The cultures which inspired Avatar: The Last Airbender
- Air Nomads - The Monasteries of Tibet
- Water Tribe - The Inuit
- Earth Kingdom - Imperial China
- Fire Nation - Pre-Meiji Japan
Check out the Best Actress gowns over the years… Wishing Katharine Hepburn went in 1934—and every other year she won—so we could’ve seen what she wore [awesome pantsuit?]
infographic via mediarundigital
☀ Weird Invitation to Anyone Who Loves Epic Fantasy: I have no idea if this sort of thing could ever work, but as someone who loves to create fictional worlds, it has always been a daydream of mine to someday collaborate with others on making a world like those we read about in books, but one that is able to evolve and reflect our constantly-developing ideals and imaginations. I offer to share an “open world” with you – a sandbox world with the bases all set up, but one which has countless areas for development and opportunities to add your own content. If you like to write stories, design characters, or otherwise run around in fantasy mode, you are welcome!
☀ The Map: I posted a picture of papers I have stained with tea and tumblr user ofashandember mentioned that I could draw landscapes over them; this reminded me of other paper I’ve had sitting around for a couple years and intended to turn into maps! Hit hard and consumed by the need to craft an entire world as soon as possible, I have ended up with something much, much bigger than I expected! I have named the world The Lands of Ash and Ember in honor of Ami; thank you for the inspiration!!
☀ About Me & My Ideals With This Project: As a student of biology and environmental studies and a person who creates stuff in all my free time, I am fixated on bringing my knowledge of how the world works into my stories, regardless of the genre. In the area of fantasy, and especially stories that take place in pre-industrial societies, I am very interested in creating intersections between science and fiction that focus largely on connections between humankind, nature, and magic – rather than, and maybe as an escape from, the ideal of “limitless technological possibility” that governs the present-day real world. Removed somewhat from the power play and capitalism in today’s global society, fantasy worlds allow for deeper analysis into personal human issues and problems that are sometimes considered less pressing in the real world and, as a result, are ignored. It also leaves more room for both balance and change in the world, realities that we tend to consider a burden of some kind… But evolution is one of the most important ways in which the world works! So that’s all important to me!
☀ Enter the Lands of Ash and Ember!: I am neither popular on tumblr, nor do I have any idea what I am actually doing. If this ends up as a low-stakes project among a few of my friends, I’d be okay with that. If it flickers out in a couple months, I’ll still have a place to run around in my daydreams, and at most I’ve wasted only two days of my life. Ideally, I just want a place to go when I want to fool around and talk about stuff I like with both like-minded friends and friends who have something new to bring to the table. Either way – if you are at all interested, please send me a message on phototaxis, passeriformes, or firstname.lastname@example.org. All reblogs are appreciated; sorry about all the text!
Right-click and open the map in one window, then read about The Lands of Ash and Ember here.
I’m really high off this worldcrafting thing right now, so please talk to me about it. Cool? Cool.
Holy fuck Arthur was on some next level shit
Oh my god
I WAS NOT EXPECTING THAT LAST ONE AND NEARLY SPILLED COFFEE ALL OVER ME