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rat’s a disabled mentally ill anarchist who assaulted a cop and killed a corrupt businessman, and hog is a maori man who had his home taken away from him by the government and was part of an anti-gov protest organization

but sure tell me how pro-cop and pro-trump theyd be you geeks

Junkrat: *Obviously adores his fat Maori partner in crime and tries to kill a cop for disrespecting him. Hasn’t actually been seen killing anybody but a corrupt wealthy CEO who tried to use both of them for an insurance fraud scheme. Also hates some fictional robots for starting the conflict that turned his home into a wasteland.*

Weird side of tumblr: Oh my god Junkrat is a gross racist neo-nazi serial killer. *Starts fifty dozen hate blogs.*

Soldier 76: *Gladly lets his latino bff be passed over for a promotion and takes  it himself, starting the conflict that destroys his entire organization. Doesn’t hesitate to beat the crap out of every generic brown thug the narrative throws at him, and can barely tear himself away from that long enough to save a kid from a grenade.*

Mercy: *Experiments on two men of color who are on the brink of death, turning one into a living weapon with shurikens embedded in his goddamn forearm and the other into a miserable undead cloud of angsty nanites.*

Weird side of tumblr: Yeah we uh…hate them too. *Keeps updating those Junkrat hate blogs fifteen times a day.*

Fic. For You Alone. Vaxleth. 6967 words. Rated T

I started writing this before this week’s ep, so it takes place between episodes 81 and 82.

They’ve used Maori words for Ashari stuff before, so I used some here. I really tried as hard as I could to get it as close as right to possible, but I’m terrible at languages and I know it’s probably wrong. If there’s someone who knows Maori out there, please tell me what I need to fix.


It’s one of the guards patrolling the space between the city and the castle who first sees the Sun Tree open. It’s early in the afternoon, and a slight fog still hangs in the air, the late winter weather warmer than it had been the day before, and the guard has to squint to be sure of what he’s seeing. Had he not seen Vox Machina walk into and out of that tree so many times now he would have simply thought he was seeing things. But he knows now for certain that he’s not.

So he tells his superior who walks down to the tree to see exactly what’s going on. He then tells his superior, who alerts the head guard on shift. It’s the head guard who goes to Cassandra with the news that someone has come through the Sun Tree and to deliver the message that had been sent.

It’s Cassandra, accompanied by another guard, who goes to knock on Keyleth’s door.

The sound awakens Vax, but not Keyleth, who doesn’t even stir. She’s sleeping so deeply that were it not for the fact that he could feel her chest rising and falling against his hand, where it rests between her breast, his fingers wrapped around hers, he might worry she was dead.

He’s not sure if he should answer it. Right now, Vex is the only one he’s certain knows about his relationship with Keyleth. By no means would he mind everyone else knowing, but it’s not something he and Keyleth have discussed, and he isn’t sure how she feels about the matter.

But he’s also pretty sure that everyone would know well enough not to knock unless it was important. They had just taken down Thordak and then lost a fight against another dragon and they needed there rest. There was no way anyone in the castle, or even the city for that matter, would be rude or stupid enough to disturb them if it wasn’t an urgent matter.

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I’m so proud of Disney’s Team of Researchers when it came to making Moana, because it made me, a proud Polynesian girl feel relatable to a Disney character. Now Polynesia consist of many islands, each with their own unique style. I thought it would be nice to share some of the elements used in Moana from my own Polynesian culture, the Maori culture, so that Moana fans can understand the significance or just something new. 

Te Fiti’s Heart

This Spiral Pattern is known as a ‘Koru’ and can be found in many types of Maori Art including: Carvings, Jewellery, Tattoos and Paintings. It is inspired by a plant native to New Zealand known as ‘Ponga’ or ‘The Silver Fern’.

Her Heart is also inspired by a rock precious to our people called ‘Pounamu’ or ‘Green stone’ which is a variant of Jade. We use it mainly for Jewellery nowadays but it was also used to make weapons back in the day. 

Hongi

A Hongi is a traditional greeting and farewell used by Maori people by pressing noses. It symbolises exchanging the breath of life to one another.

Moana uses the Hongi several times in the movie but her Hongi with Te Fiti seems like the most important and special to me. 

Moana’s Necklace

Moana’s Necklace is made out of a Abalone Shell which we call ‘Paua’ and can be found throughout many countries around the world, however the featured shell here is a type you find in New Zealand  once you polish back its nacre. The shell is used in our arts including: Carvings and Jewellery.

There are so many more elements used in this movie from the other Polynesian Islands that I cannot name but hopefully someone else can add to this post to share our beautiful and rich cultures. 

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MYTHOLOGY AROUND THE WORLD → night deities

“The twilight tints have left the sky, and night commences her watch over the world, high in the heavens is her taper lit, around which will soon glow a thousand kindred flames.” —Henry James Slack

Today I saw Moana, in a theatre in New Zealand

…and what an experience it was. To watch a film in a style so recognisable, admirable, ubiquitous about stories and people that I grew up hearing and being taught about, was truly one of the most emotional experiences in my life. Of course I was crying right from the get go, all the way to the credits.

As I sat and watched the stories woven through my childhood, not just as a New Zealander, but as a Samoan/Maori mix, being told by DISNEY, I was awash with brimming awe. Constantly teetering on the breaking point of tears as I saw the legends of my people being brought to life for all who are reached by the wide stretching arms of Disneys prolific films, to enjoy and become enamoured by.

And I was not alone. The theatre of easily 300 likeminded Kiwis, the majority of which being of Polynesian background, laughed and cried together as we watched familiar stories being told by close to home voices portrayed in the most famous animated style in the world.

So thank you Disney, for this incredible experience you’ve given to the world. Please know how much it means to us in the smallest personal way. Not even about the representation to the masses that this brings. But of the small pride it has given us that in the wide wide world, we have a light that is worth shining.

Xoxo

(Edit: starting off with my sister, the whole theatre clapped too! Which never happens x)

Portrait of Pare Watene of Ngāti Maru in 1878, by Gottfried Lindauer.  Her chiefly status is confirmed by the rare huia feathers in her hair and the Pounamu Meré (Jade hand-axe) in her hand.  The Meré is a traditional close-combat one-handed weapon, and is a symbol of chieftanship.  She is also shown wearing a Hei-tiki, an ornamental pendant which is typically made of Pounamu.  Hei-tiki are considered taonga (treasures).