Interview Announcement: Steve Valentine (The Voice of Alistair in Dragon Age)
Soon I’ll be sitting down to interview Steve Valentine, the voice of Alistair in the Dragon Age series. Please ask any and all questions you have for him about Alistair, voice acting, himself, etc down in the YouTube comments and they may be featured in the interview!
It’s a stupid thought to have when confronted by a man with blood flecked on his sleeves and a heavy staff in his hands, but it’s the first thought Hawke has. Carver is inching towards his sword, Aveline’s eyes have turned to stone, and this healer, this Warden is prepared to fight for his patients. Something needs to be done, and Hawke is thinking in poetry.
The blue fire under his skin should change something, but it doesn’t. Sunsets aren’t blue, and their fire isn’t cool to the touch, but somehow it still feels like the right word.
Years later, drowsing in safe arms, Hawke reconsiders. Sunsets represent endings, flames flaring then vanishing. They’re beautiful, yes, but they leave no lasting effects. What good is a spectacle if things don’t change?
Anders is more a harvest moon, bringing light in even the darkest times. Rare but necessary, beloved by those in need. With that light, the lost can find their way; the monsters can’t hide in the dark. They aren’t gone, but they can be seen, and they can be fought.
He exposes everything, and they can’t cover him up.
In the red glow of the Chantry explosion, Hawke thinks maybe sunset was right after all. Fire bursting and fading away.
It’s not until after Divine Victoria declares the mages free that Hawke realizes both descriptions are wrong. Or maybe not wrong so much as shortsighted.
His hair is the color of sunrise, and the blue under his skin is the sky on which all things are born.
His fire now is not the last remnants of a dying day but the beginning of a new one. He will be among the last to lose his childhood for the sin of having magic. He will be among the last to even be taught that magic is a sin. The Templars aren’t there to harass them; the Circle isn’t there to imprison them. The old ways are truly dead.
And in those interim years, the years between merging with the sky and new beginnings, he was the light to those in need. He brought them hope in midnight escapes, in hidden refuges. He exposed the monsters in his manifestos, his accounts of wrongdoing to anyone who would listen. They couldn’t stop him, couldn’t block him out. But even a full moon can’t completely vanquish the darkness, and he was never going to be content with that.
It took fire to end an era. With it gone, he could have faded too. But he didn’t, and now he’s sitting in the dirt, smile easier than ever, showing off wisps to the nearby village’s children, and Hawke knows he looks like hope.
so I picked up my last DA2 save file for the first time in a few months and I just finished the quest where you gotta go in the Fade and your companions get tempted by demons, and I’m just sitting here wondering what Carver would’ve betrayed me for like, a hamster? a piece of lint? a half-eaten corn chip?
Title: Devil’s Resting Place Chapter: 4 Fandom: Dragon Age Pairing: Male Hawke/Fenris
When Fenris walked away from a life with Hawke, he thought he’d put it
all behind him. But when a freak accident in the Fade threatens to steal
Hawke away from him forever, he finds that some things are worth
OR: A Dragon Age Fairy Tale, Sleeping Beauty style
This Chapter: Hawke is in danger and Fenris quietly loses his shit.
Whitewashing is a huge problem in every fandom, and DA is no exception. All of the characters above are whitewashed and have their skin lightened on a daily basis.
There is no excuse when someone whitewashes a character. Take your appropriate swatches if you must, and make sure you are staying true to the characters actual skin tone. Use these colours if you’d like - they were more meant to prove a point. You are certainly welcome to use them as a base.
Stop whitewashing POC. Stop lightening skin, stop slimming down features, and stop blaming whitewashing on lighting. You know better than that. You can do better than that.
Do not take swatches from the lightest part of the face - all the light colours shown here are meant for highlighting purposes. They are the highlights of the face, to be used to display light bouncing off the surface of one’s skin.
Every image of the characters except Josephine was taken from the dragon age wiki site and was only altered to fit and blend with the pictures. All other graphics are mine.