His eyes fluttered open for the first time in a long while. He had not woken since she had left him.
His life for the past few weeks had been haze filled dreams in his constant state of unconsciousness. He relived the moments he had spent with her, it was the only thing keeping him from giving into the doom-filled depths of a god’s afterlife without her. He often dreamed of their future together, some dreams ending with little heirs running around his Kingdom, his beloved by his side.
On days where his injuries took more of a toll on his system, he dreamed of his life without her. Eros visited him in these dreams, with wise warnings of love and how his beloved would never return to his side unless he changed his possessive and unfair ways. He hated these days the most. He wanted to destroy Eros for ever saying such things.
It was then that he’d see how you looked at him, with eyes so saddened his heart felt like it was shattering. He couldn’t bare it. Then you’d leave him, following behind the God of love and into the arms of another. You were happy and free. Eros may have been a fool in most situations, but in love maybe he could be truly wise. Perhaps, he was right. The more he saw you vanish, the more he believed it. Nothing had truly worked on you so far. He’d do anything to be with you. He longed for you even if it was just a version of you he could only see in his mind. He hated when you went away, he needed to be with you again.
His mind often echoed whispers into his dreamlike state. He could recognise them easier this time, more clearly than usual. His last dream had sent waves throughout his body, awakening the weakened god slowly from his slumber. He had lost you again, but this was the very last time. He would not be without you unless you truly wished it this time.
His mind was dizzy and his senses weren’t fully in tact but his brothers next words rang crystal clear.
“Brother, I know you’re healing right now but I find talking to you helps for both my sanity and for your recovery.” Hakyeon sighed. “I’ve been watching your mortal, it seems her beauty has attracted another. She is to be married, brother. The time is coming you’ll be able to walk freely in the human world. But, she’ll be married if you don’t-”
Summary- Y/N braves the snow to be beside her beloved Phillip Word Count- 1.7k Phillip x Reader
Cold metal stung your fingertips as frigid air rushed through the door, your footsteps soft as they pressed gently into the snow. Dark hung over the gardens while you attempted to close the door despite the draft desperately trying to pull you back. The edges of your dress traced a trail in the fresh snow as you hurriedly made your way towards the Hamilton’s. A chill ran through your body as the wind bit at your nose and any skin left uncovered by your clothes. Only moonlight illuminated the snowdrifts still pristine and growing steadily as the snowfall continued. Echoes of your footsteps upon crystal ice rang out on the path towards the door which glowed with a soft light that warmed you upon sight. Your hands trembled slightly with each knock on the door, willing yourself to stop shivering before the door swung open. Footfalls could be heard within the home as the lock turned, light pouring from the doorway onto your face, framed only by locks of hair tinged with ice. Alexander stood before you, quickly grasping your shoulder and pulling you into the family home.
“Mr. Hamilton, I’m sorry if I woke you but our house is so cold and I couldn’t rationalize heating it with just me so-” The words fell from your chapped lips as you stood in the foyer, soaking in the heat radiating through the space.
“Y/N, my dear, Eliza and I have both made it known you’re always welcome here. You didn’t wake me, I’ve been up working on this bill for Congress. Sit here and have some tea while I go get Eliza and Phillip, they’ll be able sit with you while you defrost,” He spoke with a smile, placing a warm mug of tea into your hands before turning out of the room towards the staircase. Steam from the beverage filled your lungs, each breath working to banish the frost threatening to overtake you from the walk. Your eyes were closed as you basked in the calm that flooded your body whenever you were at the Hamilton’s, when suddenly a force crashed into you with great energy. Surprised, you opened your eyes to reveal Phillip and his mother hovering at your side, Alex nodding from the doorway as he returned to his work.
“My love, are you okay? Father said you walked here in the snow? I can’t believe you Y/N,” Phillip laughed slightly at your choice to journey through what was rapidly becoming a blizzard. A blush flushed your cheeks as he pressed his lips to your forehead then slid in against you in the seat. Eliza shook her head, smirking as she herself poured a mug of tea before sitting across the table. She extended her hand to you, wrapping her fingers around yours.
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The Warlock attuned to this rod gains another spell slot. In addition, they another “Mystic Arcanum” of the 6th level spell. Also, when they cast the “Eldritch Blast” it has the following effects.
Pact Loyalist – Each beam of your “Eldritch Blast” deals 1d12 damage instead of 1d10
Sundering Blast – When a creature is hit with “Eldritch Blast” that creature’s AC is reduced by 1 for 1 minute. To a maximum reduction of 2.
Power of the Great One – You can call upon your patron to bestow more magical powers upon for a short period. For 1 minute you gain an additional bolt of “Eldritch Blast” every time you cast it.
47. Orb of Bombardment
Wondrous Item (Orb), Rare, Requires Attunement
A glowing orb a little larger than a humans head. The orb is bouncy and has a texture like rubber. A creature who is proficient in simple ranged weapons can use this weapon. To throw this ball you can use either your strength or dexterity modifier. When thrown, it deals 1d6+Modifier bludgeoning damage. It then bounces to a creature within 10ft of the throwers choice. The attacker then makes another attack throw with a -2 penalty to the result dealing 1d6 bludgeoning damage. The orb can bounce an unlimited number of times, taking an additional -2 penalty for every new attack. (Can hit the same target multiple times)
48. Berserker Salt
In the dark alleys of major cities, you can find procurers of goods and services you can’t find elsewhere. One of these products is Berserker Salt, ground crystals the consistency of sand, the crystals range from clear, to milky white, to a sickly yellow depending on quality. A player who snorts the salt up their nose gains the following benefits for 1 hour. The player can snort multiple doses at a time.
· +1 to attack and damage rolls
· +5 movement speed
· +2 to initiative
· Player can move up to half of their movement speed and make a melee attack as their reaction
When the effect of the salt has worn off the player gains a stack of exhaustion for each dose consumed.
49. Pillow of Sleeping
Wondrous Item (Pillow), Uncommon
A medium sized square satin pillow, a deep lush red stitched with golden string and unrivaled in comfort. There’s a small zipper on the side of the pillow. Inside the pillow is an unassembled tent big enough for one person. The tent takes 30 minutes assemble and 30 minutes to disassemble. A single player can stay inside the tent – once inside the tent becomes a cocoon of force energy, not allowing any player to enter and the zipper becoming an unmoveable object.
50. Wand of Spells
Wand, Legendary, Requires Attunement by a Wizard
The perfect wand, delicate yet sturdy; awesome yet modest and more powerful than any one person should have in their possession. This wand begins with 50 charges, the Wizard attuned to this wand may cast a spell of any level between 1 and 7, expending an equal number of charges instead of a spell slot. The user can select any spell from the wizard spell list. When the wand loses all of its charges it becomes an ordinary mundane wand – losing all the properties that made it so magnificent in the first place.
Help! Josh, I’m looking at all of these witchy supplies, and I can’t afford them! What am I going to do? How can I afford an altar? I’m on a college budget, for Goddess’ sake!
Calm down, love! It’s all going to be alright!
Like hell, it’s alright! I have to pay tuition! I can’t do that if I’m paying for cauldrons and statues! Have you seen the prices on cauldrons lately?!
Breathe. Stop panicking. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to be a witch. In fact, most of us started off with nothing for our altars!
It’s sort of misleading when reading many books available for starting up in witchcraft state that an altar has such and such items on it, or when many spells call for gems, semiprecious and precious stones or metals, or even hard-to-find plants or spices - many of which tend to be exotic or unavailable depending upon the locale of the witch. I’ve read plenty of spells and books that have placed heavy emphasis on having a cauldron (which, I might add, many cast iron cauldrons can run between $10 (American) and $200 (American) depending upon size, quality, and style). And while I’ve been privileged enough to live near several gem and crystal shops, I still see crystals the size of my pinky finger selling for close to $500. It can be a bit disheartening for the new witch. I was there. We all have been.
But I’ve found that it can be a matter of perspective. Either one can perceive the situation as a hindrance, or one can approach it as an opportunity to get crafty! Thus, the crafty witch, the kitchen witch, and the newbie witch all have something in common: the ability to supply herself with all that she needs without spending to pretty a penny.
But how?! I’m not particularly artistic! I don’t even have time to weave a Brigid’s cross!
As a low-budget witch, you don’t even have to be very artistic. Just practical. And with that practicality comes the ability to save time, as well. To get you started, let’s take a look at some supplies that can be appropriated easily for cheap, and then at some other items that can be substituted for others, and of course, at some supplies that can be picked up in dime and dollar stores!
Herbs: Cheap and Easy to Get!
Something that, as a kitchen witch, often bothers me is that there are many books out there that state that you have to use herbs and spices that are fresh or wild, or have to be kept in glass or natural packaging, or have to be organically grown. To all of that, I say bullshit!
As it is, organic herbs are often marked up in price. Glass packaging is also a mark-up in price. Using fresh herbs and spices limits you to a certain time of the year for many of these plants, or renders you incapable of using them at all (shiitake mushrooms have many uses, but are practically impossible to find fresh in my area, so they always are bought dried). Using wild herbs places you in a somewhat dangerous predicament, as any herbalist or botanist would warn of similar yet poisonous or toxic plants that may be found (a great example is the wild fennel that grows on California’s central coast: the seeds are delicious and particularly useful for teas and cooking, but look nearly identical to hemlock seeds, which also grows wild in this area and is extremely toxic). Another risk to wild gathering is that some herbs have a particular period of time in which they’re safe to consume: elderberry is only safe when completely ripe, for instance, limiting harvest time to a few weeks out of the year.
Rather than forcing yourself to go to the nearest Whole Foods or organic market, I would instead say that what you have in your cabinet works just as well! Dried herbs in plastic packaging picked up for ninety cents at the dollar store? Use it! Can only find ground herbs? Use them instead of the whole herb!
If you’re a witch who leans toward gardening, dollar stores often have inexpensive seeds for herbs and veggies! The college witch who wishes to have fresh herbs and plants can easily have a small herb garden on a windowsill. For years, all of my needs for basil - culinary and witchy - were met by the one basil plant I’d been growing, and it always had more leaves to offer!
If you live in an area where a certain herb is difficult to obtain, research substitutions with herbs that have matching correspondences. There’s no way for me to acquire star anise inexpensively where I live. However, if I need to improve a social situation, I can replace anise with an herb like lavender or rose hips.
Rocks, Crystals, and Gems
Herbs and stones are extremely prevalent in magic. For every intent, it seems like there are two or three stones that correspond to it. But it’s not easy on the wallet, nor necessarily practical, to go to a gem shop and buy a chunk of lapis or citrine or amethyst. On top of that, many witches (myself included) will often provide a word of warning, as budget shopping for stones can be misleading. Some stones, such as turquoise, amethyst, citrine, rose quartz, and lepidolite tend to be swapped out with similar stones that have been dyed to match the colors of the real deal, then sold under the different name. Instead of lepidolite, for instance, you may find yourself buying dyed mica. Instead of amethyst, you could be buying clear or smokey quartz that’s been dyed purple. And more common is finding that your inexpensive turquoise is actually epoxy!
For the sake of budget, I’m the kind of witch who recommends using herbs and spices instead, and building your collection of stones slowly. Many of the stones I use have been gifted to me, and the ones I’ve bought were done so on special occasions. If you’re set on using stones, gear yourself toward clear quartz, which is generally fairly inexpensive and is the jack of all trades in witchcraft.
In addition, there is absolutely nothing wrong with using stones found in your local environment! Work with the stones as intuition guides you. Sometimes, the most powerful magic is derived from local stones. A great example is chert. While common, it is a very hard stone capable of forming sharp edges. It’s rarely seen or used in witchcraft, but can make for a powerful stone for protection, well-being, hexes, and grounding. If you’re a flint knapper, you could even craft an athame from chert!
Cauldrons, Chalices, Athames, And Offering Dishes
I have a beautiful chalice and offering dish that I use in my rites. I’ve also got a cute little cast iron cauldron. But I’d acquired these after a year of saving up. Going out and buying these may be impractical for the newbie budget witch.
Cauldrons are ancient and synonymous with witchcraft, but when you get to the bare bones of what a cauldron is, it’s simply a metal pot. For centuries, if you didn’t have a cauldron, you were in trouble because it was your go-to cooking implement used for everything from boiling water to making soups and stews to even slow roasting meats. Many kitchen witches are aware of the power their pots and pans have. If you have a rite that calls for using a cauldron, you can use a pot or other fire-safe container!
Similarly, a chalice, when bare-bones, is no more than a cup. A glass or cup from your kitchen would work just as well as any brass goblet!
Athames are somewhat tricky depending upon the tradition. For a kitchen witch, your athame could by synonymous with your chefs knife, but for many other traditions, an athame is never used to cut material substances. Your finger works just as well, but if you feel the need to use a knife solely for magical properties, simple knives can be acquired at dollar stores, or you can set aside a knife from your flatware and use it only for magical purposes.
Offering dishes are entirely optional, and not every witch uses them. These can be any simple plate or bowl.
All of these dishes can be bought at dollar stores, thrift stores, or discount markets.
Jars, Bottles, Vials Galore!
This is a fun one! It allows you to get crafty and thrifty at the same time! Jars, bottles, and vials are easily purchased inexpensively at dollar stores and thrift stores, and Amazon has a lot of options for small bottles and vials in bulk for less than $10 (American). But say you want to avoid buying such bottles and jars. Reuse what you gain from grocery shopping!
As someone who likes to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, I come across plenty of herbs in glass jars and bottles. Jellies and preserves are almost always sold in glass jars. Soy sauce and sometimes ketchup are sold in glass bottles. Wine, beer, and some vinegars are available in glass. And keep an eye out for other, less conventional options that might appear in your kitchen! I occasionally buy caviar if it’s on sale and I feel particularly indulgent (and living on the coast, it is easier to obtain inexpensively depending upon the grade). Since the flavor of caviar is best preserved in glass, it’s almost always sold in little glass jars which I then reuse.
Even some condiments are useful! As I work in a restaurant, tabasco sauce bottles are thrown out all the time. I will occasionally “rescue” the little bottles, clean them out and remove the labels, and use them for my witchy projects. If you find yourself at a restaurant and finish off such a bottle, be sure to ask if it is alright for you to take the bottle home with you!
Thrifty and Frugal
Thrift stores, dollar stores, swap meets, and dime stores are your best friend if you’re a budget witch. Much of what I have today is a result of browsing through such stores on days when I’ve been able to set aside fifteen dollars. Candles can always be found in dollar stores, and if you enjoy using spirit candles, saint candles, or seven day candles, you’re guaranteed a good supply of them at dollar stores. Same thing with tea lights, tapers, and even emergency light candles and matches!
Thrift stores are ideal for anything ranging from crystals to small tables for altars, and are perfect for getting that wine glass or set of jars!
Swap meets are a little more pricey, but give you the opportunity to haggle if need be, or to find what you would least expect at a steal (my boyfriend has a Marseilles tarot deck that I was able to get for about $3 - a deck like that could easily go for five times that price).
Just be sure to cleanse anything you get from thrift stores and swap meets, as you never know what kinds of energy may be attached!
It’s easy to be overwhelmed at the sheer cost of getting started in witchcraft, but if you know where to look and what to look for, you can cut that cost down significantly and make it easier to supply yourself. And there’s never anything wrong with building up your altar over time. My own altar is the result of nearly a decade of collecting and buying in very small amounts, and much of what’s present on it had been gifted to me by friends and fellow witches.
I even know several witches to delight in creating their own supplies from scratch, carefully crafting the pentacle on their altar or whittling their own god and goddess statues from the wood they had left over from various projects.
Keep an eye out, and you’ll see opportunities left and right! Have fun, and remember that it’s not the quality or origin that matter. It’s the magic within yourself that makes for the most powerful spells!
- Spanish pyrites form in nearly perfect cubes with smooth, flat, mirror-like faces.
- Pyrite is quite dense due to the iron content.
- Cubes can grow to be quite large.
- Cubes can be popped out of the matrix very cleanly and loose cubes are very affordable (note that crystals still within the matrix are FAR more valuable)
- Crystals sometimes twin resulting in surreal-looking clusters
- Pyrite contains iron and can rust or develop a dull surface if exposed to liquid. Do not wash with water or any other cleaning or polishing fluid!
- The oils on your hands can also damage pyrite by causing the surface to oxidize. Wear gloves to safely handle crystals or grab specimens by the matrix only.
- Use a bulb blower to blow dust off of specimens and used a dry cleaning cloth to polish crystals.
- Locality of this piece: Ampliación a Victoria Mine, Spain. Spain is the only place on earth where pyrite forms in these iconic cubes!
- Price range: Loose crystals that are without a matrix are very affordable at a range of $5-15. Larger loose crystals will cost more ($50-100). Crystals still within their natural matrix can be quite expensive. Depending on size of the crystals and how many are on the matrix, you can expect to pay $50-200+! Please be aware that many specimens that feature cubes in matrix have been “repaired” meaning that the crystals were glued in place often to make them worth more than they are. Examine pieces carefully before purchasing.
Summary: I found this prompt: For the past twelve years of your life, you haven’t spoken a word, what makes you speak? Reader Gender: Female Character: Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers Word Count: 714 (so no keep reading break) Warnings: Language & angst. Author’s Note: The prompt is for twelve years, I decided to go a little longer than that. GIFs not mine [x][x][x] Other GIFs found on Google Images. Yours? Let me know.
Time is a tricky son of a bitch. On one hand, in the blink of an eye, years will pass by as you’re standing off to the side, withdrawing, keeping to yourself like you have become accustomed. On the other hand, you can stare at the wall for what feels like days -months even- but when you look at the clock, only ten minutes have gone by. And that’s what life is, the passing of time. Some moments rush by like the wind and others stick around for a lot longer than you’d like. You can’t manipulate it, you can’t falsify the data, you can’t do anything but sit back and watch.
When Bucky fell off the train, your vision narrowed and time slowed, strobing, pulsing with every panicked beat of your heart. He reached for you, eyes wide and screaming, but you couldn’t reach or hear him. It felt like it took forever for him to disappear into the snowy abyss, but when he did, when that cloud of white swallowed him whole, you wanted to jump. And you would have if Steve hadn’t wrapped his arms around your waist. You remember screaming, begging Steve to let you go, that because of your abilities, you could survive the fall.
“But he can’t, Y/N,” he sounded so defeated in that moment.
Hydra didn’t just take Steve’s best friend or your husband that day, they had stolen everything from you, but most of all, they had stolen your voice. The one way you could communicate with the rest of the world, and it was gone, just like that. You hadn’t sustained any injuries, but from that moment on, your voice was broken, refusing to work Then you lost Steve, your best friend, and it was like time was mocking you, threatening you with spending the rest of your life alone and unloved.
You were a freak, able to move things with your mind, a weapon of mass destruction if the wrong kind of people got their hands on you; people like Hydra. In desperation, you sought out Peggy, who promised you’d be safe with Howard Stark. He had the means to keep you as far off the grid as you wanted, so you disappeared.
70 agonizingly slow years passed before someone dug deep enough to find you; he was one of the last people you expected to see. Steve pulled you off the floor and brushed the dust from your clothes. “Come on,” he pleaded, “I need your help.” And then, in the blink of an eye, you found yourself fighting side by side with Steve.
It felt like he came out of nowhere, dark gear and arm glittering like silver in the sun. He was ruthless, brutal, without conscience; but something familiar about him made your blood run cold. You couldn’t see much of his face, just his brow as the rest was obscured by a black mask. With a mental shake, you dove back into the fight.
After so much time in the dark, you had grown rusty. Your abilities weren’t what they used to be, but in spite of that, you held your own. You held off the soldier in black, saving Steve’s life more times than either of you could count, but it was like he wasn’t human; he just kept coming at that pair of you. It was when you got lucky with a strike and the black mask fell from his face that everything stopped. Along with the slowing of time, your heart stuttered painfully. There was a knot in the center of your chest that grew bigger and tighter, making it damn near impossible to breathe.
The man in front of you was dark and scary; menacing, really. He stared at you with eyes like ice that were surrounded by smudges of black. Long and greasy chestnut hair hung in his face, features contorted by rage. He was ready to strike, body thrumming with anticipation, the coil taut and ready to snap. And yet, he didn’t move.
It had been 70 years since you uttered a single word, but that day, your voice rang crystal clear as his name tumbled from your lips. “Bucky?”
He eyed you, confusion breaking through the anger. “Who the hell is Bucky?”
hi 😊 sooo I totally want to buy some shit from your shop next week! What is the price range for most objects, and what all do you sell?
My main focus is jewelry, but I do also sell altar tools and crystals ^.^ You can check out my shop theopaquecreations.com to see what I have on hand. I’m closed at the moment, but will be reopening at 6pm on Friday August 11th 💜 At that time I’ll have added new jewelry. All of my jewelry is handmade by either me or my husband. Prices for jewelry can range from $50-$200 depending and can also go as low as $10. Again, just depending on everything that goes into the piece in particular. Prices for altar tools and crystals can also greatly range in price. Anywhere from $5-$500. My jewelry tends to sell out quickly, most folks set an alarm for the shop updates. Also, I post more often to Instagram. You can find me @_theopque_