Can we please talk about the parallels between Chantry-canon Andraste and Anders for a minute though??
I mean, besides from the name (which, I mean… giant arrow DING DING DING PAY ATTENTION TO THIS ONE MAGE)
Andraste supposedly caught the attention of the Maker, who then granted her his powers so that she could March against the false idols of the Tevinter Imperium. Supposedly it was a romantic thing, but lets disregard that - the important part is that he gave her the power to smite people. In turn for her turning people to the Maker, he would make a paradise of the world for her.
Anders, meanwhile, caught the attention of Justice - a spirit who would help him stand against the Templars and the Chantry. They made a deal and Anders allowed himself to be possessed, believing that he was going to be able to make a peaceful, safer future for the mages. Sounds like a paradise, right?
Then there’s the whole fire symbolism thing. Andraste was burnt at the stake, Anders blows up the Chantry.
And… Hawke can choose to kill Anders. Like, stab him in the back. That’s literally what you’d say if you were betrayed?? The betrayer is a “backstabber”. Whether they romanced him or no, they’re in a party and are going to be very close (even if they’re rivals). Maferath, Andraste’s mortal husband, betrayed her and allowed her to be killed.
I don’t even really know what I’m trying to say here and it’s probably been done before but I just have a lot of feelings about Anders this evening lmao