errant knights

Gomenasai, my name is Mathias-Sama

I’m a 47 year old Ishgardian Ronin (knight-errant for you gaijins). I draw Doman artwork on traditional scrolls, and spend my days perfecting my art and playing superior Doman games. (Shogi, Go, Chinese Checkers)

I train with my Katana every day, this superior weapon can cut clean through steel because it is folded over a thousand times, and is vastly superior to any other weapon on Hydalyn. I will earn my samurai soul on the 21st sun of the 3rd Umbral Moon in the 1st year of the 7th Astral Era, and I’m going to get better every day!

I speak Doman fluently, both Othard and the Au Ra dialect, and I write fluently as well. I know everything about Doman history and their bushido code, which I follow 100%

When I get my Doman visa, I am moving to Kugane to attend a prestigious dojo to learn more about their magnificent culture. I hope I can become the shogun of shoguns like my idol Legatus Xenos Yae Galvus!

I own several kimonos, which I wear around Ul'Dah. I want to get used to wearing them before I move to Doma, so I can fit in easier. I bow to my elders and seniors and speak Doman as often as I can, but rarely does anyone manage to respond.

Wish me luck in Doma!

LGBT+ Fiction Rec

I thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of lgbt+ fiction and stuff I have found. This list is far from complete and there are plenty more out there, these are just a few of some I enjoy. Feel free to add some of your own.

*Most of these are centered around gay guys. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find many lesbian centered works.

  • Welcome to Night Vale (podcast/book)
    • Imagine a town where every conspiracy theory is true. That's Night Vale. Radio host Cecil Palmer reports on the weird happenings in this small desert town and falls in love with a scientist named Carlos (and his perfect hair). There are five-headed dragons running for mayor, dogs that are literally Satan, mystic beings named Erika (who are definitely not angels), civilizations underneath bowling alleys, and so much more. There is a really diverse cast of characters and several lgbt+ characters (besides the main two). It has some horror elements but it’s more science fiction.
  • Yuri!!! On Ice (television show)
    • Japanese figure skater, Katsuki Yuri, comes in last place at the Grand Prix Final and returns home defeated. After a video uploaded of him skating to his idol Viktor Nikiforov’s (a Russian skater with 5 Grand Prix gold medals and considered to be the best out there) routine goes viral, Viktor himself shows up at Yuri’s place and becomes his coach. With Viktor’s help, Yuri attempts to win gold at the next Grand Prix Final and they both sort of fall in love along the way. Features a pretty diverse cast and doesn’t play into stereotypes. It’s considered to be in the sports genre but it has some romance moments in it.
  • Always Raining Here (webcomic)
    • Carter wants to get laid. Adrian is heartbroken. After Carter fails to get Adrian to have sex with him, the two end up becoming friends and have misadventures together. This is one of the cutest and most pure relationships I’ve seen (even though one of the very first things Carter says to Adrian is “We should bang”). There is some slight sexual content but nothing too major.
  • Check Please! (webcomic)
    • Eric Bittle joins the Samwell Men’s Hockey team but quickly realizes that this is way more intense than his Georgia hockey team and the team captain Jack Zimmermann isn’t making things any easier for him. There are lots of pies and you’ll end up learning about hockey. Lots of healthy relationships and does a wonderful job at portraying characters with mental illnesses. They’re also good friends with the Yuri!!! On Ice fandom.
  • Alice Isn’t Dead (podcast)
    • By the makers of Welcome to Night Vale, a woman becomes a truck driver in order to find her wife, Alice, who has been considered dead (she isn’t look at the title). She encounters a not-quite-human serial murder and ends up being chased by him wherever she goes. She learns more and more about her wife and finds out things better left unknown. Another wonderful portrayal of mental illnesses. It’s much darker and scarier than Welcome to Night Vale and I would not recommend listening to it at night.
  • Knight’s Errant (webcomic)
    • Wilfred is on a quest. However, being imprisoned in a city under siege puts a halt on their quest. Fortunately, they have a prison guard on their side. This one is different from the others since the main character so far isn’t in a relationship of any sorts (and doesn’t show to be in one anytime soon). There is a side relationship that will make your heart melt and Wilfrid is just a really likable character (they also don’t have a confirmed gender yet. It’s pretty likely they’re non-binary though). Also despite being set in a medieval European town it does feature some pocs which is nice.
  • Requiem of the Rose King  (manga)
    • The previous ones have featured very healthy and loving relationships but this one is a bit different. It focuses on Richard the third of York who is intersex in this case. This causes some really messed up and really confusing love triangles. There is some incest (not very large at least for now) in it and large age differences so if that bothers you then I would advise against this. Despite all this Richard is in a pretty cute relationship but it’s pretty tragic at the same time. If you want happy gays stay away from this. Also features gore and violence.
  • 19 Days (manga)
    • The adventures of Jian Yi and his best friend Zhan Xixi. This one is another cute one. Their relationship goes at a believable pace (but sometimes it feels like it’s taking forever) and there is a pair of very lovable side characters to go with it. Some sadness but nothing life ruining at this point.
Libertas as Excalibur

Libertas, Garro’s super-shiny sword that lowkey definitely will become the Titansword, is old as balls. It, or parts of it, predate Old Night (c.M25), the ‘unknowable science’ capable of ‘cancelling out’ the unreal anti-life of a daemon.

Garro, born in Albia, feels a special connection with the blade… could it be because it’s Excalibur, the legendary sword of Britain (aka Albion)?

It has Libertas written on the blade, which one could simply ignore completely as blades can be modfied, but where’s the fun in that. In fact, it says Libertas Rex on the cover to Garro:

Rex being Latin for king… as in King Arthur. The Latinised name for Excalibur? Caliburnus (from chalybs - ‘steel’). Caliburnus Rex. The King’s Sword.

Now imagine the Captain of the 7th Great Company of the XIVth Legiones Astartes is presented with a sword to go along with his new honorific ‘Battle-Captain’ after a battle in the Unification Wars. Faded by the millennia, the remaining letters read LIB R  S REX. With fragments between it could be liberus, perhaps liberas.

He calls it LIBERTAS.

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Lena Luthor   //   Lutessa Lena Luthor (Tess Mercer)

The White Knight or Knight Errant

A figure of medieval chivalric romance literature. The adjective errant (meaning “wandering, roving”) indicates how the knight-errant would wander the land in search of adventures to prove their chivalric virtues, either in knightly duels or in some other pursuit of courtly love.   //   In chess the knight can move to a square that is two squares away horizontally and one square vertically, or two squares vertically and one square horizontally. The complete move therefore looks like the letter L.

Knight Errant

Author: @alilactree

Rating: M

Status: Completed in January 2014

Word Count: 14,139

Summary: Blaine is a knight who meets a young prince Kurt and is later assigned as his personal guard.

Tropes/Genre: Prince!Kurt, Knight!Blaine, AU, romance, fluff, angst

Lynne’s review: Such a tale of love and innocence! I love a fic that’s both sweet, and hot. Minimal angst.  I loved every minute of it.

Read at: AO3

If she ever does, it probably won’t be much of a choice! Dragons will only continue to progress into a Stage Three Wyrm if 1. they are incredibly, ridiculously bound to their obsession, or 2. they are continuously exposed to a very large amount of arcane radiation, generally more than their bodies are capable of venting (the glow around their eyes + source of their fire is basically a way to burn off excess energy). 

Dragons that make their homes in more magically significant areas may go through this if they live long enough; dragons that intentionally hunt other magical creatures, or are frequently in arcane combat, are practically guaranteed to mutate further (if they survive their lifestyle).  Linnae has a fairly high chance of it eventually happening because she travels with Augustine, who is naturally drawn to strong sources of magic to hunt.

She’d probs look a lot weirder than this if it happened, honestly–I should design it properly. This is a lil phoned in. Basically all bets are off when a dragon hits end stage, and they can get REALLY weird. Linnae’s pretty stable and starts off looking like a fairly classically styled dragon, so she might look a little more ‘normal’, but not by much.

Cold weather can be surprisingly fatal to Glutton Knights, since, y’know, their flesh is fused to their metal armor. Augustine was terribly unprepared for this and only survives their first winter because Linnae is a huge walking furnace. \

Survival cuddles……..

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libra @ginshi-chan

So first of all he only posted these two pictures cause I started crying after this, the girl that played Libra was amazing I felt like a dingus!!! she was just so sweet and perfect and it was so fun

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THIS HENRY WAS JUST AMAZING!!!! she just made puns the whole time and I have never seen nor met a better Henry, she was also another one of those stupidly photogenic beautiful people, ugh she can hex me anytime.

robin @atown0915

henry @cleaobas

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inktober/char design day 27

I’ll be real, this is very rushed and I do not enjoy the design right now. Feels more like the very first step in the design process rather than an end result; there are some good ideas, but it’s way too rough. Even the mouth designs (usually my fave!) are pretty phoned in, sorry! Today was a lil weird cause I spent a lot of time babying my sick doggy so I’m not really feeling the art process right now. Hopefully tomorrow will be better!

The finished version of these guys will be designed for the Glutton Knight universe.

Do you choose to accept the part, and run the risk that you’ll forever be typecast as Anakin Skywalker, the Jedi-knight-errant with a quick temper, deft saber, and gnarly rattail? Or do you say “Thanks but no thanks” to George Lucas, instant stardom, and an immediate payday? There was no ‘Should I or shouldn’t I?’ I was fresh out of high school. I was worried where the next paycheck was coming from. And here was this amazing opportunity. It obviously came with a lot of baggage. I wasn’t naive about that. But there wasn’t any part of me that was going to say, ‘Nah, I think I’ll wait for the next one.’