this wip is saved as “HAAAAAAAAANDS.jpg” bc i got balthazar’s there right away and i’ve done nothing since but try to get the other two. that’s it. it’s taken 5x as long everything else in this pic so far
i literally just want to draw cass’ hand on top of balthazar’s, why is this so!!!!!! hard!!!!!!
Once you’ve crossed the Tanagar Canyon into the northwest of Hyrule, you’ve entered Rito territory. The temperate Tabantha region is their homestead, but they maintain the frigid Hebra mountains to the north as well.
Their largest village is quite vertical, the central roads built to wind around several enormous rock columns that rise out of Totori Lake. There are foot paths from the cliffs below for the sake of flightless travelers, but it’s a steep walk nonetheless
and unfortunately, horses do not hike, so Cass has to leave his at the stables below.( Read more... )
Well anyways, I’ve never had a proper Legend of Zelda AU before, just vague spinoffs based on aesthetics I love (like the Twilight Realm)
but I thought Balthazar would look amazing as the Rito Champion, striding along atop Vah Medoh.
Like Revali, he would’ve learned to control it quite quickly. He bonded with it, to a certain extent. Vah Medoh is named after Lady Medli, an ancient Rito Sage for whom they all have great respect. Some even credit Balthazar’s phenomenal aerial skills and uniquely powerful updrafts to his possibly being her descendant.
So when Ganon appears, challenging Balthazar with his own specialities, throwing him around and cutting off his escape with tornadoes, shooting him down over and over with ranged attacks–
…Balthazar understands.( Read more... )
honestly to this day one of my biggest art frustrations is that i cannot recreate the way balthazar smiles at cass. like literally just the way balthazar looks at cass is in my top five fave calthazar things and i cannot put it in anything i do and i hate that more than i can say
((FINALE SPOILERS)): I like to imagine Cas and Balthazar meeting up in the place wherever meetings of the Dead Angels' Society are held, spotting each other from across the room, and first sharing a long and knowing look that is equal parts remorse and gratitude...
oh my god cass is dead again. i mean it was only a matter of time, but. jesus.
i’m sorry, i used to think a lot about cass & balthazar meeting post s6. in fact, it’s one of the first ever calthazar posts on my main (and you already found ensardens’ beautiful post). i wish i could appreciate this image more right now but now i’m just scared they’ll actually bring balthazar back
thanks so much for the message tho, really ♥[EDIT] as an aside, i had to look up s12 info to answer this ofc, and i had the immense pleasure of reading the phrase “castiel knocks sam and dean out” in reference to the previous episode
Once upon a time, a young knight slew his wicked king to protect his homeland.
As punishment, the king’s sorcerer cursed the young knight. He carved out the knight’s heart, and locked it in a box, to make him a prisoner for eternity.
…a strange thief, who stole many things, made away with the box, and returned it to the young knight.
But the curse was not so easily broken.
What will he do now?
or how about an au where the self you see in the mirror is from a parallel universe
but some wires got crossed and cass & balthazar see each other instead
#and now they're both working on advanced stem degrees bc as they discovered #a broken mirror does not a portal make
remember that writing prompts post that’s like “an immortal and a time traveler fall in love. wherever the time traveler ends up the immortal is there to bring them up to speed”
anyways balthazar’s the immortal and cass is the time traveler
cass had never been to school by the time he met balthazar bc of his illness. if the body swap and physiotherapy and all went well his parents were hoping he’d start 3rd grade with the other kids his age
at any rate, they got pretty attached to balthazar in the hospital as cass’ first best friend, and he got to see cass’ cyberbrain before it was installed in his new body
afterwards, back in his room with mom&mum, balthazar gets distracted eating dinner, apparently trying to get his eyeballs to do a barrel roll
“what’re you doing” asks mom
“if i look backwards i can see my brain too”
“not quite, love” says mom, trying not to laugh “it’ll still be too dark in there”
so he grabs his toy flashlight and jams it against his nostrils like
a ghost in the shell au about cass & balthazar escaping the american empire together
they’re childhood friends, they met in the hospital where cass got his first full prosthetic body, then lost contact a decade later when cass was forcibly recruited into public security by michael’s side of the family, bc no one makes a better cyber soldier than a full cyborg
and cass tries to not even think about balthazar until he’s become the best hacker on record next to michael, until he can meet with balthazar even in public with absolutely no trace of it recorded on any camera or in any cyberbrain
and he teaches him everything. balthazar has only minimal cyberbrain enhancements, and no protheses, and with cass’ instructions he just starts taking apart all traces of their existence, piece by piece
and michael catches on eventually, except he shot himself in the foot years ago, first by making cass disappear from the public record himself when he was “recruited,” second by outfitting him with a new mass-market shell. easy to blend in on the outside, and custom engineering on the inside to make him unique
but mass-market is mass-market, and if you’re good, if you’re really good, if you’re the second best cyber hacker in the country, you can reverse engineer the customization until you are completely indistinguishable from the other 750,000 of you in circulation
finally michael confronts cass in person, cass who now only barely exists as a mundane private citizen, and threatens balthazar instead. and cass just looks at him and frowns
because balthazar hasn’t just disappeared from the public record, he’s disappeared from cass’ too. as michael dives into cass’ brain for evidence, he finds all of his memories of balthazar have been overwritten. there was no other boy in the hospital, no classmate, no friend, no one
balthazar only exists as a name in michael’s head. cass could never hack michael, but he doesn’t need to. michael never spared a second thought for cass’ life. he has not a single memory of balthazar to make his case. he can’t even describe him
and cass walks away
encrypted fragments in his brain, none of them even a full sentence on their own, start popping up, telling him to turn, to keep going, and he just keeps walking, walking across the city, which does not record him passing, all the way to the airstrip
by the time he boards his plane, there was never a “castiel” to begin with
there’s a blond stranger in the seat next to him. once they’re in the air, the stranger plugs himself into a film, smiling, enjoying himself
cass is still nervous. michael’s word alone carries weight. as long as he knows cass exists, there’s always a risk
once they’ve crossed the border, the stranger turns to him and asks if he’s all right. cass smiles and deflects
“you look like you’re enjoying yourself”
the stranger offers cass a wire to share the film. cass accepts and plugs himself inand suddenly
okay listen i gotta go to bed but i just bought grimes’ “art angels” album and so far? this is literally the soundtrack to cass saying goodbye to dean and hitting the open sky with balthazar and hannah 4ever after
special mention goes to:
- flesh without blood
- venus fly
- realiti (balthazar pov –> cass)
“Balthazar!” Cass called, waving him down to a short stack of crates with a small, white and brown bag tossed on top.
“This was in the bag…” Cass looked uneasy as he handed Balthazar a card.
“Hey–!” Santa grabbed it from him, glaring at it; her picture was on it, as though it were a trading card.
“Ah, you noticed,” Ace approached them, two cards in hand. “These were in the bags under the stairs.”
“Quatre,” Balthazar murmured, “and…Duo.”
They were silent for a moment, until Cass spoke up, tugging at his sleeves.
“When were these taken…?” he asked slowly. “How long has Zero been watching us…?”
“It’s just a headshot,” Santa muttered. “I can’t even tell what I’m wearing, or I’d maybe be able to guess the when.”
Balthazar glanced about the room, scattered with the small bags. One of them, no doubt, would hold his own photo…and Castiel’s. They resumed their search rather chilled.
The bags, only four in total, were exhausted soon enough, leaving them to pry open every crate and barrel within reach to find all nine cards.
Balthazar and Castiel heaved the lid off a large box to the right of the entryway, and there they were, laying eerily side by side.
Castiel watched, face full of concern, as Balthazar slowly lifted the card with his own photo.
Balthazar bit back a shudder, wracking his brain for something less than completely alarmed to say.
“At least they got my good side,” he muttered, turning the card over as though it interested him only casually. It was weak, but Cass seemed relieved, leaning into the crate for his own photo.
“Well?” he held it out to Balthazar, his tone expectant.
“…well?” he tilted his head. Cass frowned at him.
“Did they get my good side?”
Balthazar laughed. “Oh, dear, you don’t have a bad side.”
Cass smiled, satisfied.