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AnY Chapter 148 Spoilers ➸

(Kouren looks so pretty in this panel, omg~)

Below the cut you will find my personal (and very sloppy) summary of chapter 148 with some pictures without some pictures once again because, once again, the Korean scans came out hella early. If you want to see them please check the AnY tag. There’s uhh… spoilers and stuff (duh) so be careful XD

*sensually sprinkles salt all over this post to remind you to take this summary with a grain of salt* The usual guys, the usual. 

Okay, that’s enough salt, let’s get on with it!

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anonymous asked:

why is it we dont see many watelanders who practice pre war religions (or religious folk in general) in previous games, but it feels very pervasive in fallout 4? especially in regards to christianity.

You know, I was one step away from giving up and just writing down what little I knew, but then Fallout 1 happened and new interesting details kept popping up. I am really glad that I have delayed this response, I hope you will forgive me :)

So,

Religion in Fallout

It’s a complicated topic, and I’ve dreaded the moment someone would come to me and ask what I think about it. The biggest question, of course, is whether or not common wasteland people understand the concept of Christianity. Do they practice it? Do they even know what the word means? Do they have any idea of how pre-war people saw it? Do they have religious beliefs at all, for heaven’s sake?

After playing Fallout 1 I came to the conclusion that religion and the way people perceive it changed over the 200 years. In New Vegas, in “modern” Fallout times, people live more or less “civilized”. No weird beliefs, a pragmatic world view, pretty normal settlements (except for Novac) . Well, In Fallout 1, almost every faction is a cult.

I am not exaggerating. Let’s take a look on the factions of this game. We have: the Brotherhood of Steel, the Followers of the Apocalypse, the Khans (along with the Vipers and Jackals) , the Blades, the Children of the Cathedral, the Gun Runners; among the settlements especially Shady Sands is interesting.

So, some of these factions are pretty well-known. I now understand that I haven’t known them at all.

The Brotherhood seems like a pretty pragmatic bunch - yeah, a bit too fixated on their damn technology, and yes, with an unhealthy view of authority and a bit crazy, but you wouldn’t call them a cult. Well, maybe not in Fallout 3 or New Vegas, but in Fallout 1 they keep talking about their “holy armor” and treat it with the same respect tribes would treat their totems.There are a lot of things they say that makes it clear that they have some kind of sacred and religious relationship with their power armor. 

“The sacred armor is so finely constructed to such exacting specifications that it feels like an extension of the blessed one’s own body […] I would feel diminished without my holy armor”.

Yes, this is how they see it. They’re a lot more cultist in the first game than one might expect. I wonder what the “blessed one” is, too.

Most of us know the Followers of the Apocalypse as these good guys that help people and spread knowledge. Nothing cultist about them in New Vegas - they’re more like the Red Cross of the wasteland. Except that they keep saying these weird things that make them sound like very passionate church goers. 

“Glorious Day to you”.

”All knowledge is holy”.

“Knowledge of our enemies will help us prevail”.

Nicole herself brings a lot of typical religious phrasing into her speeches and mentions the “sanctity of their library”. The Vault Dweller can ask her “what they worship, not what they do or believe in.

The Children of the Cathedral are nut jobs and the whole wasteland knows that, but the hate the Followers hold towards them makes the whole situation look like a fight between two cults. It’s like I’m witnessing another one of those gang shootings, except this time they are very passionate believers.

Honestly, the fact that they have a cross as a symbol makes so much sense now.

The Blades, that live just outside of Adytrum and are referred to as a gang, look more like a tribe, really. There’s also a guy in their hide-out that surrounded himself with various bottles of Nuca-Cola and preaches to his people, trying to bring them to understand the true meaning of this drink (he’s also very upset about the fact that they ran out of diet cola). Gun Runners used to be a gang and now live in their little, secure and closed-off community. Shady Sands is a whole new level of weird, to be quite honest. Because even though they are a settlement, and cannot be considered a cult, they have some attributes that just make you think of tribes and religions and cults and such. In the middle of the town they have this weird monument standing:

Personally, it reminds me of the Hammurabi Codex, but that might be just me. There are some similarities though. And I can’t possibly be the only one that finds this town map really confusing.

It’s not so much the map itself as it is the fact that it looks so Egyptian and Mesopotamic. Why? Why would a post-war village located in former California hold such antique vibes and have so many similarities with these ancient cultures?

And the possibly best part is “Dharma”.

Katharina: “Dharma watched over me”.

Dharma appears to be the deity settlers in Shady Sands believe in. It isn’t entirely clear who or what it is, but in our world Buddha’s teachings are called dharma as well. It is also used to refer to other old-world Indian belief systems, including Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism. I realize that it has very little to do with Egypt and Mesopotamia, but it’s still weird.

This, as far as I can tell, is as close as the world of Fallout 1 comes to modern religions. The fact that Shady Sands reveres a deity that is possibly related to Buddhism, raises a whole lot of questions. First of all, why Buddhism? How did it happen that the group that emerged from Vault 15 practices this religion? Why not the more common Christianity? The vault experiment was all about putting four very different groups of people in one bunker to see what was going to happen. If they are revering a certain Dharma, is it possible that the vault dwellers that have been put in Vault 15 already had beliefs similar to the ones of the Shady Sands settlers? If so, what was the reasoning behind choosing these people and not the more common Christians?

Second group of questions is all about which consequences it might have had in the future NCR. Shady Sands being the capital of the Republic and its cultural, historical and political heart, should have a major impact on people’s lives - and in this case I mean cultural impact. I would expect that a religion that is practiced in a place that later starts to grow and grow and grow until it is big enough to be considered a country and a nation, will become pretty common - even among those, whose parents haven’t been born in Shady Sands. So, what now? Can it be assumed that many NCR troopers know what Dharma is and believe in this god, maybe even know only of this one god? Is this the common religion in the NCR territory, especially in the areas that have been part of the Republic for a long time now? The places we visit in Fallout 1, for example.

It’s something to consider. Of course, modern NCR citizens seem to be less religious, or at least, don’t show it so much. Which makes sense, because the NCR isn’t a small semi-tribal community anymore. Anyways, here, look at what Shady Sands settlers are supposed to look like:

I really wanted to show it.

Dharma brings me to the topic of mono- and polytheism. Obviously, the citizens of Shady Sands are monotheistic, but what about other settlements? There’s at least one city that has multiple gods - Adytrum.

Jon Zimmerman, the town “major” (who has, in fact, zero authority) tells the Vault Dweller that “they are a humble, god fearing town” - but if the player agrees to help him, he cries out “Thank the gods”. Unfortunately, he doesn’t tell more. But I believe it is safe to say that people outside of Shady Sands tend to believe in multiple gods, although I’m not saying that it can be automatically applied to every settlement.

Point is that the religious beliefs of the wastelanders (in Fallout 1) vary greatly - from monotheistic to polytheistic, from Dharma to power armor. The important thing is, that 80 years after the bombs dropped, nearly every community is religious in some way - even if they aren’t a cult. The interesting question is, why it isn’t Christianity that made a comeback after the apocalypse. Why aren’t Fallout’s people believing in the same god that has already been well-known and loved by the people of pre-war America?

One possible explanation would be that people grew disillusioned in Christianity after the world was literally destroyed, but I’m not really buying that. Continuing to worship a god that already exists is a lot easier than coming up with new ones. Besides that, every time in our history that a major religion has changed, it was because another god has replaced them. It’s always a nation preaching and confirming other people in their beliefs, or conquering new lands and making people worship another god forcefully - it’s always one god dying and being replaced by another one. We do not see that in Fallout 1. Instead of that, we have multiple cults, different religions, ranging from Nuca-Cola worship to the Master’s plans. The only way I see that happening is if the Old America was, for the most part, atheistic.

In current times, it wouldn’t be hard to find a bible and read everything you need to know about Christianity - there are the churches, the motels, the prisons, all of them should be stocked with bibles. I don’t know if pre-war America was the same, but if so, it didn’t help Christian beliefs to stay as prevalent as they are in our times. Which makes sense, if you ask me.

The U.S.A. has been incredibly advanced in regards to technology. Two things should be considered here: 

  1. as science advances, religion becomes less important. That’s a common development. 
  2. the stuff that the old U.S. government did - all these experiments with human subjects, the merging of different living beings (think of Big Empty) - would have been impossible in a very religious country. Protests would have to be expected. 

So, either religion was naturally replaced by science, or the U.S. government made some extra effort to repress religion, and turn the church into a very insignificant player. Or maybe both. Either way, it seems reasonable to assume that pre-war America was, for the most part, atheistic, which is why so many small and new religions started popping up after the war.

But that’s the state of the world 80 years after the Great War. What about modern Fallout times?

I can’t say anything about Fallout 2, since I haven’t played it yet, but that might be unnecessary anyways. What’s important is that by the time of New Vegas the NCR has turned into a nation, and people of the Mojave Wasteland seem to be living in towns and cities - not as cults. It seems, that a natural development took place, during which cults died out. The NCR citizens culturally merged together - whether Dharma remains a known deity remains to be discussed. But the people of Adytrum, the Blades, the people of Shady Sands are one nation now. If they kept living as cults, they would have never managed to form a republic.

The East coast is a bit different though.

The Capital Wasteland didn’t undergo the same kind of development the West Coast went through. Even after 200 years it remains a desolate wasteland without any kind of government. Which is probably why there are more religions and cults there, than are in the Mojave and the NCR.

In Fallout 3, we hear of a certain Abbey of the Road that is located somewhere west of the Commonwealth - we know this from Marcella who happens to be one of the missionaries of this Christian church. I am going to take a guess here, that if a missionary can come as far as to the Capital Wasteland, they sure as hell actively roam the Commonwealth and convert people into their beliefs.

Unlike the Capital Wasteland, the Commonwealth is more organized, and has big important cities. This way, it is much easier for the Christian missionaries to preach and teach their religion and actively bring the word of god to Commonwealth citizens. I don’t think we saw or heard of them in Fallout 4, but it’s a fact that they exist and live somewhere in the Commonwealth area. I think this is how and why people living in this area know of Christianity more than most wastelanders.

And this is the answer to you initial question, I suppose. I talked too much about other things, but I wanted to draw the whole picture and show how I think religions in Fallout developed and why they are the way they are in different areas and timelines.

As usual, a small summary at the very end:

1. Almost every community in Fallout 1, 80 years after the war, has some kind of non-Christian cult.

2. This happened because pre-war America was, for the most part, atheistic. Otherwise people would have continued to preach Christianity - a religion that seems to be almost nonexistent in the world after the war.

3. Shady Sands settlers practice some derivation of Buddhism. Which means that Buddhism might be one of the main religions in the NCR.

4. The Capital Wasteland is somewhere on the developmental level of Fallout 1 California, which is why they still have so many different religions and cults.

5. The Commonwealth is different because a) they are more organized and developed and b) there is a Christian church west of the Commonwealth that sends missionaries to preach their religion.

6. This is why Christianity is more prevalent in the Commonwealth.

I admire Laurent so much. Yes, he isn’t perfect, he’s twisted but I think he’s so strong and loyal and honest. Reading the first book you might think he’s full of deception, but he’s true to himself (mostly). He stands up for what he thinks is right, he stood up for/by the Prince’s Guard when Jord got in trouble for knocking down one of the rich boys, he helped Erasmus (yes, he had his own plans but he also hates slavery/and the custom of having ‘pets’. He even went to Erasmus beforehand to explain what was going to happen and warn him). He wanted to free Nicaise from the Regent (and he mourned him when he was murdered).

Laurent was completely alone since he was 14 and his father and brother were killed. He was somewhat alone even before that, because the king didn’t pay much attention to him and only Auguste cares and loved him. Then he was sexually abused by his own uncle. He heard how people talked about him: ice-cold bitch, frigid. But he stood his ground, he buried his feelings and emotions, he exerted superhuman control over himself, he knew the customs of different tribes and treated them with respect and not like they were less than him.

He’s so damn smart, like I can understand one of the reason why Damen feel completely for him. His beauty is just the cherry on top. Laurent’s resilience is admirable. Despite the loneliness and harsh words, not being able to trust anyone and fighting against the Regent and his minions- he remained strong. He never gave up. And I love him for that.

And he’s so brave. So brace because despite all the crap he had been through, he forgave and did everything to be forgiven, he gave himself to Damen body and soul, he took a leap of faith.

I was talking to @clotpolesonly and came up with this patchy Avatar the Last Airbender AU where Damen is Crown Prince of the Earth Kingdom, an earthbender, and Auguste was Crown Prince of the Fire Nation, a firebender. Meanwhile, Laurent is born with a latent waterbending ability, and grows up as a non-bender without presenting. He was born to the Fire Lord and he couldn’t firebend, so obviously he can’t bend, because benders are very rarely born into a kingdom or tribe not of their element, and no one wanted to consider that their Prince might be an Unnatural bender.

So after the war and post-Auguste, because Laurent doesn’t have any other means of protecting himself, he trains himself in swords and becomes a self-taught chi-blocker by observing and emulating and studying and learning from actual chi-blockers employed by the Fire Nation, in order to defend himself against bending. Specifically, his uncle’s firebending.

Laurent is the kind of Unnatural bender (born to a different nation than his bending element, defying the Avatar decree that originally separated the nations)  who his uncle’s tyrannical regime burns alive just for existing. He spends most of his life not even knowing it , and then Damen arrives in the Fire Nation capital.

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anonymous asked:

Hello! Can you do a jealous Yona? Probably after she gives Hak his "freedom" back and girls flocked around him and he starts to get along with them. I just really want to see a jealous Yona ☺️☺️☺️

jealous yona ftw

ok so i love the idea you gave but i’m not mentally prepared to write about yona being strong enough to give hak his freedom so i hope this is still ok i’m sorry

Title: Circles
Word Count: 2,297
Rating: T 
Summary: When the Happy Hungry Bunch finds its way back to Fuuga, Yona realizes some things about herself that may or may not have to do with Hak’s natural ability to attract hordes of beautiful women.

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American veterans are coming back to a country that is so bitterly divided that the two political parties are literally accusing each other of treason, of being an enemy of the state, of trying to undermine the security and the welfare of their own country. The gap between rich and poor is the biggest it has ever been. It’s just getting worse. Race relations are terrible. There are demonstrations and even riots in the streets because of racial injustice. And veterans know that any tribe that treated itself that way, in fact, any platoon that treated itself that way would never survive… It’s time for this country to unite.
—  Sebastian Junger: Our lonely society makes it hard to come home from war; TED2015
Native American and Mexican Hair

laylavanhellsing said: 

I’ve been doing some research on Native Americans, and I came across several essays/articles on the significance of their hair. Unfortunately, I made a character who’s half Chumash American and half Mexican, and who I’ve been imagining as more strongly identifying as Chumash, but he has shoulder-length blue hair. Race doesn’t play strongly in my book, but I’m not sure how to handle this. How can I justify this without disregarding that part of him?

The question is: how do the Chumash view hair?

While hair is generally important to Native Americans, each tribe treats it differently. There are consistencies within how yes, it is valued, but you could have some wiggle room in terms of how hair is seen within the tribe. Not all Natives keep their hair in traditional ways while still being part of the tribe and identifying strongly with it. Hair is only one part of culture, and each person relates to their culture differently. This is especially true if your character is mixed and is genuinely following multiple cultures.

You don’t have to have a character follow every single Native cultural convention in order to make them a Native character. Yes, there are some dealbreakers, but those vary by tribe. Cultures influence each other and change over time, and so long as it’s a voluntary adaptation (which is trickier than it sounds, considering there is so much pressure on Natives to assimilate, but it is possible), then adaptation is a healthy thing. Natives have all lengths of hair for all types of reasons, and one hair length is not “more” or “less” Native.

However, I am not Chumash or Mexican so I will not discuss specifics; I’m simply saying that it is possible he’s personally modified a part of his culture(s) and still strongly identifies with it. I would suggest researching the Chumash in particular, talking to the tribe if you can, in order to get a better answer. See Researching Native American Cultures for tips.

Any Chumash followers want to chime in?

~ Mod Lesya

There is more to this week’s Trilobite Tuesday than what meets the eye. 

Trilobites have long been used by humans as both decorative art and as sacred talisman. As far back as the 18th Century, some western Native American tribes treated the trilobite specimens they found with the reverence of religious artifacts. Over 200 years ago, the hole in the pygidium of this Elrathia kingi was drilled by a member of the Ute tribe in Utah. Such trilobites were then worn by tribal leaders as powerful totems providing good luck and protection from enemies.

See many more specimens on the Museum’s trilobite website.

anonymous asked:

AH ilove the omega being sold to royalty thing you wrote for kagehina! can you give headcanons for the other ships too?

Tsukishima and Yamaguchi never had to go through the omega, prize, purchase thing. They have known each other since they were kids. Tsukishima’s family is Royalty, not quite as high up as Kageyama, but they have already stated that Yamaguchi is going to be Tsukishima’s. There will be no budging on this. This works out for Tsukishima as Yamaguchi is and always will be his. 

Asahi, poor Asahi, he never really wanted to be part of the Royal family. But they adopted him into it after his mother and father died. Yes he’s an alpha, but he is very uncomfortable being an alpha. He would much rather have been something else, so when a noisy little omega is presented to him on his eighteenth birthday he doesn’t know what do to with it. Nishinoya Yuu has never been your normal omega. He noticed Asahi around the age of fifteen and kept an eye on him. For him it was love at first sight, so he managed to finagle himself into becoming a gift for Asahi. Noya won’t let Asahi rest until he has claimed him, which happens only a few weeks after Asahi’s birthday. It turns out that Noya can bring out the Alpha in his shy mate. Also when people try to tell Noya he’s being overbearing Ashai truly lets his inner Alpha out and can scare a room full of people at one time. Nobody is allowed to speak badly of his Noya.

Daichi was born into a leadership position. He was groomed for it from birth, and he’s very good at it. People like him and they respect him. (Sometimes they are afraid of him which he’s not sure he understands). When he is fifteen he spots the most beautiful creature in the world. He’s a little shorter than Daichi, his hair is silver and it shimmers in the sunlight. His eyes are golden and at the corner of one is a perfect little mole. His skin is pale and looks smooth. That’s it. That person is going to be his. He marches back to his advisers and tells him he wants the omega he saw in the courtyard. He’s perfect and won’t stand for anyone telling him otherwise. True to his word, three weeks later he has purchased that beautiful Omega. His name is Suga and he is like a burst of joy in Daichi’s life. They are the a perfect match. Their personalities compliment each other. They take care of their people with kind authority. One year to the day that he first saw Suga in the courtyard they have mated. It was a huge ceremony, everybody showed up. Suga had Daichi wrapped around his finger and Daichi didn’t mind in the slightest.

Kuroo has to work very hard to win over Tsukishima. Tsukishima was not treated well in his tribe. His tribe believed that omega’s were useless outside of bearing children. He was made to to menial tasks and always came last in everything. Eating, medical care, sleeping situations, proper clothing etc. When Kuroo is presented Tsukishima he is thrilled. This omega is taller than most, he blonde with pretty eyes and a broken pair of glasses. Kuroo fixes that the next day. It takes him many weeks to get Tsukishima to start trusting him, and even longer for him to admit that he might like Kuroo (a little). But slowly and with more patience than anyone thought Kuroo had he won Tsukishima’s heart. Tsukishima is still Tsukishima, he doesn’t like to talk about his personal feelings, he doesn’t like to have to put to much effort into things in he doesn’t have to, and he is never going to stop being a smart ass. But he loves Kuroo and tells him one night many months after they were thrown together. He’s not sure why Kuroo would want to be with him, but he won’t give him up now. He agrees to a mating and Kuroo picks him up and spins him around the room.