Coheed and Cambria concert was amazing even with a terrible sinus infection. Now my voice is terribly hoarse from singing along at the top of my lungs and my ears took more than an hour to stop ringing. I have never in my life been happier to have my walker to sit/kneel on. The lights were incredibly cool and Claudio’s hair was beautiful. Now I’m going to collapse into bed and sleep for about twelve hours.
I’ve been linked to a post in an ask that’s, well, in essence, “character bashing” and is being directed toward Cullen and how his hardcore fans excuse his behavior while simultaneously dumping all over Anders for what he did. I may write a longer response to this post at a later time (after I’m off work which I’m just about to get to doing now) but in the meantime, I wanted to say the following:
I’m a hardcore Cullen fan, and I do not excuse his behavior. His viewpoints toward mages and their treatment are, yes, a product of prolonged torment and having his trust ripped away from him, but that doesn’t mean I agree with or excuse the way he lumps all mages into the same bag during the earlier acts of Dragon Age 2. He was reacting quite realistically to the events he’d experienced by developing a more strict viewpoint on how a mage’s power has to be handled in order to prevent such things from happening again, and according to his perspective, he’s completely justified. But that doesn’t mean he wasn’t being an utter asshat about it and that I agree with his stances.
Still, and putting it quite simply, I don’t have to.
I don’t need to excuse him or somehow make him seem softer in order to love him as a character and the story he’s had thus far. Doing so would only ruin his turn-around at the end of the game for me in the fact that it wouldn’t hold as much meaning that he went from “Mages can’t be treated like people,” to “Mages should be offered trust based on their word and, if in my leniency they decide to do wrong, I will accept and handle that responsibility as my duty entails.”
I also offer the same treatment to Anders, who is my main squeeze in DA2. But loving him doesn’t mean excusing the problematic shit he’s done. Loving ANY Dragon Age character doesn’t mean excusing the problematic shit they’ve ALL done. Their faults and potentially mistaken actions simply mean these are realistic characters with flaws and their own moral compasses that direct them all down different paths as individuals, and this is one of the most basic reasons why anyone would love (or alternatively hate) a character to begin with. Because they’re complex. Because they’re fleshed out. Because they’re intriguing. Because you look at them and wonder “How would they react to this or that.”
So in essence, no, not every hardcore Cullen fan wants to excuse his behavior, or even try to “sell him” to others. We honestly just want to love what we love and not be bashed for it because someone else has a problem with him and/or the things he’s done.
This has been a post. Feel free to grab a donut on the way out. :D
My favourite translator said that when she was an ambassador for Hungary she took all these Japanese politicians on a tour and she was trying to circumtranslate ‘merry go round’ cause she didn’t know the Japanese word for it by calling it a ‘horse tornado for children’ and they had no blessed idea what she was saying and she finally started running in circles going up and down and they go ‘ohhhhh, in Japan we call those ‘merry-go-rounds’”
- she explores a subset of magic that is stigmatized
- she is eager to restore forgotten history
- she is kind to those who are hateful towards her
- she sticks up for herself and her beliefs
- she is curious of other cultures and genuinely wants to learn more
- merrill is basically a cutie pie with some major backbone and an eye for bullshit
Poll: what’s your favorite mage ability across all DA games, Awakening included?
Do spell combos count? Because I’m partial to using cone of cold or hand of winter on a group of enemies, casting virulent walking bomb on someone in the center, and then shattering them with stonefist. Usually results in an instant KO of the entire group, and it’s extremely satisfying to watch.
Otherwise, I’m gonna say hand of winter. Instant use, don’t have to aim, doesn’t freeze allies, and sets up shatter combos. I was thrilled when I started up Awakening and that was one of my new abilities.
okay but imagine having a house right on the timezone boundary
"bedtime is 11!"
"KITCHEN 11 OR LIVING ROOM 11??"
"mom we’re gonna be late!"
"nah, it’s at bathroom 5 not bedroom 5"
"man I only got like 2 hours of sleep!"
"well I got 3, I rolled over the boundary in my sleep"
The best (and worst) part would be trying to figure out what time to watch tv
you broke my brain