All in black, he was a shadow among shadows, dark of hair, long of face, grey of eye.
this happened because @dreamofspring poked me and because i have no self control.
“He has an ally,” Lady Selyse said. “R'hllor, the Lord of Light, the Heart of Fire, the God of Flame and Shadow.” (Prologue, ACOK)
one of martin’s build-ups over the course of a clash of kings through a dance with dragons is the confusion surrounding who azor ahai reborn is on the part of the players within the series. from the moment that stannis’ entourage is introduced in the begninning of a clash of kings, it’s made clear both that selyse and melisandre believe that he is indeed the lord of light reborn, but also that there’s no proof beyond melisandre’s visions that he is. when melisandre is at the wall in a dance with dragons, she is shown a different vision, one that lines up much more with what the reader knows to be true:
Yet now she could not even seem to find her king. I pray for a glimpse of Azor Ahai, and R'hllor shows me only Snow.(Melisandre, ADWD)
that jon snow is likely that great hero that she envisioned, and that he, not stannis, will be the one to save the world from whatever apocalypse the winds of winter and a dream of spring have in store is hardly a surprising turn for the reader, however shocking it may be to the red priestess. jon snow, whose narrative traces the rise of a hero, has taken vows to wear the black for the remainder of his life, and to be “the watcher on the walls…the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men.” he has all the makeup of a shining hero, and yet one whose very birth is shrouded in mystery, in shadows.
shadows comprise one of the strongest visual themes in a song of ice and fire. they visually encapsulate those “shades of grey” that martin so enjoys examining in his thematic and character work. the imagery conflicts itself. do the shadows represent the light or the dark? r’hllor or the old gods of the north? jon’s bastardy or the potential for him to wield intense political power? or, perhaps, it is all of this, mixed together, for lines get blurred in the shadows.
Cold Spore- inspired by both a masterful pun and the way fresh fallen snow always looks like a coating of fuzzy white mold to me. fills the sky with its thick, damp, white spores, coating everything in thick white globs. They drain the heat from their surroundings, as well as causing severe cold-like symptoms in those who inhale them, eventually culminating in what resembles severe hypothermic shock. It adopts a “frosty the snowman” sort of persona, encouraging children to enjoy playing in the “snow”
Witch Way / Miss Direction- A cackling hag that manipulates perception, disorienting and confusing her victims. right becomes left, up becomes down, ect.
Gross Michael / Bananapocalypse- Not much going on with this guy other than being hilarious and Horrifically Radioactive when he opens up that hazmat suit. based on a bunch of things that overlap fairly nicely. tried to evoke a very subtle “planet of the apes” vibe
Esofrogus / Halitoadis- based on the expression “a frog in your throat” and biology class dissection day. causes various body-horror shenanigans, from bad breath to getting your face turned inside out
Paris is covered in an unprecedented amount of snowfall. Undeterred, Paris’ reliable heroes, Ladybug and Chat Noir, still take on the responsibility of their patrol - but what’s the harm of taking a break to enjoy the snow?
I wrote this in December, but looking at the Adrienette Month Prompt for today - Snow Day - totally reminded me of this small little oneshot! Thought I’d post it - since I’m still working on catching up on a few of the prompts (got something in the works for childhood friends au, the reveal, and maybe a disney au!)! Enjoy
It was another cold night of patrolling Ladybug and Chat Noir. With Christmas fast approaching Paris had been hit with record breaking snowfall, leaving the City of Lights covered in a new layer of snow. Yet while many businesses and shops had taken to closing early for the night, the City’s superheroes still took to their duties, undeterred by the unexpected weather.