RatedT for future mentions of war and mature themes
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Synopsis: Everyone is against the infatuation the prince has for you: your mind is just too sharp, too sly, toofree - nothing appropriate for a woman. Still, Jimin finds beauty in your gentle soul, and he’s more than willing to hide your secret meetings to the world if that means having your love.
⤷or: Like fire and honey are your kisses against his lips; and for them Jimin is ready to fight the whole world with his heart on his sleeve.
Author’s note: I really couldn’t help but put just a tiny tiny bit of angst, nothing too heavy tho, I swear. So, this is just the prologue, to give you all a lil taste of what’s coming *wink wonk*
remember it, as clear as the sun will ever be – the day you first saw Jimin. It
was a day of late Spring and beautifully the light was getting lost in the
golden of his hair, in the tangerine of his lips.
Armour (Breastplate), Very Rare, Requires Attunement
This plate appears to be corroded and rusted in spots, and no matter how often its scoured it always smells faintly like vomit. Despite its ruined appearance it grants the wearer +1 additional AC, as well as resistance to acid and poison damage. As a reaction, the player attuned to this armour can avoid a melee attack targeting it, by melting into a pool of acid 5 ft by 5 ft. The player can then move up to half their movement speed without provoking opportunity attacks.
32. Bridle of Animal Speed
Wondrous Item, Uncommon
A bit and bridle made of supple fine dark brown leather. When worn by an animal, that animal ignores all difficult terrain, and gains +10 movement speed.
33. Udar’s Vine Mail
Armour (+1 Chain Mail), Legendary, Requires Attunement by a Druid
Mail armour made from linked vines infused with the blessings of Archdruids from generations past, The method of forging plant matter into battle ready materials is an art lost with the death of the Elven Archdruid Udar. While attuned and wearing this armour, the player may take on the spirit of an animal in the heat of combat. You may only take a spirit, switch spirits or end a spirit once per round as an action, bonus action or reaction.
Fury of the Lion – You tap into your predatory instincts, as the desire to kill becomes your main priority you feel your prowess as a predator strengthen - attacks dealt gain +2 to damage and attack rolls. If your attack passes the creatures AC by 5 or more, the creature must succeed a STR saving throw or be knocked prone. (Saving Throw = 8+ATK MOD+PROF)
Guile of the Serpent – You become agile and limber – now aware of your enemies openings and weaknesses in combat. You gain 10 feet of base movement speed while in this form, in addition when you take the attack action, you can make a second attack.
Will of the Turtle – Your skin becomes hardened, taking on a plate like appearance. While in the form of this spirit you gain +1 AC, additionally at the end of your turn you gain an amount of temporary HP equal to half your druid level + 1 to a max of 20 temporary HP. You lose these temporary hit points when you end Will of the Turtle.
Mind of the Owl – The magic of ancients before you flow through your veins enhancing your magical abilities. While in this form you gain +2 Wisdom to a maximum of 24.
34. Storm Mover
Weapon (Longsword), Very Rare, Requires Attunement
A castle forged longsword, with a cross guard and hilt made of blue steel. Every successful melee attack deals an additional 1d6 lightning damage to the target. Once per turn, If the attacker chooses, a bolt of lightning will fracture from the target, and hit an enemy within 15 feet of the target dealing 1d8 lightning damage. The attuned player can travel through this bolt of lightning as a reaction, landing in a spot within 5 ft of the player on the receiving end of the lightning bolt.
35. Tyr’s Might
Weapon (Warhammer), Legendary, Requires Attunement by a Lawful Paladin
This warhammer was crafted by Tyr himself to give to one of his planetars, Hustace. Who single-handedly drove the demonic forces of Geryon back to the 5th layer of the Nine Hells after an attempt on the material plane. This Warhammer gains 1d4 charges with a max of 4 charges, every morning when the sun makes its first appearance. A player may expend a charge to increase the damage of a divine smite attack by 1d8. Additionally if a fiend is within 30 ft of the player attuned to this weapon – their AC is reduced by 2.
A packed spade, and two pics the sustainable dressage site (and this is just a cathedral port, not a spade), which is clearly not a fan of spades, but here’s a quote from them as well:
Spanish and Western bitting include even higher and narrower ports, sometimes pointed, tassled, with rolls etc, which would pressure up against the palate quite far back and possibly cause tissue damage if used in the modern dressage riding style in which the rider pulls the reins backwards. They use these bits just because spanish and western riders supposedly do not pull on the reins. This is a self regulating bit. It is made to work in the way that it will apply pressure to the palate by the weight of the shanks. I have superimposed a photo with a catherdral-port bit, both at the vertical, and showing the action when the horse goes above the vertical.
I like the ‘supposedly’ they don’t pull back on the reins. Because the writer apparently doesn’t believe spanish and western riders (and way to group a ton of different types of riders into one category) are capable of being effective riders. But whateverrrr. This demonstrates self-regulating bits. If the horse raises their head beyond a certain point, the port taps against their palate. If they hold their head in a certain position (flexed at the poll) the bit is at neutral.
‘The chin strap, or curb strap, is designed that if you were to pull on this bit really hard, you adjust this curb strap so there’s no way that can stand straight up in their mouth and hurt him… The way that it works is that it’s a balance bit. So if you hang this on your finger, and you have it sitting on a horse, it’s at about a 45 degree angle if everything’s hanging right. It’s balanced in a way that it’ll always fall back to that spot. So a horse over time will shape his bridle, shape himself at the poll, to be in that neutral position where he feels no pressure at all. Over time he’ll start to bridle up and learn that, that’s why this process takes so long, he needs to develop his carriage, and he needs to learn how to bridle… The idea is to maintain the horse’s feet. And so this style of riding was developed to keep the life in your horse’s feet. He is now responsible for his carriage, he’s responsible for where he puts his feet, because if you’ve ever ridden outside much and had to do much work outside, the minute you pull a horse, and you put his feet somewhere, you have lost his heart. And at the end of the day you will be peddling this horse home. Because you micromanaged his feet in a way where he didn’t get to decide. Outside, he has to be responsible. You set things up so he can decide if he’s gonna turn that cow back, and he has to adjust himself to maintain in this footing. He has to be able to maintain in all different sorts of landscape, footings, so that he stays safe and sound. If you start to pull him, if you start to make him, you will have a crippled horse at the end of the day. Because he won’t want to try. Every time you have to move his feet, you lose a little bit of try. The reason that we use these tools is that we want the same horse we left with in the morning.’
It’s interesting how this is essentially the opposite of what Clint says. He’s all about ‘move his feet, move his feet!’ as a means of establishing control, and micromanaging the horse until they have no try left, only responses. The spade obviously exerts pressure and teaches a horse to move in a certain way, but it moves them in a way that’s physically beneficial (flex at the poll, collect the hocks under you, raise the back) and allows them to maintain that beneficial posture without the rider having to intervene, allowing them to remain sounder for longer.
Psalm 32 (NKJV) Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit.
When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You In a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters They shall not come near him. You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you.
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
This may be a dumb question, but why does waldi appear to have two bits in the photo? I don't think I've seen it before and just curious, as I'm not very horsey myself
First off: this is definitely not a dumb question! There are many weird practises in the equine world, and it’s only good if you’re willing to learn and find out what things are about.
Waldi is wearing a double bridle in the picture you’re referring to. There’s another picture below to illustrate it here too.
As the name says, a double bridle has two bits: a ‘normal’ snaffle (often seen with smaller rings) and a curb bit.
The double bridle is often seen in higher levels of dressage. They start showing up at higher national classes, and you basically trip over them in Grand Prix level dressage.
The purpose of the two separate bits is leverage. The longer curb works as a shank and puts a lot more pressure on the mouth than the snaffle. Due to the two separate reins (which you keep between two different fingers), the rider can ‘choose’ which bit to put more pressure on to, giving a horse the chance to relax into soft contact when the curb rein is lengthened.
During riding, it boils down to this: Both the snaffle and the curb bit should be ridden with constant contact, the snaffle being your main bit and thus having more pressure. Whenever the horse needs more control, generally meaning he needs to collect more, it’s considered neater to pick up the curb bit to give a short and firm message. If the horse responds to your contact like you want it, you relax the curb and continue riding on the snaffle. Theoretically, this avoids unnecessary snaffle use (ie having to pull when your horse is not responding). The curb is a friendlier option - if you know how to use it.
The curb is also used as a refinement of your aids. In dressage, it’s key to execute movements without making them look ‘forced’ or even asked for. With the curb, you can entice your horse to sink back more on their hinds and engage more.
*drums rattle* However, sadly the curb (and with that the double bridle) is more often used as a method to get the horse on the bit. Any horse will sink down into the contact when the curb is continuously pulled on. *shrugs*
My big boy Tug wearing a bit and bridle for the first time! Who loves my slightly hideous $10 paracord bridle I bought at an auction (that I kind of secretly like)?! Tug was hands down the easiest horse I’ve ever bridled for the first time. He mouthed at the bit for 30 seconds to a minute then acted like he had always had one.