old gold coins

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 Known as Thonis for the Egyptians and Iraklion for the Greeks this lost town was immersed in the mediterenian seas thus for ages was believed to be a myth!                                                                                                                       In 2000 the first findings of colossal 16 feet status,golden coins and slabs of stone inscribed in both Greek and Egyptian came to light by archeologists.        The myth has it that when Paris took Helen from her husband Menelaus king of Sparta he searched for refuge so they would not be found and took her to this town (Iraklion) just before the Trojan war started! 

vixxen  asked:

🎮!!

QUESTIONS FOR THE MUN || Accepting !! 

🎮- Favorite video game(s)? 

Okay, so my favorite all time video game is so lame and I don’t even care… it’’s ‘New Zealand Story’ which originally came out for the commodore Amiga circa 1988 ( obviously i didn’t play it in ‘88 because I was two years old!! ) but it’s basically this game where youplay tiki this little kiwi i guess ( think tiny yellow creature) that has to save all his fellow kiwi’s, so basically the concept is very much like mario saving princess peach only y’know they’re actually walking tiny fruits! They brought it out on the DS a few years ago and you have no idea how happy this made me omg!! 

But other games i love include; Altered Beast, Half-Life, Mario six gold coins ( old school nintendo gameboy version ) && i do love shooting the crap outta zombies on COD even though my ten year old brother tells me i suck ( look, he has a xbox and i am use to ps controls it’s not my fault!!) oh and i love tekken, street fighter, Tomb Raider ( mostly to lock the butler in the freezer ngl ) && how the hell could i forget RESIDENT EVIL. ( Wesker will always be my fav i’m not even sorry. ) 

inter-galactic-planet-ary  asked:

So that coin from the Reach that Cersei finds in AFFC(I can't remember the exact name), is it significant or is it just something Varys threw in to screw with her?

“The night that Lord Varys and your brother disappeared, a third man also vanished.”
“Yes, the gaoler. What of him?”
“Rugen was the man’s name. An undergaoler who had charge of the black cells. The chief undergaoler describes him as portly, unshaven, gruff of speech. He held his appointment of the old king, Aerys, and came and went as he pleased. The black cells have not oft been occupied in recent years. The other turnkeys were afraid of him, it seems, but none knew much about him. He had no friends, no kin. Nor did he drink or frequent brothels. His sleeping cell was damp and dreary, and the straw he slept upon was mildewed. His chamber pot was overflowing.”
“I know all this.” Jaime had examined Rugen’s cell, and Ser Addam’s gold cloaks had examined it again.
“Aye, Your Grace,” said Qyburn, “but did you know that under that stinking chamber pot was a loose stone, which opened on a small hollow? The sort of place where a man might hide valuables that he did not wish to be discovered?”
“Valuables?” This was new. “Coin, you mean?” She had suspected all along that Tyrion had somehow bought this gaoler.
“Beyond a doubt. To be sure, the hole was empty when I found it. No doubt Rugen took his ill-gotten treasure with him when he fled. But as I crouched over the hole with my torch, I saw something glitter, so I scratched in the dirt until I dug it out.” Qyburn opened his palm. “A gold coin.”
Gold, yes, but the moment Cersei took it she could tell that it was wrong. Too small, she thought, too thin. The coin was old and worn. On one side was a king’s face in profile, on the other side the imprint of a hand. “This is no dragon,” she said.
“No,” Qyburn agreed. “It dates from before the Conquest, Your Grace. The king is Garth the Twelfth, and the hand is the sigil of House Gardener.”
Of Highgarden. Cersei closed her hand around the coin. What treachery is this? Mace Tyrell had been one of Tyrion’s judges, and had called loudly for his death. Was that some ploy? Could he have been plotting with the Imp all the while, conspiring at Father’s death? With Tywin Lannister in his grave, Lord Tyrell was an obvious choice to be King’s Hand, but even so…

–AFFC Cersei II

So, Rugen was a gaoler in charge of the black cells, who disappeared the same night Tyrion escaped prison and Varys disappeared. Qyburn searches his rooms, and discovers an old gold coin from Highgarden, hidden but not so hidden enough that he couldn’t find it. This sparks Cersei’s suspicions that the Tyrells were in cahoots with Tyrion, conspiring to kill both Tywin and Joffrey. (The fact that she’s wrong about the Tyrells and Tyrion and Tywin, but is right about the Tyrells and Joffrey, is just one of the little ironies of the situation.)

However, we know that Rugen was not a real person, but merely one of Varys’s disguises. (He first appears in that costume in the scene where Arya witnesses him talking with Illyrio in the dungeons, and then later to Ned Stark when he’s in the black cells.) So the question is, after Varys freed Tyrion, after Tyrion killed Tywin and Varys knew he could no longer be active as Master of Whispers, did Varys then deliberately place a Highgarden coin in “Rugen’s secret hiding space” to make Cersei paranoid and suspicious of the Tyrells?

And that’s a good question. If someone were not paranoid, they might think this hiding space may well have existed for decades, before Rugen ever moved into his sleeping cell (or before Varys prepared it to establish Rugen’s identity), and the fact that this Gardener coin was buried in dirt could mean it too had been there for decades, belonging to someone other than Rugen. The fact that when Jaime searches the hidden passages in the Tower of the Hand, he finds “four sacks of tarnished silver coins from the reign of the first King Viserys”, 200 years old, could lead to the conclusion it was only a coincidence. Even the fact that it’s a coin from Highgarden might not mean anything, as all the Gardeners have been dead for centuries.

However,

“Lady Merryweather may be a serpent, but she is far from stupid. She knows I can do more for her than Margaery, so she makes herself useful to me. You would be surprised at all the interesting things she’s told me.”
“What sorts of things?”
Cersei sat beneath the window. “Did you know that the Queen of Thorns keeps a chest of coins in her wheelhouse? Old gold from before the Conquest. Should any tradesman be so unwise as to name a price in golden coins, she pays him with hands from Highgarden, each half the weight of one of our dragons. What merchant would dare complain of being cheated by Mace Tyrell’s lady mother?”

–AFFC, Jaime II

Taena of Myr tells Cersei that Olenna Tyrell has a chest of these pre-Conquest Gardener gold coins. So this further feeds Cersei’s paranoia, as not only did “Rugen” have one of these coins, it’s proof that it’s not just coincidentally connected to the Tyrells, since now she knows that Olenna has thousands of Gardener gold coins and pays people with them.

On the other hand, Taena is almost certainly a Tyrell double-agent, and it’s probable that when Olenna found out Cersei was asking about Gardener gold, she planted Taena with this story to tell Cersei (so that she could worm her way into Cersei’s confidence, along with telling her that her handmaiden Senelle was the real Tyrell spy). On the other other hand, it’s theorized that Taena may be one of Varys’s employees (and thus a triple-agent), and when Varys’s little birds overheard Qyburn telling Cersei about the coin he found, he could have told Taena to tell this story about Olenna to encourage Cersei’s paranoia (and so that Taena could worm her way into Cersei’s confidence). Or, if Varys did plant the coin, he could have also planted Taena with this story, with the same purpose. Either way there’s no real proof that Olenna actually has a chest of Gardener coins– this may be a story entirely made up, to make Cersei look insane if she were to accuse Olenna of suborning Rugen.

Still, whatever the origin of the coin may be – coincidentally left in a Red Keep cell hundreds of years ago, or deliberately planted there by Varys to be found by Cersei, whether it was one of Olenna’s own coins (stolen by Varys for the plot) or whether that story is fictional – it is a given that Varys is encouraging Cersei’s paranoia about the Tyrells, to make her suspicious and act irrationally, to sow seeds of chaos in the politics of King’s Landing and the alliances of King Tommen Baratheon.

“This pains me, my lord. You do not deserve to die alone on such a cold dark night. There are many like you, good men in service to bad causes… but you were threatening to undo all the queen’s good work, to reconcile Highgarden and Casterly Rock… […] Your niece will think the Tyrells had you murdered, mayhaps with the connivance of the Imp. The Tyrells will suspect her. Someone somewhere will find a way to blame the Dornishmen. Doubt, division, and mistrust will eat the very ground beneath your boy king, whilst Aegon raises his banner above Storm’s End and the lords of the realm gather round him.”

–Varys, ADWD, Epilogue

First, money was coins and paper,
now it’s just numbers on a screen.

We’ll detach ourselves more and
more from it,
it’s all too figmental; too surreal.

Meaningless.

The sensible ones already know,
yet the monkeys
are still fully controlled by greed.

Numbers control the fate of humanity,
but not as much as
good old gold coins, nice and shiny.

We’ll always need material to keep fueling our materialism - M.A. Tempels © 2015