duncan what are you doing


“Hello, wife.”

“Hello, husband.”

I had an urge to draw Cullen and Tessa’s daughter and Alistair and Eryn’s son together all of a sudden because babies are precious. And I had people asking about Sophie’s SO so I decided to draw him. 

Duncan Keith’s parents always knew he was highly motivated, but there is this indelible snapshot that stands out from his childhood.

“We looked out at our backyard one day, and Duncan had two or three tires strapped to his waist, climbing uphill,” his mother, Jean, said. “And he was only about 15. He had this bent for fitness and nutrition.”

“In Grade 4, he had a teacher, Mr. Ron Grabowski,” his father, Dave, said. “Duncan wanted to become a hockey player, and Mr. Grabowski talked to Duncan about what he would do if that didn’t happen. You know, did Duncan have a plan B? Well, Duncan was devastated. Cried for two days because he thought Mr. Grabowski meant he wasn’t going to be a hockey player. Mr. Grabowski was just doing his job, but Duncan didn’t want to hear it. I once suggested he find a summer job. He informed me that would interfere with his training. Duncan was driven.”

Selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round (No. 54) of the 2002 NHL draft, Duncan Keith joined them in 2005 and never looked back. The franchise was struggling then, but Keith matured into a fixture on defense with a young roster that forged a modern dynasty, winning the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015. Along the way, Keith earned the Norris Trophy in 2010 and 2014, plus the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player in the 2015 playoffs.

When he wasn’t the quarterback on Chicago’s blue line, Keith’s two-way excellence and zeal for a heavy workload served his country well. He won a gold medal with Canada at both the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the 2014 Sochi Olympics. But only those who surmised that Keith was too small to realize his dream were surprised. He decided when he was 8 or 9 where he was headed. Take the piece of paper Dave and Jean discovered one day, a fearless forecast their son authored in a felt-tip pen: “Duncan Keith will make it to the NHL.”

Among the early believers, count Rob McLaughlin, who was coaching bantams in Penticton, British Columbia, when the Keith family moved there from Fort Frances, Ontario.

“We heard about this big new defenseman coming to town,” McLaughlin said. “Then this tiny kid shows up. He was 5-foot-4, 117 pounds. Skinny, short. Then, I watched him play and was blown away. A fabulous skater with a tremendous hockey IQ. Duncan not only controlled the game, but his work ethic rubbed off on other kids. He was a quiet leader. [When] practice or the game ended, he would be out shooting pucks like crazy. He had been told he was too small. And he was going to prove everybody wrong.”

Keith attended Michigan State University, then as a sophomore switched to Kelowna of the Western Hockey League. Upon signing with the Blackhawks, he played two seasons with their American Hockey League farm club, Norfolk, from 2003-05. There, Keith credited coach Trent Yawney, a former NHL defenseman, with mentoring him on the ways of a professional. Yawney fantasized that, one day, Keith might actually want to play an entire game, 60 minutes. When Keith showed up at Chicago’s training camp in 2005, a year after his trajectory was delayed by a canceled NHL season, hockey’s profile in one of its Original Six cities had dipped precipitously.

“The team was down and so were the crowds,” Keith said. “If I wasn’t dressed for an exhibition game, I could sit in the stands and have a whole area to myself. It’s great to see how things changed.”

Indeed, the revival of the Blackhawks was seismic. Although still in his mid-20s, Keith soon stood as a tenured leader beside such prodigies as Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Keith and his customary partner, Brent Seabrook, emerged as one of the league’s most effective and durable tandems. Keith in particular thrived under coach Joel Quenneville, who took over early in the 2008-09 season and espoused an upbeat, puck-possession style. Keith finished the season with 44 points and a plus-33 rating.

The Blackhawks were poised to take the next step. It has been posited that had Keith been a mailman, he’s the one who would have taken a walk on his day off. When he’s on the treadmill, it’s the treadmill that wears out first; on the grueling VO2 max test, Keith scores off the charts. But besides his superior conditioning, there is passion and grit.

In Game 4 of the 2010 Western Conference Final, a puck careened off the stick of San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau. Keith took the brunt of the blow in the mouth, losing seven teeth – three on the top, four on the bottom. He adjourned for repairs and returned to play 12 minutes in the third period and a game-high 29:02. He blocked five shots, and the Blackhawks swept the series and went on to win the Cup for the first time since 1961. Keith capped his season by becoming the fourth Blackhawks player to win the Norris as the League’s best defenseman (Pierre Pilote 1963-65; Doug Wilson 1982; Chris Chelios 1993, ‘96). Keith won the Norris Trophy for the second time in 2014.

Keith starred on all three of his championship teams with the Blackhawks, but his performance throughout the 23-game postseason run in 2015 stood apart. He averaged 31:07 of ice time per game during a two-month marathon that included five overtime games. One of them – Game 2 of the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks, a 3-2 Chicago victory – became the longest in franchise history at 116:12, of which Keith played 49:51.

In that year’s playoff opener on the road against the Nashville Predators, Keith scored the winning goal in a 4-3 double-overtime victory after the Blackhawks had fallen behind 3-0 in the first period. Then in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, Keith fired a drive on Ben Bishop, the towering goalie for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Bishop shunted it with his pad, but because he is forever in motion, Keith followed his shot, gathered the rebound and deposited the puck into the net, breaking a 0-0 tie. That goal was the winner in a 2-0 victory that brought the Blackhawks their third Stanley Cup championship in six seasons. It was Keith’s third goal of that postseason, all of them game-winners.

“You want to keep being a part of these things, because they never get old,” Keith said upon receiving the Conn Smythe Trophy. “You don’t get awards like this without being on great teams with great players.”

Well after Keith’s bravura postseason performance, it was revealed that he had played with a torn meniscus in his right knee. Keith said that he sustained the injury during the Final against Tampa Bay – he wasn’t certain whether it was in Game 3 or 4, but who was counting? One thing was for sure: Keith would not seek a doctor’s note or sympathy until he finished his hockey business. He had all summer to heal.

As it turned out, Keith still ailed when the 2015-16 season began. At first, he ascribed the problem to the usual “nicks and bruises and pains” one incurs during a career. When the knee still bothered him in training camp, he took a few weeks off starting in October, and would have surgery that month. By then, Keith had received yet more championship jewelry. Quenneville said he was unaware of Keith’s wound. Is there any wonder why Quenneville, and many of Keith’s teammates, often and fondly refer to the defenseman as a freak?

Keith, a humble man who speaks up sparingly but effectively, established Keith Relief, a charitable foundation assisting families and individuals encountering medical crises. Every year, Keith oversees a benefit concert in Chicago, where he evolved into one of the city’s most admired athletes. As Dave Keith said, his son once had other plans about where to settle down.

“Way back when we were still living in Fort Frances, we went to Minneapolis for a squirt tournament,” Dave Keith said. “Kids from all over the world, including Russia. Ilya Kovalchuk played for the Moscow Selects and scored four goals. Duncan’s team lost 7-3, and he was crushed. So he said to me, ‘We have to move to Russia, so I can get better.’ I told him, 'Son, we are not moving to Russia.’

“It all worked out, didn’t it?”

—  Duncan Keith: 100 Greatest NHL Players
(Workhorse defenseman has won Stanley Cup three times, Norris Trophy twice, Conn Smythe Trophy with Blackhawks)

I didn’t know much about Alistair Theirin before I played Origins, I just saw tumblr posts and other stuff on the internet warning me that if I persisted long enough with him I’d never see the light of non-Alistair life again. They were right. Here I am, a year on. Head over heels for a bunch of gorgeous pixels, with beautiful hair and a love of fine cheeses.

“Not all those who drink of Alistair survive, and those that do are forever changed” - What Duncan should have told you during the joining.

Is “guy” just behind Sam really Duncan, because I don’t believe it is. Wasn't David Berry sitting next to him and if so he is no where to be seen in this picture?  See below … certainly not the same people as in the top picture and that really looks like Duncan’s face over David’s shoulder. What do you think @diggsydog

Just wondering if Duncan’s identification had been clarified. 

anonymous asked:

Before Duncan messed everything up, what "advantageous betrothal" do you think Aegon V had in mind for Rhaelle?

Thanks for the question, Anon.

Well, Aegon V was trying to set in place reforms for the betterment of the smallfolk, but needed assurance that the lords who stood to lose from his policies would not rise against him. He had already secured the Baratheons, Tyrells, Tullys, and Redwynes, so he would presumably want to look outside their domains for a husband for Rhaelle; moreover, with Princess Shaera’s fiance being the heir to Highgarden, Aegon might seek just as grand a match for his younger daughter - no second sons or lesser nobles for her. 

My first thought for Rhaelle was an Arryn of the Vale, specifically Jon Arryn. The Arryns are relatively wealthy, powerful in their own dominion, of impeccably noble lineage, with the fervent loyalty of their bannermen and extant blood ties to the Targaryens already. For the high and haughty vassal Houses of the Eyrie, the reforms Aegon would be proposing would be anathema; having a royal princess be Lady of the Vale might make the transition slightly more palatable. The Arryns don’t have the largest army in Westeros, but they do control the fertile Vale and its port city of Gulltown. We don’t know when Jon Arryn’s first marriage occurred, but he was about a decade or so older than Princess Rhaelle, so it’s not completely impossible that he would have still been single by the time the teenage princess was ready to wed.

If Aegon instead wanted to look North, maybe he would have considered a betrothal with House Manderly. The Manderlys are by far the richest house in the North, controlling the small but important city of White Harbor (and it might be convenient to have ships on both coasts of Westeros and a navy that would not have to sail around the Broken Arm of Dorne to get to the capital). White Harbor is also the one of two ways troops are getting out of the North - say, if Lord Stark didn’t like the sound of Aegon’s reforms: either they go by ship or they march down the Neck (and if that were to happen, well, Aegon’s Tully friends would be there to meet them). If Lord Manderly was good enough for Jaehaerys’ daughter Viserra, Aegon might have thought another Manderly good enough for his Rhaelle.

As a third option, I wonder whether Aegon wouldn’t have considered marrying Rhaelle to Lord Whent or his heir (presuming either was of age). Harrenhal had since the Conquest been a gift of the crown, sworn to Riverrun but looking to the king for a new dynasty when the old defaulted. Since the Riverlands is a populous region of Westeros (the very place where you’d expect the new smallfolk protections to be both most widely enforced and most widely challenged), and since second son Jaehaerys would presumably not be ruling from Riverrun for his father of Tully, it might have made sense in Aegon’s mind to leave a royal representative in the Riverlands to smooth out this transition period. 

The Queen Regent (NFriel)

actually, let’s do a headcount here.

There are ten companions in dao, plus non-companions  Anora, Eamon, and Duncan who are major characters.

of those thirteen, one is black (Duncan), two are brown(Alistair and Zevran), one is a whitewashed member of an indigenous? black? ethnic group (Morrigan), and one is non-human and visually coded black(Sten). One, the antagonist, is visually coded as Jewish, and shown participating in the slave trade. None are Asian.

of the humans and elves, all of them except possibly Loghain and Morrigan are biracial. You can kill Zevran without ever talking to him, Duncan dies no matter what you do, and there’s nothing within the game itself that outright confirms Alistair as biracial, you have to go to the novels. You can kill Alistair twice. Same with Loghain. Alistair and Zev are both whitewashed in later appearences.

in da2, there are eight companions plus your sibling, MEredith, Orsino, Dumar, Arishok, Bartrand and Leandra as major characters.

One of your companions is black(Isabela), one is South-Asian(Fenris), and one is whitewashed from her brown appearence in da:o, so if you come in without playing Dalish origin, you tihnk she’s white(Merrill). Beth/Carver and Leandra can be Asian, brown, or Black, but no matter what you do, two of them die, and the third can die as well. Zevran is whitewashed.

In the comics, Isabela is shown participating in the slave trade, and in the game you can lose her very easily. Aveline, the white woman, and Varric, who’s also white, are the only two companions in the base game that you never get a chance to kill. Isabe;a is also constantly slut-shamed.

in dai, there are 9 companions, 3 advisors, plus Samson, Calpernia, Barris, Fiona, 3 potential rulers of Orlais, the Bull’s five Chargers, Morrigan, Lucius, and Giselle. Unlike the other games, none of the companions are coded Jewish.

Of those, 4 are whitepassing so if you don’t read the books or codexes you wouldn’t know it (Cole, Cassandra, Fiona and Briala), 3 are black (Vivienne, Barris, and Giselle), one is an unspecified brown (Josephine, possibly latina but I’m not sure if that’s canon)and two are Asian (Dorian and Krem).Alistair is whitewashed, and Morrigan’s whitewashing is not corrected.

Either Barris or Fiona must die depending on the player’s choices,  Krem can die. All three black characters are supporters of the Chantry. Dorian, one of two Asian characters, supports slavery.

If we add these numbers together, here’s what we get.

54 major characters in Dragon Age games.

5 are black, 3 only 2 of whom you are required to meet, and 1 who dies no matter what.

3 are South Asian. Two of them are optional and can die.

2 are latin@. One of them can die without ever being spoken to.

2 are Middle Eastern. They are both whitewashed. One can die.

0 are East-Asian.

9 are ambiguously brown or visually coded as poc. 7 of them are whitewashed. Almost all of them you can  go the entire game without realising they’re (coded) poc. Four are optional. Three can die.

21 out of 54. If we take out the ones who you need to read codexes and out side of game material to know they’re poc, we have 15.

That’s it, really. I just wanted people to think about that.


I love Merrill so much

I love how, when Tamlen’s missing, she’s the only one who’s willing to admit to themselves that he’s probably dead. I love that she has that awkward moment of insensitivity but you can tell she doesn’t really mean anything nasty by it.

I love that, even though the mirror was destroyed, Merrill still took a piece along because up yours Duncan, you can’t tell me what to do with an artifact of my people.

I love that she’s genuinely sad when Mahariel leaves despite appearing somewhat cold before. It reminds me so much of a person who cares deeply but isn’t sure how to express themselves.

I love how she willingly alienates herself from her clan because she believes restoring the Eluvian will help her people and she won’t even let those closest to her stop her from pursuing her own path in life.

I love that she doesn’t think blood magic is evil despite her own Keeper seeming to think so. That she has enough faith in herself to know her boundaries with regards to spirits.

I love that she literally builds an entire freaking Eluvian with one shard. Someone get this nerd a medal!

I love that she’s cute and cuddly and lethal at the same time. Talking about baby griffins named Feathers at one point and destroying criminals’ asses the next.

I love that she can talk smack despite seeming like an innocent snowflake. “Oh but there’s not really a fire is there?” and then the next she’s telling people to fuck off when they try to lecture her. Good for you Merrill!

“Ma vhenan! Thank the Creators! How did you escape? Was it exciting? Did you shank someone? *Fist pump*

Gets excited about fighting and party crashing and Isabela’s pirate stories.

Tells Hawke their mother might be with her own Gods despite Hawke and Leandra being human.

Her asking Anders about books to spice up her sexy times with Hawke because if you thought she was some meek virgin, you’re probably wrong.

Zevran flirting with Hawke and Merrill just softly, casually going “I think we’ve heard enough from you.” Like damn that sounded icy and awesome.

Just ughhh get me more of this awkward, cute, bad ass nerd. I don’t want her story to be over yet. I want her involved in the Solas arc so badly, just imagine how much she’d shine there.

  • Duncan: You know how Henry VIII murdered all his wives? I think we should go and save each one and bring them back here.
  • Sjin: Why bring them back here?
  • Duncan: Just, to keep them safe. They'd be very appreciative.
  • Sjin: What do you mean 'appreciative', Duncan?
  • Duncan: You know, they'd... be happy that we saved their lives.
  • Sjin: Haha and then what? ;)
on a date
  • me: what do you think of rachel duncan?
  • them: she is such a cold hearted bitch she's terrible i don't understand why the fandom likes her i wish she would just die
  • me, removing breadsticks from my purse: i will shove these breadsticks in your eye fuckin fite me