so you know how demigod are claimed right!? like a glowing trident over a child of Poseidon’s head or makeup and a dress appearing on a daughter of Aphrodite!?
WELL WHAT IF….
WHAT IF APOLLO CLAIMS HIS KIDS BY MAKING SUNGLASSES APPEAR ON THEIR FACES SUDDENLY WHEN NO ONE IS EXPECTING IT
LIKE imagine Lee Fletcher trying out archery for the first time and he’s amazing so some of the campers come to watch and then all of a sudden, SUNGLASSES JUST MATERIALIZE ON HIS FACE AND EVERYONES JUST LIKE “I KNEW HE WAS AN APOLLO KID”
when cas is angry he sometimes slips into enochian and mutters in it for the rest of the day or until he’s apologized to but he also sometimes slips into enochian when him and dean do the frick frack so one time sam heard cas yelling in enochian in dean’s room and he thought they were fighting so he barged in and he has never been the same since
Imagine Alfred coming to visit Arthur and having tea with him and looking around like, “Y’know Arthur, everyone says it’s always rainy around here but every time I come it’s sunny and warm. Like, even in winter it’s pretty nice. Isn’t that weird?” And Arthur smiles from behind his teacup like, “Mm, yes. Very strange.”
Headcanon - Steve and Tony aren’t allowed to be on the same team for games anymore.
The first time a TV show host puts them together for a game of pictionary, all the remaining Avengers groan in unison to the bemusement of the audience.
Of course they understand why when Steve guesses “Puppeteer” with Tony’s drawing of a plus sign with strings on it, and when Tony guesses “Frog in the throat” with Steve’s realistic drawing of a frog jumping.
Don’t even get the Avengers started on the massacre that is Charades. Seeing as 70% of Steve and Tony’s relationship is based on meaningful stares and gestures.
So one of the pairing headcanons I’m working on made me realize that I have no idea how languages work in Thedas. So I guess this is my post of Figuring Out How Languages Work In Thedas.
The Dragon Age setting had the advantages of a lot of fantasy settings that they made up a “common tongue”/King’s Tongue/trade tongue (in this case, the trade tongue of the dwarves) that allows pretty much everyone to talk to pretty much everyone else. Even the qunari and the Dalish, who don’t appear to interact with other cultures all that much, speak it proficiently.
It’s canonical that the common tongue (hereafter CT) is essentially the only language spoken in Orzammar and the other existing subterranean dwarven communities. It also appears to be the native language of both Ferelden and the Free Marches. (I suppose you might argue that the “original” native language of Ferelden was the patchwork of Chasind languages/dialects before the Chasind were pushed south to the Kocari Wilds, and probably the Marches spoke Tevene at one point.) This all makes a certain amount of sense to me: both Ferelden and the Marches were presumably settled by heterogenous groups of people who displaced the local language (Chasind or Tevene, respectively) with the probably pidgin-like language that they used to communicate with one another, the CT.
Then we get to Orlais, and my head starts to hurt.
Is there any actual evidence that Orlesian, as a language, exists? I mean, I feel like when playing DA:O I assumed that Orlesian was a language because of the extremely clear Ferelden:Orlais::England:France parallels, and, well, French is a language so probably Orlesian is a language? But the more I think about it, the more I’m unsure. When you’re sneaking around Halamshiral in DA:I, even the people you eavesdrop on (ie, who have no reason whatever to try to make it easier for you to understand them) appear to be speaking CT. The DA wiki says basically that Orlesian exists, but that almost all Orlesians are bilingual and that the only people who speak it exclusively are isolated rural communities. Given that even when it would be a major advantage to speak Orlesian (in front of an Inquisitor who they want to keep secrets from, who presumably doens’t speak the language) they speak the CT, I’m dubious of the ‘bilingual’ thing. It seems more likely that the language has died among the upper- and middle-class, and they speak CT primarily or even exclusively (with a strong potential for loanwords and specific idioms/phrases retained from old Orlesian), with the language only in active use in those isolated communities.
Antivan is another matter. A romanced Zevran uses a few Antivan phrases, and since we haven’t been to Antiva and seen dozens of people conveninetly speaking the CT (:P) I’m willing to assume that Antivan is a living language, with many Antivans (especially in the middle/upper classes) also speaking the CT fluently.
Tevene is clearly a thing, although equally clearly the CT is commonly spoken there (Dorian, Fenris, and Krem all speak it flawlessly and without accent–or rather, with the Ferelden/Free March accent). One uncomfortable possibility is that since the Tevinters seem to steal a fair number of slaves from lands south of them, they keep up knowledge of CT in order to communicate with them. (I’m willing to assume that Dorian and his father are actually speaking Tevene to one another when we see them and it’s just translated for our benefit, since it’s one time and not an entire convenient palace full of people.)
Qunlat is clearly a language; it has untranslated/untranslatable words, and the qunari we see speaking CT (Sten, the Arishok, Tallis, Bull, etc.) are in positions where it’s reasonable to assume that they would have learned CT fluency to benefit their stations.
It’s implied that elvish isn’t really spoken even by elves, but I find that a bit hard to believe. That the Dalish almost all speak both CT and elvish, in order to operate in the world, I find entirely plausible. That elvish itself isn’t spoken, not so much. I’m willing to contradict canon on this and say that Dalish are almost all fluent in elvish, and simply speak CT when shem are around, because it’s easier/safer. Of course, I also think that Dalish elvish and “old elvish” are probably significantly different due to language drift–possibly not even mutually intelligible.
Rivain and Nevarra–do we even hear anything about their languages? I’m willing to believe that either/both have their own languages (especially Rivain, which is clearly culturally distinct than the Andrastian southern countries), but I don’t know that we have any actual indication of it. Cassandra speaks with an accent, but that doesn’t mean anything (Southern and Northern and Western Americans all speak with different accents, but all speak English); Isabela doesn’t, but that also doesn’t mean anything (she was taken from Rivain young, and also is a master of appearing to be what she wants to be).
So, I guess, in summary: my Dragon Age/Thedas language headcanons:
The Common Tongue (CT) is actually the Orzammar dwarven language. Non-dwarves may call it the Common Tongue or the King’s Tongue, but dwarves still call it Orzamarran, remembering a time when there were other major dwarven kingdoms not fallen to the darkspawn, who spoke other languages. You can still find non-Orzammaran dwarven languages in isolated thaigs.
Ferelden speaks CT as its native language. The original native language–various Chasind dialects–have been pushed to the edge of extinction, and are only maintained by Chasind settlements in the Kocari Wilds. You can still find Chasind traces in Ferelden CT, though–often in the foul language. Many Fereldans speak only the CT.
The Free Marches speaks CT. This was a deliberate and politicized move at the time the Tevinter Imperium was thrown out of the region. Prior to that, the area spoke Tevene, and you can still find traces in the vocabulary and idioms. Many Marchers speak only the CT, although some also speak Antivan, Nevarran, or Tevene, given proximity.
Orlais had a native language–Orlesian–but it is falling increasingly into disuse. Most Orlesians speak CT primarily and in some cases exclusively. Learning Orlesian with fluency is a strangely class-bifurcated thing: upper-class Orlesian children learn it (with a vague sense of 'someday we will take over and everyone will use our language’), and lower-class Orlesian children in isolated communities learn it because it is the only language they will probably ever need. Orlesian is likely to fade away in the next few generations. It is not uncommon for Orlesians to learn Tevene, though, given proximity.
Anvtiva has a native language that is in considerably more robust use than Orlesian. Most Antivans speak both Antivan and CT–they are a nation of traders, and speaking the trade tongue only makes sense–but among themselves, Antivans speak Antivan, not CT. Many Antivans also speak Orlesian and Tevene, simply for convenience’s sake (although as Orlesian fades in its native country, so too does it fade in Antivan high society), and speaking Rivaini is not unheard of.
The Nevarran language is a foretaste of what is likely to happen to the Orlesian language: it exists, but atrophied to the point that it is almost exclusively used for ritual purposes. Nevarrans grow up speaking at least CT from birth, and often also Orlesian or Antivan; their own language is learned primarily for rituals and ceremonies, and while most Nevarran children can speak some Nevarran, most of them cannot carry out a fluent conversation in it. There is a saying that the dead hear more Nevarran than the living do, and that isn’t entirely incorrect.
Dalish elves speak both elvish and CT fluently. Most Dalish can't write elvish, but they do speak it. Code-switching is also extremely common among Dalish; it’s extremely common for Dalish to drop in and out of CT even within the same sentence. For instance, in the following example, words in square brackets are in CT and all else are in elvish: “And then he said, ”[I don’t trust you]“ and I said ”[Look, the goods are right there, you don’t have to trust you, just count them up],“ and the wolf-taken asshole looked at me and said, ”[I know what you elves are like,]“ and I just looked back at him like, what, we can stop you from being able to count?”
The elvish of city elves is considerably atrophied; they use certain specific words, but unlike most Dalish, they aren’t fluent and can’t easily code-switch.
Qunari speak Qunlat, and are also taught any languages that it is considered likely that they will need. So those who work in Rivain learn Rivaini, those who attempt to convert Dalish tribes learn elven, those who interact with the Andrastian nations learn CT, and so on and so on. Most qunari code-switch freely, dropping relevant Qunlat words into conversation rather than attempting to talk around them in the language they’re speaking–there is a strong cultural prohibition against “polluting” terms of the Qun with non-qunari paraphrases.
Tevene is the language of the Tevinter Imperium. (This is not the same language as Old Tevene, and attempting to get a modern Tevinter to translate Old Tevene is sort of like getting a modern Englishman to interpret Old English: it’s marginally better than nothing, but not really all that useful.) Most Tevinter speak only Tevene, but the upper crust–and the servants and slaves of the upper crust–learn CT fluently as children, as a matter of course, since so much of intellectual and diplomatic discourse is done in CT. Not to mention that CT is the language of dwarves, and the Imperium relies heavily on goods (particularly lyrium) mined by dwarves.
Rivaini speak Rivaini (duh). Both Qunlat and CT are also spoken frequently in Rivain, but among themselves Rivaini still speak Rivaini. Partly due to their geographical location and partly to their cultural philosophy, Rivaini are the most likely among Thedosians to learn many languages–their “jack of all trades and master of none” stereotype extends to linguistics along with other things. Rivaini is also far more influenced by both elvish and Qunlat than most other languages in Thedas.
Enjolras proposes to Grantaire four years to the day after they’ve met in their favorite spot in the park.
They’re married on June 3rd in the same park under ‘their’ tree in their spot.
Grantaire’s mother attended, wiping her eyes throughout the ceremony; Enjolras’ parents are absent.
Bahorel married them (having found the license online in order to do so.)
Combeferre was Enjolras’ best man while Eponine was Grantaire’s
When Grantaire recites his vows, its so full of emotion and passion that Enjolras actually starts to cry during the ceremony and Grantaire stops what he’s saying to wipe his tears away.
Grantaire settles for a small chaste kiss when it comes to kiss his groom, but Enjolras had other plans. He hauls him back by the shoulders of his suit, kissing him so thoroughly it actually makes him a little embarrassed because of the fact that his mother is sitting in the audience. When they break apart, Courfeyac cheers and eggs them on for another round.
The reception is held in the backyard of Cosette and Marius’ house. White streamers decorate the hall and music plays all throughout the house.
Enjolras and Grantaire barely part for the entire night, staying side by side. They danced together and ate together, large grins plastered across their faces as Enjolras lifted a piece of pasta to Grantaire’s mouth.
When it came to eat the cake, Enjolras miscalculates and ends up smearing the cake across Grantaire’s mouth. Enjolras ends up wearing his piece, but he doesn’t care because Grantaire is giggling and chasing him around the table, face covered in cake, trying to get his revenge
Courf gets all of this on tape
Pictures of Grantaire sharing his final dance with his mother were framed and placed on their living room right next to the photos of Grantaire and Enjolras sharing their first dance. They danced together as one, hands intertwined, Enjolras’ head resting on Grantaire’s shoulder as they twirled together, a small, happy smile resting on both their lips as they embraced.
The wedding pictures of course were surprising. The ceremony was beautiful, of course. It was the reception photos that were surprising. There was a snapshot of Gavroche sitting in the middle of what appeared to be the snack table, covered in chips and dip with a horrified looking Eponine rushing to the rescue. Next was Courfeyac and Bahorel, pantsless with their arms linked in a chain as they danced some sort of jig. After a few more horrified looks at what their friends had gotten into when the two had left, the last picture came with Marius soaked from head-to-toe, apparently having taken a dip in the pool. (Courfeyac and Bahorel were also wet, which explains the lack of pants before.)
10x17 Headcanon: at the end of the episode, the angels wipe Bobby’s memory. The entire point of Heaven is to be happy and content… how can Bobby be when he got to re-connect with his family for however brief a time?