pretty-snake

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“Every statue I’d seen [Medusa] was just a woman with a pretty face and had snakes in her hair. Well, that wasn’t very dramatic, so I gave her a rather demonic look. We gave her a rattlesnake’s tail, so that she could be a menace from the sound effect point-of-view. It was a shock to see her come out from behind the wall crawling on her hands because that was the only way she could propel herself.” - Ray Harryhausen

The Most Gryffindor-y Gryffindors That Ever Were

Rereading this scene from CS and it kind of blew me away.

Next moment, [Harry] was standing alone, gazing at a solid wall of broken rock.

“Ron!” he shouted. “Are you okay? Ron!”

“I’m here!“ came Ron’s muffled voice from behind the rockfall. "I’m okay — this git’s not, though — he got blasted by the wand —”

There was a dull thud and a loud “ow!” It sounded as though Ron had just kicked Lockhart in the shins.

“What now?” Ron’s voice said, sounding desperate. “We can’t get through — it’ll take ages…”

Harry looked up at the tunnel ceiling. Huge cracks had appeared in it. He had never tried to break apart anything as large as these rocks by magic, and now didn’t seem a good moment to try — what if the whole tunnel caved in?

There was another thud and another “ow!” from behind the rocks. They were wasting time. Ginny had already been in the Chamber of Secrets for hours…Harry knew there was only one thing to do.

“Wait there,” he called to Ron. “Wait with Lockhart. I’ll go on… If I’m not back in an hour…”

There was a very pregnant pause.

“I’ll try and shift some of this rock,” said Ron, who seemed to be trying to keep his voice steady. “So you can — can get back through. And, Harry —”

“See you in a bit,” said Harry, trying to inject some confidence into his shaking voice.

And he set off alone past the giant snake skin.


That’s pretty heavy for a pair of 12-year-olds.

Both of them know that Ginny is probably dead. 

Earlier in the scene, Ron had asked Harry if he thought there was “any chance at all she’s not — you know—,” and Harry privately couldn’t see how she could be alive.

Obviously, Harry is being extraordinarily brave. He knows what needs to be done, and he knows that he’s the only one who can do it. He can’t not try, not when there’s the “faintest wildest chance” that Ginny is still alive. And while it’s not the last time Harry will have to go it alone or confront the reality that he might not come back, I think it’s the closest he comes to actually having the “if I don’t come back” conversation.

But Ron deserves credit too.

There’s no question in my mind that Ron wanted to be on the other side of that barrier with his best friend. He was the one who suggested they stop moping in the common room and go to Lockhart’s office to tell him what they know.

For a Gryffindor like Ron, fighting the basilisk is infinitely preferable to playing the waiting game.  If Harry and Ginny had died, imagine how Ron would have felt. He would have spent the rest of his life grieving for them and feeling guilty that he didn’t go along with them. *If I had gone with them, maybe Harry and I could have fought off the basilisk. Maybe we would have been able to save Ginny.* In some ways, I think he would prefer to die along with them then be the only man left standing.

So he could have said, “No, let’s try to move some of this rock so I can come too!”  He could have refused to let Harry go alone or argued for his right to come because Ginny was his sister.

But Ron knows as well as Harry that the clock is ticking. Delaying might give Ron peace of mind and allow him to be part of the action, but every minute they spend trying to free Ron lowers Ginny’s chances. It would be selfish of Ron to try to come with Harry.

He knows they don’t have time to find a way through the rocks right then, he doesn’t have a working wand, and they’ve got Lockhart to worry about. He knows that if Harry/Ginny make it back, they’re going to need to get through to the other side.

So he stays behind. Ron’s going to spend an indeterminate amount of time heaving rocks out of the way, babysitting a lunatic professor, and praying that his sister and his best friend aren’t dead. It’s not exciting, cool, or heroic as Harry’s actions. But in some ways, it’s just as brave.

TL;DR: Ron/Harry are so fucking amazing, and the most Gryffindor Gryffindors there ever were.

278. Remember the little silver snakes all the slytherins have pinned to their ties? (it’s visible for example in the prisoner of azkaban during the hippogriff scene or in the half-blood prince in the harry&Draco bathroom scene) i have a headcanon they’re inspired (like hermione’s galleons) by the dark mark, but work a bit differently - when someone from the house needs help the snake starts vibrating/pulsating and the place when the person needing help is appears on the snake. it pretty much solves the problem with bullying slytherin students and proves that the whole house always has the members back

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Pet AU Prompts
  • You rescued my cat from a tree, but you also feel out the tree afterwords. I’m so sorry this is all my fault are you okay . You’re still cute though?
  • You dog always sneaks into my backyard at the same time every day.
  • I feed your dog once and now he likes me more than he likes you. I’m so sorry.
  • Your fucking cat keeps on stealing my spot on our bed and every time I try and lay down, it hisses at me. My back hurts from sleeping on the floor.
  • Your parrot spilled the beans that you like me. I’m so happy cause I really like you. Wait, should I be listening to a parrot?
  • I’m at the vet because my dog needs a checkup after it’s been sick for a while. Oh hello. You’re a very attractive vet. I wasn’t expecting that.
  • “Hey cute dog. Is someone is stuck in a well?” Aka Lassie situation.
  • Our dogs had babies together . I kinda wanna have babies with you. Wait what, did I say that out loud? Fuck.
  • I’M PRETTY SURE MY SNAKE GOT LOSE IN YOUR APARTMENT. PLEASE DON’T PANIC. HE’S REALLY NICE.
  • I work at pet smart and every 2 weeks when you get your paycheck, I see you buying more and more accessories for your hamster. I’m a little concerned about your finances.  
  • So yoU’RE THE ONE CONSTANTLY FEEDING MY DOG PIZZA. 
  • I work at a shelter and you walked in drunk and crying, saying “I just want to pet a dog. Is that so hard to ask for?” 
  • I was at your house for a party and kinda stole your dog? It’s a long story. I’m so sorry.
  • YOU LET YOUR DOG SHIT IN MY YARD AND YOU DON’T EVEN FUCKING PICK IT UP. HOW DARE YOU.
  • You parrot alwayS SCREAMS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. JESUS CHRIST.
  • My pet rat accidentally got out of it’s cage a few days ago and I’ve been really worried but then I heard you scream “RAT”
  • You’re getting really annoying about our strong Cat Vs. Dog debate. I kinda just wanna fight my mouth with your mouth.
  • HELP I THINK MY GOLDFISH IS DYING. CALL 911.
Cryptic Commander #9: Why Did it Have to Be Snakes

Don’t you just love it when a new Legendary Creature gets spoiled and you know it was meant to be? I got to experience that yesterday when a certain Commander-to-be got spoiled over Twitter, and man am I head-over-heels for this card. Let’s cut to the chase:

(You see what I did there? The card was spoiled by Elaine Chase over on Twitter. You know what? It isn’t funny anymore. I had to explain it. Forget I said anything.)

So, brief personal aside on my experience with BG in Commander. I’ve tried to build a couple of different decks with the color combo, and I ultimately end up with what feels like the same deck. Graveyard Shenanigans.dek. There’s nothing wrong with graveyard decks, I’m just really tired of how the BG ones play out. Jarad and Meren did their best, but I could not be convinced to play BG after I finally took them apart. None of the other BG generals really appealed to me, from Nath of the Gilt Leaf to Sapling of Colfenor. Then they spoiled Hapatra, and the gears started turning immediately. I started playing Magic just before Scars of Mirrodin came out, so -1/-1 counters were part of my formative Magic experience. It has been too long since we had -1/-1 counters, and now they’re giving us a Commander in BG that cares about -1/-1 counters. Thank you based Wizards for bestowing this gift upon me and all the other lovers of -1/-1 counters in this game. We are truly #blessed.

So, what sort of things can you do with Hapatra? I suppose you could attack with her, suiting her up with a Whispersilk Cloak so she can get in unopposed and slowly build up counters and snakes for you. You could do that, and it’s probably a decent thing to include in whatever deck you build, just to have a back-up plan; but, I like to dream big. There are a handful of very playable Commander cards that like to throw -1/-1 counters around to every creature. Thanks to the wording on Hapatra, you won’t be rewarded for placing a bunch of -1/-1 counters on a single creature as part of the same affect (see “Whenever one or more” wording), but putting one counter on a bunch creatures means an army of snakes in the making. The following are some of the best at this:

Black Sun’s Zenith for one has never been so rewarding! Paying three mana to weaken the entire board and make a bunch of snakes seems like a great plan. You could also just wrath the board and be the only one left with creatures at the end of it. Even if Hapatra dies in the process, you’ll still get all the snakes because she’ll see the counters placed on everything before hitting the bin. Carnifex Demon gives you another good, recurring source of -1/-1 counters. If you have a way to get counters on it besides the ones it comes into play with (like Hapatra’s ability or something like Gnarled Effigy), the demon can be a real problem. Contagion Engine kind of speaks for itself. Putting a counter on each of an opponent’s creatures and then proliferating twice will get you three separate triggers from Hapatra for three times the snakes. But, this is just the tip of the iceberg, the most obvious thing you can do.

Alright, we’re starting to get somewhere now. Crumbling Ashes insures that you never have to commit too many counters to the same creature. It’ll die sooner or later anyway. Blowfly Infestation lets you recycle some of the counters from dying creatures for another Hapatra trigger and more value. Necroskitter makes those sweet creatures your opponents have work for you after they die with a counter on them. It’s finally time for Necroskitter’s day in the sun! However, you don’t just have to put counters on your opponents’ creatures. Have you considered putting counters on your own creatures?

There are a couple of creatures that like to have -1/-1 counters on them for utility purposes. Blow up more artifacts by keeping your Wickerbough Elder fully stocked. Beat down hard with a resilient threat in the form of Deity of Scars. Grim Poppet lets you pinpoint the counters you want to disseminate and take out problematic creatures. You also have the option of throwing Quillspike into the deck for what can only be described as shenanigans. Quillspike will let you remove counters from any of your creatures, which means Persist creatures are gonna get to come back for multiple go-arounds. Puppeteer Clique and Woodfall Primus say hi! And that’s only the fair thing you can do with Quillspike. Turns out Quillspike goes infinite with Devoted Druid. Put a counter on Devoted Druid to untap it, tap it for a Green mana, use the Green mana to remove the counter with Quillspike’s ability, repeat ad infinitum. If you have Hapatra in play, this means infinite snakes. Seems pretty good to me, but treat infinite combos with care. It isn’t fun to lose to them, or win with them, all the time. Be nice about, huh?

Considering how few sets have featured -1/-1 counters in the history of Magic, there are certainly a lot of cool things you can do with them. There’s even an Enchantment that basically has Hapatra’s ability, except it makes Elves instead. Flourishing Defenses. There’s all sorts of things you can do with a Hapatra deck, and I am really excited to try them out!

So, what do you think of the newest BG Legendary? New hotness or soon to be forgotten? Let me know what you think! Any cool interactions I might not have noticed? I would love to see them! Until then, enjoy the rest of spoiler season for Amonkhet and hopefully there will be even more Commander goodies to discuss.

Robert Burrows

So... there were these snakes

You share snake things pretty often, so when I came across a few pictures of snakey jewelry I started thinking about that, which led to thinking about Oro, which lead to an Idea, and then I decided to enable you. (Hopefully)

Thusly…

One day Oro starts to receive some anonymous presents from someone, things like this little guy…

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… And he doesn’t know what to do about it, but it’s cute so he decides to keep it, doesn’t stress over it too much. But then more start showing up…

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… And quite a few of them are for his hair…

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… and well, he’s got quite a lot of hair to manage, so it’s not like he’s going to turn them down…

… And then he finds another gift waiting for him when he gets back from a long mission…

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… And it’s this ^^ (Which is pretty damn awesome in and of itself. That’s a necklace if you couldn’t tell, and it has an actual sword in it.)… And Oro finds the blade and realizes that it’s the same make/technique/I-don’t-really-know-much-about-swords-but-whatever as the kunai he’s been buying from that silver-haired blacksmith a few streets over.

So yeah, that’s what popped into my head when I saw the necklace/sword thing, just ‘That is something Oro would legit wear. But where would he get it? Sakumo. Sakumo gave it to him.’

thesunshineprince  asked:

I've seen you mention a few things about good beginner snakes, but not compare them against each other. So what do you think? A corn snake, rosy boa, sand boa, Western hognose, or something else?

I wouldn’t say a hoggie. Hoggies are easy keepers, yeah, but their body language is way more confusing than most snakes’. They’re pretty dramatic and it can be a little difficult to predict what they’re going to do. They’re also mildly toxic. There’s a huge argument about whether they’re venomous or not and people get really steamed about it, but suffice it to say: if a hoggie bites you and chews on you (their teef are in the back of their mouth, so they have to work to get them into you), you may experience swelling and pain about equivalent to a bee sting. (Or at least that’s what people tell me- I’ve never been stung by a bee.) GENERALLY speaking I’d recommend not having one as your first, especially if you haven’t got any other reptile experience. It’s just a little better to kinda get to understanding of how snakes move and act and think first before you take a little drama queen/king into your home.

OK so that outta the way, here’s a comparison chart!

To explain things: here’s what I think makes a good first snake.

Fast: How fast is the snake? Will I be able to tell if it’s going to strike? If I accidentally drop it, will it wiggle away? Corns can be kinda quick. Same with rosies. KSBs, though… yeah, no. They’re slow. It’s really cute.

Foob: How good is this snake at eating? Will it eat for me right away? Are hunger strikes going to be a problem? All three species are great eaters, but the sand boa gets a point taken away because sometimes they do stop eating. HOWEVER this is a sign that they want it either a little warmer or a little cooler… orrrrr they’re an adult male and they think that there’s a CHANCE there might be a lady around.

Big house: How big does the cage need to be? Can I find a container this size easily? For the chart, I did tanks- but tubs work for all of these. NONE of these snakes are expensive to house, just make sure you have room. Corns are by far the most active, so make sure they’ve got enough room to move around and explore!

Finicky: If I have the cage a little too warm or cool or wet or dry, is this snake going to keel over and die? Can it thrive in a wide range of temperatures and humidities? Always strive to keep the cage as close to perfect as possible, but some snakes do REALLY poorly if everything isn’t spot on. All three of these species, however? Pretty chill about it. 

Hold: Can this snake be handled safely by one person? Will handling stress it out to an unsafe point? Rosy boas can be a little nippy if they don’t want to come out. But all three of these species do tend to handle really well and are calm when taken out. Bonus points to the sand boa because they’re super calm usually and are excellent ambassador snakes.

Healthy: Are there any known genetic issues with this species? Is it prone to certain diseases? In this category, the rosy boa and KSB slightly outcompete the cornsnake if you get a female. The reason for this is that egg binding can be a real problem in female snakes and is an expensive thing to fix. It can be fatal and while you usually only have to worry about this with snakes you’re breeding, it can happen rarely to unbred females. 

Cool thing about rosies and KSBs, though? No eggs. They’re livebearers- ovoviviparous, meaning the babies form in egg sacs inside the mother but there’s no shell made. So egg binding isn’t a problem! There’s also no morphs with neuro problems like you see in BPs. All in all, any of these would be great starters.