August 28, 2014

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August 28, 2014

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August 28, 2014

ROFL my inbox is filling up with anons who want to get things off their chest about cullen

August 28, 2014

knight-artorias said: I figured out what happened. There's been a change to Tumblr's search system. You may not have tried to put your posts in the tag, but they show up when folks search for Cullen anyhow. The way it works now... let's say you wanted to look up Isabela. If you just type "isabela" into the search bar, it'll pull up any post that mentions her. If you want posts she's tagged in, you type "#isabela". No idea why they set it up that way.

ohhhh that’s right

and I don’t know what that does to the “don’t put it in the tags” policy because, what, now we can’t put anything anywhere?

I’m sorry, if something bothers me I’m going to complain about it, that’s what I have a blog for.

Jumping on people you dig up through search strikes me as trying to silence dissent. I don’t want to go out of my way to antagonize people I’m just trying to express my own thoughts on my own space. I will try to use read-mores more but IDK what else I could do, if the “critical” tags don’t work.

August 28, 2014

Anonymous said: Sorry that you couldn't even respond to my ask without Cullen fans attacking you with their fanon about Cullen's character development that we never actually see onscreen. Cullen hero worshipped Meredith and he is very pro-templar. That's a fact that no amount of fanon can change. But, again, sorry you got shit for it.

not your fault, anon. don’t worry about it.

August 28, 2014

setphaserstofandom said: Color meme: Zevran in 12?

alamarri:

Heeeeyyyyyy ∠( ᐛ 」∠)_

August 28, 2014

siawrites said: I would like to thank you for reminding me about Meredith's past. Even on my Templar sympathetic game, I never got her sister's story -- I only heard about it from others. I think BW did her character a disservice in rushing her background just to make her a female Moff Tarkin (the more she tightens her grip, the more mages slip through her fingers) just to have an out and out villain. Which kinda defeats the purpose of a game where everything was supposed to be all moral grays.

They made it way too hard to get that conversation when it’s so important to what is happening in Kirkwall.

Everybody can watch it here.

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August 28, 2014

brightblueinky said: Man I really agree with you on Meredith. Her character concept is super interesting to me. I wish Act 3 wasn't so rushed, I don't feel like she was used the best--but I found her a much more compelling character than Cullen, in the end. I don't hate Cullen, I just don't get the overwhelming love for him, either.

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August 28, 2014

Anonymous said: It's not much but I for one am glad to have your Cullen crit. on my dash. I never understood why people loved him so much, and pretty much all of his defenders seemed to be completely missing the point

Thank you anon.

I tend to forget that Asks can be reblogged now and that I can hide them behind a read-more for extra protection so I’m gonna start putting him behind a cut like Anders and tagging it with all the critical / hate tags and “boy band” just to avoid this sort of thing in the future.

August 28, 2014

It is too early in the morning to be this irritated

August 28, 2014

Anonymous said: Funny thing about Meredith is that everyone will say that she was a crazy bitch or that she was brutal towards the mages, but they will bend over backwards defending Cullen even though he practically gushes about Meredith and the codex even states that the reason he rose in rank so quickly was because he was the only one who agreed 100% with Meredith.

fenrispenris:

officialjacobtaylor:

dreadwulf:

Yes, exactly.

And Meredith had a lyrium idol driving her mad, so what’s Cullen’s excuse?

U forget about the part where he was tortured or did u skip that quest in origins

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Is it entirely possible for any of you people to go one day without character bashing or are you doing it on purpose to aggravate the shit out of me? Cullen said and did terrible things after his experience in the circle being tortured emotionally and physically by blood mages, demonds and abominations.

He was suffering from very understandable and very real PTSD. While none of this excuses the things he said and did, they do explain his actions and where he was coming from. When he first comes to Kirkwall, he agrees with Meredith whole heartedly that mages can’t be trusted but as he goes, he begins to see that Meredith and her system are just as corrupt and evil as mages who use blood magic.

It’s called character development. You are very welcome to read this to learn how to correctly read into a character and see character development. And for the rest of Cullen’s story.

The point, if you had read the rest of the conversation you are barging in on, is that Cullen gets people tying themselves in knots to explain his actions, and Meredith gets nothing. Zero. Zip.

The point is the difference in how these characters are treated by fandom, which you are so nicely demonstrating.

Cullen gets one-fifth of the screen time of Meredith and yet he has reams of meta going into his mental state and why he says every single line and why this and why that and defenders who will leap onto strangers blogs and their untagged posts at any hint of dismissal of his character AND YET Meredith is just a crazy villian. No legion of Meredith defenders. In fact, the exact same Cullen fans will turn around and bash Meredith in order to make their hero Cullen look even better. Which makes it hilariously ironic that most of what Cullen actually does in DA2 is hero-worship Meredith.

As I said in the related post, if Knight Commander Meredith had been Knight Commander Martin, with no other changes, he would be one of the most popular characters in this fandom and I would be listening to meta about how tragic his struggle with the lyrium idol is. I would have piles of fanfic about Martin and his sister and how hard he tried to save her and the terrible consequences of his actions in doing that. How traumatized Martin would be by such an experience and watching 50 people be slaughtered around him because he tried to save one mage. But no, Meredith couldn’t be traumatized or have ptsd or a character of her own or anything like that.  Instead I have to hear all about Cullen because he is a dude. He appears in like three scenes and acts like a creepy dick in all of them and yet fandom latches onto him and demands he be brought back and now I have to see him again in Inquisition. This is, frankly, bullshit.

This is why I do not care one single bit about Cullen or his poor boring feelings. Yet another throwaway male character gets championed by fandom at the expense of equivalent, and imho much more interesting, female characters. And I can’t even talk about this frustration on my own blog without Cullen fans storming in to talk about how tortured their poor baby is.

But thanks for demonstrating all this for me perfectly. Fandom is so entirely predictable.

August 28, 2014

lissomesimplicity:

dreadwulf:

lissomesimplicity replied to your post “[[MOR] dalishpeach replied to your post: I’m endlessly disgusted by…”

I will forever be angry that we don’t have more Shianni because fuck you she was a fantastic character with great potential and I want her to be developed honestly before I joined the fandom I didn’t even know about Cullen, but Shianni? fuck yes

ladyoflate replied to your post: Read More →Read More Now!

-crying forever about shianni- -hissing like an angry snake at anders and cullen- and even when people do dislike anders and cullen, it’s da2 anders and cullen. where’re the fans who hate every version, like meeeee

The Shianni fandom emerges from the shadows and storms the Keep

Puts Shiianni posters on all the walls

Shianni for party member

Shianni for love interest

Shianni for Empress

Vote Shianni

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I have literally no graphic design skills but this is important to me

I would absolutely plaster the walls of my inquisitor fortress with this if I could. Vote Shianni!

August 28, 2014
rigidboning:

I’ve been meaning ask for a commission of these three ever since I started writing my self-indulgent drabbles, and being a big fan of ellyshepard's work I am incredibly happy with how this turned out!! It's Isabela and Fenris spoiling their half-elf daughter Bethy with a fancy hat…because mage cowls simply won't do for a young pirate.

rigidboning:

I’ve been meaning ask for a commission of these three ever since I started writing my self-indulgent drabbles, and being a big fan of ellyshepard's work I am incredibly happy with how this turned out!! It's Isabela and Fenris spoiling their half-elf daughter Bethy with a fancy hat…because mage cowls simply won't do for a young pirate.

August 27, 2014

fragilespark said: Fenris and Isabela looked up at the makeshift tent that barely covered them as the rain started to fall. Drip. Patter. Shower. Pour. The light gasp as the fabric above them started to swell. A little wriggle as it threatened to sink. And the squeals and laughter when it finally did, throwing themselves either side as it splatted between them and soaked them through, only for them to roll back onto it to come together for a happy kiss.

Thank you everybody I made it through today and it was so much better with all of your happy thoughts :D

August 27, 2014

Anonymous said: The Warden can bug Wynne about griffons. Merrill wants a griffon named Feathers. Logical conclusions is that Mahariel and Merrill bonded over their mutual love of griffons.

Mahariel’s a bit older than Merrill in my canon so I see it more like : Mahariel tells bb!Merrill all about griffons while she listens wide-eyed.

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Maybe Mahariel while visiting the inquisitor will pick up a griffon and ride back to the Free Marches to take Merrill for a ride?