Ingo shouldn’t be milling around Rockport Station.
balance is a love story
[id: ten screenshots of transcripts.
“Lucretia: I can do this Magnus, please, [voice starts to become staticky and fade] please just lie down, I don’t want you to fall and hurt yourself. I love you, Magnus, I love all of you. I’m sorry, it’ll be over soon.”
“Justin: And Taako walks over to Angus.
Taako: Hey, um, cool knife. You know he has a sword that’s on fire, right? So, just before you get too excited, he did just give you a knife, I just want you to remember who’s your dude? Who’s your dude?
Griffin: He runs over and he just grabs on to you, um, and also gives you a big, weepy hug.”
“Looking back, this performance is where that love that Barry and Lup cultivated quietly and cautiously over the last half century truly bloomed. There was romance in every measure, and longing in every note. And after the performance, they- they take each other’s hands high in the air, and they swoop down for this over-the-top bow, just laughing at- at the drama of it all. And the audience cheers. And Barry and Lup laugh, and they don’t let each other’s hands go. And then they stop laughing, and they don’t let each other’s hands go. And they keep not letting go. And Lup says,
Lup: Barry, do you wanna go talk somewhere for a while?
Griffin: And Barry says,
Barry: [Wholeheartedly] Yeah.”
“Taako: Well I’m not leaving without Barry.”
“Magnus: I’m so sorry I forgot you, buddy. I’m so sorry.
Griffin: Um, it lifts up one of its tendrils and puts it on your shoulder.
Travis: I lean my head in so that my forehead’s pushing against it and I start humming.”
“Taako: Am I...? I’m not going to lose you again.
Griffin: She says,
Lup: Never. Never again, bud.
Griffin: And floats over and hugs you and says,
Lup: Please don’t die.
Taako: I’d say the same to you, but that ship done sailed, eh?”
“Travis: I-I just stare at her. Not in a dumbfounded way, not in a I-can’t-believe-it way, but just. I can’t not look at her.
Griffin: She sets her tools down, and she smiles, and she says,
Julia: You lived so much longer than I thought you were going to!
Magnus: [tearfully] I know, I’m sorry I made you wait.
Griffin: I think she starts running towards you, and you start running towards her, and you embrace in front of this house, and the two dogs are just kind of weaving around your feet as you stand there for what feels like hours, and-
Travis: I whisper in her ear,
Magnus: [tearfully] I tried to make you proud.”
“Lup: Barry already gave me a day. And... I love him, Taako, with all of my heart, but you... I needed a day from you, because you are my heart. You know that, right?”
“Griffin: She... smiles and she says,
Mavis: Well, you’re my hero too, dad, not just because you saved the world, but... because... I know how hard you’re trying.
Griffin: And she comes in for a hug, and she says,
Mavis: I--I love you, dad.
Merle: [softly] I love you too, baby.”
“Clint: Starbuck- okay. Um, if it’s about the finale, the one time I can remember crying was, um... was Merle’s last scene with, uh- stop looking at me, Juice- Merle’s last scene with Mavis, when, uh, she talked about how proud she was of how well he was doing, and he said “I love you, baby”, because that was- that was kinda me telling you guys the same thing.”
Every TAZ Live Show
Griffin: You find yourselves in a--
Justin: Where Is My Husband.
It’s not Christmas anymore but I still wanted to draw Taako in festive colors…so
Sigh...i really miss his cooking show...does anyone know why it got suddenly cancelled after his glamour springs tour??
there are so many parts of this story that make me emotional but THIS???? THIS MURDERS ME
Man mannnn I’ve been rewatching some old Balance animatics and it still fucking hits
TAZ is probably only topped out by LOTR on the list of media I wish I could experience for the first time again
I mean— fucking Davenport, right
I had an inkling that he might be The Wordless One just because no one else really fit but it was almost more in the “oh haha wouldn’t that be kinda funny” way
But the moment, the moment you fucking REALIZE that not only has this goofy ass Pokémon gnome who’s seemed like nothing more than a character created to fill a minor logistical convenience turned into a small running gag, not only is he a CRUCIAL PART OF THE PLOT but the moment he drinks the voidfish ichor he fucking SPEAKS and you understand, just so briefly, that something has been very very wrong the entire time you’ve known him—
And you don’t even have time to process that because then the episode is over and you’re suddenly in flashback land. And then you’re busy getting to KNOW Davenport, for the first time ACTUALLY getting to know him. You discover he’s the most brilliant pilot on his home plane and he’s a master explorer and the best captain in probably all the multiverse and he has a family and he loves them and he helps keep them together for A HUNDRED YEARS and he becomes a master of illusion magic and he likes to pull pranks and he outruns a malevolent devouring force dozens and dozens of times and he does it all in cheerful, relentlessly optimistic spirits, even in the face of the worst he believes in his family
And then you get to the end of that first terrible year in Faerun with the Relics wreaking havoc across the land. And you’re listening to him and Merle play cards and he says, “I think it’s my birthday.”
And you know, in the back of your head you know where Griffin is going because you know where this has to end, that this has to end for the story to begin, but you’re still recovering from Lup’s departure and you’re feeling the ache of this splintering little family and the burden of Lucretia’s decision with all your heart, and this goofy optimistic brilliant gnome has just told you it’s his birthday, and you’re thinking god, just give him this day, can’t you just give him today—
And then it starts to break down into confusion and the memories start to vanish and this little gnome turns to Merle and through the static he says over and over
I’M DAVENPORT. I’M DAVENPORT. I’M DAVENPORT.
And THEN, THEN it hits you, all at once, as he says his name over and over you remember this is the guy that you’ve spent 50+ episodes thinking of as just “that little gnome who only says his own name” and the fucking WEIGHT of that, of everything he’s lost, hits you like a goddamn truck
And you wonder, if he hadn’t been frantically calling his own name as he lost everything else, would he have remembered even that
helloo TAZ fandom
[id: a digital drawing of Taako. He has one hand on his hip and the other raised with one finger pointed up. Orange sparks are coming out of the raised finger. his hair is dyed blond and pulled back into a thick braid. he has a thin black mustache and sideburns. he wears a loose white shirt that is open to reveal his chest hair, brown pants, and a huge purple wizard's hat. he also has several earrings and black painted nails. He is smiling slightly and looking to the side. the background is bright blue. the other images under the cut are closeups and slight color variations of the same image. end id]
alts & closeup
(Based on this post by @questbedhead)
Full image description below cut!
Image Description: A long form comic including three pages, all set in a dingy necromancy store and illustrated in a cartoony, fully-colored and shaded style.
In the first panel, a hooded figure sits behind a desk with his back to us.
In the second panel, we see part of his face which has a big sly smile on it as he looks over his shoulder. Behind him, a door opens with the ring of a small silver bell.
In the next panel he spins around in his chair and says: “Welcome to Blood-Bath and beyond, your home for necromantic wares! Anything I can help you find--”
Next: “...Today?” he finishes, seemingly dumbfounded. In the middle of the frame are three new people. Barry Bluejeans is in the middle, he is a white middle aged chubby man with brown and grey hair, stubble, and wearing a white shirt, brown coat and glasses. To the left is Taako, a dark skinned elf with straight choppy dark brown hair died lavender at the bottom, wearing a large purple wizards hat, a purple cape with gold stars, a frilled shirt and high-wasted pants. To the right is Lup, a dark skin elven woman with a face identical to Taako’s but with longer curly dark brown hair died red at the tips, and wearing a wine red wide-brimmed hat and wine red dress. The twins each are resting an arm on one of Barry’s shoulders, framing him.
In the next frame, Barry has a finger resting on his chin as he says “Uh... yes, I’m looking for a spell book with level 12 or higher spells.”
Next is a close-up of the shopkeeper’s eye, squinting forwards with a thought bubble that says: “Level 12?”
Next is the same close-up of the shopkeeper’s eye, only this time it is wide and looking up past Barry.
Next is a frame of just Taako and Lup, with Barry just slightly out of frame. Taako covers his hand as if to whisper something to Lup as they both look judgmentally in the direction of the shopkeeper. A speech bubble comes from offscreen as the shopkeeper says “Right away, sir.”
Starting the second page is a frame of the shopkeeper dropping a large book onto the table in front of him. The book looks to be stitched together from skin, with a large green eye-shaped jewel on the front cover and small fangs on the spine.
Next, Barry has picked up the book and is looking at it with a smile of curiosity as he says “Oh, neat!” The twins both peer over his shoulder as the shopkeeper looks at the three startled.
Next is a close up of Barry’s hand sliding a collection of very different looking coins across the table, including some golden hoops, a silver perforated coin with a dragon emblem, a pale blue coin, a canadian loonie, and a thin gold bar with line markings on it (it’s not a loss easter egg don’t worry about it)
The next panel is shot from over the shopkeeper’s shoulder. Barry excitedly shows an interested but calm Lup something in the book as Taako rolls a bunch of teeth around in one hand, bored. The shopkeeper thinks: “Who is this guy?!”
Next is a panel showing half of the shopkeeper’s face, the border of the panel cutting him off vertically as he stares forwards intently.
The next panel is exactly the same, except he has narrowed his eye, the pupil now glowing, as the words “true sight” are spelled above him
In the next panel, Barry is shot from the neck up, looking excitedly at something offscreen.
Next is the form of Barry’s red robe litch form, shot from the exact same position as the previous panel. He glows a faint red, the inside of his hood empty and black save for two glowing white eyes.
Starting the next page the shopkeeper recoils in surprise, his thought bubble reading: “A litch!” In the foreground, Barry and the twins are starting to leave, Taako dropping the coins Barry had paid for the book with into a small bag.
Next the shopkeeper lunges forwards with urgency, shouting “WAIT!”
Next, “Who are you?!” he shouts at the trio. Barry is looking over his shoulder at the shopkeeper, and Lup had put her arm over his shoulder.
Next is a very close shot of the bottom of Barry’s face, his mouth in a null position.
Next is the same close up shot of the bottom of Barry’s face, only this time he has a large sly smile on his face.
Next is a medium shot of Barry, he has a big gentle smile on his face, his eyes closed and one hand up in a polite wave as he says “Name’s Barry Bluejeans!”
In the final panel, the shopkeeper lays passed out over his desk, a small cartoon of a round ghost floating away from his body as the door in the back of the room closes. A small creature sits on his desk, eating the chocolate gelt which had been swapped out for the real coins.
End Image Description.
im sure someone already did a balance one but here’s my contribution
This is how 2020 feels.
You realize, as the lights go up, this room is filled with these disks.
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barry bluejeans: * slams a pile of papers and folders down onto kravitz's desk *
barry bluejeans: we need to end abstinence-only necromantic education in faerun
kravitz: * blinking up at barry thru his reading glasses, cup of coffee not nearly empty enough for This Bullshit *
lup [from a distance]: barry, did you tell him about undead-control yet?
kravitz: now, i don't get paid enough for this, now do i?
lup [still yelling from far away]: what did his face look like when you explained necromancy-condoms?
My friend got into TAZ Balance way before I did (and bullied me into listening) but he told me when I started, “You’re this guy, Barry” so I kept an eye out, and lemme tell you, when this no-name rando gets knocked out, blown up, and dies like 3 episodes in I was so pissed. I thought that was it. Had no idea what I was in for. Later I’m like “you’re right, cause I too am lactose intolerant and in love with Lup, thank you.”
The twins who stole my heart ❤️❤️❤️
wow can you believe lup and barry invented love
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But you’re not sure what...
Consider Taako, because he'd want an overly complicated outfit
she's being dramatic about her time in the umbrella again
Image Description: digital drawing of Magnus, seen from the hips up, on an orange background. Magnus is a young human man with a light complexion, shaggy, medium length brown hair and brown sideburns. He wears a red jacket with no shirt underneath, showing off chest hair and some hair on his arm. He is grinning proudly, eyes closed, as he holds out a carved wooden duck. End ID
Haven't had a chance to finish Imbalance yet but was so happy to revisit my old friends them Tres Horny Boys!! 😭