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asktheironinfidel:

((ooc: Happy 4/13 2014 guys!))

((ooc: Happy 4/13 2014 guys!))

luciddreamerash:

"There was a boy, a bitter boy, 
Who’s golden heart I saw gleaming…”

Art for my good friend Brea. She is one of the most amazing, talented, excellent people I have ever had the privilege of meeting. Please enjoy two friendidiots hugging :) Shine on, Brea.

((ooc: thought I’d go ahead and put this here for you guys :>))

[s] Signless: Fondly regard Matesprit and ignore boner ==>

asktheironinfidel:

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Thanks all so much ; w ; It has been an amazing experience running this blog. Thank you all for sticking with this doofy thing, I’m glad to know you enjoy it. May you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day <3<3<3  ))

Me on my way to steal your g1rl. 
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, BUT NO REALLY.

FRIEND…SHE IS GOING TO OPEN HER EYES IN A MINUTE, AFTER WHICH POINT THERE MIGHT BE NOTHING I CAN DO HELP YOU AND CALL IT A HUNCH BUT I DON’T THINK YOU WILL STILL BE SMILING.

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((ooc: 

Thanks all so much ; w ; It has been an amazing experience running this blog. Thank you all for sticking with this doofy thing, I’m glad to know you enjoy it. May you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day <3<3<3  ))

WITH REGARDS TO TRAVEL, SOMETIMES THERE ARE CHANCES WORTH TAKING. 

IN THE CASE OF CROSSING REVENANT TERRITORY, THERE ARE FEW THAT FIT THAT DESCRIPTION.

IT’S GENERALLY TAKEN FOR GRANTED THAT ANYTHING ALIVE IS USUALLY CONSIDERING OR ACTIVELY TRYING TO TAKE YOUR HEAD OFF, BUT IN THESE BLASTED, BARREN PATCHES OF WASTELAND, THIS ALSO EXTENDS TO THE DEAD.

THIS MAKES TRAVEL COMPLICATED FOR PEOPLE WITH SHIT TO LOSE, LIKE MERCHANTERRORISTS AND TRADERS. LEGAL SEA TRAFFIC IS EXPENSIVE AND VICIOUSLY POLICED SO IT’S ACTUALLY PRETTY COMMON THAT MANY SMALLER-TIME TRADERS PREFER THE TREACHEROUS LAND ROUTE. 

THEY’LL HIRE GUARDS FOR THEIR CARAVANS IF THEY CAN, AND OFTEN LET OTHER PEOPLE TAG ALONG FOR A FEE, AS EXTRA EYES AND HANDS NEVER GO AMISS FOR SPOTTING DANGER, OR HELPING MOVE A STUCK CART OR SOMETHING (OF COURSE THERE ARE LOADS OF STORIES OF THESE GOING DISASTROUSLY WRONG BUT NOT AS MANY AS THOSE OF POOR STUPID BASTARDS WHO WANDER OUT IN TO THE DESERT ALONE AND ARE ONLY EVER SEEN AGAIN AS MOLDERING BONES).

WHEN THINGS WERE RELATIVELY LESS CHAOTIC WE WERE ABLE TO OCCASIONALLY HITCH RIDES WITH CARAVANS LIKE THESE. 

THERE ARE A COUPLE OF IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN CROSSING REVENANT COUNTRY. BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ISN’T ACTUALLY THE REVENANTS, IT’S THE LIVING TROLLS.

MOST OF THEM ARE QUADRANTLESS, HOMELESS OUTCASTS, OFTEN VERY SICK THEMSELVES—AND VERY DESPERATE.

 THIS IS HOW WE MET ARIANN SARENA.

WE FOUND HER HALF STARVED SCROUNGING OFF THE BACK OF THE CARAVAN WE WERE TRAVELING WITH—EN ROUTE TO PAY A VISIT TO SOME OF OUR OLD FRIENDS.

HIGHBLOODS ARE OFTEN SOCIALIZED TO PLAY AT ADULT POLITICS HORRIFYINGLY YOUNG, WHEN YOU’RE BROUGHT UP TO BELIEVE VIOLENCE IS INHERENT IN YOUR NATURE AND CASUAL CRUELTY IS ENCOURAGED, ITS RARELY JUST FUN AND GAMES AS KIDS LOSE MORE THAN JUST EYES ALL OVER THE GOD DAMNED PLACE. ARIANN FOUND HERSELF LOCKED INTO ONE OF THESE GAMES AT THREE SWEEPS AND AT FOUR WOUND UP ORPHANED, HIVELESS AND INJURED ON THE STREETS OF THE CITY SHE’D LIVED IN.

MOST OF THE CUSTODIAN-LESS CHILDREN ON THE STREETS OF ALTERNIAN CITIES ARE BELOW GREEN ON THE SPECTRUM. WHEN MET WITH SOMEONE WHO PHYSICALLY EMBODIED THE OPPRESSION IN THEIR LIVES WARMBLOODED KIDS TURNED THEIR ANGER ON HER WITH CLAW AND FANG—WHICH PREDICTABLY ENDED UP REINFORCING BITTERNESS TOWARDS WARMBLOODS.

WE TOOK HER IN FOR THE DURATION OF THE TRIP. SHE WAS NOT ENTHUSIASTIC—RIGHTFULLY WARY OF ADULTS—BUT SHE WARMED TO US WITH A LITTLE TIME. SHE TURNED OUT TO BE ARTISTICALLY INCLINED, SO MY MOTHER AND I TAUGHT HER HOW TO USE THE LITTLE BEADING LOOM.

SMART KID WITH A SMART MOUTH. I REMEMBER BEING TAKEN ABACK BY HER STRENGTH. I’VE NEVER BEEN TRULY ALONE IN MY WHOLE LIFE, AND THIS WAS A KID WHO’D SURVIVED INCREDIBLE ODDS, ENDURED HORROR AND STILL FOUND IT IN HER HEART TO TRUST AGAIN DESPITE SWEEPS OF ABUSE. I’M NOT SURE I COULD HAVE MANAGED THAT. 

IN THE END, WE COULDN’T TAKE HER WITH US AFTER WE’D MADE IT TO OUR DESTINATION. OUR FRIENDS AT THE HIVE AGREED TO TAKE HER ON—HER NEW SKILLS BEADING ENSURED SHE WOULD BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE UNIT. WE MADE SURE TO LEAVE HER THE LOOM AND THE BEADING THINGS WE HAD TO ENSURE HER A START. 

BUT BEFORE WE LEFT SHE GAVE ME HER FIRST COMPLETED PROJECT.

“ONLY A NUBBY DWARF WITH BAD TASTE WOULD WEAR THIS, AND IT MIGHT BE A BIT ROUGH, BUT I FIGURE IT SUITS YOU. JUST—IF YOU WANTED IT.”

I’VE KEPT IT EVER SINCE.

IT HELPS ME REMEMBER THERE’S HOPE ON DARK DAYS.

 

asktheironinfidel:

ooc: I made a thing for my good friend Anna, the mod of the amazing blog ask-the-dolorosa. She expressed interest in this sort of thing ages ago and it took me about a million years to do it but here it is! She’s an incredible person, a brilliant artist and one of the sweetest people you could ever hope to meet. She is also good at making people cry. Here is to you, Anna!  

Artwork by Anna/Ask-the-Dolorosa

Photoshop Images by Miss-Ari

Voice and Editing by yours truly