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Well I was watching The Golden Compass because it was on TV, and I started having this really strange thought about my DA2 Hawke, Brennah, and her twin brother Garret (owned by ~Windsurfer
). I thought what if they had daemons? What sorts of creatures would they be? After serious conversations with Wind we came to the conclusion that because they're not identical twins their daemons wouldn't be identical, but they would be very similar. So Garret would have a hyena for various reasons. Number one they were thought to be the mounts for witches and other magical folk as well as symbols of love and fertility. Some cultures also believed that hyenas were blood drinkers, and that if the body of a suspected werewolf was not burned it would rise from the dead and stalk the battlefield feeding on corpses as a hyena. Plus Wind thinks their laugh is really cool, and for the most part that description fits Garret almost to a T.
The closest relative of the hyena in the animal kingdom are weasels. Garret is a mage but Brennah is a rogue, and weasels are small, quiet and quick plus in many cultures weasels are seen as omens of bad luck and death. They were also thought to be the cause of mysterious injuries one gets when doing nothing at all or wakes up with when there is no explanation for them. Considering Brennah probably would have been an assassin if I had that option for her back story and/or future, I think a weasel fits her perfectly. And considering they're closely related to hyenas I think it works, especially since Brennah and Garret have different ways of expressing feelings.
Garret is very outgoing, doesn't care who sees his emotions and is kind of a goof. Brennah, on the other hand, is far more reserved and though she loves her brother she worries what people think and tries not to let things show too much. He openly shows his love for her but she pulls away unless they're behind closed doors. At the same time they mean the world to one another and would do anything to protect each other, no matter what. It's an odd relationship, but they're twins and have a sort of yin and yang thing going on so it works.
In any case, this makes like....the billionth AU the two of us have come up with somehow for these two. It's funny, but at the same time we both just kind if sit and lament because we want to write about it but neither of us have the time or motivation. Ah well, just one more pic for me to commission I guess XD