creatures of the earth

Water

Direction: West

Time: Dusk

Season: Autumn

Colours: Blue, dark inky or grey blue to brilliant Mediterranean turquoise, silver and white

Qualities: Intuition, empathy, sympathy, healing powers, inner harmony, peacemaking, unconscious wisdom, divinatory powers especially connected with water scrying, ability to merge and interconnect with nature, the cycles of the seasons and the life cycle. 

Rules over: Love, relationships, friendship, dreams, the cycle of birth, death and rebirth, purification rites, alternative healing, using the powers of nature, especially crystals and scared water, all water and sea magick, moon magick, travel by sea.

Animals: Albatross, dolphin, frog, heron, seagull, seal, shark, toad, whale, all fish, especially salmon! I would say any sea related creature and those that live between the worlds of Earth and Water.

Crystals: Aquamarine, blue and pink chalcedony, calcite coral, fluorite, jade, moonstone, ocean orbicular Jasper, opal, pearl, tourmaline.

Elemental creatures: Undines, Merpeople, Fossegrim, Kappa, Kul, Naiads, Selkies, Tylwyth teg, Well spirits.

Goddesses: All moon and water deities

Gods: All water associated Gods.

Herbs and Incenses: Apple blossom, apricot, Balm of Gilead, camellia, catnip(why?) coconut, coltsfoot, cowslip, cyclamen, eucalyptus, feverfew, hyacinth, iris, jasmine, lemon, lemon balm, lilac, lilly, lotus, luckyhand, myrhh, orchid, passionflower, peach, sandalwod, strawberry, sweet pea, tansy, thyme, velerian, vanilla, violet, yarrow.

Places: Flooded land, flood plains, fountains, lakes, marshland, the ocean, ponds, pools, rainy days, rivers, sacred wells and streams, water features. 

Sacred Substance: Water

Zodiacal signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces. 

Source: Complete book of Natural magic: Cassandra Eason’s

The Fan’s Guide to the Altean Language

Because fanfiction

Probably not complete, but enough to get started. If something is wrong or needs more explaining, let me know. Potential spoilers if you haven’t watch both seasons.

Units of time (presumably not equal to earth time)

  • Quintent = 1 day
  • Decathebe = decade
  • Dobash = minute
  • Varga = hour
  • Tick = second
  • Spicolian movement = week
  • @saiikavon has pointed out that in S2E8, the Blades of Marmora base would be closed for 2 quintents. When they mention that 10 Vargas have passed, Lance correctly estimates another 30 Vargas until the base is open again. From this it can be assumed that 2 Quintents = 40 Vargas or 1 Quintent = 20 Vargas.  

Phrases

  • Stick out like a shoferiaks nose
  • blown straight to Wazblay
  • faster than an angry clanmurel 
  • Jump like a spritely clovenheifer
  • mad as a wet chuuper
  • linked at the ears like a pack of yellmore
  • kragasquizzle on the balmera

Random

  • Nunvil - a purple beverage that purportedly tastes like hotdog water and feet. Other commentary includes “the nectar of the gods”, “makes a wonderful hair tonic”, and “settles the stomach and brightens your smile”
  • Quiznack - a swear word, similar in use to Fuck, crap, or hell (ie: “Oh quiznack” or “What the quiznack”)
  • Quintessence - a type of energy. Context from the world indicates that it is likely some form of Life/spirit energy [EDIT] It’s a real word! According to dictionary.com : noun1.the pure and concentrated essence of a substance.2.the most perfect embodiment of something.3.(in ancient and medieval philosophy) the fifth essence or element,ether, supposed to be the constituent matter of the heavenly bodies,the others being air, fire, earth, and water. Thanks @nickelpenn for the info!
  • Weblem - a giant space worm that eats dead planets, repurposing the material into “the building blocks of new solar systems”. They produce the scultrite mineral, used for Altean teledove lenses.
  • Slavendehoe - literally the altean word for “gone”
  • Duflax - an altean creature with a beak and webbed feet.


Other useful info

  • The paladins left earth on a monday (S1E2)
  • Cryopod, cryo replenishers, and sleep pods have all been used to describe the same unit
  • The black lion is largest, the yellow/blue lions next largest, and the red/green ones the smallest. So Lance and Hunks lions would be described as about the same size
  • The swords the blades of Mamora use are made of Luxite, which is rare
  • Coran accompanied his Grandfather while the castle of lions was being built, potentially putting his age in the 600s (not counting the 10k year cryo-sleep)
  • In S2E5, Coran refers to Pidge as “gentlelady”, meaning the usage of she/her pronouns by fans is canonically correct 
So about those space orcs...

I’ve seen a lot of posts about humans pack-bonding with frankly everything, no matter how big, scary, threatening, lethal or oozy.

But you know what I haven’t seen?

Humans entrusting their young to their pack-bonded friends. Because that’s a thing we do. We entrust our children to our friends. We entrust our children to our dogs. We befriend the biggest, meanest, scariest shit, and then we dump our defenseless, hasn’t-even-got-a-fully-fused-skull-yet offspring on them. Half for shits-and-giggles, half because it’s cute, mostly because children are exhausting and we need a nanny.

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Tough as a Tardigrade

Without water, a human can only survive for about 100 hours. But there’s a creature so resilient that it can go without it for decades. This one millimeter animal can survive both the hottest and coldest environments on Earth, and can even withstand high levels of radiation. This is the tardigrade, and it’s one of the toughest creatures on Earth, even if it does look more like a chubby, eight-legged gummy bear. 

Most organisms need water to survive. Water allows metabolism to occur, which is the process that drives all the biochemical reactions that take place in cells. But creatures like the tardigrade, also known as the water bear, get around this restriction with a process called anhydrobiosis, from the Greek meaning life without water. And however extraordinary, tardigrades aren’t alone. Bacteria, single-celled organisms called archaea, plants, and even other animals can all survive drying up.

For many tardigrades, this requires that they go through something called a tun state. They curl up into a ball, pulling their head and eight legs inside their body and wait until water returns. It’s thought that as water becomes scarce and tardigrades enter their tun state, they start synthesize special molecules, which fill the tardigrade’s cells to replace lost water by forming a matrix. 

Components of the cells that are sensitive to dryness, like DNA, proteins, and membranes, get trapped in this matrix. It’s thought that this keeps these molecules locked in position to stop them from unfolding, breaking apart, or fusing together. Once the organism is rehydrated, the matrix dissolves, leaving behind undamaged, functional cells.

Beyond dryness, tardigrades can also tolerate other extreme stresses: being frozen, heated up past the boiling point of water, high levels of radiation, and even the vacuum of outer space. This has led to some erroneous speculation that tardigrades are extraterrestrial beings.

While that’s fun to think about, scientific evidence places their origin firmly on Earth where they’ve evolved over time. In fact, this earthly evolution has given rise to over 1100 known species of tardigrades and there are probably many others yet to be discovered. And because tardigrades are so hardy, they exist just about everywhere. They live on every continent, including Antarctica. And they’re in diverse biomes including deserts, ice sheets, the sea fresh water, rainforests, and the highest mountain peaks. But you can find tardigrades in the most ordinary places, too, like moss or lichen found in yards, parks, and forests. All you need to find them is a little patience and a microscope.

Scientists are now to trying to find out whether tardigrades use the tun state, their anti-drying technique, to survive other stresses. If we can understand how they, and other creatures, stabilize their sensitive biological molecules, perhaps we could apply this knowledge to help us stabilize vaccines, or to develop stress-tolerant crops that can cope with Earth’s changing climate. 

And by studying how tardigrades survive prolonged exposure to the vacuum of outer space, scientists can generate clues about the environmental limits of life and how to safeguard astronauts. In the process, tardigrades could even help us answer a critical question: could life survive on planets much less hospitable than our own?

From the TED-Ed Lesson Meet the tardigrade, the toughest animal on Earth - Thomas Boothby

Animation by Boniato Studio

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The fantastic cinema of the 1950s

It Came from Outer Space (1953)
Invaders from Mars (1953)
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Them! (1954)
Tarantula! (1955)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
The Black Scorpion (1957)

“I have visited lairs, burrows and nests across five continents, observed the curious habits of magical beasts in a hundred countries, witnessed their powers, gained their trust and, on occasion, beaten them off with my travelling kettle.”

—Newton Scamander

-Original image from Pillars of the Earth-

Writers are the most restless creatures on earth. Their thoughts don’t allow them to stay at peace. Their eagerness to record it down before its lost or forgotten makes them engaged - be it in the middle of a night or be it in the middle of a crowd. You will find them engrossed and busy taking down notes and rearranging sentences, making pain staking efforts to find the right words to hit home the idea which is boiling up inside their heads.

Happy Earth Month Everybody! This is a different take on Mother Earth, done for Design Action For Science in organization with the March For Science taking place nationwide tomorrow.

I try not to get political on this page but with recent detrimental changes to the administration, I think it’s important to continue a dialogue about environmental protection. I’m sure many of you will agree that we cannot be silent as forces work to march us backward in time, and away from a better future for everyone.

Fight for Science. Fight For Progress. Fight for a clean and safe Earth for all creatures.

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character posters: james isaac neutron

                            There’s a 95 percent chance it’ll work. 
                                      And the other 5 percent? 
                                         We all get blown up. 

The fact that Trump’s first response to this attack in London was to push the agenda of his travel ban again makes me feel actually sick. Like, physically sick. Trump gave an incredibly disingenuous, pathetic response to the attack in Manchester, which was one of the least eloquent statements I’ve ever heard from a sitting President, and I found it to be borderline offensive in its insincerity, and now, instead of initially tweeting that his heart was with the victims in London, he tweets about his travel ban? Is he fucking kidding with this? He has no regard for living creatures, for people, for the Earth, nothing. He doesn’t care about Americans so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that he doesn’t give a fuck about the Brits. It’s just disgusting tbh.