Alright you guys! Are you ready for a tale of life long friendship, an odd old man, and a reunion of epic proportions?! Because I’ve got you!
So for my tenth birthday I asked my parentals for a turtle, thinking they’d get me like, a little box turtle or whatever and I’d have it for a year or so until it died or “hibernated” and I could move on with my life, but nope! They decided to get me a motherfucking baby sulcata desert tortoise! Now for those of you unaware these things live to be like a bajillion years old and like a billion pounds, basically, they’re fucking huge! And durable and the type of pet you’ve gotta put in your will because it WILL outlive you! I named her Joey aka Josie aka Josephine and we were supposed to be best friends 4 lyfe! Well for mine. Anyway, I loved her and put a lot of energy into her well being, for an irresponsible ten year old who just kinda wanted a turtle on a whim. Fast forward 11 years and Josephine and I have been through some shit together! She never left my side, literally, my family was homeless living in a hotel for awhile once when I was a teenager, and we moved Joey right into that room with us, hotel staff be damned. I used to take this tortoise for WALKS in the park everyday when we lived in a house with no backyard. A couple years after that however, we moved into the perfect house for Josie! It has a big backyard and I just let her freaking roam the place from dusk till dawn. She was living the life! But tragedy fucking STRUCK 11 months ago when a panel of our backyard fence fell off. I thought that the hole that panel created was too small for my darling reptile to get through, but a was sorely mistaken. The next day when I went to check on my baby she was nowhere to be found! I put up signs! I put up Craigslist adds! I searched the neighborhood and nearby farm fields for weeks, but with no luck in finding my scaly, shelled, best friend, I had to give up hope.
Until today! It all started when i got out of the shower only to hear a voice coming from my driveway. I peaked out of the blinds to see a very old man with a large bicycle, bike trailer in tow, looking through our trash cans and talking to himself. Although this disturbed me i let it go, and told my dad, who told me that it was the same man he had talked to the day prior. That day my father spotted a suspicious old man looking through our neighbor’s bushes. He went up to this man and asked him what the hell he thought he was doing! The old guy calmly explained that he was looking for a tortoise he had found a few months ago and had now lost. My father, bless his heart, told him all about how I had lost my tortoise and asked the man if the turt he found could be ours! The guy agrees that if he finds the tortoise he’ll bring it by and we’ll see if its the same one I had lost all those sad, lonely months ago. Well my dad tells me all of this, and I try to not to get my hopes up, having already had some leads disappointingly go nowhere. But sure enough, here we are, today, on Memorial Day! As the sun sets to set the scene, my family, all standing on the front porch, me in the driveway, this glorious old man in a red flannel and flip flops comes trudging down the street wheeling a wagon that’s got a crate on top. Inside that fateful crate was a much larger tortoise than I had, but there was no mistaking the resemblance in shell shape! One look at her face and I knew that it was my Josephine! The chip in her beak, the nick on her shell from the time our dog had mistaken her as a toy, her brown beady eyes! It was all unmistakably her! Needless to say I cried, and laughed, and held that beautiful shelled reptile for dear life! I thanked that man profusely and I think my father might have offered him a reward, but I was to excited to pay attention to much of anything else! The tortoise I loved and raised for 11 years was back! And she remembered me to! Let me pat her tiny scaly head just like I used to, let me give her a bath and not once did she try to hide away in that magnificent shell of hers! I don’t know what exactly she got up to on her long adventure away from home but I know that the next adventure she goes on, we will be going on it together.
If you could have designed DA2, what would you have done? Like, complete power over storyline, character-development, etc.?
Oh man, that’s kind of a huge question haha. I’m gonna put some limits though, because otherwise it’d literally be ‘design the sequel to Origins completely from scratch!’ which is kind of terrifying XD But let’s say the big stuff remained the same (the Expedition, the Qunari, Anders doing the thing), and basically give you a list of things in no particular order I would’ve liked to see:
More dialogue/scenes with companions. More like DA:I in volume, but with the same sort level of ‘personal warmth’ you get in DA2 (I personally found the relationships in DA:I to be a bit lacking in that department, though the volume of interactions was much better)
MORE ROMANCE SCENES. OF ALL KINDS. FOR EVERY LI
No rivalmances, or at least ones that don’t make everyone uncomfortable
Also work on the flirt timing a bit for everyone. And make it so Anders will mention Karl to a female Hawke because that’s so out of character it hurts. The dude literally just said he was an abomination (in his mind). You think he’s gonna shy away from saying he’s bi? Also make it so that conversation with a male Hawke isn’t presented as a giant, flashing ‘I’M QUEER’ sign. Basically re-time that entire conversation, and de-gender it. That whole bit is so important to his character but it wasn’t done properly in either case, imo
Being able to give Anders a cat. Or a fancy quill. Or a new blanket. Literally anything but that amulet, really, as his gift
ANDERS SHOULD APPEAR WITH HIS HAIR DOWN AT LEAST ONCE and if Hawke is romancing him there should be a ‘run fingers through it’ button
Also options to hear Anders’ manifesto in the friendship. And to help him write it. And actually support him after he blows up the Chantry
Also I think that in a very specific case, Anders will actually confess his plans to Hawke. But only if the following criteria are all met: Hawke is 100% friend, romancing him, and has literally never picked a single anti-mage option in dialogue/quests/whatever during the entire game, whether or not he’s in the party. Basically if they’ve proven they really will support him. He’ll still be evasive, but he’ll eventually confide in them
A Justice that wasn’t literally reduced to a poor allegory for mental illness
Also option to actually talk to Justice if you bring him into the Fade. Or at some other point. JUST ACTUALLY BEING ABLE TO TALK TO HIM OKAY
There should also be a ‘hug’ button for every single one the companions. They deserve it
Especially one to hug Anders during Legacy. He needs so many hugs okay. So. Many. No amount will ever satisfy me
More importance placed on class and specialization in story (like Anders and Fenris should be miffed if Hawke is a blood mage, among others)
Mage Hawke not being somehow free of what that means (i.e. no cutting of the ‘pursued by Templars’ quest)
DLC companion that is actually pro-mage (either instead of Sebastian, or as an entirely seperate DLC) to even the balance a bit
Also allow options to get the companions to understand each other better because it’s kind of weird to me that even after 6 years of running about together, so many banters in Act 3 are rather confrontational. I don’t expect everyone to be all ‘best friends 4 lyfe’ but still. Some mutual respect/understanding should begin to happen. YOU IDIOTS ALL HAVE SO MUCH COMMON GROUND FIGURE IT OUT ALREADY
Ability to get involved in banters like in DA:I. So when one starts talking shit to another one, you can get involved with that
Not hiding half of the important stuff about the Circle/Chantry in ambient dialogue
Give us a way to actually give money to half of the poor in Kirkwall. Hawke has more than enough to give
Citadel-style DLC to hang out with the crew more (lbr I want a Citadel-style DLC for every Bioware game ever)
Some actual interaction with any surviving sibling later in game, regardless of faction. Sure, they’re not going to be hanging around the whole game, but they could have some quests of their own
A way to find out Meredith’s history while still being pro-mage. It’s actually really important
Uhhh I’m sure I’m missing some?? But that a not so short list at least of what I, personally, would have liked to have seen in DA2. I mean, I love it, but we all know it’s not a perfect game. I know there’s more improvements I could make, but that covers a lot of it.
Hey~ Uwah, I’ve never done this whole ask thing before… I don’t even know if asks are open…. Sorry if it’s not >.< Anyway, can I get a BTS reaction to meeting someone who’s basically the female version of Yoongi? Thank you and have a nice day/night~~
I ended up answering it without finishing it so i had to delete it and start again, sorry for taking so long to get to it! hope you like it~~
Yoongi: Personally I don’t they’d get along and he’d end up finding her really annoying and the members just staring at him like “Yoongi, shes basically you”
Jimin: I think he’d love to tease her, always pushing her buttons just to get a reaction from her.
Namjoon: Personally I think he’d get along really well, quickly becoming a close friend that he could rely on (Best friends 4 lyfe)
Hoseok & Taehyung: The pair of idiots fighting over who’s going to get to try and befriend you first.
Jin: He wouldn’t be able to deal with other sassy, too blunt for their own good person and will probably end up taking his frustration out on another member.
Jungkook: Since we all know how much he loves his hyung he’d be over joyed and would probably end up calling her Yoongi noona~~ against her will
have i told u guys about my au wer they grow up together and are best friends 4 lyfe until they become best boyfriends 4 lyfe and then probably husbands later on but mainly that focuses on their gross awkward adolescence