preparing for summer vacation

Tips for Studying History!

I don’t see a lot of posts about how to effectively study for history classes, so I’m going to give it a shot! Warning: long post coming up!

  • Practice identifying the significance of something. The entire point of history is to learn the significance of different events and people. I guarantee that at some point you will be asked to state the significance, which is where this comes in handy. Also, knowing how to do this will vastly improve your essays.
  • Use timelines. Even if your teacher doesn’t make it mandatory to know dates, you should understand the order that major events happen. I will either write out a timeline or order my cue cards in the order they belong in after studying. Also, if your teacher does mark dates, you can at least be sure you know the decade it happened in even if you don’t know the full year.
  • Write extremely thorough notes. In some classes, like math, if you get something really well, you can kind of relax on the depth of your notes. I do not recommend this in history! Write down everything that seems important: names, dates, symbols, fun facts. The more you know, the easier it is to get full marks on a test without bullshitting.
  • Don’t rely on crash courses or internet research while studying. Your teacher taught you what they want you to know. While watching a crash course video might  be a good way to start preparing for a course while on summer vacation, it is not an effective way to study for a test. The information in the video is not what you were taught in class, so it won’t be that helpful. Internet research is the same – you can easily find dates and locations, but the specific information taught in class can only be found in your personal notes.
  • Talk to people in the class. Some things in history are open to interpretation. A good way to get lots of opinions and viewpoints on a certain subject is to hold a study group and discuss the material. You guys can also help each other remember small details from the notes. Certain things will just stick in your brain while others won’t, so reviewing the notes with other students is a really good way to make sure you aren’t missing anything.
  • Write essay outlines. In a history class, you will probably be writing a lot of essays. So many of my friends have massive problems with history essays because they don’t organize them prior to writing. If you just start talking about an event and don’t know where to go next, you’re going to have a total trainwreck. Organize your thoughts!! Plan what you are going to write!! It doesn’t take that long and it will save your life every time you write an essay.
  • Read “Politics and the English Langauge” by George Orwell.
  • Learn how to write footnotes manually. Writing footnotes and formatting your paper yourself isn’t that hard to do. It will help you out a lot when Word isn’t working or something goes wrong with the formatting feature.
  • Be an expert during presentations. If you are doing a presentation, be an absolute expert in the topic. Try not to read from any notes and be sure that you can answer any questions the class or teacher might have. Presentations are a good way to boost your mark, so try and be super knowledgeable and impress your teacher.
  • Learn how to write a thesis. If you’re writing an essay, your thesis should be clear. In high school, you can usually figure out what your thesis should be by figuring out what the main question you’re trying to answer is, then answering it. Make sure that your answer is focusing on just one viewpoint, not somewhere in the middle. And, ask a teacher or friend to look at your thesis before you start writing!

This is all I can think of for the time being, but I might add more later. Or message me if you have other ideas you think I should add to my list!

Lyna & Carissa’s Developpment

Hi LoliRockers ! 

Here’s a big post, about Lyna and Carissa’s development. When season 1 was nearly completely written, we had a request from our producers : “Add two new princesses for season 2, and have a 5-princesses gang from now on”. 

Initially, the team was very reluctant : we knew we already had too many characters, therefore adding two more seemed a bad idea for the stories. Jean-Louis Vandestoc suggested that instead of a “5 princesses gang”, the two new princesses should be supportive characters : outside the main gang but always ready and willing to help when needed. That way, it would be easier to add them without upsetting the balance we created between Iris, Talia and Auriana. 

That’s why Lyna and Carissa were created as part of a second team : Izira’s Resistance Princesses, and why they’re not part of all the episodes of season 2 or live with the other princesses. Jean-Louis’ inspiration for them was Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune : he wanted Lyna and Carissa to be strong and independant, like Izira was. We had however to keep them both around the same age as our three main princesses, so we made them younger, and more like “princesses in training” rather than “mature veteran princesses” (much to JL’s disappointment)

Now, the question remained : what would they look like ? We wanted Carissa to be a “ fiery and tomboy warrior princess”, and Lyna to be a “snooty and delicate mage princess”. We also wanted an Asian princess, but didn’t know which one it would be… And so we started to draw…

All along your reading of this post and its designs, I let you appreciate all the little details and differences here and there. You can see what made its way up to the end, what was rejected. Just be aware that it wasn’t a straight path. It never is. 

1 - The First Researches

Finding new symbols became like a game for the whole production team, not only the artists. We all tried to suggest new cool symbols, and of course suggested a lot of very stupid and irrelevant ones. It was a good time. :)

As for the haircuts, we tried a lot as you can see. It’s probably one of the most important and distinctive feature of a magical princess, so we had to make a lot of tests.

Once we had these drawings, we made a few proposals to our producers & broadcasters, with combinations of magical and casual, and trying Lyna or Carissa as “the Asian princess”, one after each other. 

2 - First Proposal

For each of the proposal below, we tried different outfits each time. We knew that none of our proposal would be accepted entirely as they were anyway : you always end up with a patchwork of a little of each, that you have to put together somehow. Like it or not, it’s part of the process it seems.

As for the color palettes, well… “Pink”, “Orange”, “Blue”, “Red”, “Green”, “Black” were already taken. There wasn’t much left for the main colors that could fit : “Purple” and “Teal” were chosen for Carissa and Lyna. Yellow was rejected, as we tested it earlier with Auriana and… well, it really didn’t worked for the main gang. Maybe for an outsider princess ? But not for Lyna nor Carissa.

With Carissa as Asian, Lyna was Caucasian and we felt too close of Iris, and not young enough. With Lyna as Asian we could put Carissa as an Irish type, and this combination was much more appealing for us ! Everyone agreed, up to a point : we were asked at this time that Carissa should not be a redhead, as Auriana was supposed to be the group’s “redhead”, and another one was… “not needed”. Carissa’s hair color would go from red/orange to brown at this time. 

Much work was yet to be done though… We had a basic direction approved, but we needed to explore it more thoroughly and it was time for more advanced color test too. 

As for “Lyna-Caucasian” type, we kept the design and used it as a base for a character of season 2 : Debra, from episode S02E15 “The Ruby of the Orient”. ;)

3 - Color Researches

Choosing the exact outfit was a very complicated task, perhaps more for the casual outfit than the magical one. Below are a lot of our tests…

4 - Selected

In the end, here is the combination that was selected : 

… But it wasn’t still over. 

In fact, it never is until some production manager forcefully takes your model sheet, put the final approval seal, and flee with it before you can stop him/her. In our case, it didn’t happen, so, here we go for the final adjustments : 

For the princess form, we were good and convinced they were what we needed. But for the casual outfits and colors ? Not so much. 

5 - Final Adjustments

In this first model sheet, we tried different colors on both our characters to make sure the 5-Girl line up would work. We tried again color we previously rejected. We even tried to make Carissa black again. Well, it helped us confirm a few things, but we still weren’t there. For Lyna especially, we felt her top needed to be reworked : the knit, with or without sleeves, etc. (Note : we tried a lighter color for her eyes while we were at it). And of course there is always, all along the process, the question “how hard will it be to animate ?”. I confess this wasn’t a priority for a lot of people, but we tried to never forget it nevertheless.

Ok, at this stage, we had found the final shape for Lyna. We only needed to confirm our colors… We tried to put Carissa as the Irish redhead we originally wanted… and surprise ! This time it worked ! And everyone was convinced we had found her too ! 

And finaly, after a few months of work and back and forth, we could go clean and color the final model :

6 - Final Model

It’s fun to note that, even on the final color test we had, none of them was “the good one” : it was a bit of one, and a bit of another, in order to have the final model. As it always is. ;)

Ok folks, this was the last post of the season. :) 

I need my beauty-summer-vacation-sleep ! I’ll have a lot to prepare for September if I want to continue feeding you with model-sheets, development, backgrounds and stories of course… and I’m crazy late regarding the animatics and I want to fix this. 

Have a nice summer everyone, and see you back in September ! 

anonymous asked:

Is there any college au fics where Levi is the teacher? With eventual smut???

Hey! There’s a handful already in the [teacherstudent] tag. I’ll try find some more for you.

Indifference
Summary: Eren is an emotionless delinquent, but when he enters his last year of high school he is abnormally intrigued by his new teacher, Levi.

season for the troubled
Summary: Eren is a delinquent kid, Levi is his teacher, and neither of them are sure who fell in love with the other first.

A Year At Shiganshina High
Summary: Literature teacher Levi is preparing himself for the new school year. On the last day of summer vacation, he meets the new senior in town, Eren Jaegar. Both he and his colleague, Hanji, realize that this school year is going to be an interesting one.

>>M.

It’s kind of ironic that a band named No Vacation has the means to take us on such sonic escapades with their pop. The San Francisco outfit, who signed to Topshelf Records earlier this year, drenches us with languorous glistening dream wave on their new single Yam Yam, which can succinctly be described as “yum yum”. No Vacation is preparing to release their new mixtape this summer and Yam Yam is a more than intoxicating preview off that release. Its surf tinged bedroom pop is a thick swirl of sun kissed nostalgia. Yam Yam falls right in with some of the wistful sounds coming from their brethren across the Bay, like Hazel English and Day Wave, with a touch of Yumi Zouma and a heftier dose of propulsive bass. No Vacation will be embarking on tour with The Bilinda Butchers later this month. The tour’s final stop brings them back home to the RIckshaw Stop in San Francisco on June 9th.

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Support public libraries!!

I am heartsick from seeing so many thousands of books being thrown in the trash, week after week after week with no end in sight.

Please support your public library!

It is super-easy: all you have to do is use the library. The following is a list of things you can do at the library, and all of it helps both you and the library, so win-win!

Not all libraries offer all of these services, but if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask a librarian or to check the library’s Web site!

*Walk through the front door.
(Seriously - every person who enters the building adds to a statistic that tells the people in charge that the library is being utilized and should be given resources accordingly.)

*Use their free Wi-Fi or sign up to use a public computer.

*Check out movies, TV shows, and documentaries (and anime!).
(The library has a lot more than just books! You can check out all sorts of things.)

-You can order items from other branches if the branch you visit doesn’t have what you’re looking for. The items will be sent to whichever branch you specify and reserved for a little while under your name so that you can pick them up and check them out at your convenience.

-There’s also a service that does the same thing, except you can order items from other cities if your local library doesn’t have what you’re looking for.

*Check out music CDs - rock, country, R&B, classical, movie soundtracks, folk, you name it!

*Check out laptops or tablets.

*Use their job center, which can offer free help with résumés and such.

*Attend free classes at their adult education center.

*Use their copier, scanner, or fax machine (there’s usually a charge for this, but most of the other library services are free).

*Check out e-books or vinyl LPs.

*Check out audiobooks.
These are great for people who don’t have time to sit down and read a book. You can listen to audiobooks while driving, exercising, or doing housework.

*Check out books, DVDs, and music in other languages, such as Spanish.

*Read the newspapers and magazines. (You can check out older magazines just like you would books.)

*Attend library-sponsored or -hosted programs and events, such as story time for children, activities for teens, art shows and concerts, book clubs, etc.

*Rent the event room for your own events, meetings, etc.

*Buy used books, movies, etc. for super-cheap prices at the library’s book sales.
(Some of these items were donated for this purpose. Other items were withdrawn from the library’s collection because they weren’t getting checked out, and this is their last chance to be useful to someone - if they don’t sell, they eventually get thrown away.)

*Donate books, movies, etc. to be sold in library book sales.

*And, of course, check out books. Books get withdrawn when they haven’t been checked out in a while. Some of these books go to the book sales, but others…sometimes a lot of others…go straight into the garbage.

Check out books that you have any interest in whatsoever, even if you don’t get a chance to finish reading them.

Check out books you love that you want to remain on the shelves for new readers to find.

In addition to fiction (including comic books and manga!), there is fantastic non-fiction on subjects such as:

-Cookbooks
-Car repair manuals
-Pregnancy and child-rearing
-Movies (as in, books about movies or TV shows)
-Job hunting or career-improving
-Crafts (including crochet, knitting, etc.)
-Political and economic commentary
-Memoirs (in addition to biographies of famous historical figures, there are many fascinating books written by contemporary people with vastly different life experiences)
-Fashion, makeup, hairstyling, etc.
-Academic subjects like math and foreign languages
-Physical and mental illnesses
-Dating and marriage
-Allllllll sorts of books about animals
-Religious studies
-Gender issues
-Race issues
-Home decor
-Various science topics like astronomy, geology, etc.
-Architecture
-All kinds of art
-Poetry

*And more! Check your library’s Web site or ask a librarian about any other services and programs they might offer, such as free help preparing tax returns or free meals for children during summer vacation.

Additional ways you can support the library:

*Volunteer.
(It’ll look good on your résumé or college application, too.)

*Donate money.
(Make sure it goes straight to the library rather than just the city in general.)

Public libraries are super-important and super-helpful community resources! There is so much cool stuff to do there, everything from entertainment to self-education to enrichment.

The public library is here for you, so make use of it! Prove to the people in charge that the library is valued and deserves more resources to provide even more cool stuff to patrons.

anonymous asked:

Hey there, I'm preparing for summer vacation and wondering which fics I'd like to take with me. Do you know any summer vacation or beach ereri fics or something along those lines? It can be either AU or canon era as long as it has this happy, feelgood, carefree summer vibe to it! ☀

You might also enjoy our smol [summer] tag.

These Golden Hours
Summary: His parents are in Europe and his sister is in Japan; he’s been left to his own devices for the summer with a house, a car and unrestricted access to a credit card.
     Jean finds an ad for Rent-A-Gent and convinces Eren to hire a gent of their own. The first time was a dare, the second a redo, the third because a hurricane went through his living room (don’t ask), the fourth… now he’s crushing on a man more than twice his age who’s making him question a lot of things about life, the universe and everything.

I Don’t Know How To Swim
Summary: As the lone “parent” of his little sister Isabel, Levi has learned a lot of things - how to sew, knit, braid, cook meals that were a little more than halfway edible and wouldn’t kill. Too bad she loves to swim. And that’s the one thing he never learned. Thank God for lifeguards, and cute ones at that.

Salt on your Skin
Summary: When people ask Levi about how his summer holiday went, he’ll say ordinary things about the weather, the food, and the hotel. But actually, the first thing that comes to his mind, and the one story he’ll never tell, is how Eren had been a horny little shit at the beach.
     And Levi had gone along with it.

Summer, Sweat and Sausages
Summary: Eren lazes around during the summer after his first year of college, wondering what he is doing with his life, going to school for a major he doesn’t even enjoy and trying to outshine his perfect stepsister Mikasa. He’s also oddly turned on by his stepsister’s revisiting uncle Levi, who Eren doesn’t remember at all. They piss each other off a lot, then grow an odd bond of companionship—then Eren realizes Levi was shunned by his family some odd years back for coming out as gay, and for some reason, Eren’s budding curiosity gets the better of him. Tensions run high, pants slide off, and Eren sweats from more than just the summer heat when he gains an abnormal craving for Levi’s “sausage.” Humor and drama ensue and so does an absurd amount of smut. Outside of sex, feelings are also involved—and they soon crash hard into the ground.

»M.

Kingdom Hearts Series Memorial Ultimania [translations], Part I

REALM OF LIGHT (光の世界)

People live in this realm, filled with light. Although everything was connected long ago, stability decayed and everything split into smaller realms (worlds). Every world is covered by an invisible wall, making travel between them impossible without special means. Furthermore, prancing about between the worlds is forbidden, as it may mess with the natural order of each one.

Each world holds its own “World Heart“ within, and if the door that leads to it is opened, the walls will shatter due to the power of darkness. Wall fragments shimmer down as a meteor shower, forming the ingredients for a ship that can sail through the stars, called a ”Gummi Ship.

  • So as not to disturb the world order, Donald and Goofy changed out of their royal garbs from Disney Castle so they wouldn’t stick out on their journey.

Data Realm (データ世界)

A realm that evolved within cyberspace, constructed with data as a base. In [KH coded], the King made a world by duplicating the data within one of Jiminy’s Journals, and in [KHII], a Twilight Town was prepared by DiZ for Roxas to spend a false summer vacation within.

  • The data realm within the computer that contained Roxas’s Twilight Town was connected to the pod that Sora slept in.

Realm Shut by Sleep (眠りに閉ざされた世界)

In [KHI], many of the worlds swallowed by darkness were revived when Sora defeated Ansem, while some others went to sleep within the darkness. This “realm shut by sleep“ becomes the stage for [KH 3D]. A realm shut by sleep can be woken up by opening a “Sleeping Keyhole,” leading it on the path to recovery.

Inter-world travel (ワールド間の移動方法)

Every world in the realm of light floats in a space known as the “star ocean” or the “Ocean Between.” Sora and friends travel between worlds by using the Gummi Ship and by opening special corridors.

Gummi Ship (グミシップ)

Developed by Disney Castle, a ship used to traverse the star ocean. The star shards (Gummies) that splinter off from the world-walls are its components, and it runs off of the crew’s smiling faces.

  • It has the appearance of a toy, but it possesses the ability to fight on equal terms with the writhing Heartless fleets in the star ocean.

Star Shard (星のカケラ)

A meteor made from splintered world-wall. The King in [KH BbS] traveled about by using the power of the Star Shard he borrowed from The Mysterious Tower.

Lanes Between / Corridors of Darkness (異空の回廊 / 闇の回廊)

The paths used to come and go between worlds are the “Lanes Between,” which can be opened by Keyblade-bearers using the power of their Keyblades. Meanwhile, beings of darkness can open up corridors with the power of their darkness, which are in turn classified as “Corridors of Darkness.” Traveling down these corridors causes the darkness to eat away at your heart and body, so it’s dangerous for even beings of darkness to use them frequently.

  • Terra’s group had the gates to the Lanes Between opened in advance by their teacher, and traveled through them by transforming their Keyblades.
  • Organization XIII’s black coats, DiZ’s red mantle, and Terra’s group’s armors all play the role of protective clothing while moving through the corridors.

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REALM OF DARKNESS (闇の世界)

A parallel realm located on what one might call the other side of the realm of light. There’s basically no humans, and it is teaming with the monsters of darkness known as Heartless.

The door that connects the realms of light and darkness comes in two types, the “Door to Darkness” and the “Door to Light.” The Door to Darkness is only for residents of darkness, and only residents of the realm of light can pass through the Door to Light.

  • When Riku’s body was hijacked by Ansem, his heart was expelled to the realm of darkness, which became his prison after he gained his body back.

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THE REALM BETWEEN (狭間の世界)

A realm that exists between light and darkness. Compared to the realm of light, the amount of worlds is scarce. Though, because it is spatially unstable, openings to corridors of darkness are prone to suddenly appear.

Positional Relations Between Realms (世界同士の位置関係)

  1. REALM OF LIGHT: Radiant Garden (Hollow Bastion) / Destiny Islands / Disney Castle
  2. THE REALM BETWEEN: [close to light] The Mysterious Tower -> Twilight Town -> Castle Oblivion (Land of Departure) -> The World That Never Was [close to darkness]
  3. REALM OF DARKNESS: Dark Margin

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WORLD HEARTS and KEYHOLES (世界の心と鍵穴)

Any world that dots the realm of light holds its own “World Heart”. A World Heart is a collection of all the hearts that compose that world, hidden away within that world’s Keyhole.

The World Heart’s Keyhole is connected to the realm of darkness.  While the Keyholes are usually shut to protect the worlds from darkness, this also shuts off the paths to the outside world. When a Keyhole is opened, the walls that cover the world shatter, allowing travel to the outside world, but also putting that world in danger due to the influx of the power of darkness. At the start of [KHI], the Keyholes of the World Hearts were starting to open, and Sora’s group had to venture forth to close them.

  • The World Heart’s Keyhole is usually hidden, but it shows up when a Keyblade is brought near.
  • As a child, Riku had recieved the Keyblade Bequeathing, allowing him to see the Keyholes that others couldn’t.

Opening and Closing Keyholes on the Adventures (冒険のさいに開閉する鍵穴)

Aside from the World Heart Keyholes, the realm contains a number of other types of Keyholes. Aside from [KHI], the Keyblade has opened Keyholes besides the World Heart Keyholes on its travels around the realms.

How the Heroes React to the Keyholes (鍵穴をめぐる主人公の行動)

  1. Sora (KHI) : Traveling in the Gummi Ship to hold back the invading darkness, closing any opened World Heart Keyhole.
  2. Sora (KHII) : To help fix the realm, opening the Gate Keyholes that the worlds prepared, while traveling in the Gummi Ship.
  3. Data-Sora (coded) : Opening the Data Realm Keyholes and removing the invading Bugs, to repair the data in Jiminy’s Journal.
  4. Terra/Ventus/Aqua (BbS) : Opening the Keyholes to the Lanes Between which Eraqus had prepared, and traversing the realm. (the goal differs between the 3)
  5. Sora/Riku (3D) : Crossing the realm within the worlds’ dreams for the Mark of Mastery Exam, and opening the Sleeping Keyholes.
  • Aside from [KHI], you usually go around opening closed Keyholes.

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"KINGDOM HEARTS” (“キングダムハーツ”)

The collective heart of the World. Also called the “Dominion of Hearts“ and the ”Center of the Realm,“ it is a vast source of power and repository of knowledge.

People once considered Kingdom Hearts to be a “vast heart of light,” and started a war in their search for it, destroying the realm. Because of that, the current Kingdom Hearts is now securely locked away, out of easy reach. Now Sora’s group fights to prevent the forces of darkness, such as Master Xehanort, from using their sinister schemes to reach Kingdom Hearts.

“Kingdom Hearts of Worlds” (“世界の心のキングダムハーツ”)

A Kingdom Hearts made from the collective hearts of the worlds. You need to use the “Keyblade of People’s Hearts“ made from the hearts of the Seven Princesses in order to reach the Keyhole that leads to it. In [KHI], Maleficent and Ansem tried to acquire a Kingdom Hearts of Worlds by using the Heartless to steal the hearts from various worlds.

"Kingdom Hearts of People” (“人の心のキングダムハーツ”)

A Kingdom Hearts made from the collective hearts of people. Organization XIII, who had come to believe that they could become complete beings again by uniting with it, made their own Kingdom Hearts of People by gathering the hearts released from Heartless. However, the goal of the Organization’s superior, Xemnas, was to use the Kingdom Hearts of People as a medium to plant Xehanort’s heart within the members, making “13 Darknesses.

  • Floating right in the middle of the Kingdom Hearts of People lies Organization XIII’s sky fortress.

True “Kingdom Hearts” (真の”キングダムハーツ”)

Unlike the two man-made creations mentioned above, this Kingdom Hearts has existed since the start of the World. In ancient times, it was consumed by darkness from being fought over in the Keyblade War, but it is said that its counterpart, the “χ-blade”, can bring it back.

  • Master Xehanort’s plan is to use the χ-blade to open the door to the True Kingdom Hearts and start up a second Keyblade War.

Door to Darkness and Door to Light (闇の扉と光の扉)

The door that leads to “Kingdom Hearts“ is the ”Door to Darkness”, which also leads to the realm of darkness. Only the dark are allowed through the Door to Darkness, and if you wish to seal it away, you need a Keyblade from the realm of light and a Keyblade from the realm of darkness, with each owner facing each other on their respective sides and joining their powers together.

But the Door to Darkness makes a pair with the “Door to Light.” This door is said to exist within the hearts of people, and if one’s heart envisions it, it will act as the ticket home for any resident of light that has been trapped in the realm of darkness.

  • The King with the realm of darkness Keyblade in hand, cooperating with Sora in the realm of light, was able to close the Door to Darkness.
  • Forsaken in the realm of darkness, Sora and Riku read Kairi’s letter and were embraced with hope as they discovered the Door to Light.

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SEVEN PRINCESSES (セブンプリンセス)

Seven women who have “hearts of pure light“ that act as the foundation of the realm of light simply by being alive. Because they can lead the way to Kingdom Hearts, the forces of darkness have set their sights on them.

  1. Belle
  2. Snow White
  3. Aurora
  4. Alice
  5. Jasmine
  6. Cinderella
  7. Kairi
  • The Princesses all lived in different worlds, but they were gathered by the Villains to be used to create the Keyblade of People’s Hearts.

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KEYBLADE (キーブレード)

A key-shaped weapon that contains the power to perform a multitude of functions. Defeating the darkness, it can free the captured hearts within the monsters of darkness known as Heartless. It can also be used as a literal “key” to open and close any keyhole, including a Keyhole to a “World Heart,” which can lead to the vast source of power: “Kingdom Hearts.

Originally, the Keyblade was made as a tool to fight over Kingdom Hearts, causing the “Keyblade War.” Reflecting upon that, current Keyblade-wielders generally move to act as guardians of the realm of light, referred to as “heroes of light.

  • A single Keyblade can generally do one thing, but it can change its shape and abilities by attaching a keychain.
  • Terra’s group Keyblade’s can turn into vehicles, which allow their wielders to cross the Lanes Between.

How to use the Keyblade (キーブレードが使える仕組み)

The Keyblade, after being Bequeathed, decides on its own who will be able to use it. The Bequeathing grants a new wielder a Keyblade distinct from their Master’s, and is performed by coming into contact with a Keyblade Master through their Keyblade. The Keyblade chooses its user based on how strong the subject’s heart is, regardless of whether they’re bad or good.

The Keyblade is a symbol of the heart’s power, and only a number of hearts alive can wield it. Sora holds two hearts, so he is exceptionally capable of dual-wielding. Also, Sora’s is a rare case in that he can wield the Keyblade without having the Bequeathing performed on him.

  • Riku had the Bequeathing performed on him by Terra as a kid, while Kairi also met the conditions of the ritual by unexpectedly coming into contact with Aqua’s Keyblade.

Realm of Light Keyblade / Realm of Darkness Keyblade (光の世界のキーブレード / 闇の世界のキーブレード)

There are Keyblades that belong to the realm of light, and some that belong to the realm of darkness. They only play the roles of being the internal and external keys for Kingdom Hearts’ door, so it’s not as if “something from the realm of darkness uses dark powers.”

  • The King had a realm of light Keyblade in the days of [KH BbS], but could use one from the realm of darkness after [KHI].

Keyblade of People’s Hearts (人の心のキーブレード)

A special Keyblade made with the seven Princesses’ hearts. In addition to its power to make the Keyhole that leads to the “Kingdom Hearts of Worlds” appear, it can also unlock people’s hearts, plunging enemies into the darkness. Although Ansem tried to make one in [KHI], his lacked Kairi’s heart and was rendered incomplete.

Keyblade Master (キーブレードマスター)

Among Keyblade-wielders, the exceptionally great can be deemed Masters by their teachers. Performing the Bequeathing, and shifting hearts between bodies, are things that only Keyblade Masters (or those of a comparable power) can do.

  1. Master Eraqus
  2. Master Xehanort
  3. The King
  4. Aqua
  5. Riku
  • By the end of [KH BbS], Aqua and the King are both in their early stages, while at the end of [KH 3D], Riku is recognized as a Keyblade Master.
  • For generations, Keyblade Masters, including Master Eraqus, choose just one to be considered the true successor to guard the Land of Departure.

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KEYBLADE WAR (キーブレード戦争)

Long ago, Keyblade-wielders instigated a war over Kingdom Hearts. Because of it, the realm of light was swallowed by darkness and disappeared completely, only to be revived as separate smaller worlds thanks to the light in the hearts of children. This fact has thus been passed down through the light and dark as a fairy tale.

  • Master Xehanort schemes to start a second Keyblade War due to his ideal of wanting to balance the light and the darkness, since the light is overly-dominant in the current realm.

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χ-BLADE (χブレード)

The key that leads to the True Kingdom Hearts. It is read as “keyblade“ and has existed along with the True Kingdom Hearts since the beginning of the realm, but since it serves as the model for all other Keyblades, that makes those Keyblades mere forgeries. Because of the Keyblade War, it was broken and scattered into 7 lights and 13 darknesses, unable to come back unless one evenly unites the power of hearts of pure light with hearts of pure darkness.

Master Xehanort has been scheming for over 10 years to complete the χ-blade. During [KH 3D], him and his clones, the “13 darknesses,” tried to advance their plan to forge the Keyblade by colliding with the “7 lights.

  • Ventus’s heart of light and Vanitas’s heart of darkness fused to forge the χ-blade. It resembled 2 Keyblades crossing and making a shape like the letter X.
  • Melding the 13 darknesses and 7 lights to produce the χ-blade… That is the plan that Master Xehanort is currently aiming to advance.

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HEARTLESS (ハートレス)

A “heartless person” reborn in the darkness because of their darkness. Those which are the heart’s darkness made real, they’re born when a person falls and loses their heart to darkness. Lacking intelligence and purpose, they go after “World Hearts” in their instinctive desire for vast darkness, and they increase their ranks by stealing the hearts of others.

There’s a great variety of Heartless apart from the naturally occuring “Purebloods”, as about 10 years before [KHI], Xehanort (Ansem, the Seeker of Darkness) spawned a great amount of “Emblems“ during his experiments. There was a massive increase of Heartless in the realm of light because of Ansem, which settled down a bit after his defeat in [KHI]. But as long as people have darkness in their hearts, the Heartless won’t go away.

  • The people who showed hostility towards Sora’s group implemented the Heartless and the powers of darkness, but most of them were swallowed by the darkness or were overtaken by the Heartless.

Purebloods (ピュアブラッド)

Naturally occuring Heartless. When felled by the Keyblade, a heart gets released. A great many of these Heartless exist in the realm.

  • The realm of darkness is overflowing with Pureblood-type Heartless.

Emblems (エンブレム)

Artificial Heartless made by Ansem the Wise’s apprentices, lead by Xehanort, in their experiments to draw out the heart’s darkness. Somewhere on their bodies, they bear a crest (emblem) that’s combined with Xehanort’s recusant symbol, the “X”.

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NOBODIES (ノーバディ)

The opposite of Heartless, monsters of the darkness referred to as, “the non-beings.” They’re born when the owner of a strong heart becomes a Heartless. Most of them have bodies like white ghosts, but if the owner of an especially strong heart became a Nobody, they’d keep their form as a human.

While a Heartless’s true state is a “heart“ that’s regressed to darkness, a Nobody is the ”body and soul“ that’s been separated from their heart. They use memory and intelligence in place of emotions, and can act as a group, but due to their non-existences, their fate is to eventually fade into darkness.

If the heart from a Heartless is released when a Nobody is extinguished, they may be recompleted as a human.

  • Organization XIII is a group of Nobody’s that maintained their human forms, so they direct and control the standard Nobodies.

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UNVERSED (アンヴァース)

Born from the anger and hatred of people, monsters of the dark nicknamed, “those that aren’t well-versed in life.” Manifesting in the days of [KH BbS], they terrorized the people of the realm of light. They’re truly the negative emotions of Vanitas made physical, and are now extinct due to Ventus’s defeat of Vanitas.

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DREAM EATERS (ドリームエーター)

Monsters that eat dreams, who haunt the “realm shut by sleep.“ Every one is either a ”Nightmare”, which induces bad dreams, or a “Spirit”, which eats those nightmares, the latter of which lent their powers to Sora and Riku.

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ORGANIZATION XIII (XIII機関)

A group of Nobodies with power so great they maintined their human forms. Composed of 13 members, their names are anagrams of their human names with a recusant sigil, “X”, inserted within it.

Nobodies are aware of their incomplete existences, and therefore aimed to unite with the “Kingdom Hearts of People’s Hearts“ in a wish to become complete, but Sora destroyed them. However, with the nearing completion of the ”13 dark replacements“ scheme, the rebirth of the ”True Organization XIII“ is nigh.

  1. I = Xemnas
  2. II = Xigbar
  3. III = Xaldin
  4. IV = Vexen
  5. V = Lexaeus
  6. VI = Zexion
  7. VII = Saïx
  8. VIII = Axel
  9. IX = Demyx
  10. X = Luxord
  11. XI = Marluxia
  12. XII = Larxene
  13. XIII = Roxas
  14. i = Xion
  • No. I through VI were all apprentices of Ansem the Wise. And finally, Xion’s entrance as a member isn’t legitimate, as her number i represents being imaginary.

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TRUE ORGANIZATION XIII (真のXIII機関)

It consists of Xehanort and his clones: the “13 Seekers of Darkness.” Considering themselves the “13 darknesses”, they’re trying to clash with the “7 lights” and make the χ-blade. They had 12 members at the time of [KH 3D], 6 of whom are known to be Master Xehanort, Ansem, Xemnas, Xigbar, Saix, and Young Xehanort.

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VILLAINS (ヴィランズ)

The general bad guys that have appeared in Disney works, such as Maleficent and Pete. They did evil deeds by using the Heartless and the power of darkness, to get in the way of Sora’s group during their adventures.

  • The Villains of [KHI] schemed to target “Kingdom Hearts,” with Maleficent at their core.

Got bored and organized my stabilo fineliners into rainbow order.

Anyone have any tips on how I can use my summer vacation more productively and prepare for next year? 

Have a great weekend everyone! :)

Currently listening to: KoKoBop by Exo (Baekhyun bias wrecking me so much in this mv tbh no one should look good in a mullet but he does and I don’t understand.)

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Loyd, Gabriel, Su-chan, Hans (and Pierre, sorry), and Kent and Werner in their casual wear XD — they’re in Liberty’s Aloha Island airport for summer vacation xD

Mikhail can’t come because he’s ‘preparing for Ivan-sama’s sequel’ 4th wall, broken

Aiden Kalani has lived her whole life in the small island nation of Akamukai. After Aiden’s freshman year of high school, her father’s job relocates their family to Makani, the smallest island in the country. While Aiden is rattled at having to hit the reset button on her highschool life after just settling in at her old school, she realizes it is also an opportunity to try out for the schools’ baseball team. But only boys are allowed to play. With a fresh start, an androgynous name, and going to a school where no one knows her, she decides to spend the rest of her summer vacation preparing to put on the ultimate act to be on the team - to play the part of a boy.

i’ll be posting sneak peaks of her comic on my Patreon. but don’t worry, if you can’t pledge, the full comic will be available to everyone when it’s ready.

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I get on my plane tomorrow to Holland and just oh god.

One part of me is really excited because adventures, being somewhere I’ve never been before and get to learn a bit about Europe.  But another part of me is nervous and has jitters because going to a new place and that I’m meeting a bunch of people face to face and worried about how I’ll come off as to the people around me.  The last part of me is cringing at that nice credit card bill that will be looming over me when I get back.

I’m going to be a emotional mess probably once landing. 8D;;;  Meantime, doing most of my packing today and enjoying the last day here.  Tomorrow going to be fun.

Reminder that starting tomorrow I’m going to be tagging my vacation post with #the story of knux for those that are curious.  I’m going to start using that tag from the airport and on.

Well, it’s been a really long time but I’ve finally written something. It started as a request but my mind went elsewhere and just wrote something that came to mind. It’s a little different than my normal stuff, so let me know what you think and if I should continue writing this way. I dedicate this one to mrs-styles-one-direction. I hope you like it even though it’s not quite what you asked for, I’m sorry. <3

Your dark brown books squelched against the wet pavement as you scurried along, making your way back to your cozy apartment after having gotten a warm cup of tea. Peaceful walks to the little café in the small town you inhabited were one of your favourite things to do during the fall season; there was nothing better to you than looking around at the pretty little shops as you sipped on your warm drink, admiring the change in the colour of the leaves. Nothing exciting ever really happened but you didn’t mind, living a quiet and simple life was the way you liked it.

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