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So finally I got a little time to make something for AC movie. And I drew Yusuf again da lalalalalalalala

To celebrate the movie release in China 2017.2.24

Wish I could see all these deleted characters in Blu-ray XDD

Ancestors - descendants

Aguilar de Nerha - Callum Lynch
Yusuf Tazim - Emir
Baptiste - Moussa
Duncan Walpole - Nathan
Shao Jun - Lin

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Be it Easter or Eid, holidays in the Levantine region of the Middle East are incomplete without a shortbread cookie called maamoul. Stuffed with date paste or chopped walnuts or pistachios, and dusted with powdered sugar, these buttery cookies are the perfect reward after a month of fasting during Ramadan or Lent.

The dough is made with wheat flour or semolina (or a combination of the two), then pressed into special molds, traditionally carved in wood. And the fillings are fragrant with rosewater or orange blossom.

In the weeks leading up to Easter, the Beirut sweet shop Helwayat Al-Salam becomes a veritable factory of maamoul. Owner Mitri Hanna Moussa dips pitted dates into rosewater, then passes them through a meat grinder to make a paste. Mitri’s mother, Samira, a small, older woman with wrinkled hands but perfectly manicured nails, sits at a makeshift table sorting pistachios. She makes sure that neither a speck of shell nor a single shriveled pistachio makes its way into their renowned cookies. Once all ingredients are ready, Mitri and his assistant pinch off balls from their mountain of semolina dough. They shape the dough balls into small cups which they stuff with either date paste, pistachios or walnuts.

Then, Samira presses each stuffed dough ball into an antique wooden mold, which she thwacks against a wooden stump to toss out a perfectly formed cookie, ready to be baked. In a matter of minutes, the three of them prepare dozens more.

Maamoul: An Ancient Cookie That Ushers In Easter And Eid In The Middle East

Photo: Amy E. Robertson for NPR

Assassin's Creed was a really good movie

And I’m not just saying that because I am a huge fan and have played + own all the games. I thouroughly enjoyed the movie. Of course it was far from perfect, (I dare anyone to name a movie that was) but as far as video game movies go, Assassin’s Creed is on the top of my list. Critically speaking, fans or those familiar with the games will find the plot easier to follow and understand. However, it is not so exclusive that new viewers cannot join in. It is unfortunate that so many people are against the film and its franchise. The AC universe is not without its flaws, but it is far from the rotten tomatoes that are being thrown in the trash. There is so much potential within this series, and I for one will be here for ALL of it.