Confession:  I was a proud Dragon Age stan for about 6 years, but the blatant racism in Inquisition’s writing ruined the series for me. I tried to enjoy the series in spite of it, but the more I played the more micro-aggressions I found. As a black fan it was just too much for me. I will say though that a lot of the fanfiction is still really good and I still love Isabela and Vivienne.

(Wooh, haven’t done one of these in a while, so sorry. But here you go, hope you enjoy!)

DA:I Companions Reactions to meeting the Inquisitor’s Ex.

Cassandra: She is a little shocked at first, wondering why exactly the ex is coming around right now. Cassandra makes sure to drag the Inquisitor aside in private to ask if they are OK with the ex being there, or if she should make plans to have them leave. She cant help but wonder if the ex is only there to try and take advantage of the Inquisitor, and she is very protective. If romanced: She actually puffs up and gets a little heated, but she walks off and takes out her frustration on her practice dummies. She refuses to let the Inquisitor see her jealous in any way, and she is definitely not used to these kinds of feelings, so she tries to bottle them up. It helps a lot when the Inquisitor comes up behind her, pulling the sword from her hand and wrapping their arms around her, whispering in her ear just how much they love Cassandra and how their ex is very much not a part of their life anymore.

Varric: He cannot help but laugh, and jokingly talks about how he is going to have to take the ex aside and get all the juicy details of their relationship. It would make for an excellent addition to one of his books! But, seeing how uncomfortable it makes the Inquisitor, he meets up with them in the tavern by themselves and asks them how they are doing. He nudges them with his elbow and asks if they would like him to write a not so flattering commentary on the ex; just say the word and it’ll be done! This earns him a laugh and a half armed hug from the Inquisitor.

Solas: It doesn’t really interest him too much, but he does try and make polite conversation with the newcomer. He later asks the Inquisitor politely about their relationship, and if they need anyone to talk to. He is not a stranger to the ways of passion, he says, and he knows the stresses of when things go sour. If Romanced: He is apparently very good at the passive aggressive game, and he makes sure to appear whenever the Inquisitor has to be around the ex. He doesn’t actively show his affections, but he tends to stand closer to the Inquisitor, brushing his hand against theirs or brushing their hair back away from their face, enough so the ex gets the point.

Sera: She laughs and cackles, and demands to know how Quizzy is in bed from the ex, which causes blushing and awkward shuffling all the way around. When she notices this, she very bluntly asks if they had a rough breaking up, and offers to slap the ex for the Inquisitor if they want (much to the surprise and angst of the ex, who is standing right there for this!). If Romanced: She very actively pranks the ex; spiders in their clothes, snakes in bedrolls, pies dropping on them from high places. Needless to say, the ex does not stay around for very long, and it gains Sera some much appreciated affection from the Inquisitor.

Vivienne: She is very polite and communicative with the ex, asking them all kinds of questions about themselves and their past. She then invites the Inquisitor up to her parlor and sits them down to talk all about the gossip that was their relationship. If it ended badly, she offers to spread distasteful rumors of the ex through the royalty. It’s the least she can do for the darling Inquisitor, after all.

Iron Bull: Being ex Ben Hassrath, he immediately picks up on the tension between the Inquisitor and their ex, and he makes sure to hang around (within interrupting distance) to let them know he is there to support them. He also has his chargers keep on eye on the ex, just in case the ex turns into a problem. If Romanced: He hangs around his Kadan for moral support, but he goes off of their cues, not wanting to interrupt unless he is needed. If he notices things are getting too heated between his Kadan and their ex, he simply walks over, picks them up, and takes them away, up to their room for a more…enjoyable use of their time. He does not feel at all threatened by the ex, and his only concern is making sure the Inquisitor is ok.

Blackwall: He tries to be jovial and friendly, inviting the ex for a drink at the tavern, not fully picking up on the tension between them and the Inquisitor. His ulterior motives, however, are to get a feel of the ex. If you want to get to know someone, get a few drinks into them first. If Romanced: He does the same; takes them to the tavern to get a few drinks into them, then takes them for a nightly stroll where he very firmly and sternly tells the ex that if he has any ideas about the Inquisitor…any at all…and he better damn well leave right then and there, because Blackwall won’t put up with any kind of bull shit that upsets his Inquisitor. Then he pats the ex on the shoulder, and never speaks of it again, except for the occasional dagger glare behind the Inquisitor’s back.

Dorian: He is very good at backhanded compliments, and the ex is left with never knowing really what exactly was said. Dorian goes off of the Inquisitor’s cues, and he makes all sorts of comments about how the Inquisitor has caught the eyes of this fancy person or that fancy person, or how well off the Inquisitor is doing nowadays. He is the best wing man any Inquisitor could ask for, making the ex feel as small as possible. If Romanced: His snarkiness is increased ten fold, and he actually ends up being somewhat cranky and irritable while the ex visits. Until the Inquisitor wraps their arms around him, swaying gently and laughing at his jealousy (which Dorian is adamant he is NOT jealous), until they are a cute, laughing heap in Dorian’s chair.

Cole: Tight, red burning embarrassment. Anger and hurt, not wanting to be here, why are they here, just want to disappear. Cole can feel the tension from the Inquisitor, and he tries to help as best he can by steering the ex away from the Inquisitor as often as possible. He really wanted to help the Inquisitor and Ex forget, but he knew it wouldn’t help in the long run, so he does what he can from the shadows, being there for silent moral support when the Inquisitor has to deal with the ex.

Extra:

Leliana: She already has collected a frightening amount of information on this ex, and she has no problem using it against them. She meets up with the Inquisitor and walks through the past of the ex since the two had broken up, and the two sit talking and gossiping away, which is not normal for them but actually kind of nice. Leliana makes sure that the Inquisitor knows if they want or need anything to happen to the ex, all they have to do is give the word.

Josephine: Being the nice, diplomatic person she is, she tries her hardest to make the ex feel welcome. She gives them a tour and makes sure they have good food and good quarters to stay in. If Romanced: She is almost sickeningly sweet and nice, but it can’t help but be noticed that she puts the ex as far away from the Inquisitor’s quarters as possible. When she gets the Inquisitor alone, she asks them about their ex and their past (even though she could have that information from Josephine, but she wants to here it from the Inquisitor.) They spend a lovely evening going over each other’s pasts and dreaming about the future.

Cullen: He shakes hands with the ex, and offers to show them around, show them the training grounds and everything. He isn’t too experienced in the field of love, but he does embarrassingly ask the Inquisitor if they need anything, they can always come to him. If Romanced: When shaking the ex’s hand, you can tell it is somewhat more forceful than it needed to be. He somewhat forcefully invites the ex to a sparring session, so they can see just how well the Inquisitor has been commanding the forces. The ex, seeing the hard gleam in his eyes, respectfully declines, but it gains Cullen a lovely evening with his Inquisitor as they imagined him fighting in their honor.

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Skintones for POC companions in Dragon Age

Whitewashing is a huge problem in every fandom, and DA is no exception. All of the characters above are whitewashed and have their skin lightened on a daily basis. 

There is no excuse when someone whitewashes a character. Take your appropriate swatches if you must, and make sure you are staying true to the characters actual skin tone. Use these colours if you’d like - they were more meant to prove a point. You are certainly welcome to use them as a base.

Stop whitewashing POC. Stop lightening skin, stop slimming down features, and stop blaming whitewashing on lighting. You know better than that. You can do better than that.

Do not take swatches from the lightest part of the face - all the light colours shown here are meant for highlighting purposes. They are the highlights of the face, to be used to display light bouncing off the surface of one’s skin.

Every image of the characters except Josephine was taken from the dragon age wiki site and was only altered to fit and blend with the pictures. All other graphics are mine. 

have some fun vivienne facts!

  • if the inquisitor romances dorian, vivienne receives a letter from an acquaintance in tevinter expressing shock at the “disturbing rumors” of their relationship, and vivienne responds by ripping the acquaintance a new one
  • repeatedly expresses sorrow at civilian deaths (”the defenseless are always the first casualties of war”)
  • cole said this about her harrowing “no, I will not fall, no one will control me ever again…shaking, hollow, harrowed but smiling at templars to show them i’m me, i am not like that”
  • despite her insistence that cole is a demon, she was worried for him
  • unlike solas, she is afraid of demons
  • finds it delightful that varric is writing a story with her as the villain
  • “my dear, if i didn’t want people to fear me I wouldn’t dress like this”
  • wants to send a sternly worded letter to varric’s tailor
  • was born in wycome 
  • has read hard in hightown
  • “i am the most dangerous thing in the room, darling”
  • treats bull like a favorite son and teaches him to dance
  • bull compares her to a qunari dreadnought, which she enjoys
  • greatly admired divine justinia
  • sees templars as a useful tool
  • “that which makes you different can be a burden or a source of strength”
  • was taken to the circle at such a young age that she doesn’t remember her parents
  • passes information on to sera and the friends of red jenny
  • worries for dorian’s safety in trying to reform the imperium, tells him to be careful
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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 :)

friendly hugs of the inquisition
  • Iron Bull hugs you like you’re one of the crew, squeezing you hard, smushing you into his body.  He greets you loudly, and you have to snatch a quick breath before your face is full of grey skin and hard muscle and an elbow behind your neck, precisely placed just in case.  Old spy habits, he says later.  Sorry.
  • Sera hugs awkwardly, all angles and space and light, hesitant pats on the back.  Hugging is a new experience for her and she needs time to adjust to the fact that someone wants to hug her just because.
  • Blackwall’s hug is a brief squeeze, a side hug almost.  At one point in his life he was warm and open and larger than life; at one point in his life he hugged that way, too.  But that was then.
  • Cassandra almost looks embarrassed when you hug her, which you do because the opportunity to make her blush is too tempting to pass up.  When she finally returns the gesture, it’s surprising in its fierceness.  You feel the muscles of her arms and shoulders bunch, and she always manages to pop something in your back.
  • Cole is new to hugs but he likes them, likes to slide his arms around you like you are a precious, breakable thing, likes to fold you into himself and breathe you in.  In truth the way he hugs is a mirror of you, so he hugs you and you hug him for as long as you both want, and it never grows uncomfortable.
  • Varric always laughs before he hugs, or chuckles, or says something.  “Hey,” he’ll grunt, or “c’mere.”  He hugs with one thickly corded arm; you’re glad he doesn’t hug you with two, because if he did you’d be face to face with that magnificent chest hair and you don’t think you’d be able to survive the meeting.  Varric is so considerate.
  • Dorian flings his arms open for you; you have an urge to run into them and be spun around, like in the romance novels Cassandra reads.  You never do, but return his enthusiasm gladly, clothes rustling as bodies meet, arms thumping around each other.  Before he releases you, he presses his cheek to you briefly, just a touch.  His mustache tickles.
  • Vivienne doesn’t hug, darling, but she will air kiss, first right, then left.  If you try to go left first it’s all over, and the privilege will not be given back for a week.
  • Solas hugs quick and sudden, pulling you so fast into him that you’re left breathless.  It’s over before you can react, the space between you recreated in half a second.  He fills it with a quietly spoken, “My friend.  It is good to see you.”
  • Leliana hugs slowly, her arms tightening around your ribs bit by bit.  Affection is rare for her now, and she will savor it whenever she finds it. When you part her scent lingers on your skin, and for minutes afterwards you keep catching whiffs of it, over and over.
  • Cullen hugs you properly, one arm around your shoulders, the other arm around your chest, hugs you for the perfect amount of time, hugs you with the perfect amount of tightness, the point of his chin pressing lightly into your shoulder.  He hugs deliberately, and doesn’t pull away fast.
  • Josephine hugs so innocently, both arms under yours, elbows bent and at waist height, forearms flush against your back.  Her eyes always sparkle, and sometimes she will even lift one foot up just slightly, and point her toes.

Apparently it’s Vivienne appreciation month. Also I just wanted to draw Vivienne in a pretty dress. I’m going to draw everyone in pretty dresses. Pretty dresses are fun.

EDIT: Thanks for all the love on this picture, now I’m planning on drawing people & naming it “Halamshiral AU” aka where everyone wears nice clothes instead of that Disney prince garb.
short info: Her outfit is based on her regular outfit, and French/English/Italian fashion during 1500-1600 (I know it’s a stretch but Thedas isn’t exactly historically accurate) I used desaturated colours because those work on her.

Halamshiral Series (WIP):

  • Blackwall
  • Cassandra
  • Cole
  • Cullen
  • Dorian
  • Iron Bull
  • Josephine
  • Leliana
  • Sera
  • Solas
  • Varric
  • Vivienne