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Bailey Jay, Bones, and Life: S TOME OF BEASTS SKELETON, SHARKJAW orm approaches through the murky ter, but as it nears, it becomes clear that this is no living thing. It is made entirely of sharks'jaws joined together and brought to life with grim maga Made from numerous, interlocking shark's jaws, The bumanoid form approaches through wa these horrors are animated through foul magic into a large, vaguely humanoid shape. Sahuagin priests animate them to guard their sepulchers of bones These sharkjaw skeletons lie among great piles of bones, waiting to rise up and attack any uninvited souls who invade the sanctity of sahuagin holy sites. Others guard pirate treasures or ancient shipwrecks UNDEAD AUTOMATON. Being mindless, sharkjaw skeletons do nothing without orders from their creator, and they follow those instructions explicitly. A sharkjaw skeleton's creator can give it new commands as long as the skeleton s within 60 feet and can see and ear its creator. Otherwise, a arkjaw skeleton follows its last structions to the best of its ability and the exclusion of all else, though it will ays fight back if attacked. DEAD NATURE. A shroud doesn't require ood, drink, or sleep AW SKELETON ad, lawful evil s 13 (natural armor) 15 (6d10 + 12) swim 30 ft. Languages understands the languages of its creator can't speak Challenge 1 (200 XP) X CON NT bunjywunjy: ketchuplaser: bunjywunjy: armchair-factotum: young-replica: ??????? The wizard that made this knew exactly what they wanted …okay my next character is going to be one of these with Groucho Marx glasses @bunjywunjy, I got you. I was going to name them Captain Sharkjaw, but you do you. “I once killed a Owlbear in my pajamas. How it got into my pajamas I’ll never know.” now he’s Groucho Sharks

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Brains, Girls, and Lazy: icecream-eaterrr I just heard this woman say "you procrastinate because you are afraid of rejection. It's a defense mechanism, you are trying to protect yourself without even trying." and I think I just realized what was wrong with me eupheme-butterfly Yep, this is a very, very common reason for procrastinating. It's also why procrastination, even though it's often associated with laziness, is a fairly common trait in a lot of people with anxiety and perfectionism issues dsudis This idea You're not lazy, you're protecting yourself- hit me really hard while reading, of all things, Emily Nagoski's Come As You Are, which turns out to be as much about how brains work and how relationships work as how orgasms work. In an early part of the book she talks about Fight/Flight/Freeze responses to threats-the example she uses is being attacked by a lion You fight, if you think you can defeat the lion; you run away, if you think you can escape the lion; and when you think there's nothing you can do, when you feel the lion's jaws closing on your neck, you freeze, because dying will hurt less that way. You just stop and go numb and wait for it to be over, because that is the last way to protect any scrap of yourself Later in the book, she talks about the brain process that motivates you to pursue incentives, describing it as a little monitor that gauges your progress toward a goal versus the effort you're expending. If it feels like too little progress is being made you get frustrated, get angry, and, eventually, you.. despair. You stop trying You go numb and wait for it to be over, because that's the only way left to protect yourself. So it occurred to me that these are basically the same thing-when facing a difficult task, where failure feels like a Threat, you can get frustrated and fight it out-INCREASE DOING THE THING until you get where you're going Or you can flee-try to solve the problem some other way than straight on, changing your goal, changing your approach, whatever. Fight or flight But both of those only apply when you think the problem is solvable, right? If the problem isn't solvable, then you freeze. You despair And if you're one of those Smart Kids (Smart Girls, especially) who was praised for being smart so that all tasks in the world came to be divided between Ooh This Is Easy and I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN DO THAT AND IF I FUCK UP I WILL DIE, then... it's pretty easy to see how you lose the frustration/anger stage of working toward a goal, because your brain goes straight to freeze/despair every time. Things are easy and routine or they are straight up impossible So, you know, any time you manage to pull yourself up and give that lion a smack on the nose, or go stumbling away from it instead of just falling down like a fainting goat as soon as you spot it on the horizon, give yourself a gold star from me. Because this is some deeply wired survival-brain stuff. Even if logically you know that that term paper is not a lion, it really is like that sometimes Source: icecream-eaterrr 517,124 notes Procrastination
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God, Shit, and True: verysofisticated jaws-claws religiousragings Why Did God Create Atheists? There is a famous story told in Chassidic literature that addresses this very question. The Master teaches the student that God created everything in the world to be appreciated, since everything is here to teach us a lesson One clever student asks "What lesson can we learn from atheists? Why did God create them?" The Master responds "God created atheists to teach us the most important lesson of them all the lesson of true compassion. You see, when an atheist performs and act of charity, visits someone who is sick, helps someone in need, and cares for the world, he is not doing so because of some religious teaching He does not believe that god commanded him to perform this act. In fact, he does not believe in God at all, so his acts are based on an inner sense of morality. And look at the kindness he can bestow upon others simply because he feels it to be right This means," the Master continued "that when someone reaches out to you for help, you should never say 1 pray that God will help you. Instead for the moment, you should become an atheist, imagine that there is no God who can help, and say I will help you. ETA source: Tales of Hasidim Vol 2 by Mar razairazerci I started reading this and was worried it would be something attacking atheists, or bashing religion, but this makes me really, really happy naamahdarling imagine that there is no God who can help, and say I will help you." Holy shit. Holy shit. Worth the read
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God, Shit, and True: verysofisticated jaws-claws religiousragings Why Did God Create Atheists? There is a famous story told in Chassidic literature that addresses this very question. The Master teaches the student that God created everything in the world to be appreciated, since everything is here to teach us a lesson One clever student asks What lesson can we learn from atheists? Why did God create them?" The Master responds "God created atheists to teach us the most important lesson of them all the lesson of true compassion. You see, when an atheist performs and act of charity, visits someone who is sick, helps someone in need, and cares for the world, he is not doing so because of some religious teaching He does not believe that god commanded him to perform this act. In fact, he does not believe in God at all, so his acts are based on an inner sense of morality. And look at the kindness he can bestow upon others simply because he feels it to be right This means, the Master continued "that when someone reaches out to you for help, you should never say T pray that God will help you. Instead for the moment, you should become an atheist, imagine that there is no God who can help, and say I will help you. ETA source: Tales of Hasidim Vol 2 by Mar razairazerci I started reading this and was worried it would be something attacking atheists, or bashing religion, but this makes me really, really happy naamahdarling imagine that there is no God who can help, and say I will help you." Holy shit. Holy shit Why did god create atheists?
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God, Shit, and True: verysofisticated jaws-claws religiousraqinas Why Did God Create Atheists? There is a famous story told in Chassidic literature that addresses this very question. The Master teaches the student that God created everything in the world to be appreciated, since everything is here to teach us a lesson One clever student asks What lesson can we learn from atheists? Why did God create them?" The Master responds "God created atheists to teach us the most important lesson of them all -the lesson of true compassion. You see, when an atheist performs and act of charity, visits someone who is sick, helps someone in need, and cares for the world, he is not doing so because of some religious teaching He does not believe that god commanded him to perform this act. In fact, he does not believe in God at all, so his acts are based on an inner sense of morality. And look at the kindness he can bestow upon others simply because he feels it to be right This means," the Master continued "that when someone reaches out to you for help, you should never say l pray that God will help you. Instead for the moment, you should become an atheist, imagine that there is no God who can help, and say 1 will help you. ETA source: Tales of Hasidim Vol. 2 by Mar razairazerci l started reading this and was worried it would be something attacking atheists or bashing religion, but this makes me really, really happy naamahdarling imagine that there is no God who can help, and say I will help you." Holy shit. Holy shit. Yes YES Why did god create atheists?
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Soon..., Sorry, and Definition: writing-prompt-s The world's tiniest dragon must defend his hoard, a single gold coin, from those who would steal it. mildswearingat4am Suggestion: The dragon's definition of "steal" is somewhat loose. It still allows the coin to be used and bartered and change hands-but on one condition: the dragon must be with it at all times. They become a familiar sight in the marketplace. "Here's your change, ma'am. One gold piece." The merchant holds out a palm, on top of which rests a tiny, brilliantly colored creature clutching a single gold coin "That's a dragon," you say dumbly. "One piece... and a dragon." "Yes." You cautiously reach out and attempt to take your change. You tug. It holds. You tug harder. The dragon lets loose a tiny, protective growl. "Ma'am-no, ma'am, you have to take the dragon, too." "Sorry?" The seller notes your dubious expression. "Not from around here, are ya?" They shrug. "Them's the rules. Take the coin, take the dragon." They wait expectantly. Wondering how the world has so suddenly gone mad, you slowly, slowly hold out your hand. The dragon perks right up. It scampers from their palm to yours with the coin clamped in its jaws and scales your sleeve with sharp little claws. "Have a nice day, ma am," the merchant says. "Spend him soon, now, you hear? At another booth, if you can. He likes to travel." From its perch upon your shoulder, the dragon lets out a happy trill. I want a tiny stupid dragon so badly

I want a tiny stupid dragon so badly

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