anonymous asked:

(for DAO) I've always thought that a Cousland would have a closer relationship to the nobility, especially Loghain, than DAO let us have. So, if you don't mind, all companions react to a Cousland confessing to having a mentor/student relationship with Loghain before the Blight?

Alistair: He wants to be angry. He wants to be painfully and righteously furious, to scream and shout at the outrage of it. Duncan, who was father and mentor and friend, to whom Alistair compares all other men, is dead because of the pretender King. And the very idea that his fellow warden once held that same murderous bastard in esteem is sickening. And so he wants to be so painfully, vocally angry.

But he can’t. Because they’ve both lost. Because blow for blow every loss that he has suffered is mirrored in the Cousland tragedy. Family and mentor and friends, the security in their life and the ability to have some agency over what happens to them. That is all gone, and it takes the heat from his anger. If they wish to try and make peace with their old mentor later that brings it all back to the surface, but if they seek justice for their betrayal and loss the whole experience will bring them closer together.

Morrigan: In the beginning she has little concern for the warden’s entanglements. If it is not actively causing them trouble then the witch has no interest in hearing stories of how this noble or that taught them the meaning of the hunt. There are greater and more important tasks to accomplish, and this is merely a distraction. But if the Warden sides with Morrigan when it comes to issues with Flemeth then she will be more empathetic, and willing to listen. And by the end of their journey she is more than content to take up arms against Loghain if that’s what they want to do.

Leliana: It is hard, so hard, to not overlay the very idea of Loghain in her mind with Marjolaine. The parallels in her betrayal and the Wardens are striking, and when the bard gets the full story she is willing and eager to help avenge this loss in any way she can. After Marjolaine is dead/dealt with Leliana is more able to come to terms with what happened and begin to heal, but if the Warden is not then she will whole heartedly back whatever decision they make.

Sten: It was a military decision, what happened at Ostagar, and for that the qunari does not judge Loghain. There are times when it is better to fight another day, to wage war when there is a war to be won, and he understands that well. If that were the usurper’s only crime then the warrior would not hold him in contempt. But to turn against the Warden who not only wants to fight the darkspawn but also looks up and respects you as a mentor? For no other reason than political power?

That Sten cannot countenance, and will happily beat common courtesy into the man when they arrive at the Landsmeet.

Shale: Squishy humans are so complicated, with their loyalties and their lies. Golems are not nearly so foolish. But if the one who made itself king truly has treated the one who calls itself a warden badly if is no trouble to Shale to smash his head upon the rock. It’s good practice for the birds.

Zevran: There was no mention of such a relationship when the Crows were hired, and so when the Antivan hears the whole story behind the Warden and Loghain he is…understandably annoyed. Being betrayed by those you trusted and even loved in not an unfamiliar event in his life or his vocation, but to be an unwilling player in the continued betrayal of someone he is beginning to esteem….that is not so pleasant. And he will be very happy to help rectify that mistake with a blade, if the Warden desires such an outcome.

Oghren: The Warden is honorable, and at the end of the day they helped Oghren find a part of himself he’d thought had been drowned long ago. If the Warden wants an axe in Loghain’s skull or simply a tankard to cry in the dwarf is their man no matter what.

Wynne: Her opinions on Loghain’s action have always been vocal and firm. If he has gone further and committed more atrocity against their young leader then there is no way she will ever approve of him. But she will also be willing to listen to the Warden’s confusions and hesitations regarding the man, if there are any, and to offer the best advice she has.

Dog: Mabari don’t forgive those who turn against the pack. Politics mean nothing to the loyalty a mabari feels toward their partners and families, and Dog has not forgotten Highever.

Loghain: There was a time, before Maric died and the Darkspawn forced his hand and everything fell away from him but power and a need to defend it, that Loghain Mac Tier spent many a happy hour with the Warden who is now against him. They were a second child and he a second father, family in the chosen way that e and the Theirins were. And when Duncan comes to Ostagar with an all too familiar face, when the last Cousland is put in the path of a unwinnable war, there is a part of Loghain that howls its grief. That wants to bundle them up and take them back to their fathers study and tell them stories of the glorious fight against Orlais.

But in the end he gives the orders, turns away and hardens his heart. Somethings are more important than family, than loyalty, even than choice. And he will give everything to see Ferelden safe. Even his protégé’s life.

– Mod Fereldone


Dragon Age Portraits Masterpost

This series started as a way to get me comfortable illustrating different skin tones & to build up palettes for all the characters. But I’m finding myself really digging doing the quick portrait sketches.

ok but tents

in da2 and inquisition everyone had a home to go back to, but in origins they literally only had their camp for like a year

thing is, everyone was joining one after another, weeks and sometimes months apart (im looking at u oghren)

how come all the tents look the same? they should be all mismatched

and sometimes it could take a while to actually find a tent for new party members

just imagine, wynne joins the party and shares a tent with leliana for a while and everything is lovely, they both are clean and sweet and just the loveliest tent mates

in contrast, imagine the first night after zevran joined in and neither alistair nor zevran in their shared tent even shutting their eyes in fear that the other will stab them

or oghren joining and the party actually has a fight over who’s going to share their tent with him bc holy shit that guy’s smell is powerful (actual canon, sorry oghren)

and also imagine the possibilities of what each tent would look like

zevran and leliana and morrigan choosing tents that actually look good bc not a chance they will sleep in something that looks like rags hanging on sticks

loghain choosing the most patriotic thing as possible and just glaring at lelianas tent

sten going with practicality but also having some tiny detail, maybe a pattern or an embroidery of some flower that reminds him of par vollen

alistair sometimes looking up at the roof of his tent and feeling sad bc he sees the grey warden griffon embroidered and he remembers when duncan handed him the tent

anyway, tents