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midgardian etiquette 101: when going to their homes, hang your coat first or in some cases, your mjolnir.

naw maybe it’s actually asgardian custom to check your weapons at the door

It was medieval custom to check your weapons at the door of the meadhall before greeting the king of the place you were going to. It was courteous and showed respect. You can see it in Beowulf. 

what i don’t understand is how that hook can hold the mjolnir.

the hook is worthy

the hook is worthy

Peter Pan would disagree.

I’ve not read the comics but I always figured Mjolnir wasn’t heavy so much as stubborn, and if it decided it didn’t wanna move it just wouldn’t. It sits on Loki, rather than crushing him in Thor 1, and in Avengers it rests on the floor of the ship, and trying to pick it up Hulk starts breaking the floor with his weight, but Mjolnir doesn’t seem to weight anything at all (If it was as heavy as Hulk implied, it would drag the whole ship to the ground right?). Mjolnir isn’t heavy, cos its not going down, instead it is a fixed point and everything else just moves around it. Hence, the hook doesn’t hold it, it merely remains in place.

so what you’re trying to say is that Mjolnir is like a chicken head

 instead it is a fixed point and everything else just moves around it. 

OK SO WHAT YOU ARE SAYING
IS THAT WHEN THIS HAMMER WAS FORGED IN THE HEART OF A STAR IT BECAME A FIXED QUANTUM POINT
AND THE UNIVERSE MOVES AROUND IT—AND THOR IS THE ONLY ONE WITH THE PROPER RESONANCE TO INTERACT WITH IT ON A QUANTUM LEVEL
AND SO HE IS THE ONLY ONE WITH THE LEVERAGE REQUIRED TO SHIFT THE REST OF THE UNIVERSE AROUND THE FIXED POINT THAT IS MJOLNIR

THIS MAKES SO MUCH SENSE

DUDE YOU GUYS SCIENCED THORS HAMMER THAT IS AWESOME

i just… can’t have this not on my blog.

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The Rock is a gift.

Three cheers for his Hercules movie being the most accurate of his legends presented thus far.

I mean… Sorbo and Disney weren’t exactly known for accuracy… but hey… Dewayne’s Hercules had a beard! And the lion pelt and 12 Labors! Kinda.

also a sexy as hell amazon lady that looks like a buff Nicole Kidman. I’m in love. And apparently Rufus Sewell and Joseph Finnes are doing movies again. Yay.

edgyhumour asked:

Hi, thank you for being you! Why was Anders chosen over Velanna as the returning character in DA2? I read somewhere she was suppose to be in DA2

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jelenedrake:

brightblueinky:

jelenedrake:

dgaider:

jelenedrake:

dgaider:

dgaider:

For two reasons:

1) Because we needed a mage whose main concern was mages. Velanna’s main concern was the Dalish. We talked about trying to make it work with both, but it just didn’t seem very feasible… not without looping in far more Dalish story than we were prepared to do.

2) None of the writers were very keen on writing her—at least, not in the context of “Velanna possessed by Justice”… which seemed, to us, to be “take Velanna in Awakening and multiply everything annoying about her by 10”. Maybe that idea seems interesting to some folks, but it didn’t to us.

So, ultimately, the consideration passed pretty quickly—there was never a “plan” for this insomuch as a brief consideration in the early development process (among numerous others). I imagine we could have made it work had we been intent enough on doing so, but—like I said—nobody wanted to.

(Cue some folks getting angry about how we should have wanted to, I suppose… but oh well. That’s how writing works. You’ll never get a writer interested in writing something solely because someone else thinks it should be there.)

EDIT: Unless that “someone else” is also your boss, in which case you grit your teeth and find a way to make it work—and pray to God you have a boss who chooses not to invoke that power very often.

Jowan? Jowan who is very likely to be dead? Jowan, who for most players, would be “hey, remember that guy from the middle part of Origins?” Not that it couldn’t be done—we’ve ignored deaths before, even if none quite so statistically likely, and brought forward Merrill regardless of the fact most people never even met her in Origins… but Jowan had no issues at all, other than his own survival. He was meek, one could even say cowardly, and there’s no chance he ever met Justice.

If that’s what you call a “brain lapse”, then I’m not really sure what to tell you. I’m sorry if you thought DA2 ruined “perfect, wonderful, beautiful” Awakening-Anders, but seeing as I’d already written that character twice (three times, if you count the first novel), I really didn’t need to see it yet again… and that also doesn’t make Jowan a more plausible substitute.

I am of the opinion that people that put Awakening-Anders on a pedestal over DA2 Anders weren’t paying attention to the foreshadowing.

I played Awakening AFTER Dragon Age 2 and with foreknowledge… it is no surprise that Awakening Anders would some day blow up a Chantry. IMO, at least.

He just loses his smile inbetween Awakening and DA2 and frankly… that happens.

People failing to realize that characters change just like real life people is not a failing for the writers.

Justice!Anders was perfectly visible in Awakenings. People want to boil Awakening Anders down to Pounce A Lot and “we don’t wear nuffin under our robes” but they forget the morose Anders that got all “the Chantry has to change!” And the Anders that pesters Justice about… Justice for the mages.

I would agree with this… to a point.

I wrote both Anders and Justice in Awakening. The idea of what was going to happen to them was already actively in my mind at the time, and if you follow the dialogue between them (not to mention their dialogues with others), I’d think that’s pretty clear. The discussion at the beginning of DA2 was whether we would follow through on that idea, and how, and whether it might be better to do with another character (like Velanna). It was not something that simply came up out of the ether.

To me, Anders in Awakening is the angry, oppressed person who’s been embittered and rendered apathetic by constant defeat. He covers that with jokes, but the smoldering elements of it are still there… or so I thought I made obvious. Certainly Justice pulled it out of him.

The character in DA2 is not Anders. Or, I should say, it’s not solely Anders. If one was looking for him to be solely Anders, that character is not there. He is both Anders and Justice. As I’ve said previously regarding Anders in DA2, if there was anything I would go back and try differently, it would be to make the transition between the old character and the new a bit less jarring… have him be lighter and jokier in the first Act before he dives into angst.

Then again, for those who were looking solely for Awakening Anders, that would be unlikely to satisfy them anyhow, since that was never my intended development for the character, even back then. That and there’s always an element of this type of reaction from fans who want characters to never change at all. It’s not a desire I’ll ever be willing to accommodate, but I’m not going to knock them for feeling as they do.

As a consumer of entertainment myself, I too have seen characters/plots I like go in a direction I didn’t necessarily want (even if I might appreciate it, which is different). I’m not going to try and make an objective case out of it, as such enjoyment is very much subjective, but people will deal in different ways… and more power to them.

Maybe that is why the difference wasn’t as jarring for me. With the Power Of Foreknowledge, I grouped Justice and Anders for the entirety of Awakening (with Nathaniel) so I got to see that side of him.

Also… going from DA2 to Awakening also gives a different tone to Anders first meeting… I remember staring at the screen and pausing… “SO not surprised he turns out the way he does.”

Mileage may vary, of course.

I agree with not having characters remain static. You’ve already had one full game (or DLC) with a full development arc… if the characters don’t change what would be the point in including them again?

((Btw, I am of the opinion that Garrus was much more jarring change from ME1 to ME2 but no one complains about it because it was a GOOD change for the character))

Eh, I wasn’t too surprised by Garrus’ change. Might also be the “power of foresight” again since Garrus’ introduction mission in ME2 was so heavily publicized before the game released, but considering he was already frustrated with the justice system at the Citidel in 1, it makes sense to me that after his mentor/friend dies he’d eventually go “FUCK THE SYSTEM” and turn into Turian Batman. Particularly since IIRC there’s 3 years in between 1 and 2, and Awakenings to Ander’s appearance in 2 is…what, a few months? Can’t be more than a year unless I’m misremembering the timeline pretty drastically.

I thought Liara’s change was more jarring, really, so that’d probably be the one I’d peg in the Mass Effect series to compare to Anders (although I haven’t read the comic she was in and I know that explains to some extent…and there’s enough of the “old” Liara in her personality in 2 that it still makes a little sense once you do some digging).

Not that I’m saying you can’t find his change jarring, just making conversation really. (My husband hasn’t played either Mass Effect OR Dragon Age yet (although he’s started Origins) so I don’t get to ramble about recent Bioware characters to people very often. »; )

My issue was that I personally didn’t see the connection between bitter about CSec and bitter about Spectres to the wise cracking sassmaster he was in ME2.

Oooh, I see. I think he was a little wise-cracking in the first game but I guess thinking about it he’s definitely way snarkier in 2, so I can see why that would be jarring. I guess I always assumed that once he didn’t feel the need to be a representative of CSEC he loosened up a little, and that’s why he jokes around more? But I can see how that wouldn’t be an obvious transition.

It’s been a while since I’ve played much of ME1, I should go back and replay the Mass Effect games, too.

Yeah, I dunno, it just seemed like the ME team decided to revamp most of the ME1 characters. Joker is actually a Joker even though he was decidedly NOT jovial like his moniker would imply in ME1. Kaidan abandons his “can’t be emotional… like those OTHER L2s” thing. Liara goes all… blood thirsty? Garrus and Tali both take levels in sass and badass. I know it has been a while but hardly any of the ME1 crew makes it into ME2 without some major personality transplants.

And no one really says much about it other than Liara’s change because MOST of them was done to make them… more… EVERYTHING? But people notice and comment on Ander’s shift in personality because it takes him down a darker path and not a lot of people would appreciate “their” character going that way.

edgyhumour asked:

Hi, thank you for being you! Why was Anders chosen over Velanna as the returning character in DA2? I read somewhere she was suppose to be in DA2

brightblueinky:

jelenedrake:

dgaider:

jelenedrake:

dgaider:

dgaider:

For two reasons:

1) Because we needed a mage whose main concern was mages. Velanna’s main concern was the Dalish. We talked about trying to make it work with both, but it just didn’t seem very feasible… not without looping in far more Dalish story than we were prepared to do.

2) None of the writers were very keen on writing her—at least, not in the context of “Velanna possessed by Justice”… which seemed, to us, to be “take Velanna in Awakening and multiply everything annoying about her by 10”. Maybe that idea seems interesting to some folks, but it didn’t to us.

So, ultimately, the consideration passed pretty quickly—there was never a “plan” for this insomuch as a brief consideration in the early development process (among numerous others). I imagine we could have made it work had we been intent enough on doing so, but—like I said—nobody wanted to.

(Cue some folks getting angry about how we should have wanted to, I suppose… but oh well. That’s how writing works. You’ll never get a writer interested in writing something solely because someone else thinks it should be there.)

EDIT: Unless that “someone else” is also your boss, in which case you grit your teeth and find a way to make it work—and pray to God you have a boss who chooses not to invoke that power very often.

Jowan? Jowan who is very likely to be dead? Jowan, who for most players, would be “hey, remember that guy from the middle part of Origins?” Not that it couldn’t be done—we’ve ignored deaths before, even if none quite so statistically likely, and brought forward Merrill regardless of the fact most people never even met her in Origins… but Jowan had no issues at all, other than his own survival. He was meek, one could even say cowardly, and there’s no chance he ever met Justice.

If that’s what you call a “brain lapse”, then I’m not really sure what to tell you. I’m sorry if you thought DA2 ruined “perfect, wonderful, beautiful” Awakening-Anders, but seeing as I’d already written that character twice (three times, if you count the first novel), I really didn’t need to see it yet again… and that also doesn’t make Jowan a more plausible substitute.

I am of the opinion that people that put Awakening-Anders on a pedestal over DA2 Anders weren’t paying attention to the foreshadowing.

I played Awakening AFTER Dragon Age 2 and with foreknowledge… it is no surprise that Awakening Anders would some day blow up a Chantry. IMO, at least.

He just loses his smile inbetween Awakening and DA2 and frankly… that happens.

People failing to realize that characters change just like real life people is not a failing for the writers.

Justice!Anders was perfectly visible in Awakenings. People want to boil Awakening Anders down to Pounce A Lot and “we don’t wear nuffin under our robes” but they forget the morose Anders that got all “the Chantry has to change!” And the Anders that pesters Justice about… Justice for the mages.

I would agree with this… to a point.

I wrote both Anders and Justice in Awakening. The idea of what was going to happen to them was already actively in my mind at the time, and if you follow the dialogue between them (not to mention their dialogues with others), I’d think that’s pretty clear. The discussion at the beginning of DA2 was whether we would follow through on that idea, and how, and whether it might be better to do with another character (like Velanna). It was not something that simply came up out of the ether.

To me, Anders in Awakening is the angry, oppressed person who’s been embittered and rendered apathetic by constant defeat. He covers that with jokes, but the smoldering elements of it are still there… or so I thought I made obvious. Certainly Justice pulled it out of him.

The character in DA2 is not Anders. Or, I should say, it’s not solely Anders. If one was looking for him to be solely Anders, that character is not there. He is both Anders and Justice. As I’ve said previously regarding Anders in DA2, if there was anything I would go back and try differently, it would be to make the transition between the old character and the new a bit less jarring… have him be lighter and jokier in the first Act before he dives into angst.

Then again, for those who were looking solely for Awakening Anders, that would be unlikely to satisfy them anyhow, since that was never my intended development for the character, even back then. That and there’s always an element of this type of reaction from fans who want characters to never change at all. It’s not a desire I’ll ever be willing to accommodate, but I’m not going to knock them for feeling as they do.

As a consumer of entertainment myself, I too have seen characters/plots I like go in a direction I didn’t necessarily want (even if I might appreciate it, which is different). I’m not going to try and make an objective case out of it, as such enjoyment is very much subjective, but people will deal in different ways… and more power to them.

Maybe that is why the difference wasn’t as jarring for me. With the Power Of Foreknowledge, I grouped Justice and Anders for the entirety of Awakening (with Nathaniel) so I got to see that side of him.

Also… going from DA2 to Awakening also gives a different tone to Anders first meeting… I remember staring at the screen and pausing… “SO not surprised he turns out the way he does.”

Mileage may vary, of course.

I agree with not having characters remain static. You’ve already had one full game (or DLC) with a full development arc… if the characters don’t change what would be the point in including them again?

((Btw, I am of the opinion that Garrus was much more jarring change from ME1 to ME2 but no one complains about it because it was a GOOD change for the character))

Eh, I wasn’t too surprised by Garrus’ change. Might also be the “power of foresight” again since Garrus’ introduction mission in ME2 was so heavily publicized before the game released, but considering he was already frustrated with the justice system at the Citidel in 1, it makes sense to me that after his mentor/friend dies he’d eventually go “FUCK THE SYSTEM” and turn into Turian Batman. Particularly since IIRC there’s 3 years in between 1 and 2, and Awakenings to Ander’s appearance in 2 is…what, a few months? Can’t be more than a year unless I’m misremembering the timeline pretty drastically.

I thought Liara’s change was more jarring, really, so that’d probably be the one I’d peg in the Mass Effect series to compare to Anders (although I haven’t read the comic she was in and I know that explains to some extent…and there’s enough of the “old” Liara in her personality in 2 that it still makes a little sense once you do some digging).

Not that I’m saying you can’t find his change jarring, just making conversation really. (My husband hasn’t played either Mass Effect OR Dragon Age yet (although he’s started Origins) so I don’t get to ramble about recent Bioware characters to people very often. »; )

My issue was that I personally didn’t see the connection between bitter about CSec and bitter about Spectres to the wise cracking sassmaster he was in ME2.

edgyhumour asked:

Hi, thank you for being you! Why was Anders chosen over Velanna as the returning character in DA2? I read somewhere she was suppose to be in DA2

dgaider:

jelenedrake:

dgaider:

dgaider:

For two reasons:

1) Because we needed a mage whose main concern was mages. Velanna’s main concern was the Dalish. We talked about trying to make it work with both, but it just didn’t seem very feasible… not without looping in far more Dalish story than we were prepared to do.

2) None of the writers were very keen on writing her—at least, not in the context of “Velanna possessed by Justice”… which seemed, to us, to be “take Velanna in Awakening and multiply everything annoying about her by 10”. Maybe that idea seems interesting to some folks, but it didn’t to us.

So, ultimately, the consideration passed pretty quickly—there was never a “plan” for this insomuch as a brief consideration in the early development process (among numerous others). I imagine we could have made it work had we been intent enough on doing so, but—like I said—nobody wanted to.

(Cue some folks getting angry about how we should have wanted to, I suppose… but oh well. That’s how writing works. You’ll never get a writer interested in writing something solely because someone else thinks it should be there.)

EDIT: Unless that “someone else” is also your boss, in which case you grit your teeth and find a way to make it work—and pray to God you have a boss who chooses not to invoke that power very often.

Jowan? Jowan who is very likely to be dead? Jowan, who for most players, would be “hey, remember that guy from the middle part of Origins?” Not that it couldn’t be done—we’ve ignored deaths before, even if none quite so statistically likely, and brought forward Merrill regardless of the fact most people never even met her in Origins… but Jowan had no issues at all, other than his own survival. He was meek, one could even say cowardly, and there’s no chance he ever met Justice.

If that’s what you call a “brain lapse”, then I’m not really sure what to tell you. I’m sorry if you thought DA2 ruined “perfect, wonderful, beautiful” Awakening-Anders, but seeing as I’d already written that character twice (three times, if you count the first novel), I really didn’t need to see it yet again… and that also doesn’t make Jowan a more plausible substitute.

I am of the opinion that people that put Awakening-Anders on a pedestal over DA2 Anders weren’t paying attention to the foreshadowing.

I played Awakening AFTER Dragon Age 2 and with foreknowledge… it is no surprise that Awakening Anders would some day blow up a Chantry. IMO, at least.

He just loses his smile inbetween Awakening and DA2 and frankly… that happens.

People failing to realize that characters change just like real life people is not a failing for the writers.

Justice!Anders was perfectly visible in Awakenings. People want to boil Awakening Anders down to Pounce A Lot and “we don’t wear nuffin under our robes” but they forget the morose Anders that got all “the Chantry has to change!” And the Anders that pesters Justice about… Justice for the mages.

I would agree with this… to a point.

I wrote both Anders and Justice in Awakening. The idea of what was going to happen to them was already actively in my mind at the time, and if you follow the dialogue between them (not to mention their dialogues with others), I’d think that’s pretty clear. The discussion at the beginning of DA2 was whether we would follow through on that idea, and how, and whether it might be better to do with another character (like Velanna). It was not something that simply came up out of the ether.

To me, Anders in Awakening is the angry, oppressed person who’s been embittered and rendered apathetic by constant defeat. He covers that with jokes, but the smoldering elements of it are still there… or so I thought I made obvious. Certainly Justice pulled it out of him.

The character in DA2 is not Anders. Or, I should say, it’s not solely Anders. If one was looking for him to be solely Anders, that character is not there. He is both Anders and Justice. As I’ve said previously regarding Anders in DA2, if there was anything I would go back and try differently, it would be to make the transition between the old character and the new a bit less jarring… have him be lighter and jokier in the first Act before he dives into angst.

Then again, for those who were looking solely for Awakening Anders, that would be unlikely to satisfy them anyhow, since that was never my intended development for the character, even back then. That and there’s always an element of this type of reaction from fans who want characters to never change at all. It’s not a desire I’ll ever be willing to accommodate, but I’m not going to knock them for feeling as they do.

As a consumer of entertainment myself, I too have seen characters/plots I like go in a direction I didn’t necessarily want (even if I might appreciate it, which is different). I’m not going to try and make an objective case out of it, as such enjoyment is very much subjective, but people will deal in different ways… and more power to them.

Maybe that is why the difference wasn’t as jarring for me. With the Power Of Foreknowledge, I grouped Justice and Anders for the entirety of Awakening (with Nathaniel) so I got to see that side of him.

Also… going from DA2 to Awakening also gives a different tone to Anders first meeting… I remember staring at the screen and pausing… “SO not surprised he turns out the way he does.”

Mileage may vary, of course.

I agree with not having characters remain static. You’ve already had one full game (or DLC) with a full development arc… if the characters don’t change what would be the point in including them again?

((Btw, I am of the opinion that Garrus was much more jarring change from ME1 to ME2 but no one complains about it because it was a GOOD change for the character))

edgyhumour asked:

Hi, thank you for being you! Why was Anders chosen over Velanna as the returning character in DA2? I read somewhere she was suppose to be in DA2

dgaider:

impossicatbug:

dgaider:

For two reasons:

1) Because we needed a mage whose main concern was mages. Velanna’s main concern was the Dalish. We talked about trying to make it work with both, but it just didn’t seem very feasible… not without looping in far more Dalish story than we were prepared to do.

2) None of the writers were very keen on writing her—at least, not in the context of “Velanna possessed by Justice”… which seemed, to us, to be “take Velanna in Awakening and multiply everything annoying about her by 10”. Maybe that idea seems interesting to some folks, but it didn’t to us.

So, ultimately, the consideration passed pretty quickly—there was never a “plan” for this insomuch as a brief consideration in the early development process (among numerous others). I imagine we could have made it work had we been intent enough on doing so, but—like I said—nobody wanted to.

(Cue some folks getting angry about how we should have wanted to, I suppose… but oh well. That’s how writing works. You’ll never get a writer interested in writing something solely because someone else thinks it should be there.)

EDIT: Unless that “someone else” is also your boss, in which case you grit your teeth and find a way to make it work—and pray to God you have a boss who chooses not to invoke that power very often.

Why not go with Jowan instead of Anders? Jowan would have made way more sense insofar as him being a guy going down a slippery slope since the beginning of Origins. Blowing up the Chantry would have been the crowning achievement for him, lol. Plus, I thought he was going to become a permanent companion in Origins, but was cut, after all.

Anders already was a full companion in Awakening, so I’m unhappy because perfect, wonderful, beautiful Awakening-Anders was ruined completely because Bioware peeps had a brain lapse about Jowan. That’s really my only niggle in all these Dragon Age games. -_-

Jowan? Jowan who is very likely to be dead? Jowan, who for most players, would be “hey, remember that guy from the middle part of Origins?” Not that it couldn’t be done—we’ve ignored deaths before, even if none quite so statistically likely, and brought forward Merrill regardless of the fact most people never even met her in Origins… but Jowan had no issues at all, other than his own survival. He was meek, one could even say cowardly, and there’s no chance he ever met Justice.

If that’s what you call a “brain lapse”, then I’m not really sure what to tell you. I’m sorry if you thought DA2 ruined “perfect, wonderful, beautiful” Awakening-Anders, but seeing as I’d already written that character twice (three times, if you count the first novel), I really didn’t need to see it yet again… and that also doesn’t make Jowan a more plausible substitute.

I am of the opinion that people that put Awakening-Anders on a pedestal over DA2 Anders weren’t paying attention to the foreshadowing.

I played Awakening AFTER Dragon Age 2 and with foreknowledge… it is no surprise that Awakening Anders would some day blow up a Chantry. IMO, at least.

He just loses his smile inbetween Awakening and DA2 and frankly… that happens.

People failing to realize that characters change just like real life people is not a failing for the writers.

Justice!Anders was perfectly visible in Awakenings. People want to boil Awakening Anders down to Pounce A Lot and “we don’t wear nuffin under our robes” but they forget the morose Anders that got all “the Chantry has to change!” And the Anders that pesters Justice about… Justice for the mages.