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dragon age 2 + female companions

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spicyshimmy:

i think one of the reasons why dragon age 2 will always hold an insanely special place in my heart is because of the way the narrative is framed around and even for women

women like athenril, like lady elegant, like serendipity, like meredith, like aveline, are the foundations of kirkwall. meredith may harden and crumble, but that makes her no less the beating lyrium heart at the city’s core. athenril is every rusty blade in every dark alleyway; elegant is ambition and poison in the right hands; serendipity has the very seneschal wrapped around her littlest finger; aveline is the city’s law and order, its goodness, its virtues, its stubborn strength. 

and isabela is the wicked visitor charmed by its wiles; she’d never stay ashore so long if she didn’t love every crooked cobblestone. and merrill is the outsider—because without an outsider, you can never see a place at every angle. 

the truth is, the story itself is being told to a woman. it’s so rare to take a step back and realize that the viewer, the audience, the intended, for a tale is a female perspective, a female gaze. it’s cassandra penteghast. this is a story sought by a woman and told to a woman. it’s rare enough outside of the video game medium, and rarer still within that medium. 

i do have to wonder sometimes if that’s not part of the reason da2 became such a polarizing force, against which so much vitriol was leveled. whether that was consciously done or not—in fact, i’m not claiming it was. but i think that inherently there was some psychological recognition of the dynamic shift in this story from a readily default assumption in origins—the narrator is male and the story is simply the story—to one that specifically places a female viewpoint in the audience.

so yeah. dragon age 2. i will always love you.

vieralynn:

NaBlo #3. Which Ser Cullen is in your canon? (And how might that change your expectations for Cullen in DA3?)

Am I looking forward to the possibility of Ser Cullen making an appearance in the DA3? Yes. Definitely yes. If Cullen ends up as a companion character, I’ll hunt the game for clues to figure out how to recruit him as early as possible. If a little Cullenmancing is available, I certain that my PC will lay out the welcome mat for that templar, no matter the roller coaster ride the romance provides. Flaws and all, Cullen’s characterization has interested me so far and I love how Greg Ellis brings this character alive.

But, despite all of that, I actually have doubts about Cullen playing a major role in DA3. Why? If Cullen is brought back as a companion character, the breadth of his prior history makes him a difficult and polarizing character to write.

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i am reblogging this as a reminder to myself that i should respond to it but it’s 2am and I NEED TO GO TO SLEEP but basically this is some really lovely cullen meta that anyone who likes DA should read. my personal cullen is a #1 as he’s one of my favorite characters in the series, but the graphics do make a fair point…

things i will never, ever get over:
the death of saemus dumar

things i will never, ever get over:

I HAVE MASSIVE RED JENNY CONSPIRACY THEORIES. omg i really hope we do get to see more of them in DA3.

I HAVE MASSIVE RED JENNY CONSPIRACY THEORIES. omg i really hope we do get to see more of them in DA3.

hell or glory: Timeline problems

inyri:

amaranthined:

inyri:

So… (ok, this is relevant to something I’m writing, to be fair) we’ve established that the Codex timeline is just straight-up wrong as it pertains to the Amells, right?

Lord Aristide was meant, apparently, to succeed Perrin Threnhold as viscount in 9:21 Dragon or thereabouts, except that given…

Yeah, I’m working on an Alternate Canon! Kirkwall for the Dragon Age BB, and the timeline is a wreck. I’m basically fudging things as I go because a lot of things from the codex do not make sense -__-

Someone has suggested that Revka possibly had more than one child, and that Warden!Amell is actually the youngest of them and not the one mentioned in the codex. This solves a /bit/ of the timeline wibbliness, but not all of it.

I’m still not sure that works, though- unless, again, the viscount Aristide was meant to replace isn’t Perrin Threnhold. Assuming Revka’s child was no more than ten when he/she was sent to the Circle (is there a precedent for late bloomer mages in canon?) in 9:21 Dragon, when Threnhold is deposed, that child still wouldn’t have been born much before 9:10 or 9:11 Dragon. It works, actually, for the Warden timeline, but not for the rest of it. (Leandra still would have been gone already, and again Aristide has to be dead by 9:12 or 13 Dragon at the latest, or Leandra’s lying.) If the Amell warden isn’t Revka’s eldest, and she had more than one mage child, it might have affected the family’s reputation before Aristide’s death- which still would have occurred 9 years before he’s suggested as a candidate for Viscount. I’m curious to see what you do with the timeline.

Well, my AU!timeline has Aristide succeeding Chivalry Threnhold, Perrin’s father. Perrin was deemed unsuitable for succession (why I haven’t quite figured out, but considering his actions in canon, there’s a plausible reason somewhere.) The fact that Revka’s child was a mage was completely hushed up (as far as the nobles know, she was sent away to live with her father’s family for awhile because the Kirkwall air was bad for her weak constitution)

Eventually Aristide uses a lot of bribery (and Amell has to go through a “treatment” that is way too complicated to explain here) to get her out of the Circle. Without Perrin, Knight Commander Guylian wasn’t killed so Circle Mages still have some freedoms and relations between the Chantry/Templars and the Kirkwall government are still reasonably friendly. 

Also, obviously in this AU!timeline Aristide didn’t die in 9:13, but his wife, Faust and Revka do. I don’t remember if canon actually offers the reason for death, but my timeline has COD listed as a plague. The plague, which destabilizes Kirkwall and knocks off several of the key players of its government (my reasoning for why we really don’t see a whole lot of noble families in Kirkwall, despite how big Hightown is) makes it easier for Aristide to grab the position of Viscount.

Leandra eloped, but here the truth of Revka’s child is still a secret and Damion is never accused of smuggling, so the Amell family still has a decent amount of power, and there’s no suspicion that their main line (excluding Leandra now) carries magic. Aristide generally has more approval than Perrin from the nobles, and the Chantry allows this because they know the secret, and having something to hold over his head when they need him to cooperate will be useful. 

I….hope some of this actually made sense @__@ My AU required a lot of fudging, I have several pages of notes and timelining trying to make sense of it against canon. 

hell or glory: Timeline problems

inyri:

So… (ok, this is relevant to something I’m writing, to be fair) we’ve established that the Codex timeline is just straight-up wrong as it pertains to the Amells, right?

Lord Aristide was meant, apparently, to succeed Perrin Threnhold as viscount in 9:21 Dragon or thereabouts, except that given…

Yeah, I’m working on an Alternate Canon! Kirkwall for the Dragon Age BB, and the timeline is a wreck. I’m basically fudging things as I go because a lot of things from the codex do not make sense -__-

Someone has suggested that Revka possibly had more than one child, and that Warden!Amell is actually the youngest of them and not the one mentioned in the codex. This solves a /bit/ of the timeline wibbliness, but not all of it.

rhodamined:

IT LIVESSSsss

I’ve been working on this on and off for the past 2 weeks for Zag’s birthday and I JUST finished it omg. Only 3 days late but (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ it actually works (no plugs - everything, including the battery, is shoved inside the poor thing) and I didn’t even hurt myself soldering.

I feel so bad for it, I had to tear out its back seam and take out all its stuffing and turn it inside out and /creys.

Based off of frikadeller’s Fenpaca, which is all kinds of magical and now sort of exists irl.

SO GUESS WHO HAS THE COOLEST FRIEND EVER.

YEAH.

I AM TAKING A FENPACA TO COLLEGE, MY DORM IS COOLER THAN YOURS. no seriously this is going to live on my windowsill or something ahhhhh

omg tina i love you thank you so much I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU ACTUALLY DID THIS IT’S SO FUCKING CUTE ;A; 

Flutiebear: Rambling My Way Through Thedas: Unbalanced Gender Classing

impressioniste:

DA Team, please let there be a badass lady warrior companion and an awesome male mage companion in DA3.

The warrior and mage classes are almost entirely gender exclusive in DAO/DAA/DA2. Almost every main warrior companion is male (except Aveline, fuck yes, Mhairi really…

I think both of your points are accurate, but I don’t think they’re addressing the same issue. In DA2 we do get an equal gender balance among the companions, which was really nice. But in the DA games overall, I do want to see more female warriors and more male mages, since those classes carry some gender stereotyping. In mmorpgs, I’ve definitely gotten the “Oh, another female mage…” reaction, as if that’s just what’s expected because it’s an “easier” class to play.

I was already hoping for the inclusion of Feynriel or Connor as a companion in DA3, but I also hope that we see some more female warriors - perhaps the hinted at Seeker companion?

eelrak:


 In the ancient days before the darkspawn, when dwarven cities wound through the roots of all the earth, House Valdasine single-handedly kept the empire supplied with lyrium. 
One day the mining family shut the doors of their thaig. They spoke not to their noble patrons, nor their king, and not even a visiting Paragon. Days passed in silence before the doors to Valdasine Thaig opened. Anxious partners discovered it empty. Not one soul remained—no bodies and no sign of what had happened. 
House Valdasine only left a staff of strange metal behind. It looked like lyrium and chilled one’s heart like a remembered sorrow. The king sealed the staff inside the thaig, and no dwarf ever ventured there again. 
—As recounted by Shaper Merta 

yay! My Valdasine staff for my Merrill! ≧*‿*≦
(also, here’s a closeup of the head of the staff - for details and junk. It was tough taking a picture of this thing, I had to stand on a tall chair haha :c)


(ohmygod TINA LOOK)
this staff looks so good(:

eelrak:

In the ancient days before the darkspawn, when dwarven cities wound through the roots of all the earth, House Valdasine single-handedly kept the empire supplied with lyrium.

One day the mining family shut the doors of their thaig. They spoke not to their noble patrons, nor their king, and not even a visiting Paragon. Days passed in silence before the doors to Valdasine Thaig opened. Anxious partners discovered it empty. Not one soul remained—no bodies and no sign of what had happened.

House Valdasine only left a staff of strange metal behind. It looked like lyrium and chilled one’s heart like a remembered sorrow. The king sealed the staff inside the thaig, and no dwarf ever ventured there again.

—As recounted by Shaper Merta

yay! My Valdasine staff for my Merrill! ≧*‿*≦

(also, here’s a closeup of the head of the staff - for details and junk. It was tough taking a picture of this thing, I had to stand on a tall chair haha :c)

(ohmygod TINA LOOK)

this staff looks so good(: