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How I imagine the houses of the Night Court

Alyssum

- wear white only
- always have fresh lilies in their vases
- love spring
- mostly vegans or vegetarians
- love piano music
- flower crowns
- cleanest and simplest rooms
- obsessed with veils
- slow but intense sex

Balm

- put petals in their bathtubs
- love tea
- never raise their voices
- harph is their favorite instrument
- wear silk all the time
- hugs and comforting touches are their thing
- share beds
- can keep any secret
- warm pools and bubble baths are a must
- can give you an orgasm without an actual intercourse
- most skillful fingers

Bryony

- drink champagne only
- love diamonds
- bet at even the stupidest little things
- gossip queens
- loudest at the party
- biggest chandeliers you’ve ever seen
- extroverted af
- more issues than vogue
- best blow job givers

Camellia

- perfectionist af
- wear pearls
- most likely naked under their white fur coat
- highest heels at the night court
- marble statues are their thing
- obsessed with skincare
- one orgasm is never enough
- nipple play lovers

Cereus

- anxiety af
- stress over every single thing
- count calories
- no sense of humor
- dress in pale blue and lace
- dried flowers everywhere
- love butterflies
- smell of chamomile
- never sunbathe
- love climaxing at the same time as their partner

Dahlia

- love gold
- best smirk
- never get drunk
- judging af
- best horse riders
- rarely wear their hair loose
- allergic to stupidity
- hate everything obscene
- avid readers
- always in control of the situation
- love edging

Eglantine

- constantly creating something
- dress in bright colors
- sexual humor is their thing
- love singing and dancing
- eat and drink a lot
- have mostly red or auburn hair
- fireplace in every room
- playful ass spanking for the win
- favorite position is 69

Gentian

- frankincense is their favorite smell
- dress in deep blue and purple
- wear crystals
- love stacking jewelry
- introverted af
- essential oils
- candles everywhere
- long foreplay
- the most intense orgasms

Heliotrope

- write love letters
- holding hands is their thing
- cry a lot
- cheesy af
- dress in neutral colors
- good at poetry
- love pure linen fabric
- will defend the missionary position to the death
- intense eye-contact during sex

Jasmine

- sexy af
- enjoy orgies
- love satin sheets
- always smell of patchouli
- prone to being overly dramatic
- love fruit, especially peaches
- dress in sheer fabric
- not reaching an orgasm is out of question
- love to be on top

Mandrake

- the bad bitches of the night court
- close-knit group
- sarcastic af
- red wine lovers
- intense eye make-up
- love leather and velvet
- feeling of superiority
- loyal friends
- like to sleep in late
- kisses are very meaningful and intimate for them

Orchis

- sleep naked
- love feathers
- dress in pink
- sometimes annoying af
- softest beds and twenty pillows at least
- glitter everywhere
- drink rosé all the time
- pillow fights are their thing
- love arranging food on their naked bodies

Valerian

- dress in beige and brown mostly
- submissive, but also sassy af
- prone to jealousy
- love the smell of cinnamon
- sometimes very self-conscious
- will never forgive betrayal
- often have trouble sleeping
- need to feel safe and loved
- neck is their ultimate erotogenous zone

why is no one talking about Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey? It is kind of the best series written ever.

You want a strong, smart, competent, sensual female lead? got it.

you want terrible romance? got it

you want porn? unabashed, BDSM porn? done

you want daring action and adventure? boom

you want accurate representations of different theologies described beautifully and respectfully? already there

you want a new, made up theology that is brilliant and beautiful (like I would seriously consider following this religion if it weren’t 100% made up)? fucking booyah

you want politics and deep-laid intrigue? whomp there it is

you want spy shit? this is it

you want a culture that celebrates beauty but recognizes that beauty comes in different shapes and sizes? bingo

seriously GO READ IT

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These are from an old/ongoing project of mine. They are Marque designs for Jacqueline Carey’s “Kushiel’s Legacy” Series, which you should read. 

I’ve seen a lot of designs for the Night Court Marques and they never matched what my head had come up with so I started sketching. If I finish the others and find more models, hopefully some men this time, I’ll post the rest. 

anonymous asked:

I’ve recently found your thorny take on Phedre’s Marque. You said you redo it regularly - yours is the closest I have seen to her description in the books. Do you have all of your versions of Phedre’s marque in an album where we could see them? I’d love to see all of your takes on this!

I’ve never compiled the sketches and iterations phedre’s marque. I think there’s probably half a dozen or so. I always felt like the one on the covers was too kind looking? If that makes sense. But I do have the set I did for the full night court?

http://striving-artist.tumblr.com/tagged/Kushiel%27s-Dart

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Agent of Hel By Jacqueline Carey

Book One:Dark Currents (Agent of Hel #1)

Pages:356

Synopsis: The Midwestern resort town of Pemkowet boasts a diverse population: eccentric locals, wealthy summer people, and tourists by the busload; not to mention fairies, sprites, vampires, naiads, ogres and a whole host of eldritch folk, presided over by Hel, a reclusive Norse goddess.

To Daisy Johanssen, fathered by an incubus and raised by a single mother, it’s home. And as Hel’s enforcer and the designated liaison to the Pemkowet Police Department, it’s up to her to ensure relations between the mundane and eldritch communities run smoothly.

But when a young man from a nearby college drowns—and signs point to eldritch involvement—the town’s booming paranormal tourism trade is at stake. Teamed up with her childhood crush, Officer Cody Fairfax, a sexy werewolf on the down-low, Daisy must solve the crime—and keep a tight rein on the darker side of her nature. For if she’s ever tempted to invoke her demonic birthright, it could accidentally unleash nothing less than Armageddon.

Book Two: Autumn Bones (Agent of Hel, #2)

Book Three: Poison Fruit (Agent of Hel, #3)

Goodreads: Here

I want a love that defies the universe. I want Joscelin Verreuil storming La Dolorosa prison just for love. I want to have someone with me to travel to the southern tip of Africa in search for the Name of God. I want to be there, weeping, when in every language that name translates to Love. I want Imriel de la Courcel to think he is a completely different person. Travel through Empires to retrieve and convince his love Sidonie de la Courcel that she is under a spell. To get her to trust him and fall back in love with him even though he doesn’t know himself. I want Bao to travel to the feet of the Falconer and his bewitching Spider Queen demanding the release of his love, Moirim. I want him to crumble when thinking she is dead. To overcome the false lust and influence of opium when he learns the truth of her life. I want a love that will live throughout time and create legends.