fereldanwench: (Mood - Daydreaming Ariel)
Most of them have the potential to be NSFW; it's usually due to artistic nudity, but some content might be a little more explicit. Browse with care.

Some of the blogs have also been inactive for a while. I decided to leave them on the list as long as they still had relevant content available.

My inspo blog for Dragon Age is afireonthehorizon and my inspo blog for all other fandoms is spaceknuckles. I've also started using my Pinterest for OC inspo.

01.01.16 - Added a few new blogs; removed a few blogs that I no longer follow or have been deleted by their owners; added a subcategory for Fallout blogs; added category for Dark/Gothic blogs
10.21.16 - Added † next to any inactive blogs; removed blogs that have been deleted; added a fashion and generic "photography" category

Fantasy/Medieval/Fairy Tale





Fandom Specific
Dragon Age



http://sulahnnehn.tumblr.com/ [Skyrim; DA]
http://telvani.tumblr.com/ [Fallout; Skyrim]
http://thedrivecore.tumblr.com/ [Unfamiliar with most of the tags]
http://watanagashi.tumblr.com/ [Dragon Age; Vampire: The Masquerade]
http://mysticknightt.tumblr.com/ [Dragon Age; Fallout; TES]

http://cashmeremammoth.tumblr.com/ [Inspo boards for a lot of themes]†
http://fuckyeahcostumedramas.tumblr.com/ [Historical/fantasy costumes from movies & TV]
http://queen-of-de-nile.tumblr.com/ [Jewelry, clothes, architecture, etc with a focus on Middle East and North African influences]
http://bibliotheca-sanctus.tumblr.com/ [Libraries!]
http://okayodysseus.tumblr.com/ [Greek mythology, pastels]
http://mythaes.co.vu/tagged/x [Pastels, European, fashion, sapphic]
http://star-eaters.tumblr.com/ [Pastels, pretty people, poetry]
http://scrptrxinspo.tumblr.com/ [Variety of cool, pretty, sexy, and artistic things]
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I am so goddamn tired of seeing ads for Livia pop up on my Facebook feed.


And they're so fucking shady and deceptive about it, probably because they wouldn't turn a buck if more people knew about alternatives. "We're similar to a TENS unit, but with optimized frequency." So you're a TENS unit that can't have the pulse waves adjusted, got it.

Also, from a doctor on their website:

"The method Livia uses has been proven effective in several clinical studies and I strongly recommend the use of the device to relieve PMS at any time."

Um, relieve PMS? PMS ain't just cramps. I think for most people with periods, cramps are usually at their worst DURING the menstruation, not BEFORE IT.


And I see comments on their page with people like dying to have it because they're in so much pain because they're acting like they're some kind of one-of-a-kind solution when there are readily available, cheaper products already out there.

Fuck this Pink Tax, deceptively marketed bullshit, man.
fereldanwench: (Trevelyan - Melisande - Gorgeous)
Thinking about how positively Keagan responds to attention from Blackwall made me think about how unimpressed Melisande was.

His whole "What? I thought we were building a rapport. *smirk*" thing had Keagan like "heck yeah build a rapport IN MY PANTS" and Melisande like [insert epic dana scully eyeroll gif]. He might have been something new and different and maybe a little intriguingly dangerous to Keagan, but Melisande was pretty sure she knew his type. She was extra unimpressed when he'd try to bait Vivienne into arguments using her hard-earned status as an insult. When he started bringing Josie flowers, Mel was torn between letting her very capable friend handle her own affairs and wanting to be like "STAY.THE.FUCK.AWAY."

Melisande suspected pretty early on, too, that he was hiding something, but she couldn't really pinpoint what exactly. She chalked some of it up to Grey Warden shadiness, since she hadn't dealt with them a lot prior to him but knew they had a reputation for being really secretive. When he was acting like a shady weirdo around Stroud and Hawke, she thought maybe he had done something within the Wardens that he was trying to hide from, but definitely didn't see his secret being that he straight up murdered a family.

One of my favorite snarky Mel moments is when he's telling her about the "You are who you choose to follow/I didn't understand that until know" and she's like "It's pretty obvious, but enjoy your revelation. I guess."

I think he stayed around the slightly higher than neutral approval for her. I remember getting a lot of "slightly disapproves" out of him, but picked up the Warden artifacts while he was around, which probably countered that. I kind of headcanon Blackwall being at least physically attracted to the Inquisitor regardless, and I think that'd be the case with Mel, too. But he'd probably see her overall as condescending and a little too power hungry. Similarly to Vivienne, although not quite as severe.
fereldanwench: (Hawke - Rhiannon - Pretty ♥)
Title: Untitled
Characters: Rhiannon Hawke, Cullen
Type: Gen
Words: 631
Notes: Some unfinished exploratory/speculative writing from Rhi's POV immediately following the Chantry boom and her Viscount coronation. I can't remember if this led into me thinking about that time with Sebastian, too, or vice versa, but I was kind of enthralled with that particular scene for a week or so last year.
Summary: Rhiannon tries to cope with the aftermath of the Chantry explosion.

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fereldanwench: (Mood - Daydreaming Ariel)
I considered Keagan more or less "retired" at the beginning of this year, so I don't see myself writing her anymore in the future. But I did have a lot of one shot drafts and drabbles for her in my Evernote, and I figured I'd just house them here.

There's a mixture of Cullen and Blackwall flirting--I almost considered having her go with a Blackwall romance, but I had made her with the intention of seeing how a mage romance was handled with Cullen. She was generally a flirt, though. I thought I had some stuff with Josie, too, but I must have lost it in my Tumblr drafts. I ended up OT3ing her, Josie, and Cullen.

They're not in any particular order, and they are very rough. Most just abruptly end because I don't remember what the hell I was doing with them.

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fereldanwench: (Tomb Raider - Rise)
Sort of... I forgot I started writing something more in-depth than my rambling after shortly getting into Rise. It only touches on some of the elements of the game, but dropping it here in case it's of any use/interest. Mostly spoiler-free.

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fereldanwench: (Trevelyan - Melisande - Dashing Hat)
I ended up coming across some of those "give me a star and I'll give you OC facts" memes that I had saved from Tumblr. Found some from my Templar Hawke that I never really developed as much as I would have liked; she was the Hawke I ended up using in Keagan's universe. I don't know that I'll revisit her specifically, but I'm hanging on to these in case I can work them in with someone else (like Daphne):

★ Although Malcolm tried to make Rosalyn Hawke comfortable with magic, witnessing a boy not much older than she was turn into an abomination and slaughter his family stayed with her more than Malcolm’s words. Rosalyn never wanted her sister to go to the Circle as it was, but she understood the need for the institution and templars.

★ Rosalyn Hawke never learned how to swim. Malcolm tried teaching her when she was young, but after a traumatic near-drowning experience, she was terrified to get into water that rose past her knees. The journey across the Waking Sea to Kirkwall was extremely nerve-wracking for Rosalyn, as was just walking along the high cliffs of the Wounded Coast.

Also, I saved my original reaction to the concept art that spurred Mel's development:

also, I’ve yet to find the appropriate words to describe my love for that lady inquisitor concept art with the gorgeous flowing hair and amazing hat and swishy coat

I am so seduced by her

I want her

I want to be her

I want her riding a horse and shooting arrows at dragons like the boss she clearly is

I want her to be super serious about that hat. I want Vivienne to try to make fashion suggestions involving decorating the hat but lady inquisitor is having none of it

I want her to wink at her companions when she adjusts her hat

I want her leaning back in a chair and putting her boots up on a table covered in maps and drinking a stein of beer with ser bara warden

I want her to eye-fuck the hell out of Cullen under the brim of her hat

I want her to trade stories with varric and out bullshit his bullshit and eventually they’re just both telling the most outrageous stories and everyone else is just sighing and rolling their eyes






right now

Pretty much all of that is still true or applicable in some way.
fereldanwench: (Trevelyan - Melisande - Dashing Hat)
█ = Canon █ = My Ideas

Ostwick Geography

  • Markham is almost directly to the north, sharing a border with the Vimmark Mountains.
  • Hercinia and Wycome line the coast as well. They are northeast of Ostwick.
  • Kirkwall is west/slightly southwest of Ostwick.
  • Across a small channel of the Waking Sea is an island, Brandel's Reach, a part of Ferelden.
  • Ostwick lacks an easy route to the Minanter River, which is one of the most fertile regions in Thedas.

Ostwick History

  • 7:56 Storm: Qunari landed outside of Ostwick to launch an attack on Kirkwall and Starkhaven.

      General Free Marches Culture & History

      • The three cities with the most power are Kirkwall, Starkhaven, and Tantervale.
      • The Marchers are independent-minded descendants of tough barbarians.
      • They have a loose confederation with each other, and can form a massive army under the right circumstances, but are otherwise not united.
      • Marchers were once known for raiding the northern coast of Ferelden.
        Being so close to Brandel's Reach, raiders often used Ostwick as a base for runs to Ferelden.
      • Marchers were once a part of the Tevinter Imperium; the lasting influence is reflected in most of the architecture (tall buildings of white marble).
        The geography of Ostwick (closed off from the north by the Vimmarks and south by the Waking Sea) makes them a little more insular. Tevinter influence is evident in the white marble of major buildings (the Circle, Chantry, and Keep), but it's not as overwhelming as in Kirkwall. Smaller buildings, like homes and shops, are crafted from local materials. Ostwick also has a penchant for bright colors and intricate mosaics.
      • The Free Marches are known as the breadbasket of Thedas, largely due to the fertile region located around the Minanter River. Hasmal, Tantervale, and Starkhaven are all situated around the river.
      • The Grand Tourney is one of the few times the Free Marches unite.
      • The central location makes it a very diverse region; it's not uncommon for natural-born Free Marchers to have parents who lived elsewhere.
      • Many natural born Marchers still maintain a certain degree of nativism, especially during the Fifth Blight when Fereldans and Qunari crossed borders.
        Ostwick sent a ship to Kirkwall and took in a few refugees when their borders got tight, largely as a means of trying to win the Templar Order's/Meredith's good graces.
      • The lack of central government makes the region difficult to protect and the economy disparate.
        Potential trade ideas for Ostwick:
        ◦ Artisan crafts: glassmaking, tapestries, textiles
        ◦ Book-making, especially religious texts
        ◦ Mining from the Vimmarks
        ◦ Fishing and boating, minor trade point for Ferelden/Starkhaven, Ferelden/Markham, and Ferelden/Ansburg?

      • Free Marchers tend to be quietly wary of intrusions from their neighbors.
      • During times of crisis, the leaders of the Marches will occasionally convene under a Landsmeet.

          Titles of the Rulers

          Wycome: Duke
          Tantervale: Lord Chancellor
          Ansburg: Margrave
          Starkhaven: Prince (formerly King, but recanted after political strife)
          Ostwick: Teryn
          Kirkwall: Viscount
          Kaiten: Viscount

          Forms of Address in Free Marches

          Messere: Used towards someone of higher status
          Serah: Used towards someone of equal or lesser status

          Codex Entries )
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So as a treat to myself for finishing some art, I did some DAO modding and made Lorelei Cousland 3.0 yesterday. I realized she looks a little bit like Rhiannon Hawke 1.0, but whatever. I like how she looks. I got some awesome screenies of her, too.

Playing as her again has got me thinking about what decisions and outcomes I want for her worldstate. The last time I played as her, her game was as "perfect" as much as a PT in a DA game can be. By that I mean she had all her companions with high levels of approval, generally took the least destructive options in major quests (like the Circle helped Connor so no one died), etc. But I kinda want to fuck shit up now.

The one thing I always have a hard time doing is not recruiting all my companions, no matter how many times I've played these games. I feel like I'll miss out on content if they're not there, which isn't even true. I'm actually missing out on content sometimes because I'm not telling them to fuck off.

Like, I love Sera, but I have a hard time justifying Mel's justifications for keeping her around. She'd probably have to go. (I don't even have a tactical reason for keeping her around since Mel is also an archer.)

Anyway, I want to see if I can break that trend with this run. Leave Sten in the cage. Kill Zevran. Do whatever I need to do to not recruit Oghren. Or maybe bring one of them on and then push them away with ideological differences.

I actually did end up killing Wynne my very first PT with Lorelei 1.0 'cause I wanted to see how much waffling I could do between her and Cullen in the pink bubble. There was a limit, apparently, and a limit that meant I was going to lose out on my healer. So reloading happened.

I also want to pay more attention to Leliana this time around. I'm digging the idea of Lorelei being inspired by Leliana's devotion to her faith rather than ridiculing her.

Still not sure about Morrigan. Lorelei 2.0 and Morrigan were besties, but I could see that changing.
fereldanwench: (Trevelyan - Melisande - Dashing Hat)
Okay, so first of all, thank you to maramcreates and vieralynn for your replies to my other post. I don't want to subject you to my drunk rambling so I'm not doing that there, but you guys got me thinking about things more and reaffirmed some thinky thoughts I had been having.

So anyway, drunk OC rambling below:

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fereldanwench: (Dragon Age - Cullen - Neck rub)
ahhhhhh i really need to finish this painting today but I AM SO DEEP IN DRAGON AGE OC FEELS RIGHT NOW AHHHHHHHH


ok also im suddenly craving da4 info because i want to make a bad ass tevinter lady and oh my god i hope we can
fereldanwench: (Mood - Daydreaming Ariel)
I've been working on moving some of my DA stuff from Evernote to here, focusing on mostly sorting out all the deets to my main canon universe. Working on the timeline is especially fun for me, and I've enjoyed playing around with character profile sheets. (One of my all-time favorite things from my forum RPG days was making character profiles. It's so zen.)

I have a good feel for Melisande as a character, and Ansley Hawke and Daphne Caron are starting to fall into place; my inspo blog has been especially helpful for me working out who they are. I keep hitting a roadblock with my Warden, though.

The biggest problem is that the original Lorelei Cousland ended up being more of a rough draft for Melisande. I didn't realize it at the time, since I hadn't even conceptualized an Inquisitor, but some of the more defining characteristics for her ended up maturing in Melisande instead. Most of my OCs share some similarities since there are just certain things that I like in female characters and want to see more of, no matter how cliché or repetitive or whatever they might be in a greater scheme of things. But I also like variety, and having Lorelei being Melisande Lite does not appeal.

The other main problem is that I get hung up on the nobility thing--I ended up putting a lot of effort into making Mel's nobility work for me because I desperately wanted a "commoner" human--but that I also think there's a lot of untapped potential for a Queen Cousland that I don't want to drop. Not just her existing as Alistair's Queen, which is what I predominantly see in fic, but her being a strong political figure in her own right.

I did temporarily consider moving my Amell into this universe instead, but I also like that a Queen Cousland makes for an easy opening for an Orlesian Warden-Commander in Awakening's timeline. The Wardens had to bring her in because the Queen was too busy doing queen stuff. That's nice and neat.

I'm just kind of stuck trying to figure out who she is now. Did she want to be a Warden? What were her plans before Howe's betrayal? What are her thoughts on the Chantry? Orlais? Mages and magic? What pushes her to move forward after her parents die? What draws her to Alistair? What were her political ambitions to begin with? What gives her the conviction and audacity to name herself as Queen? She's only 22 when the Blight happens--Does she still feel like a kid in over her head?
fereldanwench: (Hawke - Ansley - Neutral)
I had been meaning to post about this a while ago (I think while I was on my road trip), and discussions about fandom and Imzy reminded me: BioWare has decided to close all their forums with the exception of the SWTOR ones.

They'll go into a read-only state after August 26, and then they'll be removed entirely on October 25. I know after they revamped the forums a while back that a lot of links ended up broken anyway, but if there's content that you might want to save from there, now's the time to do it.

Relevant links (to be updated as needed):
Discussion of moving projects to Nexus mods (@ Nexus forums)

The Veil

Jul. 22nd, 2016 07:44 am
fereldanwench: (Trevelyan - Melisande - Gorgeous)
I hit a mental barrier whenever it comes to anything about the Fade or the Veil or ancient elves. My eyes gloss over whenever I try to read the speculative stuff. I've tended to zone out during the parts with Abelas in Inquisition.

I've just never really cared much about the "big questions." I care less about what the Veil is or where it came from and more about how it influences everyone living during the Dragon Age. I'm not terribly interested in whether the Chantry is right or wrong--Of course they got stuff wrong. That's kind of the point of a lot of related conflict--But I'm less interested in knowing The Truth than seeing how the Chantry's truth influences lives. The origin of darkspawn interests me a little bit, and that does touch on some of the Fadey Veily stuff, but even that isn't a question I would actively pursue in my games or fic. I like not having all the answers. I like considering how the lack of certain knowledge impacts my OCs and the world they're in.

I'm bringing this up because I did read a summary of what we know about the Veil, and it actually stirred my slumbering Dragon Age muse. The bits about how the Veil feels in certain areas? How sleeping and dreaming weaken it? How it sounds when it rips? How elves and humans respond to a weakened Veil differently? This isn't new info by any means, but seeing it all laid out, nice and neat, was just working for me.

It got me thinking about how the Inquisitor would sense the Veil as a result of the anchor. I had always headcanoned that it made sleeping difficult, but I never really specified nighttime=dreaming=weakened Veil as the particular cause. I love the idea of humans feeling heavy and sluggish in weakened areas. How exactly does the anchor make the Inquisitor feel in those places (pre-Trespasser)? More susceptible? Less? Does ingesting lyrium help Templars combat that weariness? How do people respond if they start noticing felandaris pop up in places that it wasn't before? If they start feeling headaches in certain areas?

This kind of stuff is my jam. Just the little details, the way these features of Thedas influence "normal" lives.
fereldanwench: (Sole Survivor - Audrey Banner)
I got the Fallout bug again last weekend, and spent the better part of Sunday modding and updating Audrey. To be honest, I mostly just like building the settlements, but there's a character there to craft and damnit, I want to craft her.

I never finished the main storyline with her in her first game, and I'm still trying to figure out how to reconcile that because I ain't interested in playing a mother.

I did do most of the Brotherhood/Danse storyline, though. I really like the idea of a complete newcomer entering the Commonwealth and seeing the Brotherhood as the good guys and a source of order amidst unfamiliar chaos, adopting their mentality, developing tight-knit relationships with other soldiers, only to start realizing slowly how awful they are and then eventually making the tough call to defect. Her temporary allegiance with the Brotherhood is going to stay.

But in spite of a little wavering after seeing some nice art, I'm not gonna go with Danse's romance again. There are elements of his character that I think are interesting, namely how he has to reconcile his beliefs about synths, but otherwise he's actually really goddamn boring. He lost me when he said comic books were a waste of time. Like, Danse. Please.

And to be honest, as far as getting into fandom goes, the Cullen 3.0 crowd makes up a lot of the Danse crowd--I have no intention of delving into Fallout like I did with Dragon Age (haha, lesson learned!), but I'd like to be able to participate a little bit without wandering back into that minefield.

I'm not really sure if I'm going to do another romance at all, to be honest. I like Preston a lot as a character, and I could see them together, but his VA is very underwhelming. And I adore Piper, but I don't really see her with Audrey. I kind of dig the idea of Audrey going merc with MacCready, but he has his own son storyline that I don't really want to explore. Cait could be a possibility.

Or I might just latch on to a non-romance NPC and get into the wonderful world of headcanoning everything. I miss the fun I had working out a Cullen and Hawke relationship on my own terms rather than what the game gave me.

Anyway, for now, she's just helping Preston and Codsworth with Sanctuary because she's at a complete loss as to what she needs to do next and at least that gives her some purpose (and an excuse for me to build things). She doesn't sleep there, though. At night, she and Dogmeat go back to Red Rocket.
fereldanwench: (Video Games - Life is Strange)
Total Icon Count: 54
Characters: Max Caufield, Chloe Price
There are a few icons from one of the endings, but it's otherwise a spoiler free icon set. Credit unnecessary, but appreciated.


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