No okay but guys just
Imagine a teenquisitor Mage, who has spent a good chunk of their training on the run after the war started and really doesn’t have that good a grasp of their magic, meeting Solas at Haven. Maybe during that first fight, he notices something off about their aim, or the way they hold their staff, or their stance, and he just gently corrects them, and then during the next fight they try again and take down even more demons and they just whip around and beam at him because they did it did you see?
And those gentle corrections turn into full blown lessons, and this kid is just so happy to learn because
hey my barrier is stronger now so if another rogue sneaks up behind Cassandra I can protect her, hey next time we come up against a bunch of archers I can shake the ground and mess up their aim until Bull and Blackwall can cross the distance
and maybe they mess things up sometimes but Solas never gets frustrated or impatient, he just tells them how their stance was much better or they had the perfect power behind that last spell, they just need to adjust how they swung their staff, and then they keep trying until they get it and they grin and Solas just stands there looking so fucking proud, and after the lesson he makes sure they get something to eat and gets them to warm up by the fire and tells them story after story about the Fade and the things he’s seen there.
And then sometimes at night, he finds them in the Fade (they can’t navigate well enough to find him, but he always keeps an eye on them to make sure no demons come calling) and he takes them to watch an ancient battle or to see this peaceful grove tucked away from anyone’s eyes, and they’re just so enraptured because for the first time they don’t feel like they have to be scared of magic or the Fade or spirits, that those things can be wonderful and warm and beautiful too.
And maybe after Redcliffe this kid is trying to look around the Fade to distract themselves from what they saw, and they start noticing more and more demons of fear and rage and despair, and there are so many and they’re all talking at once and oh Maker they’re right I’m going to fail everyone is going to die and it’s all my fault I wasn’t good enough
But then they remember what Solas told them, about how those things are just words, those demons are just whispering the darkest thoughts they can find but that doesn’t mean they’re real, they don’t have any special foresight into what will happen, they’re just saying whatever they can to hurt. And this scared kid, this kid who has felt afraid and alone their entire life, turns away from these demons and rounds a corner and Solas is there, and they run to him and hug him and cry and they know it’s okay, and he sends the demons scurrying with a glare. And they spend the rest of the night wandering an ancient forest and studying runes until the kid feels safe again.
And then one day they get cornered and try a spell they’ve been having trouble with and it works and they turn like they always do because I did it did you see that did you see that dad?
And when they realize what they said they’re so embarrassed and Solas doesn’t know quite what to say either, but then he can’t stop smiling when he thinks they aren’t looking because for the first time in who knows how long he feels warm inside, and all he wants to do is protect them but he knows he can’t, so he teaches them to protect themselves from the Red Templars and the giants and the bears
And it isn’t until much later that they realize he was also teaching them to protect themselves from him.