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The OUREA Christian Grajewski

“317 years after human kind’s extinction, the OUREA reaches her final destination, the planet Aion. Loaded with the genetic samples and the memory of a billion people and the equipment to build a new world. Theia the artificial intelligence has the task to rebuild human society…“

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BONUS!

I meant to post this last night but it was already 3am

pt. I : x

so apparently femshep’s official height is 5′3″, and garrus’ is 7′. that’s a height difference of a whopping 21 inches. I’m honestly so disappointed that this isn’t addressed in-game because you just know he’d absolutely rip the piss out of her for it 

“hey shep I’m pretty sure alliance regulations say that anyone under 5′7″ has to use a booster seat in the mako…” 

garrus…kiss ur tiny angry girlfriend before she decks you…

The Fan’s Guide to the Altean Language

UPDATED FOR SEASON 4 - First update for season 4

Thank you all for your overwhelming support. I plan on updating this guide for every season, so stay tuned! For a more indepth guide to season 3, check out @butteredonions post here!

New season updates will be within 1 week of premier

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With the increase of alien characters in season 3, we are getting away from this being purely the Altean language. Unfortunately, there’s no real way of knowing what is and isn’t considered “altean”, so I’m just going to continue to use “Altean Language” as the tag.

Units of time (Confirmed with Official Guidebook!)

  • Quintant = 1 day
  • Deca-Phoeb = 1 year
  • Phoeb = 1 month
  • Dobosh = minute
  • Varga = hour
  • Tick = a tad longer than a second
  • movement = week
  • @saiikavon has pointed out that in S2E8, the Blades of Marmora base would be closed for 2 quintants. When they mention that 10 Vargas have passed, Lance correctly estimates another 30 Vargas until the base is open again. From this it can be assumed that 2 Quintants = 40 Vargas or 1 Quintant = 20 Vargas.  

Planets/regions and Inhabitants 

  • Olkarion, home of the Olkari (Voltron Coalition HQ)
  • Arus, home of the Arusians
  • Taujeer, home of the Taujeerians
  • Daibazaal, home of the Galra (destroyed)
  • Altea, home of the Alteans (destroyed)
  • Puig, home of the Puigian
  • Unnamed planet, home of the cubserions
  • Valurian Quadrant, home of the Tando people
  • Kythra, has desert tribes
  • Ulippa system, contains ice worms
  • Paglium quadrant
  • Thayserix (planet), unknown if inhabited
  • Va’kar quadrant
  • Thaldycon system
  • Unilu, homeland unknown
  • Signa 3 quadrant - overrun by rebels
  • Fimm System
  • Reiphod (Planet) - recently liberated by rebels
  • Quadrant Omega-Raylar-6
  • Karthan-Sigma Quadrant
  • Kraydah’s Moon - Rebel base
  • Unknown planet (destroyed) - Rebel memorial site
  • Unknown asteroid - Matt’s communication outpost
  • Naxzela (Planet) - Formerly a decommissioned Altean Terra-forming planet. Major Galra base. Part of the Rebulon Zone.
  • Vantax-5 -Galra satellite relay orbiting it
  • Teq (planet) - Galra controlled. Had Zaiforge cannon nearby
  • Senfama (planet) - Jungle planet. Galra controlled. Had Zaiforge cannon
  • Sector Zar-Niomofor
  • Nah-veer-5 (unstable star)
  • Zone Everall 71
  • Zones Rebulon 4-69 (Naxzela is in one of these zones)

Phrases

  • Stick out like a choferiaks nose
  • blown straight to Wozblay
  • faster than an angry klanmüirl
  • Jump like a spritely clovenheifer
  • mad as a wet chüper
  • linked at the ears like a pack of yalmor
  • crack a squizzle on the balmera (I.E. break a leg)
  • puffed up like a Trufalian meringue
  • hold your gazurgas (I.E. hold your horses)
  • and I’m the phloban of Gargalaz (I.E. I’m the king of France)
  • what, in the name of King Groggery the infirm, is going on?
  • a day late and a fertonium short
  • from her to Vlexlar
  • hello bii-bohs and boh-biis
  • what the ruggle is that?

Random

  • Nunvill - a purple beverage that purportedly tastes like hotdog water and feet. Other commentary includes “the nectar of the gods”, “makes a wonderful hair tonic”, and “settles the stomach and brightens your smile”
  • Quiznak - a swear word, similar in use to Fuck, crap, or hell (ie: “Oh quiznak” or “What the quiznak”)
  • Quintessence - a type of energy. Context from the world indicates that it is likely some form of Life/spirit energy [EDIT] It’s a real word! According to dictionary.com : noun1.the pure and concentrated essence of a substance.2.the most perfect embodiment of something.3.(in ancient and medieval philosophy) the fifth essence or element,ether, supposed to be the constituent matter of the heavenly bodies,the others being air, fire, earth, and water. Thanks @nickelpenn for the info!
  • Weblum - a giant space worm that eats dead planets, repurposing the material into “the building blocks of new solar systems”. They produce the scaultrite mineral, used for Altean Teludav lenses.
  • Sloven-de-hoe - literally the altean word for “gone”
  • Duflax - an altean creature with a beak and webbed feet.
  • Xznly Squiwl - an altean creature with a white body and 4 limbs
  • bogwaggle cape - a type of cape that Coran claims he trained to sing his theme song when he walked in a room
  • Hoktril - a device from the alternate reality that is embedded in the back of the subjects head, eliminating their “will”. Basically turns them into mind controlled puppets
  • Skort pantaloons - a breathable trouser worn by the Tando people. Worn by the aliens who rescued Matt.
  • Klygarg - a computer used to record logs. Used by Vakala and his partner
  • Guns of Gamara - a resistance group in the alternate reality.
  • Zaipirium siege - an event in Galra history. The underwater Galra base from this period is implied to be very old
  • Fluuto beans - “…No more beans for Hunk” - Lance
  • Conscious-neezy mind enhancers - pills containing parasitic worms (never bargain with shady Unilu running illegal enhancement shops out of their wheelchairs)
  • Swathian Meerakeet - giant lizard-armadillo that is attracted to lights.
  • Zaiforge cannons - very powerful galra cannons. Commandeered by the rebels and Blades of Marmora
  • Sincline ships - Lotor’s trans-reality ships. A nod to Lotor’s origional GoLion name


Other useful info

  • The paladins left earth on a monday (S1E2)
  • Cryopod, cryo replenishers, and sleep pods have all been used to describe the same unit
  • The black lion is largest, the yellow/blue lions next largest, and the red/green ones the smallest. So Lance and Hunks lions would be described as about the same size
  • The swords the blades of Mamora use are made of Luxite, which is rare
  • Coran accompanied his Grandfather while the castle of lions was being built, potentially putting his age in the 600s (not counting the 10k year cryo-sleep)
  • He/him pronouns are used for Pidge until S1E6, and She/her pronouns from S1E6 onwards
  • Coran’s full name is Coran Hieronymus Wimbleton Smythe
  • Haggar’s altean name is Honerva. Her official title is High Priestess
  • On Altea, the color pink is used to honor fallen warriors
  • The mice are Platt (largest), Chulatt (blue fur/eyes), Plachu (Blue fur, red eyes), and Chuchule (pink fur)
  • The Holt family dog was originally named Gunther, later changed to Bae Bae (in honor of the studio’s late pet)
  • The dates on Matt’s tombstone are 0010-05-25 to 0014-04-28. This format may be the correct date format, as Pidge didn’t realize anything was off until she realized Matt’s b-day was wrong
  • The coordinates for Matt’s base are 19.82.05.11
  • Alteans don’t get brain freeze

Birthdays

  • Hunk - January 13th
  • Shiro - Febuary 29th (leap day)
  • Pidge - April 3rd
  • Lance - July 28th
  • Keith - October 23rd
  • Allura -  Unknown as of 10/20/17
  • Coran -  Unknown as of 10/20/17

Original Paladins

  • Black - Zarkon of Daibazaal
  • Yellow - Gyrga from Rygnirath
  • Green - Trigel of the Dalterion Belt
  • Blue - Blaytz from Nalquod
  • Red - Alfor of Altea

Lotor’s generals

  • Zethrid - big, with the fluffy ears
  • Narti - the blind lizard woman
  • Ezor - the bubbly, giggly one
  • Acxa - Weblum galra (spelling confirmed on official voltron page)
  • Kova - the space cat, assuming the one with Narti is the same as the one Haggar used to have

Rebel Commanders

  • Ozar - The blue guy who talks with Pidge
  • Te-osh (deceased) - rescued Matt
  • Olia - star fox

Galra squadrons (all hunting Lotor btw)

  • Squadron Erto
  • Fighter squadrons Djalg 14 & 15

The Giants of Earth

Aliens are too often depicted as very human-like. Bilateral symmetry, main sensory organs on the head, dexterous hands on arm-like appendages, etc. Even size is relatively close or averages to around human size. But when you look at our own world, humans are giants. Relatively few animals have mass comparable to or greater than humans. Our height is particularly astounding since we evolved bipedalism and adopted a vertical stance rather than one that’s more horizontal, which you see even in other bipedal animals like birds.

So what if the same holds true for humanity compared to aliens? There are many advantages to having a smaller body, after all: fewer necessary resources to live and grow, more stable stances if they walk on three or more legs, better adaptability to cataclysmic events, and many others. If the species comes from a world with higher gravity especially, being lower to the ground is far more preferable rather than spending a lot of energy fighting the higher gravity.

So when humanity arrives on the interstellar scene, how would a universe filled with (generally) smaller sentients react to the new giants?

-Story below the cut -

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Imagine an entire Star Trek show about a group of people who aren’t members of the bridge crew or one of the higher ups, and each week it’s them trying to do their job while crazy shit happens that they don’t really understand, like:

  • They get an announcement from their superior officers that goes “You may notice a child walking around the ship in a captain’s uniform. That is in fact the captain and is to be treated the same as always. We’re quickly working on a solution.”
  • A transporter mishaps causes the chief engineer to turn into a vulcan. They try not to stare at the ears, and move on.
  • Shots of them reacting to superior officers running through the background in the midsts of a red alert that they don’t know what it’s in response to.
  • “Did you hear the away team landed on planet that had five years pass before they got them back?” “Man, I’m glad I got skipped over for that assignment.”
  • Trying to figure out if the rumor that their commander got kidnapped by an alien race that considers them their god is true or just something made up by a bridge crewman to mess with them.
  • Popping in and out of existence and taking bets on which All Powerful race it is that’s doing it and why.
  • anytime Weird Shit happens on the ship it’s never explained. why are there chickens in the Jeffrey Tubes? why does the captain have a double? why did the chief medical examiner briefly turn homicidal? they don’t know and neither do you.
  • Each episode ends with them pouring one out for the crewmembers who died that week.

what she says: i’m fine

what she means: blaytz, the original blue paladin, canonically hit on a male galra servant on screen. the writers didn’t need to include that scene, in fact they could have even made the servant a female for connecting the similarities between blaytz and lance, but no. blaytz was FLIRTING with a DUDE and that dude BLUSHED. we’ve already received a lot of possible hints pointing towards Lance being bisexual, what with him repeatedly being animated in scenery with bisexual flag colors, the writers saying things like “he flirts with anything on two legs”, jeremy shada never specifying if lance’s future love interest will be female or not, the whole lance holding the lgbt sign with shiro, but you could easily brush off all those as fans reaching. but now that we’ve seen the previous blue paladin flirting with someone of the same gender, there is no denying it now. there is a Real Chance that Lance may get a bisexuality arc in the future seasons. pidge had an arc about gender identity, keith had an arc about race, and now lance may have an arc about sexuality. he IS the most flirty paladin after all, it only makes sense that Lance would be the one to get a character arc on sexuality.the writers have even said that they can explore sexuality on the show. blaytz hitting on a dude could Very Well be real forshadowing. this isn’t even a reach anymore. nOT ONLY THAT, BUT THE BLUE LION HAS BEEN REFERRED TO WITH FEMALE PRONOUNS IN THE PAST, AND ALLURA HIT ON HER (EVEN IF IT WAS JUST AN ATTEMPT AT GETTING BLUE TO COOPERATE) BUT LOOK IF ALLURA, CURRENT PILOT OF THE BLUE LION CAN HIT ON AN APPARENTLY FEMALE GIANT SPACE ROBOT CAT, AND IF BLAYTZ, ORIGINAL PILOT OF THE BLUE LION CAN HIT ON A DUDE, THEN LANCE CAN HIT ON A DUDE TOO OKAY LOOK LANCE IS FUCKING BISEXUAL IT’S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME, HE MAY SAY HE’S ALL ABOUT THE LADIES BUT HE OVER COMPENSATES LITERALLY EVERYTHING ABOUT HIS “MACHO COOL DUDE LADIES MAN” FACADE BECAUSE HE’S REALLY INSECURE AND THATS WHO HE WANTS TO BE BUT IN REALITY HE ISN’T REALLY THAT JUST LET MY SON HAVE HIS BISEXUALITY ARC OKAY LANCE OWNING WHO YOU ARE WILL MAKE YOU A BETTER PALA DI N

An argument for volcanic Jotunheim:

So, I was looking at a gifset I recently reblogged, and noticed this:

Those pillars behind Loki and Thor? That kind of jointed columnar structure is generally produced by volcanic activity. It can be seen on beaches in southern Iceland, or the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland:

These formations are formed by cooling magma/lava. So for those same elements to be visible on Jotunheim’s surface, it had to have had volcanic activity at some point. Plus, a lot of the tall, looming stone structures we see could have been formed by volcanic dykes shooting through stone that was later eroded, leaving the denser volcanic stone behind. Jotun architects may have carved into these, and them emulated the formations with their very stark, linear and geometrical architectural style, which meshes with the landscape.

Now, another reason for my volcanic Jotunheim theory is that for life to persist, there would have to be some sort of warmth in order to allow for the existence of liquid water (or whatever liquid element they rely on on) to sustain some kind of food source. 

Jotunheim, whenever we see it, is very dark. The surface is frozen and doesn’t seem to enjoy much sunlight, so it’s probably pretty far from its star, or otherwise enjoys minimal heat radiation on the surface. 

But if Jotunheim has an active molten core, then vents/eruptions/etc. could provide life-sustaining sources of warmth from below. Deep sea vents and rifts could lead to liquid oceans under the surface ice, with thriving ecosystems of fish and other sea-life. You could also have subterranean pockets of fungus and lichen that could be harvested, or could provide grazing for larger creatures that could then be hunted.

Furthermore, if something happened to destabilize that core, or the balance between Jotunheim’s surface climate and the climatological influences of its volcanic activity, it could explain the kind of apocalyptic event that would lead to Jotunheim’s civilization crumbling, or the frost giants being driven to invade and colonize Midgard (using the casket to terraform it). The ruined state of Jotunheim’s buildings and the fairly derelict feel we get from it when Thor & co visit make it seem like a civilization that was once great, but has been decimated by some kind of disaster event. 

So like I was rewatching the space mall episode-

-and my weaboo alarm started going off when I saw the space pirate outfits and!! It turns out that each of them has bits that reference different anime and reflect the personality/situation of the paladin wearing them and I’m cryindkfg LOOK

Pidge’s glasses are Kamina’s from Gurren Lagann. Kamina is an older brother character who uh inspires his (pseudo) sibling to travel to space and fight in a giant fucking fighting robot. And after Kamina dies, Kamina’s little brother ends up wearing his glasses (or a version of them, at least).

(*Matt voice* “believe in the me that believes in you, Katie”)

I’m actually willing to bet my entire firstborn child that Keith’s outfit is referencing Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z, who, shit you not, starts out as a rival character from a planet of evil killer furries and then becomes a grumpy ally/friend to the heroes. He’s even crossing his arms just like him I’m so mad

I spent like an hour trying to figure out Hunk but then I realized: spiky shoulder pads, spike on head, apron (later on in ep). He’s Alphonse from Fullmetal Alchemist, aka a big, strong, compassionate kid who likes cute things, food, and hugs, and will kick your entire ass if you try to hurt anybody in front of him. Also Alphonse is a suit of armor, and Hunk’s lion is the most armored, like…

Lance’s little glasses and long coat are just like Vash’s from Trigun. And fucking. Vash is a fucking marksman who acts goofy but gets serious to help others / when in trouble and doesn’t understand the full extent of his abilities. Does any of this. Sound familiar at all.

I couldn’t figure out Coran’s (apparently I’m not that level of weeb yet) but if someone knows who he’s referencing please tell me so I can get mad about that too because I can’t believe I didn’t notice all of these fucking parallels the first time around what the fuck