first of all, generally magic and the mage situation is a metaphor for mental illness. the way templars treat mages is a metaphor for the way mentally ill people have been treated by religious institutions and others throughout history. so when you as a fan or a writer advocate killing or locking up mages, be aware that this is what you are implying. pro-circle fandom arguments verge disturbingly close to real arguments used against mentally ill people, such as that it would be “practical” to lock them up, or that mages are all ticking time bombs ready to lash out and murder everyone if they aren’t properly restrained. consider the adjectives people use to describe mage characters, particularly blood mages or anders: crazy, delusional, ps*cho.
secondly, anders personally is mentally ill. not only is justice a clear metaphor for mental illness, but he’s unarguably bipolar (and possibly others) himself
this is from his act 3 codex entry
After his attack on Ella, Anders lost interest in the cause of mage revolution. Convinced that he was no better than an abomination, Anders was determined to gain mastery over the spirit inside him… or die trying. It is increasingly apparent that he is losing this struggle. Prone to wild mood swings between deep melancholy and manic determination, Anders has again taken up the mantle of mage freedom - though it is unclear whether this decision came from Anders or Justice.
also this is what his gross writer Jennifer Hepler said
"As the writer of Anders, and many other aspects of DAII, I found this an interesting and thoughtful examination of what we tried to do with the game. I do find it odd, though, that Anders is not discussed in regards to the treatment of the mentally ill. For me, that is primarily what his relationship is about — the difficulties of loving and trying to help someone who struggles with a part of himself that he cannot control and may never be able to control. It is certainly the experience I drew from when writing him, and I think it uses the fantasy setting in the way I most prefer to see — providing a magical metaphor for exploring real-world problems. To me, this is the central feature of his character — not whether he is gay or straight, but the inner demons (personified as Justice/Vengeance), which both he and you, as his lover, must struggle against every day.”
she did an awful job with this subject, writing his mental illness as a terrible burden for hawke to bear. his relationships should NOT be about the “difficulties of loving him”, it should be about supporting him and loving him no matter what. because what that’s saying is that it’s a burden to love someone with a mental illness. and that’s a feeling many of us have experienced many times.