Thursday, August 21, 2014

Heading down to Richmond in a bit for a few days’ visit with friends and to traverse Virginia Beach for a day as a natal day gift for myself (and maybe a new tattoo? … we’ll see about the money), so I’ll be scarce at best on here until early next week, probably.

So have a good weekend, tumblrfriends! I will see you all upon my return.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
1. Name
2. url
3. blog title
4. crush
5. favorite color
7. favorite band
8. favorite number
9. favorite drink
10. tag 10 others.

1. Name

2. url

3. blog title

4. crush

5. favorite color


7. favorite band

8. favorite number

9. favorite drink

10. tag 10 others.







Here’s a thing I’ve had around in my head for a while!

Okay, so I’m pretty sure that by now everyone at least is aware of Steampunk, with it’s completely awesome Victorian sci-fi aesthetic. But what I want to see is Solarpunk – a plausible near-future sci-fi genre, which I like to imagine as based on updated Art Nouveau, Victorian, and Edwardian aesthetics, combined with a green and renewable energy movement to create a world in which children grow up being taught about building electronic tech as well as food gardening and other skills, and people have come back around to appreciating artisans and craftspeople, from stonemasons and smithies, to dress makers and jewelers, and everyone in between. A balance of sustainable energy-powered tech, environmental cities, and wicked cool aesthetics. 

A lot of people seem to share a vision of futuristic tech and architecture that looks a lot like an ipod – smooth and geometrical and white. Which imo is a little boring and sterile, which is why I picked out an Art Nouveau aesthetic for this.

With energy costs at a low, I like to imagine people being more inclined to focus their expendable income on the arts!

Aesthetically my vision of solarpunk is very similar to steampunk, but with electronic technology, and an Art Nouveau veneer.

So here are some buzz words~

Natural colors!
Art Nouveau!
Handcrafted wares!
Tailors and dressmakers!
Stained glass window solar panels!!!
Education in tech and food growing!
Less corporate capitalism, and more small businesses!
Solar rooftops and roadways!
Communal greenhouses on top of apartments!
Electric cars with old-fashioned looks!
No-cars-allowed walkways lined with independent shops!
Renewable energy-powered Art Nouveau-styled tech life!

Can you imagine how pretty it would be to have stained glass windows everywhere that are actually solar panels? The tech is already headed in that direction!  Or how about wide-brim hats, or parasols that are topped with discreet solar panel tech incorporated into the design, with ports you can stick your phone charger in to?

(((Character art by me; click the cityscape pieces to see artist names)))

i am so into this wow

sign me the fuck up

I want a solarpunk future. *_*





Does what it says on the tin. Tolkien’s poetry from the books set to my own music.

My day today. Sweater, cleaning, Tolkien. Pretending it’s not 85 degrees outside.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A word for Iain


used to describe a relationship one has with the land, air, and water, a deep connection that allows one to hear the earth sing.

Monday, August 18, 2014

A guide to swearing in Thedas


These are all taken from the toolset (mostly under “cuss” in the soundsets, but also from various bits of dialogue), organized for your convenience.

Not English the King’s Tongue

  • Brasca! (Zevran)
  • Vashedan! (Sten)

Pretty normal

  • Alas!
  • Blast it all, anyhow!
  • Blasted bastards!
  • Blech. (Sandal)
  • Blood and ashes.
  • Blood and honor!
  • Bloody blast it!
  • Bollocks.
  • Cripes.
  • Crud!
  • Curse me for a fool!
  • Cursed for a fool!
  • Curses!
  • Confound it! (Flemeth, of all people)
  • Damnation!
  • Drat!
  • Fiddlesticks!
  • Blast and blazes!
  • Blast and damnation! (Morrigan)
  • Blasted curses of a thousand misfortunes!
  • Blood and damnation! (Leliana)
  • Burn it all!
  • Fire and death!
  • Dirt and spit!
  • Flaming bastard.
  • Garbage!
  • Lazy, slack-jawed louts.
  • Miserable wretch.
  • Of all the blasted—!
  • Of all the cursed—!
  • Of all the infernal—! (Riordan)
  • Of all the—! (Leliana)
  • Oh dear.
  • Oh, bother!
  • Oh, for pity’s sake!
  • Oh, poppycock.
  • Oh… blast it! (Alistair)
  • Phooey!
  • Shoddy piece of crap!
  • Sod it all!
  • Son of a bitch!
  • Son of an inbred!
  • Tarnation!
  • That’s a stinker! (fade!Cailan)
  • That’s swill!
  • Those bloody whoresons.
  • Thrice-cursed whorespawn.
  • Two-faced bastards.


  • Bleeding thorns!
  • By the lost Dales!
  • Fenharel’s teeth!
  • Mythal’enaste!
  • Slap me around and call me a wild sylvan! (Shianni)
  • Well punch me in the teeth and call me a wild sylvan…

Invocations of Andraste

  • By the Lady!
  • Andraste’s ashes!
  • Andraste’s breath!
  • For the love of Andraste!
  • For the love of Lady Andraste!
  • Lady’s breath!
  • Merciful Andraste!
  • Oh, Andraste, help me…
  • Oh, for Andraste’s sake.
  • Oh, for the love of Blessed Andraste!
  • Oh, for the love of the Maker’s Bride.
  • Well, throw me in a fire and call me Andraste!

Andraste’s clothing

  • Andraste’s holy knickers!
  • By Andraste’s burning under-drawers!
  • By Andraste’s dirty socks!
  • By Andraste’s holy knickers!
  • By Andraste’s sword!

Andraste’s ass

  • Andraste’s ass!
  • Andraste’s fat ass!
  • Andraste’s lily-white ass!
  • Maferath’s hairy arse!
    (bonus Andraste’s husband’s ass due to not having another category in which to put it)

The Maker

  • Great Maker!
  • Holy Maker!
  • Maker damn you for a fool!
  • Maker-forsaken piece of—
  • Maker’s beard!
  • Maker’s Blood.
  • Maker’s breath! (by far the most common Thedas-specific curse)
  • Tears of the Maker!


  • Aeducan’s beard!
  • Beards of the Paragons!
  • Bemot’s beard!
  • Blood of the Paragons!
  • By the beards of the Paragons!
  • Caridin’s teeth!
  • Ortan’s teeth!
  • Paragon’s teeth!
  • Paragons have mercy!


  • Ancestors have mercy!
  • By the hairs of my ancestors!
  • By the stones of the Ancestors!
  • By the teats of my ancestors!
  • By the tits of my ancestors!

Dwarf culture

  • Bronto piss!
  • By the Stone!
  • For the love of nugs and idiot children!
  • Nug-dung!
  • Nug-humper!
  • Nugs and dolts!
  • Stonecursed duster!
  • Stones!
  • What the nug!

 The Blight

  • Ah, Blight!
  • Blight and destruction!
  • Blighted wretch!
  • Darkspawn blood!
  • Fire and Blight!
  • Griffon’s buttocks! (fade!Duncan)

 The Fade

  • Blasted fade monkeys!
  • By the Black City!
  • By the walls of the golden city! (Desire demon)
  • Fade monkeys! 

Racial epithets

  • Bare-skinned shem!
  • Filthy elf-lover!
  • Bloody elf guts!
  • Son of a Fereldan bitch! (Tevinter guard)

Pee and poop

  • Ah, piss and vinegar.
  • Crap!
  • Dog piss!
  • Flaming rat turds.
  • Oh, piss on it!
  • Piss and blood!
  • Piss and spittle!
  • Piss on a stick.
  • Piss on it!
  • Shit.
  • Shite.
  • Stinking road apples!
  • Turd!


  • Base-born jackal.
  • Bloody kibble!
  • Flea-bitten whelps.
  • Hound’s arse!
  • Miserable cur!
  • Of all the motherless mongrels.
  • Scurvy dogs! (Isabela)


  • Applesauce!
  • Beans and spuds!
  • Milk and cookies! (Perpetua)
  • Pickles! (Paivel)
  • Ugh! That’s bean-rot!

Fereldan culture and history

  • By the giant stones of the Dwarfson.
  • Great Dane’s bitch.
  • Calenhad’s crown! (fade!Maric)

 Animals and insects

  • Dung beetles!
  • Flies and bother!
  • For the love of little fish.
  • Hind of a jackrabbit!
  • Hog wash!
  • Horse feathers! (Wynne)
  • Motherless son of a goat.
  • Oh, donkey bum!
  • Oh… f-frogs! (Daveth)
  • Oh… rats.
  • Ox dung!
  • Pigeon crap! (Shale)
  • Rats!
  • Rotten maggot-spawn!
  • Skunk breath! (Sloth)
  • Shave a horse and punch me in the teeth.
  • Spawn of motherless goat.
  • Sod-eating rodents!
  • Well, wax my head and call me a pug!

what is this i dont even

  • Dust bugger!
  • Oh, fuddle-knuckles.
  • Stab me with a fork and call me Susan! (Carroll)
  • Thunder humper! (Oghren)
  • Whiplash and Crow sauce!
  • You dung-brained goat herder.
Sunday, August 17, 2014

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