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theories abt zarkon

Can’t wait for these theories to get smashed within the first 10 seconds of season 3.

Theory 1: Zarkon was always a bit of a douche, so it’s no surprise that he turned power-hungry after he became the leader of the most powerful weapon in the universe.

  • Angst level: Minimum
  • A very basic backstory, to the point that it’s kind of boring and predictable.
  • Easy enough to be established in an episode or two. Probably told during a monologue on Zarkon’s part, or through some impassioned speech given by Allura/Coran.

Theory 2: Zarkon started out as a good guy and a great leader, but was eventually corrupted by some outside force, turning him into the villain he is today.

  • Angst level: Moderate
  • A tragic backstory, ala Anakin Skywalker tropes. The chosen one is ripped down from his pedestal by the forces of evil, who intend for him to become their tool but are instead completely blindsided by just how Evil And Powerful the hero is once he sheds his morals/conscience.
    • Alfor: You were the Black Paladin, Zarkon! It was said that you would destroy evil, not join them! To lead Voltron, not gut it! 
    • Zarkon: You are weak, Alfor, and Altea will burn with you!
    • Alfor: You were my brother, Zarkon. I loved you.
  • Fairly easy to establish in the show. A lot of the plot would probably be given to the audience by Coran (who would have been there) and possibly Allura, depending on how old she was at the time. There would definitely be a lot of flashbacks to the days of old, when the last Paladins were in their prime. A bittersweet montage; reminiscing about the golden days, and ignoring the ruin that followed.

Theory 3: Zarkon was a genuinely amazing guy who loved his teammates like family and prioritized their well-being miles before his own. He was a man who valued strength, but only so that the weak could be protected. He was a hero because he was so real; he bled with planets, he bled for planets, for strangers he’d never meet, for the teammates he saw every day. And people loved him, for being so close. But he wasn’t untouchable, and that love drove him to the extremes. 

As he served Voltron and the universe, he bore witness to the worst of the worst. Voltron, after all, exists to play damage control, and not all disasters are natural. Zarkon fought evil, stared it straight in the eye, and watched them fall from the perch he pushed them off, and he thought to himself: I can do that better. 

Zarkon looked at the universe and he did not see it as something to be conquered; rather, he looked and saw a hydra. Because for every tyrant Voltron overthrew, every planet they brought back from the brink, there were always more people to save. And inevitably, more people they failed. 

The paladins weren’t saving the universe; they were simply racing to play catch-up. They weren’t making a difference, they weren’t changing anything. They went on their missions, they fought and protected each other, and sometimes an empty lion came home. And Zarkon loved his family.

Alfor spoke of freedom for the universe; Zarkon thought of chaos growing in the absence of order. Alfor said he was proposing tyranny, dictatorship, everything Voltron stood against. Zarkon argued that control was the only way to ensure peace. That this way, everyone could live. No more broken families.

Alfor told him that Voltron was a weapon, not a god. That they couldn’t save everyone. And Zarkon said, That’s not good enough.

I can do that better.

I can protect the universe. 

And instead he destroyed it.

[ image description: A screen shot of a post that reads “Don’t cross oceans for people who wouldn’t cross a puddle for you.” Someone has crossed this out with a big grey X and underneath added “No, do it. Do cross oceans for people. Love people, all people. No conditions attached, no wondering whether or not they’re worthy. Cross oceans, climb mountains. Life and love isn’t about what you gain, it’s about what you give.” End of descripton ]

I hate this post, I hate it so much. And let me tell you why.

At first it seems like a pretty good post, right? You should love people and do things for them because you want to or because it’s nice, or just because you love them, not because you expect something in return. Yeah. We learn that as kids. But listen. Listen to me. It is not that simple. Yes you should do nice things for people. Carry in your grandmother’s grocerys even if she forgets to say thank you. Sure. But you should never, never, pour yourself into someone who does not give back to you.

Doing everything for someone who gives you nothing in return is not love.

A friend of mine worded it really well “The point of the original post was to emphasise that your own mental/physical health is more important than someone’s selfish needs.” It’s not romantic to run yourself into the ground for someone who can’t even be bothered to care about you. And not only is it not romantic, it’s unhealthy.

I have, on more than one occasion, “crossed oceans” for people who I do believe loved me, but who didn’t even come close to crossing them for me. And do you know what I got out of that? The first one I lost 10 pounds because I was so miserable I could barely eat and I was throwing up what I did eat. And I was still doing whatever I could to be with them, and make them happy, even though they didn’t seem to be willing to put any work in themself. Why bother, I was always there. The second one I ran my own mental health so thin that that literally could not do anything for him, all I could do is sit in the bathtub and think about how I coudln’t feel anything. But I still refused to turn my phone off and ignore his messages. I still made myself avaible to him because he “needed me.”

There was nothing romantic about either of those situations (note: only one was a romantic relationship but the idea of giving and giving and giving when you’re gettin nothing back is romanticized whether it’s in a romantic or platonic relationship.) There was nothing beautiful or selfless about it. It was miserable. I was miserable. I can remember one of my friends telling me he missed me because all I could talk about was the person I had allowed to become my whole life.

And in the end, both of them stopped talking to me.

Don’t believe anyone when they say the second part of that post. It’s bullshit and I’m really tired of seeing it romanticized. It tells people (especailly young girls) that this is an okay way for a relationship to be, that this is what they should be doing. 

There is nothing selfish about demanding that your emotional labour be reciprocated. That’s what makes a relationship (romantic, platonic, or otherwise) healthy. That’s what love is. Both people giving. Both people supportin each other. Not one person giving until they have nothing left for themself. 

“The strange and wondrous secrets of Gravity Falls, Oregon.”

as a biology major who has had some emphasis in evolutionary biology, it’s hilarious how incels try to use examples from the natural world in order to explain male dominance, or how women should be submissive, or that because things are a certain way in one species it should apply to humans at all and give their backwards-ass views on sex and relationships any merit

here are some of the ways sex occurs in the natural world:

  • male and female ducks have reproductive organs that are basically in a sort of arms race; females evolved more complex and convoluted vaginas so males evolved complex and longer penises in return, so the two organs have been coevolving with each other (cats have fucked up penises too)
  • arthropods have a number of fucked up things, including: penile spears that bypass the vagina completely by literally stabbing the sperm into the ovaries, sperm plugs that prevent other males from mating (hence the need for penile spears), spiked/overly large/otherwise destructive penises that damage the vagina to prevent other males from mating, and many other things (there’s so many arthropod species)
  • birds: basically the only reason we see pretty colors or ridiculous displays in many bird taxa (think peacocks, birds-of-paradise) is for the males to show off how good their genes are; if a male can afford to keep and maintain ridiculous ornaments or obvious colors without dying, he must have good genes right? pretty male birds are basically the ultimate chads
  • in simians, testicle size is correlated with the number of males in social groups (bigger balls = more sperm production = greater chance of mating success); chimpanzees have much larger balls relative to body size than gorillas or orangutans since they don’t live solitary (like orangs) or in patriarchal groups dominated by an alpha-male (like gorillas)
    • on that note, humans have relatively small genitalia when compared to other simians (iirc gorillas are the only apes with smaller dicks than we do)

I could go on forever, but you get the picture. things in the natural world do not apply the same way that they do to humans at all and it’s absolutely ridiculous to act like they do in regards to a number of things, whether it is sex, reproduction, gender and gender roles, etc.

Hey girls did you know that ummm

it’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you theres nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do I bless the rains down in Africa gonna take some time to do the things we never had

anonymous asked:

Do you have pirate recs? I will take anything - fiction, nonfiction, movies, songs, TV shows, I just want to get my pirate on

me: omfgf how the FUCK could this person KNOW that I am I IN MY PIRATE FEELINGS right now?!?!!? wtf?!!! ! !! wtf!!!! 

me five minutes ago: 

  • TREASURE ISLAND by ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON and all variations thereof: 
    • Black Sails, the queer poly pirate dream show of my heart 
    • Muppet Treasure Island, which gave us Shiver My Timbers, #1 pirate banger 
    • Treasure Planet, cartoon Treasure Island IN SPACE
  • PETER PAN (lol, sorry) by J. M. BARRIE and all variations thereof, but especially: 
    • Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen, which is like Peter Pan meets Outlander from James Hook’s POV
    • Peter Darling by Austin Chant, which is queer grown up Peter/Hook
    • Peter Pan (2003) is my favourite straight up adaptation, with lots of Jason Isaacs being the single best and ridiculously sexy Hook EVER
    • Hook (1991), which is and will always be bangarang
  • Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition: English Sea Rovers in the Seventeenth-Century Caribbean by B. R. Burg, if you fancy paying an arm and a leg for what essentially amounts to a copy of someone’s Master’s thesis from the 1980s. (it was pretty good though.) 
  • I should probably recommend Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy by L. A. Meyer on behalf of Nicole, because she’s been telling me to read it for actual years at this point.
  • The Abyss Surrounds Us and The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie are really cool futuristic Waterworld-esque sea monster lesbian pirate books, and I friggin’ loved ‘em. 
  • I’m definitely going to read Brethren by W. A. Hoffman, a classiqué m/m pirate book, mainly because I read the goodreads reviews and one person was like ‘ugh it’s 100 pages before they even meet each other!’ and another was like ‘ugh it’s basically just every pirate AU ever!’ and IMHO neither of those things belong in the con column. 
  • I’m giving BLACK SAILS its own bullet point as well, because how good this show is… truly cannot be overstated. it’s overwhelmingly queer, contains two (2) canon poly relationships, and is hands down some of the best storytelling I’ve ever seen on tv. the best way I’ve ever seen it described is: ‘black sails episode 1: “money gets my pussy wet” black sails season 4: is intersectional revolution compatible with personal happiness?’ and that’s just… so real. it is absolutely stunning. PIRATES!
  • this arrangement of The Parson’s Farewell by Bear McCreary is from Black Sails – listen to the whole thing with your eyes closed and picture noble pirates rallying against the British Empire for love. you are Welcome. 
  • I know that Johnny Depp makes us all furious now, but the first Pirates of the Caribbean still bangs. if you don’t want to look at him (understandable), then just listen to this. I’ve never wanted to climb a rigging more in my life than I do when I listen to this song. 
  • Gay Pirates by Cosmo Jarvis. beloved.

cryptiredboy  asked:

Yesterday I DM'ed for the 3rd time (and the first without my family hah) And I thoroughly enjoyed it. I ended up making a lot of stuff up on the spot and from what I could tell my players enjoyed it a lot as well. However, I was wondering if there's any 'at the table' resources you'd recommend so there are less awkward 'what do we do?' type Moments. You seem very well versed in homebrewing and that's the direction I lean as well so I thought you may have something v useful to say. Ty!

So I reached out for a little more context with this, and this is the question:

“What do I do when my players deviate wildly from the adventure I have written?”

Example: The DM prepares a dungeon, fills it with all kinds of interesting stuff so that it should last the whole session, and the players get in and out in twenty minutes, or ignore the dungeon completely and wander off in another direction.

Example: The DM lays out a handful of adventure hooks (clear prompts for adventure), but the players say no to everything and flounder around the inn/town/city, unsure of what to do…or outright bored because nothing is getting their attention.

This.
Happens.
All.
The.
Goddamn.
TIME!

Originally posted by logismoi

One of the most appealing things about fantasy roleplaying games is the range of freedom of expression and choice that they allow. Players can do almost anything they want, and are only restricted by the limited constraints of the rules, and the flexible constraints of the Dungeon Master’s plans and patience.

This level of player freedom of choice can be tough to accommodate for Dungeon Masters though. When players ignore or avoid the adventures or quests you’ve made, and instead pursue something you haven’t prepared or planned for, it can be hard to deal with. 

Here’s my advice. It works for me, maybe it’ll work for you:

1) Be upfront with your players. People sometimes forget that as a Dungeon Master you can just straight up speak to your players as yourself, and tell them what’s up. If they’re avoiding all the things you prepared, or are ignoring the adventure you’ve written, you can (and sometimes should) straight up tell them “Hey, this is the adventure I prepared today…if you don’t play it, there’s not going to be much of a game this session”.

You’re not a dancing monkey there to cater to your players’ whims and fancies. You’re literally facilitating the game they’re playing. If they don’t want to play what you prepared…then they don’t play!

That might seem harsh, but you need to be clear with your players that session prep takes time and effort, and that you can’t be expected to have a world of infinite possibilities for them to dick around in all the time. Be polite but upfront with them about that. If they want to play D&D with you, they should be able to respect that.

That being said…

Originally posted by kickmuncher3

2) Invest in random tables and generators. It’s always good to have a back up plan…or better yet, the ability to randomly generate a bunch of back up plans. As a Dungeon Master it’s a good practice to have a collection of random tables for things like NPC names, motivations, adventure hooks, conflicts, villains, and events. If players ignore a bunch of your adventure, you can randomly generate some additional adventure content for them to engage with.

If you haven’t heard of it, I strongly recommend buying a copy of Vornheim: The Complete City Kit. You can read more about it HERE. This book is great for city and town play (which is often where waffling on adventure hooks takes place), but its tables and ideas are usable in a variety of places and situations. 

It also has three easy to use adventures written in it that you can pull out and use with very little prep. It’s well worth the $20 or so for a physical copy.

Finally…

Originally posted by goblingrog

3) Make sure there are consequences for both action and inaction. Players skip over important stuff all the time, and often screw up the DM’s carefully laid out plans without even meaning to. 

That’s okay. 

REPEAT AFTER ME!

“That’s okay”.

The universe provides. Screw ups like these can often be opportunities in disguise. 

Whenever your players take a major plot action…or ignore a major plot action, there should be an appropriate reaction from the world:

  • Players killed your main villain really easily, and they were important to the plot. Well, who did that villain answer to? Will their superiors or villainous friends want revenge? What will they do to get back at the player characters…or their loved ones?
  • Players ignored the important macguffin item that a bunch of the campaign revolves around. Okay, who retrieves it instead? Rival adventurers? Evil mercenaries? Other villains? Now this item is in the hands of the enemy, and they’re using it to fuck up things the PC’s care about.
  • Players won’t do the adventure I had planned. Well, then the bad guys win. Whatever bad things were going on there continue to happen and get worse…and now it’s the players problem. They didn’t act, so now the world is worse…and maybe the players need to fix it.

Originally posted by dice-cult

4) Use active, not passive, adventure hooks. This method of play needs to be handled carefully and used sparingly, but avoid adventure hooks that require players to react to other people’s problems. Instead, have things happen directly to the players’ characters.

Players are often more inclined to help themselves than they are NPC’s. For example:

Passive. An NPC tells the PC’s that people are going missing in town. Bandits are kidnapping random people. “Please, won’t you help us get our people back?”

Active. Bandits ambush the PC’s and try to kidnap one of them in particular! If any of the bandits are subdued and questioned, they explain who they’re working for, why they’re kidnapping people, and maybe where they’re keeping those kidnapped people.

The latter impacts the PC’s directly, and is more likely to garner their interest. 


I hope that helps a bit. Thanks for the question! 

Happy gaming!

There is a severe lack of glow-in-the-dark Scarecrow merchandise. If there’s any character who could make that gimmick work and work well, it’s Scarecrow.

Imagine a comic with glow-in-the-dark ink that when lit up revealed hidden illustrations and other cool secrets. Or what about a statue of Arkham Asylum/Arkham Knight Jonathan where his fear gauntlet glows bright orange? There’s a lot you could do with the idea, and it easily fits within his aesthetic.

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Relevance was such an all-around great episode with so many good scenes, but this one really stuck with me. I knew very little about the show or Shaw as a character when I started watching so I had no idea what to expect. Shaw, despite what she says, is a badass in this episode, and I fully expected her to be shown here as the cold-blooded killer who guns down everyone in the room, makes a quip about it, and then has a beer. Because that’s the type of narrative I’m used to seeing in media. Which…almost happened. But then she let Louis go. She stopped, thought about it, decided Louis wasn’t someone she needed to kill, and let him walk out (and then had her beer). And, for me, that helped frame Shaw as a character. Absolutely someone who could kill without remorse when needed, but not someone who would kill a relatively harmless, unarmed man with his hands in the air. Not because she’d feel bad about it, but because that wasn’t how she chose to do things.

torimochi  asked:

Hi! first of all I'm so glad I found your blog bcs its so inspirational and really helps me a lot with keeping creative :) I plan to write something with the OTP being best friends and noticing there's more behind it but I don't want it to be obvious and suddenly. Do you have any good lines/prompts you could recommend?

- A can’t stop smiling when they think of B. - A smiles even though B is just talking about their day because A just can’t get enough.
- B smiles a bit longer than normal at A’s remark
- They can’t stop thinking about each other
- B catches themself starting at A too long
- A starts sitting closer than usual to B
- They make more excuses to hang out
- “Are you guys dating?” “No that’s ridiculous! We’re just friends!” But the idea of “what if” sticks in A’s head for the rest of the day
- Hugs go longer
- “Were they always that pretty?”
- Flickering glances at the other’s lips
- Realizing that they think of the other as a little more than friends
- B becoming more and more jealous when A talks to other people
- B tries to make A jealous
- Which ends in an argument
- “Why did you do that?” “It’s only fair!” “Wait are you jealous?” “You’d be jealous to if the person you loved was flirting with other people!” “What?” “Nothing”
- But it’s something
- Next time they meet they go to the movies like normal, but this time they hold hands
- Which leads to dates
- And fluff and so on :)

  • Dean: Well...last night on earth...what shall we do? ;)
  • Castiel: We should drink. A lot.
  • Dean: And?
  • Castiel: Then drink more
  • Dean: Yeah but, I mean there's other things that we could be doing
  • Castiel: Like....say goodbye??
  • Eileen: *To Sam* They're not going to try to stop it?
  • Sam: Yeah, yeah sure. It's okay they do this like once a year
  • Eileen: Okay...want to hang out in your room? :)
  • Sam: Yes! *Eileen and Sam run off*
  • Dean: I mean like, you wouldn't have to come with
  • Castiel: Well I'll go with you anyway
  • Dean: But you don't have to
  • Castiel: Well I'm going to, stop arguing with me!
  • Dean: Oh go play your stupid harp
  • Castiel: I DON'T HAVE A HARP!!
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Under the Covers, Vol. II

  • viktor: what are you getting otabek for valentine's day, yurio?
  • yurio: *pulls out a long list* well, i've had a lot of ideas. He seems to really like motorcycles and those glasses he wears when he rides them, so i'm considering getting him customized motor biking goggles. there's also his love of skating to consider, so i could paint motorcycles on his skates as a surprise? he might not like those though... i was also thinking of getting matching boyfriend shirts?? also i was considering getting him on a body pillow for myself on valentines d