winged centaur

WINDWEIGHT Part I | an otayuri fic set in the Watercast universe.

The story to the artbook/graphic novel collaboration with @maccalon + some exciting guest art! <3 thank you @primagrine for quality control.

Summary: Yuri is an avian who crash lands in a forest after attempting an overly ambitious diving routine. Otabek is a lone centaur who was just minding his own business. 

Spoiler: Yuri is a humming bird. And he still likes cats. Otabek is still a cinnamon bun. 

Also you don’t need to have read watercast to understand any of this! It’s just a love story. A big excuse for me to explore more about avian biodiversity, flying techniques & social issues ahhhh. if there’s enough interest there’s a victuuri centric story too, but they’re just in the background of this, as well as keef!

henotic-hannelore  asked:

fairy wings, centaur hooves, siren call, dragon breath, unicorn horn, pixie dust

FAIRY WINGS: what do you believe in?

you can’t stop bad things from happening by trying to smile and leave things better than you found them and choosing to move steadily onward, but it feels better if you can say you did the best you could.

CENTAUR HOOVES: choose a place to run away to.

saturday morning, clean sunlight, a pile of blankets that’s just warm enough, enough coffee to make a cup when you choose to stand up, but it doesn’t have to be right now. you can doze a little longer if you’d like.

SIREN CALL: what song makes you feel soft?

hast thou considered the tetrapod, by the mountain goats.

UNICORN HORN: what do you wear to feel brave?

as many shirts and jackets as i can get away with, tbh. weight on my chest and back makes it easier to stand up straight and say what i mean.

PIXIE DUST: what colors do you dream in?

muted greens and grays and reds.

If Disney is going to keep making live action remakes, I want one of Fantasia.  Make is as realistic as possible.  Keep all the music and intros the same, but make it real people doing all these things.

Dress people as mops and do a cats-the-musical version of mickey.  Make Churnabog a giant human with bat wings.  More non-white centaurs, cherubs and satyrs. Make “the record” into a person like a car sale blow up thing.

Turn Fantasia into a “silent” musical (no singing, just background music).  

Do more with Fantasia!!!!


Celtic Coin Depicting A Centauress

This extremely rare hexadrachm was struck in the 2nd century BC by the Boii tribe in ancient Slovakia. It shows a winged female centaur on its reverse with a  Latin inscription of what is presumed to be the Boii king’s name  ‘BVSV’ (Busu) below. The obverse is a diademed male bust with a palm branch. 

More about these coins and the Boii…

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For my eleventh Evangelion book review, here is Evangelion ANIMA Visual Book, published by ASCII Media Works.  As you may have heard already, Evangelion ANIMA is a light novel from Ikuto Yamashita (the mecha designer for Evangelion) that tells an alternate ending to the Evangelion series: Instrumentality doesn’t happen and the characters experience a different adventure instead, which mostly seems to consist of battling against other Evas rather than Angels… however, there are Evas known as Angel Carriers that have the powers of the Angels.  This story was presented in the form of short installments that appeared in various issues of Dengeki Hobby Magazine, starting with an introduction in late 2007, then the first chapter in 2008 and continuing with chapters of crazy action and crazier fan service until coming to an end with the final part in 2013.  As can be expected from Yamashita, there is a lot of focus on the Evangelions, including new Evas and weapons… and as you might expect if you read my previous book review that had some of Yamashita’s wacky older ideas, there are also a lot of wacky new ideas!

At the time I am writing this (January 9, 2015), the multiple chapters of ANIMA have not been compiled into a book yet.  But for now, at least we have Evangelion ANIMA Visual Book, which collects a number of ANIMA’s illustrations (including photos of models and toys based on several of the concepts in the story), plus basic information about some of the characters and Evas, and two chapters of the story are provided as well.  The book is not available in English or French, but at least there are a lot of pictures to look at (mostly in full color, and there are a few black-and-white sketches as well).  Sadly, it’s not a complete collection of ANIMA-related pics, but for the time being it’s the best there is unless you decide to track down all the issues of Dengeki Hobby Magazine that contained ANIMA material.  The artwork starts off with a cool cover illustration that is so long that the scan shown at the beginning of this review is only a part of the picture… the rest of it continues into the inside of the book!  However, if you remove the dust jacket, you’ll find a shrunken version of the image where the whole thing completely fits onto the front cover.

Aside from Ikuto Yamashita’s illustrations of the Evas and weapons, his renditions of the characters are occasionally shown as well.  There is also a bunch of character art done by Hiroyuki Utatane, and some artistic contribution from Seiji Kio.  Here is one of Yamashita’s pictures of what Shinji and Asuka look like in the story… Shinji is now 17 years old and has long hair worn in a ponytail similar to Kaji’s, while Asuka goes through several different hairstyles but still wears those piloting interface hairclips:

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Hello everybody! Saw a post that mentioned a Nick Fury caring for Tony and it reminded me of this old SteveTony idea I had going and I wanted to share a snippet of it. I don’t know when I’ll come back to it (if ever), but I will say that this plot was written when I was in my momentary centaur phase and it involves young centaur!Tony, papa wolf Nick, butler and papa wolf Jarvis, AI and protective Vision, overprotective older siblings Clint and Natasha and a lot of family bonding moments. 

Tony Stark is a centaur. Found as a foal, adopted by Howard Stark, raised and hidden away from society and working behind doors as Iron Man, he’s content with his life, or so he says. He’s accepted that he’s going to live the rest of his days alone and unnoticed with only an overprotective AI, an overbearing butler, an archer with horrible taste in films, an assassin with an obsession with knives, an overqualified nanny agent and a very grumpy director as his family. Nick Fury plans to change that. 

The director of S.H.I.E.L.D marched down the empty hallway located in the far corners of the helicarrier where only those with the access codes could enter the room. Those who didn’t wouldn’t even see what color the door was, let alone see the hallway that connected to it. Without pressing buttons or using any scans the double metal doors slid open the moment he was inches away from it. He walked further in, passing machines and furniture that was scattered and the kitchen where a boiling pot was steaming, emitting the aroma of cooked broccoli before entering the lab.

“Anthony Stark!” Nick Fury barked when he spotted the one he came to see standing in front of a giant screen that was buddied up by dozens of smaller screens around it and a giant keyboard connecting to it at the bottom.

Tony Stark jumped an inch in the air. All four of his hooves not touching the floor for a split second. He turned and had the decency to look panicked. “What’d I do now?”

Fury took a moment to acknowledge Jarvis standing in front of a table and stirring a steaming bowl, facing him. “Jarvis.”


He pinned his glare back at Tony, “Mind telling me why my agents are complaining about viruses that are attacking their personal devices and unable to get rid of them?”

“Oh, that,” Tony rubbed the back of his neck.

“Yes, that. Is this your doing?”

“Not really?”

Fury took a deep breathe, settling down his nerves that seemed to only react when the centaur was involved. “Elaborate, Tony. I need an explanation.”

Tony shuffled his front hoofs, lifting one and placing the other and repeating the action with his other leg. His tail flicked back and forth, “It’s Vision. He heard those agents talking about… me. He got back at them.”

And there it was. Just like that Fury’s… fury disappeared and was replaced by exhaustion. This wasn’t the first time Vision got protective of the genius and this certainly wasn’t going to be the last. Rumors had been going on about what could possibly be locked inside the room at the belly of the helicarrier, and while some rumors were downright ridiculous (a possible second Hulk trapped inside and studied for future Hulkings) some rumors hit a little bit close to home to Tony’s self-esteem.

“Do I want to know what they said this time?”

Tony looked away and faced the ground, meaning he wasn’t going to get the answer from him. Instead, Fury looked up at the ceiling (even though Tony had said time and time again Vision wasn’t up there exactly), “Vision what did they say?”

“The agents spoke of a hybrid monster who feasts on children,” the cool, accented voice of Vision said. And from the tone Fury figured the AI was still mad about it.

Hell, Fury was mad, too, now that he heard it, and no doubt Jarvis was also. Looking at the centaur he noticed the tense shoulders and the tense hind legs. This was affecting Tony in more ways than one and Fury was not going to let it stand without action. He made a mental note to ask Vision to let the viruses last for an entire week and to have their ringtones changed.

“Vision sign those agents up for double shifts and send them to seven hours of training. I want them worked to the bone.”

“Right away, Director,” replied the AI, and he swore he heard a sadistic tone from it.

“Nick,” Tony whined. “I don’t need you defending my virtue.”

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Tips on dating monsterboys

• Please remember that slimeboys’ residue may stain certain fabrics and carpeting! It is not their fault and some especially viscous boys may need a specialized cleaning product to get out the worst globs from your best blankets

• Naga may enjoy cuddling more than other boys but their hugs may be constricting! Make sure to talk to your partner about what’s the best level of hugging for you that still leaves you with enough oxygen/feeling in your legs to enjoy yourself!

• Insect boys might benefit from a little more watchfulness than others. Please be careful of your lighting so they are not tempted to fry themselves on it and make sure they have a small, dim place they can go when they’re feeling shy. Mind the wings!

• Satyrs and centaurs alike may need extra accommodation for seating areas than others; satyrs have trouble getting onto higher chairs and relaxing their jointed legs and centaurs are just really big. Stools and big big big sofas can go a long way!!


Urartian Bronze Armory Belt, c. 8th-7th century BC

Urartian belts, which are splendid specimens of their art, have been found in graves in Soviet Armenia and in the province of Kars. This is a section of an armory belt, decorated with three bands separated by rows of wave motifs; each band containing, from left to right, a winged lion with sword, a stylized tree, a leaping winged lion, a winged centaur-like creature with bow and arrow, and a leaping winged deer; rows of palmettes above and below; the upper and lower edges with perforations for attachments.

Urartu (biblical Kingdom of Ararat or Kingdom of Van) was a prehistoric Iron Age kingdom centered around Lake Van in the Armenian Highlands. Assyrian inscriptions of Shalmaneser I (c. 1274 BC) first mention Uruartri as one of the states of Nairi – a loose confederation of small kingdoms and tribal states in Armenian Highland in the 13th to 11th centuries BC, which he conquered.

Urartu re-emerged in Assyrian inscriptions in the 9th century BC as a powerful northern rival of Assyria. The Nairi states and tribes became a unified kingdom under king Aramu (c. 860 – 843 BC). It reached its peak of power in the 9th and 8th centuries. Urartu was eventually conquered by the Medes in the early 6th century BC and the Urartian Kingdom was eventually replaced by the Armenian Orontid dynasty.