defenders of the ancients

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Voltron Aesthetic: Ancient Rome AU

Gladiators seek to best all; It is the only way to survive in the arena.


Allura, daughter of the late Senator Alfor, serves as the presiding Domina over the House of Altea. Meanwhile her uncle Coran is head of their family’s Ludus, a trainer and trader for both the house gladiators and those leased by other families into his care. The reputation of their ludus is largely attributed to Shiro, who was once renowned as the undefeated and still hailed as The Champion despite no longer being active in the arena. His glory days ended after the loss of his arm to Zarkon, a fellow gladiator who belonged to the House of Galra. None the less he is now the Doctore to Altea’s gladiators, all respect him and fear the crack of his whip. Any wounds and injuries are tended to by the house Medicus, fondly called Pidge due to their keen eyes and small, pidgeon like stature. Their true name has been all but forgotten now. If not in their infirmary chances are they can be found out in the gardens or marketplace apothecary. Meals for the entire household, including the ludus, are prepared by the Archimagirus, Hunk, and a a small team of other house slaves. The Numidian had originally been purchased to fight in the arena, however his skills were found to be better use in the kitchen. Due to his affable personality he has developed close bonds with the entire household and does not tolerate any stealing of rations from the younger recruits. The House’s new rising champion is Lance, a Hispanian boy who had been within the ludus walls for nearly six years. His title as the Son of Neptune is a nod to his Retiarius fighting style, however it had stemmned from when he was first brought to Rome; the story goes that he was disciplined by being dragged behind his slave ship for a full day with few respites, yet didn’t drown nor fall prey to sharks. The truth is far more simple - he had been a pearl diver in his seaside village and was accustomed to holding his breath for extended periods. He is the self-declared rival of the last notable member of the ludus, a spitfire from the far East hailing from the same region as their Doctore. Keith’s title was born from his performances in the arena from where he would always emerge bathed in blood, both from his own fresh clawmarks and that spilled from whatever beast he had faced off. Unlike the others, he is not an Altea gladiator, he belongs to the House of Galra. His House is one notorious for producing skilled bestiarii such as himself and he had originially been sent to Coran’s ludus for the sole purpose of keeping an eye on his sire’s defeated rival…Not that the others need to know that particular detail.

i forgot how much people really don’t care about the fact that mcu whitewashed the maximoff twins and made them nazis, whitewashed the ancient one, didn’t include one of the founding members of the avengers who was the only actual woman on the team and killed her in less than ten minutes, makes clint not deaf for no reason, i couLD Go on

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The Guns that Brought Down Constantinople,

By the mid 15th Century, the might Eastern Roman Empire had suffered under centuries of conquest by Arab and Turkish invaders, resulting in the empire stretching no father than the ancient capitol of Constantinople itself. The great city was no better off than the empire as a whole, its population reduced from a million inhabitants to less than 50,000, while the Byzantine Army could muster little more than 7,000 men. In contrast the Ottoman Empire completely surrounded the city, and was amassing a force of 50,000 - 80,000 men to complete the final conquest of Byzantium.

The last hope of the Byzantines were a series of large walls and fortresses which had successfully defended Constantinople since ancient times.  The city walls had fended off many invaders in the past, and Constantinople was considered the most heavily fortified city in Europe at the time. Storming Constantinople would certainly not be easy, however the Ottomans had an ace up their sleeves.

In 1452 a Hungarian military engineer named Urban offered his services as a cannon maker to the Byzantine Emperor Constantine XI.  The Emperor had neither the money to pay Urban, nor the resources to craft the cannon which Urban offered. As a result, Urban went to the Emperor’s rival, the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, who certainly could pay Urban and had the technology and resources to produce his cannons.

To bring down the walls of Constantinople Urban directed the casting of several large bronze siege guns.  The largest was a massive cannon that fired massive 25 inch stone balls.  Weighing 19 tons, it took 2-3 hours to load and had to be transported by a team of 60 mules.

The Siege of Constantinople began on the 6th of April 1453.  Over the next 53 days, the Ottomans pounded the city walls with Urban’s guns. After nearly two months of constant bombardment, the walls of Constantinople could no longer hold out against the attack resulting in several breeches. On May 28th, the Ottoman Army stormed the city, easily overwhelming the outnumbered Byzantine defenders.

With the exception of the short lived Empire of the Trebizond, the Ancient Roman State had fallen for good. Mehmed II made Constantinople the new capitol and quickly sought to take on the mantle as emperor of a new Roman Empire, declaring himself Kayser-i Rum (Caesar of Rome), and declaring the Ottoman Empire as the “Third Roman Empire”.

Adding to the “Humans are Weird” theme:

Humans have a symbiotic relationship with a number of animals. The most noteworthy are the symbiotic relationship they seem to share with members of the Canidae and Felidae predator families, also known as “Cats & Dogs”.

This relationship seems to have developed in ancient time when, in the case of the Canidae, they would hunt in conjunction with ancient humans and would help to defend their settlements in exchange of warmth and food and an endless supply of petting or, in the case of the felidae, they would keep the vermin at bay in exchange of food, refuge and an endless supply of petting.

An even noteworthy element is that, despite the original purpose of the relationship slowly disappearing as the centuries passed, the symbiotic bond actually strenghtened between “Humans” and what they call “pets” forming a strong sense of partnership between the two. so much so that it would become very common for humans to have either a cat or a dog in the household for no other reason than to have their company, sometimes giving them the same food they eat, sleeping with them at nigh or even identifying them as “part of the family”.

The discovery of this strange element of humanity was recorded when the first envoy of the confederation of planets arrived on Earth in a diplomatic visit after first contact had already been established. The Diplomats where then taken to a family house that had been decided as neutral territory and they were taken by surprise to discover the animals in there had full access inside and outside the house and that the older humans did not blink an eye when their younglings interacted with said animals with no worries for their own safety.

The first human ambassador caused a lot of turmoil when they informed they would bring their pet cat “Mrs. Wrinkles” to stay with them because of the safety protocols that had to be re-worked to acommodate for the feline. Nowadays, Mrs. Wrinkles remains in the human ambassy alongside their human partner and enjoys full diplomatic immunity.

People you should be very, very cautious of:

Anyone who defends the use of the swastika by saying “But it’s an ancient pagan symbol!!”, with no regard to how the symbol’s meaning has been permanently stained with the blood of millions of innocents.

Even if it was once the most peaceful symbol in the world, it will now forever be tainted by hate. 

Be cautious of people who refuse to see that.

I’ve learned through experience that they’re usually either closeted alt-right supporters, or at the very least, tend to be the kind of people who will always see everyone else’s feelings as unimportant.

Ancient Seas!AU

Organizing my thoughts. But basically, an AU that takes place in ancient times where the Lions are big ol ships created to defend an archipelago >:3c

Lance

  • Was denied his dream to be a part of the military, so he becomes a fisherman determined to find a sea creature fabled to grant wishes.
  • Voyages into uncharted territories, finding an abandoned blue vessel carved with images of lions.

Hunk

  • Humble mechanic who develops machines of war to protect the island-nation.
  • Asks Lance to give him a ride so he can hunt down a rare and powerful material, instead discovering the Yellow Lion.

Pidge

  • A genius engineer who is forced to take the guise of a man to make a living when her brother and father mysteriously disappear on an expedition.
  • Saves enough for a boat and sets sail to search for them, running into Hunk and Lance when her ship is torn apart by  a storm.

Allura

  • An oracle who is well-known for the great accuracy of her prophecies.
  • Is actually a clever fake who took the position to influence politics after her village was overrun by Zarkon.
  • One day receives an actual prophecy to gather the paladins and save the island-nation. She and Coran take off to fulfill it themselves.

Keith

  • A marine who was discharged after attempting to free Shiro from Zarkon because his superiors were bribed into complacency.
  • Took to the seas and began fighting by himself where he could, until the prophecy of the Oracle called him to join the other Paladins.

Shiro

  • Honorably discharged general and explorer enslaved by the God-King on an expedition to unknown seas.
  • Saved by the rest of the crew, but has trouble remembering his time with Zarkon.

Zarkon

  • God-King of a seafaring warrior kingdom. Has conquered and controls an incredible portion of the ocean and its islands, threatening to eradicate the island nation that the paladins are trying to protect.
  • It is rumored that he fights with the lost magic of the druids at his side, turning his most fearsome generals into the sea monsters of myth.
From Butterflies to Bunnies & Everything Between

“I don’t… understand.”

They were seated at the kitchen table — Hopper reading the paper, with a cup of steaming coffee in front of him, and El was perched in the next chair, accompanied by an abandoned book.

Hopper turned. “Understand what, kid?”

She didn’t know how to express it. And for some reason her cheeks were burning. How could she…?

El pointed to her abdomen.

Hopper’s eyebrows scrunched together. “Your stomach? What about it?”

“It…” words failed to come to her, and so she gestured vaguely with her fingers.

Hopper stared blankly, until it seemed to occur to him what she meant. “Butterflies?”

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anonymous asked:

Ok, can you explain to me why we(by we I mean you) hate marx. like I haven't read much of marx (Because ADHD is a bitch, hah). so just, ya know. like fill me in on how problematic marxism/leninism is????

I like Marx as a philosopher and economist but he was wrong about a couple things like he overestimated the revolutionary potential of the proletariat and limited his criticisms to certain hierarchies, didn’t really examine the state and social constructs all that hard because he thought he could use the state when historically states really can’t be used as vehicles for liberation from class society since they are that which at the very base since their beginning in ancient history has been used to defend and expand existing class society but again the rest of Marx is really good. Lenin is shit trash, bad at theory, bad at action, immature in his writings and brutal and violent and antisocialist in his decisions as a ruler, destroyed the soviets (aka the organs of socialism), destroyed communism in Ukraine after betraying the black army who they’d fought alongside of in the revolution and against the reactionary white army, slandered and lied about anarchists deliberately and imprisoned and killed them. Exploited the population through wage labor and called it socialism. Was bald

anonymous asked:

I have a question? So, in DnD, what's the history on dragons? And how is it that all the dragons aren't extinct or killed all the other smaller races? Where do they live and how is it that they aren't literally everywhere?

What is the history of Dragons in D&D?

This really depends on your setting, in The Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms settings the dragons exist as presented in the Monster Manual, split into chromatic and metallic types and further divided by color and metal (no sign of the Gem dragons yet) with draconic gods being worshipped by humanoids. The Greyhawk setting has fog, mist, shadow and “Greyhawk” (steel) dragons and was home to Ashardalon. Dark Sun doesn’t have traditional dragons, defiler/psionicists of the setting may through a magical process transform into a “dragon” becoming ageless and powerful. Eberron has three dragon gods, Siberys, Khyber and Eberron and dragons in the Eberron setting are not so tied to the usual alignment of their types.

How is it they still exist?

Dragons are some of the most powerful creatures in most settings, at their most ancient they are gargantuan flying lizards with devastating breath weapons, they can strike debilitating fear into any who look upon them, many know magic and have a hoard of wealth and magical items at their disposal. Some cultivate agents and worshippers, are able to hide amongst humanoids and are incredibly strong and tough. Some are born smarter than most humans and grow craftier with age.

In my campaign, players will be dealing with a cunning green wyrm whose lair is within the boundaries of the neighboring kingdom but preys almost exclusively across the border in the PC’s home kingdom. The dragon knows that her victims cannot strike back at her without crossing the border and risking war. The neighboring kingdom isn’t bothered by the green dragon and will try to profit from this leverage should the PCs negotiate permission to enter the realm and slay it.

Where do they live?

Dragons tend to find lairs in their preferred terrain, white dragons love snowy peaks and glaciers, blues prefer stormy coastlines, green dragons love being surrounded by vegetation, black dragons dwell in swamps and bogs while reds lair in warm mountain regions. Each chooses their lair with an eye towards security for their hoard and multiple escape routes. The area around a dragons lair is warped by its presence, the lairs of chromatic dragons become inhospitable and difficult to navigate, with various other effects depending on the color of its owner while areas around a metallics lair tend not to gain lethal effects but strange and wondrous changes.

How aren’t they everywhere?

Usually the enemies of dragons are giants and other dragons, aside from the enmity between metallic and chromatic dragons, chromatic dragons hate each other and see even members of their own sub types as rivals. Metallic dragons can usually be motivated to challenge or help adventurers against chromatic dragons that are becoming a menace, though use this carefully if you choose to, the pc’s shouldn’t be bystanders to such an awesome fight, they should be part of them. Any dragon who lives to become an ancient will have had to defend its hoard and lair many times.

Further Reading

The 3.5 Draconomicon

The 4e Draconomicon on Chromatic Dragons

The 4e Draconomicon on Metallic Dragons

The 2E Draconomicon

The 2e Council of Wyrms Campaign Setting

Dragons of Krynn

Dragons of Faerun

The Wyrms of the North article archive - the list scrolls down but that isn’t obvious if you are on mobile.

I hope this helps!

Okay so I love how at first glance the demons in AnE are so simple. Like yeah, you’ve got your goblins and spirits and stuff aND THEN YUKIO SUMMONS NAIADS AND EVERYTHING GOES TO HELL.

“What?” You’re asking. Please do so.

Because the Naiads Yukio summons are straight up Greek Mythology. It confused me so much why Todo was amazed that Yukio could summon them despite not being a Tamer until I finally got it.

These Naiads must be freaking high level.

Their names, if your translations aren’t messed up, are Corycia and Melaina for example who, if you know your way round Greek Mythology were lovers of Apollo.

And definitely not something you’d usually end up calling a demon.

Sure, Kato could have just picked random names for her Naiads to give the scene more meaning. But it’s more interesting to play around with the idea what it could mean if Greek Mythology is an actual thing in AnE - and how far things qualify as demons.
Would the Gods be demons too, perhaps children of the Demon Kings, or god like beings that protected humans against demons?
Because demons are all over the world and for pretty long too already. How did ancient civilizations defend against them? By pleasing strong demons and making them their “Gods” or asking actual Gods for help perhaps?

Bottom line: Demons in Blue Exorcist are complex and I’m crying

Linktober day 10 Mask of the Shiekah,

The ancient tribe of the Shiekah have always lived in the shadows. Surrounded by mystery, magic, and power they have forged a community of almost supernatural ability. Perhaps this is why they were chosen by the goddesses.

Adept in mysticism they have the ability to look into the future and have reflexes that border on precognition making them exceptional warriors. So too are they adept at hand to hand combat, weapons, poison, and traps. It is said that many of the dangers in Hyrule came from their own designs to defend the ancient temples of the Goddesses.

The Fire Dancers from Death Mountain were imbued with their fighting techniques born in flame. Along with Shadow Mimicry from the Water Temple, and Necromancy in the Shadow temple to name a few.

Time passed, treachery and suspicion lead the Sheikah to fade into history. Through violence or exile the people of the Sheikah were slaughtered and hidden away … or do they still exist unknown to the world in perhaps another form