August 28, 2014
http://knight-enchanter.tumblr.com/post/95555510658/this-swedish-da-i-interview-with-mike-and-mark

dravensdickpouch:

saiyajinlegacy:

ohno-melon:

saiyajinlegacy:

ohno-melon:

saiyajinlegacy:

ohno-melon:

knight-enchanter:

This Swedish DA:I interview with Mike and Mark says that Varric will NOT be a romance option.

Translation of relevant passage:

"Q. It seems to have been a little uncertain whether fanfavoriten Varric going to have a romance with, it is possible to say more today?

Mark: It will not be…

Interesting to note that they seem to care about the minority here instead of the majority. That seems odd, to say the least, for Bioware (and completely unprecedented). I mean… *looks at Cullen, Anders, Garrus, Tali* *then looks at ME:3 Extended Cut “DLC”* …Well, maybe not entirely.

A lot of people want to cry “WELL BIANCA”. Here’s the funny thing, and to express my point, I’m going to have to tell a very personal story.

I thought I was deeply in love with a best friend at some point. i mean, he was always there for me and for the most part, did right by me. We said some things. Made a few “promises”.

Then, something happened, and there was someone else in the picture, and I quickly realized that the reason I had latched on to my friend was because I was terrified of being alone after a few really bad relationships. I talked to my friend. We agreed that maybe we hadn’t thought things through. He urged me to see this other guy, to let my options remain open. He was more than relieved.

I am now married, more happy than I can imagine, to the “someone else in the picture”, the love of my life, and the idea that I might have made a mistake because of a few brash promises terrifies the piss out of me. So, if you want me to care about a promise and a girl I know nothing about, you’re shit out of luck, Bioware. Been there, and happier for taking a leap than staying safe on a cliff edge with no ways to go but backwards.

And because you latched onto someone because you were lonely, Varric is that pathetic as well, right?

I’m sorry, but I seriously have no tolerance for these kinds of posts. You know dick all about Varric’s relationship with Bianca, and you’re proving that you, a) know nothing about Varric’s character, and b) care more about banging the cool dwarf dude than seeing his story play out.

Seriously you could take this logic and apply it to anything. “WAH SERA IS LESBIAN WHY?! I HAD A FRIEND WHO WAS LESBIAN UNTIL SHE MET A GUY ONE TIME AND NOW THEY’RE TOGETHER BECAUSE HE WAS JUST PERFECT SERA BE LIKE HER!”

You know nothing about that character’s personal relationships in their past. You know nothing of their current relationships. We barely know who Bianca is. In fact, I don’t even know if it was explicitly stated to be a romantic relationship - it very well could be that she’s a sister, or a child of war, that for some reason or another he’s foresaking love entirely in order to care exclusively for them. (Again, maybe it has been explicitly stated, but I’ve not come across it yet. Even if this paragraph is wrong, don’t ignore the rest of the post like the majority of people on this site would).

Varric isn’t going to just drop a promise with someone because someone else expressed interest in him. And even if he was going to, Hawke would’ve had a much greater chance given that she was his friend for several years (and again, to my knowledge, Inquisition takes place over a shorter and much more urgent period of Thedan history).

Okay, so, I wrote that post at like, 3 in the morning when I was tired and had a headache. I may have come across as a little vitrolic. Happens. Not an excuse, but seeing as I’m human, well.

But to call me pathetic because of loneliness is, well. I’m not really sure what point you’re trying to get across here. It certainly can’t be a good one if you’re taking to pot shots at the character of someone you don’t even know. Sorry that I made some stupid decisions because of a basic human need? Yes, that makes me pathetic, thank you. Ignoring that now though!

However, let me make an amendment: because of my personal experience with a story that is in a lot of ways similar to what most people speculate Varric goes through, I think it would have been a hell of a lot more interesting to show a character not FORSAKING a promise, but simply realizing that maybe it’s not the most healthy option. Yes, you’re right, we don’t actually know what’s going on with Bianca. But a promise, no matter the intentions, is NOT always good for people. However, most fiction writers seem to think all promises are sacred. Characters don’t usually think these things through. I feel Varric would have been an interesting medium to use in the idea of a promise not always being what’s best or even right, and him “coming around” as it were (perhaps not the best term to use, but it’ll get the point across).

Again: I was being a pouty fangirl at 3 in the morning —>

but I am not fucking pathetic for making human mistakes in my own life (nobody’s perfect) —>

however these mistakes, I feel, give me an interesting insight that I don’t think most fiction writers think of or take into account, and I am disappointed that this is so, simply because I think it’s a damn interesting turn of events.

We all make mistakes - if you check my post now, I reworded what I said to be a bit less hostile. It’s not pathetic to be lonely, but I’ve seen enough relationships where people latch onto others out of loneliness end in the suffering of both involved (and mostly the person being latched on to). It’s a childish notion and not one that you see very often (if ever) in mature relationships.
People who jump into relationships like that are pathetic. By the very definition of the word: “arousing pity, especially through vulnerability or sadness”. I’ve seen those situations far too often, and it really does break my heart because I know how much the person latching on to the one they’ve hurt suffers because of it. It breaks my heart to see that in people. 
I’m sorry if you took it to mean something more mean spirited than I intended. It was the opposite intention, but I re-worded the post after my girlfriend pointed out that most people don’t view the word “pathetic” by its original definition anymore.

Varric seems like the kind of character who already knows what’s best for him. He has always been an incredibly wise, incredibly intelligent character. He breaks a lot of the dwarven tropes that’re popular and that is one of his defining features. And I think it’d be a lot more interesting to see what the deal with Bianca is than to see him foresake that relationship (again, one that’s been in the works for years) for a romance with some random soldier he meets in wartime.
I’m still personally hoping that Bianca is a daughter figure or someone like that, rather than the romance. A dependent that he’s sworn to look after or avenge, or something else entirely. But not a romance. I think that’d be a really good direction for them to go in, but we’ll have to see.

People who make mistakes are pathetic, again, by its very definition. I’m sorry again that you saw my post as an attack on you, it was actually the stark opposite as I’ve explained. 

You may think it’d be interesting, but I disagree. And I’m certain a lot of other people agree with me on that one. Regardless of that fact, it would be too out of character for Varric, and let’s be honest - if you’d wanted the promise with Bianca to be let go, it doesn’t have to be through romance to the Inquisitor (or a romance at all for that matter, but that’s besides the point). It’d make far more sense for it to be Hawke, or hell, any of the characters from DA2 that he’s known over the years. Even Cassandra. However, the one character it definitely doesn’t make sense for him to romance… is the Inquisitor.

I like that Varric is sticking with this promise, and I adore the air of mystery surrounding it. There’re plenty of examples in fiction where promises were broken or let go because they weren’t good for the character in question. We don’t need it here, and it wouldn’t suit the character or the story - and little lessons like this shouldn’t be shoehorned into stories for the sake of it.

Well, I suppose that that’s just something that we agree to disagree on. I could sit here and argue your points all day, and you could argue back - not that I mean argue in the inflammatory sense, mind you - but there’s no point to it as we’re both set in our opinions. Which is fine, god knows I’m set on a lot of unpopular opinions. But, unpopular or popular, people are allowed to have them and the popularity (or unpopularity, as it were) of such opinions (when in expression of things such as books, films, etc - subjective things like that, I don’t want this post to be accused of supporting people who have the opinion that people should be segregated based on skin color or something like that) shouldn’t really be a motivating factor in, well, anything, except friendly discussion.

As for the pathetic part, whether people use the term correctly or not, you’re not going to find a lot of people who accept being called that, even if it’s true (I think you could argue that, since the term is no longer being used correctly, that pathetic and what is or isn’t is subjective - or even using the correct term, you could argue for it being subjective, what I find pitiable might not be what you find pitiable). In my personal view, people who make mistakes are human. I suppose if you’re going with the original meaning, and since everyone makes mistakes, then the entire human race is pathetic, but again, not something people like hearing. I know I certainly balk at it.

For the pathetic part, that’s exactly why I changed the wording. And yes, everyone is pathetic at plenty of different points in their lives - I wasn’t saying “I pity you in general”, but “I pity you in that situation”. 
And I disagree about the usage. Should we start using ironic and coincidence interchangeably because people use the word incorrectly? No. These words have a meaning and we should work more on educating people in their correct usage rather than allowing people to skew their meaning entirely. I thought you may understand my feelings here as a reading and writing buff, but I guess not.

As for the opinions thing, I suppose that’s one way to look at it. I still think the argument to make him a romance option is weak (even if we ignore how out of place I think him breaking his promise this long after making it would be). Even if that was something he would do, for argument’s sake, there are still many candidates that would make more sense to be the one to open that road to him. A random soldier fighting over a short period of time, regardless of her rank, would be a really anti-climactic and out of place way to end that promise. It very literally would just be pandering to the fan girls who want to jump his bones. However, I don’t think you’re going to agree with me (I know how defensive people can be when it comes to romances in games), so there probably isn’t much use in continuing this discussion.

Again, sorry for offending you. You just happened to see my post before I made my corrections to it (to make it more suitable for a contemporary audience). I stand by the idea of using words correctly rather than avoiding them and allowing the incorrect definition to take over, though, and I’ll pretty much always defend the correct use of the English language.

Wow, okay, I don’t usually jump into these things, but, uhm…

There is no “correct way” to use the English language?

English is DESCRIBED, not PRESCRIBED. That means there is no authority and there are no hard and fast rules. The dictionary people listen to popular words and meaning and then shrug their shoulders and go “Okay” and put them in the dictionary. And that’s about it.

If you want to use “correct English”, then you won’t be using a lot of words we use today, or a lot of phrases. Hell, you wouldn’t even be saying my last name properly - because when my immigrant great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents got off the boat, their last name was mispronounced and misspelled so much, that it got morphed into the last name I hold. But it’s my last name. Not what their last name was, that’s not my last name - it’s what’s been mispronounced or misspelled. And frankly, I’d be sort of pissed if you used their last name instead of my own.

http://www.pbs.org/speak/speech/correct/prescriptivism/ I think this is a really great article, as are most of the articles/books he cites as additional reading.

English evolves - that’s why we have words such as internet today. As reading and writing buffs, I think ohno-melon and I both understand this.

Whether you like the fact that English is evolving and is described isn’t the point. It is, and it doesn’t need anyone “defending” it.

"There is no ‘correct’ way to use the English language."
Uhm, I think I could find a few million English teachers/lecturers who would disagree.

You seem to be going into semantic territory, in the sense that words change over time and are added to or subtracted from the language, etc. That’s not what I was talking about.

I’m talking about a word being warped by incorrect usage (like how “irony” and “coincidence” are often muddled up in America, as well as the rest of the world thanks to the globalisation of American media) to mean something entirely different to what it actually means. People use “pathetic” when they mean “disgraceful” or “contemptible” (or any other number of words describing a negative view of a person without any real sympathy, compassion or sadness). This was mostly due to ironic or sarcastic use of the phrase originally, which over time was perceived to be the correct usage and (incorrectly) used in such a way.

Perhaps you’re satisfied with people confusing the meaning of words, like “pathetic” or the aforementioned “irony” and “coincidence”. However, if these words continue to be used incorrectly, we’ll eventually end up losing flexibility in the language - we’ll no longer have a word that means “evoking sympathy through sadness or vulnerability”, nor will we have a word that means “something that appears contrary to what’s expected”. And, as a by-product, we’ll have an overabundance of words meaning the opposite.

Sorry, but I celebrate the complexity and nuances of the English language. As a “reading and writing buff”, perhaps I’m unique in this or just plain crazy, but I can’t just “follow popular usage”. If we left the language in the hands of the average person - people with low literary acumen - the language really would lose all that makes it beautiful.

I already find it difficult to enjoy books that use “layman’s English” (ie. simplified for the express usage of those with low or average vocabularies). And before you start, I’m not being snobby, nor am I looking down on anyone. However, that does not mean I need to be satisfied with the devolution of the English language, nor need I settle for a writing or speaking style that cuts all of the allure out of it.

August 27, 2014
"Lorraine Kelly has been accused of ‘betraying’ and ‘letting down’ her fans after she dropped two dress sizes."

“‘She betrayed her fat followers by losing weight,’ one fan wrote.”

Wow. Just… wow. I found this article in one of my mum’s magazines (I saw the headline in passing and just had to see what it was all about). How entitled do you have to be… no, how insecure do you have to be, that when a celebrity becomes healthier you feel the need to call betrayal?

My god. At least Spoony had some precedence for his infamous shout of “BETRAYAL!” at E3 four years ago, and people still give him shit for it. I seriously hope these women are in the minority, but even if that is the case… I know this is the exact attitude the fat community on tumblr has. You’re an idol to them as long as you justify their existence - as soon as you wise up and actually start to work on being healthy, you’re dead to them.

On a side note to the ones that claim “oh but everyone has a different healthy weight”, I just had to add this… yes. Everyone does have a different “healthy” weight… but overweight is still OVERweight. If you have obvious, jiggly fat stores all over your body and you’re not storing up energy for a particular purpose, you are not a healthy weight.

Also, this isn’t really related, but I love the Spoony “BETRAYAL!” song so I just had to shove it in this post at some point.

August 27, 2014
"B-but you don't know the definition of feminism! It means equality for all! Look it up!"

avulcanpointofview:

So, you want to play the “it doesn’t matter what a movement does as long as its definition can justify its existence” card? Alright. I’ll bite.

feduptoinfinity splunkee 

August 26, 2014

Found this old scarf when I was moving my furniture during renovations. It’s a Celtic Football Club Pokémon scarf that my uncle bought me as a child.

I still find it amusing, to be honest.

August 26, 2014
Something gross and fucky is going on in gaming…

sirstylus:

So I recently learned about this awesome sounding project/contest made by “The Fine Young Capitalists” (Link here: http://www.thefineyoungcapitalists.com/Voting ) that is trying to encourage women to break into the video game indrustry. TFYC is offering to make the winning idea themselves, and will donate all of the proceeds to both the winning contestant and charity. Women who are interested in gaming and have ideas (but no sufficient background in game design to have their ideas made) are being given a shot to have their ideas brought to life. Sounds awesome right?

Well…

As SOON as I find this out I find out that a female game dev by the name of Zoe Quinn has taken offense to the project, and called to have it’s crowdfunding pulled. Her reasoning? A very large chunk of donations was made by members of 4chan’s /pol/ and /v/ boards. She doesn’t care that the money is going to help females branch into a depressingly male saturated field. She just cares that 4chan has called her out on past bullshit (I’m still trying to get current with what a lot of that bullshit is and really it sounds vile) and wants to see anything with it’s name on it fail.

Days after her complaint the crowdfunding page was briefly replaced with video and text mocking those who funded the cause. Now the page is completely down and TFYC themselves have said that someone has brute forced their way into the accounts for the crowdfunding page in question. There is a strong probability that the data involving the donations has been lost. TFYC is working with Indiegogo to see if it can be restored. (A statement about the whole thing has been made by them here: http://thefineyoungcapitalists.tumblr.com/post/95626418480/on-the-conspiracy and here: http://thefineyoungcapitalists.tumblr.com/post/95548937520/on-opression-and-narrative )

TFYC encourages people to continue voting in their contest while they try to pick up the pieces (which can be done here: http://www.thefineyoungcapitalists.com/Voting ) but I personally couldn’t help but want to learn more about why this all happened. Which led me to this video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5-51PfwI3M&index=2&list=UUWB0dvorHvkQlgfGGJR2yxQ (NSFW Language)

Honestly the narrator is more impassioned and vulgar than I’d care for, but the evidence he’s shown of the sheer influence this Zoe Quinn has in the gaming journalism world is disturbing and more than enough to have me suspicious that The Fine Young Capitalists weren’t targeted by her or someone doing her a favor.

I’m still trying to figure shit out here, but if people could signal boost this so we can just have more eyes on this whole issue it’d make me feel a lot better. Something fucky is going on, and Zoe Quinn is at the center of it. I don’t normally ask for signal boosts, and I clearly don’t know much but I didn’t feel right just sitting here saying nothing. Not to mention it means more people looking at The Fine Young Capitalists’ contest to begin with which is a good thing in itself.

(via feduptoinfinity)

August 25, 2014

knight-enchanter:

Dragon Age: Inquisition - Major Voice Cast So Far

Alix Wilton Regan - Female Inquisitor (British) - IMDB | Wiki | Twitter

Sumalee Montano - Female Inquisitor (American) - IMDB | Wiki | Twitter

Harry Hadden-Paton - Male Inquisitor (British) - IMDB | Wiki | Twitter

Jon Curry - Male Inquisitor (American) - IMDB | Twitter

Miranda Raison - Cassandra Pentaghast - IMDB | Wiki 

Brian Bloom - Varric Tethras - IMDB | Wiki

Indira Varma - Vivienne - IMDB | Wiki | Twitter

Gareth David-Lloyd - Solas - IMDB | Wiki | Twitter

Robyn Addison - Sera - IMDB | Wiki | Twitter

Freddie Prinze Jr. - The Iron Bull - IMDB | Wiki | Twitter

James Norton - Cole - IMDB | Wiki | Twitter

Greg Ellis - Cullen - IMDB | Wiki | Twitter

Corinne Kempa - Leliana - IMDB | Twitter

Allegra Clark - Josephine Montilyet - IMDB | Twitter

Claudia Black - Morrigan - IMDB | Wiki | Twitter

Gwendoline Christie - ??? - IMDB | Wiki | Twitter

??? - Blackwall

??? - Dorian

Voice Over Director & Producer - Caroline Livingstone - Twitter

Don’t forget!

Flemeth - Kate Mulgrew - IMDB | Wiki | Twitter

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August 25, 2014
kinkyturtle:

jcoleknowsbest:

So my facebook friend just posted this pic with this text….


Well, I just witnessed blatant racial injustice with my own eyes. I was getting in my car after exiting a store when a young black man stumbled past me and collapsed against the store wall. When I got out to see if he was okay, a group of white people came rushing over, one of whom was a 20-something white woman who declared in distress, “I ran a red light and hit him with my car!” People immediately assured her that SHE would be okay, meanwhile the young man is writhing in pain on the ground, pants leg torn, tears running down his face. When the police arrived and the young woman explained what happened, it was suggested to her that maybe the light had been yellow and that the young man had “darted out into the street into her path.” I was floored. I said, “But she just SAID she ran the red light and hit him in the intersection!” 





The police officers then led the young woman away and began talking with her privately in low tones. When the paramedics FINALLY got there I was surprised at the hostility they showed towards the young man. One blonde female EMT (shown in the photo) suggested that he couldn’t be THAT hurt if he was able to walk from the place where he was struck to the sidewalk where he finally collapsed. White bystanders commented several times about “What that poor girl must be going through.” I was the only one who commented on what the young man must be going through, what, with his mangled leg and all. I am absolutely positive that in the end “that poor girl” will be absolved of all wrongdoing and be able to go on her merry way. After all, she just ran a red light and slammed her car into the body of some black kid on a bike, right?And people wonder why black people are so angry and want to break shit.
















friendly reminder that studies have shown that white people do not empathize with Black people and we (including medical personel) also think Black people feel less pain

Sexism and racism. Gotta love America. Hopefully this guy did receive justice… and hopefully this “witness” went to the courts about what they saw rather than just posting it on facebook. Also, is that a black cop? It seems very odd that he’d go along with the racism if it really was a case of racism, but I can definitely understand it being sexism.That’s one thing that annoys me about the links that were just reblogged. They claim that “White people don’t empathise with Black people”, but their sample size is pretty small and limited to one country with an already obvious racist culture. It’s like saying “humans don’t exist” because you took a census of Antarctica’s residential population. It isn’t a valid sample. Is it really that difficult to say “humans don’t exist in Antarctica”? Seriously, this is how misinformation is spread.It also ignores the fact that black people don’t empathise with white people in America, either. Y’know? Kind of an important fact to mention when you’re talking about this kind of thing.

kinkyturtle:

jcoleknowsbest:

So my facebook friend just posted this pic with this text….

Well, I just witnessed blatant racial injustice with my own eyes. I was getting in my car after exiting a store when a young black man stumbled past me and collapsed against the store wall. When I got out to see if he was okay, a group of white people came rushing over, one of whom was a 20-something white woman who declared in distress, “I ran a red light and hit him with my car!” People immediately assured her that SHE would be okay, meanwhile the young man is writhing in pain on the ground, pants leg torn, tears running down his face. When the police arrived and the young woman explained what happened, it was suggested to her that maybe the light had been yellow and that the young man had “darted out into the street into her path.” I was floored. I said, “But she just SAID she ran the red light and hit him in the intersection!” 

The police officers then led the young woman away and began talking with her privately in low tones. When the paramedics FINALLY got there I was surprised at the hostility they showed towards the young man. One blonde female EMT (shown in the photo) suggested that he couldn’t be THAT hurt if he was able to walk from the place where he was struck to the sidewalk where he finally collapsed. White bystanders commented several times about “What that poor girl must be going through.” I was the only one who commented on what the young man must be going through, what, with his mangled leg and all. I am absolutely positive that in the end “that poor girl” will be absolved of all wrongdoing and be able to go on her merry way. After all, she just ran a red light and slammed her car into the body of some black kid on a bike, right?

And people wonder why black people are so angry and want to break shit.

friendly reminder that studies have shown that white people do not empathize with Black people and we (including medical personel) also think Black people feel less pain

Sexism and racism. Gotta love America. Hopefully this guy did receive justice… and hopefully this “witness” went to the courts about what they saw rather than just posting it on facebook. Also, is that a black cop? It seems very odd that he’d go along with the racism if it really was a case of racism, but I can definitely understand it being sexism.

That’s one thing that annoys me about the links that were just reblogged. They claim that “White people don’t empathise with Black people”, but their sample size is pretty small and limited to one country with an already obvious racist culture. 

It’s like saying “humans don’t exist” because you took a census of Antarctica’s residential population. It isn’t a valid sample. Is it really that difficult to say “humans don’t exist in Antarctica”? Seriously, this is how misinformation is spread.

It also ignores the fact that black people don’t empathise with white people in America, either. Y’know? Kind of an important fact to mention when you’re talking about this kind of thing.

(via natashabowie)

August 25, 2014
thecarvingwitch:

prokopetz:

sixsaltysweets:

I’M DEAD

Fun fact: if you know your feline body language, you’ll notice that the lynx is deferring to the housecat. As far as these two are concerned, the housecat is the higher-ranking cat.

OH MY GOSH

Fun fact: cats lick to groom and bond. If you’ll notice, the house cat does similar to the lynx (licking the top of its head). It’s nothing to do with deferring dominance. In fact, from all the links I searched online, licking never directly plays into dominance. A submissive cat may groom a dominant one, but grooming isn’t exclusively done by submissive cats. It’s often done equally, as seen above.Aside from that, larger cats definitely wouldn’t defer dominance to smaller ones. There’d be no need to. Dominance is normally gained through play fighting, and if you can find me a domesticated cat that can win a fight with a lynx 5x+ the size of it, I’ll be impressed.

thecarvingwitch:

prokopetz:

sixsaltysweets:

I’M DEAD

Fun fact: if you know your feline body language, you’ll notice that the lynx is deferring to the housecat. As far as these two are concerned, the housecat is the higher-ranking cat.

OH MY GOSH

Fun fact: cats lick to groom and bond. If you’ll notice, the house cat does similar to the lynx (licking the top of its head). It’s nothing to do with deferring dominance. 

In fact, from all the links I searched online, licking never directly plays into dominance. A submissive cat may groom a dominant one, but grooming isn’t exclusively done by submissive cats. It’s often done equally, as seen above.

Aside from that, larger cats definitely wouldn’t defer dominance to smaller ones. There’d be no need to. Dominance is normally gained through play fighting, and if you can find me a domesticated cat that can win a fight with a lynx 5x+ the size of it, I’ll be impressed.

(Source: 4gifs, via tsukiame)

August 24, 2014
http://knight-enchanter.tumblr.com/post/95555510658/this-swedish-da-i-interview-with-mike-and-mark

ohno-melon:

saiyajinlegacy:

ohno-melon:

saiyajinlegacy:

ohno-melon:

knight-enchanter:

This Swedish DA:I interview with Mike and Mark says that Varric will NOT be a romance option.

Translation of relevant passage:

"Q. It seems to have been a little uncertain whether fanfavoriten Varric going to have a romance with, it is possible to say more today?

Mark: It will not be…

Interesting to note that they seem to care about the minority here instead of the majority. That seems odd, to say the least, for Bioware (and completely unprecedented). I mean… *looks at Cullen, Anders, Garrus, Tali* *then looks at ME:3 Extended Cut “DLC”* …Well, maybe not entirely.

A lot of people want to cry “WELL BIANCA”. Here’s the funny thing, and to express my point, I’m going to have to tell a very personal story.

I thought I was deeply in love with a best friend at some point. i mean, he was always there for me and for the most part, did right by me. We said some things. Made a few “promises”.

Then, something happened, and there was someone else in the picture, and I quickly realized that the reason I had latched on to my friend was because I was terrified of being alone after a few really bad relationships. I talked to my friend. We agreed that maybe we hadn’t thought things through. He urged me to see this other guy, to let my options remain open. He was more than relieved.

I am now married, more happy than I can imagine, to the “someone else in the picture”, the love of my life, and the idea that I might have made a mistake because of a few brash promises terrifies the piss out of me. So, if you want me to care about a promise and a girl I know nothing about, you’re shit out of luck, Bioware. Been there, and happier for taking a leap than staying safe on a cliff edge with no ways to go but backwards.

And because you latched onto someone because you were lonely, Varric is that pathetic as well, right?

I’m sorry, but I seriously have no tolerance for these kinds of posts. You know dick all about Varric’s relationship with Bianca, and you’re proving that you, a) know nothing about Varric’s character, and b) care more about banging the cool dwarf dude than seeing his story play out.

Seriously you could take this logic and apply it to anything. “WAH SERA IS LESBIAN WHY?! I HAD A FRIEND WHO WAS LESBIAN UNTIL SHE MET A GUY ONE TIME AND NOW THEY’RE TOGETHER BECAUSE HE WAS JUST PERFECT SERA BE LIKE HER!”

You know nothing about that character’s personal relationships in their past. You know nothing of their current relationships. We barely know who Bianca is. In fact, I don’t even know if it was explicitly stated to be a romantic relationship - it very well could be that she’s a sister, or a child of war, that for some reason or another he’s foresaking love entirely in order to care exclusively for them. (Again, maybe it has been explicitly stated, but I’ve not come across it yet. Even if this paragraph is wrong, don’t ignore the rest of the post like the majority of people on this site would).

Varric isn’t going to just drop a promise with someone because someone else expressed interest in him. And even if he was going to, Hawke would’ve had a much greater chance given that she was his friend for several years (and again, to my knowledge, Inquisition takes place over a shorter and much more urgent period of Thedan history).

Okay, so, I wrote that post at like, 3 in the morning when I was tired and had a headache. I may have come across as a little vitrolic. Happens. Not an excuse, but seeing as I’m human, well.

But to call me pathetic because of loneliness is, well. I’m not really sure what point you’re trying to get across here. It certainly can’t be a good one if you’re taking to pot shots at the character of someone you don’t even know. Sorry that I made some stupid decisions because of a basic human need? Yes, that makes me pathetic, thank you. Ignoring that now though!

However, let me make an amendment: because of my personal experience with a story that is in a lot of ways similar to what most people speculate Varric goes through, I think it would have been a hell of a lot more interesting to show a character not FORSAKING a promise, but simply realizing that maybe it’s not the most healthy option. Yes, you’re right, we don’t actually know what’s going on with Bianca. But a promise, no matter the intentions, is NOT always good for people. However, most fiction writers seem to think all promises are sacred. Characters don’t usually think these things through. I feel Varric would have been an interesting medium to use in the idea of a promise not always being what’s best or even right, and him “coming around” as it were (perhaps not the best term to use, but it’ll get the point across).

Again: I was being a pouty fangirl at 3 in the morning —>

but I am not fucking pathetic for making human mistakes in my own life (nobody’s perfect) —>

however these mistakes, I feel, give me an interesting insight that I don’t think most fiction writers think of or take into account, and I am disappointed that this is so, simply because I think it’s a damn interesting turn of events.

We all make mistakes - if you check my post now, I reworded what I said to be a bit less hostile. It’s not pathetic to be lonely, but I’ve seen enough relationships where people latch onto others out of loneliness end in the suffering of both involved (and mostly the person being latched on to). It’s a childish notion and not one that you see very often (if ever) in mature relationships.
People who jump into relationships like that are pathetic. By the very definition of the word: “arousing pity, especially through vulnerability or sadness”. I’ve seen those situations far too often, and it really does break my heart because I know how much the person latching on to the one they’ve hurt suffers because of it. It breaks my heart to see that in people. 
I’m sorry if you took it to mean something more mean spirited than I intended. It was the opposite intention, but I re-worded the post after my girlfriend pointed out that most people don’t view the word “pathetic” by its original definition anymore.

Varric seems like the kind of character who already knows what’s best for him. He has always been an incredibly wise, incredibly intelligent character. He breaks a lot of the dwarven tropes that’re popular and that is one of his defining features. And I think it’d be a lot more interesting to see what the deal with Bianca is than to see him foresake that relationship (again, one that’s been in the works for years) for a romance with some random soldier he meets in wartime.
I’m still personally hoping that Bianca is a daughter figure or someone like that, rather than the romance. A dependent that he’s sworn to look after or avenge, or something else entirely. But not a romance. I think that’d be a really good direction for them to go in, but we’ll have to see.

People who make mistakes are pathetic, again, by its very definition. I’m sorry again that you saw my post as an attack on you, it was actually the stark opposite as I’ve explained. 

You may think it’d be interesting, but I disagree. And I’m certain a lot of other people agree with me on that one. Regardless of that fact, it would be too out of character for Varric, and let’s be honest - if you’d wanted the promise with Bianca to be let go, it doesn’t have to be through romance to the Inquisitor (or a romance at all for that matter, but that’s besides the point). It’d make far more sense for it to be Hawke, or hell, any of the characters from DA2 that he’s known over the years. Even Cassandra. However, the one character it definitely doesn’t make sense for him to romance… is the Inquisitor.

I like that Varric is sticking with this promise, and I adore the air of mystery surrounding it. There’re plenty of examples in fiction where promises were broken or let go because they weren’t good for the character in question. We don’t need it here, and it wouldn’t suit the character or the story - and little lessons like this shouldn’t be shoehorned into stories for the sake of it.

Well, I suppose that that’s just something that we agree to disagree on. I could sit here and argue your points all day, and you could argue back - not that I mean argue in the inflammatory sense, mind you - but there’s no point to it as we’re both set in our opinions. Which is fine, god knows I’m set on a lot of unpopular opinions. But, unpopular or popular, people are allowed to have them and the popularity (or unpopularity, as it were) of such opinions (when in expression of things such as books, films, etc - subjective things like that, I don’t want this post to be accused of supporting people who have the opinion that people should be segregated based on skin color or something like that) shouldn’t really be a motivating factor in, well, anything, except friendly discussion.

As for the pathetic part, whether people use the term correctly or not, you’re not going to find a lot of people who accept being called that, even if it’s true (I think you could argue that, since the term is no longer being used correctly, that pathetic and what is or isn’t is subjective - or even using the correct term, you could argue for it being subjective, what I find pitiable might not be what you find pitiable). In my personal view, people who make mistakes are human. I suppose if you’re going with the original meaning, and since everyone makes mistakes, then the entire human race is pathetic, but again, not something people like hearing. I know I certainly balk at it.

For the pathetic part, that’s exactly why I changed the wording. And yes, everyone is pathetic at plenty of different points in their lives - I wasn’t saying “I pity you in general”, but “I pity you in that situation”. 
And I disagree about the usage. Should we start using ironic and coincidence interchangeably because people use the word incorrectly? No. These words have a meaning and we should work more on educating people in their correct usage rather than allowing people to skew their meaning entirely. I thought you may understand my feelings here as a reading and writing buff, but I guess not.

As for the opinions thing, I suppose that’s one way to look at it. I still think the argument to make him a romance option is weak (even if we ignore how out of place I think him breaking his promise this long after making it would be). Even if that was something he would do, for argument’s sake, there are still many candidates that would make more sense to be the one to open that road to him. A random soldier fighting over a short period of time, regardless of her rank, would be a really anti-climactic and out of place way to end that promise. It very literally would just be pandering to the fan girls who want to jump his bones. However, I don’t think you’re going to agree with me (I know how defensive people can be when it comes to romances in games), so there probably isn’t much use in continuing this discussion.

Again, sorry for offending you. You just happened to see my post before I made my corrections to it (to make it more suitable for a contemporary audience). I stand by the idea of using words correctly rather than avoiding them and allowing the incorrect definition to take over, though, and I’ll pretty much always defend the correct use of the English language.

August 24, 2014
http://knight-enchanter.tumblr.com/post/95555510658/this-swedish-da-i-interview-with-mike-and-mark

ohno-melon:

saiyajinlegacy:

ohno-melon:

knight-enchanter:

This Swedish DA:I interview with Mike and Mark says that Varric will NOT be a romance option.

Translation of relevant passage:

"Q. It seems to have been a little uncertain whether fanfavoriten Varric going to have a romance with, it is possible to say more today?

Mark: It will not be…

Interesting to note that they seem to care about the minority here instead of the majority. That seems odd, to say the least, for Bioware (and completely unprecedented). I mean… *looks at Cullen, Anders, Garrus, Tali* *then looks at ME:3 Extended Cut “DLC”* …Well, maybe not entirely.

A lot of people want to cry “WELL BIANCA”. Here’s the funny thing, and to express my point, I’m going to have to tell a very personal story.

I thought I was deeply in love with a best friend at some point. i mean, he was always there for me and for the most part, did right by me. We said some things. Made a few “promises”.

Then, something happened, and there was someone else in the picture, and I quickly realized that the reason I had latched on to my friend was because I was terrified of being alone after a few really bad relationships. I talked to my friend. We agreed that maybe we hadn’t thought things through. He urged me to see this other guy, to let my options remain open. He was more than relieved.

I am now married, more happy than I can imagine, to the “someone else in the picture”, the love of my life, and the idea that I might have made a mistake because of a few brash promises terrifies the piss out of me. So, if you want me to care about a promise and a girl I know nothing about, you’re shit out of luck, Bioware. Been there, and happier for taking a leap than staying safe on a cliff edge with no ways to go but backwards.

And because you latched onto someone because you were lonely, Varric is that pathetic as well, right?

I’m sorry, but I seriously have no tolerance for these kinds of posts. You know dick all about Varric’s relationship with Bianca, and you’re proving that you, a) know nothing about Varric’s character, and b) care more about banging the cool dwarf dude than seeing his story play out.

Seriously you could take this logic and apply it to anything. “WAH SERA IS LESBIAN WHY?! I HAD A FRIEND WHO WAS LESBIAN UNTIL SHE MET A GUY ONE TIME AND NOW THEY’RE TOGETHER BECAUSE HE WAS JUST PERFECT SERA BE LIKE HER!”

You know nothing about that character’s personal relationships in their past. You know nothing of their current relationships. We barely know who Bianca is. In fact, I don’t even know if it was explicitly stated to be a romantic relationship - it very well could be that she’s a sister, or a child of war, that for some reason or another he’s foresaking love entirely in order to care exclusively for them. (Again, maybe it has been explicitly stated, but I’ve not come across it yet. Even if this paragraph is wrong, don’t ignore the rest of the post like the majority of people on this site would).

Varric isn’t going to just drop a promise with someone because someone else expressed interest in him. And even if he was going to, Hawke would’ve had a much greater chance given that she was his friend for several years (and again, to my knowledge, Inquisition takes place over a shorter and much more urgent period of Thedan history).

Okay, so, I wrote that post at like, 3 in the morning when I was tired and had a headache. I may have come across as a little vitrolic. Happens. Not an excuse, but seeing as I’m human, well.

But to call me pathetic because of loneliness is, well. I’m not really sure what point you’re trying to get across here. It certainly can’t be a good one if you’re taking to pot shots at the character of someone you don’t even know. Sorry that I made some stupid decisions because of a basic human need? Yes, that makes me pathetic, thank you. Ignoring that now though!

However, let me make an amendment: because of my personal experience with a story that is in a lot of ways similar to what most people speculate Varric goes through, I think it would have been a hell of a lot more interesting to show a character not FORSAKING a promise, but simply realizing that maybe it’s not the most healthy option. Yes, you’re right, we don’t actually know what’s going on with Bianca. But a promise, no matter the intentions, is NOT always good for people. However, most fiction writers seem to think all promises are sacred. Characters don’t usually think these things through. I feel Varric would have been an interesting medium to use in the idea of a promise not always being what’s best or even right, and him “coming around” as it were (perhaps not the best term to use, but it’ll get the point across).

Again: I was being a pouty fangirl at 3 in the morning —>

but I am not fucking pathetic for making human mistakes in my own life (nobody’s perfect) —>

however these mistakes, I feel, give me an interesting insight that I don’t think most fiction writers think of or take into account, and I am disappointed that this is so, simply because I think it’s a damn interesting turn of events.

We all make mistakes - if you check my post now, I reworded what I said to be a bit less hostile. It’s not pathetic to be lonely, but I’ve seen enough relationships where people latch onto others out of loneliness end in the suffering of both involved (and mostly the person being latched on to). It’s a childish notion and not one that you see very often (if ever) in mature relationships.
People who jump into relationships like that are pathetic. By the very definition of the word: “arousing pity, especially through vulnerability or sadness”. I’ve seen those situations far too often, and it really does break my heart because I know how much the person latching on to the one they’ve hurt suffers because of it. It breaks my heart to see that in people. 
I’m sorry if you took it to mean something more mean spirited than I intended. It was the opposite intention, but I re-worded the post after my girlfriend pointed out that most people don’t view the word “pathetic” by its original definition anymore.

Varric seems like the kind of character who already knows what’s best for him. He has always been an incredibly wise, incredibly intelligent character. He breaks a lot of the dwarven tropes that’re popular and that is one of his defining features. And I think it’d be a lot more interesting to see what the deal with Bianca is than to see him foresake that relationship (again, one that’s been in the works for years) for a romance with some random soldier he meets in wartime.
I’m still personally hoping that Bianca is a daughter figure or someone like that, rather than the romance. A dependent that he’s sworn to look after or avenge, or something else entirely. But not a romance. I think that’d be a really good direction for them to go in, but we’ll have to see.

People who make mistakes are pathetic, again, by its very definition. I’m sorry again that you saw my post as an attack on you, it was actually the stark opposite as I’ve explained. 

You may think it’d be interesting, but I disagree. And I’m certain a lot of other people agree with me on that one. Regardless of that fact, it would be too out of character for Varric, and let’s be honest - if you’d wanted the promise with Bianca to be let go, it doesn’t have to be through romance to the Inquisitor (or a romance at all for that matter, but that’s besides the point). It’d make far more sense for it to be Hawke, or hell, any of the characters from DA2 that he’s known over the years. Even Cassandra. However, the one character it definitely doesn’t make sense for him to romance… is the Inquisitor.

I like that Varric is sticking with this promise, and I adore the air of mystery surrounding it. There’re plenty of examples in fiction where promises were broken or let go because they weren’t good for the character in question. We don’t need it here, and it wouldn’t suit the character or the story - and little lessons like this shouldn’t be shoehorned into stories for the sake of it.

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