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glambertal  asked:

Im writing a character who is supposed to be an terrifyingly lethal fighter, so I'm wondering how it's possible to kill someone without a weapon (other than snapping a neck)

I’m tempted to be glib, and simply say that your character’s limbs and body are weapons, but let’s start by turning this one around.

First, snapping someone’s neck, the way you see in films, doesn’t work. You can annoy someone, and rack up an attempted murder charge, but it doesn’t actually work. That said, the list of things that can, in fact, kill someone is not short, ranging from blood chokes (where the attacker holds their opponent in a headlock which obstructs the carotid artery) to crushing the trachea, rupturing the kidney (though this one will take awhile), or any number of other attacks that will interrupt the victim’s ability to continue getting oxygen to their brain.

So, go back to that comment about your body being a weapon. It’s a concept that’s pretty easy to dismiss as pseudo-mysticism; doing that is a mistake. The important thing to take away from that phrase is the mindset. With enough creativity and dedication, just about anything can be a weapon. A character who’s willing to walk into a fight, grab their opponent by the skull and ram them face first onto a chunk of rebar is using weapons. They’re using their body and environment.

This is also where the idea of a character using a weapon being limited comes from. Again, it’s an idea that’s easy to dismiss as abstract philosophy, but it does reflect a kind of thinking that people, including writers, can trap themselves with. “I have a sword, therefore, I can…” as opposed to, “I have all these options to turn my enemies into meat pudding.”

I realize this isn’t, exactly, the catalogue of kill strikes you were hoping for. If you’re looking for more discussion on brutality and it’s psychological impact on combat, I would suggest you take a look at our The Only Unfair Fight tag.

-Starke

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Forbidden Feelings (Chapter 1)

Summary: Being married to a man you don’t love or want anymore is taking a toll on you, but the way out is nowhere to be seen. When your husband hires a you a new sexy bodyguard, the man suddenly turns your world upside down, giving you hope to step up and take control of your life again. | Bucky x Reader
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: reader, Bucky Barnes, Tony Stark
Warnings: none really
Word count: 1017
A/N: A few things. 1) A new drabble series, yay! I’ll try to update this one atleast twice a week. 2) Tags are open for this, hmu if you want to be tagged. 3) The lovely @marvel-ash is making me a header for this. I’m so excited. No need to rush, hun! 4) Leave me feedback. What do you think? Got any suggestions?

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Originally posted by jawlinesandmetalarms

Another boring, dull day or your miserable life. The same thing over and over again. Waking up in a house you’ve lived in for more than 4 years now. A place that at first felt like your safe place, a home, something you always looked forward to at the end of the day. But now, it made you sick and tired, the empty walls sucking the life out of you. You made your way to the bathroom, only stopping to reach for a clean towel from the dresser. You stood in front of the sink, looking at your reflection in the mirror, but failing to recognize the once bright young woman that you used to be, with a promising future ahead of you, but one you lose over a simple, stupid crush.

You met your husband, Tony, 5 years ago when he spoke about the perks of being a famous businessman in the auditorium of your University. You were sitting at the last row, listening to him boast about his company and becoming one of the richest men in the country. You thought he was funny and fairly attractive. So at the end of the gathering, you were surprised, to say the least, when he approached you and asked you for dinner, saying how he couldn’t help but keep his eyes off of you, which is something you presumed he said to every one of his side quests these days. Nevertheless, you agreed and no more than a year later, you were Mrs. Tony Stark.

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  • Steve: Have you cleared this with Fury?
  • Tony: Better to beg forgiveness than ask permission.
  • Bucky: Yeah, and I put a sedative in his ass.

anonymous asked:

would a war axe actually be an effective weapon at all, or has it just been made flashy for appeal? how strong would you need to be to be able to use one if so?

I’m not certain which axe you’re thinking of, but axes have been used extensively in warfare, including specialized designs intended specifically for combat. These range from simple hatchets that function in roughly the same capacity as a dagger up through the Danish axe. It’s also worth remembering there are entire families of polearms that are, basically, very long axes.

I’ve mentioned axes a couple times when discussing historical sidearms. They were, frequently, used as backup weapons in medieval infantry. In part, because battleaxes were, generally, cheaper to produce than swords, and (in theory) easier to train on, so it was easier to arm infantry with battleaxes than swords.

Most combat tactics with the axe involve generating inertia, and then once the weapon is up to speed you connect. The examples I’ve seen were figure eight patterns, though I assume there are others.

Multiple cultures also developed axe variants for use as thrown weapons. We’re usually pretty critical of throwing knives as a combat skill, but historically, some warriors did carry extra axes to throw at foes.

As for strength, the axe is like nearly every other melee weapon. It’s useful, but anyone of roughly average strength should be able to use these things. Historical battleaxes weighed somewhere between one to six pounds, so we’re not talking about some massive Berserk style chunk of steel. And, yes, this includes two handed designs. Compared to swords, axes were lighter, (probably because there was less metal involved.) As with any weapon, training and experience is far more important than strength. Put another way, a battleaxe weighs less than your average housecat. Remember, axes were light enough to bring extras for sharing with the crowd.

I’ll harp on this a bit for a second, but it is worth remembering that most weapons are pretty light. There are outliers, but if you’re bringing a weapon to a battle, then you can expect to be swinging it all day. A heavy weapon would wear you out, and leave you vulnerable.

The weight is important for an axe, but the distribution is what matters. The weight behind the blade will do the work for you, when striking, you just need to get that weight moving, and then direct it into the target. To make this work, you don’t need a lot of weight, and the more you add, the harder it becomes to get the weapon moving and control it, so you’re looking for a sweet spot of mass and control. Historically that appears to have been somewhere around two or three pounds.

Ironically, if you’re looking for a weapon that actually required a lot of strength to use, that’s the longbow. Drawing one could require the archer to pull anywhere from forty to sixty pounds, (or more in some rare cases.) Or, in other words, your mental image of how medieval combatants looked is on its head, the front line infantry were (in some cases) scrawny little guys, and the archers were stacked.

-Starke

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  • Sam: [looking at Tony and Pepper who hug for last ten minutes] What's the matter with them?
  • Bucky: I don't know. I think maybe one of them is dying. I kind of hope it's the girl.
  • Sam: [stares at him]
  • Bucky: The guy is really cute!

A thought I had about Black Paladin!Tony:

The paladins have been away from earth for a while and I’m going to twist the logistics of this a bit and say that in other galaxies, time passes at a different rate. Slower, to be precise. Say, they left earth right before superheroes start popping up on earth, and in however many years it takes for the Avengers to form (and break up), it’s only been a year for them. So, the paladins a) don’t know who the Avengers are and even better b) don’t know a whole lot about who Tony is. I mean, logically they would have heard of him before probably, but maybe he’s just like “hey I’m Tony, I’m an engineer,” and no one really knows him well enough to put the pieces together. 

So Tony really and truly gets a clean slate with the Voltron team. Yeah, this is Tony so his self worth is severely lacking, but this would be awesome because:

  • Tony gets to fight extraterrestrial threats head on (but don’t get me wrong he would have a lot of trouble coping with that and managing his PTSD, but he would feel like he’s being useful).
  • Has an opportunity to get away from the mess that the Avengers made while still protecting the universe in a way he feels capable.
  • Doesn’t have to worry about Voltron wanting him on their team because he’s Tony Stark, because they don’t know who they heck he is anyways, so for once he gets to feel like he’s being treated as a person, not for his name or his past, but for what they see in front of them.
  • He gets to lend his expertise to a bunch of GENIUS KIDS. LISTEN. THIS IS TONY’S ELEMENT. ALIEN ENGINEERING AND AN ARMY OF GENIUS TINIES. 

Like of course there would be tons of self doubt (especially if we’re placing this right when he’s coming out of CA CW, because yikes) but I think it would be such a good environment for him? He deserves a space adventure fighting aliens in a giant space cat, okay. He DOES. 

  • Tony: You know, for someone who's not wildly keen on heights, you're doing awfully well.
  • Bucky: Yeah, I've been doing a little trick Bruce taught me.
  • Tony: What's the trick?
  • Bucky: Picture something just ahead of you within arm's reach.
  • [helps Tony down so he is within arm's reach]
  • Bucky: Something that makes you happy.
  • Tony: Sounds easy enough.
  • Bucky: It really is.