"Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first a patron, the last a punisher. Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer." - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
"Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain." - Frédéric Bastiat, The Law
Recently I discovered this meme, and put it in my favs to do for later. I decided to use my Skyrim character, Atirya, for it. As my friend once asked me 'how did Atirya get in to the Dark Brotherhood?' Well I hadn't really developed her character enough to be able to answer her, but upon seeing this meme, I had to really think about it. So here it is:
Age 5- Atirya is carefree and happy. Her parent's store in Solitude is thriving, and her life is perfectly fine. She often helps out with tending to the store whenever her mother orders her to. All is well until two years later, when she had found her beloved Husky, sathi, murdered on the street, a knife stuck in its chest (you can read about the encounter there). She became angry, and set out to find the killer. A few days of research later, she found out that it was a younger boy who had killed her dog, though it was on accident, as he and his friends were playing a game that had took a wrong turn. Atirya, in turn, killed him, and thought nothing of it at the time. She was also never found out about the murder.
Age 13-Two years earlier, her father died in an accident [still has to decide what kind], and then another year later, age 12, her mother became sickly. Atirya has to take responsibility for the store, and work full-time. She reflects on what she had done two years ago, and contemplates between what is right and wrong. Working daily bores her, so she has much time to think about what she had done.
Age 17- Atirya's now joined the Dark Brotherhood. She has been a member for two years now. At age 14, her mother died, and she ran away from Solitude, and her responsibility to take care of their family's store. A year later, she killed again [will have to figure out more detail] and a few days after, she found herself in the Brotherhood's hands. Atirya became a valuable member of the DB, never failing in her contracts.
This age is seen during Skyrim.
Age 25-Years after the DB's collapse in Skyrim, she has remained a faithful member of the assassins, helping to rebuild their numbers slowly. She cuts her hair, deciding it got too long, and in the way while on a mission. Atirya changes into the robes, as they are more comfy in her older age. She still goes out on contracts whenever needed, though not as much as she used too. Her main job in the DB is to guide them, and give out contracts herself.
These are sort of work in progress, preview type shots of my femme Fourth Doctor cosplay... If I can even call it a cosplay? haha. Really its just an excuse to have something super cute to wear with my beast scarf at cons. It certainly still needs a bit of work and I would love to knit myself a new scarf with more accurate colors before Ohayocon but I feel like this will be a good kind of, sort of first "cosplay" for me~!
cosplay/photography — character — The Fourth Doctor series — Doctor Who
Featuring Indes (formerly Aimitis but due to issues she has been given a new name).
Completely redid it. It bothered me how popular this had become, yet the art burned my eyes. So this is a bit better, and a bit more accurate. And now I have a proper Oblivion character to feature! I'm not gonna ramble this time, everything should be self-explanatory now. Obligatory spoiler warnings.
Edit: Added a link to the original A DCAU-Style Wonder Woman base c: With three alternate heads (two of them are bald and two of them don't have the accessories) and one alternate pair of feet Original: [link]