(Wooh, haven’t done one of these in a while, so sorry. But here you go, hope you enjoy!)
DA:I Companions Reactions to meeting the Inquisitor’s Ex.
Cassandra: She is a little shocked at first, wondering why exactly the ex is coming around right now. Cassandra makes sure to drag the Inquisitor aside in private to ask if they are OK with the ex being there, or if she should make plans to have them leave. She cant help but wonder if the ex is only there to try and take advantage of the Inquisitor, and she is very protective. If romanced: She actually puffs up and gets a little heated, but she walks off and takes out her frustration on her practice dummies. She refuses to let the Inquisitor see her jealous in any way, and she is definitely not used to these kinds of feelings, so she tries to bottle them up. It helps a lot when the Inquisitor comes up behind her, pulling the sword from her hand and wrapping their arms around her, whispering in her ear just how much they love Cassandra and how their ex is very much not a part of their life anymore.
Varric: He cannot help but laugh, and jokingly talks about how he is going to have to take the ex aside and get all the juicy details of their relationship. It would make for an excellent addition to one of his books! But, seeing how uncomfortable it makes the Inquisitor, he meets up with them in the tavern by themselves and asks them how they are doing. He nudges them with his elbow and asks if they would like him to write a not so flattering commentary on the ex; just say the word and it’ll be done! This earns him a laugh and a half armed hug from the Inquisitor.
Solas: It doesn’t really interest him too much, but he does try and make polite conversation with the newcomer. He later asks the Inquisitor politely about their relationship, and if they need anyone to talk to. He is not a stranger to the ways of passion, he says, and he knows the stresses of when things go sour. If Romanced: He is apparently very good at the passive aggressive game, and he makes sure to appear whenever the Inquisitor has to be around the ex. He doesn’t actively show his affections, but he tends to stand closer to the Inquisitor, brushing his hand against theirs or brushing their hair back away from their face, enough so the ex gets the point.
Sera: She laughs and cackles, and demands to know how Quizzy is in bed from the ex, which causes blushing and awkward shuffling all the way around. When she notices this, she very bluntly asks if they had a rough breaking up, and offers to slap the ex for the Inquisitor if they want (much to the surprise and angst of the ex, who is standing right there for this!). If Romanced: She very actively pranks the ex; spiders in their clothes, snakes in bedrolls, pies dropping on them from high places. Needless to say, the ex does not stay around for very long, and it gains Sera some much appreciated affection from the Inquisitor.
Vivienne: She is very polite and communicative with the ex, asking them all kinds of questions about themselves and their past. She then invites the Inquisitor up to her parlor and sits them down to talk all about the gossip that was their relationship. If it ended badly, she offers to spread distasteful rumors of the ex through the royalty. It’s the least she can do for the darling Inquisitor, after all.
Iron Bull: Being ex Ben Hassrath, he immediately picks up on the tension between the Inquisitor and their ex, and he makes sure to hang around (within interrupting distance) to let them know he is there to support them. He also has his chargers keep on eye on the ex, just in case the ex turns into a problem. If Romanced: He hangs around his Kadan for moral support, but he goes off of their cues, not wanting to interrupt unless he is needed. If he notices things are getting too heated between his Kadan and their ex, he simply walks over, picks them up, and takes them away, up to their room for a more…enjoyable use of their time. He does not feel at all threatened by the ex, and his only concern is making sure the Inquisitor is ok.
Blackwall: He tries to be jovial and friendly, inviting the ex for a drink at the tavern, not fully picking up on the tension between them and the Inquisitor. His ulterior motives, however, are to get a feel of the ex. If you want to get to know someone, get a few drinks into them first. If Romanced: He does the same; takes them to the tavern to get a few drinks into them, then takes them for a nightly stroll where he very firmly and sternly tells the ex that if he has any ideas about the Inquisitor…any at all…and he better damn well leave right then and there, because Blackwall won’t put up with any kind of bull shit that upsets his Inquisitor. Then he pats the ex on the shoulder, and never speaks of it again, except for the occasional dagger glare behind the Inquisitor’s back.
Dorian: He is very good at backhanded compliments, and the ex is left with never knowing really what exactly was said. Dorian goes off of the Inquisitor’s cues, and he makes all sorts of comments about how the Inquisitor has caught the eyes of this fancy person or that fancy person, or how well off the Inquisitor is doing nowadays. He is the best wing man any Inquisitor could ask for, making the ex feel as small as possible. If Romanced: His snarkiness is increased ten fold, and he actually ends up being somewhat cranky and irritable while the ex visits. Until the Inquisitor wraps their arms around him, swaying gently and laughing at his jealousy (which Dorian is adamant he is NOT jealous), until they are a cute, laughing heap in Dorian’s chair.
Cole: Tight, red burning embarrassment. Anger and hurt, not wanting to be here, why are they here, just want to disappear. Cole can feel the tension from the Inquisitor, and he tries to help as best he can by steering the ex away from the Inquisitor as often as possible. He really wanted to help the Inquisitor and Ex forget, but he knew it wouldn’t help in the long run, so he does what he can from the shadows, being there for silent moral support when the Inquisitor has to deal with the ex.
Leliana: She already has collected a frightening amount of information on this ex, and she has no problem using it against them. She meets up with the Inquisitor and walks through the past of the ex since the two had broken up, and the two sit talking and gossiping away, which is not normal for them but actually kind of nice. Leliana makes sure that the Inquisitor knows if they want or need anything to happen to the ex, all they have to do is give the word.
Josephine: Being the nice, diplomatic person she is, she tries her hardest to make the ex feel welcome. She gives them a tour and makes sure they have good food and good quarters to stay in. If Romanced: She is almost sickeningly sweet and nice, but it can’t help but be noticed that she puts the ex as far away from the Inquisitor’s quarters as possible. When she gets the Inquisitor alone, she asks them about their ex and their past (even though she could have that information from Josephine, but she wants to here it from the Inquisitor.) They spend a lovely evening going over each other’s pasts and dreaming about the future.
Cullen: He shakes hands with the ex, and offers to show them around, show them the training grounds and everything. He isn’t too experienced in the field of love, but he does embarrassingly ask the Inquisitor if they need anything, they can always come to him. If Romanced: When shaking the ex’s hand, you can tell it is somewhat more forceful than it needed to be. He somewhat forcefully invites the ex to a sparring session, so they can see just how well the Inquisitor has been commanding the forces. The ex, seeing the hard gleam in his eyes, respectfully declines, but it gains Cullen a lovely evening with his Inquisitor as they imagined him fighting in their honor.
I haven’t been able to work on this all week while finishing up commissions, but since my commissions list is getting shorter I hope to get some work done on it this weekend :3
Walking through the doors he shrugged off his damp overcoat; the roaring fire in the center of the building warming him instantly. The tavern was bustling with people, most likely escaping the poor weather outside.
“Chuckles, I never expected to find you back here. Come in to check out the festivities?”
Solas glanced over to find Varric at a table near the entrance; notebook and quill in hand.
“Festivities? I was not aware of one. What is the occasion being celebrated?”
He directed his attention to where the largest cluster of bodies were and noticed that some event indeed seemed to be in the process of being set up. The Iron Bull and his Chargers appeared to be organizing the majority of it, with the dwarven sapper balancing precariously on Bull’s horns to hang a string of colorful flowers onto the wooden posts. The others busied themselves by sampling a variety of alcoholic beverages while the bartender watched with distaste.
“Those two elves of Tiny’s are getting hitched tomorrow,” Varric chuckled, picking up a smoking pipe next to him and puffing.
“I thought you had given up smoking, Master Tethras?” Solas observed, taking a seat at his table. Varric raised his eyebrows slightly as he did so, but otherwise did not comment on it, instead blowing out a perfect ring of smoke.
“It’s not elfroot, if that’s what you mean. Need to keep my head clear with all this shit going down. Just good old Dwarven tobacco for me, from now on.”
“I see. So there is to be a wedding tomorrow then, I gather?”
“Yeah; or whatever you elves call it. I think Dalish called in a bonding ceremony? All I know is that I am here for young love. And the open bar,” he guffawed.
“How accommodating of you,” Solas responded with a hint of a smile on his face.
“Speaking of young love, you and Ashes, eh?”
The smile died on his face.
“I assure you-”
“Don’t try to deny it, Chuckles. Everyone knows you and the Inquisitor have been making doe eyes at each other ever since we got to Skyhold.”
“Everyone does now? And I am sure you had nothing to do with spreading those rumors.”
“Gossip travels fast in a place like this.” He took a deep drag on the pipe before continuing. “And besides, I think it’s great for you kids. Everyone needs a bit of distraction for the better with ancient blighted magisters running amok.”
“It is a private matter, child of the stone,” He responded stiffly.
Varric laughed again at the dour look on his face.
“Chuckles, please, I’m trying to help you! She’s going to be here for the ceremony tomorrow, right? All I’m saying is, it’s a very romantic opportunity for you both. Consider it!”
“She turns, embarrassed by her boldness. No, no no. She must not feel that way; skin against skin, a burst of heat not felt in ages. I want, I want, I want-”
Solas closed his eyes. “Cole, that is unnecessary.”
He caught sight of The Seeker and the prisoner. The Seeker
stroke directly into the thick of battle, her sword drawn. The prisoner hung
back, casting from afar. Despite that she was dying, she rained fire and
lightening on the demons before her with a startling ferocity.
When they’d all fallen, he grabbed her wrist with little
preamble and pointed it towards the rift, “Quickly! Before more come through!”
He could feel her burning, feel the bones shaking under her
skin, a vessel for magic her mortal body was never meant to hold.
The rift closed, and she turned to him, her eyes full of
wonder. He breathed a sigh of relief, maybe – maybe – they were saved. He
noticed her eyes were such a light brown that in the sun they shone like gold.
“What did you do?” The prisoner was still staring at him,
wide-eyed. Her long, thick black hair was in disarray. She impatiently pushed
some out of her eyes. She leaned on her
staff for support, panting with the effort of combat.
Then is it any wonder, Leliana and her spies lost track of him?
I bet in that form he could wander anywhere unnoticed.
It’s probably how he managed to walk away after Corypheus without anyone noticing.
They are looking for a bald apostate hobo, after all.. Not a wolf.
I bet in DA4 there will be times when we don’t even realize just how close he actually is.. If we are his friend or not, he would still keep a close eye on us, he will still be watching what we do with our time and the choices we make, just like he did in DA:I.