make war silently

“And then he called me a stupid cactus! Would you believe that?”
“I know right?! Just because I’m a succulent doesn’t mean I’m some stupid cactus!”

Ochara likes to associate himself with roses because of having thorns and feeling important and gets angry really fast when someone points out the truth. Then again pretty much everything makes him angry, he’s worse than an angsty teenager and just complains about everything ever. Others like to make fun of him because of how easy is to make him angry :>

Ewoqi is mute, so he can’t exactly talk back, but for some reason still tolerates Ochara and enjoys his very undemanding company.


I’m so behind on KH art, but every time I pick up a pencil, OOC and ref-less SW dorks fall out of it.   ¯\(°A°)/¯

anonymous asked:

Some of the things in the plot suggestion post I can see. Others... not so much. Variety in protagonists and settings? Absolutely, that's a given. But I'm honestly having trouble picturing how a novel that involves a war simply of words could be interesting for more than three chapters. Enlighten me?

Fasten your seatbelt.

We just discovered the planet revolves around the sun instead of the other way around. The Catholic Church is kind of chill, like, OK Galileo, keep it to yourself because we’re dealing with a ton of backlash from the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. The Catholic Church has been through a lot. They lost credibility after the Plague, absolute monarchs nibble at their land and rights, and now they aren’t even the only church any more. There are heretics popping up left and right. John Calvin, Martin Luther - aw, hell, there’s a heretic king now and after him a queen. Then the Inquisition - what a mess - and those crazy Jesuits and now they’re trying to salvage the Church as a global power in an increasingly secular world. God I could write books on the Church’s history from the 1300s to the 1700s, where they didn’t fight but they made people fight for them and it was a war of words as much as the wars of sword and gun raging outside.

The Church is all, Galileo, for the love of Christ keep it quiet. Galileo’s like, nah bro HEY GUESS WHAT EVERYONE THE WORLD REVOLVES AROUND THE SUN. The Church is like, Damnit Galileo! And that’s a soap opera for another time. But it’s all wrapped up in the scientific revolution - a nonviolent revolution that teaches people to apply logic to the world around them. A nonviolent revolution that tells people to use their eyes rather than their Bible and to go on fact rather than faith. Are you telling that jump isn’t absolutely amazing? For the first time, people are actually understanding how the world works. Did you know that for the longest time, science was considered part of theology? That break from ancient writers like Aristotle and Galen didn’t happen overnight. I want to read about scientists discovering that everything they knew was wrong. I want to read about the lady scientists who were right there with them, as assistants or as badass learned women in their own right (hello Margaret Cavendish). I want to read about people who tried sticking to the past and in their ignorance began witch hunts and turned a blind eye to empirical fact because turning away from the truth is as frightening as any battlefield. 

And then when the idea that we should look at things rationally applies itself to social behavior like the Enlightenment, holy shiza this gets real. Suddenly, we have the beginnings for anti-monarchical thought. We have a rational argument against slavery and peasantry and all the oppressive regimes that existed in Europe at the time. We have people who are persecuted - really persecuted - for saying what they believe. When was the last time you read a book about a hero on the run because he dared preach that the monarchy of his kingdom was unjust? No, he’s just waiting to sit that throne after he and his rebels take it. When was the last time you read about a character who was so in-tune with their own surroundings that they offered social commentary on it? When was the last time you read about a society with freedom of religion or freedom of press? Everyone talks about how a villain “oppresses” his peasants by killing them. How about a villain who gags them and who forces them into deafness and blindness and ignorance because of it? Let me read about those people who smuggled not guns or armor, but knowledge, like the Protestant Bibles into England and Voltaire’s pamphlets into the houses of the nobility. Ideas can kill as surely as weapons - just look at how much the American Constitution shares with John Locke’s beliefs. Tell me about the people who labored in secret to draw broadsides to illustrate to the common man how terrible their government or the Church really was. Tell me how that common man reacted. Tell me how the Pope reacted when he saw a caricature of himself labeled “The Whore of Babylon”. Tell me about people who were driven into exile or hiding because they spoke their mind. Tell me about those women who maintained their salons and supported and protected these intellectuals - and engaged in discussion with them - and how women might actually have saved the Enlightenment. This is as much of a revolution as the one that shocked America and France decades later. Is there violence? Yes. There is no law against punishing people for dissent. But the main plot is the clash of ideas, the idea of new versus old, just like your favorite violent revolution story. It’s the idea of nascent rationality threatening the long-established institutions of corrupt Church and tyrannical monarchy. That does sound like your revolutionary story, doesn’t it?

For too long, authors have underestimated the power of words, but in real life we can see it every day. If you don’t understand the power of ideas, you do not understand Martin Luther. You do not understand Martin Luther King. You do not understand yellow journalism. You do not understand Gandhi. You do not understand Jesus Christ or Mohammed or any other religious leader in the history. You do not understand technological evolution. You do not understand Aristotle or Plato or any of those other philosophers the Church and medieval Europeans used to prop up their knowledge base for so long. Wars are caused because of ideas - is it wrong to want to know what those ideas where, who fomented them, why they came about, and how everyone came to know about them before the words lead to violence (or averted it or didn’t lead to violence at all). I want to hear words kill as surely as bullets. I want philosophers gasping on the sidelines, trying to cover the holes left in their bleeding psyches. I want the hero to disintegrate because her opponent blew her reasoning to kingdom come - and I want her to come back with a few grenades of her own. I want writer heroes who stab their oppressors with pens instead of swords. I want the hero to grow not because he’s killed, but because he’s created: he dared create something so against society that breathing a word of it is a death crime. And yes, I’ve used the scientific revolution and Enlightenment for this example, but there is no reason you can’t invent your own. Make your world so yours that you have belief systems and counter-belief systems. Make your world so yours that you’ve had wars and bloody revolutions, but also revolutions and evolutions in thought and learning. Anyone can make a war: make some beliefs, throw two sides at each other, kill thousands and maim millions, and one wins with much pomp and circumstance. Not everyone can make that war so silent and pervasive only a select few even know it’s happening. Not everyone can handle the pace, the breadth, the character introspection (good god! the introspection! you would need to know your character inside out for a book like this!), or the quiet assassinations or buy-offs instead of the murder of thousands. It would be so hard yet so worth it because what you’ve created will be so new and so real that it will hurt. We live in a world where ideas can kill as surely as weapons and authors - the very people who were vouchsafed with this power and this knowledge - have forgotten it. It’s time to remember.

open-circle-fleet  asked:

Okay but can we imagine obi-wan offhandedly mentioning feemor to tiny newbie anakin one time and how he used to be qui-gon's padawan and the next day feemor finds tiny anakin outside his door with a list of questions ready

Idk, maybe you could imagine that if you’re really into cute Ani. Personally I find him much more fun when he’s being a little shit, though. So to me it’d go more like: