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/plants Fenders flag and joins you

yes!  one day i will understand why this ship seems to get the most hate.  of all the dysfunctional rivalmance ships, this one?  i don’t even pretend to understand this fandom.

Oh, Captain of one of my ships, I have a few thoughts on this one.  >_>

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I get to be Captain?  Yeah!  I basically pretty much 1000% agree with you on all these observations.  I tend to shut down and keep to my tiny corner of fandom and can be kinda irrationally angry about random issues on occasion, so I don’t even get the full blast of it.  You bring up many excellent points.

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Dragon Age fandom is the first time I’ve participated in a fandom where the devs are extremely communicative with fans, often to the fandom’s detriment. :(

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The thing about patriarchy is that individual men, gay and straight, are often really wonderful people who you love deeply, but they have internalized some really poisonous shit. So every once in a while they say or do something that really shakes you because you’re no longer totally certain they see you as a human being, and you feel totally disempowered to explain that to them.

- (via cunicular)

(Source: lasluchasdelcorazon)

jelenedrake replied to your post: “Extreme thirst after traveling the desert … cannot decide”:
I can’t decide between a human or elven mage for Cullen. I DID decide that Dorian was going to be an elvish rogue. They can be snarky revolutionaries together. My third is going to be a qunari… no clue on the LI for that one.

Why must there be so many inquisitors who are automatically interesting when in a relationship with Cullen? WHY?  -__-

The snarky revolutionaries sound perfect. 

For me, I can’t decide who I will want to RP with the new characters until I get to know them. Usually I’m not invested in an LI before the game comes out. Obviously, Cullen is the one big exception.


/plants Fenders flag and joins you

yes!  one day i will understand why this ship seems to get the most hate.  of all the dysfunctional rivalmance ships, this one?  i don’t even pretend to understand this fandom.

Oh, Captain of one of my ships, I have a few thoughts on this one.  >_>

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For those who value survival, sentimentality is not an optio

For those who value survival, sentimentality is not an optio

(Source: theladylavellan)


Around the same time as you, I learned about FFVII fanfic and fanart at cons but just wasn’t interested. Clearly I missed out on all the good stuff on the pre-google internet.

oh, most of it was dreadful, so you didn’t miss out on much.  but teenaged me thought it was brilliant!

I suspect that cons in the late 90s received fanworks that were far more “dreadful” than what was only on the net. Back then, I remember reading a media theory paper about zines that published Trek slash. Even though I never bothered to hunt down those zines (or the websites that those zines inevitably became — websites that the papers’ authors failed to mention??), back then I found that concept of fanfic fascinating.

In contrast, the fic and art I saw at anime cons in the late 90s and earliest of the 00s just didn’t appeal. It was all very tame and idealistic and produced by fans who were very young. The problem was that I was far, far too old to appreciate that kind of pre-teen/early-teen headspace while simultaneously still being far far far too young to feel enough personal/emotional distance from that place. Rather than seeing the brilliance in what the youngest set of fans were creating, I felt embarrassed for them because I was still embarrassed for my memories of my own thirteen year old self. (In retrospect, it probably did not help that I was over the legal drinking/adulting age but I LOOKED fourteen.)


Y’all need to check out this page: No ethereal beauty…

all elves in DA are asian. /o/

/all of them/ especially the blond ones

(btw, there is an idea that elves in modern fantasy represents the racial “other” so technically, ALL elves are supposed to be PoC, which makes white elf characters especially problematic. still, pale does not necessarily equal white.)

The abstract for that paper looks very interesting. (Relevant to my media theory interests).


Somewhere in the distance Sera is making dramatic retching noises.

Q: Do I have to kill the snake?
A: University guidelines state that you have to “defeat” the snake. There are many ways to accomplish this. Lots of students choose to wrestle the snake. Some construct decoys and elaborate traps to confuse and then ensnare the snake. One student brought a flute and played a song to lull the snake to sleep. Then he threw the snake out a window.

Q: Does everyone fight the same snake?
A: No. You will fight one of the many snakes that are kept on campus by the facilities department.

Q: Are the snakes big?
A: We have lots of different snakes. The quality of your work determines which snake you will fight. The better your thesis is, the smaller the snake will be.

Q: Does my thesis adviser pick the snake?
A: No. Your adviser just tells the guy who picks the snakes how good your thesis was.

Q: What does it mean if I get a small snake that is also very strong?
A: Snake-picking is not an exact science. The size of the snake is the main factor. The snake may be very strong, or it may be very weak. It may be of Asian, African, or South American origin. It may constrict its victims and then swallow them whole, or it may use venom to blind and/or paralyze its prey. You shouldn’t read too much into these other characteristics. Although if you get a poisonous snake, it often means that there was a problem with the formatting of your bibliography.

Q: When and where do I fight the snake? Does the school have some kind of pit or arena for snake fights?
A: You fight the snake in the room you have reserved for your defense. The fight generally starts after you have finished answering questions about your thesis. However, the snake will be lurking in the room the whole time and it can strike at any point. If the snake attacks prematurely it’s obviously better to defeat it and get back to the rest of your defense as quickly as possible.

Q: Would someone who wrote a bad thesis and defeated a large snake get the same grade as someone who wrote a good thesis and defeated a small snake?
A: Yes.

Q: So then couldn’t you just fight a snake in lieu of actually writing a thesis?
A: Technically, yes. But in that case the snake would be very big. Very big, indeed.

Q: Could the snake kill me?
A: That almost never happens. But if you’re worried, just make sure that you write a good thesis.

Q: Why do I have to do this?
A: Snake fighting is one of the great traditions of higher education. It may seem somewhat antiquated and silly, like the robes we wear at graduation, but fighting a snake is an important part of the history and culture of every reputable university. Almost everyone with an advanced degree has gone through this process. Notable figures such as John Foster Dulles, Philip Roth, and Doris Kearns Goodwin (to name but a few) have all had to defeat at least one snake in single combat.

Q: This whole snake thing is just a metaphor, right?
A: I assure you, the snakes are very real.

- "The Snake Fight Portion of Your Thesis Defense" by Luke Burns (via inevitablerecursion)

Extreme thirst after traveling the desert … cannot decide

My adult-with-too-many-life-responsibilities brain is about to break at the thought of DA:I having 150-200 hours of completionist game play (because I am the slowest and most neuroticly meditative completionist player who looks at everything every time I play because idk… i just do. I even study how the lighting algorithms are doing — or failing to do — their job. I try out all the options and click on all the things).

How does all of that game play even work with my curiosity for seeing all the ways that DA:I can play out given Inquisitors of different race and class and all the possible choices and romances and so much stuff.

Even the Cullen decision is breaking my brain. Assuming he isn’t race gated:

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be an li
don’t be straight
don’t be racegated


be an li

don’t be straight

don’t be racegated

Tagged six days ago by zenfalling for the list of top ten video games. Finally have time and a real computer that allows me to respond. (posting via ipad sucks). More or less in rank order, sort of, based on how they made me feel when playing them:

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  • Cullen - Female Inquisitor Only
  • Cassandra - Male Inquisitor Only
  • {NEW} Solas - Dalish Female Inquisitor Only  - RACE GATED 


  • Josephine -F&M Inquisitors
  • Iron Bull - F&M Inquisitors


  • Dorian - Male Inquisitor Only
  • Sera -Female Inquisitor Only


ONE REMAINS. Between: Blackwall or Vivienne. 

Further info:

- Josephine confirmed not race-gated

- Iron Bull confirmed not race-gated

- Two of the romances are race-gated (I think this was said anyway) - one remains. It could be Cullen, Cass, Dorian, Sera or the unannounced romance.

(Source: aassylaa)