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The weeks went by, and the dates with Annabeth got longer and longer.

Percy sat down on his bed, fixing his shirt. He didn’t realize his shirt had been buttoned up askew, or that his jeans had been unzipped for the past hour or so.

His mind was racing. First, she dragged him to a flower garden. That was the firsts date she planned, and he loved every bit of it. Then he took her down to Olympia, watching her gush over the buildings and the history. Then they went on a trip to Rainier, spent a full day there, barely making it back home before midnight.

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Just want to make it clear that even though @honxrable and I frequently do modern au’s in modern America, when I picture the characters, Zuko is an Asian man and Katara has brown skin. Thank you.

The lighthouse was a castle. It was a scrap of impossibility balanced on the edge of reality. It was a fortress, and a safe house, and an island. Most importantly, it was her home.

The huge rocks of the island’s base rose out of the water like they were scared of getting wet, contorting into strange shapes, their crags seeming to form upset expressions and stony cringes at the waves that rolled and splashed beneath them. If they had been people, they would have fussy and stuffy and terrified of stains. She wasn’t sure, to be honest, that they had never been people. The island didn’t deal in certainty.

It had been storming the night she arrived. The grayness of the sky had gone on forever, like the horizon didn’t exist anymore, and she felt sick from the hugeness of it and the tilting of the small boat on the waves. She’d sailed herself there, once upon a time. She no longer remembered from where.

Once upon a time. These were not words that belonged on the lighthouse’s island. They were words for the beginning of the story, and the island didn’t deal in beginnings.

This is the ending, she said to herself, as she stood at the top of the lighthouse, a million miles, it seemed, into the gray sky. The lantern light that sputtered and glowed there was to mark the end of the story, to show you the way to the final lines in the dark.

But then she shook her head, blinking those thoughts away. It was only a lighthouse to light the way for ships during the storms, such as the storm she had arrived in, heavy and dark and filled with lightning the way a jewelry box was filled with silver. It didn’t matter that she had never glimpsed a single ship on the steel-gray waves of the ocean this open balcony looked out over, or that she no longer knew which way she had sailed from to find this place.

It was only a lighthouse, and lighthouses lit the way.

She pulled her knitted gray sweater tighter and descended the twining steps down the tower. The thick pads of her gloves ran down the peeling metal railing with a shushing sound, but her cold, bare fingers were silent, and her old leather boots barely made a sound on the steps. Most days she never talked at all, though sometimes she sang a little and listened the sighing, creaking wind blowing in response. She could almost hear the fussy, stuffy rocks muttering about her lack of pitch in the distance, though they always stopped before she could hear them clearly.

Only one sound was constant, and that was the rushing of the waters crashing on the rocks and the sandy beach on the other side of the island. The ocean here and everywhere (and nowhere) was vengeful and strong and cold, and to dip your toes into it was to invite the waves to simply take you with it when it pulled away. The island didn’t deal in warmth. You had to make your own.

Steam was rising as thickly from her mug as spray from the ocean when she heard the yell. She stirred the tea one more time, and heard it again. She didn’t rush. There was more than enough time here. She poured another cup to cool while she was out and wrapped a scarf around her neck and hair and stomped her boots three times on the threshold before she stepped out, to remind the lighthouse to behave itself. It never misbehaved, but it didn’t hurt to stomp a little anyway.

Down to the sand, crunchy with salt and ice, down to where the shallows of the ocean swept across the beach and swirled at the hair of the girl lying there. The lighthouse keeper looked at her. Hard to tell, with her long skirts, whether she had legs or a tail. She unwrapped her scarf and put it around the girl’s neck, though being soaked and shivering wouldn’t be fixed with one scarf. Still, one bit of warmth when everything was terrible and dark made more a difference than body heat. She didn’t remember where she’d learned that.

The island didn’t deal in memory. You left something behind when you stayed there, left it in the ocean or the storm or perhaps the shore you left behind. You learned that, or you left.

She gathered up the half-drowned girl and carried her back over sand and salt and ice to the little kitchen at the bottom of the lighthouse. The fire crackled, dim in the storm that was brewing up past the nonexistent horizon, and the windows shook in the walls as the old worn wood shutters creaked sadly. It was almost warm enough, and a couple of stories would fix it up. Over the glowing embers and tea and thunder-growling, the lighthouse keeper brought out her stories like showing off jewels and dropped them into the girl’s lap as she sat and dried and warmed and fell half-asleep in the rickety chair. Some of the stories were hers — or had been given to her, or stolen by her, she could not remember — some of them were not hers, but she didn’t know who had told them to her, or whether she thought of them on the spot. At some point, the un-drowned girl would get around to telling hers. When she was awake again, and warm enough, and ready.

The island’s trade was stories. The whole place glowed with them, seethed with them, lived with them, and the lighthouse’s lantern shone through it all, soft and resolute. Calling for stories and their tellers to come home, for the storms to howl the stories they knew and for the rocks to hold them safe in their depths. Calling out that the end was the natural home of all stories, and that the distant shores of beginning could be returned to later. Now was the time for the telling.

I finally watched Wonder Woman and it was amazing on all accounts and it made me want to draw my lovely buff ladies that would have been completely at home on Themiscyra. I didn’t get to all of them, but here is the lovely Saethil rocking an Amazonian look and doing it well. 

Also Hippolyta’s outfit is totally what Fen’Sulahn wears to battle. You cannot convince me otherwise. 

thekinderbeast  asked:

I saw a documentary recently, in which they said, Iceland became Christian basically because Denmark became Christian and imprisoned every Iceland not der on it's soil, sending an ultimatum to Iceland, that they would execute them, if Iceland wouldn't convert. A heathen law man, respected by Christians and Heathens alike, was in the end asked to decide. After some days he decided that Iceland should become Christian by name but in private every Icelander was free to do whatever. Can you confirm?

Sæl vinur,
(Hello friend,)

For the most part, yes, but also not exactly, because we should add a dash of ‘it’s complicated’ just to be safe. Allow me to briefly retell the story:

All of the parts are correct, but the interpretation of all those parts together is up for some debate. After all, documentaries are not exempt from having a bias, and not in the sense of having an agenda, but just because it is simply human nature to have certain inclinations. I suppose it is better to say that the documentary may have made some claims or assumptions that could be seen from various perspectives, and every interpretation is but one perspective out of many. I am finding myself being carried away in a moment of philosophical contemplation, so I digress (my apologies, but, in my defense, those are things we ought to think and talk about).

Anyway, Iceland was indeed pressured by Norway and not exactly Denmark. To be more specific, though, it was King Olaf Tryggvason who truly pressured the Icelanders, especially after his missionary, Thangbrand, returned from there with little success in 999.(1.) After this, the king not only imprisoned Icelanders as hostages (not a ton, mind you), but he also closed off Norwegian ports to Icelandic merchants.(2.) Now this was a big deal. Iceland was an island, after all, which meant that many goods needed to be imported. I would argue that it was not only the pressure from executing hostages that placed an ‘ultimatum’ on Iceland, but the economic strangling that King Olaf placed around their necks.

Yet, there were hostages, and they were the often the “sons and daughters of prominent Icelandic pagans.”(3.) Furthermore, King Olaf did threaten to “maim or kill [them] unless Iceland accepted Christianity.”(4.) Yet, this, as I mentioned above, was not the only force creating pressure. Believe it or not, there were already Christian Icelanders, some of which were fairly prominent, too.(5.) Why would they need to care about someone else’s family members? Unless they had some sort of bonds through kinship, they didn’t. 

There was something else on the line here, though. An aspect of Iceland’s foreign policy was to maintain a good relationship with Norway for two reasons: family and economic ties.(6.) Many Icelanders, whether pagan or Christian, had family in Norway, and therefore would prosper from continued positive relations. Furthermore, as already mentioned, Norway was Iceland’s major trading partner, and a falling through would be devastating on the economic front.

As for the “heathen law man,” his name was Thorgeir Thorkelsson, a chieftain (goði) from the farm of Ljósavatn in the Northern Quarter.(7) Most of what the documentary seems to have said pans out to be true, although his motives are, you guessed it, up for debate. Various accounts do agree, though, that he was indeed the Lawspeaker to make this decision.(8.) Here is an account from Njal’s Saga:

“Thorgeir lay for a whole day with a cloak spread over his head, and no one spoke to him. The next day people went to the Law Rock; Thorgeir asked for silence and spoke: ‘It appears to me that our affairs will be hopeless if we don’t all have the same law, for if the law is split then peace will be split, and we can’t live with that. Now I want to ask the heathens and the Christians whether they are willing to accept the law that I proclaim.’” 

They all assented to this. Thorgeir said that he wanted oaths from them and pledges that they would stick by them. They assented to this, and he took pledges from them.

‘This will be the foundation of our law,’ he said, ‘that all men in this land are to be Christians and believe in one God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - and give up all worship of false idols, the exposure of children, and the eating of horse meat. Three years’ outlawry will be the penalty for open violations, but if these things are practiced in secret, there shall be no punishment.’

All of these heathen practices were forbidden a few years later, so that they could neither be practiced openly nor in secret.” (9.)

He was indeed a heathen, and he did, as illustrated above, for some unknown reason, deem that Iceland should adopt Christianity. It is also true that heathen practices were allowed afterwards, but not indefinitely. In Ari Thorgeirsson’s Íslendingabók, he says this about what happened afterwards:

“And he (Thorgeir Thorkelsson) brought his speech to a close in such a way that both sides agreed that everyone should have the same law, the one he decided to proclaim. It was then proclaimed in the laws that all people should be Christian, and that those in this country who had not yet been baptised should receive baptism; but the old laws should stand as regards the exposure of children and the eating of horse-flesh. People had the right to sacrifice in secret, if they wished, but it would be punishable by the lesser outlawry if witnesses were produced. And a few years later, these heathen provisions were abolished, like the others.” (10.)

So, given that account, people were “free to do whatever,” but only during this period of transition. Now, we may enter the realm of reasonable probability, but that, of course, comes with its limitations. Still, we can assume that it was quite possible that people still remained heathen for quite some time, yet this would have been difficult, mainly due to social pressures. It may have been more likely that some families retained their heathen traditions in somewhat of a hybrid religious state, in which they worshipped both Christ and the old gods. This was actually not unheard of. In Landnámabók, the Icelandic Book of Settlements, a man named Helgi the Lean is described as such:

“Helgi’s faith was very much mixed: he believed in Christ but invoked Thor when it came to voyages and difficult times.” (11.)


My final judgement is to say that this documentary was correct, of course, but not an ‘absolute truth’ on the matter. Besides there not being such a thing as an ‘absolute truth’, especially in regards to history, the documentary only provided one telling of a complicated tale; there were quite a few complications likely not discussed in the documentary. 

After all, there was more going on behind the scenes back when King Olaf was taking hostages. Furthermore, although Thorgeir allowed heathens to continue practice, this was only a temporary condition. Yet, even so, we do not truly know the reality that was in place. All we have are generalized accounts that tell us the ideal or legal standpoints. Let us not forget, either, that these very sources were written by the ‘winning’ party. As I said when I began this post, we all have a bias, whether we like it or not. There is no shame in this, but it must be known to properly handle the sources that we are given.

My advice, then, is to understand that documentaries, and even many works of academia, often only grant you one version of the story. Even the version I have told above leaves out certain details that honestly need consideration. Still, the documentary was not wrong, but there are always many levels of intricacy that truly need consideration before we can fully understand any given situation. 

Anyway, I truly am grateful that you asked this question. It was a pleasure to respond to it, and I do hope that you and many other prospers from my insights.

Með vinsemd og virðingu,
(With kindness and respect,)
Fjörn


FOOTNOTES:

1. Jesse L. Byock, Viking Age Iceland. (London: Penguin Books, 2001), 299.

2. Ibid.

3. Ibid.

4. Ibid.

5. I could talk about this for quite a while, but it would take us further from the question at hand than we ought to wander, at least for the time being.

6. Byock, 299.

7. Ibid., 300.

8. Ari Thorgeirsson’s Íslendingabók, chapter 7, and Njal’s Saga, chapter 105, give good accounts of this, and arguably with slightly different motives.

9. Robert Cook trans., Njal’s Saga, in The Complete Sagas of Icelanders, vol. III, edited by Viðar Hreinsson, Robert Cook, Terry Gunnell, Keneva Kunz, and Bernard Scudder. (Reykjavík: Leifur Eiríksson Publishing, 1997), 127-8. (Chapter 105, pages 180-1 in the Penguin edition)

10. Ari Thorgeirsson, The Book of the Icelanders: Íslendingabók, translated by Siân Grønlie, edited by Anthony Faulkes and Alison Finlay. (London: University College London, 20016), 9. (Chapter 7)

11. Hermann Pálsson and Paul Edwards trans., The Book of Settlements: Landnámabók. (repr., 1972; Manitoba: University of Manitoba Press, 2012), 97. (Chapter 218)

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Requested by anonymous

“Why is she doing this?”.
You looked up and met the eyes of the king, the guy your captain had put you in charge of watching until Mal came back with what you wanted.

“Isn’t it obvious?” You replied, rolling your eyes. When the king just continued to stare at you with a blank expression you sighed.
“You trapped us here. Us, the kids of the villains who wronged you. We did nothing wrong but you and your father could care less. Uma’s going to free us”.

“This isn’t going to end well for anyone I promise” he said “I’m sorry. With everything that’s been going on… I forgot about all the other villain children and that is wrong but you have to let me make it up to you. Uma is going about it all wrong”.

You looked away from him for a moment.
“Look I’ll make you a deal. I’ll talk to Uma, try to convince her to put this whole thing to rest but only if!… you get me of this island”.

“Deal” Ben replied without hesitation. You had to admit that it surprised you how quick he was to agree to your terms.

“I can’t promise results”.

“That’s okay but at least try”.

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Oh joy, Trump is coming to Long Island to deal with gangs. And if he just happens to swing by Bethpage’s legendary golf courses it will be a happy accident. 

“But Arrow doesn’t follow the comics!” - Oh, really?!

1. Oliver’s origin story is an island (GA year 1) (pilot)

2. Oliver stops illegal dealings on the island (GA year 1) (4x01/4x23)

3. Oliver learns to fight/survive on the island (GA year 1) (1x15)

4. Oliver finds a female friend on the island and helps her out (GA year 1) (s4 tiana)

5. Oliver has a younger half-sister (new52/ rebirth) (thea)

6. The sinking of the Gambit was not an accident (new52) (s1)

7. Oliver has a connection with Shado (vol 1) (s1)

8. Shado’s dragon tattoo. (Vol 2? Mike Grell) (s1)

9. Oliver watches his mother die (vol 3 or new52) (2x20)

10. Oliver has absolutely no interest in being a CEO (vol 3 + new52) (pilot)

11. Oliver has cheated on Dinah Laurel (vol 1) (pilot)

12. Oliver and Dinah have an on/off relationship (vol 1) (pilot)

13. Oliver proposes to the love of his life (outside) (vol 3 #75) (4x09)

14. The Undertaking = Amsterdam Disaster (vol 3) (1x23)

15. Felicity Smoak – tech expert, CEO (firestorm) (4x12)

16. Cupid being obsessed with Oliver (ga/bc) (3x07)

17. Cupid/Arrow fight (ga/bc) (3x07)

18. Oliver is Roy’s mentor (all the volumes) (2x12)

19. Oliver has a biological son he didn’t know about (vol 1) (4x08)

20. Boxing glove arrow (3x06)

21. Oliver is mayor (vol 3) (4x23)

22. Oliver works with a team (new 52) (ota)

23. Oliver fights slade. Oliver wins (vol 3) (2x23)

24. Merlyn is the dark archer (vol 3 ga/bc) (1x21)

25. Merlyn is Oliver’s #1 adversary (vol 3) (1x23)

26. Count vertigo v green arrow (vol 3) (3x01 – 2x07)

27. Oliver dying (quiver) (3x09)

28. Oliver being brought from the dead  (quiver) (3x10)

29. 2 green arrows (ga/bc vol 3) (legends 1x06, diggle/roy in the suit)

30. Star city (4x01)

31. GA suit (4x01)

32. Arsenal, Speedy, Black Canary on Team Arrow (vol 3) (4x12)

33. Oliver soul searching (vol 1) (3x23)

34. Oliver returning to the island (vol 3) (2x01)

35. BC is a legacy title (bop vol 1) (3x11; 4x19)

36. Roy harper went through several titles (vol 3) (2x12, 3x06 4x12)

37. Canary can beat Oliver’s ass (vol 3) (Sara Lance in the Arrow comics tie-in)

38. Canary goes into the pit (bop vol 1) (4x03)

39.  Speedy kills (vol 3) (4x21)

40. Dinah Laurel and Dinah Drake are estranged (bop vol 1) (s1)

41. Canary takes care of Sin (bc 2007) (2x04, 2x05, 2x17)

42. Oliver vs China White (ga year 1) (1x03)

43. Ted Grant trained Laurel (bc 2007/bop) (3x06)

44. Oliver and Barry being friends (quiver) (3x08)

45. Oliver fighting for the little guy / being anti-corporations (vol 3) (s1)

46. Playboy billionaire oliver queen (vol 1) (pilot)

47. Canary is trained by an international assassin (bop vol 1) (3x19) (Sara in the League)

48. Doesn’t play well with others (ga/bc) (4x08)

49. Moved out of Star City (vol 1) (4x01)

50. Roy has a fight with Oliver and leaves (vol 1) (2x19)

51. Oliver has a bodyguard (vol 3) (2x02)

52. Speedy leaves Team arrow (vol 3) (4x23)

53. The mother of Oliver’s son appeals to him to save him (ga/bc) (4x15)

54. Oliver goes on a mission to rescue his son (ga/bc) (4x15)

55. Speedy spars with Oliver (vol 3) (this is your overlord felicity smoak)

56. Canary knows Ra’s al Ghul and his daughter (bop vol 1) (sara/ra’s)

57. Nuclear attack on Star City (vol 3) (4x20)

58. Oliver does jobs for the government (vol 1 – eddie fyers) (s4 s3)

59. Brick (vol 3) (3x12, 4x22)

60. Black Arrow  (vol 2) (s5)

61. Oliver being an outlaw/wanted by the police (vol 2 #79) (s1, s2, s3)

62. GA/Hunterss Team up (vol 2 #83) (1x17)

63. Oliver fights Hawkman (vol 3) (4x08)

64. Oliver is trained by assassins (vol 3) (3x21)

65. Oliver fights Solomon Grundy aka Cyrus Gold (vol 3) (2x09)

66. GA vs Anarky (vol 3 51) (4x02)

67. Oliver/GA inspires the city to fight against a threat (vol 3 38) (3x12 4x23)

68. Oliver fights supernatural beings (demons, mirakuru soldiers) (vol 3) (2x23, 4x04)

69. Isabel Rochev taking over Queen Industries (brightest day #1) (2x02, 2x18)

70. Isabel being obsessed with the Queens (s2) (brightest day #1)

71. WALTER STEELE (brightest day #1) (pilot)

72.   Walt holding a key position in QC (brightest day #1) (pilot)

73. Isabel knowing the mayor (brightest day #1) (2x22)

74. Isabel having a history with Robert and hating Oliver (brightest day #2) (2x19)

75.   “Explosion that levelled the heart of the city) (brightest day #2) (4x23)

76.   Oliver choosing GA over Oliver (brightest day #2) (3x01)

77.   Oliver living by himself/in isolation (brightest day #2) (s2; 4x20)

78.   Oliver being “stubborn” (brightest day #2) (SA on Conan)

79.   “I should have died on that island” (brightest day #3)

80.   Robert being a shit husband to Moira (brightest day #3 / new52)

81.   Robert being a shit dad to oliver (brightest day)

82.   Oliver focusing only on his failures (brightest day)

83.   Oliver and Barry bromance (vol 3 Quiver) (literally every crossover ever)

84.   Oliver not liking guns (brightest day) (3x03)

85.   Oliver being brought back to life by a miracle (brightest day) (3x10 – penicillin tea yea right)

86.   Oliver watched his father die (brightest day) (pilot)

87.   Oliver using makeshift arrows (brightest day (3x03)]

88.   Oliver storming his company to face Isabel (brightest day) (2x22)

89.   Oliver failing at being a CEO (brightest day) (s2)

90.   Oliver not knowing about his dad and Isabel (brightest day) (2x19)

91.   Star city has poor/rich/gangs (brightest day) (s5)

92.   Oliver’s trick arrows

93.   Ghosts of oliver’s loved ones giving him strength to fight (brightest day) (2x09 / 4x20 / 5x08)

94.   Mr Terrific is in the GA comics (brightest day) (s5)

95.   Oliver has a son (connor, Robert, v3, v2) (William)

96.   Moira knows Oliver’s the Arrow (new52 #25) (2x21)

97.  Oliver hallucinates his loved ones when all hope is gone (brightest day #7) (2x09)

98.   GA’s Rogues Gallery: China White, Count Vertigo, Deathstroke, Merlyn, Cupid, Brick, Mafia, evil corporations,

99. Oliver works alongside Dinah Drake (rebirth) (5x11)

100. Metahuman Black Canary (rebirth / vol 3) (5x10/5x11)

101. Oliver thinking of the woman he loves before he dies (injustice, Dinah) (3x09 Felicity)


 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ to be continued.

anonymous asked:

So I've only recently gotten into Spidertorch because I read Amazing Spiderman #680 so I went on TUmblr and read your fic and now I'm hooked. Do you have a list of MUST read comics for spidertorch shippers? That'd help me so much with my newfound obsession

I definitely do! Since we’re talking 50+ years worth of team-ups between two of Marvel’s biggest heroes, this is far from a definitive list - I mean, they literally meet in Amazing Spider-Man #1. Mostly I’m just highlighting my favorite issues. If anybody else would like to add onto it, please feel free!

Marvel 616

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Dark Hunters: Guardian

“Progress” is a dangerous word. Guardian hails from a blessed isle in the eastern archipelago, one filled with the energies of all different elements. His species had no special powers, but with the vibrant energies of their island providing for them, they had no need of such things. For eons, they existed in a peaceful, albeit primitive, state. That all changed when Matoran traders happened upon the isle. Intending to help the society progress, they introduced many new technologies to Guardian’s species. One such tool was the Rhotuka launcher. Soon after, members of Guardian’s species made a remarkable discovery: when armed with a Rhotuka launcher, each of them could access the power of not one, but two elements. For Guardian, these were earth and stone; for others, they were water and ice, jungle and air, gravity and metal, and even stranger combinations. These powers had existed in them all along, but had remained inaccessible until contact with the Rhotuka launchers.

It became apparent to some members of the species that certain combinations of elements were better suited to certain jobs. A being who controlled earth and stone, such as Guardian, would make a fine laborer in a quarry or construction site. Those with power over jungle, water, air, and/or earth were excellent farmers. And those who were so lucky as to control a more esoteric element, such as gravity or psionics… why, they obviously must be meant to rule. In a matter of decades, Guardian’s species transformed themselves from egalitarian hunter-gatherers into several distinct classes, each one determined by one’s own unwitting elemental types.

This, naturally, led to the concentration of wealth and power with the "superior” elements; and, just as naturally, this sudden and abrupt change from primitive happiness to advanced inequality led to civil war. It was during a campaign in this inevitable war that Guardian’s tribe was betrayed by one of their own, leading them into an ambush by the ruling class that mortally wounded Guardian. He was found and repaired by two Dark Hunters running weapons deals on the island, and subsequently became one of my most useful tools for plugging leaks within the organization.

Was it chance, or destiny, that Guardian become a Dark Hunter? Starting from the creation of his species with dual elemental powers, his biography follows a logical path to my organization. Yet it hinges on several seemingly random events, which could easily have taken him in different directions. I suppose it is one for the philosophers. For his part, Guardian believes his service to me was always predestined… or he did, before he was senselessly killed by Makuta.

POWERS: Guardian had the rare and dangerous ability to control earth and stone with his Rhotuka. He used this power most often to burrow through walls and foundations in order to reach his targets. In the event that he needed to “persuade” or eliminate a target, he relied on his heavy claws, perfect for digging through loose soil… or tearing through armor.

STATUS: Dead. During Makuta’s reign, Guardian joined the rebel alliance, although I understand his heart was never in it. Before he could help or harm the cause, Makuta sucked him into the yawning earth of Karzahni. The irony in his death suggests Makuta researched Guardian’s powers before killing him, which is quite an honor for a humble operative - and more than Nidhiki and Krekka ever received.