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I really wish Dragon Age fans would understand that “Moral Greyness” can be JUST as contrived and convoluted as regular “Black and White” and “Happy Ending.”

Just look at the Mage/Templar Conflict. The devs have tried their darnedest across three and a half games to present the conflict as 100% balanced with both sides equally sympathetic, and they’ve failed each time. The devs have said they felt they made the mages look “too sympathetic” in the first game. For the second game they realized too late that making the player character come from a family of apostates and have two mage companions but no Templars made Templars look bad; and they fully admitted that Leandra getting killed by a crazy blood mage serial killer was an attempt to vindicate a pro-Templar playthrough. DAI? Well, we all know about THAT… (Retconning the Dalish to have a “three mages max” rule just to make Circles look better by comparison?) All to make a flimsy, “See? Both sides are equally flawed” argument that’s as sturdy as cardboard; blow on it, and it falls over.

Just look at The Masked Empire verses Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts. In the book, the human nobles are all completely despicable, racist, genocidal asses, while Briala (and Felassan to a lesser extent) is the most sympathetic and likable character. Briala is a straight-up hero who struggles to help her people despite knowing they won’t thank her for it, and being shit on by everyone she meets right and left.

In DAI, the devs flat-out hid the many crimes and character flaws of Celene and Gaspard, and hid many of the virtues and character strengths of Briala. Why? To create a flimsy and false “All three choices are equally morally gray!” so-called “choice.”

Just look at the Qunari. You can tell the devs have been trying their damnedest from game one to depict Qunari culture as rather alien and incomprehensible to outsiders and vice-versa, but still a good system with its balances of virtues and flaws like any other. And it never works.

And any time players complain about an aspect of their culture, they try to fix it next game. Sten said “women don’t fight”? In DA2 they’re like, “JK! Since the Priesthood allows both genders, we just made up this secret spy division of the Ben’Hassrath that allows female assassins. Please love our Qunari.“ When that didn’t work, in DAI they went overtime trying to make Iron Bull THE most likable character they could, then had him lend his charisma to explain away Qunari societal faults. Plus the whole “transgender acceptance” and “free love” and “Tamassran are still like family” thing, and the sudden, “Oh, the Qunari don’t REALLY keep women from fighting. If a woman is discovered to be good in combat, they just decide he’s a man who happens to look like a woman and let “him” fight. Please love our Qunari!”

And it’s NEVER WORKED. I mean, some small minority of weirdos like Qunari despite their flaws (myself included), but MOST players just find these flimsy attempts at “MORAL GREYNESS!!!” to be just that: flimsy.

So whenever I talk about a plot hole or character failing in the series, I’m so sick to death of seeing that go-to, knee-jerk, catch-all “moral grayness” excuse.

Yes. Sometimes, when written well, a morally grey conflict can be very engaging. But sometimes some characters or divisions naturally come across as more sympathetic than another. I’m not saying “one side is innocent and perfect and other other guilty and evil,” but sometimes one side comes across as a lighter shade of grey than another; it happens. If the devs would just embrace that and run with it and tell emotionally engaging stories, instead of spending so much time and energy trying to constantly backpedal or force a square peg in a round hole just for the sake of that original vision that just isn’t coming through.

- You can’t make a conflict where one heavily tyrannical and abusive faction holds complete power over another as a perfectly 50/50 “morally grey conflict” where “both sides are equally at fault.”

- You can’t take the freedom-fighting victim of horrific systematic abuse by two perpetrators of that horrific system and try to act like she’s “just as bad” or “on the same footing” as those abusers.

You can’t take a culture that thrives on robbing individuality, stripping free will, brainwashing resisters, and severely limiting the roles of its citizens based on their gender, magical ability, etc. and expect our modern freedom- and individuality-loving society to find them anything but restrictive and tyrannical.

“Moral Grey” can be just as CONTRIVED as any attempt at “black and white” or “happily-ever-after.” Because they’re still trying to force something that doesn’t fit.

anonymous asked:

Hello :) Recently, have the admins read any new/good fics where exo members are doctors? What are you favorite doctors!au?

911 Emergency (Baekhyun/Kyungsoo)
Here’s a Stethoscope! Listen to Your Heart (Baekhyun/Kyungsoo, supa cute)
How to save a life (Kyungsoo/Kai, NC-17)
in the hearts of monsters (Kyungsoo/Chanyeol, spy!au)
Lollipop Division (Baekhyun/Chanyeol, NC-17, angst, broken relationship)
One, Two, and Lift (Lay/Baekhyun, angel!au)
Our Singularity (Lay/Tao, NC17)
Side by Side by Side Xiumin/Chen/Baekhyun, NC17, just mentions Baekhyun’s a doctor a few different places)
The Doctor and the Pirate (Lay/Suho, pirate!au)
Unwritten (Kris/Baekhyun/Lay, NC-17, alien!au)

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Joker Game Drama CD 2: Track 1 Translation

Special thanks to @ahahahahaderp for sharing the CDs with me.

Track One / Track Two / Track Three / Cast Comment


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Sakuma: Metropolitan Police Department・Special Investigation Cases D Division. A classified division within the police force that deal with absolutely confidential matters from the public and undertake secret investigations. It’s existence vastly unknown to the organization, only few know any of the specific work contents or the composing members, with such an obscure cover many dubiously dub it the ‘darkness of the police department and Mutou’s Criminal Investigation Department First Division especially views them as enemies. How I became the subsection chief of that D Division, was due to a sudden staff reassignment.   

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Sakuma: D Division, you say?

Yuuki: That’s correct.

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Recs: Erik/Charles

And moooore recs. Because this pairing is all I’ve been reading and it is my mission to find all the awesome fics that have been posted on AO3. And so, I am reading all of them. O.O

Everyday Love in Stockholm - tahariel {NC-17 |Mutant!AU |Dubcon |Captive!Charles}
Prompt: Magneto is the ruler of the posthuman world. His only secret? Charles Xavier, the human he’s kept locked in his bedroom ever since his right-hand woman, Mystique, came to him pleading for mercy for her stepbrother, who accepted her mutant form and protected her as a child. The human he started fucking after Mystique was killed in battle, despite the guilt he feels at contaminating even this last promise to the woman who was integral to his life’s work and happiness.

Casanova - madneto {NC-17 |Human!AU |Based on: Casanova}
Erik Lehnsherr, aka Giacomo Casanova, has been leading a perfectly happy life in Venice while waiting for his mother to return to him. That is, until the day he accidentally stumbles upon the young idealist professor Charles Xavier. Loosely based on the 2005 Heath Ledger movie Casanova.

Bea’s comment: Really nice fusion. :D
Guilty by Association - Regann {R |Human!AU |Suspense |Detective!Erik}
While investigating the homicide of a John Doe who he suspects might’ve been murdered while working the streets as a prostitute, Detective Erik Lehnsherr finds an unexpected ally in a hooker named Charles who seems as determined as he to solve the case. As they become more deeply involved both with the case and each other, there’s just one thing that Charles neglects to mention – that he’s really an investigative journalist, one quickly convinced that what they’re dealing with is more than simple murder. cop!Erik, fake-hooker-slash-reporter!Charles, Modern AU.

The Trouble with Telepaths - Calico {NC-17 |PWP |Humor}
The first eight times they fucked, Erik came first.

Kabalen und Liebe - melonbutterfly {PG-13 |Mutant!AU/Canon!AU |Mpreg}
Wherein Charles and Raven were born roughly fifty years later than they actually were, but Erik was not. Ultimately, this changes nothing. Bea’s comment: I NEED A PREQUEL ABOUT HOW THEY MEET AND GET TOGETHER YO.
❤❤Ghost in the Shell - MonstrousRegiment {NC-17 |Mutant!AU |Based on: Firefly+Dollhouse |Crossover: Avengers}
Out in the black of space, where the only creatures whose company you can always count on are violence and death, making a living is a wager. Erik’s crew of mismatched social misfits scrapes by, toeing the line between law and crime. Normally, they prefer to stay out of the Alliance’s way, but when it comes to defending the very freedom they fought for a decade ago, they only follow one principle: when someone tries to kill you, you kill them right back. Bea’s comment: I had so much fun reading this! Erik is the captain, and Charles is a “priest”, Loki is a fugitive, there’s a Dollhouse and guh it’s just so awesome.
Lima Syndrome - Yahtzee {PG-13 |Mutant!AU}
Written in response to this prompt: “AU! where Erik is already the leader of the Brotherhood of mutants. Erik hears about this up and coming band of mutants lead by one Charles Xavier who advocate peace. Seeing him as a potential threat based on how fast his influence is growing, Erik kidnaps Charles in hopes of getting him to join the Brotherhood.

The Bell’s Toll - MonstrousRegiment {NC-17 |Based on: Nikita |Dark!Charles |Hurt!Charles |Hurt!Erik |BAMF!Charles |Mutant!AU}
Charles Xavier goes to prison, and is recruited by a spy/assassin division of the government. Dismal a beginning as this might look, it unbelievably goes downhill. Erik, the necessary stoic ex-military man, gets sidled with him. Not a single person is amused. Bea’s comment: Charles is twisted in this, and his relationship with Erik is also twisted but I love this sfm.
That Cold Dead Place - kageillusionz {PG-13 |Post-XMFC |Mutants vs Government |Kidnapped!Charles |Hurt!Charles}
The Brotherhood are liberating the mutant concentration camps that have popped up by human run organizations. There Mystique finds someone abandoned in one of the torture cells who she thought she would never find in a place like this.

Five Days [X-Men: First Class] - cerebel {PG-13 |Post-XMFC |Kidnapped!Charles |Hurt!Charles}
Charles is captured. And then he is rescued.

From the waters and the wild - linaerys {R |Coast Guard |First time}
After the rescue, Charles and Erik have a moment alone. Bea’s comment: Right after they meet for the first time. >:D

even more of exactly the same - imogenedisease {R |Mansion!fic}
“Why are you afraid?” Charles asks, and Erik laughs, mirthless.

“You’re terrifying,” he says, and it’s the most honest he’s ever been to a man who can dive into the worst corners of his mind and come out unscathed.

Pin - Argyle - X-Men: First Class ( {NC-17 |Mansion!fic}
Charles thinks they’re really getting somewhere.

Placing Bets - i_know_its_0ver {PG-13 |Romance/Comedy |Mansion!fic |Pining}
written for a prompt: Raven knows her brother pretty well, and she´s sure that by the time he and Erik finally kiss he´ll lose a bit of control over his powers and project the scene to the whole mansion. Since they´ll know precisely when it will happen, the kids decide to make bets on how long it´ll take them. Cue them all trying to create or interrupt romantic moments between the two, each trying to make them kiss on the time the person bet on.

Intervention - AlchemyAlice {PG |Post-XMFC |Reconciliation}
Erik broods at the window as the sun sets on South America, and Emma is utterly bored with him.

Bifurcation - AlchemyAlice {PG-13 |Canon!AU |Crossover: Wanted |Wesley!Charles |Split personality}
Raven knew basically everything about Charles. She knew how much milk he liked in his tea, what shops in Oxford he bought his clothes from, and which possessions he would run back into his house to save if it were burning down. She knew his fear of spiders, and his guilty impatience with uncouth behavior. She knew that he could be unbearably pompous, and unbearably kind.
She also, for better or worse, knew about Wesley.

Tea with the Vicar - ximeria {NC-17 |PWP |First Time |Recruiting}
For all that Erik finds Charles confusing, he can’t deny his fascination either.

Small Worlds - manic_intent {R |Mutant!AU |Zombies!}
Say what you like about Erik Lehnsherr, say that he’s a madman, a ruthless hunter of grudges best forgotten, but the world’s a small place now, growing smaller and quieter all the time in the abandoned wastelands outside of the Quarantine Zones, and in a small and quiet world, sometimes it helps to be cautious.

Transmutation - ximeria {NC-17 |Genderswap |F/F, M/F, M/M |Girl!Charles, Girl!Erik |PWP |Hot}
That whole road-trip recruitment thing that Charles and Erik embarked on in the movie? I’m sure there were more than a few encounters we didn’t see.

Erik and the Earl - listerinezero {PG |Mutant!AU |Time Travel |Adorable}
Erik has a time-traveling 19th century earl staying in his apartment and he’s not sure what’s more frustrating: Charles’ habit of taking apart his appliances or the fact that he’s not Erik’s boyfriend. A Kate and Leopold AU.

The Twelfth Day of Christmas - keire_ke {PG-13 |Mutant!AU |Crossover: Iron Man |Hurt/Comfort}
Secret Santa is supposed to be easy. You are assigned the name of a person of whose existence you are aware, you buy them a gift that at least implies you know the person isn’t a seven-headed dragon and you move on with your own gift of the same calibre. What to do, however, when the person for whom you are supposed to be shopping happens to be the man you have a thoroughly unmanly crush on?

The World Waits for No Man - kageillusionz {PG-13 |Post-XMFC |Angry!Charles |Worried!Erik |Happy Ending}
As soon as Charles is discharged from hospital post Cuba, all he wants is to be left alone to his own devices. The boys want to help and cheer him up but Charles begins to lock them out, neglects to take care of himself and begins drinking his woes away.

Emma pays him a surprise visit and then informs Magneto of Charles injury and the consequences that came with that one bullet. Magneto checks in on Charles, only to find Charles a bitter, defeated version of his younger chipper self, who feels there’s no point on fighting any more and who won’t listen anyone, not even Erik.

Men Of Steel - Caradee {NC-17 |Mutant!AU |Series |Arch-enemies |Secret Identities}
In which New York’s greatest super hero “X” has been fighting the evil Magneto for years, but Charles and Erik are meeting for the first time.

Bea’s comment: I really had fun reading this, and I am looking forward to the second part of the series! :D
write this number down (you can call it anytime) - pocky_slash {PG-13 |Post-XMFC |Kid!fic (Canon) |Angst |Pining}
When Erik upsets his children, they have a habit of running away from home–and straight to Charles’ school for cookies and consolation. Charles doesn’t mind the visitors, but as they appear more and more frequently, he realizes that sooner or later, he and Erik are going to have to talk about what happened on the beach and what it means for their future and the future of Erik’s children. Bea’s comment: Takes place months after the end of the movie, in which Erik finds out he has twins and takes them away to stay with him and everytime he’s being mean, the kids go to the mansion. Adorable! Also guh the sexual tension between Erik and Charles was well handled (I just wanted to slap Erik though and hug Charles. Charles needs lots of hugs)
Reflections in a lens - ximeria {PG-13 |Mutant!AU}
Sometimes the unlikely meeting is the one bearing the best fruit.
or
Charles goes exploring while waiting for Raven to finish a photo shoot for a pro-mutant calendar. Bea’s comment: Can we get a sequel for this please? *_* Although tbh, I would like sequels to every fic written by ximeria.
Silent Night - hi_irashay {PG-13 |Hurt!Charles |Stalker |Protective!Erik}
Charles’ every waking thought strayed back to the box of letters and the pain they promised. He was haunted by T.M., the faceless adversary who drew Charles deeper into his web with every word.
Today was the seventh day, the last day of the longest week of Charles’ life. He steeled his resolve as he approached the mailbox. Today, it would end. Today, come hell or high water.
(In which Charles receives threatening letters, and no small amount of chaos ensues for him and for Erik). Bea’s comment: It was a good hurt!charles fic, although some parts did seem out of character for him.
This Crazy Game Called Life - chiasmus {PG-13 |Mansion!fic |Domestic!fic |Comedy/Romance}
Raven declares game night in the mansion. Sean finds an elephant, Erik inherits one hundred unwanted cats, and Charles scars Hank for life with misdirected dirty thinking. This is five thousand-something words of crack with a dose of schmoop. I’m not sorry. Written for this kink meme prompt: Raven is tired of the boys going off to play chess (if they’re even playing chess!) and pulls out a load of board games from one of the closets in the mansion. Madness ensues. Bea’s comment: I HAD FUN READING THIS. IT’S HILARIOUS. HANK GETS SCARRED FOR LIFE, CHARLES GOES RED FROM HUMILIATION AND ERIK IS AMUSED.
Best Friends AU - chiasmus {PG |Mutant!AU |Adorable}
Modern AU in which Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr are best friends since childhood, and eventually more

silent treatment - chiasmus {PG |Kid!fic |Adorable}
Tiny!Charles and Erik get into an argument at the beach. It goes downhill from there.

the right time is the least appropriate moment - chiasmus {R |Canon!AU: Alternate Ending |Romance/Comedy}
Someone travels back in time and leaves Charles whisky-flavoured condoms, since they don’t exist in 1962. This is how World War III is avoided. Bea’s comment: lol best beach!au fic ever. Charles is a darling.

It’s a Disaster (But That’s All Right) - chiasmus {NC-17 |Romance/Comedy |PWP |Mansion!fic |Kitchen!sex |Domestic!fic}
Charles attempts to help Erik improve his cooking. Nothing quite goes as planned.

Another Way - glacis {NC-17 |Canon!AU: Alternate Ending |Powerful!Charles |Hurt!Charles}
Another way it might have gone, if Charles had found the right words, and Erik had listened.

fyeahwtf  asked:

Do you have any recs for Cherik fic where *Charles* is the one who's messed up? Most of the things I've read, Charles is a sweetheart and Erik is the emotionally cold/scary/self-denying one. I'd love to read some stories where Charles is the one who's the problem - just saw DOFP again and that boy has some issues...

Sorry for the delay getting back to you! Here is a list of our favorite ‘messed up Charles’ fics, as selected by the Mods! 

November Man by keire_ke [Cherik, PG-13]

Mystique spent much of 1972 in Vietnam, enjoying only such news from the States as came in the papers. She is therefore rather surprised to see her estranged brother in the middle of the jungle, surrounded by both Viet Cong and Soviets, with his finger on the trigger of a gun.

Us by Pangea [Cherik, R, Torture, Psychological Trauma]

“Charles,” Erik says, and if his voice hits a pleading note then who can really blame him, “Charles, it’s me.”

It takes several longer moments before Charles musters up the strength to answer, breath stuttering horribly as he tries to breathe. He’s shaking, entire body trembling.

“Erik,” Charles says, his voice cracking, “Erik, I want to die.”

The Bell’s Toll by MonstrousRegiment [Cherik, R, Violence & Gore]

XMFC/Nikkita crossover for a prompt in the Kinkmeme.

A sort of fusion between the two series, with a healthy (or not) dose of my own imagination. Charles Xavier goes to prison, and is recruited by a spy/assassin division of the government. Dismal a beginning as this might look, it unbelievably goes downhill. Erik, the necessary stoic ex-military man, gets sidled with him. Not a single person is amused.

After Hours by LustMonster [Cherik, R, Non-con, WIP]

Charles and Erik are serial killers in their city that have been corresponding for years but never met.

Missed Connections by aisle_one [Cherik, Charles/Others, NC-17, Public Sex, Rough Sex, Homophobic Language]

On a subway ride, a random stranger catches Charles’s attention and from there his obsession begins.

All The Worlds In Between by manic_intent [Cherik, Explicit]

Written for the kmeme, “an AU where Erik is the idealistic, peace-loving one and Charles is the cynical, realistic one when it comes to mutant-human relations.” CIA!Wild Child!jaded!Charles x idealistic!Erik AU.

The Bright and Darkened Lands by madcap_allie [Cherik, Explicit, Spanking]

Erik Lehnsherr tracks down Nazis to find Dr. Schmidt, whose assassination is his life’s goal. Charles Xavier hunts Nazis because he can.

My Burning For You is Love by Pangea [Cherik, R, Major Character Death]

“Click and I’ll work for you,” he says, “bang and I don’t.”

Charles smiles.

Erik pulls the trigger.

All is ash and dust and bone by appleseed [Cherik, PG, Major Character Death]

Perhaps it was fitting that, in the ruins of the only place he had ever – as an adult, at least - called home, he would be the one standing between an irresistible force and the end of the world.

“Hello, my friend,” says the irresistible force.

“Hello, Charles.”

Immolated by mrkinch [Cherik, PG-13, Major Character Death]

Loss, guilt, and failure can change a man.

An Alternate Theory of Evolution by tzzzz [Cherik, PG-13, Non-con, Non-con Pregnancy, Eugenics]

Charles believes in making love, not war (literally).

Et in Arcadia ego by apiphile [Cherik, PG-13]

Everything’s just fine and beautiful between the world’s most lovely mutants. No, really. It is.