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bbq-hawks-wings · a year ago
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On Hawks' Injuries
Alright, let's get this out of the way.
"His back... It's... gone!"
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I may like to act like an intellectual, but no amount of analysing the color of the curtains changes the fact that I'm a married, mother of two, in her mid-twenties fixated on a fictional character from a series aimed at teenagers about superhero high school. The innuendo from Dark Shadow, the implications of what this means for Hawks on a personal and professional level - that shit stings and I might actually cry when this dumpster fire ends up in the anime in a few years.
We won't know about the extent of his injuries until he's been examined by a doctor, but considering how quickly his wings went up (this all happens in seconds which means those flames are extremely hot)...
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...We're looking easily at huge patches of third degree burns with first and second scattered across his body. The area most affected is in the center of his back which does not have a lot of soft tissue to insulate before you're getting to very important nerves and organs, and the scar tissue that will likely form in the muscles and skin after healing may leave his movement heavily restricted.
Depending on how gruesome Horikoshi wants to be, Hawks not only will never get his wings back, but he could be looking at significant permanent disability for the rest of his life. This isn't even taking into consideration the acute complications he may face on the road to recovery including fighting off bacterial infections, fluid loss, and his immediate increased risk of hypothermia. Left improperly treated, someone with this level of burn injury faces an agonizing death (though, a quick one after passing out without treatment), and proper treatment would likely require huge amounts of pain medication to make the long road to recovery even bearable. This doesn't even take into account any additional injury he may have sustained when he hit his head after Dark Shadow dropped them off the balcony.
Remembering for a minute that this is a battle Shonen we're talking about, this is an absolute worst case scenario, and this post goes over how it likely won't end up this bad in the narrative, but that doesn't minimize the sheer brutality of the beating he just took. The fact that he only passed out after hitting his head is pretty miraculous in and of itself, but I'll force myself to suspend my amazement a little bit given the nature of the source material.
Let's assume at the very least his wings aren't coming back, and he'll need at least a week with good medical attention and healing quirks to just be able to get out of bed again. What then?
It should always be obvious when I predict the future that it's all speculation because I'm not actually clairvoyant, but you know disclaimer or whatever.
We have some nasty red flags staring us down in regards to where this fight is going right now. Shigaraki is awake. Dabi's words after Tokoyami escapes with Hawks insinuates there's an alternate plan than the MLA had, Gigantomachia is moving, and the tides are quickly turning for the heroes without even all of that. This fight looks like it's about to go south real fast.
If the heroes lose with significant losses - with any amount of death or injury - and with the added knowledge they at least partially relied on young, inexperienced kids to help bolster their numbers in the hopes to end this quickly, by the time Hawks wakes up he'll not only be staring down his own personal loss in the wake but the weight of the guilt of what he'll perceive as his own failure will crush him. I also sincerely believe that worst detail at the end of it will be him knowing he personally killed a good man for nothing to even come of it in the end.
Remembering also that the Hero Public Safety Commission is the one who tasked him with this mission in secret and the fact, again, that they pulled children into this failed fight - I do not believe they will take responsibility. This doesn't even take into account the fact he'll be useless as a hero and that they don't even know the extent of his knowledge of their inner workings which makes him a dangerous potential leak.
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What's more, news of Hawks' betrayal of the MLA will spread through the ranks and file into the public consciousness. On every single side Hawks will be the scapegoat while he is fighting for his life from a hospital bed. He'll be in more danger without the fierce protection of trusted friends than he was while deep in enemy territory. If he doesn't have a tribe he can trust to keep him safe, maybe even going as far as to clandestinely steal him away where he can't be found, attempts on his life are not out of the question.
Hawks will have a choice to make - rise up and make some real god-damned change while we're already up to our necks or roll over and let the world come crashing down around him as he sinks into despair. He can either settle for being a symbol of failure or he can take the chance to rebirth himself.
Could Hawks' wings ever come back?
This injury is insinuated to be permanently damaging. Whatever mechanism grafted Hawks' wings to his back and allowed him to control them is implied to be damaged beyond recovery, if not completely gone.
However, given Eri's mere existence it's absolutely possible to rewind that injury. Before the battle began it was insinuated Eri will end up using her power again, perhaps even out of necessity. It's an absolutely broken quirk, to be sure; but running with the idea that at some point her power will be offered to Hawks to let him have his wings back - perhaps it's even her idea - I posit two scenarios:
Hawks accepts and he's given a second chance to be whatever he wants to be. His freedom completely restored to him physically and figuratively, he begins life anew with a zeal and solemn appreciation for life and the people in it because the opportunity to make a full return like this is a one in a million chance he's lucky to have.
Hawks turns her down, at least uncomfortable with the idea of using a child's quirk for his own benefit given his own history, even if she offers it freely with no additional obligation to herself. He takes a moral stand in the moment to say, "It's not your job to fix my mistakes and shortcomings" and lives as an example of accountability and living with the hard choices you've made in life and learning how to be happy despite the loss.
I would personally be happy with either if Horikoshi intends to take either route. It's more than possible neither will happen, but with the Eri angle, I hope the possibility is at least touched upon. Maybe it's a one-shot thing and he chooses to let her restore someone like Mirio instead. Maybe it'll get completely broken and bring back every hero - Hawks, Mirio, Mirko, etc. - perhaps even triggered by her own determination to help in any way she can. We'll have to see. The story can take any number of directions after this, and it's not so much where we're going that has me antsy as much as the wait it'll take to get there.
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dukereviewstv · 2 years ago
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Duke Reviews Tv: Smallville 1x05 Cool
Hi Everyone, I'm Andrew Leduc And Welcome To Duke Reviews Tv Where Today We're Continuing Our Look At Smallville By Talking About Episode 5 Of Season 1 Cool...
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In This Episode, A Jock Named Sean Kelvin...
Oh, I Get It Like The Unit Of Temperature, Ha Ha Ha!
Accidentally Falls Into A Frozen Crater Lake Only To Emerge With An Insatiable Hunger For Heat Thanks To The Meteor Rocks In Crater Lake, In A Effort To Stay Warm, Sean Sucks The Body Heat Of Anyone That Will Talk To Him, Including Chloe Sullivan. Will Clark Ruin His Date With Lana So He Can Save Chloe From Sean's Frozen Personality?
Let's Find Out As We Watch Cool...
The Episode Starts Near Crater Lake, As Clark Kent And Chloe Sullivan Arrive At A High School Party...
Chloe Goes To Sit By The Fire As We Get An Introduction To Our Bad Boy Of The Episode, Sean Kelvin, Who Asks If Chloe Is Flying Solo Tonight With Clark Telling Sean That Chloe Isn't His Type...
But Going Over To Talk To Her, Sean Asks If He Can Warm Chloe's Hands For Her And Saying That He's Read Some Of Her Articles In The Torch...
Asked To Play A Game Of Toss With Whitney And The Other Jocks, Sean Asks For Chloe's Number, And She Gives It To Him Despite Knowing He'll Never Call...
Talking To Whitney And The Other Guys, We Find Out That Sean Is A Douchebag As He Says That Chloe Is Just Another Notch On His Belt...
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However, In Tossing The Ball Too Far Onto The Frozen Crater Lake, Sean Accidentally Falls In And Drowns Only To Be Resurrected The Next Morning As Solomon Grundy!
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No, Just Kidding, But Wouldn't It Have Been More Interesting If That Actually Happened! But Still Sean Is Resurrected The Next Morning With Severe Hypothermia To The Point He Can Only Stay Warm By Sucking The Heat Out Of Something Let's Say This Fire...
Meanwhile At The Kent Farm, They're Not Doing So Good Money Wise To The Point They May Have To Take Out Another Bank Loan, However, Clark Has An Idea...
Wait A Minute! How Is Clark Walking With Chloe And Pete When He Used His Powers To Get To School? And If He Just Ran Out To Them, How Did They Not Get Startled Or Discover That He Has Powers? Because...
Spoilers!
At This Point In Time, Pete And Chloe Do Not Know That Clark Has Powers!
Anyway, Chloe Tells Clark That Sean Didn't Call But Despite Pete Saying That Maybe Something Came Up, Clark Is Determined That Sean Is A Horndog...
Meanwhile At School, Sean Is Starting To Feel Hypothermic Again But When He Starts Sucking The Nurse's Body Heat He Starts Feeling Better...
Back On The Kent Farm, Martha Is Chopping Wood Using A Chainsaw When Lex Enters....
I Thought You Were Something From My Childhood!
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Turns Out Lex Needs 30 Of Their Artichokes For A Dinner He's Hosting Tomorrow Night For The Local Farming Community About Financial Options. With Lex, Offering His Hand As An Investor, He Wishes To Help The Community Modernize And Expand, And Despite Knowing How Jonathan Feels About Him, He Invites The Kents To Hear His Pitch...
After His Talk With Martha, Lex Heads Down To The Beanery Where He Runs Into Lana Who's Planning To Take Whitney To Some Museum Exhibit In Metropolis But Unfortunately, Whitney Has Given His Money To His Pals So They Can Watch A Fight Tomorrow Night On Pay Per View...
Well, What Can I Say Except Bros Before Hoes...
Taking Advantage Of Whitney's Fumble, Lex Offers Clark Radiohead Tickets For Tomorrow Night In Metropolis But Only If He Asks Lana Out...
Now The Question Is Clark, Deal Or No Deal?
We Have A Deal!
Going Inside, Clark Tells Lana About The Tickets And Asks Her If She Wants To Go Just As Friends...
Telling His Friends About His "Not A Date" With Lana, Clark Thanks Chloe For The Well Deserved Push...
Sean Goes To Talk With Chloe For 2 Seconds Before Going Over To Talk To His Ex, Jenna To Which Chloe Gives A What The Hell! To...
That Night..,
Ooh, A Hot Girl In A Shower!
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Oh, Wait A Minute, I Know This, Hot Girl Takes A Shower, Guy Creepily Watches From The Other Side Of The Shower Curtain Till Finally....
Sucking Jenna's Body Heat, She's Murdered By Sean Who Shatters Her Guts All Over The Floor
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The Next Day At The Kent Farm, Martha Tells Jonathan About Lex's Offer And He's Put His Foot Down That He's Not Going...
Knowing That Lex Has Been Nothing But Generous, Martha Has Already Told Lex They'll Be There Because They're Running Out Of Options...
With Clark Bursting In To Tell His Parents About His "Not A Date" With Lana, Jonathan Isn't Exactly Pleased That Lex Gave Him The Tickets...
Meanwhile At Sean's House (I Guess?) He Calls Every Girl He's Ever Dated To Try To Steal Their Body Heat But None Will Talk To Him (No Surprise There) Except 1...
Calling Chloe, She Tells Clark That Sean Apologized Saying That He Didn't Feel Well, And Asked Her If She Wanted To Get Together Tonight Just To Talk...
That Night, The Kent's Pop By To See None Of The Farmers Are There, Despite Martha Believing That They're Just Early...
I Don't Know Martha I'm Beginning To Think That Maybe...
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Well, Technically It Is And It Isn't....
1. Lex Lied To Martha, There Is No Farmer's Meeting But 2. He Only Did It Because It Was The Only Way To Get Jonathan And Him In The Same Room Together So Jonathan Could Hear Lex's Offer To Help Them...
So Yeah, Lex Lied But It Was For A Good Reason...
Picking Up Lana In A Limo, They're On Their Way To The Concert, But Before Clark And Lana Can Even Leave Town, They See A Report On Sean's Now Dead Ex Jenna And That Sean Is Wanted For Questioning On Jenna's Death, Parking The Limo, Clark Drops Lana Off At The Beanery Before Racing Off To Check On Chloe Who's Being Attacked By Sean...
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Saving Chloe From Sean, They Research What's Going On With Sean At The Torch, Finding A Sort Of Medical Condition Where There's Damage To The Thermosensative Cells In The Brain Creating A Permanent Case Of Hypothermia....
Taking Chloe Home, Clark Knows That Going After Sean Means He'll Have To Cancel His "Not A Date" With Lana But She's Already Out The Door As Clark Is Concerned As She Gives Pete And His Date (Who We Will Never See Again) The Limo And Goes Home With Whitney Who She Tells Everything Too...
Meanwhile, Sean Starts Stealing Power From The Smallville Power Plant In An Attempt To Get Warm, While Lex Talks With Jonathan About Saving His Farm But Jonathan Goes On About How His Father Taught Him To Solve His Own Problems But It Turns Out That Jonathan's Father, Hiram Lived On Government Subsidies....
Driving Lana Home, Whitney Takes Lana's "Not A Date" With Clark Pretty Well...
You're Doing It Right Now, Whitney! So Shut Up If You Know What's Good For You!
Pulled Off The Road By Sean, Whitney Gets Lana (Who Twisted Her Ankle) Out Of The Car And Down To The Luthor Mansion With Lex, Jonathan And Martha Who Are Liking Lex's Proposal But There's One Question Jonathan Wants Answered...
Meanwhile, Clark Finds Whitney's Truck On The Side Of The Road To Discover That Whitney And Lana Are Gone...But Sean Isn't!
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Taking Clark's Body Heat, Sean Is Returned To Normal For Now. With The Gates Shut And The Alarms On The Luthor Mansion Is A Fortress That Sean Can't Get In Or Can He?
Yep, Turns Out Sean Got In Before Lex Shut The Damn Gate!
Greatest Mind The World Has Ever Known My Ass!
With The Generator Frozen, Power Is Completely Off, With Jonathan Going To Check The Gate, Martha Goes To Check The Generator Where She Runs Into Sean However Clark (Still Alive Despite Sean Stealing His Body Heat) Arrives To Fight Sean In One Last Battle...
Fighting Sean, He Steals Clark's Body Heat Again But Still Okay...
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The Next Day At The Kent Farm, Lex Visits Jonathan After Hearing That Jonathan Took Out Another Bank Loan Meaning That Jonathan Is Not Going To Accept Lex's Offer...
Telling Jonathan That When He Changes His Mind, His Offer Will Still Stand, Lex Walks Away...
Meanwhile, At Smallville High, Chloe Stands By A Memorial For Jenna, Counting Her Blessings That That's Not Her And Swearing That The Next Time A Guy Asks Her Out She's Gonna Do An In-Depth Background Check First...
After Talking With Chloe And Pete, Clark Goes Over To Talk With Lana As He Apologizes For Screwing Up Their Date. Asking If She Would Like To Do It Again Maybe Saturday But Lana Turns Down Clark Because Whitney Is Taking To That Exhibit In Metropolis Because Was Freaked Out By Their Non-Date..
And That's Cool And It's A Good Episode
The Story's Good, The Characters Are Well Written, It Had A Great Villain In Sean But I Do Have A Problem With That One Scene I Talked About At The Beginning Of The Episode, Jonathan's Resilience Towards Lex And Whitney's Growing Jealousy Of Clark And Lana's Friendship/Relationship But Despite Those Reasons I Say See It...
Till Next Time, This Is Duke, Signing Off...
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exposed-whimsy · 2 years ago
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hey, i saw your fic on ao3 with your character meeting aymeric! can you go more in depth about the whole 'au ra can't handle the cold' idea? I think it's really fun. does it apply to xaela too you think, or more for raen? (the steppe seems like it would have harsh winters, but then again xaela could easily just be culturally prepared for that rather than physically)
Thank you so much for reading my little fic, I hope you enjoyed it, and thanks for the question!! 
I’m going to put this under a cut cause it got long.  >.>  
This HC has been sitting in my head (lol head cannon)  ever since Au Ra were introduced as a playable race back in Heavensward. While the lore officially says they’re more closely related to Voidsent then Dragons, the scales alone led me down to thinking that they may share some reptilian features. While I believe they are mammalian in race (bear live children, breastfeed, are warm blooded ect ect) I was curious what biological function their scales might play in their physiology. 
So I spent waaay too much time on google reading up on Reptiles in cold weather climes, I’m Canadian, and I knew that northern reptiles hibernate, but I also know that we have a really low reptile diversity, and that’s in part due to the climate, reptiles don’t like that cold! What northern reptiles will do is burrow under water, and their metabolism slows right down which allows them not to freeze to death. (A turtles heart beat will beat once per 10 minutes, and they can hold their breath for 5 months, absorbing oxygen in the mud through their skin!! There, that’s a thing you know now.) 
Applying that to Au Ra, I thought wouldn’t it be neat if their scales helped with temperature regulation, in a way that worked in tandem with their heart and non-scaled skin? Making them more sensitive to extreme cold, but more resilient then a snake or lizard. It was the Azim Steppe that actually solidified this HC, considering the amount of caves dotted around the steppe and that they are nomadic, I imagine tribes going underground during the winter months, to better insulate themselves and keep warm (except the dawn throne tribes since they have a solid permanent settlement that acts like the caves do.) Sati-no-Sato being underwater also helped this little HC along, perhaps when they fled their original settlement they found wintering on land to hard, so they went underwater like turtles and garter snakes might, and then...just decided to stay there.
So I imagined what Coerthas might be like for an Au Ra OC, they would feel that cold far more harshly then other non-scaled races. And the result would be a higher risk of hypothermia, their metabolism slowing right down as their system compensated to losing one half of their temperature regulation, making them sluggish, they would tire more easily, their movements would slow, and they would struggle with prolonged physical activity in the cold if not properly covered and prepared. I chose to demonstrate this with Shiloh in how she had trouble holding her staff, getting off her Chocobo, and standing, her metabolism was slowing down, affecting her dexterity. Prolonged fighting in the cold for an Au Ra could potentially prove fatal. Ultimately my head cannon does apply to both Auri Phenotypes (Raen and Xaela) The different color of scales doesn’t negate how the scales act biologically. I would agree that the Steppe Xaela have adapted culturally to this particular weakness, and used their natural environment to their advantage, in part helping shape their nomadic lifestyles (ie wintering in caves), on top of being hunters and following Dzo heards or whatever other prey they might follow. They also, as demonstrated in game, have a variety of clothing that either covers them up in long fur lined coats, or leaves them very exposed (think the Buduga and Dotharl) Good example of either warm weather gear that exposes more of their scales to the sun, or cold weather gear that helps keep them warm. 
The only example of a Raen tribe we have is Sati-no-seto, and while I know the Shisui gear was probably meant as fan service, we could also look at it as clothing for a warm weather au ra tribe, with scales exposed to absorb sunlight.lol, anyways, that’s an essay, it’s just my head cannon, and the rules I impose on myself and my Oc’s. I love talking about this stuff, (obviously) if you or anyone else has questions about my OC’s or head cannons, I’m happy to talk your ear off! ^.^ 
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