honestly one of the best and most interesting characters i've ever seen

rinrinp42  asked:

What advice would you give a first time d&d player? My brother is running a one-shot for me, my friend, our mom, and our cousin and it's my first time ever, though I do listen to Campaign and I've helped him make decisions both as a player and a DM in the past

:) awesome!! I’m glad you’re getting to play! I obviously think the world of these games, and hope you have a wonderful time playing them.

the best pieces of advice I think I can give to players are the ones I wish I’d had myself going in so sorry in advance if they’re sloppy and not useful for you.

1. Put your stuff on the table. I tend to construct rapidly and elaborately in my head. I can be content doing that pretty much entirely. But the point of play is collaborative storytelling. No one will know the cool thing you thought up for your character or for the scene unless you say it. Take the risk. You won’t be thought of as silly. I promise. The GM wants your engagement. It’s, most likely, how they figure out how to mold their game to your/others’ liking. And a large portion of other players’ fun is getting to see you shine. Don’t hold stuff in. Be awesome.

2. It’s ok to focus on the bits that interest you. Does your character’s clothing interest you? Indulge that. The spell list? Spend time there. Whatever’s fun for you should be allowed to be fun. Don’t monopolize things entirely so things aren’t fun for other players, but don’t deny yourself your own fun. Collaboration means you’re all doing something together. Let yourself figure out what your part of that means.

3. You are allowed to call for time outs, out of character clarifications, or set ANY necessary boundaries along the way as you go. You’re also allowed to ask for trigger warnings going into things. That might seem daunting, so here’s an application that doesn’t press on things we traditionally think of as a boundary-breaching. Your character is playing quid-pro-quo with the needle-toothed mage. You’ve been at it for around 10 minutes, and she has been handily sidestepping the information that you want to get from her. You also suspect she is feeding you some misinformation. Nothing is happening outside of the rules. This is frustrating. You’re starting to get frustrated. You call for a time out, and check in with the GM, “Both my character and I are getting frustrated.” The break enables the GM, who had previously been acting as a character meant to frustrate your character to be able to step back enough to see the bleed taking place and alleviate your concerns. “Ah. Your character is DEFINITELY allowed to be frustrated right now. They are being fucked over. But I don’t want you to be. You also have a chance to turn this around through cunning or a good roll. Are we good to continue?” If you are, the scene is reframed as a collaborative effort again where you’re both on the same side, the side of the story. Asking for breaks to sort through stuff that’s more complex than what’s on the table is ALWAYS OK. It helps everyone.

4. Bring a water bottle. Drink water.

5. This isn’t one I ever needed, but it’s one I’ve seen lots of folks be shy about so I guess this is the place for it. Unless you’re playing a game that’s just you and the GM, games are, in my experience, at their best when the party loves each other unrepentantly. Not everyone is good about speaking up for themselves, or finding room to showcase their own special talents, so help them do that. Love each other by helping each other be awesome. “Lidda, you’d be great at that!” Is a * 0 * moment for a shy player. If your game is more rp focused, asking folks questions about themselves is going to get you cool answers, and forge neat bonds for your GM to mess with down the line. Play with each other. It is your GM’s responsibility to introduce villains and other relevant NPCs early enough to make you give a damn about them. They have to earn each important conversation you have with an npc. Not so with the party. You kids have fun and indulge each other. It’s the good stuff.

Errr that’s all for now I think. Have fun! Oh! And you are 1000% allowed to make your first character a self insert. ALL of your characters can be that. Don’t let anyone give you ANY flack for that. And smooch that cute Jaebrin. Honestly.

anonymous asked:

Couldn't the changes in Len's character in Legends be due to how he fell for Sara? With the one deleted scene they released it looked like it was almost love at first sight. He was kinder and more honest and open with her than anyone else including Lisa and Mick. No one saw through and understood him like she did ever before. His getting rid of Mick was more about him trying to hurt Sara than the team. And she was the one who got him to make up with Mick. It never would have happened without her

Anon, there is so much wrong here that I very strongly considered not answering because the only things I can say are to disagree with you and that’ll probably make you angry.

But, well, I was a little angry too, particularly at the line “His getting rid of Mick was more about him trying to hurt Sara than the team” but I decided not to let anger rule my thoughts. Nonetheless, I’m gonna answer because I feel it’s worth a discussion for why I think differently, and why your post struck a bit of a nerve. Sorry if this isn’t what you want to hear, but I really do feel it warrants a meta/commentary response.

First, no I don’t think all the changes in him are due to Sara and I’d say that’s an oversimplification of how and why a person changes. It strips Len of those changes being about him at all really, taking away some of his autonomy in making the changes. If you change solely for someone else and not for yourself, that’s not sustainable. Len changed for himself and through the influence of a host of different factors, and to reduce it to largely one thing misses so much of the complexity of how and why people change in reality. And I’m not saying that falling in love can’t change a person (through the different viewpoints they take on and through the trust they develop), but I also don’t read Len as having been in love with Sara. People, a single person, can help catalyze change in us even without being in love, of course, but it’s still missing some of the point to make it all about that other person. Change happens internally.  

And there are a lot of the factors that could plausibly, canonically, go into him changing. I mean, I maintain that many of the changes that bothered me (the very subtle characterization ones that tilt him more to a slytherin-hufflepuff than a slytherin-ravenclaw) are ones that came in from the writers wanting to have him work with a team and taking over his character from a different team, losing a bit in translation. But in canon, if we try to explain those changes, I really would not ever want to attribute them to solely one character.

I feel that if we explain the canonical changes in Len, we can point to a couple of major factors, and his budding friendship with Sara is one of those (because it shows him letting people in and believing that change and overcoming one’s past is actually possible, because it’s something she is doing and demonstrating). A few others are Barry’s staunch belief in Len’s goodness and his willingness to help Len, working with Lisa and Mick again and the effect that has on him, being free of his father in a final way, and working with a team of people who’s wellbeing he feels responsible for (especially Jax). I’ve made posts that talk about most of those factors in one way or another though, so I won’t delve into them here.

More specific to the points you raise, I disagree that he demonstrates anything approaching love at first sight in the deleted scene.

Honestly the only thing I read into that is that he a) is trying to get a feel for people on the team and doesn’t quite know what to make of Sara yet, except that she might be the only one aside from Mick he has anything in common with (she shuts that down with the reincarnated point), and b) that he’s a bit intrigued at her willingness to bite back, but maybe a little annoyed at how barbed she is with him. (For the record we literally never see him even glance in the direction of her ass so I don’t get where that line is from.)

I also strongly disagree that he’s “kinder and more honest and open with her than anyone else including Lisa and Mick”. I don’t even know where you get that idea, to be frank. Len loves his sister to death and would do anything for her. He would never raise a weapon to her like he does to Sara in 1x15 and there’s zero reason to suspect he’d be less honest with her than with Sara (or anyone else). If you try to raise the point that he didn’t tell her his dad kidnapped him, I’d counter by saying he didn’t really have a chance and wanted to protect her. He also happened to lie to Sara (alongside the rest of the team) about having killed Mick. 

If you want to talk about Len opening up about his past to people like his heart-to-heart with Sara while they were freezing to death, he’s even similarly expository with Ray (who I maintain he ultimately dislikes) without much prompting.

Originally posted by coldsflash

Len also lies to Sara’s face at least once or twice, particularly about Mick. “Everyone okay between you two?” “Peachy.” Even if it’s unbarbed and obvious, he’s not really being honest (with himself or with her, and they both know it). He’s not opening up to her.


With Mick, Len is admittedly not always honest, or fair. 

But that’s in part because he takes a high degree of responsibility for Mick, maybe more than Mick wants him to. He doesn’t always expect Mick to make decisions in his own best interest, and Len has a very high need for control and believes he’ll make the best decision for his friend. 

Is it okay? Not necessarily. But I don’t think he means that he’s largely dishonest with Mick or that there isn’t a huge amount of trust and understanding between them. 

Mick’s the one who knows Len’s intentions for going in the trip, knows where Len’s head is at, is the one at Len’s side who can literally finish his sentences and move in sync with him. They have one-word codes like ‘Alexa’ and ‘like that time in Chicago’ that tell them everything they need to know about a situation. 30+ years of history will do that with someone. 

Actually, the whole ‘pulling the cold gun out’ thing is neat with respect that. He pulls it on Mick, Mick pulls the heat gun out, they have a stand off for a minute. Len appears to think about it and calm down and come up with the next step for what to do, or else it gives him space to remember to be the reasonable one. Mick gets this too because he doesn’t ever pull his trigger, just waits for Len to decide to end the stand off, every time we’ve seen them have one. But with Sara, she called his bluff. She didn’t understand why he’s doing this and what he gets out of pulling out his gun and having a stand off with someone so she calls him on it (which is fair, I’m not saying she’s in the wrong). And maybe it’s all dysfunctional as hell of him, but I think it demonstrates how Mick understands Len better than Sara does. He moves along to the beats Len is playing in a way that Sara won’t (which is fine because no one needs to, but you can’t tell me that Mick doesn’t understand Len inside and out, up and down).

Which is why I so strongly shirk at the idea that Len ‘got rid of Mick’ (just that in the first place, he didn’t get rid of him), more for Sara than for anyone else. Len marooned Mick for the stated reason of worrying what would happen to his sister if Mick went back to 2016. He knows Mick has impulse control problems and anger issues. He knows that he himself acts like a check/balance on Mick, so dropping him off in 2016 could have some high-damage consequences. So it was about protecting the team, and protecting their loved ones in 2016 (particularly Lisa, the person Mick is most likely to go after because it’s more Len he wants revenge on than any of the other team members). Beyond that canonically-stated reason for marooning Mick, it could also have come down to a lot of personal shit between Len and him. 

To the extent that once he chose not to kill him, Len always planned to return for Mick (till death got in the way), he probably intended for the marooning to be a very short cool-down period for Mick before Len picked up back up and brought him home. A “okay you betrayed us you jackass and it fucking hurt and I’m pissed but I’ve had time to think about it and you’ve been stuck here to think about it for a day, so now let’s go home alright?”.

I mean, you can read a lot more into it than that with respect to their relationship, but I don’t think it’s valuable to bring anyone else into that. It was about Len and Mick, and to a lesser extent about Lisa, and then about the team as a unit. There’s no evidence it was about anyone else, and certainly no evidence that Len was worried Mick would hurt Sara if he stuck around.

As for her being the reason they made up, I agree she had a part in that, but I also think it would have happened eventually in the same way regardless. She was a catalyst though, and showed empathy and deep understanding in that situation. I think that’s highly to her credit, actually, and I’m not sure why you’d make that about Len’s character changes when it really shows her own development and insight. 

But Len and Mick have been at serious odds before, were apart for a few years even, and still manage to find their way back to one another. They always do, with or without anyone’s help, and being confined on a ship together was going to press the issue sooner rather than later. Sara didn’t convince Len to lay down his life for Mick and die if that’s what Mick wanted from him. Len’s love for Mick did that, full stop.


tl;dr - Mick and Lisa understand Len better than Sara does as per canon, and he canonically demonstrates more honesty with his sister and more mutual understanding with Mick than he does with her. There’s nothing to suggest love at first sight (intrigue, at most) and there’s nothing at all to suggest that him marooning Mick had anything to do with Sara herself. The implication Len changed solely/mostly because of her is just a large oversimplification that strips him of personal autonomy in making those changes.

zeether  asked:

Helga x Arnold

A+: OTP

When I call these two my One True Pairing, I really mean they are my One True Pairing. I’ve shipped a lot of shit in my life, but none have stood the test of time as much as these two. Where other pairings lose my interest after weeks or months, these two have never failed to make me grin, and it’s not just because they look cute together. It’s not because Helga loves Arnold and I love Helga so obviously she HAS TO GET WITH THE GUY SHE LIKES. It’s not because I’m into any of the cliche ship slots they fit into - devil/angel, villain/hero, sweetheart/asshole, etc.. And it’s not because they’re the most popular pairing in the show, or even the most blatantly canon. There are a lot of reasons these two are popular, but the biggest one is simply this: chemistry.

I’ve tried shipping these two with other characters before, but none of the ships I’ve been able to think up or find fics for mesh as well as Arnold and Helga do with each other. One of the reasons HA! slapped me in the face as hard as it did and still holds my attention is because of my love of psychology and well-crafted characterization, and it’s honestly a little scary just how perfectly these two click in every way it’s possible to click. Heck, it’s even a running gag in the show that they’re soulmates - they run into each other (literally) on a regular basis, Arnold can actually hear Helga screaming for him even if it’s halfway across town (Downtown as Fruits, Arnold’s Halloween), and he gets this gnawing sense that something is wrong when Helga isn’t present (Buses, Bikes and Subways). I could literally write novels on all the reasons these two work so well together, but I’m gonna see if I can sum it up as best I can in a few paragraphs. 

As much as everyone always likes to go on about how these two are an Opposites Attract type of pairing, they actually have a lot of things in common, and I’m not just saying that they have similar interests (though this is true, and is one of the reasons they’re so great together). At their core, these two are actually almost the same person. Don’t get me wrong here, I do think it’s important for couples to have different viewpoints and personalities because otherwise they’d get bored with each other pretty quick (especially Arnold and Helga, because both of them have shown signs of NEEDING someone to challenge them–Arnold even once said that he loves a challenge), but it’s also important to have common ground and kinda be on each other’s level. These two are equals in every sense of the word, and it’s honestly one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. 

Like, they both come from kinda crackpot families that drive them both nuts, and as a result have been forced to where they HAD to mature in order to get by. They have to solve their own problems, because they know no one else is going to. They love their families, but they can’t rely on them. Really, they act a lot more like teenagers or adults than nine-year-olds sometimes. They even get similar looks of “oh God I’m surrounded” on their faces whenever something stupid or crazy goes down. Like, to the point I think if they ever had a real, honest conversation with each other about junk, they’d agree on a lot of points. Arnold would obviously try to be nicer about it, but it’s pretty undeniable that he thinks a lot of the stuff Helga says. He laughs just as hard at Helga’s mean jokes as everybody else. I’m not saying he likes that Helga’s cruel, but I do think it’s on some level relieving to him that he’s not the only one who notices these things and gets exasperated by them. On kinda the opposite spectrum of this, though, they’re both bleeding hearts. I mean, Arnold’s obviously a lot more open about it, but we all know how soft Helga is underneath all her spikes. She cares just as much about stuff as Arnold does; she just doesn’t want to because a) it’s too painful for her, b) she just doesn’t think it’s smart, and c) she has a reputation she feels she has to uphold. As well, they’re both intelligent, stubborn, competitive, crazy artistic, leaders, daydreamers, romantics–I could go on and on about all the things these two have in common, but this paragraph’s gotten too long, blegh.

Basically, they are like the same person in a lot of ways and react similarly to things - they’ve just chosen to deal with those things differently. Buuuut it is true, nobody can deny, yes, they are in a lot of ways an Opposites Attract pairing. I think something a lot of people don’t quite get, however, is that some Opposites don’t mesh well at all. They just bounce off each other. It’s not as simple as two people who oppose each other equaling solemats5ever. These two are fine-tuned to be opposite in every way they need to be in order to be amazing together, which is really impressive and one of the things that make them so gosh-darned OTP to people. For example: Arnold is rigid and steady. Helga is childish and impulsive. Arnold is optimistic and moral. Helga is realistic and immoral. Arnold is selfless and kind. Helga is selfish and vicious. Arnold’s peaceful, Helga’s a warmonger. Arnold is quiet, Helga is loud. Arnold’s cool, Helga’s hot. Arnold’s rational, Helga’s paranoid. They really balance each other out, but at their core they’re still the same. They’re a perfect example of ying and yang to point to when you want to show just how well the concept works.

I mean, I’ve been shipping these two for almost six years, and my fascination with them hasn’t dwindled once. If there was a grade higher than an A+ that I could give them, I’d be complaining that there still needs to be a higher grade.

KBTBB Fantasy AU

lol so here’s another self-indulgent AU to add to the growing pile

@maidofstars @bolt8826 @tsundere-eevee @alolan-lillie @themysticaldaydreamer lolol maybe this is something you guys might be interested in


After being led by a mysterious hatted man down a rabbit hole, MC finds herself in the now-cursed Kingdom of Tres Spades. For years, no one has found a way to break the curse that has plagued its citizens—until now. There is a prophecy that talks of a hero, hailing from another world, coming to rescue the Kingdom in its time of absolute need. Now, MC and her eight newfound companions must find a way to save the kingdom, lest the curse destroy them first.

Eisuke: The king and ruler of the Tres Spades Kingdom. He’s the most powerful person in the land, and his name strikes both awe and respect among the people. He’s actually a fair and just ruler who makes sure everything in the kingdom is in order. However, when the curse befell the land, he was cursed with the inability to love. He started inflicting cruel punishments to anyone who defied him, citizen or not, and all his enemies were never heard or seen from again. Though his kingdom remains the most powerful and prosperous, his citizens despise him, the throne is suffocating him, and he isn’t happy at all. Probably because of the gaping hole the curse left in his heart…

Soryu: The loyal head knight of the castle. He is known all over the kingdom as the most skilled knight in the land. Though he’s an effective leader, and a good person at heart, most people don’t think so. He’s feared because of his cold appearance and reputation as King Eisuke’s right-hand man. This is made even worse when he’s cursed with the ability to turn anything he touches into ice. He’s despised even more because of his uncontrollable powers. Though Soryu acts like the curse doesn’t bother him, even someone like him needs the touch of another human being once in a while.

Baba: An adventurer with a penchant for the thrilling. He was just a traveler who sought escape from boredom in the Kingdom of Tres Spades. Luckily for him, the kingdom was full of interesting characters. He ended up having to do a bit of favors for the king when he found out about Baba’s talent in reconnaissance. In the kingdom, he’s a known womanizer, but because of the curse, the moment any woman looks directly into his eyes, she immediately falls in love with him. At first, he was happy that his flirtations were finally reciprocated, but soon enough he eventually realized that it was all forced. Now, Baba can’t go anywhere without wearing a special set of enchanted goggles.

Ota: The most renowned artist in the kingdom. His works of art are so famous, that even those outside the kingdom would pay a greedy price just to see his art. Rumor has it that his works are so beautiful, that even the gods are jealous of their beauty. Unfortunately, the fame and fortune started taking a toll on him, and inspiration came to him less and less. To make matters worse, the curse inflicted upon him gave him a slowly-growing blindness; he can’t see colors anymore, and soon enough, he’ll be unable to see anything at all. He’s starting to regret taking his sight for granted.

Mamoru: A shepherd that used to serve as a knight in the castle. Mamoru generally tries to keep away from royal affairs after an incident caused his friend to die in a tragic accident. Now, he lives a pleasant, quaint life in the countryside, away from all the problems in the inner circle of the kingdom. However, the curse forced upon him took his peacefulness away; Mamoru can’t sleep without having horrible nightmares from the incident. Every method he’s ever tried won’t take his nightmares away, and he’s always perpetually exhausted. He longs for the day he can sleep in peace again.

Shuichi: The kingdom’s wisest scholar. He gives good insight as to how the kingdom should be run in terms of politics and reforms. Oftentimes, he butts heads with the king when it comes to kingdom affairs, but they both usually come to a general, albeit reluctant, consensus in the end. When the curse happened, Shuichi was afflicted with short-term memory. His memory unfortunately resets every 24 hours, so he has to write every event that has happened to him in a day so he can read them the next day. He still tries his best to help the kingdom, but it’s difficult when he can’t form any new memories.

Luke: The most gifted cleric in the kingdom. Because of his immense talent in the healing arts, everyone in the kingdom seeks him out whenever they get sick or injured. Still, he secretly feels a bit lonely because outside his job as a healer, no one really wants anything to do with him because they all think Luke is bad luck. He feels more comfortable in the palace because he can be himself there. When the curse hit the kingdom, he was burdened with an ironic jinx—every time he’d heal someone, Luke would receive the injury/disease in his patient’s place. As much as Luke wants to help people, the pain he feels makes him question if it’s still worth being a healer.

Hikaru: An ex-mercenary now working as a palace servant. He used to be a formidable mercenary, but after the toll his job took on his sanity and peace of mind, he quit. He’s trying to atone for his past mistakes by living a peaceful life and helping out in the kingdom. He assists Shuichi with his job around the palace, and life slowly seems to be looking up for him. His curse, however, inflicted him with the ability to see the ghosts of all the people he’s killed. They follow him everywhere, and Hikaru always feels the sins of his past crawling on his back. He feels as if the curse is a punishment he deserves.

MC: The heroine of the prophecy. She unwittingly gets led into the Kingdom of Tres Spades, and the heavy duty of saving the land now rests upon her shoulders. Honestly, everyone has their doubts about her ability to save the kingdom, and she, too, doesn’t believe she’s the one meant for the job. Unbeknownst to her, she has also been afflicted by a curse—absolute selflessness. Every time she sees someone in need, she’ll feel compelled to help them, even at the cost of her owns safety. At first, her companions think she’s just a martyr at heart, but they realize towards the end of their journey, that, maybe, something isn’t right. She goes around saving everyone, but who’s there to save her?

anonymous asked:

I have a question. Everything I've seen from Asunder has Wynne as super OOC (I've never read it) and that's either A bad writing (Which I doubt) B I completely misread Wynne in DA:O or C She had some form of huge impactful revelation. I've literally been watching and reading dialogue for like 2 hours so far trying to figure out what I missed and this is driving me nuts so did A Thing™ happen or did I completely and utterly misread her? Because Wynne tearing down the circle seems a bit new to me.

(This is fukken long, sorry.  Take note, Tumblr: if you don’t want a book don’t send me asks.)

Honestly, I did not feel Wynne was out of character in Asunder, and I DO feel that in general, fandom seriously misreads Wynne.  It’s actually pretty understandable–she’s a pretty closed-in character and it’s easy to fail to notice that she hardly ever really reveals anything about herself.  People are inclined to dislike her because she’s pro-Circle, and a lot of people have trouble wrapping their minds around why a mage would agree to such a system, especially since we, the player, know that it is not only inherently abusive and deeply corrupt but also totally unnecessary–there are other, more humane ways of guarding against the dangers of magic.  But Wynne doesn’t know that, and really has no way of knowing it.  And so she says to Alistair, “The Templars serve a function, and a necessary one. If what has happened at the tower proves anything, it is that we mages can be dangerous… even to ourselves.”

But it’s not that simple, and Wynne isn’t a Loyalist–openly, at least, she’s an Aequitarian.  (Personally, I think that she’s actually ‘open’ about very little and I wouldn’t take this affiliation at face value.  It’s politics.  It’s all politics.)  She’s pro-Circle, but above all else, she’s pro-mage.  There are two points in the Broken Tower mission where she will turn and fight you if she thinks you mean to kill mages indiscriminately.  

What Wynne is is pragmatic.  Look at these banters with Morrigan, which I think cut closer to the bone than most of what Wynne says:

  • Wynne: It must have been very difficult for you and your mother, Morrigan, to live always hiding from the Chantry and its hunters.
  • Morrigan: Your pitying tone is as unwelcome as it is unnecessary, old woman. There was nothing difficult about our lives in the slightest.
  • Wynne: But surely you must have drawn notice from time to time. No matter how powerful you claim to be, you would not wish the full attention of the Chantry.
  • Morrigan: Hunters did come into the Wilds from time to time. They did not leave.
  • Wynne: And the interest of the Chantry was never aroused? I find that difficult to believe.
  • Morrigan: I imagine you find many things difficult to believe. Your own preference for the leash you wear, for instance.
  • Wynne: There are good reasons for the world to fear mages, even despite our best intentions.
  • Morrigan: Your best intentions, perhaps. Their fear concerns me not at all.

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  • Wynne: What you said before, Morrigan… about the Circle of Magi being a leash… do you truly believe that?
  • Morrigan: Only a fool would think otherwise.
  • Wynne: You would prefer a world where young mages were slain by the ignorant for their talent? Taught to fear their abilities?
  • Morrigan: That is what the Circle teaches. You fear your abilities, instead of reveling in them.
  • Wynne: Believing ourselves to be superior over other men is what led to the Imperium… and the darkspawn.
  • Morrigan: (scoffs) I cannot believe you give credence to such drivel.
  • Wynne: Those who do not heed the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.
  • Morrigan: Then you need look no further than the elves for an example of what occurs when you allow others to hold your leash.

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  • Wynne: I have been thinking about what you said, Morrigan. About the Circle.
  • Morrigan: Allow me to leap to the supposition that you disagree.
  • Wynne: Let us say that the Circle did not exist. What sort of a world would you envision for mages? Would you advocate a return to the days of the Imperium?
  • Morrigan: I advocate nothing. Nature dictates that the strong survive, if they have the will.
  • Wynne: So you prefer a life of hardship and fear, so long as you believe you aren’t tethered and free to do as you wish.
  • Morrigan: That is so.
  • Wynne: But are you not here because your mother wished you to be?
  • Morrigan: I could leave if I desired to.
  • Wynne: Of course. It simply strikes me as odd that one who believes in such freedom has never spent any time alone and unprotected.

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  • Morrigan: I have spent time alone and unprotected.
  • Wynne: I’m sorry, what?
  • Morrigan: You said earlier that I had spent no time alone - I have. I left the wilds more than once when I was young, to seek more of the world of men.
  • Wynne: Did you return to the Wilds on your own? Or did your mother seek you out?
  • Morrigan: She would never leave the Wilds. I returned on my own. The world of man… is dangerous.
  • Wynne: And frightening, I imagine. Especially for someone ill-prepared for it.
  • Morrigan: But the Circle is no place of safety. ‘Tis a place of subjugation.
  • Wynne: Is it? It is by no means perfect, I agree, but consider the alternative. At least other mages can understand our struggle. We can help each other.
  • Morrigan: It is… something to consider, I suppose.
  • Wynne: Well that’s certainly something.

Now, everything about these conversations is interesting, but for our current purpose what we get from this is that Wynne believes that without the Circles, mages would be doomed to live lives of hardship and fear, hunted and killed, with the young and the weak always most vulnerable.  She’s got reason, too–she’s not just listening to propaganda, we see and hear of these things happening.  And actually, regarding her last point about mages sticking together, the Circles of Magi predate the Nevarran Accord (the treaty that tied the templars and the Circles together), and the Nevarran Accord (x) was actually created at least in part to stop the rampant hunting and killing of mages.  I guess we all know the saying about good intentions, eh?

But that’s not to say that she’s happy with the situation as it exists, and that does come through in Origins too, if you’re watching closely.  Here’s the conversation where she talks about Rhys’ birth:

  • Alistair: So you… mentioned you had a son? What happened to him?
  • Wynne: I honestly don’t know, Alistair. He was… taken from me. Such births are seldom, as there are ways to prevent it, but it does happen. And any child born to a Circle mage belongs to the Chantry.
  • Alistair: I… didn’t know. I’m sorry.
  • Wynne: It’s all right. It was a long time ago. A very long time ago.
  • Alistair: Couldn’t you do something about it?
  • Wynne: Do what? I was weak from the birthing process and there were… no, there was nothing I could do.
  • Alistair: Do you think about him?
  • Wynne: All the time.

Let’s be very, very clear here.  That is not acceptance.  At best, it’s resignation, but honestly I don’t even think it’s that.  She thinks about it all the time.  Even there, she hesitates.  She doubts.  Could she have done more?  Was there a way?  But she couldn’t think of one then, and she can’t now.  Now, I’m a mother, and I expect that effects my view, but if you ask me, she’s angry.  And has been, all these years.

In Origins, there was very little she could do.  She protected mages when she could, with her life when necessary.  After Origins, she had connections.  She used them, and by Asunder, we see that she’s working–quietly, carefully, as she always did–along with Leliana and Divine Justinia in their efforts to regain control over the Templar Order so that they can institute reforms.  She always wanted to protect mages–these mages, right here and right now, aiming for political change, not revolution, mass death, the slaughter of the Tranquil, and Maker knows what became of most of the children.  Maybe that was never possible, but she did what she could, and she kept trying.

And then when she stood in the door to the phylactery chamber, and realized that there was nothing stopping her and nothing more to lose

She tore it all down.

anonymous asked:

why do you ship jon/dany? i've seen so much discourse over it and i'm just curious

I hope you don’t mind, anon, but I’m going to go a little off course here, because I feel like these things need to be discussed. Be warned, there’s going to be meta, speculation, and a bit of ranting underneath the cut.

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anonymous asked:

How would you implement appendages such as claws or fangs of a fantasy/sci fi race (for example such as khajiit or some sort of humanoid alien species but not limited to) into a martial arts style? How would alternate biologies and physiologies affect what they're capable of?

The thing that’s honestly kind of frustrating with the Khajiit is, they have a couple named martial arts. We’ve even seen characters proficient in them… and, no animations to go with them, or any real explanation for what they do or how they work. Khajiit use the standard unarmed animations, and get a slight unarmed damage bonus, leading to Punchcat builds.

But, that distraction aside, this is actually a world building question. Though, the Khajiit are a pretty good example of it, so we’ll keep track of them for a minute.

For characters with a non-human biology, any martial arts they develop need to do three things. They need to reflect their physiology, they need to reflect their society, and they need to account for the societies they interact with on a regular basis.

Physiology is the easiest. If your characters can bite, that’s probably going to be a part of any formalized martial style. If they have retractable claws, those will also probably find a home. It’s the same with stingers, barbed tails, horns, serrated plates. If the character can use it safely, and there isn’t a social stigma associated with it, they probably will. And, in an emergency, that stigma might not be enough to keep them from using it anyway.

The Khajiit are actually an interesting restriction on the physiology element. There’s actually seventeen different varieties ranging from bear sized cats, to the bipedal cat men seen in the games, to almost human looking, to intelligent house cats.

If you’ve never looked at it (and it’s not already becoming apparent), The Elder Scrolls is a very strange setting. One that’s passing itself off as normal, but poke it and weirdness starts to seep out everywhere.

I suspect a large part of why they’re so vague about what the martial arts entail is because most of those arts are supposed to be accessible to most Khajiit, and the range of physiologies makes trying to get into specifics impractical.

The characters’ culture will determine a lot of what is or isn’t socially acceptable. If you have a culture that embraces their bestial impulses, or just considers that a normal state of being, then again, they’re probably not going to have an issue using their claws, teeth, or other appendages.

It’s worth remembering that, for any civilized culture, proportionality is still very important in combat. For instance; if you have a race with a venomous bite, biting would be viewed as an attempt at lethal force. With all the associated consequences.

As with humans, the amount of harm done to the victim will be predictable, and their society’s values will influence how their violence is perceived.

If their culture considers their nature bestial, or something they seek to suppress it, then things like using their claws may be viewed as shameful. This would make attacks using them much more extreme.

I said there were external cultural pressures as well. The simplest way to think of this is, as an entire, societies are affected by peer pressure in the same way individuals are. It’s not as immediately apparent, but it can and does happen.

So, if your fantasy race is set apart from those around you by physiology, there’s a very real chance it will affect their outlook on the world, and their perception of self.

I realize this gets into an uncomfortable topic, but it’s one you should probably consider, both in building your world, and your characters.

A couple good things to look at: Though, none of these will be especially useful for the fighting specifically, they should help with world-building in general.

Lucasfilm’s Aliens Chronicles by Deborah Chester: What’s stuck with me, years later, was how distinct Chester managed to make the various alien races. It also does a great job exploring the potential effects of outside influences on a character.

Farscape: I know we’ve plugged this series before, but it’s very good. This is probably one of the best Sci-Fi television series out there. It populates it’s universe with loads of memorable and unique aliens. In part the writing uses that to feed the sense of otherness and alienation that it’s driving, but it usually keeps the strangeness on point.

Since we started with the Khajiit, it’s probably a good idea to look at The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, assuming you haven’t already. Skyrim’s tricky to recommend, though. The main story’s writing is fairly standard save the world fantasy fare, and the protagonist is a fantasy, demigod, superhero. But, the world it builds is far more interesting when they player isn’t shouting people off mountains to watch them ragdoll. Things like the treatment of Khajiit and Argonians by the Nords, are fairly easy to find. Digging up the full depth of the setting is a lot harder, and something the game doesn’t ever really suggest you should do. You really should.

The MMO will paint a more coherent picture, particularly of Khajiit and Argonian culture… but it’s also an MMO, so the signal to noise ratio is insane, and I’m not about to say you should spend 200+ hours to dig up it’s insights. Even if it does do a fantastic job of looking at racism and it’s aftermath, which might be relevant for you.

Morrowind is probably still the best game in the series, but, the last 13 years have not been kind to it. It’s wonderful, but incredibly slow. I can honestly say you’ll see a different world in that game, but it’s probably one that would take more of a time commitment than you have (even in comparison to the MMO). That said, if you’ve gone through the later games in the series, but missed this one. It is probably taking a look back.

-Starke

Ok listen I hate that I’m talking about the straight white guy in such a diverse women-centred show just as much as you probably hate seeing people talking about the straight white guy in such a diverse women-centred show but I’m having lots of thoughts about Michael Cordero Jr so whatever I’m just gonna ramble for a bit (well…..a lot)

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baebot and me were throwing ideas around
‘I’m sorry I got really excited about that punch buggy I didn’t mean to hit you hard enough to bruise’ au

“I take singing in my car very seriously and I’m sorry to have distracted you at a four way stop serenading my rearview mirror. Please don’t sue me I have no insurance, we can just buff out that bumper au’

'I took to many self defence courses as a child and now my automatic response when someone grabs my arm is to throw them over my hip I’m so sorry. At least I took first aid too?’ Au

'You were staring at me all class and I’m pretty sure you didn’t take any notes want to borrow mine?’ Au

'You forgot your phone on the bus next to me and I texted your dad (he was in your recent contacts) to get it back to you. and for some reason he is now convinced we are living together? Apparently you left home and are lying where you are… Don’t worry I kept your secret. I don’t know how, but hey I’m actually looking for a roommate so hey au’

'You’re a colossal douche bag to everyone at school but I’ve seen you split your lunch with the small creatures around the school and you’re really nice to little kids and the elderly at your shitty part time job but it’s not like I’ve been watching you or anything I swear.’ au
‘Oh fuck shit! Your allergic to nuts?!?! I just wolfed down a whole bag in front of you. Please don’t die, I’ll drive you to the hospital. And pay your bills I don’t know but im at your service please don’t die shit’

'I wasn’t paying attention and almost walked in front of a train thanks for grabbing my sweater- wait aren’t you the guy/gal/etc who caught me when I fell off the ladder yesterday oh shit now I’m embarrassed I swear I’m not usually this much of a clutz’ au

’ I put posters around campus for an event but your the only one to show up so I guess we can split all this food?’
'Turns out we’re the into two in the school willing to admit we like xthing so that means we’re best friends now right?’ Au

’ I can’t believe you like that one lesser known thing too… But wait. No no no, you like that character? Hmm no I’m sorry we can’t be friends’ au
'I’m the most awkward person I know but you’re always around when I say something clever’ au

'You keep fucking talking during class- but your conversation is honestly more interesting than the lecture so eh’ au
'We keep ending up in the same classes and I swear it’s not on purpose. Wait what do you mean it might be?’ Au
’ I noticed you sketching during class and they are damn good wow.. Wait is that me???’ Au

'I’ve been following your blog since jr high but it still took me almost three months to figure out who you are and now I have to remind myself to use you’re actual name’ au

'This cat keeps visiting my house isn’t he cute? Oh wait this is your cat? 
It isn’t? Oh it’s their cat?! 
Damn, their cute. You agree? Hmm maybe we can negotiate a cat share.’ Au

'We’re in like three classes together and you suddenly stopped showing up for all of them are you okay? Yes I got your name from the prof and your cell number from the online site thing. What do you mean that’s creepy?’ Au

’ you look like you have an aesthetic blog. And what I mean is do you have an aesthetic blog? Because I want to follow it my god you are beautiful’ au

'We’re catching the same plane somewhere and it’s been delayed by like six hours want to get a hot drink with me?’ Au

’ we both have a crush on the cute barista. This is war. Orrr something more?’ Au

'Holy shit the person in this picture is beautiful. What do you mean that’s you?’ Au

’ ok so I just joined this class… I know! I know it’s three weeks to the final exam. Do you mind teaching me everything? I can pay!’

'My best friend hates you and i can’t figure out why. Care to explain?’ Au

'I’m on the bus. Your hair game is strong. Like too strong.. It’s stuck in my jacket zipper and my stop is coming up.’ Au

'I know we’ve been going to the same school for almost four years but I don’t actually remember ever seeing you before Au’

’ I’m single, pregnant, and grumpy. I’m sorry for ranting to you on the bus but you just seemed so sweet. And I’m really craving nibs and you have like an entire bag in your hand.’ Au

'We both reached for the same ridiculously rare book at the second hand shop at the same time but it’s mine and if you want it you’re going to have to move in with me’ au

anonymous asked:

Could one of you please do the Rfa+V and what they're like as parents? I've seen lots about what they are like to young children, so what would they be like when their child is older? Maybe a pre teen or teen?

I love thinking about the MM characters as parents to teenagers tbh…it cracks me up imagining them trying to deal with all the shit of a teenager’s life.
I did Yoosung, Jaehee and SEven and Admin Rina did Zen, Jumin and V.

~Admin MP

Zen:

  • Zen is honestly like a helicopter mom
  • He does not know how to stop honestly
  • “So where are you going? When will you get there? Are you leaving now or in an hour? Who is picking you up? Is it all boys or all girls? I need to make sure that you are going to be okay.”
  • He would not be okay with them underage drinking or doing any kind of drugs
  • He would put on of those things on their phones where you can see texts
  • But their kid doesn’t do like ANYTHING really
  • “CAN YOU PLEASE BUY SOME WEED SO I CAN JUSTIFY MY CRAZY???”

Yoosung:

  • I’m laughing because he would have no idea what to do with a hormonal teenager
  • At least at this point they can play video games with him
  • But when they shout the stereotypical lines like “YOU’RE RUINING MY LIFE” or “UGHHH YOU’RE THE WORST EVER” and his fucking eyes fill with tears 
  • However, since he’s a huge pushover, his kids don’t really ever act like that
  • It’s mostly him hanging out with them like friends
  • And I feel like all his kids would be in advanced bio and shit like that because he’s a vet and he’d casually teach them about animal anatomy constantly
  • Though if they have any problems whatsoever, he’s always there to help them with homework
  • At this point, they’re old enough to take care of pets so they each have their own separate pet 
  • And free vet care, of course
  • He is clueless when it comes to his kid’s romantic interests honestly
  • They’d come to him for advice and he’s like “…I…I don’t know…??”
  • But he wants them to be happy so he tries his best
  • When his kids go through puberty omg he’s so awkward!!!
  • “Dad….. what is happening to my body”
  • “…here’s a book I bought for you but you can ask me a n y questions you have”
  • Although he turns bright red whenever they do and explains in a quavering voice
  • He totally cries when they graduate from high school and is just literally a mess but so proud 

Jaehee:

  • She is sensible and calm so she is a very good person to go to for advice
  • Her kids always feel like she’s paying very close attention to them and she always smiles reassuringly whenever they’re saying something upsetting or difficult 
  • About puberty, she’s a little flustered, but she is very informative and gives them several resources 
  • When it comes to romantic interests for her kids, she tends to want to know everything about the kid and like “Are you certain they’re smart? Do they take advanced classes?” 
  • She also asks these things to their face and her kid is like “mom plz”
  • Also is the one who always brings out healthy snacks for her kid and their friends
  • But she’s also the most intense PTA mom ever?
  • Like, she will call out anyone who’s being a shithead 
  • “Susan, you say that you can’t contribute to the car pool, but I know you just got a new SUV with six extra seats. Since school starts at 8 and you have to get to work by 9, you should be able to drop off some children if you only wake up a bit earlier. It would help greatly and save gas and time for the mothers who have to go to work earlier than you.”
  • You could hear a pin drop as Susan’s face turns bright red and she stutters
  • But she agrees
  • And Jaehee smirks.

Jumin:

  • He would not be over baring like at all really
  • He would want to know where they are going but he would trust their judgement as to who they were going to be hanging out with
  • He would also make sure he was there for EVERY bed time, every game, every performance, anything that they had going on he was right there with a video camera getting the whole thing
  • He would make sure they had the best of everything
  • The best schools, cars, EVERYTHING
  • But he would make sure that they didn’t act like spoiled brats
  • Because that isn’t classy
  • When it came to undersage drinking he is kind of like that mom from mean girls where he would be like “Well I would rather you do it in the house then out there in the wild

Seven:

  • Omg he’d be the best and worst dad at the same time
  • He laughs at his kids if they tell him any embarrassing stories because honestly it’s hilarious
  • “Dad…I got a boner during math class”
  • “LMAO GET REKT JEREMY”
  • But seriously, he’d gleefully tell them everything about puberty with a grin on their face as their face gradually gets more and more horrified looking 
  • Although whenever they actually go through it he freaks out a little bit because nobody helped him through puberty so he’s like “….it is…….biological…??”
  • But he always has pads on hand or encouraging words
  • If his kids get involved in things he’s always at the games or events
  • Cheering them on loudly
  • Very
  • Loudly
  • So loudly, in fact, that the other parents side eye him, but he doesn’t care
  • For anything involving romantic interests, he just lives for embarrassing his kids 
  • He would just stand behind his kid with a huge grin on his face, making comments like “Oh, honey, do you want me to give you a glass of milk before bed?” or “I washed your teddy, here it is for you~” 
  • Always cackles at his kid’s disgruntled face
  • He’d teach them how to program or something but say “don’t do a career with computers though kids or you’ll turn into a chip eating fuck like me”

V:

  • V is like the perfect dad honestly
  • He is the most supportive
  • Loving
  • And Caring father that you could ever ask for
  • He would give his kids amazing advice for everything
  • He would always be the voice of reason when something goes wrong in their life
  • V would also be that day that when his kid is crying he just opens the door slightly, slides in a piece of cake, and then closes the door.
  • He would for sure talk to them later about it, but for right now he knows that they need their space.
Let me explain you a thing about the Marvel Civil War...

‘Cos I’ve been seeing a lot of post from people who have actual lives and don’t spend their every waking moment reading comics worrying about this, and in particular, the characterisation of Tony.

The Civil War is arguably the biggest event in Marvel’s publishing history. The Civil War fucking defined the Marvel Universe as it exists today. I would not be exaggerating to say it was one of the most important events in human history. (Actually I would, I’d be massively exaggerating, but this is the internet, so it’s okay).

The Civil War began with some of the best ideas in comics, and ended with some of the stupidest. It produced some of Marvel’s greatest moments, and also the comic universally considered to be their lowest point ever (though that won’t come into the film, since Spiderman isn’t around. I like Spidey but I’m honestly glad he’s not in Civil War just so we don’t risk another One More Day).

Okay, so why is the Civil War so important? And why am I taking the time to explain you this thing?

It’s because, if we disregard certain elements which I’ll explain below (which the MCU definitely will because they’re stupid and make my brain cry) there isn’t actually a right and wrong side to the Civil War.

First of all, you’ve got to remember that this isn’t the MCU. This is a world with Mutants. In the MCU I’m pretty sure Inhumans are going to take the Mutant role, but they’re still establishing them, so that’s supposition on my part.

So yeah, Mutants. A persecuted minority who serve as an analogue for just about every oppressed minority there is. But also, a species that keeps producing babies with godlike powers. Babies with godlike powers are not good. They level cities when they don’t get their rusks. They’re scary and uncontrolable and generally just really bad. They’re a minority of Mutants of course, most of the them get their powers during puberty. And pretty much any superpower is dangerous when given to an angry hormonal teenager.

So people are scared. You’ve seen the X-Men films, you know how this goes down. Except, in the X-Men films, the evil government types are just trying to oppressed poor adorably little magical Ellen Page. What big meanies.

In the comics, it’s a bit more complex.

People are scared of meta-humans, that’s only natural. There’s a lot of anti-mutant feeling. And then a group of junior Superheroes, called the New Warriors, mostly teenagers, mostly mutants, mostly very inexperienced, hear that the Supervillain Nitro is in Conneticut. They decide to go fight him. This is a stupid thing to do, Nitro’s pretty tough and actually killed one of Marvel’s most powerful heroes, Mar-Vell. But they’re teenagers, and they want to be heroes, so off they go.

It doesn’t go well. The fight happens right outside an elementary school, Nitro gets angry and uses his explodey powers and 612 people are killed, including 60 kids, and all but one of the New Warriors.

Obviously there’s an outcry, and the question being asked over and over is “Why was this allowed to happen? Why wasn’t someone watching these teenagers. Why was is under prepared kids sent to fight instead of, say, Cap? And now it has gone wrong, who do we hold accountable, and how?”

The answer proposed by the government is manditory registration for Superpowered beings. Training would be provided, proper oversight, accountability. All the things Superheroes just don’t have. And those are all good things, and if they’d been in place, maybe the school in Conneticut would still be standing.

On the other hand, it removes the impartiality of Supers, makes them essentially government controlled. It also, obviously, disproportianately affects Mutants,who have enough problems as it is, and people like Magneto start saying is just another piece of anti-mutant legislation and clear discrimination.

Tony argues that Superheroes need training and accountability, Cap argues that they need the freedom to live their lives without constant government surveilance.

You might agree with one or the other, but it’s a complex problem with no clear answer, and neither of them is the bad guy.

And that’s the bits of civil war I think they’ll be keeping for the MCU.

In the comics, Spiderman believes so much in the new laws that he reveals his secret identity. His enemies immediately shoot Aunt May. (He makes a deal with the devil to bring her back, so it’s all okay). Cap is shot, and replaced by Bucky.

The pro-registration side get creepier and creepier, to the point of giving Norman 'Green Goblin’ Osborn control of the superpowered Black Ops team, which is obv a good idea, and slowly become the villains. Then it turns out that they’re all Skrulls, Cap comes back to life, and everyone magically forgets about the war and goes back to killing Green Aliens. The Mutants try and point out that they’re still being oppressed, but no one cares because they’re a minority, and also green aliens to kill. (But it’s okay because Scarlet Witch solves the problem by wiping out 99% of all mutants).

Despite the Aliens though, those themes of accountability vs freedom is something that defines Marvel comics storytelling, and the longterm effects of the Civil War are still being felt throughout the 616.

So that’s why Civil War is important, interesting, and doesn’t mean Tony’s character is going to be ruined.

tl;dr: Tony and Cap are both right and there isn’t really a bad guy in Civil War, except for Nitro and Skrulls.

The greatest love story (n)ever told

Or: Why I firmly believe SQ is going to happen [or is endgame, depending which term strikes your fancy]

In the past year and whatnot that I’ve been in this fandom, I’ve seen a lot of ups and downs with this ship. I’ve seen moments that made me seriously doubt SQ would go anywhere, and moments where I can’t see it not going with SQ because it’s just so obviously there.

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