ritual burials

You guys need to stop portraying Nico as ready to murder anyone at any time like it’s some kind of joke to him. He’s a son of Hades who lost his sister. I really don’t think other people’s death are that funny to him.

12 Amazing Facts About Elephants

In honor of World Elephant Day, we present you with 12 little known facts about one of our favorite creatures…in GIFs, of course.

1. Elephants know every member of their herd and are able to recognize up to 30 companions by sight or smell. 

2. They can remember and distinguish particular cues that signal danger and can recall locations long after their last visit.

3. An elephant’s memory is not limited to its herd, nor is it limited to its species. In one instance, two circus elephants that performed together rejoiced when crossing paths 23 years later. Elephants have also recognized humans that they once bonded with after decades apart. 4. 

4. The elephant boasts the largest brain of any land mammal as well as an impressive encephalization quotient (the size of the animal’s brain relative to its body size). The elephant’s EQ is nearly as high as a chimpanzee’s.

5. The elephant brain is remarkably similar to the human brain, with as many neurons and synapses, as well as a highly developed hippocampus and cerebral cortex.

6. Elephants are one of the few non-human animals to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

7. Elephants are creative problem solvers. 

8. Don’t try to outsmart an elephant! They have an understanding of basic arithmetic and can even keep track of relative quantities.

9. Elephants communicate using everything from body signals to infrared rumbles that can be heard from kilometers away. Their understanding of syntax suggests that they have their own language and grammar. 

10. Elephants can recognize 12 distinct tones of music and recreate melodies.

11. Elephants are the only non-human animals to mourn their dead, performing burial rituals and returning to visit graves. 

12. Elephants are one of the few species who can recognize themselves in the mirror.

Given what we now know about elephants, and what they continue to teach us about animal intelligence, it is more important than ever to make sure that these magnificent creatures do not vanish.

Check out some more fun elephant facts here and be sure to watch the TED-Ed Lesson Why elephants never forget - Alex Gendler

Animation by the ever-talented Avi Ofer

Edible Magickal Flowers and Folk Lore

The culinary use of flowers dates back thousands of years to the Chinese, Greeks and Romans. Many cultures use flowers in their traditional cooking, medicine, and magick.

 Adding flowers to your food can be a nice way to add color, flavor and a little magickal whimsy. Some are spicy, and some herbaceous, while others are floral and fragrant. The range is surprising. Flower petals can be used in salads and as garnish for desserts, but they also inspire magickal creative uses as well. Use them to make floral spirit water for rituals, as a medicinal tea, or add to a healing spell or love potion….  the possibilities are endless.

 TIPS FOR SAFE AND TASTY DINING:

  •        Not all flowers are edible (those listed below are safe for consumption) - As lovely as eating flowers can be, some can also be a little … deadly, so only eat flowers you know to be consumable — if you are uncertain, consult a reference book on edible flowers and plants. (Always refer to the botanical name when verifying whether a flower is safe to eat.)
  •       Just because a flower is edible doesn’t mean it will taste good. Some will be more to your liking than others – it’s all a matter of taste. Keep in mind that the stamen, pistil and sepal of some blossoms are bitter and can contain pollen that may detract from the true flavor of the flower. Consuming only the petals will further heighten the appeal factor.
  •       Eat flowers you have grown yourself, or know to be safe for consumption. Flowers from the florist or nursery have probably been treated with pesticides or other chemicals.
  •       Do not eat roadside flowers or those picked in public parks. Both may have been treated with pesticide or herbicide, and roadside flowers may be polluted by car exhaust.
  •      Eat only the petals, and remove pistils and stamens before eating.
  •      If you suffer from allergies, introduce edible flowers gradually, as they may exacerbate allergies.
  •     To keep flowers fresh, place them on moist paper towels and refrigerate in an airtight container. Some will last up to 10 days this way. Ice water can revitalize limp flowers.


1, Allium
All blossoms from the allium family (leeks, chives, garlic, garlic chives) are edible and flavorful.  Flavors run the gamut from delicate leek to robust garlic. Every part of these plants is edible. Garlic is masculine in nature and associated with the planet Mars, the element fire and the sign Aries. It is sacred to Hecate and is a suitable offering to her left at a crossroads.  Garlic has antibiotic properties, but should not be used directly on wounds or in poultices or salves because it can be irritating to the skin and may inhibit blood clotting.

2. Angelica
Depending on the variety, flowers range from pale lavender-blue to deep rose and have a licorice-like flavor. Believed to have originated in Syria, angelica is now found just about everywhere. In ancient times it was used to ward off the plague and evil and as a cure for poison and… well, just about everything else. Angelica is associated with the angels Michael and Gabriel. It is aligned with the sun and the element of fire and sacred to Venus. Angelica tea is useful for colic, gas, indigestion, hepatitis, heartburn, nausea, ulcers and various other digestive ailments.

3. Anise Hyssop
Both flowers and leaves have a subtle anise or licorice flavor. Anise is one of the oldest known plants that were grown for both culinary and medicinal use. Anise is associated with the element of air, the God Apollo, the planets Mercury and Jupiter, and the astrological sign Gemini. Anise is also considered masculine.

4. Basil
Blossoms come in a variety of colors, from white to pink to lavender; flavor is similar to the leaves, but milder. The word Basil comes from the Greeks, meaning “King”.  Basil is sacred to Vishnu, Tulasi and Erzulie, masculine in nature, and associated with the element of fire and the planet Mars. Basil helps steady the mind, brings happiness, love, peace, and money and protects against insanity.

5. Calendula / Marigold
A great flower for eating, calendula blossoms are peppery, tangy, and spicy — and their vibrant golden color adds a dash of magick to any dish. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all loved calendula and used it for culinary and healing purposes. During the medieval period it was considered a cure for just about everything.  Marigold is associated with the Sun. Calendula symbolizes love and constancy.  It is great for wedding bouquets and decorations. It is the traditional “he loves me, he loves me not” flower and is useful for love potions. Dried petals can be strewn to consecrate an area or burned in consecration incense. They are also a good addition to dream pillows.

6. Carnations
Petals are sweet, once trimmed away from the base. The blossoms taste like their sweet, perfumed aroma.  In ancient Rome, carnations were known as “Jove’s Flower” as a tribute to their beloved king of the gods, Jupiter.  Carnations are masculine, associated with the Sun and Jupiter, and with the element fire.  Those things that fall under the rule of Jupiter are ideal for use in magickal applications related to luck, money, good fortune, status, legal matters, fertility, friendship, ambition, career, success and protection. The flowers can be used to lend strength in healing applications. The practitioner can also use carnation essential oils to increase health and vigor.

7. Chamomile
Small and daisy like, the flowers have a sweet flavor and are often used in tea. Ragweed sufferers may be allergic to chamomile.  The Romans used Chamomile for incense.  Chamomile was used in ancient Egypt for fevers and was dedicated to their Sun God Ra.  Chamomile is associated with the sun, Leo and the element of water. It helps cleanse and invigorate the throat chakra (5th). It is associated with various Sun Gods, including Cernunnos, Lugh and others.  It is used in spells for money, peace, love, tranquility and purification.

8. Chrysanthemum / Mum
A little bitter, mums come in a rainbow of colors and a range of flavors range from peppery to pungent. Use only the petals. In Celtic folklore, chrysanthemums in the garden were considered a meeting place for the faeries. Chrysanthemum is masculine in nature and resonates with the energy of the Sun and the element of fire.  Chrysanthemum has been used for burial rituals and is a suitable decoration for Samhain and for ancestral altars.  The dried flower heads of chrysanthemum can be burned during house blessings ceremonies. 

9. Dandelion
The bright yellow flowers should be gathered as soon as they open. Remove the green bits from the base of the flower before using. These can be added to wines, vinegar or jellies. The name dandelion comes from the French, “dent de lion” which means “tooth of the lion”.  The dandelion is masculine in action and associated with the planet Jupiter, the element of air and both Pisces and Sagittarius. It is also associated with any solar deity, Hecate, Brigid and Belenos.  A tea of the flowers and leaves may be consumed to increase psychic ability, while pouring boiling water over a bowlful of roots will aid in calling spirits.   You can also make a wish and blow the seeds off a dandelion head.

10. Lavender
Sweet, spicy, and perfumed, the flowers are a great addition to both savory and sweet dishes. Some of the earliest recorded uses of lavender are by the Roman soldiers who used the wild-growing plant to perfume their bathwater and wash their clothes. Lavender is masculine in action and associated with Mercury. It is also associated with the element of air and the astrological sign Virgo. It may be used as an asperging herb (to sprinkle water for purification purposes) and dried lavender sticks or wands can be burnt like incense. It is also useful in spells to sharpen the mind, to encourage or strengthen pure love and to encourage fertility. The scent of lavender is relaxing and uplifting all at once making it a great aromatherapy for stressed out or depressed individuals. Try adding some lavender oil to your bath or add it to mild oil for a relaxing massage at the end of a hard day. Stuffing a pillow with lavender buds may help insomniacs relax and fall asleep and soothes headaches.

11.  Oregano
The flowers are a pretty, subtle version of the leaf. Oregano is ruled by Venus and the element of air and associated with Aphrodite. It is used in spells for happiness, tranquility, luck, health, protection and letting go of a loved one. It can also be used in spells to deepen existing love. When worn on the head during sleep, it is said to promote psychic dreams. Oregano symbolizes joy. Use it for rituals celebrating joyful occasions, or in spells to bring joy into one’s life.

12.  Rose
Remove the white, bitter base and the remaining petals have a strongly perfumed flavor perfect for floating in drinks or scattering across desserts, and for a variety of jams. All roses are edible, with flavor more pronounced in darker varieties. From the time of Solomon, the rose has been the flower most closely linked with love. The rose was sacred to Venus, the Roman goddess of love, and was connected to her messenger, Cupid. Roses have been cultivated for over 5,000 years. Roses are associated with Aphrodite, Adonis and Eros. Rosewater is a protective agent worn on clothes. Rose petals can be added to charms against the evil eye.

13.  Rosemary
Flowers taste like a milder version of the herb; nice used as a garnish on dishes that incorporate rosemary. The word Rosmarinus is from the Latin meaning “dew of the sea”.  Rosemary is also associated with Aphrodite and appears in many ancient images of Her. Rosemary was used to ward off evil spirits and nightmares. The wood was used to make musical instruments. Rosemary is male in nature and ruled by Leo, the element fire and the sun (or Moon, depending who you ask).  It’s sacred to Hebe, Aphrodite and the Virgin Mary. Rosemary can be used in spells for fidelity and remembrance as well as to dispel jealousy. Rosemary is useful for ritual baths, and for making sacred herbal water for ritual cleansing, blessing and purification. Bathing in rosemary will enhance your memory.  

14. Sage
Blossoms have a subtle flavor similar to the leaves. Sage is a hardy perennial of the mint family.  The Romans regarded sage quite highly and much sacrifice and ceremony was associated with its harvest. They believed it stimulated the brain and memory and used it to clean their teeth. Sage is masculine in nature and associated the element of air and the planet Jupiter. Sage is sacred to the Greek Zeus and Roman Jupiter. It is also a symbol of the Virgin Mary. Sage is used in magical workings for immortality, longevity, wisdom, protection and the granting of wishes. Sage is also believed to help alleviate sorrow of the death of a loved one.

15. Sunflower
Petals can be eaten, and the bud can be steamed like an artichoke. Sunflower is associated with the sun and all solar deities. Its essence helps balance the first chakra and also helps with confidence in leadership roles. Sunflower oil can be used as carrier oil for healing oils used in massages and ointments.

16. Violets
Another famous edible flower, violets are floral, sweet and beautiful as garnishes. Use the flowers in salads and to garnish desserts and drinks. In Roman mythology, violets were said to be lesser goddesses who once dared to rival the beauty of Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty.  Violets are affiliated with the planet Venus or Pluto and are associated with the nymphs of ancient Greek myths.  Violets are also associated with death and rebirth through the story of Attis. Violets are useful in love spells and may be carried as an amulet to increase one’s luck in love. Try combining them with lavender for an enhanced effect.

 Sources:  HerbalRiot, Cheralyndarcey, Witches of the Craft, Inspirationforthespirit,  Witchipedia 

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Sutton Hoo Burial Helmet Original and Reconstruction, The British Museum, London, 2.8.17. This is probably the most famous Anglo-Saxon artefact in the world and was part of an extensive find from a ship burial in 7AD. The intricacy and detail of the helmet is best appreciated in person with the object right in front of you up close. Well worth a visit!

Skhul Cave, in Israel, the site of mankind’s earliest ritual burial. (At least, the earliest one that historians and archaeologists agree on.) The remains buried here date back 130,000 years and its red-clay-touched remains show that the bereaved felt the need for some kind of death acknowledgement.

1. Maybe they should stop writing fan fiction. Arguably, Moffat should have stopped after the debacle of Jekyll back in 2007, but it was low budget and people can learn from their mistakes. He went on to make something of a mess in Dr. Who. Now S4 of Sherlock was a bit of a mess. He’s going through the classics, because they know these will sell. That impacts us as an audience, and it impacts the public that funds BBC programs.

2. Dracula is already part of the homoerotic literature tradition. I just posted a series of scholarly articles about it, but this is the best non-fiction book on the topic of vampirism and media of which I am aware. I took a course from this man in university, and it’s amazing. The Vampire Lectures by Laurence Rickels.

“Bela Lugosi may – as the eighties gothic rock band Bauhaus sang – be dead, but the vampire lives on. A nightmarish figure dwelling somewhere between genuine terror and high camp, a morbid repository for the psychic projections of diverse cultures, an endlessly recyclable mass-media icon, the vampire is an enduring object of fascination, fear, ridicule, and reverence. In The Vampire Lectures, Laurence A. Rickels sifts through the rich mythology of vampirism, from medieval folklore to Marilyn Manson, to explore the profound and unconscious appeal of the undead.Based on the course Rickels has taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for several years (a course that is itself a cult phenomenon on campus), The Vampire Lectures reflects Rickels’s unique lecture style and provides a lively history of vampirism in legend, literature, and film. Rickels unearths a trove that includes eyewitness accounts of vampire attacks; burial rituals and sexual taboos devised to keep vampirism at bay; Hungarian countess Elisabeth Bathory’s use of girls’ blood in her sadistic beauty regimen; Bram Stoker’s Dracula, with its turn-of-the-century media technologies; F. W. Murnau’s haunting Nosferatu; and crude, though intense, straight-to-video horror films such as Subspecies. He makes intuitive, often unexpected connections among these sometimes wildly disparate sources.More than simply a compilation of vampire lore, however, The Vampire Lectures makes an original and intellectually rigorous contribution to literary and psychoanalytic theory, identifying the subconscious meanings, complex symbolism, and philosophical arguments – particularly those of Marx, Freud, and Nietzsche – embeddedin vampirism and gothic literature.“

3. I’ve been collecting vampire content since I was nine, and I know some of us are glad that Carmilla isn’t being touched, but…there is enough to queerbait with in Dracula. BBC is supposedly trying to work on their representation numbers, and only funding new shows that show they will work toward that goal, but the decision on that came pre S4 of Sherlock.

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Save Me. (Yoongi x Reader) PART 10 FINALE

“It swallowed me, this lunatic. Please save me tonight. Within this childish madness, you will save me tonight.” - [“Save Me” - BTS]

Summary: It was an unprecedented love that bloomed within the halls of your high school, until secret words were overheard, and shattered the budding romance. It changed your life forever, leading you down a path you had never thought you would be on– training to become a secret agent. You chose it to escape Yoongi and the results of how things ended between you two, but as fate would have it, that very same choice ended up leading you right back to him. Will you be able to save your clients and solve mysteries together despite your history? Will you be able to save each other? Will you able to save yourself…from yourself?    

Yoongi x Reader (ft. Jin & all the other BTS members)

Secret Agent AU

Mystery, Action, Angst, & Fluff (contains some violence, mentions of murder, death, harassment, and bullying)

PARTS: Prologue | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 (Finale) | Bonus: The Letter

A/N: FINALLY THE FINALE! Wow, this has been one of my longest series…I honestly didn’t think it would grow to be this long, but thank you so much for giving my first mystery fic so much love <3 and for waiting so patiently for each update through tough work weeks and vacations that delayed them. I appreciate each and every one of you! I LOVE YOU! I hope you enjoy ~

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           “Yoonji. Y/N’s disappeared.”

           Prez’s call had turned Yoongi’s entire being icy, despite being drenched in sweat from basketball practice. Without another word, he had rushed to the library where he currently had Prez’s neck in a death grip, fuming despite his insides churning at the feeling of being so damn close, only to have you slip out of his fingertips once again.

           "Why is it that you’re always around when these things happen?“ he growled dangerously, ready to dig his fingers into the very pressure points that could immobilize the man in front of him.

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Caffeine Challenge 22

Using prompt 1 I’ve written something which got a little further than I expected because I wasn’t in the mood for writing much description. It’s about prophecy I guess and despite the sense of whats come before isn’t a continuation of anything else I’ve written but a standalone piece.


The wind bites at their skin as they climb higher and higher. At the front of their group Richard limps along the mountain path. Behind him Lachlan and Emma keep a patient distance. Much younger than Richard they watch him with feelings in their stomach that mix between awe and fear.

“He isn’t going to make it,” says Lachlan. “Even if we reach the peak, he won’t last.”

“He’ll be fine.” As Emma says it she knows it denial and not confidence. But she says it none the less. She wants him to make it. They both do. They never would’ve agreed to come if they didn’t. “Maybe we can get him to rest in a minute.” Emma starts to feel around in her satchel for something to offer him. She finds nothing.

Richard presses forward. Every now and then he manages a couple of steps with his limp barely visible. He feels the cold more than his young followers. He feels it in his bones. The frost bites at the scars on his face and the cuts on his hands. Snow clings to his already white beard and hair. His eyes steadily try to close.

“A little further.”

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Trefignath Burial Chamber, Anglesey, 31.7.17. This site is one of the most impressive on Anglesey for several reasons; it represents not one but three different stages of ritual and communal burial through the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. The last image of the set shows all three stages; the first chamber being that on the far right of the image, the second chamber providing an extension and the third and final stage on the left at ninety degrees to the other two chambers. It is thought that this site was previously in use as a settlement area before any burial chambers were constructed. The chambers were constructed between​ 3750 to 2250 BCE. Close to this site is to be found Ty Mawr standing stone and the remnants of another chamber. This location was evidently used extensively throughout the Neolithic.

Hades Offerings

I myself am a bit poor and don’t have a lot of money at the moment to buy things to offer up. But with some of the things I’ve looked up this far some of the suggestions have been as followed.

• In the days of old they would pour their offerings into the ground to Hades. If you have an inside alter though, take a bowl, fill it with dirt, and pour your offerings into the dirt that way. When you get the chance, pour the dirt outside. 

• Food Offerings: Fish, Mint, Meat

• Dogs are sacred for obvious reasons, white mortuary flowers

Extra Information:

“…To honor the dead, or at least their memory, families regularly tended the tombs of their deceased. This included physical maintenance of the gravesite and tombstone as well as observing the anniversary of death by bringing offerings to the gravesites such as libations of milk and honey. Overall, this “cult” of the dead — mourning and burial rituals, maintaining the gravesite, and particularly the offerings at the tomb — suggest a belief that the dead were somehow present and active a their graves or under the earth in general, and might somehow watch over the living…”
–A Companion to Greek Religion, Daniel Ogden; page 88

“…The second aspect in the tendance of the family grave plot is the offerings made, one day each year, at the tombs of the family’s deceased. We know little of the nature of these offerings, but they probably included adorning the tombs with garlands, making libations of milk and honey and such things, and, perhaps a meal at the grave plot…”
–Ancient Greek Religion, Jon D. Mikalson; page 127

“…Libations which the earth drinks are destined for the dead and for the gods who dwell in the earth. A rite of this kind is already preformed by Odysseus as he conjures up the dead; around the offering pit he pours a libation for all the dead, first with a honey drink, then with wine, and thirdly with water; over this he strews white barley and beseeches the dead, promising future burnt sacrifices Similarly, in Aeschylus’ Persians, the queen brings milk, honey, water, wine, and oil and also flowers to the grave of the dead king…”
–Greek Religion, Walter Burkert; page 71

…The offerings for the dead are pourings, chaoi: barley broth, milk, honey, frequently wine and especially oil, as well as the blood of sacrificed aminals; there is also simple libations of water…As the libations seep into the earth, so, it is beleived, contact with the dead is established and prayers can reach them…”
–Greek Religion, Walter Burkert; page 194

“The cult of the dead seems to presuppose that the deceased is present and active at the place of burial, in the grave beneath the earth. The dead drink the pourings and indeed the blood — they are invited to come to the banquet, to the satiation with blood; as the libations seep into the earth, so the dead will send good things up above.”
–Greek Religion, Walter Burkert; page 194-5

…Offerings were made at the grave at the time of the funeral. These always included chaoi, libations of honey, milk, water, wine or oil mixed with in varying amounts. There was also a “supper” (deipnon or dais) of various foods; the dead who partook of these were sometimes described as eudeipnoi, which we best can translated, perhaps, as “those who are content with their meal.” The word, a euphemism, seems to reflect hope that, once nourished, the dead would realize that they had nothing to complain about. There is some evidence that water was also given to the dead person so that he could wash, just a host would give a living guest water in which to watch before a meal. Offerings to the dead might also include jewelry, flowers, small objects used in everyday life such as swords, strigils, toys, and mirrors…offerings were made on the anniversary of the deceased’s birth, death, or both, and that survivors made additional offerings whenever they wanted the help of the dead person, or when ever they wanted him or her to participate, albeit distantly, in a family occasion such as a wedding.
–Restless Dead: Encounters Between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece, Sarah Iles Johnston; pages 41-43

A Brief History of Time Travel

August 12th, 1963

The U.S.S Philadelphia departs from the Port of Corpus Christi. The ship is sighted one day later off the Japanese coast. The aforementioned trip had previously taken two weeks to complete. This marks the creation of the first Temporal Engine. The name of its inventor is unknown.

The ship was heavily rusted and its crew were deceased upon arrival, showing advanced signs of decomposition. It is believed that the first Engine model did not allow for time travel, but simply distorted temporal fields. Other items of note include the fact that the ship was found with one more crew mate than recorded on the log.

September 13th, 1921

A pyramid is unearthed in the South of Egypt, housing a corpse that had not undergone the mummification process, and the decomposed remains of a metal contraption. The metal’s composition was far too advanced for the metallurgy of the period. Archaeologists believe based on the unique burial ritual as well as the hieroglyphics on the wall that the ancient Egyptians built this to house the body of a God. Further information has been classified.

June, 1988.

Military research into the Philadelphia results in the creation of a second Temporal Engine. Dr. Allen Brand is the head of this project. Shortly after testing begins, Brand disappears along with the Engine.

August, 1990.

The third model is crafted under heavy supervision. This is the first modern Engine, distinguished by its superior placing system that allows for its user to choose his destination down to the minute. The project is deemed too volatile following testing, and is scrapped.

January, 2010.

The only working model in existence is stolen.

December, 2010

Blueprints of the Engine show up on the black market. The United States government scrambles to keep the blueprints from spreading.

August, 2011

A man is apprehended along with a poorly constructed Engine. Advanced interrogation techniques reveal he travelled to 1890 and killed a child named Adolf Hitler. His exact motivations are yet unclear. His engine is incinerated.

This marks the beginning of what historians deem The Great Lag.

July 2nd, 2013

A raid of King Aamira, ruler of the twelve islamic states, recovers a fully functioning Temporal Engine. It is unclear whether it had been used, and if so, what had been altered.

The highly publicized nature of the raid spreads rumors that a time machine has been discovered. The public has no confirmation that this is the truth.

September 11, 2015.

A neighborhood in Lower Manhattan is decimated by an explosion traced to the basement of Allan Bates. Forensic specialists discover several components of an Engine among the wreckage. It is unclear what Mr. Bates was attempting to alter, or if he was successful.

February 4th, 2017

Blueprints of the Engine are uploaded online. They are quickly taken down, but not before every government has studied them. A panel is called to discuss what action to take.

March, 2017

Side effects of historical tampering on a massive scale become evident. A large portion of the population is remembering alternate versions of history, in which the third and fourth World Wars never occurred. Other common instances of false memories include a history in which the Death Periods were avoided, and one in which the Soviet Union fell in 1991. Causes are believed to be the usage of faulty or poorly constructed Temporal Engines. Further research into these major glitches is ongoing.

April 31st, 2017.

A scientist steals a poorly guarded early version of the Engine. He leaves a message stating that he intends to visit the U.S.S Philadelphia and “put an end to this.”

It is apparent that he failed. Although the specifics of his plan are undetermined, it is likely that the model he brought back was the first known Temporal Engine.

The Great Lag is ongoing.

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ataash-varin-katara  asked:

No.1 - ♥️♦️♠️♣️

Thanks! Let me talk about Mordred :D Since it’s the first card and the ace of the deck heheheheh…sorry. He’s just. Just. He’s asexual. I need to make this joke at least once– AHEM.

A♥️ - Who was the first person your muse ever fell in love with?

Leliana. Not in a romantic way, but she was the first person Mordred was genuinely attracted to.

A♣️ - What’s your muse’s strongest talent?

Perseverance. Against all odds, amidst the worst of wars, he survives. Him, and what he believes in.

In tandem to this, having faith. Faith in something better, something more beyond this hell, something worth fighting for, something inherently, indisputably, irrevocably good.

A♦️ - What is the most important message your muse has ever received?

That meaning well isn’t enough. 

That there is a rift of a difference between doing something to feel good about yourself for having done this good thing, and doing something good for the person who you want to help. That ends are not always enough to justify the means, so care has to be taken in what meaning your actions are stemmed from, as well as the ends they achieve.

That harmless little lies and carelessness stack up. That everything done, not done, or done under duress, must be borne. That doing nothing is a choice, that there is always a choice.

That nothing matters in the grand scheme, but everything is significant in different ways in the small scheme. That this is important.

A♠️ - What was the most painful loss your muse had to go through?

Nothing that’s hugely significant all at once, but he remembers every name and face among the Wardens and among his allies he’d lost over the years. Mordred picked himself up and kept going regardless, since the fact that they’d died in the line of duty was expected the moment he met them, but that didn’t mean it didn’t hurt. That didn’t mean he didn’t sit in the dark at night staring at the wall and wondering what he could’ve done that would’ve saved them.

Mordred carried every lost Warden’s body back to the surface unless it was absolutely lost, had them cremated, and if they had family, had the ashes returned to said family. If not, or if their relatives had disowned them, he had the ashes enshrined in a chapel inside Vigil’s Keep. There were close to a hundred urns of the like.

After Here Lies the Abyss, forty more were added. Clarel’s body was lost, and for what she had done she technically should have received no honor, but Mordred retrieved her staff from Adamant’s ruins after the fight and planted it in the middle of the now-abandoned fortress as a memorial for her.

In death, sacrifice. And sacrifices should be honored.

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Maen-y-Bardd Burial Chamber, North Wales, 25.9.16. On my return trek from the Druid’s Circle at Penmaenmawr, I couldn’t resist passing by this burial chamber to photograph it a second time. This time the good weather made the chamber more discernible on the valley side and the capstone is a distinctly neat and well balanced fit. This site seems to typify a Neolithic portal dolmen, thought to have been built around 3500BCE. It was carefully chosen by local Neolithic hunters and it later served the farming community that established itself in the area. 

anonymous asked:

Hey Pear, do you have any tips on his to not get too caught up in world building and burning yourself out??

It’s such a fine line–same with outlining/plotting. You can so easily get caught up in the creation of it that you feel like you’ve already lived all that can be lived within this world, so why write it? And you’ve created so much that there’s no way you’re going to be able to write and include all this cool stuff you’ve made! I get where you’re coming from. Finding that line for yourself–because it is subjective and specific to each individual writer–can be a long process of trial and error.

I tend to err on the side of “just good enough.” I world-build as I go. What this means is I set up a framework (concepts and ideas and the basics of how they function, some “mood words” for various peoples, pictures of similar areas, etc.) but it’s not filled in with all the specific nitty-gritty like what colors of clothes are most common to an area or what the exact burial rituals. Those really specific details get filled in as I write with a group, as I kind of feel them out and understand who these people are and how they live. Yeah, it means I get stuck on something sometimes and I have to take a step back for a day or two to figure out some world-building, but it also means that I don’t feel constrained heading into the story by an intense, intricate set of rules I’ve predefined to write inside.

I world-build outside the story on paper a bit like I feed world-building into the story: as necessary. What this means is I only have finite rules, regulations, and concrete details about the workings of the world as I have need of them within the story. I’ll write along and think up things as I go based on what would logically emerge from the peoples I’m writing about. It’s a bit of a nebulous process because I’m constantly building little details and rules about the world the entire time I’m writing a piece. Let’s see if I can give something a bit more concrete for you.

Trust Yourself:
The truth is, humans have this wonderful gift called imagination. World-building external to a story is a wonderful exercise for that imagination, but it’s all devoid of life. It’s statistics on a page. When you write with it, when you form it as you’re writing, straight out of your imagination as you go, it will have more life and more potential because it’s just been breathed into being by the characters on the page. Later you can go back and flesh it out in more data-like notes, but trust yourself and your imagination to come up with things organically from your writing and the people on the page. You’ll already have a bigger investment in the world-building because there are people attached to it.

Stop With the Broad Strokes:
Know how the continents are shaped, know the color of your peoples’ skin, know what their cultural values are, know some of those super broad strokes about your world, but let the spontaneity of writing give you the finer details. If you try to outline every single piece of data you might ever maybe need, you’ll overwhelm yourself. All those details become a cage that you must write within, and you don’t give your imagination the freedom to explore new ideas. You’ll feel like you have to stay within the lines, and that’s when a world starts to die a little. It goes back to trusting yourself to create the details you’ll need once you’ve given yourself the broad strokes to paint between.

Know What Burn-Out Feels Like:
It’s a bit different for everybody, but pay attention to your thoughts about a story so that you can begin to recognize the earliest onset of world fatigue. Note that I said to observe your thoughts about the story not the world. There’s a reason for that distinction. When you’re so caught up in your world, you’ll stop thinking about the story you’re trying to tell. That’s no good. In fact, that’s the worst. You should always be most focused on your story, even if that means letting small things about your world slide. It’s the story that you’re building this world for, so as soon as you say, “I’ll get to the story eventually. It’ll wait for a while until I figure out this continent that the characters aren’t going to encounter in this book.” Stop, stop, stop. Go back to your story. Think about your characters. Dive back into the world of narrative. If you’ve set your characters aside, you’ve been world-building too long.

Check out the Stop World Building Already article from the Let’s Talk About: World Building series for some more advice! Good luck! -Pear

B L O G R O L L

I have never before done a blog roll, so… well, I thought I would.  Please find below all five of my currently at least semi-active characters on Balmung in FFXIV.  Please pardon the length of this post!  😅

Mythka Suvi - @smokespun

Mythka is a thirty year old Raen Au Ra male, born outside Doma.  He lost both his parents to the Garleans when he was merely a baby, and has no memory of them aside from a magically induced vision.  Taken in, given a name, and raised in a Hyur-run orphanage, The Black Shroud called to him preternaturally from picture books and texts in school.  As soon as he was of age and able, he made the move to The East Shroud and made his home near Fullflower Comb.  The locals know him as a devoted healer, both in conjury and herbal disciplines, and his cabin is often visited by travelers as well.  He boasts a lush flower and vegetable garden, a few fruit trees, and active bee hives.  Reclusive and quiet but endlessly kind and accepting, he can often be found of course at his cabin, foraging in the East and sometimes South Shroud, hiking and lunching along the ledge by Castrum Oriens, and lending his expertise at Stillglade Fane in the training of novice recruits.  Mythka enjoys reading, gardening, the smell of the forest, rain, touch (with the right people), and the concept of true love.


Corwynn Grey - @smokespun

Cowrynn is a Keeper of the Moon Miqo'te male who works as an archer at the Archers’ Guild in Gridania.  Adopted into a wildly diverse family boasting Hyur, Elezen, and Miqo'te, Corwynn claims NINE SISTERS.  He took to the bow right away and began training as soon as he was able to hold one properly.  He has a bounding, quick, instinctual style that is often envied by his partner, Raven Alderscorn ( @housealderscorn), who is more methodical and calculating, but no less deadly.  The two are the closest of friends and in their relationship they’ve learned much from each other - from which forks to eat with first to how to properly skin and grill a rabbit.  He can normally be found on patrol in The Shroud, crashed on his bunk in the Archers’ Guild, having drinks with Jacke and Baderon in Limsa Lominsa, or sneaking around the Lancers’ Guild to play pranks on them.  Corwynn loves concerts and plays, tall tales and bawdy stories (listening to them or telling them), cabarets, EATING, and spending time with his inordinately large family.  That includes Raven.


Charlemont Mercaiges - @house-mercaiges

Charlemont - or Char, as his casual acquaintances call him - is a twenty-four year old Duskwight Elezen currently employed as a knight by House Sartigault (A Dzemael vassal house) in Ishgard.  He is largely avoided by most in the House save the head chef Laure, and the head butler, Camille.  He is considered laconic yet fervid, and barely but always obedient in service to his Lord and Lady.  Charlemont accepts and completes his duties professionally and efficiently, proving himself to be a dependable knight for the house despite his often intense countenance.  The Duskwight naturally carries himself with an air of refinement beyond his station, and smoothly changes the subject when queried about his past.  He is usually remembered by his odd golden eyes against his dusky skin, and is rarely seen with a companion. Char possesses a marked penchant for clear liquor over the typically preferred Ishgardian red wine  He can be found in the field or in the city on patrol or deployment, various restaurants in Ishgard, or at House Sartigault.  Char does possess an apartment, though precious few know its location.


Francette Dardenau - @smokespun

Francette - more commonly known as Frankie - is the oldest daughter of Celine & Michel Dardenau and proprietor of Emberfall Parfumerie.  Hailing from a long line of well-bred Gridanian Wildwoods, she inherited her grandmother’s artful soprano voice and cultivated it from a young age, but it was the art of scent that called to her louder than performing.  Though she occasionally graces the stage at Mih Khetto’s Amphitheatre, or at the newly built Palazzo Aldenard, it is her shop which steals her heart and time.  Frankie has a sunny, jovial disposition and a snarking sense of humor, not to mention a smile that lights up the room.  Much to the benefit of her business, she is a whiz with numbers and finances though often doubted due to her looks.  She has a penchant for late, lazy mornings, sunny days on the beach, rich meals, flowers, and of course creating new scents.  She can be found at Emberfall Parfumerie, out on the town with her squad (Gridania, Ul'dah, or Limsa - she’s never been to Ishgard), having an evening walk in The Lavender Beds, or grabbing her morning cup of coffee and almond cream croissant at the local cafe.


Sahti Nhubalu - @sahti-nhubalu

Sahti (also known as Sister Sahti or Moura Sahti) is a Keeper of the Moon Miqo'te living deep within The Orn Wild.  She is a crone, the wise woman whom three different families of women seek for knowledge and guidance.  Sahti oversees births, leads rituals for deaths and burials, organizes ceremonies for arranged mating and coming of age.  When Keeper men come calling, it is her they meet with and pay their respects to in order to request a coupling with her girls.  Deeply connected to the energies of The Wilds and the rhythm of the families she is a part of, Sahti is a touch eccentric, intimidating, and mysterious.  She speaks sometimes very little, other times in parables, and only at length and openly in small groups.  While she has no children of her own, she possesses both an innate and learned knowledge of nature, biology, and the flow of life.  She loves bright, lush colors, large flowers, jewelry, running water, and fire.  Truly, the only place Sahti can be found is in The Orn Wild.