dragons that live in volcanoes and coat themselves in lava
dragons that live underwater and have fish scales instead of dragon scales
dragons that live in fields of flowers and breathe out avalanches of flowers instead of fire
DRAGONS BEING COOL AS SHIT
dragons that live in nebulae and exhale colorful dust and baby stars
dragons made out of mountains breathing out tiny pebbles
hurricane dragons breathing out mist and rain
Baka Gaijin Show- RANT #1: Alluka’s Gender
"How dare people latch on to transgender characters!!! I’m so pissed off >:(" lol…
Despite there being a ton of well documented cases of trans youth saying that they ‘felt like a girl’ or ‘felt like a boy’ very early in age and many many trans people saying that they felt they had those feelings from a very early age. I guess you’re just gonna say “lol this never happens, I’m right!! Look at the world!!”
Togashi doesn’t need to ‘claim’ “hay this character is trans”. Like lol, he makes it so obvious. Like if I were to write a trans character in a fictional world where the word “transgender” may or may not exist. I’d probably write a character exactly like Alluka.
Like you even say “Killua got mad that Gotoh assumed she was a boy”. Right… do you even know what transgender means…?
And you know what? When I first read the manga I wasn’t *sure* if I was getting maybe a crappy translation or what. But the anime confirms everything. Unless you’re implying that the anime, which has canonically followed the entire manga, is somehow not canon enough :V The wiki article is shit. So look at the anime source.
Illumi. Clearly. ~Clearly~. Refers to Alluka as a younger brother. Otouto.
Killua. Clearly. ~Clearly~. Refers to Alluka as a younger sister. Imouto. (and later in the manga, though not quite in the anime yet, Alluka refers to both herself and Nanika as girls.)
There are no pronouns to mix up there. There’s no translation error.
Alluka was amab and Illumi who basically considers her no more than an object is not going to respect her gender. I mean there’s a reason she likes Killua more than anything, and part of it might have to do with the fact that he is the only family member who respects her actual gender.
"Her gender doesn’t affect her character much.." I mean yeah, why have a trans character unless the story is specifically about her transition. Let’s not have a gay character unless the character’s story is specifically about being gay. It’s not like these characters are people who can have stories outside of being trans or gay. lol…
So yeah. You’re wrong.
If you want to get into headcanon. I totally headcanon Kalluto as a trans girl too. She just saw how her family treated Alluka and so was scared to come out about it. But it’s why she dresses like a girl.
See that. That’s headcanon. That’s fan speculation. Alluka though?
Alluka is canonically a girl. Canonically trans.
But I mean this is what we have to deal with. People like this who want the mangaka to ~specifically~ say she’s trans, even when it’s obvious. People who want the mangaka to ~only~ make gender important if it ~relates to the story~ i.e. you can only have trans characters if the story is about transitioning.
This person is disgusting. And the fact that they get so pissed off about a character being a trans girl would be pretty hilarious if it wasn’t so common.
tldr: Omg look how mad cishets get…
I made a little fan art of Shardra, the new Pathfinder iconic shaman, just chilling with her familiar and doffing her heavy adventuring gear for a good rest.
Also, I have noticed a few comments that Shardra being trans is somehow Paizo attempting to catch up with WotC and their poorly-worded but much-appreciated paragraph about inclusiveness from the D&D basic set. Shardra was actually commissioned and written back in May, before we ever heard about WotC’s own measures to include transgender players (which is awesome), and she’s hardly the first transgender character Paizo has put out there. In this case, they’re both a symptom of society’s growing acceptance of trans people, and we should be happy that so many minds in entertainment are thinking along the same direction at the same time.
Trans character is best character!
More Shardra love already! Awesome art of her and Kolo by the multitalented amazonchique!
Such adorableness! I guess I’ll have to talk about her sometime in the future (there’s an element of her backstory that I really, REALLY loved that I’ll get to explaining sometime later)
I look forward to hearing about it!
Okie dokie then, suppose I can talk about her now. ^_^
Shardra is the iconic Shaman of Pathfinder, a new class coming later this… month, was it? She grew up in a fairly militaristic dwarven community, and was for some time content to just accept her lot in life. However, after an accident, she gained a greater communion with the spirits, and they gave her a chance to live her life as she wanted, nay, NEEDED to live it, while still being useful to her community. She had a good family in childhood, and didn’t really seem angry or troubled by anyone in particular in the community until she became the scapegoat of an overly ambitious Captain.
There are a number of amazing elements to this story that I wanted to go into. First, Shardra becoming a Shaman is rather similar to stories of native cultures having shamans and mystics who were clearly transgender individuals of some stripe. It harkens to the idea of third-gender classes throughout history, notably the idea of Two-Spirit individuals from Native American history. Interestingly, this element also presents itself a bit with Sonnorae, as Two-Spirit people were sometimes given roles as seers of the future.
Secondly, the transitional process was gradual through use of alchemical tinctures. As a transgender woman myself, I was really happy to see a parallel to hormone therapy in a fantasy setting. Sure, the magical elixer that Anevia received as a gift from Irabeth was pretty damn cool, too, and it fit the setting, but it’s not truly realistic to the experience that trans people have in the real world. It’s little things like that that can mean a whole lot when it comes to illustrating the experiences we have to people who don’t quite understand.
Third, I like the reaction of her family. It fits with the societal elements of things such as dowries, but it was also personal. They mourn the loss of their son, and with time, celebrate the life of the daughter “he” became. Again, speaking from experience, this is kinda how it goes with parents that accept their trans children. No matter how accepting, I’ve never heard a parent say they didn’t go through this process, and it’s lovely to see it here.
Fourth, it seems perhaps odd that I say this, but it’s quite nice that while being trans is an important part of her story, it’s not the only part of her story. Heck, it’s not even an issue in how she ends up leaving. Her relationship with her family and her community is strong, and really kinda comes across as her greatest defining feature. What I’m getting at here is that she’s just a pretty average dwarf woman with awesome shaman powers and an adorable pet. This is really a good thing, as the story doesn’t get hung up on her being trans (a problem that some writers have when it comes to writing any kind of queer character).
Most importantly of all, though, is one very simple, very amazing thing. She is never referred to as a man. Mainly I’m talking pronouns, but really, while she is called a brother and a son at two different points, those are the perceptions of others and are illustrative of her upbringing and experience. Her identity is treated correctly. Pronouns referring to her are consistant throughout the story (something I remember being a bit off about Anevia’s backstory, actually). Her femininity and femaleness is never denied. This story treats her better than the vast, VAST majority of official news reports and historical texts about actual transgender people in society today. And that is freaking incredible.
Additionally, she is not just a shaman, she’s THE shaman. The iconic shaman. Rather awesome to have more queer representation among the iconics, even if a good number of players will never really know about it. I would bet you none of the people I game with know that Kyra and Merisial are lovers, but hey, it’s still a good thing to have them.
Oh, and, um, she’s really cute too. ^_^
Really sweet and heartfelt feedback on Pathfinder’s new iconic character.
Paizo Introduces New Trans Woman Iconic for Pathfidner RPG
One of my favorite game companies, Paizo Publishing, just revealed their fifth of six new characters for their new Advanced Class Guide book. Her name is Shaardra and she’s a dwarven trans woman of color!
- conservatives: I think that all of these types of people I don't like ought to be outright destroyed
- me: wow wtf
- liberals: hey this is a problem
- me: ok thank you
- liberals: we should look at both sides of this and be friends, hate breeds hate uwu
- me: wow WTF
Hi, I’m Cheryl. I’m an 18 year old disabled trans woman with an emotionally abusive abusive family that I recently left because they were really close to making me try to kill myself again, and because of that I am now homeless. I’m currently staying with a…
The Doorway Effect: Why your brain won’t let you remember what you were doing before you came in here
I work in a lab, and the way our lab is set up, there are two adjacent rooms, connected by both an outer hallway and an inner doorway. I do most of my work on one side, but every time I walk over to the other side to grab a reagent or a box of tips, I completely forget what I was after. This leads to a lot of me standing with one hand on the freezer door and grumbling, “What the hell was I doing?” It got to where all I had to say was “Every damn time” and my labmate would laugh. Finally, when I explained to our new labmate why I was standing next to his bench with a glazed look in my eyes, he was able to shed some light. “Oh, yeah, that’s a well-documented phenomenon,” he said. “Doorways wipe your memory.”
Being the gung-ho new science blogger that I am, I decided to investigate. And it’s true! Well, doorways don’t literally wipe your memory. But they do encourage your brain to dump whatever it was working on before and get ready to do something new. In one study, participants played a video game in which they had to carry an object either across a room or into a new room. Then they were given a quiz. Participants who passed through a doorway had more trouble remembering what they were doing. It didn’t matter if the video game display was made smaller and less immersive, or if the participants performed the same task in an actual room—the results were similar. Returning to the room where they had begun the task didn’t help: even context didn’t serve to jog folks’ memories.
The researchers wrote that their results are consistent with what they call an “event model” of memory. They say the brain keeps some information ready to go at all times, but it can’t hold on to everything. So it takes advantage of what the researchers called an “event boundary,” like a doorway into a new room, to dump the old info and start over. Apparently my brain doesn’t care that my timer has seconds to go—if I have to go into the other room, I’m doing something new, and can’t remember that my previous task was antibody, idiot, you needed antibody.
I finally learned why I completely space when I cross to the other side of the lab, and that I’m apparently not alone.
this is actually kind of great and it’s nice to know there’s something behind that constant spacing out whenever i enter a different place