general guidance

gemcat-warrior  asked:

Any tips on drawing male muscular bodies like what you did with Male!Holly blue agate?

Well with masculine bodies (I am no expert on anatomy) it generally tends to be more broader and square-shaped rather than feminine bodies which tend to be more curved.

(These are really quick sketches) On the left is a more feminine figure where curves make the hips and legs slightly more protruding, whereas on the right the masculine build puts more emphasis on broad shoulders and would make the whole torso slightly triangle shaped.

With Holly Blue she already has a somewhat masculine build, so I didn’t need to change very much body-wise apart from making everything look just a tiny bit more ‘full’, if that makes sense (basically Holly Blue but more buff). The face however is what I changed the most, for example:

(This is all really general guidance though, not exact for every character!)

Apps for Service Dog Training

A list of useful apps for those of you who are training your own Service Dogs (or are just looking for some cool apps to help with your SD). I only have an iPhone, and I am unsure if these are on both IOS and Android, however I suspect most of these are or there is at least a similar one. (This will be updated as I find more apps).

- Riley

  • Nagdu - While this app was created for the National Association of Guide Dog Users, it is helpful for anyone with a service dog. It has the entirety of the ADA Service Dog section, individual State Laws, and general guidance with things like hotels, restaurents, and other places of buisness. Free
  • BringFido - This  allows you to find pet friendly hotels, restaurants, parks, beaches, and tons more. You can also book your hotel, look up their pet policy, and use filters to find the hotels that would best fit your dog. Super useful for dogs who are not 100% PA trained and are not protected by state laws - do some training and be a little less anxious about it. Free
  • Pet Coach - App that connects you to dog trainers, vets, and nutritionists if you have questions about troubleshooting problems or ensuring that your pup is maintaining a proper weight. Free
  • iClicker - Self explanatory: Sometimes you forget your clicker in a moment of brain fog or you simply don’t want to bring a physical clicker with you. iClicker is simple - just press the clicker button and have your volume on. Free

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genericlifeform  asked:

I'm fairly new to the Vikings (it all started with an icelandic geology obsession) and found a short but interesting article about runestones. Shortly after I tried to find out more about runestones placed in iceland and had to learn to my disappointment that there are none. Now to my question which is I guess easy to answer. Why is that, why has iceland not even one of those fascinating and beautiful artifacts?

Velkomin(n), vinur minn!
(Welcome, my friend!)

The answer may seem straightforward, but the question you ask is actually an important one to consider. Before I continue, though, I would like to invite @thorraborinn for the opportunity to have him chime in for us later. He is far more familiar with runes than I am, so I can assure you that he will have more insight to offer. I highly recommend going to him first in these matters, in the future.

The best way to understand runestones is not as a stable, consistent cultural element, but rather as a trend (or even technology) within a larger, greatly ambiguous culture. Think of it like this: runes are like the characters that make up the words that I have written (which you are now reading), but I have ‘written’ them digitally. Now, this example speaks more to technology, but even this can align with the element of choice in what medium I have selected for my writing. For example, I could have handwritten this response and scanned it into a digital image instead. Material choice for rune carving could be seen as having been quite similar, in that material was a part of a choice (and even innovation) that had to spread from a certain place before being widely used.

There are other factors as well, of course, such as availability of material and practicality, but I do not feel that those aspects justly answer this inquiry, at least not by themselves. Instead, I think the best way to illustrate the inconsistency of runestones is to consider where they are and when (roughly) they were erected. Such an approach illustrates that each region of Scandinavia experienced runestones at different rates and times. Rather than paraphrasing it myself, I will quote directly from Michael P. Barnes’ Runes: A Handbook, which is not for the specialist, but helpful enough for understanding general patterns and practices:

“Although typological classification of this kind cannot reveal the age of individual rune-stones, it can offer reasonable guidance to general trends and developments. … On the basis it has been concluded that relatively few were raised during the first 200 years or so of the Viking Age. After c. 900 the practice takes off in Jutland, and for the next 100–150 years commemorative stones are commissioned and produced at a steady rate in various parts of Denmark. The age of the rune-stone in Sweden is roughly the eleventh century, with large numbers emanating from some areas, fewer or virtually none (apparently) from others. Norway, which has the greatest concentration of pre-Viking Age rune-stones, can only muster a few from the Viking Age itself. It is difficult to say whether there was a continuous tradition of rune-stone raising in Norway, or whether the custom died out and was reintroduced, but either way the Norwegians seem never to have joined the scramble to erect runic monuments in which their Scandinavian neighbors were for a time involved.”(1)

It is that final point that I would like to discuss further. Based on these findings, the general region of Norway did not experience runestones to the same extent that the regions of Denmark and Sweden had during the Viking Age. We could spend some time asking ourselves why this was the case, but such a discussion would take us away from the main question that we seek to answer. To risk simplifying the situation into a concise statement or reason, Iceland does not have runestones because Norway never quite embraced the runestone ‘trend’ like their neighbors had. This is largely a result of the understanding that the majority of Icelandic settlement came from Norway, which resulted in the general importation of ‘Norwegian’ practices (and non-practices) to the island. Since Norway was not so actively engaged in the art of runestones during the Viking Age, when Iceland was being settled (c. 870-930), the practice does not seem to have crossed over. Had Iceland been settled from another region in Scandinavia, we would have seen a fairly different Iceland.

So, generally speaking, the reason for Iceland not having runestones is largely due to the fact that Norse culture was not centralized, unified, or absolute, and that the runestone itself was only a single ‘movement’ within a larger, ambiguous, and constantly changing culture. Denmark dove into the trend during the Viking Age, but Norway had much less interest in them by then. Time and place, then, are key factors to keep in mind. My reasoning for answering this question with such detail (and perhaps over-complication) is to illustrate a larger lesson that not only pertains to runestones, but to culture in general, which I hope I have done.

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask. I am happy to clarify or even ramble about other related things. Also, do make sure to stay on the lookout for Thorraborinn’s contribution. I am sure that he will have more to contribute! In the meantime, I hope that I have done the subject reasonable justice (as a non-specialist in runes).

Friður sé með yður.
(Peace be with you.)
— Fjorn

_________________________
ENDNOTES:
1.  Michael P. Barnes, Runes: A Handbook (Suffolk, UK: Boydell Press, 2012), 67.

Forget about what the fancy, hotshot business books tell you about networking. You want in? Then quit waiting for an invitation and just show up. Pay the $35 for parking. It’s worth it.

That’s what I did. By afternoon I was wandering around the company’s outdoor campus like I worked there.

I approached a group of young professionals.

“Late lunch?”

“Not really,” said one woman and the others laughed.

“Oh well I guess I forgot it was daylight savings today!” I shouted sarcastically. 

I yanked my watch off and spun the dial an hour earlier and then held it out for everyone at the table to see.

“There!” I shouted. “You’re SOOOOOO right! What a perfectly reasonable time to have lunch! What on earth was I thinking!?”

“Hey, calm down man.”

But I was SO mad! I took the loose watch and began whipping myself in the head with it until the smallest trickle of blood could be seen running down my face.

A few minutes later, the entire group was gone. I tried to follow them inside the building, but you need one of those electronic key cards.

“Robert,” I told the security guard.

“That doesn’t mean anything.”

“Then Gene is my name.”

“Do you have an appointment?”

“My name is Bobert, then. Like formal Bob.”

But the security guard refused.

To make it all worse, I forgot to change my watch back to the correct time so I missed a really important job interview. I probably could have still made the interview, but it was going to be close and I decided it wasn’t worth it to drive all that way if I was going to be late.

“What is it that these big time, wealthy CEOs have that I don’t?” I wondered and by midnight, I had the answer: Luck.

I just had an amazing experience after being contacted by a follower with an inquiry to speak with their spirit guides and channel them in an intuitive reading. I loved it and felt safe and confident while doing so, and they suggested that I offer these through tumblr too! I’d love to, since apparently this is something they expressed the community here has an interest with. 

The guides that I worked through here and during Reiki treatments have come through very strongly and I’ve really loved getting to know all this spirits that come in light. 

What Is A Spirit Guide/Spirit Reading?

  • I’ll speak with your guide(s) and channel/reiterate what they share with me to a typed PDF that I’ll give you. 
  • They can provide advice, insights to your energy, and answer a myriad of questions that you might have! I’m fully open to whatever you ask, I’ll ask them on your behalf. 
  • It seems like these also have the potential to deepen your connection to your guides. 

What Beings Can I Ask You to Contact?

  • Spirit Guides and Guardians
  • Twin flames, soul mates
  • Animal spirits
  • Past loved ones, ancestors, etc.
  • Angels, demons, fae, elementals, etc. any “species” is fine
  • You Higher Self or the Higher Selves of others

Cost/Details:

  • They’ll be in PDF, typed 12 pt font, single spaced, dialogue and paragraph form
  • Shielding takes a lot of energy, so these are $25 per page.
  • Recommended 1 page per guide, at least! (The original person did 1.5 pages per guide and both guides shared the space and talked together).
  • Up to 5 pages at a time. 
  • Payment is through paypal, I’ll send you an invoice through email after you order. The invoice can be paid through any paypal account or through a debit/credit card! There aren’t any additional fees, unless you need to convert currency to the US dollar (there may be in some, but not all, instances). Fees, in that case, are usually less than 5% the total cost. 

To Order One: 

Send me an email to sopherielspeaks@gmail.com with this information:

  • Legal name (for organization)
  • Preferred name and your pronouns
  • Number of pages requested
  • Guide’s names/info: this includes anything you’re willing to share (that’s helpful for me to better pick up on their energy), their name (if you know it), their demeanor (a heads up is nice), and their pronouns (to refer to them correctly in the reading). 
  • The questions you have for them: This can range from life advice, meditation guidance, energy work, questions about past lives and present life, general guidance, mental and physical concerns (within reason, just from a spiritual stance, not as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment), etc. Ask whatever you want! I’ll let you know if I can’t ask your guides that or if they won’t answer it. 

Additional info: 

  • If I’m not comfortable with the specific spirit, I do reserve to right to decline your request for a reading. I’ll know this before you pay the invoice and speak with your guides to ask if they’re open to this reading. If I’m on the fence about a spirit or feel that I’ll need to do some really in-depth shielding, I might ask for an additional $5-10 for the time and energy it will take. Also, I want to make sure the spirit guides themselves have the opportunity to consent to these readings, so I’ll briefly speak with them from a distance before sending you the payment invoice. 
  • If you don’t know your guide’s names or identities, I can do my best to speak with them and find out, but no guarantees! It’s easy to ask for a spirit when I know their name. But I can ask “could I please speak to the guide of (your name)” and see what comes forth. If nothing arises, we can work out a refund. 
  • This channeling doesn’t include any form of possession, just listening and recording. No energy exchanges either, so there’s little risk to me or to your guides! 

Any questions, feel free to ask! I look forwards to doing more of these if you all are interested. Also any promos/signal boosting is more than welcome too–since it was mentioned that others are interested. :)

Tarotscopes Week 9/25—10/1

Aries: Ace of Wands

This card embodies the flash of creative energy that can start a raging inferno. It exhibits the potential that lies in each and every one of us to create, to begin and to start anew.

Aries, this week is the week to act! This is something you are naturally good at. New opportunities will be presented for you to move forward; taking up a new class, creating works of art, following your passions are highlighted here. Do it. Whatever it is that you’re passionate about, go for it. This is the beginning. All the steps will reveal themselves as you move forward.

Taurus: 4 of Pentacles

Manage your resources wisely. 

This is a card of both positive and negatives in regards to abundance, Taurus. We know you love money, we know you love nice things. But what this card is telling you is to remember that there is more to life than just money, and nice things. If you’ve been hoarding your money recently, give back to those who need it, even treat yourself. The four tells us that what we put out will come back.

However if you have been spending a lot on yourself recently, now is the time to pull in the reigns. Know that your worth isn’t defined by the materials you surround yourself. 

Gemini: 3 of Swords

The Three of Swords represents rejection, sadness, loneliness, heartbreak, betrayal, separation and grief. The heart has been broken and so has your mind. In relationships, this card often foretells the end, either by separation or sudden departure. Arguments, harsh words, or general conflicts will leave a bitter taste at the end. 

The three of swords reminds you, Gemini, to learn from the pain surrounding you, to learn from your mistakes, and use this to overcome any obstacles in your way. Though things may seem bleak right now, you have strong mental power, and you can use that to overcome any harshness coming your way…

However…miscommunication and misunderstandings are going to surround you…so maybe just really think before you say something you’ll regret later.

Cancer: 3 of Pentacles

Hard work and determination will be the source of rewards. Follow your passion when it comes to what you do professionally. If you’re heart is in what you do, than you will succeed through what you create. This card is all about expressing your creativity outward. You have so much untapped skill and talent within yourself and now is the time to let it out!

The three is here to tell you, Cancer, to encourage you, to follow your dreams. Invest time in what you truly want to do, and the rewards will not be far off. Do not disillusionment to block you, you are capable and you will make it happen.

What you create now will have lasting results that you will be proud of.

Leo: Death

Time to let go Leo. Death represents the end of a cycle, and the entrance into a period of transformation. Trying to hold on to something that has ended is just going to cause you more trouble. Change is inevitable. But Death promises that something new, something better will rise from the ashes. 

Virgo: King of Swords

The king of swords has come by to tell you that now is the time to allow logic to rule your judgments, something you’re a natural at, Virgo. Whatever the case may be, it’s time to take the lead and leave your personal views at home. 

However, as the court cards tend to represent people in your life; if you’re feeling a little lost, or need some guidance in general, consult the king of swords in your life. 

Libra: King of Wands

Lead your life with intent. The king is goal oriented, he knows how to take a plan and fully execute it. The king wants you, Libra, to stick to whatever you’ve got planned out and give it your all.  The King of Wands also suggests that an opportunity is presenting itself to you, and you now have the power to accept the opportunity and take on the challenge. Now is the time for action with intent, Libra. Get your notebook, make your checklist, and make shit happen.

Scorpio: 9 of Swords

This card can embody painful relationships riddled with mind games, horrible workmates, or neighbors who taunt you, or friends who turn on you or belittle you. The air of negativity that surrounds you forces you to react badly. 

However, Scorpio, what the nine is saying is that these feelings are a lot more internal, than external, meaning, take another look and see if this is truly happening, or if a lot of it has been influenced by your own fears of it actually happening. Most of the times, its more so caused by constant worry over the future,  which creates a self fulfilling prophecy of negativity based off your expectations Remember, you have the natural power to dissect people and situations and get right down to the truth…and your own mind can get to you.

Stop being so hard on yourself. What can you do to make yourself feel better?

Sagittarius: 3 of Cups 

For you, lucky Sagittarius, this is a week of celebration. You’re likely to hear news worth being excited over. The environment around you in general will be happier; friends and work colleagues will be happier, and families will have joyous occasions to celebrate (this is a water card, so it could even be about a new baby or a marriage).

Though you may have been feeling down recently, or even still do, the three has come around to give you something to feel grateful for. To lighten your mood, even just a little.

Capricorn: The High Priestess

The High Priestess represents that voice inside of all of us that calls us to heed our intuition, to follow gut feelings, read the signs, and pay attention to our dreams.  Your experiencing changes in your life, and that’s okay. Right now your life there are probably a few situations you’ve been trying to balance out, or to fix through logical pathways, but you keep hitting a wall. 

Take some time out listen to your inner voice, the path to move forward is not through logic, but with intuition. 

Aquarius: 4 of Wands

Your life will be a calm pool with stillness covering its surface. The fires that burn around you will be steady, bringing fruition to your life. Creativity will blossom. New reasons to celebrate will soon be brought to the forefront of your life. Now is a time to be grateful. Now is a time to celebrate and enjoy your life.

Pisces: 5 of Cups

The five of cups tends to represent disappointment. Things didn’t go your way despite you greatest attempts. But instead of moving forward you’re crying over spilled milk. 

Every cloud has a silver lining. And though three out of the five cups have fallen over, two still stand. These two remind you that the past is the past, and all you can do is learn from it, let go, and move forward all the wiser. All the stronger. Forgive yourself.

University advice - 14 tips

I hope everyone got their results and smashed them. No doubt, if you smashed your A levels/BTEC /or anything else you are destined for good things, but don’t let that play you.

A few things before we get to the core of the matter:

This sounds like a cliché but the reality is, that paper with your results does not really decide what is coming for you. You are going to end up where you were meant to be anyway. Now we have put this out of the way. Let’s clear up the air.

University degrees varies in accordance with the university and course you enroll in but the following will be based on general guidance. If you do good on these general terms you will learn and adapt for the rest of the curveballs that University life throws at you.

So to address the first year of university. (in reality, this is all you need)

You will have a lot of time on your hands. Free time. Make use of that free-time. Do something productive alongside your university (see tip 10). Unless you have aced your A Levels with A*s you will still need to do some work to get 1st Class in the first year.   

Your first year is the most important as opposed to those who say that first year doesn’t count (which is mostly true). However, your first year will directly affect your second year and you know the story after that.

Now for the tips:

1.Take your work seriously from day one.  

2. Make loads of work “friends” – meaning people in your course, don’t discriminate. Keep people at a distance but make friends.

3. Get to know people who are in higher years from your course. This is essential.

4. Get involved in ISOC (for Muslims) helps in deen and work. Also make sure to join a work related society Ie: Those who take Pharmacy, join the Pharmacy society.

5. Make connections with your lecturers (email them about every little thing, pester them with great pestering).

6. Make yourself known/loud and clear to the lecturers

7.  Attend lectures. Every damn lecture. Get into this habit. I can’t stress this enough.

8. Go over lecture notes before you attend them. Keys of abundance success.

9. Stay away from people who socialise too much. Know your aim is different.

10. Befriend people who spend time working hard (They will help you in assignments and encourage you – the former reason is better and more realistic).

11. Be active in your university with the Student Union or other governing bodies etc as this will help with your applications in the second/third year for greater things (such as Ms/PhDs). That’s why I said do something alongside your degree during the first year since you have time on your hands.

12. Control how you spend money. You don’t have to buy new text books, get second hand/PDFs or from higher year students (since you are already friends with them due to tip 3 and 4 :)).

13. know that these 3 years are but a few fleeting moments, and these short years is the BEST time to develop yourself - whether that is public speaking, communication skills, seeking religious knowledge. Nowhere in life will you find this opportunity again

14. Worship your Lord. Study hard. Have fun. Be cool.

That is it, guys. Hopefully, it’s realistic and doable aims. 

You can always ask if anything needs clarification.

What Is A Spirit Guide/Spirit Reading?

  • I’ll speak with your guide(s) or a spirit you choose and channel what they share with me by typing what they say.
  • They can provide advice, insights to your energy, and answer a myriad of questions that you might have! I’m fully open to whatever you ask, I’ll ask them on your behalf.
  • These also have the potential to deepen your connection to your guides.

What Beings Can You Contact?

  • Spirit Guides and Guardians
  • Twin flames, soul mates
  • Animal spirits
  • Past loved ones, ancestors, etc.
  • Angels, demons, fae, elementals, etc. any “species” is fine
  • You Higher Self or the Higher Selves of others
  • Spirit Companions

Cost/Details:

  • They’ll be in PDF, typed 12 pt font, single spaced, dialogue and paragraph form
  • These are $20 per page.
  • Recommended 1 page per guide, at least! 
  • Up to 10 pages at a time.
  • Payment is through paypal, I’ll send you an invoice through email after you order. The invoice can be paid through any paypal account or through a debit/credit card! There aren’t any additional fees.

To Order One:

Send me an email to sopherielspeaks@gmail.com with this information:

  • Legal name (for organization)
  • Preferred name and your pronouns
  • Number of pages requested
  • Guide’s names/info: this includes anything you’re willing to share (that’s helpful for me to better pick up on their energy), their name (if you know it), their demeanor (a heads up is nice), and their pronouns (to refer to them correctly in the reading).
  • The questions you have for them: This can range from life advice, meditation guidance, energy work, questions about past lives and present life, general guidance for life, mental and physical concerns (within reason, just from a spiritual stance, not as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment), etc. Ask whatever you want! I’ll let you know if I can’t ask your guides that or if they won’t answer it.

For more info, read this post! And, of course, feel free to reblog.

All of my other readings are listed here! 

So I don’t know about anyone else, but I’d really like to see more of Donald Glover’s character. (Did his bio page that Karen pulled up say he’s called “The Prowler”?) Maybe giving Peter some feedback on how he’s been doing and some general advice/guidance in that laid-back kinda attitude he had.

I just really liked him. He was a criminal but didn’t want to be a hardcore criminal (didn’t want to buy those enhanced weapons). And he was willing to help Peter out even though he wouldn’t benefit from doing so.

So I liked him and wanted to see more.

regularghost-deactivated2016041  asked:

you're one of my favorite artists !! do you have any advice to aspiring artists?

Forgive me for answering you this late. This is a tough one and I had to think about it for a long time. Now that I’ve finally found what to tell you, here’s my answer: I don’t know.

Ha ha. But for the sake of fairness I won’t stop there and I’ll try to deliver a more adequate answer (although, I’m not sure which aspect you want advice on).

Is it in order to become successful?
To gain better drawing skills?
To balance time with money with energy?
Or to remember to eat once in a while?

Since I also consider myself an aspiring artist, I can only give you general guidance that sounds like proverbs applicable to anyone, whether or not they’re practicing art::

Stay open and receptive to new ideas and people.
Doubting is a good thing but with moderation.
Go towards things that scare you.
Believe in what you love, etc., etc.

Oh, and intuition–following it is the key.

gladpeach  asked:

I have lost my way, I am depressed, I feel misguided and unmotivated to go on. I can not see an end for myself and I am unsure what to do, this uneasy feeling has been haunting me for weeks now. Please offer me some guidance

A general, unplaceable sense of unease is a common symptom of the egoic mind. 

Mind is a tool. Egoic mind is when you try to make an identity out of the tool. 

Egoic mind is discontent because it is by nature insecure. And so it seeks security in various forms. 

It seeks security of identity through accomplishment and roleplaying. It seeks happiness through temporary external things. It seeks peace through the forcing of circumstances. It seeks love and wholeness through using others. 

Most of this plays out on a level below conscious thought. This is what leaves you with a vague sense of uneasiness and a lingering feeling of anxiety. It also makes you feel unwhole. 

When you feel depressed, unmotivated, and generally uneasy, it will be hard to figure out which way is up or down let alone what your path should be. Therefore I recommend confronting these inner challenges and giving them time to clear up before drawing any conclusions. With new clarity, you can see many more paths opening up to you. 

How to begin?

  1. Observe the voice in your head. This voice is here for you to use as a means to accomplish necessary activities. However, that voice isn’t you. You are the witness of that voice. 
    1. If you identify too strongly with that voice, it can have negative affects on you. 
    2. If that voice starts speaking negative things, you will internalize those things as emotions of suffering. 
    3. Through witnessing the voice without judging, identifying, or labeling, you begin to create a little space between your existence and your mental chatter. That feels like a breath of fresh air. 
  2. Examine and question the identities you believe you hold. 
    1. Who you think you are determines where you think happiness is found and how life should be approached. 
    2. We play many roles in life but none of them are who we essentially are. 
    3. The emphasis isn’t to avoid those roles but to refrain from turning them into an identity upon which you rely for a sense of self. Otherwise your happiness and suffering become tethered to that identity and its circumstances. 
  3. Similar to witnessing the voice in your head, feel the emotions in your body. 
    1. Everything you have ever said about yourself gets internalized in your body as tension and emotion. Your body is like a child that listens to what you tell it and believes you. 
    2. By feeling what your body has to feel, you are allowing these layered emotions and energies to begin to uncoil and unbind. These are often called “holding patterns” and can keep us stuck in cyclic behaviors. 
    3. Feel your feelings without judgment or analysis. It doesn’t matter why the energy is there, what matters is that you allow it to be released. 

All of this is accelerated and accomplished through daily meditation and mindfulness. To guide you, I would highly recommend the book The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. 

Your current experience, while one of suffering, is a tremendous opportunity to seek authentic liberation. If you meet this challenge wisely, you will be grateful for it. 

Namaste my friend. 

Name: Malachite
Zodiac: Capricorn, Libra, Scorpio, Taurus
Planet: Venus
Chakra: Heart, Sacral, Solar Plexus

Powers: Abundance, the afterlife, agriculture, astral realm, balance (emotional), calm, changes, communication, connections, danger, death, divination, dream work, empowerment (emotional), goals, grounding, growth (spiritual), guidance, healing (general, emotional), hope, love (give), loyalty, luck, magic (black), money (luck with), negativity, nurture, peace, power (general, magical, personal), prosperity, protection, psychic ability, purification (emotional, mental), release, security (emotional), self-work, the senses (sight), skills, strength, sleep, spirituality, strength, success, transformation, travel, wealth

Special Care: Keep out of water.

D&D NO MARINE

Marine Air Ground Combat Center - TwentyNine Palms - Five Marines and one Navy Corpsman play through the D&D Campaign - Sunless Citadel. Based on actual events.
These were the highlights

>Immediately force Corpsman to play as Cleric/Healer against his will. 

>Deity of Worship - General Mattis

 
Our DM assembles our party. We arrive in a tavern.
>First mistake.
>Party spends all gold on week long booze filled wench fest.
>This continues for days.
>DM sick of us ignoring the quest burns down the tavern with lightning. 
>Three days of mourning

~~~~~

>Barbarian somehow acquires magic notebook of infinite paper.
>Dub it “The Never Ending Note Taking Gear”
>Use it to Craft paper hats.
>Entire Party gets Paper Hat of Friendship
>Write “Friendship” on everyone’s hat.
>Wrote “Cunt” on Barbarian’s hat.
>Barbarian’s intelligence is too low for literacy. 
>We tell him it means “Friendship”
>Laughingstock of party.
>Still procrastinating main quest

~~~~~

>Chased out of town by guards
>Forced to start main quest.
>First night on the road
>DM - “Okay you encamp in a small clearing by the road.”
>Rogue - “Roll for Firewatch roster!”
>DM - “You don’t have to roll for that…And no firewatch either. You all sleep or none of you do.”
>Entire party baffled by concept of sleep without firewatch.
>Argue with DM for twenty minutes.
>Finally agree to just sleep.
>Attacked by Dire Rats in the night.
>Player gets into fistfight with DM
>Play convenes for the evening.

~~~~~

>Finally reach entrance to Citadel
>Dire Rats below
>Dwarf brandishes War Axe promising to  “ Matthew McConaughey” the fuckers like from Reign of Fire
>Leaps like forty feet down and is incapacitated from the fall.
>Corpsman/Healer summons motrin and socks.
>Rats approach unconscious ally.
>Party agrees to piss away the Dire Rats
>Party starts pissing down the hole.
>Rats are unfazed and now piss-soaked ally is being eaten by piss-soaked dire rats.

~~~~~

>Side Quest to Retrieve Kobold Queen’s pet Dragon
>Party finds the Dragon and consistently fails diplomacy checks because diplomacy is for pussies.
>Forced to beat the shit out of the queens pet before it slashes us to death
>Dragon loses consciousness before it dies.
>Force the Corpsman to heal the dragon so the queen wont know how close we came to killing it.
>Dragon wakes up
>Barbarian bashes it in the head with a rock.
>Unconscious again
>Repeat every few yards until we return to the queen’s chamber

~~~~~

>Overjoyed Kobold Queen offers party rewards
>Eager Lance Corporal says “She shows us her tits!” Rolls Dice
>DM “That’s not how it works you can’t-”
>Natural Twenty
>DM sighs angrily “…alright fine.” 
>Queen Obliges
>Everyone Hi-Fives

~~~~~

>Hall of the Dragon Statue
>Dragon Statue Speaks
>” We come at night without being-”
>
STARS!
>
Riddle solved - Secret Doors open
>Ask the Statue about the Citadel
>DM - “The statue says nothing”
>Roll to make a Paper hat of friendship for the Dragon Statue
>DM - “You don’t have to roll for that. You can just do it.”
>Makes paper hat for dragon.
>Ask again
>DM - “ITS A STATUE IT CANT TALK! ALL IT SAYS IS THE RIDDLE! IT ISNT SENTIENT!” 
>Party doesn’t understand
>Prays to General Mattis for guidance. 

five times steve and bucky scandalize tony or #scandalize tony stark 2k16

one

Really, there were more important things to worry about, like, how, oh HYDRA infiltrated us again and was really behind the Sokovian Accords and basically tried to have the Avengers all at each others’ throats but.

But.

They were alive.  A little bruised.  A little battered.  A little broken.  But they were still assembled.  Yay team, right?

So Tony looks over at Cap, something clever already right on the tip of his tongue except motherfucking dick-puncher James Buchanan Barnes suddenly says, “Hey, sugar, you rationed?”

And Steven Grant “My Patriotism Shines With the Power of a Thousand Suns” Rogers actually blushes.

He does, however, complain, “Why the hell are you trying the same tired old line on me, Buck?”

Bucky smiles.  “Because it works every goddamn time, punk.  C’mere.”

And he lands a smacking kiss right on Steve’s cheek.

Clint blurts out, “Aw, Stony.”

My lips are right here, you jerk,” Steve asserts and makes Bucky correct his aim.  

“Waitwaitwait - is this a thing?  This is a thing. This is an actual kissing thing? Oh my god can you two keep it PG-13?”

Rhodey - the traitor - had the most beatific smile on his face.  “My ship is canon.”

“MY CHILDHOOD!”

two

“Hang on,” Sam said with amusement.  “Didn’t you realize that every time Steve said ‘he’s my friend’ - he actually means I love him?”

“PENALTY FOR UNAUTHORIZED USE OF PRINCESS BRIDE REFERENCES!  There should be a penalty for this!”

“You’re both wrong,” Bucky said as he swaggered into the kitchen.  How he managed to do that wearing nothing but Iron Man themed boxers and lovebites was a mystery.  “He’s my friend means he’s my boyfriend and I’m with you ‘till the end of the line is the bit where we both really mean I love you.

Tony buried his face into his hands.

Sam whistled.  “Damn, son, why don’t you go put a shirt on?”

“I would’ve but Steve tore it off me a few minutes ago.”

“AAAAAAUUUGGGGGH!!!!”

three

Tony totally owed Rhodey five hundred bucks.

James Rhodes had the fan fiction, the fanfiction dot net, the Livejournal and the AO3 account to back up his ship even though Tony totally laughed it off for years.

And now Tony totally owed his Former BFF five hundred bucks.

God damn it.

Currently, the Super Soldier Boyfriends were making good use of the roomy loveseat (Tony was totally having that goddamn thing bleached within an inch of its life) by cuddling.   What made it worse is that Steve also had a freakin’ Bucky Bear and the actual human Bucky was making grumpy jealous noises because he wasn’t about to be replaced by a goddamn teddy bear.

Rhodey sighed.  “And love, true love, will follow you forever, right?”  He took out his Starkphone™ and sneakily took a picture.  “I gotta send this thing to Coulson.”

“Wait a minute.  Agent is dead.”

“Um.  Agent Coulson is Director of SHIELD now.  Also, not dead.  Ooops?”

That was it.  This was Tony Stark’s supervillain origin story, hand on his arc reactor, swear to Pepper and hope to die. 

four

Tony’s not envious.

Nope.

He totally never had a crush on Cap when he was trapped in General Patronage/Parental Guidance Hell and he totally didn’t crush on Barnes when puberty hit.  He never went through the hell that America’s Sweetheart and America’s Oldest Heartthrob had put through many an unsuspecting youth in the past seventy years.

He was immune.

So why in the hell was he not spared the sight of Barnes laying a possessive hand on Steve Rogers’ very well-shaped behind in the communal kitchen.

“Buck!” Steve protested.  “I’m trynna’ cook the breakfast bacon here.”

“Aw, baby, I haven’t been able to put my hands on This Ass for the past seventy years.  We deserve a moment, right?”

“Bucky, you just had your hands on my ass this morning.”

“Among other body parts.”  And there was a leer that Tony could not unsee.  Ever. 

Tony flailed.  That was it.  He was going to put his considerable brainpower to the invention of actual Brain Bleach.

five

Steve Rogers is his friend.

Now they weren’t as close as Rhodey Boo Bear or Brucie Poo but Tony likes to think that Steve is his friend and despite all the shit that went down, their friendship is slowly, but surely being mended again. 

So he’s more than a little touched when Steve quietly told him about a certain wedding back in World War II that would never really be considered legal.  But things were different now and legal was definitely possible and Steve had just handed him his wedding invitation. 

“Look, you guys need help with the wedding reception?”

“Tony – “

“Look, Gordon totally owes me a favor – “

“Tony…”

“I got him on speed dial - you and Bucky Bear have any allergies - no, what am I thinking, you’re super soldiers, you don’t have allergies – “

“Tony!”

“Guh?”

“Bucky and I want you to be there.  Just you.  We got all the other things covered.  We want you there because you’re family to us now.  We want you to be there.  Okay?”

And Steve, who was really Evil Incarnate, leveled that earnest, sweet smile that was so rare to see on a totally unprepared Tony Stark.

“Guh.”

He pats Tony on the shoulder.  “I’ll take that as a yes.”

“Guh.”

Look, so maybe Tony didn’t have tears in his eyes afterwards and he certainly didn’t cry at the actual wedding.  And his wedding present to his favorite geriatric super soldiers involved a honeymoon to a privately owned island in the Philippines. 

When Mssrs. Rogers-Barnes came home, Tony already patented Stark Industries Brain Bleach™. 

- end -

Any rhapsodies to Steve’s Ass are all inspired by @greenbergsays

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Gus am bris an la agus an teich na sgailean* (part 1)

A wee note: This will be a two parter and mixes book and show unique elements… Hope you like it. In Voyager and onwards, Jamie and Claire remember us, themselves and each other of Faith, often. Something that I truly appreciate from Gabs, because I do not like loose ends [pet peeve], and Faith symbolizes not only a child, but a lot more. In Dragonfly in Amber and eventually in Faith (especially in the extended version #glorious), feelings are so much more raw… So, since we are on Claire’s POV for those, I wanted to dive into Jamie’s frame of mind for a bit, indulging on something that I think lacks in other places, but not in Outlander - a man’s raw pain and sensitivity and undying love… Still through Claire’s eyes, because I really wanted them to complete each other. Thank you to @gotham-ruaidh​, @suhailauniverse​ and my BAMFs for the corrections, guidance and general awesomeness.

The peace and routines of Lallybroch filled me day after day, hour after hour. Still one day at a time, one daily task after another…

It had been three months since arriving in Scotland from Paris. Jenny was holding a newborn and Ian had two tiny Murrays behind him, as they stood in the doorway, waiting to greet us. One Wee Jamie ran like the wind and flung himself at his uncle and then at me. My heart squeezed and the tears threatened to fall. Jenny hugged me in a way only a mother hugs another, in our silent agreement. At first I was ashamed to feel a pang of jealousy at my newest niece, Kitty… Why had she lived and my Faith had not? I was glad to notice though, that I managed to control these thoughts and almost rationalize my grief. Jamie held me closer to him that first day of family gatherings. He knew, he understood. Fergus hovered close as well, trying to get acquainted to his new home and because he insisted that he “would not fail” us again. Our sweet boy…

After all those weeks of deep loneliness, pain and sorrow, our reunion brought me relief. A relief that was palpable, as my load was now shared. As a mother, I carried most of it still, but that was exactly it… I was still a mother. Jamie made sure I knew that.

It was too painful to talk about her, even just the simple sound of her name, but she lingered with us in our room some nights, before we fell asleep locked around each other. We were both in bed with eyes wide open, thinking of a baby we had had to leave behind. That small fact had hurt Jamie deeply, because it was the connection he hadn’t been able to share with our daughter. Two times, on two different nights, when we were brave enough and almost in the midst of slumber, he’d asked me to tell him everything about our daughter. He had asked this with careful words and I couldn’t deny him. He, and I, would have liked to have her buried here, with family, side by side with her grandparents and uncle. But of course, at the time, Jamie’s fate (and my own, if I am to be completely honest) were really unknown. We had left a bit of Scotland with her though. That eased our hearts and made the thought more bearable. That day at the grave Mother Hildegarde had given her at the Hôpital’s cemetery had been a transition. During our trip back to Scotland, Jamie and I had barely stopped touching each other, craving the heat we had missed during those terrible weeks of pain, anger and the presence of the cold despair of the unknown.

For one, something that I admired in Jamie, and also Jenny and Ian, was their resilience. Something I could trace back to the days of collecting rents with the Mackenzies… Something I had inside me, but had needed Jamie to show me. In my 20th century life, that trait had carried me through a devastating war, but I tended to forget it in the daily routines, as is natural when things come easy. But with Jamie, and after all the ordeals we had been through, resilience was a as natural part of us as was breathing, as the nights we spent lost in the blue quilts of our bed. That resilience was part of our healing. But I knew Jamie suffered in silence… And I also knew he was a man of words.

That evening would prove to be another moment in time I’d never forget… I was rearranging some books on the shelves of the study, looking for free and clean pieces of paper, intended for notes of my medical procedures and to label my herbs. As I sat on the desk to arrange for some ink I noticed a square of paper with an elegant “F” on it, stuck beneath the recent package of books Aunt Jocasta had sent to Lallybroch from the Colonies. I could not take my eyes off of it. That “F” was not natural to Jamie’s handwriting, but it was nonetheless elegant and thus forced to convey a beauty that had been trained by the hand that drew it. I picked it up and opened it. I felt like an intruder and a worthy reader of that letter at the same time, all because I knew I would find what Jamie hadn’t yet been able to tell me; and like he had said to me, in Paris, when I allowed myself to look into his eyes, into my sun, we were the only two people in the world who knew this pain. The pain of losing Faith. My heart pounded in my chest…

My dearest Daughter,

I dream of you often. I did all the while your Mam carried you, all the while I felt myself lost in a dark room, hiding from myself. At the time you were a wee lad with brown hair. I apologize deeply for that, my sweet lassie. Not that I am not equally proud of you for being a girl but please understand that I thought it would be easier if you were… If you had ever come to be.

But of course you were, you are. Mo chridhe, please forgive me for that distance while ye grew, forgive me for what I did. I’m afraid I can’t ever forgive myself for what happened… Nay matter what your Mam said about the fact that could’ve happened anyway, and I know childbirth is not safe. Even so, I am so sorry I was not there to meet you.

I look at your beautiful Mam and my soul fragments itself and travels to her own. The sorrow in her eyes is no so deep anymore. I know it’s because you are looking upon us and guiding her into the light.

She told me you had hair like my own, in colouring at least. For me, that hair would have darkened a wee bit… I picture you with hair the colour of amber, curly [curling] mad around your face, blue eyes and with a smile that crinkles them. You are just like her, and I bless God for that gift. I dream of things for you… I hope you have the gift of healing, perhaps since you accompanied your Mam so many times when she was about her work. Perhaps you like horses as well? Aye, I think so. I would have taught you how to play chess. I see your wee legs running around the fields, I am chasing you and you are laughing, until we meet our angel in white. We embrace and our hairs mix together in a flash of warm light, like different shades of a tree in October.

I am sorry, I am so sorry. I don’t want to make the word seem vulgar.

My heart lifts everytime I see Mam smiling now, hoping that she is better, that we can get better together. Please help her, mo chuisle. Knowing that you’ll be forever with her, with me, soothes me. My wee treasure, I deeply regret not having felt you in my hands and I admit I don’t know that I would have been brave enough to do it. I was angry at God, deep in the cell I spent weeks in, not knowing what came of you and Claire. I was angry at God for not allowing me to meet you. But now I thank Him for you, my Faith… Because of you, we are whole.

I hope you found your grandsire Brian, your grannie Ellen and uncle Willie. They will find you, I’m sure. I hope you find Uncle Lambert, I so would have liked to know him as well, and your grandparents Henry and Julia.

I will carry your heart within me, the beat of flesh and blood of when I felt you in your Mam’s belly. I cherish every word she told me about you, wishing I had the memory of you in my hands. I thank God and the Virgin Mary for letting her hold you and feel you. I will love you forever. Guide us a leannan and please, forgive me.

Your father,

James Fraser

I pressed the piece of paper to my chest and closed my eyes, not being able to hold the tears. After some time, I went to the window and looked up into the starry night.   


*”Till the day breaks and the shadows flee away.” (phrase present in Brian Fraser’s tombstone, in the show, from Song of Solomon 4:6)