Rating: M, descriptions of graphic violence, major character injury, and emotional disturbance
Pairings: JeanMarco, Jean & Marco | background: YumiKuri, Springles, EreJean (Drift pairing make this complicated to tag lol)
Word Count: 57,000 (more or less) (across 4 chapters)
Alright lads! Here’s my entry for the JMGE, as requested by my secret santa, @yoitay, who wanted PacRim! Merry Christmas, friendo! I hope I delivered everything you wanted. This was a blast to write.
Fic Summary: Jean Kirschtein is a Jaeger pilot, just trying his damnedest not to meet a disappointing end. Maybe he had goals once. Maybe there was a part of him that the storm didn’t touch. Not anymore.
Having been kicked from the Mark II Jaeger, Atlas Rogue, on account of the fact no-one Drifts with Eren Jaeger and walks out unscathed, Jean finds himself relegated to the Anchorage Shatterdome, Alaska, the very edge of the world. There’s a new Mark IV about to be launched, and it needs a pilot. Technically - it needs two pilots. It’s a shame he has a chip on his shoulder the size of a Kaiju.
A JMGE PacRim AU for Yoitay, exploring the journey of a Jaeger pilot from the bottom of the barrel, to the cusp of hope, across every up and down in between.
The infamous clothes swap is finally here! When you start off with dressing up D.va all cute and things escalate and you get a Junkrat in a thight suit and a Lucio that, just like in comp, just fills whatever role is left.
Hey- hope this isn't too much trouble, but do you think you would mind doing a sketch of your designs of the elves (or lynches) from the suffering game please? Your anamatic looked amazing, and I'd like to see what they look like in full, if that's alright, thank you! 😁
I actually already did a full blown, colour drawing of them that can be found right here ! Over the course of storyboarding, I ended up simplifying and streamlining their designs. I’m so glad you liked them though !!
okay so @preludeinz the other part of your question was:
which rocks particularly should i avoid
In the theme of “nav hates aura quartz but mostly because people try to pass it off as something that it’s not” here are some rocks that I wouldn’t say avoid so much as take it with a grain of salt.
First up we have dyed geodes and agates (I’m putting them into one because to recognise one is to recognise the other). They’re pretty common, because colourful things attract the eye. Like with aura quartz, it’s another case of people prettying up quartz because it’s not beautiful enough.
Again, I am bitter.
Agates and geodes come in a whole range of different colours naturally, though its mostly muted greys and browny reds. It can be super pretty (I bought two bits today).
Dyed slices are typically brightly coloured, hot pinks and blues seem to be most common, but I’ve also seen greens and purples. Pink is the easiest to pick out, because nothing in nature is that colour. You basically never get green quartz, and when you do it’s not the colour of dyed slice.
Purple can be trickier to pick because you can get amethyst geodes and agates, but the colour is usually a giveaway. Dyed stones are much more vibrant than the real thing.
Blue dyed stones are another case where I need to stress the fact that this is not an “avoid completely” so much as a “you do you” and get it if you want. I have a soft spot for blue dyed agates. My grandfather used to ave a set of bookends. I tend to lean more towards appreciating the more muted tones though.
Next cab off the rank is crackle quartz. Another dyed stone and dressing up poor old quartz in artificial colours. The stones are heat treated for the crackle (it’s internal fracturing) and then dyed to a greater or lesser degree.
Sometimes the colour is subtle, sometimes it’s not there at all. The internal crackle is fairly distinctive.
Again, this is not so much as a stone to avoid completely as something to watch out for. I have a couple pieces of subtle golden yellow crackle in my stash, because I picked them up in a bulk lot of stones, and they’re pretty cool.
I also had a blue piece on my keys for a very long time, until I dropped them and it broke. The crackle makes them very brittle, but so long as you’re not dropping them in a carpark it’s probably fine?
Last up we have goldstone/sunstone/gold sunstone. It has a bunch of different names, and you will know it when you see it. Sparkly AF. It also comes in blue and, as I recently found out, green.
Sunstone is on here because it’s not an actual crystal/mineral, although it is often sold as such. It’s actually a fully synthetic glass. As with aura quartz, sunstone mostly bothers me when it is being peddled as something all natural.
It is not. It is even less natural than aura quartz, which at least has the decency to be glittered up actual crystals.
The glittery bits in gold sunstone are actually tiny flecks of copper in the glass. Using cobalt or manganese instead will get you blue sunstone, and the green stuff is full of chromium.
Natural sunstone is an actual thing, although its colouring and sparkles are much more irregular. It’s a type of feldspar with tiny crystal inclusions of goethite or hematite, which flick the light around and give the glitteriness. It seems pretty cool, but I’ve never actually seen any in person that I can recall.
Again, I will reiterate that these are “not rocks to avoid” (although I will say again that goldsotne/sunstone is not a rock, it is an artificial glass) so much as “things to keep an eye out for and look at somebody sideways if they try to pass it off as natural”.
An honourable mention goes to the weird habit of polishing things into six sided points or bars and pretending that they’re natural crystals.
Honestly there used to be a post floating round and it had a weekly schedule for a mangaka on it and I feel like some people need it stapling on their faces. I think they literally only got 3 hours off on a Sunday and that was it. Koogi's schedule is probably twice as worse since she does colour. I don't actually art but I imagine full colour is twice as time consuming as black and white?
Oh my god it is. Koogi seems to have a good understanding of color, but if she didn’t, she could be re-coloring a lot of her pieces as well. And I remember someone in the fandom had asked her what she spends her free time on sundays doing and her response was “Free time? Oh no, I don’t have free time, I can barely get time to eat.” Or something along those lines.
I know what post you’re talking about and I totally agree. That’s also for a mangaka too, so they have a team of people that work on inking, backgrounds, shading on specific scenes— Koogi has to do this all by herself.
did albite and orthoclose serve under yellow diamond?
The diamond insignias on their original uniforms are located here so, Albite = Blue Diamond, Orthoclase = Yellow Diamond Orthoclase’s is actually a full symbol but because of her skin colour it looks like a diamond cutout
I’m not really sure how to describe this scent apart from confidently stating it is the most gorgeous smell from the whole LUSH creation. The liquid perfume does a beautiful job of staying true to the bath bomb, and I cannot get over how well it’s transformed. This perfume is stronger in its liquid form, but don’t let that put you off getting the solid as the scent is strong enough in both forms.
Pros: Beautiful colour. Has the most mesmerising scent which is very strong. Cons: I can’t think of anything other than the perfume bottle being less than full, but that is not related to the actual product so therefore I won’t acknowledge it in my ratings.
Hardiness: 4.5/5 (lasts for a couple of hours, very strong throw)
Okay, as Dist has a wide variety of canon looks, I wanted to … a) whinge about this fact and b) set out my own headcanons as to what my dist-o looks like.
As you can see, he goes from having white to pink hair, tiny no-chin to yaoi-chin, stark black brows to brows that actually match his root colour, and worst of all - full on clown lips, only painting his bottom lip, no lip at all and then finally getting it together in the manga and painting both lips perfectly.
So… here’s an assortment of headcanons about what my poor wee goose-y son looks like:
He shaves his brow and draws them on every day - this is why they are so inconsistently coloured and shaped. They naturally grow in his root colour.
Which, incidentally, is white. While… white hair isn’t all that common, it’s certainly more common than lilac. Considering most of the TotA cast have the normal range of hair colours, I just prefer the white. Also it makes him seem more snowy/moony which reflects his wintery personality.
Asides from his head, he’s completely hairless & even tho he forgets to do basic things like eat and engage in basic human socialisation - he will Always remember to shave. Lip/chin hair is particularly upsetting to him.
Visually, he’s of east asian decent and has slightly brown skin.
His hairstyle is less like his mop from the game and closer to his manga/anime style. It’s bouncy and flowy and obviously well kept. The hairdressers is one of his favourite places In The World.
I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he knows how to paint his lips. So.. no clown smiles for u dist, be thankful I am a Merciful and Kind mun. He will occasionally only paint his bottom lip, though, because he thinks it looks fashionable and cool. He thinks it could someday become a thing. He’s wrong.
This absolutely isn’t canon but I like it anyway - when he was a kid, he had a lot of freckles. These freckles mysteriously vanished around the same time he discovered makeup. (They’re more vivid and numerous if he’s been out in the sun, aka he puts on a heavier layer of foundation)
On his right temple, under his bangs, he has a faded scar from when Jade threw a snowball laced with a rock at his head. He didn’t go to Nebilim or any other healer, so The Scar Remained.
His eyes are violet (can’t hc anything normal out of this one…) and veined with darker shades closer to red, which is more apparent in the sun. They resemble purple sapphires and are the source of his name.
At 5′9 and 62kg, he’s clearly underweight. When he’s busy working/obsessing over something, he typically forgets to eat - worse, he never exercises because of his Flying Chair. His legs are particularly muscle-less, and he has a very boney no-bum.
However he does have a great waist.
He’s got very wee hands relative to his size. He likes wearing gloves to make them seem a bit bigger.
He NEVER buttons his shit right and always ends up unbuttoning it, anyway - sometimes out of subconscious anxiety, sometimes just because he hates his damn collar restraining his neck. His New Order of Lorelei outfit causes him quite a bit of bother because of that, but he Tries very hard not to undo that because Fashion.
idk why this is important to me, but it is - he has a very wee, slightly pointed tongue.
Also BIG FEET, he also walks slightly pigeon toed and runs with a very chicken like gait. This has somewhat improved over time, but not much. His knees are covered in scars from various trips and falls.
He always tries to hold himself with an air of grace - this is all very forced and deliberate, making him appear quite stiff. However, he naturally sits with a slight hunch - largely from years of being bent over various work stations and desks. He will correct his posture when standing, but again, it takes conscious effort.