“i’ll never forgive anders bc he killed innocent ppl!!!!”
right. the innocent templars and the innocent chantry they serve, full of innocent sisters and mothers who turn a blind eye and throw up their hands like “what could we possibly do to help ppl” and treat everything like a lost cause or not their problem. the innocent chantry-goers who come to pray and pay tribute for charity (which. gee. where does that go i wonder bc it does not go to help ppl in need) but treat elves, mages, even ferelden refugees, like they’re not even people. the innocent grand cleric who refuses to use her power to affect positive change, claiming it’s not her fight when it absolutely could be, when she absolutely could’ve made a difference with her power, but simply chose not to bc helping people is hard and inconvenient. she wasn’t even ignorant to the corruption she literally if you talk to her about it fully acknowledges how messed up it is but says she basically just doesn’t care enough to put in the effort to help!!!
i won’t deny that there’s a handful of “good templars” who genuinely wound up in the wrong line of work either bc of misplaced faith or need to support their families, but come on, there’s other jobs that don’t involve the active oppression of everyone but monied andrastians in hightown lmao
yes. all those innocent people anders killed. all those like two people who tend to be in the main hall at any given time. all the maybe a few dozen sisters who faithfully turn a blind eye or actively work to make things worse (like come the fuck on, patrice could not have been the only one like her)
for ever thrask or samson or leliana or w/e involved w the chantry, you’ve got dozens of ppl who gladly, unquestioningly, commit atrocities in the name of their faith, and genuinely believing they’re right doesn’t somehow absolve them
if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem, especially when you have every chance to turn against the grain and refuse to serve an obviously corrupt and oppressive institution
not to even get into the fact that anders is really only standing apart from the rest of the kirkwall gang or general heroes in any of the dragon age games in that he’s the only one who actually seems to take notice of or feel guilt or conflict over hurting and killing possible innocents. hawke and varric keep score for fun. just because the people who died in the chantry explosion didn’t attack first with actual weapons doesn’t mean they wouldn’t have gladly seen anders or any number of people suffer, disappear, or die. not to mention how many people anders helped and healed in his clinic!!! anders helped people the chantry refused but yeah he’s the bad guy alright
no one who saw the atrocities committed in the name of the kirkwall chantry and chose to pretend they weren’t there or worth standing up against was innocent full fucking stop are you kidding me