These scenes are the best because, even though Japril are always so amazing and perfect together, you can really see and feel the intensity of their feelings after being apart for so long and the distance melting away when they finally come back together. They are a perfect example of what Callie said about making up, being “like coming up for air.”
Perihart Solace, Master of the Sun and the Dark Helios
Life before the exploson
Arrival at Elysion
I thought it’d be a good idea to recap every single thing Solace has done in the story so far, to remind ourselves of the great deeds that he has accomplished.
1. Early life
Perihart was born in a small Rubenian village around 21 years before the Explosion. His father, head of the prestigious Solace family, had a romantic affair with a Rubenian woman, and Perihart was born as an illegitimate son, a son he won’t admit into his family’s house until after he was orphaned in a war that destroyed his village and killed every villagers
including his mother. With only the Rubenian stone necklace his mother gave him, he joins the Solace House and comes to live among his power-hungry brothers who are threatened by Perihart’s strong innate El power in their struggle to become the successor to the title of Master of the Sun. Perihart’s strong power is probably due to the fact that he is a Rubenian. More on Rubenians can be found in this post (link).
2. Life before the explosion
I’ve written long posts about everything that happened in Solace’s past as a summary of both the Epic Quest Ep. 26 + and the Halted Sun’s Memory dungeon which can be found here: (tumblr)
Short version: Perihart tried to save Harnier from the blood thirsty brothers by running away from the family together, but Harnier ended up being chosen as the next Lady of El. Perihart becomes the Master of the Sun to save her somehow, questions if he should respect her decision to stay responsible or break her out of her duty regardless. Just when he decided to give up on the Great Escape plan, it got set into motion anyway, which lead to El’s explosion.
3. Arrival at Elysion
His exact arrival time at Elysion is not clear, but it probably wasn’t that long after the explosion. Solace desperately needed a way to keep Harnier’s body alive and from the looks of it, he was able to find Elysion and their preservation technology before she showed any sign of aging, but judging from how it looks like Solace hasn’t aged a day since the explosion, that could be disputed. Upon arriving at Elysion, somehow crossing into another dimension, he met Adrian, father of Nasods, and sought refuge. He singlehandedly stopped a meteor that was about to destroy the floating city. Impressed, Adrian agreed to lend him technology to preserve Harnier’s body. This was when Herjuno was protesting against Adrian’s decision. However, Adrian was interested in the Lady of El as well. Most of his life was spent on trying to prove that technology can surpass the power of El, and to meet someone who uses that power directly was intriguing for him. Herjuno tried to warn Adrian that Solace is a dangerous man, but Adrian thought he was malfunctioning and tried to discard him. Herjuno ran away, planting his core into a worker-type Nasod.
4. Solace’s Fortress
Adrian programmed the preservation capsule so that over time, he will gain control over the Lady of El. When Solace found out what was going on, he was furious, and took over the heart of Elysion underneath Adrian’s own palace and its central core, blocking all communications coming in and out of the palace. With Dekal at his disposal, he was able to collect massive amount of Diceon ores and Hernasid soldiers to build his fortress under the shining palace. Of course, as we all know, he wasn’t just building a fortress to protect Harnier. He was hatching a plan to change the world. A world where no one has to sacrifice anyone. The wonders of Diceon ores have been briefly described here (tumblr). With these fascinating ores, Solace was able to re-create a “fabricated El” that had the same energy as the original Giant El before its destruction. There, within his fortress, he waited for Elsword with the replacement El and Harnier at his side.
5. Notable Achievements
Defeats Eldest Brother Sigmund at age 14
Kills him at age 19
Becomes Master of the Sun at age 20+
Finds a solution to separate the Lady of El from the Giant El she is connected to in less than 3 years
Said solution was used against his will to successfully blow up the Giant El
Defeats fellow Masters and priests to save Harnier in the Tower of El all by himself
Narrowly escapes death by the El Explosion that wiped out Elianode
Stops a meteor meteors
Constructs a fortress below Adrian’s palace
Takes control of the Central Core of Elysion
Seals Adrian’s palace so that no one can enter
Fabricates the original Giant El with Diceon ores
Finds a solution to create a world without the El
Realizes who Elsword actually is and what he is capable of
Fights against thirteen members of the El Search Party and lives
Nathan wants to be useful. Many times has he said things that suggest he thinks he’s a good for nothing idiot, such as the iconic “we can’t do anything riiiIIIIIIIIIGHT” or the time he said they’re all a bunch of rich useless sellouts. Even How can I be a Hero is an expression of his feelings of inadequacy.
Pickles wants to be appreciated, and we all know that this brought him to self destructive behaviours, including the band’s breakup. Maybe he entered the music industry to be appreciated as an artist.
Skwisgaar wants to be protected. All his problems seem rooted in the fact that his mother was simply the worst shit on earth and wasn’t able to make him feel safe. Every day different guys would show up, maybe he was even bullied in school because of that? He likes it when his step dad guides him through normal life (for once, he’s led, not a leader!), he almost looks like a teenager while bonding with him. He constantly holds his guitar in what’s basically a hug, just like Toki does to his teddy bear. I think his cold behaviour is a self defence mechanism, because if nobody protects him then he has to protect himself.
Toki wants to be loved, and this is pretty obvious. He looks for it everywhere, in every person that he meets. Sometimes he found it and sometimes he found the opposite. Sometimes he suppressed it because it hurt. But what kept him alive during his captivity? Love. The love he felt for the boys. The same love that helped him get over his past.
Murderface wants to be understood. He often acted as if nobody understands him, which is unfortunately true. Nobody has ever tried to understand what goes on in his head; with the exception of the time the boys followed him from cult to cult out of Nathan’s sense of guilt (again, he can’t do anything riiiIIIIIIIIIGHT), Murderface’ internal conflict seems to be invisible to the others. The heartbreaking Dethvanity is an example of how nobody got the point of the whole surgery thing. The boys did it out of vanity, Murderface out of pure self hate. The day he finds someone who fully understands him, that will be a good day.
Ziva: You did not have to come. Tony: Well you always forget your gum and magazines when you fly, so…
LOOK. AT. THEM.
ZIva still doesn’t believe she deserves to have someone stand by her side in her darkest hour, that she has to shoulder this alone, but she can’t help herself when Tony does show up – there’s that hint of a smile there, despite her grief.
And then there’s Tony, who knows her inside out, enough to remember her travel habits (because #married), but more importantly, knows that she needs to be reassured that she isn’t all alone now that the last of her family has been wiped out. That she doesn’t have to shut the world out and put up her walls, because that isn’t the person she is anymore. (“Don’t do this.”) That she isn’t her father, but that she’s still allowed to love and grieve him in spite of it. (“My father was not an easy man to understand, and yet–” “Complicated runs in the family.”)
And you can see the moment that Ziva just gets it, and lets her guard down, where she forgets about protecting her heart and instead lets it lead, because she doesn’t have the energy left in her to fight. Where the words escape her, because it’s all just too much right now, and she goes for the only language she can speak in this moment–
Because that’s what it’s all about. Where Tony may have a movie quote for any occasion, Ziva is running on instinct right here. So all she can do is hug him– to thank him, to seek comfort from him, and to reassure him that she trusts (and loves) him, always.
And her smile is so heartbreaking, because she’s in so much pain, but it’s obvious that right then, he’s all she wants, even if it’s for a second. Shmiel is her wonderful security blanket, there to take care of her as a parent, but Tony is her rock, keeping steady when she’s about to crash, and she knows it. There isn’t anyone else she would have wanted to see on that Tarmac, and you can see the relief and gratitude in her face. This is raw emotion, her at her most vulnerable.
At lo levad.
THAT is when she completely gives in to the moment and feels joy amidst the sorrow. Because this guy who’s been by her side, who’s already brought her back from the brink a couple of times this episode, reminds her of the people who love her when she doesn’t know who to trust anymore.
(How he went out of his way to learn those important words of wisdom in her native tongue, if only to remind her that he does, in fact, know who she is inside.)
And she knows she’s not alone anymore, the way she used to be before she came to this place; not just because she has Shmiel by her side (thanks to Tony, no less), but because she knows the whole NCIS team is with her in spirit, and that Tony will always, always have her back.
That this guy who’s been with her through thick and thin for years, who infuriates her one second and overwhelms her the next, is always going to care for her when she can’t care for herself, when she is so angry she may not even deserve it, but he will anyway (as would she if the tables were turned) because that’s just the way it is – that’s love. They may not say the words, but that’s because they don’t have to here.
This is such a lovely, lovely moment, in the middle of a lot of pain (thanks, Show) and Cote de Pablo and Michael Weatherly did such a terrific job again with relatively little dialogue.
Because nobody on this show is ever alone.
10. An Italian pornstar Ilona Staller, who was a member of Parliament continued to work in porn videos during her political career. She often made speeches with one breast exposed, and even offered to have sex with Saddam Hussein in exchange for peace in the region
9. When Hunter S. Thompson died, his ashes were fired out of a cannon by Johnny Depp to the tune of “Mr. Tambourine Man” by Bob Dylan.
8. This is a closeup (macro) photo of a snowflake.
7. Betty White is a huge animal lover who would have become a zookeeper had she not gone into acting. She rejected a role in “As Good As It Gets” because of an animal cruelty scene, she visits local zoos when traveling, and she’s been a long-term board member and generous donor to the L.A. Zoo.
I think it’s great for two people to be together. That is a good number. I think, that to keep it alive though, you can’t spend every day together. It wears out the magic, Love means nothing to me if it’s not fortified with fierce, painful longing, brief explosive instances of furious passion and intimacy and then a sad parting for a time. In that way, you can give your life to it and still have a life of your own. I think some couples spend too much time together. They flatten out the potential for experience by constant closeness. Passion builds over time like steam. Let it rage until it’s exhausted and then leave it alone to let it build up again. Why can’t love be insane and distorted? How can it be vital if it has the same threshold as normal day-to-day experience?
Why can’t you write burning letters and let your nocturnal self smolder with desire for one who is not there? Why not let the days before you see her be excruciating and ferment in your mind so on the day you go to the airport to pick her up, you’re nearly sick with anticipation? And then when desire shows the first sign of contentment, throw it back it its cage and let it slowly build itself back into a state of starved fury. Then when you are together, it all matters. So that when you look into her eyes, you lose your balance, so that when she touches you, it feels like you have never been touched before. When she says your name, you think it was she who named you. When she has gone, you bury your face in the pillow to smell her hair and you lie awake at night remembering your face in her neck, her breathing and the amazing smell of her skin. Your eyes go wet because you want her so bad and miss her so much. Now that is worth the miles and the time. “ Henry Rollins
Author’s Notes: 1) So this is what happens when you fall in love with the characters you’re writing: you don’t STOP writing. 2) This is mostly all headcanon - just warning you now. 3) My only real criteria for this was “I wanna read the cutest cute.” I hope I delivered. 4) I sincerely hope you enjoy this, Marcus! 5) There’ll be a part 2 to this soonish…
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