deaf horse

okay so i’ve noticed this thing the spring awakening fandom does where they forget wendla bergmann is a strong female character in and of herself and only talk about her in relation to pirate queens or to make melchior look like a terrible person so here is a list of things that makes wendla a great character on her own: 

  • she believes we need to help others and actually goes out and does it through her church. 
  • she’s willing to stand up to her mother to defend herself and get what she wants. 
  • she asks for what she wants without being ashamed of it, and she pushes for it. 
  • she’s prepared and wants to raise a child she wasn’t even aware she could have, in a world that would disgrace her. 
  • she cares about her friends immensely, to the post that she even says to martha that she wishes she could take her father’s beatings for her. 
  • literally died because all she wanted to do was be loved (u can all fight me on this one)

anyway this is all i can think of off the top of my head but please feel free to send me more and remember to keep in mind wendla is a beautiful character who deserved better. 


As requested by przytulmnie-mocno a few days ago;

The Polish Winged Lancers were probably history’s single most famous cavalry outfit. The were one of the main types of the cavalry in the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland between the 16th and 18th centuries. When this cavalry type was first introduced by the Serbian and Hungarian mercenary horsemen in the beginning of the 16th century, they served as light cavalry banners in the Polish army; by the second half of the 16th century and after Stephen Báthory’s reforms, hussars had been transformed into heavily armored shock cavalry. Until the reforms of the 1770s, the husaria banners were considered the elite of the Polish cavalry.

With the Battle of Lubiszew in 1577, the ‘Golden Age’ of the husaria began. Between then and the Battle of Vienna in 1683, the hussars fought many actions against several enemies, most of which they won. They didn’t lose one battle for the first 125 years after the inception of the unit.

In the battles of Lubiszew in 1577, Byczyna (1588), Kokenhausen (1601), Kircholm(1605), Kłuszyn (1610), Chocim (1621), Martynów (1624), Trzciana (1629),Ochmatów (1644), Beresteczko (1651), Połonka (1660), Cudnów (1660), Chocim(1673), Lwów (1675), Vienna (1683), and Párkány (1683), the Polish hussars proved to be the decisive factor against often overwhelming odds. For instance, in the Battle of Kluszyn during the Polish–Muscovite War, the Russians outnumbered the Commonwealth army 5 to 1, yet were heavily defeated. During the Khmelnytsky Uprising (Battle of Zhovti Vody, 1648), the Polish army of 1,500, containing less than 200 hussars, defended against Khmelnytsky’s 11,000-man army due to the hussars’ defence work.

The role of the hussar evolved into a reconnaissance and advanced scout capacity. Their uniforms became more elaborate as their armour and heavy weapons were abandoned. In the 18th century, as infantry firearms became more effective, heavy cavalry, with its tactics of charging into and breaking infantry units, became increasingly obsolete and hussars transformed from an elite fighting unit to a parade one.

The hussars were famous for their huge 'wings’, a wooden frame carrying eagle, ostrich, swan or goose feathers. In the 16th century, characteristic painted wings or winged claws began to appear on cavalry shields.

The most common theory is that the hussars wore the wings because they made a loud, clattering noise which made it seem like the cavalry was much larger than in reality and frightened the enemy’s horses. Other possibilities included the wings being made to defend the backs of the men against swords and lassos, or that they were worn to make their own horses deaf to the wooden noise-makers used by the Ottoman and the Crimean Tatars.

Gods and Wars.

This is the piece I wrote for the Hq!! Ghibli Zine, (now hq-ghibli-zine! Don’t forget to check the other amazing pieces!). Together with the awesome Taffy (check her amazing art here and cry with me), we developed this MatsuHana story, based on the movie “Princess Mononoke”. 

(it is in ao3 now as well!)

Rating: general audience.

Pairing: Matsukawa Issei / Hanamaki Takahiro

Tags: Inspired/Based on Princess Mononoke, gods and nature, a lot of other HQ!! characters make a slight appearance, 

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anonymous asked:

We all know that Jamie can't sing to save his life - imagine a story where, for whatever reason, he has to sing something to save his (or Claire's) life.

The sound of retching echoed down the hall that led to the main bed chambers. Jamie’s brow furrowed and he set off at a run.

“Claire?” he called; the sound of more retching was his answer. “Claire!” he yelled again, skidding to a halt outside his chambers as Fergus opened the door carrying Faith.

“DA!” Faith gurgled, followed but several incoherent baby babbles.

Jamie smiled, reached down and plucked the girl from her adoptive bother’s grasp. “Hi mo nighean donn. Where’s yer Mam? Hmm?”

“Milady—Mother Claire,” Fergus corrected himself, “Is not feeling so well Mil—”

Jamie quirked an eyebrow. Fergus blushed and smiled sheepishly, “Da. She will not come out of your chambers and refuses to let go of the spare chamberpot.”

Jamie nodded, “Weel, if she wilna come out, then I’ll have to go to her.” He looked down at Faith as the girl continued to babble away—telling her Da the most interesting story only she could understand—and kissed her forehead. “Watch yer sister for me, aye? I’ll hopefully no’ be too long.”

With a wink and a smile, Jamie passed his daughter back to Fergus. The little girl furrowed her brows, gave a “harrumph” of dissatisfaction, and started to babble away to Fergus.

“Aye, Mi—Da. I shall.”

Just as Jamie turned to open the door, he watched as Fergus carried Faith down the hall, Faith’s wee hand smacking Fergus’s cheek every so often so that he paid attention to her and then continued her babbling.

Jamie couldn’t contain his smile.

As Jamie entered the room, the sound of Claire’s retching became louder. He found her curled up in a ball at the foot of the bed.

“Claire!” Jamie exclaimed, eyes wide and full of concern. He gently gripped her shoulders as she breathed deeply. He noticed that her shift was soaked through with sweat.

“Mo ghraidh, should I send for a healer? Mother Hildegarde? Master Raymond?”

She waved a hand and then laid it on his; she trembled and her palms were cold and clammy. “No,” she said, “I’m fine, honestly Jamie. In an hour or two this should pass…I hope.” The last statement she breathed out in no more than a whisper. Jamie wasn’t sure if he was intended to hear it, but it did nothing to quell the growing anxiety he felt.

“Please, Sassenach. Let me do something that will help ye,” he implored.

She smiled up at him, her hand moving from his to touch his face. “Could you fetch me my medicine box? I may have a few things that can help stop the nausea, but there’s really nothing more you can do. You’ve already done your part in all this.”  Claire stated dismissively, taking Jamie aback.

“What do ye mean, I’ve already done my part? Have I brought home a sickness ye can catch? Christ, Sassenach I’m so sorry.”

He knelt down beside her and clutched her head to his chest and began to smooth her hair back soothingly, whispering in Gaelic as he went.

She laughed, “No, silly man.”

He was puzzled, but she quickly answered his questioning gaze. Leaning back, she grabbed his hand, pulled it to her abdomen and held it there.

She smiled brightly as the dawning of understanding crossed his face.

“Ye mean?” he asked, looking down at where his hand rested.

She tilted his head up and nodded, tears forming in her eyes.

“A bairn?”

She nodded again. “Yes, I’m pregnant.”

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theofficialbritish  asked:

Hello :) I am HoH and learning sign. Ive been deaf since birth due to complications that lead to nerve damage. I'm not completely deaf, though can't hear at all in my right ear and only partially in my left and I'm always asked "So how deaf ARE you?" I dont mean to offend anyone but it always bothers me to feel like I dont belong in the deaf community. I always feel so alone because I don't actually know other people with this disability as well.

Hearing people don’t get that any hearing loss means you can identify as deaf, so they will often tell people who are HoH that they aren’t deaf, when really HoH people can be deaf if they so choose to identify that way.

Some older folks in the Deaf community (and some who have been lead astray) will tell you that if you can hear at all or use an assistive device (hearing aid, cochlear implant, etc), that you aren’t deaf and cannot be part of the Deaf community.

It’s all horse shit, your degree of deafness doesn’t matter, deaf is deaf. This blog is here for everyone deaf, be it mild or profound, one ear or both, everywhere in-between and all the places I’ve forgotten about. Apd people are welcome too and have a valid place inside the Deaf community imo.

If this blog has shown anything, it’s that people who identify as HoH feel a sense of loneliness, an inability to belong in either camps, the hearing or the deaf.

And if this blog can do anything, I hope it can help you and everyone else who feels alone, like they have no one to talk to or like they have no where to vent, that there is a place, where you can express how you feel, read about how others are feeling and hopefully make some friends along the way.

@deaflepuff has a lovely post that contains a great big list of Deaf bloggers that you can start following. I encourage you to get involved with the community, so far everyone I’ve talked to is great and they are all very inclusive.

I’d also like to inform you and remind everyone else here that my chat is always open, my ask is always open, it doesn’t have to be related to deaf issues, if you just want to chat I’m always around :) I’m not super interesting! But I’m always happy to talk to any of you.

I’m Jack btw.