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old gods do new jobs

Valkyrie Needs Food Badly: New Gauntlet Video Game On The Way [TRAILER]

I’m pretty sure 1985′s Gauntlet introduced me to the concept of a Valkyrie so you can bet I’m excited for this revamp of the classic. Arrowhead Game Studios are developing the game which will be a top-down co-op action RPG for PCs (with Steam integration). And your favorite characters will be back. According to the release, “Each character has its own unique strengths and weaknesses. For example, the Warrior does the most damage in melee combat, the Wizard has the most powerful magic, the Valkyrie has the most armor and the Elf moves the fastest.”

“Valkyrie has the most armor” – music to my ears.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Veronica Mars Marshmallows

Yes, I very, very, very much need these Veronica Mars marshmallows from Cakes Cove in my life to munch on while I do my rewatch. (via That’s Nerdalicious)

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We Can Cause More Damage That Way

Mew-Mew the Brave Will Protect Your Castle In Cat Armor

Etsy user schnabuble has some pretty interesting things for sale in their shop but perhaps none more so than this – Cat Battle Armor. They write, “100% wearable, flexible, and comfortable, the Cat Battle Armor is a for-reals armor harness for your kitty. Completely hand-made from durable veg-tan leather, this is no mere costume piece. Your cat will become an unstoppable force for slaughter in this fully articulated suit, shielding him/her from foes while allowing unimpeded movement across the battlefield or living room floor.”

At first I was like, “I’ll take 2!” And then I saw it was $500 and remembered my cats would murder me in my sleep if I tried.

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This Exists... Because of A Lady

This Woman Makes Leather Armor You’ll Want To Wear Every Day

This 26-year-old, self-taught artist from France is making the armor of your fantasies. Or should I say, fantasy armor. Deakath makes items for herself and her husband out of vegetable-tanned leather to go LARP in. More amazing? She only started working with armor in April of 2012.

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i swear by my pretty floral bonnet i will end you

Armored Lady of the Day: Samantha Swords

The Adventure Time nerd in me is asking whether Samantha Swords (her stage name) is related to Susan Strong, the D&D playing part of me is shushing it so that we don’t piss off the 2013 winner of the long sword event in the Harcourt Park World Invitational Jousting Tournament. Samantha also designs her own swords. You can watch an interview with her at Fashionably Geek.
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Faster than a speeding bullet!

First Look At Man of Steel Villain Faora and Her Full Suit of Armor

The last time we got a good look at Antje Traue’s full costume in Man of Steel it was on an action figure. And the other day we got a tiny look at the top of this picture and some kind of weird Kryptonian head-hologram. But here’s Traue in Faora’s lovely full suit of armor.

Previously in Man of Steel

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Princess Bubblegum Does Science

WeLoveFine.com had revealed a slew of new women’s t-shirts on their site including this one of Princess Bubblegum (also available in black and navy) from Adventure Time (coming to Netflix soon!). 

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Today in Boobs

First Female-Specific Body Armor Ships Out To Afghanistan

It’s safe to say, having body armor that doesn’t fit correctly is almost no armor at all. That’s why we’ve been following the development of body armor for women in the armed forces so closely. Previously, the armor was in a prototype stage and being worn by the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. It turns out, the women of the 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division are being deployed to Afghanistan soon and when they do, they’ll be wearing armor that fits.

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Supergirly

U.S. Military Develops Xena-Inspired Armor For Women

Here at The Mary Sue, we’re no stranger to the problem of armoring women for battle — in pop culture, we’re half-naked and totally unsuited for combat, and in real life, our armor doesn’t even fit and we’re totally unsuited for combat. What’s a lady soldier to do? Take a cue from Xena: Warrior Princess, apparently.

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Essay

For Anyone Still Wondering, Yes, Women Can Wear Full Armor, Too

If you go to the “Female Armor” page on the WoW Wiki, you’ll find a very silly statement. To quote:

Female armor tends to cover less than does male armor. Though there are many people who see this as mere fanservice, there are real, practical reasons behind it. First, females are statistically less muscular than males, and depend more on agility and cunning than raw strength in combat, thus lightweight armor makes more sense.

Now, the WoW Wiki knows that this argument is silly. It’s part of a series of satirical articles and says “This is a silly article” at the top. That got a smirk out of me when I saw it, but it also reminded me of the times that I’ve come across people actually trying to use this argument in a non-silly way. It comes up as a justification for why female characters shouldn’t get full armor or big weapons, or even as a counter-argument to those of us who would like to see more equal treatment for female player characters (and NPCs, too). To portray anything otherwise, these people say, is unrealistic.

Rather than dismissing this offhand, I’d like to take this opportunity to break down why this rationale doesn’t fly. It’s time to put a few dents in that idea’s armor. Unravel a few threads. Cut a few holes in the — okay, okay, I’ll stop.

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