arid region

Cardassian Animals

I was just playing around with what one might see at a Cardassian zoo, and thought you guys might get some enjoyment out of it.  Some of these animals are mentioned in canon, but I mostly came up with the descriptions.  I also came up with a term for an animal that is somewhere between mammal and reptile - tUrn’hU (warm scale), inspired by @feltelures and @tinsnip Kardasi, thought the concept itself is mine.

Vole (tUrn’hU) – small, six-legged creature with a scattering of hair and sharp teeth, poor eyesight, minor “spoon” on the head, spends most time underground or in other dark places, often considered a “pest,” common across most of Prime·       

Regnar (reptile) – small reptile, usually found in the desert and surrounding areas, blind, capable of blending into the environment, very fast, population unknown due to speed and “cloaking” ability·        

Zabu (mammal) – large domesticated mammal, similar to a cow, used in agriculture for both its meat and its milk, which is especially prized for the thick, sweet cream that can be made from it, large hump around shoulders which stores reserves during times of draught and food scarcity, very sturdy animal, able to survive in most environments, variations found across Prime·     

Măgath (reptile) – snakes, ranges in size, coloration, temperament, can be either venomous or non-venomous, various subspecies found in all regions of Prime. 

Common Garden Kut Măgath – medium sized black snake often found in gardens, eats small rodents, lizards, and insects, non-venomous, fairly non-aggressive unless directly threatened. 

Roklan – the largest species of snake native to Cardassia Prime, found only in the jungles of the Southern continent, non-venomous, but extremely rare due to habitat loss.

Cova - medium to large snake found in the lower mountainous regions and rocky outcroppings, coloration ranges from sandy to red to brown, often has bands or speckles to help it camouflage, very thick body, highly venomous, venom causes seizures and distress on the pulmonary system, a single bite can kill an adult Cardassian, the venom has been known to have been harvested by the Obsidian Order for use in toxic agents, vulnerable (pronounced sho-vah)   ·        

Taspar (bird) – small avian species found in less arid regions of Prime, colorful, known for its beautiful song, most common along the coastal regions, but has been known to colonize cities where water is plentiful·        

Regova (bird) – avian species found primarily in the desert and surrounding areas, four legs and two large wings, powerful jaws and talons for attacking prey and defending their nests, females are particularly aggressive, especially when nesting or guarding recently hatched young, feathers are generally rust colored with a shiny black beak and large black eyes, vulnerable due to eggs being harvested for food·        

Riding Hound (mammal) – canine like animal, approximately the size of a horse with a long snout and a tufted tail, large, tufted paws good for moving on desert sands and rocky areas, colors range from light gray to black, mostly domesticated, though can be willful, originally used for transportation, but now mostly kept for sport and enjoyment, common·        

Dwarf Riding Hound (mammal) – a miniature version of a Riding Hound, approximately the size of a goat, domesticated and very docile, originally breed to pull carts and plows, now used for children’s riding and enjoyment, greater range of color and coat patterns than full size Riding Hounds, common·        

Kovabug (insect) – a small, hard-shelled insect known for its beautiful coloration, the outer shell is a deep blue with hints of green in the sunlight, the shell splits to deploy the wings underneath, which make a pleasant humming sound as the insect flies, highly prized by Cardassian children, who often collect the colorful discarded shells when the insect molts, common in most regions with decent vegetation·        

Urall (mammal) – a largish herbivore, prized for its hide, which is used to make high-end leather, extinct in the wild, but kept by a small handful of artisans who produce the leather for the Cardassian elite ·        

Flayers (tUrn’hU) – extremely dangerous predatory animal, found in the desert, sand colored fur and scales with deep gray forehead “spoon,” large, piercing fangs, excellent eyesight and hearing, armored back and ridges along spine and around eyes, six legs, prey on everything from gettle to zabu, have been known to even attack and kill adult Cardassians, hunt in small packs of 5-10 members, but can be cannibalistic, vulnerable·        

Gettle (mammal) – smaller pack animal, grazers that live off of the sturdy grasses that grow on the outskirts of Prime’s many deserts, reddish-brown colored fur with a white underbelly, all have spiraling black horns, though the males are larger than the females, have become extremely rare due to poaching·        

Onyx Beetles (insect) – named for their color, commonly found in gardens, will often burrow underground and eat the roots of plants, common·        

Sleg Corgan (reptile) – large reptile native to the lower regions of the Northern continent, carnivorous, but has also been known to scavenge on deceased prey, incredibly well adapted to food scarcity, it eats only twice a year, known for slow movement, except when hunting, and spends most of its time completely motionless, rare·        

Utoxa (bird) – water fowl, found primarily along the coast near Lakarian City and Culat during the warm winters in that area, will migrate to the equatorial region during the cooler months, long turquoise feathers with dark blue underbellies and webbed feet, fish eaters, vulnerable·        

Scottril (tUrn’hU) – related to the vole, six legs and a small forehead “spoon,” lives primarily in city sewers and other dark, damp areas, colors range from dark brown to black, limited eyesight, but extremely keen sense of smell, common ·        

Toj’Lath (tUrn’hU) – ancient ancestor of the modern Cardassian, about half the height of an adult Cardassian, but very broad, similar ridge structure and coloration, though it has more blue highlights and scaling, highly intelligent, has a series of horns that start on the bridge of the nose, which increase in size as they run up to the hairline, strong prehensile tail, unlike most tUrn’hU, the “egg horn” never drops off, but stays in the place of the forehead “spoon,” revered by the Hebitians and often depicted on ancient tombs and religious artifacts, rare·        

Hekant (mammal) – a small, herbivorous mammal with long ears, known for its downy coat, mostly domesticated and used for meat and fur, though there are still some wild varieties found in various regions of Prime, selectively bred for a variety of colors and coat patterns, sometimes kept as pets, common  ·        

Rhirzum (mammal) – a large feline with elongated fangs, also found only in the jungles of the Southern continent, however, fossil evidence suggests that this species used to be found across Prime, only known mammalian species on Prime to have developed venom, which can be sprayed and is akin to acid, causing severe pain, scarring, and blindness, it is believed that their venom was diluted with other compounds by the Hebitian clergy and when ingested produced trance-like states, rare due to habitat loss·        

Thăv’os (tUrn’hU) – a medium sized, horned animal with six legs and a very faint forehead “spoon,” found in the upper regions of the mountains, remarkable at climbing the steep cliffs, the bones of its legs were extremely thin, but very solid and were often harvested to be used as writing implements, primarily covered in light gray scales, but has a mane of white, feathery hair on its head, chest, and shoulders, vulnerable ·        

Vompăt (mammal) – a small, domesticated animals with a long, furry body and four short legs, extremely friendly and curious, make excellent pets, common·        

Zeryd (bird) – a large avian animal, two pairs of small, non-functional wings, but has two long, extremely powerful legs ending in two clawed toes, a kick can disembowel most prey and they will eat almost anything, including carrion, tearing off chunks of flesh with their razor sharp beaks, both males and females are covered in shiny, black feathers, despite being found in more arid regions of Prime, rare·        

Arafta (tUrn’hU) a moderately sized animal found only on a small island off the Southern continent peninsula, it is covered in beige armored scales, though it also has a smattering of fur, it spends most of its life in the trees, where it uses its claws to dig into the bark for insects, though it will also eat fruit, lives in small family groups, intelligent and curious, but extremely rare due to limited habitat

anonymous asked:

Hello there! So I was wondering about gaster's dad on your gaster ask blog and if there's any more information that you posted about him? He looks creepy as hell btw so i'm very curious about him. Please and thank you

thanks for asking! and for giving me an excuse to post this thing that’s been sitting around for months lol (you can see where Gaster gets his creepy good looks from)

I have a small introduction comic planned for him because I feel it will give a better sense of his character than my words alone, but I can tell you some basic info in the meantime~

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It’s time for Trilobite Tuesday! Located near the town of Clarita, Oklahoma, the fossil-rich Devonian sediments of the Haragan formation have, over the last three decades, produced a magnificent array of three-dimensional trilobite specimens. Their rich caramel color, incredible preservation, and spinose ornamentation, most notably on the species Dicranurus hamatus (pictured) and Ceratenurus sp., have made these 417 million-year-old trilobites particular favorites of both museum curators and amateur collectors worldwide. Indeed, some 20 species, including Huntoniatonia lingulifer, Ketternaspis williamsi and Acanthopyge consanguinea, are known from the Haragan and its sister formation, the Bois d'arc, making this mountainous, semi-arid region of Oklahoma one of the most prolific trilobite locations in North America.

Learn about other top trilobite localities. 


Grandidier’s Baobabs (Adansonia grandidieri) are, quite clearly, the mighty pillars that keep the sky from falling down.

These massive trees are found only in semi-arid regions of south-western Madagascar.

They can reach up to 100 ft tall! Almost all their height is devoted to a thick, columnar trunk that stores vast amounts of water during the rainy season. That way they don’t get thirsty during the rest of the year.

Which is good because they really need to keep their strength up. There’s a whole lot of sky up there. It must be heavy.

…Images:  Bernard Gagnon/Frank Vassen/Olivier Lejade

I’m so sorry I did another one. And I can’t promise that there won’t be more because ugh so fun and I’ll take any excuse to actually draw something.

I’ve seen a few Typhosion looks out there, and they are certainly pretty phenomenal. Meganium has gotten a little love too, and that’s cool. But Feraligatr seems to be a rarer breed. I’ll bloody well take that as an excuse to draw badass anthropomorphic crocodilians.


Common: The most seen and one of the more easily tamed Feraligatr subspecies, although that by no means indicate that they are an easy species to train. Fully grown Feraligatr can be short tempered and quick to aggression if not properly trained. Given the massive bulk that these pokemon have, such ill-trained creatures have the ability to cause serious injuries.

Albino: A rare mutation of Feraligatr that lacks pigment in it’s scales and skin. Such individuals are prized for their appearance, and make for striking entrants in pokemon contests. It is rumoured that there are a number of these rare pokemon living in the sewers of Castelia City. The official stance of the Pokemon League are that these rumours are false, and that they are not responsible for any injury that a trainer may sustain in an attempt to pursue such fables.

Salt Water: The largest known subspecies of Feraligatr, with some fully grown individuals weighing over 500kg. Is equally at home in riverbeds as well as in the ocean, although it’s range is limited mostly to tropical locations. Has been responsible for many an attack on an unprepared trainer, so extreme caution is advised for anyone looking to capture such a beast. 

Inland: A subspecies that lives in arid regions and mangroves, where water isn’t always constant. It’s brown colouration allows it to better camouflage itself in muddy or dry conditions. While still a water type pokemon, an Inland Feraligatr is more likely to be using moves of other elements,especially those of a ground typing. It is theorised that it is closely related to the Krookodile line.

Pokémon in our Biomes pt. 8: Xeric Shrubland

I’ve recently decided to make a series of posts with hypothetical thinking and analyzing of what Pokémon species could potentially be found in the world’s biomes. Not at all relative to the games, I will be focusing primarily of the elements, design, and relativity to real life flora and fauna of Pokémon to depict where different species would roam on our big blue marble. 

EDIT: I decided to change this post from Deserts to Xeric Shrubland.

This post will be on the Xeric Shrublands, which are a type of desert that encompass a large portion of all the deserts in the world. In the map below, the darker yellow portions represent xeric shrublands.

About one fifth of the earth is covered in some form of a desert. Generally, all kinds of deserts have one common feature: they are dry. Although cold deserts technically have water in the winter, it is not in liquid form. Most cold deserts have very cool winters and evenings, and usually produce a fine layer of frost or snow over the sand and shrubs. In this post, we will be focusing on xeric shrublands, which are common images that we see when we picture the Australian outback, or the deserts in central U.S.A. Usually containing some plant life due to slightly cooler temperatures at night that allow for some rainfall, xeric shrublands are home to many different grass, cacti, and bush species, as well as countless invertebrates, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Pretty much all of these species in the real world burrow into the cool earth during the day to avoid he scorching surface of the sand or rocks. 

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South Highlands House by Benn and Penna Architecture

The metal cladding is aesthetically appropriate for a rural area, and also highly practical in resisting the arid climate of the region. 

anonymous asked:

I know you love world building, so what's the first thing you figure out about a new fictional country you *just* made up? :D

I tend to start with the characters when I build a world - say, I want to tell a story about a not-so-awesome necromancer and the ex-soldier who drags him out of the mud and decides to be his mom-friend, then I’ll need a world that a.) has magic, b.) has some kind of military, and c.) has a belief in raising the dead. Those are all good starting points for crafting a world.

But when it comes to specific countries, or cities, in that world, I tend to start with the geography and climate. A LOT of what a country is like depends on its geography.

Is it a country in a temperate region, with a coastline and a good mix of forests, mountains and fertile grasslands? Then it’s likely to have a well-functioning agriculture, probably an industry centered on timber and forestry, mining for mineral resources, etc. The coastline means possibilities of trade and ship-building. Grasslands also mean grazing for animals. What kind of animals would they have?

Is it a country with a warmer climate, with a big mountain range? Chances are there’s going to be a desert due to the mountains interfering with wind-patterns and clouds, causing a rain-shadow. The population is less likely to be focused on settled agriculture - unless there’s a river with a fertile flood plain nearby (a la the Nile) - and more on mineral resources and on caravan routes passing through it.

Already, just by plopping a few geographical features onto a map and making a few decisions about the weather, you’ve got the building blocks of what their daily lives are like, and what kind of populations might live there: a temperate country with fertile soil is more likely to have settled farmers, while an arid desert region is more likely to house more nomadic populations.

… after that, you can start building upwards. If you’ve got farmlands and a forest industry, there’s likely to be trade. Trade means money, unless they make do with a barter system. If there’s money, there needs to be a central authority in charge of regulating that money. It’s probably going to have a more solidly organised political structure than a country with a more nomadic population. Organised political structure can mean anything from absolute monarchy with primogeniture in place, to a representative democracy that elects its leader on a regular basis.

Basically, worldbuilding is making a few key decisions, and then asking yourself “but why?” and “how’s that work, then?” over and over until you’ve got an imaginary world.


A more arid-region puffadragon!

Maybe called… Devil-faced puffer?

It probably lives in savannah or some other fairly warm and yellowy area. Wings might be more used for basking rather than flight, but it’s possibly able to fly to some extent.

This one spits gooey glops of electric magic with frightening accuracy. (which is rather handy for hunting as well)

The Sings As Lost Cultures

The Mycenaean Civilization, Greece - Aries

The Mycenae didn’t flourish by trade alone – they set out to conquer, and expanded into an empire that overtook much of Greece. The Mycenaean civilization enjoyed five centuries of domination before vanishing sometime around 1100 BCE. Hellenic legend holds that the Mycenae defeated the possibly mythological Troy, and the empire’s artifacts have been found as far away as Ireland. In fact, this culturally and economically wealthy civilization has left behind a wealth of art, architecture and artifacts.

Cahokia, Illinois, United States - Taurus

Cahokia was once the largest urban center north of the great Mesoamerican cities of Mexico and may have once been home to as many as 40,000 people – greater, in the year 1250 CE, than the population of London, England, or that of any American city that was to come until Philadelphia around the year 1800.

The Anasazi, New Mexico, United States - Gemini

Remains best known for stone and adobe structures built along cliff walls, which evolved into amazing multi-story dwellings that were often only accessible by rope or ladder.

Clovis Culture, North America - Cancer

Very little is known about the Clovis culture, a prehistoric Paleo-Indian people that were thought to have been the first human inhabitants of North America. The artifacts, bone and stone blades known as Clovis points, are among the only clues we have that this group – technically not a civilization – ever existed.

The Aksumite Empire, Ethiopia - Leo

Theorized to be the home of the Queen of Sheba, the Aksumite Empire had its own alphabet and erected enormous obelisks including the Obelisk of Axum, which still stands. It was the first major empire to convert to Christianity.

The Indus Valley Civilization, Pakistan - Virgo

Sophisticated and technologically advanced, this civilization featured the world’s first urban sanitation systems as well as evidence of surprising proficiency in mathematics, engineering and even proto-dentistry.

The Minoans, Crete - Libra

Centers of commerce appeared around 2700 BCE, and as the civilization advanced, palaces of greater and greater complexity were built and rebuilt following series of disasters – likely earthquakes and eruptions of the Thera volcano. One of these palaces was Knossos, the ‘labyrinth’ associated with the legend of Minos, which is now a major archaeological site and tourist attraction.

Moche Civilization, Peru - Scorpio

The Moche civilization developed an agriculturally-based society complete with palaces, pyramids and complex irrigation canals on the north coast of Peru. In 2006, a Moche chamber was discovered that was apparently used for human sacrifice, containing the remains of human offerings.

The Khmer Empire, Cambodia - Sagittarius

Once one of the most powerful empires of Southeast Asia, the Khmer civilization spread from modern-day Cambodia out into Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and Malaysia and is best known today for Angkor, its capital city.

The Olmec Civilization, Mexico - Capricorn

Once a grand Pre-Columbian civilization that constructed incredible ‘colossal heads’, practiced bloodletting and human sacrifice, invented the concept of the number zero, possibly invented the compass, and essentially laid the foundation for every Mesoamerican culture that was to follow.

The Cucuteni-Trypillians, Ukraine & Romania - Aquarius

This mysterious civilization is characterized by its uniquely patterned pottery and by its bizarre habit of burning its own villages to the ground every 60 to 80 years. The villages were rebuilt again and again, on top of the ashes of the old ones.

The Nabateans, Jordan - Pisces

Their legacy is epitomized by the breathtaking city of Petra, carved into the solid sandstone rock of Jordan’s mountains, and they are remembered for their skill in water engineering, managing a complex system of dams, canals and reservoirs which helped them expand and thrive in an arid desert region.

sauropolis-princeps  asked:

My favorite dinosaur is T. rex does this mean I am a pleb even if I could name a bunch of dino-fax about everything from aardonyx to zby?

Not at all.  Tyrannosaurus was an amazing dinosaur, for a whole lot of reasons.

I’d like to preface this post by saying that I am by no means an advocate for judging dinosaurs solely on “badassery”.  Anyone who knows me knows that I like to look at dinosaurs as the real animals they were, and not as movie monsters or concoctions of pop culture that should be judged on their efficiency as killing machines.

That said, Tyrannosaurus was a hella efficient killing machine.

Let’s start with T. rex’s ancestors - the fossil record of which is frustratingly incomplete.  There’s a few gaps in the tyrannosaurid fossil record that last for tens of millions of years, and we’re forced to fill in those gaps with assumptions.  However, we do know a couple important things.

  • Tyrannosaurids originated in Asia, and migrated to North America across a land bridge formed by falling sea levels.
  • Once they arrived in North America, they quickly outcompeted the dominant predators, and became the top dogs of the ecosystem.
  • A recently discovered primitive tyrannosaurid called Timurlengia was preserved with a fossilized braincase, revealing that even the primitive members of the tyrannosaur family had big brains and keen senses.

While the details are not complete yet, it’s fairly clear that tyrannosaurs rose to the top of the food chain not by being stronger, but by being smarter.  Only after they developed keen senses and intelligence did they grow to massive sizes and dominate Late Cretaceous North America.

Not only was Tyrannosaurus smart, but it had quite a few other adaptations to stay at the top of the food chain.

  • Its jaws were massively powerful, capable of crushing bone.  Tyrannosaurus is known to have eaten bone, as fragments have been found in T. rex coprolites (fossilized dung).  This suggests that Tyrannosaurus was capable of eating an entire animal carcass, leaving nothing behind.
  • Its famously puny arms were actually quite strong; while their range of motion was limited, they were capable of lifting hundreds of pounds.  They were likely used to hold down prey while the jaws were used to deliver the killing blow.
  • It was capable of surviving in numerous ecosystems, based on the locations of its remains, which varied at the time from mountainous regions to arid plains to subtropical coastlines.
  • Tyrannosaurus teeth are often lined with tiny cracks, once thought to have been mere signs of wear - until they were discovered in unerupted teeth.  The cracks were discovered to strengthen the teeth, prevent breakage, and improve the sharpness of each tooth’s serrations.  The only animal with a similar tooth structure alive today is the Komodo dragon.

It’s perfectly understandable why Tyrannosaurus is your favorite dinosaur - it was a terrifyingly efficient super-predator who dominated North America during the Late Cretaceous, and might still today had the dinosaurs not gone extinct.

(Side note: Just a few days ago, paleontologists discovered the fossilized remains of a pregnant T. rex.  Much respect to the badass women of history - including those who died 65 million years ago.)

On this Fossil Friday, learn all about the Titanosaur’s travels. 

In 2014, a rancher in the arid Patagonia region of Argentina stumbled upon a bone like none he’d ever seen before. He shared his discovery with the Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio, which brought in paleontologist Dr. Diego Pol and colleagues to assess the extraordinary find.When they arrived at the site and began uncovering fossils, it became clear to Dr. Pol and team that they were looking at an unusually large animal. Dr. Pol, who received his Ph.D. degree in a joint program between Columbia University and the American Museum of Natural History in 2005, emailed a photo of  an 8-foot femur, or thigh bone, to his mentor, Macaulay Curator of Paleontology Mark Norell. 

Read the whole story.

Exploring Our National Parks…from Space!

The United States has nearly 84 million acres of historic and scenic land in its national parks system. In celebration of National Park Week, here are some satellite views of a few of those national treasures.

Throughout National Park Week, you can #FindYourPark and visit for free.

Yosemite National Park – California

Naked summits alternate with forested lowlands in Yosemite Valley, part of California’s Yosemite National Park. Our Landsat 7 satellite captured this true-color image of part of the Yosemite Valley on Aug. 8, 2001.

Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming, Idaho and Montana

Established in 1872, it was the first national park in the United States, and the world! Its geological and biological wonders have led international groups to declare it a world heritage site and a biosphere reserve. Yellowstone National Park captures the spirit and purpose of the National Park Service, blending modern and ancient human history with nature in its raw complexity.

Hot Springs National Park – Arkansas

National Parks usually make us think of pristine landscapes untouched by human civilization. Most of the 59 national parks in the United States fit that mold, but there are a few exceptions. Arkansas’s Hot Springs National Park, the country’s smallest and most urban, is one of them. Hot Springs, a city of 96,000 people, lies at the southern edge of the park and partly within its boarders.

Shenandoah National Park – Virginia

This long, narrow park in the Blue Ridge Mountains spans more than 179,000 acres, with 40% of the land protected as wilderness. More than 95% of the park is forested, sheltering 1,300 plant species and 267 types of trees and shrubs. The park contains 577 archeological sites, more than 100 cemeteries, and some rocks that date back a billion years.

Olympic National Park – Washington

Possibly one of America’s most diverse national landscapes, Olympic National Park is situated on the Olympic Peninsula in northwestern Washington. If you walked from west to east across the park, you would start at the rocky Pacific shoreline, move into rare temperate rainforests and lush river valleys, ascend glaciers and rugged mountain peaks, and then descend into a comparatively dry rain shadow and alpine forest. From beach to the top of Mount Olympus, you would rise 7,980 feet above sea level.

Colorado National Monument – Colorado

Along the Interstate 70 corridor in western Colorado, well-watered croplands, residential properties and urbanized areas create a broad stripe of green and gray. Away from the interstate, dry climate conditions color the landscape shades of beige, brick and tan. Yet these arid regions offer treasures of their own, including stunning vistas and wildlife both living and extinct. The varied landscapes of this park show the effects of tens of millions of years of erosion.

The images above were produced by our Earth Observatory as part of its 2016 series featuring the National Park Service properties. Check out more HERE

Want to see more of our nation’s parks from space? Visit our Flickr gallery HERE.

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  • Aries: Practice your Dutch this week. Not only will you seduce many women, men, and nonbinaries with your masterful use of indefinite pronouns, it will also look good on your resumes for Dutch companies. You may now indulge in Dutch chocolate without it being cultural appropriation.
  • Taurus: Signs indicate that you will be making a career change, from your current venture to an irresistible siren, naiad, skogsrå, or glaistig, depending on your location. If you live in an arid region, do not fear, simply locate your nearest waterpark or community swimming pool, although the various lifeguards on duty will most likely make drowning your seduced victims more challenging.
  • Gemini: What is love? Cannibalism
  • Cancer: Open the window. Breath the night air. Find a silver coin in an old pair of shoes. Give it to a two-headed owl in a lonely mist-filled grotto, in exchange for one prophecy. The right head will give you prudent financial advice while the left dispenses interesting brownie recipes. Choose wisely.
  • Leo: This week, your lucky numbers are seventeen; eighteen; thirty six; two; negative nineteen; eighty five billion, one hundred and twenty seven million, six hundred and ninety three thousand, four hundred and eleven; seven point eight five five to the power of five; and the number of pennies lost and never found in Cincinnati in 1967.
  • Virgo: Your past affects your future, but you are not bound by it. Your future guides your now, but you are not controlled by it. You can change your fate very easily. Night classes, plane tickets, and body-swapping fortune cookies are not that expensive.
  • Libra: Your friends, family, acquaintances, co-workers, even complete strangers, just want you to be happy. Nobody is out to get you. You have no enemies. There is nothing to be worried about. You’re fine.
  • Scorpio: You will soon be filled with a deep dread of time, and the continual nature of sensory perceptions, and although of course it will not literally last forever, from your point of view there will be no practical difference.
  • Sagittarius: Always take time for yourself. Do all the things you know you want to do. Wake early in the morning, sing your heart out, spread your wings, gather twigs for a nest, and eat worms to regurgitate for your young.
  • Capricorn: The stars say hi.
  • Aquarius: This is the week. Do the thing. Be the one. Show them who’s boss. And do it wearing your reddest lipstick and meanest eyeliner.
  • Pisces: You are very perceptive and sensitive to people’s emotional states, and can tell when people are talking to you nearly every time. Use these special talents in situations like conversations with friends and family, purchasing goods at your local store, or invoking the void god-being HUNTOKAR to wipe out your enemies from all present and past existence.

May 6 2015 - Riot police hurl rocks at demonstrators protesting against the construction of the Tia Maria copper mine in Peru. Protesters have been resisting the mining project since 2009, fearing the mine will pollute the scarce water sources in the arid region. At least 3 protesters have died in the latest round of protests. [video]

LOZ Holidays!

I’ve gotten SO MANY amazing ideas for holidays from all of you that I figured it would be best to put some of my favorites all in one big post! :D

yesthisisminish said: my Hyrule I has Demon Day, to chase away the demons that once attacked Hyrule. It used to be a holiday where the people would stay up all night keeping watch of the village, wearing frightening masks to chase the monsters and demons away on the anniversary of when Demise attacked. Over time it developed into a sort of Halloween-esque Holiday, and the costumes became a bit more light-hearted. People even began to dress as the Hero because they thought that would be more frightening to monsters!

code-ben said: “hero day”: Hylians celebrate the hero. Rinku making Zelda panic because she’s wearing a Link costume and Zelda wants to hide Rinku’s identity so she says something like “princesses stay in their dresses” and Rinku is all “but mom the other kids are wearin them” and Ganondorf is all “geez Zelda let the kid be a kid” but he hates the costume so he says it in irritation and Rinku is all “THANK YOU PAPA” being a suck up and runs off to go play wood swords with the boys whike zelda glares at Ganon

emerald-disaster said: So with Termina having a Carnival of Time connected to a ‘creation’ myth, and there being a 'coming of age’ tradition in Wind Waker with boys that relates to the myth of the hero, I get the feeling like the Hylians have a thing for marking occasions related to their faith and legends. For girls there may be a coming of age that’s an evolution of Hylia’s mortal form realizing her duties. And in Castle Town there’s a festival for the defeat of the Demon King. (Much to Gan’s chagrin.)

Anonymous said: Zelda probably has an official birthday (which is not her actual birthday), sort of like the Queen of England. Except, it gets celebrated whether or not she’s actually incarnated at the time, because she’s such an important figure for the country. So, as a kid, she probably celebrated the day just like anybody else, then had a really awkward experience the first year after finding out she actually IS Zelda.

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gourgeist variants!
1. ufo gourgeist - a miniature variation fond of flying around through the use of ghostly powers
2. water gourd gourgeist - a popular choice to bring into arid regions, with its better ability to retain water.
3. slim gourgeist - sometimes referred to as ‘espeon’s tail’ due to the shape of its arms.
4. witch gourgeist - colloquially named as such due to the wart-covered body, they are known to have higher special attack compared to other variants. 
5. ridged gourgeist - a more aggressive breed suited to experienced trainers.
6. yolk gourgeist - a related variation to ufo types, more of a decorative breed than one for fighting.
7. painted sovereign gourgeist - a variant that is especially suited to beauty contests.