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Early Morning by TovarasNightroad

A drawing I made because I miss these two. :3
Alistair is a heavy sleeper and when he sleeps, he sleeps. There’s nothing sexy to it, he snores, he drools, he has his face down in the pillow. And that is sexy. :D
Jowan is a cuddler. He lays on top of the lump for warmth.



Early Morning by TovarasNightroad

A drawing I made because I miss these two. :3
Alistair is a heavy sleeper and when he sleeps, he sleeps. There’s nothing sexy to it, he snores, he drools, he has his face down in the pillow. And that is sexy. :D
Jowan is a cuddler. He lays on top of the lump for warmth.


*ecstatic squeaking!*


Anders from Dragon Age: 2, for jellyfishslayer!

Anders from Dragon Age: 2, for jellyfishslayer!


Anders from Dragon Age: Awakening, for theknottyknitter!

*weeps silently in a corner* 


So I was saying to a friend that a lot of my fandoms have never really leant themselves well to curtain fic, and I mentioned Dragon Age.

And then I was struck by this BURNING NEED to see the Maker and Andraste squabbling over new patterns for the Veil.

  • Question: Jowistair and Kevin/Clu2 :3 - tovaras
  • Answer:

    Jowistair (Alistair/Jowan, Dragon Age)

    i don’t know them enough | wtf | why | NOTP | tolerable | they’re okay | BROTP | cute | awww | babies | hot | I will go down with this ship | OTP

    Kevin Flynn/Clu 2 (TRON-verse)

    i don’t know them enough | wtf | why | NOTP | tolerable | they’re okay | BROTP | cute | awww | babies | hot | I will go down with this ship | OTP


    Really, though, they also need categories for “Sob” and “Dysfunctional.” Also “AUs all the AUs.”




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

  • Question: Jowan <3 - theknottyknitter
  • Answer:

    Headcanon Meme!

    Jowan (Dragon Age, post-Awakening)

    He is my precious, precious baby. :3

    What they smell like:

    • Mint and blueberries, and occasionally a bit like singed hair or the herbs he works with.

    How they sleep (sleeping position, schedule, etc):

    • Curled up on his side when he’s by himself, or comfortably draped over/squashed under Alistair.
    • Definitely needs more sleep than most people and prefers the sun to be up before he is. At the very least he wants it joining in his misery at having to rise.

    What music they enjoy:

    • He doesn’t reckon himself much of a musician but he likes listening to whatever his brother and sister Wardens happen to be singing or playing.
    • He’s particularly fond of Zevran’s Antivan ballads, although he doesn’t really know what they mean and isn’t sure he wants to.

    How much time they spend getting ready every morning:

    • About half an hour or so, it takes him a little while to get himself going and his hair usually puts up a fight when he combs it.

    Their favorite thing to collect:

    • Books! Also knives.

    Left or right-handed:

    • Right-handed but can use his left in a pinch.

    … :

    • Was Conscripted before being returned to the Circle.
    • Fought against the Archdemon in Denerim with the Mages.
    • Jowan is hypoglycemic and anemic. 
    • He likes bright colors and his quarters at Vigil’s Keep are full of colorful pillows and blankets, green plants, and a cat or five. 
    • Generally a lot more intelligent and capable than people gave him credit for and just needed more fertile soil to flower in (and no gardeners breathing down the back of his neck instead of letting him grow at his own pace). 
    • He has an innate gift for healing and has devised methods of using his Blood Magic to augment that process, turning it into a creative and curative force.

That’s what I’m here for. To deliver unpleasant news and witty one-liners.

Also to deflower adorkable maleficarum.

(via tovaras)

Source: robbstark

BioWare writer quits after death threats to family

JFC what.

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: kalstedom




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:

The prototypical Mary Sue is an original female character in a fanfic who obviously serves as an idealized version of the author mainly for the purpose of Wish Fulfillment.

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: ladyloveandjustice