Archetypes | WOMAN KING

And she speaks in a voice that sets men trembling, with eyes painted gold and a throne built on the bones of those who would challenge her rule. Cults of ascetics dance ecstasies in her honour and write her words in blood across their altars. Her body is a holy temple and her power springs from the divine source of her own terrible will. She is not of mortal flesh, they will whisper, as she wheels on her stallion and screams warchants to the heavens, emerging from battle wreathed in the blood and soil of a new kingdom. She rules with iron fists, with the cracking of cathedrals, with the love and the fear of her vast wild armies. She harbours a sword within her unquiet roaring heart, and with it has carved herself a new space, outside of law or nature or humankind. She is the mother of an empire; she is the mother of herself. Watch her rise.

Archetypes | WOMAN KING

And she speaks in a voice that sets men trembling, with eyes painted gold and a throne built on the bones of those who would challenge her rule. Cults of ascetics dance ecstasies in her honour and write her words in blood across their altars. Her body is a holy temple and her power springs from the divine source of her own terrible will. She is not of mortal flesh, they will whisper, as she wheels on her stallion and screams warchants to the heavens, emerging from battle wreathed in the blood and soil of a new kingdom. She rules with iron fists, with the cracking of cathedrals, with the love and the fear of her vast wild armies. She harbours a sword within her unquiet roaring heart, and with it has carved herself a new space, outside of law or nature or humankind. She is the mother of an empire; she is the mother of herself. Watch her rise.

February 03 2013, 12:35 AM   •   11,659 notes
#archetype series   #woman king   #she is a force of nature; beyond control; beyond definition almost   #men worship at her altar and desire her; but in the way men have always desired the untouchable; the divine   #she embodies their aspiration and their fear of the dark glory lurking behind that aspiration   #she fights wars like she is praying; and so with every sword swung; with ever banner rippling; with ever bullet shot   #they are singing to her   #she is the high priestess of a kingdom   #and the kingdom is held within her bosom   #a woman king will always be greater and more terrible than a king   #because she has risen beyond the human level; on the human level she would be a queen not a king   #to be king; she transcends her womanhood by transcending even her humanity   #she must be iron and shining and alien   #she must be the lady of war; the divine; the witching and the unknown   #that's it   #that's the key   #her body and her self must be a space of necessary unknowability   #if she was known; she would be human   #there must be that beyondness to her   #whether it comes from war; from death; from magic; from divinity; from the sheer fact of her being violent better and more beautifully th...   #than anything else on earth   #a woman king is always a warrior   #sometimes it's literal and sometimes it's figurative   #but she is always waging war against nature and the encroaching suffocation of civility and society and knowability   #so she rises   #someday we may see a woman king   #i honestly have been making this for a while   #it's not because of the meta post   #(though the meta post may be because of this)   #writing   
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