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: (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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Goldilocks

Jun. 2nd, 2016 06:32 pm
fereldanwench: (Dragon Age - Cullen - Huehuehue)
I don't know if this is true or not--It was just a comment I saw in passing on Facebook--But suppppposssedly, Cullen's nickname "Curly" was essentially translated to "Goldilocks" in the French version. What a delight.
fereldanwench: (Trevelyan - Melisande - Dashing Hat)
I think next Friday I'm gonna sit down and do some proper edits with bb Mel. I have so many awesome screenshots of her that need some loving.

I shared some of the early attempts of this on Tumblr, but I was pretty much able to re-create the concept art that originally inspired a lot of my ideas for her . The hat and hair clip something fierce in the back, which makes playing her like this for long periods of time not entirely doable for my obsessive ass, but it makes for some awesome screenshots:

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fereldanwench: (Rhiannon Hawke II)
There's not a ton of deets here, but apparently Varric almost got offed before Inquisition.

I'm glad Varric was sparred that fate, but:

1. OMG WE COULD HAVE HAD MORE HAWKE. <3
2. I wish they didn't go the exact opposite route and made him a companion in DAI. I was pretty over him pretty fast in my very first playthrough of Inquisition. Not that I disliked him--I even liked the opportunity to see him when he wasn't "on" like he was in DA2--but I just hate that he took another companion slot. I think Harding should have been tweaked a little and she could have had his place. Still have a dwarf companion, another rogue, and she would have brought a little more balance with regards to gender.

It also mentions that the game was originally supposed to be twice the size as what we got. o.O I wonder if that's in terms of map size (yikes) or content in general. I know a lot of world interactivity got scrapped so the game could be supported by the PS3/360, which I think was a dumb move, but I can't imagine a world twice as big with the same gameplay.
fereldanwench: (Alistair 1)
YO this is my JAM.

I mean, I don't know enough about ASOFAI to know the deets of that relationship, but I get the gist of it.

There was something about seeing Alistair and Anora together in DAI that unearthed a lot of feels for me. It was kind of unusual, too, because the circumstances of their marriage would normally put the ship in my "not interested" to NOPE compartments. But at the root, there's something about two people being put in a mutually shitty situation and learning to cope with it and then coming to RESPECT AND DEEPLY CARE for other person that just does me right.

I've never written Anora and have no confidence in my ability to do so, but maybe one day.
fereldanwench: (Melisande Trevelyan)
I started playing DAI again this weekend because I missed Melisande. Also found some new and exiting mods, and I'm thinking I might go with this for the Trespasser look.

When I finally get there, anyway. I always get in this loop of wanting to see my fave PC's story finished and not wanting it to end. Tentative plan is that I'm going to completionist everything up to the end of the base game, then use JoH and Descent to fill in the year gap, and then do Trespasser. Only thing that's kinda making me want to do JoH and Descent before I kill Corypheus is the ability to talk to my companions (kiss Cullen) during Skyhold visits.

So, anyway. Last night I recruited Loranil (YOURE WELCOME FOR THAT FUCKING GOLDEN HALLA stupid fuckin thing was about to be added to my collection of crafting materials what an obnoxious side quest), and Cullen notes at the war table that he's extremely eager. His tone seems kind of put-off by it, and Leliana quickly jumps in to say that the Dalish are very knowledgeable and they should be happy to have him on board.

It's not on the wiki page and I didn't see anything about it on Tumblr, but I'm wondering if he is/becomes one of Solas' agents? Loranil works under Cullen, so that'd give Solas additional insight to the Inquisition's military. I also wonder if Leliana suspected that he might be up to something but wanted to keep him close as a means of keeping an eye on him? Because her tone seemed less sincerely honored and more like "stfu Cullen we need to keep him close."
fereldanwench: (Dashing Lady Inquisitor)
[personal profile] vieralynn mentioned that there is lack of video/media for a certain dialogue option with Cullen in Trespasser, so I decided to fill in the gap.

Link to a YouTube video below; title is possibly spoiler-ish:
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fereldanwench: (Cullen & Melisande 2)
I'm just stopping in very quickly bc the Dragon Age Q&A thing is still on my mind:

Someone asked why Cullen was only available to humans and elves, and both Patrick and Karin Weekes struggled to remember at first, lol. They did eventually say because it was a last minute romance, and that because Cullen's romance had a lot of physical interaction that made his romance scenes more resource demanding (which has been said before, but they explained it a little more thoroughly at the panel). They also mentioned that it kind of served as a lesson to not do that in the future--Romances should be established ASAP in the dev process.

IC reason? Patrick said he "guessed" (exact word) it could be chalked up to Cullen being more comfortable with elves and humans. He didn't expound on that, but I guess it could be attributed to living in a Circle most his life, which Cullen kind of insinuates anyway.

Nothing groundbreaking, but this was the first time I heard an IC reason addressed by WOG.

Also, if anyone has seen the dwarf/Bull romance and played with flycam, this won't be news, but I hadn't, and this was cute: level editor Jessica Campbell was at the panel, and she was responsible for making the kissing scene work. By putting Cadash on a box that pops out of nowhere.

Someone later asked why they couldn't romance Varric--It's because the box technology hadn't been invented yet. ;)

Anyway I need to get ready for tonight, but wanted to share really briefly. I'll post a more detailed report from both panels next week.
fereldanwench: (Melisande Trevelyan)
So I had a thought last night as I was drifting off.

I've been wanting to flesh out Mel's backstory for a while now, especially as a means of making her feel more woven into this particular universe. A lot of the original, pre-game ideas I had ended up being scrapped with the nobility background (human commoner next game, pls, Bioware)--I'm not a hardcore stickler for canon, but I do like to try to work within certain parameters that we're given when it comes to the origin stories. So the Trevelyans as a noble house sticks.

Dialogue with Josie and a Trevelyan can suggest that they might have met in passing once or twice at a fancy Free Marcher party.

Yanno who else is Free Marcher nobility?

Prince Sebastian Vael

Yanno who are both the third and youngest child in their family?

Sebastian and Melisande

(OMG, and fucking archers. Melisande does not have a super special bow from her grandfather, though. She just likes shooting things. She goes hunting a lot. That's how I justify fennec fox deaths.)

As for what I want to do with that information, I'm not entirely sure at the moment. And I need to dig a little into timeline stuff.

Current rambling thoughts:
  • They have a quick bond over their positions when they're younger
  • Sebastian finds comfort in the Chantry; Melisande absolutely does not
  • Archery competition? Could be some fancy noble get together, could be two noble brats sneaking away to something less formal
  • Sebastian would be around his wooing ladies (and men pls come on, Bioware) and sleeping around phase--Tries to woo her? They have casual sex? Melisande rejects him? Play around with the Sleeps with Everyone But You trope?
  • Adventures of spoiled brats with legit family issues bonding over debauchery

    Hawke (Saura) in this universe let Anders live, too, so there could be room for some interesting ramifications when it comes to Sebastian invading Kirkwall in DAI. I kind of wanted the opportunity to make that more nuanced--Sebastian could be reaching out to the Inquisition as a personal favor if he and Melisande had any kind of past.
  • fereldanwench: (Melisande Trevelyan)
    Title: In the Cold
    Characters: Cullen Rutherford, Melisande Trevelyan
    Type: Relationship pacing/exploration, unfinished/abandoned
    Words: 1153
    Notes: I actually started this back in December, over my Christmas break from hell and shortly after my first PT with Melisande, but I kept picking at it until May this year. I never finished it, and ideas started to shift a little after I started a new game with her, but I'm posting it to get it out of my head so I can move forward with those other ideas.
    Summary: Cullen and the Inquisitor share a conversation in the Frostback Mountains.

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    fereldanwench: (Melisande Trevelyan)
    I figure Ostwick is a lot warmer than Ferelden and Orlais, so Melisande isn't especially fond of the cold. Emprise du Lion in particular sucks for her.

    Luckily, the Inquisition's Avvar allies gave her some warm clothes to bundle up in.

    Screenshots )

    Tinting the armor was a bit of a challenge, but we'll say she's going with the white-ish fur to hide better in the snow. Or something.

    I like how bulky she looks in it. <3
    fereldanwench: (Default)
    I still haven't done Adamant so I still haven't had the serious lyrium convo with Cullen, which means he and Melisande are not official in-game yet. But I can't talk to him about anything else and I am weak and I keep seeing that little heart option pop up so I was like "Might as well play with the new flycam." >.>

    The pause feature is really nice, but a little imprecise. If you pause while a character is talking, they will continue to talk (with lip movement and facial animations) until they finish whatever line they were saying. Pausing can also remove the facial animation in a few situations. Cullen isn't saying or emoting anything here; it's just the difference between pausing the flycam and the natural delay caused by waiting on the player to select a dialogue option:





    I'm not sure if pausing the game mid-scene just allowed me to catch characters jumping around more easily, or if it somehow produced that effect. Jim consoling Cullen happened when I paused the scene during Jim's entrance, which I hadn't seen while flycamming before.

    So! For some of the sweet/sexy/generally romantic bits I captured during the first kiss and the woo break kiss:
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    Shots that have potential but the clipping was a little too much or the positions were just off enough to make it weird instead of sweet:
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    And the best part, the outtakes:
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    fereldanwench: (Default)
    and i don't think i'm over the fact that cullen makes the BJ hand-over-crotch gesture (complete with loose hips for um. anyway) when he tells the inquisitor "i can't say i haven't wondered what it'd be like"

    like where is this frat boy shit coming from cullen get it together

    (i'm guessing maybe since him grabbing the hilt of his sword is a part of his idle animation that this was like a reduced way of animating that, but u can't hide from the flycam)






    fereldanwench: (Melisande Trevelyan)
    i rly like how she got all up in his way when he tried to leave

    dont fuck with josie, guy!!!! (ง’̀-‘́)ง



    more face shots bc i can:

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    also

    Jul. 15th, 2015 10:06 pm
    fereldanwench: (Cullen & Melisande 1)
    This scene is so much fun to flycam in bc you really never know who will pop up where. Cullen pretty consistently ends up underneath his opponent's chair or laying seductively across the chess table. However, when it doesn't go awry, we get these gems:



    And I

    just
    really
    really
    really

    like the way she's leaning back all cool and suave and shit, and he's leaning forward, all clearly interested and engaged. Yaaasssss. <3333
    fereldanwench: (Dashing Lady Inquisitor)
    PSA from DAI Modder Central:


    It appears that the Patch 8 changes to the game files have had a far-reaching effect. This Mod Maker had wanted to write a guide for how to use mods with Patch 8, but some disturbing issues have arisen with Patch 8 that should be highlighted first.

  • Patch 8 breaks the DAI Cinematic Tools (ie. flycam)
  • Patch 8 breaks the Cheat Engine Banter trigger and possibly other elements of Cheat Engine
  • Patch 8 breaks mods, and even if you use the workaround, it is unknown at this point whether Patch 8 features will actually function in-game - including the Spoils of the Qunari DLC pack which is still not yet available for sale in Origin to PC users.

    As such, the Mod Makers recommend staying fully on Patch 7 for now due to these issues, if at all possible. Previous posts have shown how to go Offline or to disable updating, so you can browse the daimodder blog for instructions on how to do so.

    It IS possible to replace Patch 8 with Patch 7, BUT that DOES NOT fix the problem with either DAI Cinematic Tools or the Cheat Engine Banter trigger. Only a full restore of ALL DAI files back to Patch 7 does. Furthermore, even when the new Mod Manager is released and is compatible with Patch 8, it still may not fix either of those issues.

    So be warned! Good luck!


  • I was able to avoid Inquisition automatically updating for me, but whenever I try to run the game, through Origin or not, offline mode or not, it's not working. If I'm in offline mode, the game just doesn't load. If I'm online, I get prompted to update. Only suggestion I've found so far is trying the offline mode.

    I've got a commission to finish tonight so I won't have a lot of time to play around with it, but I figured I'd share my initial experience. I guess people are finding some ways to work around Patch 8, but seems like there are still issues with mods.

    Honestly the most annoyed about the flycam. I can slap the bun back on Mel or keep Keagan in her mage hood, but I'll be damned if I can't compose my pretty screenshots.
    fereldanwench: (Dashing Lady Inquisitor)
    Just as I was getting back into DAI, some stupid multiplayer patch updated and apparently messed up mods/mod manager. So I haven't looked into this pack just yet, but... Spoils of the Qunari. Featuring abs. Lots and lots of abs.

    I actually think Melisande will look boss af in that bottom outfit, but lol @ Blackwall and Iron Bull with washboard abs. Blackwall looks ridiculous. And omg Cole and Solas!

    I got the Spoils of Avvar pack a couple weeks ago, but it didn't do much for me. One of the armors will look cool in Emprise du Lion because it's all leather and furs, but the other one is basically topless with paint/mud all over their torsos. Idk when or why my Quizzie would run around with mud on her boobies--might equip it when she goes to the Frostback Basin--but whatever.

    Did kinda make me think about maybe making an Avvar Inquisitor, though. I still want a non-noble human PC at some point (Hawke only kind of counts since the Amells are noble and she reclaims that status).

    ETA

    Apparently this pack is getting released for Xbox One first.

    Have I mentioned how much I fucking hate Xbox?

    STOP TOUCHING MY FRANCHISES
    fereldanwench: (Dragon Age - Cullen - Huehuehue)
    Title: The Game
    Characters: Cullen Rutherford, Michel de Chevin
    Type: MM, rare pair prompt, flash
    Words: 530
    Notes: Prompted for CPW's Rare Pair: Cullen/Michel - Political games at the Winter Palace
    Summary: Cullen and Michel share a strategic drink at the Winter Palace.

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    fereldanwench: (Dashing Lady Inquisitor)
    I still have plans to write my child-free Cullen x Quiz ficlet today, but it'd been almost a month since I had done anything with her. So I decided to check for some new mods and play about a little, find her voice and some inspiration.

    Came across this PJ retexture, which I'm really liking. There are about 5 different options at the link; this one is the studded leather one. Most of them are only available for female humans, but there is a Qunari option as well.

    The hair I actually got a while back. I was trying to find a link for it, but it looks like the creator removed it (sideswept hair).



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