While going through my drafts looking for things to add to my queue, I found this, which I’d apparently written but never posted. I feels like now is the appropriate time to do so.
I had a thought, and I am probably not the first person to notice this so please pardon me if someone else has mentioned this first BUT I am excited and want to talk about this.
So Umbreon’s markings look like a solar eclipse, right? And this makes sense, because the “umbra” is the darkest part of a shadow, and specifically during a solar eclipse, it’s the darkest part of the moon’s shadow, where the total eclipse is visible from.
What I didn’t realize until just now is that Espeon has this connection too! During a lunar eclipse, the moon doesn’t disappear. Instead, due to interference from the Earth’s atmosphere, it turns red, like the gem on Espeon’s forehead!
Here’s a few shots that feature Amethyst Facet 5 Cut 8XJ, aka the one with her gem on her left shoulder, that one curl in her hair, and awesome eyebrows, whose name Amethyst gets wrong but who helps her play it off as a joke.