hespith

CONFESSION: 

Although I always dread playing it, the Deep Roads campaign in DA:O really shows the most compellingly terrifying parts of Blight and what the taint can do. The poem about the broodmother and basically everything about broodmothers is so disturbing but to me, that’s what the Blight and the Deep Roads is all about. Imagine being the Warden, with the Calling going crazy and still trying to move forward. Origins was dark and gritty and showed the true sacrifices of war, and while I love all of the games for their own reasons I really hope that whatever happens in the future, the Wardens don’t get painted in a bad light. The Calling is a huge sacrifice that I think is overlooked somewhat. Being a Warden really would be terrifying.

Hespith's Poem

“First day, they come and catch everyone.
Second day, they beat us and eat some for meat.
Third day, the men are all gnawed on again.
Fourth day, we wait and fear for our fate.
Fifth day, they return and it’s another girl’s turn.
Sixth day, her screams we hear in our dreams.
Seventh day, she grew as in her mouth they spew.
Eighth day, we hate it as she is violated.
Ninth day, she grins and devours her kin.
Now she does feast, as she’s become the beast.”

First day, they come and catch everyone.
Second day, they beat us and eat some for meat.
Third day, the men are all gnawed on again.
Fourth day, we wait and fear for our fate.
Fifth day, they return and it’s another girl’s turn.
Sixth day, her screams we hear in our dreams.
Seventh day, she grew as in her mouth they spew.
Eighth day, we hate it as she is violated.
Ninth day, she grins and devours her kin.
Now she does feast, as she’s become the beast.
Now you lay and wait, for their screams will haunt you in your dreams.

im like 600% done with this game rn

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“First day, they come and catch everyone.
Second day, they beat us and eat some for meat.
Third day, the men are all gnawed on again.
Fourth day, we wait and fear for our fate.
Fifth day, they return and it’s another girl’s turn.
Sixth day, her screams we hear in our dreams.
Seventh day, she grew as in her mouth they spew.
Eighth day, we hate it as she is violated.
Ninth day, she grins and devours her kin.
Now she does feast, as she’s become the beast.”

Ah, the Broodmother. Sleep well, Dragon Age friends, sleep well.

I love how in that second to last cap, the Broodmother’s like “Alistair, get off, you know I’m on top.”

CONFESSION:

 I always do Orzammar last in Dragon Age: Origins because I find Hespith and the Broodmother to be absolutely terrifying. The fact that the darkspawn use the female dwarves as incubators for more darkspawn just freaks me out to this day. Each and every time I play Origins i do Orzammar last, because I enjoy the other quests so much more and really never want to do the Orzammar quest line.

With the exception of DA2, where a person playing as a straight woman only has one extra choice compared to a woman who is playing as a lesbian, across all the games, straight women have twice the number of LIs to pick from compared to women who want to romance women. 

More than half of the options for women who want to romance women are optional characters.

Lesbian and bisexual women who want to romance women are being sidelined by bioware. Consistently. 

Non-straight relationships between two women NPCs are also given the shaft.

Leliana/Marjolaine? Abusive. Marjolaine tries to murder Leliana.  

Hespith/Branka? Abusive. Branka tries to transform Hespith into a broodmother. 

Celene/Briala? Abusive. Celene treats Briala like shit, kills her parents and also commits an act of genocide against her people.

Ritts and her unnamed mage girlfriend? The girlfriend dies.

Sera and Dagna turns out all right, but they’re the only one out of five couples. 

Straight people who want to see straight romances between NPCs don’t have to look far at all. Aveline and Donnic, for just one example. Perfect fairy-tale romance. 

Ways that Bioware could have illustrated the threat of the Blight: 

  • Game mechanic centred around protecting you party from infection while fighting the Darkspawn hordes.
  • Visitable location that is basically an leper colony for Blight-infected people to live out the end of their days. 
  • Creepy subplot where the Legion of the Dead are, in fact, all ghouls, on account of infection earns you immediate expulsion from Orzammar.  The Legion bring honour to their families by continuing to fight rather than a quick and painless suicide. 

The actual canon threat of the Blight: 

  • Dramatically killing off spouses, siblings, and friends who are plot-relevant but not too plot-relevant. 

Seriously how does this great and terrible magical plague only have like…. five victims in the entire series. 

Confession: To this day, I hate going to the Deep Roads on Origins. The poem recited by Hespith during Paragon of Her Kind is very creepy, and still gives me the shivers. It would be one thing if she just recited it during a conversation, but I first heard it at random times in the Dead Trenches before I even encountered her. Her poem is the stuff of nightmares.

CONFESSION: I hate fighting the Broodmother but I find Broodmothers intriguing as a concept. The whole poem leading to this thing and finding out how they are made is so dark and interesting. And when Hespith said “Broodmother” in such a haunting voice right before the battle, I was so sold to the idea of these horrible creatures. Hespith is definitely one of my favorite NPCs

Heeeeeey, so Bioware???

Can we plz have more woman/woman romances that don’t involve the PC in Dragon Age that aren’t abusive?

Like, Branka/Hespith, Marjolaine/Leliana, Celene/Briala, they’re all abusive relationships.

Please, maybe, consider giving us a happily married, not abusive woman/woman couple?

Please?