After a whirlwind mini break I’m so happy to be home and settled. I live in a sleepy, quiet village with flowery front gardens and birds tweeting. New York is too much for me. I can’t seem to fully breath there or hold my balance. I’m desperate to be like those people who love it so dearly but I’m accepting that perhaps I’m just not a city gal. Where do you stand on the big apple? ❤️✈️🗽 http://ift.tt/2qGbApi
Snow. Snow. Snow. You tilted your head back, hair resting against a thick scarf. A bleak pale sky burned your eyes, as the invisible sun’s rays bounced aimless through the white cloud layer. White flakes, thick and clumped, spiraled to the earth. Fluffy ice stuck to the knit strands of your beanie and your eyelashes. You stuck out your tongue on whimsy. The field was empty leaving no need for social pretense. Your arms spread out as you spun in place with abandon. Stress melted away, leaving nothing but the blanket of snow and the pounding of music pulsating from your earbuds. Your boot stuck, but you didn’t care, letting your body fall into the thick pile of snow. Air pushed from your lungs, the calm winterscape cutting into the heavy guitar riff as a bud dislodged. You laughed breathlessly smiling into the blaunch void. You nodded in beat to the song, gloved hand wiping the snow from the pliable rubber piece. A whiney growl paused your hand next to your ear.
The Ionian island of Lefkada in Greece is technically connected to the mainland by a causeway and bridge and is a secret paradise of beautiful beaches and sleepy villages, where life has changed very little over the years.
One of the longest beaches you’ll find is Kathisma Beach, which is lapped with water that is pure turquoise and surrounded by a backdrop of mountains.
All this gives you a real feeling of seclusion, while you take a dip or just lie back and enjoy the sun.
Okay, so everyone’s done their take on this at least once, and you know what, it’s fun to do, so I’m gonna throw out my own version of this. Here is my take on the classic 3x3 DnD Alignment Grid!
First, let’s get some key terms defined.
Lawful - To me, lawful just means that the character follows a clear and codified set of objective standards. A list of things they ideally will or won’t do, and a standard for behavior. This code can be broken, but it will feel wrong to that character, and they will be upset when they are put into a situation where they must violate one of their standards. Lawful may give too strong a sense of “Law” being the driving force. I think “Principled” would be the better choice.
Chaotic - To me, Chaotic is not ‘lol so randumb’. It’s the antithesis of Lawful. Where a lawful character has an ideal standard they strive to conform to, a chaotic character has no such high standard for themselves. They only have their goals and philosophy. In fact, a chaotic character sees standards, rules, and other strictures as impediments. Chaotics won’t break rules for the sake of breaking them, necessarily. They just don’t care for such things and aren’t going to even consider them while making their choices. They act more on primal sensation than logic, making “Instinctive” a good alternate term.
Good - I find this and its counterparts, Neutral and Evil, to be misnomers. Good isn’t always ‘goody 2-shoes’ or ‘FOR THE GREATER GOOD’. Let’s be honest, a kingdom ruled by a caste of Lawful Good Paladins isn’t going to be a very happy place for long. Additionally, a Good Paladin may not think twice about cutting down a tree, but a Good Druid might very strongly object to that, and consider it Evil… or at least worthy of a good lecture. So I think Good would better be called Selfless. A Selfless character will always make decisions with the consequences to other people or things in mind. What those other things are will vary by the character, but they all want to avoid collateral consequences that would hurt others.
Evil - Now, you might be expecting me to ask what the opposite of Selfless is and then apply it to evil, but I don’t think that fits. When I look at classic examples of Evil characters, they share basically one thing in common: they aren’t necessarily the antagonists and villains of the story, but they all strive for domination and control. Of others, of their environment, of their kingdom, of other people: They want to be in control. So I feel Dominant is the better descriptor. Their driving motive is to gain power and control for its own sake.
Neutral - Ah yes. Nestled between Selfless (Good) and Dominant (Evil) is this little slice of ambiguity that often has a horrible reputation for being mind-numbingly bland or pure off-the-wall bonkers. Both of these misrepresent what I find to be one of the more compelling alignment sets. Neutral is, again, a poor choice of word, in my opinion; especially juxtaposed against Selfless and Dominant. What are Neutral characters after? If they’re not looking out for other people (Good/Selfless) or trying to take control (Evil/Dominant), what are they doing? Well.. they’re looking after themselves, and/or after a very select and small group of people. They are Selfish. Not necessarily in the negative sense, just that their frame of reference is their own well-being. They don’t necessarily care about collateral, and they really don’t want to impose on other people either. They will act for their own satisfaction, whether that be financial, emotional, spiritual, whatever.
So, with those terms out of the way, let’s ACTUALLY do the 9 alignments and give you a taste of how I see them.
PRINCIPLED SELFLESS - (Lawful Good) This is the home of the Noble Knight, the Holy Paladin, the benevolent King, the beleaguered Town Mayor, the Hunter watching over the sleepy village during the night, the Girl who puts herself between the victim and the bully’s fist, the young patriotic Soldier on the front lines. These men and women hold themselves to a standard of action and behavior, and are always thinking about the well-being of others, even to the point of putting themselves in harms way to secure it. Whatever their source of values, it puts a high priority on defending others and they are uncomfortable with, if not downright hostile to, the idea of acting outside of their principles, as they feel that doing so may actually hurt others around them, or make them no better than the ones they’re trying to stop.
PRAGMATIC SELFLESS - (Neutral Good) This is the Town Medic, doing all they can within the limits of their knowledge, but knowing that some injuries just aren’t worth treating when supplies are limited. It hurts, but it’s necessary, and they are comfortable with shouldering that burden. It’s the Upstanding Citizen, who knows they can’t face the threat themselves, but will scramble to make sure the authorities know what’s happening. This class of character will do everything they can reasonably be expected to do to protect those around them, even bend some rules or take a blow to their principles if it means getting results. But they’re not going to overextend themselves when all that’s going to do is hurt them.
INSTINCTIVE SELFLESS - (Chaotic Good) This is woodland Ranger who poaches to feed the orphanage; the grizzled Bounty Hunter who kills his targets in cold blood to stop them from repeating their crimes; the Royal Assassin who kills the enemy general before his invasion plans come to fruition. These characters just want to help. Screw the rules, screw anything that stands between them and helping, they’re going to make sure other people are secure by any means necessary, and they will fight to correct anything they see as threatening other people, even if that threat comes from seemingly noble sources.
PRINCIPLED SELFISH - (Lawful Neutral) This is the Merchant plying his trade in the capitol; the Blacksmith who refuses to do business with cutthroats because it would spoil his reputation; the Mercenary who keeps a blacklist of persons or organizations he won’t work for. Characters in this bracket are in it for themselves, but they have standards. There’s a list of things they most definitely will not do, and are very reliable and trustworthy because of it. While this might put them in a bind, where their well-being may suffer due to their principles, they will staunchly adhere to them, or grimace bitterly if forced to cross those lines.
Like all Selfish types, it’s not that they won’t protect others or try to gain control, but they won’t do it to their own detriment.
PRAGMATIC SELFISH - (True Neutral) This classification is often misrepresented as being boring. However, characters in this bracket are purely self-driven and that means this is a very unstable alignment. Keeping a character purely Pragmatic Selfish is hard. They have to frame everything in terms of how it will benefit or hurt them. They’ll do whatever they reasonably can to promote their own well-being, and willingly swallow some bitter pills to do it, but they’re not going to stick their neck out too far. This means they’re easily pulled along into other alignments based events around them, but this also gives characters starting in this classification the largest room for growth and the coolest potential stories. Like all Selfish types, it’s not that they won’t protect others or try to gain control, but they won’t do it to their own detriment.
INSTINCTIVE SELFISH - (Chaotic Neutral) These people will do anything in service to their own well being. They don’t want control, and they don’t care about collateral, all they want is their own security and happiness. The Sellsword who will fight for whoever is the highest bidder, the citizen who refuses to share his food with his starving neighbors out of fear of starving himself, the streetrat who steals to survive, the Deserter who flees the battlefield when he realizes the battle is lost. These people have a finely honed sense of self-preservation, making them great allies if you can convince them that working with you is in their best interest. But if you haven’t fully convinced them, they will just as easily abandon you.
Like all Selfish types, it’s not that they won’t protect others or try to gain control, but they won’t do it to their own detriment.
PRINCIPLED DOMINANT - (Lawful Evil) These are your Moguls, who play by the rules as they consolidate control of a market. The Paladin who’s stopped caring about others and is only in it for the authority it brings. The mediocre King who manages to keep his people content, but really is only in it for the privileges of the Monarchy. Characters in this category relish the sense of power they have and thirst for more. But they’ve got principles, and there are lines they won’t cross. Sure, they can be controlling assholes, but they stay in line and play by the book. At least, by whatever book they’ve elected to use as their rules.
PRAGMATIC DOMINANT - (Neutral Evil) You could also call these guys ‘Lazy Dominant’. They want power, and they want to keep accumulating it for themselves more and more, but they’re not going to get over-excited about it. It’s the corrupt Sheriff who just enjoys skimming the coffers every so often, the Commander who waits for a superior to make a mistake before trying to take his seat. They’ll slowly, patiently accumulate power and influence for its own sake, using some dubious methods, but nothing so radical as to be called ‘grasping’. They’re more… opportunists than anything else.
INSTINCTIVE DOMINANT - (Chaotic Evil) These guys just like flaunting the fact they’re in control. They will get up in your face with that, and they will definitely have the power to back them up. They like seeing other people bow or kowtow to their whims, and will take ample opportunities to demonstrate their power. In short, these guys are assholes, and they love being assholes. The problem is that if they’ve been doing it for any decent length of time, it usually means they have the power to justify their power plays. And they’re always on the lookout for ways to get more power, by any means they can devise.
So, there we go, my own personal take on the old RPG meme. Is this useful, probably not. Was it fun to write? Hell yeah! And being of Principled Selfish nature, that’s all that matters to me :P
The garden curled around the fences of the manor like fingers wrapped around prison bars. Like every inch of ferocious wildness was straining against the edges of its cage in an effort to creep down to the sleepy civility of the village below and devour it.
Scenario with Revali, please? s/o comes home and Revali’s just like: *lays on table* Hey there, cutie. Have yo– *table breaks* fuck–!
If anyone makes an idea that makes me laugh more than this did there will be a reward but this is the #1 funniest scenario I’ve been looking forward to this-
Hope you don’t mind if I change up the dialouge a bit though
eck i feel like I didn’t do this justice at all
They’ve just had an exhausting, work-filled day, and nothing else is on their mind but getting home and getting some rest. They’re even tempted to just skip dinner straight up just for extra sleep.
But then they remember the fact that they’re dating Revali, and that hope goes away.
He always does something ridiculous. It’s a different thing every day, and it’s a wonder that he has so much time on his hands to be able to do so much, much less have so many ideas.
They just hope that today’s won’t be too destructive, compared to yesterday.
They don’t ever want to talk about it again.
They drag themselves up the stairs in the sleepy Rito Village and walk through their door, only to immediately stop and stare in confused horror at the sight in front of them.
Revali is on the table, in some kind of pose, as if he was expecting them.
“Hey there, cutie,” he has this psuedo-flirty tone to his voice, “Come here ofte-fuck-!!” the table creaks and bends under his weight, completely snapping in half and sending him tumbling onto the floor.
They feel their soul physically leave their body. It had enough of this-enough of today, nope, bye, see you tomorrow, you’re on your own.
Revali is still on the ground, staring at them, at their lifeless expression that is twitching into an unstable smile, and honestly he’s starting to fear for his life.
“…You’re paying for that, right?” they ask, holding that same expression.
A swath of silence falls over them, and then they’re on their knees, howling with laughter and holding their stomach for dear life, because sweet Hylia their Rito boy is such a mess, but by the goddesses, they love him so much.
Even if he does stress them out, at least it takes everything else away.
Collects Mockingbird #6-8, New Avengers (2010) #13-14.
A top secret mission on behalf of an old friend, a tropical cruise. What could go wrong? Turns out it’s a theme cruise -super-hero themed, naturally -a fl oating comic con. Now Bobbi is trapped on a boat with a thousand cosplayers, caped colleagues she was trying to avoid, an ex-boyfriend who keeps showing up at inopportune times and a rampaging herd of corgis. When a passenger is murdered, Bobbi must play Hercule Poirot to find the killer and confront some uncomfortable truths from her past in the process.
The original Pink Ranger returns! Featuring an introduction by Amy Jo Johnson, the actress who portrayed Kimberly Hart. After leaving the life of a Mighty Morphin Power Ranger behind, Kimberly Hart finds herself pulled back into the fray. With her parents missing and their village overrun by monsters, she must reclaim her destiny and discover the power that lies within. She’ll have to call on some old friends if she’s to unravel this mystery and save this once sleepy village. From writers Brenden Fletcher (Batgirl, Gotham Academy), Kelly Thompson (Jem and the Holograms, A-Force), and Tini Howard (The Skeptics), and artist Daniele Di Nicuolo (Mirror’s Edge: Exordium), the Pink Ranger embarks on her first solo Power Ranger adventure!
The final collection in the acclaimed REVIVAL series. The existence of the Revivers is killing the world, and an unlikely alliance of Dana, Em, and Em’s murderer must travel across a community in the midst of civil war to stop it. Collects REVIVAL #42-47
He’s the one man who broke the Bat. He rules the island prison that once held him captive with an iron fist. He is Bane, and he has something – or someone – that Batman needs. And Batman will risk a suicide mission to take it, or them, from him.
But to infiltrate the stronghold of a criminal genius, the Dark Knight will need to raise his own army of criminals. From the bowels of Arkham Asylum, he’ll select an elite squad of the craziest, deadliest, most dangerous villains alive-including Catwoman, the one woman in the world who knows him best, despite the blood on her claws. But Batman’s makeshift Suicide Squad is every bit as unstable as the real deal. As lust, addiction, insanity and betrayal take their toll on his team, not everyone will make it out of Bane’s fortress alive and unbroken…
It’s just another movie night at the local drive-in theater when Clarence witnesses his classmate, Gilben, get taken by something he just can’t explain. With the help of his best friends, Jeff and Sumo, Clarence sets out to to unravel the mystery and get Gilben back! Hopefully, he won’t miss the whole movie in process… An all-new adventure based on the hit show from Cartoon Network.
Below you’ll find a little ficlet that popped into my head. It’s one in a series of I don’t know how many, probably largely fluffy stories.This features a queer reading and will assume that Holmes and Watson did not meet before and did not live together at Baker Street. I don’t know how popular that’ll be but I liked the idea of them meeting for the first time as retirees on walks in the Downs. I’ll write on this whenever I need a fluffy break from my other story ;) Thoughts and likes would be welcome, as would be opinions of whether I should put this up on AO3 as well. :)
The weather was breezy but sunny on this May weekend as I
went for a ramble along the cliffs near the sleepy little village of East Dean.
I had finally resolved to leave London, though not without concern or
trepidation, and was slowly moving my belongings out of the flat in Baker
Street and into the small cottage I had managed to acquire here in the Downs.
Au where Jim, Bones and Spock own an armoury together in medieval times. Bones tells people off for wounds they have, be them new wounds or old. “If you’d come here sooner I might’ve been able to help!” “I lost my arm three years ago, how could you have helped me if I came here a fortnight ago??” Bones offers emergency medical help because the hospital is far away. But if you’ll make it to the hospital alive, you better believe he’ll send you that way untreated.
Jim helps train people. He’s their most reliable source of income. He runs classes and sessions at various skill levels. His favourites are the children and the maids and ladies who hopefully won’t need the knowledge, but want to learn. He’s one of the few people of the era willing to publicly tackle a girl to the ground if he thinks it’ll help her later in life, who gives a fuck about his reputation.
Spock makes the weaponry they sell. Bones and Jim help him design, but he knows how the metal works. He can mass produce like no one else, barely stopping for breaks when demand is high. But when he has time he makes something beautiful and intricate. When those items sell they like to go on a holiday so that they can make out away from the prying village eyes.
Our Spooky Reality: Kalachi Village, Kazakhstan (AKA The Village that Sleeps)
Sleeping disorders are relatively common. Sleeping disorders that affect an entire town are not. However, this was the case for the villagers living in Kalachi Village, located in Kazakhstan.
For about three years the villagers in this village would fall asleep at random times, for days on end. When they woke up, they would remember nothing. This mysterious sickness also brought on other, err….. prominent symptoms…. meaning that the men in the village would get uncontrollable sexual urges and be forced to walk around the town with more than just their heads held high.
Others reported experiencing bizarre hallucinations and the inability to control their bladders.
Although this mystery perplexed both villagers and scientists alike for years, it has recently been proven that carbon monoxide is the culprit. The village was built on top of an old disused Soviet-era uranium mine. When carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon levels rose in the mine, oxygen levels fell in the village. Now, the families are being asked to evacuate and move to a new location.
Millie! You've got me so intrigued by those North and South gifsets! What is it about? Is it available to see? Who are the lovely people?
oh good lord kat you have no idea what you’re letting yourself in for…
ok so north and south is quite frankly the best victorian novel ever written in my humble opinion, by the always incredible elizabeth gaskell who wrote the very famous cranford series.
it focuses on heroine margaret hale whose sleepy village life is turned upside down when her father (a clergyman) accepts a position in the industrialised town of milton in the north of england. to margaret, who has been incredibly sheltered and surrounded by only goodness, milton is a sharp contrast and a completely unwelcome one. something which is only confirmed to her when she meets john thornton, a mill owner who is brusque and rude and seemingly without a heart (except he does have a heart and it quickly belongs to margaret because john is actually the most romantic man on the planet!!!!)
anyway, the story is a commentary on victorian industrialisation, poverty, the class divide and the geographical divide in britain (hence the title) but all of that is portrayed through margaret and john as they clash repeatedly but end up growing closer. it’s such an incredible story with wonderful characters and i would highly encourage you and everyone who reads this to read it and watch it.
but as for finding the series, you can find it here in parts or there’s a few torrents of it as well. it’s a four part series and every episode is stunning in terms of cinematography and acting. it’s the best book to tv adaptation that i’ve ever seen and the soundtrack is incredible as well.
honestly i cannot say enough good things about it :)