(TW: some scenes may be seen as pseudo injury/bleeding. Also, angst.)
It’s my first time to try making an animatic, and behold it ends up being (k)langst. Wing’s piano cover of this song always destroys me whenever I hear it, and to me it’s one of the ultimate heartwrenching songs. I wish I had the time and skill to put the translated lyrics on the video as well because they make me just (つ﹏<)･ﾟ｡ (The VLD and Klance angst weeks are still days away but look at what I’m doing…speaking of Klangst week do they accept entries for day 1 this early?)
I will greatly appreciate any constructive comments or feedback! (I’m still a beginner so I know there’s a lot of mistakes and ahskdsd things I’m so sorry I will now go to a corner and mull over my life choices.)
What if Rocket saved more than one twig at the end of the first GotG? Like, what if he took a whole bunch with him and planted them all and ended up with like 17 baby Groots running around jamming to mixtapes and climbing all over Drax and arguing about who is Groot while Quill stands in the background with Gamora like ‘this is why they call us the Gardens of the Galaxy’
Okay, I’ve needed to get this off my chest for a while.
This whole mage templar dispute thing - it’s driving me nuts. I was recently looking at statistics as to how many people sided with the templars vs those who sided with mages, and I just - ugh. There was an outrageous amount of people that sided with the mages - most in fact. Okay fine, I get why people sided with mages. I do get why, however, when I say I understand why, that does not mean, for any reason, that I agree with that decision.
And here’s why.
Let me first explain why I get why people sided with the mages - for Pete’s sake, I always play as a mage. They’re the freaking best, and I think their story is amazing.
I totally understand the mage oppression thing. Mages are being oppressed and treated completely unfairly by these templars. Meredith is fucking nuts, and the chantry is supporting it - or, in Kirkwall, becoming a neutral party which doesn’t help anyone.
Templars are out of control, and people view them as heroes, because propaganda and gossip coupled with horror stories about crazy rampant mages plague the streets. People see templars as the ones who can protect them. So, given this, as in any society, templars are given reign to be able to treat these mages badly, and people advocate for their imprisonment.
Mages are being unfairly ripped from their homes, and parents never to be able to see their children again is a huge issue. These mages are allowed little to no freedom, and they are basically kept in a Circle for their entire lives. They are even thought to be the Maker’s “unwanted” children, and are taught to feel terrible about themselves, which is completely wrong.
Mages are also thought to be able to snap at any moment, and that the majority are actually insane blood mages looking for newborn children to sacrifice. Now, the side that argues mage freedom is the side that firmly believes that these mages should be free because not all mages are like that, not all are crazy blood mages, and a lot of them are better people than most. They’re clearly at a disadvantage in society, and viewed as a major threat, which isn’t true of all mages. It’s unfair, and the fear that’s associated with these people is out of control.
For the most part - this is true! Most mages want nothing more than to live peaceful lives. I completely - TOTALLY understand that, and definitely agree.
If given freedom, these mages have power that could help so many people! They would also be much less likely to be prone to blood magic because they’ve been backed into a corner and have no choice. If they were given this freedom, mages would be able to thrive and wouldn’t go to such drastic measures to protect themselves, which templars CLEARLY provoke inside them.
Is that right? Is that a pretty good explanation?
Right, now listen to my side.
Mages. Are. Fucking. Dangerous. It doesn’t matter what anyone says about control. One of my absolute favorite lines from DA2 is Fenris’s quote that goes: “I have no doubt that mages can be good and decent men, able to resist temptation. But how many temptations do you wish to offer a man before he will give in?” This is the absolute truth for these mages. They are offered ultimate power every single time they close their eyes, or are backed into a corner. Some are stronger than others and are able to resist this, but there are many mages out there that are given this incredible power and have absolutely no idea what to do with it or how to use it - or worse yet, abuse it.
They’re dangerous. There’s no getting around that fact. They’re dangerous, badass, and extremely powerful. They are able to tap into the essence of the fade and create and do things that no normal man can - and when one says that a mage’s power is like that of a templar’s sword - a templar isn’t able to set an entire city on fire or summon an army of demons with a swish of his blade - whereas a mage has every ability to do so with a wave of their hand.
You cannot compare. You can’t.
Let me also make something very clear - there is so much evidence in Dragon Age lore that proves that not all mages are born with the innate willpower to be able to muster and master this power. Weak or strong, in either case, each is given the exact same amount of power. The weak cannot handle this power, and therefore fall prey to powerful demons - which result in death and destruction. The powerful, or even borderline powerful, have a much better chance at mastering this ability, and are therefore born with the ability to control magic.
Mages are susceptible to possession and summoning beings of great power, they are capable of burning down a city - a SINGLE man in one instance is capable of this destruction. And if one feels threatened, even a little, it takes but a slip of the mind to allow a demon to enter and turn them into an abomination.
Mages have power beyond comprehension, and a lot of it hasn’t even been explored yet. This exposure to the fade allows them this ability, and though there are those who are able to control this power, not every mage is like this. And therefore incredibly dangerous.
So, with that, it is no surprise that the Circle was created. And it makes SENSE. Come on people, the Circle is absolutely necessary. Mages are capable of being a danger to others and themselves! The Circle was meant to teach them how to control this. The Circle’s creation was meant to be a safe place for mages to practice their magic and master is so that they can eventually become successful citizens of Thedas without being a danger to themselves or others.
However, now the Circle is a prison, as the templars have turned it into that, and its former purpose has been skewed.
This is where the debate gets tricky.
The Circle is necessary, definitely, but it absolutely needs reformation. It cannot continue to treat these people this badly and lock them up. That’s why it’s so important that mages are put in these Circles and taught how to control their magic. And when they can, they can leave. That would be the most ideal set up. But it’s not like that, because people don’t trust them.
Which makes sense for the most part because of what they’re capable of.
Soooo, anyway, I need to get back on track here.
So, then this whole Kirkwall thing happens, and mages and templars are at each other’s throats, and finally Anders takes things into his own hands and blows up the fucking Chantry because it’s a neutral party and will inevitably incite rebellion.
Let’s break this down, shall we?
Meredith is pissed because she suspects blood magic in the ranks of the Circle, and Orsino has had it with her bullshit so he’s not taking it anymore. So they’re arguing.
At this point in the story, it makes sense for Hawke to wonder if Meredith is actually on to something, or if she’s just bullying Orsino. (In my opinion, sadly enough, I realized before it had even been revealed at the end, that the man who killed Hawke’s mother had been in cohorts with Orsino, so I would have supported the raid with that information) However, without that information, there would have been no evidence to support this raid of the tower, so the mages would absolutely have my support at this point.
Then, as Orsino goes to try and get help to calm the dispute, which I completely agree with, Anders blows up the fucking Chantry.
WORST THING YOU COULD DO MAN.
A mage, KILLED the Grand Cleric for ALL mages. He did it - in the NAME of mages.
He doomed them all, as Orsino said.
The line is so fragile at this point, that there is so little hope for mages.
But this line is where people tend to get confused who to side with - or not confused, because most people side with mages.
No, bad idea. Lemme tell you why.
I did at first, I actually was like - fine. Mages are oppressed, this needs to stop. I need to do what’s right for these innocent mages and defend them! -
- And then something happened.
During the fight, mages were turning into abominations and killing people. They were being either backed into a corner by templars, or they were using blood magic and summoning demons to protect them - but still killing people.
That was when I paused the game, sat back, and realized my mistake.
I see Anders’ bigger picture thing - but I saw an even bigger picture.
Think about this.
If you support/protect the mages - you are supporting and protecting BLOWING up the damn Chantry and all the Grand Cleric had done to keep peace, you are supporting this war and mages and that decision to kill those innocents. You’re supporting the mages who turn into abominations or resort to blood magic. You are supporting the right for mages to use their magic to kill people. You are supporting Anders. That is what everyone in Thedas would see, and therefore your credibility would be lost to the majority of the population.
So, after I thoroughly thought that through, I restarted the last bit of the game to change my decision.
I changed it because I saw the fact that in this situation, people would NEVER listen to my Hawke and what he had to say if he didn’t support the safety of the people as well as the Chantry. They wouldn’t listen to him because he would have been a mage protecting mages, and that’s all the people would have seen. The only respect he would have earned would be from the mages that fought for their lives and those who rebelled in the Circle’s throughout Thedas - and may I remind you, that is a VERY small population.
Hawke, as a mage, already gains a portion of respect from those people. What he needs is to earn the trust and respect from those who are not mages. He needs to show them that he will fight for THEIR safety and protect them from crazy mages who would blow up the damn chantry and kill thousands of innocents by turning into abominations or using blood magic.
THAT is where he needs to draw his influence.
Because of what Anders did, and HOW the war started, there was no chance that my Hawke was going to side with murderers. Because THAT, if you break it down, is exactly what he would have been doing if he sided with the mages.
Now that my Hawke is viscount of Kirkwall AND a goddamn mage, how much do you think the city respects that? He is their CHAMPION. The one who stood up for the citizens and vouched for the safety of the city. They BEGGED him to become viscount. What do you think he is capable of doing now that he is viscount? He can change the CIRCLE. NOW he has influence over these people who see a mage and RESPECT him! That is the type of mage that the people need to look up to and see to feel safe. That is where Hawke can make a change.
Instead, if you go the opposite route, the people chase you out with damn pitchforks and curse and spit at you.
Great. How much influence do you have now? Yes, he is someone that the mages respect, but that’s it. Everyone else would see him as a threat, just like the rebelling apostates.
My point is that Hawke, MAGE Hawke ESPECIALLY, should absolutely, in that situation, side with the Templars. He still doesn’t agree with Meredith, and he stands up to her by sparing the lives of mages who surrendered - WHICH GAINS THEIR RESPECT.
The all around benefits of siding with the Templars FAR outweigh the benefits of siding with the mages. If people took even two seconds to think about this, they would see that, no matter how you look at it, siding with the Templars and protecting the city is the right thing to do.
All that people see though, is the unjust that mages face, and they right away jump to this HUGE decision to start a war and side with the side that they think is innocent. Noooo, guys. NOT in this situation. This situation does not WARRANT that action! This PARTICULAR situation must have Hawke defend the people, so that they can see that this mage is a protector for all, and that he stands with the right and just and wants to bring justice to the Grand Cleric and all who died in the Chantry. THAT is what Thedas should see.
Mages need to be vouched for, I know that, and what they’re going through needs to be changed, and in the end, the war did start a movement for their fair treatment, but again, for this particular situation, siding with the Templars is the best way to go.
Hawke can still stand up and defend these mages afterwards, he can still draw his influence from being viscount and make changes through that. It’s not like he doesn’t have the chance now to do something about it - he still can! Especially now that he’s viscount - and someone that the people respect and praise for his actions to protect the city.
Think about it, if the Templars had blown up the Circle because they believe that mages were using blood magic and killing people, do you think I would have sided with the Templars?
Anyone would be able to see that what they had done was unfair and unjust and that they had gone too far. The people of Thedas would see that Meredith had gone mad, and that the templars were out of control, and therefore, this would have warranted Hawke’s action to side with the mages and bring justice.
What Anders did doomed the mages of Kirkwall and ruined chance for compromise.
Now, I can’t necessarily say what he did was…not without reason or didn’t end up serving a purpose, in that aspect I think what he did was necessary, but just because it was, this would mean that Hawke’s actions to side with the templars was also necessary. That’s tricky, I know, and one action would have to lead to the other. What Anders did ended up serving as the momentum mages needed to finally break free of the hold the templars had on them, so, as I said before, in a way this was necessary.
But so was Hawke’s decision to side with the templars.
If this doesn’t help you see the reasonable side to this - then I have no idea what will.
But yeah, that’s my side, the logic behind it had been thought through VERY thoroughly, and overall, this was the conclusion I came to-
So, as opposed to the usual media angle of Shoma vs Yuzu, Hero’s has decided to put together a program about their relationship, as seen from behind the scenes footage. Most of the articles/reports are now focusing on the relationship between Yuzu and Shoma instead of the previous angle of rivals, because this time they had the shared role of Japan’s representatives as opposed to being individual skaters.
Shoma: Right now, when I’m practicing, my motivation is the desire to achieve the ability to win over Yuzu-kun. That’s the only motivation and, in order to continue growing, I would like to continue forward without changing this feeling.
Yuzu: I’ve often been told that I’m in a position of being chased by others but, if you think about it, just like how we found out with this SP, there are still many people I have to chase after. After all, after the SP the one who was standing in first place was Javier, and the one who was third was Patrick. Of course, the young skater Uno…Uno-san…U-Uno-san? *frowns at himself and laughs* Uno-senshuu** too (was in the top 3). There are many things that I don’t have, so in a manner of speaking, everything is to me, something/someone to chase after.
In which we get a behind the scenes look at the bond between Yuzu and Shoma (as viewed by the Japanese media)
Full translation including video narration under the cut.
Teehee this totally didn’t take me two days to write ignore that. I wanted to make this really intimate so it’s kind of slower paced and more detailed and also I wanted to make my writing style a little cleaner and more professional looking almost because I feel like that is the type of guy Leo is. Please tell me if this is bad for reals if you guys don’t like it I won’t write like this anymore ok love you please enjoy bye
It had been a couple of days since Leo had seen (Y/N), he didn’t try to call her or text her, she didn’t either. He just expected her to do what he requested. Leo sat in the kitchen drinking tea, meditating about the situation when she walked into the lair. Her short hair resting neatly below her chin, always with messy bangs. She wore sleek black yoga pants, and a crop top with a little belly poking out. (Y/N) spotted him as she entered the lair. She stood still expecting something, not sure of what exactly that was. Leonardo stood up and quietly walked towards her, stopping several feet away from her.
“I’m sorry.” He stated. She looked at him with her big brown eyes and he just wanted things to be ok again.
“I didn’t think it was fair for me to like someone while I was dating someone else,” she let silence settle into the room before speaking again. “so I broke up with him.” (Y/N) fidgeted with her fingers, avoiding Leo’s glance, only looking up every now and then to see his reactions. He didn’t know what exactly to say, he was just grateful for her presence, and what she had done for him. Leo licked his lips before he spoke.
“So does that mean that we-” he let his words trail off, still afraid of the answer to his question.
“I don’t know,” she paused, rubbing her arm. “does that mean your asking me?” They inched towards each other, painstakingly slow, finally stopping, so close to each other, he could see every little fleck of black in her deep brown eyes. He smiled, bashfully, a look she had never seen before.
“Will you be my girlfriend?” He asked, his words full of innocence and tenderness, making her blush.
“Yes Leonardo.” They both smiled at her response. Leo bent down to kiss her, for the first time. She braced herself for the flood of emotions to come as Leo neared her face, his lips finding hers with no trouble. It was soft and questioning, their hearts racing like horses. They pressed into each other, the kiss moving faster as she coaxed his tongue into her mouth, Leo moaned gripping her hips, alarmed at how good a tongue could feel. He struggled to pull away, biting her lip softly as he parted.
“Not here,” he whispered, looking around, suddenly remembering he had 3 brothers who happened to be ninjas. (Y/N)’s heart raced, as he gripped her hand, leading her to his room. She blushed intensely, her embarrassment setting her face ablaze. She was a virgin but quickly made the assumption that Leo was too. Her mind raced with a million thoughts. Omg I can’t do this, she thought. Calm down yes you can self. She practically squealed with excitement, before telling herself to act normal. Leo didn’t know exactly why he was taking her to his room, but he felt like that’s where they should be. Once they entered, they both awkwardly stood at the door. Leonardo coughed.
“At least now we have some privacy.” He awkwardly sat down on his bed, as she intertwined her fingers placing them in front of her stepping in front of him, sending his heart into a frenzy.
“Maybe we could do more of that kissing stuff?” She bit her lip, her nerves heating the tips of her fingers as she played with her hands. Leo smiled.
“Yeah that would be ok.” She scurried next to him, placing her soft hands on his thigh, looking at him, earnestly. He leaned in again, his heart racing as fast as the first time, still fearing rejection and unsure of what to expect. Their lips touched once again, hearts racing, hands exploring each other bodies, not knowing where to go or when to stop. He guided her to lay down, kissing her more intensely by the second, he couldn’t stop and he didn’t want to. She let Leo take the lead, enjoying every step of the way, trusting him completely with her body. She wrapped her arms around his neck, letting Leo find the tender spots on her neck with his lips. He nibbled and sucked firmly on her sensitive skin, driving her hips into a delirium, thrusting towards him in an unrecognizable angst. She returned the favor, sucking on his neck, biting harder then he had. He squeezed her ass, grunting in pleasure, suddenly aching to know what it felt like to be inside of her. His hand traveled down the center of her body, making her arch her back, struggling to release the energy he was creating inside of her. He tugged at her black cotton shirt, until it gave in and tore. She moaned as he ripped it,
“Oh my god Leo.” He grinned at the sound of his name, craving to solicit it from her again and again. He felt his penis surge with every movement she made, suddenly stopping her.
“Do you want to do this, (Y/N)?” He didn’t want to force her, he wanted them both to be ready for what might happen next. She stopped, for a second, only to respond him.
“Yes Leo.” Her face came crashing down upon his like a wave, ready to drown everything else out. She slid her hand down his his chest, making him shudder under her soft fingers. He made a trail of kisses down her center, eager to see what was underneath her yoga pants. He lifted them off slowly, trying to make sure she wasn’t uncomfortable with the way he was staring. The silence of his room only contributed to their intimacy, as he fully undressed as well. For the first time ever, Leo was unsure of himself, his moves were not meticulous and carefully planned, but graceful and spontaneous. He knelt down bringing his face to the space between her thighs, suddenly thirsting for a taste of her, his desire pounding endlessly in his cock. His face collided with her pussy, discovering that she was soaking wet already. He licked away at her, his hands fastened tight around her hips, pushing her into him, moving faster every time she moaned.
“Do you like that?” He asked, slyly.
“Yes Leo, fuck.” She whined. He smiled, continuing to spread his tongue across her clit, licking the sensitive nub until she was practically screaming. Leo pulled away, desperate to be inside of her, yet still able to control himself, he slipped a finger between her lips, pushing until his finger was wrapped in what felt like wet silk. She tightened her muscles around him, dragging a stifled moan from him. Mmf. She felt so good but he wanted to drive her to the edge and make her beg for him. He twisted his finger in and out, making her whole body writhe in his rhythm. He leaned in to lick her clit, sending vibrations through her body. For a moment, she didn’t feel real, pleasure almost lifting her from the mattress, as Leo continued to work on her. She curved her body,
“Oh Leo,” she bit her lip trying to keep quiet. “Please just put it inside of me, I need you.” He smiled.
“How bad do you want it?”
“Please,” she begged. “I need you.” He flipped her over, her ass waving in the air, awaiting his presence inside of her. He wrapped his arm around her waist, and crossed her threshold with his cock. He gripped her tightly, enjoying how tiny she felt underneath him. A wave of wetness splashed over his cock, as he ground into her, unable to control himself more and more. She tightened her muscles around him again, driving him crazy as he watched her breasts bounce underneath her. She was sweating, working to make Leo cum, while he did the same for her. Her body felt like it was disappearing, chills plaguing her, begging for her release. Her thighs quivered, as heat showered her entire body, she felt the pressure balling up in her pussy.
“Leo,” she moaned. “I’m going to cum.” He slapped her ass, in the heat of the moment. “Fuck.” She yelled, not wanting him to stop. He wanted to command her not to cum yet, but he already felt the his cock pounding, demanding release. They climaxed together, their bodies shaking as they finally relieved something inside of them they had never felt before. They crashed into the mattress together, trying to catch their breaths. Leo wrapped his arms tightly around (Y/N), kissing her forehead, grateful for her warmth and willingness. She kissed him a couple more times before falling asleep next to him.