various fairies

some fae facts from lore

  • ‘fae’ range from anything like goblins and imps to the little pixies with the wings that everyone associated with fairies to the seven-foot tall members of the royal courts. some even consider the banshee to be fae. (also trolls, gnomes, elves, djinn, dwarves, leprechauns, will-o-wisps, etc.)
  • some think the fae are evil, some think they are fallen angels, but most are considered to be a chaotic neutral force. some might call this ‘whimsically evil.’
  • honey makes them drunk.
  • iron poisons them, as it does many magical beings.
  • some were-creatures were probably just fae in disguise, since fae can assume any form.
  • they sometimes lure humans with music that makes them want to follow and dance. they have to dance for what feels like a year and a day but it actually only seconds.
  • true names of the fae have power over them. they often use aliases when dealing with non-fae.
  • some people are gifted with fae sight, which allows them to see the fae and also sometimes peeks into the future through their dreams.
  • cats hate the fae, and the fae hate them back. 
  • iron horseshoes over the door can act as a fae deterrent.
  • they sometimes kidnap human children and leave their own children or elderly behind. these are called changelings.
  • fae are generous with gifts, especially for polite people, but prefer gifts in return.
  • that being said, better to avoid accepting gifts. you probably don’t have enough to pay them back. by saying ‘thank you,’ you acknowledge that a gift was given and that you now owe something in return. being indebted to the fae = bad time
  • fae can’t lie, but truth and honesty aren’t always the same.
  • asking for a favor will cause offense. make it seem like it’s their idea to help you.
  • most things offend them, actually.
  • some fae can smell a lie. there’s no way of knowing which ones unless they tell you.
  • fae use ‘glamour’ to hide their appearance or habitations around humans. ‘glamour’ can be gifted for use by humans.
  • it’s better for fae to have half-breed children than no children at all, so relationshops with humans are fine. it just rarely works out fine for the human.

Ok but fairies don’t like iron so clearly Irn Bru was created as a modern urban solution to Scotland’s fairy problem.

I mean think about it, very few stories have cropped up of people being taken by the Good Neighbours since the late nineteenth century which coincides with the rise of popular health tonics like iron brews, while the precursor to THE Irn Bru was brought out in 1901. 

This ALSO coincides with the lifetimes of individuals such as Andrew Lang (who of course published a version of Robert Kirk’s Secret Commonwealth, and Kirk was one of those reputed to have been taken by the fairies) and the prominence of Victorian cutesy fairy tradition may have brought public attention to very real, malevolent and not particularly cutesy human-fairy issues in the contemporary world, sparking an effort to end abductions.

The Good Neighbours cannot have been particularly happy about this, not least because it’s status as ‘Scotland’s Other National Drink’ threatened the position of their own invention, whisky, from which they still draw massive revenues (because obviously Scotch whisky is supernatural, how else would it be the best, and it is well-known that those who imbibe have a greater chance of seeing the Fair Folk). Various attempts to placate fairy distillers have taken place over the years however, and to bring the two communities together, with much greater success since devolution and the founding of the Scottish parliament (the fairy community being considered an embarrassment and marker of backwardness by the Scots at the time of the Act of Union, so attempts were made to hide them from Westminster, though not always successfully). 

One particularly prominent symbol of improved relations between the communities is the famous snowman Christmas advert, conceived as a metaphor for human and fairy cooperation (the snowman being animated by magic, though hiding behind the conventional Christmas imagery of Raymond Briggs’ classic). However it has been an established principle in Scots law since at least 1946 that humans who have taken regular doses of irn bru are off-limits and unable to be “invited” to the fairy world without fully understanding what they’d got into (whisky drinkers are plainly related to ancient bardic traditions and thus much more likely to go looking for such experiences than the sober), thus lessening the chance of nasty diplomatic situations. 

Drink your irn bru kids, unless you want to be taken by the fairies

anonymous asked:

I just wanted to clarify something, I'm not angry because Mashima has draw gruvia in such a romantic way, we all know they will be a canon, it's not a big surprise, and I do not really care anything about this ship. The point is the treatment that Nalu receives in comparison to other ships, I know that you say Nalu has romantic moments, but nothing compared to those of other ships of this manga. I'm only disappointed.

If Mashima drew Nalu in that way, a little more romantic, I would not be so annoyed for those of other ships. I just wanted a bit of romantic development before the end of the manga. 2/2

I get what you’re saying completely, trust me I do. Obviously though, Mashima is being rushed to complete Fairy Tail. You see it, I see it, EVERYONE who’s reading this arc sees it. We have gotten a lot of romantic hints (in my opinion) from Lucy, but it really only seems like its from Lucy this arc. Which is understandable, because Natsu is the MC in Fairy Tail and therefore the main fighter. He doesn’t have time (much to our disappointment) to stay with Lucy, and we seen a few times this arc (and in the manga) that he just tends to run off to go fight. Thats just Natsu. Natsu is impulsive, and its canon hes already called himself selfish for his actions. Compared to the other ships. Well, I think NaLu has gotten more then them. 

Je//rza BARELY gets anything. Barely any moments, barely any interactions. But whenever they’re together, they usually have a meaningful moment. But NaLu still gets much more in comparison to this ship.

Ga//jevy didn’t really get too much either, they’ve had a big moment or two every arc since Tenrou (excluding GMG/Eclipse) NaLu still has a lot more content then them.

Gr//uvia has had a few moments every arc if I remember correctly. This arc for sure solidified their ship though. Still, they didn’t have as many moments as NaLu has.

NaLu has had the most amount of moments out of any ships. Be it platonic or romantic moments. Plus, the anime filler arcs and the movies are mostly based around NaLu. The other ships deserve things, not just NaLu. 

Besides, we have six chapters left and Mashima has done nothing but surprise us with what’s happening. Whos not to say that we’ll get some NaLu romance in the next six chapters? Plus, Mashima’s already confirmed various Fairy Tail projects once the main story is done. We don’t know what they’re about. Plus, Mashima drawings on Twitter are unpredictable. We never know what hes gonna draw or when. Besides, he’s drawn a lot of NaLu on Twitter! 

HONESTLY WHO COULD FORGET ABOUT LUCY IN NATSU’S SCARF THE NALU FANDOM DIED THAT DAY.

LOOK AT THOSE HEARTS! 

THE DRAGON CRY HUG PROMO! 

LUCY WEARING NATSU’S SCARF FOR A CHAPTER COVER. WE ALL DIED WITH THIS TOO.

(Those were just a few things that NaLu has gotten that the other ships haven’t gotten.)

Would I love to see more canon romantic NaLu? Of course I would, I live for NaLu. But…  FAIRY TAIL IS NOT A ROMANCE MANGA. IT IS A FIGHTING MANGA. 

Even if you don’t see that NaLu has gotten much in comparison to the other ships, we really have gotten a lot more. It’s just spaced out into 500 chapters so it doesn’t feel like we do. 

So when another ship gets something drawn for them or a moment between them, lets be happy for them. We’re all in this together, and its almost the END. So lets go out with a (positive and supportive) bang! 

the nordics in a zombie apocalypse

aph denmark: denmark is the reckless hero, running out into the chaos with his axe and a roar. he spends most of his time giving the other nordics heart attacks with his near brushes with death. hES ALSO THAT LIL BITCH WHO GETS BITTEN BUT KEEPS IT A SECRET UNTIL HE’S DYING AND THE OTHERS HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO SAVE HIM

aph iceland: iceland doesn’t like fighting, so he stays back and tends to peoples injuries and restocks weapons. sometimes, though, in a climactic moment when a zombie is right about to eat someone, iceland jumps up behind them and knocks it out with a dictionary, before making a disgusted face and saying “ew, i think i got some blood on my sweater.”

aph norway: norway is fast and nimble, so he’s the best at going out on raids to get food. he’s also amazing with his daggers, so when he comes across a zombie, he wipes it out no problem.

aph sweden: sweden is the most level-headed of the nordics, and a great fighter. He’s very protective of the others, and is always coming to their defense.

aph finland: finland has his perch somewhere on top of their base, ready to snipe any zombie who stumbles into his radar. One time, when the nordics were totally surrounded and weaponless, it looked like they were all gonna die, until finland climbed on top of an abandoned car and screamed “dO YOU REALLY WANT A PIECE OF THIS YOU UGLY MOTHERFUCKERS” and the zombies just stopped dead in their tracks and then ran the hell away

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Update #10: The stickers are in!

Another merch package arrived in the mail and it is the lovely sticker sheets! I am happy with how they all turned out over all! Unfortunately, 5 of them were damaged so I am going to do a re-print of those 5. But besides that, they look great.

The photo’s do not do the stickers justice. Especially for the assorted artists sticker sheet, my camera decided to make it all a blue tint. 

anonymous asked:

Do you have any fairy tale retellings that happen outside the US or England?

Oh, several. :)

Bound by Donna Jo Napoli (Cinderella in China)

Breath by Donna Jo Napoli (Pied Piper)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Cinderella in China-ish)

A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson (Swan Princess mostly in the Amazon; they’re in England sometimes but it’s most set in Brazil)

East by Edith Pattou (East of the Sun, West of the Moon)

The Firebird by Mercedes Lackey (Various Russian fairy tales)

Ice by Sarah Beth Durst (East of the Sun, West of the Moon in Canada)

The Nightingale by Kara Dalkey (titular fairy tale in Japan)

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George (Dancing Princesses in fantasy-coded Germany)

Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguie (Red Riding Hood in Germany-ish)

The Woman Who Loved Reindeer by Meredith Ann Pierce (East of the Sun, West of the Moon with indigenous peoples)

Fairy Tale Themed Book Recs

In honor of Isaac writing a fractured fairy tale novel (one of my favorite genres) I wanted to recommend some books with similar(ish) premises (for the most part these keep the heroes as heroes).

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (plus several sequels)

What if Cinderella was an assassin?

2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I’ve only just started reading this, but so far, Beauty and the Beast, if Belle had to go with the Beast because she killed a friend of his while hunting instead of her dad picking a rose.

3. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis (plus 2 sequels)

Name a fairy tale, any fairy tale. It’s in here somewhere.

4. Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross (plus short stories and sequel)

Sort of like Storybrooke post curse break, but not all the fairy tales have happened yet. People know from markings on their body what tale they are destined to live out, and they aren’t always happy about it.

5. Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George (plus 2 sequels)

You know what we need more of in fairy tales? Knitting. I’m dead serious about this and I will fight you if you disagree.

6. Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

You know what the story of Sleeping Beauty was missing? The Holocaust.

7. The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker (plus sequels and prequels)

Forever bitter about that fact that I will never get a proper movie adaptation of this book because Disney paid to say that The Princess and the Frog was based on this book even though literally the only thing they have in common is the girl turning into a frog after kissing the frog prince. Not that it wasn’t a good movie, it just wasn’t an adaptation of this book.

8. Atlantia by Ally Condie

Very loosely based on The Little Mermaid.

9. Impossible by Nancy Werlin (plus companion novel and sequel)

It’s based on Scarborough Fair which I had never heard of before this book. 

10. The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde (plus 1 sequel, with another announced)

More nursery rhymes than fairy tales, the line does blur a bit. The first book focuses on DI Jack Spratt solving the death of Humpty Dumpty, while book two looks at the death of Goldilocks. If book three ever comes out it will have something to do with the Tortoise and the Hare.

JQ’s Bonus Recs 

11.  The Sister’s Grimm Series by Michael Buckley 

I loved this series as a kid! It shares a lot of DNA with Once–fairy tale characters stuck in a town minus the memory loss. The main characters are sisters who are descendants of the Brother’s Grimm and get roped into being essentially fairy tale detectives. Tons of fun.

12. East by Edith Pattou

I always thought this was based on Beauty and the Beast but it’s actually based on a fairy tale called East of the Sun West of the Moon. Think BatB with a polar bear.

13. The Ever After Series by Shelby Bach

Like The Sister’s Grimm, this series skews a little young so maybe you want to get this for your younger relatives but I finally got around to reading the first one and it’s a fun series. Like a fairy tale Percy Jackson. In it, special kids are chosen to go to an after school program where they train to take part in a fairy tale quest one day (for example, every generation there’s a new Cinderella or Jack and the Beanstalk). It’s a really cool premise and the cover art is gorgeous. 

14. Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale (plus 1 sequel)

Actually a graphic novel but it’s soooo good. Rapunzel set in a magical version of the wild west where she uses her hair as a lasso? Yes please. The sequel is super good too.

15. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

And I’m sure all of you guys have read this one but I couldn’t let this post go out without showing some love for possibly my favorite book of all time.

I also have to second FCC’s recs of Princess of the Midnight Ball and the Frog Princess series. Good stuff.

anonymous asked:

Hello! I'm new to witchcraft, and I've been particularly drawn to the Fae Faith. However, I just don't know where to start. Could you point me in the direction to some fae literature/blogs and such for a beginner such as myself? I want to learn about fairies, how to worship them, and how to come into contact with them if possible! And maybe some spells too :) I hope that's not too much to ask! Thank you~

Check out my posts about fairies :D 

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melaniejayneagain-deactivated20  asked:

Hi, I love your blog! Do you have any prompts about fairies? Sort of Melissa Marr type fairies. Any ideas how someone might get their character to the fairy world without it being a total cliche? I'm wary of writing cliche portal fiction, as apparently this is bad? Thank you.

Hi! Thank you :) I’m happy you’ve found my blog enjoyable. 

I think that as long as the technology of getting into the fairy world isn’t a focal point of the story and the reason why the characters travel between the worlds and the adventures they have are unique and interesting, you’re going to be okay using some sort of a portal. 

But here are some things I thought of:

  • entering the world requires a ritual
  • one enters the fairy world in the dreams
  • if one walks in a certain direction in a wood for long enough, they’ll eventually reach the fairy world (but if they, for example, dropped there from a plane or came through a different route, it would be just a regular wood)
  • one needs to be carried in by fairies
  • there is a door but also a gatekeeper and you much solve a riddle
  • the fairy world can only be accessed on certain times of day or year
  • accessing the fairy world requires the character to intertwine various planes of reality
  • the fairy world can only be accessed in an altered state
  • one can reach the fairy world by following the lay lines
  • all those caves with access forbiden to public are actually entrances to th fairy world
  • a door must be built observing a specific ritual in order to serve as an entrance
  • one has to carry a specific item with them when walking through a/the door
  • there’s no actual fairy world, just enclaves of fairies living around the world

If you want also some plot-oriented fairy-themed prompts, please let me know, I’ll be happy to help :)

anonymous asked:

opinion on why there are so many wolf therians?

ho boy, this old question…. 

No offense. 

This topic’s come up over and over and over and over. 
Why are there so many wolves? (and no X?)

So here’s my opinion, and it’s only an opinion, I can’t give you a factual reason. 

I think there are multiple factors at play here. 

First and simplest is “familiarity” 
This is actually two reasons in and of itself. 
On one hand we’ve practically all seen or heard of wolves in various forms. In fairy tales, on television, in books, even in song lyrics, wolves. Arguably you can draw the canid connection also through our house pets, the domestic dog. So on some level we’re all familiar with wolves. 
On the other hand, wolves have social drives that are similar enough to our own. Family, the pack, the society, our people, our group, us v.s. them, all these things can be seen in the societal structure of wolves. So you could argue we’re all somewhat familiar to the things that wolves do. 

What this can mean is that a wolf is an easy identity to discover or even establish. 
If we think reincarnation; The similarity in social structure and the familiarity between species (as well as sizes and so on) can make human bodies reasonable fall-back vessels. 
If we think neurology; The similarity in social structure and importance to both species can mean a smaller difference is required. 

The romanticising of wolves also plays in I’m sure, primarily affecting psychologically otherkin. People who established a wolf identity in reaction to feelings of lonelyness or powerlessness, for example. 
(Not consciously created or created as a coping mechanism, but formed one subconsciously.)

Then there’s the fact that wolves have existed in copious numbers on nearly every continent, and that we’ve culled multiple species to within an inch of their survival, and even wiped a few out. 
Perhaps there’s a lot of wolf, or recently wolf, souls to spare. 

Honestly though, I can’t give you a definitive answer. 

I’ve seen these theories, and more through the years, but these I think cover the bulk of what could be playing into the phenomenon. 

Kisses for Natsu

I’m starting up a new series. It’s just a bunch of one shots in which Natsu gets kissed by various characters in Fairy Tail because the boy needs more love.

I bet you can’t guess who he’ll be kissing first yes you can I am such trash

Gray Fullbuster

Gray sits at the bar of his favourite club, fingers idly tapping the counter as the music pounds.

“Cheer up,” Loke insists yet again. “Your resting bitch face is scaring all the sexy people away.”

“I told you I didn’t wanna come out tonight,” Gray says defensively. Loke tuts, blowing stray bangs out of his face.

Gray shrugs. It’s not like he wasn’t warned.

It is odd, though. He normally loves coming here. The drinks are cheap, the music is right up his alley, the crowd is always interesting. The sweaty grind of bodies and bass rocking in his ears simply isn’t intriguing him tonight.

“Oooh, I know what will cheer you up,” Loke hums in his ear. “Pink hair, 5 o'clock.”

Gray slowly turns on his bar stool, eyes flitting over the dance floor until they land on the man Loke’s currently eye-fucking.

Not that Gray’s faring any better. He can’t help it, the man’s gorgeous. Pink hair, bright green eyes, muscular build, flawless skin. He’s so damn– “Beautiful.”

“You say something?” Loke half shouts over the music.

Gray shakes his head, turning his attention back to his drink. Loke continues to stare, unabashed. “You’re shameless,” Gray calls. He gets a feral grin in return.

“Can you blame me?” Loke asks.

Gray turns to look at him once more. “I suppose not.”

Green Eyes turns to them, smile gracing his face. Loke enthusiastically waves him over.

Loke looks Gray dead in the eyes. “Dibs!”

“Like hell!” Gray snarls.

“Fine then, Code K,” Loke rushes out as the man saunters up.

Gray stifles a pout. Code K. Whoever kisses him first gets his chance. Gray isn’t half as outgoing as Loke, this shit rarely ever works out in his favour. In fact Loke’s success ratio compared to his is… Gray shakes his head. He doesn’t want to think about it. It’s borderline depressing.

Gray rolls his eyes as Loke starts laying down the charm. Loke shakes his hand, leaning in close to talk in his ear. His tanned hands fist in the scarf wrapped around his neck. He laughs at whatever Loke says, the sound is barely audible over the music but it pits a burning jealousy deep in Gray’s gut, wishing it were him leaning his head against pink hair.

But this man’s even more stunning up close, maybe even breathtaking. Prettier than anyone Gray’s ever seen and something about this is so damn unfair it makes his heart sink. Maybe it’s that Gray doesn’t stand a chance with someone so radiant. Loke’s definitely more his type, just has to be.

Who knows? If Gray just tries… He snorts at himself. No. Better to quit while he’s ahead. Not that knowing that will stop him from brooding into his drink.

Gray learns his name is Natsu from the bits and pieces he can hear of their conversation. He smiles. Summer.

“And what about you?” Natsu gazes up at him expectantly. Gray blinks at him. “What’s your name?”

“…Gray.”

Natsu smiles, nothing short of awe inspiring even if the smell of tequila hangs on his breath a little. “Did you parents name you that ‘cause of your eye colour?” He steps in closer, face inches away. “But I guess they’re more dark blue than grey aren’t they?”

Gray can’t answer, is too occupied trying to calm the roar of blood in his ears and the fire spreading in his veins.

Natsu grins at him again, backing off to take a long sip of Gray’s beer. Natsu’s eyes glimmer. “You don’t mind, do you?”

Normally yes, but watching his tongue peek out to lap up the excess on his lips– fuck. “Not at all.”

Natsu stares a moment longer, pearly teeth digging into his lip. His very, very pouty lip. Gray’s throat feels tight. He wants to say something, anything. He just wants to let Natsu know he’s never seen anyone like him before.

“You have a lot of fans tonight,” Loke comments, nodding to a man pushing his way through the crowd, eyes focused on Natsu.

“Shit, that’s my ex,” Natsu groans. “Quick, make out with me!”

Gray sighs, slowly turning in his seat to give Loke room, who’s gearing up to help Natsu out. This is the last thing he wants to watch. Maybe he should leave.

Natsu turns a moment, cheeks burning red and muttering to himself. Gray sees Loke reach for him and squeezes his eyes shut. Definitely time to leave.

Except there are warm fingers wrapping around his arm and yanking him close.

“Huh?” Gray nearly yelps, eyes flying open.

Natsu’s lips crash against his own. Eyes fluttering closed and lashes resting against cheeks adorned with a handful of freckles.

“Holy shit,” Gray manages against his mouth. Natsu pulls back, confusion flashing in his eyes. “You kissed me,” Gray breathes.

“Yeah,” Natsu purrs, “and I’d love to do it again.”

Gray doesn’t care that he said that so his ex could hear. He tugs Natsu between his legs and captures his lips. His fingers tangle in that pink hair, he cranes his neck, finding a better angle to let his tongue fuck into Natsu’s mouth.

Natsu gasps, warm breath fanning across Gray’s lips. Gray’s nails dig into Natsu’s scalp and he can hear the faintest moan rip from the man’s throat. Natsu grabs onto his shirt, pushing closer, closer, closer.

“You guys,” Loke laughs. “He’s gone.”

Natsu breaks away first, face flushed as he stammers out a thank you. He reaches to pull Gray into a hug, only succeeding in knocking his beer off the bar.

Gray chuckles. “Looks like you owe me a drink.”

“Yeah, well, you owe me a proper first kiss,” Natsu retorts haughtily as if making out weren’t his idea.

“How about a dance first?”