Your trooper/Elara ship for the meme
when of if I started shipping it: Well I really liked Elara on my first (female) trooper and decided to look up her romance video to see if I would like it - Bioware forcing me to roll a male toon to romance specific characters isn’t new to me.
my thoughts: It’s the only drug I need. It clears my skin and helps my crops thrive and is the best thing ever and if you don’t agree you are wrong (no exceptions).
What makes me happy about them: The unfailing optimistic tone and sweetness to it. The fact it treats Elara with respect - she’ll reject flirts, tease you back, and refuse to abandon her principles just because she loves/loved the trooper and yet there’s still a good amount of humor and sneaky fun to it. Since I feel like I’m somewhat similar to Elara personality wise, I also appreciate that she’s presented as a serious woman who’s professional to the core but is still allowed to have feelings and show warmth and affection when she wants to.
What makes me sad about them: In-game, it’s the fact there’s almost zero content for it post-class story (and the reunion on Iokath is so rushed). In the fandom - it’s pretty popular on reddit which surprised me, but like with all the non-Lana ships involving female companions it’s largely ignored on Tumblr.
things done in fanfic that annoys me: Hmm - most of the Elara-shipping in fic is really well done in my opinion, so I don’t really have issues beyond the lack of content. I suppose that’s my annoyance then, although I’m also at fault.
things I look for in fanfic: Basically I want (1) Elara to be in character, (2) no unnecessary angst - everything doesn’t need to be sunshine and whatever but I hate when people overdo it with “oh and here’s the 10,000th awful thing to overcome”
My kinks: Uh, mine or my trooper’s? Let’s just pretend we answered this one, regardless.
Who I’d be comfortable them ending up with, if not each other: Ayrs only exists to romance Elara, to be honest. I could see him and my Knight being a good couple but that doesnt really matter. For Elara - Iresso or Vector specifically, but (like with Felix) any good /kind person and I’d probably like it.
My happily ever after for them: Retired with a big family and lots of pets.