Nights and Evenings
Originally posted by westerosiladies
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Every young hero has somebody to look after them, to guide them toward their destiny and fate, before and during their quest. As writers, mentors act as walking/talking rulebook to our characters. Everyone needs a teacher. We have a few recurring ones in history:The Old SoldierThe MachiavelliThe Idol
The Old Soldier
Originally posted by messmikkelsen
The Machiavelli mentor is one that teaches their pupil tactics to survive at court and perhaps even take power. The mentors are often ruthless in their actions to achieve their goals, which may or may not put them at odds with their hero. They are usually sly, clever and intelligent in their plans.
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Royal families are just one big chain of flaws and strengths. All dynasties have their issues. When writing your royal and noble families in your fantasy works, it is best to study some archetypical royal families.
Originally posted by thekingwhobroughtbackpartying
Some royals escape from the coups and revolutions that displace them. They usually flee to family members in other countries or allies in hope that they will shelter them or help them.Alice of Battenburg & Prince Philip of Edinburgh (Greece & Denmark): After the Greco-Turkish war, things in Greece were getting though for the royal family. After much consideration, the coup that took over exiled Prince Andrew, Princess Alice and their four daughters and their infant son. Famously little Prince Philip was sleeping in a converted fruit crate while this happened. They went to Germany, France and England hopping about without a home. The princesses married into mainly German families and Philip worked in the Navy. In 1952, he married Princess Elizabeth heir to the English throne and shed his foreign titles in favour of a British one. Alice of Battenburg returned to Greece where she founded a nunnery, often selling her jewels to fund the order. During civil unrest, Alice came to England in order to live out her final years at Buckingham Palace.Dowager Empress Maria Fyodorovna: The mother of Tsar Nicholas II fled Russia during the Revolution. She made it England on invitation from her sister Queen Alexandra. She lobbied to get asylum for the rest of her family but before it could be agreed, it was too late. She returned to Denmark where she died years later.Marie-Therèse, Madame Royale and Duchess of Angoulême: The only living daughter of Marie Antoinette and Louis XIV was imprisoned along with her mother and brother during the Revolution. After the death of her parents, she was exchanged for French prisoners and sent to her mother’s home country of Austria. During the brief restoration, she returned to France and served as Duchess of Angoulême.Charles II: After the English Civil War, Charles I acted stupidly and got his head cut off leaving us with that cunt Oliver Cromwell. During the time where Cromwell was invading and insulting my country and being a general warty bollocks, the queen had escaped to France with her children. Her daughter Henrietta was married to the Duc of Orléans and her son Charles got busy with the ladies of the court. But Charles was invited back to be king during the Restoration where he chilled on his throne for a good lot of years where he slept around, partied and generally acted awesome. (*plays a loop of Horrible Histories’ Charles II’s Rap*)
Originally posted by harritudur
Accommodation can be a difficult thing to sort both as a writer and a steward. You might have a palace of 200+ bedchambers in which you must house a staff of 500-/+, a varying amount of nobles, the royal family (of a varying amount) and their own households. When assigning rooms it is best to think of a Russian nesting doll. Start from the inside and work your way to the outside.The best rooms go to the monarch, their consort and their children/siblings/parent(s). These chambers would include the bedroom, a drawing room/ common area, a privy, a closet (a small chamber that can be used for prayer or work). They would be furnished with the best cloth, the best candles and whatever furniture brought by the resident since most royal courts travelled from palace to palace. They will also have chambers for their personal servants such as ladies in waiting and grooms.The second best set of rooms would go to the highest ranking nobles/people in the court. These rooms would be less fancy and a little smaller. These would be given to from titled nobility descending from those of Ducal rank (Dukes/Duchesses) or even members of the council such as Thomas Cromwell in Tudor times.The next set would be considerably smaller, perhaps minus a closet or a drawing room. Given to lower nobility.The next level of chambers would be smaller perhaps only the bedroom and a common area given to minor nobles. The last set of rooms would be small and only hold enough room for a bedroom. Servants would have to sleep on the ground on pallets beside their masters.Any other guests at court would have to stay at off-site locations around the palace in the city. Some nobles at houses around major palaces just in case they arrived late or were kicked out of court.
Originally posted by filmgifs
If you hoard over a thousand people into a single building, you will have to keep them entertained or else they might start misbehaving, more than usual. Palaces would be well stocked with ways to keep the courtiers occupied.Every palace would have a stable where the residents’ horses would be chillin’. Some palaces have parkland around them for hunting and picnicking.Most palaces would have common areas where courtiers would meet to play card games or gossip like a game room.There would be lawns converted for games such as bowling, croquet and tennis. Some palaces like Versailles would have indoor theatres and stages for traveling players to perform pieces for the court. Mediaeval castles would have pits for cockfighting or bear baiting usually outside the main castle on the grounds.
Originally posted by bethnoel
When dressing the most important person in your kingdom, it is important that you take the time to choose exactly what they are saying by wearing that particular piece of clothing. When thinking of your monarch, it is best you imagine them as a mannequin in a shop window advertising something. There is a message in their clothing and it’s up to you to choose the right one.
Materials and Cut
Originally posted by love-music-fashion-flawless
Colours speak louder than words. Many royal houses had an official colour of mourning when a relative or a close family friend died. France had white and the Plantagenets wore dark blue when mourning. By choosing the right colour, you can mirror what your monarch is feeling or what they want to say.As we said before white could be mourning colour and a very ostentatious colour to wear because it takes so much effort to keep clean. White also speaks of purity, grief and innocence. Red would be a common colour used for royal coronation cloaks and regalia. Red is the colour of nobility, luck, prosperity, long life, fertility, power, strength, courage and it is a colour of luxury.Pink is the colour offemininity/masculinity, love, sweetness, innocence. It is a soft colour and doesn’t exactly shout wealth.Orange is a peculiar colour and a favourite of Elizabeth I. It stands for spirituality.Yellow was the royal colour of mourning for Spain. Yellow could also be worn to hint gold but isn’t. It look opulent but isn’t exactly.Green is the colour of spring and rebirth. Henry VIII often cosplayed Robin Hood. It is a relatable colour for all classes.Blue is the colour of peace, loyalty, reliability, honor, trust. The Order of the Garter have deep blue regalia and embody all these traits. Purple of course stands for Imperial might and royalty. A monarch would probably avoid constantly wearing purple as it would advertise their royal status. They might save it for special occasions.
Queen Elizabeth II is very conscious of colour as you can see. Her blinding and borderline neon suits are that way for a reason. She makes herself stand out in a crowd so even the subject the farthest from her can recognize her.
Elizabeth I was also very conscious of colour. She was the Virgin queen and often emphasized this by wearing white.
Victoria also knew the power of colour and like her great-great granddaughter chose colours that made her stand out. At a party in Scotland, Victoria had been wearing tartan the entire trip but on the last night, she wore pale pink to stand out.
Picture yourself at a banquet held at the local Lord’s castle. The music is playing, the people are chatting and rustling about in their best clothes. You sit at a table and what sits before you? Not chicken nuggets, my friend.
Food is always one of the staples of any world you build. You can get a feel of class, society and morality just by looking at the spread before you on the table.
Food for lower classes (Peasants)
Most peasants lived off the land, rearing flocks, tilling fields and tending orchards. If they lived near the sea, lakes, rivers or streams, they would fish. But since they lived on land owned by churches or lords, they would only be allowed a portion of what they grew. In cities, the peasants would buy food from one another at the market.
Originally posted by adventurelandia
Nobility and Royalty could always afford better food than the poor. However it might be a patch more unhealthy than the poor’s fare. Nobility and Royalty weren’t fans of vegetables.The rich would eat a lot of meat, much of which they would hunt down themselves on their own land. Deer, wild boar, rabbits, turkey and other wild creatures would all be on the table. Nobility and Royalty would be fond of fish as well. Lamprey eels was a delicacy only preserved for special occasions.They could afford salt which was important for preserving meat and fish. This would allow the castle/manor/palace to be stocked in times of winter or famine. They could also afford pepper and other spices, all of which could cost a fortune, to flavour their food.During a feast, they would eat off of platters made of precious metals but only if you were seated at the high table. Other less important guests would eat off a trencher, a piece of hollowed out stale bread. Sugar would be the height of dessert. The sugar would be shaped into fantastical formations to impress the noble guests. Tudor chefs would create edible sugar plates for Henry VIII to eat off of.Swans and peacocks would be served in their plumage. Swans would be more royal diners as in England the monarch owns all the swans. In Ireland, it is illegal to kill a swan mainly because they could be children trapped in swan-bodies. Long story.
You need to make a list of the royals in your story. Add dates of birth and death. Who is whose brother? Mother? Father? It is easy to work backwards from the royals today back to the past. How does your character inherit the crown? Or how close are they to the throne? Add in uncles, aunts, cousins. Keep going until it feels expansive.
Originally posted by erysdaen
Royals can be volatile. If you are a step close to the throne, you want that shit. You will kill to get it. Royal families are guilty of infighting. Cousins will fight for supremacy. Sisters battle sisters over rights and honours. Brothers may turn to murder to dispatch each other. Royal families will almost always devour themselves. Like the Houses of York and Lancaster did, leaving the House of Tudor to swoop in and get the crown.
Originally posted by romanovdreams
How do the people receive your royals? Do they love them? Or do they despise them? Most royal families get mixed reviews. If they do good works like giving the people peace, they are loved. Over taxation can change the people’s opinions and turn them against your royals.
Originally posted by baelerion
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Court Archetypes: Princess
Princesses are why we love fantasy, am I right? They are the reason we get into fantasy at a young age. As children we are told stories of princesses being rescued by handsome princes from horrifying dragons and stepmothers. But this is childhood fantasy. Princesses are not clear cut and not all will have happy endings. There are types of princess.The ClassicThe WarriorThe WillfulThe Tragic
Originally posted by anneboleyns
These princesses will fit the fairytale version perfectly. They will be beautiful, kind and good. They will be so sweet that everyone will love them. The Classic princess will most likely evolve into the Good Queen. Any of the stories told here have a simple pattern if you look closely. Beautiful youth, in danger and married happily. Of course this is not the full story and I advise you to read into each.Princess Mary Rose Tudor, Duchess of Suffolk and Queen of France: Mary was the youngest daughter of Henry VII and the sister of Henry VIII. She was renowned as the most beautiful woman in Christendom and all the eligible men of the known world wanted to marry her. The highest bidder and eventual winner was the elderly King of France. Mary was married to him for some months before he died and was returned to England. Mary fell in love with the dashing friend of her brother, Charles Brandon and married him. Despite a few fines and threats, they lived happily together until Mary died. Elizabeth of York: Elizabeth was daughter of a relatively new dynasty. She was the daughter of a love match between Elizabeth Woodville and Edward IV. Elizabeth was one of the most beautiful and learned princesses in the world at the time. When her family fell from grace, she lived in a dingy sanctuary beneath Westminster Abbey. There are RUMOURS (which I don’t believe, cause I stan Richard III, fight me hoes) that her uncle planned to marry her but along came Henry VII across the sea to marry her and cast down her evil uncle. This story is highly stylized through Tudor propaganda. Much of it may not be so smooth and unfortunately, nobody bothered to ask Elizabeth how she felt about it all.Cleopatra Selene, Princess of the Nile, Queen of Maurentia: Cleopatra Selene was the daughter of Mark Antony and Cleopatra VII. In her youth, her parents made the mistake of antagonizing the might of Rome. After her parents committed suicide, Cleopatra Selene was carried back to Rome to be raised by the new Emperor’s sister and her stepmother. Her elder brother was murdered fleeing from Rome and her twin brother vanished (hem, hem, see: Murdered) Cleopatra Selene was married to another of Rome’s wards, Juba of Maurentia. The two remained vassals to Rome and lived happily away ever after. Cleopatra Selene was renowned as a beautiful and well learned woman in the Ancient World.Princess Elizabeth Windsor: Now, Queen Liz II of England, the princess was not always meant to be queen. She came to her new role as heir fairly young and at the beginnings of WWII. Elizabeth or Lilibet, was always mindful of her duty and place she would one day occupy. She served in WWII as a mechanic and found her prince in Prince Philip. They have been married for decades.
Originally posted by sweetrupturedlight
These princesses are not your pets. They will raise hell to get their chance of happiness. They are mostly heroes in their stories.Christina of Denmark, Duchess of Milan: Christina was the daughter of Isabella of Austria and Christian II of Denmark. Despite one turbulent and strange childhood, Christina grew into a clever beauty. Her uncle the Spanish Emperor Charles V married her off to Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, a man 26 older than the twelve year old princess. Two years later her husband was dead and Christina was sent to the Netherlands. Henry VIII cane sniffing and Christina shut him down with a burn that he would never recover from, “If I had two heads, I would gladly give him one" Christina married the Duke of Lorraine and lived happily with him.Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales: Diana is the Princess. The People’s princess. Married to the Prince of Wales, Diana seemed to be living the dream. Her husband was in love with his mistress Camilla. After years of marriage, the two divorced. Diana became more outspoken and beloved. She championed numerous causes to support sufferers of HIV, hunger and walked through war zones to prove points. Diana defied the royals in a million different ways forcing them to change the way they approached the public and others. Diana was killed in a fatal car crash in Paris, still mourned by millions.Princess Margaret Rose, Countess of Snowden: Margaret was the sister to present Queen of England, Elizabeth II. Renowned for being the more engaging and willful of the girls, Margaret was the OG wild child of the present royal families. Margaret fell in love with photographer Peter Townsend and sought to marry him. When the engagement was vetoed, Margaret was heartbroken. She married but it wasn’t a marriage of love. Margaret continued to be the wild child even rumoured to have a romantic involvement with many notable stars of the day.Julia the Elder: Julia was the daughter of Augustus, mother the heirs, Lucius and Gaius, and wife of future emperor, Tiberius. She was arrested for adultery and treason. She lost her husband and freedom and was exiled to an island to live with any men and wine.
Or how to write believable bar and nightclub scenes. I often find myself helping friends with their WIPs and often it as a bartender, I find myself having to correct them on bar and mixology terminology. So here’s my quick guide to keeping your lingo on the straight and narrow.
Cocktails and Drinks
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Mint Julep: Made with Kentucky bourbon, simple syrup, mint leaves and crushed icePina Colada: is made with white rum, dark rum, pineapple juice and coconut creamScrewdriver: Vodka and Orange juice Tequila Sunrise: tequila, orange juice and grenadineTom Collins: made with spiked lemonade, sparkling water, lemon juice, simple syrup and ginWhiskey Sour: is made with powdered sugar, seltzer, lemon juice and whiskey.White Russian: made with vodka, coffee liqueur and cream. Black Russian: made with two parts coffee liqueur and five parts vodka. Gin and Tonic: gin served with tonic waterBloody Mary: made with vodka and tomato juice mixed with lemon juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, fresh herbs, brown sugar and cracked black pepper. Brandy Alexander: served straight up and made with brandy, cognac, creme de cacao and creamCosmopolitan: Made with citrus vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice and fresh lime juiceDaiquiri: made with rum, lime juice and sugar. Gimlet: gin and lime juice
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