For Sabrin and Basira cuz I realize I don't think I know a whooole lot about them?: 11, 17, 36, and B!
11. How do they cope with confusion (seek clarification, pretend they understand, etc)?
Basira: Demands clarification. Or she gives the speaker a deadpan face until they scramble to add details. She doesn’t really admit to confusion- she demands answers instead.
Sabrin: Depending on the situation, Sabrin tends to ask gentle questions to get things cleared up. He’s the sort to sigh and rub his bridge before repeating things to puzzle them out. He’s methodical in his uncertainty. He might hesitate before admitting he’s confused, to see if he can rethink it, but he will eventually.
17. Are they easily embarrassed?
Basira: No. Good luck finding something that embarrasses her. Although pay her a genuine compliment and watch her fumble.
Sabrin: Not particularly. He’s pretty chill about most things, and brushes off any normally embarrassing situation pretty well. Except for a few social situations- he’s pretty bad at them, surprisingly. (”You… fight good.” comes to mind lmao)
36. Do they actively seek romance, or do they wait for it to fall into their lap?
Basira: Has no time for romance, in her opinion. She’s got too many things to do in her life to go seeking relationships. It hasn’t stopped her from having a few flings and such in her past; but it definitely isn’t something she’s actively seeking.
Sabrin: While having had several interludes in his past, Sabrin wasn’t the sort to seek romance out, either. He had his hands full, and now on a ship doing who really knows what, it’s not really the time nor place to seek a romantic situation. He’s content to wait his turn, really.
B) What inspired you to create them?
Honestly? I can’t remember for the life of me. Basira came first, and they were both during Journey Comm days. I think it was seeing all my RP partners having second characters that made me want to give Mara a friend and protector. He had to have survived somehow after all. That’s where Basi came in originally- his protector that had been separated. Sabrin came later, and was supposed to be Basi’s long dead ancestor. But then some people decried that “[Sabrin] is too hot to be dead!!”. Yeah, I haven’t forgotten about that lmao. So I caved and ended up smashing him into Basi’s story as her twin brother instead and everyone was happy. Except Sabrin who was a grumpy hermit, but you know.
This was one of the funniest episodes. (In the way that MA episodes are funny, in the darkest possible sense). The narrator’s early assertion that he was theoretically ok with any cannibalism he might have unwittingly committed (although he wishes he knew what it actually tasted like) to the comment about worrying about being “low key racist” right before he might have been killed. And @centaurianthropology ‘s comment about the sheer weirdness of putting Martin on a statement when it’s well established how squeamish he is.
TMA on hard mode: listened to this episode while eating beef stew.
Hope Basira doesn’t get eaten by The Evil Dark Thingy though. Perhaps that’s how Robert Montork came across it in the first place - perhaps he went up against Rayner as part of a Section 31 and that’s how he ended up entangled in the occult weirdness?
- I’m worried about Basira, the connection just cutting out when she goes after the church of the divine host… is not good
- John, I think there might be other problems coming up than getting Basira to follow you into the creepy tunnels
- on that note: talk to your assistants and not some relative stranger!!! Dear god…
- Daisy not being with Basira…worries me a bit. You’d think that’d be a job for her. So where is she?
- meat is meat. Well then.
- there is quite a bit of cannibalism going on in this show, isn’t there?
- I’m glad I didn’t listen to this yesterday when I was in a small Döner shop from hell. I only ordered a salad without sauce, because it seemed like the only thing safe. After listening to the episode I’m glad about that choice.
- also the pronunciation of Döner threw me for a moment, hello there listening comprehension and occasional auditive processing problems (also if someone could tell me why Martin’s investigation process is going slow that would be great)
- So what happened there? Was the statement giver somehow cut in a different dimension or just his soul or is there something else going on? Because he still lost his ring.
- all in all a nice meaty statement (I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist)
The Magnus Archives ‘Police Lights’ (S02E33) Analysis
We continue on from last week with the results of Basira’s
raid on a warehouse apparently containing Maxwell Rainer. How did that go? How do you think? Come on in to hear my thoughts about ‘Police
7. What triggers nostalgia for them, most often? Do they enjoy that feeling?
Basira: Sandy dunes, definitely. It reminds her of home, and nights spent playing hooky. She misses the heat, and the feeling of fine sand. She doesn’t really enjoy it, though. Nostalgia tends to make her grumpy because she leads easily into bad memories.
Sabrin: Late nights researching job leads, or travel routes. It reminds him of a youth spent doing much the same thing, only on a much smaller scale. He enjoys the nostalgia a bit, but it leaves him melancholy because so much has changed.
Basira has peaced out and I can’t see her coming back again, not the least because of Jonathan’s spectacular social fumble at the end there. I’m happy for her but sad because she was a great character and I really liked the dynamic she had with Jonathan.
Probably no more Gertrude tapes. Such a strong character and a fantastic VA.
I was re-reading the statements and it states in MAG12 that Gerard Kaey died in 2015 of a brain tumor (although who knows) so maybe we won’t get my favourite joke: (character) ex machina.
OTOH it was a great episode. “I can’t help but feel I’ve got the last chapter of a story and I don’t even know the title. At least I hope it’s the last chapter.” I can’t imagine it’s the last we’ll hear from the People’s Church, but perhaps this marks the end of the church as an active player in the ecosystem.
“I’m in far too deep now. I get the impression that to quit would be giving up whatever small protection I seem to have here.“
There’s a theory floating around for a while that the MA ecosystem consists of a bunch of “treaties” for lack of a better word, judging from the interactions we’ve seen various groups have. So being part of the Archives would explain why Michael interfered to stop the Flesh Hive destroying the Archives.
- Another statement from Basira! And the return of some other known recurring characters from the archives.
- Sad to hear that Altman is dead, I think his first mention was in episode 5, and it would be nice to have heard some of his sectioned stories
- also Outer Bay Shipping and Natalie Enis and finally a glimpse of Maxwell Rainer
- Why did the church kidnap this specific kid? Is there something special about him? And what is going to happen to him now?
- I do not think that this particular book is finished, the chapter might be but not the book, not when the kid is still around
- and that was an interesting choice of words from Sims. Is this how a Leitner book can be created? Collect all statements on a particular topic and bind it? Is this why Gertrude started to scatter the statements? To avoid too many of the same combining their powers?
- And Jonathan thinking about leaving and knowing he can’t for various reasons, but without admitting to the actual reason, and that is that he probably simply cannot leave, in the same way neither Tim and Martin can
- good for Basira that she does get out! You go girl! Leave that weirdness behind you! I really hope that she can get out and stay unharmed, even though I’ll be sad to see her go
- Why do I feel like this is another statement he hides from his assistants? Which would explain why he looked into it alone.
- also who tipped off the police? Someone we already encountered in the statements or some new player?
11. Is there any OC of yours you could describe as a “sunshine”?
quoia i guess, literally just about everything about them is MELT YOUR EYES OUTTA YOUR SOCKETS BRIGHT so that counts right.
28. Your most dangerous OC?
probably denny tbh. i still havent done a page for her on this blog yet but she is basically a mountain spirit that is entirely self serving and probably my most battle-competent character. basira, maude, dhaval, and ingrid are all technically more powerful than her, but none of them are nearly as remorseless as her. id put vivi as runner up for most dangerous, she isnt as powerful as denny but is very much a loose canon in terms of her emotions and already has a very bloody history
22. What are their favourite insults to use? What do they insult people for? Or do they prefer to bitch behind someone’s back?
Basira: Sticks to pretty basic insults (ass, bitch, fucker, etc and equivalents in her mother language). Things don’t need to be inventive to be effective. She usually throws insults if she’s physically fighting someone, or they’re being intentionally awful (threating/stupid/etc).
Sabrin: He really tries not to be too insulting, honestly. If he does insult someone, he’s gone through his considerable patience and then some. Then the insults are tailored to whoever he’s throwing them at- you pompous cretin. (Okay, I really just wanted to use the word cretin. Sabrin tends to be more eloquent.) But he is fairly like to complain over a good cup.
41. What’s their sexuality? What do they find attractive? Physically and mentally? What do they like/need in a relationship?
Basira: Probably pansexual, tbh. Physically, Basi likes folks in good shape. Muscles are nice, but tone and health are better. She likes strong features, and long hair is a plus. Mentally, they have to be able to keep up with her. Dominant personalities that can compete, or exist alongside her are best. She’s an active person in and out of the bedroom, and needs a s/o that can handle her in all of her passion. She runs under a lot of stresses, and a wilting flower isn’t going to last around her. She needs physical attention, and likes to have someone who can support her. She’s headstrong, but she needs to have someone she can trust at her back.
Sabrin: Pansexual, potentially polyamorous? Physically, Sabrin likes folks that are smaller than him- age not included in that (he prefers them close to his age). He leans toward masculine-identifying folk, but likes features that are often considered feminine, and softer angles and curves. He also likes long hair, but is happy with any. Mentally, he’s attracted to someone he can match wits with. Someone who has a strong personality, but is quieter in exhibiting it. He prefers someone who will let him take care of them, to cherish and spoil them. He needs someone who can learn his quiet moods, and stand beside him without fail. His affection is softer, and quieter, but he still appreciates an active bedroom life, and he needs someone who can roll with that.
47. How do they act in a formal occasion? What do they think of black tie wear? Do they enjoy fancy parties and love to chit chat or loathe the whole event?
Basira: Basi has the problem of enjoying formal wear most of the time (she knows she looks good), but the social aspect of parties irritates her to no end. She’s constantly on edge, and has a hard time enjoying the atmosphere at all. She’ll put on a face for them, but she’d rather be drinking in a dive bar.
Sabrin: Pretty much loathes formal events. Black tie wear is uptight, and ostentatious, and he could really do without. He doesn’t do the mingling thing, and has resting bitch face the entire event to keep hopefuls away.
49. What is their most valued object? Are they sentimental? Is there something they have to take everywhere with them?
Basira: Her most valued object is a photograph. She tries to say she’s not sentimental, but deep down she has a squishy heart. Nothing that she has to take with her, though.
Sabrin: He doesn’t really have one? He’s not a material person, and values his relationships over his belongings. He’s definitely sentimental, but keeps it low key- he treasures his memories quietly. No good luck charms or keepsakes for him either.
If every time a crisis happens, your news intake increases more than your thikr (remembrance) expect to lose basira (insight). In other words, the more you think you see whats really happening, the less you actually do.
In the First Age, the Kinn-lai of the Avari were among some of the last to wander. They learned what they could from the Eldar, before setting off into the wilds of the world. When they finally settled in the jungles of Far Harad, they built great cities that could even rival those in Middle Earth.