assassins-case

1) Headcanon on how Reborn, Xanxus, and Tsuna would treat their daughter

Reborn

  • Reborn’s daughter probably wouldn’t even know that Reborn was her father.
  •  Reborn to keep this secret would treat her how he treats the rest, maybe even more spartan like then he does Tsuna.
  • But when she was having a bad day/week he would discreetly be a bit softer on her. Expensive chocolate would randomly show up in her mailbox addressed to her.
  • If any boys showed interest in her at all in her class they would be gone the next day for an unknown reason. Normally the teacher would say it was because of family matters.
  • He would also at night stake out her house in case any assassins would come for her.
  • After a battle, if she had gotten injured she would always get the best care out of all others, thanks to his influence
  • In his baby form, he would always insist on being carried by her if she refused he would sit on her head or shoulder anyways.
  • He would insist that he gave her extra lessons on gun handling under the excuse that her aim was terrible.
  • But in truth, she would be the best shot out of them all and secretly he just wanted a reason to spend time with her.
  • In the end after the curse battle, it would be revealed that he was her father and they would have a very very long talk, and she would not refuse to carry him, and probably wouldn’t let him go until the next day.

Xanxus

  • Xanxus and his daughter would have a very reversed relationship
  • They would also be the exact opposite of each other in personality
  • Xanxus’s daughter would be the one taking care of him instead of him taking care of her
  • She would be the one who was called to take care of him when he passed out after drinking too much when he was injured and needed healing.
  • But when it comes down to if Xanxus would be very protective of her. Anyone that even dared to look at her wrong would end up brutally murdered the moment she turned her back.
  • She would not agree with the way things were run in the Varia and it would lead to loud arguments, with many things thrown on both sides seeing as she would pick up on his habit of throwing things at others.
  • But in the end of the argument she would make up by making his favorite meal and he would in his own strange way of saying sorry by giving her expensive gifts like clothes and jewelry.
  • Xanxus would force her to train with the others despite her protests. Which lead to her to often be injured because she would refuse to fight back.
  • Xanxus would absolutely deny her the opportunity to drink any kind of alcohol or liquor even if she was of age
  • He would probably force her to get married to Squalo because he knows Squalo would treat her right if he didn’t want to end up dead of coarse.

Tsuna

  • Because of Tsuna being so busy with being the boss of Vongola, his daughter would end up being placed under the care of Reborn
  • She would pick up Reborn’s torture methods and spartan ways and be very violent
  • The results being his daughter would often pick on him. Calling him a loser and a deadbeat dad.
  • Tsuna would try his best of keeping her as far as possible from anything mafia and violence but it would be a vain effort seeing as her favorite people to hang out with would be Hibari, Mukuro, and Reborn
  • When she was kidnapped from their garden Tsuna did not sleep until they found her.
  • The family that kidnapped her was shown no mercy at all
  • After being returned to her home Tsuna’s daughter would refuse to leave Tsuna’s side, and would often end in the adorable scenes of Tsuna and her cuddling in his work chair. (Gokudera took and kept pictures of these moments under his bed)
  • But eventually she would go back to bullying her father but she would a less mean and would often make sure to give Tsuna a hug every day to show her love and support
  • As she grows older she would demand to take part on some missions and demand to start training for becoming the future boss of Vongola.
  • Though Tsuna does not want to, he gets a bit of encouragement via Reborn, leading to long training sessions into the night of hand to hand combat and other things
  • The results of these sessions would be many scraps and burns that Tsuna would later take care of himself by hand after his daughter had passed out from exhaustion.
Viewer Mind Palace (VMP): How All of Series 4 takes place in the month after John’s wedding

This sounds crazy, but hear me out because this would make for a great fix-it fic even if none of this is real and I’d love to read it. 

So. Remember the beginning of His Last Vow? We see John dreaming and Sherlock doping again? These two ideas hold a lot of weight in the narrative of series 4 and TAB. I believe we’re seeing alternate realities converge into one to create a mind palace sequence that doesn’t belong to any character, but belongs instead to the viewer. 

Remember when Molly said “Forward or Backward?” as Sherlock got shot? The answer was backward. I think everything shown from that moment on has been something either Sherlock or John has fantasized before that moment – in the month of their separation. We saw the narrative as going forward, when really we were being filled in as to what happened “backward”. 

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Kiss

So, I saw this lovely post and got inspired? so… um… yeah?


She hesitates before entering without a knock. Even though he said it was okay, it still went against… all the old habits. Always knock, because he might be busy. Always knock, because he might mistake you for an assassin. Always knock in case someone else was there. That last one had always left her stomach in knots, growing up. Gods, had she ever been jealous when he took a girl as a subordinate. Not that she hated her, far from it. Psychotic tendencies aside, Pieri was a delight, and always had some sort of new dish for her to try. But it had made her heart ACHE at the thought of someone else besides her being at his side.

Except… it’s not the case anymore. The ring hiding underneath her gauntlet proved that.

She steps inside the room and closes the door behind her, smiling as the scent of frankincense drifted through the air. Expensive and a luxury, it was perhaps the only one he ever indulged in. She loves it too. It always reminds her of him.
She looks around the room, checking if anyone else is there, but sees it’s only him, writing at his desk, frowning over some sort of report. No doubt she’d see a summary of it all delivered later today. He always was one to make things easier on everyone.

“Something wrong?” She almost squeaks at his words, pouting at his back. He hasn’t even turned around, but somehow, he knows its her.

“No, nothing.” She answers easily, lightly, half skipping to his side. She stops to stare as the sunlight streams in from the window, making his hair even golder, the circlet holding it back glitter like the finest silver. He’s handsome, and she marvels at how he’s HERS. Forever. “Hey.” He turns to look at her and smiles ever so slightly, just enough to soften his face from the stern mask everyone saw. She adores his smile, and adores how he’ll give her special ones, ones that she hoards in her memory like a dragon guarding treasure.

So, without thinking, she leans down and presses her mouth to his, gentle and slow, lips catching on his as she pulls away. But then his hand is on the back of her head, the metal gauntlet cold on her neck, and he’s tugged her into his lap, kissing her hard and intensely, as if she broke a dam by accident. Her eyes flutter shut as his arms encase her, almost hard enough to bruise, though she doesn’t care. She cares about the scent of frankincense that’s right there instead of wafting about, hidden under the smell of polished metal and cured leather. She cares about how ragged his breath is when he pulls briefly away before kissing her again, cares about how he tastes like the cinnamon candies Elise liked to give them. She cares on how when she breaks away to breathe, his lips slide to her jaw, kissing lightly, fleetingly, making her squeak and sigh, smile wide enough to make her face ache sweetly. Her hands scramble over his shoulder, threading through his hair as she tries to somehow get CLOSER.

He solves the ‘problem’ by pulling away and tucking her against his chest, his cheek on her hair, his pants ghosting her ear and making her shiver and smile even wider. Her hands brush his neck and she feels his pulse beating as rapidly as hers and she giggles, pleased by that little knowledge. She LIKES that she has the same effect on him as he does on her.

“Hello to you too, by the way.” His voice is shaky, and she likes it. She likes he lets his guard down that much around her. “Was there something?”

“No, I just wanted to be near you.” She cuddles a little closer and he shifts to work around her. “What are you working on?”

“Just summarizing scouting reports.” Of course he is. “Lets take a nap together when I’m done.”

“Sounds good to me.” Though, truthfully, she might end up nodding off before then. She always just feels so SAFE, and with all the fighting, safety is all too rare. “I love you.”

“I love you too.” The words are like music to her ears, far more beautiful than Azura’s ever could be. “I love you too, Kamui.”

Baekhyunsbabe's Fanfics ~Masterlist~

Hello lovely peeps! I posted this a while ago but I lost it. But I made up a new one and edited it for you guys! Some fics are WIP, and I’ll check them for you so you know which are WIP, in planning, or almost done. Also, I’ll post when they’re done or updated on my account on AFF!
Enjoy!~~~~~~~~~ link to all fics; past, present and future: http://www.asianfanfics.com/profile/view_author_stories/884234/L

✏️- In planning
✒️- WIP
✔️-Working on now
❤- Pfft! Not even close
💛- Eh
💚- Halfway
💙- So close
💜-ALMOST
💖-Done/Uploaded

✒️💚1) Xiuhan- Sweet Fascination~. Xiumin is the head honcho of a wealthy company who is married to Yuri of SNSD. Who is expecting their first child. The pregnancy has been more than difficult on Xiumin, and a coworker helps him through his time of “need” and soon enough, little kisses in the hall turn into more than Xiumin knew what to do with. PLOT TWIST THOUGH.
Rated: R for language and sexual content. One shot.

✒️✔️💚/💖2) ChenKai-Heart of The Wolf.
Wolf!au!!!! Jongdae is an Omega. Jongin is an Alpha, newly recruited to the pack. He’s the strong, silent type. Until Jongdae goes into heat. Love blossoms between these two misfits. Jongin would do anything to make Jongdae happy. But Jongin’s past catches up with him… Little do they know, their troubles have just started. Contains past!JonginxTaemin
Rated: R for language, sexual content, a/b/o verse, and Mpreg. Multi-chaptered, ongoing~
You can find the link to the fic below. Also, it has both a 💚and 💖 because there are chapters up.
LINK—— http://www.asianfanfics.com/story/view/958716/heart-of-the-wolf-taemin-exo-baekyeol-xiuhan-chenkai-krisho-wolfau

✏️❤️3) HunHan- Student Body ch.3: Teacher’s Pet.
Holy crap guys. Get ready for some explicit stuff.
Rated R for language, dirty talk, BDSM themes, water sports, teacher/student intercourse, under-aged student, and good old kinky sex. Chapter continue. FOR MY BEAUTIFUL sehunslubedcock

You can view chapter 1 & 2 here:

http://www.asianfanfics.com/story/view/924528/student-body-pwp-exo-luhan-sehun-kink-teacherandstudent

✏️❤️4) EXO- The Sacred Story
The future. A once prosperous and bountiful land now lay in ruin; swarmed with ancient monsters and taken over by Hell. The land once had elements of 12 to protect it, but these elemental beings are now long gone. Slaughtered by Lucifer himself. Now, centuries later, these 12 elements are reborn again as different men; reincarnations of their ancestors. Can these 12 different and powerful elements come together to defeat the evil that’s plaguing their world? Rated R for language, gore, action and adult situations. Alongside fantasy, sci-fi and futuristic mumbo-jumbo. Mentions of Hell, monsters and ancient creatures. Multi-chaptered. Dedicated to my best friend and gay lover schatten-jaegers 💞

✏️❤️5) Baekyeol- untitled- paranormal!au~
Chanyeol and Baekhyun are husbands, moving to a new house for Chanyeol’s work. Baekhyun is a few months pregnant since he is a carrier. Able to become pregnant for survival reasons, it runs in his family. But their new house is haunted. The spirit is angered by Baekhyun, angered by his pregnancy and their marriage. It does anything to hurt Baekhyun and their unborn child. What happens why Chanyeol doesn’t believe his husband?
Rated R for sexual content and language, Mpreg, with a ghostly visitor. Multi-chaptered.

✏️❤️6) ChenBaekYeol- untitled
Chen and Chanyeol are happily married. Have been for 5 years. Chen is a work at home “wife” while Chanyeol works with his uncle at a multi-billion dollar company. The perfect couple who couldn’t be happier. Till one night Chen suggests going to a market for a pet/slave to spice things up for them. They Both agree and a few days later, Baekhyun is introduced. Though, these two are very different from Baekhyun’s past masters. They’re kind, fun, interesting and they treat him as an equal. He’s told he is their boyfriend. Till Baekhyun’s past catches up with him. If Chen and Chanyeol claim to love him, will they fight for him?
Rated M for sexual content, mentions of abuse, language and threesomes. multi-chaptered.

✒️💚7) Baekyeol- untitled
Baekhyun wakes up dead, with no memory or knowledge of how he met his untimely demise. He is but a ghost, silent, and invisible. But when he finds that his husband, Chanyeol, and their 9 month old daughter are in trouble he does anything he can to save them. Can he?
Rated M for language, character death, dark themes, sexual content(?) and feels. One shot.

✒️💜 8) Baekyeol- Eye Spy
Request by chen-ah 💗💗💗💗
Chanyeol is but a normal boyfriend. Or so that’s how his boyfriend, Baekhyun, sees him. He’s actually the best agent in his company, dealing with stealing, collecting information and in most cases, assassinations. When Chanyeol is sent on a mission to retrieve top secret information, his mission goes astray thanks to a mysterious, skilled enemy. The stranger foils his mission. But that’s not the only nor last time they meet. Who this stranger is, Chanyeol wishes he never found out.
Rated M for language, sexual content.

✏️❤️9) Kai&soo- We’re What You Fear in the Dark. Hybrid!au. Do Kyungsoo has a little secret he keeps locked in his basement. One shot. Rated R for gory scenes.

✏️❤️10) Kaibaekyeol- untitled~ zombie/apocalypse!au. They were always together. Since day one, it had always been the three of them. Even before the outbreak and the virus that spread across the globe, causing reanimated, cannibalistic corpses to roam the earth. Chanyeol is the scavenger, Jongin is the tracker and healer, and Baekhyun is looking pale. Rated R for language, gore, blood, past spousal and domestic abuse/rape, violence, romance, dark themes and zombies. Polyamory relationship. Length undecided.

✨✨If you guys have ANY questions, comments or concerns, my ask box is always open~ xoxo enjoy babies!
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anonymous asked:

Princess! Megami x Knight! Nemesis headcannons please?

- Nemesis will lay down her life to protect her princess

- Megami trusts in her knights’ abilities

- But trains herself anyways

- Just in case an assassin or something comes through and wipes them out

- If that were the case

- Nemesis would be the last knight standing

- she could have her arm broken and sill fight for Megami

Sherlock’s Sister 2

Part 1

“Sister” John said as he choked on his coffee “You and Mycroft have a sister”

“Yes” Said a voice from the doorway. Everyone turned to see Mycroft standing in the doorway with his umbrella.

“Diet not going well then, brother of mine” Edythe remarked

“That is none of your concern” Mycroft snapped back

“I have friends in high places, brother, i know these things” She smiled

“What kind of friends?” John cut in

“Oh you really don’t want to know, John, she’s an assassin, she has all kinds of friends” Sherlock said as he looked through what Edythe had been working on at the desk.

“Assassin! she’s an assassin! Is everyone in your family a psychopath?!” John shouted

“We’re not psychopaths, John, we’re high functioning sociopaths, do your research” the siblings said in unison

John paced backwards and forwards trying to make sense of the scene unfolding in front of him. It was at this point he realised something even worse.

“Edythe, where are you going to be sleeping” he asked

“On the floor, i spent some time in Japan and found i quite like sleeping on a futon” she replied

“So i’m going to be sharing a flat with two of you”

“well yes”

“ok, i’m going out, too much Holmes in one room” and he marched out the doorway, almost forgetting to pick up the credit card he’d came home for in the first place.

“Well” said Mycroft as he went to leave to“That could’ve gone worse, contact me when you find out anything”

When he’d left Sherlock held up a piece of paper Edythe had been working on.

“Why didn’t I think of this” he asked

“Because you think like a killer, not an assassin. This case is clearly the work of an assassin”

“I think we should see if Lestrade has any more records of killings like this”

“Lestrade? oh the incompetent police officer, sure why not, it might be more amusing than hacking the system”

“You could do that?” Sherlock asked, impressed

“Of course I can Brother” she sighed as she walked to the door “Now come along we have work to do”

anonymous asked:

Every single female character in Dishonored, the DLCs and Dishonored 2 is much more interesting than Emily.

Spoilers for Dishonored 2! Also, this is a very long post.

The thing about Dishonored 2 is that the details are good, but the overall plot falls flat. I’d like to make it clear that I still like Emily a great deal as a character, but I agree with Anon, that she is not particularly interesting as a character.

[This post] is a much better explanation of the whole thing (also contains spoilers) but in short, Dishonored 2 doesn’t have a sharp focus to make Emily’s motivations really personal, and that doesn’t help Emily’s character or character development. The whole premise of Emily being driven to reclaim her throne is weak, because we hear so much about how Emily prefers to spend her nights on the rooftops or with Wyman instead of doing her duties as an Empress.

This is linked to the voice acting. Other characters, including every single female character in Dishonored, the DLCs and Dishonored 2, have their appearance, speech and actions to provide depth to their characterisation. You can talk to characters, you can find books and audiographs about them, and you can interact with them; and then often both dialogue and actions change according to chaos level, which is one way of incorporating the effects of the player on the world. However, you can’t physically interact with Emily. You do control her actions, but you can’t see her appearance, and you can’t explicitly control her speech. (For example, when leaving an area, you can either tell Meagan you want to stay or leave. But that is it. Talking to main characters happens much through cutscenes; when exploring the world, your speech changes according to chaos level, but again you otherwise have little control over it.) The point is that the dialogue for Emily is fairly preset, and so provides little variety for her character. This is a problem, as her characterisation relies so much upon her dialogue.

Harvey Smith (and others at Arkane) mentioned, while discussing the choice to switch from voiceless-Corvo, to voice-acted Emily/Corvo, that in the first game they were conscious of wanting to allow the player to project themselves onto Corvo, which they achieved by not having Corvo voice-acted. (I am unsure if this is the only motivation as I sort of recall someone mentioning Stephen Russell being unavailable for the first game, but I may be mistaken.) People from Arkane went on to say that they experimented with voice-acting and the voice-over intro’s in Daud’s two DLCs and that they think they perfected the balance of voicing the player character, but also allowing the player to feel like it was still them who was in control of the game, in Dishonored 2. Particuarly, they said that adding voice-acting added ‘warmth’ to the game.

(Unlike in “The Knife of Dunwall” and “The Brigmore Witches”, where you only have three missions in order to create a coherent half-arc for Daud, and establish that other crucial events are occurring in Dunwall outside of Corvo’s sphere of events, and Daud’s voice-over/grey-blue-comic scenes are highly necessary, Dishonored 2 has 10 missions, and listening to exposition by Emily or Corvo before each one gets kinda tiring, especially since neither the script nor the voice acting is particularly interesting.) 

Stephen Russell and Erica Luttrell are experienced and talented voice actors, but unfortunately, the consensus seems to be that their performance was rather lacklustre, with Emily flatly delivering exposition, and Corvo wearily growling through his lines. Obviously we can only credit this in part to the voice actors as the game writers were responsible for coming up with the actual lines, but in this case I think neither actors nor writers did a spectacular job. Again, this wouldn’t be such a problem except that we read and hear so much about the characterisation of Emily and Corvo (and Emily was excellent in the first game) before the time of Dishonored, during the first game, and in the span of years in between the two games (if you’ve read The Wyrmwood Deceit or The Corroded Man) but when it comes down to it in Dishonored 2 when Emily is an adult PLUS an Empress, and Corvo has been protecting her PLUS training her as well as being publicly acknowledged as her father, there seems to be something lacking. The two games should be the primary source for in-depth, canon characterisation, but instead Dishonored 2 seems rather weak in this regard.

What happened from Dishonored 1 to Dishonored 2 is somewhat similar to what happened between Fallout 3 and Fallout 4. In Fallout 3 the player character is unvoiced and the player communicates through written dialogue choices. It is up to the player to give nuance, timing, timbre etc. to these lines, but the quality and consistency of writing is such that tone can be usually inferred from the words. Special dialogue choices conditionally available upon having perks such as Black Widow, skill checks such as Science, or stat checks for Luck, Persuasion etc. are indicated by the inclusion of [Science, 75] at the start of a phrase. On the other hand, Fallout 4 moved to a more Mass Effect-style of dialogue, with four choices (at most) of dialogue in response to an NPC line, fewer than the up to ten or so choices of dialogue in Fallout 3. (Of course, two or three of choices of dialogue in Fallout 3 were often just there to allow NPCs to repeat information for the convenience of the player.) Also, like Mass Effect, the on-screen text was representative of the dialogue, but not a verbatim transcript. This actually hindered, not streamlined, the dialogue system in Fallout 4, a game in a series of RPGs where the player’s dialogue choice is extremely important (especially since skill or stat checks can entirely bypass having to fight enemies or hack computers). In Dishonored, even if you have only a binary choice at times such as asking/not asking Piero for upgrades, or choosing the lethal/non-lethal upgraded Arc Pylon effect, because Corvo is not voiced, it is implicit that the words you read are what Corvo says, in-game. You do not get to do this in Dishonored 2. You effectively have less choice.

For all the talk of the voice-acting, however, I definitely agree that Emily’s characterisation is not as interesting as the other female characters. (I thought I was going to write about how her characterisation is less interesting and can be excused somewhat because of the way the game is made but in fact it looks like I’ve written about how her weak characterisation is especially apparent, due to the way the game is made.) Emily has a few key points: she is an Empress and has been trained in the Royal arts; she has Corvo as her remaining parent; and she has been trained by Corvo to defend herself in case of assassination attempts. (The official phrase is that she has three pillars: Dunwall, Empress, and Assassin.)

We then learn that she sometimes pays little attention to her duties, thinking of her lover; and she yearns to have a different life, one in which she is free to roam the rooftops at night (which she actually does anyway). Progressing further into the game it seems like she has been paying insufficient attention to the Duke of Serkonos and the goings-on in Karnaca. And… that’s it. She should have motivations beyond this, but she doesn’t. Does she want to rule peacefully or with an iron fist? Well, YOU as the player actually get to decide that. I think it’s a failure of the game premise, of the chaos system, that you end up with the ending cinematic explaining how she retakes the throne, be it through blood or not; but that you can’t perceive her character whilst playing her. It’s a conundrum to be sure, that her motivations are yours and therefore opaque in the game, until you reach the end of the game and it counts up all the chaos you have and produces an ending cutscene. Somewhere in here, there is a good discussion about Power and Those Who Wield It – to use the phrase from Harvey, “power and the abuse of power”. This theme is one of the themes that Harvey Smith has stated that they are interested in exploring in the Dishonored series, exemplified by monologue when Emily/Corvo arrives back in Dunwall for the last mission, with Corvo saying something along the lines of “I don’t think I’ll ever know the truth of Delilah being Euhorn Kaldwin’s daughter… but what I do know is that the right to rule is not given by birth, but something you earn from serving your people, every day.” I find that statement to be… sort of weak, in that context, but I’m also not particularly sure what it’s supposed to mean, because the world of Dishonored, specifically the Empire of the Isles, does seem to have both a monarch and a parliament (at least, a House of Lords) but doesn’t seem to elect rulers on the basis of merit. (To expand on this point – what I mean is that I understand that Corvo, at least, rails against the idea of right-to-rule, which is understandable as he comes from a working-class family in Serkonos, but I’m not sure what alternatives to the heir to the Empire he’s suggesting, or even what alternatives he’s suggesting would be suitable. I.e. if an emperor is weak as a ruler, then should a Spymaster or other member of the court or the royal family or the nobility or Parliament seize control of the throne? Or at least take charge by advising strongly on all state matters?)

Another reason why Emily doesn’t seem to be that interesting is because her character works so well in the first game, and just doesn’t in the second. She acts as a moral thermostat for Corvo, conveying the effects of chaos through her speech and drawings; but also has a childish curiosity, asking some great questions of Admiral Havelock and the other characters, running off and playing hide-and-seek instead of attending to her studies, and displaying great interest in her world. Perhaps the thing is that Emily doesn’t seem to have grown up since the first game. She doesn’t have the depth that other characters – in D1 or D2 – have. Compare: Corvo survives poisoning – and then can still choose to non-lethally eliminate (some) of the remaining Loyalists. Samuel evades the executions of Lydia (and Callista) but faithfully returns to aid Corvo in once again saving Emily. Billie Lurk tangibly responds to your chaos level in the Knife of Dunwall but later returns to attempt to make up for her actions. Even Cecelia, a character who survives the purge by being unnoticed, is inspired by Corvo to escape in the chaos surrounding the Hound Pits Pub and make a go of her life on her own.

Compare Emily’s character to, for example, the female shopkeeper in the Royal Conservatory mission (for convenience, let’s call her Stripes, for the striped vest she wears). Firstly, she greets Emily sympathetically – but we must discount this, as all of the shopkeepers have to do this – they operate as the upgrading and restocking mechanic so they can’t just go alerting the guards whenever you need to upgrade your gear. Secondly, however, Stripes will immediately tell the player that you have to hide, because Paolo and his gang are coming around and if they see you, they’ll attack you. That action tells you about Stripes – she wants to keep the peace, she’s actually protecting you at this point – you, the player, who is effectively invincible with your “reload last save” button. She even says “yes, that’s good, stay there” once you are safely hidden under a table. If you’ve been robbing Black Market shops, Stripes will mention it, implying a sort of network or trade between different Black Market shops, and displaying concern for other citizens. Hang around long enough, and Stripes will tell you that she used to own a café out near the docks, but that the smell of fish blood overwhelmed the smell of coffee. This adds depth to her, specifically her ambitions and motivations. We do not learn of similar motivations for Emily.

There are other reasons why Dishonored 2 is, overall, not as interesting as the first game. (1) The Dreadful Wale is smaller than the Hound Pits Pub and contains fewer characters. (2) There is no equivalent to the first game’s Flooded District mission (a mission which really made the game work for me). (3) There is no plot twist in the main story. None whatsoever. You get chucked off the throne, you eliminate ppl, you get back your throne. This also relates to (4) A trend nowadays in movies and video games where so much of the plot is revealed in trailers/previews/publicity material, e.g. the Giant Man form of Ant-Man in Captain America: Civil War leaked through figurine sales; or the true nature of the new John Connor in Terminator: Genisys revealed early in a poster for that movie. Long before the game was released, Harvey Smith stated that Dishonored 2 was mostly set in Karnaca, but began and ended in Dunwall (to be fair, in response to repeated questioning). With a moment’s thought, that reveals to the player that the final boss fight will be in Dunwall. It was fully expected and publicised that Karnaca was the location for the main portion of the game, and I don’t think anyone was surprised that the first mission ended up with you getting on a ship and sailing for Karnaca, but revealing that you would be returning to Dunwall at the end removes all dramatic tension from that stage of the plot. The culture has changed perceptibly even since 2012 (when Dishonored was released). Imagine if Harvey Smith stated, 2 months before Dishonored came out, that your ultimate destination was Kingsparrow Isle? Then you would be on the lookout, whether aware of it or not, of when that location was namedropped in-game. You would know that Return To The Tower was not, could not be the final mission, as it wasn’t set on Kingsparrow Isle, and this would ruin the twist of being poisoned by the Loyalists and going to the Flooded District.

In summary, it would just seem to be that Emily is not as interesting a character as the other female characters in Dishonored 2, because the writers ultimately didn’t know what to do with her. This however should not impact the way you play Emily in Dishonored 2; and hopefully Arkane hear about this from fans, including us, and learn how to do better in the future.

Imagine your OTP as top secret government assassins assigned to a case together. Person A is a lone wolf who doesn’t work well with others while Person B is extroverted and uses it to their advantage in many situations. Can they complete the mission without clashing too much? Bonus: one gets injured and the other gets very angsty about it.

anonymous asked:

Do gou have any cool informant story ideas?

Informant like a person who rats on something, like a spy? First of all, I just wanted to share two other prompt requests about sassy assassins just in case they are useful to you 😉.

  • An employee at a huge business becomes concerned that there are some shady deals happening and starts working as an informant for the FBI (or similar agency of your choice). As they investigate they figure out they were very very wrong. But admitting this will make them look like an idiot and get them fired.
  • Someone who works a professional informant, kind of like a PI. They’re not a spy, they have no training, can’t throw a punch or shoot a gun to save their life, and has no connection to any three letter agency, but they are very good at snooping. If you need dirt, call 1-800-TATTLER and they’ll get themselves hired wherever you need them.
  • Someone is making all of the agency’s informants disappear. They find a new informant to dig into this.
  • An informant who double crosses the people who hired them to double cross their company. They figure out what is going wrong and decide they’d rather capitalize on this new information/realize this information is going to get them in trouble, so they hide it instead.
  • An informant who realizes they are on the wrong side of things.
  • Two informants snooping on the same company for different employers figure out what the other is doing. They get into a race of the informants to prove which one is the best.
hero; part one | jeon jungkook

Originally posted by jengkook

requested by anon

word count: there is a reason this is only part one

genre: for now it’s fluff

When Prince Jungkook comes for his first visit after many years, things have changed, especially your feelings. 

Part One; Part Two; Part Three


Ever since birth you had been raised to be fighter. So had your older brother, Taehyung. Your family was known all across the world as a strong family, who could easily defend themselves without their guards, though they were always by your side as well. The reason for this? As a royal, you were constantly under threat, especially as your kingdom was located right by rocky, cavernous mountains that hosted all kinds of threats, from dragons to grags (dwarf extremists that do not approve of humans).

From a young age you and your brother had, along with your usual lessons, been given combat and defense lessons. Both of you had flourished under that, and were considered good enough to defend yourselves. However, you still had to have a protector with you at all times, in case of assassins. In your case, it was Kahi, your best friend. The two of you had grown up together, and though she was meant to be your lady in waiting, the two of you had a bond.

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anonymous asked:

We all know the League was abusive to Damian. What are some of the things you believe Damian had to endure? Do you think he would ever get to the point where he would tell someone about his experiences in the League?

Abusive? How do you mean?

In the comics there was very little interaction between Damian and the Justice League. Most of it was, ‘Another Robin? Isn’t he too young?”

If you have any specific examples, then sure, I’d love to expand on it. But I can’t see any of the League making huge overtures at a child.

Or do you mean the League of Assassin?

In that case they wouldn’t see what they were doing as abuse. It was training.

Damian was the HEIR. He had to be taught to defend himself. His mother gave him the best education with the acknowledgment that he would exceed any and all of his trainers. Which he did. And failure meant death.

Even though he was constantly surrounded by opulence, he walked a fine line of constant vigilance. If he didn’t he could’ve been killed. After all, in the League of Shadows, Failure is Death.

He was probably constantly aware that he could be replaced, if not by another in the League, then at least his mother could have another child.

He was arrogant because the smell of fear is weakness. He struck first because you might not get another chance. He was sure he could defeat any obstacle/enemy because he had to. And pushing another to their limit, constantly attacking them-it makes them better. It makes them more aware. That is the way to show love. Otherwise, why would his mother put him through all of this?

So, in a lot of ways, I don’t think the lower ninjas in the League of Shadows had much contact with Damian. He was simply above their pay grade. Even if he was, they would never attack him unless they were given an all-clear from Ra’s himself. After all, they view Ra’s as a god. To attack or potentially kill a member of his family would be a HUGE no-no.

Even if you re-read the comics with Talia training Damian. There’s this one scene of Talia telling the Ninjas to attack Damian while he’s jumping from an airplane telling them that their “sacrifice” was for the League. They attacked Damian on ORDERS, knowing that they’d probably die, if not from Damian, then by Ra’s or Talia for actually succeeding.

Was Damian abused in the way we understand it? Absolutely. But in his mind he might rationally know that it was ‘abuse’, but he still loves his mother. He knows she did what she did out of love.

anonymous asked:

I've never seen "Love never dies". I've heard ALW ruined the characters and the original story,but do you think I should still see it at least once?

Hi Anon. I think that Love Never Dies is worth seeing, if nothing else because like it or not, it has become part of the discourse of the Phandom.

However, if you don’t want to watch it, but still want to know what happens, I’d recommend watching Christi Esterle’s hilarious Musical Hell review. Actually, watch her review regardless of whether you watch LND, because it will make you laugh until you cry:

http://musicalhell.blogspot.com/2013/02/musical-hell-review-love-never-dies.html

In my opinion, LND is an utterly ridiculous, musicalized au phanfiction (reminiscent of a lot of 90s badphic) that bears little to no resemblance to ALW’s Brilliant Original production of Phantom.

Raoul and the Girys have probably suffered the most character assassination, but Christine and Mr. Y (the Phantom’s name in the musical) are drastically different, as well. I think that LND is slightly more palatable to watch if you go from the assumption that it is a standalone musical, and not an actual sequel to Phantom of the Opera, since the amount of change that the characters undergo is far more than even 50 years would produce, let alone 10.

I watched the Australian production of LND once, and I’m glad that I did, though I have no desire to see it again. The music is very pretty, and is the best that ALW has composed since Sunset Boulevard (although in typical ALW fashion, the theme song, “Love Never Dies,” was most likely stolen from Charles Williams’ “Jealous Lover,” which was the theme to the Jack Lemmon film, “The Apartment” — listen here).

Anna O’Byrne and Simon Gleeson are both excellent as Christine and Raoul, and I give Simon Gleeson extra props for making Raoul a sympathetic character, even though ALW and Ben Elton tried to turn him into a villain. Ben Lewis is unintentionally hilarious as the Phantom, and makes some of the most bizarre faces I’ve ever seen outside of a silent movie. The costumes are gorgeous and the sets are lavish, though they went overboard with some of the sets, especially “Beauty Underneath,” making a creepy scene even creepier in all the wrong ways.

The main problem is the plot. I cannot fathom why ALW thought that Frederick Forsyth and then Ben Elton were the right people to collaborate with to write the book. I am convinced that Forsyth and Elton read a bunch of 90s E/C badphics as part of their research, because the plot is an amalgam of a lot of the popular storylines of that day: Christine leaves with Raoul but regrets her decision, so she secretly comes back to Erik and they proceed to have wild, passionate, and mindblowing sex (despite the fact that they are both virgins, and Erik has SEVERE body image issues, but whatevs). Christine becomes preggers, and returns to Raoul carrying Erik’s baby. Raoul then becomes abusive/gambling/alcoholic, etc. and Christine pines for Erik and regrets that she didn’t stay with him (you know, the guy who threatened to kill her fiance if she didn’t agree to marry him, if we’re following the ALW storyline). Then Christine and Erik meet again and reunite passionately, and various madness ensues.

Added to this convolution is the way that Meg and Mme Giry’s characters were handled, which takes a badphic and makes it awful.

I don’t drink, but if I did, I imagine that watching LND would make an amusing drinking game — like, drink every time Ben Lewis makes a crazy face, or drink every time Raoul’s character gets assassinated. In either case, one would probably get drunk pretty quickly.

Another way to watch LND would be to dress up and bring props, like one does for Rocky Horror Picture Show. So one could, for instance, dress up as Bathing Beauty or as a circus freak, and then throw condoms and other contraceptives at the screen during “Beneath a Moonless Sky.” Or perhaps do a floor show, complete with crappy imitations of the costumes, dancing, and lip syncing.

Anyway, the overall gist of what I’m trying to say is don’t take LND too seriously, feel free to enjoy the parts that you find enjoyable, don’t feel obligated to like or dislike any part of it, and if nothing else, watch Christi Esterle’s Musical Hell review, because it will probably make you laugh harder than you have all week.

Six Flying Dragons Timeline

(Updated up to ep. 50 / March 28, 2016)


Queen Seondeok (2009, MBC) / Six Flying Dragons (2015, SBS)  / Tree with Deep Roots (2011, SBS) are all connected in the same dramatic universe, according to the writers’ interview.

Queen Seondeok (2009, MBC)

AD 647

660

668

  • Goguryeo kingdom was conquered by Silla’s General Kim Yu-Shin.
  • Silla’s unification of the three kingdoms.  

698

  • Balhae kingdom was founded in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. Balhae was a successor state to Goguryeo.
  • The coexistence of Balhae (North) and Unified Silla (South) lasted for about 300 years. It is called North-South States Period (698~926).

892~936

918

926

  • Balhae kingdom was destroyed by the Kitans. Goryeo accepted the refugees from Balhae.

935

  • Silla kingdom surrendered to Goryeo. The last king of Shilla became Goryeo’s noble.

936

1170

  • A group of military officers launched a coup against civil offiers and succeeded to seize the power.
  • The military rule of Goryeo had begun. The age of warriors lasted for one hundred years. (1170~1270)

1231

  • The first invasion of Mongols.
  • The Mongol’s Great Kahns had sent their troops to Goryeo over 9 times for about 30 years (1231~1259), but failed to conquer it.  

1232

  • The military regime of Goryeo escaped Gaegyung with King Gojong and nobility and moved the capital to Ganghwa island.
  • While the fierce battles between Goryeo commoners and Mongol armies continued in the mainland, the nobility was enjoying their parties in the safe island. (ep. 16, Bang-Won’s comment)

1255

  • Yi Seong-Gye’s ancestor, Yi An-Sa, gave up fighting and surrendered to Mongols. He was appointed as a Darugachi, the high officer for the Mongol empire.

1259

  • King Gojong of Goryeo voluntarily sent his crown prince to Mongol's  Kublai Khan to negotiate a peace treaty. A truce between Goryeo and Mongols was concluded in 30 years.
  • Kublai welcomed Goryeo’s crown prince because he was fighting with his younger brother over who should be the next Mongol emperor. The peace treaty with Goryeo helped him beat his brother and rise to the throne.

1270

  • As the last leader of Goryeo’s military regime died, the war against Mongols was officially over.
  • Goryeo could keep autonomy, but every king of Goryeo had to marry a Mongolian princess and be subordinate to the Mongolian Khans. It lasted for about 80 years.

1335

1340

  • A Goryeo noble woman became the empress of the Yuan Dynasty of China (the Mongol Empire). She is known as Empress Ki.
  • As a result, her brothers also seized power in Goryeo court. But they had a bad reputaion for being corrupt officials.

1342

  • Jung Do-Jeon was born. (King Taejo’s adviser, the first prime minister of the Joseon dynasty)

1351

1355

  • In December, Yi Seong-Gye and his father Yi Ja-Choon met King Gongmin in Gaegyung (the capital city of Goryeo) and swore their loyalty to the king.

1356

  • In May, King Gongmin killed Empress Ki’s brothers and tried to remove the Mongolian influences from the Goryeo court.
  • In July, the king ordered Goryeo armies to recapture the northeast fortress occupied by Pro-Mongol forces. Yi Seong-Gye and his father secretly opened the fortress’ gate and helped Goryeo armies. (ep. 1)
  • The supreme commander of the fortress, Jo So-Saeng, fled away to the north. (In the drama, he was killed by his sworn brother Yi Seong-Gye, but it is a fiction. ep. 1)

1359

1360

  • In February, The defeated Red Turbans fled away to the north.
  • In October, Jung Mong-Joo passed the state exam and became a government official.

1361

  • Instead of his dead father, Yi Seong-Gye became the commander of the Northeast region.
  • In November, the second invasion of Red Turban Army broke out.
  • About 5 days after King Gongmin’s escape from Gaegyung, the Red Turbans occupied the capital city and set fire to the streets. Thousands of citizens were killed. (ep. 12, Bang-Won’s comment)

1362

  • In January, Goryeo armies led by 3 generals under supreme commander Jung Se-Woon defeated the Red Turbans and recaptured the capital.
  • But 3 days after the victory, the four war heroes got to be killed by the fake royal command forged by traitor Kim Yong. (ep. 10 and 27, Jung Do-Jeon’s flashbacks)

1363

  • In January, King Gongmin returned to the capital. He stayed in Heungwangsa temple which was used as a temporary palace in the capital.
  • In March, the rebellion of Heungwangsa temple broke out. Traitor Kim Yong sent about 50 assassins to kill the king, but Eunuch An Do-Chi, Princess Noguk, and General Choi Young stopped the assassination attempt.
  • Kim Yong tried to hide the truth that he was the mastermind of the assassins, but his plot was brought to light. He ended up being executed 20 days after the incidents.  (ep. 10, Jung Do-Jeon’s comment) 
  • In May, Yuan China (the Mongol empire ruled by Empress Ki) declared Prince Deokheung as the new Goryeo king. 
  • In December, Yuan troops were sent to Goyeo to depose King Gongmin.
  • Meanwhile, Jung Do-Jeon passed the state exam and became a government official.

1364

  • In January, General Choi Young and Yi Seong-Gye defeated the Yuan troops sent by Empress Ki.
  • During the battle against Yuan troops, Jurchen army attacked Hamju which was Yi Seong-Gye’s base camp. In February, Yi Seong-Gye returned to Hamju and defeated the Jurchens.
  • In September, Yuan China officially gave up deposing King Gongmin.
  • Jung Do-Jeon got promoted to the king’s secretary.

1365

  • In February, Princess Noguk died during her childbirth. 
  • King Gongmin almost went insane, being totally depressed about his beloved queen’s death.
  • In May, the king lost interests in politics and entrusted the state affairs to a mysterious Buddhist monk by the name of Shin Don. (* Shin Don was the last reformist politician in the Goryeo Dynasty.)
  • Jung Do-Jeon objected to the king’s order and resigned from the government.
  • General Choi Young was relegated to a local government office.
  • July 25, King Gongmin’s only son Monino (King U of Goryeo) was born by Prime Minister Shin Don’s slave girl Ban-Ya.
  • July 29, Lady Min (Yi Bang-Won’s wife, Queen Wongyeong) was born as Min Je’s second daughter.

1366

  • In April, Prime minister Shin Don’s reform policies on land and slave system were hugely welcomed by the people.
  • Meanwhile, Jung Do-Jeon’s parents died. During his 3-year mourning for dead parents, Jung Do-Jeon intensively read the works of Mencius which became the foundation of his revolutionary thoughts.  

1367  

  • May 16, Yi Bang-Won was born as General Yi Seong-Gye’s 5th son. (King Taejong, the 3rd king of the Joseon Dynasty)
  • In September, based on Shin Don’s reform policy for Confucian revival, Sungkyunkwan was restored as the highest educational institution of Confucianism.

1368

  • In September, Yuan Dynasty finally fled from the Chinese mainland to the northern region. (called “Northern Yuan” from then on).
  • Instead, Ming Dynasty of China was founded in the Chinese mainland by the leader of Red Turban army, Zhu Yuanzhang. (* Hongwu Emperor, the founder of Ming Dynasty)

1369

  • Empress Ki died.

1370

  • Jung Do-Jeon made his comeback to politics as a professor of Sungkyunkwan.

1371

  • In July, Shin Don was executed for treason by false charges.  
  • Jung Do-Jeon got promoted to a central government official.

1372

  • In October, King Gongmin established his royal bodyguards called Jajewi (자제위, 子弟衛) comprised of young and beautiful aristocrat warriors. (Hong Ryun in ep. 2, The plum blossom warrior in ep. 5)

1373

  • When the Northen Yuan sent their envoy to Goryeo, King Gongmin threatened to kill them, but Goryeo officials barely stopped the king.

Six Flying Dragons (2015~2016, SBS)

1374  

  • In September, King Gongmin was assassinated.
  • After losing his beloved wife Princess Noguk, the king’s madness had been aggravated. He forced his other consorts to sleep with his royal guards (Jajewi).
  • When he learned from Eunuch Choi Man-Saeng that Lady Han (one of his 4 consorts) was pregnant with Hong Ryun, he decided to kill Hong Ryun as well as those who knew the truth. He wanted to make the baby his own child, so he talked about his plan to seal their lips under the influence of alcohol and fell asleep.
  • Eunuch Choi Man-Saeng was afraid of being killed, so he let the royal guards know about it. As a result, Hong Ryun and Choi Man-Saeng killed the king sleeping in the bedroom, and gave false testimony that an assassin from outside killed the king.
  • Yi In-Im (the historical figure that Yi In-Gyeom is based on) investigated the assassination case and found out the real culprits. Hong Ryun and Eunuch Choi Man-Saeng were executed. (ep. 2, Yi In-Gyeom’s flashback)
  • In October, Yi In-Im enthroned the late king’s 11-year-old son Monino (King U) despite of the queen dowager’s objection. Three years ago, the little boy had been officially declared by King Gongmin as his son from palace maid Lady Han, not from Shin Don’s slave girl Ban-Ya. In fact, it is one of the biggest mystery of Korean history whether he was a real son of King Gongmin or not.
  • By crowning the boy as a puppet king, Dodang trio including Yi In-Im took over the reigns of the court.
  • In November, a Ming Chinese envoy was killed in Goryeo. The conflict between Ming China and Goryeo was turning ugly.

1375

  • As a result, the Dodang trio wanted to reestablish the ties with Northern Yuan (Mongols). They appointed Jung Do-Jeon as a greeter for the Mongol envoy.
  • Jung Do-Jeon rejected their order, claiming “It is against the late king’s will. If you appoint me as a greeter, I will either kill the Mongol envoy or sent him away to Ming China!” Therefore, Jung Do-Jeon was arrested by the raged nobles. (ep. 2, Jung Do-Jeon’s Jangpyeong Gate Uprising)
  • He spent 4 years in exile in Naju, Jeolla province, where he learned a lot about the impoverished conditions of Goryeo commoners and designed the concrete revolution plan.

1376

  • In March, Ban-Ya claimed in front of the Queen dowager’s palace that she was the current king’s real mother.
  • Yi In-Im ordered to kill her by throwing her away to the Imjin river.
  • In December, Dodang decided to kill the baby girl born from Lady Han with Hong Ryun, the cause of King Gongmin’s assasination.

1378

  • In April, Japanese pirates attacked the capital. General Choi Young and Yi Seong-Gye defeated them.

1380

  • In August, The naval battle of Jinpo against Japanese pirates. It was Goryeo’s first military use of gunpowder which was created by General Choi Mu-Seon. (ep 16, Yi Bang-Woo’s comment)
  • In September, in the battle of Hwangsan, General Yi Seong-Gye’s armies defeated Japanese pirates in Woonbong, Jeolla province. At that time, Jung Mong-Joo accompanied General Yi’s army as a civil offier. (ep. 8, Jung Do-Jeon’s flashback of fake Japanese pirates)

1382

  • Yi Bang-Won entered Sungkyunkwan.
  • Professor Min Je of Sungkyunkwan decided to make him his son-in-law.
  • Yi Bang-Won married Min Je’s second daughter. She was 2 years older than him. (ep. 15)
  • Hobaldo, the poweful Jurchen chief in alliance with Ming China, invaded the northeast region of Goryeo. (ep. 11)

1383

  • Jung Do-Jeon went to Hamju and met General Yi Seong-Gye for the first time. They became close friends. (ep. 7~8)
  • In April, Yi Bang-Won passed the civil service exam and became a government official.
  • In August, Yi Seong-Gye defeated Hobaldo and submitted the border stabilization plan to Dodang. (ep. 9~12)
  • In September, Yi Seong-Gye returned to Gaegyung and entered into politics. (ep. 12)

1384

  • Jung Do-Jeon made his comeback to politics by the help of Yi Seong-Gye. (ep. 17)
  • In July, Jung Mong-Joo and Jung Do-Jeon were sent to Ming China as envoys.

1387

  • In August, Yi In-Im (“Yi In-Gyeom” in SFD) resigned from politics because of his old age. (ep. 13)

1388  

  • In January, Jo Ban’s rebellion broke out. It was fabricated by Yeom Heung-Bang (”Hong In-Bang” in SFD). (ep 15~16)
  • General Choi Young joined forces with Yi Seong-Gye and drove out the corrupt Dodang trio.
  • Yeom Heung-Bang (Hong In-Bang) and Yim Gyeon-Mi (Gil Tae-Mi) were arrested and executed. Thousands of their relatives were killed, too.
  • Yi In-Im (Yi In-Gyeom) was not killed. He was exiled to his hometown because he was good friends with Choi Young. (ep. 19)
  • As a result, Choi Young and Yi Seong-Gye became the top 2 leaders of the Goryeo court.
  • In March, King U married Choi Young’s daughter to maintain his power. (ep. 19)
  • Around the same time, Ming China demanded the return of Goryeo‘s Northern territory.  It was the land that the former king (King Gongmin) had ordered General Choi Young to retrieve from pro-Mongol forces in 1356. Yi Seong-Gye and his father also had helped it. (ep. 1) 
  • It had been a national project for Goryeo to retrieve the lost territory of ancient Goguryeo kingdom. Therefore, Ming’s demand made the diplomatic ties between the two countries significantly damaged. (ep 19~20)
  • In April, King U and General Choi Young drafted soldiers in the name of a hunt. They ordered General Yi Seong-Gye to carry out a preemptive strike against the Ming Chinese base in the Liaodong peninsula. (ep 19)
  • Yi Seong-Gye suggested 4 reasons why they should not go to war, but his opinion was dismissed by Choi Young. (ep 20)
  • In April, Yi Seong-Gye and Jo Min-Soo were sent to the Liaodong Conquest. Choi Young was supposed to lead the expedition, but King U’s desperate request made his mind weaken and he decided to stay with the king at the last moment.
  • In May, Yi Seong-Gye’s army was stranded on Wihwa island, the northern border on the Apnok river between Goryeo and Ming China, due to increased water from heavy rain. Hundreds of soldiers dying in the process of driving a stake in the river to put a floating bridge.
  • Despite of Yi Seong-Gye’s desperate messages, Choi Young constantly urged them to cross the river.
  • Yi Seong-Gye arrested Choi Young’s messenger Kim Wan, and finally decided to stage a military coup.
  • May 22, Yi Seong-Gye and Jo Min-Soo started to retreat from Wihwa island. (* Wihwa island Retreat.  ep. 20)
  • Yi Seong-Gye’s eldest sons, Yi Bang-Woo and Yi Bang-Gwa, escaped the king’s camp and moved to his father. His 5th son Yi Bang-Won evacuated the general’s family to Hamju. (ep. 21)
  • In June, After the street battle in Gaegyung, the palace was taken by Yi Seong-Gye’s army. General Choi Young was arrested and sent into exile. (ep. 22)
  • Yi Seong-Gye and Jo Min-Soo became top 2 supreme power of the court.
  • King U led 80 armed eunuchs to kill the generals but his plan ended in failure. The king was deposed and confined in Ganghwa island.
  • Jo Min-Soo betrayed Yi Seong-Gye and joined forces with Yi Saek to enthrone King U’s 8-year-old son, King Chang. (ep. 22)
  • Jo Min-Soo tried to reinstate Yi In-Im to prime minister, but found out Yi In-Im was already dead while in exile. (ep. 23)
  • In July, Jo Joon submitted a petition for land reforms, and it became a big issue in the court. Jo Min-Soo objected to it. (ep. 23~24)
  • Jo Min-Soo was impeached by Jo Joon’s accusation of land plundering and corruption. (ep. 25~26 The bloody banquet)
  • In August, Jo Min-Soo was released from the exile on a special amnesty given on King Chang’s birthday.
  • In December, General Choi Young was executed.

1389

  • In November, Kim Jeo’s rebellion
  • After meeting King U in exile, Kim Jeo and Jung Deuk-Hoo conspired to kill Yi Seong-Gye on the Palgwanhoe (팔관회) festival day for the restoration of King U. But their accomplice Gwak Chung-Bo informed Yi Seong-Gye of their assassination plot in advance. (ep. 28)
  • Jung Deuk-Hoo killed himself. Kim Jeo was arrested and confessed that Yi Saek’s party conspired together. Even though it was unclear whether it was true or not, all of those involved in the plot were ousted and exiled.
  • King Chang was also deposed under the accusation of communicating secretly with his father, King U.
  • Yi Seong-Gye enthroned Prince Jeongchang, the descendent of Goryeo’s 20th ruler King Shinjong. (* King Gongyang, the last king of Goryeo Dynasty)
  • In December, King U and his son King Chang were executed by beheading.

1390

  • Jo Min-Soo was executed.
  • In September, Jo Joon’s land reforms had finally been carried out. The land registers of corrupt nobles, being piled mountain-high in the street of Gaegyung, had been burnt for about 7 days. People watching this scene shed tears of joy.
  • As a result, the conservative privileged nobles lost their economic power and collapsed. Meanwhile, the reformist Sadaebu scholars gained new economic foundation. The age of Sadaebu scholars had begun.

1391

  • In September, Jung Do-Jeon was impeached by Jung Mong-Joo’s party. King Gongyang didn’t kill him and exiled to Naju.
  • The power struggle between Yi Seong-Gye’s party (revolutionists to found Joseon) and Jung Mong-Ju’s party (reformists to maintain Goryeo) became a tinderbox.

1392

  • March 15, Yi Seong-Gye was injured from falling off a horse.
  • April 1, Yi Seong-Gye’s followers such as Jo Joon, Nam Eun, Jung Do-Joeon were ousted and exiled by Jung Mong-Joo’s faction. 
  • April 2~3, Yi Seong-Gye came back to the capital in the middle of the night by the help of his 5th son, Yi Bang-Won.
  • April 4, Jung Mong-Joo visited Yi Seong-Gye’s house. The last guardian of Goryeo Dynasty was killed on Seonji bridge by Yi Bang-Won‘s men on his way home.
  • April 6, Yi Seong-Gye’s faction was released from exile and came back to the government posts.
  • June 2, Jung Do-Jeon and Nam Eun returned from the exile.
  • June 8, Yi Seong-Gye’s faction took over the military forces all over the country.
  • July 1, King Gongyang proposed the alliance of sovereign and subject, but it was rejected by Yi Seong-Gye..
  • July 12, King Gongyang was deposed. (* The fall of Goryeo Dynasty)
  • July 17, Yi Seong-Gye ascended the throne. (King Taejo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty)
  • August 20, Yi Bang-Seok (Yi Seong-Gye’s 8th son by his second wife Queen Shindeok) was installed as Crown prince at the age of 10.
  • On the same day, the names of Yi Bang-Won and other princes were excluded from the list of founding contributors.
  • October 25, Jung Do-Jeon was sent to Ming China as an envoy to announce the establishment of the new Dynasty.

1393

  • March 20, Jung Do-Jeon returned from Ming China. The name of the country was officially changed into Joseon.
  • May 23, Hongwu Emperor of Ming China blamed Joseon for appeasing about 500 Jurchens and naturalizing them as Joseon citizens. Many of them had been soldiers working for Ming China, but they were originally Goryeo refugees living with Jurchens. Joseon was forced to deport them to Liaodong. 
  • July 5, Jung Do-Jeon was appointed as a military commander of Northeast region. He visited Jurchen tribes there and made connections with their chiefs for the future Liadong expedition.
  • In October, Jung Do-Jeon composed formal court music by himself and played the songs in front of King Taejo.
  • In November, Jung Do-Jeon created various battle formations. King Taejo ordered to use them for military training.
  • December 13, Yi Bang-Woo (Yi Seong-Gye’s eldest son) died of illness. He refused to become the Crown Prince and secluded himself in a mountain hermitage. His anger at his father made him drink too much that he got sick and died.

1394

  • In April, King Gongyang of Goryeo and his 2 sons were executed.
  • Around the same time, not only Goryeo’s royal family but also their collateral blood relatives with a sirname of Wang were all killed or buried at the sea of Samcheok, Ganghwa island, Geoje island. (* The massacre of Wang clan)
  • May 30, Jung Do-Jeon wrote a book titled Joseon Gyeonguk-jeon and offered it to the King. It was the first constitutional law of Joseon. 
  • In June, Yi Bang-Won volunteered to go to Ming China as an envoy (a.k.a. hostage) to solve the deteriorated diplomatic relationships between Joseon and Ming China.
  • In July, Crown Prince Yi Bang-Seok married Shim Hyo-Saeng’s daughter. Shim Hyo-Saeng was Jung Do-Jeon’s close colleague. 
  • October 28, the capital city was moved from Gaegyung to Hanyang (Today’s Seoul, the current capital city of South Korea).
  • In November, Yi Bang-Won returned from Ming China.
  • Yi Bang-Won’s first son, Yi Je / Prince Yangnyeng, was born.

1395

  • January 9, Jo Young-Gyu died of an illness.
  • January 25, Jung Do-Jeon and Jung Chong co-wrote 37 volumes of Goryeosa (‘The history of Goryeo’) and offered it to the King.
  • October 7, King Taejo ordered Jung Do-Jeon to name every buildings of the new palace, Gyeongbokgung. It was also designed by Jung Do-Jeon.
  • December 11, Yi Bang-Won’s 2nd son, Yi Bo / Prince Hyoryeong, was born.

1396

  • June 11, Hongwu Emperor of Ming China demanded the extradition of Jung Do-Jeon who was in charge of the diplomatic letter sent to the Emperor. 
  • August 13, Queen Shindeok (Yi Seong-Gye’s second wife) died of an illness.
  • Yi Saek died.

1397

  • April 10, Yi Bang-Won’s 3rd son, Yi Do / Prince Chungnyeong / King Sejong the Great, was born.
  • April 17, Hongwu Emperor of Ming China blamed Jung Do-Jeon for the root of calamity, and threatened to go to war against Joseon unless Jung Do-Jeon stop the Liadong expedition plan.
  • June 14, Jung Do-Jeon and Nam Eun tried to raise the army toward the northern border, but Jo Joon vehemently opposed their military actions.. 

1398

  • June 24, Hongwu Emperor of Ming China died. His grandson Jianwen Emperor ascended the throne. Joseon court didn’t know about it yet.
  • July 11, Jung Do-Jeon’s Liadong expedition plan brought him into severe conflict with Jo Joon. 
  • August 2, Ha Ryun was demoted to a local officer by Jung Do-Jeon. He secretly advised Yi Bang-Won to raise the army during his farewell party.
  • July to August, Yi Seong-Gye laid in his sickbed several times.
  • August 26, The first strife of Princes.
  • Yi Bang-Won killed Prime minister Jung Do-Jeon, his colleague Nam Eun, and Crown prince Yi Bang-Seok.
  • In September, King Taejo handed over the crown to his second son Yi Bang-Gwa (King Jeongjong, the 2nd king of the Joseon Dynasty), but the actual power was in Yi Bang-Won’s hand.
  • October 3, Hongwu Emperor’s death was delivered to the Joseon court.  

1399

  • In March, King Jeongjong moved the capital back to Gaegyung.
  • Auguts 8, the civil war between the Jianwen Emperor and his uncle Zhu Di (Prince of Yan) broke out in Ming China. It lasted for about 4 years. (* Jingnan Rebellion 1399~1402)

1400

  • January 28, The second strife of Princes.
  • Yi Bang-Gan (King Taejo’s 4th son) rebelled against his younger brother Yi Bang-Won but his coup ended in failure.
  • Yi Bang-Gan was exiled. Yi Bang-Won refused to execute his elder brother, so Bang-Gan had lived comfortably until he died of an illness in 1421. 
  • February 1, King Jeongjong accepted Ha Ryun’s petition and named Yi Bang-Won as his successor. 
  • In November, King Jeongjong abdicated and Yi Bang-Won finally ascended the throne. (King Taejong, the 3rd king of the Joseon Dynasty).

1401

  • Jo Mal-Saeng passed the civil service exam, and became a government officer.

1402

  • April 9, Yi Ji-Ran died.
  • Jo Sa-Eu’s rebellion : King Taejo (Yi Seong-Gye) incited his queen’s relative Jo Sa-Eu to raise an army in Hamju to avenge King Taejong (Yi Bang-Won) but it ended in a huge defeat. 
  • Zhu Di defeated his nephew and ascended the throne. (* Yongle Emperor,  the 3rd Emperor of Ming China)

1405

  • In October, The capital city was moved back to Hanyang (Seoul) again.
  • Jo Joon died.

1406

  • Queen Wongyeong (Lady Min)’s two brothers (Min Moo-Gu and Min Moo-Jil) were exiled.

1408  

  • Yi Seong-Gye (King Taejo, the founder of Joseon dynasty) died of old age.
  • Min Je (Yi Bang-Won’s father-in-law) died of an illness.

1410

  • In March, Queen Wongyeong (Lady Min)’s two brothers (Min Moo-Gu and Min Moo-Jil) were forced to commit suicide in their exile places.

1415

  • In December, King Taejong tried to depose his lawful wife Queen Wongyeong, but withdrew his decision because of his elder brother King Jeongjong (Bang-Gwa)’s dissuasion.

1416

  • King Taejong ordered Min Moo-Hwae and Min Moo-Hyul to commit suicide in their exile places.
  • November 24, Ha Ryun died of old age.

Tree with Deep Roots (2011, SBS)

1418  

  • In August, King Taejong (Yi Bang-Won) abdicated the throne to his 3rd son King Sejong the Great (Yi Do). But he continued to rule with an iron fist. 
  • In December, Shim On, the father-in-law of King Sejong, was executed by former King Taejong’s political machinations. <- Tree with Deep Roots (2011) begins here!

1419

  • In June, the Tsushima expedition. General Yi Jong-Moo eliminated Japanese pirates’ bases on Tsushima island, which brought peace to Joseon for over 100 years.
  • September 25, King Jeongjong (Yi Bang-Gwa) died.

1420

  • March 26, King Sejong established the Hall of Worthies (집현전, 集賢殿), a group of elite scholars selected by the king which participated in various scholarly endeavors.
  • July 10, Queen Wongyeong (King Taejong’s wife, Lady Min) died.

1421

  • March 9, Yi Bang-Gan died of an illness.

1422

  • May 10, King Taejong (Yi Bang-Won) died.

1443

1446

  • September 29, King Sejong officially proclaimed the creation of Hangul.

1447

1450

  • February 17, King Sejong the Great died of an illness. His first son King Munjong ascended the throne.

1452

  • May 14, King Munjong died of a malignant tumor. His 12-year-old son ascended the throne. (* King Danjong)

1453

  • October 10, Grand Prince Suyang who was King Sejong’s 2nd son and King Danjong’s uncle staged a coup by the help of Han Myung-Hoi. (* He is Mr. Han of Milbon in TWDR)

1455

  • In June, Grand Prince Suyang usurped the throne. (* King Sejo)

1456

  • In June, Seong Sam-mun and Pak Paeng-nyeon were executed after being implicated in a plot to dethrone King Sejo and restore his predecessor King Danjong.

I cannot accept it
I hate it
All of it.
Everything that chains us
to a past of slavery,
Everything the vulgar slave-swarm
alighted upon,
everything routine swarmed over
even in our red-bannered
order of things.

It gives me no pleasure to see
that I’m alone in the poets’ brigade!
In time you’ll be taking pot-shots at me
to keep your talent warm
or you’ll fix me
with a knife
round some dark corner!
No noble assassin
as in Pushkin’s case
will take careful aim.

—  from About This (Pro Eto), Vladimir Mayakovsky, trans. Larisa Gureyeva and George Hyde

Honestly I just love the writing in HLV. It tells us so much about the show and it supports TJLC so much. Put great writing with great actors and it’s honestly so perfect.

“Because ….. You chose her” is just SUCH A GREAT LINE and I can’t get over it. I’ve listened to it a thousand times and the purposeful lack of inflection Ben uses on any of the words and the pause after “because”. It’s so intentional and clearly allows for a TJLC reading while still being subtle and beautiful and tragic.

“Because ~you~ chose her” is so different than “because you chose ~her~”, but both are intentionally implied.

He emphasized the “because” and then pauses.

Because John chose Mary, she is a liar. John let himself be drawn in because he’s attracted to danger and because, after Sherlock, all he wanted was a normal, heterosexual life with a wife and maybe kids, and even though he knew deep down it wouldn’t make him happy, he hoped that maybe he’d just feel numb. But he didn’t really want it, he never did. His desire to just settle and perform his role as “Doctor” blinded him to the signs that something was off. He barely knew Mary. He didn’t care.

Because John chose her, as opposed to someone else, namely Sherlock, this happened. Sherlock isn’t accusing him of wrongdoing. He’s pointing out what we all know: anyone who is not Sherlock will not make John happy. Whether it’s because the other person is boring or a liar or an assassin or whatever the case may be, if it’s not Sherlock, it won’t work. We’ve known from the beginning that John and Sherlock share their destiny; their lives are intertwined forever.

But we all make mistakes, we all make bad choices and allow ourselves to choose things we know aren’t right for us.

John never wanted anyone but Sherlock. And you see the pain in Sherlock’s eyes when he starts his sentence. “She’s like that because….. Because she’s not me and that’s Wrong.”

Pet Bloods Headcanon:

Pet bloods, otherwise known as white and black bloods, are a genetically engineered species using the DNA of various trolls and Lusii/animals. They were made for the sole purpose of being pets or slaves to the master race (aka, trolls). The mad scientist who first created this genetic anomaly desired to do what no troll had dared to do before. The hemospectrum was absolute, to fiddle with it was taboo but to the creator of these exotic bloods there was nothing sweeter than the forbidden. To create something completely off spectrum was never the intention of the project, but merely a side effect of manipulating the genetic coding of his guinea pigs. Naturally, or rather unnaturally, this of course means that the original generation of petbloods – their forefathers, some of which are still alive, are in fact test tube babies. They were almost sentenced to death before the idea of slavery was introduced to the ruler. The project was then grudgingly accepted with varying levels of disgust and is now heavily monitored.

*Earliest forms of the petblood species came to be after around 100 sweeps of experimentation. Finalized versions became known 50 sweeps into the project.
*Various animal DNA was used for the experiment giving the new species a variety of different appearances to take after.
*Levels of animal DNA differs from child to child. The first generation generally being more animalistic in appearance and possessing not only both sets of genitalia but also a womb.
*Second generation children have a variety of different sexes. They may have one of the three options to all of them but traits of the original batch are not dominant but recessive and less likely to happen.
*They lack a mother grub of their own, and are not allowed to contribute their genetic material to the grub. Being off spectrum and deemed another species the drones do not pay attention to them.
*Petbloods are more mammalian based in comparison to their insect based brethren the trolls.
*Because of their more mammalian bodies they are capable of getting pregnant though due to being manmade side effects to the species have occurred. Most petbloods are sterile but after much trial and error fertile pairings could be found amongst them. This incited the breeder project.
*The breeder project was put into place to create more petbloods. All petbloods are tested for fertility. Those who are fertile are obligated to participate in the project to further their species “natural” existence. Only petbloods that have been thoroughly deemed sterile are exempt from the practice as they are seen as useless.
*The most common petbloods are mammals especially those with paws falling under the category of rodents, canines, and felines. Domesticated animal genes being the most highly used as they produce more docile results when mixed into the blood line. Though that doesn’t mean there aren’t more exotic choices of domestic companion out there. Rarer species are often used for those who can afford them and span off into avian and reptilian categories as well. The only ones that are designated as off limits are that of fish out of respect to the seadwelling castes.
*All blood castes were put into the creation of the subspecies minus that of any seadwellers.
*Wear either hospital-esque clothes from the facility where they are first obtained or any sort of clothes their master gives to them.
*All possessions they have are given to them from their masters.
*They are not likely to possess weapons to defend themselves, but may be trusted with weapons by their masters to defend them if they are trained as a guard.
*Pet bloods, because they are a slave race, are viewed as the lowest of low and do not possess the basic rights of even the lowest blooded troll
*Pet bloods are often seen as inferior to actual trolls but they tend to have superior strength and powers to that of a regular troll. However powers are incredibly rare and the possessors may try to keep them secret due to their own circumstances.
*Due to their small population its nigh impossible for them to fight back.
*They are trained from birth and undergo strict regulations to make sure they never get out of line.
*Trolls can do anything with their petbloods. Their given purpose can be something as simple as house work to harvesting their organs for the red market. Because they have no rights there are no limits to what one can do.
*Pet bloods are not bound by the quad system though a lot tend to follow after their brethren, as this is the model they have to follow.
*All petbloods are given a bar code that contains a tracking device, which is branded on their body somewhere.

White Bloods:
*Made with a variety of low casted troll blood and the blood of various lusii
*Gives white bloods their more docile/motherly nature to them
*High percentage of Domesticated animals used in their creation
*Short lifespans in comparison to blackbloods and on rare occasions possess powers (though some petbloods try to keep their powers a secret, less cause for culling)
*Are the high percentage of petbloods. The cream of the crop and perfect pet material.
*More widely distributed in comparison to blackbloods cause they are easy to care for and less of a threat to others.
*Are sensitive and easily injured in comparison to their black blood counterparts
*Appearance wise: a distinct lighter skin pigmentation than that of a regular trolls, horns also exhibit lighter pigmentation. So generally various levels of albinism. Hair is generally very light grays to pure white with hints of the bloods mixed in when shown under light. A distinct trait of certain whitebloods is tinsel hair. This quality grants it a metallic and shimmery appearance at first glance but is still downy soft to the touch. Eyes may appear silver to white but contain colors from their blood mixed in. Due to the lightness off it nearby colors may also reflect off of their surface.
*Occupation: Besides the slave status they all possess they are most often servants or literally pets to their masters.

Black Bloods:
*Made with a variety of higher casted troll blood and the blood of wild animals
*High percentage of exotic animals used in their creation
*Superior strength and longer life spans
*Are wild card black stallion sort of deal. Not easily controlled, need a lot of discipline.
*For those masters who like a challenge.
*Highly durable, suggested that precautionary measures be taken in advance before ownership.
*Appearance wise: A distinct darker skin pigmentation than that of a regular trolls, horns are also exhibit darker pigmentation. So generally various levels of melanism. Hair is generally pitch black though hints of the bloods mixed into theirs may be shown under light. This also goes for the eyes of a blackblood. They may appear to be pure black but like that of oil when light is put onto their pupils different hues may appear along the surface.
*Occupation: Besides the typical slave status they are usually put to manual labor by their masters. Some even are bodyguards or in special cases assassins under their masters influence protected by their titles. Often being used as scapegoats in such occasions and are easily disposed of due to their small population compared to their master race.