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Some thoughts on the Maheswaran mother-daughter relationship

Connie looked so much like Dr. Maheswaran in this episode.

It’s adorable because in the canon time of the show, she’s picked up on her mother’s mannerisms in the way that a decade of living with her did not. It’s shows how much they’ve grown together as a family, and how their relationship has changed.

Considering this was how she looked in her first appearance:

There’s a marked change not only in design but also in her expressions.

And it’s been hinted at before, but in this scene, she so explicitly worries about her mother the way her mother worries about her. It’s very touching, especially because we know they started out caring about each other but not understanding one another. Because you  can love someone and never try to understand them. It leads to a lot of conflict but both parties can still come out of it feeling like they did what was “best” for the other.

Connie used to think it was better that her mother knew nothing so the latter wouldn’t worry about her. And Dr. Maheswaran wanted to be on top of everything so that Connie would have an easier life. 

What we learn from them is that to be able to love someone better, we open up to them and let them open up to us. Connie used to act as though her parents were infallible, or at the least, able to manage themselves. Over time, and in this episode, she’s shown to be worried about them because she knows they’re human beings too. They can get hurt, make mistakes, and put themselves in danger.

Knowing these things puts the other person in perspective. It makes their place in our lives mean more. And it makes it harder to take the people we love for granted.

So I would say Connie and her mother interact a lot more now. They probably talk about each other’s days. Notice how even Dr. Maheswaran talked about everything that happened to her prior to picking Connie up. She believed her daughter deserved an explanation. And that’s a far cry from the mother who would proudly bring out the “Because I said so,” and “We’re doing this because we love you,” cards in Fusion Cuisine.

Not everyone has this experience with their parents. Sometimes things just happen to drive parents and children apart. But in their case it worked out, and now they each have one more person who will always be there for them.

When Connie told her mother that Steven just came from outer space, there was no incredulous reaction. Only an, “Oh?” in an interested and calm tone. 

They’re both trying. And I’m certain they still have their share of disagreement, but it’s dealt with in a much healthier way now.

I was playing a d&d 3.5 game with two rangers. We often worked as a team, doing everything we could together for double efficiency. One day, we needed to track someone through the woods. So we both rolled for track.

I rolled a 1, my ranger friend rolled a 20.

Because of this, the party was conflicted on what way we were supposed to be going. We rolled to convince the party that one way was better than the other.

I rolled a 20, my ranger friend rolled a 1.

What would have been a three day trip ended up taking over a month.D&D

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Otomate Release Schedule 2015 - 170815

So I’ve been super slack. Excuse me guys :( 

August

  • 20th - Reine Des Fleurs
  • 27th - Juuzaengi 1+2

September: 

  • 17th - Yonohana Spring
  • 25th - Hakuoki Shinkai 

Ocotober: 

  • 22nd - KK - Wonderful School Life

November: 

  • 19th - Bad Apple Wars

December: 

(Rest easy wallet…rest easy….) 


TBA: 

  • Diabolik Lovers- Lunatic Parade
  • Brothers Conflict Precious baby - Port (BrilliantxPassion) 
  • etccc

Mostly titles announced at Otomate Party 2015 
Link: http://usagichau.tumblr.com/post/126831154377/otomate-party-2015-the-annoucements-big-news 

PSA

Please, for the love of whatever deity you want (I personally suggest the Many-Faced God), if I reblog someone to offer my response, I do it because I would like my own input to be heard instead of it being a wall of one-sided argumentation.

It is not to be perceived as ‘hey this guy is being a twat go send them death threats lol’.

It’s literally just me, replying as a person would, to an instigation that was thrown my way that I felt needed response.

Just because I have a following does not strip me of the right to defend myself from allegations that, for all intents and purposes, are completely fabricated and blown out of proportion when the reality of it all was simply me making an ‘off the top of my head’ boner joke to my friend on the internet.

In short: No witch hunting/bullying/’LOLGODIE’ing, otherwise you’re acting just as bad as the people I don’t want to hang out with.

Domo.

Guys oh my god guys

You know Baz Luhrmann? The guy responsible for the movies Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby? If you’ve seen both, you’d probably notice the pattern he follows, which is

Enter main character who’s all hopeful and has dreams and shit > enter possible love interest who’s known to the people by something (eg. “The sparkling diamond”, the guy who throws the parties) > enter conflict/s that may pose as reputation or life threat to one, if not both, of the characters > possible love interest dies > moody and bitter main character > tells his story one day to some person via writing a story or a person he directly talks to

But then oh god guys why havent we seen this before

ELIBARRA

Got a character who needs motivation? Pick a motivator from this list. Better yet, pick two or more that don’t quite line up. That’s a genuine character flaw right there. That’ll create some conflict.

Like John McClane, motivated by Love for his wife and his Duty as a cop. That added a lot of conflict to his marriage. Now he’s going for one last shot at Redemption. We haven’t even started to factor in the terrorists trying to highjack the Christmas party. Go conflict!

Progressive Conflict Solutions

The company retakes Erebor sometime in summer, there are no orcs, and Gandalf looks to new solutions for old grudges and dusty squabbles. And why not borrow an approach used by Shire fauntlings and tipsy hobbits to forge better relations?

Aka Gandalf forces dwarves, elves, men, and one hobbit to play twister.


“I’d never thought it would come to this,” Bilbo groans as Thorin moves his left hand from green to yellow, which prompts even more of his weight to come and rest diagonally across Bilbo’s lower back. Not too mention that the right side of Bilbo’s hip now digs directly into Thorin’s groin. It’s not exactly comfortable.

But neither is looking down at Legolas’ leg, which passes over Bilbo’s left hand on red, but runs below Bilbo’s right shoulder, the one stretched to reach green.

“It was your suggestion,” Ori reminds him with a pitiful whine, from somewhere beyond Legolas. All Bilbo can see of the poor dwarf is a shaking hand below Legolas’ stomach in his peripheral vision, though it is almost completely hidden by Bain’s arm.

“I didn’t mean it literally,” Bilbo hisses back, but then Kili cheerfully calls out: “Uncle Dain - get your left foot onto red!”, which is followed by a curse, a loud clamor, and more cursing.

“Don’t touch me!” Gloin roars.

“Your face is the closest red I could reach,” Dain snipes back.

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Frost Drakeling

Similar to the flame drakelings but far more arctic, frost drakelings are tiny cat-sized dragons that resemble ice drakes and white dragons.  They share the larger dragons’ preference for arctic or alpine climates and ability to cling to the ice without any difficulty but not their vile dispositions.  Frost drakelings mate for life much of the time, laying eggs that resemble gemstones (an instant source of conflict for some parties!) and are much more aggressive if threatened than other drakelings, defending their nests and hunting grounds forcefully.

Intending to present Prince Albrecht with an exotic pet, ambitious merchants from the north manage to capture what they believe to be a white wyrmling.  Keeping the tiny dragon subdued with drugged meat and whispers of treasure, they finally arrive.  Although the prince is delighted with his new companion, the revelation that this is no white dragon prompts problems with Queen Amalwara, who believes they have deliberately slighted her by misleading her son.

With the winter chill coming early, the last harvest was bitterly cold for the town of Nivar-Iya.  Even worse, frost drakelings have descended from the mountains early, riding the chilly winds as they search for food to fill bellies empty after the long summer hibernation.  Their predations have driven the workers from the fields and the drakelings’ feasting might well lead to famine if they aren’t driven off.

Though not so fast overland as humans, every town within a half-day’s hard march of the water has come to fear the dwarves of Mag Bohldar. Driven to raiding first out of necessity, then sustaining it by new custom and greed, the waterborne raiders have swift boats and cold steel a-plenty.  Perhaps their greatest advantage, though, are the frost drakelings that ride along with them, serving as scouts and outriders of the raiding parties. Small and stealthy, the drakelings mean that few ambushes ever manage to catch the Bohldarim and they aid the dwarves in fading away from any defense too strong to sack.

- Tome of Horrors Complete 75

The Knights of Remnant (Final Rose)

Of all planets in the galaxy, only a handful can be considered as important as Remnant. Also referred to as Holy Remnant, the birthplace of modern civilisation is a neutral zone that houses some of the most important artefacts and locations in the galaxy. To protect Remnant and ensure that the relics of the past are preserved, the Knights of Remnants were founded by joint treaty, with each of the galaxy’s major factions providing funding, troops, and other support. Since then, they have also taken on additional duties.

The Knights of Remnant have several main objectives:

  • To safeguard Remnant and all sites and objects of historical and cultural importance on the planet
  • To provide neutral ground upon which parties in conflict may negotiate in security
  • To operate Beacon Academy as a place of learning for all those who wish to learn the way of the huntsman or huntress but do not wish to swear fealty to one of the galaxy’s other factions
  • To gather and archive all information about the Grimm and other threats to civilisation for distribution to those who can make good use of it

Entry into the knights is extremely difficult, with candidates being subjected to some of the most gruelling testing and training in the entire galaxy. As a result, the knights are amongst the greatest warriors in the galaxy, capable of fighting even the famed Imperial Berserkers and Glyph Specialists on even footing. 

Traditionally, members of the knights are divided into different classes:

  • Pages
  • Squires
  • Knights
  • Templar

Pages are the newest members of the knights. They are usually children below the age of twelve who have decided to join the knights. They are given exacting training in combat, as well as a thorough education on a wide range of different matters, from science and technology to politics and history.

Squires are members of the knights who are close to completing their training. A squire is usually between the ages of twelve and eighteen. At this point, they are allowed to accompany knights on missions, and they are tasked with adding significant practical experience to go with their extensive training and education. Of course, squires continue to receive training and education during this stage, and they will generally settle on a weapon of choice while still a squire.

Knights are fully-fledged members of the organisation. They form the bulk of the organisation’s forces, and they serve a variety of different roles (e.g., soldier, medic, archaeologist, etc.). There are different levels of knights, and these are equivalent to the ranks used in more typical militaries.

Templar are tasked with commanding and guiding the organisation. They are similar in position to generals or heads of department. They are typically the wisest and most experienced of the knights although talent and ability do allow younger members to achieve the rank of templar, albeit rarely.

At present (during the reign of her Imperial Majesty Averia VII of the Arendelle Empire), the Knights of Remnant are commanded by the twins, Glenda and Oscar of the House of Ozpin. 

Note: the House of Ozpin was founded by Ozpin of Beacon and Glynda Goodwitch. It is rightly considered one of the Heroic (Great) Houses, and it is thus afforded the same honours and distinctions as other Heroic Houses, like the House of Arendelle-Farron and the House of Belladonna-Xiao-Long Schnee.

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Masquerade - Drew244, Tiger_with_spots - Life Is Strange (Video Game) [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Story wrote in collaboration with @llamas-dynamite

Chapters: 1/10
Fandom: Life Is Strange (Video Game)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Victoria Chase/Kate Marsh, Maxine “Max” Caulfield/Chloe Price, Taylor Christensen/Courtney Wagner
Characters: Kate Marsh, Victoria Chase (Life is Strange), Maxine “Max” Caulfield, Chloe Price (Life Is Strange), Taylor Christensen, Courtney Wagner, Original Characters
Additional Tags: chasemarsh, pricefield, Christner, Future Fic, University, Enemies to Friends to Lovers, Slow Burn, Fluff and Angst, Miscommunication, Self-Hatred, Jealousy, Sexual Tension, Mild Sexual Content, Personal Growth, Minor Original Character(s), thirsty, alcohol use, Minor Drug Use, Bad Decisions, Learning To Communicate, Maturing, girls protecting girls, Partying, Conflict, Implied/Referenced Self-Harm, implied PTSD, Minor Violence
Summary:

“You want the bad girl.” she insists as she gently scratches my inner thigh. I know she’s goading me but nonetheless there’s a sharp flare of arousal within my lower abdomen.

“Behave and I’ll let you do your worst,” I blurt out.

Her pupils shrink, stunned, before they engorge with restrained lust…

OR

Three years after the destruction of Arcadia Bay, Kate Marsh, now a college student, goes to a masquerade party and finally summons the courage to ask out a gorgeous girl to dance. Unfortunately this woman is not who she expected….

IN SHORT

Kate asks the best and the worst woman to dance with her and everything spirals out of control (in the best and the worst way).

How Politics Has Ruined Islam

By Mustafa Akyol - 02/03/2016

We Muslims like to believe that ours is “a religion of peace,” but today Islam looks more like a religion of conflict & bloodshed. From the civil wars in Syria, Iraq & Yemen to internal tensions in Lebanon & Bahrain, to the dangerous rivalry between Iran & Saudi Arabia, the Middle East is plagued by intra-Muslim strife that seems to go back to the ancient Sunni-Shiite rivalry.

Religion is not actually at the heart of these conflicts — invariably, politics is to blame. But the misuse of Islam & its history makes these political conflicts much worse as parties, governments & militias claim that they are fighting not over power or territory but on behalf of God. And when enemies are viewed as heretics rather than just opponents, peace becomes much harder to achieve.

This conflation of religion & politics poisons Islam itself, too, by overshadowing all the religion’s theological & moral teachings. The Quran’s emphasis on humility & compassion is sidelined by the arrogance & aggressiveness of conflicting groups.

This is not a new problem in Islam. During the seventh-century leadership of the Prophet Muhammad, whose authority was accepted by all believers, Muslims were a united community. But soon after the prophet’s death, a tension arose that escalated to bloodshed. The issue was not how to interpret the Quran or how to understand the prophet’s lessons. It was about political power: Who — as the caliph, or successor to the prophet — had the right to rule?

This political question even pit the prophet’s widow Aisha against his son-in-law Ali. Their followers killed one another by the thousands in the infamous Battle of the Camel in 656. The next year, they fought the even bloodier Battle of Siffin, where followers of Ali & Muawiyah, the governor of Damascus, crossed swords, deepening the divisions that became the Sunni-Shiite split that persists today.

In other words, unlike the early Christians, who were divided into sects primarily through theological disputes about the nature of Christ, early Muslims were divided into sects over political disputes about who should rule them.

It is time to undo this conflation of religion & politics. Instead of seeing this politicization of religion as natural — or even, as some Muslims do, something to be proud of — we should see it as a problem that requires a solution.

This solution should start with a paradigm shift about the very concept of the “caliphate.” It’s not just that the savage Islamic State has hijacked this concept for its own brutal purposes. The problem goes deeper: Traditional Muslim thought regarded the caliphate as an inherent part of Islam, unintentionally politicizing the faith for centuries. But it was not mandated by either the Quran or the prophet, but instead was a product of the historical, political experience of the Muslim community.

Moreover, once Muslim thought viewed the caliphate as an integral part of the religion, political leaders & Islamic scholars built an authoritarian political tradition around it. As long as the caliph was virtuous & law-abiding, Islamic thinkers obliged Muslims to obey him. This tradition did not consider, however, that virtue was relative, power itself had a corrupting influence & even legitimate rulers could have legitimate opponents.

In the mid-19th century, the Ottoman Empire, then the seat of the caliphate, took a major step forward in the Muslim political tradition by importing Western liberal norms & institutions. The sultan’s powers were limited, an elected Parliament was established & political parties were allowed. This promising effort, which would make the caliph the head of a British-style democratic monarchy, was only half-successful. It ended when republican Turkey abolished the very institution of the caliphate after World War I.

The birth of the modern-day Islamist movement was a reaction to this post-caliphate vacuum. The overly politicized Islamists not only kept the traditional view that religion & state are inseparable, they even recast religion as state. “True religion is no more than the system which God had decreed to govern the affairs of human life,” Sayyid Qutb, a prominent Islamist ideologue, wrote in the 1960s. And since God would never actually come down to govern human affairs, Islamists would do it in his name.

Not all Islamic thinkers took this line. The 20th-century scholar Said Nursi saw politics not as a sacred realm, but rather a devilish zone of strife. “I seek refuge in God from Satan & politics,” he wrote. His followers built an Islamic civil society movement in Turkey, asking only religious freedom from the state. Contemporary Muslim academics such as Abdelwahab El-Affendi & Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im have articulated powerful Islamic arguments for embracing a liberal secularism that respects religion. They rightly point out that Muslims need secularism to be able to practice their religion as they see fit. I would add that Muslims also need secularism to save religion from serving as handmaiden to unholy wars of domination.

None of this means that Islam, with core values of justice, should be totally blind to politics. Religion can play a constructive role in political life, as when it inspires people to speak truth to power. But when Islam merges with power, or becomes a rallying cry in power struggles, its values begin to fade.

Language Barriers

Due to scheduling conflicts some of our party members wouldn’t be able to make the next few sessions, so our Frost Elf Spellsword Arkyn and our Tauric rogue Teoth went on a sidequest. For some context, the party had just entered the first circle of hell due to some odd circumstances.

DM: Before you are a multitude of humanoid slaves, all chained up and in poor health.

Teote: “Should we free them?”

Arkyn: “Why? They’re probably here for a reason. Speaking of which…”

Arkyn proceeds to approach one the slaves with a casual gait, all eyes on him.

Arkyn: “So what did y'all do to get here anyways?”

Slave: “… y'all?”

Arkyn: “Uh.. it’s Elven! It means ‘you all.’”

Elven slave: “No it isn’t! And I’d know, I’m an elf!”

Arkyn: “Look, do you want to be free or not?”

If someone is cruel or abusive to you, remind yourself always that their behavior is not spurred on by anything you do, but by a problem inside themselves. What they do to you ultimately has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them.

That is not an excuse for their behavior, nor is it even a call for empathy. Rather, it’s a reminder that you are not at fault, that it’s not something you said/did or didn’t say/do that triggered this reaction in them. The fight is inside them. They are the ones who externalized it. You have no part in it. They are using you as a way to vent out frustration at their own position in life and avoid doing anything about it.

It isn’t your fault. There’s no ‘If only I hadn’t’ or ‘maybe if I tried’ or anything. They are responsible for what they did. They made you the second party in a one-party conflict, and as soon as you realise that, you are within your rights to walk away and refuse to be a part of it – and if it takes you a while to come to that point, that’s not your fault, either. Anyone (including yourself) who faults you for not getting away sooner or for not trying different conflict mediation tactics is wrong.

Plot Speculation of Zootopia

Zootopia:

* Plot A: Preds going savage, prey distrust of preds

* Plot B: Cop and not-cop becoming best of buddies

Zootopia 2:

* Plot A: More pred/prey conflicts by unknown parties who wanted segregation

* Plot B: Best of buddies struggling with their ever-growing feelings with each other, and the complications that will arise

Zootopia 3:

* Plot Union: Best of buddies, now outed lovers, and a society divided

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Rubellite
Gender: Agender
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Sexual Orientation: pansexual
Height: 5′3″
Weapon: Armor
Likes: Candy, dancing, road trips, drawing.
Dislikes: Cruel gems/humans, tomatoes.
Hobbies: Rubellite absolutely loves to paint. She loves getting her hands messy and enjoys making big, beautiful paintings of things that make her happy. She also loves organizing parties!
Talents/Skills: While she’s not the strongest, she’s good at deflecting and redirecting attacks. Her armor helps keep her safe as she holds the front line, letting her fellow gems land attacks while she tires out the enemy.
Personality: Rubellite is energetic and fun loving! She’s happiest when she’s surrounded by friends and is the life of any party. She’s incredibly compassionate, sometimes to a fault since it leads to people to take advantage of her generosity. She’s more protective than offensive and prefers to solve conflicts by helping both parties find harmony.


[SO YEAH, THIS IS MY GEMSONA. I still haven’t finalized the design on her armor so that’s why its still sketchy. I dunno if armor counts as a weapon but like… idk? Shield was taken so? ; _ ; ANYWAY. Yes. Here she is. WOO.]

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Thank you for all your support after the bombing of MSF’s Kunduz hospital. We need your voice. By signing this petition, you are adding to the calls to demand that parties to this conflict—and parties to conflicts the world over—respect the statutes of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Conventions. The preservation of health facilities as neutral, protected spaces depends on this.

https://www.change.org/evenwarshaverules