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the lost princess of merope >>> the curse of the seven kingdoms

Once upon a time, there were seven kingdoms, known collectively as the Pleiades. Each royal family possessed magical gifts, and with them- a lust for power. There were terrible wars between them, leaving bloodshed and chaos. An enchantress lost her son in battle. In her grief, she cast a terrible curse. If ever each of the seven kingdoms gave birth to a princess within the same year, each kingdom would be plagued by a terrible dragon immune to the royal magic. If the seven royal daughters could come together in time to use their magic as one, the dragons would be defeated. If not, every living creature in the Pleiades would die.

In order to make this task near impossible, the enchantress sent away the entire seventh kingdom- the kingdom of Merope. The kingdom disappeared; the castle, villages, and the royal family all vanished. To find the seventh princess, the enchantress said, the other six would find the answer in each other.

Decades passed. The remaining six kingdoms found an uneasy peace between each other. And then, one year- six princesses were born. And when they turned 22, the demons came.

Now the six princesses of the Pleiades need to come together to find the final, lost princess of Merope.

In the coming days, you will meet the six princesses of the Pleiades and help them solve riddles, decipher clues, and follow paths that will lead them to finding the seventh lost princess of Merope. Follow/block the tag the lost princess of merope as needed. 

My Gift is a Pebble

Everyone wants a pebble.

My Gift is a Pebble

“Roman it’s been three weeks” Anxiety said bluntly, his facial expression turning to a annoyed pout as he stared at the Royal. “I’m sorry, I can’t do anything to speed up the cure. I’m not a dragon-witch” Roman sighed, looking down at the dark trait.

“Though I do think you deserve it at this point” he mumbled, but Anxiety heard every word. His ears bended back and his tail started to slash around behind him. “What do you mean I deserved it! You were the one that started the argument before hitting me with the goddamn potion!” He hissed out.

“Well who is the one that been leaving dead animals near the door?” Roman huffed, trying not to get into another argument. Anxiety was about to speak until he realized how stupid his rebuttal is. He crossed his arms, looking away from the royal. “They’re gifts…” he grumbled.

“Well the offer is kind, and your intentions are good but how about getting something that wasn’t breathing earlier” Roman sighed, slightly regretting his response as he saw the darker trait’s head down in shame as he walked to his room.

“Wow…just wow..” Morality said softly, walking next to Princey.

“Maybe I was a bit harsh”

“A bit?” the Moral trait sighed. “You should give him something, I know a dead bird isn’t the best gift in the world but he’s trying to be nice”

Princey nodded.

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Logan and Anxiety were currently sitting on the couch, well Logan was, Anxiety was laying over the top of it. The two was currently watching Epic Rap Battles of History, Walter White vs Rick Grimes, seeing as Anxiety found them interesting and Logic enjoyed anything relating with poetry.

Roman looked at the two from the hallway, holding a wrapped present in his hands. He looked behind himself to see Morality giving him thumbs up for encouragement. He gulped, walking towards the two. He usually wasn’t this nervous, especially when giving someone a gift, probably because he was worried that Anxiety was still upset at him, seeing as he got a small scratch on his cheek after he first talked to Morality.

He cleared his throat, earning the attention of the younger traits. Sure enough, Anxiety seemed slightly annoyed. “Before you tell me to go away, I wanted to apologize for earlier’ comment, I shouldn’t have been so harsh. So I wanted to give you this”

Anxiety looked down at the royal’s hands, seeing a black and grey wrapped box. He hesitantly took the gift, and then teared away the wrapping paper. He opened the box, revealing a giant black and red mouse plush with a feather tail. He picked up the plush and set it down on the couch before stepping tow ards the prince. He looked up at him with a blank expression before giving another scratch on the royal’s cheek.

Roman hissed, but expected that reaction. What he didn’t expect though was that Anxiety grabbed his hand and placed a small, red, ring box in it. “Open it” Anxiety said in a monotone and slightly demanding tone. Roman followed the demand and opened it, seeing small broken piece of a smokey quartz and a small onyx. “It’s pebbles” Roman hummed.

“My gift to you is pebbles and rocks, accept it” he growled.

Roman looked down at the cat trait, and began to pet behind his ear, which Anxiety reluctantly leaned into the touch and started to purr.

“I’ll cherish them”

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the princess of pleiades >>> the northern three

here is a brief introduction for the characters in the story the lost princess of merope. here are the three princesses of the north, their kingdoms, and a snippet to their story. see: the plot, the southern princesses.

Princess Oona of Alcyone >> Alcyone is a kingdom by the sea, known for the people’s love of water, their happy attitudes, and their strong belief in fate. Their colors are blue and white. When Princess Oona was born, everyone expected her to have the traditional royal gift of water manipulation. But Oona had a different gift- thread manipulation. Considered odd by her people and weak by her family, Oona is eclectic, dreamy, and quirky. xx

Princess Evangeline of Sterope >> Sterope is the most prosperous kingdom of the Pleiades. The people value romance, beauty, and wealth, as demonstrated in their colors of pink and gold. Princess Evangeline has the traditional Sterope gift of lightning. She’s taken to trying to improve the strained relationship between her kingdom and the kingdom of Celaeno. She makes frequent visits to Celeano, where she uses her determined optimism to try to crack Celaeno’s severe princess. The more she spends time with the princess, the more Evangeline sees the beauty in Celeano- and in their princess. xx

Princess Tate of Celaeno >> Celaeno is the furthest kingdom, farthest north. After a perceived slight from the kingdom of Sterope years ago, Celeano has all but removed itself from the Pleiades. They are known for their strict practicality to survive their deadly winters, with little time for things like romance and beauty. Their colors are black and white. Princess Tate’s gift of iron manipulation mimics her personality- severe and cold. She resists every charm of Princess Evangeline’s, or at least she tries. It’s hard not to feel something when you see a pink princess among a kingdom of black and white. xx

The Royal Gifts: 65 years of presents given to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II

A “royal” version of a London Underground sign, a bronze owl and a beaded throne are some of the gifts given to Queen Elizabeth II that will make up an exhibit to be shown during the annual summer opening of the state rooms at Buckingham Palace.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see more than 250 interesting and unusual gifts given to the queen during her 65-year reign. The presents, which cannot be sold or exchanged, will eventually become part of the Royal Collection, held in trust by the queen for the nation. The items will be on display from July 22 to Oct 1.

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London Underground Rondel at Buckingham Palace

Sally Goodsir, assistant curator of decorative arts of the Royal Collection Trust, holds up a Buckingham Palace version of the London Underground Rondel presented on a visit to Aldgate East Tube Station in 2010, at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, April 3, 2017. A selection of objects from Royal Gifts will be on display as part of the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace on July 22, 2017. (Toby Melville/Reuters)

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‘Treasure Ship’ at Buckingham Palace

Hannah Belcher, exhibition coordinator of the Royal Collection Trust, inspects the Vessel of Friendship, a model of the “treasure ship”
sailed by the 15th century Chinese navigator Zeng He, that was presented by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2015, at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, April 3, 2017. (Frank Augstein/AP)

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Silver bowl at Buckingham Palace

A silver bowl containing fruits grown in Zambia modelled in silver, which were presented by Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, are on display at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, April 3, 2017. A selection of objects from Royal Gifts will be on display as part of the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace on July 22, 2017. (Frank Augstein/AP)

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A silver bowl containing fruits grown in Zambia modelled in silver, which were presented by Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, are on display at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, April 3, 2017. (Toby Melville/Reuters)

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Totem pole at Buckingham Palace

A wooden totem pole, carved by the Kwiakiutl of Canada’s northwest coast, presented to The Queen in 1971, is on display at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, April 3, 2017. A selection of objects from Royal Gifts will be on display as part of the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace on July 22, 2017. (Frank Augstein/AP)

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Bronze owl at Buckingham Palace

A gilded bronze owl from Leeds Civic Hall, presented to Queen Elizabeth II, is on display at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, April 3, 2017. (Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

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Bag containing salt at Buckingham Palace

A member of the Royal Collection Trust holds a linen bag containing salt from the British Virgin Islands, presented to Queen Elizabeth II, at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, April 3, 2017. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

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Sally Goodsir, assistant curator of decorative arts of the Royal Collection Trust, holds up a Buckingham Palace version of the London Underground Rondel presented on a visit to Aldgate East Tube Station in 2010, at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, April 3, 2017. (Toby Melville/Reuters)

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Pair of baskets at Buckingham Palace

A member of the Royal Collection Trust displays a pair of baskets woven from coconut leaves from Tonga, presented to Queen Elizabeth II, at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, April 3, 2017. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

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Yoruba throne at Buckingham Palace

A beaded Yoruba throne presented to the Queen by the people of Nigeria in 1956 is adjusted at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, April 3, 2017. A selection of objects from Royal Gifts will be on display as part of the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace on July 22, 2017. (Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

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Terracotta figure at Buckingham Palace

Sally Goodsir, assistant curator of decorative arts of the Royal Collection Trust, holds a Terracotta figure of “The Great Mother” from Macedonia, presented to Queen Elizabeth II, at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, April 3, 2017. (Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

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Sally Goodsir, assistant curator of decorative arts, adjusts a beaded Yoruba throne presented to the Queen by the people of Nigeria in 1956, at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, April 3, 2017. (Toby Melville/Reuters)

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Give!! Me!! More!! Dragons!! In!! Shawls!!

I had this idea that some dragon tribes share the tradition of wearing wedding shawls, humongous elegant shawls either hand made by the mother-in-law of the betrothed for more poor class dragons, or and handed down over generations and crafted by ancients or animus for the royal families.

Above is displayed a smaller, less intricate and somewhat poor class shawl crafted by a skywing mother-in-law for her young daughter.  The silk that Skywings use is expensive and imported, so only royal families can afford to have shawls that stretch over their wings, back, and trail behind them in some cases.  

Only the upper class Icewings have a few beautiful shawls stored away for royal weddings, an ancient gift from an animus dragon which are said to give the gift of fertility to those who wear it during their vows.

Rainwings hand craft their shawls from vines to form narrow and small but elegant drapings entwined with beautiful rainforest flowers and leaves.  The male often will present a shawl that he hand crafted to his mate as proposal.

Queen Coral wore a shawl on her wedding night to Gill, though it is not a tradition in the seawing kingdom.

Nightwings, Mudwings, and Sandwings don’t partake in this tradition, each for their own reason.  

Some Ideas...

Here are some ideas I’ve been tossing around…

  • Magnificent Bartender and Silent Assassin. The story of what happens when a kick ass bartender (Yang) gets dragged into the world of a legendary assassin (Neo). Laughs. Blood. Romance. Awesomeness. Plus plenty of one-sided conversations wherein Yang makes puns and Neo tries to murder her with her eyes.
  • The Ballad of the Unlikely. Nora is a bard, but not a very good one. Why? What kind of bard carries around a giant hammer and runs to the front of every battle. Oh well. At least, she’s got company. There’s Ren the laid-back wizard who prefers to shoot people instead of cast spells, Jaune the legendary hero who’s got about ten more years before he actually becomes legendary, and then there’s Pyrrha. All those songs Nora sings while she crushes people skulls? Yeah, Pyrrha’s the goddess she mentions in most of them. After getting shot in the back by Cinder, another goddess, Pyrrha is looking for a way to get her divinity back, and Nora and the gang are her best bet.
  • Romancing Death. Weiss has a problem. She has six months to live. How does she know? Well, she just so happens to be a member of a royal bloodline gifted with foresight. So how is she going to get out of this mess? Simple. The only ones who can change destiny are the gods, and the only one who can make sure she doesn’t die is Death. All she has to do is win Death’s heart, and she’ll be set for life (pun fully intended). There’s just one problem. Death is a cheerful, scythe-wielding goddess who demands cookies, strawberries, and milk in lieu of gold or other treasures. How exactly is Weiss supposed to win her heart when Weiss can’t bake to save her life, her kingdom doesn’t grow strawberries, and she’s never milked a cow. Luckily, Weiss has a bit of help from her magical cat who may or may not be a goddess in disguise and her loyal butler.
  • Draconic Felines. Blake has a problem. After picking a fight with a witch, she got turned into a cat. Yang has a problem. After picking a fight with a witch, she got turned into a dragon. Somehow, these two end up meeting each other. Follow along as they go on an epic quest to defeat the witches that cursed them. It’s not going to be easy considering the fact that neither of them can talk, and neither of them has opposable thumbs. How will they deal with doors, asking for directions, and the fact that Yang hasn’t actually worked out how to fly or breathe fire yet?

So… what do you think?

Some people don’t think it’s cool to help others. Personally, I think it’s the coolest thing in the world.
—  Prince Harry - WE day
Ephemeral [Ardyn/Reader]

“Ardyn, Deconstruction” by Wroniec

Much love to @wroniec for letting me use their beautiful artwork! <3 Much love for their work, please check out their page, everybody!

Anyways, since I fell in love with Ardyn’s character, and I’ve yet to see any story taking place before the events of FFXV, I’ll brave the possible rebuttal in posting this (contradictions in the timeline/story might pop up)

My New Years gift. This story will dive into the grit that my mind can come up with. It is everything that makes up my being, traumas, passions, and all. A morbid start to what I hope to be a good year. Happy 2017!

Warning: Possible Triggers!

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I was able to color this within two days yay :D (It usually takes me like one week?) Making this was a great break from cosplay making, for sure. I used the Queensland screenshots as a reference from the actual AMR game :)

This was a birthday present for @namtia (sorry for tagging you again!), she liked it :DD 

Chris Evans for W Magazine: The 2016 Royals

Chris Evans’ start in Hollywood wasn’t so auspicious. From his infamous scene inNot Another Teen Movie to playing “Harvard Hottie” in The Nanny Diaries, starring his future co-star Scarlett Johansson, he’s enjoyed a slow burn rise to the top. “I’m glad that I didn’t you know come out of the gates with the first thing being some huge critically-acclaimed success. It’s been very nice and educational,” he says. For the past five years, he’s been known to us as Captain America, one of the most classic roles in the Marvel universe, which is why it made sense to pair him with a new arrival to the superhero genre, Chiwetel Ejiofor, in our annuals Royals package. Here, he talks about his rise in Hollywood, from the his very first part in high school to his roles in the cult-favorite Snowpiercer and the upcoming Gifted.

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“Kai put the portscreen away and pulled his hand out from behind him, producing a long, flat box wrapped in gold foil and a white ribbon. The paper was gorgeous, the wrapping job less so.” - Cinder, Marissa Meyer


KAI SUCKS AT WRAPPING GIFTS!

In honor of National Coffee Day, here’s a coffee service given to President Ford by Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik of Denmark on May 10, 1976.

This Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Colonial Coffee-service includes a coffee pot with lid, a creamer, a sugar bowl with lid, four coffee cups, four coffee saucers, and a serving tray. Each item features the silhouette of an American Patriot such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton. Additionally, each piece has a tortoise shell glaze and a gold band around the bottom, with a gold grapevine inlay around the top. 

With the exception of the added silhouettes, this coffee set is an exact replica of one designed and produced by the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory in 1782. The Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory designed the Colonial Coffee-service in commemoration of the American Bicentennial and the factory’s bicentennial.