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What is in my heart, if not the desire for home? Undoubtedly, I pray for a fixed place in the world like the stars in the sky and the stones within the earth. His question rings in my ears, tolling like the groan of the bronze bells of the island fastness where once I been loved. What do you do now?
The challenge in his eyes is clear cut as diamonds on jeweller’s cloth, the edge to his words almost rattling like a coin upon a table. What are you willing to do? How far are you willing to go to?

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themes of growing and healing after recurring chain of actions that are staked against the protagonist’s journey are more powerful tropes than adding a sudden death for shock value. tell me, give me hope for my fictional characters because that’s my comfort. they can come out of traumatic events and still be strong and alive and everything will be fine

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I would definitely recommend it but only to some extent because you don’t want to overcrowd your plot with soo many subplots which will make things much more difficult, complicated and sometimes confusing. Like, you should give your side characters a bit of a story of course on how and why they became friends with your main, or why does your character have that personality now. Maybe even how did they help the main grow but also, how did the main character help the side character grow in a sense? Make them bounce off of each other and don’t make your side character be there just for the sake of being there. Give them a bit more depth. Never make them static, because then the reader would just look at that character and go “why are they even here.” So yeah, you can give them an arc and a story but make sure you tie it well to the main plot and that it doesn’t necessarily derail things. Like make sure it goes with the flow of the story. Ahah I hope this made sense

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I just… love giving random little traits to my characters. Often they’re not important to the plot at all, but they lend so much to making them feel real!

(A lot of these are based on things I myself do, so be aware they might be from my neurodivergence!)

  • Can never let their feet touch the ground when they sit. Other characters often ask how they can be comfortable!
  • Touches the lintel (the top of the doorframe) whenever they pass beneath a door. If it’s too high, they’ll always try to jump for it a few times before moving on.
  • Needs to gently pet leaves of any plant they see.
  • Talks to plants/animals, no matter how small. “You needed some water, didn’t you? Yes. I’m just gonna put you down here, okay?”
  • Has one specific sweet treat that they go crazy for. They almost always have it stowed away on their person somewhere for random snacking time.
  • Eats everything in a mug if it fits. Ice cream? Pasta? Cereal? Yes.
  • Walks faster than everyone else unless they consciously put an effort in not to. Friends will constantly ask them to slow down, but once they start talking, they speed up again!
  • Carries a small rock/object in their pocket to constantly rub or play with to get their energy out, whether nervous or excited.
  • Draws little symbols on their things as good luck charms.
  • Always carries anything and everything that could be needed with them. They’re the go-to person in the group when someone needs something. Med pack? Extra snacks? Umbrella? Yep.
  • Always knows how far away and in what direction landmarks are, so they never get lost because they can just retrace their steps back to a location they know.
  • Their default walking is on tiptoe rather than touching down on their heel first. This makes them very quiet, and they often jumpscare their friends without meaning to.
  • Has insanely good nightvision/kinesthetic awareness so they can navigate in the dark really well as long as they have been in the space in the light.
  • They refuse to buy things when they think they can MacGyver up something similar, leading to a lot of work put into duct tape and hot glue when they could’ve bought something cheap that does the job perfectly well instead.
  •  They like complimenting strangers (mostly helpful service workers) all the time: “I like your hair,” “You have a lovely scarf,” etc.

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hmm okay. sorry i took a while to respond because it’s sometimes different for me with series, multi-parts (which i refer to as a compilation of one shots that’s in the same universe but don’t need to read in order for you to understand the story) and one shots so i’ll separate them. also, i’ll try and be as clear as possible and i’m putting it under the cut because as we all know i talk a lot so eheh. oh and i added screenshots of my notes on how I planned my series Duplicate so…yeah.

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Fantasy Guide to the Medieval Household (The noble family)


*I may have sang that in the Addams family theme*

I often get asked what goes down in the noble household of a lord, an Earl or a Duke & how the family unit usually worked. So I have decided to compile everything one needs to know in this guide. If you are looking for the description of the actual house of the family or the jobs of their servants, check these links.

The Lord/Title Holder


So the Lord (or insert any noble title & insert other genders, its really that simple) is the head of the estate as well as the household & family unit. They were in charge of hearing the troubles of the tenants either local or from afar depending on the severity of the case being heard and the size of the lands ruled by the lord. They would adjudicate criminal and civil matters. They would also meet with the alderman and other servants of both the household and estate such as their Marshall and steward to oversee the accounts and protection matters of the land. Their main role within the family unit is a decision maker and  a driving force. Nothing gets said nor done without their permission or at least their knowledge of it.

The Lady/Consort


Again, insert other titles & genders. The lady or Consort was usually involved in the running of the household. They would have their finger on the pulse of the house, and expected to be on top of all the goings on within the household, such as knowing the expenses, the stock of supplies and the welfare of the servants. The Consort basically works as the manager of the actual home, with the servants communicating with them or the steward. They will also be heavily involved with the poor of the region, heading charities. The Consort would also act as an ambassador of mercy, preaching mercy and forgiveness on behalf of criminals to their spouse who would be judging their case.



The children of the household lead relatively similar lives in their early years. Before puberty, children would grow up in the nursery. Babies would be given around the clock care, cared by wet nurses, rockers and a governess. Older children when about five, will begin their lessons with their tutors. When about ten or so, they to emerge in the household, trained by the Consort in how to run a household, the Lord on how lands should be ruled, how to fight from the master at arms and how to comport themselves in a mannerly way by their dancing master. They would also share their lessons with foster children known as wards (noble children taken in to be schooled by the Lord) & sometimes are sent to other nobility to be fostered. Thus tightened relations between nobles as well as provided the child with education. Teenagers would usually begin to be used as pawns in the marriage game about now but were rarely married young as some fantasy works suggest, most nobles would be married by the time they were 20. During their teen years their parents would begin to look for a spouse for them, they will usually begin to enter the society at this point, going to court and entering royal service.

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Hi there! Sorry that it took me a couple days to get to your question.

There are definitely some breeds that can’t tolerate the extremes of the planet’s weather, but for the most part, any horse can live in any reasonable climate. All horses can grow a winter coat, and begin to do so automatically as the days get shorter. Similarly, as the days lengthen, the grow a sleeker summer coat.

Horses do seem to struggle at times to acclimate to a brand new climate. You can find plenty of anecdotes about this online when people either buy a horse from another area or move their horse to another area for some other reason. A horse that’s been living for years in the high desert, for example, may not grow a particularly dense winter coat it’s first winter in Vermont. Usually, though, they seem to get recalibrated within a year or two, though some may always require a little extra attention to combat the cold.

For the most part, especially if they were born and raised there, horses seem to do fine in frigid places as long as they have plenty to eat all winter.

You’ll often see films where it’s supposed to be the dead of winter and the horses all have sleek, shiny coats. Then, you can assume that either the horses for the shoot were supplied by someone who brought them from year-round warm climate, or more likely, the film/scene is being shot in a warm place with fake snow. ;)

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One of them is riders that jerk on the reins and kick all the time. Horses are so sensitive they can feel an insect land on them and the bridle reins usually connect to a bit that’s in their MOUTH, an extremely sensitive area for almost any animal. You can read an old answer I wrote to see more reasons why characters who do this are being objectively bad riders. But because these phrases are used so much in fiction, authors assume without asking that their depiction is correct.

I have another one that’s so weird for a horse lover to admit that I almost don’t want to add it, but I also don’t tend to enjoy depictions of knights or soldiers who ride a war horse that they’re super attached to and have ridden for years. If they’re in a lot of combat situations, the likelihood they haven’t lost a horse and replaced it, probably more than once, is hideously small. I think authors do this because in fiction and movies, it’s really rare to show realistic horse-involved battles, because while audiences are often unfazed by gory human deaths, they don’t tolerate seeing animal deaths. There’s a suspension of disbelief problem for me here because a horse was almost always an easier target than its rider, and the risk to a horse was therefore several times greater. The likelihood of fighting a long time without losing your horse to death or injury is incredibly small.

Wow, this isn’t the lighthearted answer you were probably looking for. 😂

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