September 23, 2014

thegethhaveacrushonme said: 26 again for the in-depth analysis? :)

Hah. Well. THere’s a couple commonalities that I can detect:

(now that I’m looking through this again, these are more Tropes than relationship dynamics. Will try to add more at the end.)

Battle Couple is a big one. Two people who face danger together, as a team. I am a big, big sucker for that.

Cynicism/world-weariness vs. Optimism-innocence. This usually works for me too. The world-weary person who has been let down a lot meets someone fierce and passionate in their idealism and it gives them hope. The naive person learns the world is a lot more complicated than they thought, and that there are many kinds of strength in the world. This works even better in the Battle Couple context, but I’m thinking a lot of Anthy/Utena there too.

People who’ve kind of given up on life meeting someone willing to fight for them who inspires them to keep fighting for themselves.

In general, probably the biggest one, people who’ve been hurt really really badly and kind of retreated behind a shell of some kind to protect themselves until they finally meet someone who can see past that and will be patient with them long enough to let their shields down and let their real selves come out of hiding. That’s pretty personal to me and I think most of my ships have this on at least one side, sometimes even both…

I feel like my ships are pretty varied aside from this but there’s probably a glaring common denominator that I’m missing.

edited to add: as far as the dynamic, once the couple has gotten together I don’t like a whole lot of internal conflicts. I don’t go for love/hate relationships at all. I don’t like couples who are mean to each other. I like banter, I like playfulness and sweetness and fierce loyalty for one another. I go more for external circumstances making things difficult, conflict-wise. Ending up on different sides of a conflict, for instance, despite loving each other dearly. Other people conspiring to keep them apart. I know that can get contrived quickly, but I don’t care. :p

Did I mention banter? Lots of banter. Piles of banter, and snark, and sarcastic remarks trying to cover over how much they actually really care. That’s pretty much my thing.

September 23, 2014
40 Questions - Meme for Shippers

dreadwulf:

rointheta:

  1. Talk about the first ship you ever had.
  2. Talk about three of the most important ships throughout your life.
  3. What’s your current OTP?
  4. What’s your current NOTP?
  5. Do you have any poly ships?
  6. How do you feel about love triangles?
  7. How do you feel about RPF?
  8. Have you ever shipped yourself with a character?
  9. Do you have many ships that never got together at all?
  10. Do you ship any characters that have never met?
  11. Talk about your favorite first kiss.
  12. Have you ever been disappointed when your ship finally got together?
  13. Has a ship ever broken your heart?
  14. How do you feel about will they/won’t they?
  15. Have you ever “shipped at first sight”?
  16. Talk about a ship you initially disliked.
  17. Talk about a pairing you’ve stopped shipping romantically.
  18. Talk about a moment which made you question an entire ship.
  19. Have you ever shipped something despite yourself?
  20. Talk about a ship you feel alone in shipping.
  21. Is there a ship you just don’t get, but have nothing against?
  22. Which of your ships have the best chemistry?
  23. Which of your ships deserve better writing?
  24. Do you mostly ship canon pairings?
  25. Have you ever shipped a pairing before you even started watching the show/movie simply because of gifs and graphics or similar?
  26. Have you noticed a pattern in your shipping? Is there a romantic dynamic you’re more drawn to?
  27. Is there a ship you’ve shipped for most of your life?
  28. Does shipping come easily to you?
  29. Do you need to ship something to really enjoy a movie/book/tv show/comic?
  30. Name a couple of fandoms in which you have no ships.
  31. Talk about one of your favorite headcanons for a ship you love.
  32. Share five must-read fics.
  33. Name your favorite fanartist(s).
  34. Share your favorite fanmix for your OTP.
  35. Recommend 1-5 shipper blogs.
  36. Do you create fanmixes/gif sets/fanart/fic/fanvids and so on for you ships?
  37. Do you have a favorite trope and/or AU for your OTP?
  38. Do you like and use ship names?
  39. Is there a fictional relationship you’d really want for yourself?
  40. If you could change one thing about your OTP, what would that be?

okay, my general-topics blog is drowning in notifications at the moment due to a post that blew up, so I’m going to do this over here. Send me numbers.

I’m all out! I’ll put out the call one more time in case any afternoon people want to send me numbers…

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September 23, 2014
fragilespark:

Fenris

fragilespark:

Fenris

September 23, 2014

renfrees said: 4, 16, 17, 31

16. Talk about a ship you initially disliked.

I’m trying to think of one in Dragon Age. I pretty much stick to my gut reaction on these things. I can only think of pairings that have worked for me with a particular writer, like msbarrows in her Storm Over Thedas series. I initially read that for the Fenris/Zevran, and that’s still my favorite aspect, but she made the Anders/Sebastian pairing work surprisingly well.

17. Talk about a pairing you’ve stopped shipping romantically.

When I was playing the game before interacting with Fandom, I had some ideas about Merrill/Varric. I thought they would be cute. But there was absolutely noone else shipping this and it eventually died as a ship for me, the more I thought about their character development. At this point I only ship Varric with some of your Hawkes.

31. Talk about one of your favorite headcanons for a ship you love.

Isabela and Fenris are really affectionate when you get them alone together. Not verbally, but physically - lots of touching and holding and stuff. Once you get past Fenris’s reserve he will seek out this kind of affection for reassurance that he is wanted and cared for, and Isabela quite enjoys giving it. They’re not so into expressing feelings through words so there’s a lot of quiet hand-holding going on. In a weird way holding hands can be even more intimate than having sex, so it’s not something they would do where anyone could see. It’s surprising for both of them and occasionally will make them both blush and stammer and it’s really really really cute.

4. What’s your current NOTP?

LOL I think anyone who’s been around any amount of time will know what I’m gonna say but I’ll put that behind a cut

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September 23, 2014

littlevisibledelight said: 2, 10, and 26?

2. Talk about three of the most important ships throughout your life.

I did this one already but I can think of a few more. But oh god, why are they all so embarrassing? Here’s an example of my horrible pre-teen taste: I shipped Brandon/Andrea hardcore back when 90210 was a thing. This now makes me cringe (I mean for one thing, on what planet are you both teenagers, you are both in your thirties, you are fooling noone). But I think the whole brainy girl from the less-well-off background with the hopeless crush on the handsome rich guy thing is what got me. Preteen me had SO MUCH HOPE and of course it never happened, lolsigh.

A more recent ship that came absolutely out of nowhere for me was Gene/Alex on Ashes to Ashes. What was weird for me about that was I HATED Gene during Life On Mars, he was this walking stereotype of a sexist macho man and I couldn’t stand him. But I gradually softened on him throughout Ashes to Ashes and the big reveal at the end of the series, which I’m not going to spoil, explained SO MUCH about him and exactly what he is and what he represents, and his dynamic with Alex was so intriguing and fun and sexy. I resisted it for so long because I frankly couldn’t see what Alex would see in him, but again, the ending, it made SO MUCH SENSE. So I was just crazy about those two. But of course it ended in tragedy. OF COURSE IT DID. WHY DO I DO THIS.

More important than either of those two: Willow / Tara. That was a HUGE one for me as it coincided with a lot of my own identity crisis (situation: ongoing) and there was no guarantee whatsoever at the time that it would actually come to anything but I shipped it hard and I was SO VERY HAPPY that they became an official couple. Also Tara reminded me of myself SO MUCH. In so many ways. We even look kind of similar. It meant a whole, whole lot to me that she was a character that people liked and could ship with Willow, it was good for my soul. But of course TRAGEDY AGAIN WHYYYYYYYYYY

(In that particular case I was so furious that Tara was killed off that I quit the show forever and never saw the rest of Season Six or any of Season Seven, that is how heartbroken I was, and still am. Goddammit Joss Whedon.)

10. Do you ship any characters that have never met?

Generally no. I have to see/hear them together and get a fix on what their dynamic is like.

This counts for Inquisition, by the way. I really can’t ship anyone with anyone until I actually see them interacting. I am no fun.(I am thinking there must be some kind of exception to this that I’m not remembering but I can’t think of one.)

26. Have you noticed a pattern in your shipping? Is there a romantic dynamic you’re more drawn to?

Tragedy? Never paying off? Somebody dying? ME BEING HEARTBROKEN?

I think the reason is that I go for pairings with a lot of roadblocks in their way and sometimes that turns out badly.

I think in terms of relationship dynamics there’s a lot more I could go into, but I need to think about it some more. Somebody else ask me this one and I’ll give it a try.

September 23, 2014

dalishpeach said: 1, 2, 27, 28!

1. Talk about the first ship you ever had.

Oh man. If I’m remembering correctly it was Zelda and Link - not so much in the game, although I played the game, but in the objectively terrible Super Mario Bros Super Show back in the late 80s. The one that looked like this:

That image basically encapsulates their relationship - Link was a doof and Zelda was a BAMF with a secret soft spot for his doofiness that she would never quite admit to. (At least, that’s how I remember it - I have not seen this in about 25 years!) (oh my god I’m so old)

Anyway, they showed episodes of the Zelda cartoon on Fridays and so I looked forward to Fridays SO HARD like I would PREPARE for it all week and by the time it aired I was downright giddy, and I would watch it in a state of giggly anxiety saying YOU NEED TO KISS the entire time. Was not terribly clear on anything else that happened between adults in love but I knew kissing was important.

(THEY NEVER KISSED. Although they did ALMOST KISS many times just to TORTURE me.)

And thus was born my habit of shipping things that would never pay off, LOUD SIGH.

2. Talk about three of the most important ships throughout your life.

Oh god. They’re all really embarassing in that way that anything that was terribly important to me at the time becomes really embarassing to me eventually, and also they are monumentally silly.

But like, Rogue/Gambit was a huge thing for me for a while. I devoured X-Men comics and I shipped this really really really hard as a teen. Unfortunately X-men had terrible writers in the 90s and it was never really done to my satisfaction and also both of their characters got pretty screwed up. But they lived on in my mind for a long time. With better stories.

I think the one canon story that was my favorite was the Age of Apocalypse AU storyline where Rogue was married to Magneto but had a past with Gambit, and he was still hopelessly in love with her, and he lead his gang of intergalactic space pirates to retrieve the M’Kraan crystal and ended up sacrificing his life to save the universe but he really only did it for Rogue AND I CRIED. (And here you see some familiar elements of my continuing shipping habits: tragedy and pirates. lol)

I also have a Legion of Embarrassing Soap Opera Ships that are too numerous to get into. In college I got real invested in All My Children and One Life to Live, and also Sonny from General Hospital was a fave. Haven’t watched any of those shows in over a decade but I have fond memories.

And then Hawke/Fenris got me into the Dragon Age fandom, which is the first fandom that I have actively participated in or even had other people to talk to about, which is a huge deal for me.

27. Is there a ship you’ve shipped for most of your life?

I’m drawing a blank on this. I think Han Solo / Princess Leia is the only one I can think of that I still enjoy, but that was never a big one for me.

28. Does shipping come easily to you?

No. Most of my favorite TV shows and movies don’t come with a ship. I’m actually pretty picky when it comes to romance and pretty damned single-minded. I focus on one couple at a time to the exclusion of all else, and then move on. OTP was a very literal term for me until I fell into the Dragon Age fandom and started multi-shipping.

September 23, 2014
40 Questions - Meme for Shippers

rointheta:

  1. Talk about the first ship you ever had.
  2. Talk about three of the most important ships throughout your life.
  3. What’s your current OTP?
  4. What’s your current NOTP?
  5. Do you have any poly ships?
  6. How do you feel about love triangles?
  7. How do you feel about RPF?
  8. Have you ever shipped yourself with a character?
  9. Do you have many ships that never got together at all?
  10. Do you ship any characters that have never met?
  11. Talk about your favorite first kiss.
  12. Have you ever been disappointed when your ship finally got together?
  13. Has a ship ever broken your heart?
  14. How do you feel about will they/won’t they?
  15. Have you ever “shipped at first sight”?
  16. Talk about a ship you initially disliked.
  17. Talk about a pairing you’ve stopped shipping romantically.
  18. Talk about a moment which made you question an entire ship.
  19. Have you ever shipped something despite yourself?
  20. Talk about a ship you feel alone in shipping.
  21. Is there a ship you just don’t get, but have nothing against?
  22. Which of your ships have the best chemistry?
  23. Which of your ships deserve better writing?
  24. Do you mostly ship canon pairings?
  25. Have you ever shipped a pairing before you even started watching the show/movie simply because of gifs and graphics or similar?
  26. Have you noticed a pattern in your shipping? Is there a romantic dynamic you’re more drawn to?
  27. Is there a ship you’ve shipped for most of your life?
  28. Does shipping come easily to you?
  29. Do you need to ship something to really enjoy a movie/book/tv show/comic?
  30. Name a couple of fandoms in which you have no ships.
  31. Talk about one of your favorite headcanons for a ship you love.
  32. Share five must-read fics.
  33. Name your favorite fanartist(s).
  34. Share your favorite fanmix for your OTP.
  35. Recommend 1-5 shipper blogs.
  36. Do you create fanmixes/gif sets/fanart/fic/fanvids and so on for you ships?
  37. Do you have a favorite trope and/or AU for your OTP?
  38. Do you like and use ship names?
  39. Is there a fictional relationship you’d really want for yourself?
  40. If you could change one thing about your OTP, what would that be?

okay, my general-topics blog is drowning in notifications at the moment due to a post that blew up, so I’m going to do this over here. Send me numbers.

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September 23, 2014

rigidboning:

loghain sets a personalized mug down on the desk, sliding it pointedly over into the king’s line of sight.

on it, the mug reads ‘world’s greatest father-in-law

"what in maker’s name is this abomination of a mug?"

loghain’s voice is demanding in tone, and alistair looks up from his papers, expression calm and collected and entirely (jokingly) serious.

"why that, my dearest father-in-law, is a birthday present honouring our relationship.” he shuffles his papers with the utmost authority a king could possibly have, remaining seated at his desk as he gently slides the mug back towards loghain.

yet the old man remains looming, arms crossed with a deep, agitated frown that darkens along with the rest of his unamused expression.

"there is a trick hole in the front of the bloody mug that leaks whenever i try to drink from it.”

alistair looks up at loghain, grinning widely.

i know.”

(via cypheroftyr)

September 22, 2014
Alistair: [saying words]
Morrigan: [looks into imaginary camera like they’re on the office]

Alistair: [saying words]

Morrigan: [looks into imaginary camera like they’re on the office]

(Source: princessstabbity, via cypheroftyr)

September 22, 2014
cnicslair:

意外と反響大きかったので、今度はオーレイ風の衣装に身を包んだ長髪のフェンリスを描きました。
ホークの赤いリボンはフォロワーさんのアイデアをお借りしました。

cnicslair:

意外と反響大きかったので、今度はオーレイ風の衣装に身を包んだ長髪のフェンリスを描きました。

ホークの赤いリボンはフォロワーさんのアイデアをお借りしました。

(via taokan)

September 22, 2014

dalishpeach replied to your post “Fenris’s first weeks aboard the Sea Witch were rough. Very rough. …”

I love it, I love it, I LOVE IT asdfghjkl.

Pirate Fenris is, like, my most favorite thing.

September 22, 2014
hyperbali:

today i saw a girl with the most gorgeous locs
i’d like to think vivienne’s hair would be just as stunning

hyperbali:

today i saw a girl with the most gorgeous locs

i’d like to think vivienne’s hair would be just as stunning

(via healerirl)

September 22, 2014

I’m sorry that I keep writing angst fic instead of Fenris-and-Isabela-play-strip-poker but I at least try to break up the angstiest parts with lighter fic. It’s just where my head is at right now.

September 22, 2014

Fenris’s first weeks aboard the Sea Witch were rough. Very rough.

Captain Isabela banished him below decks right away. “If you’re going to join my crew, you’re here to work,” she warned him. “I don’t make exceptions for anyone. And if my crew gets even a hint that I’m going easy on you, ugly doesn’t begin to describe it.”

Fenris agreed. “I do not ask for favoritism. Treat me exactly as you would anyone else on your ship.”

He would live to regret those words.

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September 21, 2014
cccrystalclear:

Papa Fenris getting morning groomed

cccrystalclear:

Papa Fenris getting morning groomed

(via holyshitdragonage)