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The Midheaven: How You Will Be Remembered

The Midheaven (MC) is commonly thought to describe one’s career path. Although this is a decent indicator of one’s overall path, it can be hard to relate to a specific career so early in one’s life. So, if you don’t relate to your Midheaven like, “Oh, you have a MC in Aries, so you’re probably going to be a police officer, solider, or athlete" then maybe try thinking of the Midheaven as how you will be remembered or what you are generally associated with. (Always trust your dominant sign to describe you the most- *a post similar to this coming soon)
✨No matter what career you decide, you will be remembered by your peers, co-workers, friends, and family by traits from the sign, aspects*, and planets* bestowed upon your 10th House.✨

♈ Aries MC: will be remembered for their courage, boldness, intimidating/unsettling nature, and/or originality.
(ex. Stephen King, Meryl Streep, Kanye West, Joan of Arc, Bill Gates, Angelina Jolie, Madalyn Murry O'Hair, Pablo Picasso, Rachel Maddow, Will Smith, Franz Kafka, Tyra Banks, Aleister Crowley, Tina Fey, Francisco de Goya, Julia Roberts, Chris Farley, Joseph Goebbels, Marvin Gaye, Iggy Pop, Kate Moss, Alfred Hitchcock, George Wallace, Hank Williams, Ayn Rand, Rob Zombie, Alexandre Dumas, John Steinbeck, Anne Frank, Twiggy, Jack Black, William Blake, Celine Dion, Galileo Galilei, Al Gore, Emmylou Harris, Las Vegas-Nevada, Manhattan-New York)

♉ Taurus MC: will be remembered for their extravagant style or possessions, their values, and/or “diva” attitude.

(ex. Henry VIII, Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, Tina Turner, Pope Francis, Jackie Robinson, Selena Gomez, Drake, Donald Trump, Freddie Mercury, Agatha Christie, Muhammad Ali, Frida Kahlo, O. J. Simpson, Justin Timberlake, Marlene Dietrich, Malala Yousafzai, Christopher Columbus, Michael Bay, Luciano Pavarotti, Nicole Richie, Woody Allen, Marilyn Manson, Maya Angelou, Martin Scorsese, Bernie Madoff, Ringo, Josephine Baker, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sarah Palin, Josh Groban, Chris Brown, Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen, Norway)

♊ Gemini MC: will be remembered for/through words (writing, phrase, acting, thoughts, speech), their cleverness,
and/or mental/emotional detachment.

(ex. Jean-Jaques Rousseau, Albert Camus, Madonna, J.R.R. Tolkein, Donna Summer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Chelsea Handler, Alex Trebek, Kurt Cobain, Julie Andrews, Oscar Wilde, Jay-Z, Richard Nixon, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Tom Hanks, Kris Jenner, Walt Disney, Miss Cleo, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Hugh Hefner, Lizzie Borden, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Kathy Bates, Winston Churchill, Melissa Ethridge, Ernest Hemingway, Margaret Mitchell, Paul Simon, Greece, Tokyo-Japan)

♋ Cancer MC: will be remembered for their emotional impact, sensitivity, and/or parental care/control.

(ex. Beyoncé, Matamha Gandhi, John F. Kennedy, Venus Williams, Britney Spears, Arthur Rimbaud, Elizabeth Warren, Denzel Washington, Jeffery Dahmer, Sun Yet-sen, Bob Hope, Stevie Wonder, Anderson Cooper, Cat Stevens, Anna Nicole Smith, Joe Jonas, Rock Hudson, Alice Cooper, Woodrow Wilson, Barbara Walters, T. S. Elliot, Coretta Scott King, Albert Schweitzer, Ted Cruz, Monica Lewinsky, H.P. Lovecraft, Anaïs Nin, Katie Couric, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Carole King, Neil Diamond, Harper Lee, Giacomo Puccini, Sidney Poitier, September 11 attacks, United Kingdom)

♌ Leo MC: will be remembered for their theatrics, arrogance/vanity, power, and/or regality.

(ex. Grace Kelly, Prince, Isaac Newton, Adolf Hitler, Katy Perry, Charlie Chaplin, Aretha Franklin, Sigmund Freud, Jacqueline Onassis-Kennedy, Stanley Kubrick, Courtney Love, Mark Twain, Chaka Khan, Napoleon Bonaparte, Kathy Griffin, Jim Carrey, Alfred Nobel, Eric Clapton, Annie Oakley, Martha Stewart, Divine, Louis Pasteur, Robin Williams, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Chuck Berry, Vladimir Putin, Clint Eastwood, Missy Elliot, Frank Sinatra, Mel B, Edgar Allan Poe, Los Angeles-CA)

♍ Virgo MC: will be remembered for their scandals/controversy, never-ending toil, physicality/health and/or attention to detail.

(ex. Hillary Clinton, Bruce Lee, Kim Kardashian, Ellen DeGeneres, Brad Pitt, Nelson Mandela, Bette Davis, Justin Bieber, Elvis Presley, Erykah Badu, Jimmy Page, Eartha Kitt, Leonardo de Vinci, Bob Marley, Joan Crawford, Margaret Thatcher, Eminem, Friedrich Nietzsche, David Lynch, Chaz Bono, Marlon Brando, Björk, Ozzy Osborne, Emily Brontë, Bernie Sanders, Georgia O'Keeffe, Diana Ross, Kahlil Gibran, Russia, United States)

♎ Libra MC: will be remembered for their inner/outer beauty, adaptability, and/or desire for or appearance of stability.

(ex. Elton John, Jane Goodall, Malcolm X, Coco Channel, Kylie Jenner, Ronald Reagan, Princess Diana, Michelangelo, Oprah Winfrey, Bob Dylan, Winona Ryder, Jimi Hendrix, Mother Teresa, Elizabeth Taylor, Cristiano Ronaldo, Angela Merkel, Tom Brokaw, Alan Watts, Charles Darwin, Brigitte Bardot, Patti Smith, Chuck Norris, Linda Lovelace, Ray Charles, Lionel Messi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Lewis Carroll, Noam Chomsky, Lucille Ball, Venice-Italy)

♏ Scorpio MC: will be remembered for their physical attractiveness, taboo activities/topics, and/or natural talent.

(ex. James Joyce, Billie Holiday, Taylor Swift, Barack Obama, Carrie Fisher, Jim Morrison, Selena, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Queen Elizabeth II, Ariana Grande, Marie Curie, Anthony Hopkins, René Descartes, Nina Simone, Willem Dafoe, Paul Newman, Mariska Hargitay, Thomas Jefferson, Ray Bradbury, Joseph Stalin, Larry King, Duke Ellington, Joan Jett, Buddy Holly, Megan Fox, Johnny Knoxville, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gwen Stefani, Francis Ford Coppola, Sophia Loren, Marcus Aurelius, China)

♐ Sagittarius MC: will be remembered for their joviality​, reckless/wild free spirit, sense of humor, and/or philosophy/spirituality.

(ex. Al Capone, Deepok Chopra, Shia LaBeouf, Audrey Hepburn, Harvey Milk, Johnny Cash, David Bowie, Bettie Page, Pablo Neruda, J. K. Rowling, Christina Aguilera, Michael Jackson, Henry David Thoreau, Adele, Janis Joplin, Maximilien Robespierre​, Ellen Pompeo, Whitney Houston, Paul McCartney, Evel Knievel, Bruno Mars, Jimmy Fallon, Peggy Lipton, Karl Marx, George Takei, Ryan Gosling, Whoopi Goldberg, Vincent Price, Rio de Janeiro-Brazil)

♑ Capricorn MC: will be remembered for their accomplishments/legacy, conquering of odds, and/or persistence.

(ex. Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington, Rihanna, Isadora Duncan, Benjamin Franklin, James Dean, Nikola Tesla, John D. Rockefeller, Serena Williams, Joan Baez, Snoop Dogg, Alexander the Great, Barbara Streisand, Ron Howard, Stevie Nicks, Bette Midler, Joan Rivers, Immanuel Kant, Queen Latifah, Johann Sebastian Bach, Walt Whitman, Che Guevara, Liza Minnelli, Amelia Earhart, Mariah Carey, John Lennon, George Lucas, Donatella Versace, Louis Armstrong, Pakistan)

♒ Aquarius MC: will be remembered for their rebellious nature, involvement in a social organization/group​, and/or unpredictability.

(ex. Miley Cyrus, Tim Burton, Voltaire, Mick Jagger, Carl Sagan, Rita Hayworth, Neil Armstrong, Amy Winehouse, Pamela Anderson, Carlos Santana, Edward Snowden, Leo Tolstoy, Mae West, Orson Welles, Charlie Sheen, Eva Peron, Miles Davis, Bruce Springsteen, Johann Kepler, Suddam Hussein, Ruby Rose, Gerard Way, Helen Mirren, Howard Stern, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mary Shelley, George R. R. Martin, Kristen Stewart, Jean Piaget, Ronda Rousey, Willow Smith, Florida, India)

♓ Pisces MC: will be remembered for their delusional optimism, supernatural success, and/or they are often idolized
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(ex. Vincent Van Gogh, Albert Einstein, Irene Cara, Cher, Salvador Dalí, William Shakespeare, Edie Sedgwick, Fidel Castro, Lady Gaga, Dalai Lama XIV, Steven Spielberg, George Michael, Marie Antoinette, RuPaul, Judy Garland, Michael Phelps, Sally Ride, John Cena, William Faulkner, Victoria Beckham, Lee Harvey Oswald, Douglas Adams, Jean Renoir, Buzz Aldrin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Farrah Fawcett, Osama bin Laden, Sam Cooke, Michael Jordan, Switzerland, North Korea)

Writing Antagonists: (Aka, Your Villains and Bad Guys)

The antagonist is often either one of the most fun things to write, or the most dreaded. But either way, they are a key element of the story, and that cannot be ignored. So, let’s talk about how to make a really great antagonist.

You may have in the past met a writer or teacher or whomever who insists on using the words “protagonist and antagonist” over words like “hero and villain.” Personally, I am not so stingy about it, I feel that I know what you mean anyway so it doesn’t really matter- what there is a legitimate reason as to why you should at least try to think of your villain as your antagonist instead.

And that reason is connotation. Well, denotation too, really- villain and antagonist aren’t completely the same thing, but I’m bringing it down to connotation. 

Simply said, when you think of the word “villain”, you’ll think something like “that’s the bad guy in the story.” And when you think of the “antagonist”, you probably think “that’s a fancy word for villain, aka the bad guy in the story.”

But antagonist isn’t just a fancy word. It’s a fancy concept. It means “the guy that opposes the good guy.” That can be on any argument or view. When writing your antagonist is to remember that nothing is black/white, good/bad thinking, and that includes your antagonist.

Let’s map out the steps to making a complex villain- aka, an antagonist.

First, remember that your antagonist (usually) is a person, just like your protagonist. It might help to develop them outside of their intentions first, and put a person to the upcoming reputation.

Background:

Chances are, your antagonist didn’t just rise up out of the ground ready to kill. They came from somewhere. Your readers don’t even have to know everything about your antag’s backstory, but you do, if you want to really understand them. It often holds the key reason as to why your antagonist is where they are. The drive behind anger, revenge, change, or pleasing someone else can come from the events in their background.

Why do they hold the beliefs they hold? Were they raised that way? Were they taught by some mentor figure? Were they cover from a reality they couldn’t bear? Are they trying to please someone, or get revenge on someone who displeased them? The answer should be in their background.

Motives/Beliefs:

Remember, every villain is a hero in their own mind. They believe that what they are doing is necessary, even if they recognize that it is unpleasant. What are they fighting for? Why does it matter to them so much, that they are willing to overlook all the harm they do?

“The Greater Good”: This is one of the more common and understandable villain motives. They believe that what they are doing now is paving the way to a better future. But keep in mind that what your antag views as a “better future” may be very, very different than the average opinion. Maybe a “better future” for them is a genocidal purge or the world ending in flames. Who knows.

That’s not the only type of motive. Be creative. Work with the information you established in your character’s background to find the most reasonable motive.

Tipping Point:

This is going to be related to your background and motive in an interesting way. Think of your antagonist as a character who has already completed their Character Arc and reached a negative end. Look at the points of change on the character arc- the ones that push your character farther down their path. What are those events? Those are the tipping points that prompted your character towards becoming they way they are now- those key moments where your character had a choice, and they chose to become bitter, hateful, vengeful, cold, or other negative things.

These could be the deaths of loved ones, the promptings of a mentor, or a moment of injustice that made them realize that the world isn’t always kind.

Personality/Actions:

This is the part where you develop them outside of their intentions. How do they behave? 

It’s tempting to just say that your villain is a villain because they torture and kill people. But those are not the only things that make a villain a scary or serious threat. Some characters might jump to violence easier than others. Some might be more into psychological torment. Some might actually seem really charming or persuasive, which is frightening in it’s own way- they might actually be tricky enough to confuse you into making bad decisions on your own. Think about your character’s background again. What makes the most sense for them as a person?

Presentation:

This is how your antagonist comes across to others. Keep in mind that your reader and your other characters don’t know your antagonist like you do. How does this person present to the world? 

-Are they open to discussion/negotiation?

-Are they open about their intentions?

-How quick are they to violence?

-What are their methods of war?

-When you meet them, are they charismatic, quiet, charming, vulgar? Do they have a sense of humor, or are they stoic?

-Do they seem to enjoy what they are doing, or do they express regrets even as they do it?

Moral Complexity:

What are they willing to do to achieve their goals? Do they have weaknesses in their personal lives?

1. Do they have noble ends behind their controversial means?

2. Is there a line even they won’t cross?

3. Do they have someone/something that they care about?

4. Do they prefer to do the killing/torturing etc themselves or do they just give the order?

Remember that if your antagonist does have any of these moral weaknesses, they are not going to want to show it. One has to keep up intimidating appearances, after all. 

Speaking of appearances…

Appearance:

This part is here to tell you what not to do. There are certain appearances that are getting really old with villains.

1. Dressing in all black. Why do they even do that? It’s time to stop associating black with “bad” and white with “good”. It just isn’t like that, so stop making villains all dark and stuff.

2. Scars. I think scars are pretty cool, don’t get me wrong. But if there is no relevant reason for it to be there, don’t talk about it all the time. That goes for all characters, not just villains. Like the color black, scars are not just a villain thing. Everyone has them. Don’t associate them with “bad.”

3. Sexy. I get the idea that making a villain attractive makes them harder to hate, but that can be kind of a cop out of actual complexity. Again, if there is no legitimate reason to make your villain sexy, then don’t. It’s not necessary.

4. Ugly. I hesitate to call any traits inherently ugly, but if you’re striving to make your character unpleasant looking just because they’re bad, then once again, you are associating feature=evil, which is not creative at best and seriously socially harmful at worst. 

Basically, your villains should be just as diverse as anyone else. You don’t need stereotypes to make them scary. Sometimes it’s scarier than anything else to just have an average person. It sort of adds to the idea that anyone could be a villain. And that’s pretty frightening.

Key Point:

- Complicate your villains. They’re not just Evil McEvilpants. 

That’s it for now, but like anything else in writing, antagonists have a lot of possibility and exceptions. But that was your basic rundown on the things to consider when making a complicated antagonist. 

~Penemue

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In 2017, Arkansas decides to no longer honor Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee on the same day

  • Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed legislation Tuesday ending the state’s controversial practice of celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Gen. Robert E. Lee on the same day.
  • The bill marks the end of a decades-long tradition, wherein Arkansans commemorated King — one of the most influential black civil rights leaders in United States history — on the same day as Lee, a white Confederate general who quite literally fought a war to make sure black people remained enslaved.
  • Both men were born in January — King on Jan. 15, 1929, and Lee on Jan. 19, 1807. The bill will keep King’s holiday as is, but create a memorial day to commemorate Lee on the second Saturday in October, according to the Associated Press. Read more (3/22/17 11 AM)

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This is not an anti post, so if you're IH shipper and see this in your tag don't judge by first few sentences and keep on reading!

I’ve been shipping IR for few years now. It’s my favourite pairing ever made in any story. Naturally this made me very angry when IH became canon, I just didn’t want to accept that. I refused to look at things objectively. Let me tell you why.
Rukia and Ichigo have so many moments that in my opinion are very romantic and suggest that these two love each other. I always thought their chemistry is amazing and man, it was the first hetero ship I liked! Orihime, on the other hand, didn’t seem like a good option for Ichigo. Sure, she did have a crush on him but I never felt like he viewed her as anything more than a friend. Also I just felt like her character was way too shallow.
After Bleach ending I was disappointed and angry and I really got into anti IH. IR just made so much more sense to me. And all the posts I was seeing on tumblr just made me angrier and angrier. There was so much proof for IR and none for IH, everyone was saying that IH has NOTHING. I believed that. But after a while I got tired of all those hateful feelings and I decided to take a look at some IH blogs. Oh boi where do I start. It’s not like I ship IH now. But I accept it. I no longer pretend like 686 didn’t happen. It did and it’s valid. Believe it or not, there is actually IH development in the manga and I do believe that Kubo planned it from the start. I never knew about it because I started reading where anime left off. IR just kinda… Got out of hand I suppose. Rukia’s and Ichigo’s personalities just work really well together so characters started living their own life or some shit! And while in my opinion there definitely isn’t as much proof for IH as there is for IR, I have to admit that Ichigo and Orihime had quite a few scenes that have romantic feeling to them. At first I didn’t want to admit that, but then I looked at those scenes the same way I would look at IR and yes, both pairings seem to make sense. Also sidenote, a lot of people in IR community say that Orihime only likes Ichigo for his looks but after seeing those panels I am 100% sure she’s genuinely in love with him and it’s not just a stupid crush. Anyway after reading some explanation as to why Renji didn’t talk to Rukia for so long, I can see that ship working out too.
And don’t get me wrong, I still don’t like some things about IH, like how in my opinion it shallows Orihime’s character and how it needed more development. But I am starting to see more positives and who knows, maybe one day I’ll ship it?
Anyway what I’m trying to say is… Stop the hate. IR’s call IH’s toxic and delusional and vice versa which shows exactly how both of the sides are wrong. Both ships are valid. For you one might be better than the other and it’s fine, but characters we all love and want to be happy ARE HAPPY! What else do you want? Please stop bashing each other. PLEASE.
Sorry for the rambling, I tried to put all my chaotic thoughts into words but I’m no good at that shit… Damn that’s a messy post.

i think the messiest thing ha minho did (y’know other than sexually harassing underage fans and sexually assaulting his ex gf) was changing his name and profile to yoo seonho so that it would all be blamed on him like imagine if the girls didn’t screenshot their convos before he changed his name?? seonho would have gotten all the controversies and ended his career. what snake would try to do that to a middle school kid he claims to be friends with. this binch

Guardian Angel

Genre: Fluff

Pairing: Hoseok/J-hope X reader

Fandom: BTS

Request: Could you do something where reader is an agent of some kind and she is supposed to be a bodyguard for a specific person (jimin or hoseok plz) and then there was an attack of some kind and then she protects them but not without getting like seriously hurt in the process. And maybe they had also grown close and fond of each other?

Originally posted by sweaterpawsjimin

It was the day of the boy’s biggest concert and you were ordered to direct them through the airport safely. Everyone kept telling you that it would be a bad idea to become a body guard due to your gender but you weren’t one to listen. It was sexist to think that you couldn’t do as good or better of a job than any of the male staff could. You had been working with Bangtan for a while but never spared much conversation since you were usually involved in high stress situations but you didn’t mind. They were all very sweet to the staff members and you really had no complaints to be made.

As per usual, you walked over to the opening of their plane, waiting to escort the member you were assigned to you. Hoseok comes off the plane with a huge, contagious smile on his face.

“Good morning, Hoseok”

You couldn’t help but give back a smile.

“Good Morning, Y/N. Did you get a chance to eat this morning? It’s really early for you to be out here.”

You nodded, lying.

“Yeah, i’m fine. You don’t have to worry about me, I’m more worried about you. We do this pretty often but some of those girls are rough..i’m surprised they call themselves fans when they treat you like that.”

He gave a shrug, walking along side of you. You could see why all these fans were obsessed with them, looking as gorgeous as they did and being as sweet as they were. You wondered if you would would be a fan if you weren’t working along side of them.

“I’m sure they mean well..” He said, sighing. You could tell it bothered him but there wasn’t anything to be done about it. There would always be those sort of crazy people out there and he knew it came with their sudden popularity. Nonetheless you stayed close to him as you approached the uproar of fans. There were cameras flashing everywhere, fans already screaming, and people pushing to get closer all around. You kept a distance between you and Hoseok but made sure nobody went past your arms.

“Jhope! Look over here!” fans called.

He glanced down at you a few times to check on you and when you made eye contact he gave another warm smile. As the end of the airport walk was approaching you stopped the group of members at the road, looking for the van that was supposed to pick them up. You searched around for it when you didn’t see it in sight and one of the fans shoved you out of the way to get a picture, plunging you into the road. You knees scraped the concrete under you and all you could remember was the headlights of an oncoming car with the sounds of gasps and screams from the sidelines. 

The warm feeling covering your hand was the next thing you noticed, your eyes still closed as you moved around in the bed. Voices could be heard but you weren’t even paying attention, squeezing the hand of the person holding yours.

“She’s awake!” Hoseok yelled at the nurse who rushed out of the hospital room. 

You winced at how bright the lights were, looking around.

“…Hoseok..? Why am-ow, ow, ow.” The sharp pain of your side took over your will to speak. 

“Please don’t move. The doctor said you broke 2 of your ribs when the car hit you.” 

The look of sheer worry in his eyes made you feel guilty for letting this happen in the first place. Although when you realized you were still holding his hand you pulled yours away.

“I’m okay, It just hurts to sit up. Shouldn’t you be at rehearsal for tonight?”

“I told them I wasn’t leaving your side until I knew you were okay. You got hurt because of me….”

“Hoseok that’s not your fault, I was doing my job-”

“Why do you do it?” Hoseok blurted. 

“Do what?”

“Choose to protect us. I don’t like seeing you get hurt even if it is for us.”

You let out a sigh, knowing where this was going.

“Because I care about you guys. When I met you guys for the first time I thought you were all politer than the other celebrities I worked with. You were all so passionate about work and it was admirable. If I could do anything to help you guys I wanted to be there for it even if we don’t even have conversations. In a weird way you guys motivated me to do even better.”

He let a small smile show but he still didn’t like seeing you do this to yourself. 

“Maybe you could stick by our side without getting hurt?”

“I can’t be a stylist. I’m awful at that sort of thing, you already have a manager, and plus I’m fine where I am now. I’m happy doing this.”

Hoseok nodded, not trying to convince you to quit.

“I feel bad though. All of you know so much about us but we don’t get the time to get to know you. Since i’m here you can tell me more about yourself Y/N. Do you have a boyfriend?”

You immediately started to blush.

“W-why is that your first question? No, I don’t.”

He smirked, seeing you get flustered. He sat closer to the bed, leaning his elbow on the side next to your arm. 

“Aw why not? You’re pretty, strong, protective, and going off the minor conversations we’ve had you’re really smart. Is work too much for you?”

“…I just don’t have one…right now..” You said, quietly.

He burst out laughing.

“I’m just teasing you, Y/N. But you are all of those things.”

Hearing the compliments from him made your face feel hot but you couldn’t help but be a bit paranoid. If fans even caught a glimpse of this conversation there would be never ending controversy. Plus he was wasting time with you here when he should be practicing.

“Listen, I’m really okay. You should go catch up with the rest of them.”

His hand went over to hold yours once more as he brought it up to his lips. You froze in your place, watching his face. 

“I’m the best dancer in the group, if anyone needs practice it’s them. I’ll go back in time for the concert so for now i’m going to be here with you.”

The sincerity in his voice easily made you cave. 

“Why do you care so much…?” You suddenly, blurted. 

For a minute he sat there thinking about his answer but eventually said, “I feel like if you were in my place you’d do the same for me.”

It wasn’t completely false. You would have stayed along side of him if he got hit by a car due to a fan’s carelessness but you would have stayed by his side for any reason and he knew that. 

“What about you then? What secrets are you hiding that you want me to know?” 

Hoseok’s face lit up as he told you stories about the members that you would have never known, cracking up at how ridiculous and exciting it must be in the household with them. He seemed to be genuinely enjoying talking to you and above everything else it made you happy. It must have been hard for him to make friends like this once he started to become famous so he was so enthusiastic about making one. You could honestly listen to him speak for hours, watching him become entertained by his own stories, and moving his hands around a lot while he explained the situations. It was evident to you now just how easy it was to fall for someone like him. Every word that came from him was actual sincerity and his attitude was nothing but sweet. You started to grow your own smile on your face and he stopped mid sentence.

“What is it?”

You shook your head.

“Nothing. I’m just happy I get to talk to you.”

Hoseok pulled his phone out of his pocket.

“You can always talk to me whenever you want. Where’s your phone? I’ll add my number to it..”

“It’s in my pocket. What should I save your name as?” You asked, amused.

He reached out and grabbed your phone, adding his number to your contacts. He flashed you a glimpse of your contact for him, giggling. It read: Hobi~♥♥♥♥!!

 You burst out laughing.

“isn’t that a bit ridiculous? What if someone see’s that?”

“Then they can talk to me if they have a problem with it.” Hoseok stated, proudly.

As you both slowly stopped laughing he looked up at you. You felt nervous having him staring at you so much but didn’t stop him. He bit his lip, looking as if he had something on his mind but he didn’t say it out loud. You should have stopped yourself there. It was extremely unprofessional to continue to flirt with him but your mind was set on the boy sitting in front of you. To you he wasn’t the extremely skilled dancer and rapper by the name of J-hope. It was just the handsome and talented Jung Hoseok.

“…I wish it wasn’t like this.” You admitted, letting it slip from your mouth before you could stop yourself. It seemed like self control wasn’t your strong suit today.

Hoseok leaned his head on his arm, tilting it slightly to maintain eye contact with you.

“Like what?”

“n-nothing…I shouldn’t have said that…”

“You wish it wasn’t like the way it was? Me being in a group while you were a staff member? Yeah, I thought about that too. I wanted to talk to you every time you were assigned to me but I was afraid of getting you in trouble. I even got a little jealous watching you with the other members. It’s dumb but there are benefits of you being a member of our staff too.” He spilled. 

“..You like me?” 

He sat up straight, dramatically putting his hand over his chest.

“You didn’t even notice? Wow. I’m hurt, Y/N.” He said, joking around. 

“How am I suppose to notice when you never spoke more than a few words to me?

Hoseok pretended as if his heart was hurting, clenching his shirt and groaning.

“Okay, Okay! I’m sorry, if I said I liked you too will you stop already? It hurts to laugh.” You giggled.

He instantly acted as if nothing happened, siting back up with a new smile on his face. 

“How about a dat-”

“Jhope! It’s time to go already. If we don’t leave now we’re gonna be stuck in traffic and you won’t make it to the concert. I stalled enough for you so please just come with me without a fight.” The manager begged. 

Hoseok nodded, standing up from his place. 

“Yes, I’m coming.” 

Before he completely stepped out of the room he stopped to look back at you one more time.

“Don’t forget you have my number. I’ll come back to check on you after the concert.”

“Alright, hurry before you’re late.”

With one last smile he left the room, leaving you in there alone with your thoughts. You face instantly became red thinking about what just happened and you held back the screaming fit you almost threw out of happiness. You finally had a shot.

Some final thoughts on the bi Jaal patch

Okay, so I think I’ve calmed down enough to collate a few organized thoughts on patch 1.08, which will be adding Jaal as a bisexual romance option to Mass Effect: Andromeda. My ultimate opinion on the subject is that I’m stoked as hell that BioWare actually had the balls to do it, and it fixes the major issues with the MLM content in Andromeda (no squadmate romance, can’t get the Matchmaker achievement through M/M romances alone), and on a more basic level I can’t wait to get my own super sappy alien stud romance action that I’ve wanted since Garrus was only into girls in ME2. However, I totally understand how some of my fellow LGBT Mass Effect fans still feel shafted by BioWare, because they sure as shit fucked up. Bi Jaal should have been in the base game, bottom line cut and dry. If you’re still angry and BioWare and still don’t want to play Andromeda because of it, that’s totally fine and understandable.

I also want to address some fears I’ve seen from fellow LGBT gamers about this patch, specifically that it will create a “slippery slope” leading to demands that exclusively gay romances be patched to be bi that BioWare will ultimately cave in to. I don’t think that’s going to happen for a few reasons:

For one, despite all of the stupid shit BioWare pulls and all of the colossal fuckups and mistakes that they’ve made with Andromeda, I think they’re still smart enough to recognize the difference between patching one straight character to be a bi romance due to complaints about lackluster gay romance content and patching exclusively gay/lesbian characters to be bi because messy straight guys and girls want to bang Suvi or Gil. I think they’re smart enough to realize that would be massively fucked up and result in a social media shitstorm that would put the ME3 ending controversy to shame.

Secondly, the campaign to make Jaal bi was like A Thing. Like, not exactly a Lexa-getting-KOd-in-The 100 level of A Thing but it was enough of A Thing to get write-ups from gaming news outlets and to have a trending hashtag. This is something a lot of people really, really wanted. I really don’t see a campaign to make gay romances bi ever gaining anywhere near the traction that #MakeJaalBi got. There’s a lot of reasons for that, which I’ll discuss below, but the bottom line is that straight people for the most part don’t give enough of a shit about gay romances to begin with to organize a huge social media campaign and garner enough press coverage to pressure BioWare into making gay characters bi.

Which brings me to my last point, which is that there was a very specific context and set of circumstances that allowed this to happen. It wasn’t just people yelling at the devs that Jaal should be into guys as well as gals for the hell of it, it was an organized effort that resulted from several factors, including but not limited to the appalling MLM content at release, the lack of a M/M squadmate romance, the fact that the Matchmaker achievement was denied to quite specifically to MLM, Gil’s shitty and offensive romance arc, the next level queerbaiting about Jaal from the devs on social media, the strong evidence from datamining that Jaal was intended to be bisexual at some point in development, the demand for a M/M alien romance option (which was teased heavily before release), Jaal’s overwhelming popularity before and after release, and much more. This didn’t occur in a vacuum of people just saying “make Jaal bi”, it occurred because people said “make Jaal bi because of how badly you fucked us over”. The anger and pure salt BioWare generated in LGBT Mass Effect fans following Andromeda’s release has honestly been unprecedented, and assuming BioWare learns from their mistakes, will probably not be replicated any time soon.

So anyway, those are my final thoughts on patch 1.08 and bi Jaal. I’m extremely excited and happy it’s happening but if you aren’t, that’s okay. If you wanted Gil or Reyes to have their romances improved and you feel shafted, that’s okay. If you’re worried about gay romances being patched to be bi in the future, that’s okay and understandable, but I don’t see it happening. Obviously I was naively optimistic about this game before release, and look where that got me, but I the pros of this patch far outweigh the cons.

First ever women’s Money In The Bank ladder match won… by a man.
[June 18th, 2017]

When SmackDown co-General Manager Shane McMahon announced that there would be the first ever women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match, anticipation for the event soared to an all-time high. Participants Becky Lynch, Charlotte, Tamina, Carmella, and Natalya have more than proven that they’re all capable of competing on a higher level, especially since female wrestlers have been given the opportunity to kick ass in longer matches. The winner of the match would gain a guaranteed title shot any time, any place at Naomi’s SmackDown Women’s Championship.

However… the women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match ended with some controversy. After nearly 15 minutes of intense battling, all of the women were down except for Becky Lynch, when Carmella’s ally James Ellsworth slid into the ring as Lynch was climbing the ladder. Knocking her to the canvas, Ellsworth began encouraging Carmella to get back to her feet. When she didn’t, Ellsworth seized the moment and climbed the ladder, retrieving the briefcase himself and tossing it to Carmella. Although the bell rang, officials began bickering at ringside over whether or not the victory was legit, seeing as Ellsworth wasn’t an official competitor in the bout.

In the end, Ellsworth and Carmella left with the briefcase in tow, as all the other competitors stood angrily, glaring at the duo as they celebrated on the stage. Since the event, a lot of fans have expressed their dislike for Ellsworth’s interference, seeing as this was a spotlight for the female wrestlers and it was essentially stolen by a male presence in the match. SmackDown co-General Manager Daniel Bryan, who makes his return to SmackDown on Tuesday, tweeted the following:

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First-year doctors will be allowed to work 24-hour shifts starting in July
New professional standards will lengthen the consecutive hours that first-year doctors may work.

First-year doctors will be allowed to work 24-hour shifts in hospitals across the United States starting July 1, when a much-debated cap that limits the physicians to 16 consecutive hours of patient care is lifted, the organization that oversees their training announced Friday.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education said the change will enhance patient safety because there will be fewer handoffs from doctor to doctor. It also said the longer shifts will improve the new doctors’ training by allowing them to follow their patients for more extended periods, especially in the critical hours after admission.

The controversial decision ends the latest phase in a decades-old discussion over how to balance physician training with the safety and needs of patients whose care is sometimes handled by young, sleep-deprived doctors — a practice that a consumer group and a medical students’ organization oppose as dangerous. The council said Friday that under the amended standards, the physicians’ mental and physical health actually will be bolstered by requiring their supervisors to more closely monitor their well-being.

Those standards will allow four hours to transition patients from one doctor to the next, so first-year residents could work as long as 28 straight hours, the same as more senior medical residents. The 125,000 doctors in training, known as “residents” and “fellows” depending on how many years they’ve completed, are the backbone of staffs at about 800 hospitals across the country, from large medical centers to smaller community facilities.

'Switched at Birth' Creator on Series Finale "Controversy," Scrapped Ending

Lizzy Weiss talks to THR about the all those surprise twists, that last scene and a potential revival.

Switched at Birth ended its five-season run on Tuesday with an eventful 90-minute farewell.

The final episode of the Peabody-winning family drama ended things by looking back at how the series started. The series contained several flashbacks to when the Kennish and Vasquez families – well, almost everyone – found out that Bay (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne (Katie Leclerc) had been switched at birth. At first, it was because Katherine (Lea Thompson) was feeling nostalgic about Regina (Constance Marie) deciding to move out of the guest house. Then, it was because Katherine learned John (D.W. Moffett) had known about the switch before she did – a fight that escalated and de-escalated quickly.

Meanwhile, Daphne stood up to a discriminatory sports surgeon who said she couldn’t be a surgeon and be deaf. (And she reunited with Mingo). And despite Travis (Ryan Lane) moving to Japan to pursue a career in baseball, he and Bay decided to continue their relationship long-distance – permanently squashing any chance of her getting back together with Emmett (Sean Berdy).

Regina also figured out her romantic future. In exchange for making Will turn himself in, she offered to raise his son and wait until he got out of prison so they could start their life together in Kansas City. And finally, Toby (Lucas Grabeel) decided to ditch his unfulfilling DJ gigs to some sort of job helping those with disabilities.

After an extended break between seasons four and five – during which time ABC Family became Freeform – and a shortened final season, the final episode was largely one of resolutions rather than cliffhangers.

The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Lizzy Weiss about those finale twists and turns, the scrapped ending viewers didn’t see and the possibility of a revival down the road.

The Hollywood Reporter | You mentioned there was a tag you shot at the end of season four that could have served as a series finale. Can you talk a little bit about what it was and why you decided not to use it?

Lizzy Weiss | It would have felt like a double ending. I feel like the emotion of the ending with the big wide aerial shot pulling back on the family and that song… the emotions sort of carried you and then once we tried putting the tag on it, it stopped the emotions. And plus, it was a flashback to the hospital with the girls as newborns and we cast 22-year-old actresses to play young Katherine and young Regina, and it felt like a disappointment to not end on the people that the fans have spent five years with. I hope the network does release it for the fans just in a tweet or a YouTube link because it was cool but it was something that we didn’t end up using.

THR | Another big revelation was that John found out about the switch before Katherine. Had that always been apart of the story for you? How did this twist come about?

LW | To be totally honest, no. When I pitched the show, I was very clear that I planned out that Regina knew and all of the reasons why, and when she found out when Daphne was three, and that she kept it secret so that was kind of baked into the first season. In preparing for the series finale, we watched the pilot again, and we zoned in on that scene in the geneticist’s office where Bay and Katherine looked crushed and stunned and as if their worlds have just fallen apart. It was honestly just a choice that D.W. made for John to be the stoic father, but we just zoomed in and thought, ‘Gosh, it almost looks like he’s not surprised.’ So just in the fun of the room, we spun off that: We can’t mess with the mythology of Regina. We can’t undo the whole show in one last episode, but what if hew knew a week before or two weeks before?  

The real intention of the John-Katherine story no matter what story we told, I knew that the end result would be we are re-validating them as the heart and the center of the show in terms of the family, the strength, that is the Kennish home. So we needed to shake them a little and then remind everyone they will keep getting through whatever is thrown at them. it just seemed fun to have.

THR | Another big moment in the finale was Daphne having to deal with the blatant discrimination of Dr. Bannon and her subsequent decision to stand up to him. Why in the final episode did you want to give her this obstacle for her?

LW | We definitely had had a couple run-ins with the face of authority who had questioned her. I felt like we really need to raise the stakes if we’re going to bring this up again. We’re going to have to do it with someone who’s a lot more blunt about it, and she hasn’t encountered that kind of resistance that much. These kind of doctors are out there, and this kind of arrogance. I always like to raise good questions and these are fair, realistic questions: How exactly would you be a surgeon? How would it work? Though he does it in a very gruff, ignorant way, he’s asking questions that she’s got to answer. Well, with technology, well, with an interpreter, well, with a little bit of help – and we researched, there are all of these tools. That’s part of the message of this show, is that sometimes you do have to make accommodations, you may have to slow down, you may have to use your phone to text, you may have to learn a few signs, you may have to do things a little differently and that’s OK in this world. We don’t have to make the mainstream world the only way to communicate or live or have jobs. I just liked raising that one last time in a really big, potent, loud way.

I have a friend of a friend who was a doctor and got into a bike accident and became paraplegic and he’s still a doctor. You figure it out, it doesn’t mean it’s easy. That’s always been the message of the show: The world needs to bend a little bit and get with the program but not everyone’s the same and that’s OK.

THR | That also kind of relates to Toby’s decision to change careers at the end. How did you decide on that ending for him?

LW | That was always the plan and we were going to take it a little slower if we had had more episodes. We were going to kind of move him along but I think it worked really nicely to have it be an epiphany in that moment. I just loved the idea of this kid changing his life so profoundly not just as a father, but as a person.

THR | One of the biggest surprises in the finale was that Bay and Emmett ended up not getting back together. How did you come to that decision?

LW | Bay and Emmett had true love, but it was first love and they went through a lot together as you do when you’re young. Maybe it’s just timing, maybe things would be different if she had met Emmett at 21 instead of Travis, but they couldn’t shake all of the things that they’d been through. And secondly, the intention of the second-to-last episode, where Bay pushes Travis to tell his mother the truth about what happened was purely intended to really show that this couple is the real thing. They can weather these kinds of storms as adults, that’s an adult relationship right there. Emmett was this lovely, romantic, who would do these big romantic things for her but Travis and she are going through hard stuff and getting through it.

The intention of the montage was really to honor Bay and Emmett for everyone, for me, not just for the fans. I love Bay and Emmett, they were a huge part of the series and it was a nod to anyone who’s ever had a very intense first love that they thought they would end up with forever but they don’t. When you see that person, it’s incredibly powerful, and this is someone who helped define who you are as a human being for the rest of your life but you go your separate ways. I teared up working on that montage; to me it really takes you back to all of those moments with Bay and Emmett. I’m quite sure that there are diehard 'Bemmett’ fans who will never forgive me and will always feel like it was a mistake but this is how Bay and Emmett and Travis evolved over the course of all the things that happened.

THR | Can you pinpoint a specific moment in the show where you shifted from having bay end up with Emmett to believing she should end up with Travis?

LW | Just following the truth of the characters and the baggage and just some realities of doing the show with Emmett being in LA and we had to throw Emmett into a bit of a tailspin and it would have been hard to get them back together. I do think there is a jerking around of the fans and the triangle that at some point has to stop. As a fan of my own shows, I don’t like that either. You have to know when to let go of the triangle and to make a choice. I think fans get tired of that.

Someone else asked me if you had gotten 10 more episodes, do you think you would have gotten Bay and Emmett back together, and I don’t think so. This felt right for where the characters ended up. The truth of the story is the past five seasons ended with Bay not being able to go back, she wanted to go forward. Which isn’t to say that Emmett isn’t a huge part of who she is. That will be a controversy I’m sure, but there’s also a lot of diehard Bay and Travis fans. You’re never going to win with everyone and we were quite aware of that.

THR | Regina also makes a big move when she moves out of the guest house and gets back together with Eric, even though he has to go to prison first. Why was this the right way to end her story?

LW | I was so pleased with that twist. Luca was lovely but they weren’t really soul mates and Eric always felt like her second soul mate after Angelo. He came with this backstory, we couldn’t un-bake that from who Eric was and why he appeared in her life the way he did so we had to send him off last season but everyone really wanted Eric to come back in some way and then we really felt like, 'Oh God, we backed them into a corner.’ He has this past, he’s committed this felony, he has to leave the country, I can’t believe Regina would leave her two daughters and go to another country. That didn’t feel right even though that was on the table. Then when we came up with this moment of this flashback where her mom says sometimes you have to do the hard thing to get to the right place. … It felt like a great parallel and a great metaphor to have her come up on her own with this solution. Tell Eric, “Do what you got to do, face the music and I will wait for you.” And then of course the beauty of her becoming a mom again, to a boy for the first time, just felt so sweet and it felt like we were spinning her off into a new family.

THR | In the end, Daphne calls Katherine and John mom and dad, respectively. Why did you want to include that?

LW | That was in my back pocket. That’s one of the few things that I always wanted to save for the series finale. I just felt like it would be a really big moment and I didn’t want to slide it in casually. It’s a big deal for Katherine. Katherine’s a very traditional mom, her identity was a full-time mom for many years before she went back to work and I feel like she’s always been secretly waiting for this moment and wanting it but never asking for it because she thought it would hurt Regina’s feelings. It was just so powerful for her to hear it. I don’t think Bay will ever call Regina mom. Their relationship always felt a little more aunt-niece, big sister-little sister; they just had a more complicated relationship. Regina’s a little less traditional. … I just like the distinction between the girls that way.

THR | You had been tweeting a little while ago about wanting to possibly write characters from Switched at Birth into your next show but you weren’t sure about the legality of it. What is the possibility that we’ll see Daphne or Bay or someone else from the SAB universe in the future?

LW | What I learned was it’s a little more complicated. You can’t really do that. Of course I can use the actors again and I fully intend to, but I thought it would be fun to have Daphne or Travis or Emmett pop up as a cousin to this other character I created and link the shows, but I don’t think that’s legal.

THR | Well, would you be open to revisiting these characters in some sort of revival down the line? Revivals had become such a big trend in recent years.

LW | If in ten years, it is a trend and the network or some network or all of us are interested, of course. We even joke about it now. It would be fun to revisit who everyone’s going to be in 10 years, Bay and Daphne as 35-year-olds or even 30-year-olds is just fun to think about.

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One of my fave Cher facts is that when this music video was filmed, nobody was told that Cher was going to be wearing that very skimpy outfit, and when she walked out in wearing it, everyone lost their minds. So what you see in this video is not acting, all of these guys are real sailors who were probably jizzing in their uniforms the entire time this was being filmed.

The video ended up being very controversial due to the outfit and the Navy never again allowed an artist to record a music video on one of their ships.

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Lyft pledges $1 million to ACLU after #DeleteUber trends on Twitter

  • Ride-sharing service Lyft has pledged to donate $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union.
  • Its number one competitor, Uber, came under fire for not halting service to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York in solidarity with striking taxi workers.
  • The hashtag #DeleteUber trended Saturday night as users upset Uber did not suspend service to the terminals affected by the New York Taxi Workers Alliance work stoppage said they would end their accounts.
  • The controversy grew after Uber tweeted it had turned off surge pricing at the airport, only clarifying hours later it had not intended to break the strike. Read more

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@magicallynormal said: By the end of the series, Yusaku will have made friends and understood the jou behind dueling, only to have to wipe his memories again in order to protect everyone.

Whoops guys, looks like I lied! There’s one more! And it’s a doozy.

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THE MISSION

[Written for Gency Week, Day 4; updated with fanart 7 Jan]

Warnings: Violence, mild profanity, and the antics of a spoilt younger son.

Summary: A different take on Genji’s origin story. Genji unexpectedly crosses paths with Mercy while she’s on a mission. 

“Genji-sama. The Boss wants to see you.”

Obscured by the steam of the hot springs, Genji couldn’t tell if Nishida was grimacing or smiling. Maybe neither. All those old dogs who had worked for his father for decades, they knew how to conceal their emotions.

So Hanzo was looking for him, eh? No doubt to give him another tongue lashing about the ‘Shimada Legacy’. Since their father’s death, his elder brother had become insufferably uptight about growing the Clan’s influence. Well, let the damn empire crumble. There was nothing noble about the Shimada Clan. Born out of the dark and secretive ways of the ninja, in modern times it was no more than a criminal syndicate.

 “You enjoy being an errand boy, Nishida?” Genji sneered.

“Errand boy is fine. What I don’t enjoy is being a babysitter.”

That stung. Genji rose from the bath and flung a wet towel at the old gangster. Nishida didn’t dodge and it struck him across the face with a sodden slap.

“Hanzo can keep waiting.”

Nishida shook off the towel and it fell to the floor. For a moment he hesitated, as if deliberating whether to say more.

“You have a problem, old man?”

When Nishida opened his mouth again, it was neither angry nor frustrated, just matter-of-fact. “It’s not just the Boss that has changed, Genji-sama. It’s a different inner circle now. The Old Master wouldn’t have liked it. I don’t like it. But it is what it is. We all need to watch out.” He paused and then turned to the door. “I’ll wait outside. We must go meet the Boss quickly.”

Genji scowled and pulled on his clothes. Peeking between the wooden panels of the sliding door, he could see a black limo and three men in dark jackets. His brother’s current right-hand man, Udaijin, was perched on the hood smoking a cigarette and looking at his watch. Genji was always being monitored, being judged. When he put a foot wrong, no-one in the Clan would dare physically attack him, but word would get to Hanzo and life was made unbearable for him in other ways.

Forget Hanamura. He needed to get lost in a mega-city, to bury himself in the chaos and the crowds. A few days in Tokyo living it up would cool his anger. Even the danger of trespassing the territory of other mobs – Tokyo was not under Shimada control – was nothing compared to the poisonous atmosphere here. Genji made his way to the second floor of the bath house, with little effort vaulted onto the roof of the next building, and was off.

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allthingsgtlive  asked:

SIXER!!! I was thinking of who to roleplay as and I was like "hey someone from gtlive! Mat and Steph are taken" and bAM!!! I was struck with the greatest idea I've had today: a Jason rp blog! (If I do make it hopefully someone can make a chris one?) but basically, good idea? Or...?

I mean it’s not my call to make, I certainly can’t stand here and tell u to do something or not! That’s your decision there, my dude.

anonymous asked:

I would like your opinion on something. I roleplayed a paladin-like character a few years back that ended up controversial for a few reasons. She was in service to a man possessed by great sin and sought to free him from his curse. In a meeting of leaders, the other lieges turned and demanded he step down to basically get help. When he, in anger, called for his knights to defend him and kill/detain the other leaders, my character turned against him and also insisted he step down. 1/2

In the following altercation, she was incapacitated and unable to stop the other leaders from simply executing the King. In that moment, was she (my character) complicit in his murder? Could she still be considered a paladin if she was protecting the life of a corrupted man who was her liege and not entirely in control of his faculties? Did she do the right thing?

Messy situation, that. But I am reminded of the words of a French philosopher during the Enlightenment, a man named Montesquieu.

“If I knew of something that could serve my nation but would ruin another, I would not propose it to my prince, for I am first a man and only then a Frenchman… because I am necessarily a man, and only accidentally am I French.”

Your actions could have had a hand in either causing or preventing your king’s death. But his actions escalated the situation, and rather than take part in his actions, you knew that standing with him was wrong. In truth, you were loyal to him even to the point of fighting against your own self interest and his wants in favor of both his needs and the needs of his kingdom.

You did not intend for him to die, did not plot in some conspiracy, did not drive the blade in yourself. Your lord gave an unlawful command, and you refused to follow it. His death should not be on that paladin’s conscience. While how much of his actions are attributable to his curse are difficult to determine, but your paladin did the best they could while still walking the righteous path.. 

The Crucible: An Analysis of Mass Effect 3′s controversial ending *SPOILERS*

First, a quick disclaimer. I am writing this as a huge fan of the Mass Effect trilogy. It is one of my all-time favorite gaming franchises, up there with the Bioshock trilogy, the Myst trilogy and the Arkham series. I will always defend it.

That being said, I am more than aware of the controversy surrounding the ending of Mass Effect 3. And I agree, it does have its issues. The Catalyst is a massive info-dump. The ending is rather poorly-paced and confusing, not to mention executed in such a way that it’s very anticlimactic. But at the same time, I see what Bioware was going for with the ending, and it’s a brilliant concept and an all-around fitting conclusion to the trilogy. Allow me to explain.

To begin with, I’d like to pose the question: Who is the protagonist (Commander Shepard, whom I will be referring to with “they/them” pronouns for the purposes of this post) fighting in the trilogy? The first answer to come to your mind will probably be rather obvious: The Reapers, duh. Shepard spends the first two games trying to convince people to heed their warnings that the Reapers—an ancient race of giant sentient machines that have wiped out every known galactic civilization to date—are coming back, and that they will have to fight them. In the third game, the Reapers finally attack, and Shepard has to fight them. The Reapers have to be the antagonists, right? 

Wrong. If you examine the games more closely, it becomes apparent that the Reapers aren’t really the antagonists—they’re a plot device, a threat that drives the narrative but never THE threat that Shepard is directly facing. In the first Mass Effect, Shepard is in conflict with rogue Spectre operative Saren Arterius and his allies—the powerful Asari leader Matriarch Benezia and their army of Geth. The Reaper known as Sovereign is present in this game, and is definitely a part of the threat, but it is never the threat—Shepard never directly fights Sovereign, only Saren and his followers. In Mass Effect 2, Shepard allies with the pro-human militant faction known as Cerberus to take down the “Collectors”—a mysterious race of technologically-advanced aliens who have been abducting entire human colonies. It’s later revealed that the Collectors are essentially what remains of the Protheans, who were the last species to be wiped out by the Reapers. Although the Collectors are essentially under the Reapers’ control, they are not Reapers themselves—again, in ME2, the Reapers are a plot device, a threat that looms on the horizon, but not the threat itself. And in Mass Effect 3, although the Reapers have invaded, Shepard spends the majority of the game in conflict not with the Reapers, but with the primary antagonists of Mass Effect 3—The Illusive Man, and Cerberus, which have both become corrupted by Reaper influence. Even the final confrontation before Shepard reaches the Crucible is not with the Reapers at all, but with The Illusive Man. In all 3 plotlines, Shepard is fighting against agents of the Reapers, but not the Reapers themselves. The Reapers aren’t really the antagonists of the trilogy—they are the force which drives the conflict, but they are not the conflict itself. 

With that point accepted, let’s move on to discussing the ending itself, and how—thematically—it was a perfect conclusion to the trilogy.

At the very end of the trilogy, Shepard arrives at the Crucible—a massive energy weapon with the power to change the very fabric of the galaxy—and is faced with the ultimate decision: how should the Crucible be used? On the left-hand path is a console that will allow Shepard to take control of the Reapers, at the cost of their own physical existence. They will live on as the mind of the Reapers, but will no longer exist physically—so, technically, they will die, but they will end the Reapers’ threat permanently, and gain sole and absolute control over the Reapers. This is known as the “blue path” or the “Control ending”. The middle path leads to the Crucible’s energy source—if Shepard adds their own energy to the Crucible’s (sacrificing their own life in the process), then organic and synthetic life will be merged, combined into “a new framework” where man and machine are one and the same. This is called the “green path” or the “Synthesis ending”. And then, on the right-hand path is the power conduit that will allow Shepard to activate the Crucible and permanently destroy the Reapers and all other synthetic life, destroying the Reapers but at a terrible cost—in the best-case scenario, EDI and the remaining Geth will also be destroyed by the blast; in the worst-case scenario, Shepard and the Normandy crew will all die and Earth will be destroyed, but the Reapers will also be gone. This is known as the “red path” or the “Destroy ending.” 

I’ve explained the ending and listed the antagonists of each game. Each antagonist is, in one way or another, an agent of the Reapers. But it goes further than that—each of them tried, in their own way, to neutralize the threat posed by the Reapers—and each failed.

Saren Arterius encountered Sovereign and became convinced that the Reapers could never be defeated or neutralized—they would win, no matter what. He decided that the only way for the galaxy to be saved was for all organic life forms to submit to the Reapers and give them what they wanted. He himself allowed the Reapers to “modify” him with synthetic implants. He tried to merge organic and synthetic life via submission to the Reapers, and failed—he didn’t account for the fact that his form of synthesis would lead to a loss of free will, and that the idea of sacrificing free will for survival would be met with heavy resistance.

Saren himself walked the “Green path” and, given the power to do so, would have chosen the “synthesis” ending—an effective end to all conflict between organic and synthetic life forms.

The Protheans tried to fight the Reapers, but wound up being overwhelmed and destroyed from within. Fifty thousand years later, the Collectors were all that remained of the defeated Protheans—devoid of free will and self-control, existing only as puppets to the Reapers’ will. They tried to defeat the Reapers with brute force, but didn’t fully understand their enemy, and were not strong enough to fully overpower them. 

When the Collectors were still the Protheans, they walked the “Red path” and, given the power to do so, would have chosen the “Destroy” ending—a short-term and perhaps inelegant solution which was not without sacrifice, but that would have ended the Reapers’ threat to organics once and for all. 

The Illusive Man tried to understand the Reapers so that he could find a way to control them. He was consistent in his philosophy—from the very beginning—that taking control of an enemy was better than defeating them. He was determined to wield their power himself, at any cost—and became so obsessed with the idea of controlling the Reapers that he failed to realize that he’d already become indoctrinated, and was already being controlled by them. He only realized at the very end that he’d caused just as much harm to humanity as the Reapers had in his shortsightedness and lust for power, and ended up taking his own life. 

He walked the “Blue path” and, given the power to do so, would have chosen the “Control” ending.

All 3 tried to end the Reapers’ threat in their own ways. All 3 failed and wound up at odds with Shepard. In the end, the decision that Shepard is facing isn’t “should the Reapers continue to exist?” but: “Which of my enemies was right?” 

Shepard is given the sole power to realize one fallen enemy’s vision. They can fulfill Saren’s mission by merging organic and synthetic life, and ending all conflict between the two forever. They can fulfill the Protheans’ mission by destroying the Reapers, permanently extinguishing the Reapers’ threat. Or they can take control of the Reapers personally, turning the Reapers from a threat to all life in the galaxy to humanity’s strongest asset. 

No matter what, the ending will involve sacrifice. Even in the best outcomes, the Control and Synthesis endings result in Shepard’s death, and the Destroy ending results in the destruction of both EDI and the Geth. 

This is also why Shepard alone is given the power to make the decision of what should be done: Shepard alone has faced all 3 enemies, seen the destruction of the Protheans, spoken to two Reapers (Sovereign and Harbinger) and come to understand what the full consequences of any one of those three options will be. Shepard is a hybrid of man and machine (the synthetic implants added to them by Cerberus during the Lazarus Project) who knows what’s at stake and understands that no matter what choice is made, it will be a sacrifice. 

While I agree that the ending’s execution fell flat (it was rushed and anticlimactic) I will defend the concept. It was an effective conclusion to the trilogy, both thematically and story-wise, and a brilliant concept.