This is what happens when I think too much about alternate universes in games that are taking over my life. (On another note, I have conflicted feelings on making Validar look like Older Hot Dad because what.)
Maybe I should draw AU!Chrom and AU!Avatar next? Hahahahaaaa….
Next time you think Batman is a jerk, remember this scene.
He might have an aloof manner and come across as cold or even rude, but deep down he is a unselfish, caring man. Why else would he risk his life night after night to save a city who doesn’t even know his identity? He has to put up a shield in order to deal with the atrocities he sees every night that he puts on the cowl and to distance himself from his Bruce Wayne counterpart. Any “softness” would be perceived as a weakness, and his enemies would be quick to exploit it (Joker has taunted him for his “no kill” rule many, many times).
When she was a small child, Ace accidentally used her telekinetic powers on her parents and sent them into a catatonic state. Afterwards, she was sent to a government training facility so that her powers could be studied. She remained there until Joker abducted her and attempted to harness her powers for his own nefarious purposes. For most of her life, Ace was used and manipulated by others, and as she was dying she had no one to turn to.
But Batman was there. He held her hand and stayed with her until she died, providing her with comfort for the first time in years. He knows what loneliness feels like, and he didn’t want this girl to spend her final hours alone and frightened. And so he sat next to her on the swing, held her hand, and comforted her.
A callous, abrasive jerk wouldn’t do that. But Batman would.
I do all the things because I care.
friendly reminder that the only reason fictional characters “choose” anything is because real actual people write them that way
I always feel this kind of excuse means The Worst Muse made a second visit to help them justify their “creative” decisions.
The Kelpie is a Scottish water spirit that is known to haunt streams and rivers throughout the country. It is often mistaken to haunt lochs, which are the reserve of the Each Uisge.
A talented shape-shifter, the Kelpie’s favourite form is that of an alabaster or sea-green horse. While it appears as a gentleman’s mount, there is always something of the water that gives away its disguise. It entices an unsuspecting rider upon its back and plunges into the deepest part of its stream, its tail slapping the water and making a sound akin to thunder. What the Kelpie does with its victim differs from legend to legend. In some, it consumes the unfortunate rider; in others, it simply leaves him shaken.
According to James Mackinley in 'Folklore of Scottish Lochs and Springs (1893)' - ‘Water-horses were not always malignant in disposition. On one occasion an Aberdeenshire farmer went with his own horse to a mill to fetch home some sacks of meal. He left the horse at the door of the mill and went in to bring out the sacks. The beast, finding itself free, started for home. When the farmer reappeared and found the creature gone he was much disconcerted, and uttered the wish that he might get any kind of horse to carry his sacks even though it were a water-kelpy. To his surprise, a water-horse immediately appeared! It quietly allowed itself to be loaded with the meal, and accompanied the farmer to his home. On reaching the house he tied the horse to an old harrow till he should get the sacks taken into the house. When he returned to stable the animal that had done him the good turn, horse and harrow were away, and he heard the beast plunging not far off in a deep pool in the Don.’
I have heard it said that a Kelpie can be created by dumping the body of a horse into a river without the proper funeral rites.
Before and during strong Highland storms, the Kelpie can be heard howling and shrieking to warn of the impending weather.
Despite being a wild and unpredictable spirit, the Kelpie could be forced to submit to a man’s will if he possessed its golden bridle. The MacGregor clan was said to possess such a relic after a clan member saved himself from a water-horse’s wrath. A Kelpie was highly prized, for it was said to have the strength of 10 horses and the endurance of many more.
The Each Uisge is a Scottish water spirit that is known to haunt the sea, sea lochs, and fresh water lochs throughout the country. It is often mistaken to haunt streams and rivers, which are the reserve of the Kelpie.
Rumoured to be the most dangerous of the water-dwelling spirits, the Each Uisge is a feared entity throughout Scotland. Like the Kelpie, it often takes the form of a beautiful horse and stands by the water’s edge as it waits for its victims. Once mounted, its skin becomes adhesive and impossible to pull away from. The Each Uisge then drags its victims into the depths of the water and devours all but the liver.
* Depending on which source you use, you may come across various bits of information that differ from mine. Some sources say Kelpies are white and others say his skin is adhesive like the Each Uisge’s. Both are said to be cold to the touch and a slick, wet coat. Almost anywhere you look, you will read that both horses can take the form of humans. It’s up for you to decide the truth about these mysterious spirits.
** For even more great information on Scottish water spirits, a great book to read is “Folklore of Scottish Lochs and Springs (1893)” by James Mackinley.
*** I know of many stories and could make a whole blog dedicated to just those alone. If you have one you would like to see posted here or if you care to hear one, just let me know.
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[Picture: Background — a six piece pie style colour split, alternating purple and pink. Foreground — a picture of an open-mouthed lioness. Top text: “ [WHAT SPELL CHECK? YOU THINK HETERONORMATIVE IS SPELLED INCORRECTLY?]” Bottom text: “[AND INTERSECTIONALITY TOO?]”
[SPEND 95 MINUTES CALCULATING THE VOLUME OF A PIGEON EGG (Fanfic Flamingo) FOR A THROWAWAY LINE]
I seriously believe that I’ve done more research for this one fic than I did on most of my college term papers.
[PUPILS (Fanfic Flamingo) BLOWN]
[SPEND MORE TIME MAKING SPREADSHEETS AND OUTLINES FOR THE PLOT AND CHARACTER BACKSTORIES (Fanfic Flamingo) THAN ACTUALLY WRITING]