northerner represent

So. I had a thought, and I ran with it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I thought: there needs to be a line of apparel for Heathens / Lokeans / Rokkatru / NT Pagans etc., that is safe from bigotry. Something that bites back against all of that hateful “You Are The Wrong Kind Of Heathen If ____” bullshit.

So, I decided I should start designing.

And I thought to begin by reclaiming ‘ergi,’ as a nonbinary Lokean, it seemed as good a place as any to start.

I also thought - won’t those folkish bastards just shit themselves over this - an enby reminding them that All Ur Gods R Queer  (◡‿◡✿)

[If this offends any LGBTQIA+ pagans out there, however, please let me know and I will do my best to remedy that or remove this design all together.]

I have plans in the works for other designs that call out racism, sexism, and all the other nasty -isms that Heathenry is infected with, and other designs that focus on positivity. More on that as I complete each one.

These will be available through CafePress, most likely, unless I can get a good enough deal to order a bunch and offer them through my Etsy shop. Please let me know if you are interested in getting a shirt & I will send you a link :)

Thoughts, anyone?

Imagine being transported back to circa 1850’s where you are a part of Royal Family | Dean Winchester x Reader

You are awaked by a soft gentle touch in your back, “Good morning, Your Majesty, time to get up.”

“What? Dee, are you playing games, again? Shut it off.” you said as the rays of the sun touched your skin.

“Ma'am, your Queen Mother has requested you to join her for breakfast.” the woman said.

“Wha -” you cutted yourself as you rose in your bed realizing you’re laying on a soft bed with nice fabric in a huge bedroom with a maid. No, make it a personal maid. You tilted your head, glared at the woman who supposed to be your personal maid. “What year are we, dear?”

She looked at you in time swallowing at the same moment as if she was choking with your words. “Well, Your Majesty, if you intend to ask what date it is, its 21st of October.”

“What year?” you demanded.

“1850, Your Majesty.” she answered quietly.

“I see, I am just checking if you’re well.” you smiled innocently. “Tell the Queen Mother, I’ll be there in minutes.”

She nodded and bowed to you as a respect. Then, immediately exited the room.

You get up so quickly and glanced at the mirror. “1850. A Royal. You did you’re fucking job so nicely you evil witch.” you murmured as you slowly draw out your night gown and slip a decent yet elegant black dress.

After you finished dressing yourself you glanced for the last time in the mirror. “Too fortunate, I do know how a princess act.”

Slowly, you make your way to the dining hall. Passing all the castle staff bowing for you as a sign of respect in exchange giving them a warm smile to cope with their services rendered.

You reached the dining hall and you immediately grab for the knob as a habit, then someone said, “You do not open doors, Your Majesty, someone will for you.”

You jerked not looking at the man who advised you what to do as you fixed your dress before entering the hall.

“Y/N.” the Queen Mother you supposed say.

You smiled, “Mummy.” as your lips reached her cheeks.

“Late again. A bad habit.”

“I am sorry. This would be the last.” you pleaded.

“It better be, you’ll be on a tour in Northern Ireland to represent your father, the King on a congress.” she said with her voice as gently as she could.

“Am I?” you protested with such delicate matters.

“You are. Your father is ill. He can’t make it. You will, you agreed yesterday darling.” she said then sipping her soup in an elegant way.

“Am I?” you repeated again.

“Are you here, dear Y/N. Seems like I’m no talking to my daughter, Princess Y/N.”

“I am.” you answered. “Sorry,” you apologized for doing for the third time, “I was just thinking that Daddy could make it.” you said as you cut your bread.

“Group Captain Winchester will be with you in your journey as well as the finest men of this kingdom to assist you.” she explained further.

“Which one?” you questioned not looking at your mother.

“I’m sorry darling, pardon please.” she said confusion is trailing in her voice.

You glanced up seeing the man of your dreams with such a dazzling eyes looking at you in a RAF uniform, you are rumbled with your thoughts on how good he looks with this get up.

“Dean.” you said as you sighed for relief and excitement.

“Your Majesty?” he questioned at the same moment when he flashed the smile that could end every hostilities in this world.

The Newly released Stills of Daenerys in episode 5 made me realize that her attire is very similar to the attire of 2 other women on the show: Sansa and Ceresi.

All three women have undergone Wardrobe transformations this season and the results of each of their changes are strikingly similar. All three have transitioned to darker attire with heavy fabric and broad shoulders, They also share similar clothing accessories that represent their house sigil.

Daenerys wears a silver dragon on her clothing attached to a chain that is made similar to a dragon tale. Sansa wears two silver wolves around her neck that are accompanied by a chain that links to a large metal circle. Ceresi wears two metal shoulder plates with the lannister lion on them that are attached by a silver chain that drapes across her chest. Each of their accessories are tailored to their personality but they all are in the same vein…metal, chains, and house sigil.

(Edit: Dany actually wears TWO dragons on her clothing, intially I thought it was one but it’s a Double dragon, just like Sansa wears two wolves, and Ceresi wears two Lions. The parallels between their wardrobes are actually deeper than I initially mentioned.)

Of course the differences are very apparent as well. Dany has added color to her wardrobe, particularly red to represent her house while Ceresi sticks to mostly black and Sansa tends to wear grey and black. Ceresi’s wardrobe also tends to be more elaborate and Sansa usually adds fur to represent her northern roots.

What I truly find interesting is the fact that they would share such similarities at all. Sansa, Dany, and Ceresi all experienced major character shifts this season and I know their wardrobe was deliberately selected to show those changes. Ceresi and Dany were aligned as rival queens, so I wasn’t shocked to see that they both shared some similarities in their wardrobe, but including Sansa in those similarities is an interesting choice to me since Sansa is the only one of the three to not hold the title of Queen at any point during the series and she’s not canonically considered a rival for the throne. It’s also no coincidence that Sansa not only looks that part but her wardrobe changes coincide with her gaining a lot of power. Could this be an indicator that Sansa is a 3rd silent rival for the crown? With house Martell and house Tyrell out of the game, there are only 3 major houses that have a shot at power. Targaryen, Lannister, and Stark. Each currently represented by a woman how proudly wears their house sigil in similar ways, You have to wonder which house will emerge as the true power in the end. My money is on house stark and Sansa Stark

In an earlier meta I talked about how the narrative suggests the Sansa is being groomed for queenship. After thinking about my wardrobe observations and some of the parallels and contrasts between the two my Queen spidey senses are starting to go off even more.

Three women are currently in power in Westeros right now. Dany, Ceresi, and Sansa. Jon is the King in the North but he’s gone on a mission for the greater good. Sansa is the Lady of Winterfel, and she currently has confrol of the North while Jon is gone. That means she controls the largest land area in Westeros while Ceresi controls the south and Dany controls Dragonstone. Even if she’s not canonically vying for a crown she’s still basically positioned as a 3rd rival for power. While Ceresi and Dany have been solely focused on each other Sansa has been experiencing silent developments that have positioned her among their ranks in the fight for power. It started with Jon handing her the north just before he left, then Bran returned and renounced his claim as the Lord of Winterfel, leaving Sansa as the trueborn heir to Winterfel. While Dany and Ceresi have been trying to destroy each other Sansa has been quietly building trust and respect among the Lords in the north.

Nothing drives this point home like the recent parallels/contrasts between Dany, Ceresi, and Sansa. In episode 3 we saw Dany and Ceresi both enacting their plots to destroy each other while Sansa quietly ran the north and started making preparations for winter an attack from their enemies. Sansa was preparing Winterfel as a possible shelter, working on a plan to stockpile food to get her people through the winter, and oversaw preparations to keep her soldiers warm. While this was going on Ceresi was taking her revenge aganist the Martells and patting herself on the back for destroying Dany’s armada, Dany was enacting her plan to take over Casterly Rock. In episode 3 the the parallels got even more glaring when we saw Sansa once again mention her grain storage, telling littlefinger that they didn’t receive as much as she expected but they will have to make due with what they have, While this is going on we see Ceresi attempt to hoard all the food from The Reach in Kings landing only to be twarted by Dany, who burns almost the entire food supply despite mentioning that her army was going to starve thanks to Ceres’s clever attack on Highgarden. You can’t convince me that this is all just a massive coincidence just like I don’t think their wardrobe similarities are a coincidence either.

I think it’s becoming increasingly clear that though Sansa does not want to be a queen, and isn’t currently a rival for the crown, she’s been positioned as not only a rival for the crown but a foil for both Dany and Ceresi. Her actions while in leadership contradict almost every single one of theirs and is continuously juxtaposed with their actions. Where we see selfishness and brutality with Ceresi and Dany we see altruism and restraint with Sansa. She’s the antithesis of almost everything that Dany and Ceresi are at this point and she’s positioned as the only other major power in the realm right along side the two of them.

Before season 7 started we all thought it would be the tale of two queens, Dany vs Ceresi, the good queen vs the mad queen, as Dany starts to slip closer to Ceresi on the spectrum, Sansa stand firmly on the opposite end, poised to emerge as the leader that the realm truly needs. Like their wardrobe suggests, season 7 is really the tale of 3 queens: the past, the present, and the future.

anonymous asked:

Do you have any medieval fics or like fantasy medieval fics I can read? I can't find any :(

Yes! We also have a tag. - Anastasia

Originally posted by ourbeautywilldie

Eyes Like Stars by InTheArmsofaThief

(4/4 I 10,889 I General I Sterek)

“I’m not going to hurt you,” he said indignantly. “And don’t think you can try anything on me. It won’t work.” Stiles had been attacked by his own kind before. Stiles wasn’t necessarily strong, but unbridled. And nothing ever seemed to really hurt him.

When the Okami stepped out, it wasn’t what Stiles had been expecting. The wolf was an actual wolf. His sleek black fur was hit by rays of the setting sun, his eyes glistened like rubies and his teeth were sharp. Sharp enough Stiles wondered if they could actually damage him.

“Kira said the village lost all its protectors,” Stiles mused. “Yet here you are.” The wolf growled again. Stiles scoffed. “I don’t blame you for abandoning them. Wouldn’t want to protect them either.”

an exaltation of larks by llassah

(1/1 I 25,370 I Explicit I Sterek)

There are times when he feels as if they could fall into bed together, easy as breathing. If Stiles were not highborn, if he were an omega without connections, Derek would be sorely tempted. As it is, he resists. Derek wants, he yearns, but he resists. Still, the sight of Stiles in his cot is enough to test him, even now that it is familiar. At the end of each lambing season, he sleeps for a week, worn down by months of hard work, of relentless struggle. He doesn’t know how he’ll feel by the time Stiles leaves, how he’ll feel after long days and longer nights spent resisting the insistent tug of Stiles’s scent and the inclinations of his own foolish heart.

All Derek wants is to get through the lambing season with his body and spirit intact. He had thought that the blizzards would be the main danger, not a highborn omega with beautiful eyes and a stubborn streak.

Stardust and Sparks by tomcatgirl

(8/? I 37,866 I Teen I Sterek)

Stiles, his father, and his cousins Isaac and Erica must flee from their home country, where magic users are being hunted down and murdered by the mad king Gerard and his murderous beasts. They settle in the neighboring country of Beacon, where Stiles struggles to hide his magic while doing what’s best for his family.

And while the Hales seem like a generous and kind royal family, their silence on topics of magic and monsters that howl in the night don’t endear them to Stiles. And if his magic ties him more closely to the royal family than he realizes, that’s no one’s business but his own.

Fur & Steel by TobyRosetta, xxdeejadoodlexx

(11/21 I 98,669 I Explicit I Sterek)

Derek is the last of the Hale bloodline, his kingdom burned to the ground from the witch he mistakenly believed to be an angel. Years later he hears many tales of the Crucible and all its violent, fatal glory. He seeks it in hopes that it’ll aid him in ending his lonely existence. Only, he’s really good at it.

A chance meeting has the handsome and alluring Prince Stiles bantering for his attention when no one else dares to venture near him.

Why can’t Derek seem to turn him away? Why can’t Stiles stop himself from trying?

As their relationship deepens, and their lives twist together, they will come to face immeasurable trials and tribulations. At least they can face them together.

This Was How Legends Were Made by Delta_Immortal

(8/8 I 108,501 I Explicit I Sterek)

Caught between the Hales and the Argents in their war, Stiles finds himself a slave of the great Hale pack. Stiles spends each day working hard, hoping to earn his freedom and see his sick father. It also seems each day he’s capturing more and more attention from Derek, the young Hale lord. Stiles tells himself it’s mostly because Derek is merely trying to figure out how to send the annoying, useless slave away- not because of affection, despite the tales coming from the rumor mill.

It doesn’t matter what Derek’s intentions are. Stiles can’t bother with love right now. He’s got to keep his head down and survive long enough to keep his promise to Kate Argent. After all, she’s promised to keep his father safe.

Dangerous Things by rallamajoop

(18/18 I 143,768 I Explicit I Sterek)

“You want me to hold you down while we do this, Stiles?” says the incubus. In one sudden movement it has Stiles’ arm wrenched over his head and pinned it by the wrist below the headboard. “Would that make this easier for you?”

Stiles swallows. “Maybe?” This whole thing where he gets the chance to opt out of having mindblowing sex with a demon of questionable intentions is causing him more unnecessary stress than he wants to deal with. Can’t it just get on with ravishing him already?

“You really think that’s what we do? You think we need to? Ever?” The incubus’ breath ghosts warm against his neck. (Actually, Stiles has half an idea that ‘thinking’ isn’t much of good description of anything that’s gone through his head for a good few minutes. It’s so unfair of it to pick on him for that.)

Son of Saur and Syn by Reena

(8/8 I 148,081 I Explicit I Sterek I MCD)

In the year 995 AN Queen Claudia Stilinski rules in Sylune, the capital of the Holy Kingdom. That year she gives birth to twins, Princes Stuart and Stiles Stilinski, two golden-eyed boys whose fates were bound from the very first second. Queen Claudia is famous for being a just monarch who hatched a very old dragon egg in her youth, thus pushed the extinction of dragons at least a century.

Time passes and in 1013 AN, the Northerners, represented by the Hales; and the southerners, represented by the Argents, compete for influence in court now that the Princes are coming of age. Their rivalry is at its peak in this era, since the dragon’s presence brought the Argent family back to Sylune.

Even More Things I Know For Semi-Certain

- Elita One has giant robot heterochromia
- Megatron is the reason the drones have names and are all painted different colours
- Cybertronians use a base-16 (hexadecimal) number system
- Before money became worthless due to the war, the shanix was actually the highest denomination of currency on Cybertron. It was roughly equivalent to a hundred dollar bill.
- The lowest denomination of currency, was the ‘bit’, and 1 shanix was worth 256 of them (in decimal).
- Optimus Prime has to sleep on his front for two reasons;
- 1) he has primary cooling vents on his back (rather on the sides of his chest like most bots… or on the backs of his legs should you be Megatron)
- 2) he has smokestacks on his shoulders, obviously this makes sleeping on his side uncomfortable
- If he were to sleep on his back, he would overheat due to obstructing his vents, and he’d be very uncomfortable on his side, for comparison put an empty bottle or something else vaguely cylindrical under your shoulder while laying on your side. Not comfy.
- Prowl and Bluestreak are spark siblings, they were created separately but their sparks are almost identical in frequency and composition.
- They also have another spark sibling, Smokescreen, who is closer to Prowl in age than Blue is.
- Smokescreen (and most other bots I need later but can’t fit in atm) are on various colony worlds around the galaxy.
- Spark siblings are rare, but are more common amongst Praxians for some unknown reason.
- Historically, the oldest members of the high council would sit apart from the younger members, not permitted to speak on matters that would affect future generations.
- The council would be preceded over by the Prime, who would represent the southern hemisphere, and the Lord High Protector, who would represent the northern hemisphere.
- What Cybertronians call south, we call north, because apparently they feel like being complicated.
- Spark corruption is a terrible illness that kills all people who get it one hundred percent of the time. There is no treatment, there is no cure, there is very little that can be done to alleviate the symptoms or the pain it causes as the sufferer’s spark corrects itself into oblivion
- Bumblebee was found as an unsparked protoform during a battle, when the High Council still retained forces of their own and were desperate to acquire more.
- Optimus was the one who found him, and finding Bee’s incubating protoform awaiting its spark was what caused him to cut ties with the High Council altogether
- Optimus was also the one to take Bee’s protoform to Vector Sigma for sparking, basically making him Bumblebee’s father.
- Bumblebee sometimes shares Optimus’ berth with him, especially on colder nights.

The YoI Avatar AU Nobody Asked for but Shall Receive
  • Grand Ball every year held between the Four Nations 
  • This year it was at Fire Nation
  • Viktor was less than pleased after he found out he was being forced to go 
  • Yakov was already going, and he would have been just fine representing the Northern Water Tribe without Viktor 
  • He has to go anyways, and boy is he glad he did
  • Viktor falls head over heels for the Fire Nation Prince Yuuri
  • He was dancing with a little Earth bending girl and it melted Viktor’s heart
  • Little does he know Yuuri has been admiring him as well
  • And after (many) failed attempts to catch Yuuri’s attention Viktor goes a stroll around the village.
  • Viktor being Viktor, manages to get himself  into trouble
  • In comes his knight in shining armour Yuuri
  • Going 4 against 1, didn’t leave Yuuri with very favourable odds, and he ends up getting pretty banged up
  • They fly Yuuri’s dragon Eros back to the palace where Viktor heals him, and takes a silent note of all of the burns and scars littering Yuuri’s body
  • Yakov ruins everything, by telling Viktor they’re leaving, like right now
  • A few months later the incident that leaves Viktor shook, he walks into throne room and stops dead in his tracks because there stands Yuuri, giving him the shyest smile he has ever seen
  • He was apparently invited by Yakov to spend a few days as a thank you for “saving this idiot child’s life”
  • “Yakov I’m 27”
  • “And your point? Vitya as long as I’m breathing you’ll still be a child.”
  • “Yakov why do you wound me like this”
  • Later while touring the city Yuuri thanks Viktor for healing him
  • They end up stumbling upon Yuri (Viktor’s heir), who takes something that  Yuuri tells him the wrong way
  • He challenges Yuuri to a duel, because there can only be one Yuri
  • While Viktor tries to tells Yuri to get lost Yuuri accepts
  • Otabek (Yuuri’s guard) tries to stop him, as Yuuri’s injuries haven’t completely healed yet, but Yuuri just gives him a small smile and Otabek knows he’s going to do it anyways
  • His family name and pride where questioned and that’s the whole reason he fights.
  • Long story short (literally bc idk how to write the fight yet) Yuri gets his royal little behind handed to him
  • After Yuuri (purposefully) avoids Yurio with his lightning strike, the kid just runs off
  • Sighing Yuuri turns back to Viktor and Otabek
  • “It’s been a while since you’ve pulled the lightning card”
  • “Umm. Yeah. I got carried away…I hope I didn’t end up hurting Yuri.”
  • Viktor scoffs “he had it coming to him. He needs to learn how to respect others”
  • Yakov holds a feast later (much to Yuuri’s dismay)
  • Viktor doesn’t even notice the man of the hour had slipped out until Otabek brings it up
  • Viktor finds Yuuri on the roof of the palace (only because he saw Eros flying around)
  • When he get up he notices that it’s almost like Yuuri is dancing, with Eros as his partner. Their motions are linked
  • Viktor is stunned
  • “Your not very subtle my lord”
  • “How did you know it was me?!”
  • “I just figured that you were the only one that would follow me up here. Guess I was right.”
  • Viktor sits beside the fire bender
  • And finally get the nerve to ask about the scars
  • Yuuri reveals that it’s from Agni kai’s. That people keep on trying to beat him. He’s become the Champion to beat. But he refuses to lose. Hence how he learned how to direct lightning
  • Yuuri ends up leaving three days later
  • Yurio never showed his face, which Viktor finds super disrespectful no matter how okay with it Yuuri seems to be. 
  • Viktor doesn’t understand why his heart feels so heavy as he watches Yuuri fly away on Eros

Next Years Banquet

  • Yurio end up joining Viktor at the following Banquet
  • Him and Otabek hit it off surprisingly well
  • Viktor has yet to find Yuuri
  • Until Pichit, the Earth King and Yuuri’s best friend,  calls out to the crowds
  • A fight to remember he calls it
  • A heavy feeling settles in Viktors gut
  • An open arena reveals Yuuri, standing solo against what looks like to be full fledged soldiers, and judging by their uniforms they’re high up in the command system
  • “A duel between the fire nation warrior and the world renowned Dai Lee to kick off our celebrations”
  • Otabek finds him in the crowd, hunched over the railing
  • The guard tells him that Yuuri tried to turn it down, but it would look bad so accepted in the end
  • Viktor argued that fighting 10 to one would look bad too
  • When the fight began, Viktor couldn’t tear his eyes away
  • It was still just as breathtaking to watch Yuuri bend as it had been the year before, when Yuuri had saved him in the streets
  • He just hated it that it had to be in these circumstances
  • Yuuri ends up winning, by some small miracle.
  • Otabek leads Viktor down to meet Yuuri, under the pretence of Viktor going to heal the man
  • Which he does, and he doesn’t regret a single moment of it, especially when they end up staying in Yuuri’s room, talking about everything
  • Years go by, and they only end up growing closer. Viktor makes Yuuri and engagement necklace, that he spent way to much time on according to Yurio
  • Yuuri ends up giving Viktor a gold ring in return
  • They get married a year later, and live together in the Northern Water Tribe as rulers. 
  • Yurio becomes Yuuri’s student, wanting to learn how to be a champion
  • Otabek remains the ever faithful body guard
  • and they all live happily ever after
  • because I have no clue how the heck to end this thing

anonymous asked:

Hey! I was wondering since it is clear Tyrion probably knows of Daenerys' feelings what do you think is his opinion about a relationship between Jon and Dany. He arranged the meeting between them and advocated that Dany remain free for a marriage agreement. But would he think that it makes sense politically?

Aw I like this question :) Listen I love Tyrion so much. It’s actually killing me that he and Dany are arguing so much because it’s obvious to ME how much he cares about her. I wish she could see it too :(

Anyway, I think Tyrion absolutely supports the idea of an alliance between them because as you say he sort of orchestrated it. I think maybe he hasn’t mentioned marriage yet because he wants to let it happen organically. Dany is temperamental haha. I love it about her but it’s true. I think that because she and Jon were so antagonistic toward at each at the start that Tyrion probably thought (and was probably correct) that they would both flatly refuse if he had suggested marriage then, and the fallout could have ruined their chances at a future relationship. 

But now that things have developed WITHOUT that pressure, I fully expect Tyrion to suggest it at some point. 

He’s gotten some shit both from the other characters and the fandom for his decisions this season but Tyrion is smarter than most people are giving him credit for, I think. He knows what’s going on and I bet he’s got a plan :)

And yes, it makes sense politically. Remember that no one at Dragonstone knows that the Northern lords are already talking about turning on Jon. Sansa couldn’t have been more right–they’re bloody windvanes. 

So without knowing that the Northerners are being shitheads, Jon and Dany seem like a literally perfect political match. I can’t think of one better. Dany is (to everyone’s knowledge) the rightful heir to the 7k and could feasibly take the South. Jon is the chosen ruler of the North. They could unite the North and South once and for all and rule as partners who not only represent Northern interests alongside those of the Southern kingdoms, but even have ties to Essos so that almost the entire realm is united under one couple. 

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*Requested* Imagine your best friend Elijah bringing you home to meet his family and Klaus instantly falling in love with you but doesn’t act on it because he thinks you and Elijah are dating until you tell him the truth and he kisses you

( Wow okay the last part of this got a little sappy maybe idk but I saw a beautiful night sky and I had to write that in. Also, I set this somewhere in season 2 of The originals because I haven´t written that much with Kaleb/Kol yet and I kind of wanted to add him in this one. I hope you enjoy and now happy reading my lovelies!)  

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It is a stormy day in Elijah´s car on the road to New Orleans, as Elijah talks you through the happenings that might occur at dinner this evening. He had been repeating everything you should keep in mind if one of his dearly loved, but very temperamental siblings has a bad day.

Y/N: “Come on, Elijah. It´s not like I´m meeting your parents.”

Elijah: “That would be an entirely different dinner, I assure you that. Nonetheless, I have to warn you about my siblings. Especially about Niklaus. He can be very temperamental. ”

Y/N: “ I´m sure I can handle him. You told me everything about him and I am aware of his reputation. But I´ll doubt he will have any effect on me.”

Elijah: “Maybe so, but please be careful. Kol will be there too.”

Y/N: “I will.”

There´s a moment of silence between you as Elijah passes the road sign which spells Welcome to New Orleans as you feel the anticipation rising.

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Essential Taoism: The Great Gods, Part 1

The following Great Deities are listed in the order of importance recognized by Taoist religious communities. First come the Earlier Heaven deities:

T’ai-shang Lao-chun

He is Lao-tzu deified. He is recognized by all Taoists as the patriarch of the Taoist religion. The name T’ai-shang Lao-chun was first used in the Ling-pao scriptures of the third century CE and was quickly adopted by orthodox religious Taoism. T’ai-shang Lao-chun, the highest deity in the Taoist pantheon, is the embodiment of the Tao and the incarnation of the primordial origin, the undifferentiated vapor, and the source of life. Thus, he is sometimes called the Emperor of the Undifferentiated Realm (Hun-yuan Huang-ti).

The Three Pure Ones (San-ch’ing)

They are the three emanations of the T’ai-shang Lao-chun. They are the Celestial Lords of the Three Pure Realms: Jade Pure (Yu-ch’ing), Great Pure (T’ai-ch’ing), and High Pure (Shang-ch’ing). The Jade Pure Realm is the domain of the Celestial Lord of the Ancient Beginning (Yuan-shih T’ien-tsun); the Great Pure Realm is the domain of the Celestial Lord of the Sacred Spirit (Ling-pao T’ien-tsun); the High Pure Realm is the domain of the Celestial Lord of Virtue (Tao-te T’ien-tsun). In the hierarchy of Taoist deities, the Three Pure Ones are the deities next highest to T’ai-shang Lao-chun.

The Three Pure Realms represent three levels of Taoist immortality and enlightenment. The Jade Pure Realm is the Realm of Wu-chi. It is the highest level of immortality, and to rise to this realm is to attain complete union with the Tao. The Great Pure Realm is the next level of immortality. It is the Realm of T’ai-chi, and to rise to this realm is to exist in a state where subject and object are differentiated but are integral parts of the Tao. The third realm, the High Pure, is the Realm of Pa-k’ua, and to attain this level of immortality is to live a long life on earth in harmony with nature and humanity.

The Three Pure Ones have a special meaning for practitioners of internal alchemy. They represent the pristine and original pure state of the three internal energies. All people are endowed with these energies in their mother’s womb. The Jade Pure is original spiritual energy  (shen); the Great Pure is original vital or breath energy (ch’i); and the High Pure is original generative energy (ching). The three pristine energies emerge when the yin and yang energies of the female and male copulate. The goal of internal alchemy is to refine and transform internal energies into the pristine form given to us when we were conceived. 

The Jade Emperor (Yu-ti)

He is the ruler of the celestial realm. Some Taoist sects identify the Jade Emperor as an incarnation of the Celestial Lord of the Great Pure Realm (Ling-pao T’ien-tsun), giving him the titles Great Celestial Lord Jade Emperor (Yu-huang Ta-t’ien-tsun) and High Emperor of the Mysterious Realm of the Sacred Spirit (Hsuan-ling K’ao-shang Ti).

The Jade Emperor is the governor of human destiny. His celestial abode is the star Tzu-wei and he sits there to judge humanity. He grants health, longevity, and prosperity to those who have accumulated good deeds and punishes those who have done unethical deeds by taking away health and longevity.

The Celestial Lord of the Great Beginning (T’ai-i T’ien-tsun)

He is a subordinate of the Jade Emperor. He presides over the realm of the dead. T’ai-i T’ien-tsun is recognized as the deity who taught humanity the ceremonies of the Festival of Chung-yuan (Middle Season, or Festival of the Officer of the Terrestrial Realm). He is the symbol of compassion and his compassion extends to all souls, both living and dead. Thus, his festival is also known as the Festival of All Souls.

The Seven Star Lords of the Northern Bushel

These are deities who live in the seven stars of the Northern Bushel (Big Dipper) constellation. They are subordinates of the Jade Emperor and they carry messages of his verdicts regarding an individual’s destiny.

In Taoist belief, each individual is born under the guardianship of one of the seven stars. This guardian, or birth star, is responsible for the individual’s health and longevity. If a person’s health is good, the guardian star will be bright; if the health is poor, the guardian star will be dim. On the first and fifteenth days of each lunar month and on the first seven days of the ninth lunar month, the deities of the Northern Bushel descend to the mortal realm to proclaim the judgement of the Jade Emperor to humankind. The Seven Star Lords also report to the Jade Emperor the good and bad deeds of those in their charge. Based on the reports, the Jade Emperor will reward or punish, according to the individual merit. Because human health and longevity depend on their reports to the Jade Emperor, the Seven Star Lords of the Northern Bushel are considered to be the masters of health and longevity.

The Seven Star Lords are attended by the Left and Right Guardians. These stars, which are themselves celestial deities, reside in constellations to the left and right of the Northern Bushel. The Seven Star Lords and the Two Guardians are sometimes called the Nine Kings of the Northern Bushel.

For internal alchemists, the stars of the Northern Bushel have a special meaning. In a cosmology in which the North Pole Star represents the unmoving and permanent underlying reality of the Tao, the seven stars of the Northern Bushel represent the moving and changing aspect of the Tao. The Northern Bushel constellation is associated with the element water, and it symbolizes the generative energy in the body. The direction north and the element water being associated with yin, the Northern Bushel constellation therefore also symbolizes the essence of yin energy.

The Southern Bushel Stars

On the other hand, these gods are associated with prosperity. There are six stars in this group and each is accompanied by a young attendant. It is said that the lords of the Southern Bushel are fiery and quick-tempered, and their actions are swift and uncompromising. 

For internal alchemists, the Southern Bushel is associated with the element of fire and the essence of yang energy. The Southern Bushel constellation represents the fire of vital or breath energy of the middle t’an-tien in the region of the solar plexus.

Source: Taoism: An Essential Guide by Eva Wong. 1997. Print. Pgs.147-54.

takingbackshane  asked:

Could you update the 100k+ tag?

it’ll be long (haha get it?)

I Still Believe by IAmAVeronica (17/? | 101,242 | NC17)

War is hell.
Falling in love with enemy solider Derek Hale, secretly mating him, and then accidentally being left behind by him when the war suddenly and violently ends is a special kind of hell apparently reserved for one human omega Stiles Stilinski.
But Stiles is determined to find his mate again, because Derek left more than just Stiles in a war-ravaged and werewolf-hating country - and with danger at every turn and nothing but Derek’s gun and his own wits for protection, hell hath no fury like Stiles now.

Protection of the pack by Carlee (21/? | 175,217 | R)

Omegas, Allison and Stiles escape there abusive pack. They find their way to the McCall/Hale pack and find comfort and love there. But it comes with complications of hunters and their old pack that wants their sweet omegas back.

Tourner Dans Le Vide by AsagiStilinski (30/30 | 121,906 | PG13)

UNBETA’D and massively long, you have been warned

Once upon a time, there was a boy who wore a red hood, he took a wolf into his home and that wolf became a man, this is the story of this boy and his wolf who started a war and fell in love, but there’s much more to it than that, because you see magic is a finicky thing that can hold both beauty and danger, and this boy and his wolf better hope their love story survives, as history has taught us, a broken heart can lead to the most dangerous magic of all, it can lead to the biggest sin, it can lead to becoming darkness, falling into the empty void, it can lead to Tourner Dans Le Vide

This is Gonna Take Me Down by CharWright5 (14/14 | 123,386 | NC17)

Deputy Derek Hale had gone into December believing his biggest issue would be ignoring that giant holiday at the end of it. But with only days left before Christmas, he’s now dealing with a meddling sister, a vigilante group killing Supernatural creatures, finding out his partner isn’t quite human, and his ex showing up outta nowhere after disappearing three years ago without an explanation. Happy freaking holidays indeed.

a mountain to climb by grimm (11/11 | 126,412 | NC17)

“Don’t do it,” he mutters. “Don’t do it, please, don’t do it.”

But there it is, a soft pink line appearing right next to the control. Stiles’ legs give out from under him; he sinks to the bathroom floor, hands shaking, his entire body shaking. It’s hard to breathe, his vision blurring around the edges. There’s a knock on the door behind him and then it opens and Scott sits down next to him.

“I’m fucked,” Stiles gasps, tears prickling at his eyes. “I’m fucked!”

Sinking Ships by standinginanicedress (5/5 | 106,646 | NC17)

Derek Hale has never met a human before.

Throughout his life, he’s probably encountered, give or take, a hundred or so. A mere hundred human beings in his twenty-three years walking around on earth, compared to the millions of weres he’s seen. And, even then, encountered them he might have, but met? Not even close.

He’s had his dry cleaning handed off to him by a mousy looking human girl in a shirt three sizes too big for her with huge eyes and shaking hands while a beta werewolf yelled at her in the background for being too skittish (wonder why that could possibly be), he’s walked past teenage humans cleaning windows and sweeping pebbles off of sidewalks, he’s had the door opened up for him by older humans in pristine uniforms outside of restaurants – but never, never once, has he stuck his hand out to a human and said hi, my name is…

He could probably count on one hand the number of times he’s even been made aware that a human within a hundred feet of him even had a name.

The Awkward and Sometimes Painful Life of of Genim Hale by BlueRunawayMoon (18/18 | 114,464 | NC17)

Stiles is a writer of gay erotica whose work, according to his Editor (one miss Lydia Martin) has gotten dull and boring. Lydia suggest’s that Stiles try to LIVE a little, gain some new juicy experiences that he can write about and bring the heat up again. Only problem is Stiles is a bit on the dorky side and not good with ‘living a little’. After a whole slew of embarrassing situations brought on by his best(sometimes!) friend Scott, he’s given some wise advice and decides to take a tropical paradise vacation. All’s going good and well, and he’s got a major crush on his super hot tour guide Danny. Yet it seem’s like he can’t stop bumping into Derek, who, as annoying and brooding as he seem’s, also makes it quite clear he WANTS Stiles. As in…wants wants. With the two being brought together almost by fate, Stiles discover’s that Derek is more than he seems….WAY more.

I do not own teen wolf or any characters/photos used from it.

Caretakers by em2mb (8/14 | 145,368 | PG13)

Now Lydia sees the white room clearly, Stiles sitting cross-legged atop the nemeton in his lacrosse jersey, squinting at a chessboard.

That’s when Lydia realizes her vantage point makes her Stiles’ opponent - and she has him in check.

Her instinct is to push her own king into danger, but Stiles grabs her wrist. “Come on, Lydia,” he says dryly, a smile tugging at the corner of his mouth. “Chess might not be your game, but surely you know that’s against the rules.”

*

Five months after the nogitsune tears through Beacon Hills, Stiles’ humanity leaves the McCall pack vulnerable. Post-3B.

Keaton Was Better by words_reign_here (10/? | 112,868 | R)

Written from a prompt that I was sent:

Sterek. D&S are not together, but Stiles’ dad catches Derek scent mark cuddling Stiles in bed (because, you know, pack reasons), and he chases Derek from the house with cries of Stiles being too young for him-Derek runs-he just jumps out the fucking window and runs into the woods. Stiles, of course, thinks this is hilarious, and plays along with his dad’s assumption. Stiles hams it up for all its worth, calling Derek “honey” “baby” “sweetie” “puppy” to tease him. Derek is mortified but likes it.

The ETA From You to Me by tylerfucklin (zimothy) (2/2 | 105,043 | R)

In which Derek drives a tow truck and Stiles is the weekend dispatcher who attempts to woo him with his lack of a brain-to-mouth filter and affinity for run-on sentences.

Fire, Fury, and Flame by IAmAVeronica (22/22 | 124,623 | NC17)

Stiles Stilinski was never going to be the omega who got knocked up right after high school, and then he’s accidentally artificially inseminated with a stranger’s sperm.
Awesome.
And the father of Stiles’s baby just so happens to be Derek Hale. Half-feral, quite possibly a murderer, and pursued by a gleefully sadistic band of hunters who are only too eager to use Stiles and his baby to hit Derek right where it hurts.
Joy.

Don’t Savage The Messenger by exclamation (61/61 | 172,379 | NC17)

There is an uneasy truce between the werewolves in the woods and the humans who live in Beacon Hills, protected by a magical boundary that gives warning any time a werewolf crosses it. Then the sheriff is taken by the werewolves and his son offers himself in exchange.

Stiles promises to serve the werewolf pack, not knowing what horrible use they might have for him. But it turns out his most useful skill is the ability to cross the boundary line between humans and werewolves. Life with the werewolves is nothing like he feared and the werewolves themselves are nothing like the hunters’ stories would have him believe.

The Hope of Empty Men by Paintedsmile (17/17 | 119,576 | NC17)

While Stiles is trying to cope with everything he did under the control of the Nogitsune, Malia is quick to insinuate herself into his life and declares herself his ‘mate’. That would have been great if he’d actually been, y’know, interested, instead of trying to hold on to his sanity with both hands. His guilt combined with the fact that she has no idea about concepts such as ‘consent’, Stiles soon finds himself drowning. Will anyone reach him in time?

Son of Saur and Syn by Reena (8/8 | 148,081 | NC17)

In the year 995 AN Queen Claudia Stilinski rules in Sylune, the capital of the Holy Kingdom. That year she gives birth to twins, Princes Stuart and Stiles Stilinski, two golden-eyed boys whose fates were bound from the very first second. Queen Claudia is famous for being a just monarch who hatched a very old dragon egg in her youth, thus pushed the extinction of dragons at least a century.

Time passes and in 1013 AN, the Northerners, represented by the Hales; and the southerners, represented by the Argents, compete for influence in court now that the Princes are coming of age. Their rivalry is at its peak in this era, since the dragon’s presence brought the Argent family back to Sylune.

Animal Instincts by BlueRunawayMoon (55/55 | 261,809 | NC17)

Things are not going well for Stiles. Not only is he drifting from the pack, but he cant sleep and hardly eats, and its never been more clear to him that being a human leaves him at a major disadvantage. As if things weren’t bad enough, he and Malia are on the rocks, and then there is the fact that Derek wants to kill him, of course. Derek, who he dreams about every night. Derek, who is losing control of his inner wolf, when said wolf seems to want Stiles dead.

But because Stiles is the universe’s bitch, a new, terrifying and seemingly unbeatable monster arrives in Beacon Hills, and the pack have no idea how to stop it. When people start going crazy and attacking others, the Pack learn the creature is involved somehow. Now, with Stiles life in jeopardy, they must find a way to cure him before its too late.

Slow burn with lots of sexual tension and build up.

*There is a Stiles/Original Character pair up, but end game is Sterek. Pinky promise :) *

Going Once, Twice, and Sold! by fangirlsupreme (12/12 | 142,960 | NC17)

In a universe where werewolves are the superior race and humans are on the run to avoid being sold as slaves, Stiles Stilinski doesn’t exactly have an easy life. After being captured and brought to an auction house, he figures all that’s left is for him to go out in a blaze of sharp wit and aggressive sarcasm. What he didn’t count on was Derek Hale being the one to buy him. No, he most certainly didn’t count on the two of them falling in love with each other.

Time Gone By by hitorimaron (24/24 | 192,647 | R)

Stiles was doing quite alright lately, thank you very much. His magical tattoo was finally finished, he had a loving husband and a strong pack. He really didn’t need some weirdo dementor-like skeleton attacking his pack and messing up his ritual. Not to mention, being accidentally sent back in time. The day couldn’t get any better now, could it?

I do not own Teen Wolf, nor any of the original characters. All rights belong to their respective owners. The plot and art is all mine, though. Thank you. :)

Golden Boy by trilliath (16/17 | 105,099 | NC17)

Apparently it still amuses his uncle to buy sex slaves for him, no matter how steadfastly he refuses to use them. Derek ducks into his tent with a resigned sigh, prepared to dress and reassign whatever new beauty Peter has bought him. They do make for loyal servants, so he can’t really complain about Peter’s 'gifts’. But it is annoying to deal with, to have to spend his evening sorting out a slave instead of being able to go right to bed. It’s just something he has to learn to accept as a byproduct of serving alongside his uncle.

But when he lays eyes on the boy laying amid his furs, he finds his breath catching in his throat. His skin is golden with the candle-light glimmering against the sheen of oil that has been slathered on his bared body. His lips are parted, and they work over inaudible words or sounds. His skin is flushed, nipples peaked and pierced with simple but unexpected golden rings. He’s spectacularly beautiful in the candlelight. The many glowing candles that have been added to his usual lighting cast glittering edges and shadows, imbuing an almost unearthly golden color to his skin.

It’s enough that Derek hesitates.

Bodies Can Be Bought But the Heart Cannot Be Owned; Only Given Freely by kyrene (2/2 | 102,965 | NC17)

In a world where the human race is enslaved by the werewolf race, Derek Hale struggles to recover from the damage caused to his teenage self by the human, Kate Argent. More to the point, he doesn’t believe that slavery is right. But each werewolf gets a personal slave when they become an adult and he’s long overdue.

The moment he sets eyes on the filthy, naked slave in the corner of the packed warehouse, Derek knows he has to bring him home. But can he ever gets Stiles, who has never known a kind owner before, to trust that he’s finally found a safe place?

Phase 3 by damnitgreenberg (4/4 | 128,839 | R)

In a world where humanity is on the brink of extinction, the remaining members of the species are kept, guarded and protected, in self-sustaining compounds called “domes” while werewolves and other supernaturals run the rest of society. After Scott is bitten, Stiles is pulled from his dome to work at Beacon Hills, the largest supecity in what used to be California. There, he strikes up a surprising friendship with the Alpha Prime’s son and stumbles upon a series of secrets that may explain why the war with the Darach and her human separatist army never ended.

Overcoming Me by RTSideStories (26/26 | 105,321 | R)

Stiles and his parents have just moved to the small town of Beacon Hills after “the incident” at his last school. All he wants is his privacy, his self-respect, to forget about his ex, and for everyone to just leave him the hell alone. Though like with most things in his life, he never actually gets what he wants.
Instead, he’s got a circle of people who are WAY too interested in him, an overprotective meat-shield known as Derek Hale, and a school full of WEIRDOS.
Just what he needed. MORE attention.

(Or the modernized version of beauty and the beast with a trans!ftm!Stiles, a cursed beacon hills, and Claudia Stilinski being the central parenting figure.)

Hallowed Grounds by damnfancyscotch (13/13 | 105,527 | NC17)

Stiles is home for the summer after graduation and he is so ready to relax, work a little bit on his second book, and then he almost crashes his car when he swerves to avoid hitting a wolf. But, it’s like his dad says, there are no wolves in California.

Stiles doesn’t think much about it after that, especially once he runs into Erica who’s working at a coffee shop and her boss, the lovely Laura Hale, offers him a job.

Oh, and apparently he’s suddenly running a doggie summer camp because they just keep showing up at his house, especially the big black one who has the prettiest fur and the judgiest face on a dog he’s ever seen.

Mommy Dearest by BeyondtheKilljoy (30/30 | 150,439 | R)

Stiles was supposed to be put in weight training, but due to scheduling problems he was dropped into Health. It was fine, really, it was up until the point where Coach assigned the baby project. And the kicker?
His partner was the reclusive, intimidating Derek Hale - so it really wasn’t fine anymore; especially with a baby who wouldn’t give him a moment of rest if Hale wasn’t there. However, when the project forces him to get closer to Hale than he would even imagine possible, he learns new things about the Hale family and maybe begins to see Hale in a different light.
Even if he’d totally be the mom. 

poeedamerons  asked:

I think my previous ask got swollen. I read Coureurs de bois - thanks for the rec guys! That story is amazing, I was hooked!! - so I was wondering if you guys know any similar stories? With badass!stiles, Wolf!derek, pinning Derek, clueless!derek (I love failwolf!derek), adventure and historical (I was really into the whole Canada and fur trading part). I hope you guys get the gist. Thank you so much! Keep doing the lords work!

It did not get swollen. Or swallowed for that matter. XD. Here you go, @poeedamerons! - Anastasia

Originally posted by frozenfussay

Coureurs de bois by Footloose

(1/1 I 25,389 I Teen)

All Stiles wanted to do was set out on his own, just him and Scott. But Scott met the girl of his dreams and got them both mixed up with the special brand of crazy that was the fur-trapping Argent Trading Company. The last thing Stiles expected on the journey into the wilderness was to find out that the Argents weren’t crazy after all, that the wolf-spirits his mom taught him about as a child were real, or that he’d fall in love with one.

***

It All Comes Down To You by Nifters

(2/? I 3,876 I Teen)

Stiles is in the wrong place at the wrong time and finds himself on the run from the Argent Kingdom. Who is to find him but a mysterious group of attractive people living in a cabin in the woods? Stiles finds out that the beasts of the Hale Preserve his mother used to tell him about may be real after all.

Little Red (Shit head) by Fox_Pause

(3/3 I 4,542 I General)

Stiles packs a basket for the wolf and himself, as he has since his mothers death well over two years ago. He meets with the wolf and they make their way into the forest, eventually making their way to the lake.

Howl at the Moon by Dexterous_Sinistrous

(1/1 I 5,280 I General)

Nightly, the echo of a lonely howl can be heard coming from the mountain pass overlooking Stiles’ village. The howl only continued to grow with every day. The whole village knew it was the dreaded wolf of legend–the wolf that survived the centuries of old, with nothing but its loneliness to keep it company.

The village makes the decision to sacrifice one of their own in attempts to please the beast, only to have the animal spare the boy in the red cloak standing before it.

Why does the wolf howl at the moon?

Because it’s lonely.

Stumbled Upon by SheSlumbersThroughHerStories

(6/? I 9,319 I Mature)

Though he knew he shouldn’t be playing out so late, but the little boy was just too curious for his own good. Stiles was a trouble maker ever since he was old enough to talk, and that all started when he was almost two years old.

It was all because of a rumor going around, that there was a large pack of wolves residing in the woods that surrounded the small village. And Stiles, that never seen a wolf before, wanted to find this pack for himself. He ignored his father that warned to not go out at night and go searching for these wild beasts.

You’re a Fine Noise by collie

(1/1 I 9,741 I Teen)

The five times Stiles Stilinski was jailed by the lawman, Derek Hale, (and the one time he was freed).

The One With The Scottish Wolf Lord by Stoney

(1/1 I 11,758 I Explicit)

The Hales are alive and a royal family in Scotland; Stiles is the waif sent to work in the kitchens, elevated to personal attendant/servant to the young Lord Hale. Who happens to be a wolf who can’t shift back.

The Vow of a Wolf by Dexterous_Sinistrous

(1/1 I 12,097 I Mature)

“There’s a boy with alabaster skin, scattered with moles,” Jennifer explained as she thought about Stiles. “With large, dove-like eyes. He’s accompanied by this wolf—the one with fur as black as the night they travel by.”

“Is it the boy or the wolf you want dead?” The hunter questioned.

“Kill the boy before you end the wolf’s life,” Jennifer commanded. “Let the wolf smell the blood of the boy it loves. Let it howl in pain before you end it.”

“Yes, my lady,” the hunter dutifully answered.

Spoils by lavieboheme0919

(7/7 I 12,401 I Explicit)

Sikke (Stiles) is a captured Prince who has been taken to Rome and sold into slavery. He is purchased by Petrus (Peter) who intends to train him and give him to his nephew Darius (Derek) as a gift.

(Welcome To) Far Far Away, or The Tale of Wolfskin and the Fox Prince by scarlettletterr

(4/4 I 14,716 I General)

There’s a wolf sleeping in the cabin on the outskirt of Beacon Hills, and a fox in the Prince’s chambers. This is a tale of magic, of lemon cakes, and oblivious idiots falling in love in the country of Far Far Away.

aka. A Fairy Tale AU where Derek is Donkeyskin and Stiles is Fiona but also Aurora.

Rabbit Hearted by secondstar, Tsuminoaru

(5/5 I 19,027 I Explicit)

Storytellers were known for their talented tongues, their ability to weave tales and enthrall the listener. Their stories held weight, taken as truth as they were passed down from generation to generation. A tale of a cursed pack of wolves was one such story that Stiles had known since he was a child. Never did he think that he would become part of that tale, or that its weight would be up upon his shoulders.

A tale of curses, sacrifices, and acceptance of one’s inner self.

Son of Saur and Syn by Reena

(8/8 I 148, 081 I Explicit)

In the year 995 AN Queen Claudia Stilinski rules in Sylune, the capital of the Holy Kingdom. That year she gives birth to twins, Princes Stuart and Stiles Stilinski, two golden-eyed boys whose fates were bound from the very first second. Queen Claudia is famous for being a just monarch who hatched a very old dragon egg in her youth, thus pushed the extinction of dragons at least a century.

Time passes and in 1013 AN, the Northerners, represented by the Hales; and the southerners, represented by the Argents, compete for influence in court now that the Princes are coming of age. Their rivalry is at its peak in this era, since the dragon’s presence brought the Argent family back to Sylune.

Targbowl: A Necessary Step in the Grand Scheme of Things

This season has been the weakest of GoT. I’m not the only one saying it. Reviews and general opinion finds this season completely butchering the appeal that once was of the show for neck-breaking pace for the sake of meeting plot points, lack of fleshing out of characters and overall weak screenwriting relying too much on high budget action sequences and fanservice. That being said, at this point I’m watching for answers/spoilers/hints for the books than closure from the show itself. 

In terms of Jon and Dany, I don’t know how anyone can see either a happily ever after or a Sophocles-like Greek tragedy because of the conflict of their love and their being related. For all D&D have sacrificed of the characters, the source material still is the ASOIAF universe, where war and politics are the staple in GRRM’s cynical view of the world. If Jon and Sansa could have undertones of Starkbowl over the North that will be resolved by the end of the season, imagine how much the Iron Throne will be the bone of contention between Jon and Dany. Jon and Sansa’s Starkbowl over the North was foreshadowing for the Targbowl later. Where the Starks, who have a stronger sense of family and duty as values, could have the undercurrents of it or at least in other’s perception, what will happen when the two estranged last Targaryens are in competition with each other for the Iron Throne when they do not have as strong associations with home as the Iron Throne is as alien to Dany and Jon as they are to each other. This is unlike the Starkbowl over the North and the idea of who truly took back Winterfell and the question of the legitimacy in the absence of a trueborn male Stark. Yes, I know they’ll end season 7 with Jon/Dany being “romantic” and hinting a not so good fate for the Starks. But that’s one season before the last, and before Jon’s parentage reveal, before Jon finds out about Dany’s burning alive Sam’s father and brother as prisoners of war, before Dany does what has been hinted to be her Chekov’s Gun this season: burning the Red Keep. If things remain the same until the end, what’s the point of storytelling? Conflict is essential.  

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anonymous asked:

Question!!!! Who do you think you represent more: northern or southern India? (Alternatively: what parts of yourself do you think you get from the different parts?)

“You probably know my brother better than I. He represents the Southern part.

States like Rajasthan, Punjab, Kashmir, they’re all part of the area I personify.  I’ve been told I can be loud and a little rude sometimes, and I believe that’s an affect of the states.

…It’s also the reason I’m worse off financially compared to my brother.”

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Thank you all who were named to the Scotland’s Squad this year. Thank you for playing your hearts out and leaving everything on that pitch. #AsOne #BackingBlue

I’m sure I say what’s on lots of hearts but we are not and will not be disappointed in you. For you, yes. Completely gutted. but I’m so proud of you and I’m so proud I got to be part of the roaring crowds at two of the games.

So penguin hugs to all of you.

From the moment you won against Samoa, so many odds were stacked against you. Fordy and Jonny, so glad you got to play. Fraser, can’t believe you got dropped to the bench twice in the RWC! But you played hard. 
Laidlaw, you broke my heart in the captain’s interview after the match. The tears really fell when Cotter spoke as well. I could continue with so many individual achievements–this team was incredible.

You represented the Northern Hemisphere well and went out fighting.

Penguin hugs.

anonymous asked:

What is the history behind the confederate flag? I'm from Australia so I don't know american history well enough to understand why it is considered a symbol of racism. I've tried looking on line but I really can't find anything that covers the basics.

During the American Civil war, the southern states seceded from the the union and tried to set up their own government. The basis for their secession was that the centralized U.S. government was making federal laws that the southern states disagreed with. These laws were mostly regarding slavery and agriculture. So the Confederate flag (even though what we know as the confederate flag was really only the battle flag of the Northern Virginia armies) represents a failed secession (read, treason) from the US that was fundamentally about them retaining the right to own slaves for their own monetary gain, despite the fact that the Nation had outlawed it. 

They were ready to tear the country in two and initiate the bloodiest war that the U.S. has ever been in, before or since, in order to retain ownership of human beings. That is what that flag represents… and that is why it is fundamentally racist and just generally terrible.

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The Artemision Bronze (often called the God from the Sea) is an ancient Greek sculpture that was recovered from the sea off Cape Artemision, in northern Euboea. It represents either Zeus or Poseidon, is slightly over lifesize at 209 cm, and would have held either a thunderbolt, if Zeus, or a trident if Poseidon.