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Unnecessary Bloodletting by RoochArffer Unnecessary Bloodletting by RoochArffer
alcedinidae has a theory that all the people in the Dragon Age universe are composed only of skeletons and blood and held together solely by magic 

I've been replaying Dragon Age: Origins (as a mage again because I couldn't resist the cone of cold/stone fist combo) because of all the hype surrounding Inquisition right now, and I have a couple more Dragon Age comics coming at ya (assuming I can put down the controller for long enough to draw them)

also gee do i hate jowan ugh

other dragon age stuff:
Blood and Romance by RoochArfferDragon Age 2 SPOILERS by RoochArffer Our Lady of the Wilds by RoochArffer Antivan Assassin by RoochArffer Disturbed in the Deep Roads by RoochArfferOf a Scarred Past by RoochArffer

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CoreyAMurray Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Isn't there a "realistic blood" mod?
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Mimi-Sardinia Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Even the shot where Jowan is holding his phylactery and drops it looks ridiculous for how it's a large bottle that looks like it holds at least a litre in it. These things were supposed to have been taken when they first arrived! Some new apprentices were probably young children then! The Warden alone is described as being young when they came to the tower, and children of mages who failed to keep up their contraception? They're potentially mages right from birth! (Though I suppose they only take blood from such a mage child if they do show magic.)

Now there's a picture on the Dragon Age wiki of a little device that looks a bit like a Time Turner that is the phylactery Templars use to track ex-Circle apostates. I repeat, tiny, like it contains only 50 mils of blood in it. Far more realistic.
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RoochArffer Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
blood mages also have ridiculous viles of blood lying around, but i sort of expect that from them at least....

yeah, i saw that when i was googling around for references, and was like, what? no, that's not what was in the basement... not at alllll
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Mimi-Sardinia Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A random thought I had about that is maybe those bitty time-turner-looking things are filled from those ridiculously huge bottles in storage, each time one of them is issued to a templar hunting n ex-Circle apostate.

The huge bottles are still ridiculous though, so much so it deserves repeating.
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RoochArffer Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's true, they might need reserves if someone's particularly hard to find or something
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Mimi-Sardinia Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Or is Anders. ~_^
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RoochArffer Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ha, yeah i suppose that's certainly true
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Vodos Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Torrents of Blood! MWAAAHAAAHAAAAAHAAHaahaaahahaheh (THUMP)

I have low blood sugar...
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Dewani90 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you got that right... i saw Jowan push the templars with at least 3-5 lts of blood, and humans are supposed to only have two, how was he still standing?, the magic of the videogames of course.
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RoochArffer Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
he's just that determined to be irritating later on in the game
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AthenaCykes Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Very nice XD
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RoochArffer Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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AthenaCykes Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Of course!
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SporeRedland Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student Writer
But you are a mage.  That means you don't have conversations out in the wild while you are speckled and scented with eau de "anything that moves."
I do not recall if any of the characters ever call out the templars on their use of blood magic.  You should keep on the lookout for that.
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RoochArffer Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you can still end up covered in blood if someone makes it up to you. especially since i like cone of cold so much and that's relatively close range. 
i don't think they have yet and i think if they were gonna do it they would have done it then. 
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SporeRedland Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student Writer
I can see you just walking up to people in the way that those characters do, hunched over in battle stance, jogging with your stick menacing your nearest enemy.  You approach them, raise your fingers and whisper, "Cone of cold.  Tzzzzzzzt!"  The latter sound is you imitating the sound that technique makes as you chuck ice-cubes at people.
Yeah.  I don't even think there is so much as a quip about it, including throughout the second game.
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RoochArffer Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you know what is also fun? the glyph of protection or whatever.  they just keep running into and getting thrown back really fast... a pleasure to watch really
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SporeRedland Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Student Writer
You're playing this on the computer, right?  I ask because magic works slightly differently between the console version and the PC version.  On the console you can combine spell effects (sometimes), but you cannot combine spells by using two mages at once.
I was a force mage in the second game.  I enjoyed pulling all the enemies in, lifting them up, slamming them into the ground, and then blasting them all out.  It was useless against anything that wasn't a regular human, including Qunari...
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RoochArffer Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nope, i've been playing on the ps3 and just using my one mage for the combinations. does that mean i can overlay a glyph of paralysis on top of wynne's glyph of protection and not paralyze everyone on the entire battlefield by accident because that could be handy

i would say that sounds fun but it doesn't sound fun. ice works on almost everything from bosses to deepstalkers
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SporeRedland Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Student Writer
I have tried playing a mage in the first game, but it never quite sticks.  I don't know why, but I don't care for it.  I should try playing an arcane warrior sometime, but I also want to try a dwarf.  I'm never a dwarf.  I did briefly switch to a mage class in Dragon's Dogma to try it out when I wanted to unlock all the possible passive abilities (spoiler: I did).  Magic there was interesting, but again, not quite my cup of tea.  The only magic class I used in that game was the magik archer; homing light volleys, black hole arrows, and falcon punching things was fun.

I don't know exactly how they mix together.  There should be a list on the wiki.  I know that inferno and blizzard can combine into a giant AoE destroy everything spell.  I think blizzard and chain lightning can also fuse on the computer.

It made most of act one and parts of the other acts very easy.  Force magic's effectiveness is determined by physical resistance, and its damage is determined by magical resistance.  Ice is a handy thing.  I keep several stun moves, including ice, on the ready whenever I am in an area with giant spiders.  Immobilizing the spider or war dog will instantly end its pounce ability.  And, speaking of Dragon's Dogma again, I always kept someone with that ice pillar technique or the giant ice knitted sweater thing around.
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RoochArffer Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i've played mage and rogue each a couple times and i prefer the mage myself. i'm tempted to try arcane warrior but haven't been able to bring myself to do something so drastic

haha, i should try the giant blizzard inferno sometime. my party always just runs into those kinds of things though. i suppose i could technically stop them but it's often easier to just use smaller spells. sometimes i let them get hit too. they seem to just love freezing to death and falling over in earth quakes.
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