must write this essay

So I’ve been giving this a lot of thought and, even though we all know that Yousef leaving was something super unnecessary, I’ve realized something (maybe someone has already come to the same conclusion and shared it but here it goes): the fact that after their date he still left (and it wasn’t presented as something super angsty, since Yousef said “but I’ll be back” with a smile on his face) is showing how much they trust each other, and how strong their feelings are. 

They know that a summer apart is not going to make their feelings go away, no matter how much or how little texting they do. They know that when Yousef is back they’re gonna look at each other with huge smiles and it’s gonna be beautiful and they’re gonna talk for hours on end because they will want to tell each other everything they’ve done even if they already kinda did by texts. And by texting during the summer they’re gonna get to know each other more and they’re gonna grow more comfortable around each other (maybe Yousef will stop feeling so shy that he needs to throw grass at Sana). If anything, their feelings will grow and after a little while they will officially become a couple and it will be beautiful.

Bullshitting my way through an essay at 3 am when it’s due tomorrow like

i am aLEXANDER HAMILTON. HAMILTON. JUST YOU WAAAAAAAIT.

IF HAMILTON CAN WRITE 52 ESSAYS, SURELY I CAN WRITE ONE.

I WILL NOT THROW AWAY MY SHOT

JUST KIDDING

TOTALLY THROWING IT AWAY.

Writing this post provided wonderful procrastination. Must get back to essay writing…

Mr. Townson's Top Thirty

Mr. Townson, the wonderful APUSH god who has a history of 100% pass rates, has given the gospel of APUSH to his people. Here are Townson’s top 30 things that will certainly be on the test (some of these are more than one thing, but they’re related topics), followed by his top picks for what the essays will be.

  1. Spanish, French, English Exploration and Settlement
  2. Bacon’s Rebellion
  3. Half-Way Covenant & First Great Awakening
  4. Proclamation of 1763
  5. Articles of Confederation & Shay’s Rebellion
  6. Compromises in the Constitution
  7. Washington’s Farewell Address
  8. Alexander Hamilton’s Financial Plan
  9. Marbury vs. Madison
  10. Missouri Compromise
  11. Nullification Crisis
  12. William Lloyd Garrison
  13. Manifest Destiny
  14. Compromise of 1850
  15. Kansas-Nebraska Act
  16. Radical Reconstruction
  17. The Gilded Age
  18. Populism
  19. Imperialism
  20. Progressivism
  21. The Lost Generation
  22. The New Deal & Court Packing
  23. The Cold War
  24. McCarthyism
  25. Conformity in the 1950s and Levittown, NJ
  26. Civil Rights Leaders
  27. Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
  28. Nixon Doctrine/Vietnamization
  29. Camp David Accords
  30. Reganomics

Townson’s Top Essay Picks

  • Early America (pre-American Revolution)
  • Progressivism
  • Imperialism
  • Jacksonian Democracy
  • Reconstruction

Exam tip: every year there is a question about African Americans or women.

There is 1 DBQ. Everyone does the same one of that. 

There are 4 choices for the FRQs. You write 2. You must write an essay from the first category, which is pre-1900, and you must write an essay from the second category, which will be from the 1900s or later.

It is YOUR job to research and know these topics, their related facts, and their implications. I’m not going to do that for you. It won’t help you in the long run. Study well, study strong. I’m probably going to keep posting a bunch of review questions on here. Look them over, but in general, STAY OFF OF TUMBLR! You should be studying.

Hiatus Announcement

mic check, mic check… is anyone even watching?

Anyway, I’ve decided to take a short little blog break! I’m still here, but not here here, y’know?

For now, things are indefinite, but I miiiiight be back this Saturday! That or next Friday. Who knows?

I’ve got an AP English Language and Composition Exam tomorrow, which is a fancy way of saying I must write three whole essays in two hours. (Or not because my ass gets extra time, yippee!)

Queue tag is still #taqueuemi hijirihara

Anyways, I don’t think anyone checks my blog that much anymore, but y’know, just in case!

Lexa has been gone for well over a year now yet people STILL have too much time on their hands to indulge in Clexa vs Bellarke petty ship wars about she said this and he said that and omg I’m so offended that they have a different opinion to me and I can’t deal with it so I must take to tumblr to write a thousand word essay to attempt to offend them.

I don’t know about y'all but I would like to be able to go in the 100 tag or anything related to the show and not have to wade through the pettiness which is so old and so tiresome and I’m sick of it.

People ship who they want to ship. It doesn’t concern you if you have differing opinions. It’s a dang tv show. Ship who you like and leave people alone.

anonymous asked:

23. "How do they hug? Kiss? Tease? Flirt? Comfort?" (And of course, 2russ ;-))

They hug a lot

2D likes to hug Russel from behind and watch what he’s doing. He gives him little kisses while he works and talks in whispers to him. He just follows him around the house like this.

Russel gives really long big hugs where he picks 2D up and spins around (even though 2D is taller) 

They give each other a ton of small kisses throughout the day and …well bigger ones at night . They almost make a game out of kissing them well off guard.

As for teasing, when Russel does it he calls 2D Stuart. You can tell when he’s teasing because he always calls him Stuart when he does. “Nice mom jeans stuart” “you’re not a very good liar stuart “. 2D teases him with puns 

And flirt 

Russel flirts but 2D flirts 

Russel’s involves cheesy pick up lines and lovey Dovey stuff but 2D flirts hardcore, he flirts as if he still needs to seal the deal. He does so many innuendos that make Russel blush and he bends down to pick up "something he dropped” in front of Russel. He does the smoothest line and he has no subtlety and does it whenever he wants even if it’s inappropriate (which it is most times)

And for comfort, they have worked out a system. It took a couple of times but they realized that they need different things. 

Russel needs someone to rant to, someone to just it let out. He needs to talk about his problems or they get worse. He doesn’t like people giving him advice about his problems because most of the time he’s already thought about what they suggest, and it makes him feel like everything is his fault that he feels crappy and not that the situation is crappy. 2D is fine with this because he honestly doesn’t what to do about Russel’s problems anyway, but he’s happy to listen and validate his feelings. He also tries to share similar experiences to make him not feel alone in them, but is careful to not make it about him.

2D on the other hand wants advice and feedback, even needs it to know that Russel is listening. He doesn’t know what to do about his problems and Russel often sees things about the problem he doesn’t.

In either case, it involves a lot of hugging, hand holding and kisses 

I wish I had 5H in my life when I was a teenager

Disclaimer: This isn’t about the music industry or anything, but I am in a bit of a sentimental mood and feel like sharing something very personal. Now that I have this small platform, I just feel the urge to share a bit of my story. Please don’t read if you are going to shit on me for writing a personal essay!

I must admit that 5H is more of a guilty pleasure for me than a full-on fan girl thing. Mainly just because I’m in my twenties now and sometimes I think I’m too old to be acting like a teenager and messing around on fandom tumblr. But the thing is, I truely fell in love with these girls’ voices and their personalities, and now they just provide me with a bit of escapism from my serious job and everyday life. I feel really protective of them and feel the need to keep an eye out for them as they struggle through the rocky terrain of the music industry. I also love the fandom (well.. most of it anyway lol). You guys are all so open, caring and creative (and hilarious). I also love that in-between reblogging memes and funny stuff people like to talk about society and politics. That’s literally so cool. Especially here on tumblr, I love the family vibe. There’s such a sense of community.

I was thinking about all this and thinking “god I wish I had this when I was 15″. Tumblr wasn’t even a thing I knew about then, and I didn’t have any particular pop stars that I idolised. I went through a pretty hard time as a teenager. I grew up in a rough neighbourhood, so that didn’t help. But when I was around 14/15 I found myself in a nasty abusive situation. I was exposed to a fair bit of violence at the hands of someone who in theory should have loved and protected me. I basically internalised every punch and insult that was thrown at me, and sunk into a deep self-loathing and depression for a couple of years. I had some good friends but I never told them what I had been through. The only thing that really kept me going was music - making music and listening to music. My guitar and my headphones became my lifeline. When you are in these situations, when you are trying to get through a hard time in your life, or even just trying to get through the day, you hang on to whatever piece of meaning or hope you can find. Maybe you find that meaning in a guitar. Maybe you find it in a person. Maybe you find it in writing poetry, or playing basketball, or walking your dog, or watching your favourite TV show. Or maybe you even find that meaning in following your favourite girl band.

I just want you to know that if you come home from a hard day at school or work and the first thing you do is go on your laptop to watch interview videos, or reblog fifth harmony gifs on tumblr, and this puts a little bit of happiness and meaning in your life, then that is totally valid. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel that your love of a girl group is silly or useless. I wish so much that I had this when I was younger and going through a tough time! You are so lucky to have these girls and this fandom in your life. Don’t ever let anyone take that away from you. Don’t let the recent events and all the negative PR bullshit take that away from you either. Life is hard. The world is an unfair place. So if it puts a smile on your face when you get a snapchat notification from Ally, Dinah, Lauren, Normani or Camila, thats great! Hang on to that! Be young and carefree. And if you need to, make use of the community here on tumblr. 

That’s all I wanted to say. Just wanted to share some of my story and encourage you to remember why this fandom is so important to so many people. Keep supporting the girls as you always have. Do whatever you can to put a smile on your face in these troubled times.

Love - Meg

Moony the Admirer

Remus Lupin x Reader

request:  May I have a Remus imagine with prompts 6, 17, 28? 

notes: I tried to rewrite this twice, but I’m still not completely happy with it. Hope you guys enjoy it tho! Also, prompts will be bolded.

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“(Y/n)! (Y/n)! Wake up!”

“Huh? Sirius?” (y/n) said, rubbing the sleep from her eyes. After class, she had decided to get some fresh air in one of the main courtyards, but must have fallen asleep halfway through writing a transfiguration essay. “What are you doing out here? And is… is that… lipstick, on your collar?

“Is that drool on your parchment?” he fired back sarcastically.

“Touché, Black.”

“I’m out here to get you. James told me he saw you out here; besides, you do realize that lunch is almost over?”

“Oh! Uhhh… I’m not hungry anyway.”

“C’mon (y/l/n), let’s go.” Pulling herself to her feet, she lightheartedly glared at Sirius.

“So what’s new my fellow Gryffin-dork?” Looking both ways and stepping into the corridor, Sirius hesitated.

“Well… I was talking to Moony earlier.”

“Is that so? Everything okay?” (y/n) asked with furrowed brows.

“He seemed off today. I don’t know what his problem was, but he just kept babbling about some girl.” (Y/n)’s heart sank immediately. She’d always fancied Remus, and lately she’d felt as if her feelings were reciprocated, but earlier that day while leaving the common room, she’d smiled at him brightly only to be ignored. Noticing the saddened look on her face, Sirius spoke. “Don’t act like it doesn’t bother you.”

“What do you mean? It doesn-”

“Who do you think you’re fooling? Everyone can see that you fancy Lupin,” he said, taking a cold tone. “In fact, I’m surprised that he hasn’t noticed yet, especially being Mr. Observant himself.” All (y/n) could do was look everywhere except Padfoot’s face.

The two friends had finally made it to the potions classroom after a few moments of silence. Stepping inside, (y/n) smiled upon the sight of Remus sitting in his usual spot, and Sirius noticed, gently nudging her towards him playfully. She made her way to the table and sat between the two boys.

“Remus?” she whispered.

“What!?” he replied, frantically popping up from behind his books. “Oh. Hey.”

“What are you doing?” she asked.

Oh, just digging myself a nice grave, you?” 

“Is everything okay?”

“Not exactly (y/n). There’s just this girl that I keep thinking about,” he confessed, “and I’ve always been able to talk to her, but this morning when I looked at her, everything felt different.”

“Who is it?” (y/n) encouraged him.

“You.” Remus blurted out as Sirius whistled under his breath.

“Wha-what’s wrong? Did I do or say something to hurt you?” (y/n) asked with widened eyes. Taking a deep breath, Remus replied.

“Quite the opposite actually.” (Y/n) glanced at Sirius, but quickly refocused her attention to Lupin as he locked his fingers with hers. “Look, there’s no easy way to say this, but this morning when you smiled at me I was scared. I was scared because in that moment, with that one glance, I knew I’d finally let myself fall in love… with you.” Looking at the cauldron in front of them, and then back to Remus, (y/n) thoroughly took in what one of her best friends had just confessed.

“I-I don’t know what to say…”

“I knew you wouldn’t feel the same for me, but I had to say it. Just know that you’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me, (y/n), and I’d be completely lost and devastated if you were to stop being my best mate.”

“That’s not what I meant! I mean… I’m glad you feel that way, because I do too.” Remus seemed to be in shock once those words left (y/n)’s mouth, but his lips soon fell into a smile. 

Once their class had let out, (y/n) and Remus exited the room; followed closely by Sirius, who took off after spotting James. Brushing shoulders while they walked, Moony soon extended a pinky as if to ask for her permission, and without hesitation, (y/n) slipped her hand back into his. To her, it was the best feeling in the world to turn as many heads as they did, simply by being with someone who loved her as much as she’d loved him. Together, they strolled down a cleared hallway and shared a few long-awaited kisses. Making their way to a deserted bench, (y/n) snuggled up into his side, placing her head against his chest and listening to his heartbeat. 

“I love you.” she offered smoothly.

“And I, you.” Remus answered, smiling back at her. “Always have, always will.”

anonymous asked:

How would a teenager's personality be affected if they were trained in fighting an survival techniques since childhood?

I’d like to give an answer to this question, but the problem is that it actually encompasses a wide range of backgrounds. All of which can create significantly different personality types. Here’s a short list:

The child of uber-environmentalists or hippies, spent their weekends camping, learning the wonders of nature, and their weeks practicing Tai Chi.

The child of extreme survivalists, who spent their childhood learning self-sufficiency in the wilderness and how to drill a skull with their hunting rifle at a hundred yards.

A Boy Scout (or Girl Scout depending on merit badges), especially one who grew up in Montana, Wyoming, or anywhere that has no sensitivity to guns. (There’s a reason why an Eagle Scout gets an automatic rank bump when they enlist in the US Military.)

The kid who got boxed up and sent off to a Military Academy or Boot Camp.

The upper-middle class kid whose parents shoved them into every single martial arts program and or camping/environmentalist program in order to get them out of the house and out from underfoot.

The same upper-middle class background as the above kid, except the child did it to escape their parents.

The kid who grew up on the streets of a major metropolitan city and had to scrounge for every meal until they learned boxing after landing in Juvie.

The kid who grew up on the streets in a major metropolitan city and had to scrounging for every meal until they were discovered and taken off the streets by a kindly boxing coach.

This is only a small number of the unlimited possibilities and even within the subset, the personalities created while not unique are many.

The important truth to remember when thinking about personalities for your character is that personalities are developed through individual experiences. Change a minute detail like the kid had an instructor who liked them to the kid had an instructor who ignored them and you change the experience thus changing the effect on the personality.

A specific kind of training can develop an outlook the individual adopts. An outlook is the way someone views and sees the world around them, but training is only part of the equation. Home life, friendships, school experiences, religious background, political background, these are all aspects of our experiences informing who we are and how we look at the world. They also inform what we choose to do with the skill sets we have.

It’s also important to remember that the training outlooks for each individual martial art is different. They take on the aspects of what they were or currently are meant for and the values of the culture they come from. Taekwondo, for example, pushes the importance of community to it’s trainees. Giving back is the watch word, we have a responsibility to take what we know, what we’ve learned from our training, and use it to benefit others (not in the superhero sense). This mostly takes the form of mentoring other students in the dojang, but it also encompasses community service and other projects outside the school. In fact, in order to progress up the belt ranks, each student must write an essay as part of their final exam detailing what their understanding of their training is.

However, a child who has always had difficulty making friends or comes from difficult family circumstances may adopt these tenants differently from a child who has loving parents and lots of friends outside the school.

Think about what kind of survival training and fighting training your teenager had. What were they being trained to do? Was it self-defense? Purely for recreation? Health and fitness? Hunting monsters? Post-apocalypse survival? Why were they learning this in the first place? What sort of community surrounded them while they were growing up? Was it an insular one? Did they have regular access to individuals outside their family group? How present were their parents? Is this a family thing or something they decided to pursue on their own?

Once you’ve outlined their background and figured out what kind of training you want them to have, you can then fill in the blanks by limiting your search to martial combat and skill sets which cover what you’re looking for. This limits your search so it becomes easier. Try not to have a concrete idea in mind, otherwise you’ll end up rejecting the real world information you dig up because it doesn’t exactly match the idea in your head. Once you’ve absorbed the knowledge, then you can route back and get the character you’re looking for (or maybe one you weren’t). You’ll have a better understanding of the experiences they might have been through and thus a firmer grasp of the sort of personality they could have. By filling in their background, the person starts to become realized.

When doing this with teenagers, you may have to do some jury-rigging if you want them to have a skill set that’s not normally available to a teen with their background such as military grade Systema or military grade Krav Maga. You’ll have to figure out how they got that training and create a firm understanding of why they were trained that way. You’ll also have to accept that this training will change them in ways that are noticeable to other characters around them. People, even kids, are very good at picking out dangerous individuals and avoiding them on a gut level, even if they don’t consciously know why they’re doing it. A kid with this kind of training may also have difficulty relating to others or even seeing other individuals as individuals. Their concept of right to life may be abstract at best and they’ll already know how to push themselves through significant mental hoops in order to justify killing someone.

However, this isn’t a normal background or normal setup for a character or even something normal/average/even bad parents would allow to happen to their child. You’ll have to set up their background to justify it and allow your other characters to act accordingly.

-Michi

Top 10 College Admissions Tips

1. Time the Mailing of Your Application Carefully
“Apply as early as possible. We read applications as soon as they come into our office. But we receive a huge number of applications on the actual deadline day, which can be overwhelming to us. It is detrimental to students, too. It really shows up in sloppy essays and writing samples and reporting on extracurricular activities. [Plus] with kids applying to more and more schools, it has gotten harder and harder for us to determine for what students Georgia Tech is their first choice. So applying earlier is one way to distinguish yourself. We think, ‘Wow, this kid applied early. They must really want to come.’” – Rick Clark, director of admissions, Georgia Tech

2. Use the “Pajama Test”
“Choose a school that takes you out of your comfort zone. Eleanor Roosevelt has a great quote: ‘Do something every day that scares you.’ [But] we have a tour guide who also asks a great question: ‘What is a school’s P factor? You know, ‘pajama factor’— can I get up in the morning, leave my pajama bottoms on and throw on a sweatshirt.’ It’s her way of saying find a school where you will be able to be yourself.” – Jenny Sawyer, executive director of admissions, University of Louisville

3. Keep Cs Off Your Transcript at Any Cost
“Admission officers talk about the importance of rigor in a student’s high-school program. When students ask, should I take an AP course and get a lower grade or take a lower level course and get an A, the cliché answer is: Students should take the AP course and get an A. Not very helpful! What we should be talking about is appropriate rigor. That is, if the student can take the AP course and get an A or B, then that’s appropriate. If the student will get a C or lower, then she should reconsider. Grades of Cs ‘pop’ on a transcript to selective colleges since we don’t see them often. That doesn’t mean that one C on a transcript will mean a student won’t get into college. What is does mean is that students shouldn’t over-challenge themselves.” – Debra Shaver, director of admission, Smith College

4. Visit the Campus—the School is Checking
“Visit campus. We take note of your visit and it’s the only way that you’ll know if a school is right for you.” – Julie Shimabukuro, director of undergraduate admissions, Washington University, St. Louis

5. Don’t Use the Economy as a Barometer
“The economy continues to have an impact on admission applications and decisions. Last year was certainly a little different in that many schools that would not normally go to their waitlists had to do so. But students and parents should not assume that this will happen again this year. It may play out the same, or because of the economy students may be more discerning regarding the number of schools they apply to.” – Terry Knaus, senior associate director of admissions, Indiana University, Bloomington

6. Have a Stranger Critique Your Essay
“Give your personal statement to a counselor or teacher who does not know you for critique. If you are writing about what makes you unique, special or interesting, ask your oldest and closest friends. They may be able to describe what makes you special better than you can.” – Mae Brown, assistant vice chancellor of admissions and registration services, University of California, San Diego

7. The “Perfect” Essay Is the Wrong Essay
“There are so many essays written about the winning goal, world peace, loving parents, reaching the top of the mountain, etc., that if you choose to write on one of these topics your essay must be perfect. It is important to think out of the box and really write about something that you know and have passion for—do not pick a topic that you think we want to read about. The purpose of the essay is to help the admissions committee fully understand the potential difference you can make in the class and how your background and experience will move the campus community forward.” – Douglas Christiansen, vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions, Vanderbilt University

8. Make Sure the Teachers Show Up for Class
“The most important question to ask when considering an application or making an enrollment decision is this: What is the degree of attention paid by this school to the undergraduate educational experience? If superstar faculty members never cross the threshold of an undergraduate classroom, what will be the value to you? If research is valued more highly than quality teaching, and some faculty only do research or work with graduate students, what will be the value to you? You want to find a place where faculty are enthusiastic about teaching undergraduates, where they are accessible to students, and where they include them in their research. It takes some work to learn about the undergraduate teaching culture of a college, but it’s important to find out. This college will be your home for four years, and you want to know that it is focused on providing you the best possible opportunities to grow both intellectually and personally.” – John Mahoney, director of undergraduate admissions, Boston College

9. Don’t Put Too Much Stock in Brand Names
“Apply to colleges that you love, not because of their names or rankings or locations, but because they promote the learning and living culture that will challenge you, change you, delight you, and ultimately let you become yourself fully. The admissions decision is as much a journey of the head as it is the heart—let both organs speak to you and then translate what they say into your application.” – Jennifer Delahunty, dean of admissions and financial aid, Kenyon College

10. Lower the Stakes
“Don’t forget what you do in college is much more important than where you go to college.” – Philip A. Ballinger, director of undergraduate admissions, University of Washington, Seattle

My favorite part of the Steven Universe fandom is how so many people dedicate what must be hours of their time to write essays about it (episodes/characters/arcs/whatever). I could see writing a paragraph or maybe even two about something that you noticed or thought was cool or interesting, but not an entire essay. And when I say essay, I mean a big goddamn essay. Some of these things must reach something like 5-10 pages, easy. It’s like they’re making Steven Universe the subject of their thesis.

Seriously people, find something better to do. Steven Universe is cool, but don’t dedicate hours of your life to analyzing a TV show. Just enjoy the show. At this point you’ve probably thought more about it than the creators.

thirteen-magpies  asked:

Hi there Maggie! As a soon-to-be History Major, what tips would you give someone going into it? I'm halfway through my first year of engineering and I'm sick to death of calculations- I kind of miss doing essays. I'm transferring to a Bachelor of Arts in history in January, and I'm really nervous. I love history, but I'm honestly not sure what to expect. It feels like I'm jumping off a cliff and have no idea what's at the bottom- a huge trampoline or a very deep body of dark water.

Dear thirteen-magpies,

Welcome to the best major.

I’m glad to hear that you like to write essays. History majors must write a lot. Must — must — an incorrect word! History majors delight in writing. How else to prove their points? How else to reveal the tiny detail they have discovered in a primary source recently rediscovered in an old dude’s archives? How else to show off the ability to properly format footnotes?

History majors will learn about facts and trends and people, of course. But history is more than that. A proper study of history gives you a feel for the cycles of history. An understanding of why people do what they do. What makes someone a hero or a villain at the end of the day. It’s an elaborate hunt-and-go-seek game of cause-and-effect, following threads back to the origin of the story. A proper study of history shows you the people who exist in between the lines of our current, inadequate, fallible histories. A proper study of history shows you the humor of people who lived hundreds of years before. It teaches you to question every news story you’ve ever read, whether the events took place two days or two centuries before. Curious and incredulous, geeky and worldly — what a creature, the history major. Rah rah the history major. All hail that seeker of truth the history major. 

We have a big trampoline at the bottom of a very deep body of dark water, and then another trampoline underneath that one. 

Welcome to Chicago style, baby.

urs,

Stiefvater

Notes on Talonok Society

Talonok lineage is matrilineal. There are usually no family names, although descriptive monikers can sometimes be earned through battle or other notoriety. (For example, Freen Peaceweaver, a Corven in the Blacktalon tribe, was given her name after completing a tapestry celebrating the alliance between the Blacktalon and another Talonok tribe. Before the advent of the Beastclan alliance, tribal conflicts were frequent. For more on the importance of textiles in Talonok society, see here.)

Leadership of Talonok tribes tends to be female, but there have been a few important male chieftains, and dual chiefs aren’t unheard of. Corven do not typically become chief, (the chief of the tribe is typically the most skilled warrior, and Corven rarely if ever participate in fighting) but Corven are often advisers and can join the council of elders. The chief discusses all important matters with the council, and typically doesn’t act without their approval. The shaman, the leader of spiritual practice, is a position always held by a Corven (magic does not come easily to Raptorik), and it is a position that garners almost equal respect as the chief. Raptorik are very superstitious and rely heavily on their Corven brethren for counsel in spiritual and magical matters, for practical trades, and for pursuits like writing and math. Neither species tends to begrudge the other for their skills. Corven respect Raptorik bravery and cunning, and Raptorik respect Corven intelligence and spirituality. They have, over time, become two halves of one whole. (Individual deviation from the norm, like a scholarly Raptorik or violent Corven, happens, but is not the cultural expectation.) There are typically twice as many Raptorik as Corven in any given tribe, but can be less or more than that. 

(holy shit this got long. disclaimer: all headcanon. I used every fact in the Talonok encyclopedia article, but expanded on it and threw in some other random anthropological filler, lol)

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