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I've just realised that I've been spelling Alistair's name wrong (from DA:O) but I blame that on Supernatural because of Alastair (I do prefer that spelling though) and there was an Alastair in Tomb Raider: Legend, who I adored until what happened to him in Underworld... :(

Also, doesn't anyone else think that Shaun from Assassin's Creed 2 and Alastair from Dragon Age: Origins are uncannily similar? Maybe it's the hair and the snarkiness, although Alistair's is more "so-not-funny-it's-funny" whereas Shaun's will always make me laugh because Desmond just doesn't respond to his bitching- it's refreshing because Lucy and Rebecca really are too nice to him. And you know, being British, British accents usually annoy the hell out of me because not many people in the UK actually talk like that but I must admit snarkiness + Shaun's accent = love.

I just had a panic attack because I was sitting there contentedly trying to find some sasunaru icons, when I looked at my desk and there was a disgusting, brown spider crawling all over my new book- I haven't moved so fast for while! Then it crawled inside the book (read: it violated my new book) so I squished it inside that by pressing another book on top, and then it took me a quarter of an hour to pluck up the courage to pick up its dead body with some tissue- ew ew ew ew!


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Mar. 2nd, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
OH ALISTER. What happened to him in Underworld broke my heart. =(

I'll admit I don't know any of the other Alistair's you've mentioned, I'm afraid. XD Personally, I also prefer the (correct XD) spelling of 'Alistair', rather than the TR ('Alister') or any other scary variations ('Alastair'???).

Also: /waves! Hi, new friend! :D
Mar. 3rd, 2010 09:41 am (UTC)
You know, I'm actually convinced I've imagined all these different spellings- it's driving me to distraction a bit!
Mar. 2nd, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
Shaun > DA:O Alistair. They are similar, but Shaun just wins. His bitching is closer to pure bitching, whereas Alistair's kind of like a puppy.

And ew, spiders. You just made me check the desk. Thankfully, none around. But the laws of spider-paranoia say that because this has happened, I'll probably end up with one in bed or something.
Mar. 3rd, 2010 09:46 am (UTC)
I love Shaun- I always end up chuckling to myself about Shaun when I'm playing.

Spider paranoia- i hate that- at my friends house once, she was like "we haven't seen any spiders for weeks" so, of course, we then saw three of them within an hour. But you live in Australia, right? It must be scarier because they can bite!
Mar. 3rd, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
He's my favourite of the modern-people. He always ends up accusing me of stalking him. I think he might be on to something there.

I try not to think about biting. If there's a big one, people tell me "Don't worry, it can't bite" and ignore it. I don't care if it can't bite, I want the bloody thing gone.

Worst spider story I've heard recently is from my friend - she was studying, and just as she leaned back, a huntsman (er, don't know if you've got those? Just think big. Not poisonous, but really big.) landed on the book, right where her head had been.
Mar. 3rd, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
No- we don't have huntsman spiders but I've seen them on TV! That would be so terrifying... what do you do though because I can't go near them if they're too big!
Mar. 4th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
Me personally? Run out of the room and get someone to kill it for me. If there's no one around (including neighbours and friends and relatives who might come if I called them), I grab the flyspray, attack and run for my life.

Other people are braver (read: stupider). There are some people who put a glass over the spider, slide some paper out of it and set it free outside.

Incidentally, my method remains the same for the giant spiders in DA:O. I close my eyes, hit random buttons and scream for party members to kill them.
Mar. 4th, 2010 05:13 am (UTC)
I once had a spider that just would not die with the flyspray and it started running around in circles. And I hate how they curl up when they die. My Dad does the glass thing with spiders or if they're not too big he just picks them straight up and let's them out of the window, which annoys me! (We don't have any poisonous spiders in England)

I react in the same way, and they always squeal when they appear! and the web thing freaks me out... I never use Morrigan's spider form either!
Mar. 4th, 2010 07:18 am (UTC)
I've got relatives over in England, so I knew about the lack of poisonous. The spiders do eventually die with flyspray, but it can take ages. But I hate people who are able to just randomly touch them. It's unnatural.

Ugh, the web. Even the web without spiders makes me squeak. To be fair, I never use any of Morrigan's forms, but I especially avoid the spider one.
Mar. 4th, 2010 07:48 am (UTC)
I know- I'm always like "What if it runs up your sleeve!?!", which is my worst nightmare.

It's weird, I love playing as a mage, when I make my own character, but playing as Morrigan or Wynne just feels unnatural for some reason.
Mar. 4th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Bet they wouldn't be so calm if it did run up their sleeve.

I prefer mages to warriors, but my absolute favourites are rogues. I blame TES: Oblivion for that. It was the first real custom-character I played, and I went straight for sneaking.
Mar. 5th, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)
I did play a rogue on my second playthrough of DA:O and that was actually quite fun- I'd thought I'd suck at it because I always go for mages first.

Sneaking is fun in Oblivion! And trying to break into people's houses and always getting caught. The only thing that annoyed me about that game was that I used to keep stealing everything by accident, and I was always so poor in that game!
Mar. 5th, 2010 05:24 am (UTC)
My first two playthroughs were rogues. I avoid warriors like the plague. I struggled adapting to a mage on my first try at it, but I've adapted to him. Also, the blood mage animations are kind of awesome.

Once I got used to it, I found thievery easily. So I stole almost everything on purpose. Thieves Guild + Dark Brotherhood where my favourite things ever. That and the Shivering Isles expansion.
Mar. 5th, 2010 05:37 am (UTC)
I'm replaying as a mage at the moment so I can actually be a blood mage this time. Thing is though, it's hard to be in combat on your own as a mage sometimes, like when you have to duel Loghain- I didn't realise how much I actually relied on hanging back to do damage.

I did find Oblivion scary most of the time though because you don't have a party, so I've never finished it.
Mar. 5th, 2010 05:46 am (UTC)
I'd heard about that and prepared appropriately. First thing I did was stock up on ice spells. They can't attack me if they're frozen solid.

I enjoyed not having a party. The few times you did have companions, they always got themselves killed. Alone, no one noticed you were there until their evil plans started falling to pieces. At least, they never noticed my super-sneaky thief characters.
Mar. 5th, 2010 05:52 am (UTC)
Haha, that was my tactic in the end, too. Have you ever let Loghain join your party? I would, but then Alistair has to leave...

I really do need to replay it though-I don't know why I let that game scare me! It's just certain games do that to me. The Fade in DA:O really freaks me out, too, so I hate the Circle Tower quest. And Tomb Raider: Legend- the level set in England is just horrible because it has a giant watersnake that tries to eat you.
Mar. 5th, 2010 05:57 am (UTC)
I'm planning on doing it with my mage, who I created to be an asshole. When I start sulking about Alistair, I'll just remind myself he's classified as a Templar, which thanks to AC will make me hate him for long enough to finish the game.

I HATE The Fade. It's EVIL. It kind of semi-freaked me out too, just because I kept expecting something awful to happen. Which usually did. So it was less nerves, more anticipation. Same for Oblivion, which is another reason I favoured sneaking.
Mar. 5th, 2010 06:19 am (UTC)
Haha! The Templar thing- they are dodgy in both games! I always play a female mage and end up romancing Alistair- he then dumped me when he became king first playthrough. I was so annoyed- so this time I'm going to cheat on him with Zevran or something.

The darkspawn part of the Fade was so hard for me as a mage at first- I thought I was going to be stuck there forever!
Mar. 5th, 2010 06:36 am (UTC)
Templars are evil. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown confused the shit out of me, because I read it after I'd played AC2 for the first time simply because it said "da Vinci" and had pictures in it. I was just like Leonardo = Templar = Good? WTF?

You can't really cheat on them, they get all iffy. If you're a fem!Cousland, you can become Queen. That was my first playthrough. Then I accidentally romanced Zev on my second. My third is a guy, who romanced Morrigan, dumped her, romanced Leliana, dumped her and is in a reasonably steady relationship with Zev.

As for The Fade, I try to get it over with. I died so many times, it's not even funny. I'm not a fan of the Deep Roads earlier, but at least they're better than The Fade.
Mar. 5th, 2010 06:49 am (UTC)
Haha! I loved The Da Vinci code, but I did read it before I was into AC- and I totally forgot da Vinci is a templar in it! That is weird- but imagine if that was an expansion for AC2- kill Leonardo because you find out he is actually a templar! Won't happen because he did live to be quite old.

I haven't romanced Morrigan or Leliana yet- I tried to with my last playthrough as a male rogue but I'd already had Zevran give me the earring so they weren't really interested. Zevran's funny though because when you sleep with him, it adds +1 approval each time so you can just keep doing it until his approval is maxed out.

Deep Roads! The Broodmother is scary- it went so bad on my second playthrough, but I somehow managed to beat it with only Oghren because all my other party members died.
Mar. 5th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
Also, despite being willing to spend ungodly amounts of money for DLC, I wouldn't be able to kill Leonardo. No matter how evil he turned out to be (though seriously, look at him. He couldn't be evil. And he glows blue! BLUE!), I just couldn't.

Yeah, the sleeping-with-Zevran thing is useful. Though it gets a bit repetitive, and it's awkward if there are family members hanging around.

The Broodmother is the only baddie that I find easier with a mage than with a rogue. Lifeward is very useful, there. What's your usual party? Alistair's my tank, despite his Templarness. If I'm a mage, I take Zev and Leliana as rogues. If I'm a rogue, I take Zev as a backup rogue and bring Wynne along to keep us all from dying.
Mar. 8th, 2010 11:24 am (UTC)
Usual party has Alastair (as tank) and Morrigan, and then usually a rogue. but when I play as a mage I'll probably replace Morrigan and go for two rogues instead.
Mar. 3rd, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC)
Violated your book xD
I think it's because Alistair is such a 'unique' name. I say that loosely. And if I did play Dragon Age, I would agree :D;;
Mar. 3rd, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
I know it's probably an over-reaction but spiders make my skin crawl!
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