river dane

DAO | THE HERO OF RIVER DANE

“What I want? What an odd question. I want to ride back to Denerim, and sit in the War Room and find no empty chairs at the table. I want to lose nothing else. I want a line clearly drawn that I can defend. I want an end to this war. All of this can rightfully be called my fault. Whether or not you can do better, remains to be seen. But if you can make this the end, I will follow you, Warden, I swear it.”

Name origins in Ascension
  • The Couslands: This is our daughter, River Dane Cousland. We wanted to name her 'Andraste-was-Fereldan-Get-Fucked-Orlais', but we thought this name was more subtle.
  • The Tabrises: This is our daughter, Da'assan Tabris. Her name means 'little arrow' in Elvish. We named her that because her mother was an archer in the Night Elves during the war with Orlais. Fuck Orlais.
  • Maric and Rowan: This is our son, Cailan Theirin. His name means 'Descendent Of Calenhad' in the old tongue. We named him that to cement as firmly as possible that he is the rightful heir of not just us, but Calenhad himself.
  • Fiona: This is my son, Alistair. He's named after a dog Duncan knew when he was a child back in Ferelden, because I didn't know any Fereldan names.
Teagan Was Always A Jerk.

So, while I’m here, on my Dragon Age soapbox, so to speak, I wanted to touch on the theories about Bann/Arl Teagan’s attitude and appearance in Inquisition.

A lot of people have been saying that the Teagan in Inquisition is out of character for him. Others have been speculating that something is wrong with him. I even read one theory that Teagan had been possessed by an Envy demon, which was why he looked like he had aged so much and why he was being such a jerk.

But frankly, my own explanation for Teagan in Inquisition is much more mundane. It is simply this: the attitude Teagan has toward the Inquisition in the third installment is completely in character and his aging is really pretty normal, I mean, it’s been a decade and he wasn’t all that young to start with– the wiki cites his birth as 8:91 Blessed, making him roughly twenty years older than the Warden.

Now, let me explain: people think his behavior is uncharacteristicly mean or rude in Inquisition. But let’s think back to the Teagan of Origins and look at Teagan as the political opponent he truly is.

The very first time we see Teagan, it’s in Denerim, when Loghain is telling everyone that he’s going to be regent since Cailan was killed. Most of the Bannorn are understandably suspicious, and some of them murmer amongst themselves, but Teagan is the only one that speaks up and all but outright accuses Loghain of killing Cailan for political gain. He even declares, “The bannorn will not bow to you simply because you demand it!”

Later, he deliberately manipulates the Warden by withholding his knowledge of the secret entrance to the castle so that the party will help fight the undead and save the town. I mean, my Warden would probably have done it anyway, but still….

After Origins, Teagan spends some time as a diplomat to Orlais, where one would assume he at least picks up a little bit of the Game.

So, really, what do you expect from him in Inquisition? You, as the Inquisitor, are the leader of a substantially armed force on the edge of the Ferelden border– a country still recovering from its previous occupation by Orlais, and the Blight. You have significant ties to the nobility of Orlais as well, and in fact, Orlais seems to believe they have you in their pocket. Not to mention that the breach, the reason the Inquisition was formed, has been closed for three years, and most of the rifts have been dealt with.

What do you expect from the Arl of Redcliffe? From the most vocal opponent of the Hero of River Dane? From one of the advisors to the ruling monarch of Ferelden? Do you really expect him to be nice to you?

Teagan was always a jerk. But in Origins, he was on our side, so we didn’t notice as much. But now that we’re a threatening power, it’s glaringly obvious.

list of actors who should play celebrities in movies

I’m making this on-going list so I won’t forget about them later on cause knowing me I definitely will

Joe Anderson as Kurt Cobain

(he can sing and everything, just let it happen)

Dane Dehaan as young David Bowie

(he looks just like him. I don’t know if he can sing, but honestly i think everyone is capable nowadays *shrugs*)

Charlie Heaton as River Phoenix

(at first i didn’t see it, but he does look incredibly like River but i still like River better of course)

I’ll keep adding on to this as I think of them (also send me some you think I should add if ya want cause I’m interested in seeing what other people think as well *finger guns* 

Can we talk about Loghain for a second? I believe he’s probably around the age of 18/19 (I’m gonna say 18 because that’s Maric’s age too) in Stolen Throne. Stolen Throne takes place thirty years before Origins, making Loghain 48 years old in Origins. So if he is your Warden in Inquisition, which takes place 10 years-ish after Origins, home boy is two years short of being 60 years old and STILL got the stamina to fight through crazed Wardens at Adamant Fortress (all of whom will be much younger than he is) and all manner of demons in the Fade. Like honestly, despite what he did you can’t deny he’s fucking legend.

anonymous asked:

da:o companions react to finding out that the Warden is the Herald of Andraste

Alistair: Is floored. All that time together, and the Herald of Andraste was right by his side? He’s amazed…and honestly, a little bit unsure. Did they know about Andraste? Did they just not trust him? He reassures himself that it was just never the right time. If King: Will assist them in any way he can with the resources Ferelden can spare, and immediately organises a strong alliance with the Inquisition. He also suspects that the title may be more of a political play than anything, but a part of him does still wonder. If romanced: His self-doubt is still the same, but he also cannot help but wonder if this rumour and title might not be true. Surely the Warden would have told him something so important, especially after he told them his secret. He decides to put his faith in his love and find out the truth for himself. 

Oghren: Doesn’t really understand the significance of this. He assumes it’s just another fancy title for them, and hey, they deserve another one, so who is he to disagree? The moment he hears about the actual danger the Herald is in, he practically barrels his way over to the Inquisition because there is no way that the Warden is facing this bullshit without him by their side.

Sten: He disapproves of the Warden if they accept this title, as he obviously doesn’t particularly care about the human’s beloved god. If he only hears of this as a rumour, he dismisses it immediately. He knows that the Warden is more logical than to think that they were sent by a god. He does make sure to have a discreet conversation with the Ben-Hassrath about their safety, clearly because the Warden holds the fate of the whole world in their hand again and their safety is very important.

Shale: Like Oghren, they don’t understand the significance, and quite frankly, they don’t care. They haven’t managed to keep up with all of the squishy Warden’s accolades, and just assumes it’s yet another one of them. When the danger of the Breach becomes obvious, Shale pretends that they don’t care, but over the following weeks, finds themselves travelling closer and closer to the Inquisition. Eventually, they’ll appear at the gates of the Inquisition and announce that they are here to “make sure that the squishy one doesn’t do anything foolish.”

Zevran: Zevran would likely understand that the title was a political play, and would be more concerned with how the Herald was coping with the new social pressures, especially non-Andrastian Heralds. Gradually, he would make his way towards the Inquisition’s base, sussing out the political landscape and trying to make sure that there was no way his former associates could sneak a knife into the Herald’s back. He would eventually join up with Leliana and help to protect their old friend. If romanced: He rushed back to their side the moment they were captured, and had to be stopped by Leliana from sneaking into the cell and busting the Warden out. He stays at their side through the entire events of Inquisition and helps to protect them from would-be assassins and assists Leliana.

Leliana: She obviously already knew that it was just something that the people had been saying, and that the Inquisition had been encouraging. She had been mortified to see her old friend injured and hurt at the Conclave and adamantly defended them against the remaining Chantry clerics’ accusations. She made sure to post guards outside their cell to make sure that nobody could sneak in. After hearing the Warden’s story about what happened in the Fade, she couldn’t help but wonder about the woman who was with them. Somewhere deep inside herself, a part of her dared to hope it was Andraste looking over them once more. If romanced: Doesn’t leave their side until they wake. She has already lost so much to this disaster, she is not going to lose her love as well. She constantly asks the Warden about the mark on their hand, and is upset at how much pain it is causing them. She wishes there was more she could do. 

Morrigan: When she heard that her friend was the Herald of Andraste, she laughed. The lengths that foolish religious folk would go to justify something they could not possibly bring themselves to understand. She pitied the Warden for having to be so heavily involved with the Chantry, particularly if the Warden is non-human and doesn’t care for the Chantry. She is much more fond of the title of Inquisitor and finds it much more appropriate for her old friend (though it brings up bad memories of traipsing through Orzammar to find nugs). She makes sure to try and influence the empress to be more open to the Inquisition. When she is assigned to the Inquisition, she is glad to be reunited with her old friend and speaks with them frequently. She would even say she begins to feel nostalgic. If romanced: She won’t be Chantry-affiliated and join the Inquisition at the beginning, but she will aid the Warden however she can. She tries to help with the pain of the Mark as much as possible, and is frustrated when nothing seems to be helping. 

Loghain: Understands immediately that the title is a political play, and he rolls his eyes at the thought of the Warden being subjected to the games of pompous nobles. Again. He continues to flee from the Wardens but would likely make his way to the Inquisition to meet up with his old companion. He is sure that they would understand the clarity of the Wardens’ situation, and would shelter him from the rest of them. He knows that the Warden would already have a rocky relationship with the Warden-Commander of Orlais after what happened during the Blight, so he would feel somewhat safer behind Inquisition walls for a time. Besides, while he’s there, he can help keep the Warden safe from harm, and probably oversee the Inquisition’s commander’s work and offer some…discreet advice here and there. He was not known as the Hero of River Dane for nothing, after all. 

Wynne: On a day when the Warden was doubting themselves, Cole suddenly appeared next to them and said, “Gentle, warm, so very kind; she watches over you. She remembers; flashes of a campfire, a healing hand, a dragon circling overhead. She knows you. She wants you to know: “I’m here. I have faith in you. There is nobody else more capable of defeating this evil. My old friend…believe in yourself.””Cole smiled. “She is kind, like a mother, a teacher. I like her.”

Dog: Is right by the Herald’s side. He really doesn’t like the glowy mark on the Warden’s hand because he knows that it is hurting them, so he tries to lick it to make the pain go away. He doesn’t get along with Chancellor Roderick at all and once tried to tear off the back of Roderick’s Chantry robes. For some strange reason, he tends to growl at Solas quite a lot.

Males

20. John Krasinki

19. Timothy Olyphant 

18. Ryan Donowho (A.K.A Jonny from The O.C) 

17. Louis Garrel (french)

16. Michael Pitt 

15. Kit Harrington 

14. Eddie fucking Redmayne 

13. Emile Hirsch

12. Jared Leto

11. Logan Marshall Green 

10. Dane Dehaan

9. Charlie Cox 

8. Adam Brody (having a swim)

7. James Franco

6. Jake Gyllenhaal

5. Marlon Brando

4. Leo 

3. River Phoenix

2. Michael Fassbender (file name: Naked Chest Fassy)

1. Alex Turner (god) 

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Playing Fabulous

Hot men showing some sweet, sweet lovin’ onscreen.

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The Mac Tirs + Ferelden
The name "Mac Tir" means "son of the land."
It was bestowed upon Loghain by King Maric after the Battle
of River Dane.
The Fereldan people considered the name highly appropriate:
to them, Teyrn Loghain was a son of the entire nation,
and he was famously said to have told a crowd
that Ferelden would forever be "part of his blood"

anonymous asked:

DA:O - Cousland Warden manages to save Oren in the nick of time but not Oriana. How would the companions react (+Eamon, Teagan, and Irving if you can!) to the Warden trying to protect and raise the little boy? (romanced Alistair, please! And my headcanon is that Oren is around 4 or 5?)

Alistair: At Ostagar, when he first sees the Cousland with the small boy trailing beside them, he is extremely confused. When he learns the story, he is horrified. After the events at Ostagar, he is determined to get the boy somewhere safe, and argues quite a bit with the Warden about how dangerous it is to have him with them. The Warden’s logic is that nowhere else is safe now that Howe is trying to kill the last Couslands. They both desperately want what is best for Oren, the poor boy who doesn’t really understand what has happened. Alistair quickly bonds with him; making him laugh using his hand puppet and quick, good-natured humour. He once offers to start giving him basic training with a sword, and doesn’t understand why the boy gets so upset by this and declines. Due to being romanced by the Warden, Alistair’s brotherly protection over the boy merely grows stronger and regardless of whether he becomes king or not, he will be determined to see to Oren’s happiness for the rest of his life.

Leliana: When she sees the small boy trailing behind the Warden into the tavern, she assumes he is just a local village boy they are bringing inside for the warmth. When they are trying to leave, Leliana turns to Oren and tells him it won’t be safe to keep following them, and it would be best if he goes to the Chantry. Morrigan laughs and says “It seems our priestess believes the boy to be a village stray.” When the truth is revealed to her, Leliana is horrified, and pledges to protect the young child there and then. She does bring up the thought to the Warden that perhaps the wilds weren’t the safest place for a boy, but drops it when the Warden insists that the safest place for their nephew is at their side. Leliana adores Oren, and the feeling is mutual. Leliana finds Oren’s insatiable curiosity endearing and loves telling him stories of gallant knights, daring quests and princes in disguise! Oren eventually comes to her asking if she would teach him how to use a bow, and Leliana agrees and even finds a special, smaller bow for him. 

Morrigan: When Flemeth brings the small, helpless boy to the hut with the two Wardens, she thinks the Wardens must be foolish indeed to allow a child to travel with them. Speaking to them when they wake up, she decides that these Wardens are sentimental fools, and it will likely be the deaths of them. The boy would be better off somewhere else, and she decides she would try to convince them to drop him off at a nearby village. When she brings it up to them, Alistair surprisingly agrees with her, but on a different level and suggests that perhaps Flemeth might be able to shelter him for some time. To her own surprise, Morrigan immediately shuts this idea down before the Warden can. Nobody else deserves Flemeth as a guardian, not even a child she has no attachment to. During the late nights, when everyone else is asleep, Oren sneaks out of his tent and shuffles over to Morrigan’s camp. She is rather awkward with this. “Should you not be asleep?” She asks, with just a little bit of irritation. He shuffles and mutters something about nightmares. Morrigan sighs and tells him he should bother the Warden with this. But still, the boy persists and stays beside her and asks her many questions about magic and the legends of her mother, which she answers in somewhat exasperation. Begrudgingly, she finds herself approving of his curiosity, and though she would never admit it, she begins to become rather comfortable and fond of Oren.

Sten: When he sees the Warden with the child trailing behind them outside of Lothering, he assumes there is a Tamassran among them, as the child looks too young to be on its own. When it is revealed that the Warden is the child’s nephew, he is surprised and obviously quite disapproving. “This is no place for a child; it is too dangerous. They must be taken to a safer place.” He and the Warden get into an argument about this, but when the Warden firmly puts their foot down, Sten grumbles and goes over to the child. The boy glances up at him with ill-concealed curiosity, and Sten stares down at him impassively. Finally, he says, “If we are attacked, you will stay behind me. If you are to be with us, your safety must be seen to. I will see to this.” With that, he returns to his tent, and never brings up the matter again. When he sees the boy practising his archery with Leliana, he nods approvingly- glad that Oren is growing strong enough to try and take some of his safety into his own hands.

Wynne: When she returns to the Warden’s camp after the events of the Circle, she meets Oren and is immediately horrified when she learns of his past. She understands why the Warden is bringing him with them, and takes it upon herself to teach him whatever she knows. The boy is a noble, and would have been having lessons regularly; she ought to try and return some sense of normalcy and routine to his life. Oren responds well to this, and enjoys learning about the various plants they find in their travels.

Zevran: He was hired to kill both of the remaining Couslands. He knows about the boy, but he is surprised to find that the Warden has kept the boy with them as they travel- he had expected to have to hunt Oren down in a Chantry. The Wardens do live up  to their reputations as strategists, it seems. When he actually meets Oren in camp, he is taken aback by how innocent he is. Zevran knew of the machinations of politics, but even to an assassin, the assignment on this young boy seems…excessive. He does enjoy spending time with him, as Oren has a fresh liveliness about him, despite having lost so much. He is pleasantly surprised to learn about Oriana’s Antivan heritage, and even begins to hatch a little plan of his own to try and clear- or at least combat- the assignment out for the surviving Couslands. He sends an anonymous tip to Antiva… to Oriana’s house. He knows the family name; it is a noble one and he has crossed paths with the matriarch of it before. She is a fierce old woman who he doubts will take the betrayal and murder of her relative kindly. Plus, she will likely have more power within the circles of the Crows than Zevran does. If anyone can help Oren, it will be his Antivan family. Though of course, Zevran will be doing all he could for him in the meantime. 

Oghren: He can vaguely remember seeing Oren running around Orzammar with an excited expression, but he doesn’t really care until he meets him again after the events in the Deep Roads. Oren walks beside him, and constantly pesters him with questions about how amazing Orzammar must be, which only irritates the dwarf. But he just downs another gulp of ale and he is good to keep talking- though he’s sure to none-too-gently shut down his ideas of Orzammar being some sort of paradise. Oren seems to like him - Oghren doesn’t really know why- and spends a lot of time with him. He particularly likes to eat next to him, and when asked why, the boy says, “Mother always told me that my table manners were really bad…and Wynne says that nobody wants to look your way during mealtime…” Oghren stiffens at this for a moment, before nudging the boy’s side with a toothy grin. “Stick with me, kid, and I’ll keep their eyes off of ya.” 

Shale:  Shale had seen children in Honnleath and isn’t particularly fond of them, as they tend to want to climb all over them. They’re indifferent to children on a whole though, and they just note that children seem to be particularly more squishy than their elders. Shale coexists amicably with Oren, as the boy seems to be quite in awe of them- as he should be- and asks them many questions. Usually something like “Shale, do you think you would be able to throw that boulder over there? Maybe you could throw it at the darkspawn! Or the archdemon! You could stop the Blight. That’d be really cool!” Shale approves of that idea. What an excellent suggestion.

Loghain: It is much easier to turn a blind eye to the murder of a family when you don’t see the consequences. The first night that Loghain joins the camp, he is pestered with questions by Oren, who is enamoured with the legend of the Hero of River Dane. But a few days later, that all stops. He can’t tell who has told the boy, but someone has clearly let him know that Loghain had been allied with Howe, and turned a blind eye to the murder of the Couslands. Oren avoids him, and seems almost frightened of him. Of course he is. An ally of a monster must surely be a monster themselves, he thinks grimly. He’d thought himself beyond such pain, but he can’t deny that it does hurt him a little. Perhaps one day, he can redeem himself. In the world’s eyes…and in the eyes of the little Cousland. 

Bonus!

Eamon: Hearing of the Cousland massacre was horrifying, but it really was just another extreme example of the things noblemen were willing to do for power. After hearing of the terrible events in Redcliffe though, he realises how close he came to losing everything he loves too. Oren reminds him of Connor; of how easily his own son could have been left in the same position. He strives to make the boy happy out of this empathy and pity. Though a small voice in his head continues to remind him of the political benefits of having the future heir to Highever be indebted to him. 

Teagan: He is devastated when he hears about the massacre, but is relieved to hear there had at least been two survivors. When the Warden and Oren are brought to him the Chantry, he is horrified that the boy is in such constant danger. Once the events of Redcliffe are over, he immediately offers to take the boy in as a ward while the Warden is recruiting, and he is rather hard to convince to let the boy walk out of Redcliffe and into danger again. He admires the Warden for protecting the boy as much as they can, however, and he is happy to help if they ever need it. 

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I want a guy who is…

As loving and cute as Toby

As smart and brave as Caleb

As passionate as Ezra

As silly as Ben

As into me as Schmidt is into Cece

As funny and weird as Nick

As close a friend as Andy is to Haley

As grounded and stable as Luke is 

anonymous asked:

Prompt: Things Fenris said when he thought Hawke was sleeping.

There’s a part of him that remembers sleepless nights – rare, quiet hours away from his master’s side, but still not able to find rest. A crouching ghost in a rundown mansion, fingers never far from the pommel of his sword, just in case. And long, lonely nights spent among the refugees, waiting for word, before finally being able to sleep with the shape of her against him. Years ago now, all these versions of him – the restless, the wary, the waiting. He’s calmer, secure in the life he’s made for himself, no longer glancing over his shoulder and flinching at shadows, which is no small feat, for someone who once saw every room a cage, and in every shadow, his master’s smile. It’s taken him years, but freedom is no longer an ill-fitting garment; he wears it with ease now, not like one born to it, but one who’s fought to keep it.

Of course, hard-won freedom notwithstanding, there is still the occasional sleepless night.

His steps are softened by the threadbare rug – a good thing, Fenris suspects, as he’s far too tired to even attempt anything resembling stealth. And the bed is a dearly welcome thing, the mattress dipping with the honest weight of his exhaustion, but Hawke doesn’t so much as twitch as he rolls over onto his stomach, dragging the blanket with him.

“Your daughter,” he says, the words muffled by the pillow, but his affection is not near so easy to stifle, “is a menace.”

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everytime I think I literally cannot get thirstier Sebastian Vael happens. Like I’ve already mentioned that he looks.so.good in the arms of the river dane/mac tir armours (like ♪ holy shiiiiiiit ♪ ) but now I have evidences

a little close up

jfc his thighs

as a person who really appreciates the lowerback - butt region lemme just say this “hmmMMMMmmmMMM”

Garrett Hawke trying to control his thirst is me

I want you and dat ass and that armour to MEET ME IN THE PIT

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           Awake Too Long // a Loghain Mac Tir fanmix

From the rise of an invaded country, to the fall of the renown Hero of River Dane, these are the songs of his struggles, of pride and pain. In every action there is a purpose, and behind every purpose is a man–but is that man a villain, or a hero?

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Yesterday I listened to the dialogue for the bugged scenes between Alistair and Morrigan and Loghain and Morrigan for the first time, and I think them being bugged really is a tragedy, because I think some of them, particularly Loghain’s, are some of the most well-written and acted scenes about the first game in Inquisition.

And because I love talking about Loghain and Inquisition in general, I’m going to do an in-depth analysis of what Loghain and Morrigan said, although someone has probably beaten me to it.

Major spoilers for this scene under the cut.

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