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Persephone. 33. White, Cis (She, her, hers) woman, poly, bisexual. Welcome to the Underworld. A place for all of you to come together and enjoy the mayhem that is my life and my blog. Current themes: BioWare games & my OCs. Warning: There will be discussions, shameless promotions for my Canon Shepard (Katja), my Canon Hawke (Thais) and my Canon Warden (Rhiannon Cousland). Resident Loghain & Anora defender and fangirl and proud of it.

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Colette Lavellan (Top), Eluned Mahariel (Bottom left), Myrna Tabris (Bottom right)

This is the cutest dollmaker ever. <3

King Cailan: Ho there, friend. Might I know your name?
Eluned Mahariel: Not really but you might take me in.....to the royal enclave for a chat? It's terribly windy out here.
King Cailan: <>_<> You've got yourself a lively one there, Duncan.....
Duncan: *Under his breath* The one thing he had to inherit from his father....
King Cailan: You were saying something?
Eluned Mahariel: You shemlen have terrible hearing. I could whisper it to you if you ask me nicely.
King Cailan and Duncan: <>_<>

Anything.

Always.

Severus Snape - A True Hero by zirro93

These two words have forever been altered in people’s minds after reading/hearing him say them. One in desperate anguish, the other in serene, unquestioning adoration. For better, for worse.

womanprivilege:

melliferan:

even if they had 50 different artists only using the first image from google image search as reference for skin color you still get vastly different results sooooooooooooooooo

and since they said we can share stuff that has been shared publicly at PAX, here’s how the art we’ve been criticizing looks like currently in the keep (or before it’s updated to reflect the PAX update)

image

so yeah, there was work to be done and now even moreso with this ridiculous coloring bs

and it’s not like it was a whole bunch of different artists drawing shit over from scratch either soooooooooooooooooooooo

Okay, I’ll bite because I’m kind of sick of stylistic and lighting excuses.

  • Given that it’s never the other way around (Styles used that darken white characters) and based on the reception black actors get for being cast in anything Shakespeare that isn’t Othello because of “accuracy” and shit……. It is a fucking poor excuse and a rather dismissive stylistic choice that is………yeah, racist. Intent doesn’t really matter when you erase the last three PoC Thedas still had that weren’t brutalized/killed.
  • The critique is coming from people who are living from scraps of scraps when it comes to representation. Thedas, for all its racist and gross undertones (I.E. Loghain and Howe being designed on Jewish stereotypes), is blindingly white. The only PoC we have seen are Duncan (Sacrificial lamb for a main white male character’s manpain and revenge), Isabela (Fetishized and slutshamed throughout), Zevran (Same but with gross NO HOMO! outcries from the dudebros….) and Sten……. and….AND?
  • Based on all of this, BioWare’s “artistic choice” to use an art style that effectively whitewashes their few non white characters is rightly criticized and condemned. Because darker skintones ARE possible using this style. There’s evidence, it’s called Wynne’s face.
  • The b/w images aren’t even the focus here but the preview of the colored artwork seen in the PAX Demo. Just fyi because context kinda matters.
  • Can we stop making excuses when POC are upset about losing the scraps of scraps they’ve been living on more and more, esp. if the offender is “progressive” BioWare? Because we white folks shouldn’t be opening our big yaps at all, given that we’re not the ones being marginalized, wronged, slighted and basically told - We’re doing this for our (white!) fans! -, unless it is to support them? Why do you think “Iconic” Hawke was everywhere? Or why the non-customized place holders for non imported Wardens have all been white so far? (That Dev had one dark skinned dwarf among his customized heroes, HALLELUJAH!)

BioWare and its “artistic integrity” don’t need defending here. So could we focus on getting this shit fixed now?

melliferan:

even if they had 50 different artists only using the first image from google image search as reference for skin color you still get vastly different results sooooooooooooooooo

and since they said we can share stuff that has been shared publicly at PAX, here’s how the art we’ve been criticizing looks like currently in the keep (or before it’s updated to reflect the PAX update)

image

so yeah, there was work to be done and now even moreso with this ridiculous coloring bs

and it’s not like it was a whole bunch of different artists drawing shit over from scratch either soooooooooooooooooooooo

Look, look, I love opera.

But the next time a fandom calls a character “whiny” or “emo”…..this is right out of this duet featuring a prince being in love with his stepmom who was once his fiancee but married his Dad out of duty:

"Don’t call me that, use the name of our past! Miserable wretch (Referring to himself), have mercy, I am suffering so much, have mercy! Heaven, in its cruel wrath, only gave me a day before ripping it away from me!"

So the next time some stuck up elitist snob calls one of my faves any of these, I’ll think of this and say…….Yeah, well, they are in excellent company.

aleeravermillion:

Oh gosh

mswhich:

Here is my writing peeve of the day:

Stop telling people to stop using “said.” You see this advice all over the place. “Don’t use ‘said’! Use ‘muttered’ or ‘mumbled’ or ‘yelled’ or ‘shouted’ or ‘whispered’ or blah or blah or blah!”

OK, muttered and mumbled and yelled and shouted and whispered all have their places. They do. Sometimes that is what the character is doing, and you want to express that. Cool. But when every dialogue attribution is some new clever verb, it is VERY DISTRACTING. It pulls me out of the story. It reminds me, “oh yeah, I’m reading a story. The author is trying to be clever here.”

"Said" is an invisible verb. I sent the first couple of chapters of a new fanfic to a friend to look over the other day, and he said, "I love how descriptive you are. You don’t use boring words like ‘said’."

I used the word “said” 13 times in that excerpt. 13 times in only 2000 words. I feel like that’s actually kind of a lot. But he didn’t notice, because “said” is invisible. Your eye expects it, and so you skip right over it and you just notice the dialogue being spoken, instead of the dialogue attribution. 

I’m not a writing expert and I’m probably not even that great of a writer. But I’m a pretty good reader, and I can tell you that “said” is okay. Use “said.” Don’t be afraid of it. It will help you. It is your friend.

Severus Snape - Hand Of Sorrow by kathrynann1112

I am gonna say this straight out and mean it. You think my defense of Loghain Mac Tir is fierce? You haven’t known me back in the day when this man’s story inspired me and often literally kept me emotionally alive.

I am well aware of him being as flawed a (anti-) hero as they come. Nothing Tumblr has been saying hasn’t already been said on LJ, Myspace, Yahoo!Groups, Mugglenet etc.

I don’t need to be told any of it. I just want to cry about this again.

if you’re a DA Keep beta tester who’s upset by the whitewashed artwork in the PAX demo

middlemarching:

treedeecee:

middlemarching:

do your beta testing duty and say something about it on the forum svp

I just did and so have several others, so if you’re shy about being the first to speak up, that’s been done for you

go do the thing

i’m a beta tester and i can confirm that the tiles are black and white right now

That’s part of the problem. I’m a beta tester too, and when I first saw the recolored images circulating on my dashboard, I immediately checked the Keep and saw exactly what you’re describing. The version of the Keep that was demo’d at PAX is not the version of the Keep that beta testers can see. The demo version is going to be the version that all of us are working with, soon.

But it’s still in beta, which means that the artwork can still be changed. So we absolutely need to speak up right now and draw attention to the problem.