i mean i'm sure it had more to do with ruling the kingdom


possible triggers, read/reblog with caution.


❛ Nine years! Why have I not seen you? ❜
❛ Where the hell have you been? ❜
❛ Would you please shut up! ❜
❛ Take me to your crypt, I want to pay my respects. ❜
❛ Surely, the dead can wait. ❜
❛ Did I offend you? Sorry. ❜
❛ What the hell do you know about being a bastard? ❜
❛ I heard you the first time. ❜
❛ It’s no mercy, letting a child linger in such pain. ❜
❛ I just want to stand on top of the Wall and pissoff the edge of the world! ❜
❛ Give me a good, clean death any day. ❜
❛ What good will my sympathies do them? ❜
❛ Your absence has already been noted. ❜
❛ One word and I hit you again. ❜
❛ I’ve half a mind to leave them all behind and keep moving. ❜
❛ You’re too hard on yourself. You always have been. ❜
❛ I swear, if I weren’t your king/queen, you’d have hit me already. ❜
❛ Trust me, that’s not the worst thing. ❜
❛ Tell me we’re not speaking of this. ❜
❛ Oh, it’s unspeakable to you? ❜
❛ Look at me and tell me what you see. ❜
❛ You broke my nose, bastard! ❜
❛ I wonder how long it’d take you to hit! ❜
❛ They hate me because I'm better than they are! ❜
❛ Glad to see you’re protecting the Throne. ❜
❛ It must be strange for you, coming into this room. ❜
❛ But you just stood there and watched. ❜
❛ Is that what you tell yourself at night? ❜
❛ How could you let this happen?! ❜
❛ I received a slightly warmer welcome on my last visit. ❜
❛ Do you remember anything about what happened? ❜
❛ Why are you here? ❜
❛ I have a gift for you. ❜
❛ Will I really be able to ride? ❜
❛ Is this some kind of trick? ❜
❛ Piss on that! I wanna hit somebody! ❜
❛ You do move quietly. ❜
❛ You’re speaking of murdering a child. ❜
❛ You will dishonor yourself forever if you do this. ❜
❛ I felt something for you once, you know. ❜
❛ Does that make you feel better, or worse? ❜
❛ You wish to confess your crimes? ❜
❛ My crimes and sins are beyond counting. ❜
❛ I’m good at convincing others to do violence for me. ❜
❛ What do you think you’re doing?! ❜
❛ I have that right, same as you. ❜


❛ We looked for you on the battlefield, but you were nowhere to be found! ❜
❛ I…I’ve been here, ruling the kingdoms! ❜
❛ I’m glad you’re not dead. ❜
❛ Knowledge is power. ❜
❛ Excuse the interruption. Carry on. ❜
❛ It’s been a… remarkable journey! ❜
❛ You brought this on yourself. ❜
❛ I’ve done nothing. ❜
❛ Do you understand we’re losing the war?! ❜
❛ Disappeared? What, in a puff of smoke?! ❜
❛ Must be hard for you- to be the disappointing child. ❜
❛ Oh, I trust them with my life- just not with yours. ❜
❛ Three victories don’t make you a conqueror. ❜
❛ I won’t need a servant to do my beheading for me! ❜
❛ I heard you suffered a terrible head wound.  ❜
❛ I am very good at keepingsecrets for my good friends. ❜
❛ Who threatened you? ❜
❛ I understand the way this game is played. ❜
❛ I’ll have you thrown into the sea! ❜
❛ I am a pirate- I’m an excellent pirate! ❜
❛ That’s a promise that always comes true. ❜
❛ You don’t know how persuasive I am. ❜
❛ You’re the mosthonest smuggler I ever met. ❜
❛ You have no need to see this. ❜
❛ I believe we know how to pour our own wine. ❜
❛ Maybe I’ll hire this cook of yours. ❜
❛ I don’t listen to filth. ❜
❛ I appreciate your loyalty. ❜
❛ I’ll not have my honour questioned by an imp! ❜
❛ I just wouldn’t feel safe with you lurking about. ❜
❛ I command you to arrest this cutthroat! ❜
❛ Do you hear me?! ❜
❛ I think there’s more to ruling than that. ❜
❛ There’s no bigger joke in the world than that. ❜
❛ What about all the dreams you had that didn't come true? ❜
❛ Your time with the wolves has made you weak. ❜
❛ You gave me away if you remember. ❜
❛ You gave me away like I was some dog you didn’t want anymore. ❜
❛ You won’t get away with this. ❜
❛ I’ve decided I don’t like riddles. ❜
❛ You want to know what side my family fights on? ❜
❛ You gonna tell me where you’re from? ❜
❛ You can’t talk to me like that! ❜
❛ That’s twice I’ve warned you. ❜
❛ I don’t want you in my tent oneminute more than necessary. ❜
❛ It would be my pleasure. ❜


❛ You’re wearing the wrong color. ❜
❛ When I’m free, will I be free to go? ❜
❛ I'll be free to kill you. ❜
❛ From now on, you’d better kneel every time I fart. ❜
❛ You’re telling me you saw… one of them.  ❜
❛ Did I come to the right place? ❜
❛ We’ll need to find you a new cloak. ❜
❛ I need an army. ❜
❛ It’s too beautiful of a day, to argue. ❜
❛ I am wondering why you sent for me. ❜
❛ Have you grown boredprotecting me? ❜
❛ I’m sure you’ve filled your pockets. ❜
❛ I don’t loan it out to friends as a favor. ❜
❛ I don’t even know what I’m paying you now! ❜
❛ Am I enjoying it? ❜
❛ I heard how happy you were. ❜
❛ I gave you real power and authority. ❜
❛ You brought a whore into my bed. ❜
❛ Why does everyone assume I want something? ❜
❛ A little bloody gratitude would be a start. ❜
❛ So tell me what you want. ❜
❛ I want what is mine by right. ❜
❛ The next whore I catch in your bed, I’ll hang. ❜
❛ I’m not your enemy. ❜
❛ I’ve never seen anything like it. ❜
❛ Even the bravest men fear death. ❜
❛ Tell the good master there is no need. ❜
❛ Here, I’m done with you. ❜
❛ How many do you have to sell? ❜
❛ We don’t get to choose who we love. ❜
❛ I only want to know what that means. ❜
❛ Are you frightened, child? ❜
❛ Tell us the truth. No harm will come to you. ❜
❛ I have traitor’s blood. ❜
❛ Please don’t make me say anymore. ❜
❛ Please, don’t stop the wedding. ❜
❛ That doesn’t mean they’re not worth helping. ❜
❛ I have no doubtyou will prove equal to this challenge. ❜
❛ This is the safest place in the city. ❜
❛ Any advice for me, on my new position? ❜
❛ How long will you be gone? ❜
❛ You don’t have the strength. It would kill you. ❜
❛ There is another way, a better way. ❜
❛ The blood of my enemies, not the blood of innocents. ❜
❛ What’re you doing, leading a mob of peasants? ❜
❛ I should have killed you! ❜

hey look who’s back with more foreteller headcanons (Spoiler, it’s me)

  • They’re all half-convinced that Gula can teleport.
    • Like, they /know/ that he can’t
    • but he still manages to show up in places he really shouldn’t be able to get to at the randomest times
    • He was in the rafters one time when Invi glanced in the library at three am
    • He was on a mission on another world one day and Luxu tried to sneak one of Gula’s secret stash of chocolates, only to find him there waiting
    • Master has found him sitting in his chair in his office. What’re you doing here Gula.  The door was locked, Gula.  I am about to have a secret meeting with Ira.  How did you know.  Why is the window open.  We’re twelve floors up, Gula.
  • So Invi’s like the only foreteller besides Luxu who doesn’t show the bottom of her face, yeah? so i’m throwing this out there that she’s got vitiligo, maybe not a severe case, but definitely on her neck a bit and maybe arms (yes, yes, I know that’s not shown when she does take the scarf down but just give me this square enix, let me ignore the fact that all the foretellers have the same white skin)  and she’s pretty sensitive about it so even before she was Anguis’ master and before the masks and everything she usually had a scarf on.  Ira probably always tried to get her to take it off and encouraged her to not be shy about it but gah that’s just from me wanting to ship them
  • Okay so consider with me: Family board game night
    • we’ll go with monopoly because why not
  • Gula was the treasurer once but no one is making that mistake again so it gets given to Invi or to ava on occasion
  • Aced gets way too into the game.  like, waaay too invested. like, he won’t let it go, like, calm down, Aced, you’re not stuck in jail forever–no you don’t understand i have to get to go, invi, i need that 200
  • Ira tries to pretend he’s not into it but he so is.  he so is.  he’s got everybody’s scores memorized and he’s determined not to lose more often than luxu
  • Invi’s won the most times, closely followed by Gula.  Aced is pretty close after them tho, and Ava wins fairly often but she’s got this problem where she doesn’t like to be mean and she’ll forgive loans to not put people out of the game coughLuxucough but she does win sometimes (and no, none of them let her win that’s preposterous, they never do that psh).  Luxu has really bad luck whenever he plays, but he pulls off a nice deception every once in a while and wins if Invi’s distracted.  Ira can win, but he just… isn’t good with commitment? like? won’t buy the property because he wants to save his money ‘cuz Gula’s got his corner up ahead and if i get between a three and a five i’ll land there i can’t risk it. 
  • Master usually doesn’t play but when he does he dominates. Every single time. Don’t ask him to play Clue because then you never, never win.  he’s probably just as good at chess.
  • okay so you know who’s paranoid? ira.  anyone laughing in the vicinity–boom, ira’s there, were you talking about me?  He shows up in Master’s study randomly: ‘Master did you see, the front door’s open, we’ve been infiltrated someone’s broken in.’ No, that was just Luxu, he left the door open on his way to the bakery.  Someone gets sick? No we’ve been cursed who have you offended recently (is that a trick question, gula asks, coughing).  Invi finds Ira almost in tears one day cuz his mask broke-no invi you don’t get it it’s a sign this means i’m not fit to be Unicornis’ Master, invi stop sighing this is serious
  • Aced’s got, like, no filter, which surprises no one
  • but neither does Master, which is worse, because Master is always accurate in his observations.  like, you know that John Mulaney stand-up bit where he’s talking about twelve-year-olds or whatever, how they always make fun of the one thing you’re really insecure about? yeah, that’s Master
    • Oh, Ava, you really shouldn’t have trusted that shady-looking kid (no, really? ava asks, after being stabbed by said shady kid)
    • Invi, you know Aced thinks you’re a tattle tale (but I did see Luxu–Invi says anyway, her voice faltering)
    • Ira, you haven’t been practicing your fighting, have you? that was sloppy (yes, Master, Ira says, mentally writing his resignation letter)
    • Man, Luxu, you sure have this weird habit of shrinking in your chair every time i ask you to do something (no i don’t, Luxu says, under the table)
  • Invi: “This is a bad idea.” Ira: “If you ever stop saying that, I’ll know it’s time to start worrying.”
  • There’s a rule in the castle that no one is allowed to cast Fire in the third-floor corridor but no one knows why (Luxu reddens suspiciously whenever it’s brought up)
  • There’s another rule that everybody knows the reason for because they were all there that one time Aced accidentally smashed his Glider through three flights of stairs and so they moved Glider practice to outside
Character Rant #2

               I haven’t done one of these in a while and since I’ve got some time on my hands to really write out my thoughts about a character, here is what you’re stuck with. Just like my other one, I’m only going to talk about two problems that I’ve noticed with a character because let’s be honest, if I didn’t these things would be a mile long and even less coherent.

               The character I decided to write about this time is none other than Aelin! I’ve been reading Empire of Storms for the last week and let me tell you, I thought I hated her as much as my hating capacity could hate in Queen of Shadows. I was dead wrong. So very wrong. I wanted to throw my book whenever she was pissing me off, which was literally every minute. Let’s dive right into this and talk about the first reason this character is a terrible character!

  • She is literally a tyrannical ruler.

I get it. She’s queen and queens are supposed to be people who set laws and whatever. But Aelin is not a good ruler she is a tyrannical ruler who only wants everything her way and if she doesn’t get her way, she will do anything—anything—to ensure she does get her way.

I was utterly disgusted in Queen of Shadows when she self-inserted herself as queen when Dorian was passed out somewhere and then threatened everyone’s lives. “…If you cause one lick of trouble, I will find you and I will burn you.” (QoS, Pg. 585) She then made herself the ruler of the land and, without getting counsel from the actual king, went ahead and started making rules for the land just because she thought she knew best.  “Your slaves are now free people. If I catch you holding on to your slaves, if I hear a household keeping them captive, you are dead” (QOS, Pg. 586). I’m sorry, but who does she think she is just making rules for a kingdom she was planning to give back as soon as Dorian was awake and well? You don’t make these decisions, Aelin. You can’t self-insert yourself as their queen for a day, tell them you will give the throne back and then be like “Oh btw here are new rules for you to follow because I am queen.”  The whole point was for you to keep people from rioting. You’re adding even more tension by announcing that all slaves are free. You don’t make that decision! On a side note because someone is going to message me calling me a slavery support or something, I’m not a slave supporter, but what she did was extremely wrong because it helped in no way. She should have waited for Dorian to be awake to announce slavery was over or better yet, not bring it up herself. This was the first look of Tyrannical Aelin and I was not all about that.

Let’s move into EoS where she became even MORE of a tyrannical queen because seriously, I don’t know how anyone, fans and also antis don’t talk about how utterly scary this part was.

Aelin literally blackmailed Rolfe by bringing the valg to their shores and plainly gambling all the residents’ lives just because Rolfe told her he wouldn’t help her. And she tries to defend herself by saying “I told you, Rolfe, that Endovier taught me some things.” (EoS, Pg. 301) Like what? I’d think it would have taught you never to be like those people who locked you up. To not force people to do something they want no part in. Instead, it seems you learned that the slavers of Endovier knew how to get what they wanted. Also, the fact that she’s totally fine with innocent people just to blackmail Rolfe into helping her is just sickening. The only agenda she cares about is her own. Also, she is literally forcing the Mycenians to fight for her. She saved their butts and now they must repay her for doing so. If they don’t she’d probably burn them all alive. It will probably go down in their history books as the day they were blackmailed by the queen and manipulated.

What drives me even more insane is the page after that quote, you move to Dorian’s POV and he has no problem with her plan at all. He literally says this about Aelin: Aelin was insane, Dorian realized. Brillian and wicked, but insane. ( EoS Pg. 303) I’m sorry but what? You have no problem with any of this?!?! How?!?! She’s using people for her own plans and risking so many innocents just to make sure she gets her way. That is not a queenly thing at all. That is what I call a brat.

  • Aelin the liar/planner

This one pisses me the hell off.

You can’t read anything in this book when Aelin is in the conversation because you can’t believe anything the woman is saying. There’s a 75% chance she is lying because she has some grand master plan that she has had since the beginning that will happen and so everything this conversation is about is null and void because she’s already got everything worked out. I’m sorry to say, but plans don’t work like that. You can’t have a master grand plan that everyone is apart of but not tell anyone in the party about it. How do you even know person A, B, C, and D will do what you need in the plan without telling them of your plan? I mean seriously, the whole thing where Lysandra and her planned for Lysanda to learn how to turn into a sea creature by going to the temple was the plan. 

Not only that but Aelin lies to everyone, even me, the reader. She did it in QoS about the blood oath to Aedion. She does it to almost everyone else, too so that they don’t know what her full plan is. And to the reader, Sarah writes by talking about something so vague and then 10-20 chapters later she reveals that Aelin used this thing that was talked about 10-20 chapters before and it was super important to the plot and Aelin used it to plan a super complex plan that only she could know about and didn’t tell anyone else. It just makes her so untrustworthy. And, yes, I know the author hide things from readers and that’s fine. Great. I do it a few times in my own writing. But when you do it so much it turns into me reading and think to myself: “I know she’s lying. I know she’s planning something. I know this is not true. Ah, there’s the giant plan that I knew Aelin had thought of since the beginning. :D” and it just makes her such an unreliable person to read from because you don’t know if her thoughts are true or if they are false and if she’s planning something. It honestly makes me so angry!!

Hope you enjoyed this character rant.


hatred-and-love  asked:

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but what would be the best way of forcing people to perform manual labour? In my story, the fighters of a conquered country are rounded up and sent to labour camps, but I can't see them being easily intimidated into doing work unless maybe their families/other civilians were being threatened? This is a pre-industrial sort of world, if that makes any difference. Thank you for running this blog!

I can see why you’re struggling with the idea. It is difficult to get your head around how stuff like that happens.

I feel like it’s important to point out that forced labour did happen before the advent of guns (Egypt I am looking at you) and that historically many countries didn’t really have a regular army.

While some of your fighters will effectively be professional soldiers the vast majority in a pre-industrial society are likely to be men and women who some times fight but have another main profession. Most armies will have been made up of farmers, potters, tradesmen and the like. They might have seen combat before but they may not have the experience or discipline of professional soldiers.

They also might not have any strong loyalty to their unit, loyalty to the cause of fighting for or their land/lord sure, but they’re likely to have a greater loyalty to their hometown, their family, etc. In the time period you’re talking about it took roughly 100 food-producing people to support one person who wasn’t producing food. It’s worth remembering that includes nobles and scholars as well as professional soldiers.

I’m going to try and illustrate my point with a quick historical example here.

Dahomey was a small kingdom around where modern-day Benin is in west Africa. The traditional Dahomean army was actually divided in two, the part made up of male soldiers and the part made up of female soldiers.

A lot of the Europeans who visited Dahomey expressed….let’s call it ‘surprise’ that the Dahomean women were often better soldiers then the men. I believe this may have been down to how the two armies were organised.

The male army had professional generals but the body of troops was made up largely by conscripting young men for short periods of time.

Being part of the female army on the other hand meant severing all ties to the home-village, giving up any chance of marriage and children and entirely dedicating oneself to protection of the King and the palace. The ‘Amazons’ of Dahomey were all professional soldiers who did little but train and fight. (And occasionally hunt elephants. I assume they got bored-)

You know your characters best but on an individual level it’s worth bearing in mind that most of these ‘fighters’ are fighters in a secondary sense. For most of them the question isn’t ‘how do you make professional soldiers do this’ but ‘how do you make anyone do this’.

And well the answer is really surprisingly easily.

During Mao’s ‘Great Leap Forward’ millions of people across China were essentially forced to work and often on projects that they could see were detrimental to their own interests.

Houses were pulled down and destroyed to turn the bricks into fertiliser, leaving people homeless. Furniture and equipment was destroyed either for fuel or smelting iron and people lost the means of farming their own land. People were taken away from the fields at crucial times in order to work on ‘irrigation’ projects that turned out to be useless. This resulted in harvests being lost and contributed to widespread famine.

Add to this reports of abuse. Beatings, denying individuals food rations, forcing people to work bare chested in the snow- I’m quoting the least extreme examples.

The general population vastly outnumbered the gangs forcing them to work. In most cases the gangs weren’t particularly well armed. They were carrying whips and knives, not guns.

And yet, as in plantation slavery across the New World, they did successfully force people to work.

I am not entirely sure of the psychology behind this. On that point you might want to ask ScriptShrink.

Practically speaking though I can describe how it’s done.

The leaders are either killed or separated from the rest of the group. Often they’re humiliated and ‘made an example of’ in some manner. The group is ordered to work and any infractions are violently punished.

It runs on fear. Not for distant people who aren’t under the guards’ control but for the individual. They create an atmosphere of terror, make it clear that they are willing to kill and maim anyone in the group. They actively work to break up the usual social bonds and stop new ones from forming.

Often they try to recruit a few people from each group that’s brought in as a collaborator, giving them (for example) more food and privileges. This helps divide the group and hinders organisation. They also try to break up groups as far as possible, separating out the ranking officers, anyone with religious authority, doctors and the like. It usually doesn’t go as far as separating families but it can.

The end result is a group of people who see their best chance of survival as obeying and working.

When refusal to work leads to being beaten to death few people refuse. Even if they understand logically that if everyone refused then no one would die.

Of the many wars* waged by ex-slaves against whites in Brazil, Cuba, Haiti etc I think it’s very significant that most weren’t spontaneous. They weren’t as a rule the sudden rejection of forced labour by a few hundred people on one plantation. They were often organised across multiple plantations or instigated by societies of escaped slaves from entirely outside white colonial society.

They were careful, considered, well planned acts of war that wouldn’t have been possible without regular communication across thousands of people and a level of community organisation that slavery tries to annihilate.

There are a lot of sources I could recommend for forced labour. I’d very much like to recommend some of my books on Bahia in Brazil because frankly I think everyone should know about Palmares. But I think they’re a bit too academic and only tangentially related to your question.

So I’m going to recommend the book I’ve got on Mao’s famine. ‘Mao’s Great Famine’ by F Dikötter Bloomsbury press. I have the 2017 paperback edition but I don’t think there’s been anything major added since it was first published.

It’s grim going, the number of deaths and atrocities is difficult to take in. The scale will be larger than would be possible in your setting, but the basics of how it was done are the same. It should give you a pretty clear picture of how forced labour works on the ground.

I hope that helps.


*I refer to them as wars rather than revolts because the black combatants referred to them as wars.

anonymous asked:

au where angels go to confession

spem in alium

“I do hold regular hours for Reconciliation,” Daniel said, tugging at his collar with a free hand. (It had been bothering him all afternoon–vestments might hide that extra five pounds, but the clerical collar was much less forgiving.) “Mondays and Fridays at 5:30, it says so on our website. You don’t have to interrupt my gardening.”

“I know,” the angel said, and Daniel could hear the shifting of its wings as it found a comfortable place on the grass. “But I prefer this to the confessional.”

Daniel reached down and yanking out a weedy tangle from the flowerbed, tossing it onto the steadily-growing pile. “I’m not even sure I can hear your confession, you know. I was commissioned to absolve the frailty of men, not…”

“So you said last time. And the time before.”

Daniel sighed heavily and sat back on the grass, wiping his hands on his pants. The angel was sitting half a yard away, sifting a handful of dirt through its fingers idly. At his gaze, it straightened up, puffing out the wings around its face. The tongue of flame over its forehead sputtered, then flared brighter–in a strange way, it reminded Daniel of a woman fidgeting with her hair.

Daniel bit back a smile. “So?” he said. “Let’s hear it.”

The angel’s lipless mouth twisted in displeasure, and the bright coils around its arms roiled. “’Let’s hear it’? Is that how you begin all your confessions?”

“Well, you didn’t like ‘in the name of the Father,’ so I thought I’d try something different this time.”

The angel watched the last of the dirt slip through its fingers, then looked up at him. Its eyes were dark and deep as space, starless and cold. “There is a woman who tends a small garden behind my building. As she passed me in the hall, I blessed her knees to keep them from aching–that she might enjoy the sunshine and not think of how her daughter had not called this week.”

Daniel bit back a smile. “I see. And you feel such an action is in need of forgiveness?”

The bands of light around the angel’s arms were undulating slowly, like waves. “My orders are not to interfere with my Father’s creation.”

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anonymous asked:

I wanna help you in your battle for the angst queen tittle... So i love ironpanther but in the few fics there is, tony is always the one who has nightmares, what if T'Challa starts having nightmares of tony dying? (Cause i'm a whore for the secret married au) if he dies or not, well... I leave that to you

I’ve spent the day doing the delightful task of finally finishing Season 1 of Avengers Assemble on Netflix (I started it quite a while ago and then got too busy to watch it) and then the delightful task of straightening up and cataloging our DVDs. Because if I don’t keep a list, we end up getting duplicates more often than not.

And we decided to be co-Queens and rule Rare Pair Hell with demands of tribute in the form of content not created by us.

That said, I have no idea how this will turn out, so.


“You should be sleeping,” Okoye said, stopping just behind his shoulder.

T’Challa took a deep breath of humid night air, closing his eyes and listening to the distant sounds of the jungle. At least until nightmarish images floated behind his lids, and then he opened to stare out over the mist-shrouded trees again.

“Your Majesty,” she said, and he could hear the concern in her voice.

“I am fine,” he said, before she could continue. He offered a wry smile over his shoulder, and added, “I am allowed a few sleepless nights, am I not? With all that has happened.”

She hesitated, then said, “Of course.”

He turned back to the jungle, and did not think about how near a lie what he’d implied was.

His nightmares were not about losing his father, or fears of ruling the kingdom. They were about things that had not been, but could be.


Sometimes, he dreamed of losing his father in that explosion. Of failing to do him proud in ruling Wakanda as king. He dreamed that his people all told him that he failed them, was not worthy of the title of King. He woke from those shaking and anxious.

Others, he dreamed that his husband had been there, and killed as well. He dreamed that Tony had been killed during the fight with Captain Rogers and Barnes, when T’Challa had not gone to back him. He even dreamed often of Tony asking him for a divorce because he had not helped him, because he was allowing the Secret Avengers sanctuary in Wakanda.

Those dreams he woke from, yelling, crying, shaking so badly he had to get up and move. Tony was one of the few happy things he had left. He could not imagine losing him.

Those nights often found T’Challa on he balcony, or in the gardens, or taking one of his Dora Milaje up on a sparring session.


“it’s been months,” Shuri said, arms crossed, glaring. “We can handle things here, go visit him.”

“I have to be sure-”

“You’re being stubborn,” she snapped. “Go to your husband, or I’m going to fly him here.”

“The Avengers cannot know-”

“Stop worrying about that group of idiots and worry more about your idiot.”

T’Challa raised a brow at her. “Do you call him an idiot to his face.”

“All the time,” she said with a sniff. “Just like I’ve never feared calling you a royal idiot.”

“You are a mean sister,” he said, but he couldn’t help smiling.

Shuri rolled her eyes. “Just go see your husband, already.”


T’Challa shot upright, hands fisting the sheets so tightly they were tearing. He stared ahead in the dark, fighting back something too large in his chest, seeing in his mind’s eye over and over that shield coming down, higher, deadlier.

“Shh.” Warm hands slid up his back, over his shoulders, embraced him from behind. Tony hooked his neck over T’Challa’s shoulder. “It’s alright, honey.” He kissed T’Challa’s jaw. “You’re okay.”

He reached up, clasping Tony’s hand over his heart tightly.

“I’m okay,” Tony murmured, kissed his jaw again. “I love you, and I’m okay.”

“I love you as well,” T’Challa rasped.

Tony smiled against his jaw. Slowly, he began to lean backwards, pulling T’Challa with him, until he was resting against his husband’s chest, Tony propped up slightly by the pillows. The hand not being held by T’Challa ran up and down his chest and stomach, soothing.

They stayed like that, until morning started creeping into the sky.

anonymous asked:

Hi! I really love this blog, and I'm wondering if you could rec me something with dragons in it? I have already read "my wings a hurricane" and I really enjoyed it! Thank you, ilu

Hey-O Anon! 

Yes, Toothless. Somebody DID say “dragons.” And we have lots and lots of dragons. Lots. And lots. Of. Dragons.

Dragon Derek:

never seen a man with so much dimension by verity

1,488  I  Courtship, Humor
General Audiences
“I’d like to hoard you,” Derek said.
(Derek is a dragon. Lydia organizes his library. Stiles fails to rescue her.)

Dragon Stiles:

Do you want to see my castle? by Chiomi, and Wolftraps (AlwaysBoth)

4,019  I  Knight!Derek
Teen and Up
The abduction of Queen Lydia was probably the stupidest thing Stiles had ever done (excepting maybe that one incident with the satyr), especially as she now refuses to go the hell home. Only two people have been able to visit since she came, and none of the knights ever make it far enough to fight.
Derek doesn’t care about the queen. He doesn’t care about the dragon. He just wants to be left alone, and apparently this is the only way to make that happen.

Spark by rispacooper

9,876  I  AU-Werewolves are Known, Soulmates
Derek had never actually seen Stiles in his full dragon form. If he was being honest with himself, he wasn’t sure he wanted to. The first time Derek had properly met Stiles, spoken with him, he’d had a hard time not reacting to the heat of him, far too reminiscent of the lick of flames at Derek’s skin. Dragons exuded heat, Derek had known that, intellectually. They might look like cold-blooded reptiles but they were creatures of fire.
Derek did not have good memories of fire. Stiles couldn’t have been expected to remember that, but it hadn’t helped that he’d focused on Derek with those impossibly wide eyes of lustrous brown and then let out of a puff of marijuana-scented breath and announced he’d take Derek instead of a sandwich.

Jet Smoke and Dragon Fire (Series) by redcigar

10,812  I  4 Works  I  Wooing, Humor, Canon Divergent
Teen and Up
“Huh,” Stiles mutters, very slowly, and then realizes his fingers are tensed in a claw-like grip, tearing soft holes into the cardboard edges. “What do we have here?”
The box, predictably, does not respond. It only urges him in crayon-y, no uncertain terms, to STAY OUT.
Which, come on, mum and-or dad. Try harder.

Quit Dragon Me Around (Series) by WonderWolf

17,834  I  3 Works  I  Knight!Derek, Fluff, Angst
Teen, Mature, Explicit
Stiles makes the mistake of taking Derek’s sword and now the grumpy werewolf seems determined to stop him from stealing and landing himself in jail.
Stiles is not pleased. He’s also starving.
(Or the one in which Derek has good intentions, but little understanding of how Dragon biology works. He just wants the cute mole-speckled kid to be safe).
“Five meals, Scott. Derek Hale has stopped me from eating five meals. I can’t believe he’s really trying to kill me over stealing his sword. That’s so petty of him. It isn’t like I meant to steal it.”
“You kind of did mean to, dude.” Scott adds unhelpfully.
“But you don’t understand, Scott. It-”
“Just smelled so good? I know, you’ve said that like fifty times over the past two weeks.”
“This is the equivalent of him stealing my lunch money, right? Thanks to him, I didn’t have a meal this week. Or last week! He’s a bully, is what he is. A nice smelling, douchebag of a bully.”

Howl of the Dragon by IffyJr1512

30,481  I  6/6  I  Slow Build, Romance
Derek/Stiles royalty AU. “5 kingdoms rule the land of Beacon, but only 2 of them actively socialize. Stiles is a dragon and Derek is a werewolf, and while their friendship isn’t forbidden, it IS frowned upon—especially because they’re both royalty who should be setting examples for the others. Rules never stopped anybody, though, and it certainly won’t stop a secret.”

Starset by sasha_bo

32,737  I  10/10  I  Fluff, Angst
General Audiences
Paranormals of all shapes and sizes now freely exsist in the open and cohabit towns with humans. Somehow Derek was the one para who ended up with a dragon shifter stalker. A dragon shifter stalker who is the worst stalker to ever stalk.

Dragons are FRIENDLY:

I shall call you squishy and you shall be my squishy by Nival_Vixen

3,878  I  3/3  I  Magical Stiles
Stiles accidentally opens a portal to another dimension, and a monster gets through. A 600-pound monster that acts like a puppy (but is actually a dragon). Stiles decides to call her Sally.

Stiles Stilinski and the Societas Draconistrarum by Green

25,419  I  Magical Stiles, Cuddling
Stiles becomes a Host for a dragon symbiote under difficult circumstances, then has to learn to live with her in his head. Meanwhile, there’s a secret society after him at the same time the Alpha pack threatens everyone in town.

Don’t Go Dragon My Heart Around by CydSA

29,059  I  Pack Bonding, Soul Bond
Stiles really should not have touched the egg. But he did. So he’s screwed.

The One Where They Sell Dragon Eggs by JurisfictionAgent99

50,370  I  16/16  I  Derek Needs a Friend, Alive Hale Family
General Audiences
Derek needs a friend. Ever since Kate happened he has felt isolated from the rest of the world. He just wants someone who understands him, and who doesn’t judge him based on what happened before. Now that the Ashwick Family is threatening the Hale family business he needs an ally more than ever.
Apparently the universe decided the best way to help him was by sending him on a quest with Stiles Stilinksi, the new dragon egg merchant, to reunite the egg of the Dragon King with its family before war breaks out in the kingdom.
This quest will either give Derek his life back, or end it once and for all.

Dragons are NOT SO FRIENDLY:

Wolf of the Waters by NimblePhoenix

12,385  I  BAMF!Stiles
An AU in which Derek flees to his family’s vacation home on the coast in an attempt to leave behind Beacon Hills and all its ghosts. Stiles is a bold young merman who likes to feel the sun on his scales and isn’t about to give up his favorite place to sun bathe just because a brooding werewolf has moved into the long abandoned beach house. Mythical creatures abound and romance is in abundance.

We Don’t need You by Crims0n3y35

12,615  I  5/5  I  Pack Feels, Magical Stiles, BAMF!Stiles
Not Rated
Stiles was kicked out of his pack that he helped create. Stiles was betrayed by his best friend. Stiles went to New Orleans to learn about his mother and his aunts life. Stiles is one of the most Powerful witches of all time. Derek and Scott miss Stiles in Beacon Hills, they only kicked him out for his own good.

When Rome’s in Ruins (We are the Lions) by Kedreeva

186,297  I  12/13  I  Slow Burn, Arena Fighting
Humankind has turned arena battles between supernatural creatures into its largest form of entertainment. Stiles Stilinski is a well-known warden who comes to arena-fighter Derek Hale to make him an offer.

And if y’all don’t know the fic that Anon is talking about, it’s this one:

my wings a hurricane by kellifer_fic

20,322  I  Slow Build, Oblivious, Pining
Teen and Up
Stiles had been like any other kid growing up in the era of dragons. He’d watched the cartoons, the news stories, had the lunch box. When his screening at Beacon Hills High had come up negative, he’d been disappointed but unsurprised. His positive results were returned three years too late for it to be in any way convenient or cool.
Or, the one where they ride dragons.

I hope you enjoy the fics about the dragons! May your nights be filled with adorable as fuck dragons rolling around in grass!

Love and internet hugs,

Fluffy wolf

anonymous asked:

What do you think about the fact that Al and Scor are slytherins? I mean, do they actually have slytherin's traits?


While I do think it’s too-little-too-late to use this play as a Slytherin redemption device, and that it’s massively disappointing that the wizarding world hasn’t gotten over it’s anti-Slytherin bias and that Albus’ and Scorpius’ sorting is framed as a lazy us-against-the-rest-of-the-world isolation both in the context of their house as well as the general Hogwarts population, yes, I do think both of them exhibit significant Slytherin characteristics.

Albus! Albus’ Slytherin traits set the whole story in motion: he is so desperate to prove himself that when he sees an opportunity he pretty much falls to the first trap Delphi sets for him. As far as we know, Albus’ desire to show that he is his own person and his unwillingness to live in his father’s shadow started long before the events of TCC - remember the “oddly public parade of familial dissent” at QWC'14? (as a sidenote, this is when the entire family was wearing Bulgaria red except Albus who was in Brazilian green, supposedly to support the Brazilian Chaser Gonçalo Flores)

When asking the big question from Harry at 9 ¾, I think at some level Albus already knew he'd belong in Slytherin, and perhaps a small part of him actually wanted to get sorted there. While it’s obvious that he did have a choice (as in the AU he was able to choose Gryffindor just to spite Panju - this seems like a very Slytherin thing to do tbh), I think that like Harry, Albus didn’t truly make the choice during the sorting but at Hogwarts Express when he chose to stay with Scorpius.

The whole Cedric shenanigan seems to emphasise Albus’ Slythern traits: he’s not really saving Cedric only because it’s the right thing to do - given their willingness to use a Time-Turner, they could have worked out plan to save a greater number of people. Albus ends up screwing up everything because the story Delphi tailored to him resonated with Albus and provided an opportunity for him to prove himself, to accomplish something on his own terms.

Scorpius? Well, every Black kid, apart from Sirius (and supposedly Teddy Lupin) has been a Slytherin, and I don’t see why Scorpius wouldn’t. Scorpius is loyal. Not Hufflepuff loyal to those who need it, but the possessive kind of unconditionally loyal that will do anything for those who are his. He remains loyal when there’s very little to gain from his loyalty. He is probably the most risk-averse character of the entire play, and he’s instantly willing to confront Snape and mess with time for a chance to, well, give up his kingdom for Albus. This is probably the only time we see Scorpius show zero regard whatsoever for any long term consequences of his actions, just to get the world with Albus back.

Both of them prove to be cunning, adaptable, resourceful, comfortable with lying, sure. Both of them exhibit characteristics of other houses, too: thrist for knowledge for the sake of knowledge, recklessness, disregard for rules when it’s convenient (though I’d argue that this, too, is a Slytherin trait). Both of them seem to value academic recognition: Albus finds his shortcomings disappointing, and AU!Scorpius had been striving to be a Head Boy. Both of them seem to think they’re failing to live up to their personal or their own family’s expectations.

What makes them Slytherins, in my books, is their ambition.

In terms of ambition, well, the dissonance in being self-proclaimed losers in a house that represents cutthroat striving for greatness is certainly interesting, but I wouldn’t say these two aren’t ambitious. To quote Scorpius: “My point is - there’s a reason - we’re friends, Albus - a reason we found each other, you know?”, well, this is it. While these boys might not want power over others, both of them crave power over their own lives: isn’t the reason these two found each other, the two kids who entered the Hogwarts Express craving for a chance to find their own form of agency and control over their own lives, not as a son of Voldemort or the Boy Who Lived, but as themselves? Both of them were deprived of power over their own lives by prejudices attached to their respective family names, and in each other they found the one person willing to look past all that and see the real person underneath.

Let Me Tell You About The Silmarillion (pt 3/12)

PREVIOUSLY:  So, two of the sons of Feanor took in and raised Elrond and Elros, came to love them.  That doesn’t seem like they’re horrible monsters, even if they killed some Elves, so why all the pain and heartbreak?

As mentioned in the Feanor part of the story, the biggest thing you don’t do as an Elf is to murder other Elves.  Between that and jealously obsessing over his possessions (the Silmarils), it invites a Doom upon them that’s just bad news and because of their Oath, they just can’t stop murdering and trying to stomp over everything in their way.  Most of the sons of Feanor never express any regret over this, they’re pretty RIDE OR DIE about getting their father’s shiny rocks back and of course they’re complicated Elves, everyone is, but we don’t get a lot of story about the nicer things they do, mostly it’s just “Hey, so gives back our rocks or we’ll murder you all.” and murder them all they did.

When the Feanorians first came over to Middle-Earth, you also kind of have to understand the strife between the different cultures/clans.  The Noldor have this really rich history, they’ve achieved these great things (created so many awesome things, they were amazing smiths), they’re the most organized and ambitious, so they think pretty highly of themselves.  (To be fair, the story of The Similarillion is told through Noldor POV, so it’s not like they WOULD mention other cultures’ achievements much.)  Not without reason, but.  And the other thing you have to know about the Elves of the Blessed Realm is that a) being there made you stronger, taller, more magical, etc., especially if you’d seen the light of the Two Trees of Valinor (you could literally see a light in their eyes if they’d beheld the Two Trees) and b) the Elves of Middle-Earth were seen as being more simple, more backwards because they never made it across the Sea to the Blessed Realm.

So when the Noldor arrive in Middle-Earth, they expect to be lords of all they survey, because the first host of the Noldor that arrived were following Feanor and he WAS High King of the Noldor.  But, oh, hey, there are already some Elves living there (a group of Telerin Elves who never made it across the Sea, but got right up to the edge of it, which were called the Sindar, I ADMIT MY NARRATIVE BIAS IN FAVOR OF THE SINDARIN ELVES RIGHT HERE) and they were kind of “….” about all these new Elves coming over to supposedly help with the fight against Morgoth.

Now, whether it’s fair or not to blame the Noldor for Morgoth being in Middle-Earth (it was related to their actions, but honestly the blame really lies on Morgoth) there was some resentment of, “Why the fuck did you chase him out of your land and into ours?  Jesus, stop dumping your problems on us.”  This was combined with “Oh, you’re here to help us?  That’s great!” and then the Noldor conveniently forgetting to mention, no, they’re actually here for the Silmarils.

So, there’s tension there, because the Sindar have already established their kingdom with their king of Elwe, now going by the name Elu Thingol, because they made their own language instead of the Noldorin language.  Thingol mostly sort of tolerates them and says, okay, this is where my kingdom is, you guys can have these other lands over there.  It’s important to know the cultures of the Elves here because it’s about to play an even bigger role–the Teleri Elves, you remember them back from Feanor’s part of the story?  The ones that they murdered for their boats and then set the boats on fire?  Yeah, those. The Teleri Elves were one of the three original groups that awoke in Middle-Earth and were invited to the Blessed Realm, but they splintered a lot along the way.  Some stopped before crossing a huge river, some stopped before crossing huge mountains, and then there’s the Sindar.  A group of Teleri Elves that stopped at the edge of the Sea because Thingol got lost in the forest and met the most beautiful lady he’d ever seen and they decided to wait for him. Then they just kind of realized they liked it here and so they established their kingdom.

However, Thingol’s brother (Olwe) decided to keep on to the Blessed Realm and became the king of them instead.  So, those Teleri Elves that Feanor murdered?  Were Thingol’s brother’s subjects/originally Thingol’s subjects. That’s some personal shit there.

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I refuse to put this under readmore because then  you would ignore it.

Honestly, the community here hasn’t changed since I started here two years ago. The only change was that I was accepted into the fold for awhile. Then I went on a couple months’ hiatus for college, and it’s like I’m starting here all over again. 

Tumblr is great for organizing information and showcasing your OC. There are so many people with so many ideas here that it’s a great place to mold fan creations. However, the community is not so accepting of new people. In order to have a successful OC here you must: 

  • Be an amazing artist. Pencil and paper will not do. We’re talking fancy art tools that cost hundreds of dollars. Even then, you must work hours and hours on one picture, and make your own damn icons!
  • Have a custom theme. Nothing from google searching will do. You have to make all the coding yourself. As if we all have the time and education for that. 
  • Custom posts formats. Much like the theme, people want your words to do special things and sit in odd places on the post. AND THE TINY PRINT. I can’t read tiny print! But I guess having that makes you a literate RPer. 
  • Long posts. Paragraphs on paragraphs. Flawless grammar. I’ve always treated RP as a casual thing, with usually two small paragraphs and call that good enough. But for most, that’s too casual. They want a novel. Rolelplaying must be your second job. 
  • OCs can have some trauma, but too much and then they’re no good. It doesn’t matter if the person can write it well. Too much and they’re a “Mary-Sue”. 
  • OCs have to be young and preferably white. I know no one means to be like that about the race, but it happens. As for the age thing, well no older person can have adventures or dynamic relationships! 
  • OCs cannot have a dark past. That makes them less quality as everyone does it. Only canons may have dark pasts.
  • OCs must be super complex and developed in order to have any relation with a canon character. 
  • As a mun, you must work tirelessly on your OC to get recognition. Spend hours sending in memes and offers of plotting to your role models and hope that one of them talks to you. 

I’m not preaching because Rose hasn’t been getting any attention. It is like this for many OCs here on Tumblr. I know a couple of people who are equally unhappy with this. There are quite a few younger people here that make OCs that most people just ignore and pass off. This irritates me because that hurts their development more than helps them. 

My first OCs were garbage. They existed way before Tumblr was created. They were even in a different fandom. I guess they were also my way of working through problems. I was in middle school/high school. They were the classic “Mary Sue”. But even if they were, and the fandom was full of older people, those people gave me a chance. Not everyone, but a few. From them, I learned how to be a better writer and what made a better character! I have since left that fandom for the Kingdom Hearts one. I have another OC that I refuse to bring to Tumblr for the aforementioned bullets above. They were not that great at the beginning either, but people helped me to develop my writing and character. Now I would say that they are pretty unique!

OCs are amazing because it’s a person’s way of contributing to what they love. OCs add another way of looking at a story. They add more to a story. They might take the story in another direction that you didn’t think about. OCs are great. Every OC can be great if they are just worked on. Rose improved quite a bit since coming here.

That’s why I say that I give every OC a chance. It might not always work out because everything is obscure or I don’t know the fandom that they come from. Maybe it’s my own poor understanding. Maybe it just doesn’t click between us muns. But I understand what it’s like to be in that situation and I know how important it is to have other people guide you along. It is glorifying when a canon character interacts with your OC. To many, this validates their OC. The fact that everyone has segregated into cliques, especially those that are not private and exclusive but give off that vibe, do not help. 

I was in one for a time myself. It was great at first, but then I began to be left behind. I started as the group leader, but ended up being the obnoxious little sibling that they were forced to bring along. It depressed me, much like Tumblr depresses me now. I would watch the conversations go on but never contribute because it no longer felt like my place to be. Eventually I left the group. Rose was the only OC in there. 

I had accidentally began to base Rose on everything that went on in that group. So I had to spend a long time backpedalling on a lot of ideas because they really belonged to that group, and I was just forcing myself to fit in with them. But really, it was limiting. If you do everything on your own, you can do whatever you want. 

Honestly, it irritates me when people become elitist in the RP community, especially the Kingdom Hearts fandom. This is all off of a children’s game, and when the children come here, people brush them off as childish and ignorant. Is it any different than those forty-something-year-olds that shun and cast away children just coming into Marvel and DC because the children only know the movies, and not the comics themselves? Or how about those Star Wars fans that were there since the first one way back when, who claim that these new kids aren’t true Star Wars fans? No. It’s exactly the same situation.

I’m not saying that everyone HAS to interact with OCs. If they make someone uncomfortable, or they stated that they will not RP with OCs in their rules, fine. No one is mandated to RP with OCs. If someone makes you uncomfortable, you should definitely stop RPing with them. I once had to block an OC because the mun was always breaking rules of powerplaying, godmod, and constantly in my inbox. This is not to say that OCs must make a nuisance of themselves. But when a mun is constantly pushing their OC, and being annoying about it like I am, it’s because this is the character that they are passionate about. Sure they have some canons on the side, but people will always pick their OC. That is the character that they worked hard on and it is theirs. 

What most don’t understand is that muns for OCs are STARVED for constructive criticism. That doesn’t mean that someone should tell them what to change about their character or tell them everything wrong with the character and bash them to pieces, but they want to hear what people honestly feel about their character. They would like to hear how they could improve their writing or some other ideas that they could try. OCs are not immediately perfect, and nor are they perfected in a day. It’s a long process to create a well-developed character, and often they need a helping hand.

Eraqus has always been a strong muse for me, but I also made that blog in order to draw people in to Rose, or pay them off for dealing with her. That was wrong. I should have never used that reason to make that blog. Now that there are other Eraquses on Tumblr, I’m the bad one. Mostly because I give every OC a chance at first, or younger people who’s writing is not yet completely developed, or perhaps people that don’t strictly follow the canon. Because I do that, people assume that I am less quality. 

Is this rant going to change a damn thing? No. Am I just wasting time by blowing off steam? Most likely. Will I lose a lot of followers after this? Absolutely!

People like to think they’re better than others every chance they get, because real life tends to beat us all down. But those people who act like their shit don’t stink are no better as a person than the new kids here. They just happen to have had more time to develop themselves, whereas these kids are just starting. 

No, but “Kuvira whyyyy” is actually a very good question because…


What’s the point of the prison camps and reeducation camp thing? What is the point of TEH EVULZ? Is it to just make parallels? Is it because Imperialism always includes the prison camp system? I’m just a little perplexed as to what her motivations for these things are. 

You’ve got Earth Empire citizens who are firebenders and waterbenders. Born in this land, lived in this land, done everything in this land. 

Why waste these valuable resources?

Kuvira’s been shown as a woman who will take whatever she can turn to her advantage and use it that way. She wants control and power.

Like…she reformed the Earth Kingdom into the Earth Empire. She’s changed the nation. “Not of Earth Kingdom origin” makes little sense, because the Earth Queen was the traditionalist who was mad about the Earth Kingdom having to share its land with people not of its origin. I assumed that her rejection of the past would include an attempt to gather as much power to her side as she could–firebenders, waterbenders, and airbenders included.

I get the “purge” parallels and the political implications. I understand the nationalistic sense and all that…but it doesn’t seem like that would be Kuvira’s thing. It’s just…weird. 

The Fire Nation already had that “fire is the superior element, all non-firebenders are dirt” mentality. They did that shtick already. The same with Amon and his “all benders are evil” thing. Kuvira going “all non-Earth-Kingdom people are inferior” seems a little overdone and distracting.

And it doesn’t carry the same Hitler-esque motivation that it may be trying to convey, because “the waterbenders and firebenders caused all our problems” isn’t what caused the Earth Kingdom’s collapse, it was the elitist social structure that deprived millions of secure living while a select few lived happily in the Upper Ring. It has a more Stalinesque feel, where the old monarchy was torn down…but even with the discrimination there, I’m sure Stalin would have been happy to brainwash people who were LIVING FLAMETHROWERS or EXPERT HEALERS into serving his cause.

Historical parallels can only go so far in a fantasy setting. And this is a fantasy setting. You can’t ignore the rules of your fantasyverse just for historical parallels…

I dunno, I’m rambling. But it’s something that I’m just questioning, from a writer’s perspective…are there REALLY not better ways to have her be evil? Do we REALLY have to go there? 

I mean, casting off those who are too weak or infirm would be a good way to showcase her issues while keeping her consistent. Still evil. Still wrong. But not forced. 

anonymous asked:

Hi I was wondering, on the Magi Wiki it says that Alibaba is currently 20 years old but was he really in Reim for that long? I mean it also says that Aladdin is still 12 so I'm confused about how much time has exactly passed.

Well, there is an official source for that, it’s not just a supposition.
Around chapter 200, there was this summary for the next magi issue:

Ok, it can be considerated also as a ~20, so he might not be 20 yet but really close to that.

Let’s do some math.
Alibaba is 17 in the first arc, and he is still 17 in Balbad Arc.
In Sindria/Zagan Arc he is 17, BUT NEARLY 18.

It’s around these chapter that we can the first illustration with all the ages/heights of the characters.

Alibaba is 17, Mor is 14, Aladdin is 10, Sin is 29, Ja’far is 25, Judal is 18, etc. etc.

There aren’t any other time skip until Aladdin arrives in Magnoshtat. (8 days of travel) -at the same time, Morgiana should be arrived in katargo-, 1 month of training, + Iktiyar. (+ 1 month)

= ~a little more than 2 months has passed since they parted.

In this moment, Alibaba arrives in Reim/Laem.
Around one week later, Morgiana arrives at the great rift.

A month later: funeral at the kou Empire.

= ~3 months and 2 weeks

and then, big time skip: 6 months

= ~9 months and 2 weeks

+1 month until the war begin (the time left to titus is the same as scheherazade, and she says that she will die in few days when they meet her during the war)

end of the war, +2 months until summit

= let’s say that it’s a little more than 1 year. (since they parted)

If we consider that Alibaba was 18 at the time, he should be around 19 now.

You’re right. There is a whole 1 year that is left out.

There are two solutions: or in that description they said that alibaba is 20, but he’s actually just a bit older than 19 and they’re exaggerating it to give more pathos (he’s almost 20 and he never had a girlfriend!) , or daily life in magnostadt is a lot longer and often it wasn’t stated. I mean, zemi probably didn’t last only few days, maybe it went on for weeks or a month; and marga completely recovered.

There is actually a third and it’s: I missed a timeskip somewhere

There is actually another strange thing: often in the magnostadt arc is mentioned “something that happened 12 years ago”. A report of 12 years ago, an incident… that clearly refers to the fall of mustashim kingdom and the murder of the royal family. (funny enough, it’s also the same time as the murder of the Haku- family in Kou.  Coincidence? I think not)
Hower, during Zagan arc, in Dunya’s memories we see that those things happened 10 years ago.

So, in the end…. I DON’T KNOW. OTL

But a thing for sure: even though it’s not quite clear if Alibaba is 19 or 20, there is one thing that won’t change: the age difference between characters.

magi ages list (if alibaba is 20)

Aladdin is 7 years younger than Alibaba, so if he’s 20 then Aladdin is 13. (ok, Alibaba’s birthday might be before Aladdin’s, but I’m saying this as a general rule)
I think it’s normal to get confused, but it bothers me a little how people don’t get the age difference between characters right ^^”’


In the last magi guide book (which I SUPPOSE stops at the Koutoku’s funeral in Kou), Alibaba is stated as 18.

I think that the magi character book that will be released this January will answer to all our questions, so we just need to wait. =w=

Sorry if this isn’t the best answer.

edit: here they say that they come back to Sindria AFTER 2 YEARS. So yeah, there are probably some missing timeskips.