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Dragon Effect: Javik and James by AndrewRyanArt Dragon Effect: Javik and James by AndrewRyanArt
I realized that I haven’t actually made any grey wardens in my Dragon Effect lineup and that’s a serious oversight! (Shepard’s a rogue templar, though I guess he’d probably join the wardens eventually too) Also I think Javik and James would be a funny pair to come across in game due to the banter between them in Mass Effect.

Javik: I envision Javik as being one of the long lost, original founders of the Grey Wardens and through some form of sorcery (possibly Flemeth’s doing) being resurrected to join Shepard and crew against a forthcoming blight. I referenced Duncan’s armor from Dragon Age origins and sort of merged it with Javik’s own armor like I did with some of the other characters.

James: So Cortez had a funny line in ME about James liking “grizzly bears” so I thought it’d be funny to model his look after this, with bear-like claws and animal fur incorporated into the armor. The breastplate and warden insignia are existing DA materials that I referenced/borrowed. As for his backstory James was a man whore at a brothel and Javik having been newly resurrected and somewhat confused as to his surroundings happened to stumble in and began demanding information, frightening the customers. James moved to kick him out and ended up getting into a scrap with Javik, Javik of course wins but sees potential in James and invites him to join the wardens, and voila, a hilariously awkward pairing.

Here's some funny James/Javik banter that Spicyshimmy wrote up. Spicy's tumblr link: [link]

JAMES: So, Buggy. I bet you’ve got some crazy stories about the Deep Roads to tell, right?
JAVIK: At last.
JAMES: At last what?
JAVIK: You have made a bet that you can win.
JAMES: Yeah, yeah. And now we gotta check to see if the Void’s frozen over or darkspawn can fly, right?
JAVIK: Some darkspawn can fly. If you are complacent, they will descend on you from above and tear you to shreds.
JAMES: Why do I even bother talking to you?

JAMES: Hey, Buggy. You never told me ‘bout any of the good old days in the Wardens. You know, clearing out the Deep Roads, facing down broodmothers, drinking darkspawn blood, knocking golem heads together…
JAVIK: I saw countless of my brothers in arms and duty die beside me. Fine, strong warriors with bravery none have yet seen duplicated in this age. For countless years, I was buried with them, cursed to stone by the stone, carrying our most ancient secrets.
JAMES: Explains why you’re such a great conversationalist.
JAVIK: Yet I would prefer speaking to the rocks than to some.
JAMES: Hey, wait a minute…

JAMES: So, Buggy… You ever fought an archdemon before?
JAVIK: Perhaps.
JAMES: Perhaps? You either did or you didn’t, right? C’mon, you can tell me all about it.
JAVIK: One does not simply fight an archdemon. One survives an archdemon. And, in the process, one watches the brave and bold torn asunder, the battlefield stained black with their blood.
JAMES: Never thought it was gonna be a picnic.
JAVIK: Naturally, it is not.
JAVIK: Besides, you neglected to bring the basket.

JAVIK: I have been thinking.
JAMES: Yeah?
JAVIK: …’Yeah.’
JAMES: So… Copper for your thoughts, Buggy?
JAVIK: You hold these thoughts in high esteem, I see.
JAMES: It ain’t that. I’d have to be an idiot to pay any more than that for you to insult me.

JAVIK: This moniker you have assigned to me…
JAMES: Aw, you mean Buggy, huh? I was beginning to think you hadn’t noticed.
JAVIK: There is nothing that avoids my observation. For example: the way you suck at your thumb at night.
JAMES: …You been watching me at night, Buggy?
JAVIK: There is nothing—
JAMES: That avoids your observation. Yeah, yeah. I got it. You like to watch.

JAVIK: The name itself refers to me?
JAMES: You look in a mirror lately, Buggy? Those are some wild eyeballs. Wouldn’t wanna be the darkspawn that meets you in the dark.
JAVIK: Indeed not.
JAVIK: Yet I always believed the name reflected you more than it did me.
JAMES: And how’s that?
JAVIK: It is—how would your kind put it?—that you are always bugging someone.
JAMES: Had a lot of time to work on the puns when you were cursed to stone by the stone, huh?
JAVIK: More than you will ever know.
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aydenbet Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  New Deviant
omg the dialog is hilarious
Tigereyes45 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Student
This looks so wicked. I really with this wasvan actual thing now.
MegumiHazBottlz Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Student General Artist
The art was amazing and the party banter made my day!
AnnaKitty Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
Oh gods, they are perfect xD
necrolectric Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Favorite just for the dialogue in the description.
1rafabud Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
"One does not simply fight an archdemon." I just bursted out laughing!
TrevorBearcat Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist
Noticed the green mist/wisps things around Javik. I know that's like his biotic a but maybe he can manipulate the Fade or something like that.
Sorry been playing to much DA:I
GH0ST-FACE Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist
Oh my god that banter was perfect... dude who made it needs to be a writer for BioWare... Love Javik's sword by the way, and the combo of his and Duncan's armor looks so sick!
CauthonVimes Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Student Writer
Love the design, and the dialog seems very in line with their personalities, I would love to see this in a game!
EspirituMZRR6295 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Another funny line Cortez said to James was comparing himself fighting a horde of harvesters in the air is like sending james to fight the earth invasion armed with only a pair of brass knuckles. James remarks by saying "What? You don't think I can't do it?" Saw the Bear claws and it reminded me of that sequence.
Dunfalach Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Javik as a Warden is brilliant, and I'm also in love with that dialog. I can just hear it in the voices of each, and it fits their personalities perfectly.
RougeGunner Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
So is Javik an Arcane Warrior Mage? Or a Spirit Warrior?
SpartanSheba Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Javik as Duncan and James as Logan? LOL! xD
Hucklebee123 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Amazing artwork. Saw the blog post on bioware website about your work. Great job!
scarreach Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Thank for making and adding the dialogue. It makes the artwork that much better
Wolf-Light Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Dear Lord, where do I find bracers like that!
FTMPro Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
beefers Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Javik looks BOSS.
Ivayne Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
If the art wasn't beyond good by itself, the dialog only multiplies the greatness. The dialog in both Mass Effect and Dragon Age, though mostly Dragon Age, was always one of my favorite parts of the games.
solo-walker Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Javik. Is. So.So.HOT!!!!! Awesome, really awesome!!!XD
Oh, and my brother is not a member of DA but he loves your dragon effect pictures X)
Saphitalovesnate Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
James looks like a wolverine kinda thing goin on... COOL!!
MsMayMay Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh god I love the banter it's hilarious XD
ShadowDhampire Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
BRILLIANT! Love the banter too. x3
Vergil89 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
daplopp Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
jesus christ these things are the most awesome things i have ever seen.
i think i dropped my everything, sorry o.o
gillspar Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
I've been wondering, why is it that game companies don't just look at stuff on web pages like this and just work out some sort of deal for DLC or character designs with artists? These ideas seem better than what the people they already have hired come up with.
Firestar-Kelman Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013

seriously awesome designs (as with the rest of the characters in you series, and i like how you actually thought about thier attire, and not just stuck them in random armour that looks aweful on them.
DamonDaSaru Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Vega is a whore in a brothel? Interesting..would one of his regulars be a certain Sir Cortez still mourning the death of his husband? :P
Steel--The--Gamer Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
I was just looking at Javik on TVTropes. And according to them, Javik's philosophy is similar to that of Duncan's.

Talk about crazy connections =)
Red901 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
I love the convo between them! i can see this happening at a campfire instead of the mess hall
theunholy1978 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Javik seems more fitting as a Qunari Arishok. Looks fantastic.
Kai-Writer Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Writer
Great drawing! I love their designs and being in the wardens fits both of them perfectly. The best part of this is the conversations you created between the two of them. Absolutely hilarious!
Wolvengra Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
VERY Nice. ^^
midknight23 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012   General Artist
man whore lol
ChojinRyu750 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
dubird Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it bad that I totally read all the conversations in their voices? ><
Wulf87 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
I done the same -_- lol Good stuff!
Ddreigiau Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Same, lol. Makes it funnier.
Rhapsody4u Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! ;)
artsyfartsy Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
FrozenHarlequin Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
James just doesn't look right with that haircut :(. Other than that I love it.
Skitarii Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Heheheh Javik is wielding a gladius, the symbol of an ancient mighty empire..... I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE
MinksnDolphins Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Most. Awesome. Grey. Warden. Duo. Ever!
KunsinagiKenshin Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Nice banter
Phantom-Brave Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
You could also make James one of the Avvar.
Laboi Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
who's next Ashley, Zaeed, or Kasumi
AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Zaeed and Kasumi, Ashley's dead
Laboi Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
In your game, But she's still a Squad mate in ME series
AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student General Artist
yeah but this is also my crossover so no Ashley
Laboi Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
She was still your squadmate in ME1, you gonna dishonor her sacrifice by neglecting her
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