EUROVISION AGE: A Dragon Age/Eurovision Fanmix
Because nobody expects the Glitterquisition
An * indicates song lyrics that aren’t in English. Lyrics have been translated as best as possible.
The below links take you to the official Eurovision performance videos, except where not available (2014 songs, Regina) or where I thought the official music video was better.
The Members of the Inquisition
The Inquisitor: “Popular”, Eric Saade (2011)
(I will be popular, I will be popular…)
Cullen: “Rise Like a Phoenix”, Conchita Wurst (2014)
(I rise like a phoenix/Out of the ashes/Seeking, rather than vengeance, retribution)
Vivienne: “Work Your Magic”, Dmitry Koldun (2007)
(Work your magic/You set my beating heart in motion/When you cast your loving potion)
Varric: “Fairytale”, Alexander Rybak (2009)
(I’m in love with a fairytale, even though it hurts/And I don’t care if I lose my mind, I’m already cursed)
White-Haired Mage Who Might Be Cole: “Bistra Voda”, Grupa Regina (2009)
(…when everybody else leaves/I’m keeping you for as long as I live)*
Solas: “Unsubstantial Blues”, Ruzsa Magdi (2007)
(You’re such a casual man, lending an empty hand…)
Cassandra: “Be My Valentine (Anti-Crisis Girl)”, Svetlana Loboda (2009)
(Baby, I can save your world/I’m your anti-crisis girl)
Iron Bull: “Boom Boom”, Emmy (2011)
(You are the strongest fighter/You’re the king for me)
The Mustachioed Man a.k.a Dorian: “Moustache”, TWIN TWIN (2014)
(I’d give everything I have/for a moustache)*
Leliana: “L’amour a la Francaise”, Les Fatals Picards (2007)
(A souvenir, a rendezvous/Flowers, flowers, flowers for you)*
Sera: “Satellite”, Lena (2010)
(Love my aim is straight and true/Cupid’s arrow is just for you)
Scribe Girl: “Madness of Love”, Raphael Gualazzi (2011)
(I don’t know who you are/I don’t care who you are anymore/I know for certain I won’t bother you with nostalgia)*
Bara Warden: “Hard Rock Hallelujah”, Lordi (2006)
(Brothers and sisters, keep strong in the faith/On the Day of Rock-ening, it’s who dares wins)
Music to Choose Your Party Members By: “Party for Everybody”, Buranovskiye Babushki (2012)
(Party for everybody!)*
Music to Drown In Your Feels By: “Waterline”, Jedward (2012)
(I thought that I’d been over my head/for the last time…)
At the Orlesian Ball: “Dancing Lasha Tumbai”, Verka Serduchka (2007)
(Me English not understand/Let’s speak dance!)*
The Rift Opens: “Only Love Survives”, Ryan Dolan (2013)
(Let the world collide, don’t be afraid/And if it’s the end of time, love will remain)
The Mage-Templar War: “Only Teardrops”, Emmelie de Forest (2013)
(How many times can we win and lose?/How many times ‘til we get it right between us?)
That Pirate Hat: “Wolves of the Sea”, Pirates of the Sea (2008)
(We will steal the show, Jolly Rogers go!/ We are wolves of the sea)
A Tavern Song: “Alcohol is Free”, Koza Mostra (2013)
(Alcohol, alcohol, alcohol is free! Alcohol is free! Alcohol is free!)*
Super Mario vs Pacman by Unknown
This was a ride from beginning to end
This was so entertaining to watch
A Cup of Salt Tears
Besides the fact that Irene Gallo being one of the best ADs, I am always excited to work onTor.com short story art there’s no way to tell what kind of subject matter will come along.
This piece accompanies Isabel Yep’s novelette A cup of Salt Tears - an eerie yet beautiful story. You can read it here. The audiobook of IQ84 by Murakami Haruki accompanied the working of this piece, it was quite the perfect track.
“Makino’s mother taught her caution, showed her how to carve her name into cucumbers, and insisted that she never let a kappa touch her. But when she grows up and her husband Tetsuya falls deathly ill, a kappa that claims to know her comes calling with a barbed promise. “A Cup of Salt Tears” is a dark fantasy leaning towards horror that asks how much someone should sacrifice for the one she loves.”
While I was doing research for this project, I learnt a lot of interesting facts about Kappa (河童 ”river-child”), including their obsession with shirikodama (尻子玉 "Small Anal Ball"). It’s believed that kappa lure their victims into the water and gain power by taking their shirikodama, a mythical ball said to contain their soul which is located inside the anus. Check out the amazing manga by Hokusai titled 同河童を釣るの法 (“How to fish for Kappa”).
The ESB duel and Luke’s recovery - Art by Ralph McQuarrie
I love this art so much.
Countdown to Halloween: The Thing (1982)
I know I’m human. And if you were all these things, then you’d just attack me right now, so some of you are still human. This thing doesn’t want to show itself, it wants to hide inside an imitation. It’ll fight if it has to, but it’s vulnerable out in the open. If it takes us over, then it has no more enemies, nobody left to kill it. And then it’s won.
I’m most excited about Jason Mamoa being Aquaman, omg, still worried?