mythology: general

its-2d-in-3d  asked:

wait so how is hekatonkhieres pronounced? because i just kinda made the connection to Hecatoncheires, like the hundred handed ones from greek myths. i never knew that was a name for them until today but hearing the name just threw me for a second

Yeah the species is vaguely based on/inspired the greek mythological creatures. :3 For a while i was just calling them THE BOMB PPL before a proper name was decided lol. I take partial inspiration from their story but its very loose. (i made em first, then added a name later and built on it.) I liked that the Hekatons were made up of a lot of hands and i was like hell yeah thats just like my bomb ppl. so It stuck. i also wanted to implement greek/rome stuff into ffak from the very beginning so.. it was fate.. the hekaton species is very inspired by mythology in general. 
As to how its described, I am not really sure the correct way, sorry. I’m not the best at describing how i pronounce things either. ;_; sownds r hawrd 
I generally say like.. (Heck-a-tonn-key-res) ..? I think or just Heck-a-tons. HECK A TON. altho tbh i do this b/c it is hard as fuck to remember how to spell their names so i did it in a way where it would be easier for me to memorize it LMAO 

Writing With Color – General Topics

A collection of WWC posts that deal with more general writing advice, character creation and diversity topics applicable to most marginalized people, particularly People of Color and some ethnic and religious groups.

Writing Characters of Color: The Generals

Useful Non-WWC Posts

Diversity/Representation Topics

Character Creation

Characters of Color & Culture

Fantasy & Coding

Writing Sensitive and Controversial Topics

Racism and Micro-Aggressions 

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There is no such thing as an untalented or undeserving idol/group member.

Competition to get in a group is tough and we often forget that these people work extremely hard to be in a group’s lineup and to eventually debut.

If they do get to debut, it’s because they have something, they bring something to the group.

Using Creatures From Native American Beliefs

I have been working on a fantasy series and my world has 9 nations of people, each with somewhat loose real-world influences. Each nation has its own kind of… guardian animal I guess (I formerly called them totem animals but have recently thought I should avoid that word since it specifically originated from Ojibwe culture) and while most of them are animals I have made up, a few of them are taken from real world mythologies and legends. One is the Wyvern, which doesn’t have any significant purpose in its origin so I think should be fine to use, but the others are the wakinyan (Lakota - thunderbird) and the amarok (Inuit) which were significantly more important to their originating cultures. 

The wakinyan is the guardian animal of the nation influenced by some Native American cultures, where the Amarok is similarly the guardian of the nation influenced by Inuit cultures. I hoped this would give representation to those cultures and their mythologies but have worried that in reality it might just be disrespectful. I was hoping you could give me some feedback on whether this use is problematic or appropriative. Thank you! (PS I love this blog, it has taught me a lot, so thank you!) 

I’d caution you to make sure that the “Native American” cultures you’re pulling from all use the Thunderbird, because it is specific to a few tribes. It would feel very off to have a culture that didn’t have the Thunderbird at all suddenly have it be incorporated. I’d prefer it if it was one specific tribe, but if you’re pulling from closely-knit nations who have a common history as allies then you’ll run into a lot less raised eyebrows for mixing a few together. I should note that a shared language family does not indicate a shared ally history; the Huron and Iroquois both shared a language family, but they’re traditionally enemies. They had periods of allyship, but that wasn’t the norm.

Other than that, this doesn’t look appropriative to me because you’re pulling from the entirety of the culture when selecting those animal protectors. The key to at least beginning to respect a culture’s religion (another caution is calling Native American religions “mythologies"— we’re still alive and practicing our traditions!) is to take the whole of it, not just the “cool” or pretty parts.

Of course, the usual cautions of sensitivity readers and making sure you’re not relying on the white versions of our beliefs apply. But as a general rule, if there’s the culture to go along with the creature, you have solid representation.

~ Mod Lesya

Anti-Valentine’s Day Starters

Some taken from songs. Feel free to edit as needed!


  • “The only thing I care about is that on the 15th, all the candy will be half-off at the supermarket.”
  • “You promised me heaven, then put me through hell.”
  • “What’s even the point of trying to find someone at this point?”
  • “I swear if Cupid dares come near me I’m gonna punch that little sucker in the face.”
  • “Go on and just cry me a river!”
  • “It’s Singles Awareness Day, so be aware of me.”
  • “You told me you love me, why did you leave me all alone?”
  • “If I’ve learned anything from last year, Valentine’s Day sucks.”
  • “No way I’m going to that stupid Valentine’s dance, especially without a date!”
  • “My last breakup was really painful, I’m still recovering.”
  • “I’ve got to get away; you don’t really want anymore from me.”
  • “All that mushy-gushy stuff makes me wanna vomit!”
  • “I just really don’t wanna talk about it.”
  • “Who needs a boyfriend/girlfriend when I’ve got a friend like you?”
  • “Loving you isn’t the right thing to do.”
  • “I even made him/her a homemade valentine that says, ‘You’re dead to me.’”
  • “Whatever, you’re so much better off without him/her anyway.”
  • “This love has taken its toll on me.”
  • “Valentine’s Day is in a week and I just got dumped!”
  • “Why are all the candy hearts so sappy? I want one that says, ‘I hate you.’”
  • [text]: I just ran into my ex at the mall. Kill me.
  • [text]: I’ve been crying to Adele for the past hour, how are you?
  • [text]: I need someone to vent to about my ex. You up?