DA characters masterpost
1. Origin/class/gender/age. Do you have headcanons about their origin that inquisition doesn’t cover? expand it.
Okay, let’s go with my canon ones.
Harvey Cousland – human noble/rogue (two handed)/male/20. Is actually Rendon Howe’s bastard in my canon. I think he’s my first serious OC; I wish to have another baby as developed as he is someday.
Sabo Adaar – qunari (tal-vashoth)/mage/male/30. Joined the family not that long ago, but I feel like he’s got potential?
No canon Hawke, never got beyond a few daydreams about her, not enough for the masterpost. xD
2. Meaning behind their name, or at least reason why you chose it. Any would do.
Harvey’s name meaning varies from ‘eager for battle, warrior, strong, worthy, ardent’, depending on the language. I chose the name because he keeps trying his best to be half of these, and the rest he can never be. A little struggle with the world’s (and his own) expactations, I guess? Also sounds like a nerd’s name, I love it. I disliked this name at the begining, but the moment I heard it I knew it was his, so I had to give it to him. Had grown on me like whoa.
Sabo – probably because I was on a One Piece binge lately, it was the first thing that popped into my head while trying to come up with a name. I thought it fits, it’s somehow crude and sounds more like a nickname, which somehow fits into his backstory, still have to decide how. (Hey, like I said, new kid, didn’t spill all his secrets yet.)
3. Any extra AU’s they’re involved in?
DO I EVER. Okay, Sabo doesn’t really have any yet, but it’s just a matter of time.
Harv on the other hand has a few – there is an AU which for me is more canon than the canon itself at this point – he becomes a warden together with Trinne, my friend’s Amell. We ship our babies together like crazy. Also, since the Inquisition came out I have an AU where he never got recruited by the Grey Wardens, but somehow survives Howe’s betrayal and the Blight. Ten-sh years later ends up being a part of the envoy sent from Highever to the Conclave, and becomes the Inquisitor by accident. In that universe Trinne defeats the Blight by herself, and ends up happily with Alistair.
There is also a modern AU somewhere in there of course, and from what i am willing to admit there is an AU AU of that with a more supernatural twist involving werewolves, I’m not even kidding. Things get cray cray.
4. What nickname Varric gave them (or would if they ever met)?
Harvey – acrobat – for his fighting style, the tendency to try and balance peace amongst his companions… and for trying to do everyone justice with his choices. With the latter I imagine Varric using a more sympathetic “you can’t be all things to all men” tone of voice.
Sabo – thunder – because of the booming sound of his voice. Optionally ‘bronto’, because he’s big and thick. Never to his face though. Of course, ‘bronto’ sticks… Sabo doesn’t mind though.
5. Favourite scent. Do they use it as a perfume? (I’m probably weird for wanting to smell your oc- I know that)
Harvey – petrichor, earthy smells you can find in the woods, tree sap, dry moss crumbling in your fingers. Doesn’t use perfume.
Sabo – definitely the smell of food and fire, potatoes from under the fizzling coals, soot; it actually makes him loose up a bit, a reaction reaching back to his days in Valo-Kas, associated subconsciously with short moments of peace, quiet nights guarding the caravans, resting between jobs. No perfume.
6. Their love interest. Why they were attracted to that certain person.
Harvey – attracted to strong willed women – in all the canons and AUs . To Morrigan, fascinated by her alien charm…they fooled around for a bit, while both keeping their guards up. They knew their relationship had an expiration date, and lo and behold, it was true enough. To Trinne Amell - their relationship went from initial „I hate your face” through grudging respect, friendship, and then love. Textbook rivalmance, they’ve got different views on How One Should Do Things, and they keep challenging each other because of it. Since their relationship started without the fall-in-love-o-vision, they have a decent grasp on each others faults and quirks and their relationship goes steady without the initial honeymoon phase. At least for Harv it does- crushing on people is what Trinne does. XDD
Sabo – oh boy. I guess his first reaction to Josephine was „how do you even exist” Her peaceful ways dumbfounded and irked him to no end, more than he thought they should. Coupled with the fact she’s the most attractive human woman he had ever seen…nope, this couldn’t stand. Set on proving the error of her ways, in the end -spoilers but not really – she’s not the one who’s proven wrong. Lands on the ‘protect Josie at all costs’ team face first.
7. Fighting style, preferred weapons, favourite spells. You can use all dragon age classes and specializations in da universe as long as it sticks to canon.
Harvey – ever since he was younger he had -quite harshly – learnt about the things he wasn’t capable of. He’s not a warrior and never will be – he and his daggers belong on the battlefield mostly as a backup, to cripple or deliver a death blow when the enemy’s attention is drawn somewhere else. Faced with a one on one situation, especially if the opponent is clad in heavy armor, Harv isn’t above tactically retreating, or at least moving to a location that would give him a tactical advantage. If that isn’t an option, he will try and end the fight as quickly as possible, aiming for weak spots, honor be damned. As time goes by, he becomes more savvy, and learns how to control the battlefield with speed and dexterity alone. During Origins he dabbles in the Ranger/Assassin specs, and during Awakening he picks up the basics of Legionnaire Scout’s profession from Sigrun.
Sabo – not imaginative with the use of his magic, his role in Valo-Kas could be summed up by ‘Set Thing On Fire’, ‘thing’ being people, trees, a bridge from time to time. What later followed was usually the rest of the group charging with big sharp weapons – a crude, but very effective tactic. After causing panic and chaos with his spells, he follows as the second wave of assault, his staff doubling as a spear/mace thing. During Inquisition he broadens his spell arsenal, but has affinity to fire/ lightning and Rift oriented magic.
8. Sum up their personality. Diplomatic, humorous or aggressive? Do they enjoy violence? What’s their philosophy on killing.
Harvey – realist, doesn’t like responsibility because his conscience wouldn’t stop bugging him if he didn’t do a well enough job; is actually a pretty kind person. Being the younger child who’s unlikely to inherit, and definitely not after his older brother had a son of his own, Harv never truly paid much attention to the art of diplomacy, something he had to work hard on after getting conscripted by the Wardens. He got quite decent at it after a while. As for violence - he doesn’t like it; doesn’t enjoy battle, and more often than not it’s nightmares form the battlefield that haunt him than the blighted dreams. In the dangerous world violence is necessary, and he won’t shy from it if there is no other choice, but it doesn’t change his opinion of it. Doesn’t regret killing darkspawn thought, and that’s one load off his shoulders.
Sabo – Pragmatic, survivalist, but also honest about it. I wouldn’t call him aggressive – not in a rude/threatening sort of way, anyways. Just don’t waste his time, get to the point or he’ll leave you with an ultimatum simply because you pissed him off by beating around the bush. He tries to learn diplomacy later, he really does…lacks the sense of cultural/historical implications of certain issues though, so he decides to leave it for people who know what they’re doing. As for violence, he spent most of his life as a mercenary, and killing was often a part of the job, so he’s used to it. There is no shame in killing during battle, but might be a bit iffy when it comes to assassinations, it’s something of a warrior’s honor issue, even though he himself isn’t a one.
9. Do they appear attractive for their own brethren? Are they’re attractive by human beauty standards?
Harvey – well, I guess he’s on the better side of average? Lacks traits that would make him a canon of manliness – narrow jaw, average shoulders and slim build don’t make an Adonis, I’m sorry. He’s not very tall for a guy either, only 5’8”. He’s got that brand of looks, which - when you are used to it- you may find that he’s got something interesting in him, can’t put your finger on it. Pretty noticeable green eyes though. Grows stubble in form of a goatee to make his chin look more defined.
Sabo – not incredibly pretty based on both qunari and human standards - if orks were a thing in Thedas, one could say he looks a bit ‘orkish’- olive skinned, barrel chested, and even though taller than most humans, half a head shorter than most male qunari. A bit sunken eyes rimmed with darker shadows give him a constantly tired look. He looks like he should live in a swamp somewhere, he’d blend in just fine. One defining feature that saves the whole mess is a pleasantly deep tone of voice.
10. Place them on D&D character alignment chart.
Harvey – Neutral Good
Sabo - Neutral
11. Give me link to their inspiration/development tag. Pretty please :)
Don’t have those, sorry. :)
I tag: whoever wants to do it, it’s a lot of work this one