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Animated movies that don't get enough love
  • Megamind: Strong female character, funny jokes, anti-bullying, great animation with touching scenes, and strong moral messages
  • Wreck it Ralph: Again strong female characters, plus overcoming mental hardships, proving that being different is okay, amazing moral messages, beautiful animation and a hella rad plot
  • Brave: Strong female characters, different views, wonderful animation, proved that you don't need a man to save you, cutting your own destiny, awesome characters, magic broken by actual love, and strong mother-daughter relationship
  • Peabody and Sherman: Is packed with witty dialogue, good morals about unconventional families, fatherhood, and childhood struggle, it respects the intelligence of its younger audience, does actually manage to teach some history to its watchers, and has well animated characters (plus mr. peabody is a boss ass bitch)
  • Atlantis: whats this i smell? Its...its more STRONG FEMALE CHARACTERS, roots for the underdog, over coming physical and mental hardships, shows religious differences, beautiful animation, witty character dialogue, sassy one-liner dialogue and humor, and a detailed plot and story line
  • How to train your dragon 2: Beautiful animation, MORE STRONG FEMALE CHARACTERS, plus characters who aren't physically strong being portrayed as strong, showed that war isn't always the answer, major feels trip, shows friendship and compassion, mother-son relationship rekindled, DRAGONS, ADORABLE PRECIOUS DRAGONS, CANT BELIEVE THIS MOVIE GOT OVERSHADOWED BY FROZEN

Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, Mary of Burgundy and their son Philip “The Handsome” on “Maximilian. Das Spiel von Macht und Liebe” (”Maximilian. The game of power and love”) TV series.

captainlavellan  asked:

Idk if you've heard this theory, but I recently stumbled upon it and thought you would find it interesting. Basically it states that Felassan is still alive, but is tranquil because Dreamers killed in the fade become tranquil. (According to Keeper Mathari? Not sure if that is spelled right...) Thoughts?

Oh…. now that is an interesting thought. 

You are correct: in the Dragon Age 2 quest Night Terrors, Keeper Marethari explains that if Feynriel (a dreamer) is killed while in the Fade, this will make him Tranquil. And we know this isn’t just flawed information. If Hawke kills him during that quest, he will be rendered Tranquil as a result. 

Honestly, the matter of Felassan’s death still bothers me. I feel like there’s some big piece of information that we’re missing. Because while it’s true that Weekes tweeted a denial when asked if Cole’s comment in Trespasser was confirmation that Solas killed him… it could have been tongue-in-cheek. He says no repeatedly, only to then say “maybe”. And I swear I saw a tweet later on from him where someone else was pressing for info about Felassan’s death and he essentially said that it was a spoiler and he would not answer (I tried my best to find this tweet, but google came up with nothing and I really don’t feel like loading up his archive to parse through all the post-Trespasser tweeting he did).

Saying that it’s a spoiler implies to me that confirming it or denying it would spoil something that we haven’t yet seen in the games. Because he was discussing all sorts of DAI and Trespasser spoilers at the time using ROT13. So if it’s not significant for the future of the story, then why not outright confirm it? Cole’s statement sure makes it sound like he’s already confirmed it…

So, understandably… I’m suspicious. 

The thought that he’s been made tranquil, however, could explain Weekes’s response. It would mean that Felassan isn’t dead, but he also isn’t really all there anymore. Knowing Solas’s strong disapproval of tranquility and the importance he puts in having a connection to the Fade, it would be no better than murder - worse, probably.

It would also suit his motives a little better, imo. I always felt that Felassan’s death was overkill, for lack of a better term. The crime (sympathizing with the mortals and not handing over the Eluvians to Fen’Harel) didn’t fit the punishment. It’s a waste of resources. Making him tranquil presents a compromise. The process could be reversed later (though Felassan’s mind may not ever be what it once was) but in the meantime the Dread Wolf doesn’t have a rogue agent going against orders and potentially ruining his plans. And though Felassan’s abilities would be limited to non-magical tasks, he could still continue to contribute. 

It’s not a merciful or kind act and I believe Solas would deeply regret it. But it sounds like something he would do if he felt it furthered the cause. 

So I’d keep that theory tucked away in the “Sounds Plausible” column. It is definitely backed up directly by in-game lore. Felassan was a Dreamer and he was killed in the Fade. Unless that rule somehow doesn’t apply to ancients - then that makes him Tranquil.

(Note: As I’ve said before, I still feel like maybe Weekes wants to give himself a little wiggle room with Felassan. He’s already said in interview that Solas’s character changed the most out of anyone on the DAI team. His concept of who the Dread Wolf was and how the Dread Wolf would act was probably very different when he wrote Masked Empire. It would not surprise me if there’s a subtle bit of retconning in the future or some further explanation given to clarify the circumstances that led to that moment. We will have to wait and see. No matter what I may want or what I may think best suits the characters involved, I’m willing to accept whatever canon gives me.)

“Do I look like a desire demon? Do you want me to strip down and put on something filmy and sheer?”
Imshael - The Masked Empire

Imshael, as a Desire Demon, even if he doesn’t look like himself at all.
Consider it a random design for a male desire demon.

I don’t know if it counts as a nsfw piece, so if you want me to tag it or to add tw, just contact me!

  • bioware: *punches me in the face* say it
  • me, tied to a chair: never
  • bioware: *slaps me* say that the Dalish deserve to be repeatedly portrayed and foolish and wrong and the constant options to wipe them out is warranted. SAY IT
  • me: *spits in their faces* fuck you
Human Thedosian Cuisine Part 1

Not all of Thedas’ nations are up here, as there’s either too little information on their culture or I haven’t decided on their system yet.

Ferelden
Ferelden is a country focused on very practical ways of making and eating food. While some Western parts of the country are still conforming to Orlesian types of dining (mostly nobility), the rest eats similar to this.

  • Morning’s Meal: Sometimes also dubbed breakfast, as it used to signify the break of the fast during the night the Chantry used to enforce on citizens. This meal is usually taken between 5 and 10, depending on the time of year, and is always taken after sunrise. Most workers do not eat their morning’s meal before sunrise, only when their work limits their available meal times.
  • Main Meal: This is the main meal of the day, taken between noon and before sunset as it is easier to cook with natural light (so think 12 AM to 4/5 PM). Only the nobility and higher-ups in the Chantry can afford to eat this meal by candlelight, as wax is expensive, but even they opt for practicality, a Fereldan mindset.
  • Evening’s Meal: Usually this is a meal only taken by those who can afford it, because of the candlelight used and the cost of a third meal. It’s always taken after sunset, and consists of either left-overs from the main meal or a light, new meal. For some this meal substitutes the main meal as their day’s work has left no place for the main meal.
  • Pudding: Sweets or dessert eaten during Evening’s Meal or as a snack. They are eaten during the main meal “à la orlaise”, meaning all the food gets put out at once, so no courses, just all the food on one table. Sometimes special sweet things are taken after the main meal or evening meal to show off wealth, as sugary goods are quite expensive.
  • Little Things: Are just little things taken throughout the day, such as cookies, salted herrings or cheese. They are often accompanied by a variety of alcoholic beverages, and served in taverns.

Orlais
Orlais is a country defined by riches and extravagance. Due to its influence in surrounding countries because of colonization and trade, this is one of the most known ways to dine. Orlesian peasants tend to eat like Fereldans, however, in vote of practicality.

  • Déjeuner/Break of Night: Same as Ferelden’s morning meal, taken after sunrise and sometimes even after noon by the nobility. For commoners it usually consists out of a small meal to start the day, but for the nobility it often involves lavish meals and inviting over guests, to chat with during breakfast.
  • Luncheon: Small meal taken solely by the nobility between noon and afternoon. It is small, but often still elaborate in presentation. For peasants this is usually the main meal of the day.
  • Dîner/Dinner: The evening meal, or main meal. Taken around 7/11 PM or even later, it is most fashionable to dine by candlelight, and dining can go on forever at dinner parties.
  • Dessert: The same principle pudding has in Ferelden, Orlais has. In fact, the creation of pudding in Ferelden was a product of the Orlesian occupation, during which it was still referred to as dessert.
  • Grignotine: Little snacks, either sweet or savoury, mostly eaten by the nobility. Commoners opt to eat their main meal throughout the day, by reheating or rehydrating only parts of their food.

Free Marches
The Free Marches is influenced by Orlesian occupation, Fereldan migration, Tevinter, Dwarven and Antivan trade with a multitude of diasporas. Even though the Free Marches adapt systems of countries they’re affiliated/close to, there most peasants generally follow Ferelden custom, due to practicality and low cost. Usually the nobility eats Orlesian, yet some nobility do refer to their own customs. The Free Marches have been divided in different districts which generally adhere to the same customs regarding meal times.

  • Hasmal and surroundings: Takes its style of eating from Nevarra. If enforced, they refer to Orlesian ways of eating.
  • Tantervale: While Tantervale used to dine in Nevarran custom like Hasmal, due to Chantry enforcement their meals are similar to the ways people eat in Orlesian chantries. Breakfast at sunrise, small meal once in the day, large meal just after nightfall (cooking requires sunlight, dining uses candlelight).
  • Starkhaven: While the nobility dines in a weird mixture of Orlesian and Fereldan Coastlands style of dining (due to Orlesian occupation and the dual Alamarri nature of Starkhaven’s citizens) proximity to Tevinter leads Starkhaven citizens to take aspects of all three to their liking. Starkhaven is incredibly diverse in styles of meals. (More information on Starkhaven’s history will come soon enough)
  • Ansburg and surroundings: Antivan in custom, yet less elaborate.
  • Wycome and surroundings: Almost completely Antivan in custom.
  • Hercinia: Due to its population of raiders and traders Hercinia rivals Starkhaven’s multicultural environment and this shows in their style of eating. There are no set customs of dining and people do as they choose.
  • Markham: Somehow strangely Anders in style of dining. Is similar to Ostwick as well.
  • Ostwick and surroundings: Due to proximity like Kirkwall its cuisine is categorised by a hybrid of Fereldan and Orlesian cuisine. Due to the large Rivaini population it also contains elements from there, just used by nobility on occasions due to high spice prices.
  • Kirkwall and surroundings: Similar to Ostwick. Has a large Fereldan population due to the Fereldan Occupation and the Fifth Blight.

Nevarra
Like the Free Marches Nevarra’s nobility is accustomed to Orlesian styles of dining. While this might be, Nevarra, south Tevinter and eastern Antiva share customs in ways of handling and preparing food. Official names for meals are in Orlesian however. Their food is also very much influenced by that of elves of the region.

  • Wajubbat Futur/Denuit: Taken at sunrise, this meal is similar to morning’s meal or break of night. It’s often a quick meal for higher classes, accompanied by lots of dairy. For the common folk meals are a lot larger, as this is the only meal they’ll get for a long period of time in between working. (The name itself is a bastardisation of break of night)
  • Ghada’/Luncheon: Taken at midday (1-3 PM), usually the largest meal of the day. It is often taken with the entire family and guests. As this is the most important meal, and in cases of visitors often elaborate, luncheon can sometimes go on until dinner (in which case the latter is scrapped).
  • Easha’/Dinner: Typically the lightest meal, taken after sundown. Workers tend to eat luncheon just before as work requires them not to take a lot of breaks.
  • Halwaa/Desserts: See Orlesian desserts. Nevarran desserts often contain nuts, honey as sweetener, and dairy.
  • Wajubat Khafifa/Grignotine: See Orlesian grignotine. Like any Nevarran food, most of the grignotine are based on foods around the area.

Tevinter (and territories/colonies)
As Tevinter is incredibly culturally diverse three major regions can be distinguished when it comes to culture and cuisine. Minrathous style of dining is the standard, yet soporati and most laetans tend to dine according to their own customs.

  • Minrathous
    • Jentaculum: Similar to morning’s meal, taken around sunrise, preferably after (4-11 AM). Eaten either after a long party or as the first meal of the day, it consists of mostly left-overs from the Cena.
    • Prandium: A light meal eaten at mid-day (±1 PM).
    • Cena: Taken around 2-11 PM or later, a habit of the old Tevinter Emperium. The main meal is eaten throughout the day and in excess (becoming more elaborate with the amount of guests attending).
    • Dessert: Similar to Orlesian desserts.
    • Grignotine: Similar to Orlesian grignotine, usually taken with or after cena.
  • Neromenian: Similar to Nevarran customs, just with different terms (Most used dialect: Kahvaltı; Öğle Yemeği; Akşam Yemegi; Tatlı; Küçük Yemek).
  • Qarinus
    • Subah Ka Nashta: As Qarinus’ eating schedule is closely tied to religious beliefs of the area Qarinus citizens eat their first meal around sunrise, providing being outside any months requiring a different approach.
    • Dopahar Ka Bhojan: Similar to the main meals around Tevinter, this meal is taken afternoon/midday. It is usually the largest meal of the day, yet the altus class seems to take their largest meal more often at the end of the day.
    • Raat Ka Khaana: Usually a small meal may the one taking it afford it, it is taken during and after sunset. Oil lamps are less expensive than in the south, so even soporati can afford to dine by unnatural light.
    • Mithai: Sweets. Sometimes they accompany a meal, sometimes they don’t.

Antiva
Antiva, due to its proximity to Tevinter tends to dine in similar custom around the bordering areas. Antiva, just like most parts is bilingual. The nobility tend to use Orlesian names for dining, while merchants use the King’s Tongue. Anyone else just uses Antivan.

  • North-East: Similar to Nevarran and Neromenian customs. Goes by Neromenian names.
  • West (and rest of Antiva)
    • Comida Matinal/Quickling: First meal of the day, usually a very quick and small meal just to start the day. Taken after sunrise (6-11 AM). For commoners, the meal tends to grow in size.
    • Pranzo/Luncheon: A hangover of the Exalted March, the Antivan nobility and rich merchants eat around midday (11 AM - 2 PM). Usually it consists out of leftovers from last night’s dinner or main meal.
    • Cena/Main Meal: Interlinked with Tevinter names, yet different in dining style. This is the largest meal taken anywhere from 2 to 10 PM. Often elaborate during parties.
    • Postre/Dolci/Dessert: Sweets, taken during or after the main meal.
    • Quickling: Small bits of food sold by street peddlers or taken at home during dinner times.

This is part of my Dragon Age meta series. Frankly I could care less about semantics so I’m calling it meta while I’ve made up most of the stuff. This stuff mostly draws from real life, but I’ve made alignments for them I guess. Don’t take these ideas and claim them as your own. If you want to use aspects, just ask me.