Please click high-res to view this image in its entirety! It’s Dragon Age 2 meets Cartoon Saloon! I had so much fun working on this. Even if I did spend a…really really long time on it. *nurses entire left arm*
During my first semester of college, I took a course called “Shakespeare on Film.” We read Shakespeare and then watched the movie versions.
In this class, I read Twelfth Night for the first time. It remains my favorite Shakey comedy. We watched just two movie versions: a Soviet version from the ’50s and the Trevor Nunn-directed version from the early ’90s.
The Nunn version is delightful, playful and fun. During the credits, the characters all dance together, which was usually how Elizabethan and Jacobean comedies ended: in a dance party.
My professor pointed out that Nunn frames not the newly married couples but the newly reunited brother and sister. Viola and Sebastian are twins separated early in the play. Fearing each other dead, they try to figure out how best to struggle on.
That’s sort of my canon ending for DA 2. It’s a very specific ending — a warrior or rogue Hawke and a Circle Bethany. The focus is not on mages or Templars, it’s not on Hawke and his/her sweetie. It’s on Hawke and Bethany, reunited at last.
I don’t think I’ve shared these before, if I have, please forgive the spam.
There are these batches of quotes for each companion, INCLUDING Bethany and Carver (no Seb, it’s from the vanilla files). They sound vaguely like battle quotes of some kind, either initiation quotes, mid-battle quotes, or end-battle quotes that would trigger when you’re fighting ridiculous waves of mobs, one after the other.
And they’re rather… meta in a weird sort of way.
I’ve never heard any of these actually play in the game, but that’s not saying they aren’t there. I’ve dumped them in full behind a cut because it’s a bit long.