💢: What was the first fandom you ever got into?
💔: Tell me a sad headcannon you have for James Watson.
💥: Whats a weird talent of yours?
❤: Tell me a fluffy headcannon you have for Helen Magnus!
Thanks for the ask ❤️ this is a super hard one though!
What’s a weird talent I have?
This would require me to think I have any talents at all. I mean what qualifies as a talent? Honestly I don’t feel like I am talented at anything. But! I want to answer so I will go with what eventually popped into my head after staring at this ask for a while – my Lego inventory.
I have itemised in a database (Rebrickable) every single Lego part I own. For the sets that’s easy – just add the set. But when I first started getting into Lego I came across a good deal on marketplace. I got a lot of loose parts from that, and since then I have bought more parts on a number of occasions from BrickLink. Anyway thousands of parts all found, not just by part but also by colour. Why do this? Well if I want to build something I need to know if I have the parts, or what parts are missing.
Then the ‘talent’ part if you like is that you can pick any part in my database and I will be able to tell you where it is/find it in my collection. I have all the parts sorted out into… honestly I haven’t counted but probably hundreds of bags and boxes. I tend to repurpose set boxes as larger containers, and then buy freezer bags from the supermarket in varying sizes.
Now to be honest I don’t think this is a talent or special. It is probably quite weird. It took weeks of effort to initially set up and I have obviously had to maintain it. Upgrading parts to larger bags/boxes as I get more of them. Everytime I build something then putting the parts back in the right places etc. Mum has said she thinks it’s special but only because it’s weird, as she says she doesn’t know anyone else who would have the patience or the persistence. I find it soothing rather than annoying. I like sorting the parts, putting them in order. But then I am also the person with a completely alphabetised DVD collection. Having everything in order is a me feature really.
A fluffy headcanon for Helen Magnus
Ooof. Fluffy and Helen Magnus don’t go together all that well. I suppose… I don’t know if I counts but I do headcanon her as a loving mother. I’ve seen a few opposing headcanons that Helen’s first priority is her work, that Biggie probably did most of the raising for Henry and Ashley. That Helen was probably distant and emotionally unavailable but I just don’t see that personally.
The thing that I have always seen in Helen is that she has a personal face and a public face. We mostly see public because even when they are at the Sanctuary they are still working. But there are little glimpses, moments of banter, how Helen will reach a comforting hand. Plus I think the biggest endorsement of her as a mum is that both Henry and Ashley are still so close to her. I don’t sense any coercion or indoctrination. More that yeah Helen believes in her mission and that passion is catching. I’m sure Helen did model a strong work ethic but being a working mother doesn’t mean she wasn’t also a mum.
It’s a balance for sure but as one example I like to imagine Helen did tell bedtime stories, perhaps not read them, maybe sanitised versions of her own adventures with abnormals. Yeah that’s a nice fluffy thought 🥰
How about Sanctuary fandom + Once Upon a Time (show)?
Ok cool. This will be the top 5 things off the top of my head, so I reserve the right to facepalm if I forgot something important. Thanks for the ask!!!
send me a tv show/book/fandom and i’ll say the top 5 things i’d change about it
Well first off let’s address the elephant in the room that there are two ways to answer this question. 1) Is how I would change it to make it more like what I wished it was, 2) Is how I would change it to improve on what they actually chose to do. Those are two very different things. I am going to attempt to answer in the vein of number two, accepting canon and just tweaking it to be better, rather than throwing out everything in favour of the show I would have written, as I feel that’s more in the spirit of what the question is actually asking.
So without further ado!
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Sanctuary + 9, and Helen Magnus + 8, please and thank you. 🙂
Sanctuary: #8 and Helen/John/James: #11, please!
Awesome thank you ❤️
8) a quote from it that means a lot to me
There are quotes that I like (I put most of them on the calendar mum made me) but I can’t think of something profound, even though Sanctuary does have very meaningful vibes. The whole ethos of the Sanctuary, that differences are just accepted, means a lot to me. Sorry I know that’s not a very good answer. I am sure there probably is a quote. I hate that I can’t think of one 😳 I swear my memory is either ridiculously good with media (like remember every little thing), or its lousy and I feel embarrassed because this is what I love, and therefore I should remember it well.
11) how quickly I started shipping them when I got into the fandom
Oh man straight away. I mean if it hadn’t been for them I wouldn’t have probably got into any kind of Sanctuary fandom. They are why I was driven to create, and by creating I joined the community.
That first episode with James is what totally hooked me on the show. Seeing James and John interact with the “battle of wits” and how James worked with Helen, the deep friendship, and how they just sparkled together. The little glances, the subtle touches, the staggering history. I think it says something that I wrote a 50k fanfic branching off from that episode quite soon after (it was my NaNo project).
#have I ever slammed reblog that fast?#I mean this show gave me back writing I was having panic attacks everytime I tried to write and the love of this show got me out of that#Sanctuary just inspires me I haven’t been this obsessed with something in years and it’s a good feeling#I am so very grateful
The first prompt of that Teslen appreciation week is “Teslen Throughout History”which made me remember the Sanctuary MerMay fic I still haven’t posted. It’s written (I finished it in May) but I’m planning on an illustration for it. I was without the PC for 3 weeks and so I haven’t made any progress obviously in that time.
Anyway, The Tragic Tail is Helen/James ship, with some references to her past with John. However, the only real interaction with the Helen of 1912 is with Nikola. It’s Nikola who holds her when she first breaks down from the horror of what happened. It’s Nikola who sees when the ‘last Titanic survivor’ dies and calls Helen so she can talk with someone who understands. Ever since I wrote it my intent has been to tag it with something like “Nikola is a good friend” because he really was.
My observation of shippers generally (I’ve been writing fanfic for over 20 years now) is that generally “opposition ships” are ignored, or maligned, generally torn down to make ‘your ship’ seem the undisputed best. I’m trying to think if I’ve ever been guilty of that and I think if I have, it’s only when the “opposition ship” was a complete NoTP that I had a real antipathy for. Generally speaking I’m ship and let ship. If I dislike something it’s on it’s own merits (or rather negatives), not just because it’s the opposition to something I like.
I’m not threatened by Teslen. I ship Helen/John/James as an OT3 because it just screamed at me. There was not much choice involved. I saw Revelations and boom – I was done for. But I have eyes and so I can’t deny Nikola’s importance, nor would I ever want to do that.
I freely admit in season 4 the show seemed to be leaning to making Helen/Nikola canon. I can definitely see how their friendship could turn romantic. I don’t object to the pairing, I just don’t see it as a ‘great love’ I guess. To me their interaction seems far more platonic. They are very close, I would definitely say Helen treats Nikola like family. However exasperated she gets with him, there’s always a bit of fondness there and they will always be friends. I’ve always seen Nikola’s flirting with her to be more like banter as there never seems to be any expectation of it going beyond flirting.
I kinda headcanon actually that Nikola started being outrageous soon after The Five met as a way of testing her. Helen never took offense because she liked that she wasn’t being treated like a porcelain doll. I think Helen would always have bristled at being treated like a delicate lady. So Nikola being outrageous, without any intent to go further, was just like a way of affirming her independence.
Man I’m not sure what this rambling is. Thoughts on Teslen I guess. I still don’t know if I will actually do anything for appreciation week. Maybe I’ll do a series of headcanon/meta posts about their friendship. Maybe I’ll make a gifset or two. I don’t know.
In all the Sanctuary fanfic I’ve written (or plan to write) it’s all within the shows mythology. It might be a bit AU but mostly it’s canon-divergent, it’s not completely AU.
But I was thinking about The Mummy (and what a damn good movie that is) and I couldn’t help but think that as far as movie AU’s go, The Mummy could work quite well.
- Helen and Evie are totally cut from the same cloth. They are both fascinated by mysteries, both a little reckless, both brave and brilliant.
- Nikola would take Jonathan’s role easily as the sassy, alcoholic best friend, who claims to be only in it for himself but is secretly loyal as hell, whose entire persona is that they don’t care to cover for the fact that they care too much.
The problem is Rick because his personality isn’t that great a match for either John or James. Both John and James are a bit too reserved, too taciturn and less “scream at the Mummy and yeet the gun as out of bullets”.
The “are all librarians this much trouble” and kissing though is totally in character I reckon. I mean James and John follow Helen anywhere but I did love in Revelations how James was all “same old Helen, I’ll just jump off this cliff without a parachute”. It’s like that OT3 roles, Helen is definitely the one getting into all the scrapes and dragging everyone with her, as she just has to dive in with both feet to solve life’s mysteries.
Yeah I don’t know what I’m saying here, beyond making myself want to watch The Mummy again that is.
I still can’t stop thinking about that OT3 roles gifset I just made.
I totally get why James should have been Person C but it’s like the fanfic I’m writing.
I planned out that soulmark AU the other day and in my planning there was a lot of comparison between “canon” and “this AU” in how the characters reacted to the same event. For instance a big one was John and James getting together. Now we NEVER see that in canon so everything about that is just my headcanons anyway.
However, in ‘canon’ I pegged John as the one that took the initiative on that. He’s rebellious against his father, he’s strong and used to pushing back. He’s daring and willing to do a lot of things everyone says he shouldn’t. Whereas James was infinitely more restrained at first. Oh James is perfectly willing to buck society but he wanted to think it all through first and be 100% sure John felt the same way before he did anything. So it’s a good job John made the first move as James would probably never have done so.
But in this AU their upbringing was slightly different. James’ mother made an extra effort to let James know that his differences didn’t matter to her and that she loved him no matter what. He still had to hide them from society at large but he had the certainty that his mother gave him, that it wasn’t anything to personally be ashamed about. Whereas John’s mother crushed his rebellious spirit out of her fear that if John ever did pushback against his father, that William might discover his secret. So John isn’t as strong, his first instinct is to back down (as opposed to canon where he uses his height to intimidate). Even in canon John was quiet but in the AU he’s more subdued and a lot more conflicted.
So these OT3 roles are the same. In canon James probably is mostly Person C because John is cursed and off the rails (and Helen is Person A no matter what) and so it falls to James to try and rein them both in. However, I guess I’ve been thinking so much about their happier days (as I’ve been planning this Oxford-era soulmark fic) and James loves the mystery. James can’t be the voice of reason too much because Helen can convince him in seconds, she just pricks his curiosity and then he has to know.
I guess I just don’t see John having quite the same fascination with abnormals and science as Helen and James. I mean I think John has to have some interest – all of The Five were scientists – but I don’t think it was his passion. I think John’s passion is Helen and James. He loves science because he loves them. I view John as the follower I guess, that’s why he’s Person C.
I mean James “pretending he’s too sensible for crazy bullshit” does kinda line up with him making token protests, being the voice of caution, and then just jumping in anyway. Practically speaking what is the difference between Person B and C? I think it’s whether they get into messes on their own. Cursed John is Person B and James is C. Not cursed it’s how I put it with James’ curiosity getting him into trouble, so he’s Person B and John is person C.
Okay, so let’s talk about the labyrinth test at the end of Season One of Sanctuary, shall we?
I have two issues with it, one small-scale and one large-scale.
1. So these tests were supposed to be incredibly difficult and intense, designed to push each of them to their limits, right? Well, then, why was Nigel Griffin’s so easy?
Don’t get me wrong: that test nearly doomed them all, but that was because Nigel Griffin wasn’t there to take it. Clara had spent her whole life hating her abilities, and fighting against who and what she was, so having to place all her faith in those abilities knowing that lives hung in the balance? Incredibly difficult.
But assuming Nigel Griffin was as comfortable with his abilities as the rest of the 5 seem to be with theirs, his test would have been the easiest by far. Walking into that room invisible would probably have been the default, frankly.
And unless Helen’s father knew something he shouldn’t have, the test should have been designed for Nigel, not Clara.
2. Then we have the major issue: for a labyrinth that was supposed to be so specialized that only the 5, using their powers, could have completed it…. Two of them alone could have done it.
Specifically, John and Helen could have. At most they might have needed James for the Latin, but unless I’m mistaken, Helen’s fairly proficient in Latin herself, right? And she’s familiar with her father’s thought processes. The two of them could have handled John’s, James’, and Helen’s tests with ease.
As for Nikola’s, unless there was some sort of force field or something we didn’t know about, John could have just teleported in there, gotten the key, and teleported out.
Then, he would have just had to teleport into Nigel’s room, get the key, and get out. Sure, it would have triggered the collapse, but Clara did that anyway, and frankly, the light would have hit John for less time. Thus, the collapse wouldn’t have gotten as far along.
Maybe they all had to turn the keys at the same time, so they could have needed three more people, but any three other people could have turned the keys.
In conclusion, that test was really weird. Or else Tesla was wrong, and Helen’s father simply preferred Helen and John as a couple.
I hope it’s ok to add to this? If it’s not I apologise.
I really liked everything you said! I agree completely. The labyrinth was no challenge at all for The Five – but I don’t think it was supposed to be. If it was supposed to keep them out, then it wouldn’t have been tailored to their abilities. I think it was more to keep out everyone else BUT The Five.
As Helen said (paraphrased) “I know how my father thought, if he anticipated one of us wouldn’t have made it, he would have allowed for another of us to complete the task” – she said something like that in reference to Nikola’s test but as you’ve pointed out it could have worked for all of them in a variety of ways.
Plus re: your point about Helen and John. When Gregory set up the tests they were engaged as it was before John was cursed. Making it so his daughter and son-in-law (family in other words) could complete all tasks just makes sense. He would trust them above the others.
However the biggest issue for me with the labyrinth is that it’s the 21st century. I love Nikola I do but he clearly had a failure of imagination re: getting the blood. If he’d done some x-raying imaging of the walls he’d have located the blood where that turning concrete pillar thing was and then a plasma torch could have cut a nice hole around it.
And yes I have thought way too much about this haha. This is probably my favourite episode 🙂