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It doesn’t even really look like CT anymore even though I was trying for something a little less baby-faced/older/more worn than the images I found of her.

It started out as Carolina, too, but my hand was like “LOL, YOU CAN’T DRAW CAROLINA.” so that stopped.

Reference used, pen pressure crapped out for the 6th time 1/4 of the way through so I said fuck it and tried to figure out how Phil Noto does his magic. Jury’s still out on that.







Hogwarts Founders
» Idris Elba // Lucy Liu // Hrithik Roshan // Angel Coulby

While I do love that whoever made this did a good job matching actors to characters, the one issue I have is that Hogwarts is in England and what founded several centuries ago. I’m not saying that there wouldn’t have been blacks or asians in England at the time, but it’s still a historical inaccuracy to depict them as anything other than white Englishmen, since the culture of England at the time wouldn’t have had room for blacks and asians as anything other than slaves or traders.

Please don’t take this as me being racist, this is just me with a debilitating and incurable need for historical accuracy.

So let’s see. The Sorting claims it’s origins about a thousand or so years ago in it’s song, which implies the 1000s. JK Rowling described them as “medieval," which is about 500 to 1500, again agreeing with our 1000 date. So let’s work with that. We’ve got a pretty decent timeline to work with here. 

There have been black people in Scotland since “classical times,” and black moors present in James IV’s royal court in the 1500s, plus there’s St. Deiniol in Wales in the 500s, implying black people were also in the religious court instead of all just slaves and servants. Therefore, could a strong and fearless future-Gryffindor have ancestry native to the Isles? Hmmm.

Hannibal of Carthage was definitely not white (at least not in the modern sense). As a matter of fact, many Mediterranean descended people are mixed with Central Asians, South Asians, and North Africans so… But anyway, in 1555, black men were learning to be interpreters in London to help with trading in the Ghanian region. Here’s a coat of arms with black people on it dated 1616. Also, literally how do you not know about Dido Elizabeth Belle, an aristocratic lady of Scotland from the 1700s???

The Romani migrated out what is now modern day India and Pakistan in about the 1000s, so add in that they’re wizards who can fly and all that jazz, they could’ve easily gotten there within a year or two and settled in Scotland once they learned white people weren’t treating them very kindly. There you go, that’s how a South Asian Slytherin made it to Scotland just in time to found Hogwarts.

Here’s desi people of color from the Indian subcontinent, called Lascars, who had been sailing in Europe from as early as the 1400s, possibly earlier, still fitting that there could’ve been wizards in the British Isles about a hundred or so years earlier. Art from the 1600s showing brown men in turbans. Here’s an Indian man who in the 1700s ran a successful restaurant in England and taught white people to shampoo their hair lol.

Japanese emissaries came to Europe as early as 1584 and observed there were already Chinese and Japanese slaves among the overwhelmingly black slaves, something blamed on Christianity, which was part of the reason why Japan vehemently became isolated from that point.

Also about East Asia, Mongolian Genghis Khan made it to about Poland-ish in the 1200s, so it’s not a far bet to say the Chinese (who were also conquered by Khan on his way to Europe) could’ve found their way to Scotland around that time or a few hundred years earlier. Along with a smart cookie who would go on to be the founder of Ravenclaw.

Native Americans, of course, have been present in Europe for a while. In the 1500s, Manteo and Wanchese arrived in London. There’s evidence the Vikings and Indigenous Americans were friendly long before when Columbus blah blah, and there’s even evidence of Native Americans in Holland that’s like 2000 years old. Could a kind and loyal future Hufflepuff be one of those mixed race indigenous American-Africans?

ALSO considering the fact that Binns (the history professor at Hogwarts) specifically stated that witches and wizards were being persecuted and Hogwarts was built out of sight of Muggle eyes, it’s completely possible that POC came to Scotland and built the castle happily for other magical humans to have a safe place. Since HP universe is a fantasy anyway, read these article while you’re at it.

So yeah, I understand your implication that you don’t want to be racist or anything like that (bc being called racist is ofc so much worse than actually being ignorant), but POC were not just traders and slaves in the British Isles, they were a fuckton of other things your history books aren’t telling you (or trying to intentionally steer you away from). So me having an all-brown cast for a location in a dominantly-white place I’m sure is irking the fuck out of you, and that makes me so glad to see you confronted with that “incurable” need for historical accuracy you have.

And check out this rad blog: Racebending Harry Potter.

how come the only time people mention the enslavement of black people in Europe is when they want to deny our presence in fantasy fiction?

And that’s what it really boils down to pretty much every time.

Because someone couldn’t deal with a single photoset with characters of color in a FANTASY setting. None of the “fact checking” is really necessary, because that isn’t really the issue. Fantasy fiction isn’t something that should be subject to “proof”, but when it comes to racial diversity, it invariably is every time.

It’s my hope that with Medievalpoc, this endless quibbling about what is and is not “historically accurate” can be done away with, and Toni Morrison’s quote here can become creative people of color’s realities:


I love how the OP is “not racist, just suffering from a need for historical accuracy” and yet feels the need to piss on somebody’s fantasy fancasting, not about the plausibility of wizards who almost certainly didn’t exist but about the plausibility of people of color who not only did exist but demonstrably did exist there.

Telling people that they can’t have fiction about people like them because you need “historical accuracy” in their fantasy is, at best, selfish as fuck; treating people of color like anything they produce is yours first and foremost, not theirs, is well into racism territory, both in what it does to them and that you feel you can and should do it.

Also, citing a need for historical accuracy to support a very simplistic, naive, utterly unresearched position that boils down to “my assumptions make sense to me so nothing else could ever be right” plus “it can’t have been different from what I think because nobody ever told me” is self-servicing bullshit. Historical accuracy means you look at what IS rather than just assuming what you want to see. Granted, history is historically shitty at this. OP is nothing new. But OP is also applying more stringent standards to someone else’s fiction than to hir own understanding of history. And that’s no good.

That’s a pretty good summation. And that’s the thing-none of this is really about history at all.

themumblybee asked: Carolina loses York at the mall

It only took her two seconds to notice that York was no longer telling her about the glorious history of the vintage coffee press, but two seconds was enough for him to already be gone in the mass of shoppers behind them.

“Excuse me,” she said, approaching a couple with a small child eating a cookie as big as her face. “Have you seen a man go by here, wearing a gold tshirt and a scar across his eye?” Carolina motioned with her hands at the size of York as the family took a collective small step away from her as her knives glinted in the light from around her belt. “He’s about this tall and he was probably talking about coffee.”

“No, sorry,” the mom said and hurriedly pulled her daughter into the nearest store.

Frowning slightly, Carolina made her way across the sea of people to the information desk. “Do you do announcements?”

“Announcements?” the teenager across the counter said, at first lazily and then upon another look over at the woman standing in front of him, standing up a little straighter. “What do you mean, ma’am?”

“You know, like a lost kid.”

“You lost your kid?” He looked at Carolina, teal tanktop accenting the way every muscle on her shoulder clearly popped out, the obvious weapons hanging from her belt and also probably in one of her deep and practical pockets. “Did they escape their leash?”

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Sitting at my computer and the new tiny dog decided that my lap is the place she wants to curl up in for her nap.

My foot is falling asleep but I’ll be damned if I move at all for the next however long.


last night i dreamed that scientists used a really bad picture of me to prove humans are closely related to goats and i was so insulted i woke up

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the best of Anya Jenkins in season five

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RvB: Visiting Hour

From completelysane: Prompt: CT appears to Wash while he’s in jail in Recollection. Could be a daydream/hallucination, or an AU where she’s working for the Oversight Committee, or something else.

“Connie,” Wash says through closed eyes. The door closes with a hiss and the intruder speaks.

“How did you know?” she says, and her voice is deeper than he thought it would be.

“I know how you walk.”

“You haven’t heard me walk in years, Wash.”

He opens his eyes enough to grin at her and tap the side of his head with his right pointer finger, hitting right above two surgically precise scars. “Like a steel trap.”

Her hair was long and pulled back into a tight bun at the crown of her head. Her left cheek had a scar on it across the cheekbone, and her right hand had a bruise across her knuckles, like she threw a badly aimed punch. She looked at him with a small frown and an ancient challenge glowing in her eyes.

“Are you real?” Wash says, and he sits up on his small cot, leaning forward and rubbing the palms of his hands together.

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RvB: Good Intentions

Prompt by Nem: Carolina-Meta faces off against York

“Carolina?” he says, and you hear a taunt instead.

“Agent Carolina, this might be our opportunity to add the AI Delta to our program,” Sigma’s voice rings out in the cavern of your mind, hollowed out until all you can think of is the crackle of fire. You focus your vision on the golden armor.

“York,” you say, not welcoming. His shoulders droop half an inch and his right foot sweeps out wider by two inches, his head dips down until all you can see is the reflection of the visor.

“Carolina,” he repeats, and you hear the tenderness this time, and just as easily you forget it. Delta materializes next to York’s head and you see Sigma show himself as well, immediately, traveling in a trail of digital fire to stand next to the logic unit, and you remember nights before the AI and the scoreboard and you remember how he says your name.

“I don’t want to hurt you, York,” you confess.

“Then don’t,” he says, and for a moment it feels that easy.

“Of course, we do not wish to harm any freelancers, Agent Carolina,” Sigma corrects, easily, in your ear. “It is not about harming them, it is about ensuring their safety.”

“Mind your own business, Sigma,” York snarls.

“Don’t talk to him…me like that,” you growl back, and for a moment you feel a little like Maine. “I need Delta.”

I need Delta.” He takes a hand to the back of his helmet, like he could rub his hair through the metal, and you want to walk over and throw the helmet on the ground and see if his hair is still awkwardly stiff with gel or if that’s a luxury he can’t afford on the run.

“You stole equipment,” you say and the words cut like the knife in your hand because he winces, you’re not sure how you know, but you know. Some things are just burned into your memory, but not burned, not like that.

“Carolina,” he says, his voice harder than you’ve ever heard it yet still not hard enough, “I don’t want to hurt you.”

“Then don’t,” you say, but you’re already charging forward.



Rewatching Frozen.

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courtedbydeath asked: I'm sure you've gotten more than one or two messages about this already but is the news about a dramatization of "Good Omens" on BBC Radio 4 true? Forgive my skepticism or if it comes off as rude but there have been way too many false announcements and talk of it in passing for me not to ask.



It’s true. Here’s the press release: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2014/r4-good-omens


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