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prettybard · 2 days ago
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stede being terrified of straight sex is always gonna be fucking hilarious to me
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baysalt · 2 days ago
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Never left ;)
Best viewed listening to Danses de Travers and scrunching your face up in anguish, like me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVDbgoymAmU
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chrrispine · 2 days ago
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@pscentral event 04: love
Our Flag Means Death
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namelesslegion · 2 days ago
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jellynut · 2 days ago
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“Damn good marmalade”
My half of an art trade with @/zutarabeliever on Instagram/Twitter! :3
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ourflagmeansgayrights · 2 days ago
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ok but speaking from experience as someone who's had first kisses w a crush. y'all KNOW ed was getting his plan in place thinking abt that kiss the whole time, playing over every tiny detail while he robbed a guy for a dinghy. motherfucker probably got all fluttery and giggly thinking abt the little noise stede made. probably couldn't stop smiling when he thought abt the way stede's jaw fit perfectly in his hand. probably sat down to take a minute when he remembered how stede's eyes took a moment to flutter back open. probably got DIZZY thinking abt stede's crooked smile and the way he'd whispered, "you make stede happy"
rolling up to the dock with his bag of stuff already planning how he's gonna kiss stede again, kiss him properly, as soon as they're safely away. maybe thinking he won't be able to wait, that he'll kiss him again as soon as he sees him because his heart literally feels like it's going to burst out of his chest he's so, so happy
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ruby-cloud · 2 days ago
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   “ Well, it seems that's what it means when somebody needs you ”  
   🎶Will Wood - When Somebody Needs You🎶
NO TEXT VERSION:
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feriowind · a day ago
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to be known, and loved
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abigailpents · 2 days ago
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"So I reckon what makes Ed happy is... you."
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chuplayswithfire · a day ago
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i don't think i'm ever going to get over the fact that we the audience know that stede has been an outcast and a loser his entire life, denied friendship, love, or affection, hapless and pretty hopeless about being a pirate, and his entire crew knows it, izzy knows it, his parents know it, mary kind of knows it -
but ed looks at stede and consistently sees someone who's just. incredible. amazing. ed doesn't see stede being bad the intimidating and violent aspects of piracy and see an idiot or a failure, ed sees a man who he perceives as successful - "got it all figured out" - trying out a new venture, and still being impressively good at it, in his own circles! he burned down that ship without raising a hand in physical violence, something ed could never do.
ed looks at stede and sees someone who's brilliant, successful, creative, pioneering, and he's maybe the only person in the show who looks at stede and doesn't ever find him wanting.
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tothechaos · 2 days ago
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any port in a storm (i dream of small, dark wants)
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prettybard · 2 days ago
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okay this,,, this right here,, slut behavior
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kovpai · 2 days ago
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They sailed to China together and lived happily ever after :)
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goosetooths · 8 hours ago
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they put it on the historically inaccurate pirate fridge 💕
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blackbeardz · a day ago
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edward teach + pride flag colours
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avelera · a day ago
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Matters of Status: Ed sees Stede as his equal, Stede sees Ed as his superior, and that's how we got into this mess at the end of S1
When it comes to Ed and Stede's dynamic in OFMD I was just suddenly and violently reminded of a drama class I had in high school, which introduced me to the concept of ranked social status in acting as a way to create character drama.
The example the teacher gave was from the show Happy Days. Richie (the protagonist) is of lower status than his father and there are certain behaviors between them that extend from this status difference. However, Fonzie (the beloved, leather-clad bad boy of the show that Richie looks up to) is also higher status than Richie, which puts him at equal status with Richie's father. When Richie's father and Fonzie are in the same room, sparks fly because their hierarchies clash. Neither can command the other.
Now, to translate this lesson to Stede, Ed, and OFMD in general. Stede is ranked above his crew. Izzy is ranked above Ivan and Fang on Ed's crew. Both act accordingly towards their respective crews. When Stede and Izzy are in the same room, sparks fly because they are of equal status at the top of their respective crew hierarchies and clash because they don't get along.
However, everyone in OFMD sees themselves as subordinate to Ed/Blackbeard. That's the crux of Lucius's wake-up call to Ed about how everyone is worried all of the time about whether they measure up to Ed's standards. But the most fascinating part of that exchange is the revelation that Ed does not know this about himself.
Or, more specifically and much more importantly, Ed does not see himself as higher status than Stede. Ed knows he's of higher status than any of the crew members. Ed regularly pulls rank on the Revenge crew members and on Izzy. He pulls rank on Lucius immediately after this conversation with, "Don't, or I will stab you in your fucking face," acknowledging that Lucius was correct, given his status level, to be afraid when he punched up at Ed and told him off for being rude to Stede. Ed acknowledges that the criticism was warranted, Lucius, but don't push it.
What this exchange reveals is a conflict that lies at the very beating heart of the love story between Stede and Ed, the blink-and-you'll-miss-it misunderstanding between them that powers all of their softest moments and is the source of their greatest conflict at the end of the show when Ed in misery and perceived rejection descends into depression and then (thanks to Izzy's prodding) into the fury of the Kraken:
Ed has always seen Stede as an equal but Stede has always seen himself as subordinate to Ed.
Stede's view of himself as lower status than Ed makes sense, especially by the time he and Ed meet for the first time. Stede, in his own words, is a terrible pirate. All his naive optimism that we saw in the Republic of Pirates has been knocked out of him by that Spanish gut stab (and shaken before that by Badminton). He almost died. He almost got his whole crew killed. This is not a game and he has learned just how bad he is at pirate life. Ed shows up in the knick of time to keep Stede's starry-eyed, oblivious, foolish obsession with his perception of the pirate lifestyle from completely destroying him and people who had put their trust in him. Stede is humbled by the arrival of Blackbeard but he has all the baggage in his head of the legend of Blackbeard, and is star-struck when Ed offers to teach him how to survive in this world.
Stede is humbled and awed to enter into this mentorship with Blackbeard and accordingly, he puts Ed as higher status than himself and defers to him in most things except specific carve-outs that Ed made as part of the deal to learn about how to be an aristocrat, which is a limited period of status reversal that Stede is very aware of and is meticulous to not overstep.
The only other time outside of their aristocrat lessons that Stede pulls rank on Ed is in the same episode where Lucius screws up his courage to tell Ed off and it's a very similar moment. Stede works up the courage to flout the hierarchy because he needs something so badly (to win back Ed's interest with an adventure, or so he believes) that he temporarily puts concerns about status aside to achieve this more important goal. But the moment is a temporary carve-out just like Lucius's chastisement of Ed and for the same reasons as Lucius: to stop Ed from letting a relationship with Stede slip through his fingers. Stede clearly does not expect to go back to telling Ed what to do again after that except in similarly extreme circumstances.
Ed is not aware of the fact Stede sees him as higher ranked. He did as Stede told him and went on the adventure that day because he saw Stede as an equal and captain of the Revenge giving an order and Ed followed it even though he was reluctant. Ed has never been aware of the fact that Stede defers to him as a superior and there are many reasons for this.
First, it's important to mention why we, the audience, might not notice the power imbalance: the show is very tightly from Stede's point of view (POV). We see much more of why Stede, as a piratical failure, should look up to Blackbeard as a mentor than we see of Ed's perception of events.
But if you pay close attention, you'll notice that if you were to trim the show to just events Ed is aware of, it's a very different story.
Ed is not shown to respect very many people as equals but from the small sample we have, we can see who he does respect: other ship captains. Specifically, Calico Jack and Stede.
This makes sense given Ed's own status as a ship captain. Given Izzy's bluster and Ed's reputation, it would make sense for him to assume he is the highest status person on any ship he treads upon, but that's not the case. Ed is actually fairly scrupulous about deferring to Stede as captain of the Revenge, as is appropriate in a maritime setting. He has moments where he slips and answers to captain, but he quickly apologizes for the gaffe as force of habit and directs command decisions to Stede.
From this we can extrapolate that even in the glimpses we have of Blackbeard before Ed catches up to Stede, he's being playful but he's not being sarcastic when he orders Izzy to be polite to Stede. From the beginning, Ed has seen Stede as an equal and a fellow ship captain. This is obfuscated by Izzy's bluster about Stede not being worthy of such treatment, but it is clearly Ed's view if you look closely. Ed from the beginning privileges Stede as a ship captain as being of higher status than Izzy as a first mate and commands Izzy to treat Stede accordingly.
Ed hears impressive stories about Stede before he meets him. He hears of Stede besting Izzy at swordplay, capturing English officers as hostages, and in general, he hears of the Gentleman Pirate making a name for himself. He is not privy to all of Stede's gaffes, he learns of Stede by reputation and is impressed by it.
When Ed encounters Stede for the first time in person, it can be argued that he's as impressed by Stede as Stede is by the legend of Blackbeard. This is a novel and welcome feeling for Ed, who is lonely at the top of the hierarchy of legendary themed pirate captains. He is in search of an equal. It doesn't matter to him if Stede has less experience, that's just a matter of time and some education, which in his view are trivially easy to achieve compared to the importance of having a sense of style. From Ed's POV, Stede has what it takes. Stede as already demonstrated his competence simply by being alive and having some flair. Let me reiterate:
Ed already sees Stede as his equal when they first meet and treats him accordingly.
Now, several things happen to obscure for Ed that Stede sees him as a superior.
First, Stede is too freakin' oblivious to put 2 + 2 together and realize that the guy with the huge beard that arrived with Blackbeard's crew is in fact Blackbeard. To be fair, he is still gravely wounded and clearly out of it. But this baffling moment for Ed who is so accustomed to even total strangers like the Dutch merchants throwing themselves overboard at the sight of him, with strangers improbably recognizing him on sight, that he is utterly taken aback. Instead of laughing in Stede's face, he instead has an existential crisis about whether Ed does indeed work for Blackbeard.
By the time the confusion is cleared, Stede and Ed have had a personal moment of friendship and connection that skips Stede over the awe he would typically show towards Blackbeard. It's possible that had Stede been introduced to Ed as Blackbeard up front, he might have bowed or stuttered or had a fanboy moment that made it clear he was initially on the same page as Black Pete and the rest of the crew with his awe of this legend. That might have dimmed Ed's interest or at least made him aware of Stede's insecurities, but that does not happen.
(To be fair, Ed tries to get people to see past Blackbeard to Ed when he first meets the crew, and the crew ignores his request calling him sir - it's possible that as his soulmate, Stede would have quickly adjusted and done as Ed requested. I don't want it to sound like a foregone conclusion that Stede would have flubbed the introduction had it gone differently - I don't think he would have.)
Ed's perception of Stede seeing him as a superior is obscured by two other important things:
Ed's ego: Ed likes to be admired. Stede loves admiring Ed. Ed clearly feels good when Stede admires him but it's because he has a crush on Stede as an equal. However, this obscures the fact that when Stede says, "Whoa!" at the prospect of Blackbeard mentoring him, it's not just that he's impressed by Ed's cleverness and skill, it's also because he's amazed that Blackbeard would want to mentor Stede Bonnet. This is largely lost on Ed, I believe, and that's because:
Ed sees their mentor relationship as an exchange of equals. He does not offer to mentor Stede as a superior. He offers to mentor Stede in exchange for something he desperately wants: to be mentored in the ways of an aristocrat. Ed admires the world of the aristocrat as much as Stede admires the world of piracy. But there again is the issue of us being so deep in Stede's POV: we are not shown the world of the aristocracy in the same glowing terms as we are shown why Stede loves the world of piracy. Even the French noble party is shown mostly from Stede's POV, so from the beginning, we're shown how ridiculous these painted privileged assholes are. We get only glimpses of what that world means to Ed, for example when he is awestruck and blushy about Stede using a gentleman's skill to fix his red silk handkerchief as a pocket square and tell him from a place of authority that he wears fine things well.
Ed has always seen Stede's skills as a gentleman with as much awe as Stede views Ed's skill as a pirate.
This unequal perception of their status in relation to one another comes to a tragic conclusion when Stede leaves Ed on that dock.
To Stede's mind, Ed has always been the superior. Ed will be fine without him. The only reason Ed is in this situation in the first place is that he had to clean up Stede's mess. Stede's own low opinion of himself, which infuses the entire POV of the narrative, obscures from him the possibility that Ed might be insecure too and that Ed could have made those decisions that brought him low like this because Stede matters more to him than all of the things Stede admires about Ed-as-Blackbeard. Stede completely misses the possibility that Ed might be emotionally crushed by his abandonment because of Stede's own low opinion of himself.
To Ed's mind, Stede and Ed have always been equals. That perception brings with it a certain amount of trepidation over whether Stede thinks Ed is worthy of him. Again, Ed is just as in awe of the world of the gentleman as Stede is of the world of pirates. And, going back to those earlier points, Ed has never seen Stede's failures because Stede's piracy failures stop when Ed joins the crew and because he doesn't blame Stede for his lack of knowledge about piracy and never has.
Unlike Izzy and the crew, Ed has never seen the gaps in Stede's knowledge as a personal failing on Stede's part, partially (I believe) because Ed is so sick and tired of the world of piracy that he's not impressed by anything in that world except those who manage to survive it and who have a bit of style and flair about how they do so, which Stede has in spades. From this perspective, Stede has nothing to be ashamed of. Compound that with the fact that, as far as we know, Stede has never told Ed about his wife and children or the shame he feels about abandoning them, so Ed is completely blind to any source of shame or self-loathing that Stede might feel. Ed has no inkling and barely the beginning of a hint of how to get that inkling about what Stede has going on inside his head.
Very likely, this misunderstanding will be clarified in S2 in one of a variety of ways. Perhaps Stede's self-actualization will allow him to finally treat with Ed as an equal. Perhaps Ed's own actions and misery, as well as the story being told from his POV, will reverse the formula where he feels unequal to Stede until he learns to address his own traumas on that front. We'll see! But I hope this exploration of the status imbalance has been of interest to those who made it this far.
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rainbowbonnet · 2 days ago
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zero at the bone – jane seville
insp by and for @nofeelingisfinall
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mymultifandomhell · a day ago
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tumblr really said you’ve been talking about stabbing a lot recently no further questions 
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strampunch · a day ago
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If I could turn the page In time, then I'd rearrange Just a day or two (Close my, close my, close my eyes) But I couldn't find a way So I'll settle for one day To believe in you (Tell me, tell me, tell me lies)
Decided to throw some messy splotches of colour on top of a sketch I scribbled on the back of a receipt. Inspired by Ramon Casas i Carbó’s poster art. 
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captain-flint · a day ago
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Stede Bonnet is not a human. You're a monster. A plague. You defile beautiful things. My dear brother. Your own family. You've even managed to bring history's greatest pirate to ruin. And here you are... unscathed, God's perfect little rich boy. I think you're right. In fact, I... I completely agree.
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