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Elven anatomy and physiology* headcanons

Mostly based on canon and observation, some actually canon and sometimes just plain making it up for fun. I have another one for dwarves coming, and may do one for qunari.

*I hope I’m using that term right.

  • Elves are androgynous and display minimum sexual dimorphism; the only visible differences between an elf with a uterus and an elf without is breasts and slightly wider hips.
  • Though elves have thinner body hair than other races some elves have thicker hair than others and sport very faint, light growths of fuzz along their jaw, chin and above their lips - what passes for beards amongst elves.
  • Ears are mobile, unless they put effort into avoiding it their ears will be almost constantly twitching, either as part of their emotional body language or due to reacting to sound. Their size, shape and mobility lends elves better hearing than most races (save Vashoth and Qunari who have similar ears). They’re also more tactile (sensitive to touch).
  • Hair and eye colours unseen in humans are known to occur in elves, such as eyes in golds, greens and blues in incredibly bright or pale tones, as well as shades of purple and violet. Assuming Ghilan'nain did not have albinism or dye her hair, white or platinum blonde hair can also occur naturally (as in before the pigment starts fading from age).
  • They also canonically have an extra layer behind the retina which gives them tapetum lucidum, or “eye-shine”, which catches light and shines it back through the lens. At night this will allow them night vision. As a result of evolving to see in the dark, the size of their eyes is much larger in order to catch the maximum amount of light, there are barely any whites to an elf’s eyes, with the iris and pupil taking up most of the eye. It’s also likely they have excellent day vision as well. Their pupils contracting and expand rather like a cats.
  • As a side note to the above, elves are likely not diurnal by nature (diurnal species having no use for night-vision). Although active during the day, they are likely just as active at dusk, dawn and sometimes night (preferably when there is a full moon or similar light source). City elves in general, having adjusted to human norms likely keep diurnal time patterns by habit (although elven rogues no doubt take advantage of their nature). Dalish camps however are more likely to see full activity on a near 24-hour basis, some clan members sleeping through the day, others through the night.
  • Leg muscles are also more highly developed than in other races, their thighs tend to be thicker and even a mildly malnourished city elf with no martial training could probably cause a decent amount of damage with a kick.
  • The soles of their feet are much coarser and thicker-skinned than other races, and more prone to thick callouses, making the skin harder to cut or damage. This is likely why elves do not always bother with shoes (though there are still conditions where shoes should be worn).
  • There is a notable physical difference between Dalish and city elves (or those few city elves who did not grow up in abject poverty). Due to malnourishment, city elves are typically smaller than humans, and lacking body fat (and often muscle mass) tend to have the short incredibly skinny “lithe, willowy” frames humans have come to associate elves with. Dalish elves on the other hand (while still prone to slimmer frames on average) get a large amount of daily exercise and train in combat and archery from a young age, as such you would be hard pressed to find a Dalish without at least some degree of notable muscle. Being archers, it would in fact be incredibly strange to find a Dalish without very defined back muscles. Being less prone to suffering malnutrition (short of accidents) they also tend to be taller and stand as tall as many humans, with an average height of 5'5".
  • A side effect of their innate magical nature - their dormant immortality and dreamer abilities - is that elves both have incredible memories compared to other races, usually forgetting only their earliest memories. A rare few even possessing true eidetic memories allowing them to recall their entire lives in clarity. 
  • They have a tendency to enter a state of lucid dreaming far more often than other races their dreams usually being vivid and clear and easily recalled upon waking (even those who are not mages).
  • Also due to their inherent connection to magic, all elves will typically display at least some degree sensitivity to arcane energy, even those who do not develop magical abilities themselves (albeit to varying degrees). Many will notice when something “feels off”, which is usually subconsciously noticing a shift in the veil or a nearby spirit, or picking up on some residual magical energy left from a spell or enchantment. Elven mages also tend to do better in the spirit school than their non-elven peers.
In Regards to "Spain in the '30s" References

Season 4, Episode 7 “Live and Let Dine”

“What is this? Spain?” - Spain has been portrayed as a pretty racist country in the international spotlight. They’ve jeered not only black footballers, but black F1 Drivers and their national men’s basketball team for the 2008 Summer Olympics took a photograph where they pulled their eyes to mock Asians.

“What is this? Spain? I mean, the 30s?” - When Pam says that “ritzy joints like this have keep their reservation numbers on the ‘qt’”, she is using some slang that was very popular in that era. Especially the use of 'qt’ which means quiet or in today’s vernacular “the down-low”.

[Ref: “H. L. Mencken, in The American Language, 1921, comments on the American fondness for abbreviations. like OK, PDQ, COD, as well QT. He suggests they helped non-English speaking immigrants to communicate.”]

“What is this? Spain in the 30s?” - During Spain’s 1930’s Depression, much of their wine exports dwindled because the fields were not being used. Spain suffered a huge wine shortage because of the depression and the lack of wine production.

Thanks, Sam L, I really couldn’t find more anything more specific on it, so your info is super helpful! Thanks for the submissions! :3

I hate this show so much omg they actually had such good Aria is A moments this episode that I know won’t go anywhere because they can’t tie up all the loose ends in one episode!!
But omg aria talking to archer dunhill and the fact that she was the only one who saw his body ughhhhhh they could’ve done so much with that

This had to be my favorite episode of Archer this season just for this moment alone. Not just for mere fact that Archer was worried about Lana’s well-being enough to look into the many complications of pregnancy, but also how he tried to make her laugh after he unintentionally made her cry.

As fucked-up as their relationship is, they genuinely care about each other.

anonymous asked:

I was looking at your old posts and found Dark!Eddie. It got me thinking, but combining it with my headcanon that Earth-2 Tommy Merlyn is the Dark Archer and the fact that Earth-2 Laurel is Black Siren, what if Eddie was also evil? I like the idea that all the martyrs of Earth-1 actually being the villains (or at least morally gray) of Earth-2.

Oh damn.

I’m really here for dark!Eddie. Earth-2 dark!Eddie??? Now that I hadn’t considered. I kind of love it.

Think of the angst of an evil Eddie making his way to Earth 1? He died as Iris’s hero, died to be her hero, and here is in, in the flesh, mocking his dead counterpoint and that sacrifice. He’s scathing

It reminds Barry of this, and stops him short:

Originally posted by marcomardon

And it hurts, like damn. It hurts them all, but especially Iris. Because Iris hasn’t been to Earth-2, just heard about it. And this isn’t like Caitlin’s transition to Killer Frost (then back). There was no warning, no preparation for this spectre from their past to come haunting.

Maybe he has powers, or maybe he doesn’t. Maybe he’s a mastermind of sorts instead, always three steps ahead like The Thinker. Or maybe he has a weapon, and anti-speedster gun (just because he’s evil doesn’t mean he was on Zoom’s good side, after all), enough to disrupt Barry and Wally’s connection to the speedforce and leave them smarting. Maybe he has allies.

Ahhhhh, Anon. I love it!

Regarding the After-Credits Scene in ufotable’s FSN UBW Episode 25

It seems to me that a lot of people were confused at the end of UBW’s anime, specifically during the after-credits scene..

Did Shirou become Archer, despite Rin’s best efforts and the things they’ve been through together? Where was Rin during the after-credits scene?

Don’t worry and stop panicking; they’re both fine.

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Headcanon: Fili once dumped a pot of black ink on his head because he felt out of place in his family. This prompted Dis to tell her boys about their blond Uncle Frerin, who incidentally was on his way to become a master archer. The fact that Frerin was the younger brother inspired Kili to take up archery as well.

I suppose since I have the time I’ll parse the logic of Archer and Shirou’s argument since it’s one of the more interesting parts of Stay Night.

Simply put Archer represents an interesting ethical dilemma of a man who has lived his life nearly flawlessly upholding a set of moral beliefs only to wind up in hell. 

(Not a happy place.)

The argument from his perspective goes something like this: aside from factors that were somewhat outiside my own control (my ability to always be strong and skilled enough to succeed at what I was doing) I always held up my own ideals. No choices I made were mistaken according to those ideals but the results were terrible therefore to trace back the root cause of my misfortune- how I could have prevented this outcome- I must go back to the origin and accept that my ideals were wrong or at least unsuitable for the world in which I live in. My own moral intuition was incorrect and I should never have pursued it.

(A fake like you should never have been born.)

He is essentially correct in answering the question: what would have prevented this situation from occuring in the first place?

However there is a flaw in this line of reasoning as Shirou points out. 

(Not included: pictures of memes from translation errors.)

To begin with there is a logical paradox present in the sentance “my moral intuition was incorrect or at least wrong for the world I live in”. One cannot claim morality is wrong on moral ground- for one thing winning that argument means you lost your original purpose behind making it, if morality is amoral then there is nothing amoral about morality and such curious nonsense that should make it obvious this is wrong.

(Some days are better than others)

Furthermore if an ideal is incompatible with  a given reality that does not automatically lead to the conclusion that the ideal is flawed and the reality is correct in fact that is the very opposite of what our morality tells us- that sometimes the world is wrong and the ideas in our head about how it should work while sometimes impossible to carry out represent the correct order of things. Since one cannot argue from a point other than ones own moral intuition making the opposite argument that people are wrong and something else is right is impossible unless that is something that’s already included under your moral intuition making the two sides identical.

(Shit happens)

No matter how you look at it arguing against one’s own innate sense of right and wrong isn’t possible. 

So Shirou concludes that instead of answering the question of what would absolutely prevent Archer’s fate we must instead ask what Archer did wrong to cause this situation. The answer to which is simple: nothing. 

(Pictured:Literally nothing wrong)

Surprisingly for some no doubt Archer did not in fact spend his life going on random killing sprees for the sake of some far off greater good. Before his contract after death took away his sense of volition he always maintained violence as a last resort doing his best to resolve situations peacfully and trying to live up to the ideal of saving everyone instead of everyone whom it was convenient to save. He never truly succeeded but he never truly gave up.

The world as has been established is not a place that is always correct according to morality therefore it does not logically follow that someone abiding by morality will experience good outcomes. No system of morality guarantees ŕesults, only better chances. Archer made the best decision on the best information available to him thus the outcome is irrelevant. Morality cannot be established after the fact for one’s moral reasoning the question is always “in the exact same situation, knowing what I did only then should I make the same choice?” and Shirou agrees that he would. Knowing now of what he learend from Archers troubles he would make different ones but that does not mean that the ones Archer made in those circumstances were mistakes he simply got unlucky that the universe contained so specific a trap for him. There is nothing for him to beat himself up for (in the most literal sense possible).  Nor can the implausibility of a goal be used as a measure of its moral worth.

Interesting note: the rhetorical device of addressing your opponants strongest possible argument is called a Steelman.