This is a quick little spell to help ease your nerves and have a particularly good first date with your chosen. You will need all or any combination of the following:
Cinnamon stick (good luck, passion)
Lime juice (calmness)
Optional: glitter, a tiny bottle/jar
1. As you are getting ready for your date (hair and makeup), place some honeysuckle and catnip in a small amount of boiling water. Let the herbs steep as you get ready with romantic intent.
2. Let the infusion cool, and then add some lime juice to it. Look in a mirror. Take your cinnamon stick, dip it in the infusion, and run the cinnamon stick over your collarbones, heart, third eye… wherever you feel comfortable anointing yourself. As you do so, visualize your date and what you’d like the outcome to be.
3. As the infusion dries on your skin, look in a mirror and whisper to yourself three times:
“Tonight the magic within me shines
I speak with ease, I look divine.”
4. If you’d like, carry the steeped herbs and cinnamon with some glitter in a bottle with you to your date.
Thoughts on Shingen as a romance option? He's my favorite but even I didn't like the love that much between Shingen/MC :(
Like some people might come out here and Kill Me for this but I really don’t think Shingen needed to be a romance option in the first place lmao
I really don’t think he’s at a place in his life where love is ever going to take precedence over war for him. Shingen is a dying man and he’s really just trying to see if he can make sure his clan gets out of all of this in one piece. He knows he’s old and withering away. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again–his relationship with the MC is really contrived and feels very one-sided.
I think Shingen would’ve had a stronger story as a father-figure. I know it’s his Big Trait to be like Smut Lord #1 but like… I feel like I don’t see nearly enough stuff about Shingen in regards to family. It’s honestly been written as such a big part of his life within his narrative–his clan is literally what comes first and foremost for him, always–and I feel like we just don’t get enough of it? He goes so far out of his way to take care of everyone under his roof and like… I want to see more of that? Why can’t we? LMFAO
(If we’re going all out… like really, all of the lords probably could be married already, but I feel like Shingen definitely would’ve been married for a long ass time now–he’d have had plenty of kids already, likely just a bit younger than Yukimura (and lmao if we’re going by history he’s got a lot of bastards, too). Or even if he doesn’t have an official wife (concubines, anyone?)… Why don’t we get Kiku as his daughter, since she was in real life? In Saizo’s story you’re told that they’re really very close despite only being an uncle and niece, and Shingen overlooked her education himself. LIKE HE’S IMPLIED TO HAVE PRACTICALLY RAISED THIS GIRL! Fuck the whole uncle/niece bullshit, give me father-daughter scenes with Shingen and Kiku. Fuck.)
Anyway, ramblings aside, I don’t feel like he’s going to get any satisfactory development in exploring emotional intimacy or learning to love someone in a romantic capacity at the point MC comes into his life–like damn, if I’m in my late 30s-40s who gives a fuck??? LMFAO–and if we want to have seen any of it, it should’ve been done in his younger years. I really hate how they write Shingen out to be kind of immature in some senses (implied to have had plenty of sex but never kissed a woman, never held a baby, doesn’t understand physical boundaries) while also still trying to make him seem like a mature, experienced character, so I really think he would’ve needed that development when he was still growing up. They’re so wishy-washy with his character and I can’t stand it lmfao.
I also think it would’ve made for a stronger narrative if we got to explore the family dynamics he would’ve had with say, a wife/wives and children, because he would ultimately not be struggling through his illness alone (besides just Kansuke, anyway). I feel like it would’ve been way more satisfying to see how that took a toll on people he’s already close to and trusts (and could you imagine? Being married for years and knowing your husband is inevitably going to die? And all you can do is watch? BRUH), and more importantly, it’s not something he’d be able to hide from any of them. And listen, if they’re already trying to make Shingen adopt MC (TIRED OF THIS PSEUDO-INCEST SHIT VOLTAGE!!!) then why not just make him do it? Let her learn to be a noble, let her find a close and fulfilling familial relationship with the man who decided to take her under his wing. I would’ve loved that? God. But I also know this is an otome, so like… I’m not getting this any time soon LOL.
tl;dr I don’t think MC can really do anything for Shingen at the point she comes into his life within the story and that kind of makes the romance option for him a bit pointless.
It’s finally coming!! There’s six days until our event officially starts so it’s time to announce the info!
What is this event?
Yu-Gi-Oh Femslash Week is a celebration of the yuri/girl’s love ships in our fandom! Sometimes these ships get ignored and they definitely don’t get the same amount of fanwork as the boy’s love and even het ships in the fandom, so this week is an attempt to get some of the creativity juices flowing and add more content to a sometimes slower corner of the fandom!
When is this happening?
January 8th-January 14th
What are the prompts?
There are 3 prompts for every day; this doesn’t mean you have to do all of them, it just means you have options!
Sunday, Jan 8: Dueling: tag duel / duel monsters cosplay / series swap
Monday, Jan 9: Romance: formal wear / moonlight / first date
Tuesday, Jan 10: Aesthetics: music / ribbons / crystal
Wednesday, Jan 11: Seasons: flowers / snow / beach
Thursday, Jan 12: Domesticity: home / daydream / together
Friday, Jan 13: AU Day 1: fairy tale / witch / angels and demons
Saturday, Jan 14: AU Day 2: magical girls / pirates and mermaids / idol
What am I allowed to do?
If it involves girl’s love ships in Yu-Gi-Oh, then anything goes! Pairs and poly are all fair game, as long as they’re revolving around girls in the series.
Any form of content works: writing, art, videos, manips, gifsets, whatever your talents are, use them in whatever way you’d like!
Keep in mind that while NSFW is allowed, a lot of the characters in these series are very young and it may be discomforting for many people to see certain scenarios. Make sure you tag things!
So okay, I'm all for the Anders love, but there's this ONE thing that always gets me about his character in DA2: in one conversation, all my options suddenly turned into flirt/flirt/flirt/little broken heart. I tried the broken heart because I was romancing Merrill and got (iirc) around 10 rivalry points and Anders' reaction was pretty off-putting. Then some of his chats with Fenris got kinda messed up. Really, those are the biggest things that kept him from being one of my favorites. (1/2)
i can completely understand being put off by that first bit. i think it’s only if you play as f!hawke that you get pidgeonholed into flirting with him or netting disapproval, but i generally play m!hawke so that never happens—which makes zero sense to me and i’d like to chalk it up to hepler’s poor handling of anders’s character as well as his sexuality. not saying you can’t be pissed, but hepler’s got a poor track record for handling his bisexuality in nonoffensive way and pretty much writing anders as this really weird “bad boy romance” trope on the female route makes me roll my eyes a lot.
on your second point, i think you completely missed out on the context of that banter.
Fenris: Why was your friend made Tranquil? Do you know?
Anders: No, and it doesn’t matter. Nobody deserves that.
Fenris: I know some mages that deserve that.
Anders: Really? Perhaps they should start making slaves Tranquil—then they wouldn’t dream of escaping! Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
Fenris: Slaves do not attract demons that try to possess them.
Anders: Which clearly justifies it? What a perfect solution!
he was making a point to fenris who was admittedly being rather flippant about karl being made tranquil. karl was anders’s lover, so yeah of course he’s going to get defensive about it and make a point to fenris how ridiculous and offensive he sounds, he wasn’t literally saying make slaves tranquil—he was making a point to fenris, and i think it was justified for him to make that point considering fenris just blatantly shat on anders’s lover.