ok, all you boys and girls who read comics, listen up.
if you read matt fraction’s hawkeye comics, you know that clint barton has been stabbed in the ears with arrows, and as a result, is now deaf. furthermore, if you read the comics, you know that today was the release of the asl issue.
in case you don’t know me, i’m hard of hearing. i grew up hearing, and my hearing wound up getting fucked up the older i got. now i’m 20 years old and wear hearing aids. my signing isn’t as good as it could be since i’m surrounded by hearing people who won’t learn asl to communicate with me, but i use it as often as i can.
when i read the asl issue, i found a superhero that i could actually relate to, an actual, real, human being, flawed superhero that d/Deaf/hoh people can relate to and understand, particularly those people who have lost their hearing as they’ve gotten older the way i have. this asl issue speaks more than anyone can understand.
admittedly, the issue didn’t quite use proper signs all the time, and the grammatical structure was more english than asl (asl has a very different grammar syntax), but for now, it was enough. it was representation. it was a step forward. (and why was clint talking on the phone if he’s deaf? honey, if you deaf, you deaf. i’m hard of hearing, and i can’t hear shit on the phone. like, i get he was letting jess know that it was him talking, but son, you are deaf and cannot hear her response. but that’s ok, it’s just details.)
so marvel, you don’t know how much your asl issue meant to me, but i’d like to thank you, matt fraction, and everyone else involved with this from the bottom of my heart. thank you for giving representation to a group of people who don’t really get very much representation at all. thank you for for showing me a superhero who gets it.
deaf clint barton is important.
disabled superheroes are important.
disabled superheroes getting back on their feet when their disability makes things rough for them is important.
disabled superheroes trying to figure out how they fit into the abled world around them is important.
For one, NONE of them went on their Calling (Guys, it takes about 30 years for the Taint to make a Warden go on their calling. Inquisition is barely 15 years after DA:O, if that).
Solona Amell, my mage who happily becomes Warden-Commander and stays with her love, Alistair, in the Wardens with Nate as her Second in Command, probably went off on some mission. That or she went to find Anders, to give him a talking to and see if what he planned for the mage-Templar war had any merit. Alistair may have accompanied her, and even though he’s a former Templar recruit, he’s not under any illusions about the abuses of power Temlpars take or what many mages go through. Not after befriending Anders and being with Solona, anyway.
Milena Cousland acted as Commander for a while, but after Awakening, she helped clean up the darkspawn across Ferelden for a while before retiring the rank to Nate (can you sense a pattern, lol) and taking up her duties and mantle as Queen of Ferelden, giving the kingdom two (at least one, anyway) children to carry on the Theirin bloodline. If she disappeared it was because something was going on big enough that might involve the Wardens that she felt the need to return to that duty. She never disavowed herself as a Warden, only put her duty to Ferelden as their queen first after defeating the Mother and the Architect.
As I said in a previous post, Kalliana Tabris left the Wardens to go adventuring with Zevran, happily keeping a low profile from the powers that be, excepting her longtime friends. She won’t go hunting after Morrigan, trusting the other woman to know what she wants from life and if they ever see each other again, so be it. (Both of the previously mentioned Wardens looked for and found Morri.)
Marek Mahariel will stay as Warden-Commander, but follow Morrigan, his lost love, through the Eluvian when he finds her, hence his disappearance, presumably.
Arien Aeducan is gonna pull the Ultimate Sacrifice, so y’know, he’s kinda dead.
Inga Brosca probably wandered away from being the Warden-Commander - power and trust she enjoyed after growing up Casteless - and got lost in an old thaig ogling her lost history, and probably missing her girlfriend, the glorious Leli.
I really like how Awakening’s epilogue slides for my Tabris really line up with my headcanon for her. I mean, she hated killing the people who turned on her, she tried to convince them otherwise, but they forced her to defend herself. Anyway, that’s not what I’m talking about from the slides, mostly the ones about how she didn’t stay as the Commander of the Grey in Ferelden for much longer, because 1) she didn’t want to be there with that rank in the first place, and 2) she was snagged away from her Antivan vacation with her sexy boyfriend to do it. So the slides saying there were rumors about her either having a showdown or taking over the Crows with Zevran make me laugh. Because honestly, she’d think it an amusing challenge to take over and work on reforming the Crows with her hubby. And would be exactly why she “disappeared” in DA2 when Lels and Cass are searching for her and the Hawke (still debating following her with Yvanna, red Hawke who rivalmances Sebastien and becomes Viscountess or Garrett “Free-Love” Hawke).
Some people love to shut down people who talk about trans and intersex issues by saying that they’re “only 1% of the population” and thus can be ignored since they “aren’t statistically significant enough.”