they been through a lot

I just discovered there is a small subreddit dedicated to google-translating (and actually dubbing, very professionally!!) the Star Wars movies and occasional SWR episodes from english into chinese and back into english again, making the subtitles change ridiculously, and it’s positively the most hilarious thing I’ve ever come across since I saw the LotR post about a similar thing, here are some highlights:

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Hey guys. I’m glad to be finally posting my “mental breakdown survival guide”. As you know I struggle a lot with mental health, and so I have been through a lot of breakdowns. So many that I actually dropped out of university after 3 weeks in 2016 and had to take the whole year off. Because of this, I’ve made it my mission to help others with mental health issues as much as I can, so you don’t have to go through what I’ve been through.

Anyway, here is my guide. I tried to keep it general, and actually useful. If you have any questions or additions please feel free to add them.

And as ever, if you want to talk to me about studying with mental illness or want to see a post on a specific topic, please feel free to message me.

Les Chevaliers…

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🌸 Tattoo artists!Jikook for anon 🐉

highly intelligent children are still children, children who look older than they are are still children, children who act older than they are are still children, children who want to be older than they are are still children, children who have been through a lot are still children

and all children should be treated in a respectful way that acknowledges their personhood, but that doesn’t mean treating them as though they are adults.

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✿ Gemanimate 2 - The Answer ✿ A Steven Universe Reanimate Project ✿

It’s finally time! Here is Gemanimate 2 in all its glory! A total of 164 animators across the globe have come together to reanimate Steven Universe’s The Answer. Everyone who has contributed shots has donated their time and skills to pay tribute to the best animated series out there, Steven Universe.

I’m so thankful for the the extreme amount of support that’s been shown by all of you guys through this whole project. It’s been a lot of work behind the scenes from me (Katie Elle) and our extremely talented animators and we couldn’t have done it without you all. Check it out on Twitter too.

I’m so beyond proud of what’s been created. So what are you waiting for?! Watch and enjoy!

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Rough sketches of Commander Clarke and some of her tattoos for In the Shallows because I know a few people expressed interest in seeing them a while ago. 

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infodumping about the ocean

All right, so I’m amused by all the “Dorian is a skinny hopeless nerd without magic” headcanons, but I tend to disagree with them. This is one of the cases where I think the game models are actually closer to accurate.

I find it kind of implausible he’d have survived this long if he wasn’t in decent shape. By the time he joins the Inquisition he’s been a Tevinter drifter for a while, before camping out in the Storm Coast and Hinterlands. The vicious-mage-and-templar-infested, middle of a war zone Storm Coast and Hinterlands. With templars that can probably silence even a damn powerful Tevinter mage. He then, after having a pretty rough-scrabble time, ends up in the Inquisition where he’s fighting for his life and/or probably training most days. Even if he’d been cushioned or skinny or soft round the edges back in Tevinter, he wouldn’t be after a few months in Ferelden.

Yeah, he hates the cold and has allergies. Those things are both nice little realistic touches, and the former makes perfect sense for someone who grew up in a pseudo-Mediterranean(?) climate and is now stuck in, well, Ferelden. And when you end up in Orlais, it’s often the Emprise du Lion. Neither of those things makes him weak or less able to fight.

He likes to misdirect. The whole, “look at me I’m such a useless toff, Maker forbid I get a hair out of place” thing is an act the same way “I don’t care about anyone or anything, watch me hide behind my sarcasm” is. There’s a grain of truth to it, but he’s playing it up to amuse and exasperate. Also, I find that act hilarious because he’s trying to distract from the fact he’s a tough, dangerous bloke when he needs to be, from what we see in canon. After all, half his arc is “yes, Tevinter, but not a threat, please stop glaring at me and pointing swords at me.” Of course he’s playing down the fact he’s a brutal, capable fighter with plenty of ingenuity.

That said, Mr "What do you mean robes need shoulders and sleeves?” seems to like to show off. He’d probably take pride in being in decent shape, the same way he seems to take pride in most other aspects of his appearance. Exhibit A: mate, why do your more advanced robes have less sleeve, this makes no sense, I know it’s video-game logic, but honestly… As said: Emprise. Du. Lion. It also makes sense for the whole “perfect body, perfect mind” and “partners only valued him for physical attraction” ideas. That kind of showing off is something he knows and is comfortable with.

The first time he’s seen in In Hushed Whispers, he’s literally beating a demon back, no magic involved. And succeeding. I tend to theorise that, unlike southern Circles that want to keep mages as weak as possible, there’s at least some combat training in Tevinter. After all, they are in the middle of an ongoing war with Seheron. And DA2, with things like staff blades, has laid a precedent for melee mages. I mean… why not?

Basically, Dorian Pavus is a hot-headed, hard-drinking, strong as hell tough bastard who could probably take you in a bar fight but would much prefer to talk his way out of it instead, and like all the Inquisition mages, is just as much a fighter as anyone else. And that’s my headcanon.

So this past weekend at Otakon 2017 we made the decision to start writing the next chapter in our lives. Greg was a little surprised, but I proposed and he said yes! We’ve been through a lot the past six years, a lot of ups and a lot of downs but I’m glad that every moment then, now, and everything that is to come I get to experience it with him by my side as my husband.

And true to our nerdy nature, I did it in cosplay, at the Voltron shoot. He’s always been ‘my sunshine’ so I figured there’d be no better way to do it.