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Breath of the Wild is still one of the most unique and gorgeous takes on a post-apocalyptic world in modern games, in my opinion. A lot of games with post-apocalyptic settings are very stark and colorless and alien and while those are interesting in their own right I still think that BotW’s take on it is just as fascinating and makes it stand out. 

Hyrule was utterly destroyed. No matter where you believe it lands on the Zelda timeline, it’s undeniable that it came thousands of years after well established kingdoms we’ve seen within games in the franchise, and that’s before we even discuss the Sheikah technology that predated this iteration of Link. We know that the wild and open Hyrule we have now is a far cry from the established kingdoms we’ve seen. People were killed. Civilizations were ravaged, destroyed, and left empty. Existing towns are small, scattered, and isolated by a violent wilderness full of monsters. Enormous mechs with land-altering properties and minds of their own threaten the livelihood of those remaining. There are fields littered with the remains of nigh-unkillable robots, and some of them still prowl the forests and mountains. At the very center of it all, the apocalypse-bringer itself is only barely restrained from releasing its absolute fury on what’s left as it continues to bring monsters back from the dead time and time again.

And yet… the world is still so alive in spite of all its struggles. The dust has settled, but instead of being dark and devoid of life, nature has crept over the ruins and roads. Wildlife thrives, birds sing, and plants grow, including the rarest flower thought to have been nearly extinct making a slow return. The sunrise and sunset are still beautiful, even if that light is cast mostly on empty, grassy fields as far as the eye can see. Wild horses frolic among the remains of guardians. Strange and beautiful spirits soar through the air or shine between the trees. Great fairies watch over towns. Even though the terrain is dangerous, people have made roads and paths for merchants and adventurers who connect the towns and villages. Monsters and guardians haven’t stopped them from exploring, scavenging, and pioneering the wild. Yes, the people know that the world is full of danger which threatens to engulf them- it’s hard to ignore that when Hyrule Castle is so visible- but that hasn’t stopped them from gathering the remains and making the most of it. It isn’t the shining kingdom it once was, but the people have a newfound appreciation and respect for the wilderness that now spans it. 

There’s just something so lovely and humbling about a setting which looks at the fallout of a magical kingdom and the new lives its people lead in the midst of a world that’s dangerous, seeing how they’re working on stringing themselves together again, and watching as they rekindle their hope… and all the while, the rest of the world keeps breathing. The sun still rises and the sun still sets.

Once Upon a Time (2012)

Character: Jefferson / The Mad Hatter

Episodes: 6 episodes

  • Season 1 Episode 17 - “Hat Trick” (March 25, 2012)
  • Season 1 Episode 21 - “An Apple Red as Blood (May 6, 2012)
  • Season 1 Episode 22 - “A Land Without Magic” (May 13, 2012)
  • Season 2 Episode 2 - “We Are Both” (October 7, 2012)
  • Season 2 Episode 3 - “Lady of the Lake” (October 14, 2012)
  • Season 2 Episode 5 - “The Doctor” (October 28, 2012)

Also starring: Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Lana Parilla, Josh Dallas

Filming dates/locations: 2012, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Is it necessary to watch the rest of the show to understand Sebastian’s episodes?
No. All you really need to know is that the town of Storybrooke, where the show takes place, is inhabited by people who are under a spell. They are all originally from another land, where they have alter egos as fairy tale characters. The spell makes it so that none of them remember their previous lives - except for Jefferson and one or two others.

Synopsis/Character Description:
Jefferson, like the other residents of Storybrooke, Maine, is stuck there due to a curse, and cannot leave. He is one of the few people in town who knows what is truly going on. His own daughter doesn’t even remember him. He’s desperate to find a way back to the other world, and back to his daughter.

More information about this and other roles here.

Love, From OQ Master Fic post!
  • By the Grace of Fire  @the-notsoevil-queen’s gift for @gonewasanytraceofit
    synopsis:  Outlaw Bandit with a dark twist - When Regina met Tinkerbell, she found herself lead to a tavern where a man with a lion tattoo, her second chance, waited for her. She took a chance on love, and ran away from the King with Tink by her side. But the Queen has kept the truth about her dark magic a secret, even from Robin, and it may just put everyone she loves in danger.

  • A Valentines Day Surprise @believingispowerfulmagic‘s gift for @sweetsmiles1 
    Synopsis: Regina makes a birthday wish for Robin to come back.
  • A Kiss to Set her Free  @ariestess’s gift for @rcgalbeliever
     Synopsis:  For the first time since that fateful night in the stables, Regina feels a stirring of hope that love could be hers again as she finds herself standing outside a village tavern.

  • Signed Sealed Delivered: Valentines Day  @audreysl0ve‘s  gift for @the-notsoevil-queen
    Synopsis:  Set in the Signed, Sealed, Delivered verse: First Valentine’s Day after getting back together as a couple

  • Wildflowers @ofpumpkinspices‘ gift for @Illseeyouthrough (deactivated)
    Synopsis: Regina owns a flower shop.  Robin is a frequent customer, who also becomes an employee of sorts. :).

  • So This is Love blt_tana (twitter) gift for @spiral-nebula
    Synopsis: Robin and Regina have a sexy, (not quite so) lazy morning

  • Post-its and Paperclips: Valentine’s Day @brookeap3’s gift for @repellomuggletum15 
    Synopsis: Set in the Post-its verse, Robin and Regina celebrate their first Valentine’s Day.

  • There’s Something There (That I Simply Didn’t See): @dee-thequeenbee’s gift for @theonewithoutaclue 
    Synopsis:  A Play in Two Acts – Where Love Overcomes Hate, and Two Lonely Souls Find Each Other

  • I Don’t Think I Can Say Goodbye: EmeraldHardy8 (twitter) fic for @queenmills101 
    Synopsis:  A Valentine’s Day inspired OQ AU. Love is all around us even when one of us won’t be here for very much longer.

  • Happy Valentines: Evil_Outlaw (twitter)’s : gift for @ankareeda
    Synopsis: Missing Year Valentine’s Day. Lots of DimpesQueen

  • Moments: FraiseDandelion (twitter)’s gift for @lala-kate
    Synopsis: The Hood-Mills family have a domestic moment, while Regina thinks about their struggle to get to where they are today.

  • Before Sunrise @ghostofstartraveller776s gift for @jenningz 
    Synopsis:  Coffee before dawn and long work days can wear on anyone—even a superwoman like Regina Mills, single mother and business executive. She finds quiet solidarity for her hectic days from an unusual source: the nameless resident in the building across from hers who seems to share her unholy schedule. (Modern/Non-Magical AU)

  • The Dark Forest @glindalovesshoes’ gift for FraiseDandelion (twitter)  
    Synopsis:  “A man is lying on the sheep’s wool, unconscious, bleeding. His face looks as pale as the white wool, which is already drowned in blood from the wounds on his body. The shaft of an arrow is sticking out of his shoulder, the shirt he is wearing ripped and soaked in blood. Regina bites her lip before she makes a decision. What does she have to lose?” OQ AU
  • As Long As We’re Together @gonewasanytraceofit‘s gift for  @audreysl0ve
    Synopsis: Canon Valentine’s Day: Regina and Robin have a heart to heart about Regina’s inner fears/insecurities.

  • My Songs Know What You @the-alpha-incipiens‘ gift for @glindalovesshoes  
    Synopsis: DragonOutlawQueen. Mal, Regina, and Robin make a sex tape that David accidentally finds (and watches)
  • My Grumpy Valentine @gray-autumn-sky‘s gift for @believingispowerfulmagic 
    Synopsis:  Henry explains Valentine’s Day to Robin, and that Regina has never much cared for the holiday.  Robin is intent on changing her mind.

  • Happiness Can’t Be Arranged @gray-autumn-sky‘s gift for @ghostofstartraveller776
    Set during the Regency Period, Henry and Cora arrange a marriage for their daughter in an effort to save their family’s name and estate.

  • Heaven Sent a Hurricane @idoltina‘s gift for @mysterious-song 
    Synopsis:  After a spectacularly terrible Christmas, a hidden gem of a New Year, and a surprise meeting, Robin finds the course of his life in Holiday Land vastly altered. By the time Valentine’s Day comes around, he’s more miserable (see: overwhelmed, terrified, doubtful) than he ever wanted to or thought he would be. And while the prospect of a night in may make a rather dull holiday for most, Robin finds that coming home to Regina might be just the thing he needs 

  • Coffee  @illseeyouthrough’s gift for @Evil_Outlaw (twitter)
    Synopsis: A Valentine’s Day set up that goes terribly…right? Outlaw Queen AU.

  • Valentine’s Day inlovewithlanap (twitter) gift for blt_tana (twitter)
    Synopsis: Regina works in a flower shop and Robin is a frequent client who finally summons the courage to ask her out.

  • Capturing Light @yamariah  gift for rockchalk4583 (twitter)
    Synopsis:  He never thought he’d capture the moonlight again. She never thought she’d capture the sunlight again. But when Robin and Regina meet via grief counseling, “never” becomes a word they’d forget.

  • An OQ Mixed Tape @jenningz’s gift for @sydsorbet 
    Synopsis: Robin surprises Regina on Valentine’s Day

  • Storm Front @lala-kate  gift for @starscythe
    Synopsis: A thief goes in desperate search for a cure for his son, and finds a resilient queen whose broken heart is in equal need of healing

  • Untitled @littlejoregal gift for politeregal (twitter) 
    Synopsis:  Takes place right after 6x10. Spoilers from the promo of 6x11 included.  

  • Blooming Most Recklessly @loveexpelrevolt gift for @belleoftheballpoint
    Synopsis:  Five universes, five something-like-love stories; Or, four times Regina and Robin deal in flowers and one time they deal in hearts. [Storybrooke, pre-curse, Missing Year, Camelot, Outlaw Bandit]

  • I Love You LucyLovesOQ’s (twitter) gift for @ouater Synopsis: Set in the missing year,  as the castle prepares for a Valentine’s Day Ball, Robin and Roland care for a grieving queen

  • Stumbling @oparu’s gift for @brookeap3​ 
    Missing Year DOQ: Maleficent and Regina struggle with losing their children, and seek comfort in each other, Robin, and Roland.  

Summary: Cress goes back to where it all started

Cress woke to the soft thrum of the Rampion’s engines, her neck sore from sleeping in the copilot’s chair. She had creeped out of her and Thorne’s bed earlier that night to alter their landing coordinates. They were supposed to be heading to Farafrah, but she had other plans.

She heard the soft pad of Thorne’s feet enter the cockpit. “Cress, you in here?” his voice addled with sleep.

She peeked over the back of the chair, “yes, Captain.”

His sleepy grin warmed her to the core. He made his way over to his own seat and motioned for her to join him. Cress got up and sat on his lap, blushing as he wrapped his arms around her torso. He nuzzled his face into her neck, only deepening the redness of her cheeks.

“Morning, darlin’.”

“Morning, Captain,” she replied.

They sat huddled together, enjoying the view of the sun coming up over the endless dunes of the Sahara. A moment later, the Rampion’s landing gear hummed to life.

“What? Darla, why are we getting ready to land?” Thorne asked the ship. “You can’t even see Farafrah from here.”

A metallic voice replied, “we are landing at the set coordinates. Approaching destination in three minutes twenty-seven seconds, Captain.”

“Stars, I’m an idiot. I must have entered the wrong data.” He sighed. Thorne ran a hand through his hair, gently pushing Cress off his lap. “Let me fix this, one–”

“No, Thorne, I set the coordinates.” She interjected, “there’s something I want to see.”

“Cress, darlin’, we’re in the middle of the Sahara, there’s nothing out he—” he chuckled. “Oh.” Realization crossed his features.

Cress looked down at her toes, murmuring “Sorry I didn’t say anything, I thought you’d be asleep when we landed.”

“Cress,” he lifted her gaze to meet his own, “it’s alright. I just didn’t realize you ever wanted to see it again…”

“I doubt I’ll even be able to see it; the sand probably covered it a long time ago. I’m just curious.”

Darla’s voice spoke up again, “prepare to land in ten… nine… eight…”

Cress walked down the ramp, feeling the imminent heat of the day immediately. She had asked Thorne to stay onboard, telling him that she wouldn’t be long.

She stepped into the sand, grateful this time that she was wearing actual shoes instead of scraps of an old parachute. Her eyes scanned the surrounding area, looking for anything out of the ordinary. After a few minutes of walking, she wasn’t sure whether or not she was glad for not finding anything. As she walked back to the Rampion, she caught a glint of something out of the corner of her eye. Her breath hitched as she spotted a bit of silvery-white peeking out from the sand. Cress dutifully made her way over to the spot, dread growing in her stomach.

“My satellite,” she breathed.

She walked around it, trying to find where she and Thorne had crawled out all those years ago. Eventually she came across the small hatch, and warily made her way inside.

She had to pull out her port to light up the small area, as the windows outside were covered with sand. Actually, it turned out, that everything was covered with sand. The floor of the satellite was strewn with broken glass, sand, and… hair. Cress subconsciously tugged at the ends of her still short haircut, suddenly overcome with the shivers.

She closed her eyes as her mind went back to all the memories she’d had while she lived here, the bad severely outweighing the good.

She could practically feel the prick of Sybil’s needle over and over. She felt the years of boredom creep over her in endless waves. Guilt washed over her when she thought back to how she had erased all traces of Lunar ships coming to Earth. Fear trailed up her spine as she relived when she’d made the D-COMM link to Cinder the first time.

When she opened her eyes, her cheeks were damp. As she wiped her tears away, she moved over to the wall, holding up her port, casting an eerie blue glow throughout the small space. She trailed her hands over the wall.

She choked out, “I’m sorry Little Cress.” Another wave of tears cascaded over her as she stooped to the floor.

“Okay, that’s it. It’s been forty-five minutes,” Thorne said mostly to himself as he pulled on his combat boots.

He hurried down the ramp and made his way over to where he’s seen Cress disappear nearly an hour ago. As he reached the fallen satellite he slowed a little bit.

“Cress?” he called. “Darlin’ where are you?”

He stumbled across a small hatch, and made his way inside. He heard sniffling, and tried to make his way over to where the sound was coming from. Much to his chagrin, he couldn’t see anything. “Aces, this place is either really dark or its sole purpose is to make me blind.”

A flash of blue dimly lit up the small space and he breathed a sigh of relief. He strode over to Cress, noting the excessive amounts of hair and glass scattered across the floor. Thorne knelt down beside her, and placed an arm across her shoulders. Immediately, she pulled herself closer to him, burying her face in his chest. In a matter of minutes, the front of his shirt was soaked. He pressed kisses to the top of her head, telling her it would be alright.

After a while of holding each other, Cress croaked, “I hate- I hate this place. I never should have come back. It was stupid.” Her body shook as her tears started again.

“This was where you lived Cress, for seven years,” Thorne consoled, “it’s not stupid that you wanted to see it again. Not stupid at all.”

Cress wiped her nose, “thanks Thorne.”

“Of course, Darlin’,” a smirk made its way onto his face, “and besides, I guess you could say that this is the place where you met the most handsome, daring, and wonderful man alive.”

He felt her smile into his chest, her voice muffled, “I guess I could.”

Pally_the_Second wanted to see Macintosh go to Storybrooke to find his queen.

This almost 5,000 word madness spawned.

On AO3 and FF.Net

The steady hand with which he led his horse lay at complete odds with his fuming temper. The lass might be queen of every tree and toadstool for miles around, but she were the most infuriating, stubborn, loud-mouthed hen he’s ever had the displeasure of crossing a blade with.

Macintosh fumed, guiding his horse down the rocky trail. Her Royal Pain-in-the-Arse insisted on this spying nonsense - pay no mind to the truths that she had watchers for that sort of thing. Dunbroch’s borders with Camelot were well-secured. Nay, Queen High-and-Mighty wanted the job done herself. She hardly said the word afore she marched her royal arse down to the stables, a bow in her hand and a quiver slung across her back. And Macintosh, he’d seen enough of the madness spewed by the King of Camelot to know he’d best accompany her - much to the queen’s annoyance.

Oh, aye, he knew the queen had little fondness of him. But he, being the most accomplished of her vassals, made the most sense to watch her back, bring her home. He’d already accepted her as his Queen, he was damn sure he’d fulfill his duties to her. And that meant he wasna about to let her die from her own stubborn foolishness.

They’d split up after another argument - at this point he couldna remember what it had been about. They’d bickered about his presence on the ride to the border. Then there’d been a nasty bit about his lack of proper protection. Then some quibble o'er her skirts in a saddle. After that, it got muddled - travel at night, mayhaps? He’d had enough, declared his desire to make the work of checking the border come to completion faster, and took a different fork in the trail.

No too far, though. He had to be within hearing of a distress call.

He couldna imagine Queen Merida calling out in distress.

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