especially considering the original

VLD Theory: Altea and the Alteans

Alright, so,, we all know that there are a few plot holes and a lot of unanswered questions when it comes to the Alteans and the Galra. Like: 

  • If Alteans are such a peaceful species, what requires them to have training droids who are not only set for Altean child combatants, but whose child setting is enough to take down 5 garrison-experienced humans in less than a minute flat? 
  • Why build Voltron, the most powerful weapon in the universe, in the first place, especially if during the time of its construction, the Galra and the Alteans were at peace?
  • How did the war even start? It’s not like the Galra and the Alteans had a distant kind of peace–they worked together to defend the universe. Where did that go?
  • How deep does the connection with the Galra even run? We know that they were close enough to create Voltron together, and that its creation wasn’t a secret kept between just Zarkon and Alfor. Allura even refers to a time when she traveled through Galran transportation hubs. Just how far back do they go?

Well I think I picked up on something within the new info given to us in season 2, and my thought process while answering all these questions relies strongly on this speculation. So sit back folks because this is gonna be a Lot.

They key to all of this is that I believe that in season 2, during Shiro’s escapades in the Black Lion, the destroyed planet we see is none other than Altea itself.

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Maybe it’s just the podcasts I listen to, but I’ve noticed that there tends to be a pretty dramatic shift between the first and second seasons. 

Purely speculation here, but I imagine it’s one part that the hiatus between seasons is a good turning point, and a good time for creators to ponder what works and what doesn’t, and to try something different. For creative teams who are relatively new to podcasting, I imagine that by the end of the first season their skills are refined to the point that they’re more willing to push the limits of what they can do. Also the nature of the first season finale seems to often require that at least some of the premise is abandoned, because the story seems to have moved on from there.

Personally, this pleases me– there’s something really nice about creators having the freedom to adapt the story as they go without the threat of executives breathing down their necks to keep rehashing the same thing over and over again. 

WTNV had probably a more subtle shift, going from seemingly unconnected daily life in the first season to the very clearly connected Strexcorp plot in the second. Notably with that one, though, the later seasons seemed to go back to more of a middle ground between the two. 

The season one finale of Wolf 359 cemented a fairly huge tonal shift in the series, but that was furthered by the format of mission logs and all that jazz being formally abandoned early into season two. 

I saw similar in the format and plot of both Tanis and Ars Paradoxica, though I’ll leave the specifics on that one to people who have dedicated more thought and energy to those than I have. 

Archive 81 kind of takes the cake for it, to the point where it inspired this post. Listening to the first episode of the second season, I was very much “well… that is not the direction I foresaw this show going.”

All that in mind, the Concierge episode of The Penumbra Podcast seems to be an in-universe segue for the same kind of shift in format and tone. Especially considering how the series was originally intended to be a Twilight Zone-esque anthology show and eventually turned into the Adventures of Juno Steel Plus A Few Side Stories.

Like A Man (M)

Originally posted by bane-niki

A/N: I wasn’t happy with the first draft of this so I decided to completely re-write the ending and make it smutty. Now I think I’m absolutely content with the direction this went in, especially considering that I wanted to make it like this originally. Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did/do! xx

Words: 4,450.

Warnings: Dom!Jungkook, Noona!Reader, wall sex, dirty talk, rough sex, swearing, minor (and I mean minor) breathplay.

If someone had told you two days ago that your personal life would be leaked online you would’ve laughed in their face, denying every word. But here you are, your phone blowing up with messages from both your publicist and manager, scolding you for being careless, for putting your feelings before your career. Being an idol for more than three years now, you’re well informed of the whole ‘no dating’ rule – until you met the one guy who changed all of that.

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reagans-ramblings  asked:

okay so 1)i love your blog and oc thursday thing (even if i am always too nervous to send my own) 2) i think mythal created the qunari as her personal servants. BEAR WITH ME; mythal is heavily tied to dragons and the qunari are implied to have dragon blood. they have elf ears and the kossith are said to come from somewhere "far away" but they don't actually know why they had to leave. solas has a low opinion of them, even more than humans. its probs just me reaching, but maybe there's a link?

bless you, thanks! i’d love to hear about your kids one day, but i totally get being nervous about sharing <33

as for the mythal-qunari thing….thats super super interesting

because i can never just leave things at that, let’s frickin. roll up our sleeves and really get into this.

kossith = qunari?

qunari are kind of complicated because it’s super unclear whether ‘kossith’ refers to their race, or the culture that the qunari stemmed from. kossith were around pre-qun, but from what we understand qunari place less importance on one’s race than one’s religion/culture (hence the differentiation between ‘qunari’ and ‘tal vashoth’). ‘kossith’ as a term isn’t really used anymore, so it’s really difficult to tell what it actually refers to.

this is only important because WoT tells us:

‘-410 Ancient: A group of kossith is believed to land in the south Korcari Wilds, establishing a colony. They are likely killed off in the First Blight, giving rise to the first appearance of ogres on the continent.’ (vol 1 p 26)

if ‘kossith’ refers to the culture the qunari came from, then this isn’t super important to this discussion. if it refers to the actual race, though, then this is the first time this race is seen in thedas – several hundred years before actual qunari land in 6:30 storm. hell, it’s fifteen years before the first blight, and 200 years before andraste.

either way, of course, the kossith/qunari are the most recent race to turn up in thedas. the qunari who appear in the storm age came from ‘an eastern land across the ocean’ (x), and though the wiki assumes that’s where the kossith also came from, that’s never confirmed.

so. we know for sure that the kossith came first. i’m willing to bet the term refers to the race, if only for the comment about ogres, which would be a weird thing to note otherwise.

so were they created?

both of these sources say that the kossith/qunari ‘land’ in thedas, though – wherever they came from, whether it’s the same place or two different ones, these groups are extra-terrestrial, if you will. if they were created by anyone, it had to be either outside of thedas, or somewhere we haven’t been yet still joined to the main continent (there’s plenty both north and south that we haven’t explored), or i guess created in thedas and then shipped off somewhere else at some point? or like you said, they left for some reason, leaving absolutely no trace behind.

(note that the first kossith were spotted by the korcari wilds, which expands way further to the south than we’ve seen, and also wow guess who we first met living in the korcari wilds? lmao.)

you mentioned that qunari have elven ears, which is kind of difficult to talk about because their ear design actually changes from game to game. compare sten and iron bull, for example:

sten very clearly has the same model of ears as elves in origins. bull? not so much.

something else that changes from game to game is qunari horns. you can see the progression if you look at sten → the arishok → iron bull. this is probably evolving design on the part of bioware – but like we said, qunari don’t pay a massive amount of attention to race, just culture, and we haven’t exactly seen enough qunari to know for sure that these are changing designs and not variations within the qunari race(s). which is a whole ‘nother question entirely, but also super interesting.

horned creatures in thedas

even more than ears, though, qunari’s most defining feature are their horns – something else that’s noticeably lacking from sten. (design changes again? or something else?)

that story about the first kossith in thedas say that they’re where ogres came from (supposedly). and looking at ogres, you can see why people would make that assumption:

big ol’ horns, huh. also check out those ears – now they look elven to me.

this ogre dude bears almost no resemblance to sten, or to bull, tbh. know who he does look like?

not exactly, obviously. the horns are different enough to give me pause (the ogre’s got this nice curly thing going on) but the general size & shape of the horns is pretty damn similar. looking at these two pictures, i totally get where this whole ogre-qunari thing came from. and it’d suggest that the people who came up with the theory believed the original kossith were the same as modern-day qunari, at least.

mythal

ogres aren’t the only things with horns we’ve seen, though. you rightfully pointed out that qunari are linked to dragons – and oh hey, we’ve seen dragons with horns as well, including this guy:

mythal’s dragon. coincidence? maybe. maybe not.

something that doesn’t look like coincidence, though is this:

the first time we see flemeth like this is at the very beginning of da2 – before we’ve seen any qunari with horns. check out the arishok again:

flemeth and the arishok’s horns are almost exactly the same. they both bend backwards from the head, with an upward flick at the end. they both have that smaller horn beneath. and we see flemeth first.

flemeth’s headdress seen in da2 has now become her default #look, whereas qunari are still changing up each game. but we can’t deny this kind of spot-the-difference similarity, especially considering that this is established as flemeth’s look first, before we even see any qunari in da2.

(of course, we also see flemeth appear shortly after an ogre. another coincidence?)

demons

horned creatures in thedas (that we know of) are limited to qunari, some dragons, ogres, and flemeth’s headdress. demons are another story, though.

it’s worth noting that in all three games, the first boss you face is horned. in origins and da2, it’s an ogre. in inquisition, it’s a pride demon.

the only demons with horns (that i can think of, but please correct me if i’ve missed one) are pride demons & desire demons. pride demons actually look a lot like ogres, if you think about it:

they both have those slightly twisty horns, not to mention that they’re fuckin huge. pride demons & qunari don’t seem to have anything in common, really, apart from the stretch of ‘oh yeah horns’. honestly, if anything, pride demon horns look like halla.

desire demons are a little more what we’re talking about, though:

we’ve currently only seen two beings with horizontal horns that go outwards sideways, instead of going back from the head. those two are desire demons, and the iron bull. of course, iron bull’s horns aren’t curly, but they do also head upwards at the end.

demons and dragons

so we know there’s some kind of a link probably between qunari and dragons. WoT tells us that ‘the kossith race prayed to animist gods’ (vol 1 p127), and iron bull tells us that some qunari believe the tamassrans mix qunari and dragon blood to form reavers, qunari with special abilities.

and, you know, if that sounds familiar, it’s probably because it was a major plot point in origins.

the joining is, effectively, a blood magic ritual in which one imbibes dragon blood and gains special abilities/a massively slowed-down version of the taint/some kind of immunity to the taint/who knows, it makes you special okay. and the joining was invented sometime during the first blight, with the grey wardens being founded 100 years after the first kossith appeared in thedas.

considering tevinter’s obsession with ancient elvhen beliefs & magic, it wouldn’t be a massive stretch to suggest that they got the idea of the joining from, i don’t know, some kind of elvhen qunari-making ritual thing. in fact, it’d make a hell of a lot more sense than some dude just being like ‘lol drink this dragon blood it’ll be funny’ & then discovering he can save the world.

know something else about the joining? it can’t be just any dragon blood, of course – it’s got to be archdemon blood. the terminology & lore surrounding all this is kind of messy, in my opinion, but basically: old gods are dragons, who, when freed from wherever they’re hanging out (supposedly in the deep roads) become archdemons and lead the blight.

taking into account that at least some of this is definitely chantry bogus, and our new knowledge about the veil etc throws a lot of it into a completely different light, the whole dragon + demon relationship here is super interesting.

because, like. obviously not every creature with horns has to be related, that’d be silly. but idk, man, there’s a theory that elves are spirits made flesh, and if we’re going with the ‘mythal created the qunari’ theory then is it super far-fetched to suggest she did something involving spirits + dragons to create them?

so is any of this even remotely likely?

i’m not 100% on whether i believe mythal created the qunari, honestly. it feels like something that big would come into play somewhere, but i don’t think the franchise is gearing up for some big qunari-elvhen reveal. i do think both qunari and elves are gonna be super important going forwards, but that’s going forwards you know?

(not to mention the idea that qunari are somehow fabricated or grown in test tubes or whatever makes me super :/ bc they’re coded as poc & particularly meant to parallel islam (which is gross in its own right lmao), but i can’t really talk about it in any more depth than that)

but honestly, when has ‘not likely’ ever stopped me from speculating lmao

if i was gonna argue that mythal created the qunari, here’s what i’d say:

  • qunari designs are deliberately linked to elves (origins) and flemeth (da2), as well as ogres (WoT) and, by extension, other horned beings – especially considering the ogres in origins & da2 perform the same role as the pride demon in inquisition.
  • qunari are also linked in lore to dragons, as is flemeth/mythal. mythal’s dragon is also horned.
  • kossith are also linked to flemeth, as they first turned up in the korcari wilds, the same place we find flemeth in origins
  • the first kossith turned up around 100 years before the joining was invented; it’s highly likely that the joining is at least in part based off ancient elvhen rituals involving blood magic + dragons
  • the qunari have (allegedly) invented their own rituals involving blood magic + dragons, completely independently of the grey wardens. were they also based off ancient elvhen rituals, or passed down to them through their creator?
  • -410 ancient, the first time we hear about kossith, is way way too late for arlathan, which fell in -975; but honestly it wouldn’t be a stretch for the records to have been lost (thanks tevinter), the records to be somewhere we haven’t had access to them (u kno tevinter has a library of alexandria equivalent), or even for mythal to invent this whole practice after the fall of arlathan, as a direct response even maybe (if you watched your empire fall to tevinter, who better to invent than a race constantly at war with them?)
  • looking at the design & genetics of qunari, it’s honestly not a stretch at all to see elven, draconic, & even demonic influences

this is long as heck but basically in short: idk if i completely agree with this theory, but it sure is fun to think about holy hell

anonymous asked:

Hi, I'm not sure this is the right place to ask but you seem to know about it, my question is who/what is Christian Pure Spy? I see him a lot


(Image by mit-332)

Christian Pure Spy was a fan character created by Korean artist mit-332, depicting a Spy wearing all white, no tie. The concept behind CPS was what would happen - if I read it correctly - if the RED Spy that follows KelThuzedMadness/Kekas Van Normundy’s Christian Brutal Sniper around would die and be resurrected from the dead. 


(Images by johnny217 and pybun)

Interestingly enough, Christian Pure Spy being implied to be the RED Spy is something often left out in fan interpretations in this pristine white Spy. Further interpretations from roleplayers as well as many artists have also lead to the “Christian” within Christian Pure Spy to be interpreted in a religious context, despite how mit-332 stays faithful to how the Christian aspect of Christian Brutal Sniper was never really meant to be religiously tied in. 

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Aside from being created in mind as a close friend, love interest or shiptease, the appeal for Christian Pure Spy - especially put next to Christian Brutal Sniper and considering his Origins backstory - was that CPS was the antithesis to CBS: pacifist, peaceful, and positive. And for a guy like that to hang around a crazy cannibalism-implied psychopath like Christian Brutal Sniper - that was the biggest appeal. It was Heaven and Hell, it was an Angel and a Demon, it was Day and Night, it was Water and Blood. This was easy to get mixed in with the religious interpretations of CPS from artists and roleplayers.


(Image by FlamingHammers1997) 

This is why very often, Christian Pure Spy was seen with Christian Brutal Sniper - not too often was he seen as a rival, but there were quite a few that liked to interpret Christian Pure Spy as a rival instead because of just how different he is. This came around when Pybun released a Christian Pure Spy skin for BLU Spy for TF2 a good while back and somebody got their hands on it and hexed it, and the Freak Fortress fans started raising protests against CBS having a love interest, arguing CBS’ character was far too heartless and careless about humanity to deal or get the attention of somebody like CPS.

There was also some controversy about the religious interpretations of CPS interfering with how we were never supposed to figure out whether or not the “Christian” in Christian Brutal Sniper was religious or not (it was implied he was but no explanation was ever given up until Origins, in which one could say Brutal Sniper is Christian because of his resurrection). This, combined with such a peaceful, pacifist personality as well as him being “sidekick material”, might be why CPS never really broke through into the Freak Fortress world when Gentlespy and RED Spy were already there.

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(Image from blukoala, cosplayer is OrphanHooligan)

Christian Pure Spy not breaking through into the GMod/Freak Fortress scene was not something that deterred any of the artists who really liked him, however. Fanart continued being made from drawing artists, Gmodders, and even the Source Filmmaker folks jumping in on the fun. Fanfic and roleplays continued onwards, and it even got to a point where there was cosplay of Christian Pure Spy!


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Eventually, this religious interpretation was enough to have Christian Pure Spy debut in a Gmod Freak Fortress series, known as DW vs TK vs CBS. A collab by Lemurfot (famous for their freak, Team Killer, as well as their slasher horror-movie grunge stop motion storytelling) and witchyAZ09, the series takes Christian Brutal Sniper and Christian Pure Spy, partners them up with the antitheses in mind (leading to implications of head-clashing going on behind the scenes) and re-imagines the original concepts for the sake of their story: CBS is a maniacal, unsympathetic strong murderer who loves the heat of battle and is not afraid to challenge somebody who is supposed to be Satan’s daughter, while CPS is depicted as a stoic but pacifist priest with some interesting powers of his own, Lord-given to him in case he has to resort to violence, that he’s able to SUPPRESS the rage of Satan’s daughter at one point with the power of Christ. 

To sum it up, I’d say that at this point, the popular interpretation of Christian Pure Spy that a lot of people like to use might not be entirely mit-332’s original concept of a pure white lover who was resurrected the same way as somebody who was a dear friend. Hell, not everybody’s interpretation of CPS is the same as this dude’s interpretation of CPS, or this chick’s interpretation of CPS. Even his clothes change every now and then: is it just a white shirt? A white tie too? Is it a white cassock with or without a gold cross? How about the full-on priest cassock? Hard to say, it seems to differ from artist to artist.


(Image by pybun)

However, there’s a couple of things that remain the same for the interpretations: that pristine white coat and that sweet, doting personality so very contrasting to the insanity and bloodthirst of Christian Brutal Sniper’s. And whether it be as a friend, a lover, a partner, a friend, a rival or an enemy - and whether or not we figure out why on Earth CBS in the first place is Christian and whether or not CPS should actually be Christian either - that’s a lot of Christian Pure Spy’s appeal in contrast to Christian Brutal Sniper’s:


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Heaven standing right next to Hell.

If You Think My Truth Is A Lie, You Can Get Bent

This wonderful fic was born from a request I couldn’t turn down for a fic with Bart being trans. It took me a few days, but I’m proud of the result and I hope this hits the spot for the anon who requested this fic. I got you fam, and your gender is valid; anybody tries to invalidate anyone for being trans or non-binary and I’ll go full-on NB-battle-ax on them.

I hope everyone enjoys this fic and has as much fun with it as I had writing it. n.n

Oh yeah, and a couple minor warnings for mentioned transphobia and Bart’s justified swearing.

EDIT: Credit for the ‘bug fucker’ insult goes to @disregardcanon. Thanks a ton for thinking it up! I just had to use it. n.n


Kid Flash. B-2-3.

Before the computer had even finished announcing his arrival Bart was half-way across the zeta-tube chamber and on his way to storm through the passage between the living room area and kitchen of their current base and down the hall straight into his room. He was going far more slowly than he would have normally, closer to the rapid furious stalking of non-speedsters, but it was more out of an effort to not throw everything into disarray in his wake than out of any actual restraint. As soon as he was in his room (and damned if he wasn’t frustrated about not being able to slam the door) he snatched his pillow from his bed, covered his face with it, and screamed.

There were a lot of things that frustrated him about the past… this time… whatever, but for the most part he was of the opinion that it (justifiably) was better than his original time. However, one thing he had run into on a routine basis that never failed to make him want to tear his hair out was the complete and utter bullshit he got over being trans. In his original time it hadn’t even been that big a deal! ‘Oh, you’re a guy? Okay. No problem. Just try to avoid Reach attention. None of this “you don’t know what you’re getting into” or “it’s just a phase” or “you’re just confused” bullcrap! He threw the pillow across the room with another frustrated scream as he yelled, “That egotistical bug-fucker!

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frostbite883  asked:

DC AU Questions: Would the Joker STILL regard Bruce as Batman despite Terry being the new Batman now? Would the Clown Prince see Terry as nothing more than a rank amateurish imitator to his Batman? The REAL Batman (in his own words)?

definitely! that would be completely in character for him.

estofitofi  asked:

24, 2 and 5 please?

2. What is your country most famous for in history?

[I live in America, so I’ll do this for that. It would probably be the fact that they were able to defeat Great Britain, and claim independence, especially considering that the people there were originally from Britain.]

5. Favourite weapon?

[Sickle!]


24. Who do you consider to be one of the most underrated historical figures?

[Honestly, John Laurens. He fought for equality, before that was even a thought among peoples minds. It’s kind of upsetting that they never mention anything about him.]

[taps microphone a few times] phineas and ferb was a really interesting example of how after the 90s cartoons strayed from unnecessary cruelty and crudeness in their humor especially when you consider the show was pitched in the early 90s and originally had a much different tone, and that jeff and dan’s early experience in the animation industry was from working on stuff like rocko’s modern life and family guy. this is all even more interesting when you realize that the cynicism of 90s cartoons is a direct backlash to the overly-saccharine and marketing based nature of 70s and 80s cartoons

anonymous asked:

Do you think GRRM made Gendry a Baratheon bastard in specific to set up a Stark/Baratheon endgame?

(I’m assuming you’re referring to Arya/Gendry as the Stark/Baratheon endgame.)

Maybe, it’s hard to say. With GRRM’s writing style- as in the whole “gardener” vs. “architect” with him being a gardener- it’s really tough to assume that he intended Arya/Gendry to really become a thing at all, especially when you consider the original outline. 

When he wrote AGoT and set up Arya and Gendry to meet via the Night’s Watch and made Gendry a Baratheon bastard, he was likely still writing Jon/Arya to some extent (or at least had not nixed the possibility yet.)

I do think that the son and daughter line with Robert and Ned wasn’t intentional foreshadowing. I look at it like the “get her a dog” line with SanSan shippers. It’s fun to play with and talk about for ships but was almost certainly not written with that intent in mind. I talked about that line and skepticism here.

That being said, later books have lines like the Jaime one, are definitely nods to shipping and for fun by GRRM as a shoutout/dramatic irony almost for shippers.

“Lord Eddard’s daughters live. One has just been wed. The other …” Brienne, where are you? Have you found her? “… if the gods are good, she’ll forget she was a Stark. She’ll wed some burly blacksmith or fat-faced innkeep, fill his house with children, and never need to fear that some knight might come along to smash their heads against a wall.” Jaime, ADWD

Technically, he’s talking about Sansa. There’s double meaning though because, as Jaime knows, Sansa is the real Stark daughter who actually has “just been wed” and, as the reader knows, Arya is the daughter undergoing significant training to distance herself from her Stark identity (in a religious place no less- that’s a joke because “if the gods are good, she’ll forget” anyway…)

It’s not just Gendry/Arya, it’s Hot Pie/Arya haha. It’s definitely a shout out because a fat-faced innkeep (Hot Pie, who’s larger and working at Inn of the Kneeling Man) and burly blacksmith (Gendry, so aptly describing Gendry) were the two main companions of Arya for like two books.

It’s certainly a nod to them, but it’s not necessarily anything like foreshadowing. If I had to guess, I’d say that GRRM laughed to himself when he typed that knowing (as this is ADWD and he knew the fandom and how the operated at that point) that his fans were going to obsess over it.

But early book examples I’m incredibly skeptical about given GRRM’s writing style as a gardener (meaning that he takes an idea and follows it wherever it goes rather than plans everything out from the get go) and his original plan from the outline letter conflicting with any idea of Arya/Gendry.

On the subject of Gendry’s future and the possibility of him actually becoming a Baratheon in name and not just blood, see these posts:

             Gendry’s Future Ask

             The Brotherhood & Legitimizing Gendry

             Gendry’s Purpose Ask

             What WIll Happen to House Baratheon

I really hope that in the upcoming chapters we see Levy pulling out all the stops and finally showing us what she can do with her script magic… especially considering she’s had her second origin unlocked. In addition, I hope she breaks out some kick ass rune magic…after all, Lucy’s board did peg her as traveling with the Rajinshuu for a bit, didn’t it?
When Natsu and the rest finally meet up with our new favorite council members, I would love to see Levy step up to take on a bunch of mages on her own. When Lucy asks why no one is moving to help her. Gajeel, Lily, and their troops will just snicker and fold their arms, sitting back with these smug grins on their faces as Levy absolutely decimates her opponents. Then she’ll scamper back with this huge grin on her face and Gajeel will ruffle her hair while looking at the stunned faces of Natsu, Lucy, Erza, and Grey and chuckle with pride, “That’s my Shrimp.”

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The Gunmakers of the Khyber Pass,

The Khyber pass is one of the few land routes between Afghanistan and Pakistan, cutting through the large Sipar Ghar Mountains.  Once part of the Silk Road, the strategic importance of the Khyber Pass had led it to be a source of conflict for since the times of Alexander the Great and ancient antiquity.  Where there is conflict, weapons are needed.  Thus, the people of the Khyber Pass region learned that money could be made by producing and supplying weapons to the various warlords, empires, and armies that have fought over the pass.  

While a strategic region, it is also a remote region, thus the gunsmiths of the Khyber Pass often have to make due with substandard materials such as scrap metal, spare parts, and simple tools.

Simple people who tended not to travel beyond their homelands, the Khyber pass people had little idea of weapon designs from around the world, thus they copied the weapons that they had direct contact with.  Starting in the 19th century, most weapons produced were British firearms, since the region was under British influence from the 19th century until after World War II.  Hence, most Khyber Pass copies from the 19th century up to the 1970’s tend to be clones of British firearms such as the Enfield musket, Snyder Enfield, Martini Henry, Martini Enfield, Lee Enfield, and the Webley/Enfield revolver. Using ingenuity and improvisation, these weapons were produced in small workshops and peoples homes, sometimes even by hand.  Remarkably these firearms are of good quality, especially considering their source, but not as good of quality as the original.  Khyber Pass copies are heavily sought by collectors, and there are three ways to identify them.

1. They typically are not as good of quality as an original.

2. Afghan decorations and embellishment.

3. Khyber Pass copies tend to be stamped with British proof markings, although misspelled or incorrect stampings.  Anachronist markings are also common, for example, a Queen Victoria proof mark dated after 1901, the year of Queen Victoria’s death.

Today the Khyber Pass gunsmiths are still at work, although the guns the make have changed.  As technology has advanced the Khyber Pass gunsmiths have moved on to producing modern firearms, such as the AK-47/AKM assault rifle, the SKS, the Tokarev pistol, and the Colt 1911.  Khyber Pass ingenuity has also led to the creation of various “frankenguns”, produced from the parts of various different weapons which are pieced together into a working firearm.

gearsoflove  asked:

I could write a whole page about how much I love your theories about Chara and Undertale in general, how well-written and interesting they are, how it's lovely to see a person do so much research in order to help the fandom understand a character more, etc. But I think it's enough to say that you're by far the best and my most favourite Undertale blog. Also, a question for you, I roleplay Chara on another site, so if it's not a problem, could you maybe give me some tips on their personality?

(undertale spoilers)

imagine a bunch of exclamation marks. miles and miles of exclamation marks. that’s how i’m feeling right now! i can’t thank you enough for your kind words!

alright, let me tell you about chara’s personality from my perspective. more info about my points can be found in my chara posts masterlist.

chara has the potential to be extremely manipulative. they manipulated asriel (to go along with the plan), the humans (to attack chasriel), and the player (to try other routes and eventually do the pacifist ending). when chara has a goal, absolutely nothing will stand in their way. their goal matters more than ANYTHING to them. that includes the people who are closest to them – that’s why chara was capable of putting asriel and the other monsters in so much danger. they sometimes delight in the pain of others. flowey himself said about chara:

but if the narrachara theory is to be believed, they also have a wonderful sense of humour and love jokes. they enjoy being around dogs… but they also have no problem with seeing them die for the sake of their plan! because NOTHING and NOBODY matters more than the plan. they tend to make a “creepy face” when very focused on their plan.

chara can’t stand wasting time when they’ve got something to do. they ignore people’s monologues and they even tell monster kid to turn around when they start talking to them and immediately initiate a battle. chara gets angry when they lose – this can be seen in sans’ reaction to chara’s face if they get killed.

after losing to sans once:

after losing to sans twice:

but even worse, chara can’t stand to be deceived. if sans is spared (from chara’s perspective, likely an effort to save time because sans takes forever) and proceeds to dunk chara, they’ll have a far stronger reaction.

so although chara can seem expressionless and cold at times (they don’t emote at all after sans’ prank when they “first meet”) when focused on their plan, they’re also capable of widely varying facial expressions, from strange faces, to angry glares, to laughing so hard that tears run down their face.

despite all this, they’re capable of at least seeming loving. perhaps they even are genuinely loving as long as they’re not focused on a goal. their hatred and their drive (their determination) is really like a curse for chara. 

here’s some random awful stuff chara seems to have said:

glad dummy:

burgerpants:

(for the burgerpants thing: i know this is an amusing line, but it’s implied that chara told him to go to hell)

snowdrake:

snowdrake’s mother:

vulkin:

i associate these negative responses outside the genocide route with chara because they seem so similar to the stuff that chara actually says in the genocide route. i don’t believe genocide route chara is really much different to pre-death chara. i feel that the chara who tried to force asriel to kill against his will and the chara met by the player at the end of the genocide route are actually extremely similar. i just feel that that’s how chara behaves when they’re extremely set on a goal. if kindness and patience isn’t necessary, then it goes out the window.

chara seems to have some sort of fascination with the idea of hell, from using the word (or being implied to) a few times to referring to themself as a demon. 

chara is implied to be able to feel with their stolen soul (after the first genocide route, at the very least):

a few lines later:

chara also doesn’t agree with the player’s desire to recreate the world only to waste time destroying it again when they already knew what would happen. to chara, it is a waste of time. and chara hates wasting time.

if chara’s slaughter of flowey is any indication, they are especially sensitive to what they consider betrayal. asriel is the reason chara’s original plan failed which is probably why they’re notably cruel to him. chara’s reaction to sans’ “mercy” also seems to echo this sentiment. chara cannot stand betrayal, regardless of what they have actually done to others themself.

but when they can’t do murderous things, they sit back and have fun. pacifist kind of dialogue happens. chara is a three-dimensional character with their own likes and dislikes. they have a very dark side, but they also have a more light-hearted side.

so basically:

  • great sense of humour!
  • but also a very dark sense of humour
  • hates wasting time
  • if there’s a plan and chara is capable of making strides towards its completion, they will turn very serious and disregard the safety of others and anything else that isn’t the plan
  • CAPABLE OF FUN AND GOOD TIMES
  • references hell a lot?
  • also capable of many different kinds of expressions, even while serious and driven by a goal (not stoic ALL the time)
  • for some reason they really seem to dislike snowdrake’s family???
  • sensitive to betrayal
Arrow 4.03 - Restoration

I think I was legitimately more excited for this episode than I was for the premiere. It was pretty close, at any right. See, while I knew, coming into this season, that we were going to get Olicity, my Original Team Arrow heart was a little less sure of its place in this new world. We’d been teased that the “new Team Arrow” had been doing amazingly well over the hiatus, that they were this well-oiled machine, that they didn’t “need” Oliver and Felicity. We worried that maybe the days of Original Team Arrow were over, or – at the very least – that we wouldn’t see them together in all their glory for a long while.

Not only did the last two episodes show that this well-oiled machine was, in fact, a little rusty, but that it also wasn’t really a “team”. Seeing OTA in action again really proved just how valuable and important this team – this family – is to the show. You know that saying, “Bitches get shit done”? Well, after learning that OTA was the one to get the team’s first real lead in three months, I’d like to amend that saying to “Original Team Arrow gets shit done.”

As if we didn’t know that already. 

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'Supposedly Unreturned Love'

requested by fuckyeahcliffordd

summary: you and Luke were best friends and apparently his band could see your relationship more clearly than you could

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There Are Pieces Of Us, Under Every City Light

based on a real friendship group so some parts aren’t true or accurate to the characters i’m using (in which case the fantastic foursome)

every word of this fic came from a true experience so idk this is quite a personal thing to share with this many people

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It’s cold, but Dan barely feels it anymore. They’d abandoned the reasonable warmth of the bus ten minutes ago, and being early January anyway, the constant drop in temperature wasn’t something he’d even take any notice of anymore.

Plus, there are plenty of distractions available.

The first distraction is something Dan fails to take his eyes off; glancing up at the sky several times even though PJ and Chris are walking at a pace that requires his concentration if he’s planning to keep up with them.

It’s a star.

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/Cracks knuckles

Ok kids.

Adrien’s first hour of school.

This has gotten SUPER long so… I’m putting it under a cut.

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clinton-hillary-deactivated2017  asked:

At tonight's Bernie NYC rally, a speaker called Secretary Clinton a “corporate Democratic whore.” Bernie then went on to thank the speakers who introduced him for their “great introductions”. It's an attack on Hillary, it degrades women in Congress and insults sex workers. Bernie has to publicly state that he condemns the comment and ask his surrogates and supporters to think before they speak.

Well, specifically he said “we’ll never make progress [on single payer health care] if we keep electing corporate whores.” In the context of the speech there was no mention of Hillary Clinton that would make that explicitly about her. That’s a pretty lawyer type answer though and I agree, it was a poor choice of words. Coming from a union boss in NYC it might be a little more understandable, dude probably has an attitude and tendency for overblown rhetoric. Not to excuse his language, but it’s a high energy situation and he’s probably a high energy person. Stuff happens.

I don’t think the fact that Bernie Sanders thanked the people who introduced him is a problem, especially considering Spike Lee and Rosario Dawson have done a lot of great work for Bernie Sanders in New York City.

It was a poor choice of words from a surrogate, not even explicitly targeting Hillary Clinton. That doesn’t make them less sexist or wrong, I don’t agree with them, but there is literally no way to put this on Bernie. There is no way to put this on the Bernie campaign and there is no legitimate reason to expect Bernie Sanders to make an apology. Surrogates for Hillary Clinton have recently said FAR more offensive things, even when they aren’t being taken out of context.

I could drag a lot of poor choice of words for Hillary Clinton surrogates out, recently we pointed out Bill Clinton’s terribly racist comments to Black Lives Matter protestors. In that situation it was fair to put Hillary’s surrogates words on her shoulders, she backed up his discriminatory policies in the 90′s using similarly racist language. Bernie Sanders has ALWAYS stressed his respect for Hillary Clinton, he has never been sexist in any way, and the fact that one surrogate said something that is definitely sexist shouldn’t take away from that. Especially considering the original statement is pretty out of line with Bernie’s message and tone to begin with.