I always like to imagine that, when you leave Hawke in the fade, they are able to kill the nightmare demon (because they are Hawke, I mean, come on) and when Coripheus is pushed into the fade by the inquisitor, they are already there, waiting, and when he sees them, they say “hi, you nug-kissing bastard, did you miss me?”
The Winter Palace quest is my favourite in DAI. I don’t understand why so many people seem to dislike it. It’s probably because it’s such a departure from the gameplay you’re used to at that point, but I love it. The environment and music are beautiful, and watching my Quiz eavesdrop on everyone’s conversations was kind of hilarious. 10/10, would play again
(Wooh, haven’t done one of these in a while, so sorry. But here you go, hope you enjoy!)
DA:I Companions Reactions to meeting the Inquisitor’s Ex.
Cassandra: She is a little shocked at first, wondering why exactly the ex is coming around right now. Cassandra makes sure to drag the Inquisitor aside in private to ask if they are OK with the ex being there, or if she should make plans to have them leave. She cant help but wonder if the ex is only there to try and take advantage of the Inquisitor, and she is very protective. If romanced: She actually puffs up and gets a little heated, but she walks off and takes out her frustration on her practice dummies. She refuses to let the Inquisitor see her jealous in any way, and she is definitely not used to these kinds of feelings, so she tries to bottle them up. It helps a lot when the Inquisitor comes up behind her, pulling the sword from her hand and wrapping their arms around her, whispering in her ear just how much they love Cassandra and how their ex is very much not a part of their life anymore.
Varric: He cannot help but laugh, and jokingly talks about how he is going to have to take the ex aside and get all the juicy details of their relationship. It would make for an excellent addition to one of his books! But, seeing how uncomfortable it makes the Inquisitor, he meets up with them in the tavern by themselves and asks them how they are doing. He nudges them with his elbow and asks if they would like him to write a not so flattering commentary on the ex; just say the word and it’ll be done! This earns him a laugh and a half armed hug from the Inquisitor.
Solas: It doesn’t really interest him too much, but he does try and make polite conversation with the newcomer. He later asks the Inquisitor politely about their relationship, and if they need anyone to talk to. He is not a stranger to the ways of passion, he says, and he knows the stresses of when things go sour. If Romanced: He is apparently very good at the passive aggressive game, and he makes sure to appear whenever the Inquisitor has to be around the ex. He doesn’t actively show his affections, but he tends to stand closer to the Inquisitor, brushing his hand against theirs or brushing their hair back away from their face, enough so the ex gets the point.
Sera: She laughs and cackles, and demands to know how Quizzy is in bed from the ex, which causes blushing and awkward shuffling all the way around. When she notices this, she very bluntly asks if they had a rough breaking up, and offers to slap the ex for the Inquisitor if they want (much to the surprise and angst of the ex, who is standing right there for this!). If Romanced: She very actively pranks the ex; spiders in their clothes, snakes in bedrolls, pies dropping on them from high places. Needless to say, the ex does not stay around for very long, and it gains Sera some much appreciated affection from the Inquisitor.
Vivienne: She is very polite and communicative with the ex, asking them all kinds of questions about themselves and their past. She then invites the Inquisitor up to her parlor and sits them down to talk all about the gossip that was their relationship. If it ended badly, she offers to spread distasteful rumors of the ex through the royalty. It’s the least she can do for the darling Inquisitor, after all.
Iron Bull: Being ex Ben Hassrath, he immediately picks up on the tension between the Inquisitor and their ex, and he makes sure to hang around (within interrupting distance) to let them know he is there to support them. He also has his chargers keep on eye on the ex, just in case the ex turns into a problem. If Romanced: He hangs around his Kadan for moral support, but he goes off of their cues, not wanting to interrupt unless he is needed. If he notices things are getting too heated between his Kadan and their ex, he simply walks over, picks them up, and takes them away, up to their room for a more…enjoyable use of their time. He does not feel at all threatened by the ex, and his only concern is making sure the Inquisitor is ok.
Blackwall: He tries to be jovial and friendly, inviting the ex for a drink at the tavern, not fully picking up on the tension between them and the Inquisitor. His ulterior motives, however, are to get a feel of the ex. If you want to get to know someone, get a few drinks into them first. If Romanced: He does the same; takes them to the tavern to get a few drinks into them, then takes them for a nightly stroll where he very firmly and sternly tells the ex that if he has any ideas about the Inquisitor…any at all…and he better damn well leave right then and there, because Blackwall won’t put up with any kind of bull shit that upsets his Inquisitor. Then he pats the ex on the shoulder, and never speaks of it again, except for the occasional dagger glare behind the Inquisitor’s back.
Dorian: He is very good at backhanded compliments, and the ex is left with never knowing really what exactly was said. Dorian goes off of the Inquisitor’s cues, and he makes all sorts of comments about how the Inquisitor has caught the eyes of this fancy person or that fancy person, or how well off the Inquisitor is doing nowadays. He is the best wing man any Inquisitor could ask for, making the ex feel as small as possible. If Romanced: His snarkiness is increased ten fold, and he actually ends up being somewhat cranky and irritable while the ex visits. Until the Inquisitor wraps their arms around him, swaying gently and laughing at his jealousy (which Dorian is adamant he is NOT jealous), until they are a cute, laughing heap in Dorian’s chair.
Cole: Tight, red burning embarrassment. Anger and hurt, not wanting to be here, why are they here, just want to disappear. Cole can feel the tension from the Inquisitor, and he tries to help as best he can by steering the ex away from the Inquisitor as often as possible. He really wanted to help the Inquisitor and Ex forget, but he knew it wouldn’t help in the long run, so he does what he can from the shadows, being there for silent moral support when the Inquisitor has to deal with the ex.
Leliana: She already has collected a frightening amount of information on this ex, and she has no problem using it against them. She meets up with the Inquisitor and walks through the past of the ex since the two had broken up, and the two sit talking and gossiping away, which is not normal for them but actually kind of nice. Leliana makes sure that the Inquisitor knows if they want or need anything to happen to the ex, all they have to do is give the word.
Josephine: Being the nice, diplomatic person she is, she tries her hardest to make the ex feel welcome. She gives them a tour and makes sure they have good food and good quarters to stay in. If Romanced: She is almost sickeningly sweet and nice, but it can’t help but be noticed that she puts the ex as far away from the Inquisitor’s quarters as possible. When she gets the Inquisitor alone, she asks them about their ex and their past (even though she could have that information from Josephine, but she wants to here it from the Inquisitor.) They spend a lovely evening going over each other’s pasts and dreaming about the future.
Cullen: He shakes hands with the ex, and offers to show them around, show them the training grounds and everything. He isn’t too experienced in the field of love, but he does embarrassingly ask the Inquisitor if they need anything, they can always come to him. If Romanced: When shaking the ex’s hand, you can tell it is somewhat more forceful than it needed to be. He somewhat forcefully invites the ex to a sparring session, so they can see just how well the Inquisitor has been commanding the forces. The ex, seeing the hard gleam in his eyes, respectfully declines, but it gains Cullen a lovely evening with his Inquisitor as they imagined him fighting in their honor.
Regency Elya art by @feylen! Thank you, she is beautiful!
Pairing: Cullen x Trevelyan
Tags: Nursing to Health, Pining, Longing
In Regency Era Thedas, Orlais and Ferelden are at war. As an officer in Ferelden’s army, Cullen is entrusted with an important document, one that he must keep secret and deliver it to the right hands at any cost. He is betrayed, someone leaking his position and he and his men are set upon by Orlesian soldiers. Grievously wounded, Cullen flees into the Orlesian countryside. Elya saves his life, healing his wounds and keeping him hidden. Her manners give her away as more than just a typical country girl. As he grows stronger and they grow closer, he becomes more and more intrigued by the quiet woman and her secrets. Cullen knows that he cannot stay, his duties calling him away.
A world of Thedas retelling of Aladdin, in a Regency Era setting!
The rain clouds that had dogged them the past few days were highlighted by the vibrant peach-pink of sunset. The reflection washed the little village in hue, turning the white paint a pretty color as Elya briskly stepped out into the bustling courtyard. She could still scarce believe her luck, and she and Cullen had no choice but to embrace it and move forward… cautiously of course.
She shivered slightly at the change in temperature; the common room of the inn had been toasty warm, a blessed welcome with the hot tea. Although they were headed for summer, it still would be a few months before the warmth of that season caught up with the nights. And she had left her ruined spencer with Cullen.
She set off at a serene pace, retracing her path through Royan. Outside of the yard there were few people walking around now, instead the residents were safely ensconced home for the night. There was no one to see Elya cross the street and head between two cottages. Well, she hoped that Cullen was watching for her. The shadows had descended on the forest, hiding the secrets it sheltered. Her eyes passed repeatedly over the hollows, looking for her friend, but she saw nothing.