war of the usurper modern day(ish) au — house stark
…and winter is coming.
Religions are, by definition, metaphors, after all: God is a dream, a hope, a woman, an ironist, a father, a city, a house of many rooms, a watchmaker who left his prize chronometer in the desert, someone who loves you - even, perhaps, against all evidence, a celestial being whose only interest is to make sure your football team, army, business, or marriage thrives, prospers, and triumphs over all opposition. Religions are places to stand and look and act, vantage points from which to view the world.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
"They say madness and greatness were two sides of the same coin — but when Haywood took the throne, he had snatched the coin and said, "Why not both?””
if anything gale is a tragedy and deserves our sympathies rather than our ire, i’m sorry. (i’m not sorry.)
the capitol took his best friend, the woman he loves, away from him twice. they burned his home to the ground. they made him have his name in that reaping bowl 42 times so his family wouldn’t starve to death. you want to know why gale is angry? you want to know why gale will do whatever it takes? because he got pushed to the brink of things and that is not his fault and i’m going to be angry forever that people think it is. our introduction to katniss is how she wanted to drown a cat because it was another mouth to feed. things are desperate in district twelve, and gale saw a lot of things katniss didn’t see, like five mouths to feed instead of two and their homes on fire. gale got people out. gale led people through the woods.
the games make katniss softer than she used to be. the games make gale harder than he used to be. the war happens and she stays soft and the war happens and he becomes a soldier because the capitol is not winning any more victories over him. gale hawthorne is 19-years-old and the capitol has won enough victories over him. he won’t lose anyone else. he won’t go back into those mines that killed his father.
so, his home gets burned to the ground, and his revolution gets inverted, and he loses someone who was basically his sister — because he loved prim too which everyone seems to forget about — and the girl he loves in an accident not of his own making, and he moves in with the remnants of his destruction and probably thinks about how the capitol made him this way. and in the end he’s left with the rubble, and it’s a tragedy.
because, yeah, gale won the war. and the war won him right back.