Things You Said - 04.

Recommended Listening: Marriage Proposal - Ilan Eshkeri

things you said over the phone in letters


I’d forgotten how cold it gets in Ferelden. You’d hate it, of course. Still, Skyhold is quite lovely. Varric misses you (he says hello). He doesn’t say it, but I know he misses Kirkwall as much as I do and he’s been away longer. He’s made friends here at least. The Inquisitor is so young, Fen. Reminds me of me when I first got to Kirkwall, before everything went to… well, you know. At least I found you through all of it. Maker, I miss you. It hurts how much I miss you.

Her name is scrawled at the bottom of the page, that swirling Hawke. His fingers trace it, and he smiles at the splotches of ink on the page. She’s always hated writing. Fenris folds her letter carefully, places it on the bedside table. She’s ruined him. He used to be fine being alone. Now the empty space on the bed is agony, the absence of touch an ache. He allows Mr. Barks on the bed, who gratefully drapes himself over Fenris’s legs. It isn’t much, but it will do.

We found Stroud – after putting to rest a bunch of undead in Crestwood and killing a dragon. This one could spew lightning! It was amazing Fen. I was amazing. You should have seen it! I tried to bring back the skull for you but it was too big for me to carry. (Fenris laughs at the messy sketch of a sad-faced Hawke, buried underneath what he thinks is supposed to be a skull.) We’re off to the Western Approach. I’ll write you as soon as I can.

There is sand in places there should not be sand. I’ve found so much of it in my smalls. This is the worst Fen. If the sand doesn’t kill me, the heat will. If that doesn’t, maybe the possessed Wardens might. This is getting crazier by the day. I wish you were here. You might be able to make sense of it all. At the very least, I wouldn’t feel so scared.

We’re attacking Adamant Fortress. The first volleys of the trebuchets have just flown. I’m heading inside with the troops. I’m sending this with the last courier. I love you Fenris. Maker, I love you so much. More than you know. Fenris, I love you. I am always, always, your Hawke.

The parchment is half-scorched, half-ripped, and there’s a pool of ink spilled on the bottom. Her writing is messier than he’s ever known it to be. He clutches at it, stares at the words as he sits down on the couch. He runs a hand through his hair, rubs his face. His hands shake as the parchment slips from his fingers, falls to the floor. He doesn’t receive another letter from her.


He’s known to the vendors in Hightown. The baker sets aside fresh rolls from him, and the old woman who sells fruit always has a bag of apples ready. They tell him that someone who helped save Kirkwall doesn’t need to pay. He insists they take his coin anyway. It’s been months since he’s heard any news of the Inquisition. He buys the paper every day, listens to each scrap of gossip, desperate to hear anything of the Champion.

Fenris learns not to expect anything. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t believe it when he first sees it. A head of raven hair. A flash of blue eyes. A familiar face staring at him across a crowd, on the other side of the market. Apples go rolling when he drops the basket, breaks into a run, his arms outstretched towards her.

He gathers her up, arms around her waist, lifting her clear off the ground and spinning her round with him. Hawke is half-laughing, half-crying, her arms just as tight around him. Feet touch ground, and he can still scarcely believe it. He brushes away hair, cups her face in his hands. He crushes his mouth against hers, holds her in shaking arms once again.

“Hawke, I have missed you,” he whispers to her, and he squeezes his eyes closed as they breathe each other in. He listens to her watery laugh, feels her hands bunch at his back, winding into his tunic. “I am – you are – I.” I am yours, he wants to tell her. She already knows, drawing him into another kiss.

“I missed you too,” she says with a smile.

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I always though it would’ve been really cool if everyone’s appearances changed over the course of the game, their hairstyles at least. 

So, y’know, since it’s not in the game i did it myself :V

Changing hairstyles for erryone!!!

(except for Sebastian because I’ve never played with him and also Carver and Bethany because I’d wanna do separate ones for their separate routes and… well honestly I ran out of steam)

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Another productive day for the inquisition. 

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Ive had a very long two weeks but i’ve been slowly chipping away at this and im so happy i can finally say it’s finished :)

the signs as dragon age quotes

Aries: (After hearing terrible pickup lines) “Can I kill him yet? He’s hurting me.”

Taurus: “I see what must be done, and I do it! I see no point in running around in circles like a dog chasing its tail.”

Gemini: “Loyalty is an interesting concept. If you wish and if you are done interrogating me, we can discuss it further.”

Cancer: “Could we, perhaps, do battle with a pack of pretty flowers or soft bunnies next time? I’d do much better.”

Leo: (in response to ‘you’re not as handsome as you think’) “I must be, or you wouldn’t have been thinking about it all this time.”

Virgo: “My people had a saying long ago - “The healer has the bloodiest hands."”

Libra: “Freedom was interesting while it lasted.”

Scorpio: “I have faith in my friends well enough. Faith that they will one day stab me in the back.” 

Sagittarius: “I shall endeavor to exist with less offense.”

Capricorn: “Just once, we should enter a cave and see normal-sized spiders.”

Aquarius: “Magic can kill. Knives can kill. Even small children launched at great speed could kill.”

Pisces: “Demons can’t hear you. It hurts too much. Nothing here makes sense to them.”

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Paperwick’s Sleepy Dragon Age Artstyle Guide

Just a quick style guide I whipped together in the last few hours. It’s in response to an anon from several days ago, I hope this helps! (And a sneak peak into the next card I’m working on for my personal deck.)

Process gif for my Solas Tarot

Gold-leaf tutorial

Tool set I use for these cards

Planning your Dragon Age tarot card

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Send me quotes please!

I really want to continue this series :) So if you want, send me an ask with your favourite character and a quote of theirs that means something to you, and I’ll see if I can use it! I’m trying not to use romance-specific quotes so that everyone can identify themselves with them regardless of their personal playthrough.

The finished companions can be found here and are also available on Society6 by the way ;)

(Oh yeah, though they’re not technically companions I do intend to go with Josephine and Cullen as well because let’s face it they’re amazing. So if there’s any other non-companion characters you’d like to see, shoot me an ask!)