@arimabari Drew my beloved Redguard character Saahana. Saahana is a mage who specializes in fire.
She was raised by a coven of Hagravens who killed her parents but spared her because of her budding abilities. They had hoped to one day add her to their coven and taught her how to control her abilities. At age eighteen, Saahana turned on her captors and killed them all with a blazing firestorm spell. She now roams the forests of Falkreath and wears the feathers of her parents murderers as a good luck charm.
Saahana is also an elven mage from Antiva in the Dragon Age universe but that is a story for another day
@arimabari is a wonderful artist with an eye for detail 8D Please go to her blog and check out her beautiful artwork!
• The Fionavar Tapestry trilogy by Guy Gavriel Kay Goodreads: Five men and women find themselves flung into the magical land of Fionavar, First of all Worlds. They have been called there by the mage Loren Silvercloak, and quickly find themselves drawn into the complex tapestry of events. For Kim, Paul, Kevin, Jennifer and Dave all have their own part to play in the coming battle against the forces of evil led by the fallen god Rakoth Maugrim and his dark hordes.
• Gentleman Bastard series by Scott LynchGoodreads:
An orphan’s life is harsh — and often short — in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains — a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected “family” of orphans — a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards. Under his tutelage, Locke grows to lead the Bastards, delightedly pulling off one outrageous confidence game after another. Soon he is infamous as the Thorn of Camorr, and no wealthy noble is safe from his sting.
• The Ascendance trilogy by Jennifer Nielson Goodreads:
In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point – he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well. As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.
Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.
• The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker
Nora Fischer’s dissertation is stalled and her boyfriend is about to marry another woman. During a miserable weekend at a friend’s wedding, Nora wanders off and walks through a portal into a different world where she’s transformed from a drab grad student into a stunning beauty. Before long, she has a set of glamorous new friends and her romance with gorgeous, masterful Raclin is heating up. It’s almost too good to be true. Then the elegant veneer shatters. Nora’s new fantasy world turns darker, a fairy tale gone incredibly wrong. Making it here will take skills Nora never learned in graduate school. Her only real ally—and a reluctant one at that—is the magician Aruendiel, a grim, reclusive figure with a biting tongue and a shrouded past. And it will take her becoming Aruendiel’s student—and learning magic herself—to survive. When a passage home finally opens, Nora must weigh her “real life” against the dangerous power of love and magic.
• The Lost Years of Merlin series by TA Barron Goodreads:
When Merlin, suffering from a case of severe amnesia, discovers his strange powers, he becomes determined to discover his identity and flees to Fincayra where he fulfills his destiny, saving Fincayra from certain destruction and claiming his birthright and true name.
The Ninth was strong and fought with might, But lone Orannis was put out of the light, Broken in two and buried under hill, Forever to lie there, wishing us ill.So says the song. But Orannis, the Destroyer, is no longer buried under hill. It has been freed from its subterranean prison and now seeks to escape the silver hemispheres, the final barrier to the unleashing of its terrible powers. Only Lirael, newly come into her inheritance as the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, has any chance of stopping the Destroyer. She and her companions – Sam, the Disreputable Dog, and Mogget – have to take that chance. For the Destroyer is the enemy of all Life, and it must be stopped, though Lirael does not know how.
• The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne Goodreads:
Atticus O'Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old–when in actuality, he’s twenty-one “centuries” old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power–plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish–to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.
• The Heralds of Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey Goodreads:
Talia, a young runaway, is made a herald at the royal court after she rescues one of the legendary Companions. When she uncovers a plot to seize the throne, Talia must use her empathic powers to save the queen.
• The Mortal Coils series by Eric Nylund Goodreads:
Nothing interesting ever happened to fifteen-year-old orphans Eliot and Fiona while they've lived in the strict, oppressive household of their grandmother. A chance visit, however, reveals that there is much more to the twins. They are the offspring of a goddess and Lucifer, Prince of Darkness. Now, to settle the epic custody battle between these two families, the fallen angels create three diabolical temptations, and the gods fashion three heroic trials to test Eliot and Fiona. More than ever they need to stick together to survive and to learn how to use their budding supernatural abilities … for family allegiances are ever-shifting in the ancient, secret world they have entered.
“Yesterday Brad and I had a miscommunication goin’ down 7th and he veered left into me causing me to crash into a wall. I smacked my shoulder, helmet and hand. Instantly I thought it was the collarbone…" -Bud
In all fairness, airplane food was famously tasteless and subpar, so much so that inquiring about its “deal” still remains one of Jerry Seinfeld’s most famous jokes. … Airline food tastes the way it does due to the plane’s environmental factors playing the Fandango on your senses with a baseball bat. Modern planes travel at an altitude of about 35,000 feet, which in terms of places most likely to kill you ranks somewhere between the foot of an active volcano, and inside the wife of an angry lumberjack who unexpectedly came back home for lunch. That’s why airplanes have to keep the cabin artificially pressurized: to keep your brain from swelling and leaking out of your ears. The problem is that, according to modern research, the cabin’s pressurization combined with the plane’s white noise can numb your taste buds, suppressing your ability to taste salt and sugar in non-fatal doses.
Okay but what about a Beauty and the Beast AU (or reverse!Howl’s Moving Castle AU) where Eggsy meets this young dashing tailor named Harry Hart and thinks he’s the biggest and most charming prick he has ever met.
Little does Eggsy know that Harry is actually a talented magician who is trapped under a curse. Harry initially had changed his appearance to be more youthful to better accommodate and charm his customers until he ran into a vengeful witch who fell in love with him and felt betrayed when he revealed his true age, cursing him to lose control of his appearance—young!Harry by morning and true!Harry for only one hour at midnight.
Only way for the curse to be broken? For someone to cherish both selves.
Hiding behind an exterior of over-confidence and charm, Harry hides his own insecurities about his age and the fear of never finding someone who will love his true self. It gets so bad that he refuses to look at himself in the mirror. Sometimes, in the height of really strong true emotions, his true self appears before it quickly melds back to his young!self. He feels so much inner turmoil, especially as he starts to fall in love with this beautiful young man.
Cue Eggsy slowly learning more about the curse and trying to convince Harry to love himself with whispers of constant reassurance.
And Merlin taking the Calcifer or Lumiere-like role as acting as Harry’s wingman and fellow wizard best friend who drops by often with his apprentice, Roxy, who becomes Eggsy’s confidant and tries to help him to the best of her budding magical ability.
Hi Friends & Family who come here for updates on real life stuff and not just the fluff that I usually gravitate toward. This one is for you…
The two questions I get several times a day:
How are you?
How’s your Mom?
Well…here are your answers.
About me: I continue to feel a bit manic but I suppose that comes with the territory of what life looks like for me these days. Experiencing a dichotomy of emotions that vacillate between feeling both happy and deeply in love (my guy) and extremely scared-but-forcing-an-optimistic-and-positive-outlook (my mom) will do that to just about anyone. So, in light of my 32nd birthday, I went out and got the best present I could think of…a therapist.
I thought that being a 10-year resident of the concrete jungle made me a true New Yorker but the whole having a shrink thing might actually be just the thing to validate my city dweller status, am I right? Ain’t no shame in that, my friends.
About Mom: As of today, she’s been fighting PC for 7 months. She’s doing well and looks fantastic. In fact, she looks so good that people might start to think that she’s been faking this thing all along. I mean, her hair has never looked better (um, it’s a wig…but you can’t tell) and she’s far surpassed her “goal weight” (too bad it’s because chemo strips you of your appetite, taste buds, and ability to enjoy most food - let alone the ability to keep it down. Fun stuff, right?).
She had a big test earlier this week that indicated that the tumors have gotten a bit smaller since her last scan. That’s good news! The bummer news that followed was that she wouldn’t be able to take the break from her chemo treatments that we hoped for. Several weeks ago, her doctor indicated that a month or two off from treatment might be a possibility. Our hopes were high and plans for trips, some strength building, and dreams of a much needed hiatus from the grueling schedule and toxic medicine were planted. To hear that she couldn’t take the pause she anticipated was a complete blow to our Go, Fight, Win outlook for a little while. Slowly but surely, our ability to build up hope and optimism is returning and we’ll be right back on the Let’s Beat This Thing Bandwagon in no time. It’s a Dull thing…can’t keep us down for long.
Completely unrelated (but not really because I’m constantly looking for the simple joys and that goes hand in hand with the optimistic biznaz), the sky was crazy-town beautiful yesterday. Perhaps God thought he’d remind me that we’re not alone in this battle. I’m a strong person but this particular struggle is REAL and if I’m not on the defense, it’s way too easy for fear and doubt to squeeze it’s way in. Everyone copes in different ways but for me, my faith is the one and only thing that could ever get me through this. That goes for Mom too.
(PS - if you have any questions or comments, feel free to message me or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have turned off the ability for anonymous comment/inquiries here because people are whack, yo!).
picture the scenario. dumbledore has just invited harry to the assist him in destroying a horcrux, a fragment of voldemort’s soul. after months of being kept in the dark, harry is finally privy to dumbledore’s plans, and is provided the chance to take some action in getting one step closer to defeating the dark lord. they travel to a cliff side, which holds significance for voldemort since he was taken there on a trip with the orphanage when he was very young, and it’s implied that it’s where he first used his budding magical abilities to seriously torture his peers. and what is harry’s reaction to this place, this site of unknown terror, you ask? “‘They brought the kids from the orphanage here?’ asked Harry, who could not imagine a less cosy spot for a daytrip.”
“'Yes,’ said Dumbledore. ‘I am sure that once we take the Horcrux, we shall find [the Inferi] less peaceable. However, like many creatures that dwell in cold and darkness, they fear light and warmth, which we shall therefore call to our aid should the need arise. Fire, Harry,’ Dumbledore added with a smile, in response to Harry’s bewildered expression. ‘That’s why I brought my mixtape.’"
fuck i love the dramatic irony of nobody believing professor trelawney’s predictions. “And she pulled a card dramatically from underneath her shawls. ’- the lightning-struck tower,’ she whispered. 'Calamity. Disaster. Coming nearer all the time.’” you know what the chapter where dumbledore dies is called? 'The Lightning-Struck Tower.’ jkr you think you’re such a sly fox don’t you
god i am so fucking emotional over draco’s internal conflict in his attempt to murder dumbledore because you can’t help but be reminded that he’s still just a kid. “'Draco, Draco, you are not a killer.’ 'How do you know?’ said Malfoy at once. He seemed to realise how childish the words had sounded; Harry saw him flush in the Mark’s greenish light.” “Malfoy looked as though he was fighting down the urge to shout, or vomit … ’… a clever plan, a very clever plan…and, as you say, right under my nose…’ 'Yeah!’ said Malfoy who, bizarrely, seemed to draw courage and comfort from Dumbledore’s praise. 'Yeah, it was!’” just. look, i’m not sweeping draco’s actions under the rug because he is a bratty shitty little pure-blood supremacist but at the same time he’s SO COMPLEX!!! he’s an antagonist of the most disdainful kind but he’s just a kid forced to murder someone for the sake of his family’s safety!!! and it saddens me that rather than give him an explicitly detailed redemption arc jkr instead chose to spend most of her post-canon discourse vilifying the girls who had a crush on him
when hagrid’s hut gets set on fire, his first reaction is to scream “'Fang’s in there, yeh evil -!’” at the death eater responsible. i love hagrid. you know a character is the most pure-hearted of them all when they value a dog’s life over themselves in the midst of a deadly battle
do you think PROUD MEMBER OF THE 'I WILL NEVER GET OVER REGULUS BLACK TURNING AGAINST EVERYTHING HIS FAMILY STOOD FOR AND KILLING HIMSELF IN ORDER TO HELP DEFEAT THE DARKEST WIZARD OF THE MODERN AGE’ SQUAD is too long for a custom letter jacket?
did you know that draco is never exactly explicitly shown to have the dark mark? it’s heavily implied, though; the order watches snape and draco run up the stairs to the tower, but whenever anyone else tries they’re thrown back by an invisible barrier. harry theorises that you have to have the dark mark to pass through it which seems highly likely but still. INTERESTING
okay. here we go. *cracks knuckles* i know that this series is filtered through harry’s eyes and he can be a right dense brick sometimes, so it may very well have been that tonks and remus have a lot of chemistry together and bonded very well off-page and remus is incredibly torn between his desire to be with tonks and his wish to keep her safe…but to be completely and utterly honest, i fail to see a single shred of that being the case in this chapter. like we aren’t explicitly provided with all the intricacies of bill and fleur’s budding romance, but we are shown the result of it, e.g fleur being adamant that she will stand by him despite his injuries, and she proudly exclaims that her love for him is deep and not based on appearance. meanwhile NOTHING in remus’s behaviour suggests that he is struggling to refrain himself from admitting his love for tonks. there’s not a glitter in his eye when he looks at her that he forces himself to suppress; in fact, he just seems unbelievably uncomfortable with the whole situation. “'It’s different,’ said Lupin, barely moving his lips and looking suddenly tense … 'And I’ve told you a million times,’ said Lupin, refusing to meet her eyes, staring at the floor.” he just flat out doesn’t want to have this conversation! he’s TOLD tonks over and over that he doesn’t want a relationship with her, but she still seizes him by the robes and shakes him while screaming in his face. they both deserve better than this grossly manipulative and forced romance, and i’m so disappointed that even though remus flat out reminds them that dumbledore has just DIED and it’s not an appropriate time to have this discussion, the order guilt-trip him into returning tonks’s affections. “'Dumbledore would have been happier than anybody to think that there was a little more love in the world,’ said Professor McGonagall curtly.” SORRY MINERVA BUT NO you can’t just fucking use a dead man to pressure someone into something they CLEARLY don’t want to do!!! especially not entering a relationship like what the fuck??? this is the one thing i would come close to fighting mcgonagall over. i mean i wouldn’t actually do it because she would destroy me but you know what i mean
harry decides to break up with ginny during dumbledore’s funeral which…just…*stares into the camera like in the office* like fair enough the hogwarts express leaves an hour after the funeral and he isn’t planning on seeing her in the near future anyway but come on harry. at least wait until the funeral is done
also i feel like harry…..misunderstands ginny quite a bit? “… when he told her what he was going to do now, she would not say 'Be careful’ or 'Don’t do it’, but accept his decision”…this is the girl who got into a hexing match with her own brother because he dared to presume to tell her how she should act/think. i know everyone is distraught with grief but it’s just a bit lacklustre that ginny, wonderfully bold and brave ginny, only counters with “'What if I don’t care?’” before immediately being like “ok cool see you whenever”…the working title of this book must’ve been Harry Potter and the Incredibly Contrived Romances
i love that the final sentence of this book. “His hand closed automatically around the fake Horcrux, but in spite of everything, in spite of the dark and twisting path he saw stretching ahead for himself, in spite of the final meeting with Voldemort he knew must come, whether in a month, in a year, or in ten, he felt his heart lift at the thought that there was still one last golden day of peace left to enjoy with Ron and Hermione.” it’s so beautifully sad yet so optimistic. harry resigns himself to the fact that it’s his destiny to kill voldemort and mentally steels himself for all that will entail, but he still finds joy in being with his friends and deep down must know that everything will be alright in the end. time to emotionally prepare myself for the devastation of deathly hallows HUZZAH
also WHAT THE FUCK i opened the book to place the cover back on and there was a dead spider in the middle of the back. this doesn’t have anything to do with the reread but the last time i picked this book up was over ten years ago! and it’s been a spider tomb all this time!!! yech