There is an endless list of things that annoy me about how the Mages are treated in Thedas.

But I think the most representative is on the subject of Tranquility. And the cure thereof. Especially compared with how lyrium addiction is portrayed.

Bear with me, because it is a good example on how Mages are treated compared on how Templars are treated. Even if we want to put them on the same plane, as equally victims*, the narrative shows the bias.

Let’s recap what happens in Inquisition: you and Cassandra discover of the cure for Tranquility. 

  • You have an option to ask Cassandra why aren’t they curing Tranquils. She says something about how it could be dangerous and there is a lot of study to be done, and once it is done she swears she will take care of it herself.
  • What about lyrium? Well everybody who knows a bit about addiction knows that going “cold turkey” is incredibly dangerous. “Just stop taking it” may work for some, but for many people it could be cause of a degeneration of symptoms and even death.

Fast forward to the end of Trespasser. What had happened in these two cases of “equally victims” people, the Tranquils and the Templars?

The Templars can have a retreat were they can get the help they need to detox from their addiction.

The Tranquils get… nothing. At all. Silence. The cure is not mentioned. As far as I know, Cassandra is an oathbreaker and hasn’t cared about it anymore.

This is extremely telling. The narrative gives the Templars absolutely everything, while it gives mages nothing at all.

@mllemaenad have you ever thought of it?

*Which is something I don’t believe in the slightest, but for the sake of argument lets pretend it is so.

the number of years i spent wasting my life sitting around trying to figure out topical treatments for my acne has probably done more to fuck up my skin in the long run than NOT doing any of that stuff ever could have. like, if only someone had fucking sat me down as a fifteen, sixteen year old and explained to me that this stuff is probably hormonal & that while you can change ur diet/drink more water/find a new skin care routine, you should also sort of talk to your doctor or SOMEONE because gee, if nothing works, then it’s not because you didn’t spend $150 on yet another product, it’s probably something else that you should get checked out because it’s your health on the line.

this is kind of why i fucking HATE “skin care culture” because this shit….it puts the onus on you. on you, the individual. it doesn’t do anyone any favours. it doesn’t tell you that hey, maybe it’s not you & what you’re doing, it’s just another facet of your body & how it functions & you should get it checked out if it’s troubling you because maybe it’s not something you can fix by spending more and more money on another product that may not work anyway.

like. how many people are out there with “problem skin” who are desperately scouring for skin care products that they think is gonna help them when the reality is that they’re likely just wasting money? and why the fuck do we encourage a subset of our already toxic af beauty culture that seems designed to alienate people from their bodies & how its symptoms are reflective of larger issues that, if you don’t get a spotlight on, could possibly impact your life going forward?

MD Tip

As an MDer, I find it’s often really difficult to focus on homework or during class. I know there’s a lot of different advice on how to avoid daydreaming while trying to focus in class or on your homework, but honestly, sometimes you just can’t stop daydreaming! For me, daydreaming about my paras doing similar homework or being in the same class as me really helped me focus more. I understand this may not work for some/many people, but I just wanted to put it out there since it seemed to work for me. This tip is especially useful if you’re the kind of MDer who likes to use props when daydreaming, because your schoolwork IS your props.

How I do it: Generally, I daydream about my paras doing the school work I am doing and having the same struggles with the work as me, and so as they find solutions, so do I. For example, if I’m stuck on a math problem, I daydream Justin (my para) being stuck on it too. I usually act out the daydream as if I were Justin and, as I do, I can figure out the answer.