If I were to try and classify gijinka magic, in terms of origin point in cultures and such, I would pin my bets on Wind clans and Shadow clans as being the two cultures that really took the magic and developed it into something useful, and Wind dragons, generally being travelers by nature, would have brought and shared and spread the magic with them to other cultures.
Given the nature of nocturnes, I’d imagine the very first general shapeshifting magic was invented by them, or at least by the Shadow Flight in general. And it was originally developed as a trap, or an illusion. 100%, shadow-style gijinka magic is supposed to lure some sorry fuck into thinking they’ve found easy, squishy prey or some poor lost soul, and then all of a sudden, your tiny target is actually a 20 foot guardian, and you’re on treacherous ground. Alternatively, you make yourself small and flexible so that you can hide better, because who’s going to look for a ridgeback in a crevice not even wide enough to pass their shoulders?
The Wind strand of gijinka magic would have been looked at as an ‘equalizer’. Bring all people to roughly the same dimensions of size, and in theory, this would help disperse certain prejudices and arrogances. For example, I can see larger dragons like Ridgebacks and Imperials and Guardians more or less writing off smaller breeds like Spirals and Fae, on account of, well, I could squash them with my foot, how much do their opinions really matter? But when you’re all roughly at eye level, give or take, perhaps it’s easier to look at another dragon and go ‘oh right. That’s a person.’
I’d also imagine that ‘true’ gijinka-ing is the Shadow-Style method of doing things. No horns, no feathers, no wings, no real signs of what your actual breed is, you hide all of it. Meanwhile, Wind-Style method is more loose with its transformations. You allow the horns and the feathers and the so forth because the magic is less about hiding yourself and more about finding common ground with one another.
I don’t talk about it a lot but I love Smilodon guys. Like a lot. I mean
look at this majestic motherfucker.
And like, people think that Smilodon was basically just lions with long teeth but actually! no, not at all. Smilodon was a lot stockier than lions, because unlike lions who chase down their prey, Smilodon probably wrestled it’s prey to the ground, and possibly as a pride. Smilodons lack the long tails of lions, which means they aren’t as agile runners. There’s debate as to whether Smilodons were solitary hunters or not, but I personally think they were social creatures because we have the bones of cats who were significantly injured, to the point where they would not have been able to hunt, but who lived for years after the injury. This indicates at least some semblance of a pride, because that injured Smilodon had to have been provided food by another cat.
And the way they killed prey was different from lions. Lions clamp down on the windpipe of the prey until they suffocate, but this requires both conical teeth and a jaw strength that Smilodon didn’t have. Smilodon had jaws that were about as strong as a large dog’s but not strong enough to do what a lion does. And it’s teeth weren’t conical, they were more like steak knives, thin in the front and back but broad on the sides, meaning they were pretty fragile if pressure was applied to the sides of the tooth and would have snapped if it tried to hold down struggling prey.
What they think it did was overpowered it until the prey couldn’t move, then used it’s teeth to cut the jugular, ensuring a rather quick, quiet death, which they could manage cause their jaws could open insanely wide. It’s unclear what their fur looked like, if it was patterned like in the above pictures, or not like a cougar.
One interesting thing is that Smilodon cohabited the Americas with humans for at least 2,000 years. Smilodon died out ~10,000 years ago, but humans crossed over into the Americas at least 12,000 years ago (probably earlier). It’s actually theorized that the introduction of humans into the region was a contributing factor the Smilodon’s extinction.
They’re just really interesting animals guys I mean
do you have any buddies lance and shiro headcanons?
Once the team has time to like.. take a break… Lance immediately starts catching Shiro up on everything he missed during his year of captivity. Well, okay, Keith gets to handle all the ‘personal’ details about Shiro’s family and stuff but Lance owns the CORNER on all the celebrity gossip, shitty political situations, and newborn memes that occurred during the past year.
Shiro: Oh my god, (insert celebrity couple) is having a baby???
Lance: I KNOW right, nobody saw this coming!! Man, that baby is gonna look so GOOD.
Shiro: I want to be that baby
Lance: Same hat
They’re often paired up because of the whole short vs long distance fighter thing so they go through a Lot Of Weird Missions together to the point where whenever something bad happens they’re both just. Nonplussed.
Something catastrophic: (happens)
Lance: Aw shit… It’s Tuesday, isn’t it.
Shiro: Terrible Tuesday strikes again :/
Lance is shown to be pretty emotionally savvy so whenever Shiro starts to feel overwhelmed in a situation Lance immediately acts as a distraction and draws all the attention while someone gets Shiro to a safer place.
After a couple months in space Lance cools his hormones and becomes less flirty with every breathing thing, but by then Shiro trying to rein him in has become sort of an inside joke between them
Lance: Okay okay okay. How about I get to flirt with three aliens on this planet because I did so well in training last time.
Shiro: Three aliens? Yeah, right. You can flirt with one alien, but if you use a really bad line I’m allowed to drag you away.
Lance: But you always drag me away!!
Shiro: Because all your lines are bad lol
Lance assumes that Shiro must be REALLY POPULAR w the everyone due to the whole ‘ace pilot, personally chosen for the Kerberos mission’ thing, so he goes to him for advice and Shiro is just like (sweats)
Shiro: Um. Pick-up lines? Yes. I know many. I keep them in, in my pocket.
Lance: You keep pick-up lines… in your pocket? Like, in a book?
Shiro: Y… yes……
Lance: Dude, me too!! :D
Shiro: Oh god I can’t do this.
Lance cries real tears the day he realizes that Shiro has absolutely no game. Mainly tears of sorrow for Allura though LMAO
Speaking of which… The ribbing.
Lance: So, how’s your courtship with Allura going? Have you managed to hold hands yet?? ;) ;) ;)
Shiro: Real funny Lance… you know I’m not ready for second base yet :/
Shiro doing basic/normal chores around the Castle and Lance (+Hunk) acting as his hype-men in the background. Yes Shiro, fold that fucking shirt. KING OF LAUNDRY.
I think that… Shiro really, really relates to Lance’s homesickness. Because all the younger paladins, they got ripped away from home within maybe 15 minutes. But Shiro? Yeah, he signed up for a mission in space… But not for a year in captivity. The only difference is that, as the leader, Shiro can’t afford to look back. But he can try to help Lance, and maybe cope through him.
official notice: flight is booked and saturday i am leaving to spend a month with grandparents on east coast! i don’t have return flight yet, but the plan is early june. blog activity might be reduced? not sure yet. ping or message me if you wanna make sure i see something.
Could you please make exo reacting to finding out their wife is pregnant?
Xiumin: *suddenly unable to do anything because too many thoughts are exploding in his head. He wants to scream and shout and dance and cry and hug you all at the same time but with so many competing impulses, somehow his body won’t do anything. Nevertheless, his eyes convey his surprise and happiness perfectly.*
Luhan: Wait, what did you just say!?! I’m gonna be a father? We’re gonna have a baby? Oh my god, is it a boy or a girl? Oh my god, oh my god…We are going to be parents! You: Luhan, I just got the test back today, we won’t be able to know the gender for a few more weeks! Luhan: We should drink to celebrate! *You shoot him a look* Oh right! We should have cake to celebrate, you can have that right? You: Yes, I can have cake.
Kris: Oh my god, we’re really going to have a baby? You: It looks like that…But it is still possible I have a miscarriage or something. *You had a tendency toward worst case scenarios* Kris: well, if that happens, we can just try again ;) You: How supportive and appropriate of you. Kris: I tried. So do you when the baby is due? The gender? How do you want to do this? *And he continues with the nonstop questions.*
Suho: NOW I AM ACTUALLY GOING TO BE A FATHER!! And the boys can stop saying that we haven’t actually done it! Now’s there proof!! ….Wait, why are you laughing? You: They thought we haven’t done anything? Suho: Hey! They said I was far too motherly and caring to get you to do that or to let you get me to do that. Hey! You can stop laughing! You: But we’re married! Suho: I said that, they continued. You: Maybe you shouldn’t let them do that. *he just sighs before you to go out to celebrate*
Lay: We’re having a baby…We’re going to be parents…Are you ready for this? You: I’m not sure any one is ever really ready for their first kid but I mean, we still have months left before I’m due. Lay: And this means I have to move the studio stuff out of the spare room? You: Yes, considering we actually have a studio in here. Lay: Ok. *takes you in his arms kissing the top of your head* Don’t worry, I think we’ll be good parents.
Baekhyun: You: Byunnie, I’m pregnant. Baekhyun: haha, very funny, just because the condom broke last week… You: No, we’ve stopped using condoms and I’m actually pregnant. Baekhyun: Oh my god! You’re not kidding! You’re having a baby?!?! I’m going to be a father!?! This is all real?!? You: Yes, and I’m tempted to smack you. We talked about having kids…And we’re married now… This is as good a time as any… It’s better to be a little younger, right? Baekhyun: I don’t really know, but wow, we’re going to be parents! *finally getting over his shock*
Chen: *The two of you had been trying for a while, and had begun to discuss trying IVF when you started feeling different and you didn’t get your period. You went to the doctor to confirm but still waited before telling him, waiting until you were a few weeks along and the chance of miscarriage was much lower. When you finally told him he couldn’t believe it* Chen: We’re finally going to be parents, I’m so happy! When can we know the gender? You: I am going in for that next week. Chen: I can go with you, right? You: Of course, and I’m sorry for keeping it from you. We’ve just been trying so hard and I didn’t want to get your hopes up to miscarry again…Now the chances of that are lower. Chen: I understand and it’s ok. We’re finally starting a family!
Chanyeol: *overwhelming excited, definitely in reaction king mode* Oh my god!! We have to tell everyone! Oh my god! Beakhyun should be the godfather! Oh my god! And your sister the godmother! Oh my god! I have to call my parents! They’re going to be grandparents! And then your parents! We’re having a baby! You: Chan! Slow down! At least so when you call they can understand you!
DO: What!?! We’re having a baby!?! We only just stopped using protection? You: I guess I was ovulating at the time, but yes! I’m pregnant! DO: Oh my god! Do you think we should move into a bigger place? Closer to a park? Start getting things? You: Slow down, I’m only a few weeks along and I think here is fine. We have a couple spare rooms…This is the home I want to bring our baby home to… DO: Alright, how can I suggest we move after that? *he says returning to his calmer demeanor and holding you in his arms, one of his hands on your belly*
Tao: You: Tao! We’re going to be parents! Tao: What are you talking about? We’re already parents? We’re Candy’s parents! You: No you big idiot! I’m pregnant! Tao: Oh!!! *procedes to scream and freak out, clearly ecstatic* We’re having a baby! Candy, you’re getting a brother or a sister! Do you know when you’re due? You: Between eight and nine months from now. Tao: Right! I figured that! But that’s ok, when are you seeing the doctor? Can I go with you?
Kai: *After the initial excitement and happiness had worn off and you’d fallen asleep, suddenly doubt began to invade his thoughts…* Can I be a good father? I’m still so young and busy… Can I even be there enough to support the way I should through this? It’s not going to be easy…But even though it’s scary, I love her and I want us to have a family…and if I try as hard as I can, I think I can do this…It’s not like either of us is doing this alone, we have each other…*And with a look at you sleeping beside him, a sense of resolve, determination takes him over. He was going to be the husband you deserved and the best possible father to your child*
Sehun: *Admittedly, Sehun was just drifting off to sleep in your shared bed when you decided to tell him, all he really processed was you saying “I” and “baby”* Sehun: hahaha, very funny. Yes, I’m your baby and I am also trying to sleep. You: No, Sehunnie, listening to me…*you rubbed his back and he finally looked at you in dark of your bedroom* I’m pregnant, we’re having a baby. Sehun: *his face immediately went blank as his eyes got big. You didn’t see color drain from his face.* But we’re still so young… I’m still so young… I’m just a baby, how can I be a father to a real baby? Are we ready for this? Am I ready for this? You: Sehun? Say something… *You said in an incredibly quiet voice. You expected it to be a shock to him but… You needed to be able to rely on him, too* Sehun: So…we’re going to have a family, and there’s going to be a tinier version of us around? You: Yes, something like that… Sehun: We’re going to have a family. You: Yes! Sehun: *without any warning, a smile burst out on his face. He liked the idea of having a family with you. That made him happy. He immediately grabbed you, pulling you against him and whispered in your ear* We’re having a family.
Sagittarius:I’ll Try Anything Once - The Strokes“when I said ‘I can see me in your eyes’, you said ‘I can see you in my bed’, that’s not just friendship that’s romance too, you like music we can dance to.”