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Astraia Lavellan - Seven of Wands

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to commission @xfreischutz to make a card for my Inquisitor, Astraia Lavellan. The final result was more than worth the wait! Frei paid so much attention to details and had creative interpretations of my ideas, managing to take my massive amount of information about my character and distill it down into a wonderful image.

They were a pleasure to work with and I am so glad that I commissioned them. ♥

i’ve posted about 90 high-res screenshots of various places around skyhold, mostly focusing on solas’ rotunda and his murals, but with some detail shots also of dorian’s nook, vivienne’s nook, the inquisitor’s quarters, and the main hall (with the free marches decor).

feel free to use for any purpose idgaf. if you want to see something else let me know i don’t mind screencapping stuff. i have a complete collection so i can change the decor too.

props to bioware’s art department, there are so many gorgeous little details that most players will never ever see, like all the stained glass patterns. or for instance: did you ever notice those little mabari heads carved in the beam underneath solas’ desk? looks like it was made in ferelden.

Upon realizing she was failing Potions, and possibly wouldn’t be accepted into the Auror program, Nymphadora Tonks decided to do whatever she had to do sixth year to get her Potions NEWT. 

Receiving the grade involved three things: her newfound ability to change her features to match a photograph, a picture of a young red-headed woman laughing, and Snape’s utter lack of remorse

The utter disgusting-ness of what she’s done makes her realize, six years into her Hogwarts career, that she really is a Hufflepuff after all - that she values hard work, patience, and honesty. That she should have valued them a little more before slipping behind a closed door with Snape, before letting him call her Lily, before learning things about the school’s worst teacher that she will never be able to unsee. 

It’s after that unfortunate experience that she decides, NEWT or no NEWT…she’s going to earn her grade, and her spot as an Auror. Because she’s a Hufflepuff, goddammit. And Hufflepuffs don’t cheat for the grade.

@cpt-starlord - this is your fault.

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Sailor Moon Vol 1 Manga Cover (2003)  - Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon (1992)

Sailor Moon Crystal S1 (2014) - Sailor Moon Crystal S3 (2016)

Sword Oratoria

So awhile back I picked up the first volume of the Danmachi spinoff LN in a buy two get one free sale thinking that it was a manga. I was initially disappointed because I didn’t really want a LN at the time, but since I bought it I figured I might as well go ahead and read it. 

I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s certainly not the pinnacle of fantasy writing, but I was engaged in the story and wanted to know what was going to happen next. I appreciate that in the spinoff it focuses on Aiz and her familia doing badass things in the dungeon rather than Bell being a newb and getting stronger. Aiz is already basically a god among men, and it lets the story go somewhere different than the original. 

While the writing is for the most part fairly simple (though I suspect this is partly because of it being translated and also that LNs are typically aimed at a younger audience and tend to not use a lot of advanced Kanji, which probably translates to the somewhat punctual and simple sentences that LN translations seem to have) the author has a real knack for describing large scale tactical battles. Sure Aiz is pretty OP and well wreck things, but in the really lower levels of the dungeon if they don’t work together and have a strong battle plan they’re just gonna die. 

I also appreciate that in the LN the world is fleshed out a lot more. World building is one of my favorite things in a show or book, and the Danmachi anime didn’t go into too much depth about the various things. The LN goes into much much more depth about how all the systems work, the various familia, cool little things about the world and so on. Also the dungeon is just fucking cool. Each floor can be completely unique, with almost no restrictions placed on what it has to look like or be which leaves the author with incredible freedom to dream up the wildest floors they possibly want. 

I wasn’t really expecting to enjoy this book very much, but it’s a solid fun read. Something like a 6-7/10 if I’m going to give it numbers. If you liked Danmachi at all, or sort of liked it but wanted a different view of the world this is a nice book to pick up. Only the first volume has been officially translated, but they seem to be coming out with new official translations every couple months. I’m sure there are fan translations floating around too, but I haven’t looked for them. 

So ya, fun book. There is an anime adaption scheduled sometime this year too. I think next season, but maybe the one after. That should be fun. 

the hogwarts au pt. 1

by @ohfucktherewashomework

  • root’s mother is a witch, but, Eileen Prince style, she fell off the sobriety wagon and married a good-for-nothing muggle
  • she doesn’t really teach root much about magic
  • root is exceptionally gifted at it though, even when its uncontrolled
  • like, tom riddle level of gifted
  • it scares her mother, when she pays attention, because the things root can do—they’re not normal
  • they’re dangerous
  • which means root’s dangerous
  • so her mother—in a rare fit of Caring—tells her to stop
  • to be Normal and forget and just stay away from all the things that made her life difficult
  • root tries it, for a while
  • befriends a nice muggle girl named hannah
  • but the irregularities never stop, and root’s not sure she wants them to—especially not after hannah is taken
  • they never find the man who took hannah
  • root likes it that way. she’s ten, but it’s nice to know that no one recognizes the hydrangea bush for what it was
  • her mother throws her letter at her, stinking of liquor, and tells her to pack
  • “no one comes out of that place the same,” she spits, like that’s a bad thing
  • root thinks that anything would be better than the muggle world without hannah
  • she’s already so proud of being a witch
  • (pride is what people with nothing else cling to)
  • shaw, on the other hand, has no explanation for what magic is
  • she grows up with two completely muggle parents
  • they’re very accepting of her oddities though
  • “oh, sameen’s floating today? azizam, get her down before she hits her head”
  • “is her hair…on fire?” “guess we won’t have to visit the hairdresser soon”
  • but they also have Limits
  • there is a very strict no explosions in the house rule
  • when sameen gets in fights, the other guy is rarely as anatomically correct as when they started out
  • after the first terrible PTA meeting, there’s also a very strict no fighting rule
  • sam’s parents thank their blessings every day that for the most part she keeps to herself and doesn’t actually fight that much
  • when shaw’s dad dies, it’s…hard
  • she doesn’t feel anything—she doesn’t—but the magic comes boiling over
  • the monkey bars bend when she tries to perch on them, suddenly too hot to touch
  • when all shaw wants to do is swing back and forth, back and forth, on the swing, suddenly there are fiery vines crawling up the chains
  • it sucks
  • shaw’s mum is quietly relieved when they get the letter and the talk from professor hersh
  • finally, an explanation
  • “it’ll be good for you, asalam. learn. grow. make friends. maybe meet someone special?”
  • “mamaaaaan.”
  • “forget I said anything”
  • john’s parents are wizards so he’s p much set
  • he’s not that weird for a magical child
  • they take it all in stride
  • carter’s a half-blood, but her family’s really open about magic
  • her mum, the muggle, is actually pretty excited
  • our daughter’s a witch. did you see her move that teapot? how fucki—I mean, how nice dear
  • her dad just smiles and tells joss that she has to go out for the quidditch team
  • that girl on a broomstick, I mean, damn she’s a vicious nine-year-old
  • harold’s dad is a muggle
  • he Tries, okay, but it puts a lot of pressure on him. he goes to the store and brings home every book on supernatural happenings he can and puts them on harold’s bedside table
  • harold devours everything. everything. we’re talking, this kid has whole passages of ‘supposedly magical sightings in rural south England based on a few obscure folktales’ memorized by the time he’s eight
  • by then, he’s seen how uncomfortable magic makes his dad
  • he hides it
  • decides to make his own rules about what purposes he can use magic for
  • he constructs this whole ideology before he even knows what magic really is
  • fucking nerd
  • when he gets his hogwarts letter and visit, he’s ready
  • he’s going to learn everything. he knows it. it’s gonna happen.
  • headmaster control is staring at her student list and pinching the bridge of her nose
What's a Witch 4

Pt 3 Pt 5

Mornings were never a time Natsu agreed with. One moment he was asleep, dreaming about flying on clouds with Igneel; Happy, Erza, and even that jerk Gray at his back - the next he was waking up alone in a scratchy cot with just the bitter memory of happier times to keep him company.

He hated mornings.

It meant he had to leave the dreams behind, a small solace in the violent war they had been fighting for the past few decades. Or however long. Natsu was the head of the resistance. Erza might lead their troops with galvanizing words, but he led them with his heart. With fire streaming through his veins, angry roars belting from the back of his throat as he and the other dragons rode in from the skies. He loved to fight. Loved to win. It was just as much a part of him as the fire he manipulated.

The guilt was hard to ignore though. Igneel’s death, the war, and the countless number of friends he had lost… It was his fault this was happening. No matter how indirect.

He was sick of fighting. He was sick of waking up alone; another name of a friend lost he had to brand into his heart.

But that was before Lucy.

It was different now.

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