they are his greatest strength

Originally posted by norringtonx

Okay but

LORD CUTLER BECKETT HAS THE BEST DEATH SCENE EVERRRR

The music was fantastic and emotional. The special effects were breathtaking, and honestly the most wowed I’ve ever been with the visuals in a movie/show/etc. I MEAN HE’S WALKING DOWN THAT STAIRCASE AND EVERY STEP HE TAKES IS JUST ONE STEP AHEAD OF INSTANT DEATH HOW FREAKIN AWESOME IS THAT

But it’s more than that. Beckett was a plotter. He was always in control of the situation. He orchestrated so much pain, death, betrayal, he had a brilliant and tactical mind… but his talents were best suited behind the scenes, pulling the strings of others to fight and charge into battle for him. Once his plots fell through and it came time for him to actually make his move on the battlefield and fight personally, in a situation that looked hopeless and dire, he just broke.

As a fan and a student of psychology, that was so interesting to me. His greatest strength, maneuvering people like chess pawns from behind the scenes, wound up being his greatest weakness. When the time came for him to fight as one of those pawns himself, he froze. He knew his death was coming, and all of that pride and status and ambition just instantly fell apart. You could even see it on his face; his mind was broken long before his body was.

Beckett didn’t just die. He was completely destroyed.

A Warrior Life

TITLE: A Warrior’s Life

CHAPTER NO./ONE SHOT: Chapter Twenty One

AUTHOR: wolfpawn

ORIGINAL IMAGINE:

Imagine Viking Loki coming to your village, raiding and pillaging, before deciding there is something about you that intrigues him and deciding to take you back to Asgard with him. There, you are forced to learn a new life and language, and though you hate what has happened to you, you learn that Loki is not as bad as you think.

RATING: Mature.


Training Loki was a simple task; he was very willing to learn, and more than capable with a sword and shield. It did not take Maebh long to realise, however, that his greatest strength was with close range weapons such as an axe or dagger. He was swift and did not have the excessive bulk that many other of the Asgardian warriors had to slow him down, but it still made her uncomfortable to think of Loki being too close to any potential enemies. Between them, it did not take long for them to devise a way to use Loki’s strengths to counter Midgardian tactics.

He also excelled in learning the Midgardian language, Maebh had given him the basics, before insisting that every time they spoke when Nafi was asleep or not present, they did so in that tongue. Loki realised very quickly just how hard it had been for Maebh when she first arrived on Asgard with no understanding of the words spoken to her, and the complexity of learning a language so different to the one she knew. The words never seemed to be in anyway similar and more than once he was left merely staring at his wife when she had spoken to him due to a lack of comprehension, and she never once offered a transition for what was said.

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Rating
: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Category: F/M
Fandom: Miraculous Ladybug
Relationships: Adrien Agreste/Marinette Dupain-Cheng, Chat Noir/Ladybug

Summary:

Marinette always knew that Adrien’s capacity for love was both his greatest strength and his greatest weakness. But that wasn’t going to stop her from doing everything in her power to protect his tender heart from the world that sought to destroy it.

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Laurent had always prided himself on his good memory, his ability to absorb and retain information, on being prepared for every situation, on keeping a cool head under pressure. They were some of his greatest strengths.

Right now, none of them were working.

Right now all Laurent could think was that Damen was lying in front of him, hovering somewhere just shy of consciousness. Laurent was acutely aware of the sound of Damen’s breathing – ragged, shallow, wet, each one dragging in and out of him – of Damen’s blood, warm and wet and staining his hands, dying both their clothes bright red that was slowly drying to brown.

And if Laurent had ever learned anything about how to treat wounds like this, he’d forgotten.

“Come on,” he muttered, pressing his hands a little harder against the gash in Damen’s side. That much he could remember; apply pressure, slow the bleeding. “Come on, wake up. You’re the soldier, tell me how to help you.” Damen was no physician, but surely he knew how to patch up a wound long enough to get to one. Surely that was a thing most soldiers learned to do.

If it wasn’t, Laurent was making a change to the training regimen the moment they returned home.

He refused to allow his brain to add an ‘if’ to that thought.

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Dorian returned to Tevinter to take his father’s place in the Magisterium. As rumors flew about the Imperium’s infighting, Dorian was spoken of often as a voice of resistance against corruption. Along with Magister Maevaris Tilani, he formed a group called the Lucerni to restore and redeem Tevinter - a fight many thought hopeless.

Magister Pavus’ allies said that his greatest strength lay in the lover he left in the South, but still conversed with via message crystal. 

Some claimed to have seen the Inquisitor on the streets of Minrathous on rare occasions, sneaking into the heart of Tevinter to aid his amatus.

Present!76 in Past!Jack’s body

Switcheroo AU blurb from vickjawn’s inbox YOUR TUMBLR ISN’T SHOWING UP IN THE LIST someone else has to write this fic because I have shit to do and god knows I can’t write on a consistent basis so if you wanna write this please do not feel like you shouldn’t just because of this post tbh

here’s some sad gabe. only slightly gay because i suck at romance because aro/ace but believe me they’re gay i ship it.

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Ficlet: Burnout, pt. 1/5

1992, Wutai War (Third Class)

He was the only mage in the group. Others were equipped with materia, yes, but even this early he’d distinguished the difference between those who could and those who excelled. Angeal would never be a mage, despite having moderate skill with materia.

(Sephiroth, he would one day learn, had the strength but not the interest or intuition.)

His skills were exceptional, it had been obvious that his strengths lay there even as a cadet. Even when he was faster than the others, and stronger than most, materia was always his greatest strength. The thought of his magic failing him… it had honestly never crossed his mind.

They’d taught about the use of ethers, of course, and the signs of when you needed them - the lightheadedness, the tingling limbs, how you would eventually not be able to cast. He’d run into the first two, and taken the ether he’d been sent out with. It helped for a time. Then he got low again. But they were in the thick of a fight, and he couldn’t afford to stop. He was the only healer worth a damn that they had. So he kept casting. The dizziness got worse, but he must not have hit his limit yet because he was still able to cast.

The last thing he remembered was bringing up a wall of flame in defense when they were finally able to try to retreat.

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anonymous asked:

Oh god I never thought about how his own fans (us) are his greatest strength. Like he does look pretty shitty general public wise & to the lgbt community. Simon tried so hard to damage his image, & yet we saw through all that bs & are still loyal

I just wrote an essay on the reasons I love Louis.  Fuck all this noise. I’m here to stay.  <3 

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30 Days of Animorphs

Day 3: Favorite morph

The tiger.

It’s pretty obvious (and incredibly awesome) that all of the kids’ morphs reflect strongly on their personalities.  The bald eagle and the elephant are both big, loud, rough, and able to do a lot of damage but without much room for finesse.  The gorilla contains both the sweet gentle kid who Eva thinks will never make it in the world and the ruthless force of destruction capable of murdering his own mother to get what he wants.  The red-tailed hawk reflects not only Tobias’s desire for freedom so extreme it gets in the way of his responsibilities but also the beautiful dangerous far-sight he inherited from Elfangor.  The wolf and the horse are both about endurance, about sticking by one’s guns and refusing to tire no matter how long the bitter march goes on.  Ax rarely morphs both because his conservatism is simultaneously his greatest strength and his greatest weakness, and because he is simultaneously delicate and dangerous, simultaneously beautiful and inhuman.  

It’s not just the use of the animals themselves that makes this motif of analogies so clever; it’s the very specific way that the animals are described.  The characters make the meanings of the animal shapes; it’s not a one-to-one comparison.  One could easily imagine that if it was Marco who used the wolf as a battle morph the narration would focus on a wolf’s fierce loyalty and unwillingness to fight alone instead of its untiring endurance.  If Jake used the gorilla morph the series would probably mention the silverback’s concern with protecting his own rather than emphasizing the gorilla’s slow-burning fuse connected to a nuclear bomb.  David morphing a lion is a sign of his tendency to be more concerned with style than substance; James morphing a lion is a sign of his instinctive comprehension of patient leadership.  

This massive metaphor/framing device/commentary/character motif not only forms a huge part of the backbone of the series, it also continues to evolve as the characters themselves evolve.  Jake first uses the blindly destructive rhino the first time he uses the total war tactics (“getting out of checkmate by throwing the whole chessboard across the room,” as Rachel describes it in #22) that will later get him branded “Napoleon junior” and “Yeerk-Killer” (#16, #53).  Marco starts using David’s cobra as a battle morph as the sweet kid falls away and the cold-blooded tactical mind comes to the fore.  Rachel’s grizzly morph harkens back to the original meaning of the word “berserker” to refer to a warrior who fights with blind ferocity while wearing the skin of the bear.  Tobias uses hork-bajir shape more than any of the others and also becomes the only one who morphs a taxxon, an andalite, or a Nartec, paralleling the story of how he (as he puts it) gets in touch with his alien heritage—and, in the process, becomes ever more cut off from ordinary life on earth.

This principle even applies to the series’s villains.  Visser Three always, always chooses the loudest flashiest alien shape he can find because he genuinely doesn’t understand how to use morphing as a scalpel rather than a sledgehammer.  Tom’s yeerk morphs a king cobra because they are the only snakes that kill and eat other snakes—just as the yeerk sells out his entire species for a shot at revenge and power.  Efflit 1318 (the controller who kills Rachel) morphs a polar bear as a ghostly shadow-self of Rachel’s own grizzly bear, emphasized in the way those hairs Ax finds are described as “colorless” and “hollow” (#54).  

But all that goes even one step further with Jake.  

Jake’s favorite morphs—the tiger and the peregrine falcon—aren’t just character commentary; they’re foreshadowing.  The connection between a small, fast bird and everyone’s favorite “dumb jock playing General Patton” isn’t immediately obvious the way it is with Rachel’s wildly destructive nature being embodied in the grizzly bear (#35).  It only becomes evident any time Jake has been flying around in falcon morph for a while… and starts to wear out.  He moves the fastest of any of the Animorphs in bird morph—and has the least ability to maintain that speed.  When traveling over short distances he kicks the butts of the rest of the team at 200+ miles an hour, and when he needs to get clear across town as fast as possible Marco rapidly outstrips him and he’s left flapping himself half to death when he runs out of steam (#31).  

The tiger is the same way; the narration emphasizes again and again that it is lightning-fast but a sprinter, not a marathon runner (#6).  Jake almost gets killed by the veleek because he can only keep dodging it at crazy speeds for a few minutes before he tires (MM1).  He doesn’t succeed in stopping Tom’s yeerk from taking the morphing cube before Cassie gets there because, after fighting Visser Three for just a few minutes, he barely has enough energy left to keep up with a human moving on foot (#50).  Like Jake, the tiger is big and loud and flashy—the others use all that orange fur as a beacon when stuck in the Arctic, and the “pants-wetting” roar as their battle cry (#25).  And, like Jake, the tiger responds to threats quickly but wears out just as fast.  

Jake’s entire character arc, from his first battle to his final collapse, is spelled out right from the first and second books with the peregrine falcon and the tiger.  He figures out within minutes of meeting his first alien how he needs to protect his friends (drawing the hork-bajir-controllers toward him and Rachel because they’re the fastest runners, creating a diversion to let the others get away, making snap judgments about whether he can trust Tobias as the only unknown element in the group), and his ability to make rapid decisive moves continues to be his greatest strength throughout the series.  No battle plan survives first contact with the enemy, which is why the team needs Jake there to change and discard and reinvent plans with nanosecond timing.  He’s there to notice everything, run through rapid-fire possibilities, and make the snap judgments that will get them all home alive.  And Jake does it.  

For a while, that is.

Jake burns his candle at both ends, even more so than Tobias or Rachel.  He stops doing his homework.  Stops socializing with friends.  Stops sleeping regularly.  Stops eating regular meals.  His brain becomes a dark disturbing landscape of chewing on his guilt over the last battle even as he worries his way through the next one.  He never, ever turns off the warrior the way that even Rachel sometimes does.  It’s not like he has much of a choice in the matter—out of the six of them he is the only one who has the enemy living inside his home, who has to stagger home from a battle at the end of the day only to be greeted by a yeerk asking why he was out so late and whether that’s blood on his leg, who can’t even have nightmares in peace without wondering if his PTSD is going to be the thing that gives them all away (#41).  Of course he burns out.  Of course it’s spectacularly awful when he does.

Maybe Jake more-or-less keeps it together through the end of the final battle, at least enough that he succeeds in winning the war.  But the truth is that he falls apart after they lose his parents, and he never really puts himself back together again.  He’s done.  Used up.  Worn out.  He spent the last two and a half years moving at 200 miles an hour, and he doesn’t have anything else left in him.  And he never really recovers.  The only thing that ever succeeds in making him happy again is the chance to go kill himself (and half his friends) in some heroic fashion so that he can finally have some peace.  His epic battle plan during the last three books is ultimately effective—they do win the war—but it’s a hell of a lot messier than anything he ever came up with before, and results in literally tens of thousands of casualties.  Including a lot of innocent humans caught in the crossfire.  Including his own cousin and his own brother.  He gets out of checkmate, but he has to smash the entire chessboard in order to do it.

The tiger form is incredibly powerful, both strong enough to take on a hork-bajir and fast enough to dodge an andalite.  It’s adaptive, able to climb and swim as well as running.  Its fearlessness as a predator is encoded into its brilliant orange color scheme and voice that can paralyze prey with fear.  And it cannot run for a long time, cannot survive the level of damage that an elephant or a gorilla can, and it will lose any fight it does not win in the first 60 seconds.  In other words: Jake Berenson in a nutshell.  We just don’t know how apropos that comparison is until the final book in the series.  

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Magister Pavus’s allies said that his greatest strength lay in the lover he left in the South, but still conversed with via message crystal.

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Nam Taehyun Fact 1# The day Taehyun was born, a unicorn was born.

Nam Taehyun Fact 2# Taehyun was blessed by three fairies on his birthday

Nam Taehyun Fact 3# One gave him all the beauty in the world, and hence the 5:5 hair was created

Nam Taehyun Fact 4# Another gave him the ability to make you weep with just his voice, and hence he was destined to be main vocal in a boy group

Nam Taehyun Fact 5# The third gave him what he and many others consider his greatest strength - immeasurable amount of sass

Nam Taehyun Fact 6# In WIN, he already had Park Bom and Kang Daesung fall in love with him, in all honesty everyone was in love with him.

Nam Taehyun Fact 7# In his team Taehyun has so far managed to make both Mino and Seungyoon fall completely in love over him

Nam Taehyun Fact 8# He once held a fans hand and her grades turned better, her skin cleared up and she got a boyfriend

Nam Taehyun Fact 9# His composition and lyric-writing skills have so far saved 7 people from death

Nam Taehyun Fact 10# Coincidentally, his stares and sexy aura has so far almost caused 1000 fangirl deaths

Nam Taehyun Fact 11# He might look like he doesn’t care about his members, but in reality he loves them more than anything else in the world

Nam Taehyun Fact 12# Nam Taehyun has only lost to Seungyoon once, when Taehyun’s own family were revealed to be fans of Seungyoon

Nam Taehyun Fact 13# Legend says if you say ‘I love Nam Taehyun’ 3 times in the mirror, Mino will come up to punch you in the face and say ‘He’s mine’

Nam Taehyun Fact 14# Like many other greats, Nam Taehyun had been cursed with what is called as the resting bitchface, but once he smiles you feel like you are in heaven.

Nam Taehyun Fact 15# The day Taehyun went blonde is celebrated yearly in 57 countries across the world

Nam Taehyun Fact 16# Barack Obama has once mentioned that he was a fan of Nam Taehyun’s solo ‘I’m Young’

Nam Taehyun Fact 17# When The Rock first heard Pricked, a duet by Mino and Taehyun, he the moment Tae said ‘Sarangash’

Nam Taehyun Fact 18# Nam Taehyun can often seem overly emotional, but he is one of the strongest people to ever exist

Nam Taehyun Fact 19# Fan’s of Taehyun have an approximate 8 years of increased life span.

Nam Taehyun Fact 20# Nam Taehyun may act all cool, but he is an actual angel, a complete fluff ball and one of the best people to ever exist

Nam Taehyun Fact 21# Taehyun can create masterpieces like ‘Sentimental’ while eating fried chicken and beer.

Nam Taehyun Fact 22# Today (10/05), 22 years ago, Nam Taehyun blessed all of our lives by being born, and we should all trend the #Happysouthththday in honour of him

[ Nam Taehyun Fact 23# Nam Taehyun is amazing, he is beautiful both inside and out, and if you have never given any attention to him as a person, or his work as a singer, composer, lyricist before, you need to give him attention now ]

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Cancer Deeply intuitive and sentimental, Cancer can be one of the most challenging Zodiac signs to get to know. Cancer is very emotional and sensitive, and they care about family and home. Cancer is sympathetic and is very attached to the people who surround him. People born under the Cancer sign are very loyal and empathetic people, able to empathize with your pain and suffering.Because of the ruling planet the Moon, the many phases of its lunar cycle can deepen Cancers internal mysteries and create fleeting emotional patterns that the sensitive Cancer cannot control, especially when a child. This can show itself as mood swings, selfishness, manipulation and fits of rage. Cancer is quick to help others and avoid conflicts. One of his greatest strengths is persistent determination. Cancer doesn’t have great ambitions, because they are happy and content to have a loving family and tranquil and harmonious home. They often take good care of their co-workers and treat them as family.

Currently Reading: The Martian, Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills — and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength – he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.

As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive – but Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.

Grounded in real, present-day science from the first page to the last, yet propelled by a brilliantly ingenious plot that surprises the reader again and again, The Martian is a truly remarkable thriller: an impossible-to-put-down suspense novel that manages to read like a real-life survival tale. Less