"I just united an entire nation, killed an archdemon, saved all of Thedas, and got engaged to boot! Can I take a nap now?" -Alixa Cousland
(This quote is from the story that I am writing for Dragon Age: Origins.)
I'm not going to say much about me, but I will rant about Dragon Age! Why else would I be here?
My Favorites of the Dragon Age Series
Dragon Age: Origins
- Favorite Origin Story: Human Noble (female)
- Favorite Character Name: Alixa Cousland (There's actually a strange story behind how she got her name. I was running out of names for my characters, and I was thinking about my friends. I have a friend named Alix, and I always liked how her name is spelled, but it didn't seem to fit quite right. So I thought, "Let's add an 'a' on the end of that, and you get Alixa. It's stuck ever since, and I think it always will.)
- Favorite Class: Rogue (dual-wielding)
- Favorite Companion: Tied between all of them! They all rule! (though Leliana is probably near the bottom)
- Favorite Romance: Alistair
- Favorite Ending: My character becomes queen and rules alongside Alistair
Origins had to be my favorite of the series, because the story is so deep and so much is up to the player. While the gameplay is a bit clunky, the storyline more than makes up for it. Uniting an entire country and all the races to defend Ferelden against the Blight is no small feat, and you are the one who gets to do it! Can you get much better than that?
Here is my usual story outline.
- Save both Isolde and Connor
- Save the Circle of Magi
- Preserve the Urn of Sacred Ashes and kill the High Dragon
- Pick Harrowmont as king (only because Bhelen is an ass)
- Destroy the Anvil of the Void
- Convince Zathrian to end the werewolf curse
- Execute Loghian
- Elect Alistair as king, with my character ruling beside him
- Accept Morrigan's dark ritual
I tend to stick with this plan, changing it only if I'm feeling evil (which usually means killing Isolde), or want to get a trophy. My PS3 seems to be nice, and gives me random trophies when I don't earn them. I just got the "Perfectionist" trophy, but I've only seen one of the endings. Go figure...
Dragon Age: Origins-Awakening
- Favorite Beginning: Continuation of Origins story
- Favorite New Recruit: Anders
- Favorite Ending: Side with the Architect
I am glad I got Awakening, though it took a while. The continuation of the Origins storyline is so much fun. I liked my character too much to have her die, and I loved the chance to continue playing as her. The storyline seems a bit dull at times, but the addition of the Architect and the Mother add a nice bit of horror to the game, and also a big decision to make. You either side with the Architect, who helps you, but at an unknown cost, or you turn against him, and his plans die with him.
Dragon Age II
- Favorite Class: Mage (female)
- Favorite Character Name: Serenity Hawke (I find it ironic, but it seems to fit)
- Favorite Companion: Varric (Fenris and Anders come tied in a close second)
- Least Favorite Companion: Sebastian (he's a boring character with a boring backstory, and he needs to go away...)
- Favorite Romance: Fenris (friend) (though sometimes I'll romance Anders as a friend if I get bored)
- Favorite Ending: Side with the Mages, spare Anders
Dragon Age II was such a nice change, gameplay-wise. The combat system was smoothed out and made the game much more fun. Now I love to play as a mage! I know a lot of people complain about the reusing of areas, but I can overlook that. I don't really think it's that big of a deal. The addition of voice acting for Hawke was awesome. It makes the conversations not so one-sided as they were before. The references to Origins and Awakening add a connection, especially at the end of the game. Having Varric narrate the story of the game after the fact can be very funny, with his occasional stretching of the truth. I loved that they brought back Anders. I had not played Awakening when I first played II, so I didn't know that he was a recurring character. Now that I've played Awakening, I can really appreciate how much he's changed. He goes from a fairly happy-go-lucky guy to a man so full of vengeance that he sets Thedas on a downward spiral. The whole Mage-Templar War threatening to destroy all of Thedas at the end of the game is the ultimate cliffhanger, and probably the best I have ever seen. I have become so attached to Thedas that I can only hope for the best. What will happen next? We shall see.
Overall, Dragon Age has to be one of my favorite series of all time. The world of Thedas is so deep that I can lose myself in its lore, and I've come to truly care for all of the characters. They all have their own backgrounds and stories, and only by getting to know them do you learn all you can. Some hold secrets bigger than others, but they all have something to hide, and a story to tell.
When I'm not playing Dragon Age, I am usually writing my stories. I am currently working on my Origins story, which is nowhere close to being done. It covers Alixa's story through the game and the DLCs, but I have some original scenes planned throughout the story and later in the timeline. I also have a Dragon Age II story, and that one is mostly done. Major scenes that I'm missing are All That Remains, Legacy, and Mark of the Assassin, plus a few scenes of my own. I am always coming up with ideas for new scenes, so none of my stories are ever "done." They also tend to change with the DLCs that get released, and hopefully with Dragon Age III, I'll have a whole new story to plan! Yay!
I don't just do stories for Dragon Age. I also have stories based off of many other things, including Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy VII, and several others. I also have a story of my very own, but that is a work in progress.
I just finished all of my scripts!! I thought for sure that project was going to be the end of me, but I managed to get through it without losing my sanity! Nearly 500 pages of work, and no lost sanity! Yay for me! The only part that I have not done in any of the games that I probably should was Legacy. Maybe I'll do it if I get bored.
Peace out! (^^)v