I imagine that when Brosca returns to Orzammar and talks to his/her mother, and She starts being all verbally abusive and the romanced companions just see how their fearless leader just shrinks in front of their abusive mother, that Alistair and Leliana would comfort the Warden after the verbal abuse and make them feel better while Zevran and Morrigan would get angry and her, and come to their lovers defense. No one talks to their Warden like that, EVER.
I know I got this prompt for Zevran/Warden Week, but I never actually finished it so here it is in time for Zevran Week!
She’s heard shems say that the first time you kiss someone should be like fireworks.
Shems, as usual, are a bit stupid.
She’s seen fireworks a few times, when their clan happened to pass near a city. Big pops and bangs of color and light, celebrations only the nobles could afford.
They’re beautiful, and exciting, so she can see perhaps why the shems would compare a kiss to fireworks —but then a second later they’re gone, leaving only a hazy smoke in their wake. That is nothing like a kiss. Not the good kind, anyway.
A proper first kiss should be like an ember. Tentative at first, but if you fan it just a little it catches. The blaze consumes, it wants more, you can never get enough.
Creators, but it had been like that with Zevran. She’d been almost taken aback, at first, by how gentle he was —but within seconds he was driving her mad, soft touches that ignited something deep inside her. A spark. Back then it seemed like everything was going to the Void anyway, so what did it matter if she let the fire eat her up.
Perhaps those first kisses were a bit like fireworks. After all, a blazing bonfire can inspire the same sort of awe fireworks do. The flames licking towards the sky, the violent pops as moisture escapes the wood, the heady and alluring sense of danger. The similarity ends there, though —for a fire, when fed, endures. It might burn low —a gentle, simmering heat like warm sun on your skin —but feed the flames and the fire flares back to life, an overpowering blaze that roars inside of you, that want that seems to pulse in time with your heartbeat.
Lyna can never decide which she likes more. The soft warmth she feels when she wakes up ensconced in Zevran’s arms, all crooked smiles and sleepy kisses? It makes everything she’s been through, every hardship, every friend lost and every darkspawn slain worth it, just so she can be here now.
But then there’s the intoxicating blaze of desire that overtakes her when Zevran makes love to her —for he knows her every weakness, knows how to drive her to the brink, until she’s certain she’ll combust because how can she possibly hold herself together when he’s reduced her to a quivering mess of want. It goes both ways, of course—other times she’ll turn the flame back on him, his hands tied to the headboard as she gives and takes as she pleases. She doesn’t think she’ll ever get past how beautiful he is, especially like this —the warm flush of desire looks so gorgeous against his sun-kissed brown skin, his head canted back as the liquid, molten syllables of his native tongue spill from his mouth.
At the end of the day, though? Their love is a fire that will not go out. She doesn’t need exciting pops of color and light, showy displays of extravagance that are gone as quickly as they came. What she has is something infinitely more valuable. A steady fire in the hearth, warm arms around her, a smile as bright as the noonday sun. Her Zevran.
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.
This series started as a way to get me comfortable illustrating different skin tones & to build up palettes for all the characters. But I’m finding myself really digging doing the quick portrait sketches.
I really want to continue this series :) So if you want, send me an ask with your favourite character and a quote of theirs that means something to you, and I’ll see if I can use it! I’m trying not to use romance-specific quotes so that everyone can identify themselves with them regardless of their personal playthrough.
(Oh yeah, though they’re not technically companions I do intend to go with Josephine and Cullen as well because let’s face it they’re amazing. So if there’s any other non-companion characters you’d like to see, shoot me an ask!)