fate averted

Coffee helps most people stay awake and alert, but for me, coffee takes me to a different dimension. Now, it’s a very subtle thing, changing the dimension you’re in. It’s the same thing as moving slowly, or watching the passage of time: it’s so slow, you almost feel like nothing changed at all. And yet, you can feel somewhere deep inside that something has changed.

It doesn’t matter where I have it or if it’s homemade or from a café. As soon as it slides down my throat, my head feels a little heavy, like it’s too heavy to be supported by my neck. When I was younger, I’d almost faint, but now it’s a lot more under control. Once the initial sip is down, the rest of the coffee doesn’t seem to change much.

And just then, I see the visions of what could have been. At first, I never really understood what I was seeing, and assumed it was just idle imagination. The more I drank coffee, however, the more I realised that these visions followed a pattern. Sometimes, they’d be mundane, like the kind of pizza I ordered would be different. Other times, I could see the horrid beings claw their way in through the doors and windows, shadows spreading across wherever they stalked.

There were always different visions. A coup, a crash, a lottery win, a new job, a friend’s death: the list goes on and on. No two visions repeated, which gave me the impression that my movement through the dimensions was strictly in one direction. I could not return to a previous world. This also meant that my original life could only have been possible if I had never drank coffee at all. Was it worth it?

The next question was, naturally, whether coffee was saving me. To be sure, I’d be saved from a lot of incredible things: alien invasions, wars, shootouts. So many deaths and injuries averted. This opinion became so common that I started drinking coffee every moment I could. I craved it, like an actual addiction, but not because of the caffeine—coffee didn’t seem to have any physiological effect on me, unlike most people. No, I craved it because every time I drank it, I could see something horrible that I’d just saved myself from.

Ultimately, a realisation came to dawn on me. Coffee was my medicine. I was taking it just to keep staying alive, and that all this time, I was dying. I was dying dimensionally. I was fated to die, and every time I drank coffee, I was averting that fate. But why was I granted this ability?

The question has never been answered. All I know is that I hate the taste of coffee. I hate the smell of it. I hate how it feels in my mouth. I hate how much of it I have to keep drinking just to stay sane, and alive.

Maybe I was meant to be dead after all.


Today’s throwback story is about an imaginary friend who is an astronaut.

So, Rogue One isn’t that far away, but it’s not here yet and so I may be chewing on the walls just a little bit, so, okay, here, have a bunch of STAR WARS fic that helped me pass the time. I EXPECT A SURGE OF YOU TO JOIN ME AGAIN WHEN THE MOVIE COMES OUT BECAUSE I NEED MORE FIC ABOUT THE ORIGINAL TRASH LORD DUMPSTER FIRE, I just love him so much, okay. p.s. the Catalyst novel is delightful, you should definitely read that, too. (Fic recs every Wednesday.)

STAR WARS FIC RECS:
shelter by tangeton, obi-wan/anakin, 16.1k wip
   A Jedi and a slave walk into a bar. This could be a setup to a terrible joke, and it is, because Obi-Wan really hadn’t meant to free all the slaves on this blasted planet. Tatooine AU.
space dementia by wellwhiskey, eventual obi-wan/anakin/padme & dooku, sith!obi-wan, 30.7k wip
   AU - Darth Maul survives the Battle of Theed. Obi-Wan succeeds in his quest for vengeance but fails to escape The Dark Side. Anakin goes along for the ride.
And None Of It Seems To Matter by Kablob, mylordshesacactus, ahsoka/barriss & luminara & obi-wan & asajj, 70.6k wip
   Barriss Offee had no idea what fate she averted for herself or her friend Ahsoka Tano when she stopped her planned attack on the Jedi Temple before it started. But her actions will still have far-reaching consequences—for both of them.
all the words you cannot say by wreckageofstars, obi-wan & anakin & ahsoka, 1.6k
   Obi-Wan Kenobi is dead. Ahsoka and Anakin struggle to pick up the pieces.
Chase the Sun by Syphrosine, kanan/hera & rex & ocs, 25.4k wip
   Low on funds, Hera and Kanan are relieved when a well-paying salvage job falls into their laps. But what starts out as a simple retrieval will soon put the secret of Kanan’s Jedi past at risk.
Completely Irrational by deaka, luke/mara & ben skywalker, 2.1k
   Ben overhears his parents arguing about his training. Luke, Mara, Ben, before LotF.
Soldier, Poet, King by Glare, obi-wan/anakin & qui-gon & mace & cast, 77.4k wip
   Second chances are very rarely given, but the Force smiles upon two of its favorite children and returns them to a time before their actions have met their consequences. Anakin Skywalker, also known as Darth Vader, seeks redemption while Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi, disillusioned with the Jedi Order and its Code, falls to the Darkness. Trapped out of time, Master and Apprentice must once again work together to stop Sideous’ plans from reaching fruition and bring Balance to the Force—all the while dodging the Jedi, the Sith, and their feelings for each other.
Deja Vu by SkippingSteppingStones, obi-wan & anakin & luke, 2k
   When Darth Vader is roused from sleep by a sob he feels strangely connected to, he is compelled to find its source.
Don’t Look Back by Valairy Scot, obi-wan & anakin, 26.7k
   ObiWan Kenobi doesn’t believe in luck. It’s one choices and training, not luck, that determines one fate. When he and his padawan are stranded in the mountains, he faces a life or death decision and Anakin Skywalker faces a lesson he never wished to learn
A Walking Shadow by lilyconrad, obi-wan & anakin & luke & leia & padme & ahsoka & cast, 57.3k wip
   It is five years into the Empire’s ascension, an order built on the blood and bodies of the Jedi. None survived, they say, and the handsome, icy profile of Lord Vader plastered across every Imperial city leaves no room for doubt in the minds of many. But Vader knows there is at least one left, one that escaped him on Mustafar all those years ago.
From a Certain Point of View pt 1 / pt 2 / pt 3 / pt 4, obi-wan & anakin & padme & ahsoka & sidious & cast, 7.5k
   Or, how Ben Kenobi’s boldfaced lie prevarication saved the Galaxy (but not in the way he thought it would).
Ask Me No Questions by XtinethePirate, obi-wan/anakin, NSFW, 4.4k
   Anakin and ObiWan. An interlude between the Jedi Boys in the shower leads to a pointed question… and an unexpected, but very emphatic, answer.
A Personal Matter by ruth baulding, obi-wan & cast, 3.4k
   Angst-ridden epilogue to CW Episode 5.1 “Revival.”
They Are by Charmisjess, dooku & qui-gon, 1.7k
   This is their moment, their eternity. They think its going to be like this forever.
dusk before sundown by thegoddessinzerogravity, anakin & ahsoka & shaak ti, 1.3k
   Shaak Ti gently ran her fingers over the still-sleeping Ahsoka’s forehead. “Master Skywalker, I’m going to be honest with you. When Ahsoka first reached the age where she was to be assigned a Master, I was very close to requesting that she be assigned to me, not anyone else.” Anakin tried to ignore the sudden ache in his chest, and managed to ask, “Do you regret it?”

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anonymous asked:

Whats manakete degeneration

Hoo boy. Buckle up, because I’m about to post a huge wall of text. I wrote a massive synopsis of the Archanean lore (FE1, FE2, FE3, FE13, and FE14 indirectly) a couple years ago, so rather than write everything up again, I’m just gonna copy and paste it here:

First things first, everything here applies strictly to the Archanea series (Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon, Fire Emblem Mystery of the Emblem, Fire Emblem Gaiden, and Fire Emblem Awakening) as the other games take place in a completely different universe with completely different lores. They use the same terminology like “manakete” and a deity named Naga, but they are completely different.

Anyways, the dragon tribes (divine, earth, ice, fire, flying, and mage) ruled the land that would become the modern day continent of Ylisse. The tribes were separate with their own rulers and such, though Naga was the “queen of queens” so to speak; the divine dragons were the leaders of the other five tribes. Each of the six tribes possessed a unique trait, like divine dragons are lethal against other dragons (hence the wyrmsbane ability on Awakening) and mage dragons were extremely resistant to magic. It’s because of the divine dragon’s racial ability that they were the dominate tribe even though their numbers were small. Humanity was more or less still living in caves when discovered by the dragon tribes. The dragons saw the potential humans had so they uplifted them, however the dragons had ulterior motives. While things were good and prosperous for the dragon tribes, the way they ruled completely alienated humans and treated them like second class citizens and even slaves. Humanity had not been uplifted by the dragons for the sake of helping another sentient species prosper, rather the dragons wanted to have slaves that were intelligent enough to comprehend their language. Not all dragons treated humans this way, though; enslaving humans and violating their human rights were illegal under Naga’s laws. The other tribes paid no heed to her, though. While the divine dragons tried their best to enforce the laws their numbers were simply too small to control every other dragon.

As with all great civilizations, The Great Dragon Empire eventually reached its climax and began to crumble. It was all started by one major event that forced the dragon tribes to take their dragon transforming ability and store it into dragonstones (thus permanently changing them from dragons to manaketes). They had no other option or else they’d go insane and be reduced to feral beasts that killed everything in sight. This was referred to as “The Great Catastrophe” and happened about 3,000 years before Awakening. The Great Catastrophe only affected dragons; humans were completely safe from it. Naga took notice of this and, along with the tribe elders, devised a solution: stop being a dragon. The elders managed to come up with the idea of removing your dragon side and putting it into a dragonstone. While this gave them a human form, they were still able to tap into their dragon sides temporarily by using the dragonstones, so other manaketes followed without question figuring it was better than decaying into savages. Other dragons that were a bit more… stubborn. They claimed they would rather become feral than become even remotely related to humans, so the term “manakete” was devised. Still, the earth dragon tribe led by King Medeus refused to do this since they still believed being even remotely related to humans was a fate worse than death. The problem with this was they were extremely numerous causing them to rival the divine dragons in power even with their wyrmsbane ability. Naga knew what this would lead to so she gave them an ultimatum: convert to manaketes or be killed before they degraded into beasts that would threaten all living creatures. They refused and the war between the divine dragons and the earth dragons had begun.

The flying dragon tribe also refused to become manaketes, though they were not reduced to savage creatures. Instead, they were reduced to modern day wyverns. They didn’t become feral killing machines presumably due to their below average intelligence (low enough to the point where they were barely considered sentient). Being wyverns made them lose the ability to revert to a human form along with many other thought processes, essentially becoming similar to horses or dogs with above average intelligence.

The ice dragons also refused to convert to manaketes, though their insignificant numbers made it so they didn’t pose that much of a threat; at least, not on the scale the earth dragons did. Eventually, every last ice dragon was hunted down and killed as they all slipped into madness.

Anyways, as the war between the divine dragons and the earth dragons raged on, the flow of battle gradually shifted. What was once a steady series of victories for the divine dragons started to change as the earth dragons become insane (aside from Medeus, who changed into a manakete without his tribe’s knowledge) and started killing everything in sight. Losing the ability to reason made them savage fighters that were unable to feel pain. Having no regard for their own lives made them able to fight until they were utterly destroyed. Countering creatures like this proved to be almost futile as they slaughtered countless humans and manaketes. As the divine dragons were the frontline troops against the feral dragon’s onslaught due to their wyrmsbane abilities they were nearly brought to extinction. During the internal struggle while the manaketes were fighting against the incredibly powerful, feral dragons, humans took advantage of the chaos. They began murdering manaketes, enslaving them, and torturing them.

The earth dragons were unstoppable, and when all hope seemed to be lost, Naga finally thought of a solution. She created the Shield of Seals (or as it’s known nowadays, the Fire Emblem) and used it to lock up all the earth dragons in the Dragon’s Table (you know, where Grima was summoned). Contrary to popular belief, the Shield of Seals possesses only two abilities: locking away the earth dragons (more or less like a key to a chest) and preventing Tiki from succumbing to the Great Catastrophe, even though she became a manakete. Once you became a manakete, you would be safe from the Great Catastrophe as long as you didn’t spend a gratuitous amount of time in dragon form. However, being the daughter of an extremely powerful dragon, this wasn’t enough to save Tiki even after she became a manakete. Her reverting to a manakete was enough to slow down the degradation long enough for Naga to devise this solution but it was not enough to completely protect her the same way it did the others. With the Shield of Seals’ protection, complete with all five gemstones, Tiki was supposed to be safe. To protect herself, Naga “killed” herself. She didn’t actually die, of course, rather created some sort of realm for herself to exist in. That’s why Naga isn’t there in person on Awakening, but rather as a spirit.

Sadly, this solace did not last for Tiki. The Shield of Seals was eventually stolen by a man named Adrah who removed the five gems, sold them, and used the money to raise an army that continuously grew until he was able to unite the scattered remains of the Great Dragon Empire. He named his new kingdom the “Kingdom of Archanea.” Since the Shield of Seals was gone and its five gemstones (Azure, Vert, Gules, Sable, Argent) were removed, Tiki began to succumb to the madness again. If Tiki withered into a feral dragon, her strength would rival Grima’s. While Naga was no longer walking amongst the people she had not left the world. She took notice of Tiki’s condition and decided to put her into an eternal sleep. It pained her to do so, but her only other option was to kill Tiki, an option she refused to choose. While she decided an eternal sleep was better than death, she was not naive enough to deny murder may become the only solution. Using one of her fangs, she created Falchion, a weapon that would be strong enough to kill a powerful dragon should the worst happen. She entrusted it to Gotoh, a high ranking bishop and one of the eldest survivors of the divine dragon tribe, and assigned him the task of watching over Tiki and protecting humanity.

So the Great Catastrophe was finally over, with all the dragons either manaketes or dead (or in the case of the flying tribe, wyverns). Their powers were put into dragonstones and could be used to transform into dragons. However, if they stayed transformed for too long, they would start to succumb to the Great Catastrophe since it didn’t simply go away, it just ran out of victims. This is also why Nowi tells Nah in their supports that prolonged use of the dragonstone is really bad. The Great Catastrophe does affect manaketes differently than it did when they were still dragons, however. Instead of making them go insane it just flat out destroys their brains and kills them. This fate is easily averted by simply avoiding prolonged time in dragon form.

Humans were now the dominant race and had empires of their own. Many manaketes were suffering through a holocaust at the hands of the vengeful humans. After approximately 500 years of struggle, King Medeus, the sole-survivor of the earth dragon tribe, finally managed to unite enough surviving manaketes from all different tribes to create the Dolhr Empire (about 2,500 years before Awakening). Now, with a formal army of their own, they were able to efficiently protect themselves from the humans and start the rebuilding process. Having hundreds of years of wisdom and experience, they were able to rebuild a powerful empire once again. This time was different, though. Their empire was not nearly as large as before and it was no longer the dawn of man; they had finished evolving and were now prospering. Rather than try to live in peace with their new human neighbors, the manaketes wanted vengeance for what the humans did during their retaliation. The rapidly expanding Dolhr Empire began a genocide against the humans, once again enslaving them. The conditions this time around were far more brutal than they were 500 years ago, with the goal being to work the humans to death.

After the manaketes had once again reclaimed dominance, a group led by a man named Anri (of whom Marth is a descendant of) gathered an army and rose up to disband the Dolhr empire. Wielding Falchion (of which he stole), Anri managed to killed Medeus. The death of the king did not completely disband the Dolhr Empire, though as part of the post-war treaty it was reduced to a puny little nation. The intent was to not completely disband the empire; the humans did not want the manaketes to be forced to integrate into their society nor did they wish for the complete extinction of the manaketes. As much as the humans hated the manaketes, they did not wish for a sentient race to be wiped out. By allowing them to keep a tiny nation of their own it ensured the manaketes would have a place to live entirely segregated from humans while being too small to pose a real threat to the humans.

Some time passed and things were relatively peaceful, aside from some political struggles. Some kingdoms were created and others were divided. One of the most prominent divisions was when Anri’s kingdom, Altea, was split into two nations (Altea and Gra) due to an issue over inheritance when he died. Eventually, a group of scholars were experimenting with magic when a man named Gharnef became corrupted by a dark spell. No longer the intelligent, sane student he once was before, he went on to resurrect Medeus. Using his position as a human he was able to help Medeus discreetly build up the Dolhr Empire which eventually started aggressively expanding and wreaking havoc again. When the Dolhr Empire finally reached Gra and Altean soil, they stood together to face the invading manaketes. During the Dolhr invasion, Gra betrayed Altea in an attempt to gain control of both of the countries, killing King Cornelius (Hero-King Marth’s father) and stealing Falchion in the process. Marth was exiled from the nation along with a small army of loyalists which prompted him to travel from place to place building up his army and uniting nations under his command until he had an army strong enough to defeat the Dolhr Empire. Using the legendary treasures he had acquired from the various nations he had united (including the now-reclaimed Falchion and the Shield of Seals) he repeated history by impaling Medeus with Falchion, effectively killing him once again.

Gharnef managed to survive this encounter by temporarily storing his soul in the Fire Emblem gemstone darksphere (also referred to as Sable, the gem held by Plegia) and soon returned about ten years later. At this time, the amount of kingdoms that had encompassed the Continent of Archanea had been reduced to only two: Altea and the Kingdom of Archanea. The rest of the countries chose to be permanently annexed by Altea under the rule of King Marth. Gharnef managed to instigate a war between the two countries (and close allies) by using darksphere to corrupt the soul of Archanea’s emperor, Hardin. Eventually Marth and the Altean army learned of this and, after exhausting their options, were forced to kill Hardin. Altea and Archanea went on to kill Gharnef who had managed to resurrect Medeus yet again. This time Medeus was not an earth dragon, the last of his kind, but rather a twisted monstrosity referred to as a “shadow dragon.” Marth used Falchion to kill Medeus once again and while he was dying claimed that he could always return as long as there was evil in men’s hearts. Archanea then chose to officially join Altea under the rule of the hero-king Marth who saved the world from Medeus not once, but twice. Marth became the “king of kings” as the entire continent of Archanea was united as one massive country under his control.

Centuries of peace then went on, lasting for over one thousand years. It was then, 1,000 years before Awakening, that Grima came to be. The earth dragons had not simply disappeared inside the Dragon’s Table, rather they… festered. Nearly 2,000 years being imprisoned in the Dragon’s Table stewing in their own corruption made them slowly merge into one massive, evil entity: Grima. (This is where a great deal of ambiguity arises in the lore as lots of things were left unspecified, including how Grima was released from the Dragon’s Table for the first time. Either way, he was.) Naga, taking notice, took the current ruler of Archanea and renewed the strength of the Fire Emblem and Falchion through the awakening ritual, effectively creating the first Exalt. The (unnamed) first exalt defeated Grima and resealed him for another 1,000 years. It was then that everyone agreed that the newly revitalized Fire Emblem was far too powerful to be guarded in one piece by one man. This was referred to as the Schism; Archanea was separated into three different countries (Ylisse, Plegia, and Regna Ferox), each tasked with guarding one of the gemstones. To further balance things, they sent one of the gemstones overseas to the Continent of Valm where it became guarded by Chon’sin. They gave the final one to the daughter of Naga herself, Tiki, who was finally able to live freely even though the Shield of Seals lacked all five gemstones. After 2,000 years Naga had finally built up enough energy to place a blessing on the Shield of Seals that was strong enough to keep Tiki safe even without the gemstones.

A lot can change in a thousand years, however. The three countries began developing their own traditions and cultures and gradually drifted apart even though they were once the same. Eventually, one power-hungry ruler decided to invade one of the other countries in an attempt to gain more power. Of course, this was the “holy crusade” Chrom’s father launched against Plegia. Prior to this, the Grimleal was little more than a tiny cult, but since Ylisse was using their exalted status and faith in Naga as an excuse to justify the invasion, more and more Plegians joined the cult to “oppose the goddess that would send an army against them,” eventually resulting in it being the major religion of Plegia. It was after this “holy crusade” against Plegia that was ended by the death of Chrom’s father that the events of Fire Emblem Awakening happened.

As a side note, after Marth became the “hero-king” and the “king of kings,” the manaketes integrated into mainstream society. It would still take time for the wounds between manaketes and humans to heal, but Marth had proven that the two could live together in harmony. While many manaketes chose to fight for their king, Medeus, many chose to resist him and fought alongside Marth (such as Bantu and Tiki). The thing is, there were also many humans who fought for Medeus, whether as slaves or people who were promised power. It showed that they weren’t so different after all and simply acted by whatever they thought was right.

There is one more story that happened during this series, however. Sometime between the events of Shadow Dragon and Mystery of the Emblem, the side story of Fire Emblem Gaiden took place on the continent of Valentia (which became the modern day Continent of Valm).

When the Dolhr Empire was first stripped of its power, many manaketes had moved to Valentia as the people there actually worshiped manaketes as paragons. While some manaketes probably went for the hero worship, many went because they knew they could live there peacefully, exhausted from the seemingly endless conflict between humans and manaketes back on the Continent of Archanea.

Regardless, it was during this time that the two countries of Valentia went to war. The northern country, Rigel, revered the god Duma and the southern country, Zofia, revered the goddess Mila. Though the two gods are siblings, they disagreed over how humanity should led. Duma believed humanity should work towards progress and gaining power and Mila believed humanity should strive towards peace and pleasure. This resulted in Zofia being too laid back and Rigel being too strict. This made both countries start to crumble even though they were on the opposite ends of the spectrum. To try to earn victory, Duma created a Falchion of his own (Yes, there is more than one Falchion. Three to be exact.) with the intent to seal Mila in it. Though his followers were successful in defeating Mila and sealing her away in the Falchion, Alm managed to seize control of it and proceeded to defeat Duma. As both were sealed away within the Falchion and defeated, they both fell into a great slumber, one they have not awoken from yet. Before they they slipped away, they concluded that humanity needs a balance of both work and pleasure to grow great and their religions were merged into one. They entrusted Alm, the new king of the Continent of Valentia, with deciding its fate.

It seems a bit redundant to summarize the plot of Awakening as I’m sure you all know what happens there, so I’ll leave that be.

zebcusonAva Odin with Odin being a dork about trying to ask Ava out with Pedri trying to encourage him

This somehow ended up not really following the prompt at all but here you go.
Liberty taken with Pedri’s character of course since so far he’s only had like one speech bubble throughout the entire comic. Also, it was confirmed in livestream by Michelle that smoking helps Odin block Pedri out in some way so there’s that too.

- Bangs

Dark eyes watched from beneath unruly bangs of hair as Odin stared inconspicuously at a certain red haired shortie in his field of vision. Such subtle glances had been happening more and more often as of late as the older boy found himself harbouring a crush for the girl.

A good few months had passed since they first found themselves in one another’s company, and when he had slowly come to the realisation that his feelings regarding Ava were more than platonic… Well, he’d proceeded to squash them down out of sight as best he could and ignore them – much like he did with the demon constantly overlooking his shoulder.

“You’re doing it again.”

He flinched, for a moment horrified at the idea he’d been caught staring by her. “D-Doing what?”

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Fire Emblem Lore Synopsis

First things first, everything here applies strictly to the Archanea series (Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon, Fire Emblem Mystery of the Emblem, Fire Emblem Gaiden, and Fire Emblem Awakening) as the other games take place in a completely different universe with completely different lores. They use the same terminology like “manakete” and a deity named Naga, but they are completely different.

Anyways, the dragon tribes (divine, earth, ice, fire, flying, and mage) ruled the land that would become the modern day continent of Ylisse. The tribes were separate with their own rulers and such, though Naga was the “queen of queens” so to speak; the divine dragons were the leaders of the other five tribes. Each of the six tribes possessed a unique trait, like divine dragons are lethal against other dragons (hence the wyrmsbane ability on Awakening) and mage dragons were extremely resistant to magic. It’s because of the divine dragon’s racial ability that they were the dominate tribe even though their numbers were small. Humanity was more or less still living in caves when discovered by the dragon tribes. The dragons saw the potential humans had so they uplifted them, however the dragons had ulterior motives. While things were good and prosperous for the dragon tribes, the way they ruled completely alienated humans and treated them like second class citizens and even slaves. Humanity had not been uplifted by the dragons for the sake of helping another sentient species prosper, rather the dragons wanted to have slaves that were intelligent enough to comprehend their language. Not all dragons treated humans this way, though; enslaving humans and violating their human rights were illegal under Naga’s laws. The other tribes paid no heed to her, though. While the divine dragons tried their best to enforce the laws their numbers were simply too small to control every other dragon.

As with all great civilizations, The Great Dragon Empire eventually reached its climax and began to crumble. It was all started by one major event that forced the dragon tribes to take their dragon transforming ability and store it into dragonstones (thus permanently changing them from dragons to manaketes). They had no other option or else they’d go insane and be reduced to feral beasts that killed everything in sight. This was referred to as “The Great Catastrophe” and happened about 3,000 years before Awakening. The Great Catastrophe only affected dragons; humans were completely safe from it. Naga took notice of this and, along with the tribe elders, devised a solution: stop being a dragon. The elders managed to come up with the idea of removing your dragon side and putting it into a dragonstone. While this gave them a human form, they were still able to tap into their dragon sides temporarily by using the dragonstones, so other manaketes followed without question figuring it was better than decaying into savages. Other dragons that were a bit more… stubborn. They claimed they would rather become feral than become even remotely related to humans, so the term “manakete” was devised. Still, the earth dragon tribe led by King Medeus refused to do this since they still believed being even remotely related to humans was a fate worse than death. The problem with this was they were extremely numerous causing them to rival the divine dragons in power even with their wyrmsbane ability. Naga knew what this would lead to so she gave them an ultimatum: convert to manaketes or be killed before they degraded into beasts that would threaten all living creatures. They refused and the war between the divine dragons and the earth dragons had begun.

The flying dragon tribe also refused to become manaketes, though they were not reduced to savage creatures. Instead, they were reduced to modern day wyverns. They didn’t become feral killing machines presumably due to their below average intelligence (low enough to the point where they were barely considered sentient). Being wyverns made them lose the ability to revert to a human form along with many other thought processes, essentially becoming similar to horses or dogs with above average intelligence.

The ice dragons also refused to convert to manaketes, though their insignificant numbers made it so they didn’t pose that much of a threat; at least, not on the scale the earth dragons did. Eventually, every last ice dragon was hunted down and killed as they all slipped into madness.

Anyways, as the war between the divine dragons and the earth dragons raged on, the flow of battle gradually shifted. What was once a steady series of victories for the divine dragons started to change as the earth dragons become insane (aside from Medeus, who changed into a manakete without his tribe’s knowledge) and started killing everything in sight. Losing the ability to reason made them savage fighters that were unable to feel pain. Having no regard for their own lives made them able to fight until they were utterly destroyed. Countering creatures like this proved to be almost futile as they slaughtered countless humans and manaketes. As the divine dragons were the frontline troops against the feral dragon’s onslaught due to their wyrmsbane abilities they were nearly brought to extinction. During the internal struggle while the manaketes were fighting against the incredibly powerful, feral dragons, humans took advantage of the chaos. They began murdering manaketes, enslaving them, and torturing them.

The earth dragons were unstoppable, and when all hope seemed to be lost, Naga finally thought of a solution. She created the Shield of Seals (or as it’s known nowadays, the Fire Emblem) and used it to lock up all the earth dragons in the Dragon’s Table (you know, where Grima was summoned). Contrary to popular belief, the Shield of Seals possesses only two abilities: locking away the earth dragons (more or less like a key to a chest) and preventing Tiki from succumbing to the Great Catastrophe, even though she became a manakete. Once you became a manakete, you would be safe from the Great Catastrophe as long as you didn’t spend a gratuitous amount of time in dragon form. However, being the daughter of an extremely powerful dragon, this wasn’t enough to save Tiki even after she became a manakete. Her reverting to a manakete was enough to slow down the degradation long enough for Naga to devise this solution but it was not enough to completely protect her the same way it did the others. With the Shield of Seals’ protection, complete with all five gemstones, Tiki was supposed to be safe. To protect herself, Naga “killed” herself. She didn’t actually die, of course, rather created some sort of realm for herself to exist in. That’s why Naga isn’t there in person on Awakening, but rather as a spirit.

Sadly, this solace did not last for Tiki. The Shield of Seals was eventually stolen by a man named Adrah who removed the five gems, sold them, and used the money to raise an army that continuously grew until he was able to unite the scattered remains of the Great Dragon Empire. He named his new kingdom the “Kingdom of Archanea.” Since the Shield of Seals was gone and its five gemstones (Azure, Vert, Gules, Sable, Argent) were removed, Tiki began to succumb to the madness again. If Tiki withered into a feral dragon, her strength would rival Grima’s. While Naga was no longer walking amongst the people she had not left the world. She took notice of Tiki’s condition and decided to put her into an eternal sleep. It pained her to do so, but her only other option was to kill Tiki, an option she refused to choose. While she decided an eternal sleep was better than death, she was not naive enough to deny murder may become the only solution. Using one of her fangs, she created Falchion, a weapon that would be strong enough to kill a powerful dragon should the worst happen. She entrusted it to Gotoh, a high ranking bishop and one of the eldest survivors of the divine dragon tribe, and assigned him the task of watching over Tiki and protecting humanity. 

So the Great Catastrophe was finally over, with all the dragons either manaketes or dead (or in the case of the flying tribe, wyverns). Their powers were put into dragonstones and could be used to transform into dragons. However, if they stayed transformed for too long, they would start to succumb to the Great Catastrophe since it didn’t simply go away, it just ran out of victims. This is also why Nowi tells Nah in their supports that prolonged use of the dragonstone is really bad. The Great Catastrophe does affect manaketes differently than it did when they were still dragons, however. Instead of making them go insane it just flat out destroys their brains and kills them. This fate is easily averted by simply avoiding prolonged time in dragon form.

Humans were now the dominant race and had empires of their own. Many manaketes were suffering through a holocaust at the hands of the vengeful humans. After approximately 500 years of struggle, King Medeus, the sole-survivor of the earth dragon tribe, finally managed to unite enough surviving manaketes from all different tribes to create the Dolhr Empire (about 2,500 years before Awakening). Now, with a formal army of their own, they were able to efficiently protect themselves from the humans and start the rebuilding process. Having hundreds of years of wisdom and experience, they were able to rebuild a powerful empire once again. This time was different, though. Their empire was not nearly as large as before and it was no longer the dawn of man; they had finished evolving and were now prospering. Rather than try to live in peace with their new human neighbors, the manaketes wanted vengeance for what the humans did during their retaliation. The rapidly expanding Dolhr Empire began a genocide against the humans, once again enslaving them. The conditions this time around were far more brutal than they were 500 years ago, with the goal being to work the humans to death.

After the manaketes had once again reclaimed dominance, a group led by a man named Anri (of whom Marth is a descendant of) gathered an army and rose up to disband the Dolhr empire. Wielding Falchion (of which he stole), Anri managed to killed Medeus. The death of the king did not completely disband the Dolhr Empire, though as part of the post-war treaty it was reduced to a puny little nation. The intent was to not completely disband the empire; the humans did not want the manaketes to be forced to integrate into their society nor did they wish for the complete extinction of the manaketes. As much as the humans hated the manaketes, they did not wish for a sentient race to be wiped out. By allowing them to keep a tiny nation of their own it ensured the manaketes would have a place to live entirely segregated from humans while being too small to pose a real threat to the humans.

Some time passed and things were relatively peaceful, aside from some political struggles. Some kingdoms were created and others were divided. One of the most prominent divisions was when Anri’s kingdom, Altea, was split into two nations (Altea and Gra) due to an issue over inheritance when he died. Eventually, a group of scholars were experimenting with magic when a man named Gharnef became corrupted by a dark spell. No longer the intelligent, sane student he once was before, he went on to resurrect Medeus. Using his position as a human he was able to help Medeus discreetly build up the Dolhr Empire which eventually started aggressively expanding and wreaking havoc again. When the Dolhr Empire finally reached Gra and Altean soil, they stood together to face the invading manaketes. During the Dolhr invasion, Gra betrayed Altea in an attempt to gain control of both of the countries, killing King Cornelius (Hero-King Marth’s father) and stealing Falchion in the process. Marth was exiled from the nation along with a small army of loyalists which prompted him to travel from place to place building up his army and uniting nations under his command until he had an army strong enough to defeat the Dolhr Empire. Using the legendary treasures he had acquired from the various nations he had united (including the now-reclaimed Falchion and the Shield of Seals) he repeated history by impaling Medeus with Falchion, effectively killing him once again.

Gharnef managed to survive this encounter by temporarily storing his soul in the Fire Emblem gemstone darksphere (also referred to as Sable, the gem held by Plegia) and soon returned about ten years later. At this time, the amount of kingdoms that had encompassed the Continent of Archanea had been reduced to only two: Altea and the Kingdom of Archanea. The rest of the countries chose to be permanently annexed by Altea under the rule of King Marth. Gharnef managed to instigate a war between the two countries (and close allies) by using darksphere to corrupt the soul of Archanea’s emperor, Hardin. Eventually Marth and the Altean army learned of this and, after exhausting their options, were forced to kill Hardin. Altea and Archanea went on to kill Gharnef who had managed to resurrect Medeus yet again. This time Medeus was not an earth dragon, the last of his kind, but rather a twisted monstrosity referred to as a “shadow dragon.” Marth used Falchion to kill Medeus once again and while he was dying claimed that he could always return as long as there was evil in men’s hearts. Archanea then chose to officially join Altea under the rule of the hero-king Marth who saved the world from Medeus not once, but twice. Marth became the “king of kings” as the entire continent of Archanea was united as one massive country under his control.

Centuries of peace then went on, lasting for over one thousand years. It was then, 1,000 years before Awakening, that Grima came to be. The earth dragons had not simply disappeared inside the Dragon’s Table, rather they… festered. Nearly 2,000 years being imprisoned in the Dragon’s Table stewing in their own corruption made them slowly merge into one massive, evil entity: Grima. (This is where a great deal of ambiguity arises in the lore as lots of things were left unspecified, including how Grima was released from the Dragon’s Table for the first time. Either way, he was.) Naga, taking notice, took the current ruler of Archanea and renewed the strength of the Fire Emblem and Falchion through the awakening ritual, effectively creating the first Exalt. The (unnamed) first exalt defeated Grima and resealed him for another 1,000 years. It was then that everyone agreed that the newly revitalized Fire Emblem was far too powerful to be guarded in one piece by one man. This was referred to as the Schism; Archanea was separated into three different countries (Ylisse, Plegia, and Regna Ferox), each tasked with guarding one of the gemstones. To further balance things, they sent one of the gemstones overseas to the Continent of Valm where it became guarded by Chon’sin. They gave the final one to the daughter of Naga herself, Tiki, who was finally able to live freely even though the Shield of Seals lacked all five gemstones. After 2,000 years Naga had finally built up enough energy to place a blessing on the Shield of Seals that was strong enough to keep Tiki safe even without the gemstones.

A lot can change in a thousand years, however. The three countries began developing their own traditions and cultures and gradually drifted apart even though they were once the same. Eventually, one power-hungry ruler decided to invade one of the other countries in an attempt to gain more power. Of course, this was the “holy crusade” Chrom’s father launched against Plegia. Prior to this, the Grimleal was little more than a tiny cult, but since Ylisse was using their exalted status and faith in Naga as an excuse to justify the invasion, more and more Plegians joined the cult to “oppose the goddess that would send an army against them,” eventually resulting in it being the major religion of Plegia. It was after this “holy crusade” against Plegia that was ended by the death of Chrom’s father that the events of Fire Emblem Awakening happened.

As a side note, after Marth became the “hero-king” and the “king of kings,” the manaketes integrated into mainstream society. It would still take time for the wounds between manaketes and humans to heal, but Marth had proven that the two could live together in harmony. While many manaketes chose to fight for their king, Medeus, many chose to resist him and fought alongside Marth (such as Bantu and Tiki). The thing is, there were also many humans who fought for Medeus, whether as slaves or people who were promised power. It showed that they weren’t so different after all and simply acted by whatever they thought was right.

There is one more story that happened during this series, however. Sometime between the events of Shadow Dragon and Mystery of the Emblem, the side story of Fire Emblem Gaiden took place on the continent of Valentia (which became the modern day Continent of Valm).

When the Dolhr Empire was first stripped of its power, many manaketes had moved to Valentia as the people there actually worshiped manaketes as paragons. While some manaketes probably went for the hero worship, many went because they knew they could live there peacefully, exhausted from the seemingly endless conflict between humans and manaketes back on the Continent of Archanea.

Regardless, it was during this time that the two countries of Valentia went to war. The northern country, Rigel, revered the god Duma and the southern country, Zofia, revered the goddess Mila. Though the two gods are siblings, they disagreed over how humanity should led. Duma believed humanity should work towards progress and gaining power and Mila believed humanity should strive towards peace and pleasure. This resulted in Zofia being too laid back and Rigel being too strict. This made both countries start to crumble even though they were on the opposite ends of the spectrum. To try to earn victory, Duma created a Falchion of his own (Yes, there is more than one Falchion. Three to be exact.) with the intent to seal Mila in it. Though his followers were successful in defeating Mila and sealing her away in the Falchion, Alm managed to seize control of it and proceeded to defeat Duma. As both were sealed away within the Falchion and defeated, they both fell into a great slumber, one they have not awoken from yet. Before they they slipped away, they concluded that humanity needs a balance of both work and pleasure to grow great and their religions were merged into one. They entrusted Alm, the new king of the Continent of Valentia, with deciding its fate.

It seems a bit redundant to summarize the plot of Awakening as I’m sure you all know what happens there, so I’ll leave that be.

So You Just Finished The Sabotage Arc: A First Aid Kit To Help You Move On With Your Suddenly Meaningless Life

Meta:

How Did We Even Get To This Point?

Pt II

Pt. III

Barriss Why - If you skipped the Umbara arc, I highly recommend watching it. And remembering that, canonically (there’s a brief shot of her in a starfighter in the intro) Barriss was there for this.

Ahsoka Was Never Meant To Be Involved. This is less a theory and more “made explicit by the episode itself”. She wasn’t even on the planet and there was literally no reason to suspect she would become connected to the investigation at all. Barriss physically could not have planned that; Anakin and Ahsoka were chosen at random.

Basically Barriss Offee Is A Master Of The Sunk-Cost Fallacy

But Like Don’t Get Me Wrong She Fucked Up Hard


Fic Featuring Barriss’ Betrayal:

Pity

REPUBLIC HOLDING FACILITY EPSILON
CELL BLOCK A5-348
VISITOR ADMITTED: [Jedi Master Luminara Unduli] 

Reforging

But the blade was broken and its light was extinguished.

Or: Barriss wakes up in the dark.

And None Of It Seems To Matter - I wasn’t sure which section to put this in, as it’s a single-point canon divergence, but I decided this was the most appropriate.

“There’s going to be an attack on the Temple. Tomorrow, at eleven hundred hours. A bomb in the hangar bay.”

Barriss Offee had no idea what fate she averted for herself or her friend Ahsoka Tano when she stopped her planned attack on the Jedi Temple before it started. But her actions will still have far-reaching consequences—for both of them.


Happy Fic So You Can Forget The Pain And Learn To Heal:

The One Where Barriss Is A Model Padawan And It’s Kind Of Freaking Everyone Out - aka The Curry Fic. 

“I wrote her a schedule for our time here the morning after we landed. Classes. Study time. Blocks for meditation. Training and exercise sessions. Even a lights-out restriction. Everything. She’s following it, Quin.“ Luminara’s voice was tinged with desperation. “To the letter.”

“…Oh,” said Obi-Wan after a long moment. “Well. That’s… not normal.”

Kobayashi Maru

One day, you will not be able to surrender.

The Best-Laid Plans

Barriss is trying very hard.

Or: Five Times Barriss Offee Was In The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time Despite Her Best Efforts, And One Time She Accidentally Turned The Tables And Really Wished She Hadn’t.

And then this link to an outline of the coffeeshop AU I’m gonna finish once I’m done with my essay on Gilgamesh I swear

EDIT: I wrote the thing.

Contrasts: The best Mirialan webcomic ever. I mean I think it’s also the ONLY Mirialan webcomic out there but like. Look it’s amazing and you should read it.

Time Loop Demons

A looper demon will look for a likely victim; preferring mortals of the heroic, wilful, stubborn or highly tenacious variety. They study their victim for weeks or months on end and look for weaknesses.

Then they setup a way to lure them towards a semi-remote location with some form of physical limitation on the outside, generally along with various other people, loved ones, friends, maybe some enemies or acquaintances.

Then they cause a series of unfortunate events, manipulating thoughts, illusionary sights, arranging accidents, pushing others to kill each other. All throughout the span of a single night

Making sure to leave their intended victim as the last survivor, then they appear, with an offer:

“You have met with a  terrible fate have you? But dear child I offer you a way out. To undo all that’s happened. But first I want to play a game. The clock shall turn back to when the moon rose and your fellows shall rise again, no memory, no injury. A clean start for all including you, but your mind shall remind unchanged”

“ Here is my game; Save your fellows before Sunrise and you may avert your fate, but fail and it shall all begin again.”

“Defeat me and you may go with your fellows.”

“But if at Sunrise you have failed I shall stand before you and offer you the option of surrender or to try again.”

“Surrender and you’re soul is mine, and your friends may pass over, refuse and you may continue until you find the answer.”

“Do we have a deal?”

Of course such a highly specialised is good at short term Temporal manipulation and apt on a general level with most forms of manipulation.

When they are in the middle of a looping cycle they have an incredibly powerful source of power fuelled by the deaths, the emotion, the trapped souls and the stubbornness of the main victim and the subsequent emotions from the victim slowly going mad.

A swirling localized vortex of death, despair and emotion.

Of course this also means that these locations are their weak points, If someone can enter the temporal loop.  They can cause the entire thing to unbalance by introducing unknowns into the entire problem crafted by the looper demon

The other solution is that the main Victim is able to actually beat the demon, an almost impossible proposition since the Demon holds all the cards.

Just imagine… The Possibilities

Also Looper Demons react badly if they see someone who isn’t supposed to be there within their loop

The Truth of the Ultimate Sacrifice

When considering the act of the ultimate sacrifice in the most biblical sense, we immediately think of the sacrifice of a single life to save the souls of the masses. When we learned that the act of closing the Gates of Hell was ordained by God to be the ultimate sacrifice, we assumed that the cost of saving the world from demonic intervention would be Sam Winchester’s life.

But what if the assumption is wrong? Metatron planted that assumption in the viewers minds, yes, but does that make it truth? Failing to complete the Third Trial came with the price tag of death, a fate that was averted by angelic possession. So if the cost of not completing the Trials was death, then perhaps the sacrifice of successfully closing the Gates was something else - something greater than life itself.

If Sam were to cure Dean in order to restore his soul, he would effectively be completing the Third Trial, making the ultimate sacrifice to save his brother. But what does it mean?

Killing Dick sent Dean straight to Purgatory - a realm in which he was stripped of everything but his instincts to survive and to hunt. To hunt for the missing piece that resonated Dean’s every inch of human emotion.

When Metatron cut Castiel’s Grace out of him, he and the angels were cast down to Earth and the Gates were locked behind them. In the act of closing the Gates of Heaven, humanity was bestowed upon Castiel.

The destruction of the Angel Tablet - the weapon that gave power to a False God intent on the annihilation of mankind - marked the destruction of Dean Winchester’s humanity.

It’s not about life. Any being can live a life. Any being can wrap themselves in the banner of impiety and irreverence and still live a life. Dean can embrace his demon, can exalt a life lived to the fullest drenched in satire and blasphemy. But it’s only a half-life, for without connections, without emotion, without the basest human need to want and to feel and to love - there is no true life. That is what makes you human.

Humanity - The ultimate sacrifice and the most sacred gift.

It’s always been about being human. It’s always been about sacrificing what makes you human to save humanity - whether it be for the world or just one guy.

If the price of restoring Dean’s humanity is the subversion of Sam’s, then we truly are back to the beginning - back to the origin of the Winchester Brothers, dating back to Cain and Abel.

Cain made a choice to save his brother from the grasp of Devil himself - Abel’s soul in Heaven for his soul in Hell.

John Winchester’s last words to Dean were that if he couldn’t save Sam’s soul, he would have to kill him.

The Servant of Heaven and the Prince of Hell.

The sacrifice of humanity to save a brother’s soul.

HANNIBAL EMMY WATCH: MADS MIKKELSEN

“[Hannibal Lecter] serves as the perfect vessel for American audiences to get a healthy dose of the classically trained actor’s typically formidable onscreen persona: oft-understated, steely-eyed, slithering. Mikkelsen is the rare breed of actor able to accomplish as much with his body or eyes — a slight nod or a subtle wink — as one of Lecter’s trademark Shakespearian soliloquies.” – Dan Hyman, Rolling Stone

Few actors would dare take on the iconic role of Hannibal Lecter; it had been perfectly done by Sir Anthony Hopkins in an Oscar-winning performance. But few actors are on par with Mads Mikkelsen, whose turn as cannibalistic forensic psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter has been submitted for Emmy consideration for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Hannibal.

In Season 2 of nbchannibal viewers saw Hannibal as both hunter and hunted, and yet even as the noose was tightened around his neck, he remained unflappable. Many fans of Hannibal have expressed surprise that they have fallen under the spell of a character they know to be so evil, but Mads Mikkelsen is that good. Although you know you shouldn’t love his Hannibal, you can’t really help yourself. Even after learning that Hannibal killed one of the show’s beloved main characters, many viewers remained firmly entrenched on Team Hannibal.

Look away for even a moment and you’ve missed something special in Mads’ delivery. His subtlety is a marvel to behold. And when he demonstrates his elegant athleticism in action sequences such as the blood bath of the Season 2 finale, we are left wondering if it could possibly get any better. But it does: when Mads shares the screen with Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, we are left hoping their inevitable fate can somehow be averted. In two seasons, Mads has systematically constructed a performance on par with Hopkins’ Lecter. For that he deserves Emmy gold.

Join us in encouraging the Television Academy to recognize the incredible work of Mads Mikkelsen with an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

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“There’s going to be an attack on the Temple. Tomorrow, at eleven hundred hours. A bomb in the hangar bay.”

Barriss Offee had no idea what fate she averted for herself or her friend Ahsoka Tano when she stopped her planned attack on the Jedi Temple before it started. But her actions will still have far-reaching consequences—for both of them.

REDONE

This group functions as kind of a weird character in comparison to the rest of the Marvel/Capcom cast, Lynne herself is the actual character, it’s her hitbox and normal moves but the spirits of Sissel and Missile follow her around stage unseen, possessing and manipulating objects that make up most of her special moves. Aside from her special moves, Sissel and Missile can also be heard in her intro and outro quotes as well as miscellaneously in some attacks.

Gameplay wise, this group functions as kind of a weird character. Lynne is a projectile character, and many of her projectiles have high priority, but most also have odd attributes which make them slightly harder to predict, in addition most of her harder hitting moves only work closer to the opponent, her two level 1s are highly situational but also incredibly useful in their respective situations.

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