I’m gonna go on a quick rant on feminism/femininity and Disney here.
It just riles me up when people seem to get the idea that femininity means a lack of feminism. When people take a look at the girl in the pants and the girl in the ballgown and says the one in pants is more feminist and empowering than the one in the dress. The whole point of one of the many aspects of feminism is that as women we have the right to choose to be and wear whatever we want. A woman in a dress is just as feminist as a woman in a burqa, and they’re both just as feminist as a woman in a suit or a woman in a bikini. And beyond clothing, a woman who’s married and in love is just as feminist as a woman who’s single. Here’s where Disney comes in, no one princess is a better more feminist role model than another. It’s important to have more than one type of role model yes, but just because one girl likes to fight and another girl likes to sew, it doesn’t mean that one is a better role model. All the princesses and other Disney ladies have good values to teach us and our kids in different ways and I’m gonna go through them with you.
For one thing this girl is 14. She is a child and her outlook on the world and her dreams in life shouldn’t be measured up to an adult’s. She’s kind, caring, and yes, she does dream of true love’s kiss. But she’s 14. When I was 14 I was dreaming of the same damn thing. But what we can learn from her is that when you care for everyone, even strangers, you’ll see that kindness returned. When she’s lost in the woods and scared for her life, she still finds the strength to be kind to the animals. In return they show her to the Dwarves’ cottage. She’s sweet and decides to clean up the place and take care of the dwarves out of the kindness of her heart and they return the kindness by giving her a home when she had none. At the end she’s rewarded with the true love’s kiss she wanted. We can even learn from the Evil Queen that vanity is a terrible thing.
The main thing to remember about Aurora is that for one thing, she met Phillip when she was a baby. The other thing is that while the good fairies did love her and take care of her, she grew up isolated and alone. She’s always had these dreams of meeting someone (anyone) else to break that isolation. But in that isolation she’s still strong, kind, and trusting. She loves her adoptive aunts, and for a side character(might make a post about that later) I would still count her as a good role model because of that kindness.
Her, I’m definitely going to expand on in another post. But, she’s one of my favorite princess. Ironically, not one of my favorite movies, but she’s an amazing character and I love her. She’s a survivor of child abuse. That’s the very first thing that you need to understand about her. She doesn’t stay happy and content with a grin and bare it attitude, she got mad. She was snarky, and she only found happiness in the little free time she had and in her pets/friends. All she wanted that night was to go to the ball. All she wanted was one night to have fun and get out of the house. She wanted one night where she wouldn’t be berated and yelled at and ordered around. And when she met the prince, she didn’t even know who he was. She didn’t even mind that she would probably never see him again. And at the end she more or less saved herself. She didn’t wait around and sing a song from her tower to get rescued, she asked her friends to get the key and help her out. She was smart enough to pull out the other slipper. There’s nothing wrong with getting help from those around you and there’s no shame in asking for it. There’s nothing un-feminist about getting help, especially when you’re an abuse survivor. And that’s what Cinderella is about. Her fairy godmother coming to help her. Women helping women.
The one big thing that made the Disney renaissance so great is they decided to follow the rules of Broadway musicals. One of the trademarks of this is the “I want” song. That’s the motivation for the main character and it’s the driving force for the plot.
Ariel wants to live in the human world. That’s her dream. She desperately wants to be a human. Eric was just the straw that broke the camel’s back. Ariel is strong willed and curious. She’s the undersea equivalent of an anthropologist. She’s 16, so of course she’s going to make stupid mistakes, but she gets to live out her dream in the end and become a human. The main point and what makes her a wonderful feminist role model is that she uses that drive and curiosity to pursue her passion.
I’m not sure I have to go into too much detail about her although I will mention, she is not a victim of Stockholm Syndrome. And to be honest how would being an abuse victim make her any less feminist? Anyway, of course she’s smart and loves reading. She loves adventure books and that’s what her “I want” song is about. She wants adventure and she wants someone who understands her and doesn’t think she’s weird for her interest. She’s a good role model not only for her love of reading but also of course for her kindness and seeing the good in people despite their appearance.
She. Is. Not. A. Prize. To. Be. Won. Moving on,
Kidding. But anyway she’s great because what she values is freedom and love. I feel like a lot of people forget is the line, “when I marry, I want it to be for love”. She wants to make her own choices in all aspects of her life and she decides to leave her life of privilege to pursue that freedom. You can hear and see it sprinkled in all around the movie (and the stage show). She sees herself as a bird in a cage and she’s happiest when she’s free and litteraly flying. And at the end she chooses Aladin. It’s all about her choice.
So unintentional racism, stereotypes, white savior trope, erasing history, and pairing her with the horrible monster aside for a moment…
Let’s talk about 18 year old Disney Pocahontas as her own character. The main thing that comes to mind when I think of her is strength and bravery. She knows herself and she knows what she loves, and she’ll do anything to protect it. She also cares about the earth and environment. All of those are wonderful traits to have as a role model.
Again, I don’t think I have to go into much detail about why she’s a great feminist role model. She’s usually who everyone thinks of when it comes to great feminist characters.
But what I will say is one thing not a lot of people mention in her great feminist role model-ness is that she doesn’t mind being feminine. She knows the ”perfect porcelain doll” isn’t her, but she doesn’t mind dressing up when she can make it her own. Another thing that I’m surprised get’s as ignored as it does especially since it’s scattered through the whole movie including her very first scene, she’s smart. She’s not a fighter, she’s a strategist. She makes her chores easier for herself. She wins the game of Go on her way to meet the match maker. She figures out how she can protect her dad. She uses the weights to her advantage. She does trigonometry in her head on the fly. She comes up with the distraction and using the fireworks. And the epitome of it all, she uses the symbol of femininity in the movie, her fan, to outsmart Shan Yu and take his sword.
Can you believe I’ve heard people say Tiana isn’t feminist enough? Most people know how hardworking and practical she is, but she also learns a very important lesson that you’ll never be truly happy if you don’t let loose and have fun in reasonable amounts. She’s an amazing role model just as wonderful as everyone else in the line up and her morale is one of my favorites to try and live by. “Fairytales can come true, but you’ve gotta make them happen. It all depends on you.”
Rapunzel, Merida, Anna, Elsa, and Moana:
Honestly I feel like I don’t have to do much defending for these four. Everyone on this site has already pointed out what great feminist role models they are and many people regard them plus Tiana and Mulan as the “best” most feminist princesses. I love them all too, and of course they’re all great feminist role models, I just don’t think there’s much I could add.
Anyway, I think a /lot/ of other Disney ladies are also wonderful feminist role models but this was supposed to be just the princess lineup. and I might make separate posts for them. But if you’ll notice I didn’t take relationship status, style choices, hobby choices, sexuality headcannons, or appearance into account when talking about what great role models they are because you shouldn’t. Of course women and girls deserve more than just one type of girl to look up to, but one type of girl isn’t any better or worse than another. You can be hyper feminine like Cinderella, Not feminine at all like Merida, or a little bit of both like Mulan. You can be smart like Belle, or naive yet kind like Snow White. All of them are wonderful.
I’ll go ahead and leave you my favorite Disney feminist hero.
@zsaszmatazz tagged me to do the “six movies I can watch any time” meme (LIKE 10 YEARS AGO I’M SORRY) so here goes!
1. Road to El Dorado
Don’t tell me you can’t also watch this whenever. It’s lolzy, it’s feelsy, and it’s the source of one of my three OT3s. If Miguel/Tulio wasn’t allowed to be canon, I’m making Miguel/Chel/Tulio my headcanon dammit. Fight me.
The story is a fantastic adventure every time. The music is amazing, the animation is GORGEOUS. The jokes are funny no matter how many times I hear them. “Stars.” “Holy ship.” “Apparently ‘El Dorado’ is native for GREAT… BIG… ROCK.”
And don’t get me started on the armadillo. Is that thing a spirit guide? A god? Probably. I’m for it.
2. Chicken Run
I consider this one a guilty pleasure. Again, always a funny, fun adventure. Just serious enough to balance out the lolz. And Ginger is one hell of a snarky character. I love that she’s simultaneously mom friend and rebel friend.
Also, it’s that claymation Wallace and Gromit animation, which is just… nifty! I always find myself watching certain characters move, checking out different textures, especially with Babs and her knitting. Just… excellent.
Also, also this:
What can I say about this movie? Well…
I was based on a book written by my favorite author, Neil Gaiman, is a fantastic adventure that addresses the line between magic and non-magic worlds and includes such fun things as evil witches, falling in love, warring princes, falling stars, unicorns, ghosts, and sky pirates in drag (which Neil said he’s pretty sure he didn’t write, but it’s such a good scene you guys).
I am always happy by the end of it. The growing-up story is so good. And Tristan kind of bumbles through it like I totally believe I would were I thrown into a story like that. It’s just… such a satisfyingly complete and fun story, and I love it every single time.
Shut the hell your mouth this is the best villain-to-hero story I know. I am always so proud of Megamind. Like, real talk, how often does our favorite adorable villain get the girl? How often do we get to see the bumbling bad guy actually get a cool-ass happy ending? And the emotional journey he goes on gets just serious enough without killing the funny vibe the whole movie carries.
The writing is tropey, but in a way that totally plays on those tropes while making fun of them. Trope-ception is my favorite trope. And I love, love, LOVE the design choices. This movie is so colorful, and the proportions are so over the top. It’s just a visual salad.
And, as always, the jokes are good no matter what. I don’t think I’ll ever get over, “And I love you, random citizen!” This movie is such a fun time, please go watch it.
5. Strange Magic
Have you heard of this movie? Well, now you have. Please go watch it.
Much like Megamind, Strange Magic got pushed to the back burner by more popular movies coming out at the same time. And that’s just a shame, because it’s just so good.
It’s a jukebox musical with reenactments of all sorts of songs, all of which are brilliant (half the time because Evan Rachel Wood My Queen is singing them, but also Alan Cumming, and sometimes they sing together and I die). The story is predictable, but the characters are what make it for me. They’re fun enough that even though I saw the end coming a mile away, it was nothing but enjoyable watching them get there.
This fandom is also dear to my heart. It’s full of some of the sweetest people with some of the most interesting fan fiction that I’ve ever read. When I think good writing, I think @abutterflyobsession who has made me cry on more than one occasion, and @jaegereska whose lore and OCs add so much to the world beyond the movie.
Major draws: good music, lovely animation, self-confidence story, princess with a sword, SWEET SWEET VENGEANCE, and did I mention singing by Evan Rachel Wood, Alan Cumming, and Kristin Chenoweth? Bruh.
My favorite movie for now and always. Set it at the bottom for full effect. Get ready.
First off, music by David Bowie that is fuckin’ catchy as heck. If you don’t want to at least tap your foot along to ‘Dance Magic Dance’ you’re lying. ‘As the World Falls Down’ was the first song I remember wanting to know the lyrics to.
Side note: If you didn’t think the Fireys were creepy as fuck, you’re also lying.
There has never been so much glitter in one place ever. The visual gags are always funny. Like, there are Bowie faces I still can’t find to this day hidden in the scenery??? The muppets are all adorable because Brian Froud is amazing, and I want a pet goblin. Everything is just so much fun to look at. Don’t even get me started on the ridiculous fantasy fulfillment that is the ballroom scene. I just.
The jokes are always funny because they run on a dry sense of humor like mine. “Well, come on feet.” One I missed for years. “No, that’s the dead end, behind you!” Ha, hubris. “It’s a piece of cake!” Shut up, Sarah…
But you also can’t not love the characters? Like, come on, who doesn’t wanna hug Ludo just a little. And Didymus, the fox knight that rides a fuckin’ tiny dog into battle?? And Hoggle who collects jewelry and pretends to be bitter as hell but cares so much??? Heck off, they’re all awesome.
Fave movie. Always.
Honorable Mention: Big Fish
Added this one because I can watch this any time, but it always makes me cry, so I usually save it for when I need a good cry. (Srsly, @may10baby can vouch, I once tried to explain the end to her and started sobbing in the car).
It’s just such a cool story. We get to see the life of the father as told through his own hyperbolic stories, which include a star-studded cast playing funny scenes in between serious family time. And the end… christ, it’s just such a satisfying ending. Such a good play on storytelling and what it can mean to people. Which, as a writer, means a lot to me.
Also, it’s the only Tim Burton movie I’ve seen that doesn’t look like… that. You know. How Burton movies look. Helena Bonham Carter plays like 3 different people, and none of them are Mrs. Lovett. That’s a feat, honestly.
I’ve said this about a few of these, but please watch this movie.
since i’m having a really big writer block with the last chapter of 3rd whee sol i’ll leave you this to read in the meantime.
(( Lance-centric. Good Lotor. Papa Kolivan. Also, Lancelot.))
Warnings???: i didn’t re-read this. It was made in like, two days. English my second tongue , OH ! Also, angst.
-Imagine the typical Langst. Lance thinks he’s only the seventh wheel, right? So he tries to prove the team he’s a value and useful member of team voltron by training more, trying to take care of the others (like helping Shiro sleep, be there for Hunk and Pidge, sometimes sparing with Keith). -Of course, that’s not enough. Not for him, at least. Lance wants to have the opportunity to prove himself. He wants to show eveyone (and himself) that he’s a good paladin. -The opportunity eventually presents itself. Kolivan asks Allura for Lance’s help to go into an undercover mission on a planet that is 90% water. The mission is not really that complicated, they only need to go, retrive some information of one of their most value -infiltrados- and then go. The problem here was the Galra base was in the very deeps of the oceanv and the Blade’s ships are not capable of resisting the preassure. That’s why the blue lion is perfect for the job. -It’s not much, but it gives Lance the perfect chance to show his friends he can also do cool stuff on his own. -He accepts right away. Allura seems hessitant, but she knows it’s important for Kolivan. Shiro is a little worried, but only wishes Lance good luck and hugs him before he leaves the hangar with the older Galra. -The planet is some systems away from them and Allura could have whormwhole there with no problem, but it was Galra territory. -Lance travels the old way with Kolivan by his side to their destination. -Lance, of course, talks. And surprinsingly, Kolivan does too. They get along really well, and even though the galra is clearly different from him (he’s and alien for god’s sake), Lance can tell that was the start of a great friendship. -It takes a week and half to get safely to the planet. As Kolivan said, the blue lion was perfect for the mission. Blue felt light as a feather and moved with grace even in the depeest part of that weird alien ocean. -They arrive to the base and sneak in. A quarter of the galra there are from the blade, which makes their mission eassier in a way. -They finally meet with the famous and importat informant Kolivan was looking for. “Kolivan! I was not expecting you. It’s good to see you, who is this beautiful creature that is by your side, if i may ask?” -Lance is gone. -Really, the guy was the most handsome thing he had even seen in his life. He stutters, and Kolivan just sighs when he notices what’s going on. (He’s not surprised) -They talk and Lotor’s explains why he had stop giving them information. “Haggar has been keeping an eye on me. I think she supects of my loyalty to the Galra empire. I had no choice but to stop all comunications with the blade. I am very sorry for not telling my reasons, Kolivan. But you must understand why i had to act fast.” -He also tells them what a bad idea idea was for them to come to the base. He’s happy to see Kolivan again and to know the Blade is now working with the paladins, but the danger still lingers. “I’m afraid you will have to stay, at least for a while. The perimeter is dangerous. You were lucky for entering without setting any of the alarms, But leaving will be more difficult. As i said, Haggar has been watching me and my people. She’s looking for any excuse to banish me from the empire. If she sees you, she will destroys us all.” -Kolivan and Lance are not happy with these news but in order to protect the blade, voltron, they have to stay. -Lotor gives them armors to blend with the others. They act as Lotor’s personal guards. Which is cool, Lance thinks, because he can be in important meetings and gather important information for Voltron. -He starts spending a lot of time with Kolivan and Lotor (obviously). Eventually Kolivan becomes a father figure to Lance . The galra is really patient and kind with the boy. -When they are alone, or only with Lotor in the room, Kolivan will often pat his head like child and call him ‘pup’. -Lance is really happy with this. -Lance and Lotor also grows closer to each other. Their friendly flirtation quickly becomes something else and it’s almost as if they’ve been friends since forever. -The paladin starts noticing a few things, and sees that Lotor actually has a really important position in the galra empire (which is why he’s such an important asset to the blade) but he’s not sure what he is. When he finally asks, Kolivan and Lotor share a look. -Lotor sits him down and holds his hand before telling him the truth"I am the heir to the throne. Zarkon is my father and Haggar my mother.“ He says and Lance is in shock. He looks wary at first, but he decides that if Kolivan trust Lotor, there’s nothing to worry about -They ask Lance not to tell anyone about Lotor, not even Allura. Only a few members of the Blade knew the prince was a part of the Blade of Marmora. Since he is their best resource they have to keep him identity safe at all cost. -Lance is wary at first, but decides to give it a shot. If Kolivan trusts Lotor, then he has nothing to worry about. -The relationship between Lotor and Lance changes only for the better. The flirting does not stop, but there’s something different in the way they do it now. Kolivan prefers not to say anything about it and watch it from a far. If someone comments something about him being around less, he only says he’s bussy (he wants them to spend some time alone, ok???) -And month and a half passes before they are able to leave the base and start their trip back to the castle. -Everyone feels relief when Lance finally contacts them and tells them they are ok. -They tell all the important details to the princess and the other paladins and from there they start making plans. Lance is beams(? with happiness when everyone compliments his good work. -Kolivan stays on the ship for reasons idk and of course he keeps spending time with Lance. Allura and Coran are really curious about the type of relationship the both of them have since they are completely different. But the Galra seems to be a positive influence on their blue paladin (they notice was really sad lately but were unsure of how to help), so they prefer not to interfire. -Kolivan is quick to see through Lance’s facade and how inferior he thinks he is to his fellow teammates. To help him see that’s not true, he goes to Coran, and together they talk to Lance retelling all the goods things he has ever done in battle, how many people he has saved, and how special and important he truly is to the team. -Lance ends up in tears and hugs the galra and altean. Coran sees now Kolivan as a friend and trust him more because he can see how much he cares for his favorite paladin. -Lance often jokes they both of them are his space-papas. (He calls Coran dad or papá, and Kollivan papa [the accent makes the difference]) Coran: "Well, you my be his space-father too but he was my son first.” Kolivan, with a straight face: “… He likes me more.” Coran: “HOW DARE YOU??!” -Coran and Kollivan’s friendship -Also they make lovely space-parents to Lance. -Kolivan starts training one-on-one with Lance at nights to help him improve in hand-to-hand combat and also teaches him how to use a sword because “My pup shall learn the ways of the Blade.” -Keith sometimes joining them. Lance does not want to share Kolivan, but the galra enjoys to spar with the red paladin. -Some time passes, and Lance starts asking Kolivan more questions about Lotor (and the galra empire in general but he cares more to learn about the prince). -Kollivan sees what’s going on and helps Lance to communicate with Lotor with the only condition to be careful and to only talk with the prince in certain hours and not to tell anyone. Of course Lance agrees and then Kolivan proceeds to explain him what to do. -When Lotor notices is not the older galra, but Lance, a big smile draws on his face and his eyes shines with happiness. They talk for hours, and none of them wants to stop but Lotor has things to do and Lance needs to rest. -They talk almost everyday, and everytime Lance sees Lotor, he feels his heart beat fast. It takes him two months to admit he has feelings for the prince. It takes Lotor a week after his realisation to confess to Lance. They start a long-distance/secretive relationship. Kolivan is the only one who knows about it (he was happy for lance when he told him, but also felt very protective of him) and Coran (but he doesn’t know it’s the prince, he thinks it’s a random galra rebel). -Thanks to the support of Coran, Kollivan and Lotor, Lance starts feeling better about himself and leavex his insecurites behind. He’s happy, truly happy, and the team is also happy and relief to see Lance like this. -More missions with the BOM appears, and Kollivan often takes Lance with him because he trust him more than any other member of Voltron. He sometimes takes Keith instead, but he prefers Lance because sometimes Lotor goes to those missions and he finds it as the perfect excuse to reunite the new lovers in the process. They both thank him a lot. -Their first kiss is lovely, sweet, and full of tenderness. The kisses they share when it’s time to say good bye, are always filled with passion because they don’t know when they will be able to see each other again. -They can’t keep their relationship from the other members of the blade because they can’t stop touching the other. The others truly don’t mind, they are actually really supportive of them. -“Finding happines and love in the middle of a war something we should cherish and protect.” -Two years passes. The war continues, their secret encounters don’t stop, and their love in spite of the distance and a few problems only blooms into something strong, pure and beautiful. -Lotor proposes to Lance, not before reveling himself to Coran and explaining all the situation to asks him and Kolivan for Lance’s hand in marriage. -The proposal happens in the BOM base. Most of the members of the Blade knows about Lotor now. Lotor kneels before him, proposing in the human way (with a ring) and then the galra way (by giving him a collar with a beautiful blue stone) -Coran is bitter he couldn’t go, but he’s really happy when he sees Lance coming back with a giant smile on his face wearing a beautiful necklace and ring. -Lance is so happy he can’t keep it secret from his best friend anymore. He doesn’t tell him it’s Lotor, but he tells him he’s being dating a galra from the BOM for 2 whole years and now they are engaged. Hunk is a little bit hurt because something this important was keep from him for so long but he completely understands why his friend coulnd’t tell him. He’s really supportive and he tells him he wants to be his best man on his earth wedding (because he will have one on Earth with his family and another one in space, obviously) -They keep fighting, the end of the war nearby. The final battle approaches. Voltron, the Blade, and others leaders part of the Voltron alliance makes a plan to finally take down Zarkon once and for all. They know the risks. Even when Zarkon forces aren’t as big as they used to be, they are still a danger to everyone. They all the allies they can get. -Lotor finally reveals the truth to everyone and leaves the empire with those who desire to fight agaisnt Zarkon. Allura and the other leaders are doubtful of his loyalty to the cause, but Kollvan tells them everything the prince did for them and how much he helped in the last few years. -Lance and Lotor prefer not to tell team voltron about ther engagement because they have more important things to think about. Still, they aren’t exactly subtle about it. -Lotor’s guards are the first ones to find out. Lance often visits Lotor in the middle of the night. He always tells the guards he’s just there to talk, but the galra have very good hearing. They know is not 'talking’ what their prince and the paladin do at nights. -Hunk is the next one to know, of course. He actually finds making out in his kitchen. “OH MY GOD! The Galra Prince?! You told me it was just some random galra from the Blade!” “Technically i didn’t lie. He’s from the Blade.” -Almost every Galra under Lotor’s command knows about his relationship with the Blue Paladin by now. -Pidge thinks there’s something weird going between them but she prefers to ignore it. Shiro and Keith thinks it’s only friendship. The mice tells Allura but she believes it’s a joke. -Slav already knew. -When the other leaders sees what’s going on they actually starts trusting Lotor more. If the blue paladin of voltron can trust him, they also can. (blue is the most loyal and trusting of the paladins, they trust his judgement) -They finally come up with a plan. Lance is afraid of what might happen, so is Lotor. -The galra ask Lance to marry him before going to war. Lance thinks it’s a beautiful idea and accepts. -it’s a simple ceremony and the do it in the BOM ship. Coran and Hunk are there as many of other galras. Kollivan is the one who leads the ceremony. -It’s so sweet and Coran is definitely not crying at this point. -They spend some hours together before parting ways to go to their positions. -They attack Zarkon while he’s on a planet and manage to trap him inside. -The battle is brutal. Zarkon is merciless and Haggar is cruel. For a horrible moment… Everyone thinks they are going to lose. But Voltron is stronger. And Voltron finally defeats Zarkon agaisnt all odds. -There’s a big blast and each lion goes flying in different directions. The paladins crash on the planet, and now it’s turn of their allies to defeat Haggar and other galra forces. Allura, with the help of light druids, is capable of defeating the witch. -Meanwhile, Lance leaves the blue lion and starts fighting others galras. He wants to find his friends, see if they are ok, but he needs to fight. He needs to help everyone he can. -Surprinsingly, he finds Lotor in the heat of the battle. He’s beautiful and ruthless. But he’s to focused and can’t see he’s about to be attacked from behind. Lance is fast, and without thinking it twice he draws his weapong and shots the enemy down. Lotor turns around, and smiles when he sees Lance. They keep fighting side by side. They are unstoppable force together. Finally, the galras started showing their surrender. -They are still breathing heavily. Lotor and Lance stare at each other, and start laughing with tears rolling down their faces. They done it, they won. They finally won. -Lance gives a step towards Lotor. The prince smiles and before he can move, there’s a shot. The expression on their faces completely changes. There are some screams, the time seems to stop for both of them. Lance looks pales, and Lotor falls to ground. He runs to his side and holds him tightly. He’s trembling and Lotor is quickly fading before his eyes. “Please don’t… Lotor please don’t close your eyes, love. Please focus on me, please baby, please.” Lance keeps repeting with fear. The galra only smiles at him, rises his arm and pulls him down for a last kiss. Lance can taste for blood from his lips. He also knows his armor is no longer white, but crimson. -Lance kisses him with fear of letting him go and keeps murmuring sweet promises of love to the prince. Not realising the moment Lotor stopped breathing. -Many surrounds them, allies and enemies alike. They watch the scene with sorrow. Nobody dares to get closer to them. Nobody but Kolivan, who grabs Lance by the shoulders and slowly tries to pull him apart. “No, no, please, Lotor–!” “Is not longer with us, pup. Let him go.” Says Kolivan in a soft voice. “No, no i can’t! Please papa, there’s must be something we can do!!” Kolivan heart broke at the sight. -It was difficult, but Lance finally let Lotor go. He just stood in silence next to Kolivan as he saw others carry away the corpse of his beloved one -Lance doesn’t move, doesn’t speaks. The tears are not longer running down his face, but he still looks miserable. -Kolivan makes him walk back to where the castle is. When they enter the room, everyone is there. The paladins seems so happy and all of them are celebrating. They quickly stops when they see that Lance is in shock and corevered in blood. -They think at first Lance is hurt and tries to talk to him with no results. Kolivan tells them the that someone dear to the paladin died in his arms. -Coran and Hunk conect the dots and takes Lance from Kolivan. They take his armor off and takes him to the showers to get rid off the blood. -Lance stops talking to everyone and locks himself in his room. He only eats when Hunk or Coran makes him, but otherwise he just sleeps all day or just lays awake on his bed. -Weeks passes like this, but nobody but Kolivan can actually make him talk. He’s too hurt, too sad. He cuddles with Hunk and Coran, but he can’t help but miss the arms of his lover. -Shiro wishes to be help more, but he and the princess are needed somewhere else. Now that the galra has no leaders, everything is a chaos and they need to put order in the fallen empire. Sometimes Shiro skips his meetings to visit the blue paladin, he stops trying to make Lance talk (it’s useless) but he always hugs him and tells him about his day. (Lance always seems not be listening, but he is). -Pidge and Keith also tries to help, but they don’t know what they can do for their friend. The best thing they can do is sits beside him until nights falls (sometimes they fall asleep on his floor). -Once the galra empire is more or less stable and the galra’s that fought beside Zarkon are now in imprisioned, the BOM decides they need to make an official funeral ceremony for their prince and name their new ruler. -They need the paladins and princess to be present, and it surprises them when Lance suddenly appears and tells them he is going too. Coras and Hunk looks worried, but Lance ignores their questions and prefers to go to Kolivan and stay in his ship with him. -The day of the ceremony arrives, and Lance is nowhere in sight. They think he decides not to go. So they get into their battle armors and goes to the place they are expected to be. -They see Lance already there wearing a royal Galra robe, which confuses and surprises them. -Kolivan and others galras part of the blade, leads the ceremony talking about the good things their prince did for them and how much he sacrificed(? and risk in order to proctect his people. -Lance looks about to crumble when Kolivan calls his name and asks him to give a step forward. Is Lance’s turn. -The others looks at him weird, not knowing what he was about to do. -Lance liftes a little box, full of strange-looking flowers. Under them, there were also some of Lotor’s belogings. Suddendly, after a druid says some words in a tongue they can’t understand, the flowers takes and unnatural color and starts irradiating a beautiful light. The flowers elevates and then they vanished in the sky. -According to the galra, the ceremony was to make sure Lotor’s soul could reach peace, and let his soul become part of the stars. To be one with the universe once again. -Lance is fully sobbing now. His cries are so painful, so full of grief, that they made everyone present shiver. The paladins and princess finally understands who was the one that Lance lost in the battle. -He falls to his knees, and Kolivan moves fast to help him stand again. He doesn’t let him go for the rest of the ceremony. -Lance starts talking, saying how much Lotor dreamt about the day his people would be free from his father control. How sorry he felt for those who were enslaved for their selfish goals. How much he desired to built a better Galra empire. One that could live in peace with the other races across the galaxy. Lance says that the Galra have a long way to go to make up for the damage they done (not entirely their fault, really) but promises to be there for them. To help them to get back on their feets again. He promises to be there for all the good galras that fought besides them to help them defeat Voltron, and he will fight for those who chose to follow Zarkon for fear and not really because they believed in their cause. “Everyone deserves a second chance” he says, “and i will give one to anyone who truly desires to change. This new empire will be built with trust, loyalty and new hopes.” When he finish his speech, he kneels and Kolivan approaches him with a black crown in hand. Since Zarkon, Haggar and the rightful heir to the throne are gone, the crown is now Lance’s by law. Kolivan carefully puts the crown on Lance’s head and then steps aside. “Rise, my King.” -All the galras kneel when Lance stands up. -The team truly can’t believe what’s happening before their eyes Not even Coran was expecting this to happen.
“All hail King Lancelot!”
Lance promise to himself to give his life to the galra empire and to make everything what Lotor once dreamt about come true.
So, this is it. It was so much longer than i expected, i’m not surprised by that anymore. Hope you like it♥
Also, this song ‘the born king’ ( x ) was the one that inspire me to write this.
So many people at my school only wanna watch mainstream anime like SAO, SNK, Tokyo Ghoul, Black Butler, and Naruto. Now don’t get me wrong everyone is free to watch whatever they want but DO NOT, sit there and tell me those are the best shows out there when you haven’t even explored the world of anime.
Get yourself some coffee or tea, sit down, and watch Code Geass, Bungou Stray Dogs, Zankyou no Terror, Kiznaiver, 91 Days, Monster, fucking hell even Blue Exorcist. And THEN tell me if those mainstream ones are still ‘the best anime out there’
Also not saying ANY of these animes or bad or that they shouldn’t be you’re favorite because almost all those series our near and dear to my heart but just know that you haven’t seen everything just because you’ve watched the mainstream ones
y'all i had so much fun cosplaying mare barrow. i literally felt like such a kickass princess because i did this in honor of being discharged from the mental hospital (that story is somewhere else on my page)
***PLEASE NOTE. I DID NOT DO THIS TO WHITEWASH MARE BARROW. A LIT WOC BETTER PLAY HER IN THE MOVIE. I JUST WANTED TO HAVE FUN AND FEEL STRONG***
what i did: half of my face is mareena. the other half is mare. one the mareena side i tried to look cold and dead like a silver hence the cool tone foundation and dark makeup. basically, i did my very best to be silver and even added a silver flush that you can see if you look closely.
on the other side- i made myself look beat up and worn down like mare. i added as much color and damage to my face ask possible. i also attempted some pretty terrible looking lightning scars.
***ANOTHER NOTE: NOTICE HOW HALFWAY UP MY CARTILEGE ON THE MAREENA SIDE I HAVE A NEW PIERCING. IN HONOR OF MARE, I’M GETTING AS MANY AS HER, ONE FOR EACH SIBLING. AND ON THE OTHER SIDE, UP IN MY ROOK, I HAVE MY FAVORITE PIERCING FOR CAL. GOING TO PUT A RED STONE IN AS SOON AS IT HEALS.***
this was so much fun. i hope everyone, including Queen Vic, loves it as much as I did. @vaveyard 🖤🖤🖤
I’m really sorry if you get a double of this or you just haven’t gotten to it yet cause you’ve got a lot of other requests but if you haven’t done so would you do Pirate England (pointing a sword possibly? Random thought lol)? He’s always one of my favorites. Or if you already have could you do just France being... France (if that makes sense?)? Thank you either way! Your work is incredible and amazing!
I thought to post this here, but I decided against it, posting it elsewhere. Here’s a higher quality remake of that draft, with a bonus sword!
An older teenage Ork enters your temple, seeking atonement for the life their herd made them live. What advice, if any, would you give them?
Brother Andrew looks around him at the temple. He always loves visiting the old sites; such history and community displaying the continuity of his faith. A few parishioners greet him. He is not here enough to remember all of their names, but he has mental notes reminding himself who they are; “Recently Widowed,” “Lost a Child,” “Insincere Dinner Invitation,” “Sickly Farmer.”
He hopes it is not cynical to recognize that while the faces change from year to year and decade to decade, the hearts do not. Some people come for guidance, others for charity, still others looking for little more than social standing or business contacts. While the people may change and the surfact circumstances may vary, he looks at the ornate depictions around him of stained glass and statues, and he is comforted by their consistency; unchanged since he was a small child.
He notices other attendants whispering to each other and looking pointedly at a corner of the narthex. He notices that a young ork is standing quietly to himself, while the humans around him give each other raised eye brows and knowing glances. But Brother Andrew sees no sign of the bloodlust or terror that are supposed to be the hallmark of that people. He sees no pillager or rampager or render of flesh… he sees only a broken child, looking for comfort in a place whose hallowed rafters have doubtlessly rung with a condemnation of ork-kind. Brother Andrew is again reminded that the places where he finds comfort don’t always offer comfort to others.
The ork stands before a statue, barely daring to look at it. Wet eyes attempt to bore a hole straight through the marble floor it seems, and Brother Andrew wonders if the rarity of ork tears would make them a potent addition to some mystic potion. As the cleric walks beside the ork, the other parishioners seem to hold their breath to listen in. Brother Andrew looks at the statue before them and asks aloud, “Do you know her name?”
The ork startles at the words, and then waits to see if the cleric adds anything else. This is not the first time he has been addressed in the temple, but it is the first time the voice was this gentle. The ork clenches his jaw, reluctant to leave his spot, but knowing that an altercation would only prove how unfit he is to be here.
“Justice,” he finally admits.
“Yes,” says Brother Andrew. “She’s pretty famous. You can’t miss her with those scales of hers. She’s always got them around somewhere. You know what they’re for?”
“She weighs the deeds of mortals, to see if their good deeds outweigh their evilness. If not…”
Brother Andrew interrupts him, “Enough about her. Did you know she has a sister?”
The ork turns to the cleric for the first time. He was not expecting a change of subject, nor for the cleric to look so suggestive. The small audience that was watching him and Brother Andrew would find Justice the perfect topic to point out to an ork, and the penitent knows it. Justice is why he is here. Justice is why he is fearful of this place, but Justice is also why he is drawn here. He knows which way his own scales lean; he knows his own personal history and what Justice demands of him; he remembers the screams and blood and the fury. And for all those reasons, he knows what Justice demands.
“What’s your name, son?”
“…Adrud.” Nobody in this place had ever asked his name before.
“Well Adrud, let me show you another statue. If you’ve got a thing for Justice and swords, you’ll probably like this one. It’s actually one of my favorites.”
Adrud turns hesitantly to follow Brother Andrew. He knows this is all the precursor to condemnation. He knows this will eventually lead to a reminder of what the orks have done, of what he has done, and why he deserves retribution. But by his own actions he has earned that condemnation. He deserves no less than judgement. He has condemned himself as much if not more than anyone else.
As the pair travel across the floor to the transept, Brother Andrew ignores the gasps and whispers as people watch an ork enter the space reserved for the faithful. Some assume he is escorting the ork out of the temple and are grateful, while others are disappointed he is being so gentle with the brute. All are relieved when they turn the corner and are out of sight.
In the eastern transept, Brother Andrew stops and looks at another statue. Adrud steps alongside him and looks up.
“Like I said, she has a sister. She’s not one of the headliners; few will write songs in her name, and nobody is going to war in her honor. But Clementia is one of my favorites.”
“Clementia…?” The ork had never heard the name before.
“Yeah, sometimes it’s translated as ‘Mercy’ or ‘Forgiveness.’ Or ‘Redemption.’ She and Justice are sisters, but sometimes they don’t really get along.“
The young ork looks at the sword and staff held by Justice. “Where are her scales?”
“Oh yeah, a lot of people miss that at first. Look under Clementia’s left foot.” The scales under Clementia’s foot were broken and discarded. “Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not opposed to Justice. She definitely has her place. Without her, we couldn’t have a civilized society. But the same goes for her sister. The trick is knowing that, sometimes, the scales aren’t actually helping, and you just have to throw them away.”
“But… but then how… didn’t you say her name was ‘Redemption?’“
“Oh yeah, absolutely. So how do you achieve redemption if you don’t have a scale? That’s the trick, isn’t it? See, actual redemption isn’t about doing enough ‘good’ stuff that it makes up for the ‘bad’ stuff. The truth is, nobody could ever get ‘redeemed’ that way. No amount of good deeds will bring a person back to life if they’ve been murdered. No amount of good deeds will erase a victim’s trauma after being attacked. I mean sure, if you steal some money you can give that much money back, but violence… violence doesn’t work that way.”
The ork once again turns his face downward as his eyes begin to well up. “So… there’s no hope.”
“What?! Of course there’s hope. They’d toss me out on the street and suspend my preacher’s license if I ran around telling people ‘there’s no hope!’ Of course there’s hope! And that’s it right there.” With that he pointed at the broken scales beneath Clementia’s foot. “The hope is to stop playing with the scales. The hope is to stop weighing and re-weighing and re-re-weighing your sins, hoping that maybe someday you’ll make up for it.”
The ork’s face looked at Brother Andrew in confusion. “But… isn’t that a little too… easy?”
Brother Andrew smiled, “Oh absolutely it is. And it’s the hardest thing you’ll ever do. See, Justice demands that our sins and guilt be weighed and that punishment is meted out. And you can live your life in service to Justice, and many do. But, as the sacred text says, ‘…All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.‘ Living your life in service of Clementia is nothing like living it in service of Justice. But that is the choice you have to make.
“You have to admit that you can’t do anything to make up for your past misdeeds. You can’t undo all those terrible things, and you have to admit that you’ve got to stop trying. To truly be redeemed, you realize that you aren’t the one that tips Justice’s scales. You must rely on somebody else to take away the scales, break them under foot, and say that you are good enough just as you are.”
Adrud looked at Clementia; the desperate pleading in her face, the gentle but firm touch in her fingers, and the defiant steadfastness of her stance over the scales. “Does she have devotees?”
“Absolutely. Come, I’ll introduce you to some of your brothers and sisters.”
Long story short, I need there to be a Seb/Ciel duet in “Tango on the Campania”. It’s important to the story, and in the context of Kuromyu as an ongoing series, it’s also very important in reflecting the evolving dynamics between the two characters.
To understand why duets matter, we need to go back to Lycoris that blazes the earth which was the first canon musical story. “I’ll be your Pawn and Sword” remains my most favorite song in all of Kuromyu for many reasons, and one of which is that it moved me in a way that the manga and anime somehow never did with regard to Sebastian and Ciel’s commitment to each other. I think one of the most refreshing aspects of this song (at least for me) is that it truly engages both characters. In other words, in this song, Sebastian and Ciel actually talk TO and ABOUT each other.
A part of the song has the two of them turned away from each other, and at the same time their voices overlap, completing each other’s sentences,
and lastly, both turn around to face and walk towards each other.
In contrast we can look at Sebastian’s closing song in Noah’s Ark Circus, “It’s not rewarded”.
This song, in comparison, is a much more conventional, one-sided ode from Sebastian. The dynamic it presents can also be illustrated by where the actors stood during the song.
For much of the song, Ciel was high above the stairs, silent and unresponsive to his surroundings, as Sebastian sings his praise from afar. Recall how in the manga and anime, the content of this song remained in Sebastian’s thoughts. In other words, what he said in this song was never uttered directly to Ciel. That way, Ciel cannot respond to what he was singing, and without input, he remains a passive figure only to be worshiped.
Now, there are practical and also purely artistic reasons for these differences. I am in no way trying to argue which is better, for both simply emphasize different aspects of this unique relationship.
“Jack the Ripper” arc traumatizes Ciel on the most personal and intimate level. It’s a tragedy centered around himself, making his reactions crucial to completing the story. That’s why it is necessary for him and Sebastian to have a “life is fucked up but hey we have each other” kind of moment in the closing song.
The circus arc, on the other hand, while also triggers Ciel in many ways, was mostly a tragedy of “others”. Yes, Ciel was emotionally disturbed in the process, but in the end he was not the person who had to suffer the biggest loss, or you can even say he was the very person who caused part of this tragedy. And the fact that Ciel already made his most blunt confessions right before the final song kind of forces it to instead focus mostly on Sebastian’s reactions. And that’s what “It’s not rewarded” was about. It was a song about Sebastian’s observations of Ciel. What he says here needs not be known by Ciel.
Now, there are probably more practical reasons why Noah’s Ark Circus did not have a legit Sebastian/Ciel duet. Reo’s voice might not be strong/polished enough to go against Yun’s power-notes, etc. It doesn’t affect the story in any big way, but because the songs are often the most emotionally rich moments in the musical, not having Ciel’s perspective in the songs was a real shame.
And here we finally get to “Tango on the Campania”, which features among other things the origin story of Sebastian and Ciel’s relationship. Many of its most iconic moments were about the two of them, not to mention one of the few instances where Ciel showed appreciation for Sebastian. So in this context, I definitely expect there to be at least one if not two Seb/Ciel duets that really digs deep into their bond and how they view each other.
One of the advantages of having an ongoing musical series that tells the story chronically is that we can witness the real time evolution of characters and their relationships, as well as the different faces of the same character. And the fact that Ciel’s actors grow up in the process only makes it more interesting. Fukuzaki Nayuta’s growth from Lycoris 2014 to Lycoris 2015 was breathtaking, and with a brand new story ahead, I definitely look forward to seeing Reo presents sides of Ciel we have yet seen on the Kuromyu stage.
The absolutely 100% correct way to start the fight with Champion Gundyr. This strategy is guaranteed to give you a beautiful view of the boss arena as your bleeding body flies gracefully through the air. Would recommend.
Swords of an Honorable Ruler is my FAVORITE Inuyasha Movie
I don’t care how big everyone’s ears are.
- Its one of the better glimpses we see of Inuyasha’s parents relationship and the tragedy surrounding his birth,(Thank goodness for the Tenseiga, huh?) and how Inuyasha’s father actually met his end.
- While Sesshomaru is is typical self - scientifically observing everything happening, I think we get to see a little bit more of his motivation here? Like, yes, he didn’t have the best relationship with pops - I mean he wanted to defeat him and be his superior. However I think the fact that Inu no Taisho died protecting Inuyasha and Izaiyoi robbed him of that opportunity. That could cause some serious resentment.
- Takemaru is a super interesting villain. He is quite similar to Naraku in that his desire for a woman soured when she was unavailable to him, thus motivating him to do some terrible things (i.e. Kill a woman in labor and her baby, be reanimated by a sword from hell…)
- The whole several scenes where Inuyasha is possessed by So'unga. Not only does Kagome get to see her nightmares realized (her involvement in the Feudal Era causing devastation in her own time), but also the actual destruction of a village by Inuyasha’s hand back in the Sengoku period. (I think we were ALL Miroku, screaming ourselves hoarse in desperation when we thought Inuyasha was going to kill that mom and her kids - one of my favorite moments btw).
- Sesshomaru’s left arm. I mean… he had the opportunity to get that baby back, but instead, he just casually watched it fall into the pits of hell.
- The scene where everyone ends up fighting together at the castle facing hoards of the undead is epic. Inuyasha and Sesshomaru standing back to back swearing to kill each other AFTER this is over? Miroku (as per usual) trying to martyr himself my sucking in all of the zombies and their miasma.
-AND WHILE WE’RE ON THE SUBJECT THIS LINE: “What good is this cursed hand if I can’t protect the woman I LOVE.” Yup. Love. I’m almost positive this is the first (and maybe only) time we hear Miroku verbally tell Sango he loves her. (Sure we hear him say he deeply cares for her, she’s important to him, etc., but not the l-word). Later goes on, in his poisoned stupor, to keep her from walking off a cliff into the underworld.
- Sesshomaru being protective. He is obviously driven to save Rin and even protect Jaken, but here we also see him protect Inuyasha. Of course he hides it by telling him he’s in the way, but still, he keeps Inuyasha from taking a pretty powerful blow.
List of angelic choirs and hierarchy for writing and roleplaying, brought to you by Bella
Real talk and probably unpopular opinion: TV shows about angels and demons are entertaining, maybe (I wouldn’t know,) but don’t really seem to adhere to the classic lore. This is a brief overview of the angel hierarchy with short descriptions. I might do a follow-up post that goes more in depth, but for now, have the basics. Even though there are some discrepancies among scholars and archivists, these are mostly agreed upon. (Note: Obviously you do not have to adhere to these with your characters, but guidelines/inspiration never hurts!)
There are three ranks, called spheres. Each sphere contains three choirs. Starting from the bottom:
Third sphere:Angels. These are the closest to humans and often are depicted as humanoid, sometimes even just humans with wings. They act as liaisons between the divine and the mundane. ‘Guardian angels’ sometimes fall under this umbrella, as do the angels that psychics and mediums call upon. Angels are the bottom ranks of the hierarchy.
Third sphere: Archangels. These are the messengers. Most famously, Gabriel delivered the message of Jesus’ coming and conception to the Virgin Mother. They also act as commanders of legions and are in constant battle with demons. (Will cover the archangels more thoroughly in another post bc I love them.)
Third sphere:Principalities. These act as 'guardian angels,’ but over entire cities and kings. They can be divided into two sections: administrators and assistants. Admins (as I will call them) guide the rulers and countries more firmly, while assistants are more of a supporting role to their charges. They usually have a crown and scepter and sometimes inspire art or science ideas. They are the highest ranked of the third sphere.
Second sphere: Powers. They are the nemesis of fallen angels and prevent them from overtaking the world. They also manage the movement of the planets and stars to make sure all that stuff stays in working order so God doesn’t have to fuss with it. They are often shown in armor and with various forms of weaponry, like soldiers. They are also considered record keepers of human (and pre-human) history, and were designed specifically to be loyal only to God. A common speculation is that no Power has ever be cast out or fallen, due to this design of theirs (although some say Satan was a Power, so whatever, you do you.) They are the lowest ranked of the second sphere, but outrank the entire third sphere.
Second sphere: Virtues. These deliver blessing directly from god unto the earth and its inhabitants. These are often called 'miracles.’ They bring courage and can help with acts of selfless heroism. They don’t have a ton of lore about them, probably because you can only grant so many miracles before it becomes boring as shit. Some say they govern the elements of nature too (hippies, maybe) but that’s more interesting than miracles to me, at least.
Second sphere: Dominions. They regulate all angels below them, from virtues to lower-rung angels. Basically the departmental managers. God (or Seraphim, as per God) gives them orders and they tel the lower ranks to which the orders apply. They very rarely bother to mingle with humans, since that’s grunt work. Also probably my favorite design out of all the angels, since they look like tall hot humans with huge wings and glowing halos on their heads or sword hilts. After this, we get into the more Eldritch designs with the angels. Dominions are the highest ranked of the third and second spheres.
First sphere: Thrones. Literally just a wheel of eyes and fire. Some Christian theologians chickened out with this one a little and said they are actually elderly men listening adoringly to God’s message, but I prefer the whole 'spinning wheels of flaming eyes’ interpretation. They carry out God’s big decisions directly. They are the lowest ranked of the first sphere, but still outrank even the dominions.
First sphere: Cherubim. They pull fiery chariots and carry God’s throne. They have four wings covered in eyes and four faces (a man, a lion, an eagle, and an ox.) Literally terrifying to see. They were also assigned to guard the gates of Eden once Adam and Eve fucked up and got barred from it. NOT to be confused with the fat baby angels in art. Those are called putti.
First sphere: Seraphim. Highest ranked of all the angels and the closest to God. Basically God’s hype men. Always singing songs about him and radiating pure light and shit. They balance and regulate all of the heavens. Some say they are made of light, some say they have six wings and cover their faces and feet with two pairs while using the last to fly.
Of the nine choirs, no one can seem to decide from where Satan fell. Some say he was a Seraph (along with Beelzebub,) some say he was a Cherub, maybe a Power, whatever. Azazel was also considered a cherub by some, but an archangel (lowercase A) by others. A lot of the specific angels are open to interpretation. Again, these are a loose guideline: if you feel you have a different source of information or you disagree with it, that’s totally fine! You do you.
Thank you so much to all the people who like and reblogged my last post! There were so many more responses then I could have hoped for and it made me so happy to see you all like it! Thank you! I hope you enjoy this next one also! You’re all the best!
- As a thank you for teaching her to sword fight, Piper takes it upon herself to introduce Hazel to all of the best movies and music.
- This leads to insanely long movie marathons, and an ipod filled with Piper’s favorite music. (And a crash course on how to use the ipod without breaking it.)
- Turns out that Hazel loves all the music Piper does and they have constant jam sessions.
- They have an uncanny talent of having the same songs stuck in their head at the same time.
- Piper is obsessed with Hazel’s artwork.
- One of Piper’s favorite forms of entertainment is watching Hazel beat the crap out of anyone who underestimates her because she’s “so small and innocent”.
- They have so many pictures together. Like, SO MANY. If you let those two girls near a camera, the storage will be full before you can blink.
- They take all types of pictures: artsy, cute, selfies, scenery, funny, and stalkerish pictures of the other people they are with.
- They never say it, but they both know that Hazel loves how easy it is to capture precious memories before they are gone, and Piper loves the proof that her life is okay and she has people who love her in her life.
- Hazel tells Piper about how its always been a dream of hers to see the world (you know, as a tourist, not a warrior going to defeat mother nature) so, Piper gets some money from her dad, and for Hazel’s birthday/Christmas, she surprises her with plans for a two week long trip around America.
- Hazel starts crying when Piper tells her, (Hazel almost never cries) and gives Piper the biggest hug.
- “I know its not the whole world, but its a start right?” “Shut up, it’s so great, thank you!”
- When they get back, (with their 5000 pictures) Hazel makes Piper a scrapbook commemorating the trip. She includes five full color drawings of her favorite places. Piper loves it.
- They both have mutual obsessions with each others hair. They spend hours finding cool new hairstyles and trying them. The rest of the Seven consider holding an intervention.
- Hazel is almost always the first person Piper goes to for advice because she trusts her and hey, being dead for seventy years really makes a person wise.
- Piper makes a resolution to convince Hazel to help her with her pranks, and, to Piper’s immense shock, she immediately agrees and has better ideas then Piper.
- FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS!
- Anyone who met them would assume that they saw each other in person every single day because of how close they are. No one would ever think that they lived across the country from each other.
- To be fair, they do iris message every day. Piper once said, “Its a day wasted if I haven’t talked to Hazel.”
They have both admitted on completely separate occasions that they one hundred percent consider each other family.
#10 - Skullclamp: If you’ve even seen an EDH game chances are you’ve seen this card. Every single token deck and sacrifice them deck ever has an undying lust for this thing. Just raw card advantage all day long.
Izzet me or is this missing a watermark?
#9 - Illusionist’s Bracers: A lot of commanders have activated abilities as do some pretty power creatures in the format. This lets you get the twice the bang for your buck automatically. Holds a spot in my heart for being an absolute superstar during my early days in EDH in both Polukranos and Jarad. Other commanders that quite like this include, but are not limited to, Breya, Muzzio, Gisa, Krenko, Feldon, Rhys, Trostani, Borgy 2.0 and much more.
#8 - Strionic Resonator/Rings of Brighthearth: These both copy very different things but they do the same thing which is copy your shit for #value
Ugin, The Spirit Daddy here to spoil you
#7 - Ugin, The Spirit Dragon: A while ago I said Elspeth Sun’s Champion was one of the top 3 planeswalkers in commander. This is #1. He stabilizes the board, picks off utility creatures and small commanders to keep the stability and his ult can win you the game on the spot.
He might be sad but I’m always happy to play him.
#6 - Solemn Simulacrum: It’s Just #good. Colorless land ramp/mana fixing, replaces itself and two oh so abusable types. If you got an empty slot it’s always a good idea to toss this boy in.
Play that funky music
#5 - Panharmonicon: Much like Illusionist Bracer’s but even better since you dont have to equip it to anything and ETB effects are much more common than activated abilities.
I hope we see this in Amonkhet
#4 - Burnished Hart: Its an abusable Explosive vegetation but more importantly, it’s a COLORLESS explosive vegetation. Mana ramp kinda sucks outside of green and this gives some much needed ramp to decks like Breya.
Sensi’’s Top aint got shit on this
#3 - Scroll Rack: Literally any moderate amount of Shuffling in your deck, especially repeatable ones, turns this into one of the most busted draw cards around. If you have a decent number of fetches and search effects in your deck or just something like Land Tax this should be in your deck. Personally have a soft spot for just how amazing it always is in Jeleva. Draw 5 cards AND get to know what I’m putting under Jeleva for 1 mana? One of my favorite all around cards. It would be higher but it’s just garbage in decks that lack a proper amount of Shuffling.
Apparently The blade isn’t really that picky
#2 - Sword of the Animist: Does your deck play any number of creatures and have at least like 5 basic lands? Yes? Play this card. The only equipment I consider more powerful than this is Skullclamp and I’d still say it’s pretty close. It gives you 1 land a turn every turn, Thinning out your deck and putting you ahead a turn. For ANY color. Also just a stunning foil. Goes really well with the above entry.
Was there ever any doubt?
#1 - Mindcrank: My favorite and signature card. I play this in literally all my EDH decks, not even sol ring gets that treatment. I originally started playing Mindcrank in Jarad to help feed Lord of Extinction and also help me against my friend’s Trostani’s lifegain (This was before I grew to love removal and boardwipe’s ability to remove such issues) and I just kept playing it and loved just the incidental milling and the politics it caused. People liked swinging at people that’ll mill more than one that won’t. I currently have 3 pages of this card in my binder and I’m looking to get one more page of Non-English ones. This card just represents so many good Magic related memories and reminds me why I love the game so much.
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