Day 18 – Companions
Day 18: Companions
Who is their first friend among their companions? Who ends up being their best friend? Who do they hate the most (or like the least)? Is there anyone they don’t recruit?
On the friendship side Vivienne is the first person she ever knew that was so vastly different from her and yet still cared about her. And she in turn for her. Half the time their opinions clash while on other topics they are totally in sync. For Amara it was a completely new experience to have a friend that didn’t just leave the moment they disagreed on something. The first time they had a disagreement Amara avoided Vivienne for about a week. Being convinced that the other woman would not want to see her or talk to her anymore. Vivienne tracked her down and set her straight. Vivienne was also the first one who realised that Amara had a fear of people only pretending to like her or to respect her and in a quiet moment, away from everyone else made sure to let Amara know that if there was every something she would be really angry with she would tell her in clear terms so that Amara wouldn’t have to wonder.
Dorian and her became friends almost by accident. They were wary of each other at first but once they figured out that they found the same things hilarious and had more than a few things in common they bonded nearly over night. Both of them tend to drink way too much and their friends usually keep watch that they are not overdoing it. No one really wants a repeat performance of the inquisitor and Dorian singing dirty versions of chantry songs on the battlements, dressed only in sheets at 4am in the morning.
Sera & Bull are both close friends as well and they both were good friends with her before she started getting into a relationship with either of them. Varric and her get along well but it stays on a ‘get drinks and play cards’ level for them. She is fascinated by Cole and spends a lot of time talking to him even though she feels like she only understands half of what he says on a good day. She admires Cassandra but feels a little thrown off by Cass’s insistence on faith and her role in it. She is a bit wary of Leliana, mainly because she can relate to many things about her. The two of them get much closer after Leliana becomes the Divine funnily enough.
Cullen isn’t really on her radar – she is completely indifferent about him. She is also not overly close with Blackwall, with him never forgiving her for how she handled the Templar situation. She tries to get to know Josephine more but finds it hard to find things to talk about most of the time.
With Solas she has a difficult relationship. She respects his knowledge and his openness towards spirits and the fade where most people are simply scared of it. At the same time she despises his arrogance towards everyone else that is mortal. She can’t quite forget certain things he said and is even less forgiving when his attacks target the people she loves. She also realises that he is lying to her about quite a few things constantly. But at the same time she feels like she isn’t in a position to judge given that she lies about most things in her life constantly. It doesn’t help her with trusting him though. Weather she considers him a friend or not is highly dependable on her mood and what he said last to her.
While she never would have guessed it, Dorian is the one who most quickly manages to become her friend. Somehow the mix of flippant playfulness and honest concern and empathy lets them become close more quickly than she ever became close to someone. He can make her laugh when nobody else can and just cares so deeply and in turn she gives him just as much care and openness which he rarely saw. Her complete and unwavering acceptance of his sexuality makes him very much at ease with her. When he starts his relationship with Bull, it brings her closer to the Qunari as well and after a while starts to really like him.
She feels strangely connected to Cole who helps her get through some very hard moments with his will to help and ease her pain. Once Lyssa understands and accepts his ‘otherness’ as a spirit, she considers him a true friend.
While she likes Varric very much and he returns the feeling, their friendship stays at a somehow superficial level. They love to spend time together but he is more a person to have fun with than to share her more intimate and vulnerable moments. For a long time, it is the same with Sera. They are off to a difficult start since Sera fears Lyssa’s magic and barely has anything more than disdain for her culture. This changes when Sera sees how much Lyssa understands, shares and furthers her goals and never gets on the high horse and they become fast friends.
All of her advisors are a surprise for her. She has a lot of difficulties getting to know them. Leliana’s secrets, Josephine’s noble heritage and Cullen’s bulky build and past as a templar intimidate her for a long time. It takes them nearly a year to get over formalities. She becomes closest with Josie but stays friends with all of them even after she disbanded the Inquisition. It is similar with Cassandra. Their relationship is primarily build on mutual respect and admiration and they both consider the other one a friend but they are so very different, they never manage to really connect.
She never really gets to know Blackwall and Vivienne very well, but for very different reasons. While Blackwall just never manages to raise her interest, Vivienne is so aloof and their opinion on the Circle and mages in general differ so greatly that they never manage to bridge that. “You have your moments, my dear”, is basically the best what they say about each other.
Solas is the one most close to her heart. They are both healers, interested in history and knowledge itself and she feels like there is nothing she can’t talk to him about. His knowledge about the Fade and his journeys into it fascinate her a great deal and he teacher her a lot. After their breakup, the loss of this connection to her closest friend is a big part of her pain.