When Padparadscha first appeared a lot of people noticed she had a very similar design to Princess Daisy of Mario fame. Yellow dress, poofy sleeves, long white gloves, spunky hair and even tiny crown-ey things. It didn’t exactly take an eagle eye to notice (though I somehow missed it at first anyway), but if anything Sugar’s early draft of her was even more obvious. Look! She even has a gem on her chest like Daisy does
The similarities are adorable, but believe it or not there may be more going on here than a simple design quirk. However, in order to understand the full body of evidence here we’re going to need to dig into something I never really expected to post about here: Early 2000′s gamer folklore
Ah the year 2001. I remember it like it was yesterday. Shrek had just been unleashed on an unsuspecting populace, Yu-gi-oh was all the rage, and JayJay the Jet Plane had just died in the deadliest drunk driving accident in recorded history , but in that year a small japanese business unveiled the greatest invention humanity has witnessed since the lighting of the first fire: Super Smash Bros. Melee
This game had everything: crossovers, ass-kicking, even an evil floating hand with cerebral palsy. it was the game on every kid’s shelves, so it’s no surprise that urban legends evolved around it, and not all of them were bullshit. One legend in particular revolved around the statues the player could collect, specifically it referred to the statue of Princess daisy
Looks pretty normal right? Well, not quite. The SSBM statue gallery allowed players to see that the statue from any angle or distance, even if it meant clipping through the textures. Most would use this for looking up character’s dressed, but rumor spread that Princess Daisy had a bizzarre feature in a place horny young gamers would never have thought to look. According to legend, anyone who dared zoom in on the back of Daisy’s head until they clipped through her hair would be treated to this: An eyeball on the back of her head!
Do you see where I’m going with this now?
This is Padparadscha we’re talking about now: A Sapphire who can only see behind her in time. Given her defect, what do you think the odds are that her mop of bangs is really covering her eye?
Don’t buy it? I don’t blame you if you don’t, but I’m not done talking just yet. Notice how Sugar moved Padparadscha’s gem from her chest to her hand? It’s now in almost the exact same place as Sapphire’s gem, but while Sapphire’s gem is on the front of her hand, Padparadscha’s is on the back.
So what do we have? Design parallels and 90′s nostalgia; hidden easter eggs and a backwards gem. Is Padparadscha’s eye on the back of her head?
kravitz is Very Dramatic and loooooves to perform and it shows through his style. he’s got big poofy sleeves… a cravat… lots of jewelry… statement makeup… he and taako both take an hour to get ready in the morning and that’s one of the reasons why their marriage has stayed this strong for the past century and a half
Growing up, there weren’t a lot of female role models (that’s not really the word I’m looking for here, but it will have to do) in the things I was interested in. I mean, there was Lucy Lawless as Xena the Warrior Princess and the yellow and pink power rangers, and that was basically it.
Not to mention being a girl in rural Texas means being given poofy-sleeved dresses and nail polish every year for… all the special occasions? And being told to act “ladylike”, which pretty much means just sit still and look pretty.
And so for a long time, I thought being a girl was really… lame? Boring? Like, I really believed that women were just damsels in distress or love interests, not dragon-fighting knights or badass duel-wielding ninjas. And they certainly didn’t have much in the way of personality, besides being kind and gentle and sweet (not that there’s anything inherently wrong there, mind you– be nice to people, for real!)
I distinctly remember a conversation I had with our drama teacher in high school. We were supposed to be writing a one-act play for our final grade. I had decided to write a story which pretty much had an entirely male cast, all except for the sweet, demure housewife who made sure dinner was on the table. My teacher asked me why I chose to write a story where the main character was a guy. And I shrugged, and said I just liked them better. And it was always like that, every time I wrote a story, it was about a heroic dude, going to do his heroic dude stuff. Because that’s what dudes do.
And then, I played Dragon Age. And as usual, I started playing with a male character (who I love and is still my Canon Warden). But… the women in Dragon Age are soooo far removed from the way women are portrayed in most of the media I’ve been exposed to. The women of Thedas are smart, strong, independent, powerful, witty, wise, and just… three-dimensional?
And then the lore! Even the concept of the Chantry (yes, yes, I know, fuck the Chantry, but still!) was this major feminist thing for me: a religion controlled by women? A female “Pope”?
When I got DA2, I decided to play as a female Hawke (with the sarcastic dialogue choices, because sarcastic!Hawke is life), and I fell in love with how amazing she was. How even though she romanced Fenris, her story wasn’t about him, it was about her and her struggles. And how she could have struggles! And overcome them on her own! And how sometimes she couldn’t overcome them, but it didn’t make her weak or helpless. And how she didn’t have to be nice all the time and how her opinions actually shaped the world around her.
So, naturally, by the time I got my hands on Inquisition, I was like, fuck playing a dude, I’m gonna be a lady again! :DD And I did, and I fought ten freaking DRAGONS (11 if you count Corypheus’s, and 12 if you count the one in Jaws of Hakkon!) and I cavorted with Sera and I drank my fill with Iron Bull and I made out with a freaking god and I decided the fate of the Orlesian empire and I saved the *fucking* world and how could I have ever thought that girls were boring???
And so, yes, Dragon Age is important to me, because it taught me how to be proud of being a woman. And I just needed to get that out, because I’m so grateful for the writers and developers of these games.
“I do want to ask you not to touch anything during your stay. The amount of valuable objects here is nearly uncountable, massive diamonds, exotic butterflies, magical manuscripts-”
“And a WHALE!”
I went to the efteling yesterday and symbolica nearly made me cry and then I remembered this REALLY GOOD REQUEST from a while ago so heres that + a study + a redesign inspired by a cool jester hood i saw once! LOV YA STAMPY @onemanstampede