repositories of knowledge

Tools of the Craft: The Book of Shadows

Oh, the beautiful working altar! It is a place of magic, with lots of shiny and smelly things on it which make me feel at home. But to the new witch, it can sometimes seem daunting, and even downright scary to look at - almost as if it came right out of some dark fantasy story.

But there’s nothing to be afraid of. Each object on the altar is merely a tool to help visually direct energy. In witchcraft, every tool has its significance and its own symbolism, and it often helps to understand what makes these tools so important. In this series of articles, I will endeavor to lift the shroud of mystery from these tools and assist in helping you understand what each tool is used for, where it comes from, and why we use it.

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The Book of Shadows

We’ve all seen various shows that portray witches with various spell books, from the massive tome in Sabrina, The Teenage Witch to the living spell book in Hocus Pocus. It sometimes seems as if the book is as inseparable from witchcraft as the broom, pointed hat, and black cat! However, unlike how they’re portrayed in media, spell books, or Books of Shadows, are unique to each individual, and may have spells, correspondences, references, or may simply be a journal.

Ultimately, the Book of Shadows (hereafter, “BoS”) is a repository of knowledge pertinent to your practice. It’s your reference guide and a measure of your growth as you progress and learn more.

As many experienced witches who teach can attest to, one of the most frequent questions we get is “How to I make a BoS?” or “What do I need to do to get a spell book?” And this question is tricky not because of complexity, but because of its simplicity. So let’s take a look at the different types of BoS, and what could go into them!

Hard Copies, Media Files, and Oral Tradition

Every witch has his or her own aesthetic, preferred method of going about things, and pocketbook. As such, the types of BoS out there vary depending upon the witch! The most stereotypical BoS is the hard copy book. Durable, long lasting, and with a rather gorgeous look, it’s no surprise that from the get go, many of us will reach out to take hold of one of those faux-leather-bound blank journals lining the back wall of Barnes & Noble

However, when first starting out, jumping straight to these often expensive books is not necessarily practical. The reason for this is that like our practice, our book will likely change and evolve over time to reflect our growth. As such, it isn’t uncommon early on to tear pages out, reorganize, and add pages to incorporate what suits you.

That said, it’s often recommended for the new witch to start simple. And for that there are a couple of options! First is for those who prefer hard copies. In the .gif above, the keen eye might notice that the BoS shown is a simple graph paper notebook. This is not uncommon, and while some may initially fear having a BoS that looks “tacky,” remember that the book will change over time, and as you practice more and find aspects that you know will not be going away anytime soon, you can incorporate them into another more aesthetically pleasing BoS (there’s no rule that says you can’t have more than one! I have several, and for different aspects of my practice). 

Far less expensive is the digital BoS. Earlier on, I addressed Technopaganism and how it relates to paganism and witchcraft. In it, I acknowledged that one rather practical aspect to technopaganism is that witches who adopt this philosophy will often set aside files on their devices specifically for witchcraft. For instance, on my computer, I have a folder dedicated to witchcraft, with subfolders that have word files for notes, rites and spells, my blog articles (yes, my articles go in my BoS!) pictures, and correspondences. Though many witches prefer to cast spells and blessings on their BoS and may scoff at the thought of having a digital BoS, remember that in technopaganism, it is not uncommon to bless and cast spells on the device or drive that has the files in question, just as one would bless and cast a spell on a physical book.

Some witches who like the digital aspect even create public BoS’s here on Tumblr! Blogs are often a great repository for spells and notes regarding witchcraft, so it’s good to keep your eyes peeled for a good BoS page!

Lastly, there is another type of BoS that often goes unrecognized and treated less carefully because it’s not a physical object, and that’s oral tradition. Many of our ancient ancestors who did not have a written language passed their traditions, spells, and rites down to one another through strictly oral means. And some who had a written system maintained a mostly oral tradition as well (take, for instance, the Celts and Norse - both had written systems but maintained their traditions orally). The message here is that if you don’t feel that having a BoS is necessary or desired, you are not a lesser witch for it. Even today, some families maintain an oral system, passing their faith and traditions down from one generation to the next with the spoken word. 

Compilations, Dreams, and Magic

So we’ve seen the different formats used for a BoS. But… what goes into it? Well, the simple answer is anything you want! And much to the frustration of many new witches, that’s exactly the answer they get. So let’s take a look at what commonly goes into a BoS, and how it can be varied.

Spells: This one’s the most common subject. After all, many witches prefer a repository of their successful spells for future reference. So many include a section in their books dedicated specifically to spells. (If the book were dedicated solely to spells and rites, it is often referred to as a grimoire instead of a BoS, though this is mostly a matter of preference).

Rites: This varies from tradition to tradition, as some partake in full rites whereas others don’t. But a section devoted to rites will likely include rituals for the Wheel of the Year, other holidays and sabbats, esbat (lunar) rites, and even initiation and dedication rites for covens.

Correspondences: If you rely heavily on correspondences, be they for astrology, color, runes, plants, or otherwise, it is often recommended to have a reference or resource where you can look up the proper correspondences for your tradition. As such, many witches who work with such correspondences will have a section dedicated appropriately.

Recipes: Giggle as you may, but kitchen witches often joke about their BoS being a cookbook. And some legitimately have a cookbook as a BoS. Regardless, those who work magic into their cooking may prefer to have some good go-to recipes on hand! Need an example? One of my books is dedicated solely to Foodie Friday recipes, and I do consider it to be a BoS!

Journals: Whether it be a dream journal, or a diary, there are many witches out there who incorporate their journals into their BoS. This has a couple of benefits: the first is that it is an excellent way of tracking growth; the second is that it provides a cross reference, so if you forget something in another section of your BoS, you could have it in your journal. It is also an excellent way of providing a personal narrative regarding your development and relationship to the gods, if that is part of your path.

Notes: Let’s face it, as a new witch (or even an experienced witch), you probably do a lot of note-taking, jotting down new information or spells or philosophies for your craft. The BoS is an excellent repository for these scribbles!

There is plenty more that can be added to a BoS, but these are the most common subjects. Is there a proper order to have in a BoS? Only if you feel you need one. However, for me, I have found that if I were to establish a table of contents in my BoS, it would be rendered null rather quickly as I add and remove subjects. Instead, sticky notes, tabs, bookmarks, or ribbons can be used to separate sections so that you can easily page through your book!

Custom Made!

Many new witches might see a lot of those rather gorgeous home-made books out there. Though your book need not be pretty to be functional, it is encouraged to make your book your own. If you’re artistically inclined, bend that toward your book and create a BoS that doubles as a masterpiece! Some will create wood bindings, while others may simply draw and decorate the edges of their pages. It can be as complicated as that, or as simple as adding a ribbon with a crystal on it. The book is yours, so do what you’d like with it!

So Josh, what kinds of BoS do you have?

Well, I have several. The first is my aforementioned digital BoS. Though I don’t use it for spellcasting, it is a backup repository of my notes and articles, as well as a place where I can write out new spells and rites as needed before printing them for coven work (because my handwriting isn’t exactly the easiest for others to read). The second is the aforementioned Foodie Friday Notebook. The notes and recipes that I write down are later shared with all of you, and I keep it all for future reference and for my own work! Third is my coven BoS. This is a hard cover blank journal in which I write down all of the rites and spells that we do together, as well as where I write down any notes that may be pertinent to our practice. Fourth is my personal BoS, which is a faux-leather-bound journal in which I write my finalized aspects to my practice.

It’s likely that I could end up with new books in the future, and my BoS’s will continue to change over time!

How can I make my own BoS?

Use everything we’ve covered above as a guideline in crafting your personal BoS. Remember that if affordability is an issue, you can always start small and later on build up to something you’d prefer. Whether it be a digital file, a spiral bound notebook, or a blank journal, remember that your BoS is your reflection and repository! Treat it with care and as much respect as you would any other tool for the craft!

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And as always, Blessed Be! )O(

anonymous asked:

what was the date that Clarke and Lexa met and what was the date Lexa died? in their world not ours

i honestly do not know - @kimshum is the repository for all arcane archival knowledge of the show… any thoughts shumway?

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The dwarves are lauded for their craftsmanship, and the city of Orzammar is one of their finest works. Orzammar lies at the heart of the Frostback Mountains, deep underground. The city arcs outward from the royal palace, which is built around a natural lava vent, continually fountaining liquid rock, which both lights and heats the entire cavern. 

 The topmost tier of Orzammar is home to the noble caste, with their palaces fanning out in both directions from the court of the king, as well as the Shaperate, which serves as a repository for all dwarven knowledge. 

 The lower tier is the Commons, where the merchant caste holds sway and where the finest works of Orzammar’s craftsman are for sale. In the center of the river of lava, connected to the Commons by a causeway, are the Proving Grounds, a sacred arena where the dwarves, by ancient tradition, settle their disputes. 

 On one side of the fiery river are the ruins of old dwarven palaces, fallen into disrepair, which the locals call Dust Town, now home to the city’s casteless. On the other side of the river are the Deep Roads, which once joined the sprawling dwarven empire together, but now, after centuries of darkspawn incursions, are largely sealed off. Nearly all knowledge of this network of underground passages has been lost, even to its builders. 

 ──From “In Pursuit of Knowledge: The Travels of A Chantry Scholar”, by Brother Genitivi

Ivy & Kincaid shenanigans

Kincaid: Don’t eat too many of those gummy bears or you’ll get sick.

Ivy: Did you know that gummy bears actually contain a chemical called Gelataursionide that helps children grow up big and strong?

Kincaid: Lies.

Ivy: *munching another gummy bear* It’s true.

Kincaid: Prove it.

Ivy: I can’t. All the major confectionery companies realised that no children would eat gummy bears if they knew they were actually healthy, so they locked the research away in a vault in New Mexico, miles beneath the earth. No one but me and about three other people on the planet know the truth.

Kincaid: You can’t seriously expect me to believe there’s an international gummy bear conspiracy?

Ivy: *chooses a red one* Who’s the repository for all human knowledge and wisdom again?

Kincaid: Hand over the bears or you’re grounded.

Conflict in relationships is the main source of a story. If Rick and Morty didn’t massively conflict the show itself wouldn’t be interesting at all. And neither would fanfics. Like in Doctor Who, most of the actual conflict comes from either Rick getting in trouble, Morty getting trouble or someone outside them getting in trouble. Imagine if Rick and Morty completely understood each other on every level - then the only source of conflict is coming from outside them, which makes the plot a lot less exciting.

Another reason why C-137cest is so widespread is probably the fact that none of the cast members are really that developed. You’ve got the monster of the episode characters, the family members (also incestuous) and people who are about as developed as a 2D sheet of paper like Jessica etc. It’s not hard to understand why there is less interesting in reading/writing stories about literally who (one line of canon character description backed with someone’s character built entirely from scratch - you might as well be writing an OC at at that stage.)

Also, don’t take any of what Rick says at face value. He’s what I would describe as a sophist, he doesn’t believe any of the shit he spouts but tries to get other people to believe it. If Rick really believed in Schopenhaeur’s nullity of existence (that with time, ”everything becomes nothing under our fingertips at every moment”) he would have regarded Morty’s fall in the Schrodinger episode as inevitable and similarly in the toxic episode. Rick clearly attaches some kind of worth to “his” Morty as opposed to other versions of him through his actions but not always through his words. 

As for X and Y don’t deserve a happy ending: Lots of terrible people get happy endings in reality all the time and lots of good people get terrible endings. Even in fiction, characters considered good end up with terrible things happening to them. One particularly famous case is Fitz from Robin Hobb’s series who never ever seems to get a break from his suffering. Authors aren’t here to tell you what character X deserves or make every single relationship perfect but to tell a good story. 

Characters aren’t owed a specific and particular outcome in the story based on what they do or what kind of person they are. A huge component of writing a good story is about being able to kill your darlings, it’s about allowing yourself to get attached to specific characters but also to do whatever is necessary to tell a good story. If your character is going for chapters and chapters without anything major happening to them or affecting them on any level, I’m sorry to say that that that is not the sort of story I like to read. Having an interpersonal conflict going on is a part of what makes a story enjoyable for me, rather than a 100% perfect smoothly rolling relationship where everyone understands everything and there is nothing for any of the characters to learn or develop. 

Having characters react to adversity is interesting and seeing what they do about it is interesting, rather than having a flawless healthy relationship from the get go and watching two characters who are exactly proportioned to be equal on every level in terms of attitude, knowledge - no? What is the story even supposed to be achieving if there is no conflict, if people understand each other perfectly, if all you are talking about is how much wonderful sex they are having and some minor social embarassment once every couple of chapters?

And as for how wrong it is for a minor and a 70 year old to get involved in a relationship, fact of the matter is that Rick and Morty was birthed from a joke video created by Roiland about Morty licking Rick’s balls graphically and on screen which you can watch here: https://vimeo.com/97680161. Yes it’s the legit origins of Doc and Mharti and there’s even a paragraph about it in the artbook on page 206

Doc and Mharti also cameo in the comics and it’s referenced whenever Rick uses his ‘lick my balls catchphrase’ so you can be pretty certain that the creators are choosing to reference the spoof. And the line about “I wish incest porn was mainstream” – well isn’t the most obvious target of the joke something self referential?

There’s also that Judge Morty short (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTWdP5DMdsM) as coloured and lined from the SDCC keyframes by tiarawhy. While this might be a real case that Roiland is reading out for the purpose of entertaining fans, the creators made a conscious decision to adapt it as a Rick and Morty spoof thing, including that part where the criminal (played by Rick) says multiple times that he wants to fuck Morty/fuck white boys etc and that moist boys SDCC short https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQxmp-Vs4bA where RIck thinks that it would be a great idea if he can get Morty in on his moist boys (underaged porn) website idea for the purpose of getting money which Summer is also apparently on board with. There’s also the tweet where Roiland says that there’s a universe where Rick and Morty are in a healthy relationship together: https://twitter.com/justinroiland/status/630924233942499328?lang=en and also the laughing reference on the latest facebook post where Rick “declares” his love to Morty. 

Might the relationship be relationship between a 70 year old grandpa and his grandson be a bit weird? Probably, but not even the show creators care as they have demonstrated time and time again explicitly and implicitly (with the megaseeds up the butt, random shower scenes, whatever True Level was supposed to be) and the premise of the whole show was spawned from said character who eventually turned into a grandson licking said character who eventually turned into his grandpa’s balls. 

And as for does Rick deserve a happy ending or not? Well you’re not going to be finding out any time soon unless Rick and Morty gets cancelled because he is the main character and his comedic sociopathy and the ability to do exactly the wrong thing at the right time is the main draw of the series, as opposed to, say, something like Doctor Who. 

Rick’s toxicity isn’t going to be going way any time soon and it’s perhaps appropriate that Harmond and Roiland cited Vonnegut as an inspiration for Rick and Morty because Cat’s Cradle ends with the following passage:

If I were a younger man, I would write a history of human stupidity; and I would climb to the top of Mount McCabe and lie down on my back with my history for a pillow; and I would take from the ground some of the blue-white poison that makes statues of men; and I would make a statue of myself, lying on my back, grinning horribly, and thumbing my nose at You Know Who.

If Rick was in Vonnegut’s book, he wouldn’t only be the one taking the poison but being the catalyst for others taking it and shaping the attitudes of other characters towards their own fates. 

And Douglas Adams, which has less black humour in it too, but like the Tralfamadorians in Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five and The Sirens of Titans, it also serves to underline the idea that humanity can deal with adversity and conflict in amusing and often toxically self defeating ways  

The Joo Janta 200 Super-Chromatic Peril Sensitive Sunglasses have been designed to help people develop a relaxed attitude to danger. They follow the principle “what you don’t know can’t hurt you” and turn completely dark and opaque at the first sign of danger. 

In many of the more relaxed civilizations on the Outer Eastern Rim of the Galaxy, the Hitchhiker’s Guide has already supplanted the great Encyclopaedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, for though it has many omissions and contains much that is apocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate, it scores over the older, more pedestrian work in two important respects.
First, it is slightly cheaper; and secondly it has the words DON’T PANIC  inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover.

And in Slaughterhouse Five

Billy stayed in the wagon when it reached the slaughterhouse, sunning himself. The others went looking for souvenirs. Later on in life, the Tralfamadorians would advise Billy to concentrate on the happy moments of his life, and to ignore the unhappy ones—to stare only at pretty things as eternity failed to go by.

Like Morty, Billy Pilgrim and Arthur Dent are two people who are amusingly out of depth and who are contrasted up against the two more knowledgeable Tralfamadorians and the Ford Prefect respectively and the crux of the story comes from them gaining the understanding or gaining an appreciation/affinity for the life they’re living. Sure, Marvin can make computers kill themselves out of the weight of his depression and Ford’s idea of being safe is on a ship full of Vogons but in some ways, the protagonists are able to overcome that. Although the Earth is destroyed, there are other worlds, although almost everything is destroyed after WW2, there is still birdsong and the promise of better things to come. 

Although Rick might exist and keep trying to press his viewpoints upon everyone paternalistically, things aren’t as meaningless or necessarily as meaningless as he makes it seem. 

It’s a hard long road for fictional characters, but make your characters suffer. Like Vonnegut says “Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them – in order that the reader may see what they are made of.“ Characters exist to suffer.

There’s no journey without the mountains and in spite of the upstream battle Rick and Morty has with status quo, I do think we will get there. Especially if the Citadel episodes continue to deliver. 

Magical Asks

A list of magic-themed questions and writing prompts for your role-play characters and their world.

General

  • Does your character use magic?
  • What are their feelings about magic? Does it vary by type of magic?
  • What magical creatures have they encountered?
  • Write about an event in their youth that involved magic.
  • What powers their magic? Mana, Willpower, Gnosis, Chi, Blood, Quintessence, prayer, an artifact?
  • What is their general view toward magic-users? What do they believe the world’s view of magic-users is?

Items

  • Does your character own any magical items?
  • Can your character create a magical item? Write about how this is done.
  • Favorite magical item your character has used?
  • What’s the most dangerous magical item your character has used, and what made it so dangerous?
  • Potions! Write about using one!
  • Have they ever encountered a cursed item? what resulted?
  • Write about a risky magical item they have only heard of  but are interested in finding.

Casting Spells

  • Can your character cast spells on the fly, or are a set number of spells memorized for use?
  • Does casting a spell require physical components, such as an herb or crystal?
  • Does casting a spell require chanting, prayer, or intricate gestures?
  • How prepared is your character if they run out of energy for spells? Do they have training to compensate if they’re too exhausted to cast?
  • What happens if someone interrupts them in the middle of casting a spell?
  • Has your character ever cooperated with other magic-users to boost the range or power of a spell? Write about a time your character participated in such a ritual.
  • Has your character ever designed a spell? Is it something only they can use, or have they taught it to others?
  • Not all spells are for fighting or grand alterations. Are there any ‘tricks’ that your character has picked up? Do they perform them for entertainment?

The Library

  • What magical artifact and books does your character keep? Where do they keep them?
  • How much studying did your character have to do to learn what they know about magic?
  • Did their training in magic happen as a matter of being an apprentice to another, studying within a school, or figuring it out on their own?
  • Does your character teach magic to anyone else?
  • How does your character think the world views repositories of magic and related knowledge? How does your character view these repositories?
  • How long would another character need to study in order to be as skilled magic-user?

(Questions from here some questions modified for WoW RP)

Planes of the Daedric Princes (I)

Azura’s Moonshadow: Moonshadow is described as an impossibly beautiful, amazing world made up of impossible shades of colors, and perpetual twilight. This realm is believed to be permanently sealed off from mortals, but those who ventured there in the past usually went half-blind or half-mad from the unnatural beauty.

Boethiah’s Snake Mount or Attribution’s Share: Boethiah’s plane is made up of vast mazes, gardens and labyrinths, and the architecture has a very twisted and sinister appearance. Betrayal and deception are a matter of natural law in this realm. His recent bloody tournament in Oblivion may have been inMehrunes Dagon’s Deadlands, as it looked basically the same according to the winner.

Clavicus Vile’s Realm: The true name of this realm is not known, but it is one of the most tranquil and peaceful of the Oblivion realms, resembling a rustic countryside.

Hermaeus Mora’s Apocrypha: This is the central repository for all knowledge in the entire universe, and is said to resemble an infinite library. Murky waters spout tentacles throughout the abyss. Its books are all identical, having black covers and no titles, but there is one of every book ever written, and includes knowledge normally forbidden to humans. Mortals who wander here usually die and remain behind as ghosts, still seeking knowledge. Only through Hermaeus Mora’s mysterious Black Books have people found their way into Apocrypha.

Hircine’s Hunting Grounds: This plane consists of a vast expanse of islands, inhabited by the various daedra, or by vast forests, plains, grasslands and puzzling mazes. Hircine’s plane has a higher than normal population of atronachs. And it is home to were-beasts and creatures much larger than those of Tamriel. The most popular hunted prey are those unlucky mortals who find themselves here accidentally. Mortal souls who have been blessed with Lycanthropy are sent here.

Malacath’s Ashpit: The Ashpit is a barren, barely-habitable wasteland. Of those realms accessible by mortals, this is considered the hardest to reach. The realm is described to have no surface and no end. It is filled with particles of ash and smoke, swirling full of curses and broken promises. It is known as the final resting place for Orsimer who live and die honorably, as many orcs are heard making comments such as “By the Ashpit”. According to comments made by the Daedric Prince Sheogorath, this plane has some sort of spine in it, due to his comment that the backbone of Malacath’s realm is an actual backbone.

Mehrunes Dagon’s Deadlands: The Deadlands represent as close to the mortal vision of Hell as any of the Oblivion planes. It is also possibly the best known of all Daedric realms to mortals on Nirn. During the failed invasion of Nirn by Dagon’s forces near the end of the Third Era, various Tamrielic forces, especially in Cyrodiil and Black Marsh, actually stormed the Deadlands and won victories there. Ash storms and vast seas of lava make up the majority of this realm, which is populated by the highly intelligent Dremora, as well as many semi- or non-intelligent beings. The beings include Storm Atronachs, Flame Atronachs, Clannfear, Scamps, Daedroth, Xivilai and Spider Daedra. It is from this realm that Dagon has attempted to launch his repeated invasions of Nirn. Jagged rocky formations divide the landscape into miniature valleys. People who fall into the cracks in these jagged rocks oftentimes can never escape.

Meridia’s Colored Rooms: Little is known about this realm, save that the Auroran are native to this plane. This is where Umaril’s spirit fled when Pelinal Whitestrake slew him. The realm is clouded in a thick purple fog and is surrounded by floating rocks and the skies seem to be perpetually lit by stars.

Molag Bal’s Coldharbour: Molag Bal built his realm to resemble an apocalyptic Nirn, where familiar landmarks appear scorched and ruined. It has been described as what Nirn would look like, were it to undergo centuries of cataclysmic war. Another Imperial Palace is located in this realm, but it is laden with rotting corpses and dripping with freezing blood. Mortals who make their way here usually end up in the realm’s vast, numerous slave pens or charnel houses, bound for eternity as Soul Shriven. The only untouched region is Atmora, as Molag Bal thought its status as a frozen wasteland was distasteful, and thus it remains as a frozen wasteland. Coldharbour is one of the most inhospitable realms of Oblivion. The sky constantly burns yet the whole realm is beyond freezing. The ground is nothing more than sludge, jagged, rocky formations and ravines and dead, tainted grass. Dremora and Daedroths are known to roam the realm in large numbers, scouring for more slaves. Coldharbour is habitable by mortals to some degree, as a city controlled by Meridia is located in the realm after her efforts to relocate a Tamrielic city to Coldharbour due to the boundaries between Mundus and Oblivion being weakened and in the mid-Second Era, mortals from Tamriel actually lived there and the city functioned as a normal Tamrielic city, with merchants doing business and even living in houses. However, the city was only there to serve as a base for an assault on Coldharbour by the Fighters’ and Mages’ guilds to stop Molag Bal’s Planemeld. It is unknown whether or not the city is still there.

A Lore Keeper was a broad term for a Jedi Knight who had pursued the school of thought that gave one the title of Jedi Consular within the Jedi Order. Consisting of archivists, historians, and librarians, the Lore Keepers maintained the repositories of knowledge that allowed the Order to grow and learn, calling on wisdom from the Jedi Masters long since past, and contributing knowledge from the scholars of the future.

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Lord Illapa Greybane | @illapa-greybane
Sin’dorei Nobleman | Scholar of the Forbidden | Void Ascendant | Silver Fox

❝  A wicked man who is also eloquent
Seems the most guilty of them all. He’ll cut your throat
As bold as brass, because he knows he can dress up murder
In handsome words. 
 ❞

One of a dwindling aristocratic breed, Lord Greybane is severe, composed, eloquent, refined, and ruthless. His is a storied history and reputation: healer, scholar, courtier, politician, patriarch, cult figurehead, and manipulator of all kinds. He is a menacing agent of the kingdom of Quel’thalas, an inquisitor specializing in the occult. He is also a bridge between worlds, a repository of forbidden knowledge, and beneath his civilized veneer, as much monster as man.

Blog type: active, character inspiration, aesthetic, character writing, rp logs, rp threads

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The Scion of the Unseen | @illytar
The Fallen Avatar | Eldritch Being | Faceless | Monster | Ivory Nightmare 

❝  In my bones is the anamnesis,
of ancient cataclysmic battles within the cosmos.
  ❞

Lord Greybane’s pursuit of eldritch power begat a phenomenal being: a nascent Avatar, a union of his mortal flesh and mind with the Faceless beings of the Void and their dreadful Gods. Mortal and Faceless mingled, and where they touched and tangled exists the creature that calls itself the Scion. Now it walks the world in its own flesh, its own mind – vicious, curious, and utterly alien.

Blog type: character inspiration, aesthetic, occasional character writing, selective rp

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Blood Elf Alts | @bloodelfstorage | Character Roster
Evonya Evermorn | Helonius Ban'dinoriel Dawntreader | Gespian Emberspur
Tiernann Ambergrove | Erebryn Nel'vakos | Shivan Sorrowind

❝  A courtesan, a Farstrider, a warlock, a red dragon,
a demon hunter, and a dark ranger walk into a bar…
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Blog type: multi-character inspiration, aesthetic, infrequently roleplayed

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Iakoju | @iakoju
Bloodscalp Troll | Elementalist | Engineer | Free Spirit | Troll on a Motorcycle

❝  Putting out the fire with gasoline.  ❞

Blog type: troll art, character inspiration, aesthetic, infrequently roleplayed

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Nasindre Wintermorn | @arcanatrix
Highborne Arcanatrix | Astromancer | Frozen Vanity | Silver and Cold

❝  How bright the stars,
how cold the night. 

Blog type: kaldorei art, character inspiration, aesthetic, infrequently roleplayed

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Usdena | @usdena
Utterly Irritated Exodar Technician | Warp Engineer | Arthropod Aficionado

❝  All power to the warp pistons! 

Blog type: draenei art, character inspiration, aesthetic, infrequently roleplayed

anonymous asked:

I LOVE your metas. I wonder what your thoughts are about religion in Westeros, particularly the non-clerical Old Gods, and what this means if we do head toward a War of the Roses type ending.

Oh, this is a very cool question (and the way you’ve phrased it makes me think you can already guess where my answer is heading). Let me start by saying that when I claim ASOIAF will have a Wars of the Roses style ending, this is what I’m talking about.

When it comes to the religions of Westeros, part of what makes them so interesting is the question of how much each belief system is based off of ordinary human mythology, and how much of it is based off of actual magic. With the Old Gods and their weirwoods, for example, it seems clear that the belief that the gods use them to watch over their believers is an outgrowth of the forgotten fact that Children of the Forest once used them to communicate with each other and likely to spy on humans. But it also seems like it might be something more, as seen in quotes like this one:

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anonymous asked:

This may be a silly question, but what traits would you say you have from the White and Red philosophies?

White: Belief in good and evil, values virtues, belief in absolutes, follows a higher power, respects most authority, prefers to have a plan, likes structure, high respect for military.

Red: Emotionally driven, belief in hands-on as a better teacher than a knowledge repository, belief in preserving individual freedoms, belief in passions leading to fulfillment, don’t mind improvising, many times go with my gut.

Cloud Atlas: Sonmi-451 [INFJ]

UNOFFICIAL TYPING by biosigh

This post has spoilers from the book and movie.

Introverted Intuition (Ni): After her ascension, Sonmi-451 constantly devours knowledge in order to build her own understanding and philosophy of the world. Her main belief stems from her understanding of freedom as a basic and fundamental right to humans and fabricants. It is very singular and this thought process makes her a revolutionary as it challenges the conventions of her society. Sonmi also very clearly demonstrates her magnificent understanding of the world — within a very short time frame — that she was able to deduce the rebel group, Union, was constructed by the Unanimity and using her as a figurehead to maintain their suppression of fabricants. Not only does she realize this, but she takes advantage of her position in order to voice her message in condemning the practices of the Corpocracy. Sonmi-451 admits that she played into the Unanimity scheme, but she did so willingly to propagate her Declaration and seed it into many people who have heard it. Her idea of what society should be is so singular and so willful that she knowingly sacrifices herself to make it a reality.

Extroverted Feeling (Fe): Sonmi demonstrates her extroverted feeling in an ambitious way. For most of her story, Sonmi-451 is placed in precarious situations, leading her to be untrusting, cautious, and closed off. Also, due to her short time after ascending from her fabricant origins, she has not had enough time to develop her Fe to directly affect people around her. She did form a close bond towards Yoona-939 and expressed sadness after her execution. Her feelings and consideration for the fabricant population as a whole is apparent throughout the story and the many events in which she witnesses abuse to fabricants. This culminates when she realizes the fate of all fabricants on Exultation, and her extroverted feeling for her kind push her to form a vision in which fabricants are free and can coexist with humans as equals.

Introverted Thinking (Ti): Sonmi-451 uses introverted thinking as a way to rationalize her world. It becomes the function she sues when she has to discern connections and relationships between fabricants and humans and helps her construct an ideology. She also uses this to understand her role in the world, by reconciling what she is versus what society thinks she is on an objective level, which helps her deconstruct the hypocritical treatment of fabricants. Introverted thinking becomes the supporting function for her Declaration as it outlines the many details and harms that fabricants suffer and rationalizes that their treatment unreasonable because it harms them. It also is how she creates a repository of knowledge and ideals, for her major functions to draw upon and use.

Extroverted Sensing (Se): Sonmi-451 before her ascendence shows extroverted sensing in spades. Every day was a routine that was the same for her working at Papa Song. She literally lived in the moment, with no ambitions, goals, or desire to change, especially because she did not know any better. After her ascendence, Sonmi-451’s extroverted sensing takes a back seat. She is aware of her environment and recounts her experiences in detail to the archivist, however this is only used as a way to collect data to support her central ideas and drive. There is also an instance in which Sonmi-451 indulges in what she calls “joyless sex” with Hae-Joo Im. She also enjoys the experience of watching a film, which engages this sensation, and her rewatching of “The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish” feed into our central ideas of freedom and subjugation.

The Signs as RPG Classes

Use your Sun, Moon, Rising, dominant.

Aries 

Berserkers: ferocious fighters most commonly found dwelling in the wilderness; in combat, they rely on their feral instincts, using their reckless savagery and raw physical power rather than discipline; they are unyielding and seemingly immune to damage as they charge through enemy ranks.

Taurus

Rangers: sharpshooters and masters of the hunt that can strike swiftly and cause severe wounds; traditionally relying on bows and crossbows, they are most commonly assisted in their efforts by their animal companions, tough and loyal creatures with whom rangers form lifelong bonds.

Gemini

Mystics: spell casters who wield mental abilities as a weapon, creating illusions, clones, and phantasmal magic to confuse and distract their foes; they are uncommon and often misunderstood individuals who can peer through the spiritual energy of the world to manipulate other souls.

Cancer

Guardians: heavily armored front-line fighters who devote themselves to protecting their allies both in and out of combat; they are brilliant tacticians and selfless defenders who know when to sacrifice their own defenses in order to empower those of their allies.

Leo

Warriors: noble front-line fighters trained in the arts of weaponry who combine strength and toughness with discipline, skill, and leadership to achieve victory; they supplement their fighting prowess with the ability to boost their allies’ morale.

Virgo

Wizards: masters of academic magic, these dedicated spell casters channel raw arcane energy with the use of their enchanted tomes; generally, they favor environments where inquiry, debate, and the dissemination of knowledge are encouraged.

Libra

Chanters: spell casters whose power lies in their chants and invocations, creating magical effects beneficial to their allies; out of combat, they take on the roles of storytellers and researchers, being the repositories of folk knowledge and common wisdom.

Scorpio

Necromancers: practitioners of dark magic who posses the ability to manipulate death; they summon and command the dead, drain the life force of enemies or bring allies back from the brink of death; however tremendously powerful, they are cursed to eventually take on the form of their creations.

Sagittarius

Druids: versatile fighters capable of shape-shifting and summoning; they are animists who tap into the spiritual power that flows through all living things; when not casting spells and transforming into mythical beasts, they spend a great deal of time in nature or travelling.

Capricorn

Paladins: extremely devoted front-line fighters who have pledged themselves to a chosen cause; they combine the zeal of a priest with the ascetic discipline of a monk; despite their stoic presence and unrelenting combat style, paladins work best alongside allies.

Aquarius

Rogues: unpredictable fighters that rely on wits, speed, and subterfuge, known for their stealthy nature both in and out of battle; they are talented with machines, contraptions and traps, knowledgeable about esoteric matters and well-equipped to survive away from society.

Pisces

Healers: spiritually attuned spell casters who express their faith through aiding people; they specialize in restoring vitality, casting protective spells, neutralizing poisons and other negative afflictions, or even resurrection; highly dependent on their allies and vice-versa.

anonymous asked:

About the last Librarian Anakin post: "Master Skywalker, there's to many of them, what are we going to do?" The boy is so young, he's lisping just a bit and there's at least a dozen kids in here, and more Jedi all over the Temple, but only the wounded and the young and the old. No one who can fight the Grand Army of the Republic and hope to win. He has no idea what to do, and Force, Padme and the child and...Wait. "Tell you what." He says grinning "Let's go find a book."

Padme also ends up in L-Space, as do a significant number of more outspoken senators.

And, of course, L-Space contains all the information ever written down in any version of the multiverse. Including plenty of medical information. I’m not saying Anakin kidnaps a doctor into L-Space, but I am saying that Luke and Leia are probably born in an interdimensional repository of all knowledge.

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Stargate SG-1 meme: eight episodes (8/8) | 7x21-22 Lost City

Daniel: “Why wouldn’t we want to gain access to the greatest repository of knowledge in the known universe, once and for all finding the lost city of the Ancients, and use their technology to save the entire galaxy from the evil oppression of the Goa'uld?“

My Theory of Divination

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about divination and how it might function, and I’ve come to some interesting conclusions. Here, I’ll be listing some popular theories, a bit about my views on them, followed by (taadaa!) my personal theory on how it works. Said theory doesn’t really attempt to be a unification of existing theories, and probably isn’t even original, but it was a breakthrough for me, so I thought I’d write about it. I hope someone finds it interesting! There’s even a bit at the bottom about how magick might work (if it does), so check it out! I hope it all makes some semblance of sense! Also, I apologize if followers see this twice. Tumblr is acting funny. 

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I see people joking about being the random blogger who never starts sideblogs, but honestly those kinds of blogs are so important to the way tumblr operates because of networks.

Networks is one area of study in sociology, and it’s designed to get at the questions of how information is spread and how things are connected to each other. On tumblr, information spreads very quickly, even from small blogs. We’ve all experienced this: You post something and it gets a few likes, and a few reblogs, and then it gets reblogged by someone Big and suddenly your notes start blowing up! That’s because that someone Big is an important node in the network. 

Networks look something like this:

Where the different colored squares represent different nodes, and the lines are the connections between them. The black nodes are important nodes which are connected across platforms, and then each has a bunch of blue and orange connected to it. 

There’s another theory in networks about strong and weak ties. Strong ties are your direct connections–your mutuals, for example. Weak ties are your indirect connections–the people your mutual follows, for example. The theory holds that you are more likely to get important information from weak ties, in part because your strong ties are going to be repeating stuff you’ve already heard! You already know that that you love writing fanfic for the Marvel universe, but did you know about the fandom practice of writing a Big Bang, which was common in Stargate: Atlantis fandom? You wouldn’t unless you had a weak tie to the SGA fandom.

So imagine a world where everyone created sideblogs immediately when they got a new hobby. They amass a few new followers, but they are isolated. They don’t have the lines connecting back into their old blog, which means their old followers are missing out on the potential of new weak ties

That’s why blogs filled with random content are important. If I used to be a Marvel blog and I start being a Star Trek blog, I may lose some followers, but I also may make the connection between me and my followers stronger. I may find out that some are also Star Trek lovers, which doubles our connection. One of them may reblog from me to reach someone who follows them, who then follows me. I’m also giving them information about how the Star Trek fandom runs themselves, and vise versa.

Tumblr is an excellent example of how weak ties come together to share information. Sideblogs are great, and important as repositories for specific knowledge, but don’t knock people who reblog any and all. They’re the ones connecting it all together.