Crows, jackdaws, rooks, and ravens are richly represented
in fantasy and folk law, cropping up from Tolkien to Game of Thrones, and most
recently Doctor Who. Of the genus Corvus
they are intelligent birds, gifted at problem solving and mimicry, with striking
black feathers and haunting calls. As carrion birds, they often descend onto the aftermath
of a battlefield to feast on the dead, so it’s no surprise that through the ages
they have been associated with death, darkness and bad omens. Even their flock names
invoke doom: a Murder of Crows, a Conspiracy of Ravens.
But Doctor Who has shifted my understanding of the black
bird. Now, for me, the raven and the crow signify something else: Bravery.
Courage. Right action, remembered with love and respect.
When Clara faced the raven and didn’t run, she symbolised
courage. When the crows call Kar’s name down the ages, we remember that
redemption is possible, that mistakes are not fatal, and if we hold the courage of our convictions we will
never truly be forgotten.
Thank you, Doctor Who. That’s a message I will get behind every time.
Kaz Brekker will do anything out of spite. Nina says he can’t possibly pull off a dress and heels. The next day he shows up in blood red heels and a black dress and the entire crew shits themselves. Pekka Rollins tells him he can’t possibly wear a top hat. He shows up at Rollins’ house with a top hat and a knife. Jesper says he can’t flirt, that night he charms the pants off of half of the people in crow club. Wylan regrets ever bringing up Kaz in a flower crown.
A murder of crows descend upon Portland at night and cackle with glee at the ice spectacle before them…(photo courtesy of C.S.I. Berg who took the photo from the 12th Floor Forensic Evidence Division of the Portland Police Bureau)
Honestly, I fucking adore the fact that the fandom calls out Kaz “Bastard of the Barrel” Brekker for being such an over dramatic child, with his extra™ brooding and overcompensating gestures, but can we all just focus on how every line Inej delivers becomes a defining moment™. Just a few instances :
-“I will have you without armour, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.”
-“I owe you a life debt.”
- “Mmm, maybe you’re just not enough.”
-“The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to fall true.”
-“Men mock Gods until they need them, Kaz.”
-“Say you’re sorry” ( WHILE SHE’S BLEEDING TO DEATH???)
- “We learn to hold our heads as if we wear crowns. We learn to wring magic from the ordinary.That was how you survived when you weren’t chosen, when there was no royal blood in your veins. When the world owed you nothing, you demanded something of it anyway.”
-“It was because she was listening so closely that she knew the exact moment when Kaz Brekker, Dirtyhands, the bastard of the Barrel and deadliest boy in Ketterdam, fainted.”
-“You still may die in the Dregs.“
Inej’s dark eyes had glinted. “I may. But I’ll die on my feet with a knife in my hand.”
-“She was Inej Ghafa, and she would not quiver like a rabbit in a snare.”
Our Wraith Queen is basically a low-key drama queen (complementing King Dirtyhands and his melodramatic ass perfectly ofc) and high-key iconic badass…