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Sun Mar 15, 2015, 5:48 AM


So since I A)gave myself Cato feels writing that oneshot I posted yesterday, and B)refuse to play any of my current Quizzies without their scars/freckles(which is all of them...)

The only logical course of action was to make Inquisitor!Cato, ofc
ScreenshotWin32 1106 Final by FyreQueen89
I went off a mix of the way drathe draws her and Emma Watson(her face ref) and I'm pretty proud of how she turned out. Her mouth is a tiny bit too wide, I think, but I'll deal.(Also, her hair is nowhere near long enough, but there were no 'midback ponytail' options xD)

And since in the AU where she survives her Harrowing, Cato winds up with a blond warrior(Finn Hawke), I am going to try my damnedest to resist Solas and romance Cullen with her instead. We shall see if I succeed(I already failed to resist the first flirt option with Solas, so not a great start xD). Pray for me. :faint:

Edit: For anyone wondering if I stayed strong:
ScreenshotWin32 1274 Final by FyreQueen89
Yes. Yes I did. Sorry, Solas, this one's for Cullen :3


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  • Reading: Night Train to Rigel ~Timothy Zahn
  • Watching: Stargate: Atlantis
  • Playing: DA:I
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Title: Victories
Author: FyreQueen89
Game: Dragon Age Inquisition
Characters/Pairings: F!Trevelyan/Cullen(sort of...)
Disclaimer: The world of Dragon Age and its characters belong to BioWare. I just borrow their stuff to give myself(and other people) feels
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quick note: Xae is pronounced 'Shay'


"Josephine, have you seen Cullen?"

"Beg pardon?" The ambassador started slightly as she looked up from the letter she was reading. "My attention was elsewhere, Inquisitor. What did you need?"

"Have you seen Cullen?" Xae repeated, leaning against one of the pillars near the door. "I... There was something I wanted to discuss with him." And please don't figure out the 'official business' is a really thin cover just to talk to the man.

"I believe he and Dorian had planned a chess match in the gardens. They way they were talking, it is probably still in progress," Josephine chuckled, grin saying she most definitely had figured out her boss.

"Really?" An eyebrow arched in surprise. "Thank you." She  did an about face and headed for the garden. Chess? Maker, did you hand-craft this man for me or something? 

__*__

Sure enough, she found Cullen and Dorian in the endgame of a chess match that looked hard-fought on both parts. Dorian was reclined in his chair, a confident smirk curling his lips, and Cullen leaned forward, surveying the board thoughtfully.

"I hope you boys are playing nice," Xae commented with a laugh as she approached.

"Inquisitor." Cullen began to rise, prompting a chuckle from the mage.

"Leaving already? Does this mean I win?" he ribbed.

The commander sat back down. "If you win, it will be by skill, not by forfeit."

Dorian laughed. "You need to come to terms with my inevitable victory, Commander. You'll feel so much better."

"Really?" the blond grinned, moving a piece with almost casual deliberation. "Because I just won. And I feel fine." He leaned back, still grinning like the cat who ate the canary.

The mage sighed, shook his head as he stood. "Don't let it go to your head. There'll be no living with you." He smirked at Xae and gestured toward the seat he'd abandoned as he left.

"Up for another match?" she grinned as she took it.

"Certainly," Cullen smiled in return, setting the board once more. Their game took an hour, during which they talked--about his family, about hers, about whatever crossed their minds. Everything but the Inquisition. Chess master older siblings were fair game, troop outposts in the Hinterlands were not.

Victory finally went to Xae, who smirked as she slid her queen onto the final square. "Oh, how the mighty have fallen."

Cullen simply laughed, tipping over his king with a rueful smile. "It seems this match is yours."

"This was fun," she commented, helping him clean up the pieces. "We should do it again sometime. Spend more time together."

"I'd like that," he replied, and internally she did a victory dance.

"So would I." She meant it too. It was a brief respite from the reality of her responsibilities, but a respite it was. And any excuse to spend time with Cullen was a good one in her book.

The former templar paused, hand resting atop the black rook. "You said that..." he marveled softly, smiling as he continued gathering the pieces.

"Mm-hm." Xae nodded as she stood to leave. "But Cullen?" She waited for him to look up before leaning over the table until their noses practically touched. "If you let me win again, I will have them build a pond here specifically so I can throw you in it."

He chuckled, but at least had the decency to blush at getting caught. "As my lady wishes."
Victories
FINALLY THEY TALK TO ME. I've been trying to cajole Xae into talking for months, since the fluff of her and Cullen is wonderful balance for the angst of Aiva and Solas. This was actually part of a drabble thing I started for the two of them, but it doesn't fit the theme of the rest, so I pulled it out, padded a little, and decided to post it on its own. Said drabble thing is still WIP(there are so many WIP fics in my sta.sh it's ridiculous. I NEEDS MORE TIMMMMEEE), but I really hope I can finish before too long.

And yes, I have fully embraced the headcanon that Cullen lets the Inquisitor win if you play fairly in the chess match(or at the very least takes it easy on you). HOWEVER. Xae is very, very good at chess, and while she appreciates the gesture, she doesn't want charity. If she beats him, she wants to really beat him. He wins most of the time when they play in the future, six matches for every one she wins, but that just means she gloats and teases longer when she does win. And he puts up with it because he loves her. and he knows snark/teasing is how she shows affection

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Cullen, Josephine, Dorian, and Dragon Age belong to BioWare

Xae is my Inquisitor
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Heh heh, whoops

Sun Mar 15, 2015, 5:48 AM


So since I A)gave myself Cato feels writing that oneshot I posted yesterday, and B)refuse to play any of my current Quizzies without their scars/freckles(which is all of them...)

The only logical course of action was to make Inquisitor!Cato, ofc
ScreenshotWin32 1106 Final by FyreQueen89
I went off a mix of the way drathe draws her and Emma Watson(her face ref) and I'm pretty proud of how she turned out. Her mouth is a tiny bit too wide, I think, but I'll deal.(Also, her hair is nowhere near long enough, but there were no 'midback ponytail' options xD)

And since in the AU where she survives her Harrowing, Cato winds up with a blond warrior(Finn Hawke), I am going to try my damnedest to resist Solas and romance Cullen with her instead. We shall see if I succeed(I already failed to resist the first flirt option with Solas, so not a great start xD). Pray for me. :faint:

Edit: For anyone wondering if I stayed strong:
ScreenshotWin32 1274 Final by FyreQueen89
Yes. Yes I did. Sorry, Solas, this one's for Cullen :3


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  • Reading: Night Train to Rigel ~Timothy Zahn
  • Watching: Stargate: Atlantis
  • Playing: DA:I
  • Drinking: coffee

NOOOO

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 4, 2015, 3:33 PM


Hey guys, anyone else have scars/freckles vanish in DAI with the new patch? Origin auto-installed it on me and my beautiful qunari babe is suddenly without scars or freckles. I haven't checked any of my other chars yet, but I'm really bummed that Kaavi's all 'blemish free' now. : (((((

Look at her. She was gorgeous just the way she was(*shamelessly showing off rogue bby*).

Kaavi1 by FyreQueen89

Also, if anyone has had this happen and knows of a workaround/bugfix, i would be eternally grateful.

EDIT: Played around with sliders and got complexions back for at least some of my chars. Still no scars showing up though. : (((( This is really irritating...


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  • Playing: DA:I
  • Drinking: coffee
8. Regrets

"Do not be alarmed. 'Tis only I... I have a plan, you see. A way out. A loop in your hole." Morrigan's eyes flicker in the firelight as she turns and walks toward me. "I know what happens when the archdemon dies. That a Grey Warden must be sacrificed, that it may well be you."

"And you found a loophole in that?" I ask, eyebrow arched in blatant skepticism.

"Indeed. I offer a way out for all three of you, that there need not be a sacrifice."

My gaze flits toward the hall, where Alistair lingered to talk with Riordan. "What kind of way out? Running away? Alistair would never do that, and neither would I."

"No." She shakes her head, pauses. "A ritual. Performed on the eve of battle, in the dark of night."

"What sort of ritual?" I press, suspicious of the way she keeps stalling with details.

"Old magic, from before the Circle." She hesitates again, swallowing her words and rephrasing. "Some of the more narrow minded might deem it blood magic, but that is only because they do not, cannot understand it."

"So what, exactly, do you want?" I step further into the room to keep this private.


"For the moment? Simply hear me out, my friend."
 
So I do. Even though my mind is made up before she's halfway done presenting her offer. "No."

Morrigan scowls. "No?!"

I let out a short, harsh laugh. "D'you honestly think Alistair will agree to this? To impregnating you with a demon baby? I can't--and won't--ask him to do that!"

"'Tis not-" she sighs and shifts to a new angle. "If you care for him as you seem to, you must. Should Riordan fall, do you think Alistair will hesitate? Would you?"

"Morrigan, I- Why are you even offering this?" I demand, fully aware she's right; neither of us would hesitate.

"'Tis what my mother wanted, why she sent me with you in the first place. Though now I offer in not as a furthering of her ends, but because I cannot bear to watch you walk willingly toward what may be your demise. If you will not reconsider-" I shake my head- "Then here is where our ways part. Fare you well, my friend." She moves toward the door, biting off one last parting shot. "I hope you do not regret your choice..."

oOo

I stand frozen at the head of the path, staring at the Eluvian and the witch who waits in front of it. The memories are overwhelming. Wistful golden eyes, lips twisting in a slight smile as she calls me 'Sister'. A warm amber smile as calloused hands help me out of my armor, their owner kissing the back of my neck because he knows it turns me on like nobody's business.

"I think... she's expecting you," Ariane prompts, breaking my daze. I nod absently, walking forward in stiff-legged silence. "Remember to ask her about our book!" the Dalish warrior stage-whispers behind me.

My hands start shaking before I've covered even half of the distance, though whether from nerves, adrenaline, or something else entirely I'm not sure. Fade, however, has no qualms about barreling down the path with a joyful bark and greeting Morrigan with the requisite dancing, face-bathing, and tail-wagging. She seems happy enough to see him again, which is a good sign.

As I draw closer, however, she holds up a hand in warning. "Not one step more, or I am gone." She backs toward the shimmering Eluvian. "I have gone to great lengths to find and activate this portal. One false step on your part, and I shall be beyond your reach for good."

"I'm not here to to attack you!" I protest. 

"I did not think you were," she replies sadly.

"I just want to talk," I explain. "Get some answers." And closure on maybe the single biggest choice I made in my life...

"Answers," the witch laughs. "We all want answers. I offered you a deal, you threw it in my face. What remains to be said?" Her eyes narrow. "Unless you have come to regret your decision?"

"I-" I grit my teeth against surging memories thick with emotion. Not like it can be changed now..."I did. Off and on for months after Denerim. For pragmatic reasons, for emotional, intensely personal and selfish ones, yes, I would suffer pangs of regret. There were nights that the loneliness mocked me to the point I begged the Maker to turn back time and let me choose differently. But there was a question, one that nagged at the back of my mind on the bad nights, one I never figured a good answer to. And that one question was enough to keep me satisfied I made the right call: Why did you want the archdemon's soul?"

Something flits through her eyes before Morrigan crosses her arms. "Does it matter? You denied me, and survived even so. Well done."

The dry sarcasm grates on wounds I'd long thought healed. "Yes, I survived. Barely. Because Alistair died in my place! Because the man I loved with every fiber of my being couldn't bear the thought of living without me, and so made me live without him!" Fire and blood and sanest thing I've ever done fill my mind.

"'Twas not my doing," Morrigan retorts. "I offered you a plan that would benefit us both, but you denied me, no doubt imagining some sinister plot." She shakes her head, looking almost sad. "My plans are not half so villainous as Chantry fear-mongering would assume. Whether you believe it or not, I offered because I... I wished to see you live. I cared."

"Cared?!" I repeat incredulously. "Then why did you betray me?"

"I did not betray you," she snaps, spine rigid and eyes flaring with indignation. "I left, just as I said I would. If any betraying was done, 'twas by you, not me."

"Betr-- you abandoned me when I needed you! Friends don't do that!" I growl, hardly able to believe she actually said that.

"No, you abandoned me!" She's bristling, just as angry as I am. "What I did was not done lightly! I needed you, and thought to help in return. But you refused me, and that was the end of it. So do not speak to me of betrayal!" She steps backwards, as if to leave in a huff.

"Wait!" My hand shoots out in an instinctive gesture I know is useless, but she does pause. "I just have one more question, something that's been bothering me for years now. Do you... have the ability to influence dreams?"

"Do I- What?!" She looks confused more than angry, which is a good thing.

"After we killed the archdemon, I had some strange dreams," I explain, raking my fingers through my hair. "You were there, sort of, acting as a guide down a 'what could have been' tangent."

"No, I possess no such ability," Morrigan frowns. "Who or whatever you saw, 'twas not I. Which begs the question; who was it?"

And why did it choose to look like you? I feel a chill dance up my spine. "I haven't had one in over a year, anyway. I only brought it up because I was curious."

She smiles slightly. "As always, my friend. Before I go, allow me to provide you a warning. 'Tis  Flemeth you should beware of, not me. Hunt her, if you hunt anyone."

"Pretty sure I killed her for you already," I remind the witch. "Can't hunt what's dead."

She gives a dark smile. "And you think her truly dead? Alas, Warden, my mother is full of surprises. I thought I knew what she had planned. I thought what she craved was immortality. And yet I was wrong. So very wrong." Morrigan actually looks worried as she continues, "She is no blood mage, no abomination. She is not even truly human. You may have denied me the ritual, but that does not change what is to come."

"What are you talking about? What's going to happen?" I demand.

She gives an enigmatic smile. "Change is coming to the world, Warden. Many fear the change, and will fight it with every fiber of their being. But sometimes change is what they need most. Sometimes change is what sets them free."

Understanding hits me. "Is that what you want? To be free?"

"What I want..." She sighs, eyes sad. "What I want is unimportant now. I can tarry no longer. The time has come for me to go."

"Will I ever see you again?" I can't help asking as she turns to face the mirror.

"Not if you are fortunate," Morrigan replies, so quiet I barely hear her. She rests one hand against the surface of the mirror, then pauses, glancing back over her shoulder. "One last thing. I left you a gift." She nods towards the remains of a campsite. "The Dalish book is there, undamaged, and something you will find of great interest. Goodbye, my friend."

And with that, she's gone. Vanished through the Eluvian, which goes still and dead behind her.

oOo

I stare at the mirror for a few seconds after it's gone still before turning to approach the campsite. True to her word, the book Ariane is so desperate to retrieve lies there atop a second tome even thicker than some of Jowan's spellbooks. I flip open the "gift", but can't make heads or tails of half the terms on the pages, even though it's written in the King's Tongue. I page further back, but the handwriting changes--as does the language. A good chunk of this book is written in Tevene. I give up with a sigh. I'll see if Jowan can make anything out of it when I get back to the Vigil. I gather both book and leave. Ariane and Finn meet me halfway back up the path.

 "Do you have it?" the warrior demands hopefully.

"Right here," I nod, handing her the green-bound volume. "Now let's go home."
Acceptance ch 8
Annnd there we go. Officially done with all the Origins canon DLC(I haven't played Golems of Amgarrek and don't plan to), so from here on out, everything plotwise will be all mine. :3 And boy, do I have some plans for my baby girl. :plotting: And Jowan. And everybody. But for now, I shall leave you with this, and warn that, unfortunately, I won't be posting a new chapter next week. Between the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for DAI, getting together with a friend, and Pillars of Eternity releasing this week(I've been waiting two years for this game, and it comes out this THURSDAYYYYYYY!!! :D wheeeeee I is excite), I'm just not gonna have time to write. But I shall return, and shall send Rahna and Co on more wonderful dangerous and painful adventures.

Acceptance ch 1

Acceptance ch 7
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Morrigan, Finn, Ariane, and Dragon Age in general belong to BioWare

Rahna is mine
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OH NO. TEH FEELS. *drowns in them*
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Thank you so much for the fave on 'The War Room'!  I pray that is an actual scene that comes into play in the game.  If not, someone needs to mod that in and share it on Youtube so I can live vicariously through you non-console players. T-T
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Hello there! Thank you for faving, dear! And sorry for thanking so late, summer has been crazy and I've been bussy... *sigh* I have to comment so many deviations yet xD
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