Mages aren’t always the good guys
Templars aren’t always the bad guys
There are some amazing mages
There are some amazing Templars
Mages are not evil
Templars are not evil
Why is this so hard for some people to grasp
Always reblog for Jowan, the woobie.
Reblog for Jowan, the naive guy who made some mistakes but was good at heart, would rather flee than fight, and who got shit on relentlessly by the world for not fitting in.
Reblog for Greagoir, the inflexible hard-ass who still cared about every single person in the Circle, mages and Templars alike, because the Tower was as much his home as it was theirs.Source: brosino
Jennifer Hepler was working on sequel Dragon Age: Inquisition but is quitting BioWare this week to go freelance, in large part thanks to threats she and others of the team received in the wake of Dragon Age II’s release.
I (along with a huge chunk of fans) thought DAII was hideously, horribly bad for a number of reasons, and maybe she had a big role in why that was so.
But you STILL don’t fucking send death threats to the writers! You can be pissed, you can hate on the company, you can demand a refund, you can never buy another BioWare game again, but YOU DO NOT THREATEN SOMEONE’S LIFE OR THEIR FAMILY’S LIVES. EVER.
I raised a stink, consider the franchise over after DAA, and will not be purchasing another Dragon Age game or supporting the franchise through any other (official) purchases.
What I did not and WILL NOT do is tell someone I’m angry at that I will murder their children.
I just can’t even fathom that people would think this was an acceptable means of expressing their displeasure. I am so sorry, Jennifer, I may have hated your game but you’re still a person and I don’t hate you. And I’m sorry that there are so many assholes who can’t understand the difference.
(via majorbioticbutt)Source: futurastic
Looks like this essay was needed, so I went ahead and did it. Not sure I said everything I wanted to say, but I tried.
So, there’s this girl. She’s tragically orphaned and richer than anyone on the planet. Every guy she meets falls in love with her, but in between torrid romances she rejects them all because she dedicated to what is Pure and Good. She has genius level intellect, Olympic-athelete level athletic ability and incredible good looks. She is consumed by terrible angst, but this only makes guys want her more. She has no superhuman abilities, yet she is more competent than her superhuman friends and defeats superhumans with ease. She has unshakably loyal friends and allies, despite the fact she treats them pretty badly. They fear and respect her, and defer to her orders. Everyone is obsessed with her, even her enemies are attracted to her. She can plan ahead for anything and she’s generally right with any conclusion she makes. People who defy her are inevitably wrong.
God, what a Mary Sue.
I just described Batman.
Wish fulfillment characters have been around since the beginning of time. The good guys tend to win, get the girl and have everything fall into place for them. It’s only when women started doing it that it became a problem.
TV Tropes on the origin of Mary Sue:
Notice the strange emphasis on female here. TV Tropes goes on to say that is took a long time for the male counterpart “Marty Stu” to be used. “Most fanfic writers are girls” is given as the reason. So when women dominate a genre, that means people are on close watch, ready to scorn any wish fulfillment they may engage in. This term could only originate if the default was female.
In fact, one of the CONTROVERSIES listed on the TV Tropes page is if a male sue is even possible. That’s right, it’s impossible to have an idealizied male character. Men are already the ideal.
In our culture, male tends to be the default. Women take on the distaff parts. “Him” and “mankind” are what humanity are, “her” and “womankind” are secondary. Yet this isn’t true for Mary Sue as a term. That name was created first. It was a Star Trek fic that coined it and the female desigination was likely a big reason it caught on. This female is name the default to use when describing idealized characters. Marty Stu and Gary Stu are only to be used if you’re discussing men specifically. Heck, there isn’t even an agreed upon term for them. So the only time female can be default is when discussing a badly written character, someone who is more powerful or important or liked than they should be allowed to be, someone the plot focuses on more than you would like, someone you don’t want to read about. Hmmm.
What’s really wrong with a thirteen year old girl having a power fantasy, even if it’s badly written? Who is it hurting? Men have baldly admitted to writing power fantasies and self inserts since the beginning of time. How many nerdy, schlubby guys suddenly become badasses and have hot girls chasing after them in fiction? See: Spiderman- blatant everyman who happens to stumble across amazing powers and catch the eye of a supermodel. Mary Sue is considered the worst insult to throw at a character as it renders them worthless. But since when are idealized characters automatically worthless? Aren’t all heroes idealized in some way? Don’t all heroes represent the author in some way? Aren’t these characters supposed to be people we look up to, people who represent human potential, the goodness that we strive for? Fantasy by nature is idealized, even the tragic ones.
If you look at the TV Tropes page for Mary Sue, it’s ridiculous. You can be a sue for having too many flaws, or not enough, for fixing things or messing things up, for being a hero or a villain. And of course, this is specifically pointed out as a trope related to the Princess and Magical Girl genres- genres aimed towards women are naturally full of Mary Sues. Magical girls are powerful and heroic and actually flaunt femininity as a good thing. They are a power fantasy designed for girls. So of course, a girl using traditionally feminine traits to dominate and triumph means she’s a sickeningly pure Mary Sue who makes everything go their way. Feminine traits are disdained and look down on, so when the positive feminine traits are prominent, the reader has an aversive reaction. How can a character be so feminine and triumph? She must be unrealistic, she must be badly written, because everyone knows it is impossible to be feminine and powerful.
Let’s look at what kinds of Mary Sues people will point to. People will claim a female character is a Mary Sue if she is a love interest. Put a female character within a foot of a male character, and people will scream “Mary Sue!” Why does someone falling in love with her make her a Mary Sue? Well, she hasn’t “earned” this awesome dude character’s love. What has she done to show she’s worthy of him? Fans miss the irony that this line of logic makes the male character seem more like the Sue in Question, as he’s apparently so perfect one has work for his coveted love and praise.
The idea that woman has to “earn” any power, praise, love, or plot prominence is central to Mary Sue. Men do not have to do this, they are naturally assumed to be powerful, central and loveable. That’s why it’s the first thing thrown at a female character- what has she done to be given the same consideration as a male character? Why is she suddenly usurping a male role? “Mary Sue” is the easiest way to dismiss a character. It sounds bad to say “I don’t like this female character. I don’t like that this woman is powerful. I don’t like it when the plot focuses on her. I don’t like that a character I like has affections for her.” But “Mary Sue” is a way to say these things without really saying them. It gives you legitimacy.
If a character is badly written, there’s generally something much more problematic than idealization going on. The plot will be dull and the character will perpetuate harmful stereotypes while other characters act oddly. For instance, Bella Swan is one of the only characters I’d even begin to classify as a Mary Sue, yet it’s not really her supposed Mary Sue traits that bother me. I don’t mind that she gets what she wants and everyone loves her, that she’s Meyer’s power fantasy. What I actually mind is that Stephenie Meyer has her perpetuate harmful anti-woman stereotypes- women need to be protected, women are shallow, women’s worth rests in desirability. That’s what’s actually harmful about her and worth discussing. I would criticize that rather than even get to the fact Bella got to be “too perfect and powerful”- that’s just a tiny, insignificant thing not worth mentioning in a huge pile of problems.
And that’s why I don’t call characters Mary Sue anymore. There’s really nothing bad about a power fantasy or wish fulfillment. It’s what’s fiction’s about. If one of my characters is called a Sue, I’ll proudly say “yep”, because that must mean that she broke out of that box a female character is supposed to be in. So I’ll go and say it: I love me some Mary Sues.
This… surprising makes me feel bad about Female Wardens. I’m kind of ashamed now.
My Sue/Not!Sue boundary is if the character is believable within their environment or not. Unfortunately that often ends up being a LOT harder to do with female characters, which is a problem unto itself — women have such little, cramped boxes that bringing them believably out of them can be a nightmare.
Dragon Age gives me special headaches because it’s a medieval world. In our medieval society, women held an inferior position to men. One of the only ways a woman could go about scholarly pursuits was to enter a convent. You want to read and think about stuff and not be punished for it by men? Go be a nun.
Ferelden has a lot of gender-specific roles. We see far more male warriors than female (“I wanted to be a warrior but everyone said boo because I have a vagina” makes a ton of sense). Mages seem to have an even spread, because that’s biological and not social. With the exception of being a noble or being in the Chantry, a Fereldan woman appears to be relegated more to the homemaker role, unless she wants to turn criminal. That makes it harder to have a character who breaks out of the Lady Box but is still believable; doing that with a male in a medieval universe is considerably easier.
It gets even MORE augh because DA sexism intersects with DA racism. The above arguments really only apply to human females and Fereldan human females specifically. Elves, Dalish (separate since their society is isolated and far different than City society), and dwarves all have their own structures, which can then clash with human society.
So for me, my issues are with believability. Perfect makeup, pink/blue/green/whatever hair, and so on are just not going to happen. If you wear a chainmail bikini you are going to die, messily. The stiletto heels will get stuck in the marshes and sucked off (although I would love to see someone write this where the character then gets jungle rot and learns the way of things). You don’t get to slaughter the Templars who brought you to the circle at the age of fifteen and not get Tranquilized, because you are the sort of person the Rite was made for. Not even if Cullen and/or Greagoir has a crush on you.
(The same goes for m!Wardens of course, but as noted people seem to more readily accept the ridiculousness purely because they’re men.)
I also have issues as a female gamer with fellow female gamers who tell me I’m a shitty woman and a shitty feminist because I don’t like playing female characters and therefore just don’t, or because I identify far more with male characters.Source: adventuresofcomicbookgirl
Doing this again because I have fierce OC feels for some reason.
I think the time has come for me to just come out and say it.
I DO NOT GIVE A SHIT ABOUT DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION.
I love Origins. Awakening had its good parts. Then they had to come along and fuck each and every last thing up with 2 and that was it for me and the franchise.
Fuck it. My headcanon doesn’t have that in it. Well, it does have some of it (mages and Templars and my poor Warden getting screwed over with his torn loyalties and trying to uphold a policy of neutrality while the mages are all “you’re a mage and we helped the Wardens so you should help us”), but it’s also been there since before even DA2 came out and it’s done MY way. And you know what? I like that. I’m comfortable with it. I like where I took a lot of the characters way more.
I tried to care about the latest installment. But I can’t. Not after last time.