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Names used in Deltora/Pirra

Look what I just found on my computer- a list of every name used in the three main DQ series, Tales of Deltora and Secrets of Deltora. I clearly used to have no life (and possibly still don’t)

I’m throwing it into the internet void in case someone wants to use it to develop their own Deltora-ish names for ocs or something?

Missing: names from Star of Deltora, and all the ‘linked’ series (Rowan and Three Doors) (Three Doors & Star of Deltora didn’t exist when I first made this and I’m too lazy to do it again)

Note #1: Aliases/false names etc are included. They must sound like relatively ‘normal’ Deltoran names or the disguise would have failed.

Note #2: If the person had two or three names: 

  • If there is a clear nickname this has been removed (eg. Han & Jack instead of Red Han & Laughing Jack).
  • Surnames (!!!) have been removed (eg. Hank instead of Hank Modestee). 
  • If no distinction can be made, all names are included (eg. Ulay Bran).

Note #3: I have provided loose indications of the territory/land the name is found in/most likely originated from. 

  • I’ve only indicated the territory/land if we are fairly sure where the person’s family was from (eg. we do not know where most of the guards originated, so their names are not definitively names of Del origin). 
  • Royal names get their own category because they were likely influenced by both Del and Toran naming styles.
  • This should be taken with a grain of salt- some names pop up across the continent (eg. Jack & Marie variations like Marilen, Mariette, Maria) so obviously names aren’t exclusive to certain regions. 
  • However some regions (esp. Dread Gnomes & Jalis) do have very distinctive naming styles and some regions seem to favour certain types of names (eg. Del liking flower names for women- Jasmine, Violet, Iris, Rosalyn). It shows the diversity of the naming across the continent, which is why I have included it.

I had not included the territories in my original document so I’m doing it from memory and the internet (oops). Feel free to message me with any mistakes or missing names.

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Important to the Medblr and Nurblr community - as well as the other hardworking women who are both a mother and a professional.

You don’t have to feel guilty about pursuing your passion while raising a family.

i always wonder about what discourse would be like in the x-men universe. like, “mutant positivity isn’t for you if you’re human passing!” and “shoutout to all the mutants with boring powers that won’t help you save the world!” and awful quotes put over pictures of mystique and people making anything deadpool says into a meme, like literally anything, and people having full on Bad Discourse over the cure can you even imagine


In one round-table interview all the men talked about working with directors, all “he” and “him.” You added, “she.”
I was surprised by the assumption that every director encounter would be male. These men must have had the other gender directing them at some point. I didn’t want to sit there and perpetuate the idea that this is the way the business works when there are so many talented women directors. I hate saying it, it’s a weird polarizing thing to say: a director is a director to me. I’d love to work with some women directors again. I found it weird not to acknowledge that it could easily be a woman, it has been for me. I’ve had performances that have been pulled from me from women and men. I look forward to working with more women.

Today’s question that can be easily answered with the word “racism”– Why did everyone think Kylo was abused as a child?


I mean, we see it in the news all the time. A white man shoots up a school, and we need to have instant coverage on every moment in his life, from his siblings to his dog to his prom date, and we have to pick everything apart to find the reason he did what he did, rather than just– I don’t know. Acknowledging that some white men are entitled assholes who think they’re allowed to do whatever they want?

(Compare to any nonwhite men, who must have done it because [insert reasoning based on race or religion here.])

And this happened exactly the same way it always does with Kylo Ren (or, for these folks, Ben Solo.)

The second the film came out, everyone just assumed Snoke showed up and bullied Ben Solo into submission at age five, and because Han and Leia criminally abused him, Ben became mentally ill and turned to the dark side at age fifteen. 

But there’s… nothing that suggests that specific line of reasoning?

Sure, Snoke was watching Kylo from a young age (at least, from Leia’s perspective.)

Sure, it sucks ass to have voices in your head that you don’t like (though there… doesn’t appear to be evidence that Kylo didn’t like having Snoke around.)

And sure, Han and Leia may not have been the best parents.

But Kylo went to the dark side when he was a full-grown adult. He went dark at 22, just seven years before the film. He was never the innocent, poor tortured child everyone thought he was. On the contrary, he’s an entitled man who thinks he deserves to be just like Vader.

Adam Driver’s comments on Kylo’s family can also be chalked up to his own entitlement when you compare them to Pablo Hidalgo’s words on the matter. 

As @the-bi-writer put it, Kylo essentially had the same type of parents as someone whose parents worked a lot. As much as I hate to be the guy who talks about what is and isn’t abuse, you need to have a pretty lax definition of neglect for this to count– hell, Han was still around in Bloodlines, he wasn’t even an absent father then.

There was never anything specific to suggest a tortured boy.

Fandom made that up.

Just like we made up a whole bunch of other stuff. There are thousands of tropes and concepts we made up, and when we combine this sympathetic view of young Kylo with the entire fake personality given to Hux and the characterization of Finn as ‘aggressive’ or ‘disrespecting Rey’s boundaries’ and the fact that some people still think Poe isn’t part of the new trio, it’s pretty obvious that the things fandom makes up are generally racist.

Showrunner (talking about an obviously lesbian character): “She’s a person in love with another person. Its about the love story, not her gender. We don’t want to label her. Why would we limit ourselves like that?”

What I hear: “She just hasn’t met the right man yet”

Kiwi: Part Two

A little mini-series based in Jamaica during the writing/recording of Harry’s new album. Enjoy. x

The next day, Calliope woke up at one in the afternoon.

Going off of a full nine hours of sleep, she hopped out of her twin sized bed and brushed her teeth, running a careless hand through her cropped locks and setting off for a jog along the beach.

When Cal first arrived in Jamaica, she was looking for places to stay on the tourist side of the island. But not only was it easily five times as expensive as living where she was now, it was crowded and loud. The first morning she went for a run she had to stop about seven times to take group pictures and be asked for directions by families of five or more. It wasn’t until she started befriending the locals that she even knew there was a quiet place on the island.

Now, she could go for runs every day and she was rarely ever interrupted. Her life in Jamaica consisted mainly of three things: running, surfing, and working at the bar. The bar was owned by a tall Jamaican man whose nickname was Pipo, and whom she’d met close to when she arrived. She began to frequent it during the lunch shift, and when she did she spoke to Pipo every day about her life back home. One day when he found out that she was unemployed he offered her a job on the spot.

And that was Cal’s life. That’s what it had been like for the past month and a half—working to save a little money, but mostly to pass the time. When she wasn’t working she was taking walks on the island and exploring new places, or surfing. It wasn’t a luxurious life by any means, but it was what she needed right now. She needed to get away.

It was all completely predictable, until she stumbled upon Harry last night.

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PotC: The Curse of the Black Pearl  {Sentence Starters}

  • “You cheated.”
  • “Yes, the rum is gone.”
  • “Why is the rum gone?”
  • “But you have heard of me.
  • “You’re supposed to be dead!”
  • “She’s safe, just like I promised.”
  • “You like pain? Try wearing a corset!”
  • “There’ll be no living with her after this.”
  • “This is either madness… or brilliance.”
  • “I didn’t steal it, if that’s what you mean.”
  • “Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.”
  • “I want you to leave and never come back.”
  • “I’m gonna teach you the meaning of pain!”
  • “You burned all the food, the shade… the rum!”
  • “A wedding? I love weddings. Drinks all around!”
  • “That’s not true. I am not obsessed with treasure.”
  • “And you get to die for her, just like you promised.”
  • “It’s remarkable how often those two traits coincide.”
  • “If he were telling the truth, he wouldn’t have told us.”
  • “No! Not good! Stop! Not good! What are you doing?!”
  • “You best start believing in ghost stories… you’re in one!”
  • “That’s not much incentive for me to fight fair, then, is it?”
  • “You are, without a doubt, the worst pirate I’ve ever heard of.”
  • “If you were waiting for the opportune moment… that was it.”
  • “Do you really think there is even the slightest chance they won’t see it?”
  • “But pirate is in your blood,  so you’ll have to square with that some day.”
  • “Fine. Well, I suppose if it is worthless then there’s no point in me keeping it.”
  • “This is the day you will always remember as the day you almost caught _____!”
  • “Unless, of course, he knew you wouldn’t believe the truth even if he told it to you.”
  • “You didn’t beat me. You ignored the rules of engagement. In a fair fight, I’d kill you.”
  • “The only rules that really matter are these: what a man can do and what a man can’t do.”
  • “Me? I’m dishonest, and a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly.”
  • “One: because it is a vile drink that turns even the most respectable men into complete scoundrels…”
  • “’Must have been terrible for you to be trapped here. Must have been terrible for you.’  Well it bloody is, NOW!”
  • “It’s the honest ones you want to watch out for, because you can never predict when they’re going to do something incredibly… stupid.”
We know your all good family men, but surely you must have had interest at shows from young ladies like everyone else?
“Tre,” Billie Joe laughs. “Girls are nice,” Tre smiles. “They’re fun, if girls want to hang out that’s cool. We like boys, too, though.”
—  Kerrang! 1998
[005] Hanyu, Y.

NO: (…)So what’s next for you, now that you’ve pretty much conquered the Olympics and the world along with it?

YH: What happened this past season, this gold medal included, is something that would only happen then. With each new season, (competitions and championships) may bear the same names and titles but the time, the place, the rink, the competitors and the programs will all change. Sochi has had its moments but PyeongChang’s are yet to come and they won’t be the same. One doesn’t equate the other. It’s not like those who won in Turin were exactly the same ones who won in Vancouver. Cos in between, we’ll see the times change and huge shifts along with them. But in these changing tides, I really hope to see Japanese male skaters rise and those from other countries following suit. Just anticipating the kind of age that may come really gets me going. Cos there you’ll see me working hard to stay on top and you’ll see everyone reaching their fullest potential. And then, there are the younger ones who come after who’ll become even better. I suppose being able to see all that happen is one of my dreams.

NO: Everyone, huh…

YH: Everyone. Those little students of yours you’re teaching as well. ^__^

Source: Taken from 05:52 ~ 07:17 of [this Spring 2014 interview] with Nobunari ODA

Omake (07:17 ~ 07:30):

NO: Yeah, I should probably do my part and work towards bringing up some great kids of my own. 

YH: Please do.

NO: Which means I’ll have to appear on less variety shows…

YH: LOLOL! You said it, not me!

NO: Haha, yeah I said it.

Male “humour” isn’t about being funny nearly so much as it is about being male.

Male speech is typically understood to be about establishing dominance: report, versus rapport, which is female speech. It’s about clarifying the masculinity of one’s mindset, especially in comparison to others, which creates a constant low level of hostility in male interactions - everything is a competition, nobody can back down.

What is antithetical to being able to participate in, let alone succeed in that environment, is the (visible) capacity for empathy or even personal emotional reaction to anything at all. Those traits have been firmly established as feminine-coded, and therefore the presence of those in male speech is shameful.

To demonstrate one’s lack of emotion, one has to provide opportunities. Male “intellectualism” in general is an example of this, but male-generated humour is another. One can create a joke (more often these days in the form of memes, which is what I was looking at when I thought of this, but it occurs in the majority of attempts men make at being funny), or react to it (necessarily in public), and given its function as an establishment of dominance this automatically creates a constant competition to goad others into breaking first.

It isn’t particularly subtle. Most male memes by this point are open references to an offensive situation, and just formatted into a ‘comic format’. For example, I just saw one that was a screenshot of a scared Spongebob Squarepants, clumsily coloured dark brown, and captioned with a comment about escaped slaves fearing being brutally raped by their former owners if they were caught (I’m not going to share it and I hope you understand why). Posting this on social media is a claim on the part of the man who makes it that this is (yet another) topic he can consider while completely emotionless (masculine). Other men one-up this by commenting with how humorous they find it (but they have to balance demonstrating not being offended and not looking too enthusiastic about finding it funny, or they would be openly supporting another man, which is not the point) and further disseminating it and challenging others to demonstrate their masculinity.

Particularly with the current climate of internet humour, I think men have become overenthusiastic about this and compulsively attach themselves to anything offensive as an attempt to show their masculine objectivity (I don’t use this to excuse male support of institutional violence; the whole point is that they understand the wrongness of what they’re seeing and see the chance to posture as more important than resisting). For example, men latched onto Frankie Boyle more and more as he drifted more and more from risquè stand-up to just being verbally abusive in public, because the worse he behaved, the more opportunities he provided for other men to show their maleness.

This platform is especially useful for men who can’t measure up physically. The worst, nastiest humour tends to come from places like 4chan and reddit; men who claim pride in their deviance from the masculine physical ideal, but in actuality replace that with obsessive demonstration of how masculine their minds are.

There are other ways in which this is used, just as if not more insidiously. I think it is used consciously to attack anti-prejudice sentiment. Women who support social justice are invalidated by men on the basis of being emotional and therefore incapable of objectivity, and trapping any men who might have a cause to support us into having to demonstrate how they’re not us stops them from participating, and to force men of marginalised groups to put up with abuse.

To be more specific: white straight gender-conforming males have a “natural advantage” in this field because, society being what it is, they really aren’t affected by misogyny, racism, homophobia or anything else. They can use that position to come out with serious bigotry, which they do very easily, and they know that men of the relevant marginalised group will be socially compelled to pretend to like it. They can even push men to attack their own social groups in order to demonstrate their maleness. Keep them regarding their masculinity as more important than anything else and they will attack their own family, and men very often do regard it as more important.

Obviously, in addition to everything else men must find funny, they have to laugh at the abuse of women. Finding women’s language funny shows you don’t associate with women enough to appreciate what we have to say. Finding women’s interests funny shows you cannot relate to femininity. Finding rape funny shows you cannot relate to the pain and degradation that is socially understood to be What Men Do To Women.

This isn’t some attempt to absolve men of their responsibility, because they usually know very well what they’re doing and how the system works, and they value their social status more than the temporary discomfort of resisting and fixing the system. It’s just a thought I had.

A Court of Hearts and Darkness Chapter Sixteen

It’s been over a century since the epic and bloody war against Hybern, but a new, unprecedented horror lies in wait to threaten everything the Inner Circle holds dear.

At a mere 17, it seems that the only one who can save them is the Heir to the Night Court, Feyre and Rhysand’s daughter Eleana, but as a creature so vile promises to kill everyone she loves, she must combat the urge to succumb to the darkness herself. The key to success lies hidden within her mate, the bastard born Kaden, who is as oblivious to the bond as her Court is oblivious to the war on the horizon.

With the help of her cousin and warrior Felix, the son of the famed Nesta and Cassian, they will try to save everything they hold dear, hopefully before the darkness takes them all.

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-Chapter 16-

“I’m going to find you!” Felix sang. He knew exactly where his sister was from her giggling. He knew she was behind a tree in front of him, but was just letting her think she was going to win their game of hide-and-seek. It had only been hours since he returned home from his mission to the mortal lands, and all the other members of the Elite had been dismissed. He, however, was awaiting the arrival of a certain bastard and heir and couldn’t make a public appearance until they were with him.

He’d lied to High Lady Feyre and told her that he and Eleana were going to spend some quality time with Quathryn for a few hours, but that would become longer if Eleana didn’t arrive home soon. He was a little worried about how long Laya was taking to come home from the wedding, but there were multiple explanations for it. Firstly, her and Kaden were having such a splendid time that they let time slip away from them. Unlikely, knowing how angsty the two were. The second option was that they had a fight and Eleana is blowing off steam somewhere, but if that had happened Kaden would have come to him by now. Then there was the possibility that things went so horribly with his family that they were all dead and Felix would never see his friends again.

“Come find me! Lis!” Quathryn sang back to him. Her little voice warmed his heart and made him think more realistically. Together, Kaden and Eleana were an unstoppable force – he had to believe that nothing would go wrong. He’d go insane if we worried about them as much as they warranted him to.

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