leader rules

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The Signs as Queens : Taurus - Catherine The Great

Born in May 1729, Catherine II of Russia also known as Catherine the Great was the most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia. Her country was revitalized under her reign, growing larger and stronger than ever and becoming recognized as one of the great powers of Europe. She then passed away in November 1796 at the age of 67.

the world’s oldest person is a sagittarius 
in terms of sun sign, scorpio is the sign of most world leaders, scorpio is ruling the world, followed by leo
taurus is the sign the most number of authors share 
apple was created when the sun transited aquarius 
out of the 10 richest people in the world, taurus appears most 
the most powerful woman in the world, angela merkel, is a cancer 




Fury road’s world is honestly so intriguing. Like, we’ve got all kinds of slang that’s accepted at normal (how fitting is it that beautiful or amazing things are ‘shiny’ and 'chrome’ in a world of never ending dust??) we’ve got rules, so many rules that never get explained but still just make sense. We’ve got clans of people all with different rules and leaders and purposes. We’ve got so much /color/ all crammed in a desert wasteland. And the coolest thing of all is that music is obviously so important to their culture– between the war drums and the doof warrior– this war torn, terrible place, something as simple as music becomes so important, a source of energy and excitement and (I assume) even comfort

Headcanon of the Day

All of the furniture in Byron’s house is made of metal. There are cushions, of course, but all of the supports are metal.   

It’s not an aesthetic decision. When someone asks why, he simply opens his wallet and hands them an old photograph. It features Roark (who couldn’t have been more than 4 at the time), his newly hatched Cranidos, and piles and piles of broken wooden furniture. Turns out Cranidoses don’t see any difference between the trees they headbutt to train and the wood that makes up a dining room table, for example. The pair got through two whole rooms before the destruction was halted. 

Fan Characters

Alright, time for my last part in this little mini series. Non fan walker characters!

Ridil: An elderly dwarf artificer from Kaladesh. He runs a workshop that specializes in unique Thopters and Servos. He’s rather grumpy and rude but is rather charitable despite his hard exterior. Mentor of Sana Ahir, friend of Kheve.

Radia: A soldier from Keep Purita on Arangar. Fierce and loyal. Current status unknown. Friend and squademate of Kheve’s.

Arst: Lord of the Tone on Arangar. Seemingly benevolent leader but forces harsh rules and has a fiery temper. 

Sana Ahir: Sana Ahir is an artificier from Kaladesh, specializing in ariel inventions such as flying vehicles and Thopters and is considered a prodigy in her field. She’s a bit of a clumsy spit fire with a soft spot for people who have managed to earn her respect. Good friend of Kheve’s and Ridil’s protege. (Sana is technically a canon character who I have just kinda hijacked. She appears for a short mention in the story “Renewal” after Yaheeni gives her some savings….and Sana promptly faints, never to be seen again.)

Catherine II Romanov

(2 May 1729- 17 November 1796)

Empress and Autocrat of All the Russias 
Императрица Всероссійская
Imperatritsa Vserossiyskaya

Catherine II of Russia also known as Catherine the Great (2 May 1729 – 17 November 1796), was the most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, reigning from 1762 until her death in 1796 at the age of 67. Born in Stettin, Pomerania, Prussia as Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg, she came to power following a coup d'état when her husband, Peter III, was assassinated. Russia was revitalised under her reign, growing larger and stronger than ever and becoming recognised as one of the great powers of Europe. 


Young Libyan amazigh girls attend an Amazigh festival in Tripoli on September 27, 2011. The Amazigh people, the indigenous people of North Africa, are asking for the recognition of their language and culture in any new constitution in Libya after decades of prohibition under the rule of leader Gaddafi

anonymous asked:

Viggo is just a businessman and yet is far more interesting than the many villains weve seen like the usual tyrannical leader who wants to rule the world. He said it himself in the last episode, he's just a businessman and he doesnt desire to rule the world.

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Amen amen amen amen amen! Sing it to the rooftops! Yiiiiiiiiisssss! This is one reason I love Viggo as an antagonist in the HTTYD world. He’s different from everyone, be it Excellinor or Alvin or Norbert or Savage or Furious or Dagur or Drago or Luna or Hroar.

Most of the villains thus far in HTTYD have perpetuated the general literary black/white morals paradigm. Of course, we also get redemption arcs for Alvin and Dagur and some of the book characters, but when they act as antagonists, they are very clearly the antagonists. Almost no one would applaud their morals or say they’re justified in what they do. They operate on principles that are incredibly different from Hiccup and company’s values, and they seem to march to extremes in their goals. Alvin the Treacherous clearly desires power, attempting to harness dragon flight and control over the “dragon whisperer”. Drago is power hungry to the point he has spent several decades conquering vast swaths of land. Dagur’s mission has been mostly to kill Hiccup, yet he also has staged coupes showing a drive for power and control, too. And all of these villains have been very willing to cheat, lie, imprison, abuse, kill, and in general be horrific scumbags in order to get their ways. Even whiny old Mildew turned into quite the scum when he betrayed Hiccup to the Outcasts, and there’s no doubt Savage would kill in a heartbeat. They’re pretty tyrannical, or at least, pretty morally “black” in their choices.

So all of these characters have pretty standard “villain” traits - they want power, they want to destroy the good guys, and they have what are pretty common literary established “bad” morals. There’s a large gap between villain and hero.

There is still a gap in the moral perspective of Hiccup and Viggo, but what’s interesting about Viggo is that at times he has pretty understandable reasons. There’s some good logic in his actions. He explains his reasons right at the start of his character introduction: he philosophically believes that the most advantageous choices to make in life aren’t necessarily the traditional “honorable” approach, but the more creative maneuver to achieve his goals. He chooses not to be what he believes is foolish. And his goals aren’t necessarily bad; trade by itself isn’t a bad thing. So he’s a businessman with a teleological philosophical framework: the ends justify the means. 

Viggo, in some respects, is more “morally gray” and demonstrates interesting moral standards: he speaks scornfully of needlessly killing someone, scowling, “we’re not animals.” That is commendable. On the other side, he’ll also kill when he needs to, and devise some rather intricate plots to deceive individuals like Hiccup. He’ll even willingly let a plague run rampant in order to increase his profits. But we can point out that, even in that horrid scenario, Viggo doesn’t go out of the way to try to screw people up. There’s give and take to Viggo as an antagonist, black and white merging into gray. You could definitely argue with me and say he’s scum because he’s going on greed (there’s a very decent argument that can be done that route), but I do think there is gray in him and not all black.

It’s because Viggo is a businessman.

If you don’t screw with Viggo, Viggo is not going to screw with you. He does not seem to have this active desire to go out of his way to mess with people. He simply does as is best with his business. He doesn’t need to conquer the world and he doesn’t need to enact brutish violence. His desires for money can mean some shady practices, but it also means he is not quite the standard villainous brute, and it also means that he does some reasonable acts as well. Viggo offers peaceful solutions to Hiccup and agreements. Honestly, if Hiccup were not so adamant to clash with Viggo, Viggo wouldn’t do anything with Hiccup at all. He’d just let Hiccup be. Repeat: he’d let Hiccup be! That’s quite different and unique and shows he’s not some tyrannical warlord like you characterized the other villains!

And because Viggo is a businessman, he knows how to play it smart. He’s tactical with games like Maces and Talons, and he’s going to be tactical with trade. It’s how he’s become such a successful dragon trader in the first place with such a large center of operations and numerous employees.

So I am with you completely. I find Viggo very interesting as an antagonist. He’s not running around searching for the standard definitions of power that HTTYD has already shown. Power seekers in the franchise have typically sought control of land, control of leadership, and control of dragons. Viggo wants control of money. Sure, control of dragons plays into it because he’s trading with dragons, but that’s not his primary goal. He wants to be a successful businessman, not rule the world. He wants to be a successful businessman, not fight to control everyone politically. He wants to be a successful businessman, not crash into arms battles. He wants to be a businessman, and that’s a really interesting and unique character in HTTYD for books, comic books, television shows, and movies.