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wilsontoyourhouse:

thepostmodernpottercompendium:

Children. They were teaching children

Rowena, Godric, Salazar; they tended to forget that. They saw young minds, young acolytes - eyes that would look up to them. Not innocence. Not childish wonder.

Toughen them, said Godric.

Make them smart, said Rowena.

And ambitious, above all, said Salazar.

But war and the real world; that was not where children belonged. Aye, they would belong one day, but it was not their part to turn them cruel, make them hard, make their eyes dart sideways always looking for ways to twist the world to further their own ends. They were to protect them. Shield them from the worst so that some good, some kindness would find its way into an ever darkening world. To give them weapons and teach them how to use them, but never tell them that those weapons were their only hope.

She’d seen in all the battles she’d rode out to just how dark the world could be. Was it not their duty to bring light into this world? To fight darkness with light; not with more darkness - with divisiveness and strife and hatred?

I will take them all, she said. 

I will protect the ones you will not. I will save them. I will give them a home. They will be the last rays of all that is good in this world. I will teach them kindness. I will teach them loyalty. I will teach them selflessness.

I will teach them how to be the backbone, the heart of this world. I will teach them how to stand steadfast, when all hope is lost. 

I will teach them how to be human, to be more than just one single word.

No, she knew, theirs would not be an easy path, or a glorious one. They would have no songs. No great tales in books. No laurels. No consolation, no thanks.

But they would be the reason why, when the darkness finally came, all of them in all their different colours would stand shoulder to shoulder and draw their wands as brothers in arms.

Not for achievements. Not for trophies. Not for power.

For goodness. For hope.

And when the time came for them to choose the words that would forever guide the children that would come to them, Helga smiled and engraved, upon a bronze plaque, these words:

Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus.

(But her students remembered a very different set of words. Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.)

(Helga Hufflepuff requested by boney-eyes-jefferson)

#and this my friends is why no one is quite sure what a hufflepuff really is#the answer is: everyone #they come in a million different shapes and sizes#they could be braver than gryffindors #and more cunning and more ambitious than slytherins #even smarter than ravenclaws #but they all come to hufflepuff #and there learn to be loyal and fair and goodhearted #and that quite possibly #is why hufflepuff has hardly any dark witches and wizards #because they have learnt how to be the very last line of defence #before chaos takes over the world #and thisTHIS is the sleeping dragon you do not tickle #because if they can’t protect the earth you can be damned well sure they’ll avenge it #look i gave myself hufflepuff feels

rukafais:

demonic-lionfish:

astrodidact:

This Tree Is Growing 40 Different Kinds Of Fruit At Once

This single (and quite colorfully blossoming) tree grows 40 different varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and even almonds — but just how does it do it?

It does it through the process of chip grafting. After sculptor Sam Van Aken bought a failing orchard in upstate New York full of hundreds of different fruit trees, he began the pain-staking process of grafting several of the different varieties together into one tree. Six years later, the result is this 40-fruit bearing tree, which includes some heirloom varieties that are centuries old.

Image: Sam Van Aken

http://io9.com/this-tree-is-growing-40-different-kinds-of-fruit-at-onc-1608917128

Wahhhhhh GMOs are bad wahhhhhhh

this tree is an overachiever

If you take a moment to go to the original article linked within the link provided above like a set of informational nesting dolls, you will note that this tree has absolutely nothing to do with GMOs.  The artist responsible for these trees (multiple!) achieved this, as is stated above, via chip grafting, which basically involves securing a piece of one plant to a hole in a bigger piece of another plant and waiting for them to grow together naturally.  I’ll note that the varieties of fruits the artist is trying to preserve in this effort are all rare types that were likely to die out otherwise because they’re not commercially desirable on a large scale.  One could even safely interpret this tree’s existence as a form of protest against the homogenization caused by GMOs and the standardization and mechanization of farming in the US.

I have 15 bugbites on my legs and feet right now.  14 of them are on the same leg.  I know this because in order to stop itching them I have just put band-aids over every single one I could find.

I never even went camping last weekend?  What the fuuuuuuuuuck

Posted 1 hour ago With 0 notes

vinervar:

Sometimes I feel like Mozart is the only composer with any sense of LIFE and HOW TO USE IT.

Tagged: #history #Mozart

I bet they could send him to Denerim like they did for the Templar guarding the door to the Chantry.

Yup!  That’s pretty much my assumption as to what would happen were it not for the Circles rebelling before they quite get around to it.  I suspect there was some halfhearted paperwork shuffling that delayed his transfer, because someone didn’t quite have the heart to make the old guy leave.  He’s become a fixture by that point, as one of the few Templars to survive the Broken Circle and stay on at the tower.

Posted 10 hours ago With 4 notes

if the headcanon that the Breach causes Tranquil to regain their emotions and magic turns out to be true, Ser Avrum might have a few moments with his wife un-Tranquil. The fact that one of the giant tears in the Veil is over Redcliffe, right by Kinloch Hold, this could be a very sad possibility. oh the angst.

@Anonymous

WAIT NO I CAN MAKE THIS WORSE.  I should mention that Avrum is a grizzled old fucker already by 9:30 Dragon timeline-wise, so while I have been convinced by A CERTAIN SOFTHEARTED WEENIE to allow him to survive the Broken Circle, it’s all downhill for him for the next decade.  By the time the Breach opens his superiors have already been discussing putting him out to pasture because his brains are a little too scrambled by the lyrium to keep him on duty anymore.  The only reasons he hasn’t been packed off to Orlais yet are that he’s so set in his years of routine that it took a long time for anyone to notice he was slipping, and because everybody knows he survived the Orlesian occupation and he FUCKING HATES ORLESIANS so they haven’t quite figured out where to send him yet without him freaking out.

So if something did happen that caused Leah’s Tranquility to be cured, she’d regain herself just in time to find that she’s almost lost him.

8D

Posted 11 hours ago With 9 notes

war-darts:

the character Daemon from Reboot, for request!

✿⊕✄ for Ser Avrum?

@shaydh

✿ : Happiness headcanon:  Basically the last time Avrum was legitimately happy was while he was in Templar training in his 20’s, enjoying the camaraderie of his fellow recruits and still secretly thinking that if he did well enough he could be assigned to the Circle and see his wife again.  Then he got there and found out she’d long ago been made Tranquil, and the fairy tale he’d been telling himself was a lie.  He has literally been a joyless fuck for decades, he is terrible.  His heart still leaps in his chest whenever he sees her.

⊕ : Talents/hobbies headcanon:  As he disapproves strongly of vices like drinking, smoking and gambling, and even his fellow Templars mostly think he’s kind of a dick because he’s just as much of a hardass with them as he is with the mages, Avrum likes to play solo strategy games ala solitaire in his downtime.  When he can find someone willing to play with him he also enjoys two-person games like chess, but there are legitimately few people who care to spend any time with him.  Greagoir is eventually one of them, largely by virtue of the pair of them being two of the oldest Templars still serving at Kinloch.  They don’t actually like each other much personally, but there’s a lot of respect there.

✄ : pet peeve headcanon:  This is more difficult than I expected, given that pretty much everything pisses Ser Avrum off.  Let’s see… it ticks him off when mages don’t wear their robes the way they’re supposed to, because technically as long as they’re mostly clothed that’s none of his business.  He just thinks that they should be as committed to uniform regulations as the Templars are, that they should take some pride in their appearance.  That is, as committed as the Templars HE’S in charge of, because there will be no slacking nor shenanigans on his watch let me tell you ser.

Posted 14 hours ago With 6 notes

Constans: ☾, ⋆, ✄

@dangerkittyn

☾ : Sleep headcanon:  Cons is one of those people who expands to fill any space they’re in.  He’s a back-sleeper, mouth wide open, limbs all akimbo, sheets usually kicked halfway off.  This is inconvenient given that he also prefers to sleep nude.  My apologies to his fellow apprentices in his Circle mage incarnation.

⋆ : Sex headcanon:  Oh god he would never admit this but actually he would very much like to be suuuuper sexually submissive?  The problem is that he could never be comfortable subbing to someone he isn’t incredibly personally intimate with, and since he’s TERRIFIED OF INTIMACY he instead chooses to have sex mostly with people he either doesn’t give a shit about or straight up dislikes.  He winds up being very sexually aggressive with these people, like he’s got something to prove.  Unless his partner is into being sub and just goes with it, sex with Constans winds up being like a school rivalry varsity wrestling match.

✄ : Pet peeve headcanon:  Constans SUPER HATES facial and body hair on himself for tactile reasons, so he shaves religiously.  Even two days worth of stubble growth makes him feel gross.  He doesn’t actually have much body hair anyway, but yes he shaves that too, including his legs.

Posted 16 hours ago With 5 notes

randompandemic:

flawlesspenis:

WHAT IF DURING THOSE FIVE WEEKS THEY ADD GRIFFONS?????????????????

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Posted 17 hours ago With 876 notes

☼☻ ღ for Keln. I'm very curious about your new Warden c:

@dorianpavustache

;u; awwwww!  /BLUSHU SOMEBODY WANTS TO HEAR ABOUT THE BRAND NEW DORF BABY I AM TOUCHED

☼ : Childhood headcanon:  Keln managed to avoid receiving the casteless brand for an unusually long time.  In large part it was thanks to his mother being so overwhelmed by depression around the time her pregnancy became apparent that she refused to leave her home for months, leaving Rica (herself still a child!!) solely responsible for keeping food on the table.  After Keln was born she only got worse (and started drinking heavily), so Rica was pretty much completely responsible for him.  In order to get work she had to leave him home, and otherwise she rarely took him out anyway, because “out” was hardly a nice place for a baby in Dust Town.  This resulted in most of Dust Town having no idea that Kalah had even had a child, and with a little good luck sprinkled on top, nobody ever came crashing into their hovel with a brand.

By the time Keln was a toddler Rica recognized that eventually he’d have to go out, and the possibility that he’d get away with it for long without getting rounded up for branding was less than zero.  She arranged to have someone she trusted, an old friend of Keln’s father, do the brand so he could at least avoid the trauma of being manhandled by some hateful noble who wouldn’t care how much pain they caused.

Keln’s brand has faded a lot with age, apparently as intended given that it was administered with care by someone who knew what they were doing.

☻ : Mood headcanon:  He’s a pretty moody kid, tbh.  He was socialized kind of late, and among people who are all desperate and suspicious of one-another, which didn’t help, so it took him a long time to learn how to express himself with anything besides tantrums.  He’s learned that it’s safer to mask his anger with humor rather than lashing out, so he’s really sarcastic, but it really rankles him to be passive when he feels he’s being wronged.  He takes any chance he gets to mock or take advantage of people he doesn’t like behind their backs.

ღ : love or sexuality headcanon:  I think he’s biromantic bisexual, but with a pretty strong preference towards women on both counts.  He hates the thought of fathering children, because as far as he knows right now any child of his would be casteless like himself, and he just can’t do that to a kid.  He does everything in his power to use birth control when he’s with women because of this TMI INCOMING even if most of the time the best he can do is pull out, given that birth control is awfully goddamn hard to get hold of for a Duster.

Posted 17 hours ago With 3 notes