An innocent, pure, and well balanced soul: “What is it like being a grad student?”
Me, squinting bloodshot eyes over the rim of a thrice reheated coffee: “Well… today’s dinner is saltines and starbursts - which I suppose is an improvement over last week’s coffee and beef jerky. I was in the shower for a full thirty seconds this morning before I realized I was still wearing my pajamas. And I was proud of making time for breakfast until my partner texted me that I’d put the box of cereal back in the fridge and the milk in the cupboard when I was done. The notification sound for my emails is rage inducing and my advisor is, unequivocally, the ruler of my universe. I regard him with the appropriate devotion, terror, and bewildered anger. I have no neutral feelings towards gradschool but instead wildly oscillate between being apathetic, incandescently happy, and savagely bitter.”
I have such a fear of finding another like myself, and such a desire to find one! I am so utterly lonely, but I also have such a fear that my isolation be broken through, and I no longer be the head and ruler of my universe.
“I have such a fear of finding another like myself, and such a desire to find one! I am so utterly lonely, but I also have such a fear that my isolation be broken through, and I no longer be the head and ruler of my universe.” – Anaïs Nin
Considering one’s universe over coffee in Toronto, Canada.
I pray and give my dedication to you oh gods
Rulers of the universe, whose powers are beyond our own
I pray to you Zeus and Hera, King and Queen, reigning supreme in Olympus
I pray to you Demeter and Poseidon, land and sea, shapers of the earth
I pray to you Apollo and Artemis, sun and moon, ruling together the skies at different times
I pray to you Hephaestus and Athena, strong smith and wise warrior of heaven
I pray to you Aphrodite and Ares, lady of beauty and lord of war
I pray to you Hermes and Dionysus, the beloved messenger and merry friend
I pray to you Hestia, source of our warmth, keeper of our hearts here and in Olympus
I pray onto you mighty gods
I give my prayers in gratitude and devotion
May praise come to your divine names
And adoration forever rise onto your thrones
Now and forever
Hail the gods eternal and great
Everyone on the battlefield froze as Zarkon lifted Lance in one hand and Lotor in the other. Two months prior Zarkon woke up and took over the galran empire again. Lotor tried to convince his father to change his ways. But he was relentless. So Lotor and his team found refuge in his childhood friend. Princess Allura. Who was happy to accept help once she confirmed they were safe.
So now voltron, the blade, and Lotors team stood watching as the five lions opened their mouths and out came eight of the most unlikely attendees to join the war at this time. Considering all were supposed to be dead. Zarkon literally dropped his son and the blue paladin as he saw his younger uncorrupted self walk out of the black lion followed by the young Haggar.
“Ugh what happened.” The former blue paladin spoke while helping his two passengers out of Blue.
“I feel like I have slept for ten thousand years.” The former yellow paladin yawned.
“That would be highly unlikely unless we were kept in a pod which we weren’t.” The former green paladin confirmed as she two looked around at the shocked faces.
“Father!” Allura yelped as her father emerged from red. Once again in his shiny young glory.
“Allura, my dear where are we? Is this the aftermath of a mission?” He questioned as he embraced his daughter.
A low growl emitted from in front of black as Lotor started to wake up and rush to Lance. “What have you done to my son!?” Young Zarkon screeched launching into battle.
“Zarkon who is that?” The former green paladin asked.
“I don’t know but he has Lotor and he’s hurt!” Alfor yelled in rage as he two launched himself at Zarkon.
“I am Zarkon ruler of the universe and his is my son. I have every right to do what I have done. Not that I would have cared .”
“No you are not. Our leader Zarkon is right here.” Former blue paladin argues pushing his passengers behind him to join in the attack. As the other two former paladins join the rest Haggar came out of Zarkons ship to asist him by attacking the real time paladins.
“A witch!” Young Haggar screams as she two helps the others using her science to attack Haggar. (Idk ok)
“What the holy hell is going on here.” Lance yelped as he came too and was pulled out of the cross fire by Lotor who was still a little shell shocked by seeing his father the way he was before everything went to hell and back.
As Zarkon and Alfor commenced their attack they both jumped in the air to swing at Zarkon while simultaneously yelling ‘DONT TOUCH MY SON!’
“I’m sorry what ” Hunk finally piped up after shaking the initial shock off. This seemed to pull the rest out of their dazed states to help join the intruders attacking Zarkon.
Thanks to young Zarkon and Alfor Zarkon was defeated in less than an hour, along with Haggar. This left explaining. After everyone went through as session in the healing pods.
“So. What did you guys just come back from the grave like poof hi!” Keith exclaims waving his hands around.
“We are the paladins of voltron. We obviously came to help. We must have suffered damage on our way and forgotten our missions.” Explains Alfor cheerily as he stands a little too close to Zarkon.
“No we are the paladins of voltron and all boy you two died ten thousand years ago.” Shiro said calmly gesturing to Zarkon and Haggar.
Then Coran goes on to explain wat he did in the season finale.
“This is all starting to come back to me.” The former paladins and their friends all started to remember one by one.
“Yeah it all makes sense now!”
“Well you forgot one important part.” Zarkon says.
“What did I miss?“Coran asks thoughtfully.
“Well you forgot the fact that Allura and Lotor are siblings and Zarkon and I were married ten years before the time holes hit!”
My name means, "Noble ruler, ruler of all, or universal ruler" (depending on what language you choose). How would that look in Sumerian?
Silim! The word for “ruler” in Sumerian is barag, which also means “throne” and is one of the words for “king, monarch”. Barag has one of the coolest-looking cuneiform signs I know of, 𒁈. I don’t know of a pre-existing phrase that means “ruler of all, universal ruler”, but they’re pretty easy to construct: “ruler of all/everything” would be baragshara, and “ruler of the universe” is baraganki.
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hi yes a quick question for all of u, which paladin is ur fave? also which one of u is the biggest diva?
My favorite paladin is hunk and lotor is the biggest diva cus he complains about everything
Those guys are douchebags.
Also, Prince Lotor is a loser.
- Mod Sendak
The tall one pilots my Black Lion, so I hope he chokes to death. I don’t have a ‘fave’ Paladin since they’re all my sworn enemies who need to be destroyed so that I may assume my rightful position as ruler of the universe. But in terms of respect, I admire Allura the most. I guess. Not really.
Anyway. I know I shouldn’t really say this since I’m his dad and everything, but I hate Lotor. I hate him so much. He’s the worst.
He’s literally such an awful child. I don’t know where he gets it from.
I have such a fear of finding another like myself, and such a desire to find one! I am so utterly lonely, but I also have such a fear that my isolation be broken through, and I no longer be the head and ruler of my universe. I am in great terror of your understanding by which you penetrate into my world; and then I stand revealed and I have to share my kingdom with you.
Don’t say anything, because I see that you understand me, and I am afraid of your understanding. I have such a fear of finding another like myself, and such a desire to find one. I am so utterly lonely, but I also have such a fear that my isolation be broken through, and I no longer be the head and ruler of my universe. I am in great terror of your understanding by which you penetrate into my world; and then I stand revealed and I have to share my kingdom with you.
King Cold: “Join me and take Freeza’s place at my side as the Supreme Ruler of the Universe!”
And people say Goku and Vegeta are the worst fathers. Cold just brushes off his son’s death like it’s nothing.
I mean…not that the current Soul King is really dead. Unless he is. He, like, got eaten or something. Does this mean that at the end of Bleach, some current character will be forced to take the Soul King’s place? Let’s say yes. If so, then here are 10 likely candidates, presented in no particular order!
Ichigo is always everything. Human, shinigami, hollow, Quincy, noble, fullbringer….it’s a little hard to believe that he *wouldn’t* also become the Soul King. Plus, there were all of those foreshadowy things that Kyoraku said to Ichigo’s human friends (for some reason???) about how Ichigo might develop a power that might prevent him from reentering the human world. A power like becoming the Soul King, we might ask?
Soul King: Don’t worry, my delicious strawberry! It wouldn’t be so bad!
Soul King: You might be trapped forever in a crystal, motionless and alone, but at least your limbs could still have fulfilling lives!
Soul King: I bet that sexy left arm of yours could get your high school diploma!
Soul King: [winks]
Ichigo: Is it too late to go home?
What is the Soul King best known for? Other than making Aizen spit with rage? His tendency to rip out his own body parts, of course! And who do we know who already has that skill? Why, Komamura, who was cool with tearing out his own heart. Plus, having Komamura as Soul King would solve so many problems! Well, a few problems. Okay, mainly just the one problem - the problem of people like Aizen declaring that they cannot serve that “thing.” Nobody could have that sort of negative attitude about a PUPPY Soul King!
Aizen: It is true that I have a soft spot for puppies.
Aizen: This is why I allowed one into my army of evil.
Komamura: You made my best friend EXPLODE in my face.
Aizen: Yeah, but I let you two talk first.
Aizen: Soft spot!
Ukitake is already partly the Soul King, after all. Or at least, he was. He had the Soul King’s right arm. So it would therefore make sense (?) for Ukitake to go ahead and step up to the plate and just become the Soul King for real. His buddy Kyoraku is the Head Captain, after all. It would make a sort of sense for Ukitake to also step into an administrative role - as the Soul King.
Ukitake: My first act as Soul King will be to send my lungs away so that they can lead their own coughing, blood-spurting life away from me!
Soul King: There’s more to me than just body parts leading independent lives, you know.
Ukitake: Don’t destroy my dream, please.
The Soul King is right. I shouldn’t fixate on his weird body part thing. There’s also the power thing. The Soul King is, presumably, super powerful. A powerful linchpin who can hold the universe together. And who do we know who is both powerful and able to sit for a really, really long time? Someone who also happens to fucking love giant throne chairs? Aizen!
Hinamori: Tiny objection - Aizen is an enormous, super evil, unrepentant douchebag.
Aizen: That’s often a plus for royalty.
Hinamori: I AM NOT OKAY WITH THIS PLAN
I mean…Yhwach already absorbed the Soul King. Maybe they’ll just trap him or something and force him to be the new Soul King forever!
Ichigo: See this? Now this is a plan.
Ishida: But then there would be a QUINCY in charge!
Ichigo: Just like if I were the Soul King.
Ishida: …oh yeah.
This is technically an Ishida arc - or should be, since it’s Quincy-focused. And while I’m not exactly expecting Ishida to sacrifice himself, I haven’t completely discounted the possibility. One way for Ishida to “sacrifice” himself without dying would be for him to somehow become the new Soul King.
Ishida: Then at last it will be revealed that my A epithet has stood for… “A Soul King!”
Ishida: Yeah, I really shouldn’t have started that sentence until I knew how it would finish.
Oh man, remember when I super believed that Yamamoto couldn’t really be dead because they mysteriously never recovered his body which is never a plot point unless the individual is secretly still alive? Yeah, I still kinda believe he’s still alive. And maybe, just maybe, hanging out waiting for his moment to become the new Soul King. It would all make sense! He’s hiding so that Yhwach doesn’t see him coming (let’s ignore Yhwach’s supposed omniscience for the moment) and since Yamamoto is super powerful or whatever, he could probably be the linchpin!
Ichigo: I like the old dude.
Ichigo: But, like, his release command is “burn the universe to ash.”
Ichigo: Isn’t that a red flag?
Speaking of theories I just won’t let die…what is the deal with Mizuiro? There’s been all sorts of hints that he’s more than he seems, and yet Tite Kubo hasn’t really done anything with the character. That may just be because Mizuiro is actually a minor character with no powers. OR MAYBE at the end of Bleach he’ll just stroll right in and take the Soul King’s place. I’d be there for that.
Keigo: I-is that why Kyoraku gave us Soul Society tickets?
Keigo: WHY AM I ALWAYS THE LAST PERSON TO KNOW THINGS???
Urahara is both powerful and devious. He uses people as pawns. He thinks ahead at least as far as Aizen, and maybe further. Imagine if it turned out that this whole time, Urahara had been plotting to take the Soul King’s place. Either for noble reasons, because he knew that somebody had to be the linchpin and was prepared to sacrifice himself, or for evil reasons. Because he’s secretly been the big bad this whole time!
Aizen: DON’T YOU TAKE MY THING, URAHARA KISUKE
Urahara: Don’t worry, Aizen! How has me as ruler of the universe been in any way foreshadowed? It’s not like my power involves reordering reality or anything!
Urahara: Oh wait…it does.
Aizen: DON’T YOU DO IT
Orihime is my secret, dark horse guess for new Soul King, if a new Soul King appears. She has a godlike power which is not only way more powerful than anyone else’s (she can raise the dead. With her voice), but is also the only one that doesn’t fit neatly into any of the established categories. She doesn’t have shinigami power or hollow power or Quincy power. She has Orihime power. Add to that the royal imagery (her name means princess) and her desire to protect Ichigo, and, well….I could see her taking the Soul King’s place both to protect Ichigo, and because she’s maybe the only one who can.
Ichigo: Maybe I’m cool with taking the Soul King’s place after all.
We seem to crave privilege, merited not by our work, but by our birth, by the mere fact that, say, we are humans and born on Earth. We might call it the anthropocentric—the “human-centered”—conceit. This conceit is brought close to culmination in the notion that we are created in God’s image: The Creator and Ruler of the entire Universe looks just like me. My, what a coincidence. How convenient and satisfying! The sixth-century-B.C. Greek philosopher Xenophanes understood the arrogance if this perspective: The Ethiopians make their gods black and snub-nosed; the Thracians say theirs have blue eyes and red hair… Yes, and if oxen and horses or lions had hands, and could paint with their hands, and produce works of art as men do, horses would paint the forms of the gods like horses, and oxen like oxen…
Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space (1994)