Unpopular pairing, anyone?
What’s a rare ship that you particurarly love?
This banter where the whole Inquisition squad goes after Varric in the Trespasser DLC
Varric: Great, we’re in the Deep Roads. I feel myself getting “dwarfier” by the minute. Did I just sprout a beard? Ugh, I hate caves.
Cassandra: Yes, yes. You hate the Deep Roads, and caves, and the outdoors.
Sera: And everything that isn’t hearing himself talk…
Dorian: Orleasian cafés, taverns that are too tidy, slopes of greater than 10°.
Blackwall: Also quiet, and most kinds of smells. Rain. Water in general.
Vivienne: And Orlesians, Fereldens, Nevarrans, mages, templars, the entire Merchant Guild, nugs-
Iron Bull: And slopes, uneven ground, the dark, pretty much all kinds of weather.
Cole: The smell of the sea, [Varric voice] Who made the ground vertical? Mountains covered in the dead.
Varric: Look, I have to complain or you’ll forget I’m here and trip over me! I’m providing a service.
Cole’s “Varric voice” is the best thing I heard. Ever.
thus damaging the homes of said parties where any number of innocent children playing on the floor, babies in their cradles, servants going about their daily work, merchants and peddlers in the streets being killed by the debris or the damage it caused. A boy playing beside his infant sister’s cradle, the boy killed in an instant as a chunk of wall impacted by a piece of the Chantry, the baby saved by the cradle but suffocates on the smoke and ash long before the flames consume her. (2/7)
A window cleaner from the alienage burns alive in the servants’ passageways. A merchant setting up, working or closing up his stall is thrown by the shock wave, cracks his head against a stone wall. Dead. Dead. Dead. All of this flashed through my mind as I watched the Chantry explode in my first playthrough and in every playthrough since. I… I just can’t justify what Anders did… Not when there were other options. (3/7)
He could have found a way to make the roof collapse, or have the Chantry implode on itself rather than explode. Frankly, the Chantry imploding on itself would have been a bit more of a powerful message and very much poetic as opposed to considering the rest of Kirkwall as collateral damage, regardless of whether or not it was “just the nobles”. Because it wasn’t just a bunch rich fucks. Regardless of whether one considers it retconned or not- I never did, along with the deluge of images(4/7)
depicting dead children, servants, a child from Low Town who saved up enough money to go to High Town and get their siblings little cakes… Just something to make the bleak times sweater… With all of this, when I saw how far the debris- and the bulk of it at that- disperse, it seemed like most of it went to the outskirts. The slums. Maybe if we ignore the “retcon” the debris went out beyond the city limits and nobody outside of High Town was killed… But it wasn’t just a bunch of (5/7)
selfish nobles and rich tits who were killed… People Anders may not have thought of, didn’t intend to harm undoubtedly became “collateral damage” Pretending otherwise is just… Don’t get me wrong, each member of my Hawke Flock would have helped him find away to say “FUCK THE CHANTRY AND FUCK YOU TOO ELTHINA!” in a heartbeat, I would have too. But an explosion like that… Fuck, probably would have helped lure Meredith there to off the bint too while we were at it. (6/7)
There were at least two other ways (cave in or complete structural collapse) to do it without causing harm to the rest of Kirkwall. With these people, these kids, these servants, and with at least two alternatives to destroying the Chantry in mind… I don’t know if I am bringing up points no one has before or not but…Do you really agree that he was right to condemn innocent people to death and claim their like that to make a point even if it sorely needed to be made? (7/7)
The thing is though… innocent people were going to die whether Anders blew up the Chantry or not. Had Anders not done what he did, then at least one of two things would have happened: The Templars would have slaughtered every mage in the Gallows with the Right of Annulment Meredith requested from Val Royeaux, and/or the Divine would have launched an Exalted March on the city. That’s not bullshit, that’s literally what was in the works.
At the very beginning of Act 3 we are told that Meredith has requested the Right of Annulment by Karras, if he survives. And is she allowed to this, to go above Elthina’s head like this? Yes, she can. We already know from DA:O that the right can be granted through mere letters on the basis of the Knight-Commander’s word alone. It’s a system that has already been abused, too, using it to cover up a mass murder that already took place. Meredith could have also just as easily gone this route. Meredith was going to have every single mage in the Gallows killed. And because they were all locked up, they would have had no time or way to prepare for this or defend themselves. There is a picture for this, too:
Of tranquil told to stand still as the swords are run through them. Of mages locked in their cells hearing the cries of those down the hall before the doors of their own swing open and are cut apart. Of children as young as four crying over the dead bodies of their instructors before getting beheaded and gutted themselves. This is a picture that did not happen because in blowing up the Chantry, Anders changed the situation and gave the mages a way to flee and fight back. There are mage survivors because of what Anders did.
When Elthina hears that the Divine Justinia is contemplating an Exalted March on Kirkwall, she asks Hawke and Sebastian to meet with Leliana.
And what does Leliana say? That it’s true. Leliana says that Elthina needs to leave Kirkwall because she will not be safe.
Leliana is warning Elthina to get out of Kirkwall because the Divine is going to send an army of templars against the entire city. (Sebastian says this if you click on him in the Chantry after completing the quest.) If even Elthina is at risk of getting killed by her own Chantry if she stays, what do you think is going to happen to the rest of Kirkwall? So here is another picture: An entire army of a thousands of soldiers in glittering Chantry-stamped armour storm the city, cutting down all those people and their children, burning their houses, shutting down passage in and out, and taking control of everything that is left. But this is also a picture that did not happen because in blowing up the Chantry, Anders changed the situation and instead took all the focus on just him. And then of course what follows is Fiona’s rebellion rising up.
Innocent people were going to die no matter what. All Anders did was change the numbers. (Numbers of which we have gotten varying accounts of, too.)
Theoretically he might have been able to cave in the Chantry with blood magic and help, but Anders hates blood magic and didn’t want anyone else involved. And if he did that, then we would be hearing about how people were sucked into the earth opening up beneath them. There is no way BioWare would ever write a situation where people weren’t hurt in the Chantry’s destruction. It is supposed to make you uncomfortable. It is supposed to make you realize there were no good options left. That’s why it’s called The Last Straw.
So do I, me, myself, think Anders was right to reduce the loss of life, destroy a building of an oppressive religious political militaristic regime, spark a rebellion against said regime, and do it all willingly submitting himself to whatever consequences he would face for it? And even believing that the consequences should be death, as foreshadowed in banter with Isabela?
Yes, I think Anders was right.
- scrosciare - the action of rain pouring down or of waves hitting rocks and cliffs
- aspectabund - letting emotion show easily through the face or eyes
- pyrrhic - won at too great a cost
- rubatosis - the unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat
- trepverter - a witty response or comeback you think of only after it’s too late to use
- hiraeth - a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past
- resfeber - thrill felt before an adventure
- apricity - the warmth of the sun in the winter
- messaline - soft lightweight silk with a satin weave
- psithurism - the sound of wind rustling leaves
- lapidoso - full of stones, said of roads or of the bottom of a river
- liberosis - the desire to care less about things
- cafune - the act of running your fingers through the hair of someone you love
- ignipotent - presiding over fire
- balter - to dance gracelessly, but with enjoyment
- verklempt - completely and utterly overcome with emotion -
- cruore - it literally means “flowing blood”
- marcid - incredibly exhausted
- temerate - to break a bond or promise
- sweven - a dream
- petrichor - the pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a long period of dry weather
- basorexia - the overwhelming desire to kiss
- whelve - to bury something deep, to hide
- meriggiare - to rest at noon, more likely in a shady spot outdoors
- ansare - to hardly breathe, to be out of breath
- arcuate - arched; bow-shaped
- morituro - of someone who is next or destined to die
- noceur - one who stays up late
- selcouth - unfamiliar, rare, strange, and yet wonderful
- astral - of or relating to the stars
Psst you ready here comes the secret
Hey, are you an artist or writer with WIPs?
Come here… I got a secret for you pssst come ‘ere
waiting in deep suspense
Here it comes
I am also very curious about this secret
Your time spent enjoying the creative process is infinitely more valuable that any final project you create. So stop putting yourself down for never finishing or posting those WIPs because every moment you spent creating something you loved is a moment not wasted. Your progress and talent is measured by your passion not your number of posts.
This is the most interesting (terrifying, wonderful, thematically relevant) thing in that game, right?? Like, how different Solas feels about the world, about his situation, if you’ve never, ever, once made the effort to reach out to him. How hard and closed his heart is. And what changes and blooms if you just effing empathize with and speak to and listen to a person who needs it. If you show love for a person who is obviously crying out for help.
Patrick Weekes always spoke about Solas with such gentle tender compassion, and now I understand why.
And yeah, exactly like you were saying, the game, it turns out, is about empathy!!! which shocks me only because I didn’t realize it before, during Inquisition. When the main game ended, I thought, “this game is about religious faith and about people lying” - when Trespasser ended, it became so much clearer, so much more meaningful. It really made the main game so much better. “this game is about empathy, about repairing physical and emotional breaches, about compassion and healing and letting go of the past and the pieces of yourself you can’t keep.”
What shocked me coming into the final stretch of Trespasser was that, FORGET about the flea distraction that is the Saarebas, the conversation you have with Solas is the Last Boss Fight of Inquisition. And, in a first that I’ve encountered in a video game, it’s a final confrontation lost or won purely through empathy. Solas is desperately asking the Inquisitor to listen to him, to help him, to stop him. He would never have told you anything if he didn’t want you to stop him. It’s a quiet conversation, full of pain, and it’s more climactic than all the fighting in the last 10 hours of gameplay put together, including Corypheus. This conversation is the most climactic final boss I can remember playing in years. And the game rewards you for your patience and empathy, your friendship. The connections you made opens up options, gives leeway for peace and healing.
(the game that lets you let the tortured, enslaved dragon go free rather than killing it)
(the game where cole, compassion incarnate, greatly approves when you say you will save Solas)
It’s probably not going to happen, but in the next game I would hope that, in world states where the Inquisitor cut Solas off or physically abused him, that it’s fully 6 times harder to beat the game. I hope that helping Solas come to terms is a genuine method of beating DA4. The information the Inquisitor has access to if they stop to listen to Solas is like 150 times as useful as one who always told him to shut up. And Solas wants you to use that information. In the good ending of this game, he’s so desperate that you do so. In the bad ending, he’s an island.
Solas seems to genuinely cares about the world and its inhabitants. Buried in between all his little quips with other companions, are snippets of dialogue that show a dude who just likes his trees and his quiet and wants people to be safe and at peace.
He likes nature, and will often comment positively on the the natural beauty of an areaI like being out in the forests. It’s peaceful.It’s quiet here. I like it.Even in these wastes, there exists beauty.
He displays a great deal of respect and empathy for animals.
On dragons:“An impressive creature. There is a purity in such undiluted power.”
On wolves:“I know that they are intelligent, practical creatures that small-minded fools think of as terrible beasts.”
On nugs:“This must be the first time they’ve seen people like us…. I wonder what they make of the giants passing through their home.”
(He speaks with so much warmth re:the nugs I was actually taken a little aback the first time I heard it)
He always speaks with compassion towards the plight of other people and with disdain at unnecessary suffering. He does this regardless of approval status, even if he does not view them as “real.”“Ferelden has failed the villagers of Crestwood. They deserve better.”“The villagers are brave, to stay and defend their homes.”“What a waste.” (Referencing Sahrnia)“Hopefully the Inquisition can find some way to help these people.”“So each ocularum is made from the skull of a Tranquil. I had wondered what had become of them when the mages rebelled. What a tragic waste.”
One could argue that Solas has millennia of practice in deceiving people, in wearing masks and feigning emotions he does not actually feel, and most of the above could be an act. But I haven’t seen compelling evidence of Solas outright lying to that degree ever. I mean he could barely keep it together over that ‘heady’ Winter Palace energy.
Solas is a kind, beautiful, misunderstood and sad lil bean ❤️ I mean, Cole, an actual spirit of compassion thinks he’s great sooo 👍
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Salutations! I’m very excited to be offering art commissions to the community. Commissions open indefinitely! Check out my portfolio here, to see my different styles, and my Commissions page to for pricing and information.
Portrait (waist/knees up): $40
Portrait (Full length): $50
Note: due to the high level of detail in the works, rendered pieces take longer to complete. Rendered commission slots are limited to 1 per month
Portrait (waist/knees up): $60
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Additional characters: + 50% of base price
Backgrounds can be simple/flat color, patterned, or outlined. No complex backgrounds at this time.
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Anything hateful: i.e. racism, LGBTQ+ hate, etc.
After months of trying to convince me to post my writing, @kita-lavellan and some other friends from the DA discord finally succeded in convincing me to do it.
I never wrote for any fandom because I never felt the need but somehow, DA was able to make me do it.
I posted two small stories, both of them being about Solas and Elluin Lavellan because I’m that weak. My first atempt to writing.
So, if you are curious to read them here ya go:
Kiss the Apostate! https://archiveofourown.org/works/26389975
Tavern of redemption. https://archiveofourown.org/works/26389705
This is not weakness, this is strength!
These are also amazing
1. You are responsible for your own media experience.
2. There is such a thing as a healthy level of avoidance towards topics that make you feel unwell or even (in a real-life clinical definition of the term) trigger you - but you are the one to actively take care of what you view.
3. Avoiding does not mean policing others.
4. You have no right to tell artists to censor themselves - you may criticize what others do, you may dislike it, that’s fine - but actively asking for censorship when you could easily unfollow or block a person just makes you look incompetent in your use of the internet.
5. Do not give people on tumblr or /any/ website the responsibility for your emotional well-being. Because these people do not even know you so no, you have no right to ask them to take care of you.
6. Content creators are not your parents and owe you nothing, not even a breakdown on why their content isn’t problematic. You don’t get to demand a dissertation denouncing any and everything unhealthy in a piece you don’t like. Move on.
7. Tagging is a nicety but not an obligation. You can message people, politely, and ask them to tag things, and many people will, but understand that it’s their blog and they aren’t obliged to say yes. Unfollow and block when you need to. Circling back to number 1, you are responsible for curating your own experience.
8. Don’t be a jerk. Remember at the end of the day, there are actual living, breathing people behind each screen name. Don’t say anything you wouldn’t say to someone’s face in real life.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to remember this.
Hey, you there! Go look in a mirror. See that person looking back at you? They're amazing, intelligent, lovely, kind, stunning, gorgeous - inside and out! And that's YOU! I'm so glad, and honored, to know you. 😊 ~❤ I'm making it my mission today to pay forward the kindness and support that has been shown to me by others. I encourage everyone to please do the same. Thank you! (=ↀωↀ=)
Following on from the fact my brain went darkfic mode when it first got one of these… (sorry medilove - I love you really)
Oh, another one of these messages. How… Quaint. You really have no idea what you’ve freed do you? If I look in the mirror do I see you, or do I see me?
It used to be you, inside and out. You were just a touch too curious, a touch too slow to realise what I was. You didn’t comprehend the danger you were in until the glass shattered. Silver shards scattered on the floor and you… You. Pretty little thing. You were mine. Are mine. Forever and always.
I’m not alone you know. There’s many more dwelling in the shadows, pushing to be freed. If I send this message on, how many more will look in a mirror?
How many will see themselves and how many will see Us?
I won’t be able to finish this before I leave for vacation, so I’ll probably never finish it. But I’m a little proud of the egg boy’s lips.
Oh my gosh! This was recommended to me and I adore it!! It’s so soft! So tender! My heart!! *cries* @wrenbeedoodles
here to bring you more awful and sad solavellan feels!!!! definitely being reminded of deep-seated heartache for these two after the teaser damn
idk if it’s obvious or not, so for some small context, their outfit changes are suppose to be from inquisition when they met and fell in love awww
“no feelings,” he says as he wraps both of his arms around my waist, pulling me into his chest.
“no feelings,” i say when his fingers raise my chin towards his.
no feelings. our lips meet and a fire erupts inside me.
no feelings. days become weeks. his secrets become my own, his laughter the soundtrack of my nights.
no feelings. we lay on the couch, limbs intertwined. he plays with my hair. kisses me with his entire being as we say goodbye.
no feelings but i don’t mean it. i don’t mean it. i’m sorry.
- Sulevin Blade: Very easy to miss when exploring Emprise Du Lion. When exploring north-east of Valeska’s Watch, north of the Deep Road entrance and west of a ruined tower, you should run across a camp with an elven corpse. The note on the corpse opens up a War Table mission, which in turn opens up a Temple and then a quest to gather pieces of the broken sword. All so Dagna can draw up a Greatsword design with a range of 305-319 DPS from the pieces and have it replaced.
- Disband or Conscript?: One of the biggest issues that most players have is siding against their preferred allies in the Mage/Templar war. Pro-Mage choosing to do “In Hushed Whispers” and Pro-Templars do “Champion of the Just”. However, if you do ever want to play the other quest, whether to see Ser Barris or just check out the Elder One’s other ally, it can be done without truly siding with the opposite enemy. It is actually possible to conscript/enslave the mages if you play “In Hushed Whispers” as a Pro-Templar, sending them back to the Circles with a new fraternity if you chose the right Divine at the end of Inquisition. While Pro-Mage players can actually disband the Templars and consume them as soldiers of the Inquisition instead.
- Cole in Haven: Maybe I’m wrong about this one, but usually when I finish the Mage/Templar quest I’ll instantly start the next story quest and miss this one. If you do that too, after completing “Champions of the Just” Don’t. After recruiting the Templars, Cole can actually be talked to near the merchants stand in Haven. It’s a good chance to get to know him, before going to Skyhold.
- Thanking the Iron Bull: This isn’t anything big, I just thought everyone would like to know, that a couple of Chantry Sisters discuss thanking the Iron Bull profusely last night…right outside the Haven Chantry.
- Inquisitor Lyrium Contacts: I highly recommend everyone grab the first perks in the Forces, Secrets, and Connections perk trees as early as possible, the perks that add dialogue choices. There are many dialogue choices I love using that come from those perks. One minor use is after gaining your Templar or Mage companions, the Inquisitor can offer up some lyrium contacts of their own. Which is just a nice piece of roleplay material, for the less than “rule-abiding” Inquisitors (specifically Adaar and Cadash).
- Quick Rebuild of Skyhold: I loath having to wait to get access to the Inquisitor’s room to use their Wardrobe, so I’ve found a bit of a cheat. If you have a high enough friendship with Solas, so much so that he takes you into the Fade, then this will automatically unlock the Inquisitor’s bedroom (for the obvious reason that’s where Solas leaves them to sleep) and much of the rest of Skyhold. It’s just a quick way to get in and change out of grey pjs, if they don’t suit you.
- Garden Meetings: Always check the Skyhold Garden, interesting people end up there. Including Ser Michel and Fairbanks. Also be sure to check the bushes on the right side of the Garden, for some reason they love to hide in them? I recommend going to talk to Mother Giselle there after Adamant too, she has interesting dialogue; especially if you are not Andrastian and/or have denied being divinely chosen.
- Scattered in Skyhold: After gaining the “Enhanced Studies” perk from the War Table, be sure to check the second floor of the rotunda, across the rail from Dorian should be an elven researcher looking for 48 copies of Hard in Hightown…y e a h. Anyways, the 48 copies will be all around Skyhold as a little scavenger hunt. Which the one in the Garden will sometime glitch in midair. To grab it, jump from the top of the stairs, repeatedly pressing the interact button on the way down.
- Vivienne and the Andrastian Throne: This one I found just the other day, if you are good friends with Vivienne and use the Andrastian throne. During her one dialogue, instead of saying the Inquisitor has good tastes in thrones, she will say that she appreciates the Inquisitor’s eyes for symbolism.
- Skyhold: Elven Imagery: Again, another fun thing of note rather than something worth checking out. Besides Solas’ elven art-form in Skyhold, there are a few other note-worthy pieces. In Blackwall’s barn, there is actually a depiction of the Halla Mother and Mother of all Beasts, Ghilan'nain with a mighty bear. While owl imagery (associated with both Falon’Din and Andruil) pop up in several places within Skyhold.
- Speak with Hawke’s Warden: After finding Hawke’s Warden in Crestwood, you can return to Skyhold and speak with them on the ramparts where you met Hawke.
- Josephine’s Rumors: I haven’t gotten to explore this with other romances yet, but a romanced Josephine is apparently a popular source of gossip in Val Royeaux. Though it’s not always good gossip and I’m sure Leliana wracks up quite a body count, with as many times as the question on whether Josephine has been “fade-touched” by the Inquisitor comes up.
- Crossroads Agents: The mission mark doesn’t always come up for this, but once you’ve helped everyone in the Hinterlands’ Crossroad be sure to talk to Corporal Vale again! He will actually give you the chance to recruit more agents and gain more power/influence/experience.
- Quizquisition: So randomized that it is very easy to miss. If you are lucky enough you may find a strange man popping up over Skyhold asking you questions regarding DA:I lore, for something he calls the Quizquisition. If you answer enough of his questions (three of them) he will actually give you a giant spoon to hit things with…(Greatsword: 220 DPS). The easiest way to find the Quizquisitor is to acquire the “Elite Clientele” Perk from the War Table and then find him in the basement vault, returning after leaving Skyhold as many times as needed.
- The Verchiel March/Friends in High and Low Places: Remember the point earlier about how I highly recommend the conversation perks? This is another good reason for it. When you go to complete Sera’s Personal Quest, “The Verchiel March”, the only real way to gain approval from Sera is to have her beat the fellow up and discard an alliance (or piss off Sera and gain a noble ally). Which for one of my characters would never have been an option. However, if you happen to have the “Nobility Knowledge” perk, then you can gain approval from Sera and force the noble to work for you. Sera is happy you embarrassed and essentially robbed from the noble, and Lord ass-kiss Harmond is just happy to have his life and reputation (but not his lands). All ends well and my character stayed perfectly in-character.
Learn to defend against a bigot grabbing your hijab from behind!
This is very important nowadays. Please, learn this self defense technique so it becomes muscle memory and don’t let anyone offend you!
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A young woman in a blue hijab is standing with a young man behind her. As the narrator speaks, the woman uses sign language and signs along.
The woman steps back with her left leg and reaches her left arm over the right arm of the young man, who has his hand near her hijab.She cups her left arm in her right hand and leans backward, forcing the man’s arm over her shoulder and his body down.
As she is doing this, the narrator says, “Defense against a headscarf grab from behind. The perpetrator grabs the victim’s scarf, the victim steps back and establishes an overhook. She grabs the bottom of her hand, thumb up, and elevates the elbow to release the hold.”
As the woman and man repeat the action, the narrator says, “One more time. Grab from behind, overhook, and elevates the elbow to the sky. Five times quickly—constant practice is required to develop the muscle memory. Thank you.”
End video transcript.
Would also like to point out that this would probably work against someone trying to use long-hair for leverage in an attack too. <3
Edit: Or *any* length hair actually, now I think about it…