around the lion legs

Listening to Adventure Zone is inspiring me to draw a shit ton apparently so I redid half of that mozu height chart and, in my opinion, this looks much better!

I don’t really have names for all of them expect Waylyne the lioness, but the tigress could probably be Erris, one of the mozu who help Nalaki’s group later in the story, and that lorg boi is probably Riktor, one of her mates.

The lion mozu are naturally based off of African lions, while the tigers are based off of Siberian tigers, so they have that thick fur and a nice layer of fat during the Vierran winters.  Their sizes are based off of those cats too.  Like.  Guys, this is basically how big they would be if lions and tigers could walk around on two legs.  These motherfuckers are stupidly big.

I come up with this incredibly detailed and fleshed out NPC who is intended to act as some sort of sage, like just an old wise man to give the play characters guidance. I give him a reputation, and I make him the most powerful Druid the world has seen in a century, and I give him a humiliating disaster that kicks him off his pedestal and sends his into isolation, living out the rest of his years in his preferred wild shape form. That form is a lion, and it’s a beautiful lion, with a golden mane and rings around his legs like the bangles he wears in human form.

And what do I name him? 

Leon.

Voltron Theories Season 2 Updated.

Okay so the fact that we have an echo in the dialogue gets me to wonder two things at the very start. Are they deliberately doing that only for the trailer to make it sound like Shiro is in a metal place that has an echo chamber, or is he really in a place where there’s an echo and he’s talking to Keith somehow while they’re escaping something. For me it’s a toss-up here honestly. On the one hand I can see this being a real moment in the series with them in the black lion or in a fight of some sort. However this could also be a set up for the fans to freak out over since “Space Dad” has become a fan favourite.

Honestly the likelihood of Shiro outright dying in this series is 50/50 right now for me. Reason being is that the production has said that they are going to pull from Go Lion which has a darker ending for Shiro’s expy Shirogane, however this is also being based on Voltron where his fate is less tragic but also just as dire. (There’s also a case where both can turn out to be true but that I’m saving for another post.)

So after this we get the shot of Keith crawling up on the head of the Red Lion and this time (thank you clearer trailer) we can see that he’s in a place where there’s a gray white set up. Now this is sort of important. This could either be the ice place that Pidge sees later, or this is rock planet. We’ve seen in other pictures that the Black lion is on a rocky planet, so that at least tells me that this place where we see Keith is probably the same place, making it where Shiro and Keith both landed in the same location. Or at least that’s what it’s implying here.

This is quickly followed by an underwater shot of Yellow (Hunk) and Blue (Lance) landing on the bottom of an ocean. Something caught my eye now that I can see it far more clearly. There are pods, mini underwater thermal like vents (or chimneys) that are glowing pink with energy. A few things clicked in my mind. Firstly –as someone who has read (and watched) various underwater comics – there is a precedent within shows and comics (especially with science fiction) to have an underground energy source be used to power the likes of an underwater city. We’ve seen it with Star War’s Gungan civilization, with DC’s Atlantis and Marvel’s Atlantis as well. On top of that several anime series also has used the idea of a thermal source being energy for a civilization.

Secondly the fact that they’re falling down so deep means that the lions were designed to not only handle the cold and antigravity of space, but also the pressure of being deep under water, which means that whoever designed the lions knew that they would have to be fighting not only on solid ground and space but also possibly underwater and made it so that the lions could withstand that.

We can also solidly say that we’re going to see more relationship building with Lance and Hunk in at least one episode and one where Keith has to grow and help Shiro.

Next shot we have is of the Green Lion being tied up. Or wrapped up by vine, not rope in this case. A few new things that I noticed. Firstly the place that she’s in is clearly not vegetative and it looks more like the clay desert set up that you might see in some areas of the South west. What’s important about this fact is that the vines are wrapped in a strange way. There’s none over the lion’s mouth to keep it from snapping. It’s only around the head, the legs the body, neck and tail, and it seems somewhat loose. If this was being used to hold her in place or secure her then, whomever wrapped her up didn’t do a good job and, it’s not gonna hold.

Secondly given the curve of the ground it looks like she’s in a river bed of some sort. The ground doesn’t look like the lion impacted on the spot, meaning that she made her way there from somewhere else. Thirdly there’s a group of people there examining the lion, and the way it’s resting sort of is like a cat so it’s not in a aggressive or defensive stance. There are eight people around the lion: two by the tail and the back legs, one by the front right paw, the rest between the mouth and the front right paw. It’s hard to make out here but it looks like they’re wearing very simple outfits, sort of like the Balmerian’s were in the first season.

Who these people are I’m not sure, but we do see at least two of them again in a later shot, so that’s telling a bit right there.

Following this we get two very important, I think scenes:

The first one focuses on Keith with the Black lion, his hand is either out at, or on the Black lion and it’s clear from this background they are the same planet/asteroid/location that Keith was in in the earlier shot confirming that, at least for this episode, the Black and Red lion are both in the same location, meaning it’s likely that Shiro and Keith are there as well.

The second shot is the one that has me interested. Keith looks both worried, concerned and it’s as if he’s concentrating on something. Either he’s worried about Shiro or he’s trying to get the Black Lion to let him in. Whatever the case is he’s sweating because of it, meaning that he’s either run very far or he’s actually trying to actively bond with the Black Lion for some reason. Why? My only guess is that he needs to pilot it for some reason. Or at the very least get inside of it to check on Shiro. If this is the case then that means that Keith creating a bond with the Lion could actually protect the whole integrity of Voltron as the Black Lion is the main head and body of the lion and the others follow after him.

Next sequence is another interesting one for various reasons so I’m going to try to split this up.

First off we see all five lions: Black, yellow, blue, red and green flying in a semi formation towards an unknown planet. What’s interesting about this moment is that the color of light that covers this scene becomes important later on as that same lighting and color comes into play in several moments in the trailer. I thought this might be a flashback, I’m not so sure anymore, however I do suspect that several frames of the trailer come from one episode and this may be part of that.

Following this we can see two sections of the planet which I want to highlight. The first is on the left past the mountain range. Here you can see some strange shapes. These honestly look like roads to me. When flying in a plane you can see land set up based on layout of roads and broken into sections. The land on the left side looks like it’s been tended to and fixed up. There looks to be roads or some sort of wall or cut in to the land that stands out creating areas to walk and possibly buildings and the like. On the right side of the mountains the ground looks more wild, less tended too and more open and untamed. There’s also implications of lakes down there as well as forested areas.

The last thing of interest about this strange planet is that there’s either an atmosphere where the mountains are growing up into space, or that’s a barrier around the planet as the look of it seems to show the atmosphere cutting around the peaks of the mountains. We can see clouds going around them so that does indicate an atmosphere but it could also be both at the same time. If it is a barrier then that does mirror what the original Voltron and Go lion had for Altea where there was a barrier around the planet that Voltron had to get through.

The next shot we get is Hunk and Lance underwater staring at a strange building. Again, this is probably part of the same episode where we see them land in the water together. The interesting thing is that right away we see that same pink glow from a large rock right in front and capping something. There’s moss or some sort of seaweed or plant growing on top, and we can see to the left more pink energy radiating from the bottom of the crust.

As I said before I’m theorizing that that is some form of thermal energy coming from under the ocean floor.

Next we see the building before them. A structure that really does feel like something out of Star Wars Gungan city. There’s a set of curved holders that are holding a star shaped decoration at the top, over a Arrow shaped decoration that is being held up with what looks to me like some sort of clam or muscle inner body. It’s clear that the front of the building is the one with the yellow windows and it looks to be a door way that the two boys are facing. The building is rounded and because of the distance we can’t tell how big it really is.

Another bit of interest in this is the fact that Hunk and Lance can stay underwater for as long as they are outside of their lions. Again that means that the suits are equipped to handle the pressures in space and other terrain. Which could be a very important bit of info if you couple that with the possibility of the group having to be outside of their lions for a time and in space or in a situation where if they take off their suits they will die. Clearly whoever came up with the designs of the lions and the uniforms for their pilots must have been thinking about the possibility of locations that the Paladins would be called to. Which also makes me, again, wonder who built them in the first place?

Now comes the most, or possibly most, controversial moment in this trailer. Or at least why I think it will cause some major questions to come up later. We see the red lion being clearly sucked into a hole. Now there’s a few questions on hand that come right up. Firstly when is this taking place? Clearly that is not the same worm hole that we saw Allura create, and also that’s not the same worm hole that Haggar attacked, so when is this happening?

Well honestly I think this is going to be happening before we see the four lions get together to do something rather big. There’s a moment that comes up a little later in the trailer. In it we see four, not five, lions flying for some strange yellow sun/gas giant planet. Of these lions we see the Black, the Yellow, the Blue and the green. The Red is nowhere in sight. Why is that, well again I’m going to be a tad bit controversial here. I think it’s used as a bit of a sacrifice by possibly Shiro to keep the others safe.

Let me quickly explain. We know that there are several shots in the trailer where we see the lions in action, and normally the red is among them. There is however only this moment and one other moment that I can’t account for all five lions, and that’s the scene where there’s a shot in a space ship grave yard. This leads me to believe we’re going to lose the red lion before the season is out and probably have to get it back by the end. I’m taking a wild guess here but I’m going to assume that Shiro may have something either planted on him, or planted in him that is allowing the Zarkon Empire to follow them. He figures this out and realizing that they’re going to want him and d the Black Lion, takes Keith’s red lion and allows it to fall into the black hole with himself in order to be lost to them.

However the likelihood of this happening is very slim. The other possibility is that the lion has to be let go of in order to save the others and possibly them planting something on it so that it can be located. We know that all five lions are needed to form Voltron, but what do you get when you only have four. There is a possibility that we see in this trailer but more on that later. Reason I think this would be so controversial is that it would mean we would be losing out on a lion for a while and Shiro’s fate, if he did pull that off, would be unknown.

This also might not be a sacrifice so much as he’s letting himself be pulled into that vortex for some unknown reason. Whatever the case maybe I think that here’s the point where we see the red lion vanish for a few episodes.

The four strange men in the scene with the green lion. We can clearly see a very pointed headed man in the foreground with elf ears wearing an orange and white shirt tunic that has short sleeves and possibly an apron tied around his waist as you can make out a bow on his back where one would wear an apron. I’m theorising here that he’s probably some form of worker (Baker, carpenter, something that would work in a shop and need to wear an apron) that came to see what’s happening.  We can see that he’s watching what’s going on with the green lion, and near by the lion is a tall thin man wearing a purple and white robe like top with a hood on the back. He like the first man has pointed ears and a pointed head, so they are clearly from the same race. It’s hard to make out but it looks like he’s touching the paw and there’s energy glowing from his hand. The last two are very small but there are two people near the lion’s jaw and where the air vents are. Both have pointed ears and heads.

By the way it looks like the energy is coming from the ground, so to the Anonymous person who mentioned the Balmera and healing I think you’re onto something here.

We then get a shot of Hunk’s Yellow lion swimming alongside a giant sea creature. This is certainly part of the same episode where we see them land in the water and with the strange looking building. It’s clear that the two may have to deal with something of that size at some point, because why show it if you’re not gonna use it.

Next shot is something I was wrong about. I thought it was the Black Lion forcing up the red lion, however it clearly is Voltron pushing up some form or rock or dirt as we see dust falling off. There’s a red hue to the scene so I’m guessing somethings burning or that it’s in some place with fire.

So the next scene is the shot I mentioned before. We only see four of the five lions in it. Red is nowhere to be found, and they are flying towards what appears to be a giant planet that seems to have some sort of crust left on it. It appears to be breaking apart, or was broken apart as we can see the rocks all over the place indicating some sort of explosion. There’s also no ship there either so that begs another question. Where’s the ship and why are they heading for a large, possibly gas giant? If we assume that the red lion has gone missing then did the ship get sucked in as well? Also where is this place? It looks like there’s another shot where the ship does come into the rock area, but is this also where all the destroyed ships are? Is this what remains of Altea?  Hard to really tell at this point.

Another questionable scene follows were we see a graveyard of ships and, what I assume is the black Lion standing on a platform of sorts, roaring up at the heavens. On it’s back looks like some weird weapon and that go me really examining the weapon. 

There are parts on there that look like lion legs, however because it’s not going to let me zoom in properly and it’s a fast pan scene I can only make some assumptions here. Given that this  might be happening while we’re missing the red lion it could very well be that we’re going to see the four make some sort of special weapon that mounts on the Black lion’s back. It’s really hard to tell for sure.

What’s also interesting about it is that it doesn’t quiet have that yellow look that the gas giant planet did so this might be another episode. There’s the fact that the weapon seems to fire up, have a brilliant light flashing with a spiral galaxy like effect while it fires up. 

Also of importance we get to see a quick shot of the top which looks very much like a gun weapon. It shoots up a straight and wavy beam into the sky and it looks like it has a satilite dish on the very top of it.

This quickly transitions into a large flash and a worm hole opening up for the green lion to go through. This one is most certainly allura’s as we can see the markings for the Altean ship around the hole. Green lion is looking at some sort of domed ice world and a beacon of light flashing up into the sky. This could be the water world that we see Lance and Hunk in as the ice and water could be all contained. Or this is a different area all together. Though it is interesting that this could also be pidge making her way to find the others, and that the lions are giving out sparks to get it’s attention. There’s also the matter of Pidge having enough energy to create a rift to travel through, which, if we’re right about the infusion and healing of the lion, then she should.

The ship landing for certain is the same gas world we see the four lions fly at earlier. Not much to add here.

Again I was wrong on something in my intial theories. I thought that it could be Lotar or the strange sword person that we were seeing. But in fact is was actually Shiro looking over the crystals. This at least means that Shiro will be around for a while and that at least at the start of the season he’s a’okay. Although it looks like he’s studying something and trying to figure out how they can best get through there.

We get a shot of Haggar and Zarkon watching something. I’m not 100% sure here but it looks like he’s not wearing his helmet but his skin looks like it has the same markings. Maybe I’m off. The planet is very Jupiter like, and I have to wonder if this is the episode where several of the scene we keep seeing in this trailer are coming from. Again I’m not sure, but it looks like lighting going on at the bottom of the screen between them. There are red flashes there too, so I wish I knew what was going on for sure. We can at least see Zarkon’s ears here as well. Or that might not be Zarkon at all, who knows.

So we have an invasion on our hands. It’s clear that the large ship is dropping smaller ones planet side. There’s also a shot of a very small glowing ball on the right of the screen. Again hard to make out but it looks like it’s glowing. Maybe a ship rushing in for the invading ship?

Boots on the ground so it’s a straight up invasion on some red planet. Maybe the one where Pidge was on, or where Voltron is hanging out at the moment. Regardless there’s going to be a lot of fighting. This could very well again be a flash back.

However Shiro’s isn’t. We see him, probably kneeling on the ground, sweating terribly. Something clearly has happened to him that has caused him to need to cool off that much. Taken prisoner, being exchanged for something. He doesn’t look defeated more worried about something. And again the color scheme makes me think that this might be connected to the group that’s attacking the planet. We see it clearly that the light is shining from behind him, so he’s running away from something. Maybe he’s escaped again?

Thrace is watching something, probably spying, but he’s not happy at all by what he sees and narrows his brow s for some reason. He’s clearly annoyed with someone and the way that the red glows on his face makes me think that he’s going to be a threat, either to someone we know or one of the bad guys. Whoever it is will not be long for this world with the glare he’s giving them.

The next shot is something that again I have to wonder about. Is it a flash back or at this time? We see a world, possibly the one that Voltron landed on, possibly Altea and a fleet of invaders is coming in. There’s also the fact that there’s a glowing center there that is linking down to the core. Could this be some connection to the Quintessen? Maybe it’s the core of the planet? Hard to tell at this point, but whatever that is it’s probably going to be a plot point at some point in the episode.

The blue lion attacking one of Zarkon’s ships in the yellow broken planet zone was tricky for me to figure out. It’s clear that the camera follows lance and spins as he runs through the whole thing. So we know that he is going to at least be doing some heavy hitting in this episode.

Zarkon flying through space. 

We see a strange planet with large pipe like structures jutting up into the heavens 

and then an asteroid field

 followed by a burst of possibly a sun.

 This might be them warping to the strange Jupiter planet to catch the others. It’s an interesting montage showing that he may know where they are or at least the way to the planet. Which means he could have been there before. If this planet they go to is Altea, then this should be something interesting to speculate about. How long ago he was there last and what does he know about the planet that the others possibly don’t? Does this give him an advantage or no?

We then have a shot of the castle firing on something, again, not sure what that is but it looks like there’s some sort of explosion happening as they’re hitting it? Maybe it’s connected to the crystals episode?

Allura’s also meeting with someone very tall. As I said before this could be Lothor or this could be some form of another general. Clearly it’s not Thrace because the uniform is all wrong. He also seems to be bowing to her showing her respect while she’s scowling and not happy to see him. There is the matter also that her eyes follow him up from the ground as he stands, so clearly there’s some indication that she’s keeping her eye on him. Also of importance is the fact that she’s not “captured” at this moment: ie. locked up, but it does look like she’s on the enemies ship. The uniform he’s wearing seems to indicate someone of authority but it doesn’t match any of the soldiers we’ve seen thus far. This could also be a rebel group that was mentioned in the first season, the colors though again say otherwise.

I can say this honestly that sword weilder is almost certainly female. They have the body that indicates that they will be, and they have a smaller form then the other male members that we’ve seen before.

 On top of all of this their outfit implies a set of hips and probably breasts at the top, although smaller in size, 

There’s also the added fact that the face plate seems a lot more narrow and femine and the outfit also seems to have this feel to it as well.

Another interesting factor is that the end spot with Shiro walking forward has the same purple on the walls as does her suit. Most if not all of the members of Zarkon’s crew have a pink neon color to their energy, this swords person is the first I’ve seen to not have it.

Lance and Hunk are firing at something but the backgrounds are different. Lance’s is a metal area, 

where as Hunks is a clay color much like where the green lion was held.

 There’s also the issue of the green goop that is being thrown from Hunk’s blasts. Plant like substance? That’s a possibility although I don’t have anything proof positive yet on that front. The one thing I can say is that it could be connected to the vines on the green lion.

Pidge fighting in front of the green lion (or blue or black as the paw color is hard to make out), in a room that has the green colors makes me think that it’s a docking bay of some sort. Whose I’m not sure, but it’s clear that she’s ticked off and ready to attack based on that.

Keith piloting either the red or black Lion. 

Still betting on the black at this point because red was out of energy.

 Following this is a shot of the crystal exploding as Voltron hits it. This is most certainly from the same episode that has Shiro on the bridge and the crystals in space behind him.

Following this is four shots of the four paladins looking determined and a possibly completed Voltron in the background. The color of the sky indicates that same planet where we saw earlier the strange landscape with the half being pretty lawns and the other half being strange wild growth.

We end the whole thing with Shiro walking down what looks like a dock with Black lion’s color and Keith calling out to him, which I think is again enhanced along with the blue glowing light. Unless that’s something Keith is hallucinating.

Additional info from New York Comic Con to add into all of this.

Firstly apparently the second episode is going to be the water episode and called The Depths. It will be focusing on Hunk and Lance. 

There be Mermaids that look a bit like Nyma from the first season. What’s interesting too is the fact that the Mer-queen in this case says that Lance is their savoir, and this does mean my theory about the thermal pink being some form of energy for a civilisation. Or at least it stands more of a chance as a chance of being a probability.

We also learn during this episode (or at least from a clip of the show) that Lance will have a new weapon for the blue lion. How this is going to come into play later in the season we don’t know right now, but if anything it’s probably going to signal the change in the way the team sets up it’s fighting at distance.  If Sentai has taught me anything it’s that second seasons and the “Lancer” usually gets the distance firing weapon for the team.

My theory about the strange place with the graveyard of junk was almost correct but the New York comic con panel seems to have put that to rest. Pidge will be showing up on a Junk Planet (Transformers reference) where she builds versions of the group (or at least Keith)

 to keep her company. Weird Al’s supposed to be in there. 

So that weird gun that we see that I thought was connected to possibly the four Lions, wrong. It’s actually something Weird Al and Pidge build, possibly to give her range to make a warp hole to get her out of there. Although it’s a cool thing to have happen.  

It looks like Episode one will focus on Shiro and Keith and their struggles, meaning that episode one is going to be an emotional one and probably it’s going to push Keith and Lance forward through the events to see who will be the leader in the end.

Less important info we got was that Lance was Cuban, which does at least explain the skin tone and the info that he gave about the beach. Pidge is a Horder which actually ties into her connection to the Pidge from the first series as he used a lot of junk to build cool things and fix things. Hunk being a good cook also connects to his older character as he’s supposed to be the better cook of the five guys in the team.

So over all we can at least say we know a few episodes of the series.

We have one major one with Shiro and Keith bonding and growing as a partnership.

We have the Depths giving more added depth to both Lance and Hunk.

We have Pidge still determined to find her family but also proving she can handle things on her own and that she’s starting to see the guys as much of her family as Matt, her father, and her mother.

We’re getting at least one episode that’s dealing with some place ice like. This could be connected to the Depths though as well.

We know that there’s going to be some form of at least two show downs with Zarkon. One on a planet that might be Altea, and one on some other form of planet that probably was destroyed by him.

We know that Shiro’s going to be physically struggling with something along with emotionally, but we can at least say he will show up for several episodes as we see him with the crystal episode and we know he is in the first episode.

We know that the swords person is most likely female and is probably connected to the episode where we see Pidge fighting as well as Shiro walking away because of the color schemes.

We know for sure that Pidges episode is the one where the weird cannon is shot off. But there’s still so many unanswered questions, chief among them, why nothing about Allura in all of this. We are given only one major moment with her physically shown in the trailer, which makes me think they’re saving a lot of plot development for her this season.

You, Not the Lion

Don’t get it twisted, this is for @satire-please

**

She comes to because of the alarms blaring and smoke filling up the pilot’s cockpit. Her head is splitting with the constant, insistent trouble indicator—too loud, too much, too bright. Her eyes are bleary, fuzzy even while her shaking hands are raising to the control panel, fumbling, trying to figure out how much damage the Green Lion has sustained. It’s enough that the lion is on his side, not moving.

The swell in her chest, Pidge cough a mouthful of blood all over the controls, blinking more out of her eyes. The helmet’s screen is cracked, not helping her try to get systems back online.

“…idge, do…copy?!”

Her brain connects how unlike his usual calm Shiro sounds, almost afraid.

“G—Green lion,” she mumbles, tasting the metallic copper dripping down from somewhere, getting in one eye, “sus-sustained damage. We can’t…can’t get—”

And she must have blacked out for a few minutes again, or else that blink was without any sensory control, followed up with images of—

Not the time. More blood is in her eyes and the Galra are on world. Pidge has barely a second before a drone swoops in, fires at the helpless Green Lion.

She screams, the blow throwing the lion up, slamming back down with enough impact to make her teeth rattle, her head snap back against the seat and forward toward the control panel.

“…old on!…Pid…”

Lance. The Blue Lion is just suddenly filling her cracked screens, using everything he’s got to defend, to give her a chance to get her lion on his feet again.

The control panel sparks against her fingers, zapping her even through the gloves. “C’mon!” She coughs again, slamming her fist down, “we have to get up! We can’t just lay down and die.”

The pulse, the low throb through her body drags a gasp out, makes her go still, her eyes go distant.

“Pidge?!…ay something!”

“…need to…”

“Incom…twelve more!”

The Green Lion soothes her, the calm washing over her, the injuries throbbing, not a stabbing pain now.

We shall stand together, you and I.

Like something out of her imagination, something more impression than words, but that message is clear, gives her what she needs to concentrate.

“Okay, redirecting power. Cutting off the second and seventh paw thrusters.” Muttering aloud, hands moving faster, closer to her normal efficient, she’s isolated the main damages, given the Green Lion the power it needs to move.

“All right. Together,” she presses the main switch, and gravity shifts, the pressure on her side lessening as the Green Lion finally stands.

“Pidge!” And it’s Lance again, the Blue Lion taking fire as he tries to defend them both.

“We need to…form Voltron,” she bites out and opens fire, giving them the opportunity to take to the air and join the others.

“Good plan! No, great plan!” Lance sounds relieved, and she bets he’s grinning all in that goofy way.

Her screens flicker for a moment then finally comes on-line enough to spit out readings while the Green Lion flies.

**

In the setting sun, the defender, Voltron stands victorious over another incarnation with the intent of dominating the galaxy. The lion’s roar resounds while the massive warrior holds the sword aloft and the Paladins inside cheer, banter, and laugh out loud.

Only one is silent, hanging lifelessly against the harness, limp with a smile on her face.

**

Snatches.

Voices talking, afraid, demanding, arguing. Hands are releasing the catches holding her to the seat, but she can’t stop her body slumping forward into a chest. Shiro.

Whoever is carrying her is running, jarring her. She manages a pained noise because now that they’ve won, she can hurt. But Green Lion, her lion is hurt too…

Hands are gently removing her helmet, laying her down.

Warmth and nothing again.

When Pidge finally comes around to stay for more than a few minutes at a time, she’s looking up at the ceiling of the castle’s Cryo Room. The blurry quality sharpens even without the fake, unnecessary glasses.

Her body aches, less sharp, stabbing pain, just the soreness of healing wounds, and Pidge sighs a little. Another battle won. Her lion survived, she survived, the others survived. She’ll be up in an hour or less, going back down to take care of the damages done—

She tries to sit up, groans, and lays back down. Okay, maybe two hours.

“Pidge?!”

She twitches, looking over sharply, surprised at the voice, and—

Shiro is already on his feet, a blanket over him thrown carelessly to the side when his strides bring him to the gurney she’s laying on. Behind him, Keith, Lance, Hunk, Allura, and Coran are rousing themselves blearily. The group camped out in chairs and on the floor with blankets and pillows apparently holding a vigil.

Shiro’s hands are on the gurney by her side, and he’s leaning in, smiling down at her looking oddly reassured.

“Hey.”

She blinks up at him, starts to try sitting up because everyone is right here

“No way, Pidge,” the metal hand is heavier than his real one against her shoulders, pushing her back down. “You’re staying right here. Just relax.” He brings the blanket that’s pooled down around her legs back up, tucking it under her chin.

“Green lion—“ she starts.

“Coran has already started repairs,” Keith is right beside Shiro, smiling softly down at her. “He’s okay. Getting better.” Like his Paladin needs to hangs in the air.

“You both took some hard hits,” Hunk fills in from the other side, arms crossed over his chest. “It was really bad.”

Her eyes widen, “Green—“

“For you, idiot,” Lance fills in. “The Cryo Chamber did it’s magic, but you’re still going to need a few days.”

She sucks in a breath, ready to argue, but the four around her draw in tighter, expressions turning disapproving.

From the foot of the gurney, Allura is calm, hair a bit ruffled from sleeping, “You mustn’t force yourself too early, Pidge. Without enough rest, you will do the Green Lion no favors. His Paladin must be physically prepared for battle.”

The others are nodding in agreement and—

Pidge blows out a breath since she’s obviously not going anywhere for a while.

Hatshepsut: the Unforgotten Princess (1508-1458 BCE)

This Rejected Princess definitely falls under “too awesome”: Hatshepsut, arguably the greatest pharaoh in history. Forget Cleopatra, King Tut, or Nefertiti – Hatshepsut was the jam. 

You’d be forgiven for not knowing about her, though. Thanks to a sustained campaign by her successors to erase all traces of her reign, it was not until fairly recently that she came back to historical prominence. She was re-discovered due to the fact that her time in power saw such an incredible proliferation of architecture, statues, and art that it proved impossible to scrub mention of her from *everything*. So much of her work has survived to present day that almost every major museum in the world has at least one piece from her. The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art has an entire room devoted to her.

All this, despite the fact that she ruled for less than twenty-two years, fifteen hundred years before the birth of Jesus.

In fact, speaking of Jesus – you know the myrrh that the wise men brought to his birth? Almost certainly due to Hatshepsut importing it 1500 years earlier, in the first recorded attempt to transplant foreign trees.

Moreover, she did her own PR. In order to solidify her claim to the throne, she spread word that her parents were told by the gods that she was to be pharaoh. The official story was that, at the gods’ behest, her mother gave birth to her in a LION’S DEN. To quiet the gossip at court, she began her rule wearing men’s clothing, including the pharaoh’s false beard. Once they stopped flapping their gums, she went back to wearing whatever the hell she wanted.

Art notes:

  • She’s got the pharaoh’s beard, flail, and crook – with the flail tucked away, since she was more a shepherd than a slavedriver.
  • I forgot the uraeus (serpent) on the headband though! Major oversight!
  • She is standing in front of The Temple of Hatshepsut, an actual temple that survives to this day.
  • The lion around her leg is a callback to her aforementioned PR campaign.
  • The angle of the drawing is super-distorted, I know. I may go back and fix it at some point. I was trying something new, the idea being that the world bends to her.

(thanks to Jenifer Castellucci and Amanda Klimek for help with corrections on this!)

I have this headcanon that Furihata is a flexible little thing, but it doesn’t really become apparent until he does something in the middle of a game that makes Seirin stop and go, “Wait, people can bend that way?” Furi never thought anything of it and figured ‘yeah of course everyone can twist like that,’ but no, Furi baby, they can’t. 

All of this ultimately culminates into Akashi discovering that flexibility when they get together, and having some naughty, naughty thoughts about dear Flexihata-kun. 

Poor baby, never knew discovering he could put his legs behind his head like a pretzel would one day lead to some kinky sex with the Emperor of Kinky. 

This ancient Egyptian chair was made sometime between 1550-1186 BC (18th-19th Dynasty) and it’s in remarkable shape. The blue paint on the legs may have been restored in the 19th century (it was collected between 1819 and 1824), and the leather seat is modern, but other than that it’s all original.

It’s in the collection of the Louvre in Paris and I’ve been wanting to build a replica of it for about 15 years but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Carving those lion foot legs will be fun.

Emily: CAT CHAIR 

Sex and other emotions

I like going to Isaiah’s place, it’s very open. When you first walk in there’s a large continual space displaying his living and dining room. Since he’s on the 13th floor he doesn’t have blinds covering his big glass wall separating the living room from the balcony displaying a beautiful view of Silver Hills downtown skylights. 

There are iron steps that lead up to the bed room which is up in a little loft of it’s own. Where I needed to be was the kitchen. You can almost float there on the savory aromas. The kitchen was separated from the dining and living room It was filled with red wood finishing and stainless steel fixtures. You would of bet your life savings he got this apartment for me. Everything about it filled my undergraduate dreams. It reminded me of Nina Moseley’s apartment in Love Jones. 

Our relationship rolls have been pretty clear from the beginning he handled money and maintenance I provided cooked food and pussy. Once in a while he would cook for me and when that happened I would sit back and enjoy the luxury. Tonight he decided to make grilled salmon, baked potatoes and mixed vegetables. I popped open my beer and sat at the aisle bar watching him maneuver through the kitchen. 

“Wipe that goofy smile off your face.”

 'Shut up it’s not goofy' 

 "Trust me it’s goofy.“ 

 'I’m just not used to you cooking…it’s been awhile’

 "Well you’ve been applying your attention to all your other men, you forgot about me.”

‘Oh hush..you act like you haven’t been out of town these past couple of weeks. Anyways how was San Diego?’

“ It was nice. You would of liked being there. Actually I’ll be going out that way for work, and then I’m off for a couple of days afterward, would you like to come with me?" 

 'Yes!’ I almost felt out my chair bopping with excitement 

He chuckled and placed my plate in front of me.

 'When do you have to go out there!?’ i inquired.

"In a couple of weeks. I’ll be up there at the end of May into the first week of June. I’ll just be working for three days then I’m off four" 

‘Well now that I finished finals I have nothing better to do!" 

We moved to the living room and I pulled up Netflix for dinner entertainment. I find myself in the organized crime section and think of a fun game for us to play.

 ’ So about that bottle in your freezer..’

 "About it…?!”

 'Lets pick a word and whenever it’s said you have to take a shot. My word will be 'fuck' 

 "I’m with it. I’ll pick 'Jesus’, I feel like they would say it a lot in one of these movies" 

 We put on American Hustle and not even a hour into the movie I’m several shots in. 

 "You okay?“ 

 'Nooooo I’m very drunk!’

 "I can tell. My word has hardly come up”

 'Yeah you’ve taken like what 4 shots? I’m done, if I drink anymore I will be dead for the night’ Those were the last words I remembered saying. The next morning I woke up with a feeling of great relief. I had this really vivid image of me screaming in ecstasy pulling Ike deeper into me on top of the washing machine. 

I woke up on the couch, I guess taking me upstairs to the loft area was to much of a hassle in last nights drunken stagger. I tiptoed upstairs and saw that Isaiah was still knocked out. I snuck back down stairs to clean myself up and start on breakfast. As I was flipping the last slice of French toast I felt Isaiah walk up behind me reaching for a piece of bacon de-greasing in a paper towel on the stove top his morning wood firmly grazing my ass. 

“Well Good morning” He slaps my ass then walks over to the fridge to get out the creamer for the coffee I’ve already started.

 'Hey did we fuck on the washing machine.?' 

“No.” Isaiah said as he finished his coffee preparation and began rolling the morning blunt. 

'Oh’ I looked down slightly disappointed, it was only a dream. 

 "We fucked on the dryer" I looked up and his eyes were already locked on me gazing intensely

 "Advert your eyes" he said

 'I look at what I please’ I taunted 

“Don’t get dealt with”

 "The only reason I’m not touching on that right now is because I made breakfast and we will eat this one before it gets cold" His hand has intertwined in my hair gaining my full attention, he leans in towards me our lips brushing against each other

 "Whatever you say" I want to pull away but I’m paralyzed 

He releases me in my paralytic form and carries on as if nothing happened “Make my plate woman”  

My legs move like a baby deer trying to pursue it’s first steps. I prepare our plates of French toast,grits, eggs,and bacon on to a plate and and place it on the table. Before I take my seat I graze my hand on his crotch and trace his ear with my tongue before nibbling the lobe. I take my seat next to him and begin on my plate, smirking through my bites. Breakfast was silent and filled with sexual tension. Every time we passed the blunt to one another one of us would brush the others hand surging electrical passion through our loins.  I go into the kitchen and place our plates in the sink. Isaiah must of been right on my heels,I barely had room to turn around he was already pressed against me.

 His hand re-tangles in my hair bringing us back to where we were a brief moment before. My eyes back and my teeth grip my bottom lip, letting out a  a deep breath enjoying his intense embrace. Isaiah jerks my head back exposing my neck before he takes a bite, I let out a Moan. 

“Sssh, don’t make any noise”  Isaiah pulls down the straps of my cami kissing each shoulder before exposing my erect nipples. In each hand he caressed a breast, getting a mouthful of each. I wanted to let out a whimper but I didn’t want to give him the satisfaction. I arch forward pushing my nipples into his mouth. He grabbed my hips and lifted me onto the counter. It’s not even 12 and he’s already having his second meal of the day. Licking long slow stokes acquiring a good taste of my pussy. I began to purr with pleasure.With each stroke he would flick my clit making me cringe. He suckled my clit, placing two fingers into my pussy doing a come here motion on my gspot. I cum all down his face. Before his face can even stop glistening from my juices he whisk me into the living room leaning me over the arm of the couch so my hips are elevated he slides into me falling balls deep into my pussy. I shift my body down pulling my legs up so my ankles are over my head. He’s fucking me deep, I want to cry from how amazing it feels. He’s reaching parts of my pussy that’s never been explored. I let out a loud moan.

 'Mhmmm’ he’s started circling my clit with his thumb I kept trying to scream out his name but my orgasm stifled my speech 

 'Cum with me’ He groaned into my ear sounding like a lion dominating his prey I wrap my legs around his waist biting into his shoulder and we simultaneously released. He spewed his kids all over my stomach, I found myself playing with them, I haven’t tasted him in a while so I licked my fingers and started to giggle “What” he said coming back from the bathroom with a towel 

“You taste better”

 "I’ve changed my out of town diet" He plops next to me on the couch after cleaning us of. I lick my lips He grabs my face and pulls it up towards his planting a hard kiss 

 "You’re nasty, you know that?“ ”

“Yeah,and you love it" Ten minutes later we were fast asleep