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No. 2386: read the hilarious blog 'Dragon Age According To Mom.'

Reg: MOTHER. YOU CAN'T JUST KILL EVERYONE.
Mom: y
Reg: YOU COULD HAVE MADE HIM INTO A WARDEN
Mom: y do they need other wardens
Mom: they have me

communi_kate: (monkey)
 So I mentioned a few days ago that I'd signed up to the [livejournal.com profile] scifibigbang challenge again. Since finishing AC3 I've started to play Dragon Age 2, and the Anders' centric fic (working title: Seven Hundred Ways to Sing the Blues) that's resulted is fast becoming The Fic That Ate My Brain.

I decided to set myself a challenge based on [livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna 's article on narrative machinery, more specifically how to create interesting and/or sympathetic characters.

The rules are simple.

1/ Take one unformed character.
2/ Give them something to want.
3/ Give them something to hide.
4/ Give them something to fear.
5/ Give them something to obsess over.
6/ Then hurt them. 

On a subconscious level I think it's something I've been doing for years as both a reader and a writer. Putting characters through hell is what makes a story interesting-certainly when I wrote my Assassins fics they were never so interesting as when they were backed into a corner. But I am slightly disturbed how easy it was to do n a conscious level. I've written 11,000 words in three days-over half the total story. I've used these words to give Anders a life outside the Tower, friends, a job, a pet.

And now it's time for the fun part. Of course, it'd be more fun if I just didn't feel so damn evil

How have you hurt characters in your stories (fanfic or original), and why did you do it?
 
communi_kate: (monkey)
So I took the plunge and I signed up to [livejournal.com profile] scifibigbang again. I've missed the last couple of years because a 20,000 word fic is one that actually requires work. The last attempt resulted in the 27,000 words of moderately-depressing teenage angst that is The Shadow of the Flame
(Dragon Age: Origins: Alistair doesn't want to be a Templar. His superiors attempt to change his mind. It doesn't end well).  I'm planning a Dragon Age fic again this time, possibly centring on Anders. So many questions to be answered, and number one has to be 'why the hell the clothes?'  

If anybody's thinking of signing up, go for it! I love longer stories and there tend to be a lot of one-shots in most fandoms. Plus the whole thing is really well-organised, and stories aren't due until June 30th. T
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Title: The Shadow of the Flame
Fandom: Dragon Age: Origins
Rating: NC-17
Spoilers: Yes, for Alistair's origin story
Warnings: Spoilers, violence, bad language, moral ambiguity
Summary: Alistair doesn't want to be a Templar. His superiors attempt to change his mind. It goes...badly.



The Shadow and the Flame-Chapter One Part 1 )

DISCLAIMER: Kate is currently on holiday. This is being posted by her sister, who hates Pages, and Livejournal, and,
well, quite a lot of things at the moment, actually.

A fantastic playlist (with cover art!) for this story is avaliable here  courtesy of the wonderful Elizabeth 
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Title: On a Sea of Fleur de Lys
Fandom: Dragon Age: Origins
Spoilers: Yes, for Leliana's origin story.
Warnings: Language, mention of same-sex relationships
Summary: written for the 2010 [livejournal.com profile] femgenficathon for the prompt: Children say that sometimes people are hanged for speaking the truth; Joan of Arc (circa 4112-1431). Prequel to Dragon Age: Origins. Leliana spies out treachery in the Orlesian court.

The bards of Orlesia were legends... )
communi_kate: (monkey)
I gave my sister my copy of Dragon Age: Origins for the Xbox360 and got this email in reply:

'My dwarf ended up having a sorta cartoony face and being swarthy, which was a mistake as my family is all violently ginger. My backstory involves pimping out my sister. I think I preferred Bioware when they were not making 18+ games as everyone seems to be either evil or a prostitute, apart from my sister, who I predict dies in the next two chapters to give me a tragic backstory ™.

Also, the text options are a lot less clear cut than Mass Effect. At least there you knew that if you wanted to end the conversation in a friendly/rude way you picked the right top/right bottom options, and if you wanted to find out more about something you chose any option on the left. I tried to end a conversation and ended up making fake groin-thrusts at a female bystander. It was almost as embarrassing as the sidequest where you have to steal ribbons from dancing women in AC2 and I mistook the “grab” button for the “stab button.'
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Title: Red Queen
Fandom: Dragon Age
Rating:15
Warnings: Non-explicit smut, spoilers, gratuitous Princess Bride references.
Summary: Isabela convinces Alistair to consider piracy.

We'll catch the wind in our sails and run before the tempest hits.....  )

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Title: A Very Perfect Gentle Knight
Fandom: Dragon Age: Origins
Rating: 15
Warnings: Non-explicit smut, spoilers.
Summary: Morrigan asks Alistair to perform the ritual with her. He accepts. This naturally leads to sex and snarking.

She was a Witch of the Wilds and Alastair was only a king... ) 

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