murderous crows

Bravery and Courage in DW

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.  

Random Headcanon #8

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.

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bioshock potions! ☕

  • murder of crows vigor potion -  a potion to summon fowl forces to protect you 
  • possession vigor potion -  a potion that distracts your enemies from you, and brings their ill-attention to one another instead 
  • charge vigor potion -  a potion that helps with those you tend to knock heads with, a magical aid to keep them at bay, or arm’s length. 
  • undertow vigor potion -  a potion that helps shift power of advantages to you, whether in magical or mundane issues, offers you tactical advantages 
  • shock jockey vigor potion -  a potion to stun enemies, and make them more susceptible to baneful magic with lightning elementals involved 
  • return to sender vigor potion -  a potion to help shield the drinker, and return any harm that is sent your way 
  • bucking bronco vigor potion -  a potion to help throw people off your back, and keep them away for some time
  • devil’s kiss vigor potion -  a potion that allows the drinker to cast a fire elemental on someone else (particularly a spurned lover)

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…