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“you’ll marry me, won’t you?”

she asks it while they’re curled up next to one another, her face nuzzled against his side and when he glances down at her, he sees her grey eyes peeking up at him.  they aren’t nervous, they’re warm, they’re loving, and gendry takes a deep, shaky breath.

“that can’t…be a good idea,” he says slowly, and every word catches hold of his throat as though determined not to leave his lips.

“why not?” she asks, not sitting up.  “and don’t you pull that you’re too lowborn nonsense with me.  you’re knighted and lorded now.  not that i cared about that before.”  she rests her lips against the skin of his side–not quite a kiss. 

he feels a rush of warmth.  she had always cared, after all.  that’s why…why everything, why he’d run after her through the dark, why he’d waited for her, why he was here now.  she’d never faltered in that.

the words continue to claw.  “it can’t be a proper match.  you’re the king’s sister, and you’re his strong right arm.  surely you should wed someone…someone with something to bring.  some alliance or…” he doesn’t want to think of that.  he imagines arya marrying some poncy southron lordling–who looks remarkably like edric dayne, though dayne’s already betrothed–and it’s only the fact that he can’t look away from her grey eyes that keeps his own open.  “i don’t bring anything to you or your house that you don’t already have.”

“except your heart,” arya whispers.

“you already have that,” gendry chokes out.

“and your swords.”

gendry blinks.

“what?”

“well…” arya says and everything about her face is serious except those grey eyes.  those are dancing.  “well, i’m a swordswoman you’ll recall.  and i need swords.  and you can make them.  you can provide me with swords whenever i need them.”

gendry finds himself laughing.  “you’re a stark.  you could buy as many swords as you would like.”

“or i could just get one from you as i need.  i know you make them still, even if you’re a knight and a lord.  i want access to your stash.”

“my stash.”

“of swords.”  her hand begins to toy with the hair of his lower belly, and a wicked grin plays across her lips.  “whenever i like.  you’re very good at swordcraft after all.”

gendry smirks despite himself, and arya asks again, “you’ll marry me, won’t you?” and this time, the words don’t claw their way out of his throat when he says, “yes.”

It’s damn hard to be one fearsome and intimidating Sith Lord, when you’re, like, five-feet-three. Maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but Revan, especially female doesn’t look much taller… Revan’s flashback on Dantooine, where s/he’s with Malak - and a good head shorter - is hilarious XD
S/he probably turned to the Dark Side, because of no one taking him/her seriously.

And Mandalore the Ultimate probably died of laughter.

‘The Lego Batman Movie’: How They Built a Better Gotham, Brick by Brick

“The Lego Movie” was no fluke.

Batman, Gotham, and the DC universe are in good hands, thanks to director Chris McKay, Will Arnett as Batman, Zach Galifianakis as Joker, a witty script co-written by Seth Grahame-Smith, and the fine animation by Animal Logic. (Original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller produced.)

And even though it’s a spoof, “Lego Batman” is even more engaging than the recent live-action DC movies. That’s because it actually digs deeper: it’s unafraid of exploring the Dark Knight’s fear of intimacy and exposing his symbiotic relationship with Joker.

Thus, when Batman tells Joker that he means nothing to him, setting off an existential crisis, the super baddie has nothing left to do but destroy Gotham and humiliate his foe.

“I wanted to do an emotional story and really try to commit to that arc and do it with jokes,” McKay told IndieWire. And since Batman’s his favorite superhero and he previously directed “Robot Chicken,” McKay certainly knows his way around this universe and mini-fig (as he calls Lego).

And what a rogue’s gallery they’ve assembled: Not only the usual Gotham suspects (including the likes of Crazy Quilt, Polka-Dot Man, and Condiment King), but also such Lego nasties as the Gremlins, Lord Voldermort (Eddie Izzard rather than Ralph Fiennes, who was busy enough voicing Alfred), Sauron (Jemaine Clement), King Kong (Seth Green), and the “Dr. Who” Daleks.

Even Mariah Carey found her way into the cast as Mayor McCaskill because she has such a commanding voice, according to the director.

“I wanted to say that our Batman had been around in Gotham City for 78 years and that, somehow, our Batman was the entire history of Batman,”added McKay. “And so by bringing in all of the rogue’s gallery, we really upped the Joker’s game.”

The best part was getting Arnett and Galifianakis together so they could up their own wacky improvisations. “I put Zach and Will in a room together, mic’d them with [hands-free] lavs, got a boom operator, gave them a loose script,  and let them play off each other,” McKay said.

“They ran around the room, and we were all listening (including the writers), and one of the things that came out of that session was this big brother/little brother, bromance, boyfriend/girlfriend antagonism between them. That immediately set the tone.”

McKay upped Sydney-based Animal Logic’s game as well, keeping the stop-motion aesthetic but making us think we’re really in Gotham by adding atmospherics (fire and rain), or loosening up the Lego rules so we stop thinking about them as mini-figs.

“I think we probably sat on the animators less on this movie,” McKay said. “I allowed them to have more freedom to express themselves and try and find new ways to use the mini-fig. We never squash-and-stretch but, from a stop-motion standpoint, we didn’t shave down the plastic and stick on an arm in order to get it to bend and move across the body. I allowed the animators to crash things and push things through the body or rebuild things using different Lego pieces.

“Like Joker’s doing a tree pose, I’ve got built bricks being inserted in there where his leg would be. I wanted the action to be elevated with more expressive gesturing. And I wanted the animators to observe the actors’ behavior more to ‘juice up’ the brick animation.”

But then there are other moments when we’re keenly aware of the Lego figures, such as when they literally pull themselves together in a display of Gotham unity.

“I wanted to look for ways of taking the words out because I think we can still be accused of being too wordy. More show and less tell, and so I looked for ways of making this more of a visual experience whenever possible,” McKay said.

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So the scenario is that everyone in the town is possessed by a demon lord of madness and fire. He’s been bothering us for the entire campaign, we’re a little pissed off, and no-one on the team is good, chaotic lawful or otherwise. It’s a homebrew, so we just made up our own classes. We have a Dark Knight, a Swordsman, a Rogue, a War Cleric, and a Geomancer.

(DM)Demon Lord: Are you ready for this? This is where we end it. I kill you here.

Dark Knight: Yeah? You and what army?

Demon Lord: Funny you should ask. I have take the entire town, the town you came from, hostage, under my control.

War Cleric: You have a bunch of townspeople, we just took over a dwarven army. This isn’t looking good for you.

Demon Lord: Yes, but you would have to kill off the townspeople to win. What will you do now?

Swordsman: Kill them.

Demon Lord: Really? There are a lot of them. That would be genocide.

Geomancer: Says the Fascist Demon lord.

War Cleric(OOC): Chaotic Neutral, Chaotic Neutral!

DM: You’re all assholes. 

anakin skywalker
  • too old to become a padawan
  • council believes he is dangerous
  • council lets him be trained anyways
  • becomes good jedi
  • council unsure if he really is the chosen one
  • council still senses a disturbance in him
  • council let him forgo the trials and become a jedi knight anyways
  • completely pitches a fit when he can’t be on the jedi council
  • becomes a dark lord of the sith
  • council- “hmm… didn’t see that one coming.”