Companions Lineup for Dreadwolf Feb 16, 2023 15:54:45 GMT
Post by puddingtheruthless on Feb 16, 2023 15:54:45 GMT
Sure, it's not weird until you discover the deep, dark secret, but you're going to discover it. It's still there. Just well-hidden. Although in Solas' case, he really was telegraphing it hard - it's one of the funny things you notice on the second playthrough.
I choose Solas as the romance because he and my character seemed to have a lot in common about spirits and lore and it was a nice, normal thing and then BAM! It turns out she was unknowingly dating the elf equivalent of Satan. It was hilarious.
Now when Audric originally became an undead person his body was only just deceased, so presumably he wouldn't look too odd and the spirit ought to have been able to preserve it in the same state. Justice's body wasn't so good because the person it belonged to had died some days/weeks before he took up residence, so had already begun to decompose. By contrast, when the spirit saved Wynne from dying, it presumably preserved her at that stage of her aging process. However, if the glowing skeleton head is Audric, then this is something wholly outside our previous experience because he continued on even though the flesh had disintegrated, which is strange because I thought the Necromancers of Nevarra mummified the bodies of the dead in order to preserve them. Still, whether romancing a skeleton or a mummified body, that is weirdness taken to a new level and then some.
Audric's a bit of an outlier because he sort of spontaneously became undead. Basically, after he died, he just woke up and went back to work the next day, never even realizing that he had been dead. He wasn't raised by anyone or by anything specific - it was just a thing that sometime happens and in his case, it was one of the even rarer cases because he's a "higher undead" who's basically the same person he was in life (once he gets his mind sorted out and balanced) When I first started wondering if he was veilfire guy, I remembered that it's implied that he hadn't even been buried yet, so he hasn't gone through any preservations for his burial (because you're right, the short story specifically mentions how they prepare the dead) and the story doesn't say whether being undead means he wont' decay or not. It's entirely possible that, between the short story and the game, he's basically become a skeleton on fire (then again, he wasn't on fire in the story either so, unless it's a way to preserve himself or just what he looks like beneath the skin because he's kinda spirit, it's possible he had one hell of an accident prior to the game)
Also, the necromancer also briefly goes into how "higher undead" like Audric falls into a bit of an empty area because nobody's really figured out if those kind of undeads are just spirits so good at mimicking that they think they're the person and can act the part to a T or if they're actually the soul of the dead person still inhabiting their dead body. In Audric's case, the former theory involves him being a spirit of curiousity while the latter has him use curiousity as his driving passion to prevent him from turning into something bad and to help him remain a whole person instead of becoming something that personifies a specific thing. Naturally, Audric insists that he's himself. It's a really interesting expansion on what we know about spirits and kind of a continuation of the whole Justina-or-Spirit-of-Faith in the Fade thing that happened in DAI. I really hope he is a companion because it'd be interesting to see his deal in "practice."
(The necromancer also has a undead manservant who is a "clean-boned" skeleton who is capable of some level of independent thinking. His name is Manfred btw)
It is not the same as romancing a vampire because they still look human but with a rather pale complexion and a big toothy smile (usually just before they go for your neck). There is a reason why people find them sexy and it is not because they look like death warmed up.
That's the thing: it is the same thing because vampires are dead corpses. A vampire is just as dead as Audric Felhausen is: the only differenc is visual. Like Audric, they are undead and like him, they are sapient. Vampires are the most well-known example of acceptable necrophilia in fiction (but again, an Audric romance would specifically not involve a sexual attraction)