It’s always really bothered me that everyone is so dismissive of Anders. I hate that my Hawke has flippant, snippy things to say about Anders’s manifesto. Like, dude? You live in a broken society, and Anders is one of the only people doing a single fucking thing about it.
Is it fanon that Anders’s manifesto is supposed to be illegibly ranty (hur, I typoed that as “randy”… which would be a completely different manifesto) and crazy? Isn’t that, like, a typical accusation leveled at writers and thinkers who make people uncomfortable by pointing at the status quo and going, This shit is messed up? Or is that something Hepler has actually mentioned at some point? (I gather she doesn’t even like Anders very much? I don’t know. I’m very much a fan of keeping authors and their creations separate, and don’t seek that kind of stuff out. But everything I have read from her rubs me the wrong way.) In DA fandom, Justice is always a joke, always a frowning cockblocking naysayer. I just… did anyone actually play the same Awakening that I did? Justice is a champion, guys. (Can you guess who my favorite party members were? Go on. I bet you can’t guess.)
LOOK. HAWKE LIVES IN A SOCIETY THAT ROUTINELY IMPRISONS PEOPLE — INCLUDING YOUNG CHILDREN — FOR LIFE, AND STRIPS THEM OF WHATEVER RIGHTS THEY MAY HAVE, SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY POSSESS CERTAIN INHERENT QUALITIES. Qualities defined and conceptualized by the people in power in order to maintain that power. Mages are “guilty” even if proven innocent. They are lobotomized for any number of “offenses”, and without any kind of real oversight (not that making anyone tranquil is ever okay, ever). How is any of this in any way tenable? How can anyone who plays this game not want to be more, so much more than just the Champion of Kirkwall? For all that you actually do, that ends up being a pretty hollow title. I mean, I love that this is one more layer in the awesomeness that is DA2, and story-wise it’s brilliant, but I want more!
But most of the time, Hawke (and the Dragon Age fandom as a whole) just seems to be like, “Anders, you’re kind of awkwardly sexy like burning and I like having my dick in you quite a lot, but could you just shut up about the whole mage rights and social justice thing? You’re always going on about it, blah blah blah freedom whatever.” That Anders. *Eyeroll* So crazy, what with being literally the embodiment of justice and all.
I’m really uncomfortable with the metaphor that taking the spirit of justice into yourself turns you into a manic-depressive crazy person, who resorts to terrorism because they can no longer see straight. I get that one person’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter, and that there may be a fine line between vengeance and the execution of justice (and I think that’s an awfully wonderful thing for any work of fiction to prompt me to seriously think about, and incredibly topical as well as deeply meaningful to me personally), but the popular reading seems to tend quite heavily toward the former, rather than the latter. I guess I just want to know why?
He knew exactly what he did when he destroyed the Kirkwall Chantry. He’s forcing you to make a choice. He’s forcing you to wake up. He’s starting a war.
I get that it makes dramatic sense for Hawke to be kind of on the fence about things throughout the whole game, making that moment of decision mean more to the player. But I just… don’t want to play that kind of person. I don’t want to be that kind of hero.
I can’t resist to reblog whenever I come across a post like this… and I agree with is very much.
Especially with that part about how many people just see Anders as a “sexy thing” but not a revolutionary. They just want to fuck and then stab him in the back. Disgusting.
Love this post. LOVE THIS POST.