ha ha ha wot

modern au where Moiraine is driving the kiddos in her blue volkswagon bus and Lan in the passenger like cleaning his finger nails with a giant knife or some dumb fantasy thing like that, when “…Baby One More Time” comes on the radio and Moiraine gets WAY too into it and Lan doesn’t flinch or acknowledge her intense jammage and no one says anything when its over, but the kiddos are in the back just staring mouth agape the entire time, too shocked to even record it for evidence

“Drunkenness was rife among the Shaido. Every raid brought back all the wine that could be found. Dozens and dozens of small stills produced vile brews from grains, and every time the Wise Ones destroyed a still, two more sprang up in its place.” Knife of Dreams, “Embers Falling on Dry Grass”

So I’ve been thinking a lot about the decline of the Shaido in Wheel of Time, mostly about how in some ways it feels very “noble savage falling prey to the evils of civilization”. The “good” Aiel manage to maintain their traditions in the face of temptation, while the “bad” Aiel succumb to luxury, avarice, and even (as in the quote above) alcohol. These are all tropes that tend to pop up in narratives about the contact of indigenous peoples with civilization, and the corrupting influence thereof. 

There’s another angle to this, though, and that’s the ideals of discipline in Greece and Rome in the classical era. There’s a strong trend in Roman and Greek literature and philosophy of correlating moral dissolution with luxury, and excessive luxury as both cause and symptom of failing power. Witness Marc Antony: ‘corrupted’ by the wiles of the Eastern Cleopatra (according to later propaganda) and seduced into taking on “barbaric” customs of luxury. 

While I suspect the prior reading is more accurate - the Aiel do have a fair amount of the “noble savage” hanging around them - I find the second interesting because it reverses the directions - the Aiel come from the East and are corrupted by the values of the West. Also that the Aiel are the ones who represent moderation and discipline, while the “wetlanders” are the ones who lead lives of luxury.

I haven’t quite sorted through all of this, but I find both ideas interesting - and I always think looking for too much of a 1:1 equivalency between Wheel of Time cultures and our world cultures is a mistake. But I think the Aiel as a whole quite possibly draw on both tropes, and the Decline and Fall of the Shaido Empire is caused by the same perceived flaw: lack of discipline, and the corrupting influence of luxury.

It’s interesting that Aviendha appears to escape this rule - perhaps because she remains conscious and ashamed when she wears dresses and silk. It’s also interesting given the emphasis placed elsewhere in Wheel of Time on the importance of cross-cultural contact and indeed the value of the awareness of differences between cultures (and how each have their flaws and oversights). 

idk why people are bitching about Yooka-Laylee so much? Like, everything they’re complaining about are the exact things they miss Banjo-Kazooie for?

What the fuck :<

anonymous asked:

oooh, damn. "you ruin everything you touch, you ruined me too." damn, Morowa, get him! hit him where it hurts! what was her relationship with Solas like during the events of Inquisition? does his betrayal feel like a personal blow to her, a splintered friendship, or is it just the principle of the thing, like "you helped me save the world just for you to destroy it, really now?"


(Here’s the post referenced!)

Morowa wasn’t all too close with Solas–she generally isn’t around those companions whom I would classify as the more “self-serious”–but she did live with him so there’s a point where Morowa is really rather attached to all in her Inner Circle, even if she butts heads with or deliberately antagonises some of them. To that extent, Solas’ “Big Reveal” was more hurtful than you’d think. They weren’t good friends, but she had let him into her home, her life, her confidence–there was a certain amount of trust and openness that, though small, was revealed as unreciprocated. That stings. 

  • Anakin Skywalker: I was found by representatives of a group of people with strange powers in a complete backwater, and they told me I had powers, too. Except I had greater powers than anyone of my time, and I might even be the fulfillment of prophecy. But when I began my training, it turned out they just wanted to control me, mostly because they feared me, feared what I might become if I embraced the darkness that was all some could see inside me. I sometimes had trouble controlling my powers, and I was conflicted about how to best fulfill my destiny while protecting the people I loved. In the end, the darkness got inside my head and I had to do something because I was going mad. I mean, I did bring order to my world for a time, even if it meant killing those I cared most about. I mean, would anyone else with my life story honestly have done much better?
  • Rand al'Thor: Yes.