With only Day 1 out of 4 for the Jungle Inferno update, we’ve had a lovely introduction to Saxton Hale and his theme park - which is actually also a map packaged in this update.
But that’s not the only map that’s shipping with this update. Let’s also talk about not one, but FIVE more maps that were brought out of the workshop and brought over to the jungle, complete with some words from their authors about what we can expect from each map!
1. Mercenary Park
After a decade of dustbowls and gravel pits, it’s time to pack your snorkel, find your flip-flops, and endure a series of painful yellow fever vaccinations to your abdomen, because Team Fortress is heading to the tropics! Introducing Mercenary Park, a new jungle-themed disease-ridden 3-control point map, made in-house by us!
Lazarus is a compact 90-degree mirrored symmetry King of the Hill map designed for consideration for the upcoming Jungle Update.
Lazarus is a Jungle map set on a volcanic island in Southeast Asia, revolving around RED & BLU’s island bases and the archaeological dig site they’re fighting over in search of the Fountain of Youth!
Mossrock is a 2CP Attack/Defend map (Gorge-Like) jungle map, with deathpits, trains and mind-controlling radio broadcast stations.
4. Banana Bay
A chaotic payload race taking place along the cliffs of a tropical cove. This is a rotationally symmetrical map designed around a rail bridge with a train that acts as a hazard, flow redirector, and finale. Think last stage of Cactus Canyon, but PLR. Also more vertical.
Welcome, to Charles Darling’s Triassic Preserve! The past - today! Enclosure is a three-stage payload map inspired by your favorite dinosaur movie.
Koth_brazil, a King of the Hill map that takes place in a secret base in the jungle, where players fight for radar control.
Congratulations to all the mappers, asset designers, art pass artists, coffee lackeys, and any additional roles we missed out who were involved in the creation of these maps and had them accepted into the game! Which map are you most excited to play for Jungle Inferno?
Know any fics that feature lots of angst but with a happy ending? (on 2nd thoughts, without a happy ending is fine as well) Thank you <3
Hello anon! Sorry it took me so long to get to this, but I’ve been pretty busy recently and also angst is really not super my thing?? But because I have an insatiable need to read every highly-recommended Drarry fic, I have inevitably read a few really good angsty ones! Just keep in mind that my threshold for angst is not very high, and these will all have a happy ending ;)
In Pieces by Cheryl Dyson (85K)- Harry returns to Hogwarts as the new DADA instructor, only to find his teaching efforts thwarted by a very familiar ghost. This fic is absolutely amazing and filled with lots of fluff but also inevitably tons of angst because Draco is a ghost??? They can’t even touch??? *cries* I remember feeling like there was no way it could possibly work out happily and believably but I was VERY pleasantly surprised!
To Those Who Wait by loveglowsinthedark (8.5K)- Harry’s come is trickling out of my arse as I say ‘I do’ and promise to love and cherish Blaise in sickness and in health.The love of my life is preparing to leave the country as I smile for photographs.The excruciating agony of my heart shattering nearly brings me to my knees on what ought to have been the happiest day of my life. This fic is fucking FABULOUS if you want angst with a happy ending. And I’m not just saying that because @l0vegl0wsinthedark is my main bitch. Harry and Draco are basically soul mates they are so made for each other, but absurdly tragic circumstances have split them up (for now). I bet reading the summary alone has already made your heart ache and now the only way to soothe it is to go read the rest ASAP, so DO IT.
Another Mask Behind You by lettered (116.5K)- Draco is a high-end prostitute who hides his identity. Harry unknowingly hires him. And then there is porn, questions about identity, domestic bliss, more porn, and truth as seen through a web of lies. (And then more porn. Seriously, if you don’t want sex scene after sex scene you probably shouldn’t read this. And please read the warnings.) This has a lot of things you should check the warnings for, but among them is ANGST LIKE WOAH. A mistaken(hidden?) identity fic and yeah I would be angsty too if I found out I had been unknowingly fucking and falling in love with my schoolboy rival! It’s soooo well-written and probably the angstiest fic I have ever LOVED. So much else (aka mostly hot hot sex!) more than made up for the stress it caused me! Another angsty and amazing fic that you should definitely read by lettered isThe Boy Who Only Lived Twice, which also contains mistaken identity of a sort!
Written on the Heart by who_la_hoop (114K)- Harry doesn’t mind that so many Slytherins from his year have returned to finish their NEWTs, really he doesn’t. It’s just – do they have to be so friendly? He’s not prejudiced, really he’s not. It’s just – they’ve got to be up to something, right? Unnerved by the attention he’s attracting from everyone – the Slytherins are the least of it, to be fair – and struggling with a raft of changes to Hogwarts itself, Harry wishes he could be happy that one constant remains: Draco Malfoy really fucking hates him.When he’s hit by an illegal love-spell though, Harry finds he has more to worry about than whether or not Blaise Zabini actually wants to be his friend. For if everyone affected has been blessed – or cursed, by the look on Malfoy’s face – with a magical tattoo revealing the name of their soulmate, what does it mean that Harry’s skin remains completely bare? kfhdsjrg3hi SOUL MARKS!!! c;mbxneiu EIGHTH YEAR!!! rewuy,obsk AMAZING AUTHOR!!! Need I say more? (Idk if this one counts as “really” angsty but it has an angst tag and a pining tag and I just ran across it again and really want to rec it???)
In His Nature by create_serenity (20.5K)- Harry agreed to have sex with Draco once a month in order to keep him alive, what he didn’t agree to was Draco popping up all over the place and disrupting his life in more ways than one. Veela!Draco fic in which he needs sex with his mate to keep him alive. At first Harry thinks he’s doing Malfoy a huge favor, but soon he realizes how much pain he’s causing Draco by limiting their interactions and works on fixing that :).
Something Always (Brings Me Back to You) by Kedavranox (10K)- The Centre for Magical Theory and Complex Spell Classifications keeps fucking with Harry’s dig sites, and he’s pretty sure Malfoy has ulterior motives. This is a getting-back-together fic… but of course it can’t happen without several misunderstandings and life-threatening situations! Yep, yep. Definitely plenty of angst here.
Also I really can’t choose a specific one (there are so many!!) but most of the longer works by Lomonaaeren have a healthy dose of angst! She has a very unique style, but if you like it (I do!!) then her literal hundreds of fics are a goldmine!
Welcome to the story! Non-powered AU here, going for something like an Indiana Jones/ Adventure Movie theme. Expect lots of snark between Steve and Tony, some really heartbreaking moments, guns and explosions and obligatory “sharing bodily heat” comments as they try to survive and escape the bad guys all while keeping their hair neat and having lots of sexy times.
LIKE AND REBLOG to be tagged in the upcoming chapters!
Enjoy :) I can’t wait to hear what you all think of this!! *********************************
Ten Years Ago
When Howard had suggested Tony “learn a little about the real world” after his sophomore year of college, Tony thought his dad meant something along the lines of “traveling through Europe” or maybe “Backpacking through New Zealand.”
He had not realized his dad meant “spend the summer working at some shitty dig site in South America that Stark Industries was helping fund.”
He hadn’t realized Howard was planning on dropping him in the middle of nowhere to work with other college kids at scraping dirt off of stone carvings and meticulously cataloguing things that Tony had no interest in.
It had never even crossed Tony’s mind that when Howard suggested he “learn about the world” it was simply code for “your mother and I are traveling all summer and don’t trust you to not burn the house down so here, build some character while digging in the dirt in a foreign country.”
In fact, if Tony had realized that Howard’s “suggestion” was actually a demand and that he actually had no say in the matter, he probably would have gone home with Rhodey for the summer and avoided all of this.
But by the time Tony had put all this together, it was too late and he had been dumped at the work site in some no name country by some no name river.
Stepping off the helicopter and onto the ground, Tony’s two hundred dollar sneakers had sunk into about two hundred inches of mud and were promptly ruined. The bottom six inches of his favorite jeans as well. The dig manager, Paul or Richard or some other name Tony promptly forgot, had laughed and pulled him free and shoved some cargo pants and work shirts and boots at him, directing him to a building at the back end of the clearing.
“Those are the bunks.” Paul–or Richard or whoever– had said, and slapped Tony on the back hard enough to make him stumble. “Go get changed and get back out here, we are setting a grid for a new area and need all the help we can get.”
Tony had been too much in shock and too busy slapping bugs away to bother arguing and next thing he knew he was on his knees in a marked off square in a grid carefully digging and sifting dirt and hating his life.
“You’re doing that wrong, honey.” Some one had crouched down next to Tony and took his tools right out of his hands. “Try it like this. And maybe no sunglasses, you’ll miss the small things because everything’s a little too dim.”
“These sunglasses cost more than your car.” Tony had retorted, and an easy laugh had caught him off guard.
“Spoiled brat, aren’t you?”
“Excuse me?” Tony had ripped off his sunglasses and stared up–and up– into the bluest pair of eyes he had ever seen, set in a perfect face and followed by a smile bright enough to make him reconsider the sunglasses thing. “I mean– um–”
“Hey, it’s alright. I’m sure your sunglasses are worth a lot, but here all they are is a hindrance. Besides, why hide those pretty chocolate eyes, huh?”
“Um–chocolate…sure. What now?” Tony had forgotten how to talk, and tall blonde and beautiful had just smiled more, before showing him exactly how to do whatever the hell he was supposed to be doing with the spade and sifter and whatever else he was using. Strong hands had covered his own, broad shoulders brushing against him as they worked, and every time Tony managed to make his brain work enough to say something, he was rewarded with a gorgeous smile and every once in awhile a wink and a laugh.
And Tony had suddenly been thrilled that his dad had dumped him here.
character from a dream last night: how do i describe this. guy owns some land & builds it into an archeological dig site attraction for tourists? you can dig up artifacts & pan for gold and stuff. theres an area where you use pickaxes and theres gems in the rocks or something. when u find your treasure you hike up a big rocky hill to the prospector’s office where the guy sits behind the desk & he tells u the price of the thing you dug up and u can keep it if you pay him. the prospector’s office is full of cool old-timey stuff on shelves behind glass. when u leave the office theres this crappy lil local history museum with mannequins in costumes. theres a taco bell attached for some reason.
the twist: this guy is a major cocaine dealer. theres a hidden elevator in the prospector’s office that goes down into the real secret office where he does business. the employees dressed up like cowboys are actually his security team and those guns theyre carrying are real guns. the whole thing is a money laundering business. one of the security guards’ name is lawrence and the guy picks on him because “lawrence isnt a real name. its a good middle name but a shitty first name.” (??)
im trying to remember more details. hes very calm & very serious & much smarter than he lets on. this guy just has a passion for local history and also cocaine
1915 – Splitting the Atom. Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity ultimately leads to the splitting of the atom and the dawn of the atomic age. This epoch-defining stage in human evolution will act as a beacon that awakens ancient superspecies sustained by nuclear energy.
1943 – The U.S.S. Lawton Incident. [unreadable] only survivor. Haunted by the memory of that day, Randa will go on to become one of Monarch’s foremost operatives, searching for the truth behind the ancient creatures that exist beneath the surface of our world.
1944 – [unreadable; likely concerning the disappearances of Hank Marlow and Gunpei Ikari]
1946 – Monarch Founded. In the aftermath and cover-up of the U.S.S. Lawton incident, President Truman unofficially establishes “Monarch Unit”, a small, off-book research team established to engage in the systemic study of “Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms”. Privately, many of Truman’s allies question the validity of the group’s theories and work to keep their existence a secret.
1952 – The Great Smog of London. Baffling meteorologists and defying atmospheric physics, this unexplained weather phenomenon saw London’s streets overwhelmed by huge clouds of air-polluting smoke. Monarch theorizes that the beating wings of a giant creature could have created an anticyclone that unleashed airborne pollutants across the city.
1954 – Monarch Goes Golbal [sic]. As the age of the atom bomb dawns, Monarch expands into a multinational coalition of scientists and discoverers leading covert missions to understand and contain the threat of M.U.T.O.s. Authorized unofficially by President Eisenhower and overseen by General MacArthur, Monarch [unreadable] a containment flotilla under the guise of “nuclear [unreadable] weapons across the Bikin Atoll in the [unreadable] were not tests. They were trying to kill [unreadable]
1959 – Siberian Mystery. At the height of the Cold War, aerial photography taken from a Russian spy plane reveals a huge containment facility established around an icecap in Siberia. The Monarch symbol can be seen emblazoned across the canopy of the structure.
1973 – Mission: Skull. Monarch surreptitiously partners with Landsat and the 1st Aviation Brigade, 3rd Assault Helicopter Company to mount an expedition to the mythical “Skull Island” in an uncharted corner of the South Pacific. Encountering the god-like superspecies known as Kong, they soon discover that mankind does not belong here.
1991 – Isla de Mona. A covert Monarch team establishes a quarantine zone around the island’s dormant volcano, under the guise of ‘environmental research’. Over the coming years, what began as a small scientific outpost will expand to become a full containment facility around the mouth of the volcano.
1995 – Return to Skull Island. Monarch security officer Aaron Brooks defies his father Houston Brooks and leads an off-the-books mission to Skull Island, to determine what has become of Kong since the 1973 expedition.
1999 – Janjira Meltdown. Following an explosive disaster [unreadable] Power-Plant, Monarch establishes [unreadable] zone
outside of Tokyo. What the [unreadable] the Janjira Q-Zone is in reality a containment facility established around a dormant M.U.T.O.
2005 – A Mysterious Mercenary. Former British Army Colonel and MI-6 agent Jonah Alan is locked up in
Pakistani prison after an encounter with Monarch agents. Alan and his
band of mercenary accomplices were caught trying to breach the walls of a
subterranean M.U.T.O. dig-site.”
2009 – Temple of the Moth. Mythographic studies of Chinese temples leads Monach to the high-altitude jungles of the Yunnan province. Dr. Emma Russell and her team follow a mysterious bio-acoustic signature to a previously undiscovered megalithic temple, within which lies a gigantic cocoon. A quickening heartbeat is detected inside.
2012 – Message in a Bottle. Days before retirement, Monarch veteran Houston Brooks receives a coded message from his son. The mission to Skull Island has revealed dramatic new information about Kong’s origins, and his role on the island.
2013 – [unreadable]
2014 – The Battle of San Francisco. The existence of giant superspecies is revealed to the world as Godzilla clashes with two M.U.T.O.s in the center of San Francisco. Unleashing devastation upon the urban center, the world watches as Godzilla defends our world and restores balance to the natural order. The time has come for Monarch to step out of the shadows.
2016 – Monster Zero. When Monarch discovers an extraordinary superspecies sealed beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, Dr. Vivienne Graham leads the effort to build a covert containment and research facility around the dormant creature. Her classified field notes contain a mysterious footnote: “The devil has three heads.”
With Kong: Skull Island now out on Blu-ray, those unreadable sections may continue to elude us, although the information in them has already been covered by the films.
I learned things today about Genghis Khan - yes, that guy - that I had no idea I didn’t know. CNN declared him the “Man of the Millennium” a few years back and I now understand why.
He invented a lot of things, including passports, the Pony Express, and the concept of diplomatic immunity.
He had two horsehair “spirit banners,” one black and one white, made from the hair of his best stallions. The black represented war and the white represented peace. These went with him everywhere and in Mongolia, legend has it that the black one still exists.
He set foot inside a building exactly once in his entire life. He lived in tents called gers, or yurts, and dressed like everyone else. He also insisted that his name not be spoken with any particular reverence.
Although he was definitely a bloodthirsty invader who rightly inspired fear in many nations, he never attacked anyone without giving advance notice.
He was a firm believer in the idea of a meritocracy - after removing those in power in a place he conquered, he would install new leaders of those areas based on their individual worth. Sometimes these new leaders would be chosen from among his fellow Mongols, but just as often he would select them from among the people he conquered.
Everyone living in his empire had the right of religious freedom; they could worship however they chose and were never penalized for it.
He had a harem, of course, but that was normal for his culture at the time. His chief wife was a woman named Borte, to whom he became betrothed at the age of eight. He loved her devotedly - before they were married, she was kidnapped by one of his enemies, who raped and impregnated her. Khan fought to get her back, by which time she had birthed a son. He married her regardless and raised his stepson with great kindness.
Because she was his first and most important wife, the four sons Borte bore him were the ones who inherited his empire. They also had daughters, all of whom became pretty important figures. Right up until Khan’s death, he would go to Borte for advice on all manner of things and considered her extremely wise; after his passing, she retained her high status in the empire and continued to advise her sons and other nobles.
Reportedly, he was afraid of two things: wild dogs and his mother’s temper.
He was buried with a treasure so vast as to be beyond counting; it took 2,000 soldiers to dig the burial site. When they returned after his tomb was sealed, they were all slaughtered in order to keep the location a secret. To this day it has never been found.
Non powered AU: Steve is a former soldier, Tony is just rich and smart, not MCU level rich/brilliant. I honestly just wanted to write something Indiana Jonesy so here it is lol there will be close to fifteen chapters if not more to this story.
THIS FIC IS COMPLETED! *********************
The summer of his sophomore year of college, Tony Stark is dropped at a Stark Industries archaeological dig site in South America so he can “learn a little about the world” and “gain some perspective”.
The first day there, Tony ruins his $200 shoes, his favorite pants and breaks his sunglasses, and is ready to call his dad and demand to go home. But then former soldier- turned- archaeologist Steve Rogers steps up and teases him about being a “spoiled brat” while smiling in a way that makes Tony melt right into the ground, and he (naturally) decides to stay for the summer.
The first awkward meeting turns into a summer full of flirty looks, stolen kisses, and teasing touches and Tony falls in love. By the end of the summer he is ready to give Steve everything, but then Steve decides to pack up and leave for a bigger dig site in China, leaving a short message about “something better coming up” and “can’t miss out on this” and he “knows Tony will understand”.
Fast forward ten years and Tony has taken over the company after his parents death, only dates brunettes and redheads, and hasn’t thought about archeological sites or archeologists for years. And then he stumbles across the file for the old dig site, which is still being funded by Stark Industries. He hops on a plane, determined to visit the camp and shut it down once and for all, but is shocked to discover that what had been a boring dig uncovering a village has grown into the discovery of a temple with precious artifacts being found every day.
A security team was hired to protect the staff from bandits trying to steal the gold, and when Tony demands to meet the commander, he comes face to face with Steve Rogers all over again– except Steve is bearded and bigger and way more dangerous than he used to be, and Tony hates how much he likes it.
When the camp comes under attack, Steve jumps into action, snatching Tony and running away into the jungle to try to escape and they end up just trying to stay alive as they work their way towards a safe airfield.
Long days and longer nights together bring back all those old feelings, and Steve finds himself trying to coax Tony into getting closer even as Tony tries his hardest to keep away.
As they get farther from the bandits, they get closer to something real between them, and Steve takes a risk, asks the man he never stopped loving to stay, to give them another chance.
Will Tony say yes? Or after all these years is his heart buried too far for the soldier-turned- archaeologist-turned-mercenary to find it?
Waco Mammoth National Park, Waco, Texas. February 2017.
In the late 1970′s, a couple of teenage boys were searching a creek bed for arrowheads on a dairy farm in Waco, Texas. They discovered an unusually large bone that turned out to be the femur of a Columbian Mammoth. This initial find led to the discovery of the largest Nursery Herd of Columbian Mammoths found in the U.S.. Eventually 24 individuals were identified. Most of the fossils have been removed, but several mammoths have been left in situ (as well as the skeleton of an American Camel) and are protected from the elements inside a dig shelter. Tours are readily available for the public to visit the dig site and see the mammoths.
Columbian mammoths were larger than Woolly Mammoths, reaching 13 feet or more at the shoulder and weighing 20,000 lbs.
Alright lovelies, here we are, the last chapter in our story. Can’t say thank you enough for all the love and encouragement I received with this fic, I wouldn’t write at all if it wasn’t for all my beautiful readers.
I hope this fluffy thing does our boys justice and wraps up their adventure in a way that leaves you happy! I can’t wait to hear what you guys think!
“Tony, you need to hurry or we will be late!” Pepper called from the living room and Tony clicked his watch onto his wrist while searching for his jacket.
“Yes, Mother Hen, thank you!”
“Tony, you are sponsoring this!” Pepper reminded him. “You cannot be late to something you are sponsoring. Especially since tonight is the memorial for the—”
“I know!” Tony snapped. “Stop nagging me!”
“Anthony Edward Stark!” Pepper sounded shocked. “I am not nagging you! I am simply reminding you—”
“Steve isn’t here either!” Tony retorted. “I don’t see you calling to bug him!” Tony glanced down at his watch in annoyance. Steve was supposed to meet him here at the penthouse almost an hour ago, and he still hadn’t heard anything from his boyfriend.
It had been a fun ten months together, since the incident with Rumlow. Steve still taught high school, and they switched between Tony flying out on the weekends to see him, and Steve coming to New York every long weekend and school break. Every goodbye seemed harder than the one before, but that just made every hello all that much sweeter and Tony was the happiest he had ever been in his life.
Tonight was the official opening of the Temple Display at the museum, all the artifacts from the dig site tracked down and cleaned up and put out for the public to see. A memorial had been set up to honor the students and others, like Melissa, who had been lost, and Tony was supposed to give a speech.
But he wasn’t going anywhere unless Steve made it in, so Pepper was just going to have to suck it.