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Last updated: August 22, 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.

anonymous asked:

I was thinking about Solas and Sera, and the fact that he considered her on of "his people" or "our people" when he was trying to if she would understand the elven language. But when the inquisitor asks if Solas is happy for Briala as a fellow elf, and he said he does not consider himself the same as her. So what do you think made Solas consider Sera as one of "his people" and not the other elfs in the game?

Short answer: Solas is a hypocritical and inconsistent person who is terribly bad at evaluating problems, and he’s also correct - they are not his people. But sometimes it behooves him to refer to them as such. ;) 

Honestly, though, Solas jabs aside, I do think this has a lot to do with the distinction between City Elves and the Dalish (also not people Solas considered his people unless it was convenient to the conversation) and the Elvhen (like Abelas - who also uses this distinction re: “Elvhen like YOU?” convos at the Well of Sorrows). 

Solas tends to refer to his people when he gives a shit, and avoid the topic when he doesn’t want to give a shit or when they’re alienated from his experiences (re: Sera almost ALL the time - “we’ll never be as good as we were! Well, who’s we?” - she is doing this too). In truth we see this from other ancient elves, not only with Abelas’s dismissive statement, but also from Flemythal in DA2 “The People are too quick to bend the knee” and “Ah, one of the People” at Sundermount with Merrill as if she was not one of them herself (and in a way she’s not so…semantics here). We also see this from Felassan in Masked Empire who basically disowns the Dalish and the City Elves both and just gets along with Briala in his own way. Given Felassan works FOR Solas (and got killed by him at the end for letting Briala take the eluvians instead of bringing them to Solas - Patrick Weekes confirmed this on twitter somewhere), this “oh they’re not my people” concept isn’t weird at all. It’s actually exactly what we expect from this kind of character, and it’s consistent with all we have seen.

The Veil was likely created about 3500-4000 years ago in Thedas time (numbers come from WOT timeline information about when the elves first reported experiencing the Quickening, which was a result of the creation of the Veil itself and the loss of magic and that spiritual connection). Solas’s entire life in Inquisition is like someone from Ancient Egypt appearing in modern day Egypt. Modern Egyptians are NOT Ancient Egyptians (just as a random comparison since Egypt had a flourishing civilization as early as 4000 years ago in our own world).

From the standpoint of someone who makes a study of cultures, cultures shift and change a LOT in very short timeframes - not on fundamental levels without seismic circumstance changes (like say, the formation of a Veil? ;P), but enough that they create alienation among different members (think elderly people bemoaning the way it was “in their day” for instance). Sera is young. She’s really not interested in being “elfy”, and Solas absolutely is, though his definition of elfy is fluid. 

That banter is one of their earlier banters, while he’s just trying to connect with her somehow - after all, unless you’re playing an elf yourself, this might be the ONLY elf he is in regular contact with in any consistent sense (factor in travel times and that’s a lot of time spent in company). In that setting, you get the usual habit of people just trying to be friendly to make the best of a weird situation (like when Sebastian sits there blabbing to Fenris about believing in Andraste, or when Morrigan keeps trying to reach out to Sten, who plays along with her a bit). This is natural behavior. Sera, of course, is having none of it, because Sera doesn’t really work along that sense of “I should try to get people to like me” and is instead all about championing what is right and just - being elfy is something she will describe as being an old injury, and there are current day things that she would rather be angry about instead. 

Elvhen as a language does date back to Solas’s time. They are called The People (Elvhen means like…spirit of people, or something akin to that - El (spirit), Vhen (people). So…yeah, even linguistically we have this odd sort of divide. 

Briala and Solas have that weird history through Felassan, but Briala herself doesn’t care about the Dalish either - because they didn’t care about her or the City Elves in Masked Empire, and she learned that the hard way when she had to flee to join them. There IS that divide. City Elves live VERY different lives from the Dalish, and even those that flee to join the Dalish (if taken in) have a very different experience and struggle (DAO: City Elves believe the Dalish are savages choosing to live in the woods, Dalish call city elves flat ears and think they’re basically just humans now; DA2: Pol from Denerim who joined Clan Sabrae still has to remember to say “Creators help me” when confronted with Merrill instead of “Andraste help me” which he originally says at first, and he still holds a LOT of cultural beliefs from his life in Denerim that differ from that of many of the Dalish in Clan Sabrae, and this makes SENSE, from a cultural standpoint). 

Briala and the City Elves are NOT like Solas’s People, and neither are the Dalish. 

So he’s right. Not his people. 

AND YET…he’s a very lonely old man who destroyed his entire civilization and woke up to find that rather than resetting the world it had moved on without him. Occasionally, speaking as if someone IS “his people” probably makes him feel less alone. The fact that after this argument he insults her (“Dirthara-ma - may you learn”), and proceeds to treat her with irritation and contempt throughout the rest of the game says more to the fact he DOESN’T actually consider Sera HIS PEOPLE either.

This is a situation that, by Trespasser, he’s fully reconciled himself with. He’s no longer conflicted. He will tell your Inquisitor that to save HIS people, he has to bring down the Veil and end THEIR people. And it’s that simple. 

So…

1. Loneliness and an attempt to reach out
2. They ARE different and are NOT his people
3. It’s part of his character development arc which is resolved by Trespasser
4. It’s consistent with everything we know about his character and similar characters thus far to experience that conflict
5. It’s a culturally sound evaluation too.

Hope that answered the question, anon! <3 Thanks! -HR



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Sharm el-Sheikh (شرم الشيخ) is a town at the southern tip of the Sinai. It’s sometimes called the “City of Peace” as a large number of international peace conferences have been held here. It’s also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Arab World and one of the world’s best diving spots. Some 40 years ago, Sharm was nothing but a small fishing village with about 100 Bedouin citizens. When Sinai was occupied by Israel in 1967, it started being developed as a tourist resort. Israel then evacuated Sinai from 1979-1982, following a peace agreement. Since then, Egypt has continued developing Sharm and it has grown into a bustling town of 10,000 people. There’s now a nice promenade, a Hard Rock Cafe, one of the most modern hospitals in Egypt, among other amenities. Diving and snorkeling is the main activity in Sharm - when you dive into the warm water of the Red Sea and leave the remote desert behind, you will enter a world full of life and colors. Try the fresh Guava juice in a cafe, it’s delicious.

the Seven Hathor-Goddesses, each wearing the Solar disk with cow’s horns and the two feathers, and playing the tambourine.
The seven Hathor-Goddesses are, from right to left:
-“Hathor Lady of ‘Uaset’-Thebes”
-“Hathor of the southern sycamore”
-“Hathor of ….”
-“Hathor Lady of Kos” (’Qjs’, the pronunciation is preserved in Coptic), capital city of the XIV nome of Upper Egypt; the modern arabic name derived from its original egyptian name is “Qusiya”
-“Hathor Lady of Hnés (Ḥ(w)t-nn-Nswt, the pronunciation is preserved in Coptic)”, that is Herakleopolis Megale, capital city of the XX nome of Upper Egypt; the modern arabic name derived from its original egyptian name is “Ihnasya”
-“Hathor Lady of Momemphi (Jḥt)”, capital city of the III nome of Lower Egypt
-“Hathor of the Red Lake”

Temple of the Goddess Isis at Philae (now on the Agilkia island),
thickness of the doorway leading to the “House of Birth” (First Pylon, west tower), west side, detail from the second register (drawing from Lepsius, “Denkmäler aus Ägypten und Äthiopien”, IV-26)