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Commission for @enterthedreams for their fanfic God Touched
Please read it! It's honestly so amazing Q.Q https://archiveofourown.org/works/6829402
OC design + Standard Tarot + Inverse Tarot
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dippedinmelancholy · 5 hours
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there’s absolutely something to be said about ‘booktok’ books being largely wattpad quality written erotica i’m certainly not reading them however having seen a guy on tiktok make a video like ‘all the women in your life are READING PORN’ about a book he picked up and read in his FEMALE FRIEND’S HOUSE in a tone of scandalised horror and disgust i actually don’t think men should be making those criticisms. he said he picked it up expecting a romance and was horrified it was GOONER SHIT he said specifically like ‘who are you getting your pussy wet FOR??’ in a tone of revulsion. idk man im not sure shes the weird one. i kind of wish you were dead
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dippedinmelancholy · 8 hours
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Also, like, it drives me insane that the fight for "equality" for women in Illyria isn't about making their lives better. It isn't about giving them the freedom to live without the pressure of breeding or to free them from abuse. It's so they too can become canon fodder for Rhysand's wars so his precious city never lifts a finger. So they can die just like the men can. Don't worry, they can breed while they fight! There's war tents and everything. It's disgusting and I hate it.
Nesta, Gwyn and Emerie didn't have any interest in the Blood Rite. They weren't even thinking of it. They only wanted to train to get stronger and better at defense, to become a Valkyrie.
But they ended up in it because Cassian and Azriel brought the Illyrian generals to training to show women could train..?? And the generals thought of making an example out of them..??
Was no one ever going to acknowledge that or apologise for putting the three women's lives in danger? I wonder whose idea it was anyway.
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dippedinmelancholy · 8 hours
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Bro this man breaks my heart every single time I think about him. Like he and Nesta being the most hated characters (which is fucking wild) both in canon and by the fans, meanwhile they are the most broken, abused, and self hating people. Get my man out of there.
I found this sweet video on Tik Tok and I want you guys to feast your eyes on this:
Credits to LilyTea!! Her design for Tamlin is 🔥🔥
And the caption is real as fuck too.
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I'M HOPING FOR A HEALING ARC FOR THIS GUY! Getting info from Hybern, fighting against Hybern soldiers to help the others, reviving Rhysand and telling Feyre to be happy is redemption in my eyes. He just needs to heal. To each their own though.
Tamlin getting a mate is fine to me but I want to see him loving himself, being happy with himself even though he doesn't have a lover, rebuilding his court, finding his own found family that could be a mix of faeries and humans (the faeries can be from different courts perhaps and having reasons why they left their original home behind and came to Spring), and being at peace.
One of the few times I see a good take on Tamlin's character on Tik Tok. Here's to one day getting this man to finally heal (and his court too)! 🥂🍻
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dippedinmelancholy · 8 hours
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I simply don't think that's true eBooks.com but thank you anyway
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Lucien: my best friend hates me, my mate can’t stand to be in the same room as me, I have no money, no possessions, no title, my life sucks, but I’ve finally found some friends who make it a little better—
Feyre:
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dippedinmelancholy · 8 hours
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For Sarah J Maas, it isn’t enough to just have Feyre and Rhysand be traumatized, she must emphasize that they have suffered the MOST and that they are the MOST traumatized (yet they oh-so-nobly rise above it).
Her idea of virtue is characters suffering and being traumatized, conveniently showing few signs of that trauma, and then giving them an air of superiority because other characters are “not trying” or haven’t suffered as much as they have. It’s almost like a competition, which in turn makes the character interactions feel hollow and removes any potential substance from in-text discussions about trauma.
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dippedinmelancholy · 23 hours
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I was wandering around the tags and came across the worst take today. Basically the summary of the post goes like this:
Nesta has never done anything for Elain besides just “sitting with her in the library post turning” to prevent her from doing something stupid like jumping out the window. They then go on to say that since Elain was never written to be suicidal…it was all just an excuse for Nesta to avoid interacting with the IC and not genuine care or concern on Nesta’s part. 
And it gets better. Remember that time when Elain got captured by the cauldron after Nesta’s first scry attempt? Apparently she’s the villain for that too. They reference Nesta telling Azriel: “You will Die” when he said that he was getting back as proof that Nesta was wrong for hesitating and not a good sister because she did not try to save Elain like Feyre did.
They end their post stating that “its sad how Nesta would do such for Elain but there are no actions to back this up. All Nesta has done is try to control Elain and suppress her”
I don’t even know where to start with this take but i’ll try to keep it short. But I blame myself for wondering around the actor/acosf tags. How is it possible that these takes only get worse as time goes on?
1. Nesta has never done anything for Elain besides just sitting with her and it was really an excuse to avoid the IC
I kid you not. I actually had to stop and process this for a moment. How anyone can even think this is true is beyond me. From the start of book one, Nesta lived for Elain. In case OP forgot,  It wasn’t just Elain who had been traumatized from the cauldron, but Nesta too. 
In fact, one could argue that Nesta’s experience was significantly worse. The cauldron loved Elain. Loved her so much that it even gave her a gift. The same couldn’t be said for Nesta. Who knows how her experience went in comparison. Yet despite all of that, Nesta was always there for Elain. Nesta made sure that the windows were locked just in case. We were never in Elain’s head to know if she was suicidal, but Nesta prepared for the worse and somehow that’s a bad thing? Somehow this equates to her as “doing nothing?”. Elain was so removed from the world and was experiencing so much pain that she detached from everything and everyone. Anyone in Nesta’s position would have done the same.
As for the “avoiding to interact with the IC part, the only people who actually visited the sisters was Rhys and Cassian. None the IC came near them for weeks…so how can Nesta avoid people she never sees?  Either way, should she want to take the time to heal and familiarize herself with her new body/new world without the IC around, she has ever right to do so. Not even Feyre was open to interacting with the IC when she first came to Velaris. 
“Secondly,” Rhys went on, “in regard to the two bastards at my door, it’s up to you whether you want to meet them now, or head upstairs like a wise person, take a nap since you’re still looking a little peaky…”
“I was drowning in that old heaviness, clawing my way up to a surface that might not ever exist. I’d slept for the Mother knew how long, and yet … “Just come get me when they’re gone.”
One thing that bothered me about Nesta and Elain’s  relationship in ACOSF was that Elain never tried to meet Nesta half way. It was either Nesta do this is this particular way or nothing at all. Nesta even offered suggestions stating that Elain could have had dinner with her instead but Elain never followed through. Elain isn’t entirely to blame either. Nesta even told Feyre that she loved music but Feyre didn’t believe her. Music could have been a great way for them to get through to Nesta.
I can also understand the betrayal. When Elain was in a catatonic state, she was so removed from life and reality despite Nesta always being there for her. Nesta was the only person who could have shared her trauma but Elain was so focused on what she lost, that she didn’t stop and remember what she had. Rather than turn to Nesta and help each each other, she detached and withdrew into herself. 
When Nesta was detaching into herself and withdrawing, Elain villainizes her for it and gaslights her into feeling like she is overacting. 
2. Nesta not rescuing Elain 
You mean the Nesta who is racked with guilt and still in shock? What you are seeing isn’t someone who doesn’t want their sister to be safe from harm. This is someone who has seen the vast army of fae warriors prepared to fight them all and has lost all hope.
“Nesta sat with her head in her hands inside my tent. She did not speak, did not move. Coiled in on herself, clinging to stay whole”
“Her eyes were red-rimmed, lips thin. “No, you will not.” She pointed to the map on the table. “I saw that army. Its size, who is in it. I saw it, and there is no chance of any of you getting into its heart. Even you,” she added when Cassian opened his mouth again. “Especially not when you’re injured.”
You think Nesta doesn’t want Elain to be safe? That if she could, she would have gone in their place? Keep in mind, Nesta is still a newly turned fae with a human mindset and has no combat experience whatsoever. You really think she would have been much help in a stealth/rescue mission? But yeah…let’s blame Nesta for not doing more 🙄
3. Nesta was controlling and suppressing Elain
Nesta does not control or suppress Elain? Nesta caters to her far too much.
Nesta may not have liked Greyson but she never tried to change or interfere in their relationship. Nesta also stayed back in the human lands because Elain did not want to leave. Elain even gives the IC the story about how Nesta avenged her after her childhood bullies tormented her when they were younger. A great part of why Nesta agreed to help Feyre with the queens despite the danger was because of Elain’s insistence.
In no way does Nesta dictate what Elain says, does, wears or behaves. Elain is capable of her own decisions and has been from the start. Elain is not a child. She has agency and is responsible for her own decisions. 
Truthfully, I never saw Elain deliver even 10% of what Nesta gives to her. 
Anyway, seeing this take made me irritated enough to post this
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dippedinmelancholy · 2 days
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Seasmoke only accepts handsome Velaryon men and you have to respect it.
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dippedinmelancholy · 2 days
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The Regret of a God
The appeal of Solavellan to me is the fact that Lavellan matches Solas’ freak
It’s of note that Solas views them as the biggest threat to his plans. He’s constantly running away from them as Lavellan hunts him across Thedas.
Like we get on Solas for being gone over Lavellan but remember that it’s LAVELLAN who eagerly initiate the romance.
From their perspective they initiate a romance with this weirdo who they KNOW is lying or at best keeping secrets all the time. They look at that and go “yea I want some of that”
We talk about Solas’ commitment issues but Lavellan can break up with him at multiple times and they don’t even tell Solas they love him until he’s LEAVING. And even a Lavellan who still holds onto their love for Solas can be just as sharp and prickly over the break up. Like Lavellan does not let him just dump them without an explanation.
Solas falls for Lavellan because they’re able to catch him off guard at every turn whether it’s with their kindness, wisdom, or rage.
They have a strong sense of justice plus a wit & a wisdom to Rival the trickster God of Rebellion.
Lavellan is kind of insane and terrifying when you think about it and Solas should not be the only person we talk about being crazy about the other.
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"You should ask Solas to bind you, too. And then someone can bind him."
Lavellan: *chokes* Cole, no... 👀😳
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dippedinmelancholy · 2 days
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Elves flirting over laundry in the creek. Wanted to do some composition and try a larger scene for once, but I don't think I'll keep going. Tumblr is crushing the quality.
Solas doesn't see any harm flirting early on. It's not like he's gonna catch feelings......😔
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dippedinmelancholy · 2 days
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Love him or hate him at least Tamlin apologized, admitted what he did wrong, and tried to change for the better. His actions were to save his people and the one he loved. Tamlin also didn’t need to save Rhysand and Feyre but he did because despite everything they did he wanted her to be happy.
Tamlin is many things but a villain isn’t one of them.
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dippedinmelancholy · 2 days
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Now that I think about it, there is something extremely funny about BioWare indicating that Solas had been preparing this ritual for several hundreds of years and Mike Gamble saying that he did such a shitty job with the scaffolding because he was, quote, "in a hurry" to get this done, because what that implies is either 1) He literally screwed up in the last 0,00001% of the way, or 2) Solas is actually so old that his perception of time as an immortal means that a "mere" 1000 years, to him, does in fact equate to "being in a hurry".
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dippedinmelancholy · 2 days
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reblogging photos of my favorite singers on tumblr dot com is the equivalent of ripping pages out of tiger beat magazine and sticking them on my wall for all my friends to see at sleepovers
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