Livestreaming time! Merrill, fashion, dragon age shit, etc. :D
Sorry for the late, was having technical difficulties…and am still setting up a bit, so you’re warned.
once again, sketching merrill and other dragon age things, possibly by request. and fashion.
and if anybody cares to chat during this, poke me with/for Skype info :3
so I’m gonna bring this rant back:
suuuuuuuuuuper long read but well worth it
I go back and forth with how I feel about Merrill and it actually doesn’t have anything to do with her use of blood magic. If she was someone I knew, irl, I would definitely be friends with her, and probably just avoid topics of contention. I do not like the condescending manner in which she discusses elven history or what it means to be elven with Fenris, and I completely understand why he doesn’t like her. I was a little shocked by her reaction when the keeper helps Feynriel, and she exclaims “She used the ancient magic for that halfblood!? She wouldn’t do it for me!!” or something like that.
I get it was a deeply personal issue for her, that she was in a state of isolation from her people, and when emotions are involved it doesn’t always allow for otherwise sweet individuals to act with grace…but it was still really gross, and unfortunately it’s the first thing I think about when I think about Merrill. Bottom line, none of the characters have flawless, sparkling, personalities. But her racial elitism just kind of rubbed me the wrong way. :////
I can totally understand that.
Not that this lets Merrill off the hook for these statements and behaviors, but I think that’s kind of a Dalish thing. The Dalish storyteller in Origins is very elitist about the Dalish: they view themselves as the sole keepers of elven lore and consider living in an alienage a sort of betrayal. This is all wrong and I’m not comfortable describing it as racism, but it is definitely prejudiced. I would argue Merrill was taught this extreme elitism as a Dalish, but even more so because she was meant to one day be a Keeper.
The way Fenris and Merrill treat one another makes me very sad. They’re both too stubborn and convinced they’re right to see that they have a lot in common. They’ve both experienced severe oppression (although, Fenris more so) simply because of their elfhood.
Merrill is absolutely wrong in her condescension toward Fenris, but he is also extremely wrong in calling her a “witch” with such hatred.
I wavered a bit on how to respond to this, and thank you for jumping in. XD That is another case of bias that the Dalish really embrace, including Merrill, and I agree whole heartily that she probably got double the amount usual because she was meant to be a Keeper. It’s a protection method for them, and even if I don’t agree with it I can see it’s purpose. They have to believe that they are doing the right thing, because otherwise their way of life might be too hard to bear—and, at least in part, because they do hear of the horrors of the alienges from those who choose to flee them (and thus would have their own biases against alienage lifestyles).
And yes, I agree that Merrill isn’t excatly innocent when it comes to her treatment of Fenris. They both gave a lot of shit. However, I will say that she softens quite a bit toward him as the years go by, while he remains adamant that she hasn’t the foggiest idea what she’s doing. Both perspectives are understandable, both flawed.
As far as Feynriel goes, however…again, we’re getting back in to how elves are being oppressed. I specifically dodged the issue of the half-elves in the original post because it’s a sensitive, convoluted subject and I’m not sure that I am the right person to really talk about it. The least of my reasons being that I happen to think it’s horseshit levels of writing because how the fuck does elf+human=human? If this is merely a viewpoint of the elves that makes sense, but it’s given as being “scientifically” accurate in Thedas and that just makes my head hurt.
That aside…Merrill grew up being taught that a large portion of why their ways are being lost has a lot to do with their rapidly depleting numbers. Their species is literally being consumed by humans, in that regard, because for every elven person who has stays with a human partner they are making a choice that has long-term genetic consequences on their entire species. This isn’t a race matter, it’s a matter of extinction. The elves are an endangered species.
Then you add in the hole drama of Marathari and Merrill specifically, and I can understand why Merrill would feel completely betrayed in that moment where she might not have otherwise, had her standing with Marathari still been one of respect and trust.
so I’m gonna bring this rant back:
Cause..I think that would be kinda neat…
I think you misspelled DRAGON!!!! ;)
I think you both misspelled Cullen
… I think I sense a pattern here.
I never minded being a human, which is why Hawke and the announcement that we’d be human in DA3 didn’t bother me at all. I do understand why people get bored though, and it’d be nice if Bioware and EA let us choose like we did in Origins. You can’t just assume that everyone played a Cousland and make the other protags human; and even if most people did, there were people who enjoyed the other origins more.
Considering DA is about choice, you’d think they’d keep that in there.
I’ve basically given up on that ever being an option again. Given the Elves’ storyline, in particular, i just can’t see them either A) having the balls to go there in a more in-depth manner, or B) doing it with any kind of sensitivity, if the way they’ve approached other issues is any kind of indication. In a way I’m kind of relieved for it, even if I would love a playable City Elf / Dalish protag to bits.
[snipping previous conversation because wow too long]
Once the discussions about marrying Alistair and becoming Princess Cous-Cous get out of the way, criticism of the Origin turns…
I didn’t mind humans so much in Dragon Age. Now Star Wars is another thing entirely. I almost never play humans in Star Wars because boring. :P
LMAO, One day I may actually play that, if only for the chance to see Star Wars in a non-human perspective. I’m not a Star Wars fan in general because it the humans bore me. ;D (are we sensing a theme here?)
Though the point you made to Liz is a good one, about how the “typical fantasy arc” is generally male. I never really tried to look at it that way with CousCous.