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Sith Tattoos

One distinct practice that’s seen within the Sith Order is the adornment of Sith tattoos. Although the designs and placements of these tattoos vary between species, as well as individuals, the tradition itself can be traced back to the days of the Ancients.

The original Sith “tattoos” were not tattoos at all but temporary, decorative marks. These markings have their roots in an old tale regarding a goddess and a long extinct animal of Korriban.

Stories of the Great Mother are considered to be the most well known source of “origin myths” of the Sith people. The story states the very first Sith being began life as a mowhef, a fierce, predatory animal native to Korriban. But through one final wager the mowhef found herself blessed, was given a name (Marserha) and became a Sith. When she turned into a Sith, she also retained the stripes on her arms and legs.

Even though she was the mother of all Sith, none of her children inherited the stripes.

Initially, the lack of stripes was a non-issue for the Sith. But over many generations, her children (which mostly refer to the Kissai caste) began to adopt and decorate the Mother’s Marks onto their own arms and legs.

The markings were painted on with a paste made from a native plant that would stain the skin but were temporary and faded with time. These markings were seen as way to honor their Mother and ask the gods for blessings.

Surviving records show that the marks were only ever worn on the arms and legs (and by extension, the hands and feet). This was an obvious link to both Marserha and the connection to the mowhef, but it may also have some basis in the saying: arms wield weapons and legs carry you into battle.

Over time the Six Pointed Star of Ahmurn was added to the marks since he was considered to be the father of all Sith. The marriage of the star and stripes also symbolized the union between Ahmurn and Marserha.

While the simple designs were the norm for a while, eventually the stripes began to morph into more and more intricate, artistic designs.

By the time the Exiles had arrived on Korriban, the Sith markings came in countless variations, patterns, and designs but still only worn on the arms and legs.

In the present day, some Sith purebloods have adopted tattoos but most continue the tradition of decorating their limbs the way their people have throughout the ages. Since the old gods, including the Great Mother herself, are no longer worshiped the marking are usually considered as a way of honoring the ancestors and Sith heritage.

Most of the the detailed and time consuming designs are worn during special occasions in one’s life, such as: becoming an apprentice/Lord/Darth, getting married, anticipating the arrival of a new child, in preparations for a major battle, and anything else that may be considered personally important to a Sith. There are smaller, simpler designs that are also worn, but these are mainly for decorative purposes.

Aside from the purebloods in the Sith Order, the human Sith have their own marks.

Unlike their pureblood counterparts, most human Sith have actual tattoos that are worn on the face and red in color. Both human Sith and Imperial scholars are unsure of the “when and why” this has happened. But the most accepted reason behind the tattoos seems to be that they signify traceable Sith blood within that person’s family line.

In recent times, the Sith Order has allowed aliens to join their ranks. Some of these aliens, such as Zabraks and Mirialans, have their own cultural traditions regarding the tattoos they wear and should not be confused with Sith tattoos or markings.

Others, like certain Twi’leks, come from varying backgrounds or simply do not have a significant cultural identity of their own due to personal circumstances in their lives. Some of these aliens, particular red-skinned ones, seem to cover their whole body in black tattoos. This adoption of “Sith tattoos” among the aliens are seen as a bastardization of old customs by some purebloods while others do not seem to mind one way or another.


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anonymous asked:

(anon from before) Buenos Aires, la plata, chaco, and mar de plata are the places there I'm going to I think, oh and I just wanted some advice about learning spanish I guess? All I know is santa picada and puta bida from you tbh

Well keep in mind that Spanish varies even from different regions within the same country.
Idk, i learnt English mostly on my own by just talking to people from other countries. That’s how I did it

anonymous asked:

Young Griff dies around the start of canon. What does Varys do now? His whole shtick is his egotistical plan that only he can make the perfect king even though the damage he does to try to do so is worse than if he just used his great abilities to prop up and improve an existing king, either baratheons or not encouraging aerys madness and preventing the targaryen overthrow, so I doubt he has much of a back up plan, especially with Viserys so messed up and Daenerys doesn't have dragons at that pt

Well, that is sort of the point that Varys believes he can control literally everything about the world, and that a perfect monarch can be birthed from a scientific process of adding controlled life experiences as if he were writing a story. What does Varys do? Probably tries again and makes plans the same as usual.

Anything more would require me to know more about Varys and Illyrio than I do, such as whether he’s a true believer or also a Blackfyre supporter.

Thanks for the question, Anon.

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Fig. 1. From Left to Right, Mundane antler, Eikthyrnir antler and Patraindeer antler. Ceryneian antler exists, but is phenomenally rare to find, usually being melted down before it can be used otherwise.

The use of antler in magical crafting is varied, dependent on the source. While most antler used in mundane, some is from magical sources, and this can very much affect the magics one can enchant the resultant object with. Most especially this is noticeable if one is carving antler to make a wand - as some wixes magic is unusual and cannot be channelled through wood, and requires some other material [Footnote 1]. The most common antlers used are from mundane deer, or from one of two magical varieties; Eikthyrnir or Patraindeer. All of these are used for a variety of purposes - from knife handles and wand inlays to magical sculpture and creating a full wand. Everything depends on what one wants from the result.

Mundane antler is simple enough, taking well to rune-based enchantments and absorbing potion-based enchantments with ease. These will wear off eventually though, but usually after a long span of time, and proving frightfully useful in the in-between. Eikthyrnir antler is commonly used on the handles of the silver knives used by Healer Potioneers, as it’s ability to purify helps to ensure no potions come out toxic. However, it cannot take potion-based enchantment, always purifying the potion before it can be absorbed. Patraindeer antler is the last common source, and is often used in wand inlays and for sculpture, though in recent years it has grown in popularity as a cheaper alternative to crystal wands, for those with such magical difficulties.

Ceryneian antler is an uncommon find and has not been studied extensively yet. However, in my personal experience, it takes well to runic enchantment, though it is very easily damaged.

Footnote 1 - In my time I have come across three such wixes, only one of which ended up buying a length of antler from me - in her case, Eikthyrnir. Of the other two, one was gifted a bone from the body of his aunt who died shortly thereafter and the other obtained a wand made of magical crystal, able to channel their magic.

– On the use of Antler in Magicrafting by Daedalus Loch


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anonymous asked:

Why is america scared (and was scared) of communism in other countries? Is it bc they think its bad (human rights abuse) or bc they know true communism would not benefit them economically?

This is a very fun question

Theres a ton of reasons from a bunch of varying perspectives. I’ll list em out:
(Note, from this point onwards, when i say communism, i mean socialism).

LONG POST.

1) In terms of economic theory, to be as simple as possible (mea culpa if my terminology is too simplified @ any astute commies reading this), communism becoming victorious would mark the death of capitalism. Capitalists would lose big time because all of their foreign assets and market shares would freeze or only pour out to them in drips because the governments and markets in other communist countries advise economic organization strategies that would regulate money for the sake of internal development and need-based social programs instead of profits for profit’s sake.

That is to say, your foreign business partner won’t be your business partner because instead of using all of their capital to make more profits (which in turn will make you money too), they’re using their shares to help benefit society at large. The circulation of money “switches lanes” to put it simply. Instead of congesting all the riches to a few targets for the sake of riches, it distributes the wealth across the land to benefit the people at large.

2) In terms of imperialist theory and the national economy: when capitalist countries like the u.s. absorb enough of its own resources and its markets grow to such an extent that it cant sustain itself solely by using its own country’s resources or its own country’s labor force, the investors in that country look to other resource-rich but under-developed countries for their resources and labor force at a much lower cost (because we dont pay legally-enforced amerikan wages to workers in Nicaragua for example).

When this relationship occurs, that core nation (amerika) becomes imperialist and relies on the continued suppresion of these periphery countries in order to sustain a healthy flow of profits, resources, and labor for minimal costs.

The economy of these periphery countries becomes structured to solely provide whatever resource it was targeted for in the first place and relies on continued business transactions with the imperialist country in order to keep their home economy afloat. This grants a sick exploitation by the imperialist country, for this vertical reliance allows the core country to greatly influence the policies of the periphery country in order to serve our financial demands; resulting normally in foreign sponsored dictatorships and oppression.

But if these periphery countries had a communist revolution, then that would pacify the money trail, thus suffocating the imperialist country from immediately losing access to low-cost resources and cheap labor pools. To paraphrase Mao Zedong (at least i think he said this), for every country imperialism controls, it also prepares a noose that will potentially choke the invader once those conquered countries learn leash it round the invader. Without all the access to resources, capitalist markets will fall faster than you can say “tummy tuck.”

3) In terms of the state and state-capitalist relations: the capitalist state acts as the mediator between the ruling class and working class. But its primary function is to protect the “investors” of society. Theres a special relationship between capitalism and the state thats both a hindrance and a blessing for both sides.

A) For the state, capitalists allow for funding for presidential campaigns, enacting bills, lobbying, military/police equipment, utilities, commodoties, foreign relations, potential leverage making for foreign relations or deals, etc. The blessing for the state is it gets money access for all of its operations whether innocent or clandestine. But its main hindrance are obeying the wills of its financiers, whose goals and intentions rarely ever coincide with the people the state claims to represent.

B) For the capitalists, the state provides protection whether in the form of legislation that protects or enhances trade, restrains competitors through that legislation, provides toll-free suppression of workers whenever they riot, and acts as another useful investment for the scheming capitalist to make a buck from, because who else best to be a business associate with than the soverign of the land? The capitalist’s blessinsg from the state is legal protection and the opportunity to influence legislation for their own benefit. But its hindrance is the state does get involved in its business, so legislation is a great double-edged sword for the capitalist.

The state and capitalists hatred for the communists works in their self interest, because communists threaten the profits of the capitalist and undermines the hegemony of the current state. Since the purpose of any state is to maintain social control and deviate as far away from social unrest as much as possible, and the capitalist never wants to lose money, there’s a strategic and mutually beneficial relationship for the two to dedicate all their might to fighting communism at home and abroad.


4) In terms of power: before i mentioned that the purpose of the state is to maintain social control and deviate as far away from unrest as possible. Why? Because with social unrest by the workers, money circulation is put to a momentary halt. When circulation is halted, the capitalists arent making money and can potentially run out of business. When the capitalist is out of business, the state loses an investor. And when the workers figure out they can manage without the capitalist state, that state loses its legitimacy and thus its power for social control.

So the state does everything in its power to suppress any rebellious elements in society, whether it be through propaganda, armed repression, legislation, distraction via commodity, opinion control via media etc. And because we already said that we’re dealing with the imperialist state of amerika, these same rules apply globally.

The one thing power hates is a challenge. And since the communists of the world, the plebs who have traditionally been at the foot of the wealthy and powerful, ring the church bells for the bourgeois state’s and capitalism’s death, the imperialist state gets antsy and goes on the offensive and uses every dirty and dishonest trick in the book to undermine and outplay the opposition.

Also, power doesnt care for ideology or rarely what another country does to its own people. We’ve funded dozens of coups and supported dozens of draconian dictators who executed and persecuted their own people en masse. The only reason we never stepped in is because they obeyed our whim and never wanted to pose a challenge to the great amerikan juggernaut.

Im sure there are more answers but these are just the top 4 i could come up with from the top of my head. I could be lacking a bit so of course do your own research.

Thanks for asking!

anonymous asked:

i think "i'm size x am i fat?" is honestly a really bad question cause sizing varies SO MUCH. for instance i bought a skirt the other day that is a size 10 and it fits me perfectly but i also have a pair of jeans that are a size 12 and are too small. vanity sizing exists and no two brands's sizes are the same.

Agreed, anon! There’s no good way to measure if someone is fat or not.

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It’s still pretty freaking gross to act like randl, two straight men, who probably were homophobic themselves, experienced any level of homophobia.

Just because you are straight does not mean you can’t experience homophobic harassment. Look at how close these two are, how long they’ve been together, and where they came from - you really think they haven’t experienced some homophobic harassment in their time? So let’s not compare and belittle the types of homophobia that are out there. Homophobia is wrong and awful no matter what the reason or target it is. The weight, severity and length of the suffering it causes varies greatly no matter what your sexuality is, but none of it is unworthy of awareness. Also it’s pretty gross to assume they are or were homophobic without knowing so, and we don’t know if they are straight. Raz and Britt covered that point more fully in their response though.

Oh, they’re so strong for being friends and standing up to this nightmarish toxic masculinity of the south! how brave they are to DARE to wear skinny jeans, pierce their ears, skinny dip with other guys! these things only serve to prove how little they were ever affected by homophobia in the first place.

I think the many MANY LGBTQ youth that are judged and bullied for they way look, act and dress on a daily basis would disagree with minimizing this aspect of toxic masculinity and homophobia as an issue.

Sexism and homophobia play a big part in toxic masculinity, because it reinforces stereotypes and the idea that femininity is wrong/less than masculinity. A guy wearing a pink shirt might not seem like a big deal to you (because in all honesty it isn’t, it’s just a shirt and colour) but in the face of a society that still favours patriarchy It IS important. It is brave to combat toxic masculinity, until such a time that society realizes how not a big deal it is to do things like wear colours or feminine clothes. Just because someone might go through tougher times than them and be forced to exhibit larger bravery doesn’t mean that these smaller things aren’t brave too. 

Also is every victim of homophobia and toxic masculinity automatically going to stop being themselves? You can be affected by homophobia and wear skinny jeans. You can be affected by homophobia and wear baggy jeans. You can be affected by homophobia and wear a dress. No one responds to hate in exactly the same way, and I would applaud anyone who can keep being themselves despite going through that. I would also applaud anyone (straight or LGBTQ) fighting to stay strong even when they are too scared to be themselves. Every time Rhett and Link (or any male) does something unapologetically feminine it’s a huge F-YOU to toxic masculinity and homophobic stereotypes, and I support that 100%

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