ok i hate to admit how much i shamefully love these two as a combination of any sort (and will specify that it really only works in a timeline where they’re both de-corrupted and reconciled!!!) but these expressions are some of the best render face sculpt work i’ve ever done
A/N: One-shot inspired
by 12X12 Stuck in the Middle (With You) – consider this your spoiler warning. I
hesitated to post this fic, since there are so many other amazing reader insert
“re-writes” of the most epic Cas scene ever. But after re-reading and editing
it, I think it’s different enough to share. Script straight from the episode is
italicized and not mine. Obvious angst (You saw the episode, right?! Right?!),
also fluffy flooff.
Let me tell you a
story – the unlikely story of Lucifer’s underling, Ramiel, Prince of Hell, who
unwittingly used one of heaven’s most unyielding weapons to unleash the undying
love of an uncommon angel. And how the King of Hell, Crowley, unquestioningly
the luckiest upstart crossroads demon ever to usurp the underworld, gave this
unparalleled love an opportunity to unfold with nary a soul unpeopled in the undertaking.
You could say the match was made in heaven, but the devil was undeniably in the
Castiel, fallen angel of the Lord, former soldier and
commander of Heaven’s divine army, recent (only in practical terms of eons of
existence) sufferer of human weakness, the seraph with too much heart, remained
stoic even in the face of certain death.
You just know he was picked on in school. Tall for his age, glasses, collects expensive pens, and has trouble relating to the kids around him.
So the kids picked on him. Knocked the books out of his hands in the hallway, stole the ink out of his pens, and called him dumb names.
He found a place with the Jedi; he was special for once. The Master’s nephew. The general’s son. He was a big shot, but he wanted more and to fit in perfectly, but was unsure which direction to seek it in.
Luke made his choice for him. And now that he’s being given the power to make that choice for himself, he doesn’t know which way he should go; so he’s choosing the path he’s already on. The one that’s easiest.
If you go through my tod reactions, you can see what I think of him by the moment. And it’s pretty up and down.
Chaol character improved a lot for me, and I did end up enjoying his perspective more than I thought I would. I loved his dynamic with Yrene. I loved the journey he went through with his healing, and I was so proud of him at the end when he didn’t care if he needed a cane or chair or could walk. He ended up being happy with himself 100% and that mattered a lot to me. I was genuinely scared for him at the end, and screamed when I thought he was dying. I also loved seeing him through Yrene’s eyes. I love her love for him.
But…I still struggle to really love him due to his sense of inflexible morality. I guess part of the point of his character is that he is this person who defines himself via honor and then…does all of these dishonorable (in his opinion at least) things, repeatedly. He leaves anielle. He makes celaena got to wendlyn. he doesn’t warn her about Nehemia. He’s loyal to a clearly evil king. he leaves dorian. he breaks his promise to his father. he treats nesryn like crap. repeatedly. And he KNOWS he’s doing something that goes against his code of honor and yet he does it anyways?? It’s very frustrating. I guess what I mean is that if he didn’t have this whole honor code/chivalry thing going on, I would probably accept his mistakes with a shrug, like I do for Aelin and Rowan and Aedion.
But Chaol somehow thinks, in a weird twisted way, that he is morally above others because of his honor. Despite the fact that it has been shown repeatedly that he is incapable of sticking to his own code of ethics/honor. Again, it’s not that I think Chaol has made all of these unforgivable mistakes, it’s that if he didn’t insist on holding himself to such a standard and defining himself as more honorable/a better person than…Aelin, because it’s always him vs Aelin, I wouldn’t be half as annoyed by the things he does wrong. LIKE CHAOL JUST ADMIT THAT YOU HAVE MADE AS MANY POOR CHOICES AS AELIN HAS AND MOVE ON. He fails to see himself as morally grey, despite being really fucking morally grey. And then he’s all…surprised when he makes a fucking mess of things, like he does with Nesryn??? Like boi what even?? He…doesn’t seem to learn?? Like ToD his is character growth book, but imo he has a long way to go in his treatment of everyone aside from Dorian and now Yrene.
I was also annoyed by his subtle positioning of Yrene vs Aelin in his head. Like healer vs assassin. Gentle woman vs fire breathing bitch queen. Virgin vs. whore (yeah i fucking went there). It’s annoying as fuck and frankly really insulting. He…is someone who trained and chose to become the captain of the guard, a position built on the ability to defend and KILL people attacking your kingdom and king, and to train and oversee others doing the exact same thing. Chaol is, theoretically, VERY GOOD at killing people, human beings, and yet…Aelin has the same skill set and she’s suddenly such a huge monster? Like, we all know that if Dorian were murdered Chaol would seek revenge against that person, as Aelin did for Nehemia with Archer Finn. Additionally, Aelin never pretended NOT to be REALLY GOOD AT KILLING. I guess by the end of ToD he has worked out his feelings over her, but some of the stuff in between really bothered me, because it’s like Chaol really? We are still doing this Aelin IS EVIL thing? It’s a tired act.
Idk, his whole “i’m better than you because I don’t kill” thing really pisses me off because he’s so not better than other people in soooo many other ways. Like Manon Blackbeak, who has literally drank the blood of men before, is more morally righteous than Chaol Westfall, because she doesn’t pretend to be anything that she isn’t. Chaol thinks he’s more honorable than others (namely Aelin) when really he’s as grey as the rest of them. And that’s why he’ll never be a favorite of mine, despite the fact that I genuinely enjoy aspects of his character.
(Yes I KNOW that he has a lot of self esteem issues which we see in ToD, i know he doesnt actually think he’s that great, but his approach to handling them is…off for me. Like I just want to slap him and say YOU’LL NEVER BE A PERFECT HONORABLE PERSON. YOU’RE ALWAYS GOING TO MAKE MISTAKES AT LEAST PART OF THE TIME. YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO KILL PEOPLE TO SURVIVE. THIS IS WAR!!! ACCEPT THAT YOU ARE AS MORALLY GREY AS AELIN IS AND MOVE ON!!! ALSO SHE ISN’T THE DEVIL!!)
tldr; if chaol wasn’t so committed to being honorable his egregious mistakes with women and others wouldn’t annoy me so much but his mistakes are 50000 times more annoying than they would be with anyone else because they are compounded by the fact that his actions are often in direct conflict with his self-imposed moral code.
so like i don’t actually *hate* him anymore, and I actually find his entire character to be a lovely, chewy conundrum, and it reminds me a lot of medieval chivalric honor codes which were also, by definition, contradictory because they attempted to reconcile killing with love of christian god.
“Your ears are twitching, something wrong, Jackie?”
Gabriel asked quietly.
Strike commander Jack’s graying ears twitched with
continued annoyance and his tail kept curling and uncurling in obvious anxiety
or pent up energy. Gabriel had prided himself in picking up Jack’s emotional-ticks
years back, especially when they had become dependent on each for emotional
support with the formation of Overwatch and Blackwatch.
Jack had been sitting quietly at his desk for the past
hour and his ears had started twitching slowly and built of speed and nervous
jerkiness until finally his worried made him say something.
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So I was wondering if Estinien paid a visit to Alberic (to say sorry for trying to kill him & reconcile) during the time the WOL was traveling all around Eorzeo to create the aetheric ram in the last part of Heavensward. Then I remembered that Estinien’s armor remained the same and decided he didn’t see Alberic after all. I have a feeling Alberic would have stripped and scrubbed Estinien clean if he saw him in that dirty, bloody armor.
Also funny how Estinien says “aether” and Nidhogg bluntly says “blood.” It’s almost like Estinien actively tried to deny how disgusting the stuff is so he can avoid washing and changing.
What do you think its like for Annabeth after dealing with Tartarus and recovering when she thinks about Luke? Does she think about him?
I think that he would haunt her a bit, yeah.
Like he emotionally abused and manipulated her when she was at her most vulnerable and even at the end she still cared about him, even though she finally recognised that he wasn’t the innocent party she’d been trying to see him as throughout the war.
I think that she’d be really angry at him, for a long, long time. I don’t know if she’d ever be able to completely let go of that anger, but I think she’d come to terms with it, after a few years of long, hard recovery.
I think it’d still be a sore spot between Percy and her, because even though Percy was initially fooled by Luke, too, he was pretty consistent in trying to convince Annabeth he was a lost cause and she just refused to listen. She’s egotistical and stubborn, which is partly what got her into that mess in the first place, and it’d pain her to look back now and think about how Percy had been right all along. Not because she doesn’t like admitting Percy’s right about things, but because she doesn’t like examining her own weaknesses, and Luke was definitely one of her biggest weaknesses.
It’d take a lot of strength to reconcile the boy who saved her when she was seven with the man who almost killed them all, and to reconcile the little girl who lost everyone she’d loved and trusted with the young woman who was willing to jump in front of a blade for a friend, because she knew they’d do the same for her.
I don’t think that she would think about him a lot, or that the memory of him would directly impact her future decisions, as such, but I think that as she worked through the trauma of Tartarus everything that he did to her would come out, too, and honestly, that would be some of the most painful stuff to work through.
Fandom: Dragon Age Inquisition Pairing: m!Trevelyan/Dorian Pavus Word Count: 5110 Commissioned by: @tessa1972
David leant against the rail of the ship, looking out at the water that churned and broke against the prow. The Waking Sea was grey as steel, its dim colour a mirror to the clouds that gathered overhead. If they were lucky the storm would not break for a day or so. David was not feeling especially lucky, however. He would not have been surprised if thunder began to rumble above them within the hour.
They had boarded at Jader two days before, after a long, difficult ride from Skyhold. Winter had settled upon the mountains and the rocky passes were even more difficult to navigate than usual. David could have covered ground more swiftly if he had travelled alone, but he had insisted upon staying with the wagon for the entire journey. The cargo was too precious to be guarded by anyone else. It was his responsibility. His burden.
I also love how they are setting up Wyatt and Flynn to be foils of one another.
Sure, up until now, on the surface they seem like polar opposites. Wyatt the straight-laced soldier fighting for his country, Flynn the renegade villain determined to get his revenge.
But their stories are actually pretty similar, which is classic foil set up. Both are reeling over the murder of their family. Both desperate to fix it. Both make less than stellar decisions as they try to achieve their ends. Both have a certain chemistry with Lucy.
But after this week, I think we will see the true foil separation emerge.
Wyatt truly got to see the dark side of getting what you want by any means necessary, which is what Flynn has long since decided he is ok with doing. The ends justify his means. But Wyatt killed an innocent person (albeit indirectly) to achieve his desired mission this week. To save the person he loved. And we saw his utter remorse at this when he and Rufus got back in the Lifeboat. He was wrecked and guilty, and he knows that this isn’t what Jessica would want from him. We’ve yet to see this kind of remorse from Flynn, even when pushed by people somewhat in his counsel.
Wyatt then returned to learn that his recklessness was all for naught. Jessica is still dead. And as where I think Flynn would have continued to go after what he wanted, I don’t think Wyatt will. The ends won’t justify his means. I don’t think he’ll be able to reconcile killing innocent people with saving Jessica. I think while in similar circumstances, he and Flynn’s choices will begin to differ more and more and more.
They both have the potential for a great villain backstory and set up. But if I’ve learned anything from my time as a Oncer, it’s that it’s not our pasts but our choices that define us, that separate heroes from villains.
And I think even after the awfulness of the trip back to 1983, Wyatt’s still one of the heroes of this tale.
Yes, Laurel Is Really Dead: (Canary Cry) Arrow 4x19 Review
goodbye to Laurel Lance in “Canary Cry” except… it was a lot about
some teenager running around as Black Canary and not a whole lot about Laurel
Lance. The focus is primarily on the
team dealing with their guilt over Laurel’s death, especially Diggle. Then we
toss in some flashbacks that were a straight up hot mess for good measure and
the result is an uneven goodbye episode. Yet, somehow, it’s a fitting goodbye
for this uneven character.
Sorry for the less than poetic title, but honestly I couldn’t find title that conveys the point of the episode better than that.
Initial Thoughts--5x22: Only You and 5x23: An Untold Story
–So I liked the finale! I thought it set up the conflict/theme of 6a quite nicely. Now let’s look at a few specific characters:
–I really liked the Regina/Emma scene in Neal’s apartment. I thought that was really well done. Regina’s clearly struggling to be the kind of person Robin would be proud of; the kind of person who has family and friends who will love and support her rather than fear her. She’s got these two sides of herself, and it seems to her that no matter which side she chooses, she ends up loosing. She chose to pursue the good. That’s a good thing.
–Regina took responsibility for the terrible things she’s done. I loved that.
–The problem, of course, is that Regina doesn’t yet realize that she is both. Regina and the Evil Queen are not two different people (well…right now they sort of are, but you get my drift, lol). They are both parts of her. She wants to be rid of the “Evil Queen”, but it’s not as easy as ripping the EQ’s heart out and crushing it. It was never going to be that easy.
raywood + fake boyfriends au omg ??? or raywood + mafia (not fake ah crew) au
fake boyfriends goes like every romcom you’ve ever seen right ray’s so and so is having a wedding (maybe it’s a relative maybe it’s michael) and he will get murdered for showing up without a date because he’s in the wedding party for some reason god help him and hey ryan’s single and a cool guy and the textbook perfect boyfriend that will get everyone off his ass about dating it’s perfect
they’ll go in, do the wedding, leave, and it’ll be fine
except it’s never just the wedding. it’s the rehearsals and the planning and the group outings and then the actual wedding and oh my god ryan did you really have to catch the bouquet and it’s people coming up to them and smiling and saying they look just as happy as the newly wed couple (and hey that’s great that means this whole plan thing is working) but it’s a lot of people coming up to say that and around time no. 5 ray looks at ryan and his heart breaks a little.
ryan’s a good dancer. of course he’s a good dancer. why wouldn’t he be. which means ryan manages to drag ray on the dance floor way more than ray was initially anticipating and ryan’s leading them both and grinning and just generally looking like someone ray would spend the rest of his life with, what the fuck, and he gives up and just spends the entire time wondering how he got in this deep without ever realizing it.