While most empresses and queens are born into royal or
at least aristocratic families, Theodora had a more unusual background. Her father was a bear trainer near Constantinople’s
Hippodrome while her mother was a dancer and actor. At a young age, Theodora worked as an actor
and likely as a sex worker. She
travelled through North Africa with an older male companion as a teenager. While in Egypt, Theodora converted to Miaphysite
Theodora returned to Constantinople as a wool
spinner and soon caught the attention of Justinian, heir to the Eastern Roman Empire.
The match was controversial and an old Roman law forbid government
officials from marrying actresses.
Although he was not officially the ruler yet, Justinian repealed the
anti-actress law in 525 and married Theodora
Justinian ascended to the throne in 527 and Theodora
became Empress of the Eastern Roman Empire. As Empress, Theodora shaped foreign and domestic policy. She had her own court and her own
imperial seal. Twice her canny machinations saved her husband from possible deposition.
Unwilling to forget her roots, Theodora also advocated for sex workers’ rights while
criminalizing trafficking and pimping. Many
historians consider Theodora to be Justinian’s co-ruler.
Theodora was not a
universally beloved figure. There were
many who felt that she intensified conflicts and encouraged more extreme
brand of Christianity was controversial and she overthrew a Pope who disagreed
with her. Theodora and Justinian quelled revolts with massive
Theodora died in 548 when she was in her late forties
or early fifties. After her death, Justinian
worked to mend fences between the Christian sects of the period. Justinian and Theodora are saints in the
Eastern Orthodox Church. Later emperors
would follow Justinian’s example and marry outside of royal and aristocratic circles.
Between Maxixe’s two commanding officers, Rose Aura is the more easy-going. She may be kind, but don’t make mistake her kindness for weakness.Behind that calm and naive demeanor, is a ruthless stratagem capable of taking on whole armies single handedly. Her ferocity in battle made her top pick as the training instructor for Maxixe’s soldiers.
Gem Placement: Top Right Hand
Voice Actress: Anika Noni Rose
Special Ability: Terrakinesis. Using her sledgehammer, she terraforms planets to create canyons and caves for kindergartens
I often get asked about nice Voltron blogs to follow (hate free) so I made a small list of the blogs I personally recommend. Please keep in mind some of these blogs may be NSFW occasionally and not all of them are only Voltron.
AU where Sasori is brought back but as an infant and Sakura raises him. His “true” identity is kept a secret by the village officials, and Sakura has to endure a lot, seemingly being a “single unmarried mother” (typically still frowned upon in Japanese communities).
Sasori’s former memories return to him in form of nightmares - including his fight with Sakura - as he gets older, making him question who he used to be and how much his mother knows about this. Sakura is massively terrified that Sasori might return to his former self so she refrains from openly answering these questions for a long time (even if she will force herself to one day, she knows that Sasori is highly intelligent and him finding out the truth himself could actually be much more damaging).
Younger Sasori used to be a very sweet child so I can see him waking up from those nightmares being absolutely terrified (considering how Sasori’s entire former life was pretty much a nightmare) and refusing to leave Sakura’s side during the night.
(I’ve been wanting to do this for months now aksjskf sorry)