sword of the atom

The Sword in the Stone

Rating: Teen

Relationship: Ten x Rose

Summary: The Doctor tells Rose the real story behind the sword in the stone. It’s not quite what she thinks.

Notes: Hello lovely people! This is my response for this week’s @timepetalsprompts drabble prompt ‘stone’. This is utterly silly and ridiculous and serves no purpose at all except to allow me to bask in the silly :) It’s in 5 x 100 word drabbles (or just over, possibly). Hope you enjoy!

Also on A03.

“You’re havin’ me on.”

“Nope.” The Doctor grinned.

Rose stared at the Doctor. “You’re seriously tellin’ me that the Sword in the Stone was real?”

“Yep! Really real!” He nodded emphatically. “But King Arthur didn’t pull it out- that was pure legend. Actually, the sword belonged to the Ancient Tyrethians – a relic of one of their princes and they wanted it back. They took the whole lot back to their planet- stone and all.”

She shook her head in bewilderment. “I don’t….How does a sword…an alien sword… get stuck in a stone in the first place?”

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In celebration of actress Alex Kingston, we’re counting down to her birthday with a week full of Alex love and appreciation! Beginning on March 5th and going through the 11th, please join us in creating and sharing original content – gifs, edits, playlists, art, fics, musings, et cetera – to celebrate all things Alex.


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  • Day 1 (5 March) –  What was your introduction to Alex Kingston? // Alex in a period piece
  • Day 2 (6 March) –  When Alex made you feel all the feels // A time when Alex made you laugh
  • Day 3 (7 March) –  Favorite interview // Cast Alex in a film of your own imagining. Create a graphic, generate a synopsis, and/or write a scene.
  • Day 4 (8 March) –  Favorite acting partnership // Favorite Alex quote (either by or about her)
  • Day 5 (9 March) –  Favorite non-River Song role // Favorite recurring Alex theme (an accessory, outfit, type of role, prop, etc., that’s popped up repeatedly)
  • Day 6 (10 March) –  Alex in a decade // What has Alex taught you? / How has she inspired or influenced you?
  • Day 7 (11 March) –  Happy birthday, Alex Kingston! A free day to create as you please!

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  • Archaeologist. Dust, worn, shine.
  • Queen. Sword, courageous, skim.
  • Criminal. Atomizer, dense, divulge.
  • Writer. Draft, blurry, tapped.
  • Mother. Water, frayed, grasp.
  • Doctor. Adrenaline, precise, gather.


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by a father
That gave us
a world.
We stood as Bastards
Beside the alters
Where sacrificial
blood Was drawn
by our sword.

We are the Sons
Of Adam.
And the fathers
Of the atomic bomb.
We are
The daughters
To temptation,
The verdict of right
And wrong.

We’ve explored
And conquered.
We’ve built towers
The clouds
Have rested on.
We’ve thrived
and fought for
others lives
While risking
our own.

We show so much
While thoughtful.
We hate imagining
What’s awful.
We’re imperfect beings
Reaching for the stars.
We’re lovers howling
At the moon.

We are humanity.

Our time came too early
And we’ll die Far too soon.

anonymous asked:

Are there any lore websites or anything where you can read up on deep elder scrolls lore? I really liked that khajiit post! I'd love to learn things from a more in-depth perspective in the world of TES!


First off, check out The Imperial Library. Contains in-game books as well as short canon stories and excerpts written by Michael Kirkbride and Todd Howard, the two biggest names in TES.

Also, the UESP (or Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages) is a great place to find in-depth articles about Elder Scrolls lore.

The best piece of advice I can give though is just to play the games and read the books within them. I’ll tell you some of the extra interesting bits of lore I know though, without trying to spoil too much:

  • There are supposed to be flying Whales in Skyrim, who make magical snow rain from their blowholes. They were supposedly hunted for their oil and skin, but we don’t see any of that in TES V, so perhaps they were either hunted to extinction or the Empire enacted harsher laws regarding it. Why they would have removed them otherwise is beyond me, can you imagine how awesome that would have been to see drifting across the sky?
  • All races of Men are descended from Giants. Kirkbride never goes into much detail, but Giants are in fact primitive Atmorans, and the King of Atmora is always the largest giant on the frozen continent.
  • Argonians share a connection with the Hist Trees of Black Marsh, some of the oldest Trees in Nirn and perhaps the oldest living things in existence. There is debate on how exactly the system works, but it appears that killing the Hist that an Argonian is connected to can cause extreme sickness or even death. The Hist also play a large part in the religion and politics of the Black Marsh. Whether or not Argonians are always being controlled by a Hist is up for debate, but one cool thing is that the Hist can mutate Argonians into horrifying warriors at times of great duress, like during the Oblivion Crisis.
  • Redguards were originally from a large desert continent called Yokuda, but eventually a civil war broke out in that nation. Though it is never fully explained how the continent sank, the most likely explanation is that one side of the war decided they would rather destroy their land than have it be ruled by infidels, so they used a masterfully crafted sword to cut an atom in half, causing an atomic explosion. The Redguards sought refuge in Hammerfell, and drove the native Orcs out of the province and into the Wrothgarian mountains.
  • On a similar note, Hammerfell is named after an event in which a clan of Dwemer decided to leave the Dwemer of Resdayn (Morrowind) and found a new Dwemer empire elsewhere. To decide where they would go, the Chieftan threw his mighty hammer named “Volendrung“ (literally translated into "Hammer of Might”) and promised to settle where it landed. It flew across the continent, and sure enough the Hammer landed in the Alik’r Deserts. They founded their city and named it “Volenfell”, which means “City of the Hammer”. Over time this became the land known as Hammerfell.
  • There is an Imperial Colony on the moon of Secunda. It’s small and in disrepair, but it’s certainly up there. How did the Imperials get to the moon? Oh easy… they just rode a giant moth there. Does that seem crazy? If so, just consider the fact that the Khajiit just climbed onto eachother’s backs until they reached the moon.
  • In… more formal settings, genitalia in the Elder Scrolls universe (and this is in-game) is referred to as Spears/Milk-Fingers and Gills. So if you ever hear someone in any of the games call you a “Milk Drinker”, they’re not calling you a baby. They’re literally calling you a cumguzzler.
  • On another insanely lewd note, according to the 36 Lessons of Vivec, Vivec once mouthraped a Nordic woman named Barfok to prevent her from using Thu’um to alter the probability of past events. In fact, just like Religious texts, the 36 Lessons of Vivec is full of weird and crazy stuff like that. Like how Vivec had several monster children during an orgy with the Daedric Prince of Rape and then had to go kill them all. Let me remind you, this is all in a T-Rated Video Game. I guess the ESRB doesn’t like reading books in-game though, and must have missed it.
  • According to Michael Kirkbride, this is what the Aedra, or Gods, look like.

Certain things though, like the metaphysics of mundus, the subtle Hindu fluences, and CHIM, are really just better for you to discover yourself, and the only hint I can give to that is to reread the “Commentaries on the Mysterium Xarxes” from Oblivion a few times. But those were just some of the weirder things in TES that I love and feel build the world up in such cool ways. It’s nice to see fantasy deviate from the norm and have such well built history, metaphysics, language, religion, and culture. There are even things like historical inaccuracies and mistranslations that can entirely change people’s views on subjects in the world. Pretty dang neat imo. I wish more fiction did this.


also if you haven’t yet, please play morrowind oh my god it’s the best game ever and has some of the coolest lore and has an exotic culture based off of hindu mythology and frick it’s just so cool ok

Paying Red R’hllor’s Fee

The always fascinating joannalannister mused recently whether anyone had made the distinction between willing vs unwilling sacrifices. She wondered whether Nissa Nissa could be considered a willing sacrifice ‘with her courage and her cry of ecstasy’.

This is a very good question and a very grim subject.

In the legend Nissa Nissa willingly consents to be sacrificed. Her husband spent 180 days trying to forge a magic sword. His first attempted involved tempering it in water and his second attempt involved plunging it into the heart of a live lion. When Azor Ahai asked Nissa Nissa to bare her breast while holding the untempered third sword, well, she definitely understood what was being asked of her. However this was during the Long Night, when darkness and famine lay upon the world and demons and Others and who knows what else were running amok and killing people, so it’s not hard to see why she gave her consent. This was very much the willingness of a woman with her back to the wall and a horrible death in the future for her, her family, and possibly the whole human race. So this is probably closer to a despairing act then a selfless one.

As for the differences between willing and unwilling, it has so far been rather ambiguous. Most of the blood/life sacrifices so far have been unwilling, accomplished by force, ignorance, or trickery. The classic case is Mirri Maz Duur tricking Dany into killing her unborn child and then Dany burning the very unwilling Mirri Maz Duur on Drogo’s funeral pyre and in return getting the power of dragons. As far as selfless sacrifices go, Beric Dondarrion’s resurrecting of Catelyn Stark is a clear case of one person exchanging their life for another…and the result is Lady Stoneheart. Nothing good seems to have come from that! So selfless sacrifice does not necessarily have beneficial results while selfish sacrifice can get you what you desire.

It might not matter how the blood or life sacrifice is accomplished on a cosmological level and if this is so then the question of whether a sacrifice were willing or unwilling would have absolutely no effect on its results. Azor Ahai could have straight up murdered his wife and her supposed consent is nothing more than a later romantic alteration to the story. Perhaps there are no ethics inherent to the magical act except those that humans bring with them when they perform the rituals of power (there are after all no ethics inherent in the making and use of swords, firearms, or atomic bombs). If there are no inherent ethics then from a magical standpoint it does not matter if the sacrifice is willing or unwilling as far as results go; the question of willingness only matters from an individual moral and/or practical standpoint. That said, moral people might derive greater power from their (willing or unwilling) sacrifices because said sacrifices mean more to them and therefore are of greater worth. Returning to the legend, Azor Ahai was not just sacrificing Nissa Nissa the person but was also sacrificing their marriage, relationship, and something within himself. The power to be gained would thus be greater than killing a person he did not know or care for and who did not know and care for him in return. There’s also the possibility that the symbolic qualities of the sacrifice can further increase its power in the sense that the sacrifice represents something far greater then a few individual lives and is hence far more valuable.

Complicating things further, R’hllor, the source of blood and fire magic, is a sinister, malevolent, and hungry entity with a taste for the innocent, the sacred, and the beautiful (at least according to the Red Priests, who seem very good at getting results). Whatever R’hllor is, it doesn’t seem to care where its sacrifices come from and grants power to fanatical true believers like Melisandre and Moqorro; ambiguous maegi like Mirri Maz Duur and Maggy the Frog; and predatory sociopaths like Euron Greyjoy, the Qartheen Warlocks, and that nameless Myrish Sorcerer who castrated Varys. This makes a lot of sense, as people who believe R’hllor is the one true god or who only care about immediate results are far more likely to sacrifice someone then people who approach it with the proper amount of practical and ethical wariness. However, assuming a sacrifice that means more to the practitioner is worth more, good people who are forced to entreat R’hllor’s magical aid would offer up far tastier meals. R’hllor would therefore want lots of war, suffering, and desperation in order to empower and expand its usual followers while at the same time tempt and seduce the better sort of people who normally wouldn’t have anything to do with it.

Bold what you prefer [Arrow edition]


Oliver or Diggle or Roy

Felicity or Laurel or Thea

Tommy or Sara

Ray or Barry

Tommy or Diggle

Laurel or Sara

Felicity or Laurel

Moira Queen or Quentin Lance or Donna Smoak 

Helena or Nyssa

Thea or Sin


Malcolm Merlyn or Slade Wilson or Ras Al Ghul 


Olicity or Lauriver

Thearoy or Dyla

Olicity or Raylicity or Barricity

Oliver x Sara or Nyssara

Lauriver or Merlance


The Foundry or Verdant

Queen Consolidated or The Queen mansion

Felicity’s apartment or Diggle’s apartment or Laurel’s apartment

Oliver and Thea’s loft or Roy’s house

Lian Yu or Hong Kong or Nanda Parbat


Oliver’s motorcycle or Felicity’s car

Bow and Arrow or Sword or Atom Suit or Canary Cry

The League of Assassins or The Bratva

The Hood or The Arrow or Al Sah-Him or Green Arrow

I need to be someone else, I need to be something else or You have failed this city


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Sacrifice (1x23) or Unthinkable (2x23) or The climb (3x09) or My name is Oliver Queen (3x23)