knights of st john

18th century prison graffiti. This picture of a galley was made in the Castellania, a courthouse and prison in Valetta, Malta. The building was built and administered by the Order of St. John, also known as the Knights Hospitaller, who gained prominence during the crusades and ruled Malta until Napoleon conquered it in 1798.

anonymous asked:

Rey Camelot!AU please. I just want her wielding Excalibur

This is another one of those AUs that I could spend entirely too much time playing with, because for all its x-wing battles and robots, Star Wars has a heart of high fantasy, and all high fantasy always wends its way back to Camelot at some point:

  • Sir Pavus (called “Poe” by his fellow knights) questing to the remote monastery of St. John, where it is rumored one of the brothers managed to secret a map to the Isle of Avalon
    • The great wizard Skywalker is said to have retreated to Avalon after one of his apprentices rose up and destroyed the castle and killed all within it.
  • Of course, Sir Pavus’ quest is cut short by the knights of the First Order, with the fearsome Black Knight at their head. 
  • It’s said the Black Knight has certain powers, given to him by the devil, and compel even good Christian men to speak ugly truths. He too is after the map to Avalon, so he can kill the last of the great sorcerers that might challenge him.
  • But Poe is clever, and before he can be taken captive he gives the map to his squire, a young man named Babatio, tells him to run.
    • (Babatio had his tongue cut out for blasphemy, and mostly communicates in whistles and hand gestures—Poe had mercy on him, when he was found begging outside Camelot, and so took him on as a squire. He is immensely devoted to Poe.)
  • Rey—a young novitiate abandoned as an infant by her family at the monastery of St. John, waiting for them to return—finds Babatio hiding in the garden, and sneaks him into the priory.
  • Meanwhile, Sir Pavus is being held by the First Order, tortured (on the rack, probably) by the Black Knight—except! 
    • FINN
    • ………..his name is probably not Finn in this scenario, because Finn is a super celtic name, but nevertheless HE IS FINN
    • (If you try and tell me that there weren’t any black knights running around, have Sir Morien and Sir Palomides, canonically there were black knights)
    • Anyway, he’s done with the First Order, he helps Poe escape and then gets stranded at St. John
      • The Jacket is a coat of mail, because that amuses me
  • Lady Organa was the sole ward of Bail Organa of Aderaan, and even though the Kingdom of Alderaan was largely destroyed; she is known to have a great deal of influence within the court of Camelot
    • (She’s also scandalous for making a….somewhat reformed thief the head of her knights, and then never marrying him despite a very obviously shamelessly carnal relationship)
    • Plus also imagine Sir Solo—though he still flinches when he he’s called that—and the tall hairy Celt who follows him everywhere. No one understands him. He’s a deadly shot with an arrow.
  • Maz Kanata is the owner of the sleeziest pub in England, she’s adorable and tiny and no one will ever mess with her—which is probably why Excalibur is entrusted to her
  • Why she entrusts it to Rey, though….
Snoke, the Deceiving Snake and the Apple of the Dark Side

In reblogged post(s) I have made earlier in regards to my series of responses to “Kylo Ren and the Holy War” by @a-shipper-despite-herself (click here to read) in regards to Knights Templar (specifically the Hospitaller Knights), my crazy theory people has turned my attention to an uniqe and interesting interpretation on Star Wars Ep. 7, 8, and 9 (in terms of potential plot-line(s) and maybe character development and arc and so on).

Disclaimer: this post is for educational purposes only. This is not advocate an particular opinion or a particular theory that should happen in Star Wars Ep. 8 and 9. It’s just a guess and a thought experiment to think about in terms of looking at the Star Wars story from a different, intellectual angle. Apologies in advance if the content of this post is a bit unbearable to read. Just so you know.

Here it goes:

Snoke, the name looks similar to the word for Snake as in Serpent or the Serpent in the bible who deceived Adam and Eve to eat the apple of knowledge. In the Force Awakens novel, it is revealed that Snoke (Deceiver Snake - Serpent - Lucifer) seduced Ben Solo a.k.a. Kylo Ren to the Dark Side. Other words, Snoke gave Ben a taste of the apple of the dark side (or knowledge thereof) and became a Dark Side follower (i.e. Ben Solo a.k.a. Kylo Ren a.k.a. Adam, in this case, sinned). As a result, Ben leads the Knights of Ren to fight the Light. (Note: Knights of Ren wear clothing similar to the “ Hospitaller Knights, also known as the Knights of St John” - Source: click here)

Rey is Snoke’s next target to become his additional student. (Note: It is implied or explicitly stated in the novel and/or the TFA final script that Snoke has more than one student. Also, in it stated in the TFA script that Rey can feel the dark side in her as she was this close to kill Kylo at the Starkiller base.) So, what does Snoke (a.k.a Snake - Serpent - Deceiver - Lucifer) is potentially going to do in Ep. 8 and Ep. 9? Snoke will try to seduce Rey (she’s in like Eve in this case) to eat the Apple of Knowledge of the Dark side and she too like Kylo Ren (the Adam) will become a Dark Side follower (i.e. Rey a.k.a. Eve sinned).

Therefore, if Snoke succeeds in this act, Kylo and Rey has turned their back to the light side of the force. Like, how Adam and Eve turned their back away from God after eating the Apple from the Tree of Knowledge.

Now, to make things more “mind blown,” look at the number of letters in Kylo and Rey’s names.

Kylo = Adam (has 4 letters) 

Rey = Eve (has 3 letters)

Yes, you can say, but Ben has three letters too like Eve. Yes, that’s true, but it’s likely you have to think about “Kylo” as Ben who turned to dark side or the Adam who has sinned in order to see this Kylo and Adam has 4 letters in their name to understand this connection. It can also be said that Solo has 4 letters as Adam, so that could count as well as a connection.

If you look at the poster, below:

Why is Kylo and Rey standing side by side? Well, they are the ones to defeat Snoke (i.e. it’s like Adam and Eve taking their retaliation for their predicament against the Snake, the Deceiver, Lucifer, Satan. Well I know that does not happen in the scripture, but think of it as a plot-line in the Star Wars story where Rey and Kylo takes on Snoke). 

Now, look carefully at their posture and stance, they look like they are fighting the Dark Side. The poster’s left side (defined by the Red color light saber) represents the Dark whereas at the poster’s right side Finn’s blue saber represents the Light. Also, Finn’s stance is that of Defense (the Light) whereas Kylo and Rey are in the position of Offense or “about to attack” (the Dark). 

Or, to look at it from the Yin Yang Theory: 

Yang = Offensive (dark side), Red color light saber

Yin = Defense (light side), Blue color light saber.

Also within the Yin Yang Theory:

Left region: Darkness (dark side) has a bit light (the white circle at the top) - that’s Kylo Ren.

Right region: Light (light side) has a bit of dark (the dark circle at the bottom) - That’s Rey.

So, therefore, Ben of Darkness has light in him whereas Rey of Light has a bit of darkness in her. They both have issues and struggles. They both need each other. They’re attracted to each other. They’re bound to be together.

Thus, in Episode 8 and Episode 9, Ben and Rey are going to be hell-bent in descending from the heavens above and reign down hell on Snoke (the Snake, the Serpent, the Deceiver, Lucifer) and his First Order forces.

Note: Again, this is just a Crazy Theory, A Star Wars Theory. It may not actually happen in Star Wars Ep. 8 and 9. So, let’s just wait and see.

Morgan Jones: "The weak people, the people like me... we have inherited the earth."

I was watching scenes of 5x01 and noticed the following capture:

In this scene, Carol is looking at the objects that the Terminians stole from all those who arrived there. She sees Rick’s watch among many others watches plus some other objects like brooches or what it looks like a medal. A medal which is next to Rick’s watch while it marks 5:10. The medal is quite characteristic and it happens to be a Maltese Cross. I have been checking for information about the Maltese Cross, what it is, what it means and what it is its origin. This search has lead me to one clue to the next, so if you read this post until the end, we have come full circle to a quotation said back to Season 3. Please, notice that due to lack of time most of the info regarding the Maltese Cross is extracted from different websites and it is not my own composition. I have written my comments in “italics” below some of the paragraphs about all these clues.

The Maltese Cross is an eight-pointed cross that was originally created as a symbol of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, also known as the Order of Malta. The Order of the Knights of Saint John (also known as Order of Saint John, Order of Hospitallers, Knights Hospitalle and the Hospitallers) were among the most famous of the Roman Catholic military orders during the Middle Ages being founded in 1066.

The Hospitallers probably arose as a group of individuals associated with an Amalfitan hospital in the Muristan district of Jerusalem, which was dedicated to St. John the Baptist and founded around 1023 by Blessed Gerard Thom to provide care for poor, sick or injured pilgrims to the Holy Land.

Could our group be considered as pilgrims in search of a safe place to live (“Holy Land”)? Or should we limit this consideration of pilgrims to only two characters -we all remember that back to the days one of the characters was sick in his mind and the second one is severely injured now-?

And still nowadays “what distinguishes the Knights of Malta is their commitment to reaching their spiritual perfection within the Church and to expending their energies serving the poor and the sick.”

After the creation of this order, other orders, institutions, countries, armies… has taken it as a base for their medals, decorations, awards…

The cross is eight-pointed and has the form of four “V”-shaped elements, each joining the others at its vertex, leaving the other two tips spread outward symmetrically. Its design is based on crosses used since the First Crusade. It is also the modern symbol of Amalfi, a small Italian republic of the 11th century. It is said that those four arms represent the cross in which Jesus died and those four arms also represent the four cardinal virtues:

• Prudence: also described as wisdom, the ability to judge between actions with regard to appropriate actions at a given time.
• Justice : also considered as fairness, the most extensive and most important virtue.
• Temperance: also known as restraint, the practice of self-control, abstention, and moderation tempering the appetition.
• Courage: also named fortitude, forbearance, strength, endurance, and the ability to confront fear, uncertainty, and intimidation.

We can see that these virtues could easily be found in Beth Greene. But there are more regarding the symbolism of this Cross.

In the 15th century, the eight points of the four arms of the later called Maltese Cross represented the eight lands of origin, or Langues of the Knights Hospitaller: Auvergne, Provence, France, Aragon, Castille and Portugal, Italy, Baviere (Germany), and England (with Scotland and Ireland).

Those eight points also symbolize the eight obligations or aspirations of the knights, which are:

• to live in truth
• to have faith
• to repent one’s sins
• to give proof of humility
• to love justice
• to be merciful
• to be sincere and wholehearted
• to endure persecution

In one way or the other, some of these aspirations are related to our group. Many seem to be related to Beth as far as I see it but others could be related to other members of the group. For example, repent one’s sins could apply to Carol, endure persecution is something applied to the whole group… And some were applied to Rick in the first seasons (justice, merciful…).

The eight points also symbolize the eight obligations or aspirations of the knights. Both the Order of Saint John and the Venerable Order of St John teach that the eight points of the cross represent the eight Beatitudes.

The Venerable Order’s main service organisation, St John Ambulance, has applied secular meanings to the points as representing the traits of a good first aider:

Observant (“that he may note the causes and signs of injury”)
Tactful (“that he may without thoughtless questions learn the symptoms and history of the case, and secure the confidence of the patients and bystanders”)
Resourceful (“That he may use to the best advantage whatever is at hand to prevent further damage, and to assist Nature’s efforts to repair the mischief already done”)
Dextrous (“that he may handle a patient without causing unnecessary pain, and use appliances efficiently and neatly”)
Explicit (“that he may give clear instructions to the patient or the bystanders how best to assist him”)
• Discriminating (“that he may decide which of several injuries presses most for treatment by himself, what can best be left for the patient or bystanders to do, and what should be left for the medical men”)
Persevering (“that he may continue his efforts, though not at first successful.”)
Sympathetic (“that he may give real comfort and encouragement to the suffering”)

Above, there are traits which can be applied to some of the members of the group, but most of them: observant, tactful, resourceful, dextrous, persevering, sympathetic… remember me of Beth.

Besides the secular meaning of the Beatitudes, in the Beatitudes themselves we find this:

The Beatitudes are eight blessings in the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. Each is a proverb-like proclamation, without narrative, “cryptic, precise, and full of meaning. Each one includes a topic that forms a major biblical theme”.

The term beatitude comes from the Latin noun beātitūdō which means “happiness”. In the Vulgate (Latin), the book of Matthew titles this section Beatitudines, and “Beatitudes” was anglicized from that term.
Each Beatitude consists of two phrases: the condition and the result. In almost every case the condition is from familiar Old Testament context, but Jesus teaches a new interpretation. Together, the Beatitudes present a new set of Christian ideals that focus on a spirit of love and humility different in orientation than the usual force and exaction taken. They echo the highest ideals of the teachings of Jesus on mercy, spirituality, and compassion.

The eight Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3–12 during the Sermon on the Mount each begins with:

Blessed are..

• ….the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. (5:3)
• ….those who mourn: for they will be comforted. (5:4)
• ….the meek: for they will inherit the earth. (5:5)
• ….those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be filled. (5:6)
• ….the merciful: for they will be shown mercy. (5:7)
• ….the pure in heart: for they will see God. (5:8)
• ….the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God. (5:9)
• ….those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (5:10)

The Beatitudes unique to Matthew are the meek, the merciful, the pure of heart, and the peacemakers.

Those who mourn (our group has mourned many times and the most recent one occurred in 5x08…), the meek -some of them were meek and still it could be applied to a some of our characters-, right?, they have been hungry and thirsty and still are, they have been persecuted… and we find a concrete character who clearly bears a pure heart, is merciful and a peacemaker.

And now let’s see, does the beatitude which says:
“Blessed are the meek: for they will inherit the earth”.
ring a bell to anyone?

That! Remember Morgan in 3x12: Clear? What a coincidence! But is it really a coincidence? I don’t think so. Why to locate a Maltese Cross next to Rick’s watch while they could have placed lots of other objects with no meaning at all? Why to put an object which bears such a deep meaning and connects, even silently, to what Morgan said in “Clear” and that did not make so much sense back then?
Back to Season 3 I was wondering what Morgan wanted to mean with that quote. It would be the strong people the one who would own the earth rather than the weak people, right? It all makes more sense now even if we haven’t been given the whole puzzle just yet.

Also, the time in Rick’s watch says 5:10 next to the Malta Cross, which as we know, bears the meaning of the beatitudes. What is going to happen in 5x10?! Several clocks indicating 5:10 appear in “Slabtown” and that is associated to Beth without any doubt. Several of the beatitudes remember how Beth is and curiously, a character who has been said to be weak during all these past seasons, is associated to this concrete beatitude and to Morgan through it, too. How can this be a coincidence?!

And what does the beatitude mean?
It says that the humble, merciful, peaceful, good, calm… people with strong believes in their inner self will reach the promised land -not the warriors or those who have physical strength, no- those who have a strong soul, are good-natured and have a pure inner motivation are the ones who will reach the “Holy Land”, “Heaven”… the “Safe Zone”? Remember that the Order of the Cross of Malta was taking care of the sick and injured pilgrims trying to reach the Holy Land, too? Who exactly are those people? Maybe the whole group but the meek -among all the characters- are Beth and Morgan.

About Redbeard and his last vow

I’ve been driving myself crazy with speculation as to what Mycroft’s role might be in “His Last Vow” and I think there might be a hint in one of the last things Mycroft says to Sherlock in “The Sign of Three”.

Oh by the way, Sherlock.  Do you remember “Redbeard”?

Redbeard, or “Barbarossa”, were two Ottoman pirates/corsairs, who used the name at different moments.  I found three facts about their lives that might have induced the Holmes brothers to use the name as a code word for a particular situation, much like “Lazarus” in The Empty Hearse.  If we look at Sherlock, right after he hears the word, he pauses for a second and nods absentmindedly, before retorting.  This could be taken as him needing a second to register the meaning of the word, or me seeing things that aren’t there, both explanations are perfectly plausible, I assure you.

Knights of Saint John.
At the beginning of their career both men had a number of encounters with the privateering Knights of St. John.

The message could be that John is somehow in danger.  I am less inclined to this option since Sherlock does not appear to become more protective of his friend after hearing it.

Both Redbeards were brothers.  The elder, Aruj, who used the title first, during one of the battles with the Knights, was captured by them and held prisoner for three years.  The younger, Hizir, once he learned where his brother was kept, helped him escape.

This message would be clear, the older brother is somehow held prisoner, and needs the younger to save him.

So how those this fit in with what we have seen in the trailer?

We see Mycroft at his home, so he is not physically restrained. We know that Magnussen is a blackmailer, so he might have information that coerces Mycroft to stop Sherlock interfering with him.  

I find it unlikely that this information would be something personal about Mycroft.  Blackmail comes, generally in two varieties.  One is the secret one doesn’t want their loved ones to know, the other is when the information might endanger one’s career.  Since Mycroft only has one loved one, the first doesn’t apply.  As for the second, since he is not a public figure he does not need to fear a scandal, so anything that would threaten his job would have to be of the “I’m actually working for Iran” caliber. Improbable, I think.
I believe Magnussen has information about members of the government, enough that he could seriously unstabilize it, or, he has information on some of Mycroft’s “masters”, to get them to order him to stop his brother.

There is a second issue that might support this idea.  Remember in “A Scandal in Belgravia”, when Mycroft wants Sherlock to stop investigating?  He simply orders him to do so.  But here he says that that going against Magnussen will mean Mycroft will try to stop him.  And there is little Sherlock enjoys more than going against his brother.  This would be Mycroft goading Sherlock on, while giving the appearance of trying to warn him of.

Death.  Eventually the elder brother, Aruj, dies.  Leaving Hizir to inherit his place, his name, and his cause.

This is just one big ball of nope for me, and I refuse to acknowledge the possibility. Ok?