raise that banner

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I’m honored… to be entrusted with the care of yer son. But Dougal speaks true. I will use every option in my power to defeat the British, and that includes raising the MacKenzie banner. I do not doubt yer fighting spirit, but I know that you will not sacrifice your men needlessly. If the cause is lost, then you will put the lives of yer men above all else.
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What the last Storm Queen, Argella Durrandon, would have worn, Alberta Ferretti

Princess Argella Durrandon was the daughter and only child of Argilac the Arrogant, the last Storm King. When Aegon the Conqueror sent Orys Baratheon (his hand of the king), to take Storm’s End the Storm King rode out to meet them in battle where, Orys slew Argilac Durrandon in single combat, and the remaining stormlander army fled. 

Princess Argella then barred the gates of Storm’s End and declared herself Storm Queen at the approach of Orys Baratheon and the Targaryen host, and when Queen Rhaenys flew Meraxes into the castle to parley, Argella announced that the defenders of Storm’s End would die to the last man. However, her garrison refused to share the fate of Harrenhal and revolted, raising a peace banner and delivering Argella to Orys’s camp, gagged and chained. Orys, however, treated her kindly and told her of her father’s courage facing death. For winning Storm’s End Aegon gave Orys the rule of the Stormlands, and he married Argella and to honor her house took their sigil and words as his own and become the first lord of Storm’s End.

  • Bruce: I'm freaking out a little bit here, Tony. I'm not doing well with this. Think of something. How are we gonna fix this? Think.
  • Tony: You know I can't think on demand like that.
  • Bruce: Think!
  • Tony: Stop saying think! Every time you say think all I can think is the word think—
  • Bruce: All right, all right!
  • Tony: And it fills up my whole brain. Think, think, think. It keeps changing colors and sizes, I can't get past it!
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Princess Argella Durrandon was the daughter and only child of Argilac the Arrogant, the last Storm King. In the battle called the Last Storm, Orys Baratheon slew Argilac Durrandon in single combat, and the remaining stormlander army fled. At the approach of Orys Baratheon and the Targaryen host, Argella barred the gates of Storm’s End and declared herself Storm Queen. Rather than bend the knee, she promised when Queen Rhaenys flew Meraxes into the castle to parley that the defenders of Storm’s End would die to the last man. “You may take my castle, but you will win only bones and blood and ashes,” she announced, but the soldiers of the garrison proved less eager to die. That night they raised a peace banner, threw open the castle gate, and delivered Lady Argella gagged, chained, and naked to the camp of Orys Baratheon. It is said that Orys unchained her with his own hands, wrapped his cloak around her, poured her wine, and spoke to her gently, telling her of her father’s courage and the manner of his death. And afterward, to honor the fallen king, he took the arms and words of the Durrandon for his own. The crowned stag became his sigil, Storm’s End became his seat, and Lady Argella his wife.

Fancasting Meme | 6 Historical Figures (3/6)
Eva Green as Argella Durrandon

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The Storm Queen

At the approach of Orys Baratheon and the Targaryen host, Argella barred the gates of Storm’s End and declared herself Storm Queen. She announced that the defenders of Storm’s End would die to the last man. However, her garrison refused to share the fate of Harrenhal and revolted, raising a peace banner and delivering Argella to Orys’s camp, gagged, chained, and naked. Orys removed the chains with his own hands, wrapped his cloak around her, and gave her food and wine. He spoke to her gently, telling her of her father Argilac’s courage in death.

Aegon rewarded Orys Baratheon with Storm’s End, the rule of the Stormlands, and Argella. Orys Baratheon adopted the sigil and words of House Durrandon as his own.

[Jenna Coleman as Argella ; Russel Crow as Orys]

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& with the black banners raised the crooked smiles fade former heroes who quit t o o l a t e who just wanna fill up the trophy case again ♚

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preasoiaf meme
⌊ (1/1) king or queen - Argella Durrandon

Argella barred the gates of Storm’s End and declared herself Storm Queen. When Queen Rhaenys flew Meraxes into the castle to parley, Argella announced that the defenders of Storm’s End would die to the last man. However, her garrison refused to share the fate of Harrenhal and revolted, raising a peace banner and delivering Argella to Orys’s camp, gagged, chained, and naked. Orys, however, removed the chains with his own hands, wrapped his cloak around her, and gave her food and wine. Aegon rewarded Orys Baratheon with Storm’s End, the rule of the Stormlands, and Argella.On his marriage to Argella Durrandon, and to honor Argilac’s valor, Orys Baratheon adopted the sigil and words of House Durrandon as his own.

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asoiaf meme (minor characters): 3/9 scenes ~ a dance with dragons, epilogue

“I thought the crossbow fitting. You shared so much with Lord Tywin, why not that? Your niece will think the Tyrells had you murdered, mayhaps with the connivance of the Imp. The Tyrells will suspect her. Someone somewhere will find a way to blame the Dornishmen. Doubt, division, and mistrust will eat the very ground beneath your boy king, whilst Aegon raises his banner above Storm’s End and the lords of the realm gather round him.”

Osomatsu’s VA raised the banner that he brought on stage. Written there, “Proud to be Jobless”.

FappyMatsu Choromatsu’s seiyuu confidently walked on stage with his dear tissue box tucked safely.

Ichimatsu’s VA had dynamite.

Jyushimatsu’s seiyuu the ‘Baseball Guy’, and

Todomatsu’s VA with his cute, super girly pink parasol.

………………. There are 6500 fans attending that event, I hope the DVD will come out soon and it will be awesome!

Call your arms and raise your banners, for soon we march!!!

NOV. 14-20 2016 - WE RIDE!!!

Magic Meat Week 2016 is just around the corner. Join us in a celebration of equal opportunity fantasy and sci-fi cheesecake. Our mission here at MMW is to correct the horribly imbalanced distribution of impractical yet sexy armor and get-ups placed upon women from the battle strewn plains of Evondell to the network of space stations orbiting Klaktor 7. 

Look, we love sexy fantasy costumes but recognize there is a time and a place. For women it shouldn’t be the default, and for men it shouldn’t be infrequent to the point of nonexistence. So join us as we subvert the male gaze!

And please read this pertinent note from the movement’s creator Amanda Sharpe:

“Try to keep in mind that this is not intended to be mockery. It’s not “ha ha isn’t it funny if male characters wear feminine clothing and/or pose in feminine ways.” That type of humor is transphobic and not what Magic Meat Week is about! We’re here to take back sexy fantasy art from the straight male gaze, because men can be sexy too!

So I encourage you to draw some hot stuff and enjoy it! I’m not saying masculine characters can’t wear feminine things, but do it because it’s sexy and fun, not because it’s a joke to you.

Enjoy your beefcake!”

So get ready, and when Nov. 14th rolls around start posting those bad boys, and tagging them #Magic Meat Week or submit them straight to the blog! 

I don’t accept you.

One of the best days of my life was the day I told my dad I was atheist.

For background - I’ve always had very open, loving, and socially liberal parents, but I was raised under a conservative, Baptist banner. We attended church every Sunday. In 1997, my father moved all of us to South Dakota because he felt that God had called him to attend seminary. I went to Bible camp every summer from the ages of 10 through 17. When I was 15, a friend asked me to baptize her; and I did. On my first day of 1st Grade, I sat with my dad on the floor of my living room - both of us kneeling, our hands folded in prayer across the cushions of the loveseat - and accepted Jesus into my heart. This is to say, my unraveling from Christianity didn’t happen easily or without careful and educated consideration. It was a slow awakening - it took years of travel, attending other religious services, making friends outside my church group and listening to their thoughts, views, and stories, then allowing those views to challenge my own.

I asked a lot of questions, and at some point, I could no longer justify the answers I was getting.

One day after a particularly long debate with a friend about heaven, I thought, “Maybe this is it, and we have to be good, nice people here because this is our only shot.” And it was the first time, in a long time, that I felt some semblance of comfort. It all suddenly made sense, and I knew right then that I was atheist.

But it would be about 9 years before I ever said those words out loud.

Which brings me back to my best day.

I had stopped to fill up my car at a gas station. I only wanted to put $20 in the tank because it was all I had in the bank until Friday - so, I was obsessively staring at the pump. As I watched the gauge tick upward, a woman walked up to me and asked if she could talk with me about her religion. Usually I’m very open to discussing faith, but at this particular moment, I wasn’t really paying attention to her, I was watching the meter. Without thinking, I quickly rattled off, “No thank you, I’m atheist.” It was the first time I’d ever said it outside of my head. Anywhere. To anyone. I was so stunned, I forgot what I was doing until I heard the audible “pop” of the pump’s automatic shut-off. I’d filled up with $26.80 worth of gas. Fuck.

Even though I was probably overdrawn, I felt indescribably light. I’d said something true and honest, and the world around me just continued and no one died and that woman at the gas pump didn’t scream at me or try to claw my eyes out, she simply smiled and walked away. Everything was just fine.

I had to capitalize on this feeling. So, I called my dad.

When he answered, the first thing I blurted into the phone was, “Daddy, I’m an atheist.” There was a silence, and then, “Yeah, I kinda figured.”

“You KNEW?”

“Sure.”

“Are you mad?”

“No.”

“Really? Really? You accept that?”

Then my dad said something that I wish every single human could hear from the person they love the most: “No. I don’t accept that. Acceptance is my most basic requirement as a parent. It’s the easiest thing I could do as your dad. It requires nothing more from me than….adequacy. Acceptance is tolerating something, even when you don’t like it. You’re atheist? Okay. Whatever. You’re a wonderful person. You’re a wonderful daughter. I love you, and every day you give me a reason to love you more. I’m so proud of you. Of your bravery and your honesty. Accept you? No. I don’t accept you - I ADORE you.“

Hearing that from my dad, even when deep down I probably knew that would be his answer, was such a satisfying relief.

That feeling is something I don’t want to take for granted.

What I’m trying to say is, if in this current social and political climate, you feel like there’s something about you that is different or weird or not “normal” and you think if you say it out loud the world is going to end, please know…

I don’t accept you - I ADORE you.

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asoiaf meme (minor characters): 7/10 characters ~ argella durrandon

Rather than bend the knee, the defenders of Storm’s End would die to the last man, she promised when Queen Rhaenys flew Meraxes into the castle to parley. “You may take my castle, but you will win only bones and blood and ashes,” she announced…but the soldiers of the garrison proved less eager to die. That night they raised a peace banner, threw open the castle gate, and delivered Lady Argella gagged, chained, and naked to the camp of Orys Baratheon. // eva green as argella durrandon