Listen, okay based purely on my muse I might be biased. But that post that’s circulating that says the circle isn’t a prison??? Bad post. Bad bad post. Like yay, mages can leave….with permission (even though many times that’s overlooked). Yay 1 mage says they had a good experience, clearly that applies to everyone across every circle. Mages can hold titles and have families? Yay, so can the Slaves in Tevinter.
Now listen here, kiddos. Maybe *maybe* there’s some noble intention behind circles. To teach mages how to handle magic properly because it can be dangerous. But regardless of that mission statement, templars and mages alike are taught to fear magic, and the purpose of Templars is foundationally a divine practice that is rooted in rhetoric like “magic must be used to serve man, and never to rule over him.” Which inherently creates an imbalance of power and puts mages in a subservient role. You just cannot have a healthy relationship built on such unstable moorings.
Also, Calling the harrowing justified in any manner is just atrocious tbh. So you haven’t taught the mages to peacefully communicate with spirits and protect themselves and therefore they should die?? Okay. 😐
If you’ve done any outside reading of lore or any of the books beyond just the games then you’d know that frequently mages are treated worse than prisoners, and abused. i mean do we even need to talk about Cole??? A fear of magic and spirits can never foster a healthy and holistic education and practice of it. It simply can’t. And no amount of reformation will change that if the foundations of the chantry stay the same.