Okay so no Caed Nua as an abandoned haunted house, but would you write about Neketaka as a not at all abandoned but still haunted AF city?
I would!!! Especially as it’s got a lot of overlap, given both Caed Nua and Neketaka just..... plastered over the Remains of What Came Before, and everyone just sort of forgot about it, but the House City Did Not Forget.
(A note: I’m on much much shakier ground as far as the real life cultures that inspired the devs with this one, so like, if you’ve got more info let me know if I’m wildly off base or like, rude, because all I’ve got is two years of Polynesian art and a thorough grounding in modern American, nebulously European, and fairly specifically 17th c Japanese haunted house archetypes.)
So Neketaka, canonically, is built on top of several centuries worth of Other Cities, not all of which are holding up that well. (I suspect most of the, uh, old empire(?) construction actually was built into the caves under the current city on purpose, given the Gullet hasn’t been swallowed up yet; despite all the shaky platforms there’s solid rock somewhere under all that, and that buildings for the living were repurposed for the dead at some point when they decided to start building on top of the mountain as well. All of that was more or less sealed off by Engwith, to my understanding, in an attempt to hide the God Battery Ukaizo, likely with people still living there, given the sheer number of corpses you see both below the Gullet and in Berath’s temple, which, again to my understanding, leads into the same complex, deep enough down. So you’ve got a whole city under the city, plus whatever layers of construction ended up in between (and there’s at least a couple of places that have two or three of those, given where we’re allowed to go), and that city did not go quietly.
(To circle back around to the Caed Nua essay nobody gets to read yet, it’s fairly canon that anything that exists long enough gets pretty damn haunted, for whatever definition of haunted applies. Places and things involved with death do this more quickly, obviously, but even sufficiently strong emotion will do, based on all the soul bound objects. Caed Nua is explicitly canonically odd because it Went Haunted almost before it was finished being built, not because it *is* haunted, and Haunted Hill scares people because that shit happened literally overnight, not because it happened at all; nobody cares about the equally (but much more gradually) haunted sewers, after all. Neketaka was essentially buried alive, as far as I know, and history swallowed that fact up whole, so the highly reasonably fact the city is haunted is not well remembered, and it’s real sad about that.)
A small part of the reason Neketaka is such a mess (99% of it is absolutely outside politics But) is that I doubt the Huana are as a general rule used to living in haunted spaces; some tribes certainly are, and all the Watershapers are probably at least a little Concerned by non-haunted places, considering, but anybody whose tribe used to live outside the city is probably not having a great time with that bit, on top of, y’know, living in a city at all. Neketaka seems fairly inclined to leave the surface city to itself, though in addition to being at least partially built on solid rock, the reason the Gullet is still standing is definitely because the city wants it to be, and it’s definitely more ‘active’ about Berath’s temple, and probably Delver’s Row as well. It also probably doesn’t help that p much nobody can recognize the haunting for what it is, for various reasons, and anyone who should is very throughly ignoring the situation, mostly for political and/or health reasons. (The Watcher is special, and the city loves them, for better or worse; not everyone can say the same!) Digging too far into the City’s city-ness just means you get it’s attention, and then it probably tries to help you, and it’s idea of helpful is not exactly a good time.
Speaking of, I suspect that to Neketaka the City, killing anyone who ends up in the Old City quickly looks like a kindness; the original people who died there either died fast or suffered for a long time, and the City as an Entity is definitely influenced by that drawn out despair, the way the city as a city is, even if they don’t recognize that about themselves. It certainly doesn’t look like a kindness to anyone else, but I really do think that’s the City’s idea of trying to help.
There’s definitely a lot more to unpack here, like why the City is sad and how that affects things like, oh, the Vailian and Rautai presence, but I haven’t felt it out yet, and I need to do some work with the map but yeah! Neketaka is Real Damn Haunted and nobody wants to acknowledge that, and it’s very sad about everything. Tune in next time for why my gut feeling says the priest dude in Berath’s temple and also Dereo in Delver’s Row are having the best luck with the thing, while Her Majesty is accidentally fighting a war on an extra front.
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you do realize fat trans men exist, right. because your fitness comic seems to completely ignore that not everyone is shaped the same as you
You do realize. That i made that shitty fitness thing like over 4 years ago. The actual workout of the post is fine, do it if you want to, but I also mentioned a few times on my blog to not follow the diet advice i gave. It is my fault for not adding that in again onto the original, but I honestly didnt know how to do damage control on a post that’s blown up so many times. Even if I added a note (and i did when it blew up) it would get ignored by all the notes.
I dont see why youre upset at me for sharing a workout that was working for me and I figured could also help other transmascs feel comfy. Well, honestly I can understand but it seems like projecting if anything. Workout and diet culture is something Ive had to re-evaluate countless times over because of the unhealthy coping mechanisms I developed from it. Its all fucked which is why I refrain from commenting on it again. Tbh i also dont know what even is the best way to respond to this when ive literally never said anything inflammatory toward fat transmen and I do my best to open up the discussion to fat transmen when its relevant, like in clothing or binding, so, if this is about the fact that my old ass workout post does not work for everybody, then yea. i literally also said that in the post itself.
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julie molina’s jacket in stand tall has a lightning bolt on the back.
lightning is bright. thunder makes noise.
lightning always comes before thunder. lightning is most noticeable in a thunderstorm, thunder needs lightning to be heard.
that’s why julie’s jacket— during the performance of a song representing how far she and the boys have come since facing their respective tragedies— displays a lightning bolt.
the boys bring her out of the darkness. she exists on her own, but they help her to shine brighter, be bolder, own her power.
julie gives the boys their voices back; she gives them the opportunity to have their music heard by everyone, makes them exist again.
julie molina is lightning. luke patterson, reggie peters and alex mercer are thunder.
their music is a thunderstorm, the sky is the orpheum, and the world is the audience.
thank you i am farkle
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Why Hinny bashing is outdated and needs to be stopped.
tw// swearing because I’m angry
So what we are gonna do is admit that Harry Potter was bisexual as fuck, regardless of what “canon” tells us.
What we’re not gonna do is shit on Hinny for the same reason, because every time I see someone say that Harry was bi (which in my hc he is) I see people immediately go after Hinny for some?? Weird reason?? Like they’re saying that bc Harry didn’t end up with a guy that means he’s not bisexual?? Or that it’s not bi rep?? Not only is that biphobic but it also sucks for people who-like me- love Hinny and have to deal with the couple constantly getting attacked by basically every other ship involving Harry.
They didn’t have chemistry in the films because the films fucked it up (PLEASE STOP JUDGING HINNY FROM THE FILMS JUST IGNORE HINNY IN THE FILMS ENTIRELY. HARRY HAD MORE CHEMISTRY WITH NEVILLE IN THE FILMS. WITH HERMIONE BC THE DIRECTOR WAS BIASED. WITH HEDWIG. WITH FUCKING DOBBY). Harry had more chemistry with his high school bully than his future wife in the books bc R*wling made the mistake of describing the male characters from her straight female perspective.
But the chemistry was SO there had R*wling, idk, been a good writer. Ginny was underdeveloped bc of misogyny (no you can’t tell me otherwise), but at the same time, she was a pre-pubescent girl for like, half the books, and people are really out there like “Ginny came out of nowhere! She suddenly had this sassy personality that had never been seen before!”
Yeah cos she was a thirteen year old kid trying to recover from literal trauma after being groomed and possessed when she was fUCKING ELEVEN. I’m sorry she wasn’t punching people at the age of twelve to get Harry to notice her or whatever the fuck people wanted, but the point is, in this household we don’t tear down other people’s ships. I love Hinny. It’s been my comfort ship for as long as I can remember. And like literally everything else it was screwed up by bad writing.
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