Madame-De

have some fun vivienne facts!

  • if the inquisitor romances dorian, vivienne receives a letter from an acquaintance in tevinter expressing shock at the “disturbing rumors” of their relationship, and vivienne responds by ripping the acquaintance a new one
  • repeatedly expresses sorrow at civilian deaths (”the defenseless are always the first casualties of war”)
  • cole said this about her harrowing “no, I will not fall, no one will control me ever again…shaking, hollow, harrowed but smiling at templars to show them i’m me, i am not like that”
  • despite her insistence that cole is a demon, she was worried for him
  • unlike solas, she is afraid of demons
  • finds it delightful that varric is writing a story with her as the villain
  • “my dear, if i didn’t want people to fear me I wouldn’t dress like this”
  • wants to send a sternly worded letter to varric’s tailor
  • was born in wycome 
  • has read hard in hightown
  • “i am the most dangerous thing in the room, darling”
  • treats bull like a favorite son and teaches him to dance
  • bull compares her to a qunari dreadnought, which she enjoys
  • greatly admired divine justinia
  • sees templars as a useful tool
  • “that which makes you different can be a burden or a source of strength”
  • was taken to the circle at such a young age that she doesn’t remember her parents
  • passes information on to sera and the friends of red jenny
  • worries for dorian’s safety in trying to reform the imperium, tells him to be careful

Apparently it’s Vivienne appreciation month. Also I just wanted to draw Vivienne in a pretty dress. I’m going to draw everyone in pretty dresses. Pretty dresses are fun.

EDIT: Thanks for all the love on this picture, now I’m planning on drawing people & naming it “Halamshiral AU” aka where everyone wears nice clothes instead of that Disney prince garb.
short info: Her outfit is based on her regular outfit, and French/English/Italian fashion during 1500-1600 (I know it’s a stretch but Thedas isn’t exactly historically accurate) I used desaturated colours because those work on her.

Halamshiral Series (WIP):

  • Blackwall
  • Cassandra
  • Cole
  • Cullen
  • Dorian
  • Iron Bull
  • Josephine
  • Leliana
  • Sera
  • Solas
  • Varric
  • Vivienne

Madame Louise-Elisabeth with her two year old son (detail),  Adélaïde Labille-Guiard.

1788, oil on canvas.

Antichambre de la reine,  Palace of Versailles. 

Vivienne

I unapologetically love Vivienne.

Hear me out. I love that so many character’s occupy a morally gray area, and I eventually realized that there’s only two characters in DA:I that don’t. Vivienne, and Dorian. Dorian’s greatest crime is that he was born into a shitty country. Vivienne’s greatest crime is that she was thrown into a shitty system as a young child… and excelled. She conquered. She started powerless and grew into a person with the strength and fortitude to NEVER be put in that position again. Vivienne cannot be made powerless, because she cannot be made powerless.

I can’t fault her for believing in a system that worked for her, and being unapologetic about her success. 

Some mages slept with Templars to be safe, some became snitches, some ran, some fought back, some withered. Vivienne became a wall of ice that the system could not break. 

For @roosettes: prompt #21 (she gave me 50, and I love her for that)

Vivienne is the “I’ve been through it so I know exactly what that expression on your face means” type of companion or even friend to the Inquisitor. 

The “If you need to vent, my dear, I will close these balcony doors and we can be cut off from Skyhold for a few minutes.” type of companion.

The “You can scream, cry or even throw things if you like, I’ve seen it happen - and done it myself - more often than you can imagine, but never in public.” type of companion. 

“Every great individual throughout history has had their moments of doubt and even weakness, my dear,” she says at one point, squeezing the Inquisitor’s shoulder with a gentle but firm hand even if they aren’t on the best of terms.

The ’…and that’s perfectly alright,’  remains unspoken, but the Inquisitor will feel the presence of the sentiment long after the final battle.