the girl who was split in two (x)
there once was a girl who was torn down the middle. one side wanted nothing but vengeance, while the other longed for love with every beat of her heart. but no matter what she did to sew the pieces back together, or hide one away and convince herself that a half was a whole, part of her was missing, and she could only deny it for so long. she tried to reconcile her grief and anger, and love with all her might, but it was hurled back at her with more force than she could withstand, and a second crack erupted, one even more cavernous than the first. she traced the break and felt its depth, and how it joined with the first and threatened to leave her severed in three. but again she sewed the pieces, and resumed the game of pretend, for hatred is stronger than sorrow, and love is worth everything, all the pain, in the end.
(aka: here, have some hypothetical 3b crapshit completely inspired by this gifset by @half-in-love-with.)
In the end, what gets Emma to stop calling them all delusional cult freaks are the photos Regina has in her wallet (still, always, forever). Infant Henry and toddler Henry and just-turned-six Henry and nine-and-a-half Henry, and every time wrapped up in her arms or draping his whole small body over hers with love and trust that can’t be posed or Photoshopped.
She told them it would take photographic proof. Imbecilic heroes, trusting in blind faith as if they’d never met Emma Swan before.
cptnstag-xo-doe asked: Good god your map looks amazing! Did you have a post where you went through all of your reasoning for placing everything where it is?
And what were the hints/things to help you get the lay of the land, btw, for your map? Like, what did you use to figure out who went where?
Aww, thanks! And no, no Grand Reasoning Post (yet). There’s two reasons for this: a, I don’t know how much explanation I’ll actually go into in TLIA, and b, half of the “work” was just “hmmm, here looks good.”
The only things I used to help me get a sense of where things had to go were the few details from the show, i.e. that George’s kingdom desperately needed trade with Regina’s in order to stay afloat, that in a ‘war’ between ‘Good’ and ‘Evil’, Regina and George were allies against insurgent forces, that Midas’s kingdom was close enough for there to be a ‘scenic’ route back to George’s, etc. Those are basically the only three kingdoms we’re specifically given in the range of episodes that I’m regarding as canon for TLIA.
Beyond that, of course, we can assume that Aurora’s parents have a kingdom, that Philip’s parents have a kingdom, that there’s some type of power-split between Rumpelstiltskin and Maurice, and that Mitchell Hermann also had a kingdom not excessively far from George (i.e. close enough for Snow & Charming to attend Ella & Thomas’s wedding). It also made sense for Rumpel to be located centrally to all of these kingdoms in which he meddled, but also along a coast to give him access to Xavier’s kingdom. (Does anyone know why he was there, in the first place? Like, was he simply there to make sure he made a deal for Cora’s child? Ugh.)
We also can assume that Belle, on her ‘adventures’ in which she completely co-opted Mulan’s potential story, would have been able to easily travel from Rumpel to Regina to ‘China’. Hence the location of Fūsang.
And since OUAT deals only in white-centric worlds, that’s all we know from the show.
So I took liberties, and tried to echo real world geography. Obviously, this is limited in scope since our world has, what, 181 sovereign nations (? I maybe totally made up that number), and this map of mine has 25. Also, because I am Oh So Clever (not) I attempted to vertically invert the world, so ‘Europe’ is south and west, ‘Africa’ is north and east, ‘Asia’ is south and east, and, uh, Latin America and the Arabian Peninsula are smack dab in the middle. Because.
Also, because I apparently have oodles of brown pride, I split the ‘Indian peninsula’ up to both reflect Northern ‘Mughal/Aryan’ India and Southern ‘Dravidian’ India. So Kumari Kandam would be Malayali, Tamil and Sinhalese, all existing in perfect harmony, because they’re ruled by a woman. Obvi.
… Okay, so, here is your Grand Reasoning post. :D