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The Problem with Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere Universe

Friend: “Do you have any book suggestions?”

Me: “You absoulutely need to read The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson, it’s my favourite series in existence.”

Friend: “Oh, okay, thank you! I’ll check it out!”

Me: “Well, actually, you should read the Mistborn Trilogy before the WoK just so you get an introduction to Sanderson’s writing and trust him enough as an author to get through the massive exposition in WoK (which is soooooo worth it), not to mention the two series are set in the same universe of different worlds… On that note you should actually read Elantris too because it’s also in that universe on a differnt world, but it’s the first book he wrote in that universe and it’s amazing. And before you read WoR you need to read Warbreaker because some characters from that show up in the last half of WoR and it’s really great. Oh yeah! There’s this one character that shows up in every single book that’s set in that universe, which is called the Cosmere by the way, so look out for him. Alrighty, so you need to read Elantris, Warbreaker, Mistborn Trilogy (possibly all three trilogies), and the Stormlight Archive, which is going to be ten books long but only two are out right now oh it’s going to be so fun.”

Friend: “…”

Me: “I’m sorry.”

-_- mixed feelings about rich butch crisp-suit lady

3rdgymbros  asked:

Ooh! Just discovered your blog, and all of your posts are definitely interesting and fun to read! :) If it's not too much trouble, could you please do a post about what kind of powers a child of Apollo might have? Thank you so much!

OOOOOOOHHH YESSS!!!!! I have so many. These powers are arranged from most common to most uncommon. This turned out VERY long, so I’m putting blank bullet points between each new power. ~here we go~

  • Archery, Art, & Music: As children of the God of Archery, most Apollo kids are innately gifted at one of these three things; Art, Archery, or Music. Art encompasses both art itself and writing, and music encompasses both instrumental and vocal music. It is easier for them to grasp, they pick it up quickly, etc. 

  • Curses: Children of Apollo can cast curses on their opponents, provided they relate to Apollo. Although not stated, I would imagine to cast a curse you must have to sacrifice something/say a prayer to Apollo. These curses can range from Writers/Musicians/Artists block, to rhyming curses, curses of bad aim, etc. With a child of Apollo who specialized in curses, I’m sure there are some very creative ways to pull this off!

  • Vitakinesis: The power of healing. This is one of the more common ~actual~ powers. This manifests itself in several ways. 
    • Vocally gifted children of Apollo tend to sing hymns in prayer to their father, and he will often heal whoever his child is praying over after hearing his call. 
      • Those less gifted in singing may find other forms of this in some sort of vocal prayer to Apollo, such as a prayer, chant, or recited poem about how awesome Apollo is.
    • More mentally balanced children of Apollo (both mentally and spiritually sound,) can heal through a deep thought process and visualization. For example, imagining a bruise turning golden and fading away would make it heal. This is generally more for things such as minor cuts and bruises, as most hormonally imbalanced demigod teens do not have an incredibly calm and even mind. Healing more major things however, can be achieved. A warm golden glow will surround a demigod attempting this. This form of Vitakinesis takes quite a bit of effort and practice, so even if most demigods with Vitakinesis CAN achieve this form of it, they may not attempt to.
    • Another form of healing is a mixture of the two above, visualizing golden balls of healing, usually in the palms of one’s hand, along with a prayer, chant, hymn, or haiku to Apollo (about Apollo and how amazing he is). This is a more focused version of just a chant, but requires more energy and taxes a child of Apollo more.

  • Audiokinesis is a very broad term, and I’m sure by the name you can guess what it is. I believe Audiokinetic children of Apollo would be able to manipulate sound waves, do things such as blast their opponents eardrums out or make them go temporarily deaf, and devoid of all hearing. Musical persuasion is also something that falls under Audiokinesis, where much like charmspeak, you can convince someone to do what you want … you just have to sing it. (*cough Ed Sheeran cough*) (*cough Ed is definitely a Child of Apollo and I am definitely a fangirl cough*) (*cough I’m a hugeass sheerio ignore me cough*)

  • Biokinesis: Biokinesis is the umbrella term that Vitakinesis falls under, in short. Biokinesis is the ability to alter physiology. This power is often gifted in specific ways, such as children of Aphrodite being able to change their appearance, etc etc. Children of Apollo who have this power can, most likely do only one specific thing under the umbrella of Biokinesis, such as being able to control bones or blood. Another form, almost opposite of Vitakinesis, is the ability to create diseases.

  • Photokinesis: Photokinesis is the rarest of these powers, and so I have divvied it up into a separate paragraph for each type. If you use these powers to make a character I would be very careful in using Photokinesis. It is only used by the most powerful children of Apollo, and it is quite easy to lose control of it. Something to also note: Photokinesis users can only perform their powers during the day time, when the sun is out.
    • Light shields is often an impenetrable barrier made fully of light. This barrier can be quickly cast up, and is usually characterized by a blinding light. More powerful light-shielders can minimize this effect, making the barrier invisible.

    • Particle shifting is the ability to bend/shift particles. Users of this power can turn themselves invisible, create optical illusions, and holographically project themselves. (Think of Loki in the Thor movie)

    • Absolution of light has two sides, much like the flip of a coin. A user of this can create blinding flashes of light so bright that it can semi-permanently, or even permanently, blind a person. This is often used on the offensive. On the defensive, a user of this power can create absolute darkness. They can temporarily take all of the light out of an area. While this has to be performed during the day, this power means you literally cannot be seen, as there is no light to see you with.

    • Light Traveling: Polar opposite of shadow-traveling.This power can be used anywhere where there is light, which means it works side-by-side with shadow traveling, as light creates shadow.

    • Light Attacks: The ability to use light as a weapon. Blinding and burning opponents

    • Light Solidification: Light solidification gives one the ability to harden light into a tangible object, This, with the right amount of skill, could be used to craft arrows or even weapons. These weapons would burn due to the absolute heat and energy of light, causing extreme pain. This would however, cause the wound to cauterize. While helpful during an investigation or torture session, this could be rather detrimental when in battle if you wanted your opponent to bleed out. It could help in situations with monsters with poisonous blood though.
Season 2 Klance and Shallura Analysis

Alrighty so this is another one of those voltron prediction/theory/rant its basically an analysis of some parts of season 2 not all bc that would take me forever but just a few key parts (aka the key to my heart Klance okay bye). So grab a drink because this is an essay folks that I spent way too much time on than I should have. Let’s begin shall(ura) we? (I hate myself)

So I’m gonna start with a very good and very platonic (in my opinion) relationship, which is K//allura. Okay okay, they have so much potential to be bffs its exciting.

First off, I took the whole Galra Keith and Allura tension as a message the creators wanted to convey to the viewers about judging someone merely by their race. Honestly I really love it when tv shows, especially kids shows, integrate bigger ideas like racism into their stories. Its subtle yet satisfying and I really really appreciated this particular scene with Keith and Allura.

Allura is describing her hatred for the Galra which is basically her hatred toward a part of Keith that he can’t even control. He never chose to be Galra, it’s just in his blood. And obviously that hurts him because its a part of who he is:((

Like ugh this is so sweet guys. So as you know from the title of this, I don’t ship K//allura at all, but this scene was very special to me in a much different way than how I feel from a romantic interaction. Like this is a genuine moment between two characters that are haunted by the same group, the Galra. Keith is part Galra, he has a part of the enemy inside of him which is probably causing inner turmoil maybe even self-hatred within him. And Allura as we know hates the Galra for killing her entire civilization. These two have a deep character development from this scene alone. We see that Allura has matured from being bitter toward Keith for being Galra to understanding that a person should not be judged by their blood but who they truly are. Also we see that Keith has accepted the fact that yes he may have a part of the enemy within him, but that does not mean he has to be anything like them. He is also pretty stand-off ish and doesn’t like opening up necessarily. He’d much rather keep to himself (other than Shiro), but he is finally opening up to someone else as well. He forgives Allura immediately despite how offensive her bias opinion was towards him. I just love Keith. 

So these two are super close now or should be? Which is pretty awesome considering… Keith is super close to Shiro too. SO now he’s close to both Shiro and Allura who are both, might I remind you all, much older than would be appropriate for him to have a romantic relationship with. Anywho, this reeks of space parents and an angsty teen.

Which then leads to Shallura and why I believe it is pointing toward canon woot woot love these goobers. Alright so I’m solely focusing on a few scenes in particular where my heart was pounding and my eyes watering and I was clutching my heart while screaming at my computer screen. The feels man the feels. 

I just about swooned at this. Like these underrated moments are what really get me. Like I love the whole Shiro taking Allura’s hand and telling his wife to get some rest, that got me feeling some sort of way. But this scene guys. In the heat of battle, Shiro is concerned for Allura. He’s basically saying “I wish I could be there to take care of her but Coran you have to do it for me.” I cannot guys I cannot.

She could’ve called for anyone else. Was it Keith? NOPE IT WAS SHIRO, PEOPLE!!

Never forget honestly. This is the face of a broken man. I have never seen Shiro more distressed and this pic doesn’t do it justice but when you watch this scene his eyes are glistening like he’s about to cry. The calm, collected leader Shiro is on the verge of tears? omg I can’t. 

Honestly this is my weakness. When a character gets hurt and another character goes ballistic and rages. Like Shiro is so determined to kick ass in this scene and avenge Allura. End me. 

For Shallura, they both have an understanding that they need each other. They are each other’s support especially considering they both are the leaders and are the older ones of the group. They help bear each other’s responsibility which is much different than Klance’s dynamic. For Klance it is much more playful and focused on chemistry. And also because they are younger it is much more naive and afraid. Both Keith and Lance obviously care for each other but they try not to show it especially when the other is present. They are self-conscious and afraid of what the other will think, that the other doesn’t feel the same way. Shiro and Allura, however, both know that they care for each other and they aren’t afraid to express it through calling each other’s name during battle and other small gestures like that.

Which I forgot to mention that everyone is freaking out over a simple hug between Allura and Keith but like have you noticed that both Klance and Shallura have not had a proper hug yet? Ummmm is this a slow burn fic or… Seriously tho, I’ve watched plenty of shows and animes (I’m shameless) to know that usually the canon couple does not have that special hugging and seal-the-deal scenes quite so early in the series because all the anticipation builds up until the perfect scene is created. I swear a tender Klance and Shallura moment is coming I swear. 

Which then leads to my mains, Klance. I just have to admit that one of the many reasons I love these two is because of the fact that Keith and Lance are like my fav characters of all time. And I can relate to both of them at the same time idk. Anyway, back to what’s important: evidence of canon.

So… Do I really need to show these? Like these scenes do not need further analysis it just reeks of dorks-in-love-who-don’t-know-they’re-in-love-with-each-other-and-who-don’t-know-that-the-other-is-in-love-with-them. Man I love Klance. 

So instead let’s over-analyze a few other scenes…

“Babe I thought you would have my back.”

“First you forget the bonding moment now this.”

Look this one is a stretch lol but just look at Keith’s face. When you watch this scene, Keith goes from his signature annoyed and irritated look to a betrayed and frustrated look. Maybe that’s just me, but aside from that, he doesn’t necessarily look pissed off, his face changes from his usual pissy look to something much different. Obviously what Lance says does calm him down enough not to yell back at him, but he also looks frustrated because no one understand him or his secret about his past with the Blade of Mamora and all that good junk at this point. I think it is especially bothering him that he can’t just upfront say what he is hiding, and instead he knows he is looking like a fool in front of them (and especially Lance). 

Body language is important. Keith turns around as not to face them, I think he is hurt because obviously this whole situation is important to him but not even Lance seems to understand him. And I seriously think Keith and Lance have like this weird mutual understanding usually. Like ya they fight I get that, but usually they kinda get what the other is trying to get at I feel, idk maybe thats just me. 

Let’s take a moment to appreciate how blue Lance’s eyes are in this… I love my son…

So like if you look closely at this scene you notice that when Lance is making eye contact with Keith, Keith has his typical “I hate you Lance but really I don’t but I’m gonna pretend like I do” face. But right when Lance looks away Keith actually looks sad and kinda hurt. Out of everyone, he hates that Lance is the one revealing his flaws, and even he knows its true. Lance stop insulting your husband. He’s actually sensitive about what you think of him:(((

Uhhh lowkey I think Keith is just as insecure as Lance is, but he just doesn’t show it… Oh the Klangst!

And another thing we get to see in Season 2 is that Lance is showing ALOT of concern of Keith’s wellbeing which is pretty big if you ask me because season 1 was basically Pining!Keith worried about his boyf. Now we get to see some worried Lance.

Honestly, like I mentioned before, the creators are going for a slow burn. And both Shallura and Klance definitely have their little hints and subtle moments that are very easily missed. But that’s the point. If it’s too obvious then the ending won’t be as powerful, the couples won’t be as special. Also, the development of both of these couples is going slow but very well thought out and I actually appreciate it a lot. I know for a fact K//allura won’t be canon because their interaction is too straight-up(lol) for it to be canon. It could be said as “predictable” but idk I just get a total brotp vibe from them nothing more, plus if they were hinting at canon for them, they wouldn’t have them hug so soon. Also their reactions and facial expressions toward the hugs and touches would be very different. It wasn’t tender like the Bonding Moment™ or the Shallura hand grab™. Facial expressions and reactions are key! Keith looked indifferent when Allura fell into his arms and their hug was sweet yes but it wasn’t hesitant and nervous like a couple who just discovered their feelings for one another would react. It was a hug between two people who recognize their bond. It was a strong bond yes, between two lovers? no I don’t think so. Allura, herself even confirmed how she now viewed the paladins as her family and it just felt to much like a familial bond I couldn’t see anything more to it. If Kallura was to be canon they would have more subtle moments than in-your-face big moments. Little details in the way Keith or Allura would look, or in the background they would be gazing at each other (*cough* like Keith does to Lance *cough*) It’s the little things that count, remember that.

The only ship I was concerned that would be canon was Sh//eith, because they have an obvious bond that is much different than everyone else. But ever since the “Shiro, you’re a bro to me” happened, it basically killed any chance of it happening. Which in my opinion is much better because Klance and Shallura have so much potential and their stories can expand and be written so well. As it is, the creators are doing a really good job at unraveling their stories slowly but just enough as to give the viewers hope which is the goal usually for tv shows. They try to make the shippers suffer sometimes *sigh*. 

Anywho, if you read up to this point thanks for listening to me rambling about space parents and space ranger partners lol! I loved season 2 because it revealed a lot about Keith not only through the obvious backstories and blade of mamora stuff but also through his interactions. And yes Keith is my fav lol. Anyways, I am 99.9% sure Klance and Shallura are gonna be canon but by no means am I saying you shouldn’t ship what you want. You do you, folks. Ship on and enjoy the show!

anonymous asked:

what's the difference between the two aromantic flags (the one in your icon vs. the one with yellow that I used to see a lot a couple years ago)? if you don't want to answer this or don't have the resources to, that's totally fine! :)

Alrighty so history time! 

The aromantic flag was originally this flag: 

green was the opposite of red, the color of romance, while yellow was meant to represent QPRs, orange for lithros, and black for alloromantics who reject traditional ideas of romance.

the problem was, this flag looked tangentially similar to the Rastafarian flag (above), which is often paired with black. there were also other problems: some aros said they didn’t like it because it was designed by a small group of people, included a stripe for alloromantics (????), didn’t include gray-as and demis, etc. etc.

so this flag was proposed.

dark green for aromantic people, light green for grey-aro people, yellow for lithro people, grey for demiromantic people, and black for WTF romantics. so overall more inclusive and well done as far as color meanings. the problems with this one: some people complained that it looked too close to the Jamacian flag and some neurodivergent people had sensory issues with the color yellow, which made the aro flag completely inaccessible to them. so one last time, the aro flag was adapted to be more accessible and not risk any cultural appropriation issues:

so the color meanings were changed a wee bit as well: with the top two stripes representing the aromantic spectrum, similar as before, the white stripe being non-romantic forms of love or the “platonic” stripe, and then the gray and black representing the sexuality spectrum and that aros have diverse sexualities ranging from ace to allo, because we’re diverse and varying people!

@cameronwhimsy designed both the flag with the yellow stripe and the flag with the white stripe, so please give them credit if you’re attributing flag credit on a wiki or something.

So basically, one was designed specifically to avoid cultural appropriation and be inclusive to people with color sensitivity, and one is slightly outdated. Really, they’re both used frequently, so it’s an easy mistake to make. In my opinion, if you’re doing art of say….a dragon, and you’re using the color scheme, it’s ok to use yellow and orange for accents, but if you’re just making pride edits in general, rule of thumb would probably be to stick to the last one, especially if you’re alloromantic (aros can use whichever one they like as long as they’re aware of the issues). 

Hope this helped nonny, this was a longwinded explanation where there really didn’t need to be one but *shrugs* what can you do.

Love is For Children (1/2)

Summary: You’re a former mercenary turned Avenger who joins the team after fighting, and defeating, each member that tried to recruit you. You’re confident in your abilities and even challenge the man formerly known as the Winter Soldier. A battle of egos ensues and it’s Bucky that fights to get your attention but you’re a professional and won’t fall easy for his charm.

Pairing: Bucky x Reader
Word Count: 3266
Warnings: None
A/N: Alrighty so I decided to split this in two parts cause damn, I’m such a wordy mess!! I hope you like it, let me know! Posting the second half tomorrowlol

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“How the hell does she keep getting away?!” Tony shouted at no one in particular as he paced the floor. He didn’t like getting bested by anyone but he really didn’t like that the whole team had their asses handed to them.

“She’s a professional, Tony,” Steve said, putting two more ice packs on his knees and wincing slightly as he adjusted them.

Tony stopped walking and looked bewildered at the blonde man. “Yeah? And what the hell are we? We’ve only saved the planet a handful of times but we can’t take down some nimble little assassin?!” His angry words echoed throughout the cavernous lounge of the Avengers compound.

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IS Daehyun V?

Well it’s possibly still too early to tell, but here are some hints we already have.

These are the solo teasers we have so far and already I spot some differences. Notice how Jongup is holding his rose, Daehyun, on the other hand has his rose in a vase beside him. In V for Vendetta, V placed a red rose on the chest of those he killed to commemorate their death. Jongup holding his rose could mean that he is killed by V. There is also a difference in background. Jongup is in some sort of alley, Dae is inside of a house…..one that looks sort of familiar.

The gray colored wall paper looks quite similar to the one behind Daehyun, perhaps this is his house? Daehyun’s picture is also cropped a bit, there’s a lamp peaking in the side of his photo but you can’t see it because of the cropping.

Daehyun was kind enough to post the uncropped image on his instagram! As you can see the lamp in his photo is also similar to the lamp in the puzzle, and what’s that? Is that a mask? Well it seems as though the V for Vendetta theme is indeed confirmed, but is Daehyun V? I believe so, but we’ll see what other teasers might tell us.

Update

New teasers! Time for an update!

Alrighty!!!!!! So starting with Zelo’s teaser! Backgrounds might not mean anything, but it does look like his is similar to Jongup’s. Zelo also has a rose, though we are only able to see the stem…I’m not entirely sure why. It could mean something, but it could also be a crappy cropping job. 

And here we have Youngjae, the only one so far not to feature a rose in his photo at all. Daehyun has a rose in his image, but he’s not holding it. Youngjae is wearing red though, much like Daehyun. If Daehyun is indeed V, perhaps Youngjae is someone who helps him, an ally. In V for Vendetta, V finds an ally in Evey, so it’s possible. If Youngjae is the ally character, it could make sense that he wouldn’t have a rose. Evey in the end is the one who makes sure that V’s plan is fulfilled, but roses are more related to V and those in power that V kills. 


Titans Created the Taint

Alrighty then so I made a post earlier stating that I was going to explain how the titans created the taint/ blight. Now I had an entire full-length description written up, but before I could post, it got deleted. Yay me…. So Here’s the brief summary. 

The titans are ancient, huge creatures that are literally the “Pillars of the Earth” that sing to the Stone and have lyrium for blood. 

Now the elves got kind of mad with the Titans in the times of Arlathan because they were shaking elvhen cities. Now the elves then launched an attack on the Titans thinking that it’ll take the earth. Though the ended up finding lyrium and realizing its power. This is where we get into complicated anatomy stuff. 

Now imagine the sheer size of the titan. It is huge! The elves started mining and killing off titans left, right and center, mining them for their lyrium blood. Now think anatomy.  The elves to the titans were a parasite/ bacteria that was infecting and harming the titan by going after its lyrium. Realizing this, the titans would’ve had an immune system response to deal with the invading parasites/ elves. The taint is just that. Their immune system response. 

The taint was created by the titans to fight off the elves in order to make it so they would stop killing off titans.

Now if we look at the fact that the titans sing, the taint sings, and lyrium sings, we see that that’s a lot of singing just for it to be a coincidence. So I believe that the titans created the taint which explains the signing that the darkspawn and Grey wardens hear. It all stems from the Titans…..

My other post was much more convincing. I’ll retype it soon, but I hope this suffices @dragongem777 and @the-schnee . Oh and Titan is an anagram for taint.

anonymous asked:

kiss, marry, kill- preston, nikki and neil

Max: Alrighty… 
Max: So, kiss Neil, I guess? Honestly, I’d sooner stick my arm in a blender, but it seems to be the best choice by process of elimination.
Max: Nikki is the only person who wouldn’t get on my nerves for long enough to marry. I mean, I dealt with her when we had that stupid platypus thing going on, and I guess that’s kind of like raising a kid.
Max: And kill Preston. No contest.

Neil: Max… I’m not trying to make any preemptive judgement about your life, but why do you have a picture of my face with the word ‘kiss’ written underneath?
Max: Well, fuck.

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anonymous asked:

I remember a post about Dick swearing but do the others do that? Jason swears a lot in fanon but I don't recall him or timmy swearing in canon. Damian says "damn" in son of batman, what else?

Okie dokie here is Shelly’s post about Dick swearing, and here is a Jason comparison. So I’m gonna limit myself to the younger three Robins.

Bear in mind that this isn’t even close to a complete list– it’s mostly pulls from the series that I’ve recently reread (Red Robin, Batgirl (2009), both Batman and Robins, Batman Eternal) plus whatever panels I already had on file. Here we go!

Alrighty so I find that pretty much every member of the batfamily uses “damn” and “hell” often. Here’s Tim with 

assorted hells

couple damns

And my personal favorite: “I am so screwed,” when he realized Ra’s was watching him.

I also noticed that Tim is more likely than the others to use fake swears like these

Freaking, darn, and nuts. All in all? Pretty lowkey. Steph on the other hand:

Lots of variations on ass

One bitch and a few damns

Two screwed, couple hells

And a single fuck. Interestingly enough, Steph might have the highest swear rate. I stopped screenshotting after a while because there were so many.

Also:

Lots and lots of craps.

And Damian varies a ton by writer. In his very earliest appearance you get

(Side note: Alfred’s response to that is something like “ah, memory lane” while he glares at Bruce, so I’m guessing Bruce was a mouthy kid too)

Weirdly enough I couldn’t find a single Damian swear in the first section of the preboot B&R series. But as soon as it switches over to Tomasi, we’re back in business.

Lots of hells, three asses

Couple damns and two bastards. 

And there you have it

canigulance-deactivated20170701  asked:

Your Will Solace is just so beautiful and basically makes me want to cry. He's so amazing, alrighty. That's all. Have a nice day!

Now he’ll talk about it the whole week (also nico’s shirt and mug were a birthday gift from will)

anonymous asked:

Helloooo. 1. Do you run the ScientificPokedex blog? and 2. Do you think there could be an actual scientific explanation for Zoroark's illusion ability?

 Hellooo! Number 1, No I do not run the @scientificpokedex blog but they do an amazing job, big props to them!

Number 2. Hmm that’s tricky, so we want a real life example of an animal convincing another animal that it is something it’s not, so not clever camouflage and accurate visual mimicry, as with a stick insect for example, but rather where one animal has been tricked, it is under the illusion that another animal is something it is blatantly not. Well then, we need to talk about

  p h e r o m o n e s 

alrighty, so pheromones are defined as a chemical secreted by an organism that triggers a social/behavioural response in another organism, usually of the same species. They are used everywhere in nature, from tiny single celled prokaryotes up to big lumbering mammals such as ourselves. Uses of pheromones include territory marking, avoidance of inbreeding with close relatives, alarm signals, and advertising sexual availability and fertility. Specialised pheromones called ‘necromones’, released by the decomposing bodies of certain animals, repel living animals of the same species so that they don’t go near the bodies and potentially catch the disease that killed the dead dude. 

Those are just a few of the uses nifty chemicals, but as usual insects one up other animal groups in the diversity of ways in which they use them. The highly sophisticated and complex societies of eusocial hymenoptera (bees, ants, and wasps) are only possible through the use of pheromones, for example from coordinating colony activities e.g. defending the colony from predators, to exchanging information,  allocating tasks to different castes, social policing, regulating reproduction, and the use of trail pheromones, e.g. when ants lay a path of pheromones towards a food source, and then lay over a repellant pheromone over that trail, cancelling the message once the food source is gone. 

Because these social insects are so reliant on pheromones, they are ripe for abuse from other animals who can exploit their chemical society, and this is how I am going to lead it back to Zoroark. 

Meet Phengaris alcon, or the Alcon Large Blue butterfly

 Yes a very pretty looking butterfly, but don’t let appearances fool you. It’s caterpillars hatch on leaves like regular caterpillars, and stay there for a few weeks, munching away and growing, but after a certain point, they just drop off the leaves and onto the ground. There they release a pheromone which smells exactly like the pheromone released by the larvae of certain ant species. When these ants come across the caterpillars, they are fooled into thinking that these caterpillars are indeed their own larvae, despite being a different colour and much bigger than the ant larvae, i.e. they look completely different. 

The ants bring the caterpillars back to their nest, where they clean, feed, look after and protect the caterpillars, sometimes even at the expense of their own larvae when food is short. The caterpillars feed and grow in a safe environment, eventually metamorphosing into a chrysalis, then into an adult butterfly, where they then crawl out of the nest scot-free and begin life in the skies, having had a great start in life all down to some smelly trickery and illusion. 

(see below, Phenagris chrysalises next to ant larvae, with the ants none the wiser!)

Other Phenagris species will mimic the Queen ant rather than the larvae, and thus get a more royal treatment (though the true queen is never convinced so this is a more risky strategy), or some instead of just getting fed by the ants like a cuckoo will ravage and eat all the ant larvae when it gets in the nest, without retribution by the ants. 

(this video is fantastic and shows the whole lifecycle, plus a bonus pheromone related plot twist near the end!)

Basically using pheromones in this manner is a way of mimicking something you’re not despite looking nothing like your subject. The ants are under the complete illusion that these huge caterpillars are their own tiny young, despite input from other senses. So… what I am saying is that perhaps Zorua and Zoruark are very proficient chemical mimics and can emit strong pheromones that convince you that you are seeing a different pokémon than what’s standing in front of you. Maybe that, mixed with a hallucinogenic compound, neurotoxin, or other mind altering druggy substance (heck even laughing gas lol) to make you more suggestive. I dunno, it’s a huge stretch, but it’s an excuse to talk about Phenagris lol

Originally posted by axew

So I made my very own first spread to help myself and others get through this month because it’s been weird hard for everyone I’ve talked to. So you can use it if your having a shitty month too!
1. How this month is effecting your energy
2. How to go forward with less shit in your month
3. Next month’s energy
4. How to make next month not so shitty.

Alrighty, happy reading ♡

THE GANG GOING TO BARNES AND NOBLE

Because why the fuck not??? (Sort of modern don’t judge me)
-alrighty, so mah boy Pony just wanted to have a good time on his own, right?
-w r o n g
-so
-very
-wrong
- So pony is walking to the bookstore, he’s hunting for like idk The Maze Runner, or maybe a nice copy of The Great Gatsby
-Johnny decided to tag along cuz his parents were being lil shits so pony was like
-“aye John boy. Wanna come to Barnes and Noble with me? DONT U WHISPER ANY OF THIS SENTENCE TO ANYONE OR IMMA STAB YOU.”
-“ok, ok I’ll go. But gosh darn it you have to chill”
-So they’re walking with their hands in their pockets, cigarette in hand, kicking a rock and they come to the beautiful land of books and ponyboy is like in awe
-Johnny is very excited he doesn’t go to places like this much
-Johnny goes over to the comic books cuz those are his shit
-good friend bonding, calm friend time is a grand old time
-T H E N
-the door just BAM
-fuckin
-SLAMS ALMOST OFF ITS HINGES
-in this quiet ass book store
-all the adults are like who tf is this disrespectful scum
-Dally’s just like
-“SURPRISE MOTHERFUCKERS”
-He gets shushed so hard
-pulls out a toy gun and slaps a teenage girl with it and she like
-no thanks but ok
-Dally pulls out a cigarette because of course
-cashier is like U cAnT sMoKe In hErE
-Dally just laughs and runs through the aisles
-Two-Bit, Steve, Sodapop, and Darry fly in.
-Darry just like “WTF PONY U SAID UD BE HOME I WAKE UP AND DALLY FCKN TELLS ME UR AT A BOOK STORE WTF”
-Dally sneaky as shit he found out about the outing real fast
-pony is like about to cry from this embarrassment he just wanted a book OK
-Soda and Steve run for some action
-Two-Bit is climbing the shelves and laughing his ass off
-The workers are rolling their eyes and trying to get him down and he’s teasing them lmao
-Dallas is on top of a young adult romance shelf and is DISGUSTED
-“READING IS D U M B”
-Johnny is hiding in a shelf he just needed some quiet time but then he sees Dally being cool so he’s like I guess I’ll go n hang ya know
- The employees have given up and are all just in the bathrooms crying the poor people
-Dally starts ripping up a book
- Johnny’s like wtf “you can’t do that you have to pay for it.”
-“I know johnnycake. It’s wrong to destroy literature. It’s such fun to read.”
-he flips it over and reads what he’s destroying
“John Green is toootally tuff as shit… man, who cares?”
-PONYBOY COMES RUNNING
-“I love his work”
-Dally doesn’t even look he just chucks the ripped up book at ponys face and pony is like IhbehbihsbbhidybiuvydiyvVUYUYFGUYGUUVG
-Dally takes the book home tho (The Fault In Our Stars) and reads it and shed a tear then burned he book cuz it thought it was the work of Satan
-Soda and Steve are bored as shit they’re napping in the kids section while Two plays with some kids
-he gets these kids in a circle and is telling stories about his shop lifting experience
-Finally the manager comes out and is like GET THE FUCK OUT
-They all leave laughing and Johnny and pony Are so sad
-they’re banned from returning
-PONY JUST WANTED A BOOK, OK?!?
-but then two bit shows Ponyboy his jacket full of stolen books and
-Pony wants to tear up
-Johnny takes the comics and is like “thank u so much man”
-pony just “eehheyydygdgydgydgydgy thank you…”