persian myth

Name: Manticore, Martyaxwar, Martichora
Area of Origin: Persia

The Manticore or Martyaxwar (Man-Eater in Middle Persian) is a legendary beast, similar to a sphinx. The beast had the body of a lion, a human head with three rows of sharp teeth, akin to that of a shark, and the barbed tail of a scorpion. Some variations give it wings of some kind. It is also described as having a trumpet-like voice. The more common name, Manticore comes from the Greek translation of Martyaxwar as Martichora. Through false etymology, it was assumed that the name was a combination of ‘Man’ and 'Tiger’ and gradually morphed into what it is called today. 

SHAHRAYAR IS A DICK TO WOMEN

SHAHRAYAR AND SHAHZAMAN ARE BROTHERS WHO RULE INDIA AND SAMARKAND. ONE DAY SHAHZAMAN PLANS A VISIT TO HIS BROTHER IN INDIA BECAUSE HE MISSES THE FUCK OUT OF HIM. BEFORE HE LEAVES, HE FINDS HIS WIFE FUCKING HIS COOK. HE MURDERS THE FUCK OUT OF BOTH OF THEM. BULLSHIT OVER-REACTION RIGHT THERE.

WHEN SHAHZAMAN VISITS HIS BRO, HE ALSO FINDS SHAHRAYAR’S WIFE FUCKING SOMEONE ELSE. WHAT THE FUCK WAS SHAHZAMAN DOING IN HER BEDROOM ANYWAY? FUCKING BULLSHIT. BOTH BROS AGREE THAT THEIR LIFE IS SHIT AND SET OUT ON A ROAD TRIP TO FIND A FUCKER HAVING A WORSE DAY THAN THEM.

THEY FIND A DEMON WHO KEEPS A WOMAN IN A GLASS BOX (WHO THE FUCK DOES THAT?). THAT DOESN’T SEEM THAT BAD. WHILE THE DEMON SLEEPS THE WOMAN GETS OUT OF HER BOX AND FUCKS BOTH BROTHERS. SHE ALSO TAKES THEIR RINGS. SHE HAS A FUCKLOAD OF RINGS TAKEN FROM MEN SHE HAS SCREWED, PRESUMABLY TO SELL ON ANCIENT EBAY. 

THE BROTHERS DECIDE THAT BECAUSE THE DEMON’S WOMAN HAS SUCH A LARGE FUCK-RING COLLECTION HE IS THEREFORE MORE MISERABLE THAN THEM BECAUSE PATRIARCHAL BULLSHIT. 

SHAHRAYAR FUCKS OFF BACK TO INDIA AND KILLS HIS CHEATING WIFE. HE THEN GETS ANOTHER WIFE AND KILLS HER THE DAY AFTER THE WEDDING. THEN HE DOES IT AGAIN. THIS IS FUCKING STUPID. HE CONTINUES THIS WIFE KILLING FUCKERY FOR TOO FUCKING LONG.

EVENTUALLY THE DAUGHTER OF HIS VIZIER, SCHEHERAZADE, DECIDES TO END THIS SHIT. SHE MARRIES SHAHRAYAR, AND ON THEIR WEDDING NIGHT STARTS TELLING HER HUSBAND A REALLY FUCKING GREAT BEDTIME STORY. BUT THEN SHE LEAVES A FUCKING CLIFF-HANGER. EVERY FUCKING NIGHT. SO SHAHRAYAR CAN’T KILL HER BECAUSE HE WANTS TO HEAR THE END OF THE STORY. THIS IS SOME FUCKING SNEAKY SHIT RIGHT HERE.

SHE’S SO GOOD AT STORY TELLING THAT EVENTUALLY SHAHRAYAR CAN’T BE FUCKED WITH KILLING HER ANY MORE AND HAS HER AS A PERMANENT WIFE. A HAPPY ENDING MARRIED TO A MURDEROUS PSYCHOPATH, MAYBE?

The Shadhavar: Persian

The Shadhavar (Arabic: شادهوار) roams Asia Minor playing an irresistible melody, produced from wind whistling through their hollow horn. The gazelle-esque unicorn uses the alluring sound to draw humans and animals close. When it has gathered a sufficient crowd, the beast ends the performance by attacking and consuming the audience. The Persian carnivore’s flute-like horn could be given to kings. Once separated from the beast, the horn could be played like an instrument and retain the enchanting qualities used to draw crowds.

anonymous asked:

what are the saddest cherik fics you know?? i feel like crying tonight

I’m sorry this is a late response. Most of these fics have unhappy or tragic endings, and as such proceed with caution! I’m also the world’s biggest wuss and get emotional easily, but I’m pretty sure these are sad enough to bring a tear to anyone’s eye. *rolls up sleeves* 

White Noise by Tawabids (T, 16k) 
Charles, like the consort Scheherazade of Persian myth, must keep the king of Genosha occupied with stories every night or be hanged for treason.
Ending’s Comment: Written in a very unusual style, so it’s not for everyone, but this will tear your heart out. It’s set in an a/o universe and honestly left me devastated for days. Tawabids has a lot of bittersweet fics, but this one huuuuurts.

the fisher king’s son by spikeface (E, 8k)
Charles is a merman.
Ending’s Comment: The writing is beautiful in this. It’s almost like reading a poem. This fic will devastate you, so use caution. Charles is a merman and Erik is Erik, and things go well… until they don’t.

Robbers by americanpsycho (E, 29k) 
The Bureau of Investigation are after Public Enemy Number Two, bank robber Erik Lehnsherr. Charles Xavier is fiancé to Special Agent Moira MacTaggart. A closet homosexual, Charles visits the Manhattan pansy club scene and meets Max Eisenhardt. Only as time goes on, Max Eisenhardt turns out to be Erik Lehnsherr. Public Enemy Number Two.
Charles learns exactly what happens when you accidentally fall in love with a male bank robber in 1930s America.

Ending’s Comment: Beautifully done and tragic as hell. The characterization is spot on and the ending had me crying all over myself for a good hour. 

The Attempt by Yahtzee (E, 16k)
Written for this prompt: Charles knows everything about Erik, knows how obsessive and self-destructive he is, how Erik would do anything, give anything, in his quest for vengeance against Shaw. But he also knows that Erik loves him in ways that aren’t exactly platonic. I’d like to see a completely straight!Charles, out of pure love and care of Erik, initiate a romantic relationship with him. It can be because he wishes to give Erik something positive in his life or because he thinks it might help change Erik’s mind about Shaw, the reason is up to author. Also, while Charles finds intimacy with Erik strange and awkward, he does enjoy the new, non-romantic layers that have developed in their relationship. 
Ending’s Comment: Owwwww. Owwww. This one hurts because it feels very real. It’s a story about different kinds of love, and how sometimes, one of them isn’t enough.

Ritual Self-Torture by TurtleTotem (T, 144k)
Shaw is King, Charles is his royal consort and Erik is a Knight/Lord. Shaw is sterile but his kingdom can’t find out, so he asks Erik to impregnate Charles.He doesn’t know Erik and Charles are in love. 
Ending’s Comment: Unlike the other stories on here, this one has a happy ending and I’ve managed to reread it, but I cried on and off throughout. The emotion is intense and it covers years of love and suffering.

Us by Pangea (M, 75k)
“Charles,” Erik says, and if his voice hits a pleading note then who can really blame him, “Charles, it’s me.”It takes several longer moments before Charles musters up the strength to answer, breath stuttering horribly as he tries to breathe. He’s shaking, entire body trembling.“Erik,” Charles says, his voice cracking, “Erik, I want to die.”
Ending’s Comment: What is happiness? This fic made me forget. I made the horrible mistake of reading this fic in public, and I’m pretty sure the man stuck on the train next to me thought I was having a break down or being dumped. Erik’s wish for Charles to agree with him comes true in the worst possible way.

By Faint Indirections by kianspo (M, 24k)
Erik is in his ~50s, and lonely and bitter. He survived the Holocaust and was only ~14 when the war ended; and even ~40 years later, living in a country that helped to end WW2 and the Third Reich, homosexuality is still a taboo topic. Then one day, he stumbles over Charles, who is young(early 20s) and bright and smart and cheeky and full of energy and beautiful. And moving in the same street where Erik lives. 
Ending’s Comment: I made it through he main fic with no tears, but I dare anyone to get through the sequel/epilogue without crying. Just emotionally devastating, yet not an unhappy ending at all.

We Should Scream by treasuredleisure (M, 26k) 
He sees Erik smile gingerly. The same lips descend on David’s head of hair in a quiet kiss. He gives Charles a brief pat on his back before he disappears behind the hallway wall. For reasons unbeknownst to him, he drops a kiss on his son’s head – in exactly the same place where Erik’s lips had been.
Ending’s Comment: This fic sneaks up on you and then rips your heart out and stomps all over it while smiling happily. There’s no good guy or bad guy here. It’s just all damn painful and unfair.

A Deeper Season by etirabys (E, 36k) (etirabys’ XMFC fic is no longer on ao3 but has been uploaded in mobi and epub by Cesare)
(nonmutant AU) Charles Xavier- rich, introverted, and academic- begins his senior year of high school in 1962. Erik Lehnsherr, despite his own efforts, is the first person to properly reach out to him. Both are astonished to find a human being on the other side.
Ending’s Comment: Spectacularly written and packed with emotional punches to the gut. I was in tears every time I thought about it for nearly two weeks, and even now it makes me a bit frowny.

Everyday Love in Stockholm by tahariel (E, 132k) 
Magneto is the ruler of the posthuman world.His only secret? Charles Xavier, the human he’s kept locked in his bedroom ever since his right-hand woman, Mystique, came to him pleading for mercy for her stepbrother, who accepted her mutant form and protected her as a child. The human he started fucking after Mystique was killed in battle, despite the guilt he feels at contaminating even this last promise to the woman who was integral to his life’s work and happiness.
Ending’s Comment: I don’t think I’ve ever simultaneously hated and yet felt so bad for a character as I do when it comes to Erik in this fic… Just, ugh! Ends in a semi-hopeful spot, but… stockholm syndrome, so who knows what’s hopeful? : /

Phew, I got sad just thinking about these fics!

Enjoy…? haha.

My other fic rec lists are here!

Shahrazad, also known as Scheherazade, is the narrator of One Thousand and One Arabian Nights. Arabian Nights is set up as a frame story–a story within a story.The outer story tells of Shahryar, the King of Kings, who was betrayed by his first wife. Enraged by her behavior, he has her killed and spends the next several years marrying a new virgin every morning and having yesterday’s beheaded. He beheads a thousand unlucky wives before Shahrazad, his vizier’s daughter, volunteers to be his next bride. On their wedding night she begins to tell Shahyar a story, but by the time dawn breaks her tale is not yet over. Enraptured, he demands to hear the ending, but she claims there is no time for it. Shahyar begrudgingly allows her to live another day and at nightfall she picks her story back up only to end it on another cliffhanger. This goes on for a thousand and one nights until Shahrazad finally runs out of tales. Luckily for Shahrazad, over the course of their thousand and one nights together Shahyar fell in love with her and allows her to live as his queen.

This is based on the Persian/Iranian epic called the “Shahnameh” or “The Book of Kings”. I designed the Simurgh (basically a Persian version of a griffin) to be more mammalian (based on a statue in Persepolis) rather than avian (as with a lot of historical illustrations) because I wanted to go for the “man’s best friend” route. I wanted it to be kind of endearing, so I made it a baby that grows up with Zal. The Simurgh in the text is an adult, but it was mentioned in passing that she has a nest, so I’m not totally breaking the myth :P I sketched an adult first though before baby-fying it, just for anatomy checks.

Manticore

Conquering Manticore, by Chris Rahn

Speaking of things that could have been on Tarkir but (currently) aren’t: manticores.

The manticore is a beast noted by Greek writers as having lived in India, though its name is Persian in origin. Known for eating human flesh, the manticore is described as having a man’s face set with blue eyes and three rows of pointed teeth, a lion’s body covered in shaggy red fur, and a scorpion’s tail. Its tail was said to be capable of shooting out poisonous barbs that would kill instantaneously.

A pretty solid staple in fantasy, the manticore has had relatively little exposure in Magic. When we have seen it it’s been primarily red, which would place it at odds where it could thematically fit best: Sultai (Indian influence) or Abzan (Persian influence). From an in-game perspective, the manticores of Magic have also all been flyers, which on Tarkir would have had them competing against dragons—-a battle they probably would not have won.  

Griffins

Abbey Griffin, art by Jaime Jones

Half eagle and half lion, the griffin has been hailed as the “king of beasts.” Though the most common depictions of griffins are found in ancient Greece, they have also appeared in art from the Middle East and Central Asia.

In Magic, griffins are a primarily white creature. There’s a couple of good reasons for this: in antiquity, the griffin was seen as a protector of the divine. This defensive position, as well as the griffins’ place as an agent of divinity are both squarely within white’s operating system. In the Middle Ages, griffins became a very popular charge in heraldry and were associated with having courage and military strength; again, trademarks of white.

Interestingly, it is hard to pinpoint direct stories about griffins; they were much more popular as a motif and symbol.