This was a closet cosplay I completed in a Minerva’s Den Challenge for the BioShock Amino. I couldn’t quite decide which wig I preferred, so here we are!
As part of a community challenge on the BioShock Amino, I put together a closet cosplay for Jasmine Jolene from the first game.
Controversial her character may be, but this was a delight to do and I hope to do more challenges like this in the future!
The goal was to create a Dragon Age themed cosplay based on something in the games. Whether it was a concept or an OC or a canon character, there were a lot options!
Naturally, I chose lyrium because why go with a person when you can personify one of the most intriguing items in the game. (Read up on lyrium here if you wish.)
Lyrium is the emerald water of the Fade from whence the Maker created our world in his mercy and wisdom.
Much like magic, lyrium must be used to serve man. It is highly dangerous and volatile, yet still it can be found beyond the Chantry’s guidance.
Children, resist the temptation of lyrium and walk with the Maker! Prolonged lyrium use away from the word of the Maker leads to memory loss, paranoia, disfigurement, inability to tell dreaming from waking, an unending thirst, and worse.
Lyrium flows through the Veil to the waking world because it is the will of the Maker. It is sacrilegious to deny his will through the use of lyrium outside of the Chantry. These symptoms are a punishment for that trespass.
The power of lyrium only serves man in the hands of the Templars. Do the will of the Maker as a Templar, and you will be granted lyrium to develop your abilities as a champion of the just.
Through your devoted training and dedication to the Maker, only you can contain the threat of lyrium and magic abuse.
Ah, Chantry propaganda… Mostly lies with a promise at the end. Oddly, this was fun!
Lyrium personified! With an apostate-esque motif. Come on, you know she’d be an apostate.
Well, I think lyrium is pretty to look at and unnerving, two of my favorite traits. I’m romancing Zevran, Fenris, and Anders for a reason here.
But the many facets of lyrium fascinate me from being an ore, potion, black market drug, and the only usable item found in reality and the Fade.
As a person, I imagine she’s a complete wild card. Powerful but fickle, playful with a touch of malice, a little come hither thrown in, and reliable only in that she’s never far even if you can’t see her. She carries a definite sense of thrill and danger all at once– that’s lyrium as a person.
If I did this again, I’d probably get black temporary tattoos to represent some the black/dark blue undertones you see in raw lyrium. Maybe try some galaxy-esque makeup too!
I would definitely keep the top the same, since I really like the black lace with the deep blue-teal top. I’d probably change the skirt to something a bit more fringey and wild, but still try to retain some elegance to it.
But I am very satisfied with how it all came out and I had a lot of fun throwing this together!