for the fanfic trope: soulmate au
and @mikkeneko asked:
okay so i would have said that although i love, love stories about soulmates in the sense of reincarnation fics - people finding each other over and over again in different circumstances, the same story playing out in countless variations, an established relationship being reestablished all over again, knowing each other already on some level - i love all that, but the soulmark thing is very much not my dynamic of choice. trying to get to know a person for the first time while knowing beyond a doubt that they were made for you, hand-picked for you by fate? a society where the ultimate proof of love is a mark on your body instead of your actions? nah. not my kink, i won’t be writing it.
AND YET i’m still intrigued by the idea of the words
i have made this place a sanctum of healing and salvation written on Hawke’s skin, and apostate!Hawke ending up absolutely convinced their soulmate is part of the Chantry.
how he would analyze that. how that would play into all Bethany’s time in the village chantry, all Carver’s efforts to avoid templar attention. all the family’s efforts to keep Hawke’s magic hidden seem doomed from the start. will this be someone who’d turn on the Chantry to help him stay out of the Circle? or will he wind up bringing the rest of his family down with him? will he be in the Circle already, is that how they meet? Hawke
listening to the Chant, trying to see what his soulmate hears in it to inspire the kind of devotion in those words.
just. growing up with his understanding of love and faith and magic and the risk of being locked up all inextricably mixed together. …which is a pretty fitting introduction to anders.