OF COURSE the first thing I draw from the TOA book is big brother Percy. Really, I wanted to draw something really sweet with Percy holding his little sister. But then I thought I wanted Annabeth in the picture. Then I thought what would happen if Percy had to babysit his little sis. And then this was born. To set the scene: Sally is at a book signing and Paul is at a conference, so Percy and Annabeth babysit while visiting New Rome for college stuff. And of course, Percy has to show off the cute babes.
request for the angst queen with a prompt where one of the gods take over Noct's s/o's body (like Shiva w Gentiana) and their no longer the person he fell in love with. Also thank you two so much bc you inspired me to start my own side blog (take-pitioss-on-me) and I'd be blessed if y'all would check it out. 💚
Alrighty, while I’d like to point out that Shiva actually is Gentiana, I really really enjoy this
concept you’ve suggested. (And I rly rly love Noct ok?)
This was a difficult one to craft while trying to somewhat
stay true to canon— something I always strive to do in some kind of regard. So
I had to take some liberties with the (very vague) lore of FFXV. Roll with it
SO! With that being said.
On with the pain train!
It started after Altissia.
After you finally woke.
The healers said that they were certain you’d never open
your eyes again. Noctis never left your side upon waking to find that
everything had crumbled around him. He held on to your hand as if it was the
only thing keeping him balanced in this wretched world— where heroes die too
soon and the innocent far too young.
He had been told by Ignis how it had happened. Who it had
been. The same man who stole his eyes and Luna’s life.
The day that you woke, Noctis was resting his forehead in
the palm of your limp hand, caressing your wrist when your thumb twitched
against his temple. He assumed it to be another one of his fragmented
daydreams, the ones where you finally opened your eyes and he took you into his
He realized it to be nothing short of reality when he pulled
back, watching your eyes flutter as he gripped your hand. Yes, nothing short of
reality because when your clear eyes opened, they were anything but relieved.
It is no mystery to anyone that I love the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Whenever I reveal that I love Percy Jackson more than Harry Potter I always get a response of shock and disagreement. And I always reply that Percy Jackson holds a special place in my heart. This is why. When I was in the first grade I was assigned to a reading specialist because I was below the acceptable reading level for a first grader. I also had a reading tutor from 1st to 3rd grade (or possibly fourth). I struggled to read even the most basic of books. In the fifth grade I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. It is not an uncommon disability and very similar to Percy Jackson’s ADHD just less hyperactive. Also, in the fifth grade, my sister discovered the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and insisted that I should read it. I refused claiming the book was too hard for me. She proceeded to read it to me, instead. We made it halfway through the book before we reached a point where I wanted to continue reading when she wasn’t around to read it to me. So I read it myself. I made it through all five books in two weeks, reading the series during a break in standardized testing. I have never read like that at any other point in my life. I then proceeded to read the Red Pyramid (my first two AM read) and then Harry Potter that summer. The following fall, I was reading a book a week. I then slowed down a bit as I got older, but my grades improved, too. I went from A’s and B’s with the occasional C to straight A’s and the occasional B. I was completely transformed thanks to the Percy Jackson books. The Heroes of Olympus books had a similar effect. Friends and I bonded over Percy Jackson trivia when each book came out, and I remember running around the house when I finished Mark of Athena in complete disbelief. I wrote my first complete story, a fanfiction about Nico’s response to Percy and Annabeth’s fall coming out in an argument with Jason as Jason realizes that Nico, too, had a partially immortal sister. It was horrible, but it gave me confidence in my writing (valuable for someone who hopes to publish a book someday, though I also plan to be a civil engineer…). Discovering Percy Jackson was not what caused my change from a kid who struggled in school to a kid who hoped to be both an author and an engineer who graduates from an Ivy league school. But he did symbolizes a turning point in my life putting me on the right track. Recently, I have been struggling with my ADD again. It is the worst it has been since before I picked up my first Percy Jackson book and been destroying my hopes and dreams through my grades (now dropping to straight B’s with the occasional A or C a big difference from the straight A’s at the beginning of this year that I hoped could get me into Brown). But today at 3am (I had gotten up early to work on a project I had failed to complete the night before) I saw that the audio book for The Hidden Oracle which I had pre-ordered was available. I let it download and then hit play. I listened to it all day and I have just finished. My friends at school could immediately see the change. Many were very pleased to see such a big smile on my face again. I know that once again Percy Jackson has not solved all my problems, but I am hoping that he can be my turning point again and help me get back on track, and that The Trials of Apollo can hopefully help me through college as The Heroes of Olympus helped me through high school. I love Percy Jackson and everyone at Camp Half-Blood, and I am so happy that this isn’t goodbye because it is just the start of another brilliant series.
The Great Oracle is the leader of the Lost Order of the Eye. She remains hidden from all except for those who know to seek her wisdom. The Great Oracle is protected by the Lilid, a small select order of guards who have taken a solemn oath to protect with their lives. The Great Oracle uses her powers of second sight to peer into the future, and is sought out by others for consolation. However, since the lost of the previous oracle, hard times have befallen both the Great Oracle and the Eye.
Not long after the war with the Giants / Gaia, Sally Jackson fell pregnant (in the Lost Oracle Sally’s very pregnant, so I’ve sort of included that and this is just my headcanon about Percy’s younger sibling) much to Percy’s excitement. He’d never had siblings and he was overjoyed at the prospect of being a big brother.
Percy’s little sister was born on March the 31st. They named her Gabriela Bianca Blofis-Jackson (after Percy’s grandmother / Sally’s mother and Bianca di Angelo) and she is the most important thing in the world to Percy other than Annabeth.
Gabriela is still a little girl and has a bit of a lisp. When she first started talking she couldn’t say Percy and instead called him Purwcy. She still does when she is especially tired.
No one calls Gabriela, Gabriela unless they are Sally when her daughter has done something wrong. Instead they have all taken to calling her Gabby.
Percy used to go home for a bit every weekend. They usually meet on a Sunday and stay for dinner and sometimes a movie. It is one of the things that he misses the most about her
Gabby insists that Percy tell her a bed time story every time that he is around for her bedtime. Percy will sit in her bed next to her and recount all of the various adventures that he has had to her in as innocent detail as he can possibly manage. His mother often stands at the door and listens and when Percy finishes the story she asks her if the stories really happened like that. Percy will simply smile sadly and shrug before walking away.
Gabby was once told that Percy was her half brother and preceded to slap the person who said it. She knows that Paul isn’t Percy’s dad but she doesn’t care, they’re a family.
Paul, Gabby and Sally have met all of Percy’s friends. Sally and Piper and Hazel get on very well with each other. Gabby loves Nico and Leo and Paul and Thalia get on strangely well all things considered.
and though it was an absolutely amazing and hilarious book, I can’t help but feel like Rick didn’t necessarily have to put any of the seven or other major characters in it yet.
On the other hand it was a very tactical and smart choice of him to put a little amount of Percy, solangelo, Leo and gayness in it, so he didn’t get assassinated by ninja-stealth-mode fangirls, like he almost got by some when there was no Percy in The Lost Hero.
just want to start by saying that Gitrog Monster is one of the
most “outside of the box” deck out there. Most decks rely on creatures,
spells & such to win; this deck relies on lands. You WANT to draw lands and
then sac those lands or discard them to get full value out of it. It’s a fun
& very unique deck that plays so differently than any other deck. If
it wasn’t of my very strict rule of “only 1 deck/format” I would for
sure play this as a commander.
the deck, while pretty centralized around lands, still has a lot of angles it’s
coming from. First of all, you need Swiftfoot Boots & Lightning Greaves
since you NEED your commander to stay alive, I can’t stress this enough. The
deck relies on using the Gitrog Monster’s ability to draw you tons of cards and
if it’s dead you’re screwed. There’s a lot to talk about so let’s dive right
things first; you need to ramp. The deck wants as many lands as possible, as
fast as possible. You need cards like Sakura-Tribe Elder, Rampant Growth,
Cultivate, Kodama’s Reach, Realms Uncharted, Crop Rotation, you name it. You
also need a few mana dorks like Elvish Mystic, Birds of Paradise & stuff.
You don’t need as many mana dorks as you need ramp, but it’s still nice to have
that extra acceleration in the first couple of turns. Getting lands is VERY
the Extra Mile
that you’ve ramped, you still need to get some more lands out there quickly.
Bourgeoning is amazing for that since it lets you play out all the lands you’re
drawing very quickly. Exploration is also a very good option that let’s you
play even more lands; Azusa, Lost but Seeking & Oracle of Mul Daya are also
amazing cards, as well as Courser of Kruphix, that have a home in this deck.
You want to get those lands out there.
that Extra Value
playing tons of lands you’re going to draw tons of cards, that’s what you need
to remember. The deck wants to draw as many card and lands as possible, as
quickly as possible; the rest isn’t too important. Also you’re getting to draw
a card when a lands goes to the graveyard from ANYWHERE, like cycling some
lands to net you 2 cards each time for example, or using Zombie Infestation to
swarm out some with some 2/2s. You want to take advantage of these effects and
there’s 2 big ways to go about that.
is an amazing way to get some lands in the graveyard, even though the Gitrog
Monster’s ability will only trigger once per mill effect, not once per land
milled. Cards that have Dredge are usually pretty good, Grisly Salvage, Sudden
Reclamation, Grapple with the Past, etc. This is not the MOST important part of
the deck but it gets you that extra value that’s more than welcome.
way to get those triggers going is by sacrificing your lands. You can have
access to a bunch of good sacrifice outlets to let you draw tons of cards on
top of getting the effects going. You NEED to play as many fetches as possible;
Evolving Wilds, Myriad Landscape, Blighted Woodlands, Terramorphic Expanse, on-colour fetches &
all you can get, those lands generate free value you can’t pass up on that! Sylvan
Safekeeper lets you protect your commander, Reprocess lets you draw A LOT of
cards and Scapeshift let’s you draw TONS of cards AND get a WHOLE LOT of lands
from your deck and put them into play. Constant Mists lets you protect yourself
for a while since your lands are pretty expandableAll of those cards are HUGE
gamechangers. You don’t need a lot of sacrifice effects, but the few that you
will play will most likely end the game very quickly. Oh, and Zuran Orb is a
great way to gain life while sacrificing lands!
that your lands are getting in your graveyard, you need a way to bring them
back! Life from the Loam is an amazing way to do that! You also have some
amazing options such as Creeping Renaissance, Tilling Treefolk and you also
need to bring back nonland cards that you’ve lost along the way like Eternal
Witness, Greenwarden of Murasa, Skullwinder, Reclaim, Noxious Revival,
that we’ve talked about how to take advantage of all that value your commander
is providing; what about ways to use that value. You’ve drawn tons of cards,
played a bunch of lands, you keep bringing back lands, but what do you do with
all of that?
you keep generating value and have ways to bring back your lands, you need to
take advantage of that, by attacking other peoples resources. Smallpox, Pox,
Desolation, Deathcloud & such. Making sure other peoples mana base is
unstable or weak is how you take advantage of your deck. You need to play all
the destroy lands like Wasteland, Strip Mine, Ghost Quarter, Encroaching Waste,
Tectonic Edge; you’ll be able to keep bringing them back so you’ll be able to
be very aggressive towards your opponents’ mana base WHILE drawing some cards
in the meantime. You also need to manage the board with stuff like Pernicious
Deed and other effects that let you wrath the board from everything besides
your commander. Oh, you also NEED Krosan Grip, since you’re playing green, as
well as Beast Within; you don’t really have a choice.
no way around it, you will play a lot of lands, so why not take advantage of
that? I’d say that just running Avenger of Zendikar & Rampaging Baloths is
fine as far as landfall goes. You will get insane value out of those and if not
dealt with, they will win you the game very quickly. Playing some cards like
Ghost Town also guaranties you to never miss land drops! Also, Titania
Protector of Argot lets you pop some tokens when you’re sacrificing some of those
lands that you’ve just played, so that’s also a good direction to take. Boduka
Gardner & Nissa, Vastwood Seer are also amazing win conditions, being
really in their element here and being able to flip very easily; creating huge
tokens & generating card advantage.
that Fat Graveyard
by now, your graveyard will be pretty full. There’s a bunch of cards that let
you use that to your advantage. Stuff like Lord of Extinction, Terravore, Centaur
Vinecrasher are HUGE creatures that will for sure put the pressure onto your
opponent. You can also play a Creakwood Liege to make your Wurm tokens VERY
big! Be careful about graveyard hate though since that can shut down the deck
fairly easily, so you need to play around that and not put all your strategy
into going full-graveyard style.
a little combo using Skirge, Dakmor Salvage & Exsanguinate that can be
played as a last case plan. I’m not a huge fan of combos but having one in a
deck is almost mandatory because other people often play combos and if you
sense that they will go off soon, you need to be faster than them. I wouldn’t
recommend always going for it, use it more as a backup plan. You also need
cards like the old eldrazis or Gaea’s Blessing to be able to do the combo
pretty much it. The deck is VERY unique and to be honest, is VERY fun to play.
It’s somewhat fragile though since graveyard hate can really slow you down and
if your commander gets killed too many times that really hits you hard too
(though with Command Beacon now being a thing that’s less of a problem). If I
ever go about making another commander deck this would probably be it as it’s
so different than any other deck, it comes from such a different place and
plays out so weirdly & fun. Hope you enjoyed it, if I missed anything let
me know, and I’ll see you guys next week for another deck tech!
Sheikah kitty, Catalist style for catalistuniverse‘s contest. She is an older warrior, loyal to the royal family and keeper of its secrets.
Inspired by the Lost Oracles of the Eye. It was the design of those characters that caught my eye and first introduced me to Catalist. When the contest was announced, this instantly came to mind. I only wish I could have done a more dynamic and full body drawing but I had to keep it fairly small due to drawing on my 3DS. I’m just happy to share this design regardless :)