A bouquet for Iieha.

Meanwhile, a delivery is sent, “To Lady Iieha Beautemps, care of Miss Mandalina Elendil” – not via the House Pepin floral courier but by an unliveried Coerthan who, having completed this mission of exceptional sensitivity for a man to whom he owes much, turns ‘round to disappear back into the countryside.

A huge paper-wrapped parcel protects an unusual, large, and complex bouquet, chiefly formed of three 'branches’. One, white-and-crimson, has drooping bells of chequered fritillary and dark purple Echites wound amongst almond twigs in blossom; accompanying is a long green stem of traveler’s joy woven with a stem of belladonna. The bouquet is finished with a third arm, a tall green stalk topped with nubby, pale green buds – goldenrod not yet in bloom.

The closest thing to an explanation is a very brief note, unsigned:

A wise woman thinks of those who care for her before pitching a battle she cannot win.

… And within the dense leaves and blossoms, so well-concealed that she recipient might not even be able to find it until the cut plants begin to wilt, is wound a golden chain on which hangs a blood-red bauble in the shape of a fang.

(( @heretics-blood ))


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Expect more Pudge from this blog and his instagram (run by my little sister).

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crocodile emoji ratings

Apple: a good Boy. a happy and smooth and chubby boy. v smooth but beautiful and happy. 5/5 I love u

Google: she is so happy and friendly!!! I trust her very much. good use of perspective. 5/5

Microsoft: help him… he looks like he is in pain.. put him out of his misery…. looks cute from a distance tho 3/5

Samsung: no! noooooo!! bad! bad! bad! bad! 0/5 get away!

LG: that is an alligator. attempt to recreate Apple’s. she looks very sad. I want to help her. 4/5

HTC: pain. 1/5

Facebook: a wonderful crocodile! a spiky boy! I love him. his front leg looks a little broken but thats ok because I love him so much. wonderful color. 5/5

Messenger: dead eyes. i fear for my safety. 3/5

Twitter: PERFECT! WONDERFUL! I LOVE HIM!!!! beautiful nubby legs, serene expression, adorable teeth, wonderful posture. 10000/5

Mozilla: Reminds me of HTC but not as shitty. Dull expression, good color but could use all 4 legs. 2/5

Emoji One: Zany! Wild! Out of the box! very precious. eyes freaking me out a lil tho 4/5

emojidex: a realistic boy, smiling because he loves you and he is happy to see you. reblog to give him a kiss. 4/5

anonymous asked:

There are weapons that have spiked and nubby/non-spiked varieties, like maces, right? Some maces have sharpened points and some don't. So, what are the benefits of using one over the other?

Your talking about a morningstar, which is actually a weapon type separate from the mace. You can use fantasy author Ciarra Ballantine’s handy chart for distinguishing your bludgeoning weapons if you like, it may help you when it comes to telling the mace, flail, and morningstar apart.

As for why the spikes? All the better to bludgeon you with, my dear.

The primary use for these weapons in combat was against knights and other armored foes (though some priest orders in the Catholic church were famous for carrying them and wielding them against unarmored peasants, this is where the Cleric in DnD comes from). The basic idea is you crack the plate like a tin can, the point of a mace is to just drive force through the armor until it hits the person inside, or crushes them. The spikes add to the benefits you get off the mace. They’re for punching through the armor and into the body.

A sword can’t beat someone through their armor, it’ll damage the edge. You can pierce the armor by holding the blade of the sword in your hands and driving it in, which is the point of the estoc. Or you take the hilt and start beating on their armor with that.

A mace cuts out that middleman, allowing you to hammer someone to death and force your way through their armor. The morningstar adds spikes to that equation. So, if the mace is a hammer then the morningstar is you wanting to put a nail into someone so you’ve soldered the nail onto it to put the nails into them.

If it helps, think about it like going after someone with a baseball bat. Baseball bat is good, nails in the baseball bat is better.

The flail is the same way. You put a spiked ball on a chain and swing it about to hit people with it to bust up their armor, because you get more force from a steel ball spinning on a chain than you generate with your arm.

As for the benefits? It’s really a question of how badly do you want to fuck that other guy up, and how viciously do you want to go about it.

You can go into combat wielding a flail in one hand and a shield in the other against a knight with their sword and gain a significant advantage because it moves in directions that are difficult to counter. It generates enough force to damage both the plate and person inside.

I mean, there are other reasons why someone might choose to carry these weapons but those are some of the big ones. As a function of its design, the morningstar has a greater reach than the mace.

It’s a club, it doesn’t take that much finesse to wield in comparison to a sword and its highly effective at what it is designed to do. The bludgeoning weapons are fairly uncomplicated, though they make a big mess.

From a writing standpoint in your fiction, the maces and morningstars tend to carry some stigma in comparison to swords. They’re in the same family as the club. Basically, they’re treated as thuggish weapons. As opposed to the blade, which is a noble, elegant weapon based in skill and finesse. Its treated as less legitimate. Or, it belongs to the Crusaders and used by religious groups only.

Take these preconceptions into account when using the mace, but don’t hitch your cart to them. A character can be defined by their weapon choice, but don’t put too much stock in the conventional fictional definitions. A character who uses a mace is not necessarily a brute, just as a character who uses a sword is not necessarily a noble warrior or someone wielding a rapier having a rapier wit. Fiction and cultural motifs often have little to do with the reality of what the weapons were actually for, and end up getting it wrong more often than they’re right.

Axes also fall under another category. They’re the weapon of the savage, brutish, primal warrior, but they’re not. They’re just another weapon type. It’s a choice, a combat approach.

The sword is the weapon of kings, a symbol of civilization and nobility. The weapon of the hero. A hero who wields a sword is more noble than one who wields another “lesser” weapon type. It’s not. It’s just another approach to combat, a tool.

Understanding these stereotypes is important because they will follow you and influence you, whether you realize it or not. They’ll also influence your reader. By understanding that they’re there, you can account for them and combat them in your narrative. In ignorance, you’re at their mercy. Countless other storytellers have already laid this groundwork for you, but you do get to decide what you’ll do with it.


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I went a little more literal with Orisa’s ‘human’ form making her a centaur. Her animal half is a buffalo. Since original Orisa didn’t have a tail, I gave her centaur self a little nubby tail, and her original face is now a mask. Being a centaur it made more sense for her to have a bow rather than that gun. I took a few elements from Efi, but not too much. I might attempt an actual human Orisa later, but I don’t know yet.

Date a dragon with sharp horns 

Date a dragon with nubby horns 

Date a dragon who files their horns so they’re not so sharp

Date a dragon who’s broken one or both horns 

Date a dragon with no horns 



GO VOTE FOR ANNIEDOG, THE ALL-POWERFUL, ALL-KNOWING, ALL-SNUGGLING, SQUEAKY TOY LOVING, VERY SLEEPY OVERLORD OF THIS WORLD AND UNIVERSE. the Great Bronzen One. the False Merchant. the Conquerer of Worlds. she who does not exist on a plane of reality that we can comprehend with our simple minds. her favorite food is rotisserie chicken. her favorite toys are: sock monkey, purpledog, seahorse, and fox. she came to this world from beyond space and time in a great flash of light, ready for a petting and a snuggling, wielding a golden, flaming sword. tongue: out. tail: nubby. naps: taken. sock monkey: squeaked and snuggled. she has two speeds: Sleepy GORL and Extreme High Speed Of The Very Fast Doggo. 


I can’t believe I actually wrote this. WC: 1414

They said he was crazy. They said he’d never find him, that he was just some myth. That his sightings were just the result of some people taking one too many drugs.

But he knows he’s real, and he is going to be the one to find him.

He’s never gonna give up, not until he finds him.

Not until he finds Mothman.

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//20 Mar 2017//

finals aesthetic:

coffee shops, extra shots of espresso, favorite pens, revised notes on nice paper, well-used nubby eraser, soothing color schemes, the brightest highlighter you’ve ever used

For all of y’all taking finals this week, godspeed!!