lucrative trade


These started out as doodles but I ended up putting in way more effort than expected. More of my One Piece AU, Gravity Piece! It is still 1000% self indulgent haha.

They have captions! ( ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

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P.R.I.M: Pranks Resulting in Matrimony

Written by: @ghtlovesthg

Title: P.R.I.M: Pranks Resulting in Matrimony

Prompt 28: Noting tension between Katniss and the baker’s youngest son, carefree and mischievous Prim can’t resist pranking her annoyingly uptight and very responsible sister. [submitted by @567inpanem]

Notes: Rated All Ages, Never-reaped!Everlark, Complete. 

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dearevanshansen  asked:

my absolute favorite question- what do you think would happen if america didn't win the revolutionary war?

The rebellion might have been crushed, and the American colonies would have remained under the rule of King George III. If the British had thwarted the American Revolution, the consequences for America might have been terrifyingly harsh. After all, during the war, the British Army demonstrated a way for brutality. When a small force of colonial rebels waved the white flag and tried to surrender at Waxhaws, S.C., in May 1780, the redcoats simply slaughtered them, killing more than 100 men. In New York, which remained under Loyalist control, the Brits jammed American captives into the holds of prison ships, where they were given nothing but British sailors’ discarded table scraps to eat and were denied access to sunshine or fresh air. 

Had the British been victorious, it seems likely that King George III would have come through on the promise he made in 1775 to “bring to condign punishment the authors, perpetrators and abetters of such traitorous designs”. The British had executed the leaders of a failed Scottish rebellion in 1747, and it seems likely that they would have marched George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and MANY other American revolutionaries to the gallows as well (to make an example for the future).

One of the reasons for the rebellion was the colonists fear that the British government would increase their taxes. But had the revolution failed, the British might have punished the rebels by making them pay additional reparations for the cost of suppressing the revolt. So, postwar colonial America might have been a pretty hungry, impoverished place, with food crops being sold off or shipped to England. The result might have been widespread famine, alike to what occurred in Ireland in the 1840s.

Additionally, the British might have punished American rebels by seizing their personal land and homes, just as they seized the estates of Scottish nobles who’d supported a rebellion against British rule. That would have radically altered the power structure in American society. Some of that land might have gone to the Hessian mercenaries because the British promised them land in return for their services. 

On a lighter note, it is very likely that slavery in the colonies would of been abolished sooner. Antislavery activists won the debate in Britain in the late 1700s and early 1800s. In 1807, Parliament abolished the slave trade, and in 1833, it banned the owning of slaves in most of its colonial territories. If the colonists had lost the war, would slavery have been abolished sooner on American soil- and without the need for a nasty Civil War?

If the colonists had lost the war, there probably wouldn’t be a United States of America, period. A British victory in the Revolution probably would have prevented the colonists from settling into the Midwest. The British government wanted to keep that region wild and unsettled, so it could collect revenues from the lucrative fur trade that the French had developed, and issued a proclamation that year closing the frontier to settlers. If the Revolution hadn’t eliminated that barrier, there might never have been an Ohio or Minnesota as we know them. The interior of North America and the western coast might be separate nations today. 

Lore of the Day

The northern Breton port city of Farrun has a melancholy and sinister reputation, stemming from a long and bloody history that stretches all the way back to its infamous foundation as the foremost centre of the slave trade in northeastern Tamriel.

Originally named Fal’Ruhn (or “Snow Run” in the Altmeris), the city’s vast dockyards and processing halls were built to enable first the local ruling Altmer clans, then the Direnni Hegemony to monopolise the lucrative westbound trade in human captives from the wars of the Falmer and Chimer to the East.

The city’s name quickly became a byword for dread and desperation across the continent for Nord and Nede alike, and even today, millennia after the original city was destroyed in a slave uprising that helped usher in the end of Direnni rule in High Rock, the modern city of Farrun has never been able to escape its sordid past.

The more recent history of the Kingdom of Farrun has been blighted by invasions of Orcish hordes, civil war, betrayal of sacred oaths and economic ruin. Some even whisper that the very land the city is built on is forever cursed by the evils committed here so long ago, though the rulers of the city are quick to punish such superstitious talk.

Beyond the Volca Sea

So, re-reading WoTv2 this evening, I think this passage from Brother Genitivi (my man) gets a lot more interesting post-Trespasser. 

The Mysterious West

(World of Thedas, Vol. 2)

If one journeys west across the Anderfels, one will reach the settlement of Laysh. Once a sprawling port town, Laysh largely fell to ruin after the Third Blight…but not, as one might suppose, due to darkspawn attacks. The entire purpose of Laysh was to receive ships from across the Volca Sea, odd-looking cargo vessels that would arrive with wares and spices of a like never before seen in Thedas. The trade was lucrative enough to justify Laysh’s existence even in such harsh territory, at least until the traders stopped coming early in the Black Age. 

According to Ander legend, these traders were called Voshai. They were also said to be hostile to the people of Laysh, completely uninterested in learning the king’s tongue for anything more than barter, and almost obsessively interested in acquiring lyrium. Also of interest are the tales that said the captain of every Voshai ship were dwarves, treated with such deference that it implied dwarves held a place of profound power in their society…or, at the very least, among seafarers in their culture. In contrast, there are no reports of elves on the Voshai ships. 

While Laysh was hardly a port of sufficient size to build sturdy ships, it is said that several Tevinter merchant houses banded together to mount an expedition, with the thought, “if they won’t come to us, we’ll go to them.” The expedition did not return, and neither did the few vessels that followed, until eventually all interest in the Voshai faded. Reports in recent years suggest the Voshai ships may have returned to Laysh, supposedly carrying tales of a “massive cataclysm” in their homeland – the reason for their absence, perhaps? – though the truth of these reports is questionable at best.

A dwarven-led society? Some sort of cataclysm? REALLY into lyrium? All very interesting. How much do you want to bet Solas & Mythal have their hands in this. The only other mention of the Volca Sea that comes to mind is this cryptic little old-English number from Trespasser:

Codex Entry: Moldy Journal

Mold and rot have eaten most of the pages of these books. The remaining vellum i covered in spiky handwriting with spelling that is either archaic, wildly idiosyncratic, or both:

…saw yht cross from the Volca, that which draggeth souls down to yhts larder in the brinedark. Hys beast preyth on humblewits and goldsworn even & the tower’s keeper declares I will rest here if yht would ease me. The elvhen, which pulled me grip-up from my end, kends he is last of his kynde. I made it known elvhen live south-like, but he says yht would not be as yht was & I said that’s evertrue & he laughed lark-like. Come dark he showed me a mirror deep strange, an “eluvian” sworne to beene in his family for…

Putting aside how fascinating an account of a bitter ancient elf in a tower with an eluvian is, I had always assumed that the author’s idiosyncracies were just a function of the age of the account. But could this be the writings of one of the Voshai, before they stopped voyaging east in the Black Age?

(tagging @rederiswrites because I know you always love weird dwarven lore nuggets as much as I do ;)

Human trafficking survivor: I was raped 43,200 times: Karla Jacinto is sitting in a serene garden. She looks at the ordinary sights of flowers and can hear people beyond the garden walls, walking and talking in Mexico City. She looks straight into my eyes, her voice cracking slightly, as she tells me the number she wants me to remember 43,200. By her own estimate, 43,200 is the number of times she was raped after falling into the hands of human traffickers. She says up to 30 johns a day, seven days a week, for the best part of four years 43,200.

Her story highlights the brutal realities of human trafficking in Mexico and the United States, an underworld that has destroyed the lives of tens of thousands of Mexican girls like Karla. Human trafficking has become a trade so lucrative and prevalent, that it knows no borders and links towns in central Mexico with cities like Atlanta and New York.

U.S. and Mexican officials both point to a town in central Mexico that for years has been a major source of human trafficking rings and a place where victims are taken before being eventually forced into prostitution. The town is called Tenancingo.

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The Portuguese were the first European travelers to visit Benin, which they called Beny, this was during the reign of King Ozolua c1472 and 1486 AD. The Portuguese admitted finding a highly developed kingdom with a very advanced system. This visit and subsequent interchanges led to King John II of Portugal who reigned between 1481 to 1495 exchanging correspondences with the King of Benin on a peer like basis. Between 1504 and 1550 AD, the Portuguese established diplomatic and trade relations with Oba Esigie and his kingdom of Benin

By the 16th century the Oba sent an ambassador to Lisbon and the king of Portugal reciprocated by sending Christian missionaries to teach the Binis the gospel.

The English made their first call in 1 553. This visit was a harbinger of lucrative business, for significant trade relationship soon developed between England and Benin. The British anthropology writer and curator, Henry Ling Roth, described Bini as Great Benin. Other European visitors to Benin in the 16th and 17th centuries brought back to Europe tales of the Great Benin”, a fabulous city of noble buildings and efficient administrative system.

The state developed an advanced artistic culture and wrought with unequalled mastery works of arts in bronze, iron and ivory. They expressed events that they considered history-making in carvings. Benin also developed a formidable military establishment.

The Benin Bronzes
The Benin Bronzes are a collection of more than 3000 brass plaques from the royal palace of the Kingdom of Benin. They were seized by a British force in the Benin Expedition of 1897 and given to the British Foreign Office. Around 200 of these were then passed on to the British Museum in London, while the remainder were divided among a variety of collections, with the majority being purchased by Felix von Luschan on behalf of the Königliches Museum für Völkerkunde in Berlin (the present-day Ethnological Museum).

Bronzes are now believed to have been cast in Benin since the thirteenth century, and some in the collection date from the 1 5th and 16th centuries.

Between Benin and Britain
At the end of the 19th century, the Kingdom of Benin retained its independence and the Oba exercised a.monopoly over trade which the British found irksome. Pressure was mounted by figures such as Vice-Consul James Robert Phillips and Captain Gatlwey (the British vice-Consul of Oil Rivers Protectorate) who were pushing for British annexation of the Benin Empire.

Britain needed to establish a sphere of influence so that no other European power could later claim Benin as its own. This period in world history was the period of the scramble for Africa which brought about the Berlin Conference of 1884 and 1885 which partitioned Africa amongst the then European powers.

The agreement at the end of the Berlin Conference was contained in the General Act which has in part the rule of the Principle of Effectivity or Uti Possidetis “as it stands at the present”, which is that a nation could only claim a colony if that nation actually possessed the colony. To lay claim it must have treaties with the local chiefs, fly its flag there, and establish an administration in the territory to govern it. The colonial power must also directly use the economic resources of this colony; otherwise it could not claim it to the exclusion of other European nations.

Thus it became imperative to make local chiefs to put hand on paper and sign treaties with the European nations. Expeditions were therefore dispatched to coerce traditional rulers into signing treaties. At the time of concluding the Berlin conference in 1885, only the coastal areas of Africa were under European rules, 80% of Africa was effectively under the rules of their traditional kings. But by 1902, 90% of all the land that makes up Africa was under European control.

By June 5, 1885, Britain named her Sphere of Influence as extending from Lagos to
River Rio Del Ray near Cameroon. This sphere of influence Britain called Oil Rivers
Protectorate. But Benin in the middle was not part of it.

In March 1892, Henry Gallwey, the British Vice-Consul of Oil Rivers Protectorate (later Niger Coast Protectorate), visited Benin City hoping to annex Benin Kingdom and make it a British protectorate. Although the King of Benin, Omo n’Oba (Ovonramwen), was sceptical of the British motives he was willing to endorse what he believed was a friendship and trade agreement. He refrained from endorsing Gallwey’s treaty when it became apparent that the document was a ploy intended to make Benin Kingdom a British colony. Consequently the King issued an edict barring all British officials and traders from entering Benin territories. Since Major (later Sir) Claude Maxwell Macdonald, the Consul General of the Oil River Protectorate authorities considered the ‘Treaty’ legal and binding, he deemed the King’s reaction a violation of the accord and thus a hostile act.

Between September 1895 and mid 1896 three attempts were made by the Protectorate to enforce the Gallwey ‘Treaty’.

The “Benin Massacre”
In November in a letter to Lord Salisbury, the British Foreign Secretary, Vice-Consu Phillips requested approval to invade Benin and depose the Oba, adding the following footnote: “1 would add that I have reason to hope that sufficient ivory would be found in the King’s house to pay the expenses incurred in removing the King from his stool” In late December 1896, without waiting for a reply or approval from London, he embarked on a military expedition, He had a few Europeans and 250 African soldiers masquerading in part as porters. The force’s weapons were hidden in the baggage carried by the porters’.
The Benin king preferred to let the British enter the city so that it could be ascertained whether or not the visit was a friendly one. The head of Benin Army felt otherwise and without obtaining the kings permission ordered the formation of a strike force to destroy the invaders.

On 4 January 1897, the strike force caught Phillips’ column totally unprepared. Only two British officers survived the annihilation by the Benin soldiers.

Benin Punitive Expedition
On 12 January 1897, Rear-Admiral Harry Rawson was appointed to lead an expedition to capture the Benin king and destroy Benin City. The operation was named Benin Punitive Expedition, and on 9 February 1897 the invasion of Benin kingdom began. The field commanders were instructed to burn down all Benin kingdom’s towns and villages. The invasion force of about 1200 British Marines, sailors and Niger Coast Protectorate Forces, and composed of three columns. They reached Benin City after 10 days of bitter fighting. One column was routed by Benin soldiers.

Immediately after the British invaders secured the city, looting began. Monuments and palaces of many high-ranking chiefs were looted. Homes, religious buildings and palaces were deliberately torched.
The British Admiralty confiscated and auctioned off the war booty to defray the costs of the Expedition.

The dispersal of the Benin art to museums around the world catalyzed the beginnings of a long and slow European reassessment of the value of West African art. The Benin art was copied and the style integrated into the art of many European artists and thus had a strong influence on the early formation of modernism in Europe.

The King of Benin was eventually captured by the British consul-general Moor, deposed and sent to live out his days in Calabar.

On December 27, 1899, Britain at last was able to proclaim and promulgate the Protectorate of southern Nigeria, to take effect from January 1, 1900.

A new beginning
It is in the light of this history, the clamour by many notable persons, the efforts of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments and the positive attitude of these men and women of goodwill, representatives of some of the greatest museums in the world that a new beginning of rapprochement is being fashioned out.

the ideal fic for my econ major history-obsessed shipper ass: Alex and John cuddling at Valley Forge, reading over notes from the quartermaster department because Congress is still strong-arming the army’s rations trade with regulations, until their conversation devolves into a debate about the value of government intervention in trade, both realizing just how gloriously knowledgable the other is and expanding the discussion to encompass the future of the American economy to come if they win this war, discussing the rationality of encouraging internal trade over exporting internationally so the US won’t remain economically dependent on Britain, discussing international exchange rates and how to combat international debts that’re piling up from under-the-table arms trades, the merits of over-valuing our currency by buying up debt and pushing out demand for American currency- debate turns to plotting and they spend the night drawing up maps and accounting charts together, mapping the most lucrative international trading partners (that aren’t Britain) and plans for how to incentivize trade with them by discussing John’s travels abroad and his observations about trends in those countries’ buying patterns and tastes and Alex’s experience with international merchants. 

Aquaman Jason Momoa Swaps Fish For Fur In ‘Frontier,’ Netflix’s Violent Look At The Fur Trade

By Ricky Derisz

Jason Momoa is now a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood, having landed the part of aquatic superhero Aquaman, with an imminent appearance in this year’s Justice League. But before he splashed into the big time, started talking to fish and waded through H20 topless, the actor made a name for himself on the small screen.

Having built his reputation from appearances in shows such as Stargate Atlantis and Game of Thrones, Momoa will return to his TV-roots for the leading role in Frontier, an upcoming Netflix original that paints an authentic and gory picture of the 18th Century Canadian fur trade, and the struggle between Native tribes and Europeans.

While it’s pleasing to see the 37-year-old land a stylish, big-budget role as Aquaman, #Frontier provides the perfect backdrop to elevate #JasonMomoa to his intimidating best. He stars as Declan Harp, a half-Irish, half-Native American outlaw who turns against Canadian fur traders, Hudson Bay Company, in an attempt to shatter their monopoly over the industry.

'Frontier’ Could Be Momoa’s Most Brutal Role

This is not for the faint-hearted; the fight for control of the lucrative trade resulted in relentless violence, negotiation in the form of hatchet fights (as gruesome as they sound), and oceans of spilled blood. As the ruthless protagonist, Harp resorts to vicious means to aid his one-man-war against fur traders in the American Frontier.

Having been co-produced by Discovery Channel Canada and #Netflix, the series was originally aired on the former network late last year, before its international release on Netflix later this month. Check out the action-packed trailer below:

Although the non-stop conveyor belt of TV shows is dizzying, Frontier is staking a claim for a binge-worthy winter choice. The role of Harp is suited to Momoa’s physicality and sneering savagery; qualities he displayed in abundance with his portrayal of Dothraki warrior Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones.

Plus, the show is easily digestible — with only six episodes — and it was shot in gloriously detailed 4K. What’s not to like?

Delicately Handling Real Life Events

It’s important to remember that Frontier is draped in history, the hunt for materials to make luxury clothing splitting apart indigenous communities and having a serious and lasting impact on many lives.

Crucially, the show has been praised for delicately handling the interaction with natives and depicting the “cutthroat” business for what it truly is — shown from various perspectives. Consequently, Frontier could be one of the most action-heavy, murderously entertaining binges for the dark winter nights.

Just avoid if you don’t like the sight of blood.

Frontier is released on Netflix on January 20, 2017.

anonymous asked:

zuko x katara you’re my siblings’s best friend and i absolutely hate you but pretend to be my boy/girlfriend to piss off my family au

this doesn’t fit the prompt exactly because i set it post-series, but canonically sokka and zuko are best friends, and zuko and katara used to hate each other, so… *moonwalks away*

you’re still the song on my breath

“I’m a war hero,” Katara chanted as she stomped down the Northern Water Tribe’s elegant crystal walkways. “I’m the youngest master waterbender and I helped save the world. I will not be treated like a child!”

A nearby ice sculpture rattled and then exploded from the sheer force of her ire. The shards whistled through the air, almost putting a messy end to the person coming up the path towards her. But he reacted quickly, kicking up a wall of orange flames that melted the icy projectiles… as well as the walkway.

Before any serious damage could be done, Katara doused the fire with a good blast from her water skins. She blinked at the pale face and the golden eyes that emerged through the haze of steam.

“I’m a war hero,” she repeated, still too angry to get her thoughts in order.

Zuko scratched the back of his head, looking puzzled. “I don’t think anyone’s questioning that.”

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Celtic Gold Biga Stater of King Cunobelin, c. 10 AD

One of the finest known examples of a rare and important ancient Celtic gold stater. Minted under the last great Iron Age King in Europe, the famous Cunobelin. Struck circa 10 - 43 AD in the town of Camulodunum - modern day Colchester.

The obverse with decorative heart shapes around a wreath, the wreath split by a rectangular tablet bearing the inscription: CAMVL[odunum] - The name of the mint town. The reverse with an abstracted and deconstructed biga (two horse chariot) charging left, wheel below and leaf above. The Name below reading CUNOBEL[INUS].

The great Celtic King Cunobelin is a hugely important figure in the history of Great Britain. His legacy and name was immortalised as King Cymbeline in William Shakespeare’s famous play of the same name. He is also referenced by the Roman historian Suetonius as Britannorum Rex - King of the British, testament to his international notoriety. Cunobelin gained his immense wealth and power through the control of the lucrative corn trade. He used his affluence and skill to gain control of most of southeast Britain, including the strategically crucial town of Camulodunum, making it his capital. The great Celtic king was clearly very proud of this achievement and so, to commemorate the occasion, he set about striking his first issue of coins, the rare and beautiful ‘biga staters’.

Surrounded by typical Iron age designs, these wonderful miniature artworks boast of the newly captured town on the obverse, whilst showing the characteristic Celtic two-horse war chariot on the reverse.

anonymous asked:

Is asoiaf's depiction of minor lord's living in poverty realistic? For instance, Godric Borrel can't afford to repair or heat his castle, has his meals cooked and served by his own family, and even his liege lord can't afford to equip his own sons as knights.

Absolutely, that’s one of the more realistic things about ASOIAF. Here’s the crucial factor to consider about the economics of the nobility - in feudalism, rents are generally fixed at traditional rates. Which means that the nobility are more exposed than most to economic shifts, especially shifts in prices. 

One of the reasons why we see peasant revolts in the 14th century following the Black Death (which greatly decreased the labor supply and thus raised wages, at a time when noble incomes were declining because their rent-paying tenants were dying or running away) and then again after the Great Price Revolution (which raised the price of everything, and thus was a major real income cut for people on fixed incomes) is that these events hammered the economic position of the nobility, the nobility responded by trying to violently restore the balance of power (both by trying to freeze wages and worker mobility, which often meant attempts at enforcing or re-establishing serfdom), and the peasantry responded with violence in return. 

Now, the greater nobles were better able to adapt to changing economic circumstances - they had more land and more liquid capital, so they could convert more easily to pasturage and thus get into the lucrative cloth trade, they could invest in new commercial and industrial ventures, etc. 

But the lower nobles didn’t. Hence the figure of the impoverished nobleman, who becomes ubiquitous from Don Quixote to Jane Austen to the freaking Bluths. 

"Candle in the Window" (Frozen, M)

Rating: M for sexual imagery (subtle and tastefully done, I assure you)
Words: 9,297 (this one just kind of got away from me somehow…)
Pairing(s): Kristanna
Summary: Just because she’s so often been alone doesn’t mean she has to like it. With the two most important people in her life gone, Anna tries to cope. (Angst, family feels, romance, and just enough steam to keep things interesting.)

Notes: Yep, I think this fic has officially killed me. Over three weeks, three drafts, and many, many frustrated tears later, IT IS DONE.

Prompts tackled: Kristoff is injured, Kristoff and Anna’s first time (I’m sure I’ll write another fic where that’s the focus, because, I mean, it’s me), and Anna is super-stressed and Kristoff draws her a bath. Mad props to the very, very patient anons who have been waiting forever for their prompts to be completed — I sincerely hope that this is up to your standards.

Many, many thanks to frozenmusings for inspiring me with her amazing art (and just being generally awesome), abearofaman and actualreallivepeople for inspiring me with their utterly fabulous RP skillz, and last but certainly not least, to iflip4dolphins for convincing me not to give up on this piece entirely when I really, really wanted to.

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anonymous asked:

you are the reason I gave more thought to samson in my playthrough (having watched your blog before I played DAI) I really dig his story and seeing your breakdown and characterization really makes sense with him! thank you so much like seriously (I was the last anon too)

Holy shit this makes me so happy!  I always love when people take the time and effort to get to know a character.  

And Samson’s such a sympathetic character too, which just kills me.  He’s been through all manner of shit, all because he showed compassion to a group of people whom Meredith and Cullen thought deserved none.  Even when he’s thrown out of the Order, even when he’s at his absolute lowest in the eyes of society, he still tries to help.  (To respond to his critics who may cry, ‘But he gave Feynriel to a slaver!!!’  I would say that if you pay attention to his dialogue, you will notice two things: 1) he didn’t anticipate that Reiner would take the children captive and 2) he didn’t anticipate that because he’s given children to Reiner before–the implication here is that it is Reiner and not Samson who has turned to the more lucrative trade of slavery.)  Yes, he charges for the aid he gives, but how often do you see people actively seeking out the homeless and shelling out money so that they may survive?  Where I live, people walk past the homeless like they’re invisible.  Samson asks for coin so he can keep his head above water.  I can’t fault him for wanting to live.  

And then finally, when he’s hurt and angry enough, Corypheus puts him in a position where he can lash out and lash back.  He’s still compassionate–his relationship with Maddox is testament to that–but he is utterly hellbent on retribution.  The sad irony to Samson’s plotline is that Corypheus is just another prophet of another Chantry and he’s using Samson just the same, and Samson knows this and gives his life willingly anyway so that he can show the world what fools they were to throw him and others like him out of sight and out of mind. 

Hurt people hurt people.


We found a nice mix of genres this week. As always, if you know of any titles we have missed, please let us know.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez
Katherine Tegen Books

Valentina Cruz no longer exists.

One moment, she was wrapped in Emilio’s arms, melting into his kiss. The next, she was witnessing the unthinkable: a murder in cold blood, ordered by her father and carried out by her boyfriend. When Emilio pulled the trigger, Valentina disappeared. She made a split-second decision to shed her identity and flee her life of privilege, leaving the glittering parties and sultry nightlife of Miami far behind.

She doesn’t know how to explain to herself what she saw. All she knows now is that nothing she believed about her family, her heart, or Emilio’s love, was real.

She can change her name and deny her past, but Valentina can’t run from the truth. The lines between right and wrong, and trust and betrayal, will be blurred beyond recognition as she untangles the deceptions of the two men she once loved and races to find her own truth.

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

Leila has made it most of the way through Armstead Academy without having a crush on anyone, which is something of a relief. As an Iranian American, she’s different enough; if word got out that she liked girls, life would be twice as hard. But when beautiful new girl Saskia shows up, Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would, especially when it looks as if the attraction between them is mutual. Struggling to sort out her growing feelings and Saskia’s confusing signals, Leila confides in her old friend, Lisa, and grows closer to her fellow drama tech-crew members, especially Tomas, whose comments about his own sexuality are frank, funny, wise, and sometimes painful. Gradually, Leila begins to see that almost all her classmates are more complicated than they first appear to be, and many are keeping fascinating secrets of their own.

Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle #1)
by Heather Demetrios


Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself.

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.


Overwatch Heroes (4/21): Hanzo

“With every death comes honor. With honor, redemption.”

The Shimada family was established centuries ago, a clan of assassins whose power grew over the years, enabling them to build a vast criminal empire that profited from lucrative trade in arms and illegal substances. As the eldest son of the family’s head, Hanzo was bound by duty to succeed his father and rule the Shimada empire.From a young age, he was trained for that responsibility, displaying a natural aptitude for leadership and possessing an innate understanding of strategy and tactics.

Upon the death of his father, the clan elders instructed Hanzo to straighten out his wayward younger brother so that he, too, might help rule the Shimada empire. When his brother refused, Hanzo was forced to kill him. This act broke Hanzo’s heart and drove him to reject his father’s legacy, ultimately leading him to abandon the clan and all that he had worked so hard to attain.

So Donald Trump has banned people from entering the United States if they are coming from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen. However since 2000 there has only been one person from any of those nations involved in a domestic terrorist attack- an Iranian man who was a naturalised American citizen. No one from Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen has committed a terrorist attack on US soil. 

In fact of the 44 people involved in domestic terror attacks since 2000, 12 were born and raised Americans (beaten only by Saudi Arabia, who were not banned due to their position as a lucrative trade partner of Trump’s). So it seems banning people with American passports from entering America would be a more effective way of stopping terrorism. 

=Notes on the Traverse: On the Topic of Masques and those who Wear Them=

From the upper echelons of the Traverse Parliament to the backstreets of the Singing Quarter, masks abound in a riot of styles and complexity. Serving both utilitarian and artistic purposes, masks are required by Traverse law to be worn by people who work for the various traders, guilds, businesses, and administrative branches of the city, both as a way to protect the identity of those conducting business and to ensure objectivity in transactions and judgement. 

It’s given rise to a very lucrative trade of work in mask-making, where artisans design and enchant their creations to serve the needs of their clients, which can bestow very unique advantages to the wearer.


A Coin of Shakespeare’s “King Cymbeline”

This coin was issued by the great Celtic King Cunobelin, a very important figure in the history of Great Britain. His legacy and name was immortalized as King Cymbeline in William Shakespeare’s famous play of the same name. He is also referenced by the Roman historian Suetonius as Britannorum Rex - King of the British, a testament to his international notoriety.

Known as the last great king of Iron Age Europe, he gained his immense wealth and power through the control of the lucrative corn trade. He used his affluence and skill to gain control of most of southeast Britain, including the strategically crucial town of Camulodunum (modern Colchester), making it his capital. Surrounded by typical Iron age Celtic designs, these wonderful coins boast of the newly captured town on the obverse, while showing the characteristic Celtic two-horse war chariot on the reverse.

This gold stater was minted in Camulodunum during the first half of the first century AD. Obverse: CAMVL in an indented rectangle over a vertical wreath, pellets in rings at the ends and ornaments in the angles. Reverse: Two horses with a chariot represented by a wheel with pellets between the spokes below; a leaf above, CVNOBELIN in curved exergue.