Guys, my cat is missing. It’s Tuesday now, and she hasn’t been back since Friday evening. She’s an outdoor cat, but we usually keep her inside at night. It’s cold and rainy during this time of year where I live, and I’m worried sick. My heart is aching and I need closure. Please keep me/my family/my kitty in your prayers 💔
What do you think of Deaf Courfeyrac and Video Relay Combeferre? (AKA, the one who translates speeches and news programs to sign language)
my understanding of all this isn’t necessarily the best and there’s
really only so much research I can do at midnight, so please be kind.
Anyways, my first thought was the sort of VRS stuff you get with a
phone service? Like where Person A is d/Deaf and speaks over camera
through an interpreter to Person B who’s hearing.
English) <—-> C (speaks both, interpreting) <—–> B
(speaking ASL, has a camera and a screen so that they can see C and C
can see them)
this case we have Person B as Courf, and Person C as Combeferre.
this actually made me laugh so hard when I first saw it??
Because the thought of how this goes from “professional,
disconnected strangers” to actual friends is just beautiful.
this is Combeferre’s job. He is good at it. He – is –
professional. He loves the very real challenge of getting up every
day, going into a completely new, random situation, and needing to
translate two completely different languages in real time so that
they maintain nuances and the conversation can be successfully
carried out between two people. Sometimes it’s bizarre or exciting
or unsettling, though often, when it comes to the conversations
themselves, it’s sort of dull. And maybe today has been
relayed one conversation that was basically twenty minutes of two
people discussing how much the other’s children have grown. One was
about a very unfortunately placed rash that someone has. One
involved an older hearing person who Combeferre really wished knew
ASL because her hearing was going and he ended up needing to repeat
the same recipe for oatmeal-raisin cookies to her about four times.
He is genuinely going out of his mind with boredom and all he can
think about is the book in his bag which he really wants to take out
he gets connected onto another call. And suddenly he has this face
full of a quite young, quite attractive
young man with this huge, dimpled smile and curly hair and really
Combeferre is a professional. So he tells himself.
he’s waiting for this discussion to be, oh I don’t know, talking to
his mom about who’s turn it is to take the dog out, or about
homework, or something equally dull because that has been his day.
Instead the hearing person on the other line sounds like they’re
voice is literally made out of fire and they start having this
intensely passionate political debate and it’s all Combeferre can do
to stay detached and professional and relay the message without
putting his two bits in. It is easily the most fun call he’s had all
day – probably all week – because his Deaf client (called
Courfeyrac by the hearing one who answers to Enjolras ) has just the
most beautiful speech,
he talks with his entire body so enthusiastically he’s repeatedly
nearly throwing himself out of his chair, and Combeferre is genuinely
loving trying to interpret for the man called Enjolras because he
speaks so passionately that it feels like it takes all of
Combeferre’s energy to properly translate it.
brief interlude: imagine Combeferre trying to pronounced Enjolras’
name when Courf finger-spells it at him. Or imagine him trying to
figure out how the fuck you spell “Courfyerac” when Enjolras says
it – are there protocols for that? Or is it the Starbucks’
yeah, despite everything else Combeferre ends that day very happily.
He goes home that evening still thinking about Courfyerac, and even
finds himself looking up some of the topics him and Enjolras were
talking about later that evening instead of reading more of his
it was a one time thing, it was fun, but like any other job it passes
and he moves on to new conversations between new people.
all of a sudden he’s faced with Courfeyrac fiddling with his camera
again. This time it’s not Enjolras he’s talking to but a man called
Feuilly and they’re trying to make plans for a rally they’re
apparently having soon and once again Combeferre is completely
that could have been called a coincidence, until, a few weeks later,
he connects to another call and is once again faced with Courfeyrac.
And once again has to dredge of every little bit of his schooling and
experience to stay professional.
Because holy shit Courfeyrac is actually the cutest boy to ever sit
in front of a camera. And once again he goes home and fucking
daydreams about this
random client and his wonderful views on politics and how clever he
is and how charming he is and how Combeferre really, really, really
wants to actually talk to him, not just relay someone else’s words to
him from the other side of a screen.
then it happens a fourth time, and
Combeferre has a complicated relationship with religion but in this
moment he is now certain that some sort of greater being exists
because it or he or they are clearly trying to torment him at this
point. Except this time he’s on a late shift, and he’s tired as fuck
and has been chugging coffee like it’s water, and Courfeyrac has
called up a person called Grantaire. Grantaire is not a fun person
to interpret for because he seems to write a novel just to say a
sentence and laces that novel very heavily with obscure metaphors and
references. He is also a wonderful person to interpret for because
he has a fiendishly clever sense of humour that has Combeferre’s lips
twitching in amusement. But jokes and puns do not translate easily,
especially from ASL where puns are physical. So, exhausted and
amused and just thrilled to see Courfeyrac again, when Courf tries to
tell Grantaire a particularly bad joke that he’s desperately trying
to figure out how to translate, he can’t help it, he cracks. He just
doubles over and starts howling with laughter because good lord that
was so terrible it was actually the worst joke he has ever
heard and that does it he is absolutely in love.
he’s finally able to compose himself again (and feeling awful, shit
shit shit, that was really unprofessional, he is not supposed to do
that, he’s not supposed to be involved in the conversation, not if it
involves interesting politics or bad jokes or even cute boys) he
straightens and just sees Courfeyrac grinning
at him so hard it has his eyes all crinkled up – it may be the only
smile in the world that can truly and accurately be described as
beaming. It’s like
then Courfeyrac signs So this is probably super weird but
I’m pretty sure I’ve had you do some of my other calls before and you
probably don’t remember me at all but can we get coffee sometime?
Please?? Except, shit, I don’t know where you live. Cyber coffee?
We could sit in our own houses and Skype drink coffee?
Skype drink coffee together two days later.)
(also: Courf definitely noticed the really cute VRS operator he kept getting connected to because he’s never seen anyone manage to sign Enjolras’ speech quite that well. Plus, he keeps getting this little crease above his eyes like he’s genuinely thinking about what they’re talking about, or his mouth’ll quirk a little at the jokes like he’s trying really hard not to laugh and dang it Courf really wishes there was some way he could just break the fourth wall and make this operator talk because he really looks like he has something to say and Courf really want to hear it.
When he got that last call with Ferre, it was because he’d convinced R to join him in his VRS operator hunt which basically involved him repeatedly calling and hanging up until he found the right one, and then being a sarcastic little shit with R since the interpreter seemed to be a sucker for clever jokes and Courf will break him.)
I’M NOT QUITE SURE HOW THIS HAPPENED BUT THANK YOU SO SO MUCH PEOPLE. THIS IS SUPER DUPER AWESOME THAT SO MANY OF YOU LIKE MY DUMB BLOG. I WANT TO PUT SOMETHING SUPER LONG BUT I’M REALLY TIRED BUT I’M SO CHUFFED.
Because of he technology available to Bioware at the time, all of the female characters in DAO had pretty much the same body type, depending on their race. So much so that, if you covered their faces, it'd be impossible to tell them apart. If it were up to you, what kinds of shapes, heights, proportions would you give to characters like Leliana, Morrigan, Wynne, Anora and all the rest of them?
Oh! I did something like this before. Although it was only with a few characters from over the game series. Which only Morrigan was put in there for Origins, so we’ll start there and work through.
Morrigan, I see being a more petite woman. If she is taller than anyone it is due to her heeled boots, but overall she is rather small. She has thin hips and small breast, just a short woman who is far less easy to break than she looks.
Leliana has a bit more of a fuller figure than Morrigan and taller, she is kind of the typical hourglass figure with some muscle flexed beneath her skin. Just the barest hint of muscle, though. She has to keep a soft air of a smooth Orlesian noble, while still keeping her body honed for a Spymaster/Bard’s work.
Wynne, I could see having been very slender and curvaceous as a younger woman. She was a bit heavier on top with her breasts and a slighted waist, with softer narrow hips. She is still relatively fit and you can still see some of her youthful figure, but she does have the slightest pouch of fat from her stomach as well.
Anora has a sort of straight figure to her, where her breast aren’t overly big, her waist barely dips, and her hips are evened with her breast. It’s a very vertical body, accentuated by her taller than average height.
Merrill (since she did appear in DAO), is another shorter than average figure. However, unlike Morrigan she does have more volume to her body. Her breast slightly larger than Morrigan’s, but still smaller than her wide hips, her waist is a less than defined slope down to them.
Isabela isn’t really all curves like what is expected of her, her shelved hips coming more from her corset. Rather she is more raw, stacked muscle, built from a life on the sea. Her arms and legs thickened with the same muscle, and what long legs she does have. While her already modest breasts are pushed up a size or two from their actual size, again due to her corset.
Mhairi is more of a curvy woman by nature alone, her shoulders and thighs a little wider not just from muscle. She is as solid as someone like Isabela, but with a little bit of pure weight to her as well. Bulking the compact woman out, beneath her heavy armor.
Sigrun has a small shoulder length, pulling her upper body into a smaller form, while she widens out towards her lower body. Her hips actually setting wider than her shoulder space, while her waist is relatively undefined. Though her legs are long and shapely for a dwarf, starting a bit wide at her upper legs while her lower legs are well defined. She also has a more prominent backside to her, bringing most of the attention of her figure to the lower center of her form.
Velanna has a heavier upper body, less so than Wynne, and a nicely defined center. Her shoulders rounded out well to the same length as her hips, keeping her balanced. Her breast on the larger side, giving her the extra on top for the heavier upper body. Her waist is cinched tight though, very defined and showing the curve of her hips into her thighs.
So tell me, why should I ship Tentoo and Rose more than Ten and Rose (yes technically they're the same, but prove to me what makes tentoo and rose a bit more..special)
Oh geez the pressure!!
Okie dokie, well if you’re someone who like plain hard facts, then they’re more special because they’ve been proven by canon to be a couple. That kiiissssss!!!
But let’s forget that for just a minute.
Tentoo is the Doctor. Not kinda the Doctor. Not sorta the Doctor. He doesn’t have a copy of the Doctor’s memories. He is the Doctor. Up until the moment he siphoned off that regeneration energy, Ten and Tentoo were the same man and had the same feelings for Rose Tyler.
The only different thing is that he is now in a human body. A human body that can match life spans with Rose Tyler. Really, that is all he ever wanted. He just wanted to be a normal bloke with a normal love, but he never could, because after 900+ years, he knows that everyone leaves him one way or another.
But now! Oh, now he finally can entertain the idea that he can actually keep Rose for his forever. If she wants him, that is.
That entire beach scene is so emotional. Tentoo is such a ball of nervous, anxious energy, and while he desperately wants Rose to pick him and stay with him, he’s not going to force her. He gives her the choice. Buy saying things like “if you want” and “together” are his way of begging without begging. He is more or less giving her the facts of this new him, and hoping it’ll be enough for her to want to stay.
And we can see it in Rose’s eyes that she is attracted to the idea of the Doctor having the same life span as her, because now there will be nothing holding him back anymore. The Doctor, for self-preservation reasons, could never give himself completely to Rose. He has a universe in his care, firstly, and secondly, he knows that he’ll only have a few short decades with her (if he’s lucky), before he’s alone once more. Even if he tries to love her completely, there will always be a piece of him that reminds him that his time with Rose is slowly winding down.
But Tentoo doesn’t have all of that. The universe can politely sod off, and he is free to love Rose completely and utterly.
Tentoo and Rose are so attractive to me because of the happy endings they both get. I am sad about how Ten’s ending goes, because I love him to bits as well, and Rose does too. But she gives him the option. I have no doubt that if Ten told her he loved her, that she would’ve figured out a way so that she and both of her Doctors could stay together. But he makes the decision for her, or he at least pushes her towards he option he deems better, and I think Rose is tired of his emotional whiplash that comes with loving the Time Lord.
The thing that attracts me the most towards Tentoo and Rose is the humanness of it. They’re both human now, and they both love each other desperately, and they’ve both had to make sacrifices to get where they are, but I don’t think they would change a thing. The Doctor can finally have his forever, and who is Rose to deny him anything but a perfectly happy human life with her, and she loves him just as desperately, even though she had to let go of the Time Lord Doctor.
I hope this train of thought makes sense? I just love these two so much :’)