The most interesting thing about Dragon Age’s worldbuilding is that there’s not just one big mystery that you’re waiting to get solved - everything is like that. There’s practically nothing about Dragon Age where you can say, “I understand this completely. I have no questions.”
For instance, I’m thinking about only the Fade, and I’m realizing that after three 100+ hour games and millions of words of text, and after actually going to the Fade 5+ times, I still don’t know anything concrete about the Fade. What is it. Why is it there. Where do spirits and demons come from. If you find out anything about the Fade, it’s either not a good source of information (rumors, religious tradition, filthy liars) OR what you’ve learned IS a new trustworthy fact, but it just opens up a whole new can of worms.
Like when you first meet Justice - and from talking to him, you can learn some new things about Spirits, like that they could possess dead bodies peaceably, that they can feel the memories inside those dead bodies, that they are immortal… But so many questions arise from that same encounter. Justice isn’t sure about a lot of things, and he can’t answer very many of your questions…
And this happens over and over again! With everything! But you get the feeling that if you did finally find someone who could answer the questions you want to ask, there would be real, meaty answers. You feel like nothing is there just for kicks or aesthetic reasons, that they’re like that because something happened in history to make it be like that. There’s some kind of foundation to everything. It’s a huge mystery where key puzzle pieces could come from anywhere, and any of the vastly separated pieces could fit together.
We have no idea about anything, and anything is possible. But it still feels deliberately built from the beginning. It’s a lot of fun.
1.) Build the world from concrete information 2.) Misinformation and *obviously* unreliable narration from many sources 3.) Myths, religious bias, and pov storytelling as cool misleading devices 4.) The answers only lead to more questions, but do build (slowly) 5.) Welcome to Fun Dragon Age Meta Hell
Have you ever had a relationship with another human or is Izayoi it? Did you ever have an issue with human and demon relationships before?
“To be quite honest I never thought much of human and youkai relationships. You must remember, there are youkai who prey upon humans by tricking them into falling in love. There youkai versions of Incubus and succubus as well. “
“Of course I knew of half blooded youkai before, but those were always tragic tales. For both the human and the offspring. More importantly, mutual relationships among humans and youkai were so rare they were assumed to only be fables.”
“As far as myself, I did not have a romantic relationship with another human prior to Izayoi. Yes I had friends, a few who were familiar and even a human drinking buddy. But that was the extent…and for good reason.”
Summary: You make a deal with Demon!Mark to help you find love but you fall for him instead.
“Give me your finger.” The demon demanded.
You reached out your hand to him. He grabbed your hand and pulled out a dagger slidding it over the skin cutting just deep enough to draw blood. Pressing it to the paper he had laid out on the desk. He let out a low chuckle and rolled the paper up letting it fall to the ground. You gasped slightly when it evaporated into nothing.
“So Is there anyone you have your eyes on?” His voice had a smooth sound to it.
“No. That is why I need you.” You stammered.
He sighed and crossed his arms. You glared in annoyance. “Aren’t you supposed to try to help? Why are you acting like it will kill you?”
“Well if it could kill me it probably would. Anyways…Let’s go find you love. Get dressed we’re going to the park.”
“Hey! Whats your name.”
“Call me Mark. Now go!”
You did as told and got dressed and ready. The two of you went to the nearest park and sat at a bench. Not many people were there but a few people said hi.Mark refused to let you leave the spot. It started to get late when a man came and sat by you. He smelt bad of alcohol and lean close to you. He didn’t speak but he was trying to make a move. He rested his hand on your thigh and squeezed. You tried to move away but he grabbed your wrist holding you down with back against the seat.
The area around you got darker and you could hear a low growl from behind you. The man looked up in annoyance but was quickly changed when his eyes met the pure black ones. He went to move but a hand gripped him by the neck.He began screaming and kicking until Mark released him.
You felt paralyzed in your position on the bench seat. Without missing a beat Mark picked you up in his arms. Next thing you knew you were laying in your bed. Mark sat in a chair beside your bed. you sat up and looked at him. His demeanor seemed to change, his eyes seemed softer, movements gentler. He looked to you with a stern look that also seemed concerned.
“What makes you think you can do this? Huh, is it entertaining to you?” His voice was trembling.
“What are you talki-” You jumped at the tingling sensation on your lips. He pressed his body to yours and growled when you didn’t respond. He pulled away and sat back down in the chair.
“Demons shouldn’t know love. How did you make me fall in love? You’re a human.”
“Yo-You fell in love with me?”
You grabbed his shirt collar and pulled him back to you pressing your lips onto his. He crawled on the bed pulling you under him. Not once did you think of what would happen after this. What would come of this demon, human relationship. All you cared about is what was right in front of you. The sensations Mark hands and lips gave you.
1) It’s a wonder that my heart can be simultaneously breaking and swelling with joy because of the same episode, but that’s exactly what happened after I watched New Moon Rising. Feelings, y’all, am I right?
2) “I want my room to be Willow-friendly.”
How cute are they, though? They are holding hands and making the decision to adopt a pet together. Something that, in my book, pretty much equals marriage, okay? You can’t possibly be more committed to a relationship than that, okay? Cuteness overload.
3) It’s so awesome that Tara is finally at a Scooby meeting, and that Willow is trying to make her feel comfortable as she translates Scooby-speak for her. And Tara is happy to just be there, you know? Like she doesn’t really care if she doesn’t understand a single word they’re saying or about the fact that they’re possibly discussing end-of-the-world super-evil stuff. She’s just overwhelmed by joy because Willow is finally sharing this other part of her life with her, and that’s all she’s ever wanted.
4) But of course… all good things come to an end. Or at least to a stop. And obviously Oz’s first line had to be monosyllabic. Just… “Hey.”
5) Oh my god, I just noticed this parallel!
BEGINING OF THE EPISODE:
WILLOW: When, when did you get back? OZ: Pretty much now.
END OF THE EPISODE:
OZ: I think I better take off. WILLOW: When? OZ: Pretty much now.
6) This scene is so hard to watch for me because the awkwardness is palpable and also, in a way, I’m kinda rooting for both Oz and Tara, tbh.
I mean, it’s not like I wanted Willow to get back together with Oz by this point. And it wasn’t just because of Tara. Oz repeats throughout the episode that he has changed. But so had Willow. And again, not just because of Tara, although she had a lot to do with Willow changing. But what happened with Oz also changed her. Both of them had changed. So it was odd that Oz felt they could kind of pick up their relationship where they had left it off. They were still Oz and Willow but at the same time, they weren’t. They could still care for and even love each other, it just wouldn’t be in the same way. But I digress.
What I was talking about is how I feel for both Tara and Oz in this episode. Even if Oz/Willow the way we knew them were in the past, that doesn’t take away from how meaningful and important their relationship was. He was Willow’s first love, and throughout season 2 and 3, even when I know Tara is coming, I ship them. They make sense together. They had a cute and beautiful and at times sad history. And I never hated Oz, not even after the whole Veruca thing. Because even though he cheated on Willow, that whole arc wasn’t really about him and Willow or him and Veruca for that matter. It was about Oz trying to find himself, to make sense of the human and the wolf in him, to reconcile those two identities (because - and I know I’ve mentioned this before - at the core the show is about self-discovery and identity and agency.) And yes, seeing him back gave me a lot of warm fuzzy feelings.