leader of the sages

aries
~There is a woman breaking glass ceilings and leading the way. She stands in her own fire and charges from the gates of heaven with fresh eyes and radiance

taurus
~There is a woman who touches with her gloss body and makes art with the world. She is holding the paintbrush of god, creating beauty, comfort, and pleasure

gemini
~There is a woman who can change the world with her voice. Her mind is constantly blossoming with the daisies of cosmic messages, she writes the thoughts of God

cancer
~There is a woman powerful enough to shatter the laws of physics if you are in danger. She can erupt a force of terror upon those who threaten your little world together, child, lover, sister, brother

leo
~There is a woman whose world is a stage, who uses the senses of her heart to hear all things, whose love illuminates, nourishes, and sustains, there is a woman whose love moves the planets

virgo
~There is a woman working tirelessly to hold the whole earth together. Her mind is weaved with tapestry of crystal genius, standing in a shadow that casts more light than you could ever know

libra
~There is a woman holding down the floor in the court of law and justice, righteousness and grace. She is fighting for equality and love and acceptance in a world that breaks her heart

scorpio
~There is a woman who dreams the dreams of witches, demons, and angels, but she keeps it a secret and battles on. She is a leader of souls and raw spiritual energy, a sage, a crone, a survivor

sagittarius
~There is a woman who hears the soul of the world and translates it for you. Her wisdom is luminance, her joy is a prayer for your spirit. She is a teacher, a guide, she is laughter, wine, and life

capricorn
~There is a woman staring down violent opposition day after day, it is not enough to exist, but to shine a midheaven sun, let ambition guide, and cultivate a life of wisdom and meaning

aquarius
~There is a woman with an exquisite mind, endlessly sheltering and cherishing humanity with radiant love from a hidden crystal. She is fighting valiantly, and thanklessly for the soul of the world

pisces
~There is a woman who knows the way, desperate to return to a place of peace, and yet she stays to embrace and destroy your pain, she makes the ultimate sacrifice

-C.

The elephant in the fandom

I spent most of my life denying who i was. I never gave myself the chance to experiment with feelings i was having because in my world i couldnt accept that i could like men and women at the same time. I, like so many others, lived their life in a religious right family whose go to reaction to most upsetting news was shouting.

Its only recently that i have started talking about it in my real life. I told my wife after we were married and had a kid. I told my best friend for years after being the one to tease his older brother of his sexuality in my teen years. I openly mocked a gay kid in high school, never to his face but to the same friends we all had.

I hated bisexuality and called it one foot out of the closet. More importantly i suffered from depression, anxiety, rage and antisocial tendencies becausr i could not admit to myself that i was attracted to men.

And let me get this out of the way, i love the way my life turned out. I dont regret anything. My family turned out much more accepting then i anticipated, my wife is very supportive and i have a beautiful baby girl.

It wasnt until i joined tumblr and found a community that celebrated people like me. And more importantly online content like critical role that featured strongly characterized characters of varying sexualities and gender identity. All these characters were unashamed of themselves and more importantly were definded beyond just that they were gay.

Gilmore as a successful merchant and powerful mage.

Kima as a short zelot warrior to the platinum dragon god

Allura as a nation leader and accomplished sage.

Not only that but main characters that are influential and powerful warriors in their own right.

This all enabled me, amoung other things, to be honest about myself.

And then comes Tary, problematically played by a straight actor. When he came out i was reserved? Ive alluded to it before so if you want the full thing find that post. I dont really want to get into that right now. What i am saying now is that even though it is problematic i like tary’s characterzation.

He isnt as over flamboyant as lets be honest gilmore can be sometimes and no one complains about. Sam filled a role that so many people wanted, an openly gay pc. Because no matter the jokes and enduendo representation matters to those people.

And you know who wasnt represented in that show until tary was revealed? People whose lifes have been affected negatively by homophobia. People that have lived their whole life believing the way they feel is wrong.

This fandom can get so toxic out of no where sometimes. Ive seen people shout for female represention and nit pick at everything keyleth does.

Tary’s coming out probably seems trite and over used because guess what, coming out isnt easy for most people. Family gets disowned and people get pressured by the ones they love to be who they arent and sometimes people need to be reassured that life gets better and not everyone is going to hate who you are.

Instead of hating matt and sam for the negatives look at the positives. Tary is smart and capable and every bit as indespencable as anyone else in the core group and that includes scanlan shorthalt.

Tl:dr i will defend my genius little science gay with every fiber of my being.

aries
~There is a woman breaking glass ceilings and leading the way. She stands in her own fire and charges from the gates of heaven with fresh eyes and radiance

taurus
~There is a woman who touches with her gloss body and makes art with the world. She is holding the paintbrush of god, creating beauty, comfort, and pleasure

gemini
~There is a woman who can change the world with her voice. Her mind is constantly blossoming with the daisies of cosmic messages, she writes the thoughts of God

cancer
~There is a woman powerful enough to shatter the laws of physics if you are in danger. She can erupt a force of terror upon those who threaten your little world together, child, lover, sister, brother

leo
~There is a woman whose world is a stage, who uses the senses of her heart to hear all things, whose love illuminates, nourishes, and sustains, there is a woman whose love moves the planets

virgo
~There is a woman working tirelessly to hold the whole earth together. Her mind is weaved with tapestry of crystal genius, standing in a shadow that casts more light than you could ever know

libra
~There is a woman holding down the floor in the court of law and justice, righteousness and grace. She is fighting for equality and love and acceptance in a world that breaks her heart

scorpio
~There is a woman who dreams the dreams of witches, demons, and angels, but she keeps it a secret and battles on. She is a leader of souls and raw spiritual energy, a sage, a crone, a survivor

sagittarius
~There is a woman who hears the soul of the world and translates it for you. Her wisdom is luminance, her joy is a prayer for your spirit. She is a teacher, a guide, she is laughter, wine, and life

capricorn
~There is a woman staring down violent opposition day after day, it is not enough to exist, but to shine a midheaven sun, let ambition guide, and cultivate a life of wisdom and meaning

aquarius
~There is a woman with an exquisite mind, endlessly sheltering and cherishing humanity with radiant love from a hidden crystal. She is fighting valiantly, and thanklessly for the soul of the world

pisces
~There is a woman who knows the way, desperate to return to a place of peace, and yet she stays to embrace and destroy your pain, she makes the ultimate sacrifice

-C.

Nat Farman     Lawrence Ferlinghetti Reading with Florence Allen dancing Behind Him, San Francisco     1957


Pity the nation whose people are sheep
  And whose shepherds mislead them
Pity the nation whose leaders are liars
           Whose sages are silenced
 And whose bigots haunt the airwaves
Pity the nation that raises not its voice
         Except  to praise conquerers
      And acclaim the bully as hero
         And aims to rule the world
             By force and by torture
         Pity the nation that knows
       No other language but its own
     And no other culture but its own
Pity the nation whose breath is money
And sleeps the sleep of the too well fed
     Pity the nation oh pity the people
       who allow their rights to  erode
  and their freedoms to be washed away
              My country, tears of thee
                  Sweet land of liberty.

–Lawrence Ferlinghetti, “Pity the Nation (After Khalil Gibran)”  2008

anonymous asked:

Did you know that the guy we all thought was Cole the other night on Lili's Instagram with the cards, was actually a Tinder date? He had Cole's exact hands, black hair and the same shirt as Cole, but it wasn't him. Lili trawled Tinder and found an exact replica of Cole for a date. The guy must have thought she was a right weirdo when she asked him to do that on her date! Anything for the PR though. I imagine the real Cole was tucked safely in KJ's arms, for once free from the cruel team and PR.

Know it???? Dude, who do you think had a hand in uncovering it (after known in the industry sage, leader and Confetti confidante, Pallettown pointed us in the right direction)??? I mean, DUH…AND this same person (for many of poor indigent Troll’s dwindling $$) was later paid by Lili to escort to comic book shops and department stores around Van City….

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Seal of Lucifer, the Destroyer:

This is the Lucifer most known – he is the Punisher. However, unlike the modern Christian demonization, Lucifer the Destroyer does not dwell in an eternal, subterranean hell awaiting those who turn away from YHWH – no, he walks among us. While no longer does he serve the Tyrant God, his goals remain – punish all those who bring “evil” into the world (hypocrisy, bigotry, lies, pain, strife, hatred, etc. – all the things born only in the corrupt mortal mind, but permeate outward). He is the destroyer of Illusions, Lies and all that poisons the mind and delays Enlightenment/Salvation/ Saṃsāra (call it what you will). In a sense, he is much like Kali – but on a smaller scale (Kali does not only work in mortal affairs but functions as an integral cog of the Cosmos at large) – in that he destroys misconceptions, confusion, greed, all those things that cloud the mind, so that Lucifer, the Morning Star (and all of his incarnations as prophet, sage and spiritual leader– “The Devil” of Old) might lead you onward.

Sacred Grove & The Temple of Time

“The Sacred Realm is a mirror that reflects what is in the heart … If an evil heart, the Realm will become full of evil; if pure, the Realm will become a paradise.”  –Zelda, Ocarina of Time

The Temple of Time is considered to be the most historied building within The Legend of Zelda mythos.  The original temple from the earliest era was an integral part of the landscape of the desert of Lanayru Province, yet almost nothing is known about it.  Far more central to this cyclical saga is the current iteration of this temple, found deep within the Sacred Grove.  Thus, a brief account of its history is needed.

Hyrulean cosmogony states that the three Golden Goddesses, Din, Nayru, and Farore created the world, the moral and physical laws that permeated it, as well as all living things that dwelt upon it.  Having completed their work, the Goddesses created a world parallel to Hyrule called the Sacred Realm (or, in Japanese, Holy Land) wherein they left a powerful artifact known as the Triforce to be guarded by another deity, the goddess Hylia.  And the world, for a while, knew peace.

This artifact, sacred symbol of the Goddesses, contains within it untold power and is capable of giving reality to thought and desire.  However, it itself has no knowledge of good or evil, and so can give life to desires either base or noble.  Yet the Triforce is ultimately a judge of balance; if the one who touches the Triforce has achieved the necessary balance of power, courage, and wisdom, the desire will be made fully manifest.  If one of these aspects dominates the others, however, the Triforce fragments into three pieces, leaving the one who touches it with the value the individual holds above all else.  

After the downfall of Demise and the reunification of Skyloft with the underlands, the Kingdom of Hyrule was established as legitimate protector of creation under the auspices and blessings of the Goddesses. Still, legends and tales of the Triforce spread across the land, eventually igniting war between Hyrule and those that sought to overthrow it and gain access to the relic it guarded.  Thought by many to be the Interloper War spoken of by the Light Spirit of Lanayru Province, this conflict eventually led to the exile of those who would eventually become the Twili via the Mirror of Twilight, as well as the sealing off of the Sacred Realm.  This era is the Era of Chaos.

Rauru, leader of the Sages, is held as the fundamental creator of the Temple of Light, which housed the Triforce after the Battle for the Sacred Realm.  The only entrance to the Sacred Realm was sealed away behind the Door of Time within the Temple of Time, and locked away using the Spiritual Stones of forest, fire, and water, as well as the Master Sword.  These elemental keys were given by Rauru to their respective peoples, the Kokiri, the Gorons, and the Zora, and an altar was laid out within the Temple of Time.  It is generally believed that Rauru built this new temple upon the remains of the Sealed Temple years after the events of Skyward Sword, putting an end to the era of chaos that pivoted around controlling the power of the Triforce. 

By the time of the Era of Twilight, the Temple of Time was in a deep state of ruin.  Though still identifiable as the storied temple of the past, it was all but wiped from time and knowledge.  

Part of the beauty of the Sacred Grove is its hiddenness within a familiar region.  It is nestled within the primeval Faron Woods, quite near to the Forest Temple and protected by the technology of those that constructed it; the familiar wooden constructs—in the form of wind-powered bridges and swinging wooden beams—can be seen along the pathway into the deeper forest.  Inexplicably, the forest changes wholly, from a forest of twisted and gnarled trees suspended in golden haze to a darker, colder one of tall, straight trees held in a silver glamour.  This descent into the unknown is very much a hallmark of the series, and is captured every time that Link enters a dark portal or newfound cave. 

When Link and Midna first enter the initial clearing, they are met by two flickering torches and a Howling Stone faintly breathing Zelda’s Lullaby into the wind.  An initial protection for this area is evidenced by this stone, which summons a guide only after a connection to the Royal Family has been established.  Disturbingly, this guide is all too familiar to us.  Skull Kids are children that go missing in the Lost Woods and who are slowly transformed into the playful imps known well to us.  And we are given reason to believe that this particular spirit is connected to the one from the Era of the Hero of Time.  As Link traverses through the trees, hesitantly pursuing this being, Skull Kid can be distantly heard playing Saria’s Song upon an airy flute.

And, oh, the music.  It is, quite honestly, the most soothing, mystery-laden, and intoxicating theme within this game.  I find it to be the perfect embodiment and vessel of what this area is supposed to portray, which is an unsure return to the past.  In traveling through the woods, it invokes unearthly feelings of an unknown nostalgia brought about by the subtle Lost Woods theme within the larger musical setting and the existence of the Skull Kid, who serves as guide.  These things instantaneously return the individual to older times and an enigmatic grove near to Kokiri Forest.  And, by the end of the journey, beautiful and unsettling though it is, we are met with the ruins of a place we are very much at home in.  The Temple of Time was, for ages, an inviolable sanctuary, and even in ruins it is meant to wrap the player in security.  To find it unexpectedly in a furtive glade, then, is an unlooked-for blessing.

Abruptly, the music stops, leaving only the sound of the wind blowing through the trees.  Darker paths open up into a sunlit dell littered with toppled-over rocks and the skeletons of buildings.  The labyrinthine paths of the Sacred Grove lead to different vantage points within the glade that culminate in shells of structures that would have once brushed up against the Temple of Time.  Crumbling pillars blend in with the trees of the wood, and the only roof of this hall is now the sky.  Near what was once the entrance, a solitary door stands atop a platform that is reached by no stairway, and at the end of the aisle, a small passageway leads past two statues and into a fated room.  There is clearly a great magic at work here, even in death.  Drawing the sword is one step in a process that eventually helps to transport Link back in time.  The secluded portal at the entrance to this place reads “Time Door” and is engraved with the winged crest that existed prior to the foundation of Hyrule.  Where the Triforce should be is a simple circle, and perhaps this is intentional.  The full crest is found within the Temple of Time in countless locations, and it probably also once existed upon this door.  One possibility is that it was carved over so as to adumbrate the true purposes of this temple—to protect the Sacred Realm and Triforce.  Conversely, this door could simply have been built prior to the establishment of Hyrule by a preternaturally far-sighted Rauru.  But this is simply speculation.

And now, some quotes.

“The ancestors of the Hylians created the temple… Signs of their civilization—ancient, but very sophisticated—are everywhere.” – Rusl, Twilight Princess

“Yes, according to legend, Hyrule was made by the Hylians, who, as we all know, are the closest race to the gods … truth be told, there’s also a theory saying that in ancient times there was a race even closer to the gods than the Hylian people, and THEY created it.  And they, simultaneously with the birth of the Hylia people, created a new capital, a capital that floated in the heavens.” –Shad

“Among the legends of my clan, there is a story from the time when the Oocca still maintained contact with the royal family.  Yes, it said that a mysterious rod was handed down from the people of the sky, and it was called the Dominion Rod … The rod was only to be carried by the messenger to the heavens when the royal family needed to communicate with the Oocca.” –Impaz

“The ancient technology of our people sleeps in this place …” –Ooccoo

These quotes are mildly confusing.  There are many theories in the wider world that conflate the Oocca with the people of Skyloft, and posit that this temple is actually the Tower of the Gods—and judging solely by the mechanisms within each place, they could be right.  But my guess is that this is not so.  Though there are, in fact, many similarities between these locations, they are yet different from one another, and are, in layout, completely dissimilar.  To return to the quotes, though, they all hint at something undeniable: there was a connection that once existed between the Hyrule Kingdom of old and the Oocca, and that it has since been severed.  The technology of the highly-advanced Oocca evidenced in the City in the Sky was known to the Royal Family, and knowledge of a device that enabled them to communicate was protected by the Sheikah for generations.  But this is not to say that the Oocca were involved in the creation of Hyrule or of the temple, though it is certainly hinted at throughout this game.  The Oocca merely left a heraldic staff behind when they retreated to their capital in the skies.  So what is this place that protects both the Sacred Realm and the only device capable of uniting two of the most advanced peoples within Hyrule?  Though not the first to expound this theory, I believe it to be the Temple of Light.

It is known that the Temple of Light is housed within the Temple of Time resting within Hyrule; and it is also known that it can only be accessed through the chamber of the Master Sword.  So when Link enters the Door of Time within the Sacred Grove, he travels to the only logical destination: a centuries-older Temple of Time. 

Inside, a permutation of this temple can be seen, similar yet different from the one found in The Ocarina of Time.  Somewhere along the way, the aisles were lost, as was the altar made for the Spiritual Stones.  There is no clerestory and the ceiling is shrouded in darkness.  The sides are divided into five modules, instead of the four found in the previous incarnation, yet in essence it is clearly the same place, as the feelings it evokes are the same.  Another beautiful tradition of this series can be summed up as such: new guise, same essence.  Even though many locations feature heavily in sequential games, the slight changes fascinate us all the while the continuity reconnects us to our previous experiences.  

The Time Door with its incomplete crest

Pale white light filters past the ornate metalwork upon the tall windows and illuminates the two guardian statues who watch over the large Triforce that forms the centerpiece of the floor; it is ensconced in a white flower—I would posit it is a lotus— found also above doorways and other tiles, which makes clear the identity of this sanctuary.   Upon the balusters of the staircase are carved small medallions of light.  These echo more significant light medallions further along and corroborate the theory that this is, in fact, leading to the Temple of Light.  The architectural details of this cathedral were covered in a previous post, so I will not enumerate them again, but I do want to draw attention to something quite unique upon the wall just above eye level.

One of the most contentious friezes within the world of art history is that which encircles the Parthenon in Athens.  Traditionally, this frieze is thought to represent the Panathenaic Festival, in which new garbs were offered to Athena and placed upon her statue that stood in the naos, or innermost shrine.  Though unimportant to our discussion at present, it is a persistent and unresolved question.  What is important, though, is that both of these bas reliefs immortalize an unidentified procession upon monuments of central importance within their respective cultures.

Above the black stone nearest to the tiled ground are several sunken panels that bear a relief of seven figures (to me, they appear to be women, although they could also conceivably be the Seven Wise Men spoken of in Hyrulean Legend—which would be highly appropriate to the setting.  I will treat them as women from here, however) processing toward the entrance of the temple.  Above the lintel, it can be seen that they all emanate from one central figure that is represented only here in the center.  This person faces the sanctuary with one arm to either side, gently issuing forth those who participate in the procession.  She is unique unto herself, and might represent the current incarnation of the Goddess Hylia or something different entirely.  The other panels feature seven different figures.  And it is always these same seven women or sages—the central figure, who, with arms outstretched, bears a scepter—likely a depiction of the Dominion Rod protected by this temple—and does not move, five women who all walk with heads bowed, and the last woman, who like the central figure does not move, but carries a vase held aloft in her right arm and supported by her left.  The religious symbolism, if it is religious in nature, is not known, nor is the meaning behind the scepter or vase.  Through the archway underneath the webwork of stone and meaningless Hylian is the chamber of the Master Sword, from which this procession originates and flows outward to the Door of Time.  

This last room is starkly different than before.  The Pedestal of Time rests under the light of a huge glass dome, and eight stained glass windows are set within deep archways that form a system of vaults that help maintain the structural integrity of the dome and thrust upon the walls.  Everything is once again octagonal in design, but the embellishment sets an entirely different mood.  Clean white light flows in from the glass of the dome, but each window is a series of large spheres—one blue, one pink-red, and one pale green.  These are likely the symbolic colors of the Goddesses. 

The Pedestal of Time also takes on a new form resembling a cog, which feeds into the larger theme of time that is so pivotal to this setting.  Once the Master Sword is thrust back into the pedestal, an ethereal blue staircase climbs upward revealing a hidden space behind one of the central windows.  And this is the entrance to the Temple of Light, spiritual heart of Hyrule.

If this truly is the Temple of Light, then its hidden entrance is humble.  A small hallway leads downward, opening up into a vast chamber of grey stone and trim of gold.  Enormous vaults are overhead, while stone circles are carved into archways made to look like famous windows of Byzantium.  The processional relief carries on through this room, and small gothic windows are carved into recesses in the wall, though they yield no light.  Like the Temple of Time, this inner sanctuary is guarded by stone statues, though these are different in nature, more mechanical than humanoid.  The royal crest sits above the lintel in the heart of the half-lotus above the door to the older areas beyond this room.  This place, as we have discussed, is fundamentally a Western religious setting, and thus the middle of the room holds a large gold bell which rests under a baldachin—an ornate canopy which traditionally houses either people or items of great significance in cathedrals or basilicas.  Encircling the lowest portion of the bell is a ring bearing the Light Medallion on repeat, and above that are maze-like markings and a symbol central to this dungeon—a depiction of the Dominion Rod.  This symbol is a tiered vertical line above which hovers a large circle.  This can be found etched upon many items within this temple, but most notably all of the statues are branded with it, but with one difference.  The statues all have large holes in their chests where the energy from the Dominion Rod houses itself; below this rests the portrayal of the staff itself.  In total, when the statues come to life, the entire illustration is completed and mirrors the actual item itself, from black staff to the yellow light which emanates from the end of it.  These bells also form a transferal system for the statues, which clearly suggests a relationship between this temple, built by the sages, and foreign technology bequeathed to them by the Oocca. 

Many have likened this temple to the Tower of the Gods, and it is true that the similarities are certainly obvious.  The circuit-like design running along the walls and bases of pillars, the mechanical enemies (for instance, the Beamos branded with the royal crest), the use of strange energy sources, and the necessary implementation of unfamiliar ancient statues are all present within both of these dungeons.  Moreover, they are uncannily similar thematically.  As I wrote in the Tower of the Gods, that location was used as a place of judgment to discern the true hero of the gods, as it housed guardian enemies, not enemies bent upon wanton and senseless violence.  It was a place sanctioned by its creators to protect itself in order to test those that entered.  Likewise, those themes are all present here.  One of the most memorable chambers within this Temple of Light is the room of judgment, wherein rests a giant scale marked with the light medallion of Rauru.  Tests are given to Link in each game, as his future incarnations after the events of Skyward Sword dictate that the power of the Goddesses be passed on through generations to those with natural virtue.  Therefore, this temple exists.  

Chambers here are classically beautiful, showing all the trappings of ancient Western heritage in full bloom.  Most iconic is the room guarding the Dominion Rod.  The creators of Zelda use many archetypal buildings in their designs, and the chosen structure used in this temple is the Pantheon of Rome.  The Pantheon is more than just beautiful, however; it is a testament to human ingenuity, perseverance, and mastery of materials.  

Conceptually, the drum and dome are based upon the intersection of two circles—the space was to be imagined as the orb of the earth and the dome of the heavens.  As simple as it sounds theoretically, the actual construction had no precedent off of which to work.  The drum was built level by level using concrete of various makes; the recipe was altered from bottom (containing basalt) to the top (utilizing pumice) in order to lighten the load as the dome rose higher to its focal point.  The dome also reflects this, as it decreases in width near the oculus.  The coffering (small sunken panels) of the dome also served to lessen the immense weight of the dome without weakening the structure.  The very existence of an oculus also makes it so that no large stress would be present in the weakest part of the dome—the center.  Basically, this project would have been absolutely impossible without the advent of concrete and its masterful use by the Romans.  The interior space was also incredibly religious, as its name (temple to all gods) suggests.  And it was a place of simplicity, allowing the space—not the embellishments—to speak for it, to engage its audience.  When the door was closed, the only light source present was the oculus above, which, like the solitary window in the chamber of the Master Sword, would trace the hours across the floor in a ray of focused light.  Else, a chill darkness hovered around the outside wall, providing stark and lovely contrast to the center.  The pantheon here is slightly different, though equally lovely.  A tall, gothic window with plain white panes illumines the large-order medallion of light upon the floor and accentuates the shadows that form within the sunken arches and coffering of the dome above.  

Oddly, there seem to exist older—or at least more run-down—passages and rooms within this complex.  While most of the walls and floors are covered with marble tiles of varying shades, dusky and unpolished stones make up the boundaries of several inner areas.  The engaged columns of these areas, the torches, the post-and-lintel structures, and ceilings are all of a different design, which may hint at a multi-stage construction process.  

This should not be surprising, though, as it is one of the oldest creations of this universe charged with a task as great as its age.  

Tales of Xillia Timeline

NOTE: A couple of entries need to be updated.

This is a timeline of the history of the world of Tales of Xillia, up until the beginning of the first game.

There are three versions of this timeline; one you can read in this post, and two that can be viewed in a spreadsheet - one using the localized terms, like the version written here, and another using the original terms for those who are more familiar with the Japanese version or dislike the localization’s policies when it comes to name adaptations.

  • Spreadsheets: [links taken down for revision]

Notes:

  1. This timeline is spoiler-free when it comes to Tales of Xillia 2, so if you have only played the first game, you can read this without fear. There are, however, spoilers for all of Xillia 1.
  2. Trames is the name of the Rieze Maxian calendar and Primia is the name of the Elympion calendar. If you are reading this on Tumblr, hover above the Trames date to see its Primia counterpart.
  3. Sources: Tales of Xillia, Tales of Xillia Official World Guidance Book, Tales of Xillia Perfect Guide, Tales of Xillia Fan’s Bible, Alvin Chronicles. More details in the spreadsheets.
  4. All of the credits&reposting rules apply!

Many thanks to bleakdaydream and renachan82 for proofreading, and to everyone else who has helped me in this endeavour, readily answering questions and providing advice when needed. And reminding me to sleep. You know who you are ;-)

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For Your Seamonkeys Pleasure:

Oh my, that sounds dirty. Anywho, some things to think about and stuff when we see Sun and Neptune face off against whoever. I like to think it’s Team CRDL. A bunch of bullies that need to be put in their place about how awesome faunus are. Sun’s a faunus and leader of his own team, you see where I’m going? That, and I don’t want to choose between SSSN and JNPR, especially if they send in Thor–I mean, Nora. Basically this is a bunch of drabbly goodness and little theories of the imagination.


–CRDL immediately talks shit about Sun because of who he is. Sage can be seen holding back Scarlet (*screaming*) from the stands because OH HELL NO you didn’t just trash talk our leader. Vice versa with pissed off Sage. The rest of CRDL hides in fear of their lives until the match is over.

—Neptune absolutely will not tolerate this crap and proceeds to wreck CRDL for trying to make fun of his boyfriend. Sun stares in awe as Nep fights for his honor. Also, that’s really kinda hot? Like these dudes can tease each other and junk, but no one talks about their team like that–plus that bullying faunus is bullshit and needs to stop.

–The entire stage being set to the Sea, filling it with water probably due to Cinder being evil and messing with the match ups. CRDL of course knows that Nep is scared of water by seeing their previous battle, and are ruthless in bullying him. The guy’s name is Neptune and he’s hydrophobic. Hilarious. They purposely try to knock him into the water for the entire fight. This pisses Sun off like you can’t believe because Nep is trying so hard to fight back but is panicking so badly. He wants to make Sun proud because Sun is depending on him, but this is too much.

–Neptune getting hit so many times and gets launched into the water, and is so dazed that he thinks he’s drowning. He’s flipping out and screaming for Sun and Sun runs to his side shouting to stop the match. That, or he pummels CRDL because they’re still making fun of Nep even as he’s “drowning”.

–Sun staying by Nep as the medics look him over, and he won’t let go of Sun anyway. He’s shaking in the blankets that they’ve given him, and he feels so ashamed and useless that he didn’t do enough in the match. Sun has to keep reassuring him that he did well. They probably ended up winning the match because CRDL is a bunch of losers, no contest (how did they even make it to doubles?), but Neptune still feels awful about it. Sun sticks with him for the rest of the day should he need anything.

–Sage and Scarlet being good teammates and making sure the two are okay because that fight was nothing but mean bullying for the pair. Even though CRDL lost, they’ll be sure that they don’t forget to never mess with their team again.

–RWBY and JNPR all checking in on Neptune throughout the day. They’re all friends, in a way, and they all stick together. The whole world saw the match, after all. Probably get some backstory as to why Nep is afraid of water to begin with. I want sadness and pain.