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Okay so i blogged this before but in-light of recent events i need to update it ( and I didn’t want to ruin the other one because that maybe right… 

Okay so, it has been confirmed that there are a set of twins in PLL, I think these twins are Mrs Dilaurentis and Mrs Cavanaugh…look how similar they look!

In the story Ali tells on Halloween about the two little girls, she is telling the story of her mum and Marion Cavanaugh.

Obviously Marion Cavanaugh survived but I think that’s why she drinks and acts so depressed when she is older because she is really damaged by her psyco sister, Mrs Dilaurentis.

Remember how creepy Mrs D was in that episode where she snuck into Spencers room! She’s crazy and should be locked in Radley, but instead her sister got put in because Mrs D convinced everyone Marion was the crazy one (like how Alison and Courtney get mixed up in the books)

That’s why Mrs D was on the board at Radley, so she could keep an eye on her sister.

Next, onto Bethany Young who I think is Mrs Cavanaughs daughter, that’s why Mrs D wanted Bethany to call her Auntie Jessie! because she literally is her aunt! It would also explain the two yellow dresses Ali found as a kid

Mrs D brought one for her niece as well as her daughter, but i’m betting she never told her husband about her crazy family so she hid them

EDIT: thanks to for the image and can i just say i love how they wrapped the baby in a yellow blanket, but anyway, firstly i think its possible this baby is Bethany- yellow is her favourite colour, the filmer could be Marion? and i think the boys are Toby and Jason. Mrs D only tells one of them to kiss their sister which makes me think only one of them is her brother, we all know Jason is 7 years older than Ali and in this picture the boys cant be more than 4/5 which makes it impossible.

I think the reasons she is called Bethany Young are:

  1. Because, like in the books, everyone in Rosewood is conscious of their image and Mrs D didn’t want anyone finding out Bethany was mentally ill (mental illness can run in families, she probably didn’t want anyone getting suspicious)
  2. As Mrs D was on the board of Radley she admitted Bethany under a fake name so she could keep an eye on her too, also maybe family members couldn’t both be together if they shared the same illness.

I think her real name may be Christine because on the visitors list to the blind school we see someone called Chris Cavanaugh, after all Jenna would be her half sister

EDIT: this is such an amaing pick up by when Jenna is moving in with Toby the box on the top left says ‘Jenna and Bethanys room’!!!!!!!!

 and again on the dental patient records we see C. Cavanaugh

EDIT: omg i just realised this but C.Cavanaugh/Chirs, these names are so similar to Charles!!!! Bethany is Charles.

This would also make her Toby’s sister/ half sister, we all know Bethany drew creepy pictures of demons, well according to prettylittlesecretsinthewoods, in season 1 episode 5, Toby is also drawing pictures of demons…

This could be a serious clue as to their connection! Also I just read that apparently Marlene posted a picture of a boy and posted brother

I googled it and i’m not sure if this is it but I think so, anyway I know Toby isn’t black but he’s the only character who really wears those checked shirts and I they cant make it too obvious, and the doll behind looks like a boy but if they were both boys then wouldn’t Marlene have written Brothers? Maybe she just has her hair tied up or short hair? Also the general idea is that Bethany has some sort of deformity and the blonde doll is missing a finger!

EDIT: i knew that blonde doll was a girl!!! these pictures are from the finale

this picture was in Arias fake room

this is from -A’s lair/vault, theyre the same dolls!!!!

Once Marion was put in Radley again, Mrs D stopped her from being able to see her son, Toby, maybe because she thought she was an unfit mother, or maybe because as the twin story goes they resented each-other so Jessica Dilaurentis wanted to punish her sister. In S04E04, Toby talks to Marion’s old doctor. He said “She hated being away from you, but there were forces that were just too much for her” the forces being Mrs D

In the first picture Bethany draws a demon stealing a boy, I think Bethany drew this as a depiction of Mrs D (the demon) keeping Toby (the boy) from Marion Cavanaugh (the woman in the dress running after them).

The second is Mrs Cavanaugh falling from the roof at Radley, you can see the woman is wearing the same dress as in the first picture, Mrs D and Marion had a fight, probably about Mrs D not letting Marion see Toby, and Mrs D, being crazy, pushed Marion out of the window, she claimed it was suicide but Bethany saw it, which is why she hated her and drew this…it would make sense as Jessica D lied about the suicide…

Mrs D tried to apologise to Bethany by being kind to her and buying her a pony but Bethany wanted to hurt Mrs D like Mrs D hurt her.

So Bethany becomes the first -A (she dosent actually use the -A thing yet) and begins to send Ali creepy dolls/ messages like “its my turn to torture you”,

We all used to think that it was someone that Ali used to be mean to but I think its like Bethany saying, your mum tortured my family so now i’m going to torture you. From Bethanys picture of Mrs D watering the roses

it shows Bethany knew what the Dilaurentis house looked like, (look at the porch area! its exactly the same!) I think Bethany drew herself as the monster because she is going to become Mrs D’s demon.

She knew because she had been spying on them (Mrs D definitely wouldn’t risk taking Bethany to Rosewood, she knew how dangerous that could be) then on Halloween, Bethany escapes to torture Ali some more…

We see a Radley car outside the old house where Ali leads the girls to ‘test’ them. I think Bethany stole the car in order to escape Radley because she knew what was going to happen that night so she hid in the house to wait for Ali. I think she dressed as that creepy doll, you can see the person is wearing gloves, Bethany could have dressed as a caretaker or janitor to get out of Radley un-suspected because you can see that they just have a black top on and not the matching costume. Then she scares Ali in the Halloween costume shop, after sending her the “im watching you” message to let Ali know things are getting serious. Then later, she attacks Ali in the house when Ali thinks its Noel, and sends her the last message of that night, “dying to know who I am? You’ll find out soon” and starts the whole -A thing, to show she is dangerous.

Which brings us to the night Ali went missing, according to Ali we see Mrs D on the phone she is looking out the window really worried and she says “how could this happen” “I don’t understand”

I think that she’s on the phone with Radley, they are calling her to tell her that Bethany has escaped, that’s why she tells Ali “I do not want you going out tonight” she’s scared that something will happen to her. The phone rings for a second time and she asks if there is any news and says she is worried at tells them to send someone, like send a search party.

Ali gets really scared about -A after she gets the message saying that she is going to die on that night,

Although Alison didn’t remember I think somehow Bethany knew about the two yellow dresses, its clear from the lipstick on the mirror that Bethany was in Alis room so why couldn’t she have planted the top there too?

Bethany forged a letter from Alis mum to make sure Ali wore the yellow top. In this recent episode in the recording of Bethany Young she says “She’s not the only one who can make plans” I don’t think this evil bitch Bethany keeps referring to is Alison, I think its Mrs D, after all Mrs D did murder her mum, Bethany then made her own plans to make Mrs D suffer.

Then, as she told the girls she went round trying to figure out who it was before it was too late. However, she changed the ending, we all know ali bases her lies on the truth, so here is what really happened, credit to SpencersBarn.Tumblr for the upcoming images…

After Ali and Spencer have the argument Spencer goes home, leaving the shovel in-between the Dilaurentis and Hastings houses

We all know Cece was dressed the same as ali that night, as jason saw her, I think Cece is a double agent, she is pretending to be friends with Alison but is actually working with Bethany, keep your friends close but your enemies closer right! Also, after all the people who have told the girls how much Cece hated them and Alison and blamed them for her getting kicked out of UPEN why would she be BFF’s with Ali? Also we all know Cece went to Radley dressed as Alison, my bet is Bethany mistook Cece for Alison and when crazy on her, Cece explained she wasn’t Ali but hated her too and Viola! An alliance is formed. 

So anyway, Cece dressed the same to confuse Ali and distract her 

Ali is looking at cece confused then…

Bethany thought she killed Alison and left her body there to be found by Mrs D

But, Melissa finds Ali and after seeing Spencer go after her with a shovel buries her to protect Spencer.

Using her powers Mrs Grunwald knew something was wrong,

Alison leaves the car because she was scared she would be vulnerable in hospital

This is where Ali lied about Mona finding her, you can see that she isn’t walking down a random road its her own drive. 

Mrs D is happy because she thinks she has found Bethany, but actually Bethany lured Sarah Harvey to Rosewood that night encase her plan went wrong.

Furious, Alison lifts the shovel

and hit Sarah in the head

Ali is still standing after the shot of a blonde (Sarah) falling to the ground…

Mrs D is shocked that her daughter was capable of that


once ali falls, mrs d becomes distraught

Then trying to protect her daughter

Mrs D then burries Sara thinking it was Bethany while asking ali, “what did you do” and helps ali run away. I think it was then that Mrs D told Alison about the whole Bethany thing, that’s why when Alison was telling the girls her version of the nights events she said “A made it clear if she wanted to kill me she could”, so Alison knew Bethany was the first -A but thought she was dead which is why she never knew who the -A after Mona was. Who else would Mrs D be protecting than her own daughter. Also in the episode -A is for answers the girls tell Ali they think her mum stole the game from Mona, and then comment on how she isn’t surprised, Ali may have thought her mum stole the game in order to protect her.

That’s why when Holbrook came to Mrs D telling her “Mrs Dilaurentis "were not certain your daughters in that grave” she acts so shady, because she knows its not! Normally if a mother who has lost a child finds out that there is a chance that they are alive they would be so happy but Mrs D just says “well I am” Also, we all know Mrs D never did a proper identification of the body she said the yellow top was enough, it’s because she felt so guilty for murdering someone.

However, Mrs D saw Spencer go after Ali with a shovel, and realised that she could protect herself and Ali by going to Mr Hastings. Mr Hastings didn’t want Jessica going to the police and ruining his daughters life (he had some dirt on Jessica so blackmailed her into silence…maybe he knew about Marion?) which, unbeknown to Peter Hastings, worked on Jessicas behalf too. That’s why Peter says to Mrs D “the police are still asking pointed questions about Spencer, do we still have an understanding?”

But then Melissa tells her dad she was the one who actually killed Bethany Young (or so she thought, she actually only buried Ali who survived), so Peter tells her to run away, hence Melissa going to London. 

When Alison returned Bethany, not realising Alison already knew about her had to kill Mrs D to stop her spilling about Bethany. Maybe Mrs D had worked out she was alive, that’s what the email was about.

The girls are -A free for a year, which Bethany used to get surgery to fix her deformity, change her hair and become…LESLEY! Listen to the most recent recording of Bethany from Radley, they sound exactly the same! That’s why Lesley wanted the book from Mona’s room because she knew it contained the tape and she couldn’t have anyone finding it, but because Mike made such a big scene Hanna followed Lesley around and made sure she put the book back, so Lesley had no time to look for the tape. That was the relevance of Hanna’s flashback that episode, it’s not Alison who changed so noone would notice her, its Bethany, she changed her hair and wore glasses and called herself Lesley so she could secretly spy on everyone! Until they find Sarah’s body, Bethany realises she has to make it look like Sarah is her so she she corrupts the files, by making it look like she is dead so noone is looking for her or suspects her, and she is free from Radley, she then goes about recruiting all of Alison’s victims because they are easy targets, however she remains anonymous to them. She befriends Mona that summer as Lesley (Mona dosen’t know she is Uber -A). Then Maya moves into the Dilaurentis house and finds Ali’s diaries while clearing out, then Alison goes back looking for her diaries, she cant have them falling into the wrong hands (Spencer sees Ali from her window the Pilot) But Maya sees Ali, she finds out so much that she has to run away “MAYA KNEW” Alison was alive. Maya then worked for Alison. analyzinga realised that the bag Ali took with her when she ran away was at the Khans cabin around the time Maya was there I think she met Alison.

I think that’s why -A gives flowers at Bethanys funeral because she feels bad for her family pretending she is dead.

EDIT: So, alot of you are saying that this cant be true because Marlene said Mona was the first -A, which is true. We all know Marlene likes to say things that are the truth with out actually being the truth if that makes sense. I think, Mona was the first -A, as in she was bethanys first fall girl, Bethany used Mona as her helper, then when she realised the girls were getting too close made Mona take the fall so noone would find out. From this last episode the melody lingers on 5x23 Aria has an interesting conversation with Andrew who says “the only thing Mona likes better than winning is taking the credit.”. (I think Andrew could be on the -A team too and hes talking about how Mona took credit for some of his doings) Later that episode Spencer says “-A knew this quality about me and used it against me” what if -A/ Bethany did the same thing to Mona? Marlene likes to refer to the -A now as Uber A, which she has never used to describe Mona, she just used -A!


He’s going to kill me - M

Now I was sat thinking of characters beginning with M: 

- Mona Vanderwaal

- Maya St Germain 

- Melissa Hastings

- Marion Cavanaugh

- Mike Montgomery (I haven’t really seen anyone mention him)

answered vs. unanswered

i didn’t want to post every list over again bc a lot of questions for certain characters weren’t answered


what did shana do at the lodge fire? did she really light it? yes. it is unknown where shana went after lighting the fire

was it really shana on the roof in new york? according to marlene through an interview, yes


who killed maya? was it really nate? according to the writers through twitter, yes

what did maya know? (’maya knew’) according to marlene through twitter, that nate was in rosewood


what did melissa and cece talk about ‘that night?’ cece confirmed this was not her, that it was either bethany or ali jason saw melissa talking to


what was wilden’s role in ‘that night?’ jenna has told emily that he was there, and melissa called someone that implied it to be him, but we haven’t seen any flashbacks to back this up with. why? wilden drove cece back to radley ‘that night,’ and covered up cece being there for jessica. we don’t know how jenna knew he was there, or if it was him mel was on the phone with


who were the blondes in mona’s house the day she was kidnapped? who picked the lock? who climbed the stairs? who entered the bedroom? who was the one in the video? according to marlene in an interview, cece kidnapped mona. from the finale, we could gather cece also drugged mona. if there were two people, then sara was also there

did mona have a part in what happened to beth? mona hit bethany thinking beth was ali

in 3.24 mona tells the liars that ali pulled her out, that ali pulled them all out, and that mona saw her. in 4.24, ali says that she only pulled out hanna. which one is it? mona saw sara pull them out, but sara was dressed in a red coat with an ali mask and mona mistook her for ali

why wasn’t mona laying unconscious on the ground with the other liars at the lodge fire? why did she come running from the direction of in the lodge? did she not pass out? did she wake up on her own? according to an interview with marlene, mona was pulled out alongside emily and aria. she likely came to while sara was pulling her out - like hanna w/ ali - and ran back towards the lodge afterwards

who was mona talking to at the lodge in 3.24? she tells them that they’re finally going to get what they wanted, that ’it’s going to end.’ what did they want? what was going to end? was this ali or A? this was cece. cece wanted to end the game and kill the liars, before she learned ali was alive

in the QOH video shown in 4.01, wilden makes it sound like garrett wanting to talk to spencer was unplanned, and to ’just leave her [aria?]’ was it always in the main plan for garrett to be killed? or did he show up unannounced? if it wasn’t planned, and A didn’t know garrett would be there, then who were the bullets for that mona gave A at the beginning of 3.13? according to an interview with marlene, wilden was acting on his own in killing garrett

how did mona know to pick ali up on the side of the road 'that night?’ did mona know ali would be targeted? was it just by chance mona came across ali? how would mona have known ali was rescued? mona hit bethany thinking she was ali. mona was already in ali’s backyard. mona didn’t know ali had been buried alive and presumably just thought that ali had the head wound from mona hitting her

is mona with or against the liars? between the liars and cece, mona is with the liars

what happened to mona when she was kidnapped, who drugged her? who’s car trunk was she put in? did emily ever find the mona doll in her nativity scene? cece drugged mona and kidnapped her

how did mona know hanna and the liars were getting texts again in 3.02? who was keeping mona informed and in the loop while she was in radley? cece, as cece stole the game from mona

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PLL 6a Finale *spoilers*

I’ve read many complaints about this reveal. Here are my thoughts.

  • Don’t be salty just because your theory was wrong. 
  • We did get answers, just like we were promised.
  • Most of the loose ends were tied up
  • Cece being A makes sense if you look back and think about it all.
  • Of course Sara was doing all of her dirty work. It makes sense that she was Black Widow AND Red Coat.
  • Thank goodness all of the mystery wasn’t taken away from the show.
  • Marlene did a lovely job and I cannot wait to see what she does with the rest of the series.

thejboy88  asked:

I once read an essay you wrote (or perhaps re-blogged, I can't remember which) about how certain female characters fit within to traditional roles of femininity. As Anora is your favoutie character, I was wondering if you could tell me your views regarding how she fits into such roles, if at all.

Hmm, I think the reason why Anora is such an interesting character – to me at least – and why I love her as much as I do is that she doesn’t fit into what people consider to be traditional roles for female characters, and women in general. She very much transgresses gender roles and embodies qualities and traits many find abhorrent in a woman.

Anora has no desire for children, and doesn’t seem to particularly care about motherhood. She can handle herself on her own and make up her own mind. She knows she is good and is unafraid to said so. She fights for what she wants and what she believes in. She’s no damsel in distress, no housewife. She possesses qualities that, according to society, are traditionally attributed to male characters: pride, determination, ambition, political aptitude, assertiveness, confidence.

Her story arc is fascinating, because she starts out as the daughter-bride-queen character trope that is usually uninteresting and unexplored in traditional narratives. She is betrothed to the young Prince at a very young age to unite a country divided by decades of brutal occupation. She is the daughter of a national hero, wife of a man whose family is at the very basis of the foundation of her homeland. Nothing particular about Anora up till now, right?

But then we find out that she was the true power behind the throne and the real ruler of the land in all her years of marriage. We learn that Cailan was unable and unwilling to behave as the king he was, and that he all but dumped his responsibilities on his wife’s shoulders – eventhough I do think his pride and narcissism prevented her from doing a lot in her own name, and that her first years were extremely difficult considering the ambient misogyny of the Thedosian society as she had to prove herself to a bunch of very skeptical and stubborn Banns.

Too add to this, she is accused of being barren – because the primary duty of women is to pop babies, isn’t it? This is where Anora transgresses gender roles yet again: she believes her first duty to the kingdom is to lead it to a better age using her talents and competences. She refuses to be a simple broodmare, and aspire to be something more for Ferelden.

And when the player finally meets her in one of the last quests of the game, surprise! Anora keeps being unpredictable and is nothing like she is supposed to be. She turns out to be the biggest thorn in the Warden’s side if provoked and pressured into siding against your party. She can seriously confront you and endanger your plans, and will fight till the end because she believes she is right. She refuses to abdicate, even when she has everything to lose in doing so.

She has been in the shadows of men all her life, from her husband to her father, fighting to be acknowledged by a society that refuses to consider women as worthy players. Yet she never abandons or resigns, and keeps fighting until the end because she is convinced that this is what she was born to do.

I want more characters like Anora. I want more female characters that show people that there isn’t only one way to be a woman, and that nothing confines you to a single role because that is what society orders you to be.

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couslanding  asked:


“Papa, plait my hair.”

Loghain looked down at his feet to find his five-year-old daughter looking at him with an air of utmost authority, chin raised and undaunted eyes. Clearly, this was not a question, it was an order. Resisting the urge to smile, he kneeled to face her, and said tenderly, “My daughter, I am not sure I am up to the task. Why don’t you ask your mother?”

The little girl did not relent. Crossing her arms accross her chest, she declared in a voice Loghain had come to recognize as the one his daughter would use when she thought adults were being silly, “Because I want you to do it. And how do you know you’ll be bad at it, if you never try?”

Chuckling, Loghain conceded. “All right, my ladybug. I will try.”

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thejboy88  asked:

Do you think Cailan ever truly loved Anora? Because from everything I've seen and heard in DAO, he basically just took her for granted, ignored her, and even outright cheated on her throughout their entire marriage.

Yes, I think he did, in his own way.

I think Cailan grew up with a head filled with fantasies about his own worth and the heritage he carried, how his blood would save and protect him from anything, and even made him better than anyone else, which might explain his cavalier treatment of Anora at the beginning of Origins. Furthermore, I think he was completely oblivious to it: as far as he was concerned, he treated her fairly. Divorcing Anora to marry Celene was going to be a non-issue, something like “Anora would understand, it’s nothing personal you see, gotta keep the Theirin bloodline flowing and tbqh I fancy myself as an Emperor, so no hard feelings!”

Eamon says that Anora had him running to do her bidding the moment he saw her - and even though that comment reeks of misogyny, it’s quite revealing. I truly think Cailan was very much smitten by the beauty and wits of Anora, and felt he was in love with her at the beginning of their marriage. The cheating might have started right away, or came afterwards, but I don’t think Cailan ever saw it as a betrayal. Again, Anora would understand, she’s always been the sensible one. And she would certainly never have confronted him about it, even though it must have hurt.

Cailan was undoubtedly spoiled, and it showed in his treatment of Anora, but I really think he loved her. There are many ways to love people, however, and Cailan’s was imperfect at best, to say the least.

bayvillesiren-deactivated201609  asked:

i'm going to be SUPER PREDICTABLE AND ASK FOR anora/alistair. maybe puppies could be involved somehow.

“Alistair, for the hundredth time, slow down! You’re going to break your neck, running like you are now,” Anora grumbled, amused despite of herself by her husband’s enthusiasm. “They’re still going to be there whether you walk or run, husband.”

Alistair had stopped when Anora had raised her voice, and was now waiting for his wife to catch up with him, a gigantic grin plastered on his face. How childlike he could be in his glee, Anora thought. He reminded her of Cailan, sometimes, with his easy charm and unabashed passion, the way his eyes lit and his voice would tremble slightly with excitation. He looked very much like his brother now, as if the Theirin men became one and the same when a smile illuminated their face.

She felt her heart tighten a little, as it always did when Cailan’s face seemed to substitute itself to Alistair’s. She allowed the melancholy to wash over her, and forced her wandering mind to focus once more on the man in front of her.

“You’ve never been with mabari before, haven’t you? You wouldn’t be so calm if you had. New puppies, can you imagine? Cute little snout, the tiniest paws you could imagine, and a fur so soft you want to bury your face into it. I can’t wait to see them,” Alistair chattered excitedly.

Maker, he could be such a boy sometimes.

She smiled, his joy infectious. Before she could stop herself, the words had left her mouth, “Father had a mabari once—” and froze, warily eyeing her husband, knowing the topic of her father was still too raw to address without them hurting each other.

Alistair’s smile had faltered a bit, but to his credit, that was the only thing Anora could see of his displeasure at the turn of the conversation. He had gotten much better at hiding his true feelings since he has grown into his role as King under her attentive tutelage – the way he wore his heart on his sleeves, he wouldn’t have lasted much longer had she not urged him to control himself, again and again. Anora was a master at reading people, however, and as good as Alistair had gotten, he still wasn’t able to conceal the barest hints of his thoughts.

“Yes, well.” He coughed, hiding what she knew was both anger and guilt in the awkward gesture.

“I never had a mabari, though, you’re right. I can’t seem to see what you all find in those dogs. They’re so very loud and smelly; I do not relish the prospect of taking care of one of them at all.”

Relieved that she’d taken the conversation past its uncomfortable topic, Alistair brought his hand over his chest in mocked shock. “The Queen of Ferelden, speaking thus of the pride of our lands, the very symbol of our nation! My, for shame, Anora! I do not think I shall ever recover from this wound”

Anora was laughing now, too, his theatrics never failing to wring a smile out of her – though she’ll be damned if she’d ever admit it to him. “Come now, before you start acting like one!”


The puppies were adorable, she had to give him that. She’d never seen something quite so helpless, so vulnerable, yet so very precious. The mother mabari stood proud and tall next to her offspring, as if showing them off to her human lords for inspection and daring them to find any imperfection in them at all.

Next to her, Alistair was speechless, and Anora thought she heard him whisper quietly to himself, “Hello, old friends.” Startled by the sudden change in his demeanor, Anora tore her gaze away from the puppies to her husband. She could almost see the boy he had been then, the one who grew up in Eamon’s stables and slept in the straw, trousers torn and nose running, the dogs his only companions. She understood now why he felt so pressed to see the mabari new litter… She’d forgotten how meaningful to his childhood the dogs were to him – and perhaps served as a bittersweet reminder.

The puppies had all come out to greet their new friend, and Anora indulged herself in quickly petting some of them, until she went to sit herself on a nearby bench, content in watching her husband fill in for the two of them. One of the puppies had followed her, and had taken her pat on the head as an invitation to sleep on her lap, which the queen had graciously allowed.

When the time came for them to get back to their duties, Anora found herself unable to move without the puppy making a show of its displeasure at being roused, and most importantly at being taken away from her. She tried to put it aside thrice for it to come back to her all tail and tongue before Alistair’s eyes went wide and he announced in an excited voice, “I… think I better go fetch the dog master. I’m pretty sure this puppy has been imprinting on you.”

As Alistair left the kennels, Anora looked down to find the puppy conscientiously licking her fingers. Smiling, she whispered to the amber eyesn “How about I call you Adalla?”

rainbowxunicorn  asked:

Anora can't be like Cersei, because she cares far too much about "peasants" as well is able to consider the other side of an argument. She even openly doubts her father's plans. This is coming from someone who saw Anora for like 5 seconds so sorry if I am wrong but she seems far too sympathic with others to be Cersei.

There is a few similarities between Cersei and Anora which is why so many people tend to compare the two. They are both very beautiful women and seen as such by the people surrounding them. They both have long blond hair, which is part of their beauty. They are both in position of power where they have an important impact over people’s life. They both wish they could have been born men so that things would have been and would be easier for them. They both have a great deal of admiration and respect for their father - though Cersei’s relationship with Tywin is a lot more bitter and contentious. They live and evolve in an environment that is traditionally reserved to men - even if Dragon Age is supposedly less sexist than Westeros, it is still a sexist society in which women aren’t the equals of men, especially when it comes to power and politics.

And yet, they couldn’t have more opposite personalities.

While I love Cersei, there is no denying she is a terrible human being. Even as a child, she is cruel and haughty - she tortures Tyrion, doesn’t really care much about other people but Jaime and her father. She resents being a woman because she sees the limitations placed on her gender, and hates other women because she thinks them weak and unreliable. She is spiteful and vindictive, and most of all she is power-hungry, which leads her to become more and more paranoid as the years go by. She fears shadows she thinks are enemies, she will back down at nothing to increase her power, and when I say nothing, I mean Qyburn. Seriously that’s some really, really disturbing shit she has allowed him to do. And yet the more power she gains, the more vulnerable she feels and the more cruel she becomes.

Anora is very different. She doesn’t want power for power itself. I repeat: she doesn’t want power for power itself. She wants it because she thinks she can do great things with it. She thinks - and frankly, when you take  look at what the Theirin kings have done up till then - that she is the most suited to the job of ruling Ferelden, compared to Cailan, to Alistair, to anybody.

She doesn’t want to be Queen to advance her family in the political chess of Ferelden - her father is not a politician and his only wish is to keep the country he loves safe. She doesn’t want to be Queen to control people and take revenge and who know what else. She doesn’t want to be Queen to wear dresses and go to balls and have fancy and expensive items. She wants to be Queen because she thinks Ferelden can do better, and that she can lead the country she was born in and which she loves to a greater future.

She is not paranoid. She will listen to councel and I do not believe she thinks of herself as so high above everyone else that she would not acknowledge other opinions. She is proud, yes, all Mac Tirs are, but she is not haughty, she is not arrogant. She is self-confident, because she believes in what she is and what must be done.

She is not cruel. Yes, she will do things that some people would qualify as amoral and unworthy but she does them while being aware of their consequences and because she thinks she has no other choice. As a ruler, she has to protect herself and play along the rules of the Great Game, and those rules are not gentle or tender. But I do believe that every choice she makes, she ponders a great deal before acting. Cersei is brash, bold and quick to react according to her feelings. Anora is much more cold-headed and reflective. She will think things through. She will consider different options, but in the end, if she needs to dirty her hands to keep her throne and advance Ferelden’s interests, then yes, she will not back down from this.

If people really want to compare Anora to a character in the Game of Thrones series, they should compare her to Margaery Tyrell. But that’s another meta for another day.

anonymous asked:

How do you feel about Anora being so open to choosing between her dad and warden? It's like she only wants to help who keeps her on the throne. And why do you think Loghain killed his best friend and past love's only child? It seems so out of character for him!

Oooh serious questions, let’s get down to business *rolls sleeves*

- Anora thinks she is the best option to stop the civil war and unite Ferelden against the Blight. What drives her is that she wants to stop her country from losing anymore than it already has, because she loves her homeland and is ready to do anything to keep it safe.

And yes, she wants to keep her throne, regardless of who is helping her, because in the end what matters is that Ferelden is safe, and the safest way to be assured of this is to remain Queen. If she allies herself with the Warden, it would be because they share a common goal, and her being on the throne is part of the conditions for her alliance. If the Warden refuses her offer, she allies herself with her father, even though she told you earlier that he was half mad with paranoia and had to be stoppped - she knows once she’ll be declared Queen she’ll take back the power he took from her, and be certainly more careful in her trust in him in the future.

It’s not so much that she is power-hungry, it’s because she genuinely believes she is the only one who can do the job - a very Mac Tir trait. She doesn’t trust Alistair with her country, and frankly, you can’t really blame her for her skepticism, given the dreadful lack of leadership skills and maturity Alistair displays.

- Loghain didn’t “kill” Cailan - he’s not the ogre who crushed him and ended his life, last time I checked. He made a very difficult choice in the light of what he thought had been a treachery - how the Wardens convinced Cailan to fight at the vanguard, how the two newest recruits conveniently didn’t lit the beacon in time - plus he made a promise to Maric, a long time ago, that he would never endanger Ferelden for the sake of one man as he did in West Hills. Cailan knew Ostagar couldn’t be won and decided not to wait for Eamon’s reinforcements, to fight in a dangerous position, and to disregard Loghain’s advice.

Loghain, like Anora, believes that Ferelden is what matters most, and when he saw the battle could not be won, and that Cailan could not be saved without losing a lot of Fereldan soldiers - soldiers that might be needed in another battle very soon - decided to save what he had left and go back to Denerim to gather up their forces again and be better prepared for the next time they would battle the darkspawn. I’m sure it must have killed him to leave Cailan on the battlefield. I suggest you take a look here and feel your heart shatters with Cailan and Loghain feels.

I hope this answers your two questions, nonny :3

bearfootscar  asked:

Hi! Someone directed me to your blog for good meta about Queen Anora. I'm sure you've written about this already, but could you point me to some analysis about how much of Loghain's plans she was privy to during the Blight. I'm primarily interested in her knowledge in/role in the Tevinter slavers in the Alienage. Thank you!

I don’t think I’ve ever talked about it, and I don’t remember seeing meta on the particular issue you’re talking about, because it always seemed quite clear to me that Anora had no idea what her father was doing during the Blight, as he refused to speak to her in almost all the cutscenes we’re given.

Take the cutscene where Anora questions her father:

“I would like to know what you intend to accomplish, Father. Should we not be fighthing the darkspawns instead of each other?”

“Cailan approached the Orlesians for support, did he not? We need help, Father. We cannot deal with this crisis alone.”

She clearly has no idea what his plans are and is at odds with what he thinks must be done. I reckon this happened a lot after Ostagar. Anora’s one mistake was to trust her father blindly after he got back; she must have felt, at the beginning, that his reputation and prestige in Ferelden would be her best tool to bring the nobles together and fight back after their terrible loss. He is, after all, one of Ferelden’s greatest generals and military geniuses. She realized later on how unwilling he was to listen to her and to consider other paths than the one he had decided on taking.

Erlina confirms this when you first meet her:

“The Queen, she is in a difficult position. She loved her husband, and trusted her father to protect him. When he returned with no King, and only dark rumors, what is she to think? She worries, but when she tries to speak with him he does not answer. He tells her ‘not to trouble herself’.”

“My Queen suspects she cannot trust her father. And Loghain, he is very subtle. But Rendon Howe, he is privy to all the secrets and… not so subtle. So she goes to Howe […] and she demands answers.”

Loghain did not share his plans with Anora, he shared them with Howe. Anora was not privy to the information she wanted and needed to know.

Same goes for the slavery business. When you speak to Caladrius, he only mentions Loghain (“the seal of the Teyrn of Gwaren”), not the Queen - and frankly, how much of the documents that come out of the Teyrn’s office are actually his and not forgeries made by Howe, we’ll never know, but I’m convinced a lot of what Howe did, Loghain had no idea. He is still to blame for putting Howe in charge and allowing him to manipulate him thus, but it’s something that we can consider.

I’m convinced Loghain was trying to protect Anora by taking on his shoulders the weight of the hard decisions he felt he needed to make to save Ferelden from this Blight - the poisoning of Arl Eamon, the contract with the Antivan Crows to kill the remaining Wardens, the slavery deal with Tevinter to sell elves for troups… He wanted to protect her, and by doing so, actually fragilized her position and treated her not as his Queen, but as his daughter. Which ultimately might have led her to be his enemy instead of his ally, because he never considered her as such.

which is why they break my heartttt

thejboy88  asked:

Even though I love the idea of Anora and the Cousland warden being in love, many other DA fans have argued that their marriage was little more than a political play, a means for both parties to achieve power. Even though I disagree and feel that genuine affection could develop between them I'd be lying if I said I couldn't see their point, at least from what we're shown in the game itself. What are your thoughts on this?

Ah! I truly believe there is genuine affection between them already.

I think if you play Awakening, it’s pretty obvious how Anora feels about this new husband of hers. Even after the defeat of the Archdemon, she seems incredibly mellow: she mentions being nervous about their upcoming wedding, she’s glad when the Warden says he will stay at court and is grateful for the help…

And in Awakening, which is only 6 months later, she’s downright affectionate.

  • “I trust you are well husband… no permanent damage?”

Notice the pause between the two sentences, as if she’s afraid that he might have been hurt or injured.

  • “it seems there isn’t much to say… unless you have something to add, Commander?”

She defers to his autority and respect his title. She doesn’t impose her judgment and values his input. Knowing Anora, I think that’s quite telling.

  • “It troubles me to ask you to leave the Court in order to deal with this…”

Worried about your husband, aren’t you? :D

  • “And this is why you are a Prince of Ferelden” - when the Warden answers he’ll be fine.
  • “No easy task, but I am confident you are up to it” - bolded b/c she emphasize quite a bit on that word
  • "I would be careful just how you tempt fate, my prince” - notice the use of the possessive…

Have you heard the pride in her voice? Her smile? She’s obviously admirative of her husband and his skills.

  • "Good luck my husband”

The few last sentences are so sweet and tender. I believe their is genuine affection there. Plus, notice the use of “my” when she could have done without it.

So all in all, I do believe they care about each other… and that it might develop into love over time :)

anonymous asked:

do you have any tips on writing anora in character, I'm having a hard time getting her voice just right?

Hmmm. I don’t really know what to say, it depends of what you want to write about and how you decide to think her reactions and relationships to the people around her - Loghain, Cailan, the Warden, etc. You can check her character file here and here for starters, it helps me a lot to keep her in character.

Here’s a bunch of things I think are important in Anora’s life that I try keep in mind when I write her (and how I see her):

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anonymous asked:

I have a fanfic idea, but I wonder if it's possible in your opinion since I don't have much experience writing Anora before. It's an AU where Anora is friend with M!Cousland when they were younger and he sort of develops a youthful infatuation to her during their teenage years. But he understands she's engaged to Cailan so he never dares to make a move. Will Anora be able to love M!Cousland back if they get married for political reason later on? Or will she just consider him a close friend?

i think it depends on how you write the relationship between anora and your cousland, really. is anora aware of cousland’s feelings toward her when they’re teens? is he pining for her from afar? for me i feel like the age gap would be too wide and she’d be closer to fergus, so she wouldn’t spend much time with cousland - so she wouldn’t know him well. but then again that depends of your character, and his relationship with anora!

but yes, they can totally fall in love, even if they’re good friends prior to the events of Ostagar and then the Blight. i don’t think them being friends would prevent them from developing romantic feelings toward one another - it’s been known to happen before, and to many people ;)

and depending on what you choose in the dialogue wheel, it can become quite obvious that anora is already smitten - okay maybe not “smitten because it’s anora but still, she’s flirting with him and it’s quite adorable - with her husband-to-be in Origins, and downright worried about his safety and well-being in Awakening. 

some things to ponder: x, x, x, x, x

thejboy88  asked:

Anora has often said that she wishes to be Queen because she feels that she is the best leader for Ferelden. Given that I like her as a character, I'm willing to believe her when she says that. But, I do sometimes wonder if there isn't some part of her, however small, that simply enjoys the fact that the throne would give her power over others. Your thoughts?

Hmm. I think Anora genuinely does think she’s the best alternative to Ferelden, and thus thinks of her status as her duty, first and foremost. Does this mean she doesn’t enjoy being Queen, and thus command others? Not at all. But I think it’s in her very personality, not because she’s been corrupted by the power she has at her disposal, but because it’s who she is already.

Hearing Loghain, Anora as a child had already been quite bossy and determined to get her way:

So far as anyone could tell, she was the undisputed monarch of the whole world. She would fall, skin her knees and command them to stop stinging.

That’s when she was still in Gwaren with her father, so she must have been fairly young, and yet displays a incredibly fierce temper. I have no trouble whatsoever imagining a very tiny Anora commanding her father around - and people in general. Only Celia might have been able to rein her in.

Tbqh, I think queenship is such a part of who she is, who she was born and raised to be, that she cannot dissociate Anora the Queen from Anora the Woman, if that makes sense. We can assume that she was betrothed to Cailan before she was even born, or shortly after, so this particular duty would always have been hanging over her head. Queen was always something she was meant to be that I’m certain she never even thought of being anything else.

There’s also this section of what the toolset says about her that comes to my mind:

She often assumes a somewhat imperious manner. She has become accustomed, after all, to being served — though this should never go over the top, as she was not born into luxury. Her father is of common birth and thus she has no noble blood, herself, and so she is no stranger to work

Which might put her apart from the other nobles in the way that she knows where she comes from and isn’t ashamed of her roots, even though she is of modest origin. She commands others because she believes that what she is saying is the best option of all those brought forth. She’s proud, like her father, and that’s her main flaw - like her father. The Mac Tirs have trouble conceiving others might be as well equiped as they are to defend and better their beloved homeland.

So, all in all, do I think Anora enjoys her queenship because of the power it gives her over others? Yes, but that’s certainly not the main reason why she wants to be Queen. As I said, it’s as much a part of who she is as it is the result of being in a position of power.

And it certainly doesn’t make her power-hungry, as some people in this fandom seem to believe.