the sleeping sorceress

Oh boy what is this trash! Sometimes you just gotta draw two of your favorite villain designs, but you can’t decide what so you default to angry unexpected cuddles. Speaking of unexpected, because of the new fabulous brushes, this only took roughly 5 hours to illustrate. It was very therapeutic and enjoyable. Character styles were heavily referenced from their respective movies. Lady Tremaine / Maleficent ⓒ Disney!

Geralt and Dandelion’s Entire Friendship

Dandelion; *Sees pretty woman*

Geralt; “Dandelion no.” 

Dandelion; “Dandelion yes!” *Sleeps with woman*

(2 weeks later, in prison)

Geralt; “I told you so.” 


Geralt; *Sees a sorceress*

Dandelion; “Geralt no.”

Geralt; “Geralt yes.” *Sleeps with sorceress*

(2 weeks later, as they’re fighting untold magical abominations)

Dandelion; “I told you so.” 

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Epic Moments in Villain History (Maleficent’s Curse): 

Maleficent: Well, quite the glittering assemblage, King Stefan: royalty, nobility, the gentry, and…ehehehe, how quaint: even the rabble. I really felt quite distressed at not received an invitation.

Merryweather: You weren’t wanted!

Maleficent: NOT WHA…hehehe…Oh dear, what an awkward situation.  I had hoped it was merely due to some oversight.  Well, in that event, I’d best be on my way…

The Queen: And you’re not offended, your excellency?

Maleficent: Why no, your majesty.  And to show I bear no ill-will, I too shall bestow a gift on the child. Listen well, all of you! The princess shall indeed grow in grace and beauty; beloved by all who know her.  But, before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday: she shall prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die!

The Queen: Oh no!

King Stefan: Seize that creature!

Maleficent: Stand back, you fools!

-”Sleeping Beauty”

anonymous asked:

Hmm... a thought that came to mind. If Eskel were to get involved with someone romantically, what type of girl do you think he would like?

Okay Anon, I’ve finally sat down and answered this. I hesitated posting this after writing it all out, however, as I don’t think you’ll be pleased with the answer.

So it’s very tempting to find a character already within the story and try to pair them up with Eskel. Instant gratification, right? But this question didn’t ask me to consider a particular pairing (a much easier question to answer, to be honest!) and asked me something much more open-ended.

So I approached this by thinking about the characteristics and personality traits that I think Eskel would find attractive, based on what we know about him as canon, and what we’ve extrapolated about him with some reasonable sense of certainty from our own observations and discussions held here.

First and foremost, I think Eskel would want someone who is free from drama. Meaning, no political entanglements, no epic world-saving causes, no self-serving ambition. Lambert doesn’t joke about him being the boring one without reason, and Eskel himself tells Geralt that he doesn’t sleep with sorceresses or fraternize with kings. Eskel avoids intrigue as much as possible, so I think he’d find the idea of someone without too many complications as appealing.

As we’ve observed, Eskel is an intelligent guy, so I do believe he’d find intelligence attractive in a partner as well. Definitely someone who isn’t naive, is knowledgeable about the world, and thinks things through and doesn’t act impulsively.

From what we see in the games, Eskel is suspicious of anyone he thinks may have ulterior motives and hidden agendas. So honesty and straightforwardness are traits he’d value in any relationship (romantic or otherwise). I also think a sense of right and wrong is important to him and he’d be attracted to someone who demonstrates this quality, along with the integrity to follow through on those beliefs.

And I do believe he’d prefer someone with some life experience behind them. Being a witcher is a difficult life, full of horrific situations that most people simply would not be able to comprehend. Unless a person has lived through some difficult experiences of their own, it’d be really hard to relate to what witchers face in the course of their existence. I think Eskel would appreciate being with someone who could empathize being in harrowing situations, and having the skills and perseverance it would take to survive them.

The person should have a sense of humor, as I think Eskel appreciates a good laugh, and it would be important for the person to get along well with his witcher bros, to be sure.  

What I don’t think would matter as much to Eskel is physical appearance. Due to his own disfigurement, and how he feels about it, I can’t see Eskel being the type of person that places high importance on looks in a partner. (See these links for thoughtful discussion and some headcanons about Eskel’s self-conscious behavior.) I’m sure he’d appreciate outward beauty as much as the next person, but he of all people knows that looks aren’t everything.

(All this being said, what Eskel would be attracted to and what’s actually good for him may very well be different things, and could be a whole other conversation, methinks.)

But what you didn’t ask me, Anon, is whether I think Eskel would even get involved in a long-term relationship with someone in the first place. My answer to that would be no, I seriously doubt it.

I’ve explained my thoughts on that in a prior discussion which you can read here for a more detailed answer. But basically, I can’t see Eskel, being the stand-up kind of guy that he is, involve someone in a serious relationship when he quite reasonably could end up dead during the course of any given contract. Witchers are not invincible, and he is not in a position to offer long-term stability - it’s a luxury that witchers, by virtue of what they do, do not have.

Nor do I think he would ever give up the witcher trade and retire the way that Karadin or even Geralt chose to do (depending on your playthrough choices, of course). Eskel is the most by-the-book witcher we know, and truly seems to enjoy being a witcher. It’s his Destiny and he accepts it (unlike Lambert, for example), and particularly so after his dealings with Deidre. He’s good at what he does, and he’s one of the last remaining witchers out there. And he knows it. We can reasonably assume that Eskel isn’t going to stop and settle down.

I’m just so mean, aren’t I? ;) As I think I’ve told my Eskel squad mates here before, I tend to hold rather unpopular opinions.

So those are my thoughts, which I just vomited onto your dash. I hope you (and whomever else is reading this) understand that I always try to approach questions like this with as realistic an answer as possible, based on as much information presented to us, the readers/players. (I even do this with my headcanons, despite the fact that I could completely ignore canon and go wild with it all.) You can blame my background in literary criticism for that.

But your own mileage may vary. And all this is open to discussion, of course.

RANT AHEAD.

My biggest pet peeve in the whole wide fandom world is people misjudging/misinterpreting/mistreating Yennefer lmao.

Like, I usually don’t care that much about people not liking a character I adore, but Yen - among other things - gets pit against all these people who are supposedly “good” and she’s “bad” and that’s it.

On the one hand, there’s Geralt people pit her against, because he deserves better, because she doesn’t treat him well etc. - except, Geralt is Yen’s EQUAL. He CAN stand up to her and he WOULD.

Aside from that, he isn’t “good” - in fact, he’s a MAN BABY and can’t keep it in his pants, even more so when he’s all grumpy and mopy and emo about life and the world in general (which happens a LOT). Not particularly endearing qualities, in my book at least, and I’m surprised my eyes aren’t permanently stuck in the back of my head from rolling them at him.

But, guess what? I still like Geralt. His love for Yen and Ciri are very pure, he’s funny and a kind of a dad jokes’ guy. He’s a badass witcher and I, too, would be tempted to sleep with every sorceress ever - very relatable.

On the other hand, Yen, of course, gets pit against Triss - who isn’t “good,” either. Just like every other sorcerer/sorceress, she has and follows her own agenda; she’s just not as brass/vocal about it as Yen. She chose the Lodge over her friendship with Yen and her relationship with Ciri and, in the games, wasn’t honest with Geralt when he had amnesia because, in my opinion, she KNEW Yen is is One True Love™ and a much better match for him.

AGAIN, though, I still don’t ~hate Triss - on the contrary, actually, because I can empathise with her despite making the wrong decision. I also think it’s great she’s helping mages escape Novigrad.

(Note: I may be alone on this, but TW3 didn’t actually give me the impression she was DESPERATE to get back with Geralt. Yes, she was reminiscant of their relationship, but imo she had moved on and I liked that outcome much, much better for her.)

And then, then there’s Yennefer: very ambitious, very upfront about it and very sarcastic. Sometimes she doesn’t think about the risks when pursuing her agenda/goals, sometimes she does - and takes them anyway. She’s willing to put her life on the line for her loved ones, namely Geralt and Ciri.

(Remember the Mask of Uroboros? Yen had the choice between using the mask and POSSIBLY getting closer to finding Ciri and not using the mask, but keeping the islanders safe from POTENTIAL harm. The life of one vs. the lives of many. It’s easy for ME to say what’s right and wrong, because I’m not in Yen’s shoes, but I’m not going to mount that moral high horse and pretend I wouldn’t have made the very personal, very emotional choice, the selfish one, if you will.)

What I’m trying to say is that, perhaps, for a lot of people Yen isn’t as easy to like or relate to as other characters, but I just don’t think the sheer and utter hatred gamers in particular have for her is justified. Heck, I was a gamer first and still managed to push past and unfold her complex layers before I became a reader, too.

Anyway.

I REALLY NEEDED THIS, OKAY? Okay.

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“Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all.”

-The Evil Queen, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

"Now shall you deal with me, oh prince, and all the powers of HELL!”

-Maleficent, “Sleeping Beauty”

“I admit that in the past I’ve been a nasty.  They weren’t kidding when they called me, well, a witch.”

-Ursula, “The Little Mermaid”

“I live for fur.  I worship fur.  After all, is there a woman in all this wretched world who doesn’t?”

-Cruella de Vil