respect in the cage


Ay look at me reading to far into a book again. Either @vaveyard is a genius putting little hopeful messages into her books first two words or she’s still a genius and I’m reading too far into this at 1am. Anyway the point of this post: these are the first pages of Red Queen, Glass Sword, and King’s Cage respectively. The first two words of RQ are “I hate”, and a powerful message through tall these books is the prejudice and privilege of the Silvers over Reds, who hate each other. Sound familiar?
The next is the first two words of GS “I flinch”, as in fear. There is fear on both sides of this book, Reds of how the Silvers may oppress or hurt them, the Silvers on how the Reds may fight back and change tradition that gives them severe advantages. Again, sound familiar? These are all too similar to modern times, and well…everything that is going on, from police brutality to “alternative facts” which all add to issues like racism, sexism, anti Semitism, homophobia, xenophobia, islamophobia, etc., and Ms. Aveyard has done a great job showing these same issues in a totally different world, and the fear and hate that create and add to them. Which is why I probably read too much into this and the beginning of KC.
Because the first two words of KC are “I rise”, which is what we all need to do now. Whether through speaking up and calling local politicians, or going to the woman’s March, pride marches, BLM marches, the science March, anything that shows we won’t give in and that we will continue to fight and have our voices heard. So if this was intentional, I applaud you Ms. Aveyard, and if it wasn’t I don’t care, because this was a message I needed for myself right now, and I’m sure many others do to. So listen to this, random tumblr, and instead of giving in to fear and hate, rise up. Rise up! You don’t need to be the Scarlet Guard or Mare Barrow, every rebellion and cause needs Kilorns and supporters who are not always spotlighted. You are important to these causes too. You are what drives them forward and makes them noticeable. Keep fighting!

Odyssey of the Neelkanth in Madhya Pradesh - Tawa Reservoir

I have travelled back in time through Bhimbetka, submerged my worries in the sulphuric brilliance of Anhoni and now in front of me is the one of the largest reservoirs in MP, created by man to establish his superiority over Nature. Little does he know that nature has embraced this reservoir and ornamented it with the best of its goodness.  

Tawa Reservoir is a reservoir on the Tawa River in central India. It is located in Hoshangabad District of Madhya Pradesh. The reservoir is considered to be the third largest reservoir of the Narmada Valley Project, which provides water for irrigation of the nearby farming lands.

From where I stand, the view of the Tawa dam and reservoir is the most serene panorama I have seen in a long time. As my thoughts fade into the purpose of existence, my guide asks me to follow him for a ride into the pristine waters.

We climbed on to the boat. We were ready to glide over the waters. I looked back on the land to sing a goodbye as the water gushed near the motor. I took my hand out to feel the droplets as we tore across the glistening coat of the blue waters. It felt as though I am playing with the states of matter, with dimensions. I was ecstatic. Every ripple and wave of the pond reflected the sun and I felt like I could get used to this view for the rest of my life. I felt complete, as though there is nothing else I would ever want.

While the boat tore through the water, I gazed around the foggy environ and I saw a dark speck coming forth. I could not tell, for when dealing with nature, expect the unexpected! I saw this miraculous set of trees, floating on nothingness. The sight felt celestial, or what I could call ‘Swarga’. Fog floating on water, its reflection on the water below it, and the trees. They stood untouched by man, unharmed and never treaded on - just like a dream.

A dream it truly was!

About the artist

Artist-storyteller Harshvardhan Kadam is fascinated by surreal landscapes, mystical beings and mythical creatures. His collective, inkbrushnme, with its eclecticism, has produced conceptually and stylistically powerful Visual Art. With conceptual clarity and solidity, he has illustrated many characters in graphic novels, and children’s books.

By Harshvardhan Kadam

anonymous asked:

Rfa + searan reacting to MC being a very talented, and very respected, cage fighter? But at the same time she is very cute and smol

Hey hey~ Guess who?! Mod Ayla~! Yaas! Here to save Longcat~senpai from the stack of requests in the inbox^^ (I feel like seven when saying that holy balls) But here you go!


  • Was really confused when you wanted to take him somewhere late at night.
  • “MC…are you taking me to this alley to kill me?!”
  • After the fight he’ll just stand there, dazed.
  • How…you’re so..innocent..and…YOU ALMOsT KILLED THOsE PEOPLE!?
  • Will go into dad-mode whenever you come back from a fight, since he obviously can’t bear watching you fight or get hurt. At all.
  • Worried you’re hurt, so will treat your knuckles, sometimes jaw as if you were this little porcelain doll.
  • He honestly hates it, but will bear with you if it makes you happy
  • This bean is too sweet…

Zen/Hyun Ryu

  • When you showed one of your fights, he was pumped.
  • Totally down for betting like, 5000 dollars on you, even if he won’t be able to buy groceries when you lose
  • He’s pumped man
  • He digs this
  • Worried that all the guys in the arena will be staring at you though…
  • Neither does he understand…you’re such a cute little thing, but you’re so..violent?
  • He still digs this though lolol


  • “Huh? MC, why are we in a..rotting alley?”
  • Will…hate this.
  • I honestly believe that she’ll hate this with all her might.
  • Worried and dissaproved mode - activated
  • But, you’re happy, so she won’t complain.
  • No more to be said.


  • When you took him to the arena, in a dangerous neighbourhood, without his guards, he got worried.
  • When he saw why though, he got interested.
  • May or may not has bet 2 million dollars on you…uhm
  • Will become one of those maffia bosses over there in them leather chairs, you know?
  • Finds it hot.
  • Like, really really hot.
  • Will have the best doctors look over your injuries after a fight.


  • He knew
  • Was pumped when you took him to the arena
  • Actually suprised you when telling you he knew where to go
  • Will use his skills to make your opponents look bad for media/bidders
  • Loves this.
  • Loves this so much.
  • Worried af that you’ll get seriously injured though.
  • But that’ll come later...he hopes


  • Also knew.
  • He isn’t one for crowds, so he stayed at home.
  • Watched videos of every one of your fights though.
  • Worried someone there might take you, or hurt you.
  • But you assure him you’re really good, and no one would dare to do anything serious to you.
  • Which means he’ll have to trust you for that.
  • Will send saeyoung with you though to make sure you’re okay.
I guess Luke Cage represented actually being able to survive AND relax in your own neighborhood.

For me, as a kid growing up, a character like Luke Cage meant you wouldn’t ever have to worry about not being ready for  a squad of cops ganging up on you and harassing you.

And never needing to worry about being taken by surprise at school, or in a drive-by.

Having invulnerable skin would mean never having to worry about fumbling to get your bulletproof super-suit out of a briefcase, or it being out for repairs at an inopportune time. You would never have to hurry up and get angry, or strike a magical cane on the ground, or suddenly say some magic word to change and protect yourself; because you were always bulletproof all the time.

So to black kids in particular, I think that was the appeal of Luke Cage: he protected black people, he was respected, he was stronger and tougher than almost anyone else, and he was bulletproof. And he was one of the good guys.

In an age of Black Lives Matter, where so many innocent & unarmed black men, women and children are systematically executed by the police, it’s understandable how being Black, super strong and bulletproof still captures the imagination.

The idea of bulletproof black skin is as revolutionary as it is old. And the concept of bullets not being able to hurt us anymore has the added psychological benefit of making dreaming of living a carefree black life seem just a little less impossible.

Yes, Luke Cage still has an undeniable appeal. Especially today.
—  More than skin deep: What Luke Cage has meant to me
The black female is assaulted in her tender years by all those common forces of nature at the same time that she is caught in the tripartite crossfire of masculine prejudice, white illogical hate and Black lack of power
The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerence. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.
—  I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings –Maya Angelou (1970)

anonymous asked:

There was a scene in Luke Cage where the police were looking for Luke and taking in people and questioning him, and one of the cops beat up a kid that Luke saved cause he wouldn't talk, I wish they'd have a white police officer do the assault instead of him being black. That'd show a lot more symbolism and really reflect on our struggle today.

I absolutely agree, that’s something that always bothered me about Luke Cage. The respectability politics was another big problem, and this piece does good job of listing some of the problems.

But what I did like about having black police officers stand against Luke was that it shows that Officers of Color can still perpetuate antiblackness/brutality, and who are conditioned to see black people as dangerous (even if they’re black themselves). 

So I kind of see it as a double edge sword, tbh. 

Lucifer: How much are you willing to pay for it?

Michael: Enough. I am not removing clothing for the sake of monetary gain. I have no use for it and besides, this is a vessel, I treat my vessels with respect and dignity.

Lucifer: Well now that I am out of the cage, I need some money to spend. Using you as caged entertainment could be useful. 

Gabriel: Did that sound just a little…?

Raphael: Let them banter, they will live with the repercussions of their masked innuendos later.

Eli Bradley: Hey Cap, did you get my report?

Steve Rogers: Yeah, I looked it over. Nice work.

Eli: Alright, thanks Dad.


Eli Bradley: Why is everyone staring at me?

Kate Bishop: You just called Cap dad…you said ‘thanks dad’…

Eli Bradley: No I didn’t. I said ‘thanks man’.

Steve Rogers: Do you see me as a father figure, Bradley?

Eli Bradley: No. If anything, I see you as a bother figure, because you’re always bothering me.

Luke Cage: Hey! Show your father some respect!

some things i love about Jessica Jones [spoilers]
  • No flashback of explicit rape is shown on-screen; it’s not necessary to show nor would it add a more tragic effect–aftermath (PTSD) offers plenty insight into Jessica’s psyche
  • The supporting characters are all given depth and are portrayed like they matter, like they aren’t collateral damage
  • Malcolm in the middle, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. He’s there for Jessica and does his best to help her
  • The dynamic between Jessica, Trish, and Will as characters but also how their personal heroic codes differ
  • The build up to Hogarth’s betrayal. The first seeds were planted in Hogarth’s office, when she comments on how useful a power like Kilgrave’s would be. Kilgrave later waters those seeds with promises to relieve Hogarth’s frustration, strained and left to fester because Jessica did not deliver
  • Pam is a fucking MVP
  • Luke Cage is low-key and respects Jessica’s decisions post bar explosion, they are adorable together
  • Trish Walker, Trish Walker, Trish Walker crime-fighting duo; beating up Will is a fave scene
  • Wendy is a clean character and stands by her decision to blackmail Hogarth despite the threat on her life; typically almost being run over by a train would change someone’s actions

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