GENERAL DETAILS: (ALL VERBATIM FROM 4CHAN SITE) >Game takes place primarily in Tevinter but we’ll have missions in the Anderfels, Seheron, Antiva, Deep Roads, and the Fade, etc.. >60% of the game world is represented by the capital city of Minrathous which is 200 times bigger than Denerim in DAO. >Minrathous will be a open and living city with moving npcs that walk around, buy goods, do busy work,, think of how npc’s acted within Novigrad in the Witcher 3. >The city will have large temples, statues, large buildings and towers, markets, docks, fountains, giant walls which you can explore and other cool areas like a coliseum and even an aqueduct which you can climb. >If you hadn’t noticed yet Minrathous will be heavily based on imperial Rome and Constantinople and in lore is the largest city in thedas with nearly 1 million inhabitants. >The city is divided into 5 zones/districts with no loading screens to get into each one so it’s all integral. >The districts include, the noble district which is in the upper/Northmost part of the city set on a hill which will have three different staircases that can get you in and out of the district. >Within that district you have a smaller district encased in marble walls and only accessed by gate called the Imperial quarter which houses the Imperial Senate house, the Grand Library of Tevinter (lorewise its equivalent to the library of Alexandria and is nearly impossible to get into - there will be a quest dedicated just to that place), Archon’s Palace, the grand temple of Dumat and senatorial mansions. >The lower half of the city includes includes the market district, the “plebeian/worker class district”, the coliseum district which also includes an academy of magic, the library of minrathous, imperial army headquarters and finally the poor district. >The streets of Minrathous are all cobbled, the outside walls are large guarded by just as large juggernaut statues which are massive black golems. >The city has three bridges that connect it to the outside world which you can also explore before being told to turn around. >The other 40% of the game world will be large maps and dungeons similar to the zones in DA:I. >One specific zone will be a swamp marsh area where you’ll get one companion and a tied story mission. PLAYER CHARACTER:
>Your character can only be human for story reasons, that means you won’t be able to play as a elf, dwarf, qunari etc… >Can play as male or female. >There’s a CC filter on being homosexual, heterosexual or bi and influence some dialogue line as well as romance options. >Your character’ last name is Lanius and will be referred to as such by all the NPCs and text. >DAR will be more story and character focused than DAI, you have a mother and father and a dead male/female that’s interchangeable based on your sex ie if you’re male you’ll have a dead sister and vice versa . >Your dead sibling is dead before game and will be involved in a form of a quest with your own mother. >Vastly improved CC system, you can literally make a young Liam Neeson type character if you wish, it’s that good and it’s the best CC system ever made. >You’ll have 7 companions, 4 males and 3 females. >Of those 7, one will be a dwarf, another an elf, and there’ll be a qunari companion. >If you take any of these characters on mission with you within Minrathous prepare to have racist encounters and with the Qunari a literal bloodbath. >The main female romance option of males is named Eva Scala and her father is senator Daedelus Scala leader of Populares faction of the imperial senate. >Your father is a minor noble of the equestrian rank and is leader of the knightly class of Tevinter, he is in constant conflict with the patricians/senators especially Scala. >The rest of the companions I’ll mention in the story bits. GAMEPLAY: >Will be more like DA2 combat and will have a vastly improved tactics system similar to DAO. >Loads of build variety. >Blood magic returns and your story is affected if you use blood magic/become a blood Mage. >NPCS and companions will mention that a lot if you actually choose the blood Mage path. >The canon is to play a Mage but you can still play as a warrior or rogue. >The rogue is actually super fun to play as, you’ll actually be a stealth assassin type figure if you spec into it. >Warriors are just warriors, still cool. >Items system is the exact same as DA:I. >RNG is more forgivable in DAR than DAI however the higher difficulty the less luck with RNG. >Can craft weapons and armour. >Can tint, color and modify your armour. >Weapons are less final fantasy looking. >Five different difficulties, easy, normal, hard, very hard, nightmare. >No new game plus. >Can customize companions. >You have a den in Minrathous similar to the assassin’s den in Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. >You and Daedalus Scala lead this secret society known as the Old Order whose fundamental goal is to bring back the last two untainted old dragon gods to fight against a “greater evil”. >You recruit people similar to how you recruited individuals in DAI and send them on missions of assassinations, political intrigue, resource gathering etc…pretty much similar to DA:I. >You get rewards for mission completion including exp, crafting resources, rare weapons and items, and Old Order points used to unlock perks in the Perk system. >The Old Order is integral to the story line but recruiting people and sending them off to missions is entirely optional. >Attribute system returns and is pretty much nearly identical to DAO. >Game is set in 9:51 Dragon. >the Qunari have invaded Tevinter in six different invasion points. >They’ve already conquered the northern half of tevinter except for Minrathous which is guarded by its powerful walls on land and by the Imperial Navy at sea. >You’re apart of a southern tevinter relief force. >Game starts off with massive cinematic battle. >You pick your gender, do your CC, pick your class. >You’re apart of a 4 man specialist commando force including yourself, Eva Scala which the commander, one warrior named Constantius, and a rogue named Justin (both of whom die at the end of the level). >The first area of the game is the army camp area. >Get assigned the mission by the general/commander Mage literally name Maximus Decimus (there’s there’s loads of name references to everything Rome and Roman including movies/TV shows) and dropped off immediately behind enemy lines. >Your goal is too pretty much disable the Qunari warmachines (cannons) and destroy their supply train. >There’s numerous cutscenes of a large grayish wolf stalking you. >Kill trash mobs of Qunari and Dalish elves in alliance with them. >Final battle of the level is with a powerful Saraabas. >Get confronted after the grayish wolf finally appears and transform to a giant 10 foot tall armored figure. >Pretty much destroys everything and sets giant balls of Fire on to the clashing armies. >There’ll be a warden civil war that you’ll have to resolve. >Assassination attempt on the Archon. >Salos burning and killing tevinter cities and both Qunari/Tevinter armies. >Second final level will be Solas essentially trying to destroy Minrathous just after you beat off a Qunari siege. >Final level is traveling to the forest of arlathan to kill Salos/Solas. >Ending choice is to kill, capture or save Solas. >Solas is the main villain in game. >Dorian cameo. >Inquisition and Grey Warden both mentioned. >Hawke/Stroud are in the Anderfell level.
source: ‘ad-Da’wah ilallaah’ (The Call to Allaah), The magazine featuring Women’s Issues. (UK) Vol-1 Issue-5
Asmaa was a woman of great nobility, wisdom and patience. She was among the early converts to Makkah and being the daughter of the great Companion Abu Bakr, she was brought up in an atmosphere of purity and devotion and shared close ties with the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.
When the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was about to secretly leave Makkah for his emigration to Madeenah with his close friend Abu Bakr, it was Asmaa who prepared the provisions for the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and her father. She said: “I prepared the provision bag for the Prophet in the house of Abu Bakr when he wanted to emigrate to Madeenah. We did not find anything with which to tie his bag or waterskin. I said to Abu Bakr: “By Allaah, I cannot find anything to tie with except my belt.” He said: “Tear it in two and tie the waterskin with one and the bag with the other.”” So that is what she did and since then she became know as ‘Dhaatun-Nitaaqayn’ [She of the two belts]. (Collected in Sahaah al-Bukhaaree (eng. Trans. Vol.4 p.141 no.222))
Asmaa was married to Zubayr Ibn al-Awwaam, the cousin of the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. He was a very poor man, nevertheless Abu Bakr knew him to be a man of great piety, so despite the huge difference between their financial status, Abu Bakr married his daughter to him. In the initial stages of her marriage, Asmaa has to face a lot of hardship due to the extreme poverty they suffered. Suddenly, this daughter of a rich merchant found herself tending to the animals, kneading, grinding, fetching water and carrying huge loads on her head. She said about her situation: “When az-Zubayr married me, he had neither land, nor wealth, nor slave, nor anything else like it, except a camel to get water and his horse. I used to graze his horse, provide fodder for it, look after it and ground dates for his camel. Besides this, I grazed the camel, made arrangements for providing it with water and patching up his leather bucket and kneading the flour. I was not very good at baking the bread, so my female neighbors used to bake bread for me and they were sincere women. And I used to carry on my head, the date-stones from the land of az-Zubayr which the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam had endowed him and it was a distance of two miles from Madeenah. One day, as o was carrying the date-stones upon my head, I happened to meet Allaah’s Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, along with a group of his Companions. He called me and told the camel to sit down so that he could make me ride behind him. I felt shy to go with men and I remembered az-Zubayr and his Gheerah (Gheerah is the sense of pride that a man has which causes him to dislike his wives, daughters or sisters from being seen or heard by strangers. It is this gheerah which makes a man protective about his women) and he was a man having the most gheerah. The Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam understood my shyness and left. I came to az-Zubayr and said: “The Messenger of Allaah met me as I was carrying date-stones upon my head and there was with him a group of his Companions. He told the camel to kneel so that I could mount it but I felt shy from him and I remembered your gheerah.” Upon this az-Zubayr said: “By Allaah, the thought of you carrying date-stones upon your head is more severe a burden to me than you riding with him.”
I led this life of hardship until Abu Bakr sent me a female servant who took upon herself the responsibility of looking after the horse and I felt as if she had emancipated me.” (Reported in Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (eng. Trans. Vol.7 p.111 no.151))
Look at the sense of dignity and modesty of Asmaa. See how she felt shy in front of men? See how careful she was about refraining from what displeased her husband? She knew that az-Zubayr had a lot of gheerah, so she didn’t want to upset him by accepting the Prophet’s offer of assistance, even though that meant bringing hardship upon herself. And what did az-Zubayr say when he heard of what had happened that day?…’By Allaah, the thought of you carrying date-stones is more severe a burden on me than you riding with him!” so even though az-Zubayr had a lot of gheerah, he did not wish for that to cause inconvenience to his wife. Isn’t this what the marital relationship should be like? One of mutual concern, corporation and compassion? Asmaa could easily have said: “I am the daughter of the noble Abu Bakr and so I shouldn’t be doing these jobs!” but she didn’t. she was patient and respectful towards her husband throughout her difficult period.
It is reported that once when she complained to her father about her hardships, he advised her, “My daughter be patient. When a woman has a righteous husband and he dies and she does not remarry after him, they will be reunited in the Garden.”(Reported in at-Tabaqaat of Ibn Sa’d)
And az-Zubayr was indeed a righteous man, as the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam himself testified when he counted him among the Promised ten of Paradise. (See Musnad Ahmad, Abu Dawood and others. Authenticated in Saheehul-Jaami’ (no.50)) He also said of him: “az-Zubayr is the son of my paternal aunt and my disciple from my Ummah.” (Saheeh – Narrated by Jaabir & collected in Musnad Ahmad. Authenticated by al-Albaanee in his as-Saheehah (1877))
In addition to her being the wife of such a righteous man, Asmaa was also the mother of ‘Urwah Ibn az-Zubayr, who became one of the scholars of Madeenah. His teachers included his parents as well as him maternal aunt, the Mother of the Believers, ‘Aaishah radhi’allaahu anha; from whom he learnt a great deal. ‘Umar Ibn Abdul Azeez said about him: “I do not find anyone more knowledgeable than ‘Urwah Ibn az-Zubayr, and for whatever I know he knows something which I do not.” (Reported by adh-Dhahabee in Siyaar A’laamin-Nubalaa’)
His son Hishaam reports that his father’s leg had to be amputated at the knee and was adviced to drink a narcotic, but he refused saying, “I did not think that anyone would drink something which would take away his intellect to the point that he did not know his Lord.” So they took off his leg with a saw and he did not say anything but “Ouch, ouch.” And in the same journey his son Muhammad was kicked to death by a mule and ‘Urwah was not heard to say anything about it but: “We have suffered much fatigue in this, our journey.” [Soorah Kahf 18:62]. O Allaah, I had seven sons and You took one and left me with six, and I had four limbs and You took one and left me with three – so if You have tested me then You have saved me, and if You have taken – You have left (more) behind.” (Ibn ‘Asaakir (11/287))
Her other son was of the Khaleefahs of the Muslims, ‘Abdullaah Ibn az-Zubayr, who was the leader of the Muslims during one of the most turbulent periods in Islaamic history. He was killed in Makkah at the hands of al-Hajjaaj on the 17th of Jumadaa al-Ulaa in 73H. a few days after the death of her sin, Asmaa bint Abu Bakr – ‘She of the two Belts’ – also died – radi’allaahu anhaa.
Curie clapped her hands together. “It is time to be inoculated!”
A low groan ran through the group of companions.
“Come on, guys, it’s for our health!” Preston protested. At the head of the line, he sauntered up, taking a seat in the sanitized chair and rolling up his sleeve. He presented a dark, well-muscled bicep to the doctor.
“It’s going to hurt,” Piper cringed.
“You all are being children,” Danse grumbled, arms crossed and a surly expression on his face. “Primitive vaccinations have been a staple of Brotherhood operations for generations.”
“I’m not getting that crap anywhere near me,” MacCready declared.
I hate not being able to sense energies or spirits because all the big name witches are like “Oh today I sensed some really weird energy” and like what if I’m being fucked up and I don’t even know it? Or witches with spirit companions that tell stories about their dragon buddy. Or astral plane adventures. I can’t even visualize lmao. Everyone’s like “basic witch skills!@!!!!!! Visualization and energy work!!” Bitch??? Where
Frankly, the more I think about it, I think they should have a ‘proper’ male companion with the Thirteenth Doctor, for multiple reasons.
A lot of times in New Who, male companions have been ‘added on’ to the female one and that had often led to - sometimes humorous, frequently just hurtful - derision by the Doctor. Particularly if they cast a man of colour (and even more so if they cast a black man), it would be a chance to walk back on some of the uncomfortable elements of Mickey’s and Danny’s stories.
Plus, as @lyricwritesprose has pointed out repeatedly, a male companion to a female Doctorcan be a subversive choice that casts a new light on male strength and the Doctor/companion dynamic. It’s a new kind of story that deserves to be told. Not at the exclusion of a female companion, but certainly in parallel, it could enrich the show. We can have strong female relationships and a second interesting new take on the Doctor/companion dynamic.
And finally, as much I don’t care about the people who act like no boy could possibly look up to a female Doctor, the story of companion has always been special to me. There’s something captivating about it and that’s often been the case because these were stories about women. I’d love to see young boys get a chance to truly have this kind of connection to a modern Doctor Who companion and experience the kind of story that has meant so much to me in a similar way.
Funny how he could never remember much else about her, but he remembered her birthday. It wasn’t like Nick, either, to remember a date more than a face. Old Nick prided himself on being able to read people, to pick up on the social nuances and micro expressions that gave so much away. Now, an appointment, an anniversary - those always slipped his mind. But he never forgot a face.
The synth clutched his bag of caps, the fabric threatening to tear beneath the harsh metal of his claw. Normally, he didn’t mind haggling. Myrna gave him a hard time, but the other merchants were friendly enough, and it was nice to get out and about in between cases.
Today, though. Today they’d ask questions he wasn’t sure he wanted to answer.
Gotta hold it together, old man.
The detective clenched what counted for his jaw and shuffled into the marketplace, hands stuffed in the pockets of his trenchcoat, hat pulled low over his brow. Myrna looked up with a menacing glower.
Hi! I'm sorry to bother you but I just wanted to thank you for all of your great book recommendations! I finally had some free time recently and finished reading We Are Okay and now I'm having a lot of emotions but in a good way lol. I was wondering if you had any WLW book recs that aren't YA?
hey, no need to be sorry! thank you for saying this and you’re welcome for the recs :)
actually, i do have a bunch of wlw recs that aren’t YA. i don’t read a whole lot of YA anyway. i already have a good list of recs here but since that one does include YA books i’ll exclude those and copy/paste it here for you:
I wanna start watching ancient magnum bride but what te heck is it about??????
The OVAs we have so far (two parts out of three) are a companion story to the manga and don’t really follow the main plot (there will be a full anime series coming this fall!).
The manga is about Chise, a gal with some special abilities bought by this fella Elias, a non-human magus/mage, who intends to teach Chise magic, keep her alive (people with her abilities tend to burn out and die young!), and eventually make her his bride.
This might be throwing up all kinds of Wow Unhealthy red flags for you. But the writing is handled fantastically and this odd situation that could have easily turned into one of your standard Weird Gross Anime IPs is instead something super cool and awesome. First off, Elias not being human and not understanding how humans work is a HUGE part of his character and development. Secondly, all Elias’ human pals are immediately like Elias What The Fuck You Can’t Buy People Because We Said You Need An Apprentice, Chise Here Is My Number If You Need Help Don’t Hesitate To Call. And thirdly, Chise seems cool with all of this and agrees to teach Elias How To Human better while he teaches her magic and the whole bride thing is hardly ever mentioned again (a couple other characters mention it, Chise occasionally remembers the proposal and wonders about it, but Elias has never mentioned it since the first couple chapters?).
Over time, the manga delves into things like “Why the fuck does Chise seem cool with this?”, “Chise why are you doing that stop?”, “Both of y’all have an unhealthy attachment to each other please get out of the house sometimes”, “Elias why are you acting like a pouting baby?”, “Elias, no you can’t control everything all the time.”, “By the way, what the fuck are you?” Also this one dude is trying to fuck everything up and there’s all these other ppl who want Chise for shit.
In short (lil too late for short lol), its about two emotionally stunted, lost, and confused people living on the outskirts of their respective societies, slowly realizing things about themselves and working past their flaws and figuring themselves out. And as they grow as people, they grow together as closer companions. Though framed as a romance, that’s really not the focus of it. The focus is more about them becoming healthy and good people. The growth feels natural and appropriate, and I love that.
Also LOTS OF COOL MYTHOLOGY SHIT HELL YEAH. YAMAZAKI KORE DID HER DAMNED RESEARCH OK. If NONE of what i just said grabs you then you could read for the mythological shit alone. It’s great. I think that’s it. Other fans feel free to add to this,,,
You can read it here (which has a nice description itself) And the OVA bits are on crunchyroll!
A short little comic strip on the interaction between Ava’s mother (Synthia) and her boyfriend. I never gotten the chance to describe on how they feel about each but from what you probably read, they have their differences.
I also decided to try something new, when developing short stories or albums, imgur would compress the living shit out of them. My only solution so far is just to make a long image consisting to 4 or less images.