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A bevvy of artistic resources for capturing the characters and lands of Tamora Pierce's many works on paper

This blog is a little over a year, dang. When did that happen?


1900’s erotica


1900’s erotica

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Face Claim Masterpost: Saraiyu Temaida Balitang

Sarai is described as having golden brown skin, lighter than a raka due to her mixed half-raka blood, and long luscious black hair…She has delicate features with full, sensual lips, a barely hooked nose, perfectly arched eyebrows, high cheekbones and the brown eyes of a raka. She is a very sought-after girl because of her curvy, womanly figure. 

  • Elodie Yung, Actress (French of French-Cambodian heritage)
  • Freida Pinto, Actress (Indian)
  • Riann Steele, Actress (English)
  • Julia Jones, Actress (American of Choctaw, Chickasaw, and African-American descent)

Given that the Copper Isles are primarily based on Indonesia and its culture, why not an Indonesian actress like Atiqua Hasiholan (1) or Sherina Munaf (2)?

Omg, Atiqah’s actually perfect though.

Look at that!!


Women Warriors series by maxre

A women only archery competition in North Japan.

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Faces that remind the mods of Lalasa Isran

From left to right and top to bottom:

Welsh actress Jessica Sula // a bride from Yemen by Khalid Alkhainaey // portfolio photo by Jonas Hafner

Dominican actress Dascha Polanco // Jaclyn Imasuen, model // English actress Angel Coulby

 Indian actress Lakshmi Menon // American actress Madison Pettis // American model Iman McDonnaugh

visionsofemelan is a blog that was created recently, and already I love it, so I thought I’d do a shout-out for it! It’s very similar to what we’re doing in that it’s dedicated to capturing the worlds of Tortall and Emelan in pictures, although on a smaller scale than what we try and do here at referencetortall. Definitely darling and worth looking into.

Necklace with pendants shaped as the head of Selene, acorns, and lotus flowers.  Ptolemaic Period, Egypt. London, British Museum. Found here at ornament-i-still.livejournal.com.



IMG_5399 by Geckoo76 on Flickr.

Good grief…is that a claymore??  *blink*  Not being a weapon scholar, how do you carry a sword that is taller than you are?  Don’t you dare tell me ‘very carefully’, either.  *snort*

***Thank you to David for explaining that it is a replica of a German Zweihander!
For cutting into ranks of dudes holding pikes.


let’s just appreciate traditional tuareg hairstyles for a second

my grandma occassionally rocked braids in the style of the top first picture

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Vervain: the leaves are used to increase the powers of the Gift when scrying in fire.  [x]


Vervain: the leaves are used to increase the powers of the Gift when scrying in fire.  [x]

Sea Lions by Kevin Head.


Adonis Bosso, via aphoticsouls


Adonis Bosso, via aphoticsouls

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