wages of virtue

CAN’T FEAR YOUR OWN WORLD Part 1 Full Translation

“Do not seek the aesthetics​ in waging war.

Do not seek virtue in death.

Do not think your life is your own.

If you wish to protect each of the heads of the five court nobles, then you must slaughter every foe from under the shadow of the leaves.”

— Excerpt from the old edition of the Shino Academy’s textbook, Shinigami regulations encyclopedia.

“Do not seek the aesthetics in waging war.

Do not seek virtue in death.

Do not think your life is your own.

If you wish to protect the things you ought to protect, then you must strike down the enemy by cutting them from their backs.”

— Excerpt from the latest edition of the Shino Academy’s textbook, Shinigami regulations encyclopedia.



Prologue

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Once, there was a battle.

A great war between those who called themselves gods who governed death and those who extinguished evil spirits.

The conflict ceased in the form of losing their respective ‘kings’ by the end of the feud which spanned a thousand years.

The relationship between the Shinigami and the Quincy hailed a new era as a result of this great loss.

It is said that it was the very same person who killed both kings, he was neither Shinigami or  Quincy, but only a small fraction of people are aware of that fact.

There was a young substitute Shinigami boy who was a guest of the Gotei 13, who defeated the ringleader of the “Wandenreich” rebel army which invaded Soul Society —- only that part of the information along with the proclamation that “the Gotei 13 successfully defended the Soul King Palace” was propagated throughout the Soul Society.

In other words, it was to be permanently concealed by those who were the very foundation of the Soul Society, that the Soul King himself was dead, for the purpose of avoiding confusion and disorder.

Even now, many inhabitants of the Soul Society including ordinary soldiers still believe they have their Soul King enshrined at the Soul King Palace.

Those who know the facts is limited to only a handful of Shinigami such as captain ranks and superior officers, or people attached to important posts in Seireitei, they also dare not expose the truth and thus the people’s peace of mind was not disturbed.

From there, the revival of the Seireitei that was left utterly devastated, began.

Whether or not the decision of the higher-ups, who did not deem it acceptable to snatch away the people’s moral support, was right as they had expected​ — well, it seems that is something to be judged by history 10, or 100 years down the line.

The series of conflicts that would subsequently be known as the “Protection of the Soul King Great War”, ushered in the conclusion to such a state of affairs.



Going back in time to the point immediately following​ the end of the war.

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poorlionnotking  asked:

Do you think people can misunderstand characters by focusing on the surface without looking deeper? An example of this is the Incredible Hulk. I feel like sometimes people reduce him to the guy who hits things. To me Hulk is depression, loneliness, and grief. He represents that thing within so many of us that we fight, but can never completely defeat. Hulk is a hero because of this inner struggle, more than any external battle.

In a word, yes.

I like how you see the Hulk. That is a great interpretation and similar to my thoughts not only on him, but “monsters” throughout literary history. Only, in stead of loneliness, depression, or grief, I see them more as representative of the darker side of our nature that we fight to suppress – our “vices” that wage war against “our virtues.” There’s also symbolism in how the Hulk is almost a separate entity from Bruce Banner – one a mild-mannered scientist, the other a brutal killing machine. It hints of the novella, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, which I always took to represent as when you “allow” the monster within you license to misbehave, you give it greater ‘life’ until it consumes you and your original self disappears, because you are more often a monster than a man (drugs, alcohol, any form of addiction, poor choices that take over your life, etc).

Victorian literature is full of these kinds of symbolic parallels (which is why I love it so much) – Frankenstein talks about when men play God, argues questions of scientific advancement at the cost of human life, and explores deism (God set the earth in motion, then abandoned His creation – just as Viktor brings his Creature to life and abandons him), while exploring the consequences of man’s natural curiosity and careless / self-centered nature; it is also an exploration of man’s tendency to feel alone, misunderstood, even abandoned, without direction but craving human contact; Dracula is a disguised condemnation of  feminism with the implication the further society strays from traditional roles, the more they will become lost and consumed by change (the abandonment of the old ways for superstition / spiritualism); etc., etc.

I will take you one step further: this is not only a problem with misunderstanding fictional characters by focusing on surface actions, but a problem that plagues our society in daily life. How often do we look under the surface and try to understand the people we disagree with? Turn on the television, and you will see a ton of people with no interest in looking under the surface, asking what personal experiences or beliefs formed this opinion, pausing to discern whether it is even the threat they think it is, or hearing the other person’s side – much less allowing them to finish a full sentence. Our world faces polarization because no one asks sincere (non-hostile) questions or cares for anyone else’s point of view. It’s all enforcing personal values on other people, with no one willing to reach a compromise, give up something, or negotiate.

Understanding eats away at hatred. It makes it harder to condemn, when you know the full story. Our society is very much into screaming things at other people, and never listening to their full sentence or speech, or in asking them intelligent questions intended to invite them to share their reasoning; rather, a lot of people ask barbed questions and make things personal, with zero interest in hearing,  thinking about, or understanding someone else’s point of view. This leads to a lot of belligerent babies who cannot carry on a debate without turning it into personal insults / attacks instead of staying on the topic.

It is much easier just to judge people based on a statement or an action than it is to invite them to challenge your perception of them with a genuine desire to understand. People want to live in their preconceptions. They want to judge on a surface level and look no deeper, because it’s easier to accept your own assumptions than to listen to someone else and admit you might be wrong.

- ENFP Mod

Mini-fic rec list for James/Thomas and James/Thomas/Miranda, as there have been a few people looking for recs recently! This is by no means an extensive list in any way, shape, or form - god, there is so much goddamn fantastic fic out there, thank you to Black Sails for drawing in such a talented fandom - the following is just a small taste. Positively, there are some underrated gems linked here that deserve some more love. (I always feel bad about rec lists, because I know I’ve inevitably lost track and missed a lot of great fics/stupidly talented authors, so I want to emphasize again, this is by no means extensive.) Most of these are newer fics from the last few months, but there are some older fics recommended, too.

I’m furiously kicking myself re: how many drabbles/short fics and drabbles/short fics from authors that just post on Tumblr have disappeared into the horrifying void that is my Tumblr Likes list, I was an absolute idiot for not keeping track of them separately. The following is pretty much just from AO3, as bookmarks made it easier to keep track of everything. (Sub-categories for one’s Likes outside of tags wouldn’t go astray, Tumblr, just sayin’. ie. categories for fic, meta, soul destroying gifs, etc.) ETA: My bookmarks on AO3 also have newer recs, which I’m hoping to come back and add.

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FIC TRAILER: The Cup of Their Deserving (the wages of their virtue) by DreamingPagan

“If I leave them here, will you bathe on your own?” she asks. Flint does not answer, and she feels something catch in her throat. He will not, she knows - he has not taken the effort to so much as remove his shirt or attempt to deal with his bleeding wounds, preferring instead to sit, exhausted, on the barrel, staring into the middle distance, contemplating God alone knows what. She cannot blame him - there has been much to think on this day. She herself cannot put out of her mind just how close she has come to losing this - to losing him.

Madi decides not to be sent away after her rescue. When she returns to Skeleton Island, she finds a betrayal in progress and takes steps to save her friend and put her people’s choice regarding the war back in their hands.

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The Cup of Their Deserving (the wages of their virtue) - Chapter 2 - DreamingPagan - Black Sails [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 2/8
Fandom: Black Sails
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Captain Flint/Thomas Hamilton, Madi/John Silver (past)
Characters: Captain Flint, Thomas Hamilton, Madi (Black Sails), “Calico” Jack Rackham, Assorted OCs, John Silver (briefly)
Additional Tags: In Which John Silver has Fucked Up, And Madi is not amused, Protective Madi, finale fix-it, Canon Divergent AU, Hurt/Comfort, Fluff and Angst, If you are a Silver fan this is probably not the fic for you, I cannot emphasize enough that this is not a Silver-friendly fic, please no flak, Madi and Flint both deserved better, Madi to the rescue, Wherein Jack Rackham meets Thomas Hamilton

Summary:

“If I leave them here, will you bathe on your own?” she asks. Flint does not answer, and she feels something catch in her throat. He will not, she knows - he has not taken the effort to so much as remove his shirt or attempt to deal with his bleeding wounds, preferring instead to sit, exhausted, on the barrel, staring into the middle distance, contemplating God alone knows what. She cannot blame him - there has been much to think on this day. She herself cannot put out of her mind just how close she has come to losing this - to losing him.

Madi decides not to be sent away after her rescue. When she returns to Skeleton Island, she finds a betrayal in progress and takes steps to save her friend and put her people’s choice regarding the war back in their hands.

ohgressfuriosa  asked:

I was wondering if you could recommend any good and fluffy Flinthamilton fics to me? Great if they're completed.

Let’s begin with some shorter, complete fics: I just love The Loaning of Books Between Friends. It’s pre-relationship so perhaps not that you’re looking for? It’s so cute, though! If you want cuddling in bed/sex, [this] might be your cup of tea. My friend told me to recommend you [this] as well. It starts out sad but becommes fluffy, I promise. [This] is really short but sweet if weddings are your thing. (I just noticed that I sorted them in chronological order, I think it would make sense to read them in this order)

The Cup of Their Deserving (the wages of their virtue) is my fave Flinthamilton fic. It’s not pure fluff but it’s so good! It’s longer than the ones above and not completed yet, but it’s frequently updated and 80% done. I’ve been told that there will be lots of fluff in the next chapter. ;)