Morrigan's Random Fangirl Blog

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edgyhumour asked: Hi, thank you for being you! Why was Anders chosen over Velanna as the returning character in DA2? I read somewhere she was suppose to be in DA2

dgaider:

For two reasons:

1) Because we needed a mage whose main concern was mages. Velanna’s main concern was the Dalish. We talked about trying to make it work with both, but it just didn’t seem very feasible… not without looping in far more Dalish story than we were prepared to do.

2) None of the writers were very keen on writing her—at least, not in the context of “Velanna possessed by Justice”… which seemed, to us, to be “take Velanna in Awakening and multiply everything annoying about her by 10”. Maybe that idea seems interesting to some folks, but it didn’t to us.

So, ultimately, the consideration passed pretty quickly—there was never a “plan” for this insomuch as a brief consideration in the early development process (among numerous others). I imagine we could have made it work had we been intent enough on doing so, but—like I said—nobody wanted to.

(Cue some folks getting angry about how we should have wanted to, I suppose… but oh well. That’s how writing works. You’ll never get a writer interested in writing something solely because someone else thinks it should be there.)

Even though I had a love/hate relationship with Anders…I think I would have had a far more difficult time dealing with Velanna in that context. Good decision, from where I sit!

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The FemShep Project - Garrus by ReiiTheRad on deviantART

femgamers:

Sephora Cousland with Garrus 

Basically a generous member from a Mass Effect fan club decided to pair up up every member, romanceable and non-romanceable with fem Shep because it felt like male Shep had more choice. Well I volunteered my Fem Shep with Garrus. :) It felt so nice to have my character drawn and I literally screamed when she finished. OMG It’s me!! 

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project-blackbird:

Emily Vancamp as Sharon Carter in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

Here’s an example of what we call a “soft no”. Sharon turns down Steve’s offer in a way that’s meant not to insult him but never actually uses the word “no”.

Steve clearly gets the message, though, and importantly offers to leave her alone. Sharon’s comment afterwards gives him an opportunity to try again later, but he doesn’t press and respects her rejection of his company even though it’s probably hurt his feelings a bit.

Just in case you ever wonder “What would Captain America do?”; there you go.

(Source: reservoir-of-blood, via idareyoutodobetter)

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dgaider:

dragonageconfessions:

Confession: When I heard Cole would be written by someone who’s not Gaider, I was a little disappointed. Then I looked it up and found out Weekes took the job. Now I can’t wait to see Cole, I bet Patrick will do a great job!

He absolutely did.
It’s not my Cole, precisely, but I don’t really mind that since Cole ended the novel at a crossroads where he could easily change… and Patrick didn’t take him that far from my Cole anyhow (certainly far less of a distance than between my Anders and Jennifer’s Anders). You’ll see.
Giving up Cole to another writer was not easy. I’m certain that, from an outsider’s perspective, it might seem like we writers just draw names at random when it comes to who works on what. Occasionally it feels that way, too… mostly because some characters get tossed from writer to writer, depending on schedules and who has time to work on something. Patrick came on the project from the Mass Effect team to pick up characters and plots which the rest of the DA writers had yet to get to (an anxiety-inducing pile of work which seemed to be growing on a daily basis). When he expressed interest in Cole, I had a heart attack that lasted approximately three days, until I realized it was either let him go or remove him from the game—as my schedule is the worst of the lot and my workload never gets lighter.
Eventually I even stopped backseat writing, peering over Patrick’s shoulder with nervously clutched hands, asking how my baby was doing. Patrick, trooper that he is, did not once tell me to go fuck myself.

dgaider:

dragonageconfessions:

Confession: When I heard Cole would be written by someone who’s not Gaider, I was a little disappointed. Then I looked it up and found out Weekes took the job. Now I can’t wait to see Cole, I bet Patrick will do a great job!

He absolutely did.

It’s not my Cole, precisely, but I don’t really mind that since Cole ended the novel at a crossroads where he could easily change… and Patrick didn’t take him that far from my Cole anyhow (certainly far less of a distance than between my Anders and Jennifer’s Anders). You’ll see.

Giving up Cole to another writer was not easy. I’m certain that, from an outsider’s perspective, it might seem like we writers just draw names at random when it comes to who works on what. Occasionally it feels that way, too… mostly because some characters get tossed from writer to writer, depending on schedules and who has time to work on something. Patrick came on the project from the Mass Effect team to pick up characters and plots which the rest of the DA writers had yet to get to (an anxiety-inducing pile of work which seemed to be growing on a daily basis). When he expressed interest in Cole, I had a heart attack that lasted approximately three days, until I realized it was either let him go or remove him from the game—as my schedule is the worst of the lot and my workload never gets lighter.

Eventually I even stopped backseat writing, peering over Patrick’s shoulder with nervously clutched hands, asking how my baby was doing. Patrick, trooper that he is, did not once tell me to go fuck myself.