back in the trial

Basically this book…

Decided to draw one of my many favorite scenes from The Dark Prophecy without giving away major spoilers

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Rough sketches of Commander Clarke and some of her tattoos for In the Shallows because I know a few people expressed interest in seeing them a while ago. 

So you mean to tell me that two seperate American made Magical Girl series

featuring young protagonists strugging to live up to their mother’s legacy while in the midst of some great war

happened to put out a week’s worth of episodes concerning the aftermath of a series changing off-world event

And dealing with themes of seperation anxiety

Originally posted by rascalentertainments

And sequences involving break ups

And Make ups

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Happened to priemiere at the EXACT SAME TIME!

hopes for ultra sun/ultra moon
  • adjustable difficulties
  • new alola forms/ultra beasts
  • new megas? (wishful thinking)
  • better trainer customization clothes
  • no more festival plaza for the love of god just pretend that didnt happen and give us back the pss
  • actual trials for the steel/ice/fairy/dragon/flying etc z stones
  • more areas/islands to go to
  • actually getting to explore ultra space and find ultra beasts there
  • more signature z moves
  • alternate evolutions for the starters like how it was rumored before sun/moon came out

Friendly reminder that Guzma accomplished his childhood dream before you even finished your trials. You know, how he wanted to be a Trial Captain and all, but was rejected? Yeah. He accomplished that. Don’t believe me?

Po Town was his bug trial. Consider this: the player goes to Po Town as a distraction so Skull could escort Lillie back to Aether. In order for this to work they had to know where you were, what you were doing, and have a plan to keep you busy long enough to keep you out of the way. So what does Guzma do? He sets up barricades. Trial barricades. And puts grunts out at strategic positions. And lets his grunts keep running their Pokemon Center. Well, that’s all incidental, you might think. They make money from running their center, anyways, so why not let them keep on with it? Besides the part where it would be infinitely easier to let you exhaust your pokemon with your limited resources and have all of his grunts hold you hostage with their healthy, energetic pokemon.

Of course, then you get into the mansion, and that’s when the trial really starts. Every trial in the game has you complete a certain task. You know, defeating a bunch of pokemon, taking pictures, answering quizzes… or finding passcodes. I mean, let’s be honest, here. Team Skull probably doesn’t use passcodes to get to Guzma. They can all tell they’re Team Skull. They have very specific threads. and they don’t ever stop moving their hands. They know when they’re talking to another grunt, and if there’s something urgent they have to tell him there’s no time to have to sit and go through his whole dumb password routine—and even if they did, remember, this whole thing was planned ahead of time. Guzma could have easily coerced his grunts into not saying shit about the passwords and make you waste more time going allllll the way up only to figure out you had to go running around to figure that shit out. But nope. There was one grunt, who decided to tell you very loudly about oh man these passwords are so hard to remember you know those two entire things about Guzma that anyone living in that mansion would know, plus making sure to say no at the end aw jeez aw man whoops I guess I just lost this information somewhere in the mansion and am making no move to try and head you off before you find it haha.
He told you what Guzma wanted him to tell you.

So you get the passwords, and you head on up to see Guzma, but he doesn’t have a totem pokemon or anything, so for your trial you just have to beat him, instead. This isn’t the first time you fought him, and it hasn’t even been very long since the first fight, either. He knows you’ve beaten him before. He knows you might very well beat him again. And he has this entirely inconspicuous treasure chest filled with Buginium Z. You know. That Z-crystal he stole from EVERYONE ELSE IN THE ENTIRE GODDAMN REGION because he didn’t want anyone else to have it. That Buginium Z. “Well obviously he wants to show it off since he thinks he’s hot shit!” you say, and yeah, that’s probably why he usually leaves it out. Except, remember, he knows you’re coming. He knows he may or may not win. And even then, if he didn’t want you to have the Buginium, he could have just hidden the chest or closed the lid and sat on it. You’re eleven. He’s twenty-something and the tallest character in the game. He could have just put his hand on your forehead and you wouldn’t have been able to reach it. Instead, he leaves it out. Leaves it open. And leaves you alone in his throne room after you beat him. You know. With his prized treasure that he thinks says he’s the most badass Bug trainer in Alola. If he didn’t want you to have a Buginium, he would have damn well made sure you never even saw it. You beat him. He lets you have it.

So you take the Buginium that he’s left sitting out on “accident” and head back out through the mansion, maybe taking one last look for shit before you go because you steal everyone’s things without remorse, and on your way out of Po Town, you notice the barricades are gone. The trial barricades that you can only pass through when you’ve defeated a captain’s trial, like they told you wayyyy back in the very beginning of the game. They could have left those up to slow you down a little bit more, give Lusamine a little more time without having to worry about you getting in the way, but instead Guzma’s let you waltz out without having to jump through any hoops—he left before you, remember. He’s the one who had them taken down.

You have to keep in mind that all of this was planned. That they needed a way to keep you busy so they could take Lillie. That Guzma knew you were coming and had plenty of time to prepare. So you leave Po Town, continuing on your adventure under a little bit more pressure than before, but Guzma? Jackass he may be, for one pokemon battle of one hour of one day, Guzma did the one thing he’d ever wanted to do in the first place:

Guzma was a Trial Captain.

A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.
—  Trials and Tribulations
Some Thoughts: White Diamond

With all of the new developments in SU, it’s easy to forget old inconsistencies, but these nonetheless have bearing on some of the current events in the show. When the Crystal Gems and the Ruby Squad arrive on the Diamond Base in Back to The Moon and Eyeball begins some dramatic narration.

She says, “Look at this place – frozen in time. An Era-1 base. Her Era-1 base. It was a tragedy, what happened to her.”

And the way this statement was followed up with Navy saying “Who is that anyway?” the answer being Pink Diamond, we’re led to fill in the blanks and assume this was Pink Diamond’s base.

But looking at the base itself, from the outside especially, nothing about its colour scheme or even its texturing resembles anything of Pink Diamond’s aesthetic.

This leads to an interesting question of who built the Diamond Base on the moon, why it was chosen for that location, and what purpose it served, all of which we’ll be covering in this video.

1. Relationships and Roles among Diamonds

Source: Joe Johnston

When we observe how certain places or objects are associated with characters in Steven Universe, colour is a big factor. For instance, we know Rose, Lion, and the Alpha Kindergarten are domains of Pink Diamond because of their dominance of pinks.

The Kindergarten Control Room, the Hand Ship, and even Peridot are all bright green, which would relate to Yellow Diamond and hint at a collaboration with Blue Diamond in the new order of Homeworld.

There is a scene in It Could’ve Been Great in which the camera zooms out and gives us an outsider’s view of the Moon Base. What we find is that the base is predominantly in colours of whites and greys, almost matching the colours of the moon’s surface.

And this would hint at the only other Diamond we have yet to see in the show. White Diamond.

What’s even more intriguing is that White Diamond is never mentioned by name in Steven Universe. We know of her existence primarily because of the Mural in the Moon Base and her presence in both reincarnations of the Great Diamond Authority logos, as well as the large white bust of her image on Homeworld. But the Diamonds don’t say anything about her, and she hasn’t involved herself in historically important events, such as the Trial of Rose Quartz.

In her depictions, there is a white shape who takes the position at the top of the logos. This would hearken back to White Diamond’s gem placement, which is on her forehead. The same white diamond shape is on the old Diamond Authority logo. Later on, the Diamonds are depicted not from the top view, but from the side, giving rise to the new emblem with three triangles.

But something else worth noting is the aesthetic that each of the Diamonds has in the mural, which emphasises the possibility that the Moon Base was White’s.

When we look at the Diamonds side by side in the mural, each Diamond is shown with the number of colonies and satellites under them.

There is more information than that.

For instance, looking at Pink Diamond, the other apparent object in her mural is the cluster of quartz stones at her feet, which are very similar to the ones we see in Lion’s pocket dimension.

One other thing is that the quartz clusters are coming from the ground, growing upwards.

Earth is Pink Diamond’s first colony. There might not have been reason for the military leader of Homeworld to hold a planet of her own at first. Eyeball says that Earth’s soil was very conducive to growing Quartzes. That means planets could be assigned by the kind of gems that could grow on them. 

Additionally, it could be that previously, there wasn’t as much need to expand Homeworld’s military. Given the way gems exhaust the resources of a host planet in the growing process, Pink might not have been very high priority in allotting colonies because prior to Earth, there may not have been huge wars that required the use of soldiers to take planets.

That would mean Pink is a little more inexperienced in dealing with colonies, but isn’t necessarily the temporal youngest. She’s growing upward because she’s still gaining experience and skills in terms of managing planets. On the other hand, White Diamond’s additional details are emanating outwards and downwards from her figure.

White has the most number of colonies. Also, white diamonds are the archetypal diamond. That is, the word diamond is often associated with a white diamond by default.

That could hint at the dynamic between the diamonds. Even though they were four rulers of the gem empire, when it came to questions and concerns, White may have been the face of the Great Diamond Authority, not necessarily the leader, but someone who serves as their face in public.

We can find the same sort of parallels in the other Diamonds.

For instance, Yellow Diamond’s upper torso appears to be rising from clouds, like a sun poking through. The sun imagery is also seen in the Yellow Diamond of the Serious Steven mural. In her hands are not only planets, but also two stars with their own satellites.

Yellow is known as the rational Diamond. That’s how Peridot describes what made her special. She would always be objective and practical. She always listened to reason and she seemed to espouse that as a leader.

That she was likely in charge of research and technology could be akin to enlightening or illuminating things that were previously unknown.

Her complement could have been Blue Diamond, which is why they have the same number of planet colonies.

Blue’s territory is the Lunar Sea Spire, which Bismuth says is “for thinkers to think in.” And that would give the impression that it housed philosophers and other practitioners of the discipline we’ve come to label as the humanities.

They would complement and balance the sheer “rationality” that Yellow’s faction cultivated. If a new technology were developed, should it be used and why? These are the questions that might have been asked.

This is also possibly why Blue Diamond was sent on the diplomatic mission in The Answer even though the rebels were from Pink Diamond’s colony, and why Rebecca Sugar associates blue gems with diplomats. The Answer took place in the budding days of the Rebellion, and taking back Earth without a fight was still a viable option. This implies that Pink Diamond was still present then, since Blue Zircon puts PD’s shattering at a time when Rose and the CGs were already well-known and established. Yet Blue was sent on the mission to capture the rebels.

So these points reinforce why the Diamonds occupy certain positions on the mural. These refer to their roles and not their personalities. It’s also clearer to see now the kind of stress a gem experiences when the role given to her doesn’t match up very well with her personality.

Given this understanding of the Diamond’s relationships, it seems odd that Pink Diamond’s base would be far away from her own planet, a place where the warps could not reach.

From the imagery in the mural, it seemed unlike her to rule from a point of distance and height. Rather, we’re given the indicators that Pink tried very hard to rule close to her constituents, which is why gems like Jasper feel a personal closeness to her.

It contrasts sharply with the awe that Peridot felt for Yellow Diamond. The latter feels a lot like someone talking about a celebrity; the former sounded like Jasper knew her Diamond personally even if we’re given the indication she didn’t.

If we combine that knowledge with the colour scheme and patterns on the base, even the inside of the base is white rather than pink. The Base looks more like something of White Diamond’s. It would then be a question of why something of White Diamond’s domain was so close to Earth.

2. White Diamond connected colonies

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More Adrienette for the soul

Am I missing something? I was under the impression that, now more than ever, feminists were loud and present and defensive. I thought I was seeing a wave of even braver men and women on social media, calling out bullshit and striking down misogyny. I thought the last nine months built an online army of journalists and Twitter users and anyone else who’s fed up with sexism and its disturbing presence in the administration, fighting every day against the trails of normalized misogyny Trump leaves behind and defending the women who speak out about it.

But there’s a ringing silence now. And it’s looming around Taylor Swift’s groping trial. A woman who is constantly attacked for being silent is now getting the worst of it.

Colorado DJ David Mueller is suing Swift for $3 million in damages after she alleged that he lifted her skirt and grabbed her during a meet-and-greet photo op. Mueller was fired soon after, and sued Swift, her mother, and her radio promotions director for defamation.

As much as grabbing women in sexual violation has been dismissed and normalized by our country’s leaders and its people, it’s an issue of sexual assault that made Andrea Swift want to “vomit and cry at the same time” seeing the look on her daughter’s face post-backstage incident.

Firsthand, I’ve seen girls run out of clubs in a heartbreaking tearful mixture of shock, fury and disturbance after a man grabbed them sexually without any form of consent. I’ve seen girls weakly laugh it off because they think that’s what they’re supposed to do. And I’ve seen guys stammer excuse after excuse after excuse, because they’re taught to search for anything to blame but themselves.

I’ve also seen girls, on and offline, race to the defense of those who were violated. I’ve seen them deliver completely scathing responses to regular people and political leaders alike who try to dismiss a woman’s story of sexual assault in any way or call it anything less than it is.

These people I’ve seen are incredibly vocal. They like to hold others accountable, and they spend a really admirable amount of energy spouting their support to women, famous and not, who choose to speak out about their sexual assault experience.

Let’s just take Ke$ha’s trial, shall we? Tons of celebrities, journalists and everyone in between shouted their encouragement, their disgust at her alleged abuser. Adele used her acceptance speech at the 2016 Brit Awards to publicly express her support of Ke$ha. Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Snoop Dogg, Kelly Clarkson, Lorde and a clump of other pop stars (apologies to Snoop Dogg and his admirers for grouping him into a ‘pop stars’ category) used Twitter to do the same.

And then, two days after a New York judge denied Ke$ha a court injunction, Taylor Swift donated $250,000 towards any of Ke$ha’s financial needs. Kind, right? Nope, no one seemed to think so. Internet users everywhere shamed Swift for her donation, including the “I-always-know-the-best-thing-to-say-on-the-Internet” Demi Lovato.

Lovato tweeted “Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I’ll be impressed.” This attitude was reiterated widely across Twitter, because it’s Twitter. And also because Taylor Swift, no matter what on the Lord’s green Earth she does, cannot win. But that’s another story that would take pages and pages to tell, so I’ll refrain myself.

Swift was ripped apart for “silence” after her donation. She was also ripped apart for her “silence” during the Women’s March. She Tweeted about it, celebrating the day and expressing her pride in everyone who marched. But of course that wasn’t enough, because it never is. She was annihilated for not going to her local march. (Even though she’s one of most photographed and stalked celebrities in the industry and could probably not go to a march without people harassing her and/or accusing her of going for attention and a photo op, but whatever it’s fine.)

Before my fury completely takes over my fingers and I start to type a fuming address to everyone who continually hates this girl because it’s what they’ve been in the habit of doing since 2012, let me take it back to the trial.

I’ve never heard silence quite this loud. (I hate myself, that is a Taylor Swift lyric, whatever.) It’s obvious, and not just to me.

…Everyone is a feminist until it comes to Taylor Swift. This has been proven to me enough times to make me scream internally while staring at Tumblr.com. Demi, is your Internet down? Or are you in a plane on the way to Capitol Hill to discuss sexual assault and actually impress someone?

Where is everyone? Where are the mighty feminists I so admire, I so try to be? Suddenly they aren’t as loud.

But Taylor Swift, no matter what card you think she plays, is a forcibly strong human being. To be hunted down every day physically and on the Internet, to be mocked at absolutely every turn, you can’t be a weak person. You just can’t.

Swift only countersued for $1. Before you open your mouth or press that little blue button in the corner to compose a Tweet, close it and take your hands off the keyboard. She’s not doing this for the money. Her mother wanted to keep it private until DJ Mueller sued. She’s doing this to show every other girl who watches her with adoring eyes and the ones who pretend they don’t that you can report your sexual assault. You can hold the person accountable. She’s showing men who mock her for her dating life but objectify her at the same time that they will not be tolerated. And it’s being met with silence. But we’ve known since the early days of 2010 that silence doesn’t follow Taylor Alison Swift for long, and it won’t now.

—  Huffington Post article discussing the feminists’ silence on the Taylor Swift sexual assault trial (x)