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What do Destiny’s Child, Mindy Kaling and “Game of Thrones’” Lady Lyanna Mormont have in common? They’re all fierce, game-changing women — and really fun for Juliana Vido (@julianavido) to sketch. “I mostly draw women. I’m very inspired by females. Not only the form, but in other ways, too. I am a feminist,” says the 26-year-old illustrator, who lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Growing up, Juliana was always creative, doodling and being designated the class artist. It didn’t occur to her that she could make a career out of her passion, so she studied film and fashion in university. Happily, a few years ago she discovered she could marry her love of pop culture with illustration, and now focuses her tool of choice, brightly colored pencils, on pop culture icons like Princess Leia … or Beyonce. “I love being a part of the thing that everyone’s talking about.”
Sera, Bull, and Dorian (provided Dorian is drunk enough): Are doing said dangerous but fun thing with the Inquisitor and having a blast. One of the chandeliers they’re swinging on ends up breaking, and they’re forced to clean it up with the Inquisitor. “Worth it!” is the group’s motto. Josephine, Cassandra, and Vivienne: Throw a fit and demand that they come down immediately for several reasons. One, it’s dangerous, two, it’s stupid, and three, it’s unbecoming of the Inquisitor and the companions joining them. Each one of this group gives their own, terrible scolding to the ones swinging from the chandeliers. Josephine’s fiery glare and scolding is actually terrifying.
Blackwall and Varric: They laugh, but don’t join them (fearing Josephine’s wrath). They also don’t do anything to stop them. Varric is watching and writing every detail down for posterity.
Cullen: Panics. “Maker’s Breath! You’re going to fall and break your neck!” He frets and demands they come down. When it’s over, he just leaves them to their fate of facing an infuriated Josephine, exhausted, not a single word out of him.
Solas: Investigates the yelling and finds the Herald, Sera, Bull, and Dorian swinging from the chandeliers. He promptly turns around and goes back into his room, shaking his head with a disapproving sigh.
Leliana: Saw them and knew what they were planning. Doesn’t stop them, instead letting Josephine handle it. Silently thinks it’s hilarious, giggles when no one is listening. She could imagine herself and the Warden doing such a thing, back during the Blight.
Cole: Doesn’t understand why everyone is panicking. “They’re okay,” he says, befuddled, “they’re happy. The chandeliers don’t mind.” He’s eventually pulled away by Solas when he starts heading to the railing, as if to join them.
People get really scared when women reclaim words, talk about themselves honestly and also make jokes because it’s a really unstoppable combination. It’s part of the reason why I decided to use humor in my book because it’s kind of hard to argue with someone who’s making you laugh.