I couldn’t come up with what they’re talking about, but it ain’t good. Probably something about crushing dissenters and what to have for brunch. 

I started this drawing and halfway through started questioning it. Nightmare Moon is still evil, power-hungry and arrogant and would have to fight constantly to secure her reign after deposing Celestia. She is a tyrant in every way. I have a hard time thinking Twilight would forgive NMM, much less join her. I’ve read a few fics like that, but it usually had a heavy dose of “Celestia was really a tyrant all along!” and I’ve never been a fan of that idea. The one exception was pretty damn dark and basically Twilight had a serious case of Stockholm Syndrome. So yeah, in the Starlight-altered timeline, Twilight would either just break and be a recluse, be imprisoned, or be leading the resistance. Maybe… Maybe if Twi tried to get close to NMM to sabotage her, free Celestia, etc…

However, I could totally see the above image happening if NMM had won that initial fight against Celestia 1000 years ago. I don’t think it would exactly be a loving relationship of equals though. 


For every man in your camp, there are thousands somewhere in the West Indies living under the same yoke, chained in fields, pressed on ships, sold into indenture. When they see a sitting governor protected by His Majesty’s Navy, deposed by an alliance of pirates and slaves, how many consider joining that fight? How many thousands of men will flock to Nassau, join your ranks, and help you defend it? What does a colonial power do when the men whose toil powers it lay down their shovels, take up swords, and say, “No more”? Bring down Nassau, maybe you bring it all down.


March 27th 1958: Khrushchev becomes Soviet Premier

On this day in 1958, Nikita Khrushchev became head of the government of the Soviet Union. Khrushchev served as Premier of the world’s first Communist state from 1958 to 1964. He, along with Lenin and Stalin, are the only Premiers to also have been party leader simultaneously. Under Khrushchev, Russia was partially de-Stalinised, which was a core policy of the Premier who vociferously denounced his predecessor’s dangerous ‘cult of personality’. However, the accession of Khrushchev did not ease the tensions of the Cold War, and during his tenure Russia escalated its space program to compete with the United States in the ‘Space Race’. Russia had successfully launched the first satellite, Sputnik 1, in 1957, but now sought to put a man in space, which they did in 1961. It was also under Khrushchev that the Cold War came the closest to breaking out into fully fledged war, with the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1963. Khrushchev was deposed by party colleagues in 1964 and replaced by Leonid Brezhnev as First Secretary of the Communist Party and by Alexei Kosygin as Premier.

The stories told of the one who united two of the most notorious empires in the outer rim territories, a high caliber warrior who took on the champions of the Skrull and the Kree and brought both to their knees with his bare hands —- 

What the stories don’t tell is the fact that the great hero was but a young hybrid - the Warrior King Dorrek VIII. What might happen when the crew of Speed seeks the aid of this ruler to depose the tyranny plaguing the planet of Genosha.

Star Wars: The House of M.
Where Genosha is a planet, Mutants are an alien race,
and the House of Magnus reigns supreme
under the banner of the Galactic Empire.

Imagine Loki, after discovering about his true heritage, asks to be taken to Jotunheim so that he can discover more about his origins. When in Jotunheim, Loki is initially received rather coldly by everyone. He takes it in stride and slowly charms the populace by his kindness, generosity and willingness to adapt. He discovers Laufey is an unpopular king, and slowly turns the people against him and the rest of the royal family.

In a dramatic turn of events, Laufey is deposed and Loki takes the throne. And then he shows his ruthless side. He takes full control of the kingdom and exiles the royal family. Anyone who opposes him or mocks him is executed without mercy. Loki soon has the kingdom under his iron fist. It amuses him to see all the giants fearing him. He then takes all the weapons from the weapons vault in Asgard, as he knows the secret pathways to it. Asgard falls to Loki while Thor is still banished. Loki unites the two kingdoms, as Odin had planned, but only in the most disparate fashion to Odin’s designs, and it’s the most satisfying victory Loki ever tasted.

The King/Queen known for being tyrannical are actually trying to get themselves deposed but their advisors keep fixing things for them.

We all know those tired clichés. It’s time to kill them. Take one of them and turn them on their heads or at least these will hopefully keep the errors out of your writing. If you think of any other way to change them up go right ahead. Happy hunting!

punkrocknerdfighter  asked:

you think barristan will die in meereen? warsandpoliticsoficeandfire laid out a pretty compelling theory of barristan switching to aegon's side

Thanks for the question, @punkrocknerdfighter.

I cannot speak to that author’s supposed argument. But I can discuss why I think it more likely that Barristan will die in Meereen, before Daenerys returns, than that he will betray her for Young Aegon.

Barristan’s POV arc in ADWD was undoubtedly short, but I believe it proved more than satisfactory in crystallizing the thematic elements of his story in a meaningful way while also setting up his downfall. In my opinion, Barristan’s story has largely concerned the question “What does it mean to serve a king?”, and that question comes to a head for him after Daenerys leaves, when he finds himself serving King Hizdahr. As the court changes under Hizdahr - Daenerys loyalists being dismissed or reduced in importance, replaced by Hizdahr’s men - Barristan grows more uncomfortable, and more willing to listen to Skahaz’s conspiracy to depose him. When Hizdahr refuses to retaliate against the unjust murder of the hostage Groleo - something Barristan thinks even weak Jaehaerys II would have done - Barristan’s move against Hizdahr is assured. The “Kingbreaker” thus becomes the climax, not just for Barristan in ADWD but Barristan as a Kingsguard: he finally does what he never had the courage to do with Aerys or Robert - depose an unworthy king in favor of a rightful queen, or at least ruling in a rightful queen’s name, breaking the blind oath of loyalty expected of a Kingsguard in the cause of justice.

However, Barristan made a critical error in ADWD, one that I think will prove his undoing: trusting the Shavepate. Barristan is not a fool, but he entered into agreement with an unscrupulously ambitious and very deceptive man. It’s the Shavepate who almost certainly poisoned the locusts at Daznak’s Pit, the Shavepate who spent ADWD angling against Hizdahr and his set, and the Shavepate who is now in control of the city proper (with Queen’s Hand Barristan bringing war outside). I have no doubt that the Shavepate is going to take advantage of Barristan’s absence in battle to further his political goals - goals Barristan will find horrifying.

So I do believe TWOW will serve as a great triumph and then an immediate, tragic denouement for the white knight. The released preview chapter “Barristan I” ends with a strong pre-battle speech, one clearly fed from his decades of martial experience - a speech that, for my money, has “heroic last words” written all over it. Hell, I’ll admit that the ending to “Barristan II” of TWOW (never released formally in text, but read aloud) even makes me shiver a little, I like it so; the whole chapter is a stage to show off Barristan’s prowess as a wartime commander, but especially the glee in his voice when he compares the landing of Victarion’s fleet to the hammer and the anvil of the Redgrass Field … well, it’s one of the more stirring moments in ASOIAF for me, even though it’s not even released yet.

How tragic then, for Barristan to return to his adopted city a hero, the savior of Meereen, the loyal and true knight - only to find that, in his absence, the Shavepate has had Hizdahr, Reznak, and the child hostages killed. The Shavepate’s hatred of Hizdahr was an open fact throughout ADWD, and time and again he has called for the the child hostages Daenerys took to be murdered, first in retaliation for the Sons of the Harpy murders and then the murders of the Meereenese hostages with the Yunkai'i (though Daenerys and Barristan refused to countenance the murder of children of whom both had become fond). Barristan will come back to the city to discover the Shavepate has effectively seized control of the Meereenese government in his absence, eliminating his political enemies and their children for good measure - and now that Barristan has helpfully deposed Hizdahr and won the battle for him, Skahaz has no further need to keep the old man around. So I imagine the end of Barristan will come as Barristan goes after Skahaz (perhaps after Skahaz orders him killed), and is cut down by the Shavepate’s loyal Brazen Beasts; tired from the battle, the old knight will be swarmed upon the masked men he already deeply distrusts. Barristan’s ending as such would be completely fitting with something I’ve been trying to emphasize as a recurring theme in ASOIAF: the fall of a protagonist can be tragic while still rooted in that protagonist’s own missteps and failures.

I also prefer this ending for Barristan for the impact it will have on Daenerys. I’ve said before that I could see Daenerys spending two chapters with the Dothraki - one killing Khal Jhaqo, and one being acclaimed in Vaes Dothrak - before returning to Meereen in or around “Daenerys III”. Daenerys will find on her return that her white knight is gone - the only other Westerosi in her crew (without Jorah), the connection between her and her family past, a man she thought she could trust. Wouldn’t you know it, though, a whole new crop of advisors will be there to help - Tyrion, Moqorro, and Marwyn, among their associates. Moreover, unlike Barristan, these men are not going to try to reign in her more violent side: Tyrion sees Daenerys as his means of getting back to Westeros and destroying his hated family; Moqorro and the red priests think Daenerys is the chosen of R'hllor, who feasts on human sacrifice; Marwyn clearly blames the “grey sheep” of the Citadel for killing the dragons before, so he’s about the last person who would try to keep her dragons locked away (on top of his interest in Daenerys as the martial “prince that was promised”). The loss of Barristan will help transition Daenerys into a full “fire and blood” mode I think she needs, thematically speaking, before she can become the humanity-saving hero at the end of ASOIAF.

Thinking on a meta level about this supposed turning cloak for Aegon, it would hardly be narratively surprising at this point for Daenerys to face another betraying counselor. The saga of Jorah’s betrayal and questionable loyalty has been a recurring theme even with Jorah out of her immediate circle, and the defection of Brown Ben Plumm to Yunkai was a major plot point in ADWD. Would it be interesting from a plot perspective to have her betrayed again by another trusted advisor? Certainly, it is possible that GRRM would repeat the same tactic, but there are surely other, more intriguing means Daenerys could face her prophesied “treasons” than by another counselor defecting from her service.

Consider also the structural integrity of TWOW and beyond. If GRRM chooses to bring back all alive POV characters for TWOW - and I cannot see a reason he would not, with the series escalating to its final climax - that means 20 separate main POV characters (compare to the 16 of ADWD, the book with the most separate POV characters so far). Unless each character gets a paltry number of chapters, I think it likely that GRRM will start winnowing down the POVs, killing them off to focus on the truly important viewpoints. Neither Daenerys nor Aegon has a need for Barristan to remain with them: Daenerys has her own POV as well as Tyrion’s in her area, while Aegon currently has JonCon and will soon have Arianne as well (and I’ll eat my hat if the Dornish princess doesn’t endeavor to make herself Aegon’s queen). Three POVs is a substantial amount to look at any character, particularly one who has “doomed” practically stamped on his forehead.

Finally, I very much doubt that the fight between Aegon and Daenerys lasts for a long time; indeed, I can see Daenerys having enough to do in TWOW that she doesn’t even reach Westeros until the very end of that book, and we instead end in King’s Landing with King Aegon VI on the Iron Throne. Would it really be sensible to keep Barristan around so long for a “civil war” that will last, in a generous calculation, for a handful of chapters? What would be the ultimate point to Barristan’s story then - that Daenerys is triumphant, and Barristan should never have left her? Would that be narratively fulfilling? You’re welcome to think so; but I do not.

The Queen Regent (NFriel)

A medieval stone carving depicting king Valdemar of Sweden (1239-1302)

Valdemar was a son of Birger Jarl and Ingeborg Eriksdotter who was elected king in 1250. As mentioned earlier his father was though a true ruler of the country. Valdemar was deposed in 1275 by his younger brother Magnus (a.k.a. Magnus barnlock)

Source: By Ragnar Sigsjö for Southerly Clubs [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Who follows Maven?

I have wondered about who Maven has designated as his successor, if there were some other Calores vying for the throne, or if Maven and Cal are really the last ones and the other Houses will go and fight if Maven dies.

But then I realized: Of Maven has not designated a successor. There are plenty of examples when a monarch did their business without naming an heir and why should they? Usually it is claimed they had to prevent a civil war over succession. But do you truly think Maven would care if a dynastic war followed his death? Not really.

On the other hand, by not naming a successor Maven threatens Norta with a civil war upon his death. This protects him, as a number of Silver disliking him would shrink away from having Maven assassinated and thus risking a full-out succession war. Maven is an usurper himself and so he’s well aware of people thinking about taking the throne from him. 

And the greatest rival tempted to depose Maven would the person he named as his successor. An heir is always a rival, you only assume your children won’t go so far as killing you to get the throne, and even that isn’t a guarantee, as we see in Red Queen ;-) So all in all, Maven is better off without designating a successor.

But what would be if Maven was suddenly out of the way? It would be an interesting strike for the Scarlet Guard to abduct/kill Maven and let the Houses of Norta devour each other. Yet one can wonder about how many Reds would be involved in such a succession war. Probably less than those dying at the Choke, so if the succession war would draw Reds away from the other war, with the possiblity of having them desert on the way, it would still be a promising strategy.

We shouldn’t forget that’s still another option: I think a lot of Silver would come running to Cal begging him to become their king if Maven is out of the way. There must a lot of people not believing the story or not caring about the patricide who support Cal even now.

And the thing is, I suppose he would actually do it, if they asked for it. Re-take the throne. And I wouldn’t like that, because even if Cal wanted to change things then, the Silvers supporting him would still be the same and trying to force him back in the direction they prefer. I don’t think a Silver monarchy as it has been is going to work if you want equality.

Refering to my talk with @the-little-lightning-queen

I think you need ways to neutralize the Silver abilities, just in case. But actually, there are (literature) examples where magic users and non-magic users get along, so would it be impossible for Red, Silvers and Newbloods to live in co-existence?


get to know me meme (royalist edition): monarchs | | Mary I of England

Mary I (18 February 1516 – 17 November 1558) was the Queen of England and Ireland from July 1553 until her death. Her younger half-brother, Edward VI, (son of Henry and Jane Seymour) succeeded their father in 1547. Edward attempted to remove Mary from the line of succession because of religious differences. On his death, their first cousin, Lady Jane Grey, was proclaimed queen.  Mary assembled a force in East Anglia and deposed Jane. Excluding the disputed reigns of Jane and the Empress Matilda, she was the first queen regnant of England. In 1554, Mary married Philip of Spain, becoming queen consort of Habsburg Spain on his accession. After her death in 1558, her re-establishment of Roman Catholicism was reversed by her younger half-sister and successor, Elizabeth I.

The 16 Myers-Briggs Types As: Michael Scott Quotes
  • ISTJ: "I'm an early bird and I'm a night owl. So I'm wise and I have worms."
  • ISTP: "You don't know me. You've just seen my penis."
  • ISFJ: "It's never too early for ice cream."
  • ISFP: "And I knew exactly what to do. But, in a much more real sense, I had no idea what to do."
  • INTJ: "I am dead inside."
  • INTP: "Should have burned this place down while I had the chance."
  • INFJ: "When the son of the deposed king of Nigeria emails you directly, asking for help, you help! His father ran the freaking country! Okay?"
  • INFP: "If a baby were president, there would be no taxes. There would be no war."
  • ESTJ: "You wanna hear a lie? I think you're great. You're my best friend."
  • ESTP: "That's what she said!"
  • ESFJ: "Presents are the best way to show someone how much you care. It is like this tangible thing that you can point to and say, 'Hey, man, I love you this many dollars worth.'"
  • ESFP: "I am Beyoncé always."
  • ENTJ: "I don't hate it. I just don't like it at all, and it's terrible."
  • ENTP: "I am running away from my responsibilities. And it feels good."
  • ENFJ: "Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me."
  • ENFP: "Sometimes I'll start a sentence and I don't even know where it's going. I just hope I find it along the way."
Long May She Reign

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Short Blurb: Freya has always been an outsider at court — too anxious to fit in, and more interested in doing experiments in her lab than making polite conversation. But when everyone ahead of her in line for the throne is poisoned, Freya must take the crown and figure out who the murderer is, before she is either killed or deposed by those her suspect her.

I went into this book with high hopes. After all, I read the author’s Feminist Fiction blog and nearly always agree with everything she has to say, so it seemed like her writing should be a perfect fit! Add in a starting idea that intrigued me from the first time I saw the blurb and a protagonist with an unusual interest for the genre (science! experiments! explosions!), and I expected a great story.

So at first I was a little disappointed. The writing wasn’t spectacular, so there wasn’t much to hold my interest until the plot picked up. But one thing that annoyed me more than that was Freya’s disdain for the girls at court who managed to fit in while she couldn’t. Here was an author who had written about how unnecessary girl hate is in books, doing it herself? But as the story progressed, I realized something: Rhiannon Thomas is really smart. Freya has to learn a lot, quickly, as she becomes queen, and one of the things she learns is not to judge other girls so harshly! It adds a relatable aspect to the book, as I think anyone who’s ever felt left out of the group can start to unnecessarily hate on other people just because they were better able to adapt than we were. This part of the book may have been absolute genius.

And that’s not the only part of Freya’s character development. I don’t want to spoil the journey of the book, but the further into the story the more I enjoyed seeing where Freya’s character went.

So now to cover the mystery premise of the book! I have to say, while there were a few suspects you could immediately disregard, the answer truly wasn’t obvious. I didn’t figure it out until Freya did, so I think this part was very well done. All the clues were there, but hardly obvious.

One thing that was less well done, I would say, was the romance. I didn’t have any major problems with it, I guess. I liked that Fitzroy didn’t get to be asshole for longer than one or two scenes, because I am so over the rude, brooding love interest that the protagonist likes for no discernible reason. We got a real apology for his unnecessary rudeness, and real remorse. But he just wasn’t that interesting. There was more chemistry between Freya and her best friend Naomi (get it? chemistry? because she’s a scientist? i’m hilarious). If the author didn’t want to go with that, I would have preferred Fitzroy just being a good friend that she makes, rather than a romance that didn’t seem to have much behind it. Also, why “Fitzroy”? There was a part of the book where she asked if he wanted to be called by his first name, William, and I was like yes! please, please just call him William! But he was like “nah, totally just call me by the name that was made up to remind me that I’m a bastard my father only sometimes acknowledges”. Ok buddy. Your choice.

But let’s leave behind the mediocre and return to what went well. The way Freya saves the day! Major spoilers, so I won’t go into detail, but I loved it.

I think that’s all I have to say. Despite a shaky start and a forgettable romance, the science, mystery, and character development of the book made this a great read!