sparrows and crows

“Cause if you liked it then you should have put a wing on it !”

The first time I heard this song I really heard “put a wing on it” and I imagined a clip about birds or something, or seeing wings …. but not at all xD (when you are french, sometimes you don’t hear the same things …. sometimes ;u; !) )

Then I watched the clip and just seeing the choreography inspired me a lot ! 

So I watched it many times and learned the movements to recreate them with my little animals =) !

It was an awesome exercice and I shall try this more ! I added the song so it feels more alive now ^^

This song belongs to Béyonce “Single ladies”, or here, birdies ! 


And if you don’t have wings, put a leg on it ^^ !

Jason: Red Robin? Original.


Jason: what’s next? Burger King? McDonald’s? That’ll scare them for sure


Tim: fuck off


Jason: Blackwing? Batbird? Birdman? Red Bat? Robinette? Wingman? Birdwoman? Wingchick?


Tim: okay, i get it


Jason: Bluewing? Purplewing? Rainbowing? Nightbird? Batkid? Sparrow? Crow? Mockingbird? Eagle?


Tim: alright, jesus christ


Jason: Batwing?


Tim: that’s the jet


Jasom: Shadowbird? Birdshadow? Black Robin? Blue Robin? Robin Hood? Robinman? Superbird? Wonderbird? Birdhunter? Greenwing?


Tim: okay, jason


Jason: I’m not done. Red Riding Hood? Black Hood? Birdhood? Birdwing? Batbird? Batma'am? Batsir? Birdwoman? Night Hood?


Tim: oh my god

A Weirdling Bestiary: Part 1- Beasts of City and Suburbia

Some notes to start off with-

This is all a part of my personal UPG and world-view, which is a culmination of my individual experiences, upbringing, influences, and research. Although much of this personal mythology is based off of the biology and behaviors of the creatures in question, you may have different associations and feelings about these animals, and that’s totally ok. 

There are some animals commonly found in cities and suburban areas which have been left out of this section (like foxes, bats, deer, rabbits, snakes, toads, and all insects) because I’ll be covering them later in other chapters.   

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~Birds~

Blue Jay- Blue jays are fierce, clever and have complex social lives. They have deep ties with oak trees, which are regarded in several cultures as the Tree of Life, the king of trees, and sacred to many gods of thunder, lightning, and sky. They are excellent communicators, both vocally and physically, and can imitate the calls of other birds. Even though they’re quite common, much of their habits remain a mystery to those who study them. The beautiful blue color for which they are known is not a true pigment, but in fact an optical effect of light scattering within the cell structure of their feathers. They are birds of magic, illusion, mystery, and complex familial ties, and are emblematic of the element air and the realm of the sky. a well as bright, lively daytime energy. For offerings, give them acorns.

Canada Goose- Geese are the mortal enemies of business people and all Suits. They travel in formation and are loyal to their mates and comrades. As such, they are good animal guides for anyone who identifies strongly as part of a group or community and those who function as a team. Goose magic is great for sticking it to The Man. As they migrate in spring and fall, they also represent transitions and cycles. Admire them from afar and stay the fuck away from their babies if you don’t want to die a very painful death.

Crow- If you are outside, it is unlikely you are out of site of a crow. Fittingly, insight and observation are among their primary associations. Crows are smart, mischievous, and extremely common. Because they’re ubiquitous pretty much everywhere, they’re a reminder of the constant presence of magic in the world. 

Although each crow is very much an individual, they live in family groups and cooperate with and look out for those within their groups. At the same time, they regularly engage in bitter rivalries and battles with crows from other families. In spite of that, multiple families will come together and roost at night outside of the breeding season to socialize, network, and learn. Theirs is an entire society that exists alongside our own- both Other and familiar.

Do not take the presence of crows for granted. They are the little bits of the Other-realm that fly about by day. They are wonderful sources of magic, wisdom, and humor, and should be treated with respect. They’ll remember if you wrong them. They’ll remember those who were good to them. They are always watching. Crows are favored familiars among practitioners of the occult and any who seek to understand and manipulate reality at a higher level, as well as any interested in death magic or hedge witchery. 

Duck- Although their primary elemental association is water, ducks unite the elemental realms of water, earth, and air due to their ability to move through each. Ducks represent family (particularly parent/child relationships), adaptability, cheerfulness, emotional connections with others and at times- obliviousness. If you are having difficulty adapting to change and embracing new circumstances, or if you’re having trouble with family, ducks are helpful guides. They spend much of their time floating along on streams, totally comfortable half-submerged in that state of continuous change and renewal. They can help you learn to go with the flow.

If you wish to give offerings to ducks, choose cut up grapes, corn, peas, seeds, and oats- bread is bad for them and their environment and therefor bad for you and your workings.

House Sparrow- Although wild animals, these are birds whose natural habitat is outside of, on, and around man-made environments. They are ever-present wherever there are people, and tend to be quite tame. Their energy is significant because it’s so closely tied to our own, these birds having spread with us and our civilization as we’ve advanced across the world. If you wish to gain a connection to nature by feeding a wild bird from your hands, this species is a good place to start. Due to their intrinsic and obvious ties to the home, they can be regarded as home-guardians and fitting familiars to hearth and cottage witches. House sparrows are social, enjoy singing to one another, and will flock with other types of birds, and so embody a spirit of friendship, acceptance and joy.

Hummingbird- Hummingbirds are largely solitary and territorial little creatures. They’re highly intelligent and have exceptional memories, and the largest brain-to-body ratio of any bird. They are insanely fast and are able to hover in place and  maneuver almost instantaneously in any direction. They groom themselves meticulously, build exquisite, tiny nests of lichen and moss, and feed mostly on sugary nectar. They come in a dizzying array of beautiful and jewel-like colors and will  fearlessly defend what’s theirs. Their energy is fiery, valiant, joyous, vibrant, individualistic, and creative. As an autistic witch, I relate strongly to hummingbirds. They make great animal guides for creative people, introverts, bold individualists, a range of people on the spectrum of neurodiversity, and anyone who wants to bring some flash and vibrancy to their lives. 

Mourning Dove- Mourning doves are fairy birds. With their muted pastel and iridescent feathers, melancholy calls, and lifelong partnerships, they embody magic, romance and devotion. They have strong ties with Aphrodite and love goddess archetypes in general, and their feathers are excellent for use in love and beauty spells. You may be blessed in love if a pair nests close to your home. If you wish to bring their energies into your life, offer them seeds, soft words, and safe places to build their nests.  

Pigeon- Pigeons are place guardians, observers, and navigators. Pigeons Know The Way. Seek out locations where pigeons gather (those which are not obvious sources of food), for you can be assured there’s magic to those places. The gratitude of pigeons is a wellspring of magical power to be drawn from, so be both respectful and wary of Pigeon People. Pigeon magic is of finding things, of home, love, and attuning with the spirits of places. If you wish to bond with the spirit of your city or town, carry pigeon offerings like seeds or other morsels, and be especially kind to any one-footed pigeons, should you spot them.

Seagull- Gulls are bold, opportunistic, and equally comfortable in sky, sea, or urban sprawl.They’ll snatch food from the mouths of larger animals, grab it from the hands of humans, and are even known to steal milk from lactating seals. In spite of many unflattering nicknames, they’re graceful and adaptive creatures. They are most iconic when pictured in the liminal space of the horizon- between sea and sky. From gulls, one can learn to make the most of what they have and to take nothing for granted. They can teach us to soar above all limitations and to fly along the currents of life’s events and emotions with ease, transcending all worldly concerns. They make good animal guides for beach bums, dreamy sea witches, and cerebral literary folk.  

Starling- Starlings are gregarious, social, communicative, and can imitate human speech and a variety of other sounds. They live in huge flocks and defend their nests fiercely. They represent the power of social ties and group identities and the safety in numbers. Interestingly, starlings wouldn’t even exist in North America if it weren’t for a group of Shakespeare enthusiasts who released a flock of a hundred in New York, with the desire for America to have every species of bird ever mentioned by their beloved playwright. In a way, they can be seen as representations of the power of dreams and fantasy to reshape the real world. Their feathers have a multicolored sheen and their eggs are a vivid, beautiful blue. Starlings are fitting animal guides for outgoing, sociable, extroverted, and theatrical types.  

Tufted titmouse- These cute, inquisitive little mohawked birds are known to remain in their territory in pairs and small family groups throughout the year, hoard food to prepare for the harsher seasons, and to curiously look in on human habitations through windows. They make comfortable homes for themselves in tree holes, and often line their soft nests with the hair and fur of other animals. They’re another excellent bird familiar for those focused on the keeping of their hearth. Their energy can assist in making one’s house truly feel like a home, and in making sure you never lose interest in what’s going on in the world around you. 

~Mammals~

Coyote- Coyotes are monogamous and tend to mate for life. Originally from plains and deserts, they’ve since spread and are now thriving in many urban areas across North and Central America. They’re omnivorous and opportunistic feeders that eat everything from carrion to bugs to berries. Coyote has figured prominently in the mythologies of many cultures across North America, in a vast array of roles. From savior of humanity, to teacher and trickster, to coward, to inventor of death, it’s hard to find an archetypal role which coyote has not, at some point, embodied. As such, their element seems to be chaos- both harmonious and discordant. The prevailing essence of coyote within the collective unconscious is that of humor, intelligence, carnality, and expression. They have a broad array of vocalizations, many of which sound eery, otherworldly, and almost fae-like. They are ideal animal guides for waste witches, desert druids, and punks. 

Opossum-  Possums are the ultimate survivors. They’re omnivorous, so they can live off a broad range of foods. They have opposable thumbs and prehensile tails, and are equally at home in trees, on the ground, in burrows, and in man-made and man-altered environments. They are highly resistant to a variety of poisons and toxins as well as rabies, and manage to rid themselves of most ticks and parasites. When threatened, they play dead and exude disgusting scents, repelling threats with minimal effort. Females have bifurcated vaginas, and males have dual-pronged penises, making them interesting symbols of duality and taking different paths in life. 

As they are nocturnal and often nomadic, they make good animal guides for people who travel off the beaten path in life. Mystics, drifters, and anyone living off the grid or involved in nightlife would do well to consider possum their kin. Honor opossums by spreading knowledge of how wonderful they are, as they are often the targets of human cruelty.

Raccoon- Raccoons are portal masters, the roamers in the night whose clever hands can open gateways, pick locks and catch that which lurks out of sight. They are highly tactile, mostly nocturnal, and very smart. With their masked faces, dexterous paws, tenacity, and nocturnal tendencies, they are the ideal animal guides for thieves, foragers, craftspeople, and anyone who makes use of obscurity. Their hook-shaped penis bones make powerful magical charms, especially useful for protection, potency, and invisibility. Raccoons also have ties to liminal and magical spaces. It’s easy to imagine them disappearing into a trash can on one side of town, only to emerge from a dumpster on the other side. Follow raccoons at your own risk, you might find yourself lost somewhere just sideways of here. 

Rat- Rats are fantastic animal guides and companions for the misunderstood and the underestimated. Although they can and do act as vectors of disease in some environments, they are still themselves smart, adaptable, social, and caring creatures who watch out for their own, sometimes even at their own expense. They are wizards when it comes to getting into and out of tight and difficult situations, and in the lab and home are known for their ability to navigate mazes and learn tricks. Domesticated rats are often very clean and sweet animals that “laugh” when tickled. Wild rats are enterprising survivors. Rat energy is powerful when it comes to overcoming adversity, hatred, and poverty and making the most of limited resources. They love to nest and hoard, so they’re another good familiar for the homey witch, as well as the grungy witch and the standard witchy witch. Really, you can’t go wrong with rats- just never have only one. 

In spite of being wonderful creatures, the negative perception of rats and the darker side of their nature makes them conceptually very useful in dark magic. One could, for instance, imagine a rat carrying one’s curse to a target like it would a parasite or disease, or use the image of a rat as a servitor in hexwork. 

Skunk- Skunks are masters of alchemy and pacifist defense. They do not have to fear, nor must they take violent action to protect themselves. Look to skunks for unconventional solutions, self-assurance, calm in the face of adversity, or as animal guides if you’re a chemist or alchemist. Skunk magic is also great for use in spells meant to repel others or keep them at bay.

Squirrel- Squirrels are creatures of balance and resourcefulness. Not only do they balance themselves expertly as they run along branches and leap from tree to tree, but they balance their time between play and planning, activity and rest. Even though much of that activity is spent burying nuts they’ll never find, those same nuts will grow into trees which will one day house and feed the squirrel’s numerous decedents. Ultimately, none of their time is wasted. Squirrels are the animal guides of people who both work and play hard, and squirrel energy is useful to anyone who’s trying to adjust their work/life balance or just learn to have more fun and enjoy themselves.

I just finished reading A Feast for Crows…

And I’m just going to pen down my thought like I’ve done for all the previous books. I’m a loyal show fan and for the first three books, I leaned more towards the show but this is where I switch my loyalty to the books. Season 1 was a very perfect adaptation of AGOT, I had mixed feeling between ACOK & S02 and S03&04 were hands down better than ASOS but they still only enhanced the books staying faithful to the story. S05 is when the books and the show take two very different turns and honestly, I preferred the books for the AFFC story lines. 

I heard so many bad things about this book and the only reason I can really see is… A feast for crows and A Dance with Dragons unfold during the same timeline, after ASOS but thy are separated by geographical locations and AFFC is missing fan favourites like Jon, Dany & Tyrion. And I guess the book fans couldn’t handle the delay. Other than that, the quality of writing, world building, dialogue, scene and action are top notch and George’s best so far in the series. This is the kind of book that even people who look down upon & despise Sci-fi & fantasy would appreciate. Honestly, this is quality literature…well written & perfectly paced. If this level of literary quality is the reason behind George’s delay, then I want him to take his time finishing the series, I would gladly wait. AFFC covers the story arcs for Cersei, Jamie, Brienne, Arya, Sansa, Sam, Iron Islands & Dorne subplot and here are my thoughts in the order of how much I enjoyed each plot. 

Dorne

In the books, the central conflict is between Prince Doran and his daughter Arianne Martell, the heir to Dorne and her idea of starting war to avenge her family is to crown Marcella Queen because by Dornish law, elder daughter has more claim than younger son. It’s the only Kingdom with gender equality and they want the Lannisters to be torn by a political conflict with both Tomenn and Marcella crowned. They literally wanted to wage war on patriarchy, not kill a little girl! 

Arianne is convinced that her father is a pacifist/scared of Lannisters & wants to give her birthright to her younger brother and is too much of a coward to avenge Elia & Oberyn’s deaths but in the end Doran reveals that he’s playing the long game. Dorne has a small army and so he arranged for Arianne to marry Viserys and now that he’s dead, he’s sending her brother to Dany, to bring bring ‘Fire & Blood’ to Lannisters. The Sandsnakes have a very small appearance but even then they turned out to be such well written and three dimensional characters with all the Sandsnakes being so different & unique. These characters are so effeminate and embody more traits associated with female strength than male, it’s uncanny that the show twisted the mysterious, powerful and feminist Dorne narrative completely to turn it into a shallow pointless mess. 

Ellaria didn’t even have a scene in this book, I’ll never understand why the Princess & heir of Dorne was replaced by her and the show creators wrote her the way they did. Her motivations and actions seemed really dumb, crazy & ooc to me even when I was just a show viewer. I think instead of giving her a haircut and changing her entire character, they could have just casted Arienne and gone with the book plot…. Her introduction was even very HBO like hot & steamy, unlike all the times the show had to spice the books up. I’ll never understand why they settled for Wallmart when they had Chanel right in front of them?

Seriously if there’s ever an asoiaf movie based in Dorne with Targaryens & dragons(maybe the conquest? or first marriage alliance?), I will absolutely lose my shit, these are my two favourite houses! 

Cersei - Highgarden conflict 

Until ASOS, Cersei was a pretty likable character and when I once mentioned that I don’t like Catelyn because of how cold & judgemental she is and I might even like Cersei more than her, I was warned that it’ll all change in AFFC. But holy mother of god! Cersei POV chapters are just so interesting, dark & so damn funny…No other POV character has made me laugh this much. There’s so much dark humour in how she views the world. And the internal conflict of the character? She loves her son but wants him to be an obedient puppet at all times. She asks a lot of good feminist questions but there’s so much misogyny in her, even when it comes to her twisted reasons for sexually experimenting with a woman. It’s impossible to not sympathise with her after her recollections of her controlling father, her abusive/rapey husband and the prophesy that plagues her but she is also wants to be Tywin 2.0 & is such a chaos loving tyrant who doesn’t want to hear any opposing views. Also it was nice to see her as Queen Reagent instead of the show version of power loss as Queen mother and mother-in-law/daughter-in-law drama. So it starts with her waking up to find out that Tywin is dead…grief, paranoia, newfound power as Reagent, rift with Jamie…that’s what gets the story going…

High Sparrow : Also Show!Cersei’s homophobic and dumb plan to raise the High Sparrow to power & arm extremists to crucify a Loras for being gay, was that monstrous irredeemable thing which made me lose all sympathy for her suffering. Thankfully in AFFC, it’s only adultery allegation on Margaery which backfires pretty quickly. Over the last few books they have developed the state of the common people after the raping, raiding, war, plunder & even harm to septs and their people, so the influx of sparrows and religious extremists in King’s Landing during trying times made a lot of sense. It also makes sense that the Queen Reagent can’t just choose a High Septon, that there’s an election process in place which allowed the High Sparrow to rise to power.  

Also he manipulated her to militarise very cleverly: Denying to bless Tomenn, telling her of how unsafe the realm is for common people & how they need knights to defend roads/streets and when Cersei gets to “Why don’t you guys do it yourself?” does he bring up the fact that it was outlawed and even forgives the crown’s debt of a million gold dragons (which Cersei anyway had no intention to pay) in return. Also Cersei’s insecurity of Margaery, paranoia about Highgarden’s involvement in Joffery & Tywin’s death and nightmares of Maggy’s prophesy lay believable groundwork for her crazy plan. 

Highgarden Conflict : It’s handled pretty well why both Margaery & Cersei are left defenceless. Cersei sends her uncle & Jamie away on pretty bad terms and surrounds herself with incompetent advisers & King’s guards in order to be an all powerful Tyrant. Problem? There’s no one to bail her out when she’s imprisoned by High Sparrow at the end of the book. Margaery’s dad is sent to lay siege at Storm’s end, Olenna leaves after wedding and only Loras remains. But when Cersei decides to lay seige on Dragonstone while Stannis is chilling at the Wall with all their naval strength and Euron Greyjoy’s ships attack the coastal areas of the Reach in the mean time. Cersei’s refusal to help , using Dragonstone as an excuse, was good conflict with Tyrells.  Loras volunteers to take Dragonstone and free the naval forces to help the Reach. The poor guy ends up badly injured at Dragonstone.

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Margaery’s framing for adultery was done pretty well too. She’s the best character, in terms of knowing how to navigate patriarchy from within with gentle effeminate intelligence. It’s well established that she’s an outdoor person who can’t stay in the castle for long & loves horse riding. It’s also made clear that highborn girls are known to lose their maidenheads (hymens) to horse riding. So Cersei’s coercion & torture of “witnesses” to tell her what she wants to hear, that basically Margery is banging every man she talks to was kind of funny because it’s mostly projection & Cersei actually has to sleep with the knight in exchange for the fake confession to High Sparrow that he’s slept with Margery. Like after a good whipping the guy just tells them the truth, which is also hilarious because most of Cersei’s “proof” was torture and coercion induced lies. And the funniest thing is, she visits the sept just to convince High Sparrow to not let anyone other than the incompetent members of King’s Guard to defend the Queen if she asks for trial by combat as per the law and that’s what gets her captured and hinders her own ability to use zombie mountain as her own champion. Overall, her story in this book is an excellent read and extremely entertaining! 

Also Cersei’s childhood crush on Rhaegar and her fanart of her riding a dragon behind Rhaegar was the funniest Cersei flashback. 

Samwell - Jon Conflict 

This one confused me the most because it starts with Jon in the first chapter. You don’t know Jon’s thoughts or motivations, its Samell POV which starts with Gilly running away from Jon’s office in tears and for some weird reason, Jon wants Sam to leave for Ciadel with Gilly, Maester Aemon and Mance Rayder’s baby, leaving Gilly’s behind because Maester Aemon & Mance’s baby are at risk due to Melisandre’s talk of King’s blood sacrifice. Sam doesn’t know about the baby swap but he gets awfully triggered at the thought of becoming a maester because as a child when he mentioned he wants to his dad chained him up in a dungeon for days to fulfil his desire to earn a chain (Maester’s chain). 

Jon’s cold and commanding behaviour during Sam’s PTSD episode, Sam’s discovery of the baby swap after Gilly keeps crying on the ship for half the book & Maester Aemon’s extremely heartbreaking death during the journey, which Sam also blames on Jon since Sam warned travel would lead to death at that age…It all reeks of writer’s tricks for building a misunderstood villain narrative, all it lacked was kicking a puppy, seriously! Why Jon didn’t have a POV chapter but made this kind of cameo, I have no idea of the plot purpose..to create a rift between Sam & Jon? I love Book!Jon for being smarter, more cunning & a bit less goody two shoes than Show!Jon but I wonder if the purpose is to make him darker?

Though his trip to the Citadel is not as useless & shitty as it was on the show, there are two awesome discoveries Sam makes : 

They assumed the Promised Prince’s gender : During their trip Maester Aemon hears story of the rebirth of dragons, it’s really sad to read how badly he wants to go to Dany & hates that his body is betraying him, as he’s dying. Since this is the gist of it,“ When the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers, Azor Ahai shall be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone,” Maester Aemon says something very insightful to Sam before dying.  

“No one ever looked for a girl,” he said. “It was a prince that was promised, not a princess. Rhaegar, I thought … the smoke was from the fire that devoured Summerhall on the day of his birth, the salt from the tears shed for those who died. He shared my belief when he was young, but later he became persuaded that it was his own son who fulfilled the prophecy, for a comet had been seen above King’s Landing on the night Aegon was conceived, and Rhaegar was certain the bleeding star had to be a comet. What fools we were, who thought ourselves so wise! The error crept in from the translation. Dragons are neither male nor female, Barth saw the truth of that, but now one and now the other, as changeable as flame. The language misled us all for a thousand years. Daenerys is the one, born amidst salt and smoke. The dragons prove it.” Just talking of her seemed to make him stronger. “I must go to her. I must. Would that I was even ten years younger.”

The real dragon slayers of Westeros : At Citadel, a rogue Maester of sorts lets Sam in on a very Illuminati level secret

“Who do you think killed all the dragons the last time around? Gallant dragonslayers armed with swords?” He spat. “The world the Citadel is building has no place in it for sorcery or prophecy or glass candles, much less for dragons. Ask yourself why Aemon Targaryen was allowed to waste his life upon the Wall, when by rights he should have been raised to archmaester. His blood was why. He could not be trusted. No more than I can.”

Arya - Reaching Bravos 

I really loved her little internship at the House of Undying, Bravos is mysterious, intriguing and really amazing to explore through Arya’s eyes. Her internship their so far is not at all abusive or terrible as it seemed on the show. No one has raised a hand at her. Her psychological change is as fascinating to experience as it is in every book but weirdly her murdering the Night’s Watch deserter who Jon sent with Sam to sing songs about the watch & recruit people but he ditches them when they change ships at Braavos to make a career as a singer was very cold and disturbing. Her killing Meryn Trant, a paedophile who wronged her family, made some sense no matter how cold and disturbing that death scene was but Book!Arya’s murder of the Night’s Watch deserter kind of made her blindness punishment in the end seem justified. A bit harsh but it felt more like an intervention…

Jamie 

I never thought I’ll be invested in Jamie as a character, much like I never anticipated how much I would love Cersei’s POV but here I am… It starts at an intriguing mix of Jamie’s guilt at his contribution to his father’s death by freeing Tyrion, his struggle with his lost hand even though he makes a habit of bitch slapping people with his gold hand later and his lack of self worth for his Lord Commander of the King’s Guard appointment as he reads the book recording the accomplishments of King’s Guards before him and his own lack of accomplishments in comparison.  He starts drifting away from Cersei  politically/romantically thanks to his newfound moral compass, desire to be more honourable and Tyrion’s last words, “You poor stupid blind crippled fool. Must I spell every little thing out for you? Very well. Cersei is a lying whore, she’s been fucking Lancel and Osmund Kettleblack and probably Moon Boy for all I know,” which keep coming back to him. Also as far as romance is concerned, throughout the book he keeps pining over Brienne, if there’s an angsty love story in this book…it’s this one!  

“He was grateful when the bath was deep enough to conceal his arousal. As he lowered himself into the steaming water, he recalled another bath, the one he’d shared with Brienne.”

Red Ronnet raised his lantern. “I wished to see where the bear danced with the maiden not-so-fair.” His beard shone in the light as if it were afire. Jaime could smell wine on his breath. “Is it true the wench fought naked?”
“Naked? No.” He wondered how that wrinkle had been added to the story. “The Mummers put her in a pink silk gown and shoved a tourney sword into her hand. The Goat wanted her death to be amuthing. Elsewise …”
“… the sight of Brienne naked might have made the bear flee in terror.” Connington laughed.
Jaime did not. “You speak as if you know the lady.”
“I was betrothed to her.”  
That took him by surprise. Brienne had never mentioned a betrothal. “Her father made a match for her …” 

“How is it that you did not wed?” Jaime asked him.
“Why, I went to Tarth and saw her. I had six years on her, yet the wench could look me in the eye. She was a sow in silk, though most sows have bigger teats. When she tried to talk she almost choked on her own tongue. I gave her a rose and told her it was all that she would ever have from me.” Connington glanced into the pit. “The bear was less hairy than that freak, I’ll—”Jaime’s golden hand cracked him across the mouth so hard the other knight went stumbling down the steps. His lantern fell and smashed, and the oil spread out, burning. “You are speaking of a highborn lady, ser. Call her by her name. Call her Brienne.”Connington edged away from the spreading flames on his hands and knees. “Brienne. If it please my lord.” He spat a glob of blood at Jaime’s foot. “Brienne the Beauty.”

In the second half, he leaves to lay siege on Riverrun, after taking too many pit stops on the way, which seemed more like a quest for honour.  It’s kind of poetic that he was laying siege on Riverrun when Robb tricked him, drew him out to whispering woods and took him captive and this time he returned to do the same, only this time he finds a captive Edmure Tully, the Lord of Riverrun in the very same spot and Jamie manages to talk him into going in & surrendering his castle by using Edmure’s weakness for the safety of his people (and maybe by threatening to murder a baby lol. He’s not a saint already, lol). I liked that Edmure let his uncle, the Blackfish escape before he opened the gates to Lannisters. 

But it ends at a pretty strong place, where Cersei sends him a letter pleading to return and be her champion & rescue her from the sparrows, and Jamie just straight up says NO and burns the letter

Brienne

Brienne’s side quest to find Sansa might be a bit slow but it’s really insightful in terms of understanding her journey, my favourite childhood memory being her master-at-arms’s golden advise to little Brienne, “Men will always underestimate you, he said, and their pride will make them want to vanquish you quickly, lest it be said that a woman tried them sorely. Let them spend their strength in furious attacks, whilst you conserve your own. Wait and watch, girl, wait and watch.”

In an interesting turn of events, her quest to find the Stark sisters comes to an end when she’s captured by the brotherhood without banners which is being led by zombie Catelyn Stark aka Lady Stoneheart, who was brought back to life after being dead for three days by Beric sacrificing himself to give her the kiss of life and well Catelyn came back even colder and more judgemental… So considering that the Bolton man says “Jamie Lannister sends his regard,” at the red wedding and the fact the Brienne is hunting for Sansa & Arya carrying a Lannister sword with a Lion pommel and a royal document signed by Tomenn, they jump to the worst conclusion…

“M’lady,” said the big man. “Here she is.”
“Aye,” added the one-eyed man. “The Kingslayer’s whore.”
She flinched. “Why would you call me that?”
“If I had a silver stag for every time you said his name, I’d be as rich as your friends the Lannisters.”
“That was only … you do not understand …”
“Don’t we, though?” The big man laughed. “I think we might. There’s a stink of lion about you, lady.”

Then they give her the most heartbrekingly angsty choice!     

“All she asks from you is Jaime Lannister.”
Jaime. The name was a knife, twisting in her belly. “Lady Catelyn, I … you do not understand, Jaime … he saved me from being raped when the Bloody Mummers took us, and later he came back for me, he leapt into the bear pit empty-handed … I swear to you, he is not the man he was. He sent me after Sansa to keep her safe, he could not have had a part in the Red Wedding.”
Lady Catelyn’s fingers dug deep into her throat, and the words came rattling out, choked and broken, a stream as cold as ice. The northman said, “She says that you must choose. Take the sword and slay the Kingslayer, or be hanged for a betrayer. The sword or the noose, she says. Choose, she says. Choose.”
Brienne remembered her dream, waiting in her father’s hall for the boy she was to marry. In the dream she had bitten off her tongue. My mouth was full of blood. She took a ragged breath and said, “I will not make that choice.”
There was a long silence. Then Lady Stoneheart spoke again. This time Brienne understood her words. There were only two. “Hang them,” she croaked.

Like this ship will be the death of me! seriously! This angst is so beautiful, I wish they resurrected Catelyn for this scene alone.

Sansa at Vale 

Until Sansa was in the King’s Landing storyline, I would often get bored and stop reading during her POV chapters. Her interactions with Cersei would evoke interest in me, otherwise only thing her character made me feel was sympathy, whenever she feel hurt. Sansa’s inner monologues while building a Winterfell replica snow castle at Eyrie was the first time I felt a connection to her character’s standalone scene. The last Sansa chapter of ASOS really was my favourite Sansa chapter

But in this book, she has three chapters of her in Eyrie after Lysa’s death and it’s just so damn weird, weird to the point of being quite interesting and a bit funny in a fucked up way? Littlefinger quite literally wants her to call him daddy, gives her a big room and his dead wife’s dresses & jewellery in a very sugar daddy way, asks for kisses and pulls her in his lap in the creepiest ways, wants to teach her “the game of thrones” and they have the most dysfunctional family like dynamic with Robin as their annoying child whom they usually keep drugged even though the drug has a risk of killing him. It ends with Littlefinger pulling Sansa into his lap and telling her that that he has arranged her marriage with a someone who will be the heir to Eyrie when Robin dies. But seriously, it’s some Lolita level of weirdness! 

Iron Islands

Personally, I don’t like Iron Islands or Greyjoys… my least favourite house and kingdom. It starts with an annoyingly religious guy wanting to have a King’s Moot after Euron’s return & Balon’s death which Euron wins and becomes “King” of the those depressing rocks, it was still hard for me to care about it in the books. There is another brother named Victorian who has a badass ship attack prate moment…

But Euron’s super rapey and disturbing attack on the coastal regions of Reach following that attack killed the buzz pretty quickly but at least his contribution to the conflict between the Crown & Highgarden made them a bit more relevant than they are on the show. I heard that Euron is really cool in the books but so far other than a few trinkets, sidekick wizards from Essos who did literally nothing cool & boastful yet disappointing tiny pirate tales, he’s still as unbearably annoying & irrelevant as he is on the show. Also he loves to sell people into slavery and wants to marry Dany *eye roll* but he sends his brother Victorian to fetch Dany for him. Sadly Victorian, who beat his ex to death, thinks he’ll keep Dany for himself. Also Yara’s the only likeable thing about this story line but weirdly even she felt kinda meh for some weird reason. I tried really hard to care about these guys but other than Victorian’s badass pirate attack moment & Euron’s attack on Yara’s ship in 7x02, the only emotion this storyline evokes in me is… Why? Why do you even exist? This was the only storyline in the book I found boring! 


But seriously, after reading this book, I’m obsessed with Dorne and I have a newfound love for Cersei’s character. I can’t believe I got to A Dance with Dragons this soon…Oh I’m so damn excited for it! It’s as big as ASOS which had to be adapted into 2 seasons, mostly about my favourites, so much story that the show chopped off, the improvement in George’s already brilliant writing to look forward to and Jonerys treasure to find… I’m psyched!  Sorry was the long rant, I just had too many thoughts about this book that I just had to get out of my system. I’m off to bury my nose in ADWD now to find more stuff to rant nerd out about here…

anonymous asked:

Hello, You did have some interesting thoughts about the sparrows. "Here’s another big honking sign that the Sparrows are right-wing culture warriors in a paper-thin disguise". Do you think it is also true for the book!sparrows? While reading the books, I got the impression that they really cared about the smallfolk and their aim was to improve their life conditions. They even sold the High Septons crown to provide food for the poor.

No, the book!Sparrows have different historical parallels. One is the Puritans, it’s true, but there are also parallels to Lollardy there, the Peasants’ Revolt and the Thirty Years’ War as well.

The book!High Sparrow also let refugees camp in the square outside the Sept of Baelor and allowed the pile of bones around Baelor’s statute to remain, as a gesture of protest. (I’m still sore that we didn’t get the pile of bones in the show.)

What’s important to note is how the strongly misogynistic aspect of the book!Sparrows arises logically out of the worldbuilding and the plot to that point. A lot of the Sparrows have been displaced by war and are motivated by the things they have suffered in the process - a war which was caused by conflict over whether the Queen committed (incest and) adultery and passed off the children of her (incest and) adultery as the King’s. It doesn’t take a genius to see how the Sparrows, products of patriarchal Westeros in the first place, got traction with the argument that women are icky and adulterous women are icky and evil. By contrast, the show!Sparrows’ hatred for gay people and wine has no grounding in preceding events other than that they’re religious, and that’s what religious people are like, right? They hate gay people and wine.

S:“You can’t keep living off bread, Fleet. It’ll slow you down.”
F: “How about you lecture me on my diet after you actually beat me in flight?”
S: “Is that how we’re gonna play it today? Alrig-”
M: Hey, hey! Enough is enough.“


MY BOYSSSS. MY PRECIOUS BOYS. From left to right we have Soren and Fleet (both their canon age now) and introducing Mortar, the northern cardinal alchemist. They are the three amigos and would die for each other tbh

《 birds 》

¤ canary = canar
¤ sparrow = vrabie
¤ crow = cioară
¤ eagle = vultur
¤ stork = barză
¤ falcon = șoim
¤ pigeon = porumbel
¤ woodpecker = ciocănitoare
¤ hummingbird = pasărea colibri
¤ owl = bufniță
¤ gull = pescăruș
¤ swallow = rândunică
¤ crane = cocor
¤ pelican = pelican
¤ flamingo = flamingo
¤ ostrich = struț
¤ penguin = pinguin
¤ parrot = papagal
¤ heron = stârc
¤ goose = gâscă
¤ duck = rață
¤ swan = lebădă
¤ peacock = păun

《 mammals 》

¤ dolphin = delfin
¤ deer = cerb(m) / căprioară(f)
¤ rat = șobolan
¤ rabbit = iepure
¤ hamster = hamster
¤ dog = câine / dogs = câini
¤ cat = pisică / cats = pisici
¤ mouse = șoarece
¤ bat = liliac
¤ zebra = zebră
¤ fox = vulpe
¤ hedgehog = arici
¤ otter = vidră
¤ raccoon = raton
¤ wolf = lup
¤ whale = balenă
¤ giraffe = girafă
¤ hippopotamus = hipopotam
¤ elephant = elefant
¤ camel = cămilă
¤ tiger = tigru
¤ lion = leu
¤ monkey = maimuță
¤ panda = panda
¤ bear = urs
¤ kangaroo = cangur
¤ koala = koala
¤ polar bear = urs polar

《 amphibians 》

¤ frog = broască
¤ toad = broască-râioasă

《 fish 》

¤ shark = rechin
¤ goldfish = peștișor de aur
¤ seahorse = căluț de mare
¤ swordfish = pește-spadă
¤ ray = calcan

《 reptiles 》

¤ iguana = iguană
¤ alligator = aligator
¤ lizard = șopârlă
¤ snake = șarpe
¤ turtle = broască țestoasă
¤ crocodile = crocodil

《 insects 》

¤ ant = furnică
¤ bee = albină
¤ wasp = viespe
¤ butterfly = fluture
¤ dragonfly = libelulă
¤ fly = muscă
¤ ladybug = buburuză
¤ cockroach = gândac de bucătărie
¤ mosquito = țânțar
¤ beetle = cărăbuș
¤ praying mantis = călugăriță
¤ moth = molie
¤ grasshopper = lăcustă
¤ earwig = urechelniță
¤ caterpillar = omidă


Succes!

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@theredwallrecorder‘s post got me looking up all these species and how they compare in size, so I decided to try and put an image together of how the real life versions of the animals seen in the Redwall series measure up to each other (uppermost image only).

I looked up pictures of different species together and their measurements as a reference so this is not perfect, just to get a sense of scale.

I also included larger pictures of the individual sketches, I like some of them :)

BACKYARD BIRDS

Quite possibly the most IMPORTANT thing I’ve drawn meet some of the birbs i see/ have seen in my garden in Melaka, Malaysia :

ORIENTAL MAGPIE ROBIN - Black and white birbs. Magpies basically.

MYNAS - Very Loud and Noisy birbs. There’re three types actually. Usually have gang fights outside my window

EURASIAN TREE SPARROW - Lil brown birbs you see everywhere

YELLOW - VENTED BULBUL - These guys have nested in our house like three times, maybe more. They make really loud chattering noises and both parents are usually present to feed the chickies C: also : yellow butts

BLACK-NAPED ORIOLE - Yellow birbs that we see everywhere here but no one knows their name

ASIAN GLOSSY STARLING - Black glossy birb that has a greenish shine under the sun they haVE BIG RED EYES

ZEBRA DOVE - Common “burung merbuk”, we usually mistaken these birbs for pigeons

ASIAN KOEL - we rarely SEE these but they’re the ones that make loud high pitched “KOOOOEEEELLL” noises in the evening

OLIVE-BACKED SUNBIRD - Very Little yellow birbs with olive green backs. Usually seen around flowering plants flitting about

HOUSE CROW - Not seen near where i live but there are LOADS of these guys in town they are everywhere they rule the streets

RHINOCEROS HORNBILL - I’ve seen them around maybe twice or three times they are Very BIG and they sound like monkeys

PIED FANTAIL - I saw one of these in the neighbour’s rambutan tree THESE GUYS ARE VERY PRETTY they look like they have small white eyebrows if i was a birb i would probably be a fantail they have big fan like tails and constantly look angry

Full Circle

Said the raven to the robin:
I will love you evermore
Said the crow to Cupid’s bow:
My heart is not an open door

Said the blue jay to the sparrow:
My colors bleed just for you
Said the lark to the arrow:
Don’t play me for a fool

Said the swan to the dove:
You thrill me to my core
Said the dove to the raven:
I will love you evermore

Azuki Lynn