castle ruines

feusus  asked:

I think that Anton and the Masked Gentleman have a lot of similarities. They both are masters of spookiness and they use it to frighten everyone in town. But they have different ways to scare citizens. The Masked Gentleman is extravagant, he is more like an evil ringmaster in a circus, and Anton is more subtle, he rarely shows himself and prefer to wake up people’s deepest fears through rumours…

Thank you for suggesting this! It brought up good similarities and something I’ve wanted to bring up for a while. (I hope you don’t mind, even though your suggestion specifically mentioned Anton and Masked Gentleman, not Randall.)

Anton is, hands down, one of the most sympathetic PL villains. He doesn’t kidnap or hurt people out of some twisted sense of justification or vengeance. (And even then, it’s never confirmed that he killed anyone or they didn’t escape.) He is a victim himself - he’s an old man high on hallucinogenic gas and trapped in his ruined castle for fifty years. Trapped because he didn’t want to abandon his position as duke of Folsense. The saddest part is that the love of his life had no choice but to leave, carrying his child, and he never got to see her again before she died. 

Randall has a similar backstory. He had a rich upbringing but lost his family, his friends, his girlfriend and his identity when he fell down that hole. (Moral of the story, don’t go mining for treasures ever.) Randall’s tale has more of a happy ending than Anton’s… After eighteen years, he’s reunited with everyone, including Angela, and he inherits a city - 

A city he nearly destroyed, out of a bizarre misconception of revenge. (Henry is very forgiving.) I know, I know, Descole lied to him when he’d only just got his memory back. (And you all know how I feel about Descole’s messed up motivations.) But what if Randall had… I don’t know, talked to Henry and Angela before he started terrorising Monte d’Or? Even after Descole’s plot has been revealed, Randall still brands Henry and Angela as “Traitors!”, cutting Angela off, claiming Henry “stole” her.  

Yes, Anton says the same thing about ‘his’ Sophia (Katia) to Layton, but he clearly wasn’t in the right mind at the time. Randall wasn’t in the best mindset either, having just got his memory back, but he certainly had enough sense to help execute Descole’s plans! 

Level 5 have some great writing for the Layton games but the ‘You stole my love!’ plotline gets old. If they really wanted to make Randall the villain and have him more sympathetic, why didn’t they take a similar approach to Anton, where a force outside of his control takes control of him? Here’s an idea: Why not have the Mask of Chaos possess Randall? We’ve seen from Bronev that the allure of the Azran can drive men mad. Descole could give Randall the mask, then it somehow influences him, using his fears of abandonment and his ‘stolen’ love.

If time travel and reincarnation exist in the Laytonverse, then I’m sure we can have evil magical masks.   

So, Guess Who’s Going To Be in Scotland and Ireland Soon??

It be meeeee, yall!

Yup, me and a friend are planning to visit Scotland and Ireland at the end of the March for 9-11 days :3 We’re planning to fly into Edinburgh, then travel to Dublin. Then, to London, (mandatory last stop as it’s the airport city that affordably flies us back to our Peace Corps countries :P)

For locals or experienced people of Scotland and Ireland, what cities or towns do you recommend?

We’re super into open/farmer’s markets, art, castle ruins, The Highlands (my friend). Anything close and outside Edinbugrh and Dublin, etc. 

We’re ok with the touristy stuff to a point; we’re definitely more nature, small town/city experiences, and cultural center kinda people. We’re not glitzy/glam folks, so we’re trying to avoid getting caught up in big city experiences unless you think they’re really worth it (i.e. museums, local fests, ya know).

Are there any activities that are“If you go to _____ in Scotland or Ireland you need to do this. This shows what people here actually do/are!”

What Scottish or Irish traditional/historical sites are your favourite? Can you recommend any multicultural places that show any types of diversity of Scotland or Ireland?  We could google it, but I’m sure you all have more authentic perspectives!! 

Also, what things do you think are straight up not worth it and NOT recommend?  

Also again! Where are all the hawtess, most beautiful men-folk?…Asking for, uh, a friend <_< 

Honestly, any bits of insight are super valued to me as this super spur of the moment! So, please tell me anything!! ^_^ 


Allura’s Moving Castle AU

1. why? 2. why not! 3. asadahsdklsasdf


Kanturk Castle, County Cork, Ireland

Construction on Kanturk Castle was started in 1609 by by Dermot MacDonagh MacCarthy, who having been captured after the Battle of Kinsale in 1601, was eventually pardoned by the government. It was never completed, and remained a shell without a roof for the ensuing centuries. Either MacCarthy ran out of money, or a suspicious government terminated its construction - perhaps wary of its intended purpose.


Donegal Castle, Ireland

Donegal Castle is situated in the center of Donegal town, County Donegal in the northwest of Ireland. For most of the last two centuries, the majority of the buildings lay in ruins but the castle was almost fully restored in the late 1990s.

The castle consists of a 15th-century rectangular keep with a later Jacobean style wing. The complex is sited on a bend in the River Eske, near the mouth of Donegal Bay, and is surrounded by a 17th-century boundary wall. There is a small gatehouse at its entrance mirroring the design of the keep. Most of the stonework was constructed from locally sourced limestone with some sandstone. The castle was the stronghold of the O'Donnell clan, Lords of Tír Conaill and one of the most powerful Gaelic families in Ireland from the 5th to the 16th centuries.


Dunmahon Castle, County Louth, Ireland

Dunmahon Castle is a four storey tower house that was built in the 15th century and inhabited until the end of the 17th century. It was a stronghold of the Plunket family. The castle was the site of a massacre in the 1640’s. Accounts of what happened vary, although Cromwell’s troops are mentioned in the reports, with the number slain said to be about 250-300 people.