Alistair on life in the Chantry
@cullenstairshenanigans angsty piece about Alistair having nightmares about Isolde and getting sent to the Chantry reminded me that I’ve always had a suspicion that Alistair was physically abused in the Chantry. The way he jokingly talks about screaming at night or getting hit with a cane, always anecdotal and with black humour is so typical for abuse victims and makes me want to burn that monastery to the ground.
It’s the main reason why baby templar stories of Alistair and Cullen training at the same monastery don’t work for me - because Cullen is kind and wouldn’t have bullied Alistair like he says all the other boys did. If he’d had a friend like Cullen, he wouldn’t have felt a need to be a class clown in the attempt to get some of the boys to like him, which apparently always earned him a beating.
Poor sweetie - I just want to hug him forever.