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Around The World In 80 Days: United States Of America, Alaska

Chilkat Inlet
Photo Credit: (Mehmet İlbaysözü)
Real Winter
Photo Credit: (Harry  Eggens)
Mt. McKinley
Photo Credit: (Stacy McCormack)

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anonymous asked:

HC: Fiona, as a fairy, created a powerful curse. Since fairies have to watch over children, her curse would endanger them, thus being "a Dark Curse". Blue, horrified by such cruelty, and since fairies cannot alter dark magic, as they have good magic, procures the Apprentice, the OTHER titan of magic besides Merlin, to alter the Curse and include the Heart as main ingredient, to dissuade normal people from using it. Only EVIL ones would use it. Then the Apprentice sealed tne scroll in Bald Mt.

Sounds good to me, ShadyBlue!Anon. But the price of the Dark Curse being The Heart of the Thing You Love Most is one of the things I really loved about S1 because it helped define the whole “all magic comes with a price” idea. I loved that big magic required a big price and it had to be a PERSONAL one. Otherwise, why wouldn’t everyone just rush to use magic? 

The price for Sir Maurice saving his village from Ogres is his daughter’s eternal servitude– the person most “precious” to him. The price for opening a hat to another realm was Regina sacrificing the last picture of her beloved Daniel. The price for Snow getting a fake Excalibur sword was her beloved mother’s necklace. The price for saving someone’s life via Dark Candle is … another person’s life. The price for Regina Ctrl+Z’ing the Dark Curse was her losing the person she loved most– Henry. The price of magic used to be personal, proportionate, and HORRIBLE. It’s one of the characteristics that defined FTL and also why people hated and feared magical folk– because who would be so desperate to risk losing the things you loved most?

So this “your realm-spanning curses for nothing and your chicks for free” idea in S6 bugs me, Anon. I hope they explain the whole “And YOU lose a heart!” clause in future episodes but I kind of was hoping for the Black Fairy straight-up heart-smashing Tiger Lily ‘cause they were Secret Fairy Lovers– at least that would have been consistent with S1. (I’m happy Tiger Lily is still around, though! Stay away from Storybrooke!)

TL;DR– magic needs to have a @#$@#$ price again.

The Forest of Skund was indeed enchanted, which was nothing unusual on the Disc, and was also the only forest in the whole universe to be called—in the local language—Your Finger You Fool, which was the literal meaning of the word Skund.

The reason for this is regrettably all too common. When the first explorers from the warm lands around the Circle Sea traveled into the chilly hinterland they filled in the blank spaces on their maps by grabbing the nearest native, pointing at some distant landmark, speaking very clearly in a loud voice, and writing down whatever the bemused man told them. Thus were immortalized in generations of atlases such geographical oddities as Just a Mountain, I Don’t Know, What? and, of course, Your Finger You Fool.

Rainclouds clustered around the bald heights of Mt. Oolskunrahod (“Who Is This Fool Who Does Not Know What a Mountain Is”) and the Luggage settled itself more comfortably under a dripping tree, which tried unsuccessfully to strike up a conversation.

—  The Light Fantastic, Terry Pratchett