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Round Two

So I mentioned earlier that I was playing DA: Awakening again, with my Cousland Warden; the reason I gave at the time was to get Elissa's voice back in my head for the DA/FFXII crossover, and that was true, but I also wanted to set up a DA2 import with the Awakening flags on and a Warden Alistair ending for Origins. I finished up that playthrough yesterday, and today I started my long-awaited second run through DA2 as a mage.

But first, some Awakening thoughts. Took Anders, Nathaniel, and Sigrun into the final battle, killed the Architect, and beat the Mother on the second try; I had remembered Drake's Fall as being longer and more difficult, but maybe I'm mixing it up in my head with Legacy, which has a similar feel to the terrain. The epilogue seems so ridiculous now -- every single thing it says about Anders is flat-out contradicted by DA2, and Justice's "death" in the siege of Vigil's Keep doesn't really work either. I never managed to trigger Velanna's personal quest, and also somehow I lost half of the conspiracy thread, which is weird, because I got both of those things to work the first time. On the flip side, I did complete Sigrun's personal quest, and yet I still got the "ran away to Kal'Hirol" ending for her, which bummed me out. But I'm happy to ignore that, just as I will happily ignore the suggestion that the Warden also disappeared right after the events of Awakening. Yay, epilogue denial.

And now, let's talk a little bit about Marissa Hawke, who I seem to be playing as an aggressive combat mage who will do almost any job if the price is right, is protective of her family even if she doesn't always like them much, doesn't seem to have particularly strong opinions about mage freedom as long as no one gets in her way, and might end up rivaling pretty much everyone. Very, very different from the character archetype I usually play, but that was kind of the point -- I wanted to see how far in the other direction I could make myself go. We'll see how well I can make it stick. Much as I love Bethany -- and I felt a serious pang when she got killed in Lothering -- I understand why Carver, the snarkily insecure little brother, is such a fan favorite. He's hilarious, for one, and as a possessor of two younger brothers myself, the dynamic certainly rings true. I had been planning to send him to the templars, but I'm not so sure about that anymore, because irritating as Marissa finds him, she wants this Deep Roads venture to succeed, and I wonder if she'll think that he's earned his place on the team. I guess I'll see when I get there.

The romance plan is to go for Fenris (meeting him was the last thing I did tonight), although it might be tough with an aggressive mage unless I go the rivalmance path. The one line Marissa has already declared she won't cross is helping slavers, so that may help a romance between them ring more true. The other significant change I made was buying the Sebastian DLC -- I've triggered his quest but haven't really met him yet, but I'm looking forward to getting to know him, too.

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ovo_lexa
Nov. 29th, 2011 04:40 am (UTC)
I thought that Justice's death worked okay - I figured that Anders absorbed him or something. ...but then I think I left Anders behind at the keep, so it kinda made sense that way? o_O

But it's been a while. XD

As for the rest: <3 Sebastian. <3 Carver.
owlmoose
Nov. 29th, 2011 11:15 am (UTC)
That works a little better, yeah, as does the ending where you bring them both along (which is what I did the first time through). I think it's mostly a continuity problem if you split them up.

I have seen so much fandom dissent about Sebastian and I have really no idea which way I'm going to land with him. Very curious to find out!
ovo_lexa
Nov. 29th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
A lot of the criticism I see surrounding Sebastian is that he's devout. He doesn't push his beliefs on anyone, but he doesn't hide it either (and he often states it as truth.) From what I could tell, that apparently annoyed a lot of people. He's also torn between his duty and his heart, so he comes across as indecisive.

Plus, he's Anders' complete rival, which doesn't help. XD

I like 'im, though. Except that I suspect he was torn out of the game to sell DLC, because he fits so well into it. o_O
owlmoose
Nov. 29th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Anders does have a significant fanbase, and I admit to being part of it, to a certain extent. Not romancing him is going to be difficult, I can already tell. On the other hand, I found it absolutely hilarious the first time through to listen to Anders and Fenris snipe at each other, so maybe I'll be similarly entertained by Sebastian. ;)

I expect I'll be reporting back as I play through!
madzilla
Nov. 29th, 2011 02:56 pm (UTC)
I had the exact same ending as you for Awakening, with the same team and everything, same quests not firing, etc. Since it said no one knew what happened to Justice (the spirit) I guess it can sort of be fudged that he, I don't know, went into a soldier's corpse (must have been lots of those) until he merged with Anders...? IDK.

I'm so ignoring the slide that said Crows stole my sword. EFF THAT. (Turns out it was bugged, so the sword 'Vigilance' I got actually had the appearance of Starfang from the Warden's Keep DLC - since I never got that in the main game, I didn't know that, nor did I care because Starfang is gorgeous (and therefore so is Vigilance).

I love playing a mage in DA2 so much. I have yet to complete it as anything else.
owlmoose
Nov. 29th, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
I enjoy playing Awakening, and it introduced some great characters, but as a piece of canonical story it's kind of a disaster. I may start treating it like an optional canon source: pick and choose the pieces that I like and ignore the rest. ;)

I love Starfang, it's my absolute favorite sword for Alistair to use.

Rogue was my favorite class in DA:O, but I'm looking forward to checking out this mage thing. Although I have a little problem where I forget that I'm the primary healer, so Carver keeps dying on me. Oops.
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