Thedas: where healers could probably beat plagues and hard dangerous labour like working in the mines could be made easier, but where the use of magic in everyday life is hardly shown beyond Orlesian Empress’ favourite enchanted teapot
Teach that asshole bird to fly on his own damn side of the meadow.
"Totendom: Acte 1" Alex Alice 2005
i think about Tevinter alot and one of the things that really frustrates me while writing a post game AU based in it is a economy based on slavery. It seems so tacked on. It seems…unnecessary.
The setting: you have a nation with more mages (which comes with mandatory education) in it than other nations, who can literally do anything with magic - lift, heat, cool, grow plants, generate electricity, heal, etc - and the source of that energy is like the sun. Magic is clean, renewable energy. Every mage has a well of energy and it regenerates all on its own.
And instead of using that energy to grow plants, build roads, collaborate with the dwarves to make things like steam engines and create magical batteries and mechanical looms and machines to plow the fields, they choose to, what? Buy slaves at 100 sovereigns each (figure taken out of Isabela’s first quests) and run the nation on slavery.
Any mention of magic in tevinter so far: duels, parlor tricks, demonstrations…
Why? WHY? It boggles the mind. There’s no reason for it. It’s like having people push carts uphill when you have a ready source of gasoline. And then you use that gosoline to write names in the grass and set it on fire because pretty.
If Dagna came along in peace time can you imagine what she’d be able to accomplish? Thedas could go steampunk within 10 years.
I honestly don’t know if there will be any sense in checking tumblr for at least a month after DA:I release, not really because I’m afraid of spoilers, but because most of the people I follow are, and their possible absense will probably make my dashboard half-dead.
Rembrandt — Oude lezende vrouw. detail. 1631
"You’re unique. Not just in terms of what you’ve accomplished, but what you represent."
TRIED TO MAKE MYSELF FEEL BETTER. MADE MYSELF FEEL WORSE.
I’m actually laughing really hard at Isabelas goodbye note. Like, she knew if she left it on a dead body I would loot it and find the letter.
I think we can all agree that this is the main highlight of Mass Effect 1.
"We need to talk about elven rights more!"
*only talks about Dalish elves*
*assumes all elves want/need to be Dalish*
*considers Dalish elves to be more elven than city elves*
*thinks city elves need to become more like the Dalish*
*fails to acknowledge the negative attitudes Dalish elves have for city elves*
that tree looks so happy that it is receiving a hug from this child
I AM GROOT
that it’s implied anders falls in love with hawke regardless of whether or not he’s romanced fucking destroys me tbh