jasper says

Guys I had so much hope for Jasper.

Hope that he’d learn how to rely on his friends again. Hope that he’d be able to somehow heal from all of the shit that he went through.

Hope that he’d be able to find happiness in that godforsaken story.

It almost makes me disappointed in the writers. That they would rather kill off a character because everyone finds him annoying and wants him to die rather than not being afraid to show us the ugly parts of healing from trauma and what it means to survive.

And when the whole theme of the season is “From the ashes we will rise” I can’t just help but think about how much I wanted to see Jasper make it to the end. 

Was it too much to ask to see him be happy again?

See ya on the other side Jasper, and may we meet again.

Energy Tethers 101

Updated (again): 04.28.17

*this post is fueled by angst*

Okay, no, seriously though, it really does make me sad that so many people seemed to have no idea what I was talking about when it comes to connecting things for energy transfer.


So, what even is an energy tether?

I personally use the term “energy tether” to describe this type of energy work, but they could be called anything - energy cords, energy feeds, etc. Basically, it’s a metaphysical connection to allow a direct and continuous flow of energy from a source into a target. And I say target, because it doesn’t need to be an inanimate object - it’s possible to do this with yourself too.

That sounds a little convoluted, Richtor; can you break it down a bit more?

Yes, I know, I’m fancy with my words. You’re creating an energetic line between two things, one thing to be used as a battery, to allow energy to constantly flow from the battery into the second thing, keeping it charged / powered forever.

Are you serious?

Yes.

Why don’t we do this for everything in magic?

Honestly, I don’t know. If you’ve got an understanding of energy work and visualization, it really isn’t even that hard to create one. It can even be done with representational magic if you really wanna go that far, but it’s not that complex when you get down to it. 

I’m assuming it’s just a case of, people don’t think about it like that, or, it wasn’t as widespread a thing as I thought it was.

Can’t we just do this with passive charging, like how we charge things in moonlight?

Yes, but objects only hold a limited amount of energy before they become full; once you’ve used up the energy, you need to recharge it again. Creating an energy tether allows a constant flow of energy, so as it is being used up by your intent or goal, it just refills itself.

To me, passive charging is no guarantee that the energy will stick or be absorbed by the object, and that is also why I prefer things that require focusing on the energy yourself (direct channeling), or this method.

What *can* you use energy tethers for, anyway?

Basically anything you want to keep charged for extended periods of time. Optimal for sigils, any sort of charms - hell, you can even connect thoughtforms / servitors this way. But, seriously, anything you want to keep constantly charged with minimal effort, this is a way to do it.

What can you use for “batteries” or power sources?

Anything that produces an almost endless amount of energy. The sun is the first and most obvious one I think of. You can use anything else that produces a lot of energy, though. If you live near a dam, or those electricity windmills, those would work. Power lines and electric generators are awesome, and a great way to incorporate different feels of energy (and tech magic) into your practice. Space, even; like, the entire damn thing. If it produces energy, it can be tethered.

What do you mean about different feels of energy?

This isn’t specific to tethers - all things that have and produce energy have different “feels” to them. The sun is more hot and energetic than the moon, which is cool and calming. Rose quartz is a bit more gentle than, say, jasper, which is hot and fire-y. Tiger’s eye is more solid and stable than clear quartz, which is fluid and mold-able to almost any intent. 

We all experience feels of energy differently, however; these are just how I “energetically feel” those things.

(You also don’t need to “feel” anything to still do energy work, but that’s like a  whole ‘nother post.)

Can you tether to something that doesn’t have unlimited energy?

Sure, yeah, but you’ll drain it, and then it won’t be fulfilling its purpose anymore.

So, you could use yourself as a power source?

You could, but it’s super draining and I wouldn’t recommend it. That object would constantly be taking your energy away from you, and it could have bad consequences, including physical ones - physical exhaustion is a side effect that can occur when you use too much of your energy, and I see it happen often to people who are not careful about their energy expenditure.

However.

You can create switches for your tethers. As in, you can cinch them, close them off, to stop the flow of energy. Like you can turn on a pipe to get water flowing, then shut it off just as easily - you could create a “modification” for a tether similar in that manner.

Can these energy lines be broken?

Yep, absolutely. You can do it yourself if you no longer want them, someone else could do it if they could sense them, or they can naturally fade over time if you don’t give them proper upkeep and care.

Wait, upkeep? What happened to endless energy?

Yes, upkeep. You’re creating something to funnel energy, with energy. Energy needs to constantly be molded and kept in shape, or else it tends to just drift away. It really isn’t that hard to upkeep, though.

How do you keep your energy tethers safe from other people? 

Just program that into them when you make them.

Any disadvantages to using an energy tether?

It depends on how you view the term disadvantage. 

I think the thing that energy tethers lack is that bit of personalization that we often talk about being important in witchcraft. For example, you can keep a thoughtform powered by the sun, but it won’t contain your energy, won’t be as personally tied to you as if you charged it with your own energies. That can lose a lot of impact, when you really think about it, especially considering the nature of thoughtforms and the like.

Not to mention, you can overwhelm yourself with energy if you use a tether to connect yourself to an external source that produces more than your body can handle. You know how you can be overwhelmed by external energies, just by walking around? Yeah, now imagine that pumping straight into your body without a natural exit channel. Not fun.

Are there any other applications for energy tethers?

Fuck yeah. Use them to draw energy out of a target, in the form of a curse - literally sap their energies away so they have none left for their daily lives.

You can even connect yourself and another person with energy tethers, if you want to be able to share energy more freely and with more ease. (This is basically what I did with @ashesforeverashes​, in a sense.) 

Some people don’t like their energies taken without consent, though, and certain witchy protections can even prevent these sorts of tethers from forming in the first place, so keep that in mind.

Okay, all this talk about tethers, are you gonna show us how to make them?

Only if you ask nicely.

Please?

Okay that’s better. 

It is essentially just a combination of energy work, intent, and visualization.

The first thing you need to do, is have an object you want charged.

Now, pick an energy source. You don’t need to be able to see it, but it can help.

Relax yourself, clear your mind if you can. Hold onto your object in your hands. 

If you can, look at your energy source; this is clearly not applicable with the sun, so close your eyes and have your face turned toward it. If you can’t see your energy source, picture it in your mind as clearly as you can. Try to get a feel for its energy as well as you can, too. 

Once you are confident with your source, imagine a cord connecting from it and to your object you want to keep charged. A nice visualization for this would be seeing the particles form together out of thin air to form your tether - literally materializing out of nothing and attaching to the source, creating a line that is slowly building down from the source and to your object. This can be done in whatever way you wish - just make it.

Take as long as you need to allow the cord to be build from your energy source to the target - it can take some time, depending on the distance and how experienced you are with energy work.

While you are creating it, focus on any attributes you want it to have - a thick cord that is hard to break, a shimmery appearance so no other magic users can see it, etc. Keep in mind the purpose of the cord, what you want it to do, how you want it to behave, and fuse that into it as it is being formed. If you wish to incorporate a switch, in order to turn on and off the flow of energy, now would be the time to do so - more visualization and intent, and declarations of “I can halt this flow of energy whenever I desire” should do the trick.

Once the cord is in place, you want to draw energy from your source and into the object, through the tether. Make it clear that energy only flows one way through this particular tether. Continue to draw from the energy source and down into the target, until you begin to feel the energy flowing through the tether naturally. Once energy is accumulating into the object on its own, you know the tether is complete.

For the upkeep; about once a week or so, focus on the tether and visualize it still being strong, without any gaps for energy to sift through. See a smooth, clean flow of energy from your energy source and into the target. If there are any obstructions, break them down and funnel them out.

What was this “representational magic” method you mentioned?

Oh yeah. 

As a boost, you can have a representation of your energy source physically attached to the object or target, if you can. So, for example, you could have a tiny model of the sun, connected to the physical vessel for a thoughtform, by a piece of string. This can help keep the energy tether strengthened in a “physical” aspect, especially if you bind the physical to the energetic. Not to mention, just looking at it, you are reaffirmed that the tether is there and the object is charged, and that can assist with the upkeep.

Are there any “modifications” for energy tethers?

Totally. You can change the “material” you make the tether out of. Think of how people can put spikes onto personal shields, or make them have reflective surfaces - it’s sort of like that, but moreso changing the tether itself into something besides a beam of light. It can be a black cord like the ones electronics use; it can be made out of natural rope or hemp; it can be just a metal pipe that the energy slides through. Try to think about how each “material” might impact the flow and/or feel of energy.

You can also have one tether break off and charge many items at once - you don’t need a separate tether for each thing. Just focus on your tether and how it can fork, and imagine another branch coming from it naturally. Or, if you’re adding a separate line after the original tether has been “installed,” imagine a separate line growing or being molded from the first and down to the new object.


And there you have it - my post on energy tethers. Obviously this isn’t complete or all encompassing. This is just my view on these energetic cords, what they are, and how they can be made and used. I wrote this off the seat of my pants, but I think I covered everything I intended to. (And it feels hardcore like the old windvexer posts to me, which I’m not bothered by lol.)

I hope this helps you guys, or inspires you, or whatever. If you have any more questions, I… guess I can open my ask box, as long as y’all behave. Good luck, and have fun!

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🎀💀 SOFT JASPER 💀🎀

BUT ACTUALLY i rly enjoy doing fashion gems so this is a GREAT request!!

Things that broke me about Jasper’s final moments:

  • Jasper telling Monty that he didn’t want him to see him die. He didn’t want him to find out “that way”.
  • Jasper in the middle of an overdose but worrying about Monty taking off his radiation suit and getting sick.
  • “Not for me.”
  • Monty trying to shove his hand down Jasper’s throat to force him to throw up and Jasper saying it isn’t sanitary.
  • “Say you love me.”
  • Jasper gently kissing Monty’s hand.
  • “Say you love me or you’ll regret it.”
  • “I love you, I love you.”
  • Jasper proving in his final moments, he wasn’t selfish. He was never selfish, he was broken. But he absolutely loved Monty and that would never change.

one more thing i wanted to say about jasper today:

“is it sinking in yet? you never… had a chance…”

this moment. this moment here, when she lets amethyst just… whip her as much as she wants. it’s one i never know how to feel about, because it still feels a little ambiguous. 

jasper says her line seriously. there’s no sardonic humor to it, no fighting back. she just… takes it quietly, as if she genuinely just wants amethyst to get it. 

well, for context’s sake, it may be relevant to note this happened right before:

after that interesting little moment, where amethyst suddenly uses her whip and jasper shows a rare, genuine moment of shock and fear not shown since she saw rose’s shield, she shuts up and plays tough.

she decides to let amethyst wail on her for a while. her following line (bolded above) isn’t really derogatory or attempting to to insult her, like she did before. it’s more “just… accept that you can’t do this”. i think jasper just feels it’s… pointless now. 

jasper believes in the concept of moral destiny - either you’re good, and good things will eventually happen to you if you try hard enough, or you’re evil and weak, and you will only fail and suffer until your inevitable end. she’s always been fighting against what she perceives as her own destiny: she failed in the war she was made for. she can either try to fix it, forever, or give up and be a failure who will never avenge her loved ones or find closure. that’s all she thinks about herself, in the end - rebecca sugar told us she hates herself, and that it’s rooted in her origins on earth. she won’t accept help, because she doesn’t think she deserves it.

it may be psycho-analyzing too hard to say that jasper saw something of either her own failure in amethyst, or perhaps her sisters’ fate (well, at least the ones who died + those whose destiny she doesn’t know), but… one complicated part of jasper is that she simultaneously wants to believe in her own redemption (by homeworld’s standards) and that those who suffer were always destined to. in the end, it’s really about convincing herself that her own traumas were because she deserved it, and that’s how she copes. 

at the same time, she doesn’t really believe in unnecessary suffering… she wants amethyst to understand that, from jasper’s perspective, she shouldn’t even try. you either win or lose in life, and amethyst has already lost… which isn’t what happens, of course. amethyst has friends, and a life outside her fight, so she was always going to be ok. love saved her - steven and peridot’s love, as well as everyone else, which let her find comfort in steven and form smoky quartz. 

but jasper… jasper doesn’t have anyone, and so she lets herself be consumed. all it takes is losing the only thing she’s been living for - the chance to avenge those who died, the chance prove that she’s more than a failure, the chance to consider herself a worthwhile person. so of course she just laughs at herself. she has no one, and she doesn’t think she deserves anyone, either.

maybe her own words are what she’s hearing in her head: “is it sinking in yet? you never had a chance”.

A Look at the New Gem Designs

So, we’ve learned about the two new gems: Aquamarine and Topaz. People have already begun to criticize them for being cheap designs, but how about we take a closer look?

Aquamarine

Aquamarine has been described by the leaker as smaller than Peridot and extremely childish. The first piece of info is already evident, as she seems to be even shorter than Steven. Her personality can be drawn from her appearance: the tear-shaped gem under her eye calls into mind how children, when they don’t get what they want, will become angry and cry. However, her gem also gives a darker hint to Aquamarine’s capabilities- after all, the Diamonds wouldn’t send anyone to deal with gems on Earth. Criminals often get a tear-shaped tattoo under their eye to signify that they’ve killed someone. Since Pearl recognized her description in the leaks, it’s likely Aquamarine was in the War, and possibly shattered gems.

Aquamarine’s outfit itself continues this trend. It seems innocent at first glance, but also implies power. The dress, flats, and small pixie-like wings are typical of a childish and usually-harmless fairy in most media, but look closer. The vest and cut of Aquamarine’s dress look more like an office dress, as if she can get down to business when needed to. In fact, the top of her dress under the vest even looks like an office tie. This is continued with the gloves and hair: her hair is short and seems childish, but is also the haircut of a businesswoman, and the gloves are short, for manual work, instead of the long and elegant gloves meant for decoration that are seen on Sapphire. She may look like a fairy, but Aquamarine is a cunning magician.

This trend is continued in the above photo. What we see is possibly Aquamarine’s weapon- a wand. While most people see a wand as a silly stick, wands were always seen as dangerous and valuable in fairytales and myths. This is, once again, the essence of Aquamarine: silly in one moment, deadly in another. Let’s move on to Topaz.

Topaz

If Aquamarine is the brains of the mission, Topaz is the brawn. Topaz may also serve to keep Aquamarine in check when she becomes childish. But let’s move on to design. Topaz, according to Pearl in the leaks, is a fusion. She seems to be made of two Topaz gems, with one gem on either side of her head. Her outfit, compared to Aquamarine, is relatively simple, but still interesting. Let’s start from the top. Topaz has a buzz cut, as an army soldier would, giving the sense that she is a no-nonsense type of woman. This trend continues with her simple outfit, as she isn’t trying to impress someone since they would know her power, and with her visor, which implies a level of intelligence and concentration not seen in other soldier-type gems, such as Amethysts and Jaspers. That’s not to say those types aren’t intelligent, but Topaz gets down to business. Her muscles are huge, with hands bigger than Aquamarine’s hands, yet also seem gentle and able to do precise operations. Perhaps Topaz gems usually serve as the leaders of military operations- she seems more levelheaded than Jasper, and may even be her superior.

Topaz’s weapon is seen above. It is best to keep in mind this is a fusion weapon- either the Topaz gems each have a mallet/club of some sort with a large rock on one end, or perhaps one gem has a staff while the other has large rocks as their weapon. Either way, this is a weapon that can be used both for offense and defense. With the shaft of the weapon, Topaz can block oncoming attacks, as seen in the picture, and with the ends of the weapon she can deliver painful blows. It is interesting to note that, compared to other soldier-type gems, Topaz is extremely calm while fighting. Amethysts and Jaspers usually have more frustration or joy in their features depending on the events of a fight, while this Topaz, other than her eyebrows, slight frown, and tense muscles, keeps a poker face. Instead of throwing herself into the battle, Topaz is keeping herself in check, and not allowing herself to become cocky or reveal weaknesses.

Other Notes

  • Aquamarine doesn’t have a nose, just like Sapphire. 
  • The blue bits above Aquamarine’s head in the first picture may be a bow or hair ribbon of some sort.
  • Aquamarine’s wings don’t seem to be made out of water, as with Lapis. Perhaps they come directly from her gem, instead of from a different source, or are always present, compared to how Lapis can make her wings disappear. 
  • Aquamarine may actually be wearing a shirt or top of some kind underneath her vest, since her skin seems to be a different color where it meets the dress.
  • Aquamarine is also wearing tights.
  • Aquamarine’s wand may be able to manipulate and hold objects in mid-air, as Peridot’s limb enhancer fingers did in earlier episodes. A magician often has a levitating act.
  • It is possible each Topaz in the fusion has a one-sided visor of sorts, each on different sides, which combine into one big visor when they fuse.
  • Topaz seems to be able to absorb people and objects into her body. When they are absorbed, people seem to become smaller as they sink into her.
  • It could be due to how the scene is shaded, but Topaz’s pants may become shoes at the bottom?
  • Topaz’s lips and nose are shared with Yellow Diamond and other gems in her court.
  • If we follow the Color Rule, Topaz and Aquamarine belong to Yellow and Blue Diamond respectively.
  • Topaz and Aquamarine have worked together before, and are known for their strength. It is unknown if they’ve worked together since then, but this is the Diamonds pulling out the big guns.

This is mostly speculation, but thanks for reading!!! Please don’t repost.

me,shouting from the rooftops: JASPER JORDAN IS SUCH A TREMENDOUSLY STRONG AND UNDERAPPRECIATED CHARACTER. HE WAS SPEARED IN THE CHEST BY GROUNDERS WITHIN THE FIRST 24 HOURS OF THE 100 BEING ON THE GROUND AND STILL PULLED THROUGH AND CONTINUED TO GO OUTSIDE THE CAMP WITH THE OTHERS WHENEVER HE WAS NEEDED. HE WALKED RIGHT INTO LINCOLN’S CAVE WITH BELLAMY WHEN HE KNEW IT COULD VERY WELL POSSIBLY BE A SUICIDE MISSION JUST TO SAVE OCTAVIA. HE USED HIS KNOWLEDGE OF CHEMISTRY TO HELP RAVEN AND SAVED ALL OF THE PEOPLE IN THE DROPSHIP WHEN IT WAS UNDER ATTACK, WHEN AT THE TIME HE HAD NO IDEA WHERE HIS BEST FRIEND WAS. HE VOLUNTEERED TO FILTER HIS BLOOD INTO MAYA’S SYSTEM WHEN THERE WAS A RADIATION BREECH EVEN THOUGH IT HAD NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE. HE REALLY BELIEVED MT WEATHER WAS SAFE AND WANTED TO CONVINCE CLARKE TO STAY WITH THEM. HE REFUSED TO LEAVE HIS FRIENDS BEHIND WHEN HE HAD THE OPTION TO LEAVE MT WEATHER. HE STOOD AGAINST THE MT WEATHER GUARDS THAT HAD GUNS POINTED AT THEIR HEADS TO PROTECT HIS FRIENDS. HE FELT RESPONSIBLE WHEN THE GUARDS TOOK FOX EVEN WHEN IT WASN’T HIS FAULT. HE CARES SO MUCH ABOUT HIS PEOPLE. HE HAS HIS PROBLEMS BUT THAT’S WHAT MAKES HIM SUCH A VALUABLE CHARACTER. HE TOOK THE KEY TO THE CITY OF LIGHT. HE MADE A SUICIDE ATTEMPT. HE’S NOT MADE OF STONE. THE GIRL HE LOVED DIED IN HIS ARMS. HE WAS STRUNG UP FOR LIVE BAIT. HE WANTS TO GET RID OF HIS PAIN JUST LIKE ANYONE ELSE WOULD. THE EMOTIONS HE FEELS ARE REALISTIC AND BELIEVABLE ACCORDING TO WHAT HE’S BEEN THROUGH. OF COURSE HE STRUGGLES WITH DEPRESSION AND PTSD AFTER WHAT HE’S GONE THROUGH, BUT ALL HE WANTS TO DO IS LIVE THE REST OF HIS LIFE TO THE FULLEST. I JUST REALLY LOVE JASPER JORDAN Y'ALL HE DESERVES SO MUCH FOR ALL THE SHIT HE’S DEALT WITH.