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anonymous asked:

What kind of presents would the DAI companions and advisors give to the child inquisitor for their birthday? (I love child inquisitor reacts, I like seeing the inner circle as a big bunch of aunts/uncles/big brothers/big sisters)

Cassandra: In public she gives the, a useful gift. A weapon or armor, something that will be of use in the field and therefor will help the Inquisition. It is a proper gift to receive from a Seeker and will raise no eyebrows.

In private, however the gift is quite different. The book of Orlesian fairy tales is a twin of one much loved and packed safely away in Nevarra. It spawned an early love of romance and epic stories where good alwas triumphs. And if they are willing she will be happy to read it with them.

Solas: It is hard to imagine the Dread Wolf spending time with a small child, but in truth Fen'Harel has always been patient with young people. And  the Inquisitor -especially if they are curious and eager to learn- is different. The book on Fade magic that he gives them is a trifle, something to satisfy their curiosity, but the true gift comes when the mage helps their young leader paint murals of their choosing on the walls of their quarters.

The time spent- his larger hand patiently guiding theirs on the brush- is a gift to them both, and is cherished. It will be another regret on Solas’s mind when  he leaves.

Varric: He doesn’t give them a book. It crosses his mind, the gift of a novel or even penning something especially for them. But at the end of the day the Inquisitor is always reading- and often reading documents far above their education level. Pleasure reading is probably not something they have much time for.

And so instead he makes the day about them. It takes some work to arrange a trip to Val Royeaux with just him and the Herald, but once there (and incognito) he spends the whole day letting them enjoy the Summer Market without being mobbed and treats them to meals and a few fun trinkets.

Sera: Skyhold had best duckle down because the Red Jenny will turn it upside down to celebrate the littlest Herald. Pranks and cookies and all manner of fun-most nicked or bought with fenced earnings- and more or less Sera going all out to make at least one day special in a way that it should ne for a child.

And later, in private, she gifts them with a bow at their sirze and the promise of lessons in the future.

Vivienne: Like Varric she makes the entire day about the Herald, but instead of traveling Madame de Fer brings Val Royeaux to them. Food and drink (sparkling juice only) and a new outfit or two that she had made ahead of time, even a musician or two if they have expressed a fondness for such things. Whatever they might like that makes the day more about them.

Blackwall: He spends weeks carving, sanding, polishing and painting to be done on time, but manages it.  The chair and desk are made at their size- with room to grow into it- and inlaid on the side are the great Free March heroes of legend– elves, dwarves and humans alike.

It’s a simple thing, as far as gifts go, but something designed to make them feel a little more at home in a new place where very little is made for their size.

Dorian: Of all the companions he is the most unsure of how to celebrate the child Inquisitor. If it were an adult he might take them to the tavern for the night, but such a party seems vastly inappropriate for a child. And like varric a book jsut seems like piling more onto already too young and burdened shoulders.

But in the end he plays to both his strengths and instincts, throwing them a child friendly part at the Herald’s Rest and organizing the eager guests. In Tevinter it would be a celebration mocked in the magisterium, but for the Herald and their inner circle it works for them. And the cheerful thanks he gets from the Herals later makes any anxiety he felt worthwhile.

Iron Bull: Arguments that dragon hunting is totally inappropriate aside, the Iron Bull completely ups the ante on celebration. As his normal method of tension removal is completely out of the question the Ben-Hassrath instead takes them with the Chargers and gives the company firm instructions to drop titles for the day. Then they go off for a day or two and just enjoy themselves like a normal mercenary band.

‘The Littlest Charger’ is allowed to have some anonymous fun, and is showered with gifts by the Chargers.

Cole: He makes little fuss if they don’t want the attention, but attends the celebrations if they want to see him. And without them saying anything he has the gift they were secretly longing for.

And a hat.

Cullen: He agonizes over whether or not to get them a gift, and then what it should be. But in the end he goes with his gut and takes them to a Mabari kennel to find a pup who bonds with them. It gives them a companion who loves them above all others, and if it makes them happy he is thrilled.

Leliana: She keeps her distance for the most part, but the spy master does find a small but meaningful gift for the Herald and leaves it in their quarters.

Josephine: She attends the celebration and finds them a gift- probably candy or sweets from Antiva- but also uses all of her diplomatic powers to clear their schedule entirely for the week of their party.

Mod Fereldone

Like Silver Glass

Part Two to this Part One!

ITS FINALLY HERE! The much awaited second installment to the Merman!Bucky fic that was originally a drabble, then grew to become a series is finally updated haha! I’m truly sorry for making you all wait so long, I’ve been in a weird funk lately which is why none of my fics have been updated and why I’ve been pretty silent over messages! Forgive me? Anyway I hope you enjoy xx

{also this music vid was inspiration for this part xx}

Chapter II - Wet Sand, Dry Sand 

Something calls for you. 

The wind whispering through the open window washes over your hot skin, brushing sure fingers through your loose hair and kissing your sticky temple, pressing cool palms to your burning cheeks and caressing its invisible lips against your ears. There’s an elemental inhale and –

The world narrows then stills. 

Thick silence engulfs you, like your head slipping underwater; your eyes softly close at the esoteric sensation swirling in your chest – ink in water, magic in blood, staining your insides. Awakened by the touch of invisible tender fingers your soul floats to a place far away, below crashing waves and rocky cliffs, down down to secret depths of blue darkness. Only once you’ve reached this place, sense the yearning that throbs under the deceptive layer of quiet peace, only then does the wind sing it’s song to you.

Go to him, it lulls in your ears like waves lapping at the shore, Go to himGo to him…Come to me, the wind hushes now with a new twist in its tone, Come to me

From the clench of your heart you know that the voice the wind carries is his. Basking in the brilliant belonging of his call you open your eyes and know that your soul is no longer yours. You feel it, feel him, in the very core of your being. There’s an elemental inhale and –

You go to him.

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Have some handmaiden feels

For @fireflyfish who got me thinking about the handmaidens meeting little Luke. This was meant to be a short snippet about a happy reunion, but it just kept growing and growing and getting sadder and sadder until it turned into this monstrosity of angst ( @albaparthenicevelut you can stop laughing!). Comment and criticism extremely welcome - this is the longest bit of fic I’ve written in a very very long time. 

Rabé was beginning to truly appreciate why Anakin Skywalker had hated Tatooine. The rasping howl of the sandstorm outside was relentless, and what could not have been more than a few hours felt like years as she waited restlessly for it to end. It felt far too similar to the last time she’d been here, years before. Really, she should have known better. Everything had been going so smoothly - her arrival in Mos Eisley had gone unremarked, her contact had been waiting in the cantina as expected (just two travellers sharing a drink while waiting for the next leg of their journey) and the datachip carrying key intelligence was safely stored alongside several decoys in one of the pockets sewn in the bodice of her dress. Her informant had left  while she waited a little longer for her prearranged lift off planet. Then the sandstorm arrived and with it the inevitable delay in her departure. Now here she was, slumped over a table in what was, thankfully, one of the more reputable watering holes in town, trapped with the memories of another time, and the aching hole of grief threatened to draw her in.

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ruby-flame  asked:

I'm cosplaying as Megumin from Konosuba for my first cosplay, and I'm trying to make everything at home, so how would I build the wooden staff that she weilds? Is there a way to carve something out of styrofoam and make it look wooden? I just want something simple to make at home. Thank you for the great blog! :D

(2/2) Also, is there a way to build it while still being convenient for travel?

Hello there!

Foam would be a good choice for the top portion of this build, yes. I wouldn’t go with what you are thinking of as styrofoam, but rather a different type of styrene foam – XPS foam, aka ‘pink’ insulation foam. This can be carved and sanded into shape, and then sealed so it can be painted. This would get a very smooth look. You may need to make this in two halves and include some curved structure on the inside for a bit of added strength.

I wouldn’t recommend something as heavy as paperclay or air dry clay for a build this large, but if you want a more heavily textured wood look, using a thin layer of clay over a base of foam would be able to be sculpted into a wood-like look. I see some references (this one looks like fanart but it’s a good example) with a smooth staff and some with a more textured staff, so this would be an option for a more textured staff. I made a “wooden” staff a while back with a similar method, and it created an effect similar to the more textured art I’m seeing around.

Where you are really going to sell this prop is in the paint job. You can buy tools meant to create a wood grain effect, though I haven’t tested these around curves.  Here’s a tutorial on how to make something with more texture look like antique wood; you can change the colors up a bit to make it less antiqued, so that it’s a bit brighter. If you are using an actual stick as the base, be sure to match the colors so it blends well. If you are painting the base, that won’t be a concern.

To make the orb float, if it is lightweight enough, fishing line will work, or you can use thin acrylic rods to stabilize it.

For the staff itself, you have several options. If going for the more realistically textured look, an actual wood stick is a good option, and can either be scavenged or purchased. If you want something smoother, a wooden closet pole or PVC would be good options. 

To make it separate for easy travel, you can sink a screw into a wooden pole, or you can make separate tubes that slot together. (See this recent post for a few tutorials.) I would do this just above or just under where the wrapping is so you don’t have to worry about the cloth having a seam in the middle or re-wrapping the handle, since the seam will mostly be hidden by the joint between the cloth and the wood (or “wood”). If you want to do it in the middle of the wrapping so it is more likely to be hidden by your hands, either secure the wrapping well on either side, or leave a small trailing bit on one half and a way to attach it (such as a snap or a place where it can be tucked under the rest of the wrapping) to hide the seam. 

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

Fabrickind / Q&A Staff

Varieties of Pearlcatcher Horns

  • Colossal
    • This mutation is caused by an over abundance of testosterone, the hormone that controls the growth of the horns. The condition most often appears in males. The dragons certainly look formidable but are far less agile than the average pearlcatcher. They must have a thick, muscular neck in order to lift their heavy head.
  • Reverse
    • This unusual mutation results in horn(s) that point forward instead of backward. It is theorized that this condition is caused by improper diet, resulting in horn(s) that droop during growth. No treatment has yet been discovered.
  • Greatshell
    • Named after the Greatshell from the sandswept delta, these horns are not a mutation, but are purposefully molded during the pearlcatcher’s youth. The original intention was to stave the hatchling’s aggression and instill subservience. It is now a symbol of prestige.
  • Unicorn
    • Named after the Wetland Unicorn, these horns are incredibly sharp with smooth ridges. Sightings are rare, thus, not much is known about this mutation. Some suspect this may be an aesthetic modification, presumably artfully carved and sanded at adulthood.
Quick Quill Cutting Tutorial

Originally posted for the OWS server on Discord. 
There are many different ways to cut quills, this is just how I do it.

Okay, so supplies I use:

  •  Turkey feather (Craft stores sell bags of real ones that are treated/painted so you don’t have to be THAT person with the geese in the park.)
  •  Jar for Tempering: Tempering is just exposing the “writing” part of the feather’s shaft to a low, slow heat/cooldown to strengthen it. Some people will bake sand and stick the feathers in standing up and take them out when the sand has completely cooled. Some do this in a crockpot. I use a jar, a lid with holes to suspend the feather and tea candles. I am impatient, and love fire.
  •  Matches or a lighter: Lights candles/burns off stray down. 
  • Sandpaper: Around a 320 grit, helps file down nib points and is used kind of like a “pencil sharpener” when writing. Points also have to be re-cut over time.
  •  Exacto knife: Sharp thing with a straight edge. Pen knives are more traditionally used, but I don’t have one of those and a good blade is a good blade. Used for shaving the feather and carving out the nib.
  •  Not pictured and optional: Tweezers. Can help pull out the membrane inside the feather to make a better ink reserve. The knife and your fingers will also work. 

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