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Ninefox Gambit is a book that came out this summer, and it is really, I mean REALLY good.

Anyway, there are some awesome reviews (I’m particularly fond of the one from Strange Horizons), but I have a desperate need to hear this book talked about in fandom language. I wanna hear us talk about how (to give you a taste):

Kel Cheris, an actual cinnamon roll who is also a military commander for what becomes increasingly clear is a definitely lowkey shitty, possibly highkey shitty galactic empire type deal called the hexarchate–there are six factions, see, including the Kel (military) and Shuos (profession sneaky assholes, like literally that’s basically their entire squad’s job description)– gets in hot water for using ~heretical~ strategies to save her whole unit from gory death. To redeem herself, she has a chance to crush some rebelling ~heretics~ by teaming up with the preserved consciousness of a dead general, Shuos Jedao, who never lost a battle but then murdered both the enemy’s army AND HIS OWN yikes

Except Jedao’s disembodied self, which lives where, oh yeah, CHERIS’s BRAIN turns out to be manipulative and cunning and also literally a Team Mom who is constantly fussing at Cheris to eat and sleep?? And it becomes obvious he genuinely loved the comrades he murdered so???? ?? ? ??????

aaaaand we go from there

Also lots of gr8 supporting characters, like the servitors, lil sentient robot servants on hexarchate ships who’ve developed their own culture and customs on the dl, and want to protect Cheris just as much as you will bc she is actually literally Cinderella and respects them and talks number theory with them (d'aww).And then there’s Vahenz Afrir dai Noum: ruthless, cunning, sassy-memo-writing, pastry-loving heretic leader who has absolutely zero moral compass and is canonically in it #forthelulz (okay, for the Challenge™ ).

ARE YOU INTRIGUED YET?? COME TO THE SHUOS SIDE. COME FAN WITH ME

It’s…tough to read starting out, with a lot of wild sci fi worldbuilding and zero exposition (at first you’re like…??? why??? but it actually makes sense and ultimately works pretty well to do it that way). THAT BEING SAID, I’m a sci fi reading enginerd and I only made it thru the first chapter by consulting some reviews to see what the heck was up, SO, I AM MORE THAN WILLING to explain things and answer any questions (…to the extent I can) if you want! Just tag me or drop by my inbox :)

(It’s also super gory, with a list of commonly triggering topics as long as your arm–so please also hit me up if you want specific warnings! I got chu!)

things i want in the descent:

  • the. fucking. warden. FUCK.
  • new romance scenes for everyone
  • if alistair is a warden: the option for him to go with you
  • if alistair is king/married to queen warden: he shows up at skyhold to beg u to find his wife in the deeproads, cry
  • new romance option, preferably a dwarven one?
  • a mabari… to help sniff out darkspawn… or just because 
  • enchantment
  • no hd broodmothers, pls no
  • um, oghren

Updated a lot of words!

How to use the Elven Dai lingojam thingie:

1) Translating Elvehn sentences

If you play the game, or read fan fiction, you may want ot see the English meaning of an Elvehn sentence you saw

  • a)  paste the Elvehn sentence on the right side
  • b) the left side will show English words for the sentence. If not type a space at the end to make lingojam “wake up”. 
  • If it is a known sentence, like “ar lath mah vehnan”  you will see an exact translation.  If you don’t want the exact translation, type 2 spaces between each word to see each word’s meaning
  • If it is an unknown sentence, lingojam will translate the individual words. 
  • If a word is not translated, try typing spaces before the apostrophes and after it, for instance: make “sa'vunin” into “sa ‘ vunin”
  • = signs: Talking about “sa’vunin” when you separate it into “sa ‘ vunin” you will see it translates “sa” into “one” and “vunin” into “day=“ . The “=“ at the end of “day” means it has a synonym, i.e. there are several Elvehn translations for day, such as vu’nin, vunin and  dhea'him  Remove the equal and you will see all the English words that have that Elvehn word translation  
  • conjugated form of elvehn… : You may see the English side say “conjugated form of elvehn xxx*” This means your Elvehn word is a verb and it is not in infinitive form. For instance “To kiss” translates to “dhava” but “I kiss” translates to “ar dhavan” or simply to “dhavan”.: 
    dhavan –>  conjugated form of elvehn dhav* (verb)
    After you see “conjugated form of elvehn dhav* (verb)” on the English side (left side) all you need to do is to type “dhav” on the Elvehn side to see what the verb means:
    dhav –> to kiss, kissed, kisser
    You can also type “dhav* (verb)” to see only the verbs or “dhav* (noum)” to see only the noums:
    dhav* (verb) –> To kiss, kissed
    dhav* (noum) –> kisser

2) Translating Elvehn words

  • a) type the word in the right side
  • b) if the left side doesn’t show the English word, type a space before or after it to make lingojam “wake up”.
  • If you still don’t get a translation, try separating the words around apostrophes:  for instance: make “sa'vunin” into “sa ‘ vunin”

3) Translating English sentences into Elvehn

If you write fan fiction you may want to make Elvehn sentences from your English word, or try to get an Elvehn sounding name, for that you need to:

  • a) type or paste the English sentence on the left side
  • b) the right side will show you the Elvehn translation of it. If not type a space at the start and at the end to make lingojam “wake up”.
  • If it is a known sentence, like  “I love you, my heart”   you will see an exact translation. If you don’t want the exact translation, type 2 spaces between each word  to see each word’s meaning
  • undefined words: are words in English I’m still hunting for the Elvehn equivalent
  • = signs : Means that word has synonyms, i.e. the word in Elvehn has several meanings, including the one you typed in English. Remove the equal and you will see all the English words that have that Elvehn word translation   
  • Example: “ we love  one more day “ is translated exactly to “vir lath sa'vunin” in the wiki but if you type word for word in the English side, with 2 spaces between the words (to avoid the exact translation) you can see how it translates to:  
    vir  lath  sa’vunin –>  vir* or ar'an  lath=  sa  -el suffix more, much, many  vun'in
    We –> vir  or ar’an,
    love –> lath=,  (lath means love, among other things)
    one –> sa,
    more –> -el suffix that indicates more, much, many
    day –> vu’nin
  • Elvehn “swallows” a lot of words, like “a house” will be only “house” and “my dear” will be only “dear”. On the example above the word “more” for “one more day” was completely erased. Do the same with your translation and add some apostrophes for good measure :p 

4) Translating single English words into Elvehn

  • a) type the word on the left side
  • b)  if the right side doesn’t show the Elvehn word, type a space before or after it to make lingojam “wake up”. If it still doesn’t show, type a synonym of it.
  • This is the part I’m most behind with: the single English words, so keep on typing synonyms or poetic ways to say the word you want. Elvehn is a bit like that, to say night the might say “time the stars come out”, so use your creative juices to see if you find an elvehn word for your english word. If all esle fails, ask the master (fenXshiral)

5) Conjugating verbs in Elvehn

This from fenXshoral excellent works on AO3 but I have it on the lingojam page and here just to make it easier to find:

a) regular verbs:
 ena ( to emerge) * :
I: enan
You: enas
You (pl): enaan
He/She/It: en
We: enir
They: ena
Imperative: ena .
// same for past f.e. conjugating dala (kill)
Ar undalan i killed
Na undalas You killed
Ish undal he killed
ar'an undalir we killed
Is'en undala they killed
// other conjugation: dara (to go)  
daral (going)
undara (went)
judara (will go)
daremath (will have gone)
daremah (about to go)
darem (have gone)

dana watches lucifer (2x09)

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  • let’s do this folks
  • ooh linda is on the previously on that means more linda!!!
  • based on the previously on this episode looks lit
  • im the guy in the hot dog suit
  • nvm i’m the tour guide
  • IS THIS A BROTHERLY BONDING TOUR i love it
  • lol lucifer just takes over
  • lucifer EXPOSE HIM
  • lol amenadiel just fuckin left
  • “a literal goddess of all creation” for a sec i thought she was just praising charlotte and i was like same
  • “running or looking” is it a coincidence we hear chloe’s voice immediately after i don’t think so
  • ELLA
  • “someone really popped his cork” SHE EXPLAINS THE JOKE I LOVE HER
  • “fascinating” he looks fascinated tho
  • “unless you wanna be blamed for a four-toed brittany”
  • WHAT??? NOOOOOO
  • of course cue the theme song
  • i love when he uses his magic powers
  • maze call him out drag him
  • “dangerous duplicitous” i love alliteration
  • charlotte i got mixed feelings on ya
  • “she thinks she’s smart” UM SHE IS SHE’S LITERALLY THE BEST
  • amenadiel has some mixed feelings it looks like
  • “that is how we do it TAVANLOO” ELLA JUST SPOKE KLINGON I AM IN LOVE
  • “i cannot have you terrorize them” “i would never” 
  • i honestly love this banter and i love hearing abt all their antics aw
  • “just to be clear that wasn’t me”
  • “potentially homeless and definitely nauseated”
  • HE JUST SLAPPED THE LEG 
  • like dumbledore did to ron remember that
  • did she just kill that guy for like no reason
  • jeez this woman is hardcore
  • i kind of love her why am i like this
  • “she’s good” she IS good i love her
  • damn he just like closes the door in her face
  • DAN ESPINOZA i was hoping we could go an episode without you
  • although… he’s kinda growing on me
  • don’t tell anybody tho
  • ew were dan and charlotte flirting that’s lucifer’s mom
  • CHARLOTTE WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING
  • NOOOOOOOOOOO\
  • night club is back in full swing
  • EW CHARLOTTE IS THERE :(
  • charlotte please stop lying it’ll kill me when he finds out
  • LINDA LOOKS SO PRETTY
  • “i prefer not to be defined by him” 
  • “thank you for all this… existence” charlotte is a lil too threatening stop linda is being pure and sweet
  • “i’m not telling you anything abt our sessions” YOU GET EM GIRL
  • et tu chloe?
  • “turn the music back on” OMG I LOVE HER LAEJNFIAOHI SP MUCH FEWJIAO
  • what is this stranger things “should i stay or should i go” this song is a bop though
  • THEY’RE DANCING THIS IS SO CUTE
  • I AM SCREECHINGoh no
  • oh no oh no oh no oh no 
  • no[e noepofajo no 
  • charlotte NO
  • this lucifer monologue is giving me life
  • “eva gardner threw a champagne glass at frank sinatra’s head” NICE
  • “this may disturb and titillate you”
  • “i really need your help here” “really?”
  • EW CHARLOTTE AND DAN NO NON NO
  • um lucifer ur kinda third wheeling
  • lucifer is literally ready for murder 
  • chloe is the only one who can reel him back i love her
  • “he’s so dumb” -my dad about dan 
  • he ain’t wrong tho
  • “i don’t know if it’s reciprocated” um it definitely is have you seen the wAY SHE LOOKS AT HIM
  • “no let this play out” she’s rly enjoying this part
  • amenadiel is me 
  • maze literally takes pics of his face instead of them making out
  • “they’re gonna AH AH” “I KNOW WHAT THEY’RE GONNA DO MAZE”
  • “please don’t make me explain this anymore”
  • i am sorry you come here for quality reviews and this is just me spouting quotes at you lol
  • honestly tho i ship the hell outta linzikeen but this sexual tension i mean
  • lol eric is not a good liar lol
  • “i think he did it” lucifer is so petty
  • ANOTHER DECKERSTAR PIANO SCENE !!!
  • “idk if it’s reciprocated” my ass do you see what she just did for him
  • “friends help each other out” friends? okay if that’s what ur going with
  • HE’S ASKING HER OUT ON A DATE
  • of COURSE he goes to linda
  • “why is it i’m the only human who knows who you really are” bc she literally won’t believe him lol
  • ohhhhh i see what she means now
  • CHLOE IS WHAT HE WAS LOOKING FOR THAT’S SO SWEET
  • NO DON’T STAND HER UP :(((((((((((( 
  • NO NO NONOZSIUDNH 
  • I HATE THIS SHOW
  • ANO NONJ OIN NOT A BOMB
  • OH OKAY THE NEXT TRAILER CALMED ME
  • um that almost kiss got me like ready for death
  • guys this rly stressed me out i don’t think u realize