May. 31st, 2017

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Some people aren’t going to like what you write. Write it anyway.

Some people, people you know objectively suck at being a human being, will get more kudos, more comments, more recs. Write it anyway.

Some of your friends aren’t going to read what you write. Write it anyway.

Some of the people you support the most won’t support your work. Write it anyway.

Some people are going to say your characterization is 100% wrong. X would never. Write it anyway.

It’s been done before. Write it anyway.

Your writing might not measure up to the fandom greats. Write it anyway. (I can guarantee they didn’t measure up at some point either)

Some people aren’t going to rec your work. Write it anyway. (And make your own recs)

Write it anyway.

Write it anyway.

Write it anyway.
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@hamelin-born​ asked: I feel like worldbuilding - would you be interested in giving me a gramander prompt to expand on?

@funkzpiel​: YES. Hmmmmmm… Newt is actually a Changling that copied Child!Newt’s form when said child died from becoming an Obscurial. Percy ends up in Wonderland and Newt is part of Wonderland in some way. Royalty AU where Character A is King to Be, but taken away/kidnapped/etc etc and Character B is either charged with retrieving them (or stumbles accidentally upon them). ASSASSINS AU. Oh Oh OH Angel AU. Ghost AU. Spy AU. (THROWS AUs AT YOU)

I didn’t expect such an enthusiastic response! But - well. The thing about angel AUs?

“Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell.“ - Macbeth, William Shakespeare.

(Also, to anyone reading this, please don’t kill me for what’s probably going to be an extremely fictionalized interpretation of Christian Mythology. Warnings for - I dunno, blasphemy? Maybe torture?)

They might have been angels once, in a time before time itself existed. They can remember it, at least - the Silver City, a Light that suffused everything, an absence-of-pain that seems even more miraculous in how they never noticed it. There’s pain now. There’s fear and despair and agony - what else would you expect to find in the dank, dark horror of the Inferno? It would be a blessing, a wonder, a kindness not to remember - but there’s no such thing as blessings here. Hell is the absence of anything even vaguely associated with the sacred, and kindness is non-existent.

Well. 

Almost.

It’s a strange almost-peace the two of them find together, huddled in the scant shadows of each other’s wings. They cannot - they can’t remember if they knew each other in the Before - probably not. But right now, they’re the other’s everything. They’re a soft voice in the middle of the screams. A touch that does not incite pain in a land where everything hurts. They’re both soldiers - and one of them may even be a general, but they doesn’t bother to keep track any more. They fight when they’re told to, they scour the Enemy from the face of existence, they tear weapons from the fabric of reality as they hurl it at whatever celestial entity they’re being set against now, whatever higher demon is launching whatever coup, and they don’t bother asking questions.

Not anymore.

They used to. The one that wraps him/her/itself in the memory of a night sky remembers that the other - the one whose imitation of a human form has hair that flickers and dances like flame and, unbound, stretches to their shoulders - well. That one used to ask questions. She/he/it asked fewer and fewer as time went by, until it does what it’s told to do, and retreats back to huddle against its partner in the moments between blood-death-violence-pain.

It’s not peace - not with the fires that stir in their feathers, a flame imperishable that was kindled when they were thrown from the Silver City. When they Fell - it still smoulders, even now. It’s not peace, but it’s the closest thing they have - and they have each other.

The one that wraps him/her/itself in the seeming of the night sky thinks privately to itself that it would have Fallen twice over just to have these fleeting moments with its other.

The one that flickers like a hearthfire knows to the depth of its being that it would fan the embers in his/her/its wings into an inferno if it would quench the other’s pain.

There is no escape from the dank, dark horror of hell.

Not unless you rebel.

And they might have forgotten, delirious with pain and memory and absence - (Think'st thou that I who saw the face of God/And tasted the eternal joys of heaven/Am not tormented with ten thousand hells/In being deprived of everlasting bliss? - Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlow) they might have forgotten the reasons they fought in the Rebellion, but they did rebel, once. They can almost remember that.

And there is one realm, just one, that is under the sole purview of neither heaven or hell. One species, whose souls embody both limitless integrity and utmost depravity. 

And they are souls, essentially, souls that don’t have bodies per se. There’s such a thing as possession, but there’s also such a thing as becoming - and what use do they have, really, for wings that burn like firestorms whenever they take flight?

It takes a long time. It takes a very, very long time. And perhaps the true sorrow of the tale would be this: when they vanish from the Inferno, not one of the inhabitants cares.

**

They don’t forget, but they don’t remember all the time. It’s a blessing - and they can have blessings now. Now that they’ve carved away the greater part of what they were to become - this.

Newt Scamander has - had - two parents. He has a brother that loves him. He can remember having a thousand, thousand brothers, but not one of them was like Theseus. Theseus, who holds him when he cries, who defends him from bullies (it doesn’t matter that Newt remembers pain beyond description - it doesn’t lessen the torment), who smiles at him and tells him to follow his dreams and gives him his case. His case. He can be gentle now - Newt never, never wants to cause anything any pain ever, because he doesn’t have to. The Great War nearly tore him to shreds - because he thought that it was over, because he couldn’t do this, not again, not again, not again…

But he had dragons, and he had his case, he has people and creatures that love him, and he can help people. It’s the greatest blessing he can dream of, and sometimes he thinks he’s so happy - so thankful - that he might explode with joy.

Percival Graves is born to a duty, and he’s holding onto it with both hands and his teeth if necessary. Because while duty might normally imply a lack of choice, this is something that he’s diving into headfirst. Because. Because he can protect people. He can keep other people from hurting, he can make sure they never feel pain or fear or the touch of evil. (Sometimes he looks at himself and laughs quietly - who would have set a wolf to guard the sheep?). He can fight, and it can be for something good, something that he chooses - he could even retire, if he wanted to. He could stop fighting. (He doesn’t, but he could).

Grindelwald takes him and chains him, and Graves screams in an agony that’s all too familiar - but he still laughs quietly, when his tormentor isn’t listening. Because even if Grindelwald kills him, Percival Graves has done good things. Had protected people. It’s all he’s ever really wanted.

Later, Newt Scamander and Percival Graves meet for the first time as Newt breaks down the door and leads MACUSA into the cellar where Percival Graves - the real one - has been held captive.

It was worth it, Newt thinks, to fan the flames into an inferno.

It was worth it, Graves swears, to Fall twice over - once from the Silver City, and once into humanity.

They hold hands and rest their foreheads together - it’s a familiar pose.

Behind them is the shadow of wings.
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“Which way I fly is Hell; myself am Hell;
And, in the lowest deep, a lower deep
Still threatening to devour me opens wide–”
- John Milton, from ‘Paradise Lost (Book IV)’ (via soracities)
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@hamelin-born​ asked: I feel like worldbuilding - would you be interested in giving me a gramander prompt to expand on?

@funkzpiel​: YES. Hmmmmmm… Newt is actually a Changling that copied Child!Newt’s form
when said child died from becoming an Obscurial. Percy ends up in
Wonderland and Newt is part of Wonderland in some way. Royalty AU where
Character A is King to Be, but taken away/kidnapped/etc etc and
Character B is either charged with retrieving them (or stumbles
accidentally upon them). ASSASSINS AU. Oh Oh OH Angel AU. Ghost AU. Spy
AU. (THROWS AUs AT YOU)

I didn’t expect such an enthusiastic response! But - well. The thing about angel AUs?

“Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell.“ - Macbeth, William Shakespeare.

(Also, to anyone reading this, please don’t kill me for what’s
probably going to be an extremely fictionalized interpretation of
Christian Mythology. Warnings for - I dunno, blasphemy? Maybe torture?)

Keep reading

It…this..how the hell do you breathe such life into an AU so quickly, woman! HOLY SHIZ-NIZ. 

There’s such a thing as possession, but there’s also such a thing as becoming - and what use do they have, really, for wings that burn like firestorms whenever they take flight?

I think my favorite thing, my absolute favorite thing, is how both angels cope with their past differently.

Newt devotes his life to healing in a an effort to curtail any living beings pain as quickly as possible. He is the help in the aftermath, the gentle hands in the waning light, the patient presence at the bedside - bringing pained souls home.

Percival is the shield. He is the flood gates. An endless basin, ready to take as much pain in and onto himself as needed if it means another soul never feels it. He is the front lines, the brave shot in the dark, the folded flag on a soldier’s casket - large hands that gently cover society’s eyes, lest they know the bitter truth of the world and wilt quicker for it.

But both of them have one thing in common - selflessness.

“She’s a Taker. You need a Giver.”

@funkzpiel  I reiterate what I expressed in the tags to the original post: You had better be prepared to live with the consequences  if you suggest Angel AUs to someone who has read Milton, Marlowe, and Goethe. Also, considering that I’m a hardcore fan of Good Omens, I devoured Neil Gaimen’s The Sandman (and also, to a lesser extent, the side-story/sequel of Lucifer) and was a fan of Supernatural for a while (before it ended, that is, and they started filming fanfiction on the air instead)… Well. You accidentally stumbled on just the right combination of things to set me off like a firecracker.

Also, here! Have a youtube link to a performance that I must admit was quite present in my mind while writing.

Thank you for all the lovely words! One of the things I enjoyed writing in there was how Newt and Graves’ respective habits are not entirely a reaction to coping with their shared past. It’s selflessness on both their parts, yes, but it’s also a choice - a choice that after living in pain and darkness unimaginable, they can be something different. The entity that was once compared to a burning hearthfire had been a soldier, the terror of the battlefield, for literal lifetimes of the earth, and now Newt can be gentle. The being that wore the memory of the night sky used to interrogate the beings unlucky enough to be captured alive, and now Graves can protect people, can make sure it never happens again.

They were literal demons, but when given the opportunity - this is what they chose.
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Ok. I’m tired of the typical vampire, werewolf and fairy.I’m also tired of the occidental-centrism in mythology. Hence, this list. 

I tried to included as many cultural variants as I could find and think of. (Unfortunately, I was restricted by language. Some Russian creatures looked very interesting but I don’t speak Russian…) Please, add creatures from your culture when reblogging (if not already present). It took me a while to gather all those sites but I know it could be more expansive. I intend on periodically editing this list. 

Of note: I did not include specific legendary creatures (Merlin, Pegasus, etc), gods/goddesses/deities and heroes.

Dragons

The Chinese Dragon

The Japanese Dragon

The Korean Dragon

The Vietnamese Dragon

The Greek Dragon

The Indian Dragon

The Polish Dragon

The Austrian Dragon

The British Dragon

The Ancient Dragon (Egypt, Babylon and Sumer)

The Spanish Basque Dragon

Of the Cockatrice (creature with the body of a dragon)

Alphabetical List of Dragons Across Myths (Great way to start)

Little creatures (without wings)

The Legend of the Leprechauns, The Leprechaun

Chanaque /Alux (the equivalent of leprechauns in Aztec/Mayan folklore)

Elves

Elves in Mythology and Fantasy

Elves in Germanic Mythology

Kabeiroi or Cabeiri (Dwarf-like minor gods in Greek mythology)

Norse Dwarves

The Myth of Loki and the Dwarves

Ten Types of Goblins

Goblins

Tengu: Japanese Goblins

Gnomes 

More on Gnomes

Pooka: an Irish phantom

Creatures with wings (except dragons)

Fairies

All sorts of Cultural Fairies

Fairies in Old French Mythology 

Bendith Y Mamau (Welsh fairies)

Welsh Fairies

Peri (Persian fairies)

Yü Nü (Chinese fairies)

The Celtic Pixie

Angels in Judaism

Angels in Christianity

Hierarchy of Angels

Angels in Islam

Irish Sylph

Garuda (Bird-like creature in Hindu and Buddhist myths)

Bean Nighe (a Scottish fairy; the equivalent of a banshee in Celtic mythology)

Harpies

Spirited Creatures

Druids

Jinn (Genies in Arabic folklore)

Types of Djinns

Aisha Qandisha and Djinn in Moroccan Folklore

Oni (demons in Japanese folklore)

Nymphs

Spirits in Asturian Mythology

Valkyries

Lesovik

Boggarts: The British Poltergeist

Phantom black dogs (the Grim)

Demons in Babylonian and Assyrian Mythology (list)

Demons in the Americas (list)

European Demons (list)

Middle-East and Asia Demons (list)

Judeo-Christian Demons (list)

Nephilim, more on Nephilim

Mahaha (a demon in Inuit mythology)

Flying Head (a demon in Iroquois mythology)

Ghosts

Toyol (a dead baby ghost in Malay folklore)

Malay Ghosts

Yuki-onna (a ghost in Japanese folklore)

The Pontianak (a ghost in Malay mythology)

Funayurei (a ghost in Japanese folklore)

Zagaz (ghosts in Moroccan folklore)

Japanese Ghosts

Mexican Ghosts

Horse-like mythical creatures

Chinese Unicorns

Unicorns

The Kelpie (Could have also fitted in the sea creatures category)

The Centaur

The Female Centaur

Hippocamps (sea horses in Greek mythology)

Horse-like creatures (a list)

Karkadann, more on the Karkadann (a persian unicorn)

Ceffyl Dwfr (fairy-like water horse creatures in Cymric mythology)

Undead creatures

The Melanesian Vampire 

The Ewe Myth : Vampires

The Germanic Alp

The Indonesian Vampire

Asanbosam and Sasabonsam (Vampires from West Africa)

The Aswang: The Filipino Vampire

Folklore Vampires Versus Literary Vampires

Callicantzaros: The Greek Vampire

Vampires in Malaysia

Loogaroo/Socouyant: The Haitian Vampire

Incubi and Sucubi Across Cultures

Varacolaci: The Romanian Vampire

Brahmaparusha: The Indian Vampire

Genesis of the Word “Vampire”

The Ghoul in Middle East Mythology

Slavic Vampires

Vampires A-Z

The Medical Truth Behind the Vampire Myths

Zombies in Haitian Culture

Shape-shifters and half-human creatures (except mermaids) 

Satyrs (half-man, half-goat)

Sirens in Greek Mythology (half-woman and half-bird creatures)

The Original Werewolf in Greek Mythology

Werewolves Across Cultures

Werewolf Syndrome: A Medical Explanation to the Myth

Nagas Across Cultures

The Kumiho (half fox and half woman creatures)

The Sphinx

Criosphinx

Scorpion Men (warriors from Babylonian mythology)

Pooka: an Irish changelings

Domovoi (a shape-shifter in Russian folklore)

Aatxe (Basque mythology; red bull that can shift in a human)

Yech (Native American folklore)

Ijiraat (shapeshifters in Inuit mythology)

Sea creatures

Selkies (Norse mermaids)

Mermaids in many cultures

More about mermaids

Mermen

The Kraken (a sea monster)

Nuckelavee (a Scottish elf who mainly lives in the sea)

Lamiak (sea nymphs in Basque mythology)

Bunyip (sea monster in Aboriginal mythology)

Apkallu/abgal (Sumerian mermen)

An assemblage of myths and legends on water and water creatures

Slavic Water Creatures

The Encantado (water spirits in Ancient Amazon River mythology)

Zin (water spirit in Nigerian folklore)

Qallupilluk (sea creatures in Inuit mythology)

Monsters That Don’t Fit in Any Other Category

Aigamuxa, more details on Aigamuxa

Amphisabaena

Abere

Bonnacon

Myrmidons (ant warriors)

Troll, More on Trolls

Golems 

Golems in Judaism

Giants: The Mystery and the Myth (50 min long documentary)

Inupasugjuk (giants in Inuit mythology)

Fomorians (an Irish divine race of giants)

The Minotaur

The Manticore, The Manticore and The Leucrouta

The Ogre

The Orthus (two-headed serpent-tailed dog)

The Windigo

The Windigo Psychosis

Rakshasa (humanoids in Hindu and Buddhist mythology)

Yakshas (warriors in Hindu mythology)

Taqriaqsuit (“Shadow people” in Inuit mythology)

Stick Indians

References on Folklore and Mythology Across the Globe

Creatures of Irish Folklore 

Folklore and Fairytales

An Overview of Persian Folklore

Filipino Folklore

Myths, Creatures and Folklore

Alaska Folklore

Spanish (Spain) Mythology

Mythical Archive

Mythology Dictionary

List of Medieval and Ancient Monsters

Native American Animals of Myth and Legends

Native American Myths

Bestiary of Ancient Greek Mythology

Mythology, Legend, Folklore and Ghosts

Angels and Demons

List of Sea Creatures

Yoruba Mythology

Ghosts Around the World, Ghosts From A to Z

Strange (Fantastic) Animals of Ancient Egypt

Egyptian Mythology

Creatures from West Africa

On the Legendary Creatures of Africa

Myths, Creatures and Folklore

References on writing a myth or mythical creatures

Writing a MYTHology in your novel?

How to Write a Myth

10 Steps to Creating Realistic Fantasy Creatures

Creating Fantasy Creatures or Alien Species

Legendary Creature Generator

Book Recommendations With Underrated Mythical Creatures

(I have stumbled upon web sites that believed some of these mythical creatures exist today… Especially dragons, in fact. I just had to share the love and scepticism.)

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The spell of Scheherezade

  Love is not a spell, love will go bad, will migrate, will be expelled from the heart, will become an equal amount of despair and hate.

 But love will not disappear.

 So cursive stand is simply no use!

(Reprinted with permission)

GRINDELDORE FROM 6.深海巨狗/人止

I did the translation work with some help of my friends,and we are not professional…So there may be some mistakes…

THANK @o0cresentia0o,SHE/HE HELP ME PROOFREAD IT, HELP ME CORRECTED INAPPROPRIATE WORDS AND PHRASES.I AM REALLY REALLY GRATEFUL !

PS: Why I can’t find my posts except the unclear one when I search tags I added?

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