So I've been trying to think up cute things all day and I wanted to propose an AU. A Cinderella - Regisa! AU with either of them as the prince and the other as Cinderella (or you know, in Cinderella's position).
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG IM LITERALLY SCREAMING THANK U FOR BLESSING ME WITH THIS
tbh i’m partial to Nagisa being the cinderella-esque character bc of his canon home life with his strict parents
but then again imagine a modern cinderella-esque AU where there’s like a swim club party or just a pool party in general or something like that and Rei and Nagisa go to different schools and Nagisa remembers talking to this kid who could do the most beautiful butterfly stroke and that’s what he uses as his basis to find this kid later on, after Rei disappears from the party without giving Nagisa his number or even telling Nagisa where he goes to school
(which is really stupid bc like,,, it would b modern times and certainly you could find pictures of this kid somewhere or ask around to see if anyone else knew him but that would defeat the purpose of it being a modern CINDERELLA-esque au )
Before Lana Del Rey finalized the album, Guns & Roses was meant to be the second or third single wearing this cover. It was canceled because the producers thought it would give the bad impression that Lana was trying to mock the band. There was also a rumour that it was a ‘gift’ from Lana to Axl Rose(which she admire), but the producers said that it would be bad for her career for some reason. That’s why it was reduced to a extra music(some people say that the song present in te album isn’t the ‘real’ song) and why this pic has a different style when you compare it with the others from the same photoshoot.
Sorry for the text wall, but there’s some pretty good stuff in here!
[Basic Knowledge of
Throughout this section, the
Mystics living in Chateau Aiguille are referred to as the
“bloodsucking clan”. I’ll occasionally be referring to them as
“Orlouge’s clan”, though I’m not sure if there are other Mystics
outside the clan with the ability to suck blood.
that was easy for the bloodsucking clan to develop. Originally, it
was a single sharp thorn of a nettle.* The “Nettle Thorn” pierced
the region and drew energy from the ground, rapidly growing until it
formed a castle.
the current caretaker of the castle, Orlouge once set fire to
Rootville. The Nettle Thorn drew nutrients from the town’s ashes and
matured into what is now Chateau Aiguille. The castle will continue
to grow as long as beauty exists within the region where it took
root. This is one of the reasons why Orlouge welcomes artists and
craftsmen (In the world of Mystics, the existence and continuation of
all things is determined by their beauty. This includes things such
as Chateau Aiguille and a Mystic’s rank and lifespan).
of the nature of this “Castle of Thorns”**, it has also been
called things such as “Castle of Parasites” and “Mystic Plant
Japanese name for the place is 「針の城」
shiro], “Castle of Thorns” or “Castle of Needles”. The US
translation team decided to spice up the name by converting “Castle
of Needles” into the French “Chateau Aiguille”.
Mystic Emperor Orlouge’s mistresses, also known as Arch Princesses.*
There are 99 of them (not including the escapee Rei). These girls
were charmed by Orlouge and allowed him to suck their blood. Those
who have their blood sucked become victims of Orlouge’s powers of
are absolutely subservient. Many of them are in their twenties and
strong in spirit. They were once allowed to freely wander Chateau
Aiguille, but after the incident where Orlouge’s most beloved Rei
attacked and reverse-sucked his blood before escaping, all Arch
Princesses have been forcibly sealed in glass coffins.
older times, the suffix “-hime” could be used to formally address
a young girl, usually of high rank, but the US translation team
probably messed up and used the literal translation of “Princess”.
They even use the term 「寵姫」
“favorite mistress” everywhere else, so
I have no idea where they got “Arch Princess” from. Though they
should technically be called “Thorn Maidens”, I’ll continue to
use the term “Arch Princess” to match the in-game translation.
coffins that Orlouge created to protect his Arch Princesses. They’re
high security coffins, unable to be opened from the outside without
the powers of a Mystic Lord, but easily opened from inside.After
the incident with Rei, however, Orlouge added parasitic bloodsucking
roses which feed on the Mystic Powers of the Arch Princesses sleeping
within. Those who have their power drained fall into a deep slumber
and can’t open the coffins themselves. They can’t awaken as long as
the bloodsucking roses are in full bloom.
<Exception> Lady White Rose assimilated the bloodsucking
roses and broke the seal.
The power possessed by bloodsucking Mystics. Victims can be
manipulated at will. Orlouge’s powers of Captivation are the
strongest—those who have their blood sucked can never rebel and are
submissive for all eternity. In the worst cases, the spirit is lost.
A race known for their longevity and good looks. They live in
accordance with Mystic Laws. They have a peculiar value system, with
absolute laws regarding “beauty”, “fear”, and “pride.”
Three laws that are put into practice: “Charm others with beauty”,
“Intimidate others with fear”, and “Be proud and never submit
to others”. Those who fail to uphold the laws are eliminated. The
power of these three laws decides the ranks of Mystics, classified
from highest to lowest as follows: Mystic Lord, High Mystic, Middle
Mystic, Low Mystic, Mystic Outlaw. This ranking is absolute.
Extremely high ranking Mystics. Many of them are part of Orlouge’s
clan that live in Chateau Aiguille. The Arch Princesses White Rose
and Golden Lion, the Black Knight Ciato, and Zozma hold this rank.
Mystics with moderate status. Asellus starts at this rank. The Black
Knight Rastaban also holds this rank.
Mystics with low status. Though the most numerous, their rights to
speak as Mystics are weak. The Water Mystic Mesarthim is this rank.
who have lost their rank to the point where they are no longer
considered to be Mystics. The Mystic Laws have determined that, aside
from the weakening of their “beauty”, “fear”, and “pride”,
many of the Outlaws have lost their individuality, don’t have a
strong spirit, or are just part of the rabble. Neither good nor evil,
their existence is similar to that of Humans. Some who live alongside
Humans have easily fallen into a life of crime. Mystics who live a
long life gradually lose their status and eventually end up in this
state. Another name for them is “the unseeables”.** They are
determined to return to their original selves, lest they be
eliminated at the command of the Mystic Lords.
original term is a made up word 「邪妖」
which literally translates to “evil Mystic”,
but I thought “Outlaw” was a better fit.
The original might be a pun of the word 「邪魔」
“nuisance”, since the term for Mystic 「妖魔」
uses the same second kanji.
is me, the translator, trying to make a pun of the “untouchables”.
In the original text, they’re called “those who can’t be seen”
with the context that other Mystics refuse to acknowledge their
presence…but that’s quite a mouthful.
who have maintained their rank by ruling for more than a millennia.
Also known as “The Era’s Chosen”. Possessing a significantly
large territory, they are allowed to establish their own clans. They
are responsible for carrying out Mystic Hunts. Orlouge and Virgil
have been confirmed as the current era’s Mystic Lords. The Arch
Princess Rei and the Black Knight Wezen also hold powers of this
<Related> The Black Knight Rastaban believes that
Asellus is a Mystic Lord, third only after Orlouge and Virgil.
Hunts to search for Mystics who have lost their rank and fail to
practice the Mystic Laws. Mystic Lords are responsible for the
classification and pursuit of Mystic Outlaws.
<Related> In recent centuries, hunting hasn’t been
limited to Mystic Outlaws. There are rumors floating around that
Virgil is somehow trying to stop Orlouge from following his instinct
to hunt beautiful maidens. It truly is a peaceful era for those
Mystics with low status.
[The Days of Thirst]
Refers to an era when Mystic Outlaws run rampant. Caused by various
factors, including but not limited to:
increase in the number of Mystic Outlaws (the Human world falls into
disorder, creating an era when Mystics and Humans can easily coexist)
Mystic Lords of that era being unscrupulous (ruling over their clans
with an iron fist)
global decrease in the qualities of Mystics* (actually, a steady era
with an increase of honorable Mystics)
the world is peaceful with little danger from Mystic Hunts, since
they happen very rarely. This is probably why the quality of Mystics
continues to decline when factor number ③
people say that the Mystic World will soon fall into the “Days of
Thirst”. You could say that Asellus’ appearance is the harbinger of
Mystic Outlaws are defined as “those who have lost their status and
live like Humans”. There is a huge scandal involving the
prestigious bloodsucking clan accidentally mixing with Human blood.
unsure of this translation, since there is very little description in
the original text.
In the distant past, there was a Water Mystic who dreamed of becoming
Human. Casting aside her armor and fish tail, she gave up her status
as a Mystic and pretended to be an ordinary Human girl. This drew the
wrath of all Mystic Lords from that era and the entire Water Mystic
clan was eliminated. Now, the ones that survived hold a small
territory in Owmi.
Mystics can never become Human. No matter how low their rank or weak
their powers, they can only ever be Mystic Outlaws. Asellus heard the
story of the aforementioned mermaid and realized she could never
again be Human.
Stars of the Modern Era]
are Mystics that hold high status, yet reject the Mystic Laws.
Mavericks. They have the true powers of Mystics, but don’t act the
part. They can’t really be called Mystic Outlaws.
Part of the bloodsucking clan. An important figure once rumored to be
Orlouge’s successor. He completely disregards the Mystic Laws, living
life his own way.
Arch Princess of the bloodsucking clan. The strangest thing happened
where she counter-sucked Orlouge’s blood and escaped from the clan’s
territory. Because of her high status as a Mystic, she is welcomed by
all the other clans.
A Human who took Orlouge’s blood completely by accident. She is
considered to be different since there is no precedent. The proud
bloodsucking clan won’t allow her to exist.
One thing the three have in common is that they “made fools of the
bloodsucking clan”. Though promised the position, Zozma refused to
become the next Emperor of the clan; Though Orlouge’s most beloved,
Rei rejected his affections; Though Orlouge sees her as his adopted
daughter, Asellus doesn’t acknowledge him as a father. These
incidents have sullied the clan’s reputation. Orlouge cherishes their
complete rebellion as rare treasures, but their existence is
absolutely intolerable for the Black Knights. Incidentally, Leader of
the Black Knights Ciato hates Zozma, Superintendent of the Black
Knights Wezen hates Rei, and Black Knight Ildon hates Asellus.
She was the kind of girl who fancy beautiful words than beautiful jewels.
She was kind of girl who slept with books on her bed and headphones in her ears.
She was the kind of girl who simply believed in love and loved with all that she can have.