its the name of the arc


Arc de Berà

Catalonia, Spain

13 BCE

10.14 m. high

The Arc de Berà (sometimes written Barà) is a triumphal arch some 20 km north-east of the city of Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain, close to Roda de Barà. It stands on the line of what was the Via Augusta.

Its name derives from the count Berà (first count of Barcelona from 801 - 820). It is a triumphal arch with a single opening consisting of a central body on a podium, decorated with fluted pilasters crowned by Corinthian capitals. The upper part of the construction is an entablature made up of architrave, frieze and cornice. The stone used is probably from a local quarry.

The monument was built as a result of the will of Lucius Licinius Sura and it was erected in the reign of Augustus, around 13 BCE. The surviving inscription reads: “Ex testamento L(uci) Licini L(uci) f(ilii) Serg(ia tribu) Surae consa[…]”. It is thought it was dedicated to Augustus or to his genius, and that it marked the limit of the district of Tarraco.


Lately, I have been re-reading Bnha and I found this scene quiet hilarious; 

Because, as you can see, Todoroki is standing beside Kirishima at that moment, relatively “far” from Midoriya or, at least, it would be difficult for Izuku to get where Todoroki is standing because of Iida between them and the fact that the space is as narrow as it is. 

And in this panel we see again that is not “error” from Horikoshi but in fact Kirishima is proper to Shouto than Deku is. But… 

What we see later on, however, is that Midoriya is the one standing on top of Todoroki! 

I just laughed so hard at realising this litle thing…. Because I can picture the scene totally going like: 

Todoroki: “I choose Midoriya” 

Iida: “B-but… Kirishima is just next to you-”

Todoroki: “I want Mirdoriya” 

Deku: “-sighs- Fine. Iida-kun, please, move aside.”

Iida: “HOW!?” 

Or something like that idk lmao 

This is something I haven´t seen people talking about but perhaps I’m wrong, excuse me if that’s the case, t’s only that I want to talk about it because I found it really funny xd

I loved this Chibi bit so much

in honour of march being #trypod month, here’s everything you need to know about podcasts! (part two here)

what the heck even are podcasts?

podcasts are audio shows that are either in episode or radio format, which you can download and listen to whenever you like, for free!! there are both fiction and non fictional podcasts, so there is something for everyone

why should i listen to these?

podcasts are similar to audiobooks and radio shows in that you can listen to them anywhere, on your phone or computer, and are ideal for commutes and journeys (i personally listen to most of mine on the bus to and from school). most podcasts are made by people as a hobby rather than their job, so you can support them by listening as well 

where can i find podcasts?

pretty much every podcast ever is available on itunes and spotify, and many apps for non apple devices

cool, can you give me some recommendations?


welcome to night vale [weird and spooky fantasy] is about a small town in america, where a lot of weird crap goes on, but here in night vale this is generally completely normal. this is pretty much how everyone gets into podcasts, and is a really good starting point for listening to fiction podcasts

the bright sessions [sci-fi] is about some folks with superpower in therapy trying to learn about themselves, their powers and how to control them. honest to god this is my most favourite fiction podcast ever, i love it with all of my heart and cannot recommend this enough. 

the orbiting human circus of the air [fantasy?] is about an old-timey radio show that broadcasts from the top of the eiffel tower. this is honestly such a joy to listen to, and has some wonderful stories with really interesting ways of telling them

wolf 359 [sci-fi and comedy] is about a small crew in a space station, orbiting the red dwarf star, wolf 359. it starts off pretty light hearted and gets pretty wild pretty quickly, so buckle in for a bumpy ride. (they did a live show and recorded it and put it on youtube and it is honestly such a gift seeing zach jump back and forth arguing with himself.)

the penumbra podcast [noir/fantasy/western/horror] is really queer. its great. the main stories follow a non-binary pi named juno steel, but there are other stories on the feed too that are well worth a listen (and season 2 premiers really soon!)

eos 10 [sci-fi and comedy] is about some doctors in space. its hilarious (the main plot arc starts with a boner that just will not go away) and the characters are super interesting. its been on break for a really long time, but is on its way back soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

the strange case of starship iris [sci-fi adventure] is new and really cleverly done. im still blown away by how cool the end credits are, everytime i hear them. its also about gays in space which is cool also ;)

the adventure zone [comedy and adventure] is barely a fiction podcast as it is 3 brothers and their dad playing d&d. if you have never played d&d, or think its boring, then dont let that deter you, because this podcast is the funniest one i have listened to. it starts a little slowly, so be prepared for that, but it really picks up a few episodes in, and griffin’s story telling gets SO good, i really recommend this one as well

dead serious [supernatural] is about two teens who discover that the local haunted house is actually Haunted and talk to the ghosts living there about their lives and deaths (this is mine ;))


spirits is 2 women chatting about really cool myths and legends, both old and new, from all of the world, whilst quite tipsy. this was the first podcast i listened to and i fell in love. i personally recommend the “japanese urban legend” episode its super creepy and super cool

dead pilots society is a table reading of tv pilots that are bought by companies but never made. they so far have all been comedies and include well known writers and actors, and are great for long journeys, as well as one time listening if you don’t want to get too emotionally involved in anything

my brother my brother and me  is a really bad advice show and really good comedy podcast run by 3 brothers (the same ones in the adventure zone minus their dad) who answer questions and give terrible advice that is hilarious to listen to. they also made a tv show on seeso recently, which you can also check out the first episode on yt!

international waters is a quiz show between british and american comedians which is interesting and hilarious, with different contestants each week to keep it fresh and interesting

i have a ton more i could talk about, but these are some of my highlights. if you want any recommendations, feel free to message me or drop me an ask!

anonymous asked:

What's the difference between all the sabers/arturia's? (Ex: saber Lily, saber Nero,)?

the original saber and what people usually refer to when they say ‘saber’. her identity is arturia pendragon, or king arthur except a girl basically.

saber alter. arturia but with depression. lacks ahoge and has lighter hair.

santa alter. saber alter but pretending to be santa.

saber lily. arturia but young and idealistic. doesn’t actually make canon sense but its ok because she’s cute. wears ponytail instead of braided bun and ahoge points up instead of down.

saber lancer and saber lancer alter. arturia but in a different class. saber and lancer are both class names so that terminology doesn’t actually work normally but ‘saber’ has become synonymous with arturia at this point. has longer bangs and also huge boobs for bullshit reasons.

saber nero, or red saber. her identity is nero claudius caesar augustus germanicus. unlike with arturia they didn’t even come up with an excuse for why she’s a girl. her hair is more vibrant gold and the bangs make that arc at the top.

nero bride. also called saber bride. the game insists that this is a completely normal bridal outfit.

saber of red. not to be confused with red saber. her identity is mordred. i don’t think there’s really an excuse for why she’s a girl either we just roll with it at this point. probably the only saberface who has a good reason to be one. has spikier hair and braids on the sides.

sakura saber. her name is okita souji. literally completely unrelated to all other sabers. no explanation whatsoever for why she’s a girl. made as a joke but well liked nonetheless. hair is pinkish and shorter in the back than the others.

mysterious heroine X. originally from an old aprils fools joke. her goal is to destroy all saberfaces. literally just arturia wanting to get rid of the competition.

mysterious heroine X alter. we just roll with it at this point.

So I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Lots of thoughts bouncing around. Some spoiler free thoughts:

  • Loved it. 
  • Gamora has a much more….consistent/fleshed out personality in this one? I love it.
  • That’s actually true of basically all the characters. Especially Drax and Gamora. 
  • Rocket steals the show. And other things he should not steal. 
  • Also Nebula. Nebula was WAY more interesting and dynamic. 
  • Really strong theme development and BEAUTIFUL color palette. DC, takes notes.
  • If I have one major complaint with the film, its that it has too many antagonistic forces, so the focus gets split. Lesson: Never more than 2 antagonists. Any more than 2 and things get dicey. 
  • Groot is so cute and the movie is very very aware of this. 
  • Mantis is very likable. 
  • Holy shit, 3 named female characters, each with their own minor character arc not directly tied to romance in the film? MARVEL STUDIOS, YOU SPOIL ME. 
  • Stay until the very very end of the credits. There’s like 5 stingers. 

I don’t understand. Why did you help us? Dume.

7.5 mile run, new BNHA, you know the drill:

  • Deku receiving enthusiastic support from normal citizens to pursue his dreams is one of my favorite tiny details of BNHA because a lot of shows love to do the whole “society is against them” thing but no people love and support Deku.
  • my aesthetic: Iida sprinting through the rain in a neon green poncho yelling at people that they’re Late for Being Early
  • Don’t worry about it
  • Young Mic and Young-zawa give me life
  • Like I’m positive Present Mic takes credit for naming Eraserhead like he brags about it in public and to news crews like “you know that hero that never ever agrees to interview with you and you know nothing about well hes a great friend of mine and IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII named him!”
  • What am I talking about he brags about this on the radio.
  • ^^^^^This screenshot gave me about 8 distinct flashbacks to public school’s “take one pass it back”
  • Listening to the kids read their Englished names is like 1000x better than reading the manga because you can hear them saying the English words instead of just wondering if the names were translated or not and its adorable
  • Retto Riotto
  • Deku, “Gosh, I think Kirishima’s so cool.”
    Me, “Bitch me too.”
  • MAMA MIDORIYA BEING EXCITED AND SUPPORTIVE OF TINY DEKU’S TERRIBLE ALL MIGHT RIP-OFF NAMES HAS ADDED 4 YEARS TO MY LIFE. Because me too all my creative efforts when i was young were just terrible rip offs of the things i loved and godbless mrs midoriya for playing along
  • its here. King Explosion Murder
  • Kirishima, “You should be Explosion Boy!”
    Bakugou, “SHUT UP”
    Let me explain this is actually a running gag im like 85% sure. (I noticed only because i love and value and remember everything Kirishima says) All throughout the tournament arc, Bakugou was calling people by their quirks because he didnt remember their names. During the Kiri vs Bakugou fight, Kirishima called Bakugou “Explosion Boy” (despite clearly knowing his name) as a jab AT the fact that Bakugou kept doing that. Now he suggests Explosion Boy AGAIN because Kiri’s just being a little shit now and i value him.
  • If I ever drop into a sudden coma just play the sound bite of Ururaka saying “Uravity” and I promise I will instantly wake up.
  • Katsuki “Angry Squeaky Whiteboard Marker Noises” Bakugou
  • Iida….my son…..youre gonna go through some hell
  • Deku voice: “That’s right, I’ve decided to name myself Dumbass. Because Bakugou is always calling me Dumbass and I hated it so now I’m reclaiming it! Fuck you! I’m Dumbass!”
  • Bakugou voice: “……….Dumbass.”
  • Most Mangaka: “Even though these characters are 15, they will have all the maturity, rationality, and responsibility of adults as a sort of wish fulfillment to the audience”
    Horikoshi: “This is Bakugou he’s 15 and an idiot so he names himself Lord Explosion Murder”
  • Every time we get a scene reminding us that All Might is a clueless dork I fall a little more in love with this series.
  • Stain. Arc. Stain. Arc. Stain. Arc.
  • Deku, horrified: “HE’S DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Gran Torino:
    “I’m alive.”
    Deku, more horrified than before: 

“OHH HE’S ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

When the antis hate you so much they wont even fathom you getting a redemption arc to further your growth as an interesting complex villain character


The reveal this week that the volume cover for volume 12 will be Saiko was surprising, as she hasn’t really featured at all in any of the chapters slated to be included in this volume so far. 

But lined up with the last two Volume covers a clear pattern emerges. Now with Saiko covering her ears, we have the line up of the Three Wise Monkeys.

The Wise Monkey’s come from word play on the Japanese phrases Speak Not, See Not, and Hear Not, the negative conjunction “zaru” sounding like the word for monkey, “saru”, resulting in the iconic image.

While in western context, they are often used to indicate turning a blind eye (or mouth or ear) to evil, their original meaning in Japan was about how to not dwell on evil thoughts and live a good life. However, given the Quinx associated with each, it does suggest a turning away from or ignoring of something important.

This meta took me a while to get out, so I’m sure you’ve all already seen people pointing out this motif, but I wanted to go more into depth on the connection between the Wise Monkey’s and the Quinx associated with them. 

The result is quite long, but I hope the points at the end are worth the read. Thanks for bearing with me, and thanks to everyone who pointed out this connection, as well as to @linkspooky​ for helping me untangle and flesh out some of the connections.

Keep reading

  • what she says: i'm fine
  • what she means: it's been 12 years and i have yet to comprehend the fact that jk rowling doesn't understand her characters to such a degree that she singlehandedly killed off multiple protagonists for the sake of shock value, handed a golden trophy filled with rainbows to an obsessive, possessive, bullying, racist, prejudiced, narrow minded, cruel, and unforgiving man who literally dismissed the idea of a child dying if it were in the name of his true 'love' when really, lily was a sick illusion he built and not actually anything resembling a healthy relationship, and then jk somehow forgot to give an underage boy with a similar past the same redemption arc even though he was painted as a pitiful character who did all he could ?? and also. why the fuck did sirius have to die like... y'all he could have raised harry AND teddy ?? and can she honestly leave slytherin's alone for a second we're not all bad guys

Vrains is finally making its debut soon and I imagine Yusaku is going through the last reminders from the other protagonists before show time~ hehe <33  

( Edit: Yush! Finally able to fix the last three panels!! \(ouo)/ 
PS: I kinda not sure what team name to give for Judai and Yuma so…yeah random Team Fivestar XD)

House Pride // Ravenclaw

If only
closed minds
came with
closed mouths

(g) (s) (h)

- 3 Corans
- sloran is the hill I die on but congrats @ shlav shippers once again
- notice how thace is there… alive… looks like he’s injured but uh he’s up and walking
- Keith and Lance are riding kaltenecker and a giant sea horse. In their swimsuits. It doesn’t even make sense to wear a swimsuit on a cow so u know what? The artists drew them in their swimsuits to remind us of the elevator scene aka klance is canon folks
- unilu girl pining for pidge??? pidge… turn around… there’s a butch who loves u
- who’s that armored person at the top I don’t think we’ve seen them before…
- waterbear alien babies r about the cutest things ever
- weblum galra just chilling in the back
- Haggar and a Druid w their backs turned towards us?? (@ dreamworks pls pls PLS let this be foreshadowing a redemption arc)

My headcanon of how the reylo cliff scene will play out.

Ahch-to, sixth months after the destruction of Starkiller base…

“You’ve been busy,” Rey shouts over the violent sea wind that swirls in the space between them. “Did you find what you’ve been looking for?”

“You know I have, Scavenger.” Kylo Ren ignites his lightsaber at his side and its unstable crackle seems to drown everything out. Rey doesn’t reach for her own lightsaber, which is still secured to her belt. She stands her ground, waiting for him to come at her. She appraises the jagged scar that bisects his face, feeling a quick burst of pride at finally seeing her handiwork.

“I’m here for your master,” even though he speaks quietly, his words swirl through her head across the distance between them.

“I have no master.” Rey juts her chin out defiantly, knowing he won’t expect this.

He arches a single eyebrow, his head almost imperceptibly twitches towards the temple at the top of the island as his hair whips around his face from a massive gust of wind. He knows they can both feel Luke’s force signature up there, tucked away. Hiding like the coward he is.

“How did you find us?” She shouts at him, fists clenched at her side, itching for a fight and waiting for him to make the first move.

‘You know how.’ His lips don’t move but his words fill her head nonetheless. Her jaw clenches tightly, teeth grinding together at the invasion of her mind. At this close proximity, it is impossible to keep him out. Just as it is impossible for him to keep her out of his own mind.

‘You call out for me every night. It is all I can hear, all I can feel. You consume my entire being, your longing drives me to the brink of insanity.’ His thoughts are again forcibly pushed into her mind. The invasion of his words is excruciatingly warm and soft as his presence ripples along the edge of her mind.

“Enough!” She yells, hand finally going to her lightsaber. She draws it and lights it in one swift arcing motion, the cool blue glow pooling around her. ‘You know it isn’t me that’s calling for you.’ She adds as an afterthought, almost not meaning to send the thought to him. Only when his expression darkens does she realize he heard it too.

“So you think it is our bond alone that calls to me?” He is talking out loud now, approaching her at a steady pace. His upsilon class shuttle left empty behind him, awaiting the return of its pilot. “You think it’s the bond that whispers my name feverishly in its sleep?” His lightsaber is still dangling in a lazy grip at his side.

They are closer now, only a few aching meters between them. Rey stands her ground, gripping her lightsaber in a fighting stance despite the fact that he has yet to raise his.

“The bond that is practically singing now that we are finally together again?” He almost sounds hopeful. The hard affection in his voice makes her stomach turn over. She thinks of Han tumbling from the walkway on Starkiller. She thinks of the last time she saw Finn, unconscious and kept alive by machines. She thinks of Poe slumped in a chair at Finn’s bedside, whimpering in his sleep, nightmares of having his mind torn to shreds keeping him from getting any rest.

“The bond that is just another in a long list of atrocities committed by you,” she hisses at him, palms sweating against the warm metal of her lightsaber. She adjusts her grip.

“Oh, my dear Scavenger,” his lips peel back from his teeth in a grim smile, he shakes his head as if he regrets it, “you are so, so mistaken. This bond is your doing.” He sounds so confident and sure that it causes her to hesitate. He feels the doubt sinking into her and latches on to it. “You’ve known all along, you just don’t want to admit it to yourself. You pushed back into my mind.” He reaches up with his free hand and taps his left temple. “You created this connection with your clumsy and amateur fumbling into my head.”

“Liar!” She regrets the word as soon as she shouts it at him, he can see her weakness now. Her anger.

Her accusation seems to encourage him even more, his grim smile transforming into a more genuine one, which is the scariest she has ever seen him look. He looks as if he is a predator sensing an opening, ready to pounce on its prey.

“This is why you need me to teach you, you are too powerful for your own good.”

“I have a teacher,” she responds sharply, trying to school the tone of her voice into something calmer and more even.

He raises an eyebrow at this.

“A teacher,” she clarifies, “not a master.” Luke’s words to her when she had first arrived on Ahch-to float through her mind and she knows that Kylo can hear it as well. ‘It’s time for the Jedi to end.’

“Whatever you call him,” Kylo shakes his head as if to forcibly remove the voice from his mind, “I am here to destroy him.”

“You will have to go through me,” she straightens her back, preparing for him to come at her with that red abomination of a blade. He narrows his eyes. He can’t understand why Luke isn’t here, why would he send his student out to face Kylo alone? Surely he knows that there is no way she could best him in a fight when he is at his full strength as he is now.

“No, I need you alive,” he responds in a tightly controlled voice, still not making a move with his ignited lightsaber. The saber spits and hisses like it is dying for its chance to maim and destroy.

“You need me alive or your master does?” Rey knows it probably isn’t wise to taunt him.

“I do. I need you alive,” Kylo brings his fist up to slam against his own chest, she isn’t sure if she is indicating himself or his heart when he hits his left side. “Snoke wants you dead.” The treason falls from his lips and he is quaking with the release of it. The traitorous thoughts that have been broiling inside of him all this time are finally voiced.

“Then why not kill me?” She is whispering, she knows he can hear her perfectly fine even though the wind eats up her words as they spill out of her mouth.

‘You know why.’ His expression softens.

White-hot anger burns through her, at first she thinks it is coming from his end of the bond, but then she realizes it is from within her. An untapped well of anger is overflowing and tearing through her entire body, threatening to engulf her. Anger at him. Anger at herself.

She makes the first move, charging towards him with her saber in a two handed grip. He barely has time to wipe the startled look from his face and bring his own saber up into a defensive position. Their blades crackle viciously as they come together and she pulls back again to hack at him. She has practiced lightsaber forms tirelessly since Starkiller, she can be graceful and precise. Right now, she is a violent and angry creature trying with single-minded determination to cut him down. In the back of his mind he acknowledges this is the most beautiful she has ever looked to him.

It is all he can do to block her attacks without going on the offensive. She is backing him towards a cliff that drops off into the tumultuous sea below. He thinks about reaching into her mind and stealing her consciousness as he has done before, but he can’t muster the concentration necessary as she rains strike after strike down on him at a relentless pace.

His heels scrabble against the edge of the cliff and he dodges her last blow, sidestepping her and hoping she catches herself before she tumbles over the edge. She doesn’t. He reaches out with the force to try and stop her fall but it is too late, she has already disappeared over the edge.

He leans over the cliff, stomach twisted into a knot. He knows she didn’t die on impact because he can feel her life force still connected to his. A dark figure is sinking beneath the waves below.

Without another thought, he drops his disengaged lightsaber in the grass and dives after her.

The water is ice cold and the current is unforgiving as he tries to locate her. He unclasps his cloak and kicks it away, the heavy fabric is dragging him down and only helping the water as it tugs him in every direction other than towards Rey. He sucks in one last breath and dives.

The silence beneath the waves is terrifying. He has grown so used to catching glimpses of Rey’s random thoughts and emotions since they forged their bond that the lack of her incessant inner monologue is deafening. He finally catches sight of her, she is slowly drifting downwards. His grandfather’s lightsaber is sinking like a rock beneath her almost as if it sacrificed the heavy weight it bore to allow her to hang suspended in the murky water.

Her hair has been jostled loose from the tight buns and is fanned around her. He calls out to her mind, not with words but instead with a sense of urgency and panic. There is no answering feeling from her end of their connection.

He kicks towards her and wraps an arm around her waist. Her body is limp and arches backwards as he drags her to the surface. His pulse is pounding in his ears so loudly that it feels like it is the heartbeat of the ocean itself.

When they finally breach the surface he smooths her tangled hair back and pats her face with his sopping leather gloved hand. He pulls her head up, cupping her cheek.

“Scavenger,” he murmurs, “Rey, wake up.” He lets his forehead fall onto hers, trying to delve into her mind. It is silent, so terrifyingly silent. He can’t take it. Even when she sleeps he can hear her, or at least get an impression of her feelings. The nothingness is all consuming and far too cold.

The waves are still swirling around them and tossing them like a wayward piece of flotsam but Kylo clings to her as if she is the one keeping them afloat.

After too many painful moments, she splutters and the violent coughing fit is the best sound he has ever heard. He grips her waist tighter and slides her up his chest, making sure she is above the water and can gulp down the precious air she has been lacking. Her legs instinctively wrap around his waist and her grip is like iron on his shoulders.

“I’ve got you,” he soothes a hand down her lower back and she is still gasping desperately, a dead weight in his arms. Of course she wouldn’t know how to swim. It’s only by the grace of the force lending him strength that he is able to tread water for so long and hard enough to keep them both alive.

She looks down at him, startled, realizing finally where she is. She yanks back from him and he tightens his grip on her, not willing to let her fall back beneath the water. Not willing to admit how complete he feels holding her after so much time spent skimming along her mind, capturing the pathetic scraps of thought and emotion she would drop for him.

“I’ve got you,” he repeats in the same soothing voice, but this time it isn’t a reassurance for her and is instead a declaration of victory. She finally sags into his arms, the tension leaving her body, trusting him to keep them afloat. She buries her face into his drenched hair.

“I know,” she whispers.

Ixalan PAX West Panel Summary

The PAX West panel about Ixalan ended not too long ago, and here are some of the key, or just neat, things we learned about the world, its people, and the story that will take place there. I’ve grouped the information by theme.

General World Info

  • The Immortal Sun was referenced as a legendary artifact, possibly metaphorically but also may not be a coincidence since those are literal game terms.
  • The initial pitch for the set was vampire conquistadors, and a lot of brainstorming was done to make that not problematic.
  • Adventure theme explores different space than Zendikar, which was about navigating through three-dimensional space and finding stuff. Ixalan is about going deeper and deeper into the unknown and finding things never seen before.
  • Block had three factions: Vampires, Sun Empire, Pirates. Then monarch got stolen by Conspiracy: Take the Crown. Merfolk were broken out of Pirates and Dinosaurs (which were just an environmental thing) got folded into the Sun Empire.
  • Confirmed: Planeswalkers cannot leave Ixalan. Huatli sparked, got an understanding of the Multiverse, but could not leave.
  • Jace’s mind was wiped by Bolas. We’re entering a stage with the Gatewatch members at their lowest points.

The Sun Empire

  • Orazca used to be the center of the Sun Empire. They don’t wear gold anymore after having left the city ages ago, and no longer no where it is. Looking for it now to return to their ancient homeland.
  • The set’s “exploring lost words” theme led to the inclusion of dinosaurs. They also happened to blend exceptionally well with the Aztec feather motifs that inspired the Sun Empire.
  • No discussion was needed to determine that dinosaurs would have feathers. Everyone said, “Yup!” and it became the thing.
  • Scientific accuracy is never Creative’s goal: all dinosaurs get feathers that are placed and colored to invoke sun imagery. Names were also blends of fantasy and fact to create fake dinosaur species that sound like they could be real.
  • Feathers were actually toned down in some art because too many at card size confused people about whether or not the creature had flying.
  • Three open concentric circles represent the Empire’s conception of the sun as a creator, sustainer, and consumer of life.
  • Huatli is sort of the Joan of Arc of the Empire, one of its mightiest, most intelligent, and bravest warriors.
  • Face paint is worn by mages, while knights wear silver armor with orderly feather motifs.

The Legion of Dusk

  • Negative conquistador tropes were upended by making the vampires far from the dominating force in the area. They are very much equals with, or lesser than, the other factions.
  • Vampire armor and weapons have a two-prong theme as a representation of fangs.
  • The Legion of Dusk seeks eternal life, not unending undeath. They want to “ascend to another plane,” which is very specific wording for Magic. Do they know of the Multiverse or just have a heaven analogue?
  • Vampirism is granted to nobles only through a series of rites and rituals.
  • The queen of their people is named Miralda!
  • Queen’s Bay is a collection of islands governed by a viceroy where the Legion of Dusk has built forts and such. Queen Miralda also keeps an eye on her colonies in Ixalan via spies.
  • There are humans in the Legion of Dusk, but they only serve in menial roles like sailors.

The Brazen Coalition

  • The core of the pirates is fun. They rely on freedom, a sense of exploration, and the vanity of murder and theft. They are the boisterous scallywags you’d expect. There are no “math pirates.”
  • Different crews aren’t necessarily broken up by color. There aren’t “the blue pirates and the red pirates.” Instead, each crew has its own visual motifs and pirate roles. Some crews all have ropework in their outfits, others are about boots and buckles.

The River Heralds

  • Merfolk visually embody the fluidity of Blue via their fins and the groundedness of Green with their rigid jade armor.
  • Color and beauty were important in their styling. Inspired by tropical river fish and poison dart frogs and such.
  • Green Merfolk were a tough sell, even though no one batted an eye at White Vampires.
Hazel Theory & Analysis:“Nobody needs to die today.”

While watching Chapter 2 of Vol 5, like so many of you, I was struck by Hazel’s desire for a peaceful negotiation. We’ve seen Cinder’s all-consuming ambition, Tyrian’s gleeful savagery, and Watts’s malicious heckling from Salem’s group, but we haven’t seen anything like this before. We haven’t seen any of our villains humble themselves, expose themselves, to beg for calm.

And Hazel didn’t just ask for calm- he questioned Adam as the coup began, and then reprimanded him upon its completion. While Hazel didn’t interfere or prevent the coup from happening, as he leaves the room, he insists that there was no need for violence, for bloodshed, for death, on this day.

Hazel, one of the main antagonists in RWBY, distances himself from another antagonist’s actual villainy.

This fascinates me- it begs us to try to investigate Hazel, and although there isn’t much to go on, I’ve found a few things that intrigue me. To begin with, this scene shows us that Hazel actually values human life. Naturally, we should ask why Hazel values human life. And while I can’t say for certain…

The deep scarring on Hazel’s arm, right by his elbow, seems to indicate that he’s a man who’s seen an unfair share of violence. Perhaps that intense exposure to violence, whatever it was, has given him a distaste for it. So, we are now meant to understand that Hazel is a character with principles, right?

But, if that is the case, why does Hazel serve Salem, someone who we assume poses a major threat to the world of Remnant?

Simply put, I think the answer has to be that Salem’s ultimate plan is not just the usual conquer-the-world deal. For Hazel, a man who seeks to avoid unnecessary violence, to serve Salem, he would have to believe that he’s serving a greater purpose, a greater plan to fundamentally change the world in the long term. If Salem truly only wanted to conquer the world for the sake of her ego, why would Hazel stay by her side during her brutal attacks on Beacon and Vale? 

If Salem is offering to radically transform the world through achieving her goals, this would explain not only Hazel’s servitude, but Tyrian’s fervent devotion to her.  

Tyrian truly believes that he serves a goddess- and now that we know more about the Maidens, the Relics, and their connections to the literal, actual Gods of Remnant, we can deduce that Salem really is reaching for divine power.

And that divine power, with all of its potential to reshape the world, judge the wicked, and create a lasting peace, might just be enough to convince Hazel to serve Salem.

As always, thanks for reading. Want to check out my other writings? Then, check out the Four Trials Theories, or my thoughts on other subjects!

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| Conclusion |

-Lie Ren’s Semblance
-Why Qrow can transform
-What’s behind Adam’s mask
-Weiss’s Character Arc
- Why Ruby’s last name is Rose, and not Xiao Long