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justira:

Couple-years-old WIP that I really want to finish: Dragon Age/FFXII crossover, with Balthier and Basch in DA armour and Ashe in DA-inspired heavy armour (in colour it would clearly reference her canon look). You can see it getting progressively less finished lower down in the pic, and there are errors I want to fix, but I do like how it started.

also

SO MANY BUCKLES ._.

iamfangu:

Ondore appeared. Got stuck screencapping him.


Stache’s list of favourite characters:
↳ Fran (Final Fantasy XII)
(inspired by Birdy’s absolutely wonderful favourite fictional ladies)

Stache’s list of favourite characters:

Fran (Final Fantasy XII)

(inspired by Birdy’s absolutely wonderful favourite fictional ladies)

iamfangu:

vieralynn:

iamfangu:

This post was originally in my queue, but since reading Vieralynn’s reposted Noah&Basch fic last night (this morning for me, but I fell asleep again after reading it, HOLIDAY YAY) I decided to bump it. I hope reposting is all right. I’ll put it in a ‘more’ in case it’s not.

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I wish I could fall asleep right now. NOT HOLIDAY. :C

Instead, I’m having a cup of coffee.     z__z

Back when I first started writing epic Basch fanfic, I quickly realized that Basch fails to make sense when Noah isn’t brought into the picture too. But, given how little the canon actually tells us about their backstory, my initial response was *headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk*.  Once I got past that, the twins became muse fuel because their relationship, their family, their Landis-Archadian ties, and thirty-six long years became this enormous crater that begged to be filled. 

It is interesting how the twins have a strong sense of presence in the game yet their motivations are only partly clear. If you don’t think too deeply about Basch and Gabranth, their on-screen roles are satisfying but, once you start asking why does Basch appear so duty-driven to protect the Dalmascan monarchy but, in actuality, there is something that always reads hollow about his sense of duty because his ties to his (foreign) family actually appear far more important to him than Dalmasca. And, why is Noah so inconsolably angry with his brother? That’s when the on screen narrative reveals itself as just the tip of a very large and mostly undefined iceberg.

You mentioned Basch’s loneliness.

Rather than just straight-up loneliness, Basch strikes me as deeply out of place. Did he feel out of place before Dalmasca’s government fell? Unknown. The scenes that take place in 704 O.V. don’t suggest anything beyond Basch appearing as a strong, confident military leader although his initial dialogue with Vossler right when you first gain control over Reks suggests that he and Vossler have radically different ideas about why someone is motivated to become a soldier/knight. Classism abounds in that initial dialogue and it suggests that Basch’s lived experience of being a refugee or escapee from a conquered nation gives him a different perspective from native born Dalmascan nobility.

After we spring Basch from prison in 706 O.V., he has this constant air of feeling separate from what is going on. Is he restoring Dalmasca because he was once the hero of the common people or is his real motivation righting a wrong that happened when he was 17 years old, living in Landis?

The second possibility seems very likely given how Basch interacts with Noah vs how he interacts with Ashe. Furthermore, during the party’s final visit to Balfonheim before going off to the story’s end, Basch hands over the hero of the people role to Vaan and Penelo. From there on in, his lines and his stage placement clearly show him divorced from his duty to Ashe/Dalmasca. From there on in, his battle is with his brother, whom he eventually becomes.

It’s really funny you mention the scene with Vossler, Basch and Reks, because I had asked for a third party input on that scene weeks ago, and had the answer today! It doesn’t really clear anything up, other than that they may have purposely chosen to use that moment to express how Basch is indeed a ‘protagonist who cares’, and that in the original, his dialogue is more about Reks being different than him and Voss than Basch and Reks being different to Voss. idk.

Without giving this too much though re: the parts I bolded - from what we learn in the game, my immediate response is to tie it back to helping Ashe. Basch (and Noah) might actually be very simple people. I know their intelligence need to be of a certain level as Basch was a Captain (General in JP version) (yeah why did they change that? curious) and Noah rose to be a Judge (rapidly, as you say - also, did he also get the job because someone saw him as easy to control?) and also Basch exercises a few clever moves re: realising Ondore is up to something (or maybe Noah was dumb enough to tell him?? lol) but… yeah back to Ashe. He expresses to her his shame of not defending his home (…I’m now confused to as whether he means Landis or Dalmasca, my guess is Landis) and that if he can protect one person from war’s horror, it will be worth it. Then, later, he tells Gabranth ‘I had someone to defend, and defend her I have’. Maybe his purpose is really as simple as picking a mission in which he may succeed, to restore his honour for himself even if his name is already disgraced (‘…yet never did I forget my knightly vows’), this person he’s protecting being the widow of the prince he failed to defend.

Okay that was way too much rant without proper research. Also this makes me want to track down these pieces of dialogue and run them through the Tres machine :D

Can’t check now but I remember that line between Basch and Ashe right before entering the Golmore Jungle being about his home in Landis, which makes a lot of sense.

Also, the Devs for FFXII said quite clearly that the game was about love of family and love of one’s nation/home rather than romantic love, which was the big theme with Tidus and Yuna in FFX.

Years ago, I did a very close read of FFXII’s script (Japanese and English) while writing Ronsentwin fic and the conclusion I came to was that Basch wanted to restore his own sense of self-worth by doing the right thing for Dalmasca as repayment for not being able to do whatever was needed in Landis. So, yes, restoring honor, but more at an internal level. Between Basch and himself (or the score-taker in the sky or karma or whatever). The fight becomes externalized because of Noah’s actions in 704, impersonating Basch. I remained inconclusive as to whether Basch would have done anything if Noah hadn’t been involved. That’s when I came to the conclusion that Basch just doesn’t make sense without Noah. The two of them have motivations that are far too intertwined to separate.

"Compensation - is that what you want?"

"Straight to the point, aren’t we. I like that. Compensation? How about the ring."

"This? Isn’t there something else?"

"No one’s forcing you…I’ll give it back to you. As soon as I find something more valuable."

Why ‘Self insert’ is risky

iamfangu:

People often say ‘you have to write what you know’ (and I’ll leave the rant on my definition of ‘what you know’ for now) but there’s a difference between using your emotions/ experiences and putting yourself entirely in your character’s shoes*. The latter being what can be referred to as ‘self insert’.

The risk, with self insertion is, of course (how I see it anyway) that you might end up making the character an image of who you want to be instead of who you are, making them unrounded characters.

I like using that quadrant of the 4 ‘awarenesses’ to illustrate this. Basically you can divide everything about your personality into 4 parts, being the things about you that…

  • Both you and the people around you are aware of
  • The things only you know
  • The things only they know (that for x amount of reasons you don’t learn - varying from ‘they’re afraid to tell you/ don’t see telling you as relevant’ to ‘they thought you already knew’ (like if you tend to talk too loud but have no idea yourself)
  • The things you don’t know about yourself that others don’t know either (tbh I find it very hard coming up with examples for this one, and it’s often describe as ‘the one we don’t even know exists’.)

How people see themselves vs how others see them is not the same thing. They may overlap, depending on how much self insight the character has, being one of the keys to a character, imo. My point is that looking at a character that’s different from you, it’s much easier to be aware of the traits in point number 3, the ‘the things you don’t know about yourself that others do’. Because if the character is very similar to you, there are things you might be yet to learn, things that are important for characterisation, and your character might be lacking something to feel as real.

* You can write a character in first person or a ‘close third’ without it being self insert.

I write characters quite often in 1st and close 3rd and they certainly aren’t self-inserts. The further away they are from me, the more hilarious (at least to me) their 1st POVs can end up becoming.

Leaving experimental fiction and discovery writing** out of this discussion, it is an absolute and non-negotiable requirement that the writer knows something very important about the protagonist that the protagonist does not know until the climax of the story. If the writer fails to do this, the writer isn’t finished planning their story.

Stories require conflict and, because of that fact, the protagonist is required to need and desire something that the story world refuses to give them. Good conflicts have both an external and an internal component. The external component is something outside the protagonist that the protagonist needs to confront. Usually that external component is the story’s antagonist. Meanwhile, the internal component is something within the protagonist that causes problems for the protagonist. Maybe they have a misconception about how the world works or a big character flaw that keeps biting them in the behind. Whatever that internal thing is, it is always something that the protagonist does not understand until the story’s climax. That act of having a sudden “ah-HA!” during the climax is that welcomed thing we call Character Development — an important element in making a dramatic story engaging to the reader.

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aobatoppingnoiz:

Im all for girls drawing and writing self indulgent bullshit, especially considering about 97% of the media around today is just men writing and drawing self indulgent bullshit

thebearmuse replied to your post: thebearmuse replied to your post: “th…

Yeah, that’d probably happen on the pro-mage playthroughs, since the higher ups we get a choice on are usually awful.

It really doesn’t matter which way you play the quests. Most of the older, experienced templars who are named in the game end up dead just because.

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lifeofkj replied to your post: “thebearmuse replied to your post: “thebearmuse replied to your post:…”:
I can definitely see the Chantry sending Templars around to new assignments a lot. If nothing else to keep the Templars and mages fro getting too chummy with time spent over the years (like Irving and Greagoir?)

The Chantry becomes an interesting place of potential reform once the new Divine is seated in … I think it is 9:34 but I’m too lazy to check the date. Anyhow, Asunder touches on the divisions between Chantry leadership vs Templar leadership. Although, everything you said certainly applies to the templar hierarchy!

While there are clear and obvious managerial benefits in having the circles led by pairs of Knight Commanders and First Enchanters who get on swimmingly, with the turn of events during the 9:30s and the increased politicization of Circle management, I think we can take for granted that most of the top-level management in the Templar Order (the Knight Vigilants and the Knight Divine) and at least some of the Seekers would want to gain the upper hand by putting hardliner Knight Commanders in charge of each and every Circle.

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iamfangu:

This post was originally in my queue, but since reading Vieralynn’s reposted Noah&Basch fic last night (this morning for me, but I fell asleep again after reading it, HOLIDAY YAY) I decided to bump it. I hope reposting is all right. I’ll put it in a ‘more’ in case it’s not.

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I wish I could fall asleep right now. NOT HOLIDAY. :C

Instead, I’m having a cup of coffee.     z__z

Back when I first started writing epic Basch fanfic, I quickly realized that Basch fails to make sense when Noah isn’t brought into the picture too. But, given how little the canon actually tells us about their backstory, my initial response was *headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk*.  Once I got past that, the twins became muse fuel because their relationship, their family, their Landis-Archadian ties, and thirty-six long years became this enormous crater that begged to be filled. 

It is interesting how the twins have a strong sense of presence in the game yet their motivations are only partly clear. If you don’t think too deeply about Basch and Gabranth, their on-screen roles are satisfying but, once you start asking why does Basch appear so duty-driven to protect the Dalmascan monarchy but, in actuality, there is something that always reads hollow about his sense of duty because his ties to his (foreign) family actually appear far more important to him than Dalmasca. And, why is Noah so inconsolably angry with his brother? That’s when the on screen narrative reveals itself as just the tip of a very large and mostly undefined iceberg.

You mentioned Basch’s loneliness.

Rather than just straight-up loneliness, Basch strikes me as deeply out of place. Did he feel out of place before Dalmasca’s government fell? Unknown. The scenes that take place in 704 O.V. don’t suggest anything beyond Basch appearing as a strong, confident military leader although his initial dialogue with Vossler right when you first gain control over Reks suggests that he and Vossler have radically different ideas about why someone is motivated to become a soldier/knight. Classism abounds in that initial dialogue and it suggests that Basch’s lived experience of being a refugee or escapee from a conquered nation gives him a different perspective from native born Dalmascan nobility.

After we spring Basch from prison in 706 O.V., he has this constant air of feeling separate from what is going on. Is he restoring Dalmasca because he was once the hero of the common people or is his real motivation righting a wrong that happened when he was 17 years old, living in Landis?

The second possibility seems very likely given how Basch interacts with Noah vs how he interacts with Ashe. Furthermore, during the party’s final visit to Balfonheim before going off to the story’s end, Basch hands over the hero of the people role to Vaan and Penelo. From there on in, his lines and his stage placement clearly show him divorced from his duty to Ashe/Dalmasca. From there on in, his battle is with his brother, whom he eventually becomes.

thebearmuse replied to your post: “thebearmuse replied to your post: Not gonna lie. Based on what is…”:
Damn, now I’m wondering who would have been the next highest ranked templar after Cullen if he didn’t take over…

Depending on how you play the game, either most or all of the older templars are dead before the end of Act 3.  O_o

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thebearmuse replied to your post: Not gonna lie. Based on what is known…

With Meredith dead, Cullen took over for Kirkwall, so that would make him a potentially powerful templar, right?

Or not. There is no guarantee that Cullen took over as Kirkwall’s Knight Commander or was allowed to take over and I think the writers have a more difficult task keeping him in power in Kirkwall. Here’s why:

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Not gonna lie. Based on what is known so far for the story for DA: Inquisition, with regard to companions…  

[cut to keep spoilerish Inquisition discussion off of some people’s dashes]

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iamfangu replied to your post: “Fic: My Brother, The Traitor - Apart”:
I read this on my phone so the end came rather abruptly. Immediate response: WHERE IS THE REST OF IT? Then I read the meta and went -_- because I realised that this was it. I really like the narration, even if it’s ‘technically impossible’ at points.

When writing “Apart” I remember thinking, “how would one tell a story about Noah narrowly escaping a tradition of infanticide perpetuated by superstitions and actual hardships surrounding the birth of twins?” After a moment of thought, magical realism Noah was born and out came his hilariously opinionated canonical sense of butthurt situated within a reticent narration of his cultural hybridity. 

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Fic: My Brother, The Traitor - Apart

Title:  My Brother, The Traitor - Apart

Fandom:  Final Fantasy XII

Characters:  Noah fon Ronsenburg & Basch fon Ronsenburg

Summary:  Being born as the identical twin of the eldest Ronsenburg son was always been a source of anxiety for young Noah.

A/N:  Slowly archiving older FFXII fic to AO3. :)

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In the blood dark pool where I first swam, a tadpole, a limbed fish, a little newt. From the start I was never alone. Had I been like others, I would have curled into a ball, tethered to my home, king of my womb warm castle, ruled by me and me alone. Instead, I indiscriminately sucked on stubby fingers, either mine or my brothers… [Read on AO3]