If you don’t think Lady Sybil is absolutely wonderful and perfect then I don’t even know what to say to you
Lady Sybil who breeds swamp dragons in her spare time
Lady Sybil who once faced down a dragon the size of a street by scolding it firmly
Lady Sybil who sang part of a dwarf opera from memory in order to diffuse a sticky political situation
Lady Sybil who, when kidnapped by werewolves, escaped out of the window and belted one of them around the head with a log…while pregnant
Lady Sybil who darns her husbands socks personally, despite the fact that she is rich enough to buy a new pair every day for the rest of their lives if need be
Lady Sybil, founder of The Sunshine Sanctuary for Sick Dragons AND The Lady Sybil Free Hospital, one of the few hospitals where people actually come out alive
Lady Sybil who has friends and connections around the world and is on a first name basis with Lord Vetinari
Lady Sybil who is one of the kindest, most compassionate, most open-minded characters in the Discworld series, who is endlessly patient and reasonable, who shows tremendous courage in the face of danger, who treats everyone she meets as a equal despite her privileged upbringing and who never compromises her principles or deserts those in need
Lucy is the reverse Umbridge of Narnia. No matter what, The Harry Potter fandom is united in their hate of a character that they want to die, and we are united in love of a character we want to protect.
Goodbye TV Emma Swan. You were an amazing & wonderful fictional character. Shame that your creators decided to write you off from your show just after Season 2... But do not worry our dear friend. We’ll still see you every single day on FF.net & AO3 :) Where you grow and where you are happy... :) Soooo.... once again... Goodbye TV Emma Swan... and see you later True Emma Swan :)
You know I tend to have a really hard time finding Worm fanfiction I actually like, and I’ve never really managed to figure out why. I just knew that unlike most fiction I read (or watch) none of the stuff I found could really compare to the original. I had an epiphany recently though and I’ve realized that it’s that most people seem to just be missing some kind of pivotal piece of Taylor’s character. And so I’ve written up this huge rant about what I consider to be the basis of Taylor’s every action within Worm.
Firstly, there are four pivotal pieces Taylor’s personality that never really change throughout the story, allthough some do become more or less prominent. And that is her:
Now, Taylor’s selflessness is probably the most driving motivating urge she has. (People recognize this on some level, which is why I think we get so many Ward!Taylor AUs, but the other three traits listed are what make me believe it would never have really worked out, even if their wasn’t the whole ‘Shadow Stalker’ issue to contend with.) It’s what made an untried, untested, unconfident bug controlling master decide to challenge Lung on her first night out. It’s what made her take on Coil. It’s what made her throw herself at her enemies feet. It’s what made her take up the good fight against all those S-class threats. It’s what made her try her hardest to do good, even when she was a villain, even when it was misunderstood, even when it would have been easier to do nothing, or to do the opposite. And maybe that might only be one half of Taylor’s kind of screwed up morals, and another half the way the trio dug at every bit of self-hood Taylor managed to scrape together for years… but still. It’s the reason Taylor makes the choices she makes. Even (or maybe most especially) the machiavellian ones.
Secondly, Taylor’s goal-oriented nature. This is, in essence, what makes Taylor so damned focused on ‘the big picture’. Now the thing is, is that this in and of itself isn’t all that dangerous. In fact lot’s of people have this trait! Politicians, lawyers, business execs, hell even gang leaders and prostitutes. But the thing you have to understand about these people is that if you push them, too far, too fast, in just the right way, in just the right time, there is literally nothing they will not do to accomplish what they set out to. These people weigh the pros and cons of every decision in their lives, and when things tip to far into the pros there is no moral line, no law, and no consequence that will stop them from doing what they feel they have to do.
Thirdly, there is Taylor’s ambitions. This really is what decides what goals exactly Taylor’s going to shoot for. It’s the part of Taylor that said, yeah I’m going to keep going to school, no matter how hard it is, the part of her that says, yes, I’m going to be a hero, no matter how dangerous it may be, the part of her that says, yes I’m going to save the world, no matter how improbable that may be. The part of her that looked at every opponent a hundred times stronger than her, a hundred times more experienced than her, and said: yeah I’m gonna fuck their shit up. All of this? In conjunction with how goal-oriented she is? Yes it’s a frightening combination.
Fourthly, but definitely not least, is how damn intelligent Taylor is. The thing about those other three traits? Is that lots of people have them. Hell lot’s of people have them in conjunction with each other! But not half of them turn out to be as dangerous as Taylor is. And that’s because of this. Because she may not have a supercomputer for a brain, but she’s got that rare combination of tactical and strategic talent that allows her to take very bit of knowledge, skill, and power she has, and then munchkin the hell out of it. This is the girl who using her brains, pepper spray, bugs, and a small team of villains specializing in smash and grab robbery, managed to take over a city. This is the girl who killed Alexandria in an apoplectic rage. This is the girl who beat off the S9 twice. This is the girl who rotted off Lungs crotch and cut out his eyes. This is the girl who took every minuscule tool and advantage offered to her, and saved the multiverse. This is what makes Taylor, Taylor.
I am so so so close to having Eclipsa finished, so have another batch of selfies and stuff!
All I gotta do is assemble the wand bits to the parasol, make my moon necklace, add the fluff to the hat and get the white sash for around her waist. So these will be the last pics until she’s 100% done!
I was struck this episode by how much Dany walks the line between the two dramatically countered types of women that the Stark sisters represent. Sansa behaves and presents like a noblewoman, including an aristocratic upbringing even in the house of the enemy. Sansa speaks, dresses, and has the social expectations of a version of feminity that is wealthy and soft. Along with that comes a knowledge of feudal logistics, communication skills, and a higher level approach to political thinking… her ruthlessness, when it appears, is carried out through her function as a noble. OTOH, as a different archetype Arya is a warrior with only a passing connection to the outer markers of feminity (her name, her voice, her choice of association, and very rarely her dress). Arya is direct, aggressive, and at times insensitive. She is a woman driven by purpose and disregarding of any pretense towards bearing the emotional labor of her interactions with others. She is violent not just through proxies but personally, intensely.
I look at Dany this season, and I see how they’ve crafted her as someone who walks down both those paths. Dany is very much a rich noblewoman, highly educated and getting more and more politically experienced for the last 4+ years. Danny dresses for power like Sansa does, and she by all outward appearances could resemble Sansa a great deal.
But there’s the dragon part of Dany that is very similar to the wolf part of Arya. Dany also spent time in a culture of violence, learning what she could from it and moving on. Dany ate the horse’s heart, rode beside her Khal husband, and she is a killer, up close and personal. Her weapons are dragons not blades, but even in war she gets on her dragon and prefers to go into the fighting rather than stay in her castle. She’s mastered the dead-eyed stare that appears right before someone’s gonna die. I think it’s also significant that the conflict between these two halves of Dany contributes to some of her missteps as a commander. Dany is constantly wavering between these two versions of herself, and she’ll probably wrestle with that for her whole time on the show.
I’m not proclaiming that any of these characters are better or more interesting than the others–what you like on this show is down to taste, I’m sure, and I love all three of these women. But it interests me how in some cases the story delves into the differences between certain types, and in other cases the show gives us a character that unifies those seemingly contrasting traits.I like this set-up because I think JRRM had a lot of fun as writer creating these broadly drawn types, and then mixing them up. For example with Brienne (honorable knight), there is also Bronn (corrupt knight), and between them is Jaime (both). With a cast this large, setting up types in this way creates story variety, and lots of chances to play with the good/bad choices that characters will make.
sometimes i think about how, for all that Attolia wears the traditional crowns and color, it’s never in doubt that it’s Eddis who parallels Hephestia in the myths, and I just…love her? I love her a lot. Eddis Helen, Queen of Gods and Mountains. Yeah.