Review of Things for Inquisition
Just want to get everyone up to speed and make sure everyone knows what has been confirmed and what has been implied. Feel free to send me an ask if I didn’t touch on something you wanted to know about.
- You can be Qunari/Kossith, Elf, Human, and/or Dwarf.
- As a Kossith you are a Vashoth, a Kossith born outside the Qun. Not a Tal Vashoth or religious Qunari. However, others will react to you as if you are a Qunari (profile you).
- As an Elf you can only be Dalish.
- The Inquisitor has no playable Origin.
- The names of the Inquisitor are Trevelyan (Human), Lavellan (Elf), Cadash (Dwarf), and Adaar (Kossith)
- Cassandra Pentaghast, Varric Tethras, and Vivienne are all Companions.
- There are nine companions.
- There will be an appearance from a character from the novel Asunder.
- Varric’s chest plate can be removed.
- Armor and weapons are customizable
- Varric can be equipped with a melee weapon, he is the only one who can wield Bianca though.
- Armor will rust and get patina on it over time.
- Fire bombs are available, as are fire swords.
- You can capture Keeps and customize them, so far the choices seen are: Merchant’s Keep, Spy Keep, and Military Keep.
- The Keeps have resources, Dagna the Artificer being one of them.
“where are you going to college”
“what do you want to go to college for”
“have you decided what you want to do with the rest of your life based on 12 years of studying material that has little real world practical applicability”
I get really nervous using my cool stickers for things like what if I need this sticker later I won’t have it what will i do then
- Normal Person: *watches musical*
- Normal person: That was good. I enjoyed it.
- Me: *watches musical*
- Me: *buys cast album*
- Me: *buys T shirt*
- Me: *buys poster*
- Me: *keeps tickets forever*
- Me: *Looks up bootleg copies of said musical on YouTube*
- Me: *Learns all words to said musical*
- Me: *Act's out said musical*
- Me: *Falls in love with actors in said musical*
- Me: That was good. I enjoyed it.
As a special present for Bikini Armor Battle Damage first anniversary, I present to you: Female Armor BINGO!
Feel free to use as a reference to quantify how ridiculous any female armor is.
edit: Updated the link into downloadable PDF!
Breakdown of all the squares under the cut.
This is pretty amusing. The most concise collection of tropes and cliches used in female character design that I’ve seen yet.
But it also got me thinking. Tropes and cliches are like knives: if you’re naive you’ll only hurt yourself and others, avoid them entirely and you’ll be safe but limited, OR learn how and when to use them to your advantage. Ignorance and prohibition are two paths to ruin.
Looking at this chart, I honestly think there’s a good chance that throughout my career I’ll use most of these (and many more that aren’t represented here). In fact, just reading through the list gave me a few design ideas. Of course if I’m doing my job right it should ALWAYS be in service of the story and character (not at their expense).
This issue raises a small red flag for me. As an artist, the one thing I dare not do is declare: I shan’t use this or that design element as long as I live, so help me God!Edit: I’m going to expand on my thoughts here, as a response to some of the comments I’ve received. Over the past 10 years as a concept artist I’ve been able to see that the difference between a lasting design and a forgettable one is how much it respects the audience and the character. My unique position has afforded me a lot of face time with gamers and fans (and would-be-fans) and their desires echo my own: give us more character designs we can believe in. And now, as a father of two daughters I am more invested than ever in the fight for inclusivity and creating designs that inspire and invite EVERYONE to join in.Let me be perfectly clear: I firmly believe we will win that fight by attacking imbedded mentalities, not specific aesthetic choices. We should certainly treat the symptoms, but I don’t want that to distract from fighting the disease.For example, the chart mentions boob cups, helmetless armor and armor with holes with skin showing through. I’m watching through Game of Thrones again, so I think of Cersei Lannister’s armored gown with boob cups, Brienne of Tarth’s lack of helmet and the incredible design language used in the desert armor of Qarth (more holes than metal, with minimal fabric beneath). They are all done tastefully and in support of character and setting. Their respect for the characters and the audience led them to create unique and story-supporting designs despite checking 3 bingo boxes.I understand that this list was created out of a frustration that, frankly, I will likely never fully experience. I know that it’s targeting the worst, most flagrant examples of these tropes, and to that I say “swing away”. Concept artists/art directors/producers who perpetuate this insidious atmosphere should ABSOLUTELY be taken down a peg. But saying “we will never draw these specific things again” basically just gives the sexist mentality more power. At that point they own those aesthetics and they have no right to. I have to believe that there are a hundred ways to design backless armor that don’t insult or alienate half the audience. A smart designer could take back “armored gloves and feet but no armor on the midsection”. That could look really cool and imply a totally different fighting technique. I will (very likely) never design a battle thong, but some day an artist better than me will design an army of men and women in battle thongs and nipple armor, and will handle it with dignity and respect to the characters and the audience, and we’ll thank them for it.
I’ll just chime in and say that Matt’s portfolio, and in particular his work on Inquisition, speaks for itself on this subject.
Context is important. Naturally there is also a context of the industry at large, and the reason this graphic was created in the first place, and thus a reason some folks are upset…but I’ll just say, for whatever it’s worth, that Matt Rhodes is easily the artist most sensitive to this issue, and most compassionate regarding it, that I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. If there was anyone who I’d trust to know the difference between “sexy” and “sexualized”, it’s him, and I think his record attests to that.
That’s going to be meaningless to some, particularly for those who will wrap Matt up in the larger (and very valid) issue, but as someone who’s rolled his own eyes at many a design poked at by the graphic, I think it’s important to remember that Matt feels it’s valid as well.
are cats even real
Dragon Age: Inquisition - Discover the Dragon Age video
What Countries Call Themselves
- Italy: Italia
- Germany: Deutschland
- Japan: 日本 (Nihon)
- France: France (in a super cool accent)
- China: 中国 (Zhōngguó)
- England: The United Kingdom
- Russia: Россия (Rossiya)
- Canada: Canada
- America: THE GREATEST GODDAMNED COUNTRY IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD TASTE MY FREEDOM WHAT NOW ENGLAND IN YOUR FACE