Strap yourselves in, crew, because I Have Thoughts.
I’ll start this off by repeating (with some changes & additions) what I wrote in another reblog about the theme of female narratives on Black Sails.
Black Sails is incredible not just for its queer representation but also its women and, even more incredibly, its commitment to female relationships, women supporting each other, and female legacy.
Idelle always stood by Max, and when Max started her steep social climb, she never forgot about the friend by her side and pulled her up along with her, as she put to use the skills she herself had learnt from another woman: Eleanor.
Madi adored and was inspired by her father, but it’s her mother that has raised her and taught her the leadership that sets her apart from every other character on the show. I’d argue that none of the men, not Flint nor Silver nor Billy nor anyone else, is as accomplished a leader as Madi, and it’s no coincidence she learnt a great deal of that from her mother.
Even though we never get to fully delve into that aspect on the show, the profound impact of losing her mother has forever shaped Eleanor, who started her life-long quest of legitimizing Nassau in response to her mother’s statement that it was “no place for a little girl”. As Hannah New said, this made her determined to be „the girl that makes sure no more
women die the way [her] mother died.“
Marion Guthrie is not just a woman in power, she’s a woman who wanted to pass on her legacy and skills to her granddaughter. When she learns of Eleanor’s death she recognizes a kindred spirit in Max, who finally gets to see modeled for her the kind of person she could be, that Eleanor could have been. Even if she turns down Marion’s first offer, this relationship is massively important to Max and must have widened her horizon immeasurably by showing her just what is possible. Marion immediately chooses to bestow her inheritance on Max in lieu of Eleanor, wanting her life’s work and power to remain in a woman’s hands.
Heck, add Mrs Hudson conspiring with Mrs Mapleton, or Eleanor and Miranda’s initiative that saved Abigail, or Mrs Mapleton’s continued work for Max, or Madi drumming up support by talking to Eme, or her nigh-prophetic talk with Ruth.
And all this isn’t even going into the romantic or not-supportive relationships between women!
However, within the universe of the show, as in real life, women’s achievements are often dismissed or forgotten by the larger narrative. Even if they leave visible fingerprints in history, the hand that made them is often forced to stay invisible.
Marion Guthrie is pulling the strings behind the scenes, Max can only run Nassau by using Featherstone as the face of her rule, and Eleanor’s efforts for Nassau on Rogers’ behalf were never going to be remembered by the history books. Civilized society allows them no other venue to visibly hold power. Eleanor, Max, Madi and the Maroon Queen could carve out spaces of open sovereignty only outside of civilization, in places that were created with the express purpose of existing outside of mainstream society. In real life, they would likely go on to leave no visible trace of their contributions and relentless struggle for influence.
So let’s get to the main course.
Charlotte, who unwittingly and against all odds has the most visible and longest-lasting legacy of all female characters, possibly all characters, period.
To start off let’s appreciate Idelle confronting Anne about Charlotte’s murder in 408. (Which is an exceptionally good episode for the female cast, and was - surprise! - written and directed by women.)
any other show, Charlotte would never have been mentioned again. She
was a minor character, and a prostitute to boot, and we all know how
media likes to treat women like that. But Black Sails, even if it
took 20+ episodes, reminded us that she wasn’t just cannon fodder,
that her death was impactful and cruel, and that she left a legacy in
the people she surrounded herself with, be that Idelle’s friendship
and loyalty or Jack’s pirate flag - which leads us to my main point here.
Can we acknowledge that the symbol that goes on to represent
pirates forever was designed by a woman?
Yes, Rackham gives
directions and gets to popularize it, but the show went and took this
important piece of pirate mythology and entrusted it to the hands of
a young woman of low circumstances.
The show could easily have had Jack himself draw the motif, he is after all a creative man with a background in textile design, and his most defining character trait is his wish to design his own legacy. Instead, we get more than one scene of Charlotte struggling to fullfill a difficult client’s demands. (And isn’t that relatable to everyone who has ever created art on commission!) And two episodes before the final reveal, the narrative makes sure to remind us of this seemingly unremarkable woman and what happened to her. Her involvement was significant and the show doesn’t allow us to forget. If it had only ever been about setting up the punchline (”it’s fine”) for the final reveal, there would have been no need to draw so much focus to her untimely demise in 408, at a time when all plot threads were coming to their end, when everyone was scrambling for the finish line.
Rackham, by grumbling that it’s “fine”, relinquishes ownership to some degree: it’s the first time he sees it as it will henceforth be recognized as his insignia, and further down history, the ultimate symbol of piracy itself. He didn’t design it, Charlotte did, and her inheritance is the one that, within the world of Black Sails, will live on when Rogers has returned to Nassau and every pirate has been hanged, when all bones have crumbled to dust and all our heroes have been reduced to monsters by history. Any child alive today will easily recognize the skull and crossbones, but how many can recite the deeds of Calico Jack Rackham? Or that it as Woodes Rogers that brought Nassau to heel? So even if Jack went on to make it the icon it is, the symbol far outlived his own infamy.
And finally, when Jack has already turned away to deal with ship’s business, it is Anne that spends a moment longer looking at the flag, maybe even remembering its origins - the woman whose premature death she is responsible for. And it is Anne that has the final words of the show, ordering the crew to “Get us underway!”
Flint knows that as a deviant man, he will likely be remembered as a monster along with his fellow pirates. A woman’s legacy, on the other hand, is often glossed over and forgotten by history, like Max and Marion Guthrie’s power behind the scenes, like Charlotte’s contribution to history.
Black Sails reminds us of the stories that real life history distorts by diminishing those on the fringes.
And that’s why to me, Black Sails is an incredible statement on female legacy.
Sherlock Holmes - various graphite in my paperblanks sketchbook. From that one setlock picture. Used @larygo‘s lovely edit as reference. 2 ½ hours, yet another warmup sketch that seemed to demand more.. this happens a lot. Open either pic in new tab for better quality/closer look. Thank you!
I probably have done more sketches for him compared to the other characters (omg and these sketches are so old!). I originally wanted to give him more of a ‘serpent’ look with lots of curves and Jafar+Al Hirschfeld hand. Soon I noticed it was hard to define his design next to Raoul, who had lots of round lines. So in order to emphasize the ‘sinister’ side of my version of the Phantom, I gave him more straight lines with skinny, clean cut body shape. Everything will fit perfectly on him (which made me change his ascot design too later) since he is a perfectionist, who can’t stand the fact that half of his face is ‘imperfect’.
There are some canon designs, and that’s mostly what the fanon loves to draw so much [Sans and Papyrus for example], but there are no defined designs for all the characters, so I want to take care of that. Also, those designs are mostly appearances. I want to take care of the character’s personality too! And with that I’ll stick to canon as much as possible, but giving it the turn Underfell should’ve given to the characters in particular!
Yup! Once I find a cool enough Waterfall ambience style, I will header it! :3
No, no, I didn’t forget the snow! the fact is that, being that close to Waterfall cave, there’s no snow at all in there :D It was scavenging anyway~
Compliment section <3333 I love you guys, thank you so much for supporting me! You don’t even know how much your support means to me c’:
so i did a thing last weekend before the thing with my dog happened. basically took a look at the list of djinn that only appeared in the GBA games and decided to give them the Dark Dawn treatment and give them unique designs. a lot of the DD djinn designs are kind of based on their japanese names, and for the most part that’s what i did with these, unless the english name was easier to conceptualize
echo/duo is kind of based on a bat? ‘cuz bats use ECHOlocation ha ha ha shoot me.
mud is melting and looks like a mud monster
bane/bulb. “bane” is a bit of a hard idea to design around. it’s basically defined as “something that causes a lot of distress and annoyance”. so i went with “bulb” and turned it into a little tulip bulb
mold/deku is based on a clay vase, cuz u MOLD clay. “deku” is defined as a sort of wooden puppet, but gears/doll already went with the doll design so i was kind of stuck with the english name.
meld/convoy is supposed to look like. two djinn merging together i guess? meld’s gimmick is that the team member who summons it and the team member with the highest attack rating (or second highest if the actual highest is the one summoning) land a “team strike” on an enemy, so the design is supposed to be like, a melding of minds or whatever. this was hard and weird to work with.
iron is supposed to look like they’re wearing a lil suit of armor.
petra is designed after some of the columns from the actual site of petra in jordan
crystal/maman is sort of supposed to invoke like, a sense of motherly love? they’re supposed to look very soft and loving, and ended up kind of looking like a chansey
watch me as I practice anatomy like this He got this one done shortly after his vallaslin (I headcanon that Dalish teens are not allowed to get any marking before receiving the Vallaslin). It’s both a way to remember his brother (note the bit of the Falon’Din marking - that was Nehl’s vallaslin) and to cover the scars left by the bite of one of the wolves who attacked them. At the time he just wanted to cover all the reminders.
He has another one around his hips, much more mundane 8D (and butt, Dorian approves)
had this done sometimes after leaving the clan. He was probably high on something with someone, had some sex, and then did this. @guesswhatruru provided a fairly accurate recap of the dialogue:
“I wanna be hot. Hot like a dragon.” “Boy. It’s going to hurt real bad.” “HOT. LIKE. A. D R A G O N"
Also as a “fuck you” to all that’s sacred (he’ll regret it later, but he doesn’t regret the tattoo. It is pretty hot. And I can tell you Dorian appreciates it quite a lot) And he’s not getting smashed again anytime soon.
As for Dorian, I don’t headcanon any tattoo on him actually. I love seeing him depicted with a snake tattoo or something like that, but I don’t think there’d be an occasion for him to get one. I do headcanon though that he has quite a bit of beauty marks on his body
I’ve been meaning to do a compilation of Tian Xiaopeng’s weibo posts for some time, and here it is. He’s the director of Monkey King: Hero is Back (2015) and this is his weibo. He updates sporadically, but apparently did a Q&A session with fans back in summer of 2015. I put together and translated some of the best responses below (the rest can be found on his blog).
Q: What’s up with the White Dragon, at the end [he] went to battle Hun Dun with the Great Sage? The White Dragon was tamed by the Great Sage?
A: They [Wukong/White Dragon] had a 2-hour discussion, but it was edited out.
Q: Director, how come Wukong, Tang monk, Zhu Bajie, and even Xiao Bailong, showed up in the movie, but Friar Sand (Wujing) didn’t?
A: [He was] holding the camera.
Q: In the sequel, can you not change Friar Sand into a girl, I can’t accept changes that are too absurd
A: [If] everyone becomes a girl, [only] Friar Sand will not, I promise
Q: The Great Sage is just 1 pilgrim, but he ends up with a son and daughter, and does a good job taking care of the silly girl, where’d he get the experience?
A: In the past, he took care of monkeys in Flower Fruit Mountain
Q: Now that so many girls want to have the Great Sage’s babies, how do you feel? hahaha
A: I hate that my face isn’t longer (Note: Director thinks Wukong’s defining design trait is his long horse-face and didn’t think it’d be considered attractive- now he must face the irony LMAO)
Q: I think about how other people’s boyfriends spend money taking their girlfriends to the movies… but I have to spend my own money at the movies in order to see my boyfriend, have you thought about the hearts of us fangirls?
A: I have to spend my own money to see my own movie in theaters, I’m worse off than you.
(Note: I thought the asker was complaining about her love life to the director, before I realized her “boyfriend” is actually Wukong LOL)
Q: Look at me look at me! Not counting Hun Dun and the pig, how did everyone else know about the Great Sage causing havoc in heaven! They even made a shadow puppet show! Who in the three realms let this event get to the mortal realm?
During my downtime, I’ve been looking at character designs a lot. Awesomenauts in particular, as they’ve announced a batch of new characters.
A problem that I’ve always had with Nauts is the design diversity of the female characters. The current female cast all fit into a cookie-cutter figure with only their details and colors really defining them. While they are distinct when you take those into account, their silhouette and body-shape should be distinct as well.
It’s especially depressing when practically all of the male characters are very unique with how they look. The details only refine the designs. They don’t completely define them like the girls.
And it’s not like making girls look different is impossible even when keeping to a human form. Used my own TV girls as an example of this.
So I tried my hand at making the designs a bit better. More unique shapes and a refinement to their designs. Coco gets THICCer. Rae gets buffer and colors more varied instead of just being a mass of red and tan. Penny gets a more vulpine shape and the claw and blaster get connected. Ksenia gets a hairstyle change (too many characters with backwards spiky heads) and sleeves, making her hold her scissors properly and giving a more unique form to her arms.
Don’t expect these to be taken seriously by Ronimo or anything, but it was a fun exercise.
The Constitution of Romania provides that “The flag of Romania is tricolor; the colors are arranged vertically in the following order from the flagpole: blue, yellow, red". The law mentioned specifies that the stripes of the national flag are cobalt blue, chrome yellow and vermilion red.
During the Wallachian uprising of 1821, the colors were present, among many others, on the canvas of the revolutionaries’ flag and in its fringes; much later historiography attributed to them the following meanings: “Liberty (sky-blue), Justice (field yellow), Fraternity (blood red)”.
The tricolor was first adopted in Wallachia in 1834, when the reforming ruler Alexandru II Ghica submitted naval and military colors designs for the approval of Sultan Mahmud II. The latter was a “flag with a red, blue and yellow face, also having stars and a bird’s head in the middle”. Soon, the order of colors was changed, with yellow appearing in the center.
In 1848, the flag adopted for Wallachia by the revolutionaries was a blue-yellow-red tricolor (with blue above, in line with the meaning “Liberty, Justice, Fraternity”). Already on 26 April, according to Gazeta de Transilvania, Romanian students in Paris were hailing the new government with a blue, gold and red national flag, “as a symbol of union between Moldavians and Muntenians”. Decree no. 1 of 14/26 June 1848 of the provisional government mentioned that “the National Flag will bear three colors: blue, yellow, red”, emblazoned with the words “DPEПTATE ФPЪЦIE” (Dreptate, Frăție or “Justice, Fraternity”). It differed from earlier tricolors in that the blue stripe was on top, the princely monogram was eliminated from the corners, as was the crown atop the eagle at the end of the flagpole, while a motto was now present. Nevertheless, decree no. 252 of 13/25 July 1848, issued because “it has not been understood [yet] how the national flags should be designed”, defined the flag as three vertical stripes, possibly influenced by the French model. The shades were “dark blue, light yellow and carmine red”; as for order, “near the wood comes blue, then yellow and then red fluttering”. Petre Vasiliu-Năsturel observes that from a heraldic point of view, on the French as well as the revolutionary Wallachian flag, the middle stripe represents a heraldic metal (silver and gold, respectively), thus, the two flags could be related. Other historians believe that the tricolor was not an imitation of the French flag, instead embodying an old Romanian tradition. This theory is supported by a note from the revolutionary minister of foreign affairs to Emin Pasha: “the colors of the band that we, the leaders, wear, as well as all our followers, are not of modern origin. We have had our flags since an earlier time. When we received the tricolor insignia and bands we did not follow the spirit of imitation or fashion”. The same minister assured the extraordinary envoy of the Porte, Suleiman Pasha, that the flag’s three colors had existed “for a long time; our ancestors bore them on their standard and their flags. So they are not a borrowing or an imitation from the present or a threat for the future”. After the revolution was quelled, the old flags were restored and the revolutionaries punished for having worn the tricolor.
From 1859 until 1866, the United Principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia had a red-yellow-blue Romanian tricolor, with horizontal stripes, as national flag. The flag was described properly in Almanahul român din 1866: “a tricolor flag, divided in three stripes, red, yellow and blue and laid out horizontally: red above, blue below and yellow in the middle”. Although the Ottoman Empire did not allow the United Principalities to have their own symbols, the new flag gained a degree of international recognition. Article 124 of the 1866 Constitution of Romania provided that “the colors of the United Principalities will be Blue, Yellow and Red”. The order and placement of the colors were decided by the Assembly of Deputies in its session of 26 March 1867. Thus, following a proposal by Nicolae Golescu, they were placed just as in 1848: vertically and in the following order: blue hoist, yellow in the middle and red fly. The country’s coat of arms was placed only on army and princely flags, in the center; civilian flags remained without a coat of arms. The same distinction was made between flags of the Navy and those of the civil and merchant ships. The rapporteur Mihail Kogălniceanu, who also conveyed the opinion of Cezar Bolliac, Dimitrie Brătianu, Constantin Grigorescu, Ion Leca, Nicolae Golescu and Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino, said: “The tricolor flag as it is today is not (as the minister claims) the flag of the United Principalities. It is much more: it is itself the flag of the Romanian nation in all lands inhabited by Romanians”. The Law for modifying the country’s arms of 11/23 March 1872 did not change these provisions, only the design of the coat of arms. This design of the national flag lasted until 1948.
On 30 December 1947, Romania was proclaimed a people’s republic and all the ex-kingdom’s symbols were outlawed, including the coat of arms and the tricolor flags that showed it. During the communist era in Romania, the state flag had the emblem of the country in the middle of the yellow stripe. By 1989, the coat of arms had been changed no less than four times.
Starting on 17 December 1989, during the revolution at Timișoara, the protesters began waving flags with the Communist coat of arms cut out of the middle. The coat of arms was perceived as a symbol of Nicolae Ceaușescu’s dictatorial regime. These flags were called “the flag with the hole” (drapelul cu gaură). Decree-Law no. 2 of 27 December 1989 regarding the membership, organization and functioning of the Council of the National Salvation Front and of the territorial councils of the National Salvation Front. provided at article 1, among other matters, that “the national flag is the traditional tricolor of Romania, with the colors laid out vertically, in the following order, starting from the flagpole: blue, yellow, red”.
The flag of Romania is always to be hoisted on the buildings and in the headquarters of public authorities and institutions, at the headquarters of political parties, unions, of educational and cultural institutions, on border crossings and in international airports. As ensign, it is permanently hoisted on ships of any kind and other vessels that navigate under the Romanian flag. According to customary protocol, the flag of Romania is hoisted at the headquarters of diplomatic missions and consular offices of Romania, as well as at the residences of the chiefs of diplomatic missions and consular offices. Likewise, the flag of Romania is used as a standard on vehicles transporting chiefs of Romanian diplomatic missions and consular offices, in their official travels, according to the same customs. Temporarily, on the national day of Romania and other national holidays, the flag of Romania may be hoisted in public places decided upon by the local authorities; and for official festivals and ceremonies with a local, national and international character, in the locations where these take place. Likewise, it must be raised for official visits undertaken in Romania by heads of state and of government, as well as by high political personalities representing the principal international intergovernmental bodies, at airports, rail stations, ports and on their various routes. The flag is also hoisted at sporting competitions, at stadiums and other sporting grounds, and during election campaigns, at the headquarters of electoral commissions and polling stations. During military ceremonies, the flag is hoisted according to military regulations. The flag of Romania may be raised without restrictions by individuals at their domicile or residence, or by legal entities at their headquarters.
Law no. 96 of 20 May 1998 proclaimed 26 June as the Day of the National Flag of Romania. It was on this day in 1848 that Decree no. 1 of the Wallachian Provisional Government was issued, making the red-yellow-blue tricolor the national flag. On Flag Day, public authorities and other state institutions are obliged by law to organize cultural/educational programs and events, with a patriotic or scientific character, devoted to Romanian history, as well as specific military ceremonies, organized within units of the Ministry of National Defense and the Ministry of the Internal Affairs.
Generally keeping your hair natural but a little bit messy is best for a neutral look. Most people will say short hair is best, but it’s still possible to look neutral with long hair. Keeping things generally unkempt works well, and things like messy ponytails, undercuts and middle partings are great for looking androgynous.
Tip 2: Makeup
Now you can wear whatever makeup you like, it all depends on what kind of look you are going for. A general androgynous look consists of sharp cheekbones, defined brows, and sculpted lips. Everything is often sharp and defined, but designed to accentuate your face with a ‘natural look’. If you want to look neutral and not femme or masc, stick to minimal makeup, just focus on showing off the features you like best.
Tip 3: Chest
A flat chest can be very helpful in creating a neutral look. Plenty of women naturally have small breasts, and if you want to appear neutral, having a flat chest can help dfab people achieve this. Of course it’s up to you whether you want to do this, and to what level. A tight sports bra could help you achieve this fine, or binding could be a better option for you. Please remember to never use ace bandages or tape, and always be safe when binding.
Tip 4: Clothing
Experiment with your look to find something thats neutral and suits your shape and taste. Darker shades are more popular for this, but it’s completely up to you. Good fashion staples are cardigans, straight leg trousers, blazers, and shirts can work great. If you’re not into binding, fashion can be a great way to help this. Wear chunky scarves and cool open coats to create a great look that doesn’t draw attention to the chest area. While tailored shorts can be great, be careful with them. The shape of your legs could potentially give away your dg. But if you want to rock it, definitely go ahead!
Tip 5: Femme/Masc???
Some people want to look completely gender neutral and thats completely fine. But if you want to make yourself lean more femme or more masc, don’t be afraid of it at all! Your gender represents you, and being non binary doesn’t mean you have to stay completely in the middle all the time if you don’t want to! Have fun with your look and experiment to find what makes you feel great about yourself.
Tip 5: Confidence and Self Love
The tip to anything is feeling great and being happy with yourself. Don’t push yourself out of your comfort zone if you don’t want to, and don’t let anyone police you and tell you how you should look, or that you look wrong. You’re a beautiful person and no matter what you wear or how you present, you will always look gorgeous. These are just guidlines, you dont have to follow them, and you don’t have to have the same opinion on how to look androgynous or gender neutral. Just do and wear whatever makes you happy!
when miraak takes off his mask there’s another one underneath
tbh i am adamantly against revealing character’s faces if they had a mask through most of the/entire time and it’s not needed. masks are such a defining design element if theyre worn all the time that rarely does the face seem not disappointing lmao i.e. fukin tali from mass effect and her stock photo face reveal but idk its just me
Just had premarital sex for the first time and it was a wonderful loving experience with the man I love. Don't see how that could be a bad thing
Sin seems attractive to us and we are often tempted in romantic relationships. However, it is Satan who wants sin to seem attractive to us and sin is never a good thing, no matter how nice it feels to us. Mortal sins, such premarital sex, are a grave violation of God’s commandments and require Confession as soon as possible. Sex is designed for marriage and we should follow God’s design because true love and happiness is in His will and He knows what’s best for us.
“Catechism of the Catholic Church 1855: Mortal sin destroys charity in the heart of man by a grave violation of God’s law; it turns man away from God, who is his ultimate end and his beatitude, by preferring an inferior good to him.”
“CCC 1861: Mortal sin is a radical possibility of human freedom, as is love itself. It results in the loss of charity and the privation of sanctifying grace, that is, of the state of grace. If it is not redeemed by repentance and God’s forgiveness, it causes exclusion from Christ’s kingdom and the eternal death of hell, for our freedom has the power to make choices for ever, with no turning back.”
Mortal sin is extremely serious. We have to take our souls and the souls of the people close to us seriously. Consider these verses:
“Shun immorality. Every other sin which a man commits is outside the body; but the immoral man sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:18-20 RSVCE).
“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled; for God will judge the immoral and adulterous” (Hebrews 13:4 RSVCE).
“Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24 RSVCE).
If we really love God, we will remember this and follow what He says. Read this Girl Defined article called “Why Having Sex with your Boyfriend Isn’t a True Expression of Love”. Sex is meant for marriage. This is the way God designed it. God defines true love as pure, honorable, and focused on others. Mortal sin is not pure, loving, or honorable and if we really care for others, we will help guard their souls.