your tag is a barren wasteland

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WITH REGARDS TO TRAVEL, SOMETIMES THERE ARE CHANCES WORTH TAKING. 

IN THE CASE OF CROSSING REVENANT TERRITORY, THERE ARE FEW THAT FIT THAT DESCRIPTION.

IT’S GENERALLY TAKEN FOR GRANTED THAT ANYTHING ALIVE IS USUALLY CONSIDERING OR ACTIVELY TRYING TO TAKE YOUR HEAD OFF, BUT IN THESE BLASTED, BARREN PATCHES OF WASTELAND, THIS ALSO EXTENDS TO THE DEAD.

THIS MAKES TRAVEL COMPLICATED FOR PEOPLE WITH SHIT TO LOSE, LIKE MERCHANTERRORISTS AND TRADERS. LEGAL SEA TRAFFIC IS EXPENSIVE AND VICIOUSLY POLICED SO IT’S ACTUALLY PRETTY COMMON THAT MANY SMALLER-TIME TRADERS PREFER THE TREACHEROUS LAND ROUTE. 

THEY’LL HIRE GUARDS FOR THEIR CARAVANS IF THEY CAN, AND OFTEN LET OTHER PEOPLE TAG ALONG FOR A FEE, AS EXTRA EYES AND HANDS NEVER GO AMISS FOR SPOTTING DANGER, OR HELPING MOVE A STUCK CART OR SOMETHING (OF COURSE THERE ARE LOADS OF STORIES OF THESE GOING DISASTROUSLY WRONG BUT NOT AS MANY AS THOSE OF POOR STUPID BASTARDS WHO WANDER OUT IN TO THE DESERT ALONE AND ARE ONLY EVER SEEN AGAIN AS MOLDERING BONES).

WHEN THINGS WERE RELATIVELY LESS CHAOTIC WE WERE ABLE TO OCCASIONALLY HITCH RIDES WITH CARAVANS LIKE THESE. 

THERE ARE A COUPLE OF IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN CROSSING REVENANT COUNTRY. BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ISN’T ACTUALLY THE REVENANTS, IT’S THE LIVING TROLLS.

MOST OF THEM ARE QUADRANTLESS, HOMELESS OUTCASTS, OFTEN VERY SICK THEMSELVES—AND VERY DESPERATE.

 THIS IS HOW WE MET ARIANN SARENA.

WE FOUND HER HALF STARVED SCROUNGING OFF THE BACK OF THE CARAVAN WE WERE TRAVELING WITH—EN ROUTE TO PAY A VISIT TO SOME OF OUR OLD FRIENDS.

HIGHBLOODS ARE OFTEN SOCIALIZED TO PLAY AT ADULT POLITICS HORRIFYINGLY YOUNG, WHEN YOU’RE BROUGHT UP TO BELIEVE VIOLENCE IS INHERENT IN YOUR NATURE AND CASUAL CRUELTY IS ENCOURAGED, ITS RARELY JUST FUN AND GAMES AS KIDS LOSE MORE THAN JUST EYES ALL OVER THE GOD DAMNED PLACE. ARIANN FOUND HERSELF LOCKED INTO ONE OF THESE GAMES AT THREE SWEEPS AND AT FOUR WOUND UP ORPHANED, HIVELESS AND INJURED ON THE STREETS OF THE CITY SHE’D LIVED IN.

MOST OF THE CUSTODIAN-LESS CHILDREN ON THE STREETS OF ALTERNIAN CITIES ARE BELOW GREEN ON THE SPECTRUM. WHEN MET WITH SOMEONE WHO PHYSICALLY EMBODIED THE OPPRESSION IN THEIR LIVES WARMBLOODED KIDS TURNED THEIR ANGER ON HER WITH CLAW AND FANG—WHICH PREDICTABLY ENDED UP REINFORCING BITTERNESS TOWARDS WARMBLOODS.

WE TOOK HER IN FOR THE DURATION OF THE TRIP. SHE WAS NOT ENTHUSIASTIC—RIGHTFULLY WARY OF ADULTS—BUT SHE WARMED TO US WITH A LITTLE TIME. SHE TURNED OUT TO BE ARTISTICALLY INCLINED, SO MY MOTHER AND I TAUGHT HER HOW TO USE THE LITTLE BEADING LOOM.

SMART KID WITH A SMART MOUTH. I REMEMBER BEING TAKEN ABACK BY HER STRENGTH. I’VE NEVER BEEN TRULY ALONE IN MY WHOLE LIFE, AND THIS WAS A KID WHO’D SURVIVED INCREDIBLE ODDS, ENDURED HORROR AND STILL FOUND IT IN HER HEART TO TRUST AGAIN DESPITE SWEEPS OF ABUSE. I’M NOT SURE I COULD HAVE MANAGED THAT. 

IN THE END, WE COULDN’T TAKE HER WITH US AFTER WE’D MADE IT TO OUR DESTINATION. OUR FRIENDS AT THE HIVE AGREED TO TAKE HER ON—HER NEW SKILLS BEADING ENSURED SHE WOULD BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE UNIT. WE MADE SURE TO LEAVE HER THE LOOM AND THE BEADING THINGS WE HAD TO ENSURE HER A START. 

BUT BEFORE WE LEFT SHE GAVE ME HER FIRST COMPLETED PROJECT.

“ONLY A NUBBY DWARF WITH BAD TASTE WOULD WEAR THIS, AND IT MIGHT BE A BIT ROUGH, BUT I FIGURE IT SUITS YOU. JUST—IF YOU WANTED IT.”

I’VE KEPT IT EVER SINCE.

IT HELPS ME REMEMBER THERE’S HOPE ON DARK DAYS.

 

anonymous asked:

I wish i had more followers on both twitch and here. How do you get so popular? The only person following me is my boyfriend :,c

Well, any followers I have on twitch or youtube have come from this blog. I don’t really know why so many people like it? hah. I guess having a strong focus on one or two fandoms and regular queue really does the trick. Along with original content! And when you’re posting to fandoms especially, tagging your posts will help people find you! <3

FTWD tag

So, some people from the ‘original’ ftwd fandom spent the last couple of days chastising Alycia fans for posting too much content in the tag. I assumed fans were posting Lexa and Lexark edits, so I called out a couple of fans that posted questionable items, but the tags looked reasonably clean to me.

Imagine my surprise when I checked the FTWD tag today to find out that there is barely anything there. I realized the reason they were so upset is bcuz the tag is a barren wasteland compared to clexa.

So here’s what I suggest to the 'original’ ftwd fandom: instead of spending your time chastising new viewers for hogging up the tag, why don’t you engage with them in our shared affinity for the show?

The Clexa fandom is INCREDIBLY talented and we (yes, I’m a huge TWD & FTWD fan) should feel honored to have them stan our favorite show. All your fav characters could eventually be their favs and the tag could be filled with amazing gifs, fan fiction, jokes and all the things Tumblr is known for.

While FTWD inherited many fans from TWD, this is a different show and there is room for the audience to grow. It is not a coincidence that they have so many young characters like Alicia, Nick, Chris and Mercedes. They want a younger audience and the 1OO fans are the perfect introduction to that demographic. Why else would FTWD advertise their show during an episode of the 1OO?

All I’m saying is that there is enough fandom for all of us. We don’t have to fight over ownership of a show with 7 episodes.

We can all be friends!