drifter's end

He knew.”
“I never told him.”
“It’s not about what you say or do. It’s not even about what you think. It’s about the way you look at someone when they’re happy, and you don’t think anyone is watching. And he saw the way you looked at him. He knew.
—  from an unfinished story #705

Something that I’ve found kind of interesting about the tablets you find throughout Hyper Light Drifter is… well, here; look at one.

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so, about hld’s ending song

something that stands out to me more than anything is that this game very much comes across as an Art Piece. something that asks you, “what am i?”

alex preston, the guy behind heart machine, was born with a heart defect that has him in and out of the hospital. when you take that into the context of the game’s story, it sort of…turns things into a different angle. example:

you have an illness that limits your physical activity (guardian’s illness gets worse if you speak to them, presumably spurring them to help you more), limits your diet (drifter’s infamous “cloak jerky”), and you exhaust all your time and energy into searching for a way to get better, only to realize that the only thing in your power to do is to help those who come after you

as for that last point……gestures to the entirety of hyper light drifter

drifter destroys judgement and the cell. and then….they die [ ): ] and then they’re happy in the afterlife! [ (: ] and then…..they die ??? [ )’8 ] and we’re treated to this in conjuction with the renovation of the entire world as a peaceful song plays in the background

a piano song. the only song in the entire game without any synth, bits, or electronic influence in it. panacea.

this speaks to me very much of a man pouring a lifetime of fear and anxiety and even hopes into a game that may reasonably outlive him. the sort of realization that, while a true cure may one day be in reach, sometimes the only thing you have is the cure you make for yourself.

…..this got really rambly and i kind of forgot where i wanted to go with it, but this song still makes me tear up and i hope it does the same to u

That’s the hard thing about love, isn’t it? You don’t get a choice. You don’t get to look at someone and say, “I pick you.” It just happens. Someone shows up and all of a sudden it doesn’t matter what you need or deserve. You love them, whether you want to or not.
—  from an unfinished story #761
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And with the coming of 2016, the Drifter Au comes to a close as 2015 does. Bill finally gets to achieve his ultimate goal and Ford pays the largest price for their transgressions. The multiverse will be rebuilt and everyone who has fallen during this time will wake up as if this was nothing more than a bad dream but it’s a world without Bill Cipher in it.

Or is it?

We’ll be posting the final log to the Drifter Au alongside with the screen shots of the final three scenes from the draw pile later on. We want to thank everyone who’s read the Au and has enjoyed the journey it’s taken us. 

It’s been wild!

anonymous asked:

If you don't mind me asking, what reylo fics are you currently reading?

Running through my subscriptions on AO3 real quick (not sure of everyone’s Tumblr URLs so just going with AO3 pseuds): 

A Dream in Twofold by TearoomSaloon

  • An excellent take on the “Rey is Ren’s apprentice” trope. Snoke is genuinely terrifying and the slow burn and Kylo’s conflict are both delicious. 

A Proper Education by SouthSideStory

  • Smut. It’s smut. Kylo-defected-to-the-Resistance smut. 

Amygdala by nerdherderette

  • A LOT of Reylo fics have Kylo as a doctor/surgeon in a modern AU, but I like the way this one approaches it, with Rey doing her residency next to him. It’s almost like a Grey’s Anatomy take on the ship, but done very, very well, which is good since I’ve never liked Grey’s.

Charcoal by luvkurai

  • I think most people know this one. Unstable/obsessive artist!Kylo. Badass engineering student/art enthusiast Rey. It’s unsettling but you just can’t look away.

Children of Violence by america_oreosandkitkats

  • Set against the backdrop of the Soviet-Afghan war in which American Kylo has defected to the Soviet Union. Very mysterious with heavy political intrigue and well-done modern-historical AU.  

Chivalry Isn’t Dead, It Just Joined the Dark Side by frackin_sweet and hato

  • This one is fun. Rey is a drifter who ends up catching a job at a Renaissance Faire, where she also ends up working with renowned actor, stage combat vet, and SERIOUS pain in the ass Kylo Ren, whose family owns the damn thing. The entire cast is well-represented and the humor is on-point. Definitely a good chaser for the heaviness of most Reylo fics.

Errant by pontmercy44 

  • The last chapter of this one just made me REALLY mad and upset so I’m now watching it warily, but until then, it was one of my favorites (and probably will be again… hopefully… please). Rey is the victim of a trafficking ring who witnesses a murder and ends up in the ER attended by Snoke’s personal physician, Kylo. It’s very, very heavy in places and you just want to give Rey a hug, but there are some excellent scenes with Han and Leia and Kylo’s attempts to slot back into his family with Rey in tow. Again, it just took a really, really sharp turn that I’m not too sure about yet, but I’m reccing it for now because it was amazing up until that point.

Ja’ak by Trebia 

  • Dark!Reylo written by the author of “Forms”. You know why I’m reading this. You know why all of you should be reading this. 

Like Young Gods by diasterisms 

  • Probably the best and most comprehensive Reylo(ish) Jedi Academy AU I’ve seen thus far. This could be an EU novel with these characters. 

Nine Lives by on_my_toes

  • I still haven’t figured out if I love or hate this fic. On the one hand, some of the best and most poignant angst you’ll see in a modern AU in this fandom. On the other… it hurts. It really, really hurts. In so many ways. It’s like watching two of your friends who are in love with each other but have serious issues and keep throwing up giant barriers and creating issues so they’ll never get together, and there’s nothing you can do about it. I’m just hoping that all of the pain is worth it as the fic draws to a close.

Opia by t0bemadeofglass

  • Serial killer/cop AU with a ton of dark mystery and excellent writing. I’m a fan. There is some Reylux and Kylux within this work, of which I am not a fan, but they’re optional side works that don’t conflict with the primary narrative if you’re not into that.

Reflektor by ReyloTrashCompactor (NextToSomething)

  • This one’s just starting, but I’m intrigued. Captured!Rey in the hands of Kylo with some interesting interplay thus far. I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes.

Retreat by ms_qualia 

  • I’m in love with this fic. Seriously. Spy Thriller AU, political intrigue, dangerously unstable Kylo and completely badass Han and Leia. Has a very strong dystopian feel to it that the author captures perfectly. 

She Who Would Be Queen by sasstasticmad

  • Historical romance/Regency-esque AU. Updates can be slow, but it has strong writing and atmosphere. 

The Death of Kylo Ren by nymja

  • The Force Bond is a very common trope in Reylo fics, but this is one of my favorite takes on it, and an unsettling examination of the negative consequences of it. Kylo Ren’s characterization is also some of the best I’ve ever seen. 

The Moon, the Sun, and the Star Inbetween. by Silvershine 

  • Most of you guys have already been reading this one for awhile, but I just got into it recently. It’s the only fic I’ve seen where Kylo and Rey have a child and Kylo is decidedly not redeemed (and his dynamic with Rey is decidedly unromantic), so it’s a very interesting examination of some common tropes.

The Proof of It All by machinewithoutfeelings

  • This is kind of the opposite story to the above, where Kylo and Rey end up having a child and she is his redemption, in a way. I’m actually not a fan of fics where K&R have children, at all, but I’ve strangely loved the way this fic has handled it since day one. It helps that the author is exceptionally skilled and handles the entire narrative with very deft hands.

The Purest Place in the Galaxy by ClockworkCourier

  • Kylo, Rey, and the Force ghosts on Dagobah! Kylo is miserable, Rey is a badass, the slow burn is both slow and burning, and the turn from humor to drama has been perfectly executed. 

The World In Its Dark Grace by  tyrantsandcreampuffs

  • This is another one that’s just getting started but seems very promising. Arranged marriage AU in a historical fantasy setting. 

Tomb Reyder by IAmLokiLocked

  • In which Rey is an archaeology student on a summer excavation in Greece, and Kylo is Hades (poorly) taking human form. An interesting twist on the Hades and Persephone myth in a modern setting. 

Hope that helps! I’m always open for more recs, and I’m sure there are others that I poke around with that I’m forgetting, but those are some of the fics that I’m reading at the moment. :)

Odd Divination Techniques by the Flights

EARTH - Mudwalking
Mud is prepared from a special, fine dirt and clean water. Several divinating items like runes and stone-wrought symbols are mixed into the mud, along with some of the subject’s small personal effects. The mud is ideally spread into a shallow, wide basin, but spreading it on the ground is suitable if no such thing is available. The subject simply walks through the mud. A diviner will determine meaning from the ceremony based on foot print shapes and which items were tread upon. If an item adheres to the dragon’s foot throughout the walk, the importance of the divined meaning is magnified significantly.

FIRE - Ashwatch
Performed only when divinatory guidance is most crucial, an Ashwatch requires the subject to surrender an item most beloved. To surrender anything less may result in ill omens that give little useful information. The item is burned for a few hours before the real divination begins. Once thoroughly burned, the sacrificed item is left in a place exposed to the elements for seven days. The diviner is tasked with inspecting the item several times a day and noting changes in the item’s form- char patterns on the remnants, crumbled pieces falling off, or if it is nothing more than a pile of ashes, the size and shape of the ash pile. The diviner uses the process of the item’s destruction to determine the ultimate message.

WIND - Ribbonflight
A technique best performed in groups and often set up in times of celebration. Each participate writes their name or an identifying symbol on a very small strip of parchment and ties it to a long ribbon. Ribbons are often colored or styled to match the purpose of the divination- one hoping for insight on their love life would use a red ribbon, one seeking warnings of future dangers would use yellow, etc. Participants gather above the most suitable thicket of bamboo and release the ribbons together. Diviners interpret fortunes based on where the ribbons end up and how they get tangled on things. This task can take hours depending on how far the ribbons flew and how many participants there are. It is considered good fortune to lose your ribbon entirely - it means no fortune is needed, carry on as you were and all will be fine!

WATER - Halved Pearl
Though Water may be the flight most relevant to the topic of divination and oracles, not all of their techniques are exceptional. This technique requires the cultivation of a pearl from any kind of giant shelled mollusk. A piece of the subject, such as a scale or lock of hair, is planted in the mollusk to act as the pearl’s nucleus. The subject must be the one to care for the mollusk over the years it may take to produce a sizable pearl, or the reading will be considered invalid. When ready, the pearl is cut in half and the diviner reads a fortune based on the patterns of the pearl’s interior. It is not at all an efficient technique, but most suitable for divination that examine the subject’s past. Pearlcatchers widely believe it to be a tasteless and offensive ritual.

SHADOW - Shadow Stabbing
Diviners of this technique must also be proficient in higher forms of shadow magic - specifically illusions, occasionally dream walking. Having defensive spells help, for reasons that will become apparent. The diviner surrounds the subject in various kinds of illusions, often styled with layers of symbolism. The first illusion to be confronted by the subject will determine quite a lot about their fortune. The diviner must observe the subject’s response to each illusion while maintaining the spell. This technique was first used to divine weaknesses, fears, and other very dire topics. As such, the illusions involved were often very frightful and the subject would respond with violence towards the source of them. On top of the imagery, this technique is best performed when the subject is not expecting it, to get their raw reactions. As such, surprise divination are the norm. It is not uncommon for pranksters to solicit these divination on behalf of their victim.

ICE - Isolation Drift
Isolation Drifts are more self reflection among the elements than a divination in the traditional sense. The subject is given meager rations and set adrift on a small ice floe, then pushed out into the open sea. This is solely performed in areas where currents will eventually bring the floe back towards the main land, as rescue teams are not sent to retrieve drifters at the end of their isolation. While in isolation, drifters meditate over the topic they seek insight on and focus on any images they see in the icy mists or rimed waters. Drinking the icy sea water was thought to aid in these insights, but less desperate subjects will forgo it. Upon return, the subject is often ill or emaciated. The diviner will nurse them back to health while helping the subject interpret thoughts and visions that appeared during the isolation.

LIGHTNING - Statistics
Among utilitarian clans, divination would often be a subject to be scoffed at at best, disparaged at worst. Those with interest in the topic had to find ways of working their craft in a way that looked and sounded based in data and reason rather than mysticism. Set ups for divination rituals are posed as experiments, often of a social or psychological angle. While no doubt there were a few Lightning “Diviners” who would take a genuine analytical approach to these practices, for many the “statistics” are just a facade. The actual rituals and divinations are fairly simple, along the lines of “So you found the blue rod to be a better conductor? Of the 23% of dragons that thought similarly, did you know that most were also suitable candidates for clan leadership?”

LIGHT - Glass Shattering
A technique developed by an enterprising glazier, Glass Shattering is a very simple technique in which the subject breaks colored sheets of glass in any way they see fit. The diviner interprets a fortune based on shapes of the largest pieces. To encourage fate to smile upon the subject, the subject was to determine a design for a stained glass panel to be crafted from the glass pieces - by the glazier, at a price. Installing the panel in a window and basking under its filtered sunlight was said to bring good fortune. While many write this technique off as touristy, surprisingly few complaints have been lodged against the creator for falsehood or misdirection.

NATURE - Vein Tracing
A simple technique that can be performed without any formal knowledge or training in divination. It is most often used to help the subject make a decision among many possibilities. A leaf is all that is required, though parchment, ink, and an assistant aid the process. Segments of the leaf are designated to specific outcomes or meanings. There is a general meaning for some leaves (The tip of an oak leaf generally implies truth, or the lower left side of a sunflower leaf implies humility, for example,) but a subject (or ideally their assistant) may assign any meaning to any portion of the leaf. Parchment can be used to write these assignments, which helps if the choosing is complex. The subject then traces from the stem of the leaf, following the veins until the edge of the leaf is reached (and thus, reaching the meaning or conclusion of the divination.)

PLAGUE - Vein Tracing
A twin divination technique for sister flights. Vein Tracing functions almost identically but uses a different vector - blood veins, twisting scars, possibly even the gnarling, twisting vines found among the Rotrock Rim. A more dire version of this uses the blood of the subject. When the blood is poured over a special carved slate, the blood forms rivulets that slowly wind to a random segment of the board. Diviners who use their own blood veins often scar or tattoo symbols where the veins fade from visibility. Subjects can simply trace over their veiny body to learn their fortunes. 

ARCANE- Questing
An arcane divination quest is part introspective journey, part interpreted symbolism. The diviner prepares an arcane crystal and sends it off into Starfall Isles, streaking off like a shooting star. The subject is to travel in the direction it fell and find it. The diviner always accompanies them, but does not aid in locating their shard. Along the way, the diviner will provide analysis of any happenings that occur and note any interesting symbolism they discover along the way. The site of the crystal is most rich with symbolism- Upon finding it, the diviner will speak at great length about each little detail of the location and what it means for the subject’s fortune. It is an ill omen for both the subject and the diviner if the crystal is not located. 

anonymous asked:

What if Claire had gone back to the 19th century and met Jamie there instead?

Oh nonny… you don’t know what you’ve done LOL This is absolutely going to be a long, multi-chapter story, but wow I love this prompt. 


Part I

Claire Beauchamp checked the window one more time, watching the fluffy puffs of snow fall to the ground. It had been snowing for the better part of the day and she’d been stuck inside. Most people loved this time of year but she most certainly didn’t. Christmas just meant that she would be surrounded by visitors who she barely knew and barely liked that stared at her as though her Englishness were catching.

When Claire was fifteen she had been in the Scottish Highlands with her Uncle Lamb, an archaeologist studying ancient Norse relics, when she had stumbled upon a group of standing stones. Curiosity brought her inside the ring, and the stones themselves seemed to begin calling out to her, pulling her closer. As if in a trance she kept walking closer to the centre stone, reaching her palms toward the granite surface as the wind picked up with a blast and the stones began to scream. She closed her eyes against the noise and when she opened them again she was, without a doubt, no longer in 1933.

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