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xpegasusuniverse  asked:

Who do you think is the better unit to recruit on Celica's route, Sonya or Deen?

This is arguably one of the hardest decisions in the game primarily because Deen has been greatly buffed from OG Gaiden and as a result the competition between them is way tougher. 

Deen is overall more durable than Kamui, generally faster than Saber, and stronger than Jesse. 

Sonya will be faster than Boey but she won’t be as durable as Boey or as strong as Mae but not as frail, however not as versatile as Celica until promo. 

The issue with Sonya is you get so many magic units in Celica’s route not to mention Celica herself is a mage, healer, and sword user all in one and Mae as well when she promotes. 

Deen also has to compete with at least 3 other Mercs and 4 should you make Atlas a Merc. 

Basically you can really pick whoever you want, there is no best choice.

If your mages have been doing poorly maybe get Sonya, if your mercs have been doing poorly maybe get Deen.

Personally I got Sonya, I like her character over Deen’s

Writing Ideas:
  • How EDAW undermines attempts to spread awareness;
    • Before / after photos: weight gain = cured, weight low = sick, therefore equating weight with severity of illness;
    • Soooo anorexia-centric;
    • “Sickest of the sick” / most extreme cases gain the most attention on social media but do not actually need more public awareness;
    • Competition and triggers result when explicit details, behaviors, and numbers are used in “recovery” stories: you don’t have to prove how sick you were in order to be an inspiration in recovery;
    • Feelings of invalidation via comparison by both the general public and eating disorder sufferers.

  • Making EDAW more effective in spreading actual awareness:
    • More focus on actual causes of eating disorders, ie. not social media or “diet culture”;
    • Little to no focus on weight or specific behaviors in the context of personal experiences, which are often irrelevant and an attempt at self-validation: are personal anecdotes of relapse even helpful?
    • Significant focus on OSFED and eating disorder sufferers who remain at “normal” weights or become overweight / obese;
    • Emphasis that recovery is ongoing after weight restoration: someone can look “healthy” but still be struggling immensely because physical recovery occurs before mental recovery;
    • Little to no focus on social media / diet culture as a cause of eating disorders and more focus on underlying issues;
    • Goal: Understanding the causes of eating disorders in combination with what recovery from an eating disorder really means, without numbers, explicit details, or shocking anecdotes.

  • Body positive in relation to eating disorder recovery:
    • Still places so much focus on body and weight
    • Perpetuates misconception that eating disorders are body image disorders that can be “cured” with body love
    • Possibly just treating a symptom of an eating disorder without encouraging further self-analysis: instead of refuting negative thoughts about weight or appearance, think about why those thoughts are presenting so strongly;
    • Too much emphasis on physical appearance / being beautiful: I didn’t develop anorexia because I didn’t feel beautiful, and feeling beautiful won’t “cure” my eating disorder;
    • Still very fatphobic: If your body positivity relies on convincing yourself that you’re not as fat as you think or that you’re “still skinny,” then your body positivity is still fatphobic.
  • What I’ve learned in recovery and in relapse after recovery.
    • The danger of claiming “remission” too early;
    • The importance of realizing relapses as learning experiences.

  • Maintaining an eating disorder identity in recovery via social media:
    • Body positive Instagrams with body checking;
    • Food photography / recipe blogs;
    • Always relating life experiences to recovery instead of focusing on those life experiences alone;
    • Running recovery advice blogs or similar;
    • Would you still love your stomach rolls, stretch marks, cellulite, etc. if those features weren’t receiving positive feedback for being “an inspiration” on social media?
    • Is your body acceptance reliant on external approval?

  • The danger of “before” / low-weight photos:
    • Almost always serves as self-validation of severity;
    • Can be motivated by the desire to “excuse” being at a healthy weight, as in, “I actually am uncomfortable with my healthy weight, so look at how thin I used to be!” or similar thought processes;
    • Obvious trigger to other eating disorder sufferers;
    • Serves literally no point though?
    • Again with equating weight gain with progress in recovery.

  • Fatphobia:
    • What is societal fatphobia?
    • What is internalized fatphobia?
    • What is fatphobia in the context of eating disorders?

  • Miscellaneous:
    • Thinking of calories as “happy points,” stretch marks as “tiger stripes,” etc. could be hindering the development of a “normal” perspective on food, weight, and body appearance?
    • Wanting to maintain a certain weight in recovery is inherently disordered, even if someone used to be overweight;

  • Harmful trends in the eating disorder recovery community:
    • So many..

Take notes ladies

In case you don't understand what's so great about Twintelle

ARMS is Nintendo’s FIRST (attempt at a) fighter genre title with competition in mind. No, seriously with how the Directs hyped up this game as this deep and complex competitive fighter, I was kind of put off that we ended up with Stretchy Arm Boxing. But anyway, this is Nintendo’s first attempt to break into the Competitive Fighting genre for real- Smash may count to some, but that series has always been about balancing casual and competitive, with varying results.

And breaking out into the genre, they add, in the year of our Lord 2017, their first playable Black character.

And you know who this character is?

A full-bodied, darkskin Black Woman, who’s basically the Beyoncé of the ARMS universe, whose every move is with purpose and grace and confidence and #BlackGirlMagic.

Nintendo Wins All the Things basically.

Ereri Headcanon #20(idek anymore)

Levi will sometimes hum or mumble a song while he cleans and Eren has become quite intrigued in it. He’ll teasingly call Levi songbird and even sometimes sing with him. It’s come to the point they’ll have full on competitions which results in them singing as loud as possible without even realizing they’re being heard. They’re both praised for having amazing voices.

anonymous asked:

Hello! I was trying to understand the world standings but... no, I didn't get it. Can you please explain a little about the numbers there?

ISU Communication 1629 explains how the ISU’s World Standing system works. (It also explains the Season’s World Ranking, which is similar but not the same thing.) Basically, skaters are awarded a certain number of points for their placement at certain competitions:

The Challenger Series was introduced in the 2014-15 season and gives out higher world standing points than “regular” international B competitions:

Points are counted over 3 seasons: the current season, the immediately preceding season, and the season before that. Points from the current and previous season are worth 100%. Points from two seasons ago are worth 70%.

The system does not count every competition that a skater participates in. Per season, it only counts 5 competitions at most: best result (by points) from the ISU Championships/Olympics, 2 best results from the Grand Prix Series (including the Final), and 2 best results from Challenger events or other international competitions (see Communication 1629 for criteria on what competitions are eligible). This means that if a skater wins both Euros/4CC and Worlds in one season, they don’t get points from both competitions, they only get the 1200 points from Worlds. If a skater placed 4th at Worlds (875 points) and won Euros/4CC (840 points), they would get the 875 points from Worlds. Same principle applies to the GP and other international competitions, except with the best 2 results.

Additionally, over the span of 3 seasons, only the best 2 point results from the ISU Championships/Olympics are counted, the best 4 point results from the GP, and the best 4 point results from Challenger/other competitions.

The ladies’ world standings as of February 2017 look like this:

Points from the 2016-17 and 2015-16 seasons count for 100% right now. Points from the 2014-15 season are 70% of the full values. The points that count towards each skater’s total are outlined in red.

For example: Anna won silver at 2017 Euros (756 points), bronze at 2016 GPF (648 points), and both of her GPs (400 points each, but only one is counted). She also earned 243 points from a Challenger event in the 2016-17 season. If she medals at 2017 Worlds, her 756 points from Euros will be replaced by the points from Worlds. In the 2015-16 season, she got 972 points for her World bronze medal, and in the 2014-15 season (which is worth 70%), 476 points from an ISU Championships. Only the top 2 point results over the span of 3 seasons (756 and 972) count for her total. Same principle applies for the Grand Prix and other competitions, with her 4 best results from each category counting towards her total.

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i usually dislike those “uwu humans are special, look how weird we’d be to aliens” posts because you know what? buddy idk how to tell you this but if anything were out there that could build a vehicle capable of taking them all the way out here, they’ve probably got plenty of courage and curiosity of their own and i doubt they’d be surprised by a microwave or ice cream

you know what would be kind of interesting? what i’d be curious if, compared to some other sentient thing would turn out to be uniquely human among sentient races?

how damn social we are

now, sure, if you’re an evolutionary psychologist or biologist you might be thinking, hold up yo! there’s overwhelming evidence that our highly social natures drove our evolution. and i’d say, yeah. that’s exactly right. a fascinating combination of competition and cooperation resulting from our social structure led us to becoming as intelligent as we are. and we are, after all, the smartest things on the planet–in light of recent political events, it might seem questionable, but I assure you it’s true.

but my question is: what if that isn’t a pre-req for intelligence? what if there are other paths to sentience? if you think i’m purely speculating, let me tell you something: there are things that live in the depths of the ocean, and they are deadly hunters, largely asocial, and terrifyingly intelligent, yet very alien to us.

yeah, i’m talking about the octopus. octopus are mollusks. they have few hard parts in their bodies (to the point they can squeeze themselves through nearly anything they can fit their beak through), they have, in effect, tiny “brains” that control each tentacle–their arms truly are semi-autonomous in a way that our arms are not, because we do not have such complicated reflexes; our limbs are limited to largely “avoid-pain” while their limbs aid in hunting and feeding. Many species can control the texture and color of their skin and are speculated to use this as a form of communication. they live in the depths of the ocean, in darkness and water. in short, it’s hard to imagine a creature more alien to us.

and yet they are incredibly intelligent. anecdotally, while i work in human cognition, i have colleagues who study animal cognition. one worked in an octopus lab. i was asking about what it was like, and she told me that honestly, it was a huge pain–anyone who has worked in an animal lab knows that this is not unique, but her reasons were. “they could be kind of unnerving,” she told me. “sometimes during feeding it just felt like they were watching me. i mean they were, but it felt very intentional,” and then she laughed. “but they were very smart, even outside of the research. we had difficulty keeping them contained or getting them to do things they don’t want to. they were scary good at escaping, and they seemed to have memorized our schedules to time their escapes that way.”

while at a conference in chicago two years ago, my colleagues and i decided to visit the aquarium. i was able to speak briefly to a trainer about the octopus there: when i saw the exhibit, i was surprised at first to see this enormous grayish thing in the water, tentacles flowing like smoke, carefully manipulating colorful shapes in its tank. it had several of them, along with what appeared to be foam blocks, and something that might have been a puzzle. they looked like baby toys, or the kind of enrichment i’d expect with apes, but i’d been surprised to see that they gave them to an octopus.

it seems that the best theory as to why octopuses evolved such intelligence has to do with the difficulty of their native environments. they are hunters, but they must be effective at catching a variety of different prey types in order to survive, and so they must be able to come up with a variety of different strategies–and have nearly as many strategies to evade any predators of their own. these are very different reasons from our ancestors’ social pressures. yet they are intelligent, and effective (check out the mimic octopus sometime, a particularly clever animal with some particularly clever strategies) hunters, and anecdotally, i hear they seem to be curious about the world around them sometimes.

imagine then if alien life resembled them more than us. what would they be like? intelligent enough to get here, and able to at least tolerate each other’s presence and cooperate for a common goal. but they’d probably see us, and our intensely social nature, and maybe find that a little strange. because sure, talking to other people can be interesting, but then we go home…and like to live around other people? to keep in contact with our families as often as humans do, and not just that, but work for the good of the family unit? to not just tolerate, but enjoy each others’ presence? and the degree to which we are willing to sacrifice ourselves for others–now that would just be beyond their understanding, that would be a weird alien mindset (there’s evidence, by the way, that even on earth, in reality, our degree of altruism may be unique to us. while altruism commonly varies as a degree of relatedness in social animals–in essence, the more related, the more of your own genes are in that other being, and so you’re more likely to help them, which is ultimately helping your genes survive–even our closest simian relatives don’t seem to take altruism as far as we do).

so if you were looking for something uniquely human, regardless of hypothetical aliens, something really beautiful about us, the fact is that humans love each other a whole lot. we have such strong affiliative bonds that we seek each others’ company all the damn time and unlike crows and dogs and bonobos and every other social animal on the planet, we alone really know what we’re doing. we make sacrifices that we understand for one another because that is the depth of our love for humans. we find meaning in each others’ existence.

and just think: people use the term “humanity” as a synonym for compassion for other people. is that interesting or what?

murkymuse  asked:

I've been looking for a list of jump combinations and their relative difficulty. I haven't had any luck with google so I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction or go over at least the most common ones?

First: this gifset is wonderful for combo identification and for explaining why combinations are done in the order we see them – the second jump must take off on the same edge that the first jump landed on. Therefore, a two-jump combo will include a toe-loop or a loop jump as the second jump. Almost all of the common combos have a toe-loop attached to the end because tacking on a basic 2T or 3T requires less energy than a Loop.

I’m making this list according to points earned and only with triples/quads since that’s what you would see in the top Senior Men’s level.

The order of jumps by difficulty from easiest to hardest, with abbreviations:
T - Toe-loop
S - Salchow
Lo - Loop
F - Flip
Lz - Lutz
A - Axel

For Senior Ladies, this list still applies, but you would cut it off before the 3A combos since that’s the current level of the field. Most Ladies stick to 2A instead of attempting a 3A.

From lowest points (“easiest”) to highest points (“hardest”):

Two-jump combos:
3Lz-3T <— this is generally the hardest jump combination that ladies will do

—–from here on, you’re in crazy territory. Quads that are of further difficulty are limited to very few skaters capable of doing the jump.—–

Three-jump combos (none allowed in SP; only one allowed in FS):
With three-jump combos, you can take the normal two-jump combos and add another toe-loop or loop, or use a 1Lo (“half-loop”) to lead into a different jump.
Things to keep in mind: it’s more common to see a Toe-loop before a Loop, and it’s common that the 1Lo (“half-loop”) is used as a connector between big jumps. Here are the ones I see popping up often:

3F+1Lo+3S  <—popular with skaters who have difficulty with the 3A (and it’s worth more than the Lz combo I point out below)
3Lz+2T+2Lo <—also popular with skaters who have difficulty with the 3A
3A+1Lo+3S <—this combo is popular with those who prefer edge jumps
3A+1Lo+3F <—this combo is popular with those who prefer toe jumps


The bottom line is, you can’t go wrong with adding a 2T or 3T to the end of any jump. 2Lo or 3Lo would be fine too, but a bit more uncommon because skaters tend to do a difficult first jump and a much easier second/third jump to save stamina.

It’s good to look at some old score sheets to see examples of what jumps the skaters do. Check out the isuresults website or google a competition ( “GPF 2016″) and “results” to find the page on the isu website. Then just click on “results” there and check out the judge’s scores (called “protocols” among the community). Here are a few: GPF2015 GPF2016 Worlds 2017

I hope this helps!

The Quiet Social Crisis: Land Shortages and Popular Unrest in the Iron Islands

A feudal society in the midst of a chronic land shortage is a society with a powerful downward pull for everyone who isn’t a great lord. Lords and landowners are free to charge their tenants higher rents for land use, while an increased population of landless laborers means workers face more competition when selling their labor power, which lowers compensation. As landowning families naturally concentrate ownership to avoid diluting economic and military power, this results in landless cadet branches doomed to fall in status. More mouths to feed and stagnant cultivation means lowered food security and increased danger of famine. Prospects of upward mobility, already low, become nigh impossible. The families at the very top of the hierarchy therefore become richer, while everyone else sees their lives become poorer and more precarious. For a geographically small country with a very concentrated population and few prospects for emigration, land shortages would be incredibly destabilizing, increasing social tensions and warping the nation’s political system. The glimpse of the Iron Islands’ provided in A Clash of Kings and A Feast of Crows paints them as just such a society, a kingdom brought to the brink of dissolution by decades of overpopulation and chronic land shortage.

Our first hints of the Iron Island’s need for land is the fact that Balon’s Second Rebellion is as much an attempt to seize land as it is an ideological crusade to restore the Old Way. After laying out his plans to invade the North, the Iron King declares: “The [North] shall be ours, forest and field and hall, and we shall make the folk our thralls and salt wives” (CoK Theon II). Aeron Damphair then sanctions the entire undertaking with a prayer: “And the waters of wrath will rise high, and the Drowned God will spread his dominion across the green lands!” (CoK Theon II). The Damphair later recollects of having dreamed of continental conquest after seeing the red star: “We shall sweep over the green lands with fire and sword, root out the seven gods of the septons and the white trees of the northmen…” (FfC Aeron II). It’s not traditional smash and grab Old Way reaving that is on the minds of these supposed traditionalists, it is land acquisition and colonization. Ironmen were already thinking in terms of stealing entire countries before Euron showed up. Even, it turns out, Ironmen opposed to the Old Way.

After Balon’s death Rodrik Harlaw bemoans the madness and stupidity of the Second Rebellion because it means the Ironborn are wasting a perfectly good opportunity to acquire some land nice and legal:

“This dream of kingship is a madness in our blood. I told your father so the first time he rose, and it is more true now than it was then. It’s land we need, not crowns. With Stannis Baratheon and Tywin Lannister contending for the Iron Throne, we have a rare chance to improve our lot. Let us take one side or the other, help them to victory with our fleets, and claim the lands we need from a grateful king.”(FfC Asha)

Rodrik the Reader is often described as pro-peace and anti-war. Yet here he reveals his real position to be more along the lines of anti-rebellion but pro-war, provided the goal of the war is to win land with the sanction of the central government. Hypothetically, had Balon remained a lord, made a deal with the Lannister regime, and then helped to defeat the Starks in exchange for pieces of the North, the Reader would have been in favor. If Lord Rodrik of all people believes a war of conquest and colonization is necessary to improve life on the Iron Islands, then the situation on the Islands must be very serious indeed.

At Aeron’s Kingsmoot there are several more references to the oppressive reality of land shortage and overpopulation. Lord Gylbert Farwynd of Lonely Light promises, with what could be prophecy, madness or parody, to lead the Ironborn across the Sunset Sea to a magical land without want or death, where “every man shall be a king and every wife a queen” (FfC Aeron II). Asha’s plan for ending the war and allying with the North is also a gigantic land swap aimed at addressing the Islands’ land shortages:

“If we hand back Deepwood Motte, Torrhen’s Square, and Moat Cailin, [Lady Glover] says, the northmen will cede us Sea Dragon Point and all the Stony Shore. Those lands are thinly peopled, yet ten times larger than all the isles put together.” (FfC Victarion I)

When Asha addresses the Kingsmoot, she promises the captains and the kings:

“Peace. Land. Victory. I’ll give you Sea Dragon Point and the Stony Shore, black earth and tall trees and stones enough for every younger son to build a hall” (FfC Aeron II).

After going into exile, Asha defends her obsessive interest in Sea Dragon Point by listing its numerous subsistence resources:

“What’s there? I’ll tell you. Two long coastlines, a hundred hidden coves, otters in the lakes, salmon in the rivers, clams along the shore, colonies of seals offshore, tall pines for building ships.” (DwD The Wayward Bride)

And of course, coming at the end of the Kingsmoot, is Euron’s promise to conquer all of Westeros with dragons, which would certainly solve any land crisis.

Capping all of this off, we have the reaction of Nute the Barber when Victarion pleads with him to refuse the lordship of Oakenshield:

Victarion grabbed [Nute the Barber] by the forearm. “Refuse him!”

Nute looked at him as if he had gone mad. “Refuse him? Lands and lordship? Will you make me a lord?” He wrenched his arm away and stood, basking in the cheers. (FfC Victarion II)

Nute is not the sharpest of axes (he thinks the Ironmen can easily hold the Shields for a start), but Andrik the Unsmiling, Maron Volmark, and the no doubt intelligent Harras Harlaw (the Reader’s chosen heir for Ten Towers) accept these bequeathments as well. On the Iron Islands you just don’t say no to land if you’re landless, however risky or potentially poisonous the offer might be.

If the lords and warriors are feeling the land pinch, imagine how stressed the commons must be. Land shortage, intensifying labor competition and the resulting poverty are probably the reasons why so many in the Ironborn laboring class choose to essentially give up and become Drowned Men. Despite the priesthood requiring a second drowning, the wearing of rough clothes, regular exposure to the elements, monastic isolation, and masochistic self-mortification, Aeron finds no shortage of recruits:

Aeron continued on alone, up hills and down vales along a stony track that drew wider and more traveled as he neared the sea. In every village he paused to preach, and in the yards of petty lords as well… Some of those who heard him threw down their hoes and picks to follow, so by the time he heard the crash of waves a dozen men walked behind his horse, touched by god and desirous of drowning. (FfC Aeron I)

It’s also worth remembering that Aeron is himself a fourth born noble son with few responsibilities and little chance of inheriting anything; he is as much a dropout as those farmers and miners. Every landless worker or surplus noble who becomes a Drowned Man means one more speaker calling for the restoration of the Islands through the Old Way (and implicitly criticizing the weakness and impiety of the powers-that-be in the process, which is no doubt satisfying for people driven to such a life by economic disappointment). We’d go so far as to argue that the reactionary fervor of Balon’s reign is less the general sentiment of the Islands’ and more the result of several decades of work by an ever growing cadre of determined activists with literally nothing to lose. As priestly discourse is highly critical of how most of the aristocracy lives (insufficiently Old Way, insufficiently dedicated to the Drowned God), it has considerable revolutionary potential should the priests decide to switch from reforming the political establishment to completely overthrowing it.

Not every poor Islander though has it within themselves to give up and become a wandering priest. Many more apparently turn to thievery or worse and are summarily meted out savage punishment. At the Kingsmoot Erik Ironmaker, also called Erik Anvil-Breaker and Erik the Just, presents himself as a serious law and order candidate who can keep lower class disorder under firm control:

One of [Erik’s] champions lifted [his warhammer] up for all to see; a monstrous thing it was, its haft wrapped in old leather, its head a brick of steel as large as a loaf of bread.

I can’t count how many hands I’ve smashed to pulp with that hammer…but might be some thief could tell you. I can’t say how many heads I’ve crushed against my anvil neither, but there’s some widows could.” (FfC Aeron II).

This is a very revealing boast. Lowborn murderers and rebels are savagely put to death everywhere, but this systematic maiming of convicted thieves is notably extreme. On the mainland simple thievery is traditionally punished by the amputation of one finger per theft. While severe, the loss of a single finger to a hot knife is not as debilitating or painful as the loss of a whole hand to a warhammer. It is also notable that it is the sheer quantity of such punishments, literally uncountable by Erik’s recollection, which gives the Ironmaker claim to being a just man.

To illustrate just how out of the ordinary this Ironborn “justice” truly is, it necessary to compare and contrast it with green lander examples. Young Stannis Baratheon “shortened” the fingers of Davos’ left hand by cutting them off at the first joint, but this was punishment a lifetime of confessed smuggling, which Davos perceives as fair. It is nowhere comparable to destroying a whole hand for a theft. At the other end of the scale, Joffrey sadistically forces a cheeky smallfolk singer to choose between losing all his fingers or his tongue for a politically offensive song, linking the loss of usable hands for minor offenses with the worst sort of judicial tyranny.

But the closest example to Erik’s justice is the Maidenpool court wherein Lord Randyll Tarly capriciously and disproportionately punished a onetime sept looter with the loss of seven fingers, the rough equivalent of a hand and a half. Tarly is a brutal military man and tyrannical patriarch, quite comfortable with harsh rulings, but this judgment is, in contrast with Joffrey, no mere sadistic whim. The man robbed a deserted sept, a blasphemous act that in the eyes of some would put him well below the character of a common thief. The widespread despoliation of septs has in turn caused considerable unrest among the peasantry and priests of the Seven Kingdoms, resulting in the Sparrow movement, and Tarly no doubt intended to quiet said unrest by savagely punishing conveniently powerless desecrators. This is compounded by the fact that only a little while ago Maidenpool and the surrounding lands were in a state of anarchy owing to the depravations of reavers, rebels, outlaws, and broken men. Lastly, the approach of Winter promises widespread famine, which means Tarly is likely setting examples that he hopes will deter future crimes against order and discipline. Tarly’s harsh ruling is therefore driven by massive social insecurity and the fear of widespread lower class disorder. We can infer from this that the hand crushing Ironborn elite are similarly fearful of disorder spreading through their own commons and have been so for most of the last century, Erik “the Just” being eighty-eight years old and still at it.

These twin factors, a cadre of potentially revolutionary priests and a restless commons, come to the fore after the Kingsmoot, when Aeron threatens to mobilize the common folk against the ungodly King chosen by the lords and captains:

“The ironborn shall be waves,” the Damphair said. “Not the great and lordly, but the simple folk, tillers of the soil and fishers of the sea. The captains and the kings raised Euron up, but the common folk shall tear him down. I shall go to Great Wyk, to Harlaw, to Orkmont, to Pyke itself. In every town and village shall my words be heard. No godless man may sit the Seastone Chair!” (FfC Victarion II)

In response to these threats, Euron secretly abducts Aeron and tasks Erik Ironmaker (Erik the Hand-Smasher) with rounding up and suppressing the Drowned Men and all other priests. This purge is performed with ruthless efficiency; the only priests who are spared shackles and what is probably water torture in the dungeons of Pyke (being “put to the question”) are those who successfully hide (DwD Asha I). That the lords and captains support such risky violence against the people’s revered aesthetic holy men with nary a protest indicates that the Damphair’s threat is taken very seriously indeed. It is also clear that the upper class as a whole gravely fears lower class unrest and revolt and is willing to go to any length to suppress it. This in turn reveals that underneath the brittle façade of religious and cultural unity there are unbridgeable class divisions which, stoked by land shortages, are increasingly verging on outright civil war.

Braniff International Airways was an American airline that operated from 1928 until 1982, primarily in the midwestern and southwestern U.S., South America, Panama, and in its later years also Asia and Europe.

The airline ceased operations on May 12, 1982, due to factors including escalating fuel prices, aggressive and unsustainable expansion, and fierce competition following changes that resulted from the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978. But the real reason was because the staff had to wear outfits like this.

Seven things found the morning after

1. A sparkling trail, which you follow with trepidation lest it be the vomit of someone who ate poisoned glitter; it leads down the garden path, across the allotments and makes a side turn at the railway embankment to reveal a leg-sized slug under a bush. If you check your phone history you will find a seven-minute call to rent-a-slug. They do not do refunds.

2. Your housekeys, which are inside a glass egg inscribed with some rather important-looking formulae. Separately, there is a burn mark on the lawn and a selection of tumblers lying around with motor oil residue in the bottom. You are not sure whether, why or what to call a locksmith.

3. There is a lot of washing up, as you no doubt anticipated. The washing up is up. Some of it is about a metre up, some of it has risen up two or three metres, and some of it is presumably so far up that it has disappeared. It is not entirely obvious how to get it back again. In contrast, your dressing gown is down and you will probably need to dig a hole to retrieve it.

4. Bulgaria. Is it more correct to say that you have found Bulgaria, or that Bulgaria has found you? Bulgaria was certainly not there yesterday afternoon. Nevertheless, Bulgaria is definitely there now, and the maps of the world will have to be redrawn, and you have probably precipitated yet another thorny geopolitical situation for an overstretched world to deal with. Or you could ask Bulgaria to quietly go back to where it was before too much of a fuss is raised, but you will have to wake it up first.

5. The cursed treasure of Margaret the Bold. This is also a problem. We don’t know if you remember agreeing with the pirates about how shiny it is. It is certainly shiny. They neglected to mention that the treasure comes with a guard of seventy-three dead sailors, and that those sailors are now in your kitchen, farting and swearing and singing barbershop quartets in a variety of exciting keys. Your best bet is to try and palm it off on a local museum.

6. An inside-out shed. It appears to have won the inaugural inside-out shed competition. As a result, the entire world is now your gadgetcave. You are also obliged under international shed law to host the second inside-out shed competition, so you’d better get to it. There’s a year to go. They expect biscuits.

7. The year 2022. It is not yet the year 2022, but apparently 2022 didn’t realise this. It seems confused, and would like a hug. We think a lot of people hugged it last night and it got a bit drunk. It’s still here now and doesn’t want to go home. You are not sure what will happen at midnight on December 31st, 2021 if it doesn’t.