passing on knowledge

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In some cultures, it’s traditional for elders to smoke weed, a practice said to help them pass on knowledge. A study done by Andreas Zimmer at the university of Bonn, Germany seems to add truth to this tradtion. The investigators are studying the endocannabinoid system, which helps balance out our bodies’ response to stress. Mice whose endocannabinoid system don’t work properly age faster, leading Zimmer to investigate if stimulating the system may have the opposite effect. Zimmer’s team is now planning trials to see if these observations can be replicated in humans.

Ravenclaw Headcanon

When a Ravenclaw makes their way to the great hall for breakfast, they take the long way there so they can talk to some of their favorite portraits. Sometimes they get knowledge passed on through generations of portraits all over the school. Sometimes they hear the portraits talking about the past, sometimes distant, sometimes more recent. And most of the portraits like to talk about troublemakers that they always saw out of bed after hours and insisted on people calling them The Marauders. Whenever a Ravenclaw asks what The Marauders real names are, the portraits just smile sadly and say words that most certainly aren’t names: Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs.

okay but imagine that james wasn’t in the house that halloween. he was talking to dumbledore or out to get groceries or anything that has him out of the house. so lily is home alone but she still sacrifices herself for her son, so the curse still rebounds and hits voldemort and “kills” him. so harry is still the boy who lived, but james is alive

and of course it’s awful. it’s a terrible moment, burying lily. james is devestated and has no idea how he’s going to raise harry alone. he has to testify that peter betrayed the order, because he’s alive to pass on the knowledge that peter was his secret keeper, not sirius. sirius doesn’t go to prison because he’s too busy helping james cope with lily’s death to go after peter, and peter’s already faked his death by the time he can leave james. 

remus and sirius move in with james to help take care of harry, because he swears he can’t do it on his own. remus doesn’t have to focus on rent and food money because james tells him he’s family, so he can focus on a job he actually enjoys such as editing or writing, something freelance so he can take full moons off and no one will wonder why. 

sirius refuses to get any job beside full time babysitter, curls up as padfoot and keeps harry warm and safe, especially when the boy gets older and starts having nightmares about what happened to his mom. 

harry is raised in the wizarding world, with the most protective family of anyone he’s ever met, and invites ron and hermione over to his house during the summer and somehow padfoot always gets them into some sort of trouble. 

when harry goes through hardships at hogwarts, he always has his dad to turn to. james would stroke his hair back from his forehead and kiss his son’s scar and remind him, “your mother was the most brilliant witch there ever was and she’s watching over you, so you’ll never have to worry.” 

even when pettigrew comes back and revives voldemort, james is on the quidditch pitch the minute harry comes back with the cup and cedric’s dead body, remus and sirius right behind him and swearing he’ll destroy anyone who doesn’t take his son seriously. 

the fight at the ministry harry’s fifth year, james would remind sirius to keep focused, remind him not to get overwhelmed with adrenaline and to focus, and would watch not just harry’s back but his best friends’ too. when he sees sirius too focused on making fun to notice bellatrix amazing a curse straight at him, he dives in front of it to push sirius out of the way and ends up in St. Mungo’s after the fight, a little bruised and battered but with promises that he’ll heal and a sheepish apology from Padfoot in the former of an old, drool covered chew toy. 

when harry disappears seventh year, he and james keep in contact with the magical mirrors that belonged to sirius and james paces the kitchen every evening, listening to potterwatch and shrugging off Sirius’ shoulder on his hand telling him that their boy will be okay because he’s incredibly smart and incredibly brave and honestly mate how’d you make such an amazing boy? 

and then the fight at hogwarts happens. remus and sirius have each other’s backs and james just wants to find harry. he does, a little too late, being carried out of the woods in hagrid’s arms. he breaks down and drops to his knees and remus and sirius look at each other and think, “there is no way we can fix him after this.” 

but then harry is back and voldemort is dead and james’ face is tear stained and they’re all worn out and bruised but their family is alive and sirius, a little hesitantly, offers, “…so who wants ice cream?”

Grease: The Ancient Opera of Cyr

[Warforged Mage sings Summer Nights from the musical Grease]

DM [Sighing]: Remember to stay in character, guys.

Bard: That is in character! I have just relayed the ancient opera of Cyr, Grease, now lost to the ravages of time and only known by a few true bards who have passed down the oral knowledge of the Pink Ladies and the Tbirds. We were mourning the loss of true art -

Warforged Mage [Belts out of tune]: THOSE SUH-HU-MER…NIIIIIIIIIIIHHH HIIIIGHTS!!

Bard [Wipes away fake tear]: I’m just so proud to keep the memory alive, you know?

DM [Sighing]:…I’ll allow it.

Pokemon GO: Things to keep with you!

Pokemon GO is finally available. If you plan on playing for an extended period of time, especially if you’re not traveling by car that day, it’s probably best if you have a bag with you. My experience with location-based games has taught me to be prepared and I wish to pass this knowledge onto you; I’ve compiled a list of suggestions of things to keep with you!

Be mindful of the season, possible weather conditions, terrain, and any medical conditions you might have. Pack accordingly.

Here’s suggestions of things to keep on-hand:

  • Water and/or refillable water bottles
  • Portable battery extenders
  • A light snack such as a pack of crackers or a nutrition bar
  • Some sort of energy supplement (energy shot, caffeine pill, etc)
  • Adhesive bandages / minor first-aid kit
  • Over-the-counter painkillers
  • Any prescriptions of yours you may need, including epi-pens
  • Sunscreen and/or sunburn relief gel
  • Bug repellent
  • A pen
  • Sunglasses
  • A miniature umbrella
  • A light jacket, scarf, shawl or other warmth-providing garment
  • Disposable hand warmers
  • A multi-tool/swiss army knife
  • Extra deodorant
  • A small face towel and/or moist towelettes
  • Collapsible reusable bags
  • Flashlight, if your phone cannot be used as one
  • Appropriate safety gear for the place you’re going to
  • For bikers: enough change to refill your tires with air and bike lubricant
  • For people bringing pets: a portable water bowl and appropriate food amounts
  • Nighttime players: reflective gear and/or blinking lights if you’re not playing in a well-lit area

Of course, these are just suggestions. Take what you feel is appropriate for your plans.

Best Match - Worst Match

ARIES:

Best Match - Libra

  • They match with you emotionally
  • They are naturally independent and will give you your much-needed space
  • They don’t like to get into relationships quickly, making you work at it which matches with your hard working nature
  • They are fun loving and love to be out and about. This is great because it gets you out of your shell a little and together, you’ll experience many news places and activities.

Worst Match - Taurus

  • They hate the chase in a relationship whereas it’s fun for you
  • They like to know where they stand in the relationship quite often, making it more draining for you and less light-hearted
  • They are sometimes a little too practical when you just want to be more daring
  • They will find it hard to come to terms with a relationship that is ending, whereas you like to cut the cord and move on straight away

TAURUS:

Best Match - Scorpio

  • The spark is so intense, it’s crazy
  • They are independent so will happily give you your space whenever they need it, whilst remaining loyal to you
  • They are hard working but like to break away from this and be very fun, organising day trips out
  • New experiences often happen with this sign, keeping you happy and active

Worst Match - Sagittarius

  • They can be a little too much for you to handle, due to them being a fire sign
  • As an earth sign, you like a little peace now and then, yet Sagittarius can play mind games often to be fun, which just doesn’t translate well with you
  • They can be guilty of not taking important things seriously enough for your liking, such as your future together
  • They can have a lot of experience in relationships, which can turn you off big time

GEMINI:

Best Match - Sagittarius

  • You need someone to keep you on your toes and someone who can keep up with your wanderlust and zest for life
  • They are straight forward and practical too, when they want to be
  • They value freedom and adventure, which means you could explore many different countries together
  • They are someone who you’ll never be bored to be around plus if they aren’t around, you don’t both fall to pieces

Worst Match - Capricorn

  • You don’t feel they do enough that excites you.
  • They’re honest nature can be a little too honest at times and upset you
  • They can often try and bring you down to earth in times where you just want to be a dreamer
  • They like “to do lists” and you like to go with the flow every step of the way. It makes them look controlling and you look childish



CANCER:

Best Match - Taurus

  • Earth and water go amazingly well together naturally as signs
  • You’ll love to make your house a home, buying trinkets together and selecting out wall colours are activities that bring you closer together
  • Their practical nature can help in times where you are emotional, showing you it’s actually not the end of the world, even when you think it is
  • They can be very romantic, without going too over the top

Worst Match - Aquarius

  • They are very happy with their savings account and their money only being spent on what they really need, when some days you love to treat yourself. This is not great for a joint account.
  • Sometimes, they’ll correct you when it really isn’t needed when you’re alone plus it’s even worse when you’re both with a crowd of people.
  • They are extremely independent and this can make you feel like they don’t need you what so ever. In reality, you want to know someone cares about you
  • Their protective nature is intended as sweet however; sometimes you’ll feel as if they’re belittling you.

LEO:

Best Match - Sagittarius

  • They same the same sexual passions as you
  • They like to keep a relationship fun, not often bringing up serious conversations
  • They are energetic, always on the go, therefore there’s never a dull moment
  • They are surrounded by a lot of friends, so your outgoing groups will mix well

Worst Match - Scorpio

  • They can be a little too much for you, often being stubborn and always wanting to show their strong point of views
  • They’re fun, just as much as you however, they aren’t the best for giving compliments, which is what you love to hear from a partner
  • They can overall be a bit difficult to deal with because of their jealous ways which will clash with your naturally flirty, charming nature
  • They are determined when it comes to their career, making you feel annoyed that they can be jealous but also not have enough time for you

VIRGO:

Best Match - Scorpio

  • My goodness, the romance will be top notch. We’re talking about sunny picnics and getaways to Paris
  • They’re naturally funny and will help ease your slightly analytical ways and just help you relax
  • You like someone who does what they say they will do and a Scorpio is extremely reliable
  • They are imaginative, therefore mixed with your creativity, you may enjoy Art or Yoga classes together

Worst Match - Sagittarius

  • They like the chase and you hate it
  • There will always be that uncertainty surrounding your relationship, with one of you having one foot in and one foot out
  • They can be too carefree and not think about how their actions can hurt your feelings
  • They can disappear off the face of the earth for a week or two which is offensive to you. You don’t want an invisible partner

LIBRA:

Best Match - Libra

  • As the same sign, you’re like two peas in a pod
  • You’re both very sociable, with lots of friends. This means if one person has plans, the other one won’t ever resent them because they can easily make plans with other people too
  • You are both relaxed and can still talk about serious topics but only when it’s needed
  • You both have a massive sense of adventure, making the relationship fun and youthful

Worst Match - Virgo

  • They are too uptight at times, making you feel a little trapped
  • You don’t want to have to persuade them to do wild things with you, you want a partner who is up for the crazy ride
  • Their need to be right and be practical can annoy the hell out of you when you want a bit of fun
  • They can be a little critical of how carefree you are, which can sometimes make you doubt yourself and we can’t have that for a relaxed Libra 

SCORPIO:

Best Match - Pisces

  • Both of you are imaginative and have your own little bubble which you can eventually share
  • You are both very friendly and talkative, meaning you can end up chatting for hours on end
  • Fun is always really important to you, especially when you do work very hard at what you do, therefore when you get together with a Pisces, they take you out of your career mind thought
  • Pisces can be very sensitive, therefore they will never lie to you, which means the world to someone like you

Worst Match - Aries

  • They are too darn fiery when you want a soft, loving relationship
  • You feel like they always want it their way and it doesn’t work for you in a relationship
  • They aren’t a big fan of talking about where you are heading, when you just like people who are going to be honest
  • You’re a lot better as business partners or friends, with the ability to step away from each other when needed.

SAGITTARIUS:

Best Match - Aquarius

  • They are full of knowledge and facts, which really impresses you and drives the conversation well
  • They’re very independent, which suits your patient nature because they can go off and do their own thing, such as a holiday and neither of you will feel bitter-They’re very passionate, which mixes well with your energetic side, always ready to take on a new challenge.
  • You’re positive and so are they. Because they’re hardworking too, they’ll try their very best when it comes to problems the two of you might face

Worst Match - Taurus

  • They aren’t the best people to be spontaneous because of their busy, practical lifestyles, making you feel there isn’t much excitement
  • You like to go crazy sometimes but they like to keep it safe when it comes to decisions
  • They don’t like drastic change as much as you do, meaning they won’t easily pack up their bags and move in with you until it’s thought about in great detail
  • You’re fiery and they’re much more down to earth, making you show your attraction in very different ways



CAPRICORN:

Best Match - Virgo

  • They can help you reach your goals because they love to help and see people succeed
  • They’re very earthy like you therefore you can both spend lots of time together with nature
  • They are also very creative, which could see the both of you buy cameras and take beautiful pictures of landscapes
  • They are very loyal to their partners, just like you. You’ll never be unsure about where you stand with them

Worst Match - Gemini

  • You have a lack of understanding of them a lot of the time
  • Geminis are very hard to change, whereas you can change very easily when the time is right, which makes you feel that they are being too stubborn
  • You can look too boring towards them, when actually, it’s more the fact that you don’t want to be wild 24/7
  • They can be very skittish whereas you like to stay very organised



AQUARIUS:

Best Match - Sagittarius

  • They often like to learn new things, which means you can pass along your knowledge on subjects, which you’ll love doing
  • You have a lovely balance when it comes to sexuality and neither one of you is overbearing or demanding
  • Sagittarius is a fire sign which will bring out the fiery side of you that many people don’t get to see
  • They have a very get up and go attitude, which is great for you when you want to try something new

Worst Match - Cancer

  • They can be far too emotional for you
  • Your independence means they can accuse you of neglecting them when actually, you’re just getting on with your life as an individual
  • They want a very grown up, honest relationship from square one whereas you like a little bit of casual fun at first
  • They can be a little tight with their money whereas you like to go on romantic trips whenever you can, making you feel like they don’t actually want to do these types of activities with you

PISCES:

Best Match - Scorpio

  • You 100% understand each other’s language
  • As 2 water signs, there is no imbalance here whatsoever
  • You’re both very chatty and have a high respect for each other, meaning debates with different opinions will rarely turn into arguments.
  • They can be very sexy but it’s a subtle way, which is something you absolutely adore about them

Worst Match - Virgo

  • They are rather critical and too practical whereas you’re sensitive and dreamy. You will find it hard to see eye to eye
  • As opposite signs, you can either clash really badly or in rare cases, make up for what each other lack, sometimes creating a great relationship, if the Virgo is willing
  • They can be a little tricky to keep up with. One minute they can be happy, next minute not. This gives you lack of confident, which is worse thing for you
  • This combination works great as close friendships because then there isn’t an emotional attachment that is too intense.
Days of the Week + The Theoi

So I don’t know about y'all, but I have historically had a hard time maintaining feast days and devotional holidays via monthly calendars. A lot of the time, I feel as if I’m doing a disservice to a particular god if I miss their celebrations, or if I don’t have the energy or motivation to manage a full ritual for a particular sacred day. More often than not, I will plan to do something for a deity on a particular date, and then– when that day arrives… work, unexpected plans, depression, or even just a lack of motivation interrupts and I feel as if I have let the Theoi, and myself, down.

But no longer! I have a much better track record of keeping to my habits if I simply set everything onto a weekly cycle. I have done this with devotional days, and the effect has been reinvigorating. So I’m here to pass on this knowledge to you, my fellow Hellenists.

A weekly schedule is helpful to me, because it breaks worship down into bitesized chunks, chunks that are flexible and cyclical, so that I can A) plan ahead easily (it’s much simpler to have the same agenda every week rather than having to look ahead on a lunar calendar to plan in conjunction with the rest of my hectic life), and B) stop beating myself up if I miss a day because, guess what? the next chance to participate in these devotions are only a week away!

I loosely base my schedule on the traditional Western associations for the days of the week (as determined by their planetary rulers), and they are flexible enough that anyone could adapt this setup to their specifications.

Hestia is honored daily

Sunday - (gods of light, prophecy, daytime, the arts) Apollon, Helios, Eos, Hemera, Aether, Leto, the Mousai

Monday - (gods of night, the moon) Artemis, Selene, Nix, Erebus, Hypnos, Morpheus, the Hespiredes

Tuesday - (gods of war and victory) Ares, Pallas, Eris, Enyo, Phobos, Deimos, Nike

Wednesday - (gods of work, knowledge, and skill) Hermes, Athene, Asklepios, Hephaestos, Tyche, Prometheus, Ouranos

Thursday - (gods of law, justice, and social order) Zeus, Hera, Hebe, Herakles, Rhea, Eileithya, Dike,

Friday - (gods of love, beauty, and pleasure) Aphrodite, Dionysos, Pan, the Kharites, Eros, Iris, Psyche

Saturday - (gods of the earth and the underworld) Haides, Persephone, Demeter, Kronos, Hekate, Thanatos, Poseidon

Note: these are arbitrary assignments that I used for my own setup. You could completely categorize your week based on entirely different parameters assigning different spheres of influences than I’ve used (for example, Poseidon was particularly difficult to place and I eventually settled on his epithet “Earth Shaker” in order to fit him into a group in my overly-chaotic mind; you might use a day just for ocean deities). You could use fill the week out using only Olympians, or only divine couples, or based on the classical elements, or alphabetically. This is not a strict calendar, don’t take it as such, I am only using my own as an example for the broader idea of creating a weekly calendar in the first place.

Vanguards Describing Their Duties.
  • Zavala: "I am a proud leader who stands at the frontline and shields even the strongest so that they may shield the weakest."
  • Ikora: "I am a teacher who passes my knowledge of power and wisdom of preservation to the masses of my students."
  • Cayde: "I'm the dad that occasionally crashes on their couch and takes them out for smoothies."
Medieval Wargear Masterpost

I’ve seen a few of these sorts of things bouncing around Tumblr - mostly for the benefit of writers, i imagine - but they seem to mostly be made by other writers, or other people with only a passing knowledge of such things. 

Either way, they could be better, and i hope the following is more comprehensive, even if i keep it fairly brief.

This will be divided into two categories - weapons and armour - with four general subcategories in each. It’s difficult to cram centuries of warfare and thousands of weapon/armour variants into eight broad “boxes”, so bear with me.
Note: This list does not contain ranged/missile weapons, shields, etc. I can do a further post about those if this one proves popular.

~~~WEAPONS OVERVIEW~~~

Swords:

  • Double- or single-edged, long, bladed weapons.
  • Can be many lengths, weights, and styles, each with a different fighting style and role.
  • Were very expensive and hard to make throughout most of history; were wielded only by the wealthy. As such, they became status symbols.
  • Generally bad at getting through armour. Better against cloth and flesh.
  • An all-round weapon; usually used as a backup to a specialist weapon more than being a main weapon in its own right.
  • Baby swords are called daggers. These are used differently to swords, and weren’t often battlefield weapons (though they were definitely used).
  • Katanas are awful swords. Just putting that out there.

Axes:

(Note: diagram is of a wood-cutting axe, which is slightly different to a war axe, but general components are the same).

  • Haft of wood with a short hacking blade on one end.
  • As with the sword, can be many lengths and styles, each with a different role.
  • War axe heads/blades (unless wood-axes) are not wedge-shaped! They are very flat to reduce the weight, and are also much sharper.
  • Hits harder and penetrates armour better than a sword, but is much more unwieldy. It is nearly impossible to block or parry with an axe.
  • As such, axes are very aggressive, close-range weapons; the easiest way to not die is to kill the enemy before he kills you.
  • Note: You will find it very hard to cut an axe haft with another weapon. Axes didn’t break very often on the battlefield (the most common breakage was the head coming off).
  • Some axes were dedicated throwing weapons, but these were exceptionally rare.

Bludgeons (Hammers, Maces, etc.):

(Sorry about the lack of labels)

  • Metal or wooden haft with a heavy, blunt metal head on one end.
  • As ever, can be various lengths and styles, each with a different role.
  • The head of the weapon can vary considerably; can be a metal orb, a spiked/studded orb, a flanged metal head, a hammer head, a hammer head with a spike, and so on.
  • Despite their differences, each weapon performs much the same; they are used to deal blunt-force trauma to an enemy.
  • Are excellent against heavily-armoured opponents, who get stunned or incapacitated by such blows. Long spikes can also puncture armour (like a nail through a tin can).
  • Unarmoured opponents are less affected (a broken bone is less severe than a stab wound). Better to use a blade against them.
  • Like axes, these are very unwieldy and short-ranged.

Polearms (Spears, Pikes, Halberds, Billhooks, etc):

  • Most diverse category; there are many kinds of polearm.
  • They were the most common weapons on medieval battlefields (used mostly by poor foot soldiers), because they were cheap and usually made by modifying agricultural tools (of which there were no shortage).
  • Consists of a long pole with a blade on the end.
  • Usually wielded defensively by large bodies of men; they were able to keep the enemy at arm’s length (poor foot soldiers weren’t known for their bravery).
  • Excellent against cavalry, since most spears are longer than lances, and horses will avoid running into a wall of spears (they’re not stupid). Variants with “hooks” are also good, as they could pull men off their horses.
  • Mostly used for stabbing, but some had the ability to hack and chop.
  • Note: It is very, very hard to cut a polearm’s pole in half - even with a big axe. It’s easier to snap them, but it’s still extremely hard to do.
  • If an enemy gets “inside” your weapon, you’re dead (unless you’re quick to pull out a backup weapon).

~~~ARMOUR OVERVIEW~~~

(This will stick to a brief overview of general armour types; an overview of armour components can be found here)

Leather/Padding:

  • Light, relatively flexible, comfortable, no sharp edges.
  • Most common armour, with padded cloth armour often worn under heavier armour (for comfort/cushioning).
  • NOT the same as a leather jacket - that kind of leather is far too soft. Leather armour was made of boiled leather or rawhide, both of which are very tough (like a cross between flattened cardboard and overcooked steak).
  • Cheaper than steel, and easier to work with.
  • Provided minimal protection, and extremely vulnerable to thrusting attacks.

Mail (or Chainmail):

  • Ubiquitous, comfortable, flexible as cloth.
  • Easy to make, but very time-consuming.
  • However, it was exceptionally heavy, and soaked up sunlight (so it was very hot in hot weather).
  • Consists of thousands of interlocking metal rings.
  • Can resist slashing or glancing attacks easily, but strong thrusting attacks would often penetrate.

Scale/Segment Armour (e.g. Lamellar, Brigandine):

  • Transitional armour; somewhere between mail and plate.
  • Consists of small metal plates held together in close sequence.
  • Less flexible than chainmail, and less comfortable. Just as hot and nearly as heavy.
  • Less vulnerable to thrusting attacks; the individual plates are stronger than mail rings.

Plate:

  • Most protective form of armour; all but impervious to slashing attacks, and highly resistant to thrusts. 
  • Also cushioned blows by redistributing impact force over an entire plate.
  • Least comfortable; inflexible, hot, somewhat restricts and slows movement.
  • Slightly lighter than chainmail.
  • Was not (re)invented until the later medieval era, as steelworking techniques weren’t good enough.
  • To make a single piece of metal this big was difficult and expensive. For most of the medieval era (when it was available at all), only the rich could afford it.

I would like to show you, step by step, the last illustration I made. Just like me, I always like to learn the processes of painting from various drawings, so that I can acquire more knowledge, skills, develop my own techniques … so, in this way, I pass on my knowledge to you. 😽

The final result was this 

Ah! Don’t forget to meet me at Instagram.

Ravenclaw Prefects see themselves as something akin to a tutor - for classwork, sure, but also for student life in general. They are the older students around to pass down their knowledge. 

Gryffindor Prefects feel their purpose is to keep their classmates safe, sometimes from their own ideas. They are the protectors, and the police force, sometimes breaking rules in order to enforce other, more important ones. 

Slytherin Prefects are, in their minds, the best of the best - and there to show everyone how to achieve the things they have. They are the shining examples, the thing first years will do anything to emulate. 

Hufflepuff Prefects have the job of being a friend to everyone - an extra support system and a helping hand for any task. They remind you to work hard, but not by driving a whip - instead by reminding you that you don’t have to do alone. 

Assassin Preference: S/O is pregnant

Altair

At first, you were quite certain that Altair was indifferent when you told him, until he staggered and almost passed out in your arms. He was so happy and proud and maybe a bit nervous (Especially if it was the first child) and he’d go around and ask others what he should know to better take care of you and your future child. He’d hope for a boy, but he wouldn’t mind having a daughter. He would be patient with you during your pregnancy, but don’t expect him to make late night runs to get you a bunch of random combinations of food.

Ezio

Oh man, young Ezio never thought he’d be this HAPPY when he learned that you were pregnant. He had thought about it, but he always figured that life would keep him from having children in some way. He becomes protective of you and he’ll get you anything you want, without question. You’re carrying the baby, not him, but he will silently judge you for what you eat. He would want a daughter, one that looks like you.

Connor

Step one) Make sure he is sitting down when you tell him.

Step two) Keep a bucket of water around for when he inevitably passes out.

It will be a big to-do around the homestead and Connor will still be in shock when people congratulate him. Him? A father? He can only think about his own relationship with his father and feel determined to be a better dad than him. Which he is (For one, he actually stays with you and takes care of you). He doesn’t care what gender the child is, he just hopes that the child will love him as much as he loves them.

Haytham

Haytham assumes you’re just trying to get a rise out of him. Why else would you tell him so early in the morning? Nope, you’re dead serious. He’d spit out his tea once you told him you weren’t joking. Assuming he doesn’t leave you, he’d be the grounding force for when your emotions get out of hand. He would hope for a son to pass his knowledge on to, but if you have a daughter, he will treat her like the princess of fairy tales.

Aveline

Aveline was surprised and for the rest of the day she kept saying “I’m going to be a mother” to herself and smiling. She looks forward to holding your baby for the first time. She’s discussing baby names from the beginning, and she goes through countless names before settling on one that the two of you liked. She practices and learns lullabies to sing for when the child is born. She doesn’t care what gender the child is, but a daughter would be nice.

Edward

It would take a few minutes until you could get Edward’s attention after you tell him. Then the worry sets in. Would you be in danger if he left? Would he be a good father? Would he be able to support you both? You’d have to constantly reassure him that yes, you’d be alright as long as he stayed with you. He would find himself sailing a lot less and staying at the manor on Great Inagua more, investing some more into making it safer for you and the baby. If he had to go, he would make sure that there was at least one person (if not more) who he trusted to care for you in his absence.

Arno

Arno would do a double take, “What? I’m a father-” He would smile so widely and pull you into a tight hug and start babbling on how this was the best news he had heard in so long. He had almost forgotten on what it was like to feel so happy, with the rather dour atmosphere of Paris and his own personal struggles. Arno would begin saving money so he could positively spoil you and your child. He might be a bit too worried, always helping you everywhere even when you told him multiple times you could do it on your own. He just wants you to be safe and happy and comfortable.

Jacob

Jacob would blink a few times, dumbfounded. Once he finally lets it sink in, you tell him that you can still manage on your own and he doesn’t need to look out for you all the time. He promises not to smother you; he crosses his heart and everything. Next thing you know, the Rooks all know and suddenly you can’t turn around without hitting a Rook who was “just making sure” you were ok. If any Blighter even coughs near you, they’re gone. You try to confront Jacob, but he either changes the subject to how you’re doing or he simply says “Well, we wouldn’t be a very good gang if you didn’t see us everywhere.” You tell him that it’s not the same thing, but he doesn’t seem to listen.

Evie

Evie takes this news calmly, but you can definitely tell she’s happy. She would rather you stay at the train hideout, doing mild activities that were still productive, but she would be more than happy to accompany you if you wanted to go out and walk around. If you wanted your space, she would try to comply, but she often pops in and checks on you every hour or so. It’s rather sweet and you can’t possibly get mad at her for making sure you’re ok. She wants a girl to teach and love and mentor, but with her luck, you’ll have a kid who acts just like Jacob (Probably because uncle Jacob was an influence on the kid). She isn’t worried about being a bad mother- she’s kept Jacob alive for this long, how much different could it be?

Desmond

Desmond begins sweating and breathing heavy and holy shit are you serious!? He is in utter disbelief, and he’s thoroughly convinced he’ll be a bad father. Once you manage to calm him down, and once he comes to terms with the fact that he is a father, he’ll start shopping around for everything. You often find him pacing up and down your apartment hall, unable to fall asleep because he’s so anxious. He doesn’t really care what gender the child is, he just wants to be a good father.

(A table of contents will become available at the end of the series. Recent additions can be found in the meantime in either the posts by pear or the relationships tags. This series will remain open for additional posts and the table of contents up-to-date as new posts are added.)

Part Nine: Piblings :: The Cool Extended Parents

Aunts, uncles, and piblings have a special place in your character’s life as the extra set of parents without all the baggage that comes with being a character’s real, functional parents. They’re the character’s parents’ siblings, on both sides, but not the parents themselves. There’s no requirement for the character to impress them all the time, like there is with parents; no pressure to be perfect; and more acceptance of messing up. This gives piblings a freedom within the relationships to be an adult in the character’s life without being an Adult™. They’re free to be advice-givers and confidants, and best of all, they’re able to give clarification about the character’s parents.

Perspective:

Piblings, having grown up with the character’s parents, have a unique perspective on the parents that the character doesn’t have. Remember all those things that we talked about with siblings? How they know what each other went through, how they will share similar core values taught by the family, etc., etc.? Piblings are just a different generation of siblings, so they’re able to provide that kind of perspective to your character when their parents’ actions or beliefs don’t make sense to the character. And while justifications don’t always make up for poor decision-making or whatever the situation is, it can certainly help give the character tools for coping and interacting with their parents, something that can help in strained relationships or turn difficult situations into something more livable. And the joking relationship piblings have with their niblings helps make those opportunities to pass on the knowledge easier to digest for the character.

This new perspective piblings are able to give extends even so far as the family history. Everybody has different memories of things that’ve happened, from events where both parties were present all the way to remembering stories told to them. My uncle, for instance, always had to call my other uncle to verify memories because he frequently found he either didn’t remember something or was the only one with a different memory than everyone else. He became a bit dependent on his brother to help him keep everything straight. The point is this: Piblings have the ability to contribute to your plots through either correcting or providing another interpretation of false, misunderstood, incomplete, or misremembered family history. They can tell many of the same stories as the parents, but the morals of those stories and some of the finer details will differ. These differences allow your character to expand their own understanding of things and to know that ways of thinking that are different from their own parents’ aren’t necessarily wrong, which will help them to feel more encouraged in figuring out their own perspectives and beliefs about the world.

More interests, more talents, more acceptance:

Along similar lines to the last point about piblings helping characters feel more at ease expressing their own opinions–which may differ from their parents’,– piblings also help to foster acceptance of all kinds of differences. Piblings may enjoy similar things to the character’s parents, or their loves may vary widely from the Family Identity. By introducing a character to these different interests, talents, specialties, and professions, piblings let the character know that it’s okay if their own interests, talents, hopes, and dreams for the future aren’t exactly the same as their parents’. If a pibling is particularly medical/science-minded, but the parents have no interest in that subject at all, a child character who is also intensely interested in medicine and science may begin to feel alienated or even resentful and annoyed by their parents’ disinterest. Phrases like, “I don’t know where you get that from,” and, “You aren’t any child of mine,” even said jokingly can hurt. The child character may start to feel like the black sheep. But having a pibling to share their enthusiasm with will help the character to understand that they’re still a part of the family, that there are others like them, and that they belong. That acceptance is huge in the development of a character and toward them embracing that difference.

Only child parents:

If one or both of your character’s parents were only children, then your character won’t have the benefit of piblings as a part of their extended family. They won’t have those extra perspectives or extra outlets for commiseration, and they won’t have those resources to tap into when they’re looking for explanations or more information about something. It’s not that their nuclear family will be more close-minded, but more that they don’t have the constant reminder of other opportunities out there. The only-child parent may be more independent and convinced of their ideas, and that may trickle over to family values and internal politics. Perhaps most of all, your character won’t have cousins from that side of the family. Your character may never notice the difference, which may have you wondering why you should even care. We’ll get into the importance of cousins, soon, but for now, just remember that keeping a family as small and contained as possible for your own writerly organizational needs will also immediately remove any possibility for other relationships you might otherwise have been able to use and develop.

One obvious note to make: Piblings are siblings first. They’re a different generation than your character, but when you’re forming them, their most important defining characteristic is that they are siblings to the character’s parents. Outline and develop that relationship first, before you start worrying about how they relate to your character.

Next up: Cousins!

anonymous asked:

I'm worried about men having sexual relations being forbidden in the torah. As a member of the LGBT community this scares me, do you think it is just because it was a different time and this was more considered a sin of man against his wife? That's all I could come up with, but I just can't make myself believe that G-d would condemn something as such between to married people who are in love.

Hi there,

You have an extremely valid concern.  I believe that a literary analysis of the material can help to illuminate why “the two verses” exist in the text and how we can better understand them as contemporary Jews.  The most quoted verses of the Tanakh which aim to indignity LGBT+ folks are Lev. 18:22 and 20:13 (”man shalt does not lie with man”) and Deut. 22:5 (“a man shalt not wear women’s clothing”).  I apologize in advanced for the massive amount of text present, but it is all important in order to validate and illuminate your concerns.

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Ran an educational skull table today! It’s so great to see kids and adults so interested, asking questions and being able to handle and look closely at things they wouldn’t normally get a chance to. Some kids kept coming back during the day, and teaching other kids what everything was! Passing on their newfound knowledge. A good day.

  • me: *laying in bed, almost asleep*
  • me: *has a great idea*
  • me: eh, i'm sure i'll remember this great idea in the morning
  • Galadriel: And for two and a half thousand years, the ring passed out of all knowledge.

anonymous asked:

I dont get the "helix be praised"

And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth. And by 3 years, lord helix had passed out of all knowledge