The trails! The what? Oh, come on. We have to explain everything? It’s a series of tests to choose a new King. They are totally impossible. And they involve fire, poisonous reptiles, volcanoes. Basically any cool thing that causes a grisly, painful death.How lucky are we?
me, wearing only boxers, standing in your kitchen at one in the morning, drinking tea straight from the teapot. my glasses are on upside down and someone, possibly me, has written “1994 MOS EISLEY POD RACE CONTESTANT” on my stomach in blue sharpie. you are afraid.
One of my favourite scenes in the book and I wanted to draw it
for ages and now with the official scorpio races season starting I
finally had a good reason to post this (aka procastinating uni work and finishing this instead)
I once read a report that said over 50% of Afro-Caribbean men have a non-black partner. Over 50%. There are twice as many biracial Afro-Caribbean children in the uk than there are mono-racial Afro-Caribbean kids. At first, I was like that’s not possible, I lived in a different country then but moved to the UK last year. But I was seriously wrong. I live like an hour or two away from London, but I find it hard to spot fully black kids and when I do they’re usually African. All I see are biracial kids running around the place. And obviously since the men aren’t dating the women the women date outside their race too. The same report said Africans in the U.K. also date outside their race but overall they usually marry their own people or within their race at least (think it said due to culture & because of parents, traditions etc).
There’s nothing wrong with biracial kids or interracial dating, if you find someone you love, race shouldn’t be a barrier at all. But just looking at that statistic alone, I can’t help but feel other factors are playing into it. Self-hate, colourism & anti-blackness. I watched this Jamaican youtuber, she has a white boyfriend, and said she loved black boys so much but they would always tell her she’s ugly, she’s too black (she’s dark skinned and so beautiful) , they only date white girls etc, so she had to expand on who she dates which is understandable. Some black people are literally dying to not be with another black person and that says a lot.
I think that the great shells are organic fabrials, created by Odium in the desolation arms race with Honor.
We know that the larger great shells have a gem heart, where a gemstone is connected to the biology of the creature in some fashion. This gemstone is likely there so that the creature can subsist off of storm light in some way or another. This is supported by the scientific fact that a creature like the reshi isles would need a huge amount of biomass to support it. A blue whale eats almost 4 tons of krill a day (1.5 million food calories) to stay alive, and needs to constantly be filtering food out of the water. However, the biology of these creatures doesn’t suggest filter feeding or any other such mass food ingestion mechanism required to keep a several million ton organism alive. The head of the creature is very far above the water, meaning that the food source for that organism would also need to be that far above the water, but there are none. Therefore, the creatures must subsist on storm light.
Also, we know that the creatures have a bond with a spren. This is seen by Shallan with the chasm fiend and the Santhid, and with the spren saving Rysn on the Reshi isle. This spren likely resides within the gem heart, because we know that spren are able to be trapped in gemstones. WOB say that the great shells are able to grow to the size that they do because of this bond, so the bond must help the great shell in some way that we do not understand.
The subsistence on storm light, the bond with the spren, and the gem heart itself are all odd biologically, because they all could not come about via evolution. For the subsistence and the bond to occur, the great shell would need to begin growing a gem heart first. there would have to be some DNA change that created it. However, this couldn’t really happen because the gemstones aren’t like bone or chiton in that they are generally not organic (carbon based) in nature. Also, the gem hearts can be different gemstones, which are different in chemical composition. An emerald is a beryllium aluminum silicate, while a ruby is an aluminum chromium oxide, and amethyst is a silicone oxide. These different gemstones all have different crystal structures, and couldn’t be laid down by the same biological processes, if they could be made by biological processes at all.
All of this points to an intelligent design of the great shells that isn’t evolution-based. The interesting thing is that fabrials work off of a similar principle of storm light subsistence and spren bonds. The fabrials have a spren in the gemstone to create a desired effect, and the storm light powers the construct so that the effect happens. This is the same basic idea of how great shells live and get as large as they do.
The reason I think they exist as creations of odium are also related to the gem hearts. Odium has already shown that he likes to be able to take over the consciousness of his soldiers with spren. This can be seen with the void forms of the parshendi, where the songs said they had no choice in what form they could take. It has also been shown that the void spren can inhabit gemstones. This means that the gem hearts of the great shells are there for a void spren to inhabit and turn it into a weapon against the forces of honor. The gem heart exists as a kind of cockpit for the void spren to enter and control the beast.
The great shells also make sense as weapons when one considers the overall arms race that went on between Honor and Odium. First there were the parshendi and the humans fighting each other. Odium created thunderclasts, creations of stone inhabited by spren, to combat the steel and bronze weapons of the humans. To combat these thunderclasts, Honor creates the Nahel bond and shard blades, which can easily counter the stone form of the thunderclasts. Since his advantage was negated, Odium created the great shells, which were basically thunderclasts made flesh. This made them far more difficult to fight with a shard blade, because you couldn’t outright kill the thing by cutting it into pieces. We saw in TWoK that three shard bearers fighting together had a hard time taking down a chasm fiend, because its mass made it difficult to sever the soul from the body.
I’m not sure this theory is super important in the long run, but it is interesting and may help with understanding the evolution of the desolations.
Today I ran my butt off. It was very very difficult but I made it. I ran til about 11.5 miles when there was a horrible hill we had already run once so I walked some. I hate that I walked but my body couldn’t do it.
I started way too fast at 10:30 for my fist mile. I don’t know what I was thinking or why my head decided to run that fast so it’s no surprise I ran out of steam. I also didn’t know anything about all these hills. Online people say nice flat race. They’re totally wrong.
Overall I am very very happy with this time. My goal was 2:30 and I made it. I hope Novembers half is just as good.
@leftmyurlinmyotherpants asked: hii you probably have so many requests and i’m sorry to add onto that list but could you possibly write some hc’s where race and/or jojo are comforting the reader after they fought with their parent? that’s been my evening so far and i need a little pick me up, thank you so much 💕
**i feel like this was just generic ‘cheering you up’ but i hope it applies to you and i hope things are going well!!
***also i know i said this would be for jojo guess i was wrong whOOPs
Me in full sporty/racecar-driver au Allura cosplay for the Voltron panel at NYCC. Got a bunch of happy compliments :) really outdid the pink - Mike from the Let’s Voltron Podcast told me I could pull off a Penelope Pitsop Allura look from Wacky Races (anyone remember that?). Overall this panel was so much fun and I still can’t believe I got to meet the cast and crew. Barely got that selfie with Josh but got to give Kimberly a gift! (Will share that soon). I’m SO ready for season 4!