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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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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.
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