Hello again ^^. Didn’t plan another release til next week, but my heart exploded tonight.
They are what they are. Nothing more, nothing less. Our cornrows will slay in this lifetime and the next. This is for the amazingly supportive friends and fam I have on here. I don’t know what I did to deserve y’all. Thank you so so much. It’a not perfect, but I hope you will still love it.
Unisex Blacks, Reds & Browns All LODs Kinda Hat Compatible Disallowed for Random Custom Thumbnail Slight Transparency Not for the VERY large chested >.<
//my program crashed in the middle of working on an ask as I tried to save the images I had already completed. Out of frustration I decided to illustrate another one of Ludwig’s nightmares + a potential headcanon.
The potential headcanon being that when Ludwig’s siblings “retired” from their status as a nation, part of the ceremony was a symbolic stab, as Ludwig “kills” them, even if they proceeded to be alive for a few more years after the fact. I’m not sure how much I like this headcanon, but the idea already would certainly haunt Ludwig, as well as the idea of doing that to Gilbert.
A combination of Quest selfies. These people are some of the best in the world and I wouldn’t trade them for a damn thing. LARP has given me so many amazing things, but if it had given me nothing else but these people, I would still be as grateful as I am now. @forgedinfoamtemperedlikesteel @michellejoy
The Chesterwick Encampment at Swordcraft Spring Quest, 2016.
A few quick photos I took of our camp. We put immense effort into making our camp historically inspired and vibrant, and I feel that it paid off. In an event of 500+ people it can be difficult to stand out. I’m happy to say that all of the work was worth it, we had dozens of characters hanging out at our camp, passing on secrets, and generally just being delightful in our presence in exchange for mulled cider and a hot fire in an immersive environment.
“… As C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape constantly informs his student Wormwood, evil shouldn’t waste much time tempting us with the moderate stuff. He goes for the throat, seeking to attack the very nature and character of God Himself. In the Garden in the first days, Satan got Adam and Eve to doubt the truth and goodness of God. Today, in this gender revolution, Satan is attempting to trick all of us into doubting something deeper: the very image of God. How is this?
On the first page of our Bibles, we are told what it is in creation that singly bears the very image and likeness of God:
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
It is not just humanity that bears and shows forth the image of God in creation, but more specifically, male and female. There is something deeply divine and holy in distinct realities of being objective sex-differentiated. It’s not just biological but theological. When Satan gets us to go along with the lie that male and female are only things we feel about ourselves and nothing more, he well knows what he’s accomplishing. When he deceives an individual to join in on the lie, he knows what he’s gained. As those who love the Father and are committed to honoring Him, we should be every bit as insightful.
This is so much more than just the latest hot topic in the culture war.”
You may have seen terms such as “male aligned” and “female aligned” floating around the internet in the last year or so. This is an attempt to label the paradoxical double0existence of many nonbinary people.
Because of the way their identities intersect with the gender binary, there are times when it is useful to categorize ourselves as having overlapping experiences with either men, or women. If there is a very large amount of overlap, such as if one is exclusively perceived as a man/woman and is therefore subject to the specific social backlash that effects those classes, it can be valuable to “align” ourselves with those classes, to have meaningful discussions about how oppression functions.
For example, although a cis man of color and a proxvir person of the same race will experience their own genders differently, and internalize very different narratives, both will be subject to the same external forces of male-specific racism (eg: assumption of violent intent, being perceived as adult even when children, etc).
Similarly, a cis woman with Complex PTSD (also called Borderline Personality) is going to be subject to a lot of vicious medical misogyny regarding her diagnosis and treatment. An ambonec person perceived (and misgendered) primarily as female will be subject to very, very similar, if not identical, medical abuses.
There is value in being able to say, “I am negatively affected by this specific set of gendered preconceptions, even though I am not actually of this gender.”
This was the intended purpose of terms such as “male aligned” and “female aligned.” To identify strong overlaps in external pressures and experiences, or to identify overlaps in personal identity with the experiences of another gender.
Unfortunately, things didn’t work out that way.
What went wrong?
The same thing that always goes wrong when nonbinary people are being scrutinized: gender alignment language was, and is, used as a way to “prove” that nonbinary people are really male or female, and in many cases, to prove that nonbinary people are cis.
This sort of problem had cropped up occasionally before, but the uprise of anti a-spec discourse and the strong enforcement of the Same/Similar Gender Attraction model really brought us to a tipping point.
For many nonbinary people, terms like “woman aligned” or “man aligned” are no longer useful for their intended purpose: describing our experiences of gendered violence in society.
This is an especially brutal loss to Nonbinary people of color, for whom gendered violence is much starker than white people, but it negatively impacts us all.
So what can we do about it?
What we always do: evolve and thrive.
As our language is taken from us, we endeavour to create new terms that will fulfill our needs without being subject to the same weaknesses as the older language.
We know, for example, that the inclusion of man, woman, male and female in alignment language created a dangerous opening for abuse by cis binarist and exorsexist people trying to erase our experiences and identities.
The obvious solution, then, is to create terms that fulfill this necessary language gap, but do not offer immediate recourse to “Hah! I knew you were a man/woman/cis person all along!” for those would silence and harm us.
With that in mind, after some group discussion, we would like to present a possible solution.
Space is genderless. Of course it is. But simultaneously, many aspects of space are gendered, whether for artistic, religious, or cultural reasons. Likewise, nonbinary identities have long has associations with space, from modern xenogenders, to the mythological gods and heroes of old that are immortalized in constellations and pantheons.
With consideration to both that history, and the fact that these terms need to describe both that we are not of these genders, and yet that other people force those genders on us and create this experience, we propose the following terms.
Stellarian: With as many possible identities and presentations as there are stars in the sky, a Stellar Nonbinary Person, or Stellarian, would be someone who does not experience strong alignment with either binary gender, or who rejects such alignment.
Solarian: In many cultures and religious systems, the sun is associated with masculinity, and male energy. As a result, a Solar Nonbinary Person, or Solarian, would be someone who has similarities in identity or experience with men. The term functions as a less easily abused form of “male aligned.”
Lunarian: In equally many cultures, where the sun is man, the moon is woman and feminine energy. As a result, a Lunar Nonbinary Person, or Lunarian, would be someone who has similarities in identity or experience with women. It functions as a less easily abused term for “female aligned.”