Picture by Leonard Lee (LJinto) from San Diego Comic-Con 2012. (source: [link]
Have you ever wondered what might
happen to Isabela if you hand her over to the Arishok at the end of Act II in Dragon Age 2? ~Spader7
did, and drew this: [link]
...to which I immediately said: "Yep. I'm going to make this." So meet Qunaribela. After all, Varric says he heard
Isabela got away with the Tome—maybe she did, maybe she didn't. I'm just playing in the realm of possibility.
IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE I WOULD NEVER MAKE THIS CHOICE IN-GAMEPOST-UNTIL WE SLEEP EDIT:
So here's a story I couldn't initially share when I first posted this image, but I figured I ought to clear something up
As I said, I made Qunaribela last year for San Diego Comic-Con 2012 after seeing ~Spader7
's design on my Tumblr dashboard. While there, Dave Gaider confided in me that, at the very time that he saw my tweet about making Qunaribela, he had been writing a scene for a future DA Comic (Until We Sleep) in which Isabela has a Fade Dream about being converted to the Qun. The coincidence was really awesome, but obviously this was an enormous spoiler so I sat on the knowledge for nearly a year--and since this deviation was submitted last July, I couldn't have said anything then!
Fast forward to Until We Sleep issue 2's release--I saw the preview pages on Tumblr featuring Qunaribela and posted about the coincidence. About a day later, Dave himself reblogged it from me and admitted that he had sent my picture to the artist as visual inspiration for her in-comic appearance. If you don't believe me, here are the posts
Obviously I couldn't say any of this back when I first shared images from the con. I also genuinely had no idea that Isabela's Qun design is inspired by Spader's and my work, which was about as humbling as things get, really.