woads

Quick Facts: Ancient Celts
  • Skin: Commonly described as fair, clear or white. (ref: Diodorus, Ammianus Marcellinus)
  • Hair: Long hair was the fashion, described as “thick and shaggy like a horse’s mane”, even satyr-like due to the treatment with limewater; the aristocracy favored large moustaches; and the Celts generally shaved their entire bodies, Caesar’s account further proven by iron razors and sprung iron shears found at the site of La Tene. Hair was variously mentioned as blond, flaxen or tawny, but either way further lightened artificially with lime. (ref: Caesar)
  • Height: Frequently described as very tall - taller than the Romans, the women bigger and stronger than Roman women. (ref: Diodorus, Marcus Borealis)
  • Fitness: The Celts are frequently attributed by historians with great physical prowess (“with rippling muscles”). In fact, fitness was so inherent to their customs, that any man exceeding the standard size was punished. (ref: Strabo)
  • Food/Diet: Grains, fruits, nuts, meat. Caesar describes them as living on “milk and meat”; Poseidonius also points out bread and fish. Cattle, dogs, hares, fowl and geese they grew only for entertainment or practical use.
  • Fashion: Striking clothing, dyed and embroidered in bright colors, striped or checkered cloaks. They wore form-fitting pants called “bracae”, tunics that were red, purple or multicolored, elaborate torcs as symbols of power, brooches, bracelets, hairpins and rings. They took great interest in their appearance, so that not even the poorest wore soiled or ragged clothing. Even cosmetic grinders have been found in Iron Age British contexts, signalling they might have used eyeshadow or blush. (ref: Diodorus, Flavius Arianus, Propertius, Amnianus Marcellinus)
  • Tattoos: The Britons were unique for their tattoos and the blue woad they painted their bodies with. (ref: Caesar)
  • Music: The most famous Celtic instrument is the Carnyx, styled in the form of an open-mouthed boar, emitting harsh, discordant sounds suited for battle. (ref: Diodorus)
  • Personality: High-spirited, hospitable, fond of feasting, straightforward, frank, courageous, etc. (ref: Diodorus)
  • Notable traditions: The head as the throne of the soul, hence the custom of severed heads as trophies; comradeship was important (those with most followers considered most powerful). (ref: Polybius)
  • Traveling: Some tribes were nomadic, ridden with wanderlust, others settled down in farming communities.
  • Sexuality: Homosexuality was common and they were very nonchalant about it, showing they were comfortable with varying sexual orientations as well as sexuality in general. (ref: Athenaeus)
  • Spirituality: Animism (the notion that everything is animated with life, including nature), the worship of nature, a vast pantheon of gods that differed from tribe to tribe, but had common deities as well (ie. Cernunnos).

sonnetscrewdriver  asked:

Am I right in thinking some Celtic peoples practiced something akin to tattooing? I'm sure I've read stuff by Roman historians about it, so obviously grain of salt and all that.

They did, yes. Most likely body painting rather than tattooing, but then, it might have been tattooed in.

The common misconception is that they used woad, which, unusually, isn’t actually Caesar’s fault for once. Instead, it’s the fucking English, of all people. In the 1600s there was obviously that big mad scramble to colonnise the “New World” i.e. cyfe everything not nailed down, and England wanted to justify why it should get the indigo plantations instead of the Spanish on Moral Grounds (OH MY GOD I KNOW). So, Queen Lizzie One went ‘Hey, my granddad was Slightly Welsh, and that’s Celtic, and they used woad and also did tattooing, maybe that’ll work.” And so, they put about that woad - a relative of indigo - was what her ancestors had used culturally, and therefore indgo was part of her heritage.

It was not true.

The Insular Celts did use woad, that much is true, but they used it as an antiseptic, mostly. While it is a relative of indigo, it doesn’t produce anything close to the dyes you get from that one; the colour is similar, but not remotely as strong, and even with the best mordants it washes easily out of cloth. It was a medicinal plant, basically. There’s a theory that they would bathe in the stuff before battle as part of a ritual, but that was probably because it you’ve basted yourself in Savlon before running at swords and other pointy things, you’re much less likely to die of secondary infection (or, as you might perceive it, it means the gods have lent you protection.) And, of course, woad is an astringent. If you tried tattooing in an astringent, the best you could ever really hope for was semi-permanent bruising.

But, there are accounts of Pretty Blue Patterns on the skin, so PREPARE FOR TEDIOUS HISTORICAL CITATIONS

So first up we’ve got our boy Caesar, of course. Exhibit A, taken from De Bellum Gallico:

Omnes vero se Britanni vitro inficiunt, quod caeruleum efficit colorem/All the British colour themselves with {glass}, which produces a blue colour.

More on that in a bit. Next, Exhibit B, Claudius Claudianus:

Venit et extremis legio praetenta Britannis, Quae Scotto dat frena truci ferronque notatas/[This legion], which curbs the savage Scot and studies designs marked in iron on the face of the dying Pict.

Again, I’ll come back to that. Exhibit C is this sexy motherfucker:

Lindow Man! The most complete bog body found in Britain. I shan’t go into the debate surrounding how he died. That’s a rant for another time. The important thing here is the copper found on his skin.

So, let’s kick off. Caesar there is doing some Classic Caesar Bullshit, look - the only time the man ever came to Britain was to briefly do a meet-and-greet with a single south-eastern tribe in, like, Kent, before fucking off back to Rome, but he always was very good at ascribing the actions of one person to an entire people because Caesar was a massive fucking tool; so yeah, grain-of-salt. But it’s probably fair to say he was giving a good overview of a common practice in the south-east of Britain, at least.

And what’s interesting is the word he used for the colouring substance, which I have here translated as ‘glass’; but the word was ‘vitro’. Vitro was a contemporary-to-Caesar Roman blue-green glass, ver’ ver pretty:

- and, crucially, the major additive to create that colour was, in fact, iron(II) oxide. Let’s revisit Exhibit B: Claudianus’ Picts, who ‘marked their faces with iron’. For ages, historians interpretted that very literally, and thought they were practising facial scarification; but there’s a whole host of reasons why that’s unlikely, not limited to the potential to kill yourself with sepsis when you live in an arse-frozen Scottish highland with no NHS.

What seems more likely, it seems to me (and others, this isn’t just my theory)… Is that the Picts, much like the Insular Celts, were of course highly skilled metal workers, and therefore produced a lot of useful compounds in their forges that they realised could be used for pigments. Because these people were incredible metal workers, as we know:

If you’re that good, you have an extensive and highly skilled cultural knowledge bank around the raw materials you’re using, you know? You know what iron and copper and tin can do, though admittedly, I don’t think they worked out that copper poisoning was a thing.

We’ve found Romano-British cosmetics, incidentally, that back this up. In 2004, they found a villa that contained a half-used pot of Romano-British foundation made of animal fat, starch and, crucially, tin oxide. When rubbed onto the skin it makes you pale while leaving a light, powdery texture. It also, unlike the lead-based continental equivalents, didn’t corrode the skin like wax under a fucking candle.

So, step in Lindow Man! Copper deposits were found on his skin, and although decomposition has meant it’s not possible to see them exactly, they did tests to see it the copper was in the places you’d expect painting vs places you wouldn’t, and the results certainly supported the theory. I believe other bog bodies have just about had visible blue swirls, too.

And, unlike woad, you can tattoo iron oxides into the skin without issue. Technically you can tattoo copper in, but Lindow Man was most likely painted. I’d say that was just as well, since tattooing copper would kill you - but Lindow Man died horribly and violently and got chucked in a bog for two millennia, so ultimately, I doubt it made much difference to him. Though, a bonus fact: he had excellent white teeth, perfectly manicured nails, and his hair and beard had been trimmed with scissors, giving us concrete evidence of hygiene practices and tools among the Celts.

To round off: it seems likely they did something, though whether it was painting or tattooing, we don’t really know. It was probably done with metal compounds, and certainly not with woad. Queen Lizzie One lost the indigo plantations to the Spanish anyway. Lindow Man’s life was fabulous if riddled with parasites, right up to the point it very abruptly wasn’t, somewhere in his 20s.

And the Celts made exquisite metal stuff.

10 Eras & 10 Canons

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the 10 Eras and 10 Canons ficlet project for the 10 Years of Steve/Tony celebration. This post is a masterlist of those 20 works spanning and celebrating the breadth of Steve and Tony’s relationship. But sure to also check out the other works posted to the Anniversary Collection

Ten Eras

Ten Canons

Steve/Tony Fic Recs: Mafia/Mob AU

A really nice anon’s been looking for mob boss stevetony fics, so here’s my list for you, nonnie :D Also, do check out @wingheadshellhead‘s rec-list for fanart and edits :) Some of the WIPs haven’t been updated in a while, but are still well-worth the read. 

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Kings Of Coney Island by Vespasiana: In which Steve is a rising mafia don lacking in panache, Tony is an unethical businessman with a target on his back, and somehow a fake marriage will solve all their problems. Also murder. Murder solves a lot of problems, too. (Ults fic. WIP - not updated since 2013)

i fed it to the wolves by naimu: Wolves rule New York City. Perhaps that was why Tony never liked New York City. Along with the giant empty mansion filled with his ghosts and the massive tower that, yes had his name on the building but never felt truly his. Too many wolves in one place made everyone itchy- for a fight or well… a fuck. (Werewolf AU - not updated since 2012)

Keep Your Eyes Down by randomnese (calebaren):  

Captain Steve Rogers is a dangerous man.

He’s dangerous because he runs the New York city underworld, pushing contraband, moving money, always that face behind the curtain that the detectives and the police officers scurry to try to glimpse, but he’s too careful, much too careful to get caught; he has most of the New York elite chained to their desks, and they don’t even know it. Brutal, ruthless, and entirely cold-blooded. On most days, at least. On other days, Mr. Rogers is a substitute teacher with a love for art and a talent for teenagers.

Tony Stark runs a multi-billion dollar technology conglomerate, somehow keeping it together while losing it at the same time. He’s a smooth-talker, capable of charming an entire room in under three minutes. Deceptively dashing with a tongue of silver, under his thumb, he has more money than anyone could possibly use, near unlimited resources, and a curiously large blindspot when it comes to police or even government oversight. Not that he’d abuse that privilege.

And of course, they have to run into each other. (WIP - not updated since 2013)

Go Ugly Early by just_another_tinker

He’s The Captain? 

This was not good. 

This was so not good.

There were theories of course, of what The Captain would look like. Most followed the typical Hollywoodesque belief that he was some version of the Godfather, sitting in a dark room with a cigar, commanding his forces with a flick of his wrist. There were even some that even thought that The Captain was not one person, but a whole network of people with eyes and ears everywhere. 

The blonde Adonis in front of him was definitely not what Tony was expecting. Of course, in the end it didn’t matter. There was a reason no one knew what The Captain looked like. Because anyone who saw his face never lived to tell the tale. (WIP)

Two Families by Neverever (@captainneverever​): Maria Stark and Sarah Rogers seal their new-found alliance through an arranged marriage for their sons, Tony and Steve. Steve, the heir to Sarah’s mob empire, is doubtful but wants to make his mother happy. But Tony is in denial about the deep deep trouble his family is in and wants no part of this. How will Steve and Tony deal with their unwanted marriage, survive a mob war, and defeat their enemies? And what if they might, possibly find each other attractive and interesting? (WIP)

Laws Of Bygones by XtaticPearl (@xtaticpearl​): One ran a mob, the other chased them. But there was a stream of memories and past chasing both of them, across lives and universe. An incomplete story will be retold again, with the same heroes, a reborn love, and a revenge burning for centuries. (WIP)

Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do by copperbadge (@copperbadge​): The year is 1930, Prohibition and the Depression are both in full swing, and Chicago Police Detective Steve Rogers has his hands full. There’s a dead body on the banks of Lake Michigan, the entire city’s legal system is corrupt, and the king gangster of the North Side, Tony Stark, has taken more than a passing interest in him.

lie next to me (blood on your shirt) by theappleppielifestyle (@theappleppielifestyle​):  "I’ll take care of it,“ Steve promises, squeezing Tony’s hand, and then, at Tony’s look: "We’ll take care of it.”

(Mafia!AU where Steve never wanted Tony to get involved in his mob business - he wants to keep Tony safe, no matter the cost, even if it means letting Tony forge himself into something just as terrifying as Steve.)

all those things you do (get out, get gone) by theappleppielifestyle (@theappleppielifestyle​): He looks like he could take down a whole army with his hands and a tool kit. Steve supposes he could.

Protective mob boss Steve drabble by @theappleppielifestyle​: "No matter where they are, no matter what state their relationship is in, Steve will always watch and protect Tony (mafia au)“

Rescued by nightwalker (@onemuseleft): The gunshot echoes off the walls and ceiling of the warehouse.

Brooklyn’s Finest by kellebelle“Day #79 of Stark Watch. Where is the 25 year old genius? No one has spotted him in nearly three months, and many are speculating that he might be dead. Others remain hopeful and alert, eagerly awaiting the return of their favorite billionaire to the spotlight.”

HYDRA gets Tony, then Steve gets Tony. Steve isn’t sure how this became his life but he’s fairly certain Tony Stark is going to be the death of him. Mafia AU.

Involvement by Keyboard_Weaving_Stories: Clint had always tried to keep his baby brother out of trouble, which meant keeping him in the dark about his involvement with the local mob. But one day, Tony’s curiosity opens him up to a whole new world around him and there’s only guessing what kind of trouble he can get into.

In the Dark of the Night by cauldronofdoom: Steve is in charge of the local mob. Tony, no thanks to Stane, has come to his attention. (mob-verse series)

Baiting the Water by Veldeia (@veldeia): In the underworld of 1930’s New York, a bitter artist turned small-time swindler takes a bold step and goes to the Kingpin for help in plotting his revenge against his former friend and patron, an obnoxious inventor with a taste for art.

The Devil’s Strand by Woad: 1940. Steve Rogers just wants to serve his country, but with a dead man’s name on his wrist the army will never take him. Soulmate marks can be removed, but so-called cures have already landed Steve in debt with the wrong sort of people, and it’s hard enough to make ends meet waiting tables.

With a bad heart, Tony Stark, a capo in his father’s mob, never dreamed he would serve his country. But when a ship sinks under mysterious circumstances, a special division of Navy Intelligence calls on Tony for his connections. He’s never liked the family business, but he thinks maybe, just this once, he can manage to use it for good.

They meet by chance one night, when Steve knows him as only "Tony.” But after Steve is pulled into mob business and meets the capo, their relationship becomes much more complicated.

Get Money, Get Paid by Missy_dee811 (@viudanegraaa): Arno, Tony’s sadistic evil brother, usurps control of the Iron Legion with the help of someone close to Tony. Tony’s left reeling. In due time, he and Steve, the leader of the Howling Commandos, form an unlikely partnership. A rival gang, the Guardians, led by the charismatic Peter, threatens the status quo. Seeing no other way to protect Tony, with whom he’s in love, Steve proposes a fake marriage, which Tony accepts.

My Boy Builds Coffins by myadamantiumheart: Tony hadn’t known that he was getting involved with a mob boss, Steve hadn’t given any indications of being anything other than a mild-mannered art teacher, and Pepper hadn’t been right about one night stands being more dangerous than a long term relationship. (series)

Make Tomorrow’s World Better (Through Any Means Necessary) series by Faillen: When Tony Stark finds out about Obadiah Stane’s double dealing, he seeks out the Captain, the only man in New York that has a team with the resources and ability to take down HYDRA—the neo-Nazi gang Stane’s been selling to. Acting as an informant under the alias Iron Man, Tony finds out a few months later that the Captain is actually his sweet-as-pie boyfriend, Steve Rogers. In order to take down Stane and HYDRA, they work together (along with the Avengers, the gang that Steve leads) with Tony focusing dragging Stane’s betrayal out of the shadows and Steve trying to destroy HYDRA—and Johann Schmidt—once and for all. But close-call assassination attempts and politics with the NYPD throw a wrench in not only in their plans, but also in their relationship, leaving them both wondering if sacrificing everything for tomorrow’s world is really worth it.

Hang Up Your Cross (this one’s on me) by Ylixia: Mafia AU. PWP. Tony Stark is a pain slut who did a bad thing. Steve Rogers has a temper and does not approve of the thing. They work things out. With sex. (dub-con)

Midnight by Kiyaar (@besafesteve): “Careful,” Steve says, jumping down with his gun in hand. “You’ll get blood on those fancy shoes of yours. Some might say it’s sloppy.”

the moment of truth in your lies by SailorChibi (@tsuki-chibi): Being in the army and being an Enforcer for the Stark family are two completely different things. Steve is good at both. 

Turns out he’s also really good at falling for Iron Man even though he has no idea who Iron Man really is.

you’ve got me head over heels (on gasoline) by shieldmaidenofrohan (@captainstarkreportingforduty): The one where… a kidnapped Tony Stark meets the Captain, and deals are made in… unusual ways.

Let’s See What You Did Wrong by Resacon1990: In which Tony is kidnapped by a rival mob.

The Captain by arianapeterson19: Tony was convinced that the men who had nabbed him off the street had the wrong guy; Tony didn’t know any guy named the Captain. However, if the Captain wanted to show up and tell them that, Tony would really appreciate it.

OR The one where Steve really should have told his boyfriend he was a mob boss BEFORE he was kidnapped. (sequel)

Surprise, I Got Kidnapped by FanofAllThingsAdorkable: This time, it actually was Tony’s fault. He knew that Steve’s enemies were everywhere. He knew that they all had seen his face before. But he had still slipped away from his guard, leaving them in the dust while he ran free. He had just wanted to pick up Steve’s anniversary present without Steve knowing for once. He wanted to surprise him, just once.

Surprise, I got kidnapped. Happy anniversary, baby!

The Proposal by tarialdarion (@tari-aldarion): Tell me Mafia!AU things, please! DOES STEVE EVER PROPOSE?

Mafia au by @starkpad: Glimpses of the life of mob boss Steve and his pretty little darling, Tony. this involves guns, cigarettes, lingerie, dancing, and basically steve adoring the shit out of tony. and of course, sex.

If anyone wants a themed rec list, hit me up in my inbox! Previous rec lists are here.

anonymous asked:

Hey if you're still doing rec lists do you have any where stony meet cos Steve has to protect Tony or even after they've met Tony is in danger and Steve protects him maybe even some rescue fics? Either/or tbh, thankyou

Who doesn’t love Knight in Shining Armor Steve???  There are a lot of great fics that could fit your requests, but here are a few that I think you will enjoy.

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And I hope you have all you’ve dreamed of by Kairin16:  The world Steve wakes up to from ice has no need for Captain America anymore. Looking for his place in the new world, Steve gets hired as a bodyguard to the heir to Stark Industries, seventeen years old Tony Stark. Turns out it was both the worst and the best thing that could happen to him.

Measure of Protection by ohmyloki:  Steve has been Tony’s bodyguard for five weeks now. It’s a record amount of time since Happy, most of his new bodyguards averaging around four days before finally quitting.

If You Want to Live (The Historical Present Remix) by @sineala:  The Civil War is over. The SHRA is gone. Steve has been brought back to life. He’s settling into his new duties as America’s top cop. His longtime friendship with Carol Danvers – Avenger, former director of SHIELD, and former leader of the pro-Registration forces – is now a tenuous one. But something is very wrong in the world. This isn’t how it was supposed to be. Someone is missing.Tony Stark was killed at the age of seventeen, and it’s up to Steve to travel into the past to save a man he doesn’t remember from a man he knows all too well: a mysterious assassin from another time and place, a man with a metal arm. And the truth is more complicated than anyone could ever have guessed.

I Don’t Want My Heart to Show by @laudatenium:  On a gut impulse, Tony Stark hires Steve Rogers to be his bodyguard after Steve rescues him from an automotive crash. But despite his resolution not to share his secret with Steve, the man is far different than anyone else Tony’s ever known.And thus it begins.——AU of Tales of Suspense 45, where Steve was melted before the Avengers existed. And the fallout.

Four (or Five) Reasons for Kidnapping Tony Stark by @scifigrl47: There are four reasons for kidnapping Tony Stark. Tony’s sick of all of them. Well, there’s potentially a fifth, but it’s highly unlikely that Captain America will suddenly fulfill THAT fantasy. Tony’s deeply disappointed about that.Steve Rogers, as always, is oblivious. At least, that is, until someone who isn’t him kidnaps Tony. Then he’s just pissed.

The Knight and the Tower by valtyr:  The brave knight Sir Steven attempts to rescue a damsel in distress. Nothing goes according to plan.

How to Save a Life by @itsallavengers:  Steve and Tony fight, which is honestly not that unusual.Then Tony gets kidnapped. And suddenly Steve has a lot more to worry about than their stupid argument.

Hubris by romanoff: Tony would call it bad luck but, lets be honest, it was probably a long time coming.Or: Steve tries to find Tony and realises some things along the way.

Not Anyone’s Shade by @kaesaria:   Tony had fought, at first. Now he just waits.

Not a Special Snowflake by Annehiggins:  Tony Stark is no one’s special snowflake, so why do the bad guys keep trying to use him as bait? Set in a ‘gay Tony’ world so he was never romantically involved with Pepper.

Take Your Time by Avidreader6:  Tony just wanted a fun night out with Rhodey and Pepper, unfortunately Justin Hammer has other plans.
Steve to the rescue!

His Blue Heaven by Notevenwinded:  In a world where the Avengers never existed, Tony Stark, the successful heir of Stark Industries, discovers Captain America’s body frozen in the ice. With the Captain reluctant on taking back his hero title and Tony’s rivals wanting to use the super soldier serum for their own plans, the billionaire tries to find a way to help Steve adjust to this new world and keep his company running. A series of unfortunate events and with Tony in grave danger, Steve chooses to take the mantle of Captain America yet again and save him, marking his return to the spotlight.

Irreplaceable by orphan_account: There are obvious downsides to being the only member of the Avengers who is not a super soldier, a god, or a super assassin, and does not Hulk out when aggravated.
The most obvious one is that when villains want bait, they’ve got a go-to guy.Tony already knew Mondays sucked. He did not need his opinion reinforced this way.

You Don’t Only Get One Shot by janonny: In which Tony voluntarily carries a tracker around, and learns how to talk to Steve all over again in-between and during kidnapping attempts.“Leave you alone for two months, and you have an operation all set up to track wayward Hydra cells and rescue innocent billionaires,” Tony said, his tone skating the line of annoyance and admiration.

Let’s See What You Did Wrong by Resacon1990:  In which Tony is kidnapped by a rival mob

Toy Soldiers by copperbadge:  When Steve Rogers, five foot four and a hundred and ten pounds, met Tony Stark in a bar, he didn’t expect it to lead to a relationship. Or that Tony would find out he’s not an art student during a SHIELD rescue mission in Afghanistan.

Promise by Woad:     After Siberia, Ross makes good on his threat to put Tony in one of the Raft’s cells. Written for TRB Breakout.

You Never Call Me (By My Name) by @tisfan: In 1872, in the western town of Timely, the Town Drunk and scape-grace, Tony Stark, goes missing. Kidnapped by bandits and tortured for his cooperation, Ten Rings want him to repair his terrible weapons.Sheriff Rogers goes to rescue Tony.Problem: Who’s going to rescue Steve?

A Busy Man by @captainneverever:   Tony has been too busy for anything but work and he can’t seem to find time for dinner with Steve. But Steve goes missing and Tony might have missed his chance.

Past Imperfect by @captainneverever:  Present day Tony tells Steve that Steve wouldn’t like the college version of Tony.An alternative Steve, living in a dystopian future, is sent back to the past to stop the death of a young Tony Stark at MIT. He doesn’t know what he’s going to find but he’s going to try his best to save Tony.

The Ransom of Tony Stark by antigrav_vector:  As tends to be the case with anything involving the Avengers, the day starts out routine, and rapidly goes sideways. This day is no different; What was supposed to be a routine recon mission suddenly turns into a rescue…

Across the Universe by antigrav_vector:  During a mission, Iron Man vanishes. Captain America isn’t about leave a man down – or missing – on the field. Going after his missing teammate reveals a bit more than he really intended, though. Now, he has to decide what – if anything – he wants to do about the feelings he’s finally had to acknowledge.

Getting Home Again (The Kidnappers Never Prosper Remix) by antigrav_vector:  He was asleep when Tony was taken, and it’s left Steve a wreck. Now he’s got to keep it together long enough to get Tony back…

Kidnapped!(Again) by Muccamukk:  These are the worst kidnappers Tony has ever had.

anonymous asked:

Hi! I love your fics recs and your stories! I was wondering if you have a good list about 1872 Stony? Thank you!

Ooooh, yes, I LOVE 1872 fic.  So much angst and pining!  Here are some favorites.

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Blacksmith’s Hands by @everybodyilovedies:   Based in Marvel’s 1872 Western Universe, where Tony is a blacksmith and Steve is the town Sheriff. Blacksmith Tony hears Sheriff Steve’s birth date is coming up, and decides to give him the present he deserves.

Sheriff’s Watch by @everybodyilovedies:   Steve and Tony enjoy each other company in Tony’s home of technological marvels. But there’s something out there, and Steve’s beginning to take notice.

Both of which are part of Amuly’s wonderful Marvel 1872 Series, which you should definitely read.  I think my mind just immediately went to the porn ones.

Bingo–Western AU  (series) by antigrav_vector:  Tony wakes up. This is not a particularly good thing. Leave it to Steve to fix that.

the world spins madly on by @goodmorningbeloved: This isn’t about the beginning.This is about the bullet that slices through Steve Rogers’s heart, neat and clean, and leaves him for dead in the dust. This is about the gun that suddenly feels cold, colder, in Tony’s hand as he lunges to his feet and lurches forward, screaming and screaming._Or, Steve and Tony meet again in the afterlife.

An Empty Bottle and a Gun by Captain_Al:  Steve Rogers finds himself with an unexpected traveling companion, and a good deal of unexpected trouble, on his way to a new life in Timely.

Homos on the Range by MystikSpiral:  He was met with what was probably the most arousing sight ever. Even just watching him from the back, he started to get hard. Tony in one of his work shirts rolled up his arms, his hat placed firmly on his head and a slight swing of his hips to indicate he was dancing to a tune of his own.

How the West Wasn’t by Crematosis:  When Steve ends up in another universe where Tony is a rancher, it’s not as hard to adjust as he might have thought. Because some things never change. (not 1872 but Western)

In Between the Dark and the Light by @sineala:   After Doom is defeated, the stars come back to the night skies over the town of Timely. And they’re not the only thing that comes back. Howdy, Sheriff.

Go See the Elephant by runningondreams:  The morning was going just fine until Wrecker and his boys tried to take over the casino.

Regret by navaan:  The automaton is nothing but a broken machine. And maybe so is Tony.

Staking Claim (The Ghosts Remix) by navaan:  Sheriff Rogers came to Timely to forget a part of himself and live without the burden of who he is, but things only worked out in part. He knows what it is to be haunted. And into town walks a man battling his own demons.

Trouble Finds Me Easily by navaan:  Sheriff Rogers finds Tony Stark sleeping outside the sheriff’s office and drags him home. Because he’s trying to keep the streets clean and people safe, not because he’s worried about Stark at all or anything.

Dead Men Live the Better Life by navaan:  The first time he saw Iron Man, he was freezing and close enough to dying that all of it seemed like a dream. (Not 1872, but Western)

The Man Who Forgot by navaan:  Steve has lost his memories and people are trying to protect him, because Timely is not where you want to be without knowing who to trust.

You Never Call Me (By My Name) by @tisfan: In 1872, in the western town of Timely, the Town Drunk and scape-grace, Tony Stark, goes missing. Kidnapped by bandits and tortured for his cooperation, Ten Rings want him to repair his terrible weapons.Sheriff Rogers goes to rescue Tony.Problem: Who’s going to rescue Steve?

Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines by captainshellhead and vibraniumstark:  As far as stupid decisions went, Tony was fairly certain that nothing would ever top sleeping with the sheriff. In his defense, he hadn’t known who the attractive blonde was at the time, and he wasn’t planning on staying long enough for the sheriff to find out who Tony was, either. It wasn’t just the law Tony was running from, it was the past as well, and he couldn’t afford to wait around for it to catch up to him. Now if only he could convince himself to leave. (not technically 1872, but a Western)

A Stake in the Ground by Woad:  Granted, Tony gets off to a bumpy start in Timely, but he’s still surprised when Rogers arrests him for drunk and disorderly behavior.

A Man to Ride the River With by @asparrowsfall:   Tony discovers something incredible at a sideshow passing through Timely. He never thought mermaids could be real; this changes everything.

Wild Ride by coaster: Tony is the damsel tied to the rails and Sheriff Steve Rogers is here to save him.~Sheriff Steve Rogers is here to ravish him.

Down the Stream and Into the Sea by coaster: The first time Steve and Tony kissed, Tony didn’t remember it.~Three kisses.

Stand by Your Man by invincibleironwoman:  Anthony Stark was a nuisance and Sheriff Steven Rogers wasn’t sure he knew how to handle him.

Unreal reality by @laireshi: Steve always finds Tony, drinking at his porch, and always makes it better–until he can’t anymore.Somehow, this is not the end.

Somebody’s Darling by @laireshi:   Steve wasn’t always a sheriff, and Tony didn’t always spend his days halfway down a bottle. They met long before Timely.

Lay Down Your Arms by @laireshi:   Tony picks up a gun again.

Close to the sun by @laireshi;  The summer is too hot in Timely. Tony comes up with a solution.

the shadow of a dream by @laireshi:   Tony can’t make it right again. Steve can.

the map of my heart by @laireshi;  One day, Tony will take Sheriff Rogers flying.

where it began by @brandnewfashion:   Tony Stark dies the moment the light in Steve’s eyes fades

the hole you dug yourself into by magicsen:  Steve breaks up a saloon fight with some unlikely help.

Nothing you can’t handle by magicsen:  Tony Stark finds a reason to stay, for once.

Not a Hero by Pearl_Unplanned:  Tony Stark was not a hero. But he damn sure was a good man. (1872)

Protector by thebrutalityofreality:  Tony Stark wakes up in the sheriff’s jail cell and has absolutely no idea why he’s there.

Things are Different in the Dark by Tahlruil:  ’… The thing of it was, Stark couldn’t even sing. He was a damned blacksmith, had been surrounded by billowing smoke back when he’d actually worked, and he drank more whiskey than the rest of Timely put together. Those two things combined meant his voice was rough, damaged and smoky; neither excused his inability to carry a tune. Steve shouldn’t enjoy the warbling song – chosen for vaguely insulting reasons – even half so much as he did. At least this time Stark was getting all the words right, so he probably wasn’t too drunk. No, if he remembered all the words, he’d be just drunk enough, willing and able to do all the filthy things that sent a shiver of anticipation through Steve just to think about…’

End of the Road by @captainneverever:   Tony Stark can’t escape from the hell-hole that is Timely, Nevada. And he can’t save Steve Rogers from Wilson Fisk.

stevetony fic recs for July

Hope you have all had a lovely July. As it’s the end of the month it’s time for more monthly stevetony fic recs! In addition to my fic rec tag, here are a few absolute gems that I’ve read on AO3 this month:

  • Lost a foe (found a friend) by panickyintheuk (MCU): Tony creates an LMD of Steve, but his relationship with the LMD turns out rather differently from his relationship with the real Steve. A brilliant examination of how things went wrong between them in the MCU: cue me rending my garments because I love this so much.
  • A Match Made in…France? by Woad (MA.A): Remember that MA:A issue where Batroc sets up a dating website? This fic is based on that and it’s glorious.
  • What’s In a Name by izazov (MCU): Since CACW, Tony never calls Steve by his name any more. Love me some of this angst.
  • The Prize by sabrecmc (MCU): AU where Tony is a king and Steve is a concubine. Very hot. (WIP, dubcon warning)

Bonus art rec:

  • Appreciation by nanuk_dain (MCU): A frankly incredible photo manip. A++++, would like to see this in the movies.
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@desperatelyseekingcannibals - I am on a mission to prompt everyone I can with ABO Tristhad so… ABO TRISTHAD PLEASE!! Maybe on a mission and keeping warm around a fire? Lots of f luff please, but smut is more than welcome if it goes that way XD

Congrats on the followers! I can’t wait to read the prompt fills <3

For #Tristhad Week. This is only one part, I’m still writing more. :)

Another day on horseback—such days could feel endless to a body stiff already from hours of riding. Tristan’s gaze naturally sought out the youngest of their band. Galahad rode to his left and was none the wiser to Tristan’s gaze or the way it lingered on his lower half as his corded thighs squeezed around his horse’s chest. None of the other men wore the Roman tunic and armor the pup insisted on; none of them felt the need to play such a role to be accepted. Galahad, pacifist and the sole omega among their alpha ranks, however, refused to be seen as weak. Despite his hate for their fifteen-year commission and the blood they shed, he wanted to look the role of the fierce warrior gender dynamic be damned. It was no secret that Galahad hated being an omega.

When he’d been recruited from his homeland, he’d been unpresented. Just like all Samaritan Knights he wasn’t worried, though. He was confident he’d be an alpha or at the least, a beta. He had no such luck. He’d gone into heat two years after he’d joined Arthur’s knights.

Galahad had been one of the last to arrive in joining their group; Tristan remembered when he’d brought to them flanked on either side by a Roman envoy. He’d taken to training with a fervor and had been shaped into a fierce and loyal warrior. He was a scout and archer challenged by none other than Tristan in skills—certainly no longer the boy he’d been. Again, Tristan’s gaze slid up the view of his calves and thighs. Definitely not.

He had a bite too. Galahad could be almost petulant at times with his uncharacteristic brashness. Quick-tempered and sharp-tongued, he had no shame to stop him from speaking his mind. In short, he was the most alluring creature Tristan had ever seen.

He had long realized how smitten he was, but how could anyone not be with Galahad? His tribe would have found him exotic with his cornflower eyes and the dark, chestnut of his curls, and beyond that, he was the ideal omega for someone of his tribe: spirited and with a tongue that was as deadly as his aim. When not in battle Tristan’s attentions often fell to the omega and he doubted it or the reasons why went unnoticed by any except the pup.

“There something interesting about Gal’s legs,” Bors rode up to Tristan’s other side with a grin far to knowing. 

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