Absolutely. I wonder if I’ve stumbled on my words harder than anticipated, as I don’t see your respectful disagreement as disagreeing.
I think I just ended up in a place where I was more alright with the final call made with regard to her being straight.
With, I should add, the side note that I didn’t play much Mass Effect 2, and didn’t interface with Jack outside of thinking she was awesome. The vacuum Cass falls in for me, with regard to Bioware games as a whole is, the first woman I’ve… what’s the phrase here? Fallen for seems weirdly oblivious to the fiction… gone after feels gross… attempted to romance feels weirdly impersonal? The first female Bioware character I’ve had a relationship who wasn’t ultimately into it?
There’s no reason she couldn’t be bi, or playersexuality oriented, or gay. Period. I’m not, nor would I ever say that. It’s fiction, in a fantasy world. I circle back around to, I think I would have enjoyed my time with Dragon Age more if she were. But I think I would have engaged with Dragon Age less if she were. I think that’s why… I spend the time trying to tow the thin line of - not 100% agreeing with the writers/designers, but also trying to respect the decision they made with Cass. As a point of examination, as a point of non-abstract specific example for discussion, I enjoyed romancing, or as it turned out, not romancing Cass.
What she represents as a part of a wholistic Bioware universe, of DA:O, DA2, DA:I, ME, ME2, ME3, ME:A, I can’t speak to. I don’t have the requisite experience with their other writing.
I just… and I hate the part of me that even wants to add this paragraph, because I really like your take on her, and it’s already, in my mind moved how Cass was handled from “the best Bioware romance I’ve experienced” into muddier waters of 'hey, hmm…" at the VERY least is… one question, which doesn’t even refute what you’re saying, or what you’ve said. (Unless again, I’m too clumsy with language to articulate thought.)
Why can’t a straight woman be butch? Particularly if we’re talking about a member of the Pentaghast family, in a world where that has a lot of very specific strings attached, and she explains to us a lot of them. A lot about why she became a seeker, why she remained loyal to the chantry when many seekers were jumping ship. (This is also a question I absolutely agree Bioware hasn’t done the… coverage to earn asking?) (Wow, what was that sentence? Let’s try again… That feels like a question Bioware’s universe doesn’t hold the breadth to ask yet. I think?)
Fuck. I just want Cassandra to hold me, and I feel like I’m becoming a villain of some kind in this thread. Perhaps it’s time for me to shush.
To… back out of self-vilification for the sake of discussion, I guess I feel the need to, at the end of this post, re-state a couple things.
Things I believe:
- I fell for Cass hard. She was my rock, my tank, my moral compass through many hours of exploring a world I didn’t know.
- If Cass had allowed me to romance her, I would have, no doubt, question, or second thought in my mind.
- What I think I appreciate/enjoy the most about Cass breaking my heart was, and is, how much it has made me think about Dragon Age Inquisition, Bioware romances, player agency vs. NPC agency, and how romance is portrayed in games, and how, if, that alters characters.
Things I don’t believe:
- Cass being strictly straight is a good thing.
- Bioware has done a good job so far.