historic signs

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The signs as historical women

Aries: Jeanne d'Arc

Also known as the Maid of Orléans, Jeanne d’Arc (1412 - 1431) was a leader of french troops during the Hundred Years War. She came from a peasant family and could neither read nor write. When she was 12, it is said that she began hearing heavenly voices (one of them is said to have been the Archangel Michael), who told her to save her country. At this time, almost all of France was controlled by England. She went to Bourges to meet the dauphin, Charles VII, and when she left, she was the commander of the french troops. Her most famous battle was the Siege of Orléans, where the siege was lifted after only nine days. 1430 she was captured by Burgundians (allied with the english) and was burned at the stake on May 30th, 1431, at the age of 19. 

Taurus: Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great (1729 - 1796) was the Empress of Russia. She came to power after her husband, Peter III was assassinated. During her reign she expanded the Russian boundaries considerably and promoted education and Enlightenment - Russia grew larger and stronger than ever before. Russian borders spread as far as to the Black Sea and Central Europe. During her reign Russia became known as one of the great powers of Europe. She is the longest ruling female of Russia. 

Gemini: Nakano Takeko

Nakano Takeko (1847 - 1868) was a Japanese female warrior of the Aizu domain, who fought and died during the Boshin War. She was thoroughly trained in the martial and literary arts. During the Battle of Aizu, she fought with a naginata and was the leader of a group of female combatans who fought in the battle independently, as the senior Aizu retainers did not allow them to fight as an official part of the domain’s army.  While leading a charge against Imperial Japanese Army troops, she was fatally shot in the chest. Rather than let the enemy capture her head as a trophy, she asked her sister, to cut it off and have it buried. It was taken to Hōkai Temple and buried under a pine tree.

Cancer: Queen Christina of Sweden

Christina (1626 - 1689) was the Queen of Sweden, Grand Princess of Finland and Duchess of Estonia. She was the only surviving child of King Gustaf II Adolf, and when he died during the Battle of Lützen in the Thirty Years War, she became queen. However, she was only 6 years old when this happened. When she was born, she was believed to be a boy. When it was discovered that she was a girl, her father didn’t matter; he had become very closely attached to her. She was raised as a king, and her father made sure that she would inherit the throne when he died, even though she was a girl. Christina is remembered as being one of the most well educated women of the 1600s. She rejected the sexual role of a woman, and decided to never marry. In 1654 she abdicated, converted to Roman Catholicism (Sweden was a protestant country) and moved to Rome. 

Leo: Boudica

Boudica (dead 60-61 AD) was the Celtic war queen of the british tribe Iceni, who lead a major uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire. Her warriors successfully defeated the Roman Ninth Legion and destroyed the capital of Roman Britain. She was later captured by Roman soldiers, but instead of letting them kill her she is believed to have poisoned herself.

Virgo: Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth I (1533 - 1603) is remembered as one of the greatest monarchs to ever have ruled England (and Ireland). Her rule is known as “Englands golden age”. She is also known as the Virgin Queen or Good Queen Bess. She never married, nor had any children. Therefore, her death marked the end of the Tudor Era. When the Spanish Armada invaded England in 1588, Elizabeth defended her strength as a female leader, saying: “I know I have the body of a weak, feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too.” 

Libra: Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn (c. 1501 - 1536) was the second wife of King Henry VIII. Henry had wanted her to become his mistress during the 1520s, but she refused, telling him she had to become his wife first. In order to marry Anne, Henry had to get divorced from Catherine of Aragon. However, as the pope refused to acknowledge the divorce, Henry broke with the catholic church, making England a protestant country. Anne Boleyn married the king in 1533 and was crowned the Queen of England, and gave birth to a daughter, Elizabeth, September 7th 1533. Henry VIII was mad at her for not giving birth to a son, and searched for a reason to get rid of her. 1536 Anne Boleyn was accused of adultery, incest and being a witch. She was found guilty, and on May 19th, 1536, she was beheaded. After her daughter was crowned as Queen Elizabeth I, Anne was venerated as a martyr and a heroine of the English Reformation.

Scorpio: Lyudmila Pavlichenko 

Lyudmila Pavlichenko (1916 - 1974) was an Ukrainian Soviet sniper during World War II. She is regarded as the most successful female sniper in history with 309 kills. In 1943 she was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union. During the war she was also known as Lady Death.

Sagittarius: Grace O’Malley

Grace O’Malley (1530 - 1603) was a female pirate and Irish queen in the 16th century. She  is sometimes known as “The Sea Queen of Connacht”.  She was apparently well-educated and was regarded by contemporaries as being exceptionally formidable and competent. Upon her father’s death she inherited his large shipping and trading business (a trade sometimes referred to as mere piracy). She once met Queen Elizabeth I of England, and refused to bow down before her, as Elizabeth didn’t recognize her as the Queen of Ireland.

Capricorn: Natalia Peshkova

Natalia Peshkova  joined the Russian Army when she was just 17, during World War II. She served as a combat medic, and spent three years at the front, accompanying wounded soldiers from the front to the hospital and fought diseases and starvation among the troops. As the war went on, Peshkova was promoted to Sergeant Major and after the war, she was awarded the Order of the Red Star for bravery.

Aquarius: Elizabeth Coleman

Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman (1892 - 1926) was the first female pilot of african american descent. She was an american civil aviator. She was denied pilot training in USA, so she learned french and went to France where she could become a pilot. She died in 1926, after flying an unsafe plane, which after ten minutes, unexpectedly went in for a dive and spun around. This lead to Coleman being thrown out of the plane at 610 m (2 100 ft), and she died instantly when she hit the ground.

Pisces: Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart (1897 - 1937) was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and also the first woman to recieve a National Geographic Society gold medal. She was a pioneering female pilot, determined and independant, and a supporter of women’s rights. She disappeared in 1937 when she tried to fly around the globe, but she is to this day still remembered as a legend.

pisces is a sign historically associated with drug addiction and substance abuse. but this abuse or habit or addiction does not have to be poisons or inhalants. it can be a person, a relationship, a destructive romance, a clandestine lover. they rarely give themselves permission to take a break and let angels take over. pisces doesn’t know what morning is. nights are eternal 

Timeline of the Revolution(s)

In taking another look at the story Nishiki tells about the original OEK’s revolution, I noticed some discrepancies in the story we have been given up until now, so I figured I’d try to reconstruct the timeline here.

According to the CCG, and so one assumes, the official record, the CCG was founded by Daikichi Washuu around 1890.

This matches up with what Eto says, about the original OEK being the reason the CCG was founded over 100 years ago.

Nishiki’s telling seems at first to match Eto’s:

 but there are a few strange details that don’t quite add up.

Nishiki seems to place this about two generations back and mentions humans being ravaged by war at the time, seeming to imply a post-WWII timeline. 

But assuming the history of the Tokyo Ghoul universe is the same as ours (plus ghouls), and assuming Nishiki was just being overly simplistic with his two generation time marker, the original 1890 founding date gives us the Bakumatsu period and the internal Japanese wars that went along with the beginning of the Meiji restoration. The creation of a central anti-ghoul corporation by the Washuu at this time would have been right in line with The Meiji restoration’s modernization, formalization and centralization of industry and state, regardless of any revolutionary ghoul running around, so it’s an easy thing for the official CCG narrative to omit.

But Nishiki’s telling actually seems to imply a second revolution after the CCG was already founded, taking advantage of the post WWII chaos. A second OEG and a second rebellion, this time leading to the formation of V, as separate from the founding of the CCG. Such an event would lend some credence to Eto’s claim that One Eyed Ghouls have historically been a sign of change, if this had happened twice before, not just the once.

A post WWII timeline makes more sense for the construction of the 24th ward, as well - considering the total chaos and massive rebuilding efforts, as well as more advanced technology at the time. 

It also implies some 55 years of a Washuu led CCG without the existence of V, or at the very least, a shift in the functionality of the behind the scenes group.

It also seems to imply a significant increase in CCG extermination efforts around that time, an echo of Nishiki’s observation that the current CCG under Furuta is making the previous efforts of the CCG look like a joke, something which Furuta also mentions on his side of things. The Washuu were staying their hand. 

History does tend to repeat itself.

I expect we are due for a more explicit history lesson on the Washuu and V soon, but a second revolution only some 70-odd years in the past certainly strengthens the possibility that the leader of that rebellion is still alive down deep in the 24th, somehow.

The Signs as Historical Women

Aries: Joan of Arc; rebellious and undaunted
Taurus: Rosa Parks; defiant and rightfully stubborn
Gemini: Sappho; poetically shed light on divergent sexualities
Cancer: Frida Kahlo; artistic and expressive
Leo: Queen Elizabeth; regal and independent
Virgo: Marilyn Monroe; beautiful and inspiring
Libra: Harriet Tubman; passionate for equality
Scorpio: Mata Hari; pridefully owned her sexuality
Sagittarius: Cleopatra; clever, ambitious, risk-taker
Capricorn: Princess Diana; respectfully kind and charitable
Aquarius: Amelia Earhart; fearless and adventurous
Pisces: Malala Yousafzai; soft spoken, but has something important to say

The opposite signs as historical couples

Aries x Libra: Bonnie and Clyde

Taurus x Scorpio: Tristan and Isolde

Gemini x Sagittarius: Paris and Helen

Capricorn x Cancer: Romeo and Juliet

Leo x Aquarius: Cleopatra and Mark Anthony

Pisces x Virgo: Orpheus and Eurydice

Concept: What if there was a community that observed a prolonged period of silence, during which vocalization was forbidden, on a regular basis (say, one day a week) due to religious/cultural reasons? Such a community would undoubtedly develop a sign language if the tradition was maintained long enough. Deaf members of the community might be admired or accorded an honored status within the context of the day of silence because they would likely be viewed as having no temptation to break the silence. If religious services or ceremonies were conducted on the day of silence, a writing system for the sign language might be developed in order record the prayers and or other signed texts used throughout the day.

Regarding the relationship between the spoken and signed language, the sign language might simply be a signed mode of the spoken language, like Signed Exact English. It might be a different register or dialect of the spoken language, with a greater or lesser amount of grammatical and lexical differences. Or, it might be a completely unrelated language, as American Sign Language is to English. All of these possibilities are attested in various communities which have or historically had sign languages which were used in addition to or instead of the community’s spoken language in various contexts.

Vinnie Dakota (Milo Murphy’s Law)

You guys, you guys, I feel like everyone’s missing something I picked up on in Milo Murphy’s Law about our favorite Pistachio Protectors; despite both being the ‘lowest of the low’ in the organization, I realized that Mr. Block addresses the two of them differently during ‘We’re Going To The Zoo’; he actively addresses them differently; “Ah, Dakota…Cavendish.” He addresses Dakota relatively normally, and sneers when saying Cavendish’s name; whatever they think of the both of them, apparently Vinnie’s the one who is regarded with less disdain.

Despite being treated like an idiot by Cavendish, he also seems to have the more cool head and common sense; he also mentions having joined to stop the Mississippi Purchase, which he successfully completed, considering it never happened; he has completed at least one mission successfully and one that actually involved historical politics.

Cavendish mentions signing up for saving the world type stuff; it’s entirely likely from the way he talks about it and how he is so convinced he’s not some nobody given the first sign.of a ‘counter agent’, and how he didn’t expect to be assigned to protect pistachios rather than to some world saving mission, I think he’s never actually completed any mission before this one.

Not only that, but Vinnie automatically somehow knows where Brick and Savannah are, despite the fact that Cavendish knows of them, he had no idea they were in the same time as him, even though Vinnie knew and managed to get in He also was much more casual when addressing them, while Cavendish seemed to want to suck up to them from his posture and speech and tone in general. Though this is regular to Vinnie’s character, it does say something that he’s so casual around the two while Cavendish is focused on impressing them.

He also is the levelheaded one about ‘Agent Murphy’ rather than jumping to wild conclusions, and he’s the one who remembered to keep the stakes for the mission the whole time.

In conclusion, I think that it’s not unreasonable to theorize that Dakota is actually Cavendish’s superior and Cavendish is the newbie. Vinnie just doesn’t care enough to be the one who takes initiative.

What the signs would do with a time machine

Aries: Would go back and kick Christoffer Colmbus’s ass

Taurus: Would get the winning lottery numbers

Gemini: Would pick up Cleopatra, a dinosaur and Martin Luther King, and then they’d fight crime together.

Cancer: Would go to high school with their parents, to see what they were like when they were teenagers

Leo: Would take some technology with them and use it to wow people and make them worship them like a god

Virgo: Would go back and actually do something useful, like prevent 9/11

Libra: Would go forward just a few months to check out the trends, then be a trendsetter in our time

Scorpio: Would totally have a threesome with Marylin Monroe and Joe Dimaggio 

Sagittarius: Would paint and carve naughty things in caves, just to freak out today’s archeologists.

Capricorn: Would just go a few months into the future to get that album/video game that won’t come out ‘till then.

Aquarius: Would go 300 years into the future and come back with proof of alien existence

Pisces: Would try to make friends with historical figures, and probably flirt with the cute ones