i think my “favorite” thing about the ah, mage situation, that conflict
is how people go “SEE, WHEN MAGES ARE LET OUT OF THE CIRCLES THEY ACT LIKE CHILDREN.” like, if you side with the mages in inquisition they get reprimanded for demanding things and whatever, told “ur our allies not our charges”
so fucked up lmao
you stick these people in towers their entire lives, severely restrict their interactions with the outside world, you make it - so their entire lives are built around that kind of power dynamic? they’er built around having to demand and ask for things, and not having any ability whatsoever to do things for themselves. that’s! how! the circles! work!
if someone’s been raised - since they were 6 - 12 years old, or else raised in a chantry orphanage bc everyone knew they were a mage’s whelp anyway - what the fuck else do you expect from them. they have 0 context for how to exist in the outside world. of course they’re gonna be kind of weird and not good at shit initially.
that’s what they’ve been taught and conditioned for their entire lives. that’s how they’ve been socialized. for them that’s how the world works. of course folks are allowed to be frustrated by it, too, but the narrative allows so little sympathy for those mages who have trouble adjusting or who don’t have any clue what it’s like bargaining as equals as opposed to people under strict and constant control/supervision. shit.
i’m so mad about the circles.