Herb Ritts [*] 1986
André de Dienes [*] 1960
Stephanie Seymour -1990 by Herb Ritts
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Elfroot :: What is a small, mundane thing that brings your character great comfort?
Jūlija most takes comfort in her Namejs ring, which she bought from a jewellery store after she enlisted in the Alliance and was given a sum of credits to get some possessions for herself. The ring was one of the first things she bought, and it remains important to her to this day, the one thing she has any attachment to. It keeps her tied into her culture, reminds her of where she came from, tells her that she’s part of something greater than herself, and in the Alliance, is a symbol of recognition and sign of her being Latvian. Having it with her always keeps her more grounded.
Blood Lotus :: Is your character a lightweight when it comes to intoxicating substances? How did they come across this fact?
Jūlija starts out as a lightweight due to her diminutive build, although the genetic enhancements she received after joining the Alliance have improved her constitution somewhat. This was something she discovered when she first hit the bar after joining the Alliance and completing basic training, although she wasn’t particularly surprised by it. Her constitution becomes significantly stronger when Cerberus rebuilds her, and after she first visits Afterlife, it doesn’t take Jūlija long to work this out. She greatly appreciates this and takes full advantage of it.
Spindleweed :: Had your character ever been grievously wounded or ill before? What was their memory of that occasion?
Jūlija’s first serious injury occurred when she was relatively young, only a child, and a teenager assaulted her to get some of her food and supplies, viciously beating her. Jūlija was lucky to survive and crawled away with bruises, cuts, a sprain, and some internal bleeding. Her memory of that time is foggy, but she distinctly remembers stealing medi-gel and trying to treat her injuries only to lose consciousness. As far as Jūlija can recall, she only survived because a more kind-hearted adult found her and gave her the proper treatment. That same adult then tried to take her to an orphanage, but after Jūlija had completed her recovery, she wasted no time in escaping, not trusting the adult or wanting to go to an orphanage. Decades later, she still doesn’t realise it’s only because of the adult’s kindness towards her that she survived that incident.
Deathroot :: What is the most horrifying thing the Nightmare can cause your character to see?
Jūlija has no specific fears the Nightmare could play on, but later in the series, following her character growth, the Nightmare would likely show her an image of herself falling back into old habits in order to unnerve her. Jūlija has worked hard on becoming a better person, so the idea of going backwards and once again closing herself off to humanity, emotions, and morality—especially if it’s in the name of ending the war—is one that she would find incredibly disturbing. It would be even more disturbing if her going backwards was a result of or resulted in something terrible happening to Garrus, given how much of her development relies on him. All the same, Jūlija doesn’t put much stock in hypotheticals, so while the images would unnerve her, they wouldn’t get the rise out of her the Nightmare might expect.
Deep Mushroom :: What act does your character consider morally foul but practically necessary? Does your character condone morally foul actions for practicality's or necessity's sake at all?
Jūlija’s amorality at the start of the game means she sees no acts as morally foul and can easily use practicality to justify most of what she does. Indeed, she believes such things as morality only get in the way of survival and getting the job done, and so she has no regard for it whatsoever. Practicality, necessity, survival, these are the things that matter, and she won’t blink at any morally foul act so long as it can be justified by them. Eventually, however, as Jūlija learns what morality and kindness mean, she starts to develop a moral code and becomes less comfortable with condoning morally foul actions for practicality’s sake, though she still remains pragmatic. An example is the destruction of the Bahak system; Jūlija does not like having to do it, and it’s the first thing she does that even she has to admit is morally wrong, but the alternative is much, much worse.
Embrium :: What is the kindest thing anyone had ever done to your character, and do they remember or even know it happened?
The kindest thing anyone has ever done for Jūlija is letting her join the Alliance. Jūlija wasn’t exactly an ideal candidate due to her lack of formal education, poor language skills, temperament, overall personality, and malnourished body, but nevertheless, the recruiter she dealt with saw some potential in her. They didn’t want to turn away someone who was trying to get a better life, and so they helped Jūlija get remedial education and advocated for her as she went through the process of joining. Their kindness single-handedly helped Jūlija turn her life around, but it’s not until over a decade later that she realises it was a kind act.
Rashvine :: Who/what is the one thing or person your character simply cannot stand?
Jūlija has little tolerance for people who she perceives as spoilt and whiny, and even less for air-headed socialites like Aishwarya Ashland. After nearly two decades of struggling to survive, people complaining about comparatively minor problems and swanning around with more credits than they could ever possibly need both grind her gears. She has little comprehension of the concept that wealthy, privileged people can suffer as well, and so she tends to dismiss their problems as nothing more than whining. This wins her no friends among the crew, particularly with Tali, and it’s not something she’s ever able to grow out of.
Arbour Blessing :: What is the happiest ending you can think of for your character?
Surviving the Reaper War, recovering completely from her injuries, returning to the Alliance and the Spectres for a time before retiring and returning to civilian life, building some sort of life together with Garrus (and possibly a family), and continuing to both improve as a person and make sure the sacrifices carried out over the course of the war still mean something.
Vandal Aria :: How well can your character bounce back from personal tragedies?
Initially, Jūlija doesn’t so much bounce back from as ignore personal tragedies, and she has no real concept of what a personal tragedy is due to her utter disconnection from human emotions and relationships. When something happens that she should really feel something about, she pays it no mind and just ploughs on, looking ahead to the next event; this often makes her come off as at best cold and unfeeling, and at worst sociopathic, to those who know her. As time passes and Jūlija learns how to connect with others and rediscover her emotions, she has more trouble processing tragedies. She still does not have the words to describe their impact on her, but they do make her feel something, and half of her frustration comes simply from not knowing what to do with it or even how to express it. Tragedy thus makes her more irritable and short-tempered than usual, but as she softens, it also makes her more thoughtful and more inclined to look back on the things she’s done, especially after the events on Rannoch. Ultimately, Jūlija is still able to bounce back well thanks to her own strength and the help of those around her, but she always has some difficulty processing tragedies due to being so emotionally stunted.
Why study when you can do 1 (one) drug and escape into an early 2000s Owl City album
ok wait ignore this i dont want to have to go through nd type out all my ship tags whenever i wanna post abt a different one so this is just a romantic ship tag dump
I wonder how finely I can grind lavender
Cindy Crawford x Herb Ritts, 1993
Cindy Crawford x Richard Avedon, 1994
Pork Loin with Wine and Herb Gravy
Grilled pork tenderloin with garlic, thyme and rosemary.
This cameo is a Mandela effect, because when I was little I have no memory of where Sid appeared and now it turns out that he was always there, what the hell ???