Cullen: Champion, I have been charged with informing you that you need to get your apostaste friend Anders to apologize unequivocally and immediately. Hawke: Yeah? Well, go shit yourself, Long Tall Sally, because I lecture my friends in my own way on my own terms.
Another option is to cheat. But when you do this, he still wins. Not just with you, either: every single game you witness with him against a character who cheats ends with Cullen winning; he canonically beats the Inquisitor, Dorian, and Leliana (she plays him in that scene if Dorian is unavailable) when they try to get the better of him. He really just radiates smugness when this happens, too (especially against Leliana, the sneakiest of them all). It’s like he beats cheaters out of spite.
The final option, playing fairly, is the only scenario in which you can beat him. This always seemed odd, to me; he’s obviously an extremely skilled player, who can win even if you give yourself an edge. So why do you win if you choose not to do so?
Easy. He’s letting you.
Why? Anybody’s guess. Maybe he appreciates the honesty after playing so often against someone who cheats. Maybe he remembers the frustration of always losing against his sister and wants you to come back instead of giving up. Fill in your own headcanons. But I just can’t shake the feeling he throws that game on purpose.
A page from a comic I just started, based on an idea i had earlier today; if Cullen is not with the templars anymore, then what about his lyrium addiction? Of course, I doubt it ever being a problem in Inquisition, but this unexplored source of angst was too good to let pass.
I’m probably not going to finish this anytime soon, but I really enjoyed drawing just this page, so I may or may not make more. We’ll see.
Also, this is very good lighting and comic drawing practice, considering i’m working on some bigger projects at the moment that requires this sort of practice.