vows

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I will spend every 
breakfast with you. 
I will kiss your cheeks 
in the morning when
you are too tired to go to work. 
I will put my hair into 
a bun and I will carry my heavy body
for you. 
I will put my little heart 
in a bowl with rice milk. I will 
make you a cup of Turkish tea, and
I will listen to your eyes. 
I will wait for you 
with all my beauty. I will 
make your house a harem of love. 
I will be so exquisite 
you won’t desire any other woman. 
And I will let my love pour for you like a cascade. 
I will fold your clothes
and leave you love notes on the fridge. 
I will grow flowers under your bed. 
I will soak myself in honey for you, 
and I will let my hair fall down for you 
when you call on me. 
I will love you in anger. 
I will kiss you when you least deserve it.
I will look for your father in your eyes, 
and I will ask for your mother on how to make you happy. 
When I will upset you, 
remember my little heart next to yours. 
I will pronounce your name in Arabic,
and you will forgive my sinless eyes. 
And I will fall in love with you again.
—  Marriage Legacies by Royla Asghar 
Paladin Week: Paladins in the Game

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As a Player:

A paladin is the archetypal hero class. They are often lawful good and do not use underhanded tactics to win battles, only their skill, mettle, and the holy power of their deity to help them hit really hard. It should make a good paladin uncomfortable to be sneaking around in the dark or taking out a guard from behind. Most players forget this and often just play along with the party’s plans. While yes, this is mechanically favorable in D&D to sneak up on enemies, this isn’t what the paladin is all about. The paladin meets foes loudly, honorably, and on equal terms. It makes for interesting roleplaying situations with the party, with NPCs, and even with enemies.

Paladins as a class are without a doubt the best suited for roleplaying. They even have a set of rules depending on your chosen Oath for how you should play your character: your Vows. The vows are listed in the Players Handbook and restrict what the paladin can and can’t do. Always play this up and use it to develop your character. How does your character feel about your vows? Are there some that you adhere to better than others? Is sticking to them at all a burden for you? Whenever a test of your vows comes up in a game, it should always be a big deal for you. It’s a moment that defines what the future holds for your character. If you fail at your vows, you may start on a path away from the paladin class, or potentially even an oathbreaker paladin!

Please note, however, that having vows doesn’t mean you have to root out all the evil in the playgroup and slay them. Paladins can work with less-than-reputable characters and still not break their vows. They could even hope to change such characters’ ways over time through example. Come up with a reason to work with a player if their character is overtly evil. This is meant to be a cooperative game, so you will need them! And minor evils are nothing to get worked up about. Remember, you may have taken these vows but your allies didn’t!

If you don’t like some of your vows, try inventing some of your own! Just make sure that you run them by your DM and that each vow sets a real boundary for your character. Make them something that you know will come up in-game. “Be a murder hobo” is not a good vow. “Show no mercy to the wicked” is a good vow because now you cannot ever save a bad guy, even if you need information from them or a favor from them!

Playing a paladin mean no one will ever die easily while you are conscious. Every point of Lay on Hands in your pool of HP can stabilize a dying creature in a pinch, and neither diseases nor poison will ever harm you or your party for more than a day. Paladins are also ridiculously powerful in terms of damage, able to burst down big creatures with only a spell slot or two. However, the real guesswork with a paladin comes from rationing your resources. If you spend all of your Lay on Hands points in one go, a single poison, disease, or death saving throw can drastically harm your party. If you use too many Divine Smites, you lose the utility offered by your spells. To capitalize on the paladin’s abilities, you want to carefully decide when healing is necessary. As long as you keep players above a one-hit KO, you won’t waste your turn and theirs to revive them. Remember to use special attacks like Shove or Grapple to save on some of your crowd-controlling spells later. Don’t waste smites or spell slots on weak creatures. You are a paladin! Save your divine smites for powerful fiends and undead!

Oh and stay close to your low-WIS allies (fighters, barbarians, and arcane spellcasters) with your auras of anti-fear, anti-charm, and saving throw bonuses. Your mere presence can aid those currently at their weakest, whether you stand in the thick of battle or on the sidelines protecting the casters. The safest place for anybody in your party is at your side. 

As a DM:

Dealing with paladins that grind the game to a halt.

As a minor warning, some paladins can bring the game to a grinding halt by following their vows to the letter and forcing their vows upon others. Remember, in this edition paladins cannot detect the alignment of regular people. This is a huge help because now potentially evil players can play alongside good paladins without turning the campaign into a PvP slugfest. Paladins that still want to try and do this will often try to make Insight checks to determine whether a PC’s alignment or actions are evil. Don’t let them do this forever until they succeed. Only offer this check when the paladin witnesses a player committing an evil act. Otherwise, that’s just prejudiced. Maybe the wizard is just going through a goth phase. That doesn’t mean you can just "Insight" that they are evil by looking at them. Don’t let the paladin break your game and be the moderator you have to be. On the flipside, don’t let evil players get away with anything and everything, either. Occasional group tension is actually good for character development. Just make sure all parties are aware it’s intended purpose.

To challenge a paladin is merely a matter of endurance. Since most of playing a paladin is resource management, long drawn-out dungeons or periods without rest will force a paladin to either get creative or risk running out of steam before the final boss. Another simple way to challenge them is to give them swarms of weaker creatures. It will usually be fun, at the time, to romp through hordes of kobolds and smashing them with a hammer, but if the paladin is managing their spells and abilities wisely, it will start to wear upon them as they start to take hits here and there.

Challenge a paladin’s roleplaying ability is with a moral quandary every now and then. Put some evildoers in danger from a greater evil. Depending on the paladin’s vows, they may either be required to save them or let them die. Make sure there are tangible consequences on both sides of the coin. Take note of your paladin character’s vows and make sure your moral tests specifically challenge those vows. If they follow their vows, there will be consequences. It should be obvious for a player, mechanically, to follow their vows. That’s how you’re supposed to play a paladin. If there is a downside to following their vows this time, then the decision won’t be so clear. This will make them work hard for it: Do they follow their vows and cause harm to the party or their mission? Or do they break their vows and need to atone? If atonement is a-ok for your player, then add consequences to both sides of a moral quandary until it starts to actually become difficult.

Moreover, make sure that the paladin grows with every moral test. When they encounter a new one, remind them what they did with the last moral test and how that turned out. They will be forced to think even harder each time, eventually becoming a hardened paladin that follows their vows without question or else falling, either becoming an oathbreaker paladin or simply multiclassing into a new class.

  • Robert: I, Robert Jacob Sugden, take you, Aaron Dingle. (Aaron chuckles) What?
  • Aaron: Nothing. I just wasn't expecting you to do the whole 'till death do us part' thing.
  • Robert: Well, that's how it works, idiot. (takes a breath) I take you, Aaron Dingle, to be my wedded husband. I promise to be faithful. To put you first. To make you happy. Too keep trying to be better for you, because... you deserve it.
  • Aaron: I, Aaron Dingle... take you, Robert Jacob Sugden... to be my wedded husband... I can't really think of anything else to say. I'm sorry, I'm rubbish at this. But you know...
  • Robert: I know. (forehead kiss *dead*) It doesn't matter.
  • Aaron: No. It does matter. I've never had this with anyone before. I never thought I'd have this with anyone. And I never thought I'd have it with you. Now I've gone and messed it all up.
  • Robert: Don't.
  • Aaron: I promise to be better as well. To trust you. To never let you down ever again. I promise I'm gonna be the best husband I can be.
  • Robert: Hey, you're already the best husband I've had.
  • Aaron: I'm serious.
  • Robert: So am I.
  • (FIRST KISS AS HUSBANDS)
#79 | A Tom Holland Imagine

“You’re safe now. I’ve got you.”

Tom Holland x Reader requested by anon
Words: 1,490
Disclaimer: it’s uh, emotional. but anyway there’s a large bit of fluff !! don’t worry there’s a happy ending.

(listen to the song Look Out by James Vincent McMorrow and My Own by Whiteaker while you listen to this.)

The cameras flashed in your eyes, blinding you from confidently taking forward steps. The reporters were yelling your name, and getting down on their back to get a shot of what might be underneath your dress. They saw you as a headline, and not like a person. Tom was holding your hand, standing behind you as you chugged forward through the mass to get inside the car that had pulled up at the curb. You weren’t sure how anyone had found out the two of you were going to dinner, but the moment Tom found out who it was, they were going to be hung out to dry. 

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Whenever you need me, I promise I will be there. I promise to love you unconditionally even on your darkest of days. I promise to stand by your side and support you with your choices. I promise I will be your shoulder to cry on and I promise to be here with open arms when you need someone to hold you. I promise to tell you the truth always, even when it might not be what you want to hear. I promise I will stay forever loyal to you, and I promise I will do everything in my power to make you happy. I am not the person who is going to break your heart, I’m going to fix it.
—  I promise
I’m With You (one-shot)


Chris Evans x Reader

I have a thing (like most in the marvel fandom), for the phrase “I’m with you till the end of the line”. So this is a little reimagine of that. I hope you like it!

Disclaimer: fluffy, fluff, fluff. Angst(?) but not really.

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“Okay so August through January is filming for that movie” I point to the corresponding script, waiting for confirmation. He nods before I continue, “and then March through June is filming for that one” He nods his confirmation again. “And they’re both in Atlanta?” I question.

“No, first one is Atlanta, second one is Atlanta for the first few weeks and then we go to Europe for a while”

“Right, okay”

“God, it’s literally all year, I’m going to be gone all year” He buries his face in his hands and I can see his stress bubbling.

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I Flat-Out Refuse To Marry Anyone Unless These Are Our Vows

“Marrying you is not the end of my liberty; it’s the beginning of it.

You’re the person I want to dive headfirst into life with. When I go out on the weekends, it is you I want shutting down the club with me. When I plan an adventure it is you I want holding the map. When I speculate about the future, I want to see you in every outlandish fantasy I plan for myself. You’re the person I want to rant excitedly to over happy hour drinks. You’re the person I want to dance around the house with in my underwear with. You’re the person who makes the whole world feel wide-open to me and I want to take advantage of that. I want to plunge into the future with you – because it looks bigger and brighter by your side than I ever could have imagined.

‘Something about you inspires me to be bigger, brighter, bolder than I ever knew that I could become. And I hope that I inspire you, too.’

I don’t want to settle down with you. I want to take off with you – to far-away countries, foreign landscapes, gems and corners of the world that would only have looked half as amazing without you by my side. When I strap on a backpack and head to the airport, I want you to be boarding that plane with me. You’re the person I want to get lost with, set up camp with, stumble through dark streets with at 5a.m. with after a long, rambunctious night in a city that we can’t pronounce the name of. When I get home and have tale after ridiculous tale to recite to my friends, you’re the one I want there to back up my claims. You’re the person I want to come home to and the person I want to escape with. I want you on every adventure I take for the rest of my life. I want to do everything on earth with you.

I don’t want to be the person you always agree with. I want to be the person you challenge – to change, to grow, to expand in ways that wouldn’t have ever occurred to me before I met you. I want heated debates at 3am. I want stark disagreements when I’m acting out of line. I want passionate arguments about the way we’re living because your fire fuels mine and I never want that spark to die out. I want to be someone you aren’t afraid to challenge because sometimes I need that extra push. And you can bet your ass that I’ll push you right back.

I don’t want to let myself go now that I have you – I want to build myself up alongside you. Something about you inspires me to be bigger, brighter, bolder than I ever knew that I could become. And I hope that I inspire you, too. That together we can encourage one another to grow into the fullest, strongest, fiercest versions of each other. That ten years from now we will be prouder than ever to be standing beside one another and that twenty years later we’ll be even prouder still. I hope you’re not expecting to grow stagnant in love because something about you makes me feel like my best self on steroids and I do not plan to let that feeling die.

If there’s anything I am not worried about, it’s us falling apart. The truth is I never fell in love with you anyway; I walked into love – surely, deliberately and without a backwards glance. I chose you from the first day I met you and baby I promise to keep choosing you. Through every fight, I’ll choose you. Through every temptation, I’ll choose you. Through every twist and bump in the road that threatens to tear us apart I will choose you with the ferocious certainty I’ve felt since the first time I ever laid eyes on you. I’m not worried about falling out of love with you baby, because I never fell in. Loving you was a waking, conscious choice and it’s one that I’m going to keep making until the day my heart stops beating.

Now let’s stop with these frivolous vows – there’s a party to have! We have gifts to tear open and champagne to chug and a whirlwind honeymoon to go embark on. This whole marriage thing is old and tired but we most certainly are not. After all, you’re only young and wild once. And baby, our wildest days are just beginning.”

- Heidi Priebe

And I told everyone that I would never marry. I’d never settle down. I told them that I’d probably be alone for the rest of my life, and I told my siblings that I’d just be that cool aunt who travels the world, but has no spouse. I never looked at marriage like an endgame. It was always something that I knew I could choose, but it wasn’t my goal like the rest of the world. Growing up, I saw what marriage really was. Up until I met you, I would never let anyone get deeper inside me. I’d never let them in. That’s what pushed people out of my life. But you, you were different, and kind. You took your time with me, you got to know me, and you listened when no one else wanted to hear. To you, I was an open book. And up until that moment I never really understood why people wanted to be with just one person in a lifetime. But then I realized, who wouldn’t want a forever with you? So against all odds, I saw my future with you, hell I wanted to marry you. And now on our wedding day, looking at you, beautiful as ever, you changed me. Now I hope for a future and a forever with you. Now I finally understand, now I know what love is. And I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life going on adventures with you knowing that you’re going to be with me, wherever I go. I love you.
—  Wedding vows (via young-wildandfresh)
You cannot possess me for I belong to myself.  But while we both wish it, I give you that which is mine to give.  
You cannot command me for I am a free person.  But I shall serve you in those ways you require and the honeycomb will taste sweeter coming from my hand.  
I pledge to you that yours will be the name I cry aloud in the night, and the eyes into which I smile in the morning.  
I pledge to you the first bite from my meat and the first drink from my cup.  
I pledge to you my living and my dying, each equally in your care.
I shall be a shield for your back, and you for mine.  
I shall not slander you, nor you me.
I shall honor you above all others, and when we quarrel, we shall do so in private and tell no strangers our grievances.  
This is my wedding vow to you.  This is the marriage of equals.
—  Celtic wedding vows, repeated by both Bride and Groom.