Friday, 23 January 2015

Dragon Age companions appreciation post

Originally from Dragon Age: Origins and its DLC Awakening

Alistair is my bro. I love him to bits. Not romancing him during my second playthrough of Origins was really tough, because he's so adorable and funny. I squealed when he briefly popped up in 2, and I sacrificed Hawke so he could live in my first playthrough of Inquisition. I can't have a world where he's not alive. I love all the little war table quests I get from him in Inquisition.
"Have you ever licked a lamp post in winter?"

Sharpest tongue in Thedas. If Alistair is in my party I need to have Morrigan there too, because their banter is priceless. She's a bit dark, but fiercely loyal and not someone you want to get on the bad side of! And I love that she showed up in Inquisition! I had no idea how much I'd missed her.
"How odd. We now have a dog and Alistair is still the dumbest one in the party."

Leliana is cute as a kitten in Origins. I have no idea what happened to her during those ten years between Origins and Inquisition, but holy fuck she's been hardened. I still love her to bits, though. She's like a little sister. A little sister with scary moments.
"Try not to look too incomptenet. It's embarrassing."

Tbf I didn't care much for Sten during my first playthrough of Origins, but then I maxed out his friendship during my second playthrough and Sten is absolutely adorable under that tough facade. He keeps calling my Warden 'kadan' and he adores cookies.
"I am a simple creature. I like swords, I follow orders. What else is there to be puzzled by?"

I came to like Wynne a lot more than I thought I would. She has a lot of fire for being that old and she's so naughty. When Zevran flirts with her she turns him down, two breaths later she's the one flirting with Alistair! xD
"Now that you're in an intimate relationship I think maybe I should tell you where babies come from."

Zevran is so much more than what he seems. He seems like a happy-go-lucky rogue who only wants to have fun and sex. But there's so much more to him. He's probably the most complex character of the game. He sounds like Puss in Boots when he talks, and he's my baby.
"We all do our share of murdering around here, don't we?"

Shale is ma guurl. There's not much more to it than that. She's one of my favourites to have in my party.
"I wonder what it is like to float... or drown."

Oghren is hilarious! But I always feel sorry for him, there's so much in his life that's messed up and then he goes and tries to do good but messes it up more instead. I hope he's happy with Felsi now.
"By the tits of my ancestors!"

I loved Anders in Awakening and wished so hard that I would be able to romance him. Then he shows up in Dragon Age 2 and I'm basically on cloud nine. Too bad that Justice DESTROYED him. Justice, you suck. I still love Anders, though, I just wish he could've been more like his old self in 2. Every time Hawke talks about Anders in Inquisition I smile like an idiot.
"All I want is a pretty girl, a decent meal, and the right to shoot lightning at fools."

Probably my favourite character out of Awakening. He's such a serious guy and yet he forms a friendship with Anders who's basically the opposite of serious in Awakening. And then he shows up again in 2!!! :D
"If it isn't the great hero, my father's murderer."

Sigrun is badass. I love how Oghren is always trying to flirt with her and she's always brushing him off. Good for her, I wouldn't want to be flirted with by Oghren either. His breath probably smells like a whiskey sewer... She's my girl in Awakening.
"Isn't perspective wonderful? You'd think people who are so tall would have more of it."

Velanna had very few redeeming qualities tbh. She didn't exactly give a good impression of the Dalish, but ofc that hardened surface is explained and she's slightly nicer after the Warden finds out about her past. Still, she was never one I tended to pick for my party.
"Funny, isn't it? Andraste fought a tyrannical empire, only to have her followers become one themselves."

I brought Justice along a lot. Usually it was Nathaniel, Anders and Justice in my party and Justice was always like a father figure, like he was the one to keep my crazy Warden and the Boys in line and teach us to do right and be just :P I really liked Justice in Awakening, but because of what he did to Anders... we're not on the best terms right now.
"How odd that mortals find so many differences to hate when you have so very much in common."

Favourite team?
Alistair + Zevran + Wynne

Originally from Dragon Age 2 and its DLCs The Exiled Prince and Mark of the Assassin:

I hardly liked Bethany. She was too much of the kind and nice girl who always does what people expect her to do. So I turned her into a Warden, just because that was the most unexpected thing I could think of to do with her.
"Maker's breath! Can't you do this when I'm not around?"

Aveline rubbed me off the wrong way. She's too proper. The only quest involving her that I half enjoyed, half wanted to facedesk was the one where Hawke tries to get Donnic to understand that Aveline likes him, without actually telling him she likes him. Because that quest showed a completely new side of her, a side that I could actually relate to and like.
"Shout if you need me, Hawke. I'll always be there for you. Just... knock first."

Okay, so Varric is one of my four favourite characters in 2. I was so glad when he showed up in Inquisition, because what would Inquisition seriously be like without my favourite dwarf? Not even half as funny! The storyteller extraordinarie, with a heart of gold, a great sense of humour, and a heavy romantic sorrow. The only male dwarf I've ever loved, and he's not even a romance option!
"Hawke, I'm a businessman. Now and then, I shoot people."

Merrill is cute enough in-game to get a chibi picture. My favourite elf ever. You should've seen my face when I made a Dalish Warden in Origins and realised Merrill and I were from the same clan and then I ran around talking to myself "Marethari, Merrill, Ilen, Paivel, Maren, Pol... みんな... I missed you so much! I'll never kill you guys again!" I love Merrill. I love everything about her.
"I'll try not to hit anyone. On our side, I mean. I'm babbling again. Let's go."

Fenris, my love, one day I'll endure your hot-n-cold behaviour and finish a romance with you... Fenris is introduced as he literally pulls the heart out of someone's chest - and he makes it look beautiful. Fenris' entire being pulls at my heart every time my Hawke interacts with him.
"Ah, here we are at the center of power. Smell the oppression, everyone!"

Choice party member for dirty banter. And because it was really fun to have a one night stand in a game and both sides were perfectly okay with it. Isabela was briefly in Origins, but I love how she got a bigger role in 2. Sorry for handing you over to the Arishok.
"I like big boats, I cannot lie."

The pretty pious boy who I tired of pretty quickly. Would've loved to romance him but chastity vows are a bitch.
"Varric, would but the Maker approve, you and I would be so much more than the best of friends."

I really liked Tallis, I wish she could've come with me back to Kirkwall when we were done in Orlais, but apparantly not. Still got a kiss from her, though! :3
"You go elbow-deep in wyvern shit and I'm the weird one?"

Favourite team?
Fenris + Isabela + Merrill

Originally from Dragon Age: Inquisition:

'Badass' is the best word to describe Cassandra. I love how it's revealed that she's fangirl. Probably the most unexpected thing to find out about her. But it was amazing and priceless. Also, because Inquisition is basically made for shipping I am so shipping her with Varric... and Tethraghast seems to be a thing on Tumblr. Combination of Varric Tethras and Cassandra Pentaghast.
"They will stand in the fire and complain that it is hot."

Solas was my first romance in Inquisition, romance that ofc ended in heartbreak, because why can't I ever pick the right guys?! A little elf with a big secret, lots of arcane knowledge and a love for the Fade. Seriously, during my second playthrough when I knew what his secret was it was so obvious how many times he almost accidentally slipped up. You're not very good at keeping your secret, Solas!
"Every great war has its heroes. I'm just curious what kind you'll be."

Cullen is so cute it hurts my heart. He's also one of few people to have featured in all three games :) My Warden ran ofc into Cullen in the Circle of Ferelden and I just ran past him going "Hiya Cullen, I'll pounce you when you're older! Seeya!" His character development is amazing btw, if nothing else you should love him for the person he's become after all that he's been through.
"Can't you see why I want nothing to do with that life?"

Josephine is... interesting. I wouldn't see her as a friend, but as far as advisors go she's amazing. I love her for her job, but the one-on-one scenes between my quizzie and her are always friendly and heartwarming. I may need to do a male quizzie just to find out how her romance plot plays out.
"Common ground is the start of all negotiations."

I can't decide if I like Blackwall or not. There's something about him that speaks to me, but at the same time I feel betrayed by him.
"It's not right... to want to do good, to be good, and have that turned against you."

Vivienne is a bitch, but I think she knows. I also think it's all an act she's had to maintain all those years and now she doesn't really know how to stop. Although I try to see past her facade she's still too posh for me and I can't seem to like her.
"Magic is dangerous, just as fire is dangerous. Anyone who forgets this truth gets burned."

I had a really hard time with Sera to begin with. In my first playthrough I didn't like her at all and in the end I sent her away. During my second playthrough I decided to really try and get to know and like everyone. With Sera that attitude paid off, because she's one of those people who doesn't like anyone until they've proven that they're worth liking. I can respect that and now Sera is probably my best friend.
"Mother pushbucket frigging bastard shitebag pissface! Eat it, you lop-eared, son of an arse-nut rot-suck piece of... ugh!"

Iron Bull
I like Bull. I love his banter with Sera and his relationship with Dorian that he practically initiated with his incessant flirting. And while I've always been hesitant to the Qun, Bull actually makes it sound good. I respect him for that.
"Whenever you need an ass kicked, The Iron Bull is with you."

Dorian, Dorian, Dorian... Where to begin? He's friggin wonderful! Everything from his narcissism to his moustache is absolutely fab. His personal plot is really deep, and shows a very real problem despite it being in a game. I adore Dorian.
"I'm here to set things right. Also? To look dashing. That part's less difficult."

If you ever have a bad day bring Cole along and do a bunch of fetch quests that make people happy. Cole's comments will make your day better. Cole is lovely. I love how he talks and how he's so easily pleased with acts of kindness. He's strange and odd, and somehow that really speaks to me.
"He thought if he didn't have magic... I'm what he wanted to be. Him, but normal. So no one would hurt him."

Favourite team?
Iron Bull + Sera + Dorian

And just for fun: Favourite ultimate team?
Fenris + Sera + Merrill
Ultimate elf party. 

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