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Ti ho cercato per le strade negli occhi della gente, ti ho cercato in riva al mare tra le onde che sussurravano il tuo nome, ti ho cercato nel solito locale il sabato sera, ma sono riuscita a trovarti solo nei miei ricordi.
—  ilragazzodalsorrisomaledetto
The Legend of Captain Killian Jones - Part One

CS Halloweek Day 3: Myths, Legends, and Fairytales

The Legend of Captain Killian Jones - Part One

Beta’d by @kmomof4​ / Amazing Artwork by @artistic-writer

Summary: Cursed three hundred years ago to take on ghost form and haunt his family estate, Killian Jones receives a reprieve once every hundred years to take on corporeal form in order to try and break his curse.

A renowned restorationist, Emma Swan takes on the project of bringing the three hundred year old Jones Manor back to its former glory. A manor that is reportedly haunted by the notorious Captain Killian Jones. Good thing Emma doesn’t believe in ghosts.

Rated M (for sexy times in Part 2) / Also available on ff.net and ao3 / Line breaks indicate a change of POV / scene

A/N: All thanks, flails, hugs, kisses, chocolate, ticker tape parades, baby animals, and my love to @kmomof4​ and @artistic-writer​. Without your enthusiasm and prompting (and art!!!), I never would have committed to actually writing this. (I know, @winterbaby89​. You tried to have my back, and for that I am grateful! We both should have known better than to go up against momma…) Hope you all enjoy this Ghost/Cursed!Killian Two Shot!! Happy Halloween!


Part One

Dust filled the air as another heavy canvas was removed from the piece of furniture it had been tasked with protecting for many decades. Suppressing a cough, Emma Swan opened a few more windows in order to allow some fresh air in and let the staleness of the room out.

She was well accustomed to the stagnant and musty remnants of disuse in old homes. In fact, she made her livelihood off it. Well, restoring it, anyway. The homes, not the mustiness and decay. That would be weird.

Emma Swan was a sought after restorationist of historical homes and buildings. She loved history, and with the assistance of her handy brother and sister-in-law, she’d been able to turn her love of the past into a successful business that provided for her and her son’s present and future.

Her latest endeavor had brought them all the way to a small port town in England. Misthaven boasted a proud history tied to local lore of pirates and privateers, thanks to the grand three hundred year old manor house that sat upon the cliffs just outside the village that was once reportedly owned by a notorious sea captain.

Over the last several decades, the manor had fallen into disrepair due to its vacancy. Though it was still owned, in trust, by descendents of the original family who built the manor centuries ago, no one had actually lived there for nearly forty years. The family and local historical society wished to see it restored to its original splendor, hoping to draw in some tourism dollars with tours and activities, no doubt.

The manor’s curator, for lack of a better term, had led Emma and her team up to the attic where many of the original furnishings, artworks, and heirlooms resided. It was as good a place as any for Emma to begin her investigative work on the property. Research would have to be done in order to determine the course of decisions made about the restoration. Several remodels and renovations had occurred over the manor’s lifetime, and getting it back to its original state (with some modifications for modern convenience - hello electricity and running water) would take some sleuthing into historical records and references. The more Emma could learn about the manor and its original owners, the better.

Which made the attic’s contents a veritable gold mine of information. Furnishings, portraits, trinkets, knick-knacks, books, personal documents, it was like Christmas morning for Emma as she painstakingly uncovered each piece. Her excitement and intrigue sparked with each fresh discovery, but it was probably the large portrait she had located late in the day that had caught her interest the most.

Her son, Henry, had just arrived with Emma’s sister-in-law, Mary Margaret, telling her that they had picked up dinner, when she’d pulled the last heavy canvas from the framed artwork that was at least a foot taller than she was. Standing before her was the life sized rendering of an incredibly handsome man, garbed in full leather and braced at the helm of a ship. The bronze placard displayed on the ornate frame identified him as Captain Killian Jones.

“You’ve found our local legend, I see,” chirped the curator, a petite blonde woman with a tinkling voice and bubbly exuberance about her.

“Legend?” Emma inquired.

Though she preferred to ground her decisions about a project in fact, Emma knew that legends, tales, and folklore could hold valuable pieces of information as well. The stories had to have a basis of truth behind them somewhere, and those little nuggets could often lead her to revelations about a property and it’s history that records never could.

“Oh, yes,” the curator answered enthusiastically. “His story is well known around these parts. He’s part of the reason we’re eager to have the manor restored. The Legend of Captain Killian Jones is a big draw to the area, his family built the manor.”

“What makes his story so compelling?” Mary Margaret asked.

“Oh, probably the fact that he’s the ghost that haunts this place,” she quipped in reply.

“There’s a ghost?!” Henry exclaimed excitedly.

“There’s no such things as ghosts, kid.”


300 years ago…

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barsenthor  asked:

What are the different religions of the setting? (Also the name of the world if I missed it?)

Hi! They actually just call the world “the world,” so there’s nothing too exciting there. Although, thank you you for reminding me I have to make a map at some point!

Re: religion, there’s definitely more to it than what little we see through the protagonists’ eyes (different sects, interpretations, beliefs etc.) but I do want to keep a lot of stuff under wraps for now though, so I’ll try to keep this brief and centered on stuff that will actually come up in the first arc.

The Faith: The majority religion. It’s widespread but not very consistent throughout the land. The most consistent tenants are: the belief in sin and evil, a belief in Yaana (aka God) as a reigning monarch and six additional deities, a belief in the soul as a spirit that goes on after death, and the belief in an underworld hell and a sky heaven where one’s soul may be weighed, judged, and carried to depending on how much evil and good they have done while alive. The underworld means reincarnation after serving a ‘sentence,’ whereas heaven is forever. The worse your sins during life, the harsher and longer your underworld sentence. 

Mearish: The name doubles as a description of the philosophy and a descriptor for the human ethnic group that practices it, even though not all Mearish are of that people and vice versa. They don’t believe in god(s), but rather they study the ancients, a forgotten culture that left only ruins. They believe that the ancients were a perfect civilization, or at least one to be emulated. Because the ancients are feared and distrusted by the majority people (they communed closely with demons, or so it’s thought), prejudice tends to force them into separated neighborhoods in places where they maintain a strong presence. Rowan’s dad is Mearish.

Popular beliefs: Dorlake has its own local beliefs that are tied to The Faith, but also outside of it. For example, people often stack rocks on top of one another to form small shrines–the rocks represent steps to heaven, a guide for the dead. They also allow their dead to be eaten by the city’s flock of crows before their bones are interred in an ossuary. 

Lyragi faiths: Super unknown. The Eeriok lyragi are friendly with Dorlake, trading and sending diplomatic delegations to important events, but they still keep other people at arm’s length. Even lyragi who spend a great deal of time among humans (for whatever reason) will largely refuse to share details of their daily lives and inner worlds. (Some rumors say they’re literally forbidden to speak about their cities via magic, but most lyragi laugh when presented with this theory.)

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UP Cache Valley Local by Patrick Phelan
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UP’s Cache Valley local is tied up for the evening at Logan, UT behind a rare ex-SP GP40-2P, only one of two on the roster, and one of three ever built. August 2017.

anonymous asked:

Ok so I'm sad your journal got wrecked rip BUT it's a good excuse to get a new one locally that's forever tied to New York so silver linings? Not making light of losing the other one at all I can't imagine how devastated I'd be but I do know that the journals I've purchased abroad are my faves x

yeah i’m super sad too :( :( there’s a really pretty one that i’ve had my eye on for about 6 months and it could be a good replacement but it’s out of my price range at the moment. I may just be journal-less for the rest of the year and ask for it as a Christmas or birthday gift (i’m one of those unfortunate people who was born within a month of Jesus).

I’m more just sad about all the memories I’ve lost! (Should have got a Pensieve instead - rookie mistake)

@ean-amhran writes on @phoenyxoftheashes’ post:

If UPG is historically and lorically incorrect, then it’s incorrect and should be abandoned. Take that as you will. Agree with me or not. But I will always have that stance.

That said, for a bit I did have Cailleach and Brighid together on the same Shrine (I believe there’s still a picture of it in my /tagged/my-workspace tag). There wasn’t any conflict with it that I could discern- and I’m not quite sure why Allec would suggest no to do so (thiugh it might just be because I’m dedicated to both, so the “rules” are different persay). At the very least Cailleach and Brighid arent, insofar as I’ve encountered, enemies in the lore.

Idk why Allec can’t reblog my posts, either. I’m not on desktop now, though, so I can’t look into the issue at the moment.

(Still can’t reblog directly from your blog for whatever reason. Hope you see this!)

You are free to have that stance on UPG. I am not quite so against UPG that contradicts lore and history, but I do agree that it should be viewed with caution and a high level of critical thinking. But that said, I’m open to the idea of UPG conflicting lore and history. 

As for why I wouldn’t have them on the same shrine, I think it’s a personal “feeling” (I wouldn’t call it UPG since I haven’t tried to put the Cailleach on my shrine with Brighid). I think that feeling is informed by a lot of Scottish lore that I’ve come across about the Cailleach, particularly the way Brighid defeats the Cailleach each spring. So if you aren’t pulling from that lore, it makes sense why you wouldn’t have the same feeling. Also may be that, again, who I interact with as “the Cailleach” may be a different entity than the Cailleach you are oathed to. I’m of the belief that the Cailleach I pray to is very local and tied to this land. Just my UPG on the matter.

On Questions, Answers, and the Wabi-Sabi Universe

When I started applying for colleges, I knew I was going to have to deal with a lot of uncomfortable questions, what to major in, how I’m going to pay for this, what friends do I make, ect. But these questions, I think, are not nearly as important as questions like “What do I think about God?”, “What do I think about morality/the afterlife/religious experience?” “Why do I believe those things?”, questions that do not concern the people I interact with as much as they should.

It’s easy to take the college questions and give them a positive spin, thinking of them as an adventure rather than an crisis. I suppose one could think the same way about their spiritual journey, but for me these questions never fail to be endlessly confusing, frustratingly vague, profoundly unsatisfying to examine. What’s even more uncomfortable is realizing that you don’t identify with beliefs about the world that you used to hold dear. To look at beliefs that you’ve had for years and to say “that’s not me anymore” is in itself an accomplishment, to look for new beliefs, is a hurdle ten times as high.

This is where I was when I was applying for colleges, and to be honest I’ve never really left, even though I’ve chosen a spiritual path to follow. But given that that path is Shinto, I’ve just opened up a door with a thousand more questions. Shinto is a religion that is practiced almost exclusively in Japan, has only a small presence in the United States (a presence which, helpfully, is mostly located in Washington and Hawaii both hundreds of miles from where I live), and only has a limited amount of resources in print, along with helpful but somewhat dubious online ones. It has no scripture, no clear doctrine, and is closely tied to local Shrines and the landscape of a country which I am descended from, but have virtually no other connection to. It doesn’t mean that I can’t learn about my religion, it means that the answers to my daunting questions are very hard to find, which can be really hard sometimes.

But my experience with Shinto hasn’t been all frustration, otherwise, why would I be attempting to follow it? In my research I have uncovered a philosophy that acknowledges and even celebrates the ambiguities that have so baffled me in the past. It is a path that emphasizes awareness of one’s actions and awareness of the divine in nature, in the Gods, and in ourselves and the people we interact with every day. We call this divine energy “Dai Shizen”, or “Great Nature”, and the way we interact with it is by nature shifting, vague, and impermanent.

In Zen, there is a concept which has carried over to all aspects of Japanese life including Shinto, called wabi-sabi. It, like most Japanese philosophical concepts, is extremely hard to translate into English, but I like to think of it as a kind of “eternal impermanence”. We must acknowledge and appreciate that the world we live in is ever changing, ever shifting, and always impermanent, and although we can have religions doctrine and codes of morality, we cannot possibly think to understand everything. It is most commonly understood in Japanese art and aesthetics,particularly the tea ceremony invented by Sen no Rikyū and the simple but devastatingly beautiful haiku of  Matsuo Bashō. The roughness and irregularity of nature are celebrated in these, not honed out or proportioned away as they are in western art. They ask you to look at the cracks in a cup, the bending of a sakura branch, or the irregularity of a group of leaves strewn across a path, and see that it is beautiful. The imperfection is where the art derives it’s beauty, and likewise the universe derives its beauty from it’s imperfection and refusal to be easily understood.

Wabi-sabi asks you to look calmly and sympathetically on the intricacies and iperfections of the universe around us, and approach it with awe, reverence, and non-judgement. Spirituality in Shinto and for the Japanese in general is more of a purifying appreciation of the divine rather than a prostrating submission. Every religions path involves some sort of “surrender” or “leap of faith”, but in Shinto it’s a different kind of leap than in western paradigms of religion. It’s quiet, mysterious, and impossible to describe, and that not only doesn’t make it less hard to make, but 100 times more hard. But that, I suppose, is wabi-sabi.

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DR Congo: 5 questions to understand 'Africa's World War'
DR Congo is home to the deadliest conflict since WW2.

1. Where is Congo?

Congo, which is one-fourth the size of the United States, shares borders with Rwanda, Burundi, Central African Republic, the Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville), South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Its border with Rwanda is one of the most volatile and deadly in the world.

2. Why is the conflict in DR Congo nicknamed ‘Africa’s World War’?

With up to six million dead and over two million displaced between 1998 and 2003, DR Congo was home to the deadliest conflict since World War II. At the height of the conflict, nine countries were fighting each other on Congolese soil. Millions more have been driven to the brink by starvation in the country that is the size of Western Europe.

The victims died either as a direct result of fighting or due to malnutrition and disease. Additionally several million women and girls have been subjected to rape, which is used as a weapon of war. A 2011 study showed there are “1, 150 women raped every day, 48 women raped every hour, and four women raped every five minutes” in the DR Congo.

3. What started the war?

Mobutu Sésé Seko was president of the DR Congo, which was also known as Zaire for much of his reign from 1965 to 1997. Mobutu renamed the country Zaire in 1971 as part of his programme of “authenticité” to erase the last vestiges of colonialism.

While Mobutu, a dictator, was courted by the West for decades due to his staunch anti-communist stance, the seeds of DR Congo’s undoing lay in the 1994 assassination of Rwanda’s Hutu president, Juvenal Habyarimana.

After Habyarimana died, a Hutu extremist regime − the “gouvernement intérimaire rwandais” which promoted the Hutu Power agenda− seized power and around 800,000 Tutsis were killed in a space of 100 days in what is now known as the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The leaders armed the Interahamwe and other militia groups, which ultimately carried out genocide acts against the Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994.

A Tutsi rebel group, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), which was led by current president Paul Kagame, managed to drive the Hutu regime away but more than a million Hutu refugees fled into Zaire, as they feared revenge for the genocide.

As Rwanda welcomed a new Tutsi-led government, the presence of the Hutu Interahamwe and Mobutu’s support for his Hutu allies in Zaire precipitated the disaster that was to come.

The United Nations (UN) also played a large role in the conflict, as its UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) empowered the Hutu extremists as leaders of the refugee camps and gave them control of food distribution.

After Habyarimana died, a Hutu extremist regime − the “gouvernement intérimaire rwandais” which promoted the Hutu Power agenda− seized power and around 800,000 Tutsis were killed in a space of 100 days in what is now known as the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The leaders armed the Interahamwe and other militia groups, which ultimately carried out genocide acts against the Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994.

A Tutsi rebel group, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), which was led by current president Paul Kagame, managed to drive the Hutu regime away but more than a million Hutu refugees fled into Zaire, as they feared revenge for the genocide.

As Rwanda welcomed a new Tutsi-led government, the presence of the Hutu Interahamwe and Mobutu’s support for his Hutu allies in Zaire precipitated the disaster that was to come.

The United Nations (UN) also played a large role in the conflict, as its UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) empowered the Hutu extremists as leaders of the refugee camps and gave them control of food distribution.

No longer backed by the United States and France, Mobutu was forced to flee and the Rwandans installed Laurent-Désiré Kabila in his place in Kinshasa. Kabila reverted Zaire’s name back to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In 1998, Kabila and Kagame, who was then vice-president, fell out and Rwanda invaded DR Congo, again. Kabila recruited some of the former Rwandan Hutu forces, which angered Kagame and prompted the war. Angola and Zimbabwe teamed up with DR Congo, while Uganda and Burundi lined up alongside Rwanda.

4. Are Congolese still fighting?

A fragile peace deal in 2002 initiated the withdrawal of foreign armies from DR Congo, but local rebel groups tied to the Rwandan government continued to control much of the east of the country.

In 2000, Hutu extremists in eastern Congo launched a new armed group, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR). The group counts among its number the original members of the Interahamwe that carried out the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.

Under Kabila, the FDLR were used as a proxy force against the foreign armies, such as the Rwandan Patriotic Army and Rally for Congolese Democracy, backed by Rwanda.

In 2002, FDLR units moved into North and South Kivu, border regions with Rwanda that are still volatile today, where residents live in fear of death, rape or displacement. Its members are mainly former soldiers of the National Congress for the Defence of the People.

In March 2005, the FDLR announced that they were abandoning their armed struggle and returning to Rwanda as a political party. The same year, United Nations Security Council ordered the FDLR to disarm and leave the DR Congo. By 2007, however, the FDLR was still fighting against the Congolese army.

In 2008, both the DR Congo and Rwanda decided to disband the FDLR and the Rwandans entered Congo to round up FDLR fighters.

A year later, Congo mounted a joint operation with Rwandan troops to weaken Rwandan rebel Hutu militias active in eastern DR Congo. After the peace agreement was signed in 2012 in DR Congo, a group of Congolese army mutineers − mainly Tutsi survivors of the genocide and former soldiers of the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP) − began an offensive under the name M23 in the eastern regions.

In early 2013 the UN secured a regional agreement to end the M23 rebellion in eastern areas, and the group’s alleged founder Bosco Ntaganda surrendered to the International Criminal Court to face war-crimes charges.

The UN accused Rwanda and Uganda, which border DR Congo to the west, of having supported the M23 rebels, but Kigali and Kampala have both denied the claims.

Human rights groups also claimed M23 fighters have been responsible for widespread war crimes, including summary executions, rapes and the forced recruitment of children.

5. Is the conflict mainly political?

No. It also has an economic side, as DR Congo is potentially one of the richest countries on earth with an estimated $24 trillion (£15.5tn, €21.1tn) of untapped mineral resources.

With the world’s second-largest river flowing through it, DR Congo has limitless water and vast mineral wealth, including abundant deposits of copper, gold, diamonds, cobalt, uranium, coltan and oil. The country also boasts vast energy resources and the World Bank notes that “with a 40GW potential, Inga is the world’s largest hydropower site and its proper development can make it the African continent’s most cost-effective, renewable source of energy with an estimated generation cost of $0.03 per kilowatt hour.”

The country said it aims to double tax revenues from minerals but investors warned that an overhaul of the mining code could remove incentives to invest there.

Many neighbouring countries, such as Rwanda, have been accused of profiting from the anarchy to plunder natural resources.

Despite its resources, DR Congo is also the world’s third poorest country per capita ($700, £452, €615), just above the Central African Republic and Somalia

anonymous asked:

hello 'tis your local anxious 13 year old who's 5'9 and really fucking awkward. I live for astronomy and cats are one of the many things keeping me alive. Reading/writing is a passion of mine and I have dark brown hair and eyes. I basically look like 2009 dan with a dodie haircut but worse.

HOW ARE YOU SO TALL?? But omg very good person

Describe yourself and I’ll tell you if I’ll date you!

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Hercule Poirot [INFJ]

Ni: Poirot is usually ten steps ahead of everyone else in the room. He can observe a situation for awhile, discern what will happen as a result of the interaction there, and then work backward to find who will be the murderer. Once a crime happens, then it falls to him to prove it with external evidence. Poirot is rarely truly surprised or caught off guard.

Fe: Much of his work involves dealing with people – and he is always charming, affable, and easily influenced through flattery or the need of a woman for his assistance. Poirot is popular and able to put people at ease. Most of all, he understands how the mind works, which enables him to understand the true motivation for the crime – not in surroundings but in human hearts. Poirot tries to blend in to his surroundings if he is on holiday, by insisting others adhere to local customs and food.

Ti: He searches for meaning and understanding of the crimes – interestingly, by encouraging others to ask questions. Poirot often already has the solution, but he insists on those around him reaching a similar level of “aha!” He is very analytical and under stress, can become short-tempered when dealing with “incompetence.”

Se: His appreciation for the finer things in life is apparent – Poirot always dresses in the nicest suits, has the most meticulously packed luggage, and keeps his mustache ideally quaffed. He’s extremely observant and pays attention to what is happening around him and what conversations are happening.

‘Tis your local Cheesecake mod here to say that first of all I’m still so incredibly happy for all the love and attention you have been giving us upon reopening. KNY would never be the same if not for all you wonderful members. I can’t believe we’ve already hit 40 submitted blogs and many more on reserve! We hope to not disappoint you and that you will keep enjoying this group for a long time to come. For the time being the inbox has been cleared, so anything that hasn’t been answered has been lost in the void, feel free to send it again. I will be keeping the masterlist open and reply to anything that might pop up throughout the day.

I would also like to take this moment to introduce you all to a very handy extension I found through another group: it’s called SessionBox and it lets you log in on multiple accounts at the same time. Really handy for multiple muses because you just have to open the right tab through the extension and then it counts as its own session. It’s pretty simple to operate, and you can title each session as you wish for easy navigation as shown in the image under the cut! That’s all from me for now. I hope you all have a very nice day/morning/evening regardless of where ever in the world you are!

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the signs as ed sheeran lyrics
  • Aries: "Flames just create us but burns don't heal like before and you don't hold me anymore" [Drunk]
  • Taurus: "Take my hand and my heart and soul, I will only have these eyes for you" [One]
  • Gemini: "And you will never know just how beautiful you are to me" [Wake Me Up]
  • Cancer: "When I'm away, I will remember how you kissed me under the lamppost back on 6th Street" [Photograph]
  • Leo: "Sometimes I wonder in any other summer, could you have been a part time lover to me" [Nina]
  • Virgo: "Darling, how I miss you, strawberries taste how lips do" [Little Bird]
  • Libra: "I'll pick you up when you're getting down and out of all these things I've done, I think I love you better now" [Lego House]
  • Scorpio: "Take my into your loving arms, kiss me under the light of a thousand stars" [Thinking Out Loud]
  • Sagittarius: "To have a local girl hair tied up in elastic band with a kiss on the cheek for her one-night man" [One Night]
  • Capricorn: "It never came from my mouth, but you were just afraid to find out" [The Man]
  • Aquarius: "Can you feel it? Found you hiding here so won't you take my hand darling before the beat kicks in again" [Sing]
  • Pisces: "Stuck in her daydream, been this way since eighteen" [The A Team]