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Last updated: June 21, 2017

Please note: this is not my entire collection! That would be far too many for me to review (but it’s an awful lot of them).  Also the reason why I haven’t included small summaries for the fanfictions in this list - sorry! These are fanfictions that I really enjoyed/reccommend: if you want my entire collections, please check out my AO3 and FF.net collections, respectively. Thank you!

I also humbly suggest my own writing, all posted to my AO3.

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18plusntrcollector replied to your photoset “Some of my Favourite Animated Black Women/Girls – [click on each pic…”

I’m okay with this except the Egyptian they weren’t and arent black. They are closer to middle eastern.

yeahhh..no. ancient Egypt like modern Egypt was incredibly diverse in terms of the physiognomy of its inhabitants, they came in all shades and complexions ranging from dark to light. in other words, there were ancient Egyptians who would be classified as black in today’s society and those that wouldn’t. look at this picture of Queen Kemsit, wife of Menuhotep, being attended to by her lighter-skinned maids, for example:

and modern black Egyptians do exist, so you’re wrong in that respect too:

genetic studies have also revealed that the Arab conquest and other foreign influences hardly changed the gene pool of the country with only 10-15% of the population showing any admixture…

also black ”middle eastern” ppl (i don’t really like that term, besides it’s a geopolitical classification and not a racial one) do also exist!

…the moral of the story is you should probably just stick to posting hentai instead of commenting on things you clearly don’t know…

Aswan, known to the ancient Egyptians as Swenet, is in the modern world the cleanest city in Africa. 

The markets there are excellent, and as it’s located in Upper Egypt - which is in the south of modern Egypt - so you’ll be going there if you want to visit the mind-blowing Abu Simbel, master work of the peerless Ramesses II. 

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Ramesses, what a guy.

Fair of face, joyous with the double plume, mistress of happiness, endowed with favour, at hearing whose voice one rejoices, lady of grace, great of love, whose disposition cheers the lord of the two lands.
—  Akhenaten’s own words written upon his boundary stela, referring to his beloved wife Nefertiti.
Ancient Egyptian translated into modern English.
A modern day YGO college AU idea, but it’s based on weird things from my exchange year

ok hear me out here, the basic setup being:

  • Egyptian exchange student Atem going to study in Japan for a year
  • BUT it’s a university where you’re required to live in the dorms if you’re A. an exchange student or B. a Japanese first year
  • (they tell you it’s to offer everyone an ~international experience~)
  • Every exchange student has to share a room with 3 Japanese first years
  • Atem gets put together with Yugi, Joey, and Kaiba
  • I’m sorry Kaiba it’s school rules you have to live in the dorms for (1) year, no exceptions!
  • (don’t ask why he’s even there, i just need this in my au)

Including events such as:

  • the classic culture shock blah BUT LETS GET TO THE ROOMIE STUFF

  • ‘my bedroom is next to the laundry room, who the fuck put on the washer at 4am’
  • ‘AND WHICH ON E OF YOU IS VACUUMING AT 5AM?’

  • [text] ‘explain: it’s midnight on Christmas Day, why did my roommates just start baking a cake??’

  • walking out of your bedroom at 2am and these two random people you’ve never seen before are just? making a scrapbook at your kitchen table?? and your roommates are nowhere to be seen w h Y

  • ‘is my desk wobbling because the people upstairs are being rowdy again or is it an earthquake?’
  • it was an earthquake
  • the sequel: there was another earthquake at 1am and now the entire population of our hallway is gathered in my room bc it’s the only one with a TV/decent wifi

  • In modern day Egypt the predominant religion is Islam
  • have u seen ppl fasting during Ramadan in Japan’s Summer Weather™?
  • H AR D C O RE
  • also u gotta ask like 5 ppl every time if a dish has pork in it or not

  • I HAVE AN EXAM IN THE MORNING WHY IS YOUR ALARM GOING OFF AT 3AM AND WHY HAS IT BEEN GOING FOR OVER 20MINUTES?! WAKE UP!!
  • WHY IS IT GOING OFF AGAIN AT 4AM??’

  • Weekly Monday Evening Dorm Activities: A Bonding Experience (ygo-bonus: ‘who even thought having a small-scale amateur Duel Monsters tournament was a good idea??’ Everyone takes it Too Seriously… your move, Kaiba)
  • etc

Anyone here willing to tell me I gotta write this? bc honestly…. if I ever end up actually writing it it’s probably going to be a series of vaguely related chapters…. rather than a coherent fic….also I don’t rly have any pairings in mind, so gen it is

Make way we got a being of Pure Chaotic Energy on the loose!

Gwess’ is a Set Animal, also known as a Sha or more commonly in modern Egypt as a Sela’awa. They’re the sacred animal of the god Set who is chaos and power personified, and all she really wants to do is fuck with people and have a Jolly Good Time.

If you see this creature anywhere near your death bed, please shoo her away as you will be cast off the wrong side of the nile in your attempt at eternal peace.

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100 years of Beauty: Egypt

Not only did each look show the typical aesthetics during that decade, but also represents the political struggles at the time

1910s [Typical Urban Look]: Features the Abaya and a veil which allowed women enter society and the public’s eye while simultaneously keeping their conservatism

1920s [Huda Sharawi]: A pioneering Egyptian feminist leader and founder of the ‘Egyptian Feminist Union’. Took off the veil as a sign of resistance

1930s [Oum Kalthoum]: One of the greatest and most influential Arab singers of the 20th Century. Known as Kawkab al-Sharq كوكب الشرق (“Star of the East”) by many.

1940s [Princess Fawzia of Egypt]: Daughter of King Fouad I and descendant of Mohammed Ali, the founder of Modern Egypt. The next decade would see the end of her family’s rule during the 1952 Revolution.

1950s [Doria Shafik]: A philosopher, poet and one of the leaders of the Women’s Liberation Movement. Her efforts would grant Egyptian women the right to vote later on.

1960s [Factory Workers]: Former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser at the time started to focus on local manufacturing and economy. Labour Laws were changed to ensure women’s role in the workforce was legally protected. Also this decade saw the adoption of more western concepts after the liberation from the British.

1970s [Souad Hosni]: One of the major stars in the 70s known as the ‘Cinderella of Egyptian Cinema’.

1980s [Conservatism]: There was a social descent against Sadat’s open door policy and his acceptance of western norms to infiltrate Egyptian society. Many conservative people Egyptians migrated to the Gulf during this decade as the rise of the veil and, in contrast, western norms of fashion started to clash.

1990s [Sherihan]: An Egyptian singer who was influenced by the religious wave of the 90s. The 90s saw the return of the migrants from the Gulf during and after the Gulf War. They brought back many more conservative styles back to Egypt with them.

2000s [Hybrid Fashion]: This decade saw a reconciliation of people’s conservative aspects with the modernist aspects. Many veiled women started wearing sleeveless tops and clothes with cleavage but in a way that would be deemed acceptable by the conservative society [eg. wearing long sleeve tops under]

2010s [The Egyptian Revolution]: Represents the 2011 revolution and concepts that were adopted during that period. The Youth wanted their voice to be heard and to end the corruption in the government. Women role’s in the revolution was very significant.

anonymous asked:

Is it true that rectangular mirrors aren't any good to use for scrying? Someone once told me the mirror should always be round or at least oval. I wanted to make my own and I had planned on using rectangular glass. Do you think that's okay or not as effective?

You’re fine. Scrying mirrors can be any shape or size. I’ve used square mirrors, rectangular mirrors, and oval mirrors. I liked the oval mirrors a lot, and they went well with consecrating them for ‘lunar’ work, but they are hardly the only shape you can use.

People have used a lot of different objects to scry, depending on where and when in the world we choose to look. Early modern Egypt, for example, featured practitioners who used mirrors, but also used ink and oils held in the palm of the hand, or anointed on the thumbnail so that it would ‘flash’ given a sufficient source of light. All of these are valid techniques, and they work. And the amount of variance for what ‘works’ tends to indicate that it is more a matter of technique with scrying, than some of the objects themselves and their shapes. (Now, if we’re talking about binding a spirit to the mirror, that may be another subject entirely.)

Where Should Assassin’s Creed go in the Future? Some Ideas.

The Assassin’s Creed series has been to some amazing locations and times throughout history, from the Crusades to the American Revolution to the Golden Age of Piracy, but with the announcement of Assassin’s Creed: Origins, we’re going somewhere far less familiar to modern minds: Egypt at the turn of the millennium. Although spin off titles have gone to Imperial India, The French and Indian War, and Colonial New Orleans, major entries have mostly stuck to recognizable times and places. If Egypt in the 40’s BC is a harbinger of things to come, could the team at Ubisoft Montreal be thinking of going more off the beaten path?
If so, here are five locations in the past Assassin’s Creed could go in the future that might be less familiar in historical lore.

Tudor Conquest of Ireland

Sure, it’s another Euro-centric location, but considering the Assassins stand for total freedom for all mankind, it’s pretty astounding their games haven’t yet visited the homeland of the people with perhaps the greatest reputation in the world for picking fights over freedom. The mid-1500’s is the perfect time to do it, too. The Tudor Dynasty under Henry VIII was trying to retake control over the autonomous island, the uber-famous Grace O'Malley was in charge of shipping and trade AKA piracy, and there was plenty of juicy inter-clan warfare going on. Given much of modern Irish history was formed during this period, it’d be the perfect setting to drop Assassins and Templars into. Take a page from O'Malley and make the lead a fiery red-headed woman, while using Irish piracy to bring back the high seas action that was so popular in the America-based games.

Bonus: Ezio would be dead decades before O'Malley ever went to sea, but who’s to say his kids didn’t visit Ireland at some point? You could even use those time vortex things to visit other important events for the Irish, like immigration to the New World.

Penal Colony Australia

This one is a little off the beaten path for AC. Modern Australia’s founding in the late 1700’s as a place to dump Britain’s excess criminals, from petty thieves to murderers, is one of the most fascinating stories history has to offer. Left on the coast of a new continent with beasts they’d never imagined and a whole new culture of aboriginals, the convicts were barely monitored and essentially formed a new society; after all, where were they going to go? This sense of injustice would be a breeding ground for Assassin ideology, particularly when you factor in the famous outlaws known as Bushrangers. I picture the story beginning on one of the rotting prison ships on the Thames in London, with our hero about to be transported, like the famous song Jim Jones, for a minor crime. The loose nature of the colony could give the locations a Black Flag-esque feel, while the Australian outback would offer different opportunities for gameplay than what is seen in the urban settings of most AC games. With a bit of creative license, the varied wilderness of the outback could make locations for the parkour action; the famous Ayers Rock would be a great tie-in with the series’ meta-story. The period also intersected with notable historical figures, with one in particular being an actual governor of the colony: William Bligh.

Bonus: The entire reason Britain needed somewhere new to put prisoners is that they had a little trouble in the Colonies, who afterward no longer wished to take Britain’s dregs. Given we last saw Connor at the formation of the United States and transportation to Australia began the previous year, it would be neat to work him into the story a bit and discover what became of him.

The Warring States Period

China’s story stretches far back into pre-history, but China as a unified empire came about after this series of wars between her then-disparate regions between 475-221 BC. The period has a huge number of advantages for an Assassin’s Creed game: a ready-made conflict, multiple grinding political axes of opposed leaders, a rich civilization with plenty of cities, and it’s far enough in the past that the writers can get a little fancy with the historical accuracy (not that they don’t do that already). Since China at this point is not a country so much as a bunch of bees fighting to control a sock, you could have multiple viewpoints on the story ALA the overlooked Suikoden III, where one character sees a certain ruler as a tyrant, but possibly someone who works for that ruler has a completely different perspective. Since the upcoming Origins establishes this period as being nearly two centuries before the formal founding of the Assassins, the story could give us an Assassin-Templar conflict from before the days when they even had names for each other, possibly adding context to Bayek’s story.
The big advantage, though, is bringing Asia as most think of it into the series proper. China invented paper, gunpowder, fireworks and a whole host of other things and has driven world civilization for eons, but so far it has been relegated to a poorly received 2D spinoff and a couple extended media mentions. If it is true that Ubi’s developers have ruled out a Feudal Japanese setting, China seems like the next logical place to go.

Bonus: You almost certainly don’t remember it, but Revelations establishes that not only did Altair at one point travel to Asia to assassinate a rather major figure, but the short film Embers reveals Assassin’s are well established there. How did they first get there, and why are they so cut off from their western brethren that one of them apparently had a lot of trouble getting the famous Ezio’s attention? That’s a tie-in theme that could be explored.

Heart of Darkness

Though the events around the claiming of, and atrocities in, the Congo Free State of 1885-1908 could not drive a game by themselves due to the lack of built up urban areas, this infamous black hole of slavery, degradation, murder and greed, which inspired Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now, would be a perfect setting for the justice minded Assassins to battle the machinations of a Templar-backed King Leopold II. The game could begin in the 1870’s, allowing for the inclusion of famous explorer and world class asshole Henry Morton Stanley as a direct antagonist, and follow through the early years of the terrible kingdom he helped create, where slaves had their hands cut off of they failed to produce enough rubber. African Colonialism would be a rough subject, as no major power was free of guilt, but then, that’s exactly the kind of morally corrupt and ambiguous situation in which the Assassin-Templar conflict thrives. And although South Africa’s Johannesburg wouldn’t be a metropolis in time to be worked into the narrative, other cities, particularly in the Islamic regions of Africa, had been thriving for centuries already.

Bonus: these events would be taking place shortly after the end of the Civil War in America, which would make another good starting point…and possibly provide a protagonist in the form of a freed slave. 

Does anyone have any favorite time periods they’d like me to consider for a second column? Comment away!


The Food of Millennium Book

I’ve seen some people questioning the foods listed in Atem and Bakura’s profiles that were in the millennium book and whether or not they were things they would have actually eaten at the time.  It probably does seem a bit strange to see that they liked or disliked a bunch of modern foods so I wanted to address that one at a time.

I will be using Egyptian Food and Drink by Hilary Wilson as a reference.  It’s part of the Shire Egyptology series for anyone that’s interested.

Atem’s Favorite Food: Ta'amiya.  This is a sort of falafel unique to Egypt that is made with fava beans instead of chickpeas.  Typically more greenish in color due to the bean used.  “Another type of bean identified from ancient sources is ful nabed, a pale variety of the common broad bean (Vicia faba).  Pharaonic cooks almost certainly invented ta'amia or felafel, fried rissoles made from mashed beans, onions, garlic, and spices.  Coptic Christians consume large quantities of felafel during Lent.  The Copts are said to be descended from the ancient Egyptians and many of their traditions are so old that their origins may well lie in Dynastic times.” (pg.25)

I have seen orther accounts that falafel was possibly created much later in Pharaonic history or even into Coptic Egypt but I think it’s safe to say that it’s possible for Atem to have eaten this.

Atem’s Least Favorite: Batarekh a sort of Egyptian equivalent to caviar that is still made in and around the Mediterranean.  In English it seems to be referred to as Botargo or Bottarga from Italian. Apparently it’s also similar to a Japanese product known as karasumi. “Fish were also salted or picked in oil and, in later times, great quantities of preserved first were exported from Egypt. In some scenes of fish preparation, removal of the roes is shown.  The dried and salted roe of the grey mullet, known as batarekh, is considered a great delicacy in modern Egypt and is reputed to be a recipe as old as the pharaohs.” (pg. 38)

So it seems batarekh is decidedly plausible!

Thief King Bakura’s Favorite food: Roast pork.  Kind of speaks for itself and I think it’s safe to say this one existed but it’s actually pretty interesting how it may have fit into Egyptian life. Keep in mind Egyptians were at least related to Semitic cultural groups who often have taboos against pork.  “There is evidence of taboos associated with different meats, but these appear to have been more often social than religious and, if religious, then confined to a specific region or group of people.  The eating of pork is quoted by many sources as having been forbidden to the Egyptians.  Herodotus [Ancient Greek historian of Ancient Egypt, not always the most accurate but still a valuable source of information] details the festivities held in memory of Horus’ victory over Seth, to whom the pig was sacred. It was, he said, the only time of the year when people ate pork and those families who could not afford a pig would eat loaves made in the shape of the animal. At the Middle Kingdom town of Kahun and the Eighteenth Dynasty workman’s village at Amarna, large quantities of pig bones have been found, indicating that pork played a significant role in the diet of the working-class Egyptian.” (pg.35)

And finally…

Thief King Bakura’s Least Favorite: Hummus. Self explanatory? To me this is the most nebulous one because there’s not a lot of evidence that hummus existed before the Arab conquests but at the same time, the ingredients would have been readily available and it’s not exactly a fancy dish that takes a lot of thought to put together (unlike dried salted roe sacs?) “The most easily recognisable type [of legume] is the chick-pea, white and knobbly with a little ‘beak’, which explains why the Egyptians called it 'hawk face’.  They could have been served as a vegetable or ground into flour used to enrich bread dough.  The most popular modern chick-pea recipe from the Middle East is hummus, a spread of pate made from mashed chick-peas and sesame oil.  Chick-pea sellers roam Egyptians markets in late summer selling cones of salted chick-peas with a squeeze of lemon juice” (pg.25)

So like I said, only a reference to it in more modern times as opposed to an ancient one but the parts needed to make it were still known to them.  Ergo this one seems like the least likely to have existed.

Personally, I think it’s kind of cute that our Pharaoh of Egypt pretty much enjoyed the Arab world’s equivalent of a hamburger myself while he couldn’t stand the fancy caviar.  Meanwhile Bakura likes a dish that was of course more of a questionable luxury while detesting one that, if it existed, was probably relatively common.

So there you go.  I think in most cases we can say there is a chance that they would have indeed known these foods.  I think it shows at the very least that Takahashi definitely tried to do some research and make apt choices as well which is nothing new.

Of course the other characters remain to be seen but I’ll be looking forward to it coming out.

Edit: So it seems like the rest of the profiles are available now \o/ it’s a lot more of the same but if anyone is interested I can address them as well