Anonymous asked: As you are the only one I know who loves both DA and TW, I'm venting for you: how about a DA!AU, where Scott, Stiles and Lydia are mages, Derek is a Grey Warden, and Scott somehow gets infected by the taint, and Stiles and him end up running away to find Grey Wardens to save Scott. The Argents are totally Templars. Jackson is some noble or something. Lydia ran off from the circle earlier, and ended up marrying him, cut she DGAF.
i wish i had my quickcam on so i could have captured the progression of faces i made as i read this ask. alas i am failure, so you will have to trust me when i say holy fucking shit i want this
and jesus christ the argents as templars how ridiculously perfect omg. it’s almost a direct parallel, their moderate sect in violent clash with the fanatics, right down to my own moral question of whether the existence of them is necessary re: human autonomy vs legitimate public safety issues
but if they’re templars, would stiles be a mage? i think scott would make an amazing mage, and stiles his apostate-abetting best friend. scott didn’t really show his talents until recently, and when he did stiles threw himself into research to keep scott safe, right? and then the fifth blight begins and ends and during the sieges scott contracts the taint and has to seek out the wardens.
and they find derek, a mage warden whose regiment was slaughtered, not by darkspawn but by another warden, and now he’s on his own and vulnerable to both monsters and the reach of the chantry. (he’s been a free mage all his life, part of the wardens since his apostate family was killed by a templar cough cough and he and laura had to seek out sanctuary, but that’s ancient history)
but scott is dying, and derek will help scott if he agrees to help derek track down who killed his sister-commander and team. but since stiles will know the secrets of the wardens, both of them have to join or derek will be forced to kill stiles
neither of them hesitates, i mean being a warden is a pass to use magic freely and not be forced into a circle, but they don’t really realize just how closely the templars are watching. derek does.
so they’re laying low in denerim, derek gathering info and stiles splitting his time between scott and learning this whole warden thing (ie spending increasingly more time around the only experienced if incredibly grumpy warden he knows), while scott uses his newly-free magic for do-gooding and meets this amazing girl…
man i could go on and on and on for hours jesus christ
grand cleric victoria JUST PICTURE IT
okay maybe i’m a little disappointed…
maybe this is wishful thinking on my part, but right now i’m putting this down to comic art failings
every other single comic we’ve had in dragon age (or mass effect HA HA wait that’s a lie they never focus on women) fandom has reduced the figures of its women down to more traditional comic book proportions. isabela stayed busty, but she lost her thickness and muscle bulk completely in favor of slim tone
hopefully that’s what we’re seeing here, because while the original concept art had a pretty big disparity too, it’s wasn’t nearly as hilarious dcau superman-vs-wonderwoman as this
okay but here’s the thing about critiquing other people’s ships tho
like, as a matter of just ‘your ship is dumb and sucks and you’re dumb for shipping it abloobloo’, like no question, that’s really stupid and you’re kind of shitty for being that way
but if you want to analyze the narrative pacing or thematic merits of a certain relationship within a canon versus another, we shouldn’t necessarily frown on it or dismiss it under a blanket of nah-nah-nah-boo-boo ur ship sux mine is best
there are a lot of popular pairings that from a writing perspective i find superior to other, equally popular pairings. it’s not a matter of me finding the people who enjoy it lesser in any capacity, or even that i’m questioning the validity of the pairing (or subsequent ship) on its face, but rather just a judgment of how i’ve interpreted the story and what best fits inside
probably the best example for my followers is hawke/anders vs hawke/fenris or isabela. da2’s story is a deconstruction: the breakdown in act 3 where the tale would normally end at act 2. as hawke’s life and everything around him deteriorate, i find it more relevant for his lover to fall with him, to be the heaviest weight to drag him down. the romance parallels the narrative, where those two characters’ do not.
uhhhhh mass effect example i guess: a shepard (of either gender, but admittedly portrayed most often in fanworks as male) who hooks up with kaidan in me3 versus me1 follows, imo, a more satisfactory pacing structure. their relationship (regardless of romance) goes through a lot more rises and falls than is typical in a medium by necessity of being in a trilogy, but the bumps are much less noticeable when there is no romance, because it is overshadowed by the rising action that is their unresolved tension.
and all that? is just my own opinion based on my own interpretation. it’s just preferential analysis, and it doesn’t intend to diminish any ships, because ships aren’t pairings, ships are opinions on a pairing.
as long as we respect everyone’s opinions, we shouldn’t shy away from this kind of discussion
hell, it helps us better understand why we love what we love
if i ever hear anyone who enjoys mass effect 1 complain about ‘reused levels’ in dragon age 2 again
i will drive to their house and shit in their mouths
Anonymous asked: What do you think Cassandra's role will be in DAIII?
honestly, until i watch dawn of the seeker, that’s a difficult question to answer and pretty much pure (if educated) speculation.
what mike laidlaw and david gaider i think definitely understand at this point is that the series lacks a neutral or even moderate major perspective. every world-informing character is in some way biased, as is yknow the nature of an oppressor-oppressed system. the warden and hawke fit this, at least to some degree, but they are player characters who inherently neither inform nor shape the world. elthina posited herself as a neutral party, but as we all know, inaction from a member of an oppressive regime is still totally taking sides.
given what we’ve seen from cassandra so far—specifically, her journey from uninformed to informed—and her unique role as a sort of internal affairs agent for the main problematic political group, it seems like they’re grooming her to fill in that void. seekers have so far shown themselves to be corruptible by the chantry, sure, but cassandra specifically shows traits of real understanding of da2’s events. as she gains knowledge, she recants her accusations and slowly turns to neutrality.
and honestly, from a narrative perspective, if we’re to have a subjective protagonist (ie create-able character) again, having cassandra as a squadmate doesn’t actually make a lot of sense. she’s a true neutral party, and the entire point of modern bioware titles is taking sides. characters in your squad are supposed to supplement and react to player decisions, and the way cassandra looks to be playing out, she would be inadequate in that role.
…unless, of course, our character is also a chantry seeker or some similar investigative agent.
which mannnnnnnn that would be so cool