This is another post that only those who have played Dragon Age: Inquisition can fully understand… But I had to share!
I cannot unsee this. I just cannot…
Being back in the game, I’m also slowly getting back into transmogrifying my characters gear into something I enjoy. Since I’m playing the hunter more the most, she’s naturally the character I started with.
I’ve had this one transmog in mind for weeks (possibly months), but the shoulders I needed to complete it just never dropped for me. So I ended up making another transmog (the green one) to tide me over. Guess what? Two days after getting my green mog going, the shoulders dropped. I’ve not switched back to my blue mog with the new shoulders yet though. She will be green for a little while longer.
Since I’m moving to another country, I had this brilliant (undecided if that’s actually true) idea that I should level a character on my friend’s realm. That way, even though I live far away, we can still “hang out” and do things together. In a sense. Now we can see each other for real, and after I move, at least this way we can play some WoW together.
Problem is… She is horde on another server, so I have to level something.
I have a level 90 Monk on her realm since before, but as I’m leveling it, it feels very, very squishy. Is this normal? It’s a dps monk, and I hear they’re good as tanks and healers – but their dps isn’t so good. I have no idea if this is true though, or just something someone said. In either case, my Monk is definitely taking a beating if I’m not very careful, and whenever I do dungeons she seems to do very little dps.
Since I quite enjoy Paladins, and I’m not really playing my alliance one at the moment, I am playing with the idea of leveling a horde one instead of the Monk. Problem is… 100 levels is a lot more than 10 levels. Very boring to do alone!
Cue trying to get the boyfriend to roll on my friend’s realm with me. The boyfriend says that sure, we can do that… After I’ve moved.
So… Now my Paladin is just sitting here… Waiting for when we can level together.
In the summer, we finally got fiber to the house where I’m currently staying, which means we could get a proper internet connection. Rejoice!
For over eight months I was barely playing WoW, because whenever I tried I would generally end up with 5k+ ms as soon as I left the Garrison. I’ve picked it back up now, and I’m back to raiding with my guild, which is nice.
Sadly, I’ve not enjoyed my Warlock this expansion, and so I’ve been playing my Hunter and raiding with her. I’m stubbornly playing her as Beast Master, even while everyone is staying Marksman is better. I suspect I will have to admit defeat soon and respec, which makes me sad… BM is so much fun! Up until now I’ve been able to stay in the top half of the raid dps, but I’m slipping behind as the gear levels increase – so a change is probably necessary.
In other news, I’m preparing to move to another country – so that’s taking up some of my time.
I missed this blog though, so I have decided to pick it back up. Is there anyone still reading? I have no idea, but I will keep writing anyway (it’s what I do!). If there are any readers out there, feel free to let me know if there’s anything specific you’d like me to write about.
Anyway, in short – I’m back!
This will admittedly only make sense to people who have played the game. So anyone reading my blog, who hasn’t. I’m sorry. I will post other stuff soon, I promise!
This is taken from this Tumblr page.
So, Tania reminded me that the new DLC is out for Inquisition – which I can’t get yet, which is killing me! It got me right back into the Dragon Age hype again though, and I’ve just started on the other two DLCs that I got for my birthday.
It also reminded me that I want to finish my second playthrough, as an elf, so that I can romance Solas. Only this happens every time.
Art by the talented Mur. Dr Mur.
After finishing Dragon Age: Inquisition, and loving the romance element so much, I wanted more. So I actually went onto fanfiction.net and read around a little. The quality of work there really varies a lot, but some of it is really quite good/interesting. By the way, I think we need more Duncan fanfic… The very first time I played Dragon Age, I was raging because Duncan wasn’t a love interest. I barely got anywhere that time though, because my hard drive died and I lost interest. (I don’t think I’d even done the battle at Ostagar, that’s how early in the game I was.)
I’ve especially enjoyed playing through both the Alistair romance and the Cullen romance. Sometimes I think I should try some of the others, and I do, at least for a while – but then I end up back with Alistair or Cullen anyway.
They’re just really well-written characters. Not that the rest of them aren’t. I don’t know, there’s just something about those two. At first glance one might think that they’re the same type of character. They do have similarities. They’re both blond, warrior type men. Both brought up in the Templar Order. But other than that, I think they’re actually quite different – and their romances reflect that.
Alistair is very funny, he likes to joke a lot – and when talking to him in DA:O and asking questions, he often won’t give you straight answers. If you’re nice to him, as a female, he will generally pursue you – despite being inexperienced at these things.
Cullen is a much more serious person, he has baggage. While I realise it’s partly because of the way the game is played, you have to pursue him rather than him coming to you. He admits to having liked you for a long time, but that he felt that it wasn’t his place to pursue you – since basically you’re his boss. You’re more or less friend-zoned in the first part of the game, only after nearly dying to a dragon does he seem to notice you.
Side note: The way the Inquisition romances play out… Does anyone else feel like we’re a law suit on sexual harrassment waiting to happen? As the Inquisitioner you’re basically everyone’s boss, and here you are, propositioning them left right and center! I also found some of the romance options to be very forward, and my characters are usually a bit less so. Alistair’s romance worked well for me that way, because I could be sweet to him and teasingly flirt a bit – and he’d come to me. With Inquisition I have to sometimes choose very forward options with the romanceable companions.
Anyway, this got a lot longer than planned. Basically, what I wanted to say was that after finishing Inquisition and thinking about Cullen as a character who has been with us all the way since Origins… I started going “what if..?” and then I couldn’t stop myself. So I started a fanfic. /facepalm
In the end though, I think it might be a good experience for me. I’ve not written properly in years, and I do want to get back into it and get my novels published (even if that means doing it myself as e-books). Writing this fanfic will hopefully get me back into the swing of things. Which is definitely needed, cause as I’m writing this little fanfic, I’m feeling very, very rusty!
So, I finished Dragon Age: Inquisition last night… I really enjoyed this game! And the romance. I’m such a romance nerd… It’s one of my favourite parts of the game. Sadly, I forgot to take much screenshots of the last half of the game, it’s definitely a feature I miss from Origins. Maybe it’s for the best though, I can’t accidentally spoil something with images!
It’s a great game, and I think anyone who likes RPG games should give it a go. Obviously, you’d have to start with Dragon Age: Origins and also play Dragon Age II. Okay, okay! I realise you don’t have to… but you should, it’s such a great story! And even if you can easily play each one as a stand-alone, they work so nicely together!
I’ve enjoyed them so much that I’m actually tempted to go back to Origins and do a full playthrough from game one through three!
And also, the romances… If you’re not into that, you can ignore it… But I love, love, love the romances. They’re so well written. BioWare definitely knows how to write good and interesting characters. Even if you’re not romancing anyone, just walking around your base and chatting with your companions can be hilariously funny. I loved the little cut scenes you got with your companions.
Now, I just need to decide if I should do the full Dragon Age playthrough… Or maybe get something useful done… Hmm…
If you don’t want any spoilers regarding Dragon Age: Inquisition romances, you should stop reading now. This post is about the Cullen romance, first steps. So if you don’t want any spoilers regarding it, click away now!
Right! So, after flirting with Cullen at every point possible, I finally got somewhere! It felt like it took a long time, but it was definitely worth it! It’s such a great romance so far! As I said, I’m only on like the first one so far – the one where you get to choose to start an exclusive romance with him.
It all started with my Inquisitor walking in on Cullen playing a game of chess (or the Thedas version of it) with Dorian.Winning rather ungracefully to Dorian’s dismay! As Dorian leaves, Cullen invites the Inquisitor to play. Naturally, I had to say yes.
I actually played fair, despite being allowed the options to cheat or letting him win. You also get a chance to ask him about his family, and find out that he has a sister and a brother. Despite playing fair, my character won, and I was happy to see that Cullen is note a sore loser! Then you can flirt with him and say that you think it would be nice to spend more time together. He agrees, and when you’re a little bit flustered and repeat yourself…
I never thought anyone could look adorable while smirking, but BioWare has proven me wrong with Cullen!
That pretty much ended the scene, but I was too curious, so I went back to his room and talked to him again. That gave me the option to ask him for a private chat. Yes! Cue cut scene where we’re walking out on the ramparts.
Apparently my Inquisitor is not one for tip-toeing around the subject. She asks, more or less straight forward, if he could care for a Mage, saying that she really cares for him. He’s very cute and flustered, but yes – he definitely likes you!
There’s some tension, and he leans in for a kiss…
I’m probably squeeing out loud at this point… Then, when you’re just about to kiss. A guard comes running! This had me laughing for sure, because you can so clearly see the frustration on Cullen’s face and in his posture. The guard can see it too…
The guard isn’t quite sure what to make of it at first. Here’s his commander asking him to deliver a report as soon as possible, then when you’re just trying to do your job.. your commander nearly rips your head off for doing exactly what you asked!
Meanwhile your Inquisitor is standing behind Cullen looking like she’s trying very hard not to be noticed.
The guard seems to figure out what’s going on and decides that he can probably deliver the report to Cullen’s desk instead and backs away slowly. Because you don’t want to turn your back to an angry Cullen… who knows what will happen!
Cullen turns back to your Inquisitor, and you’re trying to do the responsible thing by saying that if he needs to go to attend to things, that’s fine… But he cuts you off by grabbing hold of you, pulling you close and ravishing you. Okay, okay… No ravishing, but he does kiss you and it looks like a really nice kiss!
You get to have a bit of a conversation at this point, basically solidifying that this is the romance choice that you want to make, and it’s all very sweet.
Anyway, that pretty much concludes your first romantic encounter with Cullen. I thought it was very well-written and a great combination of sweet, funny and hot. I look forward to seeing more of it, but I think the story will have to progress a bit further before that happens. Right now, basically my only choice is more kissing time on the ramparts (never a bad idea!) or breaking up (not happening!).
It’s funny though… When you cue the little kissing scene on the ramparts, at the end when Cullen walks away to get back to work… Your Inquisitor will lean against the ramparts and look at him as he walks away, and she has this really leering look on her face. I bet she’s undressing him in her mind!
With how much I’m writing about Dragon Age lately, I could almost justify merging this blog with Spellbound and making just one big mess out of everything! Anyway, so I am now into Inquisition, and I’m really enjoying it. I’m trying to keep it free from spoilers, but if you’re very cautious, you may want to skip this post. I’m only somewhere between 25-30 hours in, but at least I’ve warned you!
I think the introduction sequence was done really well, where you’re not quite sure what’s happened and are just sort of thrown into everything. It was great seeing characters that you’ve encountered, or even played with, in previous games. I do love those little cameos that you get as well. Obviously, a lot of characters in this game has more than cameos. Cassandra, Leliana, Cullen and Varric are there to stay. Hooray!
The one thing I don’t like with how the game plays – and I realise this is just me, because I’m very strange – is that you have no option to move with your mouse. It’s WASD, and that’s it pretty much. I’ve never been able to move well with WASD. I can’t say why exactly, it’s just not something I can do. So every other game I play, I always rebind movement so that I can move by holding down my two mouse-buttons (if it’s not already an option), and bind strafe to my mouse buttons 4+5 on the side. So, I’m struggling a bit with movement.
Fortunately, my character is a Mage, so at least I don’t have to keep moving during fights to be in melee range. It was a big disappointment to me though, that I could only move with WASD. I guess I only have myself to blame though, having never learned to properly do it, while I guess almost every other person out there playing games do.
The story of the game is really interesting, but I won’t really go into it, since I don’t want to overly spoil anything. I’m having to pace myself though, because I’m too tempted to move the main story along too quickly, and I don’t want that since there are a lot of fun side quests.
The companions and advisors are great. You still can’t talk to your party members when out in the field (there’s party banter of course), but I’m okay with that since they always seemed to move in front of whatever object you were trying to click anyway. No, Wynne I do not want to talk to you right now! Move away!
You can, however, talk to them whenever you want to in your base. This was something you couldn’t in DA2, and I’m soo happy that they brought it back! There’s also a fair amount of little cut scenes with your companions, even when not romancing them, which is really nice.
Romancing seems slow, but I’m okay with that. Slow and steady, as they say! I’ve heard good things about the romance arcs, so I’m very much looking forward to mine. Yeah, Cullen – I’ve got my eyes on you!
There was a little Alistair cameo at one point, and I have to admit that I don’t like what they did with his model. Until he actually introduced himself, I didn’t even recognise him!
I really can’t wait to continue playing and finding out what else is in store for my character. I’ve only recently made it to Skyhold, but even so, I think I still have the majority of the game ahead of me. I’m okay with that though, since I’m really enjoying it. The most difficult part is going to be to refrain from moving the main story along too fast!