Magnus grumbles something, still half asleep. He worked till the wee hours of the morning and it’s way too early to be up. He turns onto his stomach, sticks his head under his pillow and pretends to be an ostrich.
Also I cannot get over Hannibal making Will breakfast in bed he totally would
You know it would be some kind of rare exotic fruit or some crazy type of rare Ostrich egg omelet or his own recipe for Belgian waffles with some homemade churned butter and now I’m hungry too, I’m going to kill you LOL
So, I’ve been in an art block for over a month. I started a painting yesterday that I’ve worked on for 12 hours now and needed a break (the owlet, here still not done). This above, was inspired by @why-cant-simple-love-me post here
I’m gonna consider the block gone in a horrific spillage
I would apologize but I (underline that) didn’t come up with this.
Earth Kingdom and Fire Nation ostrich-horse cavalry.
Very important note: This is the first time we have ever seen the Fire Nation use ostrich-horse cavalry. Up until now, the only nation to use the ostrich-horse was the Earth Kingdom. Likewise, komodo-rhinos have only been used by the Fire Nation.
The fact that the Fire Nation is now using a form of cavalry that, in the past, had excursively been used by the Earth Kingdom suggests that the Earth Kingdom and the Fire Nation are now participating in a form of trade and/or cultural exchange that benefits both parties.
Also, those ostrich-horses would have had to have been broken (is that the right word?) and trained. Considering how:
There’s some overlap between “The Rift and Smoke and Shadow”
“The Rift” and “The Search” take place within the same year
“The Search” takes place only a year after “The Promise”
There’s no way the Fire Nation could have just trained or learned to ride those ostrich-horses by themselves. They must have been given to the Fire Nation by the Earth Kingdom.
Guys…the Fire Nation and the Earth Kingdom are embracing multiculturalism and actively trading with with one another as equal partners. I know, technically, we’ve already had the Kyoshi Warriors guarding the Firelord but, to be fair, that was mostly Mai’s prerogative.
As the nations learn to cooperate and mutually benefit each other as equal problems, the nations will prosper. In the URN specifically, all four nations will come together to create a new culture altogether, incorporating characteristics and traits from all four nations.
That said, this is a pretty big deal. Correction, this is a pretty huge deal. THE NATIONS ARE STARTING TO MUTUALLY TRADE KNOWLEDGE AND RESOURCES WITH EACH OTHER!
I just heard somebody pronounce ostrich as /ˈɒstrɪdʒ/ on the TV, so I looked it up in the OED, and apparently this is a common alternative pronunciation, which I’d never noticed before. (I pronounce it with /tʃ/, as in “chin”, not /dʒ/ as in “Jack”.)
The two forms probably go right back to Middle English: spellings like ostrig, ostrige, ostryge, ostrigge, ostrygge, ostrugge and ostrydge are all attested from that period. An example passage (which contains not one, but two amusing misconceptions):
1584 T. Cogan Hauen of Health ix. 31
Rustickes, who haue stomacks like Ostriges, that can digest hard yron.
So, why the variation? Well, the word is a borrowing from French, and in Anglo-Norman it appeared as both ostriz (I would guess that z = /ts/ here) and ostrige. In Old French it appears as ostruce and ostriche, whence Middle French au(s)truche, Modern French autruche. It also appears in Medieval Latin as ostrica and ostrigius. So all these forms show the same variation between a voiceless and a voiced sound, which means we’ll have to look further back for the origin of the variation. The French word is supposed to have been formed from classical Latin avis ‘bird’ + strūthiō ‘ostrich’. This looks like a head-initial compound (in English it would probably have to be ostrichbird), but maybe head-initial compounds were common in Old French, I don’t know (it wouldn’t be surprising since it shifted from adjective-noun to noun-adjective order). The th (pronounced as /t/ in Latin) would palatalize before the following i, so the forms with the voiceless consonant have the excepted outcome… but this still doesn’t explain where the forms with the voiced consonant have come from! The only thing I can think of is that it was somehow influenced by strix, gen. strigis ‘screech owl’.
There are other nice variants recorded in the OED, too. There are forms with preposed h- and n- (compare hermit < Latin
erēmīta with no h-; newt < OE efeta with no n-, from resegmentation of an ewt): hostryche, hostryge, nostryche. There are forms with e- as the stressed vowel rather than o-, which is probably due to the influence of Romance forms with e- inserted before st-, as in Spanish estruz <
strūthiō: eestryche, esterige, even estery with reduction of the suffix. There are forms with oy- instead, and I have no idea where that comes from: oistrich, oistridge, oystryshe. There are forms from the 15th and 16th centuries which have au- or aw-, reflecting etymology or the French spelling: austrich, awstrich, austrige, austruch. Some of them reduce it to a-: astrich, astridge. There is even one form which fortites the -w- to -b- and copies the French pronunciation of the second syllable, giving abstruse; maybe this is an intentional play on words given the meaning of the other English word with that spelling? I don’t know. Here’s an example passage:
1581 T. Nicholas tr. A. de Zárate Discov. & Conquest Peru iii. ii. f. 47v,
In certaine places of Chili, were many Abstruses in the Plaines.
There are people out there who can just design robots and draw vehicles and
they should be feared and respected because their powers are too great, too terrible, to comprehend.
Anyways, Prowl is a bike that is made of pure sex on wheels and I’m having a lot of fun with this terrible ostrich samurai. I’m debating on making some part of their armor into wings (a’la Prowl’s doorwings in G1) just so they also have fluttery little wings that they probably use as solar recharge panels during the day. You can see where I chopped up an image of the bike to get proportions and shapes right hahaha
I think the legs and arms have a lot of negative space?????? I’m not sure bc there is too much limb oh god how do i fold the limbs into the bike ajfdklsaj
i’m not good with mechanical drawings i just need to keep drawing until i get better. Still not sure if Arcee is ALSO going to be a bike or if she’s gonna be upgraded to a sleek lil racer babe. Either way still a minibot.
I didn’t really draw them but Prowl has very long, sleek sensory antennae that he can use to help him stay aware of his surroundings, and they’re very pretty and graceful when they move, but like all the bots he can retract his antennae in battle or just to store.