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Through the dark side of the morning

I got impatient waiting for the new episode, so I wrote a thing. It features poor bean Benvolio and Rosaline having a slow change of heart a little after their wedding and angsty fluff and slowly coming to understand each other. 

[also on ao3]


Who’s gonna walk you through the dark side of the morning?

Who’s gonna rock you when the sun won’t let you sleep?


Her husband was sneaking out again.

Rosaline heard the sound of his boots on the stairs, recognizable by the little spring in his step despite the heavy spurred boots, then a few murmured words to the guard at the door, and then the  door of their new home, a modest Palazzo near the river, creaked open to allow him out into the night.

For three weeks, Rosaline had been married to Benvolio of House Montague. And for three weeks, every night without fail, he had snuck out of the house. She would have suspected a sweetheart somewhere, a lover that had been torn from him in Escalus’ peace-making scheme. But the servants brought back only reports of him spending his time at the taverns around Via Frata, where he used to head for a night of revelry with his friends all too often before their deaths.

In truth, she did not care either way – was glad to have him out of the house, in fact, where grief and resentment seemed to poison the air around them whenever they were forced to spend time together. They kept up the facade of a reasonably content couple for the sake of their servants, many of whom were no doubt being paid to report back on their every move to either of their houses. They had lunch or supper in the garden together when Benvolio wasn’t called away for some duty or other, and dined together in the evening when they were not invited to some social gathering. They even slept in the same bed, though they hardly spent any shared time in there in any case. Rosaline usually went to bed early, for lack of anything to occupy her time now that she suddenly found herself mistress instead of serving girl, and by the time Benvolio returned from his exploits near dawn, reeking of wine, she was almost ready to get up again, still used to early mornings and enjoying the peace and quiet they brought.

But it was precisely the fact that they put so much effort into appearing a successful match that made it so irritating to see her husband pursue his own pleasure so shamelessly. What was the point of making stilted conversation at the dinner table and putting up with his snoring when all the servants talked about were his nightly adventures away from the marriage bed?

No, Rosaline decided, she was going to put a stop to this. She hadn’t abandoned her dream of retreating to a nunnery and living a life of her own choosing to wed this… toad, only for him to continue in his debauched ways as if nothing at all had changed.

She’d go after him and drag him back home by his ears like an unruly child if necessary – but she’d have to be careful about it. Their marriage may have forged a temporary peace between Verona’s warring families, but it was a fragile one, and one which too many people were dissatisfied with. Quickly, Rosaline dug out her old, modest servant’s dress from the bottom of her trunk and put it on in exchange for her much grander evening gown. Over it, she put on a dark brown cape, pulling its hood over her hair, then walked over to the bedroom door to peer out through the keyhole.

Unlike her husband, Rosaline had spent enough time at home to know what the staff were up to, and had learned that the guard tended to get a little drowsy around this time of night, at which point he would head to the kitchen to talk the cook into indulging him with a luxurious cup of caffè, an invigorating brew the merchants of Verona had recently started to import from Venice.

As soon as the guard set off for his refreshment, she slipped quietly down the stairs and out the door, momentarily reminded of the many times she had snuck out of her parents’ house years ago - though it had been to see a different man for different reasons back then, and it had been excitement making her blood race rather than anger.

But there was no use in such thoughts, she told herself, focusing instead on the street before her. Concealed by the wide sleeve of her cloak, she clutched a slim dagger - not much of a weapon, but better than nothing. Ever since her close encounter with a blood-thirsty ruffian in the street, she had taken to carrying the weapon with her, usually concealed in the folds of her dress. She had received unexpected help from her now-husband on that bloody day, but she would not allow herself to count on his protection in the future, even if she was now legally entitled to it.

But though her hand trembled around the dagger and she flinched every time she heard approaching footsteps, the trip was a quiet one, and soon Rosaline was making her way door to door down the few particularly infamous streets of the city, peering into taverns and brothels for a glimpse of her missing husband.

He would be easy enough to find, she expected, no doubt surrounded by a crowd of people, holding court and boasting of his heroic deeds, with an adoring woman on his lap perhaps. But to her surprise, he was alone, and her searching gaze almost passed over him before doubling back.

Tucked in the darkest corner of a particularly seedy establishment, Benvolio was peering forlornly into a half-empty, lead-rimmed glass beaker of rich red wine, looking for all the world as if he was trying to disappear into the dirty wall behind him.

And then she took a few steps closer and saw something that made her stop in her tracks as realisation dawned on her: Benvolio was not making merry, not carousing or whoring around.

He was grieving.

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The Signs’ Physical Appearance

ARIES: Aries natives tend to have sharp and distinctive features and prominent brows. Aries rules the head and face, and some natives have birthmarks, scars, etc. on the face or head. Males may tend toward baldness – all that testosterone, perhaps? Strong bone structure, quick movements, and an upright posture are associated with this sign. Some Aries natives have a ruddy complexion, all will tend to have a strong constitution. They may tend to glance around the room, as opposed to maintaining a steady gaze, and tend to have a confident, brisk walking stride.

TAURUS: Frequently large bodied – not necessarily plump or fat, but could also be muscular and sturdy. Dark hair and eyes – remember, this could also be dark blue and dark blond as well as brown or black. Serene but steady gaze. Interestingly, Taureans often have smaller-than-expected ears. Their hair tends toward naturally curly or wavy. Ruling the throat and neck, this bodily area is often eye-catching – maybe a thick, “bull-like” neck, or perhaps a long, graceful one, but generally prominent to the observer in some way.

GEMINI: Expressive faces, reflecting their mood-of-the-moment. Gemini gives off a feeling of energy, even when they’re at rest. They may jitter a bit or shake their legs, but even if they’re not actually moving at all, there’s a sense of energy, simply waiting to explode. These natives often have “small features” – it sounds odd, but look at the face, and it may seem somewhat doll-like, with the features more centered than spread out. Fast-paced speech, to go along with their quick minds. Physically agile, naturally slim build (although of course, weight gain is always a possibility – but they’ll seem like they “should” be tall and thin, even when they’re not). Often pale-complected, with restless eyes, wanting to take in everything all at once, and frequently possess high foreheads.

CANCER: The Cancer native’s most prominent feature is a round face. Even skinny Cancers frequently have rounded, soft features, and apple cheeks. Cancer rules the stomach and breasts, and these are often noticeable in some way. The stomach may be rounded and Santa-like, or flat with six-pack abs; the Cancer female’s breasts may be large or small, but tend to be well-formed and pleasing to the eye in either case. Rounded eyes, sometimes a “moony” or “dreamy” expression. High cheekbones and a prominent brow compliment the look. Very expressive features. Limbs may be long, compared to the trunk – even short Cancerians often have a “lanky” look to their arms and legs.

LEO: In keeping with their Zodiacal symbol, Leos frequently have mane-like hair, framing their keen-eyed, well-shaped faces. They tend toward a high color in complexion, sometime ruddy. These natives will have a regal bearing, erect posture, and graceful movements. Movements are slow, but dramatic and, well “leonine!” Often almond eyes, often dark in shade – again, not necessarily brown or black, but dark blue, dark green, dark hazel. They may have a tendency toward “bad backs,” or pain in the back, neck, and shoulder area, although the shoulders themselves tend to be strong and broad.

VIRGO: Virgos possess a gentleness and grace of movement, as well as a youthful appearance, tending to seem younger than their years. Some blush easily, though more often because they’ve been embarrassed by being singled out, rather than from prudishness. While Virgo’s symbol is the Virgin, this doesn’t make them cold or asexual, but they do tend to be modest. Bright, clear eyes with a gentle but direct expression, delicate noses, and well-shaped, curvy lips are Virginian traits. They can be obsessed by their own appearances, seeing flaws that others don’t, and attempting to “hide” them. You may catch them staring at their own expressions in the mirror, busy analyzing perceived flaws and good points, but only when they think no one’s looking! When it comes to the things they can manage about their appearances, Virgo goes to extremes: neatniks and slobs both typify the Virginian nature. Frequently they can look somewhat fragile, but surprise you with their physical strength. May be subject to digestive problems, upset stomachs, and outbreaks of nervousness and insecurity.

LIBRA: Libra natives are truly Venus’s children, with well-shaped lips and noses, sometimes heart-shaped or oval faces. Dimpled cheeks and cleft chins are common. Generally well-proportioned features and pleasant expressions, even when they’re not feeling pleasant. Movements tend to be graceful, and facial features tend to be more rounded than angular. Another Libran characterisic is a clear and melodious speaking voice. Even Libras who are not conventionally attractive will have a charm to them – their faces have character, whether they’re typically beautiful or not. Gorgeous smiles, and lovely, infectious laughter.

SCORPIO: Scorpio really is all about the eyes. Dark or light, the gaze will be piercing and direct, and unless they’re shooting vengeful daggers from them, people will often comment on how beautiful Scorp’s eyes are. Direct eye contact is this sign’s hallmark, never “shifty eyed.” Sharp features, prominent cheekbones and noses, are common, similar in resemblance to a bird of prey. Scorpios tend to have strong constitutions, and often powerful-looking physiques. Often pale-complected – again, remember, “paleness” does not always equate to “whiteness”. Most Scorpios are poker-faced, able to keep their inner emotions from their outward expressions. Ruling the reproductive organs, Scorpio may be prone to possible health problems with same. Magnetic and mysterious, sensual and compelling.

SAGITTARIUS: Sag’s most noticeable physical trait is “clumsy grace.” Sound contradictory? It’s really not. Think of a newborn foal, teetering and tottering on its legs, while still showing glimpses of the powerful, athletic horse it will one day become. Openness and friendliness show in the Archer’s face and posture. Sag natives may lean forward when conversing with you, getting physically closer to engage emotional closeness. Broad foreheads and cheerful expressions are the norm, as are quick movements and dramatic gestures. They sometimes play with their hair, mostly unconsciously, casually tossing their head to sweep it back, or grabbing a lock and tugging at it. Sagittarians often have beautiful, clear, sparkling eyes. Naturally, they tend toward a strong, athletic build, but can become plump due to their love of food and drink.

CAPRICORN: When talking to a Cap, folks are often struck by their well-modulated, often deep speaking voices. Capricorns frequently have naturally straight hair, and dark or olive complexions. Lacking the jittery energy of other signs, the Goat will generally make slower, more deliberate movements. When at rest, they’ll exhibit steady, somewhat serious expressions. The Goat will generally have a straight, well-shaped nose. Sensitive skin, sometimes subject to rashes, outbreaks, or easy bruising. Noticeable teeth – perhaps because they’re straight, white and even, perhaps because they’re crooked or have many fillings. Grace of manner, but sometimes difficulty relaxing; may appear uptight, bored, or uncomfortable, but once they get past their discomfort, they will appear fresh and warm.

AQUARIUS: One common Aquarian trait is a high forehead. Generally soft-spoken and polite, Aquarius can fly off at a moment’s notice into eccentricity. These natives often have dreamy, light-colored eyes, naturally straight and light-colored hair, finely-chiseled, attractive facial features, and lovely profiles. They’re frequently broad through both hips and shoulders – males and females alike. They often have strong, shapely legs. Aquarians are very sensitive to weather and barometric pressure, so expect to find them bundled up in the winter time, stripped down in hot weather. Great listeners, equally wonderful story-tellers.

PISCES: Gentleness combined with keen intuition that shows in the eyes. Graceful, quick movements. Pisceans tend to have a quite charming manner and a lovely smile. Ruling the feet, Pisceans often have small, delicate feet, or big old clodhoppers. Pisces hair tends to be soft and fine, sometimes naturally wavy and lighter-colored. Soft skin, beautiful, dreamy, noticeable eyes. Elegant, flowing movements. Even tall Pisceans can appear “small” for some reason. Tranquil expression, languid affect. Beautiful smiles, mischievous grins, tinkling laughter.

Appearance of zodiac women (for fun)

Aries: ram eyebrows. cute tiny pouty mouths. heart shaped face.

Taurus: nice bodies. bull like necks. effortlessly put together hair.

Gemini: big mouths. pushin for the cushion, whether it be lips chest tummy or butt. youthful face.

Cancer: emotional eyes. soft looking hair that you want to pet.

Leo: glowing skin even if pale. matchy or calculated clothes. lioness forehead and hair combo thing.

Virgo: innocent faces. soft looking skin like a baby. cutesy but slightly masculine style.

Libra: symmetrical face. doughy skin. long hair usually. attractive.

Scorpio: eyes eyes eyes. tall glasses of water. sensual lips. 

Sagittarius: prominent foreheads. horse mouth. huge smile. sexy eyes. statement clothing.

Capricorn: unique style. symmetrical face. serious face. leveled lips. small mouse features.

Aquarius: womanly bodies. masculine features but feminine face. prominent jaw. 

Pisces: watery dreamy eyes. carefree hair. slightly gypsy styles.

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Fluff Friday: June 30 — Relax/Animals

A/N: I don’t even know with the title, okay. I should not be permitted to title things after midnight.

It’s that time of the month already (oh god, is it already almost July?? how????). You’ve got it! It’s the NEXT INSTALMENT OF SMOL!KAKASHI. (masterpost)

Like, it gets progressively fluffier, okay?

EDIT: Because I knOW WHAT DAY IT IS, I SWEAR.


“Does it matter, ultimately?” Shizune asks.

The raised voices in Tsunade-shishō’s office abruptly quiet.

“Does it matter if he gets them back?” she continues, not intimidated in the least by the focus of the room suddenly turning entirely on her.

Sakura bites her tongue and adamantly does not scream that yes. Of course. Of course it matters if Kakashi will ever get his memories back.

“We need to know what to expect,” Sakura finally manages. Which is true as well. But it’s not what’s causing the ache tucked under her breastbone or the vacuum in her lungs. “Kakashi’s had a hard life. If he remembers without understanding… We need to be prepared. I need to be prepared, if I’m going to be of any use to him.”

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history meme (plantagenet edition) →  5 relationships (1/5), Henry II of England & Eleanor of Aquitaine

Two more strong-minded, forceful and determined people could hardly have been matched. Eleanor, who was about thirty, had already been queen of France for fifteen years through her first marriage and by her second she would soon be queen of England. Daughter and heiress of William X, Duke of Aquitaine and Count of Poitou, she was beautiful, wanton, capricious, sophisticated, highly intelligent and accustomed to having her own way. Henry was nineteen years old, bull-necked, stocky and freckled, a man of electric energy and ferocious impatience, compelling charm and an ungovernable temper. He was ruthless when crossed and some of his contemporaries uneasily credited the story that his family, the Plantagenets, were descended from the Devil – a tale that the Plantagenets themselves delighted to encourage. 

Over the next twelve years Eleanor bore Henry five sons and three daughters. Two of their sons, Richard and John, would be kings of England. She played a prominent part in government and a patron’s role in the development of both troubadour poetry and the Arthurian legends. Not surprisingly, her life with Henry was stormy. She may well have encouraged her sons to rebel against their father in 1173 and after that he kept her penned up as a prisoner in England until he died in 1189. Under both Richard and John she was active in matters of state and she died eventually in a nunnery at Fontrevault in Anjou in her early eighties in 1204, having been for much of a lifetime probably the most powerful woman in Europe.

The Signs & Physical Appearance

ARIES: Tend to have sharp, distinctive features with prominent brows. Aries rules the head and face - some may have birthmarks, scars, etc. on their face or head. Males tend toward baldness, all that testosterone, perhaps? Strong bone structure, quick movements, an upright posture, and awkward sleeping positions are associated with this sign. Some have a ruddy complexion; all will have a strong constitution. They may glance around the room, as opposed to maintaining a steady gaze, and tend to have a confident, brisk manner of walking. They don’t like to sit still for long. May have hawk nose or a nose that is in some way pointy.

TAURUS: Frequently large-bodied (not necessarily plump or fat), could also be muscular and really sturdy. Calm/serene with steady gaze and often with smaller-than-expected ears. They may have a calming effect on others. Ruling the throat and neck, this area is often eye-catching - maybe a thick, “bull-like” neck, or perhaps a long, graceful one, but generally prominent in some way.

GEMINI: Highly expressive faces, reflecting the mood of the moment. They give off a feeling of energy, even when at rest and may jitter a bit or shake their legs, but even if they’re not actually moving, there’s a sense of energy, simply waiting to explode. Darting eyes. Often graced with “small features”, doll-like face or slight in some way, with the features more centered than spread out. Fast-paced speech and an aura of business. Physically agile with a naturally slim build (although weight gain is a possibility later) they just always seem like they “should” be thin, even when they’re not. Small ankles. Restless eyes that seem to take in everything at once, and a high forehead.

CANCER: Their most prominent feature is a round face. Even when skinny they frequently have rounded soft features, and apple cheeks. This sign rules the stomach and breasts, and they’re noticeable in some way. The stomach may be round and Santa-like, or flat with six-pack abs; the female’s breasts may be large or small, but tend to be well-formed and pleasing to the eye. Round eyes with a moony, dreamy expression. High cheekbones and a prominent brow. Very expressive features with long limbs compared to the trunk, even short natives often have a “lanky” look to their arms and legs.

LEO: In keeping with their Zodiac symbol, they frequently have mane-like hair, framing keen-eyed faces. They tend towards ruddy in complexion. They’ll have a sort of regal bearing and erect posture. Their movements can be slow but dramatic - they like to get noticed. They have a tendency toward “bad backs,” or pain in the back, neck, and shoulder area, although the shoulders themselves are strong and broad.

VIRGO: Gentle, fluid movements, as well as a youthful appearance, they always seem younger than their years. Some blush easily. Might give off an asexual, androgynous or very modest vibe. Clear eyes with a gentle but direct expression, delicate nose, curvy but often thin lips. They can be obsessed with their own appearance, seeing flaws that no one else sees and they go to lengths to “hide” them. You may catch them staring at their own expressions in the mirror, busy analyzing perceived flaws, but only when they think no one’s watching. Likes to be neat in appearance, there’s nothing messy about them. When depressed they can really let themselves go. They can look somewhat fragile, but surprise people with their physical strength. Digestive problems, upset stomachs, and outbreaks of nervousness and insecurity are frequent.

LIBRA: Venus’s children with well-shaped lips and noses, sometimes heart-shaped or oval faces, dimpled cheeks and cleft chins. May have a tongue-in-cheek vibe about them. Generally, they have well-proportioned features and pleasant expressions, even when they’re not in a good mood. Their movements tend to be graceful; facial features more rounded than angular. Another feature is a clear, mellifluous voice. Even when not conventionally attractive there will be a certain charm to them - their faces have character, whether they’re what would be considered beautiful or not. Gorgeous smiles and infectious laughter.

SCORPIO: It’s all about the eyes. Their gaze will be piercing and direct, and unless they’re shooting vengeful daggers from them, people will often comment on how beautiful or intense their eyes are. Direct eye contact is this sign’s hallmark, they’re never “shifty-eyed.” Sharp features, prominent cheekbones and noses. They tend to have a strong constitution, often with powerful-looking physiques. They are masters at maintaining the famous poker-face when needed, able to keep their inner emotions from their outward expressions. Ruling the reproductive organs, they may be prone to health problems in this region of the body. Magnetic and mysterious, sensual and compelling is their natural gift. People will look at them, if they want it or not.

SAGITTARIUS: “Clumsy grace” is their most noticeable trait. This may sound contradictory, but think of a newborn foal, teetering and tottering on its legs, while showing glimpses of the powerful horse it will one day be. Openness and friendliness show in Sag’s face and posture. You may find them leaning forward when talking to you, getting physically closer to engage emotional closeness. Broad foreheads, cheerful expressions, quick movements, dramatic gestures. They may play with their hair and often have beautiful, clear, sparkling eyes. They tend toward a taller, stronger build, but can become plump due to their love of food, drink and (due to their ruler, Jupiter) excesses.

CAPRICORN: When talking to them, you may be struck by their well-modulated, often deep speaking voices. Lacking the jittery energy of other signs, they will make slower, more deliberate movements, like everything is choreographed. When at rest, they’ll exhibit a steady, serious expressions. Straight nose, prominent eyebrows, exhibiting the “T” shape this sign is known for. Their skin is sensitive and subject to rashes, acne, or easy bruising. You will notice their teeth - they will be in some way unusual. This sign may appear uptight, bored, fidgety or uncomfortable around people. Once they get past their discomfort, they will appear calm and observing.

AQUARIUS: One common trait of this sign is a high, well-defined forehead. Often soft-spoken and polite, they can fly off at a moment’s notice into eccentricity and rage. They often have dreamy, lighter-colored eyes and a nice, “classic” profile. They’re often broad through both hips and shoulders - males and females alike - with strong, shapely legs. They’re very sensitive to weather and barometric pressure, so expect to find them bundled up in the winter and stripped down in hot weather. They’re good listeners and great storytellers.

PISCES: Gentleness combined with intuition shows in their soft round eyes that often appear sleepy or dreamy in some way, far off in Lalaland. Graceful, quick, and sometimes erratic movements that resemble the fish, swimming in a pond. They tend to have a nice, reluctant smile and either delicate or overly large feet, neither of which ever properly fit a shoe. Their hair usually is soft and fine and may change shade with the seasons, getting lighter in summer. Soft skin and soft features, bruises easily. When aware of being watched, they will have elegant, flowing movements. Regardless of their size they appear to be “small” somehow, compact in how they fit into the picture. Mischievous grins and tinkling laughter.

Cassandra: Didn’t mean to pry, but the sketches caught her eye. She looked around to ensure no one was looking, and silently flipped through the pages, taking in the artwork. She was in awe– she had no idea the Inquisitor was so talented. When she sees the sketch of her, she nearly drops the sketchbook in shock, covering her mouth to hold back a gasp. After staring for an inordinately long period of time, she giggles as though Varric had written her in a book. She beams and puts the book back, the Inquisitor none the wiser, though they wonder why Cassandra is so nice to them the next time they talk with her. If romanced: she’s looking through the sketchbook because her lover didn’t mind, and she practically squeals when she sees the picture of her. She eagerly thanks the Inquisitor with a kiss and asks to keep the drawing.

Blackwall:
Feels dirty for looking through the sketchbook when the Herald isn’t looking, but he can’t help himself; the curiosity is overwhelming. He smiles to himself as he looks through the artwork, some of people, some of things, some of experiences. All were good, and it brightened his day. He nearly drops the book when he sees himself in it, with remarkable detail: even strands of the hair on his beard are present on the artwork. His heart swells, and he briefly considers asking the Inquisitor if he can keep the sketch, but elects to act like he hadn’t gone through it. He offers to buy the Inquisitor a drink later, though doesn’t say why. If romanced: Blackwall is almost moved to tears. He embraces his lover, and asks for the sketch. He has it framed.

Iron Bull: Skinner was the one who nabbed it, and the Chargers collectively hang over Bull as they look through the sketchbook. Each one of them had been sketched at least once, and they ooh and ahh over the detail and artwork. Bull grins, clearly enjoying the pictures of his men, but he gently gasps when he sees the drawing of him in the book. After staring for a moment, he chokes and covers his eye. “Are you crying, Chief?” Krem teases. When the Inquisitor shows up, he confesses to having looked through the sketchbook, and asks to have the sketches of him and the Chargers– he even offers coin in return. The Inquisitor refuses any payment and gives him the sketches, which he gets a wallet to put in. If romanced: “Aww, Kadan! You got the horns just right!” On the sketch is a dragon tooth necklace around the Bull’s neck. Bulls thanks the Inquisitor with a kiss (or more) and gets it framed.

Sera: Giggles with glee as she flips through the sketchbook, her opinion of the Inquisitor only rising higher as she found silly sketch after another. It was artful, but not so serious. She’s slightly jealous of the Inquisitor’s art skills, and enjoys looking through all the pictures. She stops for a second when she sees the lovingly drawn picture of her, and gawks. She finally grins and approaches the Inquisitor, hugging them in thanks without explaining why at first. When she finally shows them the sketchbook, the Inquisitor looks through it and finds little doodles around some of their work. “If you wanna erase it, you can. Just thought I’d return the favor.” Sera murmurs. She’s caught off-guard by the Herald hugging her. If romanced: Sera squeals in delight and tackles the Herald when she sees it, kissing them repeatedly. “You’re just so sweet!” she croons. A little while later, the Herald finds a sketch of herself tucked into the book, with a heart drawn around her. And a butt, which has an arrow with a heart tip pointing to it that says “Almost as nice as yours!”

Varric: Got to look through the sketchbook in exchange for letting the Inquisitor read a pre-release of his next book. He had seen the Inquisitor sketch in it many times before, and always wanted to look, and now was his chance. He takes his time, admiring each and every one of the pieces of art, and he’s taken aback when he sees the detailed sketch of him. He grins, thanks the Inquisitor, and asks to keep it. Later on, when his next book comes out, the drawing of him is what he chose as the author’s picture in the back of the back. The book is a bestseller, and he sends a free copy to the Inquisitor, who turns red in the face at seeing their art published everywhere, but they appreciate it.

Cole: Brings up the sketchbook in the way that he does. “Fingers stained colors as they dance over the pages, leaving more than marks, leaving people and experiences and life. Fingers flipping the paper, the pages alive and bright, I saw the one of me. It made me happy.” he says cheerfully. The Herald is a bit embarrassed, as all the others heard and now want to look through the sketchbook, but they let up. Cole is happy, and he voices it. “You like me. You like me enough to draw me, make me real on paper. You also make them happy. You helped.”

Vivienne: Had always been a bit curious about what was in the sketchbook she frequently saw the Inquisitor with. She didn’t know that it would be anything special, but her expectations are exceeded greatly by looking through them. She had no idea the Inquisitor was so artistically gifted; she fully meant to compliment them on the other sketches alone, but she stops short when she sees the drawing of her. Utterly flattered and impressed, she praises the Inquisitor and asks to keep the drawing. It’s later found in an expensive, detailed frame on her table, and she shows it to those who visit her. Later on, she suggests holding an artistic salon or a gallery, numerous times, to the Inquisitor.

Dorian: Is thrilled when he finally gets the chance to look through the sketchbook, and sits with a glass of wine, enjoying it, taking his time. He makes a mental note to give the Inquisitor his compliments– the artwork is outstanding. He stops short when he sees the picture of him, and blinks a few times, not sure if it’s actually there or if he’s drunk. He had, on a few occasions, teased the Inquisitor by looking over their shoulder and asking “Is that me?!” even if it obviously wasn’t. He didn’t think they’d actually ever draw him, and he’s a bit choked up to see it. When he talks to the Inquisitor later, he profusely thanks them and asks for the drawing. If romanced: “Amatus! Oh, it almost looks as good as the real thing!” he says after staring at the picture for a very long time. It takes a long time to sink in that his boyfriend loves him enough to draw such a lovingly-made drawing, and when it does, he’s almost moved to tears.

Solas: He looks through the artwork slowly, taking it in, admiring every detail. He talks with the Inquisitor about where, when, and what utensil was used to make the artwork, but he stops short when he sees the drawing of him. After gawking for a moment, he smiles brightly and thanks the Inquisitor, praising them on their talent. If romanced: he stares for much longer at it, and beams up at his vhenan. He takes the picture and kisses her, and then asks if she’d like to help him with his mural. She helps him from then on as they work together and finish the mural in the rotunda, and it looks lovelier than ever with both artists working. Following Trespasser, he sometimes takes the sketch out of his pocket and stares at it for a long time, blank-faced.

Josephine: Enjoys looking through the artwork, asking for several during her viewing to take and frame for visitors to see. Like Vivienne, she suggests trying to put on a salon or gallery to support the Inquisition, and garner more support. She was wryly asking if the Inquisitor would mind trying to teach her sister sometime when she found the drawing of her. She gasps, covering her mouth in surprise, as she takes in every detail. The ambassador blushes and thanks the Inquisitor, and compliments their artwork repeatedly. She’s still red in the cheeks for a long time after. If romanced: “Oh! Is this…?” It is, and she can’t help but giggle to herself like a schoolgirl as she looks over the art. She beams. “My love, this is… I have no words. Thank you!” She gets it framed and displays it on her desk. She’s exceedingly proud of it, and her lover.

Cullen: Didn’t ever have much of an interest in art, but he admires the work and the talent the Inquisitor put into their artwork. He smiles for once, enjoying looking through it all, but when he sees the sketch of him, he doesn’t know how to respond. He stares, jaw opening and closing a few times, before bashfully thanking the Inquisitor, and mentions how nice it is. If romanced: He smiles, looking at the Inquisitor lovingly. “It is drawn well, and it’s lovely, but not as lovely as you.” he says wryly. The Inquisitor giggles, and they kiss, sketchbook left behind on the desk, though Cullen hasn’t forgotten it. He never will, a fond sight, a fond memory. He likes to look through the book on a regular basis, though he always stops and looks a bit longer at the drawing of him.

Leliana: Admires the artwork, calmly and casually flipping through the pages, as if looking through a magazine. When she reaches the sketch of her, she stops and smiles, admiring all the little details, and the nugs drawn with her. She approaches the Inquisitor and asks to keep it, and any and all drawings with nugs in them. She also applauds their skill, and tells them to keep it up. Whether or not they realize it, some of the drawings provide details of places and things she hadn’t considered before.

How to draw: Sarah Mason.

1. Get your basic shapes!

• I like to start with a snowman-shape. Make sure the bottom circle is slightly larger than the top one to keep her jaw heavy.

2. Sketch out the basic shape of her head.

• Add a little bump for her brow ridge.

• Massive and square are keywords when describing Sarah’s head in prose.

• Notice that her head tapers slightly as you go from her jaw to her crown.

3. Add in the facial features!

• Her nose is large, broad and hooked. I use a big, slanted C-stroke to make it.

• Eyes, mouth, and ears are small and close-set.

• Lower lip is full.

• Chin and cheekbones are very broad.

• Keep her brow ridge low and heavy. She has a natural scowl.

4. Add the neck and hair!

• Eyebrows are thick blocks that taper with her expressions.

• Hair is thick and floofy! Lots of messy, spiky bangs and locks falling over her shoulders. Waist-length in the back.

• Neck is short, muscular and wider than her head. “Bull-necked” is not an exaggeration.

• Trapezius muscles are very large and sloping; giants oft clear trails in mountainous terrain and need powerful shoulders to move derbies.

• Collarbone is broad and heavily-curved.

• Extremely broad-shouldered. Almost 5 heads wide when viewed from the front.

• Chest is broad and barrel-shaped, with well-developed pectoral muscles. Giants and half-breeds have larger lungs and hearts relative to their bodies than normal humans.

• Female giants are flat-chested unless actively nursing, another trait Sarah retains from her ancestors.

Matching Tattoos
  • Dorian: Inquisitor tattoos "If lost, please return to Amatus" on his back, Dorian reciprocates with "I am Amatus" across his lower back in tevine script.
  • Cassandra: Inquisitor gets a delicate Peony on his left wrist. Cassandra gets a Gladiolus snaking up her ankle.
  • Sera: Inquisitor gets a swarm of bees in a shape of a heart on her hip. Sera tattoos "Reserved for Her Gracious Ladybits" on her lower stomach with stylised bees, cookies and, bows and arrows surrounding it.
  • Solas: Solas gets the Inquisitor's name in Elven, entwined by vines just above his heart. The Inquisitor's tattoo says "May the Dreadwolf Take Me" curling up her neck.
  • Bull: Inquisitor gets a roaring dragon on their thigh. Bull gets a pin up of the inquisitor on his calf, fully nude but tastefully draped with weapons.
  • Cullen: The Inquisitor gets a small sleeping Lion on her wrist, with delicate writing beneath "Commander of My Heart". Cullen gets two birds taking off together into the sky to freedom on his neck. (Would also get her initials tattooed on the inside of his thigh without letting her know).
  • Josephine: Josephine decided on delicate filigree and script of the Inquisitor's name snaking it's way up her side reaching her breasts. The Inquisitor gets a tattoo saying "The Pen is Mightier than the Sword" on the underside of their upper arm.
  • Blackwall: Has a tattoo of a young tree growing out of a crumbling keep, whilst the Inquisitor gets a round shield on her collar bone.

get to know me meme: [4/-] favourite historical couples
ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE & KING HENRY II

Two more strong-minded, forceful and determined people could hardly have been matched. Eleanor, who was about thirty, had already been queen of France for fifteen years through her first marriage and by her second she would soon be queen of England. Daughter and heiress of William X, Duke of Aquitaine and Count of Poitou, she was beautiful, wanton, capricious, sophisticated, highly intelligent and accustomed to having her own way. Henry was nineteen years old, bull-necked, stocky and freckled, a man of electric energy and ferocious impatience, compelling charm and an ungovernable temper.

Over the next twelve years Eleanor bore Henry five sons and three daughters. Two of their sons, Richard and John, would be kings of England. She played a prominent part in government and a patron’s role in the development of both troubadour poetry and the Arthurian legends. Not surprisingly, her life with Henry was stormy. She may well have encouraged her sons to rebel against their father in 1173 and after that he kept her penned up as a prisoner in England until he died in 1189. Under both Richard and John she was active in matters of state and she died eventually in a nunnery at Fontrevault in Anjou in her early eighties in 1204, having been for much of a lifetime probably the most powerful woman in Europe.

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The signs as lesser-known words

ARIES

  • Beleaguer || to exhaust with attacks
  • Panurgic || able or ready to do anything
  • Incalescent || becoming hotter or growing more ardent; boiling
  • Banderilla || a decorated dart shot into the neck of bulls during a bull fight
  • Truculent ||  aggressive and defiant; displaying great anger and inclined to fight; belligerent
  • Pyrrhic || of a victory, having high levels of casualties on both sides
  • Brontide || the low rumbling of distant thunder
  • Obstreperous || noisily defiant; aggressively boisterous
  • Bellicose || inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile

TAURUS

  • Bucolic || in a lovely rural setting
  • Ensconce || to establish or settle in a safe, secure, or comfy place
  • Nimiety || excess, overabundance, superfluity
  • Redolent || piquant, aromatic, or memory-invoking
  • Adamantine || unbreakable, impenetrable
  • Vellichor || the strange wistfulness of used book shops which are somehow infused with the passage of time
  • Degust || to taste food or drink carefully, so as to fully appreciate it
  • Mumpsimus || one who sticks obstinately and wrongly to their old ways
  • Cordillera || group of mountain ranges forming a mountain system of great linear extent

GEMINI

  • Ebulliance || bubbling excitement
  • Moeity || one of two equal parts
  • Aboulomania || pathological indecisiveness
  • Dioscuric || describing a twin, whether person or event; of a duplicate
  • Vacillate || to waver between actions or decisions; to hesitate
  • Aerious || of the nature of air; airy
  • Frisson || a moment of intense excitement
  • Desultory || jumping from one thing to another; rambling; unplanned
  • Legerity || mental or physical agility, dexterity, or quickness
  • Biune || combining two entities into one
  • Evanescent || vanishing quickly, lasting a very short time

CANCER

  • Inglenook || a cozy nook by the hearth
  • Maudlin || overly sentimental, saccharine
  • Largesse || the generous giving of gifts
  • Calefacient || warming; anything that warms
  • Verklempt || overcome with emotion
  • Apricity || the warmth of the sun in the winter
  • Manuduction || the act of guiding, as if by hand; direction, instruction
  • Eucatastrophe || a happy ending to a story
  • Visceral || relating to deep emotions as opposed to the intellect
  • Morbidezza || an extreme delicacy and softness
  • Lachrymose || weeping or inclined to weep; tearful
  • Effleurage || a light, stroking movement used in massage; a soft caress
  • Munificence || magnificent liberality in giving; great generosity

LEO

  • Cynosure || a focal point of admiration
  • Sumptuous || lush, luxurious; expensive-looking
  • Ineffable || too great to be expressed in words
  • Coruscate || sparkle, reflect brightly, shimmer
  • Apotheosis || exaltation to divine rank or stature; glorification, deification
  • Duende || power to attract through personal charm
  • Resplendent || splendid or dazzling in appearance attractive, impressive
  • Autolatry || the worship of oneself
  • Ensorcell || to bewitch or enchant
  • Frippery || pretentious, showy finery; elegance, ostentation
  • Brank || to prance; toss the head; to strut

VIRGO

  • Imbrication || overlapping and forming a regular pattern
  • Panacea || a solution for all problems
  • Nous || pure intellect or reason
  • Ratiocinate || to reason or argue logically
  • Creancer || guardian or mentor
  • Apollonian || of or relating to the rational, ordered, and self-disciplined aspects of human nature
  • Noetics || laws or rules of logic
  • Perspicacious || having keen judgment or understanding; acutely perceptive
  • Zetetic || proceeding by inquiry or investigation
  • Succor || to aid or assist in a time of need; support in times of hardship and distress
  • Adoxography || skilled writing on an unimportant subject

LIBRA

  • Lissome || slender and graceful
  • Concinnity || elegance or neatness of literary or artistic style
  • Eurhythmic || in harmonious proportion
  • Clinquant || glittering, tinsel-like, ornate
  • Halcyon || calm and peaceful; tranquil
  • Soigné || showing sophisticated elegance; fashionable
  • Equipoise || equal distribution of weight or balance; balanced
  • Arabesque || a ballet twirl; an ornamental design consisting of intertwined flowing lines
  • Pulchritudinous || having great physical beauty or appeal
  • Recherché || elegant, refined, or tasteful; sophisticated; exquisite

SCORPIO

  • Prurient || having or relating to lascivious or lustful thoughts or desires
  • Sibilant || hissing; making a sound that resembles hissing
  • Hadeharia || the practice of constantly using the word “hell” in speaking
  • Concupiscence || strong desire, appetite, or lust
  • Tacenda || things to not be mentioned or to be passed over in silence
  • Asphodel || a type of flower, often associated with the Underworld
  • Piacular || making or requiring atonement
  • Lascivius || given to or expressing lust; lecherous; exciting sexual desires; salacious
  • Ophidian || like, shaped like, or relating to snakes

SAGITTARIUS

  • Sojourn || brief visit, stopover
  • Eloign || to move away a distance
  • Absquatulate || to leave somewhere abruptly
  • Strickhedonia || the pleasure of being able to say “to hell with it”
  • Peregrinate ||  to journey or travel from place to place
  • Promethean || boldly creative, defiantly original, deviating genius
  • Exsibilation || the collective hisses of a disapproving audience
  • Repartee || conversation marked by the exchange of witty retorts
  • Pasquinade || public farce, satire, or lampoon

CAPRICORN

  • Kakorrhaphiophobia || fear of failure or defeat
  • Alexithymia || the inability to express feelings
  • Recumbentibus || a knock-out blow, either verbal or physical
  • Charientism || an artfully veiled insult
  • Presenteeism || the compulsion to spend longer at work than is required or to continue working despite illness
  • Operose || involving or displaying a lot of effort
  • Gelid || extremely cold, icy
  • Acanaceous || of or pertaining to something bearing prickles or thistles
  • Eviternity || eternal existence or everlasting duration
  • Sangfroid || composure or coolness as shown in danger; imperturbability

AQUARIUS

  • Insouciance || blithe nonchalance, casual lack of concern
  • Selcouth || unusual, rare, unique, or strange
  • Adventive || a thing or person coming from outside
  • Phantasmagoria || a confusing or strange scene that is like a dream because it is always changing in an odd way
  • Alterity || the state of being different
  • Disillude || to free from illusion
  • Quixotic || exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical
  • Lethologica || the inability to recall a precise word for something
  • Acatalepsy || the impossibility of arriving at certain knowledge or full comprehension
  • Syzygy || an alignment of celestial bodies

PISCES

  • Mellifluous || sweet sounding, filled with honey
  • Rhapsodic || extravagantly emotional
  • Ethereal || extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world
  • Dulcifluous || flowing sweetly
  • Oneiric || of, relating to, or suggestive of dreams
  • Nympholepsy || emotional frenzy, caused by desire for an unattainable ideal, as that inspired in people by nymphs
  • Velleity || a wish or inclination which is not strong enough to lead one to take action
  • Morphean || of, like, or pertaining to dreams
  • Chimerical || created by or as if by a wildly fanciful imagination; highly improbable

Arena dust rusted by four bulls’ blood to a dull redness,
The afternoon at a bad end under the crowd’s truculence,
The ritual death each time botched among dropped capes, ill-judged
stabs,
The strongest will seemed a will towards ceremony. Obese, dark-
Faced in his rich yellows, tassels, pompons, braid, the picador

Rode out against the fifth bull to brace his pike and slowly bear
Down deep into the bent bull-neck. Cumbrous routine, not artwork.
Instinct for art began with the bull’s horn lofting in the mob’s
Hush a lumped man-shape. The whole act formal, fluent as a dance.
Blood faultlessly broached redeemed the sullied air, the earth’s grossness.

—  Sylvia Plath, The Goring