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we kept our secrets and rules [fullview at ao3]

Gift illustration for the wonderful drcalvin, based on her own deliciously dark Madeleine-era steampunk dystopia The Tale of Hundred-Faced Jean & the Brass-Hearted Inspector [x]

(Made as part of our second miseres exchange [x], for the request “Valjean, Javert; What-If Scenario”)

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sketch-party:

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bevsi:

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Reblog and post a photo of yourself alongside the way you draw yourself

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it’s for science

(it can be a non human character design)

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threw in the chibi because that’s how i draw myself a majority of the time   (´ ▽ `;; )

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prepare for trouble make it double
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amazing

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imagestep aside, amateurs 

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Basic Flight Rising Etiquette: How to be the Conscientious Player

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What is the purpose of this guide?

To inform and educate new players on general conduct in Flight Rising that may be obvious and expected of veteran players, but unfamiliar to newer players.

What does this guide not do?

This is not a guide for the game mechanics of Flight Rising. It is expected that you have familiarized yourself with the basics of each aspect of FR.

Nor is this a guide on how-to make treasure. You can find that here.

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Server Reboot Notice - April 17

flightrising:

Hey everyone! Just wanted to provide some prior notice that we will be performing a server restart tomorrow morning around 5:00 server time to perform a server-side update. This update is aimed at preventing the type of outage that occurred early this morning.

We do not anticipate that this will take us very long, but please be aware that the site will be unavailable while we are doing this.

Hope you all have a great day!

edgar is the one in the hole: ami-angelwings: timemachineyeah: This is a jar full of major...

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timemachineyeah:

This is a jar full of major characters 

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Actually it is a jar full of chocolate covered raisins on top of a dirty TV tray. But pretend the raisins are interesting and well rounded fictional characters with significant roles in their stories. 

We’re sharing these raisins at a party for Western Storytelling, so we get out two bowls. 

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Then we start filling the bowls. And at first we only fill the one on the left. 

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This doesn’t last forever though. Eventually we do start putting raisins in the bowl on the right. But for every raisin we put in the bowl on the right, we just keep adding to the bowl on the left. 

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And the thing about these bowls is, they don’t ever reset. We don’t get to empty them and start over. While we might lose some raisins to lost records or the stories becoming unpopular, but we never get to just restart. So even when we start putting raisins in the bowl on the right, we’re still way behind from the bowl on the left. 

And time goes on and the bowl on the left gets raisins much faster than the bowl on the right. 

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Until these are the bowls. 

Now you get to move and distribute more raisins. You can add raisins or take away raisins entirely, or you can move them from one bowl to the other. 

This is the bowl on the left. I might have changed the number of raisins from one picture to the next. Can you tell me, did I add or remove raisins? How many? Did I leave the number the same?

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You can’t tell for certain, can you? Adding or removing a raisin over here doesn’t seem to make much of a change to this bowl. 

This is the bowl on the right. I might have changed the number of raisins from one picture to the next. Can you tell me, did I add or remove raisins? How many? Did I leave the number the same?

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When there are so few raisins to start, any change made is really easy to spot, and makes a really significant difference. 

This is why it is bad, even despicable, to take a character who was originally a character of color and make them white. But why it can be positive to take a character who was originally white and make them a character of color.

The white characters bowl is already so full that any change in number is almost meaningless (and is bound to be undone in mere minutes anyway, with the amount of new story creation going on), while the characters of color bowl changes hugely with each addition or subtraction, and any subtraction is a major loss. 

This is also something to take in consideration when creating new characters. When you create a white character you have already, by the context of the larger culture, created a character with at least one feature that is not going to make a difference to the narratives at large. But every time you create a new character of color, you are changing something in our world. 

I mean, imagine your party guests arrive

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Oh my god they are adorable!

And they see their bowls

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But before you hand them out you look right into the little black girls’s eyes and take two of her seven raisins and put them in the little white girl’s bowl.

I think she’d be totally justified in crying or leaving and yelling at you. Because how could you do that to a little girl? You were already giving the white girl so much more, and her so little, why would you do that? How could you justify yourself?

But on the other hand if you took two raisins from the white girl’s bowl and moved them over to the black girl’s bowl and the white girl looked at her bowl still full to the brim and decided your moving those raisins was unfair and she stomped and cried and yelled, well then she is a spoiled and entitled brat. 

And if you are adding new raisins, it seems more important to add them to the bowl on the right. I mean, even if we added the both bowls at the same speed from now on (and we don’t) it would still take a long time before the numbers got big enough to make the difference we’ve already established insignificant. 

And that’s the difference between whitewashing POC characters and making previously white characters POC. And that’s why every time a character’s race is ambiguous and we make them white, we’ve lost an opportunity.

*goes off to eat her chocolate covered raisins, which are no longer metaphors just snacks*

This is a great illustration and metaphor of how historical and current institutional racism means that the same action (changing the race of a main character) has very different meaning and effects depending on the context.  (Similar to my metaphor about basketball: if a team has 5 players and another team has 3 players, adding a player to team A is unfair, but adding one to team B is not.)

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