Don't you love to draw the bug boy ? I do :)
Gorrik need more love-
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The fact that, in the GW2-based novel Ghosts of Ascalon, we meet a norn character named Gullik.
That is all.
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My personal Gorrik headcannons !
Hi! these are my personal headcannons for Gorrik ! Please enjoy, and remember these are headcannons, it’s my personal takes on what we know, and what the game gives us. So with no further do, let’s begin !
- He is stronger than he looks like, why i say that ? because of this:
Excuse me Gorrik, 5 CAVALIERS ??? So yeah, don’t mess with Gorrik (nor Blish nor Taimi) if you don’t want to get your ass kicked .
- Gorrik have lots of scars on his left arm. It’s due to his experiments (remember Petey growing under his skin) and since he study insects he might sometimes get stinged by them.
Which not only make his left arm less viable (i imagine him as originally ambidextrous), but also more resistant to maybe some venoms/poisons)
- Gorrik is an Holosmith, that mean he can technically wield sword, not that he would want to, but he can. Do what you want with that info.
- This phrase that Gorrik say:
makes me think that Gorrik himself got disappointed by somebody, i don’t know who could it be, but for me it might be the reasons him and Blish joined the Inquest. Again do what you want with that info.
- Gorrik is not used to compliments coming from people other than his brother
I swear that’s how you react when you are not used to such compliment, GORRIK YOU ARE BABY.
-He can be and is a picky eater, it fit the fact he is on the spectrum, even if just looking at him and the way he act makes me think that.
- Last and non the less (it kinda is related to a ship but honestly i feel like it’s going to be cannon a day or another): Taimi calls him “Cuddle Bug”. Like... come on... im 100% sure that would be a fitting name, he may not look like it, but he definitely is a loving person, who got lots of love to give, in his own way of course.
Sometimes Taimi, when talking to other peoples about him, let slip accidentally that nickname, which is embarrassing for both of them. It’s cute and funny, leave me alone.
Ok i’m done with my headcannons for now, hope you like them ! Again, Gorrik is baby!
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"Commander of Death" Part II: Friends Old and New
TL;DR: A fated meeting between Demolitionist Tonn and another bomber we know well…
Friends Old and New
“There isn’t much call for bombs in the Mists,” Tonn is explaining to Ceera, “and I’m not sure how effective bombs made of ghost matter would be on living targets.”
Ceera frowns slightly. “You could probably find supplies at Pact Command. Have you been there?”
“Not yet!” Tonn replies brightly. “I had to find you first.”
Ceera beams at him. “Then I’ll lead the way.”
After picking up the guardianship of a few wandering explorers, they set off down the path to Pact Command in a comfortable silence.
“I suppose you report to General Thackeray now?” Ceera questions.
“Oh, yes,” Tonn answers cheerily. “I’m sure she’ll find a use for my expertise.”
As soon as they arrive, Tonn bounces up to the first asura he sees. “Hello! Do you know where I can get any parts for explosives?”
The asura blinks at him for a moment. “Officially, I couldn’t say,” she shrugs, “but I’d ask him.” She gestures towards a pavilion that contains a sylvari and an asura, and a charr that Tonn recognizes as General Almorra.
Tonn approaches the asura, who is squinting intently at a datapad. “Hello! I’m with the Mist Wardens but I don’t have any equipment. Do you know where I could find explosives or the tools and parts to make them?”
The asura looks up at him and blinks rapidly. “Ah - no. You must be looking for Canach.”
Tonn looks in the direction indicated to see the sylvari staring at him with raised eyebrows. “Ah, I see. Apologies.”
“A ghost looking for explosives?” the sylvari - Canach - remarks dryly. “I’m sure there’s a story behind that. Ah well, I suppose the Mist Wardens have to get by somehow.” He strides off and away from the tent with Tonn matching his stride.
Tonn blinks once. “I’ll have you know I used to be the Pact’s top demolitionist. Took out some very high-level targets.”
“Did you now,” Canach murmurs absentmindedly. He arrives at a supply pile and begins searching through it. “I assume you also trained your replacement.”
Tonn crosses his arms. “I did, in fact.” He turns to his wife. “Ceera, what ever happened to Strixel?” And why is this grouchy plant-man here instead of him?
“You taught him well,” Ceera supplies, “but he was killed over Maguuma alongside his own trainee.”
“Ah, you told me about Maguuma. I wonder why I never saw him… oh well. You don’t always run into everyone in the Mists.”
Finally, the prickly sylvari finds what he is looking for. He hands Tonn a rather large box. Tonn peers inside. “Oh! Excellent! These are world-class parts! Thank you, sir!”
“Make good use of them,” Canach says as he strides back to the tent. “The more the Branded feel it, the better for all of us. Oh, hello, Commander.”
Tonn looks up from the box at lightning speed to see the Commander standing near General Almorra. At his side, Ceera stiffens, but Tonn bounces up to the Commander joyously. “Commander! I’d smile bigger if I wasn’t already stretching my limits over these explosives!”
A look of wondrous joy spreads across Commander Tiffany Commander’s face. “Tonn! You came back!”
“I did!” Tonn enthuses. “I’m with the Mist Wardens under General Thackeray - so exciting! Now, I didn’t ever get the chance to introduce you to my wife, Ceera, but - “
“We’ve met,” Ceera bites out frigidly.
The smile slips off Tonn’s face as he glances between Ceera’s cold stare and the Commander’s averted gaze. “Oh.” Of course the Commander would have sought her out to deliver the news.
“Hm,” says Canach from behind him. “I take it back. I suppose you weren’t lying about your skill if you know the Commander.”
“Oh, you’ve met Canach already?” Commander asks, grasping the new topic immediately as Canach comes over to join the group.
Tonn gives Canach a questioning stare. Had he just deliberately broken up a moment of tension? “Yes, I was directed to him for parts.”
“You two working together will create absolute chaos,” Commander says, sounding, of all things, resigned to the idea.
“Why don’t you introduce us?” Tonn says quizzically. “I just know he knows where the explosives are kept - and apparently has opinions on how good of a demolitionist a ghost can be.”
“Canach’s been with the team for years,” Commander explains. “He’s been our resident explosives expert since Maguuma… even if he can have an attitude about it sometimes.”
“Commander - “ Canach protests - “you insist - “
“And Canach, this is Tonn,” Commander says, roundly ignoring him. “He blows up towers with far more initiative than you ever have.”
“Commander - “
“Go explode some things together,” Commander tells him sternly. “I insist. I don’t think you’re doing anything else useful, and the Mist Wardens could use the support.”
Canach turns to Tonn with a very put-upon expression. The Commander turns to General Almorra and begins expounding on the Mist Warden situation.
As soon as they are out of earshot, Canach grumbles, “you owe me for stepping in like that.”
“Yes, of course,” Tonn replies easily. “Speaking of, though - ” Tonn turns to Ceera - and finds he has no words. He can’t say he faults her anger at the Commander, but…
There is a long moment of silence, during which Ceera simply stares at him with an expression of mixed defiance and love that says Tonn, I wouldn’t not blame everything in existence for your death.
Tonn finally simply sighs and lays a hand on her shoulder. “It’s alright. I’m back now. You don’t need to worry about that anymore.”
She hugs him. Tonn smiles and pats her on the back. Maybe in time, she’ll be able to let it go.
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From the Commander Asks, 11. What is the proudest moment your commander has experienced?
When aurene became an elder dragon, thay for sure made him cry!
But there are other moments too!
Whatever Taimi or Gorrik (or both) do, whatever "awesome" things their mounts and pets do or bring back lol
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Don't mind me with my in game Gorrik cosplay
Mini Blish, mini Gorrik and Gorrik outfit when-
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I turned around and saw this field of joy.
There's a bug catching jar. And the whole field is covered with bugs.
And the heart quest there is to catch the bugs.
I knew all this.
But I turned around and I SAW it all and my brain said "ah. you know what. Gorrik needs to come here."
But then I realized that this is a charr cow ranch in Ascalon.
And in IBS prologue he was at a charr cow ranch. So I think he got an appropriate equivalent, even if technically there was no heart quest in Grothmar.
My heart is satisfied.
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Since he is my comfort character, drawing him makes me very happy ^^
... Please i need more Gorrik content pwp
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Which College Was Blish a Member of?
Taimi says she "knew Blish from college." Even the wiki - which has a VERY firm stance on 'speculation' - agrees that this means Blish was a member of the College of Synergetics.
I have a different proposal.
When we met Taimi back in S1, there were two older asura keeping eyes on her: Zojja, and a Dynamics asura named Vorpp. This is the Vorpp who did experiments on the Secondborn (including Canach) from Caithe's memory seeds in S2, but we didn't know that at the time.
THING OF NOTE: Vorpp (he's on the wiki as Emissary Vorpp but ahaha there's like zero things there) does portal things. I dug around some maze-like wiki pages and discovered that he's the one who reverse-engineered some of Scarlet's portals so we could find her lair and beat her up in one of the S1 missions. There's a whole achievement (and, notably, as far as I can tell, he's the first one to have come up with a communicator device like Taimi's - obviously inferior, but still).
But. This is very obvious evidence that portals is a field of Dynamics. Which only makes sense, because asura gates were created and are maintained by the College of Dynamics.
My POINT HERE is this: Taimi was still hanging around and involved with Vorpp of Dynamics even though she was a member of Synergetics.
And Vorpp's field of expertise is portals. And also very Inquest-like experiments on Secondborn sylvari.
Utter and rock-solid and extremely true headcanon: this is how Taimi knows Blish.
Blish is a portal specialist. Taimi "knows Blish from college." Blish is a member of the Inquest.
We all assume that Blish was Synergetics because Taimi knew him in college. But that's not necessarily true!! My 100% headcanon is that Vorpp was Blish's college mentor before Blish went off and joined the Inquest. Vorpp's experiments on Secondborn likely happened before Blish was even born (that was in 1302 and Taimi was born in 1313, so if they're anywhere near each other in age...) but Vorpp's tastes and morals likely remained the same, which would help explain why Blish and Gorrik were so 'eh' about being in the Inquest (my other headcanon is that they only joined looking for something to help Blish, but they didn't have to be so casual about it - this would explain that).
I feel like I need to obsessively defend this headcanon, simply because the wiki definitively says Blish was Synergetics. But that's derived SOLELY from the fact that Taimi says she knew him in college, but she never specifies which college.
Dear Brain, please stop holding the word of the wiki as golden when you help edit that thing and you know full well what the source of Blish's 'Synergetics' tag is!
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I couldnt sleep last night so suffer through cute gorrik and my commander insulting Braham
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Gorrik's doodles of the day!
I love him-
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Blish is best brother, fight me.
... I want him as my brother pwp
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They are babies
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So I've been practicing. And I finally drew a thing I feel comfortable posting!
Random doodle done without a reference!
I like it because, despite the technical mistakes, it has character. It's not just a wooden-looking, details-oriented did I get the slant of his ears right. I don't know what he's grinning at, but this drawing has character.
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In War Eternal, Dragonfall, trying to get blood from Kralkatorrik's wing:
Commander: Taimi, I'm here. (static)... Hello? Anyone? (static)
Commander: All right. Find the source of this interference, find the blood, charges the spear. I can do this.
This is hilarious.
For the simple reason that the Commander needs to give themself a mini pep talk to get through not having Taimi in their ear to support them.
It's hilarious. And wholesome. And also slightly worrying. (Maybe this is the reason the Commander feels kinda apathetic in IBS?)
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[Autism Acceptance Month] Gorrik
So last year I really wanted to draw Gorrik for Autism Acceptance Month since he is canonically autistic! Unfortunately last year I didn't get my image done in time to post during April (I finished this on May 9, 2020, with a few revisions done to it this month), so I just decided I'd wait until the next year to post it and... that's now! Hurrah!
I thought it'd be a lot of fun to draw Gorrik with his original entourage of bug friends that he appears with! He happens to be one of my personal favorites of the cast - as a fellow bug-lover, I really appreciate his enthusiasm and love for bugs! And we also have him to thank for the awesome roller beetle mount (Petey is such a delight) too, so here's my image in appreciation of such a wonderful character! :D
NOTE: Eventually I plan to release a timelapsed video of me creating this image, but that may take some time, so stay tuned! Also, the deviantART / fullsize version will be commented in the comments, so look out for that! Tumblr doesn't let me upload the full thing, so if you want to see all the details I put into it I'd appreciate you clicking the link, thank you! :D Have a good day everyone!
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Trying to figure out the ages of Blish and Gorrik is a CHORE.
In Season 1, Taimi was out and about doing things (albeit without permission) and identified herself as a member of the College of Synergetics. She was the personal ward of Zojja, which, if asuran colleges work anything like real-life human colleges, probably means she'd completed the core curriculum and was doing further, more advanced research. (Or maybe she was going to write her thesis on Scarlet?)
Anyway - this implies that she's been through college and is either done or almost done. But she was thirteen. Either she was an exceptional prodigy (which fits; even Phlunt calls her that a few times and takes more of an interest in her than a government official normall would, I think, even for an orphan in the care of the Progeny Protective Services) and went to college years early, OR it was normal.
I think we've all been assuming it was normal, since we have very little other evidence to go off of.
There was Zojja; she is said to be younger than Caithe, who, at the time of Edge of Destiny, was twenty years old. This would make Zojja a definite teenager, yet she was working with Snaff full-time as his assistant (post-college apprenticeship? possibly without monetary incentive?). If you believe the timeline in the back of the book (the one that says the Firstborn awakened in 1302 instead of 1300), then Caithe was eighteen at the time of EoD, and Zojja would be even younger. But again, Zojja may have been exceptional, and that's why Snaff chose her, and Zojja chose Taimi because Taimi was similarly exceptional.
Anyway. It might be normal, and the asuran college system is very near to the real-life human college system, in which case, guesstimates that Blish is, at the time we meet him, twenty or twenty one years old, and Gorrik is maybe eighteen or nineteen, are fairly correct, since Taimi was about nineteen to twenty at that time herself (we knew her birthday is 1313).
BUT - there are two variables. One is, what if being thirteen and (presumably) being out of college is not normal. The other one is, what if asuran colleges don't work similarly to ours? People do stay at college for years and years, doing research, getting funding for said research, eventually becoming professors or doctors or whatever else and teaching. That's human colleges. Asura probably have a similar system - except that even asura who aren't specifically working with the college still identify with their college (likely because there's only three colleges that each pursue a different type of study). But in any case, the number of asura that stay working with the college is likely a lot higher than the human numbers. Therefore, saying 'I knew them in college' is less likely to mean 'we went to school together/are the same age' and more likely to mean 'we were working on a similar project/on the same krewe/shared research' which would undoubtedly include many researchers of different ages and specialties and experience levels.
We have no idea - we are never told - in what capacity Taimi knew Blish, except 'from college.' We only know they were both Synergetics (probably; he's a portal specialist, which sounds more like asura gates and waypoints, which is a field of the College of Dynamics).
These variables heavily imply that Blish and Gorrik could easily be many years older than Taimi.
In short, we have no idea whatsoever. Now, the both of them being close in age to Taimi is a good guess; Blish maybe is a few years older than Taimi (Taimi, being nineteen/twenty, maybe we'd put Blish as being more like twenty-two/twenty-three) instead of just one or two years older. But this casts more doubt on Gorrik's relative age; we've been assuming three or four years' difference, but if the above statements are true, then Gorrik would be Taimi's age, and it seemed to me that Taimi only knew Gorrik as 'Blish's brother' and a few extra details about him. She was confused and kinda skeptical when she heard that Gorrik had joined the Inquest; she was more I'm going to be literally depressed over here and sadly tinker with my things for nearly twenty-four hours straight when she heard about Blish, because she knew him better.
Now maybe asura don't do anything based on age, and she didn't know Gorrik as well just because he was an entomologist, not a portal specialist, and she was doing something involving Blish's research at the time, not Gorrik's.
But again: we simply don't know. Feel absolutely free to use any of this information to cobble together a headcanon supporting the way you perceive their ages. This is just a bunch of here are all the variables on how we don't know anybody's ages unless we are explicitly told from asuran society.
Be warned I have absolutely not played more than one asura character, so if I've missed something important about asuran society, feel free to correct me!
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I've made several posts about Blish's distinct older-brother vibe (which, come to think of it, is unique; we barely even have any other characters with siblings) and one or two headcanons from their childhoods and Blish kinda taking care of Gorrik.
But it works the other way, too; we're never told explicitly, but it's heavily hinted that Blish had a degenerative condition similar to Taimi, which is why he's inside a golem that Gorrik built. (I don't think his condition is identical to Taimi's, though; he's probably only a few years older than her, but he's already transitioned to living full-time as a machine. And Taimi had a period where her condition was in remission, we don't really know.)
And we all understand that Blish used to be an asura and we never treat him differently because of it (except at the very beginning, I remember some cringey dialogues). But Taimi needs Scruffy, and her condition isn't even that advanced yet (or at least, not that we know of - after radio silence on her end throughout all of the Icebrood Saga), so I imagine Blish would have needed something similar (perhaps more and more as his condition got worse).
But anyway; a few nights ago, my youngest sister (Miss Pretty's Twin) got an asthma attack. This happens sometimes, badly enough that we have a little machine about two hands big that converts a certain liquid medicine into mist which comes through the mouthpiece, and after twenty minutes or so of breathing it in she's fine, at least for a few hours.
She hadn't had an attack in a while, and it was the middle of the night, so I had to sneak into our parents' room to find the machine and hopefully not wake them up (plan failed, she was tired and scared and fussing rather loudly), and then I sat in the kitchen with her and held her in my lap to try and calm her down (and also hold her nose so she would actually breathe through the mouthpiece) and provide some physical comfort. After a minute or so she calmed down and I was just sitting there holding her, and the machine was whirring rather noisily (but not noisily enough to wake people up).
But I realized this is probably an identical situation to something that's happened between Blish and Gorrik before. I've already said Blish has a strong older-brother vibe, but Gorrik all but exudes protectiveness.
But it's really kind of sad; not in any way I can articulate, but I guess the whole concept of Blish living inside a golem is sad, and when you think there was all sorts of other things he probably had to live with before that...
But this is sad in a sibling kind of way, since Gorrik is the younger brother; I get the vague sense he shouldn't have to deal with that? Older brothers are supposed to be champions; the ones that lead the charge to go exploring, and the younger brother kind of follows in wide-eyed awe and how amazing their brother is.
Blish is a champion in a different sort of way, of course, but it wouldn't have been the same for Gorrik and he kind of never had that experience?
I don't know, my brain is kind of clogging up and isn't doing the normal concept -> words transition.
But like - Gorrik's always depended on Blish for things like emotional support, not to mention his genius, and Gorrik's always helped and supported Blish with his physical condition, partly because Gorrik looks up to and respects him, but also because he really, really, really just simply needs his older brother.
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Blish and Gorrik doodles !
Also bug bite headcannon by @commandertiffany -3-
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Gorrik actually used to be AFRAID of bugs. And so Blish tried to help him not be so scared of them.
He did his job too well I think. XD
And later he looks back on his childhood in dismay wondering what on earth he did that for.
Like. We had roaches in our old house and they were everywhere. There's none in the new house so Miss Pretty's Twin keeps freaking out because she can't remember the old house. So I was telling her no it's scared of YOU and she went looking for it.
I thought 'oh she's going to turn into Gorrik!' and then 'I wonder if that's how Gorrik got obsessed with bugs' and then 'I wonder what Blish thought about that.' It was probably a complete accident XD.
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