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30 Days of DA: Who Are You?

Day Eighteen: Character you are most like

Diplomatic Hawke.

I can only speak to f!Hawke, since I have yet to play an m!Hawke game, although I gather the characters are basically the same. And it's fair to speculate that I might relate so strongly to a diplomatic Marian because she was the first Hawke I played, and most of us tend to have the PC make the decisions we ourselves would make the first time through. But picking the diplomatic options almost always came naturally. And unlike the Warden, Hawke is not a tabula rasa -- you can take her in different directions, nudge her along, but there is the basic core of a personality there. In contrast, when I played my aggressive!Hawke, she was so unlike me that sometimes I had a hard time relating to her -- although pulling on that persona was an awful lot of fun. So I do think it's a fair answer.

Many aspects of Hawke in her diplomatic persona resonate with me -- her desire to help friends and family and the downtrodden (refugees, slaves, mages), her commitment to compromise and working with others and looking for the solution that will make the most people happy. Trying to genuinely see the best in most people, even those with whom she disagrees. Seeing violence as a last resort rather than the obvious solution. And sometimes, or so it seemed to me, telling people what she thinks they want to hear rather than what she might actually believe. (Although that last one might be a little more projection than the rest...)

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Jan. 19th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
I adored my diplomatic Hawke. Aggressive Hawke was really hard for me to play, although some of lines had my fiance and I laughing our asses off. I love Sarcastic Hawke though. I think that's how I want to be seen but I'm more diplomatic. Haha. Way more diplomatic.
Jan. 19th, 2012 01:40 am (UTC)
I really need to play sarcastic Hawke at some point -- clearly they are the fandom favorite. I have to admit I have a really soft spot for aggressive Hawke though, even though we're nothing alike. The way I finally settled into playing her, she wasn't mean, just direct, and not one to suffer fools gladly.
Jan. 19th, 2012 01:58 am (UTC)
I need to play another Agressive Hawke. Keith went above and beyond the Aggressive Hawke and was just the biggest asshole to everyone. I couldn't get everyone's Questioning Beliefs and the romance with Merrill was pretty funny because I didn't trigger her Act 2 questioning beliefs until Act 3. 3 years later she was still crying over how Pol ran away from her.
Jan. 19th, 2012 02:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, taken overboard like that, I could see how aggressive Hawke would be entertaining, but not a particularly good gameplay experience!
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