what characters are 'esvrlds'
@esvrld leaving a link here just for posterity when this inevitably gets boosted again in however long: https://monads.online/@Colophonscrawl/107618247997749449
@ItsMorgan @esvrld @bryceyoungquist Ok I've looked thru the archives of book 2. This is the vibe I got. The book opens with some misgendering of white chain which sets the tone. On one occasion that I saw, juggernaut star misgenders white chain and on others refers to white chain as "deviant", "weak", etc. These need not be related, but I interpreted them as related. Anyway, after the eventual reveal of juggernaut star's "feminine" form my interpretation then became that all this
@jordyd @ItsMorgan @esvrld @bryceyoungquist Effectively all of the thorns, as with all of the angels, have a bone to pick with how creation has gone completely down the tubes. White Chain displays this right up until winning the fight with Dave. The responses are either to just embrace it and become de facto crooked cops, or join the other Thorns and serve the closest thing to god they even have, Metatron. Their rules have served them effectively no good, but they're practically all they have as far as something like a culture goes, and it's the only way they know to begin to relate to creation itself. If the choice boils down to "maintain a demeaning existence as a relic or at best a mercenary," and "turn into a living metal album cover with something approximating a purpose, just so long as you can keep your empathy at bay," it's not entirely surprising how many of them choose the latter.
@Colophonscrawl @ItsMorgan @esvrld @bryceyoungquist I tend to see the non-thorns as lacking in empathy, and the thorns as awash in it, tho this might merely be a difference in what is meant by "empathy". For example, before his redemption arc in king of swords, vigilant gaze purges the horizon displays a sort of "transphobia of detachment" toward white chain. Unable to empathize with white chain he is unable to understand why he should respect her gender. By contrast, the sort of transphobia
@jordyd @Colophonscrawl @esvrld @bryceyoungquist so the thorns are the metatron angels. the spiky ones. root knights are like michael (allegedly) and vigilant gaze (formerly?) and white chain (formerly???) and theyre all about the law. the petal knights are the ones that are neither, like 23 liminal blossom punctures the heart of the unrepentant, deliciously
@esvrld the wizard in the fourth branch of the mabinogi who cannot live if his feet are not resting in the lap of a virgin
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