as fae are territorial, i imagine any foreign presences who follow their students to elsewhere u occasionally run afoul of the natives. this can be either good or bad. a russian exchange student leaves out a plate of milk for the domovoi he knows followed him to college, only to wake up to a shattered dish and droplets of acrid ichor. his heating never works from that day on and he transfers out two months later. (1/2)
a korean doctoral candidate finds a bloody scrap of fur under her window
one morning. she doesn’t know who or what put an end to her family’s
tormentor but she no longer has to watch for the lashing flicker of too
many fox tails out of the corner of her eye. so there’s that. the
assorted lights in the woods, however, seem to be a multicultural
conglomerate, and all equally as dangerous to follow into the trees.
Oh no the first one makes me so sad
I think honestly that distinctions of origin among the Gentry mean less to them than they do to the students; the Elsewhere overlaps the real world but distance is still a strange thing there, and they don’t exist in cultures analogous to human ones. Interactions with humans in various thing spaces vary greatly depending on local belief, but I think the lines they draw among themselves are not necessarily based on anything humans would understand.
Could you talk a bit about your opinions on the search for extraterrestrial life and the role it does/ should play in society?
I think it’s a cry for help from the losing side of an ideological war. The forces of reaction beat the forces of life, and people want to see some advanced or primitive species where that isn’t the case.
We don’t need space telescopes to find consciousness devouring unstoppable jellyfish entities, we have them in the media and ideology. We don’t need resource hungry grey men, we have them here. I’d hold out hope that an alien would be something far beyond all those metaphors for our own tormentors
I wasn’t going to post it but then @saosmash posted her’s so I gave in! A commission by the esteemed @dataglitch❤️ of my boys~ I love every bit of this work! Tormentor’s smile makes me melt every time I look at it, and how focused Lieutenant looks. <3 <3 <3 So much adoration <3
I love the parallels between them. It seems like the comparisons aren’t just interview meta from Genndy, they’re actively being built up.
Jack’s conversation with himself is a manifestation of his guilt and weariness. Deep down he knows that he is tired, and it would be so easy to give up and end the pain. Jack, however, ignores these feelings, and pushes them down…because if he does take the easy way out, it’s the ultimate failure; his entire life, all the suffering, everything would mean nothing. Jack’s inner torment is literally his tormentor, but it motivates him to keep going.
Aku physically splits to talk to himself, and it seems he’s been doing this for some time; at least long enough to establish that “the samurai” is not to be mentioned and that this solitude is Aku’s “safe place”. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s always done this; he’s so alone that the only person Aku can talk to is himself. Aku deals with his anguish by isolating and comforting himself. He doesn’t know that Jack lost the sword, so he’s been looking over his shoulder for fifty years, still fearing that Jack will eventually get him…and is now having to come to terms with the fact that Jack might never go away. He can’t change this, so he forces himself to accept it….but deep down, he’s hoping for some kind of miracle to kill Jack.
Both of them are in bleak places mentally and emotionally, compared to their usual selves. Jack has stopped giving any fucks, and Aku has started giving a few fucks (though he outwardly denies it). Neither of them want to call it quits. Watching where this goes will be very interesting.
The reason why I don’t take Lily’s side in the whole “Mudblood” debacle, is that it is not Lily in this scenario who is shown to be underprivileged and persecuted, it is Snape. I sympathise more with the ugly boy who comes from an impoverished, abusive home and faces daily bullying at school than the beautiful, well-off girl who is flirting with her “friend’s” tormentor. Snape lashed out in a highly stressful situation after the perceived betrayal of Lily’s suppressed smile.