since i bought the world of thedas volume 2, naturally ive spent a lot of time going over fenris’s page. its made me think a lot lately about how absolutely heart breaking varania’s betrayal is in act 3
of course theres the fact that shes the only connection he has to his past life, his only family within his grasp, and she rids him of any possibility of that part of his life being positive. to think he was so excited to have something.
but leto gave up so much for his family? of course he couldnt have known that he was going to be subjected to a life full of awful agony, rape, and torture but he mustve known that it couldnt have been great if danarius was willing to grant a boon. and there were many things he couldve asked for, selfish things, but all he wanted was for his family to be happy. he was willing to give up his very life and personhood for that.
such is life that it didnt work out for varania and his mother when they were out of slavery but she really throws it in his face. implies that everything he went through was for nothing
theres a line that got me: “Leto carried some apprehension about Danarius’s ritual, but was comforted by the knowledge that his sister and mother were free and happy.”
we dont know how old he was when he underwent the ritual, but its likely that he wasnt any older than 18. he couldve been a kid and there was no way that making the decisions he did was easy. but he thought it was worth it, for the sake of his family’s happiness
anders also has the nerve to imply that fenris is angry because hes jealous of the fact that varania is a mage, not because she told him he deserved his life of torture, asked for it, told him that his self-sacrifice was worthless and he shouldnt have bothered
but no matter how much it hurt, through his sister’s betrayal (and potential death) and danarius’s death, he finally has a clean slate. there are no longer any ties to his past life. a weight has been lifted and itll take him awhile to straighten out but at long last, he can build himself a new life and become whoever he wants to be