it’s alright to not be okay sometimes; it’s alright to be angry, or sad, or just frustrated with how things are going - it’s okay, and please try your best to remember that you’re going to make it through
After the monk managed to make an action movie caliber jump off a building onto the wall, he meets up with the halfling rogue. The rogue was sent to destroy the gate mechanism on the fort to let a bugbear army in so they could wreck the place. She still had six guards and a captain outside the door at the time. The monk came in disguised as someone else and started punching people, leaving about three guards on the door where the rogue was. This is how she solved the fight.
Rogue: Can I open the door, stab a guy, then dive back in using uncanny actions?
DM: Hmmm, I guess with uncanny actions it’d work.
Rogue: Ok. *proceeds to basically do that for three rounds, killing a guard in the process*
DM: The door is getting weak they should be able to break it down by now…
*looks at dice*
*throws dice across the lounge area where we play*
DM: I have not rolled higher than a 6 on that die to break down the door, even with inspiration and multiple people!
Rogue: *plays whack a guard one more time*
DM: Ok! *rolls die* the last one gets in before you can close. Why is this working so well!?
Rogue: I don’t know, but I like it. Thanks for allowing it.
This morning, I watched Kaiju emerge from her burrow, yawn, and walk around her cage. She soaked in her swimming pool for a while, got out, drank some water, played with her feeder puzzle and got some breakfast, basked, dug a hole, moved to the other side of her cage, dug another hole, and then flopped on her log to bask again. Watching her dig made me think a bit, and then I looked back at my lizard records and realized that hey, it’s two years to the day since I put her in the cage, and that made me think a little bit more.
Namely, it made me think about the year I spent letting her free-roam all the time. It’s something I want to talk about here for a few reasons. One, I think it’s important to talk about why it was a mistake so that nobody else tries it. Two, I think it’s important for me personally because a lot of the Pet Experience™ on the internet is cute pictures and videos and talk about how amazing your animal is. Pet owners like to present themselves as experts in excellence, and I think particularly here, that contributes to a lot of the toxicity and hostility that goes around in the petblr tags. Many private challenges to our way of doing things go ignored or are met with hostility; public challenges tend to devolve into ad hominem arguments and fighting that ultimately doesn’t change the animal’s care. But everybody makes mistakes. Nobody’s perfect, and even husbandry decisions that are made with careful planning and forethought can be a huge mistake. Sometimes you back the wrong horse.
When I was looking into tegus for the first time, a commonly recurring theme was free-roaming. While most of the community supports caging, there is a small, vocally adamant subsection that says that free-roaming works for them. They talk about how they do it, how they set up hot spots and humid zones, and how their animal is part of the family. That loud minority really seemed inspirational to me- like they were so dedicated to their animal’s experience and mental well-being that they converted their own home. I thought I could do that, too, and maybe it could have worked out long-term, but you know what? I don’t care. There’s a lot of what ifs left, alternate universes I don’t have much of an interest in exploring. It’s an irresponsible, foolish gamble. There’s no what ifs about her health- I know that she’s got the humidity and heat she needs for her organs to function properly. There’s no point in looking back or trying to figure out a work-around to facilitate full-time free roaming.
Here’s what I know: While the year she spent free-roaming caused no problems based on bloodwork and imaging analysis, there’s no telling what could have happened in the long run. Tegus are tanks and it can take a long time before improper care takes its toll on them. This is the post I saw that made me change my mind; the tegu here had been free-roaming for six years before his health rapidly declined. That’s what made me decide that even if I did everything “right” to keep letting Kaiju free-roam, it just wasn’t worth it. Sometimes, even if you think you’re doing the right thing, it’s valuable to take a step back and say “ok, but is this really the right thing?” It’s said a lot by petblr bloggers that your ego shouldn’t ever come before your pets’ health, but sometimes these decisions aren’t based on ego- sometimes they’re based on just plain being wrong. And there’s nothing wrong with admitting that! It’s ok to be wrong. Nobody’s right all the time. But have the courage to reevaluate your husbandry practices and the honesty to fully consider the risks- and if you realize you need to make a change, then make it. Your animal’s worth it.
I’m killing time before the summer event in JP Rays so I figured I’d post a translation for this one scene from Velvet’s chapter in Tales of the Rays. Slight spoilers ahead.
For those of you that don’t play Rays, the characters from the other games get reflected into the world of Tir Na Nog and are then recruited by Ix and Mileena to help save the world from destruction. As a result, characters from different games are able to interact with each other, including Sorey (ToZ) and Velvet (ToB).
The context isn’t too important; Ix brings Sorey, Mikleo, and Edna to this new world that’s “like theirs but slightly different.” For various reasons, Sorey and Mikleo don’t meet Velvet until after Ix and everyone else has and it ends up being a hostile first encounter. After things settle down, Velvet has time to talk to this “Shepherd” who’s so different from the Shepherd she knew in her era.
Disclaimer: my translation isn’t exact, but hopefully I still convey the general idea of the conversation as a whole.
Velvet: ….I have something to ask you. Between “the whole” and “the individual”, which would you choose?
Sorey: What do you mean?
Velvet: It’s fine (if you don’t understand). Just say what you think the answer is.
Sorey: What I think……
Sorey: If I choose every “individual” then it’ll become “the whole” or something, right?
Velvet: Huh? What kind of answer is that?
Sorey: Ah, I just said what I thought. Is that not okay?
Velvet: …No (it’s fine)
Mikleo: I agree with Sorey.
Laphicet: These guys are pretty weird people, aren’t they?
you’ve heard of RFA & Minor Trio proposing to MC, now get ready for: MC proposing to all these dorks ^^ hope you’re doing well btw
✿ sasjh ahh thank you for your ko-fi support, you’re all so generous. ♥ I tried a bit of a different format for this, please tell me if you like it!
You propose to Yoosung
in possibly the most stereotypical way imaginable – by trying to spell it out on the high score field of your favorite arcade game.
Unfortunately, you and Yoosung share the same favorite
arcade game (Honey Buddha Racers) and Yoosung is dense as a brick, so when you get the highest score on the game and
input ‘Yoosung’ on the line, he finds it later, laughs at you and, thinking it’s
some sort of joke, proceeds to beat your
score and input your name on the top line. You beat him back, putting his name first again and thinking you should
ban him from the game parlor until you’re freaking
finished, but you don’t want to arouse his suspicion just yet.
The next day, you manage to get just under your high-score
and input Will, but you have some
trouble getting the other words to align right (including being undermined by
some jerk who apparently was obsessed with getting onto the leaderboards) so
you can only get two parts of your message before your prescribed playing time
for the day is over.
The third time you try, you dedicate your entire Saturday afternoon to setting up your proposal, and
approximately fifteen minutes before you’re supposed to meet Yoosung for
dinner, you finish. Pleased, you go out to a restaurant with him, and then
casually say you should check out the arcade afterwards.
He agrees. You both go in and, immediately he suggests a round
of Honey Buddha Racers. You bring him to the machine, and on the screen, is…
“What?” Yoosung asks, squinting at the screen, and you
clench your fists, seething and cursing to yourself. You were gone for like, an hour tops, and someone had ruined your proposal by beating one of your scores?
KEVIN WOULD PAY FOR THIS.
You get on one knee and propose anyway, because SCREW KEVIN,
you were not letting him ruin your STUPID
(Despite the hiccups, Yoosung has stars in his eyes as he
You propose to Zen with
a smile, a rose clenched between your teeth and glittery flower petals strewn
on the bed around you.
You’d gotten the idea from one of his musicals, specifically
the one where Zen played a womanizing cat-boy who proposed to the female lead
in the third act while wearing a diamond-encrusted speedo. Not to be outdone by
your (soon-to-be) fiancée, you consume as many romantic movies, tv shows, and
songs as possible in an attempt to melt down their contents and create the ur-proposal
that would dominate all proposals for decades to come. They’d teach classes on your romantic ability,
studying your silver tongue and your amorous passion! Stand aside, Cassanova! It was time for you to dominate history!
…Which is why you had a camera set up to record the entire
Zen walks in to see you, in an exactingly pressed tuxedo,
lying with one hand propping up your head and the other holding out a ring box.
After a moment, you get up, and you do not climb off the bed, no – you billow. You sweep. You do
a number of grand, romantic movements before you end up in front of him, on one
knee, presenting him a diamond.
You whip the rose out of your mouth. You present it to him.
He takes it, avoiding the spot that’s kind of shiny from your spit, and you
recite a sonnet that you wrote and practiced extensively in the mirror
specifically for him. You expected a lot of things – for him to swoon, for his
knees to tremble, for him to grab your hands and say Yes, yes! Absolutely, yes! Let’s get married tomorrow!
Zen only does one of those things, instead bursting out
laughing, putting his face in his hands… and saying that he loves you so much and that he will, without a
doubt, promise to spend the rest of his life with you.
You propose to Jaehee
with a cake.
Honestly, your planning could have been better. It was
nothing to do with the cake itself! It was perfect!
Handmade icing topping a perfectly moist chocolate body, gorgeous floral
decorations, and a fondant that didn’t actually taste like shit with the words
will you marry me? in a perfect,
calligraphy-esque script on the top. It was her favorite color, favorite flavor,
and your presentation was spot on, delivering it to her at the end of her shift
along with a cup of coffee and a kiss on her cheek. No, your mistake was much
smaller, much simpler than that.
After Jaehee squeals, hugs you, and says yesyesyes!
About a million and one times, she asks you, like – not to be weird, but –
where’s the ring?
And you look at the cake.
And you sweat, because
you thought it would be cute to bake
the goddamn diamond inside.
“Uh,” you say, and Jaehee facepalms and laughs.
You eat the entire cake during an all-day Zen musical binge,
while making sure to take small, careful bites as you look for the ring.
shiro is vld's damsel in distress and keith is his knight in shining armor
Ok so I know I joke about Keith saving Shiro like a princess, but actually, this is honestly how their dynamic is portrayed?? Keith is always shown as the first one at Shiro’s side when he’s in danger, always running to his rescue. If he has to choose between the mission and Shiro, he’ll take Shiro every time. But now, let’s talk about this idea he’s a knight for a minute. Because it’s very much a purposefully drawn comparison. In the comics, when the paladins are all likened to pieces on a chessboard, Keith is delegated to this role. The narrative literally refers to him as a knight by name.
The imagery of Keith’s bayard also serves to reinforce this. Instead of a more sci-fi weapon like a laser gun or some advanced alien tech, Keith’s weapon of choice is a classic sword. Nothing evokes the image of a knight more than a sword and shield (which the paladin suit has). Keith’s belief system also feeds into this archetype. Time and again, he’s singled out as the most dedicated to the mission. He is a paladin first and foremost. When Pidge wants to leave to find her family, Keith is the one who lashes out and lectures her about how they need to defend the universe and make sacrifices for the greater good. When Allura is captured, Keith again notes that their duty as paladins must come first. Keith leaves the castle when he believes his presence will do more harm than good. And the paladin guidebook even lists his most important value as honor–a clear reference to knightly chivalry.
Keith’s initial role in Voltron is also a clear indicator of his character. If the head of Voltron is a leader whose men will follow without question, if they’re like a “King,” then as Voltron’s “right-hand man” Keith is a loyal knight. And just like any good knight, Keith will call out rulers for failing to serve the people and treating their subjects unjustly. The way Keith reacts so strongly to Lubos is a good example of this. Again, nobility and honor are distinctly important to him.
Another trope with a knight and damsel you often see in fantasy is that, like a typical knight, the protagonist highly values chivalry and champions a noble cause. But ultimately, that means learning to sacrifice their own selfish desires for the sake of the greater good. So their love interest is often seen as a distraction from the hero’s quest. They can’t afford to indulge in their feelings because the mission must come first. And often times, this culminates in a decision where the knight must choose to sacrifice the person they care about most–a representation of their own desires–because their duty demands it.
And in his trial, who is it that’s sent to tempt the hero and divert him from his quest, who is it that Keith longs for most, the person he “desperately wants to see”? Who is the one person that Keith can afford to be selfish for, the one who he’ll throw away everything–including his obligations as a paladin–just to be with?
And we know that this is an archetype VLD is very much aware of and acknowledges in their narrative. After all, heroes who fail to give up their own wants and needs, chasing after their love and abandoning their duty–they’re often cast down, vilified, characterized as foolish and selfish and bringing about disaster for their arrogance. And Zarkon is the literal embodiment of this character. He’s a glimpse at what Keith’s future could look like if he continues down the same path and chooses Shiro over the universe. Just like how Zarkon chose his love over everything else.
So when I mention all the sheith and zaggar parallels, I really do believe it’s wholly intentional. Especially given all the foreshadow that Keith will eventually reach the same crossroads where he’ll have to decide whether or not to sacrifice Shiro for the sake of the universe. But being that Keith doesn’t believe in things being so “black and white” and also the trope that a successor will surpass their predecessor, I believe Keith will figure out an alternative answer that will allow for both Shiro and the the others he defends to stay safe.
Now, as for Shiro’s role as a “princess,” the notion is pretty interesting. Obviously, it’s a clear subversion of gender. But there’s never any shame or weakness to it. Quite the contrary, actually. Shiro is established as the strongest and most formidable member of Team Voltron. He’s their brave leader, their fearless protector, their unshakable rock. But he is so often idolized, seen as impossibly perfect and infallible, and this inevitably takes its toll. The fact that he allows himself to be vulnerable with Keith, to let Keith help him and take care of him, is never shown as a point of pathetic inability or weakness.
Rather, Voltron portrays it as okay to admit that you aren’t strong enough, that you’re not okay, that asking for help is perfectly alright and there’s nothing wrong with admitting you can’t shoulder the weight of the world on your own. Shiro asking Keith to come save him is important because he never asks the others for help. He puts up a facade and tries to keep everything together in front of them. And when Keith says things like Shiro really changed his life, you can infer that, before this, Shiro was probably always the one taking care of him. So Keith always being the first to defend Shiro in turn reads as You were always the one protecting me, now let me stand by your side and protect you.
This concept of sheith’s dynamic resembling a knight and princess is also established immediately. Their very first scene together is Keith saving Shiro, and it really feels like knight rescuing their lost love. Right away you associate these two characters with one another, see just how intimately familiar they are with each other. Keith fights fiercely on Shiro’s behalf but softens up when he looks at him, leans it closer and tenderly reaches out to him. And I’ve talked about this a lot before, but the way Keith mourns Shiro is distinctly reminescent of someone grieving a lover.
The way he’s inconsollible and claims to be the only one who really cares about Shiro, the way he searches relentlessly and needs to be told time and again that it’s time to move on, the way his voice breaks when Black accepts him and he pleads, “Please, no.” Keith really loves Shiro. And his devotion to him, including leading Voltron in honor of his last wish as well as vowing to never give up on him,Keith’s desperation to be with him, this notion that he’d be all alone without him--yes, he loves Shiro. But it’s a love that’s passionate and intense and possessive and desperate in a way that platonic or familial love just isn’t.
I think Kuron’s rescue and recovery in season 3 is also very remenescent of this whole damsel in distress theme. For one thing, Keith is established as Shiro’s sole rescuer, and the “reunion” scene is an intimate moment between just the two of them. Kuron’s hero is here to save him, and they can both finally be at ease. The start of the next episode is very interesting because it just seems like business as usual. The paladins are all off on a mission, but Kuron is nowhere to be seen. He’s taken out of the action. Instead, this is the first time we get to see Allura use her bayard. And she makes for a fearsome opponent. It’s a distinct reversal of how you’d usually see a knight go off on their quest while the princess waits back at the castle for their safe return. Here, Kuron takes on that position. And the way we see Keith dutifully caring for him at his bedside afterwards reinforces this idea. And it’s okay for Kuron to rest and take as much times as he needs. It’s okay because Keith will still lead in the meantime and he’ll always be there to check in on Kuron and help him through his recovery.
Of course, there’s more than one way to save someone, and I think it’s important to make that distinction with Shiro and Keith’s relationship. Because it’s not Keith carrying all of Shiro’s weight for him and taking care of everything. It’s about Keith really supporting Shiro and reaffirming that he is a good and worthy paladin–“You mean, your bayard.” It’s the way that Shiro has already given himself up for dead but Keith looks him in the eye and tells him that he’ll be alright, that he can make it. It’s the fact that Shiro struggles with his trauma and still believes that he’s a monster, that he’s undeserving of the title “paladin” and that there’s no way he can stand against the empire and survive. Keith asserts time and again that Shiro is their leader, that Shiro is strong and kind and loving, that Shiro isn’t broken, that he deserves to live. It’s that Keith gives him hope, and Shiro is able to stand by his side and push forward because of it.
Ultimately, I think the best way to describe this dynamic is by just quoting what Josh said at wondercon about his favorite scene: “Shiro is in really bad shape and he’s waiting to pretty much get rescued by Keith. I love this clip because you really see the weak side of Shiro, you really see Keith’s determination to find him. And it was just really exciting for me to watch it. Because it really looks dire, and it really looks like he’s not gonna make it in time. And then–a hero comes through and saves the day with the lion.” Keith is really Shiro’s hero. And just like he’s promised, he’ll always be there to save Shiro–as many times as it takes.
I wonder if the qs hair color have some significant meaning. Like for example mutsuki green for jealousy saiko blue for sadness... what do you think?
I think it’s certainly possible!
Saiko | Turquoise
Positive keywords: communication, clarity of thought, balance and harmony, idealism, calmness, creativity, compassion, healing and self-sufficiency.
Negative keywords: boastfulness, secrecy, unreliability and reticence, fence-sitting, aloofness, deception and off-handedness.
Blue doesn’t quite fit Saiko but Turquoise definitely does which is what her hair colour mostly is.
Saiko’s character has both positive and negative traits associated with this colour. Creativity in her kagune and her compassion towards ghouls especially come to mind. Communication regarding the colour turquoise
represents “open communication from and between the heart and the spoken word. It relates to the electronic age and the world of computers, and communication on a large scale” which fits Saiko to a tee. She wears her heart on her sleeve for all to see which means her feelings are freely shown to others. However, because of her tendency to “fence sit”, she’s always had trouble standing firm by her feelings. She had doubts about whether ghouls were ‘the bad guys’ and yet she was always reticent in speaking up about it
She was unreliable for most of :re
But following Shirazu’s death, the Quinx’s goal to look after his sister’s medical bills and becoming a senpai to the new quinx has seen her begin to show responsibility
Urie | Purple
Positive keywords: unusual and individual, creative and inventive, psychic and intuitive, humanitarian, selfless and unlimited, mystery, fantasy and the future.
Negative keywords: immaturity, being impractical, cynical and aloof, pompous and arrogant, fraudulent and corrupt, delusions of grandeur and the social climber.
Urie’s character begun the series as almost entirely presenting those negative traits. Deep purple especially fits him: “a powerful color, it can also indicate arrogance and ruthlessness”. However, as his character development progressed, he’s moved towards more of those positive aspects.
As an artist/painter, Urie has a creative flair which lends itself well to his promise as an investigator. He figured out that Torso was a taxi driver far before anyone else. But he definitely strongly represented the negative traits associated with purple. “Delusions of grandeur and social climbing” is pretty much the definition of the Urie x Promotion ship
However, like Saiko, Shirazu’s death has also led to Urie learning selflessness and embracing those more positive traits over the course of :re, becoming a strong and caring leader.
Mutsuki | Green
Positive keywords: growth and vitality, renewal and restoration, self-reliance, reliability and dependability, being tactful, emotionally balanced and calm, nature lover and family oriented, practical and down to earth, sympathetic, compassionate and nurturing, generous, kind and loyal with a high moral sense, adaptable, encourages ‘social joining’ of clubs and other groups, a need to belong.
Negative keywords: being possessive and materialistic, indifferent and over-cautious, envious, selfish, greedy and miserly, devious with money, inconsiderate, inexperienced, a hypochondriac and a do-gooder.
Whereas Urie’s character seems to progress from a strong focus on the negative traits to the positive aspects of his colour, Mutsuki’s moves in the opposite direction. The series starts off highlighting his compassion, sympathy, generosity and kindness, however we see small moments where that darkness trickles through. In the Auction where it was hinted he consumed human flesh to survive, his uneasiness when he visited :re with Haise and saw his interactions with Touka, the foreshadowing that he had a hand in his family’s murder, “I will lie again”. Eventually this manifests into the darker Mutsuki we see presently, focusing on his envy towards Touka and possessiveness over Haise. Despite that though, this all has a root in the positive trait of “a need to belong”
Wanting to take things back to a time when the Quinx were together with Sasaki- a family unit. Something that Mucchan didn’t receive during his formative years.
Shirazu | Orange
Positive keywords: sociable, optimistic, enthusiastic, cheerful, self-confident, independent, flamboyant, extroverted and uninhibited, adventurous, the risk-taker, creative flair, warm-hearted, agreeable and informal.
Negative keywords: superficial and insincere, dependent, over-bearing, self-indulgent, the exhibitionist, pessimistic, inexpensive, unsociable, and overly proud.
Additional negative keywords: dead
Shirazu’s character at different points in the series represents both the positive and negative traits associated with the colour orange. His personality is sociable, enthusiastic, self-confident, uninhibited, informal. At the beginning of :re he’s self indulgent and comes across as superficial- often jumping into a fight attempting to take credit for the salary bonus involved. “Money” was his driving force for killing ghouls.
Yet as the series goes on, we see that motivation has unselfish roots, as it’s to pay for his sister’s medical bills, and his warm heart shines through his rough personality more and more.