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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).
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

Mythical Sea Creatures and Beings
  • Adaro- Solomon Islands. A warlike type of merman with gills and webbed feet.
  • Aegeon- Greece.  A monster with fifty heads and a hundred arms, personifying hurricanes and violent seas.  He was also known as Briareus and could have been as aspect of Poseidon.
  • Ahi Budhnya- India (Hindu).  A serpent of the deep primeval waters.
  • Alcina/Fata Alcina- Italy.  A monster who lived in the Straits of Mesina.  Sailors who saw her drowned.
  • Ao-Jun- China.  A dragon of the western sea that brought good fortune.
  • Ao-K’in- China.  A dragon of the southern sea that brought goodness.
  • Ao-Kuang- China.  A dragon of the eastern sea that brought virtue.
  • Ao-Shun- China.  A dragon of the northern sea that brought generosity.
  • Aonbarr- Isle of Man.  The magical horse of sea god Manannan that could travel through the ocean or over land.
  • Ben Varrey- Isle of Man.  A mermaid who, depending on her mood, lured sailors to their death or warned them of approaching bad weather.
  • Blue Men of the Minch- Scotland.  Water fairies who roiled the waters of the Minch Channel near the Outer Hebrides.  Their leader was called Shony.  The Blue Men were described as having wings and a fondness for singing.  They were said to board ships and demand tribute.  If they were appeased, they would cause storms.  On the Isle of Skye, the Blue Men were believed to be remnants of the Picts, who painted their bodies with blue woad.
  • Bonito Maidens- Solomon Islands.  Mermaids.
  • Brounger- Scotland.  A type of water fairy who inhabited the sea along the east coast of Scotland and warned of approaching storms.
  • Bucca Gwidden- Cornwall, England.  Offerings of food and drink were made to this water fairy to bring good luck.  Originally a sea god, his name means “white spirit”.
  • Cabbyl Ushty- Isle of Man.  A type of fairy horse of the sea, distinguishable by its backward hooves.  Humans who tried to ride these creatures were usually drowned.
  • Charybdis- Greece.  A whirlpool in the Straits of Messina that could consume entire ships.  Along with her companion Scylla, Charybdis attacked Odysseus and his crew on their legendary voyage.  She was also known as the Witch of the Shoals.
  •  Coirebhreacain- Scotland.  Also known as Cailleach the Hag.  Located between Jura and Scarba, the Cailleach made it a gamble to use the shortcut through the Crinan Canal (an alternative to passing around the Mull of Kintyre).  It has been said that “the roar of the whirlpool can be heard a distance of twenty miles and the confused seas attain a height of twenty feet”.
  • Daoine Mara- Scotland.  The Gaelic name for a type of mer-people, which literally translates as “sea people”.  In oral tradition, some Scottish clans were known as the People of the Sea.
  • Davy Jones- England.  An ocean spirit or ghost.  Sailors lost at sea were said to have gone to Day Jones’ Locker at the bottom of the deep.
  • Dopkalfar- Norway.  Dark elves that lived in either the woods or the sea.
  • Each- Uisge- Scotland.  A fairy water horse that lived in the sea as well as the lochs.
  • Fee des Houles- Brittany, France.  Sea fairies that made their homes in caves.
  • Fiachra- Ireland.  The king of the western sea fairies.
  • Fin-Folk- Scotland.  There are extensive legends about the Fin-Folk who were variously known as Finn-Men. Muckle Men, Fion, and Fin-Finn, which meant small.  As little boat people they were later associated with Finland.  Through the name Fion, they were linked with Ireland’s legendary hero Fion the Fair and associated with the Otherworld.  In some areas of Scotland they were believed to be sea fairies with beautiful gardens around their underwater homes.  In Cornwall and Wales, they were also called sea gardeners.  Elsewhere in Scotland they were seen as the remnants of the ancient Pict people.  Sightings were recorded from 1682 to 1864.  They were also called Finn Wizards in Shetland, where they were believed to don seal skin and masquerade as seals.  They had power over the winds through magic worked with leather bags and black strings.  By unknotting the strings or unstopping the bags, they could bring up a wind and cause a storm.  Belief in the Fin-Folk also stretched to Norway, where they were said to keep crows as familiars who would let them know what was going on in the world.  Only the Fin-Folk could ride a water horse.
  • Gioga- Scotland.  The queen of the sea trows (trolls) who were mainly found around the islands.
  • Grendel- Norway.  A giant monster that frequently devastated the North Sea coast.  He personified the powers of the deep sea and storm floods.  Grendel was killed by Beowulf.
  • Groach Vor- Brittany, France and Cornwall, England. A type of mermaid.
  • Haaf-fish- Orkney Islands, Scotland.  A type of selkie.
  • Hakenmann- Germany.  A monster of coastal Northern Germany that had the head of a man and a body of a fish.
  • Halfway People- Canada.  The Micmac name for mer-people.  In their legends, the mermaids sang to warn fishermen of storms.
  • Havfine- Norway.  Mermaids that were bad omens.
  • Havfrue- Denmark.  A mermaid who could be a friend or a foe to fishermen, as her presence foretold of coming storms.  She gathered the bones of those who had drowned.
  • Havmand- Denmark.  A handsome type of merman who was friendly to humans.
  • Jormungandr- Norway.  A great serpent that circled the human world with his tail in his mouth.  He personified the ocean that was believed to circle Middle Earth.  It was also known as the Midgard serpent.
  • Juruta/Jurute- Lithuania.  A mermaid or sea fairy that originated as a sea goddess and consort of Perun, the god of thunder.  She is associated with the gemstone amber.
  • Kakamora- Solomon Islands.  Cave-dwelling ocean fairies known for their long, sharp fingernails.  They were said to have an aversion to the color white.
  • Kami- Japan (Shinto).  Elementals living under the ocean.
  • Karawatongia- Malaysia.  Seashore fairies known for their beautiful hair.
  • Kelpie- Scotland.  Also known as Nix, Nuggle, water horse, water bull, and Each Uisage (Greece), this creature was considered the “most ancient and primitive type of mermaid’s northern ancestors”.  The most common form of the Kelpie was a gray water horse that offered rides and then threw its passenger into the water, sometimes to drown.  Kelpies could appear as human men, but had hair of seaweed.  When not throwing riders, they liked to stand atop water wheels, bringing them to a halt.
  • Kraken- Scandinavia.  A round, flat sea creature that created whirlpools to ensnare passing ships.  In other legends it was variously portrayed as a giant fish, whale, or squid.
  • Lakhmu- Babylon.  A sea monster called up by Tiamat to fight against the god Marduk.
  • Lamia- Greece.  Sea fairies whose dancing could create waterspouts.
  • Leviathan- Phoenicia.  A sea serpent/dragon that came into being on the fifth day of creation.  As chaos incarnate, his great tail made the seas roil.  His name means “coiled”.
  • Luchorpain- Ireland.  A type of leprechaun that could live beneath the sea.  They allowed humans to safely journey to their realm by use of a magic cloak over their heads of special herbs placed into their ears.
  • Maighdean Mara- Scotland.  A mermaid whose name means “sea maiden”.
  • Maighdean na Tuinne- Scotland.  A mermaid whose name means “maiden beneath the waves”.
  • Mal-de-Mer- Corwall, England and Brittany, France.  Sea fairies that caused shipwrecks, then took possession of the drowned souls.  Their name means “evil of the sea”.
  • Mama Alo- African and Caribbean.  Also known as Mama Jo, these mermaids liked to capture a person’s shadow-metaphor for soul.  They could transform and come ashore as cats, which is why stray cats in the West indies were not welcome guests.
  • Mara-Halddo- Lapland.  A type of sea fairy.
  • Mara-Warra- Ireland.  Mermaids with rich undersea dwellings.
  • Margygr-  Greenland.  Mer-folk.
  • Marie Morgane- British Isles.  Mermaids related to Celtic fairies.
  • Mari- morgan- Brittany, France.  Sea fairies usually described as sitting on rocks and combing their luxurious hair with golden combs.
  • Marmaeler- Scandinavia.  Children of the Meerweiber.
  • Mary Player- England.  A mermaid who could cause a ship to sink by swimming three times around it.
  • Meerfrauen/Meerjungfern- Germany.  Mermaids.
  • Meermann- Germany.  Merman.
  • Meerweiber- Scandinavia.  Mermaids or sea women.
  • Mer-Folk- Legends abound worldwide about these near-mortal beings who lived mainly under water in a fairylike paradise.  They occasionally came ashore disguised as humans through the use of a magical garment such as a veil, cap, scarf, or sometimes a seal skin.  Capturing such a garment gave control over a mer-person.
  • Mermaids- Classical mythology often depicted mermaids seated on rocks combing their long hair.  They were voluptuously human above the waist with the lower body of a fish.  In worldwide legends their personalities vary from helpful to malevolent.
  • Mermen- The male equivalent of mermaids, also called Tritons.  Unlike mermaids, mermen were said to be very unattractive.
  • Merrow/Morvadh/Murrughach- Gaelic names for the mer-folk.  They were portrayed as peaceful and sometimes intermarried with humans.  The offspring of such a union had webbed toes and fingers.
  • Merrymaids- Cornwall, England.  Mermaids.
  • Mer-woman/Mer-Wife- England.  Mermaids.
  • Muireartach/Muilearteach- Scotland.  A type of sea fairy that appeared as an old woman with blue-gray skin and one eye.  She could also appear as a sea serpent and cause storms.
  • Murdhuachas- Ireland.  Sea fairies with the head of a seal or walrus.  Sometimes they helped sailors; at other times they hindered them.
  • Mweedn- Wales.  A child of the sea.
  • Naga Padoha- Southeastern Asia.  a sea serpent that tried to destroy the first lands created by the god Batara Guru.
  • Neagle/ Nuggle/Nyaggle- Shetland Islands, Scotland.  Alternative names for a water horse.
  • Nickur/Nykur/Ninnir- Iceland.  A gray or black water horse also found in rivers and lakes.
  • Ningyo- Japan.  A mermaid.
  • Nuckelavee- Scotland.  A sea fairy that usually appeared as a grotesque water horse.  While it could go ashore, it had an aversion to fresh water and rain.
  • Orc- Italy (Roman).  A sea monster.
  • Polong- New Zealand.  Sea fairies that fought with the Maori people.
  • Roane- Ireland and Scotland.  Sea fairies that took the form of seals.  On shore they could remove the seal skin, but anyone who took possession of it had power over the roan.
  • Ryu-wo- Japan.  A sea dragon that was also king of rain and storms.
  • Scylla- Greece.  The six-headed rock monster of the Straits of Messina.  According to legends she was a sea nymph who Circe turned into a monster, jealous of her trysts with Zeus and Poseidon.  Along with her companion, Charybdis the whirlpool, Scylla attacked Odysseus and his crew on their legendary voyage.
  • Sea serpents- Legends of great unknown creatures have been reported worldwide through the ages.  One recorded incident in New England occurred off Cape Ann, Massachusetts in June, 1639.
  • Sea spirits- Isle of Man.  Sea fairies who used discarded seashells for boats.  They usually aided people in need.
  • Sea trows- Northern Europe, Scandinavia, British Isles.  A type of troll living a the bottom of the ocean.  While they tended to play tricks on people, they were not malevolent.
  • Selkie- Orkney Islands, Scotland.  Sea fairies that appeared as seals, but shed the disguise on land.  They came to dance for special occasions.  As with roanes, stealing a selkie’s seal skin gave a person power over it.  Various legends portrayed selkies as fallen angels or humans who were guilty of major transgressions.  Male selklies were said to take human lovers.
  • Shoopiltees- Orkney and Shetland Islands, Scotland.  Water ponies.
  • Sirena- Guam.  A mermaid who could only be caught with a net of human hair. 
  • Tangle- Shetland Islands, Scotland.  A mischievous type of water horse.
  • Tarroo-Ushey- Isle of Man.  A dangerous water bull that was capable of going ashore.
  • Uilebheist- Orkney and Shetland Islands, Scotland.  A sea monster/dragon with multiple heads.
  • Undines- Greece.  Sea fairies whose name means “wave”.  They could appear as human or sea horse.  Elementals of any type of water came to be called undines.
  • Usumgal- Sumer.  A sea serpent.
  • Vatea- Polynesia.  A mermaid that was half porpoise.
  • Water bull- Scotland.  Similar to a water horse; however, it protected people from harm rather than playing tricks on them.
  • Water horse- Scotland.  Also called  kelpie.  A horse with a wheel for a tail, linking it to symbols for both the sun and “the edge of the night”.  Before it disappeared below the sea,a tiny blue flame could be seen.  On the east coast of the Shetland Islands the water horse was a light color, and on the west coast it was dark with sand in its mane.  In contrast to the kelpie legends, the Shetland water horse could take riders to a beautiful realm under the sea.  The journey was pleasant but the rider could not return to the world of humans.
  • Waternome- Germany.  Mermaid or sea-woman.
  • Wihwin- Central America.  A water horse that spent its summers in the forested mountains.
  • Zabel- Phoenicia.  A creature known as a lord of the sea, he was summoned to fight against Baal.    

Source:
Sea Magic: Connecting With the Ocean’s Energy by Sandra Kynes

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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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The Return of the Work Doodles. There was a unnecessary mandatory meeting at work and I doodled instead of paying attention.

1. I like the idea of a Wood Woad guardian and would like to have to have one in a D&D story arc someday. //2. I know Fire Flower is common is Mario but I liked Lighting Luigi in Superstar Saga, shame it hasn’t shown up again since. //3. The idea of Alenia from Tabletop Champions waddling into battle was so adorably funny that I’ve been wanting to draw it. Maybe one day I’ll learn how to draw a Otter. //4. While working on the Steven Universe: D&D Homebrew, I came up with a Technomancer Crystal Gem named Mimeite, a crazy tech person whose inventions tend to blow up rather than actually work but each failure just inspires her more. //5. No idea why I tried to do a far-shot of Ladybug throwing her yoyo….failures are meant to make us better I guess. //6. If someone put a gun to my head and made me choose between Starco and Jarco, I’d choose Starkie. //7. I’d imagine Mimikyu would be an angry crier. //8. I swear Aquamarine would poof one of the Crystal Gems and then taunt Steven before shattering the gem.

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This is my art for Team Fortune for this year’s Cap-IM RBB!

My writer is the amazing Woad - thank you @tinctoriawoad (it won’t tag you oh no!) for picking my art and being so awesome!  

Woad’s avengers assemble ‘verse fic Fishy Business is fantastic, and I love it! I got inspired by it to do more than the original art, as you see above!

:D Go read it, guys, you won’t regret it! :D

 Fishy Business

Warnings: G-Rated Body Horror/Transformation

Summary: A perfectly nice beach vacation is interrupted when an AIM science experiment leaves Tony with gills. Which might be cool under certain circumstance, except for the other side-effect: Tony’s unable to breath air anymore. The team learns that Atlantis may be able to help, so together they go in search for a cure.