I’m so glad scooters are still popular with kids, when was the last time any of us felt that level of power, of control, of pure motion. To be able to jump on those two wheels at any moment and scoot off faster than youd believe. It’s a power too great for any adult to handle without becoming corrupted
The Eight Auspicious Signs are very meaningful symbols of Buddhism, revealing our progress along the Buddhist path to enlightenment. They are also believed to bring blessings for people who include these in paintings, textiles, homes, and wherever else
Tell us how Steve managed to cause a disaster on his bicycle, only hours after he was banned from using motorized vehicles.
you must know steve pretty well, because that is exactly what happened.
the morning after throwing yet another motorcycle at a supervillian, steve woke up early and decided to go out and get bagels. not at all unusual, except that his favorite bagel place is in brooklyn. so naturally steve decided to just bike there.
tony keeps a dozen or so bikes in the vehicle garage, and pretty much every one of them is weirder than the one before. one is a concept made by ferrari; another one is made from bamboo and was a gift from an MIT student whose research he funded. one appears to have some sort of rocket engine attached. with selections like that, you can see why steve chose the oldest, plainest bike in the group.
what steve did not know was that this was the Deathbike.
see, when tony was 14 and starting at MIT, he wasnt licensed to drive and needed a way to get around campus quickly. so, like many other college students, he got a bike. a very nice, high-end bike, of course, but otherwise perfectly innocuous. (it was a bit too big for him. he insists it wasnt, and that he’s not short.)
tony rode it home and painted it black.
within the first month of owning the Deathbike, tony ran into two people, was run into three times by other cyclists, and just barely missed being hit by a car. tony refused to admit that either 1. the bike was cursed or 2. he was just a terrible cyclist, and instead painted a tiny white skull on the side of the bike for every collision, and rode it for the rest of his time at MIT. somehow, he survived, and no one was seriously injured. (he admits that there may have been a few broken bones. but he paid the medical bills, so it was fine.)
by the time steve took the bike out, there were twenty-seven little skulls.
steve knew none of this, and headed out on the sidewalks aboard the Deathbike. he made it a block or two on thankfully empty sidewalks before tony’s modifications kicked in.
little 14-year-old madman stark, drunk on alcohol and puberty, decided that his two-wheeled killing machine didnt go fast enough. so, using the genius and lack of foresight the stark bloodline had given him, he made some changes. and now the Deathbike has a little electric engine that kicks in after a certain speed, which basically increases how fast the bike goes per pedal. tony says the fastest he was ever clocked on it was about forty mph–but insists he could have made it faster, except he didnt want to make it too bulky.
steve was doing fifty miles an hour by the time he was six blocks from the tower.
since steve is himself, instead of maybe slowing down when he realized how fast he was going, he decided to see how fast he could get. and it turns out that a supersoldier on a bike built by teenage tony stark can go plenty damn fast.
a traffic cam on the brooklyn bridge clocked him at nearly 115 mph.
but dont forget–this is the Deathbike. it earned its name, and would fulfill its mildly inconvenient legacy regardless of who was riding it.
also, its tires were never built for that kind of stress.
steve turned around the corner of the block where the bagel shop is going some eighty-odd mph (having slowed down to turn), and hit a heap of cardboard. if he’d been going slower, or if the wheels had been in better shape, he might have been able to brake in time. as it was, he was still going pretty fast when he hit it. and since the universe loves to laugh at steve, the pile of cardboard was shaped pretty much like a ramp.
steve and the Deathbike went airborne.
somehow, the early morning commuters failed to notice captain america hurtling through the sky on the worlds most sadistic pedal-powered monster, so when he landed in the bed of an old metal pickup, nobody checked on him when he didn’t pop right back out. instead, the Deathbike, steve, and steve’s shiny new concussion remained right where they were, in blissful unconsciousness.
when steve finally woke up, he was somewhere in southern virginia, and there was a very confused pickup truck driver wondering how the heck he’d wound up with a giant man and a bike in his truck.
we would have made steve bike back, but we didnt want to tempt fate. instead we sent a quinjet.
honestly y'all should join my christian girl gang. there will be jeans jackets with embroidered flowers, we will whip nazis and flip over tables, and we’ll discuss the magdalene a fucking lot. it will be great.
In which Moiraine has a history lesson for angry villagers. Had some lighting fun in this, also hit the Procreate layer cap but it’s good to know I can get decent comic pages out of my iPad. There’s no text tool so y’all get my suspect handwriting though.
The lore-building in the early books was always some of my favourite content. I love that you could just feel the weight of the past and how the world had changed. Also heraldic eagles are pretty cool looking, you should go check ‘em out.
Thank you Faust for making such great female characters :DD Here’s her Thrilling Intent universe trio Aesling the Neckstabber, Vachon the SPELL-er of SWEET AIR, and Koh Kura the totally legit magician.
these are really long and i didnt even write down every thing that i wanted to so i might do a part two just bc i love my son :’)
it all started when y’all got paired up for chem to do a lab
because practically the whole school knows of his crush on Liz Allen, you didn’t think you had a chance with him
but you could NOT have been more wrong
he was so nervous to go to the next class because he knew that he would actually have to communicate with you… for more than three seconds
as soon as he walks in and sees you staring to set everything up he kind of like *dies*
hE iS So NeRvoUs
and u just kind of look @ him like wtf dude calm down
he would try and talk but it was mainly him stuttering
but you found him sosossoosos cute (bc he’s my son obvi he’s a qt)
after ( to him ) being put through the most stressful time of his life, more stressful than fighting criminals as spiderman
he asks you if you want to go and get a sandwich with him after school
and thats kind of how everything started
ned either being annoyed with you two bc third wheeling or having the time of his life bc you guys are #besties
michelle always having something to say about u and peter
like; gross, ew, y/n how do u hold your breath the whole time u and peter are making out
“peter, baby, can you please take it down five notches”
(“y/n), BaBY, cAn YOU tAkE IT dOwN FiVe notCHes”
aLwAYs tOuChiNg YoU
arm around your shoulders
standing behind u and head on your head & arms around your waist
never ending amount of little kisses
peter finding u the legit cutest thing on this planet
his ‘creative’ way of telling you he is spiderman was picking you up for a date by swinging into your open window and then swinging you across new york
you almost passed out because heights but u knew that he would never let go of you
YOU WOULD GET TO MEND HIM AFTER FIGHTS AND STUFF
AND HES ALL WEAK AND SMILELY BC FEWYUBSIHJVV
and you’re the luckiest girl ever bc you’re the reason that he’s smiling all the time
u can bet your bottom dollar he would write love letters to u - ok maybe he wouldn’t like give them to u but he would defffinetly write them ok
may can always tell when peters talking to on the phone or y’all just hung out bc he’s skipping around the house with the widest smile & his eyes are sparkling
you beg for 4 weeks strait for him to let you try on the suit but “mr. stark said its not for anyone else baby.”
omg the amount of pet names for u; baby, babe, angel, darling, the first letter of your name, my love, and when he’s clingy;;babbbbyyyyyyyy
when you’re giving him the silent treatment he will give u puppy dog eyes, sit on you, and be super clingy
when he’s upset you’re the big spoon
GOD HES SO CLINGY THO LIKE IN GENERAL
but he’s not that big on pda
but he wants to be the big spoon 9/10 times bc he’s spiderMAN
asking u to homecoming
heart thumping so loud when y’all are slow dancing you can feel it so u put your head against his chest
HE ALMOST DIES WHEN YOU FALL ASLEEP ON HIM FOR THE FIRST TIME
bc you’re so angelic and look so peaceful and he cannot deal w it
he’s in constant awe of u if u weren’t already expecting that
telling happy about u all. the. time.
so when tony meets you, he has a proud dad attitude going on
ugh god peter wanted u to say the three words first
but one day when you were having a pillow fight or doing something else childish (idk) and it just kind of comes out when you’re laying on the sheets and your hair is all poofy and his is a little messy and you have the biggest smile and he had to close his eyes when he said it because he didn’t know what your reaction would be
and when he felt your hand on his cheek, he swore that he 1. never let out a bigger sigh of relief before 2. and never seen u smile so wide
and when u said it, he almost asked to leave the room because he was so elated
may absolutely adores u probs more than peter does
because she’s never had a daughter and she thinks you and peter should get married early ( she’s like 50/50 kidding&being dead serious ) bc she is CONVINCED that you are the best that he will eeveerrrrrrr do
probs the type of bf to act all tough and protective but will just stare the shit out of the asshole who steps a little to close for comfort
but lordy he just loves u and will protect u with his life
Like so many other conflicts that have been recently waged in the Middle East, every gun of every sort will find its way into the hands of combatants. Sometimes articles of history too.
Beretta M38/44: the official submachine gun of the Royal Italian Army during WWII, the M38/44 was one of the better small arms fielded by the Italians. This one here has been highly customized by its owner, the receiver and barrel seemingly nickel-plated and the stock sawn off.
The same Beretta M38/44 in action. The 1938 series was extremely robust and proved very popular with Axis forces as well as Allied troops.
DP-28: a Russian light-machine gun, the DP was light and cheap to make, consisting of less than 80 parts. It was rugged and reliable, but fed from an inconvenient 47-round pan magazine which was prone to damage and jamming. It was replaced by the better RPD.
DShK M1938: a Russian heavy machine gun designed for infantry support, the DShK still sees widespread use. It was frequently deployed on a two-wheeled mounting and armored with single-sheet of steel. It is sometimes nicknamed Dashka in Russian-speaking countries, from the abbreviation.
M1 Garand: the workhorse of the American GI during WWII, the M1 was one of several semi-auto rifles issued during the war, but the US was the only major belligerent nation that issued semi-auto rifles on a large scale.
With almost 5.5 million built, M1 Garand’s are not exceedingly uncommon on modern battlefields.
This M1 seems to have an aftermarket scope attached to it.
M1919: America’s medium machine-gun of WWII, the M1919 saw service on all fronts and with multiple different allies. It was powerful and reliable, if not heavy. Though visually distinct from its predecessor, the M1917, both weapons are mechanically the same. The arrival of the GPMG pushed the M1919 into a secondary role in most cases.