How do I make it clear that my Neo Nazi Elf Bankers Aren't Jewish?
I’m writing a fantasy that attempts to deconstruct or satirize a lot of the fantasy tropes and a big one is how intentionally or not, anything to do with finance ends up being antisemitic. Since so many characters who handle money are jewish caricatures, intentional or not (HP’s goblins for example) I wanted to go the other direction. Instead of bankers being goblins or having features rooted in antisemitism, they’re elves.
Elves are often portrayed in fantasy as being a kind of “superwhite.” They have Aryan features, are light skinned and are the force of good (or at least good aligned) in those stories. In my story however, they’re essentially a metaphor for white privilege. (I’m white btw). The Aryan features are emphasized for the elves, silver white or blond hair, blue eyes, light skin, small noses. They’re born into the dominant class of their city state, they control much of the city’s government and finances, but do so in ways that prey on nonelves, use others as fodder for their wars, are the face of the ruling class, have most of the wealth and control the banking sector. Plus many are that world’s equivalent of neo-nazis. So yeah, by the end it’s really clear that elves aren’t the good guys.
There’s also a plot point that focuses around the poorest of the city-state having no choice but to sell their firstborn to the financial sector in order to survive. this causes them to stop having children and eventually the banking sector gets the government to intervene.
It’s meant to be an indictment of white and especially rich white people who have control over the central foundations of a society and use it to enrich themselves at the detriment of others. Or just those born into a system that allows them to survive easily because it’s made to help them (the elves) and not others.
My concern is that due to so many antisemitic tropes revolving around banking, secret societies or controlling the government, that alone will make the elves seem jewish, and hence the writing appear to be antisemitic, when I went out of my way to code them as white. Based on my description, would that be clear, or would a reasonable reader still think the characters were coded as jewish?
thank you for reading this and any help.
The idea of predatory “Aryan” (in quotes because the Nazis were using the word inaccurately) elves amuses me because it’s definitely an inversion of the existing tropes. I have a question: are your oppressed humans dark-haired and dark-eyed? Because that would be the other half of the “Northern European gentiles at the top of the racial privilege ladder” coding you were going for. I think if I saw blonde-haired, blue-eyed, pale-skinned elves oppressing human characters with darker features I’d definitely get that what you wrote is not anti-Semitic but instead a condemnation of white privilege. It would also feel disingenuous to condemn white privilege by having your oppressed characters be white, light-featured, and not ethnically coded anything but Anglo and Christian/fantasy-pagan; that’s how we wind up with “Mutant oppression in X-men is a metaphor for homophobia, but the main characters are still totally straight!”
So tl;dr you’re fine, just consider making your humans not blonde/blue-eyed/Christian-or-fantasy-pagan-coded so that the trope-skewering is complete.
If you want to add some more layers to make sure nobody “goes there”, you can always have the elves doing things like eating pork or shellfish (shellfish seems more elflike than pork somehow; pork is so earthy! Imagine elves eating oysters off of fancy platters. So delicate. So refined) or participating in some kind of cultural ritual that evokes Christianity or paganism, like, putting up a wreath as a decoration when it’s cold.
I want to point out something: if the bankers at Gringotts had been fairies or elves nobody would have thought of us. That’s another reason I think you’re safe. Nobody is going to associate a beautiful banking class with us, sadly. (I know this is different from Mother Gothel but in her case it’s a combination of hair + the stolen baby trope which probably works differently from the banking trope. Tropes don’t all work the same way.)
You know what I really like about Miraculous Ladybug? Marinette is half-Chinese superhero, a superhero that is a European half-Asian teenage girl. She’s liked by most of her class, the Parisians love her alter-ego, she does good, she’s not stereotyped for her race. As diaspora like myself, she struggles with connecting with her Chinese relatives (especially since living in a non-English speaking country, it makes communication that more difficult), and having Westerners actually having an easier time communicating with them than her! Her race, however, is never a negative issue, and it is shown as still important to her family. Her mom is clearly a Chinese woman, and their home is decorated with a blend of Western and Chinese décor just like mine.
This is just so heart-warming to me!
I have never seen such a high and well-represented protagonism of someone of Asian descent in a non-Asian and non-American setting, and tbh, that is something I kinda need right now, what with this mis- or just plain non-representation of Asians in the West, and due to the generalized American-centrism, even when reclaiming representation for the Asian diaspora, forgetting that we exist all around the globe, and not just in the USA.
so @areistotle and I went to this really cool event for languages and it was the coolest thing ever!! they gave us a shirt with hello’s in different languages on the front, and goodbye’s on the back! They also gave us a cute bag and this amazing poster with quotes and sayings in different languages 💙
also if you guys know any of the languages on the poster, can you reblog with a translation of them? It’d be so nice of you 💕🌍
All right, so lately I’ve noticed a lot of confusion over the portrayal of Latinx and Hispanics in roleplays/bios. This includes questions such as who counts as Latinx, Hispanic and whether or not they qualify as POC. Well, as a Latina myself, I figured that maybe I could help some of you understand. Hopefully this “guide” (it’s not really a guide) will do just that and take away some confusion.
My name is Oliver!
I’m half European and half Asian.
Hit me up if you’re interested in Anime, Kpop or plants. Or if you just wanna share good cake recipes or talk.
See you at my blog! @pantsu-boi
I’m making this post because I get a lot of asks about who lilymaymac is and what is her relation to Joji, and I know that even though I’m making this post, I’ll still get a lot of asks about her lmao. And DISCLAIMER: I don’t mean for this to be a witch hunt. This is just an informational post.
lilymaymac is a Filipina model associated with 88rising, a label that concerns itself with music and videos relating to Asian artists. She may also be related to modeling companies, but I wouldn’t know about them.
Upfront, I will say that I don’t like her. Not for her association with Joji, but for what she does and how she is as a person.
Even though Lily has tried to assert that she is half-Asian half-European, she is actually full Filipina. She is ashamed of her ethnicity, and when people point out that they can see that she is Filipina, she feels bad and basically says that it’s awful to be Filipina. By putting down her ethnicity and even disowning it, she is insulting the Filipino community and its culture. It makes me sad, really, because she is a famous and successful Filipina, and for her to say that sends out a message of “it’s bad to be Filipino.” It’s upsetting. I think this is the thing that bothers me the most about her, to be honest.
She is vain and materialistic, pretty fake af. You can see this on her twitter and her instagram. There are posts on tumblr floating around, and they are collections of tweets and things that she has said and done that reflect this.
She also attempted to fuck BRTHR, one of Joji’s friends, while he was dating another girl.
There are other things, but these are just the main points I want to hit on. Like I said, there are things compiled on tumblr and other sites about the things that she has done. Check those out if you want to know more.
And now her relation to Joji. There is a rumor going around that she and Joji are dating. The reasons for this are that recently 88rising and she posted a picture of them posing together and that she has been liking and commenting on his instagram posts. Not only that but Joji has also been liking her stuff on instagram. As far as I know, that’s pretty much it. Not a lot of evidence to say that they are dating. People say that they are a) dating, b) friends with benefits, or c) just friends/acquaintances.
My opinion is probably b or c but leaning towards c. HOWEVER. The one message that I would like everyone to be clear on is that Joji can do whatever he wants. He can date her, he can fuck her, he can be friends with her, and it’s really none of our business. Am I a hypocrite by making these posts and answering these asks? Probably. Maybe. But my opinion is my opinion. He can do whatever he wants and what he thinks will make him happy. I think she’s a bad idea, but hey. That’s just me, you know?
Added note and to reiterate, this ain’t no witch hunt. IMO she’s terrible but she doesn’t deserve people harrassing her about Joji. Ya feel me?
tl;dr she is a bad lady but oh well good for joj,,,
Let me say this one thing about the new Wolf 359 episode: as someone who a) has a speech disorder and knows what it’s like to have people single out how you speak but not what you say b) is also half East European (not Polish, though) and living in a Western country and c) has also had her surname butchered on multiple occasions I now really, really want to give Renée Minkowski a gigantic hug.
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Short Answer: Abarimon, Aegipan, Atosis, Bugbear, Capelobo, Cecealia, Cercopes, Cuca, Gwyllion, Mad Gasser, Onocentaur, Yacuruna and Yowie,
I give you a better answer, these are all the monsters I once used and now don’t. These are the monsters I think are either to similar to other creatures (and no good as upgrades, evolutions or related creatures) or I just don’t like them anymore and found other creatures for their roles and abilities.
NOTE that I use the MYTHIKA descriptions for the creatures, not the real myth variants, while many are probably the same as the myth, some are changed a lot.
ABAASY (Demon)(Hungarian) – Fachen-like Demons that ride on two-headed, six-legged, twelve eyed and tailed drakes. ABARIMON (Humanoid)(Medieval European) – Cannibalistic humanoids with backward feet that are very swift. ADHENE (Fae)(Manx) – Very arrogant and vain faeries. AEGIPAN (Humanoid)(Ancient Greek) – Merfolk with goat-like features, in Mythika much like sea Satyr. AETERNAE (Demon)(Medieval European) – Horned demons which use their own bones as weapons pretty much like Marrow from X-men. AETOS (Beast)(Ancient Greek) – Giant cruel Crow/Vulture birds that eat organs, damage done by these birds will quickly regenerate so the birds can endlessly eat your body. AGRIUS (Giant)(Ancient Greek) – Giant Lycanthropes and werebears. AKASHITA (Elemental)(Japanese) – Cloud monsters, in Mythika the pre-mature form of Planetnik (the living storm) AMAROK (Beast)(Inuit) – Enormous wolf monsters, very similar to the story of Gaueko. AME-ONNA (Undead)(Japanese) – Drowned women that walk around with a weapon-like umbrella and which can summon water and rain. ANZU (Chimerae)(Sumerian) – Lightning Chimerae composed of Lion and Bird parts, much like a reversed Griffon. AO AO (Chimerae)(South American) – Half peccary and half sheep, stands up like a humanoid, very gluttonous. APAOSHA (Demon)(Zoroastrianism) – Demonic Pegasus of drought. ASWANG (Undead)(Philippine) – Ghoul like creatures that can detach their claws, head and torso, becoming an swarm of body-parts. ATOSIS (Humanoid)(Native American) – Lizardmen with Gila Monster features, they are shamans and warlocks among lizardfolk. ATTORCROPPES (Fae)(German) – Snake-like faeries with powerful venom and a love for snakes. AZIWUGUM (Chimerae)(Inuit) – Armored Walrus-Dog creatures with very powerful tails which can instantly kill a victim.
Atosis love to cook their victims after they ripped away their will and sanity.
BABI NGEPET (Beast)(Indonesian) – Greedy boar monsters which are magnetic and pull in all types of treasures onto their bodies. BALDANDERS (Aberration)(German) – Chaotic shapeshifters which can take the form of any object they have seen or touched. I used them as Mimic (D&D) in Mythika. BANASPATI (Undead)(Indonesian) – Gigantic flaming skull monsters that feed on fear. BASAN (Beast)(Japanese) – Giant terror birds with fire abilities. BAS CELIK (Angel)(Turkish) – Angels of evil emotions and with iron features and wings. BEITHIR (Dragon)(Scottish) – Much like the D&D Behir, a combination of dragon and centipede with lightning abilities. BERGKONGE (Dragon)(Norwegian) – Shapeshifting mountain dragons, also a variant of Erlking. BICORN (Beast)(Medieval European) – Fat panther-like cows with two unicorn horns on their heads, they grow fat on eating unfaithful people. BLACK ANNIS (Fae)(English) – Your typical forest hag, tall as an ogre and with blue skin as hard as steel. BLACK HOWLER (Fae)(North American) – Giant black puma’s with sonic abilities and horns. BLACK TAMANOUS (Ooze)(Native American) – Black oil-like oozes which take human hosts and turn them into cannibals. BOCANACH (Demon)(Irish) – Black Satyr’s which music makes other creatures very hostile, aggressive and which starts wars. Then the creature feeds on the lost souls of the death. BONNACON (Beast)(Medieval European) – Burning bison’s which breath fire, they also poop fire bombs, everything about them stinks and burns. BOOBACH (Fae)(English) – Small bogeymen which love to scare their prey with scary faces. BOO HAG (Fae)(Gullah) – Skinless Night Hag which haunts dreams and which wears the skins of her prey. I use them in Mythika as Nocnitsa. BUGBEAR (Humanoid)(English) – Nasty hairy bear-like goblins which are extremely grumpy and cruel but which have good bonds with all types of beasts.
Bocanach play very depressive songs on their flutes, turning any village into a battlefield.
CAMAHUETO (Aberration)(Chilote) – Disfigured sea unicorns which appear like seal/cows with a narwhale like horn. CAMULATZ (Beast)(Mayan) – Enormous parrot monsters which love to decapitate their prey. CAPCAUN (Giant)(Romanian) – Your typical bridge and toll troll. CAPELOBO (Humanoid)(Brazilian) – Humanoid anteaters which feed on brains with their tongues. CATH PALUG (Fae)(Welsh) – Size-shifting cats which can take the form of small cat, panther-sized cat and giant-sized cat. CECAELIA (Humanoid)(Unknown) – Merfolk which combine humanoids with octopi. CERASTES (Beast)(Medieval European) – Sand serpents that swim in sand. CERCOPES (Humanoid)(Ancient Greek) – Twin monkey-human hybrids, they love to steal and always work together to get what they want. CHIPFALAMFULA (Beast)(African) – Gigantic fish with an entire city of merfolk inside their bodies. Everything they swallow will transform into a mindless merfolk that hunts for their new Chipfalamfula master. CHOUKESHIN SWARM (Vermin)(Japanese) – A beautiful but deadly swarm of butterflies that feed on life energy. COCKATRICE (Chimerae)(Medieval European) – Half rooster and half lizard, poisonous skin which transform flesh into fossilized stone. CUCA (Humanoid)(Brazilian) – Crocodile humanoids which behave much like child-eating hags. CUEGLE (Aberration)(Spanish) – Three eyed horrors with one blue one green and one red eye. They also have three arms without hands.
How can something so beautiful be so vile and horrid? Choukeshin Swarm.
DECARABIA (Demon)(Ars Goetia) - Giant demonic crownofthorn-starfish demons. DRAC (Dragon)(French) – River and Lake drakes which bodies are mostly made up of water plants and which lure prey in with illusions of treasures.
ENTULLA (Beast)(Medieval European) – Very wild and rampaging antelopes with dangerous horns, they are all the hostile energy of nature put into one being. ERYMANTHIAN BOAR (Beast)(Ancient Greek) – Enormous wild boars.
These are no mere beasts, they are all of natures madness, aggression and wild energy put into one vessel, so nature itself could get rid of it. Entulla.
FEAR DORCHA (Fae)(Irish or Scottish) – Shadow Fae humanoids which are the perfect stalkers, spies and assassins. FOSSEGRIM (Fae)(Norwegian) – Blue haired male water nymphs which drown people and lure them in with their instruments and music.
GA-GORIB (Beast)(African) – Gorilla monsters with a strange skin that rebound anything shot at it, they live in strange pits. GARM (Demon)(Ancient Norse) – The hound of hell. GAWIGAWEN (Giant)(Philippine) – 5 headed war giants that often fight in armies for demons. GENDERUWO (Giant)(Indonesian) – King Kong sized (and behaving) Sasquatch monsters that use humanoids as toys. GLOBSTER (Ooze)(Oceanic) – Sea oozes made of death whale blubber. GUDIAO (Beast)(Chinese) – Unicorn birds of prey. GWYLLION (Humanoid)(Welsh) – Female mountain goblins.
This horrid, stinking mass of aquatic sludge is been feasted on while it feasts on its predators at the same time. Globster.
HAAKAPAINIZI (Vermin)(Native American) – Giant grasshopper bogey’s that kidnap and eat children. HAERMORRHOIS (Beast)(Medieval European) – Blood serpents, which poison forces all the blood from the bitten victims body. HOOP SNAKE (Beast)(Fearsome Critter) – Giant snakes which bite their tail and like a wheel roll over their victims. HRIMFAXI (Beast)(Ancient Norse) – Frost Horses HROSSHVALUR (Chimerae)(Iceland) – Half horse and half whale, loves to crush ships with its ramming ability. HUALLEPEN (Aberration)(Chilote) – Much like some disfigured cow-calf mixed in with a seal, looking at this lake monster will disfigure you. HULDRA (Fae)(Scandinavian) – Fox nymphs with hollow backs.
IJIRAQ (Fae)(Native American) – Small snow bogeyman with powerful illusions and which always wear skulls of powerful creatures such as Wendigo. INDUS WORM (Vermin)(Medieval European) – White water worms.
Creatures that follow one of Ijiraqs illusions are never seen again.
JACK-O-LANTERN (Plant)(Worldwide) – Variant of Scarecrow with a head of a burning pumpkin.
KEYTHONG (Chimerae)(Heraldry European) – Wingless Griffon species that hunt like velociraptors. KLUDDE (Fae)(Belgian) – Bat winged wolves which gaze will put dangerous hallucinations inside the minds of victims. KOBOLD (Elemental)(German) – The gnomes of earth, can control the element earth and shape it into any form they desire. KORI (Beast)(Colombia) – Giant green aquatic anteaters which tongue turns earth into water.
Like a pack of wild Raptors the wingless Keythong take down a powerful Unicorn with ease.
LUNANTISHEE (Fae)(English) – Evil Faeries covered in thorns, with plant-like skin.
HALA (Elemental)(Bulgarian) – Whirlwind hags of storm and cold.
MAD GASSER (Humanoid)(Modern Legend) – Insane humanoid which uses gas to kill its prey. MINKA BIRD (Fae)(Australian) – Beautiful birds of paradise which make victims obsessed with them in their dreams.
NACHTKRAPP (Beast)(German) – Roc-sized raven/crow bogeys NACHZEHRER (Undead)(German) – Vampires which are like a living voodoo doll to anyone they drank the blood from. When they hurt their own bodies, the voodoo-connected victim is hurt in the same way. NIAN (Chimerae)(Chinese) – Enormous golden lions with a unicorn horn. NODEPPO (Fae)(Japanese) – Flying squirrel evils that spit out realistic illusions in the form of swarms of bats or spiders. NUE (Chimerae)(Japanese) – Chimerae that combine the face of a baboon, the body of a tiger and and the tail of a serpent. They can turn into black clouds and invade the dreams of their victims.
All these creatures do is spit out horrifying illusions and deadly lies. Nodeppo.
ONOCENTAUR (Humanoid)(Medieval European) – Centaurs with the lower body of a mule/donkey and the upperbody of an orc, they are very hostile.
PELESIT (Vermin)(Malay) – Grasshopper monsters with the face of a humanoid, they enter a hosts body and transform it into a Apocalypse Locust. PSOGLAV (Demon)(Serbian) – Bizarre demons with horse legs, a jackal or dog head and a single eye. They were demons of Famine.
SARKANY (Dragon)(Hungarian) – Dragons of storm and lightning, they can turn into a humanoid-looking storm demon. SEITAAD (Elemental)(Native American) – Sand elemental monsters SERPOPARD (Chimerae)(Egyptian) – Half serpent and half panther with a very long neck and strange poison. SHACHIHOKO (Chimerae)(Japanese) – Half carps and half tigers. SHARALE (Demon)(Russian) – Non ice-based Mahaha demon of the forests. SIN-YOU (Angel)(Chinese) – Unicorn fallen angel that hunts for sinners, even if it is a minor sin. They absorb the sins from anyone they kill. SIRANIS (Aberration)(Persian) – Horrid monsters which use sound as weapon. SKOTUMODIR (Aberration)(Iceland) – Mother of all ray-fish, looking like some mutant ray horror.
It is like fighting the entire desert at the same time! Seitaad.
TCULO (Vermin)(Roma) – Swarms of small land-based urchin monsters that enter bodies and spread diseases. TEUMESSIAN FOX (Beast)(Ancient Greek) – Very swift giant foxes which have very good evasion abilities and which are impossible to hit with ranged weapons. TREE OCTOPUS (Plant)(Internet Cryptid) – A plant in the form of an octopus. TSEMAUS (Beast)(Native American) – Sharks or Orca Whales with very sharp dorsal fins. TUPILAQ (Construct)(Inuit) – Small bone idols which have a link with their creator and which kill for their creator, for their tiny size they have the strength of an ogre.
This creature the size of a small doll has the strenght of the most powerful Ogres. Seeing this little thing snap a human in half like a twig is something out of a horrid nightmare. Tupilaq.
USHI ONI (Demon)(Japanese) – Oni spirits that invade crabs, they look like crabs with a minotaur-like head.
VATNAGEDDA (Beast)(Iceland) – Golden Flounder fish with extreme poison, they even kill ghosts with their poison. VETALA (Undead)(Hindu) – Vampires that feed on intelligence and brains. VILKACIS (Undead)(Latvia) – Spiritual werewolves which enter the bodies of beasts and turn them into very powerful and monstrous horrors. Much like a beast-type poltergeist.
I can possess any animal, and humans are animals to. Vilkacis.
YACURUNA (Humanoid)(Brazilian) – Merfolk (with legs) which ride on crocodiles and which have giant aquatic serpents around their neck as living jewelry. YANAGA-BABA (Plant)(Japanese) – Giant willow trees which use hag-like dryads as their spies, they spread sorrow, misery and sadness into their environment, turning any area into a swamp of sadness over time. YOWIE (Humanoid)(Australian) – Red haired evil sasquatch monsters that are very filthy and cruel. YPOTRYLL (Chimerae)(Heraldry European) – Half boar, camel and behemoth, often used by Berserkers in battle (they are in mythika as mount for the upgraded Berserker)
All you need is sadness child. Yanaga Baba.
ZIBURINIS (Elemental)(Lithuanian) – Undead fire elementals which invade a host and burn it from the inside out with pure hatred. ZORIGAMI (Construct)(Japanese) – Animated clocks which control minor parts of time.
Feel my hatred burn you from inside out infidel! Ziburinis.
Have you seen the criticisms about the casting of Crazy Rich Asians (read: White beauty standards)? Some people say that a Eurasian celebrity makes Hollywood diverse compared a full-blooded Asian celebrity whose role was about being a token Asian or a stereotypical role.
Well, Hollywood’s standard is white people and when we go into mixed race people, the standard is also white + non-white, so it’s almost never non-white + non-white. Therefore, I don’t see how Eurasian (white European + Asian) celebrities are “diverse” in comparison to “full-blooded” Asian celebrities whether they be in stereotypical roles or not. Of course, this isn’t to say that Eurasian people are any less Asian, it’s just the fact that if they weren’t half white European, would they still get roles? Then there’s another issue because Eurasians from Europe (or Asia) are NOT white-mixed Asian Americans. So as you can see, there is an issue at every level here.
Of course, I will watch Crazy Rich Asians still because I want to support an “all Asian cast” but there’s that disconnect. I don’t feel a personal connection with white-mixed Asian American men let alone with Eurasian men. It’s just that our experiences are not the same. White-mixed Asian Americans face racism and prejudice on both sides of their families whereas I don’t face racism from either side. There are other differing experiences as well, especially depending on what communities we grow up in. At the end of the day though, we’re all Asian so that’s something that does connect us.