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Kasia Brosca finished Dragon Age: Awakening tonight.

For the first time ever, I earned the epilogue where Sigrun stays with the Wardens (even though I maintain headcanon that she stayed with both Sereda and Elissa, too), but Nathaniel decided the Wardens weren’t for him and left to seek his fortune. Does that mean I don’t get “Finding Nathaniel” when I import this save into DA2? Boooooo. Particularly irritating because this was supposed to be the canon that sets me up a Bethany/Nathaniel future. Anders… well, he and Kasia became fast friends almost immediately, but we all know how that’s going to turn out, regardless of epilogue cards. Sigh.

And thus ends my Dwarf Commoner Dragon Age playthrough. Kasia has no need to track down Morrigan, and I don’t particularly want to play Golems again, so this is it. I’m going to miss my spunky, outspoken dwarf girl. I see plenty of future for her in fic and headcanon, but as far as playing her game goes, I am done. Until I recreate her for my Mac, perhaps…

But first, my thoughts turn to DA2, which is next on the docket. (Interspersed with the Mahariel game I started on my Mac the other day, and also replaying Sereda Aeducan on the Mac -- literally, I could do nothing but play Dragon Age for months, which is a little scary.) My main goal for this playthrough is to support the Templars — I’ve never done that, and I am very, very curious to see the differences. Other things I have not done: played a male Hawke, played a warrior, sent Bethany to the Grey Wardens (or Carver to the Templars, but I’m pretty sure this not going to be a mage game), romanced Isabela past the first hook-up, romanced Merrill or Sebastian at all, played a purple Hawke, rivaled anyone other than Merrill or Fenris…

Obviously, I am not going to get all that into one game. I find myself very likely to play at least once more after this, to follow up on my Mahariel, so I don’t have to catch everything, and there are some things I don’t feel super-compelled to ever do (romancing Merrill, for example, or rivaling Varric). I am pretty convinced I want to play m!Hawke, and I had hoped the Isabela romance would be next, but my current concept is a Hawke who believes in Andraste and in law and order, leading them to feel that, at least in Kirkwall, supporting the Chantry and a strong Circle is best means toward keeping the most people safe. (Note: this is not necessarily what I believe. But I think it’s reasonable for a certain sort of Hawke to believe it, and I think it’ll make for an interesting role-playing experience.) And I have a hard time seeing that sort of Hawke in a friendly romance with Isabela, and I have my doubts about rivalmancing her. So I’m not sure how that’s all going to end up. Anders rivalmance, maybe? That, I am curious about.

The other thing I’ve been thinking: a devout and law-abiding (within the restrictions of canon) Hawke could make an excellent setup for a Sebastian romance. But that means playing f!Hawke again, and much as I love f!Hawke, I really did want to get the experience of playing as male.

So (and I salute you if you slogged through all that), opinions? Is this my best opportunity for an all-out Sebastian romance game? Or should I roll up the m!Hawke warrior I’ve been planning all along and just see where it goes?

(Crossposted from two posts on Tumblr.)

This entry is also posted at http://owlmoose.dreamwidth.org/593753.html. There are currently comment count unavailable comments on DW.

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phoenixblaze
Jul. 25th, 2012 05:37 am (UTC)
That's a toughie. I had such a blast with the Sebastian romance, but m!Hawke was a blast - and so damn cute while romancing Merrill. I've done the law abiding Hawke too and that got tough at some points for me on a decision making level.

I'm replaying Origins right now since I just downloaded it on my laptop when Steam had its sale last week. I'm really looking forward to it because I never downloaded most of dlc on my PS3, but $7.50 for everything including Awakenings was just awesome and it means I can play at work. And although I've played f!Cousland in the past, I wanted this playthrough to have her and Alistair as Grey Wardens happily ever after, and I don't know, I just like him best with Cousland personally.
owlmoose
Jul. 25th, 2012 09:58 am (UTC)
That's the ending I had for my Cousland game, too, and I really like it, I like the idea of the two of them basically rising to be super-Wardens together. (Because you know they will.)

I'm probably going to stay with the m!Hawke, but it's a hard call. Like I said in a DW comment, I'm not actually that interested in Sebastian, but I know a lot of people love him, so I'd like to see what they see. On the other hand, I'm not sure that this kind of Hawke -- one who isn't likely to challenge many of his preconceptions -- is going to be the most interesting to romance him with. I have until at least tomorrow to decide.
iamleaper
Jul. 25th, 2012 10:40 am (UTC)
I've only played one run-through of DA2, and it was with a male mage Hawke. I honestly have trouble envisioning the character as a female, because I played a purple/blue m!Hawke and he was just so perfect. He's so funny, and the voice is drop-dead sexy. Purple/blue Hawke makes me think of an Alistair who has had some lessons in suave.

From my point of view (remember, kind of a noob), the purple/blue m!Hawke mage kind of toed the line between everybody. I also purposefully made a lot of choices that went along with that persona too, ones that were along the lines of "nobody's right" or "you're arguing just to argue". Eventually (headcanon) he fell in love with Anders, which pushed him to the side of the mages -- but that took a long time to happen.

Rivalmancing Anders as a law-abiding Hawke would only make sense to me if he were a warrior. I think it would be interesting, though, to see how a rivalmance with Isabella would play out. I'm getting these images of a law-abiding Hawke getting in over his head with Isabella and starting to see that not all chaotic-oriented types are evil, and then slowly discovering his respect for the apostate Anders and seeing him as the amazing person he is -- that Hawke couldn't see before because of the blindness of law and order. And then they all run off together on Isabella's ship and have grand adventures and sexytimes. :D
owlmoose
Jul. 25th, 2012 11:25 am (UTC)
That does sound like an awful lot of fun. ;) But I'm pretty determined to see the "support the templars" ending at least once. I've heard about it, seen a few clips on YouTube (and how much do I wish there had been that many clips of FFX-2 on YouTube when we were working on The Confessional?? It would have made my life so much easier), but it's not the same as experiencing it for myself.

Your Hawke sounds a lot like my first Hawke, who was a rogue, mainly blue/green in her personality (with a snarky side), fell into a friendly romance with Anders, and didn't take any strong positions in mages vs templars unless she absolutely had to -- even on the steps of the exploded Chantry, she tried not to take a side and supported the mages mostly because she was worried for Bethany in the Gallows, not because she was 100% convinced Anders was right. "Separation of Powers" isn't quite canon for her game (Sereda Aeducan was the Warden in her universe) but in terms of her personality and reactions, I definitely based that Hawke on her.
iamleaper
Jul. 25th, 2012 11:51 am (UTC)
Re: the clips of FFX-2, seriously, how different would the fandom have been? How much did we make of that ONE ambiguous sphere recording? Good times.

I've never met Bethany - she died in Ferelden since I had a mage Hawke - so my goal of my next playthrough is to meet Bethany. Which, I guess, means it's rogue or warrior Hawke for me. (I bet Carver dies if Hawke is a warrior, huh?) Since he was a mage, it only made sense to side with the mages, so I'm looking forward to seeing the other side of the game so I can see what would possibly cause Hawke to want to side with the Templars.

If you rivalmanced Anders with your law-abiding warrior m!Hawke, what would you do with him at the end?
owlmoose
Jul. 25th, 2012 08:45 pm (UTC)
Bethany is awesome and I adore her. It'll be nice to have her back. (I adore Carver, too.)

If you rivalmanced Anders with your law-abiding warrior m!Hawke, what would you do with him at the end?

Excellent question. I really don't know what Hawke would (will) do -- I can see it going either way. One of the things I find fun about treating the DA games like roleplaying is getting to know the character and learning what s/he will do at key points. Like when I fully expected my male Surana (the mage elf in Origins) to refuse the Dark Ritual, but then Morrigan talked him into it. I didn't see it coming, but it was exactly the right thing for him to do.
iamleaper
Jul. 25th, 2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
Interesting thought about the roleplaying -- I had not considered DA that way, although it makes perfect sense to do so.

I look forward to hearing about what you decide. :D
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