So basically we always struggled with Samara saying there were only three Ardat-Yakshi in existence in ME2, we even had debates about the actual number, how many were in the monastery, if they messed up their own lore by adding the monastery later… And today I found this and I’m just… WTF??? And a quick search on the blog and I can’t find someone telling me about this line from Patriarch though I’m sure someone must have? I just don’t remember it! And it’s not like it’s hidden or anything.
But it’s now sure and certain to me that the writers knew about the monastery since the beginning and that it was always part of the lore. But the fact that Patriarch mentions the monastery itself doesn’t mean Samara lied about the number of Ardat-Yakshi. It feels like it, though.
What she actually says is:
“As far as I know, only three exist today. Two chose a life of seclusion. The third ran.” “When one is diagnosed, she is offered the chance to live in seclusion and comfort.”
The issue is that it’s not even a lack of coherence between ME2 and ME3 since the monastery has always been there. One explanation could be “other asari hid the existence of other Ardat-Yakshi from Samara and she discovers that later” but it seems unlikely to me. And Samara tells us about the asari wanting to hide their existence. She has no reason to lie and say there aren’t more than three. Why would she do this? Is it about her code or a promise she made?
And how much weight do the words “as far as I know” carry in this case?
Detective Anaya: Please help, I have to arrest this lady or she’ll kill me, and if I do arrest her she’ll also kill me. Shep: Holy shit that’s terrifying ok. Samara: *Crushes people to death with her mind* Find me the ship name or I’ll kill the entire police force because my Code says so. Shep: Fuck me that’s terrifying ok.
Shepard finds the ship name fueled by fear of Samara because she is beautiful and terrifying.
Samara: Ok I’m coming with you now, your mission is my Code. Shep: …
Later, on the Normandy.
Joker: Why is there a terrifying Asari meditating in the
Starboard Observation Deck? Shep: Because she said she was coming with me and I was too scared to say no. Samara: Hello Shepard it’s time to hunt and kill my hellspawn daughter who fucks people to death with her mind. Shep: Is your entire family this terrifying??? Samara: Yes. Shep: Fuck.
Asari culture headcanon: For the asari, black is often considered the color of purity and truth. This is the color that their eyes turn during the meld, when they are at their most vulnerable, both emotionally and probably physically. Performing the meld means that you’re with someone you trust absolutely. And so black represents that they are true and pure of intent.
When we saw Matriarch Benezia, she wore a black outfit we don’t see with any other character, complete with some kind of fancy headdress. I consider that traditional garb for asari Matriarchs in a position of respect like she is. (Just because she’d become indoctrinated by that point doesn’t mean she’d just stop wearing it.) And Morinth’s black catsuit I easily see as being her mocking that perception, or trying to use it to lure in other asari (if she’s even conscious of that decision).
The one little hiccup I can see here is the Justicar attire Samara wears (sidenote: with this headcanon, it solidifies why I like one of the concept art depictions of Samara prior to finalizing her design, beyond the fact that it’s one of the few lacking a boob window…), but that could be a symbol of the lack of truth and purity in the world, even in the Justicars. Samara once says that the Justicars obey justice in a universe that laughs at the notion, after all.
And rare moment where I’m serious I feel like this subject isn’t brought up enough, so I just wanted to put it out there. This isn’t me wanting to start drama, I just think it’s important to acknowledge a major flaw in the show which is the LGBT rep. Before some of you come at me and say that Emily’s good lesbian rep, please hear me out.
Every straight ship on the show have been together since season one/season 2. Emily’s relationships have all ended tragically and have only lasted one, maybe two seasons at best:
Maya was murdered by her ex boyfriend Nate (who then tried to kill Emily)
Sara was working for A and used Emily.
Talia was married and didn’t tell her.
Paige left her for California, because she wanted to escape A.
Alison died. I know she’s alive, but she thought she was dead for years and slept with Emily one time, then never brought it up again? Like, they never spoke about it even though Marlene promised they would
Samara I almost forgot about her oops left her.
While that’s a lot of representation, it’s not good representation. Where are they now? The end of every character’s storyline I’ve listed above, have all ended on a sad note. I get it, it’s one of those shows where things never go well for anyone, but Emily can never seem to catch a break..Lbr.
Then there’s emison. As an emison shipper who’s been in this fandom for seven years, I’m really angry about how Marlene has treated us. Sure, maybe now she’s making them endgame, but there’s no hiding the fact that she’s been playing us for three seasons. She would promise things and never follow through. She knows that emison is a popular ship and she used that to her advantage. I’ve heard that she’s confirmed that they’re end game, but I’m cautious that they won’t get together until the final episode. That would be a cop out, a huge slap in the face. It would be offensive to us. It would be queerbaiting. I want to watch the relationship grow, like every other ship on the show and
I’m nervous about how she’s gonna write it, especially after the year we’ve had with w/w relationships. She might surprise us and keep her word, who knows, but I’m cautious because this isn’t the first time Marlene’s let me down.
That was just Emily’s love interests. We also have:
Shauna (poc lesbian) was vilified and murdered
Jenna (bisexual) lost Shauna.
Charlotte (transgender) was A, then murdered just as she was reunited with her family.
That’s ten LGBT characters that I can list from the top of my head.. And none of them are happy.
omg if you have time pleeease would you write some sterek where like stiles' friends don't believe he and derek are in a relationship??? it's my favourite trope! congrats on 2k btw :))
[It’s not exactly what you asked, but I hope you like it anyway!]
Contrary to popular opinion, Derek is not the jealous type.
Stiles, knows that no one or anything will change what they both feel
for each other, jealousy is just – useless.
doesn’t do jealousy.
thing is – Stiles does.
hi.” Samantha – Samara? Sammy? – says, smiling brightly at him.
She’s always smiling brightly, it’s annoying. The only reason why
Derek keeps indulging her with a smile of his own is because her
father is the mayor and as such holds the power to make Stiles’ life
as a new Deputy miserable.
Derek says without looking up, hoping that she will get the hint. She
never did before, but hope springs eternal. “Yeah, Stiles forgot
to buy milk.”
you’re such a good friend, coming to buy milk for him while he
protects our town.” She laughs loudly, reaches out to touch his
arm. Before Derek can pull back, a hand is already slapping her arm
he’s the best.” Stiles says, glares at her until she takes a few
steps back. “The best boyfriend
takes a deep breath. Here it goes.
says, looking around as if searching for help. “I – gotta go. Nice
to see you, Deputy. Derek.” She fakes a smile and promptly flees.
were you doing?” Stiles hisses, turning to Derek. “She was going
to ask you out!”
I was going to say no.” He answers, reaching out for the low-fat
milk and checking the list of things they need.
just doesn’t give up!”
what?” Derek frowns, not understanding why Stiles is freaking out.
“I’m dating you.”
right.” Stiles nods, then takes Derek’s hand and drags him towards
He says. “You’re going to cover me in hickeys, now.”
Derek shrugs and lets himself be manhandled, he will never say no to
I believe the reason the Vega romance is so creepy is because the creators didn't want Vega to be a LI at all but the fandom was whining too loud so they decided to use the opportunity to teach them a lesson. 'He said he wasn't into you, but you keep pushing so fine, take it, good luck enjoying it!' No means no, people.
The creators don’t “owe” the fans anything but in defense of Vega romance fans: they kind of set him up as a romance in the game. He’s very flirty with FemShep (not NEARLY as flirty as he is with MaleShep) and Diana Allers was made a romance so people assumed Vega would be too. So I can see why people wanted him to be a romance option. I don’t think it’s that strange that fans would see Vega flirting and then want to romance him. It’s completely fine that Vega is flirty and not an actual romance option, but at the same time then Bioware shouldn’t be surprised when people are interested in him. I’m sorry, I don’t buy that Bioware didn’t anticipate people wanting to romance Vega.
If they didn’t want to make him a romance option, then don’t do it. I never had any interest in romancing Vega so I honestly dgaf if they added that option or not, but if Bioware included it out of pure spite then they’re no better than the rabid fans. And if they did purposefully write the romance in the DLC that way to mock fans, then I’m going to call BS on them because they also included a Samara romance (something vocal fans were also wanting to do) and it doesn’t have the same sexual assault undertones even though it’s functionally the same – Samara says she’s not interested, Shepard pushes back, Samara gives in.
I wasn’t in the writer’s room, but here’s my take on the romance, free of any bias or ill-will toward Bioware writers:
They knew they wanted to include a romance with Vega in the DLC. They had to make it self-contained because Vega is not a romance option in the rest of the game. A one night stand makes the most sense for that goal. Vega flirts with Shepard, but there has to be a reason why he never acts on it to explain why the romance doesn’t continue post-DLC. So they decided it was because Shepard was his commanding officer and that made him uncomfortable. Based on those parameters, Vega would have to overcome his aversion to hook up with Shepard. Well, it’s a party, so getting drunk is the obvious catalyst for making that choice. Shepard’s dialogue has to fill in the gaps to make the romance make sense to the players. No one on staff realized or vocalized that the scene was creepy.
Without pulling out my trusty tinfoil hat or unnecessarily shitting on Bioware, that explanation is the one that makes the most sense IMHO. The Citadel DLC came out after the whole ending debacle and when fans were extremely resentful of Bioware, arguments were rampant, etc. What I see in the rest of the DLC is a labor of love, a fun escapade to appease fans and Bioware writers alike and a final, good-natured send-off to characters we all know and love. The entire DLC is pure fanservice. I’m going to defend Bioware on their motivations for this one. I don’t think they wrote that scene out of any intentional malice toward the fans, I think they were trying to include something the fans wanted but just didn’t think through or notice the implications.