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the-emo-asgardian · 9 days ago
"the show is retconning all of thor 2011 and pretending loki just always wanted the throne to have power and that he hurts ppl bc he feels weak so he wants to attack them to make himself feel stronger. ignoring all the suffering he went thru and the internalized racism and the mind control. I think the Asgard scene are probably going to be so he can go back and show his younger self as bad and maybe also apologize to his mom eve tho she gaslighted and lied to him" maybe not i think loki is playing the TVA
Hmm I assume you’re quoting someone on another post. And, yes, I’d have to disagree with them too. I think him calling himself weak is actually in character. He’s living in Thor’s shadow his whole life; he has self esteem issues for sure. And like I said before, he’s feeling hopeless at this point. So, with nothing left to lose, he drops the villain facade. Because he was going with that while at the TVA. I mean, look at his interaction with Casey: his thought is “I’m a villain, I have to threaten him.” You can even see him dropping that when Casey doesn’t know what a fish is. He says it too: “A villain.” This is who he thinks he is because of what other have told him; he can’t even see how good he is anymore.
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iamnmbr3 · 18 hours ago
Hi. I've been reading threw a number of your posts related to Loki 2021 and the general impression your post give is that you don't like how Loki 2021 has been written and present (which I understand because while Loki is not a favourite character of mine, I want to see his character done justices). And I guess I was just wondering how you would have tackled Loki 2021, using the plot elements that have been established in the show, but with your own spin. Thank you :)
That's a great question! I think the premise actually had a ton of potential. @nikkoliferous and I often talk about all the really cool things that could've been done and why it's so particularly tragic that they wasted all that good story setup. I think there are 3 main types of directions the story could've gone in with this premise (and then a lot of variations within each type).
Direction 1 - A buddy comedy with a heart
So I think this is what they were trying to go for with Loki and Mobius's dynamic based on the narrative framing and how all the interviews have presented Mobius in a positive light. (Though that's not what they actually wrote at all).
The way to do this would be to set Mobius up in a more sympathetic way and put him and Loki on more even footing. They could've had Mobius be almost as much a prisoner as Loki. They could have started out with him being pretty indoctrinated into the TVA worldview, but also being considered expendable. We could've seen his superiors threaten him with deletion if he can't make things work with the Loki Variant. Maybe he even feels some compassion for Loki and convinces his superiors that Loki can be useful and shouldn't be deleted since he's powerless to do anything else and he figures being enslaved is probably better than dying. Loki could actually be in-character and question Mobius's world view etc. And Mobius could to the best of his ability treat him decently instead of smugly mocking and tormenting him.
We could have Loki escape early on and end up bringing Mobius along with him, either by accident or because he realizes Mobius will be killed for losing him and he feels bad about it. Then we have them thrown together by circumstances and they could slowly grow to trust each other over the course of the show. The series could dig into the parallels between them. Loki could point out to Mobius that he repeats the propaganda he's been taught but he's hardly less of a prisoner than Loki and his masters are hypocritical. This could also lead to Loki realizing that while maybe he wanted to tell himself that he was an ally of Thanos's the truth was anything but.
While they're on the run both could start to realize they're experiencing freedom from the first time. Mobius could learn to question the TVA and Loki could realize that maybe he can be himself and doesn't have to be a tool of Odin or Thanos. Loki could could grapple with how much control he had while attacking NYC (thus allowing Disney to leave that a bit open to interpretation without totally sweeping the torture and mind control under the rug) and Mobius could grapple with how complicit he has been in the TVA's horrific actions.
Rather than Loki "learning to be trustworthy" (smh) Loki could learn to trust someone else and that not everyone will betray him. Mobius could also be a stand-in for more casual viewers and slowly realize that Loki isn't just the uncomplicated villain he at first took him for. There could be a nice mix of substantive character drama and entertaining hijinks. And of course in the end they could burn the TVA to the ground and liberate all realities. There's so many variations on this and @nikkoliferous and I often chat about them. Because the show could've been so good! And yet. </3
Direction 2 - The TVA & Mobius are acknowledged as the great villains they are
This is kind of what they're making by accident without acknowledging it which leads to a lot of emotional dissonance in the narrative. In canon the TVA is a horrific organization and Mobius seems happily complicit. He doesn't seem to have any compunctions about supporting their agenda of using murder, genocide, forced labor, enslavement, torture, police brutality, sham trials without due process, and privacy violation to eliminate free will. He happily forced Loki to toil under threat of death, mocks and humiliates him, manipulates him, and participates in acts of torture. He is INCREDIBLY creepy and a great embodiment of the "banality of evil" concept. The TVA is also absolutely terrifying.
If the show actually leaned into that it would create a great sense of narrative tension. Loki has escaped Thanos only to once again fall into the hands of a horrifically evil and powerful enemy. And it's up to him to figure out a way out of this situation and a way to liberate all of reality from their grip. In this scenario it might be useful to introduce some other prisoner characters so that he has some friendlyish faces to interact with...and potentially an army to lead against the TVA after he's won them over and figured out a plan.
Mobius's parallels to Odin and Thanos would work really well here because having Loki eventually defeat him and tell him he doesn't get to tell Loki who he is or make him into a tool of evil would be hugely cathartic. We'd get to see Loki stand up to and defeat someone who parallels the two individuals who have most hurt and manipulated him and decide to make his own way from now on rather than trying to be what others make of him. It would be awesome.
Direction 3 - TVA are twist villains
Some people think this might be the direction the show is going. The problem is that if that's true it'll just fall flat because the TVA is already clearly villainous so there's no twist. In the first episode already we see them commit acts of murder, genocide (wiping out a whole timeline because they believe the beings in that timeline belong to a class - variants - that are unworthy of life), police brutality, trial without due process, privacy violation, torture, and illegitimate imposition of rule (they are not elected in any sense and yet they have appointed themselves the arbiters of reality) all in the service of eliminating free will. That is...not what heroes do.
However they COULD have been good twist villains with just a few tweaks. Maybe they approach Loki and play on his deep yearning to be viewed as good and worthy as well as his self-hatred and poor self image to convince him that an "evil" version of him is wreaking havoc and they need his help. Maybe they also sweeten the deal by offering him protection from Thanos and the Black Order since he has no idea they are dead in this timeline. (If you wanted to keep audiences more in the dark you could have them just talk about the Black Order so that audiences at first assume they are still hunting Loki even tho Thanos is dead and don't realize the TVA is manipulating Loki).
At first they don't do anything overtly evil. The authoritarian aesthetic would seem like a humorous parody of office culture. It would then take on a new, much more sinister meaning when the TVA get's revealed as evil later and we learn that they obliterate entire timelines, murder people for the slightest infractions, don't view variants as people, and want to eliminate free will. Mobius could either appear first as a friend and then get revealed as a villain or have a redemption arc where he ends up siding with Loki.
Also for all of these scenarios the script and characterization should be good. I should see Loki, not Larry his dumb lookalike cousin. The script should have Loki doing and saying things that are in-character. (Which certainly doesn't preclude humor since Loki's wit is one of his most iconic features!)
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countesskittymeow · a day ago
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And here we are for episode two. Couldn't watch it last night cz my kid woke up xD anywho, first thoughts, Im kinda digging this green and gold marvel logo a lot more than the boring red one xD
Mind control? Evil Loki Variant does mind control. I wonder if this Variant ever faced Thanos. Also! They used the song! Its one of my favourite songs!!! Now i wanna sing along but unfortunately I can't because my kid is asleep and I dont want to wake her up in the middle of the night. I do wonder why the variant kept the hot commander alive unlike all the other attacks
Why does the TVA have such a retro vibe?
Loki definitely wants everyone to know how awesome he is.
There used to be a HULK LOKI??? Also the look on Loki's face 🤣
The one after the hulk is just... I honestly don't have words to describe that one.. just wut???
I love the geeky Loki telling them about the nuances of magic (Im already creating a headcanon that this is an act and he's only showing them what they want to see i.e. an eager to please, slightly duplicitous version of Loki who wants them to know he's super useful to keep around)
Professor Loki. I do like the sound of that even if I suddenly flashed back to all of the harry potter crossover fics i used to read where Loki became a teacher at Hogwarts.
Mobius just gave Loki an answer from Doctor Who!!! Well sorta like that, not the same one but its all wibbly wobbly timey whimey stuff!
Loki is making his attempts at manipulation very very obvious and somewhat desperate. I'm really really reallllllly hoping this is an act. Come on writer people dont make me regret my decision to watch this show. I really wanna love it but I'm in that once bitten twice shy boat regarding the handling of his character so I'm either gonna come out of this series absolutely loving it orrrrrr I'm gonna hate it FOREVER and happily live in my headcanons.
It was an act! We finally see the real Loki! There is hope for this show yet!
Also the way his voice goes from the higher pitched eager to please tone to that deeper, slightly sinister yet 'i know I'm powerful and you should fear me' tone was fun to see.
This had better still be an act. He's supposed to be awesome at playing the long game.
He got shushed! So he shushed her back!
So wait... The total population on Asgard less than 10,000? Really?
Yeah Loki. Stabbing people in the back is boring. Stab them in the face! Much more fun that way.
Total Doctor Who vibes! They went to Pompeii! Ohhh imagine how fun it would be to see Doctor and Donna strolling somewhere in the background. Not that that would happen but now its my new headcanon and you'll have to stab me in the face to pry this headcanon from my claws xD
Loki, I'm loving your enthusiasm but the word Volcano was coined AFTER Pompeii's destruction. I doubt they know what you're talking about 😂 also, there's a volcano 'splodin! In the background, where the hell are the earthquakes?
Magic lizards. Loki really has a way with naming things doesn't he
Existence is chaos. Loki is the god of chaos. Since in algebra if a=b and b=c then a=c=a SO Loki is the god of existence and the variant Loki has already reached that conclusion so now the magic space lizards are feeling threatened by variant loki's potential and they want the variant dead to keep being the most powerful magic space lizards inside and outside of existence! Guys! I've just solved this season's plotline. If I don't live react to the remaining series episodes, know that I was found by you know who and taken for giving out spoilers.
Mobius: You're very clever!
Loki: and that surprises you? O_o
Asgard getting destroyed was a class seven apocalypse but the thin in 2050 is a level ten? I wonder how these classifications work.
The grin! The grin! They're both doing the grin!
You guys mean to tell me that NONE of the product packagings or designs have been altered or upgraded in thirty years? Dove, Axe, Vaseline, Tresseme, its all literally the same as the stuff I saw on the shelves at the grocers this week 🤣 i know it's a minor thing but I find that kinda hilarious.
Whyyyyyyy does Loki keep getting knocked around so much. Also, why isn't he using any magic. Grrrr... I find this most displeasing
She blond?!? Why is she blond??
Poor Mobius. I feel kinda sorry for him tbh.
And that's wrap on this episode. Still having mixed feelings about the series. There are parts that I like and then there are parts which keep bugging me. I'm not familiar with the various plotlines in the comics so I dunno whatever happened in those to the Loki though I find it interesting that Lady Loki (why is she blonddddd??? Why not make her a redhead instead? Loki was a redhead in most of the depictions pre-avengers, wasn't he?) has that broken horn on her headpiece like that one version from the comics.
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marvel-brainrot · 2 days ago
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Lokius Fanfic Time until next week here we go.
As Mobius made his way to Renslayer’s office, he got nervous by each second that passed. He had promised to keep Loki under control, what happened?
It had been some time, he didn’t know how much since time works differently in the TVA, so he didn’t pay much attention to it, since Loki had gone through the portal. That last look. A look that didn’t reflect betrayal, or mischief. Mobius still didn’t know what that look meant, or what he was trying to say, but he knew that everyone would see him as nothing other than a traitor. The TVA agent wasn’t much behind; he brought a dangerous variant (even though he didn’t want to admit it.) to confidential cases and scenes, stuck his neck out for a hunch Loki had, and he still believed that he wasn’t what others thought he was: a bad guy, a traitor.
After what seemed like forever, he found himself in front of the huge doors separating him from his inevitable fate. The agent took a deep breath and proceeded to open the doors carefully. He peaked his head first behind the door, to see if anyone was in the office. (even though he knew who was there.) The judge didn’t say a word, but it was better that way; her gaze told Mobius more than he needed anyways. The TVA agent made his way across the room and stopped at the edge of the desk, fearsome to look up to an angry stare. He couldn’t blame her, honestly. Insubordinate. Stubborn. Unpredictable. Was how Renslayer described Loki. She had told him the god would betray him, and deep down, very deep down, he knew that. He knew that Loki would pull a betrayal or double-cross him and the TVA, but he really tried to silence that voice that told him bad things would happen.
“I can’t do anything now, Mobius. I warned you.” Her tone was stern, angry, even. Rightfully so. Mobius couldn’t help but frown so slightly and duck his head a little, his gaze stuck for a second or two on his shoes. “I know, but-“ Mobius had started talking when he was immediately cut off by the judge. “But nothing. The Time-Keepers are furious! A variant that had to be reset but I was foolish enough to let you and your stubbornness handle him!” She spat, her gaze was filled with anger and frustration. The agent took a deep breath, trying to figure out his response, but nothing came to mind. “Loki didn’t betray us. He did what he thought right!” He finally said, careful to not to say anything that could infuriate her even more, but honestly, the sole fact that Mobius truly believed that the god of mischief could be good, and if needed, turning his back on the TVA for it, was enough of a frustration to Ravonna. “He is the God of Lies, Mobius! Do you hear yourself? Why would you defend him?” He tilted his head slightly. Why did he care so much?
A knock at the door interrupted his thoughts. He turned around, still feeling Renslayer’s piercing look on his neck. “Judge, I don’t think you’ll like this.” B-15 said, before directing her gaze to Mobius and raised a brow. “Maybe you will.” What did she mean by Maybe you will? He walked as fast as he could to reach the out side of the office, trying to avoid any of the judge’s glares, and followed the Hunter. When he arrived, he couldn’t believe what was going on. Loki was being held by two of the hunters in an effort to keep him still, which really didn’t work. “I just need to speak with him! Let me go!” The god said, struggling to get out of their grip. He looked up and spotted Mobius, who was stunned by what, or who, he was seeing. Part of him told him that he shouldn’t be trusting him; don’t be happy to see him, but the other part was just, well, immense joy. Loki was safe and was back. That’s what was important to him. “Mobius.” Loki said quietly, his eyes locking with the agent’s, until Ravonna stepped between both of them. “This variant had to be reset since day one. Put him in a cell, take him away. The resetting will take place tomorrow.” She directed a look to Mobius. “Since you said he was under your supervision, you will be resetting him.”
The agent blinked a few times. He was going to reset Loki? He couldn’t do that, he wasn’t going to. But when he was ready to speak out about it, they had already taken Loki to one of the rooms. His head was spinning around. What was he going to do? He needed to find Loki before tomorrow (if that even exists in the TVA.) so he could talk to him. After some time of looking for the room, he had found it. He opened the door and spotted the god almost immediately. The room was big enough for Loki to walk around. It was like the one where they had first talked about Loki’s past, and where he had seen the end of his file. Loki looked up to see Mobius’ worried expression. He couldn’t help but smile at the man. Just that. A sweet and gentle smile. He stood up and walked towards the agent. “So, you may be wondering what happened.” The mischievous god chuckled. Of course he would be wondering what had happened, Loki. Mobius frowned and tilted his head. “I may be wondering? You were gone with the variant we were looking for, and you arrive here wanting to talk to me?” He spat. While he was relieved to see Loki safe and sound, he really wanted an explanation for all this.
“Everyone sees me as the bad guy here, it wouldn’t make sense for me to explain it to them; they wouldn’t care.” Loki stated, no sadness in the tone whatsoever, it was just like saying a fact for him. “I care. I don’t see you as the bad guy.” Mobius finally spoke. After realizing what he had said, a blush was creeping up on his face and he looked away. The god couldn’t help but chuckle silently at this, as the tip of his ears were red as well. “I know you do.” He said as we walked closer to the TVA agent. “Which is why I owe you an explanation.” He sighed. Why was he so nervous? He never felt nervousness, much less when talking to a human. “I went through the portal in Roxxcart. The variant, Sylvie, didn’t tell me about her plans, but gave hints. I know where she is.” He said excitedly, hoping his partner would share the same feeling, but Mobius’ gaze was stuck on Loki. His expression didn’t change at all, not even with the good news. “You... you’re going to be reset soon, Loki.” He finally managed to say, his voice was unsure and scared. The god had never seen him so... small? His expression shifted from happiness to worry. “I know.” Mobius finally looked at Loki in the eyes. “I’ll have to reset you.” He frowned. Truth be told, he obviously didn’t want to do it. What started out as a relationship purely for work purposes, bloomed into another one, one based on trust and companionship. The god took a deep breath and sighed. “Yes, I was there.” He chuckled. After a moment of consideration, Loki took Mobius’ hand softly. “I know what will happen to me. And I know what you have to do to me.” The god said.
Mobius’ eyes widened at the loving gesture from Loki, and held the god’s hand tighter. “I don’t want to. I won’t do it.” He shrugged, his eyes were filled with sadness and confusion. He was lost. He knew he had to do it in order to be loyal to the TVA; that was his life. But being with Loki had been the most amazing experience he had ever had in his life. Loki cupped the agent’s head with his remaining hand and pulled his forehead close to his. “We’ll figure something out. We can always open a portal and go somewhere else, you know.” Loki joked, trying to cheer his partner up a bit, which worked like a charm. Mobius chuckled alongside Loki, then pulled him in for a sweet and tender kiss.
They’d figure something out. They had always done it that way. What mattered is that Mobius knew Loki had changed a bit, he knew that Loki was not, indeed, a traitor. What mattered to both of them is that they were together, that was enough for them.
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heroes-etc · 2 days ago
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insane hot take time: loki/mobius = dean/castiel
nobody @ me for bringing this up because i was strongly encouraged to post by @forevercloudnine so the blame isnt 100% on me
but watching the first two episodes of loki last night had me pondering about the weird number of structural parallels between loki/mobius (lokius? is that the ship name?) and destiel. i know i know but just listen ok
so lets just reframe the narrative so far in terms of supernatural (sigh. again im very sorry)
weve got loki, who thinks he understands the stakes and the limitations of his universe, being a pretty powerful individual within it himself. suddenly he is made aware of a vast bureaucracy that is dictating his and everyone elses free will, who are above the prior stakes
the mere existence of the tva paralleling the reveal of heaven and the angels in supernatural, seeing as before the big objectives (obtaining infinity stones or killing demons) are suddenly simple (infinity stones as paperweights, angels killing demons with ease)
the reaction of the protagonists being to immediately assume they personally can take down this big structure themselves, and to reassert their personal control over their own free will. loki, and lady loki, (as well as numerous other loki variants from other points in the timeline) are equipped with the tenacity and irritation at being controlled to rebel against this order the second they become aware of it (dangerously deancore)
contrast the entirety of ‘team free will’ fighting heaven and its plan for the winchester brothers, vs lokis obvious unease at becoming a timeline-dangerous variant due to an accident out of his control, and his monologue to mobius about how maybe tva is the only place where people have free will, since theoretically that location is outside the timeline
its pretty obvious though that none of the tva agents are actually agents of their own destiny any more than your run of the mill resident of the normal flow of time is - the only difference is that tva is self-aware. theyre strictly working within the confines of their orders and their mission, and encouraged to think within those bounds. casey hasnt ever left his desk, mobius has a bit more freedom but is obviously still very much confined by the chain of command. whats that castiel quote— “explaining freedom to angels is a bit like teaching poetry to fish.”
this brings us to mobius. hes a believer in the mission, but clearly has his own ideas about how to achieve that. hes willing to take risks, and forge a connection with a loki variant in order to use him to bring the timeline back into alignment
dont even get me started on how BOTH of these shows play the sympathetic white character off of a dark skinned black character who is unwilling to extend the same olive branches to our protag, that's an issue for another post
at first i was thinking to myself, “well, mobius is pretty clearly adept at manipulating loki, so theres one difference!” but no. castiel literally lied to the winchesters for a whole season about his true motivations, so despite his guilelessness hes obviously capable of manipulation and deception. goddamn it all
theres also the unfortunate truth that both loki and the winchesters have primarily been slash-shipped in incest ships prior to the introductions of these characters. honestly that parallel on its own is already a little bit damning? 
obviously we are only on episode two but mobius is probably going to end up working with loki in some capacity. if he defects from the bureaucratic hegemony that is heaven the tva im going to lose my fucking mind, the baseline parallels are already too much for me to handle without going a little cuckoo
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rellanka · 4 days ago
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On another rewatch of the second episode of Loki, I have a question:
So everyone keeps wondering over who the variant that bombed the timeline is. Some think it’s Loki, some think Lady Loki.
But what if the answer is both?
What if there are two variants and the TVA doesn’t know it because they’re searching for only one?
Hear me out.                                    
When we see the variant first possess C-20, we very pointedly don’t see what happens to the variant’s body afterward. We only see their arm and then that arm disappears downward. What if it disappears because they lose consciousness? It’s already canon that their conscious travels from body to body and they cannot possess two other people at the same time. But there’s currently no canon to suggest that they can remain conscious in their own body while possessing another person. And isn’t it interesting that we never see the variant that is possessing someone until that possession ends?
Yet, if my above theory is true- that the possessor cannot remain in control of their body- then who is the variant that we see continuing to ready the bomb while the possessed Randy talks to Loki?
The answer I’m hoping for is that that variant is Lady Loki, and Sylvie- who got her powers from Loki a la canon and is helping her for whatever reason- is acting as Loki’s muscle. The decoy to keep the TVA off of the real Lady Loki’s scent.
This would honestly fix a lot of the problems I have with the end variant being Sylvie, so I hope that I’m right. (I also feel like Sylvie/Lady Loki could be the LGBTQ rep of the show, which I have conflicting overjoyed and annoyed emotions about.)
But will they actually give us this? I guess we’ll see.
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ladyfluff · 4 days ago
tva Loki seeing his family again?! please tell me he'll see them again?!
i am very glad i received this cause after seeing episode two i literally went on to start writing a brand new oneshot instead of continuing the one i aleady have in progress, so this drabble will replace that oneshot so i can continue the WIP i already have, this will contain some spoilers so i'm going to put a spoiler warning!
BIG FAT SPOILER WARNING!
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He wasn't expecting them to be forgiving nor generous, the great lords of time. Manufacturers of existence, time, life and all of what Loki had been given over the course of his existence but this is what he's been working up to, this audience with the timekeepers, minders, babysitters? At this point it was a bit tiring to think about what they were, seeing as no one really knew. Aside from judge Renslayer, there were a lot of things that Loki could ask of them. All the questions that he had burning in the back of his mind but knowing the answer to those questions might do more harm than good. The lords towered over him, these so called masters of time, gods, lords. Whatever titles used to describe them, Loki's chest heaved.
''What will you ask of us? A kingdom? Control of the TVA?''
He couldn't help but chuckle, both of those offers were generous and rather delicious. Tempting but not exactly what he came here for, Loki wouldn't know what to do with the TVA's power or if he could even get his head around it all. This was the greatest power there ever was, there was a reason all life didn't know of them. The second lord on the left seemed to quirk his eyebrow, was it a he? An it? A phantom? Who knows, they could be merely a vision and he wouldn't know it. All of the things he's seen inside the TVA, he had his fill.
''How boring, don't you three have any imagination?''
The lords didn't seem as amused as he hoped they would be but not everyone could have a good sense of humour, some needed to be complete sticks in the mud. A bit disappointing really, all this hype and this glory surrounding these creatures and yet they weren't all that impressive. Their power? Yes, their lack of emotions? No. Loki wasn't surprised to find them to lack empathy, this was their purpose. Control and care, this is what they were here for. Bias would only ruin the flow of time, create more branches in the tree. Too many to prune in time, Loki bit the inside of his cheek. He had no real reason to ask anything of them but he felt a bit entitled as most would, he did help them prevent a the extinction of reality after all.
''Seeing as I helped- A great deal mind you!''
Mobius having held this potential meeting in front of him had only motivated him to reach it, Loki did all he could to help just so he could get this chance to see the timelords face to face. He hadn't expected to learn so much about his own life, the flow of time and how it all worked. The depth of this entire place, the lies and the ultimate joke it all ended up being. Despite having met such a terrible end on his earth, he found himself wanting to return. This place drained him, he was beginning to forget. Loki didn't want to rely on timeline footage to remember their faces, he didn't want it to fade away. Time was infinite in the TVA, the passage of it nonsensical. No one knew anything of anyone, remembered nothing of everything.
''You control it all, you are the definition of existence so only you can grant me this. I have no right to ask or make demands but who would I be if I didn't at least try? Breaker of rules, a variant, villain? I am Loki after all!''
They wouldn't be here if it weren't for him, at least that's what Loki liked to think. Why try so hard to cage him in if they weren't threatened by what he could do? Take it as a compliment, sort of. Kind of flattering now that he thought about it, the lords of time itself afraid of Loki's mere existence that they brought on themselves. All he wanted at this point was to go back, to go home to Y/N and Narfi. To see them, if only one more time. Being blessed with so many good things in comparison to all the bad he brought, it hurt to know how it all ended but suppose if he were to go back, he wouldn't really know would he? No doubt they'll erase all memory and knowledge of the TVA, unless he somehow managed to retain it. Perhaps they'll simply put him back in his own timeline, let him carry on from where he left off. Just as long as he got to see them again, that he got to make sure that they survived Ragnarok. He wanted to go home.
''I want to go back to my family...''
The timelords looked at one another, seemingly discussing this request. Loki refused to believe that no one has ever asked something like this of them, plenty of mortals and gods alike have affinity for things. Such as their family, Loki had a wife and child and if he was sent back he would soon enough have two children. Loki wanted to experience it all in full, he wanted to go home. He wanted to see his mother, Thor, Odin even. There were so many things he wanted to see, no doubt his memory would be erased. He would only be repeating any and all events that take place in his timeline, even if it meant going through all of it again it would be worth getting to spend all of his allotted time with them. To die in the arms of his brother after having saved him, a worthy sacrifice to be sure. Hopefully Thor wouldn't mess up his second chance, Loki would know. He would make it a mission to rise from beyond the grave whether the timelords want him to or not if Thor messed up his second chance at life. Loki did love him, he had always loved him.
''You would be reborn, you would endure every event that has and will happen. You-''
Loki flapped his hand about, he had heard it all before. Infinite loop of time, repeating events, all that stuff. He watched the videos, most of them anyway. Just like Mobius asked, Loki knew this already.
''I know, over and over again. No matter what path you chose for me in the sacred timeline, regardless of all of the horrors I've endured and caused. I still got to experience the love and joy of my home, my family and friends.''
His life might've ended, his life might've been filled with anguish and suffering but that didn't take away from the fact that he found love. He was loved, he was happy for a long while, he got to experience the plethora of emotions that complex beings possess. Loki had a mother, a father and a brother whom he loved. He got married, he had a child and raised said child. Abundance of glory, excitement. Loki was willing to go through all of his suffering just to be able to be near them again, so he could love them again. To sacrifice the offer of the universes greatest power was a big feat, Loki knew that this was the right choice. He could take over and somehow harness this power, make whatever he wants happen but he had to acknowledge that the universe had to be balanced somehow. It had to be watched over, events had to unfold so that Loki could grow as a person. One must devolve before they evolve, go through the scum to find the pearls of life. He was willing to do that, he wanted to go home.
''You'd go back though knowing you will eventually perish?''
Death was only the beginning of other things, his death would be the start of many great things. His wife's strength, his son's future and the future people of Asgard. He would get to experience the birth of his son, his daughter, he would get to feel the love and joy he experienced on his wedding day. His brother's stupid jokes, his mother's wisdom and his father's harsh judgements. Loki flinched at the sight of a gateway opening up, it hummed and glowed bit more vibrantly than the others he had ventured through. The timelords were granting him this wish. He smiled, just one more time.
''I would...''
He would be reborn, he would find love, peace and war.
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Reality Check - Chapter 10
Masterlist
Only days later you recognized that the world had changed once more around you.  S.W.O.R.D warned you in your ear that it could possibly change again.  You realized that you hadn't heard from Jimmy, Darcy, or Monica in a while.  It was always Hayward or one of his agents who were on the scene.  You knew they were keeping a secret from you but you couldn't tell what.  They knew something you didn't.  It didn't matter though.  All they told you was to expect yet another reset with the decades.
This time you woke up in a room that screamed the 90s.  The bright colors somehow seemed even brighter than they did before.  You felt half-tempted to play the Spice Girls simply from the room around you.  Pulling the blankets off of you, you turned to look at the man sleeping peacefully next to you.  You figured you could let him rest a little while longer.  Besides, S.W.O.R.D would have your head if they knew you just spent the rest of the day (Again) relaxing and enjoying your limited time with your love.
The day started off normally, like any other, until you turned on the radio.  An announcer was talking about how it was the "Spookiest time of the year again."  Halloween.  Of course.  Billy and Tommy had aged up so they were the perfect age to enjoy the holidays.  What else would Wanda do?
You sighed and turned towards the one place where you figured all of the Halloween items would be for the "episode."  The closet.
Opening the closet in the hallway you could see various themed items.  From pumpkins to fake cobwebs to wall clings that showed witches and skeletons, you pulled out the items slowly.  Underneath all of it was a box.  The label told you that they were costumes and you almost didn't want to peek into the contents of it.  You were almost afraid of what you would have to put on tonight to fit in with the town and gain more information.
The box contained a lot of green and gold it seemed.  The piece you pulled out, you assumed it was yours, was a green skin-tight bodysuit with a golden bird on the chest.  Underneath it was gold boots and gloves, along with a golden sash that looked like it would go around your waist.  You have no idea how Wanda could've come up with something like that.  It looked more like something out of the circus rather than a Halloween costume.  You couldn't even guess what it was supposed to be.
Shaking your head, you placed the costume back in the box and pulled it out, leaving it in the living room.  "Getting out decorations?" You heard a voice from behind you.
Loki was standing in the doorway, watching you.  The TVA told him that at some point there would be a holiday called Halloween.  They explained enough of it so that he wouldn't be caught off guard when it happened, to help him blend in with the reality.  "Yes, of course.  Halloween is one of my favorite nights after all," You smiled.
"You've neglected to mention that before," He commented.  "You should know that a night where I would be allowed to plan tricks would be a holiday I would quite enjoy."
"Really?" You tilted your head in confusion.  "I could've sworn I told you about it once."
Loki stumbled over his words for a moment, trying to catch himself.  "Well, perhaps I just forgot about it."
Choosing to ignore his statement you pulled out a small toy spider, throwing it at him.  It caught him off guard as it bounced off of him, crashing down onto the floor.  He smirked when he realized what you had done.  "Trying to scare me, are you?"
"Not at all.  I'm trying to make sure you stay on your toes tonight.  You never know who you'll run into... Or rather, what you'll run into," You winked.
Before Loki could say anything else, you heard something buzz in your ear.  It was a signal letting you know that S.W.O.R.D was trying to reach you.  You pretended to need something from the other room so you could listen in closely.  It was yet another one of Hayward's agents.  "Miss L/N," He greeted you politely.
"What is it?" You asked.
"Director Hayward has requested for you to visit Miss Maximoff and find out more about her children.  It appears that they may be more than just children of Westview and rather something she has cultivated using her own magic.  If this is the case then she is far more powerful than we imagined.  Will it be possible for you to learn more about that today?" He asked.
You thought about it for a moment, hating that you would have to investigate someone you consider a friend to this extent.  It was your job though, and it had to be done if you wanted to help her break free from this false reality.  "Absolutely.  I'll make sure it's done."
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You were able to make up an excuse to Loki, telling him that you were visiting Wanda to help her dress up the boys.  You were sure that you could help her out somehow while she was getting ready for Halloween after all.  The walk was short, and seemed even shorter now, but you were surprised to see so many kids hurrying excitedly to other houses, greeting their friends.  Where did all of these children come from?
Knocking on the door you were greeted with a man you had never met before.  His hair was light, he wore a simple tank top and shorts, and had a goofy grin on his face.  "I'm sorry, who are you?  I thought I knocked on Wanda's door," You said.  He didn't look familiar at all.
"You don't remember me?  Aw, Y/N, I'm hurt," He pouted.  You were even more confused than you were before.  How did he know you?
Suddenly, you saw Billy and Tommy run right past him, giving you a hug.  You laughed and hugged them back, surprised by their action.  "Hey boys, what's going on?" You asked.
"We're getting ready for Halloween!  And Uncle Pietro is mean," Tommy said, glaring at the man before you.  "He keeps trying to scare us."
"Uncle Pietro?"
"That's me, pumpkin!  I can't believe you couldn't recognize me!  Is it the hair?  It gets everyone," He said, feigning disappointment.  You watched him, blinking slowly, trying to make sense of it.
"No, not at all," You said, faking it.  "I just can't believe you're here.  When did you get here?" You asked.
"Ah, just a few days ago.  I had to come see my little sister after all," He grinned.
"Little?  You're hardly two minutes older, you know," Wanda said, walking up to the doorway.  You smiled at her and she smiled back.  "Y/N, it's good to see you.  What are you doing here?"
"I figured you would need help getting these two rascals," You fluffed both of their hair up, getting glares from the boys, "Ready for their first Halloween!"
"Aw, you're too sweet, Y/N!  I could really use the help.  Vision and I are... We're having a small disagreement and my brother is just getting them ready for mischief."
"Hey!  I'm not.  I'm only getting them ready for a fun night," He argued, though the grin on his face said otherwise.
Wanda looked at you with a look, one you recognized from most moms when they disprove of actions they know their children will do at some point.  "Either way, I would really appreciate the help."
"Well, I'm sure Loki is getting the house decorated so I'm free for the afternoon."  You looked down to see Billy and Tommy excitedly run back into the house, pulling out costumes from a box.  Pietro quickly followed them, leaving you and Wanda by the door.  "Are you and Vision alright?" You asked lowly, not wanting to let the boys know.
Wanda nodded solemnly.  "We were having a fight about nonsense, really.  He's accusing me of things that I can't even control.  It's fine, we'll get through it," She smiled, though her eyes showed you how tired she was from it.
"Are you sure there's nothing you want to talk about?"  At this point you weren't fishing for information.  You were just asking her as her friend.
Wanda shook her head and turned to look into the sitting room, watching Billy and Tommy pull out various capes and masks.  "Perhaps we should help them out before they make a mess of things," She laughed lightly.
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Getting the boys ready was the easy part.  Trying to get them to stop looking for balloons, whipped cream, and toilet paper was the hard part.  It was even harder with Pietro running around like a madman looking for it.  You would've used your powers to stop him dead in his tracks but you were worried Wanda would notice.
Tying the red cape onto Billy you noticed Wanda come down once again, this time in a red cape, body suit, and a red crown.  She had started talking to Pietro, who briefly criticized her outfit.  You rolled your eyes playfully and looked back at Billy who was watching you carefully.  "What's wrong, Billy?"
"Nothing," He commented.  "It's just that you're quiet."
"Quiet?"
"Whenever I go outside I can hear something distant around everyone.  It's like they're screaming, but they're not saying anything." He said.
"Screaming?"  You questioned further.  You didn't know what he could be hearing that would be like that.  You looked over your shoulder, this time seeing that Vision was staring at you with a knowing look.  Did he know what Billy could be referring to?
"Oh that's right!  You don't know!" Billy exclaimed.  "It's a secret," He placed a finger over his mouth, signaling for you to be quiet.  "I wanted to tell mom later, when she's not fighting with dad.  I think I have her powers!"
Your eyes widened at his statement.  If he had her powers, and everyone was screaming, it all started to click.  He could tell who was awake and who wasn't.  That meant he knew you were out of Wanda's spell.  Even if he didn't know what it fully meant, he could accidentally reveal it to Wanda if you weren't careful enough.  "Really?  That's incredible, Billy!" You said, smiling.
"I know, right?  Mom's going to flip when she finds out!" He grinned.  You chuckled lightly.  Though he could expose you, it was adorable to see him get so excited about his newfound powers.
"Well, be very careful with them.  You don't want to get into too much trouble now, do you?" You asked.
"Nah, but I think dad knows, so I have to be really careful."  You froze at his response.
"Your father knows?"
"I don't know for sure, but I think he overheard me when I was telling Tommy about it.  Isn't that right, Tommy?" He turned to his brother.
"Oh, yeah!" Tommy said it as if he forgot.  "Dad looked pretty freaked out.  Wonder what that was all about."
"Well, I'm sure he just wasn't expecting that, that's all," You said.  Billy and Tommy seemed to accept your answer before moving on to get more tools for their pranks tonight.  You walked up to Wanda and quickly excused yourself, saying that you and Loki needed to get ready for tonight.
"Oh, are you going to be at the festival in town square tonight?  I hope to see you there, it's going to be a lot of fun!"  Wanda said.
You looked at Vision quickly, catching the look on his face.  He knew.  He had to have if he overheard what Billy was telling you about you being quiet.  You turned back to Wanda and smiled, trying to maintain a cool expression.  "Of course, I'll be there."
"Great!  Well, I'll see you then!"
You hurried out of the house after that.
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"Y/N, we must talk," Vision said, running out of the house shortly after you did.
"Vision?  Shouldn't you be with your family getting ready for Halloween?" You asked, continuing to walk.
He shook his head.  "I lied about my whereabouts.  I need to know if you... Know," He said.
"Know what?" You acted innocent.
"Do you know anything about Westview?  About where we live?"
"You mean about how it's a town?  Sure, there's a few thousand people here and-"
"You must know what I'm talking about," He said it in an almost desperate tone.  "Otherwise I may have to try and wake you myself." You stopped when he said that.
"Wake me?"
He sighed and started to lift his hand up next to the side of your face.  Panicked by what he was about to do you backed away, lifting your arms up defensively.  "Alright, alright!  I confess, I know what's going on here," You said.
"You do?" He stopped himself.
"Sort of," You admitted.  "This town shouldn't exist.  At least, not in the way that it's set up."
"Set up?  How do you mean?"
"We should take this conversation elsewhere, Vis."  The two of you proceeded to walk to the park, the only place where you thought it would be secluded enough to truly discuss it.
Sitting on a bench, Vision took a seat next to you.  "What did you mean by how the town is set up?"
You turned off your earpiece, ensuring that S.W.O.R.D could not listen in on what you were about to say.  You didn't trust them with this information after all.  "I work with an outside organization right now.  We don't know what has happened to this town, but it's being taken under hostage by someone.  I suspect it's Wanda," You said.
Vision's eyes widened at your statement.  "Is it possible that she has everyone here under control?"
"I don't know," You said.  "This would require a massive amount of power, power I don't know if she even possesses.  But the organization I'm with currently, that helped me get back in here after I left, I think they're willing to do whatever it takes to free everyone.  That includes killing Wanda."
Vision's eyes widened with sadness at the idea of his wife dying.  "We can't let that happen then.  We need to figure out what's going on before it's too late."  You nodded in agreement.
"The organization told me to look more into Agnes.  Do you know anything about her that would reveal any new information?" You asked him.
Vision contemplated the idea for a minute before responding.  "A few days ago she came in at all the right times.  She had heard Billy and Tommy and came to watch them for us.  When I said something about her not picking them up, she was strange about it with Wanda.  She appeared confused and puzzled and began asking Wanda what to do.  It was like she was in a show."
"A show?"  You didn't want to reveal to him how important was that, deciding now was not the time to explain to Vision how this was all similar to a sitcom.
"Yes, just like a show.  And then when Sparky came into our lives she walked in with all of the things we would need for it.  It was like she knew exactly what we needed at the perfect time."
"No one else has been like that.  No one.  Why is she different?" You thought out loud.  Vision thought about it too, toying with multiple ideas in his head.  He couldn't come up with many theories for once, but he wanted to revisit an idea.
"Y/N, you said that you traveled outside of Westview."  You nodded.
"I did.  Why?"
"Do you suppose I could travel outside of it as well?"
"I don't see why not, but be careful Vision.  I don't know how you're here honestly."  You didn't want to tell Vision about how he had died twice outside of this reality.  You didn't know how he would react after all.
"Do you think that would affect my ability to leave?"
You nodded.  "I think it could.  Don't try to push it too much.  I don't even know if you would be able to come back.  I got lucky.  If Wanda knows anything, she might try to seal the barrier completely if she can."
Vision thought about it.  "Alright, I will be careful.  For now, I must go.  There are other things I want to investigate before I try anything.  Take care, Y/N.  If you find out anything, please let me know."
"The same goes for you, Vis.  I'll see you."
~
You walked by the lake in the park as you traveled home.  It was quiet and the sun was beginning to set.  You knew you had to get home quickly, so you rushed there as soon as possible.  The festival was to begin at sundown, Wanda told you while you were at her house.  You needed to get ready beforehand.
When you made it home you entered quietly, noticing that it seemed off.  You could hear Loki in the kitchen, discussing something.  Who else could be there?
You placed an ear next to the kitchen door, listening in.  "What am I doing here, Mobius?  You told me this wouldn't take any longer than a week!"
Mobius?  Who is that?
"Reveal the Scarlet Witch and get out of this timeline, that's what you told me!  I swear that when this is over I will have my revenge.  I am not your little toy to control."  He seemed to snarl that final statement.
"If you want me to do anything else after this, find another version of me from a different timeline then.  I'm sick of this!" He said.  A quiet gasp escaped your lips and you heard a sudden movement in the kitchen.  You quickly ran back to the front door, pretending you just got home.
"Loki!  I'm home!" You said, unable to fake a smile.
"Just a minute, dear!" Loki called out from the kitchen.  You walked over to the box of costumes, pulling things out one by one.  He walked out shortly, holding a bowl of candy in his hands.
"Y/N?  Are you alright, my love?  You seem off." Loki rushed towards you, noticing your shaking hands.
"Yeah, I'm fine.  Just... Today has been so strange.  But, nevermind that.  We can talk about it later."  There was an edge to your voice that Loki couldn't ignore.  Did you hear him?
"Alright," He said, choosing not to fight it.  He knew to avoid your anger at any cost.  "What are we doing now?" He asked, noticing you pulling out the costumes.
"Right now, we're going to the festival downtown.  So go get dressed, we're going to have fun," You finally smiled genuinely when you noticed the ridiculous setup Loki would have to wear.
When you held the suit up to him he groaned.  He couldn't wait for his mission to be over.
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Walking downtown hand in hand you noticed the many people running around in all sorts of costumes.  Some of them blended as they all looked the same.  You and Loki, however, were significantly different from their costumes.  With your green and gold costume and his... Well, similar colors but vastly different costume, complete with its own gold cape and helmet.  It looked like it weighed a hundred pounds and it looked huge on him, but he did what he needed to do.
You walked around, laughing at the messes that had been made every once in a while.  Pumpkins across the lawn were smashed, candy seemed to have been tipped over, spilling everywhere, and one tree had toilet paper everywhere.  You knew Billy and Tommy were there and you could only imagine the exasperated look on Wanda's face upon seeing it.
"What are you laughing about?" Loki asked, turning to view the mess.  "Oh, that's why." He chuckled at it, seeing Herb look up at the toilet paper in the tree, trying to figure out what he would do.
"Billy and Tommy had a dozen ideas for what they would do to prank everyone tonight.  I see they followed through with their ideas."
"Perhaps we should be lucky that our lawn wasn't ransacked as well."
"They better not try anything to our yard!" You exclaimed.  "Otherwise I'll have to just embarrass them to no end the next time I see them," You laughed, making Loki smile.
As you walked down the street you noticed Pietro and Wanda in the distance.  You waved to them and they waved back.  Wanda looked conflicted though.  You weren't sure what she was thinking of, but whatever it was couldn't have been very good.  Even Pietro didn't seem as relaxed as he had been earlier that day.
You and Loki took a seat next to a candy apple stand, watching Billy and Tommy run around.  Tommy seemed to be dragging Billy around at the speed of light.  Your jaw dropped at the sight.  "He has powers too?!" You said out loud.
Loki looked at you with a confused expression.  "What do you mean by that?"
You stopped yourself short, trying to think of an explanation.  If you tell Loki that you knew about Billy's powers then that could expose yourself.  However, how do you make up a lie about what you just said?
"Y/N?  What did you mean?" He asked again.
Before you could explain, a loud crash was heard close to you.  In a large hay pile with scattered tombstone decorations, you could see Pietro, dust settling around him.  You looked at Wanda, noticing her back turned towards you.  She was kneeling down to Billy, who seemed distraught.
You stood up quickly, looking over to Pietro.  It looked like he was knocked out.  Herb quickly ran to him, trying to wake him up.  Turning to look back at Loki you noticed how frigid he looked.  His eyes were wide and he had taken a step closer to you.  "Y/N, what do you know?" He asked once more, completely ignoring Pietro.  You knew he knew at this point.  There was no covering it up anymore.
A huge wave of red magic swept over everyone before you could answer.  It forced you forward, almost making you fall.  Loki caught you in his arms.  The two of you looked around, noticing that the only ones who weren't frozen were you, Loki, Wanda, Billy, and Tommy.  You looked up at Loki, who continued to scan his surroundings.
"Loki?  What's going on?"  You asked him.  His arms seemed to tighten around you.
"You're awake." He spoke quietly and looked down at you.  "You know everything."
"So do you."
Well, this may take some explaining.
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Threats and Collateral
TITLE: Threats and Collateral CHAPTER NO./ONE SHOT: One-Shot  AUTHOR:  wolfpawn
ORIGINAL IMAGINE: Imagine Loki’s reaction to his SO being brought in to the TVA as a way to control him.
RATING: General Audience NOTES/WARNINGS: None
Loki scowled at the contraption around his neck, limiting his power. Looking around the containment area, there were many creatures and beings with similar around their own necks. Since being captured by the TVA, he had been stripped of his armoured clothes and placed in grotesque and frankly uncomfortable attire and given food that he assumed the palace hounds would turn their noses up at.
He was yet to be spoken to by anyone of notable seniority as to what was the counts of which he was being held. They mentioned him altering the timeline but nothing more. He had to wait until he had a trial to know what was going to happen. Or so he thought.
Loki never liked being manhandled, as most beings tended not to, but being grabbed and forcibly handcuffed made him eye those around him carefully. The guards that did so, did it quickly while another man stood back and watched studiously which brought Loki’s attention to him. There was no manner to age the man in front of him, not with where he was, so there was no telling if he could defeat him or not in hand-to-hand combat, though being handcuffed and collared also was to his disadvantage.
“Follow me.”
That was all the man said before turning to walk towards one of the elevators that dotted the walls of the room Loki was in. He had known better than to attempt to go near one before, the singed clothing and black burns on the floor and the unconscious what he assumed to be corpses of different beings telling him to do so without authorisation was not to be recommended.
Though he did not trust the official of the TVA, Loki knew that whatever they wanted, they had no reason to burn him as they would not be so dim as to do so in such a fashion, ergo, he followed sceptically. Passing through the white line on the floor without being harmed and into the metal contraption to bring him to Norns’ knows where in the building.
“I am Mobius M Mobius and you, are Loki.”
“You heard of me, I’m honoured?” Loki eyed him carefully.
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“Do you know where I am taking you?”
“You’re taking me somewhere to kill me.”
“No, I’m taking you some place to talk.”
“Well, I don’t like to talk.”
“But you do like to lie, which you just did. Because we both know you love to talk. Talkie talkie.”
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Loki eyed the man with utter disgust at the juvenile and irritating manner in which he spoke.
The elevator came to a halt and the doors opened, bringing the two men to a room bare of all objects bar a table, two chairs on opposite sides of it and some stationary equipment.
Mobius indicated for Loki to sit at one side while he sat on the opposite side. “This is the TVA.”
“I know exactly what this place is.” Loki interrupted. “The Time Keepers have built quiet the circus and I see that the clowns are playing their parts to perfection.” “Big metaphor guy. I love it. It makes you sound smart.” “I am smart.” “I know.” “Okay.”
“Okay.” “What do you want from me?”
Mobius replayed the footage of Loki taking the Tesseract and explained how that was not the original timeline and then showed him what his actual timeline was, the events on Asgard with the Aether and the Dark Elves, him taking the throne under the guise of Odin, Odin’s death, the return of Hela, the destruction of Asgard and finally, the less than comfortable scene were Thanos choked him and snapped his neck in one fell swoop. With an unconscious rubbing of his throat, he looked at the agent across from him. “And you want me to help you because?”
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“We need your unique Loki perspective.”
“I don’t believe you.” Loki shook his head slightly. “I don’t think you believe anyone. This Loki variant needs to be fixed.”
“But why is it the Loki variant when those misfit Midgardians clearly are the ones that altered time. How was I supposed to know that what I did was altering time when they were the ones altering it?” Loki pointed out. “The breaking of reality was not my doing, but theirs, have them fix it.” “But you don’t want us to do that, not really. Because if we did that, you would have to be imprisoned indefinitely as you are not the true timeline Loki and you know that you will face a less than pleasant end soon. But if you help us, you get to use all these traits you love so dearly to actually do something and not be destroyed. “ “What happens if I help you and fix all of this, let me guess, you’ll imprison me then?” “No, then you will be offered to stay here and work for us and fix mess after mess for…well, who knows how long. Time works a little differently here.”
“So, I help you, I‘m free to work for you, I don’t help you, I sit in uncomfortable clothes waiting to die of old age, which, if I am correct, may never actually happen here?” Loki checked.
“Something to that effect.” Loki thought over his options. “I am not interested.” “I thought you might say that.” Mobius activated his computer screen and clicked on buttons. With how he was doing it, Loki was suspicious that he was not actually typing anything at all but pretending to do so to try and get Loki to change his mind. But after a few moments, the elevator door behind them rung out and opened.
At first, Loki did not care enough to turn around. He suspected it was either someone to forcibly get him to comply, in which case, the ignoring served its purpose of not acknowledging such or it was guards to bring him to holding once more or to his new prison cell, which again, he did not care to acknowledge. But then, he felt the urge to look, especially when he sensed someone looking at him. When he turned, his eyes widened. “What?” He tried to rise from his seat but was pushed back down by a guard that seemed to just appear beside him. He glared angrily at Mobius. “How?” “We knew there was a high probability you would say no, we really needed you to say yes, so we brought a little incentive here for you,” Mobius explained. “I have studied practically every moment of your life. There is one single being in the universe you will willingly do anything for.” He pointed behind Loki. “Your adoptive parents, your adopted brother, sure, you’ll do stuff for them, when it suits. You used to be far more compliant, but then you grew up and realised your brother mattered more. You killed your biological father but her…you would do anything for her, wouldn’t you?” “No.” Both answered immediately.
Mobius looked at them both as sat back slightly before pointing to Loki. “He’s the better liar.” “I told him not to do anything stupid and he thwarted that coronation and literally did the most stupid thing possible letting go at the Bifrost, so no, he would not do anything for me.” She glared over at Loki who looked at the table shamefully.
“Yes, there’s enough time for domestic arguments at a later point, but we really need to get started on this.” Mobius focused on the matter at hand again.
“Wait, isn’t bringing her here altering the timeline even more so?” Loki pointed out. “I feel as though there’s a significant case of double-standards going on here.”
“It’s not really affecting the timeline because the timeline is already altered,” Mobius explained boredly.
“How could it possibly not be affecting the timeline when having her being here instead of being where she would actually be is affecting the timeline?” “Because she is integral to getting you to fix the timeline,” Mobius argued. “But she was doing something when you took her, now that is not going to get done and that affects the timeline.” Loki countered.
“We need her here to get you to say yes so you fix the timeline you broke, ergo, she fits this timeline.”
“Wait, I am here because Loki broke a timeline so to fix the timeline he broke, we have to break the one I was in?” She clarified.
“I didn’t break it,” Loki explained. “Thor and his Midgardian friends went back in time because they wanted to change the future but I touched something I was not supposed to touch while they were doing that because their attempts to get it went awry because they are idiots, so technically, they broke the timeline and I am being forced to fix it because it apparently my touching the Tesseract goes against TVA rules but them going back in time and altering the whole future does not.”
“By breaking the timeline I was on, which in itself is a breach of these rules?” She asked in disbelief.
“Exactly,” Loki confirmed.
“No,” Mobius stated a mere nanosecond after.
“It seems like it to me.” She looked at Loki for confirmation. “Me too.” Loki concurred.
“Well, it’s not.” Both looked at Mobius sceptically. “So, you help us and everyone is happy.” Mobius clapped his hands together. “So, let’s get you started as an agent.” Mobius pressed a button and Loki fell through a portal in the floor. Mobius rose to his feet and straightened his jacket boredly. “These men will bring you to the guest rooms.” “I think I rather do something while I wait.” “I don’t think so.” “I wasn’t asking.” She gave a smile that said she would not be dissuaded. “This is a big place, I am sure you can find somewhere for me and good luck trying to control him.” She laughed before walking out of the room.
Mobius sighed. “I immediately regret this decision.” He rose to his feet and went into the elevator. After a few minutes, the doors opened to show Loki looking at him in a shirt, tie, jacket and pants. “That better?”
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“It will suffice.” Loki walked in and stood next to him.
Mobius remained looking forward as the elevator moved again. “I just need to grab a few things, and we will begin.”
Loki said nothing in response.
Mobius walked out of the elevator and the door remained open until his return a minute later, in entirely different attire and looking almost as though he had showered. He fiddled with his tie as he walked back in.
“I have to say,” Loki stepped towards him and centred his tie as he spoke. “I think it’s adorable that you think you can manipulate me. I am ten steps ahead of you.” “Is that right?” Mobius barely had a hint of curiosity in his voice. “Oh, it is.” Loki sneered. “Nor can she. Though, I am curious, where is she?” “Gone to dictate to whoever is stuck dealing with her.” Mobius looked straight ahead. “She will be fine.” “She had better, or else,” Loki snarled. “Or else what?” Mobius glanced sideways, no emotion in his voice.
“Or else I am going to burn this place to the ground,” Loki swore with a smile.
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wolfpawn · 2 months ago
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Threats and Collateral
Based on a request sent to me from an Anon - One shot ideas (if this is cool, please, thank you): how about Loki's reaction to his SO being brought in to the TVA as a way to control him?
Rating - General. 
Note - copious stills and gifs from the Loki Trailers and a lot of lifted dialogue from there too.  If anyone has other requests do not hesitate to ask :)
Loki scowled at the contraption around his neck, limiting his power. Looking around the containment area, there were many creatures and beings with similar around their own necks. Since being captured by the TVA, he had been stripped of his armoured clothes and placed in grotesque and frankly uncomfortable attire and given food that he assumed the palace hounds would turn their noses up at. 
He was yet to be spoken to by anyone of notable seniority as to what was the counts of which he was being held. They mentioned him altering the timeline but nothing more. He had to wait until he had a trial to know what was going to happen. Or so he thought. 
Loki never liked being manhandled, as most beings tended not to, but being grabbed and forcibly handcuffed made him eye those around him carefully. The guards that did so, did it quickly while another man stood back and watched studiously which brought Loki’s attention to him. There was no manner to age the man in front of him, not with where he was, so there was no telling if he could defeat him or not in hand-to-hand combat, though being handcuffed and collared also was to his disadvantage. 
“Follow me.” 
That was all the man said before turning to walk towards one of the elevators that dotted the walls of the room Loki was in. He had known better than to attempt to go near one before, the singed clothing and black burns on the floor and the unconscious what he assumed to be corpses of different beings telling him to do so without authorisation was not to be recommended. 
Though he did not trust the official of the TVA, Loki knew that whatever they wanted, they had no reason to burn him as they would not be so dim as to do so in such a fashion, ergo, he followed sceptically. Passing through the white line on the floor without being harmed and into the metal contraption to bring him to Norns’ knows where in the building. 
“I am Mobius M Mobius and you, are Loki.”
“You heard of me, I’m honoured?” Loki eyed him carefully. 
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“Do you know where I am taking you?”
“You’re taking me somewhere to kill me.”
“No, I’m taking you some place to talk.”
“Well, I don’t like to talk.”
“But you do like to lie, which you just did. Because we both know you love to talk. Talkie talkie.”
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Loki eyed the man with utter disgust at the juvenile and irritating manner in which he spoke. 
The elevator came to a halt and the doors opened, bringing the two men to a room bare of all objects bar a table, two chairs on opposite sides of it and some stationary equipment. 
Mobius indicated for Loki to sit at one side while he sat on the opposite side. “This is the TVA.”
“I know exactly what this place is.” Loki interrupted. “The Time Keepers have built quiet the circus and I see that the clowns are playing their parts to perfection.” “Big metaphor guy. I love it. It makes you sound smart.” “I am smart.” “I know.” “Okay.”
“Okay.” “What do you want from me?”
Mobius replayed the footage of Loki taking the Tesseract and explained how that was not the original timeline and then showed him what his actual timeline was, the events on Asgard with the Aether and the Dark Elves, him taking the throne under the guise of Odin, Odin’s death, the return of Hela, the destruction of Asgard and finally, the less than comfortable scene were Thanos choked him and snapped his neck in one fell swoop. With an unconscious rubbing of his throat, he looked at the agent across from him. “And you want me to help you because?”
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“We need your unique Loki perspective.” 
“I don’t believe you.” Loki shook his head slightly. “I don’t think you believe anyone. This Loki variant needs to be fixed.”
“But why is it the Loki variant when those misfit Midgardians clearly are the ones that altered time. How was I supposed to know that what I did was altering time when they were the ones altering it?” Loki pointed out. “The breaking of reality was not my doing, but theirs, have them fix it.” “But you don’t want us to do that, not really. Because if we did that, you would have to be imprisoned indefinitely as you are not the true timeline Loki and you know that you will face a less than pleasant end soon. But if you help us, you get to use all these traits you love so dearly to actually do something and not be destroyed. “ “What happens if I help you and fix all of this, let me guess, you’ll imprison me then?” “No, then you will be offered to stay here and work for us and fix mess after mess for...well, who knows how long. Time works a little differently here.” 
“So, I help you, I‘m free to work for you, I don’t help you, I sit in uncomfortable clothes waiting to die of old age, which, if I am correct, may never actually happen here?” Loki checked. 
“Something to that effect.” Loki thought over his options. “I am not interested.” “I thought you might say that.” Mobius activated his computer screen and clicked on buttons. With how he was doing it, Loki was suspicious that he was not actually typing anything at all but pretending to do so to try and get Loki to change his mind. But after a few moments, the elevator door behind them rung out and opened. 
At first, Loki did not care enough to turn around. He suspected it was either someone to forcibly get him to comply, in which case, the ignoring served its purpose of not acknowledging such or it was guards to bring him to holding once more or to his new prison cell, which again, he did not care to acknowledge. But then, he felt the urge to look, especially when he sensed someone looking at him. When he turned, his eyes widened. “What?” He tried to rise from his seat but was pushed back down by a guard that seemed to just appear beside him. He glared angrily at Mobius. “How?” “We knew there was a high probability you would say no, we really needed you to say yes, so we brought a little incentive here for you,” Mobius explained. “I have studied practically every moment of your life. There is one single being in the universe you will willingly do anything for.” He pointed behind Loki. “Your adoptive parents, your adopted brother, sure, you’ll do stuff for them, when it suits. You used to be far more compliant, but then you grew up and realised your brother mattered more. You killed your biological father but her...you would do anything for her, wouldn’t you?” “No.” Both answered immediately. 
Mobius looked at them both as sat back slightly before pointing to Loki. “He’s the better liar.” “I told him not to do anything stupid and he thwarted that coronation and literally did the most stupid thing possible letting go at the Bifrost, so no, he would not do anything for me.” She glared over at Loki who looked at the table shamefully. 
“Yes, there’s enough time for domestic arguments at a later point, but we really need to get started on this.” Mobius focused on the matter at hand again. 
“Wait, isn’t bringing her here altering the timeline even more so?” Loki pointed out. “I feel as though there’s a significant case of double-standards going on here.” 
“It’s not really affecting the timeline because the timeline is already altered,” Mobius explained boredly. 
“How could it possibly not be affecting the timeline when having her being here instead of being where she would actually be is affecting the timeline?” “Because she is integral to getting you to fix the timeline,” Mobius argued. “But she was doing something when you took her, now that is not going to get done and that affects the timeline.” Loki countered. 
“We need her here to get you to say yes so you fix the timeline you broke, ergo, she fits this timeline.” 
“Wait, I am here because Loki broke a timeline so to fix the timeline he broke, we have to break the one I was in?” She clarified.
“I didn’t break it,” Loki explained. “Thor and his Midgardian friends went back in time because they wanted to change the future but I touched something I was not supposed to touch while they were doing that because their attempts to get it went awry because they are idiots, so technically, they broke the timeline and I am being forced to fix it because it apparently my touching the Tesseract goes against TVA rules but them going back in time and altering the whole future does not.”
“By breaking the timeline I was on, which in itself is a breach of these rules?” She asked in disbelief. 
“Exactly,” Loki confirmed. 
“No,” Mobius stated a mere nanosecond after. 
“It seems like it to me.” She looked at Loki for confirmation. “Me too.” Loki concurred.
“Well, it’s not.” Both looked at Mobius sceptically. “So, you help us and everyone is happy.” Mobius clapped his hands together. “So, let’s get you started as an agent.” Mobius pressed a button and Loki fell through a portal in the floor. Mobius rose to his feet and straightened his jacket boredly. “These men will bring you to the guest rooms.” “I think I rather do something while I wait.” “I don’t think so.” “I wasn’t asking.” She gave a smile that said she would not be dissuaded. “This is a big place, I am sure you can find somewhere for me and good luck trying to control him.” She laughed before walking out of the room. 
Mobius sighed. “I immediately regret this decision.” He rose to his feet and went into the elevator. After a few minutes, the doors opened to show Loki looking at him in a shirt, tie, jacket and pants. “That better?”
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“It will suffice.” Loki walked in and stood next to him. 
Mobius remained looking forward as the elevator moved again. “I just need to grab a few things, and we will begin.” 
Loki said nothing in response. 
Mobius walked out of the elevator and the door remained open until his return a minute later, entirely in different attire and looking almost as though he had showered. He fiddled with his tie as he walked back in. 
“I have to say,” Loki stepped towards him and centred his tie as he spoke. “I think it’s adorable that you think you can manipulate me. I am ten steps ahead of you.” “Is that right?” Mobius barely had a hint of curiosity in his voice. “Oh, it is.” Loki sneered. “Nor can she. Though, I am curious, where is she?” “Gone to dictate to whoever is stuck dealing with her.” Mobius looked straight ahead. “She will be fine.” “She had better, or else,” Loki snarled. “Or else what?” Mobius glanced sideways, no emotion in his voice.
“Or else I am going to burn this place to the ground,” Loki swore with a smile. 
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obediencess · 5 months ago
Talk to me about colors and Riccardo. It's such a large part of Anne's descriptions of Venice and Armand's worldview in TVA, but what does it mean for Riccardo, as an artist and a person?
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thank you PLEASE I LOVE this question, and I actually have so many thoughts about this in particular. One of the first things I decided about Riccardo’s background pre-TVA was that the merchant who won Riccardo from his father was a silk merchant. Now, you probably wouldn’t trust a boy with the intricacies of weaving, even though Riccardo has especially fine hands, because the materials are too valuable. He is, however, perfectly capable of the more menial and physically laborious task of dyeing the silk. Which means for hours a day (and night, since Marius himself remarked he was worked day and night) all he did was stand over hot, boiling vats of pigmented water, turning the tines of dye over and over until they took to the colour. This gave him intricate knowledge of the kinds of pigments used, their appearance, their luster, their rarity, and also an intense appreciation for the colours themselves. I have such a vivid image of a little round-faced Riccardo staring into the boiling water in awe of the swirling vivid colour, carrying the images to his cot on the backs of his eyelids, dreaming of the rich verdigris and carmine, smelling of the woad flowers used for the blue dye, finger tips stained with true indigo. The beauty of colour allowed him to endure all manner of things, there. His wonder and awe of it became so zealous it was almost religious. To a child who has come from nothing, who can only touch such fine things, feel the soft silken strands when he comes to turn them on the burning tine and immerse them again in the dye, it is precious because he thinks it is the nearest he will ever come to such beauty, even if the steam burns his cheeks and the water leaves his hands cracked and swollen. He cannot touch the fine things they produce, he can only hungrily devour the sight of them in their most primitive state; the burning aureate vats and the fine silken strands drinking the dye and flushing brilliantly with each vivid colour. 
It is because of his background as one of the tintori that Riccardo has such an aptitude for colour. He can detect the subtlest differences in pigment, he knows them all by name and by appearance. He knows how to grind many of them, already. He excels quickly and becomes one of Marius’ most talented students because he already implicitly understands and venerates colour. The elevation of status he experiences as one of Marius’ little princelings only strengthens his marrying of colour and wonder because suddenly he is dappled in the silks that he was struck for touching as a merchants slave. They’re everywhere, in all their variegation. He understands implicitly what it means that Marius wears the rich, bleeding scarlet and that Amadeo is cloaked in the blue reserved almost exclusively for the Madonna in painting, and for the cardinals silk vestments in the churches. Colour, for him, is pleasure. It’s the first pleasure he ever know, and for a time, the only pleasure. It is for love of colour that he continues to paint, and that he is determined to become a painter in his own right. As much as Riccardo enjoys the fragmentary underpainting entrusted to him by Marius, and the few little details -- the flowers, the feathers on the caps, the frills -- that he and some of the other more advanced apprentices are entrusted to complete in his great frescos, he craves to have control of the whole scene. He wants more than flowers and frills and the occasional beatific angel’s face. It is both a passion and an obsession, a constant companion. He has pigment dust trapped under his fingernails most evenings. His clothes smell of linseed oil. 
When the palazzo burns it is the colour of the flame as it laps at the frescos that remains with him, rocking in the hull of the boat, clinging to his brothers. Amadeo appears to him in memory in a shock of pure lapis lazuli. It is colour above finery that he craves in those long years he endures in the catacombs under Rome. It is colour that he pursues first and foremost when he’s freed and he begins to paint again. He never takes to the Dutch school because of it’s emphatic drabness and reliance on cool tones, even though he completely falls in love with the tulip for the various and lustrous hues of its petals. The symbolism of colour in painting becomes law to him, everything and everyone he loves is painted in the richest, most expensive, striking colour. He imagines that those he loves that he paints will see and implicitly understand how he loves them simply upon seeing the colours he has used to render them. 
Colour really is ingrained in Riccardo, it is the one river of his life that flows on and on. 
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nonbinarylowkey · 5 months ago
Hello miss/sir, I loved your recent Loki head cannon and I was probably wondering while on a mission with the “Past” Loki and you know they got into a fight where he yelled, “it's your fault” this ”future” S/o got some nightmarish flashback about “future” Loki getting killed by Thanos and her PTSD starts kicking in and tries to blame herself for not helping the “future” Loki. Thank you!
They're both soaked.
There's sludge in Loki's hair and a sneer on his lips. He shucks off the bulky, water logged TVA uniform jacket, tossing it into the river they just pulled themselves from. 
Loki's partner isn't in a much better state. Most of the sludge that had covered her washed off in the water as she fought (and occasionally failed) to keep her head above water. But her attention shifts between Loki and the shattered device she pulled from her pocket when they made it onto dry land. Loki doesn't seem to have noticed it yet; there's no time to dwell on her own discomfort when she needs to use what scent time she's been given to find a way to gently break the news to him.
"Hey, Loki?"
He looks at her. The movement of her hand brings his gaze downward where she's covered the wreckage of the only thing that could get them back to base.
"What is it?"
"This planet seems pretty nice, don't you think? Why don't we stay here for a while; take a break?"
"This planet is a backwater wasteland. What reason could you possibly have for wanting to remain here?" He sniffed, all of his derision and judgment clear from that one forceful inhale.
Well, ah… mostly I want to stay because, well, we have to?" Her voice went high at the end of her explanation, making it sound more like a question than a statement. She moved her hand from the pieces of the device so that Loki could see what had happened. 
Silence settled between them. She held her breath. Loki stood statuesque.
One moment.
Two.
Three.
Fou--
Loki grabbed her one-handed by the throat, squeezed hard enough that her breath was restricted, even if it wasn't cut off completely. A knife materialized in his other hand.
"We are stuck her until that wretched organization of busybodies deigns to notice our absence and given their utter disconnect from the flow of time, how long do you suppose that will be, hm?" He drops her, uncaring of the way she crumples to the dirt. "This is your fault. You will be the one to fix this mess."
***
It's funny, really, how life has a way of going from bad to worse without any consideration for how the people living it feel. 
As it turns out, backwater wasteland planets have very few lodgings for travellers. And what lodgings they do have, tend to have very few rooms. In fact, they only have one room, apparently. 
Naturally, that room only has one bed.
"I can take the couch to make up for not being more careful with the transporter thingy," she says; an olive branch, if a somewhat flimsy one.
"Yes, you can take it," he says.
They say nothing more to each other for the rest of the night.
***
She's been here before.
Not physically, no, but she has dreamed of this place many times before. How long has it been since the last time? A year? Longer? 
The ship stinks of blood and death; of sick and shit and piss from bodies of dead Asgardians who could no longer control what came out of them during their final despairing moments.
She kneels in a pool of Asgardian blood. A spotlight shines down on her and in the dream this seems utterly natural. Everyone else is dead. Where else does a light need to shine? She is the only thing left for the killers to see.
Another spotlight illuminates a circle of space directly in front of her. She looks up.
The giant is there. He is cradling something- no, someone in his arms. 
"You understand what it is like to have a demanding love," the giant says. The words are gentle. She can almost believe he cares. "People like us, who love like us, will do whatever is necessary for the ones we love."
He deposits the body at her knees. Still gentle, always gentle. The giant backs away. His spotlight fades. The area surrounding her spotlight has gone completely black again. She is alone.
She knows who lies in front of her before she looks. She has been here before, after all. She has experienced this all before.
Still, when she finally forces herself to look on Loki's gray, lifeless face, she screams. She screams until her throat is raw; until she is coughing so hard from the force of it that she's certain blood must be coming up. She screams until her voice gives out. 
Tears and snot drip from her face onto his. 
A hand rests on her shoulder. Someone is standing behind her.
"This is your fault, you know."
Loki kisses the top of her head. His dead body grins up at her. The Loki at her back wraps his arms around her shoulders.
"You left. You knew the threat and you still left me to die at the hands of my abuser."
"I know," she whispers. "I'm sorry."
"You're sorry?" He laughs. A knife materializes in his hand. He gives it to her. "You're sorry. I know you are, my love. That is why I have one request."
No. No. No no no no nononononono.
She squeezes the hilt of the knife. Her arms shakes from the effort of keeping it in place. She knows what his request is. Knows, too, that it's nothing more than a torture her own mind has come up with.
The Loki at her knees opens his eyes. The Loki behind her maneuvers her hand so that she is holding the tip of the blade to his heart.
"I want to know that you understand your role in all this," the Loki behind her says.
"You are going to kill me," the Loki in front of her says.
"This is your fault," they both say. "You must know this is your fault."
She sobs, shaking her head wildly. "No, no, no, please no. Please, Loki. I can't."
"You already did!" The one behind her says.
She tries to pull her hand away, to drop the knife. The Loki in front of her won't let her go. He's got a grasp on her hand, keeping her grasp on the knife. He raises their hands. 
"Say my name," the Loki behind her whispers. "Scream my name as you slip the blade between my ribs. Your final act of love; to kill me when no one else has."
And when the Loki in front of her brings her hand down and the blade is buried beneath his skin, she does.
***
She screams his name over and over and ov--
Her head collides with Loki's chin when she jolts awake.
She throws herself into his arms. One shaky breath is all the warning there is before a sob bursts from her. Her tears come fast, soaking the shirt Loki had worn to sleep. Logically, she knows that she has no business clinging to this Loki. This is not the Loki she dreamed of, not her dead husband, not even a version of Loki that particularly likes her. But he still smells and feels like the Loki she knew and loved and so she clings with all her might.
And though this Loki is none of those things, he does not push her away. She wonders if he looked into her dreams. If he saw her dream of his death at the hands of Thanos; of his corpse forcing her to kill him all over again. She isn't sure she'd be upset with him if he had. 
"You were crying," he says, nose pressed to her hair. He rubs circles along her back. "You called my name."
"I'm sorry," she whispers. She isn't sure if she's apologizing for waking him or for killing him.
"I'm here."
It's exactly what she needs to hear.
Without another word, he lifts her off of the couch and brings her to the bed. He drops her in the center of it, settling down next to her with his arm around her waist. 
She'd be tempted to laugh at how similar this Loki is to the one she knew if the memory of his near constant desire for touch wasn't so painful now. She sighs, instead.
"Sleep," he commands.
So she does. This time, Thanos doesn't appear.
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aviandinosaurfluff · 5 months ago
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So You Wanna Do Handstands Like Lan Wangji: Pt. 4
Definitely Not a Treatise and Definitely Not Written by a Certified Instructor
Pt. 1 Intro |  Pt. 2 Shoulders| Pt. 3 Lats  | Pt. 4 Abs & Obliques & Back  | Pt. 5  Handstands
Abs! Everyone’s favorite shorthand to express “ripped”, right next to huge biceps that scream “strength!”. Both of my trainers had stories about other past clients who were mountains of muscles and had an impressive V-shape, but had little to no core strength. It’s always a joy to watch Mr. Biceps walk over to the TRX suspension bands and flop around like a fish on a line because he can’t hold his torso straight (he’ll get there).
If you’re going to do safe and controlled handstands, you’ll want your abs, obliques, and lower back to support you. Your legs? They’ve got a lot of weight on them. Without a supportive back, you’ll find that in a handstand your legs will start falling down, arching your back uncomfortably, and landing you on your butt.
Without supportive abs, you’ll find that your dismount is less controlled. Your abs can also help pull your legs back up if they start falling behind you.
Your obliques will help you with microadjustments if you sway from side to side. Also, if you just really want abs for aesthetic reasons (why not?), your obliques will help to frame them nicely.
Be careful with your back -- REALLY! Especially on ab workouts where you are supine (on your back). If you feel your lower back arching and butting in on the party that your abs were invited to, you need to STOP.  Either you need to refocus on engaging your abs or you need to find an alternative that works for you.
Lots of the exercises here are also in the shoulders section (Pt. 2).
Warm ups: Finding and engaging your abs
Consider learning about the transverse abdominis, how to feel if it’s ‘activated’, and what it may or may not mean for your workout. My personal unprofessional, unmedical take is that it doesn’t hurt to become more aware of your body and sensing *what* is doing the work. I am biased: I had a psoas major (hip flexor) injury that resulted in extreme lower back pain, and likely weakened my transverse abdominis. I had to do a lot of PT for that.
Finding your TVA.
Historical importance of the TVA in physical therapy and athletics.
Beginner
Mountain climbers. These are also a great cardio warm up if you don’t want to go for a run. You can probably do sets of ten (both left and right legs) to start with, then rest.
Planks. Start from your knees and elbows. You might start from your elbows and knees for just 15 seconds. Check your form! Planks are an isometric exercise.
Dead Bugs. A pilates favorite. The base position is a good resting position that lets you do the next one when you’re ready.
Glute bridges.  Abs and glutes! Personally, I like to place my hands just inside of my hip bones, and an inch lower, to make sure my abs are working, too.
Intermediate
Lateral mountain climbers (”spiderman”). Lateral (side to side) movements are pretty challenging -- we don’t do a lot of these movements in our every day lives. See how many you can do.
Glute bridge variations. If you’re comfortable with the beginner glute bridges, there are a ton of variations to go from.
Supermans. Great for the lower back.
Side planks.
Russian twists. The further out you hold the weight, the more work it is for your shoulders.
Advanced
Flutter kicks. Be SUPER cautious with these. This video is great, because it instructs you to start with your legs high and only go as low as is safe and comfortable.
Leg raises. Again, key is not arch your lower back. Leg raises work your abs. Lower your legs slowly, in a controlled manner. That’s where you’re really gonna build strength!
Generally: 50 to 100 reps of any of the above exercises! Take your time.
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icyxmischief · 6 months ago
What do you make of Loki’s line before he sky-dives out of the airplane, “Brother, [and then some giffers hear ‘Heimdall’ and others hear ‘when I reach the ground,’ and I think it’s the latter] you’d better be ready”?
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HONESTLY it’s my supposition from the trailer--though we all know trailers are nefariously misleading--that Loki is going to manipulate the leaders of the TVA (the place he’s gonna “burn to the ground,” metaphorically and perhaps literally) into allowing him to tweak moments of history here and there so that he can be in a temporal narrative that allows him to run for president of the United States (which is something that I think actually happens in the comics, to a cracktastic but also weirdly plausible extent), so that he can still rule all those sheepies that “crave subjugation” (remember he’s still the Loki who’s in That Place mentally, quite emotionally disturbed and still reeling from Team Thanos and their physical and psychological abuse) but in a way that’s distinct and unique from the imperialistic, monarchic conquest of, say, Odin, or Thor. 
He’s trying to get a throne still, but one via means that are uniquely Loki: through double-crossing, feinting and scheming. 
I have mixed feelings about this because while it makes me chuckle fondly at my little  Hel-raiser (sic), it also seems like he’s still chasing after something he only wants because it’s a privilege enjoyed by everyone he reveres (Odin, Frigga, and Thor) and he’s still on some level trying to “fit in” when he ought to just realize he has innate value (hard to do when nobody has shown you as much your whole life) outside of the paradigm of “ruler” altogether. 
But I mean, to put it perhaps flippantly....Loki’s a Top. He’s always going to want to control something, at the same time as he is paradoxically an anti-establishment, anti-authority Trickster--because that’s something he’s never had. And the grass is always greener.....
Point being?  Whatever he’s doing as DB Cooper in an airplane, hijacking it to get to the Bifrost (I think it’s the Bifrost, not the Tesseract, in that clip) and zapped up into Asgard, is meant toward the end of “look dad, look, brother, I’m the president of a Midgardian landmass!” Which is both sad and funny at the same time. 
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battinson-2022 · 6 months ago
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Loki Trailer Breakdown and Theories
The Loki series, coming May 2021, is one of the many things I’m looking forward to in the MCU. As Fiege described it, it’s going to be a crime show of sorts. We also know that the series picks up immediately after Loki takes the Tesseract in Endgame because it’s the opening shot of the trailer and we see him get teleported with it. In short, Loki taking the Tesseract creates a new timeline. As the God of Mischief does, he creates mischief using the tesseract. I would say he probably uses it to teleport between timeline and different time periods (yes, time periods too based on the way people are dressed and the aesthetics of the show). 
Yes, I usually only post DC content but I’ve also read the Marvel comics and follow the MCU. This is something I’ve been looking forward to, so I wanted to make a breakdown post of the new trailer. 
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Behind her are the faces of the Living Tribunal. They have been created to guard the multiverse from magic, so given that Loki is a sorcerer, it makes sense that the LT would appear in this show. As previously mentioned, it seems like Loki is going to cause chaos in the multiverse. This is what gets him captured by the TVA (Time Variance Authority), who protect the timelines and the multiverse.
It was already mentioned in the presentation, but Kang the Conqueror will be introduced to the MCU (played by Johnathan Majors). Kang has the ability to time travel and essentially takes over planets and timelines. He’s a lot like Thanos in a way. It seems he will also make an appearance in Loki.
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This scene was interesting for a lot of reasons. Although it’s blurry, the sign behind Loki reads “Roxxcart”, which is connected to the Roxxon Energy Corporation from the comics. This company has been known for doing a lot of shady stuff and has appeared in the Thor and Loki comics before. It’s also important to note that Loki is dressed in a TVA uniform here and this scene leads to a fight. Loki appears to be investigating the situation.
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Based on the scorch marks on the floor and the guy with the clipboard in the back, I think they are testing Loki’s abilities to see what he can do. The collar he’s wearing will probably be used to control him and suppress his powers.
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Everyone seems to think this is Natasha. I hate to burst your bubble, but I’m 99% sure it’s Sophia Di Martino’s character. I believe she will be Loki’s partner in the TVA and not Lady Loki. I think this image is her as a child:
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She might have sorcery power like Loki does (given that the stain-glass window looks like a Mephisto easter egg), and was picked up by Owen Wilson’s character and brought to the TVA. She could potentially be his daughter and/or have been raised by him in the TVA and grows up to be an agent, working with Loki. I think Lady Loki might be the hooded figure that frequently appears throughout the trailer.
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This seems to be the result of Loki messing with the timeline (or perhaps Kang’s doing). He changed the events of history which caused a major catastrophic event. In the event that it’s Kang, it seems like he tried to conquer Earth and this is the result of one of his attacks. 
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I’m pretty damn sure this is a reference to D.B Cooper. Cooper hijacked a Boeing 727 plane and then parachuted out of it in 1971. The interior seems to be very old school and the flight attendant is dressed in older clothing, it looks like it could very well be the 70’s. The plane is even given a wide shot in the trailer. We also see Loki parachute out of the plane and immediately disappear. The reason the D.B Cooper connection is so interesting is because D.B Cooper was never found or identified. It seems like there will be certain events in history with unknown identities that Loki will become.
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This shot is both confusing and intriguing. For starters, it looks like this girl is trying to push Loki out of the way/save him from something. Based on the aesthetic and the dress she is wearing, it seems to take place in the past. I’m not sure who she is, or if her identity will be of any significance, but it is worth mentioning that she could potentially be Lady Loki- another key character from the comics. 
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These two scenes are also very interesting for a lot of reasons. For starters, it appears to be some sort of casino in an alternate timeline/universe. It looks almost like it would be on a different planet, but since Loki is running for President and the background of these shorts are exactly the same, it would almost have to be on Earth somewhere. This seems to be Loki’s headquarters of sorts, given that he’s here running for president and the L hanging above the makeshift throne in the back of the first image. I also think there will be multiple Lokis in this show at the same time. Given that any change to the timeline creates another reality, as shown in Endgame, Loki messing around with the tesseract is going to have big effects. In the first image, we can clearly see Loki in the background dressed in the suit from his TVA uniform however he is wearing completely different clothing in the 2nd image. The concept of multiple Loki’s is actually pulled from the Loki: Agent of Asgard series, which it appears they have based this show off of. Loki running for president was also featured in the Vote Loki comics. The suit he is wearing is identical to the one he wears in the comic, down to the clip on his tie and the placement of the button. 
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To sum it all up, here’s what I think happens: Following the events of Endgame where Loki takes the tesseract, he inadvertently creates a new timeline. This causes a chain reaction, altering many events, which is what leads him to getting caught by the TVA. Since Loki has a silver tongue, he was able to negotiate his way out of imprisonment and agrees to work for the TVA instead. While all of this is going on, hell starts to break loose. Multiple Lokis (DB Cooper Loki, President Loki, Lady Loki, etc) all make appearances and cause chaos. Loki, much like in the Agent of Asgard comics, meets the different versions of himself and sees the chaos they can cause. Instead of working for the All-Mothers like in the comics (although that still might happen in the show, depending on how they do it), it’s likely that he’ll work for the TVA instead. I think he’ll probably end up turning against them, though maybe not for villainous purposes, based on the scene where he’s sprinting away from the building and fighting the others. I think the main villain of the series will be Kang the Conqueror. There is obviously a big space-style fight that’s going down (the purple planet exploding and all the purple lasers being shot- purple is Kang’s color in the comics). If I had to guess I would say that Loki messing with reality has triggered Kang’s arrival. Loki realizes he screwed up and has to get the help of the other Lokis in order to protect this timeline/planet from Kang’s destruction. 
This show is probably going to help set up the Young Avengers series. With Marvel unveiling the casting of America Chavez and Cassia Lang, adding Kate Bishop (Hawkeye series), Billy Kaplan and Tommy Shepherd (Wandavision), and doing a Secret Invasion series/movie (which will likely introduce Teddy Altman), I’d say Young Avengers is pretty much a guarantee. Tony Stark and Vision’s deaths, Kang, House of M (which happens in Wandavision), and Secret Invasions are the catalysts for the formation of the Young Avengers team. Kid Loki joined the YA for a period in the comics and helped train Billy Kaplan, so it isn’t too far fetched for Kid Loki to appear in this series and then crossover into the YA movie/series. 
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lapdatdienmattroi1 · 8 months ago
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This is your SolarWakeup for October 6th, 2020
Utility Scale Solar At Risk. Utility scale solar has been and continues to boom across the Country, both in utility and 3rd party owned segments. This has helped the cost of solar to drop across all segments and scale has caused modules to get to sub 30 cents per watt which is helping everyone. But here is the important counterpoint that everyone needs to keep in their mind. In the past few days we’ve seen announcements of solar in Louisiana, Arkansas and Nebraska to name a few. Solar is the biggest interconnection backlog in Michigan and ERCOT amongst others. The reality is that utility scale solar grows in strength everywhere that consumers have an increasing ability to put solar on their own roof. Residential solar is 10% of the capacity compared to utility scale but is 99% of the public opinion. 10 years ago, my neighbors in Florida would tell me solar doesn’t work because they can’t put it on their house. Those same neighbors (even with their Trump lawn signs) have solar panels on their roof now and they trust large scale solar to be just as effective. This is a symbiotic relationship that our industry often overlooks at its own detriment. Blue Wave Scenario. In the first of the scenarios let us look at a what is possible if Biden takes the White House, democrats the house and senate and remove the filibuster. Basically control of all law making. First the downside. In this scenario so many things will be focused on that energy policy would probably not reach the top 5. You would also have to think about how clean energy and climate policy may intersect or deviate. You could see solar advocates push for some or all of the following (I wonder if the wish list already exists): national RPS, strengthening PURPA for renewable qualified facilities, national carbon policy, standardized permitting laws, extension of the ITC with direct pay, job training, R&D dollars and a greener TVA. Fundamentally, I could see policy that aims to achieve carbon free energy generation and solar on every rooftop as the goals. Execution will be up to the legislative writers. There are some great folks working hard on Clean Energy 4 Biden that would make great staffers in the administration if this happens and New York policy folks will have a big impact on Senator Schumer’s position on this as majority leader. Exxon Planning Disaster. An internal document from ExxonMobil says that the corporation is planning on increasing carbon emissions. What happens next with institutional investors especially university endowments will be interesting to watch. If they hesitated full divestiture from fossil fuels, leaving Exxon will be an easy decision. Chasing C&I Gold. Siemens and Macquarie (Green Investment Group) are forming a new joint venture to target solar plus storage on commercial buildings. Storage is the silver bullet for the C&I market that always had a problem with the default/downside scenario with tenants that leave or off takers that default. Yann On A Pod. I joined Tim Montague to talk about solar markets and the Buyer’s Group on his youtube based podcast. It was a great conversation. Get The Power. Later this year, the residential solar market is going to get some major savings with most of their balance of systems when the shift to higher power solar modules really gets going. With power density going up more than 10%, those savings will trickle down to mounts, rails, inverters, labor and wire and hopefully into installers’ wallets. Make sure you are getting the best modules and pricing possible by joining the SolarWakeup Buyer’s Group. You can see the pricing on our price discovery page.
PV-Tech: Behind the rise of US utility-driven solar
Vox: What Joe Biden was trying to say about the Green New Deal
Bloomberg: Exxon’s Plan for Surging Carbon Emissions Revealed in Leaked Documents
Grist: Climate change could tip the scales in these 6 toss-up House races.
Solar Power World: Siemens and Green Investment Group jointly form new energy development venture
Solar Industry: Clean Power Alliance Adds New Solar, Storage Capacity to Portfolio
Utility Dive: Cities push ahead on Energy Efficiency as a Service as private sector plays catch up
Axios: Bill Gates-led Breakthrough Energy expands D.C. advocacy 
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Best, Yann
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insomniacowl · 10 months ago
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Neon Genesis Evangelion analysis chapter 9: Human Instrumentality Project – End of Evangelion
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In this chapter, we will be covering the actual proceedings of the Third impact that happens and explore it with the Human instrumentality Project (HIP) as its framing. This will result in the need to exclude the many other story threads that converge upon this part of the series, however, to understand those story threads, we require an even deeper understanding of each character in-depth, and therefore will be covered in future chapters.
 With the end of this chapter, we shall conclude the surface level analysis of ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ and I hope by the end of this chapter, you would have a good enough understanding of the Human Instrumentality project, its various types, and components. 
 That is not to say it will give you a complete grasp of it as a concept nor of the various character motivations that end up influencing it, those will come eventually.
In the End of Evangelion, we get to see the actual, physical proceedings of the Third impact, on that was shown only in brief glimpses in the TVA version. The ritual that took place was a hybrid of Gendou’s type (Rei absorbing and uniting with Lilith with Adam in her body, resulting in Gendou’s influence being excluded) and Seele’s type C (Wishing for the end of humanity by having Eva – unit 01; now a god make the choice), succinctly described, Adam + Lilith with Shinji as the one who chooses.
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With the start of the movie, Seele uses Japan’s self-defense force to annihilate Nerv (Ironically the army personnel’s believed they were stopping the third impact from happening), however was unable to secure Gendou. Gendou at this moment rushed to the central dogma with Rei to initiate the ‘ritual’ in question. He started off by attempting to insert his hand (with Adam) into Rei’s body to fuse with her. However, Rei refused Gendou’s demand and fused with Lilith while holding only Adam in her body, and goes to seek out Shinji.
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“Let's go to where Yui awaits us.” – says the selfish egomaniac.
 While this is happening, Asuka, along with Eva – unit 02 was getting destroyed by the mass-produced Evas, and the unspeakable state of which she was left was witnessed by Shinji. This led to Shinji’s mental state breaking down even further (Seele welcomed this fact thinking that it would prevent him from siding with Gendou), and at the same moment, the restraints on Eva -Unit 01 became undone. 
 Concurrent to the undoing of restraints, the Lance of Longinus returns from the Moon and presents itself to the new god that is now freed. Seele sees the Lance returning on its own, and it confirms their belief that the gods are aiding them for their ritual. With this perceived confirmation, they begin the ritual.
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Lance of Longinus pointing at Eva – Unit 01
 There is still much we have to cover about the Lance itself but for now, let us mention only the most important. There are many things about the Lance of Longinus that are not explained properly in the series, such as how it serves as the tool of the gods (the first people) in controlling their creations.
 For now, just keep in mind that for Eva Unit-01, that now possesses both the fruit of form and fruit of knowledge still requires the Lance to reach the final form of “The tree of life”. In other words, the Lance is essential to the completion of a “New God” and it has arrived just in time to assist this creation.
 As we can observe, the Lance of Longinus never restraints Unit – 01, but moves with its will.
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With the lance now in place, the mass-produced Evas take up their positions for the commencement of the ritual, and unit – 01 spread out its arms to the side as though he is on the cross, imitating Jesus being sacrificed on the cross (Adding to this is that according to Christian canon, Longinus was the Roman soldier that stabbed Jesus in the side and was blinded by his blood). 
 What followed was just as it was written in the dead seas scroll manual, and the tree of Sephiroth was summoned, signaling the initiation of the ritual. The mass-produced Evas opens up their S2 engines and the explosion it causes reveals the black moon lying beneath Geofront.
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Following this, the being that is now Rei + Adam + Lilith (Rei-AL) becomes an ethereal white giant and proceeds up to meet Unit – 01. This grotesque sight horrifies Shinji. So it takes up the form of Kaworu to calm him down and gives Shinji the power to choose the fate of this world (Just as Kaworu/Adam has done at the end of episode 24). With the choice between the rebirth or the end of humanity in Shinji’s hands, the Human Instrumentality begins. 
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Nobody cares whether I live or die. I’m just a burden. Then…. They should all die
 His word becomes a command and it happens. Rei-AL lets out a strong wave of anti-AT field (imagine it as some sort of energy that negates AT fields). This results in all life forms that use AT field to maintain their physical body to revert back into LCL (Lilith’s blood) and their souls get sucked back into the black moon. The mass-produced Evas at this point take up the shape of Rei-AL and aid in the process of the ritual.
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The world is filled with sadness and grief
The feeling of isolation weight down all hearts
If that is too painful… You can run away
Shinji goes increasingly silent (due to the breakdown of his ego) and Rei-AL and the Anti-AT field it produces goes in size proportionately. The door to Guf opens and the souls begin rushing into it. All humans, including the members of Seele, along with all life forms based on Lilith reverts back into LC. Keel admits that while this was not the type of Instrumentality he wanted, but it seems that he was content with it.
 What follows are snippets of sequences that Shinji sees. But it is inaccurate to say that we are told from Shinji’s POV. Rather it is the “scenery” in everyone’s mind. It is a part of instrumentality that is ongoing, thus a part of the reality.
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At this moment, Gendou was reunited with Yui and he confesses that there was nothing else that he could do; that all he did was to hurt Shinji unnecessarily; that he could not trust or belief that he was capable of being loved by others; that he has no right to be loved. Yui answers with a smile, acknowledging that Gendou was “afraid of Shinji”. And along with Rei and Kaworu, Yui witness Gendou’s death.
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So this is my punishment… I’m sorry Shinji.
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You will go back to being afraid of others
 But during the process of Instrumentality, Shinji was able to decide on what it was that he truly desired. The others have had often hurt him, and that he has suffered from others’ actions. But he also acknowledges the times that he was happy to be with others and that such feelings were genuine; that again her want to meet others as others; he decides to reject instrumentality.
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It will be alright. Thank you
 And thus, Unit – 01 crawls out of the body of Rei-AL, roars, and wings of light grows on its back. The door to Guf closes and Lilith’s black moon explodes. Humanity’s souls return to the ocean of LCL, Rei – AL’s body begins to break down, and Unit – 01 uses the Lance to petrify the mass-produced Evas.
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As Shinji wished, if they so desired, the individuals can now recreate their bodies and become humans again. Even if interaction with others will not be easy nor be free of pain, they are now free to choose existence with pain or stay as they are without pain; to choose a life with others, or life as 'one'. The way this world ends up will depend on the many individuals that are currently lying inside the ocean of LCL. The body of Rei – AL becomes useless, breaks down, and falls onto the earth. Lilith and Adam, it appears has died in the process. 
 And thus, the world has gone through its new genesis; a neon genesis. With this chapter we have concluded our discussion of the various forms of Third Impact (HIP). The HIP is the concept in Evangelion that is the most convoluted and difficult to grasp and I hope the past six chapters has help you understand it more clearly. 
From next chapter onwards, we shall begin the discussion on the Evangelion models. TBC Chapter 10 Eva Unit-01 Clone of Lilith
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