character:-the-brains

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Which Defenders would win in a dance off?

what she says: i love freeze your brain

what she means: If you look at Freeze Your Brain at face value, you could easily interperet it as simply about JD’s fixation on 7/11 and his issues oversharing. But it’s really more about a place that feels normal and familiar and safe in a frightening and new situation. It’s easy to overlook this, as a lot of the song is made to be comedic. Take the lines “When mom was alive/we lived halfway normal./Now it’s just me and my dad,/we’re less formal” for example. During the musical, it’s easy to focus more on Veronica freaking out than on JD’s words and their meaning. This is done intentionally, as if to show that JD hides how hurt he is about his mother’s death with other emotions, as many people do. Towards the end, it is shown that JD uses slushies to control a possible self-harm habit and self-destructive thoughts, and that’s when the gravity of the song hits you. Despite sounding light-hearted, Freeze Your Brain is about a teenager trying to hold onto the one place that makes him feel safe and happy no matter where he is. If you consider the possibility that his mother introduced him to 7/11, it’s also about trying to recapture childhood emotions, despite the fact that so many things have changed.

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Book II: The Sea of Monsters, Ch. 12 / pg. 183

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1715, The West Indies:
The pirates of New Providence Island threaten maritime trade in the region.
The laws of every civilized nation declare them hostis humanis generis. Enemies of all mankind.
In response, the pirates adhere to a doctrine of their own… war against the world.

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Kravitz (taz) aesthetic

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“ssalogel replied to your post “IMPORTANT QUESTION. Vampires aren’t…”

If you AU stuff enough will it come around full circle back to canon?

Gods I hope not. I have this awful awful AU headcanon about Vlad, like vampire Vlad, living in the present and I just:

“She’s very pretty,” Kate said, attention fixed on Gwen who was laughing at something Andy had said, face bright with happiness as they flirted hesitantly over the table, casting surreptitious looks towards their respective parental figures who made a point of looking away whenever they did. He knew Gwen didn’t care what he thought, she was more than old enough to do what she wanted, but it helped for the look of the thing. Especially when you were supposed to only be nineteen and not going on three hundred.

“Yes, she got that from her mother.”

There must have been something in the way he’d said it, some small inflection that gave him away from the way Kate’s hand hovered over his arm before coming to rest beside it instead. He could feel the warmth of her skin seeping in through his shirt.

She has your smile,” Kate said, pulling Vlad back into the present.

“She has my humor,” Vlad corrected, taking another sip from his drink. “Her smile belonged to her father.”

There was a beat of silence, followed by, “Oh so you’re not her…”

“No,” Vlad finished for her. 

“So you’re…her uncle?”

Vlad shrugged. “Sure.”

That seemed to throw her for a loop, and Vlad laughed, a soft gentle huff of sound. “There’s no blood relation between Gwen and I, but I’ve been a constant in her life since she was born,” he smiled fondly, “Nathan thought it was hysterical that her first word was “vladda”, she thought it was another word for “dadda”.”

“Nathan is her father?”

“Biologically speaking, yes. She’s always thought of me as one of her father’s, not much else matters.”

He could see her confusion clearly now, the tiny little wheels turning in her human brain. 

“We were lovers,” he said, rescuing her from the question she didn’t want to be rude enough to ask, “her father and mother and I, the three of us. We were together for a long time.” He allowed himself a fragile smile. “We were a very happy family…”

“Were…you’re not any more?”

“No,” Vlad said carefully, looking down at his soft drink and watching the ice melt in the glass.

“What happened? I mean, sorry, I just…”

“They died. A very long time ago. ” Vlad said shortly, looking up at her face and counting the freckles along the bridge of her nose to have something to focus on other than the yawning maw of grief in his chest—great gaping holes in his soul in the shape of her smile and the color of his eyes—“So long ago it feels like only yesterday.”

  • Me: He looks cute, I better not come off weird.
  • Brain: Ask them which Harry Potter death scarred them the most
  • Me: Why?
  • Brain: You gotta
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Annabeth’s voice caught on the word friend. Percy was a lot more than that. Even boyfriend really didn’t cover it. They’d been through so much together, at this point Percy was part of her–a sometimes annoying part, sure, but definitely a part she could not live without.

Instead of Ultear,

You know what would’ve been a decent–no, amazing–alternative to Ultear being revealed as the one behind Jellal’s brainwashing instead of Zeref? Brain.

Because unlike Ultear, Brain was not a villain who was going to be redeemed and he did not have a tragic backstory cushion to fall on. He is up there with Hades and Mard Geer when it comes to villainy, and literally has an even more evil personality that wants to blow up the world hiding inside him. Brain was already behind Ultear’s own path down to darkness, so I have no trouble at all believing that he’d happily run a slave tower full of children.

In fact, it would also fix a lot of problems with that slave tower and the Oracion Seis themselves. We know Brain was looking for kids who would grow up to be suitably strong wizards to use as keys for his Six Prayers body link spell to seal Zero with. A while ago, I made a post specifically detailing how badly Jellal fit into the Nirvana Arc. Putting Brain behind the brainwashing of Jellal fixes the following problems:

  • Why the slave tower was being run. While initially being used by Zeref cultists to resurrect him, I repeat, we know Brain was looking through the children in that tower to find keys for the body link spell. When Ultear gives the reasons behind the brainwashing, we’re given a vague and undefined “yeah we found a key to revive zeref by doing this” thing that very unsatisfactorily explains why she would waste an entire 10 years running a slave tower for no discernable reason and renting out a chunk of her magic to Jellal. Brain’s explanation is much more clear-cut and really, it’s all he needs.
  • The immensely bipolar and insane actions of Jellal while possessed; sometimes he’s cool and calculating and likes playing with his opponents, like Brain, and sometimes he’s a laughing lunatic who will blow up his hard-earned Tower of Heaven just to kill Natsu and Erza, like Zero. Let’s say that Brain was possessing Jellal in order to seal away Zero in another person while he was still looking for keys to do it properly. The calculating, chilling Jellal is Jellal when Brain is in control, and the insane Jellal is Jellal when Zero is in control.
  • Why Jellal didn’t blow up Brain when Brain tutored him in Destruction Circles. In-story, Destruction Circles are only used one time, which is for Jellal to blow up Nirvana and then himself, which both fail. They’re also hastily given an explanation in why Brain can undo them: because he’s the one who invented them and personally instructed Jellal in their use. However, this takes a different, retroactive turn when Ultear is revealed as the one in control. We know Brain spent weeks torturing her as a child, creating part of her tragic backstory. You would think that an Ultear-controlled Jellal would immediately recognize Brain and blow him to kingdome come in rage. With Brain being the one in control, this problem is not present.
  • How Brain knew where to find Jellal. Why, exactly, does Brain need Jellal to find Nirvana? Answer: he doesn’t. How, exactly, did Brain know where to find Jellal’s assumed-atomized body? Answer: he shouldn’t. With the current story, this just comes off as Mashima determinedly jamming Jellal back into the story at literally the worst time with no logical explanations whatsoever. However, if Brain is the one possessing Jellal, it obviously makes sense that Brain would know where to look to find Jellal’s body.
  • Jellal’s amnesia. In-story, this is a very poorly-used and convenient device to absolve Jellal of his wrongdoings by wiping his mental slate clean and reverting him to Good Pure Jellal. It’s got a lot of holes in it that are never explained, such as how Jellal can still use magic that isn’t his, how Jellal can use magic he learned while possessed, and Jellal very conveniently hearing a “voice” in his head that told him “I must find Nirvana”. This becomes better explained with Brain in control: Brain is still actively possessing him in the Nirvana arc.
  • Why Cobra couldn’t hear Jellal’s thoughts at first. In the same instance as the amnesia coming into play, Cobra is for some reason unable to hear Jellal’s thoughts in order to (badly) preserve the tension. This doesn’t really make sense, because memories and active thoughts aren’t the same thing. However, we can deduce that Cobra couldn’t hear Brain’s thoughts either, because as detailed here, he was shocked when Brain stabbed him in the back and took it pretty damn hard. If Brain knew how to hide his thoughts from Cobra, it makes sense he’d know how to also hide Jellal’s thoughts from him, too.
  • The Oracion Seis being willing to work with Jellal. In canon, the Seis have no clue that Jellal was possessed and only know him as a monstrous lunatic that terrorized their childhoods. Which is why it makes no sense that, when Brain brings them Jellal in a coffin, they seem pleased at the idea of his resurrection and willing to work with him–they should hate him and want Jellal to stay dead to the point of mutiny. If Brain is the one controlling Jellal, then it makes sense that they’d be okay with this–they’re in on the brainwashing plot. It would also make it a decent catharsis when Jellal later pulverizes them in the Tartaros arc and gets confronted with the Zero illusion, instead of Jellal being a horrible tyrant beating down and enslaving the people whose childhoods he ruined to the point of post-traumatic stress disorder. I don’t really like that one, since I prefer the Oracion Seis as the anti-villains they are, instead of complete monsters like Brain. So instead, you could also have Jellal walk up to Brain’s corpse and be relieved that he’s dead, stating that he owes Cobra and the Seis, explaining that Brain was the one behind his possession and wants to work with them, or something along those lines. 
  • The source of Jellal’s brainwashing feels genuine, and not just there to give him an out by turning another character into a scapegoat. I’ve already said before that I heavily suspect why Ultear was made the one behind Jellal’s brainwashing last-minute: because fans weren’t on Jellal’s side yet and still didn’t like him, so Mashima turned the blame onto another villain so Jellal could be redeemed–much like he turned Acnologia into the new overarching villain when he decided he wanted Zeref to be a tragic, redeemable villain. However, he should have been more careful with it. He decided in that same arc that he wanted to redeem Ultear Milkovich, and so we have Ultear, with her suitably tragic backstory, being the one behind another character’s entire set of crimes despite being on the heroes’ side now. That slave tower was run for 10 years and many atrocities were committed that stripped hundreds of innocent children of not only their bodily health, but their mental health, and people died. In doing this, Mashima is breaking a basic rule of drama, as established by Aristotle: do not show a bad man (villain) coming to a good end. What I’m saying is that by stacking Jellal’s crimes onto Ultear’s already heavy ones, her sins become completely unforgivable and she looks like a monster, no matter how sad her story is. This would be okay if Ultear were Brain, a remorseless villain who has been shown willing to brainwash, torture, and manipulate people as he pleases and who is a complete monster as is already established. But Ultear became a redeemed villain. The Tower of Heaven is a crime worthy of death–death by execution, not death by self-sacrifice or suicide. This would make it, again, amazing catharsis when Cobra kills Brain–he was the one behind not only Jellal’s suffering, but the Seis’ as well, and he then gets exactly what he deserves. Mashima should have turned the blame onto a villain that wasn’t going to be redeemed so he wouldn’t have to deal with this atonement bullshit, and Brain was there, but instead he chose Ultear. 

It also accomplishes this much for Brain himself instead of Jellal:

  • It connects him to the overarching plot better. When it comes to Brain’s relevance to the story, all he’s really there to do is be a villain for the Nirvana arc; he isn’t present in the Neo-Oracion Seis for obvious reasons, and is promptly killed when he gets free from prison by the dude he backstabbed. Even the responsibility for Ultear’s childhood torture is anime-only (although I accept it as canon for this exact reason). Putting him in charge of Jellal’s brainwashing connects him to the Tower of Heaven arc, in turn connecting him personally to Jellal, Erza, the Tower of Heaven gang, and everyone else that involved. It also adds another layer to the relationship between him and the rest of the Seis: they were terrorized by Jellal until he saved them, taking them them out of the tower and teaching them their magic. In reality, he’s directly responsible for that horrible experience.
  • It gives him more of a connection to Nirvana. Nirvana is, essentially, a brainwashing magic. It forcibly switches the alignments, personalities, and allegiances of anyone it affects, and is probably pretty fucking powerful since we can deduce that its original intended target was Acnologia. Brain is called Brain because of his vast intelligence collection, research, and surveillance abilities, but adding brainwashing to his arsenal would give him even more reason to pursue Nirvana: he likes control and he’s already started figuring out how to achieve it. 

Uh

I

may have made more skelinktons…because they’re like extremely fun to make…

Their names in order: Kaia, Neon, Stripe + Dot, and then Hal (who most of you probably already know)

I don’t have very much figured out for them yet, but I’ll get to that eventually

Skelinkton concept belongs to the hecking great @7goodangel

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Dear Diary:

the egg hatched!! (*´▽`*)

wiz said… wiz said she’s gonna be just fine (*^ω^*)

a baby chocobo… have you ever seen anything so precious?! (☆^ー^☆)

can we appreciate how much love and protectiveness Ronan displays over Opal? like, it takes a hell of a lot to get Ronan worried enough to display his concern so openly, but he sees her scared and covered in blood and races to pick her up and comfort her and tell her she’s okay. this scene is so horrific but at the same time it does such a good job of emphasizing what a cohesive family Ronan and Opal and Adam already are and my heart hurts just to think about it.

Criminal Brain Pattern

I’ve read into a few articles, studies and watched documentaries on how the brains of psychopaths and those who practice criminal behaviour show a different structure and function of the brain.

This made me want to analyse (just on the surface) Jim Moriarty’s character and behaviour that we see on BBC Sherlock.

First of all I want to address the key-points of those “criminal brain patterns”:

The region of the brain called the cortex psychopaths show, on average, an 18-percent volume reduction in this part.


The amygdala itself is the seat of emotion. Psychopaths lack emotion. They lack empathy, remorse, guilt. This means that they perform certain actions out of impulse and because of the inexistent morals that “normal” people develop through experiences in their life.

Moriarty, too, lacks all of those things. He simply does things because he wants to. He kills old people, children, middle-aged women and men. He doesn’t make a difference and he doesn’t seem to have any kind of conscience.

A person with an ordinarily developed brain has a starting and breaking system within their mind. They are able to control their actions and urges and to stop them as soon as they sense danger.

The majority of humans would say that they won’t commit certain crimes simply because they are afraid of the consequences. Now those with a psychopathic brain also lack fear. They don’t stop despite the fact that they acknowledge that something bad might follow (like arrest or even death).

Moriarty obviously doesn’t scare back from anything. He is ready to get himself into risky situations and seeks the rush of them. He wants the thrill and the adrenaline that come with it.

“Boring” is a word often used by him. That can be explained as well.

The antisocial personality disorder (also psychopathy) brings a lack of concentration. Those affected find it difficult to seek amusement in reading and imagining things and pretending to be in certain situations (hence why they commit crimes). They need the entertainment and constant challenge of life because they aren’t as easily aroused by things.

That’s why they seek the arousal in risky actions.

Moriarty needs the challenge “Sherlock Holmes”. He is the only one who can be provoked by Jim’s actions and who is intelligent enough to deal with them.

In conclusion I’d like to add that Moriarty being a mathematics professor makes perfect sense because if the lack of imagination and the rich development of logic in his brain.

I am aware that the mentioned points in this post are only a brief description of the specific character and the personality disorder.

However I wanted to write this short text to share some (maybe new) information on this issue with you and to help you understand Moriarty a little bit more.

PS: I will edit this post as soon as I will learn more about this topic as I am very interested in it.