the town crier

Some Worldbuilding Prompts

1. Biggest and most important exports?
2. Who transports and distributes the food? What happens with out of season foods? How is food kept fresh?
3. What are standards for cleanliness? How do people get clean? Soap and water? Oil and a scraper? Sonic showers? Is bathing private or communal in nature?
4. Literacy rate? Who can read—everyone? Gentry? Religious persons?
5. What are some common musical instruments?
6. Are there calendars? Are they based on agriculture? Astronomy? Religion? Elections? Generations? Migrations?
7. What are some taboos? Are they cultural? Religious? Food-related? Unspoken ones?
8. Names? How and by whom are they chosen? Parents? Village elders? Is there a naming scheme? Bynames or surnames? Inherited titles, or only earned ones? Are names gendered or neutral? What age do people receive their name and do people’s names change as they age?
9. What are the attitudes towards casual sex? What laws might there be controlling casual sex? Are they enforced? Strictly?
10. Who builds new buildings? Skilled laborers or private individuals? Is construction a gendered skill set?
11. Are there non-human races present? How are they viewed/treated?
12. What happens with people’s trash? Where does it go, who removes it?
13. How are large objects moved/transported?
14. What do people do when they get sick? Healer? Home remedy? A doctor?
15. Mythical creatures? Real or fictional? How do people interact with them?
16. What, if any exist, are inheritance laws like? Who can inherit? Do things get passed down? Do titles?
17. Recreational drugs and other intoxicants? What are they, where do they come from, what are the attitudes surrounding their usage?
18. Is there a scholar vs warrior divide? A homemaker/career divide? Are they enforced? How are they valued?
19. Who makes the food? In what fashion is it served, and by whom? Are meals casual or formal? Does one pray before eating?
20. Are there any secret societies/organizations? What purpose do they serve?
21. Is there slavery? Indentured servitude? How does one distinguish between a slave and a freeman?
22. If your world has modern utilities are they widespread? Wealthy only? Do utilities have to be modified to work (electric lines coated with anti-magic coating, etc)
23. Exploration history? Colonialism or simply trade? Closed borders or open? Stagnant boarders, or is there a wish for expansion?
24. Are there guilds, corporations, unions? What laws govern them?
25. Are there gender roles? What are they? Are there even genders? How many? What are they? Are they lifelong? Who designates them?
26. Are there taxes? What kinds of things get taxed?
27. What does the oldest generation complain about most in the younger generations? Vice versa?
28. What goods/activities are considered luxury/upper class?
29. What are the most prestigious professions? The most reviled? The most misunderstood? Are there even professions as we know them?
30. How are children viewed? What roles do they play in society?
31. What are some great works of fiction? Why are they considered great? Does your culture even have fiction?
32. Most places have more than one religion being practiced—how do different faiths interact? Are all faiths in harmony or is there conflict? What are the specific points of contention? Must anyone practice their faith in secret?
33. What are some physical standards of beauty? What lengths do people go to to achieve these standards? (corsets, foot binding, etc)
34. Towns? Is the design planned or organic growth? Is there a center of the city/town? Is it a marketplace? Church? Park? Communal food hall? Are there multiple “center” nodes?
35. What technologies are known and widely available?
36. How do the various classes spend their leisure time?
37. Are there any religious orders? Temples? Nunneries? Monasteries?
38. Careers and Vocations? Soldier, farmer, apothecary? Is there any sort of marked economic bracket? Associated prestige?
39. Who founded the civilization/country/culture/mainstream religion? How are they remembered by their people? By outsiders?
40. Are there sumptuary laws? What are some examples?
41. Do people keep pets, or just working animals? Do they even have domesticated animals? Which ones might be common?
42. How do they get their news? Who writes/releases it? Word of mouth, or is their a newspaper? A town crier?
43. How are artists valued? What are the most common forms of artistic expression? What is the most uncommon?
44. What are the countries/planets/geographical features that form the borders around your culture/country?
45. Landownership—who, how much? Are there any limitations?
46. How do people wear their hair? Do they cover it or leave it uncovered?
47. How are buildings lit at night? Lamps? Candles? Electricity? Maybe they’re not lit at all, and the day ends with the sunlight?
48. How (if at all) are deities depicted in art?
49. Colors: What are the basic colors? Are any significant culturally? Religiously? Royally? Regionally? Clan or class or caste specific?
50. Common family size? Rate of reproduction? How is reproduction viewed or valued?
51. Who are cultural/historical heroes? What are they famous for? How are their stories told? How are they remembered?
52. What is the currency? Is there deviations in legal vs culture-wide currency exchange? Is there bartering or trade at a local or culture-wide level?
53. What kinds of building materials are available? Would the wealthy be able to send away for rarer building materials?
54. Education—are there school systems or are children taught via their parents, private tutors, apprenticeships?
55.  Fashion—is there any concept of it? Is there an industry? How is it valued? How quickly does it change? Are there class implications in styles? Class restrictions on fashion?
56. What are some rude hand gestures? Rude words and slurs?
57. Do people make holy pilgrimages? To where? Why? What god/dess?
58. How are items that take skilled labor to make crated and distributed?
59. What is considered the highest form of art? Music? Dance? Painting? Sculpture? Martial arts?
60. What is a typical home meal like? Does everyone eat together, or are there separate eating spaces for women/children/servants/etc.
61. What are some beliefs/understanding about the nature and structure of the universe? What do they know about the stars and astronomy?
62. Linguistics! Is it a gendered language or no? Do people have different pronouns depending on things such as gender, class, caste, etc.?
63. Hospitality—how does one treat a stranger and how does this differ from how one might treat a friend?
64. What are some minority groups? How are they treated by mainstream culture?
65. Does your mode of address change if someone is your superior or inferior? How? How rude is it if you don’t follow the usual rules of protocol?
66. What is the currency called? What increments does it come in (¼, ½, 1, 5, etc.)? What shape is it? What is it made from (paper, wood, metal, glass, plastic)? What are the exchange rates and processes with changing money to another currency?
67. What kinds of marriage practices are celebrated? Are couples matri- or patrilocal? Is there a bride price? Dowry? How many spouses? What does a marriage ceremony usually include?
68. What are funerals like? How is death dealt with? Is it considered unclean, or is it celebrated? Who takes care of the body? Burial or cremation or something else? Do people tend to believe in an afterlife?
69. What is considered a crime vs simply something uncouth? Who are these punished?
70. Romantic ideals? Taboos? Sexual ideals and taboos? Familial ideals and taboos? Platonic ideals and taboos?
71. What role does fantasy/imagination play? Is it significant? Is it valued? Restricted to art? Unacknowledged?
72. Where does the water come from? How is it distributed?
73. Are there any tourist destinations? Are they religious in significance or just scenic? Historic sites? Monuments? Man-made or natural?
74. What are the commonly accepted laws of public decency? Are there any unspoken rules on rudeness, courtesy, or lawfulness?
75. What is an average lifespan? How is becoming elderly viewed?
76. Sacred symbols? Plants, trees, animals, colors, shapes, icons, etc? Sacred to whom? How are these venerated? Protected or just observed?
77. Who does the majority of the child rearing in a family? The mother? The father? The older siblings? A grandparent? A nanny? Someone else?
78. Personal adornment! Jewelry, hairstyles, tattoos? Who wears such things, if anyone? Why? What could the lack of such adornment signify? Class restrictions?
79. Government system? Who is in charge, and what’s the chain of command like from them on down? What are some restrictions that might be in place regarding who is fit to rule?
80. Are books rare, common, or obsolete? How are they made, who writes them? Is there another way of record keeping?
81. What inspires the architecture? Function? A specific aspect of nature? Abstract art?
82. What are the attitudes of the majority culture towards LGBTQA peoples? Ahat terms do such people use to describe themselves?
83. Travel—are there maintained roads/routes or no? Preferred mode of transportation? What sorts of dangers might one encounter while traveling?
84. What sort of weather is typical? Extreme seasons, or mild ones? What sort of climate is it? What adaptations has the culture developed in response to their environment?
85. What sort of foods are parents forever urging their kids to eat “because it’s good for you!”?
86. What kinds of underclothes are typical? Are underwear the same for both genders? Does underwear change depending on your age?
87. Armaments? Pacifism? Armed citizens? Dueling? Violence restrictions?
88. Does your culture believe in the supernatural? Ghosts, spirits of nature? Of the deceased? Extra-planar? Are they revered, feared, both, neither?
89. Linguistics—what is their writing system like? Vertical or horizontal? Alphabet, syllabic, pictographic?
90. Magic? Real or just folklore? What is the basis upon which the system works? How is magic viewed by the masses? Who uses magic?
91. What is the basic family unit? Nuclear, extended, kids leave at 11, boys and uncles vs mother, sister, aunts, etc.?
92. Are meals communal to family, neighborhood, community? Completely private? Are the dishes in a meal communal or individual?
93. Are typical dwellings single-family, extended family, communal, apartment structure, etc.?
94. What are some notable historical periods? What are they called/named after? Why are they historically important?
95. What is the #1 political issue at the time of your story? How does it effect daily life of the common people vs the gentry?
96. Us vs them? Where does the line fall denoting foreigners? Outside of family? Culture? Language? Religion? Geography?
97. Hospitality—do you afford it even to your enemies? Is it valued?
98. Is the main religion polytheistic or monotheistic? Neither?
99. Standard medical practices? Nothing? Leeches? Antibiotics? Magic?
100. How is sewage dealt with?
101. What do people do in the case of natural disaster? Fire?
102. Is there a symbol of the ruling body? An icon? A royal seal or coat of arms? Does this symbol appear regularly, or is it only brought out on special occasions?
103. What is the age of adolescence? What is the age of adulthood? When does childhood end? Are there coming of age ceremonies? What are the benefits of adulthood?

This episode made my blood boil and you want to know why?

Because that shit we just watched was not Emma Swan. Not in any realm, alternative universe, or freaking galaxy was that Emma Swan.

That was a cheap attempt at drama by the writers who have clearly given up on this show and forgotten their own characters, specifically their main protagonist of the show.

Because there is NO WAY IN HELL you can tell me that Emma Swan, who has fought tooth and nail for her pirate and True Love, who literally WENT TO HELL FOR HIM, embraced the Darkness TO SAVE HIM, just gives up and mopes when they have a fight and someone tells her he “ran off.” The REAL Emma Swan would never just give up a DAY after her True Love supposedly is seen with a bag and getting on a submarine, information she got from the fucking town crier. I refuse to believe that shit. The REAL Emma Swan would track that asshole down and demand answers. She would find him no matter what and demand to work it out.

Emma Swan is a fighter. She loves fiercely and with her whole heart and we are just supposed to accept that after one fight with her True Love, she gives up? She throws it all away? Everything she’s ever wanted and worked for? The man she shares a HOME with? Whom she just agreed to marry? Whom she wants to spend the rest of her life with?! Not only that, but she suddenly believes this man whom she’s grown to trust and love and know better than she knows herself (and vice versa) just leaves?!

Absofuckinglutely not.

Adam and Eddy can take this condescending, watered down drama bullshit and shove it up their asses. Because this is not the Emma Swan we know and love and I reject this entire fucking episode.

anonymous asked:

Worked the help booth at an event. One job was reuniting separated families. Protocol was taking the child/parent to the "town crier" and she calls the missing parent/child's name, if that fails she walks the grounds spreading the call. This Down Syndrome kid came looking for his dad and had already been apart a half hour. Took another half hour to find dad despite such small grounds. DAD WAS WAY TOO UNCONCERNED WITH HOW LONG IT HAD BEEN OMG!!! Saw the kid alone twice more that day too...

Okay, episode 3 of Still Star Crossed was so good, I missed this show so much for the last two weeks.

The thing I liked the most, probably, that they added the humor to the show, which I was really missing in the first two episodes, since the book was actually quite funny. Few highlights:

- petty Rosaline is my jam

- “If you asked them to jump of the ponte pietra, each would argue who should go first” “don’t tempt me” LMAO

-  Dragging shakespeare’s sonets like there is no tomorrow

- Lord Montague paying town criers to shout embarrassing sonets from the Verona’s rooftops in Benvolio’s behalf made my whole life. Also reminded me of that scene in Harry Potter where Giny sent Harry singing valentine, bless her soul.

Rosaline and Livia gave me so many feels this episode. I just love them so much. And they love each other so much, I just can’t.

Isabella is still my queen and should be the queen of Verona tbh. I’m sorry, but Escalus just don’t have it in himself. That should be Isabella.

Speaking about Escalus… My dude, we really need to sit down and have a long talk about how you treat the woman in your life and why is it WRONG. I really hated how he put down Isabella and then ignored her decisions. Escalus has a long road upon himself to start at least realising his mistakes, but I do feel sorry for him a little bit. Because he acted with his head over heart - he lost Rosaline (obviously there were better ways to deal with this whole situation then the way he did it), he acted with his heart over his head, while dragging Isabella away from danger - again shit happened. It’s kind of funny, but despite all the shit he has done I still can’t find it in myself to really hate him ( even tho I have zero problem hating book Escalus). Although I am really mad at him. Idk we’ll see, I’m still not giving up on him.

My son Benvolio finally was given some time to griev his friends, which was heartbreaking to watch, but it was exactly what I needed.

Rosvolio scenes were A+. They’re still calling each other “Capulet” and “Montague” I’m melting. 

Need more of this show!

fable 2
  • sparrow: *goes up to town crier* i'd like a new title, please!
  • town crier: of course! here is our options. :-)
  • sparrow: you have any other options? like, something simple? how about alex, or ryan, or-
  • town crier: *throws sparrow to the ground and kicks them* disgusting. disgustig. disgusti

There you have it, folks. Only lesbians have vaginas. Nobody else. Not straight women, not bi women, not pan women, not ace women. Not trans men. Not nonbinary afab people who aren’t sapphic.
ONLY lesbians. Lesbians only. Everybody else is FAKE and an OPPRESSIVE MALE.
Spread the word, folks. Alert the town crier. Tell the local press. Only lesbians have vaginas now!

Junkmetra WIP

I’ve considered deleting this but if you guys like what you see, let me know and I’ll try to finish it.

Jamison remembered the day he saw the princess.

As usual, he was trying his hardest to pick pocket the local merchants without getting caught. He had to be careful that the constable didn’t see him. But this day was different. A bunch of people were looking at a poster that had been put up. Curious, Jamison pushed his way to the front of the crowd. The poster had a drawn portrait of the princess. Never had Jamison seen such a beautiful woman. Yet there was something odd about the picture.

“Why isn’t she smiling?” Jamison asked aloud.

“You haven’t heard?” Lena Oxton, the town crier, chuckled. “Princess Satya doesn’t smile. She never has.”

“What? Never in her whole life?”

“Never,” Lena sighed. “King Reinhardt said that whoever can make her smile gets a fantastic prize.”



Jamison looked back at the poster. Princess Satya was the most gorgeous creature he had ever seen. From her shining black hair to her deep brown eyes, she was perfect. But her eyes looked so sad. Jamison never thought a person could be so sad. And how could someone never smile in their whole entire life? That was heartbreaking! The more Jamison thought about it, the more he wanted to help the princess. Forgetting picking pockets for the night, he headed to the small shack he shared with his only friend, Mako.

“Mako, I need your help to make the princess smile!” Was the first thing Jamison said as he entered the shack.

“Why do you want to do that?”

“Because the king said that whoever can make her smile gets a special prize! It could be gold or jewels or maybe some priceless treasure! Think about it! We would never have to pick pockets again!”

“You know that there will be thousands of people there right? What makes you think we’ll be able to make her smile?” Mako asked.

Cinderella (Part 2)

Summary: AU. After the tragic passing of reader’s father, reader is left with a cruel stepmother and two miserable step-sisters, who not only don’t care about her, but they use her for their own gain. Will a handsome stranger offer her the freedom she longs for?

Pairing: Bucky Barnes x reader

Word Count: 2,234

Warnings: language, mentions of cruelty, mentions of crime, some harmless sparring

A/N: This is my entry for the @stories-from-stark-tower ‘s AU movie challenge. It’s based off of the 2015 Disney adaptation of Cinderella, only with a bit of my own spin on it. Some things have been changed.

This chapter introduces Steve and Sam! Everyone needs some friendship.

Parts 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6

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drabble series; big bird

part six; pg; early msr, maybe season 2? post abduction; Our duo are on a journey to see a huge fucking bird.

part one, part two, part three, part four, part five

A/N: I got an influx of prompts recently by folks (I think) are new followers, and I hope you know I’m not ignoring them! But I am taking the time to focus on this story for awhile. I’m kind of obsessed. 


“–And in 1976, there were multiple sightings of a bird in flight that obstructed the sun from view, for all unlucky bastards commuting Malfunction Junction. Page 194.”

The Belle Motel is the most orange motel you’ve ever seen in your life. It has orange walls, orange bedspread, orange sinks and showers and side tables. The owner is leathery and also quite orange. She warns them about the pool. Don’t go in it, she says. I’m warning you.

“That was an Andean Condor, Mulder. It says so right here.” She points to a photo of a particularly large bird, but it’s nothing like our big bird. Our big bird has a heart of pure steel and is made entirely of malice. “It escaped from the zoo. They were able to capture it, and this story has an incredibly sad end – the poor thing was tranquilized midair and fell forty feet to its death.”

“Dublin, Ireland. Reports of a gigantic bird dropping sheep on cars. I’ll spare you the jokes.”

“That was a golden eagle.” She shows him another picture. She ignores the joke. This is a fairly recent thing. Perhaps the aliens also abducted her ability to smile, just as they abducted his ability to live a normal life. “To be fair, that is a very, very big bird.”

He stops pacing and and grabs the stack of papers from Scully, who really is no fun when armed with evidence like this. He tosses all the useless junk to the side and slips her the stuff that supports his theory.

“Here.” He points to a newpaper headline, Frightening Flyers Frustrate Town Criers. “Read this and everything onward. You said it yourself earlier. It’s not uncommon for a bird to play claw-machine games with human children. But we are looking at a big, big bird here, Scully.”

“This is what I gave my blood for, Mulder?” Scully says incredulously, flipping noisily through the pages. “When are you going to tell me what they plan on doing with it, by the way?”

“I’ll tell you as soon as I know,” Mulder lies, bending down to tie his laces. He has decided to go on his late night run. He holds no fear of the bird. He does hold a fear of sleepless nights, tossing and turning in an orange motel bed while fixating on everything he’s ever done wrong. “Scully, listen.” He stands up and puts on his most placating smile, which is mostly pretty, and only a little condescending. “Cryptozoology isn’t all Big Foot and Mongolian Death Worms. It’s simply the study of creatures that have yet to be discovered. If we find this bird, we can name it after you.” Fat chance in hell, Mulder thinks, but Scully’s melting under his hands on her shoulders. Maybe she'll… “Hey, Scully? Join me for a run?”

“Oh, no thank you Mulder.” Of course not.

Before he leaves, he turns to face her from the doorway. Scully’s orange hair blends in with the orange wall. She looks bald, and Mulder’s heart clenches. “By the way Scully, want me to pick you up a pair of sunglasses?”

Scully frowns. “No, why?”


As Mulder jogs out of sight, Scully does read Frightening Flyers Frustrate Town Criers and everything onward, and she prepares herself for the long, miserable journey of looking for the big bird.

Although the meetings of the council had mostly consisted of angry yelling across a table –  and the occasional flying object – some issues actually were addressed and resolved. You find yourself waiting in a blazing hot summer morning, stood just before the Center Isle’s castle, to hear the news of the new war. And sooner than you expected, a messenger you vaguely recognize comes to the foreground of the castle, at its elevated balcony. He tells you this; “Some orders of business first: the South/East alliance remains in tact, as planned. Two private terms have been added in regards to the stationing of respective armies in each kingdom. As we speak, thirty of Solis’ finest knights have been departed to Eden.” As suspected, so you listen on. “Acacia has revisited its terms of the Kingdom Three Pact. Henceforth, commerce and dealings with Lunae will be more difficult than before.” Bitter sweet. But that was the spirit of compromise.

“Moreover, the Kingdom of Lunae will be allowed to move forth as planned. No official war has been declared.” Loud cheering. You exhale a breath you didn’t even know you were holding. But before celebrating yourself, you take a minute to look around, really take it in. The royal families are present, all beaming, which satisfies you. But then you see it. The Eden family… the Eden king more like; he isn’t smiling at all.



…Where Queen Leo and King Capricorn rule the cosmos. They’ve got two beautiful daughters, Libra and Pisces

Princess Libra, who is famous for her beauty and grace, is next in line for the throne because she’s the eldest. Princess Pisces could care less about the throne, she’d rather wear a flower crown and sundress as opposed to a tiara and gown.

Gemini and Sagittarius are the twin court jesters, ever amusing the royal family and their consort. Gemini is skilled at puns and riddles, while Sagittarius is a master of juggling and unicycling.

Sir Aries is the handsome, valiant prince, vying for the hand of Princess Libra.

Taurus and Cancer are the fairy godmothers of the young princesses, although they spend their time picking up Princess Pisces’ paint spills and messy room instead of granting wishes.

Virgo is the town crier. At the center of attention, they read all news, announcements, and laws. 

Scorpio is the judge. As a former knight, Your Honor Scorpio knows all the laws by heart. He is known as tough, but fair. 

Aquarius is the hermit of the town. Wise and old, he’s seen the times change, and change again. Although many legends surround him, the most intelligent of the town children know to visit him for the best advice.

Cinderella (Part 4)

Summary: AU. After the tragic passing of reader’s father, reader is left with a cruel stepmother and two miserable step-sisters, who not only don’t care about her, but they use her for their own gain. Will a handsome stranger offer her the freedom she longs for?

Pairing: Bucky Barnes x reader

Word Count: 2,746

Warnings: language, mentions of crime, some fluff

A/N: This is my entry for the @stories-from-stark-tower ‘s AU movie challenge. It’s based off of the 2015 Disney adaptation of Cinderella, only with a bit of my own spin on it. Some things have been changed.

Parts 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6

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Hollywood girl Louise Brooks graces the August 16, 1925 cover of her howntown’s The Town Crier - the Sunday Magazine section of The Wichita Beacon by Colleen O'Eris

I’ve always loved the Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix. My only niggling complaint is that in most of the artwork and fanart, people draw the bells kinda small? And usually being held straight down daintily between 2 or 3 finger like
You there. Dead fellow. Could you go back to death please? Off you go. There’s a good lad.
whereas I’ve always imagined them held firmly in your fist waving it around like a town crier like
*“For Whom The Bell Tolls” blares in the background*

desired job titles: 

  • fat happy cat 
  • queen of misfortune and innuendos
  • deep space pirate queen
  • too rich to know what ‘a job’ is 
  • sugar baby 
  • town crier 
  • office decoration 
  • professional procastinator 
  • Employed Person 
  • literally anything ever 

 things acceptable to write on an application to an employment agency in the ‘desired job title’ box: 

  • none of the above