Pearl’s an ex-slave; I’ve talked about, Silver’s gotten to it as well. It’s a fact of her background and informs a big part of the way she bonds with other people. If I had to guess, I’m pretty certain that most ex-slaves wouldn’t be okay with someone who wasn’t a very close friend opening with a joke about “where’s your owner”, even one as positive as this one is–and it is positive, interestingly, because “Who do you belong to?” is entirely meant to set up the response:
This isn’t Peridot, not understanding that ownership of Pearls is wrong and casually denigrating her; this is an old friend, someone who knows Pearl very well, tossing an easy setup over the plate so Pearl could affirm herself.
They’re bros! As in the modern Physical Affection Through Violence type, apparently. Seeing Bismuth made Garnet completely lose her cool for a moment–and let her guard down, both literally and figuratively.
That’s what everyone else reads her glasses as being symbolic of, right?
Anyways, this is an old friend–not just a former comrade-in-arms, but a real friend, one who must have gone missing during the war, one whose absence the girls must have wondered about for millennia.
- KitPlo interaction in the opening roll ( @sithshenanigans )
-tiny baby Ahsoka
-Obi-Wan’s soft, “I’m talking to a padawan” voice
-“youngling” “Little One”
-Rex’s “For fucks sakes General look”
-Lots of Obi-Wan Rex interaction
-that one randomly extremely Scottish Separatist general
-OBI-WAN HAVING TEA IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BATTLE FEILD YOU NERD
-OBI-WAN WINKING WHAT THE HECK MAN
-Just, Obi-Wan Kenobi
-Yoda is like Gandalf, Obi-Wan. He arrives precisely when he means too.
-SKYGUY AND SNIPS
-REX AND AHSOKA STARTING A FRIENDSHIP
-Oh yes, let’s just send the ex-Hutt slave to help Jabba the Hutt. That'ssss smart.
One of his ex-slaves, Isaac, emphasized his erect posture. “Mr Jefferson was a tall, straight-bodied man as ever you see,” he recalled. “Nary a man in this town walked so straight.” Bacon agreed that Jefferson was “straight as a gun barrell.” But others, mostly enemies, described him as loosely jointed and seemingly collapsible, all wrists, elbows, and ankles. The discrepancy might have been a function of different postures. On his feet he was square-shouldered and formal. He bowed to everyone he met and tended to stand with his arms folded across his chest, defining his own private space and warding off intruders. When seated, however, he seemed to melt into the upholstery with a kind of contorted grace, one hip high, the other low, shoulders slouched and uneven, his torso folded in several places, part jackknife and part accordion.
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, Joseph J. Ellis
Idk if someone has already made a post on it, but I really REALLY don’t like how Pearl, a literal ex-slave, ENJOYS cooking and cleaning and stuff. Like its really fucking creepy that the crew would think to make that an attribute of her’s.
Lleryn won’t talk about Argonians, but over the centuries his memory of the crazed ex-slaves that beset him and his travelling companions during the Red Year has become no less vivid. Their empty, bestial eyes, their green scales and hissing voices still torment him with nightmares, as it was at their hands that he lost his beloved Evesa.
Isabela has some sensitivity issues with Fenris but I think she was probably invaluable in making him feel like an equal among the Kirkwall gang. I would imagine that most of them are at least a little taken aback by him, or treat him delicately—an ex-slavewhose memories were erased, who was branded with lyrium—but I get the sense Isabela would just barge straight past all that and treat him like any other sellsword, and in doing so encouraging him to participate in friendly conversation of the kind that gets passed around a table for hours with plenty of laughs.
Basically she helps him normalize and I feel like that’s a pretty big deal.
I put together a reading group with some of my fellow organizers, thinking about how we organize post-Trump. Here’s the list of books:
We are reading The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich in chunks, meeting monthly, and reading one other book besides. This is a list long enough to keep us meeting for five years, which is not the intention - but we’re randomly generating five books each month and voting on which one of those we’d like to read.
Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell), Jane McAlevey
The Invention of the White Race, Theodore Allen
The Children of NAFTA: Labor Wars on the US/Mexico Border, David Bacon
Rise of the Warrior Cop, Radley Balko
My Face is Black Is True: Callie House and the Ex-Slave Pensions Movement, Mary Frances Berry
Doing Theology in a Revolutionary Situation, Jose Miguez Bonino
The Spanish Anarchists: The Heroic Years 1868-1936, Murray Bookchin
Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in the United States, Jules Boykoff
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Dee Brown
In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s, Clayborne Carson
Capitalism and Christianity, American Style, William Connolly
Languages of the Unheard: Why Militant Protest is Good for Democracy, Stephen D'Arcy
Broken Heartland: The Rise of America’s Rural Ghetto, Osha Gray Davidson
Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall St’s Great Foreclosure Fraud, David Dayen
Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi, John Dittmer
Losing Ground: American Environmentalism at the Close of the Twentieth Century, Mark Dowie
John Brown, W.E.B. Du Bois
Black Reconstruction, W.E.B. Du Bois
This Is An Uprising, Mark & Paul Engler
Fighting Back in Appalachia: Traditions of Resistance and Change, Stephen Fisher
Four Futures, Peter Frase
Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent, Eduardo Galeano
Gods of Blood: The Pagan Revival and White Separatism, Mattias Gardell
Resource Rebels: Native Challenges to Mining and Oil Corporations, Al Gedick
The Bending Cross: A Biography of Eugene V. Debs, Ray Ginger
The Populist Moment: A Short History of the Agrarian Revolt in America, Lawrence Goodwyn
Selections from the Prison Notebooks, Antonio Gramsci
Migra! A History of the US Border Patrol, Kelly Hernández
Strangers in their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, Arlie Hochschild
The Paranoid Style in American Politics, Richard Hofstadter
The Long Haul: An Autobiography, Myles Horton
How the Irish Became White, Noel Ignatiev
The Black Jacobins, CLR James
Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists in the Great Depression, Robin D. G. Kelley
Civil Rights Unionism: Tobacco Workers and the Struggle for Democracy in the Mid-Twentieth-Century South, Robert Korstad
The Accumulation of Capital, Rosa Luxemburg
Accompanying: Pathways to Social Change, Staughton Lynd
Active Hope: How to Change the Mess We’re In Without Going Crazy, Joanna Macy
Ruling the Void: The Hollowing of Western Democracy, Peter Mair
Fossil Capital, Andreas Malm
They Thought They Were Free: The Germans 1933-45, Milton Mayer
At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance, Danielle McGuire
Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil, Timothy Mitchell
The Fall of the House of Labor, David Montgomery
Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital, Jason Moore
The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America, Naomi Murakawa
Unreal City: Las Vegas, Black Mesa, and the Fate of the West, Judith Nies
Governing the Commons, Elinor Ostrom
I’ve Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle, Charles M. Payne
Nixonland, Rick Perlstein
Poor People’s Movements, Frances Fox Piven & Richard Cloward
Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement, Barbara Ransby
Waging Nonviolent Struggle, Gene Sharp
Dixie Be Damned: 300 Years of Insurrection in the American South, Neal Shirley
First Majority Last Minority: The Transforming of Rural Life in America, John Shover
Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times, Amy Sonnie
Poor Workers’ Unions: Rebuilding Labor from Below, Annie Tait
Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency, Kristian Williams (ed.)
The Gilded Rage: A Wild Ride through Donald Trump’s America, Alexander Zaitchik
the thing about anidala is that they try so hard to be a healthy, loving relationship, they really do, but one of them is an ex-slave who was raised by a creepy space cult to ignore all emotion and is fighting on the front lines of a bloody, brutal war. there’s really no way for any kind of healthy romantic relationship to develop in that situation, but i commend the attempt.
“Ex-slaves often identified the conjurers as having been African-born, but possibly those African-born slaves who still remained in late antebellum times came to be thought of as natural conjurers. The blacks believed that only blacks…had the secret power and that it was somehow a gift of their African heritage.” —Eugene D. Genovese, Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made
This is firmly my belief, too. #StandUpForTheAncestors
Due to Fenris being an ex-slave, I can imagine that a lot of Fenris’s pleasures are “guilty pleasures.” Not in the sense that they are inherently shameful, but because Fenris isn’t used to indulging himself. Anything too satisfactory feels unusual to him.
One thing I am absolutely convinced of are pastries. Fenris loves warm, soft, buttery pastries. He tends to avoid the overly sweet types with chocolate, caramel, or berries, because his palate isn’t used to flavors that intense. But he loooves the more subtle and natural flavors like red apples and walnuts and honey and cinnamon. Garrett once gave him a cinnamon apple muffin, and Fenris refused to leave his arms for the next three hours.
Speaking of Garrett, Fenris loves taking in the cedarwood scent of his scalp, and he loves threading his delicate fingers through the curly mess of hair on Garrett’s chest. He also secretly loves the “annoying” tickles of Garrett’s beard against him while they’re kissing.
Fenris also loves the feeling of the soft cotton robes from the Hawke Estate. They way they brush and tickle against his skin is a stark contrast from the tight leather he usually wears, and he can’t get enough of it. It makes him feel free- like he finally has time to relax and lay down and forget about his troubles. Of course, he’ll feel uneasy about it later because there’s an underlying guilt from taking “advantage” of Hawke’s hospitality, and he also feels like he shouldn’t allow himself to lower his guard so easily since he’s a fugitive. He should always be armored and ready to defend his freedom. But despite the inevitable guilt, Fenris always submits to the cottony temptation and he allows himself to be dressed comfortably when he visits Hawke.
As for the more typically “shameful” pleasures, let’s see…
Fenris won’t admit it, but he secretly enjoys reading the more… adult novels in Hawke’s library. These novels were originally recommended by Varric, but Hawke never took any interest in them. Strangely enough, folded corners keep appearing in the pages, and Hawke wonders where they come from…
Fenris also loves the incredibly expensive gifts Garrett buys for him. Braided (never chain) jewelry, scented soaps, and leather-bound books, are the more common presents he receives. Fenris always puts on an irritated
façade and insists that Hawke shouldn’t have spent his coin this way, but despite himself, you can always see an ever so slight smile begin to twitch at the corner of his lips.