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Military Man (Steve x Reader)

Summary: One morning in the coffee shop, a stranger makes her spill her coffee, but buys her a new one as a repayment. After bumping into him a few times, her dear friend lets slip of a shocking truth.

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You tapped your fingers on the counter as you waited for the barista to hand you your coffee. It was a nice day, and since you were early, you had decided to grab a coffee and sit down in your favourite café.

“Here you go, miss,” the barista said, holding out your coffee. You gave her a thankful smile and took it in your hands.

“Have a nice day,” she said, and you grinned.

“Thanks, you too,” you said, and she gave you a small nod.

You spun around, coffee in hand, turning to go sit down. You slammed into something hard, your coffee going everywhere. Your gaze shot upwards, and you realised you were looking right into the eyes of a man. A very handsome man.

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An interview with Miguel Serrano

The following interview was conducted by K. R. Bolton with Miguel Serrano in 1994. It was published at that time in a small, privately circulated newsletter. A writer of literature, Serrano communicated his ideas via symbols and metaphors, which he had woven idiosyncratically into a sprawling mytho-history, or metanarrative, that drew from new and old concepts and various mythological and esoteric traditions. Strict rationalists and those unfamiliar with Serrano’s work will find his worldview perplexing, to say the least. And certainly, writers like Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke have had a hard time getting their heads around it, focusing on superficial appearance rather than deeper meaning. The fact is that behind the rich symbology and figures of speech, there is a profound philosophical outlook and spiritual quest, an alternative—ultimately pagan—way of conceptualising our world and our day-to-day reality. In this interview he discusses ideas from the later part of his work, as he gives his opinion on the modern situation, as he saw it in the mid 1990s.

You define yourself as an Esoteric Hitlerist’. Please explain the term.

Hitler said that ‘whoever thinks that National Socialism is only a political movement doesn’t understand anything’. National Socialism was always Hitlerism, and Hitlerism always had an esoterical background. At the end of the 1930s and during the war years, it was not possible or convenient that this theme be widely known. However, after he war and its apparent loss, there was no other way for Hitlerism than the esoteric development. For me Esoteric Hitlerism is being possessed by the archetypes of the collective unconscious, which the Greeks used to call Gods – among them Apollo, which really is Wotan for the Germans and Vishnu or Shiva for the Hindus – and its development into the individual and collective souls of the actual Hitlerist warriors. That means a new/old religion, with all of its rituals and myths which are necessary to discover or rediscover. It central Drama is the apparition on this earth of the Person of Adolf Hitler, the last Avatara who came to produce this enormous storm of catastrophe in order to awake all those who are asleep and to open the New Age which will come after the Deluge. That is why we have started to count the beginning of the New Age after the birth of Hitler. We are in the year 105.

How did you arrive at Hitlerism, both esoterically and exoterically?

I arrived to the exoteric Hitlerism for the political Left, and very much impressed by the heroic death of the 62 young Chilean Nazi followers of my generation in 1938. During the War I published a magazine in favour of the Axis, called La Nueva Edad (‘the New Era’) and the  suddenly I met some SS and little later my Chilean Master, who revealed to me the secret roots of Hitlerism and ‘who’ Adolf Hitler really was: a magician who had the power to come voluntarily out of his body and communicate with other unbodily beings.

Does your esotericism imply any form of ritual or worship?

Yes, it does. I think that we in Chile are the only ones who performed public ceremonies similar to those performed at the Congress of Nuremberg, like ‘Autos Sacramentales’. But now not in public anymore. The rituals can be in the Equinoxes and the solstices. Also we use individual concentrations, sometimes in very small groups, thinking in our Führer or projecting the mind in order to fight or destroy the contrary enemy’s forces.

Do you believe events can be changed ‘magically’; i.e. via ritual magic and meditation?

Yes, is possible, but it is a tricky and dangerous affair. Today the Enemy works mentally using the Kabala and electronic machines (‘Takion’), projecting sub-atomic particles in order to control the minds. Yes, today the central war is psychotronic, technotronic and cybertronic. The principal war is a mental, one, called ‘Kama Manasic’. This means that the enemy is intervening in the mental atmosphere of the Aryan, manipulating their thoughts and separating the mental from the physical, bodies, altering the Karma and it is spiritual development. In a way, the whole world is hypnotized by these means, combined with subliminal messages found in today’s media, as well as drugs and drinks like Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, etc. Yes, mental war can be fought only with a similar type of war. Of course this needs a special discipline and training, like the Esoteric SS, other ancient religious military orders of the past.

To what extent does your esotericism relate to Jungian archetypes and the use of symbols such as runes?

Yes, the runes are very important magic symbols, but the code of their interpretation has been lost and its power almost destroyed by the malicious vulgarisation made by the Jews. It is necessary to rescue them, as I did in my book Adolf Hitler, The Last Avatara. We must use some of them in our mental combat. However, it is not good to talk openly about all of this.

In what circumstances did you come to know Jung? We know that Jung recognised National Socialism as a resurgence of the Wotan ‘Shadow’ of the Germanic folk. Did Jung view the release of this archetype as a positive or a negative phenomenon?

In my book published in England and the US, C. G. Jung & Herman Hesse, A Record of Two Friendships, I explained the circumstances which brought me to meet Jung. He wrote the Foreword to my book The Visits of the Queen of Sheba. I think that this Swiss professor knew better than anyone else in our time who Hitler really was. In the book of Professor McQuyre, Jung Speaking, published by Princeton University Press, three interviews of Prof. Jung on Hitler are reproduced. One is in The Observer of London, another in an American newspaper and the third in the Radio Berlin, at the end of 1938. In these interviews Jung stated that Hitler was possessed by the collective unconscious of the Aryan race. This means that Hitler was the spokesman of the whole Aryan world. In order not to repeat the same, I can tell you that I studied and explained this extraordinary situation in my book Adolf Hitler, The Last Avatara, published in Chile.

Some friends of Jung’s such as Lauren van der Post state that Jung came into conflict with the National Socialist regime. What were Jung’s true views on National Socialism in the later years of his life?

Prof. Jung was an enormous thinker, but he was a Swiss and therefore a contradictory personality. Very different in character to Heidegger, as a matter of fact. Immediately after the war he started to change and made some very shameful statements about Hitler and the German people. I didn’t know about these statements until very recently, and they have made me lose part of my admiration for the Jung personality. Also, Jung didn’t understand anything about Wotanism and the runes. I think this was caused by his Christian background. His father was a Lutheran priest, as was the father of Herman Hesse, Holderling, and if I am not mistaken the father of Nietzsche. This fact creates such a confusion and internal drama, that it drove the last two to madness. The furthest Jung could go was Meister Ekhard and gnosticism. On the other hand he was a Freemason, as Lutheran men are.

Nevertheless, Jung was a cunning and opportunistic man, as I can see it today. When Hitler was in full power and National Socialism on the top, Jung coined the term of the ‘two collective unconscious’, which was a lethal weapon against the Jews and the Freudians. After the war this concept disappeared from his writings in such a way that today it is impossible to find it in his complete works. I have a book published in Argentina in 1939 under the name El Yo y el Inconsciente (‘I and the Unconscious’) where it is explained. Moreover, Jung took a Jewish woman as a secretary.

In this case the statement on Van der Post that Jung came into conflict with the National Socialist regime is totally untrue. He only was the President of the Psychiatric Society of Berlin, replacing Dr. Goering (brother of Herman Goering). Jung only tried to please the National Socialists at the time, and after its defeat, to please the Jews. This was never done by Heidegger or Ezra Pound. It is because of this fact that even though I admire the thinking of Jung, I have come not to admire his character.

What were the circumstances in which you came to know Ezra Pound? Pound is said to have repudiated his pro-Fascist views towards the end of his life and to have regretted his former Fascist associations. Is this true?

I met Ezra Pound for the first time in Venice. He was already mute at the time, but he broke his silence with me. I have told this in my book published in Spanish and German under the title Die Goldenen Band, and again in Adolf Hitler, el Ultimo Avatara.  It is absolutely untrue that Pound regretted his pro-Fascist views towards the end of his life. He didn’t speak or write at all, therefore it is impossible for him to have done this. I think he was in a voluntary silence in order that no one can force him to make an unwilling declaration. He once wrote: ‘Keep yourself to your old dreams so that our world will not lose hope’.

Unfortunately, Pound was surrounded by people who loved him (like Olga Rudge) but didn’t understand him. Themecanas Ivancic, a friend of Hemingway, was also amongst those who didn’t understand him well, and they invited to Pound’s funeral the Rabbi of Venice, who of course refused to go. Maybe they were trying to convince the Jews to give him a posthumous Nobel Prize. What a pity! Anyhow, Pound, Knut Hamsun, Arno Breker, and myself are happy and honoured to be the outcast and damned in the present Jewish world.

Many writers on the occult have made references to alleged links between the Third Reich and Tibet, but often these writers are not reliable scholars. Can you personally confirm that such links existed? Did you learn anything of this connection form the Dalai Lama or other high-level Tibetans? What do you suppose were the common interests between the Third Reich and Tibet? It has also been claimed that Soviet troops found a large number of Tibetans in German uniform who had committed suicide amongst the ruins of Berlin. Do you know anything of this?

The only certain thing in the link between Tibet and the Third Reich is the personal connection between Adolf Hitler and Sven Hedin, the Swedish explorer of the Himalayas. Both were interested in find the shortest physical way to relate geographically Germany and Tibet – Berlin and Lhasa.

In the spiritual and psychological world, the relationship between Berschtesgaden and Lhasa existed even before Hitler came.

You ask me about Dalai Lama. Unfortunately he is now one more prisoner of ‘Globalism’ and a tool of the Jews.

There are many legends about the Tibetans and the Battle of the Bunker. As a matter of fact, the mission of the Tibetans was to preserve and protect the entrance of the Hollow Earth. Like the Incas in America. The real link between Tibet and the Third Reich was the swastika, Left-Turning, because the directions of this swastika are the same as that of the religion of Bö, of pre-Buddhist Tibet, which was Aryan of the ‘Dropas’, of the Hyperborean.

What were the esoteric currents behind the NSDAP and the Third Reich?

Hitlerism as Otto Rahn could say, was Luciferian (nothing to do with Satanism). Lucifer is the Morning Star and the Ruhne ‘Veneris’. The real esotericism behind Hitler and the very small elite that surrounded him was an ‘esoterical scientificism’  of ‘other’ technology. This was principally based on the implosion principle. This led to the UFOs and rapidly passed to another dimension, with the absolute need to lose the war here in order to gain in the ‘parallel world’, or even better, in another ‘place situation’.

The National Socialist regime banned the Thule Society and other occult orders whose members had been involved with the founding of the NSDAP. Why were these orders banned? Did the Thulists and other occultists retain influence in the NS regime?

The Third Reich banned the Thule Society and other occult orders because there was much old nonsense in these clubs, as well as some connections with Freemasonic societies like the Golden Dawn. The founder of ‘Thule’, von Sebottendorff, had connections with Turkish Freemasonry. Immediately after the arrival of the Third Reich he escaped to Istanbul, where it is said he committed suicide in the Bosphorous in 1945, at the end of the war. He was probably killed by the Intelligence Service, after being manipulated by it during his lifetime.

This doesn’t mean that in the Thule Society there weren’t great personalities like Rudolf Hess, Alfred Rosenberg, and Gottfried Feder, the real creator of the new economy of the Third Reich.

Do you consider the SS to have been an esoteric order as some authors claim?

The SS was also influenced by the Templar Order, as Julius Evola said to me. There was an elite SS which was working with Tantrism. They didn’t have enough time to fulfill their conceptions. Anyhow, they tried hard to produce the Over-Man by using blood alchemy. The Absolute Man.

So you consider National Socialism to have been strictly a phenomenon arising to meet the needs of the 20th century, or to be more broadly part of an esoteric tradition?

There was an exoteric National Socialism until 1945. After this date, at the end of the war, what followed was the esoteric Hitlerism, which nobody will be able to stop now because it is the ‘constellation’ and revelation of an Archetype which was incarnated in the person of Adolf Hitler, who is immortal because of this fact. It is not a ‘fetishism’ to adore and be at the service of an Archetype. Quite the contrary, this means to be a founder or a warrior-priest of a new-old Religion.

How do you view Christianity in relation to National Socialism and Fascism, considering many Fascist leaders such as Leon Degrelle came to National Socialism from Catholicism?

Hitlerism and Christianity are completely opposed, as are Paganism and Christianity. Christianity has been completely spoiled by Judaism. My dearest friend and comrade Leon Degrelle had great doubts at the end of his life, I am afraid. And by special disposition asked to be cremated like Baldur. This was an Aryan decision and not a Christian one.

Do you have a metaphysical view on the origin of the races, or a Darwinian evolutionary view?

I am opposed to Darwin in my conception of race, I don’t have evolutionary views, but involutionary ones. What a pity that my books Adolf Hitler, El Ultimo Avatara and Manu, Por el Hombre que Vendra are not edited in English [no longer the case], because there you would find the Orpheon and Hitlerian Cosmogony. Spirits – better to say ‘beings’ – came to this visible world and embodied with matter in order to fight here the Demiurge, which is the real creator of Satan-Jaweh-Jehovah, which in turn created the Jewish genetic robot in order to contaminate the Planet Earth. The first ‘earth embodiment’ of these spirits took place in a Polar body or Hyperborean race. From there in came the dramatic involutionary story of the mixture of the pure race with the original earthly beings and then came the Aryans, which means ‘twice born’; that is, those who try to recover the purity of the ‘first born’. This is the true meaning of racism.

You are, I believe, a worshiper of Shiva. To what extent is National Socialism a reflection of Hindu cosmology as propounded, for example, by Savitri Devi?

Shiva is the same as Wotan. Both of them at the beginning were only heroes of the Polar or Hyperborean race, the embodiment of an Archetype. The legend has made them Gods. The first race had the power called ‘odil’, ‘vril’, etc. which has now been lost. The task of the Esoteric Hitlerists is to try to recover this Power and become like Shiva or Wotan again: The Over-Man.

Do you consider history as cyclic, and if so, do you consider, like Oswald Spengler, the West to be in irreversible decline? Should we seek to ‘save the West’, or – as Nietzsche said – ‘to push the falling’, so that something new might emerge?

I think the view of History as a cyclical phenomenon in the Indian and Greek way of thinking is the appropriate one. The Eternal Recurrence. We are now at the end of the Cycle of the Kali-Yuga. It is like a harvest; the exact number of grains have matured and very few have done so. A new age will being about the Sun again in a New Earth, or in the soul of the actual Earth. Our struggle is to save the soul of this Earth, and to avoid that she may perish along with everything else. The exact number of those saved have left this battleground in the UFOs – this spiritual machine with Hitler, the Führer, Wotan-Shiva.

I think that Spengler confused the cyclical ideas of the Indians and the Greeks, diminishing and transforming them into a mechanical and biological situation of growing and dying. He circumscribed this to the decadency of the Western Civilisation, when really it belonged to the whole world, and for the planet Earth as well.

As for ‘pushing the falling’. It is something quite ridiculous to think about this, because it is not necessary at all. The ‘acceleration of time’ will bring the end even before what we can think or expect.

How do you view the present world situation, with a push towards a ‘New World Order’, American hegemony and global consumer culture? Do you think the globalists will succeed in establishing some type of New World Order, even if only temporarily?

The Jews have been preparing the so-called New World Order since the beginning of History. The ‘global consumer culture’ is the means for that. It is already here. With the end of Bolshevist Russia, international capitalism is destroying the frontiers and nationalities. Soon after there will come the end of capitalism, of paper, plastic, and electronic money. The technotronic, electronic, and cybertronic ‘globalism’ will serve very well to impose the Theocratic (Jehovah-Jaweh) world dictatorship, together with virtual reality and computer ecology. With virtual reality the Jews think that they have discovered a magic device in order to give the last and mortal bow to actual reality, or to Mother Nature, in a way that even nature cannot react against this and destroy itself along with the rest.

The Esoteric Hitlerist war is not only on this Earth, but in all the Universe against the servants of the Demiurge (the enslaves Aions). It is a terrible but glorious War.

How do you envisage the future of Europe? Do you think a United Europe is a realistic prospect, considering the long-standing ethnic rivalry in such areas as former Yugoslavia?

At the end of World War II the SS approved and made known the ‘Charter of Charlotenburg’, and the conceived a real ‘New World, Order’ of Ethnic Fatherlands, or natural groupings of racial and linguistic stocks. They even published a map of Europe where all the artificial boundaries dating form World War I were abolished. With the material of loss of World War II, the ‘Charter of San Francisco’ was approved, that is the United Nations, where all races are mixed so that the Jews can control them. This is the ‘Globalism’ of today’s unnatural and monstrous world.

What role do you think Russia will take in future world affairs? Many liberals and Zionists are fearful of a ‘Fascist’ takeover of Russia. Do you think it likely?

I am always afraid of Russia; there is there a seed of madness in this area of the world, surely because of the mixture of the Mongolian and yellow races. The ‘Charter of Charlotenburg’ envisaged for Russia a very serious and deep ethnic division: the Viking and German stock with Europe, and the rest with Asia, Mongolia and China. In order to have Fascism and Nazism in Russia it is necessary to understand the racial problem.

The prospect of an open Hitlerist resurgence after decades of propaganda seems remote.

How do you view that future of National Socialism? Will National Socialism emerge perhaps under another name and another symbol; or do you see Hitler and the swastika as enduring symbols, perhaps even archetypes with an enduring power of their own?

At this moment I cannot predict the prospect of a Hitlerist resurgence. The only thing that I can say is that I am always surprised that in spite of decades of brainwashing propaganda, young people are born again as Nazis and admirers of Hitler, as if they were ‘reincarnated’ in order  to follow with the struggle on Earth. This gives me hope and new energies to continue with the fight.

Hitler and the swastika are enduring and eternal symbols, certainly archetypes with ‘enduring powers of their own’. The Archetype will do the world by Itself, even without our best knowledge and beyond out will and our limited span of life. That is our hope, our belief and the only thing that I know.

The Chilean military junta was called ‘fascist’ but let in the global corporations and adopted the free market economics of Milton Friedman et al. How did you view the Junta?

The Junta was a disaster for Chile, as are all professional military. Hitlerism and Nazism are completely the opposite of a military dictatorship; Franco was a traitor who destroyed the Falange. Gen. Vargas destroyed fascist ‘Integralism’ in Brazil; Antonescu destroyed the Iron Guard in Romania; the military in Chile helped to kill the young Nazis in 1938, and Pinochet helped the Jews coming into Chile as well as Friedman’s liberal super-capitalism. I was always openly against Pinochet’s regime, totally separating Hitlerism from his dictatorship. Hitlerism is a cosmogonic conception, a totalitarian and theocratic Weltanschauung, in opposition to the totalitarian and demoniac cosmogonic conception of the Jews.

What is your view of Islam which presently seems to be the only major force standing in the way of global consumerism and usury?

My view of Islam is not favourable at all. They are also a fanatic monotheistic people, and we are pagans and polytheists. We ‘live and let live’. We are defending ourselves against fanaticism and monotheism. Islam will never feel that we are their brothers and at the end we cannot count on them. Isthmael is a bother of Jacob and in the final analysis they will be on good terms, as they have started to do nowadays.

I have read that you have made references to Lucifer. How do you view Lucifer, and is there a connection between Luciferianism and Esoteric Hitlerism?

Yes, I am a Luciferian in the sense that Lucifer is the Morning Star, the ‘most beautiful light’, and the Morning star is a God-Goddess, Venus. It is more than a planet, it is a comet that stopped where it is now, in order to recall to men their divine and spiritual origin and to show them that way to recover it. There, in Venus, is Adolf Hitler now, together with the elite who managed to leave the Earth at the end of World War II.

What is you opinion of ‘neo-Nazism’, which often seems to be influenced by a superficial American-style bigotry rather than a deeper European philosophy? What is your opinion of such neo-Nazi leaders as Lincoln Rockwell?

I will not speak bad of Rockwell. I think he was touched by the lightning of the Archetype and was killed in order to be reborn in the ‘Last Battalion’. His loyal follower Matt Koehl has been trying hard to keep some spark of the fire alive, even in the midst of this terribly superficial ‘American-style bigotry’.

What do you consider Man’s destiny to be? Nietzschean Over-Man? What about space colonisation as the ultimate expression of the Faustian soul?

There is no destiny for all of mankind, only for some. To recover their divinity, but not as ‘unconscious Gods’, but fully conscious, as a Total-Man, in the sense of Jungian ‘individuation’; a God conscious of himself which is only possible to achieve on this Earth. To obtain this is the meaning of Esoteric Hitlerism. When one has reached this state, one becomes the UFO or ‘vimana’ itself, without needing an external new science or a new technology, because one is reaching a ‘parallel world’, or better said, a new ‘place-situation’ where we will meet the Führer and the Warriors of the Last Battalion. This will be the real ‘space colonisation’ and the ‘ultimate expression of the Faustian soul’.

Final Words:

I want to express to the young comrades in England, Australia, and New Zealand and to the English- and German-speaking world at large, that none of these things will be obtained if we don’t give a synchronistic battle also in the physical world against the Great Enemy, even at the risk of losing our mortal life. In this we have a common ideal with the Moslems, who think to die in battle in order to reach the Heaven of Allah. We believe that if we are killed or murdered for our ideals we will come to Walhalla, where Wotan and our Walkiria will give us, centuplicated, all of that which we were unable to achieve in our warrior life on Earth … but only if we are real Esoteric Hitlerist Warriors!

with-a-glass-of-mimosa  asked:

Hello! I'm writing a Harry Potter fic (if there is no answer to my question, I can always say it's because of magic) where one of the characters is killed by potion experient gone wrong. What kind of chemicals (and the following question which is for a different script blog: where in the nature can I find them?) are needed for an explosion big enough to throw off a human too close to it?

A disclaimer up front – this post is going to deal with the topic of an individual being killed in an explosion-type accident. I’m definitely not going to show you any pictures of that kind of injury, and I won’t even be giving detailed descriptions (that’s @ScriptMedic’s gig, and the topic has already been covered), but I wanted to give everyone a fair warning before proceeding.


This is quite an interesting ask because the scenario you’re aiming for is actually fairly difficult to produce; you need enough oomph™ to get a person in motion, but it needs to be a controlled and directed oomph™ because I’m assuming that after the character is thrown you’d like there to be a body, a building, and potentially even some witnesses left to tell the tale. First we should take a moment to discuss what an explosion is, and the different sorts of explosions you can get from chemical reactions; then we’ll move on to how they might affect the surroundings and an unfortunate individual who happened to be nearby. Finally, I may be able to offer some advice as to how to throw your character and still have them be recognizable at the end of the scene, though it’s going to take some careful planning to do it in a realistic fashion.  

Just so we’re all on the same page, an explosion is a very fast release of stored potential energy, with most of it being released as heat, light, sound, and pressure. Chemical explosives are usually compounds that decompose to release a lot of heat (energy from chemical bonds) and large volumes of gaseous products like nitrogen; the rate of this decomposition plays a large part in how useful a material is as an explosive. So-called ‘low explosive’ compounds decompose by deflagration, meaning that the reaction travels through the material slower than the speed of sound; low explosives include things like gunpowder, pyrotechnics, propellants (propane/gasoline), and many other mixtures of fuels and oxidizers. If the reaction propagates faster than the speed of sound, you have a ‘high explosive’ material that decomposes by detonation. As an example, let’s take a look at something called detonation cord (det. cord), a thin flexible line filled with the high explosive pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN). Below is a setup where a bullet is fired from right to left, activating an electronic trigger connected to the end of 16 feet of det. cord. (FullMag’s full video can also be found here.)

PETN detonates at 24-28,000 ft/s, so in the time it takes the bullet to travel the remaining 2.25 feet to the target (moving around 2800 ft/s), the reaction front of the explosive travels 16 feet to catch up with it. If you look closely, you can also see the blast wave from the newly formed gases expanding outward after the explosion – look for the ripple in the air at the top of the frame, or for the wave of dust knocked off the right-hand cinder block as the concussive force of the shock wave moves past it. This high-pressure, high-velocity wave of compressed gas is what causes most of the damage associated with an explosion, but unfortunately we’re going to run into a slight problem if we try to use an explosive to throw a person – humans are relatively small and squishy, which makes them extremely resilient to pressure waves and able to survive much more than you might expect. Here’s one more explosion gif to demonstrate how this works (and this time it’s a splodey-melon):

There are a few things to take note of here, besides the complete lack of eye protection – if the chunk of watermelon rind that struck his head was two inches lower down, that eye may very well have been lost. First and foremost, the individual pictured was completely unharmed by the pressure wave, and the melon shrapnel luckily only caused a welt; you can see the full clip here. However, if you watch the edge of the table you can see it flex down with the pressure of the explosion, and if you look really carefully you can see chunks of debris knocked off the bottom side of the table at very high speed (through a process called spallation). When a pressure wave encounters a solid object, it deposits some of its momentum as kinetic energy and is then reflected off the surface; that energy must either be absorbed or dissipated by the solid, and if the solid is rigid it will crack and crumble. If the solid is squishy and flexible (like a person), it can deform slightly to both absorb and dissipate energy without shattering and falling apart. This table compares damage to structures and humans at various peak blast overpressures in the frame of mining explosions; at peak overpressures of 5 psi, only 1% of humans exposed will even rupture an eardrum, but at this pressure most buildings will collapse. Real-world mining explosions that reach 5 psi overpressures do in fact cause many injuries and fatalities, but it isn’t the pressure that kills – it’s the shrapnel and the blast wind that accompanies large-scale explosions. The other factor protecting a person is the fact that humans have a relatively small surface area when compared to things like tables or walls or buildings, so only a fraction of the explosive energy from a pressure wave can even be absorbed by a person to begin with. In order for enough energy to be transferred to a person to throw them across a room, the explosion needs to be massive.

So what does this mean for your character and their exploding potion? If you want the actual explosion to throw them, you’re going to need something huge; it’s going to take out the room, probably the floors above and below it, and maybe even the entire building/wing of the dungeon. An explosion of this scale involves forces far greater than those holding the body together, so if the character is near the center of it then there isn’t going to be much left at the end; to get this effect from something the size of a potion would also require military-grade high explosives, and they’re not the sort of thing you make accidentally.

There is perhaps another way to achieve the same effect, but with a much smaller explosion – it’s even a plausible accident that could occur in the real world. Consider that fact that the amount of energy in a small firework, which can turn a watermelon into a vapormelon without injuring a person sitting a few feet away, is more than an order of magnitude larger than the energy required to fire a bullet from a gun. The difference here is how the explosion is contained; with the melon it expands in a spherical wavefront and can bounce around and reflect off of things, but with the bullet the explosion is funneled down the barrel, propelling a single piece of shrapnel to a very high velocity. If you can contain the explosive energy of your potion and channel it into a heavy, solid object, it could easily strike your character and carry them across a room, killing them in the process through blunt force trauma.

Perhaps your character was preparing something in an iron cauldron over a small open fire, and instead of grabbing that vial of Horklump juice they accidentally grabbed the hydrochloric acid. Iron (and a number of other metals) will react with hydrochloric acid to produce iron chloride and hydrogen gas; the reaction isn’t particularly fast or violent, and the gentle bubbling and yellow color of the solution might not even be noticed in the bottom of a black cauldron. If your character were to put a heavy iron lid on top and let it simmer for half an hour, quite a lot of very flammable gas would build up, but as long as the lid remained in place it wouldn’t be able to come into contact with an ignition source.  Your character returns and grabs the next ingredient, but as they start to lift the lid off, hydrogen can escape into the room and oxygen from the air can diffuse into the cauldron. The escaped hydrogen is ignited by the small open fire, and it quickly flashes back towards the cauldron, snaking down under the lid where it meets an ideal mixture of hydrogen and oxygen. This results in a powerful explosion with almost all of the force being directed straight up into the iron lid; it takes off towards the ceiling and strikes your character’s head or torso on the way, causing them to fly back and collapse in a heap.

This is just one way to spin this unfortunate tale, but it would give you a plausible potion accident with a readily available material, and it could cause an explosion that (indirectly) kills your character and sends them flying across the room. You could even have any number of people standing around with ringing ears who are otherwise uninjured, and besides that dent in the ceiling you haven’t done much structural damage.

Of course it goes without saying that you are always free to exclaim “MAGIC” at any point to either augment or supplant chemistry and physics, but going that route is entirely beyond the purview of my expertise.

~J

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Worldbuilding Part 8: Politics, Government, and Military

Whether we like them or not, the government rules our lives in many ways every day. Likewise, our decisions, goals, and opportunities are shaped by politics. Let’s say that, hypothetically, you live in a society lacking any form of government or military. Wouldn’t this still have a serious bearing on how you live your life? Yes!

So why don’t we spend just a little bit of time discussing the creation of a governing authority in your new world?

Politics and Government

Politics can refer to a number of ideas in a society. It may be quite literally the views of the politicians and rulers in your country. But there is a deeper side to politics that refers to decisions made to maintain peace and balance. Both of these things are important to consider in your world.

So what determines a world’s politics? These are influenced by many of the things we’ve already discussed including religion, science, and cultural values. They are shaped by the people in charge. How would your people view those in charge? How do they feel about the decisions being made for them? Are they happy or disgruntled?

In addition, let’s spend just a minute talking about the politics of decision-making. When I was just starting grad school, the students in our program were placed either into a core molecular structure and metabolism course or into a neuroscience-specific, behavior-based core course. For reasons stated as “political,” the program was not permitted to place every student into the neuroscience-based core. Therefore, students were separated based on research interests (molecular versus behavioral). This is the kind of thing I mean. To keep the peace between departments, the students were not placed into their own separate course (or at least not all of the students), even though it might have made more sense. What kind of decisions, separations, and laws were made in your world in an effort to keep the peace? These kinds of things can be either mutually beneficial or lead to a lot of hurt feelings. It’s important that you remember how and why these kinds of decisions are made.

As for crafting your government itself, you have so many options. Monarchy, democracy, dictatorship…it’s a huge list. Think about the people you want in charge. Politicians, theologians, sorcerers, military, council or senate, or any other type of person or body of people will all have their own way of governing and making laws. Think about who you want in charge. If it helps, look up a list of government types and spend a little time picking what kind of government you want in your world. What are the levels of government? How much power does an individual have? How much power do the citizens have? These are all questions that will shape not just your world but also the plot, actions, and opportunities of your characters.

Raising an Army. Or Navy. Or Troop of One-Legged Sorcerers.

The military and police forces are the enforcers of the laws set in place by the government, for better or for worse. For without enforcement, rules are nothing but writing on paper (and there’s no guarantee that anyone even bothers to read it). So when you are creating your world and your governing authorities, it makes sense to take a little time to at least get an idea about your enforcement, be it military, police, navy, coast guard…whatever you want to fit into your story.

To get you started, here are a few questions to consider:

  1. What kinds of branches do you have? Is there a police? What kind of military fits into your world? (hint: if you only have desert, you don’t really need a navy, do you?)
  2. What kind of ranking system fits into your enforcing body? You can look up military and police ranks online to come up with your own. But, I definitely recommend you write it down, for your own sanity. No one wants to suddenly need something they’ve forgotten ten chapters ago.
  3. What role do these organizations play in everyday life? In extenuating circumstances? How visible are they to the general public?
  4. Who is allowed to be involved in these organizations? Only women? Men? Magic users? Clerics?
  5. What is the mindset of a typical participant in these groups? You may want to spend the time to read a memoir or two from a soldier or sailor, etc., if one of your characters is involved. They won’t necessarily think the same way as a character who was never an enforcer of the law.
  6. What does it mean to be in one of these branches? Is it voluntary? Forced? A fixed length of time? For life? Opportunity for advancement? What kind of jobs are available within their role?

Obviously, there is so much more to this topic than what I’ve included here. This is merely a starting block. I encourage you to do a little more legwork, particularly if you plan to have government or military play a central role in your story. There are plenty of resources online, at your local library, and in the form of classes at colleges and universities (probably even some online ones…check out khanacademy.org and see if anything there fits your needs. Plus, it’s free!).

Regardless of what you choose to do, I hope that this has been helpful. Only two more weeks of worldbuilding. Go forth and conquer!

Previously:  Introduction - Setting - People - Language - Religion - Technology - Magic Systems

Faceless: Prologue

Summary: Six people, they told you. All you had to do was become six people. Live through them. Observe some of the players in the upcoming end of the world through the bodies and souls of the people closest to them. That would’ve worked out well, if the Winchesters and their friends hadn’t shown you what it’s like to be human. What it’s like to be at all.

Faceless tells the story of six unique women that cross paths with some of the characters we know and love, from the eyes of a force sent to help kick-start the pagan apocalypse. 

Word count: 3,532

Warnings: None for this part.

Author’s Note: It’s time for the fic featuring all six winning entries in the giveaway! This is just the prologue, where we get introduced to the mythology. This takes place, in the timeline, after all the following parts.
Next update is in a week from now.
I’m taking a lot of liberties with this one (including my own version of enverse!Sam) so, let me know what you think?

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01. How would you react if you put money into a vending machine, but nothing came out?
02. Are you generally more of a pessimist or an optimist?
03. Would you ever even consider donating your hair to Locks of Love (if it were long enough)?
04. What would you do if someone, you didn’t know, randomly came up to you and starting talking?
05. Are you more neat and orderly or chaotic and messy?
06. Do you laugh when people die in movies; in real life?
07. Is there anyone, real or fictional, who you’re more than a little obsessed with?
08. Do you have an unhealthy obsession with something?
09. What are two pet peeves of yours?
10. What an odd fear you have, and the reason why?
11. Are you more emotional or analytical?
12. Do you google how to spell a word correctly when you spell it wrong?
13. What position do you sleep in?
14. Are there any words you can’t say in any accent?
15. What is in front of your closet? A door, curtain, sliding door, ect.?
16. Do you have any posters in your room? If so, What are they; band, movie, other, etc.?
17. How’s your medical history?
18. Do you like hot or cold showers/ baths better?
19. Ever done something stupid involving boby hair?
20. When painting something do you prefer to paint up and down, or side by side?
21. What color are your bed sheets?
22. How many dressers do you have in your room?
23. Ever tried putting makeup on a dog?
24. When reading will you sometimes speak the “spoken” part actually out loud?
25. Ever put something that wasn’t food in the microwave/ stove?
26. Are you good at putting your clothes away, or are there just a number of piles of clothes?
27. How many languages are you fluent in? What langues are they?
28. After taking a shower, do you get new clothes on while still in the bathroom, or do you go to your room to get dressed (when there’s no one staying at your house)?
29. When eating popcorn (microwave popcorn) do you lick the inside of the bag?
30. Is there an inanimate object, that just seems to have it out for you?
31. Do you still try to do things even when you you’re bad at it?
32. Do small children like you?
33. What’s something you enjoy, that most would find odd?
34. Own an animal, other than the typical pets; cats, dogs, fish, birds, rodents, reptiles, bunny?
35. How often do you plan out a story to the minuscule details, and either never finish it, or never even start it at all?
36. Have an odd talent? Something most people couldn’t think of unless they have one.
37. Have you ever written a song/ poem either to or about someone?
38. Have you ever been stalked, to your knowledge?
39. Is there a show you make sure to watch every day, or every time it’s on?
40. Have you ever promised yourself something? If so, what?
41. Have you ever kept the same clothes on for days at a time?
42. What’s an obscure fandom you’re in, that’s so obscure most people have never even heard of it?
43. When you’re bored, do you sometimes just go to stalk one of your mutuals?
44. How many blogs do you have? What are they for?
45. Have you ever just spend hours doing nothing but listening to music while on tumblr?
46. Have you ever almost gotten something painful stuck in your foot; needle, glass, metal, etc.?
47. What kind of blinds are on your windows? Are they broken at all?
48. Do you have any one room in your house where you have more than five mirrors in it?
49. Ever got your head stuck in a banister? How old were you?
50. Do you like your mom’s family better than your dad’s family?
51. Is your front yard rocky, full of dirt, grass, leaf covered, pine needle covered, what? Describe your front yard.
52.  Do you leave the seat up?
53.  Do you get annoyed when other people leave the seat up?
54.  Ever met a man with an  applause-worthy mustache/ beard?
55.
Does your phone charge immediately when you plug it in?
56. Have you ever forgotten that you needed to pee?
57. How good (or bad) is your memory?
58. Have you ever successfully Rick Rolled someone?
59. Did you actually ever have a lemonade stand as a child?
60. Have you been to the opposite side of the country, from where you live now?
61. Ever had a movie marathon? What was it of?
62. Something you’re scared of, but you don’t know why?
63. Roughly how many selfies do you take a month?
64. Is there a mirror in your room?
65. Would you be a whale, if only for a day?
66. Do you still sleep with a stuffed animal(s)?
67. How long do you keep your nails?
68. What gem is your favorite?
69. Have you ever worn a hijab?
70. What job did you always want to have as a child?
71. How much sleep do you normally get a night?
72. Have you ever tried eating dog or cat food?
73. Ever had to take meds because your acne got so bad?
74. Ever chopped off all your hair?
75. How many pillows and blankets do you sleep with?
76. Can you read military time, without thinking about it?
77. Are all four of your grandparents still alive? What about your great-grandparents?
78. Is there a bathroom that is relatively close to your bedroom? How close?79. Are you a germaphobe?
80. How many sources of light are in your bedroom?
81. Do you see your cousins a lot?
82. When do you go to bed, not to sleep to bed?
83. How often do you shower?
84. What does your body wash smell like?
85. Do you ever listen to music with headphones, and start singing the song, even though only you can hear it?
86. When working on something, do you religiously save, or rarely save, and regret it?
87. Ever showered, then put the same clothes back on?
88. What do you do when you’re home alone?
89. How many bras do you own? What colors are they?
90. Is there anything that you like to carry around with you?
91. What kind of stuff makes you cry?

pomegranates-frustrate-yana  asked:

I've heard it said before that the society in attack on titan does not mind body odor. How would you describe what the oral hygiene of people within the walls? Also I love you hajimama <3 keep doing what you're doing! d( ̄  ̄)

Hygiene itself, in any possible way, is quite awful inside the walls. Brushing your teeth isn’t that mandatory for being a functioning member of society. In military it’s mostly part of getting ready in the morning though.

BALD IS BEAUTIFUL: An Open Letter to Prince William

Hi William! I can call you that, right? I’ve been a fan for a long time and I’ve loved seeing you grow into your role at heir to the throne and seeing you and Kate create your beautiful family. 

I also remember back when you were the hottest Prince in Europe. 

The Golden Age:

Remember that? Before that pesky ginger brother of yours dethroned you? It was a simpler time. 

Like everyone, including the media, I’ve noticed some changes in your appearance over the last ten years or so. Everyone gets older, and for some people, losing your beautiful head of hair is a part of that process. It’s just genetics, and it effects a lot of men. 

BUT, there’s something you may not have realized!

Let me show you some pictures to give you an idea of what I mean:

Jason Statham, one of the biggest action stars in the world

Bruce Willis, another huge action star

Patrick Stewart, a legendary actor on both stage and screen

Brian Arnold, the most successful competitor on American Ninja Warrior

Now, what do all these incredibly handsome men have in common? A BALD HEAD!

Now what’s the difference between them and you? Just one little thing….

These sexy men embraced it! Not immediately, mind you; I’m sure that like you they all had a period of transition. But yours has gone on long enough! It’s time for you to tap into your true sexy-bald-guy potential! 

Now, I’m sure your wondering how your supposed to do that. 

THIS is what you need to do, William! Shave all that hair on either side of your head! That fuzz at the top has got to go too!

This is what you look like now. Now that’s not Jason Statham, but it does look familiar….

Yep, right now, you’re rocking the Homer Simpson look!

If what I’ve told you so far hasn’t already persuaded you, there’s another point you should also consider. Remember how your brother dethroned you and became the hot Prince?


Look at that sexy ginger motherfucker riding his motorcycle with all this thick hair and his gorgeous body!

Doesn’t it make you mad?

But wait!

HE’S GOT THE BALD GENE TOO!

He’s also leaving the military! So how’s he going to stay in shape? Do you think he’s really going to be at thy gym everyday? With his social life and all that charity work?

NOPE. He’s on his way out. And YOU, William, can be the one to dethrone him! 

That’s right, I said it!

You can be the hot brother again! All you need to do is embrace the bald! A tan, some five o’clock shadow, and the occasional trip to the gym will seal the deal, but the most important part is to get rid of all that hair. It’ll only take five minutes!

You can do it! You can be the hot brother! I BELIEVE IN YOU!

If what I’ve said so far hasn’t inspired you, I’ll leave you with one last point:

If you don’t act now, this could be your future!

No one wants that, and together we can prevent it!

Your loyal subject,

LadyTudorRose