i miss essek
Mighty Nein Moodboards 3
graviturgy has many applications
for example, when your boyfriend dance partner has a STR stat of 10
Liam: Matt, can I get a sense of how Essek feels toward us right now, I rolled a 26 on my insight
Matt: *extended whispers*
Caleb: *immediately starts flirting with Essek*
also, posting this on behalf of a friend, but also because i'm extremely 👀 about their ideas too - shadowgast timeloop au, but instead of setting it post canon, we set it earlier, either around 77 or 97, where essek and caleb have realised they both care about this, but they don't yet trust each other and think what the other is doing is all still a manipulation to get something from them
when either of them realises a timeloop is what's happened here, do they know, for sure, that the other didn't create this? that they don't have some ulterior motive to trapping them both like this? and if they know for a fact that it's not the other's fault, why are you doing this?
to quote my friend directly - I see your devotion and keen mind and raging against a circumstance that borders on hell but like, where's the questioning? Where's the betrayal? Where's the studying, that focuses on Caleb Widogast doing what he does best as a transmutation specialist and transforming the situation, in adapting spells, in creating new ones? Where's the heartbreak when it doesn't work? Where's the potential reframing of the situation less as a life and more of a puzzle, people and places as clockwork automatons marching along their paths, and subsequently where is the breaking out of that mindset?
Where's the success? Where's the aftermath, when Essek sees the situation but doesn't understand it - If Caleb created the loop, was he truly that committed? Is it a harmful devotion? Is it another manipulation? If Essek made the loop, how would he feel to see that it succeeded with almost no effort on his part? Or how it cut so deeply into Caleb? Does he even care about Caleb yet? If neither of them made it, can he trust that Caleb was purely selfless or selfish in his success, when succeeding was the only way to escape, and he just happened to be the key? Where's the investigation into why?
(Or better yet - write from Essek's pov but only the aftermath, never actually narrate what happened in the loop, only implying what they went through by Caleb's tells and/or Essek's studies. It's nice to have a loop where things are simple, Caleb saves Essek saves Caleb, but what if it wasn't. Show me the one-sided character growth. Show me the awkwardness of a man who wouldn't talk to you before, light up after.)
anyway shadowgast angst writers get on this i know you're out there
I Just miss him
Here there be wizard simping
Look does it count as 'there's only one bed' if one of them is totally capable of trancing whilst floating in a seated position but he thinks the other would prefer a bed and has no immediate intentions of being in said bed (though it might seem tempting) but really just wants to make sure his companion is comfortable?
... asking for a friend
My brain only lets me draw Essek and who am I to refuse
A little wip I’ll likely never finish since I can’t focus but I wanted to give him some kinda glowy cat eyes
Branches/Bones Chapter 4
Shadowgast, explicit, updates every other day.
“You missed breakfast,” Veth hollered accusingly as soon as they reached the dining hall. Sure enough, the table looked like it had held a feast and then been ransacked by crows.
“You look like you already had breakfast,” Beau quipped, elbowing a delighted Jester.
Read it on AO3
Special thanks to @tarydarrington for letting me incorporate her idea about Caleb realizing Essek is the first person to use his chosen name in bed. 🤌
happy wednesday! here's caleb busting a gut
And then Caleb hunches in with a sputter, jostling them together with bellowed laughter.
Essek flushes despite himself, confusion intertwining with embarrassment, of all things.
“What’s so funny?”
Forceful chortles cut Caleb off.
After a few more noisy shakes, he pulls himself back together. Mostly.
“I remembered- something. It’s really- very dumb.”
“Have I done something?”
Caleb quiets, solemn for a moment, and he holds Essek’s eyes, his face between warm palms.
“Oh no no no, nein, no.”
Relief is a cooling swipe of thumbs over cheeks.
But Caleb falls apart with a barely held-back snicker before breaking boisterous yet again. He tucks his grin into Essek’s shoulder, arms folded around his back, his warm laugh shaking through both of them.
Concern bubbles away entirely with Caleb’s contagious joy, Essek now unable to restrain a chuckle of his own.
Then Caleb’s laugh simmers to a whine as he wheezes his words to Essek’s shirt.
“Oh- I am going to cry. I am crying. Ohh no.”
He leans back, face glowing flushed, and scrubs at his eyes with a thumb.
One hand to the crook of Caleb’s neck, Essek clears the loose red hair fallen into Caleb’s eyes with the other.
Caleb wears a deep smile across his face, eyes tight in delight, shoulders still bouncing slightly. He was not kidding about the laughter drawing tears; leftovers gleam in his lashes.
“Jester and Beauregard, inspectors supreme.”
Me anytime Matt introduces a new NPC
Tags: Hanahaki Disease, wizardly yearning, Canon-Typical Violence, Angst, Pining, Canon-Typical Death and Resurrection, Aeor is for Lovers, Other Additional Tags to Be Added, discussion of disease and vomiting
Summary: Of all the ways Essek thought he might find himself staring down mortality, his magic making a cancer of his lonely heart never even entered his consideration. But then, his calculus has never been able to account for the Mighty Nein.
There is a remedy for his illness, of course. There is always a way to unwind magic, but there is always a price. The cost of Essek’s life, now that he’s contracted Hanahaki’s disease, can be paid two ways—one is higher than Essek can bear and the other, well.
The other can only be paid by someone else.
And if Essek could ask that, then he wouldn’t be sick at all, would he?
this joke has definitely been made but I’m making it again
my take on that variety cr photo we’re all redrawing 😚💕
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they've been exchanging theories for fifteen hours now
Thank you @hanaraad for your huge brain 👏
critical recap said shadowgast dancing canon, so have a sketch from the alternate episode 91 where it happened after a few more glasses of wine and some extra-good persuasion rolls