Hawkward: Song of Shame July 4th, 2016, 12:53 am
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Nothing, and I really mean nothing, makes me as uncomfortable in game as the singing scenes. Which means that it was a brilliant addition in Inquisition, because hooooo boy was I crawling to Solas for protection from the madness.

Posted @ June 9th, 2016, 1:56 pm

Posted @ November 12th, 2019, 2:21 am

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Very fitting

Bioware did an amazing job with the way the game forces you into the role of these people's Messiah whether you want to or not- it doesn't feel as forced as it does in many games because, rather than gloss it over like most do, the game actually lets you object and express discomfort at being railroaded into your position and discuss it meaningfully with the NPCs.

Posted @ July 4th, 2016, 2:25 am

I bet people do sing for Hawke, just mostly drunken pub songs...

Posted @ July 4th, 2016, 3:47 am

Hawke XD

Hawke again at her/his best :D
This is the way you do it. Was so... confused. Wnated to start a new flirt with Leliana in DA: O and than she starts singing... wonder Morrigan didn't puke next to her tent ;)

Posted @ July 4th, 2016, 4:08 am

Because Leliana didn't spend enough time with Hawke. She's the key to any singing. Sure, Varric is a bard, but he's not the singing bard type.

Posted @ July 4th, 2016, 4:53 pm

I honestly love the singing, but I think I am just a bit cheesy :p
And yay, female Hawke ^^

Posted @ July 5th, 2016, 2:30 pm

I'll agree the song in Origins was creepy. Especially as Leliana stood around after and watched several variations of Warden Surana get lucky with either Alistair or Zevran (that bug never did get fixed, at least in my game...)

That being said, I did really like the song in Inquisition. Though Cullen's face when he starts singing does creep me out, a bit.

Posted @ July 5th, 2016, 4:40 pm

If the scene from Origins was just poorly animated, the one from Inquisition was plain distasteful, mostly because of circumstance. I played and elven mage that keep yelling at every oportunity how she doesn't believe in god, yet she was still in awe of those people singing the chant. It was the equivalent of a jew being in awe of a group of nazis singing the nazi anthem -.- I wanted an option for her to yell at them to shut up and pray in silence far away. Alas, no such luck, since the chantry has become the Liara of DA, and elves become punching bags.

Posted @ July 6th, 2016, 12:04 pm

I get the feeling you'd probably do terribly in a musical.

Posted @ July 8th, 2016, 6:54 am

@Cathy Hi! I'm an actual Jew! Being treated like shit by the dominant religion is not a fun theoretical video game concept for me!
No it was not equivalent to that and do you mind not using the horrific genocide of my people as a cheap rhetorical tool? Thanks

Posted @ July 12th, 2016, 8:36 pm

@Cathy: Well, for one thing that song has nothing to do with the Chant. Most of the people there were probably Andrastian, and therefore sang a song that brought them comfort.

A key part of the story is the fact that this normal person is taken up as a religious icon by an organisation that the Chantry opposes, but the world doesn’t revolve around the Herald, it’s the Herald’s job to unite people and inspire them.

In practical terms, this game was designed for a human protagonist (Hawke originally) and the other races were added as an afterthought, so these cultural clashes are going to happen.

Also, it was in no way equivalent to the Nazis. FFS.

Posted @ July 15th, 2016, 2:34 am


I notice Leiliana's the one singing to the Warden, and one of the ones singing to Quizzy. Maybe Hawke should have hung around Leiliana more? (Or maybe not, since I enjoy these scenes about as much as you seem to.)

Posted @ July 17th, 2016, 12:55 pm

@Rowan: Umm, no. Never Hawke. Really wish people would stop spreading false information like that. Yes, originally it was human only, but they were NEVER going to use Hawke. DA2's DLC wasn't even finished yet when work on DAI started, and Hawke's story was meant to end in the canceled Exalted March DLC. Hawke was never going to be the PC of DAI.

Posted @ October 15th, 2017, 10:44 am