i mean they have to be implying something

anonymous asked:

Was the QOLAB crown made of winter roses? If so that means Rhaegar premeditated such a stupid move? Ugh

Hmmm this is interesting. I never considered that is was premeditated; I always thought it was a crazy coincidence that the flowers in the crown happen to be blue winter roses, found only in the north. It’s not exactly something you can have made the day before the tourney’s end. Unless they’re not just limited to the North, but the wordage in the books seems to imply that they’re something only found up north (and considering that they only bloom in winter and/or cold weather, that wouldn’t be something found in the south in the Year of the False Spring). I mean unless Ned’s memory was a false one, the product of his fever dream, there’s no reason to doubt the truth of it:

Robert had been jesting with Jon and old Lord Hunter as the prince circled the field after unhorsing Ser Barristan in the final tilt to claim the champion’s crown. Ned remembered the moment when all the smiles died, when Prince Rhaegar Targaryen urged his horse past his own wife, the Dornish princess Elia Martell, to lay the queen of beauty’s laurel in Lyanna’s lap. He could see it still: a crown of winter roses, blue as frost.

IDK if GRRM thought about that beyond the imagery of it, but yeah, it is quite a coincidence that the flower crown is made of blue winter roses and he gives it to Lyanna, who was surely familiar with them because they grow in Winterfell’s glass gardens.

But the hiccup in the “premeditated” theory is that Rhaegar had apparently no intention of jousting until the Knight of the Laughing Tree fled. He joins the lists late and suddenly. It isn’t like it’s Rhaegar’s job or even his place to request what sort of flowers should go in the crown; that’s probably the host’s job, decided ahead of time (though if Rhaegar did bankroll the tourney, he might have a say… but again, Rhaegar never intended to joust in the first place).

I’m just gonna chalk it up to coincidence and artistic license. The blue winter roses could symbolize the winter that was still playing out while everyone else thought spring had come. Blue winter roses pop up a few times, largely in reference to Jon. It’s just meant to be symbolic, I think.

anonymous asked:

Prompto does still look attractive with a goatee I just personally don't like it (personal preference I guess). On another note have you noticed that when the bros hit Prompto's back it's always the lower back or the ass and they make sure he stumbles? Like are they implying something because I think they are-Tea

It’s payback for all the times Prompto has slapped their asses. I’m here for it though, it feeds me so we’re all good. You guys just keep slapping each others asses and I’ll be all set.

Seriously though, Prompto touches everyone’s ass at least once. Not has a bit of an obsession with the booty. Luckily he seems to like Noctis’ booty and I too have no ass so that means he’d like me XD

janisilverstorm  asked:

Five sentence fic: "Look, I've lost a lot of blood, or, I mean, I know where my blood is, but..." (a sentence I'm still trying to find a way to work into one of my own fics)

The words die in his throat on a weak laugh as he gestures at the chains, the blood thinned but not erased by the water Toni hosed him down with to wake him this morning, and he continues, “I’m not even… sure this is real yet, but God it’s good to see you guys.”

Near the staircase is a woman Sam only knows from photographs, staring at him like he must be staring at her: fear and awe and confusion all blended together; Dean stands a fraction of a step behind him, arm around Sam both to keep him up and to affirm his presence, and Cas steps forward, careful like he knows Sam can’t stand a faster pace right now.

“I’ll heal you, if you’ll let me,” Cas offers, meeting Sam’s eyes with nothing but care and patience, and when Sam nods, he whispers (like a prayer or apology), “I am truly glad to see you safe, Sam Winchester.”

This may be a dream or a hallucination, but Dean’s arm feels real around him and healing buzzes through him, Grace-warm.

And when he falls, too tired to continue standing, strong hands guide him down.

(five sentence fics)


Hey @therealjacksepticeye
I’ve watched the Revelmode stream yesterday and sketched while watching. Here are your three Portrait I did.

But there’s more i need to say… Of course some fans are implied some septiplier stuff, and I have to say that I read fanfictions of this Genre as well. But then I saw you at the stream. I felt bad and got a guilty conscence. Its surely not easy for you I think, and I wanted to apologize.
My guiltiness doesn’t even let me sleep. I know it must Sound stupid or weird, that a stranger apologizes to you for something so trivial. I mean it like that. I’m very sorry for making uncomfortable.

Thanks of you saw this and took your time to read such a minor post from someone you doesn’t even know.

jxgmng  asked:

Hmmm... Alphys is calling and isn't talking clearly. Which means she's shaken up or freaking out. But why? And why did Gaster go quiet? What am I implying? That Wily is implying that the amalgamites have been created? Or that something went wrong with the DT extractor? Is Gaster about to be shattered across time and space? Hmm??? HMM?! How am I supposed to know? I don't know her in person. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. No but seriously is it the amalgamites? Pls say yasss

Possibly > >

Did Victorian-Era Gay Men Think Sherlock Holmes Was Gay?

Something I’ve often wondered about is whether or not there is any documentation that any contemporaries of the Sherlock Holmes stories in any way thought them to be gay. What I mean is: did any homosexual men read the stories and understand the characterisation/subtext to imply, if not johnlock vibes, at least homosexuality, not least for the character of Sherlock Holmes himself?

I have come to the end of the book London and the Culture of the Homosexuality, 1885-1914 by Matt Cook and it seems he’s saved a lovely bit for last.

My new fave George Ives (I’ve written about him in other posts) kept meticulous journals, much of which informed Cook’s work. Ives routinely engaged in self-examination against the stereotypes of homosexuals newly outlined by sexologists and found himself similar in some ways and different in others, both of which he carefully recorded in his diaries. He noted his “keen aesthetic sense” and “lack of taut muscle”, among other things.

In March 1901, Ives records in his diary that he considers himself to be:

 “the Sherlock Holmes of a 1000 little peculiarities”

Here we have a man who identified as homosexual relating to a character who he may have recognised to be homosexual as well. Ives definitely doesn’t write “yeah I’m gay and I know Holmes is gay too” but I think it’s interesting that he would have included this little comparison in alongside his descriptions of whether or not he matches the “gay profile”.

(Previous posts in my series on London and the Culture of Homosexuality, 1885-1914 by Matt Cook can be found here.)


Recently, I opened my eyes to a whole new concept - colourism.  According to studies, 4 out of 10 women in Malaysia use a whitening product. Three quarters of Malaysian men find lighter skinned women to be more attractive. By 2018, the skin whitening industry is expected to be worth $19.8 billion (world wide).

So what exactly is going on?

Colourism is discrimination based on skin colour. That is the dictionary definition. For me, I have personal stories attached to the meaning.

Colourism is when I’m walking in a mall, and I’m stopped by a sales girl, who is trying to sell me a lightning cream so that it will make my skin ‘prettier’.

Colourism is when my friend told me to eat oranges because it would make my skin lighter. There is something wrong when someone casually implies that I need to lighten my skin.  (Quick science: The natural bleaching properties in citrus fruits help to reduce hyper pigmentation). Though one may want to correct hyper pigmentation (However, bare in mind hyper pigmentation is harmless and it’s not necessary to correct it), it is completely another story to want to make your skin a few shades lighter as a whole.

Colourism is when I was giving art lessons to little kids and I passed them a brown coloured pencil to colour in a drawing of a person, and they replied back saying ‘teacher, skin is not brown, it’s peach colour’. That broke my heart because their skin was a darker shade than the pencil in my hand.

At such a young age, they were conditioned to believe that their skin colour was wrong. It wasn’t valid.

Now people will tell me, ‘Oh come on, it’s just a person selling a product. It’s just a friend recommending what to eat. It’s just kids being kids’.

I fully understand that and Im aware that they meant well. Their intentions were not harmful. But we have to look at the bigger picture.

Intent does not change impact.

The impact of colourism is harmful. It is psychologically and physically damaging.

POC’s are growing up thinking they are not good, not beautiful and even not smart enough.Studies show that a person with lighter skin is more likely to get hired for a job than a darker skinned person with the same skills. Industries are profiting off of people’s insecurities. It perpetuates white supremacy. It systematically puts darker skinned people at a disadvantage. According to a research by Stanford, darker skinned defendants are more likely to get the death penalty than lighter skinned defendants.  

The problem of colourism is prevalent from self-confidence and self-wroth, to wage rates, to marriages and relationships and to the criminal justice system.

To whoever that has the privilege of using the internet and the opportunity to educate ones self through it, I believe it’s a moral obligation for you to be aware and to work against over coming internalized colourism that has been instilled in all of us for far too long.

Fun Discoveries from the Halloween Recordings

So I spent some time this morning recording all of the new Halloween voice clips from the main menu so we can find out what the characters say :) Now, full disclaimer: my Korean is essentially non-existent and I’m largely going off of the few words I know/can pick out. That’s why I have the other admins here who can actually translate this stuff :P There are a few things I’ve noticed, however:

  • Both Jumin and Seven mention their costumes (Jumin = Vampire, 707 = Elly), which might mean that the recordings were done after the poll results were completed for the costumes. 
    • Of course, it could also mean that Cheritz recorded something for all of the possible costume options in advance
    • If the recordings were done after the poll results, however, that doesn’t give them a lot of time to record – it would have been done in the last week or two. Which would imply that the VAs are likely at Cheritz to do other recordings as well – perhaps some new content for future updates? (Personally I’m super down for an Unknown or V route)
    • Again, this is all speculation. Nothing is confirmed unless Cheritz says so
  • Rika gets Halloween voice recordings on the main menu. Three of them, actually. She mentions V, Jumin, Seven, Yoosung, and Zen in them (sorry Jaehee D:)
    • This is interesting because I’ve actually never encountered her voice on the main menu (other than her saying ‘Cheritz’)
    • Of course, I know that the recordings show up randomly, but it seems extremely unlikely that I wouldn’t have come across a single Rika voice clip after recording several minutes worth of main menu dialogue during various times of day
    • This might imply that even Rika’s VA is around for voice work, because they could have easily left her out of the Halloween main menu recordings since she doesn’t show up in them regularly.
    • Buuuut this is still speculation, because they may have recorded these Halloween main menu clips well in advance.
  • On that note, everyone (meaning all the RFA members + V + Rika + Unknown) gets exactly three Halloween voice clips, from what I can tell (it’s still possible I’ve missed one or two, but seeing as I have exactly three for everyone I’m going to go out on a limb and say that I have them all)

Vague things I’ve picked up on that you can look forward to:

  • Zen literally howling like a wolf
  • Unknown sounding mildly confused about the concept of Halloween
  • Many of the characters saying stuff about Trick-or-Treating
  • V says something about Rika and then mentions ‘Frankenstein’ twice, and he giggles at the end >_<

Buuuut I’ll leave the translation of those up to people who know way more Korean than me :) On that note, though, if you know Korean and can help us with translating some of the voice clips, that would be greatly appreciated! Send a message to my other blog@zentherainbowunicorn if you’d be able to help out :) I provide all of the voice clips, so you would just need to assist with translating.  (Edit: we’ve now added a few more admins to the team to help with translation, thanks to everyone who messaged me!)

Thanks, and Happy (early) Halloween!

-Mod Rainbow Unicorn

Thoughts on the Class Season Finale/Predictions for Season 2

-Quill usually have more than one child, but she implied there is only one, meaning that the child is most likely not going to be born the same way quill usually are.Going off of this, I really doubt she is going to die having the child. Also, fighting in those heels was incredible. 

-April…well she’s not dead, so that’s something! I really thought if anyone died it was going to be her, so I’ll call this a victory. Now, they can spend the second season fighting the Godzilla Angel and trying to get her back into her corpse before it rots too much? 

-Tanya is a kid, and I don’t know how it works in the UK, but she is going to need a guardian. She did mention a grandma, so maybe she and her brothers will go there. Hopefully, she’s local? 

-Charlie. Can we please just give Greg all of the awards? The acting throughout this episode was incredible. He is absolutely broken, without the souls he’s lost hope and truly become the last of his people; the guilt that he already felt just thinking about genocide, now having done it, is going to be intense. I think there will be some interesting story between how different people approach that with him. Particularly, I think April, Matteusz, and Quill will have some very interesting and very different things to say. 

-Ram should probably sign up for therapy with Charlie. Honestly though, that was pretty harsh, his father was amazing and I would have really liked to see more of him. Honestly Ram’s lost so much, taking away his one solid pillar of support is just…wow. Plus his girlfriend is a Shadowkin. This season was just pretty awful for him. 

-Matteusz will most likely forgive Charlie.(At this point, I think Matteusz will forgive him anything really…) To support this idea, at the end of the episode, Matteusz wasn’t telling Charlie to stop because he wanted to save the Shadowkin, he didn’t want Charlie to die. I think part of his fear was that Charlie would commit genocide and be cold and alien about it, maybe even make excuses like many horrible groups do when they wipe out large amounts of people. However, we see now that Charlie is still Charlie, he didn’t do it because of hatred or for revenge, he did it out of desperation, sacrifice, and love. Plus, with how broken he was, he certainly won’t be making any excuses for himself. He was ready to die with them. Seeing that, Matteusz will try to be there for him and will continue to love him, but I think there will definitely be a strain on the relationship while Charlie tries to process everything and Matteusz struggles trying to find a way to help him. Matteusz will probably feel helpless for a while, but he is basically the patron saint of patience, so I think they’ll get through it. 

-Overall, that was an amazing finale and as sad as I am about the deaths, I’m glad it wasn’t any of the main group; I really hope they avoid making the mistakes Torchwood made in that regard… here’s hoping we get a season 2~ 

Bungou Stray Dogs - Dazai's Ability

I was always curious as to why his ability is called “No Longer Human”, to me it just didn’t make sense in terms of what his actual ability is. I understand the reference to the real life Dazai and what the book has to do with the fictional character, but that doesn’t have much to do with his powers…
[Disclaimer: I haven’t read the book and I’m currently in the process of reading the manga so I might have missed something]

My theory is that the name of his ability is meant to be “No Longer, Human”. Or maybe even “No Longer. Human.”

The one with the comma implies that Dazai is talking to the person that he’s using his ability on, “no longer” as in this person will no longer have the means to use their powers, they are simply just a human and he’s addressing them as such.
The full stop/period is more commanding, it’s telling [the opponents] abilities that they can be no longer, they must cease to be -they will cease to be; and is then demanding that the person be human and only just that.

Sigh, but I’m also quite a fan of the reasoning behind the name of the ability relating to Dazai’s character, one being how he’s lost many [basic] “human traits” (the ‘need to survive’ being the biggest one)

Sorry if this makes no sense, it’s just my 1am ramble where I personify Dazai’s ability

I have something very important to say.

In Japanese, pork cutlet bowls are also known as ‘katsudon’, which is a term made up of two words, 'katsu’ and 'don’.

Katsu is a homophone of the verb 'katsu’, meaning 'to win’.

When Yuuri says he wants to keep on eating pork cutlet bowls with Victor, it could imply that Yuuri wishes to keep winning with Victor by his side.

Not to mention that Yuuri’s surname contains the word 'Katsu’ as well. People often say “I was born…” and then their name.

Meaning that Yuuri was literally born 'to win’.

anonymous asked:

Can I ask what exactly you find appealing about Hinata x Sasuke? I mean what exactly is their relationship?

I just feel like they had a big chance of reaching a connection if they ever had the chance to interact. Like, they both come from noble clans, both have strict fathers they want to impress, kind mothers (Hinata’s was implied since we’ve never actually seen her). Both have older brothers (yes I”m counting Neji as Hinata’s brother because that’s how she seen him) who cared so very deeply for them, who died to protect them. They’re both pretty quite, reserved, and she would never push him for answers or make him do anything that he didn’t want to do. She wouldn’t force her feelings on him, and it would be a nice change for him to not have a female around him tripping over herself to impress him. Even if it wasn’t in any sort of relationship between them, they could have at least become good friends.

anonymous asked:

I don't understand that OA scene with homer what does that mean??

imma be honest, i have no clue what it means either. but ian alexander, the actor who plays buck, was implying on his blog that its significant??

(if u wanna know my guess though its gotta be something with what happened to oa while she was gone. cause the entire season you think youre actually finding out what happened to her during those years but then in the last episode french finds those books and everyone agrees that she was making up the story as a coping mechanism. so even if you agree that what she had been saying was fake, there’s still the part where she was blind and now she isnt, and that homer was in that video and if she hadnt met him in that basement, how would she know to look up that video from 2007??? im interested in the names though bc homer roberts in the first photo and then in the second hes being told his name isnt homer but that theres a dr. roberts? so basically idk fam this show makes 0 sense and this answer explains nothing)

  • What she says: I'm fine
  • What she means: Why was Klavier Gavin's backstory and character never explored in-game? He had so much room to be developed as a character. His relationship with Kristoph was only touched upon for a few moments, through actions and not words. If Klavier had spoken about Kristoph and his home life with him at least ONCE; the ending would have been much more powerful. Although it is not likely that Klavier would come right out and say this, seeing as his emotional walls are built up higher than Mount Everest and he uses humor and dazzling smiles to brush away serious topics (not as though capcom made that 100% clear through actual development, it was left up to fans to analyze his character as I am doing right now); they could have easily have Apollo become concerned for him and percieve the truth. Seriously, they had a lawyer who's whole schtick was being a human lie detector and a rival prosecutor who is constantly fake to hide his emotions, and they didn't go that route even once? It would have done wonders for their relationship and later interactions. Like, idk, one theory why they didn't do this is because they realized how fucking gay they made miles and phoenix in the trilogy and they didn't want to do the same thing with klavier and apollo but that clearly isn't the case seeing as they introduced him with klavier saying that he's "never felt this way with a man" + his constant not-subtle flirting throughout the game afterwards. Back to the point, literally every other prosecutor and their relationship with the main defense attorney (for the sake of not spoiling some of the lesser-played games, I will only cover the trilogy) was by far superiorly developed. Miles and phoenix do not need an explanation, Franziska (although, she is a character who I personally believe needs more attention and development unrelated to her father. I recognize the impact manfred had on her is incredibly large, im just pissed b/c wow shocking a female character who's development is largely revolving around a man what a surprise. However, that is a topic for another day) had a clear desire to take revenge on phoenix for her father (though later we would find out that that wasn't completely the case) and the events of jfa were the start of her realization that perfection is not everything (though she has still not gotten there yet). In addition, she was further developed in both of the investigations games. Godot (ugh) was given a very personal backstory, and despite the fact that he was a sexist character (Klavier falls in this category too, due to his 'fraulein' comments but honestly??? this germanyaboo probably doesn't even know what he's actually saying) who LITERALLY murdered someone, we are constantly thrown lines such as "a lawyer doesn't cry until it's all over" because capcom wants us to feel sorry for him. However, the tear-fuel for klavier we get is one short conversation between him and kristoph (which, I will admit, made me cry... but that's probably due to my immense love for this character). Which is okay in itself I suppose, however, it is a relationship we know??? barely anything about??????? Yes, we know it was clearly not a good one, thanks capcom for the immense detail. When I first played apollo justice i thought "Okay, I guess this is fine, I mean they surely develop him more in the sequel, right?"; but I was sadly disappointed because 1. apollo justice never got a sequel (what the FUCK) and 2. klavier's appearence in dual destinies CLEARLY was simply to get us to "shut up" about him not ever getting any attention, and he didnt really do anything of strong importance. Klavier gavin had so much potential as a character and capcom fucking blew it. Now, though I love these jokes as much as the next person, I get to see klavier being summed up as "the gay fake german piano guy lol"; occasionally finding one or two fanfictions of him being an actual person. There are so many things capcom could have done with him and i am thoroughly disappointed. And another thing, what the FUCK is up with his dd voice acto


Scrying: What is it?

Divination is a useful discipline for most occultists, witches, and magicians, but as most of us know, it can take many forms. Today, I would like to discuss scrying, and what makes that particular technique what it is, how it differs from other methods, because there’s been some discussion recently about what it really means to scry.

The term “scry” merely means “to see.” The word is a shortening to the 16th century term “descry,” which had the connotation of seeing something distantly, in a difficult manner, yet having the discernment to realize its nature. Oddly, the word is related to an Old French term “crïer,” which implied a proclamation of what one saw. Either way, though, in the modern lexicon, scrying is generally understood as a method of divination wherein one invites clairvoyant visions, usually via gazing at a translucent or semi-translucent medium (like the ubiquitous crystal ball), though other methods exist.

Authors often disagree, though, on what exactly constitutes scrying as opposed to another means of divination. Most would agree that using Tarot cards, runes, or another similar system of sortilege does not constitute scrying, whereas staring into a still pool of water and inducing visions would indeed be such. Donald Tyson, in his book, Scrying for Beginners, succinctly defines scrying as follows:

Scrying is the deliberate act of perceiving events that lie beyond the range of the physical senses by using the agents of the unconscious mind. The scryer is separated from the things scried by distance, by time, or by levels of consciousness. Usually visual images are scried, but it is possible to scry sounds, scents, sensations, and flavors. Any impression you can pick up with the senses of your body can also be received at a distance by your mind alone through scrying.

Donald Tyson. Scrying For Beginners (p. 3). Llewellyn - A. Kindle Edition.

This definition differs considerably from that either given or implied by other authors. For example, by Tyson’s definition, a witch who stares into flames and interprets the popping and crackling of branches thrown in as a favorable omen would be divining, but would not be scrying. Cassandra Eason, Dixie Deerman, and others, though, describe such activities specifically as scrying. Thus, there’s some lowkey controversy as to what it really means to scry.

I personally hold to the definition utilized by Tyson, just because it makes the most sense to me and is most helpful in separating what I do when I scry from what I do as a diviner in other contexts. Essentially, I argue that one is only scrying if and only if the images/symbols/impressions one receives “lie beyond the range of the physical sense.” In other words, if I’m gazing at clouds and one looks like a sheep, it may have divinatory implications, but I would not have scryed a sheep, because the sheep (or at least that which resembles it) is physically present and thus received by my normal senses, just as I might glance at a Tarot card.

The test, for me, in determining whether something is “scrying” or not would be whether others present during the process perceive the same thing. If I’m with friends and we’re all scrying in a balefire, we’re likely to all receive different visions, whereas if we’re practicing normal divinatory pyromancy, we’ll perceive the same phenomena and bursts of light, though perhaps interpret them differently.

With this, too, is the question of whether one “reads” or “sees.” If you’re reading (as I do with Tarot and Lenormand, and other systems), the symbols you’re interpreting are physically present and arrive in your mind via your normal senses. If you’re seeing, as you do when scrying, you’re receiving clairvoyant information and physicality is taken out of the equation.  This definition may irk some folks, though, who might realize that, within it, things like automatic writing and closed-eye visions would be considered scrying, though there’s nary a crystal ball in sight.

To further illustrate the distinction I’m making, let’s consider two hypothetical diviners. Mary scries, whereas Amelia does not. They use similar methods/mediums and may even receive very similar information via their divination, but the techniques they’re using are quite different.

Mary and Amelia light a balefire, and Amelia reads the patterns formed by the flames, their crackling sound, and the bursts of light in search of signs for the year ahead. Mary, however, stares at the center of the flame and sees images of herself as she might be in the future. Later, the twosome burns some incense, and Amelia interprets omens within the whorls and smoke, while Mary is inundated with images arising from the smoke. In short, Mary sees what isn’t physically there, while Amelia reads what is. Both can and often do get similar impressions, but the technique is different.

In my experience, both “reading” (cards, shells, etc) and “seeing” (i.e., scrying) can be equally effective, but may not be so for everyone. Some folks will just naturally be better at one rather than the other, and this may shift over time depending on your level of practice and experience with a given method. I used to be quite adept at scrying, but my focus has shifted many times and I’m only recently regaining what I was capable of seeing before, whereas my cartomancy skills have remained steady over time just by virtue of constant practice.

wicked-girl-with-wifi  asked:

Any thoughts on the Lie Ren backstory revealed in this latest ep?

Last episode I have watched was 4x09, just for the record. 

So it’s implied that Ren’s parents were somehow involved in building Oniyuri, but Nora didn’t know about that village. Ren showing a strong reaction to the sign leading to Kuroyuri and him being reluctant to go there heavily implies that he knows the village, maybe lived there. When Nora sees the sign she immediately seems to notice something - maybe just the name of the village being crossed out, maybe the name itself, I’d bet on the name. 

Someone pointed out the possibility that Oniyuri was build by the surviving citizens of another destroyed village, possibly Kuroyuri. That would mean that Ren lived in Kuroyuri, Kuroyuri was destroyed, they moved to build Oniyuri which was also destroyed and as Nora didn’t recognize Oniyuri Ren must have met her afterwards, which still wouldn’t explain why she recognized Kuroyuri. 

Another possibility is that it was the other way around - Oniyuri got destroyed, Ren and his parents survived and they moved to Kuroyuri where he might have met Nora, then Kuroyuri got destroyed as well and both their parents died. That would also explain why Ren showed a much stronger reaction to the sheer idea of going to Kuroyuri than to literally standing in the ruins of Oniyuri. 

Of course it’s still possible that Ren and Nora met after their parents died, that they both have similar but different backstorys, but I think it’s more likely the same tragedy/Grimm happened to both of them because they both exactly knew what the footprint (by now I think it is rather a footprint than a symbol) in Shion meant. 

It’s still possible that Raven is linked to all this, being part of the bandits who destroyed the village and then attracted the Grimm. Maybe it’s true and Nora and Ren stayed with that tribe for at least a while, but what bugs me about that is the fact that apparently a fight between Raven and JNPR was meant to happen in Volume 3 and it was supposed to foreshadow something. If Ren and Nora had stayed with the tribe for some time, the tribe of which Raven is now the leader, they should have recognized Raven and maybe they wanted to do a “Oh, not YOU but we’re totally not going to explain how the hell we know that crazy woman just yet” thing but somehow this just doesn’t add up. Which also might just be the reason why that fight in the end didn’t happen.

At this point it’s all speculation but I’m still convinced we will find out more about them this season. I really, really hope that we will get some Ren-Nora-interaction and characterization now that RNJR has split up because I’ve been waiting for that since Volume 1. Maybe they run into Raven and her tribe who then end up saving Qrow (though I think there is no way Raven would need Nora and Ren to tell her that Qrow is coughing up weird purple Faunus poison and about to run into a village eating Grimm), maybe they go to Mistral and happen to come back with some badass hunters to save their team’s asses last minute. 

Please give me some Renora interaction. 

Wow. General world, never ever ask a child abuse survivor why they didn’t tell anyone sooner. Even if you mean it innocently, it implies they did something wrong. THEY WERE JUST A CHILD. And if they didn’t speak up about it even when they were an adult, it’s because the abuse of a human during its development normalizes abuse and results in the abused having no idea they were/are abused.

Here’s what’s appropriate to say:

“Wow. I’m sorry. That is so tough. I’m glad you were able to realize you were abused and speak about it. You’re smart to have figured that out against such odds and so strong for being able to talk about such a deeply painful thing.”

If you’re curious to know more, here’s an appropriate question:

“What made you realize you were abused?”

No “Why didn’t you…” sentences. Just no. They’ve been through enough. Don’t make them suffer through you too.

reallyelegantsharkfish  asked:

Hi Ashley. I have something I've been wondering about -- it might not be any of my business, but hopefully this is not offensive. (Not implying at all that this is an invalid identity, but curious----) How did you come to identify as both non-binary and a girl? What does girl mean to you? I feel like I've seen some non-binary people identify as a "boi," but I don't think I've ever seen "girl" before.

That’s okay! Gender is complicated and I’m still sort of trying to figure it out, but I wrote a post sort of explaining what I feel here. For me, ‘nonbinary’ is an umbrella term because I’ve yet to find a label that exactly fits my gender. I’ve thought about changing it to genderqueer, but I haven’t been moved to make the switch yet.

Basically, I feel like I’m mostly agender at my core, that my true self doesn’t have a gender attached to it, but I also feel that I’ve been influenced by my assigned female gender. Like, I’ve been treated as a girl and I’ve responded to life as a girl for so long that ‘girl’ works for me as well as anything else. I don’t like they/them pronouns, the potentially confusing plurality kind of annoys me, and maybe if English had commonly used singular ungendered pronouns I would use that, but the ones I know of aren’t in common usage so they strike me as strange.

Like I said, it’s complicated, and I don’t much like change, so I don’t really want to be called something different. I feel like my intersex status/high testosterone has given me a masculine side as well, but I don’t really want to be called he/him. I want to mostly be neutral, but I don’t mind being lowkey female or playing the role of female, as long as people understand that I’m not 100% female.

If that’s confusing to you, it’s probably because it’s confusing for me too. :)

wildeabandonment said: This is a genuine question, not a snark, but do you mean affect or effect? I’m not quite sure how to parse the former.

Referring to Obama having an anti-war affect I meant in the third (noun) sense of the word, although really I should have said something like appearance, style, or presentation, I think.

I meant to imply that he is anti-war on the symbolic level, and perhaps on the mental / intentional level, yet this is entirely separate from whether he is warlike in the practical sense of pursuing hawkish policies, or expanding drone attacks.