DA meme

Mar. 27th, 2012 03:19 pm
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15. Your favorite “Bro”

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14. Character you wish was a romance option
I wish all the romancable characters from DA:O swung both ways and I wish all the party members from DA:O-A could be wooed. And Varric. And Wynne.

I've said it before - Bioware creates incredible characters. There have been points where I fall in love with NPCs who appear in the story in minor roles: Samson, Silas, Charade, Dagna, Teagan. No matter how brief their moments on screen are, they seem so real, like they really have lives of their own to return to.

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13. Mages or Templars?
Mages, no question. While the Templar/mage relationship may have started with the best intentions and possibly even worked at some time, but the time we see the Circles in DA and DA2, it's clear that they function as prisons.

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12. OTP
UGH. SO MANY. For main character/companion, it's f!Cousland/Alistair. They're just so right together. Alistair's pure devotion to Cousland is so heart-warming. He's so dedicated; he doesn't see anyone else but her. My Cousland is fiercely protective of him; he represents the life she's supposed to leave behind, the life that as a Grey Warden, she no longer has a right to. Cousland flips the world upside to give Alistair the happy ending he's always wanted.

Following closely behind is Hawke/Anders, naturally. Both f! and m!Hawke... Can't decide which gender I prefer more. My f!Hawke is similar to Cousland in her attempt to create a haven for her lover. She wants stability, or at least a sense of control. As a mage, dude!Hawke is more concerned with just surviving. So when everything comes crashing down, f!Hawke loses much more than her male counterpart. But I love her she's willing to make that sacrifice for Anders.

For NPCs, I've been digging Connor/Fenyriel. And then there's Bethany/Leliana, Varric/Anders, Cousland/Anders, Wade/Herren, and Sigrun/Varric. And Aveline/Donnic. And Hespith/Branka. And Fenris/Sebastian.

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11. Favorite song from the soundtracks

Easy: "I Am the One," written by Inon Zur and sung by Aubrey Ashburn. It's so hauntingly beautiful - the wailing rise and fall of her voice sends shivers over my skin. The first time I heard it, I'd just beaten the game. The sad triumph of the Warden is captured perfectly.

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10. Favorite party banter
Oh god, the banter in these games are so, go good. I can't choose just one conversation.

Nathaniel: You don't always wear robes, do you?
Anders: Not when I'm naked I don't.

Alistair: Why are you smiling like that? You look suspiciously like the cat who swallowed the pigeon.
Wynne: Canary.
Alistair: What?
Wynne: I look like the cat that swallowed the canary.
Alistair: I once had a very large cat, but that's not my point. My point is why are you smirking?
Wynne: (Chuckles) You were watching her. With great interest, I might add. In fact, I believe you were...enraptured.
Alistair: She's our leader. I look to her for guidance.
Wynne: Oh, I see. So what guidance did you find in those swaying hips, hmm?
Alistair: No no no, I wasn't looking at...you know her...hind-quarters
Wynne: Certainly.
Alistair: I gazed...glanced, in that direction, maybe, but I wasn't staring...or really seeing anything even.
Wynne: Of course.
Alistair: I hate you. You're a bad person.

Isabela: I'm sorry, I don't speak never-gets-sex-again.

Anders: You're quite the dirty little dwarf, aren't you?
Oghren: And you're quite the dirty little mage.
Anders: I do my best. Still, I'm no ale-swilling mountain of belches like you!
Oghren: And I'm no winking, slack-jawed coward like you.
Anders: True! We should form a club!

Finn: Do you ever wish you had the freedom to piss anywhere and not have people stare at you?
Ariane: No. Do you?
Finn: Er... no! Of course not...

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9. Favorite class (ie, mage, warrior, rogue, assassin, healer…)
Ooh, tough one. I like all the classes I've played: bow!rogue, dual-wielding warrior, and daggers!rogue. Looking forward to trying out elemental mage in DA2, which'll be my next game. It's hard to say, since the fighting is so different between the games.

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8. Least favorite quest
Going with the Fade part of DA:O. Ugh. Took so long to get through. f!Cousland's least favorite was probably The Deep Roads. That or going back to Ostegar, making her, Wynne, and Alistair re-live the trauma of their failure. DA2... Once again, going with fandom: All That Remains.

Hmm, but there's a difference between which they hated while they were on them verses which ones they hated because of the outcome. The conclusion of All That Remains of course traumatized poor Hawke, but so did the quest Justice. Read more... )

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7. Favorite quest

DA:O - The Deep Roads certainly left an impact. Wading through the political quagmire that is Orzammar took ages, and even after the Warden had settled the bureaucratic nonsense, they still wouldn't abide by the contracts. When she was sent to recover the Paragon, she figured it was just another task on the laundry list of handyman jobs the dwarves had given her. Oh man. The Legion of the Dead? Awesome. The Dead Trenches? Awesome. Broodmothers? Awesome. Into the heart of darkness the Warden and her companions delved, descending into the bowels of Thedas to uncover the terrible secrets buried there. Branka...

What I also liked about this quest was that it once again showed how complex and complicated the human (or dwarf, as the case may be) soul is. What started as an attempt to right past wrongs and ultimately save people somehow got twisted. Selfishness and pride; this isn't the only example of how good intentions go astray, but it's one of the most powerful.

DA2 - I'm going to go with the fan favorite: The Long Road. Aveline and Donnic are just so adorable.

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fannish 5

Jun. 10th, 2011 10:07 pm
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[community profile] fannish5: 5 characters you feel are most likely to read or write fanfiction. (That don't already do so in canon)

1. Anders - Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening, Dragon Age 2
Isabela and Varric write/illustrate "friend fiction," which the other characters occasionally have to hear about. I think of the group, Anders would find it the most hilarious. He's creative and imaginative, as a kid in the Circle amused himself by drawing pictures of the adventures of Ser Pounce A Lot, and he's already a writer.

2. Angeal Genesis - Final Fantasy VII
That man was obsessed with Loveless. Not much of a stretch to picture him writing fanfic of it.

3. Chie Satonaka - Persona 4
Chie's a huge martial arts fan with an impressive collection of movies. I can imaging her writing her own scripts or stories, maybe inserting a kick ass Mary Sue to boot.

4. Maya Fey - Ace Attorney
She wouldn't be much of a Steel Samurai fan if she didn't write fanfiction of it.

5. Fakir - Princess Tutu
...He's sorta writing fanfic at the end, isn't he?
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6. Your Warden’s story
f!Cousland: Eee she's my favorite. I've written about her already, but hell, I don't mind babbling some more. The youngest child of Teryn Cousland, Mairen was trained as rogue by her mother. Her personality tended to be serious, sometimes even stiff, and her limited humor tended to be dry. She joined the Wardens out of desperation and took on the responsibilities of the order to fill the void that her parents' murder had gouged in her. Her family instilled within her a sense of justice and fairness, and it wasn't difficult for her to accept the Warden mantle. And it was easier to devote her focus and energy to her work rather than dwell on her failures. Despite their differences, she considered Morrigan her sister; she admired the witch's perseverance and strength, and is even a bit jealous of the other woman's ability to forge on ahead. Cousland could get a bit broody. She got along well with Leliana, even if she wasn't as devout as the bard. She respected Wynne a great deal, even if she doesn't always follow her advice. Zevren could be tricky - he made her laugh, but she wished he wasn't so flippant. She's rather ashamed to admit that she thought Oghren can be hilarious. Sten worried her; she couldn't decide if she admired his dedication or despises it.As for the ending of the game... )

f!Brosca: My first characters was a female dwarf commoner. Airathess was raised, if you could call it that, in squalor of Dust Town with her sister and mother. She can ruthless when forced into a corner, but despite her tough childhood, she isn't completely heartless. Not as I-will-do-good! as Cousland, but Brosca still tries to help when she's able. She's fascinated by Leliana and wishes she were a rogue so she could imitate the bard. We'll see if that interest turns more intimate.

For DA2, f!Hawke was a dagger rogue, prone to swaggering and swearing. She was at Ostegar with her brother, and saw the betrayal and fall of the Ferelden army. She made it out and with her family fled the onslaught. Her mother and sister found their new life difficult, depressing, but for the most part Hawke saw it as a game. She played her way through the first few years, winning gold and respect, only loosing the occasional tooth. Until she followed Bartrand into the Deep Roads. The shit got real.

She wooed and won Anders. Partially it was her innate sympathy for outcasts, partially her childhood as a daughter and sister to apostates, partially because she couldn't resist a challenge, partially because despite her glibness, she admired the work he was doing. She protected him when he begged her to leave.End of the game spoilerssss )

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5. Least favorite Love Interest
Sebastian, I suppose, because I find his religious fervor off-putting. Really though I like them all, even Sebby there has his moments. Again, I think Bioware did a good job developing the characters.

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4. Favorite Love Interest
Alistair! He's such a sweetheart. Bioware perfected the nice guy in him - not boring like Carth in Knights of the Old Repulbic and not a Nice Guy who's actually a manipulative asshole. The hardened!Alistair love scene was excellent, touching and umf umf umf, and the part where he gave Cousland a present made me squee. And his dialog is extraordinarily well done: he can be goofy and flirtatious, but you can also make him blush, which is adorable. And his conversations with other team members are some of the best in the game. And Bioware did a good job with the development of the romance; the pacing was perfect.

f!Cousland adores him. Before the war, she wasn't concerned with love and marriage. She had all the time in the world, it seemed; her brother was the heir and he already was married with a child, so their line, and thus home, was secure. With her being the youngest, she had freedom in choosing her partner; she didn't need to rely on an arranged marriage to provide stability. Parties and events that other nobles attended were dull and dry affairs, and she preferred to skip them entirely and spend her free time in the woods or in the keep. And why shouldn't she? Plenty of time to settle down later.

When she was conscripted, when she saw her home lost in a storm of fire and blood, when the dark spawn marched through Ostagar, staying alive to find Howe and prove to him that the Couslands - and that the Wardens - would not be defeated became her priority. The weight of the responsibility was heavy and stifling, and it narrowed her vision.

Enter Alistair! Someone who understood the aching pain of loss as well as the demands of duty. But who didn't brood or turn angry. Alistair's admiration of her gradually turned into devotion, and as he approached her, he started to draw her out. Wynne warned her, but by the end of their journey, my Warden could not stop being Cousland or stop being Alistair's, and could not devote herself to the wardens. Sealed with dark magic was the bargain she made to save him and herself, to keep them together when destiny tried to tear them apart. Eee.

Course nothing beats Anders' first kiss. There's no way Hawke could resist after that. And when he finally allowed himself to admit his feelings and walked through the dangers of Lowtown and then Hightown to be with her... Sigh. So delicious.

Planning on romancing Leliana with my f!dwarf, then the next run-through of DA2 will be with a m!Hawke. I initially wanted to rivalmance Fenris, but Anders. Apparently if you play as m!Hawke, Anders is more active in pursuing you.

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3. Least favorite character
Sten, I guess. While I find the Qun and the Qunari interesting, his routine got pretty old fast. Yes, yes, honor and duty before all, blah blah.

As far as f!Cousalnd goes, her least favorite person is either Howe or Loghain. She has no lost love for many of the dwarves, too, who she resents for making her wade through their politics before they would honor the contract to the Wardens. f!Hawke loathes Knight Commander Meredith... Maybe grudgingly respects her a bit, though.

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2. Favorite character
Ooh, this a tough one. One of the reasons I love the DA series is the depth and breadth of characters. Everyone is unique with their own motivations and agendas. And everyone is awesome.

I probably fangirl the most over Alistair, followed by Anders. Ooh Mr. Alistair ooh. And Anders, you can possess me any day. But I love them all. The women in particular are well done, I think: varied, versatile, and at the end of the day, fucking bad ass. Leliana's backstory was fascinating, Morrigan's bargain was touching and brutal, Wynne's quiet strength was inspirational... And then we have Velanna, Sigrun, Isabella, Bethany, and Aveline, not to mention all the NPCs that help or hinder the Warden and Hawke along the way. Like Sister Petrice, who Hawke is trying to deal with right now. She's a sly, slick cleric who has been meddling in the shadows as Hawke attempts to organize the chaos of the city - she's delightfully devious.

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1. Favorite Dragon Age game (ie: Origins, Awakening, Dragon Age 2)
Origins, definitely. The scope of it, the variety of it, the Andraste's-tits-ending of it.

Edit: DA2 does this too of course, but what I love about DA - and what grabbed me - was the ability to choose your character's direction. Choices aren't always "good" or "evil," and what seems sensible now may have unexpected and undesirable consequences down the road.
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3d4dw meme

May. 15th, 2011 07:24 pm
jaebility: (random // anders)
18. What don't you talk about here, either because it's too personal or because you don't have the energy?
School, mostly. usually I'm too tired at night to write when I get home, and then by the next day I've forgotten everything. Which actually may be a good thing, since it's probably boring to everyone else.

19. Any questions from the audience?
Anyone want to write me some DA fanfic?

20. Yes, but what are your thoughts on yaoi?
Huge supporter!

21. What's your favorite thing about Dreamwidth?
Hmm, the community, I think.

3w4dw meme

May. 11th, 2011 04:47 pm
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10. Tell me about your default icon.
It's a picture I got off a Google search years ago... I think for "star wars." It's a t-rex chomping on Luke Skywalker. And it's hilarious.

11. What features do you think Dreamwidth should have that it doesn't currently?
Hmm. More icons?

12. What do you consider the five most "telling" interests from the list on your profile? Why?
Ooh, I like this question! I'm going to choose "singing in the car," "great googily moogily," "feminism," "buttsex," and "pretending to be a dinosaur." I think they sum up some important things about me, namely that I have a goofy sense of humor, I'm interested in gender and sexuality, and I'm a big fan of dinosaurs.

13. Do you have any unique interests on your user profile? What are they? How'd they get there?
Yes - some are lyrics that I particularly liked, some are pairings that I'm apparently the only far of, and some things I would have thought would be more popular, like these three: "original harry potter characters," "original sailor moon senshi," "original star wars characters."

14. Did you have a gateway fandom? Still in it? Why or why not? Is there a community for it on DW?
Yes! Zelda was probably my first fandom - I'd write awful Mary Sue insert fanfics before I knew what any of those terms were - but it was Digimon that got me intvolved with the Internet and the communities here. I'm still dabbling in them, but am nowhere as active as I used to be. And while there are communities here, none are active.

15. What's your current obsession? What about it captures your imagination?

16. What are you glad you did but haven't really had a chance to post about?
Finished my first year of grad school! I'm halfway to my Master's!

17. How many people on your reading list do you know IRL?
None, unfortunately.

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3w4dw meme

May. 3rd, 2011 08:17 pm
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8. What community do you wish was more active?
Oh god. Like, all of them? [community profile] 310toyuma, [community profile] aceattorney, [community profile] beatlesslash, [community profile] legendofzelda...I joined a bunch of communities that haven't been updated in months. If ever.

9. Are there two people on your reading list that you think should meet?
Hmm... dunno?

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3d4dw meme

May. 1st, 2011 05:24 pm
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7. What is your favorite community on Dreamwidth?

There are a lot of great ones: [community profile] danglypartsiple is always good for a laugh, [community profile] omnomnom for recipes, [community profile] books for books.

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