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Well, I got married because of it, that was a pretty big change XP

(I mean, it really has, because now I have someone at home to share the FEELS with when they get overwhelming~)

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Honto no Shiawase / Re: Rayearth Rayearth Rayearth
« on: June 09, 2018, 10:39:06 PM »
Rayearth? RayRAYearth ~RAYEARTH~.

Ray EARTH.

(RAY earth?)

Rayearth, rayearth.............

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Himitsu no Kimochi / Re: The OT3 Roles
« on: March 16, 2018, 06:13:46 PM »
I can never quite decide with Umi and Ascot and Clef, because they ALL end up in the middle of shit and all probably protest loudly about it

I am horribly tempted to say that they're all mostly person B, in fact. Umi certainly person B's her way about Cephiro when they first get there! But probably people looking at them from the outside think that they're: A = Umi, B = Ascot, C = Clef, and then are confused when Clef (mr 'oh I'll just support the whole land without a pillar system and make dynamic moral choices that may lead to the end of my world and STICK TO THEM and maybe I'll just hang out in this nonsense anime room I'm not meant to get into and shield the whole damn castle by myself') is the one who tends to wade into shit and be person A, Umi protest and launches into it anyway in a B ish fashion, and Ascot tries to avoid at all costs but he will DEFEND HIS FRIENDS and gets dragged into things anyway as C.

Unless the crazy bullshit is to do with helping the over-powerful mage children of Cephiro at which point Ascot and Clef are both A and signing adoption forms all over the place and Umi is standing in the background, person C, going WHAT JUST HAPPENED AND WHY ARE THERE CHILDREN??

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Mokona no Yume / Re: Courting & Dating in Cephiro
« on: March 12, 2018, 08:02:27 PM »
~TRADITIONAL COURTING~

I keep changing my mind about what it involves but I think there's a THING

....................................I'll come back to this when I'm not failing to work out a presentation for work tomorrow XD

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Himitsu no Kimochi / Re: Alcyone: A hated character in MKR
« on: March 12, 2018, 07:49:39 PM »
I don't hate her. She's exactly the same as Zagato, only difference is he actually violates the wishes of the person he cares for, she works towards what the person she cares for wants.

On that score I'm pretty certain she's winning.

She also at least in the manga never says anything about wanting Zagato to reciprocate her feelings, just that she wants to help him, because she loves him.

...................I mean on the one hand she's Zagato again and on the other hand she's Clef, except Clef is loyal to Emeraude's wishes and torn by it, and Alcione is loyal to Zagato's wishes and not torn by it. She puts the person she cares for before the rules.

She's a mirror to both of them, she's the dark side of Clef's devotion, she's the better side of Zagato's, and then there's Emeraude. Who throws the people away - even herself. At some point I'm going to actually sit down and write a fic which tries to pull that out and look at it,~ but probably I'll end up writing at least one of the Emeraude/Alcione fic first XDD

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I think he absolutely knew the whole truth. He's probably hoping it's not ALL true. But everything they say matches up to what he knows. 

I think that's one reason why he ran (though not as far as Lantis) and lived incognito and AWAY FROM EVERYONE. Even wandering about as a traveling entertainer seems to have gone right out of the window now things are going down. He's staying far enough away that he doesn't have to know when things start going wrong. That's why they're confirming things - all he's trying to do from the start is work out if they're really the potential magic knights, if things have got that far.

I think he may have been trying to find the escudo because if HE had it then the knights wouldn't have their swords wouldn't be able to summon the mashin wouldn't be able to hurt her. But I think mostly that's just a story he was using to be able to stay with the Knights and watch them, see if they were the real deal. When they start dealing with Alcyone, that's when he knows it IS real, and knows what's coming. But they're GOOD PEOPLE, too.

I would not put it past him to have thought of getting rid of them himself. But Emeraude would just summon more people - and he knows his sister hasn't got this wrong. That's why he's been watching them.

That's why he lets them go, and then goes back to the place he's doing some good, because I think Ferio is actually in the Forest of Silence because he's trying to keep the nightmares from escaping and hurting people and Cephiro. I think he's patrolling it because that's all he can think of to do to help - he knows this is his sister's wish. He knows he can't fight it. He probably doesn't want to hang about a bunch of people who think that the magic knights are going to turn up and rescue her - because how painful would THAT be? So he's exiled himself to do what he can to help Cephiro stay whole just a little longer, to help his sister just a little longer.

I think, also, that this has been coming for long enough that it's been years since he knew this was coming. He's been mourning her the whole time, just as Clef has been, just as Lantis is mourning for his. Even if he's been pretending otherwise, even if he's been hiding where he wouldn't hear any rumours, even if he's been waiting where he's bound to run across anyone trying to get to Eterna - even if he's been watching the monsters increase and now they're confirming it's people's fears because this is going down NOW. All they're doing is confirming what he didn't want to know until he had to. (We have a panel of him, eyes shadowed, as he accepts this - just like the panels of Clef's eyes being hidden as he doesn't tell them the truth.) And he won't tell them who he is.

And that's why he's able to put on a front and why he's still standing in Rayearth 2 - he's been in mourning since before she died. At least they ended things. At least they granted his sister's wish.

She was the Pillar. He could never have stopped her wish. And he knew it.

He doesn't contradict what Clef told them. He gives them a bit more information. He's probably still hoping that somehow they might help her, some other way, if they don't know their own purpose, but he won't go with them and he won't watch this go down.

The whole 'Zagato stealing Emeraude away' thing - he probably knows it's not that simple, but he also knows that she loves Zagato, she might go with him willingly, he might tear her away from the world to try to protect her - it doesn't matter what the actual truth is, because the only thing it means is his sister has not come back to soothe her people and her land, and that means this is the ending.

~CHEERY HEADCANON~

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Honto no Shiawase / Re: OVA FEELS!!
« on: December 15, 2017, 10:39:27 PM »
I feel like not enough of this thread is dedicated to the fact that Ferio and Clef are apparently sent back on a mission to repopulate Cephiro with each other.

POSSIBLY with Emeraude. I don't know where I stand on her existence as more than a haunting power watching over them at the end. But she's not human anyway? And maybe Eagle but I don't think either of them are going anywhere near him and also I suspect Emeraude has ban-hammered him into another dimension for attempting to end the universe.

Also I'm not convinced Clef is ~human~ in the OVA, never have been. I know he has a priest's robes which echo Zagato's and he calls upon ~the deities~ to help him cast the timewarp instead of jumping to the left which could be a non-corrupted version of the binding-with-a-creature-and-they-fuel-your-magic variant everyone else seems to mostly have going on (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF EAGLE who is ALSO NOT HUMAN) but his magic seems to operate entirely differently. So I am more than halfway convinced he's a fae like Emeraude. And Eagle. Maybe. I dunno. It's fun to ponder.

ANYWAY my theory on the actual plot of the OVA goes: someone who likes X:1999 and Rayearth decided to smush them up together~ (like, a distant X fusion, not a crossover, but the undertone is there)

Other theory: OKAY SO the entirety of Eagle's plan is to get a hold of the three deities, who created and are earth. Who are ridiculously powerful. In order to end the universe because the universe has hurt his sister and he will take vengeance for her/the world has proven so unfair and unjust that he wants to start the universe over again, maybe it won't be so terrible next time, either way it'll wipe out all the terrible of this world and all it has done to his sister and all that it has done to him (he is so, so broken) will be DONE.

Or somewhere he thinks that the three gods who are/created earth are a powerful enough force of creation they can restore Cephiro and Zagato. I don't actually think this is what he believes - he seems far too focused on ~burn it all to nothing~ - but I DO think this might be the tale he's poisoning other minds with, the Princess's wish; the way they can undo the wrong done, the way he lured most of the population of Cephiro to their doom. By this point the few he has left are so in his grasp he doesn't necessarily need this promise to control them anyway.

This is based on a theory that the three deities are the ones who created Cephiro, and possibly the entire rest of the universe, before moving on eventually to create and rest as earth. And that legends of them were left behind in Cephiro from when they were there - that to wake them, you need the ones who can SUMMON them, who will appear when their world is in peril to save it.

SO Eagle does the obvious thing: attacks Earth in order to find the three who will wake the gods, and make them do it. (I'm pretty certain he thinks all his minions are expendable and going to die in this effort. It's not like he cares. He's killed everything else already.) And then he will defeat them however he can, and steal their gods, and break all the worlds to nothing so his sister won't hurt anymore.

Not sure if he has a coherent plan of what happens to his sister at that point, possibly she should survive to create a new universe where she will be, in effect, the Pillar - she's more powerful than he is, it's pretty clear, given it's her song he's manipulating to keep people under control - or he's beyond that and just thinks she wants this to be over and to be with Zagato. EITHER WAY ties back neatly to the ending of the first series of Rayearth (for a... given value of neatly).

Clef is a nuisance, because he's taken away the people of Earth, and it would be so much easier to break the girls if Eagle could hurt the people they love. But I don't think he cares too much about that, really. And he can maybe help the girls with magic, but in truth Clef is only a nuisance. He's not a target, he doesn't matter. Same with Ferio when he defects - Lantis, too, in so many ways, because unless Lantis can actually pull together the strength to murder Eagle (because they both saw their siblings broken by Cephiro and there's such a WEIGHT to their interactions there - I sometimes feel Eagle would let Lantis kill him, because he feels Lantis is the only person with the right to do so - the only other person who is just like Eagle himself, stuck in this because the world destroyed their family - and Lantis can't bring himself to do it, because Eagle won't FIGHT him, and they are the same) then Lantis is not going to stop him from his goal. And that goal is wake the three, get them to fight, and then break them and take their power for his own, for whatever end. (And such an end it would be, a cleansing of everything.)

At the end, when the deities leave, he doesn't stop - he can't stop - because defeating these three has become his entire goal, defeating them and tearing the universe apart.

When Emeraude says they must start over, he can't accept it - that you can start from somewhere terrible and make something new and strong of it. But that's what the three girls have done - taken a terrible situation and the destruction of their home, and forged a determination and a strength to carry on from it.

AND SO THEN Clef and Ferio are tasked with starting anew in Cephiro and repopulating it! :D

................................................................maybe with the couple of hundred people I still think Clef had locked away somewhere. But it's less funny that way.


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Yami no Yume / Re: What made your day today?
« on: November 04, 2017, 04:30:17 PM »
I got to sleep in!  This was the first Wednesday in months I have been able to sleep past 7 and I feel so much more awake this evening!   

Also brownies!  I made some and they were fantastic!

SNUGGLES

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Yami no Yume / Re: The Post Your Pet Thread
« on: October 22, 2017, 06:08:18 PM »
Darlings~

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Bodies suck.

That's all.

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Honto no Shiawase / Re: You know you're obsessed with Rayearth when ..
« on: October 22, 2017, 06:06:14 PM »
The idea of using the manga in order to create those bouquets is wonderful. It really shows how much this manga has changed your life, in a way - did you and Down meet each other thanks to Rayearth? This is so romantic, I'm melting <3
RAYEARTH CHANGES LIVES - I want to hug my manga right now XD

We did! (Mils invited me to the forum and we kept talking! With one gap of several years where I had a nervous breakdown but then came back to fandom and we started talking again, and then met in real life because Mils invited herself to come stay with me, and ended up... actually dating...)

The bouquets Mils made are amazing. <3

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I tend to see the abolishment of the Pillar system as the, er, diversification of the Pillar system, essentially EVERYONE is now Pillar and has some level of access to those powers. Before, they were praying to the Pillar, who could use that energy to help in her task; now they themselves are using that energy directly.

This can cause great hijinks when their views don't line up, so that's mostly what I have the Priesthood doing after the fall of the Pillar - helping people organise their prayers in the same direction, co-ordinating efforts, fixing the idea of the geography (I love the idea that everyone remembers Cephiro a little differently so when she's rebuilt things keep MOVING depending on how many people are remembering things particularly strongly that moment in time until they all AGREE a new geography and pin it in place by regular intentional prayer with that in mind), directing the energy from people to where it'll be most useful etc etc.

I do tend to leave Hikaru, therefore, with some traits - she can see magic, and touch the heart of Cephiro, and see auras etc, but more because she's been opened to the ideas of them - everyone has the ability to some extent to do the same, but they aren't restricted to Hikaru. (I have any other strong-willed mages accidentally affecting the weather when moved by strong emotion. Or, er, other kinds of feelings, which didn't happen before when the Pillar was regulating things~) (because it's funny)

(I also like dropping Cephiro on Clef's head, because after Lantis's specific wish is done I think Clef's back to strongest willed Cephiran, because Lantis's wish is done and he seems more... er, chill, in general, than Clef. Also Clef's still Guru in the aftermath with a new coronet confirming him as such, so. And if there's no high-priest and he was the other person that helped the Pillar in their prayers...) (I also just like dropping things on Clef's head anyway XD)

So, you need a certain amount of will to be able to do any of these things, but those with will can do some things that they wouldn't have been able to, or at least not as easily, beforehand.

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Honto no Shiawase / Re: Episodes They Could've Done
« on: October 22, 2017, 05:48:25 PM »
actually leaving Clef's character arc intact seriously whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy OHKAWA YOU GAVE WITH ONE HAND AND TOOK AWAY WITH THE OTHER AND WHY DID YOU STEAL HIS FLASHBACKSSSSSSSSSS

Non-Clef Cephirans actually doing anything useful

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I always thought LaFarga looks like he's in his 40s somewhere so I don't really see them all as looking young (though apparently that's just me! also as I get closer to 40 myself I'm starting to think maybe that's not so old... maybe...) also when Clef's talking about the Cephiran's trying to save Cephiro but being unable to in the first volume of the manga, one of the Random Background People is what looks like an old dude with long beard, so I don't think they all stay or choose to stay young, even those with strong will-power (as that dude is togged up like a mage)? But I do think a lot of the older people may have gone to fight Zagato and died from it. Also that the cast focuses on the few people with the energy and will and circumstances to be involved with the magic knights somehow, and that that makes them more likely to feel and appear younger?

Anyway! I tend to think that there is a 'natural' age for each individual to look, which is based partially on age but also partially on how they feel they are, age-maturity wise, and because there's not that much in the way of milestones physically-emotionally between young-adult when someone is say the equivalent of earth 25, and then like menopause-and-metabolism-slowing-down at 50ish, people don't tend to appear between those ages unless they're transitioning (I have LaFarga as getting older in response to the responsibility of his job as he's now in charge of a bunch of people and so his physical appearance reflects it even though he's not consciously doing that with will, because that's how he feels about his maturity/age?), and they're more likely to look like a young adult until they change to look like they're 50-60, and as they get older it takes more force of will and/or willpower and/or belief in This Is What I Look Like to counter it, so people tend to leap to 60ish and then slowly age from there, but also! there are probably people who want to look 60ish because they believe they are mature and wise and stuff!

ANYWAY I think that when they're dying most anyone who is countering their 'natural' body image would loose control of it, so their appearance may well change in the weeks/months up to death, and that's a thing people notice and so know something is happening?


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Yumeiro no Tsubasa / Re: Updating AO3
« on: October 22, 2017, 05:22:31 PM »
hushhhhhhhhhhhhh I am slowly going backwards through tumblr. And fanflashworks.

I need to write a couple extra bits of mediaeval AU and work out exactly how I'm posting them before I can start on that one which will take a chunk of them.......................

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