his character was interesting how he had more affinity for humans

Tsukuyomi Theory Masterpost (EDITED)

WARNING! MANGA SPOILERS

I gathered everything known about the Tsukuyomi theory as of ch.60… or everything I know of at least….

Mostly my theories, but a few facts from undergroundsky. I invite you to read through the “Tskuyomi theory” tags for the things I might have missed.

  • Introduction: How the theory came to be
  • Symbolic “coincidences”
  • Father theory
  • Spells on gods
  • Heavens’ involvement

It may have been a hint for Yato’s “Father” role in his survival, but as the chapters releases, it becomes even more likely that it hints at something else. This added with the convenient fact that gods don’t remember their past life spawned an interesting theory:

Yato is not at his first incarnation and he has more than one true name…

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Hancock & Sole interactions/relationship

We know that Hancock is a man about the town.  He’s had several relationships in various forms but I don’t think he’s ever had a ‘meaningful’ relationship. 

By this I mean that Sole is probably the first person he’s ever truly loved romantically.

Sure he’s probably had his first crush and infatuations with people but given the type of person Hancock is I imagine these have all ended more or less the same way;

- He’s gotten bored.  

In his youth he says himself that he’d “go on these wild tears.”  Not just chems in my mind but drink, gambling, wild parties, one night stands & sometimes keeping a lover around for a week or two at most. 

I think he’d be too busy exploring life and trying to find any point to living to be able to settle down with any one person in his ‘human’ years. 

As he’s gotten older and especially after he’d risen to power in Goodneighbor he could no longer rely on his good looks but he still had a lot to offer;  A smooth tongue, wealth and influence. 

At this point I can also see a pattern arising in that people would want to be with him selfishly.  They’d be the luxury seeking or power hungry socialites hoping to gain benefits from being with the mayor. 

‘If you love me you’ll do this for me,’ types were probably a sad reality for him.

I say this because he has the line “You want me to take the emotion out of a relationship? I’ve never been the one not doing the askin’ before..” Leaving us in no doubt that he’s broken up with people who’ve gotten too attached to him before now.


Looking at Sole this is someone with pre-war values and who is completely unprepared for life in the Commonwealth.

Survival mode gives us a bit of insight to what life would be like in a ‘real world’ in that we can get ill, poisoned, negative effects from not sleeping or eating properly etc. 

Ignoring the given backgrounds for Nate and Nora even if our oc/sole survivor was based on Bear Grylls they are still utterly and completely unprepared for this new post-apocalyptic world. 

Radiation pollutes everything. Deathclaws, Super Mutants and Feral Ghouls litter the dead landscape and the only recognizable crops are corn and carrots.

My first thought upon leaving the vault in my very first play through was ‘what is this bloodleaf I just found and is it poisonous?’  

An average person that had a Mr Handy robot to cook & clean for them has little chance out there.

“Are you kidding me?  You looked like you’d fallen out of the Vault that day.  I thought I’d see you picking your teeth out of the gutter by sun up.”  

Hancock wasn’t kidding either.  This lost and bewildered little lamb walked into Goodneighbor and he immediately steps in to try and give us a break and a head-start in his town because at first glance he knows sole doesn’t have a foggy clue how politics work, gangs work and later on he expresses genuine surprise that sole can even hold their own in a battle. 

- “Never thought you’d be such a scrapper.”

But through all of this, sole has a genuinely good heart and wants to help people.  I think he is increasingly drawn to this aspect and all the while his respect grows for them as they overcome the brutal chaos the Commonwealth throws at them.


Travelling together I think these two would lapse into an easy relationship.  Hancock tells us in his affinity talks what he gains from their relationship (friendship or romanced) but there is a lot he has to offer sole that he probably doesn’t see since he’ll take it for granted. 

Things like basic survival skills that every child learns as common knowledge those days; 

‘Don’t eat that.’

‘Keep warm at night by doing this.’

‘This will make good shelter - that looks like it would be good for shelter but don’t go there because it’s layout means it’s likely to be full of ferals/molerats.’

‘This is how you start a fire.’

‘This is how you read your surroundings because x, y & z are the most common habits of the dangerous folk out here.’

‘That’s how you get yourself killed.’ 

These are things that literally everyone who has ever left the settlement they were born in has had to learn in order to survive.  But Sole has never needed to survive like this before.  All of this knowledge is new to them. 

Hancock would earn a place of friend, confident and teacher without even knowing how crucial his passing comments and thoughtless lessons are to Sole.

He would become that firm pillar of safety and security that sole needed in their life at that point and because giving these little lessons or doing these common place chores is so effortless and normal to him it would feel like Sole asks for nothing from him.

This would be an unexpected and pleasant change to a life where everyone has only ever wanted him for caps or to be able to run to him to ‘take care’ of someone that’s causing them trouble. 

- “Nice to not be the only muscle for a change.”

 And I think for Hancock a step back from the party and social life to settle into a more domestic pattern would indeed bring him that peace and purpose he’d be hoping and looking for.    

Suddenly he doesn’t have 100 voices from every angle complaining, bickering and asking/demanding that he sort out their petty differences.  

Instead he sits at an open fire cooking a stew he learned to make at his mother’s knee for this absolute novice because they can’t even tell what herbs will kill them.     

Suddenly he isn’t drinking with a group that called him over because he has to keep up appearances or get in with the right crowd.

Instead he’s inhaling some jet on his own terms listening to his companion tell him what the star constellations back in their time where in comparison to the ones he has learned from his father to use as navigation on a cold night.

All the while they are still helping people and making their mark on the world.  

“Suddenly things just feel.. ‘right’.”  



I think this one of the most interesting relationships in the game but Hancock, unfortunately, seems to be one of the more overlooked characters (in-game) in my opinion. 

I say this because his affinity talks are on the same level as most of the others for backstory and character exploration but he is one of the few characters who doesn’t have a personal quest.

I think there are lot of skeletons in his closet (will explore this in another post) but for the most part I think he is a perfect companion for Sole at this time of their life. 

anonymous asked:

Hi, so I'm dreading the EMA separation. ( if it even happens) But Eren and Armins relationship is strong, so what could be so bad that they'd part ways? They're best friends. Same with Eren and Mikasa. (I ship them) I just can't see what could drive them apart. All they have in their world is each other.

…Or is it?

Isayama insisted twice about that separation thing. In an old Q&A (which was the main argument why Armin needed to live when chapter 82 was out) and in ANSWERS about the “three of them going in separate directions”. Take that sentence as you wish, but it implies the three of them aren’t going to be together like before.

First of all I’d love to examine the last pages of SnK volume 21 here.

Keep in mind this double page is published after what I’d like to refer as the darkest volume of the series, where the serumbowl occurred, Erwin and Bertolt lost their lives, and the basement revealed that the SC’s current goal was basically pointless, on top of having a more advanced nation wrapping their necks around their ropes. Meaning when the reader finished the volume on a more light-hearted page, it would basically be an ideal world where the situation becomes more casual and lighthearted (school factions instead of war and military).

On this page, the characters would be sorted by affinities, most of then in accordance with canon relationships as we know: Ymir growing fond of Historia when she initially wanted to use her as a safety chip and vice-versa, Bertolt clinging around Reiner and being his aide, same parallel as in canon (which could be further evidenced by future flashbacks), Hitch and Marlowe bickering like their MP-selves (both of them were pretty much mundane in comparison to the SC life), Sasha and Connie being the baka duo which is pretty self-explanatory, Annie walks alone she walks alone. Her shadow haunts the boulevard beside her

You’ll notice EMA doesn’t hang around in this page: Eren is standing aside, looking down the pavement, because Isayama described him as the typical normie who wants to stand out from anybody instead of just going under the flow. Mikasa is standing behind a tree with her nerd friends. I’ll need someone with a better Japanese than me, because her description says “Jean who was trying to establish a connection” at the beginning, which refers to Jean’s crush on Mikasa at the beginning of the series. I have no idea whether it implies jeankasa in the end à la Grease or if it’s just her acting casual about Jean’s flirting, but there’s no mention of Eren in it. Affinity-wise, she’d rather hang with the nerds and weirdos. Meanwhile, Armin hangs with Jean and Marco. Armin’s and Jean’s description is exactly the same in the guidebook: Armin hangs with his laptop and loves anime, Jean thinks he’s popular under his bad boy look… Marco’s description is new in that he’s Armin’s nerd buddy. The Armin/Jean/Marco trio had some basis in their canon counterparts where Jean got along fairly well with both boys in the course of 3 years and Armin and Marco fixed their 3DMG together, indicating some friendship over common interests. So what can we deduce from this?

By affinities alone, EMA doesn’t even need to be together. Because of their personalities, something will eventually break.

Yet EMA is seen together in canon as this inseparable trio who will always support themselves no matter what… Since we got that huge infodump in August, I started to have my doubts about this “unbreakable cohesion”.

Let’s say the march begun in chapter 85, after Armin woke up:

When Eren had to tell everything to Armin, he didn’t mention the part where he and Mikasa heavily insisted in bringing him back to life. If their friendship could trump everything, they would admit it was under their request. The reason why they didn’t is because they knew it was a very bad decision to nail on, further explained by Hange and Levi, even Armin himself:

Erwin should have been chosen - Ch. 85

Everybody thought Erwin would be the right decision, even Eren and Mikasa to a certain extent, which directly contradicts their arguments from chapter 84 arguing Armin could lead to victory, or he could save humanity. They didn’t even protest against him being dragged down, because they just wanted to bring him back without any further consequences, not because they evaluated him to be more suitable than Erwin.

That lack of honesty with Armin was a first start, but what about the other times?

It was revealed Eren was quite the selfish type who felt “empty” due to his lack of meaning of life. He tries to compensate by letting his anger out towards the titans, but it’s revealed he doesn’t care about Armin’s dream, or the ocean itself.

Armin’s dream and Eren - Ch.72, 14, 84

The first panel shows Eren lacking Armin’s excitement for further discoveries. Armin eventually noticed Eren’s expression of disbelief and expressed disappointment, showing the latter doesn’t share the same dream than him. The other panels were him forgetting about his dream. To me, that definitely nails the ocean as a pretext rather than a sincere dream.

Furthermore, Isayama described Eren as having a sort of Armin-complex, here:

Isayama: Inside Eren’s mind, there is something like an emotional complex. For instance, in contrast to Armin who dreams passionately about the natural world outside the wall or unknown legends, Eren holds nothing but indignation. So that attitude develops into a complex - and there is also an inner part of him wondering “Am I empty-headed?” - but then he learns that human beings can turn into Titans. As his existing beliefs are gradually getting destroyed, he makes “How about just conserving myself?” a new standard, and he makes decisions and acts based upon it. -@suniuz

Which explains why he doesn’t remember the ocean, but this:

“You looked like you were seeing an amazing dream. But… I didn’t have anything” - Ch.73

That scene in particular made him remember how worthless he felt compared to Armin, who was already illuminated by his grandfather’s book. I felt like he was filled with self-loathing whenever he thought about Armin’s life being in line because he gave himself a sense in his life at 8 years old. Armin’s motivated by world exploration and his sense of curiosity. Eren’s been meanwhile considered a slave of the story.

But what about Armin and Eren? Why does he keep hanging around him?

First of all, Eren was the first friend Armin ever made, on top of him defending him against the bullies. Since he wasn’t physically fit and was the weirdo of the area, he was eventually an easy target, not only a physical one, but also a mental one. He suffers from low-self esteem and doesn’t want to be seen as powerless, a coward or a burden. When Eren (and Mikasa) entrusted his faith on the tactic side, he felt like a burst of confidence flowing inside him. 

“I had just… convinced myself… convinced myself that I was powerless… that I was a burden… But these two… didn’t think of me that way… What other evidence do I need? These two are putting their lives in my hands… They… trust me more than… anyone else in the world…” - Ch.11

And that happened only because Eren trusted him before anybody else… Until recently.

For starters, there’s the explanation from chapter 85 I provided above that neither Eren or Mikasa defended Armin when they were agreeing Erwin was a better decision. That’s where it doesn’t exactly work anymore because Armin still heavily relies on Eren and Mikasa for moral support, to the point he needs to hang around them, to convince himself they still care about him as a person. That’s why he was standing nearby their cells in chapter 87, despite being burdened with two deaths in the previous volume.

Him convincing himself Eren still care about going to the ocean is even felt in chapter 82, where he decided to entrust his dreams to his best friend in a final assault against Bertolt. That time, thinking about the outside world filled him with courage.

Armin getting determined - Ch.81

The courage boiling inside him was filled with the many wonders awaiting him beyond the walls. Now that the truth’s been revealed, I wonder how much of that curiosity’s been shattered? Armin lost one of his main motivators. He only have Eren and Mikasa left, a.k.a. people who don’t even fully trust him.

So where does Mikasa go in all of this?

Before ANSWERS I actually didn’t think about a possible separation between her, Eren and Armin, from what it looked, her bond with them was pretty sturdy.

Isayama: Mikasa’s growth probably involves separation from Eren. By separation, I mean she might be able to return to that ordinary girl that she used to be in childhood…… I read some interesting thoughts from readers on the internet. People would say male mangaka have a tendency to reject the notion of “fate.“ On the contrary, female mangaka draw works that approve “fate.” You meet your Mr./Ms. Right, you say “This is fate!”, and you accept that the trajectory of your life is already predestined. People who interfere with that and seem to affect your serene life are portrayed as villains. Of course, I am not speaking of all mangaka, but with my mentality as a male mangaka, I think it is pitiful if Mikasa’s life is only about staying together with Eren. However to Mikasa, it is a wonderful thing to be with Eren forever. Combining what I’ve said, if I were to draw the separation of Eren and Mikasa, I feel like my portrayal likely won’t be satisfactory for readers, because Mikasa would have to endure the strain of being stuck between Eren and Armin. Even though she can sympathize with Armin, who considers things from a “globalism” perspective, it’s possible that she can’t just let the more self-focused Eren go.

-@suniuz

It was the first time the early fandom wank about whether Eren was good fro Mikasa or not resurfaced. So many memories…

Her degree of separation apparently involves a return to roots? That one where the sweet, innocent Mikasa settles in instead? Considering her experience, I doubt she could set up like this when she clearly experienced the worst of the world. So it’s more a setting where she renounces to her place in the military and sets up to some place safe where nobody would harm her. That’s a lifetsyle completely incompatible with Eren’s life: Mikasa was fine working in the fields, but Eren constantly needs to make his justice and he’ll stay in the warzone till the very end. If Mikasa can bargain with the Eastern Country with the mark of her clan, perhaps they’re going to let her in. There’s still the very first pages from the manga

To You, 2,000 Years From Now - Ch.1

That girl for me is clearly Mikasa: the early short hair, the scarf… Only the clothing looks different. Almost casual in fact. To me this panel is saying “I’m parting ways with you but we’ll see each other someday”. That’s pretty contradictory to what Mikasa fixed herself: to be at Eren’s side. Isayama thinks this is pathetic but it’s nearly essential for Mikasa to stay with him for the rest of her days. And by pathetic I mean this is the only goal she fixated herself in life: when her parents were brutally murdered in front of her eyes, her whole world crumbled. When Eren came and killed her kidnappers, she was brought back and followed his way of living, similar to a cub imitating her parents. Aside from Eren, her whole life seems pretty empty. As she ackerattached in pretty terrible circumstances, this is understandable.

The only way for her to “let go” of Eren is her realizing he doesn’t need her anymore. Either because he holds the coordinate and will figure out a way to activate it and wage war, making Mikasa’s Ackerpowers truly obsolete, either because Eren will make his own path without Armin and Mikasa. We’ll see how the future chapters will play out, but it’s clear to me he’ll send those wall titans on Marley. I have no idea if he’s gonna spare the Eldian minority residing there, considering they just offered one of their members as food.

About Isayama betraying the readers, I’m fully prepared for it to happen. After all, he deprived Levi from Erwin. That certainly won’t prevent him from doing the same with Mikasa. He also detailed in a separation scenario she would side with Eren, no matter what, even if it means going against Armin. Eren and Armin having an argument would truly wreck Armin’s closest relationships.

@momtaku voiced her opinion about Mikasa a while ago pretty consistently about her ackerbond with Eren. Honestly the more I’m reviewing Mikasa’s character, the most empty it feels. Aside from the second remnants of her family, nothing motivates much. Yet in that Highschool AU, we have her studying the occult, probably believing in paranormal entities and writing creepypasta… Her gloomy hobby matches her canon “creepy” personality but in this AU she seems more… fleshed than her canon counterpart at the same time? Is that a Mikasa who never had trauma in her youth and didn’t develop an ackerbond prematurely and looks shy, cute and probably harmless?  

I think the main breaker is Eren’s personality here.

Eren is described as being “a slave to the story”, always wanting to make himself look important: the highschool AU describes him as that grumpy normie on teenage hormones who doesn’t have any particular way to stand out. In canon, this is described as him being all talk about idealistic speeches without even thinking about them.

Eren defying Jean - Ch.3

That’s how he was able to convince Connie, Mina, Thomas and Samuel to join the Survey Corps. His inspirational words also struck Mikasa, Armin, Historia to some extent. Thanks to his abilities as a titan shifter, Erwin placed high hopes on him as well, along with most of the SC… and we all see how he payed him back. 

This is oddly reminiscent of somebody else, isn’t it?

Grisha encouraging the masses - Ch. 86

We all know how it turned out. Not only Grisha played himself, he also got the first restorationist he met calling him out.

Grice calling Grisha out - Ch.87

I’m expecting the same thing to happen with Eren and his comrades. It all depends about the next line of operations.

Phew, I didn’t expect that post to get that long but here we are. Hopefully I could explain why it doesn't bode well for EMA.

Addendum: The implications behind Eren and Mikasa’s pressure to bring Armin back are far worse considering everything I’ve said previously. If they let Armin die, they would’ve been impacted by bereavement sure, but not as heavily as they feared. Mikasa was actually ready to move on when Hange convicted her to let go and if Eren inherited Grisha’s mindset, the same can be assumed from him (he started a new life and let go of his old brothers, his first wive included). Having Erwin alive could’ve improved the road to a bittersweet ending at the cost of his sanity however. The only situation left unchanged would’ve been Reiner’s and there’s still something unfair, even if the serum would’ve been given to Erwin.

Tyrian's Semblance and How It's Related to Jaune

It’s no surprise that Tyrian has played a huge part in shifting the tones of RWBY and making them darker.  Tyrian has also become a favorite throughout the fandom because of his unpredictable personality, affinity for chaos, and his unforgettable Joker-esque laughter.

And the fact that he is just full of surprises.  When it was revealed that Tyrian was a faunus (an arachnid faunus, which confirmed that bug fauna do exist in Remnant) a bunch of theories centered around him exploded across the internet, most of which focused on his eyes and his tail, and how both of them are actually advantages he uses when he fights.  Today I will pitch in with my own Tyrian theory, but I’m going to try to figure out what Tyrian’s semblance is while still touching on other theories that I have heard across the web.  Feel free to tell me what you think.

I don’t think Tyrian’s semblance is the venom in his tail. Yes, his eyes change color when he uses it, but I think that that’s more like a warning than a sign of semblance.  When his eyes change color people should take that as an unspoken message to get the hell away from him because he’s about to sting someone.  I mean, you see animals do the same thing; when a cobra raises its head, you know that it’s about to pounce and that you should try to move out of the way.  The venom just comes with him being a faunus; it’s as normal to him as adrenaline is to humans.  In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Blake could see ultraviolet light or Velvet had an incredible sense of smell.  

My guess is that Tyrian’s semblance won’t really be revealed unless he or someone else actually took the time to explain it, because to me it seems simple but in reality it’s pretty complicated.  I think his semblance is the ability to see/sense aura clearer than others can.

To us, someone’s aura only really makes an appearance when someone is attacked, or when it’s being activated by someone else. My theory is that when someone is hyped up for battle their aura flares to life, preparing to defend its owner.  It is said in World of Remnant that a true warrior can amplify and control their aura to their advantage.  Tyrian can see that happen, and from that moment on is able to find their weak points and their locations.  

Now, let’s back this up a bit.  How would this semblance tie in with Tyrian’s overall prowess as a huntsman?  Well, this is where I’m bringing in another theory: Tyrian’s actually blind.

When I heard about this theory I did some research and found this on a pest-control site:

This would make sense because Tyrian seemed to be more focused and accurate when he was closest to Qrow/RNJR.  I also believe that Tyrian’s main source of “sight” is the metal sounds that weapons make when they clash against one another.  There is a point in which Tyrian reacts to a small metal sound that’s made when Qrow picks up his weapon, and it seemed like Tyrian honed in on Qrow’s location right then and there.  So while I think that Tyrian definitely has trouble seeing, it’s not like the world is completely black to him.

Now, there are a few things that people might use against this theory, and one of them is this moment:

People may ask, “if Tyrian can see auras, then how come he couldn’t ‘see’ Qrow?”  And I’ll tell you why: because Qrow is one of the most smug and arrogant people when it comes to fighting.  Just look at him smirking away.  

A semblance is usually only used during battle, and the occurrences when they are used outside of battle are pretty rare.  I don’t think Tyrian can see auras 24/7; he can only see them when their users caught up in the fight, or when the adrenalin is rushing, heart pounding, etc.  When they’re excited, basically.  And when Qrow was being all smug and walking over to retrieve his weapon, he had figured out that Tyrian was blind and relaxed, thinking that he could waltz up to the wall and get his weapon with no trouble at all.  So the fact that Qrow let his guard down a bit made him invisible to Tyrian.

Then there was this moment:

I think this was the first time I saw Tyrian really look at something.  All I know now is that he shouldn’t do that anymore.  It’s creepy.  

I think that Tyrian can see light and shadows, and that he’s just incredibly nearsighted. It says in the picture that scorpions have poor eyesight, not that they’re blind (though some are born without eyes, so who knows). I think the real reason why Tyrian got that close to Jaune is because he really wanted to see what he looked like…

…because he was interested in Jaune’s aura.  Pyrrha did say that he had a lot of aura back in Volume 1.  And we still don’t know what his semblance is, though a lot of people—me included—believe that it’s some kind of healing factor.  Tyrian saw Jaune’s huge amount of aura and immediately became curious, thought that it might be worth noting to Salem, and because of that, he…for some reason…jumped on top of Jaune’s shield and…really invaded his personal bubble…when he could have just shoved the shield aside to get a better view.  And it wasn’t just that; Jaune’s aura, as you can see in this picture below, is white.

I mean, usually you can figure out what color characters’ auras are just by looking at how they dress, and the only person that seems to have a color that’s not very expressive is Mercury, whose aura is grey (but then again, his everything is grey).  Everyone else’s aura is a bit more expressive when it comes to colors and whatnot, but white is known to be a color that represents purity, new things, hope, etc.  I also imagine that it’s pretty a rare aura color.  So a servant of ultimate evil—like Tyrian—would not just gloss over this development and shrug it off.  He would totally take notes. Just know that because Tyrian took an interest in Jaune, Salem now has her eye on him.

So yeah, there’s my long-as-hell theory.  I’m pretty sure Tyrian’s poor eyesight is basically canon at this point, so I can’t wait until they reveal more stuff about him…after all, he has one more scene in Volume 4 and according to Josh Grelle (the voice behind Tyrian) “if you thought he was psycho before…wait for that scene.”

Taller

Character(s): Sam Winchester

Warning: None

Word Count: 1,339

Request:  Hi! I’m glad you’re backing to writing again. I’ve missed you and your writing. It gets me through some stuff.☺well I’ve had this request stirring in my mind a bit, a samxreader were the tease each other a lot establish relationship. Hope you do it.

Fic:

   You are no morning person. Rather than get up and embrace the day, you would prefer to roll back over and embrace your pillow. Late mornings and double digits are your thing, unlike Sam who enjoys sunrises and detoxifying herbal teas. Your boyfriend is up before you nine times out of ten, but he’s sure to wake you before ten, the exception being Sundays after you bargained for that one day.

   Today is not a Sunday.

   You know it’s almost ten when Sam comes in and starts massaging your shoulders. You don’t relax. He only starts gentle.

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I can’t stop thinking about this actually-not-so-improbable theory that Lord Vetinari is the son of Susan Sto Helit and Lobsang Ludd let me tell you about how much that would actually make sense okay just hear me out.

- First of all that would explain so much about Havelock. His amazing ability to camouflage himself and disappear better than anyone else, his coldness and ability to manipulate people so easily, his super human reflexes, affinity for cold logic and ability to learn and solve complex problems on the spot, now who does that remind me of

- for all we know he might well be able to manipulate time too, doesn’t seem to need sleep or food and is able to very accurately predict future events and the way current decisions will make them play out.

- also he is slender, pale, black haired and always dresses in black and he doesn’t age according to Lady Margolotta i mean

- So as we know, Susan spends most of her page time aggressively asserting her humanity and trying to run away from her family heirloom. She only reluctantly accepts her role in world saving shenanigans, and wishes she was completely human. Now imagine what she would do if sometime down the road from the events of Thief of Time, she got pregnant. She wouldn’t want her child to have that same life. In fact she would learn from the unsuccessful attempt of Mort and Ysabell to shield her from her grandfather, and make Death swear to her to never try and get in touch with the child let alone use him as a tool in the same way he used her.

- (you’ve gotta admit that it’s pretty interesting that Havelock has never had a brush with Death, when practically every other major character has encountered it, even Vimes.)

- inevitably, Susan would come to the conclusion that the best thing she could do for the sake of that child is cut all ties with him, no matter how much she would love to keep and raise him. After all, she wasn’t even able to shield the children she was a governess to in Hogfather and her class in Thief of Time from Death’s meddling. In her own eyes, becoming a good mother wouldn’t have been sensible of her.

- Lobsang would absolutely not be of any help I mean let’s face it, he already struggles just to keep himself in one physical shape for too long, and he has bigger issues to deal with assuming the role of Time and all. Already just dating Susan is a struggle for him, and I can’t see him wanting to settle down and start a family with her. For him it would only make sense that the story of Lady Time and Wen the Eternally Surprised would repeat itself. He would suggest they leave the child on the doorstep of a guild, as it was done for him. Once again, for the child’s own sake.

- After birth, he could drop off the child at any! point! in time! which would explain why Vetinari had already grown up and was ruling over the city way before Mort and Ysabell were even teasing each other in Death’s gardens. Technically, from Nanny Ogg’s perspective, Lobsang and Jeremy were born like two weeks before the events of Thief of Time so really the order of events is pretty much irrelevant.

- We don’t know practically anything about Vetinari’s past, except from the fact that he was raised by one of his aunts before ending up in the guild of assassins. Susan, having grown up as a duchess among nobility (her parents even knew Sybil Ramkin) wouldn’t have a hard time choosing the kind hearted noble lady Meserole among the acquaintances of her parents that would require only a bit of ‘‘persuasion’‘ to raise the child as her own nephew.

- The Vetinari family history and crest could either have been fabricated, or the family really did exist and Susan simply presented the boy as their last descendant or something of the sort, for Lobsang and her a bit of meddling like that would have been pretty easy.

- the bitter and beautiful irony of the great grandson of Death ending up studying at the guild of assassins oh my god

- ALSO HE CAN TALK TO RATS!!? !!!!!

- not to mention that special weird clock he has in the waiting room.

- I’ve heard theories that Vetinari is a vampire or a zombie but honestly I think having parents with those special abilities would explain a lot more of his own.

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I don’t think enough has been said about these lines.

They were important enough to survive the adaptation from manga to anime, in part because they give us a ton of information— not just about Kunzite, but about the Shitennou and what they’re doing in the Dark Kingdom.

I have no truck with the notion that the Great Four were brainwashed by Queen Beryl. They clearly suffer, on their second awakening, from a kind of partial amnesia, but it would seem that Beryl suffers along with them. The entire Dark Kingdom muddles forward in a haze of forgetfulness.

(Interestingly, it’s not the same as the total amnesia of Mamoru and the Senshi, who were actually reborn. Rather, it seems more akin to the hangover suffered by Luna and Artemis, who, like the denizens of the DK, merely reawaken after spending several centuries in an extradimensional coma. And, just as the cats recall more and more of their past as their Princess grows in power, so the DKers become more lucid as Metalia claws her way back into consciousness.)

All this to say that the amnesia of the Shitennou does not seem to be wholly the product of malign intent. Indeed, the only bona fide mind control we witness is performed on Endymion (and, in the manga, Kunzite) toward the end of the arc, when Beryl is desperate to graft her will upon others. And in the case of Kunzite, the product is an automaton— markedly different from the ruminating, calculating, philosophizing creature we see a few pages earlier.

Another reason I dislike the brainwashing cop-out is that it sets up a pre-vs.-post-lapsarian schism in the Shitennou’s characterizations. It presupposes that they were their genuine, “true” selves only before they defected to Beryl, and everything following that is an aberration, unrecognizable to those who knew the Great Four before their fall. (Which in turn engenders in fandom an overweening preference for saccharine SilMil-era storylines, but that’s another discussion.)

The manga presents the Shitennou as dupes; their mistrust of the Moon Kingdom leads them to sympathize with the casuistry of Beryl and turn against their prince. At which point their “bodies are changed” — literally melted down and made anew — and this presumably seals their allegiance to Metalia. But it doesn’t say anything about their personalities changing. And indeed, I have to wonder what sort of personalities they have to begin with, if they so swiftly slip out of their roles as trusted retainers and into something so egregious, so unrecognizable.

… Unless, of course, it’s not unrecognizable. prismatic-bell and I had an interesting conversation about this not long ago. She hypothesized that what we see of the Shitennou in the Dark Kingdom is not a radical divergence from their Golden Kingdom-era selves, but rather a malignant outgrowth of things that were already there. Each of the Four retains the essential elements of his character, only with the shadow side facing forward.

This would certainly explain the rapidity of their defection to Beryl. How else could they side willingly with something so vile, if there was not already a sympathetic shadow inside of them, some small darkness whispering, recognizing affinity, tugging them down toward the fatal black lode? (Particularly when we consider that Endymion, a supremely righteous human being if there ever was one, had no trouble seeing through and resisting Beryl’s slanted talk.)

And so I return to the images at the top of this post. Of all the Shitennou — indeed, of all the creatures of the Dark Kingdom — Kunzite is the only one we see expressing a philosophical, indeed aesthetic, appreciation of darkness.* Not even Beryl, who rhapsodizes at length on the glory of her kingdom and the sweetness of its imminent triumph, tenders any sort of sentimental affinity for the defining characteristic of her realm. Kunzite, on the other hand, seems to truly admire the Kingdom qua Dark.

Which makes me wonder— did this love of darkness predate, and perhaps precipitate, his tenure as the leader of Beryl’s henchmen? Certainly it appears to be something other than the party line. It’s his own private mantra, shared by no one, spoken in solitude. Could it have been there from the beginning, a sort of chthonic yearning, an affinity for the habitat of his original, crystalline self: sealed in the earth and hidden from light? Is his love of the Earth a literal love, which extends beyond the sunlit surface right to its molten black core? Is this what makes it so easy for Beryl to bend his ear and turn him away from the light? And might the same feelings be imputed to the other three— or do they, just kids really, simply follow Kunzite’s lead?

None of this is to imply that Kunzite and the others were already, or even incipiently, evil. Merely that there may have been more happening behind the gems of their eyes than we happy-enders (or happy-beginners) would care to entertain. That the stones in their hearts might have had affinities, narratives, and allegiances that do not square neatly with concepts of good and bad, or before and after. That they, like their namesake rocks, have facets that shine and go dark, depending on how you turn them.

* In the original anime, one of Kunzite’s most frequently-used words is utsukushii (beautiful). He applies it once to Zoisite, once to the rainbow crystals, and at least three times to darkness.

X6-88 from Fallout 4

(contains spoilers)

An Institute Courser designed for high-risk assault and synth retrieval operations, X6-88 seems cold and cruel; casually quipping that ‘the world will be better off when the surface-dwellers die out.’

His aura of malice is sensed by the uneasy guards of Diamond city, who have a handful of comments to direct toward him, my personal favourite being ‘Look … I don’t want no trouble for your pal. I know a stone cold killer when I see one.’

And X6 is precisely that – a stone cold killer.

He, along with other Institute coursers, were created for the sole purpose of hunting down their own kind and were trained to be elite killing machines. One of the first things X6 can say to you displays the cold mentality he likely developed during his training; during the Libertalia mission he will stop you and advise that you use the synth recall code on the raider leader Gabriel to ‘reset’ him. If the Soul Survivor says ‘I’m not going to destroy this man’s identity and free will’, X6 will respond ‘it’s not a man, it’s a synth.’

He says it.

This brings up some interesting questions concerning exactly how X6 sees himself. He certainly can’t see himself as an ‘it’ because if he did, he would never have the nerve to walk away from the leader of the institute and refuse to travel with them, as seen when you reach lowest affinity (more on that later). So, does X6 really see Gabriel as an ‘it’? Or does he simply say that because he has to?

Essentially, I think of X6 as the synth equivalent to the human psychopath – and he was conditioned that way on purpose. What we know of courser training is that, according to Dr Ayo, particularly skilled synths are selected and rigorously trained in various fields, and those that pass become Coursers, while those who fail have their memories wiped.

One line from X6 I found rather telling (and quite disturbing) is said when you take him to the Parsons State Asylum. He will say ‘In the institute, mental disorders are a thing of the past.’

This gives the impression that the institute sees mental illness as a weakness – as beneath their pristine, enlightened minds. This rings alarm bells when even the Brotherhood of Steel – the most militaristic group in the game that trains people to be soldiers before anything else, even they acknowledge the importance of mental health as seen in a terminal aboard the Prydwen where it is noted that Danse likely has PTSD and advises that he take time off. (This is particularly interesting here, as we now know that Danse is a synth – which means synths can have PTSD).

I mentioned earlier that X6 can’t see himself as an ‘it’, despite how much the Institute scientists have likely told him so, because if he did he wouldn’t walk away from his boss and refuse to travel with them. This happens when you reach the lowest possible level of affinity with him. He will state that you are acting against the institute on purpose and say ‘I don’t know what would make you do something like that, but I sure as hell won’t be a part of it.’ He keeps his cool, but his characteristically eerie monotone breaks off and gives way to a supressed but still detectable anger.

This is evidence that X6 is wholeheartedly loyal to the Institute, but I don’t doubt he must have conflicting feelings with how the humans who run the place see the synths – see him.

He says himself in one of his high affinity scenes ‘I’m not great with words. I’m more comfortable shooting people than talking to them.’

A killing machine, not designed to feel empathy nor mercy. But we see that he is capable of admiration and friendship. When X6 finally admits he looks up to you, he will immediately follow it up with ‘before you give me shit about going soft or getting all emotional, just let me finish.’ Here his monotone nearly disappears, and he speaks in a far more casual tone than normal, but it also underlines that this man/synth has been told again and again that emotion is weak, that he is an ‘it’, and that expressing himself means he’s ‘going soft.’ I know the first time I heard his max approval speech my jaw hit the floor because he sounded like a person for the first time.

X6 also confesses that he didn’t initially think much of you, but that he followed your orders ‘because I had to.’ But he then drops the monotone completely and says ‘Holy shit, was I wrong about you.’

If you respond by joking with him and ask if he’s only saying these things to get a promotion, he’ll say ‘haha, I’m not that subtle.’

Once you max out his affinity he will sometimes greet you with ‘What can I do for you’ in a light tone that gives the impression he’s smiling. On the other hand, if he’s left your side due to low approval and you approach him, he can snap ‘why the hell would I want to talk to you?’ If I’d seen a fan write him this way prior to exploring his character myself, I would have scoffed and thought ‘that’s too out of character.’ But the truth is it’s not – he simply wears a mask most of the time, like most human psychopaths, not allowing it to fall until he’s close to you.

His final talk reveals a very different aspect of his character, and shows that he’s not just the emotional cul-de-sac that many fans understandably view him as. He has personality and character and depth, just like every other companion.

X6-88 needs more love.

my onions about (almost) every twin peaks character

im going to put it under a read more but my cliff note is my three faves are andy, pete, and gordon and i write like a paragraph for all these characters so have fun – also spoiler alert i use the word “sweet” a lot…. its just how i feel

also, spoiler alert for a lot of these just a heads up

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Heyo Super Spoiler-y Headcanon Time~

So you know how all the characters were different prior to being in the Killing Game? In that Kaede was a loner, Kaito and Gonta were bullies, Ouma was a nice clown, etc.?
Well here’s some headcanons I thought up regarding these lil tidbits of information~ (all of which will probably be confirmed wrong at some point, but as of right now I’ll have my fun with this lol)
1.) For Kaede, while not being the social and kindhearted pianist that we thought she was, she DID still have an interest in the piano, and would frequently listen to piano music, albeit by herself, and she always liked to listen to it whenever she was feeling down or angry or doubtful of herself.
2.) Shuuchi was used to being ignored, so he wanted to do something that would SURELY get him noticed and respected, such as signing up for an insanely popular killing game, motivated mostly by the end goal of being recognized for once
3.) Gonta actually did love bugs, enjoying their presence more than that of other humans, and became a bully in order to protect himself and be left alone with his bugs
4.) Like Gonta and his bugs, Kaito loved space, and wanted desperately to become an astronaut, however he was rejected from becoming one and due to this he became a bully in order to take out his pent up rage at failing to achieve his dream
5.) Ouma and his group are actually all mentally ill, hence their clothing, but instead of shying away from this fact, they embrace it and perform comedic acts to make others happy as well as make other mentally ill people realize that they are just as much allowed to be happy and laugh as anyone else
6.) Himiko actually was a harworker, akin to that of Cinderella to a degree, but she always had an affinity toward magic, hopeful that maybe it could make her life a little easier and she could take a rest for once
7.) Tenko fell in and out of love quickly with boys, always telling herself that “this is the one” or “no this is the one!” Always trying to convince herself that she had to gush over boys, maybe to make herself more feminine to “make up for” any insecurities she may have over her femininity, maybe to convince herself that she CAN even fall for a boy
8.) Hoshi was no where near as gruff as we knew him to be, instead he was rather shy, afraid of getting hurt, and overall just resigned to his place as a weak wallflower, even if he wanted to be more
9.) Maki was very similar to how she is now, albeit a little less likely to do what she wants to do, and a little more likely to do what others tell her to do
10.) Toujou was not as quick to clean or as motherly as she was in the Prison, but she was still as fiercely loyal to those she cared about…should they still be around, that is, and should anyone she’d care about get into “trouble” then she would in turn “clean up after them” in kind
11.) Angie was shy, and not the happy go lucky religious worshipper we knew her to be, yet despite this she always sought out a way to be at peace with herself and find some sort of meaning to attach herself too, feeling lost all the while
12.) Amami, like Maki, was very similar to how he was beforehand, proud and confident in himself and his abilities, yet never having a chance to let himself be vulnerable, never let himself truly relax, just put on the facade of a laidback dude to hide a person who tried to be ready for anything life could throw at him
13.) Korekiyo had a regular, healthy relationship with his ill sister, the two having no one else but each other to rely on, and once his sister passed he was a hopeless mess, his one reason to stick around suddenly gone from his life
14.) Shirogane, well, she was always at odds with herself, she wanted to be amazing, to be one of the greats, she wanted to go down in history as someone people looked at with either fear or awe or both in order to heighten her own self worth, yet as it stood all she could do was pretend to be what she wasn’t and step into the shoes of those she could only hope to be
15.) Iruma was quiet, docile, someone who would never draw attention to herself despite wanting it badly, she could never bring herself to have the confidence required to speak up and break the rules, even when all she wanted to do was scream and shout obscenities, without giving a damn what others thought
16.) Last, but certainly not least, Kiibo actually was not as emotional (maybe somewhat angrier) as he is in game, instead being, fittingly, like a robot, doing what he was told, but having a mass of curiosities inside him, wishing to be question everything and know everyone, he wanted to be seen as equal to others, and be able to stand firmly on their level

Anyways, that’s all 16 (kinda jumbled up and messy) headcanons for the characters “pre” selves! Admittedly, I only truly knew of some of their “former” personalities and had to mostly assume the others, but at the very least I think I got close haha
Also I know that most everyone (with the exception of Ouma and maybe some others) were not the best of people and had mostly selfish reasons for joining a killing game such as fame, fortune, or even just to kill others, and then some simply wanted to die, however with this list of headcanons I wanted to briefly understand their other selves not as aspects of themselves that they lost, but aspects of themselves that were swapped with the ones we see in the Killing Game, with both parts being integral to their characters, but only one part being “dominant” in the two scenarios (pre-killing and killing) with some of their “subdued” aspects being amped up to eleven during the game itself (like with Korekiyo who probably just innocently loved his sister and wanted to see her again)
And yes I know their memories aren’t real as we knew of them too, but I’d like to think they weren’t as drastically changed as we think they were
In the end, I think it’d be best to accept most of them as pretty grey characters for the most part, neither good nor bad and having aspects of themselves that conflict yet they need anyway.
All in all, I love these characters and the fact that mOST of TheM DIE just KILLS me

takingbackshane  asked:

Could you update the 100k+ tag?

it’ll be long (haha get it?)

I Still Believe by IAmAVeronica (17/? | 101,242 | NC17)

War is hell.
Falling in love with enemy solider Derek Hale, secretly mating him, and then accidentally being left behind by him when the war suddenly and violently ends is a special kind of hell apparently reserved for one human omega Stiles Stilinski.
But Stiles is determined to find his mate again, because Derek left more than just Stiles in a war-ravaged and werewolf-hating country - and with danger at every turn and nothing but Derek’s gun and his own wits for protection, hell hath no fury like Stiles now.

Protection of the pack by Carlee (21/? | 175,217 | R)

Omegas, Allison and Stiles escape there abusive pack. They find their way to the McCall/Hale pack and find comfort and love there. But it comes with complications of hunters and their old pack that wants their sweet omegas back.

Tourner Dans Le Vide by AsagiStilinski (30/30 | 121,906 | PG13)

UNBETA’D and massively long, you have been warned

Once upon a time, there was a boy who wore a red hood, he took a wolf into his home and that wolf became a man, this is the story of this boy and his wolf who started a war and fell in love, but there’s much more to it than that, because you see magic is a finicky thing that can hold both beauty and danger, and this boy and his wolf better hope their love story survives, as history has taught us, a broken heart can lead to the most dangerous magic of all, it can lead to the biggest sin, it can lead to becoming darkness, falling into the empty void, it can lead to Tourner Dans Le Vide

This is Gonna Take Me Down by CharWright5 (14/14 | 123,386 | NC17)

Deputy Derek Hale had gone into December believing his biggest issue would be ignoring that giant holiday at the end of it. But with only days left before Christmas, he’s now dealing with a meddling sister, a vigilante group killing Supernatural creatures, finding out his partner isn’t quite human, and his ex showing up outta nowhere after disappearing three years ago without an explanation. Happy freaking holidays indeed.

a mountain to climb by grimm (11/11 | 126,412 | NC17)

“Don’t do it,” he mutters. “Don’t do it, please, don’t do it.”

But there it is, a soft pink line appearing right next to the control. Stiles’ legs give out from under him; he sinks to the bathroom floor, hands shaking, his entire body shaking. It’s hard to breathe, his vision blurring around the edges. There’s a knock on the door behind him and then it opens and Scott sits down next to him.

“I’m fucked,” Stiles gasps, tears prickling at his eyes. “I’m fucked!”

Sinking Ships by standinginanicedress (5/5 | 106,646 | NC17)

Derek Hale has never met a human before.

Throughout his life, he’s probably encountered, give or take, a hundred or so. A mere hundred human beings in his twenty-three years walking around on earth, compared to the millions of weres he’s seen. And, even then, encountered them he might have, but met? Not even close.

He’s had his dry cleaning handed off to him by a mousy looking human girl in a shirt three sizes too big for her with huge eyes and shaking hands while a beta werewolf yelled at her in the background for being too skittish (wonder why that could possibly be), he’s walked past teenage humans cleaning windows and sweeping pebbles off of sidewalks, he’s had the door opened up for him by older humans in pristine uniforms outside of restaurants – but never, never once, has he stuck his hand out to a human and said hi, my name is…

He could probably count on one hand the number of times he’s even been made aware that a human within a hundred feet of him even had a name.

The Awkward and Sometimes Painful Life of of Genim Hale by BlueRunawayMoon (18/18 | 114,464 | NC17)

Stiles is a writer of gay erotica whose work, according to his Editor (one miss Lydia Martin) has gotten dull and boring. Lydia suggest’s that Stiles try to LIVE a little, gain some new juicy experiences that he can write about and bring the heat up again. Only problem is Stiles is a bit on the dorky side and not good with ‘living a little’. After a whole slew of embarrassing situations brought on by his best(sometimes!) friend Scott, he’s given some wise advice and decides to take a tropical paradise vacation. All’s going good and well, and he’s got a major crush on his super hot tour guide Danny. Yet it seem’s like he can’t stop bumping into Derek, who, as annoying and brooding as he seem’s, also makes it quite clear he WANTS Stiles. As in…wants wants. With the two being brought together almost by fate, Stiles discover’s that Derek is more than he seems….WAY more.

I do not own teen wolf or any characters/photos used from it.

Caretakers by em2mb (8/14 | 145,368 | PG13)

Now Lydia sees the white room clearly, Stiles sitting cross-legged atop the nemeton in his lacrosse jersey, squinting at a chessboard.

That’s when Lydia realizes her vantage point makes her Stiles’ opponent - and she has him in check.

Her instinct is to push her own king into danger, but Stiles grabs her wrist. “Come on, Lydia,” he says dryly, a smile tugging at the corner of his mouth. “Chess might not be your game, but surely you know that’s against the rules.”

*

Five months after the nogitsune tears through Beacon Hills, Stiles’ humanity leaves the McCall pack vulnerable. Post-3B.

Keaton Was Better by words_reign_here (10/? | 112,868 | R)

Written from a prompt that I was sent:

Sterek. D&S are not together, but Stiles’ dad catches Derek scent mark cuddling Stiles in bed (because, you know, pack reasons), and he chases Derek from the house with cries of Stiles being too young for him-Derek runs-he just jumps out the fucking window and runs into the woods. Stiles, of course, thinks this is hilarious, and plays along with his dad’s assumption. Stiles hams it up for all its worth, calling Derek “honey” “baby” “sweetie” “puppy” to tease him. Derek is mortified but likes it.

The ETA From You to Me by tylerfucklin (zimothy) (2/2 | 105,043 | R)

In which Derek drives a tow truck and Stiles is the weekend dispatcher who attempts to woo him with his lack of a brain-to-mouth filter and affinity for run-on sentences.

Fire, Fury, and Flame by IAmAVeronica (22/22 | 124,623 | NC17)

Stiles Stilinski was never going to be the omega who got knocked up right after high school, and then he’s accidentally artificially inseminated with a stranger’s sperm.
Awesome.
And the father of Stiles’s baby just so happens to be Derek Hale. Half-feral, quite possibly a murderer, and pursued by a gleefully sadistic band of hunters who are only too eager to use Stiles and his baby to hit Derek right where it hurts.
Joy.

Don’t Savage The Messenger by exclamation (61/61 | 172,379 | NC17)

There is an uneasy truce between the werewolves in the woods and the humans who live in Beacon Hills, protected by a magical boundary that gives warning any time a werewolf crosses it. Then the sheriff is taken by the werewolves and his son offers himself in exchange.

Stiles promises to serve the werewolf pack, not knowing what horrible use they might have for him. But it turns out his most useful skill is the ability to cross the boundary line between humans and werewolves. Life with the werewolves is nothing like he feared and the werewolves themselves are nothing like the hunters’ stories would have him believe.

The Hope of Empty Men by Paintedsmile (17/17 | 119,576 | NC17)

While Stiles is trying to cope with everything he did under the control of the Nogitsune, Malia is quick to insinuate herself into his life and declares herself his ‘mate’. That would have been great if he’d actually been, y’know, interested, instead of trying to hold on to his sanity with both hands. His guilt combined with the fact that she has no idea about concepts such as ‘consent’, Stiles soon finds himself drowning. Will anyone reach him in time?

Son of Saur and Syn by Reena (8/8 | 148,081 | NC17)

In the year 995 AN Queen Claudia Stilinski rules in Sylune, the capital of the Holy Kingdom. That year she gives birth to twins, Princes Stuart and Stiles Stilinski, two golden-eyed boys whose fates were bound from the very first second. Queen Claudia is famous for being a just monarch who hatched a very old dragon egg in her youth, thus pushed the extinction of dragons at least a century.

Time passes and in 1013 AN, the Northerners, represented by the Hales; and the southerners, represented by the Argents, compete for influence in court now that the Princes are coming of age. Their rivalry is at its peak in this era, since the dragon’s presence brought the Argent family back to Sylune.

Animal Instincts by BlueRunawayMoon (55/55 | 261,809 | NC17)

Things are not going well for Stiles. Not only is he drifting from the pack, but he cant sleep and hardly eats, and its never been more clear to him that being a human leaves him at a major disadvantage. As if things weren’t bad enough, he and Malia are on the rocks, and then there is the fact that Derek wants to kill him, of course. Derek, who he dreams about every night. Derek, who is losing control of his inner wolf, when said wolf seems to want Stiles dead.

But because Stiles is the universe’s bitch, a new, terrifying and seemingly unbeatable monster arrives in Beacon Hills, and the pack have no idea how to stop it. When people start going crazy and attacking others, the Pack learn the creature is involved somehow. Now, with Stiles life in jeopardy, they must find a way to cure him before its too late.

Slow burn with lots of sexual tension and build up.

*There is a Stiles/Original Character pair up, but end game is Sterek. Pinky promise :) *

Going Once, Twice, and Sold! by fangirlsupreme (12/12 | 142,960 | NC17)

In a universe where werewolves are the superior race and humans are on the run to avoid being sold as slaves, Stiles Stilinski doesn’t exactly have an easy life. After being captured and brought to an auction house, he figures all that’s left is for him to go out in a blaze of sharp wit and aggressive sarcasm. What he didn’t count on was Derek Hale being the one to buy him. No, he most certainly didn’t count on the two of them falling in love with each other.

Time Gone By by hitorimaron (24/24 | 192,647 | R)

Stiles was doing quite alright lately, thank you very much. His magical tattoo was finally finished, he had a loving husband and a strong pack. He really didn’t need some weirdo dementor-like skeleton attacking his pack and messing up his ritual. Not to mention, being accidentally sent back in time. The day couldn’t get any better now, could it?

I do not own Teen Wolf, nor any of the original characters. All rights belong to their respective owners. The plot and art is all mine, though. Thank you. :)

Golden Boy by trilliath (16/17 | 105,099 | NC17)

Apparently it still amuses his uncle to buy sex slaves for him, no matter how steadfastly he refuses to use them. Derek ducks into his tent with a resigned sigh, prepared to dress and reassign whatever new beauty Peter has bought him. They do make for loyal servants, so he can’t really complain about Peter’s 'gifts’. But it is annoying to deal with, to have to spend his evening sorting out a slave instead of being able to go right to bed. It’s just something he has to learn to accept as a byproduct of serving alongside his uncle.

But when he lays eyes on the boy laying amid his furs, he finds his breath catching in his throat. His skin is golden with the candle-light glimmering against the sheen of oil that has been slathered on his bared body. His lips are parted, and they work over inaudible words or sounds. His skin is flushed, nipples peaked and pierced with simple but unexpected golden rings. He’s spectacularly beautiful in the candlelight. The many glowing candles that have been added to his usual lighting cast glittering edges and shadows, imbuing an almost unearthly golden color to his skin.

It’s enough that Derek hesitates.

Bodies Can Be Bought But the Heart Cannot Be Owned; Only Given Freely by kyrene (2/2 | 102,965 | NC17)

In a world where the human race is enslaved by the werewolf race, Derek Hale struggles to recover from the damage caused to his teenage self by the human, Kate Argent. More to the point, he doesn’t believe that slavery is right. But each werewolf gets a personal slave when they become an adult and he’s long overdue.

The moment he sets eyes on the filthy, naked slave in the corner of the packed warehouse, Derek knows he has to bring him home. But can he ever gets Stiles, who has never known a kind owner before, to trust that he’s finally found a safe place?

Phase 3 by damnitgreenberg (4/4 | 128,839 | R)

In a world where humanity is on the brink of extinction, the remaining members of the species are kept, guarded and protected, in self-sustaining compounds called “domes” while werewolves and other supernaturals run the rest of society. After Scott is bitten, Stiles is pulled from his dome to work at Beacon Hills, the largest supecity in what used to be California. There, he strikes up a surprising friendship with the Alpha Prime’s son and stumbles upon a series of secrets that may explain why the war with the Darach and her human separatist army never ended.

Overcoming Me by RTSideStories (26/26 | 105,321 | R)

Stiles and his parents have just moved to the small town of Beacon Hills after “the incident” at his last school. All he wants is his privacy, his self-respect, to forget about his ex, and for everyone to just leave him the hell alone. Though like with most things in his life, he never actually gets what he wants.
Instead, he’s got a circle of people who are WAY too interested in him, an overprotective meat-shield known as Derek Hale, and a school full of WEIRDOS.
Just what he needed. MORE attention.

(Or the modernized version of beauty and the beast with a trans!ftm!Stiles, a cursed beacon hills, and Claudia Stilinski being the central parenting figure.)

Hallowed Grounds by damnfancyscotch (13/13 | 105,527 | NC17)

Stiles is home for the summer after graduation and he is so ready to relax, work a little bit on his second book, and then he almost crashes his car when he swerves to avoid hitting a wolf. But, it’s like his dad says, there are no wolves in California.

Stiles doesn’t think much about it after that, especially once he runs into Erica who’s working at a coffee shop and her boss, the lovely Laura Hale, offers him a job.

Oh, and apparently he’s suddenly running a doggie summer camp because they just keep showing up at his house, especially the big black one who has the prettiest fur and the judgiest face on a dog he’s ever seen.

Mommy Dearest by BeyondtheKilljoy (30/30 | 150,439 | R)

Stiles was supposed to be put in weight training, but due to scheduling problems he was dropped into Health. It was fine, really, it was up until the point where Coach assigned the baby project. And the kicker?
His partner was the reclusive, intimidating Derek Hale - so it really wasn’t fine anymore; especially with a baby who wouldn’t give him a moment of rest if Hale wasn’t there. However, when the project forces him to get closer to Hale than he would even imagine possible, he learns new things about the Hale family and maybe begins to see Hale in a different light.
Even if he’d totally be the mom. 

othelo  asked:

I know it's been a good half a year since I've procrastinated your analyses but I want to know your thoughts on the following: what do you happened to Wirt's dad?

[Over the Garden Wall spoilers follow]

Hey Nne! This is such a fantastic question and I love that you’re asking me it! I have thought a lot about Wirt’s father (and everything else to do with Wirt), and it turns out I have more than enough for a rather lengthy post without veering wildly into Gravity Falls crossover territory, which would make things cumbersome and wouldn’t answer your question. (For the record, though, I am firmly convinced that Wirt’s father is one Shermie Pines.)

First off, the little that we know for certain. Wirt’s dad is out of the picture. He’s been out of the picture long enough for Wirt’s mother to have moved on, remarried and had another son who’s at least five years old. Wirt is in high school–I would guess he’s sixteen at the oldest. Despite the fact that his father has been gone for a good chunk of his existence, and that his stepfather and his half-brother have likewise been around for some time, he has quite deliberately refused to settle into the situation:

Wirt: Once again you ruin my life.
Greg: Who, me?
Wirt: Ugh! You and your stupid dad! You’re always prodding me, trying to get me to join marching band. (“Into the Unknown”)

Wirt doesn’t see his stepfather as a member of his family, but as “[Greg’s] stupid dad,” an interloper living under his roof. It seems that Greg’s father has taken steps to draw Wirt out of himself and that Wirt hasn’t accepted these overtures any more than he’s accepted Greg’s. The whole situation is sketched out in just two lines of dialogue, but we can instantly understand how it’s shaped his attitude toward Greg, the product of the second marriage, the person whose appearance ruined his life by sealing the deal on his mother’s new relationship. It’s interesting to note (look at that artistic minimalism!) that this is one of a mere two references to Wirt and Greg’s parents in the series–the first, obviously, from Wirt’s off-the-cuff ditty in “Songs of the Dark Lantern”: “My name is Wirt and his name is Greg / We’re related ‘cause my mom remarried and then gave birth to him with my stepdad.”

What am I getting at? Throughout all this, Wirt’s father isn’t directly referred to at all.

Not once. We can only infer his existence from the other available details: we know that he was married to Wirt’s mother and that he isn’t anymore. In other words, Wirt’s father isn’t a presence, but an absence–a gaping hole whose effect on Wirt’s trajectory is instantly recognizable. It fascinates me that with all the guesses I’ve run across, even in a series fraught with specters of all shapes, I’ve never seen anyone speculate that Wirt’s father might be dead. There’s nothing to contradict it–we only have mention of a remarriage, not of a separation–and Wirt’s attitude toward his mother’s new husband could just as easily be explained by a stubborn, Hamletesque devotion to his father’s memory. But no one’s gone there, because we instinctively feel that Wirt was not merely bereaved but abandoned. His particular line of insecurity–namely, an almost total lack of trust in his fellow human beings–is very telling, as is his refusal to make a stir in the world. That children of divorce commonly blame themselves and their own actions for the separation is proverbial to the point of cliché. Wirt has survived the years since his father’s departure by keeping his head down, beset by the fear that if he does anything noticeable–confess to his crush, play the clarinet in public–something bad will happen.

We do have a canon appearance by Wirt’s dad, of course, but it’s not in the series. It’s at the end of the For Sara tape:

Baby Wirt: Say chicky!
Wirt’s dad: Okay.
Baby Wirt: Chicky!
Wirt’s dad: Chicky!
Baby Wirt: Now let’s listen to it.
Wirt’s dad: Okay! But don’t touch it, Wirt. Uh-uh. You can use this when you’re older.

A little glimpse into his father’s personality. He’s got quite a bit in common with Wirt: an affinity for cassette tapes, a level of hesitation around children–you can imagine Wirt playing with a young Greg like this, but you can also imagine him telling Greg not to touch his stuff. (And there’s the obvious question: why is Wirt erasing over his father’s old tapes? What does that say about the relationship? I think there’s some bitterness there, or at least a closing of the door.)

There’s a further story to be gained from Wirt’s character arc, if we’re willing to enter the realm of reasonable speculation. Wirt’s journey primarily has to do with responsibility–responsibility toward a young child whom he finds difficult and frequently wishes he could lose altogether: “I don’t want anything to do with you or that frog.” Throughout the story, Wirt is so wrapped up in himself that he neglects Greg, allowing him to wander on his own: “I don’t care what you do.” He negates his own responsibility for himself by hoisting the blame for their problems onto his brother’s tiny shoulders, refusing to admit his own role in the chain of events that got them lost. Wirt is not a bad kid, but until the fear of losing Greg snaps him out of his passiveness, he’s a terrible guardian.

I believe that he’s unconsciously echoing the pattern laid out for him by his own father, the person who should have been looking out for him when he himself was young like Greg. And if that’s the case, we can suppose that Wirt’s dad lacked responsibility and didn’t feel ready to be a father. So eventually he just gave up. Like Wirt lying down among the leaves, blind to how his surrender to the elements must inevitably affect Greg (he barely seems to realize that his decision to give up on going home is also a decision to leave Greg stranded in the woods), he was so focused on himself that he didn’t think about how his departure would affect his son.

Wirt does have a positive father figure in the story, but it’s not his own dad: it’s the Woodsman, a father himself, who tells him in the very first episode, “Boy! You have it backwards! You are the elder child! You are responsible for you and your brother’s actions!” I can’t imagine that Wirt’s dad was a bad person. I think he cared about Wirt: he played with him and did all that silly stuff people do with their kids. Likewise, Wirt always cared about Greg, even if it wasn’t enough. But there’s that crucial difference: Wirt ultimately breaks the pattern set by his father when he assumes personal responsibility and becomes the older brother that Greg needs. He doesn’t leave Greg to wander in the woods, and he doesn’t despair of getting him home alive when the Beast tries to make him believe it’s a lost cause. You can read Over the Garden Wall as the story of Wirt taking the responsibility for his brother that his own father never took for him. 

The Dual Nature of Murdoc Niccals

Happy birthday Murdoc and happy Gemini season! Geminis are known for many things - wit, intellect, charisma, being a meme on Tumblr - the list is infinite. However it is Gemini’s dual nature that stands out as its most prominent characteristic and is the inspiration for its emblem, The Twins. It’s also the characteristic that I think makes Murdoc the most Gemini of all his fellow Gemini colleagues; duality seems to be an intrinsic part of his character’s personality and thematic trajectory.

Below the cut I highlight a few of these dual characteristics (per my interpretation) because I like Murdoc and astrology is fun.

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the more I’m trying to look into backstory Deacon is trying to sell us in his max affinity talk, the less likely it seems. it just doesn’t work with his character, with the timeline, it’s so strangely out of place, even though it could partially cover explanation for his behaviour, I feel that it’s only superficial, his issues run too deep to be explained by something that happened either 10+ or 20+ years ago and it’s not that I’m insensitive when it comes to a story about losing a wife (tho this game already has far too many fridged women as it is), but one person getting killed kinda gets lost in everything else when we think about the fact that he’s been through 2-3 HQ massacres and they’ve been losing people also outside that

but at the same time I refuse to believe that there is no point to this particular story, previous affinity talks prove that he carefully prepares the lies he tells to Survivor and I doubt this case is different, especially considering how much effort you had to put into getting him to idolize you

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A Bellarke post

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I was VERY worried about making this post, I was so not looking for the ship troubles BUT there is nothing like giving me shit, pissing me off to convince me to do exactly what you told me not to.

I got a hate-ish anon about Bellarke a while ago. So you know who to blame for this, my friends.


There are many things to say about Bellarke, people are very passionate about this as it always happens for ships that are standing first and most importantly on the crazy chemistry of the actors (Bob Morely and Eliza Taylor in our case).

So what I will give you is just MY point of view, what I think makes this ship a possibility that would be great for the show.

I have two points to express, not the usual shipper meta but I hope a more detached and neutral approach just to show you that people are not getting crazy for nothing.

THE POINTS:

1-The thopos: It started right away (or why this ship makes sense, even if you don’t like it)
2-The camera choices: it’s not an hallucination (see for youself)

The thopos: IT STARTED RIGHT AWAY.

I don’t know you but for me, I was sold the moment Clarke stopped Bellamy to open the dropship. I loved how she was immediately the girl that thinks she is right and he was the boy that looks like the worst but could just be the best.

Then in the second episode Jason thought it was a good idea to have Clarke walk to Bellamy and say: “I’m here for you”, and really, REALLY, how was I supposed to look at that?

You see, this is something that has nothing to do with the show because honestly this scene meant nothing in a romantic sense. Not on the surface.

Do you know why this scene created immediately a fan base for the couple? Because they are a thopos. If you are a bit familiar to literary critic you know that a thopos (Greek term, by the way literally means ‘place-situation’) is a particular typical situation or theme that is often used and rewritten in its fundamental figures.

Now, keeping this is mind let’s analyze Bellarke: we have a girl born and risen in a wealthy (considered the possibilities) and cultured environment, she is the Princess in every sense.

Then we have a boy who stands on the opposite side of society. Low class, orphan, since he was a child forced to take responsibility for his family to survive.
Clarke is the individual that the system created, she is protected by it and wants to preserve it, she believes in it. Bellamy is the result of what the system can spare, he fights to have a place that can grant him a little dignity and survival, he is trying to survive the system, he doesn’t believe in it but knows that the only way to survive it is to obey.
Or to be really quite and really smart in disobeying.

Does this remind you of a certain Griffin engineer who was kind of executed for treason after he tried to share the information about the Ark imminent death? No? Must be just me.

This was how they were born and how they thought they would have lived their life. Clarke was gonna be a doctor, proud of her parents’ legacy. Bellamy was gonna be a perfect model in the system, a guard, and make sure to protect with this shield his family.

But then something happened: the system betrayed Clarke and Bellamy underestimated the system…and they both lost their family.

We all know how they arrived on the ground and from here it’s story…

This my friends, he’s such a Classic.

We literally have the thopos of The Princess and The Rebel.
You want examples? Sure.

In the legend: Tristan and Isolde (she princess, he knight, we know how it went).

In the folklore –maybe even the story-: Robin Hood and Lady Marian (she the cousin of the King, he an outlaw…after Kevin Kostner and Russel Crowe you cannot tell me you don’t know the story).

In the recent literature: This Broken Stars, sci-fi YA book, cute one really (she is not noble by blood but read it and you’ll see my point).

In the classic literature: Ivanhoe by Walter Scott (Rowena and Ivanhoe…he was disowned so my point stands).

Finally, a cult of the pop culture that even Jason Rothemberg has quoted as a perfect comparison: Star Wars (Leia and Han).

I can’t even.


You see what I mean? The details may wary but the thopos, the idea, the core is the same.

She is noble in the sense she represent the status quo, she is at the highest of the society and regardless of where he started out, when the story ensues he is at the bottom of society or even outside of it. They are standing on opposite barricades but somehow get pushed together and IT WORKS. They work perfectly together this is the core of it.

There is an unexpected affinity and people are drown to it.
This two different child of the world, raised to believe that the other is incompatible with what they are, with everything they believe in, find out that reality is different. They understand that there are some things that unite all human beings such as pity, mercy, Justice, trust, forgiveness…
They understand that different people can coexist and actually they can help each other to make better decision because together they see more because they see differently.

Why did I put all this effort in making this point? Because I want to say this: the Bellarke is a ship, it is not canon as regards the romantic aspect and there is nothing to make us think that we are getting there for sure…but it is not a collective hallucination either!

People are responding to an archetype of storytelling, something that appeals to a sphere of our sensibility: we like those stories that tell us about a couple that finds a connection and despite everything at the end will find happiness in each other.

Bellarke is NOT canon, it is NOT happening in the sense of being in the clear intention of our show runner BUT it is a concrete possibility for the story because we have all the necessary elements for it to work.
If the authors want is to happen and the show gets enough seasons (since it is the definition of slowburn for how it’s been built till now.).

Okay? Okay.

Plus I don’t know if you noticed but Jason sure likes to release sneak peek quite peculiar…just saying.

THE CAMERA CHOICES: coincidence? I believe NOT!

Let’s talk about how the director decided to show us things. Let’s talk about takes and acting…let’s talk about what we have all SEEN.

I’m not gonna lose myself in speculation because my purpose here is to show you that the thing objectively makes sense, so I’m just gonna describe some scenes with you.

Episode 1, S1: introduction of the characters.Do you remember the moment we first saw Bellamy? I’m kidding of course you remember

We have the reunion with Octavia and then he tries to open the dropship but Clarke stops him.

Now think about this: we saw Clarke interact with three characters in this first episode, not counting her mother. Three males actually: Wess, Finn and Bellamy in this order.
Wess, who to me always had some lingering feelings for Clarke that were not just friendship related so here the first.

Finn was so clearly intended to become her love interest, I knew it from the start.

Then we have Bellamy.

So, if we can say, Wess is safe zone since they are childhood friends, we are left with two other characters that we all know were: main in the cast, very attractive and both immediately had a connection plot wise to the protagonist, Clarke.

Now, I’m no expert but I do read lots of books and watch way too much ANYTHING and I think I’m reasonably right when I say: this is the typical way you introduce, in a plot, the romantic core-group. We have the girl and the choice, that is the two boys.

One, she clicks, he seems nice and funny and they have this sweet moment in which everything is bright and easy. He supports her, follows her…seems perfect right? Then you learn he had a girlfriend that he didn’t mention oops. The other it’s not a Prince Charming: they can of collide, but don’t break, he challenges her, defends his own ideas and shows a strong character that she can find irritating but in the end…she kind of trust him? She still looks for him? She definitely acknowledges his strength.

How many TV shows have this in the pilot three-pattern? Let’s make examples: The Vampire Diaries, Hart of Dixies, Reign, Haven, Outlander, The Musketeers…do you really want me to continue? Because I can.

The details may vary but the core is that: one seems perfect, the other she can’t shake of even if he looks so wrong to her. Then chaos ensues.

Episode 2, S1: the one who saves her

The pit scene, my friends. Now let’s talk about how it was filmed. They are walking and we now know that Bellamy has a secret agenda, that he is not here as Clarke ally because he is worried for poor Jasper and he kind of said he could cut her arm to take away her wristband.
Nice, right?

Okay, no romance AT ALL. Like nothing, mate.
Then what does Jason do?

There are traps, and of course Clarke falls in the one pit full of spears.
But Bellamy catches her. Now the sequence is this, more or less.
We get a good take of both Clarke and Bellamy’s face and then we go to the wristband.

The message here is clear plot wise.

Is Bellamy really that cruel and cold? He could have let her go but his instinct was to save her…wristband be damn.

That would have been enough but we have the close up on the faces and the whole pace of the scene.
Clarke is aware of the choice Bellamy made: she looks at him wide eyed not just for the adrenaline and their eyes locks. We have a moment in which the whole take of the camera is this: high tension situation and intense exchange of the two who are now clearly the main characters of the show.

It took a long time to Murphy, Finn and Wess to jump in and help Bellamy out, because the director wanted us to fix on the scene.

Now, I’m not gonna be here and tell you “it’s meant to beeee~” I don’t want to convince you, remember? What I want you to say is that if Finn had saved her with this same camera choices we would have all seen some kind of emotional implication.

I’m not saying this is romantic, just that it’s not strange that people saw this, liked the chemistry of the scene and saw potential.

Episode 3, S1: when he heard her sing a lullaby

The Atom scene, my friends. Now, forgive me but I need a moment to weep because I loved him so much * cries *

However! That scene my friends. We had the whole Jasper deal at the beginning of the episode and we closed the circle here: Clarke does what she needs to for Atom and shows Bellamy that she has guts…but that doesn’t mean she has no hope!

Now, it’s all very tragic, Bellamy here is fragile and we see that despite the situation with Octavia he really did care for Atom and now seeing him like this he knows what he should do: end his sufferings. But because he cares it’s hard to kill his friend and he is there, kneeling next to him, holding the knife in his hand.

Then Clarke gets there, he turns and sees her and she immediately understands the situation, she looks at Bellamy and signals him that there is really nothing to do.
The face of Bellamy says it all, his jaw thigh and the pain, the regret for losing someone like that.

That’s the moment she takes the knife and cut his carotid and then…sings a lullaby.

The scene was done, the meaning there, we didn’t need want followed for the plot. But the director got it.
We have a close up to Bellamy LOOKING AT CLARKE. He could have been watching at Atom, grieving or in the distance to not witness his friend passing…but he looks at her, the girl singing to a dead man, comforting a stranger.

This is an emotional situation my friends, let’s just agree on this.
It’s a moment filled with humanity and compassion, that is what I’m saying and it was decided to be between Clarke and Bellamy. Okay? Okay.

Episode 4, S1: that time she said WE

I have made a post eviscerating this episode, all on Bellarke and I won’t repeat myself, the article is title Lost and Found (Her way to Him), check it out if you like! :)

I will consider here just one scene, the ending one: Charlotte is dead and Clarke and Bellamy are back to camp to tell the Hundred about Murphy’s banishment.

They stand next to each other, in front of the fire. We can’t hear every word because what really matters is what we see. After the speech, so, what did we see? Clarke looking at Bellamy, offering him a smile…to comfort him.

They lost the girl and Clarke understood that she meant something to Bellamy so at this point, she offers him kindness because that’s all she can. They are just allies, at this point.
Again this is a moment filled with compassion between this two.

Let’s think about another guy she comforts? Finn. Yea, she sleeps with him, I know, but she is in love with him so it’s legit, right?

Yes, people, don’t be shocked. I’m a bellarke fun and yet I am convinced and would defend this convince ion in front of anyone that Clarke loved Finn from this point on till his death and still loves him. I watch the show and I respect the canon!

(I’m actually a very productive girl and have an article about this two Here)

Episode 5, S1: that time she knew him better that he knew himself

Just gonna quote:

‘You always did what you had to do to protect your sister, THAT’S WHO YOU ARE.’

We have this and then… Close up to their faces. Bellamy looks, raw in front of how clearly she saw him and yet not ready to accept the forgiveness or at least the justification she is offering him and Clarke looks, eyes wide open and searching: we clearly see her eyes scanning Bellamy’s whole face, looking for something.
Human connection.
That’s all I’m saying.

Man, I could keep going till the end of the season (I’m just gonna say…EPISODE 8 SEASON 1)

…but I’m gonna stop because this is page six on Word and yeah, I have one last thing to say.


It’s true that fans can manipulate a scene and find a million different explanations for a fragment of imagine that maybe was not that important for the director, but that is why I chose only major scenes here.

This were focal moments in the plot, in the character development of the whole crew.
I’m not giving you meta, this is practically a sum up on scenes that you all saw if you watched the show (and if you noticed I didn’t pick those scenes you usually think when talking about Bellarke, like the shooying stars, to give an example).

Now listen to this: every single scene put in the episodes was chosen among a lot of other options.

Every single expression of the actors was chosen by them and by the writers who prepared the scripts.
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They don’t just go on set, film the scene and put in the final montage the first try. They do and redo the scene until the director is satisfied. The montage means that every single peace is carefully taken into consideration, the order of every take…there is a project behind all of it, it’s a difficult project and it’s all intended!

Yes, sometime you can give more than one interpretation but you cannot change the sequence of the events, you can’t change the words that where spoken or the looks that were exchanged.

This whole thing with Bellamy and Clarke, you DON’T HAVE TO READ IT AS A BUILDING UP FOR A ROMANTIC OUTCOME, but…YOU CAN READ IT LIKE THIS!

That’s the point. I got an Anon saying to me this: I don’t understand you bellarke, you are just looking for something to ship and making shit up.

Well, I’m not okay with that.
First this was rude so, please go ask someone to teach you manners or never talk to me again, thank you very much.

Second, if you really don’t understand, here you go something to help you to. If you paid attention maybe things are now a bit clearer. Of course, this requires to people to actually WANT to understand.


I will say it one last time:

I don’t want to convince anybody. You can still not ship or even don’t like Bellarke, but honestly, don’t come here and tell me that it makes no sense. To you it may not be obvious but this is a tv show, we are only halfway through S2 and anything could happen, people are hoping for possible storylines and they have the right to do so, they are supporting the show we all love so be respecful at the very least. 

Maybe it will never be canon on the show, but the Bellarke fandom is not a collective hallucination, it’s just a ship.

Thank you for reading this I hope you enjoyed it and if you don’t agree and want to discuss it with me please send me an ask and we’ll talk, with respect for our repsective opinions and as persons.

bye!


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Why Vision is Amazing (Also titled “The Differences between Comic!Vision and MCU!Vision and what they mean for the future of the Character”)

After seeing Avengers: Age of Ultron Thursday night with 2 of my nerd friends, I came away completely enthralled by Vision. I had waited for him with baited breath through all the trailers and the promotional material, and though we only had our tall red avenger for the last third of the movie, I was captivated by how he was set up, and so I present to you, a mere 24 hours from getting home from the theater, a 4 PAGE ESSAY ON THE VISION. Please enjoy.

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ToG Theory: Goddesses, Valg, and Witches, Pt. 4 (Final)

Abstract: The original Three Fae Sister-Queens, or the Triple Goddess, was in fact Mala, Mora, and Mab. They are goddesses from another realm who became trapped in Erilea during the Valg Wars. But they were not the only goddesses to become trapped. Another goddess, this one a goddess and mother of the Valg, was also trapped, and has been working ever since to wield the Wyrdkeys and bring the rest of her children to Erilea to finish what she started. This goddess is Maeve. This will be broken into several parts.

Summary of Parts 12 and 3:  The three Fae Sister-Queens were Mala, Mora, and Mab, and they are the same as Mala, Anneith, and Deanna. Maeve later usurped Mala’s position. Maeve is in fact a Valg Queen, or the mother of the Valg, and she is trying to gain control of the goddesses’ power to unleash the rest of her progeny, and she has manipulated legend and myth to hide her true identity since she’s been in Erilea. Erawan is Maeve’s son and also the ancestor of the Witches himself. He and Maeve are part of the larger pantheon of gods that we know about, each filling a good/neutral/evil role that was originally balanced but is currently disrupted. Now, onto the Final Part!

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Jane the Virgin and cheating the narrative

I’ve been mulling this over since the season 2 finale, and I realize I’m still angry at a show that I really love, so it’s time to start writing it out. This post will obviously contain all the spoilers for JTV through season 2. You have been warned.

Seriously. SPOILERS.

When the finale aired, I found that I was annoyed. Not disappointed in the way that I had expected (since I had begun worrying that the writers might do something to block Jane’s wedding), but because the two last-minute twists seemed… not very thrilling. Or rather… not jaw-dropping. This was to be expected - season 1 ended with a tremendous and utterly shocking cliffhanger, and it was obvious that season 2 would try for the same effect. The moment the wedding was carried out, it was obvious: something was going to happen to Michael before the wedding night. What other drama could they spin, right? Then the Susanna twist also sort of made itself obvious, the moment the Tuscaloosa smoking gun was introduced. “So she’ll play a role in Michael’s downfall,” I thought and… well.

The finale was frustrating, but I wasn’t yet angry. The anger came over the next few days.

Jane was happy, I thought to myself as I washed the dishes. Jane was finally getting what she’d always wanted, I mused in the shower. Jane had gotten her dream wedding to her dream man and was having this snatched away for the sake of drama, I grumbled as I paid my bills. And Luisa! Luisa had been promised a healthy relationship, with someone who prioritized her mental health above any romance, I seethed as I sat at work. 

I began to wonder if there had been a false narrative at play. And then I began to wonder if I was so angry at the finale just because of shipping preferences. So I tried not to think about the finale angrily anymore.

Then I started rewatching season 2.

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Why Juvia and Gray are meant for each other

We often say that Juvia seems to be tailor cut for Gray, and I wanted to dig a little bit more into that! So I decided to compile the elements of their character and the dynamics of their relationship which indicate that they are in fact the perfect match for each other, and that it couldn’t have been any other way. Some of them are just interesting little details while some others make, in my opinion, the ship’s very essence. 

1. The affinity between water and ice

Which undoubtedly makes them at least combatible as teammates. That alone is not automatically enough of a reason for them to become a couple, right? However, it’s because of this very combatibility that we got this wonderful moment:

The touch on her shoulder, the hand holding, melding their magic in Unison Raid that proves the unspoken bond they share, the bright smiles neither could suppress, it all happened because the nature of their magic allows them to be stronger together than they are separately.

Also, we know that Juvia is able to boil water. There’s little of the story left to tell, but I’m still inwardly hoping that maybe we’ll see her be able to freeze water as well in the future. That could expand their teamwork even further and grant more power to both.


2. Gray likes to appear cool, and this is exactly the impression he elicits from Juvia

A side of him wants to impress people, it even says so in his personal data. And then we have Juvia, who admires him like no one else. Ain’t it funny how we see young Gray refer to himself as Gray-sama, shortly after Juvia was introduced in the series and started adressing him with the same honorific?

Some of her antics have made him uncomfortable, yes, and certain people like to believe that he’s turned off to her altogether because of it, but they seem to forget that Gray actually enjoys getting attention, and  if  anyone could give him constant gratification in that aspect, that’s Juvia. I wouldn’t be surprised if part of the reason why Mashima decided to give her the quirks of a fangirl (beside the humor of it) was to hightlight exactly that.

3. Juvia lives for the ones she loves

Gray has been surrounded by pain and loss since he was a child, but Juvia will be the exception and put an end to this vicious circle of death. He’s been shutting himself close out of fear of losing more people he loves, but Juvia will live for him, and make him shed this fear completely. Gray has come to believe in it too, for now he’s openly incuding her in his plans for the future.


4. They complement each other:

Gray and Juvia seem to be opposites in several aspects. She’s very body conscious, he strips. She’s very vehement at expressing her feelings, he is rather constipated. She’s enthusiastic, he has quite a laid-back personality. That’s why it strikes the eye whenever we see how much they’ve brushed their habits and other traits on each other.

Juvia has become more confident in her skin, while Gray has become more expressive, reminding a lot of Juvia’s cheerfulness, and this shows how close time has brought them. They are in total sync.

But that’s just the cherry on top. The impact they’ve had on each other runs much deeper, which brings me to my next point:

5. They help each other grow emotionally

This is precisely why I find the arguments that gruvia (as a fictional pairing) would make an unhealthy relationship completely ridiculous.

When Juvia was introduced into the story, she had no faith in human bonds, or love. It was the kindness she saw in Gray that she had never experienced before, which cleared the skies and changed her mentality. The guild has definitely contributed a lot as well, but the turning point was her encounter with Gray. She bloomed from a girl with depression into the bundle of joy she is today. This is so inspiring. For someone who grew up among people that always casted her aside and left her behind, she could harbor serious trust issues and yet her faith in human love and Gray above all is impregnable, even in the direst situations.


 Gray, on the other hand, has been extremely hesitant to indulge in his emotions due to the fears and trauma the past has left him with. He puts on a tough façade and keeps the people he deeply cares about at a safe distance. But Juvia is stubborn, refuses to leave him be no matter how he tries to discourage her, and always finds a way through his defense. 

Her pure displays of affection warm him up, help him leave the sorrowful thoughts behind and focus on the bright side of things instead 

He carries deep sorrow inside his heart, but he is too private of a character to share it with others, and never makes a big deal out of it. Yet he had a complete breakdown in front of Juvia. She slowly but surely became the person he trusts the most, enough to reveal such a vulnerable side to her. He went from struggling to conceal his pain to sobbing in Juvia’s chest, and it’s all because she stayed at his side and took an immense burden off his shoulders, despite any rejections and frigid responses he’s given her.

Gray needed a push to embrace his feelings, and Juvia is persistently giving him that push. If it were any other girl, that put her pride above, that didn’t care enough to go so far for him, or gave up after the first few bumps in the road, Gray would have never opened up. Friends and guildmates are cool, but without that kind of affection she offers him so selflessly he’d be alone, with a shell of ice around his heart. Gray acknowledges that, and this is why he so sincerely confessed how grateful he is to her.

And saved up for last since it’s the main theme of the arc we’re marching into:

6. She is the light to his darkness(?)

Gray posseses demon slaying magic. On top of it, he has absorbed Memento Mori, which is a curse and as such, it feeds on negative emotions. Thirst for revenge – which pretty much defines Gray’s character arc – is one of them. 

All those make him more exposed to darkness, which he might be tempted to resort to. He did say that he has some tricks up his sleeve after all, and it’s highly possible he was referring to Memento Mori.

Juvia though, is a constant reminder that love is powerful, that love can mend, that love is a form of magic, all while everything shows that the One Magic essentialy is love. This very emotion is her drive in life, where she pumps her strength and positivity from. This is why Silver asked her to take care of Gray. Because only love can keep him safe from the traps lurking with the power and the task Silver himself entrusted him with.

Another important detail to note is that, in the alternate timeline that gave birth to Evil!Rogue and has now been overwritten, Gray was most probably tainted by darkness, which resulted in him killing Frosh in the process. We might never know what exactly transpired in that timeline, but we do know that in the current one, Gray spend 6 entire months with Juvia. We could assume that her presence in his life might as well have been a catalyst that prevented him from walking down the wrong path :)

In any case, this arc revolves around love and the power it has to dissolve darkness, so as a representative of love, we can expect Juvia to have a key role in it. It’s time for her to ultimately fulfill her promise to Silver and save Gray, if or when he stumbles xD

Why Tom Hardy is a Hufflepuff

im making this cause im a nerd 😜

A summation of a Hufflepuff: 

“Students belonging to this house are known to be hard-working, friendly, loyal, honest and rather impartial. It may be that due to their values, Hufflepuffs are not as competitive as the other houses, or are more modest about their accomplishments. Hufflepuff is the most inclusive among the four houses; valuing hard work, patience, loyalty, and fair play rather than a particular aptitude in its membersments.”

Here’s my reasonings as to why Tommy is a puff:

Loyalty is one of the most basic and defining traits of a Hufflepuff and while loyalty means loyalty to individuals both in their lives and the general public, it also means loyalty to their core values. But does loyalty mean a hufflepuff is a pushover and can be taken advantage of? Not necessarily. “Hufflepuffs don’t need to be empathetic. They don’t have to be kind or warm or soft– they have to be fair and they have to be loyal. That’s the heart of it. You can have loyalty to people without liking people.” (from sortinghatchats)

Tom Hardy’s quotes on loyalty:

  • “That was because — I mean, I love dogs, and I see myself as a dog inside in many ways — that’s the way I am. It’s like, I bark a lot, and I can bite, but I don’t really. You know, they’ve got an energy. I just have an affinity with a dog. I’m very, very loyal, but, you know, I will piss on the carpet. [Laughs.] I will chew your sneakers! And sometimes I look like I’m going to bite, but actually, if you know me, I’m not like that. But I will say, unequivocally, dogs are the most amazingly loyal creatures who will sit and watch the wall with you all day if that’s what you’re doing, and that’s cool, as long as they feel part of the team, and that they’re useful, and I feel that way as well.”

Work ethic is definitely a defining trait of a Hufflepuff in that, Hufflepuffs will give 110% to anything they commit themselves to, and work hard. And they won’t accept any shortcuts to getting where they want to be. “Hufflepuffs have an integrity of effort. Hard work is what pays off in the end. For some people that’s friendships, lovers, community– this is where you get the community builder. For other Hufflepuffs, they love their job, their hobby, or their cause. It is a non-personable sphere where they apply their focus, dedication, and investment.” (from sortinghatchats)

Tom Hardy on his work ethic:

  • “Surviving is one thing. You can get through, you can white-knuckle. You can do the bare minimum. But there comes a time when life stops rewarding potential. If you want to participate in a certain level in anything, you cannot just turn up and be respected.”
  • “If the script says, ‘He gets stabbed relentlessly,’ the word relentless means it’s relentless,” Hardy says curtly. “That’s your fucking job; you need to be relentless. If you’re not willing to be, why are you here? If I sign up to be stabbed relentlessly, I expect to be relentlessly stabbed. I put a pad on and let you go to town.”

Tenacity is another trait of Hufflepuffs which falls in line with their work ethic. 

  • In the making of Bronson Tom was heavily involved in the creation of the script and meeting with Charles Bronson himself, a project he had a heavy hand in that took years to create. In another interview Tom mentioned how he didn’t get the part of a soldier he had auditioned for, and was so determined to prove he could play the part he had almost enlisted himself in the military. Perseverance is definitely a Tommy Hardy trait.
  • Was Hardy difficult during the filming of Bronson? The director, Nicolas Winding Refn, says he was anything but. “ ‘Difficult’ is when they don’t care. So I would never in a million years describe Tom as difficult. He was eager. He wants to be your instrument. He wants you to be part of him, he wants you to devour him, he wants you to use him up.”

Acceptance/Open-mindedness is definitely a trait of Hufflepuffs being very embracing of others and not passing judgement, no matter how “foul” or disliked a person might be. 

  • Hardy doesn’t judge his characters; he inhabits them, and lets the audience decide. “I’m a defence counsellor for every character I play,” he says. “When I take a character, it’s like I stand up for him in court. I don’t care if he’s guilty or innocent, I plead his case. That’s it. And he’s getting off.”
  • “[on his nosiness] And I like people. I like to know what you’re really up to. I’m a bit of a nosey busy body. Why do they do the things they do? Why are they prepared to do the things they do to get what they want? When? Where? Who?”
  • “I love people. People are lovely creatures. I’m one myself [so] I love to see people happy.”

Fairness and justness I don’t know if this one really needs to be explained. it’s pretty straightforward. 

Compassion and humanity does this need an explanation too?? I don’t think it does. But being able to connect with the world about them is definitely a Hufflepuff trait. Being able to be compassionate towards those around them.

  • “I want to dispel that it’s all about celebrity-ism, I’m fucking bored of people looking at whose shoes are interesting and what hat is interesting. Storytelling is very important to people, it comforts them, unite us, cheers us up, we can affect change with these arts. We need to be entertained to connect.”

Humility “Now, consider. This is a house that doesn’t chase glory. They see clearly, and they don’t crave the spotlight; the Hufflepuff is wise in his humility, and there is a kind of peace that can only be attained through that humility. But this is also a house that values love above all - compassion, justice, fairness, inclusivity, an innate sense of right and wrong above all, above talent, above intelligence, above position and glory. There is a purity there.” (source)

A quote from Tom:

  • “A great man is largely forgotten by the public. He doesn’t stand on top of a mountain waving a flag saying, "Look at me—I’m a great man.” A great man often disappears into the ether. Hardly anyone notices that he was even there, apart from his family and close friends. He was reliable. He showed up. He was there. He was useful where he could be. He made mistakes. Tried to make better of those mistakes. Doesn’t mean you have to cure cancer or understand the theory of relativity. It’s not necessarily as rock-and-roll or as cool as you might think. Part of being a great man is accepting that. To dare to be average and normal is actually a pathway to becoming a great man. To have more humility. To accept responsibility more. To just get on with what’s in front of your face. And to leave no fucking indelible mark of your ever being here, apart from the fact that you were there for your family to the best of your ability. It’s not an easy task. I’ll probably fuck it up.”

Honesty pretty self-explanatory in valuing honesty above all else!

I think this reddit answer sums it up:

To sum up Tom Hardy is mostttttt likely a Hufflepuff. Though just cause a person has these traits it doesn’t mean they’re a pushover or won’t fight back. Which Tommy is pretty well known for not taking anyone’s shit.

BUT YEAH I LOVE HUFFLEPUFFS AND I LOVE TOM HARDY