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Just wanted to let everyone know that this blog will be a safe space on April 1st! I will probably be blogging excitedly about my visit to the Sony Square, but I will not be posting any false information, pranks, etc!

Please do not try to play any pranks on me either, I’m not very good at telling when people are joking or lying and it will probably just make me nervous!

A Dream of Peace

Chapter 3 is available on AO3.

Pairing: Malec

Rate: Mature

Summary: A long time ago, King Valentine, of the rich kingdom of Alicante, attacked the southerner kingdoms. He searched for triumph and annihilation, for uniting the realm under his rule and his alone.

Instead of the easy victory, though, the greedy king found defeat and death, for the four kingdoms united for the first time in history, forging the Downworlder Alliance. As a result, the great families of the north were forced to deliver their firstborns to the Kings and Queens of the Downworlder Alliance, and so ensure their fielty and crush any further rebellions before they even sparkled.

Only, boring history lessons had always annoyed the Prince of Darkness and heir to the Kingdom of Edom, Magnus Bane. As the anniversary of his Mark Day arrives and with it the Victory Tournament, he figures the only good thing the Mortal War really brought was his father’s hostage, the quiet Alec Lightwood, eldest son to the once great Lightwoods of Alicante.

Good could become great, though. Magnus needs only figure out a way to get that boy away from the practicing arena and into his bed. After all, he couldn’t possibly celebrate his day of honor without a suitable gift, could he?

Legal Lessons Volume 2: The Judge and Evidence

By Cardin Horton

Disclaimer: The law can be complicated. We will attempt to explain everything as clearly and briefly as possible, but we will only give you an overview of what you need to do if you have a civil (non-criminal) legal problem. This column is not an effective substitute for legal advice from a licensed professional, nor does it claim to be.

In our previous lesson, we spoke of preparing your case to go to trial. Today, we will discuss what happens after you follow the previously listed steps. You have gotten your day in court, and the day has finally arrived - now it is time to convince the judge.

Making Your Claim

Whoever has made the claim in court must persuade the presiding magistrate or judge what they are saying is true.

Speak the Truth

For your own good, always speak truthfully when making statements, or when being asked questions: Never. Lie.

Note: Should you lie in the courtroom, during official proceedings, or even in official documents relating to the trial, you can easily be charged with criminal offenses, presented with fines, or even jail time - in consequence, your case can very likely be thrown out.

There is nothing illegal about being careful about what you say. Some pointers to remember:

  • Do not ramble on and accidentally reveal incriminating evidence against yourself.
  • Be succinct, and persuasive, and
  • Do not over-willing share all information you have
  • Minimize releasing details that are irrelevant to the situation

Any extra utterances you provide can become deadly ammunition for the opponent, that they can twist and use to sink your case. Keep your stories truthful, but do not embellish them or make them more dramatically presented than they need to be, or you may find it impossible to convince the judge at all.

The Balance of Probabilities

The best way to sway a magistrate or judge in the civil court is to convince them on a concept known as ‘the balance of probabilities.’ For a trial to be fair and just in Criminal courts, the accused person must be guilty ‘beyond reasonable doubt’. This is not the same in civil court

In Civil Court the claimant only needs to persuade the judge what you are saying is more than likely to be true than false. In percentage terms, you must make your case 51% more likely to have happened than to have not.

Keep in mind, the more serious or far-fetched an allegation is, the more you will have to convince the judge or magistrate what you are saying is true. Claiming a farmer on the next property put his fence too far over on your property is one thing. Claiming the farmer sent in a regiment of mercenaries and took part of your land by force is a much more serious accusation. As such, it would be far more difficult to convince a judge of without strong evidence.

Use of Evidence

There are situations where the best put together arguments cannot nudge the Magistrate into that fifty one percent area. That is where the importance of evidence comes in.

Evidence in a civil case can be dramatically more effective than criminal evidence, as it needs only support your story, not outright prove it. So whether you are the claimant or the defender, to be truly prepared to present a case, you must scrounge together some sort of evidence.

To do that effectively, we must define what evidence is:

Evidence is information that can prove what you are saying is true. It must be relatively concrete.

Solid evidence will meet one of the following criteria:

  • Witnesses that have personal knowledge about relevant facts and events, and have good moral character. This might include you.
  • Documents such as receipts, letters, contracts, bank statements, etc.
  • Physical objects which demonstrate a point about your case. For example, if you tore some clothes in a non-violent altercation, they might be helpful to back up what you have said. Damaged property that is small enough to be brought to court and matches the damage of your statement.
  • Expert evidence. A doctor that can vouch for your illness. A surveyor who can confirm or deny the property lines in property disputes. Someone from a similar profession of your opponent that can confirm or deny wrongdoing or poor business practices.

Note: Evidence that is coincidental and has assumptions is called speculatory evidence, and will likely result in an objection from your opponent.

Having evidence will result in a much easier trial for you. Evidence puts the pressure on the opponent to prove or disprove. With solid, physical representations of their crime, or a group of people citing their actions, there is more for the judge to consider.

This concludes this column’s Legal Lessons. Please join us next time as we discuss how to further define what your case or defense actually is, and walk through a theoretical case so that you can understand how proceedings should go. Thank you for your time. Light Bless


I want to say thank you first to my family, who have been the motivation of my life.

Thank you so much to Bang Shihyuk PD-nim, Vice President Choi Yoojung, Director Yoon Seokjoon, Director Kim Shinkyu, Director Lee Hyuk, Director Chaeeun who always help us become a cool BTS. I’ll work hard with the same mindset as my debut days.

Hobeomie-hyung, Sejinie-hyung, Sungseokie-hyung, Jungilie-hyung, Yoonjae-hyung, Sunhakie, Kwangtaekie-hyung who always silently take care of us from behind, thank you and I love you!!

Bighit’s music team that worked really hard this time too, Pdogg-hyung, Dohyungie-hyung, Donghyukie, Joonsangie, Changwonie-hyung, Jooyoungie-hyung, Bosungie-hyung, Wooyoung-nim, you’re the top in Korea.

Sunghyunie-hyung, Hyunjoo-noona, Sunkyung-noona, Gabriel-hyung, teacher Sungdeuk who give Bangtan wonderful wings, thank you for give us really wonderful wings this time too.

People who help Bangtan every minute, every second, Woojung-noona, Surin-noona, Hyunji-noona, Bunhong-nim, Seolhee-noona, Joowon-nim, Jooyeon-nim, Joy-nim, team leader Heesun, Hayan-noona, Jinah-nim, Kyungjin-nim, Sunho-nim, Hyeyoung-nim, Iseul-noona, Nayeob-noona, Yoori-nim, Onnuri-nim, Hyekki-hyung, Eunjung-nim, Eunsang-nim, Junho-nim, team leader Jaedong, Jungwook-nim, Junsu-nim, Hyunmin-nim, Sunjung-noona, Mijung-noona, Seungwoo-nim, Yeonhee-nim, Hyewon-nim, Miryung-nim, Yeji-nim, thank you so much. Thanks to you BTS can carry on activities without any trouble.
Sincerely thank you so much.

Head of Department Hajung, Hyeso-nim, Seoyeon-nim from the style team, thank you for giving us cool styling!

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Korea’s best video team, Director Lum, Director Hyunwoo, Director Sunwook, thank you for shooting cool videos for us this time too!!!

Our ARMYs who give us excessive love every album!
Thank you so much and I love you.
I’ll come to find you with cool music and cool performances.

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more magician reigen bc its so much fun

and also ritsu bc definitely super fun

louis is the kind of guy who complains about valentine’s day being a hallmark holiday but in reality you know he spoils harry to the extreme starting the night before all throughout the day of

There is a little Syrian restaurant right outside the old medina in Rabat that I used to eat at regularly while living in Morocco. My roommate and I would go nearly every night, and sometimes we’d bring friends. They served the most incredible avocado smoothie topped with almonds and spices that you can imagine… I’d do terrible things for the recipe.

The wait staff all recognized us, and while our Arabic was dreadful, we were also very predicable in our orders. One night after a particularly stressful and upsetting day, the main server arrived at our table with a glass of water. People in Morocco (and most parts of the world) do not typically drink ice with their water. I’d grown accustomed to that and didn’t miss it much, but when the waiter produced a single ice cube and dropped it into my glass with a flourish and a beaming smile, I almost burst into tears. It was an unexpectedly touching and thoughtful gesture. It didn’t actually do shit to cool down my water, of course, but it was just so unnecessarily *nice* of him that I remember it as the single most refreshing beverage I had that year.

King Jackson 💕

24 years years ago today a gift to mankind was born. ❤

Thank you Jackson for teaching us so much over the years. Thank you for teaching us to value the little things in life. Thank you for teaching us the true meaning of friendship. And most of all thank you for always worrying about us. You are truly a gift to us all. You are the most humble man I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Thank you so much for everything you do. Please continue to stay the happy extra virus you are. And please please do better with paying attention to your health.

Happy birthday Wang Puppy! ❤

GOT7 has truly outdone themselves and broke all their own records… 2 days worth of Arrival sales has already bypassed a week of sales for Turbulence. Arrival is also #3 on Worldwide iTunes Album Chart! and the music video reached 1 million views in 5 hours! congrats ahgases for all your hard work! it’s paid off!!! Let’s continue giving our love and support to GOT7 💘💘💘

Imagine if you will: it’s six months later in game-time.  Keyleth finished her Aramente, Hotis is dead, Taryon has paid the party and wandered on his way, so on and so forth.  There’s still a few Lingering Questions™ perhaps about that book and other things, but Vox Machina are prepared to take a well-deserved rest for a while.  Their keep is finally empty of refugees, there’s time to take a break from things like governing Whitestone, and everyone heads back to Greyskull for a little while to just enjoy their home and one another’s company for the first time in an age.

They send a message to Scanlan, an olive branch: we’re going back to Emon, back to Greyskull Keep.  We’d love to pick out a room for Kaylie, if you feel like coming by.

No reply.  Keyleth considers scrying on him in case something’s the matter, but finally decides not to intrude any further on his privacy.

The day arrives.  Bags are packed, they step through the Sun Tree and into their garden; the only familiar faces waiting are a few of their servants and Jarrett, but it’s still their good old long-lost home.  Emon is finally starting to really bustle again in the Conclave’s aftermath.  They consider a quiet dinner at home, but it almost seems like a waste; Vox Machina, as they’re wont to do, leave their things behind and head out to a tavern for a good time.

The one they pick is a big bustling place, and being the local heroes and all, they opt for one of the less conspicuous tables off in a corner.  They can’t really see the minstrels performing way over on the stage for all the heads in between.  (Well, Grog can, but he’s busy with his ale.)  The fiddler is uncommonly good, though, accompanied by an abrasively lively shawm and then an equally nimble lute.  It’s good music to get drunk by, so they toast and laugh and nobody thinks anything more of it until there’s a smooth tenor voice that they’d recognize anywhere:

“Let me tell you the tale,” it sings, “of Vox Machina.”

One of the group drops their ale mug, and the crowd whoops and cheers for Scanlan Shorthalt’s latest masterpiece, which of course he’s been performing here for days already to be sure the regulars know the words.  There’s a verse describing all the heroes, naturally, and Scanlan meets their eyes one after another with a small smile on his face.  Olive branch returned.

He looks different.  Less jewelry.  Somewhere along the line apparently he cut his hair, and now it’s half grown out again.  The only earring he wears is Tiberius’s, and the front of his shirt is closed.  He’s dressed like a man who’s decided maybe female attention isn’t that important to him after all.

The song is several verses long, glowingly detailing Vox Machina’s exploits.  It must have taken ages to write.  There are even some lines about Taryon Darrington, the end of the Aramente, the harrowing journey to the Nine Hells.  Things Scanlan wasn’t anywhere near, things which are definitely partially bullshit, but some of which ring startlingly true.  Perhaps Keyleth wasn’t the only person doing a little scrying.

The last verse ends with a flourish, proclaiming how Vox Machina triumphed through the power of their bonds, the strength of a family working as one.  Then amidst the raucous applause, he squeezes Kaylie’s hand and hops off the stage, leaving her considerable talents to finish the set alone.  He makes his way over to the corner with a smile, an awkward and old and honest smile, to buy everyone a drink.

(”So, little elf girl,” he starts, and Vex immediately punts him down the table.)

Yuuri gets to Saint Petersburg and Viktor expects him to be a fragile wilting summer child who has never really experienced winter in that precious seaside temperate town he comes from where they get half an inch of snow twice a year and the temperature hits ~-1 Celsius on a bad day. 

“My poor, beautiful Yuuri,” Viktor thinks to himself in the days before Yuuri arrives in Russia, “How will he survive?”

Then Yuuri gets there and Viktor is watching, slack-jawed, as Yuuri wanders around in January in Saint Petersburg with his coat open and no gloves in negative five degrees, doesn’t seem to care that his cheeks and nose are turning red, doesn’t huddle into Viktor for warmth and use him as a human shield from the wind.

Viktor was expecting to be used as a human shield. Viktor wanted to be used as a human shield. Viktor would make a very good human shield.

That’s when Yuuri sees Viktor making a face at him that is the visual equivalent of ??!>>!>!??! and says, “Viktor, my first year in Detroit I didn’t have a car and we had two weeks where the temperature didn’t go above negative ten. Fahrenheit. I remember standing at a bus stop in windchill that made it feel like negative twenty-three outside. It felt like my ears were bleeding.”

“Ah,” stutters a certain five-time world champion who may or may not have ever realized that Detroit actually got that cold. 

Then Yuuri says, “Three weeks later, it hit eighty. Michigan is literally Hell,” and Viktor develops a minor fear of a mitten-shaped state that he’s never even been to.

I really love this pic so much , he looks like an innocent little kid and it’s so cute omg this is a masterpiece okay I’m just saying