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[personal profile] lea_hazel
I need advice, writing advice. Dirty writing advice.

This will get NSFW quickly )
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[personal profile] jannifer
Draconic intelligence? I fought "Andraste" yet again last night and found myself wondering about why she would care anything about the Urn. So, her blood would form a connection to the magical power of the Urn? That seems to be what's implied. Anyway, how would she know such a thing? And is that the only reason for creating her cult? And if you're a dragon, how would you convince someone that it's a good idea to drink your blood? And if the Urn weren't involved, why would you do such a thing to begin with?

This is one of those little things I keep coming back to, so I thought I'd see what the bright minds here might have to say. All theories are welcomed with open arms!

Oh, and thanks to everyone who shared her/his thoughts on DAII. I ordered my copy yesterday. Yay, Amazon!
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It occurs to me that the lovely, and altogether too modest, [personal profile] msbarrows has not linked her latest work here.  She mailed me a link over a week ago and I intended to bung it up, but press of events stopped me.

Therefore, I present to you the dulcet tones of this lovely lady, reading 3 short DA fanfics, including one of my own.  I'm proud to have been included in her selections.


PS.  This exercise also got me thinking about how differently I would write if I was writing for audio as my primary media.  There were a few things - in the story of mine that she picked - which worked well as the written word, but didn't translate perfectly for a voice file. 

Hmm.  Anyone had any experience of writing for audio and fancies chipping into a debate?  Would love to hear your thoughts.

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[personal profile] ashstoner_021

I posted this on tumblr earlier, but I figured I'd put it here too.  It's sort of Dragon Age related anyway!


So the other night, well early morning if anybody’s really counting, but anyway…

Yeah, so the other  EARLY MORNING I had a dream.  It was a really weird and short dream.  I get those a lot right before I wake up. 

Anyway, in this dream, my husband and I were in bed sleeping (if THAT’S not the lamest start to a dream I’ll eat my hoodie), and anyway, I hear a noise downstairs.  At first I think nothing of it, but it gets louder.  I am now convinced there is someone in the house, even though my dog is not barking.  If you knew my dog, you’d understand why this would worry me, lol. 

So I wake Justin up, and he hears the noise too, verifying that I’m not insane.  So instead of doing anything, we sit there talking in hushed tones about it.  Why?  I have no idea.  Suddenly, two people sitting at the foot of the bed start chiming into the conversation.  I look down and see Fenris and Anders of all people.  This doesn’t seem to disturb either me or my husband, however, so we continue talking strategy with them as if they’re always there.  It’s about this time when I start thinking to myself ‘now WAIT a second… we have a rifle in the closet, an elf that can literally phase his hand through a person’s chest, and a mage who can set them on fire… why the FUCK are we sitting here like cowards?’  Then the logical part of my head chimes in with ‘furthermore… why are Anders and Fenris in your room and WHY aren’t they naked?’ 

That’s when I realize that I’m lucid dreaming.  And that I have to pee.  So I give a cheerful ‘well have fun with that, I’m out!’ and wake up.  The end.  This is the weird shit that goes through my head sometimes.  Now you see where my insanity comes from.  THE MORE YOU KNOW.


So, has anything ridiculous happened to anybody else here?  Or am I just that batty?  XD  Share share share!

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[personal profile] lokapala
I've just finished my second playthrough of DA2, and this time, same as the first, I played a Mage supporter. This irks the completionist in me, but my attempts at inventing a Templar-supporting Hawke all end in failure: I don't want to play a blatant hypocrite or a completely egoistical and evil character, and I can't invent enough rationalizations for the pro-Templar path to satisfy me.

So, if anyone is interested in the topic, please, please lend me your brains!

Here's a lengthy description of pro-Templar decisions )
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[personal profile] zute
Okay, I'm plotting something out and I'm hitting a brick wall because I adore Fergus. I'm trying to think of reasons that Fergus might not want Elissa around. The only thing I can think of is that she was the heir and not him. Anyone else have something better?

Just if you post an idea realize I might be borrowing it! So don't post it if you want to write something about it yourself.
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[personal profile] ashstoner_021
Is there perhaps any sort of way to get a sort of... I dunno, translation dictionary thingy going on?  I don't know if there's any around anywhere, but I would love to have one handy for when it's needed, ya know?

If people have links that they use, send 'em my way pleeeeease!  I will love you for ever!
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[personal profile] stormyseasons
Let me say first that I apologise if the tag is the wrong one. I'm not sure where this goes.

Anyway. I play Dwarf Fortress, which allows for some really, really, open fortress building, albeit from the top-down perspective of a hypothetical Maker inspiring dorfs to insane acts of architecture... And I tell myself, what could be a better megaproject than to replicate or dream up a fortress in Dragon Age? As I've had wardens on the brain for months, immediately I think I should try to build Weisshaupt Fortress. Except I've no idea what it looks like, or what it should look like, aside from that glimpse we get in the Fade in Origins. Visualisation help?
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[personal profile] amhran_comhrac
It's no secret that many, maybe even most of us here are writers.  In the interest of sharing "best practices," as they say in the cube farm, I thought it would be interesting to discuss our own processes.  Maybe someone can pick up a trick or two that way.  Some of us co-write, some use betas, one person (and my virtual hat is off to you for your bravery, [personal profile] miri1984 ), has even taken to livestreaming as she writes.
So, I suspect there's a great deal of variety. 

Share! How do you write?

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[personal profile] ashstoner_021
Okay so, we all basically have an idea of where this comic is going to go.  I mean... well you know.  Ha.  Anyway, what I'm debating on is what arcs I'm going to follow.  I COULD draw out every single story arc (i.e. Circle Tower, Brecillian Forest, Deep Roads... that shit), but it would take a very long time I think.

What I would like to know is which of the main plots would people like to see in full?  I'll definitely TOUCH on each one, but some will be longer than others.  I'll also be touching on companion quests as much as I can, but are there ones that people want to see more than others?  I'm asking you guys because I love you all and am drawing this thing to entertain you all as much as doing it for myself.

I figured I'd get these ideas going before I get too far into the story, lol.  So what are your thoughts?  Opinions?  Anything people want to see that might not have been touched upon in the actual game?  YOUR IDEAS, SHOW THEM TO ME!  <3
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[personal profile] zute
 I was looking up what crows eat for my fanfic and found a reference to Morrígan. I kind of wonder if this had some relevance to the Morrigan in DA:O. The cool part is Morrigan in my story could shape-shift into a crow. I love it when things work out like that.

The Morrígan ("phantom queen") or Mórrígan ("great queen") (also known as MorríguMorríghanMor-Ríoghain, sometimes given in the plural as Morrígna) is a figure from Irish mythology who appears to have once been a goddess, although she is not explicitly referred to as such in the texts.

The Morrigan is a goddess of battle, strife, and fertility . She sometimes appears in the form of a crow, flying above the warriors, and in the Ulster cycle she also takes the form of an eel, a wolf, and a cow. She is generally considered a war deity comparable with theGermanic Valkyries, although her association with cattle also suggests a role connected with fertility, wealth, and the land.

She is often depicted as a triple goddess,[1][2][3] although membership of the triad varies; the most common combination is the Badb,Macha and Nemain, but other accounts name FeaAnann, and others.[4]

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[personal profile] amhran_comhrac
Did you know fanfiction.net is broken?
No, really!

FFnet seems to be working again.  It let me go in and edit the flagged characters on a story I uploaded using the workaround.
However, I'm still waiting on notifications for the new story, and about a dozen review notices (as well as notices for new chapters of fics I follow), so YMMV.  I don't know if the errors and issues are unrelated.

 There are also alternatives if you want to wash your hands of the mess completely.


pros: easy to update thanks to the rich text editor (you can just paste from your word processor), you're already here, communities for fandoms *yo*
cons: smaller reader base, isn't really set up for a fiction archive

pros: wickedly easy to update if you've already posted the chapter to your documents section in ffnet.  (open it, click the HTML button, copy, and paste into the text section of DeviantArt's update.  Boom.).  Also, decent sized DA community.
cons: not as big a com as ffnet, more geared towards visual arts, no way to give a written summary/description for the search feature.  Wheat to chaff? horrifying.

Archive of Our Own
Pros: you can import from ffnet by pasting your url, additional servers have clearly solved their slow-as-molasses problems, posting new chapters is as easy as ffnet, or easier.  Also supports co-authors, tagging stories as part of a series, and a few other nice features
cons: small community, lack of feedback, importing will require you tweak each chapter since notes invariably come out a hot mess, in beta so you need to sign up and wait to get an invite (didn't take long for me, but with ffnet's issues it may be longer now)

note: anyone want an invite?  Users can apparently request extra invite codes so I'd be happy to give it a shot. 
(FYI, I'm LupusYondergirl over there)

I admit, I know next to nothing about this, beyond it being 'moderated' for quality.  There's only about 50 DA stories on there now.  Anyone have an opinion?

Anyone have any opinions on these, or know of any I missed?
I know I left BSN off.  There's a reason for that... the DA2 community creation forum allows LINKING to your fan works, as opposed to the posting that was allowed in the DAO forums.  

I'm kind of falling in love with AO3 again, now that it's so much faster.  I've uploaded EVERYTHING there... and it took me maybe two hours.

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[personal profile] jannifer
One of the wonderful things about the English language is its richness. There are so many regional variations -- not just among British, American, Australian English, but within those countries. Some of these expressions are wonderful and could offer something special in dialogue within our fiction. Other things are just interesting little bits.

I've added some new comments with more goodies I remember my grandmother using. Yay!

UPDATED QUESTION: Could some kind speaker of UK English explain the meaning of the phrase "no better than she should be"? I have the basic idea, but some clarification would be helpful.

Some examples include... )
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[personal profile] twist_shimmy
Darlings, how would we like to handle DA2's release and minimize spoilers?

1) Sticky thread?
2) Cut and tag?
3) Both?
4) Other?

Let us know. (Oh hell, I'm going to have to completely redo our tags! This should NOT make me happy.)

Also, Lenna and I have switched the community to moderated membership for a couple of months to help us keep track of the membership surge we expect when the game comes out, so if you're getting friends to join, just let them know it's more for tracking purposes than an actual hoop to jump through.
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[personal profile] nithu
I've seen several stories that refer to Bryce Cousland having been put forward as a candidate for the throne after Maric's death and I thought I had seen a reference to this in the DA wiki but I can't find it now :(  Is this canon or just an idea that people have picked up and used to the extent it seems like canon?

Edited to fix tripewriting.

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[personal profile] varelishawt
Okay, so I've been thinking about this on and off - we know that, even though we don't see it in the game, Alistair and Anora presumably have crowns, given all the references to "I'll take the crown". But do the other nobles have any regalia at all? Maybe not as fancy as these collars of office, but something like it for maybe the teyrn and arls? The lower the rank, of course, the less fancy it gets, probably. They also had livery collars, maybe worn by those part of a coalition of nobles.

The reason I'm posting this here is if you guys think it's plausible for the Warden-Commander to wear one, as he/she is also the arl/arlessa of Amaranthine. I think they would definitely wear these things in Orlais, but I am unsure about Ferelden - much is made of the pragmatism and practicality of Fereldans.
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[personal profile] zute
So, in my story I had to disguise Zevran however he has this big-ass tattoo on his face I can imagine was a challenge to cover up. Doesn't it seem a little counter-intuitive that Crows who probably rely on disguises from time to time, would tattoo themselves? 


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DAO/DA2 gameplay, fanwork, and mod community


March 26th

Dragonmod here!

I'm not dead! Expect a bit of maintenance happening behind the scenes, as well as a post I've been meaning to get live for a while coming soon.


For the record, we're no longer considering DLC spoilerrific, especially now that we're in the dry spell between DLCs and the new DA game.

Thanks darlings!


To all our new friends, if you want to join and don't have a Dreamwidth account, go to this thread right now. Request a code, we've got plenty to go around!


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