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Today, June 23 is International Women in Engineering Day. We have many talented women across NASA that contribute to our success to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind.
We hope that these stories will inspire girls everywhere to reach for the stars and explore the myriad of opportunities available to them through pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
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So like, I have this idea for my exhibition skate...
It's for a heavy metal glam piece where I strip from my bedazzled jacket to reveal a heavily ripped shirt and basically do some edgy rage-induced choreography with a signature Johnny Weir slide that gives the audience a nice nip shot. Also Otabek is there.
...And you need my help because...?
You stripped for a living, what's the coolest way to tease off a jacket? Also I need to borrow Viktor's Gucci shades, I'm gonna whip 'em across the ice.
Noctis: It was funny at first, but it’s getting out of hand, Gladio. You should probably stop walking around shirtless. Gladio: Why? I’m fresh and comfy like this. Prompto: I mean, not that I agree with Noct, but…it’s Altissia and people stare. Gladio: There’s no shirt that’s worthy of my body. Noctis: There’s none you like? Gladio: None that looks greater on me than my body does on its own. Ignis: … Ignis: You know what do would look great on you, though? Noctis: Ignis, no. Ignis: Me. Gladio: Ignis yes.
So we know that Simon’s is the summer solstice in 1997. So, June 21st. (Did I look this up specifically for the year? Ahem. Shh.)
But Baz’s? Penelope’s? Agatha’s?
If the cutoff for starting school is “birthday before September first” (and assuming that none of them started school a year early or late) then that means they would have been born between September 1996 and August 1997.
PENELOPE Penelope is younger than Simon – she says her mom was pregnant with her when the first dead spot appeared (ch 46, p 251) – so her birthday is some time between June and September of 1997. And she says she was 11 when Simon first went off. (“Most magicians can remember exactly where they were that day. (I can’t. But I was only 11.)” ch 23, p 131) Which was in August of 2008.
So her birthday is sometime between June 21st and the middle or end of August, in 1997.
BAZ He was five when the Watford tragedy happened, on August 12, 2002. So he was born sometimes before August 12th, 1997. (Probably, I would guess, not in the week or two before, or he might have said something like, it was just after my birthday. Seems like something a five year old might remember.)
So – sometime between September 1996 and August 12th 1997.
Also, it seems logical that if Baz’s birthday were at the beginning of school/pre-Christmas (especially while he was missing) that Simon would’ve mentioned it. (In fact, I would venture that it is CERTAIN, Mr. I-mention-Baz-literally-773-times, thank you @thepessimisticasshole for your work collating those numbers. Though I suppose it’s possible that Simon just isn’t very good with dates.)
So I’m guessing sometime between late December/January and August 1st/12th, 1997.
AGATHA For Agatha we don’t know anything more specific, I don’t think, than “between September 1st 1996 and August 31st 1997.” (Again, unless she started school a year early, or a year late, for some reason.)
But the same goes for Agatha – surely if her birthday were between September 1st and Christmas, we would’ve heard SOMETHING about it, because it would’ve happened during the story. So, I’ll guess sometime between January and August 1997. (Then again, maybe it did happen between Sept-Dec, and no one paid any attention. There’s a fic for you.)
If I’m missing any text references, fellow Snowflakes, please please tell me!
And @rainbowrowell – can you tell us? What are Baz, Penelope, and Agatha’s birthdays?
Here we go - I’ve seen a lot of posts and people discussing why or why not Queen of Shadows was a correct/ incorrect depiction of Chaol Westfall, of whether or not SJM manipulates characters for her ships, of why Aelin should be with Chaol or Rowan or even Dorian or what not… So I suggest looking at the evidence. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Throne of Glass: From Book 1, Chaol is adamant on keeping Celaena within tight definitions. He is a man of rules and regulations, law and order. He serves his king loyally and truthfully and so long as that is true, all is right in his world. He has given up his family and his title for the honor of serving his king. A criminal, an assassin, a slave from Endovier shouldn’t change that.
“You’re a criminal. I’m Captain of the Royal Guard. I’m not obligated to bestow any kindness or conversation upon you. Be grateful we don’t keep you locked up in the wagon.” p. 26
“You like to read? …. I didn’t know assassins liked to read,” p. 55
“It isn’t your place to write to the Crown Prince.” She gave him a simpering smile and took a bite of ham. “He could have ignored the letter. And besides, I’m his Champion. Not everyone feels obligated to be as nasty to me as you do.” “You’re an assassin.” p. 78
“Enthralled by the Princess Nehemia?” The words were barely distinguishable from her chewing. “That headstrong girl?” …. “And what’s wrong with headstrong girls?” she pressed. “Other than the fact that they’re not wooden-headed ninnies who can only open their mouths to give orders and gossip?” “I just prefer a certain type of woman.” “And what type of woman is that?” “Not an arrogant assassin.” She pouted. “Suppose I wasn’t an assassin. Would you fancy me then?” “No.” p. 101-102.
“Are you enjoying looking at my scars?” He sucked on his lower lip for a moment. “When did you get those?” She knew he meant the three enormous lines that ran down her back. “When do you think?” she said. He didn’t reply, …. “Those three, I received my first day in Endovier.” “What did you do to deserve it?” p. 121
“Are you honestly so blind that you can’t see why we can’t allow this?” “’Can’t allow’ - you’re just afraid of me!” “Don’t flatter yourself.” “You think I want to go back to Endovier?” she hissed. “You think I’m not aware of the fact that if I flee, I’ll be hunted down for the rest of my life? You think I don’t know why I vomit when I run in the morning? My body is a wreck. I need to spend these extra hours here, and you shouldn’t punish me for it!” “I’m not going to pretend to know how a criminal mind works.” p. 136
“By the Wyrd, Dorian! She’s an assassin. Please, please tell me you haven’t been here before.” Dorian couldn’t help his smirk. “I don’t even want an explanation. Just get out, you reckless idiot. Get out.” p. 179
“She was a criminal - a prodigy at killing, a Queen of the Underworld - and yet… yet she was just a girl, sent at seventeen to Endovier. … While it terrified him to see her down there, a hand’s breadth from Dorian’s unprotected throat, what terrified him even more was that he trusted her. And he didn’t know what that meant about himself.” p. 264
“Well? Do I need to lecture you about how stupid it was to sneak into the ball, or can I just ask you to dance with me instead?” “I don’t think that’s a good idea,” Chaol said. “Why?” they asked in unison. “Because it attracts too much attention, that’s why.” Celaena rolled her eyes and Chaol glared at her. “Do I have to remind you who you are?” “No. You remind me every day,” she retorted.” p.294
He really does love to label her, but you can see where he slowly starts to evolve in his opinion of her. He starts to admire her, to like her, to trust her. Of course, that trust is what scares him most. Because of his duty. Because of his loyalty. He must put that before all else, and if that were in question, he would lost the very foundation of himself. And yet, he begins to trust her enough around Dorian that he isn’t petrified that she’ll kill him. He begins to see her. By the end of the book, they’re friends. Quickly becoming more.
“Are you still acting like the King’s Champion, or are you back to being Celaena?” p. 11
“He’d been realizing it more and more recently - how much he hated it when she left him behind. How he hated her setting off on those cured missions and not contacting him for days or weeks. …. He’d killed Cain at the duel. Killed him to save her. Part of him didn’t regret it; part of him would do it again in a heartbeat. But the other part still woke him up in the middle of the night, drenched in sweat that felt too much like Cain’s blood.” p. 23
“There was a line between them. The king might not think twice about their friendship, but crossing that final line could be deadly for both of them; it could make the king question his loyalty, his position, everything. And if it ever came down to having to choose between his king and Celaena… He prayed to the Wyrd that he’d never be faced with that decision.” p. 25
“You’re the greatest assassin in Eriliea, and yet you can’t stand watch for a few hours?” p. 132
“Dorian and the king were where his loyalty lay. Without his loyalty, he was no one. Without it, he’d given up his family, his title, for nothing.” p. 150
“And he wouldn’t tell the princess - or Celaena. Just because he was friendly with Nehemia, just because she was Celaena’s friend, it didn’t change anything. While he knew that Celaena would be furious that he didn’t tell her, he was the Captain of the Guard. He had fought and sacrificed nearly as much as Celaena had to get his position. He’d let her get too close by asking her to dance - he’d let himself get too close.” p. 151
“Chaol didn’t tell Celaena what the king had said, though part of him twisted until it hurt. The king wouldn’t hurt Nehemia - not when she was such a public and well-liked figure. Not when he’d warned Chaol about the anonymous threat to Nehemia’s life. ….. Celaena knowing or not knowing made now difference, he told himself as he lay curled around her in his bed. Even if Celaena knew, even if she told Nehemia, it wouldn’t stop the conversation from taking place, and it wouldn’t make the nameless threat go away. No, it would just make things worse if they knew - worse for all of them.” p. 211
“He’d kill any man who hurt Celaena; and if the king ever gave him the order to dispatch her, then he’d plunge his sword into his own heart before he would obey.” p. 211
“His soul was bound to hers by some unbreakable chain. He snorted, imagining what his father would think when he learned that Chaol had taken Adarlan’s Assassin for his wife.” p. 211
“If she’s part of your group,” Celaena ground out, “then where is she?” Archer drew his sword and pointed it at Chaol. “Ask him.” A sharp pain twisted in her gut. “What is he talking about?” she asked Chaol. But Chaol was staring at Archer. “I don’t know.” …. “I knew about the anonymous threat to Nehemia’s life, yes. But I was told that she would be questioned by the king, not me.” p. 225-226
“Let me give her my cloak,” Dorian said, reaching to unfasten it. “Don’t,” Chaol said quietly. His face was still bleeding. She’d gouged four lines across his cheek with her nails. Her nails. Gods above. “I don’t trust her with anything in there except hay.” p. 236
“Regardless of what territory her parents had lorded over, if Celaena ever took up the mantle she’d lost, and if Terrasen ever got to its feet… Then Celaena could become a powerhouse - potentially capable of standing against Adarlan. And that made Celaena more than just his enemy. It made her the greatest threat he’d ever encountered.” p. 294
“If you feel the way you do, they why let her stay shackled to your father? Why not find a way to get her out of her contract? Or are you just afraid that if you set her free, she’ll never come back to you?” “I’d be careful what you say,” Dorian said softly. But it was true. Even though he couldn’t imagine a world without Celaena, Chaol knew he had to get her out of this castle. Yet he couldn’t tell if it was for Adarlan’s sake or her own.” p. 314
“And the only way she’d die a traitor would be for her to do what he feared; ally with this secret organization, find Aelin Galathynius, and return to Terrasen. This was a hint that she had no intention of doing that. She had no plans to reclaim her lost title, and posed no threat to Adarlan or Dorian. He’d been wrong. Yet again, he’d been wrong.” p. 323
“Because she wasn’t human, Chaol realized, gaping up at her from where he still crouched over Fleetfoot. No - she wasn’t human at all. Celaena was Fae.” p. 379
“She was conscious, but was a dead weight in the captain’s arms as he dragged her across the ground. Once they were over the border, he dropped her as though she were made of flame, and Celaena lay panting on the stones.” p. 382
“Chaol shifted his boot against the step to warn her that he was there. How much of her Fae senses did she retain when she looked like a human?” p. 390
“For a heartbeat, he wondered if she would kill him, too - just for being there, for seeing the dark truth of her.” p. 390
His fingers grazed her cheeks, warming her chilled skin. “Fae, assassin - no matter what you are, I - “ “Don’t.” She stepped back. “Don’t say it.” p. 394
“Celaena was Fae, and heir to a power she couldn’t control. Even if she couldn’t shift, if anyone ever discovered what she was… It explained why she was so terrified of the king, why she never said anything about where she’d come from, or what she’d been through. And living here… this was the most dangerous place for her - or any Fae - to be.” p. 395
“Celaena Sardothien wasn’t in league with Aelin Ashryver Galthynuis. Celaena Sardothien was Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, heir to the throne and rightful Queen of Terrasen. Celaena was Aelin Galathynius, the greatest living threat to Adarlan, the one person who could raise an army capable of standing against the king. Now, she was also the one person who knew the secret source of the king’s power - and who sought a way to destroy it. And he had just sent her into the arms of her strongest potential allies: to the homeland of her mother, the kingdom of her cousin, and the domain of her aunt, Queen Maeve of the Fae. Celaena was the lost queen of Terrasen. Chaol sank to his knees.” p. 418
This book might be the most interesting to look at in terms of Chaol’s development between the Throne of Glass and Queen of Shadows.
Chaol still fits her into categories - Celaena, Assassin, King’s Champion
Chaol is really struggling with having killed Cain, understandably, because he’s never killed someone before. It’s hard for him to come to terms with the fact that he was willing to take a life even if it meant saving Celaena’s.
He’s still grappling with his loyalty to the king and to Dorian - he wants that to be his first priority always, but as we see here, he’d rather kill himself than kill Celaena at the king’s command. Although, technically, he wouldn’t be doing anything to save her life from the king, he just knows he couldn’t be the one to do it.
Chaol loves her, that much is clear. But he doesn’t tell her about Nehemia. Because he doesn’t see the value in it, because his king told him not to and that’s the most important thing.
But then… when confronted with the rebels, he lies. He says he doesn’t know where she is when he knows she was meant to be “questioned.” Given his knowledge of the king’s brutality, let’s say he knows its more of an interrogation.
And after Nehemia’s death, after Celaena’s reaction, he loses any trust he had in her. He trusts her only with the hay in her cell. He drugs her to keep her calm.
Now most importantly are the changes we see in him when he discovers bits and pieces of Celaena’s history.
She’s Noble, so he fears she might rise up with Terrasen if rebel forces gained power. It makes her “the greatest threat he’d ever encountered.”
She’s Fae and has great power, he needs to get her out of Adarlan for her sake, but also for Adarlan’s.
More than this though, is how he reacts to her other form. He doesn’t want to touch her, he sees her as less than human, sees it as a “dark truth.”
And he’s still labeling her, he says he loves her DESPITE being Fae, DESPITE being an assassin.
But the most unforgivable thing she is, is Queen. That is what throws him completely he could still have loved her if she were Fae, if she were an Assassin. But as Queen of the “enemy,” he falls to his knees. Because his first priority is always and has always been Adarlan. Adarlan and Dorian.
Next, is Heir of Fire.
“For a month now, it had been the same dream. Every night, over and over, until Chaol could see it in his waking hours. Archer Finn groaning as Celaena shoved her dagger up through his ribs and into his heart. …. The dream shifted, and Chaol could say nothing, do nothing as the golden-brown hair darkened to black and the agonized face wasn’t Archer’s but Dorian’s. …. Enemy. Lover. Queen.” p. 20
“Because Celaena was Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, heir to the throne and rightful Queen of Terrasen. It made her his mortal enemy. It made her Dorian’s enemy. Chaol still didn’t know what to do about it, or what it meant for them, for the life he’d imagined for them. The future he’d once dreamed of was irrevocably gone.” p. 22
“So that’s why you were so desperate to trade secrets - you wanted the information for his sake.” …. “Dorian, please,” Chaol said. “I’m doing this for you, I swear it.” p. 195
Chaol is terrified of the Queen of Terrasen because of what it means for Dorian and Adarlan. He sees her as a threat to them both because of where she comes from. He seems to forget that she and Dorian were friends even when she couldn’t speak to him. He assumes that as the Queen of a conquered kingdom her first act will be bloodshed.
Now, if I can’t convince you all of his character where it comes to Aelin, let Dorian.
“Do you still love her?” Chaol closed his eyes for a moment. “A part of me will always love her. But I had to get her out of this castle. Because it was too dangerous, and she was… what she was becoming…” “She was not becoming anything different from what she always was and always had the capacity to be. You just finally saw everything. And once you saw that other part of her…” Dorian said quietly. it had taken him until now, until Sorscha, to understand what that meant. “You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love. … Just as you cannot pick which parts of me you accept.” “I don’t - “ “You do. But what’s done is done, Chaol. And there is no going back, no matter how hard you try to change things. Like it or not, you played a role in getting us all to this point, too. You set her down that path, to revealing what and who she is, to whatever she decides to do now.” “You think I wanted any of this to happen?” Chaol splayed his arms. “If I could, I would put it all back to the way it was. If I could, she wouldn’t be queen, and you wouldn’t have magic.” “Of course - of course you still see the magic as a problem. And of course you wish she wasn’t who she is. Because you’re not really scared of those things, are you? No - its what they represent. The change. But let me tell you,” Dorian breathed, his magic flickering and then subsiding in a flash of pain, “things have changed. And changed because of you. I have magic - there is no undoing that, no getting rid of it. And as for Celaena…” he clamped down on the power that surged as he imagined - for the first time, he realized - what it was to be her. “As for Celaena,” he said again, “you do not have the right to wish she were not what she is. The only thing you have a right to do is decide whether you are her enemy or her friend.” p. 233-234
Chaol fears the change. He wants simplicity. He wants rules, law, loyalty to the crown. But Celaena is forcing him to look at the world for what it really is. It is not simple. There are hard choices to make. And in a world where things are constantly shifting, slipping beyond his control, of course Chaol - stable, constant Chaol - becomes more and more frustrated for the catalyst of that change.
“Aedion’s chest tightened to the point of hurting. The captain was just staring at the old man. It was a message to the world. Aelin was a warrior, able to fight with blade or magic. And she was done with hiding.” p. 493
This is the only glimpse we get of Chaol’s reaction to Aelin’s emergence in Heir of Fire, but its important to understand the reaction in QoS completely. He is contained. He only stares at Murtaugh. He does not let his fear show despite this being the very news he feared from the moment he found out Celaena could have ties to an uprising in Terrasen.
But of course, once he sees Aelin, after everything… Dorian… Sorscha… the Valg invasion…
“If you hadn’t been so dramatic about it, hadn’t flaunted your defeat of Narrok and practically shouted at the king that you were back, he would never have called us to that room -” “You do not get to blame me for that. For his actions.” p. 48
“Tell me.” He shook his head, a gap in the streetlights shadowing his face. “No. Not a chance. Not with you so unpredictable.” p. 49
“Right now we need to help Aedion and Dorian.” “There is no we. … There hasn’t been a we for a while, Celaena -” “It’s Aelin now,” she snapped as loudly as she dared. “Celaena Sardothien doesn’t exist anymore.” “You’re still the same assassin who walked away. You only came back when it was useful for you.” p. 50
Rage monster Chaol appears. His control is slipping because his entire wORLD is slipping. He blames her for things that are out of her control entirely and mistrusts, despite Dorian’s warning to him.
“And what then?” Chaol asked. “Will you hold all of Rifthold hostage the way you did Doranelle? Burn anyone who doesn’t agree with you? Or will you just incinerate our kingdom from spite? And what of others like you, who feel that they have a score to settle with Adarlan?” He huffed a bitter laugh. “Perhaps we’re better off without magic. Perhaps magic doesn’t exactly make things fair amongst us mere mortals.” “Fair? You think any part of this is fair?” “Magic makes people dangerous.” “Magic has saved your life a few times now, if I recall correctly.” “Yes,” he breathed, “you and Dorian both - and I’m grateful, I am. But where are the checks against your kind? Iron? Not much of a deterrent, is it? Once magic is free, who is to stop the monsters from coming out again? Who is to stop you?” p. 53
*moment of silence for Chaolaena, cuz that was the very last straw*
“So Dorian is allowed to have magic. You can come to terms with his power, and yet my power is an abomination to you?” “Dorian has never killed anyone. Dorian didn’t gut Archer Finn in the tunnels or torture and kill Grave and then chop him up into pieces. Dorian didn’t go on a killing spree at Endovier that left dozens dead.” p. 53
“It hadn’t even been a fair fight. Aelin had let it go on because Arobynn had wanted it to go on. And once she took out that clock tower and her magic was back… What checks would there be against her? Against Aedion, and that Fae Prince of hers, and all the warriors like them? A new world, yes. But a world in which the ordinary human voice would be nothing more than a whisper.” p. 197
Chaol’s mention of fair and of Aelin’s past killings really is just an echo of how he behaved right from the start. “What did you do to deserve it,” he said of her scars. Because he is still unable to see Adarlan for what it is. He sees it as Dorian’s kingdom, not as the force that conquered Terrasen and dozens of others of kingdoms and enslaved them, burned them, broke them. He doesn’t see Adarlan for its slaves or for its massacres. He ignores this because he is clinging to the truth he clung to his whole life - that his purpose is to serve his king and country, and without that he is no one. So he ignores the fact that Aelin killed to survive, was literally forced into it. That she killed Archer and Grave for the Princess he let die.
It should also be noted that Chaol is somewhat of a bigot. He doesn’t understand Fae and their power and so he fears them, and seeks to restrict them. He wants checks against them. He was the same in CoM, when he suggested it was her “dark” secret, when he didn’t want to touch her.
He is suggesting that Aelin, as he has done since he discovered her noble birth, will rise up and seek to punish all of Adarlan. He suggests that she is wicked, and cruel, and will do terrible things against the innocent simply for revenge. He spits upon her entire character. But, like we’ve pointed out, this has been his fear since BOOK 2. Fear of Aelin’s power and desire to protect Dorian are his two core motivators.
To conclude, No. Chaol in Queen of Shadows was NOT ooc and was not some massive plot for SJM’s ships to set sail. It was completely in character, and also rather understandable given the pressure he was under and the fear he lived with every day. His mistake was in blaming Aelin and her court - for Dorian, for the world around him. He made a mistake. As all humans do.
Domesticated cattle were important to the Egyptians but they did not choose the domesticated cow to represent Hathor. Instead they selected the impressive wild cow which lived in the marches. The goddess cannot be domesticated… In the Pyramid Texts she is called ‘The Great Cow of the marshes’.
p.23: p. 21: Jackson, L., (2013) Hathor a Reintroduction to an Ancient Egyptian Goddess. Avolonia, London