DA Tactics: Spirit Healer Build
right yeah so spirit healer is a really underused build but it’s super fun and I want to share the general framework for your perusal/aid/consideration
you might want to consider though that it’s really not an offensive playstyle - like, one of its core spells literally prevents you from using offensive abilities, so if you can’t be doing w/out your high party damage contribution and you literally cannot stand being killstolen then you might want to pass
that being said it is a really team-oriented build and it is fantastic for people interested in sharing the burdens or who like to feel a sense of bonding with their companions in battle or who are happy to take a defensive role and see the benefits in that or who are RPing and want a spirit healer
or, on a tactical note, people who want to try a harder difficulty or are trying for the no deaths achievements/attempting Dead Is Dead or are interested in doing a runthrough with focus on team tactics and strategy for a change
and now that I’ve rooted out the berserker-specialisation players let me explain you some things
These are all taken from the toolset (mostly under “cuss” in the soundsets, but also from various bits of dialogue), organized for your convenience.
Englishthe King’s Tongue
- Brasca! (Zevran)
- Vashedan! (Sten)
- Blast it all, anyhow!
- Blasted bastards!
- Blech. (Sandal)
- Blood and ashes.
- Blood and honor!
- Bloody blast it!
- Curse me for a fool!
- Cursed for a fool!
- Confound it! (Flemeth, of all people)
- Blast and blazes!
- Blast and damnation! (Morrigan)
- Blasted curses of a thousand misfortunes!
- Blood and damnation! (Leliana)
- Burn it all!
- Fire and death!
- Dirt and spit!
- Flaming bastard.
- Lazy, slack-jawed louts.
- Miserable wretch.
- Of all the blasted—!
- Of all the cursed—!
- Of all the infernal—! (Riordan)
- Of all the—! (Leliana)
- Oh dear.
- Oh, bother!
- Oh, for pity’s sake!
- Oh, poppycock.
- Oh… blast it! (Alistair)
- Shoddy piece of crap!
- Sod it all!
- Son of a bitch!
- Son of an inbred!
- That’s a stinker! (fade!Cailan)
- That’s swill!
- Those bloody whoresons.
- Thrice-cursed whorespawn.
- Two-faced bastards.
- Bleeding thorns!
- By the lost Dales!
- Fenharel’s teeth!
- Slap me around and call me a wild sylvan! (Shianni)
- Well punch me in the teeth and call me a wild sylvan…
Invocations of Andraste
- By the Lady!
- Andraste’s ashes!
- Andraste’s breath!
- For the love of Andraste!
- For the love of Lady Andraste!
- Lady’s breath!
- Merciful Andraste!
- Oh, Andraste, help me…
- Oh, for Andraste’s sake.
- Oh, for the love of Blessed Andraste!
- Oh, for the love of the Maker’s Bride.
- Well, throw me in a fire and call me Andraste!
- Andraste’s holy knickers!
- By Andraste’s burning under-drawers!
- By Andraste’s dirty socks!
- By Andraste’s holy knickers!
- By Andraste’s sword!
- Andraste’s ass!
- Andraste’s fat ass!
- Andraste’s lily-white ass!
- Maferath’s hairy arse!
(bonus Andraste’s husband’s ass due to not having another category in which to put it)
- Great Maker!
- Holy Maker!
- Maker damn you for a fool!
- Maker-forsaken piece of—
- Maker’s beard!
- Maker’s Blood.
- Maker’s breath! (by far the most common Thedas-specific curse)
- Tears of the Maker!
- Aeducan’s beard!
- Beards of the Paragons!
- Bemot’s beard!
- Blood of the Paragons!
- By the beards of the Paragons!
- Caridin’s teeth!
- Ortan’s teeth!
- Paragon’s teeth!
- Paragons have mercy!
- Ancestors have mercy!
- By the hairs of my ancestors!
- By the stones of the Ancestors!
- By the teats of my ancestors!
- By the tits of my ancestors!
- Bronto piss!
- By the Stone!
- For the love of nugs and idiot children!
- Nugs and dolts!
- Stonecursed duster!
- What the nug!
- Ah, Blight!
- Blight and destruction!
- Blighted wretch!
- Darkspawn blood!
- Fire and Blight!
- Griffon’s buttocks! (fade!Duncan)
- Blasted fade monkeys!
- By the Black City!
- By the walls of the golden city! (Desire demon)
- Fade monkeys!
- Bare-skinned shem!
- Filthy elf-lover!
- Bloody elf guts!
- Son of a Fereldan bitch! (Tevinter guard)
Pee and poop
- Ah, piss and vinegar.
- Dog piss!
- Flaming rat turds.
- Oh, piss on it!
- Piss and blood!
- Piss and spittle!
- Piss on a stick.
- Piss on it!
- Stinking road apples!
- Base-born jackal.
- Bloody kibble!
- Flea-bitten whelps.
- Hound’s arse!
- Miserable cur!
- Of all the motherless mongrels.
- Scurvy dogs! (Isabela)
- Beans and spuds!
- Milk and cookies! (Perpetua)
- Pickles! (Paivel)
- Ugh! That’s bean-rot!
Fereldan culture and history
- By the giant stones of the Dwarfson.
- Great Dane’s bitch.
- Calenhad’s crown! (fade!Maric)
Animals and insects
- Dung beetles!
- Flies and bother!
- For the love of little fish.
- Hind of a jackrabbit!
- Hog wash!
- Horse feathers! (Wynne)
- Motherless son of a goat.
- Oh, donkey bum!
- Oh… f-frogs! (Daveth)
- Oh… rats.
- Ox dung!
- Pigeon crap! (Shale)
- Rotten maggot-spawn!
- Skunk breath! (Sloth)
- Shave a horse and punch me in the teeth.
- Spawn of motherless goat.
- Sod-eating rodents!
- Well, wax my head and call me a pug!
what is this i dont even
- Dust bugger!
- Oh, fuddle-knuckles.
- Stab me with a fork and call me Susan! (Carroll)
- Thunder humper! (Oghren)
- Whiplash and Crow sauce!
- You dung-brained goat herder.
Ah, yes. Bra talk. My go-to. xD
Basically, all you need to know is: your cup size is nothing without your band size. A “C cup” is a meaningless measurement if you don’t have a number to go along with it.
Chart courtesy of Fuller Figure, Fuller Bust
How you get your band size is by taking a measurement of your chest, directly under your breast tissue (this is where the bra band will sit):
If you get an uneven number, like say 37, you can round it up to an even one, like 38. Or, you can keep it at 37 and deal with the rounding up or down, later. We’ll get to that.
Now take a measurement of your chest across the nipples. This is the measurement you will use to determine your cup size.
Use this site here to enter your data. It will tell you your bra size, and has the added benefit of telling you the various options available depending on the fit you want. If you’re extremely pressure sensitive (like I am, lately), it would be better to opt for a looser band.
I entered “37” for underbust (rib cage measurement) and “45” for overbust (nipple measurement) as my examples. For this chart you’ll notice “North American equivalent”- that is for buying bras in USA sizing. Each area and country has a different bra sizing, it can get confusing; The UK’s cup sizes are one letter smaller than the USA’s. Australia has one this system where they go with 10s and what not- I don’t know, they rarely have my size so I don’t fuck with it. Euro sizes aren’t too dissimilar from the UK, iirc.
The example measurements give me a UK size of 36GG, with a US size of 36I. You’ll sometimes notice the double-cup-size letters (like “GG”). I really don’t have an explanation for them: some companies use them as a substitute for the next letter over (like H) because of size stigma (most often seen in “DD” being used instead of “E”), some use them as half sizes (like a G.5, so to speak). The difference between your overbust and your underbust gives you your cup size. (This hails back to me saying the cup size is nothing without the band size- a 34C is a different volume than a 32C- as shown in that color-coded chart earlier).
One other thing I explained in chat:
Your bra underwire should properly “cradle” all your breast tissue. If there’s overlap, it doesn’t fit.
Example, courtesy of FFFB (bra on the left fits, bra on the right does not fit…not even close):
Yet another thing is the “gore” of the bra- essentially the center of the bra.
Number 5 in this picture. The gore is meant to sit flat against the center of your chest (flat against the sternum). One immediate way to tell your bra doesn’t fit is if there is a space between the gore and your chest. I showed you an example of wearing a bra that doesn’t fit and being able to fit let a pencil drop between the gore and my chest. The reason that happened was because my breast tissue was literally pushing the bra cups away- the bra was too small, the cups were too small, and there was not even space for the breast tissue to sit comfortably. That’s why that happens. If you have the right band size, but the wrong cup size, your breast tissue will literally push the cups away in a bid to occupy space.
On rare occasions you will find the gore of a bra will not sit down properly, despite it being the proper size: this is due to the fundamental structure of the bra not being compatible with your anatomy. If it’s still comfortable, the right size, and you feel supported, then “eh” is all I say to that. I have a sports bra like that. It fits, but it’s structure is in opposition to mine, so the gore will never sit fully. As long as you feel supported, it’s fine.
Hope that helps, let me know if you need any clarification.
And you know your band is too big for you if it slides UP.
Noooooooo. This also causes your cups to fall down. This is a completely unsupportive bra, all around. Bye, bra, bye.
And buying a bra in a similar volume is not a standard, it’s still best to get the bra that originally fits you.
Example, courtesy of “Thin and Curvy”
Again, the exception being comfort: if the band is too tight for you, by all means go for a looser band (and you’ll need to adjust your cup size for volume accordingly- luckily that bra measuring website I linked does that for you!). On bad pain days, my tighter-banded (same size, different brand and type) will just irritate my pain and sensory issues to no end. On those days I opt for my (still fitting band size) looser bra, or even no bra.
this will be super useful
for when i buy my boobs later
Above is the “Know Anon” code that allows you to expose any hateful anons you wish at your own whim. If you know anyone who’s struggling with anonymous hate, reblog this for them.
- How to install
Simply copy the above code and paste it right after the <head> portion of the HTML coding on your blog. This is with the jQuery script included, so everything should be covered. Once you’ve done this, update and save, then exit your customize page.
Re-enter your customize page, and under “appearance” should be a button called “Enable Know Anon”, which may be on or off automatically, depending. Flip the switch to enable or disable it, then save.
- How to use
When you get anonymous hate or anon messages you find offensive, simply exit your Inbox, enter your Customize page, flip the switch to “on”, then save and exist. Re-enter your inbox, and any and all anonymous messages will be exposed with a URL, if they have one. Note that this includes everything, not just the hate. Another thing to note is that, once you expose anons in the inbox, you can’t un-expose them. Flipping the switch back to “off” does nothing.
Answer a message people thought was on anon, and gee, they’ll get a nasty little surprise, hmm? It’s better than a fake anonymous button because while you still can’t control who it exposes, you can control when to do so.
Remember though, that this isn’t the only way to stop anonymous hate. As always, there’s simply the “turn anonymous asks off” button. And thanks to the update from a few months ago, anons CAN be blocked.
That little hand right there? That’s the ignore button. It’s present on all asks sent, whether anon or otherwise. When you block an anon, you have the option to report them for spam or harassment, and it will permanently block them. It also blocks the IP address and computer, so that person can’t take advantage of extra accounts to continue sending you hate. It effectively wipes that person right out of your Tumblr life. They cannot contact your blog again, ever.
For the website that gives you the Know Anon code, with or without jQuery script, in case that causes trouble (most themes come with it pre-installed, but not all), go here.
[ Goodness, wow thank you very much for letting me know this existed! That was very considerate of you! ]
Our DIY heater ^.^
Kat watched a video the other night on cheap ways to heat a room with every day items. You get a baking tray, put 4 candles in it, then place a small sized ceramic pot on top, cover the hole to stop heat escaping and then place a bigger ceramic pot over the smaller one.
The theory is that the smaller one traps the heat and heats up (which it does and it’s to hot to touch). Then because the bigger pot over hangs the tray the heat from the smaller one sucks in cold air, heats it up and pushes it out the hole at the top of the bigger one.
We did this last night and it honestly made a difference in our biggish living room, totally took the chill off. Though I’ll probably make another one to warm our room up perfectly.
Plant Pots - Free from the previous occupiers of this flat.
Tray - £2 from Asda
Tea Lights - 2p each when bought as a huge pack
This is a really neat idea
Describing the physical attributes of your characters
I’m aware that not many roleplayers pay too much attention to their character’s appearance. This a real shame because in way, we don’t let our characters see other character’s physical appearance for themselves. We do it ourselves. We know how their character looks like thanks to their face claim. But I think it would be very interesting to let our characters react to the physical appearance of other characters. Here are some links you guys can look through if you want to give it a shot.
- List of Physical Appearance Adjectives from Fox Hugh
- Character Description Resource from The Word Pool
- How to Describe a Person’s Physical Appearance from WikiHow
- Describing People: A Person’s Physical Appearance from ILU English
- Words to describe Apariencia (Physical Appearance) from Learn Spanish
- Descriptive Words for Characters: Physical Qualities from Kilgore Independent School District
- Examples of Physical Characteristics from Your Dictionary
- List of Descriptive Words for Appearance from Your Dictionary
How to guides
- Creating Vivid Characters from Skotos
- Describing a Person: Adding Details from WriteShop
- How to Describe a Character’s Looks Well from WikiHow
- Your Character’s Physical Appearance from Tim Vandevall
- The Writer’s Bane: Describing a Character’s Physical Appearance from the Bookself Muse
- Writing Adolescent Fiction/Describing physical characteristics from WikiBooks
bc you can never have too much help worldbuilding
yeS THIS SITE INTRODUCED ME TO FRACTAL WORLD GENERATION.
Thought this may be useful for a few people on here!
This is a new app called ‘Self-help Anxiety Management' by The University Of West England
SAM has been developed by a university team of Psychologists, computer scientists and student users. It engages established methods of self-help and high standards of usability to provide a engaging, flexible & practical resource.
This app is currently only available for devices using Android.
Oh god I wish there were an apple version :(
Android friends, you should check this out!!
btw this is on apple now!!
GIVE ME THIS NOW
Another Halloween themed post.
GHOSTS AND SPIRITS
- Iron and Ghosts
- The Early Ghost
- Guide to Ghosts
- Gravestone Symbolism
- 10 Little Known Mysterious Ghost Types
- Ghost Types
- The Different Types of Ghosts
- Haunted Places
- Cemetery Folklore
- Writing a Ghost Story
- Tips for Writing Ghost Stories
- Ghost Cliches
- Horror Cliches
- The Science of Zombies
- Zombie Biology
- Zombie Sociology
- Zombie Myths
- Stage II and Stage III Zombies (pictures)
- Vampires vs Zombies
- Undead Creatures
- Guide on Zombies
SHAPE SHIFTERS AND HOMINIDS
- Werewolves and other were-beasts
- The Shape Shifting Process
- Shape Shifters
- Hominids of the World
- Werewolf Myths
- Science of Werewolves
- Werewolf Behavior
- Werewolves vs Vampires vs Zombies
- Werewolf Anatomy
- Wolf Body Language
- Werewolf Myths and Truths
- History of the Werewolf Legend
- The Mermaid
- Sea Creatures
- Books About Mermaids and Sea Folklore
- Sea Creatures: Books
- YA Mermaid Novels
- Best Mermaid Books
- Awesome Mermaid Books
- Mermaid Anatomy
- A Dissection of Mermaid Anatomy
- African Vampires
- Writing the A-Typical Vampire
- So You Want to Write a Vampire Novel
- Avoiding Vampire Cliches
- Vampire Cliches
- Vampire Burial
- Vampire Mythology
- Vampire Biology
- Vampire Virology
- Vampire Sociology
- Vampires in Folklore and Literature
FAIRIES AND FAE
- Types of Faeries A-Z
- A Guide to Fairies
- Other Names for Fairies
- Books About Faery
- Best YA Fairy Books
- Best YA Fantasy Series About the Fae
ANGELS AND DEMONS
- Creating Creepy Creatures
- Mythology Meme
- Master Post of World Mythology, Creatures, and Folklore
- Figures of Norse Mythology
- Those Who Haunt the Earth
- Writing Horror, Paranormal, and Supernatural
- Genre: YA Supernatural
- List of Mythical Creatures
- Mythological Creature Picture Spam
- How to Make Your Supernatural Characters Unique
- Supernatural Theme Story
- Myths and Urban Legends Masterpost
- Original Gods, Goddesses, and Myths
- World Building Basics: Myths and Legends
- Mythical Creatures and Beings
- Symbols by Word
- Mythology Meme
- Writing Paranormal Characters into the Real World
everyone’s favorite excuse to practically die is coming up - nanowrimo
i went ahead an made the traditional nano calendar with word goals and writing suggestions, just click for a bigger view
i’ll be posting a lot of resources gearing up for national novel writing month so keep an eye out if you’re into grinding your creativity down to the bare bones for a whole month like i am
Okay, I’m not planning on doing NaNo this year but I freaking adore this calendar.
yes, i am for real: i just spent 4 hours developing a real life MASS TAG REPLACER SCRIPT!
it’s going to be buggy, but i’ve tested it and it works! nothing terrible has happened to me yet! i hope it works for you too!! (◡‿◡✿)
please make sure to read the disclaimers before connecting it to your tumblr account. if you have questions or concerns please direct them to me on my twitter, @cubeghost!
and you’re welcome :)
Practicing Patience in Writing
brattylittledongsaeng asked: Any tips for patience? I find that half my problem with not being able to write is because I don’t have that patience to let my mind unravel. I guess I’m so eager to get to the point that I get frustrated and leaves the piece unfinished.
Patience is a huge part of writing. The act of actually finishing something is, in my experience, relatively rare. One becomes frustrated with the writing, the characters, the plot, the amount yet to be done. There are so many factors working against you, against every writer, that the task can seem impossible. It isn’t.
Here are a few tips for patience:
- Identify what’s making you impatient. What about your writing process has your mind wandering and your feet anxiously tapping? Sometimes just knowing which aspects of writing make you feel impatient can go a long way in giving you patience. Try to address why you are impatient. Is it because you don’t feel that your writing is good enough? Because there is so much to do? Because you feel under-prepared to write whatever you’re writing? These issues can be addressed, but not until you identify them for yourself.
- Give yourself a checklist and do one thing at a time. Starting a project can sometimes feel like standing on a hill and staring off into the distance at the miles and miles of road yet to be traveled. That feeling can be overwhelming, exhausting even, and can persuade the impatient writer into hopelessness. But not you! If you make yourself a checklist of tasks to be done for the project, you’ll actually feel like you’re getting something done instead of tackling the whole thing at once. Accomplishing these small goals is much more manageable and allows for small celebrations along the way, something that can be crucial to keeping your confidence and attention levels high.
- Impatience may be a sign of boredom. If you’re bored with your writing, odds are that your readers are going to be just as bored. Your impatience may be your cue to up the ante for your characters or change up your style. Try something new. That may be just what the doctor ordered.
- Keep track of the things that make you impatient. Remember that checklist from two bullet points ago? We’re going to put a different kind of check on it. As you complete tasks on your checklist, mark how often you felt frustrated or bored or otherwise impatient while completing that task. Make the checks proportional to your impatience, large for very impatient and small for a little impatient.
Sometimes our minds can inflate our frustrations, making us feel like one instance of impatience is more invasive that many smaller instances of impatience. It can help to keep score, to have a physical illustration of when and to what degree you feel impatient. Lots of checks or even just one really big check could mean that it’s time to reexamine that particular aspect of your writing. Something about that is pretty clearly rubbing you the wrong way.
- Breathe. I know, I know, but do it for me. Walk away from your writing and take five very long, deep breaths. Go sit someplace quiet and just hum inside of your head and breath. It sounds too simple, but nice, deep breaths can help calm your impatient jitters. I promise.
- Focus on the bigger picture. Yes, you’re taking little steps (remember the checklist) to get to the end of your project, but throwing up your hands over an imperfect word choice or a repeated spelling error will not help you achieve your goals. Work on saying, “I can tackle that later.” Underline it or make a note of it and move on. Grammar and word choice are important, but finishing is the larger goal.
- Forgive yourself. You’re not perfect, so stop beating yourself up over it. Try not to compare the volume of your work or your level of success to other writers. Likewise, try not to compare your first draft to other authors’ finished, published projects. You’ll get there, but one hard-won step at a time, my friend. It’s a long road, and you’ve got to give yourself permission to stumble along the way. The key is to keep going.
Here are some more resources on patience:
- Patience Is a Writer’s Most Important Virtue
- One Step At A Time: Learning Patience As A Writer
- HOW TO LEARN THE SKILL OF PATIENCE
- Practicing Patience
- Patience Is a Skill: Four Ways to Be Patient (Oprah!)
- Learning Patience
- How to Be Patient
- How to be Patient: Learning to Stay Calm
Thank you for your question! If you have any comments on this post or other questions about writing, you can message us here!