With Empire LRP’s Summer Soltice this weekend, I thought I’d post up some nostalgic photos of my trip to the Winter Solstice.
I joined in with a group in the Navaar called the Leafstalkers and they treated me like a part of the family in and out of character.
Empire is something else. The roleplay can be intense and the ever looming perma-death makes for an amazing atmosphere. I’ll be going back as soon as I’m not on the wrong side of the world!
Photos by the amazing photographers Charlie Moss, Oliver Facey and Tom Garnett.

Everything you (n)ever wanted to know about archery

Originally posted by disneypixar

Don’t watch Lord of the Rings, the Hunger Games, or Avatar. At least, not for the archery. Hollywood is stock full of misinformation and misrepresentation about archery. Sadly, not a lot of writers have the opportunity to really delve into the practice. So here is my all you wanted to know primer from how bows are constructed, to lining up and releasing the shot, to treating your friend’s nasty broadhead wound.

Edit: expanded the debunking section. 

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Writing Research - Bow & Arrows

The purpose of this research post is to be helpful, more importantly educational. I certainly don’t condone the use of this knowledge for malevolent reasons. I want to help writers with their stories and I figured this would make their search for such information easier. 

This is great for the stories that take place in ancient times, apocalyptic setting, and/or contains characters that are archers. Maybe you’re writing fanfiction and it’s about one of these characters: Legolas Greenleaf, Bard the Bowman, Kili and Tauriel (The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit), Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)Kagome Higurashi (InuYasha), Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (Arrow), Princess Merida (Brave), Susan Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia), Link (The Legend of Zelda), Hawkeye, Robin Hood, Lara Croft, and so on. 

This information would help make them believable. For example, if they are teaching another character how to be an archer it would be difficult to write about it without first knowing how it’s actually done in real life. The same can be said about when they are wounded by an arrow, just how would they deal with it? Or if your character is a survivalist or prepper and their story is set in an apocalypse world, they would probably know how to make weapons (like the bow and arrows) from the things around them in order to survive.

So this post is meant to make a writer’s life a little easier by giving them a starting point. It doesn’t contain EVERY information about bows, but if you know what you’re looking for than I encourage you to look it up. 

How To Make A Bow and Arrows

How To Use A Bow

How To Treat An Arrow Wound/Injury


So, finally did a gemsona. Even took another stab at trying to animate too! (Again, always open to tips on how to animate better.) I probably spent more time than I should have on this.

Gem: Epidote

Height: 5′8″

Weapon: Crooked Thorn Bow & Summoned Arrows

About: Epidote is an awkward introvert that is enchanted by Earth’s nature. Agile and skilled with a bow, Epidote also proficient at manipulating plant life, blending into environments, and has healing powers. She’s often mistaken as mute because she rarely speaks.

Best moment in Avengers: AoU

Quicksilver: *runs over, picks up sister, and tells Hawkeye:*
“Keep up old man!
*runs away*

Hawkeye: *lifts up bow and arrow toward direction where Quicksilver ran*
"No one would know.”
‘Last I saw him Ultron was sitting on him.’
'Yea he’s going to be missed.’
'I miss him already.’
'Poor quick little bastard…’