@irhen07 replied to your post “Because I often see Jowan referred to as unlucky… Never forget that…”
I don’t really agree with you. He actually tried to take lilly with him and she is the one who refuses. Also, when you face him at redcliff he willingly stays to try to fix his mistakes. Also, he accepts your decision of killing him or sending him to the circle because he truly regrets what he is done. If you told him to go away and never go back, you’ll find him again, he has became a healer and he is protecting some refugees from the darkspawn.
So yeah, he takes terrible decisions and may be selfish at first. But he aknowledges it and makes an active effort to redeem himself
I think we’ll probably agree to disagree (I have a few mutuals who disagree with me on this) , but this is a good discussion. :D
I won’t condemn Lilly for staying because it’s only on the cusp of leaving that she Jowan revealed what he was and she learned how deeply he’d deceived her. Imena, at that point to realize the person she’s leaving with is a blood mage? For a Chantry Sister? But I would maintain that he did abandon her. The honourable choice would have been for him to stay, fess up completely and do his best to exonerate Lilly and the warden. Instead, he ran and left them both to fend for themselves.
I’m really not too impressed with him at Redcliffe either. I mean yeah, he offers to help fix his mistakes, but he then makes it clear that fixing those mistakes doesn’t mean actually leaving the cell to aid the warden in killing the undead.
I understand he’s capable of redemption, but up until the warden frees him and he escapes to help the refugees, it’s not a driving force in him. He’s definitely all about regret, but there’s nothing admirable about regret if it’s not backed up by action.
But you’re right, if the warden frees him, he does seem to finally (to me at least) understand that the regret is not enough. Unfortunately, my warden never gives him that chance, and although I personally think he was wrong to kill Jowan, I don’t think he was unjustified.
And now I’m wondering what it would be, in my headcanons of a somewhat more self-centered Jowan, that would finally flip the switch and makes him redeem himself. I’m going to fiel that away for a future fic!