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The Royal Navy of Farrun often send expeditions far from the borders of their kingdom to secure the sea lanes that are so vital to the port city’s continued prosperity. To this day, their sails still proudly display the blue-and-white Frost Sigil of Farrun’s royal house, who claim descent from the ancient warlords who drove the last Orcs out of their territory in the late Second Era and founded the modern Kingdom of Farrun. In recent years, however, they have begun to display another symbol on the flags atop their mainmasts - the red-and-black Fist and Crown-of-Thorns that is the symbol of the Eltheric League. A potent symbol to all who look upon Farrun’s Navy that an attack on them is also an attack on their northern Breton allies in Northpoint and Jehanna.

Models by Iliac Bay’s 3d Artist, Deviant Kaled.

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It’s been a long time coming but now this blog (my follow blog miqodi) is a collection of all my character things as well as ooc things (though I do try to keep non ffxiv relevant things to a minimum).

For now, Di Arkouda (formerly Di Aur’ima) is closed for RP. I am very happy with where her story is and I am not currently looking to expand upon that outside my current threads. However! I am still very actively RPing my other characters and I have a few handy dandy links to help point people in the right direction.

My main active ladies in FFXIV! :

Ahlia Vale: Hyur Midlander

Tarot Car Reader, Addict, Unwilling Profit, and General Fuck-up.     

Your character might know her if: They spend a lot of time in the Gold Saucer, they frequent Ul’dah, they have a tendency to work outside the rules of the law, or if they have affiliations with Pirates (sky or sea).

Lex’a Lane: Miqo’te Keeper

Coffee Shop Owner, Firelight Trading Co. Secretary, Former Bandit, and Firm Believer in Tough Love.

Your chracter might know her if: They were or are currently a part of the mecenary trade, they frequent Moon in a Cup Cafe, they interact with Firelight Trading Co., or they grew up in the Black Shroud.

Yvette Thalla: Miqo’te Seeker

Bubblegum Brawn, Misplaced Twin, Chocobo Racer, and Violet Violence.

Your character might know her if: They frequent chocobo races, they spend a lot of time in the Gold Saucer, they know her twin sister Sara or they deal with Firelight Trading Co.

Viatris Denadiae: Miqo’te Seeker

Purveyor of Exotic Goods, Courtesan, Soulless Harpy, and Gold Coveting Magpie.

Your character might know her if: They frequent the bars of Ul’dah, they have dealings with the black market, they often seek paid companionship, or they trade in jewelry.

And bonus! I also have a handsome man!

Xaander Embera: Miqo’te Keeper

Playboy, Troublemaker, Occasional Escort, and Sometimes Assassin. 

Your Character might know him if: They frequent the Gold Saucer, they interact with contract killers or ‘problem solvers’, they seek paid companionship, or they know his twin brother Z.

Feel free to find me in game on Balmung or message me via tumblr or discord.

(For my discord, just send me an ask or a message)

things i recall kid me eatin:

spiders, cockroaches, water bugs, flies
carapacians
random bones
teeth???
paper
ink
two of my baby toys
a pillow
rats
saran wrap n plastic bags
a circuitboard, at least im guessin th toddler sized bite out of crucial pieces was me
old food
REALLY old food
mutant cats
seagulls
sometimes i would just lick salt off th walls
i also licked moms crystals a lot they were like my version of chewing gum
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The Portuguese Empire at its maximum extent.´

In red, territories once part of the Empire.

In blue, sea lanes under Portuguese influence and control.

In pink, claimed territories once part of the Portuguese Empire.

The Portuguese Empire, also known as the Portuguese Overseas, was the 1st Global Empire in History, starting in 1415 with the conquest of Ceuta, over 500 years after Portugal’s foundation in 868. In addition, it was the longest-lived of the modern European colonial empires, spanning nearly six centuries, making it the longest Global Empire in History. 

Portuguese Conquistadors battled their way through Asia, South America, Africa, Arabia, conquering and expanding the Empire in search for wealth, settlement, gold, slaves, trade and spreading of Christianity. Thanks to this, Portugal held dominion over the sea lanes of the Indian and South Atlantic oceans, making its economic, military and political power the rival of any in Europe.

Portuguese domain was present in Africa, Arabia, Brazil, Canada, Greenland and several parts of Asia, including India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, and others.

“Portuguese were the first Europeans after the Dark Ages to engage in transcultural and transoceanic warfare, equipped with a blend of nautical knowledge, superior technology, incredible courage, very few men, and great swordsmanship that proved very efficient against the curved blades of the Turks and Moors. One must be aware that the Portuguese knew they were always outnumbered, a certainty that led them to employ all their courage and determination in the fights and battles they engaged. 
In many cases, just mentioning the Portuguese would distress an entire army or fleet, knowing the fierceness and bravery of the Portuguese warriors." 

— Rainer Daehnhardt (Professor, Historian, Writer.)

The rise of Europe sparked a fierce battle for power - and for control of the past. As rivals squared up to each other, history was reshaped to emphasise the events, themes and ideas that could be used in the ideological clashes that raged alongside the struggle for resources and for command of the sea lanes. (…) History was twisted and manipulated to create an insistent narrative where the rise of the west was not only natural and inevitable, but a continuation of what had gone before.
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Peter Frankopan, the Silk Roads

It’s only the preface and I’m in love with this book already. This stuff is so fascinating! It’s saddening how recognisable the described eurocentrism is to me. I think it can be excused in high school, but in uni? Damn guys…

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Ships from 26 nations across the globe are converging on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam for the start of the U.S. Navy Exercise RIMPAC 2016.

The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.

More than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

More pictures and info at source.

Pictures: 

1. USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) passes the USS Arizona Memorial as the Nimitz class aircraft carrier arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

2. USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) 

3. Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181) 

4. Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155)

5. Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigates HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) and HMAS Warramunga (FFH 152)

6. Royal New Zealand Navy ship HMNZS Te Kaha (F77)

7. Republic of Singapore Navy ship RSS Steadfast (FFG 70)

8. Royal Indonesian Navy ship KRI Diponegoro (365)

9. Armada de Chile ship CNS Almirante Cochrane (FF 05)

10. French Floreal-class frigate FS Prairial (F 731) 

A Gathering of Navies….

The short video above serves as an introduction to the world’s largest international maritime exercise….RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) 2016….now gathering from the vast reaches of the Pacific Ocean, and other parts of the world.

Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30th to August 4th….primarily operating in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California naval operating areas.

Ships moored at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam display ceremonial maritime signal pennants and flags from their masts as the international fleet gathers.

RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.

Every available berth is single, double and triple-occupied at the Pearl Harbor Naval Base over the Independence Day holiday inport phase of RIMPAC 2016.

RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. RIMPACs are held every even-numbered year.

     Who wouldn’t enjoy a break in Hawaii! (When you get off duty!)

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I participated in several RIMPACs during my Navy career. Each one was challenging, exciting, unique and a professional joy.

And, when we all gathered in port….what an amazing opportunity to meet your counterparts from a vast array of other nations!

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                                RIMPAC 2016 participating nations

                                                 Australia
                                                 Brunei
                                                 Canada
                                                 Chile
                                                 China
                                                 Colombia
                                                 Denmark
                                                 France
                                                 Germany
                                                 India
                                                 Indonesia
                                                 Italy
                                                 Japan
                                                 Malaysia
                                                 Mexico
                                                 Netherlands
                                                 New Zealand
                                                 Norway
                                                 Peru
                                                 Philippines
                                                 Singapore
                                                 South Korea
                                                 Thailand
                                                 Tonga
                                                 United Kingdom
                                                 United States

The traditional end-of-RIMPAC group photo….this one from RIMPAC 2012

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>>Top photo: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeff Troutman, USN

For a while, my friends were often late to class at Gotham U because of people crowding the bike lane. Last week a speeding car went by & Scarecrow stuck his head out and yelled “STOP WALKING IN THE BIKE LANE!” in the most threatening voice. People parted like the Red Sea. Bike lanes have been clear ever since. #onlyinGotham #thanksProfessorCrane

Japanese sailors fence on-board a battleship, c. 1915. After driving the Germans out of their colonies in China and the Pacific, Japan’s direct battlefield participation in the First World War waned, but the Imperial Japanese Navy played an invaluable role in defending Entente sea-lanes and transports in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, while also focusing on gaining concessions in China and the Russian Far East. 

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’..on the road for months now, still not over the death of a loved team mate and still no cure in sight. a fanmix with some lovely tunes to forgive, forget and get some energy to carry on’

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TRACKS: 1. Wye Oak - Civillian 2. Mikky Eko - We Must Be Killers 3. The Dodos - Substance 4. Bastille - Things We Lost In The Fire 5. Woodkid - Run, Boy, Run 6. Arctic Monkeys - One For The Road 7. MS MR - Ash Tree Lane 8. Sea Wolf - Two Strangers

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my very first fanmix, so please be nice with me ♥ good night everyone! ♥