knights of valor

anonymous asked:

Could you please tell me some differences between Gryffindors and Hufflepuffs? How to know if a character is a Hufflepuff or a Gryffindor? Because they have a lot in common.

That’s actually a really great question. The line can be pretty blurry but here are the distinctions as I see them*.

Gryffindor
Traits: Chivalry, Courage, and Daring
Element: Fire
Gryffindor House has been respected by the Wizarding Community for quite some time, and it is easy to see why. Gryffindor House focuses on fostering courage in it’s members to take action despite their fears. In general, more heroic acts of valor or mischievous and daring pranks get more attention than everyday acts of courage. This has caused many non-Gryffindors to claim they engage in “pointless heroics” or are reckless in their decisions. Gryffindors have also been known to have quick tempers and will jump before questioning whether or not it is safe to do so. This isn’t always a bad thing. Gryffindors help people be decisive and will push for action from those who may tend to over analyze the situation.

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ourimmovablecentre  asked:

Hey Butterfly, I hope you're doing ok! I'm sorry to bother you, but I was wondering, are Mormont women a good match politically speaking (in the North or elsewhere)? We don't know anything about the father(s?) of Maege's daughters, Dacey was unmarried when she died, and Alysane isn't married either despite having two children. Is this "normal", politically speaking? Apart from Jorah's marriage, do we know anything about Mormonts marrying into other Houses or the other way around?

No, I don’t think the Mormont women are an especially good match for the higher born nobles of Westeros, for the reasons you say, not to mention Jorah’s slavery scandal. I talk a bit about that here and here. I mean, they’re awesome people, but the snobbishness of most lords would put them out of the running for most betrothals. (Note that even Jorah’s first wife was a Glover, not a lordly house but a masterly one, and another similar “protect the west coast of the North from the ironborn” type of house. Deepwood Motte’s one of the closest locations to Bear Island, for that matter.)

However, it’s very probable that the northern mountain clansmen would think the Mormont women just perfect. The clansmen have different priorities than most lords of Westeros, or even the more “cultured” lords of the North. They don’t want women like, well, like Lynesse Hightower, beautiful and delicate and accustomed to the finer things in life – they want a woman who can fight, who can have a dozen babies (who’d be great fighters) and go back to fighting, who can stand up to winter and ironborn raiders and wildling raiders, the kind of woman with a babe in one arm and an axe in the other – she-bears.

Mind you even they might be slightly dissuaded by the Mormont girls’ “fathered by a bear” status (bastardy is still disparaged even in the mountain clans), so I’d imagine the Mormont women would be better off as matches for second, third sons and such, not heirs. Hell, it’s probable a few of those sons are the “bears” fathering Mormont girls already. And note northern clansmen make up much of Alysane’s army that joins up with Stannis (and captures Asha and her ironborn), for that matter.

Anyway, there’s usually someone for everyone. Matches don’t always have to be good politically, especially in the North where in winter there’s much more important priorities. Hope that helps!

@goodqueenaly replied:

Not to mention, who knows what (if any) vassals are sworn to Bear Island. A vassal of the proud but poor Mormonts, probably even more poor (if just as proud), might be more than pleased to take his lord’s (or lady’s) daughter to wife.                    

Indeed. Not household knights as such (Jorah’s one of the very few Northern knights as you know, and he was knighted for valor), but household warriors, they too would be perfectly good matches for the Mormont women. Thanks!

Don’t think of Merlin

Don’t think about how he’s lived since the 5th century. Try not to think about everything he’s seen.

Don’t think about how he didn’t go back to Camelot after Arthur’s death. Don’t imagine him going back to Ealdor, and weeping in his mother’s arms. Don’t think about him wandering through the countryside, alone. Don’t imagine him going to every village, disguised as the old man, telling the children of King Arthur, the greatest king to ever live.

Don’t imagine the funeral Merlin holds for Kilgarragh after his death.

Don’t imagine him going back to Camelot after he hears about Gaius’ death. Don’t imagine him walking through, seeing how much it has changed in just a few years. Don’t imagine Gwen see him walk into the gates, and running up to hug him. Don’t imagine her whispering in his ear, “You did all you could.” Don’t imagine him asking where Gwaine is, and don’t imagine Percival, who is guarding Gwen, look away, a tear in his eye. Don’t imagine Gwen saying, “He died that day, too.” Don’t imagine Merlin looking at Percival and then looking away as well, knowing that Percival shared a bond with Gwaine similar to the one Merlin shared with Arthur.

Don’t imagine Merlin leaving Camelot again after the funeral. Don’t imagine Gwen and the knights begging him to stay. Don’t imagine him saying, “There’s nothing left for me here,” and then walking away, becoming the old man as he leaves. Don’t imagine him going back to his wanderings lonelier than he had been before.

Don’t imagine him seeing generations fall away. Don’t imagine him writing down his adventures with Arthur, the knights, the druids, Morgana, Mordred. Don’t imagine him continuing to tell the stories to each new generation of children.

Don’t imagine the Saxons coming back and waging war. Don’t imagine Merlin using his sorcery to help in the war, and then seeing Camelot lose. Seeing each of the five kingdoms fall to them.

Don’t imagine Merlin being in hiding for centuries as the Saxons do their best to squash all magic, to make all forget about Arthur.

Don’t imagine Merlin hearing that a new group of people had pushed the Saxons out, conquered by a man called William of Normandy.

Don’t imagine the great city of Camelot becoming less and less well-known, less and less of a great military power, and the city of London becoming more and more powerful.

Don’t imagine Merlin publishing his writings and stories under an alias, the name of the librarian of Camelot, claiming that it was fiction, because he knew that the people no longer believed in magic.

Don’t imagine the plague, the Black Death, taking England by storm, and Merlin using his magic and knowledge in medicine to try to help. Don’t imagine him seeing a man who reminded him of Gaius, and and studying under him as a young man (I believe that he is still young when he’s not pretending to be an old man). Don’t imagine him learning about all new medicines and techniques that didn’t exist when he was serving under Arthur.

Don’t imagine Merlin hearing about a new land that had been found by an Italian man working for Spain, and it being called America.

Don’t imagine him going to London, and seeing that there is a queen on the throne, Queen Elizabeth I. Don’t imagine him thinking of Gwen when he sees her. Don’t imagine Merlin hearing about a playwright named Shakespeare. Don’t imagine him going to see one of his plays, falling in love with the way he told stories, the way he wove social issues of the time into historical events.

Don’t imagine Merlin seeing a new king change a church to what he wanted, and don’t imagine Merlin seeing a new church come from that church. Don’t imagine Merlin seeing them persecuted for their beliefs, and definitely don’t imagine him thinking of the druids he knew in the old days. Don’t imagine him seeing people flocking to the new land for whatever reason, religious or otherwise.

Don’t imagine Merlin hearing about the colonists killing people for being witches, and don’t imagine him thinking of Uther and wondering how many they killed actually had magic.

Don’t imagine Merlin hearing about the colonists wanting freedom from the king, and don’t imagine Merlin thinking, “If the king weren’t a tyrant, they never would have left.”

Don’t think of Merlin reading Frankenstein. Don’t imagine him thinking of Mordred, a man who was good, until another good man turned against him.

Don’t imagine people coming over from America, claiming to be part of a new religion. Don’t imagine these people claiming a savior, who will come again. Don’t imagine them talking to Merlin about Jesus Christ, and definitely don’t imagine Merlin saying, “I wait for a different man.”

Don’t imagine Queen Victoria being coronated, and Merlin again thinking of his queen.

Don’t imagine Merlin hearing about a Civil War in America, about black slaves wanting freedom. Don’t imagine him thinking of Gwen, or Elyan, and wondering how they would have responded to such circumstances.

Don’t imagine Merlin’s reaction to the invention of the radio, and of movies, seeing sorcerers where there were none.

Don’t imagine Merlin seeing a story about a man named Sherlock Holmes, and then him reading it, almost thinking that the man had magic.

Don’t imagine the cry of WAR! all over the world, over the radio, over the newsstands, in the streets. Don’t imagine Merlin seeing boys in uniforms hug their mothers before they left to defend their country. Don’t imagine him thinking of the knights of Camelot, or even himself leaving for Camelot. Don’t imagine him seeing these boys come back as men. Don’t imagine him thinking of all he’s seen.

Don’t imagine Merlin being saddened that soldiers don’t need to become knights before going off to fight. Don’t imagine Merlin being saddened that those who are knighted are no longer knighted for their valor in battle, but for singing or some other stupid reason.

Don’t imagine the cry of WAR! going up again, and don’t imagine Merlin seeing an entirely new generation of boys hug their mothers before they take their leave. Don’t imagine Merlin weeping to himself wondering when these foolish wars will end, wondering when Arthur will rise again according to Kilgarragh’s prophecy.

Don’t imagine Merlin seeing Queen Elizabeth on the throne, again thinking of Gwen.

Don’t imagine Merlin seeing a television for the first time, again seeing magic where it isn’t.

Don’t imagine Merlin seeing the legend of Arthur, his legend become perverted and changed throughout the years.

Don’t imagine Merlin going back to walking throughout the countryside because city life has become too much for him.

And whatever you do, please don’t imagine Merlin watching the telly in the storefront one day in the future, hearing that the king and queen had decided to name their first-born son Arthur. Don’t imagine him running through whatever village he is in, shouting for joy, tears in his eyes, saying, “Arthur has come again! He’s back!” Don’t imagine the villagers saying to themselves, “What a crazy old man,” but they catch on to his spirit, and celebrate the birth of the once and future king.

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Seen here are the many many many cards (which I hope are all explained in the instructions) , the Jungle board, the spinner, and the Celestial Stairway board. If anyone more artistic than me wants to take a stab at redesigning these, lemme know!

I hope you all don’t mind that I took some creative license on aspects of the game that weren’t clear by the podcast, and I tried to keep as true to canon as I could! (Though I definitely added a few of my own touches.)

Without further ado, the directions! @personalinsanitymoment @iamzachvalenti I hope I didn’t make too many mistakes in the translation, or that at the very least you enjoy my take on it!

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a dragon’s alternative to kidnapping princesses

There comes a time in every dragon’s life when they have the urge to become a legend. The most fearsome and famous of dragons have been stitched onto tapestries for snatching themselves the richest of princesses to barter ransom, besting battalions over a spit, and becoming legends remembered in hushed voices and candlelight. Said most fearsome and famous of dragons are emblazoned on rich threads of gold and scarlet because they have been skewered by a thousand knights’ arrows. There is no great gain from kidnapping royalty other than the attention.

But mountain caves can only fit one dragon at a time, and the woodland critters flee when you stretch out your wings in the sunlight for a breath of warm air. Your mother and her mother before her have gushed about the thrill of kidnapping princesses but it has been a long time since either of them have graced the earth. There comes a time in every dragon’s life when they realise that they are desperately lonely.

As there are a limited number of monarchies within close distance of your mountain range, it is plausible that another dragon has staked a claim on the royal daughter. There are several alternatives to princesses that a dragon can consider.

THE JESTER: It will not be as enjoyable as you think. Within ten minutes he will sweat the paint off of his face, and even you will cringe at how thick a mask he wears in court. You will not hear him laugh once, but then again, neither do anyone else. You best swallow him whole, as nothing terrorizes a town more than hearing the clown cry.

THE BEGGAR: The town will suddenly think of you less as a nuisance and more of a convenience. You can be rest assured that no one will come with pitchforks into your cave. But there is little thrill when no one puts up a fight, and the beggar–once he realizes that there is no one who will pray for him–will stop giving you one. One night you may find him crawling between your teeth himself, and he will not even scream when you snap your jaws in surprise.

THE BLACKSMITH: The danger is not what scraps of sharp metal he may have down his boot once you snatch him from his anvil. The danger is when he notices how your scales glimmer, and how the edges nick his skin. Your scales are your comfort and pride, but to the blacksmith they are bags of gold. Be warned–you may suddenly wake up to find your hide raw and bleeding, stripped bare of what protects you. And if you weep from the pain, humans and dragons alike will scoff. You have teeth, don’t you, they would say. Why didn’t you just guard yourself?

THE PRINCE: An unrecommended substitute. Princesses could charm you as they outwitted you, or share stories of their home life, could talk with you for hours and hours because no one in the castle would lend an ear to collectibles that are expected to be seen and saved and never heard. Princes, on the other hand, are accustomed to hold out their hand to demand what they want. They have never needed to bargain before, so they would drive swords up your snout before you could even introduce yourself.

THE KNIGHT: You may have kidnapped him, but your skin will crawl when you feel his eyes follow you around the cave, how he will lick his lips at the thought of you and press deeply against your leathery belly to picture how deeply his knife will sink in. Yes, he may have dropped his sword along the way, or left his spear in the armory, but the hunger never leaves the hunter. Knights depend on valor to become legends, and you are nothing but a trophy to be hung on the wall. You will be too afraid to fall asleep in your own cave.

THE MIDWIFE: You expect her to cry and faint in fear of you, but the midwife hollers at howling women and screaming babies to settle her stomach. You expect her to tremble at death, but she knows above all else how stalwart a life can be when it wriggles through the impossible. She is accustomed to clawing through blood and pain to seek even the smallest morsel of life. Do not resist; she will find that warm glow of life behind your iron scales and bellowing fire and see you for the frightened, needy creature that you are.

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I FOUND A ‘HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON’ KNOCKOFF AT TARGET YESTERDAY.

GO WATCH THE TRAILER. IT GETS EVEN BETTER.

JUSTIN’S DAD IS A WIDOWER WHO WANTS HIS SON TO BE JUST LIKE HIM.

THE FILM’S HEROINE IS A “FIESTY WOMAN.”

JUSTIN STARTS OUT THE MOVIE WITH A CRUSH ON SOMEONE OUT OF HIS LEAGUE.

HE GETS A DRAGON AND THEY PUT FAKE WINGS ON IT. -cue many scenes that are exact copies of ones from HTTYD-

I JUST CAN’T.

NEW TO NETFLIX ON SEPTEMBER:

As far as television is concerned, fans can look forward to the fourth season of The Walking Dead, the ninth (and final) season of How I Met Your Mother, and the first season of James Spader’s The Blacklist.

Here is the full list, organized by release date:

Sept. 1, 2014

A Simple Plan

Californication: Seasons 1–7

Chasing UFOs: Season 1

Cool Runnings (1993)

Crocodile Dundee (1986)

Detention (2011)

Doomsday Preppers: Seasons 1–3

Flubber (1997)

Girl Rising (2013)

Girlfight (2000)

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

Guess Who (2005)

Hinterland: Season 1

Hoodwinked (2005)

Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie (2013)

Lords of Dogtown (2005)

Mirage Men (2012)

School of Rock (2003)

Small Apartments (2012)

Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

The Believers (1987)

The Blue Lagoon (1980)

The Unbelievers (2013)

Unsealed: Alien Files: Season 1

Zero Hour: Seasons 1–3

Sept. 2

The League: Season 5

Sept. 5

All Is Lost (2013)

Trailer Park Boys: Season 8

Sept. 6

Kid Cannabis (2014)

Le Week-End (2014)

Refuge (2012)

Your Sister’s Sister (2011)

Sept. 7

The Blacklist: Season 1 (2013)

Sept. 9

Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2013)

Sept. 10

Crash & Bernstein: Season 2

Deadly Code (2013)

Sept. 11

A Single Man (2009)

Dennis Miller: America 180 (2014)

Filth (2014)

The Moment (2013)

Sept. 12

Grace Unplugged (2013)

Sept. 13

Justin and the Knights of Valor (2013)

Sept. 14

About a Boy: Season 1

Arrow: Season 2

Sept. 16

Beginners (2011)

Bones: Season 9

New Girl: Season 3

One Day (2011)

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Sept. 17

3 Days to Kill (2014)

The Fosters: Season 2

Sept. 22

Revolution: Season 2

Sept. 25

The Double (2013)

Sept. 26

How I Met Your Mother: Season 9

Parks and Recreation: Season 6

Sept. 27

Bad Grandpa (2013)

Sept. 28

Comic Book Men: Season 3

The Walking Dead: Season 4

Sept. 29

Lullaby (2014)

Sept. 30

Killing Them Softly (2012)

Dragon Heart Starter Sentences
  • “Who’s the girl/boy?”
  • “Get rid of her/him.”
  • “They’re trying to placate you with a sacrifice.”
  • “Oh, now whoever gave them *that* bright idea?”
  • “Never mind! Just get rid of her/him!”
  • “Eat her/him!”
  • “Oh, please. YUCK!”
  • “Aren’t we squeamish; you ate ___, hypocrite!”
  • “I merely chewed in self-defense, but I never swallowed.”
  • “I no longer try to change the world, ___, I just try to get by in it.”
  • “Yes, well, it’s better than death, I suppose.”
  • “Oh, is it? I should think you’d welcome death. You know, the last of your kind, all of your friends dead, hunted wherever you go…”
  • “Do you delight in reminding me? Yes, ___, I do long for death, but, fear it.”
  • “Aside from your misery, what’s to lose?”
  • “You wanted them to kill him/her because you wanted me dead.”
  • “I wanted to correct a mistake made years ago, when I saved a creature not worth saving.”
  • “How un-motherly of you.”
  • “A knight is sworn to valor.”
  • “Dreams die hard and you hold them in your hands long after they’ve turned to dust.”
  • “Next time stab more flesh. Less cloth.”
  • “I’ll pierce your heart!”
  • “Turn the other cheek”
  • “I will not stop until I’ve rid the world of every last one of you.”
  • “I *am* the last one!”
  • “If a dragon falls in the forest and nobody gets to hear about it, does it make a thud?”
  • “You have a beautiful voice.”
  • “Well, how many dragons do you know?”
  • “Don’t clutter up a clever scheme with morality”
  • “only you could keep such a good brain under such a bad hat.:
  • ”When you squeeze the nobility, it’s the peasants who feel the pinch.“
  • ”I’ve always said death is a release, not a punishment!“
  • ”You have the poet’s gift of exaggeration"

onehotsummer reblogged your post Noble Houses of Westeros Picspam → House Clegane and added:

I’m seeing a lot of parallels between House Clegane and House Seaworth because of this post. Landed House who swears fealty to a Great House? Takes the symbolism of heroic, life-saving deed as the sigil? A son of the house becomes a squire to one of the ruling members of the house it’s loyal to? Fire playing a big destructive part in the lives of the family members of each House? The only difference is the Cleganes have one generation on the Seaworths. More time for tragedy.

Yeah, I’ve often noted those parallels – most recently in this post, regarding smallfolk knighted for valor whose sons become squires of the lord who knighted them.

And while this is going into the meta that I still owe joannalannister​ on the relationship between House Clegane and House Lannister, it is very interesting how the very different personalities of the liege lords affected their relationships with their new loyal knights. The Cleganes were basically treated as dogs, a brute force resource for Tywin Lannister and nothing more. (“You feed your dog bones under the table, you do not seat him beside you on the high bench.”) Whereas even before Stannis further uplifted Davos and made him his Hand, Davos was his adviser and confidant, much closer to him than you would expect a man of such base origins to be. (Some of this could be due to the fact that Davos was a stranger to Stannis before the siege of Storm’s End and so their first meeting was the life-saving smuggling, whereas the kennelmaster was a servant at Casterly Rock and so he and his family would always be looked upon as servants by the Lannisters.) Although the reactions of Stannis’s other lords to Davos and Devan do give us a glimpse of how the former kennelmaster and his son the squire were most likely treated by the lords of the Westerlands. 

But you know, the origin of House Clegane is given in ACOK, the same book that Davos is introduced. And then you have Davos’s and Sandor’s experiences in the Battle of the Blackwater, and their contrasting reactions afterwards. (Despite his losses, Davos reasserts his loyalty to Stannis; whereas Sandor’s trauma is his breaking point, and results in his “fuck the Lannisters” and abandonment of the liege/vassal relationship.) I’m certain that House Clegane and House Seaworth were meant to be foils/parallels in some way… probably as part of GRRM’s running commentary on knighthood and fealty, or something like it.

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Knights of Valor 15 coming to the PlayStation 4, free to play

The 15th installment of the Knights of Valor has a brand new trailer, showing off some of the various characters from the saga as well as their awesome abilities. The free to play side scrolling beat em up will be coming to the PlayStation 4 in 2015 for Japan and Asia.

My favorite sam video has to be when the girl guard/queen tries to seduce the jailor and he screams “YOU CANNOT SEDUCE ME WITH YOUR WITCH MAGIC FOR I AM A HOMOSEXUAL!” and then the ninja decides to seduce him instead and he just says “-ew” and runs away.

All I could think about was when I screamed “I AM THE HOME OF THE SEXUALS” in sociology. XDD