You know, I’ve been thinking about the different ways of how Techno and Phil express love to each other, and find it fascinating how they do it in different ways. Their ways of showing that they love each other are so similar but also contrast in some areas. (I’m like- 99% sure that this post has been made before but I wanted to write my own version on it because its something interesting to analyze)
Techno, as most of the fandom has agreed on, shows love through gestures, gifts, and promises of protection. The things we point out as Techno showing his affection towards people are things like when he gave the totem to Phil, or promising to protect Tommy during his time in Techno’s cottage. Offering them things that would protect them or offering to protect them directly. Of course, not all of his gestures are ones of protection, but its a common theme with his gifts. He usually shows that he cares about the person in front of them, and its pretty clear that he does.
Phil, on the other hand, shows his care through quieter things. Smaller gifts and favors that can often fly under the radar. His care is supporting the other person and helping them with whatever they ask. He doesn't have many, if any, grand gestures of him giving heartfelt gifts or speeches about how much he cares, which makes it harder to single out any one instant. There are things to be pointed out though, like how he made a bee farm with only a shadow of an idea of what it could be used for but did it anyway without asking questions, taking Techno’s side after Tommy left him for L’manberg, promising to help Techno even in house arrest by saying that he’ll be “Techno’s hidden sword” and helping Ranboo hide his involvement with Snowchester. Those are all instances of him immediately going to help or support the other person with little to no questioning as to why. These usually aren't acknowledged because the other person doesn't read into it as much or because they weren't there, in the case of him saying that he’d help Techno even while stuck in L’manberg.
How these different types of showing and receiving these gestures of love contrast is what I find it really interesting though.
They both show that they care through gifts and promises of loyalty, but its the presentation, magnitude, and audience that set them apart. When Techno gives people things its usually grand, with a half-speech before or after to cement why and what it symbolizes between them. Contrast that to Phil who supports but barely mentions it, who doesn't verbally give reasons to why he’s doing the favor or giving support but still does it.
Phil does regard Techno’s gifts with care. Though he doesn't really thank him verbally, really only giving a “thanks m8,” he places both the friendship emeralds and the compass in his enderchest, and keeping in mind that he is an efficiency-orientated person and weighs the usefulness of something before its sentimental value (in relation to objects and buildings) but he still puts them in his enderchest, where he puts his most valuable items.
We do get to less of Techno’s reactions to Phil’s gifts because, again, Phi’s gifts are generally more subtle. But we can look at his reaction to Ranboo’s gift- the remade Axe of Peace- as an example. His reaction was basically making a big deal about trying not to make a big deal. Even with him denying that he appreciates it, he still does (at least in my eyes) makes a big deal about it. He clearly shows his appreciation verbally and does make it known that he is thankful for it.
TLDR: The way Techno and Phil express appreciation is interesting in the way it is similar to and contrasts with each other.
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Dragine (Dragon + Serpentine + Brine, a type of saltwater)
Evolves from Dragonair with water stone
Height: 22′ 9″ (7.0 m)
Weight: 248 lbs (112 kg)
Gender: 50/50 split
Ability: Drizzle/Shed Skin
These reclusive Pokemon live in deep ocean caves. Their crystals glow in low-light conditions, which helps them navigate in dark waters.
Their whiskers are very sensitive. They use these to feel the location of cave walls.
Dragine frequently rescue people and Pokemon who become lost in underwater caves. Because of this, it’s revered by cave divers.
Dragine live in underwater caves, and only surface during the fiercest of gales. They use the crystals on their body to turn massive storms into gentle drizzles.
A Dragonair completely loses its ability to fly upon evolving into this Pokemon. What causes this evolution is unknown, but exposure to a water stone is vital.
Dragine caves are easy to spot, as the entrances are often covered in jewels and gold left as thank-you gifts from divers.
This Pokemon usually has a calm disposition. However, they can become quite dangerous if enraged.
A newly-evolved Dragine has ten crystals on its underside. It gradually grows in more crystals over time, resulting in them forming one new orb about every five years.
This Pokemon channels energy through its crystals and uses it in powerful attacks. Some reports claim they’ve even attacked Gyarados who have wandered too close to their young.
Design rational and thoughts on Dragonite under the cut:
People who love Dragonair tend to hate Dragonite. I love Dragonite personally, and it actually bears much more of a resemblance to Dragonair than people seem to realize. It even makes sense from an evolutionary standpoint when you consider that it’s probably based off of an imugi.
However, it’s also true that Dragonite feels a bit disconnected from the rest of the line. This is because there are one too many changes made to it, ranging from the baffling color change to the body type. Even the personality changes, going from elegant and calm to friendly and doofy, so it’s understandable why people would be disappointed by Dragonite.
With that said, I’m surprised Gamefreak hasn’t done a branching evo for this line, as it would satisfy everyone. Prefer Dragonite? It’s still there. Prefer Dragonair? Now there’s an evo that resembles it more. Like both, like me? See if you can obtain two Dragonair and evolve them differently. Everyone’s happy.
The idea behind my design is that if a Dragonair evolving is similar to an imugi becoming a dragon after catching a jewel (yeouiju), then this branch is based off the idea that many imugi fail to become dragons and stay serpents. Dragonair both flies and lives in the water, whereas Dragonite gains a flying type, so I figured the evolution should lose its flight abilities and take to the seas, becoming part water-type.
Design wise, it’s based off a few deep-sea animals as well as Eastern-style lung dragons. It also bears a resemblance to Dragonair’s beta design, though that was unintentional (I already had started sketching when I found out what it used to look like).
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“We’ll see each other again,” he said, “You are - truly your father’s son, Harry…” (POA)
If you ever need me, send word. Your owl will find me.
I’ll write again soon. (POA)
Sirius’s letters, which were now hidden beneath the highly useful loose floorboard under Harry’s bed, sounded cheerful, and in both of them he had reminded Harry to call on him if ever Harry needed to. (GOF)
“But —” said Harry.
He wanted Sirius to stay. He did not want to have to say good-bye again so quickly.
“You’ll see me very soon, Harry,” said Sirius, turning to him. “I promise you. But I must do what I can, you understand, don’t you?” (GOF)
“A way of letting me know if Snape’s giving you a hard time. No, don’t open it in here!” said Sirius, with a wary look at Mrs. Weasley, who was trying to persuade the twins to wear hand-knitted mittens. “I doubt Molly would approve — but I want you to use it if you need me, all right?” (OOTP)
It’s so important to me how Sirius makes sure to verbally remind and reassure Harry again and again, without any prompting, that he is there if Harry needs him, to state that Harry will either see him or receive a letter from him soon; basically, that he intends to be a permanent and reliable presence in Harry’s life and is not going anywhere. The first three letters Sirius ever writes to Harry all explicitly tell him to write him if he needs anything, and at the beginning of GoF Harry has that little debate in his head about who to tell about his scar hurting, and there’s a reason that Sirius is the one Harry eventually lands on.
And then throughout GoF, Sirius keeps reminding Harry in every letter and every time he speaks to him, don’t forget, make sure to tell me anything fishy that’s happening! AKA I’m your godfather and here to protect you from danger as best as I can! Like of course Sirius shows Harry his devotion with pretty much every single one of his actions too, but it’s so clear that Harry, who never involves adults and authority figures in his problems or confides in them, either because he doesn’t trust them or feels like a burden or both, needs these explicit reminders in words as well. And Sirius does everything in his power, even as a fugitive, even locked up and depressed in the childhood home he was abused in, to be accessible to Harry as a guardian.
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