‘Tis the season! Tatqiq, Chinook, and Kalluk woke up to a winter wonderland last week. Our
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So its been um…like 6 months since I’ve painted Connor. Life keeps GETTING IN THE WAY, and WORK in the hospital is still KICKING MY BUTT, and OVERWATCH IS FUN HAHA BOOP BOOP MOTHERFUCKERS and convention prep is KILLER, but God sitting down to paint this man bear child is like coming back home. Y’all have no idea how sad I’ve been cuz I haven’t painted him in forever. :< High five to @teal0gic and @thefluxvoice for feeding me Connorline headcanons until I could calm down enough for an hour for a therapeutic doodle~
how long ago? can it be measured in time? no. it could have been yesterday, a second ago. it could be happening now, I don’t really know. I carry it with me, tis not a burden to bear. the taste of your lips, the scent of your hair. your breath as you exhale, that just hangs in the air…
I want to capture each one of those crystalline jewels on the tip of my tongue, a taste of you, a taste of us forever young.
Flowers bloomed between our bodies every time we kissed
And our roots became a tangled mess.
The thorns underneath our petals escaped our notice
Until it was too late to stop the flow of blood dripping from the wounds we accidentally inflicted.
When we stopped watering our love,
The flowers grew dark and cold.
Our innocence transformed into malicious intent
We drank each other’s harsh words, believing it was an elixir to ease our minds
And not the poison it so clearly was.
When you handed me the knife to cut our ties,
I found I couldn’t bear to break the melancholic remainder of what we had
The knife was too dull
And I recoiled from the pain over and over again
okay so 1)i love your blog and oc thursday thing (even if i am always too nervous to send my own) 2) i think mythal created the qunari as her personal servants. BEAR WITH ME; mythal is heavily tied to dragons and the qunari are implied to have dragon blood. they have elf ears and the kossith are said to come from somewhere "far away" but they don't actually know why they had to leave. solas has a low opinion of them, even more than humans. its probs just me reaching, but maybe there's a link?
bless you, thanks! i’d love to hear about your kids one day, but i totally get being nervous about sharing <33
as for the mythal-qunari thing….thats super super interesting
because i can never just leave things at that, let’s frickin. roll up our sleeves and really get into this.
kossith = qunari?
qunari are kind of complicated because it’s super unclear whether ‘kossith’ refers to their race, or the culture that the qunari stemmed from. kossith were around pre-qun, but from what we understand qunari place less importance on one’s race than one’s religion/culture (hence the differentiation between ‘qunari’ and ‘tal vashoth’). ‘kossith’ as a term isn’t really used anymore, so it’s really difficult to tell what it actually refers to.
this is only important because WoT tells us:
‘-410 Ancient: A group of kossith is believed to land in the south Korcari Wilds, establishing a colony. They are likely killed off in the First Blight, giving rise to the first appearance of ogres on the continent.’ (vol 1 p 26)
if ‘kossith’ refers to the culture the qunari came from, then this isn’t super important to this discussion. if it refers to the actual race, though, then this is the first time this race is seen in thedas – several hundred years before actual qunari land in 6:30 storm. hell, it’s fifteen years before the first blight, and 200 years before andraste.
either way, of course, the kossith/qunari are the most recent race to turn up in thedas. the qunari who appear in the storm age came from ‘an eastern land across the ocean’ (x), and though the wiki assumes that’s where the kossith also came from, that’s never confirmed.
so. we know for sure that the kossith came first. i’m willing to bet the term refers to the race, if only for the comment about ogres, which would be a weird thing to note otherwise.
so were they created?
both of these sources say that the kossith/qunari ‘land’ in thedas, though – wherever they came from, whether it’s the same place or two different ones, these groups are extra-terrestrial, if you will. if they were created by anyone, it had to be either outside of thedas, or somewhere we haven’t been yet still joined to the main continent (there’s plenty both north and south that we haven’t explored), or i guess created in thedas and then shipped off somewhere else at some point? or like you said, they left for some reason, leaving absolutely no trace behind.
(note that the first kossith were spotted by the korcari wilds, which expands way further to the south than we’ve seen, and also wow guess who we first met living in the korcari wilds? lmao.)
you mentioned that qunari have elven ears, which is kind of difficult to talk about because their ear design actually changes from game to game. compare sten and iron bull, for example:
sten very clearly has the same model of ears as elves in origins. bull? not so much.
something else that changes from game to game is qunari horns. you can see the progression if you look at sten → the arishok → iron bull. this is probably evolving design on the part of bioware – but like we said, qunari don’t pay a massive amount of attention to race, just culture, and we haven’t exactly seen enough qunari to know for sure that these are changing designs and not variations within the qunari race(s). which is a whole ‘nother question entirely, but also super interesting.
horned creatures in thedas
even more than ears, though, qunari’s most defining feature are their horns – something else that’s noticeably lacking from sten. (design changes again? or something else?)
that story about the first kossith in thedas say that they’re where ogres came from (supposedly). and looking at ogres, you can see why people would make that assumption:
big ol’ horns, huh. also check out those ears – now they look elven to me.
this ogre dude bears almost no resemblance to sten, or to bull, tbh. know who he does look like?
not exactly, obviously. the horns are different enough to give me pause (the ogre’s got this nice curly thing going on) but the general size & shape of the horns is pretty damn similar. looking at these two pictures, i totally get where this whole ogre-qunari thing came from. and it’d suggest that the people who came up with the theory believed the original kossith were the same as modern-day qunari, at least.
ogres aren’t the only things with horns we’ve seen, though. you rightfully pointed out that qunari are linked to dragons – and oh hey, we’ve seen dragons with horns as well, including this guy:
mythal’s dragon. coincidence? maybe. maybe not.
something that doesn’t look like coincidence, though is this:
the first time we see flemeth like this is at the very beginning of da2 – beforewe’ve seen any qunari with horns. check out the arishok again:
flemeth and the arishok’s horns are almost exactly the same. they both bend backwards from the head, with an upward flick at the end. they both have that smaller horn beneath. and we see flemeth first.
flemeth’s headdress seen in da2 has now become her default #look, whereas qunari are still changing up each game. but we can’t deny this kind of spot-the-difference similarity, especially considering that this is established as flemeth’s look first, before we even see any qunari in da2.
(of course, we also see flemeth appear shortly after an ogre. another coincidence?)
horned creatures in thedas (that we know of) are limited to qunari, some dragons, ogres, and flemeth’s headdress. demons are another story, though.
it’s worth noting that in all three games, the first boss you face is horned. in origins and da2, it’s an ogre. in inquisition, it’s a pride demon.
the only demons with horns (that i can think of, but please correct me if i’ve missed one) are pride demons & desire demons. pride demons actually look a lot like ogres, if you think about it:
they both have those slightly twisty horns, not to mention that they’re fuckin huge. pride demons & qunari don’t seem to have anything in common, really, apart from the stretch of ‘oh yeah horns’. honestly, if anything, pride demon horns look like halla.
desire demons are a little more what we’re talking about, though:
we’ve currently only seen two beings with horizontal horns that go outwards sideways, instead of going back from the head. those two are desire demons, and the iron bull. of course, iron bull’s horns aren’t curly, but they do also head upwards at the end.
demons and dragons
so we know there’s some kind of a link probably between qunari and dragons. WoT tells us that ‘the kossith race prayed to animist gods’ (vol 1 p127), and iron bull tells us that some qunari believe the tamassrans mix qunari and dragon blood to form reavers, qunari with special abilities.
and, you know, if that soundsfamiliar, it’s probably because it was a major plot point in origins.
the joining is, effectively, a blood magic ritual in which one imbibes dragon blood and gains special abilities/a massively slowed-down version of the taint/some kind of immunity to the taint/who knows, it makes you special okay. and the joining was invented sometime during the first blight, with the grey wardens being founded 100 years after the first kossith appeared in thedas.
considering tevinter’s obsession with ancient elvhen beliefs & magic, it wouldn’t be a massive stretch to suggest that they got the idea of the joining from, i don’t know, some kind of elvhen qunari-making ritual thing. in fact, it’d make a hell of a lot more sense than some dude just being like ‘lol drink this dragon blood it’ll be funny’ & then discovering he can save the world.
know something else about the joining? it can’t be just any dragon blood, of course – it’s got to be archdemon blood. the terminology & lore surrounding all this is kind of messy, in my opinion, but basically: old gods are dragons, who, when freed from wherever they’re hanging out (supposedly in the deep roads) become archdemons and lead the blight.
taking into account that at least some of this is definitely chantry bogus, and our new knowledge about the veil etc throws a lot of it into a completely different light, the whole dragon + demon relationship here is super interesting.
because, like. obviously not every creature with horns has to be related, that’d be silly. but idk, man, there’s a theory that elves are spirits made flesh, and if we’re going with the ‘mythal created the qunari’ theory then is it super far-fetched to suggest she did something involving spirits + dragons to create them?
so is any of this even remotely likely?
i’m not 100% on whether i believe mythal created the qunari, honestly. it feels like something that big would come into play somewhere, but i don’t think the franchise is gearing up for some big qunari-elvhen reveal. i do think both qunari and elves are gonna be super important going forwards, but that’s going forwards you know?
(not to mention the idea that qunari are somehow fabricated or grown in test tubes or whatever makes me super :/ bc they’re coded as poc & particularly meant to parallel islam (which is gross in its own right lmao), but i can’t really talk about it in any more depth than that)
but honestly, when has ‘not likely’ ever stopped me from speculating lmao
if i was gonna argue that mythal created the qunari, here’s what i’d say:
qunari designs are deliberately linked to elves (origins) and flemeth (da2), as well as ogres (WoT) and, by extension, other horned beings – especially considering the ogres in origins & da2 perform the same role as the pride demon in inquisition.
qunari are also linked in lore to dragons, as is flemeth/mythal. mythal’s dragon is also horned.
kossith are also linked to flemeth, as they first turned up in the korcari wilds, the same place we find flemeth in origins
the first kossith turned up around 100 years before thejoining was invented; it’s highly likely that the joining is at least in part based off ancient elvhen rituals involving blood magic + dragons
the qunari have (allegedly) invented their own rituals involving blood magic + dragons, completely independently of the grey wardens. were they also based off ancient elvhen rituals, or passed down to them through their creator?
-410 ancient, the first time we hear about kossith, is way way too late for arlathan, which fell in -975; but honestly it wouldn’t be a stretch for the records to have been lost (thanks tevinter), the records to be somewhere we haven’t had access to them (u kno tevinter has a library of alexandria equivalent), or even for mythal to invent this whole practice after the fall of arlathan, as a direct response even maybe (if you watched your empire fall to tevinter, who better to invent than a race constantly at war with them?)
looking at the design & genetics of qunari, it’s honestly not a stretch at all to see elven, draconic, & even demonic influences
this is long as heck but basically in short: idk if i completely agree with this theory, but it sure is fun to think about holy hell
619. Some Slytherins actually fought with the Order during the final battle, but knowing that their house colors could make them targets of accidental friendly fire, they transfigured their robes and ties to Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff colors.
Very very old (and kind of bad) demo of a first draft of what became “The Duel” from Great Comet. In this version, Pierre is drunkenly playing with a bear; he pretends it is Napoleon and tries to kill it as Anatole and Dolokhov cheer him on. They are interrupted by a policeman; Pierre ties the bear to the policeman and throws them in the river before passing out. (x)
It was hard to open your eyes with a pounding headache. But an achingly familiar voice coaxed you to raise your head and force yourself awake. Through blurry vision, you recognized the face whom the voice belonged to. “Dwayne.” You managed to say. The first word that came to your mind.
Pride gave a small smile, happy to see you were awake and alert. “That’s right, darlin’. You okay?”
You groaned at the question. “Head.” Was the only thing you could come up with before blinking open your eyes all the way. They stung, but you wanted to see Dwayne’s face. “You?”
He gave a small nod. “Our hands are tied, honey. Don’t know where we are. Just get your bearings, and we’ll find a way out.”