asexual raistlin is essentially canon and that makes me very happy (◡‿◡✿)
Well yes and no, I always feel iffy about this because while he never really showed interest in anyone, Raist did experience lust during Legends, towards both Crysania and Takhisis. If anything, he could be called aromantic, but I don’t think asexual.
That’s why I added essentially, I think his character changes when he kills/becomes/merges with (????) Fistandantilus. At that point, I consider him no longer 100% himself anyway, and I’ll have to reread legends, but the continuity of the series isn’t the best.
Though I’ll add that I think he was more attracted to the idea of power and magic behind both entities than he was the actual characters.
I see your point, though, an argument can be made for both sides, I think. But I think he’s just different in Legends than the original series, either due to the Fistandantilus thing, or the unaccounted for changes in characterization.
Okay, I see what you mean and how you could make an argument for that. Still not 100% convinced because there was this bit about a girl in one of the Raistlin books (I think The Soulforge, I would have to go back and check) where Raist is young and likes (?) this girl, I think she was being super nice to him or something, but then he gets really upset when he finds out she’s banging Caramon. I’d have to go back and read that part to actually see how it was presented. To me it always seemed that Raist didn’t pursue romance because he saw it as a human weakness, not because he didn’t experience any such feelings himself, but it could be interpreted either way I suppose.
And yeah, there is no denying that he was more attracted to magic than people, that’s basically the most canon thing about him.
I’ve always been kind of reluctant to classify him as asexual, just because his attitude toward sex is so toxic. Like, I’m pretty sure he DOES experience sexual attraction - there’s Miranda in the Soulforge, Laurana in Chronicles, Crysania in Legends - but like you said, he sees sex and attraction as a human weakness, and he turns that into contempt for people who he sees as “lesser” for participating in romance/sex/whatever. His whole attitude is one of self-righteous repression. So, he certainly seems celibate, but not asexual.
That’s actually a really good way to put it. I am all for more representation of asexual characters in media but I feel like it would be better to have an asexual character who didn’t actively scorn sex, but just wasn’t interested in it.
yeah, exactly! raistlin is worlds away from an accurate, positive representation of asexuality :p
(i probably should not be wandering this far back in the dl tag and drudging up 3-months-old posts but here we are)
@1 month ago with 19 notes
#dragonlance #fancluck #raistlin #asexuality #bird-brained character analysis
Just feel I should add to this that asexuals can experience aesthetic attraction, which is different from both sexual attraction and romantic attraction. They can also experience arousal, but have no desire to act on it, even with someone they find aesthetically attractive. And from what I’ve heard, asexuals in romantic relationships may desire to have sex for the emotional benefits rather than physical need.
I see Raistlin’s attraction to Laurana presented as aesthetic, and, after she deals with him in a respectful, kind way despite not really liking him, he becomes emotionally attracted to her. (His crush on her is absolutely canon.) But it’s not explicitly sexual attraction, as seen in other characters. Raistlandantilus is definitely sexually attracted to Crysania, but I agree that could be due to the merge.
While I see (and like) the argument for asexuality (for Raistlin, not Fistandantilus), I can’t see Raistlin as aromantic—he absolutely desires emotional bonds and companionship, both platonic and romantic. (What Raistlin says he wants and what he truly wants do not line up.) When it comes to Miranda, after she flirts with him, where does his mind immediately jump? It’s not to sex. It’s to courting and marriage.
…I’m uncomfortable with the implication that sex-repulsion in and of itself is negative. Some asexuals are sex-repulsed, and some are not. There’s nothing inherently wrong with either—it’s all about how it impacts their interactions with other people. I agree that there should be more asexual characters completely ambivalent to sex, but not at the cost of denigrating sex-repulsed asexuals. (I’m not saying that’s what anyone here is trying to do. I admit that I’m sensitive to this issue, so I may be receiving an unintended message.)
Raistlin’s deep character flaws certainly impact his sex-repulsion and turn it into something unhealthy; he does view attraction as weakness, same as he views food and sleep and any sort of emotional attachment as weakness. His view of vulnerability (and what constitutes it) is toxic, and it ruins all of his relationships. (He fears to be hurt, can’t risk it. Better to choose to be alone than to be left alone. Better to hurt than to be hurt.)
That’s my 2¢ anyway. And now I’m going to have to reread the books from this perspective to see if it holds up. (If it does, you’ll have to pry it from my cold, dead hands. But that will have to be after I finish the War of Souls and Dark Disciple trilogies.) :)
@2 months ago with 2 notes
#shale #dragon age #100 palette challenge #golem #fanart
"Draw me like one of your Orlesian golems…"
The dice suggested I draw Shale in pose 8C & palette #95 for the 100 palette challenge. Sometimes random chance is beautiful.
@2 months ago with 1 note
#dragon age #zevran #100 palette challenge #fanart #elf
"I’m completely harmless, Warden. Mostly harmless. In some rare circumstances, anyway."
Zevran in #52 for the 100 Palette Challenge. Feel free to drop suggestions in my askbox!