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  • anghraine
    26.05.2022 - 2 days ago

    Damn it, the Andor teaser trailer looks really cool.

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  • anghraine
    20.05.2022 - 1 week ago

    I’m not sure why it is that 90% of jokes are either a) incomprehensible or b) painfully unfunny to me, but Legolas soberly eulogizing Boromir as “Boromir the Fair” is hilarious to me.

    Legolas is an Elf who is startlingly “fair” to pretty much everyone, including Boromir’s own people, but when they’re laying Boromir to rest, Legolas’s contribution to the sad musical number is “he was so pretty, too :( rip”

    Bonus: later, he meets Boromir’s uncle, and his takeaway is this: “That is a fair lord and a great captain of men.” Okay, Legolas.

    (Yes, Imrahil is known as “Imrahil the Fair,” the grandson who resembles him is “Elfwinë the Fair,” Boromir is repeatedly described as fair, Faramir closely resembles him and also has a “fair face,” so this isn’t just Legolas’s perception of them. But he certainly has his priorities in order!)

    #i don't have a lot of legolas feelings but the fact that he's a reliable dúnadan hotness meter is amazing #anghraine babbles#legendarium blogging#legolas#boromir#imrahil#deep blogging
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  • anghraine
    20.05.2022 - 1 week ago

    Oh, one of the other things about NOME and part-Elvish beardlessness: Tolkien says something to the effect that the beardlessness is one of the most enduring part-Elvish traits. You’ll get people who aren’t really very Elvish, but if there’s any amount of Elvish blood left, they’ll still be naturally beardless. And he particularly associates this with the House of Elendil’s descent from Elros, with a whole explanation of why that applies to the House of the Stewards also.

    The short version is that Húrin of Emyn Arnen, while not a direct-line member of the royal house, was descended from Anárion and a recognized kinsman of King Minardil, which was part of the reason he was appointed to the Stewardship. We’ve known this was rattling around Tolkien’s head since POME, but it’s very clearly laid out in NOME in order to explain that Boromir and Faramir are Elrosians through Denethor and therefore beardless (+part-Elvish through Finduilas as well).

    The thing I’m thinking is ... it’d be interesting if there was some kind of, hmm, cultural cachet around beardlessness? I know a lot of people are really into bearded Dúnedain, but if natural beardlessness is one of the most lingering marks of royal ancestry, it seems like it’d be kind of loaded, esp in Gondor. Has it affected the Gondorian aesthetic? Is it some Gondorian value of punk for a young man to grow a beard, or pretend to? Are there ever any misunderstandings with, say, the Rohirrim re: age/status/etc?

    I do suspect that, although beardlessness ultimately derives from Elvish ancestry, the fact that in most cases it comes through the royal line would lead to it being more associated with Númenórean royalty than Elves per se. Gondorians care a lot more about Elendil than Turgon.

    #someone on one of my faramir posts joked that his aesthetic is like. elf cosplay #and it's ... no. faramir looks exactly like what he is: a númenórean prince #anghraine babbles#legendarium blogging#anghraine's headcanons#ondonórë blogging #húrin of emyn arnen #nature of middle earth
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  • anghraine
    20.05.2022 - 1 week ago

    For no particular reason, I’ve been navel-gazing about obnoxious comments I’ve gotten on fic over the years.

    Of course, “obnoxious comments” aren’t created equal. I basically divide the ones I’ve personally received into three types: 1) breaches of etiquette, 2) trivial shit, and 3) wtf?

    #1 is stuff like leaving a comment on a new fic to ask when I’m going to update an older fic for a completely different fandom. Please don’t do this! But it’s not a huge deal. Or just saying “update soon” and nothing else like I’m some sort of fic-writing machine. Or trash-talking the genre or ship that I’m writing to emphasize that my fic is good even though my taste in ships/tropes is shit or something. I don’t like any of these things, but they’re essentially just different ideas of courtesy.

    #2 are things like ... correcting me for making up a title for the blank Fitzwilliam earldom in P&P instead of going with “Earl of Matlock” (an invention of the 1995 P&P—I’ve gotten multiple complaints about not using it). Or the occasional complaint about calling my genderbent Luke Skywalker “Lucy” instead of something more obscure and space-y (as opposed to the obscure sci-fi name Luke, I guess). Or my physical descriptions of the characters not matching the casting in someone’s preferred adaptation (again, P&P 1995 fandom is particularly prone to this—one person felt the need to inform me that they always imagined my Darcy as Colin Firth, despite knowing of my dislike for the 1995 and the descriptions in the fics not matching him, in response to a fic where Darcy is a woman). Or there’s “well actually in the novelization/Expanded Universe/film/whatever...”

    #3 is easily the least common. The most objectionable of the “wtf” genre of comment was undoubtedly the person who thought I was implying that Elizabeth Bennet is a WOC in Season of Courtship, and went on a screed about it. The weirdest was the person who asked if leaving Subsequent Connections unfinished made me feel desirable. I was also pretty “wtf” at the person who urged me to stop writing screenplay-format fic because it reminded them of a different fic writer who they disliked. And there was someone (at AO3, of all places) who told me that my fic was great but I was personally shitty.

    There have also been some kind of peculiar edge cases, like someone responding to my Ivriniel fic with a pseudo-above-it-all comment about how hilarious they found the idea of anybody in Gondor ever resenting Aragorn (i.e. the premise of the fic). There was also some person who was indignant that the other comments on First Impressions were positive despite Henry not being manly (there actually were plenty of other people who had criticisms of First Impressions, but most were clustered at different sites than this commenter’s). Obviously not anywhere near as bad as the straight-up racism or homophobia, but those still struck me as weird and wanky beyond just fannish obsessing over minutia.

    I have gotten criticisms that I don’t think of as obnoxious—some were (non-adaptation-based) corrections of genuine mistakes, like Americanisms and getting Italian phrases wrong and continuity errors and things. Some people have noted where longer fics meandered off track and the pacing got uneven or seemed directionless (fair!). Some people don’t like my readiness to give substantial roles to OCs/near-OCs. Others don’t like specific decisions I made, like the Rebellion’s limited roles for women in the Lucyverse or the justification for Catherine’s proposal in First Impressions. Okay!

    Also, while obviously I’ve seen and remembered the obnoxious comments, they make up a small proportion of the overall comments I’ve received over the years. Most people are nice. I’ve very rarely received really nasty direct comments, despite writing sketchy things at times, deliberately rejecting popular fanons, etc.

    And ... I mean, my two biggest fandoms by a mile are P&P and SW (in terms of what I’ve written fic for). And Austen fandom has always been the odd one out for me, fandom-wise. If I excluded the responses to Austen fic specifically, my experience of fic comments would be even more overwhelmingly pleasant (and the comments on Austen fic are mostly pleasant, but it is definitely the wankiest fandom I’ve ever been: both very particular about conformity to its norms and very Cult of Nice about addressing pretty much anything). I know that SW fandom does have awful people in it who leave worse comments than anything I’ve ever received—that’s just what my personal experience has been.

    So, yeah, the occasional obnoxiousness I’ve encountered seems like ... not nothing, by any means, but given how much I’ve written, what I’ve chosen to write, and the basic contrariness of my nature, I’ve probably come out pretty lucky as far as fandom goes.

    #if i'm perfectly honest the fact that the most substantial bulk of my obnoxious comments #come specifically from 1995 p&p fandom #is... probably not unrelated to how intensely i've come to dislike it #i've always had my gripes with it and i genuinely have a lot of issues with various choices #but if there was less pressure to accept andrew davies as the one true prophet of jane austen it might annoy me less #of course most 1995 fans are lovely people but the greatest proportion of my negative ficwriter experiences have been w/ that corner #so that's a thing! #i also suspect my sw experience would be worse if i'd written much for the st instead of tumbling into jyn/cassian fandom #which (despite its faults) was far and away my best star wars shipping experience #anyway#anghraine babbles#fic talk#general fanwank#long post#austen fanwank#legendarium fanwank#sw fanwank
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  • anghraine
    17.05.2022 - 1 week ago

    The NOME passage on Elf/part-Elf beardlessness is interesting in a lot of ways, honestly.

    The thing is, you can quibble with Tolkien’s sweeping generalizations about how beardlessness works. He says that all Elves are beardless, which is canonically not true; Círdan is bearded in LOTR. He says that the mortal descendants of Elves are beardless, such as Aragorn, Imrahil, Boromir, and Faramir, contrasting them with the bearded Théoden and Éomer ... who are also descendants of an Elf (the same Elf as Imrahil’s ancestress, at that). So it’s easy to go, eh, not compatible with canon, whatever.

    Of course, Tolkien elsewhere has a less sweeping explanation of Elvish beardlessness. Typically, only very old Elves can grow beards (with the occasional rare exception). Círdan’s beard is a mark of his age, not something characteristic of male Elves in general.

    What’s less clear is how this more limited beardlessness manifests among the mortal descendants of Elves. Maybe they never live long enough to reach the beard-growing stage. Maybe the Númenóreans’ strange lifespans and aging are essentially a hybrid of Elvish cycles of life+mortality, so they can grow beards at their own equivalent of the late Elvish life-cycle. Tolkien isn’t really clear on how the clarification of Elvish beardlessness affects the beardlessness of Elvish descendants.

    But it is very clear, IMO, that the statement that all descendants of Elves are beardless is an over-generalization. For Tolkien, it seems that only some descendants of Elves “count” for these purposes. Théoden is the son of a Númenórean woman of the line of the Princes of Dol Amroth, but he’s so powerfully identified with his father’s culture and ethnicity that he’s basically never treated as Númenórean or part-Elvish in any way. UT attributes Éomer’s height to his Númenórean ancestry but nothing else.

    However, Tolkien also suggests that Boromir’s and Faramir’s beardlessness is partly attributable to their descent from the Princes of Dol Amroth through their mother (as well as Denethor’s descent from Elros). So it’s not just some patrilineal take on genetics at work. And the beardlessness of the royal families of Gondor and Arnor goes back to a woman, anyway—Princess Silmariën, who herself inherited the Elvish blood of Idril, Nimloth, and Lúthien, all women. This can definitely be transmitted through the female line.

    It’s maybe a bit uncharitable, but my suspicion is that Faramir and Boromir’s Dol Amroth heritage “counts” for Tolkien in a way that Théoden and Éomer’s doesn’t because it doesn’t really change anything. Faramir and Boromir are already part-Elvish Númenóreans on Denethor’s side, so Tolkien can tack on “and Finduilas was part-Elvish, too” to reinforce it, whereas Théoden and Éomer are so thoroughly identified with the Rohirrim that their function would be undermined by any signs of Elvishness.

    In any case, it’s not that Tolkien is perfectly consistent here by any means, or that his preference for patrilineality doesn’t color a lot of how this works. But I do think it’s more complicated and intriguing than the “Círdan and Théoden have beards tho, checkmate” crowd allows.

    #anghraine babbles#legendarium blogging#legendarium fanwank #the only middle-earth beard discourse i care about tbh #anghraine's meta#ish
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  • anghraine
    16.05.2022 - 1 week ago

    My best friend and I watched Rogue One and loved it all over again, and then watched Space Mutiny last night. The whiplash was ... strong, but very funny.

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  • anghraine
    14.05.2022 - 2 weeks ago

    I am genuinely very, very tired of all the posts on my dash about how having mental conditions doesn’t excuse you from responsibility, it’s on you to take measures to prevent your illness/trauma/whatever from having basically any negative impact on anyone else ever, and failing to do so is at some level a moral failure.

    There are various things I find irritating about these posts, but the more I think about it, the more they seem underpinned by a deeply individualistic, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps, binary way of thinking. They’ll sometimes allow for the reality that the kind of exertion they’re advocating is more difficult—sometimes drastically more difficult—for people with various conditions, but the answer is essentially “but you’ve got to force yourself to do it anyway, sucks to be you.”

    It’s not that it’s never the case that sometimes you just have to do, or not do, a thing. But they set up this dynamic where it’s always exclusively on you, the person with a literal mental condition or disability, to handle your issue in a way that accommodates others, but it’s in no way incumbent on others to accommodate you. They frame the problem as essentially one of people not being disciplined and responsible enough in isolation, rather than any kind of mutual consideration. Ugh.

    #anghraine babbles#anghraine rants #rare breed of attack unicorn
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  • anghraine
    13.05.2022 - 2 weeks ago

    I am writing veryyyy slowly, but on the bright side, that is 90% because my best friend is visiting and we’re doing All The Things. Today we’re going shopping, something I normally dislike, but doing it at this extremely PNW food co-op with tons of local coffee (he lives in a different part of the country and pines after PNW coffee). So, should be fun!

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  • anghraine
    12.05.2022 - 2 weeks ago

    One of the funnest parts of writing my novel—or rather, the setting in which my novel and various other stories take place—is that I just decided one day that it would be matriarchal.

    I mean, I’m not very interested in, idk, a super deep interrogation of matriarchy or whatever. I did think about a lot of different aspects of how it would work in this particular context, but at the end of the day, I was (and remain) most interested in how it might inform the sort of general everyday dynamics of life more than meditations on it as a thing or very specific, highly articulated conflicts over it. So what’s been most fun, for me, is to think of ways to have this kind of background hum of matriarchy without it necessarily being the focal point.

    #i'll admit to being petty enough to get a kick out of the core cast being overwhelmingly female #when so many of my most formative influences were very much not #and were/are so often defended as just being accurate to the world building #well #i'm just being accurate to the matriarchal society i made up. there are barely any male characters because of realism :) #but that's not the point of it. just a bonus lol #anghraine babbles #original fic rambles
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  • anghraine
    10.05.2022 - 2 weeks ago

    I did the Plains of Ashford event completionist and accidentally completed a heart

    :(

    #i do want world completion at some point... but at what cost #i told myself that i wasn't DESTROYING the ghosts of althea's people since they always come back #just. giving them a moment's rest. okay. #but the whole oh you've got to help the charr 'retake' ascalon city as if they had some right to it... bleh #the only upside is that you can say 'i'd really rather not' to the renown heart npc #i would like to have stronger words though! #anghraine babbles#ascalonian grudgeblog#gw fanwank
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  • anghraine
    10.05.2022 - 2 weeks ago

    My fave type of fictional female character: not so much feisty as hard and cold, but with a capacity for turning super intense. Sometimes, she has a gentler and/or noble side. Bonus if she’s hot and borderline problematic.

    #i was thinking of characters i love (like peak formative fave aravis of calormen) and characters i love writing #and this preference does exert a ... strong influence #there's also a character on my dash whom i have not encountered in the wild #but who seems so much this type that i think i have to investigate further #anghraine babbles #a treeful of monkeys on nitrous oxide #tropes
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  • anghraine
    10.05.2022 - 2 weeks ago

    Thinking about Gondor’s dynastic disputes has me thinking about how interesting it is that the royal House of Anárion was ever a thing at all. IIRC, Anárion was the older son in an earlier draft, and in that case the kingship falling to his son Meneldil would simply be business as usual. But in the final version, Isildur is the elder son, and he had four sons of his own. He could have turned Gondor over to one of them instead of to Meneldil. Or, if he was set on establishing all of his children in Arnor, he could have made Meneldil a viceroy of some kind rather than placing him on the throne as king in his own right. It’s just a really different and intriguing way of going about things.

    I can think of various explanations, but I don’t think we really get a conclusive one, though Isildur’s grief for Anárion factoring into his decision wrt the Ring seems relevant. And the Silm says Isildur “forsook” Gondor. It’s an odd situation and an odd decision—with, of course, major ramifications that he may not have ever foreseen.

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  • anghraine
    09.05.2022 - 2 weeks ago

    I just remembered the other thing I was going to say on my Arvedui and Pelendur post earlier today.

    It’s sometimes presumed that Aragorn’s claim to the throne of Gondor is interchangeable with Arvedui’s, but this isn’t true. Arvedui pretended or believed that Númenor allowing women and their children to inherit somehow gave him a claim to the throne of Gondor as Princess Fíriel’s husband. He was wrong. Under Númenórean law, he would be a usurper had he succeeded, either of Fíriel or of their son Aranarth. But Aragorn is Aranarth’s heir, so had he chosen to claim the throne through Fíriel, the claim on that side would not be nearly so groundless.

    However, Aragorn doesn’t actually try to make that claim. He firmly identifies himself as the heir of Isildur and claims the throne of Gondor as heir of Valandil -> Isildur -> Elendil, evading the entire prickly issue of royal inheritance through the female line (something that neither Arnor/Arthedain nor Gondor ever permitted, though the Stewards managed it by not claiming royalty).

    On top of that, though, the rejection by Pelendur and the Council of Gondor is so sweeping that I suspect they would have rejected any argument that Arvedui made. This is veering into headcanon, but I think their overriding concern—above misogyny, above whatever Isildur may or may not have intended—was the subordination of Gondor’s interests to Arthedain’s. And Pelendur was a descendant of Anárion (according to POME and NOME) through some line that couldn’t claim the throne—likely through a female line. He excluded himself and his own descendants from the succession forever to keep the house of Isildur out of Gondor.

    Something that’s interesting about Aragorn in the book, though, is that he’s ... pretty damn enthusiastic about becoming King of Gondor for its own sake. Like, yes, he restores Arnor and reunites the kingdoms and all, but I think it’s clear that Gondor is not subordinated to Arnor in his rule or mind. If anything, the end of “The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen” indicates that Aragorn’s rule was centered on Minas Anor to the end of his very long life.

    So while the heirs of Isildur were eventually able to take power in Gondor, it makes sense that Aragorn—the victorious captain who was willing to jeopardize himself for Gondor and who clearly loves and values it for its own sake, and who is much more straightforward and honest about his claim—was a lot more palatable to Gondorians than Arvedui would have ever been. And it certainly didn’t turn out in the way that I think Pelendur and the Council might have feared.

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  • anghraine
    08.05.2022 - 2 weeks ago

    Arvedui’s claim to the throne through his marriage to Princess Fíriel is interesting for a couple of reasons.

    He makes a separate claim as heir of Isildur (though his father was alive at the time...), which is its own matter. But his additional argument that, under the laws of Númenor, his marriage to Fíriel gives him some claim to the throne of Gondor is frankly either duplicitous or ignorant. The laws of Númenor, after Tar-Aldarion, allowed women to rule in their own right. The only men to rule Númenor via the birth/lineage of their wives were usurpers.

    Under Númenórean law, Fíriel’s status as daughter and only living child of the King of Gondor would make her the rightful ruler, not Arvedui. If she’s dead by then, her claim would pass to her eldest child (regardless of gender), not Arvedui.

    I think his attempt to bullshit his way into the kingship is somewhat obscured by the fact that, while the Council of Gondor rejects this claim, they do not reject it for being wrong (though it is). Rather, the Council’s argument is that Númenórean law has not been applied in either Gondor or Arnor/Arthedain at any point (this seems to be true) and that they do not consider women to have any place in the succession (i.e., not only can women not claim the throne, but men cannot claim the throne through women because something something war). So they don’t cover themselves in glory, either.

    I suspect the real issue is that the Council (and, it’s implied, the Dúnedain of Gondor in general) didn’t want Gondor to be ruled by Arthedain. Arthedain was an ally, yes, and one with which they had kinship, but also by that point had been a separate country with its own interests and priorities for a long time, and was also considerably weaker than Gondor. The Council could have made a narrower and fairer ruling dismissing Arvedui’s particular claim because of its misrepresentations, but that would open the door for Aranarth to claim the throne, which as far as they were likely concerned, would lead to exactly the same thing.

    Tolkien suggests that one figure had an outsized role in all this: Pelendur, Steward of Gondor. As Steward, he would have been the chief of the Council, and acting ruler of Gondor between Ondoher’s death and the succession of the new king. But an interesting twist is that both Peoples of Middle-earth and Nature of Middle-earth suggest/state that Húrin of Emyn Arnen, the direct forefather of the Stewards, was a descendant of Anárion without being of the “line” of Anárion—which, in all likelihood, means that Pelendur himself was also descended from Anárion through a woman, and that the call he made wrt Fíriel applied to his own family as well and ensured that they could never claim the throne of Gondor.

    I’m unsure what my takeaway from this is—just that I think it’s really interesting and more complicated than it’s sometimes treated.

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  • anghraine
    08.05.2022 - 2 weeks ago

    The re-release of Living World S1 finally convinced me to explore parts of GW2 Ascalon beyond the Fields of Ruin, despite the nowhere-addressed weirdness of being railroaded into fighting the ghosts of my people (among many other things!!). So my Althea, named after the Ascalonian mesmer teacher who got murdered by the Charr in GW1, finally stumbled into “Camp Althea,” which is of course a camp for the Separatists.

    It’s not at all improbable that the Separatists would exploit original Althea’s tragedy that way, but it does seem ... extremely on-brand for how GW2 handles the events of Prophecies that the game would vaguely address what happened by linking it to the Separatists, i.e., villainous hordes of terrorists who just can’t accept their people’s conquest gracefully and attack anything that moves.

    /sigh

    #the other main althea thing i've run into is the ascended item 'althea's ashes' #which incorrectly suggests that althea was basically collateral damage in the searing #i mean. that would still be very bad but also #no! she was captured and dragged off and burned alive by the charr for shits and giggles #take your retcons and go D: #also i ran into a charr npc who was wistful about the good old days before the searing #when ascalonians stayed dead after you killed them #aww it's so hard when your war crimes have consequences :( #anghraine babbles#anghraine rants#anghraine's gaming#gw fanwank#althea#althea fairchild#ascalonian grudgeblog #i too am on-brand
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  • anghraine
    08.05.2022 - 3 weeks ago

    I spent seven hours helping my mother shop and while she’s still energetic, I just feel sort of ... flattened at this point.

    #i thought it would take... like. 2-3 hours. lmao at me #at this point my brain is feebly drifting between thoughts of catherine and elizabeth as the cool queer aunts to georgiana's baby #(obvs some distance into the future) #and how tolkien's erratically patrilineal take on ~~lineage~ intersects with elvish beardlessness #can't quite string the words together for either though #beyond the tags #anghraine babbles#anghraine whines#fic talk #fic talk: love pride and delicacy #legendarium blogging
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  • anghraine
    07.05.2022 - 3 weeks ago

    I didn’t feel like writing and have to go shopping in a bit (meh), so I was just fiddling around the Djarn character creator to make approximations of Catherine and Elizabeth, and the advertising gods were like

    #lmao#anghraine babbles#dolls#fic talk #fic talk: love pride and delicacy #a treeful of monkeys on nitrous oxide
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  • anghraine
    07.05.2022 - 3 weeks ago

    I still haven’t seen Bridgerton, and Charithra Chandran is also too beautiful for Georgiana, but seeing gifs of Kate and Edwina and all the stuff about their relationship and Kate’s concern for her gives me Catherine-and-Georgiana feelings anyway.

    Catherine and Georgiana’s situation is obviously very different (lots of money, lots of extended family). But I do imagine that there’s still an extent to which ... well, the day their father died, 11-y-o Georgiana clung to 23-y-o Catherine, and while Catherine had always loved her, I imagine that she was very powerfully struck by Georgiana’s vulnerability and how much her welfare would be affected by Catherine’s every decision. So she had this feeling of ... well, it’s up to me now, and I can’t fail her. Ever.

    #also: because catherine has zero intention of ever marrying #even more rests on properly guiding georgiana to womanhood and who she marries #esp because georgiana is set to inherit so much more than in canon #and catherine both wants to shelter and to prepare georgiana so it's a ... challenge #and then wickham seizes his chance at ramsgate #:(#anghraine babbles#fic talk #fic talk: love pride and delicacy #austen blogging
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  • anghraine
    06.05.2022 - 3 weeks ago

    D&D last night was really fun! We’re trying to destroy this crystal that spawns creepy shadow creatures whenever we crack it, scaling up with how much of it we try to destroy at once. We faced two beings that managed to knock two party members out and do a ton of damage to everyone except my character (who was 100 ft away and only got attacked once, for 16 damage... of a kind I’m resistant to, lol).

    That said, I managed to do 43 damage with a cantrip :D

    #and gift of the protectors was totally worth it ... the wizard might have died #anghraine babbles#/#//#///#////#/////#a#b#c#d#e #dungeons and dragons #anghraine's gaming
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  • anghraine
    06.05.2022 - 3 weeks ago

    Huh, got an email that someone requested a password change on my AO3 account. I didn’t, so ... ??????

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