I kinda feel like I may have talked about this before but what the hey I’ll talk about it again.
Basically, he’s a manipulative, cruel, and nearly unfeeling bastard who doesn’t give two shits about anyone outside of his “duty”.
First of all, he considers himself as having the right to judge people’s sins and punish them for them. Sure, the museum curator was an asshole, but did that mean he deserved to die in the way that Shadi killed him? I don’t really think so. And Professor Yoshimori, yes, he desecrated a tomb, and while I’m not 100% behind archaeologists disturbing actual bodies (it’s one thing to retrieve things of historical value from the tombs, its another entirely to steal corpses and put them on display, in my opinion), Yoshimori is a generally good guy, but Shadi was planning on killing him for just having the gall to want to learn about the past. He has a very narrow-minded worldview and anyone outside that is dispensable and useless to him.
And then let’s move on to what he does to Yugi and his friends. He kidnaps and brainwashes Anzu. He mentions that he sort of feels sorry for doing it, but that doesn’t stop him from my giving a crap about putting her in danger, threatening to order her to kill herself, and putting her life on the line in a game he had already assumed he was going to win. Think about that. He used Anzu as the stakes for his game against Yami no Yugi, and was legitimately shocked when Yami no Yugi won. He was fully prepared and even expecting him to fail and her to fall to her death. It just didn’t matter to him. In fact, the fact that he said he “felt sorry for having to brainwash her” just makes it worse to me. It’s like abusers who say they feel bad they “have” to do this to someone. He is not above manipulating and harming innocent bystanders to walk on the path that he has chosen.
And then there’s the matters of Pegasus and Marik, the two main antagonists before Bakura reappears. Both of whom never would have become Yugi’s enemies without Shadi’s influence.
I’m not saying that Pegasus didn’t develop his villainous tendencies on his own, because he did, but it was Shadi who gave him the resources and the motivations he needed to become the single-minded and ruthless enemy that he became. It was Shadi that forced Pegasus to take the Millennium Eye, taunting him with the thoughts of maybe seeing Cyndia again and persuading him to go through incredible pain for the sake of an evil item that was going to slowly drive him insane. It was then Shadi that gave Pegasus the nudge towards discovering the Shadow Games, bringing Duel Monsters into the world. It was Shadi that implied to Pegasus that gathering the Millennium Items might bring his love back. It was Shadi who led Pegasus to the tablet of the Gods and conveniently forgot to tell him about the horrors they would bring upon the world until after Pegasus had already created the cards, manipulating the man into creating the Pharaoh’s weapons.
And of course Marik. Marik was definitely messed up and definitely already had problems tending towards villainy, but it was Shadi who gave him a drive behind his actions. Shadi told Marik, for whatever reason, that his father’s death was the pharaoh’s will, turning Marik into the pharaoh’s enemy. Why would Shadi do this if he was supposed to be serving the pharaoh? It comes back to Shadi’s very narrow-minded and driven worldview. He believed, irrevocably, that the pharaoh had to win the God cards through his dueling, and for the pharaoh to have that motivation, it was necessary for there to be a villain to oppose him for the cards. So naturally, he first turned Marik against the pharaoh completely, giving the already troubled child something to turn his unhealthy emotions on, he then manipulated Pegasus into creating the God cards, which would fall into the hands of Ishizu, which Marik would find out about because that was his sister, and voila, one ready-made villain who desired to take the God Cards and you have an instant conflict for the pharaoh.
Like couldn’t there have been a more peaceful and less dangerous solution? Sure the pharaoh needed to win the cards, but why did Shadi think that the battle for them had to be world-threatening and dangerous? Why couldn’t the pharaoh have won them through a low-stakes ceremonial duel or something? In my opinion, the short answer is that Shadi is a dick. He believed the Pharaoh needed a villain for some reason, and when one didn’t seem forthcoming, he made his own.
tl;dr Shadi is a manipulative asshole who created villains for the Pharaoh because he’s a dick.
These are just a few of the photos I captured of the historic & haunting Bonaventure Cemetery located in America’s most haunted city- Savannah, GA.
It’s Savannah’s largest & most visited cemetery. The burial site was built in the 1800’s & incloses thousands of tombstones & statues, some dating back as far as 1846. Bonaventure was also featured in the popular novel & film “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”.
Hauntingly beautiful, the expansive property is full of live oaks, palmettos, & wild flowers. Silvery, delicate Long Moss hangs from tall oaks & rests on gravestones.
Bonaventure Cemetery closes at 5 PM daily, & with good reason, being one of the most haunted burial grounds in the US.
Are there wizards and witches that argue about the ethics behind curse-breaking? Like the whole point is to disable curses around historical sites and tombs to bring back gold for Gringotts and isn’t that kind of sketchy?
Bill Weasley worked in Egypt doing this. Was the Egyptian magical community okay with this? Did they come to an agreement where they got a cut of whatever they found?
Especially in the case of tombs, wouldn’t they be kind of concerned about disturbing that shit? I mean, ghosts exist in this universe, which, to me, means that they have proof that an afterlife exists. If it’s true an afterlife exists, wouldn’t the tombs be that much more sacred? That could be a whole separate post, though, how the magic community feels about death and the afterlife.
Or are the locals maybe more concerned with having access to these tombs and any significant information that may lie within? So allowing professionals to disable the curses in exchange for some of the gold is seen as a good trade-off. Although, in that case, are there no local Egyptian curse-breakers? Why would they have to outsource that? Would they rather risk the life of some foreign curse-breaker, maybe?
Or does Gringotts have an edge by having Goblins somehow?
I just want to know how and why this came about and if Gringotts is being sketchy as fuck or if they at least have some kind of agreement because “well we need more gold” seems like a shitty reason to break into a historical cursed tomb. Also, is there wizard mining? Now I’m wondering about wizard mining.
A LOT of Reylo fics have Kylo as a doctor/surgeon in a modern AU, but I like the way this one approaches it, with Rey doing her residency next to him. It’s almost like a Grey’s Anatomy take on the ship, but done very, very well, which is good since I’ve never liked Grey’s.
This one is fun. Rey is a drifter who ends up catching a job at a Renaissance Faire, where she also ends up working with renowned actor, stage combat vet, and SERIOUS pain in the ass Kylo Ren, whose family owns the damn thing. The entire cast is well-represented and the humor is on-point. Definitely a good chaser for the heaviness of most Reylo fics.
The last chapter of this one just made me REALLY mad and upset so I’m now watching it warily, but until then, it was one of my favorites (and probably will be again… hopefully… please). Rey is the victim of a trafficking ring who witnesses a murder and ends up in the ER attended by Snoke’s personal physician, Kylo. It’s very, very heavy in places and you just want to give Rey a hug, but there are some excellent scenes with Han and Leia and Kylo’s attempts to slot back into his family with Rey in tow. Again, it just took a really, really sharp turn that I’m not too sure about yet, but I’m reccing it for now because it was amazing up until that point.
I still haven’t figured out if I love or hate this fic. On the one hand, some of the best and most poignant angst you’ll see in a modern AU in this fandom. On the other… it hurts. It really, really hurts. In so many ways. It’s like watching two of your friends who are in love with each other but have serious issues and keep throwing up giant barriers and creating issues so they’ll never get together, and there’s nothing you can do about it. I’m just hoping that all of the pain is worth it as the fic draws to a close.
Serial killer/cop AU with a ton of dark mystery and excellent writing. I’m a fan. There is some Reylux and Kylux within this work, of which I am not a fan, but they’re optional side works that don’t conflict with the primary narrative if you’re not into that.
Reflektor by ReyloTrashCompactor (NextToSomething)
This one’s just starting, but I’m intrigued. Captured!Rey in the hands of Kylo with some interesting interplay thus far. I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes.
I’m in love with this fic. Seriously. Spy Thriller AU, political intrigue, dangerously unstable Kylo and completely badass Han and Leia. Has a very strong dystopian feel to it that the author captures perfectly.
The Force Bond is a very common trope in Reylo fics, but this is one of my favorite takes on it, and an unsettling examination of the negative consequences of it. Kylo Ren’s characterization is also some of the best I’ve ever seen.
Most of you guys have already been reading this one for awhile, but I just got into it recently. It’s the only fic I’ve seen where Kylo and Rey have a child and Kylo is decidedly not redeemed (and his dynamic with Rey is decidedly unromantic), so it’s a very interesting examination of some common tropes.
This is kind of the opposite story to the above, where Kylo and Rey end up having a child and she is his redemption, in a way. I’m actually not a fan of fics where K&R have children, at all, but I’ve strangely loved the way this fic has handled it since day one. It helps that the author is exceptionally skilled and handles the entire narrative with very deft hands.
As Silas wandered about, curious of the Lafayette Cemetery’s historic tombs and to collect graveyard dirt for his potions, he wandered into a tomb. He felt a chill down his spine, this was different magic. It had a different aura, ancestral magic. “Well, this is different.” he rubbed his arm before turning to exit it.
The Evening News, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, June 25, 1925
At Grant’s Tomb on a recent Sunday three trim young misses, dressed in snugly-fit sailor trousers, were sitting with their rather effeminately dressed escorts, whose color schemes cerged (sp) on lavenders, pale grays and baby blues.
The policeman on the beat did not deem it necessary to accuse the young girls of parading in masculine attire since, in spite of their boyish haircuts and trousers, the girls’ curves were so apparent that their disguise was incomplete.