Sometimes called “the river that ran away from paradise”, Caño Cristales River, Colombia
Sometimes called “the river that ran away from paradise”, Caño Cristales River, Colombia
I’m sorry about this everyone, but I’m gonna have to take a break. Basically because term’s started and obviously there’s lots of work and reading I have to do for that and because I’m also frantically putting a research proposal together so I can actually get funding for that PhD in historical Austronesian linguistics I’m hoping to do, I’ve been finding myself with less and less time to actually spend here on this site, so I’m going to have a bit of a hiatus from here to avoid the nagging feeling that I need to keep coming back every day. Don’t go anywhere because I do intend to come back, hopefully after the end of term in early December (if not before), but don’t expect much activity from me between now and then (because I don’t do queue so I haven’t got a backlog of posts lined up, sorry).
Due to a mistake when ordering, quickly restructure your system to work around four hundred D17s
Dean never played the *i’m the oldest so you guys have to do what I say* card. It’s such a kid-thing to do, but Dean’s no kid and age doesn’t hold seniority for him. Yes, he follows his father’s orders and John is older than him, and yes, Dean tries to get Sam to do what he says and Dean is older than his little brother. But age isn’t the defining factor in hunting, experience is.
He tells the other kids they can’t go with him because they’ve never been hunting before. He spearheads the case because “Dad would want me taking charge” and even if he was younger than every other kid in the room Dean would still assume the mantle of Hunter/Protector because he has the most experience which means he’s the best equipped to deal with the danger - even if he is actually ill-equipped: he has a gun and a knife but no idea what creature he’s facing, and that will come back to haunt him in two different ways.
He didn’t just go up against an unknown monster, he was also a kid (because he /was/ a kid, despite John trying to mold him into a soldier) who was unprepared to face the horrors that awaited him when it/he was too late to save someone. He tried to go it alone and without sufficient information and not only did he fail to eliminate the threat he also witnessed something that scarred his psyche and gave him “nightmares for the longest time”.
It was his first solo case and he tried to be a Hunter first and foremost (because he doesn’t know how to be anything else) forgetting (or choosing to ignore/believing the conditioning John had done to his young self) that he was also a kid. And being a kid, Hunter or not, means he shouldn’t have had to shoulder the burden of trauma OR deal with the fallout of a failed hunt years later since he never should have been in the position to face monsters (alone) at that age in the first place.
Yes, Dean chose to work the case and go after the monster without more experienced help, but only because he thought he had to. Because there was no one else to do it. Because it was the only way.
I know, I know. It’s established in WS by both Shepard and Baz’s Magical Vampire Adventure™ that the World of Mages, isn’t exactly a world, but more a deeply regressive secret society of Magic elitists, who are overly self-important and drunk off their own power at best, and fantasy ethnocentrics obsessed with being the supreme race at worst. (ethnocentrics are people who believe that they are The Correct Culture. Dw I had to google the term too.) When you look at all the things that the Coven has done… Jesus. It’s not just the Mage. Every person on the Coven ranges to bad, to Holy Fuck Do You Have No Moral Compass???
The “World of Mages” isn’t even a World. It’s just Great Britain. And Even that’s a maybe. Because where there is English superiority, there’s Celtic descent. I wonder if there’s a Magic IRA? Penny lies to Shepard about there being an international court system for Mages. And the existence of No Mage Zones in America implies that rules and regulation is up to locals to sort out. While in America each species has different groups and territory, in England, there seems to be a supremacy system. Mages at the top, shalf-mages second, non-mage intelligent creatures, then “dark creatures.” But we learn from Lamb in WS that vampires aren’t all that dark. They don’t kill humans unless they want to, and isn’t that everyone? How many “dark creatures” are just people that mages don’t understand, brutalized, and oppress?
With the revelation that “dark creatures” are just people, it puts so much of CO in a different light. Simon kills a Goblin (in self-defence, he had no other option) before he even gets to Watford! And it’s brushed aside! No mentions, or cares, that the Goblin might have had a family, that Simon could have left another orphan in his wake, because the coven doesn’t consider goblins people. And that’s fucking evil man.
I realized that the coven was evil when I learned what they did to Nicodeamus. They didn’t just strike him from the book. They pulled out his fangs. They maimed him. They made an example out of him. This is what happens when you disobey the order of things. We destroy you. We take away everything you love. And all for disobeying “the World of Mages” he didn’t disobey anything. The World of Mages isn’t real, it’s just rich powerful families, otherwise known as the Coven deciding how all English Mages who accept the Coven’s rule will conduct themselves.
There’s a direct correlation with wealth and the Coven. The two Coven families we see, Agatha and Baz, are extremely wealthy. The old families, are all described as wealthy. But families that aren’t on the coven, the Bunce’s and the Petty’s are described as more middle class.
Simon reminisces in CO about the differences in curriculum between past Watford and current Watford “I know there was a music department, and I know there was more of a focus on history” he’s clearly sympathetic to the idea that Watford was a better place in the past. But Baz says when talking about the Minotaur “he wasn’t a teacher then, creatures were only allowed to work on the grounds” would the Minotaur agree that the curriculum was better then? And history, whose history? The past only helps us give advice how to remedy the present. Given the utter disgusting state of British education that my English friends tell me, I have little doubt that the history curriculum was little more then propaganda.
Because Watford was an elite school “only for the best” AKA the privileged, and it had tuition instead of the Mage’s tax system. It kept almost everyone out. Poorer students who couldn’t afford to go, low powered students who couldn’t go, half-mages who were considered creatures, and creatures who weren’t considered people. And all of this was enforced by the Coven, which was led by the Pitch’s.
In this world the legacy of the Pitch’s is tied to the oppression of everyone else. All the Liberal characters dislike the Pitch’s. To dislike the Pitch’s is to dislike the former structure of power in CO. And we, as readers, need to accept that the Pitch’s values Are Not Good. They hurt people. Baz’s Great-great Grandfather made a bunch of refugee’s of creatures fleeing Britain for America. The Pitch’s make the magical world worse. And it’s okay to like the family, but their values need to be defeated in the name of a better world.
After finishing season 5 of She-Ra, I can for sure say even though Horde Prime’s backstory was never mentioned, it’s implicit both within the series and in the classic lore.
If we stop for a moment to think that Horde Prime, or Anilus Kur (as he was known in the 1985 series) is described as an almost omnipresent and parasitic being, thousands of years old, which has lost all sense and memories of what it was because he was limited to a partially mortal body, from which he was only freed (and eliminated) thanks to She-Ra at the end of season five, and that the other clones disn’t perish with him and their own self didn’t even rememble his malevolence, then we can tell for sure the being itself wasn’t related to the spacebat specie from which the clones were cloned at his will. The scene which cements that for me, together with speculations over his origins (not of Prime, the vessel that this being used in Spop, but of Anilus Kur, as the true entity).
In fact this creature it’s nothing more than a being that looks like a black slug with multiple eyes, an Elditch abomination… or a Lovecrafian monster.
And that’s what I’d like to talk about, Anilus Kur, whose identity we know as Horde Prime in the present, is nothing more and nothing less than an offspring of the Outer God “Yog-Sothoth”, who sees all and knows all, a powerful being residing outside the known universe, and creator of the Cthulhu and Hastur in the canonical stories.
This… baby, resembling a small but quite powerful replica of its creator (a black mass with green eyes and tentacles) must have been pushed to live in the inside-universe as punishment (it has happened to other cosmic gods in Lovecraft’s narrative). Fighting to survive, he decided to parasitize and use at its advantage a powerful specie of bat-like humanoids living in some planet around, going from clone to clone and calling himself the Emperor of the known Universe in the process, but unable to procreate because he doesn’t actually own the spacebat’s bodies, he can only use them, but it spent the rest of Its millenias conquering planet after planet in search of being forgiven, for actions already forgotten, from which he carries a punishment that he does not even remember, dragging a large number of species into destruction, seeking approval from Its clones and all universe, wanting to get the attention of the omnipresent being that has cast him aside, enveloping planets like Etheria and Eternia in a sense of cosmic horror without precedents. In this essay I will
Instead of minies, use amiibo. All combat takes the form of having your amiibos fight in Smash.
So yeah, if you comment I might include it in a page! I won’t do every single comment I see, just those that I can think up a good idea for.
Me: “Ugh, it’s been a week, but I really should finish that WIP I’m working on or give up on it. …It’s pretty weird. No one but me will like this. I should probably just shelve it.”
(An actual author I follow on Patreon) - “Here’s a post about the next thing I’m going to write, friends! It’s going to be about stomachs, but also fantasy and it’s going to be SO CUTE y’all! Or maybe I’ll write a vaguely magical/historical thing - or combine them?! Also, I’m going to read some fanfic.”
(fanfiction mailing list that showed up in my Inbox) - “OK, so hear me out: TWENTY AU IDEAS. Also, what if an old lady dragged the personification of Death onto the Great British Bake-Off? Amazing, right?”
(Tumblr dash) - *puts a post in my feed with the AU-Titanic theory that NO ONE ASKED FOR: ‘Why is Jack so weird in that movie? Probably because he was a time-traveler tasked with saving Rose’s life from her own self-harm/the boat because she’s Sarah Connor’s (Terminator) grandmother and humanity needs her to survive.’*
Me: “…Alright Universe, message received. I can stop writing or keep going, but ‘too weird’ is not a good reason.” 🤔
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I’ve seen multiple people talking about Merlin’s line “And I will not lose another apprentice!” Specifically, I’ve seen speculation about who Merlin’s lost apprentice might be, and how many apprentices he might have lost. And while it would be interesting if Merlin had lost multiple apprentices to Arthur’s hatred of magic (secret Zoe backstory?), I think the answer to the lost apprentice’s identity is staring us in the face:
In both Trollhunters and in Wizards she was acknowledged as Merlin’s apprentice. In addition, she had very recently died because of Arthur’s actions. While there would later be severe animosity between Merlin and Morgana, and at the time of her death Merlin ended up fighting on Arthur’s side, prior the worst Morgana and Merlin showed toward each other was mild annoyance. It makes sense that Merlin would grieve Morgana and fear losing Douxie in the same way that he lost her.
I thought this would be fun to do, although the fact that I’m analysing their powers on a tactical perspective probably makes me as much of a jerk as good ol’ Reggie was. Regardless, I hope you have a fine time reading my amateurish meta on these! Legit, I don’t have any prior knowledge of this stuff other than what I’ve got from competitive Pokémon and Wolfenstein. Even then, I probably still don’t have enough of this subject matter, so once again, please bare through my uninformed meta.
Note: I haven’t read the comics, only watched the show.
EDIT: Here’s Pt. 2!
Seeing the “Samulet” again, on young Dean, is a kick in the old dramatic irony, huh?
Young Dean had no idea, back then, that this was an amulet which could detect the presence of God.
Even as present-day Dean seeks God, to destroy him.
Seeing the Samulet again, in the context of 15x16 Drag Me Away (From You), in which Dean is trying to shoulder the role of their absent father, John, and look out for Sammy and the other kids in the motel, really drives home the burden of the Samulet. It’s essentially a cursed object.
Sam meant to give it as a gift to John originally, but because John was absent for Christmas in 3x08 A Very Supernatural Christmas, he gave it to Dean instead, thus (unwittingly) placing the same burden on Dean which John had already placed on him (substitute parent for Sammy).
It has a double function here, in 15x16 - a psychological millstone round Dean’s neck (he is his brother’s keeper) and an indication of the “godhead” in man.
Dean Humanity Winchester, is humanity personified, and the Samulet “chooses” him, just the way it glows in Chuck’s presence.
But the miracle of Chuck’s own creation, humans possessed of free will, is, at present, lost on Chuck, who wants to reduce them back to characters in his narrative.
The shapeshifting Baba Yaga in this tale, plays out two scenarios where she appears to an adult in the form of their child-self, and tries to (successfully in the first case) force a “suicide”:
A metaphor, of course, for the way in which Travis’ and Dean’s childhood traumas have “murdered” their adult selves. As well as, on a cosmic level, a mirror for one half of the ending Chuck wants (a Winchester brothers’ murder-suicide).
The “My Delight” chocolate bar young Travis is reaching for (a metaphor for happiness) is tainted by its association with the horror of Baba Yaga, just as Sam and Dean’s chances of happiness have always been tainted by their father’s monster-hunting revenge quest.
Dean’s self-expression, his relationships with those he loves, continue to be damaged by the script he learned from John, as he strives to try and shoulder impossible burdens - Look after Sammy, defeat God.
This is the final turn of the wheel. Dean is falling back on John Winchester’s old script - lying to loved ones, ordering Sam about, sacrificing Jack (a mirror for his own child self) on the altar of revenge, and profoundly damaging his chance of a happy relationship (however you define that) with Cas.
I know @prairiedust will be on the case with Baba Yaga folklore.
In this tale, Baba Yaga murders children, the way Sam and Dean’s childhoods were “murdered”.
And Dean now threatens to repeat the cycle, by sacrificing Jack.
But Baba Yaga, it is sometimes suggested, was perhaps originally a death goddess in pagan Russia, and as such, she is a sign that old patterns and old scripts must die, in order for the Winchesters to truly achieve free will at last.
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