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anonymous asked:

I really love Merrill but there are some things about her romance that i don't like. She is constantly infantilized, both by characters and the narrative. Her inexperience with people are supposed to be because she is from a different culture but it doesn't always feel like it. She ends up looking like a character who is in constant need of direction and help (which she doesn't but it comes off that way) and that creates a power imbalance in a relationship which kinda makes me uncomfortable.

Okay so keep in mind that I’ve never done her romance and I’ve only watched clips of it but

Merrill does have self-esteem issues though, regardless of the fact that she’s romanced or not. She didn’t seem to form any close relationships within her clan - she was always apart the others, because she was meant to become a Keeper. She was meant to help her people find their history and lore again, and that weighted heavy on her shoulders to the point where the only worth she sees in herself is through this, through her role as a Keeper, through claiming back her people’s lost history.

But at the same time, she’s terrified of not living up to the expectations placed on her. She tells Hawke she would have made a terrible Keeper, because she doesn’t know her clan, she doesn’t know its people, and she cannot imagine leading them. The only way she would feel worthy of being a Keeper, of being part of the clan, is to restore the eluvian. That’s why she started the whole thing, and if she dies on the way, at least she would die in a meaningful way, in trying to accomplish something for her people. She’s both trying to prove herself - to others and to herself.

Merrill doesn’t believe anyone can love her if she doesn’t accomplish some great miracle, if she doesn’t prove she’s worthy of love by proving she can be useful and help her people. And this is reflected in her romance.

The point of my post was that Merrill isn’t innocent. She isn’t naive, either. She’s also not the only LI in DA2 who’s got self-esteem issues - see Isabela. She seeks Hawke out. She has feelings for Hawke if a romance is pursued, she even goes to their house to ask if Hawke feels the same. This is something Merrill wants. And yeah, she might needs reassurances and little nudges, but so do every other LIs? So to rob her of her agency by denying her a romance that she *chooses* to pursue bothers me a lot.

I feel like fandom infantilizes Merrill way much more than the game actually does, tbqh.

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.

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  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.

mortiphasm  asked:

Top 5 Headcanons about Josephine!

  • she gets ink on her face regularly and doesn’t notice until leliana tells her. her fingers are always smudged with ink.
  • she often takes off her shoes while working and it’s the first thing she does when she’s back in her quarters; she hates shoes - which is why she wears sleepers-like-shoes, because they’re comfortable. that’s the one thing she and leliana disagree upon
  • she likes classical music and often goes to the opera in Val Royeaux but once in a while she likes going to a tavern to listen to Antivan bands and have a few drinks
  • she likes eating chocolate while reading; some times she’s so engrossed in the book that she doesn’t notice she’s putting chocolate stains in the pages
  • she likes coffee much more than tea - she takes it strong and black with no sugar or milk, it helps her get through a hard day of work

anonymous asked:



I DON’T KNOW WHY I’M SUPER EMOTIONAL RIGHT NOW BUT IT JUST makes me so happy to see so many women, with their flaws, their strengths, their convictions? Being both weak and strong, fragile and hard, sweet and harsh, multi-faceted and complex like any human being should

Vivienne and Anora, ambitious, driven, inflexible, unapologetic in what they do and who they are, women of beliefs and conviction, who wear a mask to the world with impeccable composure, it cracks from time to time, but they never lose control

Leliana, forgiveness in her heart and steel in her hands, Leliana who’s been through hell and back and still manage to find kindness and hope in this world, always willing to give people a second chance

Isabela, free spirit of a broken past, who refuses to be shaped by it and pushes forward, always, taking life as it comes and shaping it as she wishes, learning to trust and to love again

sweet Merrill, dedicated, strong, unyielding, committed to her people and its history and to reclaim what has been taken from them, knowing full well there is a price to pay; it doesn’t matter, she’s ready

Morrigan, leaving the Wilds as an apostate and ending as arcane advisor to the empress of Orlais, Morrigan who hated children and now loves hers from the bottom of her heart, Morrigan who was denied care and affection and now knows the meaning of love and friendship, 

Aveline, building herself a new life, finding a new purpose, dusting herself up and making herself greater than she was, faithful, she will stand by you and carry you if need be, because she’s strong enough to do it for both you and herself,

Wynne, gentle spirit and experienced elder, roaring river under the tranquil lake, helping others as others have helped her, one piece of advice at a time, there for the taking, listener extraordinaire,

Cassandra, believer and warrior, warrior because she believes, her faith as her greatest strength, her passion, her driving-force, the fighter with a gentle soul

Sera, who fight for those who cannot, for the lowly and the forgotten, who hates big people with big titles because they’re too busy playing a Game, a game that kills people who weren’t even players, only pawn

Josephine, golden words and honeyed tongue, learning the hard way that a few well placed barbs can be as effective as a blade, gravitating in a world of politics made of sharks and lions, yet keeping kindness and love close to her heart

please love the da ladies they’re so very important 

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

anonymous asked:

Do you think Morrigan and Flemeth will reconcile?

I don’t really want them to? 


Because whatever Flemeth is now or what her plans are, she still abused Morrigan her entire childhood and never gave her the love every children need and should get from their parental figures. And Morrigan will always carry that scar within her. I don’t think she can ever trust Flemeth again. She might reconsider her motives, but she will always be mistrustful, she will always remember what Flemeth did and what Flemeth said. At first she pretended it didn’t hurt, but it did, and now she knows better.

I mean did you hear how her voice cracks and breaks when she talks about Kieran not being a pawn, that she will never allow him to endure what she herself endured? Morrigan, who’s always put her personal safety and freedom above everything else, whose moral views are gray at best, Morrigan falls on her knees and offers to give herself up to save her son a fate she dreaded for years and years. She grew up with a twisted idea of what love and friendship meant - mere weakness, would say Flemeth - and being denied what she longed for but wasn’t allowed to have, even wish. She’s been beaten by the woman who called herself “mother” - in the Circle Tower, when demon!Flemeth slaps her, she answers with “too little, too late!” - I mean would you really want Morrigan to make peace with this woman?

I have no doubt Flemeth would sacrifice Morrigan to achieve her goals. And Morrigan knows this too. Mythal/Flemeth obviously has a purpose in mind, and she’s been chasing after years for too long to simply put it away for the sake of her daughter. How can you build a relationship with this sword of Damocles hanging over your head?

I think Morrigan would like answers - and she deserves them - which is why she asks her to wait in the end, but even she realizes the power imbalance is too great for them to really reconcile. There can be no trust. I don’t think Flemeth even wants it? I’m hoping for Flemeth to leave Morrigan alone, especially if she drank frm the well. If she wants to call herself her mother, if even a tiny part of herself loves her and considers her as her daughter, that’s the best thing she can do for her, honestly.

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 :)

ladyhoneydarlinglove  asked:

i just want to let you know i think your positive anora contributions to the da fandom are awesome and you've given me a renewed and even greater appreciation for how amazing a character she is. <3

aaaah thank you! this is honestly one of the best compliments anyone can give me, tbh. if i can get people to revisit their appreciation of a female character in a positive way - especially anora - i’ve done my part in the fandom, haha. 

anora is such a fascinating character and i never tire of talking about her. i’m delighted to hear that my enthusiasm rubs off on you ;)

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.

thejboy88  asked:

If Anora was trapped in the Fade like the Warden and his friends once were during the Circle quest, would it be her mother than the demons would recreate as an illusion? If so, how would she react?

Oooh this is an interesting question. Would it be if Anora was with the Warden, and thus got trapped during the events of the Tower? Because it would have a big influence on her illusion, I think.

Either way, it’s either nightmare - and the Demon traps you and shows you your deepest fear, making you believe it really happened - or sweet illusion, where he shows you what might have been or might be, and it’s so peaceful you want to remain here forever.


The thing Anora strives for, and the reason she wants to remain Queen, is to protect Ferelden, and lead her to a better future. A Blight threatening to destroy her beloved homeland would be her deepest nightmare - maybe in a scenario where she might even get deposed and had to watch her country being lost forever, and she would have been utterly powerless to stop it.

Anora fears the loss of power, and that power is tied to either her survival and/or the survival of her country. In her mind there isn’t much difference between the two, because if she goes down, Ferelden goes down with her. The thought of failing to portect her country would paralyze her with grief and fear, and prevent her from getting out of the Demon’s dream.

Sweet illusion

I can’t shake the thought that it’d be something from her childhood, before she truly understood what it meant to be married to Cailan, to find yourself undervalued because you don’t seem to be able to bear an heir, because you’re woman in a man’s world.

Her anecdote about how her father insisted on bringing home roses for her mother makes me think she would love a happy memory of her parents, which the demon would use to trap her in the Fade.

Something where Celia wouldn’t be dead, and they’d both be in the gardens, Anora helping her mother tend to the rosebush. Then her father would join them and greet them both after a long day with the Banns, embracing Anora and tucking back her loose strand of hair behind her ear, before softly kissing Celia and asking about their day.

Something her heart has been craving since as long as she can remember, and didn’t know how much until revealed by the Demon.

anonymous asked:

It seemed like in one of your recent asks you really size up Alistair in a negative light. But I know from multiple playthroughs that one Warden's outlook on a companion may differ from another (Ex: Bran didn't care for him while another of your Wardens might have been best friends with him). So personally, how do you feel about Alistair?

Under a cut because I know this is a sensitive topic…

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anonymous asked:

morri was my first dragon age love. i did't know anything about the game and then i started it and met morrigan... it was love at first sight. i've immediately decided that she would be my LI (i knew that i could romance her, but i didn't know about gender restrictions) and after that i found out it was impossible ;c AND IT HURTED EVEN MORE, WHEN I GOT TO KNOW HER

yesss she was my first love as well and i think the first thing i knew about the da franchise! she won my heart with her “ Men are always willing to believe two things about a woman: one, that she is weak, and two, that she finds him attractive” HONESTLY SHE IS THE BEST

and yet she is tragically straight what is wrong with the world

anonymous asked:

How does your Cousland handle the Landsmeet and the dark ritual with Morrigan? And how would Anora react to her new husband coming clean about the Dark Ritual?

I had the hardest time choosing what Bran would do when it comes to the Dark Ritual because he really doesn’t want to hurt Anora but he also really doesn’t want to die. He’s come this far and survived a lot of things, and dying for an organisation that has been less than honest with him and to which he feels absolutely no loyalty is definitely not on his list. He finally had his revenge on Howe, he managed to place the Couslands on the throne and regain his family’s honor, he’s pretty confident that something can and will happen with Anora in the future, so throwing all that away and sacrificing himself, after everything he already sacrificed, is a bitter, bitter pill to swallow.

When Morrigan comes to him after he just learned what it really means to be a Warden he’s very angry, very confused and very scared. He’s barely 20 years old, after all. He doesn’t want to die. There’re so many things he needs to do, he wants to do, before saying goodbye to this world.

So he goes to Loghain. He doesn’t know what to do, and he figures talking to his fellow Warden, experienced warrior and soon to be father-in-law would help. Again, he’s at the bottom of the pit of despair, and I think Loghain can sense this. Bran doesn’t want Loghain to die on the morrow either, he thinks Anora has lost enough people she cares about as it is. He’s completely honest with him, however, in that he tells him about the aspects of the ritual and the child that is to be born out of it.

In the end he lets Loghain decides and they end up agreeing to Morrigan’s offer, and they share a tacit agreement to never speak of it again. Anora doesn’t know, it’s Grey Warden business.

EDIT: wow sorry I totally forgot the Landsmeet part.He recruited Loghain. Alistair is dead. Bran never got along well with him. His hero worship of Duncan, his naive views on the Wardens and his black and white vision of the world did not go with what Bran is and believes in at all. When he wanted to kill Loghain in front of his daughter, the woman he was to marry, he lost his shit - he saw his father die before him, he cannot believe Alistair would demand such a thing. And then the whole ridiculous claim about being King if that’s what it needs to kill Loghain, that was the last straw. Alistair is dangerous to him, and above all to Anora. Bran protects his own, and he’s ruthless when he feels threatens, him or the people he cares about. Seeing Alistair’s show of temper was kind of an epiphany, tbh. The Theirin name still wields power, as Eamon said, and he cannot take the risk of Alistair being used by others, or him wanting revenge in his bitterness and anger.

So remove the threat now when you have the chance, and be done with it.

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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