I can’t really see Iron Bull being one of the ‘adorably’ jealous types. I obviously can be proven wrong by the game, but dude strikes me as being okay with having an Isabela-style open relationship.
like i’m p. sure teh only reason they even put that nonsense plot point abt Orsino aiding Quentin was to make templar-sympathetic players feel better about having to kill Orsino (bear in mind the writers only intended him to be a boss fight if you sided with the templars, the only reason you fight him on the mage path is because EA wanted another boss)
DA is rife with that kind of meta manipulation (see: Loghain) but this is actually the worst example of it to me bc a) this guy is coded as MoC by the allegory and that is never ever not once discussed in the narrative despite how deeply inherently important it is to the relationship he has with Meredith and his role in the story b) they took a character who was deeply sympathetic and basically shoved him off the slippery slope for no good reason and c) tbh it still doesn’t make me hate him lol. even if I buy that he did it out of desperation (the only explanation that remotely makes sense outside of silly Enigma of Kirkwall type shit). because ultimately that desperation stems from him being an elf in a human institution that literally wants to see him fail. the fact that he felt he needed the harvester even as a back pocket nuclear option should be a huge red flag here that the supposed “two sides” of the Orsino vs. Meredith conflict are not actually equal and they are not equally at fault for it no matter what folk in and out of the game try to say
HARRIET TUBMAN ESCAPED FROM SLAVERY AND THEN WENT BACK TO GET OTHERS. LIKE, I KNOW YOU KNOW WHO HARRIET TUBMAN IS AND THAT SHE DID THAT, BUT I JUST WANT YOU TO TAKE THAT IN FOR A SECOND.
HARRIET TUBMAN WAS HELD CAPTIVE AND BOUND TO UNPAID, BACK-BREAKING LABOR SINCE BIRTH UNDER PENALTY OF TORTURE OR DEATH. SHE MANAGED TO ESCAPE THAT LIFE, AND SHE TURNED THE FUCK AROUND AND WENT THE FUCK BACK TO GET EVERYONE ELSE WHO WAS STILL TRAPPED IN IT. AND THEN SHE DID IT AGAIN EIGHTEEN MORE TIMES.
WHEN ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS UNSURE WHETHER OR NOT HE WAS PREPARED TO MAKE A STAND AGAINST SLAVERY, HARRIET TUBMAN BASICALLY SAID HE SHOULD STOP BEING SUCH A DIAPER BABY AND THAT GUYS WHO ARE TOO SCARED TO END SLAVERY DON’T DESERVE TO WIN WARS.
NOT ONLY DID SHE SECRET OVER 300 SLAVES TO FREEDOM ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, BUT SHE ACTED AS A SPY FOR THE UNION ARMY DURING THE CIVIL WAR, AND BECAME THE FIRST WOMAN TO LEAD AN ARMED ASSAULT IN THE CIVIL WAR. THAT RAID BROUGHT FREEDOM TO OVER 700 SLAVES IN ONE GO.
SO I JUST WANT YOU TO STEW ON THAT FOR LIKE A MINUTE. ACTING IN THE SHADOWS, SHE WALKED INTO HELL ON EARTH 19 TIMES TO SAVE HER FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS FROM THE TORMENT SHE ENDURED, AND THE SECOND SHE WAS GIVEN EVEN A MODICUM OF POWER, SHE MANAGED TO FREE SEVEN HUNDRED SLAVES IN ONE DAY.
I GUARANTEE, HOWEVER IMPRESSED YOU ALREADY ARE WITH HARRIET TUBMAN, YOU ARE FALLING LIKE AT LEAST 40% SHORT OF HOW IMPRESSED YOU SHOULD BE WITH HARRIET TUBMAN. SHE IS ONE OF THE BEST EXAMPLES OF BADASSERY IN THE ENTIRETY OF AMERICAN HISTORY.
I love looking at the DA fandom and them going on and on about oppression against mages, but then they love to ignore the actual racial and class dynamics within the DA (which honestly is supposed to mirror a similar structure in our own society, but that’s another topic). Especially with the elves and certain characters complacency within that racialized system. I mean I like Anders and Aveline a lot. They’re good characters, but their actions in game reflect some power dynamics when it comes to the race issues within that universe.
I mean Anders treatment of Fenris is should be a blaring sign. It’s not even subtle. And The Qunari uprising was pretty much a race riot when you get the elves involved. And people confidently ignore Aveline’s involvement in it.
Then you point any of this out you get yelled for character hate. I mean come on. Be more critical than that folks.
Honestly act 2 cooled me on Aveline so much. It makes it seem like she changed the guard to our current police system: safe for the guardsmen but not so for anyone else. Which I suppose is theoretically a step up from ‘not safe for anyone’, but it’s really, really not.
She gets mad at you if you don’t toe the line absolutely, but says ‘Well there were some rumors, buuut..’
Fuck you, it’s YOUR JOB to investigate your guards.
Drinking contest at the Skyhold dining hall~
Continuation from the last panel of this thingie :3
if I can’t romance Viv, please tell me Vivienne/Josephine is the next Fenbela. It is the least they could do to soothe my shattered heart.
apparently e.l. james called former child star mara wilson (matilda) a “sad fuck” for critiquing the 50shades books a while ago and now there’s a feud. i love it.
From their announcement:
For various reasons, Bass Coast Festival is banning feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them, onsite. Our security team will be enforcing this policy.
We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated.
Bass Coast Festival takes place on indigenous land and we respect the dignity of aboriginal people. We have consulted with aboriginal people in British Columbia on this issue and we feel our policy aligns with their views and wishes regarding the subject. Their opinion is what matters to us.
Now that is very punk rock indeed.
An Australian Blue Heeler goes to sleep on top of the flock it has herded
THIS IS IT
THIS IS THE POST THAT KILLED ME
BECAUSE AFTER A LONG DAY OF HERDING SHEEP, THIS PUPPY HERE HERDED WITH ALL ITS MIGHT AND THEN SAID YOU KNOW WHAT I NEED A NAP-NAP
AND A NAP-NAP IT HAD
UPON THOSE SHEEP IT HERDED
I have decided that the reason why Bioware had to postpone DAI was so that they could add freckles to the CC.
Because I will murder them if there are no options for freckles.
Whilst in Sydney in 1994, a man apparently tries to assassinate Prince Charles. And not a single fuck was given by His Royal Highness.
I’m dead at his face in the last one like “Did you even try?”
And then when he gets pushed he’s like “Wait no let him try!”