Looking back at my true introduction to Dragon Age fandom, something started to truly pop into my head.
How different Cole was treated from my other favourite characters.
Now, I fully understand that Cole is a good guy and not a bad guy like my other favourite characters. But despite the different roles, the spirit of Compassion has quite a rap sheet to himself. For one, he is a serial killer by the very definition of the term (three victims over a long period) and he never denies this. He is more concerned about relapsing than other characters combined. This is not something hidden from the player, Cole tells it straight to them and you get negative karma for brushing it aside.
All in all, Cole has done bad things and is in no way out of the woods yet.
The interesting thing is, how the fandom reacted to Cole. Not only were the two characters who did not like him demonized, but a lot of his actions were forgiven or even entirely ignored. The worst Cole got was from his habit of reading people's emotions and broadcasting them.
This kind of acceptance is not true to all antagonists or other 'bad guys.' For example, these days you see posts discussing how Zuko's redemption arc was good -because- he suffered, or even that he should not have been redeemed. The Steven Universe fandom would gladly rake the Diamonds over the coals, including Pink Diamond. Seladon from AOR has her haters for betraying the gelfling.
So what does Cole do differently that 'saves' him from fan hate? Simply to put, Cole is both adorable and autism-coded.
There is a worrying trend found online, where those who are autistic are treated as more immature and less capable of taking care of themselves. Essentially, autistic people are seen as cute and 'mood' more than they are seen as living breathing people.
This kind of thinking is even more pronounced when it's targeting a fictional character. As long as the character is fittingly awkward and adorable, they can and will get away with murder as far as the fans are concerned. In a strange way, the character seen as autistic is often treated as basically a child, no matter how worldly they actually are in canon. Mirroring the real-life treatment of actual autistic people, the characters with autism are not taken as seriously as neurotypical characters.
Though it comes from a good place, this mentality still is harmful because it belittles the lived experience of an autistic person. Or in this case, character.
All of this results in a mentality where characters who are not awkward or cute get judged for their every crime harshly, but characters who are awkward and cute don't get judged. The opposite of this is, that these characters then also aren't treated as functioning adults, even if they are self-sufficient.
Of course, there is the mentality that if we don't see crimes being committed, we don't care. This is true, but we do see Cole killing a person in his introduction book, in cold blood and having planned to do it. Yes, it was a mage in distress, but a mercy kill it was not.
In essence, this little essay is here to go into the kind of thinking that the mentalities found in modern fandom can result in.
so apperently cole can to some extent safely handle being struck by lightening and even hold it in place as part of being the elemental master of earth in the comics??
also nya being cartoonishly electrocuted
and Cole being a prettyboy™
Alright, rambling time.
I'm going to ramble a bit about an au I've been working on for a while now, that I've called "Terror in the Night". I'll also refer to it as my Oni!Cole au because it's easier to say and type.
So in this au, after the oni are defeated, there's some peace for a while before Cole changes into an oni. It's a slow and fairly painful change. There is a bit of body horror but I won't be getting into that right now.
This change isn't just of appearance either.
For instance, when he's first getting used to his new form, he tends to be more likely to lash out in anger at something. His emotions are basically amplified and sometimes change as well. Something that might have only been an annoyance cause large amounts of rage.
Because the anger and rage were pretty much overshadowing all other emotions, no one realized all of Cole's emotions are amplified until later on once he's gotten a better handle with some of his emotions.
I do have a lot for this au planned out and I may end up posting a fic on Ao3 for it so I may ramble so more at some point on here. If anyone wants to hear more about Terror in the Night, feel free to DM me or send me an ask! I am more than willing to ramble about this!
When protagonists bitterly throw back a previous episode’s heartwarming moral/message to show how jaded and cynical they’ve become since then, when once they’d so proudly learned and repeated this lesson as something to guide themselves by, because now they’re lost...!
tonight was a good night with some good friends
eating pussy in the mall parking garage after hours call that a cunniliminal space
not sure how i feel about this blog anymore..
i made this when i was a young kid, diving into cringe culture and laughing at other kids making ocs, but now i realize the culture i looked up to and actively took part in was just plain stupid, gross, and i guess i just wanted to feel cool too.
i’m reminiscing of the old days, the start of the blog, gathering mods and friends, the skype chats,￼ everything
i realize that making your own ocs is for the heck of it, whether it’s “cringy” or as such doesn’t really matter. everyone has had a mary sue character in the past.
i don’t know how i feel about this blog anymore, i mean, it’s dead(?), if i left there would be nothing to say about the matter… but i’m not sure if i can leave??
also with the scott stuff, i’m not sure how i feel about him and the fandom anymore. please clown on me for looking up to him
i’m rambling and this is a goshdang oc blog, please forgive me!
i’ll still stick for a while, and i apologize for not doing much around here. -Mod Cole
Rewatching the ends of s12 and s13 honestly have me so emotional.
Jay in Prime Empire, he never forgot about his birth parents and I’m so glad that he was able to find someone to relate to, even for just a moment. Like haha yes he is adopted, funny, but deep down it still kinda hurts him. He just wants answers and he hopes they are good.
COLE IN 13 !!! He is his mother’s som there is NO DENYING IT. It makes me so so happy that remembered that promise. She would be so fucking proud of him and I just KNOW it. That’s her baby right there.
now let me finish crying because man i am emotional over legos again
playing dragon age inquisition and i want to make a file to romance every character but do I really wanna put up with solas’ bitch ass eight times
First and foremost, I want to thank all of you for hitting that follow button and being as kind and supportive as you’ve been. I wouldn’t be here without all of you. I was having THEEE shittiest day and then I got that 500th follower and I feel so much better. I know it’s dumb to take so much enjoyment from something like this but fite me, okay
Secondly, thank you to @cajunquandary and @thinkinghardhardlythinking for encouraging me to even start writing. Priest Kink? was my first fanfic ever and I was hella nervous to post it. But as all good friends do, these beautiful women hyped me up and kept me going. By the time I’d reached part 8 of Saints and Sinners, I’d gained a lot more confidence and a lot more followers. I finished my first series in March to much yelling and tears from many of you and I appreciate every single letter of it.
Special shoutouts go to @flamencodiva, @that-one-gay-girl, and @waywardbaby who didn’t know I was going to start writing and still hyped me the hell up. I love you three more than words can say!
Now, what would such a milestone be without a little challenge, right? But this one is going to be a little different than my last one (that I legit forgot about). All of these prompts have something to do with the number 5, whether it’s a song title, artist, quote, something.
This time, however, I’m going to expand the fandoms included. This time you’ll have options of Supernatural, The Boys, Marvel Cinematic and Comic universe, Peaky Blinders, Sons of Anarchy, Mayans MC, Witcher, DC Comic, TV, and Cinematic universes, and RPF involving these fandoms.
Here’s the basics:
Send me an ask, message, or comment to join. Prompts are first come, first served.
As this is an 18+ blog, I do ask that all participants be 18+.
No minimum or maximum word count. You want to send me a 200 word drabble? Sweet. You want to write me a 12k word novel? I’m here for it. Just the fact that you’re participating and writing for my challenge is appreciated and I love it.
Please, please use a keep reading break if it’s over 500 words.
Tag @wonder-cole in your AN and use the #colesfortunate500 tag in the first five.
Combine with whatever challenges you want. You might even bring something new to my attention.
No underage smut.
I’ll reblog everything on @colereads and link all the posts in a master list when the challenge is done.
Due date is: 10/31/21. Halloween.
No. Fucking. Hating. On. Others. NO FUCKING FIGHTING. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
One person per prompt. I’ll add more if they all get snatched up.
Without any further delay, here are your prompt choices!
I’m gonna be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
Mambo #5 - Lou Bega
Seasons of Love - Rent Cast
“You want five hundred dolla?!”
“It’s five o’clock somewhere.” @flamencodiva
“Honor's killed millions of people, it hasn't saved a single one.”
“We're newlyweds. Just met. You know how it is. We bumped into each other, sparks happen…”
“I don't know love. I was built to protect not to love, so there is no use for me other than this.”
“You wanna play it soft. We'll play it soft. You wanna play it hard. Let's play it hard.”
“I realize you that must be pretty mad at me, but I want you to know that I am fighting for a noble cause.”
“Okay... rope, tape, cable ties. You're the complete serial killer.”
“You want hearts and flowers? That's not something I know.”
“I’m hurting, baby. I’m broken down.”
“I just can't apologize, I hope you can understand.”
“When I had you to myself, I didn’t want you around.”
“I drove for miles and miles and wound up at your door.”
“Tumbled out of bed and I stumbled to the kitchen.”
“I swear sometimes that man is out to get me.”
“They just use your mind and you never get the credit.”
“Remember the words you told me.”
“You used to call me baby now you’re calling me my name.”
“I’m no hero and I’m not made of stone.”
“I can smell your scent for miles.”
“What is it really that motivates you?”
“I’m gonna be the one that’s taking over.”
“I do what I can but I know I can’t take anymore.”
“I know you don’t believe in me but I do believe in you.”
“I don’t know why I’m still alive.”
“Some things are just meant to be.”
“I can’t go back. I’m in too deep.”
I need Cole to fix my brain
Let’s get the basics set. Atreus is not human.
Atreus is from a pretty much extinct race of people that once inhabited the 16th realm: The Change Realm. This realm was a pretty abnormal place, as it was an endless void of random pieces of land suddenly appearing around them and the people would find their ways to connect those other pieces to their already stablished one to keep reinforcing it.
These people are the morphers. Changeglings are another thing, but a morpher is basically a being with the ability to not only change every aspect of themselves but they also have the ability to change every aspect of other beings and objects even if they aren’t a morpher. They are first born as what they call creatures of the void: basically a blob with no specific characteristic other than it’s glowing white eyes(?) and the fact that they are very clearly conscious of what surrounds them. A morpher is also born without a sense of identity that’s only given to them if their given a name and even sometimes a designated appearance.
Now, there are different levels for a morpher and their abilities.
Shapeshifting: They can basically copy any appearance of any being they want. This is one of the first ones that a morpher learns, but this doesn’t give them a feeling of identity as they are only stealing this appearance. What comes along shapeshifting is also voice imitating, something I just felt like clarifying.
Form Making: Now here’s when it gets more original. Basically, this is the stage where a morpher can create an appearance of their own from scratch and the stage where they also develop an identity as this one happens when a morpher is encouraged to do it or told to do it thus why being given a designated appearance gives them a feeling of who they are along with having a name.
Power Copying: A more limited practice but still an existing one, and it’s only possible if the morpher is copying the appearance of a being with such like as an Elemental Master, Oni, Dragon, and anything alike, but after they do this the first time they don’t necessarily need to keep that limit afterwards. The reason this one is much difficult is because a morpher needs physical training to even handle the powers they’re trying to copy, otherwise it would be dangerous for them to do so as the power could attack them back.
Appearance Fusion: Brother of Shapeshifting and Form Making, Appearance Fusion is when a morpher takes two of their already acquired appearances and characteristics and fuses them to make a new one. This has its minimums, as for it to be considered Appearance Fusion it needs to have at least one characteristic of each appearance to be fused together. Examples of these are taking the appearance of a being without powers and using Power Copying to give this new appearance said powers or adding extra limbs of a different appearance to a new one.
Transformation: The most difficult of the bunch but it’s basically the ability to change and transform a being or object from one thing of another with just touching them and focusing on what a morpher wants to change it to. The reason why this is so difficult is because meditation is needed to both unlock it and reinforce it, and since the rest need more physical training than not it becomes a challenge to unlock the power of Transformation.
Now, the reason why I said earlier that Atreus was from a race of extinct people is because morphers have been pretty much extinct for ages now. Before the First Spinjitzu Master was even born, what is called the Realm War happened about a couple of thousands years later after the creation of the Change Realm. Basically, what has went on was a war caused by certain realms forming alliances with each other and it becoming known that some realms wanted to take over other realms. This obviously led to war and the Change Realm quickly became a menace to any enemy realm that tried conquering them, as morphers had not only an extremely powerful ability, but they also had a very well-trained army with a mastery in at least 3 out of 5 morpher power levels. Then add to the pot that their weakness was unknown to most and you have an extremely powerful and dangerous enemy.
Nevertheless, morphers never seemed to attack and only ever fought back. If any of their spies infiltrated in other realms gave them information about a realm planning on attacking them, the morphers would immediately start preparing to attack and fight against by using everything they knew about the enemy to attack and win. And soon enough they were painted as aggressive, cold blooded villains who only wanted to win and conquer every single realm in existence.
And so comes the Magic Realm with their morally grey wizard, Bone.
The Magic Realm wasn’t happy at all with this rumor, and so as a mean of protecting themselves from being conquered, they paid a good sum of money to Bone for them to do the job. Bone was once a powerful, talented wizard who only cared about their own safety, and upon being told “Hey, these morphers wanna conquer us” they immediately got to work by creating a potion strong enough to help them pass as a morpher in the Change Realm to find a way to take them down and protect their home. This was when they discovered the metal of Inrita and when the only weakness of a morpher was finally brought to light. Inrita is like- a more intense version of vengestone that can cancel any power. For most, this just means that they have to fight without any powers. For morphers, this means death.
Since Inrita could successfully murder a morpher, Bone decided to use it to completely massacre every single morpher on sight, leaving a path of statues made out of Inrita that were once actual beings who, may I remember you, were only protecting themselves from being attacked. But Bone wasn’t over with their punishment to those who allegedly threatened to conquer every other realm, because when the last morpher pleaded for mercy, they gave it to them but not before cursing the whole future of the society of morphers with a spell which specified that yes, a morpher would be born, but only once in a lifetime. This meant that only if a morpher died, it would mean another would be born, and since there was only one morpher left alive, only one morpher would ever be born every lifetime plus with the fact that in every realm but the Change Realm.
And so, the last morpher decided to write scrolls detailing everything about a morpher. Their powers, culture, and everything surrounding it and sending them to every other realm, one for each of them that would at first appear to just be any other scroll, but the moment a morpher would touch it, it would reveal what it actually is about.
Due to this, there have been many legends about many morphers across the realms. Take the legend of The Protector as an example. A legend about a woman who could change everything about anything all to protect those who she thought were worth protecting, dying after someone who had found a spear of Inrita from the Realm War decided to test it on her. She was the morpher before Atreus, and now Atreus is the morpher of this lifetime.
He was born in Jamanakai Village and was quickly casted out for not being human and causing havoc, traveling around as a creature of the void until being found by who is only known as Master, who upon seeing how the morpher would transform into anything he wanted, the Master decided to take him and train him to be his loyal servant, thus being given the appearance I showed in a past post.
This one to be more exact even though that isn’t his full and actual appearance. Once he’s captured by the ninja and is basically told about how his master was only using him, Atreus decides to join them and basically creates his more human appearance basing off of characteristics he likes of the ninja (these events happen in like- a breach between s14 and s15 bc I want Nya there) such as Jay’s freckles, Nya’s bangs, Kai’s scars plus some other characteristics he steals from people like Ronin and a voice sounding alike to his.
But uh yeah this is all I have- maybe I’ll make a drawing of Atreus’ human form idk
Rewatching that episode where Cole, Jay and Nya had a love triangle going on and Cole and Jay just compete for her, but they look so gay in the process it’s so funny
mmmmmmmmmmmhi mutuals ily
I just have this crack image in my head of Solas and Fane in the Crossroads during Trespasser’s time frame (as always AU~) just being absolute idiots.
Fane: *engages with one of the Qunari Ogres and gets shoulder checked through an eluvian*
Solas: *on the other side, doing his shit as Fane flies through and into a ruined portion of a wall* Vhenan?!
Fane: *staggered rises from the the debris, bloody and looking like he’s about to pass out* I’m good! I..I’m good! I’m going back in!
Solas: *is horrified* No! No, you are not good! Do not go back through there!
Fane: What are you gonna do? Close it?! Fat chance! *charges back through, immediately launched back, groaning* Okay..okay..close it. Just fucking close it..
Solas: *internally screaming as he puts his face in his hands*
Mhairi: Was that an explosion?
Dorian: I think so. Look you can see the plume of smoke from here.
Varric: I don’t know if I wanna find out what created that.
Cole: Lover’s squabble.
All three: ...What?
This is what I do when I can’t write a specific scene out. I play and I make crack ideas. *sinks back into my whole of hell*
hi howdy all! made a comp of the ninja getting Owned