I imagine when Aveline and Cassandra meet they quickly become the bestest friends
- badass female sword and shield warrior tanks - leader types but let someone else (Hawke, Inquisitor) lead instead - support templars but still sympathise with the mage plight - somewhat justified disdain for Varric - headbands
I actually enjoy Anders BUT when I see people being critical of him only caring about the plight of mages most of them AREN'T actually upset about him having a singular goal, they're angry that he not only doesn't care about others, but at times he's actively disdainful and tends to minimize the suffering of said others. Love him to death, but yeah, most criticism I see is actually pretty reasonable.
Yeah the way he treats others is really one of the worst things about his character, but it gets largely ignored and when you bring up the fact that he canonly treats other characters badly, it becomes an attack somehow.
I wonder how much did Karl influence Anders ultimate decision to blow up the Chantry?
Yes, we know Anders merged with Justice because of the mages plight, but I can’t help but think Anders didn’t feel ultimate betrayal and despair until he saw Karl made tranquil.
For our purposes, Karl was a good and obedient mage. He was successfully harrowed, never attempted escape, and in fact, kept Anders from running. And yet, despite doing everything right, the things that were supposed to keep Karl safe, ended up working against him.
I imagine that is when Anders cemented his idea to free mages.
The Chantry failed him first. The Chantry that failed him, the place where he had to put his lover out of his misery, it was the first place that had to go. For Anders, it was more that declaring war against the establishment that oppressed him. It was a funeral procession and burying an old friend.
So I get that Justice was supposedly corrupted into Vengeance, but
…don’t we just “know” that because Anders said so? Is there any source besides Anders that says that? Because Justice could be just fine, and it’s only Anders’ low self-esteem telling him otherwise.
Anders:(Observes Justice’s personality)
Anders:(Has an idea of how strongly Justice feels toward the plight of mages)
Justice:(Merges with Anders)
Justice:(Sees every single injustice against mages that Anders has ever seen)
Justice: WOW that is very unjust. I’m kinda angry about all that. If I’d only known it was this bad, I would almost certainly have tried to take action before the merging, but no sense dwelling on what-ifs. Let’s fix this mess, Anders!
Anders: OH NO I broke him with my anger. I always break everything I touch. I’m a horrible person.
I’ve been seeing stuff about Inquisitor Fenris on my dash but okay here me out for a sec
How about Inquisitor Anders
Potentially with Anders hiding his identity at first, which would make sense considering how a lot of people’d like to kill him for Kirkwall and also his presence at the death of Divine Justinia would make him look PRETTY DARN GUILTY, again considering Kirkwall.
But like consider it. It sort of makes sense–the Conclave was supposed to be a big turning point in the mage/templar war, and with Anders being as invested in the plight of mages as he is, it would make sense for him to be there, to be invested in it, when shit hits the fan.
Also imagine a big dramatic reveal of who he is when Justice shows himself. Imagine what might happen if Anders PHYSICALLY went into the Fade now there is a fun idea.
Vivienne in a sense has been a metaphor for me growing up. In the first game, I learned about the mages plight and got interested but not too invested, in da2 I became a bleeding heart mage supporter who wouldn’t listen to anything else, and now with inquisition, Vivienne has shown me that a complete pathos appeal to the problem is both annoying and problematic, and you need to get messy to figure this out. If I continue to just blindly support mages and cry for them without thinking, history will just repeat itself (Probably on the opposite side) , discussions are good.