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British Presentation Sword, first quarter of the 19th century

I posted this sword a while ago, and recently reblogged it to add photos of the blade since the original listing did not include blade. The blade is too magnificent to only post tiny pics, so I thought I would go ahead and make a new post just to show off that lovely blade. As I stated in my previous post, it is like a messer or falchion blade, but with fullers. Really spectacular.

Osborn & Gunby Prince of Wales sword has a slightly curved 32-¾" blade with double wide fullers and clip-point. Upper portion of blade with fire-blued finish, the left side profusely decorated with gold-inlaid images of warriors, crown, eagle, maidens and floral motifs. Right side with Poseidon, eagle, crown, centaur and floral details. Stirrup hilt with rouletted languets, twist gold-inlaid grip. Dark red transparent cabochons. Steel gold-inlaid scabbard with sculpted gold-finished mounts, the top with four vertical rows of circles with floral drape below. The central mount with poly-chromed oval containing three-feather Prince of Wales emblem with Latin motto that reads: ‘He adds honour to the Ancestral Honour’. Two rope pattern ring mounts. Reverse side of scabbard engraved with legend: Osborn / and / Gunby / Sword Cutlers / To His Majesty / & His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales / Birmingham / Pall Mall / London. Surrounded by engraved wreath. Drag with ornate gold-inlaid floral patterns, the obverse deeply engraved. Blade and scabbard with wear and losses to finish. Minor dents present.

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SEVENTEEN IN THE HUNGER GAMES

I added in District 13 so that they can each be from a different District. Instead of two people being picked per District, I changed it to one.

S.Coups
District: 2 – Masonry
Weapon/Ability: Strength
Death: 10th to die
Cause of Death: Betrayed by Jeonghan
About:
- Oldest Tribute.
- Was the strongest opponent, so everyone knew to stay away from him.
- Didn’t know which plants were edible, and so survived on meats instead. When he couldn’t find anything to eat, he was spoiled by Sponsors.
- Formed an alliance with Jeonghan to kill Woozi.
- Betrayed by Jeonghan who set up a trap and stabbed him.

Jeonghan
District: 1 – Luxury
Weapon/Ability: Spear (Woozi’s), Trickery
Death: 12th to die
Cause of Death: Lost the final battle against Woozi
About:
- Formed an alliance with Dino.
- Wanted him to win the Games. He was planning for the two of them to make it to the final round, and then let Dino win by killing himself.
- When Dino was killed by Woozi, Jeonghan sought revenge on him. He promised himself to win for Dino.
- He took Woozi’s spear, vowing to kill him with his very own weapon.
- Killed or betrayed anyone in his way to avenge Dino.
- Unfortunately lost the final battle.
- His death is considered one of the saddest in Hunger Games history due to not being able to keep his promise to Dino.

Joshua
District: 9 – Grain
Weapon/Ability: Survival and Treatment Skills
Death: 1st to die
Cause of Death: Cornucopia Bloodbath
About:
- Everyone knew he was done for when his name got picked.
- Too kind to kill anyone, so he was planning on just letting them all battle while he hid.
- Tried to grab a backpack at the Cornucopia, but was stabbed by Woozi.
- Probably would’ve gotten far in the Games if he survived the Bloodbath due to his skills.

Jun
District: 4 – Fishing
Weapon/Ability: Spear, Hand-to-Hand Combat, Identifying Edible Plants
Death: 9th to die
Cause of Death: Killed by Jeonghan
About:
- Always had food because he was experienced in fishing thanks to his job at the District.
- Was able to make a full meal with anything he found in the forest.
- Everyone thought he was going to win because of his skills.
- Noticed The8 following him around, and pretended he didn’t know. Silently slipped out of view and attacked him from behind.
- Won in the battle against The8, who was already badly injured after the first blow.
- Killed by Jeonghan when he accidentally tripped and destroyed Dino’s grave. Jeonghan showed no mercy.

Hoshi
District: 6 – Transportation
Weapon/Ability: Knives, Climbing
Death: 5th to die
Cause of Death: Tracker Jackers
About:
- Hid in the trees.
- Waved and made funny faces at the cameras, earning him gifts from Sponsors.
- Once ate a poisonous plant that slowly made his insides burn, but was sent antidote. Clearly a Capitol favorite.
- Died because he jumped onto a branch that had a Tracker Jackers nest he didn’t see.
- His leg got caught between two branches and he was left hanging upside-down while the Tracker Jackers stung him to death.

Wonwoo
District: 13 – Nuclear Weaponry
Weapon/Ability: Crossbow, Hiding
Death: 8th to die
Cause of Death: Killed by Jeonghan
About:
- A bag of luck.
- Wanted to form an alliance with Mingyu, who knew how to identify edible plants. When he died at the Cornucopia, he was left to guess on his own.
- Somehow guessed right for all the edible plants.
- Was able to blend in with the environment, and found great hiding places.
- Was injured by a fireball the Gamemakers threw at him. Didn’t have any Sponsors sending him medication, and so didn’t put up a fight when he ran into Jeonghan.

Woozi
District: 3 – Technology
Weapon/Ability: Spear (formerly), Sword (presently), Strategy
Death: x
Cause of Death: x
About:
- Victor/Winner of the Games.
- Faked looking weak in the Training Centre, and then showed his true potential in the Arena.
- Incredibly intelligent. Can make up a whole plan within ten seconds of observing his surroundings.
- Set up a trap for animals, but Dino got trapped in it instead. Decided to stab him, and in front of Jeonghan.
- Wasn’t caught or killed because Jeonghan didn’t have a weapon at that time.
- Got his spear taken by Jeonghan, and so found his way back to the Cornucopia to get a new weapon. Decided on a sword.
- Discovered that when you throw something at the invisible force field, it makes a boomerang effect.
- During the final battle, he launched his sword at Jeonghan and purposely missed. The sword hit the force field, then came flying back and stabbed Jeonghan’s back.

DK
District: 5 – Power
Weapon/Ability: Traps
Death: 2nd to die
Cause of Death: Cornucopia Bloodbath
About:
- A bundle of sunshine.
- Stole the hearts of Sponsors during his interview. Admired for being able to smile despite being in such a terrible situation.
- Specialized in making traps, would’ve been able to find many things to eat in the Arena if he survived the Bloodbath.
- Panicked and reacted late when the gong resounded. While trying to run towards the forest, he was shot with Wonwoo’s crossbow, who accidentally fired it when rushing to grab it.

Mingyu
District: 12 – Mining
Weapon/Ability: Identifying Edible Plants
Death: 3rd to die
Cause of Death: Cornucopia Bloodbath
About:
- Loved by the Capitol for being so charming and handsome.
- Ate anything served at the Capitol while promoting.
- Food and water were his top priorities for the Games. He memorized all the edible plants and berries, and planned to find a stream of water right away.
- Had Sponsors lined up to send him things.
- They unfortunately never got to send him anything because he died at the Bloodbath. Got confused and terrified at the Arena, and died by turning a corner and accidentally running into Jun’s spear.

The8
District: 11 – Agriculture
Weapon/Ability: Staff, Wushu
Death: 6th to die
Cause of Death: Killed by Jun
About:
- Skilled at martial arts, made sure to show this to the other Tributes in the Training Centre.
- Was sent many things by Sponsors because of his cute interview before the Games.
- Always found a clean stream of water, but was too scared to eat any plants in fear of getting poisoned.
- Knew Jun could hunt and identify edible plants, and so followed him around while stealing his food every now and then.
- Got caught by Jun and put up a fair fight, but his injury prevented him from attacking properly.
- Fainted in the middle of the fight due to blood loss, and Jun finished him off.

Seungkwan
District: 8 – Textiles
Weapon/Ability: Bow & Arrow, Tactics
Death: 11th to die
Cause of Death: Killed by Jeonghan
About:
- Adored by the Capitol due to his variety skills, and everyone was rooting for him to win.
- Got really far into the Games because of his Sponsors.
- Was able to stay out of everyone’s radar, and stole their food without them knowing.
- Didn’t kill anyone. Used his bow and arrow for hunting instead of killing.
- Whistled with the mockingjays for the watchers’ entertainment.
- Was caught for the first time trying to steal Jeonghan’s food. He tried to attack with his bow and arrow, but missed him and got stabbed in the heart with his spear.

Vernon
District: 10 – Livestock
Weapon/Ability: Bow & Arrow
Death: 4th to die
Cause of Death: Mistook Nightlock for berries
About:
- Volunteered to save his little sister.
- Pinpoint precision with his bow and arrow. Shot animals right in the eye.
- A quiet Tribute who mostly kept to himself to avoid confrontation.
- Wanted to win the Games for his little sister, but made a foolish mistake by mistaking Nightlock for berries because he was starving.

Dino
District: 7 – Lumber
Weapon/Ability: Slingshot, Speed
Death: 7th to die
Cause of Death: Killed by Woozi
About:
- Youngest Tribute.
- Luckily found a slingshot in the backpack he managed to get at the Cornucopia. Had really good aim, and was able to shoot down birds with a rock.
- Formed an alliance with Jeonghan.
- Considered him his older brother, and to a certain extent, his mother.
- Died in Jeonghan’s arms.

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Greek Bronze and Gold Short Sword and Dagger, C. 1450-1300 BC

The daggers and early swords of the Aegean Bronze Age represent some of the most striking artifacts of the period in terms of their opulence, craftsmanship and display of technical virtuosity. Whilst some were used solely for ceremonial use, many were functional instruments of war, attested by the clear developments in form, according to fighting preferences and practices. The short sword, which developed from the dagger, is one of the most interesting innovations of the Bronze Age, often signifying social status in societies in which hierarchy and one-on-one combat were primary concerns. The present dagger and short sword probably originate from Crete, in the locality of the great palaces at Knossos, or from Mycenae. The Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations were renowned for their wealth, richness of culture, technical sophistication, and strong influence across the Greek world for centuries to come. These are the weapons of the fabled heroes of Troy, the great treasures of powerful kings like Agamemnon, who ruled over the kingdom of Mycenae.

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Long, hard wood

Our campaign started at a coronation. After the ceremony our neutral evil human fighter decided to get the king on side by presenting him with a weapon he has deemed unworthy for his fighting abilities.

Fighter: “Your magesty, I present this sword to you and vow to serve you faithfully”

DM (OOC) : “The king accepts the sword and then proceeds to stroke its long, hard wood.”

Cue laughter from everyone.

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Presentation sword awarded to Colonel Marius Willett for meritorious conduct at Ft. Stanwix. 11 other swords were also awarded at the same time. The swords weren’t made until 1785-1786 due to lack of funds. 

The swords were made by French swordsmith C.Liger and are inscribed with the United States coat of arms on one side and on the other side “Congress / to / Col. Willett / Oct. 11, 1777” 

The portrait was painted by artist Ralph Earl.

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A Fine Cased Ormolu-Mounted Sword Presented By The British Government To Mr. Rudolph Dufwa, Capitaine De Corvette, September 1856, by Victor Harold & Co., Sword Cutlers To Her Majesty, London, Dated 1856

With curved blade (minor areas of rust patination) double-edged towards the point, brightly etched against a grey ground along nearly its entire length on one side with the presentation inscription on scrolls against a ground of foliage involving a naval trophy at the forte and a dolphin towards the point, and on the other with foliage involving further naval trophies, a pair of dolphins, and the maker’s details at the forte, the hilt comprising quillons each cast, pierced and chased in the round as a foliate scroll, a foliated shield between on both sides with applied dolphin entwined on an anchor, lion’s head pommel, its mane forming the back-piece, and with a ring in its mouth carrying the original gilt bullion and blue cord sword-knot, and wire-bound fishskin-covered grip, in original wooden scabbard covered in blue velvet with ormolu mounts en suite with the hilt including crossed branches of laurel, the suspension mounts each with a ring for suspension, and in fine condition retaining all its original gilding: in original fitted highly figured rosewood case lined in burgundy velvet with its original belt and suspension straps of blue leather embroidered with scrolls in silver-gilt threads, the ormolu mounts en suite with the hilt, the buckle with applied crown framed by a wreath of laurel, the exterior of the lid (some bruising) with flush-fitting brass carrying handle centred on a circular brass escutcheon. 76.2 cm blade.

The presentation inscription reads: ‘Presented By The British Government To Mr. Rudolph Dufwa Capitaine De Corvette In The Service Of His Majesty The Emperor Of Austria In Grateful Acknowledgement Of Prompt & Efficient Services Rendered To The British Brig “Heatherbell” September 1856’
Linienschiffs-Capitaen Rudolf Dufwa was commander of the maritime district of Triest in 1867 and was involved in experiments with torpedoes as a member of a naval commission in Fiume. He was made a Knight of the Order of Emperor Leopold.

anonymous asked:

Love your blog sosososoooo much holy heck, Your hunger games au is i n c r e d i b l e oh my gOSH, if it's okay would you be able to do another one but if each of them were victors of their district??? ❤️

Read my Seventeen Hunger Games AU (here).

S.Coups
Weapon/Ability: Strength
Up Against in the Finale: Joshua
Victory:
- Knew the odds were in his favor when he found out he was up against Joshua.
- Knew he could win with strength alone, and so didn’t bother getting a weapon.
- Looked all over the place for Joshua, who was hiding because he knew he would lose in a fight against him.
- Found him hiding in a tree, and instead of climbing up, S.Coups created a forest fire, forcing Joshua to jump off.
- Chased after Joshua, and broke his neck when he caught up to him.

Jeonghan
Weapon/Ability: Spear (Woozi’s), Trickery
Up Against in the Finale: Woozi
Victory:
- Formed an alliance with Dino.
- Wanted him to win the Games. He was planning for the two of them to make it to the final round, and then let Dino win by killing himself.
- When Dino was killed by Woozi, Jeonghan sought revenge on him. He promised himself to win for Dino.
- He took Woozi’s spear, vowing to kill him with his very own weapon.
- Killed or betrayed anyone in his way to avenge Dino.
- Discovered somewhere along the way that if you throw something at the invisible force field, it makes a boomerang effect.
- During the final battle, when Woozi launched his sword at him and purposely missed, Jeonghan knew what he was planning. The sword hit the force field, and when it came flying back towards him, he ducked at the last second, and it stabbed Woozi.
- Meant to kill Woozi with his spear, but still succeeded in killing Woozi with his own weapon.
- Fulfilled his promise to Dino.

Joshua
Weapon/Ability: Survival and Treatment Skills
Up Against in the Finale: S.Coups
Victory:
- He and S.Coups woke up to a forest fire created by the Gamemakers.
- They ran for their lives, but S.Coups was suddenly struck by a fireball and engulfed in flames.
- Didn’t notice this because he was so focused on finding a way out.
- Found himself all alone when he did manage to escape, his eyes widening in realization when he heard the sound of a cannon.
- Didn’t kill anyone while he was in the Games.

Jun
Weapon/Ability: Spear, Hand-to-Hand Combat, Identifying Edible Plants
Up Against in the Finale: The8
Victory:
- Tricked The8 into believing they were friends, but only used him as a stepping stone to get to the Finale.
- Kept him alive until the end because he knew he could defeat him.
- Initiated the final battle between the two by breaking The8’s staff in half, leaving him with no weapon.
- Severely injured The8, who couldn’t bring himself to hurt his friend.
- Will never forget the look of betrayal on The8’s face before he made the final blow.

Hoshi
Weapon/Ability: Knives, Climbing
Up Against in the Finale: DK
Victory:
- Formed an alliance with DK.
- They became good friends, but he knew only one of them could live.
- They told each other they would battle in the morning.
- But Hoshi planned to end it that night, and waited for DK to fall asleep.
- Saw a Tracker Jackers nest hanging on a branch of a nearby tree. Climbed the tree and cut the branch with his knife, whispering an apology to his friend.
- Covered his eyes when the nest hit the ground and stung DK to death.

Wonwoo
Weapon/Ability: Crossbow, Hiding
Up Against in the Finale: Mingyu
Victory:
- Formed an alliance with Mingyu.
- His envy got the better of him.
- Mingyu was a Capitol favorite, spoiled by Sponsors and had everyone rooting for him. Wonwoo never received anything from Sponsors, and was often forgotten by the watchers.
- When Mingyu received yet another gift from his Sponsors, Wonwoo had enough.
- Wonwoo killed the third to last Tribute, then shot Mingyu from behind with his crossbow upon returning to their campsite.

Woozi
Weapon/Ability: Spear (formerly), Sword (presently), Strategy
Up Against in the Finale: Jeonghan
Victory:
- Set up a trap for animals, but Dino got trapped in it instead. Decided to stab him, and in front of Jeonghan.
- Wasn’t caught or killed because Jeonghan didn’t have a weapon at that time.
- Got his spear taken by Jeonghan, and so found his way back to the Cornucopia to get a new weapon. Decided on a sword.
- Discovered that when you throw something at the invisible force field, it makes a boomerang effect.
- During the final battle, he launched his sword at Jeonghan and purposely missed. The sword hit the force field, then came flying back and stabbed Jeonghan’s back.

DK
Weapon/Ability: Crossbow, Traps
Up Against in the Finale: Hoshi
Victory:
- Formed an alliance with Hoshi.
- Never wanted it to end up like this.
- Knew he had to bring an end to the Games, so he built a huge trap overnight and went back to the Cornucopia to get a weapon. Decided on a crossbow.
- The next morning, he hid in the trees and watched Hoshi wander around aimlessly looking for him.
- When Hoshi fell into his trap, he held up his crossbow and fired.
- The only person he killed was his friend.

Mingyu
Weapon/Ability: Identifying Edible Plants
Up Against in the Finale: Wonwoo
Victory:
- Won by accident.
- Formed an alliance with Wonwoo.
- Gathered a bunch of plants and berries to eat because he was the one in charge of food.
- Was going to separate the poisonous from the non-poisonous, but came back to find Wonwoo unconscious after eating Nightlock.
- Begged for him to wake up, but all he got in return was the sound of a cannon.

The8
Weapon/Ability: Staff, Wushu
Up Against in the Finale: Jun
Victory:
- Gamemakers announced that there was a Feast at the Cornucopia that would help prepare the last two Tributes for the final battle.
- Didn’t know who he was up against.
- Went to the Cornucopia to grab an extra weapon, only to dodge a spear thrown at him at the last second.
- Looked up to see Jun with another spear in hand standing at the top of the Cornucopia. He jumped off, and the two battled each other.
- Wolf Mutts were released into the Arena, and The8 successfully managed to vault himself onto the roof of the Cornucopia with his staff.
- Jun tried to jump onto it too, but while hanging onto the edge, The8 crushed his hands with his staff, making him release his grip and fall. The Wolf Mutts ripped him to shreds.

Seungkwan
Weapon/Ability: Bow & Arrow, Tactics
Up Against in the Finale: Vernon
Victory:
- Formed an alliance with Vernon.
- They became good friends.
- Originally wanted to win to return to his family, but after learning about Vernon’s little sister, he was having second thoughts.
- Knew it was the end when the Gamemakers released Wolf Mutts.
- He and Vernon ran all the way to the Cornucopia to climb onto it for safety.
- Vernon helped him get onto the roof, but when Seungkwan reached out a hand to help him, it was too late.
- The Wolf Mutts dragged Vernon down, and proceeded to brutally attack him and tear him to pieces.
- Shot an arrow at him to end his suffering, winning the Games.
- Cried at the sight of his dead friend. This wasn’t how he wanted it to end.

Vernon
Weapon/Ability: Bow & Arrow
Up Against in the Finale: Seungkwan
Victory:
- Volunteered to save his little sister.
- Formed an alliance with Seungkwan.
- Lied by telling him that his parents were dead and that his sister would be alone if he died so that Seungkwan would take pity on him and not kill him.
- His plan worked.
- Vernon planted bombs all around the Cornucopia, making footprint marks to remind himself where they were.
- Told Seungkwan to go back to the Cornucopia to get weapons so that they can both finish off the two other Tributes.
- Actually found and killed them last night when Seungkwan was sleeping.
- Followed Seungkwan to the Cornucopia, and shot an arrow at one of the bombs he planted, creating a huge explosion.
- Underestimated the size of the explosion and got injured, but won the Games.

Dino
Weapon/Ability: Slingshot, Speed
Up Against in the Finale: Jeonghan
Victory:
- He and Jeonghan made it to the final round of the Games.
- Dino stayed behind while Jeonghan left to go get them food.
- He never came back.
- Dino went to search for him, and found him lying on the ground unconscious with Nightlock in his hand. And only the sound of a cannon resounded in his ears.
- Jeonghan sacrificed himself to let Dino win.
- Dino never forgot about him.

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It was a joke the first time.

We were defending our treehouse from Erec and his big sister. They had the bow and arrow their father had made them; my brother and I had our wooden swords and all the pebbles we could fit in our pockets. Our treehouse was our pride and joy, high up in the tallest oak tree on my father’s land, and we guarded it jealously.

By the time the sun began to dip behind the clouds we were all grubby, thirsty, and nowhere near ready to give in. Erec launched another assault. He climbed the first few branches easily; the oak was old, with spreading branches wide enough to sleep on. My brother and I peered through the leaves, clutching our weapons tight as Erec drew closer. We had the advantage of high ground, but Erec had a powerful swing even at that age and could easily have beaten us in a fair fight. His sister had disappeared.

He found a sturdy position, took aim, and released his first arrow.

It flew wide, outside the bounds of the tree, and disappeared. I lay on my stomach, dangling out of the door to the treehouse, ready to swing as soon as Erec came into reach. But he was wary, climbing a few feet and then releasing another arrow, always advancing, always just out of arm’s length.

He had only one arrow left.

He sat down, legs dangling either side of the branch. It swayed under his weight, but neither of us looked down. He fumbled in his quiver. If he was going to defeat us, it would be now.

He produced an apple.

He pointed behind me and took a bite, swinging his legs nonchalantly.

I almost didn’t turn. It would be just like Erec to trick me and then release his arrow. But he was flushed with success, almost laughing, and I twisted to see what was so funny.

His sister crouched on the roof of the treehouse.

I lurched to my feet, but my brother popped up next to her, a crown of daisies in his hair.

Traitor.

I scowled at him. “What are you doing sitting there, looking like a king?”

“I am the King,” he said.

 

I don’t think I forgave him for years. We certainly didn’t use the treehouse again. I concentrated on my studies, learning to use real weapons, real swords. I became a squire, then a knight, riding across the realm in search of creatures to fight and quests to complete. My brother laughed at me, on the rare occasions I was home. He said we should have badges.

He became a squire too, of course. But the King had died by then, and in all the trouble around the succession my father kept him close to home. He served my father’s household, becoming as good with a sword as I was, or better. He begged to come with us, as a squire if nothing else. Erec needed someone to keep his bow oiled and his arrows sharp. My father forbade it, and then I rode north to fight the Thulians and heard no news from home for a good long time.

I admit, when a messenger rode hard to tell us that the new King had appeared, my first thought was not relief. We were hard on the heels of Pellinore’s Questing Beast, and nothing less than the King’s coronation could have persuaded us to give up the hunt. At least, I thought, my brother will now become a knight like me.

We rode through the city walls the evening before the coronation. It had been a long ride. My horse was lame, my sword was dull, and I still had not seen the king to whom I would have to swear allegiance on the morrow.

I overslept. My jerkin stank of marsh water. The steward stuck me in the back corner of the cathedral, where I could neither see nor be seen. I dozed through the coronation, then stumbled down the nave to make my bow and present my sword, head bowed. It wasn’t until a hand touched my shoulder that I looked up and realised who I was swearing fealty to.

“What are you doing sitting there, looking like a king?”

“I am the King,” my little brother said.

 

Years past. Years of countless quests and nameless fears. He married the most beautiful woman any of us had ever known, with skin like milk and hair like spun gold. He sat at their wedding, chin propped up on one hand, in the haze between a good jug of wine and properly drunk, watching her fly as she danced with his knights. He had the stars in his eyes, and every star was her.

I took the chair beside him.

“What are you doing sitting there, looking like a king?”

“I am the King,” he said. “And she is my Queen.”

 

A shadow rose. A knight in black armour, with a twisted scar on one shoulder. Some whispered that he was my brother’s son. He wove magic with his tongue, hissing in the ear of my brother’s best friend. Lancelot was entranced by her, by the moonlight in her hair, and the day they ran away together all the stars in my brother’s eyes went out.

He mounted quests and raids. Invaded Cornwall, summoned Orkney to his aid. He burned his wife and he cursed her name, and he raised all the gold in the kingdom to defeat the black knight with magic in his fingertips and lies on his tongue.

They met at Camlann. On the banks of the river, where the floodwaters rise. We fought for him, for the love of our king, and I saw them fall.

In the middle of the battlefield, my brother fell.

Locked in eternal embrace.

A dagger in his side.

And another through the black knight’s throat.

I saw him borne away to Avalon.

Saw his sword sink beneath the grey waters of the lake.

And I bowed my head and prayed.

 

I came back, once.

An old man.

No longer able to grip a sword.

Or swing my grandchildren through the air.

They had put up a statue on the spot where my brother died.

He looked as he had done as a young man, sitting sideways on his throne. A sword in his belt, and stars in his eyes. One hand reached to touch his crown, as though he was about to take it off and offer it to me to try on, as he had done so many times. Laughing as I tried to balance it on my head. He never did make us badges for the quests we completed.

I bowed to him.

But did not kneel.

My knees too old, and my heart too full off pain.

My brother smiled at me with all the carelessness of a young man who knows he is loved.

“What are you doing sitting there, looking like a king?”


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From this prompt by @the-story-shards-universe

The 100 4x10 - YASSSSS

Season 4 cannot be saved, but it can be salvaged. 4x10 is exactly what we need, for ALL of the remaining episodes.

I’m excited again, for the first time – honestly – since the DRAMATIC ROMANCE STARE in 4x05 (yes, I loved the stuff in 4x06 but I was feeling too twitchy about the show in general to get the full buzz). That’s not to say that the problems with this season get wiped away. There were issues that lingered here, and those issues will remain. But enough good work was done in this episode to make me willing to look past the problems, if the final steps of this season follow suit.

I’m not re-watching (blessedly, because I don’t have time and not because I don’t care) so please excuse this messy summary of my full thoughts.

-          The greatest thing about this episode is the salvation of Octavia. And here is the first example of us having to look past prior issues to accept what we got here. Some of us won’t be able to do that, for good or bad. But I can, and WOW this episode was killer. Firstly, the writers didn’t try and pass Octavia off as a badass warrior that could hold her own. Everybody knew she didn’t have a chance to win. Everybody (including Clarke, yo yo). Octavia knew. She was trying to act brave, but you could still see her fear.

-          The person that believed in her? The person that gave her a way to survive? BELLAMY. And he did it referencing her upbringing and HOW POWERFUL WAS THAT. The Octavia of old meshed with the Octavia of new. Bellamy’s Octavia meshed with Lincoln’s Octavia. Bellamy not being able to tell her he loved her, Octavia saying may we meet again. IT WAS ALL SO TAUT AND HESITANT. There was so much left unsaid because so much has gone down.

-          And then not only is Octavia reminded of her brother’s love for her, but Kane hugs her. And then Indra!!!! Despite Indra having her own man in the fight, Indra presents Octavia with her sword – once rejected by the daughter of her blood, now accepted by her adopted daughter. I WAS CRYING DUDES. CRYING. And the cracks start to form…

-          Octavia’s relationship with Illian has been…odd, to say the least. His death made me sad because Chai is great, and Marie killed it, but I’m not particularly put out to see him go (he’s a guest star who’s characters purpose was entirely tied to a main – he was given a full bodied arc and the cast needed to be trimmed) but Illian saving her took those cracks that had formed and forced them wider. It’s obvious that Illian was a Lincoln substitute in a lot of ways to Octavia. Her grief was very much for this boy that had – for whatever reasons – decided to fall for a murder kitten, but it was also wrapped up in Lincoln and it felt so earned that she got to give Illian a good death (all of the Lincoln mentions and references were ON POINT)

-          And then we get Bellamy stepping out to save Octavia, and GUYS. BELLAMY HAD BITE AGAIN IN THIS EPISODE. ACTUAL BITE? CAN YOU BELIEVE????????

-          BITE

-          First, he stands up to Kane and Kane relents because YES.

-          THEN HE FINALLY GETS TO ACTUALLY BE FURIOUS WITH ECHO

-          (One of the small flaws with this episode is a perfect example of how this season does not track. What was the point in Echo’s epiphany earlier in the season, if she was just going to shoot O now? SHE DIDN’T EVEN HESITATE! The plot should serve character, and not the other way round dammit!)

-          Bellamy was gonna kill her, and honestly – he earned it.

-          Still, I felt for Echo when she got banished. I certainly get the sense that she was almost…crafted by Nia, and I can buy that it’s hard for her to let go of those instincts. I can’t very well defend Clarke’s choices to save her people, and then shit on Echo for trying to save hers, right? I’m intrigued as to where she goes from here. Logic points to some sort of death protecting a Blake, OR maybe she gets a full arc in S5. We’ll see…

-          Then we get the GORGEOUS Blake scene with Roan. It was just…so wonderfully acted, and so perfectly on point for all the characters. Roan and Bellamy have always antagonised each other, but there’s a healthy respect between them at this point. And then of course there’s Octavia’s face when she hears Bellamy speak. I’m wary of making connections this season, due to the lack of consistency from ep to ep, but it took me back to 4x06 and my thoughts after Octavia rejecting him utterly. I said then that I felt her rejection had as much to do with her hating and blaming herself, as it did with her hating and blaming him. And I felt that again here. It’s like…despite everything, Octavia didn’t believe that Bellamy could still love her or have faith in her after everything that had happened. But he does, and he always will.

-          Roan is another character that has suffered this season (honestly, the large majority have) as a tool to the plot. We aren’t completely free of this at the start of the episode, and I’m still frustrated by it. This is a guy that knew Ontari was a fake Commander and was prepared to roll with it, and he’s only now getting all shitty about religion and culture? Hmmm. I suspect the writers felt the scene with Clarke was necessary to show her trying one last time to save everyone, but they could have handled it better. Maybe just show her trying to reach him, but Gaia intervenes or something? HOWEVER, I’m willing to look past this scene because everything else with Roan was wonderful.

-          As with Bellamy, Roan has a shit ton of respect for Octavia. That’s evident from the start, and it has a profound impact on Octavia when he offers the truce. This is a girl that has felt incredibly alone since Lincoln died, but now – as she faces death – people are queuing up to love and support her. Yes, we as viewers know those people have been there all along. But Octavia? Grief, trauma, pain distorts your view. She hasn’t been able to see through that.

-          ROAN GETS TO BE A BADASS EVEN IN DEATH (although I maintain that until Zach tweets his goodbyes HE’S ALIVE DAMMIT). Him melon crushing Trikru man was wicked good. His fight with Luna was gloriously done. The twist of the black rain coming in, removing Octavia from the equation, was a great way to have him lose. But YIKES LUNA, what a way to murder someone. It just looked GREAT.

-          QUICK NOTE: Gaia’s reaction to Trikru losing out, and her hugging Indra ALSO MADE ME WEEP.

-          If (IF DAMMIT) this is Roan’s end, then at least it’s a good one. They could have gotten more out of him this season, but I’ve enjoyed him since 3x02 and Zach was a great addition to the show.

-          So, let’s talk about Luna. I felt her turn to darkness was abrupt, and that one scene in an episode prior would have made it track better. But I also kinda loved this as her ultimate endgame? This was Luna at her most interesting, honestly. So yeah, if we’d gotten one extra scene hinting at this it would have been perfect. Nadia rocks a bad girl, like whoa. And again, kudos to the writers for doing the right thing. There is no way that Octavia would beat Luna in a fight. Having her fight dirty was the best and only way.

-          MAJOR YIKES AT OCTAVIA’S LAST WORDS TO LUNA THOUGH. WAY HARSH.

-          So then we get to Octavia returning to the throne room, and whooooooooooooa.

-          SO last week we all breathed a sigh of relief that Clarke was NOT going to become Commander, but now it very much looks like Octavia is going to become some sort of leader of a ‘one’ kru. I’ll reserve judgement on that until I see how it forms, but one thing I do want to mention is the respect that an abundance of grounder characters have for Octavia. Wanheda has been feared and revered, but has always been apart. Octavia has embraced grounder culture since day one. When Clarke tried to take the flame, she disregarded grounder beliefs. Octavia wouldn’t do that. THAT is why when Octavia suggests sharing the bunker they all accept it. Octavia took on the conclave, won, and they respect that.

-          KANE WAS SO PROUD

-          INDRA WAS SO PROUD

-          I WEPT SOME MORE

-          And then I wept a bit harder when she ASKED FOR HER BROTHER.

-          SHE WANTED TO SEE HIM

-          SHE WANTED TO HUG HIM DAMMIT

-          Now, I’ve already expressed why Clarke’s choice legit does not bother me one iota and I’m just gonna link to that here because I’m lazy.

-          My one gripe with this scene and the setup is that Clarke’s choice happened off screen, and was used as a twist. BUT I am putting major faith in 4x11 to delve deep into her choice and her headspace so it’s not a major thing YET.

-          Also, NOTE BELLAMY’S BITE.

-          I’m gonna close by doing something that I generally avoid doing, because I hate raising expectations…but…my friends…my immediate Bellarke reaction after this episode and ESPECIALLY AFTER SEEING THE NEXT EPS PROMO WAS EXCITEMENT.

-          That bunker will be open by the end of the episode, and I can’t imagine that anything other than Bellamy getting through to Clarke will be the reason it does.

-          Could there still be angst right up until the end of the season? Sure! But not necessarily.

-          So my fun times scenario is below the cut, and you can play with it if you’re unable to see any light at the end of the tunnel (DISCLAIMER: YOU SHOULD ALWAYS PREPARE FOR THE WORST, THIS IS NOT ME PROMISING THAT THIS WILL HAPPEN).

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anonymous asked:

So did Ouma enjoy telling lies? I remember reading one of your older metas saying that lying wasn't something he necessarily enjoyed, but him doing it as often as he did made me sorta think otherwise? Also could you go into detail about "gentle lies"?

I’ve been getting quite a lot of questions about this particular subject later, so I thought I might answer them altogether like this!

The short answer to “did Ouma enjoy lying” is—well, yes and no. The long answer is a bit more complex, because it all depends on what kind of lies, who he’s lying to, and his own desire to construct and maintain a very carefully crafted façade so that no one would ever get close to him or figure out “the real him.”

One way to put it might be that Ouma very much liked the idea of lying, as long as it was used the right way, for the right purposes. He’s very much a prankster at heart, and like any good prankster, he’s pretty open about enjoying deception in the small scale. Tricks, jokes, pranks—all of these things when done right are relatively harmless and they’re all various forms of lies. And most importantly, from Ouma’s perspective, they’re all fun.

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A Silver Hilted Rifle Officer’s Presentation Sword

83cm unfullered blade double edged towards the point by S.J. Pillin, Manufacturer Gerrard St., Soho, London etched for virtually its entire length with foliate scrolls, the arms and crest of Middlesex, crowned VR cypher, regimental title of ‘The Queen’s Westminster (13th Middlesex) Rifle Volunteers, regimental badge, presentation inscription, and arms, crest, motto and initials of the recipient, silver regulation gothic hilt incorporating a slung bugle horn, the interior engraved with foliate scrolls, the back-piece cast with scrolling foliage, silver wire bound fish skin covered grip, in its plated scabbard engraved with recipient’s crest and motto, two suspension rings, complete with sword knot of silver bullion cord and acorn. Hallmarked London 1882, and maker’s mark S.J.P.

FOOTNOTES

The inscription reads: Presented on the 12th December 1882 to Major J.W. Comerford, Queen’s Westminster Rifle Volunteers, by members of C. Company, who had served under him whilst Captain of that Company from 1871 to 1882.

Libertas as Excalibur

Libertas, Garro’s super-shiny sword that lowkey definitely will become the Titansword, is old as balls. It, or parts of it, predate Old Night (c.M25), the ‘unknowable science’ capable of ‘cancelling out’ the unreal anti-life of a daemon.

Garro, born in Albia, feels a special connection with the blade… could it be because it’s Excalibur, the legendary sword of Britain (aka Albion)?

It has Libertas written on the blade, which one could simply ignore completely as blades can be modfied, but where’s the fun in that. In fact, it says Libertas Rex on the cover to Garro:

Rex being Latin for king… as in King Arthur. The Latinised name for Excalibur? Caliburnus (from chalybs - ‘steel’). Caliburnus Rex. The King’s Sword.

Now imagine the Captain of the 7th Great Company of the XIVth Legiones Astartes is presented with a sword to go along with his new honorific ‘Battle-Captain’ after a battle in the Unification Wars. Faded by the millennia, the remaining letters read LIB R  S REX. With fragments between it could be liberus, perhaps liberas.

He calls it LIBERTAS.