there’s something about the style of DAO that i love
it’s just so… it’s very drab. all rogue armor looks exactly the same. like, helmet upgrade? yep it’s the same thing but in a slightly different tint. mages get those ridiculous hats and the dingy robes. grey wardens don’t have that flashy blue and silver armor yet they just wear whatever the hell drops off of darkspawn. ferelden is brown and muddy. as it should be. denerim is the crown jewel of the country but it’s just dogs barking and dirt and flies.
when your warden suddenly decides that they’re no longer an archer or mage and grabs a random ass sword to shove through the archdemon’s skull, they’ve marched their way up and down this maker-forsaken land and they’ve got mud and dog shit all over their boots and no part of this journey was even remotely glamorous, because it was about spending days in the deep roads, covered in blood and bile and ichor, so of course you’re gonna make your final blow look at least vaguely fancy, because you deserve that much
anyways I love Isabela because if you’re dating Anders, and you get into Act Three she’s like “Hawke, you should come sail away on my pirate ship with me” and if you say “What about Anders?” she goes “of course Anders can come too!” with no hesitation
THANK U. ALMOST EVERY OTHER ONE OF MY FRIENDS HAS STUCK THEIR NOSE INTO MY RELATIONSHIP AND SAT ME DOWN AND WARNED ME ABOUT HOW AWFUL THE MAGE™ IS AND HOW I SHOULD LEAVE HIM.
And here’s Isabela, who accepts it no questions asked, and it’s so goddamn refreshing, thank the Maker for Isabela, my Hawke’s true best friend