional princess-kidnapping however, Bowser loves to branch out in other interests, including: Go-Karting, tennis and screwing people over in board game parties. 

Introverted Feeling (Fi): Underneath his intimidating appearance lies a hurt child and when Bowser doesn’t get what he wants, his emotions take over under the form of a temper tantrum, the likes of a petulant brat. Many years of this franchise have alluded that Bowser is madly in love with the princess, but unable to express it in a rational, mature way, he instead chooses very inappropriate, counter-productive measures. 

COLOMBIA. Caquetá. La Unión Peneya. November 2013. A group of civilians on horseback crossing a bridge. The FARC South Block commands the main historical FARC strongholds, places which have lived under a parallel state to the rest of Colombia for five decades of conflict. In these parts of Colombia, the defining surrounding political environment has only ever been war and society has never known state authority, except during military operations, when government forces have been accused of having committed numerous human rights violations.

Photograph: Alvaro Ybarra Zavala/Archivo Macondo


Finally, 150km tall Keepstar is the largest of the Citadels, and is probably one of the biggest playable objects in game at this point yay. It’s essentially a very high end corporate HQ thing, a corporate stronghold, the Deathstar of Eve, which hopefully shows in it’s chunky “space fortress” design. This thing is able to dock the biggest ships in the game (the famous Titans of eve), so the supercapital hangars ended up being a central element of the structure. In a way the entire station is designed around supercapital hangars, which in turn are designed around titans, as we were trying to design it in a way that would make sense scale wise. It’s really cool how if you try to build a consistent universe things in it can start to inform each other in these very real life-like ways. It’s probably even more pronounced in something as close to the definition of a virtual world as Eve.

The guys on the team has made this video if you want to check out the final in-game result, that looks much better than my concepts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRVIk3josHI


So this has been the news of Ireland for the past day. 796 remains of children where discarded and hidden away by the Bon Secours nuns in a septic tank on the grounds of an old “mother and babies” home in Tuam Co. Galway from sometime in the 1920s until the 1960s. These homes were common in Ireland to where unmarried mothers were sent to because they’ve brought shame on their family in the eyes of their religion.

I’d appreciate it if this was spread around on tumblr because many people don’t realise that this was what happened in this country. The General reaction from Irish folk was dismay and disgust and most importantly many were “not surprised” when this report’s findings were released. And The Catholic Church still has a stronghold on the country today.

And in unsurprising news the Irish pro-life groups and infamous spokespeople have been silent so far in condemning the actions and atrocities of the Catholic Church.


Trump approved Yemen raid — which left Navy SEAL and 30 civilians dead — without “sufficient” intel

  • Trump’s raid on an al-Qaida stronghold in Yemen was approved without “sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations,” according to a Reuters report.
  • William “Ryan” Owens, a Navy SEAL, was killed in the weekend raid, along with 30 civilians, including 10 women and children.
  • A U.S. military official who told Reuters the commander in chief approved the raid in the al Bayda province using ground surveillance that was “minimal at best.” Read more

Trump reportedly threatens to send troops to Mexico, insults Australia

  • According to the AP, during a call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Trump threatened to deploy U.S. troops into Mexico to stop “bad hombres” supposedly causing trouble along the border.
  • “You have a bunch of bad hombres,” Trump reportedly told Peña Nieto “You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down to take care of it.”
  • The White House has denied the report, according to Agence France-Presse correspondent Andrew Beatty. 
  • The AP noted Mexico’s foreign ministry also contested the tone of the call and said it was “constructive,” while CNN wrote that a different transcript of the call suggested the mention of troops was more of an offer.  Read more
  • In another phone call, with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the Washington Post reported, Trump “blasted … Turnbull over a refugee agreement and boasted about” his electoral college win.
  • Trump thundered, "This is the worst deal ever,” in reference to a pre-existing commitment for the U.S. to accept around 1,250 mostly Muslim refugees from Australia.
  • After accusing Turnbull of trying to unload the “next Boston bombers” on the U.S. and saying the exchange “was the worst call by far” of the diplomatic calls he made that day, Trump apparently cut off the scheduled one-hour call just 25 minutes in. Read more


“This album was made completely and solely on my terms, with no one else’s opinion factoring in, no one else’s agenda factoring in. I didn’t feel that I was having to think too hard about the musical direction. In the past, I’ve always tried to make sure that I was maintaining a stronghold on two different genres, and this time I just had to think about one, which was creatively a relief. It was nice to be honest about what I was making.” (insp)

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Trump’s biggest problem with last week’s ‘SNL’ was that a woman played Sean Spicer

  • Trump is upset with ‘SNL’ again, but this time it’s because Melissa McCarthy, a woman, portrayed Sean Spicer. 
  • “More than being lampooned as a press secretary who makes up facts, it was Spicer’s portrayal by a woman that was most problematic in the president’s eyes, according to sources close to him,” said a Politico report. Read more

Intended target of Yemen raid wasn’t killed — and now he’s reportedly mocking Trump

  • The intended target of a raid on an al Qaeda stronghold in Yemen, which left a U.S. Navy SEAL and 30 civilians dead, was not killed in the operation — and is now mocking Trump, according to NBC News.
  • Qassim al-Rimi, considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous terrorists, survived the raid and has since released an audio recording calling Trump “the fool of the White House.”
  • “The fool of the White House got slapped at the beginning of his road in your lands,” al-Rimi said in the recording that was authenticated by military sources. Read more

Trump’s Dept. of Labor pick admits to once hiring an undocumented immigrant

  • Andrew Puzder, Trump’s pick for secretary of labor, is facing another hurdle in his five-times-delayed confirmation hearing. 
  • The Huffington Post reported that Puzder informed Senate and administration officials that he once he once employed an undocumented immigrant as a housekeeper.
  • A spokesperson for Puzder released this statement: “My wife and I employed a housekeeper for a few years, during which I was unaware that she was not legally permitted to work in the U.S. When I learned of her status, we immediately ended her employment and offered her assistance in getting legal status.”
  • Employing undocumented workers has destroyed nomination chances in the past. Read more