Tanyl is honestly my absolute favorite so far, so here there are some lazily edited screenshots taken during my favorite quest. You don’t see him smiling so often, the first pic killed me when I saw it.
You know what I find really hurtful about Solavellan? That fact that when Lavellan reaches out to him in sadness, he wards her off as though his life depends on it.
Even when she is no longer reaching for him, he is guarding himself against her sadness.
But he does nothing to guard himself from her anger.
The most he does is windmill his arms the very first time she shoves him, and after that he just sticks a leg out to brace himself. But he allows her to shove him. Again and again.
He takes her physical attack with nothing but a sad expression.
But her sadness causes him to put up a panicked guard.
Basically, Solas is more afraid of allowing her to touch him in sadness than he is of allowing her to strike him in anger. I firmly believe his resolve would’ve broken if she had managed to grab him. here come the tears