Cotton Grass, Baslow Edge | June 2021
Tryfan towering above the cotton grass, Snowdonia
I wanted to sketch out references for my Izuku/Tenko Swap AU, and I figured it’s been a while sense I did a traditional sketch over. So might as well, yeah?
Info under the cut cause this might get rambly.
In this AU, Tenko Shimura was registered as a missing persons, and eventually found and later adopted by All Might. Toshinori then went into an early semi-retirement. He still did hero work, but rarely, to focus more on raising Tenko.
Izuku, meanwhile, was scouted and evenutally kidnapped by AFO after his first real fight with his childhood friend, Katsuki. A quirkless successor comes with many advantages, as AFO gives and takes quirks as he sees fit. AFO names Izuku Tomura Shigaraki in this AU, just like he did for Tenko in canon.
Izuku still sees himself as the hero of this story. His morals fall a lot in line of that of Stain, where he believes most heroes are corrupt, using their power and fame against the weak, rather than to protect him. This mentality was nurtured by AFO, using Katsuki Bakugo as a main driving force. In Izuku’s eyes, Bakugo stole his chance to be a hero.
He’s obsessed with destroying UA, his dream school, to stop new false heroes like Bakugo from getting out into the world. He also still admires All Might, seeing him as the only true hero. As such, he mimics him, and always makes sure to have a smile on his face.
Tenko was raised by Toshinori to eventually take over OFA. With no major injury making him feel rushed, Toshi takes his time training Tenko, getting him use to his own quirk. At 21, Tenko still doesn’t have OFA, and Toshinori is still doing hero work.
Actually, Tenko doesn’t like being a hero. It was his dream as a kid, sure, but being raised by the world’s symbol of peace came with a lot of pressure, and it didn’t help that All Might constantly compared him to Nana as well.
He hates being recognized as the son of All Might, and only does Hero work as a Part-timer, using his skills only when someone calls him to help. He’s in collage, and is currently a student teacher at AU.
The story will clearly be a lot different than canon. One of my favorite changes is how I think Izuku would agree with and get along with Stain, adding him officially to the League of Villains. He’d also launch an attack on UA much sooner then Tenko did, as he’d want to ruin Bakugo’s entrance ceremony.
I also just think Tenko being a UA teacher instead of All Might would be fun. He’s another teacher who’s quirk seems very villainous, but he’s trained with it so long he can use it in many ways to prevent harm. He probably isn’t the warmest teacher, or most encouraging. He’s very quiet and shy.
Daily Pokémon that was randomly selected: Cottonee!
Did you know that when attacked, Cottonee escapes by shooting cotton from its body? The cotton serves as a decoy to distract the attacker, and they go wherever the wind takes them. Perhaps because they feel more at ease in a group, they stick to others they find!
YO WHAT THE FUCK WAS MUD GRASS?!
oh for god's sake i just had a gay thought
Hare's tail cotton grass
Photo by Bryan (31/03/21)
Cotton Grass. The flower and the bee. 1918.
oh my gosh i have been waiting d a y s to do my regular morning routine and now that it's here nothing can stop me
When you start avoiding anything made of plastic, you really do start to realise how much labels lie.
Like, as an example, I saw a straw hat for sale. I went up to take a look at it because I need a lighter wide-brimmed hat than my leather one (which gets kinda hot in summer), first thing I notice is that it’s got nylon running all through it for structural support. I flip it over and then see a sweat liner made from really obvious polyester.
I then look at the materials tag in the hat.
it said: “100% grass hat”
And this is why I don’t trust anything.
Ma sœur et moi